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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers are headed toward a confrontation with Gov. Gavin Newsom over whether to keep a tax that can generate nearly $2 billion for low-income health benefits but means approval from the Trump administration amid a feud between state and federal officials.Senate and Assembly budget committees finished their versions of the $214 billion annual budget this week and want to keep a tax on managed care organizations. The companies manage Medicaid plans in California, the joint federal-state program that provides health coverage for the poor and people with disabilities.California uses the money from those taxes to pay its share of Medicaid costs, which then trigger payments from the federal government. When fully implemented, the tax saves the state about $1.8 billion.The tax is set to expire June 30, and California needs permission from the federal government to keep it. Newsom is worried that might not happen and did not include it in his budget proposal.California has a rocky relationship with President Donald Trump’s administration. The state is poised to extend Medicaid to cover some adults in the country illegally , which goes against Trump’s immigration policy.State Attorney General Xavier Becerra also has filed at least 50 lawsuits challenging the administration’s executive actions and policies. And the federal government last week cancelled more than $1 billion it had promised to help California build a high-speed rail network.“I thought it would be imprudent to include it until we had more confidence,” Newsom said of the tax.Lawmakers disagree, noting that the federal government already has approved a similar tax for Michigan.“Closed mouths don’t get fed, as my father used to say,” said Holly Mitchell, a Los Angeles Democrat who heads the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee. “I couldn’t support not trying, based on an assumption because (Trump) changes his mind apparently every day.”The tax is unusual because many managed care organizations want to keep paying it. The money they send to the state is used to draw down federal cash that’s sent back to them for providing coverage to Medicaid recipients.“The stakes are too high for (the tax) to be disapproved or rejected,” said Brianna Lierman, CEO of Local Health Plans of California, which represents managed care organizations. “We agree with and support the cautious approach to both structuring this tax and seeking approval for it. There is just too much to lose.”The Senate and Assembly will begin budget negotiations with Newsom next week. Lawmakers adopted his revenue projections, which call for a $21.5 billion surplus, the largest in at least 20 years. Lawmakers must pass a budget by June 15 or they stop getting paid.The two legislative versions have vastly different health care proposals.The Senate, following Newsom’s lead, wants to tax people who don’t have health insurance and use that money to help middle-income families pay their monthly insurance premiums.The Assembly did not include money for that, with budget chairman Phil Ting saying representatives preferred to consider those options later this year. Advocates worry that would significantly delay new benefits.The Senate also wants to expand Medicaid to include adults in the country illegally if they’re between the 19 and 26 or at least 65 and older. But the Assembly only included money to cover young adults.“Whenever you do a budget, there are thousands of phenomenal proposals that just don’t make it in. And it’s not that we don’t care, it’s really because we couldn’t quite make room,” said Ting, a San Francisco Democrat.Another issue dividing lawmakers and the governor: How to improve the state’s drinking water.Health advocates say more than a million people in the state don’t have access to clean drinking water because of problems with public water systems.Newsom proposed a 95-cent tax on most residential water customers to help pay for improvements.The Senate rejected the tax but recommended spending $150 million a year in existing tax dollars to make the improvements. The Assembly did not include any money for it, deferring the issue until later in the year.Adam Beam, The Associated Press read more


SAINT JOHN, N.B. — Irving Oil says it plans to build a $300-million marine terminal in Saint John, N.B., following an announcement from TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) that it has decided to proceed with its Energy East Pipeline project.The New Brunswick company says the Canaport Energy East Marine Terminal would handle the crude oil flowing from western Canada through the pipeline and export it to world markets.In a statement, Irving Oil says it expects engineering and design work would begin in 2015 to coincide with developments of the west-to-east pipeline.The pipeline project still requires environmental approval.More to come . . . read more


