New Delhi: More than 900 artists, including Pandit Jasraj, Vivek Oberoi and Rita Ganguli, Wednesday issued a statement asking people to vote for the BJP and said the country needs a “Majboot Sarkar” not a “Majboor Sarkar”. The artists appealed to the people to cast their vote without any pressure and prejudice. “It is our firm conviction that the continuance of government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the need of the hour. Besides, when challenges like terrorism are before all of us, we need a ‘Majboot Sarkar’ not a ‘Majboor Sarkar’ and hence we need the present government to continue,” it said. Among those who have issued the joint statement are Shankar Mahadevan, Triloki Nath Mishra, Koena Mitra, Anuradha Paudwal and Hans Raj Hans. The joint statement said that during the last five years, India has seen a government which delivered “corruption-free good governance and development oriented administration”. The joint statement comes a week after more than 600 theatre personalities, including Amol Palekar, Naseeruddin Shah, Girish Karnad and Usha Ganguli, had signed a letter asking people to “vote BJP and its allies” out of power, arguing that the idea of India and its constitution are under threat. The letter, which was issued Thursday evening in 12 languages on the Artist Unite India website, said the upcoming Lok Sabha elections are the “most critical in the history” of the country.
PRUDHOE BAY, Alaska — New technology is being used to search for untapped oil in an Alaska bay that is already an established source of fossil fuel.The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Saturday that oil and gas company BP is employing “3D seismic” technology to locate small pockets of previously undiscovered oil in Prudhoe Bay in northern Alaska.The newspaper reports the area has been an oil source for more than four decades, but in recent years its flow has slowed.Company officials say the technology involves metal platforms mounted to trucks, which send sonic energy into the ground that returns as three-dimensional data about the geology below, including hidden pockets of oil.The company says the 3D seismic survey from January through April will sweep over 450 square miles (about 1,166 square kilometres.)___Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.comThe Associated Press
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB) will add the Amazon Appstore in the next update to its operating system this fall and close down its own music and video download sales this summer as it moves away from consumer-oriented products and services.The smartphone company, which has struggled against Apple’s iPhone and smartphones using the Android operating system, has been criticized for the lack of software applications available for its devices.“Making the Amazon Appstore available on BlackBerry 10 devices will help BlackBerry continue to meet two essential needs: greater app availability for our smartphone users and enhanced productivity solutions for enterprises,” BlackBerry executive chairman and CEO John Chen said in a statement Wednesday.Chen wrote in a blog post on the BlackBerry website, saying the company would close its own music and video sections on BlackBerry World on July 21 — but added that similar services from third-party suppliers would be available.Jitesh Ubrani, who covers the mobile devices industry for market research firm IDC Canada, said the move will help BlackBerry by saving “time, energy and money. And that’s something they really need to focus on.”However, Ubrani said the app store deal will probably have only a limited impact on efforts to turn around BlackBerry, which is also fending off challenges to its share of the enterprise market — even in its home country.“Enterprise in Canada has been a little slower to move away from BlackBerry compared to parts of the world, where they’ve shifted away from BlackBerry fairly quickly,” Ubrani said.“That’s not to say they aren’t moving at all. (Apple) iOS and Google (Android) are picking up market share, even in Canada, and that will continue.”BlackBerry’s announcement came just hours before Amazon.com (Nasdaq:AMZN) announced its long-anticipated Fire Phone, the online retailer’s entry into the smartphone market.BlackBerry is expected to release its latest financial report on Thursday before markets open. It will hold its shareholders meeting later in the day in Waterloo.Analysts are expecting that the company to report lower revenue and an adjusted loss for its first quarter. Estimates compiled by Thomson Reuters suggest analysts on average expect an adjusted loss of 24 cents US per share and US$998.2 million in revenue.BlackBerry’s first-quarter revenue last year was US$3.07 billion. It also had an adjusted loss of 13 cents US per share.Chen’s predecessor, Thorsten Heins, attempted to satisfy both the consumer market and its original base in the business and public sectors with a new generation of smartphones that had been in the works under co-CEOs Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie.However, the BlackBerry 10 products failed to catch on, revenues dropped and the company underwent a several months of intense uncertainty as its board of directors looked at strategic options.BlackBerry decided to continue as an independent company under Chen, who has put more emphasis on its enterprise capabilities and its track record as a supplier to government agencies and businesses, especially those that need secure mobile communications.BlackBerry recently signed a three-year mobile payment agreement with EnStream, a joint venture between Canada’s three biggest telecom companies.Under the partnership, BlackBerry will provide security technology that supports transactions made by customers through their mobile devices.— Follow @DavidPaddon on Twitter. BlackBerry takes another step from consumer market with Amazon app store deal by David Paddon, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 18, 2014 7:34 am MDT
