Links:Full news story
Links:Full news story
Links:Full news story
The Arab League Observer Mission has raised a stir since arriving in Syria last week. At first, the Syrian opposition welcomed them heartily, believing that they were there to stop the violence, and oversee implementation of an agreement that included an end to military operations and release of prisoners arrested for taking part in demonstrations since mid-March.
The appointment of Sudanese General Mustafa Al Dabi as head of the League delegation, however, raised red flags in the Syrian street. His appointment was very controversial — to say the least — given that he had served as military intelligence officer under Sudanese President Omar Al
I’m on college campuses a lot talking up the importance of preparing our students for the global marketplace. I have met so many campus counselors eager to help their students in this area because they know globalization is here, but have a hard time helping students package their skills. Even though they know in their gut that students need to do it, many counselors don’t have significant international experience to help them. Moreover, students (and their parents) don’t necessarily think they need to look for global jobs and so counselors seek out a credible outsider to make a difference.
This is where I can help.
Many job seekers mistakenly think that domestic job search can simply be tweaked for international
From the Mountain to Wall Street
Gone are the days of the loin clothed yogi meditating alone on a mountaintop, unless of course said loin cloth is made of wickable polyester blend, fits your body like a glove and retails for $100 a pop and the yogi in question has worldwide appearances and a DVD series purchasable on Amazon.com. Oh, and don’t forget to check their Twitter feed.
In the ancient tradition of yoga, a teacher’s modest living requirements were provided by their students. “Some may offer the teacher a bag of rice, a small bowl of sugar, some clothes, a place to rest, whatever one’s capacity was,” said Sister Sukanya of the spiritual organization Brahma Kumaris. “The teacher just shares the knowledge with the
Thanks to reader interest in Meatless Monday’s farmer profiles, today launches Who Grows Our Food. This occasional Meatless Monday series takes a close look at some of the people, so often unsung, who give us the food on our plates.
Winner of 2010′s Organic Leadership Award, Bob Quinn is passionate about proving the connection between what we eat and how we feel. He’s also passionate about growing khorasan wheat, better known (but still largely unknown) as KAMUT wheat.
KAMUT is an ancient grain — yes, another one, but one that hasn’t gotten the buzz it
I was surprised when Mitt Romney’s son, Matt, resuscitated the “birther” issue in New Hampshire on December 29. Speaking at a campaign event, the young Romney deflected a question about his father’s refusal to release his income tax return by citing a proposal that President Barack Obama should first release his own birth certificate. Mr. Romney, who has since retracted his statement, apparently did not realize that, at White House urging, the state of Hawaii released the president’s long form birth certificate on April 25, 2011.
The White House deemed that action necessary to quiet a noisy debate that was distracting the country and damaging the national
I am a white-knuckled traveler.
This may be no big deal to you, but for one who writes travel articles, it’s a bit embarrassing to admit. Like many, I love and hate to travel, with equal passion.
I have no problem with automobiles, trains or boats. It’s airplane travel that I take issue with. In fact, I hate flying so much that it takes me forever just to book a plane
Annie Gersh (third from left) with some of her fellow Girl Up Teen Advisors at the “Unite for Girls Tour” in San Francisco. Photo courtesy of Annie Gersh.
Annie Gersh is a Teen Advisor with Girl Up, a United Nations Foundation campaign designed to harness the energy and compassion of girls in the United States to help girls in developing countries. Annie is 13 years old and attends Marlborough School in Los
First, I must address a peeve. New Year’s Resolution (yes, I just made that a proper noun; surely that will peeve someone else), not New Years Resolution, which garners nearly 9 million Google search results. Now, I’ll set the scene for you:
You had your champagne ready, your tie, hemline or sweatpants were smoothed out and you were ready to toast to the new year. All, you needed was for that ball to drop, but then someone asked you the dreaded question: “What’s your New Year’s Resolution?” You thought, Resolution? I’m not making any resolutions, they’re
The media has been awash this holiday season with stories about a “dramatic increase” in gun sales in the United States. CNN, for example, declared, “December holiday shoppers were not just interested in buying the hottest electronics and toys–they also were purchasing record numbers of guns.” USA Today claimed, “Along with millions of Kindles, Angry Birds and gift cards, Santa left a record number of guns under Americans’ Christmas trees.” Reuters gushed about “16.5 million queries from firearms sellers” in 2011. Even “The Last Word” host Lawrence O’Donnell talked of a “100%” increase in gun sales over the holiday season.
