Reported Man City & Chelsea target signs new deal

first_imgTransfers Reported Man City & Chelsea target Ghoulam signs new Napoli deal Stephen Darwin Last updated 1 year ago 21:51 12/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Faouzi Ghoulam Napoli 2017 Getty Images Transfers Napoli Manchester City Chelsea UEFA Champions League The left-back is currently sidelined with an ACL injury and it seems he will definitely not be making a move to the Premier League in the near future Faouzi Ghoulam has signed a new contract with Napoli that will keep him with the club until June 2022.The Algeria international, who is currently recovering from an ACL injury, has been linked with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool in recent months.He has, though, ended speculation that he could be making a move to the Premier League by committing his long-term future to the Serie A club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Ghoulam is expected to be out of action for a number of months having suffered a knee ligament injury in the 4-2 Champions League defeat to Manchester City back in November.The injury came as a blow to Napoli’s hopes of Serie A title success, with the club currently one point behind league-leaders Inter after 15 matches having lost 1-0 to Juventus last time out.A proposito del ‘gelo sul rinnovo del contratto’, rinnovato fino al 30 giugno 2022… #ForzaNapoliSempre pic.twitter.com/ZYYYPSbcTB — Official SSC Napoli (@sscnapoli) December 5, 2017 The Algerian had been linked with Manchester City, who will themselves be without first-choice left-back Benjamin Mendy for a prolonged period due to a cruciate knee ligament injury.Chelsea, who were keen on signing Juventus defender Alex Sandro in the summer, have also been linked while Liverpool are another to have been mentioned in the English press.Ghoulam joined Napoli from Saint-Etienne in 2014 and has gone on to make over 150 appearances in all competitions for the Partenopei.last_img read more

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Ocean Rig Buries DryShips

first_imgzoom Athens-based DryShips Inc. recorded USD 1.44 billion net loss for the quarter ended June 30, 2015, largely due to one-off non-cash USD 1.35 billion loss associated with the deconsolidation of its offshore deepwater drilling subsidiary – Ocean Rig.The net loss was further deepened by USD 83.9 million impairment charge on one drybulk vessel, and other non-cash losses related to the previously announced settlement of receivables and new employment entered into with one of the company’s charterers, amounting to USD 45.8 million.The company reported Adjusted EBITDA of USD 243.4 million for the second quarter of 2015, as compared to USD 248.8 million for the second quarter of 2014.”Dryships second quarter results were burdened with one-off non-cash losses mainly associated with the deconsolidation of Ocean Rig. More recently, our stake in Ocean Rig has fallen even further as a result of the settlement of the USD 120 million promissory note by means of shares of Ocean Rig. Following the consummation of the transaction, Dryships will continue to remain the largest single shareholder in Ocean Rig with an approximately 40% direct ownership,” George Economou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DryShips, said.For the drybulk carrier segment, net voyage revenues (voyage revenues minus voyage expenses) amounted to USD 37.4 million for the three-month period ended June 30, 2015, as compared to USD 41.7 million for the three-month period ended June 30, 2014. For the tanker segment, net voyage revenues amounted to USD 39.2 million for the three-month period ended June 30, 2015, as compared to USD 14.2 million for the same period in 2014. For the offshore drilling segment, revenues from drilling contracts decreased by USD 117.7 million to USD 323.7 million for the three-month period ended June 30, 2015, as compared to USD 441.4 million for the three-month period ended June 30, 2014.The Time Charter Equivalent, or TCE, rate for the company’s drybulk fleet was USD 10,813 per day per vessel in the three month period ended June 30, 2015, as compared to USD 12,064 per day per vessel in the corresponding period of 2014. The TCE rate for the tanker fleet was USD 43,221 per day per vessel in the three month period ended June 30, 2015 which is a significant improvement compared to the USD 15,650 per day per vessel TCE rate in the corresponding period of 2014.”Going forward, Dryships’ cashflow will be driven solely by the conditions of the dry bulk market, given also the recent dividend suspension announced by Ocean Rig. We believe that the recent improvement in the drybulk market, while helpful, does not significantly change our outlook for a challenging environment in the next 18 months, and we remain prepared for the uncertainty ahead,” Economou said.last_img read more

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Wynn and MGM in talks about sale of Encore Boston casino

BOSTON — Two major casino operators are in preliminary talks about the possible sale of one of the largest casinos in the Northeast.Wynn Resorts and MGM Resorts may reach a deal to sell Wynn’s Boston Harbor casino complex to MGM.This comes as Wynn is about to open the Everett, Massachusetts, casino.In a joint statement Friday, MGM Resorts International and Wynn Resorts said they’ve engaged in conversations about the potential sale of Encore Boston Harbor.The companies say the talks won’t delay the Everett opening.MGM currently owns a casino in Springfield and would not be allowed to operate two in Massachusetts.State gambling regulators last month levied a $35 million fine on Wynn Resorts but let Wynn keep its casino license after finding executives failed to disclose allegations of sexual misconduct against company founder Steve Wynn.The Associated Press read more

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UN peacekeeping training to be held for first time in Austria

