first_imgDedicated e-readers like Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook are coming under increasing pressure from mobile phones and tablet devices like the iPad. According to the latest research from Informa Telecoms & Media, sales of e-readers with broadband connections will peak in 2014, as users decide to opt for multi-purpose devices like the iPad. According to Informa, the best way for e-reader manufacturers to survive is to focus on cheap devices that don’t feature built-in wireless connectivity.The Real Question: E-Paper or LCD Displays?Many readers swear by e-paper displays that look and “feel” more like regular paper than traditional computer displays. These e-paper displays don’t need backlighting and consume far less power than tablets that use back-lighted displays. A number of e-paper manufacturers are working hard on developing color displays with faster refresh rates that will allow Kindle-like devices to compete with the feature set of tablets. The question, of course, is if users will really flock to low-end e-readers or if they will opt for more expensive multi-purpose devices like the iPad instead. In the near future, some of these tablets will likely feature more advanced e-paper displays that will combine the best of both worlds, though they will probably cost about the same as an iPad. The Disadvantages of Dedicated E-ReadersFor now, however, these advanced displays aren’t ready for the consumer market, while tablets are getting more market share and iPad apps like Wired’s new magazine app get a chance to show the advantages of tablet computers. A number of universities have experimented with the Kindle as a textbook reader, and it’s quickly becoming clear that today’s e-readers aren’t ready for this market, as students ask for a more flexible devices that are more akin to tablet computers than a dedicated e-readers.Sony ExpandsThis study comes on the same day that Sony announced its plans to expand the availability of its e-reader to Japan, China, Australia and a number of European countries. Asia is one of the fastest growing markets for e-readers, so this move definitely makes sense. With its low-end e-readers, Sony will be in a good position if Informa’s predictions turn out to be true. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#E-Books#NYT#web center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting frederic lardinois 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

first_imgUse experimental ambient royalty-free tracks to put your project in the same category as today’s most talked-about films in 2019.Superheroes will always rise and fall to the sounds of bombastic brass sections, and we will always cheer. The historical figures of high-brow Oscar-bait will always live and die to the sounds of sweeping strings, and we will always weep accordingly.While there’s obviously nothing wrong with using a traditional score to support your footage, today’s most groundbreaking productions are approaching movie music from a more experimental place. Content creators looking to stand out and push the boundaries of storytelling should take note — and then explore the curated playlist of mood-altering ambient royalty-free tracks at the end of this post.Image via s_maria.Experimental Film Scores: A Brief HistoryUsing music in a way that makes it almost more of a character than a complement is certainly trending, and it’s an approach that’s been building steam for a while. Lalo Schifren’s soundtrack to THX 1138 features long, droning passages that mirror the drug-induced emotional flatness experienced by the citizens of George Lucas’s stark dystopian future. 1978’s Jubilee (in which a time-hopping Queen Elizabeth I visits punk-rock London) boasts a score by avant-garde legend Brian Eno.2007’s There Will Be Blood saw Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood use screeching, dissonant violins to express the unnerving desperation that defined Paul Thomas Anderson’s brutal West. Soon after, David Fincher forged a creative partnership with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross that stretched across The Social Network (2010), The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011), and Gone Girl (2014). The results were soundtracks that felt more like moods than music.In recent years, experimental ambient scores have become de rigueur for smart genre filmmakers. Mica Levi’s score to 2014’s Under the Skin is as atonal as Scarlett Johansson’s character is alien, while Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow’s music for 2015’s Ex Machina and 2018’s Annihilation translates Alex Garland’s visions of isolation and body horror into sound.Image via best_vector.Before his untimely death in 2018, Jóhann Jóhannsson’s compositions for films like Prisoners, Sicario, and Arrival earned him a reputation as an innovative new force in film scores. Regarding Jóhannsson’s work on 2018’s Mandy, Andy Beta of Pitchfork said, “the late composer and experimental