“We have put in place a clear, stable and results based foreign policy that provides tangible benefits to all our citizens. Already in the last year there have been some notable successes. First, following the consensus-resolution at the Human Rights Council in Geneva this September, Sri Lanka is no longer a pariah state – we are regaining our place as a respected and principled member of the international community and the community of democratic nations. As the cabinet-ranking US Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, put it and I quote “I can’t think of another country in the entire world where you have seen such change in such a short period of time,” unquote,” he said.The Foreign Minister also noted that Sri Lanka is beginning the process of re-establishing links with the many Sri Lankans overseas who had lost faith in Sri Lanka. He said that over the last year, the Government replaced a self-defeating foreign policy that lined the pockets of the few, with a foreign policy based on the principles of good governance that serves the interests of all Sri Lankans. The Government is to close down missions abroad for which no clear rationale exists, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera informed Parliament today.He said that Sri Lanka also intends to introduce Non-Resident Ambassadors to further cut-costs and to establish a presence where a full-scale embassy cannot be justified but where Sri Lanka’s interests need to be furthered. “Perhaps most importantly, we intend to create the necessary systems and policies to ensure that our diplomatic service is able to perform at the highest levels of excellence. This also means creating systems to take punitive measures where required for wrong-doing and sub-standard work, in order to ensure that the reputation of vast majority of conscientious and ethical officers is preserved. To this end, we are in the process of re-introducing the system of inspectors-general who will visit our missions abroad and report on compliance and performance,” he said. “We have restarted the engagement with the Diaspora that was started soon after the end of armed conflict by former President Rajapaksa. Many individuals and organisations who did not have confidence, are now inspired to make a genuine and positive contribution to Sri Lanka’s reconciliation and development journey. My colleagues and I have had meetings with leaders in the Overseas Sri Lankan community – which consist of many eminent doctors, statesman, businessmen, lawyers, musicians, writers and even chefs. There is an overwhelmingly positive response and we hope to take concrete measures to transform that goodwill into tangible contributions towards reconciliation and development over the coming year,” he added. (Colombo Gazette) read more


“You give us this remembrance of our shared past at a time when the present is troubling, and the future uncertain,” Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette said in accepting the gift yesterday evening on behalf of the United Nations from Foreign Minister Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz.The sculpture will be placed by the delegates’ entrance “to greet representatives of every nation as they arrive everyday to discuss the challenges of our time,” she added.


“I hope that the cessation of hostilities agreement will be respected by both parties – that is the immediate concern. People do not feel safe,” said High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.The High Commissioner for Human Rights arrived today in South Sudan along with the UN Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, to discuss the worsening human rights situation in the wake of the recent mass killings in the capitals of Unity and Jonglei states.“We from the outside think the situation is very grave and there might be revenge killings. You know when there is a dispute between two leaders, as we say in Africa when two elephants fight it’s the grass that suffers,” said Ms. Pillay.The civilians in South Sudan, she added, are suffering “huge human rights violations,” including violence and sexual violence, as well as violations related to the right to food. The visit comes at the request of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who has expressed concern over the situation in South Sudan, where a conflict that began in mid-December 2013 as a political dispute between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy president, Riek Machar, is believed to have left thousands dead and forced tens of thousands to seek refuge at UN bases.On the ground, the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) reports fighting between the Government armed forces, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), and opposition forces in Mayom in Unity state, with the town reportedly changing hands twice over the weekend. There was also fighting near Manga, north of the state capital, Bentiu.In Bentiu itself, peacekeepers extracted 16 civilians, including one female and one child, from various locations around town and brought them to the protection of civilians’ site in the UN compound. The mission also accepted 200 patients from Bentiu hospital who arrived at its gate yesterday. Currently, some 22,500 civilians are seeking shelter at the Mission site in Bentiu.Also over the weekend, the Mission said that there were clashes in Mapel in Western Bahr el Ghazal State. Fighting between youth and some soldiers, involving heavy weapons and mortars, was reported in the centre of the State capital of Wau. On Sunday, the Mission received more than 650 internally displaced persons (IDPs) at its protection site in Wau, with reports of more civilians on their way seeking shelter.Today Ms. Pillay and Mr. Dieng met with senior Government officials, including Foreign Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin, with the human rights chief asking him to take action to put a stop to human rights violations. “I’ve come here to speak with the Foreign Minister, to ask that he do his best to stop this, to make the place safe so that the IDPs can return to their homes, particularly in time for the planting season,” she said.Security conditions permitting, Ms. Pillay will also travel to sites where recent grave human rights violations have occurred to assess the situation and talk to victims. She is also expected to meet other key actors, such as the National Human Rights Commission.The High Commissioner will also attempt to meet or talk with opposition leaders either in South Sudan itself or in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, where she also plans to meet senior officials involved in the South Sudan peace process. read more


