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Roadstarr Motorsports Partners With Toys For Tots Access Hollywood And Soles4Souls

first_imgRoadstarr Motorsports is partnering with Soles4Souls, Toys for Tots, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department for their private celebrity event at company headquarters in Los Angeles, CA.To ensure that families in need experience a special Christmas this season, Roadstarr Motorsports has enlisted celebrity hosts Columbus Short (Scandal), Wilmer Valderrama (From Dusk till Dawn), and other industry tastemakers to lead the charge.“Every child deserves to feel loved and appreciated, especially at Christmas,” said Co-Founder Hassan Iddrissu. “Every donation collected will go directly to helping a family’s holiday be a little brighter. I’m counting on all of our special media and celebrity guests to support Soles4Souls and Toys for Tots.”During the special event, Roadstarr will collect new, unwrapped presents (toys, clothing, and shoes) on December 20, 2014 from 2PM-6PM at 8964 National Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90034. With the help of Access Hollywood, and event hosts, on December 21, 2014, Roadstarr will deliver Christmas early for those selected charities and families. The entire event will be taped for replay on Access Hollywood Live.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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NAFTA Deadlock on hard issues as round concludes under cloud of question

first_imgMEXICO CITY – Another round of NAFTA talks wrapped up with all key issues still deadlocked Tuesday as negotiators prepared to leave Mexico City with a plethora of question marks lingering over the trade deal.The negotiators made progress on a variety of technical files, nearly concluding some less-controversial chapters such as digital trade, sanitary measures, customs enforcement and telecommunications.But on hot-button files like autos, dairy, dispute resolution, and a U.S. idea to make it easier to terminate NAFTA, they cite no real progress. Sources from host country Mexico described a lingering standoff on multiple fronts, which Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland confirmed back in Ottawa.”I think our approach is to hope for the best, and prepare for the worst,” Freeland said outside the House of Commons, describing the state of the talks.”Canada is certainly prepared for any eventuality. As I’ve said, we want a good deal, not just any deal.”Canada and Mexico spent this round taking shots at the logic of some controversial U.S. proposals — demanding details about how they would work, and delivering presentations illustrating how they would hurt the U.S., too.That approach has frustrated the U.S. side.The Americans say that instead of delivering lectures, the other countries should be making counter-proposals.”I remain concerned about the lack of headway,” said U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer. “Thus far, we have seen no evidence that Canada or Mexico are willing to seriously engage on provisions that will lead to a rebalanced agreement.”I hope our partners will come to the table in a serious way so we can see meaningful progress before the end of the year.”Some media reports described the dynamic of this round as Canada and Mexico teaming up against the U.S. The front-page headline Tuesday in Mexico’s Excelsior newspaper declared, “Mexico and Canada form a common front against the U.S.”But some Mexicans vehemently rejected the idea of an organized Canada-Mexico tag-team.They said, for instance, that there are no pre-session strategy hurdles between Canada and Mexico. They said these countries simply have mutual interests on a few important files, such as autos, dispute settlement and professional visas. ”(But) gang up on the U.S.? No, no, no,” said one Mexican source, speaking on condition of anonymity, given the sensitivity of the matter.Mexico demonstrated at this round, however, that it’s willing to play hardball.It showed that two can play at the game of zero-sum thinking and hostile tit-for-tat. On the issue of Buy American, the Mexicans said they could respond with equivalent Buy Mexico policies for public projects — and the biggest loser would be the U.S. That’s because American companies do more construction business in Mexico than vice-versa, they argued.”We would all lose,” said another Mexican source familiar with the talks.”But the U.S. loses more.”The Mexico City round ended with uncertainty on multiple fronts. Two major question marks are: will President Donald Trump start pulling out of NAFTA as a negotiating ploy? And what happens if a deal isn’t done by the end of the current schedule of talks, now extended to March?One thing the Mexican sources are adamant about is if Trump makes good on his threat to start the NAFTA cancellation process as a bargaining ploy, they will refuse to negotiate under that pressure — and would rather let the U.S. withdraw.They said it’s impossible to negotiate with such a metaphorical gun to the temple; every concession would be seen as Mexico caving. They said they would simply allow the U.S. to walk away, accelerate trade talks with Brazil and Argentina and expand trade with Canada in meat, wheat and energy, where Canadian suppliers would pick up some of the U.S. slack.”There’s the door,” one Mexican said, pointing at an actual door.”We will send a couple of decrees to the Senate (of Mexico) saying that (from) this moment forward, U.S. goods and persons are no longer going to be traded under NAFTA preferential provisions.”Canada has not drawn such a hard line.The politicians leading the talks have attempted to turn down the public pressure. Freeland, Lighthizer and Ildefonso Guajardo skipped this round and will skip another round next month in Washington.They will be back at the table in the next round in Canada, in late January, in Montreal. The politicians will review progress made, and begin assessing next steps for the February and March rounds and what happens thereafter if there’s no deal.The Mexicans say they’re fine to keep negotiating after that — even though there are national elections there and in the U.S.last_img read more

