Best Records of 2016: Japanese Breakfast’s ‘Psychopomp’

first_imgWith the new year approaching, we’re taking a look back through the past 11 months at records that did not get coverage in New Music Monday when they were first released earlier. This week we look at Michelle Zauner’s first LP under the name Japanese Breakfast, Psychopomp.Japanese Breakfast initially began as a side project for Michelle Zauner, a member of indie rock band Little Big League. In her own words, “With [Little Big League], there was more of a desire to be tough…I was playing with three dudes that grew up on punk and hardcore, then you had me and my Pacific Northwest indie-rock background, like Death Cab for Cutie, Built to Spill.” With Japanese Breakfast, Zauner was able to explore those influences, and on Psychopomp she incorporated the influence of country and folk music. With help from co-producer Ned Eisenberg, she gave the the record a “a psychotic pop sound.”Psychopomp includes reworked tracks from Japanese Breakfast’s previous releases, all from the summer of 2014. Around that time Zauner moved back to Oregon after her mother was diagnosed with stage four squamous cell carcinoma. The disease was aggressive, and Zauner’s mother died within months. After her mother’s death, Zauner remained in Oregon to help her father and during that time began to work on new material. Many of the songs on Psychopomp address Zauner’s grief and troubles follower her mother’s death. She wrote “Rugged Country,” about becoming the person who had to love and nurture her father after he had lost the woman who had been in his life for 32 years.Psychopomp captures an experience of grief through deft lyrics and a mixture of rock, folk, and electronic music.Psychopomp by Japanese Breakfast is out now through Yellow K Records and Dead Oceans and is available on Amazon, Bandcamp, and iTunes. Michelle Zauner also has an essay in Glamour titled “How Learning to Cook Korean Food Helped Me Grieve (and Heal).” How 2 Brooklynites are Reviving an Iconic Midwestern Supper Club Why Are All These Celebrities Shotgunning Beers? Editors’ Recommendations Get to Know Alto Adige, the Northern Italian Wine Region Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens last_img read more

