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One Day BJP Will Discover Priyanka Gandhis Warning On Karnataka

first_imgNEW DELHI: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra hits out at the BJP after Karnataka floor test 14-month-old Congress-Janata Dal Secular coalition collapsed on Tuesday”One day BJP will discover everything cannot be bought,” Ms Gandhi said. Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra hit out at the ruling BJP on Tuesday after the 14-month-old Congress-Janata Dal Secular government in Karnataka collapsed and tweeted that the party would discover one day that “everything cannot be bought”. After multiple exits over the past two weeks, the HD Kumraswamy-led coalition lost a test of strength in the assembly, managing only 99 votes compared to the BJP’s 105. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”One day the BJP will discover that everything cannot be bought, everyone cannot be bullied and every lie is eventually exposed,” Priyanka Gandhi tweeted last night.”Until then I suppose, the citizens of our country will have to endure their unbridled corruption, the systematic dismantling of institutions that protect the people’s interests and the weakening of a democracy that took decades of toil and sacrifice to build,” the 47-year-old said in another tweet. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa is set to become Karnataka Chief Minister for the fourth time. Twenty lawmakers did not attend the floor test in the 225-member Karnataka assembly. Among them were 16 rebels who firmly refused to back down on their resignations. The BJP called the defeat of HD Kumaraswamy government a “Game of Karma”, describing the Congress-JDS coalition as an “unholy alliance” formed solely to block the BJP in Karnataka. (With inputs from NDTV)last_img read more

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AARP The Magazine Announces 14th Annual Movies for Grownups Award Winners

first_imgThe Theory of Everything, the biographical romantic drama depicting the physical and emotional journey of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, has earned the 2014 Movies for Grownups Best Picture award from the editors of AARP The Magazine.Celebrating 2014’s standout filmmakers, actors, actresses and movies that bear unique relevance for the 50+ audience, AARP has announced the official winners of its 14th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards.Top honors go to Julianne Moore as “Best Actress” for her heartbreaking portrayal of a woman’s battle with early onset Alzheimer’s in Still Alice, and to Steve Carell as “Best Actor” for his chilling depiction as wannabe wrestling coach John E. du Pont in Foxcatcher. Rene Russo snags “Best Supporting Actress” for her comeback role in Nightcrawler; and J.K. Simmons earns the title of “Best Supporting Actor” for his menacing veracity in Whiplash. Additionally, Kevin Costner will also be presented with the esteemed Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award. This year’s award recipients will be celebrated at AARP’s Annual Movies for Grownups Gala, to be held in Los Angeles on February 2nd and hosted by comedian and actor John Leguizamo.“The films represented on this year’s list are a reflection of Hollywood’s increased focus on creating compelling storylines that directly appeal to the 50+ audience,” said Bob Love, Editor-in-Chief of AARP The Magazine. “We’re thrilled to see the continued growth in the number of large, studio-driven films that focus on this important demographic and are extremely excited to recognize this year’s best writers, directors, and actors over 50 for their inspirational and exceptional work at our annual awards gala.”The 14th Annual Movies for Grownups® Award winners are: • Career Achievement: Kevin Costner • Best Picture: The Theory of Everything • Best Actress: Julianne Moore, Still Alice • Best Actor: Steve Carell, Foxcatcher • Best Supporting Actress: Rene Russo, Nightcrawler • Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash • Best Director: Richard Linklater, Boyhood • Best Screenwriter: Nick Hornby and Cheryl Strayed, Wild • Best Grownup Love Story: Love is Strange • Best Comedy: Chef • Best Documentary: Keep on Keepin’ On • Breakthrough Achievement: Israel Horovitz, Director, My Old Lady • Best Intergenerational Film: St. Vincent • Best Buddy Picture: Land Ho! • Best Time Capsule: Big Eyes • Best Movie for Grownups Who Refuse to Grow Up: The Lego Movie • Best Foreign Film: DiplomacyThe awards gala will raise funds for the AARP Foundation, AARP’s affiliated charity, which works in communities across the nation to help struggling older adults meet their basic need for nutritious food, safe and affordable housing, adequate income and much-needed personal connections. With support from Chase Credit Card Services, this year’s Gala will also support the Foundation’s work to end older adult hunger.For more information about AARP’s Movies for Grownups Awards, click here and www.aarp.org/movies. The entire list of award winners will also be featured in the February/March issue of AARP The Magazine, available in homes February 1st.Movies for Grownups, which now includes weekly reviews an award-winning radio program, an annual film festival, and year-round coverage in AARP The Magazine and online, was started in 2002 by the editors of AARP The Magazine.last_img read more