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Stocks edge higher and regain some lost ground

NEW YORK — Stocks regained some ground in morning trading Tuesday following a nosedive at the start of the week as the U.S. and China escalate their trade war.Investors have been dealing with creeping uncertainty since last week after President Donald Trump’s decision to raise tariffs on Chinese goods. China responded by raising its own tariffs, and the U.S. is considering expanding tariffs again to cover all Chinese goods.The escalation surprised investors who had expected a deal sooner rather than later. They now have to expect much more volatility as the world’s largest economies head toward a full-blown trade war that could threaten economic growth.A mix of communications and consumer-oriented companies led the market higher. Video game maker Take-Two rose after its fourth quarter profit beat Wall Street forecasts. Disney gained ground after announcing a deal with Comcast to take full control of the video streaming service Hulu. Amazon, Mattel and other companies that cater to consumers ticked higher.Technology stocks, which stand to suffer heavily from the ongoing trade war, bounced back after taking a beating the day before. Qualcomm and Cisco both moved higher.Utilities, a safe-play sector that investors favour when they’re feeling fearful, were the only sector to fall. A day earlier, they were the only winners in the market.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index rose 0.6% as of 10 a.m. Eastern Time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 151 points, or 0.6%, to 25,476. The Nasdaq composite rose 0.7%.MOUSE HOUSE EXPANSION: Disney rose 1.1%. The deal the entertainment giant struck with Comcast can give Disney full ownership of Hulu as of 2024. Disney and other media companies have been making huge efforts to get into video streaming in order to meet the challenge posed by Netflix. Comcast also rose just under 1%.HOLES IN THE FABRIC: Ralph Lauren fell 8% after investors focused on a drop in revenue from the upscale clothing company’s key market in North America. The downturn in regional sales helped weigh down overall revenue, though profit and revenue still beat analyst forecasts for the quarter.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more

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Billions pledged at donors conference as Ban calls for wholesale rebuilding of

