Vaccinations continue in Paraguay after yellow fever outbreak – UN agency

10 March 2008More than 1.27 million Paraguayans have now been vaccinated against the deadly outbreak of yellow fever in the South American country, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has reported. More than 1.27 million Paraguayans have now been vaccinated against the deadly outbreak of yellow fever in the South American country, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has reported. Residents in all of Paraguay’s 18 departments have received vaccines, with coverage reaching as much as 83 per cent of the population in Asunción, the capital, and close to the centre of the current outbreak. The number of confirmed cases across Paraguay has risen by six to 22 since late last month, according to an update issued by WHO on Friday. So far six people have died, while another 12 suspected cases are under investigation by health authorities. Officials from Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay, Venezuela, Bolivia and Peru agreed at a recent joint meeting to coordinate and monitor – with the assistance of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) – yellow fever immunization activities for the populations in their border areas. The officials also concurred that the key measure to prevent the outbreak widening further is to reduce the breeding sites for Aedes aegypti mosquitoes found throughout the region. Yellow fever derives its name from the jaundice that affects some sufferers, who tend to experience fever, muscle pain, headaches, loss of appetite, vomiting and/or nausea. While most patients recover, the disease can be deadly and the number of infected people has risen in recent years, despite the availability of an effective vaccine. read more

AI tells Lanka to probe missing

Similar commissions appointed in the past have accomplished very little and some have had close ties to the authorities, undermining their independence. There have been ten commissions on disappearances since the early 1990s, but their recommendations have largely been ignored, and few of the many alleged perpetrators they identified have been brought to justice.During the final bloody months of the armed conflict in 2009, thousands of people disappeared after their arrest or capture by the Sri Lankan security forces or abduction by the Tamil Tigers. Very few of those cases have been resolved. In addition there has been blatant intimidation reported against families and others seeking to take remedial action.The Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) gives the security forces wide powers to arrest suspected opponents of the government and detain them incommunicado and without charge or trial for long periods – conditions which provide a ready context for deaths in custody,  enforced disappearances and torture. “The number of disappeared people in Sri Lanka is astounding. The government has to stop making empty promises and once and for all seriously investigate the tens of thousands of cases of enforced disappearances,” said Yolanda Foster, Amnesty International’s Sri Lanka expert. Victims and their relatives have faced enormous difficulties in seeking redress. Hundreds of relatives have filed habeas corpus petitions in an attempt to trace ‘disappeared’ prisoners but the procedure has proved slow and ineffective. (Colombo Gazette) This year’s Day of the Disappeared coincides with the visit of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, to Sri Lanka. She met the family members of some of the disappeared. Amnesty International has documented several new case studies of enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka that have never been published before.On 26 July 2013, the Sri Lankan government announced that it will establish a Presidential Commission of Inquiry to look into enforced disappearances from the final years the conflict (1990-2009), but AI says there are questions about the commission’s independence from the government. As the world marks the International Day of the Disappeared today the London based human rights group Amnesty International (AI) called on the government to investigate thousands of cases of enforced disappearances reported in Sri Lanka.According to AI, in Sri Lanka, some 12,000 complaints of enforced disappearances have been submitted to the UN since the 1980s – making it second only to Iraq. But it says the actual number of disappeared is much higher, with at least 30,000 cases alleged up to 1994 and many thousands reported after that. read more

Former Bosnian Croat militia leader jailed for 12 years by UN war

Ivica Rajic, former commander of the Second Operational Group of the Bosnian Croat Army, last October pleaded guilty to four of the 10 charges against him: wilful killing, inhuman treatment, extensive destruction, and appropriation of property not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly.The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), sitting in The Hague, Netherlands, found that the crimes in the central Bosnian village of Stupni Do in October 1993 “were committed on a large scale, were of particularly violent nature and caused severe pain to the victims and their relatives.”Mr. Rajic was also sentenced for his role in the rounding up of more than 250 Muslim men in the nearby town of Vares and their subsequent inhuman treatment.As aggravating circumstances in the Stupni Do attack, the court cited the examples of “two elderly women, one of whom was an invalid, [who] were found burned inside a house and that seven members of the same Muslim family (two men, three women and two children aged 2 and 3 years old) were found burned inside their shelter.”The court noted the importance of the role Mr. Rajic played in these events when, following orders of his own superiors, he planned and ordered the attacks and further ordered the rounding up of Muslim civilians, knowing the substantial likelihood that criminal acts would ensue following these orders.As mitigating circumstances, the court held that Mr. Rajic’s guilty plea helped to establish the truth surrounding the crimes committed in Stupni Do and Vares. “This may contribute to the reconciliation of the peoples of the former SFRY (Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) and to the restoration of a lasting peace in the region,” it added.It also took into account Mr. Rajic’s remorse, as expressed in the statement he gave at his sentencing hearing, as well as his cooperation with the Prosecution and his personal circumstances. He will remain in the custody of the Tribunal until he is transferred to a State to serve his sentence. read more

