first_imgThere are plenty of famous authors’ homes that have become museums. In such houses, visitors may gaze in reverence upon the great writer’s books and furniture, but they aren’t encouraged to linger, drinking in the atmosphere for hours. Usually they aren’t allowed so much as to sit in a historic chair. Fans of poet and novelist Rudyard Kipling, however, can do much more than simply visit the Nobel laureate’s home. They can actually spend their vacation in a house that he planned, built, lived in and loved.This is the house where he wrote the Jungle Books, Captains Courageous and other books and poetry, and began his work on Kim and the Just So Stories.Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was a British subject who was born in India during the Raj, the imperial era that he idealized and immortalized in verse and prose. Already internationally famous at 27, he moved to southeastern Vermont in 1892 after marrying Caroline Balestier, an American whose recently deceased brother had been Kipling’s dear friend.Kipling decided to build his own home near his in-laws’ home. It was to be a rural sanctum where he could enjoy his new family, savor his privacy and write his books. He worked with architect Henry Rutgers Marshall to design a uniquely long, shingled house full of Arts and Crafts-era workmanship. Kipling gave it an Indian name: Naulakha, or “precious jewel.” Today, after spending much of the 20th century sadly neglected, the home near Brattleboro, Vt., has been restored to life through the Landmark Trust USA. The great green house perches like an ark on a hill overlooking the Connecticut River Valley, with a distant view of Mount Monadnock. Kipling loved Naulakha’s sunlit central room with its big windows looking out at this prospect. “The joy of the house,” he called it.The Landmark Trust, a foundation based in the United Kingdom, preserves and restores notable British houses. Its work is funded in part by renting the homes to vacationers, and Naulakha was its first American property. It rents for a minimum of three nights at $250 to $435 a night, depending on the season. It’s booked well in advance for Vermont’s most popular months, such as August and October.Naulakha’s four bedrooms and three baths (all on the second floor) accommodate up to eight visitors, and its location makes it an ideal base for winter skiing or summer hiking vacations. The house has a telephone and a modern kitchen, and there is a game room with Kipling’s billiard table in the attic.Many of the furnishings, such as the dining table and the day nursery’s brass beds, are Naulakha’s original ones. The master bedroom has the Kiplings’ own twin brass beds, and the master bath features a large, deep soaking tub where, the author wrote, he enjoyed “luxuriously parboiling myself … beholden to no man.” Kipling’s black leather morning chair is downstairs in his wife’s sitting room, and his golf clubs stand upstairs in a room that also holds the desk where he wrote the “Jungle Books.”Guests are welcome to bring their children, and dogs are allowed, too. With all that room to romp on Naulakha’s extensive grounds, the kids might not even notice that there is no television.Rudyard Kipling’s four years in Vermont were productive, and happy for the most part. His elder daughter was born there in 1893: Josephine, her father’s Best Beloved. As a toddler, she was the first child ever to hear the tales that became his Just So Stories. While at Naulakha, the Kiplings had another girl, Elsie, in 1895.Kipling’s visitors included other renowned writers such as Owen Wister and William James. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle brought his host a pair of Nordic skis – said to be the first ones ever used in America. Kipling also built a tennis court, believed to be the first in Vermont. And he invented snow golf, using a ball painted red for visibility. For holes, he planted tin cans in the frozen crust that covered the snowy ground in sugaring season.Meanwhile, nearby Brattleboro viewed its celebrity resident with a certain native skepticism. “In the hardworking farm communities of Vermont, he was an oddity,” says David Tansey, Naulakha project manager for Landmark Trust USA. “He was thought of as a man who ‘didn’t work.’”Kipling dressed shabbily and spent what his neighbors thought was an inordinate amount of time playing games with his babies. He even had his wife handle his contracts, earnings and investments.Caroline Kipling and her family proved to be the undoing of Kipling’s Vermont paradise. His friends were never quite sure why Kipling married Carrie. Tansey says that Mrs. Kipling was nothing like her husband, who easily gathered friends around him and could be the life of any party. The writer Henry James, who was best man at the Kiplings’ wedding in London, called the event “a somber, dreary affair” and described Carrie as “a hard, capable little woman.”Eventually, Carrie had a serious falling-out with her feckless, alcoholic brother, Beatty, leading to threats, a lurid lawsuit trial and much negative publicity. The stress of this family feud, with most of their neighbors taking Beatty Balestier’s side, meant that Naulakha was no longer a peaceful refuge for the Kiplings. They left Vermont in 1896, taking only a few favorite furnishings, rugs, books and artworks.Back in England, Kipling told his friends: “There are only two places in the world where I want to live – Bombay and Brattleboro. And I can’t live at either.” In 1899, 6-year-old Josephine died of pneumonia. Her heartbroken father couldn’t bear to return to the house where “my little American” had been so happy. In 1903 the Kiplings sold Naulakha to Mary Cabot, a family friend.Though subsequent owners added electricity and other changes were made, anything that was removed from the house was stashed in one of the estate’s barns. This Yankee thriftiness made the restoration of Naulakha considerably easier despite the fact that with the start of World War II, the house was uninhabited for five decades.Landmark Trust USA rescued it in 1992. The restoration took several years and hundreds of thousands of dollars, but Naulakha now looks remarkably as it did in Kipling’s day.“Those four years in America will be blessed unto me for all my life …” Kipling wrote to Harvard scholar Charles Eliot Norton. “It’s an uncivilized land (I still maintain it) but how the deuce has it wound itself around my heartstrings in the way it has?”One hundred and 10 years after he left, it’s easy to imagine that the man who built this special house would be immensely pleased if he could see Naulakha as it is now, with children once again at play upon his wide green lawns.Information on Naulakha: www.landmarktrustusa.org Related Itemslast_img read more

