Inside the Replica of the Titanic, set to sail in 2018

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By Messy Nessy
There is no vessel that has captured the world’s imagination quite like the Titanic. The “unsinkable” four-funnelled ship of the White Star Line that sunk beneath the ice cold waters of the Atlantic in 1912, is one of the 20th century’s great dramas. So would you step aboard a resurrection of the fateful Titanic?

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The concept of a replica of the Titanic has been explored (and failed) several times, especially since Leo and Kate took the voyage in David Cameron’s 1997 Oscar-winning film, sparking a resurgence of interest. But on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship in 2012, a determined Australian mining billionaire, Clive Palmer, announced he was going to re-build the iconic ocean liner once and for all with the cruise company Blue Star Line.


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Within a year of the announcement however, after the initial buzz and publicity for the Titanic II, things seemed to go a little quiet. The reliability of Palmer’s fortune began to come into question. It was expected to set sail in late 2016, calling at the same ports as the Titanic, including Southampton and New York, but there remains little evidence that the building has even begun. The project has also raised some controversy about the insensitivity of building a replica of the tragic vessel on which claimed more than 1,500 lives. So is the whole concept just cursed?
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Well, it looks like the plan is still on. Despite the Blue Star Line website desperately needing a recent update on its progress development of Titanic II, a spokesman for Clive Palmer recently confirmed to the press that the new ship will be launched in 2018 (two years later than initially planned) and the project has merely been delayed and not abandoned.
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Just like the original ship, which had the world awaiting its maiden voyage for months following a frenzy of publicity, the Titanic II is likely to keep us in anticipation. In the meantime however, the Blue Star Line website gives us a glimpse of the ship’s design.
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Thanks to the publicity that was generated for the Titanic prior to its launch in 1912, today’s designers certainly have plenty of archive material to work from in replicating the luxurious ocean liner…
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As its predecessor did, the Titanic II will offer first, second and third-class tickets and 840 cabins capable of accommodating 2,400 passengers and 900 crew members.
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It is planned that all the original restaurants and dining rooms will be represented on Titanic II.

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An original Titanic menu

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There’s even rumours of the option of dressing up in period costume in order to achieve the ultimate experience.
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The ship will also feature replicas of the Titanic’s Turkish baths, swimming pool and gymnasium.
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Titanic II is set to look virtually identical to the Belfast-built luxury liner which sank on April 1912, but will be four meters wider in order to meet today’s maritime safety regulations, and the hull will be welded, not riveted.

It also will be updated to meet all regulations regarding the Safety of Life at Sea (life jackets, number of lifeboats, communications etc) which came to be after, you guessed it, the sinking if the first Titanic.
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(Pictured above: A life preserver from the ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic found during the initial search for survivors and owned by the same family for 90 years. It was the first Titanic life jacket to be offered at auction in the United States, one of about six believed to have survived to this day. (c) Christie’s.)
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The state-owned Chinese shipyard CSC Jinling has been contracted to build the replica slow speed diesel ship. However according to the most recent reports from the Belfast Telegraph, the Titanic II will no longer be retracing its planned route from Southampton to New York, and will now be travelling from Jiangsu, China, to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, “where Blue Star Line has been forging business partnerships”.
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Now for me, this is where the idea of a “legendary journey re-imagined” starts to lose its magic. When speaking to the Telegraph, a BlueStar spokesperson insisted, “we are not looking for investment from Dubai, as it is a project we are funding ourselves, but we have been in contact with a number of companies based in the Emirates who are looking at utilising opportunities that arises with the project.”
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Allegedly Blue Star has so far been inundated with inquiries from potential passengers, with some offering up to £640,000 for a chance to be on the maiden voyage. But when will one be able to purchase tickets? Blue Star’s FAQ section says tickets are not yet available for purchase, but when the information and pricing becomes available, it will be on this website.
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Let’s just hope Glacier II, an exact replica of the original glacier, won’t be waiting in 2018.