EA has next Xbox hardware Microsoft to reveal at E3

first_imgWhen Nintendo confirmed E3 would be the event where the Wii 2 is being unveiled, we thought it was a clever move that would see the company have a clear run for a couple of years. Added to that the rumor it is a very powerful machine and it could leave the PS3 and Xbox 360 in the dust. But that may no longer be the case, and Microsoft could be about to cause a major upset come this June.Develop has been told that EA is already in possession of the successor to the Xbox 360 and is doing some early development tests with it. As with all early hardware builds, the next Xbox currently takes the form of a PC desktop case, but what’s inside is the hardware that will be inside Microsoft’s next console.The same source also believes that Microsoft is aiming for an end of 2012 launch date, which would put it in direct competition with the Wii 2. Worse news for Nintendo comes in the form of a potential surprise reveal during E3 next month.For gamers this is great news. Two new consoles being revealed at E3 will certainly generate some excitement, especially if one clearly out performs, or out innovates, the other. Whether Microsoft planned this all along and Nintendo suprised them with a Wii 2 announcement, or the Xbox Next plans have been rethought due to the Wii 2 we don’t know. We are just really looking forward to E3 now.As is usually the case, Microsoft and EA are saying nothing. But if this is true then it puts Microsoft and Nintendo as the two competing console brands with Sony in the background. With Sony’s security woes at the moment I doubt this is what they will want to hear about its competitors.Read more at Developlast_img read more

Fake Apple Store is so believable even the employees think they work

first_imgAfter a trip to New York City’s ChinaTown as a young teenager, I walked away with a $15 Gucci watch which I flaunted in front of all my friends back home when I returned. One friend pointed out that the “G” looked more like a “C,” which was rather embarrassing. However, the point is that some knockoffs are very believable. A counterfeit Apple Store in China has done such a good job at making itself look like the real thing that even the employees think they work at a real Apple Store.The fake Apple Store is located in Kunming, a city in the southwestern part of China. There are only four Apple stores in China, a country with a population of 1.34 billion people. To put that into perspective, there are four Apple Stores in New York City with a population of 8.17 million people, and those are crowded enough as it is.Needless to say, the need for Apple stores in China is great, so fake stores have been popping up. Many of them are obviously not genuine, like the “Apple Stoer,” which intentionally misspells its name. However, the store in Kunming does nothing to distinguish itself from a full-on Apple retail store. The store’s employees wear blue Apple shirts with the white Mac Logo and the white Apple name tags, and the store itself has Apple’s signature spiral staircase, acrylic product information panels, and Apple-looking posters.The store was originally discovered by an expatriate blogger that goes by the moniker BirdAbroad. And, although it might not be an official Apple Store, an employee said the store sells genuine Apple products at the same price as is advertised on Apple’s website.BirdAbroad said that the staff she spoke to seemed to believe they were employed by Apple. However, the Wall Street Journal spoke to one employee that said he knew the store wasn’t a real Apple Store, but as long as they were selling real Apple products so that customers didn’t come back angry, he really didn’t care.So what will happen to the Kunming store now that Apple has most likely caught wind of this? The store may try to become a part of Apple’s network of authorized resellers, but it’s doubtful that Apple will give it the OK after the store acted under the guise of an official Apple Store this whole time.As we know, Apple doesn’t usually take kindly to any sort of intellectual property or patent infringements, which has been most recently battled in court with HTC and Samsung.Luckily for China, Foxconn, the Taiwanese company that handles the majority of Apple product manufacturing, recently announced it will spend $1.6 billion US to open its own chain of stores in China selling Apple products. Not only will this provide more official Apple retail outlets for the people of China, but it also gives Foxconn a double whammy in terms of its profits. The company’s total revenue last year was $6.63 billion, and Foxconn has admitted that the manufacturing of Apple devices just doesn’t bring in that much profit. The stores will help Foxconn make up for some of the loss of profit.via Wall Street Journallast_img read more

Tarlamis set to lose seat

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram One of the last seats to be called in the Victorian election sees Legislative Council member Lee Tarlamis likely to be pipped at the post as a Labor representative for the South East Metropolitan Region.Of the five SE Metro seats, two a piece will go to to Labor and the Liberals, with the fifth almost certainly falling either to the Greens of the Australian Sex Party.Mr Tarlamis told Neos Kosmos on Thursday: “Whilst the count isn’t finalised, and below the line votes are flowing in my favour, I believe it will be difficult for me to retain the seat on behalf of Labor”.Elected in 2010, Mr Tarlamis is a former staffer for Daniel Andrews.Helped by complex preference swaps, the Shooters and Fishers Party, the Democratic Labour Party, Australian Country Alliance and Sex Party are close to being elected into the Victorian upper house, despite some scoring less than three per cent of primary votes in their regions. Labor are on track to win only 13 upper house seats, meaning micro-parties and the Greens will hold the balance of power, The final outcome of the upper house preference flows will not be known until December 17.last_img read more

