Three people have died in Fernie, B.C., after a possible ammonia leak at an arena in the community. Here is a list of ammonia leaks at other Canadian arenas:April 2017: Three employees of an arena in Pownal, P.E.I. were sent to hospital after a leak caused by a faulty valve. No one was seriously hurt.January 2016: A leak in the ice-cooling system prompted the evacuation of the Jean-Paul Sabourin Arena in Gatineau, Que. No one was injured.September 2011: Two people were sent to hospital after a leak at what was then called the Scotiabank Place arena in Ottawa. The building was evacuated and no one sustained lasting injuries.May 2010: A leak at an arena in Fenelon Falls, Ont., forced an evacuation of the surrounding neighbourhood. About 20 homes were evacuated for a few hours, but no one was injured.February 2010: A leak at the Kings Arrow arena in Oromocto, N.B., sent three employees to hospital, but all were released unharmedJuly 1999: Officials evacuated the arena at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ont. About 100 children taking summer programs at the university had to leave the building. No injuries were reported.August 1997: Officials blamed vandals for damaging a valve at an arena in Saint John, N.B. The resulting leak forced police to evacuate the area, including about 50 residents from a nearby seniors home. One rink employee received minor injuries.June 1996: An ammonia leak at an arena next to Edmonton’s South Side Recreation Centre prompted an evacuation of the building. About 31 people were sent to hospital.November 1995: A school outing took a dangerous turn when a valve on an ice cooling system came loose at a Toronto arena. An employee sustained second-degree burns and dozens of children from a local school were sent to hospital as a precaution. None of the students were injured.June 1991: Ammonia leaking at an arena in Grand Prairie, Alta., forced the evacuation of about 325 people. This included students from local high schools in the middle of writing year-end exams. Officials said the leak was caused by maintenance workers who accidentally ruptured a cooling line.
OTTAWA — Canada’s national inflation rate was 1.5 per cent in February, Statistics Canada says. Here’s what happened in the provinces and territories. (Previous month in brackets):— Newfoundland and Labrador, 0.5 per cent (0.1)— Prince Edward Island, 0.4 (0.4)— Nova Scotia, 1.0 (1.1)— New Brunswick, 0.9 (1.1)— Quebec, 1.3 (1.0)— Ontario, 1.5 (1.5)— Manitoba, 2.0 (1.4)— Saskatchewan, 1.3 (0.7)— Alberta, 1.6 (1.2)— British Columbia, 2.2 (2.4) The Canadian Press
Secretary-General Guterres is “following very closely” the reports of alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians in Aleppo, according to a tweet posted by the UN spokesperson’s office on their official account, @UN_Spokesperson.“Any confirmed use of such weapons, by any party to the conflict and under any circumstances, is abhorrent and a clear violation of international law,” the tweet added. According to media reports, about one hundred people have been injured in recent fighting in Aleppo governorate.
After two months in the ‘Fishbowl,’ Brock Central@The Registrar’s Office is moving back to its home in Schmon Tower.Services were temporarily relocated to the Computer Commons in Scotiabank Hall in June due to noise and interruptions from major construction taking place right outside the office’s windows.Beginning Monday, Brock Central will be back operating on the third floor of the Tower.The department delivers undergraduate admissions, enrolment services, student account services and student financial assistance.Hours of operation are Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Beginning Aug. 28, Monday to Thursday hours will be extended until 7 p.m.
