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12 Gorgeous Photos That Make Us Hope Carousel Comes to Broadway

first_imgJenn Gambatese and Laura Osnes play besties Carrie and Julie. View Comments The Grease and Cinderella alum is a fabulous choice for sweet Julie Jordan. The new production definitely has a dark, eerie feel… We can’t wait to hear opera star Denyce Graves sing “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” Steven Pasquale may play a rough guy in the new revival, but we can’t help falling for him, too. If his performance in The Bridges of Madison County was any indication, Steven Pasquale’s “Soliloquy” is gonna be epic.Check out bonus video clips from Carousel! OK, first can we talk about this gorgeous set? …And Side Show alum Matthew Hydzik shows off a new beard as Enoch Snow.center_img Ooo, that dock looks creepy. Be careful, guys… Chicago and Pippin favorite Charlotte d’Amboise is a vision in pink. Steven Pasquale and Jarrod Emick play pals Billy Bigelow and Jigger Craigin. Laura Osnes looks absolutely adorable as a strawberry blonde. Laura Osnes Star Files Do you hear that music? Listen carefully—it’s coming all the way from Chicago. It’s the beautiful songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, starring Laura Osnes as Julie Jordan, Steven Pasquale as Billy Bigelow, Jenn Gambatese as Carrie Pipperidge, Matthew Hydzik as Enoch Snow, Jarrod Emick as Jigger Craigin, Charlotte d’Amboise as Mrs. Mullin, Tony Roberts as Starkeeper and more Broadway vets. Rob Ashford’s Lyric Opera of Chicago production looks so amazing, we’re crossing our fingers it heads to Broadway next. Please?! Don’t make us beg. Check out 12 beautiful moments from the musical (and a bonus video!) that make us swoon…and if you’re lucky enough to live in Chicago, see Carousel April 10 through May 3!last_img read more

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Beer and Adventure: Is it Okay to Booze and Play?

