first_imgHis father, Manas Mukherjee, was a well respected music composer who gave music for stellar movies like Shayad and Albert Pinto ko gussa kyon aata hai, but struggled in Bombay till his untimely death. For son Shantanu, or Shaan as he is popularly known, the musical journey however turned into a stairway to superstardom. His voice has a velvety quality and a sound that fits most heroes on the screen. Hosting the blockbuster musical show Saregamapa has catapulted him into a household name nationally and internationally.The song “Shuruat” in his new sizzling album Tishnagi was made into a music video to promote the film, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.In an exclusive interview with Little India’s Kavita Chhibber, the incredibly charming, down-to-earth singer, composer and popular TV host, talks about his musical journey and why his wife Radhika and he steer clear of the glitter of Bollywood.Your father’s journey was obviously different from yours. What are the early memories?Dad started in Calcutta and after doing very well there decided to come to Bombay to try his luck in the industry. He initially wanted to make it as a singer, but then turned to composing, which he excelled at. Work was limited at that time, especially for an outsider. My father had been well known for the excellence of his work and had also been assisting music maestro Salil Chaudhry. Still he could not find work easily, in spite of the fact that Salil Chaudhry was a big name in Bombay and dad had already sung for him in Bengali. My father learnt the hard way that there is no transitional period for an outsider. The understanding and knowledge of music that my father had was simply way beyond what I knew and know to this day about music.I was born in Bombay and so I began my life as an insider, unlike my dad. Also things have really opened up for singers from outside Bombay. You can see that in Saregamapa and Indian Idol where we have representation from many states of India. I was never asked to become a musician or really taught music as such, but growing in an environment so rich in music, makes its imprint in your psyche, and since it was also in my genes, I guess I must have had some natural musical talent. My father passed away when I was 14 and my sister Sagarika was 16. I was too young to understand all his struggles and what he had gone through to make ends meet. My mother Sonali is seemingly a soft emotional person who is the picture of feminine grace. When it came to crunch time, however, she suddenly became this strong person who held it all together. She found work as a singer, and toured with Amitabh Bachchan and we managed. My parents were very respected and loved and that opened doors for me later.I am completely self- taught. I think what really worked for me was that we were brought up in Bandra where the Catholic culture was predominant. The music that I heard was all English rock and top of the pops. I think it was really after high school that I rediscovered Hindi music. I was dazzled by R.D. Burman and ghazals. Once I got my dose of Mehdi Hassan, Ghulam Ali and Jagjit Singh, there was no looking back. I was hooked. Still my music is not from one source, but a mix of several influences.I was actually just bumming around doing odd jobs when the Indi-pop scene started heating up. I was singing with some other people and my sister was doing the same thing. One day my sister said let’s make an album together. We signed up with Magnasound recording company and made Q-Funk, but it was Roop Inka Mastana, a remix album of R.D. Burman’s songs that brought us into the limelight. I think people started thinking of us in the same way they looked at Zoheb and Nazia Hassan. Ofcourse all this while we were clueless and weren’t sure if Indi-pop was the way to go. But suddenly, with Made in India, Indi-pop became the mainstream music everyone was beginning to love, so we ended up being in the right place at the right time.I’m sure your first solo album Loveology is dear to you for sentimental reasons, but it was Tanha Dil, that really catapulted you to the next level. It revived the listeners faith in Indi-pop, after the kind of trashy albums that were being churned out. Ram Sampath and you were a great team, but you are not working together any more.There were three years between Loveology and Tanha Dil. Both were albums that hreflected two different phases of my life. Lovelogy brings back memories of my college days and experiences related to those times. We were kids from middle class families, riding buses and couldn’t even afford to buy a cup of coffee for ourselves, leave alone ask a girl out for coffee. There would also be those rich guys on motorbikes that would get the girls and look, oh so cool. Loveology was my way of saying that if you have true love in your heart, you can over come all these materialistic hurdles.Tanha Dil was from those days when all my friends were looking at making a living and many had gone or decided to go abroad and I was trying to look at the dilemma faced by someone who has to leave his homeland and go away to make a living. I couldn’t say tera desh pukhare wapas aa, yahan bhi roti milti hai (your country calls you come back … you will find your livelihood here too), because it was not true. They were leaving because they couldn’t find that livelihood here.Then I did Aksar to show where I was at that point in my life. Today after being married and being a father of two, I can’t do a Loveology. I need to act my age. Aksar was more introspective and about relationships, and dedicated to my wife Radhika. Her presence in my life has changed me so much for the better. We did have a time crunch, and I also took a tour to promote the album and it was great to get a