Stars Attend Tony Bennetts Exploring The Arts Gala

first_imgEarlier this week, Tony Bennett and his wife Susan Benedetto, hosted the 7th annual gala event for Exploring The Arts which raised more than $1M for arts education in public high schools in New York City and Los Angeles.Kevin Spacey attends Tony Bennett and Susan Benedetto’s Exploring the Arts GalaGayle King, Co-Anchor of CBS This Morning and editor-at-large for O, The Oprah Magazine, hosted the evening with special performances from Kevin Spacey and Natalie Cole. The event honored Netflix Chief Content Officer and ETA board treasurer, Ted Sarandos who has led content acquisition for Netflix since 2000 and is seen as an innovator in film acquisition and distribution.The evening began with Kevin Spacey’s performance of “In the Wee Small Hours of the morning” and “All the Way”, followed by Natalie Cole singing iconic favorites including “Best is Yet to Come” and “Unforgettable”. To everyone’s delight, Tony ended the evening with “They All Laughed,” “Who Cares,” and “The Way You Look Tonight.” Students from the Professional Performing Arts School, which is an ETA partner school, also performed a rendition of “Get Happy.” Among the more than 400 guests who attended the event at Cipriani on Wall Street, were Allison Williams, Regis & Joy Philbin, Harvey Weinstein, Georgina Chapman, Uzo Aduba, Natasha Lyonne, and Russell Peters: Notorious.“2013 was a defining year for Exploring the Arts,” Tony Bennett commented, “In May, we expanded our programs outside New York to three public high schools in East Los Angeles. ETA’s main goal is to positively impact and change the lives of those involved in public school art programs across that nation and Susan and I are so thankful for the tremendous and continuous support year after year.”Exploring the Arts (ETA) was founded in 1999 by Tony Bennett and Susan Benedetto. Tony Bennett and ETA’s initial endeavor was the founding of, in association with the Department of Education of NYC, the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts — a state of the art NYC public high school offering an extensive arts education curriculum located in Tony’s hometown of Astoria, Queens. ETA programs connect private funders, individual artists, and cultural institutions to Partner Schools to achieve greater equality of resources and opportunity for youth of all means and backgrounds. ETA transforms the lives of young people by working collaboratively with public high schools to help them build quality arts programs through strategic planning and funding support. Currently, ETA serves 14 partnering high schools throughout New York City’s 5 boroughs, benefiting more than 10,000 public school students, the majority of whom live below the poverty line. In May 2013, ETA expanded to support 3 public high schools in East Los Angeles.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Sikkim Police constable on poll duty feared drowned in Ganga

first_imgKolkata: A constable of Sikkim Police, who had come to Bengal on poll duty, reported went missing while he was bathing in river Ganga at Jangipur in Murshidabad.Despite extensive search operations the police constable was not found till Sunday. According to sources, a few sections of Sikkim Police have been deployed in Bengal as Central Forces for the Lok Sabha elections. They have been sent to Jangipur for the third phase of elections, which is scheduled on Tuesday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBefore the poll duty, some of the police personnel decided to spend some time to explore the area. On Saturday afternoon, five constables of Sikkim Police, including the missing one identified as Ningur Chiring Lepcha, went to the bank of Ganga. All of them were taking a bath in the river when suddenly one of them noticed that Lepcha was missing. After waiting for him for almost one hour other constable informed their unit and superiors about the incident. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayImmediately, police personnel from Raghunathgunj Police station went to the spot along with divers and started a search operation. Some local residents also went to the river to search for the missing police constable. However, till night Lepcha could not be traced. Again from Sunday morning search operation was conducted but till evening there was no trace of Lepcha. Sources informed that the search operation will continue on Monday as well. Lepcha’s family members have been informed in Sikkim. Other police stations adjacent to the Raghunathgunj police station area have been asked to keep a vigil on the banks of the Ganga. They have provided with the details about Lepcha’s physical description.last_img read more

FIFA 2014 World Cup Countdown

By Marisa FernandezBuenos AiresThe most important sporting event in the world is in its final countdown to June 12th.  On that day, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the men in yellow will be taking on the men from Croatia.  The tournament will host 32 teams from all corners of the globe, competing at 12 venues throughout Brazil, accompanied by over 600,000 fans all passionately supporting their teams and eagerly hoping for the final glory. The hubbub for football madness is overwhelming everywhere, but especially in Brazil and Argentina, the two eternal death-match contenders. Brazil is the land of football, Brazilians like to say and they have been preparing for the event since they were elected as hosts of it.  Football means life and passion for them, and they really “live” this championship in their country.Airports, travel agencies, hotels, banks, merchandisers and others are all bracing to welcome international travelers for the football premier, despite Brazil enduring a year of international news showing protests over charges in political affairs such as wasteful spending, corruption and other complaints. Brazil is hoping that negativity will be left aside when people are engaged in football.“We’re prepared to offer the world a marvelous spectacle made richer with happiness, respect and kindness that is characteristic of Brazilian people” said President Rousseff Dilma when presenting the World Cup Trophy for public viewing in Brazilia, as reported by Associated Press. In fact, everything there is well-prepared: TV broadcasting, blogs, ads, stamps, games, clothes, banners, flags, mascots, ball, and more unusual objects transformed just for the sake of football passion.When talking about winners, Brazil will declare for sure to get the sixth cup as they have painted on buses showing their extrovert sense of pride in football.  But Pelé, the greatest Brazilian footballer, who won the World Cup three times, is wary about tipping them as winners. “Football is a box of surprises” he said to CNN, pointing to Argentina, Italy, Germany and Spain as major challengers. “But Brazilian football is still the best and most beautiful in the world,” he added.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

