While the race for two seats on the Los Angeles Unified School District has garnered more publicity, voters also will be asked to decide May 15 if an incumbent or a newcomer will win a spot on the Los Angeles Community College Board. Incumbent Georgia Mercer, a trustee since 1989, was forced into a runoff with retired sheriff’s Deputy Roy Burns of Reseda, who was the top vote-getter of three challengers she faced in the March primary. Mercer received 46 percent of the vote and Burns got 32 percent. Challengers Mike Rives and Hanna Hajjar received 11 and 10 percent, respectively. Mercer and Burns each said they are disappointed they didn’t capture more than 50 percent of the vote, which would have averted a runoff. Los Angeles Unified and the LACCD must pay a total of $8 million for the upcoming election, which is expected to have very low turnout. “My greatest opponent, of course, is voter apathy,” said Mercer, who is now president of the board. “But this time, voters have a choice between someone with experience and someone with no experience.” Finance campaign disclosures filed Thursday show that Mercer raised a total of $92,606, while Burns has $4,339. Burns has been endorsed by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich and the Los Angeles County Republican Party. Mercer has been endorsed by Los Angeles City Council members Dennis Zine and Greig Smith, and by former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan. “It’s a real frustrating campaign, because we’re expecting 4 percent voter turnout,” Burns said. “It’s sad this election will be decided by 30,000 voters.” Burns was one of four Republican challengers who ran against what they called the board’s mishandling of bond measures that voters passed in 2001 and 2003. The $2 billion in bond money is for construction and upgrading costs at the district’s nine campuses, but critics said trustees have wasted both time and money. Board members blame delays on high construction costs and bureaucratic red tape at the state level. Community colleges are state facilities. Also up for grabs on the May ballot are two Los Angeles Unified school board seats. Jon Lauritzen and Tamar Galatzan are vying for the District 3 seat. And Richard Vladovic, who won 46 percent of the vote in District 7, will face a runoff with Neal Kleiner, who received 32 percent. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3664 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000David Villa is Spain’s all-time top scorer with 59 goals from 97 internationals © AFP / EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZMADRID, Spain, Aug 25 – Veteran strker David Villa is set for an international recall after being named Friday in Spain’s squad for key 2018 World Cup qualifiers.Villa, aged 35, is Spain’s all-time top scorer with 59 goals from 97 international games. He last played for his country in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Villa, who won the Champions League with Barcelona in 2011, plays for New York City and is top scorer in the MLS with 19 goals from 24 games this season.He has been recalled to the squad to play Italy and Liechtenstein on September 2 and 5 respectively.“It is necessary that he rejoins us and he will help us,” said manager Julen Lopetegui.Part of Spain’s 2010 World Cup-winning team, Villa last represented his country in a 3-0 win against Australia in the 2014 edition.The ex-Valencia player left Barcelona for the United States in 2015 and was the MLS MVP last season.Squad:Goalkeepers: David De Gea (Manchester United/ENG), Pepe Reina (Napoli/ITA), Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao/ESP)Defenders: Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid/ESP), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid/ESP), Nacho Fernandez (Real Madrid/ESP), César Azpilicueta (Chelsea/ENG), Gerard Piqué (Barcelona/ESP), Jordi Alba (Barcelona/ESP), Marc Bartra (Borussia Dortmund/GER), Nacho Monreal (Arsenal/ENG)Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona/ESP), Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona/ESP), Koke Resurreccion (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich/GER), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid/ESP), Isco (Real Madrid/ESP), Vitolo (Las Palmas/ESP), Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona/ESP), David Silva (Manchester City/ENG), Suso Fernandez (AC Milan/ITA)Forwards: Pedro Rodriguez (Chelsea/ENG), Alvaro Morata (Chelsea/ENG), Iago Aspas (Celta/ESP), David Villa (New York City/USA)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