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Augies Quest 10 Year Reunion Bash Raises More Than 18 Million for

first_imgWith support from loyal sponsors and dedicated fitness professionals, the Augie’s Quest 10 Year Reunion Bash exceeded its own expectations by raising more than $1.8 million for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease) research on Friday, March 13.John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting performed at Augie’s Quest 10 Year Reunion Bash. Credit/Copyright: Steve CohnThe event is presented by IHRSA (International Health, Racquet, and Sportsclub Association).The 10 Year Reunion Bash took place at the JW Marriott, Los Angeles, and featured headline entertainment from Grammy-nominated recording artist, Gavin DeGraw. The start of the evening also featured a special performance from Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting, and Natalie Morales from NBC’s Today Show served as Master of Ceremonies.“I am so grateful to my friends in the fitness industry for embracing this event every year and helping us fund this important research. Ten years ago, at the first BASH, I didn’t think I would see this day. Now I’m here watching my former peers stand by me for the 10th year in a row. It’s unbelievable,” said Augie Nieto, founder of Augie’s Quest.This year’s sponsors included: 24 Hour Fitness, The Bay Club Company, Technogym, Zumba, The Atlantic Club, Planet Fitness, Crunch Fitness, Newtown Athletic and Life Fitness, among others.The purpose of Augie’s Quest has always been to fund research and drug development aimed at ending ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease. Since 2007, Augie’s Quest has raised over $44 million in support of finding effective ALS treatments- making it the largest individual fundraising program for ALS!last_img read more

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The Handmaids Tale Casts Amanda Brugel

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Amanda Brugel (CNW Group/ACTRA Toronto) Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img Facebook Advertisement Amanda Brugel (Room) has booked a recurring role opposite Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes and Yvonne Strahovski in Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, the upcoming straight-to-series drama based on Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel. The series from MGM Television tells the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States.last_img

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Thousands cast vote in Labrador byelection

first_imgBy Ossie MichelinAPTN National NewsLabrador – A mid-May snow and freezing rain storm hasn’t stopped voters from coming out to the ballot box in Labrador Monday.Thousands of people have already cast their votes in what is shaping up to be a tight race.A federal by-election was called in March when former Conservative cabinet minister Peter Penashue announced he would be stepping down and seeking re-election.It was revealed Penashue received tens of thousands of dollars in illegal donations to his election campaign in the 2011 federal election, beating Liberal incumbent Todd Russell by 79 votes.Penashue’s biggest rival, Liberal Candidate Yvonne Jones, is looking to take back the Labrador riding, which was once regarded as a long time Liberal stronghold.Jones was previously a provincial Liberal representing Labrador’s South Coast. Research poles put Jones well ahead of Penashue, but those on the ground say it is too close to call at this point.New comer to politics, Harry Borlase has made significant inroads for the NDP in Labrador, especially in Labrador West and Inuit communities on Labrador’s North Coast. The NDP have never had much luck in Labrador, but according to research poles Borlase is at a close third.Many in Labrador are saying they cannot remember a political campaign this heated, and this close.APTN will bring you updated election coverage online and on APTN National News tonight.OMichelin@aptn.caTwitter: @osmichlast_img read more

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Woman sues luxury resort after severe allergic reaction

first_imgSPRINGFIELD, Mass. — A luxury Massachusetts resort has been sued by a woman with a nut allergy who landed in the hospital after being served a veggie burger containing cashews.The Berkshire Eagle reports that the suit filed in federal court in Springfield this week against Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort in Lenox alleges negligence, breach of warranty, breach of contract and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress. It seeks unspecified damages.Kristin Chu Smart, of New York City, says she and her mother paid $3,000 for a weekend at the resort in December 2017.Smart says she informed numerous staff at the resort, including her server, she was allergic to nuts and was assured there were none in her food.A Canyon Ranch spokeswoman said she could not comment on pending legislation.___Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, http://www.berkshireeagle.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more

