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Cyndi Lauper To Be Honored At Women Who Care Luncheon

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first_imgLoreen Arbus, Founder & Chair of Women Who Care and Edward R. Matthews, CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City, today announced the honorees for the 12th Annual Women Who Care Luncheon.The honorees are:SHARON GREENBERGER – SVP, Facilities Development & Engineering, New York-Presbyterian HospitalCYNDI LAUPER – Entertainer & HumanitarianLYNN TILTON – Founder & CEO, Patriarch PartnersMAYSOON ZAYID – Comedian, Actor & Disability Rights ActivistThe event, to be held Monday, May 6th, at Cipriani 42nd Street, benefits United Cerebral Palsy of New York City and celebrates the extraordinary accomplishments of women as professionals, caregivers and philanthropists. Susan Lucci, the Emmy Award winning actress for her portrayal of the iconic Erica Kane on “All My Children”, and now starring in the highly anticipated new series “Devious Maids” created by Marc Cherry and premiering Sunday June 23 on Lifetime, will host.“This year’s honorees represent a diverse cross section of the community. Their commitment to giving their time and energy back to society, both in their personal lives and professional fields, is a wonderful testament to their character. It is a great privilege to be able to celebrate their extraordinary accomplishments at the Women Who Care Luncheon, which continues its tradition of honoring female role models who inspire women around the world to achieve their full potential,” said Loreen Arbus, Founder & Chair of Women Who Care.Sharon Greenberger, the Senior Vice President of Facilities Development and Engineering at New York Presbyterian Hospital, is responsible for developing and maintaining high quality medical facilities for patients, their families and the community. With nearly two million patient visits a year, Ms. Greenberger is tasked with overseeing existing facilities and driving the hospital’s long term infrastructure planning program.For over 30 years, Cyndi Lauper has dazzled fans all over the world. A multi-talented artist and one of music’s most beloved icons, she has racked up global record sales of over 50 million (with 14 Grammy nominations) and has won countless awards including a Grammy, an Emmy and numerous honors for her tireless activism. An unwavering advocate for equality for all, Cyndi details her journey, including her co-founding of the True Colors Fund in 2008, in her recent New York Times Best Selling autobiography, Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir. Most recently, she wrote the music and lyrics for the Broadway adaptation of Kinky Boots, in which an entire community is revitalized through the power of acceptance.As the founder and CEO of Patriarch Partners, Lynn Tilton is tirelessly committed to rebuilding America, one company at a time and one job at a time. Over the last decade, she has provided operational and strategic expertise to more than 150 companies – saving 250,000 jobs that would otherwise have been lost through liquidations. It is her belief that America’s most valuable asset is human capital, and that job creation is the essential element to sustainable economic prosperity. With over 75 companies comprising the Patriarch portfolio, Ms. Tilton is not only one of the country’s most successful businesswomen, she also champions the cause of wounded servicemen and women returning from the Middle East.Maysoon Zayid is a multi-talented actor, comedian and philanthropist and is the founder of the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival. She is also the co-founder of Maysoon’s Kids, which provides educational scholarships for Palestinian children with disabilities where she spends 3 months each year. Ms. Zayid herself has cerebral palsy.Ellen Levine, Editorial Director of Hearst Magazines, is Honorary Chair of Women Who Care. Robin Givens (“90210”), Ali Stroker (“Glee” and “The Glee Project”) and Paula Zahn (“On The Case With Paula Zahn”) are Co-Chairs. Donna Hanover, former First Lady of New York, is Honorary Co-Chair. Hearst Corporation is Presenting Sponsor of the Women Who Care Luncheon.The Women Who Care Luncheon to benefit UCP of NYC is an established New York Tradition that generates worldwide media attention. Celebrity presenters for this star-studded event include “Inside Edition” Host Deborah Norville, as well as previous honorees: ABC’s “Good Morning America” Anchor Robin Roberts, and designer and Co-Founder of FEED Projects Lauren Bush Lauren.In past years, honorees have included Diane Sawyer, Gayle King, singer Amy Lee and Ann Curry. Past celebrity presenters include: Cynthia McFadden, Diane von Furstenberg, Jimmy Smits, Oprah Winfrey, Cynthia Nixon, Ivanka Trump, Danny Glover, Meredith Vieira, Alan Rickman, Dr. Oz, Martha Stewart, CBS News Anchor Maurice DuBois, “Mad Men” star Cara Buono, Good Day New York’s Mike Woods, former President of Chile Michelle Bachelet, and CEO of the Hearst Corporation Frank Bennack, Jr.last_img
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UN official welcomes European Union approval of Internet copyright treaties

