Designs for life

first_imgFounded 20 years ago by editor Amit Danait, A&i Digest has been organising the exhibition for 15 years. Mr. Danait says the intent is “to bring architecture and interior design trends, worldwide and ethnic, to the masses.”This year’s edition features exhibitors from 100 architecture and interior design studios, with design solutions from around the world, and a window to innovative trends across residential, commercial, landscape & urban planning projects, covering the gamut from natural stone materials to integrated automation systems, ergonomic kitchen countertops and stretchable ceilings, laser-cut metal and acrylic lighting solutions, HD veneer prints, brick cladding available at less than ₹125/sq.ft. and hybrid surfaces like a combination of acrylic and aluminium trihydrate (ATH). The hybrid acrylic-metal hydroxide composite created with micro-machining process technology by Infini includes 36% acryclic, 63% ATH, which is a fire retardant, and 1% colouring agents. “This is a really good opportunity to interact with different customers,” Ms. Shah says. “We’re happy to be showcasing our designs here.” For visitors, and especially design students like Utkarsha and her friends, the exhibition provides a great way to explore what contemporary design can offer.A&i Digest’s Design Exhibition: Ishanya Mall, Pune, up to January 7. The trending home and office solutions seems to be automation, with prices ranging from as low as ₹30000 for Belgian designer switches by TENSE to ₹1,50,000 for automation solutions by CasaDigi & Texecom. On show are individual items like touch panels, motion sensors, and biometric identification devices, as well as companies like CasaDigi and Elan who are showcasing the possibilities of a centralised automation interface. The CasaDigi interface allows differently branded electronic items to be integrated using a combination of compatible hardware similar to an amplifier for integrating sound inputs, and proprietary software and enabling centralised control, such as switching electronic appliances on and off and lights that can change colour. With the exception of solar panels, the green buyer looking for sustainable and environmentally-friendly materials will find displays focused more on design rather than eco-friendly design solutions such as natural building materials or biocomposites and a lot of stalls featuring importers of furniture and lighting solutions. Nidhi Jaju, of architecture and design firm Exclusiv, says customers are looking for products not easily available in India such as certain furniture designs. Deepti Shah, an interior designer for 15 years who runs her own firm, Mud House, says the consumer is more aware in terms of design preferences, with functionality at the top of the priority list for working professionals, which has resulted in minimalist designs. But, she says, fusion designs are also currently trending, such as ethnic patterns with functional lines. “We got to see new stone materials, and design possibilities,” say Utkarsha, who does not give a second name. She, Shivani Methi and Bhumika Ostwal are excitedly exploring the range of new materials available. They are part of a group of 50 interior design students from the Institute of Fashion, Media & Allied Arts, Aurangabad, here in Pune on a field trip to see A&i Digest’s Design Exhibition.last_img read more

BJD seeks suggestions for party manifesto

first_imgOdisha Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal president Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday launched a programme to seek suggestions for the party’s manifesto for the upcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the State.The launching of the “Ghare Ghare Sankha: Matamata Dianti Apana, Palana Karanti Naveen” (Conch in every house: You suggest, Naveen acts upon it) programme coincided with the birth anniversary of former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik, which is also observed as the Panchayati Raj Day by the State government. Conch is the party’s symbol since its inception in December 1997.Govt. performanceMr. Patnaik launched the initiative in the Jatani Assembly segment in Khurda district. Members of the BJD’s women wing will visit households and hand over a sticker of the party symbol along with a form and collect people’s views on the State government’s performance and expectations. The party is also seeking suggestions on what demands it should put forth before the Centre.last_img read more

