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first_imgPowerade VIDEO: From Predators to Adizero’s – The Evolution of FIFA World Cup Boots Goal Last updated 1 year ago 21:30 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy David Beckham's '02 World Cup boots Powerade World Cup Videos Adidas’s Predator Range has been a very popular choice among football’s elite, but who can forget Gerd Muller’s golden boots? The football boots worn by World Cup stars can reach iconic status.Brazil captain Carlos Alberto Torres’s simple black and white Adidas boots were the first that people really noticed, as the Selecao turned on the style at the 1970 World Cup in Mexico. But his understated pair were left in the shadow of the glistening, golden boots worn by Germany’s Gerd Muller during the tournament four years later. Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move A few years later, the height of evolution in boots arrived via the Adidas Predator.The Predator Cup boots, sported most notably by Thomas Hassler at USA ’94, were followed by the Accelerators, worn by the key to France’s victory on home soil in ’98, Zinedine Zidane.The Predator Mania’s became arguably the most famous boots of all time when David Beckham and Co. gallivanted around in them during Japan/South Korea ’02.Spain legend Xavi wore Predator X boots as he helped La Roja pass their way to glory in South Africa in ’10, while Colombia’s James Rodriguez earned the Golden Boot in Brazil ’14, scoring six times in his Adidas F50 Adizero’s.Will we see another pair of legendary boots emerge in Russia?last_img read more

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first_imgThe Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission wants to increase the diversity of its board of inquiry panel member roster. “It is important that the roster be reflective of the diverse groups of people within our province,” said commission director and CEO Krista Daley. “For example, to date, we have not had a Mi’kmaq member serve on the roster and we believe it is important to be representative.” The board of inquiry is an independent administrative tribunal and can hear, determine and deal with complaints of discrimination referred by the province’s human rights commissioners. The commission will use an independent process for selecting members. An external selection committee will screen and interview applicants based on established criteria including, at minimum, a law degree, five years experience in their professional field and experience in human rights legislation or issues. The commission maintains a roster of up to 30 members, one-third of whom are from outside the Halifax Regional Municipality. It is from this panel member roster that the Chief Judge of the provincial court nominates people for appointment to a human rights board of inquiry. Successful applicants may be appointed to the roster for up to five years before they must re-apply. Information on the application process can be found on the commission website at www.gov.ns.ca/humanrights .last_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement Albert Schultz stepped down as Soulpepper’s founding artistic director after four actresses filed separate lawsuits against him and the theatre company, accusing him of sexual misconduct. (Frank Gunn/Canadian Press) Login/Register With: This isn’t the first time incoming Soulpepper Theatre Company executive director Emma Stenning has faced the fallout of a sexual-misconduct scandal that rocked the arts world.The U.K.-based theatre veteran, whose hiring was announced Thursday, comes to Toronto by way of the Bristol Old Vic, where she has served as the company’s chief executive for the past nine years.Housed in a 250-year-old building, the Bristol Old Vic bills itself as the oldest continuously working theatre in the English-speaking world. But the present company traces its origins back to 1946, when it was established as an offshoot of the esteemed Old Vic in London. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Members of the Soulpepper Theatre Company perform in New York’s Bryant Park in July 2017. Stenning says the company’s artists will be her guides as she steers it forward. (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images) With connections to theatre festivals around the world, Stenning said she hopes to raise Soulpepper’s profile on the international stage.But Soulpepper’s true potential lies at home, she said, in a theatre that was founded by artists, and puts artists first. And she said those artists will be her guides as she steers Soulpepper forward.“I think it’s a very strong statement of values to say that we start with the art,” she said.“Artists are people that see around corners. You have to trust an artist’s vision of what … stories they want to tell.” Advertisement Facebook When she assumes her full executive duties this November, Stenning will work with Soulpepper’s yet-to-be-appointed artistic director to develop a five-year strategic plan for the theatre and review its training academy, which has been placed on a one-year hiatus.Her predecessor in the position, Leslie Lester, parted ways with the company in January after four actresses filed separate lawsuits against Soulpepper and her husband, founding artistic director Albert Schultz, accusing him of sexual misconduct. Schultz also stepped down from his position and vowed to vigorously defend himself against the allegations.Earlier this month, all parties in the case said they had reached an out-of-court settlement, the terms of which have not been disclosed.Vanessa Morgan, chair of Soulpepper’s board of directors, said in an email that all costs relating to the lawsuits will be accounted for in its 2018 financial statement and have not had a “material impact” on the non-profit theatre’s financial position or operations.After reporting a $556,000 deficit for 2017, Soulpepper said in a March statement that the theatre was projecting further deficits this year due to “extraordinary” one-time costs and revenue reductions, as well as the loss of a planned funding increase from the Canada Council for the Arts.In order to help its financial situation, earlier this year the theatre launched a “Transition Campaign” that has since raised $825,000, a Soulpepper spokesperson said Wednesday.Stenning said with the strong support of donors, whom she called Soulpepper’s “rocket fuel,” she feels optimistic about the company’s financial future.The theatre has maintained financial support from all three levels of government during its months-long legal battle, which she sees as a vote of confidence in the steps Soulpepper has already taken to create a safer workplace, including providing crisis counsellors, setting up a whistleblower hotline and adopting a new code of conduct. London’s Old Vic was thrust into the #MeToo spotlight last November after the theatre said it had received 20 allegations of inappropriate behaviour against its former artistic director Kevin Spacey.While the theatre companies are separate, Stenning said the Bristol Old Vic worked closely with its London counterpart to develop a program in which staff members are trained as “guardians” who their colleagues can turn to for confidential counsel about workplace concerns.Across the pond, Soulpepper has shown a similar commitment to culture change in the face of a now-resolved legal battle over sexual-misconduct allegations against its former artistic director, Stenning said, and she plans to build on this progress as both a leader and a listener.You’ve got to walk the talk … Policies that sit on bits of paper in people’s drawers are no good.– Emma Stenning“You’ve got to walk the talk … Policies that sit on bits of paper in people’s drawers are no good,” Stenning said in a recent interview in Toronto.“We have to have an active culture of listening, of learning, of supporting each other. I hope to embody that, to lead from the front, just as I have in Bristol.”Having overseen a $42-million overhaul of the 18th-century theatre, Stenning said she felt her tenure at the Bristol Old Vic was coming to a natural close, and she could leave with confidence that she had restored the company from a “wobbly” financial position into a thriving cultural institution.Stabilizing SoulpepperAnd as she looks towards Soulpepper’s next chapter, Stenning said the theatre’s standing is not as “wobbly” as one might think.“My vision for the company is just to continue to work with the team on this process of stabilization, I suppose, and make sure that we are really ready to deliver a bold future.”last_img read more