first_imgThese days, the worlds of beer and adventure are inextricably linked. From pub runs to beer-sponsored bike races, every time we step out the door to recreate, it seems as if the suds are right there with us. But is this boozy relationship good or bad for the outdoor community?Big beer brands like Coors Light, Budweiser, and Miller Light have gone arm in arm with mainstream sports for decades, sponsoring everything from baseball teams to soccer leagues. But as the craft beer industry has continued to blossom across the country, so, too, has the relationship between beer and adventure sports, once considered at the fringe of modern day athletics.This trend, says Devils Backbone Brewing Company founder Steve Crandall, came as little surprise to him. After a ski trip to Cortina, Italy, in 1992, where he and his wife spent their days skiing from village to village drinking Weihenstephaner, Crandall recognized that both the skiing and the beer were integral to the cultural identity of this southern Alps town.A decade later, having hiked and hunted throughout the American West, Crandall saw the beginnings of that same rapport as small-scale breweries started popping up in towns boasting backdoor access to recreation.“There’s nothing better than going out and having an adventure, whether it’s mountain biking or hiking or floating, and at the end of that adventure, sitting down with those people and regaling each other with what an amazing time you had over a couple of beers,” Crandall says.Beer and adventure belong together, according to Devils Backbone Brewing Company’s founder Steve Crandall. / Photo courtesy of Steve CrandallThus, Crandall’s vision for Devils Backbone Brewing Company was born. Situated at the foothills of Three Ridges Wilderness and Wintergreen Resort, Crandall wanted the brewery to be as much a part of the adventure as the adventure itself. Throughout the year, the brewery hosts guided hikes as well as on-site mountain bike races and a 75-mile Brewery 2 Brewery road ride from their Lexington Outpost Brewery to the Basecamp Brewpub in Nelson County.During thru-hiker season, the brewery offers free shuttles, free camping, and a $5 breakfast for Appalachian Trail hikers passing through the Tye River area. Two of their beers even support outdoor-related non-profits—proceeds from the Trail Angel Weiss benefit the Appalachian Trail Conservancy while $1 per case sale of Striped Bass Pale Ale goes to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.“To me, adventure and beer go hand in hand and one without the other would be disappointing,” says Crandall.Not everybody in the adventure community shares Crandall’s sentiment. Take Brevard-based adventure photographer Tim Koerber. Koerber’s lost a few friends and family members to liver failure and other byproducts of alcoholism. Personally, he doesn’t drink much, although he doesn’t see the harm in a post-ride beer at the parking lot. But he’s worried that some of his friends might be unable to have, as Crandall put it, “one without the other.”“They crack a beer in the morning and slowly drink all day,” Koerber says. “They’re never drunk, but I’ve also never known them to go a day or two without a few drinks.”That, coupled with the overwhelming presence of beer at organized races and even casual group rides, has Koerber concerned that it’s sending the wrong message to the outdoor community. Particularly in places like Pisgah National Forest and DuPont State Forest, where alcohol is clearly not allowed, Koerber finds it discouraging that trail users ignore the rules for a buzz.“I won’t come down on someone for enjoying a ‘sports beverage’ or two, but I think that the whole community needs to have an awakening in a sense,” he says. “We don’t need to have folks out there on six or 10 beer rides. We don’t need to be getting wasted on the water. What happens when there’s an incident on the trail, maybe a head-on collision with a hiker, or a runner, or a horse? And it comes out that alcohol was involved? That’s the day that I fear the most. It will happen, it’s just a matter of when.”Iron Mountain CrossFit owner Paul Gadola says that alcohol can also hinder performance. According to the American Athletic Institute, alcohol causes dehydration and decelerates the body’s healing process, resulting in double the injury rate for weekly drinkers (54.8 percent) versus non-drinkers (23.5 percent). Getting drunk, even once, can cause athletes to lose up to two weeks of training benefits.