Sir Ivan Releases New Version Of Imagine To Help Victims Of PTSD

first_imgSinger, songwriter and philanthropist Sir Ivan, also known as Peaceman, has released a new (EDM) electronic dance music version of John Lennon’s “Imagine”.The song is co-produced by Grammy Award winner Omar Akram and legendary music arranger Peter Rafelson. It is the first single released off SIR IVAN’s new 10 song album called “Peaceman Shines”. Each of the 10 songs, created by 10 different producers, are all well-known anti-war and peace songs from the 60s and early 70s, except for two original songs, co-written by Sir Ivan, that share the same theme.Sir Ivan stated, “In light of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, and to pay respect to John Lennon, who passed away 35 years ago, on December 8th 1980, it is an appropriate time for a new generation to listen to Lennon’s optimistic lyrics, which offer hope to all people on the planet and a formula for world peace.”This is not the first time SIR IVAN has released a new version of “Imagine,” He did so on September 4th, 2001, exactly one week before September 11th, when he launched his music career and became the first recording artist in history to turn any slow ballad of the Beatles or John Lennon into an up tempo dance record. Personally signed to the Tommy Boy Label by its owner, Tom Silverman, SIR IVAN’s revolutionary fast paced version of “Imagine” became an instant top 40 hit on the Billboard Dance Chart. This proved that even thirty years after the original was released by John Lennon in 1971, the lyrics of “Imagine” were just as relevant to a whole new generation. Now, 15 years after SIR IVAN’s 2001 release, because the planet still has not learned to live in peace, SIR IVAN is once again giving the world an opportunity to come together as one while raising money for a good cause.In 2005, Sir Ivan, son of Auschwitz survivor Siggi B. Wilzig, created The Peaceman Foundation, a charity that donates funds to other non-profit organizations that help people suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a debilitating mental condition that often results from exposure to severe acts of violence, such as brutal attacks against members of the LGBT community, atrocities of war and terrorism. Sir Ivan has seen firsthand what survivors go through. His own father suffered from classic PTSD symptoms; severe headaches, flashbacks, nightmares and depression, as a result of brutal beatings in the concentration camps and the deaths of 59 members of his family during the Holocaust. All of Sir Ivan’s recording artist royalties from the single “Imagine” and the album “Peaceman Shines” will be donated to The Peaceman Foundation to battle PTSD. Both are available on iTunes, Amazon MP3, Beatport Pro and many other top digital music stores. Physical CDs can be purchased at CD Baby.Find out more here.last_img read more

DGS Astro Paving Block Party Saturday September 7th 2019

first_imgTo view the FB Event page; CLICK HERE  With many things to see and do there is something for everyone.Street Performers brought to you by United RentalsTianna the TravellerNikola SmithThe Snow CircusLocal Entertainment; CLICK HERE to view the list.Adam WinnMystik BorealisFort St. John Highland DanceBhangra DancersThe Stages The City of Fort St. Stage The Burger King StageThere will also be the Central Mountain Air Kidzone, the Doig River First Nation Arts Market, Art Market and Food Vendors.To view the website; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The 2019 DGS Astro Paving Block Party is Saturday, September 7th, 2019 from 11 am to 5 pm on 100th Street.This free family-friendly block party takes place along three city blocks downtown Fort St. John.last_img read more

UNICEF goodwill ambassador Lang Lang praises Tanzanias fight to stop malaria

“The Tanzanian people have shown me that the long-term solution to malaria lies where the problem is most keenly felt – at community level,” the 21-year-old Lang Lang said during a four-day tour of the country with UNICEF, his first since being appointed in May as the youngest representative of the UN agency.”But communities need the support of their national governments, and international donors to give them vital tools to fight this disease. We have to fortify our partnerships against malaria to guarantee a better future for children,” he added.According to UNICEF, malaria is responsible for a quarter of all child deaths worldwide, preventable by means that are simple, effective and available. Insecticide-treated mosquito nets can reduce deaths by at least 20 per cent and the newest anti-malarial drug is almost 100 per cent effective against the disease.In Rundugai village, located in the shadows of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Lang Lang was able to participate in a village health day. As he awarded prizes of insecticide treated nets to mothers and children who have maintained excellent health records, he was brought face to face with the communities’ success stories in the fight against malaria.”These communities fear malaria as the biggest killer of young children in Africa,” he said. “But they have proved that with innovative and community based interventions, deaths can be lowered significantly.”One such intervention is the voucher scheme, which allows pregnant women and young mothers to buy affordable insecticide treated nets through a subsidy system. This system has proven to be an effective tool in the management of malaria at the community level, providing prompt and effective management of the illness for young children. read more

