Oxford grad is youngest king

first_imgAn Oxford University graduate became the world’s youngest monarch on Thursday.King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, who – rather conveniently – studied politics and international relations while at Oxford, is newly-crowned king of the remote country of Bhutan at the age of only 28.The lavish ceremony took place in royal palace in the capital, Thimphu. Thousands of international dignitaries flocked to the occasion, including India’s President, Pratibha Patil, governing Congress party leader Sonia Gandhi and various Bollywood stars.last_img read more

David Bowie Posthumous Album, ‘The Mercury Demos’, Set For Release

first_imgA new posthumous David Bowie record, The Mercury Demos, is set for release on June 28th, 2019 via Parlophone. The 10-track effort will feature previously unreleased Bowie recordings.The Mercury Demos are 10 early recordings, captured live in one take to a Revox reel-to-reel tape machine in Bowie’s apartment in the spring of 1969, with accompaniment from John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson on guitar and vocals. Mercury Records A&R man Calvin Mark Lee requested the recording, who wanted the tracks to send to his boss Bob Reno. Both Calvin and Bob are referenced during the 41-minute recording, and the demos were key in securing Bowie’s recording deal with Mercury Records.A press release further describes the album, explaining, “The version of ‘Space Oddity’ from The Mercury Demos, originally released with edits on the Sound & Vision boxed set, is presented here in its true context for the first time. The other nine recordings on the album are all previously unreleased. In addition to the Bowie originals, the session also includes the Roger Bunn composition ‘Life Is a Circus’ (which features in an earlier demo version on the Clareville Grove Demos set) and the Lesley Duncan composition ‘Love Song,’ later recorded by Elton John for his Tumbleweed Connection album. Bowie’s own ‘Conversation Piece’ is announced as a new song and ‘Janine’ features a short, 19-second section sung to the melody of The Beatles’ ‘Hey Jude.’”The Mercury Demos set will come in a replica of the original tape box and will feature one vinyl LP, a print, and two photo contact sheets and sleeve notes by Mark Adams. The labels of the LP feature the same EMIDISC acetate styling as Spying Through A Keyhole and Clareville Grove Demos with the song titles in David’s own handwriting.The Mercury Demos Tracklist:Side 1Space OddityJanineAn Occasional DreamConversation PieceChing-a-LingI’m Not Quite (aka Letter To Hermione)Side 2Lover To The DawnLove SongWhen I’m FiveLife Is A CircusView Tracklistlast_img read more

Alumnus attends 382 consecutive home games

first_imgRegardless of traffic, weather or even the possibility of his children being born, for the past 382 consecutive home football games, Notre Dame alumnus Charles “Chuck” Falkenberg has been in the stands. Falkenberg began attending games with his father in 1939, said Martin Falkenberg ‘90, Falkenberg’s son. Charles eventually graduated from the University in 1952, and continued his streak through the years as seven out of his 10 children went on to attend Notre Dame. Now, 72 years after his first home game, four of Falkenberg’s grandchildren are at Notre Dame. Brian Falkenberg, a sophomore in Alumni Hall; Tommy Falkenberg, a sophomore in Stanford Hall; Rebecca Moriarty, a sophomore in McGlinn Hall; and Danny Falkenberg, a freshman in Knott Hall, all enjoy the tradition that has been part of their family their entire lives and admire their grandfather’s unwavering enthusiasm. The grandchildren all agreed that their memories, as well as their grandfather’s passion for the University, undoubtedly influenced their desire to come to Notre Dame. “I just have memories going back as far as I can really remember. I mean, just going tailgating with my family, stuff like that,” Danny said. Moriarty recalls attending her first game as a freshman with her cousins Tommy and Brian and how exciting it was to take a picture with them, her grandfather and all of their parents. Martin said he attributes two major reasons to Falkenberg’s passion and dedication: his love for the University and family. “Obviously the first reason is the love of the University,” Martin said. “But secondly, it was something he did with his father. My grandfather went with him every weekend until he passed away in 1972. Then my oldest sisters were old enough to go every weekend, so Notre Dame football was something that transcended the generations. Most of my family who have graduated [from Notre Dame] go back every week, and it’s something we can all do together. It’s a social activity — we all love Notre Dame football, and we love the University and everything it stands for. “You know, my father is a persistent guy. Whenever I introduce my father at football games, I always say he hasn’t missed a game since 1939, and most people are pretty amazed at that streak.” Falkenberg’s daughter, Grace Moriarty ’80, said that his streak was never a goal. “For him, it’s just a part of his life,” she said. “I don’t think it was ever intentional.” As for the countless obstacles Charles Falkenberg faced in attending game day weekends, the alum always found a way to persevere. “We tried to arrange dates so that they didn’t [conflict with home football games]. That was just a given, he was going to be there,” Grace said with a laugh. “We didn’t schedule things on football days.” Danny said even the greatest of conflicts couldn’t deter Charles’ devotion to Notre Dame. “He’s almost missed his children being born,” Danny said. Saturday’s victory over Boston College marked Charles’ 382nd consecutive home game and Falkenberg’s family said he has no plans of stopping the tradition. His family remains loyal to continuing his legacy. “It was all him. He was the one who started it,” Tommy said.last_img read more