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Mughal emperors descendant claimant moves HC against release of film Ram Ki

first_imgNew Delhi: People have to be tolerant if the freedom of speech and expression guaranteed under the Constitution has to survive, the Delhi High Court said on Wednesday. The observation by the court came while hearing a plea by a man, who claims to be a descendant of Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar, seeking to stop the release of a film titled ‘Ram Ki Janmabhoomi’. “This court is of the view that whether right or not, people have to be tolerant if Article 19 (freedom of speech and expression) of the Constitution has to survive,” Justice Vibhu Bakhru said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder The court was hearing the petition by Prince Yakub Habeebuddin Tucy, who claims to be a descendant of the last Mughal emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar, seeking directions to the movie’s producers and the Centre to stop release of the film which is slated to hit theatres on March 29. The observation assumes significance in view of the fact that Prince Yakub has alleged that the movie contained a “personal attack” on him and his “royal” family and would also affect the sovereignty and integrity of the country. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings He has also alleged that the film could create communal tensions in the country. The court, after hearing the petitioner’s lawyers, said the petition did not mention which portions of the movie or its trailer defamed him and his family or were a threat to the nation’s sovereignty and asked him to file a transcript of the objectionable content. The judge said the petitioner appeared to have based his entire case on the title of the movie. The court directed Tucy to file an amended petition, including the transcript of the objectionable portions, and listed the matter for hearing on Thursday.last_img read more

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Paris Attacks Police Says Three Terrorists Killed Hostage Situation Over

Rabat – While information regarding Friday’s ongoing attacks in Paris continues to flow, French police has announced that three terrorist were killed and the hostage taking at the Paris concert hall is over.Police officials told Aljazeera that security forces have ended their assault on the Bataclan, killing at least three terroristsAssociated Press quoted one official who described the “carnage” inside the building as saying that the attackers had tossed explosives at the hostages. Reuters, on the other hand, reported that its own reporter has been told that the operation at the Bataclan has now ended. Meanwhile, the details of what happened inside the venue are not known.Two explosions have been reported late on Friday near the Stade de France, a soccer stadium in Paris suburbs. At the time of the reported explosions, the German and French soccer teams were playing a friendly match.The attacks seemed to have planned to hit areas where many people would be gathered on a Friday night in Paris, officials said.French authorities said gunmen and bombers attacked busy restaurants, bars and a concert hall at locations around Paris on Friday, killing dozens of people.At least 43 people are confirmed dead and 60 wounded in multiple attacks across Paris, firefighters said. But French police said the toll of victims is expected to rise. read more

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Work on 200 bed kidney hospital begins in Polonnaruwa

The hospital will consist of 200 beds and another 100 dialysis beds. The construction work of the hospital will commence before the end of this year.At present, around 6,500 kidney patients from the Polonnaruwa district and another 13,000 kidney patients from the Anuradhapura district undergo dialysis or require facilities for dialysis. (Colombo Gazette) The Chinese funding for the kidney hospital is a result of discussions held between Sirisena and Chinese President Xi Jinping during Sirisena’s official visit to China in 2015. The two countries had earlier signed the Memorandum of Understanding to build the hospital for kidney patients under a donation from the Government of China. Work on a 200 bed kidney hospital began in Polonnaruwa with the foundation stone being placed by President Maithripala Sirisena today.China is funding the construction of the specialised hospital to treat patients with kidney disease which recently affected rice farmers in Sri Lanka’s north central region. read more

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Renewing global cooperation to halt deforestation key goal of UN Forum on

