Raise a Golden Glass for National Bourbon Heritage Month

first_img1.3 oz Bulleit Bourbon1 oz orange juice1 oz. lemon juice½ oz. simple syrup½ oz. amarettoDirections:Shake ingredients with ice and strain into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with an orange and cherry.2. Gramercy Buck(Created by Amanda Tissue of the Gramercy Park Hotel, NYC)Ingredients:1.3 oz. Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey1 oz. lemon juice.75 oz. simple syrupmuddled strawberriesginger beerDirections:Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a highball glass. Top off with ginger beer.3. Old FashionedIngredients:1.3 oz. I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon WhiskeyBar spoon of brown sugarDash of orange bitters2 dashes aromatic bittersDirections:Combine ingredients in a tumbler, stir. Garnish with orange twist and cherry. 4. Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 21 Year OldIngredients:1.5 oz. Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 21 Year OldDirections:Enjoy neat or on the rocks Bourbon may be a French word, but it’s an all-American spirit. Sweet, delicious bourbon tastes the way gold looks, and serves as a trusty companion to, well, just about anything. Since a single day can’t sufficiently honor such a divine spirit, this September is National Bourbon Heritage Month. This isn’t just some arbitrary celebration manufactured by corporate interests — god, no; rather, it’s an arbitrary month-long holiday manufactured by the U.S. Congress in 2007. The resolution creating the holiday was passed by unanimous consent, proving that our lawmakers are capable of agreeing on something.   As with many old and hallowed things, the origin of bourbon is somewhat unclear. Bourbon was likely developed by European settlers of the American frontier (Appalachia) during late 1700s. In a Bourbon Country Reader article, whiskey writer Charles K. Cowdery writes that whiskey-making on the frontier was “as common as baking bread.”Some claim that a Baptist minister named Elijah Craig made the first Kentucky bourbon in the 1780s, when he opened a distillery in what would become Georgetown, KY. While Craig was a real figure, this is a massaging of the truth perpetuated by anti-temperance folks in the late 19th century (“bourbon can’t be all bad — it was invented by a minister!”).  Related: The Best Old Fashioned RecipeBourbon is named after Kentucky’s Bourbon County, the spirit’s widely accepted birthplace. Bourbon County was so named as a tribute to the French, who lent the U.S. a hand during the American Revolution. The spirit swiftly gained popularity and was eventually sold downriver to New Orleans, where the population embraced it as an inexpensive alternative to Cognac. The rest is sweet, golden history. In 1964, Congress declared bourbon “America’s Native Spirit” and laid down hard and fast rules for what exactly bourbon is and isn’t. Bourbon must be made with at least 51% corn, stored in charred white oak barrels, distilled at less than 160 proof (80% ABV), and have no artificial flavoring. Today, bourbon accounts for at least two-thirds of all U.S. spirit exports.We could write about bourbon for days, but we’d rather be drinking it. Without further ado, here are some excellent bourbon drink ideas that you might consider sometime this month (and every month after, until the sun explodes).  1. The AnytimerIngredients: The Best American Gin The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make center_img Editors’ Recommendations The Best American Liqueur Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master last_img read more

Free Guided Tours of Protected Areas

first_imgPeople from all over the province will get the opportunity to visit and enjoy some of Nova Scotia’s protected wilderness areas this summer. The Department of Environment and Labour will offer free, guided tours to participants interested in exploring the province’s unique wilderness areas. The next scheduled tour will take place on Sunday, June 11, at the Abraham Lake Nature Reserve, as part of Environment Week celebrations. Participants, will get the opportunity to see and learn more about the red-spruce forest which is not typically found in Nova Scotia. “Our province is blessed with pristine beauty and breathtaking wilderness and I am happy that we are able to showcase that to the world,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister of Environment and Labour. “We are committed to protecting our wilderness areas to ensure that they are enjoyed for generations to come.” To register and get more information on the Abraham Lake tour, contact David MacKinnon by phone at 902-424-2027, 902-223-1760 or by e-mail at mackinds@gov.ns.ca . Other tours taking place throughout Nova Scotia include: Saturday, Aug. 12 Coastal Barrens Interpretive Hike at Duncans Cove Nature Reserve, Halifax County Saturday, Aug. 26 Mosses of Eigg Mountain-James River Wilderness Area, Antigonish County Saturday, June 24 The Kenomee Canyon Trail at Economy River Wilderness Area, Colchester County Saturday, July 8 Family Adventure Treasure Hunt at Cloud Lake Wilderness Area, Annapolis-Kings County Saturday, July 22 Paddle the Coast at Gabarus Wilderness Area, Cape Breton County Information and a map showing the guided tour locations are available on the Department of Environment and Labour website at www.gov.ns.ca/enla .last_img read more

