Tanya Talaga wins 30000 RBC Taylor Prize for nonfiction writing

first_imgTORONTO – Toronto journalist Tanya Talaga won the $30,000 RBC Taylor Prize on Monday and dedicated her speech to the subjects of the book she wishes she “did not have to write” — seven Indigenous youth who died under suspicious circumstances while attending high school in Thunder Bay, Ont., from 2000 to 2011.“Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City” (House of Anansi) delves into the history of Indigenous students being forced to leave their remote communities in northern Ontario so they can get an education hundreds of kilometres away in a foreign city.“I am probably one of the only people to win this beautiful award to say that I wish I did not have to write this book, but I did. I had to,” Talaga said in her acceptance speech for the non-fiction prize.“It was something that I felt I must do, for many reasons. But those reasons I am going to tell you right now, there are seven of them: Jethro Anderson, Curran Strang, Paul Panacheese, Robyn Harper, Kyle Morrisseau, Jordan Wabasse, Reggie Bushie. All of you, the seven fallen feathers.”“Seven Fallen Feathers” was also a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction and the B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction.RBC Taylor Prize jury members called it “detailed, balanced and heart-rending.”“Talaga describes gaps in the system large enough for beloved children and adults to fall through, endemic indifference, casual racism and a persistent lack of resources. It is impossible to read this book and come away unchanged.”Established in 1998, the RBC Taylor Prize is named after the late Canadian essayist Charles Taylor.Talaga beat out four other finalists for the prize, including James Maskalyk for “Life on the Ground Floor: Letters from the Edge of Emergency Medicine” (Doubleday Canada) and Max Wallace for “In the Name of Humanity” (Allen Lane Canada). The other finalists were Daniel Coleman for “Yardwork: A Biography of an Urban Place” (Wolsak and Wynn), and Stephen R. Bown for “Island of the Blue Foxes: Disaster and Triumph on Bering’s Great Voyage to Alaska” (Douglas & McIntyre). They each receive $5,000.Talaga, a Toronto Star investigative journalist who is of Polish and Indigenous descent, said her book is centred around Thunder Bay but is a broader story about Canada and broken treaties.“This is 2018 and we are still fighting for the right to get an education for all of our kids,” said Talaga, whose great-grandmother, Liz Gauthier, was a residential school survivor.“We still move our kids from northern First Nations communities into the cities away from their language, their families and their homes just so they can get a high school education, which is the right of every other child in this country.”last_img read more

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Contracts and Grants Considered By Emery County Commissioners

By Julie JohansenEmery County Commissioners discussed the pros and cons of a contract with Gold Cross for EMS services in the county during their meeting on Tuesday. Gold Cross is a private entity and the commissioners would need to ensure it was a quality unit. Commissioners decided to analyze the system they have now and the Gold Cross options. The item was tabled for further research.Next, Roxanne Jensen gave a presentation on the projects the county libraries have planned for National Library Week, which is slated for April 7-13. The presentation included an explanation of what libraries do for the public. These projects include plans for the LSTA Grant. A complete schedule of events at each library can be found below.Also during the meeting, the commission approved the planning sites for the Des-Bee-Dove kiosk on Des-Bee-Dove Road as long as there was coordination with Emery County Sheriff Greg Funk. Commissioners also approved a $250 donation to ETV News for the No Grave Goes Unadorned project for 2019. This project ensures that every grave in Carbon and Emery counties receives a flower for Memorial Day.Two Request for Qualifications packets on the Cottonwood Creek PL566 Watershed were received by the commissioners, one from Jones and DeMille Engineering and the other from Johansen and Tuttle Engineering. The packets passed on to be opened to see if they meet requirements. Commissioners also approved using Smith’s Tix to be their online ticket sales vendor for The Swell Country Fest this summer.Sheriff Funk reminded everyone during the meeting that rivers will be high and rapid this year. Search and Rescue members have been very busy and plan that that will continue to increase as the weather gets warmer. They expect well over 100 searches again this year and are considering putting some of the expenses back on those involved from outside the county.Emery County Attorney Mike Olsen reported that his new secretary is Samantha Johnson, asking all to welcome her.USU Extension agent Roe Zwahlen requested permission to use the flower beds on the southwest corner of the county administration building for the Jr. Master Gardeners program. The project received approval.Finally, the Emery County Travel Bureau received approval for matching grants from Transient Room Tax (TRT) monies for Millsite Ladies Golf, $1,000; Get In The Wild Adventures, $3,500; Green River Rock and Mineral Festival, $3,500; Tamarisk Restaurant, $3,500; and MECCA Bike Club for its Spring Bike Festival in Green River, $3,500. read more