“There’s also the issue of people who want a six pack and it’s like, well, you probably want to stop drinking those excessive calories,” Gadola says. “Especially with crossfit, intensity [of a workout] does matter, but consistency matters more. If you drink too much one night and you don’t show up to work out the next day, it just starts this downward spiral.”Still, Gadola argues that if an active person enjoys running or cycling for the psychological benefits the activity affords, as opposed to the competitive stimulus, he doesn’t see the harm in tossing back a few beers, too. Alcohol, not unlike running or biking, releases serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins in the brain, all of which are known contributors to increasing happiness and decreasing stress.“If you’re trying to win races and you’re really trying to increase performance, [drinking] is not what I would advise,” he says, “but if they’re out having fun and enjoying the psychological state created by the drinking and the sense of community and belonging, that can be more important for your health and well-being.”Beer and the adventure lifestyle blend seamlessly at the Oskar Blues Reeb Ranch outside of Brevard, N.C. / Photo courtesy of Oskar Blues“Most people who are focused on the outdoor lifestyle are also much less likely to overindulge because they want to be able to enjoy the mountain biking or paddling, and it’s hard to do that when you’re drunk,” says Oskar Blues Brewery spokesperson Aaron Baker.The facts back up Baker’s claim. A 2016 study conducted by The Harris Poll found that 57 percent of regular craft brew drinkers exercise several times per week. Additionally, two out of three craft beer lovers say they are more likely to attend a brewery-sponsored health or wellness event if a beverage is included. The study also found that craft beer fans drink less overall than big beer brand consumers.Oskar Blues has seen these facts play out firsthand at the brewery. For starters, every Oskar Blues employee that works at the brewery for two years receives a free Reeb mountain bike. As a result, the company culture is overwhelmingly active.Every Thursday, the Oskar Blues Brevard location is packed with cyclists who show up for the weekly group ride, and the brewery’s larger events, like its signature Burning Can festival, attract outdoor enthusiasts of every type. The festival takes place on the Oskar Blues Reeb Ranch, a 140-acre property that neighbors DuPont State Forest and is home to world-class dirt jumps, a pump track, slalom course, and a handful of cross-country trails.“It’s definitely a part of what we do,” Baker says. “Overall, I think the industries help one another. There is a ton of crossover with people who enjoy outdoor recreation and also enjoy beer,” a fact, he says, that has been integral in redefining the economic structure of Brevard after the town’s two key manufacturing employers shut down in the early 2000s.Back in Beer City, U.S.A., aka Asheville, N.C., Astral employee Ty Caldwell is an anomaly among his beer-drinking, whitewater kayaking friends. Caldwell’s never had a drop of the stuff, which means he’s usually the shuttle bunny by default. He doesn’t mind, necessarily, that every outing he’s on involves booze to some degree, but he can’t help but wonder if it’s more about the “cool factor” associated with partying and recreating.“It’s all about getting that Instagram photo of their beer at Sunshine [on the Green River Narrows] or their beer with their bike and posting about how cool their day was,” Caldwell says. “I was on a birthday ride last week and everyone shotgunned a beer before going. Maybe it’s the camaraderie they enjoy, but hell, I don’t want to do that before I go climb up a side of the mountain.”In general, though, Caldwell has rarely come across a group of paddlers on the Narrows, his hometown class V run, where he was genuinely concerned about their level of intoxication. He says that, with the exception of Gauley Fest, which is notoriously rowdy, most people know their limits when it comes to boozin’ in the outdoors.What do you think? 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In Defense of Peace