The findings of the five-member Expert Panel on Technology and Innovation, led by peace and security expert Jane Holl Lute and published in a report released today, include a number of practical recommendations that call on the UN Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support to keep pace with innovation and take full advantage of readily available and existing technologies that are considered essential to success in the field.“Every peacekeeping mission in the field ought to have at least the same level of technology that Member State militaries and polices now consider operationally imperative – whether it’s command and control, communications, mobility, shelter, the provisioning of essential supplies,” Ms. Lute explained in an interview with UN Radio. “All of these things which are now standard in the operation of many organizations around the world need to be brought to peacekeeping.” Scattered across vast countries and forbidding territories, UN peacekeeping missions frequently encounter challenges in executing their mandates. Over the past year, however, the UN has steadily ramped up its use of technology in the field in order to assist its missions with monitoring efforts.In the DRC, where unwieldy terrain, dense forests and vast distances can debilitate the UN’s response time to an emergency, the introduction of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has had an immediate impact. In one instance last year, a UAV detected a ferry accident in Lake Kivu, in the country’s east, instantly prompting the UN peacekeeping mission in the country to dispatch its speedboats and helicopters to the scene. The ‘blue helmets’ quick response led to the rescue of 15 people.UAVs are “a good example of one technology of which a lot of organizations around the world are making increasing use,” Ms. Lute continued. “We think this is a capability missions ought to be able to take greater advantage of.” “The ability to visualize your operating area of responsibility from the air is an essential capability for every mission, really with only a few exceptions,” she added. The panel’s findings were based on several field visits and interviews with Member States, partner organizations, and partner organizations with similar field operations.Along with the critical upgrade of field technology, UN blue helmets are also aiming to ‘go green’ through the responsible use of limited resources, in a bid to leave mission areas in better shape than when they arrived. Among other steps, GIS data is being used to help find water sources for missions so as not to compete with the local water supply.Missions are also including waste water treatment plants designed to drastically reduce the need for water and generation of disposable waste, as well as exploring alternative sources of energy such as solar panels.Nonetheless, while technology moves quickly, the Organization’s lumbering procurement systems may sometimes cause unexpected and unwanted delays for the introduction of critical technologies into the field. “The UN needs to construct the kinds of support systems necessary to facilitate greater use of technology so we need procurement systems that can identify and acquire capabilities in not more than 18 months because longer than that technology has already changed and moved on,” Ms. Lute noted. In a separate note to UN correspondents released last Friday, the lead expert admitted that as UN peacekeeping missions continue to face down “rapidly evolving and complex environments,” the Organization’s “blue helmets” would be increasingly pressured to transition to a culture that values innovation. “UN peacekeeping must be ready to respond to a vast array of challenges,” said Ms. Lute. “No advantage should be withheld for those working for peace.”
All information will be treated with the strictest confidence. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCops hold taxi driver for seaman’s murderMay 19, 2017In “Crime”Police investigating execution style killing of seamanMay 17, 2017In “Crime”Another suspect being sought for kidnapping/murder of Car DealerApril 24, 2014In “Crime” The body of the 27-year-old seaman, of Lot 25 Castello Housing Scheme, La Penitence, Georgetown, was discovered about 06:30h by a resident who went to take out his cattle. He immediately raised an alarm and the Police were summoned.During investigations, a 9mm spent shell was found at the scene. The Police are working on the theory that the man might have been killed somewhere else and his body dumped in the area, since residents did not hear a firearm being discharged.Anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of Ezekiel Edward called ‘Kezie’, is asked to contact the police on telephone numbers 225-6411, 227-2128, 226-1389, 226-7065, 268-2343, 268-2298, 225-2227, 911 or the nearest police station. Police say Ezekiel Edward called ‘Kezie’, is wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of Roy Roland which occurred between May 16th and 17th, 2017, at Marigold Street, Roxanne Burnham Gardens, Georgetown.Edward’s last known address is listed as Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD).Rowland’s body was discovered with a single gunshot wound to the head at Marigold Street, Roxanne Burnham Gardens.