Of that amount more than $5 billion has been pledged for the next 18 months, well above the $3.9 billion sought for that period. “Today, the international community has come together, dramatically, in solidarity with Haiti and its people,” Mr. Ban said in a closing news conference at UN Headquarters in New York. “Today, the United Nations are united for Haiti,” he said. “Today, we have mobilized to give Haiti and its people what they need most: hope for a new future. We have made a good start, we need now to deliver.”Haiti’s President René Préval expressed his thanks on behalf of his 9 million countrymen. “The international community has done their part,” he said. “Now it is up to the Haitian people to do theirs.” Opening the conference earlier today, Mr. Ban appealed to donors to provide $11.5 million over the next 10 years to help the Caribbean nation recover and rebuild after the 12 January quake.“What we envision, today, is wholesale national renewal… a sweeping exercise in national-building on a scale and scope not seen in generations,” he told delegates from more than 130 nations attending the high-level meeting. Mr. Ban said reconstruction work must move in tandem with emergency relief and urged donors to provide further support to the revised humanitarian appeal for Haiti. That appeal is calling for $1.4 billion, but is currently only 50 per cent funded.“The rainy season is fast approaching. Some camps for displaced persons are at risk of flooding. Heath and sanitation issues are growing more serious,” Mr. Ban said.Mr. Préval, United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and UN Special Envoy for Haiti Bill Clinton co-hosted the conference, entitled Towards a New Future in Haiti.They noted the courage and solidarity shown by the Haitians in the midst of the unprecedented suffering resulting from the quake and the outpouring of generosity and support from the country’s international partners. At the same time, they underscored that Haiti’s road to recovery will be a long one and one which will require continued global support. The conference was co-chaired by Brazil, Canada, the European Union, France, and Spain as leading donors to Haiti, which was already the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere before the disaster.The 12 January quake struck close to the capital, Port-au-Prince, and resulted in the deaths of more than 200,000 people. It also left one third of the country’s 9 million people in need of aid. The total value of damage and losses sustained has been calculated at approximately $7 billion, according to the UN Development Programme (UNDP).Its Administrator, Helen Clark, voiced hope that today’s conference “will pave the way for building back better in Haiti. With sufficient resources, the vision presented today by the Government of Haiti on behalf of Haitian people can become reality.”She also emphasized the need for Haitian ownership of the recovery process, with international assistance being aligned with the country’s priorities.“With the necessary resources, we can assist the Government to develop effective social protection to combat extreme poverty; we can help improve access to education, health services, and clean water and sanitation; and we can help promote food security and nutrition,” Miss Clark said.Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive presented the country’s needs and its plans for recovery, following which countries, international organizations, and other partners took the floor to pledge resources, to coordinate in support of Haiti’s long-term recovery and to commit to a sustained effort to support the country.General Assembly President Ali Treki urged participants at the meeting to further support reconstruction efforts, and hoped that the pledges made by the international community “would be commensurate with the needs of the people and Government of Haiti and firmly pave the way to a brighter future.”In a communiqué issued after the conclusion of the conference, the co-hosts and co-chairs said the assistance raised will be delivered “in a manner that strengthens the authority of the State, makes local governments more effective, builds the capacity of local and national institutions, mitigates vulnerability to future disasters, protects the environment, promotes and protects human rights and gender equality, and creates an enabling environment for the private sector and civil society to thrive, all of which are critical for Haiti’s long-term stability and prosperity.” 31 March 2010Dozens of nations and organizations today pledged almost $10 billion in immediate and long-term aid to help Haiti recover from the recent devastating earthquake, just hours after Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened a day-long donors’ conference by calling for the wholesale rebuilding of the country. read more

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HIVAIDS deaths and new infections highest in 2003 says UNAIDS

Five million people became infected with HIV worldwide and 3 million died this year alone – the highest ever, says “AIDS Epidemic Update 2003,” published to mark World AIDS Day on 1 December. In 2002 4.8 million people contracted the disease and 2.75 million infected people died, UNAIDS said.Commenting on the report, UNAIDS Executive Director Peter Piot said, “It is quite clear that our current global efforts remain entirely inadequate for an epidemic that is continuing to spiral out of control. “AIDS is tightening its grip on southern Africa and threatening other regions of the world. Today’s report warns regions experiencing newer HIV epidemics that they can either act now or pay later – as Africa is now having to pay.” “Effective HIV prevention programmes must be scaled up dramatically if we want a realistic chance at reducing the number of new infections,” he added. The UNAIDS/WHO report says surprisingly little is being done in Africa to implement even the most basic, cost-effective HIV-prevention efforts, outside of Senegal and Uganda. No national orphan programmes exist, voluntary counselling and testing are threadbare, and prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission is virtually non-existent, it says. About 30 per cent of people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide live in southern Africa, an area that is home to just 2 per cent of the world’s population. South Africa alone is home to an estimated 5.3 million people with HIV at the end of 2002, more than any other country in the world, the report says. In sub-Saharan Africa overall, an estimated 26.6 million people are living with HIV, it says. Meanwhile, as prevalence rates in Eastern Europe and Central Asia continue to grow, a new wave of HIV epidemics is threatening China, India, Indonesia and Russia, mostly due to HIV transmission through injecting narcotics use and unsafe sex, it says.WHO, the convening agency for HIV care in UNAIDS, says it and its partners are developing a global strategy to make antiretroviral treatment available to 3 million people by 2005, a project known as the ‘3 by 5’ initiative. “The World Health Organization will unveil detailed implementation plans for ‘3 x 5’ next week, to coincide with the commemoration of World AIDS Day,” said Dr Lee Jong-Wook, Director-General of the World Health Organization. “This represents an unprecedented drive to increase the number of people receiving treatment. For ‘3 x 5’ to succeed, however, and for treatment access to increase further in the future, the international community must continue to increase its financial and logistical support.” A separate report from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), called “Africa’s Orphaned Generations,” says AIDS has already orphaned more than 11 million African children, half of them between the ages of 10 and 14. “We need to move beyond feeling beleaguered to feeling outraged by the unacceptable suffering of children. We must keep parents alive, and ensure that orphans and other vulnerable children stay in school, and are protected from exploitation and abuse,” UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said. Listen to UN Radio report read more

