ScienceShot: Sex, Drugs, but Not Rock ‘n’ Roll

first_imgIf music is a universal language, it doesn’t speak to everyone. Psychologists asked more than 1000 college students what they found rewarding. Of those surveyed, the team selected 10 students who ranked music significantly less pleasurable than other choices provided, such as sex, exercise, and food. The researchers discovered that the students weren’t tone deaf or incapable of grasping the emotional meaning of a song—their brains simply didn’t find listening to music rewarding. To prove this point, the scientists gave the students two tests. In the first, the students were asked to listen to popular music and rate how pleasurable they considered each song. In the second, the students were given money for quickly pressing a target. A music-loving control group responded positively to both tests, whereas the 10 musically indifferent students enjoyed only the money reward test. While some psychiatric disorders are associated with the loss of the ability to feel pleasure, called anhedonia, the students represent the first evidence for not feeling pleasure from only one specific pleasing stimulant, the researchers report online today in Current Biology. The team suspects that between 1% and 3% of people suffer from the condition, called music-specific anhedonia. This musically apathetic group could help scientists better understand the neuroscience of the reward system, the team says. Curious where you fall on the music reward spectrum? The researchers have an online quiz.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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Virat Kohli congratulates Indian hockey team on winning silver in Champions Trophy

first_imgIndian hockey team on Friday created history by winning silver medal for the first time in the Champions Trophy in London. India produced a gutsy show on the field in the final against Australia, losing 3-1 on penalty shootouts.On the other hand, the mighty Australians won the title for a record 14th time. However, it was India’s best performance in the history of the tournament, with their previous best being a bronze medal in 1982.India’s Test cricket captain Virat Kohli took to Twitter to congratulate the hockey team on its success.”Proud of @TheHockeyIndia team. Congratulations on the silver medal in Champions Trophy. It was a brilliant game. All the best for #Rio2016,” Kohli wrote on his official Twitter page @imVkohli.Proud of @TheHockeyIndia team. Congratulations on the silver medal in Champions Trophy. It was a brilliant game. All the best for #Rio2016 Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 18, 2016Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated the team on their “brilliant” performance.”Congrats to our Hockey Team for a spirited performance in Champions Trophy finals. Their effort has been brilliant. We’re proud of the team,” Modi tweeted.Congrats to our Hockey Team for a spirited performance in Champions Trophy finals. Their effort has been brilliant. We’re proud of the team. Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 18, 2016An elated Hockey India president Narender Batra announced a cash reward for Rs two lakh for each player and said the “team is on the right track for road to Rio.”last_img read more

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Jeep Compass launched in India at Rs 14.95 lakh, variants explained

first_imgJeep has launched the all new Compass in India with the base model priced at Rs 14.95 lakh. The price goes all the way up to Rs 20.65 lakh for the top trim. The SUV is locally produced at Fiat’s Ranjangaon plant and here are the differences between the five trims.SportThe base model of the Compass is the Sport. It is available with both, a petrol and a diesel engine, albeit, only with a six-speed manual transmission. The Sport model gets a 5.0-inch U-Connect infotainment system in the centre. Along with that Dual front airbags, ABS, EBD, traction control are some of the safety features present on the Sport trim of the Compass. Other than his, the Sport variant gets 16-inch steel wheels, halogen headlamps, Power adjust and folding wing mirrors, four-wheel disc brakes and an electric parking brake. LongitudeApart from the features on the Sport trim, the Longitude trim comes with, Front cornering fog lamps, Rear fog lamps, 17-inch alloy wheels, Keyless entry and go, Push button start, Rear parking sensors and a Dual-tone interior. The Longitude trim of the Compass is only available with the 2.0-litre MultiJet diesel engine with a six-speed manual transmission. Longitude (O)The Longitude (O) variant of the Compass is also only offered with a diesel engine and a six-speed manual transmission. In addition to the features present on lower variants, it gets a 7.0-inch infotainment system from U-Connect, Dual zone climate control, roof rails, projector headlamps and a rear parcel tray. LimitedThe Limited trim of the Compass is available with both, petrol and diesel engines. The petrol is even available with a seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission in the Limited trim. Apart from that, its gets LED tail-lamps, Rear camera, Grey leather upholstery and steering, Door sill guards, SelecTerrain 4WD system, Dual front, side and curtain airbags.advertisement Limited (O)In the Limited (O) trim, Jeep is offering HID headlamps and a contrast black roof apart from all the features in other trims. Jeep has positioned the Compass brilliantly in the market and the pricing and features of all the trims is definitely going to interest a lot of buyers who did not think that a Jeep could fit into their budget.Also Read: Jeep Compass launched in India at Rs 14.95 lakhlast_img read more