GARDENING WITH GARETH: I’ll be one of the expected 100,000+ which will visit Bord Bia’s annual Bloom festival, which opened to the public in the Phoenix Park, Dublin on Thursday morning. Bloom will mark its 10th year to celebrate food, horticulture and gardening by offering plant lovers, gastronomes, farmers and families more to smell, see, touch and taste than ever before. The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins officially opened the five-day festival on Thursday. This year’s show features 23 show gardens, more than 100 Irish food and drink producers, 200 retailers and 50 of Ireland’s top nurseries, all providing gardening tips, artisan food, craft beer and much more to more than 100,000 visitors who are expected to attend over the five days of the festival. Since Bloom entered the garden show scene in 2007, the show has doubled in size to a 70 acre site. Attendances have also skyrocketed, with Bord Bia hoping to welcome 100,000 visitors this year, compared to just 40,000 in year one. Unfortunately here in the North West our ‘Bloom’ was stolen from us this year, due to the damaging flooding in the winter months the North West Garden Show held annually in Castlefinn didn’t happen.The centrepiece of the festival once again promises to be the show garden area, where themes this year range from the 1916 Rising and the war in Syria, to social farming and the evolution of plants. Apart from a record eight large gardens on display this year, this year’s competition will also showcase gardens from Chile, China and Chicago, giving the show garden area a truly international feel. These show gardens give gardeners a great opportunity to get ideas for their own gardens, to see ‘what’s hot and what’s not’.Speaking ahead of opening day, Bloom manager, Gary Graham, said: “Everyone in Bord Bia, and all those who are involved in the show in some way, have worked especially hard this year to ensure our visitors enjoy our 10th Bloom festival more than ever. While this is very much Bord Bia’s event, we could not put it together without the support of so many people. Hundreds of workers have been helping to build Bloom over the past 30 days, while more than 4,000 people, including 200 volunteers, will work onsite over the five days.“As Bord Bia’s flagship horticulture and food event, Bloom provides us with the ultimate platform to showcase some of Ireland’s most talented garden designers, horticulturists and food and drink producers. There is no other event in the country that you will find all these incredibly talented people on the one site for five days and so readily accessible to the public.” The festival will also provide a welcome boost to Ireland’s horticulture industry. Apart from an average annual Bloom spend of just over €7 million, including the purchase of some 90,000 plants, Irish consumers will spend up to €30 million on gardening, foliage and landscaping in the months following the show, according to research carried out by Bord Bia last year.Bloom 2016 will also feature cookery demos from some of Ireland’s top chefs, fashion shows, public debate, music, an open farm, and a kids’ play area, along with many other forms of free entertainment.Bloom opens its doors from 9am on Thursday morning and will run to 6pm each day. For further information, travel information or to purchase tickets, visit www.bloominthepark.com. There is no entry charge for children under 16 years of age.Some of Gareths Highlights in Bloom;Home to over 100 food stalls, gastronomic delights and palette pleasers, the Food Village at Bloom will offer a wide range of artisan produce on sale and onsite dining options. Guests can also dine at Bistro Bloom or visit the Country Crest restaurant and Farm Shop.A new BBQ area, sponsored by Dawn Meats, will help whet appetites while the Bloom Inn will feature a wide range of Irish craft beers and spirits accompanied by a selection of gourmet farmhouse cheeses, supplied by the Association of Irish Farmhouse Cheesemakers.This year’s GIY Zone will the biggest to date and includes a new Food Matters stage. Home to daily workshops, discussion and debate, the new hub will bring together Ireland’s leading food writers, chefs, nutritionists, healthcare experts and journalists. Topics will include how to make workplaces healthier and happier, the future of organic farming, school dinners and the real costs of cheap food to mention but a few.Bord Bia’s new Origin Green Experience, located within the Food Village, is a must-do at Bloom 2016. By 2050, the global population will have risen by 2.5 billion, presenting a huge challenge for food production. Bord Bia is inviting visitors to learn more about the Irish food and drink industry and how they are fast becoming world leaders in sustainable