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

first_imgWritten By: Guy Young, President, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection  For over four decades, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection—the world’s only authentic boutique cruise line—has been transporting guests in luxury and comfort. Rated the “Best River Cruise Line” by Cruise Critic, Uniworld is committed to delivering exceptional river cruise experiences around the globe. In Europe, Uniworld’s all-inclusive voyages offer unrivaled convenience and value with everything included in the fare—airport transfers, all meals onboard with unlimited beverages, hosted excursions with personalization options, all gratuities onboard and onshore, and Wi-Fi access. Guests cruise onboard ships designed to be as inspiring as the destinations visited, featuring the finest furnishings, original art and modern luxuries. They also enjoy the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the river cruise industry and dine on exquisite cuisine that earned Uniworld the recognition of “Best Culinary Cruise Line” from SAVEUR Magazine. In more exotic locales—India, China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Egypt—Uniworld provides an up-close view of some of the world’s oldest civilizations. Exploring ancient treasures by day with hosted small-group excursions and enjoying five-star hotels and all-suite ships at night, our guests can be treated to the unsurpassed Uniworld experience worldwide. YOU DESERVE THE BESTThere’s a moment on every Uniworld boutique river cruise when it becomes clear. Maybe it’s while luxuriating in the comfort of an exceptionally appointed stateroom or suite. Or savoring yet another culinary masterpiece prepared by our master chefs. Or while experiencing the jewels of Europe from a perspective only the river can provide. A moment when your clients realize that this journey is unlike anything they’ve ever experienced and beyond anything they could have expected. That’s because everything we do is focused on a singular goal: giving your clients the uniquely unforgettable experience they’re seeking, with the individualized, industry-leading service they deserve. From creating the only one-of-a-kind ships grand enough to provide the perfect setting for their voyage, to ensuring every detail, every flavor, every modern convenience and every moment of their time with us is designed to deliver the highest level of excellence. An excellence only Uniworld, the world’s most renowned river cruise line, can provide. UNRIVALLED EXPERTISEWhen unrivalled luxury, exceptional service, extraordinary cuisine and nautical excellence come together, the result is unmistakably Uniworld. Our connection to our sister company, the five-star Red Carnation Hotel Collection, has enabled us to tap into the expertise gained from over 50 years of owning and operating luxury boutique hotels worldwide. This expertise, combined with our four decades of experience in river cruising, enables us to deliver the same luxurious hotel experience—only on the rivers of Europe. And by maintaining full control over our entire nautical, hospitality and culinary operations—which means not outsourcing to third parties like most river cruise lines do—we can ensure a consistently exceptional experience for every guest on every cruise. ONE-OF-A-KIND SHIPSWhen exploring the great sights of Europe, it isn’t often one can say that the ship one travels on truly rivals the destinations themselves. And yet, this is more than true for Uniworld’s fleet of luxurious “floating boutique hotels.” Each ship is a work of art designed to be as unique and inspiring as the destinations it visits. Once aboard one of our award-winning ships, your clients will immediately notice the touches, artistry and amenities that set Uniworld apart. A simple walk from their sumptuous stateroom to breakfast will reveal countless original works from famous painters, master craftsmen and furniture designers commissioned exclusively for Uniworld ships. Every element of Uniworld’s category-defining staterooms and suites are ideally suited for lazy mornings, afternoon naps, relaxing moments on the French balcony and nights of peaceful slumber. From the hand-crafted Savoir® of England bed—the same beds found in the finest hotels in Europe—complete with the highest quality linens, fluffy duvets and your choice of pillows, to the Italian marble-lined bathroom, these staterooms and suites provide all-encompassing comfort and luxury. Plus, guests staying in suites onboard each company-owned ship in Europe will enjoy special benefits, including in-suite butler service. Trained under the tutelage of Zita Langenstein of England’s Ivor Spencer Butler School, Uniworld butlers provide the unsurpassed level of service found at the finest hotels and royal houses throughout Europe. A LEGACY OF SERVICEYour client likes her eggs poached with the sunrise or breakfast served in her suite. She prefers a twist to a cherry, her chocolate dark and her conversation light. At Uniworld, we believe providing exceptional service begins with knowing each and every guest. By developing knowledge of their interests, their preferences and their style, we’re able to anticipate their needs. With fewer staterooms and more onboard staff than any other river cruise line, there is always a highly trained, dedicated person ready to answer any request and exceed every expectation. Every journey is orchestrated by an experienced Cruise Manager, Hotel Manager and Restaurant Manager. All staff undergo rigorous, ongoing training to ensure the highest standard of service, and all butlers— available to guests staying in suites onboard all European company-owned ships—are trained to the same exacting standards required by Buckingham Palace. Plus, our certified onboard wellness instructors offer yoga classes, a variety of massages, personal training and more. CULINARY EXCELLENCERecognized by SAVEUR Magazine as the “Best Culinary Cruise Line,” Uniworld has crafted a culinary program for the most discerning of palates. The culinary journeys experienced onboard every Uniworld river cruise are every bit as rich, varied and flavorful as the voyage itself. Working with only the freshest, highest-quality local ingredients from every destination along the river, our onboard chefs flawlessly bring to life the culinary vision and signature recipes developed by Mrs. Beatrice Tollman, founder of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection. Our dedication to farm-to-table culinary experiences leads us to uncover the finest foods sourced from regional farms, farmers’ markets and artisanal producers to ensure every meal embodies the unique character of each region and season. Our culinary staff is devoted to creating the ultimate dining experience perfectly tailored to your clients’ personal palates. We do this by getting to know their tastes and preferences to ensure every meal is a memorable one that constantly exceeds expectations. This means whether they like their filet rare or well-done, have dietary restrictions or like to be a little adventurous, we provide a grand selection of menu items for even the most discerning of palates. We also provide a variety of dining venues and experiences, including early-riser breakfast, afternoon tea in the main lounge, al fresco dining in the Sky Lounge or on the Sun Deck, all-day bistro menu and more. PERSONALIZED SHORE EXCURSIONSUniworld believes every traveler is unique, so we offer your clients a broader range of onshore experiences with a higher degree of personalization than any other river cruise line in Europe. Our shore excursions, ranked “Best Shore Excursions” by Cruise Critic, are tailored to match your clients’ interests and lifestyle. With a variety of personalized experiences to choose from, we are confident your clients will always find the experience they are looking for. Our “Choice Is Yours” included excursions offer a range of activities designed to please first-time visitors and veteran travelers alike. From Vienna to Amsterdam, Paris to Avignon, your clients will be treated to multiple choices in every city that help them personalize their experience even more, with options to please even well-traveled guests. “Go Active” hiking and biking excursions, led by local naturalists or sports guides, are the perfect way to stay fit while learning about the local history, flora and fauna. If your clients prefer to blaze their own trail, our complimentary bicycles and helmets, and Nordic walking sticks, are always available. Life tends to move a bit slower along the river, so we also offer our “Gentle Walking” excursions, which provide your clients with the chance to explore at a more relaxed pace. Whether they’re dealing with mobility issues or are simply in the mood to meander, these excursions give them plenty of time to contemplate a beautiful painting or enjoy a quiet moment at a quaint café. To truly get to know a destination, one must become immersed into the local life. “Do as the Locals Do” excursions provide authentic encounters wherein guests walk in the shoes of local citizens—from exploring favorite meeting places to tasting beloved regional foods. Similarly, our exclusive “VillageDay” program provides an up-close look at rural European and Russian towns. Visits to local homes and workshops will provide your clients with an intimate view of modern village life. THEMED CRUISESDo your clients feel like indulging their inner gourmand? Have they ever imagined themselves living the life of royalty? Our all-inclusive themed cruises give them the opportunity to live out their travel fantasies through a series of once-in-a-lifetime experiences exclusive to Uniworld guests. “Monarch Collection” cruises provide exclusive insider access to Europe’s rich aristocratic heritage. Guests will be hosted at a private reception by a Habsburg princess at her castle, and go behind the scenes at Vienna’s Spanish Riding School to discover a 450-year-old equestrian tradition. In France, “Connoisseur Collection” cruises delve into the world of French cuisine, declared a UNESCO “word intangible heritage.” Excursions include an homage to Julia Child at the famous La Couronne restaurant where she had her first French meal, a delightful visit to Château de Cazeneuve for a food and wine pairing meal and a guided search for the “black diamond” at a truffle farm with the owner and his trusted canine companion. GENERATIONS FAMILY RIVER CRUISESUniworld’s Generations Family River Cruises have been voted by the readers of Travel + Leisure as #1 in the “World’s Best River Cruising for Families” category for the past four years in a row. These specialized cruises, available on select summer and winter departures of popular Uniworld itineraries, are the ideal way for your clients to introduce their children and grandchildren to Europe’s most spectacular cities, while also making memories together that will last a lifetime. Every Uniworld Generations cruise offers a full range of onshore excursions and onboard activities—some geared for children and others tailored for tweens and teens. Two dedicated Family Hosts supervise and coordinate the onboard activities, while select local guides onshore lead the tailor-made, family-friendly excursions. As with all of Uniworld’s European cruises, Generations cruises are all-inclusive, and feature all meals onboard with kid-friendly menus, unlimited beverages, all gratuities, all scheduled transfers, and much more. Each child aged 4 through 18 can also receive 50% savings off the cruise fare when traveling with an adult. EXPLORING THE GLOBEYour clients can venture to the far corners of the globe in unsurpassed Uniworld style with our enticing journeys in Asia and Egypt. They can find divine inspiration in India amid the splendors of the Taj Mahal and along the sacred Ganges River, or discover the East-meets-West allure of China—from the Great Wall and the grand Yangtze to modern Hong Kong. In Southeast Asia, where lush jungles meet the shores of the Mekong and the chants of the Buddhist monks humming can be heard, they can explore the wonders of Vietnam and Cambodia. While stepping ashore to visit the myriad unforgettable sites in Egypt, your clients will be transported to an ancient world they’ll never forget. These cruise and tour itineraries feature immersive excursions hosted by English-speaking local guides, accommodations onboard all-suite ships, onshore stays in deluxe hotels, and much more.last_img read more

