first_imgJustin Brake APTN NewsThe national inquiry hearings into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls concluded Wednesday in Moncton with more testimonies from families in search of answers.Barbara Bernard of Abegweit First Nation on P.E.I. shared the story of her mother’s disappearance decades ago.Mary Francis Paul went out on evening and never come home.Days later her body was found stuffed in an oil drum, with a broken neck.Bernard, who had her own baby at the time, said she doesn’t recall much after hearing the news — until the day she buried her mother.“I remember a social worker coming up to me at the graveyard asking me, what am I going to do with my baby? And it hurt so bad, because they had already took my brothers and sisters,” said Bernard.A decade passed before she would speak with a police officer about her mother’s death.“He said, you need to remember your mom for your happy memories, he said. You don’t want to remember your mom stuffed in one of those drum cans,” she recalled during the hearing Wednesday. “And that kind of stuck with me, and I was like that’s not what they told me when I was younger.“I couldn’t believe that they wouldn’t have [investigated more thoroughly], because it felt like they didn’t think my mom’s life was worth anything, and that hurt,” she said, fighting tears. “My mom matters. My mom is a human being. And I just need to know.”Bernard wants to know whether the RCMP investigated her mother’s death and whether it was ruled suspicious.Leona Simon of Elsipogtog shared the story of her aunt, Gladys Marie Simon, 41, who went missing from a hospital in Campbellton, N.B. in 2004. She had been institutionalized there as a patient.She had intellectual disabilities and was frequently taken advantage of by people, Simon recalled.Eight years later some of Gladys’ remains were found and her family was told foul play had been ruled out.They want the case re-opened.Simon recommended to the inquiry Wednesday that adequate mental health facilities be placed on reserves.“It would be nice to have some institutions home, so we can facilitate people that need that, that have mental health issues, so we don’t have to worry about them,” she said.In its interim report last fall the inquiry recommended the establishment of a national police task force that could re-open investigations and review cold cases.Responding to Bernard’s testimony inquiry Commissioner Michèle Audette said Canada’s justice system “should be changed, and it has to change.“We pray for that, we push for that, and it will be in the hands of our leaders after,” she said.In total, 38 people testified in Moncton, most of them in private.Audette told reporters the inquiry is on the cusp of submitting a request for a two-year extension to its mandate, and that with an extension it will be able to visit more communities and ensure more people and families are able to tell their stories.She also announced Wednesday that the inquiry will visit Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador during the first week of March.Next week the inquiry will visit Rankin Inlet, Nunavut.last_img read more

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is taking a $3 billion charge as a contingency against a possible fine by the Federal Trade Commission. The agency has been investigating Facebook, but has not announced any findings yet.The one-time charge slashes Facebook’s first-quarter net income considerably, although revenue grew by 25% in the period. The FTC has been looking into whether Facebook is in violation of a 2011 agreement promising to protect user privacy.The social network said Wednesday that its net income was 85 cents per share in the January-March period. Revenue grew 26 % to $15.08 billion from a year earlier. Excluding the charge, it earned $1.89 per share.Analysts polled by FactSet expected earnings of $1.62 per share and revenue of $14.98 billion.Facebook’s monthly user base grew 8% to 2.38 billion.The Associated Press read more

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela has announced the lifting of foreign exchange controls on banks for the first time in 16 years, but some observers are skeptical the measure will do much to lift the shrinking economy.Few people lined up at money exchange windows in private banks in Caracas on Monday. One man, Rodolfo Gutiérrez, said Venezuela’s hyperinflation is so severe that many people find it hard to buy dollars and are focused on buying whatever food they can.Economist Asdrúbal Oliveros says some private institutions struggle to do international transactions because of U.S. sanctions imposed in a campaign aimed at pressuring President Nicolás Maduro out of office.The exchange controls were imposed by Maduro’s predecessor, Hugo Chávez, following an attempted coup in 2002.The Associated Press read more