Prosecutors state genocide case against former Rwandan army officer at UN court

Deputy Prosecutor Bongani Majola told three judges of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), which sits in Arusha, Tanzania, that Lt.-Col. Aloys Simba, helped plan, order and carry out the massacre of thousands of Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus in two provinces in southern Rwanda.Mr. Majola said that even though the 61-year-old suspect had retired from the army in 1988, he acted in 1994 as if he was still in office, wearing military uniform, riding in military vehicles and using his influence and prestige as a former lawmaker in the Rwandan parliament and wealthy citizen in one of his country’s poorest areas.The notorious Interahamwe militias, communal police and civilians who participated in the massacres in Gikongoro and Butare prefectures that year all fell under his authority, according to Mr. Majola.The prosecution also alleges Mr. Simba held influence because of his friendship with President Juvenal Habyarimana, whose death in a still unexplained plane crash on 6 April set off almost three months of brutal massacres.Mr. Majola added that Mr. Simba personally shot and killed unarmed Tutsi civilians who were trying to flee from the killers, and appeared at massacre sites to re-supply local militias with fresh weapons.Before and during the killings Mr. Simba is further alleged to have told Tutsis to flee the country and made clear his desire to wipe out the Tutsi population at public rallies and meetings.Mr. Simba, who was arrested in November 2001 in Senegal, has pleaded not guilty to charges of genocide, complicity in genocide, and two crimes against humanity: extermination and murder.Estimates vary but as many as 800,000 people, nearly entirely Tutsis and moderate Hutus, were murdered in Rwanda between April and June 1994. read more

Canadian dollar climbs modestly as mining stocks weigh on Toronto stock index

by David Hodges, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 13, 2017 9:37 am MDT Last Updated Jul 13, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Toronto’s main stock index was relatively flat Thursday as the Canadian dollar climbed modestly following sharp currency market movements the day before.The loonie was trading at an average price of 78.47 cents US, up 0.31 of a U.S. cent, after it soared nearly a full cent Wednesday in the wake of the Bank of Canada’s decision to raise its key interest rate for the first time in nearly seven years.That movement came as the S&P/TSX composite index slipped 8.99 points to 15,135.00, with mining stocks leading decliners.“The big story today is that currency markets have taken a pause after the big rally we saw with the loonie yesterday,” said Todd Mattina, chief economist and strategist at Mackenzie Investments.“They’re taking a breather and I think they’re also digesting the bank’s outlook.”Although the markets had been anticipating a rate increase from the central bank on Wednesday, it was not expecting Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz to express so much confidence about the move.“The bank’s optimistic growth forecast really fuelled some speculation that another rate hike was in the pipeline later this year,” said Mattina.“Markets are pricing in over a 70 per cent chance of a second rate hike by December.”South of the border, investors had their eye on Washington, where Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen was testifying before Congress for the second day. On Wednesday, she raised the possibility that the Fed would consider slowing the pace of its interest rate increases if inflation remained persistently below its target level — remarks that set off a broad market rally the day before.But on Thursday, Yellen appeared to modify her comments, testifying that she saw the “risk on inflation as being two-sided,” stressing that price gains could both accelerate or slow down.“The interesting thing about Janet Yellen’s testimony is that she backtracked somewhat from the strong view that was in the Fed’s last policy statement — that underlying inflationary pressure was building,” said Mattina.“Now we’re seeing more uncertainty in Janet Yellen’s outlook.”In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 20.95 points to 21,553.09, a record high. The S&P 500 index inched up 4.58 points to 2,447.83 and the Nasdaq composite index rose 13.27 points to 6,274.44.In commodities, the August crude contract was up 59 cents to US$46.08 per barrel and the August natural gas contract was down two cents at US$2.96 per mmBTU.The August gold contract fell US$1.80 to US$1,217.30 an ounce and the September copper contract declined two cents at US$2.66 a pound.– With files from The Associated PressFollow @DaveHTO on Twitter. Canadian dollar climbs modestly as mining stocks weigh on Toronto stock index read more

