Brexit fate now in Britain’s hands: EU

first_imgBrussels: The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Monday that negotiations to break a deadlock on a deal to leave the bloc are now between British Prime Minister Theresa May and members of her parliament. “We held talks over the weekend and the negotiations now are between the government in London and the parliament in London,” Barnier said as he arrived at EU headquarters in Brussels to discuss Britain’s exit from the bloc with envoys from the other 27 member states. Hopes had been high that May would come to Brussels to finalise a deal with the EU on Monday, but a European source these plans had been shelved due to a lack of progress. With time running out, May had hoped for a signal from Brussels to help get a Brexit deal over the line in time for Britain’s looming departure from the European Union — scheduled for March 29. Instead, she spoke to European Commission chief Jean-Claude Junkcer late Sunday by phone, with both sides agreeing to stay in touch. “No further meetings at political level are scheduled, but both sides will remain in close contact this week,” Juncker’s spokesman Margaritis Schinas said. “We are committed to ratifying this deal before March 29. It is now for the House of Commons to take an important set of decisions this week,” he added. British MPs overwhelmingly rejected the deal when it was first put to them in January — with many citing the controversial Irish “backstop” clause. A second parliamentary vote will take place on Tuesday. The backstop would keep the whole of the UK in a customs union with the EU in order to keep the land border between the British province of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland free-flowing. A European source said the embattled May had failed to convince her cabinet over the weekend and that talks with the EU could go no further. Barnier said his teams had offered all they could, including a last-minute proposal that Britain could leave the bloc’s customs union after the divorce. But this offer would not include Northern Ireland, which infuriated Barnier’s British counterparts who called it a “rerun of old arguments”. The Europeans have also proposed to sign a legally backed “joint interpretative document” of the Irish backstop. This would reiterate ways Britain could attempt to suspend the backstop if London were to request a suspension of some of its obligations. To assess the document, British MPs are awaiting the opinion of Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, the May government’s top lawyer who took a lead role in the negotiations with Barnier last week.last_img read more

Two minors rescued from being married

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) and Delhi Police on Monday said that they have prevented the marriage of two minor girls in Dwarka district. Samrah Mirza, member, DCPCR, told Millennium Post that they got the information from their volunteer regarding the crime and without wasting any time the child rights body shared the information with other stakeholders regarding the incident.”Soon the police personnel reached the spot and stopped the marriage,” said Mirza adding that one girl is aged between 17 and 18 and other 15 years. Investigation revealed that one of the girls was a few months away from attaining the age of majority and the age of other girl is being verified. One of the family told the cops that they will only marry the girl once she attains major age group. “The other family (groom) belongs to another state we have created awareness related to child marriage,” added officer. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsMeanwhile, the Delhi Police created awareness among the families regarding the menace and law related to child marriage. The child rights body had started mapping the city to know whether child marriages prevails in National Capital. According to DCPCR, the areas of New Delhi, North West, South West and Northeast districts are being studied. They have also held meetings with concerned stakeholders regarding this. According to official during the study, the DCPCR will identify the communities where the evil of child marriage still prevail and also the ill effect on health will also be studied. The parents will also be made aware of the crime and the importance of intervention during child marriage will also be part of the awareness programme. “We are creating awareness in community to report such kind of crime so that it can be curb quickly,” said Mirza. DCPCR official will also give focus on the clusters in national Capital to make sure that such type of evil did not prevails there.last_img read more

Nasscom, CBRE join hands to support technology startups

first_imgNew Delhi: Property consultant CBRE Wednesday said it has tied up with IT industry body Nasscom to identify and support startups that seek to transform Indian real estate sector with technological innovations. CBRE South Asia Pvt Ltd will conduct a ‘Proptech Challenge’ in collaboration with the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) that aims to identify budding startups working towards innovating and building technology solutions for the real estate sector. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe collective objective is aimed to support emerging businesses with the potential to transform the real estate market with creative, innovative and disruptive thinking. Speaking on the initiative, Nasscom Head Membership Srikanth Srinivasan said it is collaborating with CBRE to nurture the real estate segment in the startup ecosystem. “Creating the next-generation of startups is the need of the hour and this platform will provide opportunities to not only present emerging technologies and innovations but also entry into our 10K start-up ecosystem,” he added. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysCBRE India Chairman & CEO Anshuman Magazine said: “In a developing economy like India, it is imperative to become tech-ready and encourage businesses working towards transformation that will take the industry to a truly global industry which is tech-ready”. Magazine also heads CBRE’s South East Asia, Africa and middle east business. Startups with an idea and in search for a platform to address a wider audience should participate in this challenge. Entries will be divided into four categories: Real Estate FinTech; Sustainability; Agility and Efficiency and Made For India. The Nasscom is the premier trade body of the IT-BPM industries in India. It has more than 2,100 members, which include both Indian and MNCs that have a presence in India. US-based CBRE Group is a Fortune 500 company.last_img read more

