We Tried to Drown the Sonic Pickle Juice Slush with Booze

first_imgThere are times in life when unabashed excitement overtakes you. You just can’t help but be happy. Winning a sports championship, for example, or finding a bottle of Pappy in a deceased relative’s liquor cabinet (minus the deceased relative part). We would argue, too, that the when the news broke a few months ago that Sonic would be releasing a pickle slush was also one of these times.The thought of pickle juice — with its saline, vinegary joy — made into a slush sounded incredibly promising. Why wouldn’t it? We drink goses and their ilk to feel refreshed. Runners use pickle juice all the time to recover. Same principles here. I had high hopes. It was a time of infinite joy and possibility. This could be the drink of the summer.  What could possibly go wrong with a pickle juice slush?If you’re Sonic, a lot. Like, all of it.Let’s start with the color. These are pickles:This is Behr’s Dill Pickle paint:This is a Sonic Pickle Juice Slush:Amy Ellis PhotographyThat, friends, is an unnatural shade of green. That is not pickle green. That’s toxic waste on The Simpsons green. That is a clarion call to all that are sane in the world that says, “Beware! There are no pickles here.”One cannot judge a Sonic Pickle Juice Slush on sight alone, however. You can however, judge it one look and smell.That’s what this slush smells like. Sweet, sweet sadness.Have you ever been to a carnival at the end of the night, when the midway is littered with everything from wisps of cotton candy stuck  to a half-eaten deep-fried corn dogs? Imagine if you took a pickle slice (which would fallen out of a doughnut burger, obviously) and rolled it in the powdered sugar from the chunk of elephant ear that some toddler flung carelessly at (but not into) a trash can. That’s what this slush smells like. Sweet, sweet sadness. You can tell it has some semblance of pickle in it, but that is covered up by the saccharine hopes and dreams of a company banking on people’s love of all things pickle.That sweetness on the nose carries through immediately on the palate. It should not be surprisingly that a slush is sweet, I know, but there was a slim, slim hope that this would not be a typical slush. I was still holding out that this would something like Pickle Ice. Those hopes? Dashed. Dashed hard and dashed quickly.Amy Ellis PhotographyIf you want to know what the slush tastes like, go into your pantry and find the bag of confectioners sugar. Then, go in your fridge and find the jar of bread and butter pickles. Coat a pickle slice in said sugar, pop it in your mouth, and chew. Try not to scream in abject horror. The mix of sweet and almost salty is abysmal. There’s pickle flavor there, but barely. It’s as if whoever created this monstrosity of a product had never actually eaten one, but merely looked at a child’s drawing of a pickle and went, “Got it! I know the flavor!”As it turns out, booze does not make everything betterIt’s hard to conceive of how this one got through the development stages. Were there other iterations that tasted less like pickle? Did they even try it themselves? One taste of this and it’s hard to say that they did indeed try their own product before unleashing this fresh green hell. But, having made it through the tasting, I still held onto a small amount of hope that this experiment could be saved. What if I added booze, I thought. Booze makes everything better.Narrator: As it turns out, booze does not make everything better.(Beware from this point on. Booze was harmed in the making of this article.)Amy Ellis PhotographyI started with whiskey — because picklebacks — but oh, how was I wrong. I went with Wild Turkey Longbranch because I figured the mesquite notes might make a little bit of barbecue magic. They did not. Instead, the caramel and vanilla flavors made the concoction even sweeter. On the plus side, adding whiskey did make it actually look like pickle juice, so there’s that.Next up was vodka. Good ol’ vodka. There are times when having something a neutral spirit is great. This was not one of them. That’s really all that can be said.Third, I decided to switch it up and use one of my favorite liqueurs, Ancho Reyes Verde. I figured the spice might cut through the sweet disease that was slowly creeping over my palate. The spiciness was nice, but again the sweetness shined bright like a pickle freaking diamond. This was a miscalculation on my part, as I got too excited by the spice to remember the sweet body of the liqueur.The only spirit that did make any sort of difference was mezcal. Big, bold, smoky, and not sweet at all, the flavors of this agave spirit broke through to make a palatable drink. Not a great drink, but a palatable one. Sort of.Sure, you can make the argument that this is a slush, so it should be sweet and blah, blah, blah, but I think the missteps in Sonic’s creation process (i.e. apparently never actually tasting a real pickle) doomed this slush from the start.  You’re better off getting some regular old pickle juice and throwing some crushed ice in it if you want a pickle juice slush this summer. Editors’ Recommendations The Best Vodka Mixers for Stocking Your Home Bar Rum 101: An Introduction to the Different Types of Rum and How They’re Made How to Drink Absinthe and Live to Tell the Tale How to Make a Cuban Sandwich, According to Chefs How 2 Brooklynites are Reviving an Iconic Midwestern Supper Club last_img read more

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Nominations Sought to Recognize Outstanding Nova Scotians

first_imgThe province is asking people to nominate, or re-nominate, candidates for Nova Scotia’s highest honour. Nominations are now being accepted for the Order of Nova Scotia. Members of the Order are invested for making significant and lasting contributions to their community. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 21. “The Order of the Nova Scotia is the highest honour the province can bestow on someone. It is a symbol of respect and gratitude for the tremendous contributions of our most exemplary citizens,” said Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant, chancellor of the Order of Nova Scotia. “I encourage people to nominate someone for the Order, and am happy to note that re-nominations have also been very successful.” Since its creation in 2001, 72 recipients have been invested into the Order, including five last year. “Each year, we have the pleasure of recognizing the work, art, and achievements of some of our most outstanding citizens,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “The Order demonstrates how the passion and dedication of one individual, regardless of their career or field, can make our communities, and our province, a better place.” Previous recipient Jack Yazer of Sydney, was invested to the Order in 2005. He immigrated to Canada from Poland at 14 and went on to become a successful businessman, World War II veteran, community activist and volunteer. He was also instrumental in establishing Cape Breton’s first regional hospital. “To come from Poland, without speaking English, and work yourself up and then be recognized in this way, it’s one of the most important things I’ve got,” said Mr. Yazer. “People ask me why I volunteer so much, but anything I gave, I’ve gotten back form my community.” Nomination forms are available at all Access Nova Scotia centres, Province House, offices of members of the legislative assembly, Nova Scotia members of Parliament and the Senate, and municipal offices. People re-nominating, can submit a photocopy of the previous nomination package, with a new nomination form. For more information, contact the Protocol Office at 902-424-2467, e-mail orderofns@gov.ns.ca or visit www.novascotia.ca/iga/order.asp .last_img read more

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Ouarzazate Court of Appeal Jails 5 Demonstrators over Thirst Protests in

