Bharat song Slow Motion: Salman Khan and Disha Patani sizzle in new party anthem

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiApril 25, 2019UPDATED: April 25, 2019 13:17 IST Salman Khan will play a daredevil circus performer in this phase of the film, while Disha will be playing the role of a trapeze artist.After releasing a 20-second teaser of Bharat’s new song Slow Motion on Wednesday, Salman Khan today released the song. In the song, Salman Khan is seen portraying the role of a stuntman working in a circus set in 1964. Disha Patani looks smokin hot in a yellow sultry saree. The song has peppy beats and entertaining lyrics.Salman Khan took to his social media handles to release the song. He wrote, “Aaja doob jaoon teri aankhon ke ocean mein, slow motion’ mein!”Aaja doob jaoon teri aankhon ke ocean mein, slow motion’ mein!#SlowMotionSong – https://t.co/SCHRMVZDeN@Bharat_TheFilm @aliabbaszafar @atulreellife @itsBhushanKumar @DishPatani @shreyaghoshal @VishalDadlani @ShekharRavjiani @AzizNakash @Irshad_Kamil @VMVMVMVMVM @nikhilnamitSalman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) April 25, 2019Composed and sung by Vishal and Shekhar, the song features Nakash Aziz and Shreya Ghoshal. The lyrics of the song are penned by Irshad Kamil. Slow Motion starts in typical Bhaijaan style with Salman saying, “Saal tha 1964, daur tha Great Russian Circus ka aur waqt tha humari rangeen jawani ka. (The year was 1964, era of Great Russian Circus and the time of my colourful youth.)”Like any other Salman Khan song, this one also is owned by the actor, where he can be seen in his jovial best. Disha Patani’s sexy moves are also one of the highlights of the song. The entire song is shot in a circus setup and the actors are seen jumping, hanging and performing aerial stunts.Watch the song here: Salman Khan will be seen donning five looks in the Ali Abbas Zafar directorial. Going by Salman Khan’s looks in the song, it seems it is set in 1960s. In a yellow sari, Disha Patani is looking like a sultry diva. The song is composed by Vishal-Shekhar and lyrics have been penned by Irshad Kamil.advertisementBharat is an adaptation of the Korean film An Ode To My Father. Apart from Salman and Disha, it stars Katrina Kaif, Tabu and Sunil Grover as well. In the film, Salman sports five different looks.Bharat will release on Eid, June 5.Watch the trailer here:ALSO READ | Salman Khan and Disha Patani in Bharat song Slow Motion teaser is just Sultan’s 440 VoltALSO READ | Bharat director Ali Abbas Zafar: Salman Khan is a deep, mature and beautiful actorAlso Read | Bharat new poster: Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif take you 30 years back in timeALSO READ | Katrina Kaif looks as fresh as ever in the latest still from Salman Khan’s BharatALSO WATCH | Katrina Kaif talks about her experience being a superstarGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJyoti Kanyal Tags :Follow Salman KhanFollow BharatFollow Disha PataniFollow slow motion Bharat song Slow Motion: Salman Khan and Disha Patani sizzle in new party anthemThe latest song of Bharat, Slow Motion, has hit the internet. Salman Khan took to his social media handles to release the song.advertisementlast_img read more