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first_imgMelissa Kentner watching over her sister Barbara Kentner at the St. Joseph’s hospice. APTN/Willow FiddlerWillow Fiddler and Dennis WardAPTN National NewsThe sister of Barbara Kentner — the Anishinaabe woman who died after she was attacked with a trailer hitch — has moved away from Thunder Bay following threats targeting her children.Melissa Kentner said she has moved out of the city to another community with her children.“I’m going live here for the safety of the kids,” Kentner told APTN in an online conversation. “These white kids telling my kids that they are going to be the next ones found in the river or get a trailer hitch thrown at them.”Melissa Kentner said adjusting to life without her sister has been difficult for the whole family. She said her children also needed some distance from the tragedy that befell her sister.“The kids didn’t want to be reminded about Barb every day,” she said.Barbara Kentner, 34, died July 4 following complications her family said were caused by the impact of a trailer hitch thrown from a moving vehicle during a targeted attack in January.Barbara and Melissa Kentner were walking on a downtown Thunder Bay street in the early morning hours of Jan. 29 when they were noticed by a group of four individuals in a parked car. The car sped towards them and an individual fired a trailer hitch at Barbara Kentner from a passenger window.The Kentner family says doctors told them the trailer hitch ruptured Barbara Kentner’s small intestine which triggered a fungus infection that eventually led to her death.Thunder Bay Police charged Brayden Bushby, 18, with aggravated assault in connection with the incident. The three other people in the car are expected to be called as witnesses should the case against Bushby go to trial.The Crown and Thunder Bay police are still waiting for autopsy results to determine whether the charge against Bushby should be upgraded to a homicide.Thunder Bay Police spokesperson Chris Adams says police still haven’t heard back from the Coroner.A spokesperson for the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario says the investigation into the death is ongoing. Cheryl Mahyr, speaking by phone from Toronto, said an autopsy can take days, weeks or months.Melissa Kentner has told APTN she wants to see charges against the three other individuals in the car.wfiddler@aptn.cadward@aptn.ca@WillowBlasizzo@DennisWardNewslast_img read more

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10 October 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be traveling to Geneva next week for talks regarding the situation in Georgia, followed by a trip to Quebec City later in the week and then a visit to Boston at the end of this month. Mr. Ban will be in Geneva on Tuesday to discuss Georgia and the future role of the United Nations there with representatives of the European Union and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). He will be represented at the talks, which will be held at the expert level on Wednesday, by his Special Representative for Georgia, Johan Verbeke. Later in the week, the Secretary-General travels to Quebec City, Canada, where he is scheduled to address the opening of the Francophonie Summit, during which he will stress the strong ties between the UN and Francophone countries. While in the city, Mr. Ban also plans to hold several bilateral meetings before returning to New York next weekend. At the end of the month, the UN chief will speak at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Mr. Ban’s speech, entitled “Securing the common good at time of global crises,” will focus on the importance of achieving disarmament, climate change solutions, global health targets and progress against terrorism. It will also centre on the challenge of addressing such issues against the backdrop of concurrent global crises pertaining to finance, food, energy and development. He will be addressing the John F. Kennedy Forum, which frequently hosts heads of State; leaders in politics, government, business, labour and the media; academics; community organizers; and artists. read more