musician revels in extreme sounds, delving into black metal, menacing ambient, doom drone, and piercing orchestrations.”There’s a good chance that the next milestone in this tinnitus-inducing timeline will be July 2019’s Midsommar from director Ari Aster. After tasking Colin Stetson to compose the abrasive white-knuckle soundtrack to 2018’s Hereditary, Aster tapped Bobby Krlic — aka The Haxan Cloak — to score his sophomore effort. The Midsommar press release promises “wordless, atonal, ritualistic songs” and reveals that Aster wrote his script to Krlic’s music. Pretty neat.If you’re ready to join today’s top film talent in getting experimental, dive into the playlist of experimental ambient tracks below. We’ve selected music to represent a lot of the vibes we mentioned above. Some are chill and melodic. Some are distinctly the opposite. Regardless, each of these royalty-free songs can be yours forever with a simple Standard License, and all of them present an opportunity to do something unexpected with your next project. Cover image via Stock_Good.Header image via GrooveZ.Playlist header image via best_vector.Looking for more royalty-free music playlists? Check these out.Creative Zeitgeist: 2019 Royalty Free Music Trends PlaylistMake Your Cuts Shine with Royalty-Free Transition MusicCreative Royalty-free Intro Music for Better Viewer EngagementFresh Tracks: Hear June’s Best New Royalty Free MusicRococo Romance: Give Your Video a Classical Cinematic Soundlast_img read more

first_imgThere are several stylistic and technological approaches to communicate information at a distance. We look at two: the zoom and the punch In.The ZoomThe zoom, of course, requires a telescopic lens to magnify the image. The camera is static so there won’t be any perspective changes. You can move the camera while zooming, a notable effect being the Hitchcock shot (a.k.a. the dolly zoom), but let’s focus on a static camera for this article.At its most basic, a zoom allows us to redirect and focus our audience’s attention within a single shot. A great example is the crash-zoom, often used in Hong Kong action cinema, and films harkening back to it. It emphasizes an action, introduces an imposing character, or adds weight to a character’s mood or emotion. Note its use in introducing Calvin Candy in Django Unchained.Here, we finally meet the man of much discussion — the slave master of Django’s wife. Once we see his face, it’s like nothing else in the world matters — all our attention is focused on him.In Clinton Jones’s short action film “Sleeping Dogs,” we see an excellent use of a crash-zoom-out. After our main character rolls back over the table, he steps up onto the counter, then turns and kicks an attacker in the face. The camera crash zooms out, whipping our view back to a wide angle, to see the kick to the face and the thwarted attacker’s painful reaction.Here, the crash-zoom whiplashes the audience, just as our hero’s kick whiplashes his foe. But the crash-zoom is a fairly unique type of zoom. What happens when we take our time and zoom in slowly?Now, zooming in and out can create very different emotions. Let’s zoom in first. As I said earlier, this redirects and focuses our audience’s attention, but when the focus of the zoom is a character, we create a new feeling — that our character’s point of view is becoming hyper-focused. Maybe the character is putting two and two together and their mind is coming closer to a solution or revelation. Or perhaps they’ve become focused on a goal, like Jack Torrance losing his mind and thinking he needs to kill his family to “correct them.”Zooming out creates isolation. The slower we zoom, the more we become aware just how far we are away from our target — both physically and situationally. It emphasizes the distance between us and them — between them and the world. If our character is in a crowd, we convey several things, either that they’re not unique, they’re one of many, or that no amount of people in the world can rid them of their isolation.The Punch InThe punch in is one of those frustrating “same but different” techniques, in relation to the zoom. Yes, they both accomplish the same objective of moving our audience closer to, or further from, a new focus. But the method is different and the resulting emotion can be, as well. The punch in is more direct. It literally cuts straight to the chase.Whereas the zoom accomplishes its goal in a single shot, the punch in requires (at minimum) two shots edited together. Check out this scene in Casino Royale where James Bond realizes that the fuel tanker is where his objective is.You could use a crash-zoom, but it might whiplash the audience, creating a more shocking feeling. A slow zoom would help convey that he has discovered the truth of the situation. But, we need something fast to keep the pace of the chase scene going — we need something punchier. We just need to quickly convey what James Bond has discovered and that it’s of critical importance. We don’t