Friday is Pay it Forward Day in the Energetic City

first_imgThis year is the tenth anniversary for “Pay it Forward” Day, and LaBoucaine doesn’t expect the city to stop spreading random acts of kindness any time soon.“I think we’ll definitely continue with Pay it Forward Day. A lot of the people we support and the staff enjoy getting out in the community and returning the favor as well as doing those random acts of kindness.”The Lido Theatre and members of the Fort St. John Fire Department will be paying it forward by hosting a community barbecue Friday afternoon. The barbecue is free to the public and will feature a bouncy castle as well as movies inside the theatre. The two groups will also be fundraising for the Fort St. John Firefighters Charitable Society at the event. The barbecue will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.Photo by the Lido Theatre.On Friday night the Lido will also host a by donation concert featuring Mark Kroos. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. while the show isn’t until 8:00 p.m.Photo by the Lido Theatre. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St John Association for Community Living is going to be celebrating “Pay It Forward Day” in the Energetic City this Friday.The Association for Community Living started “Pay It Forward” Day in 2009 so that all Fort St. John residents could perform their own random acts of kindness in the community.“We just want to create a ripple effect and encourage other people to participate in Pay it Forward.” Said the Executive Director for the Association for Community Living, Renee LaBoucaine. “It does put a smile on your face when someone does a good deed for you. Were hoping to continue the momentum, whether its as simple as saying “hi”, holding the door, or paying for someones coffee, whatever that act is that carries the momentum and moves it forward.”last_img read more

Urgent aid needed as Zimbabwes humanitarian crisis worsens – UN relief chief

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes said that an estimated 3.8 million people would be classed as food insecure between now and the end of the year. During the peak of the hunger season, between January and March 2009, nearly half of the population of 12 million is estimated to be going to require food assistance. Mr. Holmes, who is also UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, said there is a large resource gap and aid is needed now. Although several months of humanitarian service delivery were lost, there is still time to avert increased human suffering.In June, Zimbabwe suspended all field operations by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private voluntary organisations (PVOs) in the wake of a political crisis, now resolved through a power-sharing agreement.Since the ban was lifted over a month ago, NGOs and UN agencies have been re-establishing operations to provide life-saving assistance. Mr. Holmes said that current challenges include critical shortages of all basic services, including food, clean water, and health services. Critically under-funded sectors of the current UN appeal for Zimbabwe include emergency agriculture and education, while funding in health, water and sanitation also remains low. 2 October 2008The humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe is deteriorating and will continue to worsen into next year, according to the top United Nations humanitarian official, who has called for urgent aid to avert increased human suffering in the Southern African nation. read more

Foreign guesthouse operator arrested

A foreign guesthouse operator was arrested in Sri Lanka Friday after two French tourists complained they had been sexually molested at his guest house, the AFP news agency quoted the police as saying.The 44-year-old Olivier Sage, who manages the “French Villa” beach property at Unawatuna, 120 kilometres (75 miles) south of Colombo, would be taken before a magistrate later Friday, said senior superintendent Jayantha Wickremasinghe. “The two French tourists complained that the guest house owner used criminal force on them two days ago,” Wickremasinghe said. “We have sufficient grounds to make the arrest.” The guest house website described him as a “Swiss-French” ex-restaurateur managing a “cosy Sri Lankan style villa”, which also offers ayurvedic treatments, yoga and meditation. He was arrested under a penal code offence that, on conviction, carries a jail term of five years. Sri Lanka tightened laws in 2006 to protect women and children from sexual harassment.AFP quoted Wickremasinghe as saying that one of the victims had been subjected to medical tests and a forensic report was being prepared.The latest complaint came as police earlier this month said there had been an increase in attacks against foreign tourists visiting the Indian Ocean island emerging from nearly four decades of ethnic war. It was not immediately clear if he had dual Swiss and French citizenship. The guesthouse could not be reached for comment.Wickremasinghe said the man carried a French passport at the time of his arrest and had first arrived in Sri Lanka nearly three years ago and later started managing the guest house. read more