first hand responseBy the time Tanha Dil was created, Ram really made me introspect about what it was that we really should be doing. We spent a lot of quality time making Tanha Dil and its success gave me a lot of credibility.I would have loved to make more albums with Ram, but there were several factors that came in the way. First, we became very busy individually. My very first film song Musu Musu became a big hit, and I felt that since Tanha Dil was one album where some of the lyrics written by me were the key to the success of the album, I should have some creative control in the next album, which Ram would not agree to. I would love to work with him again. He is incredibly talented and creative.How has the music scene evolved over the years? There just seem to be so many recording companies and CDs being churned out.Today unfortunately it’s all about marketing and business. If you are really lucky you will find a company that works with you and stays away from telling you what kind of music to make. Most of the time, unfortunately, the only thing they are concerned about is whether the album will do well with the masses and what the video of the songs will look like. It takes away the entire creative process for the artist who then scrambles around to cater to the whims of these companies, compromising his music as a result. There are huge productions, like Adnan Sami does, with movie actresses in his videos, because he has the clout now. Mostly however, the budget for private albums is pretty limited.I have often been asked: “Why don’t you make film albums instead? They sell so well.” But I do that with the movie directors and sing as they want me to sing. For my personal growth and to explore my own creativity, I prefer to do a private album, which will have a message and deal with issues that concern us all. I also keep away from all outside musical influences and try to compose my own lyrics and music. My album must be unique and different from anything else that will be out there.Music has become pretty instant these days. Even the Mumbai of yesterday has changed from the romance-inspiring city with lush greenery and open spaces, to a concrete jungle. Even getting off a train at a particular junction is a well thought operation. You start moving at a particular point and then finally stand at a strategic point so you could be swept out by the masses. So the inspiration to compose or do something creative at least for me isn’t in such surroundings. I need a beautiful place to be inspired.People write on the run. There are only a handful of musicians who do justice to music.One of the hot and happening music directors Himesh Reshmaiya said that the music directors of today are more talented than those of yesteryears because unlike them, they don’t have quality lyricists and a great support system to work with. Who are the music directors you like?It is a good observation, but at the same time there is no justification for substandard or mediocre music. At the end of the day, no matter what the support system was with those people, they had the knowledge, the dedication, the creativity and a certain amount of spirituality to come up with the kind of incomparable songs they created – songs that have transcended generations and remain evergreen.The worst part about today’s music is the lack of time. People are just looking at deadlines first and everything else is worked around it. Raj Kapoor took days to record one song. Himesh probably churns out a song every four hours! However Himesh is a very smart musician. He hrefuses to work with big banners, saying that if the movie is a hit the credit will go to the banner. He churns out hits for small films. The movies come and go, but his music sizzles and every one knows who it is by.I can honestly say that I compose music by instinct, but I don’t have much knowledge of ragas. I also won’t be able to give you too many names when it comes to music directors of today who have the kind of knowledge music directors of yesteryears had. May be Ravindra Jain. That is it.Jatin-Lalit come from a classical music heritage, being nephews of Pandit Jasraj. While they don’t do raga-based songs all the time, I think they are the only musicians today who have the capacity to do what R.D. Burman did – achieve a timeless quality in their songs.A.R. Rahman on the other hand is very focused on ragas and also thinks out of the box. Rahman has broken away from tradition in the sense that his second stanza many be entirely different from the first one and he can use multiple singers, where each one will have his own chord. Rahman has a very active, very creative imagination. When he is composing, he isn’t thinking song, he is thinking soundtrack.The greatest survivor in the film industry is Anu Malik. He has survived there for three decades. He is also one of the most underrated music directors. When you meet him you will always find him brimming with energy, always enthusiastic, always surrounded by people. He will be talking to you and doing a hundred other things and then suddenly in the midst of it all, he’ll say okay let’s get to work and come up with the most incredible tunes in a jiffy, out of nowhere.Then there is Aadesh Shrivastav. He is a very warm, very flamboyant person. When it comes to bhangra kind of stuff, no one can beat him.Your voice has improved by leaps and bounds and you have been giving one hit after another in movies. Why do you think you’ve succeeded?I have always focused on versatility. On one side I can belt out a blockbuster like “Nikamma” and on the other hand I can sing the soulful rag-darbari based “Paigham laya saawan” and not many people can do that. I have started learning music again from the legendary Ghulam Mustafa Khan, and he has