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Dixie Highway about 9:45 p.m., police said. A witness in the case told police that he heard four to five gunshots and a slight pause before two more shots rang out that night. He went outside and saw a pony-tailed woman and a man in dark clothing run away from the scene. The witness then saw Rivera injured in the alley and dialed 911. Photos: Mug shots of famous athletes Rivera was shot in the temple, arms, spinal column and the chest, according to an arrest warrant. Goff was charged with premeditated murder and was arrested Tuesday. At a first-appearance court hearing Wednesday, she was ordered held without bond in jail. According to documents read in court by Broward County Judge John “Jay” Hurley, the slaying was orchestrated by Goff. The day after the killing, Goff told a detective that she had spent the day with Rivera at ArtsPark at Young Circle, but lost sight of him at North Dixie Highway and Taft Street, police said. She told the detective that she continued walking home alone at that point, police said. Goff then provided a different account, saying she was with Rivera when he was shot. She said Rivera became angered when he saw Goff greet another man known as “Dread” with a hug, the warrant said. Goff said “Dread” then shot Rivera and she fled the scene and later went to the park to get drunk, because she was upset, authorities said. However, when police reviewed surveillance video of a nearby home, it did not show Goff, “Dread” or Rivera involved in an altercation. Police also used a statement from a confidential informant as evidence to link Goff and Cabrera to the murder.

Hollywood glamour in Tokyo for film festival

Tokyo (AFP) – Hollywood glitz descends on the Japanese capital this week as Tom Hanks, Robert de Niro and Francis Ford Coppola arrive for one of Asia’s largest movie celebrations. A $50,000 top prize is up for grabs at the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), where movies from around the globe will be competing for recognition. Works from Iran and Georgia will be among those on offer, alongside several Chinese-made feature films that have been nominated for two competitions. The international film section will award the “Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix” and carries with it a $50,000 pay-cheque, while the new “Best Asian Future Film Award” section, aimed at showcasing Asian and Middle Eastern films, offers a $10,000 purse. The nine-day event begins on Thursday with the screening of Hong Kong horror flick “Rigor Mortis” directed by Juno Mak, which is in the running for the “Asian Future” award. Hong Kong director Juno Mak pictured at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada on Septemb US heavyweight father-and-daughter pairing Francis and Sofia Ford Coppola are likely to be a big draw for punters, with Sofia’s latest directorial offering “The Bling Ring” being shown in the special screening section for high-profile films. “Since the very first TIFF in 1985,… (it) has been a platform for talented young filmmakers to win international recognition and find inspiration,” organisers said in a statement. Past award winners include Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, whose film, “Babel” won the Prix de la Mise en Scene, (Best Director Award) at Cannes in 2006, and Michel Hazanavicius, whose film, “The Artist” won five Academy Awards in 2012. Chief judge, Chinese director Chen Kaige, said in a video message: “We all understand that good films require talent. Without talent nothing can be done. “But sometimes I feel like… there is something even more important than the talent, which is the unique personal understanding of the world. Directors Sofia Coppola and Francis Ford Coppola arrive to the Los Angeles premiere of “The Bling Ri “But strange(ly) enough…

16 (UPI) — China and Russia plan to expand cooperation on energy projects, including oil and gas supply, nuclear energy and renewable energy, government officials said. “China is willing to expand all-around energy cooperation with Russia. We hope the two sides can work together to ensure the increase of Russian oil supplies to China, expand cooperation in upstream oil projects and set a refinery joint venture in Tianjin as a pilot project,” Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli was quoted as saying in the Xinhua report. Zhang’s comments followed a meeting of a China-Russia energy cooperation committee in Beijing, which he co-chaired with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, China’s state-run news agency Xinhua reported Tuesday. Last month, China imported more oil than any other country in the world, including the United States, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said. Chinese customs statistics show net imports of about 6.47 million barrels a day of crude and products in September, The Financial Times reports. The Chinese vice premier also said China hopes to work with Russia on natural gas and nuclear energy projects, to boost coal and electricity imports from Russia and to expand cooperation in fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency. “The Chinese leadership attaches great importance to developing the comprehensive relations of strategic cooperation and partnership with Russia,” Zhang said, adding that energy cooperation is an important component of their partnership. Dvorkovich, the Russian deputy prime minister, said Moscow is ready to work with Beijing to take advantage of each other’s competitiveness and achieve new alliances in energy sectors, Xinhua reports. A Wood Mackenzie report last month estimated Russia’s energy trade with China could quadruple by 2025, to more than 100 million tons of oil equivalent.