Discontent dogs Simcoe BIA

Norfolk County is looking for ways to bolster confidence in the Simcoe BIA before mounting divisions render it ineffective.Norfolk council heard this week that a growing number of merchants and stakeholders have lost faith in the Simcoe BIA and would like it disbanded. The term of the last board of directors has expired. A new board has yet to be appointed.In the past, the new board has been constituted by the end of January following a municipal election. The latest slate of officers was rejected at Tuesday’s meeting of Norfolk council, leaving a leadership vacuum at the top.“There is a feeling it isn’t working,” Mayor Kristal Chopp reported. “If we take this away, we will have a hard time getting it back. A lot of good could be done with these funds if we had the right structure in place.”The Simcoe Business Improvement Area board of directors is an arms-length agency of the county. The BIA board is responsible for beautification and promoting the downtown. It has an annual budget of nearly $200,000. The funds are drawn from a special levy on properties in the BIA zone.Simcoe councillors Ian Rabbitts and Ryan Taylor are council appointees to the Simcoe BIA. Rabbitts said some stakeholders are dissatisfied with the selection process for BIA nominees, who are ultimately approved by council. He said some feel they did not receive sufficient notice of the BIA meetings in recent weeks where nominees were chosen.Members of the former board gathered recently to select nominees for the new board. BIA general manager Jim McGimpsey provided the list to the county May 3. Nominees included Thais Depotter, Cam Carter, Tiffany Niece, Sherry Lloyd, Doug Rixman, Brian Jones and Dustin Wakeford. Council heard Tuesday that Wakeford has withdrawn his name.“As it stands, I don’t feel comfortable accepting this list,” Rabbitts said Tuesday. “I’m not comfortable with the process. I know there are people in the community who are upset that they weren’t notified of the process. From the get-go, this has been cumbersome.”The mounting dissatisfaction has some wondering if Norfolk council needs to be more involved. Waterford Coun. Kim Huffman has suggested a formal interview process might address this discontent while increasing confidence in the county’s committee structure.Port Rowan Coun. Tom Masschaele shared similar sentiments.“If we can get that straightened out, I think we can salvage this,” he said.Peter Black, a former Simcoe councillor, stepped down as a council representative to the BIA in November. However, he remains a member of the BIA by virtue of property ownership in the core.Black said mounting discontent is due, in part, to some stakeholders thinking the BIA has more power than it actually does.The BIA’s mandate, Black said Thursday, is restricted to promoting the interests of the downtown, generating traffic through promotional activities and special events and beautification.He blamed this crisis of confidence on previous councils. He said past councils threw the Simcoe market open to competition from big-box retailers on the Queensway – contrary to their own official plans and zoning bylaws – and then did little to mitigate the impact on the core.As downtown Simcoe has declined, some stakeholders directed their dissatisfaction at the BIA instead of where Black said it belongs: The elected councils that made downtown Simcoe what it is today.“The BIA has always been willing to meet with people and learn what they want,” Black said. “But there is this thinking that the downtown is the way it is because of the BIA. That’s not the BIA’s responsibility; that’s council’s responsibility.“But everyone is in this upset state and they want someone to blame. There is this attitude of `What good is the BIA?’”Norfolk council is gathering information on the situation and intends to discuss it further at its next meeting on

CGI establishes Ottawa centre focused on cyber security for businesses

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 2, 2013 5:27 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CGI establishes Ottawa centre focused on cyber security for businesses MONTREAL – CGI Group hopes its new security centre in Ottawa will boost its Canadian business by better appealing to companies facing growing cyber security threats.The Montreal-based information technology services company said the centre, which opened at CGI’s relocated offices on the outskirts of the capital, is equipped to provide around-the-clock expertise to clients.CGI (TSX:GIB.A) spokesman Lorne Gorber said the change is part of the company’s efforts to target new business from the financial services and other sectors over the coming years to grow revenues in Canada.“If all went well, it would certainly push the Canadian business and no doubt the Ottawa business unit well into double-digit growth territory,” he said in an interview.CGI’s global cyber security operations increased with last year’s acquisition of European-based Logica.Gorber said CGI earns about $25 million in revenues annually in Canada and about $500 million globally from its roughly 1,200 employees focused on cyber security.CGI said the Ottawa security centre operations — one of three such accredited evaluation test centres in Canada — protects Canada’s largest corporations and deals with about 45 million potential cyber events each week for some 100 commercial and government clients.Last year, the cost of cyber attacks in Canada grew to $1.4 billion, undermining corporate profits and reputations, the company estimated.Gorber said the centre expects to continue adding employees as it seeks new clients and works to convince existing customers to use more of its security services, which range from product testing to making their own systems more secure and combating corporate espionage.“This is really creating a unified global offering that now allows us to go back and knock on the doors of all of our clients,” he said, adding that CGI will go after cross-border opportunities and test products at its Ottawa testing lab.Among its customers is the Canadian Payments Association, which ensures that more than $170 billion of transactions are cleared securely through its systems daily.Meanwhile, CGI said Tuesday that the World Anti-Doping Agency has signed on with its Logica subsidiary in Europe to provide a new smartphone app that will allow athletes around the globe to easily notify the agency of their whereabouts to facilitate out-of-competition testing.The software will be available for iPhone and Android smartphones in the third quarter.The app was originally launched last year by the Dutch Doping Authority for its own athletes.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, CGI’s shares closed down 22 cents to $26.65 in Tuesday trading. read more

