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Omar seeks CBI probe into fake orders on Kashmir circulating on social

first_imgSrinagar: National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Tuesday demanded a CBI inquiry into the “fake orders” that had surfaced on social media over the past few days, leading to speculation that the Centre might be moving to scrap Article 35-A of the Constitution, which provides special rights of residency and jobs to the people of Jammu and Kashmir in the state.”This is a very serious matter raised by the Governor. Fake orders were circulated under the signature of senior government officers. This is not something that can be dismissed with a simple sound byte. The CBI must be asked to investigate these fake orders & their origin,” Abdullah tweeted. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He was reacting to Governor Satya Pal Malik’s assertion that the orders that have appeared on the social media were not valid. “A lot of rumours are spread here, do not pay any heed to them. Everything is fine, everything is normal,” Governor Malik said when asked about the slew of orders appearing on social media about the possibility of a prolonged law and order situation in Kashmir Valley. Malik said the orders which had appeared on the social media in recent days were not valid. “No order is valid. If someone sneezes in Lal Chowk, by the time the news reaches Governor’s house, it is projected as a bomb blast,” he added.last_img read more

Rachel McAdams ventures into superhero world with Doctor Strange but stays grounded

first_imgThe always engaging McAdams offers her thoughts…On acting opposite Cumberbatch:“You always hope people you admire are just as great in person,” McAdams says. “And he’s really one of the good human beings and a great actor.“And he was so easy going that you didn’t think for a minute he had the weight of playing Doctor Strange on his shoulders.”On the interplay between their doctors:“Scott (Derrickson) came up with this idea where they already had been in a relationship and came out the other side,” McAdams says. “It was a better jumping off point for us.” Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: As part of the Doctor Strange world promotional tour, Rachel McAdams was at her Toronto base of operations recently to chat up the Marvel superhero flick. Despite visiting previous exotic locations, she confirms that there is no place like home. “I feel fulfilled when I’m here,” says the 37-year-old.In the Scott Derrickson-directed fantasy, McAdams plays Dr. Christine Palmer, an ex-girlfriend and colleague of Doctor Strange. She has to deal with him before and after his elaborate transition. That occurs when Strange severely damages his surgeon hands in a car wreck and then seeks an almost impossible cure. His search for a remedy eventually takes him to Kamar-Taj in Kathmandu where he meets the immortal Ancient One (Tilds Swinton) who trains Strange in the art of conjuring up magic and alternate dimensions. Unfortunately, the Strange transformation puts him on a collision course with an all-powerful former student of the Ancient one.Last year, McAdams earned an Oscar nomination for her performance as a reporter in the newspaper procedural Spotlight. She’s dabbled in other genres, too, including a co-starring role in two high-concept Sherlock Holmes pictures after breaking out in the teen flick Mean Girls and the romantic drama The Notebook. Doctor Strange marks her introduction into the superhero world. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Afghanistan UN mission will expand its presence in southern part of country

At a press conference in Kabul, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative to Afghanistan Tom Koenigs said that the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) would soon open two more offices – one in Qalat in the province of Zabul and the other in Asadabad “These new offices will closely cooperate with the local government and local governors and with all the administration to strengthen the good governance and the rule of law, as well as monitor human rights and support the local population to ensure that more development reaches these areas,” Mr. Koenigs said.The offices will also provide assistance to UN agencies in implementing their programmes, he added.“The opening of offices should reinforce and inspire these agencies to come to these provinces,” he said, noting that some of the programmes had been hampered by the perception of insecurity in the region.Afghanistan was clearly facing an insurgency, Mr. Koenigs said, reiterating remarks he made two weeks ago in a briefing to the Security Council. He called for international efforts to counter the threat posed by a coherent leadership with a clear intention to overthrow the Government and return the country to the way it was under the Taliban.“The security issue is not only a military and police issue. There are other elements which are equally important,” he said, arguing that without successful efforts in the areas of development, governance, diplomacy and counter-narcotics, it would be impossible to bring peace to Afghanistan. Mr. Koenigs added that the two new UNAMA offices were only the first step in an expanded UN presence in Afghanistan. The mission also planned to open more offices throughout the country, beginning at the end of this year and continuing into next spring. read more