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Youth Olympics silver medallist judoka Tababi donates competition dress to IOC Museum

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 20 (PTI) Youth Olympics silver medallist judoka Thangjam Tababi Devi has donated her competition attire to the International Olympic Committee to be a part of the Olympic Museum in Switzerland. The 16-year old from Manipur created history by winning India’s first ever Olympic level medal in judo, when she won the silver in the women’s 44kg category at the recently concluded Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires. Tababi was one of two athletes from the Indian contingent who have so far donated an article to the Olympic Museum, which is the largest archive of memorabilia with over 10,000 permanent and temporary exhibits related to the Olympic movement on display. Shooting sensation Saurabh Chaudhary, who won gold in the 10m Air Pistol event, has also donated his pistol to the museum. “I was happy to be invited to donate my judogi (traditional Judo attire)to the Olympic Museum. I immediately called my coach to tell him and he explained what an honour it was for me. I’m happy my performance was recognised and hope this can help make judo more popular in India,” Tababi said. After returning from the Argentine capital, Tababi will head for training with coach Mamuka Kizilashvili at JSW Sports’ Inspire Institute of Sport as she focuses on preparations for the upcoming Commonwealth Championships to be held in Jaipur from November 5-10. PTI APA PDSPDSlast_img read more

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Asian Wrestling Championships: Harpreet Singh bags silver as India finish with 16 medals

first_imgIndia wrapped up their campaign at the Asian Wrestling Championships on a resounding note with 16 medals after Greco-Roman grapplers added a silver and a bronze on the concluding day here on Sunday. Harpreet Singh settled for a silver in 82kg while Gyanender won a bronze in 60kg on the final day of competitions.India’s overall tally of 16 medals included eight — one gold, three silver and four bronze — won by men’s freestyle wrestlers, four bronze by women and three silver and one bronze by Greco-Roman wrestlers.Harpreet put up an impressive performance to storm into the gold medal round, having thrashed Haitao Qian of China 10-1 in the semifinals after handing a 5-1 defeat to Burgo Beishaliev of Kyrgyzstan in his last-eight stage bout.Harpreet though failed to clinch the top spot as he went down in the title clash to Iran’s Saeid Morad Abdvali 0-8.Earlier, Gyanender did well to defeat Jui Chi Huang of Taipei and bag the third position.For Gyanender, a quarterfinal round win over Ali Abed Alnaser Ali Abuseif of Jordan 9-1 was followed by a 0-9 defeat against Islomjon Bakhramov of Uzbekistan in the semifinal.In contrast, Yogesh lost out on a podium finish in the 72kg category after being beaten by Ruslan Tsarev of Kyrgyzstan in the third-fourth place bout.Yogesh had entered the bronze medal round despite losing his qualifying match to Hujun Zhang of China 0-9 as his Chinese opponent made the gold medal round.However, two other Indians in the fray on Sunday — Ravinder and Hardeep — crashed out early. While Ravinder bowed out in 67kg after losing his qualification bout, Hardeep suffered defeat in a 97kg quarterfinal bout.advertisementAlso Read | Asian Wrestling Championships: Divya Kakran and Manju Kumari bag bronze for IndiaAlso Read | Gurpreet Singh, Sunil Kumar win silver at Asian Wrestling Championshipslast_img read more