Off the Beaten Path in Cartagena, Colombia

first_img The Best Lodges in the U.S. for Drinking and Relaxing Welcome to the Botanist Bar, Canada’s Most Extraordinary Cocktail Bar Cartagena is kinda like this—go out looking for one thing, and probably—happily—find another. Want some ceviche? You should head to La Cevicheria, but don’t be surprised if you end up being side tracked by the palliative scent of the street food (arepas are a must). Searching for some ice creme (suggested: La Paletteria) and you might wind up spending an hour or so shopping handmade textiles and leather goods, especially if you walk down Calle San Juan de Dios. Heading for a romantic stroll along the city walls, where lovers and artists both like to chill in the breeze of the sea? That could easily be postponed if you allow yourself to be beguiled by hidden balcony bars like El Balcon atop Plaza de San Diego.I had hopped on the new-ish 4.5 hour direct flight Jet Blue offers between New York City and the coastal, Caribbean city of Cartagena to check out the old quarter’s newest independent boutique hotel—Casa San Agustin, but in the process stumbled upon Demente….which I think might be starting something.Opened just last week, Demente is a tapas bar and restaurant found on mostly deserted Plaza la Trinidad in the Getsemaní district, (the downtown, nightlife oriented version of the adjacent, day-centric old quarter). Think…sting ray wings in brown butter, oxtail burgers, stuffed pig cheeks, outdoor seating, ice cold beer and a refurbished colonial ruin decked with sleek modern trimmings.We found the place while ambling around the Getsemaní with some of the fine people who work for Casa San Agustin, late one afternoon on a hunt for some ceviche, and spotted a lot of activity centered around a nondescript wooded door at one of the corners of the square. It wasn’t hard to see because the only other businesses on La Trinidad are make shift food vendors and the mats of handmade jewelry travelers.Soon seated inside, we were smoking some cuban cigars and drinking Aguila draft beer from one of the few taps in town (Cartagena is sadly void of such things) while chatting with owner Nicolas Wisner. He may have been readying the bar for its official opening, but he welcomed us to stay, along with some curious neighborhood locals who had also been poking their heads in. “Come in…it’s alright,” He’d say to every new face that dared peer past the door, and within minutes we were guests at spontaneous fiesta.That’s just the vibe that will undoubtedly make Demente a success. “I want locals and tourists to both feel comfortable here,” says Wisner, a native of Bogota. And he means it literally—all of the chairs, save the stools at the bar, are rocking chairs. And take for instance the daily changing menu—sourced each morning from the local market and priced favorably for all, with plates ranging from 6000 to 16000 Colombian Pesos ($3.50-$10).The place is uniquely local, decidedly modern and manages to live in the worlds of both. Beneath the open air roof (perfect for the cuban cigars on the menu), the exposed brick walls and wooden beams hint at what the original structure looked like. Now the walls are dotted with mirrored images of people like Einstein, Dali, Karl Marx, Andy Warhol, Woody Wood Pecker and Michael Jackson, “It’s random but they’re all kind of demented,” Wisner explains. More dementia? The plates themselves feature different lines from Raul Gomez Jottin—local crazy-man/celebrated poet, who used to sleep in the city’s parks before he got, uh, hit by a bus.Having grown up in Bogota, Wisner, now aged 35, did the corporate thing, hated it, traveled to Spain where he cut his chops within the tapas restaurants in Madrid’s famed tapas-centric La Latina quarter all while getting schooled in professional cooking at Le Cordon Bleu. The name Demente is derived from his Madrileno favorite place to “tapear“—Juana la Loca. Finally, it was time to come back to Colombia and in Cartagena’s Getsemaní he came upon colonial ruin and began to build his dream.“There’s this great neighborhood feel in the Getsemaní,” he says, “I knew when I came here that this is where I wanted to be.”  La Trinidad is quiet and set a few blocks back from the boisterous main action of the neighborhood that’s centered around must visit places like La Havana (of Hillary Clinton salsa dancing fame) and Bazurto Social Club. With the coming of Demente in Plaza La Trinidad, could La Latina be getting a little Colombian cousin? There’s still not much back here by the La Trinidad, but that’s sure to change.Classic Caribbean, salsa and American soul tunes mingle with funk and reggae through the sound system as the still unopened restaurant fills with locals and a few passer byers. Wisner continues to welcome them all.Night settles in and out on La Trinidad, some performers have gathered. A few backpackers, neighborhood people and intrepid tourists gather to watch. The scent of street food wafts by, a cat runs across the street, it’s humid and everything is tinted yellow by the glow of the street lights. Plaza la Trinidad undulates between it’s prime spot as the rising face of the Getsemani and a faded antique photo. They should name an Instragram filter after it.It’s only a 15 minute or so walk back to Casa San Agustin, where I’m glad to be after the impromptu cigar and beer session. The hotel’s 24 rooms are stochastically situated throughout the refurbished colonial era structure—a series of frescos, exposed original walls and libraries. It’s almost like being inside of your own, very posh, home, except that I keep getting lost.We head to Alma, the hotel’s restaurant and get down on chef Juan Pablo Henao’s exquisite menu of international fusion and sea food and soon I’m nestled in the luxurious expanse of the king sized bed in the quiet confines of my room.I’m thinking of the map I have of the city—of all the restaurants, bars, hotels and attractions that are neatly, and rightfully, pointed out. Demente over in Plaza La Trinidad will be on that map soon, I note, but until then, it’s delightfully off the beaten path.Jet Blue operates Friday morning flights to Cartagena and returns on Tuesday afternoon.Demete opened on March 21st 2013 on Plaza La Trinidad. Daily hours are 4pm-2am. No phone or website. Tip: Ask for a seat at the bar and you’ll receive a discount on the listed menu prices.Casa San Agustin opened in November, 2012. Rooms start at approx. $380/night and are absolutely divine. 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The Definitive Guidebook to Watches is Here

