LIMERICK HURLING CHIEFS have tonight announced that TJ Ryan will continue as the county’s manager for another three years.The news comes just 48 hours after another defeat in an All-Ireland semi-final.Ryan was proposed for another term at a meeting in Claughaun this evening.The Limerick Leader reports that county chairman Oliver Mann said Limerick’s executive members met with Ryan yesterday.“Practically 100% of his management team will be available to him,” Mann said.Ryan was initially installed as a joint manager with Cork’s Donal O’Grady but when the former All-Ireland winning coach walked away from the position earlier this year, the Garryspillane took the reins.‘Everything I’ve learnt about physicality, I’ve learnt form a black & amber jersey’ – Seamus HickeyAnother Cork footballer has been called up to JBM’s hurling squad
MOBILE PHONES, MODEMS and a number of USB keys have been discovered after a major search of the high security Portlaoise Prison.The search concentrated on the E Block of the prison which houses subversive prisoners.The search began at 7.00 am this morning with the dissident prisoners removed from their cells for the duration.The Irish Prison Service says that about 30 mobile phones were discovered along with number of modems and USB keys.The search was carried out by Portlaoise Prison staff as well as members of the Operational Support Group which is tasked with preventing contraband entering prisons and detecting prohibited items.Read: Mountjoy prisoner dies after being found unconscious in cell >Read: Ireland told to stop sending people to prison for not paying fines >
THE WAITING TIME for Garda vetting has dropped by over 50%, but still takes an average of a month.The improvement in the waiting times was revealed by Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald, who told the Dáil that the waiting times last year had gone up to nine weeks.Responding to a question from Fine Gael’s Denis Naughten, Fitzgerald said that authorities are considering an e-vetting solution.The vetting is needed by, among others, people who want to work with children or vulnerable adults and in the taxi industry.“Garda Vetting applications are processed on a first come, first served basis in chronological order from date of receipt. This is with a view to observing equity and fairness in respect if all vetting subjects.“Processing times fluctuate upwards and downwards depending on seasonal demands and volumes received, and depending on whether further enquiries have to be conducted with external Garda Stations or Agencies. I believe that the current processing time of 4 weeks is a reasonable turnaround time for vetting applications. An e-vetting solution is currently being developed and it is envisaged that this will streamline the entire vetting process and greatly contribute to a reduction in processing times for vetting applications.Read: 25 extra staff to help reduce waiting times for Garda vettingRead: GSOC: Report about gardaí illegally recording calls not sent to Shatter – but did go to Commissioner
Updated, 12 August 7.45amLAST NIGHT, CAME the sad news that beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams has died.It didn’t take long for fans all over the world to come together on social media to share their favourite memories, scenes, films and stories about their own relationship with the man who brought Mork, Adrian Cronauer, Mrs Doubtfire, Disney’s Genie, John Keating and so many more wonderful characters to the big and small screen.Here’s a selection of those wonderful memories.Aladdin Source: Chris Palmer/Twitter Source: MOVIECLIPS/YouTubeThe Fisher King Patch Adams All time favourite moment from Mrs Doubtfire! Thank you for the laughs Mr Williams you will be missed xxx pic.twitter.com/aRyhyniJ9r— Dani Harmer (@DaniHarmer) August 11, 2014 Source: Dani Harmer/Twitter Source: Tumblr Source: PiecesOfStories/YouTubeToys Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Source: Kyle Smith/Twitter Amanda Plummer and Robin Williams filming THE FISHER KING, photographed by Jeff Bridges. pic.twitter.com/r94tWTrAbf— Peter Avellino (@PeterAPeel) August 11, 2014 Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Source: disneysongsnet/YouTubeMrs Doubtfire Source: HrJrJossifov1/YouTubeMork and Mindy Source: Okmoviequotes Source: WordPressRobin Williams, 1951 – 2014. RIP. Source: CrackedcdnFirst published 1amShare your favourite memories in the comment section…. Source: RobinWrightVideos/YouTubeThe Birdcage Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet I recall reading that scriptwriters for “Mork and Mindy” would leave entire pages blank, labeled, “Mork does his thing.”— Kyle Smith (@rkylesmith) August 11, 2014 “I gotta go see about a girl.” – Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting— Chris Martin Palmer (@ChrisPalmerNBA) August 11, 2014 Source: WordPress Source: MOVIECLIPS/YouTubeGood Will Hunting Jumanji you’ll always be the genie from Aladdin in my heart.— trey hardee (@treyhardee) August 11, 2014 Source: Peter Avellino/Twitter Source: trey hardee/Twitter Source: Imgur Source: Pej Assemi/YouTubeGood Morning Vietnam Source: carlystur/YouTubeDead Poets Society Hook Source: Imgur Source: Andreas Basler/YouTube Patch Adams- “Our job is improving the quality of life, not just delaying death.” – Robin Williams, you’ve done that. RIP— Larry David (@BeingLarryDavid) August 12, 2014 Source: Larry David/Twitter Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet
A CONSULTATION REPORT on Ireland’s public transport has found that the government’s efforts to get more people to be less dependent on their cars aren’t working.Investment The report identifies a lack of investment in public transport infrastructure, an unsustainable rail network and a failure of the “modal shift”, a plan to try and get people on to public transport.In today’s poll we want to know: Do you use public transport? No, I drive (2986) Poll Results: Yes, I have a car, but I still use public transport (3169) No, I have no car and I don’t use public transport (811) Yes, I don’t have a car (2115) Yes, I don’t have a carNo, I driveYes, I have a car, but I still use public transportNo, I have no car and I don’t use public transportVoteTell use what you think about Ireland’s public transport in the comments section below. Have any suggestions on how it could be improved and what would it take for you to leave your car at home?