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Lawrence of Arabia made pupil realise priest was sadomasochist inquiry told

A former boarding school pupil has told how he realised a priest enjoyed sadomasochism after reading Lawrence of Arabia’s autobiography.Sean O’Donovan, who waived his right to anonymity, was giving evidence to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry about his experiences at Fort Augustus Abbey in the Highlands during the 1960s.The 69-year-old spoke of a “slackjawed and drooling” priest who appeared to get sexual pleasure from giving boys “the strap”.He said he read Seven Pillars Of Wisdom by T.E. Lawrence in the school library and recognised sadomasochistic traits described in the author’s experience of being tortured.Mr Donovan said: “I was aware of what he was because you could tell from the way he looked while doing the strap, that he was enjoying this mightily.”He was slackjawed and drooling. The jaw drops and you can see there’s absolute delight.”The witness then told how he urged the priest to hit him softer by letting him know he understood he was a sadist.He added: “It takes one to know one, that’s basically what it came down to.”I was convinced that he was a sadist or sadomasochist.”I said something to the effect that made him understand that I knew what he was, I understood and I was also in a similar position – go easy on it, which he did.” This included physical, emotional and sexual abuse.Mr Austin – who was at the school during the 1950s and 1960s – said the “regime” could only be described as “institutionalised violence”.The inquiry before Lady Smith in Edinburgh continues on Friday. Seven Pillars Of Wisdom is Lawrence’s major work detailing his experiences serving as a liaison officer with rebel forces during the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Turks of 1916 to 1918.Describing a beating he received from the Ottomans, Lawrence wrote “a delicious warmth, probably sexual, was swelling through me”.Lawrence of Arabia – the film adaptation of his life – was released in 1962 starring Peter O’Toole.Fort Augustus Abbey was run by religious order the English Benedictine Congregation.The witness also spoke of seeing a photograph of paedophile TV presenter Jimmy Savile surrounded by a group of boys in the school.He told the inquiry he has not been able to find it since seeing it on an alumni website, but believed it to be from the 1970s.Savile had a home “down the road” in the Glencoe area of the Highlands, he said.Meanwhile, another former pupil told the inquiry of the physical “brutality” he and other boys were subjected to at the school.Des Austin, who also waived his right to anonymity, posted a request for information about abuse suffered at the school on an alumni website in 2001.The 74-year-old received numerous letters from people detailing what they allege happened to them at the hands of priests. 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. read more

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2017 Investing in African Mining Indaba reduced registration fees

first_imgRegistration fees are as much as 50% lower than last year for mining corporates for Indaba 2017. Investing in African Mining Indaba, one of the world’s largest mining investment events, has announced registration is open. Reacting to the market conditions and unfavourable currency-conversion rates that have resulted in recent lower attendance, Indaba officials have announced a price reduction for mining and exploration companies. Registration fees are as much as 50% lower than last year for mining corporates, based upon company size and type. Mining Indaba, now in its 23rd year, will take place February 6-9, 2017, in Cape Town, South Africa. Jonathan Moore, Managing Director of Mining Indaba, said the success of the event relies on participation from investors, mining ministers, and mining corporates. “We want to ensure that mining companies meet investors who are eager to learn about their projects,” he said. “Toward that end, we need to attract the mining companies. This new pricing will help make that possible, especially for the junior miners.”Investors and mining ministers again are invited to attend at no cost. Event officials recently surveyed those who attended the 2016 conferences – and those who attended in 2015 but did not return the following year – with the goal of improving all aspects of the conference. Mining company attendees reported that market conditions and poor currency conversion rates made it difficult to send all who should participate in the conference. In some cases, companies could not attend at all. “It’s clear that this had an impact on event equilibrium,” Moore said. The number of investors at the 2016 Mining Indaba more than doubled, and attendance from African and non-African governments was also strong, he reported.“We believe this change in pricing for mining corporates will make it possible for all miners – from large to nano cap – to be able to attend the 2017 Indaba,” Moore said. “We want all those who seek investment and who wish to meet with government ministers, service providers and their peers to be able to participate, and to conduct productive business in Cape Town.”New sponsorship opportunities also will make it possible for mining companies of all sizes to have a presence and demonstrate their value. Fred Noce, Director of Sales for Mining Indaba, said, “It’s my goal to help any mining company looking for visibility to get it this year. I anticipate that the increase in the number of mining companies with a physical presence, along with our deliberate elimination of more than 40 sponsoring service providers and equipment companies will greatly improve connections and commerce on the exhibit hall floor.”In addition to these price reductions, Mining Indaba will introduce new and unique ways for people to connect and meet. Improvements will include expansion of the commodity-specific, speed-networking program and the networking round tables.“Those enhancements – along with remarkable speakers, heated panel discussions, mining company presentations, country case studies, and thought-provoking research – will make the 2017 Indaba an invaluable experience for all who are working toward improving the state of mining in Africa,” Moore said.last_img read more