UN providing Afghan returnees with lifesaving mine risk education

“Mine risk education is crucial for these newly returned Afghans,” UN spokesman Adrian Edwards told reporters in Kabul today, noting that all but two of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces are still contaminated by mines and unexploded ordnance, and that an average of two Afghans fall victim to these devices every day. Mine risk education teams from the Afghan Red Crescent Society and other groups are being deployed to run sessions for returnees at the Zaranj and Islam Qala border points and also in Farah province. Mine risk education posters will also be placed in prominent sites in these areas.UNMACA will broadcast frequent messages in Farah through local radio networks to target returnees and raise their awareness of mines and unexploded ordnance.The mine risk education programme is also working with the BBC and Afghan Education Projects to incorporate mine risk education into the programme New Home New Life, which is broadcast several times a week on the BBC World Service in both Pashto and Dari.The Mine Action Programme for Afghanistan (MAPA), an umbrella organization comprised of partners that are coordinated by UNMACA, has cleared more than 1 billion square meters throughout Afghanistan since 1989 – destroying more than 323,000 anti-personnel mines, over 18,500 anti-tank mines and almost seven million pieces of unexploded ordnance. 5 June 2007Afghans who have returned from Iran over the past few weeks are receiving life-saving education to reduce the risk of injury from mines and unexploded ordnance, thanks to the efforts of the United Nations Mine Action Centre for Afghanistan (UNMACA). read more

Attack on West Bank mosque draws condemnation from UN envoy

Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, issued a statement at the weekend in which he said he was appalled by last Friday morning’s attack on the mosque in the village of Yassuf.Media reports say the mosque was set ablaze and vandalized, with hate messages scrawled in Hebrew and holy books burned or singed.“Desecrating a place of worship is deplorable,” Mr. Serry said. “This attack is a part of a broader and ongoing phenomenon of settler violence against Palestinian civilians, property and land.“Far too little is done by the Israeli authorities to enforce the rule of law on violent extremists, leading to a climate of impunity. We hope and expect that the authorities will seek out those responsible for this latest incident, along with other acts of violence and bring them to justice.”Senior UN officials have in recent weeks called for a halt to Israeli settlement activity and have also voiced concern about the demolition of Palestinian homes and evictions in East Jerusalem. 14 December 2009The senior United Nations envoy to the Middle East has condemned the burning and desecration of a mosque in the West Bank, describing the attack as part of a worrying wider pattern of violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinians. read more

Samsung ordered to pay up after jury finds it stole Apple patents

Samsung ordered to pay up after jury finds it stole Apple patents AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Aug 25, 2012 5:12 am MDT Electronics company Samsung has been ordered to pay rival Apple $1.05-billion in damages after a jury found the South Korean giant ripped off many Apple patents. This is the conclusion of a complex case which initially saw Apple sue Samsung, alleging it stole elements of the iPhone, such as screen bounceback, multi-touch, zoom and navigation features. Samsung then countersued, saying it was legally giving its customers what they wanted when it released devices which were similar to the iPhone in appearance. A reporter in the courtroom for the final verdict called it “a bloodbath for Samsung.” An appeal is expected. Some financial analysts say the verdict could push Apple stock even higher, after the company’s shares hit an all-time high earlier this week. It closed out Friday trade at $663.22 U.S. per share. Apple and Samsung combine to count for half of all smartphone sales across the globe, the former being the world’s most valuable company of all time. apple|damages|patent infringements|samsung|sue read more