Return of football leads NBC to dominating win

Return of football leads NBC to dominating win NEW YORK, N.Y. – The return of football and back-to-back prime-time interviews with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump led NBC to a decisive victory in the television ratings.Both the season-opening Super Bowl rematch between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos and a Sunday night game involving a Tom Brady-less New England team and Arizona both reached more than 20 million viewers, the Nielsen company said.NBC also reached 14.7 million viewers for the “Commander-in-Chief Forum” featuring Clinton and Trump. Given the rough reception given to moderator Matt Lauer, NBC may have a hard time celebrating that ratings achievement. The first debate between the two presidential candidates, moderated by NBC “Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt, is scheduled for Sept. 26.Add in summer’s top show in its waning weeks, “America’s Got Talent,” and it made for a dominant week for NBC.The network averaged 11.1 million viewers in prime time. ABC had 4.5 million, CBS had 4.2 million, Fox had 3.9 million, Telemundo had 1.7 million, Univision had 1.6 million, ION Television had 1.2 million and the CW had 1.1 million.ESPN was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.42 million in prime time. Fox had 2.15 million, Discovery had 1.64 million, HGTV had 1.57 million and USA had 1.44 million.NBC’s “Nightly News” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 7.9 million viewers. ABC’s “World News Tonight” was second with 7.88 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.2 million viewers.For the week of Sept. 5-11, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NFL Football: Carolina at Denver, NBC, 25.19 million; NFL Football: New England at Arizona, NBC, 23.08 million; “NFL Pre-Game Show” (Thursday), NBC, 18.51 million; “NFL Pre-Game Show” (Sunday), NBC, 17.67 million; “Commander-in-Chief Forum,” NBC, 14.72 million; “The OT,” Fox, 14.36 million; “Football Night in America,” NBC, 12.19 million; “America’ Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 11.96 million; “NFL Kick-Off Show” (Thursday), NBC, 10.62 million; “America’s Got Talent”(Wednesday), NBC, 10.61 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online:http://www.nielsen.com by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Sep 13, 2016 3:00 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 13, 2016 at 3:57 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

This will be such a shock Moment Prince Philip learned his wife

Lady Pamela Hicks has described how the Duke of Edinburgh covered his face with a newspaper and remarked “this will be such a shock” after learning his wife had become Queen.Lady Pamela, the Duke’s cousin and a former lady-in-waiting to the Queen, said the young Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip were “the last people in the world to hear” that George VI had died.Speaking to her daughter on The India Hicks Podcast, the 90-year-old told how she was with the princess, staying in the tiny, remote Treetops guest house in Kenya in 1952, accessible via a ladder, when she became Queen.”She goes up as a princess. The king dies that night. She comes down the ladder as a Queen,” she said.Secret ciphers were sent by the British Embassy to the governor, announcing the King’s death, but the coded messages could not be read as the key to the code was elsewhere.”We were the last people in the world to hear,” she added. “Philip just takes the newspaper and covers his face with it, hides behind it and says ‘This will be such a shock’,” Lady Pamela said.She said the duke convinced his wife to go for a walk in the garden, where he told her of her father’s death and that she was now Queen when they were alone.Lady Pamela added: “As she comes into the room. I think ‘Oh, poor girl, her father’s died’. So I go over to her, give her a hug and think ‘Oh my god, it’s the Queen’ so I go into a deep curtsy.”And she says ‘I’m so sorry. It means we’ve all got to go back’ … She was only thinking of all of us.” The Queen’s private secretary, Martin Charteris, was in the nearby town, having a drink in a restaurant, when a writer approached him and remarked on the news.Returning to the Sagana Lodge residence where the royals were based, he told the duke’s equerry, Mike Parker, who took unusual steps to prevent the new Queen finding out via the radio. Elizabeth flies home as QueenCredit:AFP Lady Pamela revealed that the Queen’s mourning dress had to be hurried on to the plane when the royal party arrived back in London. The Queen with the Hicks family in 1962 Lady Pamela said: “Prince Philip is sitting, reading a newspaper, while the princess is in another part of room, at the desk, writing to her father.”Mike crawls in as he doesn’t want the princess to look up and see him so he’s crawling out of her sight line and gesturing to get hold of the radio…”He secretly turns it very, very low and hears all the stations (playing) the same dirge-like music, being very solemn … so it’s obviously true.”Shortly afterwards, he told the duke what has happened, getting him to listen to the radio. Elizabeth flies home as Queen Lady Pamela HicksCredit:Jeff Gilbert Lady Pamela Hicks The Queen with the Hicks family in 1962 “A black dress was quickly smuggled on board because we didn’t have a black dress. So she quickly has to change.”She praised Philip’s handling of the situation, and told how Prime Minister Winston Churchill prevented the duke, who as a foreign-born prince with no money did not have the support of the royal court, from taking on a variety of roles.”Philip was superb because it was much worse for him – end of his career – he would have been First Sea Lord,” she said.”He gives up his career. He’s always going to be walking three paces behind his wife, and the whole court and aristocracy are against him.”She added: “For months he has no job. The Queen thinks of several jobs for him but Churchill says no … Greek, not a well-born Scotsman.”Lady Pamela is the daughter of Philip’s uncle, Earl Mountbatten, who was murdered by the IRA in 1979.Sign up for our brilliant free newsletter,  Your Royal Appointment, for exclusive insight from Camilla Tominey and Hannah Furness. read more

