Canadian actress Amanda Brugel becomes series regular on The Handmaids Tale

first_imgHer character in The Handmaid’s Tale is a household servant known as a Martha who becomes close to the main character Offred, played by Elisabeth Moss.The story is set in a male-dominated, totalitarian society ruled by a fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Offred is one of the “handmaids” forced to bear children for a commander and his infertile wife.Joseph Fiennes plays Offred’s commander alongside Yvonne Strahovski as his wife.The cast also includes Samira Wiley of Orange Is the New Black, Alexis Bledel of Gilmore Girlsand Max Minghella of The Social Network.The Toronto-shot Hulu series airs on Bravo in Canada and was renewed for a second season in May.The entire first season also launched on Bell Media’s streaming service CraveTV in the spring.The Handmaid’s Tale recently earned 13 Emmy Award nominations, including Best Drama Series.By VICTORIA AHEARN Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img Facebook Advertisement Amanda Brugel, the lone Canadian cast member in Season 1 of The Handmaid’s Tale, has been promoted to series regular for the upcoming second season.Brugel, who hails from Pointe Claire, Quebec, plays Rita in the series that’s based on Toronto author Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel.Brugel’s other credits include Kim’s Convenience, Eyewitness and Orphan Black. Twitterlast_img read more

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Not many people know that Im brother of Ayushmann Aparshakti Khurana

first_imgNew Delhi: Actor Aparshakti Khurana believes the many film-goers are still oblivious to one key fact of his life: that he is the brother of Bollywood star Ayushmann Khurrana. The 31-year-old actor, who started his career as a radio jockey and later became an anchor on Indian television, made a successful switch to films with 2016 blockbuster “Dangal”, featuring Aamir Khan, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Zaira Wasim and Sanya Malhotra. He followed up with films like “Badrinath Ki Dulhania”, “Stree” and most recently “Luka Chuppi”. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot Unlike his big brother Ayushmann, who made a debut as a lead hero with “Vicky Donor” in 2012, Aparshakti has mostly played supporting parts in the films, but he is fine with it. “Whenever I meet people, they call me Bittu of ‘Stree’ or Omkar of ‘Dangal’. And I believe not many people know that I’m the brother of Ayushmann. When they do get to know that we are brothers, then sometimes they are shocked and sometimes they say ‘Yeah, you sound so similar’ or ‘you look similar’. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversary “I think it happens also because we both share different space. His space is completely different than mine. I have had a different journey than he had,” the actor told PTI. Aparshakti says that his career trajectory is also not similar to other Bollywood star kids or brothers, who have almost always been launched as a lead. “My journey is different from other star brothers, kids or sisters. I think that is one of the main reasons that people don’t question me on this. So far, the media and the audiences have not really roped me into the ambit of nepotism. “No one has really come up and said that I have been launched by someone. I’m still playing the friend of a film’s hero. No star kid has ever done this role but I have done it in five films.” The actor says he does not believe in planning anything and he just goes with his gut when it comes to making decisions. “There was a time in my school and college days when I really used to plan and they never shaped up, both at the personal and professional front. And I think whenever you plan things and they don’t happen, then you feel heartbroken. I have stopped planning things. I have stopped planning life, be it personal or professional,” he says. “I don’t really sit down and think like ‘I’ll do these things now.’ I just do things the way I want to do and the way they come to me,” he adds. After “Luka Chuppi”, the actor will be next seen in “Jabariya Jodi”, “Street Dancer” and “Kanpuriye”.last_img read more

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Increase the cost burden and manufacturing could go east motor industry warns

Higher taxes and more red tape could see more vehicle and component production moving to low-cost eastern European markets, threatening jobs and damaging the UK economy. The warning comes from SMMT, the motor industry body, in a budget submission to Chancellor Gordon Brown MP. SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘Government must not burden automotive manufacturing in the UK off the European map. Manufacturers must have the confidence to develop their operations and government must help us meet the competitiveness challenge. That means a light regulatory touch and an integrated approach to regulation in environmental and transport policy.’ The issue: Red tape and growing tax burden Research by the British Chambers of Commerce forecasts a £50bn cost to UK business between now and 2011, through compliance with workplace, consumer protection and environmental regulations. Proposals to load the automotive sector even further, for example, by including surface transport in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, must be avoided. Better regulation principles are strongly supported by the industry. The number of European type approval directives alone has risen by 25 per cent in the last decade. Manufacturers are therefore anxious that major UK policy reviews in areas like pensions, energy and transport do not impose additional costs on industry. The issue: Too much stick and not enough carrot Stable tax systems, clear incentives and consumer information drive the market for cleaner, alternative-fuelled vehicles. However, since the collapse of Powershift more than a year ago, car makers and consumers have faced uncertainty and no grants; these are vital to kick-start the market for low carbon vehicles. In addition, incentives for the early introduction of Euro 4 trucks were considered back in 2001. The industry has heard nothing since and urges the chancellor to act now. Christopher Macgowan commented, ‘Government has to embrace the concept of incentives in driving the market for the cleanest vehicles. Beating car buyers and commercial vehicle customers with tax penalties, while ignoring incentives, is absolutely counter-productive.’ The issue: Cost pressures for motorists As fuel costs rise for motorists and industry, stable VED rates for cars, vans and trucks become more important. In July 2005, SMMT and its members introduced the new car label tying VED rates to six colour-coded bands. Consumers should be given time to adjust to this system fully and government would be wise not to change the number of bands or increase VED for those already penalised through fuel taxation by choosing larger-engined vehicles. Christopher Macgowan added, ‘We recognise the pressure for higher VED rates, but firmer action would ripple through the new and used market. The precise effect on the market is unclear, but any move to increase tax could affect the commercial basis for some to manufacture in the UK.’The SMMT letter to the Chancellor can be downloaded belowDownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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BBC Board chair to receive £10000 less a year than predecessor job