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Report Nokia to move to Silicon Valley abandon Finnish HQ

first_imgFor the last one hundred and fifty years, mobile giant Nokia has operated out of Finland, but now that ex Microsoft business chief Stephen Elop is in charge, everything and anything is on the table for change, and it now looks as if Nokia might be moving to Silicon Valley.Elop is planning to announce the changes on Friday, according to well-placed sources within the organization. Elop had previously said that a big shake-up would be coming to the beleaguered Finnish company, which — despite selling the vast majority of Q4 2010’s smartphones — has struggled with low profits and irrelevancy in a post-iPhone age. AdChoices广告One reason for this is because Nokia does the vast majority of its business outside of the United States. In the US, Nokia sales are in the toilet, and their market share has shrank from 35 percent in 2002 to just eight percent last year. In order to more strongly focus on America, Elop is rumored to be doing a lot of things, including considering the adoption of Windows Phone 7 on Nokia handsets and moving the company headquarters to California, where Nokia executives (whom would be expected to move) would be able to more easily hob-nob with other Silicon Valley execs. In truth, the move has already started, with one of Elop’s first moves in December being the renting of virtual offices in Silicon Valley. As for moving there permanently, the writing has apparently been on the wall for awhile, with Elop having said in a memo to Nokia staff that he believes the company has become too remote from key markets. Packing up and moving out of Finland is one way to handle that, for sure.Read more at The Registerlast_img read more

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Alcohol cannabis and cocaine found in blood of Paris airport attacker

