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Prince To Receive Honorary Degree From University of Minnesota

first_imgBeloved pop icon Prince passed away earlier this year, leaving behind a wake of loyal supporters and admirers everywhere. The Purple One was adored around the world, but perhaps nowhere as much as his home state of Minnesota. While other artists might have abandoned the locale for big city life, Prince instead set up shop at his Paisley Park manor and poured funds into the local community.Though Prince passed away on April 21st, the University of Minnesota had been planning to award Prince with an honorary doctorate for not only his artistic contributions, but for his philanthropic and social ones as well. The nomination comes posthumously, and a ceremony will be detailed for later this year.“As Minnesotans and people around the world continue to celebrate Prince’s life and contributions to society, the University is privileged to award the honorary degree posthumously,” said President Eric Kaler on the U of M website. “Prince was transformational in American music and culture, and we are extremely proud of his many accomplishments, as well as his efforts to give back to his home state, a legacy we hope to continue.”“He changed the world’s view of what it meant to be Minnesotan,” said Michael Kim, Director of the University of Minnesota’s School of Music. “He demonstrated that far from provincial and unassuming, Minnesota’s creative talents were cutting-edge and brilliant. I can think of no better way to express the University’s esteem for one of Minnesota’s own sons, and one of the most talented and influential performing artists of all time.”There’s nothing but love for Prince. RIP.[Photo via Chad Anderson Photography]last_img read more

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Blueberry boost

first_img(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) By Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaBlueberries may not be the cure-all for everything from cancer to economic instability, but they’re on the rise in rural Georgia. And health-conscious fans have a new twist: organic blueberries.The little berry bush, native to the U.S. Southeast, is hardy and disease resistant in a climate that hurts organic agriculture more than it helps. Where fruit crops such as peaches, apples and strawberries have a hard time surviving insects and diseases, blueberries thrive.And organically grown blueberries might be just the boost small towns in south Georgia need to thrive themselves.“A lot of areas where blueberries grow are economically depressed,” said Gerard Krewer, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension horticulturist in Tifton, Ga.Conventional blueberry farms are concentrated in south Georgia. Organic production “would perhaps keep people from moving away from the areas and would definitely benefit the local communities,” said Harald Scherm, a plant pathology professor in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Scherm and Krewer and Georgia county Extension agents are taking on the challenge of growing organic blueberries. Their research is designed to help growers manage weeds, insects and diseases to grow organic blueberries.“Organic production is harder,” Krewer said. “We don’t have magic silver bullets — the fungicide, insecticide and herbicide options — that make the job of growing so much easier.”For years, Krewer has studied organic blueberries on a shoestring budget. When he started working on larger projects in 2005, he started looking for more funding.He, Scherm and colleagues at the University of Florida were awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Integrated Organic Program. Their goal over the next three years is “to develop best management practices and economic cost analyses for organic blueberry production,” Scherm said.“Recently, organic produce has become much more widely available due to mass merchandising, chain stores and marketing,” Krewer said. “There’s been a real change in the mind-set as some of the growers realize the demand for organic produce.”The scientists are working closely with organic blueberry growers through Georgia Organics, Inc. Eight Georgia farmers grow organic blueberries now on 200 acres.“This isn’t some pie-in-the-sky research,” Scherm said. “It’s really happening.”Blueberries have their roots buried deep in Georgia soil. The rabbiteye blueberry is native to southeast Georgia and northeast Florida. It can grow organically despite pest and disease problems caused by the region’s high humidity.“Weed control is a major issue,” Scherm said, “especially when you’re establishing new plots. And with older blueberry plots, woody weeds are major problems.”Scherm is also looking at ways to fertilize blueberries organically. He’s testing such products as pasteurized chicken litter and bone meal.“We’re trying to see how farmers should use these products and developing a set of management guidelines for weeds and fertilizers,” he said. “We’re also looking at insect management organically, through biological controls and biopesticides.”They’re studying organic mulches, too, such as peanut hulls, pine straw, bark and organically approved plastic.And while they’re checking the scientific side, UGA economist Greg Fonsah is looking at the economic feasibility of organic blueberry production.“Much of the grant focuses on horticulture, what happens in the field,” Krewer said. “But what also matters in the long run is the economics of growing organic blueberries. Farmers have to make money to stay in business.”Georgia blueberry acreage has grown from 4,500 acres in 2002 to more than 6,000 acres in 2006, Fonsah said. “This acreage is expected to further increase in 2007,” he said. “More growers are getting interested in this crop, which is now ranked second in the state’s fruit and nut industry.”The demand for blueberries is partially due to their nutritional value. They contain vitamin C, and their antioxidants may help prevent certain cancers.“There has been a tremendous expansion of overall blueberry production as people realize the health benefits of blueberries,” Scherm said.last_img read more