need to whiplash our audience, but we do want to surprise them, thus heightening the intensity of the scene.The punch in can also frighten us. With each cut, we draw closer and closer toward doom. A slow zoom can create dread, but a punch in can shock us, causing us to get closer to a state of panic.As we cut closer to the paranormal twins, we feel Danny’s impending doom.ExperimentationThe zoom and punch in have similar qualities. Like most things in art, a tool’s effectiveness relies on the artist. Experiment with each technique. Try shooting the same scene several different ways. Find a scene with a shocking revelation or dialogue, and use various versions of the zoom and the punch in. Does the crash zoom add weight to it or make it feel kind of hokey? Is the slow zoom too dramatic? Does the punch in ruin the pacing of the overall scene or shake it up in a necessary way? A dangerous approach can be having the technique you want in mind before even writing the scene. Experiment and see which technique fits the scene best, instead of trying to shoehorn the scene into the effect.Cover image via The Shining (Warner Bros)Looking for more cinematography tips and tricks? Check out these articles.Viltrox vs. Metabones: Speed Booster for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema CameraChoosing Aspect Ratio: A Guide to Everything You Need to Know3 Cheap, Underappreciated Cameras Filmmakers Should ConsiderCapturing the Cinematic Moment: Creative Uses for a Color MeterWhere to Find Vintage Lenses (and Tips on How to Use Them)last_img read more

first_imgGoa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar will soon address a press conference to clear the air over the ongoing mining impasse, the Deputy Speaker of Assembly Michael Lobo said on Monday. “He is the right person because he is the Minister of Mines as well,” Mr. Lobo said,adding, “in the next two to three days he will address a press conference and tell whether it (mining) is going to happen or not.” Mr. Parrikar, who has advanced pancreatic cancer, has not made an official public appearance for more than two months. He has also not moved out of his private residence except for a brief visit to the Goa Medical College Hospital since October 14, his return from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. Reports from New Delhi indicate that the Mines and Minerals (Regulation and Development) Act, which mandates auctioning as the only route for allotment of iron ore mining leases, cannot be amended — as requested by the Goa government — to facilitate renewal of leases to existing holders. This has made the agitating mining dependents restless. Top Goa BJP leaders as well as some central leaders of the party have repeatedly assured the agitating mining dependent lobby in Goa, as also the mine owners, that the Central government would be amending the MMRD Act in the coming winter session of Parliament. Mr. Lobo who has been active on this front, also said it was necessary for Mr. Parrikar to communicate to the people of Goa about when and how he planned to resume mining.The Congress has beenattacking the government and accusing Mr. Parrikar as well as the BJP of trying to hide the fact that the Union Government had already rejected Mr. Parrikar’s request for amendment of MMRD Act. Mining in Goa was banned in February this year by the Supreme Court quashing second renewals of 88 mining leases, while also directing the State government to allot the leases afresh as per appropriate laws.last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea defender Christensen hopes Mount injury not seriousby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender Andreas Christensen hopes Mason Mount’s injury isn’t serious.Mount was forced off early in their Champions League defeat to Valencia.Christensen said, “Mason has been very important for us, he is great for us in our build-up and he is dangerous in front of goal so obviously he was a big loss, but then we have great players to come on so it should not hurt us too much. Hopefully he is not too bad as he is an important player.”On Ross Barkley’s late spotkick miss, the Dane added: “We know Ross, he is going to take the next one as well, he always feels confident with penalties, he is one of the best ones which is why he was on the penalty today.” last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea winger Pulisic: I know scoring touch will come backby Freddie Taylor5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChristian Pulisic isn’t worried about his lack of goals for Chelsea.The American played an integral role in Chelsea’s winner against a stubborn Newcastle outfit on Saturday.He is yet to score for the Blues, but that didn’t ruin his positivity after the 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge.”It was a really good game, happy for the team, had a strong performance, they defended really well, and I was happy to make an impact,” Pulisic told ESPN after the match. “I was going