Western Digital Unveils a Monstrous 20TB External Hard Drive

first_imgStay on target Western Digital is Working on 40TB Hard DrivesWestern Digital Just Started Shipping A 12TB Hard Drive “That’s all I want, that’s all you need in life, is a little place for your stuff, ya know?” George Carlin said. Sometimes you run out of room for your stuff, and you have to move to a bigger house.Western Digital agrees, and they know that the same rule applies to your data. They’re making it easier to expand with a cavernous new house where you can cram all your files. And probably all your family members’/roommates’ files, too. Their latest MyBook Duo features a whopping 20TB of hard drive space.You can tell from the picture and the name that this isn’t a single external drive. Like other Duos, this one offers room for a pair of hard drives (two 10TB WD Red drives, in this case). It’s the size of a rather large book, weighing in at over 5 pounds and measuring 7 x 4 x 6.3 inches.WD lets you choose how to allocate your drive space. Set the tandem up for JBOD, and you’ve got the full 20TB to play with. You can also play it safe and create a RAID-1 array to mirror your precious files. Add another layer of protection by locking them down with 256-bit AES hardware encryption.When the day comes that you actually accumulate enough digital stuff to fill up your 20TB MyBook Duo, you won’t have to “move to another house,” so to speak. You can just hook up another massive drive to one of the two USB 3.0 ports on the back. You can also use them as regular hub ports to connect things like keyboards, mice, and webcams or even charge your phone.Other capacities are available, too, starting at 4TB and climbing up in 4TB increments (with a 6TB thrown in just to shake things up). Prices start at $279.99 direct from Western Digital and top out at $849.99 for the 20TB model.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Local Red Cross seeks real hero nominees

first_imgThe Southwest Washington American Red Cross is looking for “real heroes” to honor at a breakfast on March 9.The annual Real Heroes Breakfast recognizes people who saved the lives of others through prevention, preparedness and response.Nominations are accepted for individuals who performed an act of heroism between December 2010 and November 2011 and must live or work in Clark, Cowlitz, Pacific, Wahkiakum, Skamania or Klickitat counties.The Red Cross recognizes people from the following categories: Medical Rescue Hero, Animal Rescue Hero, Youth Good Samaritan, Adult Good Samaritan Hero, Workplace Hero, Educational Hero and Professional Rescue Hero.Applications area available at must be received by Nov. 30.For more information, contact the Southwest Washington Red Cross at 360-693-5821.last_img read more

Rappelling down JW Marriott Marquis for Miami Childrens Initiative

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. What goes up, must come down. And today — Chris Van Vliet learned that the hard way. He went up on top of a popular hotel in Downtown Miami and then jumped off — all for a great cause. And hey, look! He survived.Look high, up in the sky in Downtown Miami … it’s not a bird or a plane. This is Over The Edge — a fundraiser for the Miami Children’s Initiative.Cecilia Gutierrez, Miami Children’s Initiative: “We are intentionally investing in the children of this community because we believe in their brilliance and their greatness and we believe they can all break a cycle of poverty by staying in school.”This is the fourth year for daredevils to rappel down the side of the JW Marriott Marquis … including bride to be Suneliz Santana who won the Miami Children’s Initiative’s “Wed over the Edge” contest — an all expense paid wedding fit for pair of daredevils.Suneliz Santana: “It’s going to be interesting.”With their four kids by their side, she and fiancé Vincent Scott are getting married on top of the hotel — and then they’re rappelling down the side.Suneliz Santana: “It’s going to be a wedding we’ll never forget. We’ll be talking about it for years.” Chris Van Vliet: “We’re good.”Now we’re ready for training.So easy that it’s time to head outside to do the real thing.Instructor: “Start walking toward the edge.”Chris Van Vliet: “Wow. Well there’s only one way down from here I guess. And it’s straight down.”And the rush comes to an end with both feet back on the ground.Chris Van Vliet: “Back on solid ground, but I feel like I can do anything now!” center_img And this is the view they’ll be talking about.Chris Van Vliet: “You see that? That’s a long way down.”Nineteen stories … 200 feet straight down to be exact and like Suneliz, I’m a daredevil too. But before we can go down, we have to gear up.Volunteer: “So be careful with this, it’s in a very vulnerable position.”Chris Van Vliet: “Haha. Oh I see.”And yes, the harness is just as uncomfortable as it looks. One final check…Volunteer: “We’re good, we’re good. We’re good.” last_img read more