The British government had deported 52,000 illegal Jewish immigrants, including numerous Holocaust survivors, to detention camps in Cyprus following World War II.The Jewish people, held for illegally trying to enter the British-ruled Palestine, were placed at internment camps set up in Cyprus.The thousands that flowed to the camps were mainly from Romania and were sent to Cyprus on 39 ships. In the camps, 2,200 babies were born to families held at the camps run jointly by the British Foreign Office, the Colonial Office, the Mandatory Government and the British Army.READ MORE: New app gives Israeli visitors insight into Greece’s Jewish historyImmigrants at the Cyprus Camp. Photo: Israeli Defence MinistryJewish immigrants in British internment camp in CyprusChildren at school in British internment camp in CyprusImmigrants at the Cyprus Camp. Photo: Israeli Defence MinistryThe Israeli Clandestine Immigration and Naval Museum in Atit, north of the country, is trying to contact immigrants from the camps and is posting photographs on social media in the hope that family members recognise some of the faces.“There are very few photographs from the camps in existence today,” Mr Nir Maor, director of the museum, told Ynet News. “Some came to us from the daughter of a social worker who was sent there to help the immigrants. And others we believe were smuggled out by two photographers who were among those being held by the British.”READ MORE: Greek escape room dehumanises the Holocaust and outrages JewsThough the camps were contained by barbed wires, the inmates had food and played football with their British captors. Occasional visits to the beach were allowed.Sports team in Cyprus campA couple at the camp.Sports team in Cyprus camp Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Intempéries dans le golfe du Mexique : une saison des pluies meurtrièreAmérique centrale – Lundi 6 septembre, la tempête tropicale Hermine a touché les côtes du Mexique, s’ajoutant aux intempéries particulièrement violentes de cette saison. Le Mexique et le Guatemala voisin faisaient état lundi soir d’un bilan s’élevant à au moins cinquante victimes.Dans l’est et le sud du Mexique, balayé par des pluies torrentielles ces derniers jours, on déplore au moins trois victimes et 400.000 sinistrés, tandis que 10.000 personnes ont dû être évacuées. La tempête tropicale Hermine, venant du golfe du Mexique et attendue par le centre national américain des ouragans (NHC) entre le Texas et le nord-est du Mexique, s’est abattue lundi à ce dernier endroit. L’état d’urgence avait été décrété sur une grande partie de la côte atlantique mexicaine, ainsi qu’au Texas jusqu’à 150 km au nord de la frontière. À lire aussiCes inondations et crues qui ont marqué l’Histoire de la FranceAu Guatemala voisin, où l’état d’urgence était en vigueur depuis samedi à cause des pluies diluviennes de ces derniers jours, un nouveau bilan faisait état lundi soir d’au moins 48 morts, 15 disparus et 51.000 sinistrés dus à des glissements de terrain. Dans la région de Solola notamment, dans l’ouest du pays, 25 corps ont pu être retrouvés ce week-end, mais de nouveaux torrents de boue ont emporté plusieurs sauveteurs. D’après les autorités, la saison des pluies, qui s’étend de mai à novembre est cette année la pire depuis 60 ans. Roberto Rodriguez, de la Commission centraméricaine sur l’environnement et le développement (CCAD), parle de “pluies plus intenses sur des périodes plus courtes et concentrées dans une zone déterminée” qui seraient liées au réchauffement climatique.Le 7 septembre 2010 à 15:00 • Emmanuel Perrin
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX30V : un compact aux larges possibilités !Le remplaçant du Sony Cybershot HX9V est arrivé : il s’agit du DSC-HX30V, un appareil 18 Mégapixels doté d’un zoom X 20 !Le site Cnet a pu tester l’appareil photo numérique Sony Cybershot DSC-HX30V et met en avant les qualités vidéo et photo du produit. Il s’agit du remplaçant du Sony Cybershot HX9V, un modèle très répandu et apprécié. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’atout de ce nouvel appareil est d’être largement paramétrable, ce qui permet d’obtenir des photos très différentes selon les utilisateurs. Il dispose d’un zoom 20x, F3.2-5.8, et une lentille 25-500 mm. La mise au point automatique et la stabilisation d’image ont été améliorées et l’appareil semble à l’aise dans des conditions de luminosité variées. De quoi profiter pleinement de son capteur 18 Mégapixels, et de loin !De plus, l’appareil possède un GPS et dispose d’une connexion Wi-Fi.L’Autofocus est également plus rapide et le Cybershot DSC-HX30V permet un mode rafale allant jusqu’à 10 images par seconde. Cependant, il s’agit d’un modèle plus cher que ses concurrents et revers de la médaille, il n’est pas toujours simple d’utilisation pour les néophytes.Le 25 mai 2012 à 13:00 • Maxime Lambert
