Miriam Baker to present her Fall 2017 collection at Toronto Womens Fashion

first_imgAbout Miriam Baker:As a designer with a full chest herself, Miriam understands the challenge women face when it comes to finding sophisticated and well-fitting apparel. She creates clothing that exudes confidence and embodies understated elegance. As a believer in timeless design, the quality craftsmanship of Miriam Baker pieces mean they will last season after season, becoming staples in a woman’s wardrobe.Born and raised in Toronto, Ont., Miriam studied fashion design at George Brown College and Ryerson University’s School of Fashion. In 2014, Miriam won the prestigious Suzanne Rogers Award for Most Promising New Label and was featured as a designer to watch in Flare magazine. She was profiled in Women’s Wear Daily for being the first designer to win the coveted title for a collection geared towards women with larger busts.About Toronto Women’s Fashion Week TW:Toronto Women’s Fashion Week (TW) truly celebrates Canadian fashion and is proud to be the home to Canada’s most iconic designers and the Next Generation of Emerging Talent. Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Notable Canadian womenswear designer and winner of the prestigious Suzanne Rogers Award for Most Promising New Label, Miriam Baker today announced she will launch her Fall 2017 collection on the runway at Toronto Women’s Fashion Week on Saturday, March 11 at 5 p.m. “The newest collection highlights my dedication to creating timeless pieces for full-chested women, while still touching on current trends” said Miriam Baker. “I was inspired by an art nouveaux fashion plate I purchased in Paris by Gereda Wegener – a Danish artist and the wife of Einar Wegenar who would go on to transition into “the Danish Girl” Lili Elbe – the collection consists of dreamy layers, unconventional fishnet details, figure-flattering dresses and duster coats for the modern woman. The woman in Wegener’s print is effortlessly seductive, comfortable in her skin and the clothes that adorn her – that is exactly how I want the women who wear my pieces to feel.”Unabashedly feminine in design, each piece is tailored to flatter and echo the delicate curves of the female form. The collection combines the muted blush tones from Wegener’s print with contrasting black and forest green to project a soft but bold look. Watercolour brush stroke prints and subtle hand-painted florals add dimension to each piece. In tune with the subtle erotica of 1914 Paris, the collection weaves a story of revealing and concealing one’s body – a coy act to keep just enough hidden to pique the curiosity of what lies beneath. Fabrics such as silk charmeuse, netting, and Italian jersey evoke an era of fashionable and timeless femme fatales.Looks from the Miriam Baker Fall 2017 collectionImages courtesy of Miriam BakerRunway images will be available following the show.Hashtag: #MiriamBakerTwitter: @Miriam_Baker_Instagram: @Miriam_Baker_Facebook: MiriamBakerDesigns Advertisementlast_img read more

Brock Research Celebration connects researchers community

Do you want to understand more about how engaging in leisure activities can help you recover from a traumatic event?Or the impact that your child’s competitive hockey has on the time you spend at work and with your family? Or why and how philosophy should taught in Ontario’s high schools?Then you’d better head over to Geurnsey Market on Tuesday, Feb. 12 to check out these and other research posters that will be on display from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Most of the researchers will be available to answer questions from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.The poster display is part of the Brock Research Celebration, a one-day event highlighting research excellence at Brock University. An awards presentation to recognize research leadership will wrap up the event, starting at 3:45 p.m.The event is an opportunity for business leaders, community service providers and others, including faculty and students, to interact with researchers one-on-one, explains Gary Libben, Vice-President of Research.“There is true research excellence at Brock,” says Libben. “We have the capacity for great innovation, new alliances, and new partnerships. The Research Celebration allows us to recognize our research successes as we develop further our research intensiveness, our partnerships with communities, and our research profile as an institution.” read more