They’re often sworn at, swatted and slapped, but without them, plant life as we know it could cease to exist.With bee populations in Niagara and beyond dropping because of habitat loss and use of poisonous insecticides, helping the region’s 150 species of wild bees is an important task.Bees fertilize crops by collecting pollen from blossom to blossom and redistributing the pollen to other plants.“Pollen is to plants what sperm is to animals — the male gametes that are required for fertilization and production of seeds,” says Brock UniversityProfessor of Biology Miriam Richards.Richards is the author of the Niagara Community Observatory’s latest research brief, Promoting Pollinators: Niagara Bees and How to Help Them.The NCO brief describes the wild bee situation in Niagara, as well as simple measures that can be taken to boost their numbers.“Bees command a functionally significant and economically vital role in our lives,” says Charles Conteh, Director of the Niagara Community Observatory.“From the analysis and recommendations put forward by Professor Richards in this policy brief, regional and local municipalities, along with other Niagara residents, can engage in a concerted effort to rethink land-use planning and calibrate our approach to the surrounding habitats,” he says.Richards will be presenting her bee research brief at Brock University on Tuesday, May 7, followed by a question-and-answer session on key themes and points.What: Promoting Pollinators: Niagara Bees and How to Help ThemWho: Miriam Richards, Professor of Biology and brief authorWhen: Tuesday, May 7, 9:30 to 11 a.m.Where: Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex, Room 207RSVP: Carol Phillips, cphillips3@brocku.ca read more


first_imgTo use the service, a caller lists the emergency service they require, followed by a description of the problem and the location in a text. It has also been used by those with allergies who are left temporarily unable to speak due to anaphylactic shock. A spokesman for BT said that it “did not recommend” that people without a disability use the service. He added that if a caller is unable to speak, the “Silent Solutions” rule is a better way to communicate with emergency staff. This means that a silent 999 caller can let operators know that they are experiencing a real emergency by responding to prompts to cough or tap the handset, or by pressing “55” on their keypad. 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. Callers have been warned against using a text service designed for deaf people to contact the emergency services.According to BT, 250,000 people are registered with a text service which allows users to contact emergency services without speaking on the phone.The service, which was set up to help deaf people and those with a speech impediment, could allow those in a hostage situation in which it would be too dangerous to speak to call for help silently. But both BT and Ofcom have warned that the system should only be used when necessary as an increase in demand could cause capacity issues for disabled users.It also has a slower response time than a 999 call.A spokesman for the communications regulator, which requires mobile phone companies to provide the service, said that it “has been designed specifically for people with hearing loss or difficulty with speech”. Users register for the system in advance by sending the word “register” in a text to 999 and replying “yes” to the response, which will include information about the service. BT does not record whether those who register are hearing-impaired or not. Currently the service receives only 14 requests a week. The system, which has been mandatory since 2011, relies on “relay assistants” who dictate the contents of the message to a 999 adviser and write down the response to be sent back to the caller in another text message. last_img read more


Container boxes are seen at the Yangshan Deep Water Port, part of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, in Shanghai, China September 24, 2016. REUTERS/Aly Song/File PhotoBEIJING, China (AP) — China announced it filed a World Trade Organization challenge today to President Donald Trump’s latest tariff threat, stepping up its diplomatic efforts to counter US pressure in a spiralling technology dispute.The Trump administration has criticised the WTO as unable to deal with the problems posed by China, suggesting a challenge there might have little impact in Washington. But it might help Beijing rally support from governments that criticised Trump for going outside the WTO to impose tariffs on Chinese and other imports.The move is unusually swift, coming less than one week after the US Trade Representative proposed 10 per cent tariffs on a US$200 list of Chinese goods. Those wouldn’t take effect until at least September.China’s lopsided trade balance means it will run out of US imports for penalty tariffs before Washington does. Beijing is trying to recruit support, so far in vain, from Europe, South Korea and other governments.“We are unable to fight equally,” said Tu Xingquan, director of the China Institute for WTO Studies at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing.Today’s move “indicates that we value the role of the WTO rules,” said Tu.Washington imposed 25 per cent tariffs on US$34 billion of Chinese goods in response to complaints Beijing steals or pressures companies to hand over technology. Beijing responded immediately by imposing identical penalties on a similar amount of American imports.It has criticised the latest tariff threat but has only about US$80 billion of annual imports left for penalties.As for why Beijing hasn’t retaliated, “there might be some adjustment in China’s approach to countermeasures,” said Tu.Economists and business groups have suggested Beijing might try to disrupt operations of American companies, especially service industries, in which the United States runs a surplus. But Chinese officials have tried to appeal to American companies as allies.A Commerce Ministry spokesman said last week Beijing hoped they would lobby Washington to protect their own interests. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedChina vows retaliation for US$200B US tariff threatJuly 11, 2018In “World”Trump threatens to pull US out of World Trade OrganizationAugust 31, 2018In “latest news”Trump ‘ready’ to tax all Chinese importsJuly 20, 2018In “latest news” read more