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Unite says there is no parallel between its plan to build apartments

first_imgUnite says there is no parallel between its plan to build apartments and Apollo House Activists called the union’s involvement in Apollo House a “publicity stunt”. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article It is Unite’s understanding that, following legislative changes introduced by the previous Government, the planning permission applicant (Unite the Union Trustee Company), had no legal option but to seek a social housing exemption. If it should transpire that this was not appropriate in the case of 15 Merrion Square, the application will be withdrawn. 14,632 Views Jan 16th 2017, 9:30 PM 64 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3190085 Monday 16 Jan 2017, 9:30 PM Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.iecenter_img TRADE UNION UNITE has hit back at homelessness campaigners who accused it of a “publicity stunt” at Apollo House.A group called Hands Off The Homeless today staged a demonstration outside the union’s former headquarters, protesting the fact that the union applied for an exemption from social housing for the building.Unite plans to turn the Merrion Square building into one residential unit, with an apartment building behind it. The union’s trust had applied for an exemption from using those units for social housing. That application was granted by Dublin City Council on the same day Unite official Brendan Ogle gained access to Apollo House.That would become a four-week sit-in which raised the profile of homelessness in Ireland over Christmas.ExemptionBut the use of the exemption, which is seen as routine for a development such as this, and the fact that the building has been lying idle since 2012 led to accusations of hypocrisy. Hands Off The Homeless protesters told RTÉ the building could have been used to house the homeless instead of Apollo House.In a statement this evening, however, Unite said that take was “disingenuous”. They say they are trying to sell the former Amicus offices at 15 Merrion Square because they are “in poor condition, with the benefit of planning permission for apartments”. They say they want to maximise the resources they have for their members. By Paul Hosford Share27 Tweet Email Unite regards attempts to draw a parallel between 15 Merrion Square and Apollo House as, at best, disingenuous and, at worst, mischievous. As a NAMA property, Apollo House belongs to the people of Ireland. Unite remains fully committed to the aims of the Home Sweet Home campaign, and we are proud of the campaign’s achievements in not only highlighting the scandal of homelessness in Ireland but also in securing six-month beds for 84 people.In a separate statement tonight, Ogle announced that Unite will be launching a “daily media outlet”.Read: What’s being done to help people sleeping rough cope with this freezing cold weather? Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie Short URLlast_img read more

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Hellenic Australian Lawyers host Alexander Freeleagus Oration

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Queensland Chapter of the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association was honoured on Friday 26 August with the delivery of the 2016 Clayton Utz Alexander Christy Freeleagus Oration by Susan Kiefel AC, Justice of the High Court of Australia.The Freeleagus Oration was established in 2015 by the Queensland Chapter of the Association in memory of Mr Freeleagus, who was a prominent Queensland Hellenic lawyer.Nearly 300 members of the Queensland and interstate legal, consular and Hellenic communities attended this year’s event, held in the Banco Court at the Supreme Court.Guests included judges of the state and federal courts, representatives of all national, state and territory Bar Associations, practitioners, academics, diplomats, students and other community members.Ross Perrett, a partner at Clayton Utz, spoke at the Oration about Mr Freeleagus’ life, career and personal attributes in his 39 years of serving as a partner of what is now Clayton Utz.He was also extremely active in the broader community, serving as Consul-General for Greece for 48 years and being involved in the founding of Brisbane’s Paniyiri and also the Greek Pavilion at World Expo 88.Meanwhile, Justice Kiefel, who is renowned for Her Honour’s scholarship in Comparative Law (having won the CJ Hampson Prize in Comparative Law during Her Honour’s time at the University of Cambridge), delivered a paper entitled ‘Legal influences – across centuries and borders’.Following Justice Kiefel’s paper, the Honourable Justice Anthe Philippides, Queensland patron of the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association and Judge of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Queensland, closed proceedings and presented a commentary. See photos below:L-R: Professor Jennifer Corrin, Professor Pene Mathew, Justice Philippides and Justice Kiefel.L-R: John Nicolaides, Christy Nicolaides, Alexandra Feros, Angela Nicolaides.Mal Varitimos CBE QC with visiting lawyers from Papua New Guinea.last_img read more

