Georgina Lightning producing film about her healing journey

first_imgAPTN National NewsA notable Alberta filmmaker and actress is producing a film about her life.It deals with tackling an issue APTN reported Tuesday out of Maskwacis First Nation in Alberta.They are currently dealing with high rates of suicide.APTN’s Brandi Morin has more.last_img

East Bypass Road to be called Northern Lights Drive

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the East Bypass Road no longer functioning as a bypass road to re-direct traffic around the City and due to the steady residential growth, this requires the renaming of the road to the Northern Lights Drive.The name Northern Lights Drive becomes effective June 26, 2019, which City Council recognizes will require an address change. The City shares while this is necessary, this may cause some inconvenience to affected Property Owners.Recently, the City sent letters by registered mail regarding the renaming of the road to help alleviate the inconvenience, remuneration is available to affected Property Owners by following the steps identified in the letter.If you have questions, contact the Planning and Engineering Department at; 250-787-8150 or email; read more

King Mohammed VI Receives Akhannouch to Examine Agricultural Employment

Rabat – King Mohammed VI has received Minister of Agriculture Aziz Akhannouch to discuss agricultural employment in rural areas especially for youth.The King received Akhannouch Friday at the Royal Palace in Marrakech.“During the reception, His Majesty renewed his hopes and ambitions for rural areas by creating new activities that generate employment and income opportunities, especially for young people,” the Royal Cabinet said in a statement. “This can be done through broadening the scope of agricultural investment to all categories, while promoting the emergence of an agricultural middle class and making agricultural land more accessible to productive investment by gradually providing an additional one million hectares of collective land to the beneficiaries,” added the statement.In his speech at the opening of Parliament for the new legislative year, the King emphasized the importance of using communal agricultural land (sulaliyat) for investment projects. It would “serve as a powerful lever for improved economic and social conditions, especially for rights holders.”“This should make it possible to secure at least one million additional hectares of this land,” the King said.King Mohammed VI stressed the need to boost agricultural employment to improve living conditions and consolidate stability in rural areas.King Mohammed VI believes that providing employment for youth in rural areas, especially the rural middle class, could serve “as a lever” for the country’s economic and social development, in the same way as the middle class does in the city.Following the King’s instructions, Minister Akhannouch announced on October 15 the government will distribute 1 million hectares of land to small farmers to develop Morocco’s rural areas.Akhannouch described the initiative as a “takeoff for the rural world” in Morocco.According to the Royal Cabinet’s statement Friday, the monarch reaffirmed the importance of integrating labor issues, reducing disparities, fighting poverty, and rural emigration into the priorities of the agricultural development strategy.King Mohammed VI instructed the minister of agriculture to submit a strategic and comprehensive reflection on the development of the agricultural sector. read more

Mayor says Hamilton GO service plans are unacceptable

Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger did not hold back on Twitter Sunday, slamming Metrolinx’s plan for increased train service beyond the typical weekday rush hours.Ontario’s Minister of Transportation told CHCH News he supports Metrolinx’s efforts to speed-up service expansions.There is an all-day direct train service from Burlington to Toronto, something Hamilton has been promised for years. Eisenberger tweeted Sunday the city would not get all day go service until 2031. He called on Metrolinx, the agency in charge of the project, to do better. In a written statement, the Mayor said, “That is unacceptable! Metrolinx themselves indicate that time line would hurt the economies of both Hamilton and Niagara.”Metrolinx CEP Phil Verster says services have been expanding. “In 2018, we increased and grew services across our lines by 22.6 per cent. Lakeshore East and West customers, as well as Niagara and Kitchener customers, enjoyed additional services and my plan for the next two years is to continue to increase services even more, every few months, as we improve the rail network,” said Verster in a statement. “Customers will have more travel options and will see service increase across the region by as much 20 per cent in 2019 alone. Transportation Minister Yurek’s and my commitment as Metrolinx CEO is to bring incremental increases in service every single year, making it easier than ever to travel across the Greater Golden Horseshoe on GO Transit. Stay tuned for more on our exciting plans to be announced later this year.” read more

UNESCO chief condemns human cloning activities

“This news, whether or not it is confirmed, brings home to us the urgent need to do everything possible, at both the national and international levels, to prohibit experiments that are not only scientifically risky but also ethically unacceptable, constituting as they do an intolerable violation of human dignity,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said, referring to the claim last week of the first cloning of a human being.The Director-General said that “faced with such criminal practices, which we can only regard with disapproval and dismay, we must boldly press on with the efforts that, in 1997, led to the adoption of the UNESCO Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights,” which bans practices that are contrary to human dignity, such as reproductive cloning of human beings.“It is a matter of urgency that agreement be reached on a binding instrument of universal scope that prohibits and punishes any attempt at reproductive human cloning,” Mr. Matsuura said. “There can be no progress for humanity in a world where science and technology develop independently of all ethical imperatives.”The Director-General also asked political leaders in every country and the international scientific, intellectual and juridical communities to cooperate in taking all appropriate measures “to respond as swiftly as possible to these challenges, which are a threat to the irreplaceable uniqueness of the human being.” read more

United Kingdom to remain outwardfacing global partner Prime Minister tells UN Assembly