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Aubrey Ngoma’s Miss Of The Year Contender – Ajax Cape Town vs MP Black Aces & Worst Football Misses 2015/2016

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Worst Football Misses 2015/2016

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Pygmy Marmoset The Thumb or Finger Monkey

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The pygmy marmoset (Cebuella pygmaea) is a small New World monkey native to rainforests of the western Amazon Basin in South America. It is notable for being the smallest monkey and one of the smallest primates in the world at just over 100 grams (3.5 oz) (Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur is smaller). It is generally found in evergreen and river edge forests and is a gum-feeding specialist, or a gumivore.
About 83% of the pygmy marmoset population lives in stable troops of two to nine individuals, including a dominant male, a breeding female, and up to four successive litters of offspring. The modal size of a standard stable troop would be 6 individuals. Although most groups consist of family members, some may also include 1-2 additional adult members. Members of the group communicate using a complex system including vocal, chemical, and visual signals. There are three main calling signals that depend on the distance the call needs to travel. These monkeys may also make visual displays when threatened or to show dominance. Chemical signaling using secretions from glands on the chest and genital area allow the female to indicate to the male when she is able to reproduce. The female gives birth to twins twice a year and the parental care is shared between the group.

The pygmy marmoset has been viewed as somewhat different from typical marmosets, most of which are classified in the genera Callithrix andMico, and thus is accorded its own genus, Cebuella, within the family Callitrichidae. It is listed as Least Concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as it is common across its wide range and not at immediate risk of widespread decline. The biggest threats to the species are habitat loss and the pet trade.
Physical description
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The pygmy marmoset is the world’s smallest monkey.
The pygmy marmoset is one of the world’s smallest primates, and is the smallest true monkey, with a head-body length ranging from 117 to 152 millimetres (4.6 to 6.0 in) and a tail of 172 to 229 millimetres (6.8 to 9.0 in). The average adult body weight is just over 100 grams (3.5 oz) with the only sexual dimorphism of females being a little heavier. The fur colour is a mixture of brownish-gold, grey, and black on its back and head and yellow, orange, and tawny on its underparts. Its tail has black rings and its face has flecks of white on its cheeks and a white vertical line between its eyes. It has many adaptations for arboreal living including the ability to rotate its head 180 degrees and sharp claw-like nails used to cling to branches and trees. Its dental morphology is adapted to feeding on gum, with specialised incisors that are used to gouge trees and stimulate sap flow. Its cecum is larger than usual to allow for the greater period of time gum takes to break down in the stomach. The pygmy marmoset walks on all four limbs and can leap up to five meters between branches.
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Ecology
Geographic range and habitat
The pygmy marmoset can be found in much of the western Amazon Basin, in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. The western pygmy marmoset, Cebuella pygmaea pygmaea, occurs in the state of Amazonas, Brazil, eastern Peru, southern Colombia, and north-eastern Ecuador. The eastern pygmy marmoset, C. p. niveiventris, is also found in Amazonas, but also in Acre, Brazil, eastern Peru, and northern Bolivia. The distribution of both subspecies is often limited by rivers. It typically lives in the understory of the mature evergreen forests and often near rivers. Population density is correlated with food tree availability. It can be found between ground level and about 20 metres (66 ft) into the trees but generally does not enter the top of the canopy. It is often found in areas with standing water for more than three months of the year.
Diet
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Specialised claws allow the pygmy marmoset to cling to trees while feeding.
This monkey has a specialized diet of tree gum. It gnaws holes in the bark of appropriate trees and vines with its specialized dentition to elicit the production of gum. When the sap puddles up in the hole, it laps it up with its tongue. It also lies in wait for insects, especially butterflies, which are attracted to the sap holes. It supplements its diet with nectar and fruit. A group’s home range is 0.1 to 0.4 hectares (0.25 to 0.99 acres), and feeding is usually concentrated on one or two trees at a time. When those become depleted, a group moves to a new home range. Brown-mantled tamarins are generally sympatric with pygmy marmosets and often raid pygmy marmosets’ gum holes.
Pygmy marmosets have adapted insect-like claws, known as tegulae, to engage in a high degree of claw-clinging behaviors associated with plant exudate exploitation. Exudate is any material that oozes out of a plant, including gum, sap, resin, and latex. Claw-clinging is primarily used during feeding, but also during plant exudate foraging.
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Behaviour
A pygmy marmoset group, ranging from two to nine members, contains one or two adult males and one or two adult females, including a single breeding female and her offspring. Interbirth interval ranges from 149–746 days. In contrast to other callitrichines, there is no relationship between the number of adult males and the number of infants and offspring. However, there is a significant positive relationship between the number of juveniles and the number of adult and sub adult group members. Young marmosets typically remain in the group for two consecutive birth cycles. The pygmy marmoset uses special types of communication to give alerts and warning to its family members. These include chemical, vocal, and visual types of communication. It is believed to serve to promote group cohesion and avoidance of other groups.