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Vancouver man dies in Polk County

first_imgA 30-year-old Vancouver man died Monday after a medical emergency on Highway 18 in Polk County, according to a news release from Oregon State Police. Andrew Wacker was a passenger in a car driven by a 28-year-old woman. She stopped the car when Wacker began having a seizure. Fire paramedics began CPR before taking Wacker to Willamette Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Oregon State Police’s investigation into the cause of death is continuing.last_img

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Miami furniture warehouse catches fire no injuries

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A warehouse in Miami went up in flames Friday night, but crews were able to prevent the fire from spreading to neighboring businesses, officials said.City of Miami Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the blaze at a furniture and cabinet warehouse on Northwest 21st Street, near 19th Avenue, just after 8:30 p.m.Officials said there was heavy smoke coming from the front doors. Since the business was closed, firefighters had to pry open the doors.Once inside, crews encountered heavy fire toward the entrance of the warehouse.Crews stopped the flames from spreading to a neighboring businesses, including a pet store. None of the pets inside were harmed, and none of the other businesses were affected.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Byelections for one TS MLC seat on Aug 26

first_imgHyderabad: By-elections to fill one vacant seat of Telangana State Legislative Council will be held on August 26. The seat fell vacant due to the disqualification of MLC K. Yadava Reddy on January 16 this year. Originally his term was to end on June 3, 2021. As per the schedule released by the Election Commission of India on Thursday, the notification for by-elections will be held on 7th August and the last date for nominations will be 14th August. While the nominations will be scrutinised on 16th August, the last date for withdrawal of candidature will be 19th August. Polling, counting of votes and declaration of results will be on 26th August. The election for lone MLC seat, to be filled by MLAs, is likely to be unanimous in favour of Telangana Rashtra Samithi due to its strength in Assembly.last_img read more

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BNP to distribute brochures Thursday

first_imgRuhul Kabir RizviBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will distribute brochures demanding release of its chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail across the country on Thursday reports UNB.BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the fresh programme for 1 March at a press conference at party’s central office in Naya Paltan.”We have taken a new programme for 1 March to distribute leaflet all over the country demanding our chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release. Our leaders and activists will distribute the leaflets containing our party statement,” he said.BNP’s last programme was countrywide demonstration on Monday demanding Khaleda’s release and protesting at police action during its recent black-flag demonstration programme.After jailing of Khaleda, the party observed different peaceful programmes including human-chain, sit-in, token hunger-strike, protest procession in four phases demanding the party chief’s release.Responding a quarry of newsmen about government plan to increase power and gas price again, Rizvi voiced deep concern and termed it as an anti-government move.He also asked the government to back-off from such decision as people are still struggling to cope with the growing prices of essentials and utility services.Referring the media report that BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir asked Kamal Hossain to stand for Khaleda in the High Court while Kamal declined, Rizvi said “I don’t have any such information but no democracy loving people of the country would deny standing for Khaleda.”On 8 February, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was sent to jail after a special court sentenced her to five years’ rigorous imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.last_img read more

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Suicide tendency rises among DU students