first_img The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functional 12 Classic Sci-Fi Novels Everyone Who Likes Reading Should Read The Best Casio Watches For Every Occasion This is not an average book about watches. “Comprehensive” is an understatement. In fact, The Wristwatch Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Mechanical Watches, by Ryan Schmidt, makes the case that it is the definitive guide to analog timepieces.This is a heavy, 200-page+ encyclopedia uncovering every possible mechanic of fine watches. At every turn, it’s clear Schmidt carefully researched the subject with painstakingly accurate detail.Unless you’re a major watch collector/enthusiast, it’s more information than you would ever need to know. However, it’s an incredibly handsome book and the images alone make it a worthy addition to any coffee table lineup. Just perusing through to enjoy the clean lines of traditional diving and nautical watches is a real treat. The following section about world time zone pieces reveals some incredible colors and complications not seen outside luxury settings.As I was reading, I found myself picking and re-picking dream watches I’d love to own (or at least wear once). I eventually settled on the Hublot Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Chrono King Gold Carbon. Specially designed for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, it has a two-level display for keeping track of both halves of a soccer match and any extra time. It’s limited to 200 pieces, costs more than my car, and is an absolute stunner.Another fascinating concept is a section about analog alarms known as “chiming complications”. In our modern world of digital smartphone reminders, it’s easy to forget there are still a number of manufacturers creating alarms set by hand. An incredible picture breakdown of how the mechanism works starts the chapter followed by more first-class examples (including the Girard-Perregaux Opera 2, which has four hammers and four gongs that can be set separately).Even just a casual skim through the book will have you ready to jump into collecting. The Handbook is a dedication to the art of timepieces and illustrates a level of appreciation any major enthusiast in any hobby could understand.Invest in your copy here.last_img read more

Navig8 Raises Cash to Order Additional VLCCs

first_imgzoom Navig8 Crude Tankers Inc has concluded secondary private placement and raisedUSD 245 million at a subscription price of USD 13.50 per share.The Private Placement money will be used to boost VLCC orderbook with six (6) additional newbuild orders as well as the existing eight (8) VLCC newbuilds already ordered by the company at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries in Korea and Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. In China.After completion of the private placement the company is expected to have 34,891,346 shares in issue. The new shares are expected to be issued and delivered on or about 27 March 2014 (subject to fulfilment of closing conditions by that date).Navig8, March 21, 2014last_img read more