A look at Toyotas safety struggles

Toyota is recalling 7.43 million vehicles worldwide to fix faulty power-window switches. It’s the largest recall at the automaker, which saw its reputation for quality dip after a series of safety problems two years ago.Here is a timeline of the earlier safety woes at Toyota:— Aug. 28, 2009: A California Highway Patrol Officer and three family members are killed in a fiery crash. The officer was driving a 2009 Lexus loaner car with floor mats from another Lexus model. Previous driver of loaner vehicle had reported to dealer that mats trapped the gas pedal. Lexus is Toyota’s luxury brand.— Sept. 30, 2009: Toyota warns owners to remove floor mats from vehicles due to potential for them to snag the gas pedal, causing sudden acceleration.— Oct. 5, 2009: Toyota recalls 3.8 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles in the U.S. because floor mats could catch the gas pedal.— Nov. 25, 2009: Toyota announces a plan to fix floor-mat problem by shortening accelerators so they won’t get caught. It also expands the number of vehicles involved to total of 4.2 million.— Jan. 21, 2010: Toyota recalls 2.3 million Toyota vehicles in the U.S. because the gas-pedal assembly can become stuck, causing unintended acceleration.— Jan. 26, 2010: Toyota temporarily suspends U.S. sales of eight models whose accelerator pedal assemblies can become stuck.— Jan. 27, 2010: Toyota expands an earlier floor-mat recall by 1.09 million vehicles.— Feb. 8, 2010: Toyota recalls 440,000 Prius hybrids and other hybrids worldwide for braking problems.— Feb. 17, 2010: Toyota President Akio Toyoda says the automaker will have systems in all future models that allow brakes to override the accelerator in an emergency.— Feb. 24, 2010: Toyota President apologizes for recalls before the U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee.— March 8, 2010: Driver James Sikes speeds along a San Diego County freeway in a 2008 Toyota Prius for 20 minutes, reaching 94 miles per hour, before a Highway Patrol officer helps slow down the car. Toyota later dismisses Sikes’ account, saying its tests show he pressed the gas and brakes rapidly at least 250 times.— July 8, 2010: Toyota says it will open six new offices across North America to gather information about vehicle problems and customer complaints.— Dec. 21, 2010: Toyota agrees to pay the U.S. government a record $48.8 million in fines over recalls that involved sticky accelerators, floor mats that can catch the gas pedal, and steering relay rods that can break. The government alleged that Toyota was slow to report problems to U.S. safety regulators.— Feb. 8, 2011: U.S. Department of Transportation, aided by NASA engineers, determines that electronic flaws were not to blame for reports of unintended acceleration in Toyotas. Lawyers and some drivers had alleged that gremlins inside electronic throttles caused the problems, not floor mats and sticky accelerators.— Oct. 10, 2012: Toyota announces its largest recall — a total of 7.43 million vehicles to fix faulty power-window switches. A look at Toyota’s safety struggles AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Oct 10, 2012 6:03 pm MDT read more