enriched my voice and taught me so much about life.Let’s talk about Saregamapa, which has made you a household name nationally and internationally. All the little NRI kids at the Raina Foundation charity even where you performed knew who you were and we saw a mix of diverse age groups and ethnicity among the audience. Even the American security guards were dancing as you sang.It has been an amazing experience and has of course done wonders in terns of visibility. I must say my Hindi has improved greatly thanks to the show. It has been a humbling experience to see such incredible talent from round one and I feel so grateful that I have been fortunate enough to reach where I have. I guess luck too plays a very important part.You have a very close relationship with your wife Radhika and your mom and sister. In an industry where marriages fall on the wayside like a deck of card what keeps you both close.I meet enough people while I’m working, but it’s really good to come home to someone who you know will keep you grounded. We’ve known each other a long time. I find it very strange when I see even the wives or girlfriends of celebrities sucking up to them and telling them what they want to hear and not what is the truth. We keep away from Bollywood parties and spend every spare time I have together with the family. I feel that material success and fame are very temporary things. It is very easy for me to see, if I look around, that there are many others who are more talented than me. I was just fortunate enough to reach where I reached and I accept that with all humility and gratitude. Related Itemslast_img read more

first_imgAustria’s Dominic Thiem dumped seven-times champion Rafael Nadal out of the Italian Open 6-4, 6-3 on Friday to reach the semi-finals, but will have to wait to find out his opponent at the Foro Italico.The Austrian will face either world number two Novak Djokovic or Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro, whose quarter-final was suspended till Saturday after rain halted play with the Serb leading del Potro 6-1, 1-2.Beaten twice by Nadal in the space of a month, in the Barcelona and Madrid Open finals, Thiem took his revenge by handing the 30-year-old Spaniard a first clay court defeat of the season in Rome.The upset, after one hour and 51 minutes, ended Nadal’s 17-match unbeaten run on clay.The aggressive eighth seed had Nadal rattled from the start and broke the Spaniard in the first and fifth games to go 5-1 up before Nadal fought back to 5-4.Thiem then broke for a 4-3 lead in the second set with successive backhand and forehand winners and held on to leave Nadal serving in vain to stay in the match. The Austrian clinched victory on his first matchpoint as Nadal hit wide.The Spaniard will now focus on the French Open, where he will be aiming for a 10th title at Roland Garros.Despite the loss to Thiem, Nadal’s current form makes him the favourite heading into the second Grand Slam of the year.”I’m very happy with how I played during these four weeks and now remains Roland Garros,” said Nadal.advertisementRising German star Alexander Zverev earlier reached the semi-finals with a 7-6(4), 6-1 defeat of world number six Milos Raonic.Zverev, 20, will face John Isner for a place in the final after the American beat Croatian Marin Cilic 7-6(3), 2-6, 7-6(2).”It’s another stepping stone in my career,” Zverev told the ATP’s website. “I feel like I have played very well today. I returned very well.”So I’m happy to be in the semis and playing John tomorrow, who I know very well from our Saddlebrook (Florida) days. It’s going to be a great match.”last_img read more

first_imgPixus Technologies has announced new OpenVPX enclosures that allow boards to be mounted horizontally.   The horizontal loading approach saves rack height for small slot count systems. The first in the series of EUR19VPX OpenVPX horizontal-mount chassis platforms is a 2U high enclosure.  The design allows dual 6U boards, quad 3U boards, or a hybrid mix to be utilized in the chassis.   The cooling is achieved via a front-to-rear airflow orientation.  The boards are standardly front loaded and options are available for rear loading.  Versions in 1U, 3U, and 4U heights are on the roadmap. The 2U EUR19VPX features an OpenVPX backplane at PCIe Gen3 speeds standard.  Higher speed versions and VITA 66/67 connector options are available upon request.  The chassis allows either pluggable VITA 62 PSUs or a fixed modular VPX power supply.   Specialty card guides that accept conduction-cooled modules can be incorporated into the enclosure.Pixus also offers OpenVPX chassis platforms in rugged rackmount, ATR, test/development, HOST/SOSA, and high CFM RiCool versions.  The company supports additional backplane/chassis architectures, including MicroTCA, AdvancedTCA, cPCI Serial, and legacy VME/cPCI. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Cadence: Tensilica Vision Q7 DSP IP doubles vision and AI performance for automotive, AR/VR mobileNext Portwell: Intel Core I embedded board in NUC footprintlast_img read more