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Noting that the EU plays a leading role in promoting use of the Internet and in developing on-line content, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Director General Francis Gurry said the step would positively influence the growth of creativity within the digital environment in Europe and beyond. All 27 EU Member States have now implemented the European directive incorporating the WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT) and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT), which establish the basic standards of protection for copyright and related rights of digital material.In 2000, the EU and its members took the formal decision to ratify the WIPO Internet treaties, bringing the number of signatories for the WCT to 88 and 76 for the WPPT.The treaties update the legal principles underpinning international copyright protection and the rights of performers and phonogram producers on the Internet and other digital networks. 14 December 2009The head of the United Nations agency tasked with safeguarding intellectual property rights today welcomed the European Union’s ratification of the so-called Internet Treaties.
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UN atomic energy agency chief to visit Libya for talks on nuclear

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"We shall define the corrective actions that need to be taken and consult on the necessary steps to eliminate any weapons-related activities," IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei told a news conference in Vienna.On Saturday, Mr. ElBaradei met in Vienna with Matooq Mohamed Matooq, a senior Libyan official who informed the IAEA chief that Libya had decided to eliminate "materials, equipments and programmes which lead to the production of internationally proscribed weapons."The IAEA was also informed that Tripoli had been engaged for more than a decade in the development of a uranium enrichment capability, including the importation of natural uranium as well as centrifuge and conversion equipment, along with the construction of now dismantled pilot scale centrifuge facilities.Some of these activities should have been, but were not, reported to the IAEA under Libya's Safeguards Agreement with the Agency. Mr. Matooq stated, however, that the country's nuclear enrichment programme was at an early stage of development and that no industrial scale facility had been built, nor any enriched uranium produced.According to the Agency, Libya has asked the IAEA to verify that all of Libya's nuclear activities will be under safeguards and exclusively for peaceful purposes. Libya has also agreed to take the necessary steps to conclude an Additional Protocol to its Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) Safeguards Agreement, which will provide the Agency with broader inspection rights, and to pursue with the IAEA a policy of full transparency and active cooperation."Libya's decision to reverse course is a positive development and a step in the right direction," Dr. ElBaradei said. "I hope that through verification, dialogue and active engagement, all questions related to Libya's nuclear programme can be resolved and the required corrective actions taken."Interviewed by UN Radio, IAEA spokesman Mark Gwozdecky said, "We expect and hope that Dr. ElBaradei will lead the first team to Libya as early as next week." He added that Tripoli's decision should be emulated by others. "We hope countries out there which may have been dabbling with nuclear-weapons-related activities will follow the same example," he said.
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Exercise restraint UN chief urges Zimbabwe after postelection violence

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UN chief António Guterres urged everyone awaiting the final results of presidential and legislative elections which took place on Monday, to refrain from any violent acts, according to a statement issued by his Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq. "He further calls on political leaders and electoral contestants to pursue any disputes through peaceful means, dialogue and in accordance with the law", said the statement.According to media reports, at least three protesters was killed in the capital Harare after troops were deployed to quell presidential election protests. The violence erupted days after Zimbabwe's first general elections since former President Robert Mugabe was pressured to step down after more than three decades in office, last year.The elections mark an important step forward in Zimbabwe’s democratic development," the statement continued. "The Secretary-General notes the peaceful and democratic spirit, which was commended by national and international observers, during polling day. He appreciates the commitment of the people of Zimbabwe to deepen democracy and their renewed focus on development of the nation."    Mr. Haq reminded current office holders and political parties of the commitments they made through the Peace Pledge, signed on 26 June, and the agreed Code of Conduct for a peaceful electoral process.In June, UN chief Guterres condemned an explosion that took place at an election rally in Zimbabwe, shortly after sitting President Emmerson Mnangagwa – who is running again for a full term - left the stage.And in July, amid increasing reports of voter intimidation and coercion linked to the ruling ZANU-PF party, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, underscored the need for a peaceful and credible election.According to news reports, official results so far, show that while ZANU-PF has won the most seats in the parliamentary ballot, the opposition Movement for Democratic Change is alleging ballot-rigging and impatience has been growing at the delayed release of full results.
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Kielce to expand hall capacity for 300 seats