Social systems
Infant pygmy marmosets, along with their parents, twin, and other siblings, form cooperative care groups. Babbling, or vocalizing, by the infant marmoset is a key part of its relationships with its family members and is a major part of its development. As the infant develops, the babbling gradually changes to resemble and eventually become adult vocalization. There are many similarities between the development of vocalization in infant pygmy marmosets and speech in infant humans. Vocalizing gives the infant advantages such as increased care and allows the entire family to coordinate their activities without seeing each other.
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Pygmy marmosets live in groups of two to nine individuals.
Siblings also participate in infant care. Infant marmosets require the most attention, so having more family members participating in the care decreases the cost for any individual and also teaches parenting skills to the juvenile marmosets. Members of the group, usually female, may even put off their own reproduction through a temporary cessation of ovulation in order to care for the offspring of others in the group. The ideal number of caregivers for an infant marmoset has been shown to be around five individuals. Caregivers are responsible for finding food for the infants as well helping the father watch for predators.
The pygmy marmoset is a non-seasonal breeder and usually gives birth to twins once or twice a year. However, single births occur 16% of the time and triplet births 8% of the time. The pygmy marmoset is usually monogamous though there is some variation within the species in terms of breeding systems. Polyandry also occurs as male marmosets are responsible for carrying the infants on their backs. Having a second male to carry the offspring can be beneficial as marmoset litters are often twins and decreases the cost to any particular male. The daily range of the pygmy marmoset, however, is relatively small, which decreases the rate of polyandry.
Male and female pygmy marmosets show differences in foraging and feeding behavior, although male and female dominance and aggressive behavior varies within the species. Males have less time to search out food sources and forage due to the constraints of their infant caring responsibilities and predator vigilance. Without an infant to carry, female pygmy marmosets have greater freedom to forage, giving them an apparent feeding priority. This priority may serve to compensate mothers for the energetic costs of carrying and lactating for two offspring at a time. However, the fact that feeding priority is also given to females without offspring weakens the argument. Instead, female feeding priority may have evolved through sexual selection. Females may choose mates who invest more time in infant care and predator vigilance. Such males have less time to look for food, allowing the female feeding priority.
Communication
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Groups use contact calls to stay together when foraging, feeding, and travelling.
The pygmy marmoset is well known for its communication abilities including an intricate system of calls. The trill is used during feeding, foraging, and when travelling and the group is close together. The J-call is a series of fast notes repeated by the caller and is used at medium distances. Both calls are used as contact calls. The long call is used when the group is spread out over distances greater than ten meters or in response to a neighboring group. The pygmy marmoset uses the trill for short distance communication, J-calls for intermediate distances, and long calls for long distances; these have respectively decreasing frequencies.