Cancer drug Avastin loses US approval

first_img Tweet HealthLifestyle Cancer drug Avastin loses US approval by: – November 19, 2011 9 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img The drug-maker says it will undertake further study to establish which patients will benefit from the drugUS drug regulators have rescinded approval of a breast cancer drug, saying it is not effective enough to justify the risks of taking it.The drug, Avastin, was approved for US use in 2008, but UK officials have also rejected claims that it prolongs life.Further research showed it did not help patients live longer or improve quality of life, Food and Drug Administration commissioner Margaret Hamburg said.Avastin will still be used to treat other kinds of cancer.The drug is used to treat breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. It works by starving cancer cells of a blood supply.However, its side-effects include severe high blood pressure, massive bleeding, heart attack or heart failure and tears in the stomach and intestines, FDA studies have found.FDA approval of the drug had initially been given under a special programme that allows patients to start using promising treatments while the manufacturer finishes the studies to prove the medicine works as well as expected.The decision to withdraw the approval – which can happen if results of the research do not match predictions – was not easy, the FDA said.Stalling cancer growth“With so much at stake, patients and their doctors count on the FDA to ensure the drugs they use have been shown to be safe and effective for their intended use. Sometimes, the results of rigorous testing can be disappointing,” Ms Hamburg told the Associated Press news agency.US health insurance companies could remove the drug, which can cost as much as $100,000 (£63,342) per year, from their coverage – although doctors would still be permitted to administer the drug.But the government-backed Medicaid programme has said it has no immediate plans to change its policy of paying for it.Some advocates of the drug disagree with the watchdog’s decision.“The bottom line is that they are throwing out the baby with the bathwater. There absolutely may be subsets of carefully chosen breast cancer patients who benefit from Avastin,” said Dr Elisa Port, co-director of the Dubin Breast Center of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.Roche, the Swiss manufacturer of the drug, has said it will undertake further study of the treatment, especially with the chemotherapy drug paclitaxel, to try to identify which patients might be best suited to benefit from use of the drug.The company says it expects the medicine will generate $7.6bn (£4.8m) of revenue annually, despite the FDA decision.The drug was approved on the basis of a study that showed Avastin was able to stall the growth of breast cancer by five-and-a-half months, when used together with a standard chemotherapy treatment.But subsequent studies revised the period of delay to between one and three months, and there was no evidence to show that the drug extended patients’ lives.International problemsThe US decision comes after Avastin fell foul of health authorities in the UK and in Europe.In February 2011, the UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), the NHS drugs advisory body, said Avastin should not be used to treat secondary breast cancers.NICE, which issues guidance for NHS in England and Wales, said there was insufficient evidence that the drug prolonged life. This guidance followed a recommendation by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) that doctors only prescribe the drug in combination with the taxane drug, paclitaxel.BBC News Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

Kofi Kingston loses WWE title in 9 seconds

first_imgAfter a highly anticipated debut of the WWE SmackDown, WWE Champion, Kofi Kingston lost his championship title to Brock Lesnar after a bout that lasted nine seconds.Kofi Kingston who had held the WWE Championship title since WrestleMania 35 and successfully defended it against the likes of Kevin Owens, Samoa Joe and Randy Orton, was immediately pinned by Lesnar after being hit with a single F-5.  After the match, Rey Mysterio made a surprise entrance alongside Cain Velasquez – the former UFC star who knocked out Lesnar at UFC 121 to win the UFC Heavyweight Championship in 2010. Many WWE fans were heartbroken for Kingston, who saw his epic WWE title reign end in the briefest of squash matches.last_img read more

Councilman says Mason City will look into whether fireworks ordinance needs to be changed (AUDIO)

first_imgKGLO News · Ask the Mayor — July 8, 2020 — Mason City councilman/Mayor Pro-Tem Paul Adams MASON CITY — A Mason City city councilman says the council will once again be taking a look at the city’s fireworks ordinance. The current ordinance allows for fireworks to be detonated between 6:00 and 11:00 PM on July 3rd and 4th in most areas of the community. Councilman Paul Adams says this year may have been the worst when it came to the illegal use of fireworks.   “We were told early on, back in June 2017, there were some comments made that the novelty was going to wear off at some point, and people won’t be as excited to do them each year. I don’t think that has happened at all. I still support a complete ban.” The argument can be made that even with a complete ban on usage of fireworks, there will still be issues since the sale of fireworks is mandated by state law. Adams says he’ll be pushing for trying a total ban. “I guess we won’t know until we try. I know the things we’ve tried so far in the last four years really haven’t worked. So I’m still at the point to push for a complete ban and see if it works. It certainly makes law enforcement’s job easier, there’s no gray area there, they’re banned from Mason City, you cannot light them off, so the excuse that people didn’t know what the times were and what the legal days were goes out the window at that point.”Adams says the council will hear a presentation about fireworks from Police Chief Jeff Brinkley at their July 21st meeting. Adams made his comments on the “Ask the Mayor” program on AM-1300 KGLO earlier today. Listen back to the program via the audio player belowlast_img read more