Russia tepid about results of Iran nuclear talks

The defense said a company run by Pyotr Ofitserov Navalny’s co-defendant, who also was given a suspended sentence of five years bought the timber for 14 million rubles and sold it for 16 million rubles in a regular commercial transaction. Navalny, who spent much of the court session tweeting, was characteristically sarcastic and upbeat. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his wife Yulia react at the end of a hearing in a court After the judge read out the sentence, Navalny told journalists he had no doubt that the decision had been made “personally by Vladimir Putin,” and said that “the authorities are doing their utmost to pull me out of the political fight.” Under current law, Navalny is banned from running for political office for life. But last week Russia’s highest court ruled that parts of the law were unconstitutional and asked the legislature to amend it so that people would only be barred for the duration of their sentence. The law has been controversial in a country where, according to a 2011 survey by the Moscow-based Center for Legal and Economic Studies, one in six business people have faced criminal charges, and about 120,000 people are in jail for alleged economic crimes. If those changes are implemented, Navalny would be able to run for office starting in July 2018, missing the next presidential election by only a few months. In the meantime, Navalny has said he will concentrate on the city council elections in Moscow next year. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny speaks to his wife Yulia in a court room in a Kirov court i The authorities, who control almost everything in elections from advertising space to, in some cases, the ballot box itself, are gambling that Navalny will be less dangerous out of prison than in. “The authorities are playing with the opposition. They want it to be integrated into the political system but on the conditions they establish,” said Alexei Makarkin, an analyst at the Center for Political Technologies. “What the state doesn’t want are massive street protests.” While Navalny’s chants of “We are the power!” came to define the protests, he will likely become a less visible participant in coming years. Even detention at a protest could convert his suspended sentence into a real one.

Russia: Court decides not to imprison Navalny

After discussions in Geneva involving Iran and the five U.N. Security Council members – the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia – and Germany, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said he saw no guarantee of progress in future talks. “The result is better than in Almaty (talks in April), but it does not guarantee further progress, there could have been better cooperation,” Ryabkov was quoted by Interfax as saying. “One of the reasons was an exceptionally low level of mutual trust, almost the lack of required trust,” he was quoted as saying by Itar-Tass. “The positions of the Iranian side and the group (of six powers) are wide apart from each other – the distance can be measured in kilometers, while advances forward can be measured in steps – half a meter each.” Western diplomats praised the two-day round, expressing hope of success in further talks set for November 7-8, again in Geneva. The Islamic Republic began negotiations with the six powers after Hassan Rouhani was elected president in June, promising conciliation over confrontation in relations with the rest of the world. Ryabkov said the rhetoric of the nuclear talks was different due to the change of leadership. “We felt that indeed the tone of talks, the character of discussions reflected those changes,” he was quoted as saying. “At the same time the talks were difficult, at times tense, at times unpredictable.” Western powers and their allies suspect Tehran is seeking the capability to produce nuclear bombs. Iran denies it, saying its nuclear program is peaceful. Iran has for years demanded the West lift sanctions on its oil and banking sector and recognize its right to enrich uranium before it makes any concessions. (Reporting by Alexei Anishchuk; Editing by Andrew Roche)