first_imgBulgaria 0 France 1: Matuidi goal keeps Les Bleus’ World Cup bid on track Guy Atkinson 04:38 10/8/17 Blaise Matuidi Getty Images Didier Deschamps’ France side barely had to get out of second gear to edge past Bulgaria and leapfrog Sweden at the top of Group A. France took a huge step towards World Cup qualification with an uninspired 1-0 victory over Bulgaria at the Vasil Levski National Stadium in Sofia.The win sends them back to the summit of Group A and secures at the very least a play-off spot, but they go into Tuesday’s home game against Belarus knowing three points will confirm their place in Russia next year.The game’s only goal came in just the third minute as Blaise Matuidi thumped in from close range, with Antoine Griezmann and Corentin Tolisso missing chances to extend the lead. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The only downside on a comfortable evening for Didier Deschamps was the first-half withdrawal of N’Golo Kante, who picked up a hamstring strain.The defeat ends Bulgaria’s slim hopes of grabbing a play-off berth and they will be left to rue a first-half miss from Spas Delev, which would have pulled them level.@MATUIDIBlaise pic.twitter.com/Ry9G7vjZXQ— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) October 7, 2017France’s rich array of attacking talent wasted little time in stamping their authority on the game, combining in sublime style to open the scoring inside just three minutes. Lucas Digne played an incisive ball into the feet of Griezmann and the Atletico Madrid star cleverly teed up Matuidi, who powerfully slotted into the far top corner from an acute angle.The visitors nearly scored a second after 15 minutes when Kylian Mbappe demonstrated his breathtaking speed to burst past Nikolay Bodurov, forcing Plamen Iliev into a smart save.Tolisso then drilled a shot narrowly wide from distance before Griezmann flashed a half-volley agonisingly past Iliev’s post as Deschamps’ side threatened to run riot.Bulgaria had to wait until the 36th minute for their first sight of goal and only a miraculous save from Hugo Lloris denied them a leveller.The goalkeeper’s initial fumble from Todor Nedelev’s long-range shot allowed Spas Delev an unmarked header from close range, but the Tottenham star redeemed himself in spectacular fashion to acrobatically claw away the striker’s effort.Clearly content to settle for a 1-0 win, France offered nothing in the way of attacking intent in the second half.Their approach was best summed up with five minutes to go when substitute Olivier Giroud opted to run the ball into the corner instead of attempting a shot on goal from an inviting position. read morelast_img read more

first_img 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make There are two things to know about September. First, It’s Bourbon Heritage Month. If those words in that order doesn’t have you running to the liquor store (because it should), then consider that it’s that time of the year when the fashion-forward in the world decry that white is no longer, well, fashionable. With these two things in mind, we’ve put together a list of 5 brown liquor-based drinks that will help you celebrate Bourbon Heritage Month in style while keeping the everyone from New York to LA enviable of the contents of your glass.Related: Celebrate Bourbon Heritage Month with Russell’s ReserveKnob Creek® Sweet & Smoky Old Fashioned(Recipe by Celebrity Chef Michael Symon)1.5 oz. Knob Creek Smoked Maple Bourbon1/2 tsp Raw sugar.5 oz. Madeira1/4 tsp Curry powder3 dashes Chocolate bittersCandied bacon for garnishMethod: Add sugar, curry powder and chocolate bitters to a rocks glass and muddle. Add all other ingredients, then add ice, stir and garnish with candied bacon.The Anytimer1.3 oz. Bulleit Bourbon1 oz. Orange juice1 oz. Lemon juice.5 oz. Simple Syrup.5 oz. amarettoMethod: Shake ingredients and strain into an ice filled tumbler. Garnish with an orange and cherry.Grilled Peach Old Fashioned 2 oz. Reserva de la Familia.75 oz. Carpano Antica1 slice Fresh Yellow Peach2 Italian Amarini Cherries (Luxardo)2 cube Demerara Sugar3 dashes House Citrus Bitters1 slice Fresh Grilled Peach for garnishMethod: In a mixing glass, muddle peach, cherries, sugar and bitters. Add Reserva de la Familia and Carpano Antica and stir to combine. Strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass and garnish with a grilled peach slice.And for those that want something with a little less frill, serving up Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 21 Year Old or The Annasach 25 Year Old are the way to go this season. How to Make a Rum Old Fashioned 6 Classic Gin Cocktail Recipes You Can’t Live Without Editors’ Recommendations Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master last_img read more

first_imgzoom Golden Ocean Group Limited (GOGL) has taken delivery of the second of the two Capesize bulkers bought in October from affiliates of Hemen Holding Limited for USD 43 million.The 2016-built Sea Monterrey, to be renamed Golden Monterrey, follows the delivery of Golden Behike, which joined GOGL’s fleet in November 2017.Golden Ocean has issued 2,000,000 shares to Hemen as part of the purchase price for the vessel.Following this transaction, the company’s issued share capital is USD 7,209,884.85 divided into 144,197,697 issued shares, each with a nominal value of USD 0.05, GOGL said.The vessel purchase was partially financed by a non-amortizing seller’s credit loan with an affiliate of Hemen for 50 percent of the purchase price, which bears interest at LIBOR + 3.00 pct per annum and matures three years after delivery of the vessels.The remaining part of the purchase price was settled on delivery of the vessels with an estimated USD 9 million of cash and an estimated USD 34 million of newly-issued common shares of the company.Now that the deal has been finalized, Hemen, together with certain of its affiliates, holds ownership percentage of approximately 34.2 pct of the company’s issued and outstanding common shares.Hemen Holding Limited is a company indirectly controlled by trusts established by John Fredriksen, the company’s largest shareholder.Golden Ocean operates a fleet of 73 vessels and has five Capesize newbuilding contracts. Upon delivery, the company’s fleet will have an aggregate carrying capacity of approximately 10.7 million dwt and an average age of less than 5 years.last_img read more