first_imgThe will need to establish a Board that places audiences at the heart of its decision-makingBBC spokesman Ms Fairhead surprise departure was announced in September after Theresa May reversed David Cameron’s decision to let her stay until 2018. In a statement, she said she did not want to put her name forward to chair the new governing body, which will come into existence in the New Year, and would instead be moving into the private sector. The new employee will join a number of staff and presenters at the BBC earning a six-figure salary. A spokesman for the BBC Trust confirmed it has nothing to do with setting the salary for the role. He said that it was completely normal for the Government to run the recruitment process.He added: “Our Charter consultation showed the public want a BBC that is bold, creative and above all independent. We welcome the start of the recruitment process for the new chair, who will need to establish a Board that places audiences at the heart of its decision-making.”The Department for Culture, Media and Sport declined to comment further on the recruitment process.  The new BBC Board chair will receive less money than their predecessor, it was revealed as the Government launched the recruitment process. The successful candidate will be offered £100,000 per annum for “at least two to three days work”- £10,000-a-year less than former chair Rona Fairhead, who stepped down last month.   They will be expected to have knowledge of broadcasting, as well as financial management and commercial media. It is understood the emphasis will be on ensuring the BBC stays independent from Government and politicians over the next four years. They will also focus on keeping audiences interested and “at the heart” of decision making. It comes after the BBC lost The Great British Bake Off to Channel 4 earlier this year. Previously, the head of the BBC Trust, the governing body being replaced by the board, has received £110,000 for three to four days work a week, as well as having their expenses reimbursed.The salary is set by the Secretary of State for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, currently Karen Bradley, and chairs have included Lord Patten and Sir Michael Lyons. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Rasmus Lauge on the way to Flensburg

← Previous Story French tight win in Skopje Next Story → Superb Denmark wins in Belarus Rasmus LaugeSG Flensburg One of the biggest Danish handball talents Rasmus Lauge is on the way of changing team. The 24 years-old playmaker will replace Kiel for Flensburg according to German and Danish media. “Wunderkind” was one of the greatest foundation of the new “Zebras” era, but since he came to Kiel in 2013, Lauge didn’t show his TOP class potential, which gave him place in the Danish national team who won the Men’s EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia.He couldn’t find his place after knee injury, so it is question, whether he still has place in Kiel. THW Kiel announced transfer of Christian Dissinger yesterday…SG Flensburg signed Petar Djordjic from HSV Handball. read more

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150k raised for homeless man who returned valuable engagement ring

first_img(YouTube Credit: Newsforthenation1) A TEXAS MAN who returned a valuable diamond-and-platinum engagement ring to its owner is receiving some good karma for his kind act.A fund set up for Billy Ray Harris, who has been homeless for many years, has now raised almost $150,000.The donation website was set up by Bill Krejci as a gesture after Harris returned his fiancée’s engagement ring to her.Krejci’s fiancée, Sarah Darling, accidentally dropped the ring into Harris’s begging cup on Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza and did not realise until the next day what she had done.“The ring was so big that I knew if it was real, it was real expensive,” Harris told KCTV. He brought it to a jewellers but decided not to sell it.“My grandfather was a reverend. He raised me from the time I was six-months-old and thank the good Lord, it’s a blessing, but I do still have some character.”Darling said she will be “eternally grateful” that he still had the ring when she returned the following day. “It seemed like a miracle. I thought for sure there was no way I would get it back.“I think in our world we often jump to like the worst conclusion, and it just makes you realize that there are good people out there.”More than 6,200 people have donated to Krejci’s GiveForward campaign, with 79 days still remaining.“Billy Ray and I got together for an hour or so yesterday afternoon,” wrote in a blog post on Saturday. “We talked about what he’s planning to do with the donations. The details would be better left for later but know that he has a very solid plan and a very solid way of making it happen.”last_img read more

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Concours les plus belles images scientifiques primées

first_imgConcours : les plus belles images scientifiques priméesLa dernière édition du concours “Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge” vient de récompenser les plus belles images qui ont représenté la science.Des résultats scientifiques peuvent-ils être une oeuvre d’art à la fois ? Les images sélectionnées par le “Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge” prouvent que c’est possible. Organisé depuis 2003, par la National Science Foundation et le magazine Science, il s’agit d’un concours qui récompense les images qui ont le mieux représenté la science. Sont notées à chaque fois l’esthétique, l’exactitude et l’innovation.Cette année, ont retrouve parmi les clichés gagnants le modèle 3D le plus détaillé qui soit du VIH, une infographie montrant comment les champignons influent sur notre vie au quotidien, ou encore une image très nette de nanoparticules d’or.Les vainqueurs de cette compétition auront droit à un article dans le prochain numéro du magazine Science.En attendant, découvrez quelques unes des meilleures images sur Maxisciences.Le 18 février 2011 à 14:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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PSG continues good run in Ligue 1