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On arrival in Nauru, transferees were subject to relevant immigration, customs and quarantine clearance processes. They will now be settled into their accommodation at the temporary facility and go through induction processes.Selection of this group was based on operational considerations and an assessment of their particular circumstances to confirm transfer was appropriate. The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) today announced the transfer of a group of irregular Sri Lankan maritime arrivals to Nauru – the first transfer to depart from the mainland after setting off from Darwin.The group, comprising of 31 men from Sri Lanka, departed Darwin at 11.46pm EST Thursday September 27 on a charter aircraft, escorted by the Australian Federal Police (AFP), DIAC staff, interpreters and medical staff. The group arrived in Nauru at 5am EST today, the Australian High Commission in Colombo said. The completion of this transfer reaffirms the strong message of deterrence for anyone considering risking their lives on dangerous people smuggling boats. There will be no advantage for boat arrivals. It also shows that all asylum seekers who arrived after the August 13 changes are subject to new regional processing arrangements, regardless of whether they are located on Christmas Island or the mainland. Transfers will continue to take place regularly as part of the new policy of regional processing of irregular maritime arrivals.DIAC continues to implement the recommendations of the report of the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers, whose central principle provides that people choosing to travel to Australia by boat should receive no advantage. read more

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first_imgLast Thursday, San Francisco area protesters planned to disrupt Bay Area Rapid Transit services. To organize their efforts, participants planned to coordinate actions using their cell phones — which they would also use to notify each other of the whereabouts of BART police. Transit authorities subsequently disrupted cellular service at key stations in order to prevent a disturbance, which they stated could have led to overcrowded platforms and extremely unsafe conditions for users during commute times.That action didn’t sit well with a lot of folks, in particular the hacktivist group Anonymous. In retaliation, Anonymous went after the myBART.org site using an SQL injection attack. After breaching the site, more than 2,000 user names, passwords, and addresses were leaked onto the Web and the site was defaced with the group’s trademark Guy Fawkes masks. Anonymous called out BART for its lax security in a press release and is now calling for ramped-up protests, including a peaceful demonstration today at 5PM at Civic Center Station in San Francisco. Non-residents are encouraged to flood BART communication channels — be it fax, email, or phone.The Anonymous press release is very clear about the protest needing to be a peaceful one and that its aim is to stand up for individual rights with a show of solidarity, which begs the question: why penalize the very transit users you’re supporting by publishing their personal data on the Internet? As Sophos security guru Chet Wisniewski points out, doing so doesn’t hurt BART nearly so much as it hurts the users themselves.More at Naked Security and BARTlast_img read more