food production.Also for the first time Bord Bia is working with YouBloom to introduce new and emerging musicians to entertain the masses on the live stageRTÉ is back at Bloom with lots more live TV and radio broadcasting planned. RTÉ Super Garden, the contest offering one garden designer the chance to exhibit their work at Bloom, will broadcast its finale from the festival while Áine Lawlor and Marty Morrissey will present Bloom Live, a new two part show live from the Phoenix Park. The RTE weather team will be onsite, RTÉ Lyric FM quartet will perform throughout the weekend and RTÉjr children’s presenters will entertain younger Bloom visitorsThis year the Banter at Bloom marquee will host six talks daily over the 5 day festival. Chaired by Jim Carroll, the Banter marquee will host a series of discussions, talks, and conversations on topical issues around food, sustainability, agriculture, and everything in between.The Floral & Nursery Pavilion, sponsored by Toyota and Lexus Ireland, will showcase the very best of plant nurseries in Ireland with over 50 exhibits in totalThe AOIFA Floral Art Stage also returns to Bloom, offering advice and demonstrations on the techniques and artistry required to achieve a perfect floral display at homeThe Craft and Design Council of Ireland return with the Irish craft village while shoppers will spoilt for choice with over 200 retail stands onsite‘Budding Bloomers’, as the children’s area is called, will host a vibrant mixture of family friendly features to keep children entertained and active, from toddlers to fifth classers. Remember kids under 16 go free!Finally, Bord Bia will also be joined by some of the biggest names in Irish food and drink as part of the Chef’s Quality Kitchen stage. Oliver Dunne, The Happy Pear, Roz Purcell, Neven Maguire, Rory O’Connell, and many more will be on hand to share summer recipes and top tips. Anyways enjoy show and look out for me when your there!I’d suggest if you’re going down to Bloom then head down early, as when it fills in the afternoon the place gets really busy. So get the 5.30am Expressway and get there around 10.30 to the Pheonix Park (there’s courtesy buses that take you to the festival door!), and then the 6.45 bus back….if you’re lucky like me you’ll snooze all the way down and back up!DD GARDENING: GET BLOOMING DOWN TO DUBLIN THIS WEEKEND WITH GARETH AUSTIN was last modified: June 3rd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this: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 Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BloomingdublinFeaturesGardeningGareth Austinnews
WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush embraced Sen. John McCain’s proposal to ban cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of terrorism suspects on Thursday, reversing months of opposition that included White House veto threats. Bowing to pressure from the Republican-run Congress and abroad, the White House signed off on the proposal after a fight that pitted the president against members of his own party and threatened to further tarnish a U.S. image already soiled by the abuses at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison. Bush said the ban and accompanying interrogation standards will “make it clear to the world that this government does not torture and that we adhere to the international convention of torture, whether it be here at home or abroad.” After months of fierce negotiations, McCain declared “a done deal” that he said shows that the United States “upholds values and standards of behavior and treatment of all people, no matter how evil or bad they are.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “We’ve sent a message to the world that the United States is not like the terrorists,” the Arizona Republican said while appearing alongside the president in the Oval Office to announce the agreement. The agreement still needs to be approved by Congress, whose GOP leaders hope to adjourn for the year in a few days. The deal keeps McCain’s original proposal, which was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate and endorsed by the House. One of the final stumbling blocks in negotiations was removed when language was added allowing CIA interrogators the same legal protections as those afforded to military interrogators. Those rules say the accused can defend themselves by arguing it was reasonable for them to believe they were obeying a legal order. The government also would provide counsel for accused interrogators. That language was McCain’s own counterproposal to the White House’s early calls, pushed by Vice President Dick Cheney, for an exemption for CIA