Rabat – The Hirak Rif movement’s protesters are not the only Moroccan demonstrators to face jail sentences. The Criminal Chamber in Ouarzazate Court of Appeal has sentenced a group of people to prison for protesting over water scarcity in the Moroccan southern city of Zagora.The court has sentenced a protester to one year of imprisonment, after being accused of taking part in an unauthorized demonstration and for throwing stones on security officials, according to news daily Al Massae.The Ouarzazate Court of Appeal has also sentenced four other protesters to two months each in prison and a fine of MAD 500. The court has cleared two teenagers of charges made by the Prosecutor General’s Office. On September 24, a group of people took to Zagora’s parched streets to demand access to clean drinking water. The police then intervened to disperse the manifestation and arrested 23 people, seven of whom were prosecuted for “participating in an unauthorized demonstration,” according to the Moroccan Association for Human Rights (AMDH).On October 8, residents of Zagora flocked to the streets of the city once more in a peaceful march, carrying Moroccan flags and portraits of King Mohammed VI to denounce water shortage in their town as well as in the surrounding regions.Dubbed ‘Hirak Al Atach,’ meaning ‘thirst protest’ in Arabic, the movement was quickly targeted by Moroccan authorities. Police elements started to stalk small crowds in the alleys of the city to prevent any kind of improvised demonstrations.Protesters then allegedly started assaulting security officials by throwing them with projectiles, lighting firecrackers and setting up barricades to prevent security vehicles from advancing into the city’s neighborhoods.The clashes between police elements and protesters resulted in injuries to authorities and a woman, who was wounded. However, protesters accused an officer of beating her and kicking her hard in the back while police intervened to stop the protest.In October, King Mohammed VI tasked Morocco’s Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani to chair a committee to find a solution to the problem of water shortage in the country. Charafat Afailal, minister delegate in charge of environment, visited the city of Zagora, where she vowed to find a solution to the country’s water problem.Residents of different regions, especially rural areas, have complained about an increasing scarcity of drinking and irrigation water. In cities like Ouazzane, Beni Melal, Zagora, Sefrou, Khenifra and Azilal, Moroccans took to the streets to draw the government’s attention to their suffering. read more

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UN appeals for resettlement of Palestinians stranded on IraqSyria border

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is issuing the urgent call on the eve of its bi-annual consultations with resettlement countries.Of the some 34,000 Palestinians living in Iraq in 2003, fewer than 15,000 remain in the country. “The majority fled Baghdad since 2003 because of threats, torture, detention, or after friends and family members were killed,” said UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond. “The steady drain on financial resources has forced middle class families into the ranks of the poor, needing housing, food, medical, and cash assistance.”Nearly 3,000 Palestinian refugees are taking shelter at the Syria-Iraq border camps, with over 1,200 refugees classified as highly vulnerable – having life-threatening diseases, requiring emergency medical treatment or fearing persecution if they return – and they must be resettled immediately, UNHCR said.Living conditions at the camps are very difficult and continue to deteriorate, with refugees facing searing heat in the summer and freezing temperatures in the winters. There is also little security and limited medical services available to camp residents.Over the past few years, UNHCR has sought to help these refugees. Between 2006 and 2008, almost 400 were resettled, mostly to non-traditional resettlement countries such as Brazil and Chile, while others started new lives in Denmark, the Netherlands, Iceland, New Zealand and Canada. Another group will shortly be heading to Sweden.“This, however, remains insufficient and with conditions deteriorating UNHCR once again calls for urgent actions from resettlement countries all over the world,” Mr. Redmond said.Twice a year, UNHCR holds informal talks with resettlement countries, while consultations between resettlement countries and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are held annually. 14 October 2008The United Nations refugee agency is appealing for the resettlement of Palestinian refugees stranded in desperate conditions for the past two years in makeshift camps on the border between Iraq and Syria. read more

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World must act now to reverse worsening situation in Afghanistan – Ban

4 January 2010There is currently no indication of an early improvement in the security situation in Afghanistan, which deteriorated last year – dramatically so in Kabul, the capital – and a better coordinated international effort is crucial to reversing overall negative trends, according to the latest United Nations report released today. There is currently no indication of an early improvement in the security situation in Afghanistan, which deteriorated last year – dramatically so in Kabul, the capital – and a better coordinated international effort is crucial to reversing overall negative trends, according to the latest United Nations report released today.“We are now at a critical juncture,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon tells the Security Council in the report, which focuses on the flawed presidential election and the adverse effects of increased Taliban suicide and other attacks both for the Government’s ability to deliver basic services and that of the international community to provide aid.“The situation cannot continue as is if we are to succeed in Afghanistan. Unity of effort and greater attention to key priorities are now a sine qua non. There is a need for a change of mindset in the international community as well as in the Government of Afghanistan. Without that change, the prospects of success will diminish further.” The Afghan Government and its international partners will be meeting in London on 28 January for a high-level meeting to discuss the country’s agenda in the wake of the recent elections. Mr. Ban calls on the Government and world community to make the best possible use of the coming months to focus on agreed priorities, with a reinforced international coordination structure under a UN umbrella that will meet the principal needs of delivering services to the Afghan people and developing an economy that can gradually carry more responsibility for the people’s well-being.He cites insufficient resources as one cause of the current lack of such coordination but singles out a lack of political readiness in donor countries to adapt their thinking to meet these needs. “If the international community were to continue along a course of substituting local capacity, rather than of capacity-building, the result would be entrenchment and ultimately failure,” he warns.“If the negative trends are not corrected, there is a risk that the deteriorating overall situation will become irreversible. We cannot afford this.”Mr. Ban rejects the argument that the election, marred by fraud in the first round and by the withdrawal of President Hamid Karzai’s main opponent Abdullah Abdullah in the second, was so flawed that it had condemned the state-building process to failure.“This is incorrect. Rather, it is the weaknesses in the state-building process so far, including the ongoing culture of impunity, the still inadequate security forces, corruption and the insufficient pace of institution-building that undermined the electoral process,” he writes.“Despite the flaws, however, this is not a reason to abandon what has been achieved and what must now be built upon,” he says, warning that the flaws and weaknesses must be corrected before the UN can engage in a similar supporting role for future elections. Parliamentary, district and mayoral polls are due this year, beginning in May. Turning to the security situation, the report cites an average of 1,244 incidents per month in the third quarter of 2009, a 65 per cent increase over 2008, with armed clashes, improvised explosive devices and stand-off attacks constituting the majority.The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) recorded 784 conflict-related civilian casualties between August and October, up 12 per cent from the same period in 2008, with anti-Government elements responsible for 78 per cent of the total, of whom 54 per cent were victims of suicide and improvised explosive device attacks. Mr. Ban notes the insurgents’ intimidation and threats against civilians to discourage them from participating in the elections, targeting community leaders and clerics in particular, as well as slightly increased attacks against the aid community, a nearly daily occurrence. On average nine people were assassinated per week in the third quarter, one of whom on average was a community leader.“The continuing high rate of direct intimidation of national staff working for the aid community, including the United Nations, continued to pose obstacles to programme delivery,” he writes.Following the 28 October attack by the Taliban on a guest house in Kabul where UN staff resided, killing five and wounding five more, some 340 UN international personnel have temporarily been relocated outside of Afghanistan.But he reiterates that the Organization will not be deterred, with over 6,000 national and international personnel remaining on the ground. “The United Nations plays an important role in Afghanistan and has the support of the Afghan people to continuing it,” he stresses. Mr. Ban’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Kai Eide will brief the Council on Wednesday on what is needed to allow UNAMA to more effectively coordinate aid and whether its mandate needs to be changed. Mr. Eide will make clear that the extra military resources committed to Afghanistan by United States President Barack Obama and other members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are much appreciated but they must be accompanied by a coherent political strategy, UNAMA spokesman Aleem Siddique told a news briefing in Kabul today.“For the military efforts to succeed, they must be led by a political strategy to build sustainable civilian institutions and begin a peace process under Afghan leadership and international partnership,” he said.Asked what electoral reforms were needed, he replied: “We need to see reform that prevents the sort or level of fraud and the attempted fraud that took place in the presidential polls. We need to see a removal or replacement of all those officials who were complicit in fraud, or failed to live up to the expectation of Afghanistan’s voters. And we need to see cleaner and fairer elections.”UNAMA, a political Mission directed by the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), was set up by the Security Council in 2002 to provide political and strategic advice for the peace process following the US-led ouster of the Taliban. It currently has some 1,500 staff, 80 per cent of them Afghan nationals. read more