first_imgA single goal by Edinson Cavani gave Paris Saint-Germain its 22nd consecutive win in the 2018-2019 French Ligue 1 season.Edinson Cavani scored a penalty goal in the 42nd minute against Bordeaux to continue Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) perfect run in the French Ligue 1.The victory puts them 13 points ahead of LOSC, who have one more game played in the 2018-2019 season.And for manager Thomas Tuchel, it was a difficult game, but they managed to overcome all obstacles.“We really struggled to score, despite playing an excellent first half. We dominated, won back possession well and created a lot of chances,” he told the club’s official website.“We have played 4-4-2 a lot recently, but we can also play in different formations.”“Tonight Edinson suffered a muscle injury. The match against Manchester United is coming up very soon, and we will use the time to recover as quickly as possible,” he told the media.“This match is a huge challenge for us and it’s always better to play these types of matches with your key players. We already know that Ney is out, and we have doubts about Marco (Verratti) and Edi (Cavani).”“I am very happy to be back on the pitch after a few weeks on the sidelines. We had chances in the first half, but we suffered more in the second,” PSG midfielder Marco Verratti added.Opinion: Neymar needs to apologize to PSG’s supporters Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After such a dramatic summer during the transfer window, Neymar truly needs to apologize to all the PSG supporters this weekend.When Neymar finished last…“We need to keep improving. We didn’t manage to kill the game off. Everyone is impatient for Tuesday’s game. It will be a magnificent match to be a part of and we have confidence in our own ability.”“We all know that this is a very important match for us and the club. We need everyone to win,” he commented.“We need to attack and defend together. I am convinced we will play well.”“I didn’t play for several weeks before signing here, but I felt good on the pitch tonight,” Leandro Paredes said as he debuted in the midfield.“I’ve been here for a few days now and have been made to feel at home by the other players. We have a very big match coming up on Tuesday against Manchester. We will do everything to prepare as well as possible.”3⃣ points ✔️Now the attention turns to @ManUtd 🔜 pic.twitter.com/j1MvKk3jcs— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) February 9, 2019last_img read more

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ELECTION UPDATE Kevin MacDonald Enters Selectmens Race 24 Hours Before Filing Deadline

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Kevin MacDonald, a fierce critic of town leadership, is running for the open 1-year Selectmen seat recently vacated by Ed Loud. And, in what’s become a trend, he has waited until the very last moment to enter the race.In 2017, MacDonald pulled nomination papers approximately 24 hours before the filing to deadline to run for Selectman. Last year, MacDonald pulled nomination papers approximately 48 hours before the filing deadline to run for Town Moderator. This year, MacDonald pulled papers on Thursday, March 7 and returned them to the Town Clerk’s Office on Friday, March 8, prior to the 5pm deadline. The Town Clerk’s Office has yet to officially announce that MacDonald’s nomination papers — which require 50 signatures from registered Wilmington voters — have been certified. That notification is expected to come on Monday.The other looming question to be officially answered by the Town Clerk’s Office on Monday is whether or not Rob Fasulo, who was a close runner-up in last year’s Selectmen’s race, returned his nomination papers prior to the deadline. Fasulo pulled papers back on February 5, but – as of six hours before the filing deadline – had not returned them. An email to Fasulo from Wilmington Apple went unanswered.What we DO know is the Wilmington School Committee race (Jo Newhouse, Jesse Fennelly and Jason Samaha) and Shawsheen Tech School Committee (Robert Peterson Sr.) will be uncontested, barring any sort of write-in campaigns.We also know that incumbents Greg Bendel and Kevin Caira are on the ballot for the two 3-year Selectmen seats, as are challengers Mark Maselli, Daniel Murphy and Suzanne Sullivan. Daryn Marsh and Jomarie O’Mahony are on the ballot for the open 1-year Selectman seat.According to Assitstant Town Clerk Linda Golden, here are how the races stand as of Friday, March 8 at 11am, just hours before the filing deadline:Wilmington Board of Selectmen — 2 seats — 3-year termsGreg Bendel (incumbent) — pulled papers on 1/3 — returned on 1/11 — certified on 1/14Kevin Caira (incumbent) — pulled papers on 1/4 — returned on 2/8 — certified on 2/11Robert Fasulo, Jr. (challenger) — pulled papers on 2/5 — waiting for Town Clerk announcement on MondayMark Maselli (challenger) — pulled papers on 2/11 — returned on 3/6 — certified on 3/6Daniel Murphy (challenger) — pulled papers on 1/18 — returned on 1/28 — certified on 1/30Suzanne Sullivan (challenger) — pulled papers on 2/5  — returned on 3/7 — certified on 3/8Wilmington Board of Selectmen — 1 seat — 1-year termKevin MacDonald — pulled papers on 3/7 — waiting for Town Clerk announcement on MondayDaryn Marsh — pulled papers on 2/5 — returned on 2/19 — certified on 2/21Jomarie O’Mahony — pulled papers on 1/30 — returned on 2/19 — certified on 2/19Wilmington School Committee — 3 seats — 3-year termsJesse Fennelly (challenger) — pulled papers on 1/7 — returned on 2/20 — certified on 2/21Jo Newhouse (incumbent) — pulled papers on 1/4 — returned on 3/1 — certified on 3/1Jason Samaha (challenger) — pulled papers on 2/28 — returned on 3/4 — certified on 3/6Incumbents Julie Broussard and Tom Talbot have announced they aren’t seeking re-election.Shawsheen Tech School Committee — 1 seat — 3-year termRobert Peterson Sr. (incumbent) — pulled papers on 1/3 — returned on 2/1 — certified on 2/2The Annual Town Election will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019.  Polls will be open from 8am to 8pm.NOTE TO CANDIDATES & CAMPAIGNS: Got announcements, press releases, letters to the editor, etc.?  Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTOWN ELECTION NEWS: Kevin MacDonald Pulls Papers To Challenge Town Moderator Robert Peterson Jr.In “Government”TOWN ELECTION Update: Filing Deadline Is TODAY; Kevin MacDonald Pulls PapersIn “Government”TOWN ELECTION UPDATE: Ballot Is Set — 9 Candidates For 3 Selectmen Seats Spread Over 2 RacesIn “Government”last_img read more