Maker of hacked Fiat Chrysler radio says no other products have same

Maker of hacked Fiat Chrysler radio says no other products have same vulnerability by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Aug 4, 2015 1:18 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 4, 2015 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DETROIT – The company that makes car radios that friendly hackers exploited to take control of a Jeep Cherokee says its other infotainment systems don’t have the same security flaw.Harman International CEO Dinesh Paliwal said Tuesday that the hackers used a cellular connection to get to the radio, which they used to control critical functions such as brakes and steering.The hack by Twitter security expert Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, who heads auto security for a consulting firm, touched off the recall of 1.4 million vehicles from Fiat Chrysler to patch software holes. On Saturday, the government announced that it would investigate the Harman Kardon radios to see which other manufacturers use them and whether they had the same vulnerabilities.The hackers, who informed Fiat Chrysler of their findings, were able to control the Jeep remotely with a laptop computer, sending the auto industry scrambling to make sure its systems are secure. They were to release specifics about their attack at a hackers’ conference in Las Vegas this week.But Paliwal said the radio system that was hacked, with an 8.4-inch touch screen, was developed about five years ago and doesn’t have as many security safeguards as current models. “We believe based on our assessment with all other customers we supply our system to that the Chrysler system is the only one exposed to this particular experimental hack,” Paliwal said on the company’s fiscal fourth-quarter earnings conference call. “So it’s a unique situation.”The hackers, he said, were able to get from cellular connection into the radio and then to a network that handles commands for critical functions. “Once you go through an open port in a network, it’s like leaving a door open in a secure house,” he said. “Once you get in, then you can mimic as if you are one of the authorized messengers, you start to send messages.”Miller and Valasek released some of their findings last week, but Paliwal said Harman was told about the hack late last year and worked with Fiat Chrysler on a software fix. He also said Harman engineers are co-operating with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation.NHTSA said it is investigating about 2.8 million Harman radios. “If sufficient similarities exist, the investigation will examine if there is cause for concern that security issues exist in other Harman Kardon products,” the agency wrote.The vulnerability was exposed last week in a Wired magazine story. Fiat Chrysler said it sealed off a loophole in its internal cellular telephone network with vehicles to prevent similar attacks. Owners will be sent a USB drive that they can plug in and fix the software issue.Harman International Industries Inc., which makes infotainment systems and designs software, on Tuesday reported earnings of $100 million, or $1.37 per share, during its fiscal fourth quarter, up 14 per cent from a year ago. This product image provided by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles shows the Uconnect 8.4 inch infotainment system on a 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited. Harman International, the company that makes car radios that friendly hackers exploited to take control of a Jeep Cherokee, on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015 said its other infotainment systems don’t have the same security flaw. (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles via AP) read more

Football Ohio State quarterback JT Barrett to play in EastWest Shrine Game

J.T. Barrett points up to a crowd of Buckeye fans prior to the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett has one final collegiate game against USC in the Cotton Bowl on Friday, but he has already begun to consider his professional football career.Barrett accepted an invitation to showcase his talents in the East-West Shrine Game, the game announced Tuesday. The game, which features players looking to impress scouts ahead of the 2018 NFL Draft held in April, will take place  Jan. 20 in St. Petersburg, Florida, and will be shown on NFL Network.The quarterback will be joined by Ohio State teammates, linebacker Chris Worley and left tackle Jamarco Jones in the Shrine Game.Barrett completed 229-of-354 passes (64.7 completion percentage) for 2,939 yards, including 35 passing touchdowns and nine interceptions in the 2017 season. He holds dozens of program and Big Ten records, including the school passing yard record, the program’s single-season passing touchdown record and the Big Ten career touchdown passes. read more

VIDEO Brazilian commentator passion for handball

BrasilBrazi Handball world came to the month of a big event – Women’s World Championship 2015 in Denmark. The 24 world’s best teams will meet in four days time in Denmark to play for the glory, medals, but also Olympic qualifications. The team, who showed great passion and skills in 2013, at the end, wrote the history of our game as the first South American team to win the gold was Brasil.Brazilian girls showed amazing performance, won the gold medal against Serbia 22:20 in front of 20.000 host supporters in “Kombank Arena” in Belgrade.However, there were much tougher in quarter-final against Hungary 33:31, when match ended after extra-times. Alexandra do Nascimento shared VIDEO of Brazilian commentator  during that match for semi-final, which describe Brazilian approach to the sport – handball in this case. ← Previous Story AFTER 10 YEARS IN KIEL: Dominik Klein to HBC Nantes Next Story → Denmark 2015 prediction: Norway and Brasil going for the gold! read more

Pregnant Estavan Polman win silver medal at Womens EHF EURO 2016

← Previous Story TOP 10 HANDBALL MOMENTS 2016: New rules, miracle in Cologne, Bad Boys, free-resin… Next Story → Slovenia without Zorman and Bombac at WCh 2017! Estavana Polman is pregnant! The 24-years old Dutch handball star waiting baby with her boyfriend, famous Dutch football player Rafael Van Der Vaart.Polman was one of the best players of Dutch team, who won silver medal at Women’s EHF EURO 2016 in Sweden just 10 days ago, where she was supported by Van Der Vaart.It is almost clear that Team Esbjerg member will miss next Women’s World Championship 2017 in Germany. Dutch teamEstavana PolmanRafael Van Der Vaart and Estavana Polman read more