first_imgA new publication from the Advisory Council on the Status of Women helps teenaged girls make good decisions about their futures. Guide for Girls discusses preparing for work and career, relationships with friends and family, money management and community involvement. It was released in Halifax today, Oct. 5. “This book encourages girls to look beyond the traditional expectations and inspires them to seek their own best route to self-sufficiency,” said Status of Women Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “It helps them to define success for themselves and to strive to achieve it.” The project involved partners interested in women’s economic security, girls’ education and health and well-being. Nova Scotia teens from Halifax and Antigonish provided input at key stages. “Guide for Girls shows teens some of their options and encourages them to make the right choices for themselves,” said Sonja Power, chair, Advisory Council on the Status of Women. The book also offers suggestions for summer jobs, talks about the different realities men and women face, and includes a listing of resources for teen girls on a variety of topics. Members of the Hypatia Society, Nova Scotia Community College, IWK Health Centre, Phoenix House, and Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre helped to produce the publication. The advisory council also worked with teenaged girls who contributed their ideas and energy throughout the process. The book is available at some public libraries, women’s centres and teen health centres, and on the Status of Women website, at www.gov.ns.ca/staw .last_img read more

first_imgThe government today, Oct. 28, posted new maps on the Department of Natural Resources website that show planned Western Crown fibre harvests. In many cases, the county-by-county maps show which harvesting method will be employed. Each map includes a deadline for providing feedback to the department, which will try to respond to comments within 10 days of that date. New maps and updates will be posted frequently over the coming months, so those interested should check the site regularly. To share thoughts on proposed harvest plans, e-mail Jillian.Weldon-Genge@novascotia.ca and include the harvest area reference number from the map. On Sept. 30, the department released its first Western Crown harvest maps. These and future maps are part of the department’s effort to be more open and transparent. For more information, and to contact the department, visit http://novascotia.ca/natr/ .last_img read more

first_imgSan Francisco: Google’s virtual assistant is reportedly getting the ability to read messages from non-Google apps like WhatsApp, Slack and Telegram. Google Assistant has long had the option to read outs SMS messages aloud, but that has not done much good if for conversations lived in third-party apps. If the feature is rolled-out widely, it would let users dictate their replies to messages for these non-Google apps as well, Engadget reported on Monday. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Currently, there appears to be limited support for languages beyond English. According to a report by Android Police, messages containing pictures, videos and audio notes are not accessible by the read-aloud feature. In such instances, Assistant would say, “the message just contains an audio attachment”, and would not play it back. However, as of now, Google has not yet officially announced the roll-out and availability details The read-aloud feature is particularly useful when users are driving, cooking or otherwise have their hands full.last_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER – An eight-minute video simulating a shooting at an office has been produced by Vancouver police to help prepare people if an active shooter were on the loose.The city’s police chief believes the video is the first of its kind in Canada, although they have been used by Homeland Security and others in the United States.“By making this video, we are encouraging people to take responsibility for their personal safety,” Adam Palmer told a news conference on Wednesday.Deadly events like mass shootings or random stabbings are rare in Canada but they do happen, he said, adding that three people were injured in a shooting near the city’s Science World in 2014.Palmer compared the video with earthquake preparation.“We’re not trying to fear monger or anything like that,” he said. “I just think that putting our head in the sand and pretending that everything’s going to be fine also isn’t an option.”The video advises people to run, hide or fight, depending on the circumstances.“Escape if you can. Hide if you can’t. Fight if you must,” Sgt. Jason Robillard says on the video.It takes time for first responders to arrive, so people need to know how and when they can protect themselves and others, Palmer said.The police force is also encouraging businesses and organizations to make sure they’re prepared, and it’s asking hotels and offices to put together packages with maps, key cards, and updated employee lists that police might need.The video is on the department’s website and Palmer said he hopes it spreads elsewhere to help educate a wider audience.Plans for the video began about 18 months ago during police training for such a situation and was not spurred by any specific threat to the city, Palmer said.The video was funded by the Vancouver Police Foundation and cost about $20,000.last_img read more