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China Uighur treatment embarrassment Turkey

first_imgPeople protest at a Uyghur rally on 5 February, 2019 in front of the US Mission to the United Nations, to encourage the State Department to fight for the freedom of the majority-Muslim Uighur population unjustly imprisoned in Chinese concentration camps. Photo: AFPTurkey on Saturday condemned China’s treatment of its Muslim ethnic Uighur people as “a great embarrassment for humanity”, adding to rights groups’ recent criticism over mass detentions of the Turkic-speaking minority.“The systematic assimilation policy of Chinese authorities towards Uighur Turks is a great embarrassment for humanity,” Turkish foreign ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said in a statement.The northwest Xinjiang region of China, where most Uighurs live, has been under heavy police surveillance in recent years, after violent inter-ethnic tensions.Nearly one million Uighurs and other Turkic language-speaking minorities in China have reportedly been held in re-education camps, according to a UN panel of experts.Beijing says the “vocational education centres” help people steer clear of terrorism and allow them to be reintegrated into society.But critics say China is seeking to assimilate Xinjiang’s minority population and suppress religious and cultural practices that conflict with Communist ideology and the dominant Han culture.“It is no longer a secret that more than one million Uighur Turks, — who are exposed to arbitrary arrests—are subjected to torture and political brainwashing in concentration centres and prisons,” Aksoy said in the Turkish foreign ministry statement .“Uighurs who are not detained in the camps are also under great pressure,” he added.Turkey called on the international community and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres “to take effective steps to end the human tragedy in Xinjiang region”.Most mainly Muslim countries have not been vocal on the issue, not criticising the government in China which is an important trading partner.Aksoy also said Turkey had learned of the “tragic” death in custody Saturday of Uighur poet and musician Abdurehim Heyit.“We’ve learned with great sorrow that dignified poet Abdurehim Heyit, who was sentenced to eight years in prison for his compositions, died in the second year of his imprisonment,” he said.“This tragic incident has further strengthened the Turkish public’s reaction to the serious human rights violations in Xinjiang Region”.last_img read more

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Whats Next For MexicanAmerican Studies in Texas

first_img Dr. Jerónimo Cortina, associate professor of political science at the University of Houston, explains what’s next. The book, titled Mexican American Heritage, received a lot of criticism from academics and activists who argued the book was rife with many inaccuracies and stereotypes. Sharecenter_img MORE: Inside the Controversy Around Texas’ New Mexican-American Studies Textbook (Houston Matters, June 3, 2016)last_img

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NASA Announces Astronaut Crews for First Missions on New Commercial Spacecraft

first_img Listen 00:00 /06:34 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Houston’s Johnson Space Center was the place NASA chose Friday to introduce to the world the first U.S. astronauts who will fly on American-made, commercial spacecraft to and from the International Space Station. The new endeavor will return astronaut launches to United States soil for the first time since the space shuttle’s retirement in 2011.“Today, our country’s dreams of greater achievements in space are within our grasp,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “This accomplished group of American astronauts, flying on new spacecraft developed by our commercial partners Boeing and SpaceX, will launch a new era of human spaceflight. Today’s announcement advances our great American vision and strengthens the nation’s leadership in space.”Photo: NASANASA’s Commercial Crew Program is working with the American aerospace industry as companies develop a new generation of spacecraft and launch systems to carry crews safely to and from low-Earth orbit – the SpaceX Crew Dragon and Boeing CST-100 Starliner.The agency assigned nine astronauts to crew the first test flight and mission of both Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon. NASA has worked closely with the companies throughout design, development and testing to ensure the systems meet NASA’s safety and performance requirements.A new time for human spaceflight“The men and women we assign to these first flights are at the forefront of this exciting new time for human spaceflight,” said Mark Geyer, director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. “It will be thrilling to see our astronauts lift off from American soil, and we can’t wait to see them aboard the International Space Station.”Eric Boe, Christopher Ferguson and Nicole Aunapu Mann form the crew for the Starliner Test Flight, while Robert Behnken, Douglas Hurley, Josh Cassada and Sunita Williams will work on the Crew Dragon Test Flight. Victor Glover and Michael Hopkins are the astronauts selected to be the crew of the Dragon first mission.The new spaceflight capability provided by Boeing and SpaceX will allow NASA to maintain a crew of seven astronauts on the space station. That will maximize scientific research that leads to breakthroughs and also aids in understanding and mitigating the challenges of long-duration spaceflight.Photo: NASANASA’s Commercial Crew Program is working with the American aerospace industry as companies develop a new generation of spacecraft and launch systems to carry crews safely to and from low-Earth orbit – the SpaceX Crew Dragon and Boeing CST-100 Starliner.NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is facilitating the development of a U.S. commercial crew space transportation capability with the goal of achieving safe, reliable and cost-effective access to and from the International Space Station and low-Earth orbit.center_img Share X Photo: NASANASA introduced to the world on Aug. 3, 2018, the first U.S. astronauts who will fly on American-made, commercial spacecraft to and from the International Space Station – an endeavor that will return astronaut launches to U.S. soil for the first time since the space shuttle’s retirement in 2011. The agency assigned nine astronauts to crew the first test flight and mission of both Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon. The astronauts are, from left to right: Sunita Williams, Josh Cassada, Eric Boe, Nicole Mann, Christopher Ferguson, Douglas Hurley, Robert Behnken, Michael Hopkins and Victor Glover.last_img read more