“And that is how we will remain,” she said, explaining that when the British people voted to leave the European Union in June, “they did not vote to turn inwards or walk away from any of our partners in the world.”The outcome of the British referendum led to the resignation of her predecessor David Cameron, who addressed the Assembly last year.Ms. May said that her Government will honour its commitment to devote 0.7 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) to official development assistance (ODA), remain a steadfast permanent member of the Security Council and make a leading contribution to UN peacekeeping.The UK will also complete domestic procedures to enable ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change before the end of 2016 and will strengthen partnerships for resolving conflicts around the world, she said.In the face of today’s big security and human rights issues, the United Nations must forge a bold new multilateralism, she said, adding that the Organization must modernize in order to meet the challenges of terrorism in the 21st century.The UK has played a leading role in the fight against Al-Shabaab in Somalia, will host an international conference on Somalia in 2017, and has championed the work the UN Secretary-General has led to develop a strategy for preventing violent extremism, she said.Noting that the 65 million forcibly displaced people around the world equalled her country’s entire population, she emphasized that countries must be able to exercise control over their borders. Refugees should claim asylum in the first safe country they reached, and there should be better ways to distinguish between refugees and economic migrants. A better overall approach to managing economic migration is needed as well, she said, adding that by ensuring managed and controlled international migration, isolationism and xenophobia can be rejected.Turning to modern slavery of human trafficking, she said her Government is creating a task force to coordinate efforts against such cruel exploitation. It is also setting up a dedicated fund for high-risk countries whose citizens are trafficked to the United Kingdom. However, in order to eradicate modern slavery, security relationships must be developed among countries, she pointed out.Faced with migration and other major challenges, more global action is needed, “so this is not the time to turn away from our United Nations,” she said. “It is time to turn towards it.”Ms. May is among the many leaders who will address the general debate of 71st General Assembly. The Assembly began its high-level work this year with the adoption of the New York Declaration, as the outcome of yesterday’s first-ever UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants. Made up of all the 193 Member States of the United Nations, the Assembly provides a forum for multilateral discussion of international issues covered by the UN Charter. read more

Size doesnt matter Prahalis outshines pair of tall centers

The spotlight was on the 13 feet and 1 inch of All-American candidate centers in the Ohio State-Michigan State women’s basketball game Saturday, but 5-foot 7-inch Samantha Prahalis stole the show in the Buckeyes’ 65-62 win.Allyssa DeHaan, at 6 feet 9 inches, and Jantel Lavender, at 6 feet 4 inches, didn’t have much of a battle in the paint like anticipated. Prahalis had a huge game, leading the Buckeyes to victory with a career-high 32 points — 16 in each half — and five assists. She never had a cold spell in the game, scoring the team’s first seven points and seven of its last nine.“When I saw that [the shots] were falling, I just kept shooting,” Prahalis said. Although their matchup wasn’t the highlight of the game, Lavender and DeHaan each played a major role.DeHaan’s size allowed her to take away Lavender’s ability to post-up and made every OSU player think twice before attempting a shot in the key. She had three blocks in the game along with 12 points.Lavender had a more profound impact on the stat sheet than DeHaan did. Lavender had 20 points and 13 rebounds — her ninth double-double of the season.She had a slow first half, however, succumbing to MSU’s defensive game plan to keep her out of the paint on both ends, but she came alive in the second half, using her speed to get around DeHaan and not allow her to challenge her shots.“My focus is trying to get to the basket,” Lavender said. “The taller you get, the slower you get, no matter how athletic you are. I just need to get her off her feet and drive her to the basket.”Both Lavender and DeHaan are largely considered All-American candidates this year and have been since before the season began. This game may have vaulted Prahalis into the same arena.Prahalis has been ranked in the top 10 in assists most of the season and is currently ranked second with 8.2 per game, behind only Gonzaga’s Courtney Vandersloot, an All-American Honorable Mention last season.“We have two great players [in Lavender and Prahalis],” coach Jim Foster said. “They are very competitive, they want to win games and they’re going to put their responsibility into the game.”Prahalis has now been the difference for OSU in the last two games. She hit the game-winning shot against Michigan Jan. 3 and Saturday she scored nearly half of OSU’s points against MSU. “I think she’s an amazing player,” Lavender said. “She can shoot, she can drive, she can pass … she can do it all.” read more

Ireland Women just one game away from Grand Slam following France victory

first_imgThe Irish Women’s rugby team gained an impressive 15-10 victory over France at Ashbourne RFC this evening.The result means they can now win the Grand Slam provided they beat Italy in Milan next week.It’s only the second time the Irish women have ever beaten France, having also defeated them back in 2009.They got off to a shaky start, with a penalty from Sandrine Agricole giving the visitors the lead.Joy Neville then released Niamh Briggs for the game’s opening try, before a converted Gaëlle Mignot try gave France the advantage going in at half-time.Ailis Egan hit back for Ireland in the second half with a try after a spell of intensive pressure, with Briggs converting thereafter.Briggs added another penalty, with Ireland surviving a few late scares to hang on for an invaluable win.h/t @InphosportsYour ‘how times have changed’ file pic of the day>Opinion: Heaslip and Dusautoir the captaincy odd couple>last_img read more

