Preschoolers across Victoria will have the opportunity to learn a language other than English, starting from term one 2019, as part of a state-funded initiative.Marking an Australian first, the $17.9 million Early Childhood Language Program is expected to benefit around 3,000 children annually over the next four years.The funding will allow three-hour weekly language sessions to be delivered in 120 kindergartens and a further 10 kindergarten services to transition to a bilingual model, where children will learn in a second language for up to seven-and-a-half hours per week.“We’re making sure more of our littlest Victorians reap the lifelong benefits of learning a language other than English – they’re going to be at the front of the pack,” said Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos.“Research tells us that learning a second language is hugely beneficial – it’s fun, it improves brain function and actually helps kids learn English better.”According to education experts, benefits for children learning the language of their yiayia and pappou at a young age include increased literacy, cognitive flexibility and strengthened cultural identity.Funding for the initiative forms part of the $202.1 million Education State Early Childhood Reform Plan, which was announced in last year’s budget, while the 2018/9 Victorian Budget invested a further $135.9 million targeting early childhood.In preparation for the program to be launched, families, teachers, and representatives of the kindergarten communities are encouraged to attend information sessions, that are currently being held across a number of locations to learn more about the specifics of the program and eligibility criteria.Expressions of interest will open in mid-July and close in mid-August.To register to attend an Early Childhood Language Program information session, go to education.vic.gov.au/eclanguages Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Autisme : un traitement diurétique efficace pour réduire les symptômesDes chercheurs de l’Inserm ont confirmé l’efficacité d’un traitement diurétique pour réduire la sévérité des symptômes de l’autisme. Le médicament agirait sur les niveaux anormalement élevés de chlore dans les neurones du foetus.L’autisme est un trouble du développement caractérisé notamment par une interaction sociale et une communication anormale. Quelque 30.000 enfants et jeunes en seraient actuellement atteints en France, selon l’Inserm. Mais les causes de ce trouble restent assez mystérieuses. Les recherches ont permis d’établir que si son origine était multifactorielle, le facteur génétique jouait un rôle important dans l’apparition. Au fur et à mesure des recherches, les scientifiques ont également mis en évidence plusieurs mécanismes biologiques liés à l’autisme apparaissant au stade foetal ou postnatal. Parmi ceux-ci, ils ont établi que les niveaux de chlore dans les neurones du foetus pendant l’accouchement étaient déterminants dans l’apparition de l’autisme. Un rôle qu’une équipe de l’Inserm vient de confirmer dans une nouvelle étude parue dans la revue Science.Un traitement bénéfique Mieux encore, les chercheurs auraient trouvé un moyen d’agir sur cette anomalie en utilisant un traitement diurétique. Ce médicament avait été testé une première fois au cours de travaux menés en 2012 sur une cinquantaine d’enfants âgés de 11 à 13 ans. Il avait alors montré des résultats prometteurs en atténuant la sévérité des symptômes chez les trois-quarts des enfants traités. Toutefois, les chercheurs de l’Institut de neurobiologie de la méditerranée (INMED) n’avaient pu démontré la validité leur hypothèse, à savoir que le traitement diurétique permettait de réduire les niveaux de chlore dans les neurones. Pour la démontrer, ils ont donc mené une nouvelle étude cette fois-ci sur des rongeurs chez qui ils ont observé pour la première fois l’activité des neurones embryonnaires et des neurones immédiatement après la naissance.Ceci a permis de surveiller les modifications des taux de chlore dans les cellules nerveuses. Chez les souris saines, les niveaux chutent lors de l’accouchement. En revanche, les niveaux restent élevés chez les souris atteintes de deux formes d’autisme, l’une génétique et l’autre provoquée par l’injection à la rate gestante d’un produit, le valproate. Au cours de l’expérience, l’équipe du Pr Yehezkel Ben-Ari a injecté aux mères, peu avant la mise bas, du diurétique, le bumétadine. Le rôle de l’ocytocine Ceci a eu pour effet de restaurer une activité cérébrale quasi normale et de corriger le comportement “autiste” chez les descendants, d’après les chercheurs repris par l’AFP. Outre cette efficacité, l’équipe a réussi à confirmer l’implication de l’hormone qui déclenche le travail de l’accouchement, l’ocytocine. Cette dernière agit normalement comme le diurétique en abaissant le taux de chlore dans les cellules nerveuses du cerveau.Chez les foetus prédisposés, l’hormone ne