Pourquoi le nez devient-il rouge quand il fait froid ?Lorsque les températures chutent brutalement, nombreuses sont les personnes à voir leur nez devenir tout rouge. Si ce phénomène a le don de changer certains en Rudolphe le renne, il est beaucoup plus utile qu’on ne pense. Dents qui claquent, poils qui se hérissent, nez qui coule, le froid a le don de déclencher toute une série de phénomènes au niveau de notre corps. Certains apparaissent toutefois un peu plus insolites que d’autres. Par exemple, dès que les températures chutent, le nez de certains a tendance à se colorer spontanément en rouge.Jusqu’à faire ressembler certains à Rudolphe, le renne du Père Noël célèbre pour son nez rouge ! Mais pourquoi une telle réaction ? Si elle peut paraitre étrange, elle est en réalité plus utile qu’on ne pense. Une question de survie Pour en comprendre la raison, il faut se rappeler avant toute chose que l’homme est un mammifère homéotherme – autrement dit que la température de ses organes internes est constamment régulée à une température de 37,5 degrés Celsius.Dès que la température de notre corps se trouve menacée de chuter en raison du froid externe, notre système se met alors en mode “survie”. Pour assurer aux organes les plus vitaux un fonctionnement optimal, certaines zones du corps comme les doigts, les orteils, les joues ou encore le nez se voient alors subitement limitées en apport sanguin, ceci par un rétrécissement des vaisseaux. L’explication ne s’arrête pas là. Car si l’apport en sang se fait moindre, notre appendice olfactif devrait en toute logique devenir blanc. Sauf que notre organisme n’oublie pas complètement les extrémités. Périodiquement, le corps va ainsi dilater les vaisseaux rétrécis afin de permettre un afflux important de sang avant de les rétrécir à nouveau. C’est ce phénomène qui expliquerait pourquoi le nez se change en lampion rougeoyant. À lire aussiPourquoi l’eau des océans est-elle salée ?Ceux qui sont victimes du phénomène l’auront surement remarqué : même une fois rentré à l’intérieur, la couleur met un certain temps à s’estomper. Ceci s’explique par le fait que l’exposition soudaine à des températures moins froides poussent les vaisseaux à se redilater, accentuant la rougeur jusqu’à que le flux sanguin finisse par se rééquilibrer. D’autres facteurs influent également sur le changement de couleur du nez. Si vous avez la peau naturellement blanche, le phénomène sera d’autant plus visible. Le froid peut également provoquer des irritations de la peau qui tapisse certaines parties du nez, renforçant alors encore votre ressemblance avec Rudolphe le renne Le 7 novembre 2018 à 10:38 • Guichaoua Virginie
Stay on target I found myself surprised by what was on my mind as I walked out of the theater at the end of Solo: A Star Wars Story. It wasn’t how great Lando was and it wasn’t how surprised I was that I ended up liking the movie as much as I did. No, it was Qi’ra. Emilia Clarke’s character has been on my mind from the moment the credits rolled. She’s unlike any female protagonist the franchise has featured so far and I’ve been going over her arc in my head ever since, thinking about the ways in which I’ve related to it at different points in my life. I’ve found myself wondering two things: one, why I’m remotely surprised a female lead walked away as the most memorable part of a Star Wars movie (even if you’re an L3 stan, the statement applies). Two, how much I could have benefited from seeing this character onscreen fifteen years ago.Growing up, you’re Han or you’re Luke. Maybe if you’re the moody one you’re Darth Vader because if you’re going to play Star Wars your group needs a bad guy. More often than not, though, you’re Han or you’re Luke. Later on the dynamic shifted slightly: Anakin or Obi-Wan. You’re one of those two, or maybe you’re Maul, or Yoda right around the time Attack of the Clones came out. In all the years I spent playing with toy blasters and lightsabers with my friends as a child, though, I never got what I really wanted. I never got to be Leia. For most of my life I’ve been conditioned to believe that Star Wars is for boys. Girls had Barbie and My Little Pony and later on in life they had One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl. Boys had sports and boys had comic books, but most importantly, boys had Star Wars. Star Wars, which gave us lightsabers and the Force, which gave us the Millennium Falcon, which gave us the two perfect avatars through which we as boys could focus our budding masculinity: Luke, the straight-laced optimistic dreamer, and Han, the smarmy bad boy. You were one or the other, and you liked it. I thought I liked it.I always wanted to be Princess Leia. Everything about her was magnetic to me from the moment she graced the screen. The way she held herself, how clear she made it that she didn’t have time for anybody’s shit, the moment she stood up to Vader, god, everything about her was perfect. It showed me, for the first time in my life, what kind of person I wanted to be when I grew up. But young boys aren’t allowed to be Princess Leia. You’re Han or you’re Luke. There’s weakness in looking up to women as young men and it carries over into ever facet of life, even big dumb space wizard laser sword movies. Episode I hit theaters when I was in the 1st grade. I liked the movie well enough—being seven years old at the time I hadn’t developed, uh, taste—but was especially excited when I discovered a series of novelizations of the film that told the story through journals written by different characters. My parents gave me the Anakin novelization for Christmas that year. I don’t remember reading it. I just remember finding the Padme journal at our local library and checking it out several times, pouring over its pages and then starting the book over as soon as I finished it. The story of a young queen in disguise and on the run drew me in far more than trade disputes and a ten-year-old Podracer with a bowl cut. I stifled this and had it stifled for years and years, through societal conditioning and my parents quietly ignoring my birthday request for a Princess Leia doll and through being too embarrassed to admit to my friends that I didn’t