first_imgTelevision production company, RJ Media this week used high profile commentators Andrew Voss and John Gibbs to provide commentary for the three games on the third day of competition. Voss was full of praise for the Australian teams on Twitter on Thursday following the commentary, especially of Australian Men’s Open player, Dylan Hennessey:“I did the commentary for this year’s Trans Tasman touch series, and Hennessey killed them. A class above. Vision, great pass, step.“For the record, going into this year’s Trans Tasman series Hennessey was tagged the best Touch player in the world. And he proved it.“I know the Shaun Johnson You Tube touch football clip is impressive, but let me tell you Australia has a gun player in Dylan Hennessey. Wow!”Stay tuned to the website for the dates that the 2012 Trans Tasman Series will be played on television. To see what you can expect from the Trans Tasman Series television production from RJ Media, please click on the link below:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHHx8bUJfa4&feature=plcplast_img read more

first_imgStudents are enjoying a modern, safe learning environment at the new Oxford Regional Education Centre in Oxford, Cumberland Co. Education Minister Marilyn More joined students, parents, teachers, staff, school board and government officials today, May 25, for the school’s official opening ceremony. “Government is committed to making life better for families in every region,” said Ms. More. “The families of the Oxford area deserve a first-class school that will provide their children with state-of-the-art learning opportunities. “Oxford Regional Education Centre will also be a gathering place that has a very positive impact on the community.” The $18-million school for 450 students in Primary to Grade 12 replaces two aging schools — Oxford Regional Elementary School and Oxford Regional High School. The high-tech, green building takes advantage of the natural geography and surroundings. It reuses rain water, was built with recycled materials and is surrounded with low-irrigation grounds. The local community also raised funds for fitness and community rooms. “We are very proud of our building — it is beautiful, bright and state-of-the-art in design and technology,” said Judy Davis, principal of Oxford Regional Education Centre. “We are even more proud of our students and staff in the way they’ve all come together and adjusted as a cohesive team and learning community. “It is those within that make it a wonderful place.” The province plans to build 16 new schools under the current school capital construction plan.last_img read more