remplit pas bien son rôle, ce qui aboutit à une accumulation à des concentrations anormales du chlore dans les neurones. De même, si cette hormone est bloquée chez des souris gestantes normales, leurs portée présentent des taux de chlore élevés et un comportement autistique. Ces résultats semblent confirmer l’hypothèse des scientifiques de l’Inserm et les résultats obtenus en 2012.”C’est une grande première mondiale”, explique à RTL M’Hammed Sajidi, président de l’association Vaincre l’autisme. “Il faut bien comprendre que l’autisme est un problème de communication qui génère des troubles de la concentration”, poursuit-t-il. Ce traitement engendre une baisse du chlore, “ce qui donne plus de concentration et surtout une meilleure communication entre l’enfant et la société”.Un diagnostic précoce associé à un médicament Un nouvel essai est actuellement en cours sur 80 autistes afin de confirmer l’efficacité du traitement pour atténuer les symptômes et améliorer la communication. Les résultats devraient être disponibles en 2015 au plus tard. Aujourd’hui, il n’est pas envisagé de traiter la femme avant la naissance, faute de moyen pour dépister l’autisme chez le foetus humain. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Selon le Pr Ben Yari, il serait cependant possible de mettre en place un diagnostic précoce associé à un médicament comme le bumétamide ou d’autres agents régulateurs capables de réduire l’activité aberrante du cerveau qui perturbe celle des neurones avant de limiter les symptômes, rapporte l’AFP. Pour M’Hammed Sajidi, “le traitement est indiscutable, mais il n’est pas une guérison pour autant”. Aussi, les médicaments serviraient plutôt à compléter les traitements comportementaux afin de faciliter leur réussite, en restaurant la communication avec l’enfant au-delà de la prime enfance.Le 10 février 2014 à 20:13 • Maxime Lambert read more
The controversial “Waters of the U.S.” rule took effect in most states this summer, redefining which bodies of water are covered by the federal Clean Water Act. But a judge has blocked its application in Alaska and a dozen other states, pending a legal challenge. As that and other lawsuits progress, the rule, known as WOTUS, remains a political hot button. U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan pushed that button at a hearing this morning in Congress.Download AudioWetlands in the Izembek NWR. (Kristine Sowl/USFWS)Sullivan is gravely dissatisfied with the EPA, and its new rule for carrying out the Clean Water Act.He says many of his constituents believe “the EPA is a rogue agency, accountable to no one.”Sullivan maintains the water rule is an EPA power grab that goes beyond the agency’s authority in law.The EPA says the rule simply clarifies which waters are subject to the Clean Water Act – basically, how far upstream the federal law applies. The agency insists it doesn’t add any new types of water bodies not already covered. But farmers, miners and real estate developers – among others – say it’s an expansion that threatens their livelihoods.Sullivan called the hearing of a subcommittee he chairs — Fisheries, Wildlife and Water, within the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee — to discuss a trove of memos that recently came to light. They were written by officials within the Corps of Engineers who harshly criticized a late draft of the rule this spring. The senator wanted to show the EPA steamrolled the Corps, dismissing the concerns of its experts. Sullivan didn’t get much help from the hearing’s only witness, Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo-Ellen Darcy, who, as the civilian appointee in charge of the Corps of Engineers, endorsed WOTUS.“Did the EPA pressure you, as the head of the Corps, to sign the final rule, when your senior leadership obviously wanted nothing to do with it?” Sullivan asked.“I was under no pressure to sign any rule, senator,” she said.Darcy chalked the critical memos up to internal differences, normal disputes that she says ultimately strengthened the final product.“Senator those documents and those memos were a snapshot in time –” she said.“No, no, no,” Sullivan interjected. “They weren’t a snapshot in time. They were at the end of a long process.”The rule has enflamed Congressional Republicans for years now. Some have raised the specter of a federal crackdown on puddles and muddy fields. But Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse says the Clean Water Act is important to a downstream state like his, Rhode Island. Whitehouse says he’s open to improving the rule, but he says the GOP is in full-throated attack mode.“You hear this extreme rhetoric about a rule whose purpose is to keep our waters clean,” Whitehouse said. “So that pollutants aren’t dumped into a ditch, and then the foreseeable next big rainstorm washes them down into our bay.”Ironically, the internal memos show one objection of officials within the Corps of Engineers was that the new rule would trim the regulatory reach of the Clean Water Act in some cases, removing federal protection from what they described as important lakes, ponds and wetlands. Darcy, the assistant Army Secretary, says some of their concerns were addressed in the final version.A majority of states are now suing to challenge the legality of the WOTUS rule. read more