UN declares Myanmar free of maternal and neonatal tetanus

4 June 2010Years of persistent efforts to vaccinate all pregnant women in Myanmar against maternal and neonatal tetanus have borne fruit with the country now declared free of the disease, the second East Asian nation to have achieved that milestone status, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported today. Years of persistent efforts to vaccinate all pregnant women in Myanmar against maternal and neonatal tetanus have borne fruit with the country now declared free of the disease, the second East Asian nation to have achieved that milestone status, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported today.“The achievement came as a result of joint efforts of all the partners collaborating with the Ministry of Health, who worked hard for many years to reach this stage,” said Ramesh Shrestha, UNICEF Representative in Myanmar. “But it is also a reminder that the momentum needs to be sustained and routine immunization must be further strengthened to ensure maintenance of the elimination status,” he added.Myanmar’s status as a maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination country was confirmed last month by international experts through a process led by the UN World Health Organization (WHO). Viet Nam is the only other country in the region to have achieved that status.The achievement followed Myanmar’s systematic efforts for several years to reach all pregnant women with tetanus toxoid (TT) vaccines and making provisions for safe and clean deliveries throughout the country, as well as conducting extensive supplemental TT immunization activities with strong support from UNICEF since 1999 that targeted women of child-bearing age.The status validation process included a community-based survey of neonatal mortality rates due to tetanus in all children born from April 2009 to April this year in the townships selected for the survey.The community-based survey used standard WHO methodology and was conducted in the townships of South Okalappa (Yangon Division), Singaing (Mandalay Division) and Saw (Magway Division). The townships were chosen for survey through an extensive review process that indicated they were likely to have the highest maternal and neonatal tetanus burden.On 18 May, the results of the survey revealed that neonatal tetanus mortality was reduced to less than 1 case per 1,000 live births in the surveyed townships. The survey confirmed that the disease has been eliminated as a public health problem in those townships, as well as Myanmar as a whole.Neonatal tetanus is a form of generalized tetanus affecting infants during the first month of their life and is estimated to cause approximately 59,000 deaths per year worldwide. Maternal tetanus has a similar nature and affects women during pregnancy and, more often, following unclean deliveries and abortions. Since both share the same risk factors and means of prevention, neonatal tetanus elimination acts as proxy for maternal tetanus eradication.Between 1999 and 2006, some 6.7 million women of child-bearing age in Myanmar were targeted and more than 80 per cent of them were protected with two doses of TT. In 2007, review of relevant health indicators led to the identification of 60 and 27 townships respectively for receiving one and three rounds of intensified TT immunization activities for about 3 million women of child-bearing age. In 2008 and 2009, the targeted areas were further narrowed down and corrective supplementary immunization was administered in seven townships. The final 1 million eligible women were reached by additional mass TT campaigns.While the validation of maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination status by WHO experts is an important milestone, the partners will now need to make sure that this status is maintained. The Ministry of Health has already developed plans to sustain the elimination status by maintaining high protection levels against tetanus in mothers and newborns and controlling chances of contracting tetanus during and after delivery and birth.Despite the progress made since the late 1980s, maternal and neonatal tetanus continues to be a public health problem in many developing countries and can account for a considerable proportion of maternal and neonatal deaths in high-risk areas. Since 2000, 18 countries have eliminated the problem. Elimination efforts will now focus on 40 other countries. read more

TD makes donation

From left: Doug Earle, Thomas Dunk, Monique Homer, Douglas Kneale, Amy ElderMonique Homer, TD Canada Trust’s District Vice-President for Niagara, visited Brock this month to drop off the first installment of a $500,000 donation to the university.The company made the donation as part of the Campaign for a Bold New Brock. The gift will help create a TD Bursary for Environmental Studies as well as support the development of the new Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts campus in downtown St. Catharines.At the event was, from left, Doug Earle, executive director of the Campaign for a Bold New Brock; Thomas Dunk, Dean of Social Sciences; Homer; Douglas Kneale, Dean of Humanities, and Amy Elder, director of Career Services.Related story:• TD donates $500,000 to Bold New Brock read more

