Twoday state mourning in Delhi for Dikshit

first_imgNEW DELHI: AAP-led- the Delhi government announced two-day state mourning for former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who passed away on Saturday evening. The announcement was made by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. Dikshit, who was Delhi Chief Minister for three consecutive terms (1998-2013) and a senior Congress leader, died on Saturday from cardiac arrest. She was 81. At Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee office, the Indian flag was lowered to half-mast after her sudden demise.last_img

Neil Young confirms hes married to Daryl Hannah

first_img Twitter Facebook Login/Register With: It’s the first time Young has addressed months of speculation that he and Hannah tied the knot over the summer.Rumours began circulating in August when Hannah’s Instagram page filled with comments congratulating her on the ceremony.Young was previously married to singer-songwriter Pegi Young but the two divorced in 2014.Once he began dating Hannah the two spent ample time working on projects together.Young played the Man in the Black Hat in the film “Paradox,” which was directed by Hannah and released earlier this year on Netflix.She also worked on his short films and oversaw stage design for Young’s intimate concert last December in Omemee, Ont.Young’s website post also reflected on how “Ohio,” which he wrote as part of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, was inspired by the Kent State shootings in which Ohio National Guardsmen shot and killed four students in 1970.“It was a pivotal moment for me,” he wrote.The message urged his U.S. fans to vote in the midterm elections, particularly in support of gun reform. He praised students who are “brave, demanding change in violent times.”“Support our children. They want protection. Not more guns,” he said.“Give us common sense gun laws that protect our people, in schools, in places of worship, in the workplace and on the streets.” Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO — Neil Young has confirmed he’s most definitely married to actress Daryl Hannah.The Toronto-born musician addressed the rumours Wednesday in a message on his website, the Neil Young Archives.Young refers to Hannah as “my wife Daryl” in an introduction to a live clip of him playing “Ohio.”last_img read more

Morocco to Host African Games in August and September

The 12th African Games will take place from August 23 to September 3, 2019, in Morocco. Morocco is succeeding Congo, which hosted the 11th tournament in 2015, said Portail 242 on Tuesday.The president of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA), Mustapha Berraf, revealed the dates in December, according to RFI. Last July, Morocco’s Ministry of Sports and Youth announced that Morocco will host the African Games in October 2019. After hosting the African Nations Championship, Morocco will celebrate the 12th Annual African Games, following the withdrawal of Equatorial Guinea.The decision came at the request of the African Union and the National Olympic Committees as they consider Morocco to be a country that meets all the conditions and has the expertise to host a major international sports event, according to the Ministry of Youth and Sports.More than 5,000 athletes will take part in the event. Officials from 54 ANOCA member countries will also be present. The event will qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.The ANOCA and the Union of African Sports Confederations (UCSA) organize the African Games every four years. The first African Games were held in 1965 in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo. read more

Stick to speed limit warns police

The police have warned the public to stick to the maximum speed limit on the Southern Expressway.A statement by the police said that most accidents reported on the highway have been as a result of drivers going above the speed limit and being unable to control the vehicle. The police said that since 2011 there have been 6 accidents on the expressway with seven people being killed. So far cases have been filed against 5174 drivers for speeding since the expressway was declared open in November 2011. The police said that the maximum speed limit of 100 kmh is being strictly enforced on the expressway. read more

Trial begins for father of Alison Lundergan Grimes

A prosecutor says the father of Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes funneled corporate money into her failed U.S. Senate campaign in violation of federal law.Jerry Lundergan’s attorney told a federal jury on Tuesday that mistakes were made in reporting the contributions, but no laws were broken.The opening arguments raised the curtain on a trial expected to last about four weeks. The charges stem from Grimes’ unsuccessful 2014 campaign against Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell.Related Article: Jerry Lundergan convicted of making illegal campaign contributionsProsecutors allege that Jerry Lundergan paid for campaign consultants and vendors through his business account without seeking reimbursement. Federal authorities say that amounted to an improper campaign contribution.___8:44 a.m.The father of Kentucky’s secretary of state is going to trial on charges that he made illegal contributions to his daughter’s unsuccessful campaign to unseat Sen. Mitch McConnell.Prosecutors allege that Jerry Lundergan hired consultants and vendors to work for his daughter’s 2014 campaign, paying for them out of his business account without seeking reimbursement. Federal authorities say that amounted to an improper campaign contribution.Lundergan’s daughter is Alison Lundergan Grimes, who lost to the Republican majority leader. Grimes has called the charges politically motivated and predicted her father will be vindicated.Lundergan has been a fixture in Kentucky Democratic politics for decades. He’s a former state lawmaker and formerly served as chairman of the Kentucky Democratic Party. FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The Latest on the federal trial of the father of Kentucky’s secretary of state (all times local):1 p.m.- Advertisement – read more

