Healing and Spas Title Bites the Dust

first_imgHealing Lifestyles & Spas, a JLD Publication focused on inspiring readers to engage in “mental, spiritual, and emotional well-being,” announced today that it will be ceasing all print, online and news operations after more than 13 years.An email blast delivered this morning said that the print magazine would no longer be published and “all web services, including these tips, will no longer be produced or supported.” HL&S was acquired by new publishers 8 weeks ago,”and they’ve decided to shut down the entire brand effectiveimmediately,” former editor-in-chief Melissa Williams told FOLIO: in an email. “Both Shanon [associate publisher Shanon Hoffman] and I are very saddened by the news, as theHL&S brand has been truly our pride and passion. I’ve been with themagazine for eight years and Shanon for six. However, we plan oncombining our wellness passion, and knowledge of the spa industry in anew venture,” she said.The health and spa magazine headed up by publisher Michael Donnelly does not have circulation or ad page numbers listed, but related title MSLO’s Body + Soul saw its ad pages up 4.4 percent from 2007 in the most recent report from Publishers Information Bureau.last_img read more

Minnesota Business Magazine To Cease Operations Industry Notes

first_imgMinnesota Business Magazine ShuttersMinnesota Business magazine announced that its November/December edition will be its final issue before ceasing operations. According to a reported statement by executive editor Megan Effertz in Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, the publication’s nine staffers will be reassigned within Tiger Oak Media Inc.—the Minneapolis, Minn.- and Seattle, Wash.-based owner of Minnesota Business—which is the parent company of several other business, bridal, lifestyle, and meeting and events titles including Minnesota Bride and Minnesota Meetings + Events. The brand’s website will shut down at the end of the year.Effertz also stated that while the magazine is preparing to shutter, there is still the chance that the brand might be purchased and she hopes that it can continue running. “We’ve had a great year, with many inspiring stories, new readers both online and off, and back-to-back sold out events,” she said in the Business Journal report. “We’re still hoping maybe someone steps up.”Representatives from Minnesota Business magazine did not responded to a request for comment at the time of publication. Nature’s Eye Media Absorbs The Journey MagazineThe Journey Magazine, an Eastern Texas regional life and culture publication, and Nature’s Eye Media, a branch of the realty and media company Nature’s Eye, are merging teams beginning with the magazine’s October 2018 issue to create a new nature-based lifestyle publication. Nature’s Eye, which consists of several brands including habitat consulting and wildlife management company Nature’s Eye Consulting, and a real estate holding company for a division of Mossy Oak Properties of Texas, says that the merger with The Journey Magazine is a way for the company to expand its media branch. The magazine, which was founded in 2005 by Kim Ogden in Lufkin, Texas, was established as a lifestyle publication aimed at telling life experiences of locals, and had been individually owned and operated by Ogden since then. Nature’s Eye’s media team and the editorial staff at The Journey Magazine had been working together over the past 17 months to cover stories from Eastern Texas within the magazine’s monthly issues, but starting this month, the staffs will officially combine and will be based out of Nature’s Eye’s corporate headquarters in Lufkin. “Through this new venture, our vision is to bring our stories to an even broader audience, and to bring even more of the world to these pages,” said a spokesperson from Nature’s Eye in a statement. “We’re not only excited to share a nature based lifestyle magazine with you, but to also offer media services.”From the job board…The Miami New Times is looking for a full-time news editor to lead its reporting team and write both short and long form narrative stories. As the number two position in the newsroom, the ideal candidate will possess an instinctual knack for daily digital journalism, along with the ability to write and edit quickly while maintaining high standards. Experience in the Miami area and Spanish language skills are a plus.See this and other current job openings at careers.foliomag.com.Fast Company Reboots With New Logo and a New LookFast Company’s new logo.Fast Company unveiled its new logo as well as announced a plan for a “reinvigorated” design and “livelier” new content and stories starting with its November issue. The magazine’s editor-in-chief, Stephanie Mehta, shared in a post that the redesign is “aimed at making our print, online, and live journalism even more accessible and indispensable to you, our valued readers,” as well as offering a more “human-centered design ethos.” The new logo, which was designed by Portuguese type and graphic designer Rui Abreu, plays on the original 1995 stylistic design with a smaller font-size letter ‘A’ and ‘O,’ however Mehta explains that Abreu’s logo features a contrast between thicker and thinner lines that allows “for a more updated feel.” Mehta said that creative director Mike Schnaidt’s goal for the reboot was to incorporate “a broader, bolder color palette, elegant new typefaces, and a welcoming vibe,” as well as focus on the trend that tech-based companies are taking in “embracing a friendly aesthetic over a futuristic one.” Schnaidt’s design also reflects some of the brand’s most engaged with franchises including the Most Creative People in Business list and the Secrets of the Most Productive People, which influenced the mission to establish a humanistic ethos.“Just look at Casper, Airbnb, and Dropbox, to name a few,” Schnaidt said in the post. “Their branding is empathetic, and it doesn’t aim to flaunt the complex technology on the back end of their products.”The reboot will also feature an expanded “Recommender” section that highlights readers’ favorite places, objects, travel tips, and work hacks. “What hasn’t changed?” Mehta posed. “Our passion for and commitment to telling insightful and richly reported business stories that you won’t read anywhere else.”last_img read more

Jain On How Coachella Helps International Artists Honoring Miriam Makebas Legacy More