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Ronda Rousey Fights Like An Outlier

Ronda Rousey is the rare athlete who dominates her sport while transcending it. You might recognize her from a cameo in the recent “Entourage” movie, or maybe you read about her in The New Yorker. Or maybe you saw clips of her last fight — all 14 seconds of it.But in case you’ve been living in a pacifist commune, know this much: Rousey is the best female mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter in the world. Top male fighters are wary of facing her. With an 11-0 record going into her much-publicized fight against Bethe Correia on Saturday, she’s arguably the biggest draw — man or woman — in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the biggest MMA promotion league.Beyond being simply “the best,” the former Olympian in judo — who, in the 2008 games in Beijing, became the first American woman to medal in the sport — is known for winning astonishingly fast. Her previous two fights lasted 30 seconds. Combined.Plotted below is the winning percentage of 2,135 MMA fighters (men and women) who have won at least three fights.1Fights from several promotion companies, such as Bellator and Strikeforce, are included in addition to UFC. On the x-axis is what I’m calling a fighter’s “fight speed score” — a measure of how much time is left in the fights they won versus how much is remaining in the bouts they lost.2The weighted average works like this: Take a fighter who has six wins and four losses. In her six wins, on average, 50 percent of the scheduled fight time was remaining; but in her losses, on average, 80 percent of the time was remaining. So her fight speed score is (6*0.5) – (4*0.8) = -0.2. This fighter tends to lose faster than she wins, even though she has a winning record. On average, Rousey has won her 11 fights with 90 percent of the scheduled fight time remaining; only three of her fights took more than 66 seconds.3The typical MMA fight is three scheduled five-minute rounds, except for championship bouts, which are five scheduled five-minute rounds. Other round and minute variations exist and were accounted for in the time-remaining calculation, which is a percentage. Combined with her undefeated record, this blazing-fast track record makes her a Lionel Messi-like outlier.Rousey’s quick fights are totally counter to the MMA trend overall. In the early 2000s, the average fight in the three-round, five-minute format lasted about 400 seconds for men and less than that for women. But in 2015, the typical fight went nearly two rounds (or about 600 seconds).4The trend lines in this chart represent the three-round, five-minute format. Rousey’s data points include fights in both formats. UPDATE (Nov. 13, 1:00 p.m.): Ronda Rousey defends her bantamweight title against Holly Holm this weekend in Australia. We wrote the story below before Rousey knocked out Bethe Correia in 34 seconds in August. Longer fights might be a product of the changing nature of MMA. It’s likely that, as MMA has become more popular, the competitive parity has risen too. And so it’s possible that fighters, facing more fearsome and equally matched opponents, are tweaking their tactics to be more risk-averse — to bide their time for an opportunity to strike, rather than coming in with the all-out aggressiveness that characterized the early days of the sport. Whatever the reason, today’s fighters don’t end fights like they used to.In the MMA of the past, fights were most likely to end when a fighter knocked another unconscious or twisted an opponent’s limb until he said “uncle” — but those days are over. Instead, MMA fights increasingly end with both fighters standing, which forces judges to make the call. There are essentially three ways a fight can end: a decision, a knockout (KO) or technical knockout (TKO), or a submission, which is when a fighter verbally or physically “taps out,” usually by being in a vulnerable position such as a chokehold.This is what’s happened to those three outcomes over the past 15 years:Submissions are down from about 45 percent of all fights in 2000 to 25 percent in 2015.5Each year, about 1 percent of fights have an “other” ending — usually a disqualification or a “no contest” (such as when a fighter does an illegal move that ends the fight). Those have been removed from this chart. That more fights end with a decision explains the longer fights, and could be a reflection of improving competitive parity in the sport. There are fewer instances of pros quickly pummeling their opponent.But Rousey is an exception. She has won all her fights by a submission or KO. Rousey has won nine of her 11 fights with the “armbar” submission — a move where Rousey hyperextends her opponent’s elbow, causing excruciating pain and sometimes gruesome results.And, interestingly, among fights ending in a submission, fewer are done with an armbar.Rousey’s favored armbar technique made up more than 35 percent of submissions in 2000. But now the armbar is used in less than 15 percent of submissions. Replacing it are choking moves such as the “guillotine” and “rear naked choke.”Although Rousey’s ways of winning are increasingly at odds with MMA trends, bettors seem to be confident she will continue winning. The betting odds from the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook put Rousey as a -1700 favorite against Correia (as of July 27). So one must bet $1,700 on Rousey to net $100 if she wins. She’s still a huge favorite. But Correia is also undefeated (9-0) and has beaten two of Rousey’s training partners.Rousey’s dominance has been a boon for MMA — and for female athletes more broadly. There’s no use resisting it. Just submit.Hank Gargiulo and Andrew Davis from ESPN’s Stats and Information Group contributed data analysis. Data is provided by FightMetric LLC. read more