John OShea among the Irish players to be released by clubs

first_img John O’Shea has been confirmed as one of the players released by Sunderland. Image: Richard Sellers Jun 9th 2017, 8:00 PM Friday 9 Jun 2017, 8:00 PM ‘People have died for their country so we want our lads to put their bodies on the line’>Birmingham City sign 16-year-old defender from St Pat’s> http://the42.ie/3436055 Image: Richard Sellers 39,207 Views Share47 Tweet Email2 John O’Shea among the Irish players to be released by clubs The veteran defender’s stay at Sunderland has come to an end.center_img By Paul Fennessy 24 Comments Short URL Follow us: the42.ie John O’Shea has been confirmed as one of the players released by Sunderland. IRELAND INTERNATIONAL JOHN O’Shea has been confirmed as one of 11 players to have been released by Sunderland.The 36-year-old Waterford native, who is currently on international duty ahead of the Boys in Green’s game with Austria, struggled this season as part of a Black Cats side that were relegated from the Premier League.Meanwhile, it’s been confirmed that Shay Given is also now available on a free transfer after leaving Stoke, as is Ireland U19 international Zachary Elbouzedi, who has parted ways with West Brom.A report in The Times last week suggested O’Shea was hoping to stay at Sunderland, but had offers from four other clubs, including Wolves, as he bids to continue on playing for one more year in the hopes of bowing out from the game after representing Ireland at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Similarly, Given is hoping to continue playing for at least another season, recently telling Newstalk that he would consider offers from Championship clubs.View the full list of players released here.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Le procès civil de la marée noire de Deepwater Horizon souvre lundi

first_imgLe procès civil de la marée noire de Deepwater Horizon s’ouvre lundiAprès avoir payé 4,5 milliards de dollars d’amende lors du procès pénal, BP va devoir se défendre lundi lors du procès civil. Le tribunal va essayer de savoir si l’entreprise britannique a oui ou non commis une faute grave, puis va tenter d’estimer la quantité de pétrole qui a contaminé le golfe du Mexique. Ce procès pourrait coûter à BP jusqu’à 17 milliards de dollars.On se souvient tristement du nom de Deepwater Horizon. Cette plateforme pétrolière avait explosé le 20 avril 2010 et souillé le golfe du Mexique d’une abominable marée noire. Une telle catastrophe ne pouvait pas être laissée impunie et le procès civil de BP, l’exploitant de la plateforme, s’ouvrira lundi 25 février à la Nouvelle-Orléans. La compagnie britannique encourt jusqu’à 17 milliards de dollars d’amende, soit 12,9 milliards d’euros.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le système judiciaire américain sépare les procès au civil de ceux au pénal. Cette partie a déjà été réglée lorsque BP a reconnu sa culpabilité et versé 4,5 milliards de dollars, 3,4 milliards d’euros, à l’État américain, ainsi que 7,8 milliards de dollars à des particuliers et des entreprises, l’équivalent de 5,9 milliards d’euros. Comme le souligne l’AFP, si l’amende maximale de 17 milliards de dollars est retenue lors du procès au civil, cela représenterait une fois et demie le bénéfice de BP en 2012.Faute lourde et nombre de barilsDeux paramètres influeront sur la sanction. Il doit d’abord être établi que BP a bien commis une faute lourde, une négligence grave qui a entrainé l’explosion de la plateforme. Onze personnes avaient été tuées lors de l’accident. Ensuite il faudra déterminer la quantité de pétrole qui s‘est répandue dans le golfe du Mexique. L’amende va s’élever en effet à 4300 dollars par équivalent de baril de brut échappé dans la mer, soit environ 3600 euros. Si BP estime que 3,1 millions de barils ont été perdus, l’État américain penche quant à lui pour 4,9 millions de barils. Au niveau de l’amende, cette différence représente plus de 3,5 milliards d’euros.Malgré les efforts de la compagnie pour limiter les dégâts et les 10,6 milliards d’euros dépensés en nettoyage, il avait fallu 87 jours à BP pour stopper l’épanchement du pétrole dans la mer. L’entreprise n’est d’ailleurs pas seule sur le banc des accusés, il faut également compter le propriétaire de la plateforme, le suisse Transocéan, et la société Halliburton qui s’est occupée du coffrage en ciment. Anciennement dirigée par Dick Cheney, vice-président sous George W Bush, Halliburton a été au cœur de nombreuses polémiques à cause de ses investissements lors de la seconde guerre du Golfe et pour son rôle dans l’exploitation du gaz de schiste.Le 23 février 2013 à 22:52 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