first_imgWe caught up with the French pop performer in Indio, where she touched on her first Coachella experience, how living abroad has informed her artistry, and much moreAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Apr 19, 2019 – 11:22 am GRAMMY-nominated French artist Jain makes upbeat yet socially conscious inspired pop music. Using sounds and inspiration from her global upbringing, Jain (born Jeanne Louise Galice) left her hometown of Toulouse, France, with her family when she was nine. From then until she was 18, she lived in Dubai, the Congo and Abu Dhabi before returning to France to attend art school in Paris, where she lives now.Jain made her Coachella debut at Gobi stage last Saturday, her first U.S. show of the year, and will be returning this weekend for round two. Not only that, but Jain just dropped her first new music since her 2018 album Souldier, a single called “Gloria,” which she has been playing on tour in Europe.We caught up with Jain on the ground in Indio, where she touched on her first Coachella experience, how living abroad has informed her artistry, and much more.You had your Coachella debut yesterday; how did you feel to share your music at this festival, on this platform?Well, it was amazing and this show was really cool. We have a lot of fun with the crowd, so I couldn’t have been going any better. I was feeling really lucky to be there today in this festival because it’s one of the biggest festivals in the world. And in France, it’s well known also. Because always there are French artists that are playing over there. So we were really, really happy.The international contingent of artists on the lineup this year is really strong; what does it feel like to you to be a part of it?It was amazing because for me to be able to play as a French artist. I’m from a little town from the south tip of France, to be able to play in Coachella and meet other artists from all over the world and to connect with people that I love from my hometown is something amazing. And it shows the real power of music is to be united with something that everybody loves. And that’s why music is so international. And I think it’s great that a big festival like Coachella makes this actually. It helps a lot of artists.Yeah. I agree. Were you able to check out any other artists at the festival? Was there anyone you were really excited about?Yeah, I saw a lot of shows actually. I saw Anderson .Paak; for me it was one of the best shows that I’ve ever seen. And I saw Childish Gambino. I saw the Boyfriends. They are Australian, I think.You spent time growing up around the world. How do you think living in these different place inspired your art and music?It really gave me this need to express myself. Because when you are a teenager and you have to be new in a new high school and make new friends and make friends again, sometimes you get this feeling of loneliness. And for me it was why I was writing music, it was because I felt lonely and I wanted to make kind of therapy with it. So I don’t know if I would have done music if I haven’t traveled. So the traveling and discovering new countries meant everything for me and my songwriting.Do you feel like that caused you to grow up more quickly? To have a more mature themes or ideas with your music?Yeah, I’m definitely sure about this. My music would be very, very different if I haven’t traveled. And it’s true that when you’re young, you’re fast and there’s no concern with people, actually. When you’re doing music and you’re young, you can be in a band with different people with different stories also. And that’s why I really loved it.You released your sophomore album, Souldier, last year. What did you wish to communicate with that album?For me, Souldier is the part two of [debut album] Zanaka, the rest of my experience in the Middle East. The two albums work together. For me, Zanaka was more about when I was 16, 18 years old, and Souldier is the rest. I really wanted to put music that I was listening to and I was listening to—Arabic kind of music, hip-hop, some Rumba from the Congo. And I really wanted to make people travel by listening to my music. I always write about something that moves me. And something, it can be something bad or something sad like the killing in the nightclub of Orlando. I always try to put some optimism in it. I try to heal myself.Your music video for “Makeba” was nominated for a GRAMMY at the 60th GRAMMY Awards. Can you explain the story behind that specific song and video?When I worked with [French directors] Greg & Lio, for me it was really important to shoot it in South Africa because [the song’s subject, musician Miriam Makeba] was from South Africa. And we were about to shoot this video in Soweto, which is outside of Johannesburg. It’s where she grew up, actually. I really wanted for people to know her and to be able to share her legacy of music. That’s so cool. Is that something that’s important for you, to share stories of other female artists or other people that might not have a platform like you have?For me, it’s really important because I was listening to Makeba since I was three years old. She’s really part of my music intention. And when I grew up, I realized that actually a lot of my friends didn’t know her. When I like an artist, especially a female artist, I really try to support. I think it’s really important these days.Mon Laferte Talks First Coachella Performance, ‘Norma’ & MoreRead more Twitter Facebook News Email Jain On How Coachella Helps International Artists jain-how-coachella-helps-international-artists-honoring-miriam-makebas-legacy-more Jain On How Coachella Helps International Artists, Honoring Miriam Makeba’s Legacy & More last_img read more

PETA Protests Wilmington Company

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a press release from PETA:Armed with signs that proclaim, “Charles River Is Hell for Animals” and “Stop Animal Testing,” a group of PETA supporters gathered outside Charles River Laboratories in Wilmington on Thursday, April 25, 2019 during World Week for Animals in Laboratories.The Wilmington-based laboratory-for-hire performs poisoning tests on monkeys, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, and other animals and is also the world’s largest breeder of animals for use in experiments.“Charles River supplies one of every two animals used in experiments, so it has a hand in fully half of all the pain, misery, fear, and distress endured by animals in laboratories around the world,” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “This World Week for Animals in Laboratories, PETA is calling for an end to cruel and unreliable tests on animals.”PETA notes that Charles River Laboratories intentionally poisons animals by force-feeding them test compounds, smears caustic experimental chemicals onto their bare skin, and forces them to inhale toxic substances in painful and deadly experiments. The company’s history of animal-welfare violations includes failure to provide animals with veterinary care, failure to provide suffering animals with pain relief, and shoddy surgical methods.PETA Protestors outside Charles River Lab in Wilmington (Photo courtesy of PETA’s Twitter account)###Charles River Labs addresses its animal testing practices on its website:“Animals have contributed to nearly every medical breakthrough in recent history, including treatments for cancer, diabetes, and AIDS, and they continue to play an essential role in the development of life-saving drugs for people and other animals. The welfare of the animals contributing to research is of utmost importance and a prerequisite for the accuracy, reliability, and translatability of our research.”Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Charles Rivers Announces Recipients Of 1st Annual ‘Research Models in Drug Discovery’ AwardIn “Business”Wilmington’s Charles River Labs To Hold World Congress On Animal Models In Drug Discovery & DevelopmentIn “Business”Wilmington’s Charles River Labs Settles Overbilling Allegations For $1.8 MillionIn “Business”last_img read more

Surfing at the 2020 Olympics What you need to know about the

first_img Share your voice 2020 Olympics Tokyo 2020 shows off Olympic medals made from old phones Karate at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics: Everything you need to know Your guide to basketball at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics Everything you should know about skateboarding at the 2020 Summer Olympics How do athletes qualify to surf at the 2020 Olympics?Firstly, athletes must comply with the current Olympic Charter, the document that sets forth rules and guidelines for Olympic athletes and the Olympic Games. It’s a hefty 103-page file that includes rules such as the “citizenship requirement rule” (Rule 41) that states athletes must be a “national” of the country they represent in competition. And, of course, Rule 43, which details the World Anti-Doping Code and the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of Manipulation of Competitions.A total of 40 surfers (20 men and 20 women) will qualify for surfing at the 2020 Olympics. A maximum of four surfers (2 men and 2 women) can compete from each country’s National Olympic Committee — the governing body in each country that regulates athlete participation in the Olympics. Athletes will qualify for the Olympics if they meet performance qualification criteria at one of the following events: 2019 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT): 10 men and eight women2019 ISA World Surfing Games: Four men and four women2020 ISA World Surfing Games: Four men and six womenContinental representation: With the exception of North and South America, the highest-placed eligible athlete from each continent at the 2019 ISA World Surfing Games (someone who didn’t yet qualify) gains one spot. For the Americas, continental representation comes from the highest-placed eligible athlete (who hasn’t already qualified through other events) at the 2019 Pan American Games. Host nation slot: The Olympic Games guarantees one male and one female place for the host nation, in this case Japan. If athletes from Japan qualify regularly (through one of the events above), the host nation slots will be reallocated to the highest-ranked eligible surfers from the 2020 World Surfing Games.See the full qualification criteria for more details.2018 Russian Surfing Championships in SochiThere are many types of surfboards, but the primary categories include shortboard and longboard. Olympic surfers will use shortboards, which are known for their pointed noses and excellent maneuverability.  Sergei Bobylev/Getty Images When and where is surfing happening?The 2020 Olympic Games surfing program will take place at Tsurigasaki Beach in Chiba, Japan from July 24 to August 9, 2020.Check out the full Olympic schedule of events here.What will the events be like? Surfing consists primarily of two disciplines: shortboard and longboard. At the 2020 Olympics, all athletes will surf shortboard. A shortboard refers to any board that’s shorter than seven feet in length. They usually have a pointed nose and are lightweight. They’re designed to be quick and accurate, and are more suited to fast and powerful waves than are longboards. In heats of 20 to 30 minutes, Olympic judges will analyze four athletes at a time, with the top two scores advancing to the next round. Because surfing conditions are so variable, the IOC has allowed for the surfing competition to take place over 16 days in the case that weather presents safety concerns or unfair circumstances.How will the athletes be judged?Judges will rate athletes on the type and difficulty of maneuvers performed. One example of an advanced surfing move is the aerial, where a surfer finds a ramp within a wave and launches off of the lip, gains air and lands back on the face of the wave. For even more jaw drops, a surfer would spin in a complete circle while in the air and still manage to land gracefully — a surfing move known as the 360.The judges will also account for speed, power and flow. Like other Olympic events, judges will score surfers from 1 to 10 with two decimals, for example, 7.91. Only one surfer may ride a wave at any given time, and athletes may lose points for failing to use common surfer etiquette, which rules that the surfer closest to the peak of a wave has right of way for that wave.  Fitness Sport and Outdoors Post a commentcenter_img Tags 0 The 2020 Summer Olympics Surfing will make its Olympic debut at the 2020 Games in Japan. Athletes will surf at Tsurigasaki Beach in Chiba, Japan. Brian Bielmann / AFP/Getty Images 100 years ago, Duke Kahanamoku dreamt of surfing in the Olympic Games. He was a five-time Olympic medalist for swimming, but in between Olympic competitions and after his retirement, Kahanamoku, a Native Hawaiian and the “father of modern surfing,” traveled internationally to popularize the sport of surfing. Back in the early 1900s, it was known only to Hawaii, which had yet to become a US state. Kahanamoku would be proud to know that in 2016, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) unanimously decided to include surfing in the Olympic Games for the first time. Surfing will debut at the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. Keep reading for everything you need to know about the new Olympic sport.last_img read more