Railways joins KVIC to support millions of local potters

first_imgActing quickly on the requests of Union Minister of MSME Nitin Gadkari and Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), the Ministry of Railways has decided to use locally produced, environment-savvy terracotta products like Kulhads, glasses and plates for serving catering items to passengers at 400 important railway stations.Giving reference to the KVIC’s grand success in its ambitious ‘Kumhaar Sashaktikaran Yojana’, Gadkari had written a letter recently to the Union Minister of Railways – Piyush Goyal, for the issuing necessary directives to the concerned officials for adoption of locally-produced pottery products like Kulhads, glasses and plates at 400 important Railway Stations, for serving food items in Kulhads to enhance the income of local potters there. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainSubsequently, KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena also met the Railways Minister in this connection – besides writing him a letter, requesting him to conduct an internal survey to get the feedback from Varanasi and Rae Bareilly stations, where Railways had adopted terracotta products vide its letter dated January 16, 2019. Approving the proposal of KVIC, the Ministry of Railways directed all Principal Chief Commercial Managers of different Zonal Railways and CMD IRCTC: “To further proliferate use of locally produced environment-savvy terracotta products like kulhad, glasses and plates for serving catering items at 400 railway Stations across Indian Railways.” Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardAppreciating KVIC’s efforts in empowerment of marginalised potter community through its enthusiastic Kumhar Sashaktikaran Yojana, the letter further states: “Since KVIC is implementing various programmes/schemes across the country to create employment at the doorsteps to the poorest of the poor to improve their economic conditions, the above request has been examined and considered by Board.” Enthused with the Railways’ quick decision, Saxena thanked Railway Minister Piyush Goyel and said that it would encourage the local Kumhar community for higher production and income, as Railways have provided them a broad canvass for marketing their products at these high-commuting stations. “I still remember how the Prime Minister Narendra Modi had contemplated to bring the marginalised potter community to the mainstream with their economic development in April 2018. Taking it as a mission, KVIC launched its enthusiastic Kumhar Sashaktikaran Yojana in June 2018,” he informed. To meet the co-ordination between demand and supply after this recent order from the Railways, KVIC has decided to distribute 30,000 electric potter wheels along with adequate blungers, pug-mills and electric kilns, which will ensure production of 2.1 crore kulhads and other terracotta items per day. Saxena has recently launched a new ‘Terracotta Grinding Machine’ at Varanasi, which will grind the wasted terracotta products and can be used as mixture with the fresh clay. It would not only grind the wasted and broken pottery items, which can be re-used for the pottery-making, but will also reduced the cost of production – which is presently Rs 0.80 to Rs 1.20 per kulhad, depending upon the cost of clay. KVIC would provide one such machine in a group of 50 potters across India in this financial year.last_img read more

Alec And Hilaria Baldwin Join Yoga Session At Inspire 2015 Gala PreCelebration

first_imgOn Thursday, October 23rd, Hilaria Baldwin and Roberto Dutesco co-chaired Bent On Learning’s Pre-Celebration for its Inspire! 2015 gala.Dutesco’s art gallery served as the backdrop to the kick-off event.Additional attendees included Alec Baldwin, author and wellness enthusiast, Erica Reid, top model, Grace Bol, designer and CEO of Slane, Landon Slane, co-founders of Sakara Life, Danielle DuBoise and Whitney Tingle, designer of Stephanie Johnson handbags, Stephanie Johnson, and designer of Satya Jewelry, Satya Scainetti.Following a compeling short video about Bent on Learning’s program and the announcement that Julianne Moore will host the upcoming 2015 gala on March 12, 2015 by Bent On Learning’s co-founders Anne Desmond and Jennifer Ford. Alec and Hilaria Baldwin surprised and delighted guests by joining an impromptu yoga session with the students in attendance.Founded in 2001 when three yoga teachers met by chance in their mutual pursuit of bringing yoga to urban youth, Bent On Learning is a nonprofit organization committed to teaching yoga to New York City public school children. The organization is the first to bring free yoga programs into schools during the academic day and is paving the way for making health and happiness an integral part of the curriculum of our schools.Studies show that yoga’s combination of movement with breathing, relaxation and meditation not only improves physical health, but also has a positive impact on emotional and cognitive intelligence — making children better prepared for learning and for personal success! Over the past 14 years, Bent On Learning has taught yoga to approximately 18,000 students throughout Brooklyn, Manhattan, Washington Heights, Harlem and the Bronx. Find out more here.last_img read more

Morocco man blows himself up kills his two daughters

first_imgCasablanca – A man in Casablanca blew himself up inside his house on Friday and killed his two young daughters, according to police sources.The man, from Sidi Maarouf neighborhood, has reportedly called his wife before he committed his crime.According to police sources, the taxi driver had reportedly conjugal problems with his wife. He took advantage of the absence of his wife to blow himself up. According to Le360.com, before committing the crime, the man called his wife and told her “this is the last time you hear my voice. Photo courtesy Le 360last_img read more