Delegates at the recent Investing in African Mining Indaba 2012 had a unique opportunity to participate in the Deloitte Insomnia Index, which aims to identify the pressing issues that keep mining business leaders awake at night. The fourteen themes were selected with the specific challenges and opportunities mining companies could face when expanding their business into Africa. The Mining Indaba insomnia index results show that the top four opportunities mining professionals see in Africa are Exploration, Emerging Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions and Technology. The top four challenges identified by the Indaba delegates are: Infrastructure, Price Volatility, Skills and Reporting & Compliance.In opportunity terms, Africa is home to the majority of the world’s mineral wealth and is therefore seen as a huge opportunity for mines and making exploration top of the opportunity list. Many parts of Africa are seen as an untapped market and therefore a potential growth opportunity. The expected demand from emerging markets for minerals could be seen as an offset to some of the risk that entering a new market brings. Africa’s relatively central location to emerging markets can be seen as a benefit as from a supply chain perspective, both inbound and outbound. The major players in mining are typically target acquisition of developed assets and possibly see acquisitions of existing mid-tier mines operating in Africa as a faster growth and penetration strategy. Mergers and acquisitions could overcome the lack of skills, local knowledge, goodwill and technology that mines could encounter when expanding into Africa. The consolidation of the mid-tier market specifically in South Africa could be another influencer for delegates seeing mergers and acquisitions as a big opportunity. Finally, technology is an enabler for mines to mine deeper, assist with health and safety analytics and practices, employee training and to optimise operating efficiencies to name a few. It is therefore no surprise that miners see technology as an opportunity when considering expanding their business into Africa.Moving on to challenges, the impact operating efficiency due to lack of infrastructure in Africa is seen as a massive challenge for mines. The lack of rail and road, as well as power and water in large parts of Africa make it incredibly difficult for companies to start operations in Africa. Mines need to consider the extra funding and potential partnerships with local Governments in order to operate in Africa. Price volatility is a global challenge and so it is not a surprise that executives see this as a challenge when considering doing business in Africa. The large fluctuations could impact significantly on profitability, cash flow and input costs which ultimately negatively impact the investment case. The respondents listed skills as a main challenge when considering doing business in Africa. Mid-tier miners who are not afforded the same access to a global network of skills that the large-scale miners have, may see this as more of a challenge as the cost of importing skills to remote areas in Africa can be very high. Attracting skills into remote locations continues to be a problem mines face as well as making careers in the mining industry attractive. Reporting and compliance in the different countries in Africa can be difficult to navigate without local knowledge and understanding of the specific requirements. Respondents listed this as the fourth biggest challenge when looking to expand their operations into Africa.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram With the start of the new school year, the Blessing of the St John’s Greek Orthodox College was conducted on Monday by their Graces Bishop Ezekiel and Bishop Iakovos together with fathers Christos Demolianis and Dimitris Catrinei. The Blessing was observed by the entire student body with their teachers, the Principal of the College Dr Harry Ladopoulos, the newly appointed Vice Principal Mrs Summers, Dean of the primary school Mrs A. Anamourlis, Members of the Board, parents and guardians.
