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first_imgEagerly waiting for the release of her new movie ‘Cocktail’, actor Deepika Padukone says the character of Veronica was challenging and she needed inner confidence to play it.”When I was given the script I was offered both the roles… it was for me to decide which part to take up. I was confused. Then I felt I was ready to play Veronica. But I needed inner confidence to be able to pull it off as the character could go wrong in many ways,” Deepika said.In the Homi Adajania-directed film, Deepika will be seen in a bold ‘avataar’ sporting a bikini.”The Indian body type is somehow not suited for a bikini so I feel we Indians need to work a little extra on our body if we want to carry it off well. I changed my work out slightly,” he said.”I had to sacrifice going out for dinners, every time Dino (Dinesh Vijan) decided to take the entire cast out, I would sit in my hotel and have steamed fish and not have any dessert. All this was not easy,” she said.Talking about her character, Deepika said, “Veronica has grown up in a broken family so she hasn’t got the conventional love from her parents. She is feisty but not a rebel. She is a super confident girl who craves for attention. She is a girl who is out there to have fun and enjoy herself.””She is not apologetic about herself and is looking for stability because she has not had that in her life. At the same time, she is very emotional,” Deepika mentioned.This is for the third time that Deepika is being paired opposite Saif Ali khan and the actress is full praises for her co-star.”In spite of him (Saif Ali Khan) having worked so much, he is still someone who fits into these young love stories and romantic characters,” she said.The film is scheduled to release on July 13.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgSrinagar, May 5 (PTI) The CRPF today termed the situation in south Kashmir as challenging and a cause for concern, saying militancy is on the rise there as many locals were joining the militants ranks.”The situation in south Kashmir is challenging. The militancy is on the rise there and many locals are joining the militants. It is a cause for concern. Keeping that in view, the intensity of (anti-militancy) operations has increased in that area,” Inspector General, CRPF, Srinagar, Ravideep Sahi told reporters here.He was speaking to reporters at a talent hunt sporting event organised by the CRPF.”The army, CRPF, J&K Police and BSF are here and all these operations keep on happening. And based on a particular security situation which erupts and based on intelligence inputs, these operations happen and will keep happening in the near future as well,” he said, responding to a question on yesterdays massive anti-militancy operation in Shopian district of south Kashmir.The CRPF IG, however, refused to state whether the operation was successful or not.”I cannot say about this particular operation because it is not in my operational area. But yes, any operation that is carried out, its positive impact remains there because the troops go out to dominate the area, cordon and searches take place, that always remains successful,” he said.Sahi said the operation was undertaken to create a sense of security among the people in south Kashmir which has witnessed a spurt in militancy-related incidents including attacks on banks.advertisement”To stop that (attacks on banks and cash-vans), a large scale cordon and search operation is underway since the last two-three days. It is underway to create a sense of security among people and stop looting and killings, he said.He said the security forces would handle the threats made to security personnel by the militants recently.”It is very unfortunate that the local men of police, CRPF or army are being threatened. If someone joins the force, it gives them employment and through this employment, he looks after his parents and family and focuses on the education of his children. These threats are not good and I think we all – CRPF, army, J&K police will handle it,” he said.He said there would be a coordinated security scheme for this years annual Amarnath Yatra, which also passes through south Kashmir.”Our endeavour will be that the security arrangements for the yatra – whether it is (RoP) road-opening party, route security, shrine security and all the other things – go better,” he said.He said the security forces would try to follow the feedback they got last year which is operationally relevant this year too.”We will see about installation of CCTV cameras (as well),” he added.Sahi said the security agencies had inputs about the movement of militants in the summer capital here as well.”Inputs which are with us suggest that militants do come and go in Srinagar, but we do not have any information about their permanent bases (in the city) so far. But they move here and we have information about that,” he said.Asked about militant videos posted on social media, the CRPF IG said “On the basis of technical inputs and the technology which is with us to stop this, we will use that so that once it (social media) is banned, it is banned”.He said involving youth in sporting activities would have an impact on the student protests across the valley.”We are very hopeful and we always believe in the right intentions. Everything starts with the intention and our intentions are very noble that we should engage the young boys and girls into these kind of activities. I am hopeful that these kind of activities, sporting activities, will have an impact on that (protests),” he said.Sahi said though such activities would not end the issue of Kashmir, they are an opportunity to engage the youth.”When the situation is not good, it becomes more important that these kind of activities be there so that the energy of youths gets channelised. We have seen that girls and boys are very keen to take part in sports.”This is an opportunity. This will not be able to end issue of Kashmir, but this is a small effort to engage the youth. And the youth are more willing to get engaged. Only thing is that they require an opportunity,” he said, adding the local youth are ready to channelise their energy in a positive manner. PTI SSB MIJ KUNadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgUrban Meyer upset on the sideline vs. Maryland.Ohio State is in a slugfest with Maryland on Saturday, and at the moment, the Terrapins and Buckeyes are tied 38-38 with just under four minutes to play. Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer has been losing his mind.At least a dozen times, ABC’s cameras have panned to Meyer after some kind of poor play by the Buckeyes. He’s looked exasperated or despondent virtually every time.Meyer’s reactions on the sideline are a hot topic on Twitter. The Internet is enjoying the meltdown, predictably.Here’s the best of what’s out there. Meyer likely wouldn’t find any of them funny.Mood— Morgan Moriarty (@Morgan_Moriarty) November 17, 2018Urban Meyer late in the game when Ohio State is in the red zone hoping to tie it up.— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) November 17, 2018When Brett McMurphy tweets— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) November 17, 2018have you ever seen a man willing himself to explode, well now you have— BUM CHILLUPS (@edsbs) November 17, 2018Urban Meyer deserves a Tony Award today for best 1-man play.— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) November 17, 2018Urban Meyer is the favorite in the odds for who is the most meme-able coach in college football.— OddsShark (@OddsShark) November 17, 2018Urban Meyer has broken out the half surrender cobra.— OddsShark (@OddsShark) November 17, 2018Urban Meyer sad pizza party coming in hot…— Saturday Down South (@SDS) November 17, 2018Ohio State needs a win to stay in the national title hunt. Maryland needs a win to become bowl eligible. The final few minutes should be fascinating.last_img read more

first_imgJames Franklin high fives his players as they come off the field.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 02: Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin reacts on the sideline during the first half against the USC Trojans during the 2017 Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 2, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Penn State football just wrapped up another pretty successful season. After back-to-back 11-win campaigns, the Nittany Lions will play for a 10th win in whichever bowl game it winds up in.Some may be a bit disappointed with the third-place division finish, but overall, Penn State remains a factor in the very tough Big Ten East, and are a Top 15 or 20 program in a “down” season, relative to the last two. That’s a pretty good place to be.This year, Penn State led off with a scare, getting past Appalachian State in overtime. The Nittany Lions blasted eventual ACC Coastal champion Pitt, and handled struggling MAC program Kent State.Here is what the future non-conference schedules for Penn State football look like.Match-ups via FBSchedules:2019: vs. Idaho (Aug. 31), vs. Buffalo (Sept. 7), vs. Pitt (Sept. 14)2020: vs. Nevada (Sept. 5), at Virginia Tech (Sept. 12), vs. San Jose State (Sept. 192021: vs. Ball State (Sept. 11), vs. Auburn (Sept. 18), vs. Villanova (Sept. 25)2022: at Auburn (Sept. 17), vs. Central Michigan (Sept. 24)2023: vs. West Virginia (Sept. 2), vs. Delaware (Sept. 9)2024: at West Virginia (Aug. 31), vs. Bowling Green (Sept. 7)2025: vs. Virginia Tech (Sept. 6), vs. Villanova (Sept. 13)2026: at Temple (Sept. 12)2027: vs. Delaware (Sept. 11), vs. Temple (Sept. 18)Penn State is totally booked through 2021, and have their Power Five series locked up through 2026, so that is the earliest you’ll likely see a big match-up scheduled.last_img read more

first_imgLos Angeles: Marvel Studios may not have made any formal announcements about “Black Panther” sequel, but actor Martin Freeman has confirmed his involvement in the project. Freeman, who played CIA Agent Everett Ross in the Chadwick Boseman-fronted 2018 film, said he is not sure when the much-anticipated sequel will get into production. “As far as I know, I will be (returning). As far as I know, I will be in another Black Panther. That’s my understanding. As to when that will happen, I don’t know,” Freeman told Collider when asked about his return to Marvel Cinematic Universe. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “Black Panther 2” was not announced during Marvel Studios’ San Diego Comic-Con, but Ryan Coogler is expected to return as the director of the new film. Feige, however, later on hinted that a Black Panther movie can be a part of the studio’s fifth phase. Apart from being a global blockbuster with USD 1.3 billion worldwide, “Black Panther” also became the first Marvel superhero film to earn a best picture Oscar nod.last_img read more