Celgene Corp to pay 280M to settle cancer drug fraud suit

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Celgene Corp. has agreed to pay $280 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit alleging the pharmaceutical company committed fraud promoting a drug with a notorious history that was re-purposed to treat leprosy and another therapy for unapproved cancer treatments, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.The agreement settled a lawsuit in Los Angeles federal court by a former Celgene saleswoman who said the New Jersey-based company submitted false claims to Medicare and health care programs in 28 states and Washington, D.C., which were all parties to the settlement.“Patients deserve to know their doctors are prescribing drugs that are likely to provide effective treatment, rather than drugs marketed aggressively by pharmaceutical companies,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Sandra R. Brown.The lawsuit filed by Beverly Brown was brought on behalf of the U.S. government under a federal whistleblower law. She could receive as much as $84 million as her share of the settlement.Celgene denied wrongdoing and settled to avoid uncertainty, distraction and expensive litigation, the company said in a statement.Brown was an “immunology specialist” trained by Celgene to promote Thalomid and Revlimid drugs for cancer treatments that had not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the lawsuit said.Thalomid, another name for thalidomide, a drug prescribed for morning sickness in the 1950s and 1960s that caused severe birth defects, was approved by the agency in 1998 for treating leprosy.Because Thalomid would only be useful to a fraction of the few hundred leprosy cases diagnosed in the U.S. each year, the company developed a plan to promote the drug for cancer, the lawsuit said.Doctors can prescribe drugs for other purposes if they think they will be effective, and the company marketed the drug directly to them to treat blood cancers and tumors, the lawsuit said.The FDA contacted Celgene and sent letters warning about its promotional efforts and for failing to warn about potential fatal risks from the toxic drugs, the lawsuit said.“Their use in off-label indications was tantamount to human experimentation,” Brown’s lawyers wrote in one court filing. “Celgene compounded this by instructing its sales representatives to conceal the drugs’ risks, including most notably the potential for lethal blood clots.”While Thalomid and Revlimid, a successor derived from thalidomide, were later approved for limited cancer treatments, their widespread promotion in advance of approvals led Celgene “from the verge of extinction to the multi-billion company it is today,” the lawsuit said.In one of its annual reports, the company said in 1999 that 90 per cent of Thalomid prescriptions were for cancer and the drug earned more than $100 million a year in sales through 2005, when it earned approximately $389 million, the lawsuit said. Revlimid brought in more than $1.7 billion in 2008 and 2009, the lawsuit said.The lawsuit also claimed Celgene used false and misleading statements and paid kickbacks to doctors to prescribe the drugs.A judge threw out the kickbacks allegation last year, but allowed the lawsuit to proceed.Under the False Claims Act, Brown can receive 25 per cent to 30 per cent of the settlement. She would have been eligible for a smaller share if the government had intervened to take over the case.In 2012, a former banker earned $104 million — the largest individual government whistleblower award — for helping expose a widespread tax evasion scheme by the Swiss banking behemoth UBS AG.For Brown, who brought the case in 2010 after leaving the company, it was a long and, at times, emotional experience, attorney Thomas Bienert said.“I’m extremely pleased to have been a part of recouping this amount of money for the taxpayer and for seeing our courageous client, Beverly Brown, vindicated in pursuing this matter,” Bienert said. Celgene Corp. to pay $280M to settle cancer drug fraud suit by Brian Melley, The Associated Press Posted Jul 25, 2017 3:02 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 25, 2017 at 9:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Womens Hockey Ohio State reaches NCAA tournament for first appearance in program

Ohio State redshirt junior goalie Kassidy Sauve (32) sits on the puck after a save in the first period of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 19. Ohio State won 3-2. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe No. 5 Ohio State women’s hockey team has made history — again.The Buckeyes reached the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history and now have a shot to bring home their first national title with three straight wins. They will face fourth-seeded Boston College (30-4-3, 19-2-3 Hockey East) in the NCAA quarterfinals at 1 p.m. Saturday.After losing 2-0 to Minnesota on Saturday during the WCHA Final Face-Off, the Buckeyes (23-10-4, 14-6-4 WCHA) were named an at-large team an at-large team in the tournament Sunday.  Ohio State will compete in the tournament with Clarkson, Mercyhurst, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Colgate, Northeastern and Boston College. Each winner of the quarterfinals will advance to the 2018 Women’s Frozen Four. Should Ohio State win, it would face the winner of top-seeded Clarkson’s matchup against Mercyhurst. Second-seeded Wisconsin will host Minnesota. No. 3 Colgate University hosts Northeastern University. Boston College holds the fourth seed in the tournament and hosts the Buckeyes. Following two straight losing seasons, Ohio State made history this season by claiming the program record for wins in a season and at one point was ranked third in the country, higher than ever before in program history. A win in the NCAA tournament would add another improbable feat to the continued turnaround under second-year head coach Nadine Muzerall, who was named WCHA coach of the year.The Buckeyes will lace up their skates and take the ice at the Conte Forum at 1 p.m. Saturday in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. read more