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Is Houstons Cultural Community Ready for the Next Storm

first_imgMedley Inc.Houston Airports System employees in front of the collaborative piece by San Antonio-based artists Sunny Sliger and Marianne Newsom, who donated the work to the Harvey Arts Recover Fund. This photo was taken during a temporary installation at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X As full-recovery from Harvey continues for many sectors in Houston, the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) said many in the city’s arts community are still unprepared for the next disaster.The alliance reports 71 arts and culture non-profits reported damages from Harvey, totaling more than $56 million dollars. In addition, HAA said almost all of those entities are still suffering from revenue loss, due to lost ticket sales and cancelled programs.That’s why the alliance is hosting a series of free workshops, lead by national experts from Performing Arts Readiness and CERF+, to help the arts community minimize future potential damage and become more resilient.– / 2The alliance says the cultural sector in the greater Houston area has an economic value of about $1.1 billion, and it’s important to make sure it’s resilient. “The greater Houston cultural community is vital to the region’s economy and to its quality of life,” Philamena Baird, Chairman of the Board of the Houston Arts Alliance, said in a statement. “The important work of building resilience will help prevent the disastrous effects of Hurricane Harvey from happening all over again when the next disaster hits.”The workshops will cover things like studio safety, documentation before and after a storm, safe storage, and insurance coverage. They will also inform attendees how to connect with various resources, like FEMA.“I don’t think you can name one arts and culture institution, or one person in the city of Houston, who wasn’t affected by Harvey,” said Lauren Hainley, Grants and Special Projects Assistant at the Houston Arts Alliance. “And I think, before a natural disaster like that, you believe that it could only happen to someone else, right? And once it happens to you, that’s when you start to think about, ‘I want to make sure this doesn’t happen to me again.’ And that’s why it’s important for us to start thinking about that.”You can register for the workshops here. Ready & Resilient WorkshopsTuesday, October 9, 20181:00pm – 4:00pmUH Clear Lake2700 Bay Area BlvdHouston, TX 77058Wednesday, October 10, 201810:00am – 1:00pmSugar Land City HallCane Room – First Floor2700 Town Center Blvd NorthSugar Land, TX 77479Thursday, October 11, 201810:00am – 1:00pmHouston Arts Alliance Gallery3201 Allen ParkwayHouston, TX 77019 – / 3 00:00 /00:46 Sharelast_img read more

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Harvard team creates a coldatom Fermi–Hubbard antiferromagnet

first_imgProbing antiferromagnetism in the Hubbard model with a quantum gas microscope. a, Schematic of the two-dimensional Hubbard phase diagram, including predicted phases. b, Experimental set-up. c, Exemplary raw (left) and processed (right) images of the atomic distribution of single experimental realizations, with both spin components present (upper; corresponding to the starred point in a) and with one spin component removed (lower). The observed chequerboard pattern in the spin-removed images indicates the presence of an antiferromagnet. Credit: (c) Nature (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nature22362 Citation: Harvard team creates a cold-atom Fermi–Hubbard antiferromagnet (2017, May 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-05-harvard-team-cold-atom-fermihubbard-antiferromagnet.html More information: Anton Mazurenko et al. A cold-atom Fermi–Hubbard antiferromagnet, Nature (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nature22362AbstractExotic phenomena in systems with strongly correlated electrons emerge from the interplay between spin and motional degrees of freedom. For example, doping an antiferromagnet is expected to give rise to pseudogap states and high-temperature superconductors. Quantum simulation using ultracold fermions in optical lattices could help to answer open questions about the doped Hubbard Hamiltonian, and has recently been advanced by quantum gas microscopy. Here we report the realization of an antiferromagnet in a repulsively interacting Fermi gas on a two-dimensional square lattice of about 80 sites at a temperature of 0.25 times the tunnelling energy. The antiferromagnetic long-range order manifests through the divergence of the correlation length, which reaches the size of the system, the development of a peak in the spin structure factor and a staggered magnetization that is close to the ground-state value. We hole-dope the system away from half-filling, towards a regime in which complex many-body states are expected, and find that strong magnetic correlations persist at the antiferromagnetic ordering vector up to dopings of about 15 per cent. In this regime, numerical simulations are challenging and so experiments provide a valuable benchmark. Our results demonstrate that microscopy of cold atoms in optical lattices can help us to understand the low-temperature Fermi–Hubbard model.Press release (Phys.org)—A team at Harvard University has found a way to create a cold-atom Fermi–Hubbard antiferromagnet, which offers new insight into how electrons behave in solids. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes their experiments, a new tool they developed, and what they believe they have demonstrated using cold atoms in optical lattices in exploring the Fermi–Hubbard model. Thierry Giamarchi with the University of Geneva offers a News & Views piece on the work done by the team and offers background regarding the Fermi–Hubbard model, including an explanation of why simulating the model is so important. The researchers created a lattice using lasers and then trapped lithium-6 atoms in its wells. They then added a new feature to cool the system by surrounding the lattice with other atoms that served as a coolant. To overcome the density issues, they developed what they describe as a “fermionic microscope” to track points on the lattice. After filling the lattice with atoms, the group reports that the entire scheme behaved like an antiferromagnetic insulator. They suggest their creation could be used to study a wide variety of physics problems, and possibly to help in the search for a high-temperature superconductor. For first time, researchers see individual atoms keep away from each other or bunch up as pairs Journal information: Naturecenter_img “The problem in trying to come up with better superconductors is that if you take a material and change one parameter … lots of things are changing,” Demler said. “With this simulation, we have full control of parameters. So we can actually understand what helps and what suppresses superconductivity.” Credit: Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer © 2017 Phys.org Explore further As scientists continue to look for superconductivity at room temperatures, they advance the understanding of electron behavior in solids—specifically the ways quantum-mechanical interactions work regarding electronic properties. Calculating such interactions has proved to be beyond current capabilities, so scientists have developed models that can be calculated instead. One of these, the Fermi–Hubbard model, is based on Fermi-Dirac particles jumping between points on a lattice. Unfortunately, despite its simplicity, calculations for the model can only be made for one-dimensional lattice points. To use the model to develop superconductors, 2-D calculations are required. Because of this limitation, some scientists have attempted to create a physical entity to simulate a Fermi–Hubbard model. In this new effort, the researchers have created just such a physical entity, and in doing so, have come closer to achieving the Fermi–Hubbard model than other attempts. They have done so by overcoming two major problems that stymied other teams: achieving low enough temperatures, and solving density representation problems. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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New Research From Psychological Science