Column The samesex marriage debate shows nontraditional families arent really accepted

first_imgWITH THE HOTTING-UP of arguments for and against same-sex marriage in the news and on everyone’s lips, I got to thinking about my own experience as an Irish person and a mother as the problems seem to be mainly around parenting. You see, I am one of those statistics that have suddenly come under the social microscope again after a perceived acceptance over the last few years.I am one of the many single parents in this country, a heterosexual, divorced mum of three, now grown up, children. As the divorce referendum was debated back in 1995 I was separating from my husband. By the following year divorce was the law and by the end of 2000,  me and my family became a new statistic. When the census form came through the door I had to tick a few new boxes – divorced, single parent – at the head of this household.‘Fractured family’I had joined a minority group, and all that entails, in a so-called democracy and have thought long and hard about the effects of being a ‘fractured family’ would have on the continuing development of my three kids. As they were very young when it all happened I had a lot on my plate and needed help and inspiration on how to deal with my difficult situation. All the books and articles I have read then and since point to the preference of a family headed up by a mum and a dad as the ideal standard for raising children and over the years I have tended to agree with this, saw the wisdom in it, and frankly, yearned for what I had been denied.My own experience wasn’t without its trials and tribulations but my lasting impression and conclusion is that my children have not been disadvantaged by being brought up in a single-parent household, in fact it has mostly been quite the opposite. So what has all this got to do with same-sex marriage then? What has being a heterosexual female single mum got to do with it all? I’ve realised that  single parenting is not as accepted as I had thought, if the debates raging at the moment about same-sex marriages are anything to go by. Why? Because the detractors are trying to uphold and push as the ideal the male/female married unit as the best in which to raise children. What right has any one to say what is the best and only way to do anything?As a single parent family I and my children have only been tolerated as opposed to accepted as a proper family unit and because of the absence of the traditional set up we are somehow ‘less than’. I take this as an insult to my family and realise we are insulting same-sex unions in the same way.Gender should not be an issueThe recipe for success in family life lies in the commitment of the parents, or parent, aided by the extended family unit and friends, to the upbringing of the children of that family. The sex of the parents should not, and does not, come into it at all in my opinion. If a child is lucky enough to have a mum, dad, two mums, two dads, or the traditional mum and dad, who will do everything and anything it takes to love and protect and nurture their children, well this is what will make for a better, more loving and peaceful society.After divorce came into law in 1996 in this country there was a huge uptake in the courts. This was not as a result of people suddenly throwing caution to the winds and running around ditching their husbands and wives on a whim  because now they legally could. Couples were already living apart in their marriages, were legally separated and moved onto their next unions, or were caught in dysfunctional abusive relationships they could not get out of because of our constitution.These were all heterosexual couples who had the legal status of marriage. These marriages had failed and were now allowed a legal resolution. These marriages were in trouble and there were many children involved. So if the introduction of divorce had not blown the lid off these existing unhappy marriages, would those children have had to remain in these toxic family units? Are the same-sex detractors telling us that it is better to bring children up in households headed by couples that are unhappy just because they are ‘man and woman’ marriages? How awful for those children involved if that had remained the status quo.Marriage breakdownsThe statistics for heterosexual marriage breakdown show that a mum and dad marriage does not automatically bestow an ideal environment on a child. Regardless of the legal fallout of the sanctioning of marriage for all, there is no reason same-sex marriage can not be legislated for and sanctioned in Ireland. The main reason we should vote it in is the bond of the two parents, the commitment of the marriage, the promise they make to each other to parent the issue of this marriage. This can be made by two women and two men just as successfully, or unsuccessfully, as a heterosexual couple, assuming the odds of success and failure are comparable.The rest really is just detail. As one person in the audience on RTE’s Primetime recently pointed out, with all the orphans in the world living in institutions without parents, orphans of man/woman unions, married or otherwise, does this not prove that regardless of the sex of the mum and dad surely they are better off in families with couples who have gone to a lot of trouble to bring these cherished children into the world? Should they not be allowed to give a marriage their best shot? Who has the right to say all citizens are not allowed this right, just some?Same-sex marriages are not guaranteed to last, neither are heterosexual marriages as I will testify to, however if they are allowed to marry in the same way, they would not be doing so lightly. They have to come to the same decisions before they take this step.By giving society a chance to grow, change and foster inclusion, while outlawing discrimination, equality will have a chance. ‘The Constitutional Convention has voted overwhelmingly in favour of recommending that the Constitution be changed to allow for civil marriages for same-sex couples’. As I said, why the argument? At risk of sounding all seventies and using the Beatles philosophy, love IS all you need, for the perpetuation of the human race, regardless of its source.Carol Redmond is qualified Life Coach and holds a certificate in psychology from NUI Maynooth. She lives in Delgany, County Wicklow.VIDEO: NZ House of Reps sings Maori love song after gay marriage vote>Gilmore says State should not pass judgement on who people love>last_img read more

Golden credit card made costs more than anything youve bought on a

first_imgThere was a great joke in the first season of 30 Rock about fictional executive Jack Donaghy being so rich that his “gold card” was literally made of gold. At the time, the idea of a credit card so exclusive that it was created with a precious metal was comically absurd. Now however, that joke falls a bit flat, because a bank in Russia has announced that they are actually releasing a credit card made out of gold… and diamonds, and pearls.As you might expect from a card that’s likely more valuable than anything it will be used to buy, the “Visa Infinite Exclusive” has an appropriately over-the-top name.For residents of Kazakhstan who have simply run out of things to do with their money, the card will require $100,000 and an account with Sberbank. Of that amount, $35,000 will be deposited in the cardholder’s account, while the remaining $65,000 will cover the gold, 26 diamonds, and mother-of-pearl used in the card itself. On top of the upfront cost, there’s also a yearly charge of $2,000.All that expense comes with a number of bonuses, aside from making the card’s owner a little more like Jack Donaghy. New cardholders will get a free iPhone 5, a Montblanc card case, $250,000 worth of life and health insurance, and special offers at airports, restaurants, and the like.  Sberbank will be giving out a limited run of only 100 Visa Infinite Exclusive cards. Anyone lining up to get one should probably be reminded of the many worthy charities in the world that could also use $100,000.Via ABC Newslast_img read more