Avnet Silica solutions targeting key application sectors on show at Embedded World

first_imgAvnet Silica will be exhibiting at Embedded World 2018 and showcases a wide range of innovative solutions that target key markets including the Internet of Things, connectivity, security and embedded vision. Avnet Silica will use its 250sqm booth to host demo and application solution areas, including more than 60 demonstrations of boards and tools across six demo-stations. These stations will include advanced technologies and products in the areas of: data acquisition; control; Microsoft solutions; connectivity, safety and security; embedded software and services; and storage. As well as the demo-stations, the Avnet Silica solutions area will showcase demos that address a range of challenges encountered by system design engineers and developers, including edge-to-enterprise IoT solutions, connectivity, security, embedded vision, and datacoms.Special focus will also be provided on key technologies for the development of IoT products and systems. For example, the new Avnet Silica NB-IoT sensor shield will be on display: the board is Arduino compatible and enables connectivity via NB-IoT and LTE-Cat.M1, the latest LTE cellular based narrowband standards that have been developed for IoT applications. In addition, there will be demo solutions on the company’s highly scalable cloud-based IoTConnect software platform, which uses Microsoft’s enterprise-grade Azure hybrid cloud computing service. Applications that will be showcased on the booth include ‘smart factory’, ‘smart asset monitoring’ and ‘smart connected worker’ solutions.Another major highlight is a demonstration of the Microsoft HoloLens, the first self-contained holographic computer that comes in the form of a pair of augmented/mixed-reality smartglasses. Enabling users to engage with digital content and to interact with holograms, the system is being used to show its capabilities in an industrial fill-level control system application that includes sensors and actuators.The company will also be co-exhibiting in conjunction with Avnet Abacus and Farnell Element 14. Avnet Abacus will be using the show to present its advanced sensor, power and connectivity solutions for the IoT including products and technologies from Omron, Panasonic, TE Connectivity and Varta. Farnell Element 14 will be focusing upon embedded technologies, connectivity and the IoT, with advanced solutions from market leaders including ST, TI,, Raspberry Pi and BBC Micro:bit. A demo highlight is an end-to-end data-to-cloud solution based on the BeagleBone Black platform and a Linux-based cloud gateway for long-range sensor data.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Microsemi: digital ceiling PoE switch compatible to any IEEE802.3af/at lighting fixtureNext Toshiba: Bluetooth 4.2 evaluation and prototyping platformlast_img read more

Sathianathan downplays Felda’s recent record

first_imgMalaysia Cup Sathianathan downplays Felda’s home advantage and recent record ahead of Kedah clash Zulhilmi Zainal Last updated 2 years ago 06:45 10/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) B. Sathianathan, Felda United, friendly, 06062017 Zulhilmi Zainal/Goal Malaysia Malaysia Cup FELDA United v Kedah FELDA United Kedah Their semi-final Malaysia Cup tie against Kedah is still a 50-50 affair despite recent head-to-head record, says Felda boss B. Sathianathan. BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter Ahead of their first leg Malaysia Cup semi-final match against Kedah this Sunday, Felda United boss Sathianathan Bhaskaran has denied that his side have the advantage due to their recent head-to-head record.The two sides have met twice this season, both in the Super League, with the match in Jengka ending in a 1-1 draw and the clash in Alor Star won by the visitors 3-1.According to the former Malaysia head coach, their 3-1 away win in September only happened because the Red Eagles were without their key players at the time. 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. “Of course at the time we were buoyed by our win over PKNP FC (in the Malaysia Cup quarter-finals), but Kedah were also playing without four of their Malaysia internationals and this affected their gameplay.”But this time around, I’m confident they will be able to field their first eleven. And remember, they held us to a 1-1 draw at home earlier in the season. It’s still a 50-50 match.”We lost twice (at home this season); against Pulau Pinang and PKNP. We need to be careful as Kedah are a much tougher opponent than the two sides.”The core Kedah squad has been retained for the past three, four years and they’ve been playing together for a long time. That’s the edge they have,” he remarked when met by the press on Friday.When asked about his plan for the first leg match on Sunday, to be held at the Tun Abdul Razak Stadium, Sathianathan responded that it is simply to win.”Our plan is simply to win at home, instead of worrying about the margin and such. “But we also have to avoid losing like how we lost against PKNP with a 3-1 scoreline (first leg Malaysia Cup quarter-final). If that were to happen against Kedah, there’d be no way we’ll get to come back into the match, that’s quaranteed,” he revealed.On squad availability, he said that only midfielder Stuart Wark is out of contention, due to an injury, but he’s still careful to avoid getting any of his men hurt in training before Sunday.”We’ve been preparing for this match as soon as we won the quarter-final tie, but it has been affected somewhat by Stuart’s injury.”But everybody else is fit and available, I just need to be careful in today and Saturday’s training so as to not get anyone else injured. However we still need to train, so it’s down to luck, really,” responded the former Kelantan and ATM head coach.The first leg will be played at the Tun Abdul Razak Stadium, Jengka this Sunday, while the return fixture will take place at the Darul Aman Stadium next Saturday.last_img read more