La Nasa vous invite à envoyer vos voeux à l’équipage de l’ISSLe 25 décembre, les astronautes qui sont en ce moment à bord de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) ont envoyé leurs meilleurs voeux à la Terre. La Nasa propose aux internautes de leur rendre la pareille en cette fin d’année.Dans un message vidéo mis en ligne le jour de Noël, Dmitri Kondratiev, Catherine Coleman et Paolo Nespoli, trois membres d’équipage de l’Expédition 26 ont transmis leurs voeux à la Terre depuis la Station spatiale internationale (ISS). A l’approche du jour de l’an, la Nasa propose aux internautes de transmettre à leur tour un message aux astronautes qui passeront le Réveillon en orbite autour de la Terre.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESASix personnes se trouvent actuellement à bord de l’ISS : Oleg Skripochka, Alexander Kaleri, Dmitri Kondratiev, Paolo Nespoli, Catherine Coleman, et le commandant de bord Scott Kelly. L’agence spatiale américaine vous invite à leur envoyer une carte de voeux virtuelle, via la page http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/postcard/. Quant aux adeptes de Twitter, ils peuvent poster leurs messages de bonne année sur le compte de Paolo Nespoli (lien non disponible).Occupée en permanence depuis le 2 novembre 2000, l’ISS a accueilli cette année à son bord, son onzième Réveillon de Noël.Le 29 décembre 2010 à 20:02 • Emmanuel Perrin
Fast-food et café : une mauvaise associationLes résultats d’une nouvelle étude menée par des chercheurs canadiens indiquent que l’association du café à la nourriture des fast-food augmenterait le taux de sucre dans le sang à des niveaux proches de ceux des personnes ayant un risque de diabète.Vendredi dernier, la revue Journal of Nutrition a publié les résultats d’une étude menée par des chercheurs de l’Université de Guelph au Canada. Ces derniers sont parvenus à démontrer que l’association du café et du fast-food avait des conséquences importantes sur notre corps, plus particulièrement l’augmentation du taux de sucre dans le sang. Celle-ci serait provoquée par les graisses saturées du fast-food qui empêchent le corps d’éliminer le sucre dans le sang : un effet renforcé par la caféine.À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Pour parvenir à ce résultat, les chercheurs ont demandé à des hommes en bonne santé d’ingérer une boisson riche en graisses. Plusieurs heures plus tard, une partie du groupe recevait une boisson sucrée tandis qu’une autre partie devait ingérer l’équivalent de deux tasses de café, et cela une heure avant de boire eux-aussi la boisson sucrée. Les chercheurs ont alors observé que la glycémie des personnes ayant consommé du café augmentait de 65% comparé aux individus n’ayant pas reçu de caféine. Un effet qui peut durer plusieurs heures, selon les résultats de l’étude. Pour aller plus loin, les chercheurs ont également étudié certaines hormones intestinales. Ils se sont alors aperçus que le repas riche en graisse affectait la production d’insuline, hormone qui régule le taux de sucre dans le sang. De plus, ils sont parvenus à montrer que l’association caféine/graisse avait également pour conséquence de perturber le mécanisme entre l’intestin et le pancréas. Le 9 avril 2011 à 09:07 • Maxime Lambert
Un moustique rendu stérile pour lutter contre le paludismeGrâce à une manipulation génétique, une équipe de chercheurs anglo-italienne a réussi à rendre stérile des moustiques mâles. Cette réussite pourrait constituer une arme efficace contre le paludisme dont le parasite responsable est transmis par la femelle.Le paludisme est l’un des plus grands fléaux de notre époque. Il est à lui seul responsable de la mort de 800.000 personnes en 2009, et en particulier des enfants de moins de cinq ans en Afrique subsaharienne. Il devient donc impératif de trouver une solution pour lutter contre les moustiques qui véhiculent ce parasite. En 2010 déjà, des chercheurs américains avaient réussi à modifier génétiquement des moustiques anophèles de manière à les rendre incapables de transmettre le plasmodium. De plus, il y a deux mois, la revue Nature publiait des travaux de scientifiques qui avaient réussi à identifier des molécules odorantes capables de mettre en échec le flair aiguisé des moustiques en perturbant leurs organes sensoriels sans lesquels ils ne peuvent pas détecter le CO2 contenu dans l’air expiré par les humains, et sont donc incapables de repérer leurs proies. Des mâles stériles pour freiner la reproduction des insectes Mais TV5monde rapporte aujourd’hui les résultats de la toute dernière recherche en date, réalisée par une équipe de chercheurs anglo-italienne. En effet l’étude parue dans les Annales de l’Académie nationale américaine des sciences (PNAS) fait état de la réussite d’une manipulation génétique visant à rendre stériles des moustiques anophèles mâles, une espèce dont la femelle inocule le parasite plasmodium, responsable du paludisme. La multiplication par millions de moustiques anophèles mâles stériles “pourrait potentiellement empêcher la croissance de leur population et réduire le risque de paludisme”, écrivent ainsi les auteurs notamment de l’Imperial College de Londres au Royaume-Uni. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Au cours de leurs recherches, ceux-ci ont en fait observé que les mâles stériles s’accouplaient normalement avec les femelles, mais que celles-ci produisaient, faute de sperme, un grand nombre d’oeufs non-fécondés. Mieux encore : les femelles développaient également, tout comme celles ayant été fécondées par des mâles fertiles, une aversion à une nouvelle insémination. Un phénomène normal puisque celles-ci ne pondent qu’une seule fois au cours de leur existence, qui est estimée à environ deux semaines. Par ailleurs, les chercheurs relèvent que les moustiques mâles stériles pourraient avoir un avantage par rapport à ceux produisant du sperme, car ce processus requiert une plus grande consommation d’énergie, rapporte l’AFP.Un espoir pour d’autres maladies Ainsi, les mâles stériles constitueraient un bon moyen de contrôler la reproduction des moustiques et donc, une alternative potentielle aux insecticides. Néanmoins, les chercheurs ont souligné la nécessité de faire davantage de recherches. D’autant plus que la technique pourrait être utilisée pour d’autres fléaux, le moustique étant également le vecteur de la dengue, une infection virale qui touche 50 millions de personnes chaque année, de la fièvre jaune, de la filariose et du virus du Nil occidental.Le 9 août 2011 à 15:29 • Maxime Lambert
As Clark County continues thawing out, homeowners and businesses alike are faced with the watery result of ruptured frozen pipes.“When temperatures get in the teens, that sometimes throws people off-guard,” said Loretta Callahan, spokeswoman for Vancouver Public Works.Last weekend, city utilities workers fielded 51 calls from people wanting their water shut off due to frozen or burst pipes. On Tuesday, the pipes burst at a Safeway in east Vancouver, 6700 N.E. 162nd Ave., and water cascaded near the entrance. Callahan expects a higher volume of calls as things continue to thaw out and plumbing problems become more apparent.Clark Public Utilities anticipated a similar increase in requests for water to be shut off in the coming days.The Camas/Washougal Fire Department went to a home on Sunday that was flooded by burst pipes. The agency said the homeowners were away when it happened, and that it looked as though it had rained inside.Chief Steve Wrightson with Clark County Fire District 3, which covers rural areas of Hockinson and Battle Ground, said firefighters haven’t responded to any water-flow issues. They dealt with their own plumbing misfortune after a sprinkler broke in an unheated part of the district’s headquarters station. Wrightson said he’s waiting on parts to replace the sprinkler.Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli said that fire sprinkler systems should be protected from freezing by being kept at 40 degrees or warmer. The ice in frozen sprinkler systems obstructs the water flow, preventing the sprinkler from working in the event of a fire. Businesses should turn off the water supply if their sprinkler system has frozen and notify the fire department that the system is out of service.As temperatures warm up, people not only have to deal with water damage from ruptured pipes, but also the potential for mold growth, said Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy, spokesman for Clark County Fire & Rescue.
Japan’s Sega Sammy Creation is set to release a new video slot series based on themes from the world-famous line of SEGA video games.The Japanese gaming machine supplier will unveil the new machines along with their video slot lineup for the first time at G2E Asia, to be held at the Venetian Macao from 21 to 23 May. VIP, slots growth at Tigre de Cristal sees Summit Ascent profits soar in 1H19 RelatedPosts Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August Genting Malaysia enjoys improved 2Q19 showing on better luck at Resorts World Genting Load More The video slot series expands Sega Sammy Creation’s gaming library into the vast EGM slots market, with the SEGA IP series kicking off with two titles, the company said. It will later expand to bring a wide variety of game themes and math models catering to all types of players.Fans of the original titles will also recognize game features fully utilized in the new slot games.“Sega Sammy at its heart is a game company,” said Sega Sammy Creation President and CEO, Hisao Oguchi. “Our main focus is on the entertainment aspect and this new lineup of titles represent our commitment to bringing new and innovative games to casino floors.”