The two-week Senior Mission Leader Course, to be held from 4 to 15 May 2009, will be organized by the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) in cooperation with the Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence and Sports (BMLVS), and will be held at the Austrian National Defence Academy in Vienna. “Austria has a distinguished history of contribution to UN peacekeeping with more than 60,000 soldiers and approximately 1400 police officers, both female and male,” the UN Information Service (UNIS) in Vienna said in announcing the training today. The training course focuses on areas of military, police and civilian expertise in international peace operations, as well as on efficient management, current issues before the Security Council and themes such as rule of law, protection of civilians and the role of women in peace processes, UNIS said. 30 April 2009A course that shapes future military, police and political leaders for international peacekeeping operations will be held for the first time in Austria, the United Nations announced today. read more

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WatchCanadas growth misses expectations as housing slowdown weighs

OTTAWA — The pace of economic growth in Canada slowed in the first quarter of this year to its lowest rate in nearly two years as housing investment pulled back amid new mortgage stress test rules and a cooling housing market.Statistics Canada said Thursday the economy grew at an annualized pace of 1.3 per cent for the first three months of the year. That compared with an annual pace of 1.7 per cent in the final three months of 2017.Economists had expected growth to come in at an annualized rate of 1.8 per cent for the first quarter of 2018, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The rate of growth for real gross domestic product in the first quarter was the slowest pace since the economy contracted in the second quarter of 2016 due to forest fires that destroyed parts of Fort McMurray, Alta., and forced the shutdown of several oilsands operations in the region.In the most recent quarter, investment in housing fell 1.9 per cent, the largest decline since the first quarter of 2009, due to a drop in ownership transfer costs as the pace of home sales slowed at the start of the year.Meanwhile, household spending increased 0.3 per cent, the slowest pace since the first quarter of 2015, while household spending on services increased 0.5 per cent and spending on goods was unchanged.Growth in export volumes slowed to 0.4 per cent compared with one per cent in the fourth quarter of 2017. The gains were mainly contributed by crude oil and bitumen and the export of services. Imports rose 1.2 per cent in the quarter.Business investment in machinery and equipment rose 4.2 per cent, while intellectual property products rose 3.3 per cent.Looking back at 2017, Statistics Canada revised its real GDP numbers upward for the second and third quarters.For the second quarter of 2017, the estimate for the annualized growth rate was increased to 4.6 per cent compared with a March estimate of 4.4 per cent, while the estimate for the third quarter was increased to 1.7 per cent from 1.5 per cent.The latest reading on the economy follows the Bank of Canada’s decision to keep its key interest rate on hold. read more

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Atmospheric leaching extracts 9095 of uranium and heavy rare earths at Kvanefjeld

first_imgGreenland Minerals and Energy Ltd (GMEL) says “metallurgical developments that continue to enhance the Kvanefjeld multi-element project (rare earth elements, uranium, zinc). Kvanefjeld is recognised as one of the world’s largest resources of rare earth elements and uranium, and is favourably located near existing infrastructure in southern Greenland. In June 2011, GMEL announced that it had identified a means to effectively beneficiate the Kvanefjeld REE-U mineralisation using froth flotation. This method was then piloted successfully under continuous operation to produce bulk mineral concentrates (announced October, 2011). Hydro-metallurgical leach studies on the mineral concentrates have now been completed.Key outcomes:Beneficiation through froth flotation has now been well-tested, and reveals industry-leading upgrade ratios from ore to mineral concentrate representing <15% of the original massLeach studies on the mineral concentrates demonstrate that the REE-uranium bearing minerals are highly amenable to conventional acid leach/solvent extractionMineral concentrates can be leached under atmospheric conditions to yield extractions of 90-95% for uranium and heavy REEsFavourable leach solution chemistry allows for the generation of both heavy and light rare earth productsMajor advances in beneficiation and atmospheric leaching allow for the development of an enhanced, efficient flowsheet utilising conventional methods with low technical riskDevelopments eliminate the need for whole-of-ore pressure leaching and significantly reduce the scale of leach circuits, leading to a substantial reduction in capital expenditureThe company is looking to finalise its preferred flowsheet and development scenario through Q1 2012, before finalising pre-feasibility work on the Kvanefjeld project.last_img read more

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Political carpets have been infested with maggots 5 winners and 5 losers