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handballhandball hallsKielce ← Previous Story NO BARCA, NO KIEL: Uwe Gensheimer stays at RNL until 2016! Next Story → ALPLA HARD LIKE FOOTBALL TEAM: Doknic extends contract until 2019! Handball euphoria in Kielce reach the TOP after victory against THW Kiel 34:29 last weekend. “Hala Legionow” isn’t enough big to accomodate all the interested fans of the Polish champion. That’s why management of the third European team last season decided to expand the hall capacity by making a new stand behind the goal with 300 seats. Works already began and it is expected that new stand will be avaliable for the next home match in Polish Champioship on November 9.
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25 PC alpha board successfully runs Linux

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first_imgAs Eben Upton, director of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, states in the video, after having the board a mere 8 hours the team had a version of Linux running on it. The final board will run a 700MHz ARM11 processor, have 128MB or 256MB RAM depending on whether you purchase Model A ($25) or B ($35), is OpenGL ES 2.0 compatible, and outputs at 1080p. Storage is on the back of the board through an SD card slot, and there’s ample ports for connectivity and audio/video output.The next step with these alpha boards is to start testing functionality and come up with a final collection of software the $25 PC will ship with. We’re also promised more videos demonstrating what it can do in the coming weeks.Read more at the Raspberry Pi blog Late last month we reported that the $25 PC had gone into alpha production. That meant the spec of the board had been finalized by the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and they wanted hardware to start testing. Now they have an alpha board to play with.The alpha board is significantly larger than the final product will be, but as testament to just how small this thing is even scaled up, the alpha version is about the size of 3 credit cards. The final version will be credit-card sized.As you can see in the video and images here, it’s a very simple design while remaining a capable bit of hardware. You can certainly see how making this device smaller should be easy to achieve.last_img
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17yearold wins 100k for creating cancerkilling nanoparticle

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first_imgAt the age of 17 I was paying attention in college, but still enjoying the student life as much as studying towards my career goals. What I wasn’t doing was working at the cutting edge of cancer treatment and developing a potential cure.Angela Zhang is, and she’s just been awarded the $100,000 Grand Prize in the Individual category of the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology. Her project was entitled “Design of Image-guided, Photo-thermal Controlled Drug Releasing Multifunctional Nanosystem for the Treatment of Cancer Stem Cells.”Her creation is being heralded as a “Swiss army knife of cancer treatment.” Zhang managed to develop a nanoparticle that can be delivered to the site of a tumor through the drug salinomycin. Once there it kills the cancer stem cells. However, Zhang went further and included both gold and iron-oxide components, which allow for non-invasive imaging of the site through MRI and Photoacoustics.As to why she chose this as her project, Zhang explains that she was surprised when looking at the survival rates of patients receiving cancer treatment. As cancer stem cells are resistant to many forms of cancer treatment, it seemed like an area worth focusing on. Her nanoparticle is award-winning due to the fact it has the potential to overcome cancer resistance while offering up the ability to monitor the effects of the treatment in real-time using existing imaging techniques.Zhang’s achievement is impressive considering she is only 17 years old, but also due to the level of understanding required to create such a nanoparticle in the first place. She has spent over 1,000 hours since 2009 researching and developing the particle, and wants to go on to study chemical engineering, biomedical engineering, or physics. Her dream job is to be a research professor.The Siemens Competition is in its 13th year and aims to highlight talent at the high school level for those interested in science research. Last year 15-year-old Benjamin Clark won the Individual category for his work into how stars are born. In 2009 Ruoyi Jiang won for his research into chemotherapy drug resistance.I think we can all agree this is a very worthwhile competition, and long may it continue if it pushes young minds to create solutions to some of our biggest problems.Read more at the Siemens Foundation and The George Washington Universitylast_img
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Kepler37b is the smallest exoplanet ever found by astronomers