first_img The UEI section on explosives was created in 1986, a result of the postwar conflict in Nicaragua. Officer Félix Ángel Jiménez Vega said that during the peacekeeping stage, it was necessary to protect the population from conventional explosive devices found along the border with Nicaragua. In December 2004, Costa Rica was declared the first country in the world to be free of anti-personnel mines, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. However, it is still possible to find a device in the hands of people unaware of the danger. The peace in Monteverde, in the province of Puntarenas, a major ecotourism destination in Costa Rica, had suddenly been disturbed. Three armed men wearing fatigues tried to rob the Santa Elena branch of the National Bank on the afternoon of March 8, 2005. Two of them died in a shootout with the security guard. A third perpetrator, Erlyn Hurtado Martínez, started shooting when he found himself without the support of his two brothers, with whom he had planned the robbery. Six bystanders, including customers and bank personnel, died in the first hours of the robbery. The survivors became hostages in a standoff that would last 28 hours. The next day, while a helicopter flew over the bank, members of Costa Rica’s Special Intervention Unit (UEI, for its Spanish acronym) used the rotors’ noise to mask their entrance into the building through a back window. They were able to get 17 hostages out through the same window. Officer Ronald Arias Huertas, 38, one of the first officers to enter the bank, said, “The guy [had] a pistol in one hand and an AK-47 in the other; someone was holding a telephone for him as he clutched a young woman with his arm.” Once the gunman found himself cornered, he opened fire. A bullet ricocheted off the floor and killed UEI Officer Óscar Gerardo Quesada Fallas. Officer Arias was shot in his left hand, he told Diálogo. High-Tech Equipment The UEI uses a water cannon that shoots a high-pressure, high-speed water jet that can penetrate armor and dismantle an explosive device. It also has cutting-edge technology to neutralize and deactivate explosive devices, such as hook and rope equipment to move suspicious packages, portable X-ray devices to determine the artifact’s content and an EOD9 bomb suit for protection against shrapnel. The equipment was donated by the Government of the United States. According to Police Major Mario Alberto Bravo Benavides, the armament used by the service has evolved. For example, a few years ago, officers used the Israeli-made Uzi submachine gun, Browning pistols, the German HK MP5 submachine gun and Beretta handguns. Nowadays they have weapons similar to those used by other elite police units, such as an M4 type of Smith & Wesson 5.56 mm assault rifle. Since criminals now use big-bore guns, it was necessary to modernize the equipment. They are “very comfortable weapons, very easy to use; it is really the ideal defense to fight crime,” Maj. Bravo said. By Dialogo July 01, 2012 A Single Force Officer Bustamante said the UEI coordinates with other bodies around the country, such as the Judicial Investigation Agency (OIJ, for its Spanish acronym) and the Drug Control Police (PCD), to provide collaboration in high-risk interventions. For example, if a drug trafficker throws his gun into the sea during pursuit, the UEI Amphibious Team is called to recover the evidence. They also collaborate with the homicide section of the OIJ in the search for bodies. “You have to perform multiple functions,” Officer Bustamante said. “You can be working as a diver, but then you come and have to wear the sniper suit, or you may have to be part of the crash team.” Other specialized units in Costa Rica are the Special Support Unit, which is part of the Ministry of Public Security, and the Tactical Response Special Service of the OIJ. The UEI undertakes assault operations in high-risk situations, such as hostage rescue. In 2006, 40-year-old Officer Henry Berroteran Palacios was wounded in Birri, in the province of Heredia, after facing a dangerous band of Jamaican kidnappers. He said he has been in special units for 22 years. He is not afraid of danger. “I see it as a calling,” he said. “This is really my passion. … I am deeply grateful, because it has given me a proper life for my family.” One way of testing UEI’s ability to fight transnational organized crime is through competitions with other elite units from the Western Hemisphere. In 2011, Costa Rica participated in the Fuerzas Comando exercise in El Salvador, sponsored by the United States Southern Command. “We were quite satisfied and pleased with the performance by the [Costa Rica] team,” Officer Arias said. In their line of work, officers from UEI never know what the next mission will entail. Six years after the deadly robbery attempt at the Santa Elena bank, the UEI was called to a hostage situation and escape attempt at La Reforma Penitentiary in Alajuela, northwest of the capital. In an attempt to separate the inmates from the hostages with sound grenades, a shootout ensued, killing one prison guard and two inmates. “When they [the authorities] were checking him, they said, ‘Look, it is Erlyn Hurtado,’” which some considered divine justice.” Some of the physical tests that applicants must pass, such as pushups and abdominal crunches, are similar to those required of other elite teams around the world, including the U.S. Army, said George López Carrillo, a doctor at the UEI. Other tests have been designed for high-performance athletes, measuring strength, agility, speed and cardiovascular stamina. “Whoever comes here has to go through all this,” he said. “Most of the time it is much harder than what the normal population would endure.” No Fear of Danger The UEI’s sniper section was created in 1987 after training in the U.S. Experts carry out observation and infiltration operations. They also offer support to the assault team operations, providing them with information. “We arrive eight to 10 hours before, we are their eyes,” Officer Martín Sánchez said. “If someone comes out armed, we have to react so the assault team does not sustain losses while moving toward the target,” he said. I have profound respect and admiration for those of us who at some time have served anonymously in the special armed forces and in the PreHospital services, a great and very satisfactory experience without doubt; because of that, those who are still active, never forget God, the Country and Freedom – as they will always be the values of upstanding men, who have the obligation to teach the same to their sons, for the rest of their lives. Onward boys, strength and courage. National pride, this unit is the one protecting us, Costa Ricans, day after day. Keep it up, boys! Excellent, I know what you are capable of. God bless you. They are a group of heroes who give everything for Costa Rica. I admire them. Please tell me how to get in contact with Police Major Alberto Bravo Benavide. We went to school together and I would like to get in touch with him. Thank you Excellent boys, congratulations. I would like to belong to this select group. Those who defend our country with their lives are great men of courage, my respects to them. I HOPE TO SOMEDAY GET TO WHERE THEY ARE TO DEFEND OUR HOMELAND AS THEY DO. Upon hearing the gunshots, a second police team entered through the front. Hurtado, a 25-year-old Nicaraguan, took cover in the vault. UEI Officer Albert Bustamante negotiated with the gunman and finally persuaded him to give himself up, his colleagues confirmed. Hurtado was sentenced to 50 years. In April 2012, the UEI marked its 30th year as a special police unit. As part of the Ministry of the Presidency, UEI is responsible for detecting and deactivating explosive devices, protecting government officials and dignitaries visiting the country, and also conducting high-risk operations against terrorist and drug trafficking activities. Other functions include intercepting drugs and weapons, amphibious operations, and the search and rescue of people missing in mountainous areas or bodies of water. Commissary Miguel Torres Sanabria, chief of operations of the UEI, said the elite group started in April 1982 after he and colleagues returned from training with Israeli special forces in Panama. Today, UEI’s members have a minimum of two years of regular service in law enforcement and have shown tenacity, perseverance, justice, loyalty and leadership. The unit includes 70 officers, ages 24 to 57. Their average service time is 18 years. last_img read more