The United Nations launched a $14 million flash appeal today to aid the nearly one million victims of severe flooding in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) over the past two weeks. Over 450 people have been killed and 170,000 made homeless by the widespread flooding, landslides and mudslides which have affected approximately 960,000 people. “United Nations agencies and European Union (EU) Programme Support Units are working closely with the Government of DPRK to bring urgent assistance to those affected by this disaster,” said UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Margareta Wahlström at the appeal’s launch in New York. Thousands are taking refuge in temporary shelters, and ensuring potable water supplies and preventing more cases of water-borne diseases have been identified as key priorities. “I urge the international community to respond swiftly and generously to this appeal, to prevent further suffering,” Ms. Wahlström said. The appeal seeks to supplement the DPRK’s response to meet the most urgent needs of those affected over the next three months, and will focus on providing essential medicines, clean water and food. “Support must be provided now to provide the most vulnerable with basic food items, ensure access to essential medicines, and prevent malnutrition,” said Jean-Pierre de Margerie, UN Acting Resident Coordinator for DPRK. “The humanitarian community is relying on international donors to fund this flash appeal to ensure that the most vulnerable communities urgently receive the assistance they need.” According to joint assessments by the Government and international organizations, 240,000 homes, as well as basic medical services and key infrastructure, have suffered major damage. Exacerbating concerns about food insecurity, significant damage to crops has also been reported. 28 August 2007The United Nations launched a $14 million flash appeal today to aid the nearly one million victims of severe flooding in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) over the past two weeks. read more

While negotiations are underway, no specific document has been signed yet, and the number of helicopters that Sri Lanka is going to purchase has not been defined, Jayatilleka specified. Sri Lanka is negotiating with Russia the purchase of a new batch of Russian Mi-17 helicopters, which the country will use in UN peacekeeping missions, Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia Dayan Jayatilleka told Sputnik on Sunday.The ambassador recalled that Mi-17s were on the agenda of a Sri Lankan senior defence officials’ visit to Moscow in early September 2018. The Mi-17 medium twin-turbine helicopter is manufactured in a variety of forms, including cargo, passenger, search and rescue, flying hospital and firefighting models. Over 100 countries worldwide have purchased Mi-17 helicopters. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka has been purchasing Mi-17 helicopters since the early 1990s. read more

“Locusts are breeding in thousands of spots over large areas south of the Atlas Mountains stretching from Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia to western Libya,” the senior officer of the FAO locust group, Clive Elliot, said. “Hoppers are forming bands and are at the last stage before they become adults. Swarms are likely to start forming from the end of this month.”With winds expected to carry a substantial number of swarms south by mid-June, the agency called on Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal to immediately start preparing and equipping teams for field surveillance and control operations. Resources for sprayers, vehicles, pesticides and training should be mobilized. Stressing that it had only received a partial response to an emergency appeal launched last month for $17 million to assist countries in eliminating locust infestations and swarms, FAO warned that time is running out. “If these funds are not made available quickly, it is possible that the whole region will be subjected to a full-scale plague by the end of 2004,” Mr. Elliot said. The last desert locust plague, in 1987-1989, took several years and more than $300 million before it was brought to an end. More than $40 million have been spent since last October on locust control, provided mainly by locust-affected countries. Some 2.1 million hectares have been treated with insecticides since then in Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia. “Despite intensive control operations on the ground and by air, it is very difficult to find and treat all of the locust infestations in the vast and often remote desert areas,” Mr. Elliot said. “Control teams are doing their best, but it is a race against time. In addition to the swarms that move south into the Sahel (sub-Sahara), it is possible that some swarms could move east into western Sudan.” read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTrump says porn star Daniels is conning the mediaApril 18, 2018In “World”Trump attacks Michael Cohen over ‘Playboy model payment tape’July 21, 2018In “World”Trump: Impeach me and the market crashesAugust 23, 2018In “World” LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — A porn star sued President Donald Trump on Tuesday to declare a “hush agreement” over their alleged affair invalid because he never signed it, documents say.President Donald TrumpLos Angeles lawyer Michael Avenatti posted on his Twitter account a copy of what appears to be the suit filed on behalf of the porn star who goes by the name Stormy Daniels. Her real name is Stephanie Clifford.The hush agreement does “not exist, because, among other things, Mr Trump never signed” the document with a Superior Court of California stamp, the suit says.It alleges she had an intimate relationship with Trump from 2006 to 2007, which she sought to reveal after Trump won the Republican Party nomination for president and other women claimed to have had sexual encounters with him.With help from his lawyer Michael Cohen, Trump then sought to “aggressively… silence Ms Clifford as part of an effort to avoid her telling the truth, thus helping to ensure he won the presidential election,” the document says.Cohen prepared a non-disclosure agreement, a copy of which is attached to the lawsuit and which required a US$130,000 payment to be wired from a company known as Essential Consultants LLC to Clifford in return for her silence, according to the documents.Using the pseudonyms Peggy Peterson and David Dennison, Clifford and Trump were to sign the agreement, along with Essential Consultants.Days before the November 2016 presidential election which Trump won, Clifford put her name to the document, as did Cohen for Essential Consultants, it says.