Awami League has picked two more women candidates to contest elections to the reserved seats of the 11th parliament, reports UNB.Besides, it nominated Anwar Sadat Samrat as its chairman candidate for the election to Panchagarh Zila Parishad.The ruling party on Saturday finalised the contenders at a joint meeting of Awami League Parliamentary Board and its Local Government Nomination Board, held at Ganabhaban with AL president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.The two women MP candidates are Nadira Yasmin Jolly (Pabna) and Ratna Ahmed (Natore), said an AL press release.On Friday, AL picked 41 more women as its candidates for the election to the reserved seats of the 11th parliament, which will be held on 4 March next.According to the proportional representation in parliament, Awami League will get women MPs from 43 reserved seats, Jatiya Party from 4 seats, BNP from one and others will get the remaining two seats.The deadline for the submission of nomination papers expires on 11 February.The election commission on 3 February announced the election schedule for the 50 parliamentary reserved seats, which are exclusively for women. read more
PC gamers have a love/hate relationship with Rockstar Games. We love playing Grand Theft Auto games, but we hate having to wait several months after console releases to get them. Things hit an all time low with the release of GTA IV because the PC version wasn’t just released months later, it was buggy as hell at launch.With GTA V heading to Xbox 360 and PS3 later this year, PC gamers were gearing up for several months of waiting again. But then Rockstar didn’t even announce the game was coming to PC. All we have is confirmation from Rockstar they are considering the game for PC, but there’s no guarantee.Some hope has appeared, though, in the form of a job listing that appeared for the Rockstar Leeds development studio. The listing has since been taken down, but not before PC Gamer got a good look at it. The job being advertised was for a graphics programmer, with their main task being to “help bring our latest titles to the PC platform.”There’s only two fairly recent titles that Rockstar would need ported to PC: Red Dead Redemption and GTA V. Based on the age of Red Dead, GTA V seems like the more likely title to be ported, right?Porting GTA V to PC also makes a lot of sense for another reason: both the PS4 and Xbox One have x86 architectures. A version of the game running on a Windows PC should also be easy to tweak for playing on both next-gen consoles. Add in a bit of extra content and Rockstar could re-release the game for Sony and Microsoft’s latest platforms late this year or early next.For now, I’m just hopeful Rockstar has decided to bring the game to PC. The fact they don’t have the staff to do it yet is a bit disheartening, but then maybe it will only take a few months to do the work and get the game out the door.Now read: GTA V gameplay trailer now available to watch read more
What’s going to win big at The Academy Awards this year?Politically-conscious genre films, women standing up and fresh blood – not necessarily in that order and not necessarily in the sense of actually receiving trophies.Will it be worth watching, even if my favorites weren’t nominated for anything?Probably. It’s the first show following the debacle of accidentally awarding the wrong film Best Picture last year so… look for jokes about that to get run into the ground pretty early on. It’s the first show after a full year in the Trump Era, so we can all be on the lookout for highly-politicized jokes and/or statements from the podium and furious Twitter retorts from a certain someone who should really have better things to do with his time. There doesn’t appear to be a clear favorite for Best Picture though there are definitely strong contenders (which always makes things interesting). And of course the righteous specter of the #MeToo Movement will continue to hang over the industry as we wonder if any presenter, winner or honoree will make, speak or even answer to any accusations. Also, probably lots of stupid comedy skits.Are you surprised Wonder Woman wasn’t nominated for Best Picture?Not really. I think it had a better shot than a superhero movie has had in a long time based on how well it was received and what it meant as a “zeitgeist movie,” i.e. a big lavish spectacle of feminist-iconography at a moment in time when that felt especially necessary. But it’s not a shock when a movie that loses steam so noticeably in Act 3 isn’t nominated for Best Picture (even