“A simple change like a heart-rate monitor can help the weight melt right off.” Here’s why: When we don’t pay attention to heart rate, we have no idea if we’re working out too hard or not hard enough, both of which can hinder results, Lovitt explains. She recommends the Pear Mobile Bluetooth Heart Rate Strap ($70; How Hollywood Celebrities Stay in Shape Let your clothes be the judge Going by the scale isn’t the only way to keep an eye on your weight. Says Braganza, “I do what I call my catsuit close-up”fitting, considering she helped both Halle Berry and Anne Hathaway prepare to slink across the silver screen as Catwoman in unforgiving leather outfits. Assessing your shape by how your clothes fit is a practice Braganzaa former NFL cheerleaderextends to her own life by occasionally putting on her old Los Angeles Raiders uniform to see if it still zips. (It does!) She suggests letting your favorite little black dress or a pair of slim jeans be a gauge; slip them on once a month. “People can gain or lose a pound a week, so four pounds in a month is a reasonable fluctuation,” she notes. “After that, it’s time to find balance again.” David Kirsch, the New York City trainer who famously whittled Heidi Klum’s body back into shape just six weeks after the birth of her fourth child so she could strut her stuff at the Victoria’s Secret fashion show, agrees. “Feeling your clothes fitting better is going to make you feel better.” How Hollywood Celebrities Stay in Shape Walk! (to work, to the shops, away from the paparazzi, you know) “If you look around the world, people who walk more in general are thinner, fitter and younger-looking,” Pasternak says. That’s why he makes all of his clients strap on a Fitbit, with the goal of logging 10,000 steps per dayand receives e-mail alerts that let him know who is moving and who is slacking off. “People overestimate how active they are throughout the day,” he says, “and wearing a pedometer makes you aware of your activity level.” Pasternak confides that Jordana Brewster is good at hitting her daily target, as are those in his mommy crew: Jessica Simpson, Megan Fox and Hilary Duff. Post-baby, women can’t do resistance training or heavy workouts right away, Pasternak says, but “strolling with the little ones is something simple that helped them all get a jump-start on reclaiming their pre-baby bodies.” How Hollywood Celebrities Stay in Shape Find the right toner for your shape “You may see a shot of a gorgeously fit celebrity in her SoulCycle shirt and think, ‘I need to work out where she works out,'” Kirsch says.

Post to Facebook Hollywood-style sting nabs alleged pirate kingpin on Incorrect please try again A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 2 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Hollywood-style sting nabs alleged pirate kingpin AP 4:44 p.m. EDT October 14, 2013 In this undated handout photo provided by the Belgian government, the Belgian ship Pompei, owned by De Nul, is shown in unidentified waters. (Photo: Belgian Government) Mohamed Abdi Hassan was charged with hijacking a Belgian ship He was baited with a promise of a movie about piracy Prosecutor: Hassan is one of the most ‘important and infamous’ pirates SHARE 60 CONNECT 28 TWEET 2 COMMENTEMAILMORE BRUSSELS (AP) The alleged pirate kingpin thought he was going work in the movies. Instead he landed in jail. In a sting operation worthy of Hollywood, Mohamed Abdi Hassan was lured from Somalia to Belgium with promises of work on a documentary about high-seas crime that would “mirror his life as a pirate,” federal prosecutor Johan Delmulle said Monday. But rather than being behind the camera as an expert adviser, Abdi Hassan ended up behind bars, nabbed as he landed Saturday at Brussels airport. “(He’s) one of the most important and infamous kingpin pirate leaders, responsible for the hijacking of dozens of commercial vessels from 2008 to 2013,” Delmulle said. Abdi Hassan whose nickname, Afweyne, means “Big Mouth” was charged with hijacking the Belgian dredger Pompei and kidnapping its nine-member crew in 2009, Delmulle said. The Pompei’s crew was released after 10 weeks in captivity when the ship’s owner paid a reported $3 million ransom. Belgium caught two pirates involved in the hijacking, convicted them and sentenced them to nine and 10 years in prison. But prosecutors still wanted the ringleaders.

Hollywood needs Latino actors: Mexico’s Bichir

Sitting on a sofa, Bichir appeared relieved to have finished the first three weeks of shooting on site in Mexico before cameras roll in the southern US city of New Orleans. “I thought the process was going to be much harder in terms of nerves,” the 50-year-old film-maker told AFP. “Could it be that age makes you more cynical?” “There’s a director sleeping, hidden in every actor,” said Bichir, scion of a family of actors. Bichir has a role in his movie alongside US star Eva Longoria, his father Alejandro and his Canadian girlfriend Stefanie Sherk. The film, he said, is being made “with much more heart than money.” “Part of what we want to do with ‘Refugio’ is to open a breach in order to continue telling more stories, to win some sort of credibility and be able to put different studios and actors on the table,” said the actor. Hollywood Latino power Bichir, who played Fidel Castro in Steven Soderbergh’s “Che” saga and had a role in Oliver Stone’s Mexican drug cartel film “Savages,” divides his time between Los Angeles and Mexico City. “I think that we Latino actors in Hollywood are very much needed but it will be more interesting when we generate our own projects,” he said. Actor Demian Bichir attends the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s 2013 Installation Luncheon at He said the growing clout of Hispanic actors in Tinseltown has nothing to do with “the Hollywood dream.” “It has more to do with an adventurous spirit. For me, opening a path to the United States was hard work and I am where I am thanks to hard work, not talent,” he said. But the prizes he won at the Screen Actors Guild ceremony and Independent Spirit Award for his performance in a “A Better Life” tell a different story. He now stars in the new FX series “The Bridge” as a Mexican detective based in the drug violence-torn border city of Ciudad Juarez who teams up with a US homicide cop, played by Diane Kruger. Mexico’s drug violence “The big, stressful problem in Mexico right now is violence,” Bichir said. More than 70,000 people have died amid bloody turf battles between drug cartels in Mexico since 2006, with more than 10,000 of those deaths in Ciudad Juarez alone. The surge in violence coincided with the deployment of troops by then president Felipe Calderon, who sent 50,000 soldiers to the streets to crack down on gangs after taking office in December 2006. “The problems is this stupid war that was started by the former president, who now gives classes at Harvard,” he said, referring to the academic job that Calderon was given by the US elite university after he left office in December 2012.