Archbishop urges people to put rivalries and hatred aside

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. The Archbishop of Canterbury has used his Christmas Day sermon to urge the British public to put rivalries and hatred aside.In comments that appear to echo the Queen’s Christmas Day message encouraging people to overcome “deeply held differences,” the Most Reverend Justin Welby said that fears surrounding “gathering shadows” or “great events” could be allayed by the teachings of Jesus Christ.Addressing a congregation at Canterbury Cathedral, he said: “God’s language of love is exclusive. It requires us to forget other languages of hatred, tribalism, rivalry, political advantage and of materialism, pride, greed, and so many more.”The Archbishop added that the Christian faith also offered support when “suffering overwhelms and all answers seem vain”.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––While he did not mention Brexit in his sermon, the archbishop has caused controversy in the past by saying a second referendum was “possible, but not preferable” and he feared a no-deal could create a “significant danger more people will be pushed into poverty”.He told worshippers: “God’s language of love is not mushy sentiment. In the Bible we see the richness of its vocabulary.”It encompasses every aspect of living, and every aspect of knowing God. Jesus the adult spoke it perfectly. The sermon came after thoughts of peace, joy and sadness were raised in the Christmas messages of the Bishops of the Church of England.The bishops spoke of modern-day challenges from modern slavery to political divisions and urged people to remember those who struggle with Christmas as a lonely or difficult time of year.Graham Usher, the Bishop of Dudley, recalled a recent visit to Bethlehem but also thought of divisions that are closer to home.He said: “Our current political debates also put up barriers between those who voted in different ways. Our country needs, more than ever, to seek grace and generosity in our political conversation so that there are not winners and losers, just the flourishing of all.” Meanwhile, the Archbishop of York retold the Nativity through the eyes of a 10-year-old boy who imagines Dr Who intervening to use her sonic screwdriver tlo turn back time and then a choir playing “the biggest gig on earth”.When the child tells his parents the story they say he may have got it wrong, to which the boy replies: “If I told you how it really happened, you would not believe it.”He told York Minster: “Even in uncertain times – like Brexit – the hope is still there, the belief that into darkness God can still shine a light.” “The baby in the manger lives it flawlessly before he can speak a word, because by his mere existence he is the word of God to us. It can be spoken by the generous and wealthy and powerful.”Describing how Christmas had numerous “sounds,” he said the traditional family time is marked by people “arguing, or joking, or sitting quietly enjoying being together”.He added that the “language of love” is spoken by God “for the poor and suffering and oppressed in every place at every time”.Explaining how the world does not stop at Christmas, he continued “to think so is a dangerous illusion because God came into the reality of the world, to change it, not to give us an escape from it.” Archbishop of York delivers his Christmas Day speech at York MinisterCredit:Charlotte Graham Archbishop of York delivers his Christmas Day speech at York Minister read more

Imad Wasim surges to top of T20I bowlers rankings

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMunro, Sodhi and New Zealand top T20I rankingsJanuary 4, 2018In “Sports”Santner, Babar rise to the top of T20I rankingsJanuary 30, 2018In “latest news”India knocks West Indies off the perch as top T20I team – Kohli remains world’s number-one ranked T20 batsmanFebruary 1, 2016In “Sports” Pakistan’s left-arm spinning allrounder Imad Wasim has risen to the top of the ICC’s T20I rankings for bowlers. Imad displaced South Africa’s Imran Tahir, who dropped two positions to third following a poor performance in his side’s series defeat to England. The legspinner had claimed the No. 1 ranking in January but leaking 75 runs in his last seven overs, for only one wicket, has not helped his cause.Imad Wasim has maintained an economy rate of under six after 19 matches in his T20I career (Photo: Getty Images)As a result, Imad, enjoyed his first spell at the top of the T20I bowlers rankings. India’s Jasprit Bumrah occupied second place. Among the other big movers were Tahir’s South Africa team-mate Chris Morris, who jumped up 32 places to the 29th spot, and England’s Liam Plunkett, who rose 26 places to No. 38.England, who had begun their series against South Africa, ranked No. 2 along with Pakistan, now have sole ownership of that position. New Zealand remain the top-ranked team in T20Is.AB de Villiers, who topped the batting charts in the England series with 146 runs, returned to the top 20 in the batsman’s rankings, climbing up 12 places. England opener Jason Roy, who put behind a disappointing Champions Trophy with 103 runs in three T20Is, was rewarded with a career-best 25th position. Virat Kohli continues to be the No. 1-ranked batsman, followed by Aaron Finch and Kane Williamson.England gained two points after their 2-1 victory over South Africa, allowing them to take control of the second spot on the team rankings. Although they had held the same position earlier, it had been together with Pakistan, who have now dropped to No. 3. read more