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LAFC makes first match announcement

first_imgMLS LAFC announces preseason friendly against Sacramento Republic Allen Ramsey Last updated 1 year ago 07:07 12/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bob Bradley Swansea 10222016 Getty Images MLS Bob Bradley’s side will take on the USL club in the preseason sometime in February, the first match confirmed by the expansion MLS club Los Angeles FC finally has a game on the schedule, kind of. The expansion MLS club announced Thursday it would be playing a a preseason friendly match in February against USL outfit Sacramento Republic FC. The exact date for the match is not yet known. “We have taken notice of the on- and off-field success of Sacramento Republic FC and look forward to an important match for us in preparation for our opening season.” LAFC general manager John Thorrington said in a statement released by the club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Our first announced match.We’re traveling up the coast for a preseason friendly against @SacRepublicFC in February 2018. https://t.co/sq31HEB2IJ pic.twitter.com/LmUTsEwbnR— LAFC (@LAFC) November 30, 2017First, LAFC will need to build out its roster. Former U.S. national team manager Bob Bradley has made a splash by signing Mexico international Carlos Vela and Egyptian national team midfielder Omar Gaber so far, with the club set to do a good bit of roster building in December, when it will have five selections in the MLS expansion draft. The club will also take part in the MLS SuperDraft on Jan. 19, 2018, with LAFC holding the top pick.last_img read more

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Klopp: No guarantees for Sturridge

first_imgTransfers Klopp: Sturridge not guaranteed game time even if he stays Dejan Kalinic 11:51 1/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) daniel sturridge - cropped Getty Images Transfers Liverpool Jürgen Klopp Premier League FA Cup The striker may yet leave Liverpool, with his manager offering no promises of playing time if he stays Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp cannot guarantee Daniel Sturridge more game time even if the forward stays at the Premier League club.Sturridge, 28, is linked with a move away from Anfield in January after starting just five league games this season.Klopp said he was unable to offer the England international any assurances over his game time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I have never in my life promised a player game time for the next few months. It is not possible. We have mentioned all the things like it was so far,” the German told UK newspapers.”When Daniel is fit, training in shape he is still an outstanding striker there is no doubt about that. But he did not play the last few weeks – for different reasons.”Of course one of them was Roberto Firmino’s performance, then Dom Solanke’s development. And Daniel was in and out of training.”In general more in than out in training, but the time he was in he was a little unlucky with games. That was the situation, not more.”Sturridge last netted at least 20 league goals in a campaign in 2013-14, when he made 26 starts, and a move could help propel him into World Cup contention.Klopp said he was unsure if the forward would remain at the club beyond the January transfer window.”I cannot give an answer on that. It is an open thing. There are a lot of rumours around and that this moment there is nothing to say about it,” he said.”So far we needed him and we will see what happens in the next few days, to be honest.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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System to be ready in 3 months to offer Aadhaar to NRIs

first_imgNew Delhi: The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has said its systems will be ready within three months to offer the facility of issuing Aadhaar cards to NRIs with Indian passports without the mandatory 180 days waiting period, as announced in the Budget.UIDAI systems are being readied for the facility and necessary legal measures are to be notified soon, UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey told PTI. UIDAI systems will be tuned to offer the facility within three month’s time, he said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”We are working to make the appropriate technological changes and we will provide an appointment facility where people outside the country also can apply for a time slot and specify the place they would like to go to get their Aadhaar made…as soon as they come to India they can, very conveniently, go and get their Aadhaar made,” Pandey said.In her Budget speech on July 5, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said: “I propose to consider issuing Aadhaar card for Non-Resident Indians with Indian Passports after their arrival in India, without waiting for 180 days.” Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostSources privy to the development said that a notification in this regard has to be issued by the IT ministry, which is currently awaited.Meanwhile, the UIDAI — which has made operational two more Aadhaar Seva Kendras (ASKs) in Bhopal and Chennai after the fourth centre in Hisar was launched recently — is confident of meeting its target of opening 114 such centres across the country in the coming months. The UIDAI is setting up Aadhaar Seva Kendras — similar to the concept of Passport Seva Kendras — covering 53 cities across the country at an estimated project cost of Rs 300-400 crore. These Aadhaar centres, meant to facilitate enrolment, updation and other activities, are UIDAI’s own and operate in addition to thousands of centres currently being run by banks and post offices, as well as in government premises (offering similar Aadhaar services).As ASKs have more capacity, more requests for enrolment and updation can be processed on a daily basis compared to other centres. Besides, the new ASK model entails an online appointment management system to allow people to book a slot as per their convenience. The online appointment booking facility is already available at UIDAI’s website.last_img read more