There was panic there was praying Two men rescued from flooded elevator

first_imgTORONTO – Two co-workers stranded in their office elevator while floodwaters from an intense rainstorm rose steadily to their necks used their fists and heads to force open a ceiling panel to call for help as Toronto police raced against the clock to save them.Klever Freire and Gabriel Otrin figured they were about five minutes away from drowning when officers managed to pull them to safety, bringing an end to a harrowing half hour that left both feeling shaken and thankful by turns.The dramatic rescue took place on Tuesday night as a slow-moving storm system drenched the city core while leaving the outskirts virtually dry.Freire, 34, and Otrin, 27, said their late-night ordeal triggered a range of emotions, but also sparked a basic survival instinct.“There was panic, there was praying, there was deciding that we were going to get out of there no matter what and then figuring out a way to do it,” Freire said on Wednesday.Their task wasn’t easy.The men said their troubles began when they were taking the elevator to the building’s basement parking lot to check on their vehicles after hearing reports of flooding.The elevator stopped a couple of metres below the first floor, the men said, and water began seeping in from the gaps between the closed door. The electronics on board were soon out of order, leaving Otrin and Freire without working buttons or a functional emergency phone.“We saw how quickly the water was coming in and we then realized that our lives were in danger,” said Freire.In a bid to get a signal on his cellphone, Otrin said he started using his fists to punch out a ceiling panel. He eventually tried pushing it up with his head, surprisingly finding he had more leverage that way.Freire also had a go at dislodging the panel, adding he was fearful of dropping the one cellphone on board and losing their best hope for a rescue.Eventually the two men said they succeeded in breaking the ceiling panel open and calling 911. As they shared their plight with dispatchers, however, they watched with growing alarm as the water inside the elevator crept even higher.By the time Const. Ryan Barnett and Const. Josh McSweeney arrived on the scene, the co-workers were nearly neck-high in the filthy water.The officers had a formidable fight on their hands too, they said, explaining that pressure from the rising waters made it difficult to open the doors to the basement and reach the stranded elevator.Once they succeeded, they faced the task of prying open the elevator door while treading water.“We can hear them inside screaming for help and saying the water was getting too high and that they needed us,” Barnett said. “We started trying to pull the door open, but the pressure was just too great.”McSweeney rushed upstairs for a pry bar, but even that operation was complicated by the fact that standard tools were too large for the unusually narrow opening in the elevator door.Otrin, who turned to prayer for solace, said he felt confident his time to die had not yet come.Freire said his thoughts were consumed by family.“I was mainly thinking about my daughter,” he said. “I was supposed to go pick her up two hours earlier to go for a movie, but I wasn’t able to … (the experience) was a little bit eye-opening in terms of what matters.”Eventually the two officers forced open the elevator and pulled the men to safety.That was when Otrin said the gravity of the situation truly hit him.“The water outside the elevator was actually slightly higher than what was in the elevator, ” he said. “We had about five minutes left until it would have reached the ceiling.”The co-workers had high praise for the officers, though the constables themselves downplayed their roles.“I think any officer in the situation would have done the exact same thing,” Barnett said. “Police officers do this for this reason — to save people.”Freire and Otrin’s experience was among the most dramatic in a rash of rescue efforts prompted by the storm.Capt. Michael Westwood of Toronto Fire Services said firefighters responded to 638 calls on Tuesday, about 98 per cent more than usual. From midnight to 8 a.m. Wednesday, call volumes soared to 137 per cent above average.“(There were) people trapped in cars because they tried to drive through deep water,” he said. “Water was, a lot of times, more than a metre high on roadways.”Vincent Ng witnessed one such roadside rescue while walking home.He came upon a line of stranded vehicles, including one taxi with a driver inside who was shouting for help.“(The cabbie) was trying to break the window with his fists and elbows,” Ng said. “(The firemen) climbed up on top of the car and tried to smash the front window, then moved to the back window and smashed that and got the guy out eventually. There was a round of applause.”The downpour also resulted in flooding in the subway system — causing numerous delays — and caused leaks at Toronto City Hall.Mayor John Tory commended city staff and first responders for their efforts and singled out Barnett and McSweeney.“These stories remind us of the professionalism and bravery of our first responders and that Toronto is a caring city that will stand together in times of need,” he said.Environment Canada said another system was forecast to bring up to 30 millimetres of rain for the city by Wednesday night.— with files from Alan Black and Alanna Rizza.last_img read more

WilsonRaybould can speak about SNCLavalin affair at committee Trudeau

first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould will be permitted to speak publicly about some of the details of the SNC-Lavalin affair.Trudeau is telling the House of Commons that the government will waive some of the solicitor-client privilege and cabinet confidences that have so far kept Wilson-Raybould silent.Trudeau says she would be able to address “relevant matters” when questioned by members of the Commons justice committee while also ensuring two active court cases involving Quebec-based engineering firm SNC-Lavalin are not jeopardized.Wilson-Raybould sent a letter to the chair of the committee today saying she is anxious to appear, but wants to hold off scheduling an appearance until clarity has been reached about what she is legally allowed to share.She says once she has that clarity, she will appear at the first available opportunity.Wilson-Raybould also asked that she be allowed to make an extended opening statement lasting about 30 minutes when she does appear so she can offer her best recollections of all relevant communications she had on the SNC-Lavalin affair.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Former sex trade worker talks about Canadas new prostitution laws

first_imgAPTN National NewsJustice minister Peter McKay says the Canada’s new prostitution laws will keep women safe.A former sex trade worker in Winnipeg talks to APTN about whether the new law will do that.APTN’s Ntawnis Piapot.last_img