first_imgNova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has announced newly approved productions through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund today, Aug. 14. The television series, Learning the Ropes, produced by 3267176 Nova Scotia Limited, has been approved for a funding commitment of $311,584 based on an eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $973,700. The television series, Mr. D Season 8, produced by Mr. D S8 Productions Limited, has been approved for a funding commitment of $1,363,704 based on an eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $4,702,427. The television series, The Big Downsize (formerly The House Whisperer), produced by Tell Tale Productions Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $150,896 based on an eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $471,550. Documentary, Bay of Fundy: Highest Tides in the World, produced by Fundy Media Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $75,237 based on an eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $242,700. More details about productions approved for incentives through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund are available on the NSBI website at, http://www.nsbi.ca/filmfunding . To learn more about the application process, eligible costs and guidelines, go to Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund at, http://www.nsbi.ca . -30- Quick facts:center_img the fund applies to eligible costs such as labour, goods or services purchased from a Nova Scotia-based supplier when an application is approved, NSBI issues a commitment letter which can be used for bank financing. When the applicant enters the official incentive agreement, the agreement can also be used for the financing process when the production is approved for a funding commitment, the funds are placed in reserve when the production is complete the applicant submits a final claim to NSBI for processing and disbursement all applications and claims are processed and approved by NSBIlast_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – A new report from Ontario Power Generation overwhelmingly affirms the utility’s long-held position that the best place for a nuclear-waste bunker is on the Lake Huron shoreline.One of the biggest problems with burying the hazardous waste somewhere else would come from having to truck it up to 2,000 kilometres, increasing the risk of radiological accidents and pollution, the 143-page analysis concludes.The only minor advantage — amid a sea of disadvantages — to locating a bunker elsewhere might be less disturbance of indigenous heritage sites, such as burial grounds, the report finds.Even so, the overall impact on Aboriginal Peoples is likely to be lower if the deep geologic repository is built, as proposed, at the Bruce nuclear plant near Kincardine, Ont., the report states.“There is the potential that the total risk may be increased on Indigenous peoples if the (facility) is constructed at an alternate location,” the report states. “This (is) due to the introduction of a new facility in an area previously without a nuclear facility, as well as the transportation of wastes to that facility.”Alternative nuclear burial sites would be cost-prohibitive, adding anywhere from $381 million to more than $2 billion to the current cost projection of $2.4 billion, the report states.The new study comes in response to a request from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, which has yet to make a final recommendation to Environment Minister Catherine McKenna on whether to approve the project. The agency, along with critics of the proposal, had slammed OPG’s previous report on feasible alternative locations as superficial and inadequate.The new study did not actually pinpoint any specific alternate sites. Instead, the analysis takes in large areas of the province that meet the minimal requirements for rock that would be geologically stable for centuries.Scores of groups and communities in both Canada and the U.S., have decried the current plan to store the waste underground about 1.2 kilometres from Lake Huron. OPG’s new report did little to assuage their concerns about the potential for catastrophic pollution of a major drinking-water source.“OPG has not changed its position: proximity of the nuclear waste burial site to a Great Lake is not relevant, there is no need to investigate any other actual sites and OPG has a social licence to proceed,” the group Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump said in a statement.By almost every measure, however, the new OPG report counters that concern, maintaining the stable bedrock at the Bruce plant would be the perfect storage site.“Ideal geology exists for safely isolating nuclear waste 680 metres below ground in stable, dry rock,” OPG said in a statement accompanying the report. “Alternate locations in the Canadian Shield or southwest Ontario, while technically feasible, would result in greater environmental effects and higher costs, as well as a project delay of 15 years or more, while offering no additional benefits in safety.”The utility does admit in the report to facing ongoing pushback to the plan from area First Nations, particularly the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, which has long complained about the presence of the nuclear plant. The report says OPG has promised it would not move ahead with the project without their support.“For clarity and to avoid any confusion, OPG acknowledges that the affected Indigenous peoples have not accepted (the repository),” the report states. “OPG anticipates that through a respectful joint process and through accommodation, an acceptable outcome may be achieved.”The environmental assessment agency said it was reviewing the new information as it gets set to prepare a draft report, along with any conditions that OPG would have to meet if the project proceeds. The public will get a chance to comment on that report and conditions, the agency said.In May 2015, an environmental review panel approved the repository but the federal government has since delayed its decision several times.last_img read more