Yemen UN envoy calls on Security Council to support efforts towards cessation

“The parties are divided over whether a new round of talks should be convened with or without a new cessation of hostilities,” said Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy, in a briefing to the 15-nation body. “I have not, unfortunately, received sufficient assurances that a new cessation of hostilities, should I call for one, would be respected.”As the Secretary General has stated repeatedly, there is no military solution to this conflict, he said, stressing that a recommitment to a cessation of hostilities is the practical expression of this truth as it leads to a permanent ceasefire. He then urged the Council to support this step and promptly take action towards its implementation.His briefing comes two months after the warring parties met in Switzerland, for the first face-to-face talks of the peace process. Those talks produced agreements on several measures and provided much-needed practical and moral support to the Yemeni people, including the delivery of humanitarian aid to the city of Taiz and the release of some prisoners.Recalling that the announcement of a cessation of hostilities on the first day of the talks was accompanied by the creation of a De-escalation and Coordination Committee, he noted that the talks have served as the beginning of a process toward ending the war, and the parties left the negotiation table in a positive spirit, with practical proposals, recommendations and hope for a better future for Yemen and the Yemeni people. Tragically, the security situation in Yemen has deteriorated since the end of the talks, he said, citing the latest UN reports that more than 6,000 Yemenis have lost their lives since March 2015, and more than 35,000 have been injured.“Many parts of Yemen are again witnessing airstrikes and extensive ground fighting,” Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed said, pointing to a significant increase in the number of missiles fired indiscriminately into Saudi Arabia, a notable upsurge in the number and magnitude of attacks carried out by terrorist groups in Aden, Lahej, Abyan, Shabwa and Sana’a.“The list goes on,” he said, with attacks on Yemeni Army checkpoints and residences of key security officials, the assassination of prominent political and security officials in the South of the country, and the 28 January attack on the Presidential Palace in Aden, which resulted in the death of eight people including civilian bystanders. Earlier today, a suicide bomber attacked a Yemeni army camp in Aden, reportedly killing at least ten people, said Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed.Al Qaeda and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are present in many parts of Yemeni territory, he said, adding that there are reports of their growing influence in large areas of the governorate of Hadramout and their control of its port, maritime traffic, and illegal oil trade. “A new cessation of hostilities will open the way of new talks and agreements on Yemen’s return to a peaceful and orderly transition,” he said.On Tuesday, the Security Council heard a briefing by Stephen O’Brien, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, who called for an end to the “humanitarian catastrophe” unfolding in Yemen.Separately today, Adama Dieng, Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide and Jennifer Welsh, Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, issued a joint statement expressing concern at the heavy toll on civilians of the conflict in Yemen.The two Special Advisers noted that one year after the escalation of the conflict in Yemen, the world is witnessing the erosion of respect for international humanitarian and human rights law on a daily basis in the country. Civilians and civilian infrastructures continue to be targeted by all parties to the conflict, to the point that the attention of the international media has largely become saturated. “We call on the international community – and notably on the Security Council – to take action to end this unacceptable situation,” they said, underlining that serious abuses and violations of human rights law and of international humanitarian law by all sides and their allied forces have been extensively documented, including by the United Nations. Evidence gathered suggests that some of these violations may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.“We acknowledge that the parties have expressed regret at the number of civilian casualties and have committed to the principle of accountability,” the Special Advisers observed. “We now expect that commitments by the Yemeni authorities and by Saudi Arabia to conduct credible and independent investigations into all alleged violations and provide reparations to victims will be swiftly implemented,” they said. read more

Liverpool beats Burnley 31 to stay on Man Citys coat tails

Manchester City just cannot shrug off Liverpool in what is looking increasingly like a two-horse race for the Premier League title.Three days after scoring an injury-time winner in the local derby against Everton, Liverpool came from behind to beat Burnley 3-1 and move back to within two points of the defending champions.Fewer and fewer sides look capable of keeping touch with the unbeaten top two.Chelsea lost for the second time in three matches, squandering an early lead in a surprise 2-1 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers.That allowed Tottenham to climb into third place — six points behind Liverpool — after a 3-1 win over Southampton.Manchester United dropped Paul Pogba and was held to a 2-2 draw with Arsenal in a bruising match at Old Trafford.After 15 games, United is already 18 points behind City.The other two matches finished in 1-1 draws between Fulham and Leicester, and Everton and Newcastle.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports___Steve Douglas is at www.twitter.com/sdouglas80Steve Douglas, The Associated Press read more

Serena Williams Wins Madrid Open for 50th Career Title

Serena Williams proved why she is the world’s No. 1 female tennis player on Sunday by defeating Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-4 in the finals of the Madrid Open, capturing her 50th career title.“It feels good,” Williams told reporters after the match about securing her 50th title. “I don’t know how many more I can. Who knows if I will even another title? I just want to live the dream. Hopefully, I can keep it going.”Entering Sunday’s match, Williams was 12-2 against Sharapova. The only two losses came in 2004, but Williams took control of the game from the beginning to assure that there would not be a third loss to the second-ranked Sharapova.The 31-year-old Williams was able to capitalize on Sharapova’s inability to control her serve. The Russian committed five double faults in her first three service games, which allowed Williams to strike several winning shots before the end of the first set.“I started the match really slow and against an opponent like her you can’t give her that,” Sharapova said. “I wasn’t reacting well. I wasn’t moving well. Not only the double fault I made, I didn’t have a lot of great first serves in. She was really stepping up.”Sharapova appeared to be settling into the game by the second set. She earned and converted her first break point, which allowed her to open the second set with a 3-1 lead.However, her inconsistent serve proved to be pivotal, causing her to double fault and cede back her break after Williams had set up three break points.Williams was able to close out Sharapova after she recorded her eighth and final double fault, which improved her record to 13-2 against the Russian.Had Sharapova defeated Williams, she would have earned the No. 1 spot, but for now Williams will retain that coveted ranking. But they could meet again at the end of this month during the French Open, competing in the finals and the No. 1 ranking. read more