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first_imgIt seems like astronomers are announcing the discovery of a new exoplanet every other day. It’s almost like there are billions of them up there, right? The most recent exoplanet spotted comes with a unique distinction. The exoplanet Kepler-37b is the smallest ever to be found by astronomers. It’s smaller than all the planets in our solar system, and just a little bigger than the moon.Calculations from the space-based Kepler observatory show the planet to be just 3,865 km in diameter. The moon is 3,474 km, in case you don’t have that figure memorized. Kepler-37b was detected by the observatory using the transit method. Basically, the Kepler observatory is constantly watching 150,000 stars in the sky. Where you and I only see points of light, Kepler can monitor the stars for small variations in luminosity caused by a planet passing directly in front of it.The star, Kepler-37, is roughly 200 light years from Earth, but it’s smaller and cooler than our sun. Despite that, Kepler-37b is plenty toasty. It orbits just 15 million kilometers (9 million miles) from the star. Two other larger planets in the solar system are a little farther out, but still too close to support life as we know it. Kepler-37b probably wouldn’t even have enough gravity to hold an atmosphere even if it wasn’t so close to its star. So, no ET here, folks.Detecting a planet by transit is a tough nut to crack. There are numerous things that can go wrong, but an interesting partnership with the public ensured that Kepler-37b was found. To know how large a planet is, you have to know how massive the star behind it is as well. Researchers didn’t have good enough data on Kepler-37 to make a determination. A technique called astroseismology was used to narrow down the scale of Kepler-37, but it wasn’t funded by NASA.A non-profit called White Dwarf raises money with its Pale Blue Dot project to fund research, and this time it led to the analysis of Kepler-37. Pale Blue Dot (named after the iconic Voyager 1 photo requested by Carl Sagan) invites contributors to adopt a star for a $10 donation. The money goes to do all kinds of astronomical science, but this time it really paid off with the discovery of a record breaking exoplanet.last_img
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Hubble Telescope Uncovers Unusual Environment of Neutron Star

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first_img Scientists May Have Detected 'Violent' Black Hole-Neutron Star CollisionSpinning Neutron Stars Help Scientists Set Atomic Clocks Stay on target NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope uncovered never-before-seen features around a neutron star.An unusual infrared light emission from the nearby orb could indicate a dusty disk, or an energetic wind coming off the object and slamming into interstellar gas.Either or.Neutron stars, the smallest and densest of their kind, form from the supernova explosion of a massive star.This particular one belongs to a group of seven nearby X-ray pulsars, nicknamed “The Magnificent Seven,” which are hotter than expected, based on their ages and available energy.A team of researchers from Pennsylvania State University, the University of Arizona, and Sabanci University in Turkey observed an extended area of infrared emissions around the neutron star, named RX J0806.4-4123—the total size of which is about 18 billion miles at the assumed distance of the pulsar.This is the first neutron star in which an extended signal has been seen only in infrared light.“One theory is that there could be what is known as a ‘fallback disk’ of material that coalesced around the neutron star after the supernova,” lead study author and Penn State professor Bettina Posselt said in a statement. “Such a disk would be composed of matter from the progenitor massive star.Neutron star RX J0806.4-4123 with a disk of warm dust that produces an infrared signature as detected by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope (via NASA/ESA/Pennsylvania State University)“Its subsequent interaction with the neutron star could have heated the pulsar and slowed its rotation,” she continued. “If confirmed as a supernova fallback disk, this result could change our general understanding of neutron star evolution.”The second, equally exciting possibility is a “pulsar wind nebula.”As described by Posselt, this requires, well, a pulsar wind—produced when particles are accelerated in the electrical field generated by the fast rotation of a star with a strong magnetic field.“As the neutron star travels through the interstellar medium at greater than the speed of sound, a shock can form where the interstellar medium and the pulsar wind interact,” the professor explained. “The shocked particles would then emit synchrotron radiation, causing the extended infrared signal that we see.”Pulsar wind nebulae are typically seen in X-rays, so an infrared-only pulsar wind nebulae “would be very unusual and exciting,” Posselt said.This new observation—along with the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope—could help astronomers better understand the evolution of neutron stars.NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope—one of the largest and most versatile—was launched into low-Earth orbit in 1990, and remains in operation. Its orbit outside the distortion of Earth’s atmosphere allows for extremely high-resolution images with lower background light than ground-based devices.Expected to last until 2030 to 2040, Hubble’s scientific successor, the WEBB, is scheduled for launch in March 2021.At the heart of neutron stars lies “nuclear pasta”—the strongest known material. The mysteries of outer space abound. Read more about it here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img
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CBD Deal: These Gummies Are On Sale for $35 or Less

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IAF jets force cargo plane from Karachi to land in Jaipur for