“We can limit the spread and impact of diabetes by promoting and adopting healthier lifestyles, especially among young people,” he said in his message on the Day, urging people to eat better and be physically active. He also stressed the need to improve diabetes diagnosis and access to essential medicines such as insulin.“Governments, healthcare providers, people with diabetes, civil society, food producers and manufacturers and suppliers of medicines and technology must all contribute to changing the status quo,” he said.Diabetes is an ancient disease that is taking a growing toll on the modern world, he said.In 1980, 108 million adults were living with diabetes. By 2014, that number had risen to 422 million, or 8.5 per cent of adults, reflecting a global increase in risk factors such as being overweight or obese. Maintaining normal body weight, engaging in regular physical activity, and eating a healthy diet can reduce the risk of diabetes.Even though we have the tools to prevent and treat it, diabetes now causes some 1.5 million deaths a year. High blood glucose causes an additional 2.2 million deaths.This year, the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued its first Global report on diabetes, outlining the scale of the problem and suggesting ways to reverse current trends. The burden of diabetes is not equally shared, within or between countries. People in low- and middle-income countries are disproportionately affected. Wherever poverty is found, there are also disease and premature deaths.Diabetes affects countries’ health systems and economies, through increased medical costs and lost wages. In 2011, world leaders agreed that non-communicable diseases, including diabetes, represent a major challenge to achieving sustainable development. Last year, Governments adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, which include the target of reducing premature mortality from non-communicable diseases by one-third.In her video message, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said the agency decided to devote this year’s World Health Day to diabetes for many reasons. “The prevalence of diabetes is alarming and is rapidly getting worse. This is a worrying worldwide trend,” she said, calling for healthier lifestyles. WHO: Message from Director-General for World Health Day 2016 on diabetes. Credit: WHOGlobal commitments to reduce diabetesMany cases of diabetes can be prevented, and measures exist to detect and manage the condition, improving the odds that people with diabetes live long and healthy lives,” says Dr. Oleg Chestnov, WHO’s Assistant Director-General for NCDs and Mental Health. “But change greatly depends on governments doing more, including by implementing global commitments to address diabetes and other [noncommunicable diseases].” These include meeting Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) target 3.4, which calls for reducing premature death from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), including diabetes, by 30 per cent by 2030. Governments have also committed to achieving four time-bound national commitments set out in the 2014 UN General Assembly “Outcome Document on Noncommunicable Diseases”, and attaining the nine global targets laid out in the WHO “Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs”, which include halting the rise in diabetes and obesity. “Around 100 years after the insulin hormone was discovered, the ‘Global report on diabetes’ shows that essential diabetes medicines and technologies, including insulin, needed for treatment are generally available in only one in three of the world’s poorest countries,” says Dr. Etienne Krug, Director of WHO’s Department for the Management of NCDs, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention. “Access to insulin is a matter of life or death for many people with diabetes. Improving access to insulin and NCD medicines in general should be a priority.” Stay super. Beat diabetes. Credit: WHO read more

“This meeting comes at a crucial time when everyone serving under the United Nations flag needs to respond to the UN Secretary-General’s ambitious reform agenda,” said Mohamed Ali Alhakim, the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). “ESCWA is looking forward to speaking with its partners to decide how together we can address our regional priorities and meet the needs of the millions of people who count on us to improve their social and economic conditions,” he added.In September, UN Secretary-General António Guterres announced a plan to reform the UN’s development system, including increased coordination and accountability to better assist countries through the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In response, ESCWA’s annual Regional Coordination Mechanism, which includes members from all UN regional agencies and the League of Arab States, will focus special attention on what the proposed reform means for the region as it moves to accelerate its work on the 17 SDGs. “There are forces that pull the Arab region backwards, obstruct the path to development and sabotage reconstruction efforts,” said Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, who will be visiting ESCWA for the first time on Monday.