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Colombian National Army supports health clinic in the Department of Putumayo

first_imgOn the first day of the program, Colombian soldiers provided services for 250 children from the neighborhood of Furatena, on the south side of Montería. Before the clinic opened, the Alas Foundation identified which patients needed to see which medical specialists. The health clinic took place in an area that is also known as the Amazon plains or lower Putumayo. The region is part of the greater Amazon rain forest reserve, which is home to various ethnic groups, including mestizos, persons of African descent, and indigenous peoples. The Colombian National Army, which shields the civilian population from terrorism, recently helped protect a large group of people in the Department of Putumayo from disease and dental problems. Protecting the physicians and patients who participated in the health clinic is part of the Army’s ongoing commitment to protect the civilian population from the FARC and other terrorist groups, such as the National Liberation Army (ELN). It took place at the Sagrado Corazón de Jesús hospital, where physicians from several specialties – including general practitioners, internists, pediatricians, dermatologists, orthopedists, gynecologists, and dental hygienists – provided treatment to patients. In addition to providing check-ups and basic treatment, some doctors conducted outpatient surgeries for patients who needed them. These included surgeries for hernias and tubal ligations. In previous years, the FARC has harassed priests and forced the closing of some churches. FARC operatives have also threatened the parents of some law enforcement officers and forced them to leave the region. The health clinic took place in an area that is also known as the Amazon plains or lower Putumayo. The region is part of the greater Amazon rain forest reserve, which is home to various ethnic groups, including mestizos, persons of African descent, and indigenous peoples. That day was an occasion for celebration. The Eleventh Brigade’s band played for the children and their parents, while soldiers played with many of the kids. Some of the soldiers performed magic tricks, while others had their faces painted, right alongside the children. In cooperation with other government agencies and an NGO, soldiers helped provide medical treatment and dental care to more than 1,000 people in the municipalities of Valle del Guamuez and San Miguel. The health clinic, with the support of Army soldiers, was conducted by the Administrative Territorial Consolidation Unit (UACT), Ecopetrol and the Alas Foundation during three days in late September. “This type of assistance is part of the military civic doctrine that the Colombian Army has developed over the past several years,” said Jairo Libreros, a security analyst at the External University of Colombia. Colombia has “achieved significant results with (its) operations, transforming municipalities once ravaged by insurgent groups or crime.” In cooperation with other government agencies and an NGO, soldiers helped provide medical treatment and dental care to more than 1,000 people in the municipalities of Valle del Guamuez and San Miguel. The health clinic, with the support of Army soldiers, was conducted by the Administrative Territorial Consolidation Unit (UACT), Ecopetrol and the Alas Foundation during three days in late September. The Army’s commitment to the civilian population Soldiers and police provide security It took place at the Sagrado Corazón de Jesús hospital, where physicians from several specialties – including general practitioners, internists, pediatricians, dermatologists, orthopedists, gynecologists, and dental hygienists – provided treatment to patients. In addition to providing check-ups and basic treatment, some doctors conducted outpatient surgeries for patients who needed them. These included surgeries for hernias and tubal ligations. In previous years, the FARC has harassed priests and forced the closing of some churches. FARC operatives have also threatened the parents of some law enforcement officers and forced them to leave the region. The Army helps civilians throughout the region Soldiers from the Ninth Special Energy and Roadways Battalion and the Special Psychological Operation Group (GEOS), in coordination with the Colombian National Police (PNC), provided security. Meanwhile, troops from the Twenty-Seventh Forest Brigade, Army Sixth Division, dressed as clowns and entertained children with inflatable dolls. “A sizeable portion of society believes that the Army must be fully involved in security efforts to protect citizens. Since 1999, the armed forces have been seen as the most prestigious institutions in Colombia. The Army wants to maintain this fluid communication with civilian society.” Soldiers from the Ninth Special Energy and Roadways Battalion and the Special Psychological Operation Group (GEOS), in coordination with the Colombian National Police (PNC), provided security. Meanwhile, troops