want to be Luke or Han or Vader or a Stormtrooper, I wanted to be Leia. And mind you, this isn’t the problem but rather a symptom of it. Even in something as far removed from our reality as a space opera, men have long been encouraged to reject the feminine. It’s a toxic cycle. We go on to reject the feminine both around us and inside of us, recognizing it as weakness even at its strongest. It cuts us off from aspects of ourselves that should be nurtured, especially at a young age.My time in college exposed me for the first time to concepts of gender theory, queer identity, all of the things that make for a generally socially conscious person in the year 2018. I like to think it worked, that it changed me for the better. I try to be more conscious of the way I conduct myself. I try to be more empathetic, more open to views with which I’m unfamiliar. I try to use my position of privilege as a white man to lift up the voices of those without that privilege, all while rediscovering my understanding of my own gender and sexuality. What’s harder is reconciling how long it took me to get here and how much I clearly felt this way as a child but was convinced to steer away from. Star Wars has shaped my identity over the last couple of decades, less in the sense that my identity is defined by my being a Star Wars fan and more in that we actualize and understand ourselves through the stories that we love. I love Star Wars and see the world the way I see it because of it. But I didn’t learn soon enough the role that gender enforced my experience with it and because of that my relationship with Star Wars has been shifted, stilted, and stifled. It was in ways that make me wonder what I could have learned about myself as I grew up had I not been conditioned by everyone from my friends to marketing teams to distance myself from the ways I related to and aspired to the franchise’s female protagonists. The landscape of Star Wars today is drastically different from the one I grew up with and that’s for the better. Three of the four films in the Disney era have been anchored by compelling female protagonists (that’s not even taking into consideration characters like Ahsoka Tano, Sabine Wren, and Hera who elevate the Star Wars animated universe beautifully). It’s been wonderful to witness as an adult fan of the franchise. I see these movies anchored by these women and on one hand, I’m thrilled because of how indicative of progress it is. Star Wars is no longer a story about white men. A galaxy far far away suddenly looks far more like the world I see outside my window. But I also see an opportunity for young boys to experience Star Wars the way I wasn’t able to. I see an opportunity for them to embrace feminine heroes, ones that don’t reinforce traditional perceptions of what masculinity should be. I see the argument The Last Jedi makes against Poe Dameron’s hotheaded recklessness, traits the franchise has put on a pedestal in the past, and hope that those same boys take the message to heart: even the healthier aspects of traditional masculinity can quickly become toxic if taken to the extremes so much of fiction encourages men to.I never got the chance to learn these lessons from Star Wars growing up, but it hasn’t stopped me from trying to make up for lost time. I look to Jyn Erso and remember how important it is to allow yourself to believe in something bigger than yourself, to give yourself to it and let it change you for the better. I see Rose and am reminded that love wins where hate never can. Rey’s reconciling her past with her future and finding her place in a confusing world came to me when I was fresh out of college and navigating a new world. Qi’ra shows me a character who recognizes that her femininity is perceived as weakness by the powerful men surrounding her and uses their preconceived notions of what she’s capable of to outplay them all. And, as always, the princess who became a General serves as a North Star for me in adulthood just as she did twenty years ago the first time I saw her mouth off to the scariest man in the galaxy like he was a Long Island used car salesman trying to upsell her. The difference is that now I’m comfortable enough in my identity to, rather than suppress it, let it guide me every day. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form
Scientists may have detected a “violent” collision between a neutron star and a black hole, however, they are not sure what sparked this mysterious space occurrence.On April 25, the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and the European-based Virgo detector identified the presence of gravitational waves from what is believed to be a crash between two neutron stars, also known as the dense remains of giant stars that previously exploded, said a LIGO press release. However, on April 26, the LIGO-Virgo network observed another source with a bizarre twist: it may have resulted from the collision between a neutron star and a black hole, which LIGO says has never been witnessed before.Here’s the @LIGO & @ego_virgo skymap for #S190425z showing our best guess for where the #GravitationalWaves candidate (most likely colliding #NeutronStars) originated from. @LIGOWA was offline so the map isn’t too precise, covering about 18% of the sky https://t.co/HG56maUQHh pic.twitter.com/igJSg3maXr— LIGO (@LIGO) May 2, 2019“The universe is keeping us on our toes. We’re especially curious about the April 26 candidate. Unfortunately, the signal is rather weak,” Patrick Brady, spokesperson