interrogators. The administration had also sought some protection from prosecution for such agents accused of violating the standards. Also added, officials said, was a statement explicitly rejecting immunity from civil or criminal lawsuits for those who violate the standards. After the deal was announced, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-El Cajon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said he would block completion of one of the two defense bills that includes the ban unless he got White House assurances that “the same high level of effective intelligence gathering” would be achieved if the agreement became law. But Sen. John Warner, R-Va., Hunter’s counterpart in the Senate, was on board and appeared with Bush and McCain in the Oval Office. “We’re going to get there,” Warner predicted. Hunter issued a statement early Friday saying he had dropped his objection because National Intelligence Director John Negroponte wrote in a letter that he would report to Congress six months after the ban goes into effect on its impact on intelligence gathering. House and Senate officials said the McCain provisions were likely to remain in the must-pass $453 billion defense spending bill that provides $50 billion for the Iraq war and that Congress planned to approve before adjourning for the year. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Earlier this fall, on one of the first chilly days, I considered climbing into the crawlspace to light the pilot on my floor furnace, but decided it was easier to just put on a sweatshirt. The practically prehistoric furnace is part of the house I had intended to demolish as part of my derailed plans for a new house, so I have been putting up with it for a few years now. I do turn off the pilot for most of the year and put up with the inconvenience of lighting it once a year in an effort to save some money and energy.Back to the sweatshirt story. It reminded me of President Carter during the first oil crisis in the 1970s; he urged Americans to conserve, put on sweaters, and he even put solar panels on the White House. Solar power and energy efficiency were everywhere, and the modern green building movement saw its first sparks during this time.Then Reagan came into office, oil prices were manipulated back down to lull us into complacency, the solar panels came off the White House, and we went back to our consumptive lifestyles. Despite the occasional brief interruption during periods when oil prices spiked, for over 20 years we have been living a relatively thoughtless and consumptive lifestyle in this country. For the average person, the idea of any sort of sacrifice for the greater good has been invisible for more than two decades.Battleships can’t turn on a dimeI believe that the recent economic challenges will change our attitudes on housing. It will not be as easy to see our homes as investment vehicles, buying, building, and renovating, always confident of solid financial returns. We will need to start looking at houses as places that we will live in for many years and may not even get much of a return on when we sell. This should lead us to building smaller, more efficient, and more durable homes. This gives me some confidence that we are headed in a different direction; but we still have a long way to go, and ingrained behaviors will not change quickly or easily. Many of us still feel entitled, that we deserve everything we want, from luxury homes to fancy cars and that ever-present, energy-hogging 60-in. plasma TV.Kids these days…I remember that drafty old apartment in college many decades ago, where we put plastic on the windows, kept the thermostat down, wore warm clothes. I don’t want to sound like a cranky old guy (which I am, I suppose), but I do think that as a society we have become soft, lazy, and demanding. We expect luxury and convenience in everything we do. I have friends who keep their heat or AC on with windows and doors open. They also cool or heat their homes on perfectly nice days, simply because they can’t take the time to open windows and turn off thermostats. As I said in an earlier post, we can have all the green homes we want, but if we don’t have green people who understand how to manage them efficiently, their value will be limited.There are people out there who turn things off, dress appropriately for the temperature, walk, bike, recycle, and just consume less, but they are still a minority in this country. When big changes come—and they may be here sooner than we think—these people will be better able to adapt by being accustomed to little inconveniences. The rest of us will have to learn how to live with less very quickly.