first_imgTata Motors, India’s market leader in commercial vehicles and the world’s fourth largest truck manufacturer, has launched the new TATA Prima 3138.K 8X4 tipper equipped with an Allison 4430R transmission at the 6th International Construction Equipment and Construction Technology Trade Fair (EXCON) 2011 in Bengaluru, which is organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry. The company states that the tipper model is ideal for carrying overburden in coal, iron ore, limestone and other applications involved in the heavy mining industry.Tata’s Prima 3138.K is a four-axle, 31 t GVW tipper with an Allison 4430R automatic transmission. Powered by a Cummins ISLe (CRDi) engine, the tipper has a maximum rating of 370 hp and features new generation brakes, ABS and a hub reduction axle, specially designed for off-road applications. The tipper also comes with a 19 m3 rock body for better payload volume and faster tipping time. According to Allison, customers will also benefit from the proven characteristics of the Allison 4430R transmission, including “outstanding reliability and durability.” The company adds: “Allison fully automatics allow faster acceleration resulting in shorter trip times and provide more torque to the wheels. Built in prognostics extend oil change intervals and with two hands on the wheel, safety is increased.” The new Tata tipper also includes a spacious, air-conditioned cabin with a pneumatic-suspension driver’s seat and adjustable steering wheel. Tata states that these amenities, along with the smooth shifting of the Allison fully automatic transmission, afford drivers the level of comfort necessary to achieve long hours of daily operation, while also increasing productivity.last_img read more


first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Chris Kourakis has been appointed as the new Chief Justice of the South Australia Supreme Court. He is the first Chief Justice in this position with a Greek Australian background. Chief Justice Kourakis replaced John Doyle who retired after 17 years in the role and is the ninth Chief Justice in SA. Premier Jay Weatherill says Chief Justice Kourakis, has the leadership and management skills to lead the court. “It’s still early days, my head is still spinning,” Chief Justice Kourakis told Neos Kosmos. “It’s both exciting and daunting at the same time.” The 54-year-old has had a long and distinguished legal career that he said was a combination of hard work and “being in the right place at the right time”. “I have been really fortunate in the jobs that I’ve had that have exposed me quickly to high level legal work,” he explains. After graduating from law at the University of Adelaide, Chief Justice Kourakis was fortunate enough to do his articles with the legal firm Johnston Withers McCusker and work alongside Elliot Johnston; a long-time advocate for Greek migrants and workers. He then began work at the Legal Services Commissions which exposed him to high level court work within the Magistrates Court. He joined the Supreme Court in 2008 after a distinguished career as solicitor-general, with the Legal Services Commission and Edmund Barton Chambers. He served as Chief Justice Doyle’s associate member on the State Courts Administration Council. The Chief Justice told Neos Kosmos that it was his decision to take hard cases – many with little chance of winning – and ones of a social justice nature that exposed him to the judges and built a solid reputation for himself in his legal career. “I have had from early on what people would call these days a social justice perspective and that became known amongst lawyers in the profession,” he says. “They played a large part in developing my legal skills, stretching me and improving me as a lawyer; but they were also cases that put me in the view of judges so you build a reputation which leads to your advancement in the long term.” But it was his migrant upbringing in the rural South Australian town of Port Lincoln that also added to his work ethic and gave him a well-rounded positive attitude to enable him to take on this role. Chief Justice Kourakis’ parents migrated to the rural town from Ikaria, Greece, and owned a pig farm but also worked in fish factories and abattoirs to assist in bringing up a family of ten children. He says hard work was something that was instilled in him from a very early age and remembers weekends and school holidays as a time of feeding chickens, tending to the animals and working on the farm. He says his migrant upbringing – and being from a rural town – has enabled him to become a better legal professional. “I see my youth growing up in Port Lincoln as one of the big advantages I have,” explains Chief Justice Kourakis. Born and bred in Port Lincoln, Chief Justice Kourakis was educated at Port Lincoln High School and credits his teachers at the time as exposing to different ideas, views and issues. He says growing up in the country also influences the person you become and adds that “country people are really practical self-reliant people”. But it was his Greek background that gave him the tools to become a successful lawyer and a good judge. “I consider coming from a diverse cultural background to be a big advantage because it opens your eyes to the differences in people; you become a bit of a sociologist and understanding people is really an important part of being a good lawyer and a good judge.” Chief Justice Kourakis plans on bringing this sense of social justice and hard work ethic to his newly appointed role, but adds that as a judge he has to be “clinical when applying the law”. “Our job is to administer the law and I think here’s a common misconception that we decide cases more or less off the top of our head and according to our personal sense of fairness,” he says. He adds that as a legal practitioner there is limited room for discretion and it’s important that the law is “predictable, consistent and coherent” but as a judge, he says there is some freedom of decision making. “In those areas where reasonable people might differ about the result then there’s room for you to try and fashion your judgement in a way to further social purpose and remedy unfairness and injustice where it exists.”last_img read more