Care By Volvo subscription program revs up adds models

first_img Tags Enlarge ImageCare By Volvo started with the XC40, but now encompasses five different model lines.  Volvo Care By Volvo, the Swedish automaker’s monthly subscription program, has arguably been the only such plan to gain significant traction in America’s new-car marketplace. Now, Volvo is doubling down on the program, announcing expansion details that include more markets and more vehicles for its all-in-one, flat-rate monthly payment plan.Developed as an alternative to traditional vehicle leasing and purchase financing, Care By Volvo hasn’t been without its hiccups and controversies. The novel program has labored to overcome regulatory hurdles while slowly expanding state by state, and the plan has even rankled some members of the company’s dealership body. In fact, the California New Car Dealers Association asked the automaker to stop offering CBV in the Golden State back in 2018, and the California DMV is investigating the program for possible violations. Despite these obstacles, Care By Volvo appears to be meeting with greater consumer interest than any other automaker subscription program, and Volvo is understandably keen to capitalize on that momentum. First offered on select versions of Volvo’s entry-level XC40 crossover last year, the program recently expanded Care By Volvo to include the company’s new S60 sport sedan. Now, CBV is adding 2020 XC60 and XC90 SUV models, along with its V60 Cross Country lifted wagon. Interestingly, despite wide spreads in vehicle prices, there’s very little variation in Care By Volvo monthly pricing. For example, an XC40 T5 AWD in Momentum trim retails from $37,340 delivered, and runs $700 a month through CBV. The XC90 T6 AWD in Momentum trim retails for $57.940 delivered, but only costs $800 in installments — just $100 more per month. In other words, if you’re considering joining the program, bigger might be better from a value perspective.Care By Volvo pricingPer monthXC40 T5 AWD Momentum$700S60 T5 FWD Momentum$700XC40 T5 AWD R-Design$750S60 T6 AWD R-Design$750V60 Cross Country T5 AWD$750XC60 T5 AWD Momentum$750XC90 T6 AWD Momentum$800Care By Volvo involves a two-year agreement, with customers given the option to change to a different vehicle in the program after the first 12 months. When CBV was first announced in late 2017, the program started at $600 a month.At a media ride-and-drive event in Banff, Alberta, Volvo spokesperson Jim Nichols confirmed to Roadshow that “…well over 95% of Care By Volvo subscribers are first to the Volvo brand.” Converting first-time customers and so-called conquest buyers (those who presently own vehicles from other brands) is a difficult and particularly sought-after accomplishment among automakers, making 95% a very impressive statistic. 36 Photos 2020 Volvo XC90 is a slicker, safer Swedish SUV According to Nichols, Care By Volvo is now offered in 49 of 50 US states. New York — notoriously viewed as America’s most problematic auto insurance market for regulatory reasons– remains the lone holdout. The program recently launched in Canada, as well.While Volvo officials Roadshow spoke with declined to estimate how many customers are signing up for Care By Volvo on eligible vehicles, Nichols did offer some context, stating, “I will say the percentage is in single digits.”Volvo has been working to remove bottlenecks in the Care By Volvo signup and vehicle selection process, too. For starters, the CBV app, available on Android and Apple IoS platforms, is now a one-stop shop for both credit and insurance approval. According to Volvo, it’s possible to apply and be approved for a subscription within five minutes. 2019 Volvo S60 review: More competitive than ever Volvo More From Roadshow 2020 Volvo XC90 first drive: An improvement worth subscribing to 1center_img Roadshow’s long-term 2019 Volvo XC40 after three months 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country first drive: Small changes make a big impact 53 Photos Comment Share your voice Car Industry Mobile Apps Additionally, Volvo is working with its insurance partner, Liberty Mutual, to reorganize and streamline the plan’s insurance component. At present, individual policies are issued to individual customers, and as a result, it takes 24 to 48 hours for a policy to bind, delaying subsequent vehicle deliveries by a day or more. The automaker is working with Liberty Mutual on a new arrangement where an insurance card can be printed out right at the dealer in order to speed up the transaction. Right now, that process is in place in seven states, with plans calling for nationwide rollout by year’s end.Getting an insurance card doesn’t mean much if there are no vehicles available, of course. “We’re continuing to work with our retail partners on not only the subscription process, but also the delivery process,” says Nichols. At present, Care By Volvo vehicles all come from central stocks held at shipping ports. If you’re near to the ports (Newark, New Jersey and Los Angeles, California), you can probably get a car in 24 hours, but for other markets, it can take days. Volvo is working to change its process so that vehicles can be pulled directly from dealer stock for quicker delivery.Care By Volvo Volvo says a vehicle can be applied and subscribed to within five minutes. Volvo Other automakers’ pilot subscription programs have functioned very differently from Volvo’s scheme, including Book By Cadillac, which was halted, only to be rebooted after a cold reception by consumers. The initial program called for hefty $1,800 monthly payments, but allowed users to swap vehicles 18 times per year to suit their needs, from sedans to SUVs. Mercedes-Benz Collection, the German automaker’s subscription plan, has a similar structure, with varying vehicle access by tier, costing between $1,595 and $2,995 a month. While Volvo has not disclosed how many customers have signed on to Care By Volvo, it looks like it will become an increasingly important tool for the automaker going forward. The key to the program’s long-term success may not just be convincing consumers about the merits of the program — it might just be getting more dealers and regulators onboard. Volvolast_img read more