first_imgThe tendency of committing suicide has been increasing at an alarming rate among the students of Dhaka University (DU) in recent times.So far this year, a total of eight students are known to have committed suicide. Three students killed selves in November alone.Experts think that the incidents regarding suicide are occurring in the country due to unrequited love, break-ups, academic pressure, family pressure, unemployment and frustration.In the most recent incident, Huzifa Rashid, a master’s student of the Political Science department, committed suicide at his Tongi residence in Gazipur on 22 November. His family thinks that Huzifa was very upset over some academic matters.Before him, Meher Nigar Dani, a former student of DU English department, hanged herself at her Jashore residence on 16 November. Her friend said Dani was a student of the 2010-11 academic session, who was frustrated for not getting a job in line with her expectations.Fahmida Reza Silvi, a second year student of the World Religion and Culture department, committed suicide on 12 November by hanging herself from a ceiling fan inside her room at a hostel of Farmgate in Dhaka. She had chosen the path of suicide after a break-up with her boyfriend, according to her friends.Jakir Hossian, a student of Disaster Management department, also hanged himself on 15 October as he was frustrated over some family matters, said his friends.Afia Sarika, a second year student of Marketing department, took her life by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her residence in Rampura in Dhaka on 10 September, as she was upset after breaking up with her boyfriendOn 15 August, Mushifiq Mahbub, a fourth year student of Music department, committed suicide jumping off the roof of his house in the Cantonment area of Dhaka as he was very frustrated over the situation of the country’s education system.Tanvir Rahman, an evening master’s student of DU, killed himself on 31 March jumping off the rooftop of its MBA building as he failed to get a government job after efforts for a long time.On 15 February last, Torun Hossain, a third year student of Finance department, took his own life by jumping off a building at Hazaribagh of Old Dhaka. His friends, classmates and roommates said he was frustrated over his performance in the departmental examinations as well as family issues.DU Psychology department chairperson and director of Students Counselling and Guidance Centre Mahjabeen Haque said the tendency of committing suicide among the students is increasing due to frustration regarding unemployment, failure in love affairs, lack of self-confidence and familial problems.”We should keep in mind that committing suicide can never be a solution. All people must go through crises in their life, but the path of suicide is not a solution,” she said.Advising the students to visit the counselling centres, she said although mental health needs to be taken seriously, it is usually ignored in Bangladesh.”Students should try to find their inner strength to fight with any crisis, create a positive outlook on life and face any situation normally. Parents and friends should listen to their children and friends more and make them feel more important,” she added.DU proctor professor AKM Golam Rabbani told UNB, “It is a matter of deep concern that this suicidal tendency has increased among our brilliant students. I would request them not to ignore life like that. They should know that their life is very valuable both to their families and the nation.”last_img read more

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BNP hits back at PM for comment on Tarique

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File photoBNP on Sunday alleged that prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s remark about its acting chairman Tarique Rahman is ‘devoid of political etiquette’, reports UNB.”What the prime minister said at her press conference about Tarique Rahman is devoid of political norms. She has exposed her political vengeance with her comments,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.Talking to reporters after the prime minister’s press conference, he also denounced Sheikh Hasina’s comments on Tarique.Earlier in the day, the prime minister reaffirmed that the punishment BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman was given by court in different cases will surely be executed.Sheikh Hasina came up with the remarks while speaking at a press conference at her official residence Ganobhaban about the outcome of her recent tri-nation visit to Japan, Saudi Arabia and Finland.Replying to a question by a journalist about the update over government efforts to bring Tarique back home, the prime minister said, “I hate to take this name.”The PM also came down hard on a section of people who shed crocodile tears for Tarique forgetting the misdeeds he committed when BNP was in power.Reacting to the PM’s comments, Fakhrul said in healthy politics no one should make such remarks against a political opponent.”The prime minister should refrain from making such remarks.”Tarique, who was declared a fugitive by Bangladesh courts, has been sentenced to life in jail in several cases, including that of money laundering, corruption and 21-August grenade attack on an Awami League rally.On 11 September, 2008, Tarique Rahman went to London for treatment, and he has been living with his family there since then.He was arrested on 7 March, 2007 during the army-backed caretaker government and later released on parole on 3 September, 2008.last_img read more

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Houstons Harvey Recovery Czar Steps Down

first_img Share Brien Straw/Houston Public MediaRecovery Czar Marvin Odum.Former Shell Oil President Marvin Odum is leaving his role as Houston’s chief recovery officer, as the city transitions into its next phase of Hurricane Harvey recovery, Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Wednesday.Odum was selected for the volunteer position shortly after Hurricane Harvey. During his time as the “recovery czar,” he helped establish a national rule that allow cities to count volunteer hours and donated materials towards FEMA fund matching. “Throughout Marvin Odum’s 15 months of service to the people of Houston without compensation, he combined grace, diplomacy and tenacity to wring disaster funding from the federal government, reform FEMA policies to our benefit and address the immediate grassroots-level needs of our neighbors whose lives were devastated by the floods,” Mayor Turner said in a press release. “On behalf of all Houstonians, I offer him thanks and gratitude for his pivotal role in reviving our city and making it more resilient for the future.”Former Shell Oil President Marvin Odum, right, is delivering his #HurricaneHarvey recovery progress report as he wraps up 15 months of unsalaried service as our chief recovery officer. He obtained federal disaster funding and broke new ground on policies. He has my thanks. pic.twitter.com/WesJQte3Wd— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) November 28, 2018Odum will be replaced by Stephen Costello, a former Houston City Council member who has been Houston’s “flood czar” since 2016.During Wednesday’s City Council meeting, Odum presented a Harvey recovery progress report. Houston is expected to receive close to $1.17 billion in federal disaster relief in the next several weeks, which will move the city into the next phase of improving its readiness for future disasters.“It’s been an extraordinary privilege to serve the city, and it’s been inspiring to see the community rally around the mayor’s call to ‘build forward, not just build back,’ ” Odum said.last_img read more