first_imgEVERY WEEK, TheJournal.ie casts its eye over events inside and outside Leinster House that have got people talking.As the saying goes: ‘You win some, you lose some.’So here are our political winners and losers from the past seven days:The 5 winners of the week are…1. Pearse DohertyThe Sinn Féin finance spokesperson continues to pursue the issue of the missing bank guarantee documents with a series of parliamentary questions yielding some new information from Michael Noonan this week. More questions are being asked as they should be given the seriousness of this matter that has been largely overshadowed by the CRC, Irish Water and Rehab Group controversies.2. The government PR machine It’s hard not to think there was some degree of political motive behind Alan Shatter’s decision to disclose the small and controversial profits of the Rehab Group’s lottery in the Dáil this week.It had the affect of shifting the focus onto another charity that has faced criticism in recent weeks and move attention away from the Irish Water debacle given that news of its salaries and credit card use largely slipped under the radar on Thursday. The focus is likely to remain on Rehab until we find out just what Angela Kerins is earning – and that could be weeks away.3. Peadar Tóibín The Meath West TD is on his way back into the Sinn Féin fold after six months in the wilderness as a result of his vote against the abortion bill last July. Tóibín may face further problems if and when a vote is held on a private members’ bill to allow abortion for cases of fatal foetal abnormality, something he things would not be constitutional. But his party may not agree.4. Mick WallaceShunned by the Technical Group in 2012 for having under-declared his VAT returns, the Wexford deputy is now back in the fold as he was put on the Oireachtas Transport Committee much to the annoyance of the ousted Mattie McGrath this week. It’s an interesting committee to put Wallace on given he has been very vocal on the penalty points controversy, sitting through some of Martin Callinan’s evidence to the PAC this week.5. Seán Tyrrell This independent candidate in north Dublin may have some questions surrounding the number of ‘Likes’ on his Facebook page and is definitely issuing ridiculous press statements, but fair play to him for being honest about needing campaign funds. So much so he’s selling his Playstation 3.… and the 5 losers of the week are…1. Enda KennyIt was at Davos two years ago that Enda Kenny remarked that Irish people “went mad with borrowing” – a remark which earned sharp criticism at home. You would have thought he had learned his lesson, but once again he put his foot in it at the World Economic Forum this week.Speaking about emigration he said that “many leave to get experience, many leave and go to places around the world and come back with that experience.” A fair comment perhaps, but this is a hugely sensitive and emotive issue for many Irish people which requires more delicate remarks.2. Shane RossThe likelihood that subjective commentary on bankers and the crisis will preclude TDs from participating in the banking inquiry means that the independent deputy for Dublin South and PAC member will almost certainly be prevented from participating in any investigation.Some view that as beneficial given his tendency to court publicity on these issues, but he has a forensic questioning style which would benefit any inquiry.3. Mattie McGrathThe boisterous Tipperary South TD has been ousted from two Oireachtas Committees, claiming a pro-choice conspiracy by the Technical Group, allegations denied by members of the grouping of independent TDs.The reality is that McGrath hasn’t shown up for its meetings since July and is annoyed at the increased cost of employing two staff for the group. Will he now join the Reform Alliance? More importantly: will they let him?4. Eamon GilmoreThe Tánaiste got into an awful tizzy over the Legal Services Bill on Morning Ireland last Wednesday, repeating ad-nauseam that its delay is “normal”. Though the reality is that it was due before Cabinet earlier this month, but was delayed until “next week” amid reports of differences over a provision in the bill for so-called one-stop legal shops.5. Ian PaisleyNot to be flippant but the film (and book) ‘How to Lose Friends and Alienate People’ comes to mind when one thinks of the former DUP leader. His revealing interviews with Eamonn Mallie appear to have done just that as former colleagues of Paisley’s said events, as he recalled them, about his departure from the party “simply did not happen”.Pics: Press Association, Dáil Screengrabs via Oireachtas TV, CNBCLike politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie’s Politics page?Read: 9 things we learned from the Reform Alliance’s ‘monster meeting’‘The facts as I know them’: 11 things we learned from Martin Callinan’s evidence to the PAClast_img read more

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Les astronomes ontils découvert la toute première exolune

first_imgLes astronomes ont-ils découvert la toute première exolune ?Des astronomes pensent avoir découvert la première lune jamais observée hors de notre système solaire. Située à 1.800 années-lumière de la Terre, elle orbiterait autour d’une planète quatre fois plus grosse que Jupiter.Depuis plusieurs décennies que les astronomes scrutent l’espace, des centaines de planètes ont été découvertes hors de notre système solaire. Mais jusqu’ici, jamais aucune lune n’avait été observée au-delà de notre système. C’est désormais chose faite, du moins peut-être. C’est ce que pense une équipe internationale de chercheurs dirigée par David Bennett, de l’University of Notre-Dame aux Etats-Unis.Tout a commencé en juin 2011 lorsqu’un télescope en Nouvelle-Zélande a capté la luminosité momentanée d’une étoile dans la constellation du Sagittaire. Ceci était la manifestation d’un phénomène rare appelée microlentille gravitationnelle. Il se produit lorsqu’une étoile, une planète ou un objet céleste quelconque passe directement entre la Terre et une étoile plus lointaine source de lumière. A cause du champ gravitationnel, les rayons lumineux se retrouvent courbés, ce qui augmente la luminosité pendant plusieurs jours. La technique permet ainsi de détecter des objets bien moins lumineux comme des exoplanètes par exemple. Etoile peu lumineuse ou exolune ?Après avoir analysé les observations du télescope, les chercheurs ont donc débattu pour savoir à quoi ils avaient à faire. Le problème est qu’ils ne savent pas exactement à quelle distance se trouvent les corps célestes impliqués. Or, cela est essentiel. Selon eux, deux hypothèses peuvent donc être envisagées : celle d’une étoile peu lumineuse avec une planète orbitant autour d’elle ou alors celle d’une planète plus grosse avec une exolune.En effet, si le phénomène a eu lieu loin du Soleil, il s’agirait d’un système binaire composé d’une étoile peu lumineuse (voire une naine brune) autour de laquelle tourne une exoplanète d’une masse comparable à celle de Neptune. En revanche, s’il a eu lieu à proximité, il s’agirait plutôt d’une lune dont la masse est de l’ordre de la moitié de celle de la Terre et qui orbiterait autour d’une exoplanète nomade environ trois fois plus massive que Jupiter. Si cette hypothèse se confirme, ce serait alors la toute première exolune à être découverte ! Seul problème : si elle a aussi été réalisée par d’autres télescopes, il n’existe pas de moyen de reproduire l’observation. Il va donc être très difficile de trancher entre les deux hypothèses. Difficile à confirmer “C’est vraiment dommage parce que nous ne saurons probablement jamais la réponse”, a confirmé David Kipping, astronome au Harvard‒Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics cité par Nature mais non impliqué dans l’étude.  Bien que certains éléments penchent en faveur de la seconde hypothèse, les astronomes ne crient donc pas victoire. “Une planète flottant apparemment seule accompagnée d’une lune d’une masse de la moitié de celle de la Terre représenterait une nouvelle classe de système inconnue jusqu’ici”, ont écrit Bennett et son équipe. “Une telle découverte requerrait une preuve solide. Donc notre modèle privilégié est celui d’une étoile de faible masse ou une naine brune orbitant autour d’une planète de la masse de Neptune”, ont-ils ajouté. Partir à la recherche d’exolunes Mais cette conclusion pessimiste ne convient guère à David Kipping comme le souligne Nature. Ce scientifique est en effet à l’origine d’un vaste projet destiné à rechercher des exolunes en utilisant les données du télescope Kepler. Dans ce but, il a lancé en 2012 une grande campagne de financement qui a permis de récolter plus de 12.000 dollars.À lire aussiDes chercheurs auraient découvert l’origine de la mystérieuse lumière verte observée par la NASAParmi les 3.500 exoplanètes candidates découvertes par Kepler, pas moins de 300 réuniraient des caractéristiques leur permettant d’abriter des lunes. L’équipe du projet Hunt for Exomoons with Kepler (HEK) s’applique donc à les étudier une par une et à exclure celle qui n’en abriterait pas. “L’étude d’exolunes augmente notre compréhension des systèmes de planètes et d’étoiles mais parce que les lunes sont potentiellement habitables, notre projet avance aussi la recherche de vie extraterrestre”, expliquait pour sa campagne le spécialiste sur le site Petridish.org.(crédits photo : NASA/JPL-Caltech) Le 4 janvier 2014 à 11:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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BlueCrest Energy updates drilling plans