The source of these stories? Reporters, as always, were being pitched to by the gun lobby–specifically the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and the National Rifle Association (NRA). Here’s the funny thing,
The most fascinating stop on my Trans-Siberian Railroad journey across northern Asia was Mongolia, a country steeped in ancient history and the lore of Genghis Khan, a man who created a global empire. Today, Mongolia’s government is committed to rapid urban development that is pushing its capital, Ulaanbaatar full speed into the 21st century.
My visit to Mongolia introduced me to two women: one a lovely urban sophisticate from Ulaanbaatar, and the other, a petite young woman, who with her husband and baby, were denizens of a rural community not too far from Ulaanbaatar. This family lived in a Ger, the traditional felt and wooden lattice one-room structure that has exemplified Mongolian life for hundreds of years.
As I exited the train in Ulaanbaatar, I was surprised by the bustle of activity that greeted us: western-dressed shoppers moving quickly about the city streets and roads flush with late model cars and trucks carrying all manner of goods, particularly construction
When I think of a China bull and a China bear, I think of the legendary dueling Jims: Jim Rogers and Jim Chanos. In response to investors bearish on China, Jim Rogers famously said: “I find it interesting that people who couldn’t spell China 10 years ago are now experts.” Jim Chanos famously said that China’s real estate market is “Dubai times 1,000 — or worse.” He’s been saying that for over two years. Chanos points to a credit bubble, and says he’s early and sticking with his short positions. Rogers insists “China is not in a [credit] bubble,” rather it’s been in a price bubble in urban, coastal real estate, and to compare China to Dubai is a false
This Christmas, I came across a fascinating book: Present at the Creation, The history of CERN and the Large Hadron Collider. Written in 2010 by Amir D. Aczel, author of 14 popular science books, the book tells the story of an epic: the union of wills of 20 European countries to create the European Organization for Nuclear Research, CERN, and the design, construction and operation of the most amazing machine imagined by man: a giant elementary particle accelerator known as the LHC.
The LHC is a human enterprise comparable in size with the construction of the pyramids of Egypt, or of the great European cathedrals. For twenty years, and spanning a circular 16.5 miles tunnel between France and Switzerland, thousands of engineers and scientists around the world built — with an investment that exceeded USD 10 billion — a machine that weighs, as a whole, more than 20,000 tons and whose main purpose, or at least the most publicized, is finding a particle invisible to the human eye: the famous Higgs boson or God particle.
The Higgs boson is “the last particle needed to complete and confirm the validity of the Standard Model of particle physics, the highly trusted twentieth century theory that had led to many accurately predictions.” And its search, as did the space race in another era, has led to the development of major innovations, from the World Wide Web — invented by Tim Barnes-Lee, “a scientist at CERN who was looking for a way to connect scientist and allow them to share results in the most efficient way” — to modern medical equipment, which have saved thousands of lives.
The book, over its 14 chapters, expands on the theoretical reasons that led to the construction of the gigantic apparatus and on the consequences for science, and humanity, if their experiments are to be successful (on December 13th CERN spokesmen said they found the first hints of the Higgs boson, although, as required by the scientific method, refused to confirm their discovery until it has been clearly verified by the two large detectors inside the French-Swiss
LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant says the Los Angeles Lakers’ early-season schedule has been every bit as brutal as they expected, forcing them to learn coach Mike Brown’s system on the job rather than in practice.Although the Lakers don’t have everything down after 10 games in 15 days, they’re still winning anyway.Bryant had 26 points and nine assists, Andrew Bynum had 15 points and 15 rebounds, and the Lakers beat the Memphis Grizzlies 90-82 Sunday night for their sixth consecutive home victory.