“On the other hand, there are forces that are firmly promoting change and adopting a reform agenda that stems from the development of societies and people. We commend the governments that are boldly, confidently and steadfastly on the path of reform,” he underlined. Meanwhile, the UN House in Beirut will also welcome David Griggs, a Professor of Sustainable Development at Monash University in Australia and Warwick University in the United Kingdom. Professor Griggs was heavily involved in the development of the SDGs and is an expert on their synergies and trade-offs. “Dealing with the interlinkages is absolutely critical,” he explained. “The SDGs are complicated enough with 17 goals and 169 targets; to make matters worse, they all interlink with each other so if you act to achieve one target or one goal in isolation, then you risk missing potential opportunities.” Professor Griggs highlighted that an obvious example is when seeking to achieve affordable and clean energy (Goal 7), and climate action (Goal 13), renewable energy can have a positive impact on both goals and improve air quality, also helping to reach good health and well-being (Goal 3). The importance of exploring these “interlinkages” at a regional level will be a focus of his keynote address to UN development experts representing 25 different agencies, funds and programmes. “Some things you have to do at a national level because the national circumstances are very different,” Professor Griggs continued. “But equally there are transboundary issues—issues that cross national boundaries and are much more cost effective, easier and quicker to work on in regional partnership.” He noted that this includes transboundary air pollution, water pollution, and climate change, none of which respect national boundaries: “So when you’re coming to tackle those kinds of issues, it makes sense at the regional level,” he insisted. The UN’s Regional Coordination Mechanism hosted by ESCWA has been devised for that exact purpose; on Monday, it will examine ways to draw on positive SDG interlinkages while avoiding trade-offs, explore new entry points for UN agencies to collaborate towards increased results and impact, and deliver on the UN Secretary-General’s vision towards a better world. read more

first_imgPokemon continues to be a major success for Nintendo, selling millions of copies with every new game released in the series. And as is typically the case with very successful games, the formula isn’t messed with much from game to game.There’s more than a few gamers who would like to see a 3D Pokemon game released, and one independent developer by the name of Nilllzz has decided to make it a reality by unofficially developing Pokemon 3D.The game is based on the world of Pokemon Gold and Silver, and has you walking around just like you would in an FPS. Pokemon 3D is in the very early stages of development right now, but you can download and play what’s there already. It’s also listed on IndieDB and is being received very positively showing just how much desire there is for a first-person Pokemon game.Of course, the use of the Pokemon name and gameplay will surely make Nintendo take notice, and chances are Nilllzz will be receiving a letter from Nintendo’s lawyers before long. But a better fix would be for Nintendo to actually consider making such a game, especially as the 3DS hardware could handle it. There’s also the Wii U to consider, and that second screen on the GamePad. A 3D Pokemon game that used the GamePad display for battles could work very well.Nilllzz has been working on the game since August, but the first playable version appeared just a couple of days ago. It runs on Windows XP onwards, but requires the installation of both the .NET and XNA Frameworks if you want to give it a try.More at Nilllzz’s Tumblr and IndieDBlast_img read more

first_imgLa lignée des lamantins et des dugongs serait originaire d’AfriquePubliant ses travaux le 16 janvier sur PLoS ONE, une équipe franco-tunisienne, à partir de l’étude d’un os fossilisé de sirénien découvert en Tunisie, suggère une origine africaine pour ce groupe de mammifères marins.Un modeste os pétreux (os de l’oreille) fossilisé mis au jour dans le Djebel Chambi, en Tunisie, est une précieuse trouvaille pour les chercheurs français et tunisiens dirigés par Julien Benoit, paléontologue de l’Université de Montpellier 2 / CNRS. D’après son étude, il appartiendrait à un sirénien (le groupe de mammifères marins comprenant les lamantins et dugongs actuels), le premier du genre en Afrique, et remonterait à 55 Ma environ. Il possède des caractères primitifs qui font de son propriétaire un bon candidat au titre de ‘premier’ ancêtre de cette lignée originale de ‘mangeurs d’herbe’ aquatiques.