Overlay“Multiplies or screens the colors, depending on the base color. Patterns or colors overlay the existing pixels while preserving the highlights and shadows of the base color. The base color is not replaced, but mixed with the blend color to reflect the lightness or darkness of the original color. ”Soft Light“Darkens or lightens the colors, depending on the blend color. The effect is similar to shining a diffused spotlight on the image. If the blend color (light source) is lighter than 50% gray, the image is lightened as if it were dodged. If the blend color is darker than 50% gray, the image is darkened as if it were burned in. Painting with pure black or white produces a distinctly darker or lighter area, but does not result in pure black or white.”Hard Light“Multiplies or screens the colors, depending on the blend color. The effect is similar to shining a harsh spotlight on the image. If the blend color (light source) is lighter than 50% gray, the image is lightened, as if it were screened. This is useful for adding highlights to an image. If the blend color is darker than 50% gray, the image is darkened, as if it were multiplied. This is useful for adding shadows to an image. Painting with pure black or white results in pure black or white.”Vivid Light“Burns or dodges the colors by increasing or decreasing the contrast, depending on the blend color. If the blend color (light source) is lighter than 50% gray, the image is lightened by decreasing the contrast. If the blend color is darker than 50% gray, the image is darkened by increasing the contrast. ”Linear Light“Burns or dodges the colors by decreasing or increasing the brightness, depending on the blend color. If the blend color (light source) is lighter than 50% gray, the image is lightened by increasing the brightness. If the blend color is darker than 50% gray, the image is darkened by decreasing the brightness.”Pin Light“Replaces the colors, depending on the blend color. If the blend color (light source) is lighter than 50% gray, pixels darker than the blend color are replaced, and pixels lighter than the blend color do not change. If the blend color is darker than 50% gray, pixels lighter than the blend color are replaced, and pixels darker than the blend color do not change. This is useful for adding special effects to an image.”Hard Mix“Adds the red, green, and blue channel values of the blend color to the RGB values of the base color. If the resulting sum for a channel is 255 or greater, it receives a value of 255; if less than 255, a value of 0. Therefore, all blended pixels have red, green, and blue channel values of either 0 or 255. This changes all pixels to primary additive colors (red, green, or blue), white, or black.”Difference Category“These blend modes create colors based on the differences between the values of the source color and the underlying color. ”Simply put, these modes will create colors not found in the original images based on the color information of each layer.Image via Adobe.Difference“Looks at the color information in each channel and subtracts either the blend color from the base color or the base color from the blend color, depending on which has the greater brightness value. Blending with white inverts the base color values; blending with black produces no change.”Exclusion“Creates an effect similar to but lower in contrast than the Difference mode. Blending with white inverts the base color values. Blending with black produces no change.”Subtract“Looks at the color information in each channel and subtracts the blend color from the base color. In 8- and 16-bit images, any resulting negative values are clipped to zero.”Divide“Looks at the color information in each channel and divides the blend color from the base color.”HSL Category“These blend modes transfer one or more of the components of the HSL representation of color (hue, saturation, and luminosity) from the underlying color to the result color.”The HSL category is the easiest to understand (for me). It simply transfers the selected value (Hue, Saturation, Color, or Luminance) from the Underlying layer to the result image.Image via Adobe. Lighten“Looks at the color information in each channel and selects the base or blend color — whichever is lighter — as the result color. Pixels darker than the blend color are replaced, and pixels lighter than the blend color do not change.”Screen“Looks at each channel’s color information and multiplies the inverse of the blend and base colors. The result color is always a lighter color. Screening with black leaves the color unchanged. Screening with white produces white. The effect is similar to projecting multiple photographic slides on top of each other.”Color Dodge“Looks at the color information in each channel and brightens the base color to reflect the blend color by decreasing contrast between the two. Blending with black produces no change.”Linear dodge (add)“Looks at the color information in each channel and brightens the base color to reflect the blend color by increasing the brightness. Blending with black produces no change.”Lighter color“Compares the total of all channel values for the blend and base color and displays the higher value color. Lighter Color does not produce a third color, which can result from the Lighten blend, because it chooses the highest channel values from both the base and blend color to create the result color.”Complex Category“These blend modes perform different operations on the source and underlying colors depending on whether one of the colors is lighter than 50% gray.”The Complex blend group will have varying results depending on the footage you feed it. It