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Women in the workforce

first_imgEasily half the workforce that contributes to India’s economy is the women and most often, their contribution in a smaller context is taken less than seriously. With respect to the larger picture, a major chunk of work performed regularly by women is unpaid. The empowerment of women in terms of job acquisition and performance has brought significant changes in how women have come to operate in manners different from how the normalised situation had been marked by oppression and social and gender inequality. Certainly, there is a much longer way to go but thus far, the economic importance of women has been brought to highlight in a more quantifiable way. The government-sponsored Mudra scheme was introduced with the objective to provide loans upto Rs 10 lakh to non-corporate, non-farm small or micro enterprises. This essentially meant monetarily empowering the lowers rungs of the contributing society. Non–corporate small business segment of comprising numerous partnership firms operating as small manufacturing units, service sector units, shopkeepers, fruits or vegetable vendors, food-service units, repair shops, machine operators, small industries, artisans, etc. in rural and urban areas, are eligible for the scheme. What very interestingly turns out is that women get more Mudra jobs than men, albeit only in smallest loan group. Women have comprehensively edged out men by cornering 68.92 lakh extra jobs, i.e., 56.3 per cent of the total 1.12 crore additional employment generated with Mudra loans disbursed during 33 months between April 2015 and December 2017 over 90 per cent of these jobs come on account of Shishu loans which has the smallest ticket size of up to Rs 50,000, according to an Indian Express analysis. It is widely observed that this trend could be an indicator to the fact that while female workers tip the scales in terms of overall numbers, their employment is largely restricted to smaller units funded by loans under the Mudra scheme. There is also the socio-economic dynamics at play here as women are willing to work but are met with restricted options in nearly every stratum. Different from the traditional childcare occupations, Mudra Yojana, provided substantial impetus to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME sector). The MSME sector is critical for India’s transformation. Undertaking necessary steps to facilitate further growth will better harness the tremendous potential of women in the workforce.last_img read more

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Balaclava rapist Larry Takahashis day parole continued no overnight leave

first_imgABBOTSFORD, B.C. – The Parole Board of Canada has continued day parole in British Columbia for the man known as the balaclava rapist for another six months while ruling out overnight leave privileges for now.Larry Takahashi is serving three concurrent life sentences for multiple counts of rape, aggravated sexual assault and other attacks on 23 women in the Edmonton area in the 1970s and ’80s, which he committed while wearing a balaclava.The 66-year-old was granted day parole in 2016 and the board has extended it several times, saying in its latest decision on Aug. 3 that he is seeing a psychiatrist, is following his release plan and continues his “slow and steady reintegration.”However, it did not authorize overnight leave, saying Takahashi has limited community supports in his release area and caution must be exercised given the gravity of his offences.Takahashi must obey conditions including avoiding alcohol or drugs, not contacting his victims or their families, not accessing pornography and not using a computer or any device with the internet.The parole board decision says Takahashi has reported feeling lonely, but that he has attended occasional community events on his own and his daily routine includes exercising, going for walks and having coffee alone.“You do not appear to be experiencing sexual preoccupation at this time and you do not currently articulate an interest in a romantic relationship,” says the decision.“You have been encouraged to expand your community supports but you appear reluctant to reach beyond the supports of family and two couples who are your friends.”Takahashi has not been employed while in the community but has volunteered for the work experience program at the halfway house where he is staying, it adds.last_img read more

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NB Liberals promise to modernize liquor laws expand where alcohol can be