first_imgLast Chance for Animals (LCA), along with a coalition of animal rights organizations and activists, led the annual “Fur Free Friday” demonstration in Beverly Hills over the weekend.Mena Suvari and Donna D’Errico Protest on Fur Free FridayThe event, which included a march of more than 200 protesters along Rodeo Drive, aimed to raise awareness of the cruelties inflicted on the millions of fur-bearing animals that are slaughtered each year for the sake of fashion.Actresses Mena Suvari and Donna D’Errico were among those who peacefully protested among bustling Black Friday shoppers, echoing comments made this year by luxury brand leaders that fur is not modern and going out of style.The demonstration was organized and hosted by LCA and led by Bryan Monell, LCA’s Activist of the Year award recipient and former LCA undercover animal rights investigator who was instrumental in passing the historic West Hollywood fur ban.People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), In Defense of Animals, Beagle Freedom Project, Compassion Works International, Anti-Fur Society, All-Creatures, Earthlings, Los Angeles Animal Save and Animal Pac also participated in today’s protest to double down on their firm stance against retailers that sell fur and the inherent cruelty of the fur industry that uses torturous kill methods, including suffocation, electrocution, gas, and poison.“Billions of animals are executed every year to make coats, bags and charms,” said Chris DeRose, LCA president and founder. “The decision not to buy or wear fur would be easy if more people knew about the deplorable conditions these animals are raised in that literally drives them insane. Our goal on Fur Free Friday is to pull back the veil and educate the public about the grim truth.”Visit www.FurFreeFriday.com to view a video message from actress Priscilla Presley.last_img read more

26 March 2007The United Nations refugee agency has welcomed Malaysia’s release from detention of six babies from Myanmar who had been arrested with their relatives and held for up to four weeks for not having valid immigration documents. The United Nations refugee agency has welcomed Malaysia’s release from detention of six babies from Myanmar who had been arrested with their relatives and held for up to four weeks for not having valid immigration documents. The babies, all aged between 30 and 40 days, were released, along with their mothers, into the custody of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Thursday, the agency said in a statement. In total, 25 people were released. Volker Türk, UNHCR representative in Malaysia, thanked the country’s authorities for “this humanitarian act of releasing these babies and their parents” from detention. “Refugees are a group of people with special protection needs and UNHCR provides this for them,” he said. “We are happy that they have been released back into our care. Our immediate concern now is for the health and welfare of the newborn babies and their mothers.” About 43,000 persons of concern were registered with UNHCR in Malaysia as of January, including about 27,000 from ethnic minorities in Myanmar. read more

“I appeal to Palestinian and Israeli constituents to take the risk of embarking on social dialogue across the present divide,” ILO Director-General Juan Somavia said in his address to the 90th International Labour Conference, which is meeting in Geneva. “We shall assist and support you in all possible ways,” he pledged.Addressing delegates from the 175 ILO member States, which include representatives of governments as well as worker and employer organizations, the Director-General said the agency’s jobs plan for Arab workers and other constituents aimed to address “the humiliation and frustration felt by Palestinians as a result of the combination of closures and military action by Israel.”Pointing out that peace and security remain “the deepest hope of the large majority of Palestinians and Israelis,” Mr. Somavia underscored international responsibility for achieving this goal. “The world must help them to get there,” he said. read more