Russian IT exports are approaching $5 billion this year, Deputy Minister Mark Shmulevich said in an interview in Moscow. Its a meaningful figure, compared with the countrys arms export of about $15 billion, he said. It shows that Russia has competitive IT products to offer. Russia plans to help its domestic IT companies compete with global technology companies such as Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) , which are expanding in the country, the strategy shows. Search engine Yandex NV (YNDX) and social-networks operator Group Ltd. (MAIL) already dominate the Russian market, beating foreign rivals. Russia has several Internet giants which are mid-sized companies on the global scale, while other market participants are much smaller, Shmulevich said. Thats why for a breakthrough technology startup its often easier to find investors abroad. We plan to change this. The Telecommunications Ministry will support joint projects by Russian scientific institutes and local IT companies to develop technologies such as speech and video-image recognition, robotics, cyber-security and cloud services, the strategy shows. We realize that IT is a global industry, and we dont plan to ban anything foreign, Shmulevich said. Instead, we plan to support domestic companies with state orders for R&D, loans and other market mechanisms to let them develop and gain international success. Besides publicly traded Yandex and, the Ministry names Kaspersky Lab, ABBYY , Dr.Web, 1C and Positive Technologies as examples of Russian IT companies which have gained recognition abroad. To contact the reporter on this story: Ilya Khrennikov in Moscow at To contact the editor responsible for this story: Kenneth Wong at

1, and a bill will be submitted to parliament shortly, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Wednesday. Novak also said Gazprom and China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) are expected to reach an agreement on gas supplies by the end of this year. President Vladimir Putin said earlier this month that Russia, the world’s biggest energy supplier, would press ahead with opening up LNG exports in a move to meet growing demand from Asia-Pacific markets. “The work as of today has been finalised … It has been coordinated and agreed by all the ministries of the cabinets, and in the near future it is going to be submitted to the State Duma, the parliament of the Russian Federation,” Novak told reporters in a briefing during the World Energy Congress, in South Korea. “We expect the law to take effect since the first of January next year.” Putin has said Russia is keen to expand in the region, where gas demand is driven by China, which expects to consume up to 230 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas by 2015. Removing restrictions on LNG exports would be a big blow to state-controlled Gazprom, which holds a monopoly on Russia’s gas exports. The prospect of an end to that monopoly has injected urgency into its talks to supply China with pipeline gas, which have gone on for more than a decade. Last month, the two sides reached agreement on basic terms for a deal but not on price, which has been an issue for years as China demands a steep discount to prices paid by Western utilities. Asked about a Gazprom deal to supply gas to China, Novak said: “We really expect Gazprom and CNPC to reach agreement by the end of this year.” Russian gas producer Novatek and top oil producer Rosneft have both lobbied for LNG export rights. Rosneft has agreed with ExxonMobil to build an LNG plant in the Russian Far East at an estimated cost of $15 billion.