from the Twenty-Seventh Forest Brigade, Army Sixth Division, dressed as clowns and entertained children with inflatable dolls. “This program provides opportunities for healthcare, education, recreation, sports and other activities aimed at children and teenagers,” the Army reported. “This type of assistance is part of the military civic doctrine that the Colombian Army has developed over the past several years,” said Jairo Libreros, a security analyst at the External University of Colombia. Colombia has “achieved significant results with (its) operations, transforming municipalities once ravaged by insurgent groups or crime.” Since the terrorist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) operates in this area, so the military and police took steps to assure the safety of both the patients and the physicians. “This program provides opportunities for healthcare, education, recreation, sports and other activities aimed at children and teenagers,” the Army reported. For example, for several weeks beginning in late May, the Army Eleventh Brigade participated in an initiative called “Fridays in Color,” a program that offers opportunities for medical treatment, recreation, sports and other activities for children and teenagers in Montería, the capital city of the Department of Córdoba. “A sizeable portion of society believes that the Army must be fully involved in security efforts to protect citizens. Since 1999, the armed forces have been seen as the most prestigious institutions in Colombia. The Army wants to maintain this fluid communication with civilian society.” Before the clinic opened, the Alas Foundation identified which patients needed to see which medical specialists. In addition to fighting terrorist groups, the Army helps the civilian population throughout the country in various ways. The Colombian National Army, which shields the civilian population from terrorism, recently helped protect a large group of people in the Department of Putumayo from disease and dental problems. The presence of high-ranking military officials and representatives from other government institutions “shows once again how committed the participating institutions are to this department, to improve living conditions for residents of lower Putumayo, in addition to reaching out to the people and learning about their circumstances so they can focus institutional efforts on the comprehensive development of these communities,” the Colombian National Army reported. The commander of the Sixth Division, Gen. Gabriel Pinilla Franco, and the commander of the Twenty-Seventh Forest Brigade, Col. Oscar Rey Linares both attended; representatives from the UACT, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Ecopetrol and local mayors were also on hand to support the initiative. The Army’s commitment to the civilian population Protecting the physicians and patients who participated in the health clinic is part of the Army’s ongoing commitment to protect the civilian population from the FARC and other terrorist groups, such as the National Liberation Army (ELN). On the first day of the program, Colombian soldiers provided services for 250 children from the neighborhood of Furatena, on the south side of Montería. The Army helps civilians throughout the region In addition to fighting terrorist groups, the Army helps the civilian population throughout the country in various ways. The presence of high-ranking military officials and representatives from other government institutions “shows once again how committed the participating institutions are to this department, to improve living conditions for residents of lower Putumayo, in addition to reaching out to the people and learning about their circumstances so they can focus institutional efforts on the comprehensive development of these communities,” the Colombian National Army reported. The commander of the Sixth Division, Gen. Gabriel Pinilla Franco, and the commander of the Twenty-Seventh Forest Brigade, Col. Oscar Rey Linares both attended; representatives from the UACT, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Ecopetrol and local mayors were also on hand to support the initiative. Soldiers and police provide security For example, for several weeks beginning in late May, the Army Eleventh Brigade participated in an initiative called “Fridays in Color,” a program that offers opportunities for medical treatment, recreation, sports and other activities for children and teenagers in Montería, the capital city of the Department of Córdoba. By Dialogo October 20, 2014 Since the terrorist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) operates in this area, so the military and police took steps to assure the safety of both the patients and the physicians. That day was an occasion for celebration. The Eleventh Brigade’s band played for the children and their parents, while soldiers played with many of the kids. Some of the soldiers performed magic tricks, while others had their faces painted, right alongside the children. last_img read more