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Breast cancer drug tamoxifen unfairly blamed for side effects research suggests

first_imgThousands of women may be abandoning a potentially life-saving breast cancer drug because they mistakenly blame it for causing unpleasant side effects.A trial has found that vomiting and nausea, which have traditionally been linked to the “wonder drug” tamoxifen, also occurred in patients who were given a placebo.The drug, which is prescribed to women who have already had breast cancer and to those whose genetic make-up means they have a high chance of developing the disease, has been shown to reduce the risk by as much as 30 per cent. This study suggests that in some cases stopping tamoxifen will not alone alleviate side-effects and would leave women without the lifesaving treatment this drug offersBreast Cancer Now “It’s important to manage expectations and provide accurate information on the likelihood of experiencing specific side effects and how these differ from symptoms that women may experience anyway.Figures from NHS digital showed that there were 662,264 prescriptions dispensed for tamoxifen in 2015.This is thought to relate to more than 13,000 patients.Last month, a study involving Cancer Research UK found three quarters of GPs were failing to offer the drug, despite official guidelines, because they were unaware of its benefits.Meanwhile, a significant proportion of family doctors reported they were unhappy offering tamoxifen to patients because of concerns over side effects.Rachel Rawson, from the charity Breast Cancer Care, said: “Distressing side effects, like hot flushes and nausea, can be so severe women may decide to stop taking tamoxifen, so it’s a fascinating suggestion that the drug may not always be to blame.“This study suggests that in some cases stopping tamoxifen will not alone alleviate side effects and would leave women without the life-saving treatment this drug offers.“Knowledge is power and we would urge women experiencing side effects on tamoxifen to go and speak to their hospital teams to get the support and information they need.“Only then will they be able to make an informed decision that’s right for them.” Despite its efficacy, tamoxifen is abandoned by almost one in three patients, the research suggests, with the highest number dropping out in the first 12 months.As well as nausea and vomiting, hot flushes, sweats and low libido are frequently attributed to the medicine, which is often prescribed for five years after initial treatment, such as chemotherapy, ends.But the new data, described by experts as “fascinating”, suggests that the first two so-called side effects are actually caused by an unknown factor.The findings promise to help doctors persuade more women to stick with the 6p-a-day pill, which works by blocking the cancer-triggering hormone estrogen in breast cells and which can have a beneficial effect for 20 years.These include women with a family history of breast cancer at a young age, or who carry faulty BRCA1, BRCA2 or TP53 genes.Another risk factor is having denser-than-normal breast tissue.Dr Samuel Smith, a Cancer Research UK fellow and university academic fellow at the University of Leeds, said: “Our findings have implications for how doctors talk to patients about the benefits and side effects of preventive therapies such as tamoxifen. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge release new picture of laughing Prince Louis

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their childrenCredit:Matt Holyoak In one family photo, the Cambridge five sit in the morning room at Clarence House, with Prince Louis in the Duchess’ arms, Princess Charlotte gazing across at her baby brother and Prince George sitting on the Duke’s lap with a wide smile on his face. The four official images were taken by British photographer Matt Holyoak at Clarence House after Prince Louis was baptised in The Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace last Monday. The Duchess of Cambridge with baby LouisCredit:Matt Holyoak Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. With Prince George and Princess Charlotte joining their parents for Louis’s big day, it was the first time the Cambridges were seen together as a family of five.Mr Holyoak has worked with a host of celebrities and his photos have regularly been splashed on the covers of magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Shortlist and Dazed and Confused.He is not new to working with the royals, as he photographed the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh as part of a series of portraits released to mark their 70th wedding anniversary. “Everyone was so relaxed and in such good spirits, it was an absolute pleasure.”I only hope I have captured some of that joy in my photographs.”Prince Louis was sound asleep as he was carried into the Chapel Royal for the christening ceremony which lasted 40 minutes. Mr Holyoak said: “I was truly honoured at being asked to take the official photographs at the christening of Prince Louis, and to witness at first hand such a happy event. The Duchess of Cambridge with baby Louis Matt Porteous' pictures of Prince George on his third birthday The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released an extra photograph from the christening of Prince Louis, showing the beaming baby in the arms of his mother. The picture shows the first real laugh from Prince Louis, who was then 11 weeks old, caught on camera and shared with the public.Captured in the gardens of Clarence House, it was taken by the family’s private photographer Matt Porteous after the official photographs had been completed. The picture had originally been intended for the Cambridge’s own family photograph album, but it is understood that they liked it so much they have chosen to share it with the world. A spokesman for the couple said: “Their Royal Highnesses hope that everyone enjoys this lovely photograph of Prince Louis as much as they do.” The christening at St James’ PalaceCredit:PA Matt Porteous’ pictures of Prince George on his third birthdayCredit:Matt Porteous A fourth image shows mother and son in the garden at Clarence House, with the the Duchess looking down at the bright-eyed royal baby in her arms.A portrait of the Queen, who was not able to make the christening, smiles down from the wall. The Michael Noakes portrait will shortly go on display at Buckingham Palace as part of the Prince and Patron exhibition celebrating the Prince of Wales’ 70th birthday. The Royal Family The Royal FamilyCredit:Matt Holyoak The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children The full family photograph The christening at St James' Palace The full family photographCredit:Matt Holyoak Standing behind them are the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, along with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, with Meghan linking her hand through Harry’s arm.In a largest family photo, the Cambridges are joined by the Sussexes, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, and the Middleton family including sister Pippa Matthews and her husband James.A third photo of the Cambridge family by themselves features the Duchess smiling down at Louis in her arms, while George stands with one hand in his pocket and Charlotte leans into the trailing christening gown holding her baby brother’s hand.  Mr Porteous, a Jersey-based photographer who specialises in weddings, sport and travel, has previously taken pictures of Prince George’s third birthday at Anmer Hall. His photograph now joins a series of four pictures which have already been released, with the then-11-week-old Prince pictured in the arms of his mother and surrounded by his immediate family. read more

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Rage on Xbox 360 is a 22GB install

first_imgIf you watch any gameplay video of id Software’s forthcoming Rage FPS you know it’s going to be a big game. The size of the environments coupled with the quality of the graphics don’t come without lots of data. That accounts for the Xbox 360 version shipping on two DVDs, where as the PS3 can easily handle it on a Blu-ray.360 owners are in for a bit of a shock when they come to install the game, though. John Carmack has confirmed that if you choose to install, then expect to see 22GB of space disappear on your hard drive. Not only is that significantly larger than all other games as far as we know, it’s going to take a while to transfer across.It’s probably not worth considering bypassing the installation as Carmack stated in his QuakeCon keynote that for the 360, installation is “the way to go.” So in the long run, a painfully long installation is worth the wait to help cut down on much longer load times that will end up costing you even more waiting time.As for the PS3 version, we aren’t sure what the deal is, but an install also seems likely if not as large as on the 360. PC gamers can be happy in the knowledge it will be the usual deal of a full game install and disc required in the drive while you play. We hope that’s all it needs and is free of that ridiculous always-connected DRM nonsense some publishers are now opting to use.For some, 22GB may be too much for their 360, and a new hard drive purchase could be in order. You’ve still got a while before the October 4 release date though, it’s just unfortunate Xbox hard drives carry such extortionate price tags.More at VG247last_img read more