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Somali Pirates Attack French Military Flagship

first_imgBy Dialogo October 09, 2009 La unica forma de combatir la pirateria, es manteniendo un grupo de marinos de la tripulacion del buque, entrenados y armados de escopetas contra motines, para repeler el abordage. esta medida no puede operar en barcos cisternas que trasporten GAS! es altamente peligrosa, por sucapacidad de explotar con una chispa de un tiro. Somali pirates attempted to storm the French navy’s 18,000 tonne flagship in the Indian Ocean after mistaking it for a cargo vessel, the French military said. The crew of La Somme, a 160-metre (525-foot) command vessel and fuel tanker, easily saw off the brazen night-time assault by lightly armed fighters on two lightweight skiffs and captured five pirates, a spokesman said. “The pirates, who because of the darkness took the French ship for a commercial vessel, were on board two vessels and opened fire with Kalashnikovs,” Admiral Christophe Prazuck said in Paris. La Somme is the French command vessel in the Indian Ocean, overseeing French air, sea and land forces fighting Somali pirates and hunting terrorists under the banner of the US-led Operation Enduring Freedom. Officers on the ship have directed commando operations to free French hostages in the hands of Somali pirates. The pirates tried to flee when they realised their mistake but were pursued by French forces who, after an hour-long chase, caught one of the skiffs, Prazuck said. On it they found five men but no weapons, water or food as the pirates had apparently thrown all of the boat’s contents overboard, the spokesman said. A Western official at sea in the area, speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity, said that there had been an exchange of fire between the warship and the pirate launches. “One of the skiffs managed to get away in the night because La Somme was busy with the first pirate boat,” he said. “Despite the arrival of other vessels, they haven’t yet managed to find the second boat,” he said, adding that many warships in the area were busy hunting another group which attacked a cargo ship off the Seychelles on Sunday. The world’s naval powers have deployed dozens of warships to the lawless waters off Somalia over the past year to curb attacks by pirates in one of the world’s busiest maritime trade routes. La Somme was operating 250 nautical miles (460 kilometres) off the Somali coast, on its way to resupply fuel to frigates patrolling shipping lanes as part of the European Union’s Operation Atalanta anti-piracy mission. This was not the first time that Somali pirates have mistakenly attacked a French naval vessel. Several pirates were captured in May when they attempted to board a frigate in the area. Somalia has had no proper government since it plunged into lawlessness after President Mohamed Siad Barre was overthrown in 1991. The country is riven by factional fighting and pirate gangs operate freely from several ports along its Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden coasts. According to the environmental watchdog Ecoterra International, at least 163 attacks have been carried out by Somali pirates since the start of 2009 alone, 47 of them successful hijackings. Last year, more than 130 merchant ships were attacked, an increase of more than 200 percent on 2007, according to the International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre in Kuala Lumpur. Pirates have in recent weeks resumed attacks with the end of the monsoon season. Last week Somali gunmen captured Spanish fishing boat The Alakrana with 36 crew members in the Indian Ocean. The US Maritime Administration warned last month that the end of the monsoon season was likely to bring an increase in piracy off Somalia and urged shipping companies to be vigilant. Calmer waters allow pirates, who often operate in small fibreglass skiffs towed out to sea by captured fishing vessels, to hijack freighters, trawlers and private yachts. Cruise vessels have also been attacked.last_img read more