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Crystallex International has welcomed the award released by the Additional Facility of the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in relation to its claims against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (“Venezuela”). The tribunal awarded the company damages of $1.202 Billion plus pre- and post-award interest due to Venezuela’s unfair and inequitable treatment, and unlawful expropriation of Crystallex’s investment in the Las Cristinas mining project.Crystallex filed its Request for Arbitration before ICSID’s Additional Facility on February 16, 2011 pursuant to the Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of the Republic of Venezuela for the Promotion and Protection of Investments (the Treaty).The Award, which was rendered on April 4, 2016, upheld Crystallex’s claims that Venezuela breached Articles II(2) and VII(1) of the Treaty by failing to accord Crystallex’s investments in Venezuela fair and equitable treatment and by unlawfully expropriating those investments.As a result of these breaches, the Tribunal has ordered Venezuela to pay damages currently amounting to $1.386 billion, based on a value for Crystallex’s investment in the Las Cristinas mine of $1.202 billion on 13 April 2008 – the date when an environmental permit was denied by Venezuela – together with pre- and post-award interest from that date.Among other things, the Tribunal criticized Venezuela’s Ministry of the Environment for its “arbitrary” and “non-transparent and inconsistent conduct” in connection with its denial of an environmental permit. The Tribunal stated that it “cannot but conclude that the Permit denial letter and the Romero Report on which the first appears to be based are so fundamentally deficient that, to the eyes of a reasonable third person, they ‘surprise a sense of juridical propriety’…”. Venezuela, the Tribunal concluded, “frustrated Crystallex’s legitimate expectations …, engaged in arbitrary conduct in denying the Permit and rescinding the [Contract it had signed with Crystallex], and committed several acts lacking transparency and consistency.” The Tribunal therefore found that Venezuela’s “overall conduct vis-à-vis Crystallex, thus violated the [Treaty] standard … and caused all of the investments made by Crystallex to become worthless.”Robert Fung, Crystallex CEO: “On behalf of Crystallex’s board of directors, management, employees and all of its stakeholders, we are pleased that the Tribunal has recognized Venezuela’s unlawful expropriation of the company’s investment in the Las Cristinas mining project. The company looks forward to collecting on the Award on behalf of all of its stakeholders. We thank our stakeholders for their deep understanding and support throughout this difficult and prolonged process, and our legal team, led by Freshfields’ partner Nigel Blackaby.”Crystallex is a Canadian based mining company, with a history of acquiring, exploring, developing and operating mining projects. Crystallex has successfully operated an open pit mine in Uruguay and developed and operated three gold mines in Venezuela. The company’s principal asset is this international claim in relation to its investment in Las Cristinas.The map shows Crystallex Venezuela projects in 2005.
Of the big three forms of entertainment we all use, music went digital first, and now video and games are slowly making the move too. Gamers know it, game publishers know it, and retailers are beginning to realize it.GameStop has decided to react and try and secure its future in the digital space by acquiring the Impulse digital games download service from Stardock as well as streaming tech company Spawn Labs.Although it’s nowhere near as popular as Valve’s Steam service, Impulse does already hold a 10% share of the digital games market. Just as importantly for GameStop, it is already live and making money so the retailer has a platform it can build on with little development investment required.Spawn Labs offers a different view on digital games. The company’s focus is on streaming and virtualization technology. GameStop states that Spawn is working on a solution for playing games on any Internet-enabled device, suggesting OnLive may be getting a new rival in the future branded with the GameStop name.The two acquisitions combined should allow GameStop to offer games across the board through its shops, through the mail from its online store, and now via digital distribution, and eventually game streaming too.Read more at the GameStop press release, via Gamesindustry.bizMatthew’s OpinionThese are both intelligent buys for GameStop for the future. Impulse is an already established service that GameStop can throw some money at and help it grow beyond that 10% market share. It needs to be a brand as recognized as Steam if it intends to compete.As for Spawn Labs, that’s certainly a forward-looking acquisition, and one that’s probably been spurned by the good press OnLive has been getting. GameStop knows that relying on boxed-copy game sales isn’t going to bring in the same level of profits indefinitely, and whose to say future consoles will even have a disc slot in them? So creating a digital platform now makes a lot of sense.Whether both acquisitions pan out for the company depends on how GameStop handles the companies. Impulse needs a more hands-on approach and the experience GameStop brings from selling games for years. Spawn Labs looks like it should be left alone to get on with the tech for the time being.
HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on target How much would you pay to learn the secrets of the last great Time War?The Doctor’s memories are up for auction by a hoggish tech tycoon hoping to make “the biggest deal of all time.”Representatives have come from far and wide—Harrigain High Command, Church of the Evergreen Man, Shreekers, Cybermen—to place their bids. But the Time Lord’s consciousness is not the only thing under attack.The evil (and somewhat naive) Addison Delamar, perhaps in a nod to Bill Potts, is tricked into working for the Cybermen—intent on obtaining the formula for war, and deleting anything that gets in their way.With Rose and Tara otherwise occupied, it seems this may be the end for the Doctor.As the world around them burns, the leather-clad time traveler begs the Cyberleader to stop, or billions will die.“Their deaths are irrelevant. The stratagem is proceeding as planned,” the cyborg says. “The alien factions will destroy each other in order to recover your secrets. Secrets which will serve the Cyber-race.”The bidding is now open (via Titan Comics)Companions Tara and Rose, meanwhile, are locked in a network of memories, being shunted from one recollection to another at warp speed—a tough tactic to pull off in a static comic book. Reunited with Captain Jack Harkness (not that oddly wearing what looks like a Conan the Barbarian costume), the trio must contend with IRL villains and aberrant memories.The story, written by Cavan Scott, gets a bit dicey when the system, apparently overwhelmed by “a redundant timeline” shuts down, depositing Rose, Jack, and Tara by the Doctor’s side.Blaming himself for the chaos, the Time Lord gives the solicitants exactly what they want.“I’ll give them the Time War,” he declares. “All the pain. All the suffering. All the fear. All the regret.”Enough grief broadcast into their heads to send the Harrigain, Evergreen Man, Shreekers, and Cybermen back to whence they came. There’s just one more loose end to tie up…The latest from Titan Comics says goodbye to Tara Mishra (for now, at least), and hello to a new set of adventures for the Ninth Doctor, Rose Tyler, and Captain Jack Harkness.Written by Scott, with art by Cris Bolson and Adriana Melo, “The Bidding War: Part 2” is on sale now for $3.99.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Google+ Last night’s 3/3 WWE Smackdown on USA drew 2.49 million viewers. This is a drop from last week’s show that drew 2.62 million viewers.The Republican Presidential Debate on Fox News dominated the night with 16.8 million viewers. Smackdown averaged a 0.77 rating among adults 18-49.Source: Showbuzzdaily.com Twitter WhatsApp WWE Smackdown Ratings: Viewership stays over 2 million, WWE stays No. 1 on Tuesday Facebook Pinterest Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 WWE NXT Results – 9/11/19 (Last episode before the USA Network move, Ripley vs. Baszler)
WASHINGTON — After several years of little growth, global emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide experienced their largest jump in seven years, discouraging scientists.World carbon dioxide emissions are estimated to have risen 2.7 percent from 2017 to 2018, according to three studies released Wednesday from the Global Carbon Project, an international scientific collaboration of academics, governments and industry that tracks greenhouse gas emissions. The calculations, announced during negotiations to put the 2015 Paris climate accord into effect, puts some of the landmark agreement’s goals nearly out of reach, scientists said.“This is terrible news,” said Andrew Jones, co-director of Climate Interactive, which models greenhouse gas emissions and temperatures but was not part of the research. “Every year that we delay serious climate action, the Paris goals become more difficult to meet.”The studies concluded that this year the world would spew 40.9 billion tons of carbon dioxide, up from 39.8 billion tons last year. The margin of error is about one percentage point on either side.The Global Carbon Project used government and industry reports to come up with final emission figures for 2017 and projections for 2018 based on the four biggest polluters: China, the United States, India and the European Union.The U.S., which had been steadily decreasing its carbon pollution, showed a significant rise in emissions — up 2.5 percent — for the first time since 2013. China, the globe’s biggest carbon emitter, saw its largest increase since 2011: 4.6 percent.