The Saints Have The Best Rookie Class This Century

Oakland6.3– Houston12.7– Tennessee6.8– Denver4.7– Jacksonville9.7– Los Angeles Chargers5.3– New England1.2– Tampa Bay8.6– Carolina6.2– New York Giants11.4– Green Bay8.2– San Francisco16.3– Washington9.2– New Orleans17.8%– Los Angeles Rams9.2– Looking at the entire New Orleans roster, nearly 18 percent of the Saints’ overall AV in 2017 came from their draft class, good for the highest percentage of any team this year. Unsurprisingly, New England’s four draft picks, the fewest in the league, produced the least value for their team in 2017. Cincinnati9.0– Chicago11.5– Seattle7.9– Kansas City8.4– Indianapolis7.2– The Saints leaned on rookies more than any other teamShare of each team’s Approximate Value created by their draft picks, 2017 Buffalo10.8– New York Jets9.9– Philadelphia4.5– Minnesota8.1– Pittsburgh8.7– What’s also clear from the table above is that leaning heavily on rookies is more likely a sign of turmoil than success, as it could suggest that teams are rebuilding or that their veterans are riddled with injuries. The five teams ranked just behind the Saints in percent of team AV contributed by rookies — the 49ers, Browns, Texans, Bears and Giants — combined for only 18 wins, or 3.6 apiece.Going back to 2000, the 2017 Saints class is only surpassed by the Dallas Cowboys’ excellent 2016 draft class — headlined by Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott — in terms of total value produced during their rookie seasons. Even the 2010 Patriots’ haul, which featured Rob Gronkowski and Devin McCourty, doesn’t compare.And the Saints only had seven picks in 2017, compared with nine for the Cowboys in 2016 and 12 for the Patriots in 2010. Indeed, the Saints’ 6.1 AV per pick among draftees in their rookie year is the best of any team since at least the 2000 draft. Detroit10.3– Dallas5.6– Cleveland14.7– TeamPercent After three straight years of finishing 7-9, the New Orleans Saints seemed headed to another year of mediocrity when they began the season 0-2. But since Week 3, when New Orleans routed a 2-0 Carolina Panthers team on the road, the team has peeled off 12 wins in 15 games, including another win over the Panthers in the wild card round last Sunday.And yet there’s reason to believe the franchise revival didn’t begin in late September. It began in April, at the NFL Draft.There are lots of reasons for the Saints’ success this season — including the ageless Drew Brees and the historically good running back duo he’s been handing the ball off to — but the team’s terrific rookie class is perhaps the driving force behind it all. The Saints had just seven draft picks in the 2017 NFL draft, slightly less than the NFL average of 7.9 picks per team, and nearly every one of the picks can be viewed as either a solid addition or a huge success.Cornerback Marshon Lattimore, taken 11th overall, has helped revitalize a defense that last year ranked as the second worst in the league in terms of points allowed. Third-round running back Alvin Kamara has accumulated more than 1,500 yards from scrimmage while leading the NFL with 6.1 yards per carry. Thanks in no small part to a number of ridiculous highlight plays like Kamara’s juggling touchdown and Lattimore’s butt interception, the duo were both named to the Pro Bowl and are favorites for offensive and defensive rookie of the year.Even drafting just one of these two would be about enough to qualify a draft class as a success, but the Saints didn’t stop there. Tackle Ryan Ramczyk, who was taken 32nd overall after New Orleans traded Brandin Cooks to the New England Patriots for that pick, has played every offensive snap this season. Second-rounder Marcus Williams started 15 games and made four interceptions at safety while the remaining picks — linebacker Alex Anzalone, edge rusher Trey Hendrickson and DE Al-Quadin Muhammad — have all contributed to various degrees.Put it all together, and the Saints not only had the top draft class of any team in 2017 but one of the best this century. To show this, I used Pro-Football-Reference.com’s Approximate Value (AV) metric.1You can see more detail on how AV is calculated here. AV is “an attempt to put a single number on the seasonal value of a player at any position from any year.” Obviously there’s no perfect way to measure the contributions of an offensive tackle relative to a middle linebacker, but this metric allows us to at least estimate value of every player and compare them regardless of position. Comparing the total AV of every team’s rookies shows just how well the Saints drafted in 2017 relative to the rest of the league. Baltimore4.5– Miami7.1– Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com Arizona8.2– Atlanta2.7– The Saints have already won a playoff game for the first time since 2013, and they are now two wins away from going to their second Super Bowl in franchise history. If they don’t get there this year, the team’s 2017 rookie class may give them a fighting chance at another title in the handful of years before Drew Brees’s storied career comes to a close.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Eldorado to acquire Integra Gold getting a Canadian operation