GammaGlutamylTranspeptidase définition rôle comment analyser les résultats

first_imgGamma-Glutamyl-Transpeptidase : définition, rôle, comment analyser les résultats ?Les Gamma-Glutamyl-Transpeptidases, plus communément appelés gamma GT, sont des protéines principalement sécrétées par les hépatocytes, c’est-à-dire par les cellules du foie. Leur dosage est ainsi préconisé dans le cadre de l’évaluation de la fonction hépatique.La Gamma-Glutamyl-Transpeptidase, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Les Gamma-Glutamyl-Transpeptidases sont des enzymes hépatiques dont la principale mission est de favoriser la détoxification de l’organisme favorisant la métabolisation de certains acides aminés et, plus précisément, de transférer le groupe gamma-glutamyl vers des acides aminés ou des peptides. Il faut savoir que la concentration de Gamma-Glutamyl-Transpeptidase augmente avec une consommation excessive d’alcool. C’est pour cette raison que son dosage est préconisé dans le cadre du dépistage d’une maladie alcoolique. Il peut également servir à détecter un trouble hépatobiliaire ou un cancer du foie.Le dosage de la Gamma-Glutamyl-TranspeptidaseLa mesure de la Gamma-Glutamyl-Transpeptidase s’inscrit généralement dans le cadre d’un bilan enzymologique dans lequel on retrouve également les dosages des ASAT (aspartate aminotransférases) et des ALAT (alanine aminotransférases). À lire aussiMasse musculaire : la protéine Hulk permettrait une prise de masse importanteIl fait partie des examens de routine prescrits régulièrement par le médecin. Il peut également faire l’objet d’une prescription plus spécifique en présence de signes cliniques d’une atteinte hépatique ou biliaire. Quel que soit le motif de la préconisation, l’examen nécessite un prélèvement sanguin effectué par ponction veineuse dans le pli du coude. Il n’est pas obligatoire d’être à jeun préalablement à la prise de sang. Les taux sont considérés comme normaux lorsqu’ils sont compris entre :- 7 et 35 UI /l chez la femme, – 10 et 45 UI /l chez l’homme, – 7 et 27 UI /l chez l’enfant.Taux de Gamma-Glutamyl-Transpeptidase trop bas : qu’est-ce que cela signifie ?On observe principalement une baisse de la concentration des Gamma-Glutamyl-Transpeptidases au moment de la grossesse ainsi qu’à partir de 60 ans.Taux de Gamma-Glutamyl-Transpeptidase trop haut : qu’est-ce que cela signifie ?Il faut savoir que certaines variations des gamma GT sont naturelles. En effet, le taux aura tendance à être supérieur chez les nouveau-nés. Le surpoids et la prise de certains médicaments peuvent également influer sur la concentration de Gamma-Glutamyl-Transpeptidase. En outre, certaines augmentations confirment la suspicion d’une atteinte hépatique et peuvent conduire au diagnostic, entre autres, d’une hépatite, d’un cancer du foie, d’une pathologie alcoolique (stéatose, cirrhose…) ou encore d’une cholestase. Certaines autres pathologies non hépatiques peuvent également entraîner une hausse des gamma GT. C’est le cas, notamment, de l’infarctus du myocarde, de la pancréatite, du diabète, du cancer mammaire…Le 21 avril 2017 à 12:36 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

We will be fine Mark Noble

first_imgThe West Ham United captain says his team will be okay and could finish as high as seventh place in the English Premier LeagueFor West Ham United captain Mark Noble, the English Premier League is very difficult, but he thinks his club could end up in the top part of the table.“I think the league is so tight. Apart from really the top six that are going to run away, I think the rest of us are in a battle for between 13th and ninth, or probably a little bit higher – maybe seventh – so we will see,” he said to Sky Sports.“As long as we keep winning games, we will be fine. After the tough start we had, we had a lot of people saying – which you get – a lot of negative comments.”Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“But I think the way we are playing football now and way we are taking the game to teams as well – Chelsea at home and Manchester United at home – we played fantastic in those games,” he added.“Not at all really. As long as the team is winning. It is a long season, we have so many games. It doesn’t fuss me at all.”“Obviously I’m not injured, so I train every day and obviously I miss the games, but that’s the price you pay when you make tackles and you play the game the way I do,” he commented.“You are going to mistime a tackle sooner or later and I did that.”last_img read more

Winning Japan bids will be those offering the biggest IR with the

first_img RelatedPosts “The winner will be the group that promises to build the biggest integrated resort with the smallest casino,” he said. “I feel that a Japanese-led enterprise or consortium is going to be key to the success. Operators needs to show the government their willingness to work with and be invested in the local Japanese private sector.“Some operators have already started this courting process, including involvement in seminars and educational programs for the private sector throughout Japan.”However, Bonnet also called for Japanese companies to start developing strategic plans for partnering with foreign casino companies and utilizing their expertise in the industry.“Established Japanese companies will start to become much more aggressive in developing their strategy for working with global IR firms,” he said of news that the IR Implementation Bill is set to be passed within days.“They will need to choose their partners wisely, developing a strategic plan inclusive of a vision that global operators can buy into for the long-term. This should be seen as a massive opportunity for the Japanese private sector; one that should be focused on today.” Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August The Japanese government will award the three casino licenses on offer under its IR Implementation Bill to whichever groups “promise to build the biggest integrated resort with the smallest casino,” according to Delta State Holdings gaming consultant David Bonnet.Speaking at a media event in Tokyo this week in conjunction with the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan, Bonnet said that the government had been working hard to develop an IR bill that is investment-worthy but added any foreign companies wishing to enter the market will need to exhibit their willingness to adapt to local expectations, including working closely with local Japanese firms. Load More Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive teamlast_img read more