though there’ve been “worse” nominees and winners than it in the past.) Sooner or later, one of “these” is going to get in (Black Panther probably has the next best shot coming up) but we’ll see.Alright, here’s the predictions I’ve got for categories where I feel comfortable offering an opinion:BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAYNominees: The Big Sick (Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani), Get Out (Jordan Peele), Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig), The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor), Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri (Martin McDonagh)It’s easy to imagine this going to Jordan Peele for Get Out, as his big writer/director debut becoming a massive Best Picture-nominated smash hit and the most profitable film of the year is one the biggest film industry stories of 2017. But Greta Gerwig is a beloved indie darling as an actress and Lady Bird is buzzed-about as one of The Academy’s favorite overall features this year and nominated in a bunch of other categories where it’s probably not going to win. This could be where her chance to get up onstage and have a Big Moment goes, and out of all the nominees Lady Bird is the one that most lived/died based on its script.Prediction: Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig)BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAYNominees: Call Me by Your Name (James Ivory), The Disaster Artist (Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber), Logan (Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green), Molly’s Game (Aaron Sorkin), Mudbound (Virgil Williams and Dee Rees)It’d really be something to see this go to Logan, but the rest of the field is really strong and I can’t shake the notion that just the idea of giving an Oscar to one of the X-Men movies. It’s a wildly-uneven franchise that lacks either the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s box-office and critical acclaim or Wonder Woman’s decades of pop-culture ubiquity and is now tainted by associations with scandal-plagued Bryan Singer. That is “too much” for a lot of The Academy, especially with so much strong competition. Here’s where I go out on a small limb: I think James Ivory gets it. He’s a beloved fixture of the Old Guard Academy from the Merchant Ivory days but (incredibly!) has no Oscar of his own. He is tied with fellow 2018 nominee Agnes Varda as the oldest nominee and represents the much-liked Call Me By Your Name’s best chance at gold in what’s feeling like a “spread the love” year.Prediction: Call Me By Your Name (James Ivory)BEST ANIMATED FEATURENominees: The Boss Baby, The Breadwinner, Coco, Ferdinand, Loving VincentIt’s going to be Coco, easiest call of the night. It’s Pixar, it’s Disney, it was a giant hit, it was excellent and everybody saw it, cried and then brought their grandparents so they could cry too. Plus, there’s no getting around this being a highly-politicized year in pop-culture. So an animated film all about (literally) a struggle to help an extended Mexican family remain unified despite an ominous border governed by arcane rules is an irresistible fist-in-their-air/finger-in-the-eye to a certain someone the Creative Community widely views as the villain of the moment.Prediction: CocoBEST DOCUMENTARYNominees: Abacus, Faces Places, Icarus, Last Men in Aleppo, Strong Island2017 saw the continued trend of documentaries having more presence on streaming and long-form television than theaters, so surprise-surprise it’s not an especially strong year for the category at The Oscars. Faces Places feels the most likely. It’s a photography/travelogue doc from JR and legendary French New Wave pioneer Agnes Varda (potentially her final film), whose beaming, grandmotherly appearance accepting a Lifetime Achievement statue at last year’s Governors Awards (and hitting the dance floor with Angelina Jolie) made her a brief social-media sensation.Prediction: Faces PlacesBEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMNominees: A Fantastic Woman (Chile), The Insult (Lebanon),Loveless (Russia), On Body and Soul (Hungary), The Square (Sweden)The “big story” in awards-caliber foreign language film in 2017 was the dissipation of heat for The Square, which was expected to run the table but fizzled outside the festival circuit. Also raising eyebrows is the absence of the well-reviewed German hit In The Fade, which featured Diane Kruger as a widow following a dark path to avenge the murder of her Turkish-born Muslim husband and their mixed-race son by neo-nazi terrorists. Of the nominees, A Fantastic Woman has had the most buzz going in, though most U.S. audiences will be unfamiliar with it.Prediction: A Fantastic WomanBEST SUPPORTING ACTRESSNominees: Mary J. Blige (Mudbound), Allison Janney (I Tonya), Leslie Manville (Phantom Thread), Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird), Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water)Also