It’s Napoli’s year for Serie A title – Bianchi

first_imgNapoli Serie A title no longer a Napoli fantasy, it’s their year – Bianchi Alex Fisher 22:01 2/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) napoli - cropped Getty Images Napoli Serie A Napoli v RB Leipzig Napoli v SPAL SPAL RB Leipzig UEFA Europa League The man who guided the club to their first ever league title has backed Maurizio Sarri’s side to bring an end to Juventus’ tight grip on the trophy Napoli’s current crop of stars can emulate the club’s heroes of 1987 and 1990 by winning the Serie A title this season, according to Ottavio Bianchi – the man who coached the Partenopei to their first Scudetto.After six years in Juventus’ shadow in the Italian top flight, Napoli have emerged as serious title contenders this season under Sarri’s guidance.With 14 games to play they sit one point clear of Juve and look set for a head-to-head battle to become champions in the coming months. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player For Napoli it would be only the third league title success in their history, the previous two having been delivered by a Diego Maradona-inspired squad.Bianchi guided them to their maiden crown in 1986-87, before Alberto Bigon repeated the feat three seasons later.And Bianchi believes Sarri’s Napoli have what it takes to end their barren run.”This could be the year, thanks to the great numbers Sarri’s team are putting up,” he told Corriere dello Sport.”He’s very good and it’s a pleasure to see his team in action, they play from memory. When one has the ball and the others move, it’s all another song.”This year they’re playing to win the Scudetto and when you get that consistency the Scudetto is no longer a fantasy.”The Europa League doesn’t count right now compared to the league, if a player gets injured there’s no time to recover because you’re playing every three days.”Juventus are the only team used to winning though, they’re the only one who are of a European level, they’re used to winning and have a competitive team.”last_img read more

Unintended Pregnancy Estimates

first_imgPosted on December 16, 2010November 13, 2014Click 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 Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Earlier this months, estimates of unsafe abortions were published in Reproductive Health Matters. A related paper in Studies in Family Planning written by researchers from the Guttmacher Institute estimates rates of unintended pregnancies in various regions.According to the authors:Unintended pregnancy can carry serious consequences for women and their families. We estimate the incidence of pregnancy by intention status and outcome at worldwide, regional, and subregional levels for 2008, and we assess recent trends since 1995. Numbers of births are based on United Nations estimates. Induced abortions are estimated by projecting from recent trends. A model-based approach is used to estimate miscarriages. The planning status of births is estimated using nationally representative and small-scale surveys of 80 countries. Of the 208 million pregnancies that occurred in 2008, we estimate that 41 percent were unintended.The authors estimate 86 million unintended pregnancies resulting in approximately 41 million abortions worldwide, roughly 35 million of which took place in “less developed regions.” Given the relatively high rate of unsafe abortion leading to maternal morbidity and mortality in developing countries, a move towards further reducing unintended pregnancies could greatly improve the health outcomes for women in the developing world by decreasing the number of unsafe abortions.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