for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, said in the press release. “It will take some time to reach a conclusion about this candidate.”The April 25 neutron star crash, dubbed S190425z, might have occurred roughly 500 million light-years away from our planet. Only one of the twin LIGO facilities reportedly picked up the signal of this collision, along with Virgo. Since only two of the three detectors reportedly registered the signal, an estimate of the sky location from which it originated were not precise, so astronomers had to survey almost a quarter of the sky to find the source.Meanwhile, the potential April 26 neutron star-black hole collision (S190426c) is estimated to have occurred approximately 1.2 billion light-years away from Earth. The collision was reportedly spotted by all three LIGO-Virgo facilities, which helped astronomers narrow its location to regions that cover about 1,100 square degrees (roughly 3 percent) of the total sky.And for our 5000th @LIGO tweet, here’s the skymap for #S190426c which might be our first #NeutronStar #BlackHole collision! With 3 detectors online this time the area was only 3% of the sky: way better for finding afterglows in light. https://t.co/9NIjMJOeg9 #O3ishere pic.twitter.com/bovdnZ5aYu— LIGO (@LIGO) May 2, 2019In addition to the discoveries above, the LIGO-Virgo network reportedly observed three likely black hole mergers. Since the first direct detection of gravitational waves occurred in 2015, the network has detected evidence for two neutron star mergers, 13 black hole mergers, and one potential black hole-neutron star merger.The discoveries come on the heels of LIGO and Virgo resuming operations on April 1. LIGO’s twin detectors, one in Washington and one in Louisiana, and Virgo, which is based at the European Gravitational Observatory (EGO) in Italy, turned back on earlier this month after undergoing many upgrades to increase their sensitivities to gravitational waves (ripples in space and time). Each detector can survey larger volumes of the universe and try to spot crashes between neutron stars and black holes.Apr 1 the hunt for #gravitationalwaves resumes with even more sensitive detectors! O3, the 3rd @LIGO and @ego_virgo observing run, promises more merging #blackholes and #neutronstars – and maybe some exciting new discoveries too. Read more at https://t.co/yTB1XncSDZ #O3ishere pic.twitter.com/vnRwRWSz8p— LIGO (@LIGO) March 26, 2019“The latest LIGO-Virgo observing run is proving to be the most exciting one so far. We’re already seeing hints of the first observation of a black hole swallowing a neutron star,” David H. Reitze of Caltech, executive director of LIGO, said in the press release. “If it holds up, this would be a trifecta for LIGO and Virgo—in three years, we’ll have observed every type of black hole and neutron star collision. But we’ve learned that claims of detections require a tremendous amount of painstaking work—checking and rechecking—so we’ll have to see where the data takes us.”More on Geek.com:Scientists Simulate Sounds of Stars This Black Hole’s Jets Are Wobbling Fast Because It’s Dragging Space-TimeThe First Black Hole Photographed Now Has a Cool Name Stay on target NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System
Stay on target ‘Star Wars’ Grenade-Shaped Coke Bottles Banned From FlightsDisney Remasters Classic ‘Aladdin’ and ‘Lion King̵… As fans await in giddy anticipation for the November premiere of The Mandalorian, the live-action Disney+ series set in the Star Wars universe, one unexpected star is fueling the excitement. Filmmaker Werner Herzog, who was officially confirmed as one of The Mandalorian‘s villains in March, has praised the series, calling it a “phenomenal achievement.”The director behind Grizzly Man and Aguirre, the Wrath of God told The Associated Press that he’ll likely appear in two or three episodes of Jon Favreau’s series as “a character in whom you cannot trust.” The series, which is, by all indications, the flagship series for Disney+, also stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano and Carl Weathers.Werner Herzog is calling “The Mandalorian” “a phenomenal achievement” after joining the cast of the streaming series set in the “Star Wars” universe. Herzog, who just released the documentary “Meeting Gorbachev,” does have a confession: He’s never seen a “Star Wars” film. pic.twitter.com/9yhzXuI3M4— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) May 4, 2019“I was invited by Jon Favreau, who started this whole series, to act,” Herzog said. “I looked at the screenplays and I had the feeling that although I know very little about Star Wars, I had the feeling, yes, I could do it.”Herzog, 76, confessed to the AP that he has “never seen” a single Star Wars movie.“I’ve seen some trailers. I’ve seen some excerpts here and there. And I know about the whole franchise and about the toys for the kids and so — it’s all a new mythology,” Herzog said. … You better take them seriously.”Gina Carano in ‘The Mandalorian’ (Photo Credit: Melinda Sue Gordon / Lucasfilm)Werzog told the AP he was impressed by the practical, real-world approach of The Mandalorian, which is set in the years after the events of Return of the Jedi, and follows a lone Mandalorian gunfighter beyond the reaches of the Republic.