first_imgBlueCrest’s site north of Anchor Point.BlueCrest Energy, the company drilling for oil north of Anchor Point, gave an update on their effort at a forum in Kenai last week.Download AudioBlueCrest Energy’s President and CEO, Benjamin Johnson, gave an update on the company’s progress drilling onshore oil wells into the Cosmopolitan Fields of Cook Inlet. He said they are on schedule to frack their first well this summer.“And we will start drilling in [the] May-June timeframe,” said Johnson.Johnson says the company will finish two more wells by the end of this year or the beginning of 2017. BlueCrest officials have said they plan to eventually produce up to 17,000 barrels of oil per day.Johnson also stressed the company probably won’t develop the natural gas in Cosmopolitan if the legislature makes big changes to the state’s tax credit program.“We have our permits we have the equipment, the plans, the designs….everything is ready to go for the gas drilling. We could be drilling April 15th if we knew that the tax credits or something similar were going to be in place. But without it, it’s not going to happen,” said Johnson.The credits are cash paid to exploration companies to offset the costs of developing oil and gas reserves. They’re a tool to encourage companies to drill.If BlueCrest decides to pursue the gas they’ll have to drill offshore. There’s an offshore rig they can use in Seward owned by Spartan Offshore Drilling. Johnson says BlueCrest can wait on the gas but if Spartan moves the rig while the tax credit question is answered, he doesn’t know when another will be available.On the oil side, Johnson says BlueCrest is continuing development for now because they’ve spent too much money to just stop and the work is contracted into the end of this year.He says BlueCrest has already earned $45 million dollars in credits that would be paid this year.“This year is a big spending year for us. It’s a little over $100 million that would be paid in 2017 for the money that we spend in 2016,” said Johnson.If the credits stay the same, Johnson says the state will make a lot of money. He says they estimate a 300% return for the state just from oil royalties.“So it’s an investment [and] not a cost,” said Johnson.And he says that’s on top of a 12.5% tax on every barrel of oil sold.Johnson admits never changing the tax credit structure would be a hard thing to do especially if the price of oil stays so low. He says he’s asking the state to not make a change for at least the next 12 months.The Industry Outlook Forum was sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District in partnership with cities around the Kenai Peninsula and the Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce.last_img read more

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One Hearing On Texas Sanctuary Cities Law Down One To Go

first_imgRobin Jerstad for The Texas TribuneA woman demonstrating against Senate Bill 4, the so-called sanctuary cities law, waves a flag during a march near the San Antonio Riverwalk on June 26, 2017. U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia is hearing arguments from Texas cities and counties challenging the bill, signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott.Protesters with posters, Democratic officials and immigrants’ rights groupsdescended on a federal courthouse in San Antonio Monday, marking the first skirmish in what could be a lengthy battle over the state’s new immigration enforcement law — known as Senate Bill 4 or the “sanctuary cities” ban. Here’s what you need to know: • Litigation’s not the “appropriate [place] to decide” this, said First Assistant Attorney General Darren McCarty, speaking in support of SB 4. Attorneys for Texas and the Justice Department said the law — set to take effect Sept. 1 — contained language that was “contextual” and not as consequential as some thought, arguing that the issue had already been settled in 2012 when the U.S. Supreme Court backed a similar state-based provision in Arizona. The measure also wouldn’t require an officer to question a person’s immigration status, supporters said, but instead allows them the opportunity to do so. • “We think SB 4 is patently unconstitutional,” said Lee Gelernt, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union. Opponents of the measure argued SB 4 would unfairly target communities and serve as the opening act for an eventual police state, where local law enforcement could disregard the federal government’s authority, and said the law had been rushed through the legislative process, resulting in vague language that was hard to interpret. Penalties that could exceed $25,000 also served as another point of contention for plaintiffs, who said the hefty punishment made it “simply unrealistic for any police officer to take a chance” of violating the law. • Mexico has its doubts, too. Following Monday’s court hearing, the Mexican government announced it was filing an affidavit to express its concerns with SB 4, with the assistant secretary of foreign relations saying the law “further criminalizes the phenomenon of migration.”• U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia declined to make a decision Monday, and he didn’t indicate when a decision might come. Meanwhile, a federal court in Austin is set to consider Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s request to declare the measure constitutional Thursday.  Sharelast_img read more