Ontario’s cannabis retailer lottery could mean hitting the jackpot for the 25 companies set to open legal dispensaries starting Monday, April 1.Michael Armstrong, Associate Professor in Brock University’s Goodman School of Business, says he thinks legal retail stores in this province could each average more than $1.25 million a month in sales.The big question is what that translates to when major expenses such as buying the produce from the provincial wholesaler is factored in.“They should do pretty well,” says Armstrong, who recently wrote an opinion column about the issue for The Conversation Canada. “The Quebec stores average nearly $900,000 a month in sales and they charge lower-than-average prices.”Of the first 25 stores cleared to open starting next week, one is in the north end of St. Catharines and one is in Niagara Falls.Armstrong points out that cannabis consumers overwhelmingly seem to prefer in-store shopping over buying online. In the last quarter, brick and mortar stores accounted for 80 per cent of legal cannabis sales in Quebec, 94 per cent in Nova Scotia and 95 per cent in New Brunswick.“Because of this, provinces such as Alberta, Manitoba and the Atlantic provinces with more stores per capita tend to have more legal sales per capita, and have taken more market share from the black market,” says Armstrong.Only about 13 per cent of cannabis sold in Ontario last quarter was legal. The Canadian average is 15 per cent while Alberta and Nova Scotia lead the country at 29 per cent.“Product shortages, especially of dry cannabis, remain the biggest drag on legal sales nationwide,” says Armstrong.He says Ontario’s decision to go with a private retail sales model versus an LCBO-style public model will mean a widely varying customer experience from store to store.“Every store will have a different management style and décor. The Yorkdale one, for example, could be high end. The St. Catharines store will likely be your neighbourhood pot shop.“From a business perspective, I think it’s a good thing,” says Armstrong. “We don’t really know what the best retail approach is yet for selling cannabis so the private sector will try different things. They will likely all succeed, but in different ways.” read more

first_imgAll the would-be guitar heroes in our audience will appreciate the instrument that’s pictured above. Looking like something straight out of an Alice Cooper tour, the ODD Spider isn’t only an awesome looking guitar, but one that had its body created entirely on a 3D printer (the neck and strings are manufactured normally). If you look closely you can see realistic looking (read: bad for my arachnophobia) black-widow spiders crawling inside the “webs” that make up the main portion of the stringed instrument. If you weren’t afraid of spiders before seeing this, you may be now… or you might have a whole new appreciation for the intricacy and beauty of the web structure.Created and printed by Olaf Diegel, a professor of mechtronics at Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand, the Spider is pretty unique in the guitar world. Diegel designed the body as one individual piece, meaning that his EOS Formiga P100 3D printer created what you see above in just one printing session. That’s pretty amazing considering the level of detail that is in the spider logo and the crawling arachnids hidden within.Being an avid fan of 3D printing, Diegel embarked on this particular project to show that complex pieces of equipment could indeed be made. He says on his site that the Spider can be made out of two different substances: Polyamide 2200 that can be dyed any color you wish or Alumide which is silver-gray in color and is a bit stronger. Due to the design of the body, this isn’t an instrument that you want to be throwing around or smashing into the floor a la Pete Townshend. I’m pretty sure it won’t stand up to that kind of abuse!If you’re looking to pick up one of these for your next tour or gig, Diegel does say on his site that they are taking inquiries about custom designs. Don’t expect this to be a small investment however, as I’m sure something this specialized is going to be a bit steep. But if that tax return is burning a hole in your pocket and you want to be able to say that you own a piece of guitar history (as far as 3D printing is concerned), go for it!Odd.org.nz via The Gadgeteer.last_img read more

first_imgChelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola has praised Ross Barkley as on the best midfielders in the Premier League as he prepares to face his former club Everton on Sunday.Barkley barely featured under Antonio Conte after joining Chelsea in January, but has been phenomenal under Maurizio Sarri and established himself as a regular at Stamford Bridge while also earning a recall to the England squad.Chelsea legend and current assistant manager, Zola is full of praise for his development and has tipped him to get even better.“He had a big injury that stopped him from playing at his best in the last few years. That’s something that has to be said.” Zola told Sky Sports.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“It’s been important for him the way we play because it’s making him a little bit more complete.“We always knew he had the ability – physical ability, technical ability. But to play the midfield position, he was lacking a little bit of tactical awareness and defensive awareness.“He’s doing very well right now and it’s making him a better player. All these things, added to what he already had, is making him one of the best midfielders in the country.”last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 28, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamas escapes a credit downgrade by #Moody’s and the news came late on Friday.    A Baa3 rating is held for the country and gives it a stable position.    Moody’s also left unchanged most of the risk ceilings for The Bahamas’ long-term and short-term financial obligations.#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #Moody’s Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