first_imgToronto police say they will provide an update this morning on their investigation into allegations of assault and sexual assault at a prestigious private school in the city.The force’s deputy chief and the commander of the sex crimes unit will speak at a news conference at 11:30 a.m.St. Michael’s College School says eight students have been expelled and another was suspended in the wake of multiple incidents that were captured on video.Toronto police sources say one of the alleged incidents involved a group of students on the football team pinning down another student and allegedly sexually assaulting him with a broom handle.The school has said they’ve turned over a total of four videos to police.In a statement released Sunday, St. Michael’s said it was launching an “independent examination” into what it called “underlying attitudes and behaviours inconsistent with its culture and values.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgOUR HOUSE Grief Support Center’s Associate Board hosts the 9th annual Night For Hope fundraiser on November 17th at The Palace Theater in Downtown Los Angeles.Melissa Rivers, OUR HOUSE ambassador, will take the stage to dedicate a night of laughter to her mother. Since the death of her mother, comedy legend Joan Rivers, Melissa continues to make sure laughter is a part of her every day. “I am honored to be a part of an organization like OUR HOUSE, which provides a place for people to cry and laugh and remember their loved ones.”This year, the Night For Hope will feature comics Vargus Mason, Esther Povitsky, aka “Little Esther,” and Adam Ray, all introduced by MC JC Cocoli for a night full of laughs and finding hope through grief. Inspiration for the evening’s theme came from an Associate Board member who felt she might never laugh again following the death of her father. Through support from OUR HOUSE, she was able to navigate through her grief, find joy, and laugh again.OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center’s Associate Board is comprised of young professionals serving as ambassadors to the community. The Associate Board works relentlessly to spread the word about the agency’s services and volunteer opportunities, in addition to raising funds.OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center’s Night for HopeWhen: Friday, November 17th Where: The Palace Theater DTLAInfo: OurHouse-Grief.orgSchedule: 6:30pm: Doors Open 8:00pm: MC JC Cocoli Kicks Off the Night8:20pm: Comedian Vargus Mason8:35pm: Comedian Little Esther8:50pm: OUR HOUSE presentation & appeal: OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center testimonials– Amanda, Isaiah, and Melissa Rivers.9:30pm: Comedian Adam Ray10:30pm: Event endsOUR HOUSE Grief Support Center is one of the nation’s most respected organizations for grief support and education. For over 24 years, OUR HOUSE has helped thousands of grieving children, teens, and adults as they embark on their journeys to hope and healing after the death of someone close. Support groups specific to age and relationship take place in the safe, warm, and nurturing environment of their centers. OUR HOUSE is a leading provider of grief education, offering workshops, seminars, and in-service training to mental health and medical professionals, clergy, educators, and other members of the community who interact with bereaved families. The OUR HOUSE grief education program is part of the curricula for students at USC’s Keck and UCLA’s David Geffen Schools of Medicine. To learn more, please visit www.ourhouse-grief.org or call 1.888.417.1444.last_img read more

first_imgINGERSOLL, Ont. – General Motors and the union representing about 2,500 striking workers at the CAMI assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ont., are expected to resume talks today aimed at ending a strike.The members of Unifor Local 88 walked off the job Sept. 17 as negotiators worked to have GM designate the CAMI plant as the lead producer of the Equinox SUV, which is also produced in Mexico.The union said last Thursday that the two sides had “worked through a lot of the contract language” but remained far apart on job security and economic issues.Unifor also said it was awaiting a response from GM on the outstanding issues and thaty both sides agreed to pause the talks over the long holiday weekend and reconvene today.Ontario Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid said Friday that he had spoken with both sides and that neither had asked for government support to keep the Equinox lines in the province.Duguid said the dispute was “rippling through” Ontario’s supply chain economy and urged both parties to reach an agreement.Dias dismissed GM’s latest contract offer last week as “fluff,” saying it still allowed the company to shift resources away from the Ingersoll plant.last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — NBCUniversal will launch an ad-supported streaming service in 2020, free for anyone who pays for a cable service.The company joins an ever-growing list of streaming service players, including YouTube, AT&T, Hulu, Roku and Walmart’s Vudu, among others. On Thursday Amazon announced its own free ad-supported service called IMDB Freedive.NBCUniversal’s service will draw on the company’s content library, original programming and outside content partners, but it didn’t disclose what shows or movies will be included. The service will be available to non pay-TV customers for a to-be-disclosed fee. An ad-free version will also be available for a fee.Cable provider Comcast is NBCUniversal’s parent company. Content providers are hoping to capture ad dollars and data with streaming services, but as they proliferate many risk getting lost in the shuffle.The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgNoida: Aiming to conduct fair elections and bring a transparency, the Gautam Buddh Nagar District administration, on Thursday, conducted demonstrations on the the working of VVPAT machines ahead of upcoming 17th Lok sabha elections which have been scheduled on April 11 in the district.As per a senior officer of District administration, the machines will be attached to the