first_imgDIEPPE, N.B. – New Brunswick’s Liberal Party says it’ll modernize the province’s liquor laws and expand the sale of beer, wine and alcohol to retail outlets like convenience stores if re-elected later this month.“To create more opportunities here in New Brunswick, we will give consumers more choice and flexibility,” leader Brian Gallant said in a news release Saturday.He said the Liberals would expand the practice of letting patrons bring their own bottles of wine to more restaurants and allow them to purchase products to go.The party would work with local producers and entrepreneurs from the province’s beer, wine and distillery industries to update their liquor laws, according to Gallant.“A major component of our multi-year Economic Growth Plan has been the development and promotion of local food and beverages,” he said. “We will give local entrepreneurs more opportunities to grow their businesses here in our province, so they can create more jobs for New Brunswickers.”In August, the Atlantic Convenience Stores Association commissioned MQO research to poll nearly 400 New Brunswickers to see what they would think of expanded sales of packaged beer and wine in convenience stores across the province.Nearly 75 per cent of those polled responded favourably, and association president Mike Hammoud said this points to an appetite for increased convenience when it comes to buying alcohol.“Those people are already coming into our stores, so it just makes sense, from a convenience point of view,” he said in an interview.“We’re in every community. Most people won’t even have to drive to get the products.”He added that he would like to hear more about how exactly the government intends to roll out this plan.The province’s opposition leader, meanwhile, said an elected Progressive Conservative government would introduce a tax credit for children’s sports, arts and culture programs.In a release, Blaine Higgs said Saturday that such a credit would allow families to claim eligible fees paid to register their kids in these types of programs.Families would be able to claim up to $500 in expenses per child for a program involving physical activity, and up to $250 per child for programs involving arts, culture and recreational activities.He said the party would also work to reverse Policy 711, which limits foods sold in schools with a low nutritional value and are higher in saturated fats, sugar or salt.“Certainly we should educate our children about the importance of good nutrition and regular physical activity on good health outcomes,” said Higgs.“But we think helping them participate in activities with their peers is the goal — not legislating what’s on the menu.”Also on Saturday, the People’s Alliance of New Brunswick said they would work to ban herbicide spraying on Crown lands if the party is elected Sept. 24.Party leader Kris Austin said he would like to replace spraying with more environmentally friendly methods like mechanical thinning.“It is long past time for us to stop poisoning ourselves and our wildlife,” said Austin in a release.“We have to think about our own health, we have to think about protecting the wildlife which we share our region with.”— By Alex Cooke in Halifaxlast_img read more

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Seneca Fashion alumni debut at Toronto Womens Fashion Week

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The show will take place on October 3 at 5 p.m. at 1 Yonge Street, where a lineup of young designers will deliver a wide range of couture and ready-to-wear styles.Organized by Seneca professor and renowned designer Zoran Dobric, the emerging designers will have an opportunity to feature their original pieces in a runway show to an industry audience, launching their careers in the world of fashion. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO, Sept. 28, 2017 /CNW/ – Seneca’s School of Fashion will take over the runway as ten recent graduates showcase their collections at Toronto Women’s Fashion Week (TW).center_img “Some of our designers are inspired by their cultural backgrounds, some by art, architecture and other unique personal interests. The influences are as diverse as the designers themselves,” says Dobric, who is also showing during TW. “This opportunity is so important to the talented young designers because it showcases their work to the national and international media and industry, as well as potential buyers. TW gives them a prestigious platform to promote their brands.”Seneca alumni participated in Toronto Fashion week in 2015 and the show was regarded as one of the highlights of the week according to The Globe and Mail. This year’s RED: Emerging Designers Showcase will present Seneca’s Canadian and internationally born alumni, helping to foster a global perspective at TW.Under the mentorship of Dobric, as well as other Canadian fashion veterans including Jennifer Dares, David Dixon and Philip Sparks, Seneca’s students benefit from learning from industry leaders.“Maintaining a strong relationship with our students beyond the classroom experience has always been important to Seneca’s School of Fashion,” says Gitte Hansen, Chair, Seneca’s School of Fashion. “Our design faculty, who are fashion professionals themselves, are able to impart to students the importance of presenting and promoting their work to industry while finding the best avenue to join the creative economy.”Students and alumni from Seneca’s School of Fashion have also showcased in other runway shows including the Télio National Design Competition in Montreal, Fashion Art Toronto, Vancouver Fashion Week and the Hempel competition for young designers in Beijing.Seneca alumni participating in this year’s showcase are: Kinoo Arcentales, Rhonique Ballantyne, Sepideh Ghahremani, Ivan Liang, Lulu Lin, Ruiyan Luo, So Young Park, Caron Rondilla, Siyu Xia and Alice Zhu.ABOUT SENECAWith campuses in Toronto, York Region and Peterborough, Seneca offers degrees, diplomas, certificates and graduate programs renowned for their quality and respected by employers. It is one of the largest comprehensive colleges in Canada, offering nearly 300 full-time, part-time and online programs. Combining the highest academic standards with work-integrated and applied learning, expert teaching faculty and the latest technology ensure Seneca graduates are career-ready.Find out more at senecacollege.caFollow us on TwitterAbout TW:Toronto Women’s Fashion Week (TW) is a modern, relevant high tech fashion week devoted solely to women’s wear. TW is home to Canada’s most iconic designers and the next generation of emerging talent. Toronto Women’s Fashion Week creates a national and international platform for Canadian designers including impactful runway presentations, showrooms, pop-up shops, emerging designer programs and industry panel discussions. TW is proudly made by and for Canadians to support Canadian talent and the Canadian fashion industry.Website: www.tw-fw.comInstagram: @tw_fwFacebook: /torontowomensfashionweekTwitter: @TW_FW#iloveTW #iamTW #torontowomensfashionweek #TWSS18#canadafashiongroup #LoveCanadianFashionAbout CFG:Canada Fashion Group (CFG) is committed to nurturing and promoting the Canadian fashion industry by providing a national and international platform for Canada fashion designers and brands to showcase their talent and innovation through impactful fashion initiatives such as TOM* Toronto Men’s Fashion Week and TW Toronto Women’s Fashion Week. Login/Register With: Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