It is capable of distinguishing both the type of call and the individual making the call. Research based on audio playback tests shows that calls recorded from different individuals in captivity varied significantly in all seven auditory parameters analyzed for each type of call. Behavioral responses to trills were greatest when the caller was the dominant male of the group. Responses to J-calls were greatest when the caller was the monkey’s mate or a same-sex monkey from outside the group. Varying responses to individual callers were only observed when the call was given spontaneously from another animal rather than being played back from a recording, with one exception. That exception was that male monkeys responded to playbacks of their own calls differently from those of other monkeys, when the call was played back from a familiar location. It is thought the pygmy marmoset reacts at first to the type of call that is being made and then adjusts its behavior slightly to react to the specific individual that is making the call. This allows the marmoset to react appropriately to all calls but show some variation when the call gives extra information.
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Environmental factors play a role in communication by affecting the frequency of the signal and how far the signal can travel and still be audible to communicate the desired message. Since the pygmy marmoset is often found in the rain forest, plant life, and the humid atmosphere, add to the normal absorption and scattering of sound. Because low frequency calls are affected less by the disturbances than their high frequency counterparts, they are used for communication across longer distances. The pygmy marmoset changes the characteristics of its calls when its social environment is changed. Adult marmosets will show modifications in the structure of their calls which mimic that of their group members. In addition to changes of existing calls, novel calls may be heard from marmosets after pairing.
The pygmy marmoset has other ways to communicate information about matters such as the female’s ovulatory state. New World monkeys do not show genital swelling duringovulation as female Old World monkeys do. Instead, a lack of female aggression towards males can serve as a signal of ovulation. Scent glands on its chest, anus, and genitals are also rubbed on surfaces which leave chemical signals about the reproductive state of the female. The pygmy marmoset also performs visual displays such as strutting, back-arching, and piloerection when it feels threatened or to show dominance.
Conservation
The pygmy marmoset, due to its extensive population size, is not thought to be at risk of large population declines. As a result, it is listed as a species of Least Concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The species was originally listed on Appendix I by CITES due to wildlife trade but has since been downgraded to Appendix II. It is threatened by habitat loss in some areas of its range, and by the pet trade in others (i.e. Ecuador).
Interaction between humans and the pygmy marmoset is associated with a number of behavioral changes in the animal including social play and vocalization, both of which are important to communication between animals in the species. Particularly in areas of heavy tourism, pygmy marmosets have a tendency to be less noisy, less aggressive, and less playful with other individuals. They are also pushed into higher strata of the rainforest than they would normally prefer. Tourism in areas native to the pygmy marmoset is also correlated with increased capture of the animal. Due to its small size and relatively docile nature, captured pygmy marmosets are often found in exotic pet trades. Capture causes even more behavioral variations, including a decrease in both the number and the sound level of vocalizations. Pygmy marmosets can also be found at local zoos, where they exist in groups.
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Pygmy Marmoset as Pets
If you are truly interested in pygmy marms, you will need:

A secure, outdoor enclosure, measuring at least 10 feet long, 6 feet wide and 10 feet high.
Monkeys need sun exposure or UV lighting so they must be allowed out of doors, because they are tropical they will also need heating…such enclosures are custom builds and cost thousands, chicken wire isn’t going to cut it, you’re going to need heavy grade parrot weld mesh.
Many years of knowledge…you should work with monkeys before you decide to get them as pets…once you work with them and realise how noisy, smelly, aggressive and not friendly they are, it will probably put you off. Intimate knowledge is required regarding diet, behavioural concerns and enrichment. If you are still atthe stage of thinking its OK to keep one marmoset on its own, you have a LONG way to go.
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A protocol to follow if your marms escape, if they do damage you could end up with a hefty lawsuit. Tiny though they are, all monkeys are super intelligent and great at taking things apart and scratching and biting people.

A LOT of time on your hands…6-8 hours a day for the rest of your marmosets life.

A huge amount of dedication. Exotic animals are a world away from other pets, most people are NOT capable of caring for them.
The monkey will set you back anywhere from $3,000 to $10,000 or more a piece.
Then the proper cage/enclosure is going to run you upwards of $20,000.
Then diet… Well, you can’t buy “monkey chow”. It must be prepared, fresh, daily.. And must meet all dietary needs. Monkeys are omnivores. This diet is going to rack up the bills as well.
And then you have to think of all the toys, games, you will supply them with.
Then all the things in your home that could possibly get broken and need replacing…
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THEN, think about a vet.
What vet is going to see a monkey?
A zoo vet, that is who. have to looked up how much THAT will cost you? I don’t have to look it up to know that it is going to be a LOT.

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How Much Does it Cost $$$$$$$ to Raise Kids in Canada? Or the USA

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By Krystal Yee
Having children is a big financial responsibility — and it’s important to know what you’re getting into. Read this guide for an outline of some of the biggest costs.
According to MoneySense.ca, the average cost of raising a child to age 18 is a whopping $243,660. Break down that number, and that’s $12,825 per child, per year — or $1,070 per month. And that’s before you send them off to university.