Udayangas bank accounts in Sri Lanka frozen

The bank accounts of former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga, were frozen today on a court order.The Colombo Fort Magistrate ordered 16 bank accounts of Udayanga Weeratunga to be frozen. The order was given to assist investigations being conducted into the alleged misappropriation of funds by Weeratunga in the controversial MiG Fighter Aircraft deal for the Sri Lanka Air Force when the former Government was in office. (Colombo Gazette)

UNICEF deplores killing of children in eastern Syria

“Nothing justifies attacks on children – no matter where they are – nor under whose control they live,” the UN agency said in a statement. “UNICEF deplores these attacks and calls on all parties to the conflict to keep children out of harm’s way.”According to the statement, issued on 26 June, three attacks reportedly hit heavily crowded areas in the town, including a mosque during prayer time. Health workers were reported to have pulled bodies of children out from under the rubble.UNICEF said that amid an intensification of violence, attacks on children in Syria are becoming commonplace with callous disregard for their lives. It also recalled that under international humanitarian law, the killing and maiming of children is a grave violation.More than 250,000 people have been killed and 4.8 million have been forced to leave the country, while another 6.5 million are internally displaced, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The United Nations is involved in Geneva-based talks between the parties, aimed at resolving the conflict. read more

Myanmars promising path to reconciliation to require compromise Ban tells peace conference

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with President Htin Kyaw of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe “The long civil war has cost numerous lives and robbed successive generations of their dignity, tranquillity and normalcy. It is now clear that there can be no military solution to your differences,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in Myanmar’s capital, Nay Pyi Taw, in a speech at the opening of the 21st Century Panglong Conference, which brings together representatives from the government, the military, civil society and ethnic armed organisations.“I urge you to accept that no party involved in this reconciliation process can expect to achieve all its aims. Conversely, every side must win something if the process is to succeed,” he added. “This will require goodwill on all sides, and a recognition that success is in the vital interest of all the people of Myanmar, regardless of ethnicity, religion, political affiliation or socio-economic status.”Landmark elections in November 2015 brought the National League for Democracy Party to power. Since assuming office in April 2016, it has embarked on a process of national reconstruction as well as a revived national political dialogue process with various ethnic armed groups and others to unify the country. ‹ › According to the UN Department of Political Affairs, even though the democratization process remains a work-in-progress, much credit is due to the people of Myanmar for their achievements thus far and to the administration of former President U Thein Sein, who ushered in the reform process with the election of a civilian government after the 2010 general election.In his speech, the UN chief said that the gathering marked a historic transition since former President Sein opened the doors to democratic reforms six years ago.“This is the first time that such a peace process has been initiated in the seventy-year history of conflict and division between the Union Government and armed ethnic groups,” Mr. Ban said. “Around the world, we have seen the tragedies that can ensue when leaders deny the need for democratic change – Myanmar shows what is possible, when leaders listen to their people’s genuine aspirations, genuine concerns of the people and genuine dreams of where this country should proceed.”The Secretary-General said it was encouraging that the different ethnic armed organizations with divergent interests and aspirations came together to form a single team to negotiate the country’s Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement in October last year.“This agreement was crucially important, and the new Government has undertaken efforts to make it more inclusive. The 21st Century Panglong Conference represents the result of those efforts,” he said, while also urging participants, as they “to demonstrate the wisdom needed to address complex and unresolved issues, and to pave the way for a unified negotiation track that is inclusive of all interests and constituencies.”Mr. Ban emphasized that such steps will require sensitivity and flexibility, and respect for both signatories and non-signatories, and will need to be truly consultative in order to reach sustainable solutions. The UN chief also reaffirmed the ongoing commitment of the United Nations to help Myanmar with its reforms, in particular the national reconciliation process. “We will continue our efforts to smooth differences, lower tensions and move parties towards better understanding and dialogue in line with the goals and values of the United Nations Charter,” he said. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief of the Myanmar Armed Forces. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with Win Myint (centre), Speaker of Lower House of Parliament of the Republic of Myanmar and Mahn Win Khaing Than (right), Speaker of the Upper House of Parliament. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe read more