A heartbreaking, blockbuster World Cup exit for England

first_imgPerseverance, sweat, tears, VAR and pure-as-it-comes belief – it still wasn’t enough to stop England suffering a heartbreaking Women’s World Cup semi-final defeat to the U.S.And this was as heartbreaking as they come for the Lionesses. A missed penalty by captain Steph Houghton, a goal disallowed by mere inches that could have secured Ellen White’s Golden Boot – it was excruciating.There was absolutely no shame in their loss, coming to the reigning world champions and upsetting no odds whatsoever after they rallied with everything they had to come back – even when reduced to 10. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare There was no hiding from it either. In a cauldron of noise in the Stade de Lyon, chants of “U-S-A” rang around the ground as the players slumped to the grass, aware of just how close they had come to making the country’s first-ever Women’s World Cup final.But after years of disappointment, their performances in France bookended 12 months that have seen England fall back in love with their national teams – with the Lionesses themselves breaking countless TV records back home with each game.And, among the millions tuning in at home, there will be many whose stereotypes and stigmas around women’s football were rightfully changed on Tuesday night.It’s become an unfortunate theme in modern football that the most hyped-up games don’t live up to expectation.For recent examples, watch France’s clash with the USA in the Women’s World Cup quarter-finals, or the men’s Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham.But when a game bucks that trend, surviving all the build-up to produce an absolute spectacle, it rightfully earns its place among the classics.This game perfectly fit that criteria.England USA Women's World CupThis was a blockbuster movie of a football match, complete with all the drama and plot twists that the best have.The United States assumed the role of the villain from the start of this tournament. The reigning champions, the team everybody wanted to beat – plus, they met the tournament hosts in the quarters.They seemed happy to assume that role from the off. Anyone still on the fence about their feelings for this team was quickly swayed one side or the other when Ali Krieger said: “We have the best team in the world, and the second-best team in the world.”Annoying arrogance or commendable confidence? Depends which side you are on.England have never been the neutral’s favourite. Their renditions of ‘It’s Coming Home’ at last summer’s World Cup rubbed many people up the wrong way, particularly Croatia, who duly dumped them out in the semi-finals.But as the plucky underdog in this tale, especially when drowned out by the sea of American fans who had flooded into Lyon for the clash, they were the choice of many – particularly the French.“A lot of people at Lyon have text me over the past two days. They didn’t text at the start of the tournament, but since France have gone, they’ve sent me a few messages,” Lucy Bronze said before the game.“I’ve had a few messages saying good luck, beat the USA for us. So I think we have a few more supporters than we normally have in the French.”England women’s manager Phil Neville predicted as much in his pre-match press conference, but light-heartedly and reluctantly. Yet, when the Stade de Lyon opened on Tuesday evening, the locals were wearing the colours of England, with St George’s Cross painted on their faces.It was going to take everything for the Lionesses to beat the U.S. and they tried everything.England USA Women's World CupThe mind games added a dramatic twist to things just before kick-off, with England’s line-up absolutely unpredictable while Megan Rapinoe – the undoubted star of Jill Ellis’ side – was on the bench.U.S. Soccer refused to comment on whether it was an injury, adding further chaos. Rapinoe stood on the sideline, fully kitted with her boots on, and watched her team-mates warm up, begging the question – is she really injured, or was this a mind game?Neville tried similar. When asked about the match up of Bronze and Rapinoe before the game, he suggested Rachel Daly could play that position and Bronze could be deployed in midfield, as happened when these two played out a 2-2 draw in March.It wasn’t until at least 10 minutes into the match that regular followers of England could figure out just what the starting XI was.The teams that took to the sparkling Lyon field could have tipped the scales from hype to over-hype – but it wouldn’t be the case.This was 90 minutes of relentless, attacking, unpredictable football, so much so that fans of defending should have been warned when switching on to watch.Three goals by half-time – all of great quality but from bad defending – summed up the end-to-end nature of this exhilarating affair.The heartbreaking scenes came in White seeing a goal ruled out for offside by VAR, and when captain Houghton stepped up to take a pivotal penalty, which was saved by Alyssa Naeher.It had everything for the neutrals, but at the end of the day, not everyone is a neutral.“Americans love winners,” Hope Solo said before the game.These England players will get a hero’s welcome all the same when they return home, just as they did in their heart-breaking 2015 semi-final defeat. But not the winner’s medal they wanted.last_img read more