Mayor Faulconer outlines 2019 plans in State of the City speech

first_img Posted: January 15, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer outlined ambitious plans to cut through bureaucracy and combat a dearth of affordable and available housing during his fifth State of the City address.Faulconer entered the speech at the outset of the lame duck stage of his mayor ship, facing a 6-3 Democratic majority on the nonpartisan City Council. He has also been bruised by the city’s 2017 hepatitis A outbreak that killed 20 residents, a convention center expansion plan that fizzled before it got off the ground and his backing of the ill-fated Soccer City initiative, which voters rejected 67.4 percent – 32.6 percent during the November 2018 election.In spite of the political winds blowing against him, Faulconer described his plans in 2019 to eliminate building height limits, eliminate parking requirements and authorize unlimited housing density provided that developments include affordable housing and housing for homeless residents.All three proposals would be implemented in so-called “transit priority areas,” defined by the San Diego Association of Governments’ 2050 Regional Transportation Plan as developments within a half-mile of an existing or planned transit stop, planned being the operative word considering that the transportation plan is supposed to be an guideline through 2050. “These changes represent a complete rethinking about how we deal with housing,” said Faulconer, who is barred by term limits from running for re-election and will leave office in December 2020. “We must change from a city that shouts `Not in my backyard’ to one that proclaims `Yes in my backyard.’Faulconer then suggested the proposals make his San Diego’s first “YIMBY” mayor.Faulconer critiqued both the county and federal governments for their inaction on mental health issues and partisan bickering, respectively. He argued that local efforts to increase housing availability and affordability are hollow without accompanying mental healthcare specialists and dedicated mental health services, a task Faulconer said falls in the lap of the county government.“The city is taking a new approach,” he said. “The state is stepping up. … It’s time for the county of San Diego to step up and lead the way in addressing our mental health crisis.”In addition to his housing proposals, Faulconer put his support behind a transit hub that would connect the city’s public transit to the San Diego International Airport. The city plans to work on the project with the airport, SANDAG, San Diego Port District and Metropolitan Transit System, according to Faulconer’s office.Faulconer reiterated some of his accomplishments during his tenure, like repairing more than 1,000 miles of city streets, as well as long-term city projects like Pure Water San Diego, which would provide one-third of the city’s water supply.Faulconer also doubled down on his support for a community choice energy project, which would serve as a government-controlled energy provider to compete with San Diego Gas & Electric.“People said this couldn’t be done in San Diego,” Faulconer said of community choice energy. “But when we say yes, we open the doors to what is possible.”Faulconer closed the speech by championing the city’s strength in unity and the strength in saying yes to the city’s myriad ambitious projects.“As one city, we can get these things done,” Faulconer said. “All it takes is for all of us, in one clear voice, to stand up and say yes.” KUSI Newsroom, January 15, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Mayor Faulconer outlines 2019 plans in State of the City speech Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img

Legislative preview Wringing out every penny

first_imgThe curtain rises Monday on a 2011 Washington Legislature where hard questions are sure to elicit painful answers.Legislators must adopt a state spending plan that covers a $1.1 billion deficit through June 30. Then, write a budget that trims another $4.6 billion, perhaps even more, through mid-2013.Every state program is up for scrutiny, Olympia leaders pledge. The budget ax will be relentless and will spare few causes or constituencies.There’s no salve for the wounds, either.Voters emphatically rejected tax hikes on sales of soda or sugary snacks and on high-income earners that would have boosted the state’s cash flow.Further, they restored a two-thirds majority Legislature vote on tax or fee proposals, months after Democratic leaders in hot pursuit of scarce dollars had voided Tim Eyman’s previous tax-limits measure.With no new revenue source and Washington’s economy still moribund, legislators must produce an “all cuts” budget on which accounting tricks and stop-gap measures just won’t do.Really.“We’ve used all the gimmicky kind of stuff. We’re at a point where we’ll truly have to mean it when we say we’ll have to reduce spending,” said veteran Sen. Joe Zarelli, R-Ridgefield.last_img read more