New coach new era for Brock University womens basketball program

Good basketball players, good community ambassadors. Those are the kind of young women Ashley MacSporran wants on her team. The Brock Badgers ushered in a new era Wednesday morning when MacSporran was introduced as the next head coach of the Badgers women’s basketball team.Landing a head coaching position in an Ontario University Athletics program has long been the goal for the Kitchener/Waterloo-born MacSporran, but it was Brock’s success both on the court and in the stands that drew her to the St. Catharines university.She said she first noticed the Badgers fans and the #WeAreReady campaign during a playoff game in Ottawa.“Brock was playing just after us and in rolls these waves of fans. It was awesome. You just don’t see student-based fans in Canada like that, but it’s happening at Brock. I can’t wait to be part of that,” she said. MacSporran played her university basketball at Laurentian before a knee injury ended her career. She moved into coaching, getting initial experience in B.C. before serving as head coach of the Concordia University College women’s team in Edmonton. She joined the Guelph Gryphons as assistant coach for two years and then moved to the University of Windsor as an assistant last season.She said her experience as a player helps her connect with the team.“I understand where the players are coming from. I can relate to them,” said MacSporran, who describes her coaching style as enthusiastic and positive. “I’ve found it easier to make calls and get the players to trust me a little bit better because I’ve been there and been through those experiences.”She said that while Brock’s past success is something she’ll strive for, she sees this as a new beginning for the Badgers women’s team.“It’s definitely a fresh start. How we represent ourselves in the community, it’s going to be all fresh and brand new,” she said. “I’ve got some great ideas to jump along with what Brock is already doing. The more you get these young women out in the community and get them involved, it just helps them excel and grow later in life. It’s not all about basketball.” Neil Lumsden, Director of Athletics and Recreation, said he’s looking forward to seeing the direction MacSporran takes the team. “One of the keys is she has worked with some of the best coaches and programs in the country and therefore has learned what it takes to lead a solid, competitive and sustainable program,” Lumsden said.“Based on her extensive plan that has to do with engaging our students, reaching out to alumni, and maintaining a focus on Brock University, she has basically encompassed all the elements that are required to build a championship program both on and off the court.”Brock University women’s basketball coach Ashley MacSporran. read more

Mumsnet is driving women to request caesarean sections a leading midwife has

Horrific tales of childbirth from friends and social media forums like Mumsnet are driving women to request caesarean sections, a leading midwife has warned. Catriona Jones, a lecturer in midwifery at the University of Hull, said up to 14 per cent of expectant mothers now suffer from ‘tocophobia’, which is defined as an unreasonable dread of childbirth.Although women throughout the ages have been afraid of labour, Mrs Jones warned that harrowing accounts on TV dramas and social media were fuelling the problem and called on mothers to avoid sharing their birthing horror stories.Speaking at the British Science Festival in Hull, Mrs Jones said: “If you go online and you go into any of the Mumsnet forums there are women telling their stories of childbirth, and it was terrible, it was a bloodbath, and that can be quite frightening for women to engage with.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––“People have a tendency to like things that are a bit morbid and a bit scary and people are drawn towards that. I wonder if sometimes the ramping up of how traumatic childbirth can be, that can be concerning. “Sometimes we can be more drawn to reading about that than about the women who give birth in a beautiful calm situation where everything turns out to be very straightforward and lovely. Around 80 per cent of women experience some fear about giving birth but for women with tocophobia, it can ruin their pregnancy and can even lead some to seek abortions. The condition can be driven by a previous traumatic birth and many can suffer insomnia and nightmares leading to fatigue or panic attacks.Women with fear of childbirth are almost three times more likely to develop postnatal depression and are at greater risk of suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.Mrs Jones said women often did not admit they had tocophobia until around a month before the birth, when they asked for caesarean section because they were too scared to deliver naturally.Her team is now trying to identify expectant mothers who are most at risk earlier so that they can get help while there is still time for therapy.She also warned that cuts to antenatal services meant women were not as prepared for childbirth as they used to be. Previously women would be shown around delivery rooms in the weeks before the birth but most maternity wards are now too busy.  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. “I also think social media can play a part in promoting the narrative around choice and leading a lot of people to believe they can walk into an NHS clinic and say I want my baby to be born by caesarean.” read more