first_imgHe said to me: ‘Daddy, please forgive me. I’ve screwed up with a police officer’.At the time of his death, Ben Belgacem was carrying a petrol can in his backpack, as well as €750 ($805) in cash, a copy of the Koran, a packet of cigarettes and a lighter.A small amount of cocaine and a machete were found during a search of his home on Saturday.Soldiers guarding key sites have been targeted in four attacks in the past two years but escaped with only minor injuries.In mid-February, a machete-wielding Egyptian man attacked a soldier outside Paris’s Louvre museum, injuring him slightly, before being shot and wounded.President Francois Hollande said Saturday his government was “determined to fight relentlessly against terrorism”.Read: Father of Paris airport attacker blames alcohol and not terrorism for his son’s actionsRead: Man shot dead at Paris airport after trying to take soldier’s gun was ‘investigated for radicalisation’ https://jrnl.ie/3296337 Monday 20 Mar 2017, 7:10 AM Officers walking near Orly Airport on Saturday. Image: Apaydin Alain/ABACA Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Officers walking near Orly Airport on Saturday. 9,792 Views By AFP 18 Comments Share92 Tweet Email Short URL Image: Apaydin Alain/ABACA Alcohol, cannabis and cocaine found in blood of Paris airport attacker Investigators are still trying to understand what motivated Saturday’s assault by 39-year-old Ziyed Ben Belgacem. Mar 20th 2017, 7:10 AM THE MAN SHOT dead at Paris’s Orly airport after attacking a soldier was under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time, a judicial source said yesterday.Investigators are still trying to understand what motivated Saturday’s assault by 39-year-old Ziyed Ben Belgacem, which led to a major security scare and the temporary closure of the capital’s second-busiest airport.“Toxicology tests carried out on Sunday showed an alcohol level of 0.93 grams per litre in his blood, and the presence of cannabis and cocaine,” the source said.Ben Belgacem’s father had insisted earlier yesterday that his son was “not a terrorist” and that his actions were caused by drink and drugs.Ben Belgacem, who was born in France to Tunisian parents, grabbed a soldier on patrol at Orly’s southern terminal on Saturday morning. He put a gun to her head and seized her rifle, saying he wanted to “die for Allah”.The attacker, who had also fired at police in a northern Paris suburb earlier that morning, was shot dead by two other soldiers after a scuffle.Ben Belgacem’s father insisted his son – who had spent time in prison for armed robbery and drug-dealing -was not a extremist. Passengers evacuated from Orly airport walk on the highway at Orly airport, near Paris, France Source: Apaydin Alain/ABACA“My son was not a terrorist. He never prayed, and he drank,” the father, who was in shock and whose first name was not given, told Europe 1 radio.Investigators were examining his telephone.The attack at Orly comes with France still on high alert following a wave of jihadist attacks that have claimed more than 230 lives in two years.The violence has made security a key issue in France’s two-round presidential election on 23 April and 7 May.Not on terror watchlistBen Belgacem’s brother and cousin were released yesterday after they, like the attacker’s father, were held for questioning. All three had approached police themselves on Saturday after the attack.After spending Friday night in a bar with his cousin, Ben Belgacem was pulled over by police for speeding in the gritty northern Paris suburb of Garges-les-Gonesse, where he lived, just before 7.00 am.He drew a gun and fired, slightly injuring one officer. Shortly after, he contacted his relatives to tell them he had “done something stupid”, they told police.Ben Belgacem later appeared at the bar where he had been the previous night, firing more shots and stealing another car before continuing on to the airport.He had been investigated in 2015 over suspicions he had radicalised while serving jail time, but his name did not feature on the list of those thought to pose a high risk.Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said Ben Belgacem appeared to have become caught up in a “sort of headlong flight that became more and more destructive”.Dozens of flights to and from Orly were cancelled during an hours-long shutdown after the incident, but by Sunday afternoon air traffic had returned to normal, a spokeswoman for the Paris airports authority said.The shooting took place on the second day of a visit to Paris by Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate, which was unaffected.‘I’ve screwed up’Ben Belgacem’s father told Europe 1 his son had called him after the first police shooting “in a state of extreme agitation”.last_img read more

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Jims all about branding

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram How did start your career in advertising and when did you join your current firm?I landed my first design job 18 years ago. I studied design and worked as a graphic designer. I went back to Uni and completed a BA in Advertising and a Diploma in Marketing at RMIT in Melbourne. I spent some time working in digital technologies and experienced the dot.com boom and crash first-hand; which was fun. I then found a focus in brand strategy and visual identity work, which eventually brought me to TANK. I joined my current firm a couple of years ago and I am currently one of three directors. Running a creative agency is exciting, as we get to be in a business which sells creativity and in turn, being creative is nourishing, definitely not boring,and innovative ideas make good business sense. At TANK we have ten staff with disciplines ranging from project managers, production managers and writers, to creative, graphic artists and strategists.Have you ever drawn your inspiration in advertising campaigns from your Greek background?I must say, no I haven’t. The difference between a designer and an artist is that one creates art and the other is paid to solve a business problem articulated in a brief.  Saying that, we do a large array of naming work (new businesses, new products, ventures etc.) and this requires quite a bit of research which naturally leads me to explore names of ancient Greek and Latin origin, amongst other avenues – most brand names are derived from Latin, Greek or amalgamations [and creations] of both.  I don’t know many notable Greeks in advertising or design other than George Lois in the USA who, for me, is famous for art directing Esquire Magazine between 1962 and 1972.What is the comparative advantage of your firm over the competition?We aren’t a graphic design studio or an advertising agency. The make up of our people, strategists, writers, art directors, designers, photographers and journalists makes us fall between the traditional design studio and advertising agency.  The one commonality we have with them is that we develop ideas for business growth through creative thinking. How is business currently?Exciting. With this economic downturn we’ve found that our clients are looking to be more accountable, and use their budgets more effectively – this in turn means that we have to be the same which can’t be a bad thing at all. Efficiency and accountability never really hurt anyone, especially not the bottom line. We’re finding that clients who are brave enough to see this economic downturn as an opportunity are the ones we’re attracting. I think in difficult times, customers will always look for confident brands to do business with.Name three of your favourite campaigns?Lonely Planet for it’s authenticity. Everything they publish comes with the promise that it was created sincerely for the benefit of the traveller.  Million by Sydney agency Droga5 is an idea to brand academic achievement for New York’s 1.1 million public school students that reinforces the link between school and success – it’s just brilliant. Monocle Magazine  for me is one of the 21st century emerging media brands – it syndicates it content across media platforms and knows its audience so very well. My favourite ad at the moment is Cadbury’s Gorilla, it’s simply focused on ‘joy’ as a concept and links that with the product, chocolate. Simple and effective.last_img read more