uses the gray information to decide which of the layers to output to result.Image via Adobe. Normal Category“The result color of a pixel is not affected by the color of the underlying pixel unless opacity is less than 100% for the source layer.”Essentially, the normal blending modes apply the source color to the underlying color — or you are blending the image and color of your top video over your bottom one.Image via Adobe.Normal“The result color is the source color. This mode ignores the underlying color. Normal is the default mode.”Dissolve“The result color for each pixel is either the source color or the underlying color. The probability that the result color is the source color depends on the opacity of the source. If the opacity of the source is 100%, then the result color is the source color. If opacity of the source is 0%, then the result color is the underlying color.”Subtractive Category“These blend modes tend to darken colors, some by mixing colors in much the same way as mixing colored pigments in paint.”The Subtractive category takes into account the luminosity values and color information of both Source and Underlying layers when selecting output color values for the result color. This will usually result in a net darkening of the result image.Image via Adobe.Darken“Looks at the color information in each channel and selects the base or blend color — whichever is darker — as the result color. Pixels lighter than the blend color are replaced, and pixels darker than the blend color do not change.”Multiply“Looks at the color information in each channel and multiplies the base color by the blend color. The result color is always a darker color. Multiplying any color with black produces black. Multiplying any color with white leaves the color unchanged. When you’re painting with a color other than black or white, successive strokes with a painting tool produce progressively darker colors. The effect is similar to drawing on the image with multiple marking pens.”Color Burn“Looks at the color information in each channel and darkens the base color to reflect the blend color by increasing the contrast between the two. Blending with white produces no change.”Linear Burn“Looks at the color information in each channel and darkens the base color to reflect the blend color by decreasing the brightness. Blending with white produces no change.”Darker Color“Compares the total of all channel values for the blend and base color and displays the lower value color. Darker Color does not produce a third color, which can result from the Darken blend, because it chooses the lowest channel values from both the base and the blend color to create the result color.”Additive Category“These blend modes tend to lighten colors, some by mixing colors in much the same way as mixing projected light.”Essentially, these blend modes compare luminosity values and use the values to determine which layer’s information to output. This will usually result in a net lightening of the result image.Image via Adobe. Opacity blend modes are among the most mysterious features in Adobe Premiere Pro CC. So, what do they actually do, and why are they in those groups?In this article, we’re to look at just what, exactly, each blend mode does. I’ll quickly take you through each category and each mode, and I’ll give you the best info I can find on each.I am summarizing information found in two Adobe guides: one on Blend Modes in Photoshop and the other about Using them in Premiere. I am excluding all blend options not available in Premiere.Before we start, Adobe uses the following naming conventions to describe the individual layers, as well as the opacity operation itself. I’ll use the same lingo.The source color is the color of the layer to which the blend mode is applied.The underlying color is the color of the composited layers below the source layer in the Timeline panel.The result color is the output of the blending operation — the color of the composite.The blend mode menu is subdivided by white lines into six distinct groups. These groups are as follows:Normal.Subtractive.Additive.Complex.Difference.HSL. Hue“Creates a result color with the luminance and saturation of the base color and the hue of the blend color. ”Saturation“Creates a result color with the luminance and hue of the base color and the saturation of the blend color. Painting with this mode in an area with no (0) saturation (gray) causes no change. ”Color“Creates a result color with the luminance of the base color and the hue and saturation of the blend color. This preserves the gray levels in the image and is useful for coloring monochrome images and for tinting color images.”Luminosity“Creates a result color with the hue and saturation of the base color and the luminance of the blend color. This mode creates the inverse effect of Color mode.”It is important to know what each blending mode is doing to your footage in order to select the best one, but always remember that each mode will interact differently with each clip you use — always play around with a few before selecting one.Looking for more Premiere Pro tips? Check these out.15 FREE Lower Thirds for Your Next Project in Premiere ProHow to Export a 90-Minute Feature Film in Premiere ProThe Many Different Ways to Use the Crop Effect in Premiere ProHow to Export Illustrator Icons to Use in After Effects and Premiere ProHow to Use the Free GoPro VR Effects in Premiere Pro