Accompong Targeted for Hemp Pilot

first_img Mr. Hutchinson indicated that the Ministry is looking to cultivate 50 acres of the plant for use as raw material in a variety of commercial products, including oils and animal feed. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, says there are plans for a hemp cultivation pilot project in the Maroon community of Accompong, St Elizabeth. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, says there are plans for a hemp cultivation pilot project in the Maroon community of Accompong, St Elizabeth.Mr. Hutchinson indicated that the Ministry is looking to cultivate 50 acres of the plant for use as raw material in a variety of commercial products, including oils and animal feed.The proposed venture will complement the Alternative Development Programme (ADP) that was implemented in Accompong and other communities earlier this month, to provide small-scale farmers with a channel through which to benefit from the cannabis (ganja) industry.“We are going to start in the Big Ground area of Accompong, and once we get that going, we are going to [cultivate all] of it with hemp. Accompong has a lot of land and we want to put everybody to work,” he said.Mr. Hutchinson was speaking at the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport ‘Economic Opportunities Workshop’ Grant Handover Ceremony, which was held in the community on March 22.Meanwhile, the Minister said the Accompong’s ADP cannabis pilot programme is advancing at a “steady pace”, noting that 10 acres of land have already been prepared for the farming initiative.“We are going to see faster movements with the project, whereby, we will have seedlings that we can get those who have prepared the lands,” Mr. Hutchinson indicated.The Alternative Development Programme aims to prevent and eliminate illicit ganja cultivation and channel the process through legal streams.The pilot has been initiated in Accompong, St. Elizabeth, and Orange Hill, Westmoreland. The proposed venture will complement the Alternative Development Programme (ADP) that was implemented in Accompong and other communities earlier this month, to provide small-scale farmers with a channel through which to benefit from the cannabis (ganja) industry. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Navig8 Product Tankers Takes Fifth Tanker from GSI

first_imgzoom Petroleum products shipping company Navig8 Product Tankers has taken delivery of the Navig8 Goal, a 113,000 DWT LR2 tanker from Guangzhou Shipyard International Company Limited (GSI).The Navig8 Goal is the fifth of eight vessels contracted at GSI to be delivered to Navig8 Product Tankers.The vessel is also the fifth to be delivered under the sale and leaseback agreements entered into with CSSC (Hong Kong) Shipping Company Limited (CSSC).Following delivery from GSI, the Navig8 Goal was delivered to CSSC under the terms of the sale memorandum of understanding and then delivered back to the company under bareboat charter.The Navig8 Goal will be entered into and operated in Navig8 Group’s Alpha8 commercial pool.Navig8 Product Tankers was established in 2013 as a joint venture between the Navig8 Group and DVB Bank.The company has taken delivery of twelve LR1 and twelve LR2 product tanker newbuildings to date and anticipates delivery of its full 27 eco-design product tanker newbuilding fleet during the first quarter of 2017.The company’s fleet is contracted to operate in various product tanker pools managed by the Navig8 Group, an independent pool and commercial management company.last_img read more

Another Season of Incredible Picnics Kicks Off

first_imgDelectable Nova Scotia lobster, homemade pies and rolls, and other local fare will be served up at the season’s first Incredible Picnic today, Aug. 2, at Chestico Days in Port Hood. A dozen events across the province are on the schedule for the 5th annual Incredible Picnics. They showcase locally grown and produced items like fruits and vegetables, meats, cheeses, breads and beverages. “Nova Scotia’s agriculture and seafood industries contribute a combined $2 billion in the province’s economy and provide good jobs in rural areas,” said Agriculture Minister John MacDonell. “The Incredible Picnics are a fun, tasty way to support these industries and celebrate the variety and quality of local food in Nova Scotia.” Some events are sit-down suppers while others are picnic style. People are encouraged to taste delicious local foods from vendors and enjoy live entertainment and children’s activities. The other picnics are at: Windsor Farmers’ Market, Aug. 11 Bonnyman’s Tea House, Tatamagouche, Aug. 12 North Sydney County Exhibition, Aug 18 Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market, Aug. 19 Crazy Cob’s Cornundrum Corn Maze, Masstown, Aug. 19 Musquodoboit Harbour Farmers’ Market, Aug. 19 Wedgeport Tuna Tournament, Lower Wedgeport, Aug. 24 Growing Green Bridgewater Sustainability Festival, Aug. 25 Hubbards Barn and Community Park, Aug. 26 Meadowbrook Farm and Meat Market, Berwick, Sep. 2 Cape Breton Farmers’ Market, Sydney River, Sep. 8 Select Nova Scotia, which supports Incredible Picnics, was developed by the province to create partnerships with food producers, processors, retailers, food service and consumers, and to promote the sale and consumption of food grown and produced in Nova Scotia. More information on the Incredible Picnics is available at .last_img read more