“Mr Trump, however, did not sign the agreement, thus rendering it legally null and void and of no consequence,” the document adds.Cohen told US media last month that he paid Clifford US$130,000, prompting her manager to suggest a non-disclosure agreement had been broken.Cohen declined to give details such as why he made the payment, or if Trump was aware of it at the time.“Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly,” Cohen said, according to the New York Times.Trump declined to comment on the issue. The White House has dodged questions about whether allegations of an affair are true, claiming the matter was dealt with during the campaign.Cohen’s comments came after the watchdog group Common Cause filed a federal complaint in January arguing that the payout may have violated campaign finance rules. read more

first_imgGARDAÍ AT TALLAGHT have seized cannabis herb and resin with an estimated street value of €700,000.The discovery was made following a planned search of a house in Hazel Grove Court, Tallaght, Dublin yesterday evening, as part of an ongoing operation into the sale and supply of drugs in the Tallaght area.No arrestsDespite the discovery, there were no arrests made at the scene.Gardaí investigations are ongoing.Pipe bomb-type device made safe in Tallaght>last_img

first_imgThese days it feels like everyone is holding their breath in anticipation, waiting for what is coming next from Microsoft. During that time AT&T is continuing their march forward with inexpensive Windows Phone devices for their LTE network. Windows Phone and Nokia were able to make quite a splash recently with the Lumia 900, but much of the good feeling surrounding that device was lost when network issues were discovered.AT&T’s latest addition to their Windows Phone portfolio, the Samsung Focus 2, comes in at $50 on a new two-year agreement. Here at CTIA 2012 we were able to get some hands on time with this phone.The Samsung Focus 2 is a 1.4GHz single-core smartphone with a 800×480 resolution Super AMOLED screen. In a world populated by things like the dual-core Snapdragon S4 this may not sound like much, but in fact the phone is incredibly snappy and Samsung’s display technology lends itself to the Windows Phone Metro UI very nicely. Nothing lagged on this phone whatsoever, even when trying to use the phone immediately after the boot sequence.The 5MP camera on the device is capable of recording at 720p, but the overall quality of the sensor wasn’t particularly great. Like many Samsung devices, the phone struggled in low light to take a good photo. The 1750 MaH promises to get you through a whole day of usage even on LTE, and since the rest of the hardware on this phone isn’t particularly demanding it is easy to see that being accurate.The Focus 2 is a little chubby compared to the Lumia 900 or any of Samsung’s recent releases. The phone is very comfortable to hold in the hand, and both the volume rocker and power button are well placed. Everything about this phone feels like it would have been released over a year ago as a mid-range Android device. That fact alone speaks volumes to how well designed Windows Phone is, since it requires significantly less than the next big Android phone to perform just aAs a $50 LTE phone, the Focus 2 is not the prettiest phone out there, but it is certainly worth what you pay for it.last_img read more

first_imgNvidia mused about sub-$200 quad-core tablets a few months ago, and more recently said that these Kai tablets were very much real. While the as-yet-unconfirmed Nexus Tablet has been mentioned as sporting four cores at such a price point, Acer has beaten Google and Asus to the punch with the Iconia A110.The 7-inch tablet features an Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC and it’s set to go on sale some time in the next couple of months. Acer hasn’t set a price in stone yet, but they are saying that it will definitely be less than $200.Acer hasn’t offered up much in the way of specs for the Iconia A110 yet, but it’s possible that the hardware will still be tweaked slightly before launch day anyway. The device on display at Computex features 1GB of RAM, 1024 x 600 resolution, 8GB of internal storage, a front-facing camera only, HDMI output and dual-display support, and microSD expansion.The tablet is also shipping with a nearly plain-vanilla version of Android 4.0 — no TouchWiz or Sense-style UI overlays here. The Iconia A110 is also said to benchmark fairly well, and it certainly seems like a good buy. You’re getting two more cores than you would if you picked up a Kindle Fire, after all.All in all, the A110 looks like a modest but welcome update for Acer’s previous 7-incher, the Iconia Tab A100. While the A100 did offer a rear-facing camera, its disappearance isn’t a huge loss. Using a half-kilogram, 8-inch-wide device isn’t a great way to take snapshots anyway, and it’s an excellent trade for double the processing capacity.More at The Vergelast_img read more