Gain insight into the future of reward at Employee Benefits Connect 2017

first_imgEmployee Benefits Connect will return on 1 March 2017 to provide delegates with the opportunity to learn more about the latest innovations in the industry and discuss the future of reward.The one-day event will feature a six-stream conference programme and a selection of roundtables for industry debate, which will focus on future trends and challenges facing HR, benefits and compensation professionals.The conference streams will examine key topics impacting employee benefits strategies, including: data analytics; talent management; holistic wellbeing; technology and innovation; employee engagement; driving performance.The conference sessions will be led by industry experts, such as Gareth Ashley-Jones, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) benefits manager at Wells Fargo, who will explain how to future proof global benefits technology strategies, and Henk Verhoek, group head of reward at Low and Bonar, who will examine how gender pay reporting can serve to address the underlying drivers in a business.The roundtable sessions will enable attendees to have their say on industry challenges and share best practice with peers. These will focus on a range of subjects, such as how to break the taboos around mental health in the workplace, how to financially empower staff, and how augmented reality could transform the employee experience.Delegates can also network with leading providers on the busy exhibition floor to gain insight into the latest products and services on the market, and ensure that their benefits strategies remain fit for the future.Employee Benefits Connect 2017 will take place on Wednesday 1 March at Park Plaza, London.Find out more and register.last_img read more

Local flights to Atlanta return to normal after massive power outage

first_imgMIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – Flights heading to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport out of South Florida are now beginning to operate normally after a massive power outage grounded multiple flights fro days.Passengers out of Miami International Airport finally took to the skies Tuesday after more than 1500 flights were canceled in Atlanta.Airports around the country could feel the ripple effect after operations were suspended at the nation’s busiest airport.Officials said a fire in an underground electrical plant, Sunday, was responsible for knocking out the power.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Time Inc to Sell Direct Sales Business

first_imgPutting the direct sales business up for sale does not signal a more extensive sell-off of Southern Progress properties, including its magazines, a Time Inc. spokesperson told FOLIO:.”The sale isn’t being motivated by distress, because if there was corporate distress caused by problems with bank covenants, you would see a much, much larger transaction designed to address those kinds of larger problems,” Alcamo said.In November, Time Inc. folded Cottage Living, one of the magazines in its Southern Progress portfolio. About 40 jobs were lost as part of the shuttering.A month earlier, Time Inc. underwent a massive restructuring that resulted in the termination of a reported 600 positions—including 30 at Southern Progress. Time Inc. announced late Wednesday that it has put direct sales business Southern Living at Home, part of its Southern Progress Corp. subsidiary, on the block. According to Time Inc. executive vice president Sylvia Auton, who oversees the company’s recently-formed lifestyle group, poor economic conditions “necessitated an evaluation of all of our publishing and commercial activities and where we put our investment dollars and focus.“In these more demanding times,” Auton continued, “we have therefore decided to exit the direct selling business and concentrate on what we do best which is the creation and marketing of innovative market-leading print and digital brands.””Southern Living at Home is a people-intensive direct marketing business that wasn’t consistent with the parent company’s focus on owned content,” said Michael Alcamo, president of media investment bankers M.C. Alcamo & Co., Inc. “As a start-up and brand extension it was a success, but as time goes on, every brand extension has to justify the management attention required to look after it.”last_img read more

Environmental Advocacy Group Sues to Block Marines Corps Realignment

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR A federal lawsuit filed last week by environmental advocacy group Earthjustice seeks to stop the relocation of 5,000 Marines from Okinawa to Guam, claiming the Navy’s record of decision for the move failed to consider the disruption to communities and the environmental destruction that would result from training the troops on the Northern Mariana Islands of Tinian and Pagan.“The Navy’s decision would have devastating consequences for the people of Tinian and Pagan,” Earthjustice attorney David Henkin said in a press release.Communities on Tinian would be subjected to high-decibel noise, as well as restricted access to traditional fishing grounds, cultural sites and beaches, according to the release. Pagan would be the target of ship-to-shore naval bombardment as part of the training, which would destroy native forests and coral reefs, reported the Pacific Daily News.“The Navy blatantly violated those mandatory legal duties when it decided to station Marines on Guam without any consideration of the destruction from live-fire training the Navy claims those Marines will need or of other places those Marines could be trained with far fewer impacts,” Henkin said.Earthjustice filed the suit on behalf of the Tinian Women’s Association, Guardians of Gani, PaganWatch and the Center for Biological Diversity. The groups say the Navy failed to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act by not considering all the impacts associated with the relocation and training in a single environmental impact statement and not evaluating alternative stationing and training locations that could accomplish the Marines’ mission with far fewer environmental impacts.A Navy spokesman at Joint Region Marianas would not comment on the lawsuit.last_img read more