Explainer All you need to know about the EUs new road safety

first_img Mar 28th 2019, 6:06 AM 30 Comments Image: Shutterstock/kpakook Thursday 28 Mar 2019, 6:05 AM 14,296 Views Explainer: All you need to know about the EU’s new road safety technology proposals The EU yesterday announced a string of new measures proposed by the EU to help improve road safety. Image: Shutterstock/kpakook If last night’s agreement is given the formal green light, it will represent another of those moments, preventing 25,000 deaths within 15 years of coming into force.The Road Safety Authority have been “big supporters” of the proposals, according to communications manager Brian Farrell. “We’ve been calling for the introduction of this safety package for quite a while. It’s been over a decade since we’ve seen any new vehicle safety improvements on cars,” Farrell said.“It’s long, long overdue.”What happens next? As mentioned above, this agreement is only provisional. So, what happens next? How concrete are these plans? Well, the political agreement reached by the European Parliament, Council and Commission in so-called “trilogue negotiations” will now be subject to formal approval by the European Parliament and Council.Once that approval happens, the new safety features will become mandatory from 2022, with the exception of direct vision for trucks and buses and enlarged head impact zone on cars and vans. These will follow later due to necessary structural design changes, according to the EU. center_img THE EU YESTERDAY announced that a provisional agreement has been reached with member states that will see road safety technologies become mandatory on vehicles sold in European from 2022 onwards. Last year, 148 people were killed on Irish roads, according to the RSA.The European Commission said it hopes these measures will help save over 25,000 lives and prevent at least 140,000 serious injuries by 2038. So, what exactly are the new safety features?Certain cars are already fitted with advanced safety features. There are also differences between EU countries. Yesterday, the Commission proposed a revision of its general safety regulation to “ensure that all Europeans benefit from the latest developments in technology”. The Commission is proposing that within three years, all new models introduced on the market must have 11 advanced safety features. A further four measures will follow a few years later.Here’s a breakdown of what these features are: For cars, vans, trucks and buses – Warning of driver drowsiness and distraction (eg. smartphone use while driving), intelligent speed assistance, reversing safety with camera or sensors, and data recorder in case of an accident (‘black box’).For cars and vans – Lane-keeping assistance, advanced emergency braking, and crash-test improved safety belts.For trucks and buses – Specific requirements to improve the direct vision of bus and truck drivers and to remove blind spots, and systems at the front and side of the vehicle to detect and warn of vulnerable road users, especially when making turns. Source: EUWhy are these measures being proposed by the EU? 25,300 people lost their lives on EU roads in 2017. As a result, the EU has said reaching its objective of halving road fatalities between 2010 and 2020 is now “very challenging”. “Beside the victims, road accidents affect the society as a whole, with an estimated socio-economic cost of €120 billion a year,” the EU said. As a result, the EU said all this calls for “fresh efforts from all actors to make European roads safer”. “While national and local authorities deliver most of the day-to-day actions, the Commission is proposing a number of measures with strong EU added value,” it said.Will the changes make vehicles more expensive? Aside from the obvious safety improvements, the proposals will also lead to savings for consumers, according to the EU. According to the Commission’s analysis, the proposal would have little or no impact on the price of new vehicles. “On the contrary, lives saved and injuries avoided would lead to societal benefits estimated at €73 billion.” Has Ireland changed its driving laws recently? A number of road safety measures have been introduced by the government in recent months. In July, the controversial drink-driving legislation that had been delayed for over a year passed all stages in the Dáil, which sees an automatic ban for drivers on their first offence in their regard.December saw the commencement of the unaccompanied learner driver provisions of the Road Traffic Amendment Act 2018, known as the ‘Clancy Amendment’. These new provisions now make it an offence for the owner of a vehicle to knowingly allow an unaccompanied learner or an unlicensed person to drive his or her vehicle. How will this affect Ireland? Well, there are no car brands manufactured in Ireland, so it won’t affect the country from a manufacturing perspective. However, if these changes are implemented in 2022, all cars sold in Europe, including Ireland, will have these technologies built in as standard. It won’t impact cars made before 2022. What has the reaction to the proposals been? The new proposals have been warmly welcomed by the European Transport Safety Council. Its executive director Antonio Avenoso said: “There have only been a handful of moments in the last fifty years which could be described as big leaps forward for road safety in Europe.  The mandatory introduction of the seat belt was one, and the first EU minimum crash safety standards, agreed in 1998 was another. 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Man scoops €112 million Lotto jackpot after stopping into garage for a

first_img A WICKLOW MAN has today described how he won €11.2 million after he stopped at a garage in Enniskerry to pick up a chicken fillet roll with a money he received as a tip from a customer at work.The family syndicate who officially became the 15th largest Lotto winners since the game began in Ireland were in Lotto HQ today to pick up their cheque for €11,225,280 – the highest Lotto jackpot prize in over two years.The winners who wish to keep their win private bought their winning Lotto Quick ticket the Spar Service Station on Monastery Road in Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow.One of the winning syndicate members explained how he only bought the lucky Quick Pick ticket because of a tip he received from a satisfied customer in work.“I was at work that morning and a happy customer gave me a €10 tip so I decided to pop into the Spar garage to get myself a chicken fillet roll for my lunch and with the change, I got myself a Lotto Quick Pick – it was a simple act of kindness from a customer which led my family to a win of a lifetime. It’s something I will always be grateful for,” he said.Despite the win, the Wicklow family has promised to stay grounded and will stay in their current family home and continue to work as normal.“We’re just a normal family and while the win is life-changing, it really won’t change us all that much. We have no intention of giving up work just yet and we’re currently making some plans to renovate the house. You always think that you’re going to go mad and lose the run of yourself when you win the Lotto but at the top of our shopping list at the moment is a new dishwasher and a new oven!”Despite winning the huge jackpot on Wednesday,it was another two days until the family checked their ticket:“I was sitting in the car eating my lunch on the following Friday while I was reading the paper and I overheard a conversation on the radio about the Lotto win in Enniskerry. My heart absolutely jumped out of my chest because I knew that’s where I bought my ticket. I pulled my ticket out of my wallet and checked the numbers on the paper. I was absolutely speechless.” Sep 2nd 2019, 10:07 PM 39 Comments The jackpot cheque. By Garreth MacNamee Monday 2 Sep 2019, 10:07 PM Share8 Tweet Email4 65,529 Views The jackpot cheque. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Man scoops €11.2 million Lotto jackpot after stopping into garage for a chicken fillet roll Will he cut it in half? last_img read more