ballot unit of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM). Explaining the functioning of VVPAT machines, the official said that when a voter presses the button in the ballet unit for the candidate which he wants to vote, the serial number of the candidate in the ballot unit along with the candidate’s symbol will be printed on the paper roll kept inside the VVPAT machine. “After casting the vote on the electronic voting machine, a voter has to look at the VVPAT machine linked with the EVM machine which will display the printout containing the serial number, party symbol and the photo of the candidate who got the vote. The same will be visible to the voter for seven seconds on a small display in the machine. When the voter gets confirmed that the vote has been given to the right candidate, he needs to press a button and printed slip will fall inside the sealed compartment in the bottom of the machine and will be stored for counting,” the officer informed. The officer further said that the new system will bring transparency and will clear doubts and rumours regarding tampering of EVMs and VVPATs.last_img read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CHARLESTON, W.Va. – U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is demanding his name and interview be removed from a documentary funded by former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship.Manchin also told Chesapeake, Va.-based Adroit Films in a letter sent Tuesday to remove the documentary about the Upper Big Branch mine explosion from all websites. Manchin calls the film an attempt to vindicate its creator.The explosion on April 5, 2010, killed 29 miners. Four investigations found the blast was sparked by worn and broken equipment, fueled by accumulations of methane gas and coal dust, and allowed to spread because of clogged and broken water sprayers.The documentary “Upper Big Branch – Never Again” released Monday and its credits clearly state it is “a film by Don Blankenship.” The film’s opening disclaimer, however, says people’s participation in the documentary via interviews “is not in association or affiliation with Don Blankenship.” The documentary blames the Upper Big Branch Mine explosion on a natural gas explosion and asserts the Mine Safety and Health Administration and the media have been disseminating misinformation.In the letter sent to Adriot Films Tuesday, Manchin states, “Your fraudulent behaviour in securing the interview and your misrepresentation of my interview are actionable offences.” He goes on to state the company’s failure to indicate the film was funded by Blankenship was a “gross misrepresentation of the true purpose of your film. Further, I would never have consented to the interview if I had known of your association with Mr. Blankenship. “Manchin claims he believed he was being interviewed for a documentary on mine safety to be dedicated to the miners who lost their lives. Of more than 30 minutes of interview, less than two minutes were dedicated to mine safety, he said. The film, which focuses heavily on generalizations about the mining industry and its history, claims the explosion was caused by natural gas, which mine safety measures do not currently prevent.Manchin demands the film no longer be distributed, be removed from all websites, and his name and likeness are removed.An email to Don Blankenship and call to Adroit Films were not immediately returned Tuesday. by Sarah Plummer, The Associated Press Posted Apr 1, 2014 12:27 pm MDT Manchin tells Va. company to remove his interview from film on Upper Big Branch mine explosion read more

Groundbreaking research led by a team from Brock University has further confirmed that sexual orientation for men is likely determined in the womb.In the first-ever laboratory study of mothers of gay men, the research was prompted by more than two decades of statistical data examining the ‘older brother effect’ which shows that biological older brothers — but not older sisters — increase the odds of homosexuality in later-born males.The study, “Male Homosexuality and Maternal Immune Responsivity to the Y-Linked Protein NLGN4Y,” was published Monday, Dec. 11 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Brock Health Sciences Professor Tony Bogaert, lead researcher on the project, said the new study has produced some of the most significant findings in men’s sexual orientation research in the past 10 or 15 years. The team included researchers from Harvard and the University of Toronto.“The implications of this study, especially if and when it is replicated by an independent team, are profound,” said Bogaert. “Along with more deeply understanding the exact origin of the older brother effect, it helps solidify the idea that, at least in men, there’s a strong biological basis to sexual orientation.“This is the culmination of more than 20 years of research where we started looking at the older brother, or fraternal birth order, effect. The current study adds to the growing scientific consensus that homosexuality is not a choice, but rather an innate predisposition.”Bogaert, an internationally recognized expert in human sexuality, said the study is groundbreaking for at least two major reasons:It supports the conclusion, suggested by previous studies, that genes alone do not completely account for homosexuality.It suggests that immunological factors should be considered along with genetic and hormonal factors as possible biological influences on sexual orientation.Joining Bogaert from Brock were Health Sciences Assistant Professor Adam MacNeil, Health Sciences PhD student José Gabrie, Psychology PhD students Malvina Skorska (now at University of Toronto) and Mark Hoffarth (now at New York University). The team also included Harvard’s Chao