sometimes known as the “Wow, what a career!” award for long-respected character actresses of a certain age and/or better known for the stage or television, often won for playing eccentric mother figures to rising starlets. That describes Janney and Metcalf, who’ve been splitting the lead-up awards between one another, but I feel like Janney gets it here. It’s the “showier” version of the role, mainly, but also – let’s face it – Oscars are voted on by category peers and among Hollywood actors nothing is closer to secular sainthood than having been part of the West Wing ensemble.Prediction: Allison JanneyBEST ACTRESSNominees: Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water), Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri), Margot Robbie (I Tonya), Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird), Meryl Streep (The Post)Strong category, but I think Frances McDormand will get Oscar #2 for Three Billboard. Here’s the thing: That movie isn’t good, but she’s AMAZING in it and she’s kind of the whole movie which is why some people *think* it was good enough to nominate it for other things – so it stands to reason they liked her enough to win.Prediction: Frances McDormandBEST SUPPORTING ACTORNominees: Willem Dafoe (Florida Project), Woody Harrelson (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri), Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water), Christopher Plummer (All The Money in The World), Sam Rockwell (Three Billboard Outside Ebbing Missouri)Sam Rockwell is one of America’s best and most underrated actors, his peers have basically been waiting for him to an even vaguely Oscar-ready role so they can award him for it, they’re probably going to do it here. Good for him, but I kind of wish there was more of a chance for Willem Dafoe because The Florida Project was a really good movie and he was really good in it. If there’s going to be a spoiler here it might be Christopher Plummer for since everyone was kind of blown away he was able to come in cold and help save that movie from having to purge Kevin Spacey (plus, y’know, he reminded everyone he was still alive.)Prediction: Sam RockwellBEST ACTORNominees: Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name), Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread), Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour), Denzel Washington (Roman J. Israel Esq.)One has to assume that Gary Oldman is closer to having this one “in the bag” to a greater degree than any other nominee in any other category this year. Incredible makeup aside; Darkest Hour is kind of cheesy, underwhelming and it feels like Oldman has been better in a lot of other recent roles where he also wasn’t trying quite so hard.But you can’t deny that he’s one of the best actors of his generation and it’s ridiculous that he’s not sitting on a pile of Oscars already. He’s had this coming for a long time; it’s exactly the sort of performance The Academy likes best (and not a bad version of it!) so that’s probably that.Prediction: Gary OldmanBEST DIRECTORNominees: Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk), Jordan Peele (Get Out), Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird), Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread), Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water)My sense of things is Gerwig, Peele and del Toro are the ones with the real shot here – Nolan doesn’t do “heart” enough for Oscar’s taste and Phantom Thread is too “weird.” Gerwig has sympathetic momentum, as actor-turned-director is just about The Academy’s favorite flavor of anything, but the movie is a little slight – good, but slight. I think it comes down to either Peele or Del Toro, and whichever one wins the other guy’s movie is gonna take Best Picture. Call it a hunch. In this case, I think smart money is on Jordan Peele: It’s his first movie, he blew everyone’s doors off, he’s ALSO a actor-turned-director and he wrote the damn thing… it’s just a better “victory story,” plus I think The Shape of Water is more of an “Academy Movie” for reasons we’ll talk about in just a moment.Prediction: Jordan PeeleBEST PICTURENominees: Call Me By Your Name, Darkest Hour, Get Out, Lady Bird, Phantom Thread, The Post, The Shape of Water, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing MissouriFor reasons outlined mainly in other categories, I think this is a four-way split between Lady Bird, Three Billboards, Get Out and Shape of Water as the “actual chance” nominees; and of those three it comes down more specifically to Get Out and The Shape of Water.Interestingly, along with both being excellent, they’re similar films (i.e. socially-conscious sci-fi/horror hybrids using fantastical stories as metaphors about oppression) but I think Get Out is the more “radical” one whereas Shape of Water is the safer bet here. Yes, it’s an R-rated monster movie about manphibian