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first_imgAntonov AN-12Twitter [Representational Image]An Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter jet on Friday (May 10) forced an Antonov AN-12 aircraft airborne to Delhi from Tbilisi in Georgia via Karachi to land at the Jaipur airport after it violated the Indian air space.According to an IAF statement, the AN-12 aircraft carrying heavy cargo deviated from its scheduled flight path from Karachi and entered Indian Air Space at 3.15 pm from an unscheduled point in north Gujarat. The plane was released after a few hours calling the incident a minor technical violation."The aircraft did not follow the authorized Air Traffic Services (ATS) route and was not responding to Radio calls from Indian controlling agencies. Since ATS routes in the area were closed due to the current geopolitical situation, and the aircraft entered Indian Air Space from an unscheduled point, the Air Defence interceptor on operational readiness was scrambled and vectored towards the unknown aircraft for investigation," said the statement by the defence ministry.The statement said that the aircraft did not respond to the visual signals nor the distress calls. After the plane was challenged by the IAF, it responded saying that it was a non-scheduled An-12 aircraft that had got airborne from Tbilisi for Delhi via Karachi.According to the reports, the aircraft was spotted by two Sukhoi Su-30 MKI fighter jets of the IAF at an altitude of 27,000 feet. The cargo plane entered the Indian air space around 70 kms north of an air base in the Rann of Kutch, which is closed for civilian air traffic, reports NDTV.However, the aircraft was released after the pilot and flight crew were questioned by the authorities. The aircraft was leased by a Ukrainian engine manufacturer ''MotorSich'' and was an expected flight on a scheduled route and is not being seen as a major crisis. "It wasn't a serious violation, it's been released," said the Additional Commissioner of Police, Jaipur, reports ANI.last_img
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A Brief History Of Texas Most Powerful Political Office Lieutenant Governor

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first_img Share CREDIT TERESA VIEIRA FOR KUT NEWSThe Bullock Texas State History Museum, named for Bob Bullock, who helped build the office of lieutenant governor into a political powerhouse.When I moved to Austin in 2002, one of the first things I did to acclimate myself to Texas was visit the Bullock Texas State History Museum. I remember standing on the second floor, staring at the statue of the man whose name was chiseled onto the side of the building. Then I started to read his history on the plaque at the base of the statue to see just how long he’d been governor or U.S. senator.That’s when I discovered Bob Bullock had only been lieutenant governor.“Lieutenant governor is basically the vice president of the United States,” UT Law Professor Hugh Brady says.“They only thing he has to do is preside over the Texas Senate. And I guess he doesn’t even have to do that if he doesn’t want to,” he says. “But all the lieutenant governors have.”Brady correctly notes that Bob Bullock was no ordinary lieutenant governor. Bullock could move mountains out of that office. But his ability to do so didn’t come from any constitutional powers.“Not at all, it’s derived from powers that basically either the senators themselves or the Legislature has given the lieutenant governor,” he says.So, the office can have as much power as a lieutenant governor can squeeze out of the state Senate. But before we get into exactly what those powers can be, let’s take a quick trip back in time to find out how the office came to be known as the most powerful position in Texas politics.The cultivating of lieutenant governor power actually began back in 1973, when Bill Hobby won the office and stayed nearly 20 years. Hobby came into the office already knowing how to move and manipulate the different levers of government.He built up a lot of power over two decades. And he left the office strong, giving Bob Bullock all the momentum he needed to make it even stronger. He used his trademark style of demanding – and shall we say, enticing – people to do what he wanted.“Bullock had been involved in state government for 30 years,” Brady says. “And as far as I know, kept a file on everybody he ever shook hands with. So, he certainly knew where the bodies were buried.”Brady says that nearly 30-year run left the office with all the power it needed to be the lead office at the Texas Capitol.So, what are those powers and why are they considered so important?First up, the lieutenant governor gets to be governor if the governor dies, or even if the governor just leaves the state for a few days.The Texas Constitution says you can’t be the governor when you’re not physically in the state. So, when Gov. Rick Perry was on the road running for president, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (2011-12) was acting governor.So, that’s nice, but LBJ School of Public Affairs professor Sherri Greenberg says that’s not where the power of the office lies.“The lieutenant governor appoints all the committee chairs of the committees in the Senate, determines where the bills are going to be sent and to what committees and the timing. And so this is extremely powerful,” she says.That may not appear so powerful at first glance – but remember every bill has to come through a Senate committee before reaching the floor for a vote. Getting passed by the Senate is tough enough, but it’s impossible if your bill never gets out of committee – which makes the lieutenant governor’s power to pick where to send a bill very important.“He can always send it over here – you know, to State Affairs where he’s stacked it with his friends – instead of over to say, Health and Human Services, where maybe he doesn’t have as many friends,” Brady says.The lieutenant governor still has power over a bill once it makes it out of committee. He or she is the only person who decides when a bill comes up for a vote and when to recognize a senator for any floor action. That’s a lot of power. But it’s power that, since it’s not dictated by the Texas Constitution or even state law, can be taken away easily.Almost all the lieutenant governor’s powers derive from the rules passed by the Senate at the beginning of each legislative session. So, each session starts with a decision by senators: How strong do we want our leader to be?And if they play their cards right? There’s always a chance you might get a museum named after you, too.last_img
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Over Rs 1 crore seized 4 held in city ahead of 6th