first_imgUn nouveau procédé pour dépister les tumeurs du seinUne équipe de recherche suisse travaille actuellement sur une nouvelle technique de radiographie qui permet de déceler des structures non repérables par les techniques de mammographie classique.C’est un pas de plus dans la lutte contre le cancer du sein. Des chercheurs de l’hôpital cantonal de Baden en Suisse, sont actuellement en train de tester un nouveau procédé de dépistage des tumeurs qui permettrait de repérer des structures invisibles par les techniques de mammographie traditionnelle. À lire aussiUn ventre à bière cachait en fait une tumeur cancéreuse de trente-cinq kilosEn effet, cette nouvelle méthode analyserait les variations des ondes lumineuses lorsque celles-ci traversent les tissus, permettant ainsi de reconstruire une image très précise de l’objet examiné, rapporte Sciences et Avenir.fr. Comme pour une mammographie classique, le sein est donc examiné au moyen de rayons X dont l’orientation va changer suivant les différentes structures tissulaires.L’objet d’investigation des chercheurs reste donc bien la mammographie, qui a déjà fait ses preuves pour détecter les tumeurs des glandes mammaires. Pour l’heure, l’équipe de chercheurs sont ainsi parvenus à générer des images à partir de tissus prélevés lors d’opérations du sein, un procédé qui se rapproche de la situation d’un véritable examen. Le Dr. Nik Hauser, qui encadre le projet sur le plan médical, explique : ” Ce nouveau procédé a permis de faire la différence entre des cicatrices et du tissu tumoral et d’identifier de minuscules nodules cancéreux que les techniques d’examen actuelles ne permettent pas encore de repérer “. Une étude sur une population élargie de patients est actuellement menée.Le 3 août 2011 à 12:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


first_imgLeicester City manager has declined comments on the future of Portuguese International Andre Silva despite making just one start in the Premier League for City this season.The 29-year-old is expected to go out on loan in January, with a possible return to his former club Sporting Lisbon likely. Andy King and Yohan Benalouane are also among Leicester city players likely to depart.“I cannot speak about any player but we know in the window we will see some moves for some players to get some game time,” he told Leicester mercury.“There will be some decisions made with different players.“We are only focused on this important game on Saturday and do not speak about the transfer window.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“It is not my concern at my moment. The most important thing is we have busy weeks ahead with a lot of games in a short time and we need to keep our focus on this game because we want to perform.“We will see in January what we decide to do with different players.“Perhaps in January it is a good opportunity to reduce the squad and to keep all the players with a positive attitude and concentration on our game.“We have 30 players and it is difficult to keep all the intensity and motivation for them all.“For them and for us it is a good thing to find a balance in the squad and we will see in time after some discussions with some players we will see the desire of the players.”last_img read more


first_img Updated: 1:27 PM KUSI Newsroom, BORREGO SPRINGS (KUSI) – Authorities Friday identified a man and his mother who died in a murder-suicide in Borrego Springs.Deputies responding to a request for a welfare check Wednesday morning found the bodies of Corey Sides, 43, and Ann Sides, 71, at their home in the 2900 block of Double O Road.Investigators determined that Corey Sides shot Ann Sides before turning the gun on himself, according to sheriff’s officials.A neighbor reported she hadn’t seen the mother or her son since last Friday, Lt. Chad Boudreau of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Unit said. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom center_img Posted: July 18, 2019 Two people found dead in Borrego Springs home July 18, 2019last_img read more