to shoot last-second, but I saw Tammy wide open and then DeAndre [Yedlin, Pulisic’s US team-mate] made an unbelievable block, so maybe I should have shot it. “I just don’t have that scoring touch but I know it will come back.” last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – A Progressive Conservative government in Ontario would not implement a planned minimum wage increase next year, no matter who ends up winning the race to lead the party through the spring election.In an hour-long debate Thursday, the four candidates vying for the top Tory post were united in their opposition to a key Liberal government promise to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in 2019.The forum was the first chance for former Tory legislator Christine Elliott, lawyer Caroline Mulroney, former city councillor Doug Ford, and parental rights advocate Tanya Granic Allen to present themselves as the best choice to replace former leader Patrick Brown, who resigned last month amid sexual misconduct allegations.The candidates provided few concrete details on their plans for the province but were clear about their intention to scrap the wage hike, saying the Liberal plan would hurt the province’s economy, particularly small businesses, which have complained about the January increase from $11.60 to $14 per hour.Ford, the brother of notorious late Toronto mayor Rob Ford, called the wage hike a “tax grab” for Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals and said he would instead eliminate provincial income tax for those making minimum wage.“That will benefit the companies, it will benefit the person leaving their office or their factory at the end of the day,” he said.Mulroney, daughter of former prime minister Brian Mulroney, said she would increase the minimum wage by 25 cents over four years, while Elliott also said she would phase in a hike gradually.“The minimum wage law is a classic example of the way the Liberals have been governing this province, making decisions that help them in the short term — in this case their electoral chances — and hurt the rest of us in the long term,” Caroline Mulroney said. “Small businesses are suffering. It was too much too soon.”Wynne responded to the criticism of the wage hike in a video posted on Twitter prior to her town hall event in Windsor, Ont., saying raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour will make the strong Ontario economy even stronger.“We know Conservatives say over and over again that it’s too much, it’s too fast and today they made it clear that a Conservative government would deny that raise,” Wynne said in the video.“But we know that when they say not now, what they’re really saying is not ever, because they want to put wealthy business owners ahead of working people. That’s not okay.”While all four candidates said they opposed a carbon tax to replace the Liberals’ current cap and trade, none of them offered specifics on how they planned to make up for the estimated $4 billion from the tax that was to fund a 22 per cent income tax cut and other key election promises in the party’s platform.Instead, all four suggested savings could be found by cutting waste from the Liberal provincial budget.“In a $141 billion dollar budget, do you think we can find two or three per cent (in savings)?” Ford said.Mulroney said she would deliver her own fully costed plan if she’s elected leader.“This government needs to learn to do more with less,” she said.Elliott, who recently served as the province’s health ombudsman, pitched herself as the experienced candidate best positioned to win the spring election.“I know Kathleen Wynne. I’ve debated against her before,” she said, noting later that with an election in less than 100 days, the party could not afford a “leader-in-training.”Granic Allen, an outspoken critic of the Liberals’ updated sex-education curriculum, pulled no punches during the debate, attacking Brown as a “corrupt leader” who alienated grassroots members with social conservative views and “left the party in tatters.”Brown’s abrupt resignation in late January threw the Progressive Conservatives into turmoil, prompting a hastily called leadership race that will see a new leader in place by March 10. Brown has vehemently denied the allegations and has vowed to clear his name.Genevieve Tellier, a political science professor at the University of Ottawa, said Thursday’s debate didn’t bring any major revelations but confirmed that the candidates appear split into two camps.Elliott and Mulroney have positioned themselves as more moderate, centrist options, and seem to be addressing voters across the province, while Ford and Granic Allen, who lean more to the right, appeal to grassroots members, she said.The candidates stopped short of making any detailed policy commitments, noting they would wait for further consultations on key issues, making it difficult to know where they stand, Tellier said.“They’re cautious, they really don’t know where to go, what to target,” she said. “They are all unclear.”In the next, and last debate, set for the end of the month, “they will have to come up with some more precise policy actions that they want to take,” she said.last_img read more