MCU News Marvel Movies Leaving Netflix Thor Ragnarok details and More

first_imgStay on target In the lead-up to Avengers: Infinity War, you might be tempted to watch through every movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that precedes it. Good thing the most recent ones are on Netflix, right? Well, that won’t be the case for much longer. When Disney first announced they were ending their partnership with Netflix in favor of launching their own streaming service, the company hadn’t decided whether that included Marvel and Star Wars films. They’ve decided now, and it’s exactly what we all suspected they would do.During a question-and-answer segment of the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications and Entertainment conference, Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed the decision, Variety reports. “We’ve now decided we will put the Marvel and Star Wars movies on this app as well,” he said.Right now, this appears to affect the movies only. Marvel’s Defenders shows were made in partnership with Netflix, and will most likely remain on the streaming service while their feature film cousins jump ship. It’s super annoying to know there will be yet another streaming service we’ll have to pay for if we want to stream certain content. The one bright side is it will be nice to have all the MCU in one place, rather than spread across Hulu, Amazon, and Netflix. At this point, all we can do is hope it doesn’t cost too much. Or go back to buying physical media. Sure it’s expensive and takes up space, but remember knowing for sure whether or not you owned a thing? That was nice.We don’t know when the Marvel and Star Wars movies will leave Netflix, but the good news is it’s not going to happen right away. At the conference, Iger said Disney’s unnamed streaming service will launch in “late 2019,” so you probably have some time to enjoy Rogue One, Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange before they go away.In better, more fun news from the MCU, Thor: Ragnarok is only a couple months away. We already know it will do a lot to set up for Avengers: Infinity War, but Slashfilm reports it might have explicit connections to Guardians of the Galaxy as well. In a visit to the set, the site saw concept art from the upcoming movie featuring some intriguing imagery. One featured Star-Lord’s ship from GOTG, hinting that it might make an appearance in Ragnarok. We already know from Disney’s D23 event and San Diego Comic Con that Thor will crash into Star-Lords ship in Infinity War, so it wouldn’t be a total surprise for it to make an appearance before than happens. The most likely explanation: It shows up in a post-credits teaser, possibly showing the moments before Thor crashes into Star-Lord’s windshield.Another cool GOTG connection Slashfilm noticed was some concept art featuring Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster speaking with The Broker. If you remember the first Guardians of the Galaxy, The Broker was the guy Star-Lord was trying to sell the Infinity Stone-containing orb too. It’s thought that The Grandmaster, The Broker, and Benicio Del Toro’s Collector are all Celestials, like Star-Lord’s dad. It’s possible The Grandmaster will try to get his hands on an Infinity Stone in Thor: Ragnarok. Maybe that’s part of how Thanos gets his hands on all six Infinity Stones (and the Gauntlet) in Infinity War.Though Thor: Ragnarok appears to be doing a lot of set up for Marvel’s gigantic crossover next year, it still looks like a lot of fun. Just going by the trailer, it has a humor and energy that’s completely different from either of the previous two Thor movies. A lot of that comes from the Thor-Hulk fight, which might be the most exciting part of the movie. Even Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo is drumming up hype for the showdown, with the help of some well-posed action figures. Though the trailer appears to imply that Thor will prevail in the fight, Ruffalo might be hinting at a different outcome. Of course, he would be biased, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see one shot like this in Thor: Ragnarok. Though he could be hinting to director Taika Waititi that he would have preferred this outcome. Also interesting about this post are the two hashtags, ragingfire and smolderingfire. They appear to reference Hulk and Thor, respectively. Maybe the two fires will join together to escape (and burn down) the Grandmaster’s arena.We’ll have definite answers to all these questions once Thor: Ragnarok arrives in theaters on November 3, 2017.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img MovieBob Reviews: ‘Venom’Dark Phoenix Trailer Released & More Marvel Movie News last_img read more

Syrian government reportedly recaptures part of Aleppo

first_imgDAMASCUS, Syria — Syrian government forces have recaptured all the areas of western Aleppo taken by rebels in a major offensive aimed at breaking the siege of the opposition-held east of the city, a monitoring group said Saturday.The government forces have retaken all of the Dahiyat al-Assad district and the nearby village of Minyan on the southwestern outskirts of Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.Rebels including the former Syrian branch of al-Qaida, the Fatah al-Sham front, launched an offensive in October aimed at breaking through to besieged eastern Aleppo for the second time.The rebels opened a corridor to the area in August, allowing some supplies in, but were forced back again in September.The United Nations Thursday warned that the quarter of a million residents of eastern Aleppo were at risk of starving after the last aid rations in the area were distributed.last_img read more

Hogwarts seeks to recruit wizarding staff

first_imgSomething for the weekend: Wannabe wizards will be rubbing their hands together at the latest recruitment drive from Warner Brother Studio Tour London, as the movie studio hunts down candidates to work in the hallowed halls of magicking school Hogwarts.Those looking to work with JK Rowlings’ fictional Harry Potter series will attend a recruitment assessment day on Friday 22 September 2017, with spellbinding performances earning successful candidates the chance to work at the studio’s The Making of Harry Potter tour.Job-seeking muggles can apply for roles as interactors, sales associates or warehouse associates, which provides them with the opportunity to explore the famed school of witchcraft and wizardry for themselves.According to Warner Brother Studio Tour London’s recruitment site: “The warm welcome that visitors receive from all our employees makes a huge difference to their excitement and enjoyment of the Studio Tour. If you have enthusiasm, personality and a flair for customer service, this could be the place for you with either a full-time, part-time or seasonal role.“Our visitor hosts are the frontline team, responsible for meeting, greeting and assisting our visitors upon arrival and again when they depart. Our knowledgeable interactors are full of behind-the-scenes filmmaking secrets, which they are eager to share, and our retail associates help visitors find the perfect souvenir following their special day with us.”Here at Employee Benefits, we cannot think of anything better than grabbing a wand and heading to work at Hogwarts every day, although we imagine it is all too easy to get hooked on nibbling chocolate frogs alongside an 11am cuppa in the Great Hall…last_img read more