IBM to help 2 lakh girls studying in govt schools to train

first_img India’s 10 best technology companies to work for IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closecenter_img Ginni Rometty, chairman, president and CEO of IBMReutersTechnology major IBM will train more than two lakh Indian girls over the next three years in science and technology, math and engineering. The IT company will be collaborating with the central and state governments to make this possible, PTI reports.IBM’s chairman, president and CEO Gini Rometty said that the training is not only about technical skills but also life skills.According to PTI, she said, “We can see 100 per cent jobs are going to change. You need more women in the workforce. We are announcing for 200,000 from grade eight to twelve, we are going to prepare them for STEM over a three year period.”She added, “All of us are capable of teaching our employees sort of hard skills. It is softskill, in the technology world that we have to learn. Collectively our programs are doing one million in numbers and helping four million teachers.” IBM, along with seven state governments in the country, will help over two lakh girls studying in government schools to train for ‘new collar jobs’ as well as STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) projects in classrooms. Along with this, IBM’s AI-powered mentor platform will 4,000 mentors and six lakh mentees out of which there will be five female mentees.  [Representational Image]reutersIBM has joined hands with Kendriya Vidyalaya to help the math teachers mentor students, especially female ones, with the assistance of the company’s artificial intelligence platform ‘Teacher Advisor With Watson’. IBM, along with the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, is launching an Advanced degree programme in the new age technologies. This programme will be in 100 Industrial Training Institutes (ITI) and half of the institutes will be all women.In teachers’ training, IBM will help four million educationists under the Indian Open Educational Resources in science training as part of STEM.”It is not possible for India to grow at 9-10 per cent without focussing on women. Every single place where we have given the opportunity to women, they have performed better than men. Government has to play the role of facilitator, but it’s the men who have to change their mindset that women should get a place in organisations,” Niti Ayog CEO Amitabh Kant was quoted as saying by PTI. last_img read more

Calculords a mathbased space comedy is the best card game on iOS

first_imgIt’s tough to pinpoint exactly when, but the digital collectible card game market has exploded in recent years. Everyone is getting in on the craze, from high-profile developers like Mojang with Scrolls or Blizzard with Hearthstone, to the countless collectible card battlers spamming the iOS and Android app stores. While Hearthstone, a PC game slated for a mobile release, is far and away the best digital CCG on the market, the majority of the genre can be found on iOS. Among that mountain of apps, the newly released math-based space comedy Calculords is king.Developed by comedy writer and video game critic Sean Reiley — otherwise known as Seanbaby — Calculords pokes fun at the perpetual flood of mobile card battlers, while somehow making a game where you have to do math fun to play, and genuinely funny. Calculords plays similarly to Mojang’s Scrolls, but with one major difference. Both Calculords and Scrolls have lanes — three and five, respectively — in which to summon creatures from cards, with the goal of clearing a lane and dealing damage the opposing player’s base. Each base has a number of health points dependent upon the difficulty of the opponent, or the level of the player. Once a base has been destroyed, the match is over. However, whereas Scrolls uses the tried-and-true board game mechanic of increasing your mana pool by way of sacrificing cards in your hand, Calculords requires you to do math.In fact, Calculords’ math requires that you have two separate decks — a standard deck filled with attackers, pushers (basically defenders), and tactics (spells), and a deck devoted entirely to the numbers one through nine.Apart from the stellar comedy, the numbers deck is where Calculords sets itself apart from the iOS rabble. The numbers deck acts as your mana pool. You can draw up to six summons at a time, and up to nine numbers at a time. As is CCG tradition, each summon has a unique casting cost. However, in Calculords, you summon them by combining your numbers through addition, subtraction, and multiplication in order to reach that unique cost. So, if a droid unit costs 17, and you have a five, two, and seven on the board, you can multiply five by two, then add seven, and can spend your newly acquired 17 on summoning the droid.Each unit has unique stats and some have a special power or two, but the real strategy comes from clearing your current draw of numbers and summons for a given turn. Clearing the numbers once gets you a fresh, second set of numbers, and thus, more resources to summon all of your units, which in turn gives you a more favorable position on the field. If you can clear your current draw of summons, you get a points multiplier, which adds into your total score for the match and affects how many experience points you get as a reward.This is where Calculords requires your attention. The field and summon tactics quickly become second nature to any CCG player, and simple math isn’t too difficult, but being able to clear that first set of numbers while summoning your creatures to the field is where the game slows down. The challenge is rewarding, but you can’t really play it while watching TV.The visuals and audio have a decidedly pleasant retro aesthetic, but not in the way seemingly every indie game boasts “retro pixelated graphics.” Instead, it has the vibe of an old Genesis or Game Boy Advance game, yet doesn’t feel dated — it’s quite detailed and attractive in its own right. The game is written very well — the computer opponents are fleshed out characters with their own vibrant personalities, and they spew a ton of genuinely funny quips in response to your actions or even while you inevitably sit idle trying to figure out number combinations.The game is free and has in-app purchases — six in all — but they’re completely inoffensive, and you can legitimately succeed at the game without grinding or spending a single cent. Five of the purchases — $1.99 each — are packs of cards, each giving you a set of six unique cards and unlocking the ability to receive them as a reward throughout the game. The sixth purchase — also $1.99 — removes ads from the game, and increases the rewards you receive after a battle. The purchases are finite — you cannot buy packs over and over attempting to get rare cards — and while the cards you receive from the packs are unique and interesting, you can easily beat computer opponents without them.Basically, this is free-to-play done right. Try out the game, and toss it a couple bucks if you dig it. The $1.99 ad removal and reward increase makes a fine purchase.Calculords is a very good game, especially for the mobile platform. However, there’s one prominent issue with the game. Despite Calculords being a fun and often hilarious experience, the core component of the game — collecting cards — isn’t very compelling. You are rewarded random summons and numbers for defeating opponents — over 200 in all — and can edit your decks with new cards, but it just doesn’t satisfy that CCG twinge like other collectible games do. Perhaps that’s because the game is exclusively fought against artificial intelligence rather than people, so your crafty combo decks and card synergies don’t feel very impactful.It might also be because you don’t open packs, so there isn’t much excitement when you’re rewarded with cards. Seanbaby did state that after an Android version releases, the team will implement multiplayer, so maybe that’ll spur the usual CCG behaviors of obsessing over collecting them all and researching deck synergy throughout the day.Regardless of the current lack of multiplayer, the game is super fun, hilarious, has a truly unique mechanic, and is easily the best collectible card game on iOS. Hopefully Seanbaby and the developers at NinjaCrime can implement multiplayer and hook a decent number of players before Blizzard’s Hearthstone releases on mobile platforms and crushes all other mobile card games for the rest of eternity.You can grab Calculords from iTunes for free. 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CoD Advanced Warfare multiplayer trailer demos exoskeletons as a gamepl