© 2013 Phys.org Journal information: arXiv O:H-O bond in water ice. Credit: arXiv:1310.6514 [physics.chem-ph] It’s long been known that warm water freezes faster than cooler water, (known as the Mpemba effect) going all the way back to Aristotle, but until now, despite a lot of effort by many scientists over thousands of years, no one has been able to offer a reasonable explanation as to why it happens. Now, the team in Singapore appears to have solved the riddle—it’s due, they claim, to the small amount of energy stored in stretched hydrogen bonds.As everyone knows, water molecules have one oxygen atom and two hydrogen atoms—all held together by covalent bonds (the sharing of electrons). What’s also known is that with water molecules, hydrogen atoms are also attracted to the oxygen atoms in other nearby water molecules—a force called a hydrogen bond. But, at the same time, the water molecules as a whole are repelled by one another. The team in Singapore has noted that the warmer water gets, the more distance there is between the water molecules due to the repellant force between them. That they say, forces the hydrogen bonds to become stretched out, and stretching out a bond means that there is energy being stored. That energy, the researchers suggest, is released as the water is cooled allowing the molecules to become closer to one another, and (as every chemistry student knows) giving up energy means cooling.Warm water has more hydrogen bond stretching going on than cool water, thus it stores more energy, and has more to release when exposed to freezing temperatures. That is why, the researchers say, it freezes faster than cool water.At this point, the claims by the research team are still theory—they or others will still need to find a way to prove what they’ve suggested is true before the scientific community will deem the mystery of warm water freezing, solved once and for all. Water found to be an ideal lubricant for nanomachines Citation: Researchers claim to have discovered why warm water freezes faster than cooler water (2013, November 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-11-faster-cooler.html (Phys.org) —A team of researchers at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University believes they have solved the mystery of why warm water freezes faster than cooler water. It has to do with the way energy is stored in the hydrogen bonds between water molecules they suggest in their paper which they’ve uploaded to the preprint server arXiv. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further More information: O:H-O Bond Anomalous Relaxation Resolving Mpemba Paradox, arXiv:1310.6514 [physics.chem-ph] arxiv.org/abs/1310.6514AbstractWe demonstrate that the Mpemba paradox arises intrinsically from the release rate of energy initially stored in the covalent H-O part of the O:H-O bond in water albeit experimental conditions. Generally, heating raises the energy of a substance by lengthening and softening all bonds involved. However, the O:H nonbond in water follows actively the general rule of thermal expansion and drives the H-O covalent bond to relax oppositely in length and energy because of the inter-electron-electron pair coupling [J Phys Chem Lett 4, 2565 (2013); ibid 4, 3238 (2013)]. Heating stores energy into the H-O bond by shortening and stiffening it. Cooling the water as the source in a refrigerator as a drain, the H-O bond releases its energy at a rate that depends exponentially on the initially storage of energy, and therefore, Mpemba effect happens. This effect is formulated in terms of the relaxation time tau to represent all possible processes of energy loss. Consistency between predictions and measurements revealed that the tau drops exponentially intrinsically with the initial temperature of the water being cooled.
We have a certain fascination with the idea of a dying person’s last words, as if those words somehow hold a power or wisdom above mundane daily conversation. This is especially true when the person in question is a person of note and there is a lot of information out there about famous people and their final utterances.Here’s a relatively short list of ten famous people and their famous last words.Augustus CaesarBronze statue of Caesar Augustus, Rome, Italy.After Julius Caesar’s dictatorship destroyed Rome’s Status as a Republic, his great nephew and adopted son, Augustus, became Rome’s first emperor.During the course of his leadership, Augustus was able to bring the new empire into a phase of durable stability and prosperity. Loved and respected by Rome’s citizens, Augustus had two final farewells. The first was what he said to his subjects:“I found Rome as clay; I leave it to you as marble.”The Colosseum, Rome.The second was what he had to say to the friends who had been with him throughout his reign and had a somewhat different tone:“Have I played the part well? Then applaud me as I exit.”Marie AntoinetteMarie Antoinette in a court dress.Not all rulers are so well thought of as Augustus Caesar. Marie Antoinette held a very different, and much darker, place in the hearts of her subjects.Marie and her husband, Louis XVI of France, were the French rulers when the Revolution broke out in 1792.Marie Antoinette’s execution on October 16, 1793: Sanson, the executioner, showing Marie Antoinette’s head to the people.Marie was imprisoned and eventually executed by guillotine. She reportedly stepped on the executioner’s foot while climbing the scaffold on the way to her death, and her last words were:“Pardon me, I didn’t do it on purpose.”Karl MarxKarl MarxMarx was a journalist and philosopher. His writings on class and economics became the bedrock of modern Communism. He was truly a man of words, and yet the last thing he