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UK police begin probe on antiSri Lanka MP

British police have begun an investigation on an anti-Sri Lanka Parliamentarian over drug offences.The BBC reported that the police are investigating possible drug offences following a Sunday Mirror story about the Labour MP Keith Vaz. Drugs, including cocaine, were mentioned during a secretly-recorded conversation. The recording also included a discussion about using the party drug known as Poppers.Vaz had opposed government attempts to criminalise the drug. Ministers later announced they would remain within the law.Following the allegations, Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen said he would be writing to Scotland Yard calling for Vaz to be investigated for misconduct in a public office and conspiracy to supply controlled substances. Vaz quit as chairman of the Home Affairs Select committee in September after the paper claimed he paid for the services of two male escorts. Vaz, 59, told the Guardian he welcomed the police’s investigation. The police said they would not confirm or comment on the identity of anyone involved.The Sunday Mirror story in September included photographs and secret recordings it said were of Vaz with the sex workers in a north London flat he owns. A spokesman said: “Following that assessment, which included obtaining early investigative advice from the Crown Prosecution Service, the Metropolitan Police Service is now investigating offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.“The investigation started on Thursday 10 November.” Vaz, the Leicester East MP and a married father-of-two, resigned as chairman of the influential Home Affairs Select Committee two days after the Sunday Mirror’s report.He told the Guardian on Friday: “I welcome a full investigation as a means of establishing the true facts and I am confident the police will pursue all lines of enquiry. “I will cooperate with the investigation in any way I can.” According to the newspaper, the MP also indicated to one of the men that he would pay for cocaine, although he said he would not use the drug himself. Scotland Yard said police had received a letter on 7 September asking them to look into the matter.The force said one of its specialist teams then began an assessment process to see “what criminal offences – if any – may have been committed”. Last month Vaz joined the Commons justice committee after Bridgen tried to block the appointment. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Appointment of Annans special adviser on Africa extended another year

In an exchange of letters with last month’s Council President, Ambassador Ismael Abraão Gaspar Martins of Angola, but released today, the Secretary-General asked for Mr. Sahnoun’s term to be extended until 31 December 2004.He said Mr. Sahnoun had been following developments in the Horn of Africa region, particularly in Somalia and the Sudan, and had represented him at regional meetings.Mr. Annan added that Mr. Sahnoun had provided advice “on what useful role the UN could play to promote negotiated settlements of conflicts.”

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TSX closes higher as oil retreats from recent gains amid uncertainty over