″Mandalorian was filmed not like all the other ‘Star Wars’ or other big event films — green screen, green screen everywhere — and the camera motion-control moving there,” Herzog, who was promoting his new documentary, Meeting Gorbachev, told the AP.Carl Weathers in ‘The Mandalorian’ (Photo Credit: Melinda Sue Gordon / Lucasfilm)“The camera, that could even be hand-held and move in between us, sees the same landscape. It’s not green-screen and artificiality. It brings movie-making back where it should be. It’s a phenomenal, phenomenal achievement,” he said.The Mandalorian is set to premiere on Disney+ on November 12. Written and executive-produced by Favreau, the series will also feature Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels) as director of the first episode. Additional episodic directors include Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates), and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok).More on Geek.com:11 Marvel Characters That Deserve Their Own Streaming ShowsThe Saga Ends in ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ TrailerDisney+ Coming to Nintendo Switch, Everything Else
One car landed on top of the other after the two SUVs collided Sunday afternoon in west Vancouver.Emergency personnel were dispatched at 2:54 p.m. to Northwest Erwin O. Rieger Memorial Highway and Northwest Lower River Road. There, they found the rear of a Chevy Suburban on top the front of a Volkswagen SUV, Vancouver Fire spokesman Joe Hudson said.Firefighters used extendable rescue struts and straps to stabilize the cars, Hudson said. Occupants of the Volkswagen exited the car without injury. Two people in the Suburban were extricated through hydraulic spreaders and other tools, and one of the two was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.A Clark Public Utilities crew also responded to the scene to help with downed power lines. Responders cleared the scene after roughly one hour as part of Lower River Road was closed.The Vancouver Police Department is investigating the cause of the crash.
In resisting the Obama administration’s request to approve one or more BRAC rounds each of the past four years, lawmakers typically have pointed to problems with the last round, primarily the higher-than-expected implementation costs and the protracted payback period.When the question came up Tuesday during an event at the Brookings Institution, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, pointed to a couple of recommendations from past BRAC rounds that he wishes had never come about.One was the decision to close Naval Air Station Cecil Field in Jacksonville, a recommendation McCain said should never have taken place in light of the encroachment problems at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach. Cecil Field’s closure left Oceana as the Navy’s only master jet base on the East Coast.He also criticized the 2005 BRAC recommendation to close Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington and consolidate it at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland over the tens of millions of dollars being spent to upgrade the roads and Metrorail station in Bethesda.“That was another bad decision,” McCain said. “So to think somehow that BRACs are nirvana is really not an accurate depiction,” he noted.McCain appeared at Brookings with his House counterpart, Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), who pointed to the fact that the 2005 round has not produced net savings for the federal government after 10 years to explain his opposition to authorizing a new round of base closures in this year’s defense authorization bill.But Thornberry also highlighted language in the legislation directing DOD to prepare an infrastructure assessment that could be used to determine its level of excess capacity. The provision will allow defense officials to update the capacity analysis performed prior to the 2005 round.“If you think you have too much infrastructure, come give us more specifics about it,” Thornberry said. “And we’ll look at it. And there may well be another BRAC in the future.” Dan Cohen AUTHOR
T-Mobile OnePlus Mentioned Above Google Pixel (32GB, Quite Black) 0 Tags Mobile Google Pixel CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Preview • Pixel and Pixel XL unveiled: Google’s post-Nexus phones come out swinging (hands-on) Share your voice News • Google Pixel 3A: Where is AT&T? Review • Our Google Pixel review: Pure Android at its absolute best $219 How To • How to transfer your data from an iPhone to Android phone See it Post a comment T-Mobile will launch the OnePlus 7 Pro on three separate days. T-Mobile Editors’ Note, May 14, 2019: CNET’s OnePlus 7 Pro review is here. Read more about the new phone from OnePlus. T-Mobile — and T-Mobile alone — will sell the OnePlus 7 Pro in the US. The US carrier will launch the phone from China-based OnePlus at its flagship store in NYC’s Times Square on May 14, then do the same at five more flagship stores across the country the next day. Nationwide availability starts May 17. The Times Square launch event is already full, T-Mobile said in a statement Thursday. T-Mobile CEO John Legere seems especially pumped about the phone. “The phone that everyone wants…@TMobile has it!,” Legere tweeted Thursday. “We’re the ONLY place in the US where customers can get the @OnePlus 7 Pro exclusively!” The OnePlus 7 Pro, an Android phone, will be an upgraded version of the OnePlus 7 and will be one of the first phones available to support 5G (though the 5G version might be headed to the UK first). The phones is expected to have a 6.64-inch curved screen, along with a pop-up front-camera and triple rear cameras. Originally published May 9 at 6:36 a.m. Update, 7:09 a.m.: Added background on OnePlus 7 Pro.