The two-week UN Forum on Forests opened its second session on Monday at UN Headquarters in New York to review current trends and practices to determine what is working, what can be done differently, and how additional resources can be mobilized to stave off further deforestation and forest degradation.In opening remarks yesterday, Nitin Desai, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, said the way the forest issue was handled was important for development policies. Even if the objective was only to protect a forest, environmental, agricultural and transport policies also had to be addressed, as pressure on forests came from diverse sectors.The reverse side was the recognition that development depended on protection of forests, he stressed. Forestry was a sector with long-term returns, which not always went the owners of forests.For his part, Ambassador Knut Øistad of Norway, chairman of the session, voiced his confidence that the Forum was satisfied with the progress made on policy development for forests and that such progress would make an important contribution to the World Summit on Social Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, later this year.In addition to the regular meetings, a high-level ministerial segment will take place from 13 to 14 March, including a dialogue session with heads of member organizations of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests to determine the message ministers may wish to take to the Johannesburg Summit. read more

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Some UN staff will temporarily relocate out of Eritrea but military presence

In a statement read out at a formal meeting by its President, Emyr Parry Jones of the United Kingdom, the Council said that the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) intends, however, to maintain a military presence while it determines its future strategies, including “the different military options available.”“The Security Council strongly condemns Eritrea’s unacceptable actions and restrictions on UNMEE, which have drastically reduced any meaningful operational capacity for the mission and will have, if they are sustained, implications for UNMEE’s future,” Mr. Jones Parry said.The Council recalled its demand that Eritrea reverse those restrictions and provide the mission with the access assistance, support and protection required for the performance of its duties.The Council’s statement followed a closed-door briefing on the situation by Jane Holl-Lute, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, with Secretary-General Kofi Annan present.Following recent deliberations on the issue, the UN had conveyed a message to the Eritrean authorities that it could not accept their request for a pullout, within 10 days, by staff of the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) who originate from the United States, Canada, Europe and Russia.Both the Secretary-General and the Security Council said the request is inconsistent with the fundamental principle of the universality of the peacekeeping operation representing the whole of the international community.At that time, both the Council and the Secretary-General also demanded that Eritrea reverse its ban on air flights and lift all restrictions imposed on UNMEE’s operations as called for by the Council’s 23 November resolution on the matter.That resolution threatened actions, possibly including sanctions, against Eritrea and Ethiopia if, in the case of Eritrea, it does not immediately rescind its flight ban, and against both parties if they do not reverse their military build up.The military situation in the Temporary Security Zone and adjacent areas remains tense and potentially volatile, UNMEE reported Monday. Troop movements have been noticed on both sides of the border.UNMEE also said that about 180 people would be affected by Eritrea’s request for the pullout of the nationalities specified, which would encompass 91 military observers, about 10 UN Volunteers and 70 international civilian staff members.The UNMEE Force Commander noted that that out of a total of 44 troop contributing countries, 18 have been asked to go.Tensions remain between Ethiopia and Eritrea due to an unresolved border dispute that erupted in war between 1998 and 2000.In today’s resolution, the Security Council reiterated its support for the Ethiopia-Eritrea Boundary Commission’s delimitation decision, urging its implementation. read more

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1973 quand Martin Cooper utilisait le premier téléphone mobile

first_img1973, quand Martin Cooper utilisait le premier téléphone mobileEn 2010, la planète comptait cinq milliards d’abonnés aux réseaux de téléphonie mobile. Martin Cooper, qui en 1973 testait le tout premier téléphone portable de l’histoire, se souvient des débuts de cette invention qui a révolutionné le monde des télécommunications.Le Daily Mail s’est intéressé à l’histoire de la téléphonie mobile, et a interrogé l’un des pionniers de cette technologie devenue aujourd’hui indispensable pour des milliards de consommateurs à travers le monde. En 1973, Martin Cooper était à la tête d’un département de recherche au sein du groupe Motorola. Celui qui est aujourd’hui âgé de 82 ans se souvient de la première fois qu’il a utilisé en public un téléphone portable.À lire aussiPourquoi dit-on “allô” quand on répond au téléphone ?”Je marchais dans la rue avec mon téléphone et les New-Yorkais, pourtant déjà à la page, n’en revenaient pas… N’oubliez pas que les téléphones sans fil n’existaient même pas, à l’époque. Alors, vous pensez, le téléphone mobile, c’était de la science-fiction. J’ai effectué plusieurs appels, dont un à un présentateur de radio new-yorkais, en traversant la rue. L’un des moments les plus dangereux de ma vie !”, s’amuse Martin Cooper. Ce téléphone mobile pesait alors un kilo, et ce n’est que dix ans plus tard que Motorola commercialisait son premier modèle, le DynaTAC 8000X. Allégé, il pesait 783 grammes et mesurait 25 centimètres. Un bijou de technologie qui amuse aujourd’hui, mais qui coûtait alors la modique somme de 3.995 dollars, soit près de 2.800 euros.En vidéo sur Maxisciences, l’évolution du téléphone portable depuis 1985 :https://www.maxisciences.com/t%e9l%e9phone-mobile/le-telephone-mobile-de-1985-a-nos-jours_art13805.html Le 7 avril 2011 à 17:46 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Get Access to Over 2000 Documentaries With CuriosityStream