North American stocks notch modest gains loonie up against US dollar

first_imgCanada’s main stock index notched a small gain Monday as sectors outside of commodities rose while easing geopolitical tensions helped U.S. markets advance.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 26.41 points at 15,300.38, as losses in energy and metal stocks countered gains across much of the rest of market including health-care, real estate, and industrials.The gains came after recent U.S. and allied airstrikes on Syria did not appear to increase tensions in the area, said Allan Small, a senior investment adviser at HollisWealth.“They had the airstrikes over in Syria, and at least for now, tensions with Russia don’t seem to be there,” said Small.He said that the lack of reaction has markets, especially in the U.S., focusing instead on the early results from earnings season.“Because there was nothing retaliatory from Russia or whoever, markets thought it was a-ok and started to move up, positively trading on what it should be trading on, which is earnings and strength of the U.S. economy and the global economy, versus rhetoric, which is unfortunately what the market has been trading on for the past little while.”In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed up 212.90 points at 24,573.04. The S&P 500 index ended up 21.54 points at 2,677.84 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 49.63 points at 7,156.28.Small said the easing of tensions in the Middle East also helped push oil prices and stocks lower, with the May crude contract ending down US$1.17 cents at US$66.22 per barrel.“With oil, it’s the perception that’s more powerful than reality, and at the end of the day, if there is some fear in that area or region of the world, it’s going to cause oil to move higher. So maybe some of that came off today.”The Canadian dollar averaged 79.50 cents US, up 0.12 of a US cent. The May natural gas contract was up two cents to US$2.75 per mmBTU.The June gold contract closed up US$2.80 to US$1,350.70 an ounce and the May copper contract ended up three cents at US$3.10 a pound.Resolute Forest Products Inc. saw its share price climb 22 cents, or 1.74 per cent, to $12.89 after Unifor said it had reached a tentative deal with the company that would serve as a pattern agreement for future negotiations.last_img read more

UN Capital Development Fund signs agreement to expand microfinance education

The Microfinance Distance Learning course (MFDL), developed for the web, distance learning and classrooms by the UNCDF, includes advice and best practices drawn from successful examples across the developing world.Under the new agreement, the existing course will be further developed by SUNY so that it can be delivered to broader audiences, both in the United States and in other countries.Henriette Keijzers, interim Executive Secretary at UNCDF, said the partnership with SUNY offered another boost to building more inclusive financial sectors.“Our UNCDF microfinance colleagues invested a lot of time, energy and resources into developing this programme,” she said. “The intention was to promote knowledge of microfinance to as broad an audience as possible, which is now happening through partnerships like this one with SUNY.”The agreement could lead to partnerships with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), governments and development agencies, with the goal of offering training programmes on microfinance. Symposia for academics and businesspeople are also being planned.Set up by the General Assembly in 1966, UNCDF is affiliated with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and tasked with providing investment capital, capacity building and technical advisory services to promote microfinance and local development in the world’s poorest countries. 5 March 2008The United Nations Capital Development (UNCDF) and the State University of New York (SUNY) today signed a deal to expand a microfinance training programme that aims to help poor people in developing countries enjoy greater access to financial services. read more

Memorial Walk on Sunday for health promoter

A memorial walk will be held Sunday in Simcoe for a Haldimand-Norfolk Health unit employee who died of cancer in February at age 47.The walk for health promoter Michele Crowley is organized by Norfolk Pathways for People (P4P), of which she was the co-ordinator since the group’s inception in 2007.Walkers can meet at Simcoe Lions Park at 2 p.m. and stroll on the Norfolk Sunrise Trail.  The event is free.P4P is a community coalition that advocates for the development and improvement of connected trails and pathways in Norfolk County. The group also promotes the regular use of trails, sidewalks, and roadways for health, recreation and active transportation. They host two trail events per year to introduce the public to Norfolk’s extensive trail system.Along with her husband, Rob Luke, and their dog, Normandale, Crowley enjoyed walking and riding the Norfolk pathways she helped to enhance.“Michele will be missed by her friends, family, professional colleagues and the entire community as she was a person who made a difference in all who came in contact with her,” said Luke.Donations in memory of Crowley enabled the purchase and installation on the Lynn Valley Trail of a memorial bench and plaque, which will be dedicated on Sunday.“She always had a big smile on her face, fearlessly led trail walks (in any weather), and had the best sense of humour with a contagious laugh,” said Michelle Lyne, health unit program manager.For more information about the walk, contact Julie Richardson at the health unit at 519-426-6170, ext. 3239, or at julie.richardson@hnhss.ca.Learn more about Pathways for People at norfolkpathways.ca or on Facebook facebook.com/NorfolkP4P/. read more