Russia ‘regret’ over attack on Dutch diplomat

A man looks at a computer screen in Moscow, 16 October

Navalny garnered an unexpected 27 percent of the vote against the Kremlin-backed incumbent. His growing public profile has made it increasingly risky for the Kremlin to put him behind bars. Regardless of his own inability to hold office, Navalny, a charismatic speaker with a popular blog, could still prove a vital political force in Russia. He has vowed to wage an active campaign, even if not a candidate himself, in elections for the Moscow city government in September 2014. His run for Moscow mayor attracted thousands of young volunteers in an unprecedented grassroots campaign effort, and that network could prove a key organizing force in the 2014 race. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, second right, his wife Yulia, and his former colleague Pyo On Wednesday, a judge in the court in Kirov, 760 kilometers (460 miles) east of Moscow, read out the decision. According to current Russian law, even a suspended sentence would eliminate Navalny from political office for life. Navalny lambasted the trial, saying the original sentence had been handed down “on instructions from Moscow” and that the “political motivation of this case is absolutely clear.” The charges against Navalny date back a few years to when he worked as an unpaid adviser to the provincial governor in Kirov. Prosecutors said he was part of a group that in 2009 embezzled 16 million rubles ($500,000) worth of timber from the state-owned company Kirovles. He has denied the charges. The defense said that a company run by Pyotr Ofitserov Navalny’s co-defendant who was also given a suspended sentence of five years as well in the appeal bought the timber for 14 million rubles and sold it for 16 million rubles in a regular commercial deal. Navalny, who spent much of the court session tweeting, was characteristically sarcastic and upbeat. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his wife Yulia react at the end of a hearing in a court After the judge read out the sentence, Navalny told journalists he had no doubts the decision had been made “personally by Vladimir Putin,” and said that “the authorities are doing their utmost to pull me out of the political fight.” The sentence eliminates Navalny for running in any elections in the future, according to a 2012 law that bans anyone with a criminal conviction for serious crimes, even if the sentence is suspended, from political office for life.

Russia: Court decides not to imprison Navalny

The Dutch foreign ministry summoned Russia’s ambassador to explain after the diplomat was attacked in his flat. The incident comes amid rising tensions between the two countries. Last week Russia protested about the arrest of one of its diplomats in the Netherlands, and the Dutch have complained about Russia’s detention of a Dutch-flagged Greenpeace ship. Ironically, 2013 was declared the “Netherlands Russia Year”, with events designed to strengthen bilateral friendships, the BBC’s Anna Holligan reports from The Hague. ‘Regret’ The diplomat, Onno Elderenbosch, was slightly injured in the attack on Tuesday night, Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans said. Mr Timmermans said he had summoned the Russian ambassador for an explanation. Images of the graffiti on the mirror were shown by Russian media “Our people have to be able to work safely and I want guarantees that the Russian authorities will accept their responsibilities on that point,” he wrote on Facebook. Expressing its regret, Russia’s foreign ministry said police in Moscow were taking every measure to find and apprehend the culprits. Mr Elderenbosch was overpowered by two men posing as electricians who had told him there was no light on his floor and asked if they could check the electricity in his apartment, the Russian tabloid Life News reports. “When the diplomat opened the door, he was hit in the back and he fell, hitting his head on the floor,” it quoted a security source as saying. “The intruders then bound him and turned the apartment upside down.” The attackers also reportedly daubed a heart on a mirror in lipstick with the letters LGBT, an abbreviation for “lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender”, a police source told Russia’s Interfax news agency. After the detention of a Greenpeace crew on board a Dutch vessel last month, the Dutch government initiated legal action against Russia. The activists were protesting against plans to drill for oil in the Arctic.

Top Food Blogs Of 2013

World Food Prize Takes on Biotech, Global Warming

Creative Food Art

CDT, October 15, 2013 NEW YORK (Reuters) – More than half of low-wage workers employed by the largest U.S. fast-food restaurants earn so little that they must rely on public assistance to get by, according to a study released on Tuesday. This ends up costing U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars a year, the study said. Related Fast food minimum wage protests go coast to coast Data from the U.S. Census Bureau and public benefit programs show 52 percent of fast-food cooks, cashiers and other “front-line” staff had relied on at least one form of public assistance, such as Medicaid, food stamps and the Earned Income Tax Credit program, between 2007 and 2011, researchers at the University of California-Berkeley and the University of Illinois said. The Berkeley study was sponsored by the two universities and received funding from the pro-labor organization Fast Food Forward. In a concurrent report which drew from some of the same data, the pro-labor National Employment Law Project found that the 10 largest fast-food companies in the United States cost taxpayers more than $3.8 billion each year in public assistance because the workers do not make enough to pay for basic necessities themselves. “It doesn’t matter whether you work or shop at McDonald’s or not, the low-wage business model is expensive for everybody,” said NELP policy analyst Jack Temple, who worked on the report. “Companies … are basically pushing off part of their costs on the taxpayers.” The studies follow large nationwide demonstrations in August, when fast-food workers went on strike and protested outside McDonald’s, Burger King and other restaurants in 60 U.S.