Bengaluru Chennai Delhi among cheapest places to live in world says cost

first_img Close The largest water body & the most polluted lake in Karnataka The survey evaluated the cost of over 150 items in 133 cities around the world.Bengaluru, Chennai, and Delhi are among the cheapest places to live in the world, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2019 Worldwide Cost of Living Survey. The study found that Paris, Singapore and Hong Kong are the most expensive cities in the world tied at the top spot, CNN quoted the annual survey as saying.Switzerland’s Zurich was placed in the fourth position while Japan’s Osaka shared fifth place with Geneva, also in Switzerland. South Korean capital Seoul, Denmark’s Copenhagen and New York were jointly placed at the seventh spot.Los Angeles, also in the US, was named the 10th most expensive city in the world, along with Israel’s Tel Aviv.The survey evaluated the cost of over 150 items in 133 cities around the world.The world’s cheapest cities include Caracas (Venezuela), Damascus (Syria), Tashkent (Uzbekistan), Almaty (Kazakhstan), Karachi (Pakistan), Lagos (Nigeria), Buenos Aires (Argentina) as well as Bengaluru, Chennai and Delhi.center_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:04/1:26Loaded: 0%0:04Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:22?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Victorias Secret Angel Rosie HuntingtonWhiteley flaunts her assets in barely there swimwear

first_imgModel Rosie Huntington presents a creation during the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Armory in New York.ReutersVictoria’s Secret Angel Rosie Huntington-Whitely sure is keeping busy. The model has had successful collaborations including on with Marks and Spencer which she began seven years ago.Reportedly Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has now unveiled her latest lingerie collection for the high street favourite, wowing in a series of stunning shots. The British model, turned up the heat in the campaign photos, modelling an array of lingerie including a sexy green silk two-piece and revealing white lace suspenders.Rosie modelled a few looks from her line including a spring-chic pink satin set with a pretty floral print. And a white plunge bra and matching suspenders teamed with lace-topped hold-ups. Reportedly Rosie has been working with the British high street giant since 2012 and it’s been reported that one in 50 women now owns a bra from Rosie’s range. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has had quite the success as a model and is now reciprocating it as a businesswoman it seems. The model is engaged to actor Jason Statham, the couple has a son.  Actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of “PUNK: Chaos to Couture” in New YorkReutersRosie spoke to Vogue about how becoming a mother has changed her priorities when it comes to her beauty regimen. “I think it’s changed because I have way less time to spend on myself!”We have to say, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is gorgeous and that she doesn’t need much of a beauty routine to look the way she does. The model added, “Now whatever time you have, you have to make use of it. Often now I have a choice between make-up or hair. And I spend a lot more time in my gym gear!”Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is keeping herself busy and we sure appreciate it. You can check out the pics here:  Rosie Huntington-WhiteleyRosie Huntington-Whiteley/ Instagram Rosie Huntington-WhiteleyRosie Huntington-Whiteley/ Instagramlast_img read more

Tata and Volkswagen may join hands for platform sharing announcement expected at

first_imgTata Motors TAMO C-Cube (representational image)Tata MotorsLeading Indian automaker Tata Motors and global leader Volkswagen may join hands for sharing vehicle architecture and technology. Emerging reports indicate the Indo-German marquees are finalising on a partnership.Also read: Tata Motors’ TAMO unveils C-Cube concept at Microsoft Future DecodedWhether the partnership will be a joint venture or a technology tie-up are being worked out, reports ET Auto, citing five people privy to the matter. An official announcement on the development is expected at the Geneva Motor Show in March where Tata Motors will unveil its first product under newly formed TAMO brand.Both companies are reportedly looking for sharing a modular platform for India as well as for global markets. Tata Motors is working on an advanced modular platform (AMP). It is a scalable platform which means it can underpin a whole range of body styles including hatchbacks, crossovers, sedans, MPVs and SUVs. The platform can also be tweaked according to product dimensions. Volkswagen may share its technical knowhow for models based on the AMP architecture.In addition, the tie-up may also look into the feasibility of Tata Motors using Volkswagen’s MQB A0 platform. The A0 platform is ideal for small cars. Tata Motors has plans to launch small cars.This is not the first time Tata and Volkswagen have been linked. In July 2016, it was reported that VW is planning to restart its small car project in association with Tata Motors. Tata made headlines in 2010 after launching the Nano, the world’s cheapest car for Rs 1.05 lakh. Tata Motors has proved they can make cars in tight budget. Further, the proximity between Tata Motors and Volkswagen plant in Pune also points to a potential deal.last_img read more

Shibuya Kaho says hosting my own talk show is one of the

first_imgKaho ShibuyaPR HandoutKaho Shibuya, 28, has been a journalist, English and Japanese teacher, professional cosplayer, author and mainstream television host. Kaho wanted to do things her own way and forge her own path. She decided to follow her passion rather than opting for a mundane life pursuing careers that she wasn’t fond of.After graduating from University, she began her career in journalism as a writer and reporter for the newspaper, Tokyo Sports, providing coverage of local baseball games. Visiting baseball fields every day and waiting for hours on end to interview players eventually became tiresome. She decided that she would rather make headlines herself, than write ones about other people.Kaho’s journey from journalist to renowned talk show host was a gradual progression. She has a widely popular YouTube channel, while being the centre of attention at numerous anime conventions in Japan and the USA. Her popularity led to several television appearances including God Tongue and Jikkuri Kiitaro, both hugely popular shows on Japanese national television.Kaho Shibuya has also been featured on Fuji TV many times as a special guest and on the cable channel AbemaTV. Today, she hosts her own show on Skyperfect TV, a subscription cable channel in Japan, where her outgoing and bubbly personality has won the hearts of thousands of fans. Hosting her own talk show has been one of the greatest moments in her entire career.Kaho Shibuya was briefly involved in the Japanese adult movie industry. She had a prolific career and won several awards and accolades which included, winning Best Actress for AV Open 2018 for R18.com and was also chosen as Actress of the Month multiple times. Kaho garnered a large and diverse fan base across the globe.Kaho Shibuya decided to retire from the industry and focus on doing things that truly mattered to her. “I was curious and wanted to try different things. My journey has been a colourful one, and now I’m free to do things that matter the most to me”, she explained.Kaho Shibuya is currently writing a memoir about her life and involvement in the adult movie industry, which she hopes will eventually be published in Japanese and English. When it comes to Kaho, there’s more to her than meets the eye. She gained numerous qualifications in childcare as well as teaching English and Japanese to non-native speakers.Her discipline and ability to multitask is evident as she managed to pursue teaching while keeping up with her hectic shooting schedules. Kaho Shibuya is currently focusing on her cosplaying career, professional voice acting and most importantly, her own talk show.Kaho continues to follow her dreams, while her infectious personality has made her a lovable icon in Japan and the rest of the world. Her talk show has helped her get one step closer to delving into mainstream media, while she continues to enjoy the limelight. Kaho added, “Hosting my own talk show is one of the greatest joys. I’m a people’s person and this is what I do best. I’m glad people are loving it as much as I am.”last_img read more