While money isn’t the only factor when deciding when to have children, it’s still important to consider whether you can afford to raise a child — and what short-term and long-term sacrifices you might have to make.

Here are some numbers to think about.
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Maternity leave
Employment Insurance will only give you a maximum of $485 per week, or $45,900 a year — and you have to pay income tax out of that amount — so it’s important to think about how your household will deal with the loss in income during the first year of your baby’s life. In order to become comfortable with your reduced household income, calculate how much money you might receive in maternity leave benefits and try creating and living off of a reduced budget while or even before you are pregnant.

Lost wages
Not only will you lose a significant amount of income during maternity leave, but taking time off to raise children might also affect a parent’s long-term employability. MoneySense.ca suggests that for each year parents take off, they experience a three per cent wage loss. So if you return to the workforce after taking five years off, you are likely to earn 15 per cent less.

Mandatory expenses
Parents of babies need items such as a crib, car seat, stroller, high chair and baby gates. These items aren’t cheap, and can potentially cost thousands of dollars in total if you decide to buy new. Start your search for these items by asking friends, family, coworkers or neighbours who have recently had children. They might be willing to sell, lend or even give you the items that you are looking for. Make sure to check out Craigslist, Kijiji and neighbourhood yard sales for deep discounts on these expensive items.
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Ongoing expenses
Children can be money pits. Not only do newborns go through a huge amount of diapers, formula and clothing, but the costs to feed and clothe your child will increase as they continue to grow. In fact, according to the MoneySense.ca cost breakdown, you could be looking at spending $48,760 just to put food in their mouths and clothing on their backs. Cut costs by breastfeeding if you can instead of buying formula, using cloth diapers and looking for hand-me-down clothing, toys and other miscellaneous items.

Child care
If both parents work full-time, the cost of day care will most likely be the biggest expense in raising a child, with costs ranging anywhere from $700 to $1,100 per month, per child, depending on your province and city. It can pay to do your research and get on waiting lists as early as possible. Note that day care is a tax-deductible expense, and the spouse with the lower income can claim up to $7,000 per year. So make sure to keep receipts for all child care-related expenses, such as nursery schools, nannies and day camps.
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Shelter
MoneySense.ca calculated that the cost of shelter for one child, including furnishings and household operations, comes to $2,720 per year, or approximately $226.67 per month. Add up the expenses until age 18, and it will end up costing you $51,680 to put a roof over your child’s head.

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Saving for a university education. Tuition is expected to reach close to $40,000 for a four-year degree in Canada by the time today’s infant heads off to university — or as much as $110,000, including the cost of textbooks and accommodation.

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There’s no question that having kids comes with a hefty price tag, but most parents wouldn’t trade the experience of raising their children for anything in the world. Starting to save as soon as you can, collecting cost-cutting advice from other parents and planning far in advance of your due date will mean less financial stress for you once the baby comes — and more quality time to spend with the newest addition to your family.

PS Figures are for one child only Multiply by Number of children

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Why Bernie is Beating Hillary

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Vote Bernie Sanders 2016
Bernie Sanders’ stellar victory in New Hampshire showed that his campaign has some serious legs. He won 6 of 10 voters and led in virtually every demographic category, except for those over 65 and households earning more than $200,000.

Slowly, Sanders has been undercutting Hillary Clinton’s electoral strength and putting together a campaign that could go all the way into the summer convention.

The Clintons continue to dismiss the idea that Sanders is a serious candidate, painting him as someone who is too left of center and a politician who doesn’t make the kind of serious, detailed arguments that most adult voters will demand. To be sure, there is a good deal of logic to the Clinton argument. It is extraordinarily difficult to imagine that a democratic socialist could win a general election in the post-Ronald Reagan era.
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But Sanders’ political appeal is based on much more than the thrill of an anti-establishment insurgent or some unexpected love affair of millennials with a Brooklyn socialist. Part of what has given Sanders his strength is how mainstream many of his standard political arguments are. If one listens to what he has been saying, it is possible to see that Sanders is not that radical at all. In many respects, his campaign directly addresses fundamental concerns that a wide range of Americans have about their future.
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Corrupt political system
The best known issue in Sanders’ arsenal is the claim that there is too much money in politics. The government is constantly unable to respond to the concerns of many Americans, not because the parties don’t like each other or because the mainstream media creates a destructive environment, but because big interest groups and lobbyists have disproportionate power in Washington as a result of their donations.