The West Bengal State Election Commission on Tuesday cancelled its order extending the date of filing nominations for panchayat elections. Though the last day of filing nominations was Monday, the Commission had extended it till 3 p.m. on Tuesday following complaints that Opposition candidates had been prevented from filing papers.The new notification says, “It appears that there was no specific direction by the Supreme Court of India for extension of the nomination date. Therefore, on perusal of all the papers and considering all the points, the Commission hereby recalls the said order and therefore rescinds the (previous) order.” The decision has generated severe discontent among Opposition party leaders. They alleged that State Election Commissioner A. K Singh was “pressured” by Trinamool Congress leaders to cancel his earlier order.The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA), women’s wing of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), staged a demonstration outside the Commission’s office in South Kolkata.(With inputs from PTI)
No more medals? Not competing for ERC grants would be like not participating in the Olympics, says Dominique Arlettaz, vice president of the Rectors’ Conference of the Swiss Universities. University of Lausanne BRUSSELS—Swiss scientists could be the first to feel the effects of a referendum in which Swiss people agreed to cap the entry of migrants into their country. As an indirect consequence of the vote, held on 9 February, the European Union has postponed negotiations to include Switzerland as an associated country to Horizon 2020, the bloc’s research and innovation program, and to the higher education program Erasmus+, which both run from 2014 through 2020.Switzerland has been an associated country to the European Union’s research programs since 2004; this means that Swiss researchers are eligible for funding just like scientists from an E.U. member state. Both sides assumed that the agreement would soon be renewed and would apply retrospectively from the beginning of Horizon 2020 on 1 January.But the immigration referendum got in the way—indirectly. The European Union expects Switzerland to include Croatia, which entered the union last year, in its agreement on the free movement of persons. 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To prepare for this possibility, “[p]otential Swiss project partners should make sure that the proposal respects the required minimum number of consortium partners from 3 institutions from 3 different EU member states or associated states (not including Switzerland),” the secretariat recommends.Under a third country scenario, Swiss institutions would not be able to host grantees from the prestigious European Research Council (ERC). Dominique Arlettaz, vice president of the Rectors’ Conference of the Swiss Universities, said this would be a great loss for the country’s science. “It’s a bit as if our skiers were told: ‘You ski very well but you won’t be able to go to the Olympic Games […] to measure against skiers from all over the world’,” Arlettaz told French-speaking public radio station La 1ère today.The delays do not affect scientists who receive money from Horizon 2020’s predecessor, the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7): These projects will be funded until they end. The Human Brain Project—a giant 10-year project in which Swiss scientists play an important role—will also be funded until the spring of 2016 from FP7’s budget, the secretariat said.To become associated with FP7, Switzerland paid about €1.6 billion into the E.U. budget, according to the commission. At the last count in November 2013, Swiss researchers took part in about 3000 projects under FP7, receiving €1.8 billion from the European Union. These figures include about €500 million going to more than 300 ERC grantees.
Ipoh (Malaysia), Apr 6 (PTI) Indian players today sported black arm bands in their opening match of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament against Japan here as a mark of respect for teammate Manpreet Singhs father, who passed away just hours before the start of the match. India thus missed the services of centre-half Manpreet, who left for home after hearing of his fathers death. A minutes silence was also observed before the start of the match. Manpreet, therefore, is unavailable for the rest of the tournament and India chief coach Roelant Oltmans said the loss of the pivotal centre-half was a big blow for the team. PTI Cor SSC SSC
Deepika Padukone’s upcoming movie, Padmavati, has caused enough buzz already. Even before the cast started promoting the film on social media, and certainly much before the trailer launch, Padmavati had started creating news, thanks to all the controversies surrounding it.While those controversies still loom over the much-awaited film, what we’re going to start seeing soon is the cast actively promoting the historical drama before it hits the silver screen.As a good start to the same, Deepika Padukone gave us this recent look, which she sported during the 3D premier of Padmavati.Picture courtesy: Instagram/shaleenanathani The Cocktail actress wore this exquisite black suit by Sabysachi, which has intricate gold work just on the bottom-half, and some parts of the dupatta. What took the look to a whole new level was the fact that even though a pristine white churidar does not really make sense with that kurta and dupatta, it definitely gave some graceful pep to the whole outfit.Picture courtesy: Instagram/afashionistasdiaries Deepika justified the white churidar by matching it with the white stone-work in her evidently heavy Amrapali earrings. What made the attire classy, ultimately, was the neckline and bodice of the kurta, and the fact that she chose to wear her hair in a neat, centre-parted bun.Hope you continue this fashion streak during the promotions of Padmavati too, Deepika!