sex, but its overall moral paradigm fits very comfortably into the way The Academy tends to be most comfortable framing oppression narratives. A rainbow coalition of marginalized good guys (disabled woman, black woman, gay artist, well-intentioned Communist scientist) united in common cause to rescue a magical creature from The White 1950s Military-Industrial Patriarchy. And it’s “good” coded to “sensitive outsiders,” “not part of The Mainstream” (as recalled by now-aging Baby Boomers) and “appreciates classic movies;” so the old-guard of Academy voters can easily see themselves in the heroes.Whereas in Get Out, they can see themselves as well… but in a much less positive way. Get Out isn’t just about blowing up the unique unease of being a young Black man surrounded by rich White people in “their” environment, it’s very specifically about being surrounded by seemingly-“progressive” rich White people. People whose eagerness to demonstrate how enthusiastic they are about Blackness takes on a creepy and dehumanizing edge of its own. It’s not an accident that the film’s central Luciferian villain is a softly-smug, silver-haired Boomer in a turtleneck (played by yet another West Wing alum, no less!) who coos about voting for Obama “a third time – if I could!” It’s like the way Bela Lugosi’s Dracula declared “I never drink – wine;” and it’s hard to imagine the same type of Academy voter who feels hyper-validated that they, too, would be an ally of the fish-man in The Shape of Water not realizing that Get Out is pointing its finger at them… and I suspect not all of them were comfortable with the implication.Prediction: Get OutI could be wrong, of course. We’ll find out soon enough when The 90th Annual Academy Awards airs on Sunday, March 4th. 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Change nahi hai madam, toffee le lo,” (We don’t have change, take some candies) is often the well-versed suggestion shopkeepers give when you are unable to pay them the exact amount. Now to make the most of your money you are forced to buy a couple of toffees which get dumped and forgotten inside your bag until that rare day when you decide to de-clutter it!Is the availability of change so rare that they always keep a jar or two handy to stuff some colourful wrappers into your hands with a smile? At times there may be crisis of the jingles but there are also situations when some vendors willingly or lazily hand over little somethings to round off the bill. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Where do all the coins go? Have they stopped making coins in the mints or are there some voracious coin collectors who desperately grab them all and never let them go? Who are the members of this chillar party?As a child, I remember being extremely happy when a shopkeeper used to be generous enough to give me candies rather than unnecessary coins which always used to slip off the gap of fingers and made me hover around over and after the rolling metals. Similarly, when children are sent to shops to collect some items they come back with some more. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSuddenly the other day I discovered that the child within me craves for these candies! As the man behind the counter gave me some unknown candy I demanded to know whether he had the ones I liked. He stared at me for a while as if to confirm that it was me who enquired, the same way some websites need you to type irrelevant codes to clarify you are not a machine! Then he went around looking for the one I had asked for and finally came with a shameful smile declaring that he does not have it. Exactly at that time from the hindsight I saw it deep inside a jar full of miscellaneous candies and I pointed it out with great enthusiasm. To this, he looked both defeated and relieved, and struggled to get it out from the jar for me. It somehow felt special, as if choosing the forced gift was a right to be enjoyed by one and all. If they are making you buy one, you better get the best of the lot, uncompromisingly. Yet again, it is not worth it, since you have to remember to have them or they would just rot somewhere in a corner.There are also some firm customers who stick to what they need and come up with a no-nonsense face declaring that they won’t accept unimportant titbits. That is when the hidden treasure comes jingling its way out. Another and very frequently practiced custom is to remember or note down the amount to be received by either parties, and eventually rounding it off on the next purchase. But this practice is only viable when you have developed a cordial relation with the shop attendant. This menace of ‘demanding change’ is not new and is not restricted to shopkeepers alone. In cities like Kolkata where travelling short distances is easy via autos the auto drivers create a pandemonium in case you are unable to pay him the exact amount. Similar cases happen in Delhi with customers and regular office goers when the vendors and rickshaw pullers complain of not having enough change. Either you keep losing Rs 5 everyday or you argue and find a way out (which usually nobody does, due to lack of time).With this menace dancing around the country, it is time to get a ‘change’ and control the change crisis before it gets too late and we are left to suffer the ill balanced eco(nomic)-system with the extinction of coins. read more