first_imgEldorado Gold Corp has entered into a definitive agreement with Integra Gold Corp, pursuant to which Eldorado has agreed to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Integra that it does not currently own, by way of a plan of arrangement.Integra’s principal asset is the Lamaque project near Val-d’Or, Quebec. Lamaque hosts an NI 43-101 indicated resource of 5.1 Mt at a grade of 9.13 g/t Au and an inferred resource of 3.5 Mt at a grade of 7.94 g/t Au (5.0 g/t cutoff)1. A PEA was completed in February 2017 that envisions a high-grade underground operation producing 123,000 oz/y of gold at all-in sustaining costs of $634/oz over 10 years. Integra is currently in the process of advancing underground ramp development to facilitate underground exploration and completion of a bulk sample.Integra owns the Sigma mill (pictured) which is well located to process the Lamaque ore.George Burns, President and Chief Executive Officer of Eldorado Gold, stated, “The company has been following Integra’s progress at Lamaque over the last 18 months and commend their team for the accomplishments to date. From previous experience of building and operating gold mines in Canada, I am excited about Eldorado’s entry into the Eastern Abitibi region of Canada. With our current balance sheet strength post the sale of our Chinese assets, this acquisition represents a use of the proceeds complementing our existing portfolio of high quality, low cost assets.”Benefits to Eldorado:Adds a high quality development project that has the potential to add meaningful near-term production and cash flow with modest upfront capitalEstablishes an operating presence in Canada and diversifies the operating portfolio into one of the most productive mining camps in the worldMaintains the flexibility to fund its development pipelineIncome tax and G&A synergies with the addition of a future mining operation in CanadaBoth companies’ Boards of Directors have determined that the proposed transaction is fair to their respective shareholders and in the best interests of their respective companies based on a number of factors, including fairness opinions received from their respective financial advisors. Each company’s Board of Directors approved the terms of the proposed Arrangement and the Integra Board of Directors unanimously recommends that its shareholders vote in favour of the transaction.Eldorado is a leading low cost gold producer with mining, development and exploration operations in Turkey, Greece, Serbia, Romania and Brazil. Its success to date is based on a low cost strategy, a highly skilled and dedicated workforce, safe and responsible operations, and long-term partnerships with the communities where it operates.last_img read more

BOJANA IS BACK Montenegro and Sweden win in Eindhoven

Bojana Popovic is backhandballHandball in Rio 2016mONTENEGROrio 2016 handballWomen’s handball ← Previous Story Bosnia and Herzegovina seek new NT coach Next Story → Iman Jamali to Meshkov Brest The last test before trip to Rio, friendly tournament in Eindhoven (Netherlands) began with wins of Montenegro and Sweden. Host team, silver from the last WCh 2015 in Denmark, Dutch girls have been defeated by Sweden 26:25. The most interesting fact of the first day was come back of Bojana Popovic, legendary left back who scored six goals in Montenegrian win over Russia.Netherlands: Estavana Polman 6, Angela Malestein 4, Nycke Groot 3, Laura van der Heijden 3, Lois Abbingh 3, Yvette Broch 2, Ailly Luciano 1, Danmick Snelder 1, Sanne van Olphen 1, Jessy Kramer 1.Sweden: Linn Blohm 8, Sabina Jacobsen 4, Carin Strömberg 4, Isabelle Gulldén 3 (1 straff), Linnea Torstenson 2, Louise Sand1, Nathalie Hagman 1, Michaela Ek 1, Frida Tegstedt 1, Filippa Idéhn 1Montenegro – Russia 27:26 (12:13)Montenegro: RAJČIĆ (five saves), Barjaktarović (seven saves), PETROVIĆ 6 (2), PAVIĆEVIĆ 2, Radičević 6 (1), Grbić, A. Bulatović 1, A. Klikovac 1, POPOVIĆ 3, B. Klikovac, Jauković 1, K. BULATOVIĆ 6, RAMUSOVIĆ, Mehmedović, Despotović, RAIČEVIĆ 1.Russia: SEDOJKINA (3 saves), Jerohina (three saves), Kalinjina (one save), KUZNJECOVA 4, Gorškova 1, DMITRIJEVA 2, Senj 1, Akapjan, VJAHIREVA 4 (3), Sudakova, BOBROVNJIKOVA 4, MAKEJEVA, Žilinskajte, Marenjikova 2, BLIZNOVA 2 (1), Černoivanjenka 2, Iljina 3, Petrova 1. read more