Hudson Woods Brings Together Architecture, Design and Nature

first_img How to Cultivate Mid-Century Modern Style in Your Own Home Editors’ Recommendations Glimpse the Future of Camper Vans in the Stunning Hymer VisionVenture Sleep With the Wolves in Canada’s Parc Omega Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities Hudson Woods is a new concept for living that brings together elegant architecture, the best makers and a gorgeous setting. Located over 131 acres, Hudson Woods features 26 dwellings designed by Lang Architects in Kerhonkson, a small hamlet located in Upstate New York.The idyllic homes are set in an area with amazing mountain views, forests and meadows. Drew Lang and his firm seek out to “create authentic, meaningful experiences at every turn.”And that they do, with makers like Kaufmann Mercantile’s coveted accessories for the home, SMEG’s stylish retro-inspired refridgerators, hardware by Sun Valley Bronze, modular storage by USM Haller, outdoor furniture by D’Apostraphe, and furniture from the likes of Carl Hansen and Søn, Fern, Micahel Robbins and more. All you have to do is choose what you want.According to the website, “Set amidst forests and meadows with sweeping mountain views, Hudson Woods homes offer modern design that blends seamlessly with the natural surroundings. More than a place, Hudson Woods is an experience that opens doors to discovering the things that matter. Family. Friends. Sport. Craft. Hudson Woods lets you access it all.”That sounds like a dream to us! Nature, design and more, located in New York, surrounded by the finest makers and vendors in the business. Peace and fresh air will be all yours, and they even offer guides, petcare, beekeeping, personal training and more. We can’t wait to pay this new concept in living a visit next time we need to get away from the city and return to nature.For more information, visit read more

Presentation of handball across the USA

Another successful handball presentation took place at Robert Frost Middle School inGranada Hills, Calif. on Monday.Even though Frost Middle School is only the third demonstration this year for the USATH Los Angeles staff, there is an interesting trend emerging among SouthernCalifornia middle school students and handball.As soon as the students file into the gym at least one of them always asks, “What are we playing? Are we playing indoor soccer today?”“Nope, we are playing handball,” USATH answers.“Handball? What’s that? Why can’t we play soccer?” says the student.Before the series of questioning continues much further, all the students are settleddown on the gym floor, curious and waiting to find out about this unfamiliar sport.Students listen as a brief history and the rules of the game are carefully explained.All attention is focused on the middle of the court as student volunteers make their wayto the 6-meter line and are shown how to form a defensive wall. It’s not until CoachJulio Sainz demonstrates how to do a jump shot over the defense, that the studentsreally get excited, expressing their enthusiasm with loud applause and hollering.At this point, there is no more talk of wanting to play indoor soccer.The rest of the class time is devoted to having fun playing handball. Frost Middle School, in particular, had several talented athletes, not to mention an unusually highnumber of southpaws, all of whom caught onto the sport quickly.Positive feedback about handball from Southern California students and teachersis overwhelming and exciting for the future of the sport here on the west coast.“I really like this sport,” said a student smiling as he left the gym on Monday.The next demonstration will be at Rancho Pico Jr. High School in Stevenson Ranch,Calif, Monday Oct. 25.Text source – ← Previous Story HBL: THW Kiel won in the old Derby of North Next Story → Al-Ahly wins Arabian Club Championship Handball in USAUSA handball read more

9 things well miss about oldschool Aertel

first_imgTHE SWITCH-OFF of the analogue TV signal is now only just over a fortnight away – meaning we’re now in the final month of the traditional Aertel service.Though Aertel lives on in the Saorview world, its newer incarnation is a fancy interactive version which is much more in keeping with the 21st century – but far removed from the glitchy, blocky wonder that we all grew up with.So, to mark the departure of old-school teletext from Ireland, we thought we’d recap some of the things we’ll really miss about the old version.God speed, you black beauty.last_img