EU wants next elections to be fair participatory

first_imgEuropean Union flagBangladesh’s local government elections held in 2016 with opposition participation were “tainted by violence and electoral irregularities”, the Council of European Union has observed, expressing concern at the restrictive actions against the opposition.In its review of Bangladesh’s rights situation, the council mentioned that opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, which is out of parliament, has “practically no, or very limited, influence on the political process”.The EU’s areas of concern include a volatile security situation, shrinking democratic space and continuous deterioration of civil and political rights, including extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearance.In such a context, the EU encouraged Bangladesh in forming an independent, impartial and non-partisan election commission to “hold the next legislative elections in a free, fair and participatory way”.Referring to deterioration in security situation in 2016, the EU review report released on Monday said the rule of law and law enforcement is undermined by the failure of authorities to arrest and punish the perpetrators, contributing to the general culture of impunity.The EU regretted that despite formal separation from the executive, the judiciary has not met people’s expectation of a truly independent institution, and access to justice is seriously limited due to the chronic problems of the justice system.The EU’s priorities in human rights and democracy remain judicial reform, rights of persons belonging to minorities, human rights defenders, women and children’s rights, support for the civil society and implementation of labour rights.The review report pointed out that the EU regularly called on Bangladesh to make progress on the issues of human rights and democracy at all meetings with Bangladeshi partners, particularly at the biennial meeting of the sub-group on good governance and human rights, held in Brussels in December 2016.The EU voiced further concerns about extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances, the death penalty, freedom of association and freedom of expression, and in general about the shrinking space for civil society.last_img read more

Pope joins mass prayers at Suhrawardy Udyan

first_imgPope Francis at Suhrawardi Udyan in the capital. Photo: ReutersPope Francis, the spiritual leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, joined a prayer service at the Suhrawardy Udyan in the city on the second day of his visit to Bangladesh, reports UNB.Thousands of Catholics from different parts of the country attended the mass prayer seeking harmony and peace in the world.Besides, 16 priests were ordained during the mass prayers.Earlier on Thursday, Pope Francis arrived in Bangladesh on a three-day state visit, aiming to promote peace and reconciliation.On Saturday, the Pope will have a private visit to Tejgaon Mother Theresa House and meet priests, religious and consecrated men and women in the Holy Rosary Church.He will also visit the Parish Cemetery and the ancient Holy Rosary Church and meet the youth in Notre Dame College.Pope Francis will leave for Rome at 5:05 pm on Saturday after an official farewell at Dhaka airport.A planned meeting with a small group of Rohingyas is expected to be a high point during the Pope’s Dhaka visit.However, there is no mention of such meeting in the draft programme schedule of the Pope.last_img read more

AL restored oneparty BAKSAL rule

first_imgBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File PhotoBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Friday alleged that the ruling Awami League has depoliticised the country by ‘restoring one-party BAKSAL rule as it did in 1975’, reports UNB.”Now, there’s no politics in the country. Politics is now under the grip of one party,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.He came up with the remarks while exchanging views with local journalists at his house in Thakurgaon.The BNP leader said multiparty democracy was restored by their party founder Ziaur Rahman after Awami League had introduced one-party BAKSAL rule in 1975. “The one-party rule has now been again restored undercover of democracy.”He said their chairperson Khaleda Zia has been subjected to government’s political vengeance as she has been kept in jail by convicting her in ‘false’ cases.Fakhrul alleged that Khaleda is neither getting bail from the court nor proper treatment by the government though she is very sick.He renewed their party’s demand for shifting Khaleda to a specialised private hospital for her proper treatment.The BNP leader said Jatiya Oikya Front is united though two – MPs of Gono Forum, one of its components, took oath violating the alliance’s decision.”Organisational action has been taken against those who have taken oath. We’re united and working for the restoration of democracy. We must move forward together with people,” he said.About the stance of their party and the alliance on the current government, Fakhrul said they think Awami League has been ruling the country illegally by usurping the state power. “There’s no reason to accept such a regime.”He demanded the government immediately hold a fresh national election annulling the results of the 10th parliamentary one.last_img read more

Tanzania ferry disaster toll hits 224

first_imgRescuers sit in a boat on Lake Victoria on 22 September, 2018, during searches for victims a day after the ferry MV Nyerere capsized. Photo: AFPTanzania declared the whole nation was in mourning Sunday as the first dozen bodies were buried from a devastating ferry capsize on Lake Victoria that left people 224 dead.Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa led “national funerals” on the island of Ukara, where the MV Nyerere had been coming in to dock on Thursday.He spoke of “great mourning by the whole nation” as the first coffins were placed in individual graves, many of the victims unidentified.The remainder of the dead were to be lain to rest later or taken away by families wishing for privates funerals.The prime minister said a memorial would be built on Ukara.Hopes had faded of finding any more survivors three days after the disaster, even after rescuers pulled out an engineer on Saturday who had holed up in an air pocket in the upturned vessel.But Majaliwa said divers would continue the grim search in the waters around the boat. The ferry would also be refloated.He updated the death toll to 126 women, 71 men, 17 girls and 10 boys. Just 41 people survived.- ‘Overloading’ blamed for tragedy -Transport Minister Isack Kamwelwe said 265 people had been on board the ferry, which had an official capacity of 100 or 101 passengers.The prime minister said initial investigations suggested overloading was one of the causes of the accident.”We have already arrested all those people in charge of operating and supervising the MV Nyerere. Questioning has begun,” he said.A broader commission of inquiry into the disaster would also be set up, Majaliwa added.One survivor was an engineer who shut himself into a “special room” with enough air for him to stay alive until he was found, said local lawmaker Joseph Mkundi.Transport minister Kamwelwe said on Saturday that 172 of the bodies had been identified by relatives.State television cited witnesses reporting that more than 200 people had boarded the ferry at Bugolora, a town on the larger Ukerewe Island. It was market day, which usually sees the vessel packed with people and goods.Witnesses told AFP that the ferry sank when passengers rushed to one side to disembark as it approached the dock. Others blamed the captain, saying he had made a brusque manoeuvre.- Grief and anger -Dozens of wooden coffins had lined the shore on Saturday, waiting to be seen by families as police and volunteers sought to keep hundreds of curious locals at bay.Aisha William came to collect the body of her husband. “He left on Tuesday around noon, but he never came home. I do not know how I am going to raise my two children,” she said.Ahmed Caleb, a 27-year-old trader, railed at a tragedy “which could have been prevented. I’ve lost my boss, friends, people I went to school with,” he sighed.The ageing vessel, whose hull and propellers were all that remained visible above water, was also carrying cargo, including sacks of maize, bananas and cement, when it capsized.Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Friday ordered the arrest of the ferry’s management and declared four days of national mourning.”It appears clear that the ferry was overloaded”, he said, adding that the government would cover the funeral expenses.With a surface area of 70,000 square kilometres (27,000 square miles), oval-shaped Lake Victoria is roughly the size of Ireland and is shared by Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.It is not uncommon for ferries to capsize on the lake, and the number of fatalities is often high due to a shortage of life jackets and the fact that many local people cannot swim.In 1966, more than 800 people lost their lives on Lake Victoria when the MV Bukoba sank off the mainland town of Mwanza, according to the Red Cross.last_img read more