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first_img Image: Shutterstock/sergign Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A MEATH MAN who sexually abused his fiancee’s three young daughters in a “gross betrayal of trust” shortly after moving into their family home has been jailed for 10 years.The girls’ mother stood by her partner and destroyed evidence after one daughter confided that she had been raped by the man, the Central Criminal Court previously heard.The 39-year-old man was found guilty by a jury of one count of rape and 12 counts of sexual assault of the three girls in their Meath home in 2009 and 2010 when they were in their early to mid teens. He does not accept the verdict of the jury.Sentencing the man yesterday, Mr Justice Paul Coffey paid tribute to the three victims, who are now in their early twenties. The abuse “wreaked havoc on their family life” and caused significant psychological harm, he said.They have been remarkably resilient and strong characters, which is greatly to their credit.There was nothing that could be said in mitigation for the man, who cannot be named to protect his victims, save that he had no previous convictions, the judge said. He was effectively acting as their stepfather when the abuse occurred, he added.During the nine-day trial in February, the mother said she was “very uncomfortable” giving evidence against the man. She claimed she was being intimidated by her daughters and was in fear for her life.The trial heard that in the case of one of the victims, the abuse progressed from molestation to an incident of rape where the man attacked the 15-year-old as she lay sick in bed. The next day the girl told her mother what had happened.The mother confronted her partner and it was decided they would make a report to gardaí. However, the woman said that while they were standing outside the garda station, the man told her it was her daughter who touched him first, so she decided not to tell gardaí.When she returned home she washed the bedclothes and the clothes from the scene of the rape.The next day she brought her daughter to the GP to get the morning-after pill. She claimed to the GP that the girl had consensual sex with a 17-year-old boy.Depression, addiction and anxietyGardaí eventually became involved when the girls’ school became concerned and notified the HSE. The children were taken into care and the man moved out of the family home.The girls returned to their mother’s house after a few weeks but one of them moved out again when she learned the mother was still in contact with the accused. She was afraid her mother would allow the man to move back into the house.Pauline Walley SC, prosecuting, told Mr Justice Coffey that when the man moved into the family home, he would buy the girls presents which they considered a form of “bribery”.The abuse started a short time later, with the accused rubbing acne cream on the girls. He then started to molest them and in some cases digitally penetrated them, causing severe pain.During one instance one of the girls threatened to tell her mother. The accused told her he would take a knife to her throat if she did.In their victim impact reports, the victims said the accused had destroyed their family and left them with severe consequences including depression, addiction and anxiety.One victim said that every time she tried to sleep she saw the accused about to abuse her. She said her mother was supposed to protect them but instead she tried to get her to drop the charges on behalf of the accused.Another victim said she had to leave the family home for a second time because she was scared her mother would allow the rapist to return. She hasn’t spoken with her mother in years.The third victim said she has tried to take her own life on several occasions since the abuse, as well as engaging in self-harm.Read: Dental nurse called ‘a f***ing skankhole’ by Dublin Bus driver loses 75k damages claim> Meath man who sexually abused his fiancee’s three young daughters jailed for 10 years The girls’ mother stood by her partner and destroyed evidence after one daughter confided that she had been raped by the man. 27,377 Views Share12 Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3322448 Tuesday 4 Apr 2017, 6:05 AM Apr 4th 2017, 6:05 AM No Comments By Conor Gallagher and Isabel Hayes Short URL Image: Shutterstock/sergignlast_img read more

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first_img Amazing Hoard of 1,000-Year-Old Coins Discovered by Metal Detectorists7th-Century Skeleton From Merovingian Era Unearthed in France Stay on target Archaeologists in Egypt made a major discovery when they unearthed eight limestone sarcophagi containing mummies at a site in the desert, 25 miles south of Cairo.Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry said in a Facebook post that the mummies are covered with a layer of painted cartonnage, which are plastered layers of fibre or papyrus used in funerary masks, in the form of a human. Three of the mummies, which date to the Late Period (664-332 B.C.), are said to be in “good condition of preservation.”Photo Credit: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesAccording to the ministry, the mummies were found by an archaeological mission working at the south eastern area of of King Amenemhat II’s pyramid in Dahshur royal necropolis, which is located in the desert on the west bank of the Nile.The site is home to the the Bent Pyramid and the Red Pyramid, built under the rule of King Sneferu.The discovery of the eight mummies comes on the heels of an earlier discovery by archaelogists of a sarcophagus holding the mummy of a woman named Pouyou who lived during the 18th dynasty.More on Geek.com:Eerie, 800-Year-Old Masked Wooded Statues Uncovered in PeruHidden Treasures Uncovered in Hungary as Danube Dries UpHurricane Maria Exposed Ancient Dominican Artifactslast_img read more

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first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola has urged his team and the fans to show respect towards West Ham following Ederson’s ridiculous comments last week.City won the Premier League with a few games in advance, which has led them to step off the gas and get a break from the efforts they have been putting in throughout the whole season – they only lost a handful of games in this campaign.Winning the title sparked comments from Ederson regarding his desire to score at least a single goal in a penalty before the season ends – either in the game against West Ham or any in other of their left fixtures.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“That is not going to happen because he is a goalkeeper. Respect for the opponents, respect for the competition. One situation is a shootout, maybe he can do that but not in a game,” Guardiola responded to the goalkeeper’s claims, denying such an opportunity, according to football.london.On Sunday when City will be facing West Ham Adrian will be in gial as Joe Hart is ineligible to play against his parent club.last_img read more