Papandreou to accept end of PASOK tenure

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram PASOK president George Papandreou will respect the decision of the party’s national council, which is due to meet next weekend, regarding the process to elect the next Socialist leader, sources close to the former prime minister said on Thursday. During a meeting of PASOK’s political council on Wednesday, Papandreou proposed that he remain as president for the time being but that someone else stand as the party’s candidate for prime minister in the general elections that could take place in April. The ex-premier said that he would launch the process to elected a new president after the parliamentary elections. His proposal has to be put to the party’s national council, which is due to meet on January 14 and 15. Sources close to Papandreou said that if the council rejects the idea and calls for an immediate leadership contest then the former prime minister would accept the decision. Such a position would appear to reflect an acceptance of the negative mood in the party and particularly among PASOK’s hierarchy regarding the proposal made by Papandreou and the prospect of him remaining in his current post. Development Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis, the only PASOK official to publicly declare an interest in the party leadership, launched a devastating attack on Papandreou’s scheme, calling it “tantamount to a pact of silence while standing on ruins.” He said that Papandreou’s decision to accept that he would eventually have to stand aside was an “indirect acknowledgement of his responsibilities while in government.” Another Socialist lawmaker, Sofia Giannaka, said that Papandreou’s decision to announce he would lead was “brave” but that the method he proposed to do so was “chaotic” and would not work. Former Economy Minister Louka Katseli said that she is considering taking part in the leadership race. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Versace abandonne le sablage toxique de ses jeans

first_imgVersace abandonne le sablage toxique de ses jeansLa marque Versace ne pratiquera plus désormais les opérations de sablage, potentiellement mortelles pour ses employés, utilisées pour user les jeans dans ses usines. Une campagne menée par Clean Clothes Campaign a semble-t-il beaucoup contribué à l’abandon de cette pratique. L’enseigne de luxe Versace a décidé de mettre un terme au sablage, employé pour vieillir très rapidement les jeans, révèle-t-elle dans un communiqué. Une pratique que Versace a d’abord dit ne pas exercer, puis correctement encadrer pour éviter les problèmes de santé. À lire aussiUne nouvelle lignée de revêtements anti-tâches extrêmement efficacesVersace semble avoir pris en compte l’étude menée par la Clean Clothes Campaign qui a mis en évidence le caractère mortel de l’opération de sablage. La poussière de silice produite dans cette opération facilite l’apparition de la silicose, une infection pulmonaire qui peut s’avérer mortelle. Au Bangladesh et en Turquie, la Clean Clothes Campaign a mis en lumière des cas de décès causés par des opérations de sablage répétées. DeborahLucchetti, coordinatrice de la campagne Clean Clothes Campaign en Italie, a approuvé l’initiative de Versace. CCC rappelle qu’Armani ou Dolce & Gabbana n’en ont pas fait autant… Par la projection de grains de sables à haute pression sur ses pantalons, ces derniers donnaient un aspect usé très apprécié des nombreux acquéreurs de jeans. Le 24 juillet 2011 à 09:19 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Comment créer une musique parfaite grâce à la théorie de Darwin

first_imgComment créer une musique parfaite grâce à la théorie de DarwinSelon des chercheurs britanniques, il serait possible, grâce à un programme informatique inspiré de la théorie de la sélection naturelle de Darwin, de créer le morceau musical parfait. Il suffirait pour cela de coupler la fameuse théorie aux goûts musicaux d’utilisateurs d’un site internet.Des scientifiques de l’Imperial College de Londres pensent avoir découvert comment créer de la musique en utilisant des sons musicaux piochés au hasard. Tout est possible, du carillon à de simples “bips” sonores. Baptisé DarwinTunes, ce programme diffuse des morceaux d’une durée de 8 secondes chacun. L’expérience qui a été menée a en fait consisté à faire écouter ces suites de sons à 7.000 volontaires (via un site internet). Les participants ont simplement noté sur une échelle allant “d’insupportable” à “j’adore” chaque enchaînement. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?DarwinTunes a ensuite marié les dix groupes de sons les plus populaires puis mélangé des éléments musicaux entre eux pour créer vingt nouveaux morceaux. Le résultat obtenu est particulièrement intéressant dans la mesure où les scientifiques se sont aperçus que les musiques ainsi obtenues étaient formées d’un grand nombre d’accords et de rythmes présents dans les chansons modernes. C’est ce qui pourrait expliquer pourquoi la musique populaire évolue constamment et pourquoi les productions traditionnelles peuvent persister pendant des siècles voire des millénaires, selon les auteurs de cette étude publiée dans les Annales de l’académie américaine des sciences (Pnas).Cité par l’AFP, Armand Leroi, professeur de biologie à l’Imperial College de Londres, et co-auteur de ces travaux explique : “Tout le monde pense que la musique est le produit de traditions musicales créées par des compositeurs de génie”. Mais “ce qui paraît être le vrai moteur de l’évolution de la musique populaire pourrait être le choix de l’auditeur”, ajoute t-il. Ainsi, selon lui, “chaque fois que quelqu’un télécharge un morceau de musique plutôt qu’un autre, il fait un choix” ce qui est en soi “un acte créatif”. “Après tout, c’est ainsi que la sélection naturelle crée toutes formes de vie sur Terre et si la sélection peut être créatrice de vie, ce processus devrait pouvoir sélectionner des airs de musique pop”, conclut-il.Le 19 juin 2012 à 15:46 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Chelatchie Prairie train rides set for Memorial Day weekend

first_imgThe Chelatchie Prairie Railroad will run its diesel engine to the Heisson area, through the tunnel, across the East Fork of the Lewis River for its Memorial Day rides scheduled May 25 and 26, with a stop at Moulton Station to visit Yacolt Falls.The train will depart each day at noon and 2:30 p.m. from the station in Yacolt. Passengers are advised to arrive at least 30 minutes before the trip and make reservations, as space is limited.Tickets are $18 per rider, $17 with a military or senior discount, and $12 for children 3 to 12 years old. Children younger than 3 ride free.Visit www.bycx.com to get tickets, and call 360-686-3559 for questions.last_img read more