61 of US employers have a budget for employee engagement

first_imgLess than two-thirds (61%) of US employer respondents have some level of funding for employee engagement in 2016, compared to 71% in 2014, according to research by employee engagement and retention firm TalentKeepers.Its 12th annual Employee engagement and retention trends report, which surveyed 887 US employers, also found that 26% of respondents rate themselves as very effective at engaging employees, up from 14% in 2015.The research also found:Almost three-quarters (72%) of respondents believe workplace culture and morale is most impacted by low employee engagement levels and high turnover, and 58% of respondents say the biggest impact is on productivity.More than half (56%) of respondents think that low engagement and high turnover have the biggest impact on team performance, and 40% believe recruitment costs are most affected.Two-thirds (66%) name customer service ratings as the key performance metric that has improved as the result of a targeted engagement initiative, and 62% cite productivity.Christopher Mulligan (pictured), chief executive officer at TalentKeepers, said: “Our findings show a number of key trends that have grown stronger, as well as several surprises where formerly popular tactics are replaced with new, emerging approaches to engagement and retention.“One possibly troublesome point is that budgets for engagement and retention have slipped, a surprise after years of growth in dedicated funding.“On the flip side, more focus is being placed on the impact leaders have, likely a growing recognition that leveraging leaders add little incremental cost and great value.”last_img read more

Suryapet Ganesh pandals to invite 1 lakh penalty for high

first_imgSuryapet: Superintendent of Police R Venkateshwarlu stated that Ganesh Utsav committees have to secure all relevant permissions before setting up pandals at selected areas.In a press note released on Tuesday, he gave instructions and guidelines to the organisers of the pandals. He informed that necessary training has been provided to the staff of police stations on uploading details of Utsav committees and their applications. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us He advised to follow all the rules of respective departments and not cause any inconvenience to the people by setting up pandals on roads. The SP informed that high decibel digital sound systems near Ganesh pandals were not allowed and would invite a penalty of Rs 1 lakh if anyone violates the rule. He advised the Utsav committees to establish eco-friendly clay Ganesha idols to avoid water pollution and suggested the committee organisers to play devotional songs near pandals and use of ISI certified wires for electrical connections to avoid any untoward incidents in view of rainy season. Stating that Utsav committee members must be available at pandals in the interest of devotees, he directed them to celebrate the Ganesh Navarathri festival in a peaceful manner without hurting the beliefs of other religions.last_img read more