first_imgHigh Endogenous Testosterone Levels Are Associated With Diminished Neural Emotional Control in Aggressive Police RecruitsReinoud Kaldewaij, Saskia B. J. Koch, Wei Zhang, Mahur M. Hashemi, Floris Klumpers, and Karin Roelofs Capture and Control: Working Memory Modulates Attentional Capture by Reward-Related StimuliPoppy Watson, Daniel Pearson, Michelle Chow, Jan Theeuwes, Reinout W. Wiers, Steven B. Most, and Mike E. Le Pelley When people are exposed to stressful environments, a methyl group can be added to the DNA base of the oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR). The addition of this methyl group tends to silence the expression of this gene and might be associated with difficulties in forming nurturing, supportive romantic relationships. Kogan and colleagues studied the links among childhood adversity, socioeconomic instability, OXTR methylation, and supportive romantic relationships. They analyzed data from a study of relationships and health-risk behavior among African American men aged 19 to 22 years in the rural southern U.S. Participants were assessed three times throughout 3 years. DNA analysis was performed on their saliva, and they reported their (a) relationship status and level of support (e.g., “How often do you protect and look after your partner”); (b) socioeconomic instability, assessed by economic distress, school enrollment or employment status, and number of times they had moved in the past 6 months; and (c) childhood adversity, assessed by sexual abuse and physical and emotional abuse or neglect. Results indicated that men with higher levels of childhood adversity, economic instability, and OXTR methylation reported providing less support to their romantic partners. OXTR methylation predicted decreases in relationship support during a 1.5-year period. Childhood adversity was indirectly associated with OXTR methylation because of its associations with socioeconomic instability, which predicted elevated OXTR methylation. Thus, OXTR methylation might explain how socioeconomic instability and childhood adversity end up affecting romantic relationships. Childhood Adversity, Socioeconomic Instability, Oxytocin-Receptor-Gene Methylation, and Romantic-Relationship Support Among Young African American MenSteven M. Kogan, Dayoung Bae, Junhan Cho, Alicia K. Smith, and Shota Nishitani People might have difficulty controlling emotional responses when in situations that increase testosterone levels, this research suggests.  Police officers might have difficulties controlling emotional responses partly because of the effect of high levels of testosterone on the brain circuits that control emotion, this research suggests. While in an MRI scanner, Dutch police recruits completed a task in which they had to approach or avoid angry and happy faces by moving a joystick. Researchers also collected saliva samples to measure testosterone levels, and participants self-reported their levels of aggression. Regardless of testosterone and aggression levels, participants were faster and more accurate at approaching happy faces and avoiding angry faces (congruent trials) than at approaching angry faces and avoiding happy faces (incongruent trials that required emotional control). For the trials that required emotional control, brain activation was stronger in the neural control circuits (i.e., anterior prefrontal cortex control over the amygdala increased) for participants with higher levels of aggression. But activation in these same circuits was lower in participants who had high testosterone in addition to high aggression levels, indicating that such a high aggressivity–testosterone combination may decrease the efficiency of emotional control. Hence, aggressive individuals who are mentally healthy seem able to use a brain circuit to regulate their emotions, but this regulation might fail under challenging situations known to increase testosterone. These findings might explain why police officers, selected for their high emotional control, may show poor control (e.g., using excessive violence) in certain situations and may have implications for selection and training programs for first responders. Rewards can capture individuals’ attention and distract them from their actual goals, but can this effect be controlled? In this study, participants’ eye gaze was tracked while they searched for a target (a gray diamond) in a set of distractors (gray circles). Participants received points as a reward when they did not gaze at any of the distractors and moved their gaze only from the center of the screen to the target. In some cases, one of the circles was colored; different colors indicated a high reward or a low reward (i.e., more or fewer points). While searching for the diamond, participants also performed a demanding or a simple memory task (memorize either a set of 5 digits or only 1 digit, respectively). Participants were more likely to look at the circle indicating the reward when the reward was high than when it was low, especially while performing the more demanding memory task, which reduced their cognitive resources. They also looked at the colored circle indicating a low reward more often than at a gray circle (which provided no reward information), especially while performing the demanding memory task. These findings indicate that the reward signal and the physical features of the stimulus captured participants’ attention, but control processes, when available, attenuated this effect. In another experiment, when both high- and low-reward signals were presented, participants looked more at the high-reward signal. Applied to the clinical domain, the authors suggest that this implies that high-reward associations to drug-related stimuli might promote relapse in recovering individuals with addiction, especially when cognitive resources are scarce. However, training in cognitive control might reduce the influence of such stimuli on behavior and prevent relapses. Read about the latest research published in Psychological Science:last_img read more