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first_imgKolkata: Over one crore rupees was seized from Burrabazar and Posta area on Thursday night, after multiple teams from the Detective Department (DD) of Kolkata Police launched a special raid. Four persons have been arrested in this connection till now.According to sources, since the last few days sleuths were getting tipped-off regarding unaccounted money being smuggled into the city for use during elections. On Wednesday, sleuths managed to get hold of information regarding 12 suspected locations where the unaccounted money was kept. Also Read - Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataImmediately, senior Kolkata Police officials formed five teams consisting of personnel from DD and commenced raids in Burrabazar, Posta, Bowbazar and Jorabagar areas. Till 9 pm, raids in four places under Burrabazar and Posta police station's jurisdiction were completed. From there, sleuths recovered Rs One crore six thousand and nabbed four persons. According to sources, sleuths are almost sure that the money was sent to the city for use during the last two phases of Lok Sabha elections 2019. Sleuths also came to know that a hawala racket was being operated to bring the money into the city. The four arrested are also connected with the hawala business. Also Read - Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state"Raids are being conducted on the basis of specific information. In eight more places, raids are still continuing. It is suspected that hawala operators are behind bringing the money to the city for the purpose of use during elections. We are trying to know who are sending this money and to whom," said Praveen Kumar Tripathi, Joint Commissioner (Crime) of Kolkata Police. It may be recalled that during the last few months, huge amounts of unaccounted money have been seized across the city at multiple police stations of Kolkata Police.last_img
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New West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar arrives in Kolkata

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first_imgKolkata: Jagdeep Dhankar, who will take oath as the new West Bengal Governor on July 30, arrived in the city on Monday. Dhankar, who will succeed Keshari Nath Tripathi as the state's 28th governor, was welcomed at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport here by a number of Bengal ministers, including Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay and Bratya Basu. Chief Secretary Moloy De and Director General of Police (DGP) Virendra were also present at the airport, where Dhankar was given a guard of honour by the West Bengal government. He will be sworn-in as the governor at the Raj Bhavan by the Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, along with other dignitaries, are scheduled to be present at the swearing-in programme. The centre appointed Dhankhar, a noted Supreme Court lawyer and former MP, as the next governor of West Bengal governor on July 20.last_img
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The Ancient Greek Philosopher who Got Drunk and Laughed Himself to Death