Sister of Alberta Williams murdered in 1989 hopes for justice from inquiry

first_imgSMITHERS, B.C. – The older sister of Alberta Williams, whose body was found in 1989 east of Prince Rupert, B.C., hopes a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women will help find the killer.Claudia Williams and Garry Kerr, a retired RCMP officer who investigated the case, delivered powerful testimony together on Wednesday at the inquiry in Smithers, B.C.The two haven’t seen each other in 28 years. Sitting on a bench outside the hearing, the pair described their emotional reunion on a flight from Vancouver a day earlier.“I looked for him everywhere in the airport,” said Williams. “I was looking around, ‘Is that Garry? Is that Garry?’ … until I got on the plane. He was the one who recognized me.”“I was like, ‘Oh my God, he still looks the same!’ ” she recalled, adding they embraced before she had to go to her seat. “It was good. It was really good. I’m so glad he’s here today.”Alberta Williams, 24, was last seen outside a Prince Rupert bar in August 1989. Her disappearance was completely out of character, as she was set to go back to university in Vancouver after working in the northwestern B.C. city during the summer, said Kerr.Her body was found a month later by a family out for a hike, about 35 kilometres from where she disappeared, he said.Williams recalled feeling disbelief when she learned her sister was dead. She was bubbly and caring, and she never had a disagreement with anyone, Williams said.Kerr actively investigated the case for years and although no one was ever charged, he said he believed an arrest was a “real possibility.”Both Williams and Kerr became emotional as they spoke to Commissioner Michele Audette. Williams said her sister’s murder changed her life completely.“I search for answers, think of her each and every day. I know she would do the same for me. The loss of my sister has affected my health, physically and emotionally,” she said.“I know I can’t change the situation, but I can hope and pray for justice.”Kerr, who worked for the RCMP for 32 years, said the inquiry was a long time coming and he urged commissioners to ask tough questions. He called for five realistic recommendations rather than 100 proposals that never get implemented.“I think if the commission fails to come out with some truly realistic and workable recommendations, this will be an opportunity that is lost and I don’t think any of us will ever see it again.”Audette assured Kerr that she and the other commissioners are asking hard questions.“The reason why we have and we will do it is we won’t have another inquiry, so we have to do it right,” she said.Kerr also said RCMP and families need to build trust with one another. People have recently come forward with information about Alberta Williams’ murder that he wishes they had felt comfortable sharing decades ago, he said.“I truly think that Alberta’s parents went to their grave thinking police didn’t do everything they could to solve their daughter’s disappearance and murder,” he said.Several family members who spoke in Smithers this week and in Whitehorse in May have said they want to see their loved ones’ cases solved.The inquiry does not have the power to compel police to reopen cold cases, but it can recommend they do so. It has also assembled a team of forensic investigators, which has begun requesting police files and reviewing officers’ actions.Earlier Wednesday, Marlene Jack told the inquiry about her sister, Doreen Jack, who disappeared along with her husband and two young sons in Prince George, also in 1989.Jack recalled growing up with her sister in an abusive home.While their dad was partying at night, men would enter their bedroom looking for sex, she said. Through tears, Jack recounted how her sister, who was three years older, tried to protect her.“They tried with me and Doreen wouldn’t allow it. She said, ‘I’m older, you can try with me,’ ” she sobbed.After her sister disappeared, police refused to share much information, said Jack, adding an officer also threatened that if she spoke to the media about anything he had told her, he would cut off contact.“I was afraid to talk because I needed to stay in touch with Doreen’s case.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misspelled Garry Kerr’s first name.last_img read more

Alberta defence lawyers demanding boost to Legal Aid

first_imgCALGARY – Members of a Calgary defence lawyers group say they will no longer do unpaid work to pressure the Alberta government to boost Legal Aid funding.Ian Savage, with the Criminal Defence Lawyers Association, says they want an immediate 65 per cent increase over four years, starting with a 40 per cent bump this year.Savage made the demand in an open letter to Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley this week, which he says was written in desperation.He says defence lawyers will move cases from the Case Management Office — a counter at the courthouse that handles logistics — to actual courtrooms with judges.Savage says defence lawyers can spend two to three hours a day dealing with the Case Management Office and that time spent will be more apparent if it’s before a court.He says the group plans to take a number of other actions in the coming days to pressure Ganley to address, what it calls, the government’s dirty little secret.“Like a shackled and starving foster child locked in a filthy closet for years, the Legal Aid program is a neglected and degraded shadow of its true potential and is robbing poor and disadvantaged Albertans of their futures,” Savage wrote.“Your government knows exactly what is going on with its starving hidden child, but prefers to feed and care for its more attractive and socially appealing bigger brothers and sisters: the police, the prosecution service and the jails.”last_img read more

Stand Up To Cancer and PBS LearningMedia Announce Science Award Program

first_imgStand Up To Cancer (SU2C) and PBS LearningMedia announced today The EMPEROR Science Award Program, an initiative that will encourage students from disadvantaged high schools to pursue careers in science, with a particular emphasis on cancer research through a year of mentorship with a scientist from a leading research institution or industry.The education initiative, announced by SU2C co-founder Katie Couric at Columbia University, is being launched in connection with Ken Burns Presents CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES a Film by Barak Goodman, a three-part film on the history of cancer that will air on PBS Monday, March 30, Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1.“When we launched this documentary effort in 2013, Siddhartha Mukherjee told us that even with all the exciting developments in cancer research, we will not beat cancer in the long run if we don’t engage new generations of young people to enter the field of science, particularly cancer research,” said SU2C Co-Founder Sherry Lansing who leads the committee which conceived and implemented this plan. “No doubt, the documentary will spark an interest in science among some of the young people who watch it and this science award was designed to nurture that interest, and perhaps convert it into more students pursuing research as a profession.”“As we learn in CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES, our most effective weapons in the war against cancer are bright minds and people who are passionately committed to finding a cure,” said Alicia Levi, VP of Education, PBS. “To find the next Sidney Farber or Mary-Claire King, we need to make sure that all students have an opportunity to pursue their scientific ambitions.”Applications will be available in August 2015 for the program on PBS LearningMedia’s website at Students may apply for awards or may be nominated by teachers. The first 100 Awardees, high school students from Title I, or similarly “economically disadvantaged” schools, who will receive one-on-one science mentoring over the course of a year or an intensive summer schedule, as well as $1,500 grants, will be announced in late 2015. Students will be connected with science mentors from a host of high-profile medical research centers, from among more than 100 SU2C-affiliated institutions as well as universities and industry leaders in cancer diagnosis and treatment.The students will be provided with electronic tablets to enhance their studies and to extend the reach of mentors of major research institutions for students in rural and suburban communities.The first 300 EMPEROR Science Awards have been fully funded over three years. The inaugural one hundred EMPEROR Science Awards have been generously donated by the first documentary supporter, Genentech. Another 100 EMPEROR Science Awards are supported by a grant from documentary supporter Bristol-Myers Squibb. Also supporting 100 Science Awards is a donation from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. These awards will be known as EMPEROR Genentech Science Awards; EMPEROR Bristol-Myers Squibb Science Awards; and EMPEROR Novartis Science Awards, respectively.Leading researchers are already committing to serving as mentors. Students will be matched with Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee (author, The Emperor of All Maladies); American Cancer Society Chief Medical Officer Otis W. Brawley, M.D., F.A.C.P.; Bristol-Myers Squibb Vice President, US Medical – Oncology Joseph Leveque, M.D.; researchers from Stony Brook Cancer Center; and ten scientists from Siemens Corporation.This initiative was organized by the EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES Education Subcommittee, chaired by Sherry Lansing, SU2C co-founder, chairperson of the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Board of Directors and founder of the Sherry Lansing Foundation. Other advisory members include the creative team behind CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES, including Ken Burns (executive producer); Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee (author); Barak Goodman (producer/director); and Pam Williams (executive producer; president, Laura Ziskin Pictures; SU2C Council of Founders & Advisors), and documentary production supporters.last_img read more