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Cette découverte met à mal une autre piste africaine, qui se fonde depuis vingt ans, elle, sur d’autres fossiles moins archaïques découverts en Jamaïque et sur des données issues de la biologie moléculaire, avançant plutôt que siréniens et éléphants sont issus d’un même groupe de mammifères originaires d’Afrique, les afrothères. La nature lacustre du gisement du Djebel Chambi, où l’os a été trouvé, suggère que les premiers siréniens, probablement issus de quadrupèdes (comme c’est le cas pour les cétacés), se sont d’abord adaptés à une vie aquatique dans les lacs africains, vers l’Éocène, avant de gagner les océans.Le 19 janvier 2013 à 09:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgNine voters in Precinct 100 did not have a chance in the 49th Legislative District Senate seat. The race was omitted from nine online ballots. As of Thursday, preliminary returns had Stonier leading with 26,459 votes, or 55.13 percent of votes, compared with Topper’s 21,533 votes, or 44.87 percent of votes.“I am sorry these nine voters did not have this race on the ballot they obtained online,” Kimsey said. “We have developed and will implement procedures to try to prevent this from happening in future elections.”The error was confined to one race and one precinct. The outcome of the race will not be affected by the nine ballots with the error.last_img read more

first_imgNew rules scheduled to take effect in July of 2016 could adversely affect export cargo shippers. While it may primarily impact container cargo, it could significantly impact the soybean industry’s livestock customers as well as some soybean exports directly, similar to the disruption experienced at West Coast ports during the labor dispute last year.The rules will require that shippers verify the weight of cargo and containers for steamships and terminal operators before being loaded onto vessels. The rules, which come from the U.N. International Maritime Organization, are intended to protect ships, their crews and their cargoes from overcapacity that can lead to ships capsizing.At a recent hearing held by the Federal Maritime Commission in Washington, D.C., U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Paul Thompson told agriculture shippers and marine terminal and steamship line representatives that delaying the new rules are not a good option because it would send a message to foreign countries that goods can’t be safely loaded onto ships in America.Representatives from the shipping community, including agricultural groups and agri-businesses argued that a system for verifying cargo weight is already working in the U.S. and the new requirement will create unnecessary delays at U.S. ports.  The rule is aimed at countries that grossly overload containers, which hasn’t been an issue for the U.S.  Furthermore, the requirements could put U.S. exports at a disadvantage to foreign competitors if countries, such as Brazil, do not enforce it to the same extent as the U.S.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Edward C. Hanlon, age 91, of Wilmington, formerly of Malden and Winthrop, passed away on May 18, 2019.Edward was the beloved husband of Jean M. (Brennan) Hanlon, devoted father of Leslie Coye & her husband Kenneth of Malden, Dana Doyle & her husband James of Wilmington and Edward “Ned” Hanlon of Winthrop, loving “Grandpa” of Kristen Reidy & her husband Michael, Kathleen Christensen & her husband Ryan, Erin Doyle and Ryan Hanlon & his wife Elizabeth, Great-grandfather of Sean Reidy, Jack, Eleanor and Maeve Hanlon, cherished son of the late William and Mary Sarah (Schwartz) Hanlon, dear brother of Paul Hanlon of CA, Arthur Hanlon of NH, Dorothy Turner of CA, the late William, Rita, Albert, Robert and Hubert Hanlon. Edward is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Thursday, May 23rd at 10:00 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will take place at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 22nd from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.Memorial donations in Edward’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.Edward C. Hanlon(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: William J. “Bill” Wolfe, 75In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Helen C. (Cotter) Domigan Adams, 85In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Stephen J. Bowker, 58In “Obituaries”last_img read more