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This Cool Blog Compares David Bowies Style to Colorful Sea Slugs

first_imgFor more Bowie-meets-sea slug creative inspiration, visit Bowiebranchia on Tumblr.More on Geek.com:2019’s First WTF Fashion Trend Is Giant BackpacksNike to Release Superman-Inspired LeBron 3 ‘SuperBron’ ShoeThousands Treated for Bluebottle Stings in Australia Stay on target Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterA ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’-Themed Cookbook Is Coming This Fall center_img David Bowie may no longer be with us, but his style legacy lives on. The musician’s eccentric fashion taste even inspired one fan, who also loves marine life, to make a creative blog dedicated to Bowie and colorful sea slugs.But, how could a starlet and a water critter be so connected? According to Tracy Dendy, a New-York based designer who founded the Bowiebranchia blog, they make the perfect match due to their vibrant appearances.Dendy created the blog after a co-worker noted how these radiant sea slugs resembled Bowie’s cool outfits,  PBS News Hour reported. Four years later, Bowiebranchia has more than 8,000 followers on Tumblr.AdChoices广告Photo Credit: Bowiebranchia/TumblrAccording to the description of the blog, visitors can see photos of “Nudibranchia or other opisthobranchia compared to the various looks of David Bowie.” There are over 40 images that pair Bowie with these sea slugs, and the side-by-side pictures really blur the lines between the two. From lady bug-like dots to bold patterns, Bowie and these sea slugs make quite the pair.Photo Credit: Bowiebranchia/TumblrThere is actually scientific reasoning behind some sea slugs’ colorful exteriors: They use them to warn predators about their potentially toxic insides.Anne Winters, an evolutionary biologist, told PBS News Hour that these sea slugs product gross chemicals or eat poisonous animals, including cnidarians and sponges, to protect themselves. Similar to Bowie, these sea slugs try to stand out to make a statement and ward off all the haters.“They’re both trying to stand out,” Winters told PBS News Hour. “He’s trying to make a statement and get recognized for his individuality and his music, and nudibranchs are trying to get recognized too.”Photo Credit: Bowiebranchia/TumblrThe big question though is what would Bowie himself think of this blog? “I’m fairly certain he would have loved it, actually,” Paul Trynka, a Bowie biographer and journalist told PBS News Hour.“The era we’re discussing — the glam era — was a very, very competitive one. Bowie had to be successful. He was kind of Darwinian in that sense,” Trynka said. “Survival of the fittest is a fairly brutal concept. In the same way, Bowie could be very brutal and competitive.”last_img read more

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Experimenting with folk reggae Papon