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VIDEO Starlin Castro celebrated a home run by holding a hysterical fake

first_imgYankee second baseman Starlin Castro ripped his 16th home run of the year in the bottom of the sixth inning against the Rays, but the best part came after he rounded the bases and returned to the dugout.Castro was immediately surrounded by teammates posing as reporters – complete with fake microphones and cameras fashioned from items in the dugout – and held a fake press conference to answer questions about the bomb.People that think baseball has no sense of humor should watch this breaking news.Top story: @SandyLuria: ‘starlin castro’s fake press conference is the greatest… pic.twitter.com/w5AtIFSbzp, see more https://t.co/eFxTKabQ9N— Skowtura Kreska (@Skowtura_Ini) September 28, 2017 Advertisementlast_img read more

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Its a win for Web accessibility as courts can now order companies

first_imgYesterday, the ninth circuit court of appeals gave a big win for web accessibility in a case against Domino’s Pizza. In 2016, a blind man filed a federal lawsuit against Domino’s stating that it wasn’t compatible with standard screen reading software which is designed to vocalize text and visual information. This did not allow him to use the pizza builder feature to personalize his order. Per his claim, Domino’s violated the Americans With Disabilities Act and should make its online presence compatible with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. A blog post published by the National Retail Federation highlights that such lawsuits are on the rise, with 1,053 filed in the first half of last year compared to 814 in all of 2017. All of them voiced how there is a lack of clarity in how the ADA applies to the modern internet. Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) is developed through the W3C process with the goal of providing a single shared standard for web content accessibility. The WCAG documents explain how to make web content more accessible to people with disabilities. Earlier, a lower court ruled in favor of Domino’s and tossed the case out of court. However, the court of appeals court reversed the ruling saying that the ADA covers websites and mobile applications and so the case is relevant. Domino’s argued that there was an absence of regulations specifically requiring web accessibility or referencing the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. However the appellate judges explained the case was not about whether Domino’s did not comply with WCAG  “While we understand why Domino’s wants DOJ to issue specific guidelines for website and app accessibility, the Constitution only requires that Domino’s receive fair notice of its legal duties, not a blueprint for compliance with its statutory obligations,” U.S. Circuit Judges John B. Owens wrote in a 25-page opinion. The judges’ panel said the case was relevant and send it back to the district court. They will talk about whether the Domino’s website and app comply with the ADA mandate to “provide the blind with effective communication and full and equal enjoyment of its products and services.” A Twitter thread by Jared Spool, applauded the court’s actions to apply web accessibility to ADA penalties and talked about the long and short term implications of this news. The first will likely come when insurance companies raise rates for any company that doesn’t meet WCAG compliance. This will create a bigger market for compliance certification firms. Insurance companies will demand certification sign-off to give preferred premiums. This will likely push companies to require WCAG understanding from the designers they hire. In the short term, we’ll likely see a higher demand for UX professionals with specialized knowledge in accessibility. In the long term, this knowledge will be required for all UX professionals. The demand for specialists will likely decrease as it becomes common practice. Also, toolkits, frameworks, and other standard platforms will build accessibility in. This will also reduce the demand for specialists, as it will become more difficult to build things that aren’t accessible. Good, accessible design will become the path of least resistance. You may go through the full appeal from the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Read Next EFF asks California Supreme Court to hear a case on government data accessibility and anonymization under CPRA 7 Web design trends and predictions for 2019 We discuss the key trends for web and app developers in 2019 [Podcast]last_img read more

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Mayaninspired time capsule buried in Guatemala

first_imgRelated posts:Guatemala’s Busito del Sabor: It’s a trip! Atelier de Arte: Spreading artistic realism in Guatemala A city girl from the Netherlands packs up and moves to the Guatemalan jungle Guatemala high court orders arrest warrant for former leader Serrano reinstated GUATEMALA CITY – A time capsule inspired by the ancient Mayans has been installed by cultural officials in Guatemala City to show the country’s future generations what life was like in the Central American nation in 2013.Messages, cards, articles from the present day and predictions for tomorrow were deposited by members of society into the container, which will be opened in 2065. The idea was organized by Guatemala’s Sports and Culture Ministry as part of the 13 Baktun celebrations that took place across the country last year to mark the end of the Mayans’ Long Count calendar.“The opening of the capsule will coincide with the start of a new phase in the Mayan calendar, Chol Ab’ and Chol Q’ij, and the start of the phase of the natural wisdom of the Mayan man,” said Everardo Chuc, director of cultural development in Guatemala.“What we are doing now [with the time capsule] is the same thing that our ancestors used to do to ensure that future generations would know about their country and the people who lived in it,” Chuc said.The Mayan civilization thrived for more than 3,000 years in what are now southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador.The documents, including letters from Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina and the country’s first Olympic medalist, Erick Barrondo, were placed in a hand-decorated cedar box and wrapped in a huipíl before being deposited in a green marble statue.Many of the children who witnessed the capsule being installed will be invited back to watch it being opened by the relevant authorities in 52 years.Officials hope the capsule will give those living half a century from now an idea of what Guatemala’s economic, social and political situation was like in 2013.The capsule was placed in a passageway in the north wing of the Palace of Culture in Guatemala City and will remain accessible to both foreigners and Guatemalans until it is opened in 2065. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Costa Rica in sanitary alert due to respiratory illnesses