A group of concerned Baltimore City residents, inspired by a recent initiative out of Ghana, has created a campaign to raise awareness about malfeasance in local government. The group, known collectively as the Kitchen Table Politicians (KTP), is asking area residents to wear red on Fridays to draw attention to a number of issues they feel the city working on to insure desirable outcomes for its citizens.KTP, with a membership of five to 10 people, was founded four years ago by Morning Sunday, a resident of northeast Baltimore’s Waverly neighborhood. The group, which meets every two weeks to discuss local issues over lunch, is made up of the demographic most likely to vote in local Baltimore elections, older Black women. “I thought, if we need someone to discuss the politics [of the city] and what’s really happening, we need to have the women who are voters discussing that,” said Sunday.Earlier this summer, a group out of Ghana called Concerned Ghanaians for Responsible Governance, launched the Red Friday campaign, asking fellow Ghanaians to wear a red item on Fridays as a way of demanding responsible governance in their country, regardless of who is in power. Morning Sunday, who told the AFRO that she follows news in Ghana, South Africa, and Nigeria, saw in the initiative a model that could be reproduced in Baltimore, a city where many residents feel that the local government could be more in touch with their concerns.Thus Wear Red Fridays was born. The campaign began Aug. 15, and KTP is now selling red t-shirts to anyone interested in participating in the campaign but without an adequate red garment. The group plans to put on some street theater style puppet shows to help raise awareness about various issues affecting the city and related to local governance, such as minority set-asides for city projects, the confiscation and sale of homes over unpaid utility bills, environmental issues such as air quality, and the city’s unsolved homicide rate.For Sunday, this is about advocating on behalf of the city’s residents and shedding light on issues that often can be addressed with the simple enforcement existing laws. “These are not things you have to do something special for,” Said Sunday. “Minority set-asides is a law. Taking care of the children, that’s a law. Making landlords fix their properties up, those laws are on the books. We’re not asking them to make new laws, we’re asking them to enforce the laws that are already on the books.”Dale Hargrave is a contractor and member of KTP who joined the Wear Red Fridays campaign to raise awareness about how minority contractors are often left at a disadvantage when the city fails to enforce e-verify requirements for those employed under city contracts. E-Verify is a free, online system developed by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, that allows employers to determine the legal eligibility of their employees to work in the U.S. “The issue is that, me as a contractor, if I’m bidding on a contract, and I have to compete with individuals that are using undocumented labor, they have an unfair competitive advantage,” said Hargrave.“We [have to]compete with people that are crunching the numbers, and the reason they can make the low bids work is because they’re using undocumented labor, and many times they are not in compliance with the wages they’re supposed to be paying,” added Hargrave.Sunday has been in touch with groups in Ferguson, Mo., and in Chicago, Ill. where she is working to expand the Wear Red Friday effort. Those interested in purchasing a t-shirt should email KTP at email@example.com. The first run of 100 t-shirts, Sunday said, has already sold out.
(Phys.org) —Well known hacker Samy Kamkar has figured out a way to program a store-bought drone to take away control of other store-bought drones from their owners, and then to give the enslaved drones commands of its own. He calls the result SkyJack. Even more dramatically, he’s created a video describing how to do it so that others can create their own drone hackers, and has posted it all on his blog. Citation: Hacker modifies toy drone to hack and take over other toy drones (2013, December 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-12-hacker-toy-drone-hack-drones.html Samy Kamkar achieved fame by knocking MySpace offline in 2005 (and going to jail for it). After going straight, he was one of those people instrumental in exposing phone makers that were adding tracking capabilities to smartphones. In this latest endeavor, he’s added off-the-shelf hardware and Internet available code to a commercially sold drone—the quadcopter Parrot—to allow it to hack other Parrot drones.The concept is rather simple, he added a small single board computer (Raspberry Pi circuit board) that runs Linux, to his Parrot, installed some code and then added a little battery and two tiny wireless transmitters. Once airborne, the drone listens for a Wifi signal, if it hears one, it looks for a MAC address from a list it has, if a match is found, the device sends a disabling code, revoking control from the drone’s owner. Then his drone pretends it’s the rightful owner and starts sending control codes to the enslaved Parrot, directing its flight, and/or sending back images from its camera. More than anything, the SkyJack appears to be a stunt of sorts, coming on the heels of an announcement by Amazon that it plans to deliver packages via drones someday soon. The makers of Parrot will obviously be embarrassed by Kamkar ‘s work, but will undoubtedly add security features to them, preventing them from being skyjacked, which they probably should have done before selling them in the first place. His actions do however, highlight the increasing presence of drones in our lives and how those that make them need to be sure that they can’t be hacked, lest pizza’s or mail order socks in the future be delivered to the wrong address, or worse, fall prey to those wishing to create a fleet of enslaved roaming drones darkening our skies with menace. © 2013 Phys.org 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. Amazon drone technology almost there, regulation nonexistent Explore further
Oklahoma City guard Victor Oladipo got completely owned by a 12-year old kid at a basketball camp during some one-on-one while the rest of the camp looked on.The kid five-holed an unprepared Oladipo on a crossover before cruising in for an easy lay up. The campers went wild. Someone should have given Oladipo the heads up that he was playing a pint-sized Kyrie Irving.For being a nice guy, and trying to help out some kids, Oladipo now gets tossed into the viral shame blender. Life in 2017. Advertisement
Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — Two local fishermen have been found alive and well after they went missing Tuesday afternoon. Ana Laura López Batista of the Maritime Security of Isla Mujeres confirmed the rescue of the two men, saying their being found was from working closely in a coordinated effort with other experienced fishermen from Isla Mujeres. On Tuesday, two fishermen were reported missing. The pair, who were aboard a 26-foot boat fitted with an outboard motor, headed out to sea around 7:00 a.m., but by noon, were not heard from. Although the men were found at 10:00 p.m., there were unexplained complications in the rescue, however, both men were reported back on land at 1:00 a.m. Gómez Catzín commented that the fishermen were diving with tanks when they lost track. The men, Álvaro Trejo Velázquez and Ángel Tornez Trujillo, who were diving with tanks, reportedly become lost. Baltazar Gómez Catzín, president of Por la Justicia Social, was the one who reported the men as missing. He explained they were on board Alain about 35 miles north when he realized two of his fishermen were nowhere to be seen. The missing alert was sent to the port captain who passed on the alert to the Search and Rescue Unit. Five local union boats also participated in the search. The pair were discovered in open water around 10:00 p.m. 42 miles north of Isla Mujeres. The men were found by local fishermen Juan Badillo aboard Omar. “They are fine. They tell us they are in good condition,” Gómez Catzín noted.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
Tourism Ireland hosted a conference in Aviva Stadium in Dublin, highlighting the impact of technology on tourism.The conference created an understanding among people working within the tourism sector about the impact of emerging technologies on their businesses. It also examined how to take full advantage of new technologies to grow their business. Discussions centred on the nature and drivers of technological change – including artificial intelligence (AI), the blockchain, accelerated computing, data and MarTech, as well as changes in consumer behaviour – and outlined the scale of the opportunities and risks they have.A panel of expert speakers highlighted the scale of change underway and how it was related to tourism. They showcased case studies and workshops specifically geared towards the tourism and travel sector. Gerd Leonhard was the keynote speaker, a leading voice on a wide range of topics, including digital transformation and the opportunities and challenges it presents.Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said, “The strong attendance by tourism representatives from across the island of Ireland at our conference demonstrated the importance of technology in our industry and the critical need to look to the future of Irish and global tourism, in the face of fast-moving technology advances. The conference discussed some of the exciting developments in the digital world, how these will affect the tourism industry specifically and how tourism companies can understand and leverage emerging travel tech to win business.”
TEMPE — The Arizona Cardinals’ search for a head coach is ongoing, and Thursday the team interviewed Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden for the vacant position.“It was exciting,” Gruden told the media following the interview. “It was great to meet Mr. Bidwill and his brother and of course the whole process has been exciting — it’s my first time going through it obviously and I’m very excited about it.” Gruden just finished up his second season as the Bengals’ offensive mastermind, and talked about his decision to shun interview opportunities a year ago.“The Brown family gave me an opportunity to be an offensive coordinator and I didn’t want to jump ship after the first phone call,” Gruden said. “I wanted to go in there and see Andy Dalton progress another year and see A.J. Green progress another year and see what we could do.”What the Bengals did with Gruden’s help was qualify for the NFL playoffs for the second straight season — something Cincinnati has done only once before in its 45-year existence. But Gruden didn’t take the credit for that accomplishment.“It’s a great situation in Cincinnati,” he said. “But I still feel like we underachieved a little bit on offense and we have to do a lot better up there. But to even be thought of as a head coach candidate is a great honor and I appreciate the Bidwills taking a chance.”Gruden doesn’t have any NFL head coaching experience, but he has been the top man in two other leagues. In the Arena Football League, Gruden guided the Orlando Predators for nine seasons, compiling a 93-61 record and winning two league championships. He also served as the head coach of the Florida Tuskers in the United Football League in 2010, but didn’t use those experiences as proof that he’s ready to be a head coach in the NFL. 0 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Of course, that’s not something that Gruden has to worry about just yet. He’s only talked with the Cardinals at this point and confirmed that his agent has scheduled an interview with the Philadelphia Eagles next week. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “Probably not a lot,” Gruden responded when asked how NFL teams should value his AFL coaching experience. “Other than the fact that I had to deal with salary caps, I had to deal with flights, I had to deal with hotels, I had to deal with a guy’s pregnant wife or whatever. There’s a lot of issues you have to deal with when you have 27 guys — now there’s 53 guys and a lot more assistants, but there’s always those issues you have to deal with.“If you can manage people and coach them up and get them to play hard and work hard for you, then you’ve got a chance, no matter what profession you’re in.”Of course, the 900-pound gorilla in the room for any head coaching candidate that comes to town to meet with the Cardinals is the quarterback situation. The team went through four starting quarterbacks for the first time in franchise history and that alone had a lot to do with their dismal 5-11 record.“There are a lot of teams looking for quarterbacks right now like Tom Brady, and there’s not many of them out there,” Gruden said. “It’s important to try to develop somebody you have in-house or continue to look for a quality, top-notch guy and if you don’t have that guy, then you have to develop the skill-set the guys you have have.”