first_imgTravelling across three time zones in the US during a Durga Puja tour, coming back to Shillong with a jetlag and perform at NH-7 Weekender, followed by a gig in Delhi and back again to Weekender in Kolkata, the last two months have been a crazy ride for singer Angaraag ‘Papon’ Mahanta resulting in some exciting new projects from his kitty.“I had a new set of songs for the festivals, unfamiliar sounds for the people, for that the sounds should be good and everything has to fall in place. I think it has worked and we made notes of where we have to improve more based on the feedback,” said Papon in an interview. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“The whole spectrum of playing Bengali songs in US to the NH-7 for the young crowd was exciting. Its good for me to develop things from the experiences, for Kolkata we did a song from poetry of Rabindranath Tagore and performed it live with a different version and the Kolkata crowd,” he said.With so much happening, coming months are not looking good in terms of mad travel, says Papon with his future plans including working on new singles with the band and an album which is still in process. The singer is now experimenting with folk, reggae and also electronica and fusing them with contemporary Indie music for his upcoming projects in order to make songs that are unlike what he has done before. “All of that I have played live and now the plan is to record them, produce them, make videos and release singles.”  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Individually I have started working on my other album which will take some time because I am yet to achieve the kind of sound so I need to work on that,” he said. Spending his childhood days travelling with his father, Khagen Mahanta, a legendary Assamese folk artist, amidst the verdant hills of Assam, Papon describes that the connection with nature, often reflected in his songs is something he cannot explain.“I was born a nature person in general. I have done a lot exploring like, trekking, mountain biking. So for me it started out in the hills, that is a magic, it cannot be explained. It’s like a drug and it happened to me. I found lots of answers and solace in nature.”  He has been creating fans worldwide and collaborating with varied artists creating wonders with fused genres everytime he is featured on Coke Studio and this it’s no different. Papon is working on something completely new for the fourth Season of the show. . The project is in the making now, one phase is done. But I did start working on something, it’ll be a new sound for sure, not something that I’ve done before. I need to figure it out, the moment I need to sit on it and I will sit on it, I’ll get to know,” he said.Papon’s last track, Tauba with Benny Dayal on Coke Studio’s season 3 was a fusion of indie music with the traditional Bihu music, it beacame a sensation that currently stands with more than 1.8 million views on Youtube. “Tauba is not exactly Bihu but it has glimpses and the smell of bihu. I kind of deconstructed the whole Bihu thing and reconstructed it into a new track,” the Assam born singer said.Born to legends of Assamese folk music, Khagen and Archana Mahanta, music was not the first thing he thought of pursuing and interestingly ran away from it and later only in life he realised that music is something he can take up as serious business.“I needed to find myself, recognize my calling. Hanging out in Delhi doing other things, then rediscovering myself and people appreciated my work without knowing my background, that’s when I decided that if I am doing and if people like what I’m capable of then I should definitely follow this. After college I realized I want to do music and I’m doing it because I’m good at it,” he added.The Assamese artist is also set to make his Bollywood debut in Nagesh Kukunoor’s Music Men. The movie features real life music artists such as, Shankar Mahadevan and Sunidhi Chauhan. “I had sung for Nagesh in a movie. He is a musician himself too. One time we came out from a gig and he talked about that this kind of music has to go out to people and that’s when he casted real musicians to make a movie only about music,” he said.last_img read more

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Tourist drowns at Los Piratas in Bacalar

first_imgThe drowning was recorded in Los Piratas channel in Bacalar after a man, who was with his brother-in-law, went for a swim but did not resurface. The deceased has been identified as 31-year-old Jonathan Moreno Solis from the State of Mexico. People at the site began to help search, and within minutes, located Solis, however, he had already drowned. He was taken to the Ejidal Spa for first aid, but the paramedics could not do anything. According to the brother-in-law, Eduardo Hernández Chávez, he and Solis were at the channel when Solis went for a swim. Hernández Chávez says, “he went deep without knowing the land.” Minutes later, he did not see him and started yelling for help. According to Navy officials, they also went to the ecological resort aboard an aquatic unit to tend to the drowning of a male in Los Piratas channel. Ministerial Police agent Ana Luisa Jiménez Lagunes arrived to take charge of the accident. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Bacalar, Q.R. — A tourist in the southern town of Bacalar drowned Saturday afternoon after going for a swim in the channel. last_img read more

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Telerad Tech Launches MammoAssist AI Software

first_img News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systemscenter_img Technology | Computer-Aided Detection Software | January 25, 2019 Telerad Tech Launches MammoAssist AI Software MammoAssist analyzes a mammogram and processes the imaging data to recognize radiologic features of breast cancer January 25, 2019 — Telerad Tech recently announced the launch of MammoAssist, a new artificial intelligence (AI) product to analyze and detect breast cancer. The software analyzes a mammogram and processes the imaging data to recognize radiologic features of breast cancer and categorizes it for Breast Imaging-Reporting and Data System (BIRADS) Scoring with a fully detailed structured report. This report is then made available to a radiologist, who corroborates/validates the AI findings and signs the official report.MammoAssist can enhance the ability of a radiologist to report cases with high accuracy and efficiency. It provides a standard interface to communicate with healthcare systems like radiology information systems/picture archiving and communication systems (RIS/PACS) and electronic medical records (EMRs) through industry-standard application programming interfaces (APIs) and protocols. It can generate reports in multiple languages including English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Polish and Portuguese.MammoAssist powers Telerad Tech’s next-generation AI-enabled RIS-PACS platform RADSpa, deployed in more than 25 countries. RADSpa is U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved and CE Mark certified in Europe.For more information: www.teleradtech.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read morelast_img read more