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The Best DropMix Songs Weve Remixed So Far

first_img If it weren’t for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, DropMix would honestly be my frontrunner for Game of the Year so far. I’ve gushed about how Harmonix/Hasbro’s card-based music mashup miracle machine expertly captures the peculiar artistic satisfaction of remixing songs that I love so much.But words simply aren’t enough to convey the joy of DropMix’s creativity. You have to hear it for yourself. Fortunately, now that the game and its companion app are officially released, players can export their hit bootleg singles (properly credited to the original artists) for anyone to listen to. Here in the Geek office we’ve been carefully cultivating DropMix remixes for weeks, and we’re now proud to present our finished album.Take a listen!Salt-N-Pepa-N-DisguiseTesting some DropMix exporting pic.twitter.com/sGQSgkvrvt— Jordan Minor (@JordanWMinor) September 27, 2017Songs used: “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars, “Pony” by Ginuwine, “The Transformers Theme,” “Push It,” by Salt-N-PepaI really just wanted to try out the Transformers card here, but I think it fits in perfectly as part of a sparkly spacey 1980s sex anthem, especially in the full loop.I’m SorryI’m sorry pic.twitter.com/CIo5JjK87q— Jordan Minor (@JordanWMinor) September 27, 2017Songs used: “Bangarang” by Skrillex, “Heartbeat” by Childish Gambino, “All The Small Things” by Blink 182Wild cards can play multiple parts of a song at once, so with them you don’t need to fill the board to get a complete sounding mix. In fact, sometimes restraint is better.Disturb My SunshineWorking on a really great soundtrack for Hell pic.twitter.com/FCMA9VpCqH— Jordan Minor (@JordanWMinor) September 27, 2017Songs used: “Short Skirt/Long Jacket” by Cake, “Steal My Sunshine” by Len, “Down With the Sickness” by Disturbed, “The Doctor Who Theme,” “La Mordidita” by Ricky MartinI wish that even when used as bass and drums the trademark Disturbed barking came through here, but overall this is a really good hit single for a soundtrack to Hell.Doctor HoovesDoctor Hooves pic.twitter.com/glf24evobu— Jordan Minor (@JordanWMinor) September 28, 2017Songs used: “Pony” by Ginuwine, “The Doctor Who Theme,” “Temperature” by Sean Paul, “All Frazzled” by Charm Syndicate, “Sexy And I Know It” by LMFAOThe naming joke here is that “Pony” and the Doctor Who theme go really good together, but no joke, they go really good together. Plus the bass horns of “All Frazzled” can instantly make anything sound more dramatic.Call Me VenonaCall Me Verona pic.twitter.com/i0iT5dq9ep— Jordan Minor (@JordanWMinor) September 28, 2017Songs used: “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen, “Strychnine Baby” by Warlords of the Old West, “Beatboxer” by Davis Franklin, “Atomic Handbrake” by Bullwheel, “Fermionic” by The Venona ProjectThis fast and cool percussion-heavy instrumental is maybe my legit favorite combination, so only it was worthy of CRJ’s vocals. I also like the combo of a huge pop hit and more obscure electronica.There’s Nothing InsideThere’s Nothing Inside pic.twitter.com/nmOLZA5CHP— Jordan Minor (@JordanWMinor) September 28, 2017Songs used: “Kids” by MGMT, “La Mordidita” by Ricky Martin, “Bring Me To Life” by Evanescence, “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae JepsenWhat I love about this mix is that every aspect of it is recognizable. Sometimes parts can get buried in a crowded mix but if you’re familiar with any one of these songs, even the drums, you can tell they are here.My IntentionsMy Intentions pic.twitter.com/wMJkDMy37K— Jordan Minor (@JordanWMinor) September 28, 2017Songs used: “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons, “Find You” by Nightfeels, “Ms. Jackson” by Outkast, “Scenario” by A Tribe Called Quest, “Genghis Khan” by Miike SnowAlong with combining songs, you can also adjust the tempo and pitch of your mix, and I did that here to get the exact melancholy mood I was looking for.Tricky Swing!Swing! pic.twitter.com/z6Dvm3ytnK— Jordan Minor (@JordanWMinor) September 28, 2017Songs used: “It’s Tricky” by Run-D.M.C., “Barbra Streisand” by Duck Sauce, “Take Me Out” by Franz Ferdinand, “Chandelier” by Sia, “Larry’s Place Part II” by BignumsThere’s just something about Sia’s vocals that tend to get warped into some hilariously unrecognizable new sound when played in DropMix. But all things considered, this is a pretty successful experiment. Plus, most hip-hop songs are like two cards in one since they usually sample something else, “My Sharona” in this case.But that’s just what we’ve come up with. I implore you to check out DropMix and share your own amazing, awful, ironic, incredible, inexplicably ska remixes with the world.Buy DropMixLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Geek Plays: Dropmix… Again4 New Gadgets You Should’ve Bought in 2017 Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Researchers find nonape species engages in rapid facial mimicry