first_imgFor some of us gamers, the most engaging aspect of a game is its environment and atmosphere. A large swath of games offer an acceptable form of these two aspects, but only a few can transcend adequacy. Silent Hill, a handful of Elder Scrolls games (specifically Oblivion’s Shivering Isles DLC), weird indies like Proteus, and BioShock’s Rapture. BioShock Infinite’s Columbia was certainly a well-detailed, interesting city, but the whole point of its Main Street, America theme was that it was familiar. Rapture, on the other hand, gave us something unfamiliar and uniquely creepy, and some of us really miss wandering around that broken city. It appears Irrational Games misses Rapture as well, because the next BioShock Infinite DLC, dubbed Burial at Sea, will take us back to that underwater dystopia.Set on New Year’s Eve 1958, Burial at Sea features Booker DeWitt and Elizabeth in their own two-part detective story set in Rapture. Yes, 1958 is a year before the city began to fall apart, so we’ll get to see Rapture in its (presumed) functional glory — something series fans wanted in full ever since the first BioShock.Eurogamer got a chance to interview Ken Levine, and gleaned a bit of information. The DLC will begin with Booker in his office as a woman that you don’t appear to know walks in — the beginning of every film noir ever. The story takes place on the night the bombing happened that originally began the revolution that took place in Rapture. So, it appears we’ll not only see Rapture functioning, but its fall as well — rather than picking up after the city had already fallen like in the original game.Levine states that nearly everything in the DLC is created with the new engine, including the background city off in the submerged distance, which will now be 3D structures instead of 2D images. Players will not only meet characters from the first game before they’ve gone completely insane, but Levine notes that they won’t just be cameos either, and will be fully integrated into the story. It’ll be pretty interesting to see what Sander Cohen was like before he was the best crazy person we’ve seen in video games in a long time.Though some of the experience will take place in a functional Rapture, we’ll also get to experience the crazy, splicer Rapture we all know and love. The gameplay will be more modified to fit the original’s, so rather than large-scale gunfights, we’ll be creeping around and watching splicers and enemies be crazy in their natural habitat. Levine also says that Big Daddies will make a return in some way.If this seems like a ploy to appease series fans that miss Rapture, Levine also states that the story will be integrated into Infinite in some way, so at least it seems canonical.It seems like this new DLC will be something akin to BioShock 2’s vaunted Minerva’s Den — a contained, though canonical experience that will feel like its own game rather than some add-on. Thankfully, it’ll take place in Rapture, a place some of us hold dear. For more good tidbits from Levine, like how he deals with internet pressure, check out Eurogamer’s interview.BioShock Infinite’s first piece of DLC, Clash in the Clouds — an arena mode where players defeat waves of enemies — is out today for $5. There’s no timetable for Burial at Sea’s release, but both Booker and Elizabeth’s packs will run $14.99 each, and we can expect more details and a release date coming soon.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram How did you start your career in architecture and how did you decide to become a conservation architect? I have this image of myself, aged nine, showing a picture that I had drawn of our house to my parents; I had spent all afternoon across the street drawing. I announced then, that I wanted to be an architect.  RMIT was a great place to study architecture in the late 1970s. My main interest lay in the recycling of buildings and architectural design within an existing context; be it a city, a building or an environment.However, jobs in building recycling and energy conservation were scarce. I pursued a career in heritage conservation instead and was able to transfer my interests of material science into fabric conservation.My then employer and mentor, Richard Falkinger, guided me towards further studies. I also assisted Richard with the conservation of St Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral, Melbourne (c1858) and was able to apply my knowledge of fire safety on this project. We worked on St Patrick’s Cathedral for more than 15 years.Fifteen years ago, I became a director of Falkinger Andronas Architects, Heritage Consultants and I have been sole director for almost 10 years. We are entering a new phase of our practice, and we wish to mark this transition with a change to the new business name Andronas Conservation Architecture. What are some of the projects you have worked on? Over the past 25 years, we have had the opportunity to conserve a great number of historic buildings, including The Block Arcade, ANZAC House, Newman College at Melbourne University designed by Walter Burley Griffin (the man who designed Canberra) and the stained glass at Flinders Street Station (above the clocks).We have undertaken the conservation and liturgical reordering of more than 50 historic churches thoughout Victoria and South Australia and  have recently completed a new church building for the Lebanese Maronite Community in Thornbury, and a new community centre in St Kilda. We also assisted Fr Andrea at Malvern erect the spires on the church of St Catherine, though the design was that of Morea Architects.In every case, we argue to conserve the significant fabric, but acknowledge that buildings need to evolve to remain viable and adapt to new ways of being used.  