Above Below un gratteciel souterrain construit en plein désert à découvrir en

first_imgAbove Below : un gratte-ciel souterrain construit en plein désert, à découvrir en imagesAbove Below est un projet architectural original et ambitieux, qui pousse à revoir la définition d’un gratte-ciel. S’il voit le jour, ce bâtiment n’aura en effet aucun contact avec le ciel, car il sera construit sous le niveau de la mer, en plein désert. Matthew Fromboluti est affilié à l’université de Washington à Saint-Louis et a conçu un gratte-ciel qui n’est pas uniquement destiné à accueillir des habitants, mais aussi à réparer et corriger le paysage meurtri du désert de l’Arizona, près de la ville de Bisbee. Son projet, baptisé “Above Below” (en français, “Au-dessus dessous”) est en effet pensé pour combler une ouverture de 275 mètres de profondeur qui s’étend sur plus de 1,2 km². L’orifice est dû à une ancienne mine et, dans le projet de M. Fromboluti, serait remplacé par une structure qui comportera à la fois des espaces réservés à l’habitation et au travail, des espaces verts dédiés à l’agriculture et enfin, des zones dédiées au temps libre et aux loisirs.La construction s’auto-alimenterait grâce à ses propres sources d’énergie, un système de recyclage d’eau et des mécanismes utilisant les cheminées solaires pour contrôler un climat local artificiel. Dissimulé sous un dôme, le bâtiment est entièrement construit sous terre, avec uniquement ici et là des endroits éclairés par la lumière du soleil, stratégiquement disposés afin de contrôler le climat et d’accéder à la surface. Cependant, loin d’être coupés du monde, les habitants de la structure auraient la possibilité de se rendre à Bisbee grâce à un système ferroviaire solaire. Ce concept architectural tranche complètement avec d’autres projets de gratte-ciel modernes, qui visent eux la hauteur et un design extravagant. Son implantation ne modifierait le paysage désertique que de façon mineure, Matthew Fromboluti prévoyant que le sol et la végétation se développent à nouveau au-dessus du dôme de la structure. Si tel était le cas, cela la rendrait virtuellement invisible aux yeux de ceux qui contempleraient la zone depuis le ciel. En hébergeant un système rentable et autogéré, Above Below se présente comme un moyen intéressant de réinvestir un espace désolé, avec des avantages supérieurs à l’exploitation du métal qui se trouvait jadis dans le sol de ce site minier.Découvrir le projet en images : Le 14 octobre 2010 à 12:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

WILMINGTON RECREATION REMINDERS Over 35 Fall Basketball League Registration Now Open Kids

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are recent announcements from the Wilmington Recreation Department:Fall 35+ Basketball LeagueRegistration is open for the Fall 35+ Basketball League. The league will run on Wednesday evenings, September 12 – November 7 (no 10/31). The cost is $55.00 per player ($60.00 for non-residents). New or returning players without the appropriate shirt for the 35+ league must purchase a new one through the Recreation Dept. for $22.00. To register, visit, call 978-658-4270, or stop by Town Hall Room 8, Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm. Hope to see you on the courts!Children’s Art ClassCelebrate summer with a seaside themed art class! Decorate your bedroom or give them as unique gifts! “Sea Creatures” is an art class for children entering Grades 3 – 6 who will create 2 projects: a seahorse and a turtle. Using stencils, paint and sealants on a prepared piece of wood, students will make these pictures that are just too cute for words. This class will be held on Tuesday, August 21 from 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. Cost is $40. To register, visit, call 978-658-4270, or stop by Town Hall Room 8, Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm. Hope to see you on the courts!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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Registration Now Open For SNL Flag Football & Rec BasketballIn “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Registration Now Open For Upholstery Workshop This FallIn “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Kids Dreamcatcher Class On August 14In “Community”last_img read more

Wilmington OBITUARIES Week of August 4 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are the obituaries published on Wilmington Apple during the week of August 4, 2019:Lived In Wilmington At Time Of Passing:Stephen J. Bowker, 58Peter C. Carlson, 76Joan Forte-Jack, 89Janet (Colucci) O’Connor, 86Previously Lived In Wilmington:Verda J. Murray, 90Worked In/Volunteered In/Connected To Wilmington:Brandon M. Long, 27Elizabeth J. “Betty” (Kilpatrick) Valente, 75Like 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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Stephen J. Bowker, 58In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Game of Thrones season 8 episode 5 Who died in the craziest