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What’s Old Looks New Again: Amazing Images From The Past, Updated

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York There is an amazing phenomenon happening in the world of graphic design that many might not know about.You might be of a certain age, to remember when the art of colorizing old cartoons and movies came into being. Classic, black and white features were given a new life with their colorized versions, a practice that was sometimes unnatural, leading to a backlash by many in the movie industry.Albert Einstein on Long Island, 1939 (See also: Einstein on the Beach)Nowadays, fans of classic movies are probably more content to view them in their original incarnations, while color movies have been around for long enough that the novelty of colorizing film is pretty much gone.Not so for a newer trend, the colorization of old, black and white photographs.Washington D.C. auto accident, 1921Colorizing old photographs takes an extreme amount of skill, particularly to do it well, and judging by some of the better ones that have been circulating through the internet, great pride is taken in order to update these photos as accurately and realistically as possible.Shading, lighting and a near-endless range of skin tones are among the many nuances that a crafty graphic artists needs to contend with to visually update a dated photo in this manner. While the end result is often as accurate as one might find from a modern-day Hollywood period film, knowing that the photograph was actually taken decades before the advent of color film is still striking.Audrey HepburnThe result is often a remarkable transformation, a chance to view a variety of photographs from days of yore, from iconic images to everyday snapshots, in an way that the subjects, photographers and viewers throughout the years never could.In (almost) living color.For a great assortment of these and other colorized photographs, visit http://imgur.com/a/YiOLxSee also: The Civil War in Color For The First TimeSee also: A Vibrant Past: Colorizing the Archives of Historylast_img read more

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Seniors find silver lining in ‘Golden Girls’ lifestyle

first_imgby: Pamela YipWhen it comes to aging gracefully, most people prefer to do so in the comfort and familiarity of their homes.And hopefully not alone.Social isolation is a killer for seniors — physically and emotionally.To alleviate loneliness and financial pressures, a growing number of seniors are setting up households together in the model of the popular “Golden Girls” television series in which four older women share a home.“There’s a growing interest in this discussion, and this is being looked at and considered as much more of a possibility for baby boomers, particularly as they age,” said Sandy Markwood, chief executive of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.That’s not surprising.“One of the major issues as people grow older is loneliness, especially if you end up single for whatever reason,” said Bonnie Moore, founder of the Golden Girls Network, a national electronic database that helps older women and men find housemates. “There are more and more single older people, so the idea of living alone just does not appeal to people. If you do live alone, you become depressed more easily.” continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Break down the roadblocks to your financial goals

first_img 55SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr When it comes to saving money and planning for long-term financial goals, the first instinct for some people is to opt for instant gratification instead. So when it’s time to buy or save, you wouldn’t be alone in having a whole list of things you need to buy and a plethora of reasons why you can’t save.Here’s how financial experts suggest getting a handle on some of those reasons.“I Don’t Make Enough to Save”“People don’t realize that saving does not require a high income,” says Donna Skeels Cygan, author of “The Joy of Financial Security” and president of Sage Future Financial. “The two are virtually exclusive. Someone with a low income can still save, and many people with a very high income do not save at all.”If low income is your reason for not putting aside money on a regular basis, Cygan recommends starting with just 5 percent – or even 2 to 3 percent – of your income. Then, gradually increase it to 10 percent and then to 15 or 20 percent.When you do get that growth in income – a new job or a raise, perhaps – the best approach is to keep your expenses the same and simply raise the rate of your savings, she says. Have the amount of your raise automatically go into savings the moment it arrives. continue reading »last_img read more