first_img More information: Rapid Facial Mimicry In Geladas, Scientific Reports 3, Article number: 1527 doi:10.1038/srep01527AbstractRapid facial mimicry (RFM) is an automatic response, in which individuals mimic others’ expressions. RFM, only demonstrated in humans and apes, is grounded in the automatic perception-action coupling of sensorimotor information occurring in the mirror neuron system. In humans, RFM seems to reflect the capacity of individuals to empathize with others. Here, we demonstrated that, during play, RFM is also present in a cercopithecoid species (Theropithecus gelada). Mother-infant play sessions were not only characterized by the highest levels of RFM, but also by the fastest responses. Our findings suggest that RFM in humans have homologous not only in apes, but also in cercopitecoids. Moreover, data point to similarities in the modality in which mother-infant synchronous behaviours are expressed among primates, suggesting a common evolutionary root in the basic elements of mother-infant affective exchanges. (Phys.org) —A team of researchers made up of members from three academic centers in Italy has found the first instance of rapid facial mimicry (RFM) outside of humans and apes. In their paper published in Scientific Reports, the researchers report observation of RFM in geladas, a type of cercopithecoid or old-world monkey. Explore further Scientists studying human behavior have long known of RFM, it’s where one person mimics the facial expression of a person they are looking at, almost instantly—it’s considered to be involuntary and many scientists believe it’s tied to empathy. It can be seen as a sudden look of concern by a person noting concern on the face of a friend perhaps, or the mimicking of a strained smile. Until now, RFM has been seen only in humans and orangutans.To find out if geladas exhibit RFM as well, the researchers studied a group of them residing in Germany’s NaturZoo. The monkeys were watched as they engaged in play, as RFM has been tied to emotional connections. The team watched monkeys of all ages interact with one another and video recorded them for later study. Specifically, they looked to see if normal play-type face-making—different ways the monkeys open their mouths—would be mimicked by others. In studying the tapes, the researchers found that was indeed the case, the monkeys did mimic each other’s facial expressions in much the same way we humans do. More specifically, they found that RFM was most apparent between mothers and their infant offspring—not only did they engage in it more often, but they also did it quicker than with other pairings in the group.Finding RFM in other species besides humans has been somewhat of a surprise to those who study the ways people interact. Because it is generally believed to be tied to empathy, most in the field assumed it was exclusive to humans. Now that RFM has been found in both apes and monkeys, researchers are left to wonder if their original theories were correct, or if new ones need to be developed. If RFM does indicate empathy, then that would mean other species besides humans are capable of experiencing it. If it doesn’t, then why is it used by any species? Here’s looking at you, fellow! An example of congruent response in RFM – RFM during a play session between an adult (left) and an immature individual (right). Credit: Scientific Reports 3, Article number: 1527 doi:10.1038/srep01527, Photo by P.F. Ferraricenter_img Journal information: Scientific Reports © 2013 Phys.org Citation: Researchers find non-ape species engages in rapid facial mimicry (2013, April 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-04-non-ape-species-engages-rapid-facial.html 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

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The paint brush activist

first_imgMeera Dayal forays into the world of nature preservation with just a paintbrush and a canvas in hand. And what an impact she makes! Her latest exhibition Inscapes II to be held at the Annexe Art Gallery at IIC from 11 to 16 November, moves viewers to think deeply not only about Mother Nature’s beauty, but also her vulnerability. The painter asks the viewer to approach each painting as a pure and unique experience, a flight into the unknown, without preconceptions and preparation. Each painting speaks for itself, while at the same time one wonders at the artist’s extraordinary mastery over the art. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Meera’s relationship with nature is deep rooted. Having spent a large part of her childhood in the Himalayas? foothills, the relationship was gradually nurtured and had a huge impact on her sensibility and later also laid the foundation of her work. ‘My message, if I have one, is simply this: Let us preserve Nature. Let us nurture it rather than destroy it in the name of ‘development’.  Trees are essential for the environment and fight pollution in urban areas, so why don’t we plant trees instead of building concrete blocks?’, she emphasizes. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe delicate petals of a deep ? purple pansy, the auburn autumn leaf, a valley of wildflowers playing with the wind- all suggest a beauty to cherish, while reminding one of their strength of perseverance. These are important for the survival of the world, but are now endangered only due to the negligence of man Meera has largely been working in oils, acrylics, pastels, mixed media, pen and ink, water colours etc.  Another feather in her cap is her interest in textiles. She has worked for an export company designing textiles, embroideries, handicrafts and jewellery for many famous stores. At the same time she continued to draw and paint and branched out into the world of publishing. She has designed book covers and did illustrations for many of the leading publishers like Oxford University Press, Penguin India, Kali for Women, Ratna Sagar Books and many others.When: 11 -16 November, Where: IIC ,ANNEXE Art Gallery, Lodhi Roadlast_img read more