Security Council members give full backing to Annans efforts on Cyprus

In a statement to the press, the President of the Council, Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, the Permanent Representative of Bangladesh, said the members “welcomed and supported” the Secretary-General’s intention to continue with the process he had initiated in November 1999. Members of the Council “continue to urge all those involved to engage with him constructively and effectively in the process,” Ambassador Chowdhury said in a statement issued after the Council heard a briefing from the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, Alvaro De Soto. Council members reaffirmed all Security Council resolutions on Cyprus, and in particular, resolution 1251 of 29 June 1999 and subsequent resolutions. This morning, the Council was also briefed on the UN Secretariat’s consultations with the parties over the extension of the mandate of the UN Interim Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP). Pointing out that the Council members had noted the views expressed by the parties, Ambassador Chowdhury said the Council was “working on a draft resolution regarding the mandate renewal.” He added that he would meet with the parties concerned on 13 June and predicted that the Council would be able to adopt its resolution on Friday, as planned. read more

Motor industry Sustainability Report launched

Notes to Editors: Staff turnover also fell for the third successive year to an average of seven per cent, down from 7.6 per cent in 2001 and 10 per cent in 2000. Tailpipe emissions have fallen for the sixth successive year. Average CO2 emissions from new cars in 2002 were down 8.2 per cent on 1997 figures and 1.9 per cent on 2001 levels. And, as manufacturers develop ever-cleaner petrol and diesel engines, the report also reveals that around 40 per cent of car models on the market meet the tough Euro 4 emissions standard – a full two years before it comes into effect. The latest data on the state of Britain’s motor industry has just been launched. Measuring social, environmental and financial performance, the fourth annual Sustainability Report contains good news on all fronts. Ends Vehicle production climbed for the first time in the report’s history as did the UK’s share of global car production. Car and CV registrations continue to rise reflecting economic strength, strong consumer spending and increased investment by UK businesses. Total manufacturing turnover for the sector also rose by 1.9 per cent year-on-year. CO2 emissions from new cars down 8.2 per cent since 1997Vehicle manufacturing recovers, climbing eight per centUK share of global car production begins to rise Commenting on the report’s findings, SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘The latest sustainability report clearly shows the motor industry’s commitment to improving the environmental performance of its products, and the tremendous progress that has been made in reducing CO2 emissions. It is particularly encouraging to see these environmental gains alongside growth in production and registrations. The success of recent plant restructuring programmes and resulting growth in global share and exports show the competitiveness of the UK as a global base for automotive manufacturing.’ The first annual Sustainability Strategy was launched by the SMMT in March 2000 with 11 major signatories. The fourth report includes 24 signatories.A full copy of the report and guidelines can be viewed at to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Commercial vehicle manufacturing experiences substantial decline in May

UK commercial vehicle (CV) manufacturing fell by more than two thirds (-69.9%) in May, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 2,110 vehicles left production lines last month, with the substantial decline largely reflecting key model changeovers.Production fell for both home and overseas markets, down -35.6% and -84.8% respectively, highlighting the sector’s reliance on exports. This second consecutive month of heavy loss meant year-to-date output decreased for the first time since September, down -6.3% compared with the first five months of 2018.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,While key model changes and fluctuating fleet buying cycles were behind the second month of significant decline for CV manufacturing, we shouldn’t ignore the wider challenges facing the industry. The large decrease in output for overseas markets highlights the sector’s reliance on international trade, particularly with the EU, where more than nine out of 10 exports are headed. Future growth is pinned on a Brexit deal that guarantees free and frictionless trade.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) UK CV production falls -69.9% in May to 2,110 units as model changeovers continue to affect output.Decline in both home and overseas demand, with output falling -35.6% and -84.8% respectively.Year-to-date production in decline, down -6.3%, with 31,785 vans, trucks and buses produced so far this year. read more