A craven leprechaun performance The week in quotes

first_img‘A craven leprechaun performance’: The week in quotes Here’s what was said and who said what this week. Sunday 14 Apr 2019, 6:30 PM Share4 Tweet Email1 Britain is in limbo.UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Theresa May’s Brexit Flextension deal. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeMr Delaney will be most welcome to Kerry. He will get what I would call the mother of all welcomes when he comes to Kerry because his reputation and his respectability will proceed him down the road before he lands.Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae praised former FAI CEO John Delaney during his appearance before an Oireachtas committee this week. Healy-Rae’s approach drew criticism. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeIt was a craven leprechaun performance from you today and I was embarrassed for you that a member of our parliament would be so obsequious to someone who was not answering questions.Ivan Yates wasn’t happy with Healy-Rae. Apr 14th 2019, 6:31 PM 9 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4589155 Source: PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL By Nicky Ryan Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandOnly a cynic would suggest that this is a calculated two fingers to Brexit Britain.Ireland’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, Adrian O’Neill (above, centre), hit out at Spectator magazine over a piece about Ireland’s decision to join an international French-speaking organisation. Source: ShutterstockI’ve certainly had encounters where people have been frightened for me to tell their loved one that they are dying. And not just because they were worried that it would upset them emotionally, which is a very valid worry and I would worry the same thing. Because they would feel like that would mean they would die quicker. That crops up quite a lot, people say don’t tell them, because they’ll just give up.In a new book, UK-based Irish doctor Aoife Abbey shares her experience of working in intensive care. Source: RollingNews.ieDespite what people say, it is not a black hole. The money isn’t all being well spent but most of it is being well spent.Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on spending at the Department of Health. Source: PA Imagest feels like looking at the gates of hell, at the end of space and time –- the event horizon, the point of no return.Chair of the EHT Science Council Heino Falcke, speaking to AFP, on the discovery of an actual black hole this week. 21,959 Views last_img read more

Un contact avec les extraterrestres avant la fin du siècle

first_imgUn contact avec les extraterrestres avant la fin du siècle ?Au cours du Forum Euroscience, qui s’est déroulé à Dublin du 11 au 15 juillet, une célèbre physicienne britannique a évoqué la nécessité, pour les gouvernements, de mettre au point un protocole de contact avec une éventuelle civilisation extraterrestre. Un contact qu’elle estime possible dans le siècle à venir.  “Si nous suspectons la présence d’une vie intelligente quelque part, nous ferons-nous connaître d’elle ou pas ? Il existe d’intéressantes questions, comme : qui avertir en premier ? La Presse, le Premier ministre, le Pape… ? Nous devrions commencer à y penser maintenant”. C’est ce qu’a déclaré la physicienne Jocelyn Bell Burnell, de l’Université d’Oxford, au cours de l’Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) qui s’est tenu cette année à Dublin en Irlande. Une manifestation organisée par Euroscience, l’Association Européenne pour la Promotion de la Science et de la Technologie.Alors que les chercheurs restent encore divisés sur la question de l’existence d’extraterrestre et la possibilité de les contacter, cette scientifique elle est beaucoup plus confiante. “Je suspecte que nous allons avoir des signes d’une vie ailleurs, peut-être même d’une vie intelligente, durant le siècle qui vient”, a t-elle estiméreconnaissant que ce ne sera toutefois surement pas dans les années qui viennent. “[Cependant,] rien ne peut voyager plus vite que la vitesse de la lumière. Donc, nous parlons probablement de ‘conversations’ qui prendront 50 ou 100 ans aller”, a t-elle ainsi précisé. Une étude menée par la Royal Society auprès de 2.000 adultes britanniques avait montré que 44% d’entre eux croient à l’existence d’une vie extraterrestre, et qu’un tiers estime qu’il faudrait la rechercher activement pour entrer en contact avec. En décembre dernier, d’ailleurs, l’Institut SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) a annoncé que son programme de recherche de vie extraterrestreallait bientôt reprendre après avoir été suspendu pendant plusieurs mois. Une reprise devenue possible grâce à plus de 200.000 dollars de dons faits en ligne et ajoutés à un fonds financé par l’U.S. Air Force.Une vie extraterrestre qu’il ne vaudrait mieux pas rencontrer ? À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreMais si l’existence même des extraterrestres reste à prouver, certains scientifiques vont beaucoup plus loin à l’instar du célèbre astrophysicien Stephen Hawking. Estimant que nous faisons aujourd’hui tout ce qui est possible pour éviter le contact avec cette vie potentielle, celui-ci a suggéré que si de telles créatures arrivaient sur Terre, ce serait pour en dérober les ressources. “Nous avons simplement à nous regarder nous-mêmes pour voir à quel point la vie intelligente peut se développer en quelque chose que nous ne voudrions pas rencontrer. Si des extraterrestres venaient nous rendre visite, l’issue serait semblable à celle survenue lorsque Christophe Colomb a débarqué en Amérique et que cela a mal tourné pour les natifs américains”, a t-il estimé cité par le Daily Mail.Le 17 juillet 2012 à 09:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Alaskans grapple with damage