Search continues as Hurricane Michael toll hits 16

first_imgView of the damaged caused by Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida, on 12 October 2018. Photo: AFPThe death toll from Hurricane Michael rose to at least 16 on Friday amid fears it would continue to climb as search-and-rescue teams scour the debris of the Florida town that bore the brunt of the monster storm.”Mexico Beach is devastated,” Florida governor Rick Scott said of the town where Michael made landfall as a Category 4 storm on Wednesday.”It’s like a bomb went off,” Scott said as he toured the town of 1,000 people on the Gulf of Mexico. “It’s like a war zone.”Rescue teams were using sniffer dogs in Mexico Beach on Friday in a search for victims who may be buried under the rubble in the debris-strewn community.Brock Long, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), warned that he expected the number of deaths to rise.”I hope we don’t see it climb dramatically but I have reasons to believe we still haven’t got into some of the hardest hit areas,” he said.”What’s happening is search and rescue is trying to get into the rubble to make sure that there’s nobody covered up, trying to assess if there’s additional casualties there,” Long added.Dozens of structures in Mexico Beach — homes, shops and restaurants — were lifted off their foundations by storm surge and 155-mile per hour (250 kph) winds and moved hundreds of feet inland or smashed to bits.”Very few people live to tell what it’s like to experience storm surge,” Long said. “Storm surge causes the most amount of loss of life.”SticksMembers of City Miami Fire Rescue look for victims in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida, on 12 October 2018. Photo: AFPState officials said Mexico Beach was under mandatory evacuation orders but some residents decided to stay and try to ride out the storm.”You hope that somehow at the last minute a bunch of people got up and left or went somewhere else,” Florida Senator Marco Rubio told CNN.But judging from the number of homes reduced to “sticks,” he said “my sense is they are going to find more victims.”Bob Tenbrunson, a Mexico Beach retiree, rode out the storm at his daughter’s house in nearby Panama City and returned to survey the damage to his home.”I was going to stay here until it turned to a Cat 4,” he said. “So I followed the mandatory evacuation order and left with my wife.”Luckily we did not get a surge,” Tenbrunson said of his home. “I’ve got two trees on the roof and a couple of holes on the roof. I have been trying to patch it up the best I can.”The rest of Mexico Beach did not fare as well, and most of the beachfront homes, restaurants and stores were obliterated by the storm.”I spent my life savings and retirement to stay here so I can’t sell it now,” Tenbrunson said. “I just have to be hopeful that (the town) will be rebuilt and fixed.”Some residents arrived Friday with vans or moving trucks, hoping to recover as many personal effects from their splintered homes as they could.Others came with nothing — as there was nothing left to save.At least four deaths from the storm have been confirmed in Florida, five in Virginia, one in Georgia and three in North Carolina.US media on Friday quoted authorities in Jackson County, Florida, as reporting three deaths there, bringing Michael’s toll to at least 16.The latest two deaths in North Carolina occurred in McDowell County when a car struck a tree that had fallen across a road, officials said.Hundreds of thousands of people remain without electricity in Florida, Georgia and Virginia, and officials say it could be weeks before power is fully restored.Trump to visitA US flag is seen next to a fire department station damaged by Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida on 12 October 2018. Photo: AFPPresident Donald Trump said he planned to visit Florida and Georgia.”People have no idea how hard Hurricane Michael has hit the great state of Georgia,” Trump tweeted. “I will be visiting both Florida and Georgia early next week. We are working very hard on every area and every state that was hit — and we are with you!”Michael was the most intense hurricane to strike the Florida Panhandle since record keeping began in 1851.Many of the damaged Florida buildings were not built to withstand a storm above the strength of a Category 3 hurricane on the five-level Saffir-Simpson scale.About 5,000 US servicemen were deployed to help with relief and recovery efforts, the Pentagon said, using 100 helicopters and 1,800 high-water vehicles.Tyndall Air Force Base, home to the F-22 stealth fighter, suffered extensive damage, according to aerial photos of the coastal facility.The base was evacuated ahead of the hurricane and the costly fighter planes were flown to other installations out of the path of the storm.last_img read more

World leaders welcome Saudi prince at G20

first_imgRussia`s President Vladimir Putin attends the G20 Leaders` Summit in Buenos Aires, on 30 November 2018. Global leaders gather in the Argentine capital for a two-day G20 summit beginning on Friday likely to be dominated by simmering international tensions over trade. Photo: AFPWorld leaders including a beaming Vladimir Putin welcomed Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Friday at the G20 summit, showing he was no pariah less than two months after the murder of a dissident journalist by a Saudi hit team.In an image that quickly went viral online, the Russian leader and the prince both beamed and clasped each other’s hands like long-lost friends.The embrace came amid reports that Russia and Saudi Arabia have reached a pact to cut oil production when the OPEC cartel meets on 6 December in Vienna, to help shore up collapsing crude prices.The ambitious 33-year-old prince was also seen chatting with US president Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka, and shaking hands with French president Emmanuel Macron, at the start of the two-day meeting of the world’s top economies in Buenos Aires.The French presidency said that Macron spoke to the prince about the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the Saudi-led offensive in Yemen, where millions are on the brink of starvation in what the United Nations calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.Macron told Prince Mohammed that Europeans wanted international investigators to take part in the probe on Khashoggi’s death and stressed “the necessity of a political solution in Yemen,” the Elysee Palace said.British prime minister Theresa May, speaking to Sky News before the summit, said she would press both on Yemen and Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor who was killed when visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.”The Saudi Arabians need to ensure that their investigation is a full investigation, that it’s credible, that it’s transparent, and that people can have confidence in the outcome of it, and that those responsible are held to account,” May said.Khashoggi’s killing has sparked widespread outrage but Western powers have pledged to maintain close relations with Saudi Arabia, a top oil producer and buyer of US weapons.Trump, in an exclamation point-heavy statement before the summit, said it did not matter whether Prince Mohammed knew about Khashoggi’s death and that Saudi Arabia was important for business and for its hostility to Iran.The US Senate nonetheless moved this week to end support for the Saudi-led war against rebels in Yemen amid outrage over attacks on civilian sites including a school bus and hospitals.last_img