Amy BishopHouston Poet Laureate Robin DavidsonOne of Robin Davidson’s primary goals when she became Houston’s Poet Laureate last year was to create an anthology of its residents’ favorite poems. So she’s collaborating with the city’s Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Houston Public Library, Inprint, and Houston Arts Alliance (who provides the $10,000 stipend for the Poet Laureate position) to make it happen.Even Mayor Sylvester Turner has promised a poem.“I asked him (Turner), ‘Would you be willing to submit a favorite poem?’” Davidson says, smiling. “He said, ‘Oh sure, and I even know which one it would be.’ And he began reciting the poem.”(But she didn’t want to spoil the surprise by revealing Turner’s choice. She’s waiting for the release of the book.)The poems in the anthology, which is modeled after a similar project by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky back in the late 1990s, don’t have to be Houston-related. They can be about anything.“The idea is that the poem speaks deeply to the person who is submitting and calling it their favorite poem,” Davidson says, adding that they want as much diversity as possible.She hopes to get entries from across Greater Houston. The poems can be from any era and even in any language, but they have to be written by someone other than the person submitting it. They’re also recruiting a digital expert Olin Bjork at University of Houston Downtown to help with performance entries.“He’s going to be able to develop QR codes for us and so we might be able to have someone click on that code and see the poem performed.”(QR Codes are the black and white squares that send images to digital devices when scanned.)The deadline for entering the City of Houston Favorite Poem Project is July 8th with hopes of having it published by Calypso Editions press by next April. Listen Listen X X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:30 00:00 /01:54 Share
Baltimore Book FestivalMayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts announce the 20th anniversary of the Baltimore Book Festival, Sept. 25-Sept. 27, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.Events take place on West Shore Park and Rash Field, along the 400 blocks of Light Street and Key Highway. The event features 275 nationally renowned, celebrity and regional authors, book signings, readings, panel discussions, workshops, cooking demonstrations, book arts, children’s activities, exhibitors and live music.New for 2015, the Baltimore Book Festival is a “literary feast with gourmet eats” with food taking center stage with local vendors and cookbook demonstrations. Also new are two stages, the Health & Wellness Stage featuring authors who focus on fitness, health and nutrition and the Inner Harbor Stage presented by Towson University featuring national authors, and the festival’s official bookseller which is the independently owned and operated Ivy Bookshop. All Baltimore Book Festival programming is free. The Baltimore Book Festival is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts. The Afro-American Newspaper is a media partner of the Festival.For more information go to baltimorebookfestival.org
Snap Intros $380 Two-Camera Spectacles — A Fashion Accessory for Snapchat AR Content Related Popular on Variety The three rotating “BTW” hosts are Shanice Bland, production coordinator for BuzzFeed News projects, including “Profile” on Facebook Watch and “AM to DM” and “Hella Opinions” on Twitter; Patrice Peck, a culture writer and commentator at BuzzFeed who specializes in diversity and intersectional representation in Hollywood and pop culture; and David Mack, a deputy director of breaking news for BuzzFeed News focusing on entertainment and politics.Shows on Snapchat are vertical full-screen, and are edited to be fast-paced and hyper-visual, featuring graphics, split screens, and quick cuts. The company says over the past year, time spent watching Snapchat Shows every day more than tripled (but it didn’t detail actual numbers).Snap isn’t alone in targeting mobile video. Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi, for one, is a billion-dollar-plus bet that there’s demand for a premium smartphone entertainment service (positioned as a mobile-focused HBO or Netflix). In that context, Snapchat’s aim is to be like the free, ad-supported broadcast network for those whose mobile phones are the first screen.Snapchat users can access “BTW” at this link, which includes this Snapcode:Pictured above (l. to r.): BuzzFeed’s “BTW” hosts Shanice Bland, Patrice Peck and David Mack “It looks like the way people watch television, as opposed to a viral hit in the app,” said Mills.“We’ve been able to see that [Snapchat users who watch daily shows] are not casual viewers,. They’re fans. They subscribe and come back to watch it.”Into that mix comes BuzzFeed’s “BTW,” a hosted show with quick hits about celebrities and social trends. It’s going up at 3 p.m. ET each day, based on BuzzFeed’s analysis showing that was the strongest time of day for consumption of entertainment-news fare.The series is created and produced by BuzzFeed Studios, headed by Cindy Vanegas-Gesuale, whose role at the company recently expanded to oversee all video programming. “BTW” will lean into “stories that are of the culture,” she said. “We think platform-first to make sure we’re speaking to how the audience consumes content.”Snapchat’s audience tends to be younger than other platforms: According to BuzzFeed, its audience on Snapchat skews under 24 and female. (Snap claims the Snapchat app is used by 90% of all U.S. consumers 13-24 and 75% of all 13- to 34-year-olds.) By contrast, BuzzFeed’s “AM to DM” daily show for Twitter caters to an older crowd that is more interested in hard news.As with other Snapchat Shows, Snap will share a cut of ad revenue from “BTW” with BuzzFeed. Snapchat Shows include ads of to 6 seconds that are unskippable. At launch, Snapchat users watching “BTW” can swipe up and get to the Show’s profile page where they can see past episodes, subscribe and turn on notifications for when a new episode airs.BuzzFeed has committed to at least a six-month run, Venegas-Gesuale said. Mills said “BTW” will stay on Snapchat for as long as both companies “mutually find it