Nick Polites OAM turns 90

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Victorian Jazz Club celebrated this remarkable man and iconic jazz musician at the East Malvern RSL last Wednesday evening, 19 July, with a sold out Louisiana Shakers performance marking Nick Polites’ recent 90th Birthday.On the afternoon of Nick’s actual birthday – Sunday 2 July – we saw him performing with The Louisiana Shakers at Carlton’s Clyde Hotel, as he regularly does. Again, it was a crowded house of family, friends and fans. Guest musicians stood in for regular band members, with celebratory speeches, birthday cake and much accolade.Nick’s jazz journey commenced with an epiphany eighty years ago. In 1938, as an 11 year old, a footy team-mate loaned him some jazz records, and said “listen to these”. Once Nick started listening to tunes like Louis Armstrong’s “West End Blues” he was immediately hooked and knew his future would be as a jazz musician. A short decade or so later, in 1951, Nick commenced a stellar recording career with Frank Johnson’s Dixilanders on the Verve label; and continued recording right through to his current band The Louisiana Shakers. Over his jazz journey, Nick toured extensively in the UK and Europe; and of course was regularly in New Orleans from the early 1960s. He was embraced by the jazz community in New Orleans performing in iconic venues such as Preservation Hall in the French Quarter. An ultimate accolade was befriending, performing with and even standing in for his idol, New Orleans clarinettist George Lewis (1900-1968).In his “other lives”, Nick was a scholar, a confectionery manufacturer, and inaugural Director of the Australian Greek Welfare Society. For the most part he kept his life in the jazz world separate, but I did come across a pertinent cross-over. In Nick’s music career scrap-books there are a couple of press clippings from the New Orleans Times-Picayune. This newspaper reported on Nick’s initiative to put together a group of local musicians to perform for residents at a New Orleans home for the elderly, to their great delight!Nick recently donated thirty volumes of his music career scrapbook memorabilia, going back seventy years, to the Australian Jazz Museum. AJM are currently working through each volume, page-by-page, to digitalize each album so that we can make them accessible to members on-line. Older albums are quite fragile, and all the albums will deteriorate further with age; so we are considering options for how best to preserve the contents for posterity. To find out more about the Australian Jazz Museum, go to: www.ajm.org.aulast_img read more

Inondations 5 millions de Français vivent dans des zones à risque

first_imgInondations : 5 millions de Français vivent dans des zones à risqueFrance – Suite à la dévastatrice tempête Xynthia, le ministère de l’Écologie a révélé que plus de 16.000 communes sont bâties toutes entières ou en partie sur des zones inondables. Ce sont quelque 5 millions de Français qui vivent aujourd’hui dans ces zones à risque.Alors que le ministère de l’Écologie estime à 5,1 millions le nombre de Français exposés au risque d’inondation, une étude de la Fédération française des sociétés d’assurance (FFSA) révèle que le risque de submersion marine lors des marées exceptionnelles menace quelque 770.000 logements.Une étude du Commissariat général au développement durable (CGDD) a dénoncé en 2009 la construction de 100.000 nouveaux logements entre 1999 et 2006, dans les zones inondables de 424 communes de plus de 10.000 habitants.À lire aussiDes géologues ont retrouvé la preuve d’un “pont” entre la Grande-Bretagne et la FranceC’est pourtant en 1995 qu’ont été créés les plans de prévention des risques naturels (PPR). 7.700 communes ont alors été couvertes par l’un de ces plans, 85% d’entre eux concernant le risque d’inondation.Dénonçant des plans locaux d’urbanisme qui minorent trop souvent les risques d’inondation, Thierry Hubert du service des risques naturels du ministère de l’Écologie, assure que si ses plans “étaient bien réalisés, les plans de prévention du risque inondation pourraient même être superflus”. Dans le cadre du projet de loi Grenelle 2, la directive d’octobre 2007 relative à l’évaluation et la gestion des risques d’inondation sera examinée par le Parlement. Cette directive est, d’après Thierry Hubert, “plus exigeante que la réglementation actuelle”.Le 21 mars 2010 à 11:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Vancouverbased nLIGHT expects further growth