Black World War II Veteran 99 Prepares for College Graduation

first_imgBy Jenny Drabble, The Winston-Salem JournalElizabeth Barker Johnson stood frozen in the doorway, gripping her walker tightly, as the lights flicked on, revealing 60 of her closest loved ones.It wouldn’t be the last surprise of the day as the World War II veteran celebrated her 99th birthday.Elizabeth Johnson embraces her son David Johnson after she walks into a room full of family and friends for a surprise party thrown for her 99th birthday on Thursday, May 2, 2019, at Pinecrest Retirement Community in Hickory, N.C. (Allison Lee Isley/The Winston-Salem Journal via AP)After cake, Johnson was presented with a ruby-red cap and gown and an invitation to finally walk at Winston-Salem State University’s graduation, 70 years after she completed her teaching degree there.“I couldn’t get anyone to substitute for me back then, so I had to miss my graduation. It was terrible,” said Johnson, who began working as a teacher in Virginia right out of college. “I just can’t believe this is happening. I really think I’m dreaming.”As Johnson tried on her WSSU cap, gown and stole May 2 — gold balloons in the shape of “99” bobbing above her head — she turned to her family at Pinecrest Retirement Community in Hickory and said with a smile: “Go Rams.”While she didn’t get to walk across the stage due to job obligations, Johnson graduated from what was then Winston-Salem Teachers College in August 1949.Elizabeth Johnson wears a Winston-Salem State University cap that she received as a gift to reveal that she will be walking with this year’s graduating class during a surprise party thrown for her 99th birthday Thursday, May 2, 2019, at Pinecrest Retirement Community in Hickory, N.C. (Allison Lee Isley/The Winston-Salem Journal via AP)Her son, David Johnson, said getting to participate in the May 10 graduation with WSSU’s Class of 2019 graduates is a dream come true for his mother.“That’s going to be probably the highest honor of her life,” David Johnson, 60, said. “The fact that she gets to graduate now, after all this time, is going to melt her heart. She deserves it.”Elizabeth Johnson became the first female to attend WSSU on the GI Bill when she returned home from WWII, where she had been part of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion of the Women’s Army Corps.The battalion, of 855 women, was the only all-Black female battalion stationed overseas during the war.“She’s a hero to me,” her granddaughter Shandra Bryant said. “It’s pretty special to get to 99 and even more so when you look at her history in the Army and as an educator.”Elizabeth Johnson’s military journey started by chance after she was inspired by an “I Want You for the U.S. Army” poster lying on the ground near her mailbox.After graduating from Atkins High School in Winston-Salem — the closest school to Elkin for Black students — Elizabeth Johnson joined the Army in 1943.She was stationed in Kentucky for a year-and-a-half before going overseas to England in the midst of the war, where she and the other women were tasked with handling the backlog of mail.“I like to tell people ‘She probably had a hand in getting mail from your grandmother to your grandfather,’” Bryant, 32, said. “It was a really important job because it made sure people received mail from their loved ones back home and it kept them positive.”But war didn’t come without its close encounters.As a truck driver during the war, Elizabeth Johnson narrowly avoided a roadside mine in France that killed the three women driving in the vehicle in front of her, her son said.“She was lucky and if she hadn’t been, I wouldn’t be here right now,” David Johnson said. “She’s faced war, she’s faced racism along the way as the only Black school teacher in her area for a long time. She’s such a remarkable woman.”The Elkin native is one of only five women who participated in the battalion and are still alive today.Elizabeth Johnson — who has two children, two grandchildren, one great-grandchild and another on the way — was recently honored for her service on the floor of the U.S. House by Congresswoman Virginia Foxx.David Johnson said her diligence goes beyond her time in the military.When he was growing up, his mother worked two or three jobs, often waitressing and catering, in addition to being a teacher to keep her family afloat.“We started out in this little house with no running water. We had to get well water, and we had an outhouse,” her son said. “I think it was amazing what she was able to do, how hard she worked, to get us out of that. She worked for everything she got.”Elizabeth Johnson taught for 40 years — about 32 of which were spent in North Carolina school systems as a middle school teacher.As a teacher, she always encouraged her kids and students to pursue higher education, her family said. After she retired, she continued to tutor and volunteer with local schools for another 10 years.“From serving her country during World War II to impacting the lives of hundreds of students as a classroom teacher in North Carolina and Virginia, Elizabeth Barker Johnson is the embodiment of Winston-Salem State’s motto, ‘Enter to Learn. Depart to Serve,’” said WSSU Chancellor Elwood Robinson. “We are inspired by her and excited to give her the opportunity, 70 years later, to finally walk across the stage at commencement.”Elizabeth Johnson has lived at the Hickory retirement community for the past eight years and keeps her mind sharp with crossword puzzles, word searches and reading, her son said.David Johnson, who had a stroke and lives in a care facility in Granite Falls, said he doesn’t get to see his mother much and had promised to call her on her birthday.Instead, he was the first person she hugged as she walked into the room full of loved ones. He plans to watch a live stream of her graduation from WSSU next week, he said.Johnson said the day was chock-full of surprises from the family and friends who came to visit her.“I’m just in sheer shock. How in the world did my daughter and granddaughters have time to pull this off?” she said. “This is the most wonderful birthday.”last_img read more

Microsoft develops Xbox 360 game you pay by the hour to play

first_imgTypically if you purchase a downloadable game or DLC content for a game you already own, you pay once and get access to that content for the life of the console, maybe longer. However, Microsoft has decided to experiment, and is launching an Xbox 360 game that you pay by the hour to play, but never actually own. It seems unlikely any gamer would sign up for such a payment scheme, but then this isn’t your typical gaming experience.The game in question is simply called Karaoke. It has been developed through a collaboration between Microsoft Studios and The Karaoke Channel, and offers access to over 8,000 songs you can sing along to from a range of music genres.In my view it’s pretty hard to make karaoke exciting. You hold a microphone and sing along to the scrolling lyrics. Everything else is just HD eye candy on the screen to help keep you entertained while exercising your vocal chords. And that is exactly what this is looking at the screenshots.The Xbox Live game shouldn’t take long to download as the 8,000+ songs on offer are all streamed, meaning you won’t be playing this game without an Internet connection. As for the cost of playing, there is no outright purchase price. Instead, you will be able to buy blocks of time during which the streaming songs will be accessible to queue up and play. Blocks can be 2, 6, or even 24 hours long, but no prices for each tier have been announced by Microsoft yet.Chances are this game isn’t going to be cheap. It’s the sort of experience a group of you will choose to buy a couple of hours for once a week, probably after drinks. It’s also going to be good for parties, but again, they will be one-off purchases.Depending on how successful this experiment is, we could see a number of other games try and follow the same pay-to-play formula. It’s not a payment scheme that works for most genre of games, but there’s potential for group entertainment and party games to make this work.More at playXBLAlast_img read more