Royal Navy sailors arrested after drunken fights on Florida shore leave during

Crew onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth as she leaves Portsmouth Credit:Steve Parsons/PA Wire Six Royal Navy sailors were arrested for drunk and disorderly behaviour just hours after  HMS Queen Elizabeth docked in Florida following its first transatlantic voyage.Three were also charged with resisting arrest and two were Tasered by local police officers amid claims that sailors were seen urinating from a pub balcony into the street, fighting each other and causing friction by not tipping enough.The £3 billion, 65,000 tonne aircraft carrier, nicknamed Big Lizzie, docked at Mayport naval base on Wednesday and hundreds of its crew spilled out into local pubs and bars.Keith Doherty, the owner and manager of Lynch’s Irish Pub in Jacksonville, said: “I think we need a modern day Paul Revere to let us know that the British are coming.”Sgt. Larry Smith of the Jacksonville Beach Police Department said most of the British sailors were taken into custody on drunk and disorderly charges and three of them were also charged with resisting arrest.Of the three who were resisting, he said one was pushing and pulling away from an officer, another wouldn’t put his hands behind his back and the other was just being disrespectful. Another would not stop fighting when asked and so was also Tasered, reportedly by a female police officer.Sgt Smith told the Florida Times-Union that the problem was not that sailors were getting into drunken fights with locals but fighting each other.“These guys come in town periodically,” he told the newspaper.“They beat the mess out of each other and fight each other more than anything, but once they pick up their teeth off the ground they are best friends.”He said one of the six arrests was at Lynch’s, when a sailor was asked to leave the bar but returned and was arrested on a trespassing charge.Sgt Smith added: “It was a case of good people making bad decisions, they got drunk and they fought among themselves.”It happens. They seem to beat the mess out of each other and knock their teeth out, but once they pick up their teeth off the ground they hug and then are best friends again.” The sailor who refused to put his hands behind his back had to be stunned with a Taser before he was arrested, he said. Crew onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth as she leaves Portsmouth  HMS Queen Elizabeth leaves Portsmouth Harbour  HMS Queen Elizabeth leaves Portsmouth Harbour Credit:Christopher Pledger Mr Doherty told the Telegraph the sailors had visited his bar each night of shore leave last week but insisted that although they “would get a bit boisterous” it was “nothing out of hand.””We had them here every night and there was only one incident when we refused to let someone who was too drunk in and he ended up trying to climb over a wall and banged his head,” he said.”We had a rock band on playing American and British music. They enjoyed themselves, they were jumping around.”The six sailors were detained overnight and appeared in a Florida court on Thursday morning before being released. It is unclear whether they face any further criminal action in the US but they may face sanctions under UK military law.A Royal Navy spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that a number of naval personnel are assisting US police with their enquiries – it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”The Naval Service places great importance on maintaining the highest possible standards of behaviour from its personnel at all times.”HMS Queen Elizabeth left Portsmouth Naval Base on August 18 and will undergo trials with F-35B fighter jets ahead of its first operational deployment in 2021. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Some bar managers suggested that there were problems with the sailors not tipping well, although they admitted they understood the custom was different in the US.Haleigh Snow, a manager at Poe’s Tavern in Atlantic Beach, said: “They tipped a little under 10 percent, and I don’t think they knew they were doing anything wrong. Other than that, we haven’t had any trouble.” read more

Cats R1700 LHD the first to get batteryelectric treatment

first_imgFollowing the development of a proof-of-concept battery-electric LHD in 2017, Caterpillar has confirmed at the Bauma fair that its first environmentally-friendly commercial machine will be a version of the recently released R1700 loader, the R1700 XE. The company hasn’t yet given a release date but has said the 15 t LHD will be the first in its line of battery-electric equipment. Robert Droogleever, Cat’s General Manager, Underground, said the company was targeting deep mines in Canada with the battery-electric R1700, but he also saw demand for the machine coming from countries such as Peru and Australia. The testing on the proof-of-concept R1300 took place at a Glencore underground mine in Sudbury, Canada, with the machine running in trials alongside the diesel equivalent.Cat believes that battery-powered LHDs have the potential to significantly impact the economics of underground-mining and the viability of opening new mines. Benefits can include reducing ventilation infrastructure requirements and costs; generating less heat and dust that must be removed with additional air conditioning; and lowering the overall operating costs of the mine. “For a battery electric driven LHD to realise these types of benefits, it must balance high production capability with extended run times between battery charges. To this end, Caterpillar has chosen to make the new R1700 its first battery electric platform while using fast, onboard charging to facilitate high production levels. The new Cat® R1700 XE will be well positioned and engineered to accomplish these critical design parameters.”The Cat R1700 was introduced in 2018 as a ground up redesign providing customers with game-changing productivity improvements. These improvements primarily come from its efficient new electro-hydraulic system, which saves fuel and provides a 65% increase in lift force – leading to significantly improved digging performance in the pile. “The R1700 XE combines these new features with a Caterpillar-developed lithium-ion battery operating and charging system. “The company’s exclusive MEC-500 fast charging system allows rapid, on-board battery charging with little to no impact to existing electrical infrastructure. Our charging system eliminates both battery handling during recharging (with its potential safety hazards) and the necessity to maintain change-out battery inventories.”In designing the R1700 XE, Caterpillar “is relying on a long history and wealth of experience in designing electrified machines and power generation components and solutions. These include over 350 patents spread across such products as the electric-drive D7E and D6 XE crawler dozers, 988K XE wheel loader, and 794 AC and 795F AC mining trucks. The R1700 XE program also uses components from the Cat Microgrid solution. For underground mining specifically, this electrification experience was backed up by the development of a proof-of-concept machine whereby Caterpillar converted a conventional mechanical Cat LHD into a battery-electric platform. Concurrent to this program was the testing of the new MEC 500 charging system – both of which saw substantial testing at Caterpillar’s Peoria Proving Grounds followed by weeks of operation and testing at a customer mine in Canada.”Results were impressive, says Cat. “Compared with base-line numbers for a diesel-powered R1300, the battery-powered model exhibited more than a 10-fold decrease in total energy costs; nearly an 8-fold decrease in generated heat; significantly less noise at the operator’s ear; instant torque from the electric motors; reduced dust levels attributed to not having a conventional diesel-related radiator fan; and reduced tyre wear.”Caterpillar has used the insight gained from its proof-of-concept testing to design the R1700 XE and the MEC 500 charging system as a safe, profitable and productive option for mines going to electric fleets.last_img read more