first_imgCuriosityStream: 2-Yr Subscription – $29.99See Deal Sonic Soak Is the Tiny Washing Machine That Goes AnywhereThis $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 Today Stay on targetcenter_img They say that you should never stop learning. And that’s what makes a two-year subscription to CuriosityStream, offered to readers of Geek.com for just $29.99, such a great idea. It offers access to thousands of educational films so your thirst for knowledge will always be quenched.CuriosityStream boasts a vast collection of over 2000 documentaries and educational shows, featuring experts such as Stephen Hawking and David Attenborough. Their library includes award-winning programs and exclusive content from a wide range of disciplines. It’s like having 24/7 access to your very own library that you can browse from practically anywhere.A two-year subscription, which normally costs $40, allows you to watch any title with no limits placed on how much you can stream every month. Titles are grouped into categories so you’ll easily find content that is of interest to you, the app learns your tastes and offers recommendations, and it’s compatible with a wide range of devices so it’ll very likely work with your current set up.There are a lot of streaming services out there. If you enjoy documentaries, however, then you need CuriosityStream. Save 25% on a two-year subscription today and pay just $29.99.Want your products featured on Geek.com? Learn more about how to sell your products online!last_img read more

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NorthWynn Fills Center For Alaskan Coastal Studies Sail

NorthWynn Fills Center For Alaskan Coastal Studies Sail

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Carl Wynn 1947The late Carl Wynn was a man who sought to enrich the lives of those in need, and to preserve wildlife and their habitat, according to the foundation that bears his name. NorthWynnCenter for Alaskan Coastal Studies Executive Director Beth Trowbridge: “There is birds and little scenes that are scattered throughout that give it a special touch.” Story as aired:Audio PlayerDorene-on-northwynn-fills-center-for-alaskan-coastal-studies-sail.mp3VmDorene-on-northwynn-fills-center-for-alaskan-coastal-studies-sail.mp300:00RPd Wynn didn’t have the opportunity to Pick.Click.Give with his Permanent Fund Dividend check like recipients do now, so instead, his family donated a unique property to support Kachemak Bay wildlife conservation and education. On a trip to Alaska, a chance visit to Homer led to a legacy that recently was left to the Center For Alaskan Coastal Studies. Beth TrowbridgeCenter for Alaskan Coastal Studies Executive Director Beth Trowbridge: “He really loved the outdoors. He really loved the wildlife, and that was one of the reasons why he really loved being up on the hill, and also one of the reasons why he donated the property to the Center For Alaskan Coastal Studies – so we can protect it.” Trowbridge says a the work of a local trompe l’oeil artist is featured making the decor memorable. Trowbridge says they hope to use the property for educational purposes in the future. Wynn toured the world peddling a high functioning lubrication oil that help set speed records on land and in air, and was prominently featured in Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller, “The Birds.” The Center has it available for rent on VRBO to help raise undesignated funds for its programming. In their comments most guests seemed to appreciate it’s proximity to the  Wynn Nature Center, 140 glorious acres crossed with five miles of hiking trails overlooking Kachemak Bay. NorthWynn was built by local mastercraftsmen out of cedar logs floated up from Southeast. The 2,900 s.f. three-story features large amounts of local stonework fronting fireplaces in each of the four bedrooms, and keeps it retro-50s charm.last_img read more