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed higher Monday as violence in Iraq pushed up most commodities even though the price of oil retreated slightly from recent gains.The S&P/TSX composite index added 38.82 points to 15,040.43 after having earlier reached a level about two points above its all-time closing high of 15,073. The record was set on June 18, 2008, just before the Great Recession sent stocks downward.The Canadian dollar was up 0.13 of a cent to 92.24 cents US ahead of a two-day meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve.On Wednesday, the U.S. central bank will deliver its economic outlook and decide whether it will continue to dial back massive bond purchases. The stimulus program, which involves the central bank buying Treasury and mortgage bonds to try to keep long-term loan rates low, has long propped up equity markets.However, the Fed is still expected to announce a further $10-billion reduction is its buyback program to $35 billion a month on signs of an improving economy.Chris King of Morgan Meighen and Associates said Fed chair Janet Yellen is unlikely to make any surprise announcements following the meeting.“(The Fed) doesn’t want to disrupt the steady progress that is being made,” said King, a vice-president and portfolio manager.“The concern is that investors and the Main Street psyche is still quite weak and the economy runs on confidence. The biggest risk would be the economy, so they have got to keep confidence in the markets sustainable.”Meanwhile, Wall Street was flat in advance of the Fed gathering despite a new forecast from the International Monetary Fund predicting the U.S. economy will grow at a modest two per cent this year, down from its earlier prediction of 2.7 per cent.The adjusted forecast comes amid similar data by the World Bank, which cut its 2014 global growth forecast to 2.8 per cent from 3.2 per cent, citing the long winter and the political crisis in Ukraine.The Dow Jones industrials gained 5.27 points to 16,781.01, the Nasdaq added 10.46 points to 4,321.11 and the S&P 500 climbed 1.62 points to 1,937.78.Meanwhile, in Canada, data showed the real estate market is still going strong. The Canadian Real Estate Association said home sales in May were up 5.9 per cent compared with April and were 4.8 per cent higher than a year ago.In commodities, benchmark U.S. crude for July delivery dipped a penny to US$106.90 a barrel after having run up last week amid the instability in Iraq, where the situation deteriorated over the weekend as militants on Sunday posted graphic photos of truckloads of Iraqi soldiers that they apparently captured and killed.So far oil exports from Iraq, the second-largest producer among the Organization of Oil Exporting Countries, have not been affected, but concern for global supplies has been growing.The unfolding conflict has sent traders to other commodities such as gold, due to the future potential volatility of stocks. August bullion was up $1.20 to US$1,275.30 an ounce and July copper advanced two cents to US$3.05 a pound.Also adding to the uncertainty was Russia’s decision to halt supplies of natural gas to Ukraine after the two sides were unable to agree on prices.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 16, 2014 6:38 am MDT TSX closes higher as oil retreats from recent gains amid uncertainty over Iraq read more

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I want to go to the press conferences – Dunphy on Keanes

first_imgEAMON DUNPHY HAS voiced his support for Martin O’Neill as Ireland manager as it appears the Derry native is set for a Monday unveiling by the FAI.It has been widely reported that O’Neill will be confirmed as Ireland manager, with Newstalk’s Off the Ball show revealing that an official announcement is imminent. The FAI should also name former Manchester United and Ireland midfielder Roy Keane as O’Neill’s assistant.Speaking this evening on RTÉ’s Saturday Sport show, Dunphy gave a positive reaction when asked if O’Neill was the right man to lead the Irish footballers.Dunphy said, “From what I understand [O’Neill] is committed now. He was holding out for Newcastle United or a bigger job.” He added, “I hope it is settled. I hope he is committed to the job and I hope he is.”Dunphy, who was capped 23 times for Ireland, was less sure about appointing Keane. The pair have enjoyed a tempestuous relationship that has veered from on-screen criticisms to Dunphy ghosting Keane’s autobiography and back again. “It’ll be fun,” Dunphy remarked when asked what to expect if Keane is confirmed as O’Neill’s number two.“I want to go to the press conferences,” he added. The FAI, he declared, would have to clearly set out the roles and responsibilities both men would have. “Who will take the training sessions out at Malahide?” he mused.Like football? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @football_ie >Keane and O’Neill scheduled for ITV duty in San Sebastian this weeklast_img read more

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Trump is selling goldtrimmed Make America Great Again Christmas ornaments for 149