3. Van Halen “Top of The World”Years: 2007 – 2010Thirtysomething years after Paul “Bear” Bryant ended his legendary coaching career in Tuscaloosa, fans hoped Saban was the coach who would finally fill those big shoes—much like Van Halen fans once hoped Sammy Hagar would fill David Lee Roth’s rhinestone-studded leather boots. By the end of the 2009-2010 season, Saban and his Crimson Tide were national champions, on top of the college football world, and those big boots were starting to feel a little snug. 4 . The Godfather ThemeYears: 2011 – TodayCoach Saban wins. He wins a lot, and he wins when it matters. Now, very wealthy and very powerful, The Godfather might make you an offer you can’t refuse. Don’t even think about submitting a transfer request, irking him at a press conference, or running a satellite camp on his turf. But even if you do? The Godfather will still win. Just like he has the last 25 games.That brings us to this weekend: Las Vegas favors ‘Bama (13-0) by two touchdowns over the Washington Huskies (12-1). Saban’s team is also a heavy favorite to win the National Championship on January 9th in Tampa. And if they do, his next song will be…—Caleb Bacon is a Los Angeles-based television writer, Red Zone addict, and soon to be a dad. Follow him on Twitter: @CalebEatsBacon. Advertisement 2. Miami Sound Machine “Conga”Years: 2005 – 2006Coach Saban took his talents to South Beach way before Lebron made it cool. He led the Miami Dolphins to a 15-7 record and, while he surely wasn’t out clubbing with D-Wade every night, I imagine Coach Saban let himself enjoy the sounds of Miami for at least a moment (a half-smile probably came to his face as “Conga” played while he munched on a juicy T-bone at Shula’s Steak House.) But before he could sniff a Super Bowl, his dream job opened up, and it was time to trade the glitz and glamour of Miami for Alabama’s fifth-largest city. 1. Survivor – “Eye Of The Tiger”Years: 1973 – 2004Coach Saban’s rise was much like that of Rocky Balboa (had the fictional fighter traded boxing gloves for a clipboard.) Saban went from rags to riches, ascending from a graduate assistant at Kent State to head-coaching the LSU Tigers. It was in Louisiana where he discovered SEC titles, a national championship, and a Coach of The Year. (Sorry to call you “rags,” Kent State.) Nick Saban forgot about Election Day.We all have that one friend who spent a year talking our ear off about a certain candidate, only for them to offer up a lame reason for not voting (I hope you find your stolen unicycle, Uncle Pete!) But that wasn’t Coach Saban, who voted by absentee ballot. He just didn’t recall that America was finally choosing between Donald and Hillary on November 8th.But I don’t blame the Crimson Tide boss for having his head elsewhere during the football season, because you can’t argue with the results of Saban’s focus: Alabama has gained their third-straight entry into College Football’s Playoff (where they’ve been in all three NCAA mini-brackets.) Nick Saban might be complex, but he can be understood. Just in time for Saturday’s Peach Bowl, I offer you – from his early days as a small school linebacker coach, to an NFL detour, to national championships, and one big bank account – a guide to Nick Saban. read more
Windows 10 users may soon uninstall more native apps by Martin Brinkmann on October 18, 2018 in Windows – 26 commentsMicrosoft plans to unlock uninstall options for more native applications that the company’s Windows 10 operating system comes with by default. Native applications provide users of the operating system with all kinds of functionality: from viewing photos and editing images to jotting down notes or capturing screenshots.While some of these applications are popular and useful to the bulk of users, some users prefer to use third-party programs or apps which they install manually on their Windows 10 devices.Instead of using Paint3D, users might select Paint.net, GIMP, or another image editor instead. These — usually — offer better functionality than the native applications.Windows 10 was never very consistent when it comes to the removal of built-in applications. While it was possible from the get-go to remove some apps using the Apps > Apps & features menu of the operating system, most apps could not be installed that way.Most native apps have the move and uninstall buttons grayed out under apps & features in the Settings app which means that users can’t remove or move the apps using it.Administrators