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Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne’s Family Album With Kelly and Jack

first_imgThe former Black Sabbath lead singer was known for his onstage antics, but his family also entered the public eye on the MTV reality series The Osbournes. The Emmy-winning show — which ran from 2002 to 2005 — followed Sharon and Ozzy as they attempted to parent their rebellious teens.Kelly told WTOP in 2017 that filming reality TV was drastically different in the early 2000s.“We were the first and only ones who did it the way we did it,” the Fashion Police alum said. “[Today], they’ll film a season in less than six weeks. It took us six months! If we did it the way that they do it now, we’d probably still be doing it. You have a lot more control. But we got to a point where we’re like, ‘Let’s end on a high, people know who we are now, it isn’t what we want to do forever, [so] it’s a nice time to stop.’”- Advertisement – Crazy, but that’s how it goes! The Osbourne family paved the way for a new kind of reality television that focused on family dynamics and gave a glimpse inside the lifestyles of the rich and the famous.Ozzy Osbourne and his manager, Sharon Osbourne, tied the knot in July 1982 in Maui. Sharon gave birth to their eldest daughter, Aimee, in September 1983 followed by daughter Kelly in October 1984 and son Jack in November 1985. Ozzy is also the father of children Elliott, Louis and Jessica, with whom he shares with ex-wife Thelma Riley.- Advertisement – The Osbourne family briefly returned to TV with their short-lived variety series Osbournes Reloaded, but the show was canceled in 2009 after one season. Ozzy and Jack teamed up for the reality series Ozzy and Jack’s World Detour in 2016, but the show ended after three seasons. The “Crazy Train” singer and Jack reunited with Sharon and Kelly for their Travel Channel series, The Osbournes Want to Believe, in 2020.Although cameras stopped following the famous family in 2005, the drama continued. Us Weekly broke the news in 2016 that Ozzy was having an affair with celebrity hairstylist Michelle Pugh. Ozzy and The Talk cohost briefly separated after the incident but later reunited.In August 2020, Kelly revealed that she lost 85 pounds after she showed off her massive weight loss via Instagram. Days later, the TV personality announced she had received gastric sleeve surgery two years prior.“I don’t give a f–k what anyone has to say. I did it, I’m proud of it, they can suck s–t. I did the gastric sleeve. All it does is change the shape of your stomach,” she said during an interview on the “Hollywood Raw” podcast. “I got that almost two years ago. I will never, ever, ever lie about it ever. It is the best thing I have ever done.”Scroll down to see photos of the Osbournes over the years. – Advertisement – However, Aimee chose not to appear on the show with the rest of the Osbourne clan. In 2020, Sharon explained on The Talk that she didn’t blame her oldest daughter for avoiding the spotlight. The Celebrity Apprentice alum detailed the intensive filming process, which included about 30 crew members following them “24 hours a day.”“The house wasn’t a home anymore. It was a studio,” she said. “So, I get why she didn’t like it. But would I have done it differently? I didn’t know what I was doing then. So, you know, I wouldn’t have done anything differently because I had an unbelievable time doing it.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

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PUBG Corp sues Fortnite studio for copyright infringement