first_imgIn an effort to help Naval Support Facility Indian Head retain the younger members of its highly educated workforce, the town of Indian Head, Md., is looking for ways to offer amenities desired by millennials.The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division, the largest tenant command at Indian Head, has not experienced difficulties attracting qualified engineers. It plans on hiring up to 250 engineers this year. The command’s problem is that new engineers are leaving after an average of 11 months.  “And that’s something as a community we’ve got to address,” Brian Klaas, co-chairman of the Charles County Chamber of Commerce’s Military Alliance Council, said at the group’s meeting on Monday.“And the direct feedback [the command] received was, ‘You’ve got young millennials with advanced degrees that the town offers nothing for,’” Klaas said, reported Southern Maryland News. “And that’s where we’re jumping in, and that’s where we need the help.”Six months ago, the town, located 20 miles south of the Washington Beltway in Charles County, hired a consultant to craft an economic development plan for Indian Head.But the plan cannot be expected to reverse 20 or 30 years of economic decline in 20 or 30 weeks, said Gary Hodge, president of White Plains, Md.-based Regional Policy Advisors. The town needs assistance from the county and state “to enable its perception, the street view, if you will, to match up with the deep commitment that the town has always had to the base,” Hodge said.Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin (D), who attended the meeting, said the good news is the community is aware of the challenge and is trying to deal with the quality-of-life issues sought by the workforce at the support facility. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more


first_imgKickstarter says stop using puffery like “the ultimate” and “unrivaled” when seeking backers for projects. Kickstarter Kickstarter has told its users to avoid using dubious and exaggerated claims when marketing their projects to potential backers. This includes “puffery” like world’s best, smallest, fastest, first, ultimate, unrivaled and revolutionary.The global crowdfunding platform has helped projects like a smart cheesemaker, a Dungeons & Dragons animated series and ketchup slices get off the ground, but now Kickstarter is warning its creators to avoid making claims that can’t be proven.Instead, it says to “underpromise and overdeliver.”In a post called “Honest and Clear Presentation in Projects”, spotted earlier by The Verge, Kickstarter calls trust and transparency the foundation of its platform.”Because of this, we expect creators to bring an exceptional level of honesty, openness and candor to both how they present their ideas and how they run their campaigns,” Kickstarter said.The platform also said to be transparent about a project’s funding goal and popularity; present it as an idea rather than a finished product; describe any risks or challenges; and introduce the team behind the project.Kickstarter additionally set out its rules for product imagery, including to use “honest and transparent” pictures and to show off a prototype. Share your voice Tags Kickstarter Mobile Online Post a comment 0last_img read more


first_imgWell, look who showed up on @Space_Station! I guess we all have to be good now! I hope with his mischievous ways, he doesn’t get into anything TOO important! We will have to wait and see…. pic.twitter.com/xWO7CSf2Ky— Anne McClain (@AstroAnnimal) December 11, 2018“Well, look who showed up,” she said on Tuesday. “I guess we all have to be good now! I hope with his mischievous ways, he doesn’t get into anything TOO important! We will have to wait and see…”The Elf on a Shelf Christmas tradition began with the 2005 picture book of the same name, written in rhyme by Carol Aebersold and daughter Chanda Bell.With illustrations by Coë Steinwart, the story explains how Santa Claus knows who is naughty and nice: He sends wee “scout elves” to kids’ homes from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve.The uber popular self-published book—which comes packaged in a keepsake box with a stuffed elf (which parents are supposed to hide around the house)—became a runaway hit. It even inspired a Jewish counterpart, “Mensch on a Bench.”Likes include: sitting on shelves, hang gliding, and being mischievous (via The Elf on the Shelf)“The magical Scout Elves help Santa manage his naughty and nice lists by taking note of a family’s Christmas adventures, and reporting back to Santa at the North Pole nightly,” according to the manufacturer’s website.Nope. Not creepy at all.ISS astronauts over the weekend received a holiday feast, with all the trimmings.A SpaceX Dragon capsule carrying green bean casserole, candied yams, smoked turkey, cranberry sauce, fruitcake, butter cookies, shortbread, and tubes of icing (among other supplies) made the handoff on Saturday.ISS crew members are no stranger to the holidays: In October, Commander Alexander Gerst and flight engineers Sergey Prokopyev and Serena Auñón-Chancellor dressed as Elvis, Darth Vader, and a mad scientist (respectively) for Halloween.More on Geek.com:Can 8-Hour Forensic Spacewalk Solve Galactic Whodunit?Watch: This Is the Longest Continuous Time-Lapse Shot From Space‘Beam’ Your Support to New Horizons Ahead of Historic Flyby Floating through low-Earth orbit can be a bit lonely, especially during the holiday season.But International Space Station newbie Anne McClain found a way to bring festive cheer to the satellite—her new home for the next six months.Days after joining the Expedition 59 crew, NASA astronaut McClain tweeted an image of the infamous Elf on the Shelf toy, strapped into a box of supplies.AdChoices广告 Watch: Cygnus Cargo Spacecraft Is Departing the ISSSpaceX Postpones CRS-18 Mission Launch Due to Bad Weather center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more