Gallup Number of Americans who belong to a church or house of

first_img News Share This! Tagschurch membership church membership decline Gallup homepage featured nones,You may also like Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Most Americans still say they believe in God, but their involvement in organized religion continues to wane.A new Gallup report found that only half of Americans say they belong to a church or other religious body, down from 69% two decades earlier.Most of the decline is tied to the rise of the so-called “nones” — those who claim no religious affiliation. Gallup found that the share of Americans who claim a religious identity declined from 90% to 77% in recent decades.But even those who claim a faith tradition may not belong to a religious congregation or community, according to the report, which compared data from 1998-2000 to data from 2016-2018.At the turn of the century, Gallup said, 73% of religious Americans belonged to a house of worship. That’s dropped to 64% today.“The still-sizable proportion of religious Americans also contribute to declining church membership, as fewer in this group belong to a church than did so two decades ago,” the report states.Being part of a house of worship is no longer necessary for a growing number of religious Americans, said Tim Carney, author of “Alienated America.”“This data confirms what we’ve been seeing for decades: American life is becoming deinstitutionalized,” Carney said. “Americans are less likely to belong to anything. In America, historically, the thing most people have belonged to has been the church, and now more and more people are losing that.”Age and generational differences appear to play a role in whether Americans join a house of worship.“Just 42 percent of millennials are members of churches, on average,” according to the report. “By comparison, 20 years ago, 62 percent of members of Generation X belonged to a church, when they were about the same age as millennials are today.”The poll found that 68% of “traditionalists” — which Gallup identifies as those born before 1945 — are part of a church or other religious body. That percentage has declined from 78% two decades ago.Gallup’s study also found that 89% of traditionalists have a religious identity, compared with 68% of millennials, which it defines as those born between 1980 and 2000.“Not only are millennials less likely than older Americans to identify with a religion, but millennials who are religious are significantly less likely to belong to a church,” according to the report. “Fifty-seven percent of religious millennials belong to a church, compared with 65 percent or more in older generations.”Among other findings:Catholics (63%) are less likely to belong to a church than Protestants (67%).Nondenominational Christians (57%) are less likely to belong to a church than those tied to a specific denomination (70%).Mormons have among the highest affiliation with a church, at about 90%.Jewish membership in synagogues has remained steady at about 50%.Gallup’s new numbers are striking because they suggest a even lower level in religiosity than other recent data on religious affiliation.Last year’s General Social Survey, a poll conducted since 1972 by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, found that those who reported that they affiliate with “no religion” and those that self-identify as evangelicals are the same size — about 23%.The difference is one of wording, explained Ryan Burge, a pastor and political science researcher. While the GSS looked at affiliation, which can be more cultural, Gallup asked about membership, which might suggest a more formal connection with a specific religious body.“A lot of people say they’re Catholic, for example, but they never go to Mass,” Burge said. “Or they went to college, moved away, and don’t attend a church in their new town. So if you ask if they’re a member of the Catholic Church, they’re more likely to say they’re not because they don’t actively attend.”Burge said the gap between the population that claims a religious affiliation and population that claims church membership shows that America is still “marginally attached” to civic religion.“The vast majority of us think we should believe in something, that we should have some religious affiliation,” he said. “They’re not afraid of the label of religion, they’re just reluctant to engage in the activity. That ties into the larger problem in America where people aren’t joining stuff as much as they used to.”That lines up with an overall lack of interest in belonging, according to Harvard University political scientist Robert Putnam, whose 2000 book, “Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community,” argued that Americans have been engaging less and less in communal social activities – bowling leagues, Rotary clubs, Boy Scouts, gardening clubs, book clubs and more — since the 1960s.Church attendance, Putnam told Religion News Service, has simply followed this downward trend.In fact, the data on the decline in church membership shares “almost exactly the same pattern of ups and downs” as engagement in secular civil society, he said.While the acceleration of the trend may partially be rooted in the increased politicization of religion, Putnam said, it’s likely much less about religion and spirituality and much more about a general disengagement with organized social activities.That gap has only partially been filled by the rise of online forms of community, researchers say, which has consequences not only for faith groups but for society at large.“This is not a good trend, even from a secular perspective,” Carney said. “People who attend church have more connections, more friends, more support in tough times, and more of a sense of purpose. Families that attend church are stronger. And among the working class, the data suggest that people who drop out of church aren’t joining anything else in its place.”Putnam, though, cautioned against focusing on just the rearview mirror.“Just because a trend is going in a direction, doesn’t mean it can’t reverse course,” Putnam said. “I actually think it’s possible that the millennials will lead a renewal of civil society. There’s a decent chance we’re on the verge of a major change in American society.”And religion, he said, could very well be a part of that.The Gallup study was based on telephone interviews of American adults from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Trend data on membership came from surveys of 2,000 adults. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.Results for 2016-2018 are based on interviews with 7,688 Americans. Results from 1998-2000 are based on interviews with 7,184 Americans. Both have a margin of error of plus or minus 1 percentage point.(This story has been updated.) By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan DIY Faith • News Dinner church movement sets the table for food, faith and friendships August 29, 2019 By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Share This! By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan By: Bob Smietana @bobsmietana Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Emperor performs ritual to report abdication to Shinto gods Buttigieg walks fine line in courting religious left August 29, 2019 Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Pete Buttigieg: Religious left is ‘stirring’ August 29, 2019 Share This!center_img Share This! News About the authorView All Posts How a controversial Muslim figure helped ignite the controversy over Rep. Ilhan Omar� … Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Bob Smietana @bobsmietana Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Bob Smietana Bob Smietana is a veteran religion writer and editor-in-chief of Religion News Service. By: Bob Smietana @bobsmietana Aysha Khan Aysha Khan is a Boston-based journalist reporting on American Muslims and millennial faith for RNS. Her newsletter, Creeping Sharia, curates news coverage of Muslim communities in the U.S. Previously, she was the social media editor at RNS.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Bob Smietana @bobsmietanalast_img read more

New Mural Makes A Statement On Houstons Evolving East End

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen “It’s a different place now,” said Morales, “We’re feeling the pinch. It’s expensive to live here now. It’s expensive to run a business.” Morales said as the neighborhood changes, she wanted to commemorate the area’s Mexican heritage. That’s why she commissioned a mural by Houston artist Angel Quesada, also known as ARTKUNGFU. The mural, at 111 N. Ennis, features a large tree and different skulls that represent the lives of Mexican-Americans who called the East End home. The words “Yo Necesito Trabajo” (I need work) are featured prominently on the mural. The words allude to a program that ran on her family’s radio station, KLVL, the first Spanish-language radio station on the Gulf Coast, according to Morales.  During the program, the Spanish-speaking community would call in, seeking work. Employers would announce job opportunities. The mural is painted on one of the walls outside Morales Radio Hall, where the station carried on for nearly fifty years, until the 1990s. Though the station ended operations, the funeral home continues to serve the community.The new mural is a way Morales is investing in preserving the community’s heritage, something that’s always been important to her family.“We’re here to stay,” said Morales, “I’m very passionate about our Latino community because my grandmother instilled that in me and I want to try and hold on to what we have.” 00:00 /00:51center_img Share Elizabeth TrovallChristina Morales stands in front of the new mural at the Morales Radio Hall in Houston’s East EndChristina Morales runs the Felix H. Morales Funeral Home her grandfather established in the 1930’s. Her business is among the institutions that have lasted despite rapid development in Houston’s East End. Though Morales said though she doesn’t think the changes are all bad, the Second Ward, or “el segundo barrio”, is being transformed. last_img read more