In their landmark book, “Winner Take All Politics,” the political scientists Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson provided a powerful account of how the growth of corporate lobbies in the 1970s produced changes in public policy that greatly worsened inequality.

Here is a look at the life of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, an Independent from Vermont and 2016 presidential candidate.
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Personal:
Birth date: September 8, 1941

Birth place: Brooklyn, New York

Birth name: Bernard Sanders

Father: Eli Sanders, a paint salesman

Mother: Dorothy (Glassberg) Sanders

Marriages: Jane (O’Meara) Sanders (1988-present); Deborah (Shiling) Messing (married and divorced in the 1960s)

Children: With Susan Mott: Levi; stepchildren with Jane (O’Meara) Sanders: Heather, Carina, David

Education: Attended Brooklyn College, 1959-1960; University of Chicago, A.B. in political science, 1964

Religion: Jewish, though tells the Washington Post he is not “actively involved with organized religion”
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Other Facts:
Although he is one of the two Independents in the U.S. Senate, Sanders is running for the Democratic presidential nomination.

His father’s family died in the Holocaust.

During the 1960s, he spent half a year on a kibbutz in Israel.

Was a member of the Young People’s Socialist League while at the University of Chicago.

When Mayor of Burlington, Vermont, was the inspiration for the Progressive Coalition (now the Vermont Progressive Party).

The longest serving independent member of Congress in American history.

If he becomes president of the United States, he will be the oldest elected president in U.S. history.

He applied for conscientious objector status during the Vietnam War.

Timeline:
August 28, 1963 – Attends the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

1972, 1976, 1986 – Unsuccessful bids for governor of Vermont.

1972, 1974 – Unsuccessful bids for the U.S. Senate.

1981 – Wins the race for mayor of Burlington, Vermont, by 10 votes, running as an independent.
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1981-1989 – Serves as Mayor of Burlington for four terms.

1988 – Unsuccessful bid for the U.S. House of Representatives.

1990 – Wins a seat on the U.S. House of Representatives by 16% of the vote.

1991-2007 – Serves eight terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.

1991 – Co-founds the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

2006 – Wins a seat on the U.S. Senate with 65% of the vote.

January 4, 2007-present – Serves in the U.S. Senate.

December 10, 2010 – Holds a filibuster for over eight hours against the reinstatement of tax cuts formulated during the administration of President George W. Bush. The speech is published in book form in 2011 as “The Speech: A Historic Filibuster on Corporate Greed and the Decline of Our Middle Class.”

2012 – Wins election for a second term in the U.S. Senate. Receives 71% of the vote.

2013-2015 – Serves as chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

April 30, 2015 – Announces his run for the Democratic presidential nomination in an email to supporters and media.

May 1, 2015 – Sanders’ campaign raises more than $1.5 million in its first 24 hours.

January 17, 2016 – Sanders unveils his $1.38 trillion per year “Medicare-for-all” health care plan.

February 10,2016-Bernie Sanders raised $5.2 million in the 18 hours since the polls closed Tuesday night in New Hampshire.
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The Elibriea Concept Car Built in Qatar

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By Jon Jensen
The Elibriea is a new concept car designed and made almost entirely in Qatar The prototype was revealed at the Qatar Motor Show in Doha
Luxury sports cars are a common sight on the streets of wealthy Gulf states. It’s not uncommon to drive alongside a rare Ferrari or Maserati, sometimes several at a time. Even Dubai’s police force has a Lamborghini on its squad.
Most of these high-end sports cars are imported from Europe. But that could change this year with the launch of the Elibriea — a new concept designed and built almost entirely in Qatar.
The gold prototype, designed to resemble a stealth fighter jet, was unveiled at the 16th annual Qatar Motor Show in Doha. It sports a V8, 525-horsepower engine.
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The Elibriea prototype took two and a half years to build
The Elibriea is the brainchild of 27-year-old Abdul Wahab Ziaullah, a Pakistani resident of Qatar who graduated with a degree in engineering from Texas A&M’s branch in Doha.
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“I’m a fan of doing something creative and developing a product,” Ziaullah told CNN over the telephone. “It feels awesome to have accomplished such a cumbersome and such a lovely task. Because if you develop a whole sports car, you can develop almost essentially anything.”
Ziaullah first drew sketches of his future supercar more than a decade ago, while he was still in high school.