first_img HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on target From survivor’s guilt to the action girl, Doctor Who‘s cup runneth over with repetitive motifs.Each week, I’ll tackle another trope, examining its use, effectiveness, and relevance to the long-running BBC show. Everyone knows clothes make the man. So what does the Doctor’s regenerating style say about the Time Lord?ICONIC OUTFITMeaning: I think it’s pretty self-explanatory.Usage in Doctor Who: Each incarnation of the Doctor wears a costume unique to himself.The Eleventh Doctor, the TARDIS, and the bowtie (via BBC)Mark Zuckerberg gets up every day, pulls on a plain grey T-shirt, zip-up hoodie, and jeans, and goes to work running one of the biggest tech companies in the world.Swap the tee for a frilly button-down, the sweatshirt for a multi-colored jacket, and the pants for slim-fit suit trousers, and you’ve got [various regenerations of] the Doctor.Traveling through space and time to save Earth and the human race is a tough job—one that requires Zen master-like focus, and leaves no time for frivolous tasks like choosing a daily outfit.Each of the Time Lord’s 13 incarnations develops his own unique flair, complete with a reliable, often strange, costume.The Twelfth Doctor’s iconic red velvet jacket (via BBC)William Hartnell’s grandfatherly First Doctor, as BuzzFeed’s Justin Ellis so perfectly put it, falls somewhere between “Wizard of Oz and the Monopoly man.”Rigid in his dark frock coat, vest, wing-collared shirt, and plaid pants, the original character accessorized perfectly with a monocle and cape. Much of the First Doctor’s style, however, hung on to Patrick Troughton, who stepped into the role in 1966, wearing a similar black coat and plaid pants, but opting for a more authentic bowtie and mop-top hair.Jon Pertwee later brought the Third Doctor into the swinging ’70s as a rakish action star (albeit with less chest hair); he was the first to rock the velvet jacket, though, thankfully, later embodiments ditched the ruffled prom-style shirts for something more clean-cut.The Fourth Doctor and his scarf (via BBC)It wasn’t until Tom Baker joined the cast in 1974 that the Doctor became a style icon. The alien’s multi-colored scarf was a trademark of the character, as much as the TARDIS or Daleks were for Doctor Who.A product of an over-enthusiastic knitter, according to Baker, the muffler became “longer and longer and more operatic” with each of his seven series.The Doctor’s sartorial style took a turn for the bizarre when Peter Davison was cast as the Fifth Doctor, dressed as an Edwardian cricket player, topped off with a celery stick boutonniere.Sixth Doctor Colin Baker flat-out rejects several previous wardrobe staples—including Troughton’s fur coat and Pertwee’s red velvet jacket—before landing on a retina-burning multi-colored jacket. Which, much to fans’ chagrin, Sylvester McCoy wore for most of his first story arc; the Seventh Doctor later donned a question mark-patterned sweater vest and themed umbrella.The Tenth Doctor’s iconic 3D glasses (via BBC)More often than not, the Doctor is actually forced out of his previous incarnation’s clothes: The Third Doctor wakes up wearing a hospital gown, and the Eighth Doctor finds himself in a morgue cooling box.The Tenth Doctor, meanwhile, is changed into a dressing gown by Rose, the Eleventh’s suit is ruined by his explosive regeneration, and the Twelfth was probably redressed in a nightshirt by one of his caretakers.When Peter Capaldi debuted as the latest manifestation, he briefly considered a “big, long scarf,” but decided against it, remarking that it’s time to “move on from” the Fourth Doctor’s accessory, adding that it “looked stupid.”Doctor Who producers dialed back the fashion in 2005 when the show returned with Christopher Eccleston dressed in a simple T-shirt, black leather jacket, and jeans.The Ninth Doctor’s iconic look (via BBC)Since then, most next-generation Time Lords have kept it relatively simple—a slim-cut suit and Converse shoes; a tweed jacket and bowtie; velvet coat and sweater—allowing audiences to focus more on the character than his outrageous style (usually).Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.last_img read more