IHF Super Globe 2016 with Kielce and PSG in Doha

IHF Super Globe ← Previous Story FROM ROGLA TO RIO: Five pre-Olympic tests for Slovenia Next Story → Pascal Hens to HBW Balingen The tenth edition of the IHF Super GLobe will be held on the familiar place – Doha, Qatar. The VELUX EHF Champions League winners KS Vive Tauron Kielce will play at Club’s World Championship for the first time between September 5 and 8.The Polish club will join continental champions from Africa, Asia, Panamerica and Oceania in the eight-team event.Third place finishers at the VELUX EHF FINAL4, Paris Saint-Germain Handball will also make their debut as the wild card entry. The third participant from Europe is Germany’s Füchse Berlin, who won last year’s event after being granted a wild card following their victory in the EHF Cup Finals 2015.This year’s event, hosted by Qatari club Al Sadd, marks the tenth edition of the competition which has been won on eight occasions by European sides.IHF Super Globe 2016 participants:Hosts: Al Sadd (QAT)Reigning champions: Füchse Berlin (GER)Africa: Espérance sportive de Tunisie (TUN)Asia: Lehkwiya (QAT)Europe: KS Vive Tauron Kielce (POL)Oceania: Sydney Uni Handball Club (AUS)Panamerica: TCC Taubaté (BRA)Wild Card: Paris Saint-Germain Handball (FRA) read more

Flying Macedonian Dejan Manaskov to Telekom Veszprem

← Previous Story Big comeback of Veszprem in Kiel Next Story → Lekic and Penezic extend contract with ZRK Vardar Skopje Telekom Veszprem are making big changes in the squad at the beginning of Ljubomir Vranjes era in the club from the next summer. One of the newcomers will be Macedonian left wing Dejan Manaskov, finds out, who made a one-season deal with the EHF Champions League runners-up.The 25-years old member of the German champions Rhein Neckar Lowen still looking for a place where he will stabilize since 2014, when the biggest star of Macedonian handball after Kiril Lazarov, left ambitious project of RK Metalurg Skopje.Manaskov played six months at HSG Wetzlar, than a season with RK Vardar Skopje, before his transfer to Germany.As among “Lions”, where his team-mate is Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson, Manaskov will have strong rival in Spanish left wing Christian Ugalde, who will share time on the court with Macedonian while domestic legend Gergo Ivancsik will leave the team after 17 years! announced previously that two French NT player, William Accambray and Kentin Mahe will join Veszprem alongside Norwegian right back Kentin Robin Tonnesen. dejan manaskovDejan Manaskov VeszpremVeszprem handball read more

Princess Diana leaked a royal phone book to the News of the

first_imgShe felt she was being swamped by people close to his household. She was looking for an ally to take him on – to show there were forces that would rage against him.Goodman is on trial for two counts of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office, namely paying public officials for a royal phone directory, which he denies.The 56-year-old was jailed in 2007 for hacking into the phones of members of the royal household, along with private investigator Glenn Mulcaire.Goodman told the court that he used so-called Green Books and internal telephone directories containing contact numbers for royal staff and senior members of the household as a basis for his stories.Asked by his defence lawyer how he received them, he denied paying for them and said one green book was given to him in 1992 by Diana.“That arrived at my office in Wapping with my name on it. She had a (good) relationship with several journalists – Richard Kay at the Daily Mail, Martin Bashir of Panorama,” Goodman told the court.Three years later in 1995 Diana would open up to Bashir, a journalist with the BBC, about the state of her marriage to Charles, in an explosive interview that ultimately led to their divorce the following year.Diana, the mother of Princes William and Harry, was killed in a car crash in Paris in 1997.Goodman was sacked from the News of the World after his conviction and it later emerged that the practice of phone hacking was widespread at the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid.Murdoch shut down the Sunday paper in July 2011 after reports that one of the hacking victims was a missing schoolgirl, Milly Dowler, who was later found murdered.- © AFP, 2014Read: Police find ‘no credible evidence’ Princess Diana was murderedToday: President Higgins among mourners at funeral of Christine Buckley THE LATE PRINCESS Diana leaked a royal phone directory to the now defunct News of the World tabloid, its former royal editor told Britain’s phone-hacking trial today.Clive Goodman said that Diana sent him the information by post in 1992, the year she separated from her husband Prince Charles, the heir to the throne.“She was going through a very, very difficult time. She told me she wanted me to see the scale of her husband’s staff and household, compared with others,” Goodman told London’s Old Bailey, where he is on trial.last_img read more

Irish children are dying from neglect and abuse

first_imgIRISH CHILDREN AND teenagers have a high death rate from abuse, neglect, violence and suicide.A new report shows Ireland has the second highest rate in Europe for these type of deaths, classified as intentional injury. Lithuania has the highest rate.The report, ‘A National Action to Address Child Intentional Injury‘ was carried out by the European Child Safety Alliance.Bernard de Vos, Chair of the European Network of Ombudspersons for Children said,“More families are experiencing greater financial pressure as a result of the economic crisis, which for many has moved them below the poverty line. As a result, this increases the risk of all forms of violence, particularly child maltreatment/neglect/abuse and suicide.Early signs indicate that the austerity measures in place are having an impact on children’s health and safety.Intentional Injury The European Child Safety Alliance say that, “Of the 35,000 children and adolescents aged 0-19 who die each year in the EU, approximately 24 per cent or roughly 9,100 deaths are due to injuries.“About a third of these deaths are classified as intentional or of undetermined intent.“Intentional injury deaths are but the tip of the iceberg and even here, where the best data exist, evidence suggests that maltreatment deaths coded as child homicide may reflect as little as 20-33 per cent of actual cases.”Vice-President of the European Parliament, Isabelle Durant said,Violence against children must continue to receive critical attention, and we must strongly reiterate this, rather than cloaking the issue in silence.“In addition to applying what we already know, we need more research and improved data systems, particularly for all types of non-fatal intentional injuries to children that includes information on the cost of violence against children and its prevention.”(Child Intentional Injury in the EU/European Child Safety Alliance)The report also found that the rate of suicide among young women in Ireland is the highest in Europe. However, that figure is still less than a third compared to men.Ireland has the second highest rate of suicide in young men.PreventionThe report stated that “Leadership is needed to bring together the relevant sectors, determining who will be responsible for the prevention of specific intentional injury issues and coordinating the actions and resources needed”.It found that the Irish government has given leadership in violence prevention and intentional injury prevention.However it also found that a national strategy for peer violence prevention and for suicide and self-directed injury prevention are needed.Read: Ireland’s suicide rate is below EU average – OECD report>Read: Drug and alcohol abuse leading to care proceedings for children>last_img read more