More From ESPN.com
Kobe Bryant has been sharp lately, but the Los Angeles Lakers have been far from dominant, writes J.A. Adande. Daily Dime
• Lakers Blog | ESPN Los Angeles
Matt Barnes scored 15 points and Pau Gasol had 13 points and 15 rebounds for the Lakers, who have won six of eight after an 0-2 start while matching Oklahoma City for the NBA’s busiest early-season schedule. Although the Lakers acknowledge they still don’t always know where to be on the floor, their half-court defense and rebounding were enough to beat the Grizzlies.”It’s tough. We’ve got to learn it through the games,” Bryant said.Although they haven’t lost at Staples Center since their season opener on Christmas, the Lakers had little jump in their steps while committing a season-high 27 turnovers and failing to pull away from the injury-depleted Grizzlies. Los Angeles won’t even get consecutive days off for another week, with five games coming in the next eight days.”This is tough. You’d rather not talk about it,” Gasol said. “We’re tired, and we’re going to stay tired. That’s just the way it’s going to be. … We knew it was going to be a challenge. We knew we were going to face adversity at first. We’re all making an effort, and we know it’s going to pay off at the end. … Two days off? It’ll be a shock to our bodies.”Rudy Gay scored 19 points to lead five players in double figures for Memphis, which wrapped up a three-game road trip with an unimpressive fourth quarter. The Grizzlies have lost two straight after winning their first two games following Zach Randolph’s serious knee injury.Memphis was unable to combat the 7-foot tandem fielded by the Lakers, who outrebounded the Grizzlies 53-34.”When they have both (Gasol and Bynum) in the game, that’s when they control the game,” Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said. “We don’t have one of our best post-up players. Even when we go into the post with Rudy, they’ve got another extra big (man) that’s running at him, so it was difficult.”The Grizzlies were among the few NBA teams who could match the Lakers’ talent in the low post, but long-term injuries to Randolph and Darrell Arthur have compromised their depth. Memphis had its usual success against the Lakers in transition, but couldn’t score consistently in half-court sets.”They were poor turnovers that led to a lot of fast-break points,” Brown said. “It was a controlled, methodical game — a game that we should excel at if we can take care of the basketball.”Marreese Speights scored 17 points, O.J. Mayo had 15 and Quincy Pondexter added 14 for the Grizzlies, who had beaten Los Angeles in two of the last three meetings, including a blowout win in the Grizzlies’ last trip to Staples. Memphis’ schedule hasn’t been nearly as taxing as Los Angeles’ slate, with just one back-to-back set to date, but the Grizzlies haven’t overcome Randolph’s absence yet.”We definitely settled for jump shots a lot more than we usually do,” Gay said. “You know it’s hard to win like that. Everyone knows they’re not only tall, but they’re the longest team in the league. It’s tough playing against this team. They frustrate a lot of people.”Barnes, who joined the Lakers’ starting lineup last week, energized the club for the second straight game with strong defense in the fourth quarter, including a dramatic block of Speights’ layup attempt with 3:34 to play.Bryant had just four points in the fourth quarter, failing to score 30 points for the first time in four games. Los Angeles managed just 12 points on 5-for-18 shooting, but the Grizzlies had only 14 points of their own, never getting closer than four.At least the Lakers’ awful 3-point shooting improved, with Steve Blake hitting three of their six 3s.Los Angeles led by 14 points in the second quarter, repeatedly scoring inside against the Grizzlies’ patchwork frontcourt with playmaking by Bryant and Gasol.Memphis scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to trim the Lakers’ lead to 78-74. Los Angeles missed its first seven shots of the final period, but the Grizzlies never got closer.Game notes Lakers F Josh McRoberts missed his fourth consecutive game with a sprained left big toe. He intends to return within a week. … Pau Gasol rarely guarded his younger brother, Marc Gasol, who managed just two points on 0-for-9 shooting. The Spanish brothers, traded for each other in early 2008, went to dinner on Saturday night in their usual tradition. … Fans near courtside included Rihanna, Bradley Cooper, David Arquette, Los Angeles Kings forward Mike Richards and Anthony Kiedis, who had a walking boot on his right foot.