first_imgThe 2018 World Cup is scheduled to take place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018, after the country was awarded the hosting rights on 2 December 2010.Serbia has announced their 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup, including several Serie A star such as Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, according to Football Italia.Coach Mladen Krstajic has named the group that will follow him to Russia for the tournament which kicks off in 13 days.Those on the list are Roma full-back Aleksandar Kolarov, Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic, Lazio midfielder Milinkovic-Savic and Torino talent Adem Ljajic.serbiaReport: Euro 2020 qualifying Group B George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group B sees Portugal and Serbia play catch up with Ukraine.While Cristiano Ronaldo broke records and his Portugal side ran out…Marija Nastasic was ruled out because of injury, with Mijat Gacinovic, Nemanja Maksimovic and Aleksandar Jovanovic cut from the long-list while Vladimir Stojkovic, Predrag Rajkovic, Marko Dmitrovic are goalkeepers.For defenders, Aleksandar Kolarov, Antonio Rukavina, Milan Rodic, Branislav Ivanovic, Uros Spajic, Milos Veljkovic, Dusko Tosic, Nikola Milenkovic will lead the team, while midfielders are Nemanja Matic, Luka Milivojevic, Marko Grujic, Dusan Tadic, Andrija Zivkovic, Filip Kostic, Nemanja Radonjic, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Adem LjajicForwards are Aleksandar Mitrovic, Aleksandar Prijovic, Luka JovicThe 2018 FIFA World Cup will be the 21st FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament contested by the men’s national teams of the member associations of FIFA.last_img read more

first_imgThe French Bayern Munich footballer feels his manager has the personality to coach a big team like the German giantsFrench midfielder Franck Ribery believes Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac has the personality to coach a team like the German Bundesliga club.And in an interview with the league’s official website, he was full of praise for the Croatian.“Things are great with [him],” said Ribery.“He takes me to one side and explains the situation. I’ve got no problem with it at all. He knows exactly how much game time to give me.”RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“When I get along with someone, then they can count on me,” Ribery continued.“For me, communication is the most important thing. There are things you have to talk about.”“Niko’s got the personality to coach a big team,” he added.“He’s got great qualities. You can see that in the way he leads us and talks to us. He’s analyzed all the players’ personalities in the team, knows how they tick and how he can get through to them. That’s priceless.”last_img read more

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享This Saturday is the Kenai Peninsula’s 27th annual Industry Appreciation Day at the Kenai Park Strip, from Noon to 4pm. The Industry Appreciation Celebration was established many years ago to acknowledge and show thanks to local industries for their contributions to the local community. Outstanding businesses, support organizations, and individuals will be honored at Industry Appreciation Day festivities on August 25. It’s a free, family-friendly event with kids activities, info booths, prize giveaways & free food sponsored by local businesses. Michelle Glaves with Jack White Realty: “We’ve been recognizing and giving awards for commercial fishing, oil and gas, and tourism for several years. Last year we added medical because it is a growing industry on the Kenai Peninsula.”last_img read more

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alyeska Resort announced on Thursday morning that it is set to open for skiing this weekend. According to the Alyeska website, the resort reached 8 inches of snow on the entire mountain. The snow is 60 inches deep on the top of the mountain and Alyeska has received 99 inches this season. For Saturday, skiing and riding will begin with advanced and expert terrain only. All skiers will access the mountain via aerial tram from the hotel. Glacier Bowl Express will operate from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with tram download required. Daily tram operations will begin at 11 a.m. with service from the hotel to the top of the mountain and Glacier Bowl Express. Crews will also continued making snow on the mountain when weather permits. Friday will be opening day for pass holders and Saturday will be open to everyone else. For pass holders on Friday, the the mountain will be open for skiing and riding from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.last_img read more