Mitsubishi Will Sell Cars With No Mirrors Next Year

first_img Aston Martin Will Build You Your Very Own Supervillain LairSony Crammed a 9-Inch Touchscreen Into a Single-DIN Car Stereo You know that warning on your car’s side view mirror that says “objects may be closer than they appear”? You won’t see that on this new Mitsubishi prototype. You won’t even see mirrors on it.That’s because Mitsubishi has ditched the mirrors and replaced them with cameras: one each on the driver’s and passengers side and another to handle rear-view duties. There’s more to the system than just cameras, of course.As is the case with almost everything tech-related in the news these days, Mitsubishi’s mirrorless system will utilize an advanced AI to help keep drivers safe. The cameras can detect objects as far away as 100 meters, and the AI can distinguish between pedestrians and vehicles — and even figure out what kind of vehicle is approaching.Mitsubishi says their system (which they call Maisart) offers substantially better range. Similar CMS configurations don’t start detecting objects until around the 30 meter mark. Mitsubishi also says Maisart is about 70% better at identifying those objects than the competition’s.It was only a matter of time before automakers started showing off mirrorless designs, what with all the other cameras they had already integrated into their designs. The auto industry has been working toward an international standard for the switch from mirrors to camera monitoring systems (CMS) since 2010. European and Japanese regulators finally gave automakers the go-ahead for mirrorless cars in 2016.So just how soon will you be able to buy a mirrorless car? Well, if you happen to live in Japan and you want a Mitsubishi, you’ll be able to drive away in one as soon as next year.There could always be unexpected snags, of course, and it could be ages before Mitsubishi gets a similar vehicle onto dealer lots in North America… Something that folks who waited (and waited) for the Outlander PHEV to arrive know all too well. Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

New ideas add further mystery to why there is less lithium7 in

first_img Explore further This artist’s concept shows a galaxy with a supermassive black hole at its core. The black hole is shooting out jets of radio waves. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Citation: New ideas add further mystery to why there is less lithium-7 in the universe than expected (2012, July 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-ideas-mystery-lithium-universe.html © 2012 Phys.org (Phys.org) — Thirty years ago, cosmologists Monique and François Spite of the Paris Observatory, turned the world of astrophysics upside down when they noticed that there appeared to be a distinct lack of lithium-7 in old stars in the halo of the Milky Way, which led to questions about why there wasn’t more as expected by theories about the Big Bang. Since then, more research has shown that lithium-7 simply refuses to conform to models and theories about how the universe began; there’s just not enough of it. Now, things have grown worse as researchers Fabio Iocco and Miguel Pato from Stockholm University and Technische Universität in Munich, have published a study in Physical Review Letters describing what they believe is lithium-7 production by certain black holes. Astrophysicist team suggests axions could explain dearth of lithium-7 in dark matter theorycenter_img Journal information: Physical Review Letters Current theory holds that some fourteen billion years ago, the Big Bang occurred and everything we know came about as a result. In those first few moments afterwards, elements were formed and persist to this day. Modeling of the Big Bang has found that all of the elements in existence conform to theories suggesting how much of each should exist. Except for lithium-7. For some reason, there is approximately just a third of what there should be and astrophysicists don’t know why. Now, new research suggests that there should be even more, maybe twice what was originally thought.Iocco and Pato, in looking at x-ray sources that come from binary star arrangements that are thought to harbor black holes, have found what appears to be torus shaped matter (from one of the stars) swirling around and towards the gravity source. In doing the math, they calculate that the matter nears the speed at which light travels as it approaches, reaching temperatures of 100 billion K. Under those conditions, the duo suspect that helium nuclei colliding could result in the creation of lithium-7, which if true would mean that there is even more of the stuff missing than researchers had first thought. They write that if something on the order of 1% of such systems are producing helium-7, the amount of it produced would equal as much as is believed to have been created after the Big Bang.Astrophysicists have suggested a lot of theories to explain the dearth of helium-7, but thus far, none have panned out, and none of them are proposing that the original ideas used to describe how much there should be, are wrong. 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. More information: Lithium Synthesis in Microquasar Accretion, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 021102 (2012). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.109.021102 (Arxiv pre-print: http://arxiv.org/abs/1206.0736 )AbstractWe study the synthesis of lithium isotopes in the hot tori formed around stellar mass black holes by accretion of the companion star. We find that sizable amounts of both stable isotopes 6Li and 7Li can be produced, the exact figures varying with the characteristics of the torus and reaching as much as 10-2M⊙ for each isotope. This mass output is enough to contaminate the entire Galaxy at a level comparable with the original, pregalactic amount of lithium and to overcome other sources such as cosmic-ray spallation or stellar nucleosynthesis.last_img read more