The vehicle’s current build took two and a half years to make, as well as substantial backing, although Ziaullah won’t reveal exactly how much.
He received funding after making a successful pitch to Qatar’s National Research Fund. The Ali Bin Ali Group, a local business in the tiny Gulf state, also contributed to the car.
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The car is designed to resemble a stealth fighter jet
“It’s an advanced prototype that we can later market and manufacture professionally,” Imad Hashim, the Corporate Communications Manager of the Ali Bin Ali Group, told Reuters earlier this month. “This idea won’t stop here at the prototype stage. It has big potential to grow.”

The car’s futuristic design and “Made in Qatar” stamp seemed to impress many visitors at the auto show.
“It is a very nice and modern concept. It’s suitable for speed cars that are popular here,” one attendee, Mohamed Attiya, told Reuters. “It’s a good development and accomplishment for the country.”
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But not everyone is a fan.
The Elibriea’s sharp edges on the front and rear have provoked strong reactions online. Comments on a YouTube video of the car’s unveiling called the car “hideous” and “atrocious,” while one writer for automotive enthusiasts websiteDriven, asked, “Is this the world’s ugliest sports car?”

The Elibriea contains a V8, 525-horsepower engine
Ziaullah is taking all the criticism in stride. “The fact that there are a large group of people who love the design is enough for me to pursue it on the development stage,” he said. He’s hoping his new car concept will appeal to niche buyers, and aims to roll them off to market later this year.
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Cristina Scuccia Also known as Sister Cristina / Suor Cristina

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Sister Cristina Scuccia (also known as suor Cristina, Italian for “Sister Christina”) is an Italian Ursuline nun who won the 2014 season of The Voice of Italy[ as part of Team J-Ax, resulting in a record deal with Universal.

In 2013, she won a Christian music competition as part of the Good News Festival.
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Early life
Cristina Scuccia was born in Vittoria in 1988. She is Maltese citizen. She became a novice in 2009 and worked for two years with poor children in Brazil before formally joining the Ursuline order. In the years from 2009 to 2011, Sister Cristina improved her artistic dowries to the academy of show “Star Rose Academy” in Rome, created and director by Maximo De Marco and her singing teacher was the singer-songwriter Franco Simone.

Her television debut was in June 2012, on the program “Dizionario dei sentimenti” byFranco Simone, on Gold Tv in Rome.
Career
2014–present

The Voice of Italy
In 2014, Scuccia applied to The Voice of Italy singing competition, singing for her audition “No One” by Alicia Keys. The performance received more than 70 million views onYouTube. She was very popular with the audience and all four judges—Raffaella Carrà, J-Ax, Noemi, and Piero Pelù—turned their chairs in the blind audition. Cristina chose to be part of Team J-Ax. Throughout the contest, she wore a simple crucifix around her neck, black shoes and ankle-length black religious habit. During the show, she sang “The Cup of Life” alongside Ricky Martin and during the final, she sang a duet with Kylie Minogue on “Can’t Get You Out of My Head”. In the final, she won the trophy with 62% of the Italian votes against runner-up Giacomo Voli. After winning, she thanked God for her victory, reciting an “Our Father” prayer to the show organizers and audience.
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Performances
• Blind audition (19 March 2014): “No One” by Alicia Keys. All four chairs turned.