You’ve recently been awarded with the Heritage Architectural Award for your work on St Paul’s Cathedral. Could you elaborate on the challenges that you faced in working on this project? Since 2001, our office has been working on the restoration of St Paul’s Cathedral, across the street from Federation Square, for which we received last week the Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Chapter Heritage Architecture Award 2009. The biggest issue at St Paul’s was getting access to the spires. We had mountain climbers on the outside of the spires with ropes and camera gear recording the condition of the stonework, while I was in a van in the carpark directing the show from a TV monitor and CB radio. We had more than 20 DVDs of data, which needed to be transferred to drawings so that we could get the works priced. The erection of the scaffold was a challenge in itself. A temporary lift was set up in the middle of the church, which took stone masons to their work site up above the city. What are some of your future projects?I am certain that many Hellenes would remember the Astor Theatre on Chapel Street St Kilda. We are currently undertaking a study for the restoration of the Astor Theatre in St Kilda for St Michael’s Grammar School, where the erudite Stathis Raftopoulos ran as a Greek Cinema from 1967. Our work in the restoration of the facades to Newman College at the University of Melbourne will continue for the next three or four years, assuming the funding is maintained. These sorts of projects often take twice as long to restore than it took to build in the first place.We have already commenced the restoration of the 1927 Manchester Unity Building, on the corner of Collins and Swanston Streets in the city, starting with mundane but necessary works on the roofs and the lifts. We expect that we will soon be cleaning the exterior facades.Minister for Employment Participation (NSW), Senator Mark Arbib announced last week that the new environment centre we designed for the Scout Association at Gembrook, Victoria received funding of $375,000 to proceed, which is also very exciting news as we have been trying to get this project off the ground for the last three years. What are the secrets for a long and successful career in architecture?  Architecture is perhaps a combination of art and building, and art requires passion. Passion is also required to be combined with persistence to see a project through the difficult times, because architecture is the physical realisation of ideas and solutions.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram European Commission officials last week approved the Stability and Growth Program submitted to Brussels last month by the Greek government and welcomed the additional measures heralded by Prime Minister George Papandreou in a televised address on Tuesday night, but they said they would be keeping a close eye on the implementation of austerity measures and demanding regular progress updates.The European Union’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said Greece’s Stability and Growth Program, which aims to plug a gaping deficit over the next three years, was “ambitious but realistic.” He also welcomed Papandreou’s heralding of extra austerity measures. Almunia stressed, however, that the implementation of these measures by the government was not going to be easy.“If the program is followed by decisions, by actions… this will have a positive effect on the market,” he said. “If the decisions are not there, the markets will apply additional pressure.”The EC expects the first update on the government’s progress in implementing austerity measures by mid-March. After that, it will demand monthly progress reports until May and quarterly updates thereafter.Almunia stressed that the government’s efforts to meet targets for reducing its bloated budget deficit would be “rigorously monitored through the surveillance procedure.”But he emphasised the support of Brussels for Greek efforts to get the economy back on track. “The Commission fully supports Greece in this difficult task,” he said.Mr Almunia’s comments followed the announcement of a series of additional austerity measures by the Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou on Tuesday in a televised public address.The Greek Prime Minister announced increases in fuel tax, a cut in bonuses to public sector employees, a freeze on all public sector wages and an increase in the retirement age in the public sector.Papandreou also announced increases in tax on distributed profits that are not reinvested, the taxation of dividends in the way that incomes are taxed and an increase in the taxation of offshore companies.Prime Minister George Papandreou yesterday heralded the austerity measures – beyond those already outlined in the crisis plan his government has submitted to Brussels – as he stressed the importance of pushing through painful “but socially fair” measures to ensure the country does not “fall off the edge of an abyss.”In a televised public address given following successive face-to-face meetings with opposition party leaders, Papapandreou asked for broad-reaching support for economic reforms and stressed the importance of accelerating their implementation. Unsurprisingly, Communist Party (KKE) leader Aleka Papariga and Alexis Tsipras, head of the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA), were critical of the austerity measures.Antonis Samaras, leader of the main opposition New Democracy, and Giorgos Karatzaferis, of the right-wing Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS), were measured in their support for the measuresWorkers’ unions were less encouraging in their reception of the government’s bolstered austerity program.The General Confederation of Greek Labor (GSEE), the country’s main labor union, called a 24-hour strike for February 24.Papandreou was also criticized by the main civil servants’ union (ADEDY), which has already called a strike for February 10. “The measures announced [by Papandreou] confirm our predictions,” said ADEDY Chairman Spyros Papaspyros. “These measures will not be the last to be taken.”last_img read more