first_img © 2017 (—A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in South Africa has found that African penguins sometimes work together to corral fish to allow for more efficient foraging. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the group describes how they studied the birds, what they found and why they believe the penguins might go extinct if something does not change soon. Citation: African penguins found to work together to corral fish for foraging (2017, September 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Credit: CC0 Public Domain Emperor penguins use sea ice to rest between long foraging periods Journal information: Royal Society Open Sciencecenter_img Explore further More information: Alistair M. McInnes et al. Group foraging increases foraging efficiency in a piscivorous diver, the African penguin, Royal Society Open Science (2017). DOI: 10.1098/rsos.170918AbstractMarine piscivores have evolved a variety of morphological and behavioural adaptations, including group foraging, to optimize foraging efficiency when targeting shoaling fish. For penguins that are known to associate at sea and feed on these prey resources, there is nonetheless a lack of empirical evidence to support improved foraging efficiency when foraging with conspecifics. We examined the hunting strategies and foraging performance of breeding African penguins equipped with animal-borne video recorders. Individuals pursued both solitary as well as schooling pelagic fish, and demonstrated independent as well as group foraging behaviour. The most profitable foraging involved herding of fish schools upwards during the ascent phase of a dive where most catches constituted depolarized fish. Catch-per-unit-effort was significantly improved when targeting fish schools as opposed to single fish, especially when foraging in groups. In contrast to more generalist penguin species, African penguins appear to have evolved specialist hunting strategies closely linked to their primary reliance on schooling pelagic fish. The specialist nature of the observed hunting strategies further limits the survival potential of this species if Allee effects reduce group size-related foraging efficiency. This is likely to be exacerbated by diminishing fish stocks due to resource competition and environmental change. African penguins live off the southern coast of Africa. Like other penguins, they survive by eating small fish—in this cased, their diet is generally sardines and anchovies. But the African penguins have also been found to engage in a fishing behavior that has never been seen in penguins before—group coordinated foraging.Noting that the African penguin population has been dwindling due to diminished ocean fisheries over the past several decades, the researchers decided to take a closer look at their feeding habits. They affixed miniature cameras to the backs of 12 of the birds and used the data to create video for review. In all, the team amassed 14 hours of video, which revealed a lot about the life of the penguins.In addition to footage showing the penguins preening, there was also evidence of how they fished. The researchers report that the birds did their foraging alone approximately 66 percent of the time—the other 33 percent of the time, they worked together as a cohesive unit to usher fish into columns and then into balls. Dolphins have been seen doing the same on many occasions, but this was the first time it has been seen in penguins. Corralling the fish into a ball allows for easier foraging. In watching the video footage, researchers were able to compare the efficiency of fishing alone versus fishing with a group, and found that when the birds fished together, they were more than twice as efficient. The team also found evidence of the birds communicating prior to collaborative foraging, suggesting they planned their assault on their prey.The researchers note that the population of African penguins has dropped from 4 or 5 million two centuries ago to just 50,000 today, which possibly explains why they coordinate their foraging so seldom despite the near guarantee of more food—there are not always enough of them around to form a large enough group. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_imgDarjeeling: People’s Liberation Army joined in the revelries as the Indian Army commemorated the 72nd Independence Day at Nathula, the Indo-China border in Sikkim.To mark the occasion, a Special Border Meeting between India and China was held on Wednesday.This is being seen as a reciprocating gesture as the Indian Army had taken part in the celebrations commemorating the foundation day of the People’s Liberation Army on August 1, 2018.”The celebrations took place in an atmosphere of warmth and friendship with an aim of enhancing mutual trust and promoting peace and tranquility in the border areas,” stated a release from the army.Pleasantries were also exchanged in Kongra La in North Sikkim. Indian Army troops deployed in remote and high altitude areas in North Sikkim hoisted the tricolor in different forward posts to mark the occasion.”Such interactions between the two armies have resulted in enhancement of goodwill and mutual understanding between the two nations,” added the release.last_img read more