Source London to deliver 1300 public charge points by 2013

London’s first city-wide electric charge point network and membership scheme has been launched by Boris Johnson. Source London is now the capital’s largest charging network, with 150 new charge points operating under a single scheme.By 2013, the scheme will operate at least 1,300 points across the capital, more than the number of petrol stations currently in London, ensuring the infrastructure is in place to support a significant increase in the number of electric vehicles on the road.Annual membership of Source London is £100, enabling card holders to charge-up at any Source London point as many times as required. The company is also working with other regions to help drive the creation of a UK-wide charge point network.The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said, “I want to rapidly accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles and make London the epicentre of electric driving in Europe. Increasing numbers of motorists are opting for cleaner, greener electric transport, delivering a host of benefits to the driver including a 100% Congestion Charge discount. This is set to deliver considerable environmental benefits to our city.“Through Source London we want to give drivers the confidence that they can plug into this fantastic new motoring technology. We are working with a mighty coalition of motor manufacturers and private sector partners as well as London’s boroughs to ensure we create world-class support for electric motoring.”The creation of an electric vehicle network is in line with the Mayor’s pledge to promote quality of life by reducing pollution and CO2 emissions.Click through to download SMMT’s Electric Car Guide. Click through to find out more about Source London.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

The Utah Jazz Might Just Be For Real

Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (March 22, 2018), Neil, Chris and Kyle break down the Houston Rockets’ potential. Has James Harden all but locked up the MVP award this year? And is a Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors Western Conference final inevitable? Next, the Utah Jazz are on an impressive tear, moving up in the playoff rankings despite a crowded field. The crew discusses the Jazz’s success and breaks down the unique challenges facing a small-market team. Plus, a significant digit on the Boston Celtics.Here are links to what the podcast discussed this week:Keep an eye on our 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.Kyle wrote about the Houston Rockets this week, asking: Why can’t they be the Warriors?The Atlanta Hawks ended the Utah Jazz’s nine-game win streak on Tuesday.Significant Digit: 1-and-884, the record (per ESPN Stats and Info) for NBA teams who trailed by 5 or more points in the final 20 seconds of a game this season. The Boston Celtics are the only team to have won. They stunned the Oklahoma City Thunder Tuesday night by overcoming a 5-point deficit with 16.8 seconds to go. Embed Code By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed read more

Woolly mammoth will be back from extinction within two years say Harvard

first_imgWorld-renowned geneticist Prof George Church and his team at Harvard University have been working for the past two years on recreating the DNA blueprint of the mammoth. By splicing the mammoth genes into the genome of an elephant embryo, the team believe they can recreate a mammoth-elephant hybrid, which would have all the recognisable features of… “Woolly mammoths” could be brought back from extinction within two years, the scientists behind a groundbreaking resurrection project have said. They have used DNA from mammoths that were preserved in Arctic permafrost to look for the genes that separated them from elephants, such as those with code for a shaggy coat, big ears and antifreeze blood.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Songs of Praise row as BBC accused of snubbing cathedral choir in