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DSHS Former Vancouver attorney exploited abused woman

first_imgThe Department of Social and Health Services has found by a preponderance of evidence that former Vancouver attorney MarCine Miller Miles financially exploited and mentally abused a vulnerable woman, whom she previously represented.The decision was reached Sept. 24 following a two-day administrative hearing in July, in which Miles appealed the initial findings by DSHS Adult Protective Services. Those initial findings were made in June 2017.Miles resigned from the Washington State Bar Association in lieu of disbarment in April 2017. Her resignation stemmed from an unrelated case, in which she altered an elderly woman’s will and bequeathed $10,000 to herself, according to the association’s findings. Miles denied wrongdoing.Among the findings in this case, DSHS found: Miles stole $4,657.11 from a 94-year-old former client, trespassed in the woman’s home, violated the Rule of Professional Conduct by using the woman’s financial information to commit theft, shared her private health information without her consent and harassed her.Miles’ attorney Josephine Townsend, speaking on Miles’ behalf, said her client does not agree with those findings.“She believes she acted in a manner to protect the interests of her friend whom she believed was being exploited by others,” Townsend wrote in an email Wednesday.last_img read more

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Chat live today about the local economy with WSUV faculty

first_imgWashington State University Vancouver faculty will participate in a live Web chat with Columbian.com users at 10:00 a.m. Friday April 13. Check out the chat page and sign up for an e-mail reminder.Join faculty in a discussion about the local economy and how it’s affected the way we live. Participants include Jane Cote, accounting; Dr. Tom Tripp, leadership and negotiations; Dr. Brian McTier, finance; Dr. Debre Sanders, taxes; Brian Routh, accounting; and Dr. Micheal Rabby, social media and digital expert.Sign up for an email reminder at www.columbian.com/chat, and come back on Friday to participate in the event. Login with Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or MySpace will be required to leave questions or comments, but anyone can watch the action.last_img

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This super house plant scrubs pollutants from your home