Islanders get a Christmas reprieve as Inis Mór ferry resumes until new

first_imgIslanders get a Christmas reprieve as Inis Mór ferry resumes until new year The service will remain until 4 January. 8,698 Views 12 Comments Image: Eamonn Farrell/ THE FERRY SERVICE between Inis Mór and the mainland will remain in place over Christmas after a deal was struck between politicians, Galway County and a ferry company.Island Ferries Teo said earlier this week said that it would be ceasing operations until 17 March 2017 because the service had become “increasingly unsustainable”.Negotiations had continued and a temporary reprieve for the islanders was secured after a meeting this morning.Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs Sean Kyne has confirmed that the service will now continue until the first week of the new year. A ferry made the crossing this afternoon at 5pm.The junior minister said that this represented a “goodwill gesture” from the company as talks continue.“The service will remain in place until the fourth of January with this date being kept under review,” he said.Island Ferries has been deadlocked in dispute with Galway County Council concerning levies introduced in 2011 on passengers travelling to and from the island.The company had challenged a decision to introduce an 80c charge on all passengers landing at the Cill Rónáin harbour.A Supreme Court ruling last December forced the company to retroactively pay landing charges.Talks about the issue over the last number of days have been described as “constructive” and further are being planned.The company has been operating the ferry service for 33 years.Read: Inis Mór islanders fear being left stranded as last ferry service due to run this evening >Read: Residents of Inis Mór will be left without a ferry service from next month > Share9 Tweet Email1 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Eamonn Farrell/ By Rónán Duffy Friday 2 Dec 2016, 7:13 PM Dec 2nd 2016, 7:13 PM last_img read more

Abandoned ship arranged to sink for marine habitat

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) — An abandoned cargo ship is set to sink this summer off the shore of Pompano Beach.“Lady Luck,” the 324-foot ship currently docked in the Miami River, will serve as a natural marine habitat and diving experience.The ship’s many staterooms and crevices will make exploring the ship a treat for both divers and fish, according to officials.Crews are currently working to clean and prepare “Lady Luck” for her sinking.The ship is expected to go underwater for good on July 23, at 2 p.m.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Fashionista Dixika Vanvari on her journey struggle and how she made a

first_imgDixika VanvariInstagramDixika Vanvari, also known as Miss D, is a popular fashionista, artist and also an anchor. She ventured into the business of fashion and beauty quite early in her life but the journey was a rollercoaster ride for Dixika. She is a fashion graduate from JD Institute of Fashion Technology and has done some remarkable work in the fashion industry.Coming to her background, since her childhood, Dixika was a very hard working and focused girl. As she belonged to a middle-class family, she knew she can’t be asking money for everything from her parents. In her family, women have been living independently and that’s what motivated Dixika to start something of her own when she grows up.After completing her graduation, Dixika started her fashion line called DIXIKA VANVARI DESIGNS in 2013. However, it didn’t succeed. But she didn’t give up. She worked hard to achieve her goal in the fashion industry and in 2015, she ventured into the world of blogging which worked very well for her.On her blog, she shares a lot of fashion and lifestyle content, which her followers love. She also shares everyday pictures of her outfit or photos of her travel and holidays which her followers can find relatable too. Dixika Vanvari loves working more on wedding-related content, from wedding outfits to wedding make-ups and that’s what she has made her blog majorly about.About her work and what keeps her going, Dixika said, “Making these lifetime moments a little more remarkable with my presence is what I thrive for.”She also added, “While my work has been loved and appreciated by my clients and audience, I’ve also grown as a human being over the years. So I think, it’s my growth as an artist and as a human being that keeps people on board with me. Believe me, there’s a lot more work still left to be done. I have high expectations of myself! I am my biggest critic. A piece of big news is in the pipeline which I am highly excited about it’s a secret project that I am working on for about a year now all I can say is this project is going to combine both of my worlds Anchoring and Blogging and give my audience a lot of insight about the industry and its people I am turning 30 in a few months and I have Big plans.”last_img read more