first_imgSince June 5, Costa Rica has been under a sanitary alert due to higher-than-expected cases of respiratory illnesses.The Health Ministry issued the following bulletin on its website:Historically the time of greatest circulation of these viruses has been in the second half of the year, but in this 2019 we have seen an increase in the last weeks of May and the first week of June.It is necessary for the population to take preventive measures against these diseases:Wash your hands with soap and water.Clean surfaces.Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. If you are sick, stay at home and do not visit other people.Avoid sites of public congregation.Mothers should continue to breastfeed. Avoid smoking in front of children.Get vaccinated against influenza.At least two children have died of influenza in recent weeks, and the Health Ministry has launched a vaccination campaign against the type A and type B flu viruses. They hope to vaccinate 1.3 million people, targeting young children, adults and others at a higher risk of complications.“We recommend all people who fall into these groups to visit Caja de Seguro to get vaccinated,” the Health Ministry said.Despite its recommendation to avoid large gatherings of people, the Health Ministry says it has not considered suspending the annual romería, the annual pilgrimage to the Virgen de los Ángeles in Cartago. The romería was cancelled in 2009 due to the AH1N1 flu virus.“At no time as a Ministry have we affirmed that there are possibilities of suspending the romería, or any other massive event,” the Health Ministry said. “We constantly monitor the increase in the circulation of respiratory viruses, peaks that are experienced every year.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Health Ministry confirms 10 deaths caused by influenza virus Costa Rican begins influenza vaccination campaign Unregistered, illegal health products sold online, delivered to Costa Rica Following legalization, just 1 clinic signed up to offer IVFlast_img read more

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Suu Kyi in Myanmar since 1988 starts world tour

first_imgThailand was not part of the original itinerary but Suu Kyi decided last week to attend the economic forum. She has a Friday speaking slot that is bound to be the event’s main attraction.Suu Kyi’s appearance at the conference had threatened to upstage that of Myanmar President Thein Sein, and he canceled over the weekend citing “urgent matters” at home, said Thai Foreign Ministry spokesman Thani Thongphakdi. He rescheduled his first official visit to Thailand for next week.Thein Sein took power last year from the military junta following elections that were deemed unfair by international observers. Since then he has surprised much of the world by engineering sweeping reforms, though military leaders still have great control over the country.Since Suu Kyi’s release, many international dignitaries have visited her in Myanmar, including U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in December and British Prime Minister David Cameron in April. Cameron suggested she visit her “beloved Oxford” in June.Suu Kyi replied at the time: “Two years ago I would have said `Thank you for the invitation, but sorry.’ But now I am able to say `Perhaps,’ and that’s great progress.” Suu Kyi is to spend several days in Thailand, meeting with poor migrant workers and war refugees from her homeland, as well as international movers and shakers at the World Economic Forum on East Asia.On arrival at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, she was whisked to a car amid heavy security, bypassing a large crowd of waiting journalists.She’ll return to Myanmar briefly and head to Europe in mid-June, with stops including Geneva and Oslo _ to formally accept the Nobel Peace Prize she won 21 years ago.In Dublin, she’ll share a stage with U2 frontman Bono, a staunch Suu Kyi supporter, at a concert in her honor, according to Irish media. In England, she has been given the rare honor of addressing both houses of Parliament. France’s Foreign Ministry says she also plans to stop in Paris.The tour marks Suu Kyi’s latest step in a stunning trajectory from housewife to political prisoner to opposition leader in Parliament, as Myanmar opens to the outside world and sheds a half century of military rule, with President Thein Sein getting her back for am ambitious program of reforms. Meetings with world leaders are planned along the way as dignitaries line up to shake Suu Kyi’s hand. Associated PressBANGKOK (AP) – For 24 years, Aung San Suu Kyi was either under house arrest or too fearful that if she left Myanmar, the government would never let her return.Now, in a sign of how much life there has changed, the democracy activist and long-time political prisoner is resuming world travels, arriving Tuesday night in neighboring Thailand after an 85-minute flight from her homeland.With the installation of an elected government last year, and her party’s own entrance into parliament this year, she can claim at least partial success for her long fight and feel the freedom to explore the world. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories How men can have a healthy 2019 Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Over the next two decades she became the world’s most famous political prisoner. During intermittent periods of freedom, she declined opportunities to go abroad for fear she would not be allowed to re-enter Myanmar.Suu Kyi’s commitment to the cause came at high personal cost. In 1999, she stayed in Myanmar even as her husband was dying of cancer in England. They last saw each other in 1995, after which the junta denied Aris a visa.After her release from house arrest in November 2010, Suu Kyi had an emotional reunion with her younger son, Kim Aris, when the junta gave him a visa after a decade-long separation.The English leg of Suu Kyi’s trip is bound to include some family time. She will celebrate her 67th birthday on June 19 while in England, where Kim lives.Suu Kyi’s aides have offered few details about her trip aside from the destinations, saying only that she will pack medicine for motion sickness.“She gets airsick and seasick very easily. She will have to take her pills to prevent airsickness,” said Win Htein, a senior official from her National League for Democracy party. He said she was typically stoic ahead of her travels: “She doesn’t look too excited about it.”center_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Earlier Tuesday, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met with her in Yangon, saying her “life and her struggle, her determination has inspired millions of people all over the world” and inviting her to visit his country.The trip “signifies a strong vote of confidence on Suu Kyi’s part in the seriousness of the reforms underway in the country,” said Suzanne DiMaggio, the Asia Society’s vice president of Global Policy Programs. “She would not take the risk of the leaving Myanmar if she wasn’t absolutely certain she would be allowed to return.”The last time the 66-year-old Nobel laureate flew abroad was a year before the Berlin Wall came down, in April 1988, when she traveled from London to Myanmar to nurse her dying mother.Until then she had led an international lifestyle, growing up partly in India, where her mother was ambassador. She later attended Oxford, worked for the United Nations in New York and Bhutan and then married British academic Michael Aris and raised their two sons in England.Suu Kyi returned to Myanmar just as an uprising erupted against the military regime. As daughter of Gen. Aung San, the country’s independence hero, she was thrust into the forefront of demonstrations until the military brutally crushed the protests and locked her under house arrest in 1989. Men’s health affects baby’s health too Top Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   last_img
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