first_img RIP Varys. The Master of Whispers. The Spider. The man of great facial expressions. #GameofThrones— Cress (@capricress) May 13, 2019 Varys’s reaction when he was sentenced to death after years of being a snake #GameofThrones— Sandra jones (@thebigwhopper2) May 13, 2019 Enlarge ImageNot looking good for King’s Landing. HBO It goes without saying, but massive Game of Thrones spoilers below.Sunday night’s episode of Game of Thrones gave us the Battle of King’s Landing, the second huge-scale battle in the final season after the Battle of Winterfell. We’ve got good news and bad news for you. The good news is the battle took place during the day, meaning no lighting issues this time.The bad news is that lots of people died.We got our first major character kill before Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow left Dragonstone, which in more ways than one was an omen of things to come. In this Song of Fire and Ice, it turns out we should have been more worried about the fire than the episode 4, The Last of the Starks, Varys confided in Tyrion Lannister his concerns about Daenerys’ temperament. Jon is a more able ruler, he said, and Daenerys is proving herself less stable. They should replace her, he argued.Episode 5 opens with a followup to this thread. The gang is all back at Dragonstone following last week’s unproductive King’s Landing confrontation with Cersei, which ended zero wars and left one Missandei dead, and Varys tries to tell Jon that he, not Daenerys, should sit on the Iron Throne.Tyrion tells Daenerys about Varys’ betrayal. We see Daenerys is in a bad state; bags under her eyes, frazzled hair, looking sickly. Times are bad. Daenerys says Jon and Tyrion are both also at fault. Jon, against Daenerys’ orders, told Sansa about his true identity, and Tyrion, once hearing it from Sansa, told Varys.Thankfully for Tyrion, the punishment wasn’t doled out evenly. He got a stern talking to (“the next time you fail me will be the last time you fail me”) while Varys got execution by fire. He was led from his quarters by the Unsullied to Dragonstone’s shores, where he was sentenced to die. Varys tells Tyrion he hopes he’s wrong about Daenerys, then Drogon gets his dracarys on.The realm will miss you, Varys. More from GoT, episode 5 me this whole week telling all my friends and family i was positive jaime was gonna kill cersei #gameofthrones— emily (@emilymcdonnL) May 13, 2019 Tags Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Me when the Hound ran of the cliff to kill the mountain #GameOfThrones— lewis (@LewisJFoley) May 13, 2019 38 Photos 6:20 The key takeaway from this episode, even above all the deaths, is that Daenerys is now an insane psycho, aka The Mad Queen. Jon was wrong to follow her, Varys was right to doubt her and Arya is almost definitely going to try and kill her.Next week is the week. Preview • Hound vs. Siri vs. Google Now: Who is really the best personal assistant? 5 Game of Thrones Episode 5 recap: A Song of Fire and Fire All hail Cersei, the best female villain in TV history Who died at the Battle of King’s Landing? Daenerys and the absolute carnage of episode 5 Dragons fired up season 8: Here’s how they were made jaime and cersei being killed over some falling rocks and not jaime killing cersei and then killing himself— Carlo (@margodrobbie) May 13, 2019center_img As the city was falling, Jaime Lannister was racing to find Cersei. On his way he’s confronted by Euron, whose fleet had just been Drogon’d. He asks Jaime if he wants to try and kill another king before they all die, but Jaime isn’t interested. Then Euron mentioned that he slept with Cersei and it was immediately on.The two scuffled, and Euron stabbed Jaime twice in the ribs. It looked like ye’ ol’ Kingslayer was a goner, but he got his second wind and impaled Euron against a rock. The mountain after Qyburn said “obey your queen” #GameofThrones— Here comes the son (@asianscump) May 13, 2019 TV and Movies Euron GreyjoyWe went quite a while between character deaths. Between Varys and Euron Greyjoy, though, there was a whole lot of miscellaneous soldier deaths. The point of last episode was to make you ask, “Will Daenerys be the Mad Queen or will she turn out OK?” She did not turn out OK.Drogon destroyed the Iron Fleet and overpowered the Lannister Army. Bells were ringing the sweet sound of surrender. Daenerys had previously told Tyrion she wouldn’t raze the city if the city surrendered early enough. The surrender came early enough, but wow did Daenerys burn everything down anyway. Sandor Clegane, Gregor CleganeCleganebowl finally happened, and it was glorious. With The Red Keep crumbling in flames, and with Gregor removing his helmet and armor to reveal what can only be described as a Vader-esque look, this battle was reminiscent of Obi-Wan versus Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars Episode 3.Gregor started with the high ground, but it was an even match. The two clung swords together. Gregor was stronger but Sandor faster. Our sweet Hound looked to have won when he stabbed The Mountain clean in the gut, but Gregor was unperturbed. Did we mention that Gregor is literally invincible?game-of-thrones-season-8-episode-5-clegane-bowlCleganebowl. HBO Gregor beats down Sandor with his massive, genetically-enhanced fists. He strangles his little brother against the wall. Sandor pulls out a dagger and pokes holes into Gregor to no avail. Nothing hurts The Big Guy. Gregor lifts Sandor and tries to split his skull Oberyn Martell-style. Before he can manage it, though, Sandor puts his dagger through Gregor’s right eye.Gregor stumbles back and seems to be injured. But he then stabilizes himself and starts pulling the dagger out like it’s nothing. The Hound isn’t having it, and tackles his older brother through the wall. The two fall several hundred feet into a pit of Drogon fire. Rest in power, Hound. Rest in power. Hound QyburnQyburn, the disgraced ex-maester and (now former) Hand of the Queen to Cersei was killed by his own creation. As defeat became obvious, Qyburn tried to rush Cersei to safety. The Red Keep was crumbling. Their party, containing Cersei, Qyburn, Ser Gregor Clegane and a bunch of guards, was running down a staircase as the walls and ceilings were falling. It’s around this time that they’re confronted by Sandor Clegane.It. Is. Clegane. Bowl. Time.Sandor wants Gregor. Gregor wants Sandor. Gregor advances. Qyburn tries to restrain him, telling him to stay by the Queen. Gregor grabs him and, with little more than a flick of the wrist, flings him several feet. Qyburns head smashes against a wall and then smashes open against some jagged stairs.Cersei promptly exited as inconspicuously as possible. The mountain when qyburn tried to stop him #GameofThrones— ㅤㅤㅤ (@strainful) May 13, 2019 The 38 most gut-wrenching Game of Thrones deaths, ranked Jaime and Cersei The Cleganes weren’t the only twosome to die together.Jaime manages to reach his twin sister in the nick of time — in the nick of time to die together, anyway. Fans have theorized for years that Jaime would be the one to kill Cersei, but nada. Love is love, apparently.Jaime and Cersei rush into the dungeons, where dragon skulls of old are kept, hoping to escape through to one of King’s Landing’s backwater bays. Alas, the path is blocked by bricks and debris.They embrace. Cersei says she wants their child to live. Jaime says they’re all that matters. The ceiling falls on top of them.They shared a womb, now they share a tomb. Everyone when The Hound tackles his brother through the wall#GameOfThrones— Josh Wolff (@CAPSLOCKJOSH) May 13, 2019 Comments in what world does it make sense that jaime gets to kill euron when YARA STILL EXISTS— osha (@oshawildling) May 13, 2019 Game of Thrones season 8 episode 5: Everybody hurts Me replaying Euron’s death on repeat for the next week #GameofThrones— space cowboy (@ItsAllens) May 13, 2019last_img read more