first_imgAbout a decade into his medical career, Dr. Jeff Horacek of Portland was facing burnout.Horacek, an internal medicine physician, was working full time in primary care. He was exhausted — physically, mentally and emotionally — from the demands of his job and the stress of a recent divorce.Then a colleague suggested Horacek learn some mindfulness skills. The suggestion changed Horacek’s life, both personally and professionally.“It’s improved the quality of my relationships with my clients in the office. It’s improved the quality of the relationships with my colleagues. It’s improved the quality of the relationships with my loved ones,” Horacek said.In addition, Horacek said, he has more empathy for people. He’s more patient and understanding of what others are experiencing. He treats others with more kindness.Mindfulness helps people to become unconditionally present, maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and surrounding environment. Mindfulness also involves acceptance, helping people to pay attention to their thoughts and feelings without judging them.Horacek discovered mindfulness nine years ago. Over the years, he connected with other health professionals who use mindfulness techniques. About four years ago, Horacek and some of those other providers formed the nonprofit Mindful Medicine and created a curriculum for teaching mindfulness techniques.last_img read more

first_imgTwo senior advisers who were serving in an interim capacity have been named to leadership posts at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore by President Juliette B. Bell.Stephen L. McDanielVeteran fund-raiser Stephen L. McDaniel is Bell’s choice for vice president for institutional advancement, the office responsible for generating external funding and community support for university endeavors. McDaniel signed on in the fall of 2013 as a UMES administrator and emerged as the top candidate for the job following a national search.Patrick R. LiverpoolBell also has named Patrick R. Liverpool as provost and vice president for academic affairs “so that we can address the critical issues necessary for the academic transformation at the university.” Liverpool joined Bell’s administrative team as an interim appointee this past July.Since retiring from Delaware State University where he was the business school dean, Liverpool has worked as a higher education consultant, filling senior administrative openings at institutions where searches were taking place. When Bell resigned from Central State University to become UMES president in July 2012, Liverpool temporarily replaced her as the Ohio school’s chief academic policymaker.McDaniel has three decades of experience working as a collegiate fund-raiser, most recently at Norfolk (Va.) State University. He also spent 18 years with the United Negro College Fund, an organization that coordinates fund-raising for private, historically black institutions.“Transitions in senior leadership are challenging, but they are not an uncommon phenomenon in higher education,” Bell said. “I see this time of transition as one in which we can identify new leadership to guide us in the next phase of our university’s journey.”last_img read more

first_img Researcher Shinichiro Wada and his team were observing the diet of the bird population of Japanese white-eyes and brown-eared bulbuls that inhabit the Hahajima Island. Their studies revealed that the bird’s had a preference for the tiny snails, but they were surprised by the amount of snails that were able to survive a trip through the bird’s digestive system.The researchers then turned their studies to the T. boeningi and found genetic differences throughout the populations on the island. Their results revealed that snails were mating with populations found on other areas of the island. While scientists have seen this type of long distance dispersal pattern before, explanations of how different groups ended up with each other was always speculation and usually involved the theory of traveling on bird’s feet.This is the first study of its kind to show that the bird’s and their droppings are able to disperse living snails to other geographical locations. One snail managed to show the researchers that entire snail families could be transported by the birds. Not long after being ingested, one small gave birth to juveniles not long after passing through the gut of the bird.These tiny snails are an average 2.5mm and researchers believe it may be their size that helps them survive. Larger species of snails show severe damage to their shells when ingested by the birds while the T. boeningi remains intact.The researchers plan to conduct further studies into the tiny snail and discover if their survival is a matter of pure luck or if they have managed to adapt in a way that allows them to survive their digestive track travels. Explore further More information: Snails can survive passage through a bird’s digestive system, Journal of Biogeography, DOI:10.1111/j.1365-2699.2011.02559.xAbstractAim Predation is generally viewed as a factor that limits the distribution of animal prey species. However, in certain instances, such as seed dispersal, predation may enhance the dispersal capability of prey species. In a prior study, we found that land snails are preyed upon by the Japanese