Foldit un jeu vidéo où les joueurs aident les scientifiques

first_imgFoldit : un jeu vidéo où les joueurs aident les scientifiquesEn trois semaines, des joueurs du jeu Foldit en résolu un problème sur lequel les scientifiques butaient depuis 10 ans. Ces anonymes ont depuis aidé à progresser la recherche sur les protéines.Quand ces deux univers aussi distincts que la science et le jeu vidéo se rencontrent, cela peut parfois aboutir à des résultats qui dépassent les espérances. C’est de là qu’est né le jeu Foldit, littéralement “plie-le” en français. Son créateur, Seth Cooper, est parti d’un constat simple. “Les gens ont des capacités de raisonnement dans l’espace bien supérieures à celle des ordinateurs”, explique-t-il. “Dès lors, plutôt que regrouper la puissance de plusieurs ordinateurs pour effectuer des calculs compliqués, Foldit va mettre en commun des cerveaux humains grâce un jeu vidéo.”Depuis sa sortie en 2008, 240.000 curieux ont cherché à comprendre les protéines et leur structure. Le jeu les présente comme des puzzles sur lesquels il faut reproduire une structure la plus complète comme si cette protéine était un Rubik’s Cube. Le jeu se concentre sur le repliement des protéines, le processus par lequel ces produits biochimiques se recroquevillent dans des formes qui leur permettent de participer à des réactions chimiques à l’intérieur de notre organisme. Il dépend des règles thermodynamiques qui sont très longues à calculer par la force brutale, car il y a de nombreuses façons de les plier, mais une seule configuration qui est correcte.Selon le site Fastcodesign, les joueurs ont déjà dépassé bien des équipes scientifiques, alors même qu’ils n’ont aucune compétences dans le domaine de la recherche. La revue spécialisée Nature a même publié une étude réalisée par ces scientifiques amateurs. Par exemple ces derniers ont reproduit une enzyme complexe 18 fois mieux que les chercheurs y ayant travaillé. L’un d’eux explique: “J’ai travaillé sur cette enzyme durant deux ans pour rendre le résultat meilleur sans y parvenir. Les joueurs de Foldit ont réussi à faire un grand bond en avant dans sa représentation structurelle et je n’ai pas encore totalement compris comment ils y sont parvenus.”Une avancée dans la recherche contre le SIDAÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’un des joueurs, âgé de seulement 13 ans, a été interrogé par les chercheurs pour comprendre son raisonnement. Ce dernier lui a avoué en être incapable, se contentant d’ajouter que “cela lui paraissait mieux comme ça.” Autre exemple, les joueur de Foldit ont réussi à décoder la structure d’une enzyme d’un virus proche de celui du SIDA et se sont lancés un autre défi : optimiser les inhibiteurs de protéines qui combattent le virus de la grippe qui a tué des millions de personnes en 1918 et possiblement le mettre en parallèle avec d’autres virus de la grippe actuels.”Les résultats publiés cette semaine montrent qu’en combinant les jeux, la science et l’informatique, on parvient à des avancées qui n’étaient pas envisageables jusqu’alors”, explique Seth Cooper. “Pour certains scientifiques, l’expérience Foldit montre que le jeu pourrait aussi révolutionner la manière d’enseigner les mathématiques et les sciences à l’école.”Découvrez le fonctionnement de Foldit en vidéo sur Maxisciences Le 31 janvier 2012 à 18:56 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

RoyaumeUni  des populations de papillons rares en augmentation

first_imgRoyaume-Uni : des populations de papillons rares en augmentationUne nouvelle étude britannique révèle une véritable augmentation du nombre d’espèces de papillons rares, certainement liée aux températures record et au temps sec qui ont marqué le printemps passé.En l’espace d’un an, le Royaume-Uni est devenu le nouvel écrin de papillons rares. Une étude menée par la Centre pour l’écologie et l’hydrologie en partenariat avec l’association Butterfly Conservation, met en évidence une nette augmentation du nombre d’espèces qui serait liée aux conditions météorologiques du pays au printemps dernier. Pour en arriver à de telles conclusions, les experts se sont attelés à l’évaluation de plus de 1.000 habitats de papillons. Les résultats de leurs investigations révèlent une augmentation de près de 65% du nombre d’espèces considérées comme menacées ou en baisse entre 2010 et 2011.  Les populations de papillons de printemps se sont particulièrement bien développées, grâce au temps chaud et sec qui a sévit sur l’ensemble du territoire l’an passé. Les deux institutions, ont notamment révélé une augmentation de 96% des Pyrgus onopordi, (espèce également connue sous le nom d’hespérie de la malope), et de 103% des Boloria Euphrosyne (ou Grand Collier argenté). Par ailleurs, de nombreux spécimens appartenant au groupe des Hamearis Lucina (ou Lucines), particulièrement menacé, ont été répertoriés. À lire aussiComment conserver votre sapin de Noël tout au long des fêtes ?Pour Marc Botham, membre du centre pour l’écologie et l’hydrologie l’augmentation du nombre de papillons rare n’est qu’une victoire relative. Il explique à BBC nature : “Il est important de regarder au-delà de ce coup de pouce à court terme  donné par les conditions météorologiques de l’année dernière. Sur le long terme de nombreuses espèces rares seront toujours en baisse”. Il conclut : “Ce qui est important est d’avoir une bonne stratégie de conservation en place, de sorte que lorsque la météo est bonne, l’habitat est là pour permettre à ces espèces d’en bénéficier”.Découvrez en image les espèces de papillons rares au Royaume-Uni sur MaxisciencesLe 23 avril 2012 à 12:08 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Teachers feud with principal prompts court ruling