Wang and University of Toronto’s Doug VanderLaan, Ken Zucker and Ray Blanchard.Bogaert said that since the older brother effect was first discovered two decades ago, many studies have replicated it, including cross-cultural ones. But when a Bogaert research project 10 years ago strongly indicated that the older brother effect in men was likely biological in origin, he saw the need to look at prenatal factors, and set out to test the major biological theory explaining this effect through a lab study.The team of psychologists and immunologists tested 16 women with no sons, 72 mothers with heterosexual sons, 31 mothers of gay sons with no older brothers, 23 mothers of gay sons with older brothers, and a control group of 12 men.The women’s antibody reactivity was measured to two proteins (PCDH11Y and two forms of NLGN4Y) found only in males, both of which are expressed in the male fetal brain.The team found that mothers of gay sons, especially those with older brothers, had significantly higher antibody levels to both forms of NLGN4Y than did the control samples of women, including mothers of heterosexual sons.“It seems that some women during their first male pregnancy, or just after their first male birth, begin to detect this foreign substance (the NLGN4Y protein) and start to develop an immune response. And then later, with further male pregnancies, the high levels of antibodies directed toward this substance may change brain development in these later born males,” Bogaert said.This confirms that the older brother effect is very likely immunological in origin.“We think it’s very important to understanding male sexual orientation,” said Bogaert. “It speaks to the mechanisms of sexual orientation development.”However, the psychologist cautions that the effects are modest and the likelihood of a male child being born gay is still small — even if they have multiple male siblings.“The vast majority of men with older brothers are still heterosexual, but it says something very broad about sex and gender development.” read more

← Previous Story Rasmus Lauge in THW Kiel until 2016 – Momir Ilic: I would like to stay! Next Story → Winterthur’s “street fighters” (VIDEO) Polish Orlen Wisla Plock will be forced to travel to Kielce at the most important match in domestic championship without two important players – Ivan Nikcevic and Petar Nenadic. Tough schedule making troubles to Wisla’s coach Lars Walther who can’t count on Serbian players on Saturday in match which got proper name “War for Poland”.Nikcevic has problem with knee ligaments (extension), while Nenadic has injury of calf muscle. Orlen Wisla Plock

first_imgFour two-person teams have left four cities: Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, and Tampa Bay, and are all on their way to Dallas, Texas in custom-designed Mercedes-Benz cars today, using Twitter for fuel. Their cars aren’t physically running on tweets of course, but virtually they are: the reason Mercedes-Benz says the race is “Tweet-Fueled” is because each of the four cities have to get the support of their home cities to drum up enough support on Twitter to get them to the finish line in Dallas. The route is 1500 miles from each city, and they have three days to get there. Along the way, the teams will rely on Twitter activity to “fuel” their vehicles, meaning any retweeting, @-replies, or use of the cities’ team hashtags apply to keep their cars headed down the road. At the end of the day, any “unused fuel” will translate into points that the racing teams can use towards social media challenges they’ll get along the way, like tweeting photos of other Mercedes-Benz vehicles they see along the way or stopping by a local high-school or college to tweet a photo of themselves with supporters. The winning team (the one with the most points at the end of the race) will get a 2012 C-Class Mercedes-Benz coupe, and Twitter followers who support the winning team are entered into a drawing for a trip for two to a Mercedes-Benz sponsored event, or one of 20 “Most Valuable Tweeter” awards and prizes. You can follow the race live at Facebook (a little ironic) or by following the Mercedes-Benz Tweet Race account.AdChoices广告last_img read more

first_imgThere are few geeks out there that won’t recognize the name Douglas Adams. Although he left this world far too early at the age of 49, he did manage to create the very popular trilogy of five books that ended up being The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.Today would have been Adams’ 61st birthday if it wasn’t for a heart attack back in May 2001. The Doodle Google has created aims to celebrate his work, and there are many both open and hidden references to his creations within it.Behind the lift door you’ll find Marvin the paranoid android, a character from Hitchhiker’s. The towel is Adams’ essential item for space travel, the cup of tea a reference to the Dirk Gently detective novels, or is it related to the Infinite Improbability Drive? Google has also apparently localized the “Don’t Panic” on the display so you should see it in the language of whatever country you’re browsing from.Although the scene is interactive, you’ll want to focus most of your efforts clicking the keys on the keypad. There lies images and animations representing Adams’ work. Such things as the Babel Fish, Earth’s entry in the guide listed as “Mostly Harmless,” the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, 42 being the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything, and Man being the third most intelligent creature on Earth behind dolphins and mice.As usual, the Doodle will be available on the Google homepage for today only, after which time, it will be forever archived as part of the growing Doodles archive.last_img read more