Kesha Lil Uzi Vert Janelle Monaé Added As Headliners For Summerfest

first_imgIn recent years, Summerfest has grown into a massive musical and cultural gathering, taking over a 75-acre permanent festival grounds on the Lake Michigan shore in downtown Milwaukee for 11 days and featuring over 800 artists on 12 stages. The festival is produced by the non-profit organization Milwaukee World Festival, Inc.“Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. exists to promote the performing arts, showcase the diversity of our community and promote Milwaukee as a destination,” said Don Smiley, president and CEO of the organization. “This mission has guided us for decades and it makes our festival distinctly different from other events.”Full lineup information, schedule and ticket information are available via the festival’s website.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs” Summerfest 2018 Reveals Additional Headliners kesha-lil-uzi-vert-janelle-mona%C3%A9-added-headliners-summerfest News Kesha, Lil Uzi Vert, Janelle Monaé Added As Headliners For Summerfest Facebook center_img Imagine Dragons, Marshmello, Logic, The Weeknd, Arcade Fire, Florida Georgia Line, and more will also play the annual summer bash in Milwaukee, Wis.Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Apr 5, 2018 – 7:29 am Last year, Milwaukee’s Summerfest celebrated its 50th anniversary. In 2018 the festival continues to grow, rolling out an incredible lineup including huge names from pop, rock, country, dance, hip-hop, and R&B led by newly announced headlines GRAMMY nominees Kesha, Lil Uzi Vert, and Janelle Monaé.With more than 100 headliners in all, Summerfest will also feature performances from Imagine Dragons, Marshmello, Bonnie Raitt, Logic, The Weeknd, Shawn Mendes, Arcade Fire, Florida Georgia Line, Anderson East, Blake Shelton, The Fray, and many more. Twitter Email last_img read more

The best headphones that still work on your iPhone 7

first_imgThe iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are coming September 16, but you can accept the pointless death of the headphone jack right now with these quality Lightning and Bluetooth wireless headphones. Or leave your name in the comments below for my petition to President Obama to make iPhones without headphones jacks a federal crime. I bet the FBI would just love to go after Apple again.At least we’re getting an iOS Mario game… and a gritty Wizard of Oz RPG. Apple EarPods1/7 The next generation of EarPods use the Lightning connection, since that’s what the port was built for all along, of course. These upgraded EarPods come packed in with every iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. It doesn’t appear you’ll be able to charge your iPhone while these are plugged in, so good thing the iPhone 7 has a slightly better battery life.<><> I don’t dislike Apple. I prefer PCs to Macs, but I’ve been a proud iPhone and iPad owner for years. Covering iPhone games was my main beat as a games journalist back in the day, and iOS provides pretty much everything I want from a mobile operating system.However, after watching the iPhone 7 announcement I’m so glad I already upgraded to an iPhone SE, and not just because it’s the only properly sized iPhone left. The improved cameras, force feedback, and home button all sound pretty neat. But I just can’t get over the lack of a headphone jack. We had months to prepare for Apple’s oh-so courageous decision to sell you another adapter dongle, but I still feel like preventing users from using the standard headphones that work across countless other consumer electronics is a hostile, spiteful, and arguably insulting move.We’re not talking about disc drives or VGA ports or proprietary 30-pin connectors. These. Are. Headphones. Learn more about the iPhone 7’s design in Apple’s latest defensive press conference. That port was just taking up too much space. Sorry, any businesses that use Square card readers.But if the iPhone 7 is just too alluring, or you honestly don’t care about the phased-out functionality, here are some of the best Lightning and Bluetooth wireless headphones that will work with Apple’s upcoming smartphone. Lightning and wireless headphones do offer their own advantages in terms of sound quality and convenience. Not enough to make up for rendering all other headphones obsolete, but hey, let’s focus on the good things.last_img read more