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first_imgBurn permits are required for all controlled and debris burning on the Kenai Peninsula from April 1 through August 31. Anyone burning debris or using a burn barrel is responsible for maintaining control of the fire and can be held accountable if the fire escapes. Families should also ensure that each member know their personalized emergency/evacuation plan, including where everyone will meet, the essentials to grab, and what to if immediate contact is not available. Residents with burn permits need to contact their local Division of Forestry office any day they are planning to burn to make sure there are no burn suspensions in place in their area. They can also go to http://forestry.alaska.gov/burn to see if burning is allowed and to learn about safe burning practices. One of those fires, the 2.5-acre Bluff Drive Fire in Ninilchik on Saturday, forced the evacuation of four homes, one of which was damaged by flames as the fire passed by the house. Hans Rinke with the Division of Forestry Soldotna Office says residents should always implement the practices of burn permit guidelines: “Which require you to have water while you’re burning, have hand tools while you’re burning and be present on site while you’re burning.” Firefighters from the Division of Forestry and local fire departments were able to suppress the flames to save the home. The fire was human caused but the specific cause remains under investigation. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on May 2nd, 2019 at 07:58 amEarly predictions for May indicate that we should expect -and prepare for- higher than normal fire activity after a weekend spate of human-caused wildfires in Southcentral Alaska. The Alaska Division of Forestry responded to 13 fire reports on Saturday and Sunday, all but two of which were located on the Kenai Peninsula and in the Mat-Su Valley. All 13 fires were human caused, according to a release issued on Monday. State forestry issued burn suspensions for the Kenai Peninsula on Sunday and Monday and in Delta and Tok on Monday due to the dry conditions.last_img read more

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Manufacturing Supply Chain Manager at Janis Research CompanyFull-Time Buffer at Janis Research CompanyFull-Time Security Officer at Charles River LabsFull-Time Carpet Cleaning Technician at New England Carpet MasterFull-Time Lead Technician at New England Carpet MasterFull-Time District Sales Manager at NAPA Auto PartsFull-Time Assistant Controller at Ametek, Inc.Full-Time Sales District Leader Designate at Pepsi Co.Full-Time Supply Chain Data Analyst at CutisPharmaPart-Time Sales Associate at GNC(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 14, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

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first_imgDidn’t Spider-Man just get back from a trip to Europe? COINCIDENCE… I think not. Chesnot/Getty Images The 14th of July is Bastille Day, the national day of France, a celebration of the Storming of the Bastille, a turning point in the French Revolution.But on Sunday, Bastille Day belonged to French inventor Franky Zapata, who literally flew over the Bastille Day celebrations (led by French President Emmanuel Macron) like the Green Goblin. Fier de notre armée, moderne et innovante. pic.twitter.com/DQvIfPolQf— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) July 14, 2019 Culture Didn’t Spider-Man just get back from a trip to Europe?Coincidence? I think not. 6 Photos The hoverboard and beyond (pictures) Tags Green Goblin is here pic.twitter.com/2nUNOToGpO— Bᴜʟʟsᴇʏᴇ (@hmzacr) July 14, 2019 Preview • Sphero’s new voice-activated Spider-Man toy sure is chatty Post a comment Sphero Spider-Man 0 mfw I see the green goblin pic.twitter.com/pR7lSfCIpj— illy bocean (@IllyBocean) July 14, 2019 whats the tactical value of the green goblin in a modern conflict situation https://t.co/CmSp2krm0Z— j.r. hennessy (@jrhennessy) July 14, 2019 Share your voice This was part of a military parade, featuring the 10 European countries that make up the European Intervention Initiative. Zapata stole the show, zipping through the air on a turbine engine-powered hoverboard, armed with a rifle.Zapata was the inventor of this device and, in 2018, was given a €1.3 million grant by the French military to make it functional for military use.Folks on Twitter made the obvious connection: Zapata is the French Green Goblin. Wow, they introduced the Green Goblin in the France Cinematic Universe pic.twitter.com/tMRexA7Q9C— Lights, Camera, Pod (@LightsCameraPod) July 14, 2019last_img read more

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first_imgPatancheru: District CITU president Chukka Ramulu has called upon the people to oppose the amendments initiated by the Centre in labour laws.Addressing a public meeting near Ambedkar statue, organised here as part of the two-day second CITU district conference, he asserted that the Narendra Modi government needed to be taught a lesson for supporting big investors. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us “Modi will go to any extent to back big investors,” Ramulu warned, adding that the working class was facing a tough time. He pointed out that the economy was bad with development taking a back seat as industries were being closed. Consequently, he said, the job security of workers was hanging in balance. Ramulu criticised Modi for diverting the people’s attention during the recent elections towards terrorism. By bringing in patriotism to the forefront of Indian politics, an attempt was made to protect the assets of Adani and Ambani, the CITU leader claimed. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us He stated that meeting the people’s needs was the real devotion to country. Ramulu flayed the Centre for effecting changes in four laws on wages, while accusing it of making efforts to ensure that labourers’ problems were not highlighted. Hence, he said, there was need for the worker to unitedly agitate for finding solutions to their problems. Among those present were CITU State secretary Mallikarjun, district unit vice-president Mallesham and activists Jayalakshmi, K Rajayya, Panduranga Reddy, Narsimha Reddy, Sailu, Mahipal, Baga Reddy.last_img read more