successful.” It’s the BuzzFeed show for Snap but the company has been a partner for Snapchat’s Discover media section since 2015.Regarding the midsummer launch for BuzzFeed’s “BTW,” Mills said Snap doesn’t really see seasonality in viewing patterns the way the television biz historically has. “When they go on vacation, people bring their phones,” he said. Snap keeps building toward its vision of Snapchat becoming the TV habit for the mobile generation.The company is launching “BTW,” BuzzFeed’s first original show for Snapchat, promising snack-size celebrity and entertainment news dispatches every weekday afternoon. The show premieres July 8 and will run Monday-Friday, with episodes 3-5 minutes in length going live every day at 3 p.m. ET. The show, culling from stories produced across BuzzFeed, is hosted by BuzzFeed’s Shanice Bland, Patrice Peck and David Mack (pictured above).Snapchat now has more than 80 original shows, and it has found that the daily format has performed particularly well, said Sean Mills, Snap’s head of original content and senior director of content programming. For example, NBC’s “Stay Tuned” news program for Snapchat pulls in an average of 30 million viewers each month, with one-third of them tuning in at least five days a week, according to Mills. For ESPN’s “SportsCenter” show on Snapchat, 60% of the audience watches at least three days per week. 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(Phys.org) — For over nine thousand years people have been relying on various yeast strains to carry out fermentation of food and drink products resulting in the flavorful breads and alcohol fueled beverages we consume, but until now, no one really knew how it was that the yeast managed to appear on schedule every year to help us out, especially in places where freezing winter temperatures would seem to make that impossible. Now, thanks to new research by a combined team of French and Italian researchers, the answer seems to have been found, and as they write in their paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, it appears that we have the wasp to thank. For years scientists have assumed that yeast’s ability to show up on virtually every grape that appears in a vineyard was most likely due either to birds or bees. The yeast lack a means of moving themselves about and depending on wind to carry them seemed too random. But until now, no one had figured out just who or what was responsible or was able to explain how they survived through long cold winters. Some had investigated birds, but they found that the fungus didn’t survive in them long, which led naturally to insects. But which ones? The team narrowed down the possible choices quickly by focusing only on those that are able to not only survive through the winter, but to produce new young in the spring. That led to wasps, which hibernate then build nests in the spring leading to new young offspring.To find out if wasps were indeed the savior of yeasts, the team collected samples from seventeen different areas in and around vineyards in Italy. Lo and behold they found that the majority of them harbored yeast in their guts, and what’s more did so throughout all four seasons, including just prior to hibernation and just after. They also found that the yeast turned up in the guts of the young shortly after they were first fed ensuring that the yeast could carry on indefinitely.The researchers also found that the wasps harbored all manner of yeasts, noting over 230 strains in just those they studied, some of which matched those used to make some of our foods and drinks and some that live in the wild. Thus it seems that wasps are at least one of the major players in the life cycle of yeasts. The research team isn’t suggesting that wasps are solely responsible for allowing yeasts to move between grapes and other berries or for helping them make it through the winter, but at least now, one source is known for sure. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences © 2012 Phys.org Citation: Researchers find wasps are the key to yeast’s ability to survive through winter (2012, July 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-wasps-key-yeast-ability-survive.html More information: Role of social wasps in Saccharomyces cerevisiae ecology and evolution, PNAS, Published online before print July 30, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1208362109AbstractSaccharomyces cerevisiae is one of the most important model organisms and has been a valuable asset to human civilization. However, despite its extensive use in the last 9,000 y, the existence of a seasonal cycle outside human-made environments has not yet been described. We demonstrate the role of social wasps as vector and natural reservoir of S. cerevisiae during all seasons. We provide experimental evidence that queens of social wasps overwintering as adults (Vespa crabro and Polistes spp.) can harbor yeast cells from autumn to spring and transmit them to their progeny. This result is mirrored by field surveys of the genetic variability of natural strains of yeast. Microsatellites and sequences of a selected set of loci able to recapitulate the yeast strain’s evolutionary history were used to compare 17 environmental wasp isolates with a collection of strains from grapes from the same region and more than 230 strains representing worldwide yeast variation. The wasp isolates fall into subclusters representing the overall ecological and industrial yeast diversity of their geographic origin. Our findings indicate that wasps are a key environmental niche for the evolution of natural S. cerevisiae populations, the dispersion of yeast cells in the environment, and the maintenance of their diversity. The close relatedness of several wasp isolates with grape and wine isolates reflects the crucial role of human activities on yeast population structure, through clonal expansion and selection of specific strains during the biotransformation of fermented foods, followed by dispersal mediated by insects and other animals. Explore further Hornet (Vespa crabro) (worker). Image: Niek Willems/Wikipedia. Taking the stress off yeast produces better wine 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.
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