Hair or Art How Andy Warhol used Wigs to Craft his Enigmatic

first_imgMention the name Andy Warhol and most people would instantly think of his painting of a Campbell’s Tomato Soup can, his portrait of Marilyn Monroe, or his prediction that everyone would enjoy 15 minutes of fame. Some might mention his unruly hair—without realizing it was a wig. And yet, the website suggests that the silver-grey wig made the renowned pop artist what he was. In effect, it gave him his brand.Pop artist Andy Warhol eating cereal and looking at his mother Julia, prob. at her home. (Photo by Ken Heyman/Woodfin Camp/Woodfin Camp/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)The wig (or, more accurately wigs—it seems he built up quite a collection of them) was not so much about style as image. Warhol believed that the wig gave him a personality of “otherness.”Warhol (1929-87) began wearing wigs in the 1950s when he started going bald. According to, he started with a mouse-brown creation, moved through several shades of blond, and eventually settled on silver grey. His theory was simple: if you looked old all the time, no one would know how old you were.Portrait of the American artist Andy Warhol at his exhibition dedicated to Black transvestites in the US. Ferrara, November 1975The wigs may have been about more than vanity. It has been proposed that there was more to Warhol’s wig-wearing than hiding a bald patch or defining an image.The site suggests Warhol had deep insecurities arising from his religious upbringing and his homosexuality. He also wanted to find a balance between appearing less gay to achieve commercial success, while at the same time appearing attractive to other men.Andy WarholThere is a suggestion that the artist was anxious to hide other issues as well. Visitors to his apartment said that he often greeted them wearing masks to hide skin problems. So it does appear there was more to wearing the wig than met the eye.Despite all this, Warhol didn’t wear the wigs with any great care. They were generally placed randomly and with his remaining dark hair sticking out underneath.(Photo by Francois LOCHON/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)Most of the wigs seem to have been made in New York, and had the label “HAIRPIECE, Original by Paul.” It appears they were made with hair imported from Italy.Although he wore wigs for many years, it was only in 1985 that Warhol’s worst nightmare came true when his wig was snatched clean off his head. recounts that a woman made her bid for 15 minutes of fame by grabbing the hairpiece at a New York book-signing.The Andy Warhol MuseumIn his own words, quoted on : “I don’t know what held me back from pushing her over the balcony. She was so pretty and well-dressed.I guess I called her a bitch or something and asked how she could do it. But it’s okay, I don’t care—if a picture gets published, it does. There were so many people with cameras.Warhol (left) and Tennessee Williams (right) talking on the SS France, 1967.Maybe it’ll be on the cover of Details, I don’t know… It was so shocking. It hurt. Physically… And I had just gotten another magic crystal which is supposed to protect me and keep things like this from happening…”Despite that, Warhol was apparently relatively unfazed by the incident and continued signing copies of his book America! after pulling up his parka hood. There is no report of the culprit being apprehended, so it appears she made good her states that Andy Warhol never threw a wig away, and that after his unexpected death in 1987 following a bladder operation in a New York hospital (reported by BBC History), more than 100 wigs were found among his possessions. Forty of them are in the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.Although someone else’s wig is probably not a gift most of us would treasure, in a curious act of generosity, Warhol framed one of his and gave it to fellow artist Jean-Paul Basquiat as a finished work of art. While possibly not to everyone’s taste, the gesture may have been more altruistic than it appears at first sight. In 2006, Christie’s sold it for $10,600.last_img read more