ever said was this:“Last words are for fools who haven’t said enough.”John AdamsJohn Quincy AdamsAdams was the second president of the United States. As he lay dying on July 4th, 1826, his last words were:“Thomas Jefferson survives.”Thomas JeffersonAdams and Jefferson began as political rivals, but over the course of time they ended up friends. What Adams didn’t know is that Jefferson had died several hours earlier that same day.NostradamusMichel NostradamusNostradamus was a French apothecary in the sixteenth century. In addition to his reputation as a man of medicine, he was even more widely known as a seer and visionary.He recorded 942 of his prophecies, which were predictions of future events written in poetic form. Since its initial publication his book has never been out of print.Nostradamus portraitHis last words were:“You will not find me alive at sunrise.”Which proved to be his final, and correct, prophecy.Leonardo Da VinciLeonardo Da Vinci statue by Luigi Pampaloni, 1839.Da Vinci was a leading light during the Renaissance. He applied his fierce intelligence to fine art, to engineering and weapons design, to science and to nature.Very little was beyond his scope of interest and his early work and research shaped many modern developments. Despite all that he had accomplished in his life, the last thing it occurred to him to say was this:Self-portrait, Leonardo da Vinci.“I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.”RaphaelRaphael, aged 23.The Renaissance painter and architect’s full name was Raffaello Sanzio. He was, perhaps, most famous for his depictions of the Madonna, but produced a wide range of notable works.A close friend, Cardinal Bibetta, wrote in a letter that while he was on his deathbed, Raphael woke, looked around, and asked “Whence comes the sunshine?”He didn’t seem to hear whatever responses his friends made to him. Instead, he just said:“Happy –,” but never finished the sentence.Thomas EdisonThomas A. EdisonEdison was another man of science and a noted inventor who created devices including the phonograph, the light bulb, and motion pictures.Immediately before his death, he awoke from a coma, opened his eyes, and reportedly said to his wife:“It’s very beautiful out there.”Thomas Edison in his laboratory, 1901.It’s generally assumed he was referring to the view outside his window.Charles DarwinDuring the Darwin family’s 1868 holiday in her Isle of Wight cottage, Julia Margaret Cameron took portraits showing the bushy beard Darwin grew between 1862 and 1866.Darwin was a notable scientist and best known for his contributions to the theory of evolution.Like many men of that ilk, he wasn’t feeling particularly mystical about his own impending death.His last words were simply: “I am not the least afraid to die.”Groucho MarxGroucho MarxMarx was a comedian and film actor. Along with the other Marx brothers, he had his breakthrough film in 1914, and they continued to work together in movies until they broke up in 1949.Read another story from us: 5 Crazy Stories of Animals Committing CrimesThen Groucho continued with a solo career on radio and television for a number of years before his death. Groucho was known for his witticisms and snappy one-liners. It makes perfect sense, then, that his last words were:“This is no way to live.”
Speaking to the Herald Leader, Chris Hartman of the Fairness Campaign said: “I think that we’ve got justice here“Judge Nance has proven he cannot be entrusted with decisions that affect his diverse constituency and their families.“I hope it sends a message that fairness and justice must be applied equally, and that judges whose conscience conflicts with their duties must resign the bench if they cannot deliver that basic fairness and justice.”The judge had insisted previously that he had not discriminated against gay couples because the order was “preemptive”.The judge explained he wanted to make clear in advance that he would not take such cases, adding: “It’s preemptive in nature… I wanted to preempt there from being any uncertainty if the situation arose.”Judge Nance was backed by anti-LGBT groups.The anti-LGBT Family Foundation of Kentucky said: “If we are going to let liberal judges write their personal biases and prejudices into law, as we have done on issues of marriage and sexuality, then, in the interest of fairness, we are going to have to allow judges with different views to at least recuse themselves from such cases.“When adoption agencies abandon the idea that it is in the best interest of a child to grow up with both a mother and a father, people can’t expect judges who do believe that to be forced to bow the knee.”The group insisted the judge was correct to “recuse himself if he believes his views might bias a cas.It added: “We can’t imagine how the groups now trying to unseat him claim to be in favor of tolerance and diversity while at the same time trying to hound from office public officials who don’t agree with their politically correct ideology.”“If the Judicial Ethics Commission rules against Nance, it will be the second time in recent months which it has ruled against a judge for doing what the law requires judges to do.”Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) A judge has resigned from the bench because he doesn’t want to oversee same-sex adoptions.Judge Mitchell Nance, who presides over family court in Kentucky’s 43rd Judicial District, caused a storm earlier this year after he banned cases involving gay families from his courtroom. Judge Nance’s order registered an “conscientious objection to the concept of adoption of a child by a practising homosexual”, seeking to recuse himself from such cases on the grounds of “matters of conscience”.The judge claimed he cannot hear the cases because he believes there is no circumstance in which “the best interest of the child [would] be promoted by the adoption by a practicing homosexual”.But after a probe was launched into his decision, this week the judge opted to resign from the bench entirely.The state judicial commission had filed ethics charges against Nance, accusing him of violating the judicial code of conduct.This bars judges from overtly “showing bias or prejudice based on race, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status”.He was also accused of failing to act in a way that “promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary”.Responding to the charges this week, Nance’s lawyers confirmed that he would be resigning rather than face punishment.His resignation will be effective December 16, according to the Lexington Herald Leader.The complaint against the judge was pursued by the Fairness Campaign, a Kentucky LGBT group. It was joined by Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Kentucky and University of Louisville Law Professor Sam Marcosson. Magistrate fired for saying same-sex couples can’t be good parents suesGay Star NewsDoug Jones officially wins! Alabama rejects homophobe Roy Moore’s lawsuitPINK NEWS-
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by The Associated Press Posted Apr 9, 2018 1:36 pm PDT Last Updated Apr 9, 2018 at 2:01 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In a Monday, Oct. 30, 2017 file photo, a Femen activist is led away by security staff member inside the film institute La Cinematheque Francaise in Paris. The controversial group that seeks to fight patriarchy claimed responsibility for a topless protest Monday, April 9, 2018, at the start of Cosby’s sexual assault retrial in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File) Topless militants: Femen takes feminist fight to Cosby trial PARIS – The women of Femen have bared their breasts at the Vatican, in front of Russian President Vladimir Putin and now at a Pennsylvania courthouse, all for one cause: fighting patriarchy.Here’s a look at the group, which claimed responsibility for a topless protest on Monday at the start of Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial:WOMEN PROVOCATEURSFemen was born from a 2008 pajama party in Ukraine, where a group of young feminists decided to use sexuality to protest Ukrainian women being trafficked for sex and other women’s issues.While the group publishes books and holds conferences, it’s best known for activists taking off their shirts and bras to show political messages scrawled on their breasts and backs.Despite its extreme and often illegal antics, it has attracted sponsors and members of multiple nationalities and is now present in eight countries, Paris-based Femen leader Inna Shevchenko said.The group has been re-energized in recent months amid the MeToo movement against sexual violence and other misconduct.FRIVOLOUS OR SERIOUS?Femen activists target their unauthorized actions carefully to attract as much media attention as possible. That media obsession and the members’ use of their breasts as a protest tool have drawn criticism from feminist groups and others who see Femen protests as a distraction.Femen argues that its actions are more effective than officially sanctioned protests at shaming any “manifestation of the patriarchy,” Shevchenko said.That includes the sex industry, religious institutions and far-right politicians who pursue “strategies of division of society, hate, xenophobia and threaten women’s freedoms,” she said.Femen members argue they can be both feminist and sex bombs.STUNTS ACROSS BORDERSTrials and jail time for illegal protests haven’t deterred Femen activists and sometimes serve to call more attention to their cause.They have targeted the pope, an Islamist government in Tunisia, capitalist bosses at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, gay marriage critics in France and abusive husbands in Turkey.Some actions are violent: Femen activists broke bells in Notre Dame Cathedral and cut down a massive Orthodox cross in Kyiv. Others are especially crude: simulating an abortion in a church or baring a bottom and squatting to demand more public toilets.On Monday, a protester with “Women’s Lives Matter” written on her bare chest jumped a barricade as Cosby walked into a suburban Philadelphia courthouse. Protester Nicolle Rochelle, an actress who had appeared on “The Cosby Show,” was charged with disorderly conduct.She had the names of more than 50 women who have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct scrawled across her body.“I wanted him to feel what he did and have it be in his face,” she said.Cosby has denied drugging and molesting a woman at his home in 2004.
by The Associated Press Posted Nov 30, 2018 11:12 am PDT Title bout: author alleges plagiarism, then retracts NEW YORK — In a literary title bout, romance novelist Nora Roberts had a few words for fellow author Tomi Adeyemi.Adeyemi had tweeted on Tuesday an accusation that Roberts “shamelessly” lifted the title of her new book, “Of Blood and Bone,” from Adeyemi’s fantasy work “Children of Blood and Bone.” In response, Roberts wrote on her blog that Adeyemi’s comments were baseless and irresponsible. She also noted, correctly, that book titles cannot be copyrighted.Adeyemi has since tweeted that she had communicated with Roberts and apologized. “I believe our titles were created in isolation,” she wrote. As of midday Friday she had yet to pull the original tweet, which has been retweeted hundreds of times.Numerous works have had similar titles to Adeyemi’s, including Ian C. Esslemont’s 2013 novel, “Blood and Bone.”The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
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