first_imgSpeaking of tricks, Drake is also rumoured to feature on the new album, according to stories doing the rounds today. Given that he named a song after her and that infamous snog, it’s probably about time.Portuguese influenceIn the summer of 2017, Madonna relocated to Portugal with her ever-growing army of children. Being the culture-vulture she is, it was almost inevitable that she’d find something to pilfer for her next project.Her latest European excursion seems to have led her to Batuque music. The singer posted footage of some sessions with a female band from Cape Verde at a Lisbon studio. Batuque is the oldest music genre in Cape Verde, an archipelago in the Atlantic ocean colonized by the Portugese in the 15th century.The Batuque is also a traditional women’s dance, banned by King Manuel of Portugal during colonialism as it was considered a precursor to a slave rebellion. So maybe expect to see some of that on the inevitable tour. Steven Klein music video?In May, Madonna fansite DrownedMadonna reported that a music video had allegedly been filmed in London by Steven Klein.Klein is responsible for some of the her more memorable concert backdrop videos and photoshoots, not to mention her 2013 short film SecretProjectRevolution.So far no music video has yet surfaced. Yesterday, however, Madge posted to her Instagram a hyper-stylized video of her reciting poet Rupi Kaur. The video was shot by none other than Steven Klein.It begins with Madonna apologizing to, ‘all the women I have called beautiful’.The lead single for her next album is heavily rumoured to be Beautiful Game, a snippet of which she performed at the Met Gala in May.Could this then be a taste of the album’s first video? The Queen of Pop has been slowly drip-feeding details about her 14th (!) studio album, and luckily for her fans, this writer is hooked up to her IV.So here’s what we know!Back to basicsFor long-time, and some may argue long-suffering, fans of Madonna, news that she is apparently hunkering down with producer Mirwais has come as a welcome sign of things to come. And a welcome change from the recent norm.Madonna produces her best work when she picks one producer and the two huddle away without distractions. It’s that process that brought us focused epics such as the Stuart Price-helmed Confessions On A Dancefloor, and her William Orbit-assisted masterpiece Ray Of Light.From 2008’s Hard Candy onwards however, Madonna has made a habit of collaborating with every so-called hot producer she can get her hands on. Or so it seems.In an unexpected response to her manager Guy O’Seary’s gushing praise for Ray of Light on Instagram, Madge expressed her anger at being sent to ‘songwriting camps’.‘Remember when I made records with other artists from beginning to end and I was allowed to be a visionary and not have to go to songwriting camps where no one can sit still for more than 15 minutes…’ Release date?There isn’t one.Madonna teased on her Instagram that new music was ‘coming soon’. That was in May. Not soon enough obviously.We’re dying to hear what she’s got tucked away up her lacey sleeve, but until that time her social media is the best thing we got.We know in our (rebel) hearts it’ll be worth the wait. Stay tuned!Also on Gay Star News:Here is Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj’s new song and it’s a certified bop ‘Secret’ collaborationIt might of course be too much to ask of Madge to completely forego at least one guest feature. And all signs are pointing to one Miss Minaj. The two grabbed each other on the red carpet at the Met Gala in May, with Nicki seemingly itching to reveal some sort of ‘secret’.[embedded content]Two months prior, Madonna posted something cryptic to Instagram about secret songwriters. Madonna has been accused from fans and critics alike of an obsession with chasing trends, by working with the likes of Kanye West, Pharrell, Timbaland et al for the last decade. By reuniting with the man who gave his magic to 2000’s Music, as well as 2003’s underrate American Life, we may yet see a return to the experimental yet cohesive work Madonna built her legacy with. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Nothing official has been announced, of course. But should Minaj feature anywhere on this album, it would make the as-yet-untitled release her third Madonna album in a row to guest on. Which is a world record, in terms of pop music.Minaj has already featured on two official Madge singles (Give Me All Your Luvin’ and Bitch, I’m Madonna) and performed alongside her at the 2012 Super Bowl. Why not go for a hat trick? GAYSTARNEWS- Madonna is gearing up for the next instalment in her immaculate collection, three years after the release of Rebel Heart. Madonna in Lisbon (Photo: Instagram) Madonna sends love to New York Pride with cute cat face video Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Madonna sends love to New York Pride with cute cat face videoMadonna is overrated. Accept it.Boy George addresses historic Madonna feudRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