From Prunes to Cheese – Why People Started Smiling for Photographs

first_imgA personal photo in the 21st century typically involves two essential elements — a smartphone (with or without selfie stick), plus perhaps that strangest of facial expressions the “duck face”. The explanation behind the face is fairly obvious, it’s a modern ritual, but what of the older photographic traditions, such as saying “cheese” before taking the shot…?Mention of that particular foodstuff was tied in with Eastman Kodak’s marketing of the camera in the early years of the 20th century. They depicted it as “a tool to record joy,” according to a 2015 Washington Post article.Kendal, UK – May 27, 2015: Close-up of the iconic Kodak Instamatic 100 from the 1960s, flanked in the defocussed background by a top of the range Instamatic 500.But other food groups were available. 19th century British photographer Richard Beard encouraged his subjects to say “prunes” instead. Why did he do this? Because he wanted a more serious look to those whose lives he captured.Photography had exciting possibilities, but to begin with in 1839 it was a stiff and mechanical affair aimed at the middle classes. Before Kodak came along the idea was to reflect certain values, and above all not look like a commoner.Daguerreotype of Wendell Phillips by Richard BeardThe Washington Post quotes historian Christina Kotchemidova, who believes “people were motivated mainly by cultural forces, not practical considerations.”Writing in 2005, Kotchemidova said “Etiquette codes of the past demanded that the mouth be carefully controlled; beauty standards likewise called for a small mouth.”Mrs. R. Holdsworth, hand-colored daguerreotype by Richard Beard, 1853A smile or grin had surprisingly unsavory associations. Referring to the work of fellow historian Fred Schroeder, she stated, “In the fine arts a grin was only characteristic of peasants, drunkards, children, and halfwits, suggesting low class or some other deficiency.”Beard’s use of “prunes” ensured the mouth had a more noble appearance. The fact it made his customer resemble a dead fish was neither here nor there apparently.Maria Edgeworth, by Richard BeardAside from snobbery, there were practical reasons that made a portrait a sluggish experience rather than an upbeat one. It took time to get the image onto the plate. The business used to take hours, and was then refined to a muscle-straining 15 mins.Related Video: Famous Last Romantic WordsNo-one wanting to smile could be expected to contort their faces for that long. Plus chances were they wouldn’t be keen for people to see inside their mouths anyway.Richard BeardThe Ohio Historical Society wrote about the situation with dentistry in the 1800s, saying that “good dental care was not widely available… dental practices like root canals and caps that allow us to keep our teeth today were not done. The cure for a decayed or broken tooth was often simply to pull it.”Widely-available treatment eventually arrived and folk felt more comfortable with their freshly-installed pearly whites. Photography however had to play catch up with this new-found optimism.George EastmanBy promoting cameras and their photos as a means of expressing happiness, Eastman Kodak effectively kicked the pressure-laden portrait into the long grass. The focus was on family fun rather than pomposity. Cheese took the place of prunes.There was a knock on effect from Kodak’s campaigning. By taking photography out of the studio and into the hands of ordinary Americans, it changed the way people viewed the business of picture taking.“By the 1920s, companies were using pictures of smiling models to sell everything from canned vegetables to cars,” writes the Post. “Employing the same visual language to sell cameras, Kodak and others had — in a very meta way — installed the smile as one of the ‘standards for a good snapshot.’”Two women posing for a portrait, 1910-1920The “prune”-proclaiming Richard Beard was out of the loop by that stage. The website of the National Portrait Gallery mentions that “There were huge profits from his studios in London and Liverpool and from the sale of licences to take daguerreotypes, but Beard was ruined by his many legal actions against rivals.”Read another story from us: A Historic Look at the World Through the First Photographs Ever TakenUnfortunately he declared bankruptcy in 1850, at which point his face probably looked a lot like a trout’s. Ironically the very expression that’s now a gold standard in popular culture.last_img read more

Bird Embryos Can Communicate With Each Other From Inside Unhatched Eggs

first_imgClose Researchers found that unhatched yellow-legged gulls communicate with each other from inside their eggs by vibrating the shells. They do this to warn their nestmates when a predator is present.   ( Daria | Pixabay ) Baby birds that have not yet hatched from their shells can communicate and warn each other in the presence of danger.A new study revealed that developing baby yellow-legged gulls vibrate their shells to alert their neighbors if a predator is around. This, according to experts, is one of the most sophisticated known examples of embryonic communication.The new study was published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution. All Search ENDS IN Ads by Amazon Wow facts 4Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусскийadvertisementHow Baby Birds CommunicateThey made the discovery after they had studied 90 yellow-legged gull eggs from a large breeding region in Sálvora Island in northern Spain. The eggs were placed into nests of three.When the eggs are six days away from hatching, two of the three eggs were temporarily removed from each nest and exposed to either a recording of a predator alarm call or white noise. The third egg remained in the nest.The researchers played the recorded predator alarm call or white noise four times a day for three minutes at a time until the chicks hatched.The study revealed that the eggs exposed to the noise by vibrating more and vocalizing less. Moreover, this behavior was also passed on to the third bird that remained in the nest and was not exposed to the sounds.Baby Birds Warn Each Other Of DangerLike its nestmates, the third egg underwent genetic changes that delayed hatching. The researchers also observed an increased production of stress hormones in the embryos, which is known to occur in the face of a threat.These responses affect baby birds even after they hatched. Chicks that were previously exposed to predator alarm calls were quicker to run and hide.”It is already well known that embryos are able to perceive certain cues from outside the egg, but it has not been known until now that they can capture this information from outside and transfer it from one embryo to another,”Jose Noguera, the lead author of the study, explained to The Guardian.The researchers admitted that they still are unsure how embryos understand the vibrations. However, Noguera is positive that a similar phenomenon occurs in other bird species.He and his team hope to continue the study. Their next step is to investigate whether the unhatched birds can pick up other external information from inside the egg. TAG Birds, yellow-legged gull, Egg, embryonic communication Bestseller AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches DEAL OF THE DAY Ads by Amazon ⓒ 2018 All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.last_img read more