and experienced users know that it is possible to use PowerShell to remove any application. We published a guide in 2015 on removing apps from Windows 10 and the methodology has not changed.Third-party programs like Geek Uninstaller supported the removal of Windows 10 apps as well. Some privacy programs for Windows 10 support the same functionality.Microsoft plans to improve the capabilities of Windows 10 in regards to the uninstallation of apps on the system in the coming feature update. The next feature update will be Windows 10 version 1903 and Microsoft revealed recently that users will be able to remove the following apps from devices running that version of Windows 10 (next to apps that can be removed already: 3D Viewer, Calculator, Calendar, Groove Music, Mail, Movies & TV, Paint 3D, Snip & Sketch, Sticky Notes, and Voice Recorder.All these applications will get an uninstall option in Windows 10 version 1903 in the Settings application and even directly from the Start Menu by right-clicking on them and selecting the uninstall option of the context menu.Windows 10 users who run Windows 10 version 1809 can remove some apps already from the Start Menu. These are: Microsoft Solitaire Collection, My Office, OneNote, Print 3D, Skype, Tips, and Weather.Closing WordsMost Windows 10 users are exposed to installed apps through the Start Menu. Options to remove these apps directly from the menu is a good usability change as it provides users with direct actions to get rid of apps that they don’t like or don’t use.Now You: Do you use any native apps on Windows 10?SummaryArticle NameWindows 10 users may soon uninstall more native appsDescriptionMicrosoft plans to unlock uninstall options for more native applications that the company’s Windows 10 operating system comes with by default.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement read more
MSC Cruises unveils biggest winter lineup in company history Tuesday, May 9, 2017 Travelweek Group Posted by Share Tags: MSC Cruises GENEVA — Get ready for the biggest season of cruising ever with MSC Cruises, which just announced its most comprehensive range of winter sailing options in company history.The expanded offers are part of a milestone year for the cruise line, with two new next-generation ships coming into service this year along. Arriving in June is MSC Meraviglia, which will spend the winter in the Mediterranean, followed by MSC Seaside in December, which will homeport in Miami and sail through the Caribbean.Passengers aboard MSC Seaside will be dazzled by its 360-degree outdoor promenade, two glass-floor catwalks that extend off the side of the ship and glass elevators with panoramic views of the ocean. After being christened in Miami in December, she will offer two itineraries: Eastern Caribbean with calls in San Juan (Puerto Rico), Philipsburg (St. Maarten) and Nassau (Bahamas); and the Western Caribbean with calls in Ocho Rios (Jamaica), George Town (Cayman Islands) and Cozumel (Mexico).More news: Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaAlso sailing the Caribbean is MSC Fantasia, which will introduce new seven- and 14-night cruises in the Southern Caribbean from Martinique to Guadeloupe. New ports of call on these itineraries include Kingstown, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines.In the Mediterranean, MSC Meraviglia, MSC Cruises’ new flagship launching this June, will offer seven-night Western Mediterranean cruises until April 2018. Designed as the ‘ship for all seasons’, weather is no factor for the Meraviglia, which features endless amenities onboard including an exclusive Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows and a Balinese spa.New for 2017/2018, MSC Orchestra will offer a brand new series of 10-, 11- and 12-night sailings with four ports of embarkation, including Genoa, Marseille, Barcelona and Civitavecchia. Guests can choose between a new 10-night itinerary in the Mediterranean with only one day at sea, or an 11-night itinerary to Greece stopping in Corfu, Katakolon and Heraklion. Also new is a 12-night itinerary calling at destinations like Madeira and Morocco.More news: AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsFor foodies, the cruise line will introduce a number of shore excursions focused on culinary delights. For example, guests can bake handmade pizza in Naples or tour the world’s only museum dedicated exclusively to Iberian ham in the city of Barcelona.In South America, MSC Cruises will have four ships based in the region for the winter season. MSC Preziosa and MSC Magnifica will offer cruises of up to seven nights from Santos/Sao Paulo, Brazil; MSC Poesia will offer longer eight- and nine-night cruises from Buenos Aires, Argentina; and MSC Musica will offer a range of cruises from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. << Previous PostNext Post >> read more
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