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first_img The Most Shocking, Surprising, and Awesome Gaming Moments of 2017Bioware Officially Cancels All Single Player DLC for Mass Effect Andromeda Mass Effect Andromeda is one fun game. However, anyone that frequents social media knows that its human characters have questionable looking faces and facial animations. There were several theories bouncing around the internet to explain why this was the case. Now, a new report may have revealed why models and animations are so funky looking.Liam Robertson, known as the “Game History Guy” on YouTube, released a video where he explains what went wrong with Mass Effect Andromeda. According to his sources at Bioware, there was an over-reliance on Cyberscan technology. This technology is used to take digital 3D scans of physical objects. It’s a great tool for artists, but it is only meant to act as a starting point.“Cyberscans can provide a helpful alternative to having an artist manually sculpt the basis of a model themselves,” said Robertson’s source. While the technology is impressive, it isn’t advanced enough to create high-quality assets on its own. An artist still needs to come in and make refinements so that subjects look as good as possible. This is especially true for human faces, which can look off if not properly worked on.According to multiple sources, Robertson spoke with, much of the artistic work on human subjects was outsourced. Bioware’s internal team focused most of its attention on hard surface objects like environments and ships, as well as select aliens and robots. After the scans for human subjects had been taken, they were shipped to studios like EA Bucharest in Romania. This studio supposedly took on a great deal of the models and animation work on human characters, according to one insider.Bioware wasn’t unaware of what was happening on the model and facial animation front. Apparently, some members “actively went out of their way to offer their services to do additional work on the human character assets, and were turned away.” The decision by EA to have external studios handle the brunt of these animations could have been a cost-cutting measure. One insider suggests that management simply didn’t see the need to have the in-house team oversee and fix faces and animations.All of this is based on unofficial reports. If true, however, it would explain why human characters don’t look as impressive as they did in previous Mass Effect games. Hopefully, we’ll eventually hear official word about what went wrong with this situation. Bioware is promising to implement fixes via patches in the future. Hopefully, this will help humans look as good as everything else in the game. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Assembly Deputy Speaker H A Safwi passed away at a city hospital Wednesday morning after a prolonged battle with age-related ailments, family sources said. He was 73. A former IPS officer, Safwi was elected from Uluberia (East) Assembly seat on Trinamool Congress (TMC) ticket twice, in 2011 and 2016. He held the folios of inland water transport and correctional administration under the TMC regime. Safwi was appointed as the deputy speaker of the House on June 23, 2016. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Condoling the deputy speaker’s death, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said his death was a great loss for the state. “I am deeply saddened to know that Haider Aziz Safwi, Deputy Speaker of West Bengal Legislative Assembly is no more. He was a very senior and respected person associated with us over a long time. His passing away indeed is a great loss,” the CM tweeted. “I convey my deep condolence to members of his family, friends, followers and well-wishers. These moments of sorrow are really very hard for us to digest but there is nothing that we can do but accept,” she added.last_img read more

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first_img Facebook Comments PHOTOS: A glimpse of the Tamarindo Art Wave Festival Related posts:PHOTOS: A glimpse of the Tamarindo Art Wave Festival 5 questions for a Brazilian artist in Tamarindo Tamarindo gears up for Art Wave Festival VIDEO: Four things to avoid in your first surfing lessoncenter_img For Victoire Cathalan, who visited Costa Rica this week to participated in the Tamarindo Art Wave festival in Guanacaste, nature the driving force behind her paintings. Using natural colors and light as a tool, she uses oils to reproduce what she observes.Her work involves “observing in order to find our relation to nature and how we can connect more. I think that’s very important today, because humanity has lost a lot of its nature,” Cathalan told The Tico Times.Cathalan, who is from Paris and lives in Switzerland, has traveled to Brazil, Spain, Mexico, England, the United States, and Costa Rica thanks to her art.On a warm, beautiful morning at Langosta Beach, Guanacaste, The Tico Times sat down at Cala Luna with Cathalan and to talk about her life and work. Excerpts follow.Why did you choose art? I think I was in communion with myself… I couldn’t say no. I will make art until I die, and it will be my way of life.I have children and even when I was pregnant, that was related to what I was doing. All the travels of experience, you feel it in your art. “Immersion” oil on canvas. Courtesy of Victoire CathalanWhat is your process to create artwork?I tried everything… structures, photos, video, engravings… and finally I decided on painting. For me it was more complete. Everything I could have done in three dimensions, I wanted to express in two dimensions.A little story: at this exhibition here, somebody came to me and said: “Oh, you’re painting’s still wet.” It’s two paintings that have been in the water. For me it was nice for someone to tell me that, because it meant they really feel the wetness. “Nude” oil on canvas. Courtesy of Victoire CathalanWhich technique do you enjoy the most?Oil on canvas, because I make my colors myself. I mix oil with pigments… some are industrial, but most of them are natural. [I like] oil and not acrylic because it takes a longer time to work. For me it’s important not to be in a rush when I work.I like to come back the day after and just begin where I was. Sometimes I don’t sleep. It takes a long time to dry and you can change something, even a detail, two days later… or even months later. “Rencontre” oil on canvas. Courtesy of Victoire CathalanWhat do you want to communicate through your paintings?I really try to make more connections between humanity and the world of nature. I’m very moved sometimes by what’s happening in the ocean, what’s happening to the trees. I can’t say I’m really doing something for nature, but I hope to transmit some ideas of connection. Some people see the painting and say: “Oh yeah, there’s this connection. We didn’t think about that.” Just to have more dialogue and not thinking of it just like an object. “Street to Inspiration,” ink on paper. Courtesy of Victoire Cathalan “Sun Palms,” oil on canvas. Courtesy of Victoire CathalanSince you’ve been here four times, what do you like the most about Costa Rica?The ocean and the jungle. I went to Arenal… where there’s all this jungle and the weather is very different. I love the changes… I really like the people because they are very open-minded to people coming from other countries.Victoire Cathalan was at the Tamarindo Artwave Festival from Jan. 25 – 27.last_img read more