For the love of food and sights

first_imgMovidas Journeys has launched a new tour expected to tantalise all the senses, in particular the taste buds, as they takes guests on a cultural tour of Peru with Sydney-based Peruvian Chef Alejandro Saravia.‘A taste of Peru’ commences in Sydney with cooking classes and a degustation dinner with the masterchef, before heading on a gourmet journey of his native land.“You will see things, taste flavours and meet locals in a way that you would not experience as an independent traveller,” Movidas Journeys founder, Robyn Smith said.Mr Saravia is also currently hosting Peru inspired degustation dinners this month at Sydney hot-spot The Lincoln, where select guests were invited on Wednesday to inaugurate the launch of the new tour.  Serving up specialities including Chala, Anticucho, Pacha and Andean corn tamal, the set-menu dinners will be held on July 21, 22, 28 and 29th.The two-week tour includes visits to Lima, Nazca Lines and the town of pisco (where the national drink is from), as well as Arequipa where visitors will have guests with the condors.  Puno, Lake Titicaca, Cuso and the sacred Valley of the Incas as well as Machu Pichu are also included in the tour.For information about Movidas Journeys, or to book, call 02 9262 2007 or email info@movidas.com.au Movidas Journeys’ Robyn Smith with Chef Alejandro Saravia and Argentinean Jed winemakers Source = e-Travel Blackboard: D.Mlast_img read more

Destination Germany continues to witness stable growth from India

first_imgThe German National Tourist Office (GNTO) India recently concluded its annual four-city roadshow in India. The roadshow, which took place in Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and New Delhi saw interactions between German partners and the Indian travel trade on latest offers, highlights and attractions for the Indian travellers.More than 250 travel companies had attended the event in Mumbai. The event saw the participation of eight German partners- Köln-Düsseldorfer Deutsche Schifffahrt AG, The City Tourism Board of Cologne, The State Tourism Board of Saxony, Stuttgart & Southwest Germany, The City Tourism Board of Baden –Baden, Airberlin, Lufthansa German Airlines and Maritim Hotels.Romit Theophilus, Director- Sales & Marketing, GNTO India, said, “Germany has recorded over 5,00,432 overnights from India for the period of January-August 2016 a growth of 4.4% over the same period last year. To keep with the changing times and traveller trends, GNTO India launched its Facebook page in February 2016. We look forward to the Germany Tourism page becoming a hub for discussions relating to travel to Germany, sharing of itineraries, exciting travel finds in the country and lots more.”The core marketing theme for GNTO in 2016 was ‘Germany- Holidays in the Heart of Nature,’ further reinforced in the organisation’s promotions and communication. The objective of the core campaign was to strengthen Germany’s image as a travel destination for natural and scenic holidays.Theophilus added, “Germany is a magnificent destination with a plethora of scenic and natural landscapes to choose from. From the Zugspitze in the German Alps in the South, the Wadden Sea and the Coastal cities in the North to the Bastei Rock formations in the East, Destination Germany has something for everyone. What’s more, all this is available at a phenomenal price, making Germany a very lucrative holiday destination.”The GNTO, India office are also in the process of launching ‘Destination Germany – Online Training Programme’ by 2017. There are a number of Tier-II and III cities waiting to be tapped and Theophilus feels that the roll out of this long-awaited online training programme will further strengthen and spread German product knowledge among the small-town agents.last_img read more

Colledge despite the realism in his comments did

first_imgColledge, despite the realism in his comments, did sound optimistic when talking about improving the offensive production moving forward. “I think everybody on the team, we’re committed to getting this thing right,” he said. “Preseason is preseason, I don’t think anybody’s going to deny that, but there are certain things that need to get done before you can move on to the next game.”That next game is Friday, when the Cardinals host the Oakland Raiders at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. Kolb will start and both he and Skelton should see increased playing time.Arizona Sports’ Kyndra de St. Aubin contributed to this report – / 24 While fans and media are waiting for the position to be settled, so are Cardinals players, including one who will block for whomever wins the job.Offensive guard Daryn Colledge, who is entering his second season in Arizona, was vocal following Tuesday’s practice concerning his thoughts on the quarterback position.“It’s a competition that everyone wants to see come to an end because — even those guys — they want to know who the starter’s going to be and they want to get into a rhythm with the offensive line and their receivers,” Colledge said. “But it’s one of those things that if we’re not all doing our job perfect, it gives them no opportunity to show what they can get done. “So, we’re not helping ourselves out there.”Of course, Kolb and Skelton have been under a microscope since they play the most glamorous position in sports and have failed to produce this preseason, but Colledge sees blame to pin on every member of the offense.“It’s everybody’s problem. The receivers have got to run better routes, the offensive line’s got to block better, the running backs have got to block better,” he said. “It’s not just on the quarterbacks.” Top Stories FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — It’s been talked about ad nauseum since last fall. In fact, in just the last two days, ArizonaSports.com has had seven stories on the same subject — the battle for the Arizona Cardinals starting quarterback spot.OK, make that eight.The competition continued during Tuesday afternoon’s practice on the practice fields at Northern Arizona University, and once again neither John Skelton nor Kevin Kolb made any significant push toward claiming the job. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationlast_img read more

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