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Everything You Need to Know About Riverdale and SDCC

first_img Riverdale will have a panel at San Diego Comic Con this Saturday, July 22nd from 11:00 am to 11:45 am over at Ballroom 20. We at Geek.com want you to be all caught up on the latest Riverdale news ahead of this panel that’s sure to be full of surprises!First and most importantly, Riverdale is coming back for a second season. The catch? It’s moving from Thursdays at 9:00 pm to Wednesdays at 8:00 pm so if you tune in at the season one time don’t be alarmed if you’re confronted with a bunch of capes having overly emotional morality debates.See you at comicon. #WBSDCC @TVGuideMagazine @warnerbrostv pic.twitter.com/BNdaMJrCD9— KJ Apa (@kj_apa) July 12, 2017The first episode of season two will be airing on October 11th; just days after New York Comic Con. That’s good news for all you Twin Peaks fans that will be itching for some more small town weirdness after Twin Peaks: The Return wraps up. These kids may have solved a mystery a full season faster than Agent Cooper, but they’ll never love coffee or cherry pie quite as much as he does.Although Riverdale is coming back, that doesn’t mean the original gang will all be here. Actor Ross Butler will not be returning as Reggie Mantle in October. The actor Charles Melton who’s made appearances on shows including Glee and American Horror Story will be continuing Reggie’s legacy. Us geeks have survived recasting from first to second seasons of shows we’ve loved in the past, so I’m approaching this with optimism and wish Charles Melton the best.#Riverdale Season Two… Not yet, but coming VERY soon! pic.twitter.com/vIgk0ZMWPU— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) June 17, 2017In a win for LGBT fans, Kevin Keller (portrayed by actor Casey Cott) will be made into a regular on Riverdale instead of a recurring character. While not the only LGBT character we’ve seen pop up in the show, Kevin Keller’s legacy in the comics and having him as a regular is great move that we can all celebrate.Now that you’re all caught up on Riverdale news you’re ready for the San Diego Comic Con panel this Saturday. Go and see KJ Apa, Lili Reinhardt, the aforementioned Casey Cott, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Sarah Schechter, and many more as they roll out new details, answer your questions, and give a special presentation. Every Riverdale fan is going to want to keep their eyes on this one. Check back with Geek.com to get all the updates!View as: One Page Slides1/51. Luke Perry as Fred Andrews and KJ Apa as Archie Andrews (Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW)2. Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, KJ Apa as Archie Andrews and Molly Ringwald as Mary Andrews (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)3. Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, KJ Apa as Archie Andrews, and Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)4. Riverdale goes old school. Camila Mendes, KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse. (Photo via The CW)5. Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom and KJ Apa as Archie Andrews (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW) Stay on target A Tale of Two Wonder WomenSDCC Announcement: IDW Games Brings 90s Nick to Life last_img read more

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Reform California hosts SANDAG road repairs town hall in San Marcos

first_imgReform California hosts SANDAG road repairs town hall in San Marcos Jonathan Halvorson, Jonathan Halvorson Posted: June 25, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio and his political action committee, Reform California, are hosting a town hall to discuss SANDAG’s spending proposal.DeMaio joined Good Morning San Diego saying “the agency’s plan is to cut 14 freeway and highway improvements and shift all of that money into “transit” for downtown San Diego and to fund conversion of road lanes to dedicated bike lanes.”The town hall starting at 6:30 p.m. at the San Marcos Community Center and is aimed to “engage San Diegans about the issue and continue to fight back against the politicians who want to push these road raids,” said DeMaioPlease RSVP at reformcalifornia.org/events center_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 10:43 AM June 25, 2019last_img read more

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High winds push growing Washington wildfire

first_imgWINTHROP — Pushed by howling, erratic winds, a massive wildfire in north-central Washington was growing rapidly and burning in new directions Saturday.Road closures and evacuations were changing regularly, as hot weather and winds with gusts up to 30 mph were pushing the fire over ridge tops and toward a cluster of small towns northeast of Seattle.“This is a very active and fluid situation,” fire spokesman Chuck Turey said.As of Saturday morning, the lightning-caused fire had scorched nearly 340 square miles in the scenic Methow Valley. The fire was measured at 260 square miles Friday.People living between Carlton and Pateros have been told to leave their homes. The fire has blackened hillsides, destroyed homes and downed power lines. Many towns were without electrical power or phone service Saturday.Officials said there are no reports of serious injuries and only one more structure was destroyed overnight by the lightning-caused wildfire.Minor burns and bruises had been reported, but Turey called that “a pretty amazing safety record.”Airplanes and helicopters were dropping water and fire retardant on all parts of the fire, with no one area more of a concern than another, Turey said.“We’re seeing some wind shifts so that the fire is going to be pushed in some directions it hasn’t been pushed to date,” he said, adding that the good news is that in some places the wind is pushing the first back on itself.last_img read more

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Spire Healthcare appoints Thomas

first_imgIndependent hospital group Spire Healthcare has appointed Shelley Thomas as its new group HR director.In this role, Thomas will be responsible for developing a standardised people framework for the organisation’s 11,500 UK employees, incorporating local decision-making and flexibility to accommodate Spire Healthcare’s 39 hospitals and 11 clinics.Thomas has expertise in creating and embedding organisational cultures designed to engage staff, leading to a more productive workforce.Previously, Thomas has worked as group organisational development and talent director and as interim group HR director at pub retailer Greene King, vice president, people at supermarket Asda and as interim HR director, talent, academy and colleague engagement at retailer Morrisons.last_img read more

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Prabhas look in Saaho Female fans shower him with heart and fire

first_imgPrabhas with his female fans in EuropeTwitterBaahubali actor Prabhas’ new look in his upcoming movie Saaho, which is scheduled for release on August 15, is winning hearts all over the world and his female fans are drooling over it.Actor Prabhas was one of the most popular actors down south, but the Baahubali film series took his name and fame national and international level. Post this success, his fans count grew multifold and he has got a number of females fans not just in India, but also all over the world. Now, all their eyes are set on the release of his upcoming action thriller movie Saaho, which is directed by Sujeeth.The makers of Saaho have already released some of its promos like making videos, first look posters and teaser. Prabhas has opted for a stylish and uber cool looks in the movie. He new avatar featured in them is capturing all the hearts. As per Shades of Saaho, he is seen sporting leather jackets, sunglasses and denim in high octane action sequences, which are already a hit and the audience.Ever since the first glimpse of Prabhas was released, his female fans have been going all gaga over his new look and are not shying away from pouring in all their love for the star. Each time the makers released new posters, the comments section were flooded with comments like heart and fire emoji by female fans, who are appreciating his look and excited to watch their favourite superstar on the big screen.Prabhas is seen romancing Bollywood actress Shraddha Kapoor, who is all excited to make her south Indian film industry with the big-budget film Saaho. The makers recently released the teaser of the film and the audience cannot stop gushing over Prabhas’ fast-paced, action and chase scene in this video, which has registered over 100 million digital views in less than a week.last_img read more