• Battle round (16 April 2014): “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper. Advanced against Luna Palumbo of Team J-Ax.
• Knock out round (24 April 2014): “Hero” by Mariah Carey. Advanced against Benedetta Giovagnini of Team J-Ax.
• Live show 1 (7 May 2014): “Flashdance… What a Feeling” by Irene Cara. Saved by public vote.
• Live show 2 (14 May 2014): “Uno su mille” by Gianni Morandi. Saved by public vote.
• Live show 3 (21 May 2014): “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi. Saved by public vote.
• Semi-final (28 May 2014): “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes. 45/100 from coach and 70.18/100 from voting public. Advanced to final. Dylan Magon from Team J-Ax eliminated.
• Final (5 June 2014) singing:
• Phase one (Final 4):

• “Beautiful That Way” by Achinoam Nini.
• “Gli anni” by 883 in duet with coach J-Ax.
• “Lungo la riva” (new song). Advanced with Giacomo Voli and Tommaso Pini. Giorgia Pino eliminated.
• Phase 2 (Final 3):
• “No One” by Alicia Keys. Advanced to Final 2 with Giacomo Voli. Tommaso Pini eliminated.
• Phase 3 (Final 2)
• “Flashdance… What a Feeling” from Irene Cara. Won The Voice title with 62.30% of the vote. Finalist Giacomo Voli runner up for season.

Album & video
On October 20, 2014, the music video for Scuccia’s version of Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” was released on Vevo platform. It is the lead single from her new album “Sister Cristina” which was released on November 11, 2014. The album contains her interpretations of a number of songs as well as two previously unreleased songs
“Blessed Be Your Name”
On 18 December 2014, she released her second music video “Blessed Be Your Name”.
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Discography
Albums
Year Album Peak positions Notes

2014 Sister Cristina
• 1st studio album
• Released: 10 November 2014
1. “Try” (3:35)
2. “Fallin’ Free” (3:32)

3. “Like a Virgin” (4:00)
4. “Somewhere Only We Know” (3:35)
5. “Blessed Be Your Name” (3:48)


6. “Fix You” (4:30)
7. “No One” (3:55)
8. “I Surrender” (3:53)
9. “True Colors” (3:59)
10. “Price Tag” (3:32)
11. “Perto, longe ou depois [Ordinary World]” (4:08)
12. “L’amore vincerà” (3:34)
Single
Year Title Chart positions


2014 “Like a Virgin”

2014 “Blessed Be Your Name”
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Fabian Hemmert: The shape-shifting future of the mobile phone &Sean Follmer: Shape-shifting tech will change work as we know it

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Fabian Hemmert studies the theory and philosophy of embodiment, resistance and thinghood.
Fabian Hemmert thinks hard about communicating information in non-visual ways — through weight, shape, touch,movement.

In this short, amazing demo, Fabien Hemmert imagines one future of the mobile phone — a shape-shifting and weight-shifting handset that “displays” information nonvisually. It’s a delightfully intuitive way to communicate.

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Fabian Hemmert studies the theory and philosophy of embodiment, resistance and thinghood.
. His recent explorations into shape-shifting cell phones are part of a long career of thinking beyond the touchscreen. Along with his shape-shifting mobile phones, his newest work explores haptic feedback in pens. He’s a design researcher at Deutsche Telekom Laboratories and is working on his PhD in Berlin.
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His master’s thesis is an elegant exploration of the non-visual — exploring the surprising effects of closing one’s eyes during a movie or a first-person shooter game.

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Sean Follmer designs shape-changing and deformable interfaces that take advantage of our natural dexterity and spatial abilities.

Sean Follmer is a human-computer interaction researcher and designer. He is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, where he teaches the design of smart and connected devices and leads research at the intersection between human-computer interaction (HCI) and robotics.

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What will the world look like when we move beyond the keyboard and mouse? Interaction designer Sean Follmer is building a future with machines that bring information to life under your fingers as you work with it. In this talk, check out prototypes for a 3D shape-shifting table, a phone that turns into a wristband, a deformable game controller and more that may change the way we live and work.

Follmer received a Ph.D. and a Masters degree from the MIT Media Lab in 2015 and 2011, respectively, and a BS in Engineering from Stanford University. He has worked at Nokia Research and Adobe Research on projects exploring the frontiers of HCI.
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Follmer has received numerous awards for his research and design work, including best paper awards and nominations from premier academic conferences in HCI (ACM UIST and CHI), Fast Company Innovation By Design Awards, a Red Dot Design Award and a Laval Virtual Award.
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