Nintendos Dr Mario World is live and its my new mobile addiction

first_img Video Games Mobile Apps Phones Tags Comment Super Mario Run 1 Nintendo’s E3 2019 Direct, T-Mobile and Sprint merger… The 29 best games on the Nintendo Switch iPhone Update Android Update Now playing: Watch this:center_img Dr. Mario World’s levels, plus a peek at Dr. Bowser. Nintendo I spent months embedded in Candy Crush Saga years ago, and it might still be the most addicted I’ve been to a mobile puzzle game. After playing Nintendo’s upcoming free-to-play game Dr. Mario World for a little while, it gave me very similar vibes. The game is live now on iOS and on Android via Google Play. I’ve been playing, and I’m already getting sucked in.First of all, it’s not Dr. Mario in any traditional sense. The classic NES-and-onward series of puzzle games usually involve a Tetris-like cascade of pills, and certain blocks you need to clear. Dr. Mario World’s puzzle levels, of the few I played from the 200 or so that will be available, aren’t time-based at all. Pieces float up instead of falling down, and pieces on the board need to be cleared in a minimum number of moves. You can now see why I’m making the Candy Crush analogy.Once pieces start floating up, you do need to guide them into place reasonably quickly, but you can also take as long as you like between pieces, which my commute will appreciate. So far, unlike Candy Crush levels I remember, level design seems to reward thinking rather than luck. New puzzle twists emerge, and the game starts to evolve. By my sixth or seventh puzzle stage, I started to sink into it. 29 Photos 1:29 Share your voice Dr. Mario World’s free-to-play structure means you can play without purchases, but you only get a certain number of tries (measured as “hearts”) before having to wait a while to play again. But so far, even though each stage costs a heart, winning will earn the heart back. Buying more hearts requires Diamonds, the game’s in-app currency that costs money. But there are also Coins, which are earned in-game and unlock other extras. It may sound confusing, and it is, a bit, but I’ve ignored most of those things so far and just played. Daily gifts appear with things to collect, and you can send or receive hearts from friends. It’s a lot to keep track of.The game will also continue expanding, with new stages and challenges that will keep being added. The map where stages are laid out looks very Candy Crush-like, but the game’s animation and overall graphic feel is very similar to Super Mario Run, Nintendo’s flat-fee mobile platforming game that came out in 2017. Unfortunately, like Super Mario Run, Dr. Mario World can’t be played offline. I asked Nintendo whether an offline mode would be considered, but prospects don’t seem good.Dr. Mario World may not be Nintendo’s most anticipated mobile game this year (that will be Mario Kart Tour), but it surprised me how much I ended up liking it, even if its free-to-play puzzle structure is all too familiar for mobile games.Online play in Versus Mode can be played for free without needing hearts, and gets unlocked after beating Stage 20 of the single-player game. Live battles play out more like the classic Dr. Mario games I remember, where acting fast can push things onto the other person’s puzzle field to force them to (hopefully) lose. I’ve already played a few matches, and they’re fun — definitely more entertaining than Super Mario Run’s multiplayer modes.Dr. Mario World also has a lot of often-confusing power-ups, timed bonuses and companion characters. Honestly, I’ve been ignoring that stuff and just focusing on the puzzles… but I’m sure I’ll need to master the details of the power-ups sooner or later.Will the free-to-play structure be acceptable or annoying? We’ll know more soon enough. And hey, it’s free, so go for it. (I’m out there somewhere.) Preview • Super Mario Run, reviewed: What you need to know Nintendolast_img read more