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first_imgEnjoying a laugh is thought to be as good as any tonic. Many’s the time a joke has saved someone from a bad day, or worse. Yet the expression “too much of a good thing” applies to laughter as with anything else. The Ancient Greek philosopher Chrysippus is a case in point. A towering figure in the field of Stoicism, he lived from c. 280 – 207 BC. Stoicism came from the teachings of Socrates and Heraclitus.It was described in the Encyclopaedia Britannica as, “one of the loftiest and most sublime philosophies in the record of Western civilization. In urging participation in human affairs, Stoics have always believed that the goal of all inquiry is to provide a mode of conduct characterized by tranquillity of mind and certainty of moral worth.”Roman copy of a Hellenistic bust of Chrysippus.In other words, Chrysippus valued the pure qualities of the mind over base pleasures, believing Man should instead use his brain in tandem with nature. How ironic then that his demise involved alcohol beverages and an innocent donkey.The death took place at the 143rd Olympiad where the drink was flowing and surely even the most stoic thinker was kicking off their sandals and having a good time. Two accounts exist of what transpired, with the first depicting Chrysippus as overcome by strong wine.“Now give the donkey a drink of pure wine to wash down the figs” cried Chrysippus and died in a fit of laughter.The second version is more colorful. Having watched a donkey chomping on figs, an idea occurred to Chrysippus that was far from philosophical. He boisterously suggested giving the creature some wine with its meal. It wasn’t comedy of the highest order but it worked for him. He laughed so much he expired.So a life distinguished by concepts such as propositional logic had ended in a decidedly un-Stoic fashion. Despite this, the death may have made sense to Chrysippus. He was a great believer in fate and the role it played in someone’s destiny.“The Death of Pietro Aretino,” by Anselm Feuerbach. Aretino was an Italian poet who reportedly died from laughter.A quote from De Fato by Cicero, meaning “On Fate,” sums up his thinking: “(But) every proposition is either true or false. Therefore, there is no motion without a cause. And if this is so, then all effects owe their existence to prior causes. And if this is so, all things happen by fate. It follows therefore that whatever happens, happens by fate.”Perhaps the wine and the donkey were there for a reason. Certainly, an unusual philosophical idea but the Ancient Greeks didn’t shy away from difficult questions.The myth of Pandora’s BoxAnother question that would occur to Chrysippus is ‘Can someone die laughing?’ While he died in the midst of mirth, was an underlying condition the real culprit? There are examples throughout history, both ancient and modern, of people keeling over during a fit of laughter.The answer could lie in the death of someone who was watching one of the world’s best-loved comedies. Gizmodo reports, “The most direct death by laughter reported is supposedly audiologist Ole Bentzen who, while watching A Fish Called Wanda, laughed uncontrollably. His heartbeat rose to ‘between 250-500 times per minute’ until he died.”“Gelastic syncope” (or laughter-induced fainting) is a rare but medically recognized condition.John Cleese’s expertly-crafted script aside, the experience put pressure on Ole Bentzen’s heart in the same way a long run or stressful situation might. The list of factors that contribute to heart failure are wide-ranging.An NBC news article from 2011 interviewed Professor of Neurology Dr. Martin Samuels, who provided some insight into possible death by laughter.A partial marble bust of Chrysippus – Roman copy of a Hellenistic original (Louvre Museum). Photo by Sting CC By SA 2.5“Extreme excitement, whether that be sadness or happiness activates the part of the brain that’s responsible for the flight or fight response to threats in the wild… This releases a natural chemical — adrenaline — which in large animals can be toxic to various organs, in particular, the heart.”The article goes on to say, “As a result, extremely strong emotional states — whether positive or negative — can be harmful to the heart, on rare occasions causing an abnormal rhythm which can be lethal.”Read another story from us: Only the Strong Survive: Did Vikings Abandon their Sick Children?So it seems the gift of laughter is actually not such a gift after all. It’s a puzzler that philosophers and comedians will no doubt be thinking about for years to come.Steve Palace is a writer, journalist and comedian from the UK. Sites he contributes to include The Vintage News, Art Knews Magazine and The Hollywood News. His short fiction has been published as part of the Iris Wildthyme range from Obverse Books.last_img
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Mortgage Sales Manager Named President of Gulf Coast MBA

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first_img Agents & Brokers Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2012-07-09 Tory Barringer July 9, 2012 388 Views in Origination, Servicing The ""Gulf Coast Mortgage Bankers Association"":http://www.gulfcoastmba.org/ has a new president.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]Academy Mortgage Corporation announced Monday that sales manager Joe Adamaitis was inducted as president into the Gulf Coast chapter of the MBA.Adamaitis possesses 30 years of mortgage industry experience, serving as a VP of the Gulf Coast MBA between 2011 and 2012. He is also a member of the Mortgage Alliance of Southwest Florida, which was formed to offer leadership and education to both the industry and the public and to promote high professional standards and service. He is also an avid writer and is expected to release his third mortgage-related publication in fall 2012. Adamaitis said his priority it to unite all those in the mortgage industry.""We are all faced with numerous issues confronting the housing markets and how we do our business,"" he said. ""We must continue and expand our community service. We must continue to give back to the people we serve and united with our Realtor partners with continued education as it relates to serious regulatory pressures on us all.""center_img Mortgage Sales Manager Named President of Gulf Coast MBA Sharelast_img
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LISTEN Steve Keim Cardinals GM