Copyright by STATS LLC and The
Links:Full news story
Note: The following contains spoilers if you have not seen Season 1, Episode 8 of ABC’s “Once Upon A Time,” entitled, “Desperate Souls.”
As one of the most enigmatic and manipulative characters on “Once Upon a Time” thus far, Rumpelstiltskin has also proved to be the most fascinating. I’ve been eagerly anticipating this week’s episode for some time, hoping that it might shed some light on the mysterious figure who seems to have every inhabitant of both Storybrooke and Fairytale Land in the palm of his hand — but who could have predicted that the gleefully wicked imp would be the product of such humble beginnings?
Thanks to “Desperate Souls,” we discovered that Rumpel was once a devoted father, whose only goal in life was to protect his son — a far more noble cause than one might expect from a character who lives to extort and blackmail everyone around him in his current guise. Sadly, the simple spinner was also a cowardly deserter who had fled from the ominously titled “Ogre Wars” to the detriment of his fellow soldiers — and apparently, that didn’t win him many favors with the local knights. The backdrop of war enabled the knights to draft children who were 14 or older into the
Wintertime magic can mean many things. For many lovers, it can be an end to the waiting game. During the holiday season, he (or she) popped the question, and now you’re getting married! Let the wedding planning begin!
These (often frenzied) preparations include a determined search for the right location, the right ambiance, the right rings, the right dress. Often a bride already knows exactly how she wants to look on her wedding day, if only she can find that perfect dress and its accessories.
But almost certainly she will not be expecting that her wedding dress will inspire some of the world’s greatest
My novel, The Little Bride, begins in a basement in Odessa, where 16-year old maidservant Minna Losk is being given her “Look” – an examination to see if she’s sufficiently “fit” (i.e. “virginal”) to become a mail-order bride to America. She dreams of a handsome husband and a townhouse in New York. What she gets is a 40-year old Orthodox man, named Max, who she’s not the least bit attracted to (though she finds his older son quite
Wedding planning is a phase of life that is really exciting, and it can also place strain on your relationships at times. Your fianc wants to have his bachelor party where? Your mother thinks you should invite who? Your mother thinks you should wear what? And so on. There are different ways in which these tricky scenarios play out, depending on your relationship style. To keep wedding woes from hurting your relationships with your partner, friends and relatives, a good starting point is to think about the way you tend to react to
The Mitt Romney coronation routine runs afoul of a simple fact: After all the hoopla about Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina only 1.3% of the GOP’s nominating delegates will have been chosen.
Only until we get to Florida’s primary at the end of this month do we reach a state that actually offers meaningful delegate totals. Even after losing half of its delegation as punishment for daring to defy the absurd IA-NH-SC monopoly of the calendar Florida offers more convention votes than any of those states.
read full news from www.huffingtonpost.com
I am pleased to announce the preliminary list of speakers for our two-day, executive retreat at the W Retreat and Spa on the island of Vieques on March 16 – 17.
Our keynote speaker will be Vivian Schiller, former CEO of NPR, now Chief Digital Officer of NBC News along with Paul Kontonis, VP/Group Group Director, Brand Content, Digitas; Caroline Little, former digital chief digital of Washington Post Company, now CEO of the Newspaper Association of America; Joy Marcus, former GM of Dailymotion USA, now venture partner with Draper Fisher Jurvetson/Gotham; Stokes Young, Director of Multimedia for MSNBC.com; Adam Singolda, CEO of Taboola; and Luke Wolter, Director of Branded Experiences at AOL
Helping moderate will be Jason Pontin, editor and publisher of MIT’s Technology Review. Technology Review is the media partner for the conference.
The event is by invitation only, with a maximum attendance of 75. All attendees are invited to participate in the sessions, which will be published on Beet.TV and throughout our syndication network.
This event will be a deep, exclusive exploration of our fast-changing industry as well as an extraordinary networking opportunity.
If you would like to recommend a featured speaker, please contact me at andy(@)beet.tv
For more information about the conference, including registration information and travel arrangements, visit our conference site.
read full news from www.huffingtonpost.com