first_img Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 News Tagsaztec Concheros homepage featured Mexico Mexico City pre-Hispanic Zocalo,You may also like A Conchero dancer named Ariel applies makeup in Mexico City’s central square. “I am a Conchero to preserve the tradition,” he said. “I inherited it from my family. Seeing the people who come for inner peace gives me peace of mind.” RNS photo by Irving Cabrerra Torres Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Conchero dancer Aldair Trejo, who learned the rituals from his father, prepares a feathered headdress for a performance in Mexico City’s Zocalo. RNS photo by Irving Cabrerra Torres We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine August 30, 2019 Concheros offer a ritual cleansing in Mexico City’s Zocalo. RNS photo by Irving Cabrerra Torres Yoyotzin Colibrí prepares incense used for spiritual cleansings. “I have been offering cleansings and dancing the Aztec tradition for 25 years,” she said. “Here everyone comes to seek healing.” RNS photo by Irving Carbrerra Torres Texas imam ordered to pay $2.55 million in sexual misconduct case Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 By: Irving Cabrera Torres Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Irving Cabrera Torres Conchero dances honor pre-Hispanic gods and create a connection with the cosmos through meditative movement. Although Aztec and Mexican in origin, the dances are deeply rooted in the Chichimeca culture. RNS photo by Irving Cabrerra Torrescenter_img Catholicism Conchero dancers don their outfits for a day of performances in Mexico City’s Zocalo. RNS photo by Irving Cabrerra Torres From the ashes of defeat, the Conchero dance emerged, using traditional indigenous movement. Some say that the dance is a reenactment of the battle against the Spanish, with the steps containing hidden meanings and echoing old rituals, though few have been explicitly identified. The dances have been passed down through families for centuries. For many years, the dances were reserved only for indigenous people who forbid outsiders from viewing their ceremonies. There are dances especially dedicated to Huitzilopochtli (god of the sun and war), Quetzalcoatl (feathered serpent), Tlaloc and Tezcatlipoca (smoking mirror, supreme god, who is everywhere), among others.The dances also incorporated Christian elements and have been heavily influenced by Catholicism. Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — An ancient dance tradition with roots in Mexico’s indigenous culture, the Conchero calls down ancestral spirits to give their blessing and to purify observers through ritual smoke. Conchero dancers merge body and spirit in rhythmic harmony, giving thanks for creation in a ritual circle that represents the universe.  Share This! Irving Cabrera Torres According to Aztec philosophy, incense smoke administered by Concheros cleanses the spirit. Traditional herbs, such as basil, are used for the incense, along with more modern additions, like lollipops. RNS photo by Irving Cabrerra Torres The Metropolitan Cathedral was built on the site of the Templo Mayor, the former religious center of the Aztec city-state Tenochtitlan. Formerly a wholly religious ceremony, the Conchero dance now has cultural significance and is considered by many to be a folk dance. RNS photo by Irving Cabrerra TorresToday Conchero dances are considered Mexican folk dances and are performed in public, most frequently in Mexico City’s main square, the Zocalo, where even tourists receive cleansings and purifications from the Concheros.A Conchero performer stands as a guardian of Aztec and pre-Hispanic traditions next to the Metropolitan Cathedral. RNS photo by Irving Cabrerra Torres Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Truck drives into line of Jewish demonstrators protesting ICE in Rhode Island Conchero dancers perform in front of the Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City’s main square, the Zocalo. The cathedral stands on the site of the Aztec’s Templo Mayor, where Mexicans before the Spanish conquest venerated their gods Huitzilopochtli, Tlaloc and Coyolxauhqui. RNS photo by Irving Cabrerra TorresIt is widely believed that the Conchero dance tradition originated around the time of the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire. Around 1531, conquistadors confronted the Chichimecas, an ethnic group that inhabited the center of the country on the hill of Sangremal in present-day Querétaro state in central Mexico. During the battle, a shining cross appeared in the sky along with the Apostle James, whose message of peace provoked the surrender of the Chichimecas. Amulets used in Conchero dances on display in Mexico City’s Zocalo, including a turtle shell (standing in for the more traditional armadillo shell), snails, incense and pre-Hispanic figures made from obsidian. RNS photo by Irving Cabrerra Torres Irving Cabrera Torres,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Share This! By: Irving Cabrera Torres Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Multi-million