Tirumala temple to be closed for lunar eclipse on July 16

first_imgTirumala: There will be no issuing of Divya Darshan (DD) and Slotted Sarva Darshan (SSD) tokens for the darshan of Lord on July 16 (Tuesday) due to lunar eclipse. The TTD decided to cancel the issuing of these tokens to pilgrims keeping in view of the limited hours availability for darshan in Tirumala temple on Tuesday due to the performance of Koil Alwar Tirumanjanam. Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us The temple will be closed for darshan from 7 pm onwards on that day as Tirumanjanam is held in the temple from morning 6 to 12 noon. The temple will be reopened next day at 5 am. According to TTD almanac, the lunar eclipse falls between 1.31 am and lasts up to 4.29 am on July 17. Since it is a tradition to close the temple six hours prior to eclipse, the temple remains closed from 7 pm of July 16 till 5 am of July 17. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us In other words, the darshan will be available for common pilgrims on Tuesday (July 16) only for five hours between 12 pm to 5 pm as against the normal timings of from morning to midnight. Due to full moon eclipse, the rejigging of the arrangements was made by the administration keeping in view of the temple remains closed for nearly 10 hours leaving less time availability for darshan to pilgrims. Advertise With Us On the other hand, Annaprasadam distribution also remains closed. “To avoid any inconvenience to multitude of visiting pilgrims, TTD has taken the decision to cancel the DD and SSD tokens on July 16 as the temple remains opens only for five hours on that day between 12 noon to 5 pm following eclipse, a temple official explained. Devotees will be allowed to enter the VQC compartments on the midnight of July 15 and will be allowed for darshan (from 12 noon till 5pm of July 16). Both I and II queue complexes will be kept empty after 5 pm after darshan timing is over on Tuesday as Annaprasadam distribution will also be stopped to pilgrims on that day following eclipse and temple closes at 7 pm on July 16. While on July 17, when the temple door opens at 5 am after the eclipse, rituals like suddhi and punyahavachanam are performed while Suprabhatam, Thomala, Archana and Koluvu will be performed in Ekantam. The devotees will be allowed to enter VQC compartments only from 5 am onwards on July 17, a TTD official said, adding that TTD also cancelled the monthly Pournami Garuda Seva on July 16 following the eclipse. Kalyanotsavam, Unjal Seva, Arjitha Brahmotsavam, Vasanthotsavam and Sahasra Deepalankara Sevas have also been cancelled in connection with Anivara Asthanam on July 17. The Sarva Darshanam commences only from 12 noon onwards as Asthanam is observed inside temple. In the evening Pushpa Pallaki will be observed. In view of full moon eclipse, Annaprasadam will not be prepared and served at the food courts, MTVAC, PAC canteen, employees canteen, SVGH canteen in Tirumala from 7 pm of July 16 till 9 am on July 17. However, 20,000 food packets will be distributed to pilgrims from 3 pm till 7 pm on July 16 at Nadaneerajanam platform, Vaibhavotsava Mandapam and SV Museum areas. Keeping all this in view, the devotees are requested to plan their pilgrimage to Tirumala accordingly to avoid any inconvenience due to limited hours of darshan on July 16 and 17.last_img read more

Officials gear up for 60day action plan in Warangal

first_imgWarangal: It’s high time that all the Gram Panchayats have to gear up for the ’60-day action plan’ for developing greenery and hygiene in villages, Warangal Urban District Collector Prashanth Jeevan Patil said. Chairing a review meet on the implementation of 60-day action plan here on Friday, he dwelt at length about the progressive works such as community toilets, dumping yards, graveyards etc being taken up by the administration. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us “The MPDOs, mandal special officers and panchayat secretaries need to get well versed with the new Panchayat Raj Act. The administration will conduct an objective test for the panchayat secretaries to assess their knowledge about the duties and responsibilities of the sarpanches and upa-sarpanches,” the Collector said. The test is likely to be conducted on August 30. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us The panchayat secretaries will have to secure 50 per cent marks so that they can avail their annual increment. On the other hand, the regularisation of the junior panchayat secretaries who were appointed recently services is also dependent on this objective mode test, Patil said. The test in new Panchayat Raj act is to assess the knowledge of the MPDOs, he added. Advertise With Us The Collector said that in accordance with the new Panchayat Raj Act-2018 each gram panchayat will have to elect three co-option members before August 29. Likewise, a standing committee each to i) oversee sanitation, dumping yards and graveyards; ii) street lighting; iii) plantation and greenery; iv) works and weekly shanties. Each standing committee would have 15 members with one of them as is convener. The Collector said that Gram Panchayats have to convene a special meeting to appoint the cooption members and standing committees. “The onus is such that MPDOs and the special officers are like two eyes of the new Panchayat Raj,” Patil said. He directed the officials to complete the works of community toilets before the end of September. Of the 88 dumping yards, construction of 47 is complete, he added. He instructed the MPDOs to speed up the works of graveyards in 72 panchayats. Zilla Parishad CEO Prasoona Rani, DRDO T Ramu and Panchayat Officer Mahmood were among others present.last_img read more