Ta-ta 2018, keep your chicken coops and, yes, the Floss by Leanne Italie, The Associated Press Posted Dec 19, 2018 7:12 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK — Keep your backyard chicken coops, dear 2018, and your vampire facials, too. And the stiff-arm Floss dance? Stomp it out in the new year.Among other things we’re over as we slide into 2019: Bell sleeves that need constant policing, the cash-cow otherwise known as subscription box services and Alec Baldwin’s “Saturday Night Live” Donald Trump, because isn’t the real one enough?Here’s what we’d like to leave behind come Jan. 1. You’re welcome.FLOSS NO MOREThe arm-flailing, hip-swaying, rapid-fire dance craze is the new Dab and we owe it to 16-year-old social media dude Russell Horning, aka The Backpack Kid. Horning grew a sizable Instagram following through his dance moves as far back as 2014, and Rihanna reposted a photo of him well before Katy Perry invited him to do his thing with her on “Saturday Night Live” in 2017, launching him to social media superstardom.Other celebs, moms, dads, athletes and pretty much all of YouTube are flossing their lives away. So are all the little kids in your households, once they outgrow “Baby Shark,” that is.“Fortnite” added a Floss Battle Royale victory emote. The fisted, stiff-armed dance that involves rotating arms from the front to back over and over again isn’t as easy as it looks for some, so it has sprouted instructional videos. It also won Horning a 2018 Shorty Award.Aren’t all you Flossers exhausted? Have a seat. Take a load off. Go cheek-to-cheek with someone. Anything but another year of your back-and-forthness.GENDER REVEAL PARTIESFirstly, gender is not solely boy or girl. Gender can be fluid. Gender is a spectrum. A child may have a non-binary gender identity, meaning they don’t identify strictly as boy or girl. They may identify as both, neither or another gender entirely.Secondly, have we not outgrown blue for boys and pink for girls? Thirdly, how about a surprise? How about keeping all of this to yourselves?Gender reveal events, such as the one recently that sparked a massive fire in Arizona , have grown into an industry, with party supplies on sale and DIY tips all over the place.Celebrate the birth of a human being instead. Oh wait, that’s what baby showers are for, and birthdays.BIG OL’ SLEEVESRunways are full of bell sleeves, and stores, too. But what about the marinara sauce? Nobody needs to police their sleeves quite this much, especially when they’re eating or doing something equally bottom-of-the-sleeve skimming.Bell sleeves were once oh-so-boho but have popped up on all manner of tops and dresses. How hard do you want to work to stuff those things into a jacket or coat? How big the bells have become. How utterly same-same we all look in our flared sleeves.And tiered bell sleeves? And those flares that fall at the elbow or way high off the wrist? Prairie-wear and swingy sleeves, take a breather.YOUR CHICKEN FRIENDSOrganic eggs, pest control, fertilizer! Those are some of the apparent joys of keeping backyard chickens. The idea is they roam around your Brooklyn patio, patch of grass or suburban wood, finding their way home at night. Or something. Some are confined to enclosed runs. And what happens when hipsters can’t cope? According to news reports, the feathered puffs with legs get dumped at animal shelters, sanctuaries or worse, gobbled by some predator.Just go to a store and do your tick checks, sweet faux farmers. It’s been years now. How many eggs is too many eggs?KETO DESSERTSKetogenics, and ketosis, and the ketogenic diet have been around forevah. But the masses got all whipped up in 2018.Here’s how it goes: A high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carb approach to eating may be good for difficult-to-control epilepsy in children, and for weight loss and general health in all. The idea is for you to get more calories from protein and fat and fewer from carbs, in part by cutting back on carbs that are easy to digest.And that, my friends, includes sugar. And THAT means so many desserts. Of course, eat what you want. Celebrate your health, but do the rest of us need to go without when we, say, come over for dinner?