Sheila Jackson Lee Steps Down From Two Powerful Posts — But Not

first_imgBill Clark / CQ Roll CallRep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, speaks during a news conference at the Capitol with other members of the Heroin Task Force on April 21, 2016.houstonU.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston, is stepping down from her two most powerful roles within congressional and House Democratic circles.The 13-term congresswoman will no longer serve as the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s board chairwoman and will temporarily step aside from her position as chair on the Judiciary Committee’s crime, terrorism, homeland security and investigations subcommittee, according to the New York Times.At issue is her spring 2018 termination of a staffer known in court filings as “Jane Doe,” who alleged that a supervising CBCF staffer raped her in 2015 when she was an intern for the foundation. Doe later went to work for Jackson Lee, and claims that she informed the congresswoman’s chief of staff that she planned to pursue legal action against the CBCF staffer and was fired several weeks later, according to Buzzfeed News — which first reported last week that the woman was suing Jackson Lee’s office and the CBCF over the matter.The report threw Jackson Lee’s status within the House Democratic world into doubt, and several reports have since surfaced stating that CBCF officials pushed to remove her from that post.The CBCF is a leadership program for young African Americans that offers fellowships and scholarships. It is closely tied to the powerful Congressional Black Caucus.Gabe Schneider contributed to this report. This article was originally published in The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.  Sharelast_img read more