first_imgThe Bangor Cathedral Choir will not be in its usual place at the front of the church and will instead be sitting in the congregation Côr Glanaethwy came third in Britain's Got Talent The Bangor Cathedral Choir will not be in its usual place at the front of the church and will instead be sitting in the congregationCredit:Facebook Bangor Cathedral Choir features around 20 singers, and has been performing since the fourteenth century. It is made up of students from schools across the city as well as Choral Scholars from the University of Bangor. Several parents and choir members have complained to the cathedral’s governing body, and one parent claimed children have been ‘teased’ by students from the rival choir at school.Bangor Cathedral Choir usually sings traditional English hymns to a background of organ music, while Cor Glanaethwy frequently sings in Welsh, as well as performing pop songs on Britain’s Got Talent.The Telegraph understands Cor Glanaethwy will be signing in English and Welsh.The 167-piece choir made it to the finals of Britain’s Got Talent in 2015, and came third overall, and were tipped as favourites to win before the result. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “All the local choirs, including the Bangor Cathedral Choir, have been invited to be part of the congregation singing the hymns.”The BBC told The Telegraph it is common for the show to work with a number of choirs on location.The dean of Bangor cathedral, the Very Reverend Kathy Jones, said: “We are delighted that Songs of Praise are going to be recording at Bangor Cathedral and that a number of groups from the community are taking part.”Ysgol Glanaethwy has been contacted for comment.  They performed a Welsh-language version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah in the final of the reality television show, and lost to dog-and-human act Jules and Matisse.David Walliams, who was on the judging panel, said the choir made him feel “proud to be a quarter Welsh”, and Simon Cowell predicted they would win.Ysgol Glanaethwy, the school which produces the choir, runs acting and singing classes in Bangor. It rose to fame in 2008, when the choir took part in BBC 1’s Last Choir Standing show and came second. Côr Glanaethwy came third in Britain’s Got TalentCredit:Facebook Songs of Praise has been accused of “snubbing” a traditional cathedral choir in favour of Britain’s Got Talent finalists.The episode will be recorded at Bangor Cathedral on 5 March, and is due to be broadcast over the Easter weekend, which falls between 30 March and 2 April.Students from Bangor Cathedral Choir have been asked to sit in the congregation of their own church, with multiple other groups, as Cor Glanaethwy, a choir from a nearby performing arts school, takes centre stage.A young singer has described this choice as “disrespectful”, writing a letter to the the cathedral.The unnamed child wrote: “Songs of Praise is a Christian television programme, and cathedral choir is a Christian choir.”Yet the choir has not been asked to sing in Songs of Praise, which is a snub to the choir.”The BBC has defended its choice, saying it often works with multiple different choirs from the community, but some have said it is odd to choose a performing arts choir over a traditional Christian one for the Easter show. A BBC spokesperson said:  “Songs of Praise films in different cathedrals across the UK often working with a number of choirs in a location and on this occasion we are filming with Ysgol Glanaethwy. last_img read more

Risen sells out on Steam after publisher ran out of activation keys

first_imgAlthough there’s certainly some reasons to be critical of Valve‘s Steam digital delivery service, for the most part, it’s a boon to gamers, offering fantastic deals, DVD-free installs, a robust achievement and social networking system and more to anyone willing to sign up for a free account. But Steam is also a godsend to developers, who often find their lesser known titles on the brunt end of unexpected success after a well-timed Steam sale.Publisher Deep Silver recently discovered just how effective Steam could be in moving copies of a forgotten game. To relatively little fanfare and middling acclaim, Deep Silver released their RPG title Risen back in 2009. Recently, Deep Silver decided to put the game up for sale on Steam for 50% off its usual price: instead of costing $29.95, it would only cost $14.95.The result was far more epic than Deep Silver could possibly have expected. To say that Risen sold like gangbusters would be an understatement: Risen actually “sold out”… an impressive feat indeed for a digital download.What happened? Simple. Risen‘s success on Steam was so big that Deep Silver actually ran out of activation keys to give to customers, and so they had to temporarily pull the title.Absolutely amazing. There’s a lot of criticism of digital delivery for its inclusion of DRM, but the bright side is stories like this: games that have languished getting new life through Steam, and gamers being able to discover a title that might have escaped their notice the first time around. Way to go, Valve!Read more at Deep Silverlast_img read more