first_imgYour gay guide to Buenos AiresGay beach vacations in Crete: The essentialsRecord numbers of international LGBT+ travel industry exhibitors at ITB BerlinRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Speaking of which, why not treat your nearest and dearest this National Girlfriends’ Day to some of the world’s most dreamy destinations? From bustling scenes, unexpected beauty, and luxurious beach holidays, check out these lesbian-friendly travel spots. The busy one: Buenos Aires, Argentina A city that’s truly alive | Photo: PixabayArgentina is one of the most LGBTI-friendly countries in South America (the first to legalize equal marriage in 2010!) and Buenos Aires is a monument to that. The culture itself makes it relatively safe for lesbian couples visiting Buenos Aires, which is good, because there’s a lot you don’t want to miss. Historical sites like the revolutionary Plaza de Mayo, world-renowned steak, and a buzzing LGBTI nightlife around the Palermo district, particularly nightclub Fiesta Jolie, makes it a must-visit.The naturally beautiful one: Auckland, New ZealandOne Tree Hill, featuring the only creature more famous than hobbits | Photo: Mark Gunn, FlickrNo one needs to tell you that New Zealand is beautiful; just watch Lord of the Rings. But the best way to catch this awe-inspiring country is from an amazing city – cue Auckland. The LGBTI scene is probably the strongest in the Kiwi nation.So come for hiking the 52 different volcanoes, relaxing on their pure beaches, or foodie tours, the perfect way to experience really good, local cuisine. Stay for the vibrant LGBTI-friendly areas in K Road, Ponsonby Viaduct and Britomart.The traditional-meets-modern one Tokyo, JapanShinjuku Gyo-en, found in Shinjuku and Shibuya, is an oasis in the sea of modernity | Photo: Pixabay Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Don’t be fooled by the shy stereotypes: Tokyo has a vibrant gay scene that makes visiting the city an absolute treat. Historic sights include the jaw-dropping Imperial Palace and the Sensō-ji Temple, whereas you can splash the cash in the shops of the Ginza district. Meanwhile, the incredible Tokyo Skytree – one of the tallest freestanding structures in the world – boasts panoramic views that make it a viral-story-waiting-to-happen place to pop the question. Then, come nighttime, you can see how hard Japanese people party in the gay Shinjuku-nichōme area.The beach party one: Palma de Mallorca, Balearic IslandsIt isn’t all all-nighters in clubs… unless you want it to be | Photo: PixabayPalma in general is a hotbed for LGBTI fun. Obviously, this is the first choice if you want to sit on beaches drinking booze cheaper than water. But there are some beautiful sights to see, whether that’s cycle tours through its famous woodland, witnessing its gothic cathedrals, or cruising across the amazing Balearic sea. But not only does it have a wide-variety of gay-friendly bars to visit, the Ella International Lesbian Festival (typically during the first week of September) transforms the city into a musical wonderland with a lesbian focus. The lesbian capital one: Northampton, Massachusetts, USAWho knew the lesbian capital of the USA could be so pretty? | Photo: IanJMatchett, FlickrThe National Enquirer called the city ‘Lesbianville, USA,’ in 1992. If that’s not a ringing endorsement, I don’t know what is. Half-jokingly referred to as the lesbian capital of the country, it has way more to offer than just, well, a large population of lesbian people. The restaurant scene is especially strong for vegetarians and vegans, with the likes of Haymarket Cafe and Green Bean. The bars are bustling, with live music being a particular highlight. It’s the ideal place if you’re looking to soak up some American LGBTI culture.More from Gay Star News:Feel the love and read 6 cute stories about how girlfriends metThese two OITNB actresses are girlfriends IRL and congrats, ladies!Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img National Girlfriends’ Day is the perfect time to take that special girl somewhere special | Photo: Pixabay No matter where you are on the sexuality spectrum, it’s important that you treat your girlfriend right. Whether that’s presents, cooking dinner, or big treats… like luxury vacations away for you both to enjoy. GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

first_imgThe Python Software Foundation and JetBrains conducted a Python survey to find the latest trends, usage, adoption in the Python community. There were more than 20,000 participants from over 150 countries. The Python Developers Survey 2018 was conducted for the second time in collaboration after the first one in 2017. Language usage From the Python survey, 84% of the developers stated that they use it as their primary language while the other 16% used it as a secondary language. This is up from the 79% of developers using Python as primary from 2017. About 50% of Python users also use JavaScript while other languages like C/ C++, Java, and C# are used lesser than 2017. Bash/Shell is also being used more by Python developers. Python uses 60% of the respondents said that they use Python for both work and personal uses. 21% exclusively for personal, educational or side projects and 19% for work. 58% of Python users use the language for data analysis which is 8% more than last year. 52% use Python for