Townsend is called up

first_imgAndros Townsend has been named in the England squad for the Under-21 European Championship.The winger, on loan at QPR from Tottenham, has impressed since arriving at Loftus Road in January.He has been relegated Rangers’ stand-out performer in a number of their matches and has been tipped to establish himself as a Premier League player by Harry Redknapp.R’s boss Redknapp, who also managed Townsend, 21, at Spurs, said: “He’s proved to himself now that he can play at that level.“He’s a great lad and I think he has got a bright future ahead of him. He’s done fantastically and will go back to Tottenham a better player.”Townsend will link up with Stuart Pearce’s squad on 27 May for a training camp in Antalya, Turkey.The finals start on 5 June. England will face Italy and then Norway and hosts Israel.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Farm income tax webinar

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Are you getting the most from your tax return? Farmers and farmland owners wanting to increase their tax knowledge should consider a Monday, Jan. 13, webinar that will address tax issues specific to this industry.Content will focus on important tax issues and will offer insight into new tax legislation and further guidelines that have been released this year.The live webinar will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. and is being offered by OSU Income Tax Schools, which are a part of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and Ohio State University Extension, which is CFAES’ outreach arm. If you are unable to attend the live webinar, registered participants will receive a link to view the recorded webinar at a time of their convenience. The link will be available throughout the tax-filing season.The two-hour program is targeted toward owners who file their own farm taxes or who simply wish to arm themselves with more tax information that will help them better plan for tax filing.Topics to be discussed during the webinar include:• tax-planning in an unusual year (prevented planting crop insurance indemnity payments, Revenue Protection crop insurance payments, Market Facilitation Program payments, cost-share payments, and disaster-aid payments) • like-kind exchanges (farm machinery and equipment are no longer eligible for this provision, which is a significant change), how the change in like-kind exchanges might affect state income tax, and how that change might affect Social Security credits and eventual payments • an estate and gift tax update • C Corp to S Corp conversions • qualified business income deductions, which will impact most farm businesses • qualified business income deductions for sales to cooperatives, which is different from the qualified business income deductions for sales to noncooperatives and is much more complex • which farmland lease income might qualify for a qualified business income deduction • tax issues related to getting out of the farming business • tax from income related to pipeline construction and easements • other tax strategies to consider under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act The cost for the webinar is $35. Register at go.osu.edu/farmertaxwebinar.For more information, contact Julie Strawser at [email protected] or call the OSU Extension Farm Office at 614-292-2433.last_img read more

Jacques Kallis rested for ODI series against England

first_imgSouth Africa have rested Jacques Kallis for the one-day international series against England.The 36-year-old Kallis, who scored an unbeaten 182 to help South Africa win the first Test against England by an innings and 12 runs at the Oval on Monday, has been replaced by the uncapped Dean Elgar.In naming their 15-man squad, Cricket South Africa(CSA) announced that Kallis is “being rested ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 in September.”The other changes to the squad that claimed a 3-0 ODI series win in New Zealand earlier this year sees spinner Imran Tahir and all-rounder Ryan McLaren recalled.last_img read more

Nerkonda Paarvai creator H Vinoth awaits Thalapathy Vijays call to direct a

first_imgThalapathy and Vinoth.PR HandoutH Vinoth, who has earned a good respect in film industry in a short span of time, is keen on teaming up with Thalapathy Vijay after his back-to-back projects with Ajith Kumar. The director, himself, has revealed about approaching the actor, who is currently working on his much-hyped film Bigil.In an interview, H Vinoth has said that he met Vijay recently and narrated a story to him, but the actor is yet to give his approval. “It’ll be a commercial film with some freshness in the packaging,” he is quoted as saying.H Vinoth is eagerly waiting for Vijay’s call and hopes to join hands with Thalapathy for the first time.The filmmaker made his directorial debut with Sathuranga Vettai in 2014. He won a lot of appreciation for the first film. His second flick was Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru in which Karthi played the lead role.This project won critical appreciation as well as became a successful venture at the box office. Now, he has teamed up with Ajith for Nerkonda Paarvai, a remake of Hindi hit film Pink. The movie will hit the screens on 8 August.H Vinoth will soon begin another film with Ajith. He has plans to release the flick next summer. It is only after the completion of this flick he would collaborate with Vijay, if the actor gives a green signal for the project.last_img read more