Trio of Ohio State football players join track and field team

OSU then-junior H-back Dontre Wilson (2) runs with the ball during a game against Indiana in Bloomington, Indiana. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorFor three Ohio State football players, a new layer has been added to their offseason training programs.H-back Dontre Wilson, wide receiver James Clark and defensive tackle Robert Landers are going to be wearing scarlet and gray as multisport athletes, as the OSU track and field team announced on Tuesday that the trio would be joining the team for the 2016 season.“We’re excited to have our football players join the track and field program,” said OSU director of track and field Karen Dennis in a press release.All three of the athletes competed in track and field in high school, giving the team hope that they can immediately step up as contributors while balancing their spring football practices.“We realize the indoor season is short, and these men have a major responsibility to football. However, they are all talented athletes that may help us in the throwing and sprint events,” Dennis said in the release. “They have some work to do to get their ‘track legs’ back, but work is something they are very familiar with.”Wilson played in nine games in 2015 while dealing with a foot injury, managing seven catches for 63 yards. Considered one of the fastest players on the OSU football roster, Wilson ran track in his first three years at DeSoto High School in DeSoto, Texas. He is listed on the roster as a sprinter.Also listed as a sprinter is Clark, who was one of the faster short-distance runners in Florida while in high school in New Smyrna Beach.Clark placed in fifth place in the 100-meter dash and sixth in the 200-meter dash in the 2012 Florida Outdoor Championships, recording a personal-best 100-meter time of 10.43 seconds.He did not record any receptions last season, but was a contributor on special teams.While Wilson and Clark make their presences felt with their legs, the third Buckeye to join the track and field team, Landers, does his damage with his upper body.The 290-pound freshman did not see the field during his first year playing football in Columbus, but he brings a stellar track record to his new team.At Huber Heights High School, Landers was the Ohio Division I state champion in shot put in 2014 and finished fifth the following year. He also competed in hammer throw, discus and weight throw.“I appreciate coach Meyer and his staff working Landers, Wilson and Clark into our training schedule in an effort to strengthen our men’s program,” Dennis said.For the OSU track and field team, the season is already underway, as the Buckeyes already have three meets under their belts. They are set to continue their schedule in Birmingham, Alabama, on Friday in the Power 5 Conference Clash. read more

Number of adults using ecigarettes rises 70 per cent in two years

The statistics from NHS Digital show 14.7 per cent of UK adults are smokers. Just over half of those vaping said it was to help them quit smoking. Adults aged 35 to 49 were most likely to use e-cigarettes (8.1 per cent), while adults aged 60 and over were the least likely (4.1 per cent). The number of adults vaping has risen by 70 per cent in just two years, with one in four children trying e-cigarettes, official data shows. The NHS data shows the number of adults and children smoking has dropped to a record low, while vaping is on the rise. In total, 6.3 per cent of adults are current users of e-cigarettes, the figures for 2016 show – up from 3.7 per cent in 2014.  And 25 per cent of children aged between 11 and 15 have tried e-cigarettes – a rise from 22 per cent in two years.Public Health England said vaping is now the most popular and effective way for smokers to quit.Chief executive Duncan Selbie said: “This is really positive news in the battle against the nation’s biggest killer. Smoking in England is in terminal decline, with the lowest number of smokers ever and a smoke-free generation now in sight.”The figures, for 2016, show just six per cent of school pupils aged between 11 and 15 reported they were current smokers, down from 22 per cent in 1996. 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. Martin Dockrell, PHE’s tobacco control lead, said: “Vaping remains the most popular way for smokers to quit and already this year several major studies have found that it is twice as effective as nicotine replacement therapy. So it’s unsurprising that more smokers are using e-cigarettes to quit and stay quit.“This data shows that vaping in England remains a route out of smoking, with quitting tobacco the most common reason for adult e-cigarette use. While not completely risk free, there is now a strong international consensus that vaping is far less harmful than smoking.” read more