first_imgA team of researchers with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has found that coral larvae prefer to set up a new home in a place noisy with other living organisms over a barren soundless site. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the group describes experiments they carried out around reefs in the Caribbean Sea and what they learned from them. Journal information: Royal Society Open Science Explore further © 2018 Science X Network More information: Soundscapes influence the settlement of the common Caribbean coral Porites astreoides irrespective of light conditions, Royal Society Open Science (2018). royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rsos.181358 Settlement experiment deployed at the more degraded, less fish abundant Cocolaba reef in the US Virgin Islands. Credit: Amy Apprill, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institutioncenter_img As humans continue to pump carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, it not only heats up the planet, but causes the oceans to become more acidic. And as the oceans become more acidic, coral reefs have begun dying. For that reason, ocean scientists have been studying them to learn more about their nature, hoping to find a way to save them. One such focus is trying to better understand the factors at play as coral larvae carried by moving water choose a spot to stop and set up new growth sites. Prior research has shown that such larvae are sensitive to temperature, light and chemicals produced by other creatures living in the sea.To find out if sound might also play a role, the researchers placed 18 boxes (half of which had transparent walls) filled with water and coral larvae at three sites ranging from a healthy reef environment to a barren lifeless site. Each site was deemed to be equal in terms of natural light. The biggest difference between them, the team notes, was the amount of noise generated by the creatures already living there. In a bustling reef, there are a wide variety of low-frequency sounds. Barren sites, on the other hand, are usually devoid of all sound except for the high-frequency noise shrimp make.The team left the boxes in place for two and a half days and then checked on them to see if the larvae had found the site suitable for setting up house. They report that 50 percent more larvae had settled into their new homes in the boxes placed in heavily populated, noisy areas. The findings indicate that coral larvae also use sound as part of their decision-making when deciding where to settle. This finding also suggests that the coral larvae could be induced to repopulate barren areas by setting up speakers in the vicinity to blast out noisy reef sounds. Biggest coral reseeding project launches on Great Barrier Reef Citation: Coral larvae found to prefer a noisy environment (2018, December 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-coral-larvae-noisy-environment.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


first_imgThe first day is always so special for the new college kids that it remains intact for life as a good memory. But many do face problems with the selection of clothes for their first impression and that too under budget. Keeping a few things in place like playing around with basic cotton kurta or jazzing up with jewellery can do the trick, say experts. Here are some tips on how one can look picture perfect on the first day of their college under budget.Play it chic: It is very important to choose the right collection for your college days, as mix and match works wonders. Carry a scarf always in your bag as you can match it with any of your clothes. The scarves won’t cost you more than 100 bucks and you can team it with any of your plain T-shirts which you no more feel like wearing. Spend the rest of the money on a rugged jeans and ballerinas.That cotton kurta: The basic cotton kurta will not cost you more than Rs. 500, but make sure you buy a kurta which you can wear like a dress as well. Team up your dress or kurta with funky jewellery and a pair of flats and you are soughed.Slogan Hogan: The jazzed up look for your freshers or a party night with your new friends can be completed with the trendy slogan tees which are available both online and offline. These T-shirts be it a crop top or a short tee with jeans won’t cost you more than Rs 500-600 and you can team them with your favourite black jeggings and palazzos.Be the Maxi queen: Winning the Miss freshers, or swirling in those beautiful maxi dresses is very much affordable at a price of Rs 500-700. Teaming the same with your comfortable sandals and donning a beautiful scarf around your neck, you can just make that simple maxi dress look more stylish and happening.Glam up with right jewellery: Opt for boho chokers which will cost you about Rs 150 and you can pair it with every piece of cloth you wear. The second-best thing are bead earrings which go well with all attires and will only cost you about Rs 50.last_img read more


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