first_imgVancouver-based nLIGHT enjoyed a successful stock offering and a strong performance in 2018, giving CEO Scott Keeney a lot to talk about Monday when he addressed investors at the 40th annual Raymond James conference in Orlando, Fla.“It was a real milestone year for nLIGHT,” he said. “Going public was a very positive experience for us.”The company’s revenue grew by 38 percent in 2018, Keeney said, and by 37 percent the year before. nLIGHT has shown consistent growth since its launch in 2000, he said, driven by the rise of the laser market, which has grown into a $2 billion industry.nLIGHT has become one of the leading producers in the field, an achievement which Keeney attributed to producing just two key products: semiconductor lasers and fiber lasers.“We’re a very focused company,” he said. “This is all we do.”The company’s own semiconductor lasers are used to manufacture fiber lasers, he said, and then both products are sold to an increasingly varied list of industrial sectors including aerospace defense, industrial fabrication and additive manufacturing.nLIGHT lasers are being used in the industrial fabrication sector to cut metals, Keeney said, often replacing older cutting technologies such as mechanical blades and carbon dioxide lasers. They’re also replacing arc welders for welding metal together.last_img read more

President Barrow Visits Central Abattoir Ahead of Eid

first_imgState House, Banjul, 12 August, 2016 – His Excellency President Adama Barrow on early Sunday afternoon paid an unexpected visit to the central abattoir in Abuko to garner firsthand information on the sale of sacrificial rams in honour of the forthcoming Eid celebrations of the Muslim ummah, locally called Tobaski. The surprise gesture was  in keeping with the president’s profound interest in being up to speed with the socioeconomic realities of the citizenry. “It is part of the preparations for the Tobaski feast for Muslims to purchase livestock to slaughter. I am calling on all Gambians to care for one another in this [festive] season,” the President told reporters on the site.Mr. Musa Njie, speaking on behalf of the livestock dealers in Abuko, expressed delight at the Gambian leader’s visit to the abattoir, adding that they are seeking government’s intervention in upgrading and maintaining the structures with the improvement of security as it is the country’s main slaughterhouse.  He said due to incidents of theft and armed robbery, they have decided to mobilize funds on their own to employ night watchmen, adding that they even pay for the upkeep of the place, including utility bills.According to Mr. Njie, the structures are dilapidated and need revamping because the abattoir has not received any form of maintenance since 1981.Amady Jah, a ram dealer, for his part, expressed gratitude to the President for his unexpected visit, describing it as very timely and important in order to boost the morale of the livestock dealers. Mr. Jah, however, urged the government to look into what he called the ‘’high duty fees’’ levied on the ram dealers at the center. He added that all the problems they were faced with emanated from the former president’s decision to privatize and sell the place to himself in 1998. He said the move didn’t serve any purpose other than enrich the owner. Mr. Jah concluded by expressing delight and optimism that these challenges would be addressed by the Government. Prices of rams range from D8, 000 to D25,000.Press Release, Office of the Presidentlast_img read more

First Day Of The Year Hike Planned In Homer

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska State Parks are encouraging Alaskans to celebrate the New Year by enjoying the great outdoors in their local state parks. The group will meet at the Eveline State Recreation Area parking lot, will then take East End Road past the McNeil Canyon School, take the left onto Alpine Meadow Drive and to the trailhead. According to the release from Alaska State Parks, the hike is easy to moderate, and all ages are welcome. The park services does ask you to leave your dogs at home. Local volunteer groups in Homer will be hosting a 3-mile round trip hike, ski or snowshoe in the Eveline State Recreation Site, Homer,  at 12 p.m., on January 1, 2018. Things you will need to bring skis/snowshoes/warm hiking boots (depending on conditions), and how you choose to participate in the hike.last_img read more

Mariah Carey Announces New 2018 Las Vegas Residency

first_img Mariah Carey Announces New 2018 Las Vegas Residency Facebook News Twitter Email center_img The Butterfly Returns residency ticket presale begins May 1 and opens to the public May 4 via Carey’s website. She will also embark on a worldwide tour beginning in October which will take her through Australia, New Zealand and Asia.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Mariah Carey: The Butterfly Returns To Vegas mariah-carey-announces-new-2018-las-vegas-residency The GRAMMY winner will return for her fourth residency run starting in JulyRenée FabianGRAMMYs Apr 30, 2018 – 1:14 pm Diva extraordinaire Mariah Carey will be fluttering back to Las Vegas this summer for her fourth residency in the City of Sin, titled The Butterfly Returns.The GRAMMY winner announced her latest residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace​ on April 30, which will include 12 dates so far in July, August and September. Her last tour de force, Mariah #1 To Infinity, ran from 2015–2017 at The Colosseum during which she performed all 18 of her No. 1 hits in chronological order each night.”I’m thrilled to be returning to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace​ with a BRAND NEW residency, THE BUTTERFLY RETURNS, beginning July 5th!” Carey tweeted.last_img read more