Study shows subway systems develop in remarkably similar ways

first_imgA sample of large subway networks in large urban areas, all displaying a core and branches structure. Fromleft to right and top to bottom: Shanghai, Madrid, Moscow, Tokyo, Seoul, Barcelona (Figures from Wikimedia Commons) Journal information: Journal of the Royal Society Interface Subway dust may trigger lung damage 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. The team focused on the fourteen largest cities and their subway systems and found that mathematical equations could describe some of their attributes regardless of how long the subway systems have been in existence. They found for example, that about half of all the stations in any large subway system can be found on the outer branches rather than clustered around the core. They also found that the distance from the center of the city to its farthest station is just about double the diameter of the system’s core; again, regardless of system. And that’s not all. They also found that the number of branches in a subway system is roughly equal to the square root of the number of stations and that twenty percent of stations situated in the core link two or more lines together allowing people to transfer from one to the other.The researchers point out that none of this is planned, at least not in systematic way. City planners, they say, start out with a design that seems optimal for existing conditions then expand when needed. Thus, the systems grow organically in ways that reflect rider needs, which the researchers suggest means that there is likely some underlying fundamental rules that govern ridership and decision-making that is common to all subway systems, regardless of country, geography, climate or density, which results, they say, in a common optimal design.If the underlying rules can be described, the thinking goes, then future planners would be able to skip the intermediate steps that lead to the optimal design, likely saving hundreds of millions of dollars in the process, or perhaps better yet, small adjustments might be made to further optimize the general model which could benefit all such systems throughout the world. Citation: Study shows subway systems develop in remarkably similar ways (2012, May 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-05-subway-remarkably-similar-ways.htmlcenter_img Explore further © 2012 Phys.Org More information: A long-time limit for world subway networks, J. R. Soc. Interface, Published online before print May 16, 2012, doi: 10.1098/​rsif.2012.0259 (arXiv pre-print arxiv.org/abs/1105.5294 )AbstractWe study the temporal evolution of the structure of the world’s largest subway networks in an exploratory manner. We show that, remarkably, all these networks converge to a shape that shares similar generic features despite their geographical and economic differences. This limiting shape is made of a core with branches radiating from it. For most of these networks, the average degree of a node (station) within the core has a value of order 2.5 and the proportion of k = 2 nodes in the core is larger than 60 per cent. The number of branches scales roughly as the square root of the number of stations, the current proportion of branches represents about half of the total number of stations, and the average diameter of branches is about twice the average radial extension of the core. Spatial measures such as the number of stations at a given distance to the barycentre display a first regime which grows as r2 followed by another regime with different exponents, and eventually saturates. These results—difficult to interpret in the framework of fractal geometry—confirm and yield a natural explanation in the geometric picture of this core and their branches: the first regime corresponds to a uniform core, while the second regime is controlled by the interstation spacing on branches. The apparent convergence towards a unique network shape in the temporal limit suggests the existence of dominant, universal mechanisms governing the evolution of these structures. (Phys.org) — Visitors to major cities in the world might disagree, but a small group of French and British researchers has found that regardless of city density, structure and other factors, subway systems running in the biggest cites in the world are more alike than not in truly fundamental ways. In their paper published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, the team says that all of the large city subway systems in the world grow in a way that share common features – such as the fact that they all have central cores with a branch topology.last_img read more

Nonavian dinosaur found to have laid blue eggs

first_img(A) Pair of oviraptorid Heyuannia eggs (NMNS CYN-2004-DINO-05) from the Chinese province of Jiangxi before sampling. Porosity measurements and calculations of water vapor conductance are based on these eggs. Pieces of eggshell from each of the four zones depicted in (B) were used in porosity measurements. (B) Egg model separated into four zones used for zonal porosity measurements. Credit: PeerJ (2017). DOI: 10.7717/peerj.3706 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. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from Germany and the U.S. has found that a non-avian dinosaur living in what is now China laid colored eggs. In their paper published on the peer-reviewed site PeerJ, the team describes their study of the egg fossils and what their findings suggest about the evolution of colored eggs in modern birds. More information: Jasmina Wiemann et al. Dinosaur origin of egg color: oviraptors laid blue-green eggs, PeerJ (2017). DOI: 10.7717/peerj.3706AbstractProtoporphyrin (PP) and biliverdin (BV) give rise to the enormous diversity in avian egg coloration. Egg color serves several ecological purposes, including post-mating signaling and camouflage. Egg camouflage represents a major character of open-nesting birds which accomplish protection of their unhatched offspring against visually oriented predators by cryptic egg coloration. Cryptic coloration evolved to match the predominant shades of color found in the nesting environment. Such a selection pressure for the evolution of colored or cryptic eggs should be present in all open nesting birds and relatives. Many birds are open-nesting, but protect their eggs by continuous brooding, and thus exhibit no or minimal eggshell pigmentation. Their closest extant relatives, crocodiles, protect their eggs by burial and have unpigmented eggs. This phylogenetic pattern led to the assumption that colored eggs evolved within crown birds. The mosaic evolution of supposedly avian traits in non-avian theropod dinosaurs, however, such as the supposed evolution of partially open nesting behavior in oviraptorids, argues against this long-established theory. Using a double-checking liquid chromatography ESI-Q-TOF mass spectrometry routine, we traced the origin of colored eggs to their non-avian dinosaur ancestors by providing the first record of the avian eggshell pigments protoporphyrin and biliverdin in the eggshells of Late Cretaceous oviraptorid dinosaurs. The eggshell parataxon Macroolithus yaotunensis can be assigned to the oviraptor Heyuannia huangi based on exceptionally preserved, late developmental stage embryo remains. The analyzed eggshells are from three Late Cretaceous fluvial deposits ranging from eastern to southernmost China. Reevaluation of these taphonomic settings, and a consideration of patterns in the porosity of completely preserved eggs support an at least partially open nesting behavior for oviraptorosaurs. Such a nest arrangement corresponds with our reconstruction of blue-green eggs for oviraptors. According to the sexual signaling hypothesis, the reconstructed blue-green eggs support the origin of previously hypothesized avian paternal care in oviraptorid dinosaurs. Preserved dinosaur egg color not only pushes the current limits of the vertebrate molecular and associated soft tissue fossil record, but also provides a perspective on the potential application of this unexplored paleontological resource. Citation: Non-avian dinosaur found to have laid blue eggs (2017, September 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-09-non-avian-dinosaur-laid-blue-eggs.html Explore furthercenter_img Journal information: PeerJ © 2017 Phys.org Tracing the evolution of bird reproduction Many modern birds lay colored eggs—some are monochrome, like blue robin’s eggs; others are multi-colored like those of the dove. But until now, it was believed that all dinosaur eggs were white because dinosaurs laid their eggs in protected nests. In this new effort, the researchers have found an example of a dinosaur that laid blue or green eggs.The team reports that theirs was the first effort to seriously study color in dinosaur eggs. It came about after the team noted some Heyuannia huangi fossilized eggs that had a bluish tint—researchers had previously assumed the tint was due to mineralization, but the new team thought maybe there was more to it. Prior research had shown that Heyuannia huangi were dinosaurs with parrot-like beaks that walked on hind legs. The team used mass spectrometry and chromatographic separation to take a closer look at the eggs and detected traces of biliverdin and protoporphyrin, pigments commonly found in modern colored bird eggs. The eggs were also dated back to the Late Cretaceous period, which ran from 100 to 66 million years ago.The oviraptor Heyuannia huangi were also feathered dinosaurs—many of their fossils have been found over the years, but until now, no one suspected that they laid colored eggs. The coloring, the team suggests, is a strong indication that the eggs were laid in open nests—the coloring would have served as camouflage. In modern birds, only those that lay them in open nests are colored. Their finding also shows that egg coloring began before the evolution of modern birds—it started with non-avian dinosaurs and was passed down to modern ancestors.The researchers report that as a result of their find, they are taking a look at other fossilized dinosaur eggs to see if perhaps some of those also were colored.last_img read more