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How to Make Your Site MobileFriendly With Responsive Design

first_imgMaine.govVirtually every business needs a website, but these days the web isn’t just about what you see on a computer screen. People are using the internet on an increasingly diverse array of devices, from smartphones to gaming consoles. Some experts predict that by 2014, most web traffic in the U.S. will be on mobile devices.The trouble is, most business websites are still designed with only a desktop or laptop computer in mind. When you view a typical business website on the browser of mobile device, it usually requires pinching, zooming and scrolling just to see what’s on the page. And interacting with the site via a touchscreen can be clumsy at best.To compensate, more businesses are deploying one or more mobile-optimized web designs, or “themes,” that the web server sends to a user when a mobile device is detected. That’s a first step, but mobile devices come in many sizes and shapes. What looks great on, say, an iPhone may look and perform poorly on a Kindle Fire.It is possible to create designs for each of the major screen sizes and devices types, but ultimately that’s a losing game. New device types will outpace any designer’s ability to spin off customized themes.Related: No Mobile Website? You’re Probably Turning Customers AwayOne solution is something called “responsive web design,” which can make your website easier and cheaper to manage, while giving mobile users a better experience. This allows you to create one design that will fit almost any screen and device type, and can also enhance your search visibility. Additionally, it avoids the hurdle of expecting users to type in “m.” before your site URL to access the mobile-friendly version.When a user accesses a responsively designed website, the site senses the constraints of that user’s device and automatically “responds” or reconfigures itself to display and function reasonably well. It reorganizes the layout, for instance, swapping out images and navigation features.As new web-enabled device types become popular, such as Android-powered cameras, you’ll only need to tweak your responsive design to accommodate them.To create a responsive site for your business, you can either hire a designer or use a site-building tool that supports responsive web design. Either way, these five tips can help you make the switch to responsive design.1. Decide when to make the change.Responsive design is a radically different way of managing the elements of a website, which means it’s hard to introduce responsive design to an existing conventional website. You’ll probably want to wait until you’re creating a new site or rebuilding your existing one.2. Track your mobile traffic patterns.Check your site statistics for the number of mobile visitors, plot how that segment of your online market has been growing and project it two to five years into the future. The steeper that growth curve, the more important it is to implement responsive web design sooner rather than later.Related: 5 Things to Consider Before Buying a Smartphone or Tablet for Business3. Check out competitors’ sites on various devices.Keep a list of URLs for businesses similar to yours. Periodically check them all out on a variety of computers, smartphones and tablets. Which are easiest to navigate and use, requiring the least pinching, zooming and scrolling? Use the best as guidance for your designer.4. Hire web designers with responsive design experience. Many designers serving small-to-medium business clients are still focused on designing sites intended for viewing on computers. Be sure to ask for recent examples of a designer’s responsively designed sites. Don’t just get screenshots — ask for the URLs and check those sites on a variety of device types, paying attention both to how they look and how well they function.5. Use effective, affordable tools if you do it yourself. If you decide to create a responsively designed site on your own, consider trying the latest version of Squarespace. It’s an inexpensive web hosting service that lets you create a responsive website via a drag-and-drop interface.There are also many pre-made responsive themes (both free and paid, usually between $30 and $100) for sites built with WordPress, a popular open-source platform. The hosted version of that platform, WordPress.com, is starting to offer responsive themes, as well.Related: How to Create a Killer Mobile Site Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. September 5, 2012 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 4 min read Register Now »last_img read more

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Pope goes to Italy quake zone to comfort victims

first_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories Quick workouts for men Associated PressROVERETO DI NOVI, Italy (AP) – Pope Benedict XVI visited northern Italy on Tuesday to comfort survivors of last month’s back-to-back earthquakes that killed 24 people, urging them to rebuild and keep the faith.Benedict traveled by helicopter from the Vatican to Rovereto Di Novi near Modena, where Rev. Ivan Martini was killed during an aftershock of the May 29 quake when part of his church roof caved in when he returned to try to save its statue of the Madonna. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths The statue was displayed Tuesday in front of the church of St. Catherine. Many of the town’s faithful are now living in small tents nearby.Benedict briefly prayed at the church before greeting residents of the tiny town, much of which has been declared off-limits because buildings remain too unstable from the 5.8-magnitude temblor. A 6.0-magnitude quake hit nearby May 20.One of the first people Benedict greeted was the brother of Martini, who residents said had been the first to set up a canteen for displaced people before rescue teams arrived.The statue was later carried to a covered stage where Benedict urged the cheering crowd to not give up hope even amid the debris and uncertainties of their lives.“On this rock, with this firm hope, you can build, you can rebuild,” the German-born Benedict told the crowd, recalling how Italy had rebuilt itself after World War II.Resident Albino Lodi said he hoped the visit would “bring a smile to the faces of these people who were hit so badly by the earthquake.”The visit echoed one Benedict made in 2009 to the central Italian city of L’Aquila, after a 6.3 magnitude temblor there destroyed much of the city’s historic center and killed 308 people. Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