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Beijing assures Dhaka of facilitating Rohingyas return

first_imgAH Mahmood AliChina has assured Bangladesh of facilitating the return of Rohingyas from Bangladesh as Dhaka sought active support from Beijing to this end, reports UNB.The assurance came during bilateral talks between foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Beijing on Friday.During the meeting, Mahmood Ali briefed the Chinese side on the status of the 1.1 million forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals, the Rohingyas, who have taken temporary shelter in Bangladesh.”The displaced Rohingyas are so traumatised that they want solid security guarantee for their return. They want to return to their original villages and not to any camps; they must be accorded opportunities to earn their livelihood,” he said.He sought China’s active support for expediting the process of early repatriation of these displaced people by encouraging Myanmar in creating conducive environment in the Rakhine state for return and resettlement of these people, said the foreign ministry.The Chinese foreign minister affirmed full support of China in realising early repatriation of the displaced people to Rakhine and improve the resettlement environment in Rakhine by helping them build houses and creating economic opportunities.The two sides reviewed the progress made in implementation of decisions of Joint Statement issued during the historic visit of Chinese president Xi Jinping to Bangladesh in 2016.They also discussed the progress achieved in implementation of the different projects signed during the Chinese president’s visit.The foreign minister sought support of China in early finalisation and speedy implementation of these projects.Both sides emphasised the need for continued dialogue between the two countries through high-level interactions as well as people-to-people contacts and agreed to work together closely for the common development of the region.Earlier in the day, Ali called on the Chinese vice-president Wang Qishan and briefed him about the milestone achievements of Bangladesh under prime minister Sheikh Hasina, especially in socio-economic areas.Wang Qishan said the people of Bangladesh is in the right course of transforming their country into Golden Bengal with hard work and determination as was dreamt by their Father of the Nation and China is pursuing steadfastly their dream of rejuvenation of the country as articulated by president Xi Jinping.Mahmood Ali is visiting Beijing from June 28-30 at the invitation of the state councilor and foreign minister of China Wang Yi.last_img read more

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Baltimore Black Pride

first_imgBaltimore Black Pride cordially invites you to come and celebrate at their 13th Annual Cultural Affair “Bridging the Gap, Embracing Our Uniqueness” on Oct. 10 from 7 p.m. to midnight. Dress attire is fashion forward so dress to impress. There will be a light buffet, refreshments, live entertainment, guest speakers and dancing. The evening will feature national and international recording artist Gwendolyn Collins. For more information visit eventbrite.com or call (443) 691-9669.last_img

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What we learned about Marvel movies and Netflix shows from ComicCon

first_imgThe Hall H audience was also shown a sizzle reel of concept art, costume tests, and animatics for a bunch of things in the movie. Not a lot of them were surprising to us, though, as Geek.com called Thor getting a haircut and how The Hulk is going to appear in gladiator mode. There was also a shot of Hela looking like… evil Cate Blanchett in a headdress. But the headdress is there!Black PantherBlack Panther won’t start filming until early next year, but some things can be divined from casting. The panel confirmed Michael B. Jordan as villain Erik Killmonger, added The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira as Okoye (head of the Dora Milaje, Wakanda’s elite guard), and revealed Lupita Nyong’o to be Nakia (also a Dora Milaje). It was Birth Movies Death that first spotted the connection between Nakia and Killmonger from the comics:Nakia in the comics isn’t just a member of the Dora Milaje. She is a member of the Dora Milaje who is in love with T’Challa but cannot marry him, and she ends up kicked out of the security force after she tries to kill Panther’s girlfriend. She ends up crossing paths with none other than Killmonger, who saves her life and renames her “Malice.” Under that identity she becomes a villain who uses a toxic herb that makes men obsessed with and obedient to her. Chadwick Boseman fighting off Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o is going to be one of the most attractive showdowns in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and this franchise has Chris Hemsworth fighting Tom Hiddleston in it.Captain MarvelCapping of the Marvel Studios Hall H panel was the announcement that Brie Larson, long rumored to be among the top pics to be Captain Marvel in March 2019, is actually Captain Marvel. The movie is going to be written by Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) and is probably still being drafted. What we can expect with Larson’s early casting is a cameo of some sort before her solo appearance. Her character’s background would fit right in with the Kree that apparently show up in Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, but that doesn’t make it a sure thing, just “still possible.” There was a time a few months ago when some people (myself among them) were debating if Marvel Studios even needed to attend San Diego Comic-Con, let alone attempt to close out Saturday with a bang. Then, a couple stars and directors of upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe films confirmed they’d have a presence and the conversation began to switch to just what Marvel could do in Hall H to make things exciting this year.Since Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel has made a habit of breaking their own news, casting and otherwise, about upcoming films through their own channels like Marvel.com. To the person not inside Hall H while Marvel Studios was putting on their show, it didn’t seem like a lot of tantalizing information was released. Inside Hall H, several attendees claimed Marvel had “won” Comic-Con again. Much of this probably came from the exclusive footage and appearances from Benedict Cumberbatch and full costume members of the Ravagers from Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2.Meanwhile, the Netflix side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe took the opposite approach and included teaser videos with almost all of their announcements.Oh, yeah, and most of the stuff Geek.com predicted about Thor: Ragnarok ended up getting confirmed or hinted at. Let’s check out what we learned about these Marvel properties in Comic Con 2016.Daredevil S3The first new news to come out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was just a brief mention for the Netflix series Daredevil: the show has officially been confirmed for a third season. No mention as to when that season would be placed in the line-up of Netflix shows, and considering all the other stuff the Netflix panel announced, chances are it is a long way off. But it is happening, for those of you who thought season two ending on a cliffhanger and without introducing Bullseye was the end of the series run.Luke CageLuke Cage drops on Netflix in about two months, so the panel showed off some exclusive footage beyond the teaser trailer that was released to the masses.The first clip was an extension of the teaser that appears on Netflix already, but an extension of the scene where Luke is looking for “Cottonmouth’s guns.” He eventually extracts the information by threatening to throw a goon out a window and also picks up his hoodie there (likely the one he’s wearing in the teaser, placing this clip earlier than the trailer building assault).The second clip showed Cottonmouth (Cornell Stokes) wrecking a bar with a baseball bat before Black Mariah comes in and talks him down. Things aren’t going well for the crime boss and they have some sort of confrontation that ends when they are informed the cops are outside.The third clip featured Misty Knight seducing Luke Cage and making out with him, though the clip cut out before the couple had sex. Knight is a detective, so it’s unclear if this is actually a romance or if she’s gathering intelligence on Harlem’s newest hero for hire.The fourth Luke Cage clip was another one featuring Cornell Stokes who beats a man in front of a portrait of the Notorious B.I.G. and says that everyone wants to be king. Luke Cage as a series looks like it’s going to be about Cage’s return to Harlem only to find his criminal past kicked up by Stokes and Black Mariah. We’ll probably also get some flashbacks to his life before he had powers and the actual moment when he got them. Pretty standard first season Marvel/Netflix stuff.Iron FistSpeaking of, the Iron First trailer shows off some origin stuff. In the comics, Danny Rand’s father was trying to rediscover the magical city of K’un-Lun when a fall killed him and his wife. Danny was taken in by the people of K’un-Lun and he was taught the ways of the Iron Fist. It looks like the show is going to forgo the father angle and have Danny rescued after a plane crash back when there were still clickwheel iPods. Presumably, Danny’s coming back to New York to reclaim his Rand birthright. But something’s going to go wrong when he tries to retake his company from the people who are running it in his absence. Looks like Iron Fist is going to be a little like Arrow on the CW as far as storytelling structure goes.The DefendersNirvana tells us nothing, we already knew the team members involved (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist), and the Stick voiceover suggests Daredevil’s master will be in it. Since this is coming before Daredevil season three, we can only assume that Charlie Cox’s character is the one who assembles the Defenders to help fight back against whatever a revived Elektra/Black Sky is. Or we can do Shadowland, right? Shadowland anyone?Doctor StrangeDoctor Strange mostly came to debut a new trailer, which can also be seen online. The most puzzling part of which is the montage of magic at the climax. In that montage there’s a shot of Strange and another person engaging in fisticuffs in the street while crumbling buildings rebuild themselves around them. The reason this shot is more interesting than the kaleidoscope themed magic elsewhere in the trailer is that the Time Stone, one of the all-important Infinity Stones, is still to be introduced in the MCU.There are only so many movies before the two-part Avengers Infinity War saga (once called Infinity Wars Part 1 & 2, now titles pending) where Thanos will presumably unite all the stones into that glove we saw him put on in a post-credits scene last year. Most of the magic in the Doctor Strange trailer have had a fractured glass or kaleidoscope design, that one shot is straight-up time kookiness. Make of that what you will.Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 has already wrapped production, so James Gunn and Chris Pratt were comfortable sharing that the second film takes place a couple of months after the first and Star-Lord is a bit more famous this time around.Characters were revealed or confirmed, one of particular interest: Elizabeth Debicki is playing Ayesha, otherwise known as “Her.” She’s a being that was created to be the perfect specimen. Comic book fans will know her to be another attempt at an Adam Warlock-like being, which could indicate ol’ Warlock hasn’t been excised from the Infinity canon quite yet.There was a whole scene shown where Yondu (Michael Rooker with a full fin on his head this time), Rocket, and Tiny Groot are thrown into a jail cell by Ravagers and told they’ll be turned over to the Kree. Tiny Groot breaks free of his tiny cage and fetches Yondu’s arrow of death (after getting underwear and a severed finger in misunderstanding). Once they have the arrow, there’s a montage set to “Come a Little Bit Closer”) where the three break through and kill a bunch of Ravagers (Tiny Groot grows branch hands and throws one over a railing, apparently!).Then there was an extended montage set to Fleetwood Mac’s “Break the Chain” that saw the Guardians facing off against some sort of space tentacle monster, Star-Lord teasing Rocket about being a “trash panda,” Rocket approaching “Her,” and two casting reveals. The first was a shot of Sylvester Stallone as a Ravager (between him, Tessa Thompson in Thor, and Ryan Coogler directing Michael B. Jordan in Black Panther, it’s obvious Marvel loved Creed) and the second was a clip revealing that Kurt Russell is playing Ego the Living Planet! The clip involved confirming that Ego can take human form and, yes, that includes a penis. It’s very Zeus, I like it.As to suggestions that revealing Star-Lord’s planet-father was too big a spoiler to let loose before the movie was released, Gunn responded on Facebook:If we lived in a perfect world, I wouldn’t tell you ANYTHING before you walked in to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. I wouldn’t tell you Groot was now Baby Groot, I wouldn’t tell you Mantis was in the movie, I wouldn’t say that Ayesha and Taserface are our antagonists, that Yondu and Nebula have incredibly important roles in the film, nor would I tell you that Quill’s father is Ego The Living Planet. However, the world is imperfect.” Thor: RagnarokDirector Taika Waititi didn’t have much time on the Thor: Ragnarok set before having to present something at Comic-Con, that’s why he made a short comedy film about Thor living in Australia during Civil War, trying to figure out who Thanos is, having his calls screened by the Avengers, and being cursed with a normal roommate. Apparently this short isn’t going to be released online anytime soon (damn!), but pieces of it have been popping up from the production.last_img read more