first_img 16 Photos Sci-Tech More plants Plant-robot hybrid can make its own way to sunny spots The best indoor plants to bring the outside in How to water your plants while you’re away According to the study, the unmodified plants didn’t affect the concentration of either gas much. But the modified plants changed the concentration of chloroform dramatically inside the tube, making it drop by 82 percent just after three days. By the sixth day, it was almost completely undetectable. The concentration of benzene also decreased thanks to the modified plants. By day eight, it dropped by an impressive 75 percent.”People haven’t really been talking about these hazardous organic compounds in homes, and I think that’s because we couldn’t do anything about them,” study author Stuart Strand said in a statement. “Now we’ve engineered houseplants to remove these pollutants for us.”The research team plans to add a protein to pothos plants that can break down another hazardous pollutant inside some homes: formaldehyde. This harmful compound is often found in wood flooring and cabinets. Tags Plug in your plants with these 15 connected garden gadgets (pictures)center_img Post a comment 0 CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The best place to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list this season.Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports. Houseplants do more than just add natural beauty to your abode. They also help clean the air.Enlarge ImageA University of Washington scientist tests genetically modified pothos ivy to see how fast the plant can break down harmful chemicals. Mark Stone/University of Washington Now, researchers at the University of Washington have improved the air-cleaning properties of one common household plant, the pothos ivy (epipremnum aureum).The team genetically modified pothos ivy to not only remove carcinogens such as chloroform and benzene from the air, but to synthesize a protein, called 2E1, that transforms these harmful compounds into molecules the plants use for their own growth.The researchers chose pothos ivy as the plant for modification because it grows well indoors in a variety of conditions. They detail their work in a new study published this week in Environmental Science & Technology. The scientists added benzene or chloroform gas to modified and non-modified plants in glass tubes. Over 11 days, they collected data on how each pollutant’s concentration changed.  Share your voicelast_img read more

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Garuda Etihad commence codeshare to Perth

first_imgJAKARTA JAKARTA New daily nonstop services between Perth and Jakarta. Frequency From Arrival 1740 2130 Departure Source = ETB News: N.J. 1615 DAILY DAILY PERTH PERTH GA724 Garuda Indonesia and Etihad Airways have launched their new codeshare service, with Garuda flights between Jakarta and Perth taking off today.Placing its Etihad code on the daily nonstop Garuda services, the flights to Western Australia will be served by the airline’s B737-800 Next Gen aircraft and will add an extra seven flights and an extra 2.184 seats per week between the two destinations.Garuda president and chief executive Emirsyah Satar said the nonstop services were part of the airline’s expansion program and is expected to boost inbound travel to Indonesia.“This new codeshare flight with Etihad Airways will give passengers the benefit of seamless travel and easy connectivity to both airline’s global networks,” he explained.Flights begin today, Thursday,28 June 2013 on the following schedule: Flight No. 1015 GA725 Tolast_img read more

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AustralianItalian Captain Alessandro Zanello to lead inaugural seaso

first_imgAustralian/Italian Captain, Alessandro Zanello to lead inaugural season of Silver MuseThe ship will be led by Australian, Italian Captain, Alessandro Zanello, the youngest officer ever to be appointed Captain on the Silversea fleetSilver Muse’s new top team draws on wealth of experience from across the line’s luxury vessels.Ahead of its Christening on 19 April 2017, Silversea has unveiled details of the first crew that will provide a bespoke service for guests onboard Silver Muse in its inaugural season. Silver Muse will be led by Australian, Italian Captain, Alessandro Zanello, the youngest Officer ever to be appointed Captain on the Silversea fleet.Captain Zanello has been a part of Silversea since 1999 and in that time has worked onboard all ships in the Silversea fleet. Silver Muse will be the second inaugural ship voyage Zanello has worked on during his 18 years with Silversea, having been second-in-command for the launch of Silver Spirit in 2009. The son of an Italian father and Australian mother, Alessandro spent many of his childhood holidays in Sydney, Australia.The galley will be led by Executive Chef Anne-Mari Cornelius, who joined Silversea in 2005 and has worked onboard two Silver Whisper world cruises as Executive Chef. Cornelius will oversee all galley staff and be responsible for maintaining Silversea’s high culinary standards across the eight onboard restaurants.Additionally, Cruise Director Jimmy Kovel will oversee activities and entertainment onboard the ship during its inaugural season. This includes culinary demonstrations and performances by the Voices of Silversea in the theatre, Venetian Lounge, and the smooth jazz and blues entertainment in the intimate Silver Note restaurant. Kovel has worked for Silversea since 2009 onboard Silver Shadow, Silver Cloud and Silver Wind.Amber Wilson, Managing Director Asia Pacific, said: “As the launch of Silver Muse draws closer, we are delighted to reveal details of the dedicated and highly experienced crew who will welcome both new and returning Silversea guests on Silver Muse, offering an unparalleled level of personalised and polished service.”Other key members of the Silver Muse team include Staff Captain, Sergio Topazio; Chief Engineer, Michele Barone and Hotel Director, Paolo Percivale.Calling at 34 countries and 130 ports in 2017 alone, Silver Muse will redefine ocean travel, enhancing the small-ship intimacy with spacious all-suite accommodations that are the hallmarks of the Silversea experience. The addition of Silver Muse will expand Silversea’s fleet to nine ships and will, once again significantly raise the bar in the ultra-luxury cruise market.Source = Silversealast_img read more