first_imgANCHORAGE, Alaska — Life was beginning to return to normal Monday in Alaska following the powerful earthquake near Anchorage, but people nervous about aftershocks were still grappling with damage that closed public buildings and schools, clogged roads and knocked homes off foundations.Some residents went back to work. But state transportation officials again urged people who live north and south of Anchorage to take the day off or work from home to reduce traffic.Rockfalls were still occurring along cliff-lined Seward Highway, while major repairs were underway on hard-hit Glenn Highway, the main road leading north of the city, Department of Transportation spokeswoman Meadow Bailey said.“We don’t want the commute to be frustrating because people will experience delays,” she said.Residents still jittery from the 7.0 quake on Friday have been rattled even further by more than 1,700 aftershocks. A dozen have had magnitudes of 4.5 or greater.“Anything that moves, you’re on your last nerve,” said Anchorage resident Lyn Matthews, whose home sustained substantial structural damage, including a sunken foundation.last_img read more

Thierry Henry reveals interest in Michy Batshuayi

first_imgAS Monaco manager Thierry Henry has revealed that the club is interested in signing Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi on loan.Batshuayi’s loan spell at Valencia has been unsuccessful and the La Liga club is set to cut short his stay and send him back to Chelsea.But Chelsea are understood to be looking to send him to another club on loan in the January transfer window, and Thierry Henry hinted at a move for the Belgian striker.The pair worked together when Henry was Belgium’s assistant boss, and the Arsenal legend believes Batshuayi’s French Ligue experience might come in handy for his struggling Monaco team.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“Michy? I know him, we rubbed shoulders with Belgium, he is a player who can be interesting,” Henry told Sky Sports.“But again, nothing is done. You have to be patient. It’s important that players know the championship, though.”Monaco are currently 19th in the French League table with just 13 points after 18 matches.last_img read more

Burglar breaks into truck outside Deerfield Beach home

first_imgThe victim said he’s glad he installed the surveillance camera, and he hopes someone will recognize the crook. “Turn him in, turn him in. It’s not cool,” Dobellear said. “People robbing you in the middle of the day, on a Sunday, kids walking around this neighborhood, and it’s just really a bad feeling.”If you have any information on this burglary, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. DEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A community is on high alert after, a Deerfield Beach resident said, he was followed by a thief who managed to break into his pickup truck.The victim, Bill Dobellear, said he had just returned home at the time of the close encounter, but he believes he’s not the only one who has been targeted within his community.“This is not the first time we’ve been broke into here,” Dobellear told 7News. “Typically, it’s in the middle of the night, breaking a window, and this guy ducked into my truck and knew sort of right where to look, so it seemed.”Dobellear said he was coming back from the airport on Sunday and was in the process of unpacking his car, and that’s when, he said, the crook followed him into his neighborhood and took advantage of the car being unlocked.“Grabbed my wallet, all my I.D., credit cards, some cash that I had from my trip and took off,” Dobellear said.Dobellear’s home surveillance footage captured a silver car driving by the home. Moments later, it is seen stopping nearby. The trunk of the silver car was then popped open and the burglar ran over to Dobellear’s pickup.The video caught everything, as the burglar opened up the driver’s side door of the pickup and rummaged around before fleeing on foot. last_img read more

Police arrest man accused of making bomb threat at Doral restaurants

first_img911 operator: “Where are the bombs located, sir?”Suspect: “You have 30 minutes.”911 operator: “Where are the bombs located?”Suspect: “I just told you.”Out of an abundance of caution, police evacuated the restaurants and used bomb-sniffing dogs to search all three locations. Other neighboring businesses were also evacuated. However, police said they were unable to find any explosive devices.Police said detectives from Doral, along with the FBI and Miami-Dade Police’s Cyber Crime Unit investigated and were able to trace the call to James.According to police, when questioned, James, an employee at one of the restaurants, admitted to calling in the bomb threat and claimed that he planned to blow up the restaurants to kill himself. He added that if he could not create the explosion, he planned to engage officers to force them to shoot him. DORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have released the 911 call of a man who called to report bombs would explode at three different Doral restaurants.According to Doral Police, at 8:08 p.m., on Sept. 15, Desmond James called 911 and claimed three bombs would explode at three restaurants in Doral in 30 minutes after the call.The three restaurant were Bulla Gastrobar, Dragonfly Izakaya & Fish Market and PIOLA.In the phone call, James could be heard telling the 911 operator about the supposed bomb.Suspect: “There’s a bomb set to go off in Doral … at three restaurants.”911 operator: “What restaurants, sir?”Suspect: “Dragonfly, Piola and Bulla.” James reportedly has a criminal record with a previous arrest for a bomb threat.James was arrested soon after and now faces charges of making bomb threats, unlawful use of communication devices and misuse of the 911 system.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Apple Card isnt into leather