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first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories ErrorOK.. ErrorOK Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 0 Comments   Share   Pagan says Sanchez is expected to be charged in the death of 25-year-old Jesus Rivera Algarin, who was stabbed in the torso. The lieutenant provided no information about what Sanchez may have posted on her Facebook account to upset Rivera.He says Sanchez didn’t have a criminal history but Rivera was charged with domestic violence in 2010.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Sponsored Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosterone SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – Police in Puerto Rico say a 27-year-old woman is suspected of killing her boyfriend after he became upset about her activities on Facebook.Lt. Candido Pagan says there were two children in the house when the killing occurred Saturday morning: a nearly 2-month-old girl and a 10-year-old boy. Pagan says both belonged to suspect Wilnilia Sanchez Falcon, but it’s unclear if they witnessed the killing in the central mountain town of Comerio. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

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first_imgAs the new working year begins and the post-holiday high wears off, new research from Expedia® shows Australians are keeping a close eye on their annual leave balance and are making the most of their awarded time-off.Now in its 15th year, the 2015 Vacation Deprivation® study surveyed 9,273 employed adults across 26 countries in Asia Pacific, Europe, North America and South America.Globally, the report found that the median number of paid annual leave days available to workers is just less than 25 days per year, in addition to public holidays. Collectively workers take about 20 of them, leaving 20% unused.In Australia, employees are entitled to, on average, 20 days per year. Whilst almost two thirds (63%) of Aussies take all their entitled annual leave, the average Australian has two days unused each year – the lowest amount in seven years – indicating Aussies are increasingly keen to make the most of their time off work and value the benefits of taking annual leave.“As Aussies, we love to travel but often the pressure of work and life can stop us taking as many holidays as we’d like. It’s a significant shift to see Aussies taking the most annual leave in seven years and it’s encouraging as the benefits are clear,” Expedia.com.au travel expert Kelly Cull said.Countries across Europe are renowned for their generous annual leave entitlements – workers in Germany, France, Spain and are entitled to 30 days of leave, on average, and take them all. South Koreans are the world’s most vacation deprived workers – while they’re offered 15 days on average, they take only six days off within a given year.Holidays = Happy, rested and more focused employeesThe majority (89%) of Australians understand regular holidays are important for general health and wellbeing and when asked about the impact of a holiday on their overall happiness, almost all Australians (91%) said it has an impact to some degree.When it comes to rest, two in five (44%) Aussies feel they start to reap the rewards of annual leave as soon as they start their holiday and a further 23% say they truly begin to relax the moment they reach their destination. Half (49%) of those surveyed claim to have more than eight hours sleep a night when on holiday, compared to only 27% when they are at home.And while, only 15% say their holiday high lasts more than a week post-trip, after a holiday, Australian workers believe they are:Better rested (92%)Happier (89%)Less stressed/more relaxed (89%)Closer to family/friends (83%)More focused at work (77%)More than one in ten (15%) Australians book their next trip within a month of coming back from leave. Those really eager to start dreaming about their next break admit to booking holidays within a week of returning (8%), the day they return (9%) and even during their current holiday (3%).While annual leave might make most Aussies happy, for some it can also cause feelings of guilt for leaving work behind for colleagues or fears of being perceived as a ‘slacker’ by their boss.Workers in some countries, such as France, feel their bosses disapprove of them taking leave, creating a sense of holiday-guilt. Australians, however, feel no such remorse: 72% of Aussies don’t feel guilty at all about taking leave and see it as their right, and one in five (21%) said they feel somewhat guilty but take annual leave anyway.Interestingly, of all the age groups, 13% of Aussie Gen Ys fear taking leave as they were worried it would be perceived negatively by their bosses (6% for those aged 35-54 and 3% for those aged 55 and over).Kelly Cull, commented: “It’s positive to see Aussies understand the benefits of taking leave on their health and wellbeing. Whether we are travelling the world, spending the time with family and friends, or relaxing time out from work is important. And even though we’re just starting the New Year, right now is a great time to book travel.“There are so many amazing travel deals available across Australia and the world, an affordable break to rest and recharge the batteries in 2016 is only a few clicks away.”Aussies choose multiple short getaways over one long breakWhen looking at how they choose to spend their leave, more and more Aussies (50%) are choosing multiple short getaways rather than one long holiday (35%). While some have their sights set on interstate or international destinations, 5% of Aussies take leave to take care of errands.Switching offWhile two in five Aussies (42%) say they don’t check emails and voicemails at all, not all workers respect the work life divide while on holiday. When asked how often they check emails and voicemails on a seven day holiday, more than one in ten (12%) would check them once a day, a quarter (24%) would check them once or twice and 11% would check them three or four times during the week. ExpediaSource = Expedialast_img read more