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Stellar stream of galaxy NGC 5907 has a morphology different than previously

first_imgDragonfly imaging of the NGC 5907 field, with North up and East to the left. Credit: van Dokkum et al., 2019. Using Dragonfly Telephoto Array, astronomers have revisited the spiral galaxy NGC 5907 and provided more insights into the morphology of its stellar stream. The new observations indicate that this feature has a qualitatively different morphology than when it was observed about a decade ago. The new findings are reported in a paper published June 26 on arXiv.org. Explore further Citation: Stellar stream of galaxy NGC 5907 has a morphology different than previously thought (2019, July 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-stellar-stream-galaxy-ngc-morphology.html © 2019 Science X Network More information: Pieter van Dokkum, et al. Dragonfly imaging of the galaxy NGC5907: a revised view of the iconic stellar stream. arXiv:1906.11260v1 [astro-ph.GA]: arxiv.org/abs/1906.11260 Tidal tails detected around dwarf galaxy DDO 44 Stellar streams are remnants of dwarf galaxies or globular clusters that once orbited a galaxy but have been disrupted and stretched out along their orbits by tidal forces of their hosts. So far, more than 40 stellar streams have been identified in the Milky Way, just a few in the Andromeda galaxy, and about 10 outside the Local Group.For astronomers, stellar stream could provide important information on the frequency of the accretion of small objects onto larger ones. Given that their morphologies reflect their orbits, they could serve as probes of the gravitational potential. Moreover, they could be also used as a tool to constrain the mass and structure of dark matter halos.One of the bes-known stellar streams outside the Milky Way galaxy is the one associated with NGC 5907, a spiral galaxy located some 55.4 million light years away, with a stellar mass of around 80 billion solar masses. The stream was detected in 1998 when sections of a loop around the disk of NGC 5907 were identified. Further observations of this feature, conducted 10 years later, showed that the stream exhibits not one but two complete loops, enveloping the galaxy in a giant corkscrew-like structure.Now, new observations performed by a group of astronomers led by Pieter van Dokkum of Yale University, delivered more detailed images of NGC 5907’s stellar stream. The new data, collected by the Dragonfly Telephoto Array, indicate that the morphology of this feature is different than that in the study published a decade ago.”Here, we report on new low-surface-brightness imaging of NGC 5907 over a wide field as part of an imaging campaign of nearby galaxies with the Dragonfly Telephoto Array,” the astronomers wrote in the paper.In general, the study found that NGC 5907 is a relatively straightforward system composed of the remnant of a progenitor galaxy, a leading tail and a long, faint trailing tail. The astronomers said that the stellar stream of this galaxy is similar to the Sagittarius stream around the Milky Way in terms of its spatial extent and stellar mass.However, the most puzzling aspect of the study is that it has not confirmed the presence of the second loop in NGC 5907’s stellar stream. The researchers noted that the leading tail in the image obtained by the Dragonfly Telephoto Array falls in between the two loops identified in the observations conducted in 2008.Furthermore, by comparing the new images with these acquired ten years ago the extent of the Western stream was found to be greater. Additionally, the stream was found to have more substructure and brightness variations, and the ratio of the apparent width of the stream to the apparent width of the disk of the galaxy turned out to be much smaller.Trying to find a possible explanation of such discrepancies in the data, the authors of the study point out to the image processing procedures that were applied to the data as the images collected in 2008 were processed by an amateur astronomer.”Amateurs have played an important role in this field as they convincingly demonstrated the power of small telescopes for low surface brightness imaging. However, the methods that are used by the amateur community typically do not allow for quantitative analysis, as their image processing is generally optimized for aesthetic qualities rather than preserving the linearity and noise properties of the data,” the researchers concluded. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Mandarin Oriental to enter South American market with a hotel in Chile