first_img $187 12 reading • Apple Card isn’t into leather Mobile CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See All Review • Apple iPhone 6 review (updated): Apple Pay supercharges an already fantastic phone Aug 31 • Apple iPhone 11 launches Sept. 10, Disney Plus in big demand Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Preview • iPhone 6 hands-on: Curved edges, 4.7-inch screen, A8 processor, Apple Pay with NFC, starts at $199, £539, AU$869 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Easy does it with the leather. James Martin/CNET Before you start complaining about your new titanium Apple Card losing some of its luster, Apple wants you to know up front that, yes, it’s possible to clean it wrong. If for some reason you like to clean things with leather, don’t.Apple posted a support page on Wednesday that explains the proper way to clean and store your new credit card. The tech giant recommends using a microfiber cloth slightly dampened with isopropyl alcohol to clean off stains. Window and other household cleaners should be avoided, along with fabrics such as leather and denim, because they “might cause permanent discoloration that will not wash off.” Available via the Apple Wallet app on the iPhone 6 or later running iOS 12.4, Apple’s credit card is managed entirely via the Wallet app. You can sign up for the Card by tapping the “+” icon in the upper right of the app. Designed to be used with Apple Pay, users can also request a physical titanium card free of charge through the app as well. After doing a soft, invite-only launch earlier this month, Apple on Tuesday announced that it’s expanding applications for its credit card to anyone in the US who’s interested. The iPhone maker teamed up with Goldman Sachs and Mastercard for the new credit card.Call Apple’s cleaning and storage tips a pre-emptive strike of sorts to avoid a repeat of 2010’s Antennagate, in which the iPhone 4’s stylish stainless-steel frame that wrapped around the device and housed the phone’s antennas reduced the device’s signal strength when held in a certain manner. Apple’s initial response amounted to “You’re holding it wrong” but eventually apologized and said owners could return their handsets if they wanted to.Apple’s suggestions for storing the card are pretty familiar to anyone who’s ever had a credit card; keep the card away from other credit cards, magnets and abrasive objects such as loose change or keys.And remember, don’t wipe the thing on your jeans or leather jacket.Originally published Aug. 21.Update, Aug. 22: Adds details of Apple partners for the credit card.center_img Apple Share your voice • Tags Apple iPhone 6 Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Comments Mentioned Above Apple iPhone 6 (16GB, silver) See it Applelast_img read more