Heres What Happened Today Thursday

first_imgThe inquest into the death of pregnant woman Malak Thawley returned a verdict of medical misadventure.The government had admitted that its aim of getting all homeless families out of hotels by July will not be achieved.Closing statements continued in the Jobstown trial, with the court hearing that a “peaceful protester” could be facing a life sentence if found guilty.A man who sexually assaulted a comatose woman is to be sent to jail following an appeal of an “unduly lenient” sentence.Leo Varadkar’s government lost its first Dáil vote since he became Taoiseach.The ESRI has warned that a hard Brexit could hit Ireland’s budget to the tune of €500 million over three years.The advertising watchdog has handled its first complaint about a Snapchat influencer.Water supplies are running low in many areas of the country due to dry weather.Ireland is becoming more reliant on foreign-trained doctors, as more continue to emigrate.TheJournal.ie was named the most-read news site in Ireland, and five reporters won plaudits at the Justice Media Awards.INTERNATIONAL Thursday 22 Jun 2017, 9:00 PM By Sean Murray 3 Comments 18,020 Views Jun 22nd 2017, 9:00 PM https://jrnl.ie/3458977 Share1 Tweet Email1 center_img NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Ella Weldon (9) at the launch of the new Cancer Fund for Children on Leeson Street today. Source: Julien Behal Short URL Get our daily news round up: Here’s What Happened Today: Thursday Inquest returns medical misadventure verdict in death of pregnant teacher and closing statements continue in Jobstown trial. A protester removed from a sit-in at the office of a US senator over controversial healthcare reforms. Source: Jacquelyn Martin AP/Press Association Images#AFTER ALL THAT: President Donald Trump has said he does not have tapes of that secret meeting with James Comey.#GRENFELL TOWER: Seven residential high rise buildings in four UK local authority areas are covered in the kind of combustible cladding found on Grenfell Tower.#REBECCA BURGER: An Instagram fitness star was killed by an exploding whipped cream cannister.PARTING SHOTFidget Spinners may have been the must-have toy of the moment for children in Ireland, but parents in China are worried about the latest craze sweeping the Far East.Toothpick Crossbows – you’re reading that right – are becoming a very popular toy in China, reports the Guardian.The miniature handheld crossbows can fire needles and nails and parents are worried that children could seriously hurt themselves and others with the devices. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Golf Tournament and Gala At Del Mar Country Club raises 15M for

first_imgGolf Tournament and Gala At Del Mar Country Club raises $1.5M for Navy SEALs DEL MAR (KUSI) – The eight-annual Del Mar Country Club Golf Tournament and Dinner Gala raised $1.5 million to assist Navy SEALs and their families through the SOF Support Foundation, the event organizers announced Thursday.Former 60 Minutes reporter and long-time war correspondent Lara Logan and retired Navy Vice Admiral David Buss served as the gala’s keynote speakers on Saturday.The event included an 18-hole golf scramble at the Del Mar Country Club followed by a dinner gala and live and silent auctions, which featured a trip to New York City with U.S. Open Tennis Tournament tickets included and dinner for 10 with retired NFL defensive lineman Michael Strahan at the Pamplemousse Grille among other prizes.“Thanks to the selfless generosity of our loyal supporters … we’re going to be able to further expand our mental-health and family-counseling programs for the men and women who defend our country and so badly need it,” said SOF Support Foundation vice chairperson Dominique Plewes.The golf tournament and gala were co-hosted by Plewes, Madeleine Pickens, Geniya and Doug Manchester and Jenny Craig.Event sponsors included American Airlines, Konica-Minolta, the Burr Family Foundation, Michael and Victoria Fitzpatrick and Debby and Hal Jacobs.“San Diego is an incredible city and to see everyone rally together to raise so much money for our servicemen and women is amazing to see,” Pickens said.Prior to this year’s tournament, former war correspondent and the tournament’s keynote speaker, Lara Logan, told us all about the event. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsRELATED STORIES: Del Mar Country Club holds Golf Tournaments to benefit Navy SEALs Posted: April 4, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, center_img April 4, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Police detain Miami Gardens man with possible detonating device