first_imgPORTLAND — After resigning from the Central Linn School District, middle school teacher Charles Talbott showed up on opening day with a present for the principal — one that took a simmering feud with his former boss all the way to the Oregon Court of Appeals.The gift Talbott had for the principal was a book: “The Girl’s Guide to Being a Boss (Without Being a Bitch).” He also delivered a sharp reply to a parent who had written a complaint about him when he was still teaching there. In that note, Talbott said the parent had misspelled “complaint, and added, “Please see (your 7th-grade daughter) for correct spelling!”The principal and the parent then filed complaints against Talbott with the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission. They alleged that Talbott’s actions were a breach of his professional responsibilities. The principal also alleged that Talbott kept a disorganized classroom, failed to keep grades and lied on the employment application for the new teaching job he secured after leaving Central Linn.The case went before an administrative law judge, who found that the teaching commission hadn’t proven any of its allegations.The teaching commission appealed, and the case went to the Oregon Court of Appeals. The court ruled this past week that, yes, the letter to the student’s parent was “gross neglect of duty,” but that the book and his answers on the employment application were not.Tensions between Talbott and the principal flared in 2006. The football coach let a player who was facing suspension participate in a game. The school district asked the coach to resign. The school board met, Talbott spoke in the coach’s favor and the board voted to keep the coach.last_img read more

Mumbai Rains kill 22 people 54 flights diverted

first_img54 flights were diverted to and from the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport due to bad weather conditions that prevailed yesterday. Around 152 flights were delayed during departures, from 12 am till 3 pm. Flights to major cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai have been cancelled and domestic airlines like Indigo, SpiceJet and Air Vistara have taken to social media to post about the unfavourable weather conditions. The city has received 540 millimetres of rain since Sunday night, and more rains are expected in the upcoming days. The Regional Meteorological Centre has warned of heavy to very heavy rainfall in Mumbai city and its suburbs.last_img read more

Mixing drawing and sculptures

first_imgGallery Espace presents a solo show of recent sculptures and drawings by Ahmedabad-based artist Amit Ambalal at Gallery Espace, from 14 March till 5 April. Talking about his sculptures, Amit said, ‘At an art material shop, by chance, I saw some clay kind of material. Its colours were most suited to my palette – pure and basic. When I tried to work with it, I felt that the material was most friendly and could collaborate well with my thought process. I felt as if I was applying colours not on the canvas but in space. The process was closer to painting rather than sculpting.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Elaborating more on his art works, he further said that the starting point for his  work is mostly from the things around him. The parrots in his mother’s courtyard that ?y away as soon as they see him coming, monkeys that break tiles of his studio roof, painting and pichhvais of Nathdwara, daily newspapers or even pages from his several sketchbooks.’Amit Ambalal, born in Ahmedabad in 1943, had no formal training in an art school, but was under the guidance of artist and teacher Chhaganlal Jadhav. Qualified in Arts, Commerce and Law, he was a businessman prior to taking up painting full-time since 1979. His interests in the arts extend to historical research, documentation and collection. His book on the subject, Krishna as Shrinathji – Rajasthani Paintings from Nathdwara was published by Mapin in 1987. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHis paintings make an interesting interface with his passion for the art history of devotional pictures from Nathdwara. While on the one hand there is the historian’s aesthetic interest, there is equally the critical comment of the humorist in his work. He portrays the eccentricities of human behaviour with great imagination imparting a cheerful feeling to his paintings. He is interested in teasing out the manifestation of the irrational in the seemingly mundane through representation of the everyday and the divine. Form and meaning are often the same, welded together in a language that has been designed to convey his satirical examination.WHEN: 14 March- 5 AprilWHERE: Gallery Espace, 16, Community Centre, New Friends Colonylast_img read more