First observation made of quantumtunneling diffusion of hydrogen atoms on ice

first_img(—As long as the temperature is above absolute zero, gas molecules are always in constant random motion. They may diffuse—or spread out—through three-dimensional space or, in a process called “surface diffusion,” along the two-dimensional surface of a solid. The most well-known mechanism to explain surface diffusion is a classical mechanism called thermal hopping, in which gas molecules jump from one adsorption site (the place where the gas molecules attach to the surface) to another at a temperature-dependent rate. So far, thermal hopping is the only mechanism known to explain the surface diffusion of hydrogen atoms on the surface of ice. Now in a new study, scientists from Hokkaido University in Japan have reported the first evidence of quantum tunneling as a mechanism for the surface diffusion of hydrogen atoms on the surface of ice, although quantum tunneling has previously been observed for hydrogen atoms on the surface of some metals. In quantum tunneling, the hydrogen atoms can move through barriers that they otherwise could not pass through using only classical mechanisms, such as thermal hopping. “This is the first observation of hydrogen-atom tunneling diffusion on an ice surface,” coauthor Naoki Watanabe, Professor at Hokkaido University, told new finding means that surface diffusion in this situation may work differently than previously thought. This may have implications for understanding the formation of H2 molecules in interstellar clouds, as the same hydrogen-on-ice surface diffusion process occurs on the surface of cosmic ice just before two hydrogen atoms combine to form an H2 molecule.Since quantum tunneling cannot be observed directly, the scientists had to detect its presence using a creative approach and some high-tech, laser-based analytical tools. In the previous studies on metal surfaces, quantum-tunneling diffusion was detected by taking advantage of the fact that, unlike thermal hopping, quantum tunneling is temperature-independent. Unfortunately, in the ice regime that the scientists investigated here, the temperatures are so low (below 20 K) that the temperature window in which diffusion occurs is too narrow to measure temperature dependence.Instead, the scientists took advantage of an isotope effect. Based on previous experimental data and calculations on thermal hopping and the kinetic energies of gases, the scientists predicted that, at 10 K, hydrogen atoms (which have one proton and one electron) should diffuse at a rate that is 4.5 times faster than that of deuterium atoms (which have one proton, one electron, and one neutron). If the rate difference between the two isotopes were to significantly differ from 4.5 in experiments on ice, then the difference could not be explained by thermal hopping, and would be clear evidence of quantum-tunneling diffusion. Macroscopic quantum phenomena discovered in ice © 2015 Explore further As it turned out, the new experimental results showed that, at 10 K, hydrogen atoms diffuse 100 times faster than deuterium ions on a highly ordered type of ice called polycrystalline ice. The researchers concluded that this larger-than-expected kinetic isotope effect can only be explained by quantum tunneling. The researchers also found that, on a less-ordered type of ice called amorphous solid water, the rate difference is about 16, which is only somewhat higher than expected. The scientists believe that this small increase suggests that quantum tunneling may play a role in the surface diffusion on this type of ice, but thermal hopping is likely still the dominant mechanism. The reason why quantum tunneling may be suppressed on amorphous solid water may have to do with its nonperiodic structure, whereas polycrystalline ice has a periodic structure. Another interesting part of the study is the way that the researchers determined the rates—not by direct measurement, but by using two laser techniques called photostimulated desorption (PSD) and resonance-enhanced multiphoton ionization (REMPI). The PSD laser beam first desorbs/detaches the adsorbed gas atoms on the ice surface, and then the REMPI laser ionizes the desorbed atoms. The researchers then measured the ion intensities, which are proportional to the number of desorbed atoms. By comparing the ion intensities of the desorbed hydrogen and deuterium atoms, the scientists could determine the ratio of their concentrations, which in turn could be used to find the ratio of their diffusion rates. As the scientists explained, the results could lead to a better understanding of the astrochemical H2 formation process, and they plan to pursue this area more in the future.”The diffusion mechanism—whether tunneling or thermal hopping—strongly depends on the morphology of the ice surface,” Watanabe said. “Cosmic ice has various ranges of morphology. This work demonstrates how H atoms on cosmic ice diffuse toward H2 formation. The H atoms alternate between tunneling diffusion and thermal hopping until encountering a reaction partner of another H atom. In the future, we would like to continue with similar experiments on heavier atoms such as oxygen and radicals, which also exist on cosmic ice and contribute to the formation of molecules on the cosmic ice.” Illustration of surface diffusion of atoms, with the blue arrows showing quantum-tunneling diffusion (through classical barriers) and the black arrow showing thermal hopping. The figure shows how the diffusion mechanisms differ for (a) low atomic flux (dominated by thermal hopping) and (b) high atomic flux (dominated by quantum tunneling). Credit: Kuwahata, et al. ©2015 American Physical Society Larger-than-expected isotope effect: The PSD-REMPI ion intensities of the deuterium atoms are approximately twice as strong as those of the hydrogen atoms for (a) amorphous solid water and (b) polycrystalline ice at low atomic fluxes. However, the D/H ratio increases with increasing atomic flux by a small amount for (c) amorphous solid water and a larger amount for (d) polycrystalline ice. This large difference in (d) indicates that hydrogen atoms diffuse much faster than deuterium atoms, strongly suggesting that surface diffusion occurs due to quantum tunneling in this ice at higher fluxes. Credit: Kuwahata, et al. ©2015 American Physical Society More information: K. Kuwahata, et al. “Signatures of Quantum-Tunneling Diffusion of Hydrogen Atoms on Water Ice at 10 K.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.133201 Citation: First observation made of quantum-tunneling diffusion of hydrogen atoms on ice (2015, October 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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. Journal information: Physical Review Letterslast_img read more

Will fully cooperate in modernisation of Varanasi says Kyoto deputy mayor

first_imgNoting that there are several similarities between Varanasi and Kyoto, deputy mayor of the Japanese city Kenichi Ogasawara on Thursday said his country’s government and industries will fully cooperate in the modernisation of the holy city.The Japanese deputy mayor, who reached here on Thursday, held an open meeting with district municipal corporation officials, local MLAs and local corporators to discuss plans for development of the temple town on the lines of Kyoto. Ogasawara’s visit comes in the wake of a Sister City Partnership Agreement signed between Kyoto and Varanasi during prime minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Japan.Ogasawara said in a deal between any two cities, works are mostly carried out by Japan’s private industries, but here the Kyoto-Varanasi agreement was signed in front of Indian PM Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.last_img read more