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami-Dade and Miami Gardens police have detained a man who allegedly made threats that he was in possession of a detonating device.According to police, the man made a threat to police that he had a device that could trigger an explosion, Friday morning.Officials had to shutdown traffic in Miami Gardens at 183rd Street from Sixth Avenue all the way to Northeast Second Avenue.The east and westbound directions of travel on this roadway were closed as the investigation continued, but the road has since reopened.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Snapchat and Jeff Koons Turn AR into ART

first_img Snapchat, it’s not just for teen sex anymore. The road’s been hard but Snap Inc. has invested heavily in turning their super popular but super ephemeral messaging service into a modern tech institution. So put on your Snapchat Spectacles and take a look at the company’s newest initiative: augmented reality collaborations with artist Jeff Koons.The announcement is still technically unofficial, but the clues are all pretty obvious. If you go to art.snapchat.com there’s a mysterious clock ticking down to Snap CEO Evan Spiegel’s talk at Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit. What could Spiegel be talking about? Well if you set your computer clock one day into the future (or 8,640 10-second snaps) the page will then display famous Koons artwork like the $58 million metal statue “Balloon Dog” as well as the phrase “Artwork All Around You.”AdChoices广告We’re going to guess “Artwork All Around You” means you’ll be able to use Snapchat to view virtual Koons art in the real-world à la Pokemon Go. Apple and Google are flocking to AR but Snapchat is already a big player in the space with its iconic selfie filters and reality-distorting “world lenses.” So it makes sense they’d want to sure up their dominance.Meanwhile, Koons himself is a self-avowed Snapchat fan, using the app to brag about his huge paydays. Plus Koons’ love of pop culture and making art of the mundane seems like a perfect with Snapchat’s overall role in society right now. This AR app would also most likely have geo-location features, meaning certain art would only appear in certain location allowing them to still maintain the rarity and allure of physical art.Again, none of this is officially official yet. It’s a leak. We’ll be able to confirm what Snapchat’s clock is really ticking down to until later today. But it’s ticking down to this Jeff Koons Snapchat AR art project.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Snapchat’s New Snap Spectacles Will Have Two Cameras, Cost $350Snapchat Launches New Original Programming, Multiplayer Games last_img read more

How to wear florals for different occasions

first_imgFloral fashion is never out of trend, but it helps to know how to get it right and not go overboard.Fashion experts have shared tips that can help you style your floral outfits for different occasions to add spark to your look:-Florals for workwear: Floral print mostly in dresses is on the top of this season’s trend alert. One can easily incorporate some florals in the workwear wardrobe. Go for minimal silhouettes and elegant prints. You can style a nice muted floral sheath dress with a leather belt, a longline blazer and a nice pair of black heels. A floral shirt with a solid skirt would also be a great hit at your workplace. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf-Florals for evening looks: People often connect florals with a breezy morning brunch or a sunny afternoon stroll but it could be a nice evening wear option too. All you have to do is to go for a floral print over a rich fabric like silk, satin or organza. You can also go for a quite elaborate silhouette and can finish the look with a statement pair of earrings and nice contrasting pumps.-Florals for fall: Fall season rings the bells for winters but it doesn’t mean that you can’t wear floral dresses in fall. For fall, one should opt for some earthy florals over chirpy ones. You can incorporate colours like slightly rustic shade of orange; go for floral printed mustards or a shade of lavender. You can style your floral skirts with tinted full sleeve blouses and you can wear your floral dresses as a layer over a basic t-shirt or shirt and can complete the look with a nice pair of boots and some chunky accessorizing would do magic to the whole ensemble. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive-Florals for casual getaways: A floral print short dress can be a very sophisticated and playful choice. A go-to option for casual getaways the colours of the dress can be anything from vibrant to bright or neutral. A solid black dress or anything in a darker hue is usually better suited for the cold weather. Boots and scarves can be matched to give a complete winter vibe to your outfit. Long floral shrugs are also great add-ons for a chic and breezy look in the fall season. -Florals for a picnic: The year is not complete without at least one meal eaten alfresco in the park or by the beach. Also, because the ambience and scenery around are just begging to be Instagrammed, you’re going to want to wear the right picnic outfit. Find something that keeps you comfortable like a nice floral blouse paired with comfortable linen pants. A floral dress paired with a solid scarf also makes for a great outfit choice! You can also choose long floral shrugs instead and as they add a rich look to any dress.last_img read more