first_img Image: Donald Trump 19,027 Views The email sent to his subscribers. Source: Donald Trump Source: Jae C. HongThe email tells readers how Trump loves Christmas and that he “makes a point of proudly saying ‘Merry Christmas’ every chance he gets”.It concludes: “This collectible ornament commemorates Trump’s commitment to the Christmas spirit and will be a great addition to your family’s tree this year.”Trump had funded his own campaign and in October alone, he had spent $238 million.To get that money back, he’d have to sell 1,597,315 ornamental hats.Read: Cyclist escapes with her life after truck crushes her bike >Read: First time buyers no longer need 20% deposit on properties > 71 Comments Trump is selling gold-trimmed Make America Great Again Christmas ornaments for $149 He’ll need to sell 1,597,315 ornamental hats to claw back what his campaign spent in October. Wednesday 23 Nov 2016, 3:54 PM http://jrnl.ie/3097980 By Garreth MacNameecenter_img Nov 23rd 2016, 3:54 PM Share425 Tweet Email2 PRESIDENT ELECT DONALD Trump is selling a Christmas ornament of his infamous red hat for $149 (€141).An email sent out from his official website to his tens of millions of subscribers urged Trump fans to buy the expensive ornament from his online shop.The decoration is in the shape of Trump’s infamous Make America Great Again hat and has been “finished with 14 carat gold”. Image: Donald Trump Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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UK defiant as IS claims responsibility for London attack

first_imgLONDON — Britain’s prime minister defiantly declared Thursday that “we are not afraid” even as the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for an attack by a man who plowed an SUV into pedestrians on a London bridge and then stabbed a police officer to death at Britain’s Parliament.In a sweeping speech before the House of Commons, British Prime Minister Theresa May said the man who killed three people Wednesday before being shot to death by police was born in Britain and once came under investigation for links to religious extremism.British officials named the attacker as Khalid Masood, a 52-year-old with criminal convictions who was living in the West Midlands, which includes the central city of Birmingham.Police arrested seven people in Birmingham and one in London — five men and three women — on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts in connection to the Westminster Bridge attack. Among the homes raided in Birmingham was one Masood lived in until just after Christmas, according to a neighbor.Iwona Romek, who said she lived for about five months two doors down from Masood, said he had a wife and a young child and appeared like a “normal family man who liked to take care of his garden.”last_img read more

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Varane Madrid must learn how to grind out results

first_imgDefender Raphael Varane admits Real Madrid must learn how to grind out wins if they want to have a good campaign.The Frenchman was speaking following a week experienced a week of mixed results after edging narrow victories over Huesca and Rayo Vallecano but suffered a massive home loss to CSKA Moscow in the Champions League.“To make this a good season we have to know how to suffer,” Varane told Football Espana via BeIn Sports after his side edged to a 1-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We had the opportunity to kill the game in the first half and we did not, but we worked well to win three important points.“We are going to the Club World Cup with a lot of enthusiasm, we are going to give our best.”Solari’s men will continue their quest for a fourth Champions League crown in a row when they confront Ajax in the last 16 next year.last_img read more

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Commissioner Mahbub leaves EC meeting opposing EVMs

first_imgMahbub TalukdarElection commissioner Mahbub Talukdar on Thursday raised objection to the move to procure electronic voting machines (EVMs) for using in the December general polls, according to EC officials.Amid criticism and controversy, the election commission on Thursday organised a meeting at the Nirbachan Bhaban to finalise a proposal for amending the People Representative Order (RPO) for giving legal coverage to use of EVMs in the parliamentary elections.Mahbub left the meeting giving a note of decent within half an hour of the beginning at 11:00am, sources there said.The sudden move, less than two months before the announcement of the election schedule in October, has been questioned by the political parties.The opposition parties wonder if 150,000 EVMs will be procured just to serve vested quarters, especially when they do not have the capacity to make the best use of them.Some of the election commissioners also pointed out it is not the right time to plan the use of EVMs in the national elections. This would create controversy, they added.Last year, the EC held dialogues with 39 political parties. Some 23 parties gave their opinion on the use of EVMs in the 11th parliamentary elections. A total of 12 parties including the BNP opposed the use of EVMs.Seven parties including Awami League were in favour of EVMs while three parties suggested using it on trial basis and a party favoured EVMs on certain conditions.The EC has already started a five-year Tk 38 billion project on procurement of 150,000 EVMs with Bangladesh Machine Tools Factory (BMTF) being tasked to supply the machines. The EC was to hold a meeting of the project evaluation committee on 19 August, but it was not eventually held.Despite the impasse, the Trust Bank got a special permission from the Bangladesh Bank to open a letter of credit (L/C) for procurement of the EVMs.Official documents say the BMTF would buy the machines and other machinaries from China, Hong Kong and other countries. Till date, L/Cs worth over Tk 7 billion have been opened. Around Tk 26.96 billion would be spent to buy the machines.last_img read more

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