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first_img RelatedHow to turn 28 days of leave into 60 days of travel Planning a big getaway in 2018? Then make your annual leave go further by building a bank holiday (or two) into your plans. Here, we’ve outlined the key dates and destinations to aim for.The Great South West Edge – is this the most Instagrammable road trip in the world?In partnership with Bubblegum pink waters. Towering forests with a treetop walkway. Cool kangaroos on dazzling white beaches. The Great South West Edge, from Perth to Esperance, might just have the highest wow-per-mile ratio of any stretch in the world. And we’ve got the itinerary to help you capture the…10 holiday destinations in Spain off the beaten trackLooking at booking your 2018 holidays? Let TUI do the work with one of these beautiful, off-the-beaten-track destinations in Spain – whether you’re after a weekend break in an old town or a week on a beach, TUI have got you covered. 1. Death Valley, NevadaHowever unlikely it is that the workaholic would go to such lengths to avoid the possibility of an urgent recall to the boardroom, they could make sure of being out-of-touch by going deep into Death Valley, Nevada, USA. Among other dangers, such as rattlesnakes, and being one of the hottest places on the planet, Death Valley has no mobile coverage. On its website, the Death Valley National Park Service has the stark warning: ‘Do not depend on a cell phone for your safety’. Or for checking the latest share prices. Find flights to Las Vegas2. Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, California‘Dead zones’ or ‘dead spots’ are areas with absolutely no mobile reception whatsoever. So you really haven’t got a choice but to turn off and chill out. Sometimes this is simply because something big gets in the way, like mountains, or in the case of Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park in northern California, trees. Very big trees in fact (yes, the clue is in the name). Put on your ‘out of office’, pull on your walking boots and go hiking among the giant redwoods along the awesomely-named Damnation Trail. Find flights to San Francisco 4. Yakutak, AlaskaBeing a big place with huge swathes of wilderness, you might suspect Alaska of being one big coverage blackspot. In fact, you’ll be able to update your Facebook status or scowl at the company sales graph in most Alaskan areas of civilization. But not in Yakutak, a fishing town on the Gulf of Alaska surrounded by forests, lakes, mountains and bears. Yakutak has actually become a popular destination for people who really want to get away from the modern world and pursue simple pleasures like fishing and hunting moose. Find flights to Anchorage4. Farningham, Kent, UKThere is stiff competition for the booby prize of worst broadband ‘blackspot’ in the UK. Recent surveys have found that the English counties of Kent and Sussex between them host six of the country’s top 20 slowest-speed towns and villages: Ashford, Cranbrook and Dover in Kent, and Hastings, Lavant and Pulborough in Sussex. Another survey found that the slowest broadband is in Farningham – also in Kent. Find flights to Kent5. North KoreaOk, it’s an obvious one, but you’ll be hard-pushed doing anything on the internet in North Korea. The authorities aren’t too keen on people wasting their time on Angry Birds in countries like Burma and Uzbekistan, but nowhere less so than in North Korea. Internet censorship is total, so no matter how good your coverage, you won’t be able to tweet your snaps posing with a border guard at the 38th Parallel. A handful of the country’s top brass have been granted internet access, but you’ll have to press a few palms in the corridors of power in Pyongyang, which may prove tricky. Find flights to Pyongyang10ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Turn off, tune out, drop your iPhone! If your Blackberry is more of a holiday must-have than suntan lotion and you conduct conference calls from your lilo, here are five places where you’ve got no choice but to go on holiday offline.last_img read more