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first_img LISTEN: Steve Keim, Cardinals GM But general manager Steve Keim thinks help is on the way, and maybe in time for Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers.“Fortunately for us, I think we’re going to be getting a few players back, and back this week,” Keim told Doug & Wolf Tuesday morning on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station. “I’d like to think D.J. Humphries will return this week. I think there’s a good chance Mike Iupati can potentially return this week, so there’s two offensive line starters.”Getting players back from injury is a positive, but it’s not necessarily the cure to what ails the line, either.“We just have to get better,” he said. “There’s no doubt about it that (Monday) night’s display of offensive line play was unacceptable, not only from a technical standpoint when you look at guys’ footwork, their sets, their hand placement, but in this game, as we know, it comes down to one-on-one situations and being challenged at the point of attack. You have to win those battles.”The offensive lineman struggling the most is right tackle Jared Veldheer, who was challenged by coaches heading into the Dallas game to improve. The veteran settled into a new position, but Keim doesn’t think that switch is the culprit for Veldheer’s difficulties. Your browser does not support the audio element. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes' introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs' buying and selling “I don’t think it has anything to do with right tackle,” he said. “I think the fact of the matter is he’s got to get better. He’s got to improve all those little things I just talked about — his footwork, his technique, his hand placement — and get back to basics.“Again, sixty-four thousand people saw it last night and Jared’s a prideful guy and I expect nothing less from him to be in here this week and make some improvements.”Though he started his message on the line with positive news concerning the pending return of two starters, there was some potentially damaging developments in Monday’s loss. Guard Alex Boone, who has started the last two games in place of Iupati, suffered an injury late in the contest.“He has some type of a (pectoral) strain. I don’t know the extent of it, but I know he has to get an MRI,” Keim said. “The one thing I know about Alex in the short time he’s been here is he’s extremely tough. He’s the kind of guy who will play through pain and you know, I think it would have to be pretty severe for him to miss time.” – / 32 45 Comments   Share   center_img The Dallas Cowboys and the Arizona Cardinals line up during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Top Stories If you watched the Cardinals’ 28-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night — either in the stadium or on TV — it was quite obvious that Arizona’s offensive continues to struggle.Performance is an issue. The Cardinals allowed quarterback Carson Palmer to get sacked six times, hit on 11 other occasions and failed to open up many running lanes for backs.They’re also struggling with health. Left tackle D.J. Humphries and left guard Mike Iupati each missed a second straight game against Dallas. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img
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Nicosia municipality announces first cleanup of 2019

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first_imgThe Nicosia municipality announced on Friday that the first clean-up campaign for 2019 will start next week. The free collection of trimmings and other large items of waste will begin on February 4 and last until March 23.Residents should place items they want to be picked up outside their homes two days before the collection dates which are as follows:Ayios Andreas (1): February 4 to 5,Ayios Andreas (2):  February 6 to 7,Ayios Andreas (3): February 8 to 11,Trypiotis (1): February 12 to 13,Trypiotis (2): February 14 to 18,Ayios Omologites (1): February 19 to 21,Ayios Omologites (2): February 22 to 26,Ayios Omologites (3): February 27 to March 1,Ayios Omologites (4): March 4 to 6,Ayios Antonios (1):  March 7 to 12,Ayios Antonios (2):  March 13 to 15,Pallouriotissa (1): February14 to 16,Pallouriotissa (2): February 20 to 22,Pallouriotissa (3): February 5 to 7,Pallouriotissa (4): February 8 to 13,Within the Walls (1):  March 12 to 15,Within the Walls (2): March 18 to 22,Ayios Constantinos and Eleni (1): March 18 to 19,Ayios Constantinos and Eleni (2): March 20 to 22,Kaimakli (1): February 23 to 27,Kaimakli (2): February 28 to March 2,Kaimakli (3): March 5 to 6,Kaimakli (4): March 7 to 9,Kaimakli (5): March 12 to 15,That-el-kale: March 22 to 23,Yeni Mosque: March 20 to 21,Omorphita:  March 16 to 19.Trimmings should be separated from other waste for composting purposes.For further information and to find out which streets are covered by the bracketed numbers, residents can contact 22-797007  (Citizen service centre), 22-797312/314 (Health services) or 22-797620 (Cleaning services).A leaflet with useful information can be found at the municipality or online at www.nicosia.org.cy.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou've Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img
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If voters want Jeff Sessions-style immigration policies, said the first three weeks of this October, though he knew full well no such things existed. Third, a fight I can’t even fight because she’s already bowing out.
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S District Court and successfully blocked access to 3D-printed gun blueprints in the state.
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