New Zealand wants new summer holiday period

first_imgFor Kiwis, nothing compares to a summer holiday on the beach. Image: The timing of the summer holiday period in New Zealand is again under the spotlight after a study revealed that almost a quarter of Kiwis wanted to move the traditional summer break to February.According to the findings of a study conducted by Tourism Bay of Plenty, 24 percent of respondents said they would prefer to have their summer holidays moved to a period when weather in the country is generally better, such as February.However, with 38 percent of respondents still against the proposition, and with an equal number undecided, the NZ government won’t be rushing into any decision anytime soon.Talking to the issue, Tourism Bay of Plenty general manager Rhys Arrowsmith said that although weather in February was “generally excellent”, this year the nation had also been blessed with “periods of settled and sunny weather in many parts of the country over the Christmas and New Year period”.The study found that 40 percent of Kiwis said wet weather was their ‘ultimate peeve’ while on summer vacation, while 20 percent flagged traffic as the most annoying.Despite NZ’s plethora of attractions, like its Fiordland, alpine regions and cosmopolitan cities, the survey identified beach (34%) and food/wine (21%) activities as being the most popular while on a summer holiday.In addition to this, respondents chose the beach/sea air (32%) as their favourite smell of summer, and waves on the beach (42%) as their favourite sound of summer. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more

Search flight deals to anywhere in the app

first_imgSearch flight deals to anywhere in the app Try it now – just choose your departure point above and select Everywhere as your destination – or read on for more details ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map How to search ‘Everywhere‘Step 1: Enter your departure pointYou can type in your local airport, or if you’re feeling extra flexible, you can enter an entire country. So for example, you can type in ‘UK’ to find the absolute cheapest flight leaving the UK on a certain day or month. RelatedLast minute flights: here’s how to find late travel dealsIn the era of budget airlines, are last minute flights dead? Not if you know how, when, and where to look… Here’s some tried and tested tips on how to bag a last minute flight bargain. Search for last minute flights nowGet personalised flight deals from your local airport with SkyscannerHave you set up an account with Skyscanner yet? Sign up and we’ll deliver personalised flight deals to and from your local airport, straight to your inbox. We’ll also send you the best travel articles and all for free! Here’s how it works in 5 simple steps…How to find flash sale flights before they’re goneOn your marks, get set, go! It’s another flights flash sale from a low-cost airline! But you’re just never quick enough eh? How do you bag a seriously cheap flight when these sales come around? Well, here are our tried and tested tips that will help you catch bargain flight… Step 3: Enter your dates and how many passengers are travellingIf you’ve got specific dates or a last-minute weekend in mind then enter them in the ‘depart’ and ‘return’ boxes. But, if you’re just browsing and don’t mind when you fly then you can search for flights going to all destinations across a whole month. For example, you can instantly see which are the cheapest destinations to fly to from the UK in August. Click on the ‘Depart’ box, select ‘Whole month’ and then choose a month, or just select ‘Cheapest Month’ option. Then enter the cabin class and number of passengers in the next box and hit ‘Search flights’.Step 4: Pick cheapest flights to everywhere and anywhereSkyscanner will scour the web and list all of the destinations you can travel to, starting with the cheapest. Click on the country name and you’ll see a list of destinations, starting with the lowest airfare to the highest. So in just a couple of clicks, you can find the cheapest flights to everywhere and anywhere.There you have it, four easy steps to find the cheapest flights to absolutely everywhere! So get daydreaming and test out this cool search for yourself. But don’t just take our word for it, here’s world traveller and blogger, Dan Flying Solo, to tell us what he thinks:“As a frequent flyer finding great value flights is always top of the agenda. The ease of using the ‘everywhere’ search tool takes all the stress out of booking tickets and with a bit of flexibility. Skyscanner always finds me the best deal to go where I want – or sometimes to a place I hadn’t even planned on visiting!”Hear about more of our great tools, deals and offers by signing up to our newsletter Dreaming of your next adventure? Fly away with some of our most popular airlines:center_img ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepartReturnCabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map AlitaliaBritish AirwaysQantas Get more tips on how to grab a bargain flight:Top 50 destinations: When is the best time to book your flights?From LA to Lanzarote, we’ve got all the information on the cheapest time to book flights and tips on how to make sure you bag a bargain. Seven secrets to finding low cost flightsWe reveal our seven savviest secrets, tried and tested by expert budget travellers, that will help you to find the best low cost flights. The Skyscanner guide to finding a late dealLast minute flights used to be the go-to for travellers looking for cheap flights. But in our era of budget airlines, are last minute flight deals dead?20 money saving travel tips and secretsFrom booking flights to fine dining: find out how to save cash on holiday. Why pay more than you need to on travel?Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. Step 2: Enter ‘Everywhere’ in the ‘To’ boxJust start typing ‘Everywhere’ and you’ll see it pop up as an option on the drop-down list. The search will now look for all of the destinations that can be reached from your departure point.last_img read more