first_imgMandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced the signing of a management contract to manage, and ultimately brand, a 310-room hotel currently operating in Santiago, Chile. The group will take over management of the property from August 2017 and rename it, Hotel Santiago.After an extensive renovation of guestroom and public area, the first stage of which is scheduled to complete in August 2018, the hotel will be rebranded as Mandarin Oriental, Santiago. This will be the Group’s first property in South America.The property is comprised of 310 guestrooms including 23 suites with views of the city and the Andes. Presently, the hotel features five restaurants and bars as well as extensive banqueting and meeting space. Additional facilities include a spa and fitness centre.Hotel Santiago will continue to operate throughout the first phase of the renovation. The new luxury accommodation, public areas and landscaped gardens will be redesigned to reflect local culture, with features inspired by Mandarin Oriental’s Asian heritage.“We are delighted to be introducing the Mandarin Oriental brand to South America and to be bringing the Group’s legendary service to Santiago,” said James Riley, Group CEO, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.“We are pleased to be partnering with Mandarin Oriental to create the most elegant and sophisticated hotel in Santiago. Following our extensive renovation, we are confident that we will offer the best in luxury hospitality in the city,” said Andreas Nauheimer, General Manager of HCC.last_img read more

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More Slow Growth as Economy Adds Only 115K Jobs

first_imgMore Slow Growth as Economy Adds Only 115K Jobs in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Confidence Investors Jobs Labor Department Lenders & Servicers Payrolls Processing Service Providers Unemployment 2012-05-04 Mark Lieberman Sharecenter_img The nation added 115,000 jobs in April, far below expectations and a drop from March’s revised payroll growth of 154,000, the “”Labor Department””:http://www.dol.gov/ said Friday. [IMAGE]The closely watched unemployment rate dipped again to 8.1 percent ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô its lowest level since January 2009 (7.8 percent) when President Barack Obama took office ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô a function of a sharp drop in the nation├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós labor force. Payroll gains for February and March were revised, adding 19,000 to the February numbers and 34,000 to March. The average workweek remained at 34.5 hours ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô still below the level when the recession began in December 2007 (34.6) and average hourly earnings improved by one cent. The number of people not in the labor force increased, as both the number of people employed and unemployed declined.Economists had expected payrolls to grow by 165,000 in April and the unemployment rate to remain at 8.2 percent.Even with the disappointing numbers, the report continued a string of increases in payroll jobs ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô the 19th straight month of job gains and the eighth straight month payrolls have increased by 100,000 or more. To keep up with population growth though the economy has to add between 140,000 and 150,000 jobs per month.The number of people unemployed fell to 12,500,000, the lowest level since January 2009. The number of people employed dropped to 141,865, down 336,000 from January 2009 when President Barack Obama took office. While the unemployment rate dipped, the employment-population ratio, unconstrained by technical definitions of unemployment (that an individual be out of work, available for work and looking for work) fell to 58.4 percent. The inverse of the ratio ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô 41.6 percent ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô can be considered the ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£unemployment rate├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø for all persons over 16 regardless of whether they are available or looking for work. The ratio was 62.7 percent when the recession began and 60.6 percent in 2009.The formula for the unemployment rate is to divide the number of people officially counted as unemployed (out of work, available for work and looking for work) by the total labor force (employed plus unemployed). [COLUMN_BREAK]If the labor force change is driven by a drop in unemployment, the unemployment rate will decline. In April, the drop was due to a decline in both employment and unemployment.Governments dropped 15,000 jobs, with most of the decline in local governments who dropped 12,000 jobs. The federal government shed 4,000 jobs while states expanded payrolls by 1,000. The overall payroll growth was the weakest since last October when payrolls expanded by 112,000. The 130,000 growth in private sector payrolls was the weakest since last August.Payroll growth was concentrated in a handful of sectors: professional and business services added 62,000 jobs, retail trade 29,300 and education and health services 23,000. The leisure and hospitality sector added 12,000 jobs. Retail trade and leisure and hospitality are the two lowest paying industry sectors. The number of construction jobs fell by 2,000. Within the financial sector, which itself added a net 1,000 jobs in April, the number of credit ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£intermediation├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø positions ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô underwriters ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô fell by 3,200. The number of real estate jobs was essentially unchanged in April, up 300 from March.The number of temporary jobs increased 21,100 after falling 9,400 in March. While temporary hiring is considered by some an entry ramp to permanent employment it also suggests a lack of confidence by employers who are reluctant to make a commitment and swallow associated costs of having an employee.The decline in the number of construction jobs was led by a drop of 2,500 in the number of construction workers for residential buildings though the number of ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£residential specialty trade contractors├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø increased by 6,300. Employers in March also reduced average weekly hours which allowed more individuals to remain employed. If average weekly hours had remained at the February level of 34.6, employment would have dropped an additional 381,000 in March.The closely watched alternate measure of unemployment ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô which includes individuals working part time for economic reasons and those ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£marginally attached├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø to the labor force ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô remained at 14.5 percent in April after falling to that level in March from 14.9 percent in February.While the detailed breakdown of the unemployment data was largely encouraging, the number of persons unemployed for 5 to 16 weeks rose pointing to an increase in long-term ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô 27 weeks or longer ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô unemployment in next month├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós report.The numbers of job-leavers, often an encouraging sign suggesting workers have confidence in their ability to find a new job, dropped in April after two straight monthly increases.The unemployment rate for the prime home-buying age cohort ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô 25 to 34 ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô improved to 8.1 percent in April from 8.6 percent in March while the unemployment rate for those over 55, generally the prime home-selling age cohort, increased to 6.3 percent in April from 6.2 percent in March. 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