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Jack Kliger At Least Im Not Running a National Magazine

first_imgFamed designer Walter Bernard was asked what he’d do if he were art director of the New York Times. “I’d look for another job,” he retorted. Question to one vendor: “How was this event?” Answer: “Pretty bad. I’ve had the least amount of conversations and interactions I’ve had at a show in some time. I feel like a printer!”[PHOTO: Tony Silber] NEW ORLEANS—The City and Regional Magazine Association’s annual conference concluded here Tuesday. (You can read FOLIO:’s coverage of the show here.)Some leftover but timely quotes from event:Author and speaker Orvel Ray Wilson, in a session on guerrilla marketing, quoting David Nour: “In social media, if you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.”Former Hachette Filipacchi CEO Jack Kliger, who spoke in the last session on the second day: “That’s where I always wanted to be—speaking at the last session of a conference where all the attendees are struggling through a recession and after they took a tour of Hurricane Katrina sites. I never followed Katrina before. Still, my opening line is good: ‘At least I’m not running a national magazine.’”last_img read more

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Bella Thorne has emotional break down after Whoopi Goldberg slams her actress

first_imgGetty ImagesBella Thorne broke down in tears when she heard that Whoopi Goldberg was blaming her for being threatened by a hacker. The row started in the aftermath of Bella Thorne releasing her own nude pics to social media in a bid to beat a hacker who was threatening to release them.Reportedly the 21-year-old took to Instagram and posted a heartfelt and tearful video in response: ‘Shame on you Whoopi. Shame on you for putting that public opinion out there like that for every young girl to think that they’re disgusting for even taking a photo like that. Shame on you.’Bella Thorne broke down in tears and was not shy in expressing how disappointed she was with the Oscar winner. Whoopi Goldberg denounced Bella’s actions by saying: ‘I don’t care how old you are… you don’t take nude photos of yourself.’ The comment was made during the Hot Topics portion of the ABC talk show.  Bella Thorne nude pictures leaked onlineBella Thorne (@bellathorne/Instagram)’I’m not gonna lie, I want to say I feel pretty disgusting, ya know… I feel pretty disgusting, Whoopi,’ Bella explained while crying. She went on to say that watching the interview made her feel bad about herself and that she hoped that Whoopi was happy about that. Bella was overcome with emotion and had to take a moment to compose herself. The young actress added: ‘I can only imagine all the kids who have their s**t released and then they commit suicide ya know… you’re so crazy for thinking such terrible things on such an awful situation.’ Reportedly Bella even mentioned cancelling her appearance on The View after the fact. You can check out the video here:last_img read more

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Manipulating Lorentz and Fano spectral line shapes