Become the Hero of Legend With This Zelda Gift Guide

first_imgThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is finally upon us with the release of the Nintendo Switch. It’s the latest and greatest adventure Zelda fans won’t want to miss, and in celebration of its release, we’ve got gifts here for any hardcore Zelda fan. Whether you’re just joining the fandom or you’ve been down since 1986, you’ll find something to love in this list. Bust out your Master Sword and Hylian Shield and get ready for battle — figuring out which gifts you should buy for yourself or that special Zelda fan in your life!Zelda OcarinaPlay the same songs you remember from the classic The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time with this sweet potato-shaped ocarina. Or just pretend you’re playing songs and hold it just like Link does. Either way, you’ll feel nostalgic$13.99 at Amazon. Buy It HereNintendo Switch Starter Kit – Link’s Tunic EditionIf you bought a Nintendo Switch to jump right into The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you’ll want something to get you up to speed with protecting your Switch and your games. This Switch starter kit has a special tunic like Link’s from the game and has everything you need to get started using your Switch like a pro.$29.99 at Amazon. Buy It Here.The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Hardcover Strategy GuideIf you’re getting ready to take a deep dive into The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, this hardcover strategy guide should keep you primed on everything there is to see in the game. If you fancy yourself a true adventure skilled in all things Zelda, this tome should be at the ready while you play.$23.99 at Amazon. Buy It Here.The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule HistoriaIf you want to learn everything you possibly can about the world of Zelda, this is the book you want to get. Bound with a beautiful hardcover and filled with secrets and other tidbits about the game series, this is truly a book for all hardcore fans. Just don’t be surprised if it keeps disappearing from your coffee table.$28.36 at Amazon. Buy It Here.Monopoly: The Legend of Zelda Collector’s Edition You know the classic game of Monopoly, but have you played it with special Zelda-based pieces, game spaces, and cards? This gorgeous set will invite even non-fans to come hang out and experience the game in a new light. You’ll probably still have fights breaking out over having to pay for those hotels, though.$35.97 at Amazon. Buy It Here.Zelda Gold Cartridge BlanketKeep warm with one of the classics. This blanket is emblazoned with the classic Gold Legend of Zelda cartridge, just like you remember from childhood. It’s a lot more comfortable than covering up with an actual cartridge, too.$22.43 at Amazon. Buy It Here.The Legend of Zelda Hylian Shield MugNothing’s better than a big cup of coffee in the morning, except for a big cup of coffee in the morning in a Hylian Shield mug. This striking vessel shows off your love for the series as well as sates your love of coffee. Plus, it looks pretty heavy. You could probably hit someone with it if you ever needed to defend yourself.$14.00 at Amazon. Buy It Here.The Legend of Zelda Hylian Shield JournalKeep track of all your adventures in Hyrule with this gorgeous journal. It features the Hylian Shield and Hylian Crest on the back of the journal. It might be too pretty to write in, but that’s a sacrifice you’ll just have to make.$14.00 at Amazon. Buy It Here.last_img read more