web development and 43% for DevOps/system administration. Machine learning uses also saw an uptick of 7% and stands at 38%. In general, Python is used in data analysis applications more than for Web Development. The above numbers where multiple areas were available as choices. When there was only a single response available, web development was the most popular answer with 27%. Data analysis stood at 17% and machine learning at 11%. Interestingly, if you consider ‘ data science’ data analysis and machine learning combined then most Python users are in this area totaling 28%. Python versions in use Python 3 is seeing larger adoption with 84% compared to 75% from 2017. Python 2 stands at 16% and will lose support from the core team next year. Major libraries are already dropping support for Python 2. Frameworks and libraries In web frameworks, Flask and Django were the most popular with 47% and 45%. In data science packages, NumPy was the most used with 62%. pandas and Matplotlib stand at 51% and 46%. To know more in-depth results of the Python survey, you can visit the JetBrains website. Read next pandas will drop support for Python 2 this month with pandas 0.24 Python steering council election results are out for January 2019 Python 3.8.0 alpha 1 is now available for testinglast_img read more

first_imgJacó Happenings Friday June 14, Rootz Fest will be live at the Green Room Café featuring Marlon Asher, Michael Livingston, Macfire Don, Acon and Marswell. Show starts at 8 p.m. and costs ₡10,000. The Green Room Café is located in front of the ICE building in the center of Jaco. For more information, call 2643-4425. On, Saturday June 15, the Punto Surf Quarter Finals of the Metropolitanas 2013 sponsored by Hurley will take place in Playa Hermosa in front of Outback Surf Hotel. Also, Saturday, in celebration of Father’s Day: out in Pueblo Nuevo, it is the “Baile con Grupo Los De La K-lle.” It is being held at Rancho at 7 p.m. for ₡4,000. For more information, call 2637-0254. Thursday June 20 is International Surfing Day, and it also marks the official groundbreaking of Croc’s Casino Resort in Jacó Beach, which is hoping to be open for next high season. Owners Dag and Jennifer Hascall are bringing the hotel-casino-resort to the north end of Jacó, and it will feature 152 hotel rooms, 44 luxurious condominium residences, a beachfront resort pool, restaurants, disco, spa, the “Croc Habitat,” a retail shopping area and a convention facility. For more info, visit, call 6006-9021 or contact your calendars for this year’s largest and closest super moon, which will occur on Sunday, June 2, and will be the moon’s closest encounter with the Earth in a long time. No place better than to spend it in Jacó Beach.The Feria Interinstitucional Garabito 2013 is an interagency fair that began in 2011 as a joint project of public force with the Central Pacific Chamber of Commerce in an effort to unify all the public institutions of Garabito. The day displays the functions of each entity, and offers cultural and recreational activities for residents.  The fair is being held on June 28 beginning with a parade on the main street leaving from Importadora Monge at 9 a.m. The parade will feature bands, dance groups, stilts, clowns, vehicles and official mascots of the involved institutions. Later, there will be activities in the Central Park of Jacó, such as presentations of typical dancing, clowns, stilts, pintacaritas, balloon twisting, games for children, displays of Red Cross, firemen, OIJ canine unit, special groups of security forces, presentation of bands, informative awnings, and many more activities. For more info, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 2643-2853Lastly, the III Fecha Campeonato Nacionalspeed Cross is being held on June 30t at the Pista San Martin Jacó. Cover is ₡3,000.–Christina Facebook Commentscenter_img No related posts.last_img read more

first_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix MEXICO CITY (AP) – Google is adding interactive images of dozens of pre-Hispanic ruins to the “Street View” feature on its Google Maps website.Google Mexico and Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History announced Thursday that 30 sites have been added to Street View, and dozens more will be coming online this year. The eventual goal is 90 sites.The feature allows users to click on map locations to obtain 360-degree, interactive images composed of millions of photos taken at street level by specially equipped vehicles. Google uses a special, three-wheeled bicycle to generate images of the Mexican sites, many of which don’t have paved areas. Top Stories Comments   Share   Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories 5 treatments for adult scoliosiscenter_img 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of The sites already online include Chichen Itza, Teotihuacan and Monte Alban.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

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