Mamata compares Modi to fascist Hitler

first_imgCooch Behar: Comparing Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Germany’s fascist leader Hitler, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee challenged him to take part in a meeting with her to inform people about the development projects that have been taken up in the past five years by the Central and state governments.Banerjee was addressing a mammoth rally at Rash Mela Grounds on Monday afternoon. “I challenge Modi to hold a meeting where he should inform the country about the development projects that have been taken up in the past five years. If I have misinformed people about the development projects, I will tender apology and at the same time, he will have to tender apology if he has done the same,” she said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”TMC is not afraid of Modi, Bengal is not afraid of Modi. My whole life I have fought against injustice. I have been beaten black and blue by the CPI(M) but I was never afraid. Even guns cannot scare me, let alone Modi’s threats,” an irate Banerjee said. Labelling Modi and BJP president Amit Shah as “Duryodhana and Dushashan” (antagonists of the epic Mahabharata), Banerjee alleged that the duo was suffering from “Binash Kaley Biporit Buddhi” (as the time is coming near they are losing their senses) syndrome. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateShe said: “In the past years, Modi has spoken only lies and travelled extensively to foreign countries. No development has been carried out by the Centre. Note ban has ruined thousands of people. Twelve thousand farmers have committed suicide. The economy of the country has been shattered. To divert the attention of the people, he is speaking lies and only lies.” “The country wants to know what he has done in the past five years. Instead of giving replies to the queries of the people, he is asking me questions,” she added. “Modi wants to know what I had done as the Union Railway minister. I had introduced new trains throughout the country. A new train was introduced connecting Jalpaiguri with Kamakhya. Chandrabandha has been made into a model railway station. Local train services have improved throughout Bengal,” the Trinamool supremo said. Banerjee said those who have raised questions about the performance of the Centre have been tortured and Modi has set Central agencies against them. “He is using ED, CBI and DRI to scare people who oppose him. He has lowered the prestige of these institutions,” she added. Calling Modi an “expiry Prime Minister”, Banerjee reiterated that the people in the country are ready to “oust this humbug fake chowkidar, who talks big and never keeps his promises.” She maintained that in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Odisha and Bengal BJP will experience landslide defeat, while in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, their seats will come down. Banerjee said: “Modi is arrogant and is using the kind of language that does not go with his position. We have never such an arrogant Prime Minister in India.” The Trinamool supremo then reminded all present in the grounds of how people were suffering in Assam owing to NRC. “Names of more than four lakh people have been struck off the list. Families are perishing. Now he wants to implement NRC and Citizenship Amendment Bill in Bengal. We will never allow a rerun of Assam here. They will never succeed in their sinister designs,” she stated. She said in 2014 before the Lok Sabha poll, BJP had raised the Saradha issue and then subsequently in all the elections in 2016, the same issue was raised. “They are raising it again now. The Saradha chit fund company was started in CPI(M)’s regime. Why were none of its leaders arrested?” she questioned, adding that “Modi himself had shared the dais with a leader whose name had been tainted in the same scam.” Banerjee said that in the past seven years, extensive development has been carried out all over the state. Projects like Kanyashree, Sabuj Sathi and Yubashree have benefitted crores of people. Khadyasathi itself has benefitted 8.5 crore people. Before the Cooch Behar rally, Banerjee had addressed a campaign rally at Nagra-kata in Jalpaiguri. She urged people to vote for the Trinamool candidate to set up a stable and secular government in Delhi. From Cooch Behar, she travelled to Siliguri via helicopter. On arrival, Banerjee walked from Salugarah to the hotel where she will be staying. On the way she spoke to the bystanders waiting to catch a glimpse of her. She asked them personally to attend the TMC rally at Baghajatin Park, Siliguri on April 13.last_img read more

Man arrested for robbing Playa del Carmen store with toy gun

first_imgHe was taken into custody and processed. 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) Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Neighbors outside a small Playa del Carmen grocery store notified police of a robbery before it occurred when they saw the man approaching with a gun. Staff of the grocery store say that the man, flashing his gun, began demanding cash from the store’s registers. Municipal police arrested the man and after a search, found his gun was a toy. center_img After receiving the call, police arrived at the small mom-and-pop grocery store, Abarrotes Jennifer, in the Galaxia del Carmen II subdivision and found the man inside.last_img read more

Bakkie crashes into high school wall in LadysmithBakkie crashes into high school

first_imgNo injuries were sustained in the crash.Public Safety, emergency personnel and towing services responded to the scene.The bakkie had to be towed away.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A bakkie crashed in Farquhar Road yesterday (October 23).It is alleged that the driver lost control during the rainy weather conditions.The bakkie climbed the pavement and smashed into the front wall of Dr Joseph Shabalala Secondary School.Also read: Breaking News: 5 tragically killed in horror crash on Van Reenen’s PassAlso read: Watch: Community loot stationery from truck after crash in EzakheniAlso read: Truck jackknifes on Van Reenen’s Pass, closing the roadlast_img read more