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Melbourne officially welcomes new multimillion dollar convention cent

first_imgCrown Convention Centre Naked Conferencing. Crown has officially launched its brand-new purpose-built conference centre, and with connections to existing Crown properties, sees the site become an integrated conference and entertainment complex.Adjacent to the Crown Entertainment Complex in Southbank, the brand new convention centre has connections to Crown Towers, Crown Promenade and when opened will also link with the new Crown Metropol.“We are now able to accommodate major local and international conferences with a conference hall with a capacity of 800 delegates, 16 meetings rooms and supporting facilities all in a brand-new state of the art facility,” said David Courtney, Crown CEO.“Today 30 conferences and 100 meetings have been booked in.” Breakout room. David Courtney, Crown CEO and Minister Time Holding launching the new convention centre. Already the site has successfully hosted several meetings during its soft open period, and by the end of this year, will have hosted over 50,000 local and international delegates.Purpose-built for conferencing, the centrepiece of the new Crown Conference Centre is the pillar-less Crown Conference Hall which is capable of seating 840 delegates theatre-style.Another unique feature of the conference centre is that every breakout room incorporates some form of natural lighting.Also attending the launch on Wednesday was Tim Holding, Victorian Tourism and Major Events Minister, who commended Crown for its investment in the site as well as Melbourne as a conference and events city.“This is such important business for our tourism industry, important because the guests who will come from interstate and overseas will fill our hotels, they’ll eat in our restaurants and they’ll spend money in our retail precinct.  center_img Crown Convention Centre Naked Conferencing. “Many of them will also visit our fantastic regional locations while they’re here,” he continues. “They will spend five to six times more than a leisure tourist.”With the new launch, the conference centre also unveiled its new “naked conferencing” concept, which sees tables set without tablecloths to cover them.  In this way, meetings and conferences leave smaller environmental footprints without the need of unnecessary washing of drape-cloths.Below is the video of the press conference: Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.Xlast_img read more

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LaSata wants more Michigan water trails

first_img Categories: LaSata News Legislator calls on DNR to continue expansion of state’s water trail programA House resolution introduced by state Rep. Kim LaSata would urge the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to designate more water trails in the state of Michigan.Michigan’s Great Lakes water trails provide an excellent opportunity for kayaking, canoeing and paddleboarding throughout the state. The state’s water trails have been in existence for thousands of years, dating back to when Native Americans used the waterways for transportation.“Michigan’s emerging water trails program is a direct response to a growing need around the state for a system of designated waterways that kayakers can safely access,” said LaSata, of Bainbridge Township. “Thanks to volunteer and community efforts, this water trail program continues to grow.”The resolution encourages the DNR to continue expansion of the state water trail program by becoming a stronger partner in designating trail programs and implores the department to leverage available funding for a grant program to support continued local efforts.“Water trails allow us to increase connectivity, not only between waterways, but also between walking trails,” LaSata said.The resolution was adopted Tuesday by the full House. 24Oct LaSata wants more Michigan water trailslast_img read more

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Hughes opposes kayak tax with House resolution

first_img State Rep. Holly Hughes today introduced a resolution to oppose the “kayak tax,” proposed by the Michigan State Waterways Commission, which would require all kayaks, canoes and paddle boards to be registered with the state.Hughes, who chairs the House Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee said people should not be penalized for supporting Michigan’s tourism industry and enjoying the state’s natural resources.“I have no interest in pursuing legislation that imposes unnecessary taxes that inhibit the growth of the paddle sport and tourism industries in Michigan,” said Hughes, of Montague.Though the commission claims the cost would be about $10 annually per watercraft, Hughes and others still have great concerns, especially for those who own many watercraft.“Even at a small cost, the fees would add up,” she said. “Furthermore, most paddle enthusiasts wouldn’t benefit in any way from the fee, as funding would go toward boat launches more commonly used for speed boats.”According to the legislator, the commission’s proposal is nothing more than that, as no legislators have taken it up for legislation. At this time, Michigan residents have no reason to fear the possibility of a registration fee on their paddle watercraft vessels.### Categories: Hughes News 19Apr Hughes opposes kayak tax with House resolutioncenter_img Tags: Kayak Tax last_img read more

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Rep Roberts votes for recordhigh education funding

first_img State Rep. Brett Roberts (R-Charlotte) today voted in favor of record-high funding for K-12 education in Michigan.“Investing in our kids’ future has always been a priority of mine in the Legislature,” Roberts said. “We can’t take education for granted. As we focus more of our resources on enhancing the education and future careers of current students, we will see more positive results impacting Michigan’s economy.”Voting in favor of House Bill 5377 marked the fourth consecutive time that Roberts has voted in favor of the education budget in each of his four years in the Legislature. Roberts said that this increase follows in the footsteps of past education budgets, and provides $120 to $240 more per student for all schools in mid-Michigan.“I’m proud to join a bipartisan group of lawmakers who recognize the need for stronger education funding in our state,” said Roberts. “Providing more money directly to Michigan classrooms will create a healthier learning environment for all students.”The House-approved education budget signifies the largest increase in per-pupil funding for Michigan students in 15 years. Categories: Roberts News 12Jun Rep. Roberts votes for record-high education fundinglast_img read more

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Rep Webber to have indistrict office hours Sept 28

first_img24Sep Rep. Webber to have in-district office hours Sept. 28 State Rep. Michael Webber, of Rochester Hills, invites residents to join him for local office hours on Friday, Sept. 28.Office hours will take place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Panera Bread, 37 S Livernois Rd in Rochester Hills.“The most rewarding part of hosting monthly office hours is being accessible to the voices I represent in Lansing,” Webber said. “I encourage all of those interested to attend so I can keep my finger on the pulse of the community’s concerns.”No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Webber at (517) 373-1773 or via email at MichaelWebber@house.mi.gov.###### Categories: News,Webber Newslast_img

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