first_imgNews GOT7’s “Look” Reps 2018 EP ‘Eyes On You’ With R&B Finesse GOT7 Released OnlineiTunes & Apple Music https://t.co/uHVASKkk5P#GOT7#갓세븐#EyesOnYou#Look— JYPnation (@jypnation) March 12, 2018 Email Twitter Facebook center_img GOT7’s latest builds on the spirit of high R&B standards for a luxurious romp of dance and stylePhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 13, 2018 – 2:00 pm The parakeet at the conclusion of GOT7’s new music video for “Look,” which was released on March 12, is no accident. As the video’s final stunning landscape fades to the night sky beyond a balcony, the bird is a symbol for the group’s fan club, IGOT7, which sounds like ahgase meaning baby bird in Korean.The various settings in GOT7’s “Look” video also hit high style with a look-and-feel and sound that seems influenced by the best. The song and dance embodies an up-tempo panorama of luxuries, conjuring the R&B influence of ‘That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars, whose six wins at the 60th GRAMMY Awards included Album Of The Year, Record Of The Year, and Song Of The Year.Billboard refers to GOT7’s “body wave” dance performance, but don’t let the look of it fool you. While superficially fun, the way their bodies stay fluid while energizing the movements in an athletic and elegant manner really stands out, supplying “dancing” as another point of comparison with Bruno Mars’s style and groove. For GOT7 The “Look” Is Up got7s-look-reps-2018-ep-eyes-you-rb-finesse https://twitter.com/jypnation/status/973135690576805888 Eyes On You is the 2018 GOT7 EP hosting “Look” and the hit “One And Only You” featuring Hyolyn. As it turns out, the parakeet perched on the balcony in the video’s closing shot is far from  alone. The broad appeal and high-quality presentation of GOT7’s latest is an intriguing sign K-pop could make 2018 into another year in which mainstream America joins fans in taking notice.GOT7’s 2018 world tour begins in May reaching the U.S. in July.Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook MessengerRead morelast_img read more

first_imgThe United State’s withdrawal from treaty will allow Washington to develop its military assets especially in comparison to the advanced Chinese military capabilities. The bilateral treaty with Russia is said to have limited the US weapons development, especially sophisticated land-based missile force. Last week, Trump also said that he is willing to consider a new arms control agreement but it has to include China. “I think we are going to end up making a deal with Russia where we have some kind of arms control because all we are doing is adding on to what we don’t need and they are too. And China is trying to catch us both,” Trump told American TV network C-Span.China has declined to be a part of the weapons treaty and has argued that the size of China’s arsenal does not match the US capabilities.”Given the huge gap between the nuclear arsenals of China and that of the US and the Russian Federation, I don’t think it is reasonable or even fair to expect China to participate in an arms reduction negotiation at this stage,” Fu said.The foreign ministry official on also called upon “neighbours”, naming Australia, Japan and South Korea to “exercise prudence and not to allow a US deployment of its intermediate-range missiles on [their] territory.”China has expanded its military capabilities by deploying a large number of intermediate-range missiles on the South China Sea that has disturbed the Indo-Pacific region including India.The Trump administration has condemned China of displaying its aggressive military stance in the region. It has also said to have triggered an arms race in the region.While the latest statement by the US Defence Secretary did not specify where the US intended to deploy the weapons, experts have said the most likely location for deployment in the US island of Guam in the Pacific Ocean, which hosts significant US military facilities, reported Reuters. Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:31Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:30?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … US And NATO Accuse Russia Of Violating Arms Treaty Chinese military vehicles carrying DF-26 ballistic missiles travel in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square during a military parade on September 3, 2015.ReutersChina threatened to take countermeasures against the United States if it deploys intermediate-range, ground-based missiles in the South China Sea, a Chinese foreign ministry official said on Tuesday.China “will not stand by idly” and allow the US to establish its missile base in Asia, said Fu Cong, the Director-General of the arms control department at China’s foreign ministry.”If the US deploys missiles in this part of the world, at the doorstep of China, China will be forced to take countermeasures,” Fu said. “I urge our neighbours to exercise prudence and not to allow the US deployment of intermediate-range missiles on their territory,” he added.The statement by the Chinese official came after response to the US Defence Secretary Mark Esper on Saturday said that he was in favour of placing ground-based, intermediate-range missiles in the Asian region.The US exited the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with Russia last week. The treaty banned ground-launched nuclear and conventional ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometres.The six-month withdrawal process was initiated after Russia’s Novator 9M729 cruise missile violated the treaty’s terms. NATO also supported the US position.last_img read more