first_imgEvery new game in the Call of Duty series is basically the same: a solid first-person shooter with a single-player campaign, but an emphasis on multiplayer gameplay. Keeping that multiplayer fresh and enticing gamers to purchase the latest in the series is key, and this time Activision is doing that with exoskeletons.Today a brand new trailer for the multiplayer in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare was released, which shows off what those exoskeletons can do. You can watch it below.Developed by Sledgehammer Games, who is also credited as co-developers of Modern Warfare 3, there’s a number of big changes for the gameplay in Advanced Warfare. The traditional heads-up display has been replaced with holographic projections, some of the weapons you use will take time to recharge rather than requiring ammo be collected, and grenade types can be switched while your holding one in your hand. You’re also going to enjoy some new equipment and vehicles to play with.The big new addition, though, is the exoskeleton. It changes the whole movement aspect of the game by allowing you to pull off a range of new moves. You’ll now be able to vertically thrust using boost jumps, there’s a grappling mechanic, you can cloak, and your strength and speed can be enhanced through biomechanics. You’re basically a super soldier, and the closest thing I can compare this to in games are the Nanosuits in Crysis. I’m also sure one punch kills are going to be as satisfying as head shots.There’s certainly enough to differentiate this gameplay-wise from previous Call of Duty releases, but Advanced Warfare has another selling point: it’s the first in the series to take full advantage of next-gen hardware. Ghosts was the real first CoD to be released on PS4 and Xbox One, but that was a launch title and they never get to fully utilize the hardware. It was also met with mixed reviews so Activision will be keen to re-establish the reputation of the series this November.Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be released on November 4 with four editions to choose between: Atlas Limited Edition, Atlas Pro Edition, Digital Pro Edition, and Standard Edition. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY CoD: Advanced WarfareCoD: Advanced WarfareCoD: Advanced WarfareCoD: Advanced WarfareCoD: Advanced WarfareCoD: Advanced WarfareCoD: Advanced WarfareCoD: Advanced WarfareCoD: Advanced WarfareCoD: Advanced WarfareCoD: Advanced WarfareCoD: Advanced WarfareCoD: Advanced WarfareCoD: Advanced WarfareCoD: Advanced WarfareCoD: Advanced Warfarelast_img read more