first_imgLast Friday, a representative from PUBG Corporation – developers of widely-popular battle royale shooter PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – announced they had filed a copyright violation lawsuit against Epic Games’ Fortnite, for its similarity to PUBG.The two titles have had somewhat of a tumultuous relationship as they fight over an explosive battle royale audience; while our knowledge of the lawsuit is limited at this point, there’s a lot to consider in weighing out the results of a potential case.What we know“We filed the suit to protect our copyright,” the company told the Korea Times.This is about the extent of which is confirmed on the lawsuit thus far, a lot of speculation is floating around regarding how the two might clash in court and what this could mean for the future of Fortnite if found guilty of copyright infringement – let’s get into what we do know. Both PUBG and Fortnite share an undeniable likeness to one another; last-man-standing shooters where 100 players jump from the sky and scavenge for items presents arguments for the similarity of the games. While PUBG was up and running well before Fortnite was, the concept of battle royale or last-man-standing isn’t new at all; even Minecraft and GTA V sported their own battle royale variant at one point before PUBG hit the market. If PUBG Corp plans on arguing on the basis that Epic Games is infringing copyright by making a game within the same genre, they’ll likely be unsuccessful in their case without stronger foundation.PUBG and Fortnite share DNA in the form of Unreal Engine, a suite of tools for game developers to design and build games. Both battle royale giants were made in Unreal Engine, which is owned by Epic Games; the only plausible case we can gather PUBG could form is that Epic Games lifted existing code from what PUBG had created and either implemented it directly or enhanced it for Fortnite. There’s still very little known about the case itself right now, we’ll likely have to wait this one out to see how exactly it unfolds.Imitate vs. recreateCopyright is a bit of a sensitive subject – the legal rights ensure creators of original work bear the exclusive rights of its use and distribution. A grey area exists in deeming copyright infringement, and there is always the age-old debate between what is imitating and what is recreating. Fair use is a murky territory within copyright law, essentially it allows for copywritten material to be used to an extent before infringing upon the rights to exclusivity. Whether use can be considered fair use or not can only be resolved in federal court, therefore predicting the result of a PUBG Corp vs Epic Games legal quarrel would be a long shot – however, we can make some assumptions based on what is typically looked at in these cases (if it makes it to court). If it’s discovered Epic Games lifted code directly from PUBG without modifying it they’ll have some sort of case on their hands. Then again, if it’s found Epic tweaked existing codes into something new or different, they’ll likely have the upper-hand in this dispute. Mind you, a potential plagiarism of PUBG’s code on behalf of Epic’s Fortnite is only speculation.Epic did reference PUBG in the development of Fortnite’s battle royale variant though, stating “We love battle royale games like PUBG and thought Fortnite would make a great foundation for our own version”. So while the question of imitation still looms, there was certainly an inspiration behind Fortnite’s own last-man-standing game mode. Epic Games could have potentially sealed their own fate however by publicly announcing their motivation from PUBG to create their own battle royale mode; using another game’s brand to promote your own may be subject to legal penalty – another limb protected under copyright law. Even then, infringement of this nature is subjective to the courts, so there’s no telling whether Epic can be referenced in violation of their statement including PUBG or not.Lastly, it’s important to note that the colossal Chinese gaming developer and investor Tencent is now in the crossfire as a result of the Fortnite and PUBG feud. With Tencent holding 40% of Epic Games and reportedly planning on investing $470 million into PUBG developers Bluehole, the dispute is going to cause some additional abrasiveness. It may be possible the lawsuit gets dropped solely based off Tencent’s large involvement.Esports Insider says: With little mention of the case details besides it being a copyright violation suit, we’re going to have to wait until this allegation unfolds before we start learning more about it. If the lawsuit does, in fact, make it to the courtroom, we suspect the question of imitation versus inspiration will be a dominant theme. We’ll be sure to keep an eye on the case and provide updates along the way.last_img read more

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LDALL-POLLS 2 LAST

first_imgEarlier in the morning, a clash between BJP and TMC Earlier in the morning, a clash between BJP and TMC workers left eight persons injured in Dumrut village of Birbhum at around 6 AM before polling began, an EC report said. Three persons were later arrested.TMC candidate from Siliguri Assembly constituency Bhaichung Bhutia alleged bogus votes were being cast at Sriguru Vidyapith booth and a complaint was registered with EC.Though there were no poll violence-related deaths, a polling officer identified as Gopi Chakravarty died of heart attack in Alipurduar constituency.Controversial TMC leader Anubrata Mandal, who was put under round-the-clock surveillance by the Election Commission, which also imposed restrictions on his movement, faced the ire of the poll panel for not following its instructions.Two FIRs were being lodged against him for venturing out of his constituency despite warning and for going to cast vote sporting TMCs election symbol on his kurta.Over 1.2 crore electorate will decide the fate of 383 candidates, including 33 women, in the second phase.Siliguri seat witnessed a high-profile contest with the city mayor and former CPI-M Minister Ashok Bhattacharya crossing swords with TMCs Bhaichung Bhutia. The electoral fate of state ministers Gautam Deb, Krishnendu Narayan Chowdhury and Sabitri Mitra will also be decided in this phase.Soumitra Ray, singer of popular Bengali band Bhoomi, actors Joy Banerjee and Locket Chatterjee and singer Suman Banerjee are also trying their luck in the electoral arena. PTI NIK CORR MD SK SKlast_img read more

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