first_img Share Over the past year, Houston’s major healthcare institutions have seen a number of changes in personnel. The CEOs of MD Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Hermann Health System, and St. Luke’s Health System have all left their posts during that time, and all three organizations have had a number of layoffs of other staff as well.What is going on in the healthcare landscape of Houston, and what can we expect in the future?For answers, we talk with Dr. Vivian Ho from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.last_img

first_imgGreater Mount Calvary Holy Church, located at 610 Rhode Island Ave., NE, is scheduled to launch a four-week series titled “Keep the Fire Burning 2018.” The series is slated to begin on Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m. with guest speaker Rev. Dr. Jasmin Sculark. The series will be held every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. for the remainder of the month. Other guest speakers include Bishop Michael Rogers, Pastor Will grandberry and Rev. Dr. Freddie Haynes.last_img

first_imgDarjeeling: TMC Darjeeling district president Goutam Deb on Friday alleged a tacit political understanding between the BJP, Congress and CPI(M) in Siliguri. “There exists a Rainbow Alliance in Siliguri, comprising CPI(M), BJP and Congress. The Siliguri leader of the CPI(M) calls it the Siliguri Model. They have a tacit understanding. It is TMC on one side and the trio on the other,” alleged Deb. He stated that according to the understanding, for the Parliamentary election it will be BJP, for the Assembly it will be CPI(M) in the urban area and the Congress in the rural areas, with CPI(M) for the Pourasabha and Panchayat. “At the micro level we have seen that they are giving space to BJP. Where has the ideology gone?” he questioned.last_img

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterArt Series Hotels has confirmed the launch date of its latest addition, The Fantauzzo, as 26 March 2019. The company has also revealed the Brisbane property’s General Manager will be Shaun Fields.Fields has more than 20 years’ experience in the hotel industry and has looked after a number of high-profile guests including Lady Gaga, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Buble and Pink, but his most memorable is Queen Elizabeth II.“I worked with her representatives from Buckingham Palace. It took 12 months to meticulously plan and I had the pleasure of being her personal escort,” Fields said. “It ended with a dinner for all the Commonwealth heads of government and I received a personal gift from the Queen at the end of it, which I still wear to this day: a pair of cufflinks.”Growing up in Durban, the 37-year-old started his career in a hotel kitchen – a client of his accountant mother – but was quickly tapped by the general manager to join its highly competitive intern program. From there the teenager worked his way through housekeeping, reservations and the front office.After seven years he left South Africa and travelled the world, applying his skills on the Cunard and Seabourn cruise lines and visiting places like the Amazon, Macchu Pichu, Punta del Este, Barbados and New York, to name a few.Following a brief stint at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where he worked as the restaurant manager, Fields spent five years with Starwood Hotels in London before coming to Australia in 2010, starting at Sheraton Perth (now Pan Pacific Perth).Relocating to Melbourne to join Accor as a General Manager in mid-2016, Fields is now relishing the chance to bring something truly unique to Brisbane.“I learnt a lot during my tenure in Perth about providing quality service and attention to detail,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to sharing this with our guests at The Fantauzzo.”Passionate about the Art Series brand, Field’s top priority is to deliver a five-star experience, but in a relaxed way; to create a welcoming space where everyone feels like they belong.With local room supply continuing to grow, Fields understands the need to adapt, be relevant and stand out from the crowd is more important now than ever, but will do this by meticulously planning The Fantauzzo’s culture.“We will be at the cutting edge of what is happening in the industry right now when it comes to in-room technology, but we need to keep the core values of what makes a good hotel experience at the forefront,” he added.“Guests are becoming savvier, with more and more searching for an experience they just cannot get at home. We will deliver on this by creating a guest experience you simply cannot get anywhere else, in a location that is fast becoming an icon of the Brisbane landscape.”Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