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17 killed mainly students in bus accident in Perus Andes

first_img 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches LIMA, Peru (AP) — A truck carrying students home from a parade fell into a ravine in the Peru’s Andes Mountains, killing 17 people and injuring 33, authorities said Monday.Five of the injured are in “grave condition” following the accident Sunday near the remote community of Cahuac, 263 kilometers (163 miles) northeast of the capital, Lima, said hospital director Rosa Pascual. Fifteen of the dead were students aged 9 to 15. Four benefits of having a wireless security system 0 Comments   Share   The truck was returning from a flag day parade when it fell 300 meters (985 feet) into the ravine, said Huanuco Gov. Ruben Alva.School director Yonel Espinoza said the students decided to get in the back of the truck because they wanted to avoid the 90-minute walk from the parade site back to Cahuac, where they lived.Peru’s transport system is plagued by old vehicles and poor roads and highways, often through mountainous regions, contributing to a high accident rate. According to the Transport Minister, 3,110 people died in road accidents in Peru in 2013.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories center_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more

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Real Journeys 2017 Cruiseforacause raises 43700

first_imgReal Journeys 2017 Cruise-for-a-cause raises $43,700Real Journeys 2017 Cruise-for-a-cause raises $43,700The annual Real Journeys Cruise-for-a-Cause to Milford and Doubtful Sounds has raised a total of $43,700 for Forest & Bird and the Cancer Society (Otago and Southland Division).Forty-five Cancer Society supporters enjoyed the extremes on their Milford Sound Overnight Cruise last weekend. Their coach left Te Anau in warmth and sunshine – returning in heavy snow. They swam, kayaked and experienced the quiet serenity of Milford Sound in the afternoon and in the evening hit the “dance floor” on the Milford Mariner with live music and song.Marie Wales, Manager Supportive Care Services says that is the trademark of those involved in the Cancer Society. “They know how to enjoy life!”The Cancer Society will receive over $13,600 which will be used to train more volunteers and provide much needed resources for the support team, as demand for its services has increased 60% in the last two years.“It’s such a privilege to be involved in such a great fund-raising initiative, especially as you really get to spend some quality time with people who care about the work that we do. Your team made it a trip to be remembered and for that we are extremely appreciative,” says Marie.The Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society received almost $30,100 for its sold-out Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise held in early September. Forest & Bird Chief Executive and former Green Party MP Kevin Hague gave a special presentation about the society’s long history to the seventy guests on board the Fiordland Navigator. It was Forest & Bird’s second successful Cruise-for-a-Cause, last year they went to Milford Sound. This year’s funds will be used to support more predator control.“It was an absolute privilege to visit Doubtful Sound, one of the few remaining wilderness areas left in New Zealand, and a timely reminder of the importance of protecting and restoring all of our wild places before it is too late,” says Kevin.Since 2015, Real Journeys has provided the first overnight cruise or final training cruise of the season at no cost (including dinner and breakfast) so that charitable or not-for-profit organisations can sell all the tickets and keep 100% of the proceeds. So far the initiative has raised over $100,000 for six organisations including the Yellow-Eyed Penguin Trust, Wakatipu High School Foundation and Queenstown Lakes Family Centre. Applications for next year’s Cruise-for-a-Cause will open in November.Source = Real Journeyslast_img read more

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Coop probe findings to be made public on Wednesday

first_imgThe investigating committee that carried out a probe into the demise of the co-op bank announced it would make its findings public on Wednesday noon.The findings will be published on the Cyprus News Agency website, the announcement said.The findings report had been handed over to the attorney-general last Friday.In the report, spanning over 800 pages, the three-member panel headed by former supreme court judge Giorgos Aresti, recommended further investigation into the possibility of commission of civil and criminal offences.The committee also identified political culpability in the lender’s demise.The report was the result of a seven-month probe into the causes of the bank’s collapse, starting in 1985 when new procedures were put in place.It is divided in the period before 2013, the year the island’s economy collapsed and the lender was nationalised using some €1.7bn in taxpayer money, and its management during the five years that followed, resulting in it being shuttered in 2018 and sold to Hellenic Bank.In both periods “we find that there is scope for further investigations into the possibility of the commission of civil and criminal offences,” Aresti said. He added that his committee also identified political culpability in both periods.“… the main cause of the co-op’s problems was the human factor, especially the neglect, incompetence, and worse of all, lack of restrain, and greed of the many people who had been tasked with leading and serving the co-op,” Aresti said.The committee questioned 75 witnesses during 40 hearings; it has gathered 2,781 pages of statements and 120,000 documents.The co-op was compelled to sell its operations to Hellenic Bank in June 2018 after its failure to reduce its non-performing loan stock fast enough, wiped out its equity.The state-owned lender was jointly supervised by the Central Bank of Cyprus and the European Central Bank’s (ECB) Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM). You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityReassurance for your refugeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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