Marathi TV actor kills daughter herself leaves poignant suicide note

first_imgPradnya Parkar hanged herself in Kalwa area of Mumbai.Representative image | Creative CommonsIn a shocking incident, a 40-year-old woman allegedly strangulated her teenage daughter and then hanged herself in Kalwa area of Mumbai on Friday, August 9.The woman, identified as Pradnya Parkar, had written a suicide note purportedly, in which she alleged that she was under extreme stress and hence she killed her 17-year-old daughter Shruti and killed herself.Preliminary reports suggested that Parkar, who worked in the Marathi TV industry, was not getting much work these days and her husband too was facing problems in his business, said senior police inspector Shekhar Bagde.The incident apparently took place between 8 and 9 this morning when her husband had gone to the gym.On returning back, he found the door of the flat locked from inside. When it was broken open, the bodies of Pradnya and Shruti, who studied in Class 12, were found. An investigation into the incident is underway.(With agency inputs)last_img read more

Bowie HS Lacrosse Falls in MD State 4A Semifinlals

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO, gray@afro.comDespite its perception as a suburban sport played mostly by White athletes, Black players and teams are finding more than just a niche in lacrosse.  In Prince George’s County, players are picking up the game at an early age and its beginning to show up on the field.After years of talented athletes gravitating to sports, then being forced to compete at an elite level in high school at private schools in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, Bowie High School is changing the narrative about the quality of play in the D.C. suburbs.  They finished the season 14-2 and beat Northwestern 9-7 to win the regional championship in the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSA) 4-A playoffs.Bowie High School Lacrosse Team made it to the Maryland State 4-A semifinals before losing to the Howard Lions. (Courtesy Photo)The quiet chatter in lacrosse circles has been that White coaches would like to have more Black “athletes” from other sports pick up their game.  Even if the athlete had never played before, the mindset would be to teach them lacrosse skills to blend with the athleticism and the results would be the type of players that are helping schools like those in Prince George’s County become contenders for state championships.However, the access to training and offseason programs to development has been a long time coming.  When a region is dominated by football and basketball talent, offseason skills development are challenges for lacrosse athletes, and the reasons are less than financial. Nonetheless, the level of athlete and the access to the game are making lacrosse an entertaining brand to watch with teams now mastering the art of attacking.But as is the case in all team sports the offense sells tickets and the defense wins championships.  That’s what separated Bowie and Northwestern from the rest of Prince George’s County’s teams this season.  When it mattered most, it was the defense that was buoyed by the athleticism, which made the difference. During the regular season, and until their loss in the state semifinals, Bowie’s only blemish was an 8-6 home loss to Roosevelt.  Their resilience and growing talent base fueled the run to within two games of playing for a state championship, and it was especially on display when they advanced in the state semifinals.Bowie’s tempo and pressure was the difference in their postseason run started against Eleanor Roosevelt. The Bulldogs were able to sustain the momentum all game by pressing the pace on both the offensive and defensive side of the field. Offensively, their relentless attacks of the defense midfielders shaped the direction of the game from the start.DuVal Harrell anchored their defensive midfield that contained an explosive Roosevelt offense.  He was key to their attack oriented defense that yielded more than 10 goals only once this year.  In conference play, Bowie on Roosevelt scored as many eight against their defense. City College of Baltimore lit the lamp nine times – the most any team would score against the Bulldogs to open the season in March – and the season of the “D-Block Defense” was born.  In their semifinal victory over the Bulldogs, offense exploded in their 17-8 rout of Roosevelt.  Offensively, there were major contributions from Hashim Gafney who scored five goals with three assists. Tyson Cardoso and Kobie Johnson combined for six goals and two assists. Jeremiah Parrish also scored three goals.  After outscoring Flowers and Roosevelt 25-8 in their first two playoff games, Northwestern held them to nine but it wasn’t enough as the “D-Block” did just enough to help them win the region with a 9-7 win. Howard, ended Bowie’s season with a 15-2 loss in the Maryland 4-A semifinals.last_img read more

Play the Dead Space 3 demo on January 15

first_imgFans of the Dead Space series have had a long wait for the 3rd game to arrive. Dead Space 2 was released back in January 2011, and it looks like January 2013 will be your first chance to get your hands on Dead Space 3, in demo form at least.EA has announced that Xbox 360 and PS3 Best Price at Amazon owners will be able to download and play the demo on Tuesday, January 22. However, if you own an Xbox 360 there is a way to play it early if you’re quick.If you visit the Dead Space 3 demo site (link below) right now, you can register your Origin ID and EA will allow you to download the demo a week early on January 15 using a redemption code. This is a limited offer though, and EA will stop offering codes when enough players have registered for early access. Exactly how many players that is hasn’t been divulged.If you fail to get a code then it’s only an extra week of waiting. Alternatively, if you just want the full game to play then you only need wait until February 5 in the US and February 8 in Europe. The game is getting a simultaneous releases across Xbox 360, PS3, and PC, but there’s no mention of a PC demo being made available yet.Dead Space 3 was announced back in June, and with it came the introduction of a full-playthrough co-op mode. The reason for this, according to EA, is the fact Dead Space as a series is just too scary for some gamers so playing it with a friend is desirable. If that’s not you, don’t worry, EA has not tweaked the gameplay to accommodate co-op.Register for early access to the demo at Business Wirelast_img read more