11 Young Adult Novels That Are Surprisingly Mature For Their Age

first_imgBlood Rose RebellionSet in an alternate reality Austria in the 19th century, Rosalyn Eves’ debut novel picks up some of the genre’s most popular tropes – a young woman born different from her peers, a forbidden romance – and twists them in some interesting ways. Protagonist Anna is born to the powerful magic-using Luminate, but she’s barren of any mystical gifts and in fact ruins any magic she touches. That power, though, stands to upend the very structure of her society as she meets a Romani man who is looking for freedom for his own people at any cost. Stay on target We All Looked UpHow would you spend your last moments on Earth? That’s the premise of We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach, which follows a quartet of friends as they come to terms with the fact that a massive asteroid is about to impact the planet and snuff out human civilization forever. Drawing comparisons to Stephen King’s The Stand from reviewers, this is a gripping novel about the collapse of the bonds that keep us together. Peter, Andy, Eliza, and Anita are delicately crafted characters with unusual depth, and you’ll come to really care about them by the book’s ending. With A Wrinkle In Time blowing up the box office, we might be in for another wave of young adult novels making their way to the silver screen. While most YA fiction (and hell, most fiction in general) is junk, there are a few writers who stand head and shoulders over the rest. Madeleine L’Engle was obviously one of them, but since we’re relentless bookworms we thought we’d introduce you to a few more.The stigma of adults reading YA fiction has pretty much evaporated, but not all of these books are created equal. If you’re going to spend your time reading kid lit, make sure it’s got something to say beyond the usual. Thankfully, there are plenty of authors willing to push that envelope. Here are eleven YA books that grapple with ideas well above their suggested reading age.AdChoices广告An Ember In The AshesFans of George R. R. Martin’s A Song Of Ice And Fire will find familiar ground in Sabaa Tahir’s fantasy series. Set in the Martial Empire, a vaguely Romanesque sprawl occupied by a number of warring factions, protagonist Laia works to infiltrate the Blackcliff Academy to free her captured brother. It’s a brisk and vivid read that lays on the political intrigue, and the Empire is a deftly crafted setting that holds a lot of promise. A sequel was published in 2017, and the third book in the series is primed to drop later this year. Paramount has also optioned the film rights. The GiverLois Lowry’s 1993 novel has made its way into the all-time classic YA canon, and for good reason. In a future world where all conflict has been eradicated, a young man is assigned to be the Receiver of Memory and hold the history of human life. Of course, the future isn’t as rosy as it seems, and adult readers will probably spot the twists coming a mile away. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though, as Lowry winds her way through the tale with delicacy and care, building affecting character relationships as she goes. The 2014 film is best left alone, though, as it’s not terribly good. The OutsidersOne of the most important books in the first wave of “mature” YA fiction was S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, which the author wrote as a junior in high school. Hinton was a keen observer of social rules, and in her debut novel we follow two groups of teens – the Greasers and the Socs – as they brawl through the streets of Tulsa, Oklahoma in the 60s. The clear-eyed prose that Hinton uses to delineate the inner lives of her troubled teen protagonists has been wildly influential since its publication. The Knife Of Never Letting GoIn Prentisstown, there is no privacy, because everybody can hear everybody else’s thoughts. But when young Todd Hewitt discovers a place where there’s quiet from the storm of mental noise, it leads him to a strange adventure on an alien world. Author Patrick Ness creates a sci-fi parable that roars along at a furious pace, dragging the reader with it. It’s the first in a trilogy, and an upcoming film adaptation is slated to star Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland, so apparently Hollywood has some faith in the concept. How ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Traumatized a Genera…Interviews With Late Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Are Becoming a Book center_img The Forest Of Hands And TeethA great title kicks off this post-apocalyptic novel set in a world overrun by flesh-eating zombies. A small group of survivors has managed to eke out a humble existence in a fenced-off village, but things within the walls are as bad as the violent chaos outside, just in a different way. When the fence is breached, a young girl named Mary makes a break for the ocean, only to find that it won’t be that simple. This one definitely lives up to the hype, with a tightly wound plot and well-rounded characters. A film adaptation is in development with Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones attached to star. FeedThe world of young adulthood is being changed rapidly by technology, and M. T. Anderson’s Feed, published in 2002, seems remarkably prescient now. In it, a brain-to-brain interface called the “feednet” links together 73% of the U.S. population, allowing them to communicate, access information and more. Corporate power has overtaken the government, and nearly every public institution has been privatized. When a group of kids have to live without their feeds, it wakes them up to the reality of their situation. This is a clever and richly satirical novel that’s even more resonant 16 years after it was published. The Westing GameEllen Raskin’s 1978 novel takes the traditional whodunit and makes it something new and invigorating. When a group of people moves into apartments in a new high-rise building on the shore of Lake Michigan, they learn that they’ve all been named heirs to the developer’s fortune – but only if they can solve his murder. Paired up seemingly by chance, the sixteen potential multi-millionaires discover that one of them might also be the suspect. This is a brisk and eminently readable novel that will surprise even the most jaded adult reader. Shade’s ChildrenGareth Nix is one of the more dependable names in YA sci-fi and fantasy, and the prolific Australian author has a bunch of books that are worth your time. We’d recommend starting with Shade’s Children, which takes the popular “a world without adults” trope and bends it into something wildly disturbing. When a mysterious race of alien overlords enslaves the Earth, all kids celebrate their fourteenth birthday by being recycled into parts at the Meat Factory. This is a dense and compelling book with some serious gross-outs and interesting ruminations on humanity’s place in the universe. Bone GapLaura Ruby’s Bone Gap is both a gripping crime story and an exploration of the deep resonance of myth. Protagonist Finn is a shy 18-year-old who watches his friend Roza disappear in the middle of the night with a man who “moves like a cornstalk in the wind.” Finn is an unreliable narrator for numerous reasons, and Ruby captures the complex hormonal turmoil of your late teens in a brilliant way. This is one that deftly transcends the expectations people bring to the YA table. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Tourism leaders gathered in Wellington yesterday to talk tourism after recent natural disasters shook up the industry. The one-off national industry forum attracted up to 70 operators looking to discuss effects of tourism post-Christchurch and Japan as well as how tourism is shaping up for the next season, NZ Herald reported.”[We’re] having to get a grip on the situation and what we’re confronted with,” Tourism Industry Association chief executive Tim Cossar said.”There’s no question that Christchurch was on a lot of itineraries for Japanese, you can’t say it’s not going to have an impact in the marketplace.” According to the source Japan is New Zealand’s fifth biggest market by capacity but fourth largest in terms of spending. Following the Christchurch quake and additionally with the Japan earthquake and tsunami, tourism in NZ is facing uncertainty Mr Cossar said and expects challenges particularly from Japan for the rest of the year.”It’s going to be incredibly difficult to get any growth out of that market given the situation there.” Earlier this month Tourism New Zealand announced that it is preparing to launch a marketing campaign, built to promote South Island tourism.  The ad will be targeted at Australia and will highlight destinations including Kaikoura, Hanmer Springs, and Mackenzie County. last_img read more

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