Looking out for the true meaning of love

first_imgRaised in the United States, Astha Dixit – an engineer by profession – always knew that she was meant to dance. So, to continue her Kathak training, Dixit quit a lucrative career and chose to return back to India.”As a child, I learned the basics of Kathak in Los Angeles. But with increasing responsibilities and busy schedule, It was hard to pursue my passion. I took admission in engineering and went on to work in the same field for two consecutive years. But realizing that I was born to be a dancer, I moved to India and started my training with guru Harish Gangani and Malti Shyam,” stated Astha. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA superlative performer and an artist of great calibre, Astha has performed in many top festivals including the ones held in Muscat, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, and also at the world famous Baalbeck International festival in Lebanon. She has been a regular performer at Jahan-e-Khusrau every year for Muzaffar Ali.Thrilled to represent India on the international stage, Astha feels Kathak as a dance form still needs a lot of exposure.”There is a lot that we need to do to popularize this dance form. It’s sad that people still are unaware of Kathak in various parts of the world. I remember, when I performed in Baalbeck, it was the first time that people over there were introduced to Kathak. For the first time, they heard the sound of ghunghroos which left them mesmerized,” mentioned Astha who gets her inspiration from within. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIt is her delicate art of abhinaya and natural expression on Sufi Kalaams that touch people’s heart. One such performance, where she unraveled the mysteries of love, was held in Kamani auditorium, New Delhi, on September 7.Titled ‘In search of love’, the Sufi musical was based on her journey and discoveries as a dancer, as well as her intense work on Sufi poetries. Soothing music synced with beautiful expressions and graceful gestures, the performance as a whole was a treat to watch. The main direction and choreography was by Astha Dixit whereas contemporary choreography was done by Shivam Chauhan. Music composers Ahsan Ali and Amaan Ali struck a melodious chord to make the production a complete masterpiece.Explaining Kathak is a form of story telling, Astha said, “A dancer uses her body as a vehicle to tell stories. In fact, the word Kathak is derived from ‘Katha’ – meaning story. In the ancient days, the Kathakars were story tellers who used to go from village to village narrating stories in an artistic manner.”last_img read more

A daughters search for her father

first_imgA Bengali feature film Runanubandha (the he without him) by Amartya Bhattacharyya has been officially selected as one of the three Indian films in the ‘International Competition’ at the prestigious 24th Kolkata International Film Festival 2018.’Runanubandha’ is a term used in spirituality which refers to the ‘body’s memory’ – which comprises of genetic memory and memory of intimate physical connect. It is this memory which is said to bind a parent and a child, a husband and a wife or any other intimate relationships. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFeaturing the first time actor Priyanka Ghosh Roy as the protagonist character around which the film revolves, it unfolds the mystic journey of a daughter in pursuit of her father. in the metropolis of Kolkata. The daughter ‘Shatarupa’, finds the voice of her father in a young man who comes in her life as a director. The paternal traits draw her towards him, but she finds herself trapped elsewhere between emotional complexities and simplicity. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe audience of the film will also witness the parallel drawn with the mythological tale of Lord Brahma, the universal father and creator, who was attracted to his own daughter Shatarupa (also known as Saraswati). Swastik Choudhury of Swastik Arthouse, who is also the producer of the film, plays a very interesting character. Susant Misra plays a short cameo. The music of the film is scored by Kisaloy Roy, and the renowned Rock star Rupam Islam (of Bangla Rock band Fossils) sings the title song. The film is shot in Kolkata and it captures some essential characteristics of the city in an unique way. Amartya has written, directed, captured and edited the film himself. The sound is designed by Sujoy Das of Filmstop Entertainment. This film is the third feature film of national award winner Amartya Bhattacharyya, who has earlier made two Odia films – Capital I and Khyanikaa (The Lost Idea), both critically acclaimed at various international film festivals round the world. However, Runanubandha is his first feature film in his mother tongue.last_img read more

ABC cancels Roseanne following stars racist tweet and backlash

first_imgThey first announced the revival of the series last year and made the decision to play fast and loose with the original show’s controversial finale.This morning, Barr tweeted about Valerie Jarrett, a former senior advisor to President Barack Obama.In the now-deleted-and-screencapped tweet, Barr wrote: ‘muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj’ in reference to Jarrett.Barr’s deleted tweet | Photo: TwitterInitially, she tried to defend her comment, calling it a ‘joke’.Roseanne tweet | Photo: TwitterShe then said that Muslims can be any race, as Islam is a religion and not a race.However, she did not address the ‘Planet of the Apes’ portion of her comment.Roseanne tweet | Photo: TwitterBacklash began long before ABC’s cancellation.Gay comedian Wanda Sykes, who was a consulting producer on the series, announced she would not be returning to the show following Barr’s comments.I will not be returning to @RoseanneOnABC.— Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) May 29, 2018Before that, showrunner Whitney Cummings left the show.Sara Gilbert also responded to Barr’s comments. GAYSTARNEWS- Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show. I am disappointed in her actions to say the least.— sara gilbert (@THEsaragilbert) May 29, 2018Damage doneBarr then apologized for her comments and announced she would be leaving Twitter.I apologize. I am now leaving Twitter.— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 29, 2018 The show came back this year | Photo: IMDB/ABC Roseanne apologizes to Valerie Jarrett for racist tweet, then jokes: ‘Get a haircut’People slam Brendon Urie for comparing Roseanne Barr to kneeling NFL playersA Roseanne spinoff is officially happening – with everyone but RoseanneRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste.— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 29, 2018It’s not the first time she’s come under fire for her controversial comments.She has also long been vocal about her support for Donald Trump and dislike of Hillary Clinton. On Twitter, she often re-tweets various right-wing conspiracy theories.For ABC, though, the damage was finally done with today’s tweets.In a statement, network president Channing Dungey said: ‘Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.’ABC has canceled #Roseanne.— Kate Aurthur (@KateAurthur) May 29, 2018center_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… ABC’s revival of their family sitcom Roseanne is no more. After the show’s star Roseanne Barr made a racist tweet, and claimed it was a joke, the network canceled the show.last_img read more