dollar contracts end with Southwest Key Confirmation of new potential shelters comes as Austin-based non-profit Southwest Key closes down two Texas facilities, one in Conroe and another in Harlingen. The federal government ended those contracts due to an “unexpected loss of federal funding.”None of the new facilities would be run by Southwest Key. Children have now been removed from the Conroe facility, according to an August census of all unaccompanied minor facilities in Texas. Kids had been removed from the Harlingen shelter by mid-July. The non-profit Southwest Key operates more than a third of unaccompanied minor facilities statewide through multi-million dollar federal contracts. Inside Houston’s Newest Migrant Shelter For Unaccompanied TeensThe organization has been under fire for more than a year, especially after they were slated to open a shelter for children under the age of 12 in Houston during the height of the Trump administration’s family separation policy. That shelter, on Emancipation Avenue, is now licensed to hold 16 and 17-year-olds. In July, NPR reported that the federal government is requesting bids on large migrant shelters in Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, San Antonio, Atlanta and Phoenix. The total capacity of these shelters is 2,500. Here’s a map of the area in #Houston where the govt wants to put a new shelter for #migrant minors who arrive at the #border w/out parents #hounews >> pic.twitter.com/6BaoN34GNn— Elizabeth Trovall (@elizTrovall) July 2, 2019The new Houston shelter will hold 500 migrant children, according to government documents, and will be built in northwest Houston.Some 4,300 children are currently being held in unaccompanied minor facilities statewide. Correction (8/28/19): A previous version of this article stated that there would be three new shelters. It has been updated to reflect that one of the three applications is for a new child placement agency which won’t directly care for migrant kids.  Share Listencenter_img X Courtesy of Southwest KeyInside Casa Sunzal, an unaccompanied minor shelter run by Southwest Key.Texas Health and Human Services has confirmed that applications have come in for two new shelters that would hold migrant youth who arrive at the U.S-Mexico border without a guardian.  The unaccompanied minor facilities are slated for the Rio Grande Valley, in McAllen and Los Fresnos. Lutheran Social Services of the South and CHSI would operate the new facilities. The Los Fresnos shelter would hold children as young as infants and as old as 17, according to documents obtained by the Center for Investigative Reporting. Another application, for a child placing agency, which would supervise the placement of migrant foster children, is also pending approval. That agency, operated by Foster Texas, would be in Cedar Park, north of Austin. 00:00 /00:40last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Diabetes and Endocrinology Forum (DEF) will start a cardiac diabetes course for the doctors at Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and will also provide free insulin to patients suffering from type 1 diabetes under KMC area.DEF will sign a memorandum-of-understanding (MoU) with the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) on Monday in this regard. It has been learnt that the DEF will train permanent doctors of KMC on cardiac diabetes. The total duration of the course will be between four and twelve months. Apart from diabetes, the training course will also include COPD and thyroid. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAs per plan, a special clinic will be opened at all the borough offices of KMC, where patients with chronic history of diabetes would be referred to. There will be specially trained health employees of KMC, who will make people aware on how to take insulin at home. Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes patients under the jurisdiction of KMC will be provided treatment at the clinic.The patients suffering from type 1 diabetes will be provided insulin completely free of cost. When a patient comes to the primary health care centres at various wards, he/she will be inquired by the KMC doctors about their ailments in detail. Only those requiring insulin will be sent to the special clinics, which will come up at the borough level. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedOne of the main purposes behind organising the training is to mitigate cardiovascular risk in diabetes. DEF is organised its 8th ‘Diabetes Update 2018, Kolkata’, at a city hotel on Sunday.According to a survey, there are over 62 million people with diabetes in India, projected to be over 79 million by 2030. An estimated 11.7% prevalence of diabetes is in Kolkata, 11.6% in Delhi, 12.4% in Bangalore and 13.4% in Chennai. Also, there are one million deaths in India every year due to Diabetes. Even the younger population is being affected by diabetes in India.last_img read more