Steve Ballmer puts down a mutiny says its not time to break

first_imgSomething interesting arose at Microsoft‘s annual shareholder meeting on Tuesday: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer had to put down a mutiny after a shareholder suggested the company be split up… something the federal government tried and failed to do over a decade ago.The call for schismation came from a “frustrated” investor who bluntly asked, “Is it time to break up Microsoft?”AdChoices广告Ballmer was quick to put his foot down that breaking apart the company was not on the cards:It’s not in my natural genetic makeup to think that way. I obviously don’t think it is time. I don’t think it would be useful. Microsoft founder Bill Gates also nixed the idea:There’s a lot of synergy across the company, and it’s been a real strength. I don’t think there’s a line where you’d find net simplicity by trying to create a new company. Obviously, Microsoft is not the company it once was. It has gone from the shining jewel in Silicon Valley’s crown to a company that is being destroyed on all sides by Apple and Google. Many blame Microsoft’s complacent management structure and say that it stifles true innovation in favor of mediocrity.Ballmer thinks that splitting up the company to encourage innovation in smaller satellites won’t have the desired effect, though:All of the people we compete with in devices will be in phone, PC, and TV, which in our case means Xbox, Windows, and Windows Phones. It’s Apple, it’s Google, it’s us. Divesting something only means creating a harder time competing for all relevant parties.He might be right, but one thing seems certain: if Microsoft is going to go head to head with Apple and Google, they need to shake things up, and Steve Ballmer so far has shown no signs of being the sort of Jobs-esque visionary required to get the company back on track.Read more at Macworldlast_img read more

Puel is fed up with job speculation

first_imgAccording to the Leicester City manager, things are very good at the team and nobody should think about replacing him right now.Leicester City is currently in the seventh position in the English Premier League table with 31 points.The team has won 9 times, drawing 4 and losing 8.But after every defeat or “bad draw”, many are calling manager Claude Puel to resign.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“To finish seventh during the first half of the season with all the problems we’ve had, it’s a very good performance,” he told Sport 360.“If people think our place is sixth or higher, this is not the truth, it’s not possible. If seventh or eighth is bad then this is crazy.”“I think we need to give time to the truth, and not believe it is possible for all players to play all the games,” added Puel.“We drew in the cup with Manchester City, one of the best teams in the world, and lost to the lottery of penalties. In the FA Cup, we played with eight players who won the title. It was an experienced team.”last_img read more

Register Now for Commodity Classic 2016

first_imgThere still time to be a part of the most exciting event this year! Register now for Commodity Classic 2016—the nation’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show held March 3-5, in New Orleans. Sign up today by clicking here.“We’re thrilled to be bringing Commodity Classic to New Orleans for the first time ever – a city famous for great food and Southern hospitality,” said Alabama soybean farmer and American Soybean Association (ASA) Commodity Classic Co-Chair Sam Butler. “It’s going to be a world-class event with a bigger-than-ever trade show, terrific educational and networking opportunities, and lots of exciting new things planned for our growers.”Full registration includes admission to what will be the largest trade show in Commodity Classic history; a ticket to ASA’s Awards Banquet on Friday, March 4 from 6-9 p.m., (based on space availability, and not guaranteed), access to all educational sessions, the Friday general session, the main stage presentations on the trade show floor, Saturday’s evening of entertainment, featuring award-winning country music group Sawyer Brown, lunch and snacks served at the trade show, and for growers, their families, media, state and/or national commodity organization staff, full registration also includes the welcome reception on Wednesday evening. To view the complete 2016 schedule click here.Full registration also entitles attendees to complimentary access to video recordings of all 2016 educational sessions, which will be available online following the 2016 Commodity Classic.The fee for full registration is $190 for dues-paying members of the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers and the National Sorghum Producers. After January 14, that cost increases to $215.Attendees who are not members of these associations can register for $290 until January 14.  That cost increases to $315 following the deadline.In addition, discounts are available for spouses and youth.  Children 14 and under can attend at no charge when accompanied by a registered adult. One-day registrations are also available, with early registration discounts ending on January 14 as well.Hotel reservations can be made by clicking here.Optional tours are also available to help attendees experience New Orleans to the fullest. From a voodoo queen to unique cuisine, farmers and their families can explore one of the nation’s most fascinating cities thanks to a line-up of unique optional tours. For complete tour details including costs and schedules, visit with all the exciting speakers and presentations during Commodity Classic 2016, ASA will also hold its Awards Banquet on Friday, March 4 from 6-9 p.m. The annual dinner, sponsored by the United Soybean Board (USB), DuPont Pioneer and Monsanto BioAg, brings together ASA members from across the country to recognize and celebrate successes, accomplishments and education of the many farmer-leaders, soybean associations and industry representatives who have done outstanding work to benefit the U.S. soybean farmers and industry.Awards are presented for ASA membership and association outstanding achievements, leadership building, conservation stewardship and industry accomplishments and support. The banquet entertainment this year features comedian Jay Hendren, an Ohio farmer who draws from his experiences for some good-clean humor.Commodity Classic is a once-a-year, can’t-miss event for America’s soybean, corn, wheat and sorghum farmers. You’ll see the latest innovations first-hand. Hear game-changing ideas from the people who created them. Meet growers and ag leaders from across the nation. Talk one-on-one with top agribusiness representatives at this incredible event. If you’re passionate about agriculture, you need to be here.Follow Commodity Classic on Facebook and Twitter and don’t forget to use #Classic16 in all your post to keep up with the conversation! For further information check eBean News, and read more