All on 4 Dental Implants Is it Cheaper in Costa Rica

first_img Facebook Comments Related posts:Why Americans are saying ‘yes’ to dental tourism in Costa Rica Seven tips to get the best implants in Costa Rica What are dental implants, and why are they better in Costa Rica? Is Costa Rica a safe destination for dental tourism? Patrick Goodness.Patrick Goodness is the founder and CEO of Goodness Dental, ranked the #1 dental clinic in Costa Rica and one of the Top Ten Dental Clinics in the World by Global Clinic Ranking. Goodness writes and lectures frequently on global medical and dental tourism topics and is an outspoken advocate for affordable dental care for everyone. center_img If you have lost a significant number of teeth, you may have researched the All on 4, All on 6 or All on 8 dental implant procedure.If you’ve received a quote for this procedure in the United States, from Clear Choice or other major competitors, your price generally starts at $50,000 or more for an All on 4. An All on 8 dental implants can cost as much as $80,000 for both arches in the U.S.In Costa Rica, you can receive this same treatment for 50-70% less. Most All on 4 dental implant procedures are priced at around $25,000 in Costa Rica for both jaw arches. A single arch solution for your upper or lower jaw can be as little as $11,000. An All on 8 may cost up to $35,000 for both arches from a top clinic in Costa Rica. Here’s a bit more information to help you as you research this procedure.An All-on-4 dental implants procedure is a dental implant-based solution. It’s helpful to understand the basic concept of dental implants first.A dental implant is a post made of a special material (titanium is the most recommended dental implant material) that is biocompatible with bone. It is inserted into your jawbone through minor dental surgery. This surgery is usually ambulatory and done using local anesthesia. Conscious IV sedation from a licensed anesthesiologist is also available at the leading clinics. However, a potential patient will need to meet with the dentist to determine if he or she is a good candidate for the procedure or if there are some considerations that will require some extra preparation — for example, abnormal bleeding or diabetes.After the dental implant placement surgery, you will need to wait typically between 4 to 6 months before returning for the stage two treatment. During this time, the implant will fuse with the bone and, in a sense, become part of it. Once the fusion is complete, the implant will have the same strength and stability as a natural tooth. The dental implants will act as anchors, forming a strong foundation for a new set of teeth.After a recommended 6-month healing period, the patient returns for a second procedure that exposes the top of the implants, allowing the dental bridge, fixed denture or permanent prosthesis to be attached to the implants.An All-on-4 is a solution based on the same principle as a dental implant, except that it uses 4 implants instead of one. (And, as you’ve probably guessed, an All-on-6 solution uses 6 implants per jaw. An All-on-8 procedure will use 8 dental implants per arch.) Once these implants are fused, a fixed denture or permanent bridge (porcelain fused to metal or zirconium is recommended) is placed and attached to the implants, providing the patient with a full arch of beautiful, new, functional teeth.After the All on 4 dental implants procedure is complete, very little specialized care is needed. The fixed denture is firmly attached, and your new teeth can be brushed as if they were natural teeth. Your new implant-based solution works and looks like natural teeth, too. So, you’ll be able to smile, laugh and eat with comfort. Everyone will be amazed at how beautiful your new teeth will look. The best part is that they will look and even feel like natural teeth to you.The All on 4 procedure is terribly expensive in the United States, forcing many people to seek inferior solutions like removable bridges or acrylic dentures. Many patients cannot afford any care at all, and so they simply do their best to get along with teeth, restricting their social lives and the kinds of food that they can eat. Not being able to enjoy food is no way to live.That’s why more and more U.S citizens (and even some Canadians!) are traveling to Costa Rica (which is ranked higher in quality and with better prices than Mexico), where they can get affordable All on 4 dental implant procedures, and other dental procedures like crowns, veneers, root canals and full mouth restorations at prices that are often 50-70% percent less than in the United States.If you have a few minutes, check out this video about All on 4 Dental Implants in Costa Rica, to see what happens during an All on 4 procedure.If you’re in the market for an All on 4 or want to learn more about the procedure, it’s helpful to note that  Costa Rica Dental Guide and Global Clinic Rating rank Goodness Dental as the #1 dental clinic in Costa Rica for All on 4, All on 6 and All on 8 dental implant solutions.As the CEO of this clinic, I’m proud of our accomplishment and look forward welcoming you to our stunning, state-of-the-art dental clinic facilities in Escazú, an upscale and safe suburb of the capital city of San José, Costa Rica.You can also call Goodness Dental toll free at 866-406-2744 to speak with one of our team members about your dental care needs.last_img read more