first_img by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 12, 2018 10:58 am PDT Last Updated Sep 12, 2018 at 11:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Moonlight’ star Mahershala Ali won an Oscar but says he’s averse to competition Actors Mahershala Ali and Linda Cardellini attend a press conference to promote the movie “Green Book” during the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Thornhill center_img TORONTO – When awards season rolls around in the coming weeks don’t expect actor Mahershala Ali to be debating whose performance outshone another.The “Moonlight” Oscar winner, who was once an aspiring professional basketball player, says he rejects the competitiveness that frequently comes with starring in movies. He says rivalry is one of the reasons he stopped pursuing a career in sports and turned to theatre when he was 22 years old.“I didn’t really relate to beating somebody,” the 44-year-old actor said during a press conference at the Toronto International Film Festival.“When I got to the arts it was more about being your best self. I never understood, ‘So-and-so blew so-and-so away in that scene.’ I don’t relate to the work that way. It actually really turns me off.”In the new film “Green Book,” which opens in theatres later this year, Ali stars as real-life classical pianist Don Shirley, a black man who faces the bigotry of the American South during the late 1960s. He’s booked to play a number of shows in the region so he hires a white bouncer, played by Viggo Mortensen, to chauffeur him around safely.The two men are from different worlds and must reckon with their divergent perspectives while driving through the segregated South.Preparing to play Shirley involved two months of piano lessons, Ali said, but he also turned to one of his most cherished methods of getting into the mindset of a role.“I always make playlists for every character that I’m working on,” he said, listing Sergei Rachmaninoff and Johann Sebastian Bach as two composers who served as inspiration.Ali said he believes Shirley was “deeply plagued” by the common experience among black artists of the era who often had to compromise their artistry in order to have a career. He pointed to Nina Simone, whose original aspirations were to be a concert pianist before she began performing more popular jazz and blues music, as one example.“We can say, ‘Yeah but Nina Simone is extraordinary,’ but what does it do to that person when you know you have something else to offer?” he said.“If you really speak to them and hear their story, the version of them we love is not who they wanted to be… There’s no explaining to somebody that they should be happy with what they ended up having.”Follow @dfriend on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgThe taxi, a people carrier, involved in a fatal traffic accident which left two people on dead on Tuesday has been damaged by fire while being held by police investigating the case.According to a police spokesman officers saw smoke coming from the van parked at the Limassol police station at 11.30pm on Thursday. The fire, which caused minor damage to the vehicle, was put out by the fire service.The cause of the fire was a short circuit and not arson, police said.Two people were killed and two others were injured on Tuesday after a pick-up truck smashed into the back of a lorry on the Nicosia-Limassol motorway, causing a massive traffic jam.The taxi was driving behind the lorry in the left lane at approximately 1pm when one of the latter vehicle’s axels broke, causing the taxi to swerve into the right lane.The pick-up, being driven by a 36-year-old Egyptian man and permanent resident of Cyprus, was in the right lane, and was hit by the taxi, causing it to swerve, spin out of control and violently crash into the back of the lorry, police said.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more