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Shrewsbury 3 – 3 Swindon

first_imgAnd just when time looked as though it was up, Matt Smith popped up with a stoppage-time effort to rescue a point for Sheridan’s men. – Advertisement – Joel Grant reduced the arrears before half-time for Sheridan’s men with a deflected finish.But veteran Dave Edwards restored the hosts’ two-goal buffer with a lashed effort that flew into the net after a loose ball fell his way.Swindon were not done yet though, and forward Hallam Hope made it 3-2 just a few minutes later with a fine, curling effort.- Advertisement – The Shrews started brightly and it wasn’t long before they were toasting the opener.Aaron Pierre rose highest to meet a corner and thumped a header beyond Swindon stopper Joe Fryer to open the scoring.Barely five minutes later Matt Millar doubled the hosts’ advantage. Again it was courtesy of a header, with Millar nodding home Marc Pugh’s centre.- Advertisement – John Sheridan’s first game in charge of Swindon ended in a thrilling 3-3 draw at Shrewsbury.Sheridan arrived at the Robins in the week, following his departure from Sky Bet League One rivals Wigan.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Built with a future tech focus

first_img6 Outcrop Rise, CosgroveThe home’s second driveway leads to a concrete hardstand, perfect for a large boat or caravan, while the shed at the rear of the property has whirlybirds and side access. The house has multiple energy efficient features including 5kw solar system, retractable storm shutters and 3000L slimline rainwater tank.There is also a video intercom at the main entry.The kitchen has been fitted out with European stainless appliances, induction cooktop, black stone benchtops, dishwasher and stylish pendant lighting. 6 Outcrop Rise, CosgroveThe house, which has two-bathrooms and a double garage, strikes the perfect balance between stylish street appeal and functionality.Ray White Douglas agent Nicole Plozza said the home represented great value as it was priced below replacement cost. 6 Outcrop Rise, CosgroveTHIS four-bedroom home in masterplanned community Cosgrove is not your typical near-new house.It’s packed with features only found in premium new homes from the LED lighting to outdoor kitchen, huge shed with lights and electricity to the two driveways.The owner has only lived in the home for around a year so it has retained the freshness of a just-built home. 6 Outcrop Rise, CosgroveThe master bedroom has a huge walk-in wardrobe and luxuriously appointed ensuite while the three remaining bedrooms all have television and data points.Through the double tracked doors there is a large patio with outdoor kitchen, retractable shade screen and power, data and television ports. 6 Outcrop Rise, CosgroveMore from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020She said the home would suit retirees or a couple who still want a four-bedroom home without the maintenance, as it can easily be locked up and left if the owners want to travel.“They have used high-end fixtures and there is so many extras like the shed and solar, which you just don’t get in most homes,” she said. “You don’t need to add anything.“The road through Cosgrove links to Mount Louisa and Kirwan straight over the hill.”Situated on 576sq m of land in an elevated position, the house enjoys hillside breezes and there are no rear neighbours.last_img read more

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FMGC Trials Ballast System for Subsea Cables at SEM-REV Site

first_imgFMGC has recently installed the cast iron shells (IBOCS) – developed to ballast subsea electrical cables – at a depth of 30 meters on the Centrale Nantes SEM-REV offshore test site.These tests are part of the FORESEA project, which aims to help bring marine renewable energy (MRE) technologies to market by providing access to the North-European network of offshore test sites, which includes SEM-REV.The FMGC shells protect, stabilize and restrict the bend of subsea electrical cables. The objective of the tests is to demonstrate the stability of the cables ballasted with these cast iron shells, including under heavy swell conditions.The shells will remain on site for several months and will be subjected to extreme winter conditions. These tests will also provide comparative data, since three sections of test cables – two equipped with shells of different linear density and the third completely bare – were installed alongside each other.The FMGC and SEM-REV teams will observe how the shells bear up (resistance, corrosion, etc.) in order to gain feedback in an environment representative of offshore wind farm conditions.Innosea, a Centrale Nantes spin-off, worked with FMGC on shell design methods to calculate the optimal mass required to ensure cable stability on the sea floor. FMGC also equipped the Floatgen foundation – the first offshore wind turbine in France – with clump weights, which are attached to the anchor lines, providing stability to the floating structure.The FMGC is the third company to make use of the Centrale Nantes offshore test site, following on from NEREIS Environnement’s acoustic sensor and the Floatgen floating wind turbine – a European research project involving Idéol, Bouygues TP and Centrale Nantes.last_img read more