Manipulating Lorentz and Fano spectral line shapes

first_img 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. © 2013 Phys.org , arXiv In Fano resonance, interference between a background and a resonant scattering process gives rise to the asymmetric line shape. A theoretical explanation of this process was first given by Ugo Fano, who studied the inelastic scattering of electrons off of helium. It is now a commonly observed phenomenon found in many areas of physics and engineering. In spectroscopy, the observed spectral line positions show the energy levels of excited quantum states, while the line shapes are determined by how the material relaxes after light is absorbed. Controlling this absorption by coupling the material to an intense optical laser has led to unique discoveries like, for example, electromagnetically-induced transparency, and slow or stopped light.Performing these kinds of manipulations in the extreme UV, and soft x-ray frequency regime has been a challenge. Ott and the other researchers were able to show that this kind of control can be extended to inner-shell electrons by tuning the time delay between an extreme UV laser, and an IR laser. Specifically, at a laser intensity of 2TW/cm2, they were able to turn doubly excited asymmetric states into symmetric Lorentzian states. At lower intensities, they were also able to turn symmetric line shapes of singly excited states into asymmetric ones. Their explanation is that in the presence of the NIR laser, additional phase is acquired by the Fano resonances, which changes the line profiles.In general, the Fano resonance line shape is caused by interference between two scattering amplitudes. One is due to scattering within a continuum of background states, and the other due to an excitation of a discrete resonant state. The resonant state energy must be within the energy range of the background state to generate the effect. Near the resonant energy, the amplitude of the background scattering tends to vary slowly with energy, while the resonant scattering amplitude changes quickly both in phase and magnitude. This variation is what creates the asymmetric shape.The researchers only presented data for a fixed time delay. Extending these experiments to many different time delays may be a good follow-up study. Although the experiments here were done in helium gas, the authors note that there is no reason why these mechanisms should not be applicable to molecules, or excitons in condensed phase or mesoscopic materials. A change in the absorption profile can also be interpreted as a measure of an induced phase shift of a complex quantum-mechanical state amplitude in a laser field. With that in mind, numerous applications within spectroscopy and even quantum-state holography may exist in the near future. Flexible design approach for nanosensors that overcomes practicality and reliability issues now available (Phys.org) —It is widely known that the optical properties of certain materials can be modified by using lasers to control the quantum states of their optical electrons. Lasers that can generate ultra-short pulses in the attosecond range at very high power can now be used to probe and control nanostructures like photonic crystals, metal hole arrays, and conductance in quantum dots. The light absorption spectrum of a material reveals critical details about its microstructure. Depending on different factors, this spectrum can take on a symmetric Lorentzian line shape, or an antisymmetric Fano line shape. A new paper in Science now demonstrates that this absorption profile can by changed from a Lorentzian shape, to a Fano shape, by manipulating laser intensity. Led by Christian Ott, from the Max Planck Institut in Germany, the researchers achieved this by co-propagating a broadband UV pulse train with a “few cycle” near-infrared (NIR) beam in a helium target. Fano Resonances. Credit: Wikipedia Commons Explore further More information: Lorentz Meets Fano in Spectral Line Shapes: A Universal Phase and Its Laser Control, Science 10 May 2013: Vol. 340 no. 6133 pp. 716-720. DOI: 10.1126/science.1234407 (On ArXiv: http://arxiv.org/abs/1301.1454 )ABSTRACTSymmetric Lorentzian and asymmetric Fano line shapes are fundamental spectroscopic signatures that quantify the structural and dynamical properties of nuclei, atoms, molecules, and solids. This study introduces a universal temporal-phase formalism, mapping the Fano asymmetry parameter q to a phase ϕ of the time-dependent dipole response function. The formalism is confirmed experimentally by laser-transforming Fano absorption lines of autoionizing helium into Lorentzian lines after attosecond-pulsed excitation. We also demonstrate the inverse, the transformation of a naturally Lorentzian line into a Fano profile. A further application of this formalism uses quantum-phase control to amplify extreme-ultraviolet light resonantly interacting with He atoms. The quantum phase of excited states and its response to interactions can thus be extracted from line-shape analysis, with applications in many branches of spectroscopy.Commentary: www.sciencemag.org/content/340/6133/694.full Journal information: Science Citation: Manipulating Lorentz and Fano spectral line shapes (2013, May 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-lorentz-fano-spectral-line.htmllast_img read more

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Sex tourism a driver for human trafficking in Costa Rica says foundation