white-eye (Zosterops japonicus) and the brown-eared bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis) in the Ogasawara Islands. In this paper we provide experimental and field evidence indicating that land snails could potentially be dispersed through bird predation.Location Hahajima Island of the Ogasawara Islands in the western Pacific.Methods Experimentation was first performed to test whether the land snail Tornatellides boeningi could remain alive after being swallowed and passed through the bird digestive system. Next, in order to investigate the potential role of internal bird transport and dispersal of this snail, we investigated the relationship between the distribution of population genetic diversity in the snail and the regional geographical abundance of predatory birds. The population genetic structure of T. boeningi and isolation by distance were inferred with Arlequin. The association between nucleotide diversity in T. boeningi populations and population density of predators was examined using a generalized linear mixed model. We conducted a likelihood ratio test for the full model and for another model that removed the fixed effect.Results Of the 119 snails fed to Japanese white-eyes and 55 snails fed to brown-eared bulbuls, 14.3% and 16.4% of the snails, respectively, passed through the gut alive. Additionally, one snail gave birth to juveniles after emerging from a bird’s gut. Significant heterogeneity among the populations of T. boeningi on Hahajima was indicated using AMOVA; however, there was no evidence of isolation by distance. A positive correlation was found between levels of mitochondrial DNA variation among and within T. boeningi populations and the density of Japanese white-eyes in the wild.Main conclusions Bird predation appears to be a method of dispersal for T. boeningi, and our results suggest that bird-mediated dispersal plays a role in land snail population structure. Invasive snail may damage diet of rare Everglades bird © 2010 Citation: Tiny snails survive in bird’s digestive system (2011, July 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — In a recent study published in the Journal of Biogeography, researchers from the Tohoku University in Japan show how 15 percent of the Tornatellides boeningi, or tiny land snail, are able to survive a bird’s digestive system and emerge alive in the bird’s droppings. Tornatellides boeningi. Image credit: This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Brought to you by PCWorld What would a week in the tech-world be without another questionable lawsuit against Apple? Apple is already facing a lawsuit for dropping the price of the iPhone and another one filed on the behalf of someone who iBricked his iPhone and is mad.This time around Apple is being sued by a Florida resident Frederick Black who filed a class-action lawsuit against Apple, claiming the company is attempting to establish a monopoly over the digital media market by “illegally” tying iPods to the iTunes Store.According to Apple Insider, Black asserts, among many things, that Apple acts unlawfully in not letting its consumers transfer iTunes-purchased content to a non-iPod device or transfer other online vendors’ content to their iPods. Also, if consumers happen to lose or break their iPod, the lawsuit asserts users are unable to transfer songs purchased through iTunes to a non-Apple device and have to repurchase an iPod as a result.There are so many things troubling about this case I don’t know where to start. First did someone forget to tell Black about how to add DRM-free files to iTunes that are purchased from online music stores like Amazon music download service or eMusic? ITunes also allows anyone to buy iTunes Plus tracks with no DRM that can be played on any device.Also, if you feel your Apple iTunes’ library is imprisoned by iTunes software there are ways to convert Apple AAC files. There are several programs such as AppleMacSoftware DRM Converter for Mac, Magic AAC to MP3 Converter, and MP3&WAV Converter that will get the job done.A few years back PC World wrote about how to beat the music download blues which gives some great tips on how frustrated folks can solve their music download problems without getting their attorney involved.The case, which was filed in Florida district court in August, has made it to the US District Court for the Southern District of California. Black is seeking in excess of $15,000 in damages, even up to $45,000 for attorneys’ fees, damages and any further relief. 2 min read November 8, 2007 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

first_imgA Toyota Quantum minibus taxi travelling along the Harrismith road in the early hours of Sunday morning hit a cow near the Peacetown turn-off.There were no passengers in the taxi at the time, with the driver being alone in the vehicle. The taxi was heading towards Ladysmith at the time. The driver sustained injuries to his legs and was trapped in the wreckage after the crash. However, before paramedics arrived, the injured driver was removed from the taxi by other people and also other taxi drivers who stopped to help. Onlookers used a large steel pole to push away the steering column that was pinning the driver in his seat. He was treated by paramedics and transported to hospital.The cow was still alive after the accident and had to be shot by RTI officers due to injuries sustained from the impact. Opportunistic passersby stopped and started cutting up the dead animal at roadside, taking the meat home to eat.SAPS, RTI, EMRS and ER24 responded to the scene. One lane was closed while clean-up operations were carried out. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more