PlanslesOuates Switzerland – Reported by Elite

first_imgPlans-les-Ouates, Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineThe elegant Dimier collection from Bovet was introduced a few years ago and became an instant classic. New to the collection, the Recital 8 combines all the exceptional design and horological advances of the collection into a single superb timepiece.The watch’s unique tourbillon heart, based on two three-quarter plates and grandly suspended on the bottom of the face with a long, extended bridge, reflects a 19th-century aesthetic, but make no mistake, the “floating” feel of the indicators makes it eminently modern. Two time zones are displayed simultaneously, and the second time zone dial includes a day/night indicator and links with a 24-city disk to cover all global time zones.Accented with white mother-of-pearl contrasting with a circular anthracite Côtes de Genève movement decoration, the 48mm Recital 8 is as sharp as it is fascinating ($240,000 in red gold; $252,000 in white gold).www.bovet.comlast_img read more

New programme will teach students how to manage money

first_imgSecondary school students will be taught personal finance lessons through a programme kicking off next year.The programme promoting financial literacy will be funded by the Hellenic Bank with the cooperation of the education ministry.Secondary school students will learn about personal budget management and responsible consumer and savings behaviour, as well as the time value of money.The Hellenic Bank will be working with the assistant professor of finance at the Technological University of Cyprus (Tepak), Dr Panayiotis Andreou, who, in collaboration with Durham University, conducted research regarding the financial knowledge and skills of 881 Cypriot university students.Andreou’s findings revealed that only 37 per cent of the students surveyed could be considered financially literate individuals.Low levels of financial understanding can have a large impact on the daily lives of students, as lack of financial knowledge is a decisive factor in the accumulation of credit debt.“The results of the survey clearly show the need for immediate planning by the government and the adoption of appropriate financial education, for high school students at least, with the introduction of a basic course in personal finance for students in all study areas,” Andreou said.Findings from a Standard & Poor’s survey (Global Financial Literacy) in 2014 show that among people aged between 15 and 34 in 140 countries, Cyprus seems to be way below the financial literacy rates of other European countries such as Denmark, Finland, Estonia, the Netherlands, the UK, Belgium and others.The survey also suggests that this lack of basic financial knowledge may have contributed to the exacerbation of the problems faced in Cyprus’ financial sector in 2013.“It is an unescapable fact that adequate knowledge of economic concepts and the ability to use them is a cornerstone in making sound decisions that are directly linked to the financial well-being of active citizens and in their protection,” Andreou said. You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Cyprus ready and willing to be safe transfer hub in Middle East

first_imgThe government is willing and ready to assume the responsibility to create a safe transfer hub in the complex region of the Middle East, Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides said on Thursday.Addressing the final phase of the multinational exercise Argonaut/ESTIA at Larnaca port, Christodoulides said: “Cyprus, due to its geographical position, has an important role to play as a safe transfer hub,” he said. “The government… is willing and ready to assume this responsibility to secure the interests of our close partners and for the benefit of the international community.”Christodoulides said the two-day table-top exercise, coordinating the procedures of the National Plan ESTIA and of the Non-Combatant Evacuation Operations Coordination Group (also known as NEO), which presently comprises 19 member nations, plus the EEAS, aimed to test and improve preparedness in a non-crisis environment.He also recalled that 13 years ago, Cyprus was used for the first time as a “safe haven” for an evacuation operation of civilians during the Lebanon crisis of 2006, adding that while there was no actual contingency plan at that time, the Republic’s services responded in a timely and effective way to tackle the influx of nearly 60,000 civilian evacuees, gaining the trust and appreciation of international partners.“We believe that contingency planning is not supposed to remain in dark drawers. It must be scrutinised and further improved through drills and joint brainstorming,” he said, adding that this was the prime purpose of the Argonaut exercise; to test, assess and improve existing action plans in order to be ready for a real emergency. Being fully prepared is half the way to a successful operation, which at times of crisis, can save human lives and alleviate the pain for those suffering, Christodoulides said.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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