Can a car engine be built out of a single particle

first_img More information: O. Abah, et al. “Single-Ion Heat Engine at Maximum Power.” PRL 109, 203006 (2012). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.109.203006 (a) Diagram of the Otto cycle for the radial mode of an ion. (b) Pictograms illustrate the four individual strokes of the Otto cycle. (c) Geometry of the tapered Paul trap used to trap the ion. Image credit: O. Abah, et al. ©2012 American Physical Society (—As physicists work on miniaturizing devices, they will eventually run into the ultimate limit: the atom. A fundamental question in this area is whether it’s even possible to scale down a macroscale engine such as a car engine to the single-particle level, while retaining the same working principles. In a new study, a team of physicists has proposed a scheme to build a heat engine that consists of a single trapped ion that can perform a quantum version of the Otto cycle, the basis of the common four-stroke car engine. If realized, the single-ion engine has the potential to enter the quantum regime and become a tool to investigate how quantum effects alter a nanoengine’s efficiency. Citation: Can a car engine be built out of a single particle? (2012, November 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Scientists develop novel ion trap for sensing force and light Copyright 2012 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Explore further Journal information: Physical Review Letters A group of scientists from the Universities of Augsburg, Berlin, and Mainz in Germany, and of Maryland in the US, has published their proposal for a single-ion heat engine in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters. Previously, researchers have fabricated micro heat engines, but a quantum heat engine that is subject to quantum effects has not yet been realized.”Our numerical simulations, done with realistic parameters, show that the implementation of a quantum single-ion heat engine is feasible with currently available technology,” coauthor Eric Lutz of the Universities of Augsburg and Berlin told “Once built, this would be the smallest and the first quantum heat engine ever fabricated.”The proposed engine consists of a single ion trapped in a Paul trap with tapered geometry. The trapped ion is alternatingly coupled to two reservoirs of different temperatures that heat and cool the radial state of the ion. Heating and cooling causes the ion to move coherently inside the trap, generating an Otto cycle in which thermal energy is converted into motion. Ion movement in the axial direction corresponds to the movement of a piston in a classical engine, while ion movement in the radial direction corresponds to the gas in the cylinder.The scientists explain that the alternative coupling to the two heat reservoirs can either be switched externally or by the motion of the ion itself; in the latter case, after reaching an initial threshold amplitude, the engine would operate autonomously. Through analytical and numerical analysis, the researchers showed that the single-ion engine is capable of operating at a maximum efficiency of 30% at maximum power under certain conditions. The parameters of the engine can also be widely tuned, allowing the engine to operate at temperatures low enough to enter the quantum regime. The scientists also proposed a way to store the energy produced by the engine using a mechanism based on the Paul trap’s tapered geometry. The tapering allows energy to be stored in the axial mode and then transferred to other oscillator systems, such as separately trapped ions, so that the energy can be extracted and used to perform work.”We regard the single-ion engine as a prototype for general oscillator engines, based for instance on nanomechanical oscillators,” Lutz said. “These have already been used to fabricate microengines. When run as a heat pump, such an engine could offer an alternative method to locally cool a given mode, for instance in an ion chain or in a nanomechanical oscillator.”Since publishing their paper, Lutz and his coauthors have worked further on the design of a trap with a tapered geometry, and they are currently trying to build the single-ion heat engine. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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first_img RelatedThanks!Thank you for subscribing to Skyscanner’s free Airmail newsletter.Skyscanner airmailSign up for Skyscanner Airmail – our weekly email newsletter filled with travel tips, ideas, hot deals and more!Skyscanner Airmail competition – Win travel vouchers worth £1000Sign up for Skyscanner Airmail – our weekly email newsletter filled with travel tips, ideas, hot deals and more! Thank you for subscribing to Skyscanner’s free Airmail newsletter.You’ll receive a verification email shortly that contains a link. You need to click on this link to confirm your subscription.Each week we send you our round-up of the best flight deals, the latest travel tips, advice, news and inspiration.Remember to add to your ‘safe senders’ list to avoid missing out on Skyscanner newsletters.Skyscanner does not want you to receive unwanted email. You can choose to unsubscribe to Airmail at any time.Read full details of our privacy policy here.www.skyscanner.netReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

London England – The 2009 Formula One season was

first_imgLondon, England – The 2009 Formula One season was an incredible one for the Brawn GP Team as the world watched their race to victory in both the Constructors and Drivers Championship. For the first time ever in the history of the sport a team competing in their first ever season achieved this double victory. Now Graham-London is proud to be part of this historic success story.Graham-London, the Anglo-Swiss watchmaking brand, shares the same commitment to technological mastery and team spirit as the Brawn GP Formula One Team, and has partnered with the champions to produce a timepiece that embodies and celebrates this historic victory. The Silverstone Trackmaster Year One G-BGP-001 is an unrivaled time instrument, a collaboration in which both partners have played an active role. The watch even includes an actual part of the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Formula One World Champions’ cars.The Silverstone Trackmaster Year One G-BGP-001 enables racing fans and watchmaking enthusiasts to wear Formula One on their wrist. The 47mm case, surrounded by a ceramic bezel, encloses an advanced mechanism and a unique element: a disc of the Brawn GP’s engine cover, set as the 30min counter at 3 o’clock. The timepiece is available with a black or white dial according to the Brawn GP racing colors, in limited editions of 250 each.For more information visit read more