The Top10 Alaska Books And Tons More To Add To Your Reading

first_imgBefore this week’s Talk of Alaska about the best Alaska-based books, we opened up voting to the listeners to get their input into what the top-10 Alaska books should be.We received tons of feedback and compiled a full list, which you can find here.Here are the top-10 results based on online voting, comments, emails, social media, and calls we have received…starting with #10:10) Shadows on the Koyukuk: An Alaskan Native’s Life along the River (Sidney Huntington)In his dramatic autobiography, Alaskan elder Sidney Huntington, half-white, half-Athabascan, recounts his adventures, tragedies, and ultimate success. 9) One Man’s Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey (Richard Proennecke)This best-selling memoir from Richard Proenneke’s journals and with firsthand knowledge of his subject and the setting, Sam Keith has woven a tribute to a man who carved his masterpiece out of the beyond.  To live in a pristine land unchanged by man . . . to roam a wilderness through which few other humans has passed . . . to choose an idyllic site, cut trees by hand, and build a log cabin. . . to be self-sufficient craftsman, making what is needed from materials available…to be not at odds with the world, but content with one’s own thoughts, dreams and company.   Thousands have had such dreams, but Richard Proenneke lived them. This book is a moving account of the day-to-day explorations and activities Dick carried out alone….alone in the wilderness…and the constant chain of nature’s events that kept him company.8) The Firecracker Boys (Dan O’Neil)In 1958, Edward Heller, father of the H-bomb, unveiled his plan to detonate six nuclear bombs off the Alaskan coast to create a new harbor. However, the plan was blocked by a handful of Eskimos and biologists, who succeeded in preventing massive nuclear devastation potentially far greater than that of the Chernobyl blast. An unprecedented account of one of the most shocking chapters of the Nuclear Age. 7) The Snow Child (Eowyn Ivey)Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart–he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season’s first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone–but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees.This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods. She hunts with a red fox at her side, skims lightly across the snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them.6) Two Old Women (Velma Wallis)Based on an Athabascan Indian legend passed along for many generations from mothers to daughters of the upper Yukon River Valley in Alaska, this is the suspenseful, shocking, ultimately inspirational tale of two old women abandoned by their tribe during a brutal winter famine.Though these women have been known to complain more than contribute, they now must either survive on their own or die trying. In simple but vivid detail, Velma Wallis depicts a landscape and way of life that are at once merciless and starkly beautiful. In her old women, she has created two heroines of steely determination whose story of betrayal, friendship, community and forgiveness “speaks straight to the heart with clarity, sweetness and wisdom.”5) Two in the Far North (Margaret Murie)This enduring story of life, adventure, and love in Alaska was written by a woman who embraced the remote Alaskan wilderness and became one of its strongest advocates. In this moving testimonial to the preservation of the Arctic wilderness, Mardy Murie writes from her heart about growing up in Fairbanks, becoming the first woman graduate of the University of Alaska, and marrying noted biologist Olaus J. Murie. So begins her lifelong journey in Alaska and on to Jackson Hole, Wyoming where along with her husband and others, they founded The Wilderness Society. Mardy’s work as one of the earliest female voices for the wilderness movement earned her the Presidential Medal of Freedom.4) Where the Sea Breaks its Back (Corey Ford)Author Corey Ford writes the classic and moving story of naturalist Georg Whlhelm Steller, who served on the 1741-42 Russian Alaska expedition with explorer Vitus Bering. Steller was one of Europe’s foremost naturalists and the first to document the unique wildlife of the Alaskan coast. In the course of the voyage, Steller made his valuable discoveries and suffered, along with Bering and the cred of the ill-fated brig St. Peter, some of the most grueling experiences in the history of Arctic exploration. First published in 1966, Where the Sea Breaks Its Back was hailed as “among this country’s greatest outdoor writing” by Field & Stream magazine, and today continues to enchant and enlighten the new generations of readers about this amazing and yet tragic expedition, and Georg Steller’s significant discoveries as an early naturalist.3) Coming into the Country (John McPhee)Coming into the Country is an unforgettable account of Alaska and Alaskans. It is a rich tapestry of vivid characters, observed landscapes, and descriptive narrative, in three principal segments that deal, respectively, with a total wilderness, with urban Alaska, and with life in the remoteness of the bush.Readers of McPhee’s earlier books will not be unprepared for his surprising shifts of scene and ordering of events, brilliantly combined into an organic whole. In the course of this volume we are made acquainted with the lore and techniques of placer mining, the habits and legends of the barren-ground grizzly, the outlook of a young Athapaskan chief, and tales of the fortitude of settlers—ordinary people compelled by extraordinary dreams. Coming into the Country unites a vast region of America with one of America’s notable literary craftsmen, singularly qualified to do justice to the scale and grandeur of the design.2) The Raven’s Gift (Don Rearden)John Morgan and his wife can barely contain their excitement upon arriving as the new teachers in a Yup’ik Eskimo village on the windswept Alaskan tundra. But their move proves disastrous when a deadly epidemic strikes and the isolated community descends into total chaos. When outside aid fails to arrive, John’s only hope lies in escaping the snow-covered tundra and the hunger of the other survivors–he must make the thousand-mile trek across the Alaskan wilderness for help. He encounters a blind Eskimo girl and an elderly woman who need his protection, and he needs their knowledge of the terrain to survive. The harsh journey pushes him beyond his limits as he discovers a new sense of hope and the possibility of loving again.1) Ordinary Wolves (Seth Kantner)In the tradition of Jack London, Seth Kantner presents an Alaska far removed from majestic clichés of exotic travelogues and picture postcards. Kantner’s vivid and poetic prose lets readers experience Cutuk Hawcly’s life on the Alaskan plains through the character’s own words — feeling the pliers pinch of cold and hunkering in an igloo in blinding blizzards. Always in Cutuk’s mind are his father Ab,; the legendary hunter Enuk Wolfglove, and the wolves — all living out lives on the unforgiving tundra. Jeered and pummeled by native children because he is white, Cutuk becomes a marginal participant in village life, caught between cultures. After an accident for which he is responsible, he faces a decision that could radically change his life. Like his young hero, Seth Kantner grew up in a sod igloo in the Alaska, and his experiences of wearing mukluks before they were fashionable, eating boiled caribou pelvis, and communing with the native tribes add depth and power to this acclaimed narrative.last_img read more