IEML reelects Chairman for the third time

first_imgAt the 86th Board of Directors meeting of India Exposition Mart Limited (IEML), Rakesh Kumar has been unanimously re-elected as Chairman for third consecutive term on November 2. On the occasion, the entire Board of IEML appreciated the milestones achieved by Rakesh Kumar during his previous tenure and further welcomed him for the third consecutive term. And,rakesh Kumar thanked the Board for showing continuous trust and confidence in him.He has served in various professional associations in the field of exhibitions and convention sector and also handicrafts exports. He is also the Executive Director of the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH]. Not only this, Rakesh has also been the President of Indian Exhibition Industry Association [IEIA] and is also on the Board of various National and International Associations. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDuring his past tenure of four years, he did commendable work not only for IEML but for the society of Gautam Budh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh. Through his vast vision, he commissioned 3MW solar rooftop project which is not only beneficial for IEML but as well for the society. To expand and cater the needs of major Exhibition Organisations of the Asia and World, Six additional halls have been built and also hard standing of 140000 SQM have been built during his tenure only.Beside above, IEML is also going to unveil the hotel project for the Exporters and Exhibitors of the IEML. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveKnown for his new ideas and innovative thoughts and by working on his own innovated ideas, Kumar launched the India International Hospitality Show [IHE] and also various new shows in collaboration with other organisation like Mega Trade Fair, Escalator and Elevator Expo, among others. During his tenure only, IEML succeeded to host IHGF-Delhi Fair duly declared as world’s largest handicrafts fair by Limca Book of World records and other biggest shows of Asia like Auto Expo, ELECRAMA, GES, Re-Invest Submit, COP-7 etc. In the field Social Welfare, Kumar is working very hard for upliftment of education in Government schools at preliminary level through primary school and mobile education van and also providing sanitation facilities at School level for boys and girls. This year, Rakesh Kumar has been felicitated with MICE Person of the year award by TRAVTOUR MICE and International Hospitality and Travel Award 2018. During his tenure IEML has been honoured as Best MICE Venue.last_img read more

Australian airport strikes expected next week

first_imgTags: Australia, Travel Alert Posted by Wednesday, August 3, 2016 SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — International air passengers are being warned of potential disruption and delays when union members in Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection go on strike for 24 hours on Aug. 12.Staff including Border Force officers will walk off the job from midnight on Aug. 12 at international airports, ports and other sites around the country. Additionally, quarantine and biosecurity staff at airports will also strike for a one-hour stop-work meeting on that day.Departing and arriving passengers on international flights are advised to allow for extra time and be prepared for possible delays during the industrial action.A release from the Community & Public Sector Union states:“We have written to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull seeking an urgent meeting to resolve his Government’s public sector bargaining mess. We’re also preparing to take action in the Fair Work Commission around the Government’s lack of good faith in bargaining and resume our successful community campaigning to hold MPs and Senators to account.”More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?“Prime Minister Turnbull can avert future strike action, including the prospect of broader industrial action across the Commonwealth public sector, by working with us to fix this mess. All these workers want is to hang onto their existing workplace rights, particularly family-friendly conditions and a fair wage outcome given their wages have been frozen for the past three years.” Travelweek Group center_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Australian airport strikes expected next weeklast_img read more