Sex tourism a driver for human trafficking in Costa Rica says foundation

first_imgScenic beaches and cold bottles of Imperial pervade Costa Rica’s image as aworld-renowned tourist destination. But a darker side lurks behind the pura vida.Sex tourism, sometimes involving minors, has become a seedier corner of the country’s tourism industry. But a new book released Thursday by the Rahab Foundation, a Costa Rican organization dedicated to fighting human trafficking, hopes to shine light on the ordeal of victims of human trafficking in Costa Rica. “Volver a Creer,” or Believe Again, is a collection of stories from victims about their journeys back to recovery.The release event at the British ambassador’s residence in Escazú coincided with a four-day global conference in London chaired by Hollywood star Angelina Jolie and British Foreign Secretary William Hague dedicated to ending sexual violence and rape as a weapon in conflict zones.“We don’t want Costa Rica to be promoted as a sex tourism destination,” said Rahab Foundation director and founder Mariliana Morales. “We want a country where couples come for their honeymoon. We don’t want planes landing here full of pedophiles to look for little girls and boys.”Morales noted that Costa Rica does not suffer the same rates of sexual exploitation or slavery as some countries, including India, but she hoped the book would focus on the human stories behind the repugnant trade.The director said that victims often come from Colombia, the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. In the case of the Dominican Republic, Morales explained that women and young girls are often trafficked into the country and quickly granted legal status through sham marriages or other means.Trafficking victims, often young people, are lured by false promises of employment and find themselves trapped by their captors.However, 70 percent of the center’s services are for Costa Ricans, according to 2013 figures from the Rahab Foundation.“No one wants to believe that this is happening in communities here [in Costa Rica]; they’d rather think of it as a transnational problem. But it’s important to not forget this is happening to Costa Ricans and those of other nationalities looking for a better life,” said British Ambassador Sharon Campbell.Morales stressed that foreign tourists are not the only drivers of human trafficking for the sex trade. Ticos are also consuming these services.On June 4, a division of the Judicial Investigation Police dedicated to human trafficking reported the arrest of a 50-year-old man in Guápiles for allegedly running a prostitution ring of 17 women aged 20 to 30, the majority of whom were from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.The director of Rahab said that the foundation works with police, training them to recognize signs of human trafficking and attend to victims. The foundation offers counseling and job training for human trafficking victims to help them successfully reintegrate into society.The ambassador said that there are many actors who need to be involved in the fight to end human trafficking, including the Education Ministry, the police, NGOs and private corporate social responsibility programs.“We all have our own part to play in eradicating human trafficking,” Campbell said.AFP contributed to this article. Facebook Comments Related posts:5 cases of human trafficking under investigation in Costa Rica this year, says Immigration Administration director #Jailbnb offers stay in Costa Rican prison to deter child sex tourism Life jackets not distributed before Costa Rica catamaran began sinking, killing 3, says president’s office Crime against tourists down, says Costa Rica’s Tourism Police directorlast_img read more

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Teen deaths case behind French riots reopens

first_imgAssociated PressPARIS (AP) – France’s highest appeals court on Wednesday reopened a trial of two police officers accused of failing to help two teenagers whose 2005 electrocution deaths sparked riots across the country.The brother of one of the two victims praised the court for overturning a lower court that had ruled last year to drop the case against the officers for lack of concrete evidence.The two boys _ 15-year-old Bouna Traore and 17-year-old Zyed Benna _ were electrocuted while hiding from police in a power substation in the Paris suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois on Oct. 27, 2005. A third teenager suffered serious burns. Frustrated minority youths in suburbs around the country blamed police for the deaths and erupted in anger, setting cars ablaze and smashing store windows.“It’s a great day for us and for all those that shared our pain and suffering,” said Traore’s brother, Siyakha, speaking to the Sipa news agency outside the Paris court. He said he is “very relieved” and that the ruling constitutes “a huge step forward.”In 2005, local youths blamed the police for the deaths and exploded in anger, setting cars ablaze and smashing store windows. That tapped frustration nationwide among largely minority youths in poor housing projects, and fiery riots raged across the country for three weeks, leading France to declare a state of emergency. Tensions between French police and youths in poor neighborhoods still simmer and occasionally erupt into violence.The question of the police officers’ responsibility in the deaths has been a divisive one.In 2010, investigating judges ruled that the officers should face trial on charges of “non-assistance to a person in danger.” But the regional prosecutor’s office argued there wasn’t enough evidence to show the officers knew the boys were inside the power station. Men’s health affects baby’s health too Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories The two defendants were a police intern at a command post listening to radio communications from the scene and an officer who allegedly saw the two teens enter the power substation.France’s Interior Ministry initially denied that the police had chased the youths before they hid in the power station. An internal police review, however, confirmed the officers had been chasing the teens before they were killed and said officers should immediately have notified French energy company EDF that the youths were hiding in the power station.Under French law, everyone _ not just police _ must try to help a person in danger as long as they or others aren’t threatened by bringing such aid.The case will now go to the appeals court in the French city of Rennes.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

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