Climate Chinas emissions overestimated study says

first_imgRelated posts:The Guardian names Costa Rican journalist among ‘young climate campaigners to watch’ ahead of Paris 2015 World failing to meet emissions level required to stave off disastrous global warming, analysts say It’s official: 2015 ‘smashed’ 2014’s global temperature record. It wasn’t even close El Niño intensifying, could rival strongest in recorded history PARIS,France — The United Nations and other international bodies have vastly overestimated China’s greenhouse gas emissions over the last decade or more, according to a study released Wednesday.In 2013, for example, China’s total carbon emissions were 14 percent less than the figures used by the U.N.’s panel of experts tasked with providing the scientific framework for global climate talks, the research showed.From 2000 to 2013, the country produced nearly three billion tons less carbon than previously thought — a figure equivalent to roughly a third of current global annual emissions.The new estimate does not change China’s rank as the world’s top carbon polluter.The study was carried out by researchers at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research in East Anglia, UK.“China’s total emissions as a country are still well above the second big emitter, which is the United States,” said Corinne Le Quere, director of the research center.Nor does it change the overall climate picture — scientists have long tracked the atmospheric increase in heat-trapping carbon dioxide with great precision.But only months ahead of U.N. talks tasked with forging a planet-saving climate pact, it does highlight the importance of having good data, experts say.Recommended: The Guardian names Costa Rican journalist among ‘young climate campaigners to watch’ ahead of Paris 2015The error in this case comes from the difficulty of measuring China’s massive consumption of coal, according to the study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature.Previous calculations did not sufficiently take into account the fact that China — which consumes nearly as much coal as the rest of the world combined — produces and uses a particularly poor grade of the fossil fuel.“China burns much lower quality coal, which has a lower heat value and carbon content compared to the coal burned in the U.S. and Europe,” explained co-author Dabo Guan, a researcher at Tsinghua University in Beijing.Even if this “dirtier” coal creates more local air pollution, in other words, its lower energy content also translates into lower carbon dioxide emissions.The other factor that allowed for the new, more accurate estimate is China’s efforts in gathering data, experts say.‘China deserves praise’“Good accounting is hard enough for a single factory, but for a nation the size of China the sheet number and diversity of emissions sources” makes it a monumental task, said Dave Reay, a professor of carbon management at the University of Edinburgh.Le Quere, director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, “China deserves praise.”“It is a big country, they have a lot of different industries,” Le Quere said. “It shows a desire to improve on the statistics they provide.”Nearly three-quarters of the growth in global carbon output from the burning of fossil fuels and cement production between 2010 and 2012 occurred in China.And about 70 percent of China’s total greenhouse gas emissions come from coal, far more than in the United States or the European Union.The earlier figures for China’s emissions were calculated by the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center in the United States and the Emissions Database for Global Atmospheric Research in the EU, both official data sources for the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change.At the end of November, 195 nations will gather in Paris under the U.N. Framework Convention for Climate Change to forge a plan for capping the increase in global temperatures and helping poorer nations deal with climate impacts already in the pipeline.One of the challenges is creating standards and tools for measuring the scope of the problem and tracking national actions.“For climate change, the business adage of, ‘You can’t manage what you don’t measure’ has never rung more true,” Reay said.See also: International climate pact has rough draft Facebook Commentslast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Man of opinion Charles Barkley believes the NBA has never been worse.Hear him out and put aside the assumption the former Phoenix Suns star and current TNT analyst is being ageist, and there is sense to it. Look no further than the Eastern Conference playoffs, where the Cleveland Cavaliers remains loss-less through two-plus rounds and 10 postseason games.“People think us old guys hate when we talk about it,” Barkley told Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “It has nothing to do with the Warriors’ greatness, LeBron’s greatness. But I’ve never seen the NBA as bad as it is, and I’ve been saying it the last three or four years. We’ve got too many young players coming out of college that don’t know how to play. It’s frustrating for me because I want to see competitive basketball. 0 Comments   Share   Your browser does not support the audio element. “We took a survey on our crew … How many actual NBA teams would you buy season tickets for?” he added. “Four in the west and Cleveland obviously in the east. That’s not good for our league.”From a hotel overlooking a Las Vegas pool, Barkley said he believes this offseason could set the tone for the league’s future success or failure. With an exploding salary cap giving many teams the ability to spend, Barkley doesn’t want to see superteams form, further watering down an NBA of five elite teams and few others.“There’s no chance at parity,” Barkley said. “This summer is going to be, to be honest with you, basically do or die for the NBA. Everybody can pay everybody this summer. If all these guys get together and we have five good teams and the rest of the teams are awful, it’s going to be a bad product.“Fans aren’t stupid.”He said it“I’m a big Cardinals fan. I love Larry Fitzgerald and one of my best friends is (former Cardinals receiver) Roy Green, and Roy Green is not an important enough … I’ve been trying to meet Bruce Arians for like the last year. And I don’t like to bother him during the season. Bruce Arians seems like a guy, you know I love to smoke cigars — and I love to drink too — I would love to go out and have a drink and smoke a cigar with B.A. I’ve been watching from a distance the last few years and he just seems like the best guy. I talk to Larry Fitzgerald all the time and he’s like, ‘Dude, you’re going to love B.A. You’re going to love B.A. when you get to meet him.’ Roy Green is the only person I know with the Cardinals and he’s not important enough to get me a sit-down with B.A.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img Top Stories — Charles Barkley on his desire to meet Bruce Arians (17:01) LISTEN: Charles Barkley, TNT NBA analyst Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires FILE – In this Feb. 4, 2010 file photo, basketball analysts Kenny Smith, left, and Charles Barkley are shown on the set at TNT studios in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Erik S. Lesser, File)last_img read more