UN official Lee begins Bangladesh visit Friday

first_imgUN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Yanghee Lee. Photo: UNB UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Yanghee Lee will arrive in Dhaka on Friday on a 10-day visit to meet Rohingyas in various locations of Cox’s Bazar, reports UNB.Lee bemoaned that the government of Myanmar continues to deny her access despite the call by the Human Rights Council for Myanmar to cooperate with her mandate, according to a message UNB received from Geneva on Thursday.She is determined to reach out as much as possible to victims of human rights abuses in Myanmar who are located elsewhere and other locations in order to learn more about their experiences to understand better the human rights situation in Myanmar.The Special Rapporteur is planning to spend several days in Dhaka meeting UN and government officials and then travel to Cox’s Bazar where she intends to meet UN agencies, the humanitarian and protection sector, health and GBV actors, NGOs and government officials.She also intends to visit various other locations, including Bashan Char Island.Following her visit to Bangladesh, the human rights expert will issue an end-of-mission statement and share her findings when she presents a report to the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly in October 2018.A press conference will be held at the end of the Special Rapporteur’s visit on 8 July in a city hotel.Yanghee Lee was appointed by the UN Human Rights Council in 2014 as the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar.last_img read more

Fire Emblem Awakening is easily the best Fire Emblem to date

first_img 1 2 3 Though it wasn’t the first game in the genre, Fire Emblem was indeed one of the first, and is responsible for popularizing the strategy role-playing game. The first entry in the series, Fire Emblem: Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi, was released way back in 1990, but the series didn’t see a stateside release until 2003 on the Game Boy Advance, which was the seventh entry in the series. Since then, most — not all, unfortunately — entries in the series have received an English language release. Though usually well-made and extremely fun and addicting (if you dig the genre, that is), the series evolved very slowly, similar to another Nintendo stalwart, Pokémon. The newest entry in the series and the first 3DS iteration, Fire Emblem: Awakening, makes a giant evolutionary leap from past entries.For the uninitiated, most strategy role-playing games (SRPGs) have gameplay quite similar to the mechanics found in Fire Emblem. You control individual units that are spread around a field, and have to use them to defeat an opposing force. However, whereas a classic JRPG has characters line up on either side of the screen without any sort of movement involved, an SRPG usually turns the field into a grid, and characters have to move around said grid, positioning themselves to attack opponents based on the range of their weapons. If you have ever played a Final Fantasy Tactics, Shining Force, or even an Advanced Wars, you have Fire Emblem to thank.Developed by Intelligent Systems since roughly the dawn of time (1990) FE stories have always been entertaining and complex, but have largely been the same. A story about some sort of royalty getting into some sort of war with another kingdom or two, which it turns out was being controlled by some dark dragon or demon the whole time. As fond of FE as some of us may be, it’s difficult to, for example, make fun of Mario for having to fight Bowser ad infinitum when a large portion of FE games feature stories startlingly similar to one another. Luckily, the FE writing (at least since the series’ first US release) has been above par — so while you’re entrenched in yet another medieval war (with some magical element) between kingdoms and then ultimately a demon or dragon, reading through it all has always been a pleasant experience. That is no different this time around.The core gameplay also remains unchanged from previous installments. You select one of your many units — which are played by individual characters with their own stories, stats, skills, fighting styles, strengths, and weaknesses — then individually move them toward or away from an enemy or some other objective on the map, in the hopes of either attacking or defending, fleeing, recruiting a new character, talking to locals, or simply buying and selling items from a shop. Each successful attack (doesn’t miss the target) gains the attacker experience points, which are used to advance to the next level, and ultimately promote to an advanced character class that opens up new skills, stats, and equipment.What always set FE apart from most SRPGs is that the game employs a perma-death system; once a character dies in battle, they are gone forever, leaving you to move on through the story without any of the deceased character’s input, or reload from the save before the fatal mission took place. This always gave FE an edge, as it makes you take your time with your characters and really analyze your next move — an ideal reaction for genre that begins with the word “strategy.” This notion also makes you care more about your characters, as you’re putting a lot of thought into their existence, whereas in other SRPGs you can just cast a spell or use an item to resurrect characters so you don’t put as much effort into keeping them alive. Perhaps because the FE series has never quite been a killer app due to its somewhat hardcore strategic perma-death gameplay, Intelligent Systems has offered a Casual Mode with the game, where characters only get temporarily removed from a battle if they die, rather than removed from the game. Luckily for longtime FE  fans, Classic Mode and all of its perma-death glory remains, and you simply select which mode you’d prefer when starting a new campaign.This is where Fire Emblem: Awakening begins to diverge from the usual FE formula, and ends up as the best entry to date.last_img read more