High court ruling offers chance to alter health law debate

first_imgIn this photo taken Nov. 10, 2014, Neera Tanden, president of Center for American Progress, speaks in Newark, N.J. The nation has an opportunity to finally change the subject on health care now that the Supreme Court has again upheld President Barack Obama’s law. There’s no shortage of pressing issues besides “Obamacare,” including prescription drug prices, high insurance deductibles and long-term care. But moving on will take time. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Look for these changes to continue at full speed, aided by the spread of computerized medical records and increasingly sophisticated data analysis.There could be a downside, says Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn. “You’re getting hospitals merging, and they are becoming mega-operations,” she said. “Small doctors’ groups feel like they are just being swallowed up.”___CONTROLLING COSTSWhen all is said and done, the U.S. still spends too much for health care. After a lull the last few years, spending is expected to pick up again. The government has its fingers in practically every pot, with a jumble of laws and regulations that create conflicting incentives, said economist Eugene Steuerle of the Urban Institute, a nonpartisan public policy center.“We’ve got multiple and largely uncoordinated subsidies and rules,” said Steuerle. “On the cost side, what I see is more and more efforts to put budget constraints on the system.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Comments   Share   Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Also, it’s difficult to start new conversations when political divisions are so raw, and there’s a big disconnect between what people perceive as problems and the priorities of policymakers, business and the health care industry.Democrats say a change in focus is long overdue.“I do think the energy has already shifted,” said Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, a think tank often aligned with the White House. “It would be great if the health care conversation moves to where people are, not relitigating these insurance issues.”Wishful thinking, say Republicans.“The politics of this has gotten so unpleasant that we’re locked into ‘repeal-and-replace’ for the next year and a half,” said lobbyist Tom Scully, who ran Medicare in President George W. Bush’s administration. “It may not be great for America, but that’s the reality.”Scully says Republicans may be able to make substantial changes but not repeal Obama’s law entirely.What would a different health care conversation sound like? Some possibilities:___PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICESNearly three-quarters of the general public see prescription drug costs as unreasonable, according to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey. That concern seems to be driven by new breakthrough drugs that can cost $100,000 a year and even more. Last year it was Sovaldi, a cure for liver-wasting hepatitis C infection. Next it could be skin cancer drugs in the approval pipeline. Yet covering the remaining uninsured will be a challenge. Much depends on some 20 states — mainly GOP-led — that have not accepted the health care law’s Medicaid expansion. The ruling may budge a couple, but probably not Texas, the biggest prize.“The people who are going without coverage in states whose leaders are denying them a chance to get Medicaid are pawns in a political game,” said former California Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman, one of the main authors of the health law.___LONG-TERM CAREEconomist Gail Wilensky, an adviser to Republicans, says the patchwork system for caring for frail older people and the disabled “is an issue that isn’t going away.” She’s involved with an informal discussion group that spans the political spectrum, looking for long-term care ideas that might find support. It could take years.“I don’t see any stomach for taking on these issues post-King v. Burwell,” she said, referring to the name of the Supreme Court case decided last week. “People are going to need time.”___PAYING FOR QUALITY AND EFFICIENCYRevamping the way hospitals and doctors are paid for their services is the top issue for employers, insurers and government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. Everyone wants to get away from compensating providers on a piecemeal basis for the sheer volume of services. But defining what constitutes quality care turns out to be not so easy, and it’s unclear whether the new approaches will produce significant savings. Quick workouts for men WASHINGTON (AP) — The country finally has an opportunity to change the subject on health care, after the Supreme Court again upheld President Barack Obama’s law.There’s no shortage of pressing issues, including prescription drug prices, high insurance deductibles and long-term care.But moving on will take time, partly because many Republicans want another chance to repeal the Affordable Care Act if they win the White House and both chambers of Congress next year. Economist Len Nichols of George Mason University in Virginia says the cost of new medications is “unsustainable,” but government price controls could stifle innovation.Most patients are not exposed to those excruciating cost pressures because the vast majority of prescriptions are for lower-priced generic drugs. Overall, only 1 in 5 people taking prescription drugs say it is difficult to afford their own medications, the same survey found.___HIGH INSURANCE COSTSThe value of a health insurance card is being eroded as employers and insurers impose higher deductibles, copayments and other cost-sharing on top of premiums.“When people ask me what is the No. 1 change I want to make in the Affordable Care Act, my answer is that it’s not affordable enough,” said John McDonough, a former Democratic Senate aide who helped steer the health law to passage. “Moving forward, one of the challenges is how we’re going to address this new world of cost sharing.”___GETTING EVERYONE COVEREDWhen the health care law passed, a little more than 80 percent of people under 65 — the age to qualify for Medicare — had health insurance. That share is now up to around 90 percent, largely the result of the law. The vital role family plays in societylast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Gondwana Game Reserve 

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterGondwana Game Reserve has added a new luxury lodge to its portfolio, Ulubisi House, named after the Black Harrier that hunts in the grasslands surrounding the private lodge. This creation is the most exclusive accommodation offering on the 11,000-hectare Big 5 reserve on South Africa’s Garden Route. Ulubisi House provides the ideal venue to reconnect with friends and family and to share an exciting safari adventure in the Western Cape’s leading private game reserve.With 180-degree views of grass plains dotted with game, fynbos-covered rolling hills and the Outeniqua mountain range, Ulubisi House is tucked away in the reserve’s 1000-hectare protected walking area for endangered species. Sleeping either six adults or four adults and four children, the property comes with a full complement of staff, including its own butler, chef and field guide. The timetable runs to guest’s guilt-free whim and they will instantly feel as though this is their second home. Ideal for friends or families seeking peaceful, quality time together, the privacy is only interrupted by the numerous wild visitors that drop in regularly for a drink from the swimming pool.Developer Mark Rutherfoord, skillfully incorporated the large scale, modern African structure made of stone, wood and thatch into the natural environment. There are three spacious bedroom suites and an enormous central living space with seating and dining areas overlooking an open grassy pan. A loft apartment is also available adjacent to the lodge for extra guests.Lynette Kuhn from local interior design firm Urban Jungle brought the vast spaces to life with an understated Afro-chic décor style: a mix of African artifacts and texture, with contemporary custom furniture. Local wood artisans Meyer von Wielligh created a unique design for every wood element in the house including the kitchens, closets, and gorgeous furniture statement pieces. The layout, style and décor of the house was all carefully selected by Gondwana’s owner Wendy Rutherfoord right down to the forks and knives and handmade, mouth blown glassware.Accessibility is key in making Gondwana an easy choice for Cape Town visitors and time-pressed travellers. An easy four hour drive on the N2 from Cape Town, Gondwana is just 30 minutes inland from the coast of Mossel Bay. For those wishing to fly, George Domestic Airport is only 45 minutes from the game reserve (transfers provided) with daily flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town International airports.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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