Nudity isnt a problem Playboy magazine is bringing back pictures of naked

first_img Short URL Feb 14th 2017, 7:55 AM By Garreth MacNamee http://jrnl.ie/3238581 25,477 Views Image: AP/Press Association Images 97 Comments Share22 Tweet Email4 center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘Nudity isn’t a problem’: Playboy magazine is bringing back pictures of naked women The magazine had gone less than a year without publishing nude women. Image: AP/Press Association Images The magazine became famous for its ‘playmates’ Source: Joe Coomber/PAHe said the idea behind the magazine was that while these topics were popular in people’s minds, they were almost never spoken about in public or discussed over dinner or drinks at cocktail parties around the country.Hefner added: “Nonetheless, many misinterpreted that message or missed it entirely, choosing instead to focus on the magazine’s unapologetic portrayal of nudity and its revolutionary approach to sex, including conversations about the act itself. And this is the ultimate irony, given that sex is figuratively the big bang behind your existence, my existence, all of conscious existence and civilisation itself.”The decision to get rid of nudes came after a top editor of the magazine met with its founder Hugh Hefner at the Playboy Mansion, according to chief executive Scott Flanders.Playboy’s then revamped print edition still included photographs of women in provocative poses.They just won’t be nude anymore, Flanders told The New York Times, adding that such pictures have become “passe” in the internet age.“You’re now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free. And so it’s just passe at this juncture,” he said.Read: Playboy covering up nudes has nothing to do feminism and more to do with dwindling sales >Read: Most older people are having sex on a regular basis > ICONIC MAGAZINE PLAYBOY is to bring back pictures of naked women after admitting getting rid of the steamy photos was a mistake.The magazine, which was launched in 1953, decided last year that they were to stop printing nudes as the proliferation of internet pornography made Playboy’s nude photos “passe”, according to their chief executive at the time.However, in a quick U-Turn, Hugh Hefner’s son Cooper, who is now the magazine’s chief creative officer, said that the decision to remove nudity from the magazine was a mistake.In a statement, he said “I’ll be the first to admit that the way in which the magazine portrayed nudity was dated, but removing it entirely was a mistake. Nudity was never the problem because nudity isn’t a problem. Today, we’re taking back our identity and reclaiming who we are.”In a piece he wrote for the magazine’s website, Cooper Hefner said Playboy was always about “promoting a healthy conversation about sex while also encouraging dialogue on social, philosophical and religious opinions”. Tuesday 14 Feb 2017, 7:55 AMlast_img read more

Aramark launches campaign encouraging staff to take 15minute stressfree breaks

first_imgFood services organisation Aramark Northern Europe has launched a month-long mental wellbeing campaign encouraging employers and employees to take 15-minute breaks during their working day.Aramark’s ‘Take15’ campaign, which will run through October 2018, is aimed at the organisation’s 18,000 employees in northern Europe, as well as clients and customers. The goal is to encourage people to take time out away from computers, phones and emails and reconnect with fellow employees.Frank Gleeson, president of Aramark Northern Europe, said: “Our mission is to enrich and nourish lives and we understand that a healthy workforce is a happier and more productive workforce. When employees take breaks at work, they become less fatigued and have more energy.“Short breaks also increase our ability to focus and problem solve, reducing stress levels, so it makes sense for everyone to take 15 minutes to relax and clear their head during the day.”The organisation is encouraging employees to use their 15 minutes in a number of ways, including scheduling a team break for coffee or healthy snacks, planning a walk, spending time with a ‘break partner’, playing cards, reading a book or listening to music.Aramark has also organised stress awareness webinars and workshops, running until the end of November, and has produced a range of promotional materials, such as a video, a booklet with practical tips, posters and an interactive competition.Elbha Purcell, head of dietetics and wellbeing for Aramark Northern Europe, said: “Anyone can suffer from mental or emotional health problems. Over the past few years, people have become far more conscious of the importance of mental health in the work and study environment and, as a result, more focused on incorporating tools into their daily routines to help develop their mental and emotional resilience.“With this in mind we developed our 2018 campaign to focus on mindfulness exercises, along with the importance of a healthy diet, and providing practical tips on how to take 15.”last_img read more

Kendall man accused of assaulting 2 women with pipe

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A South Florida man accused of assaulting two women who live next to him faced a judge, Friday.Seventy-two-year-old Herbert Rose appeared in bond court, Friday.He was charged with aggravated assault and misdemeanor battery.Police said Rose attacked his two neighbors with a PVC pipe at their apartment building, located near Southwest 82nd Street and 79th Avenue in Kendall.He is also accused of making several discriminatory comments toward the victims.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more