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Heathrow unveils golden royal luggage trolley

first_imgTo celebrate the first birthday of Terminal 2: The Queen’s Terminal, and the British airport’s associations with the monarchy, Heathrow has unveiled a unique golden luggage trolley modelled on state coaches used by the Queen.Heathrow’s golden trolley is a baggage palace on wheels, complete with gilded frame, ornate sculptures, heraldic lions and baroque cherubs design. Hand-carved oak wheels, gold-plated crystal lanterns, Union Jack flags and an original Heathrow Coat of Arms also feature as part of the design.When the trolley handle is pressed ‘God Save The Queen’ plays from speakers, filling Terminal 2 with Britain’s national anthem. Handcrafted by British designers the trolley uses Her Majesty’s collection of carriages, pantheons, broughams and barouches for design inspiration, including both the famous Gold State Coach and newer Diamond Jubilee Coach. The designers have transformed a regular Heathrow luggage trolley into the golden birthday showpiece.Normand Boivin, Heathrow’s Chief Operating Officer said, “Heathrow is a proudly British airport. Exactly one year ago today, Terminal 2 officially opened its doors. We wanted to commemorate this proud occasion by providing our passengers with an eccentric and quintessentially British addition to the terminal.  We have a long association with Her Majesty that stretches right back to our beginnings when the Queen opened the first passenger terminal and we wanted to celebrate the birthday milestone with a symbol of this.”last_img read more

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11 Metros With RecordSetting Home Values

first_img Home Values Housing Markets Zillow 2016-03-25 Staff Writer 11 Metros With Record-Setting Home Values March 25, 2016 472 Views With the days of the recession well in the rearview, housing markets have experienced dramatic growth in home values, and some market values have surpassed previous all-time highs set during the housing bubble.Zillow’s February Real Estate Market Report found that homes are worth more than ever before in 26 percent in U.S. housing markets, which shows that these markets are close to a full recovery.”These new records mean we’re no longer making up ground lost during the housing recession—we’re laying a new path forward, based on demand for housing and economic growth throughout the economy” said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell. “In some markets, these new highs are a return to normalcy. The fact that other markets are still off by double digits may not mean those markets are far from being recovered. It just highlights how extraordinarily inflated home values had been during the housing bubble.”According to Zillow’s Home Value Index, in February, home values increased 4.3 percent year-over-year to $184,600, but remains 5.9 percent the record median home value set in mid-2007.Zillow identified 11 markets where home values have reached and/or surpassed their previous all-time high:Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas ($180,700)Houston, Texas ($170,800)Boston, Massachusetts ($387,400)San Francisco, California ($792,600)Denver, Colorado ($326,300)Portland, Oregon ($315,800)Charlotte, North Carolina ($159,000)San Antonio, Texas ($148,800)Columbus, Ohio ($152,300)San Jose, Carolina ($938,700)Austin, Texas ($245,500)Southern housing markets, especially in Texas and Tennessee, completely outdid their previous median home value highs. Dallas set a new record at $180,700 in February, up 13.7 percent year-over-year, and Nashville home values increased 9.5 percent to a median of $189,100, the report showed.Although home values and home prices are rising at a rapid pace but inventory remains low, making it “difficult to buy a home in many markets, especially for renters trying to save for a down payment amongst historically high rental costs,” Zillow said. Rents are rising at 2.6 percent year-over-year and Zillow expects rent will continue to slow significantly over the next year.Click here to view the full report.center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Market Studies, News Sharelast_img read more

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