Men used to be Taxed if they Wanted to Remain a Bachelor

first_imgSingle, footloose, and fancy-free, the bachelor life is often portrayed as an ideal existence. According to the stereotype, single men have few cares and responsibilities, and, in the absence of a wife or children that require their support, are able to sustain a hedonistic, wild lifestyle. Yet, throughout history, governments and lawmakers have sought to place limits on the numbers of bachelors within society by using an age-old method: taxation.For 2,000 years, bachelor taxes have periodically appeared in societies across the world, targeting single, childless men who were thought to be a useful source of revenue.Ilustration by Dana GibsonAs far back as ancient Rome, according to Tax Fitness, the idea of specifically taxing single adult men has held a consistent appeal for governments and states looking to raise revenue and control social behavior. In 9 AD, the Roman Emperor Augustus levied the ‘Lex Papia Poppaea’, which imposed a tax on single men and married couples who did not have children.The purpose of the tax was to encourage marriage and procreation and to prevent immoral behavior. However, it also proved to be an excellent way to raise funds for the state, and has been imitated in societies across the world ever since.Emperor Augustus.In 1695, when the English Crown was struggling to raise capital for yet another expensive war with France, a bachelor tax was imposed to generate income. This law, known as the Marriage Duty Act, placed a fixed tax on all single men over the age of 25.Bachelor taxes could also be used to regulate population growth. In South Africa, in 1919, a tax was imposed on bachelors in order to encourage white families to have children, a policy rooted in pre-apartheid racial politics and born out of fears that the white population would soon be eclipsed by the black community.The Marriage Duty Act placed a fixed tax on all single men over the age of 25. Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesSimilar attempts at social engineering can be found in Mussolini’s Italy. In 1927 he declared a tax on unmarried men as part of a drive to raise capital and to expand the Italian population. His racially driven ideology was bent on making sure that the (in his view) superior Italian race outstripped the rest of Europe in terms of population growth.In other cases, however, the bachelor tax was more about imposing moral order on society in a time of heightened panic about the hedonistic behavior of young single men.According to Tax Fitness, in the 19th century, the state of Michigan made repeated attempts to impose a bachelor tax, based in part on the idea that single men were statistically more likely to engage in delinquent behavior than married men.The Flirtation by Eugen de Blaas.A similar tax had been introduced in Missouri in 1821, consisting of a fixed $1 annual tax on all unmarried men. However, in Michigan, the proposed ideas met with considerably more resistance. Many men complained that such an initiative was an intolerable form of gender discrimination, questioning why men ought to be singled out for extra taxation and not women.Despite the controversy, further proposals were put forward in 1837, 1848, 1849 and 1850. More successful initiatives appeared at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century. The arguments that prevailed during these debates often centered on the behavior of single men, and the perceived need to coax men into marriage.Jensen Shanahan wedding.Opponents of the bill, however, suggested that if the bachelor tax were to stand, then a similar tax needed to be imposed on all women of marriageable age who had refused marriage proposals.Despite resistance, proponents of the bachelor tax continued to push forward with their agenda. In 1921, in Montana, a $3 tax was successfully imposed on all unmarried bachelors.In addition to this, in 1934, the state of California proposed a $25 bachelor tax, primarily as a strategy to boost the state’s falling birth rate. However, the proposals were not taken forward and the bill was never actually implemented.In 1921 a $3 tax was successfully imposed on all unmarried bachelors in the state of Montana.Although the bachelor tax has been the subject of considerable debate and controversy, it failed to achieve success in the United States. It may be that this is because it was not a particularly effective strategy, either for controlling the behavior of young men or for encouraging them into marriage.Indeed, as one journalist in the Pittsburgh Press noted in 1921, it was inappropriate to bully men into marriage, and any man who could be swayed in such a way “would lack the nerve and stamina necessary to make him a successful husband.”Read another story from us: The Rigid, Proper and Crude: Flirting and Courting Customs from Centuries AgoDespite the best efforts of the state, in early 1920s America it certainly seems to have proven difficult to convince committed bachelors to give up their carefree lives.last_img read more

VIDEO Conor McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi went nosetonose and talked trash at

first_imgHere’s a longer version: Paulie Malignaggi has been talking non-stop since he quit as Conor McGregor’s sparring partner. It’s pretty obvious the end goal of the sustained PR assault is to score a future fight against Conor McGregor.Yesterday, at a press event for McGregor/Mayweather, Malignaggi, who is a commentator for the fight, ambushed McGregor and the two ended up talking trash to each other, nose-to-nose. Malignaggi repeatedly asked McGregor, “Did you bring your balls?” Odds are they will accompany McGregor to the fight, just based on science.Malignaggi seems salty and obviously sees a big payday with McGregor. It would probably be a better fight than Saturday.Conor & Paulie get into it. @PaulMalignaggi tells @TheNotoriousMMA “don’t forget to bring your balls” #mayweathervsmcgregor @espnlasvegas pic.twitter.com/NjBRRxkqYI— Helen Yee (@HelenYeeSports) August 22, 2017 Advertisementlast_img read more