“My sister’s cheesecake was basically a fatberg,” notes one unsatisfied enlistee.BOX UP YOUR BOXESIn beauty and fitness, food prep, apparel and toys, all your dreams can come true in a box for a fee.Subscription boxes have been around for a while but in 2018 there were so many they needed to be curated and heavily reviewed by media and consumers alike.So many copycats. Such a big grab for the cash.While it’s truly nice and way convenient sometimes to receive a curated box of stuff in the mail, especially at dinnertime, do remember that you’re the one who’s paying, unless you got lucky and your boxes are gifts that keep on giving.VAMPIRE FACIALSUsing your own blood with little skin pricks and sometimes radio frequencies thrown in to make you, what, the best skin-deep version of yourself, somebody else entirely, is on the gross side of the beauty equation.But then again, so are the gods commonly known as dermal fillers.Let’s shed some light on the bloody facials. First, you need your blood drawn. Then you need your blood to be run through a centrifuge to isolate the platelets. This is all about PRPs, or platelet-rich plasma. Then microdermabrasion or microneedling is done to really get those platelets in there. Optional are the aforementioned radio frequencies to further run over your face and assist rejuvenation.Vampire facials can hydrate and offer boosts of collagen and elastin, fans say. And cure the common cold?Kim Kardashian West famously partook and shared her bloody face on social media. She wasn’t alone. Bloody faces are all over Instagram. Vampire facials have been around years now (KKW ‘gramed in 2013) but practitioners have continued to ka-ching their way through time.We never thought we would wax sentimental about bird poop facials, caviar facials or cow amniotic fluid. On the face.BEYOND, BEYOND AND BEYONDWhen we’re not “obsessed” with everything, we’re “beyond blessed,” ”beyond grateful,” ”beyond honoured,” ”beyond exhausted” and “beyond excited.”No. We’re all right here in this dimension. Is the meaning of the word not enough without the qualifier? Why not allow yourselves to be, simply, blessed, grateful and honoured? The same with “truly” happy, sad or angry.Be thrilled beyond words, but do trust that language has your back. Hopefully, so does the new year.___For more on the biggest moments of 2018, visit: https://apnews.com/2018-TheYearinReviewLeanne Italie, The Associated Press
Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, supporters of a solution, gathered outside the Ledra Palace Hotel in the UN-controlled buffer zone on Sunday night, to send a message to the leaders to reach a deal as soon as possible.Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Cyprus and Unficy Chief of Mission Elizabeth Spehar received a petition from the group to pass on to President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci who were having dinner insie.The members of the bicommunal Initiative for Peace “United Cyprus” had originally asked that they deliver the petition to the leaders but Spehar went outside to meet with them.Takis Hadjidemetriou, a representative for the Initiative said they feared that if the deadlock continued it would benefit no one.The General Secretary of the Union of Turkish Cypriot Teachers, Sener Eltzil told Spehar that it was time for a solution, without checkpoints or foreign armies.A young man gave Spehar a 55-page document with signatures collected online, so that the leaders would know what the needs of the people were. It represents a group of bloggers from Cyprus named “Solution Now”.Hadjidemetriou told the people gathered outside the Ledra Palace that the gathering showed the leaders they were not the only ones speaking about the Cyprus issue.Speaking on behalf of the Initiative, president of the Turkish Cypriot union of teachers, Selma Eylem called on the leaders to stop looking for excuses and to sit down to talks and conclude the peace process.The petition said: “We, the civil society, have today gathered here to welcome this social event between you, our two leaders, and express our satisfaction for the readiness shown for this meeting after a prolonged period of frozen negotiations that threatened the whole process.”They expressed confidence that the leaders “will take decisions aiming at putting the whole process back on track”, adding that “we expect that you will, at this critical juncture, face up to the urgent need of reconvening the negotiating process but more importantly proceed to conclude on all major issues of the internal aspects of the problem the soonest possible”.They underlined their confidence that the leaders could arrive at “reasonable arrangements on all issues that will allow the two communities to develop and prosper in harmony, emphasising that the peace dividend is more precious than the compromises both communities need to make.”As civil society, they add, “we stand here ready to support you in this difficult but promising task” and will be actively present to work for the implementation of the Agreement that will reunify our country and ensure that the reunited Cyprus that will emerge will be a peaceful and prosperous island for the generations to come”.You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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