Video: Fast-food workers demand higer wages

So for the fourth year running, were ranking the top 25 food-oriented blogs, ranked according to readership and social media following. Theres plenty of time to argue the merits of what makes a food blog great, be it the amount of breaking news, quality of the recipes, layout, industry usefulness, or wide appeal, but for todays (and previous years) purposes, we took a very objective approach: we tracked down nearly 200 leading food blogs, using “best-of” lists from sites including Saveur and Babble, and then compiled four data points on each of them: the average number of monthly visitors for the past year (using Compete.coms data), and the number of Twitter followers, Facebook fans, and Pinterest followers. To arrive at the final 25, we factored in the number of average unique visitors (this accounted for 50 percent of each blogs score) and the data from the three social media components (which accounted for the remaining 50 percent). The blogs with the highest total scores made the cut. While the list didnt change dramatically from last year, there were a few notable differences. The Kitchn made a leap from number six up to number two, and Picky Palate jumped from number 12 up to number five on our list. Skinnytaste , which ranked third last year, fell to number 10 this year, and David Lebovitz , whose star just keeps rising, jumped from number 11 up to number six. Simply Recipes held onto the top spot for the fourth year in a row. There were also several newcomers, while others fell off the list entirely. This year we welcome Bakers Royale , Chocolate & Zucchini , Elanas Pantry , Food52 , Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef , Simple Bites , and Thug Kitchen to our list, while we say goodbye to Annies Eats , Gluten-Free Goddess, Mommys Kitchen , Our Best Bites , Pinch My Salt, TasteSpotting , and A Year of Slow Cooking. Falling off our list in no way indicates a drop in quality; reasons vary from blog to blog.

But their line of work is in keeping with the philosophies of Norman Borlaug, the prize’s founder, who was a strong advocate of biotechnology as a way to increase crop production. Van Montagu and Chilton independently developed the technology in the 1980s to stably transfer foreign genes into plants, which led to creating the means to genetically engineer plants. Fraley genetically engineered the first herbicide-resistant soybean in 1996. “We’re entering the period that Norman Borlaug worried about. We are facing the greatest challenge in human history, whether we can sustainably feed the 9 billion people who will be on our planet by 2050,” foundation president Kenneth Quinn said. Borlaug, the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize laureate awarded for his efforts to fight hunger and boost agricultural production, knew the three recipients, and expressed a wish before his death in 2009 that they be honored, Quinn said. The World Food Prize Foundation relies on corporate, private and government contributions. Among its donors are Monsanto and Syngenta Foundation, and the news that scientists working for those companies drew immediate criticism. “Rather than encouraging sustainable farming and self-sufficiency in impoverished communities as a way to alleviate poverty and malnutrition, the World Food Prize has been ‘won’ by a profiteering, biotech, seed-and-chemical monopolist that’s the freakish opposite of sustainability,” former Texas Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower wrote on his website Monday. He’s been invited to speak at Wednesday at an event organized by the local Occupy World Food Prize organization. The Occupy group also has planned protests designed to discredit the prize and disrupt the foundation’s activities, which attracts about 1,000 scientists, policy experts, political leaders and business executives each year.

Food plaza opens at Mysore railway station

The 24-hour food plaza will extend the facility to the commuters arriving into Mysore. Travelers, who take long distance trains from Mysore can also place their order and pick up food at Bangalore, an official of the Mysore division of the south Western Railway said. Payment can be made onboard if the food is delivered in the train or can pay at the food plaza, the official said adding that this is possible as the caterer operates a chain of food plazas across major stations in India. Travelers can place order using tool free number 011-41100100. The Mysore division opened the first food plaza in its division, which is spread over 1,700 sqft and can accommodate 120 visitors. The plaza offers north Indian, south Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisines, the divisional senior commercial manager K Anil Kumar said. There are also bakery products, ice cream, fresh fruit juices and some dozen varieties of espresso coffee from multinational outlets and pizzas and burgers. There are also sweets from across India like Agra peta, Nagpur tantra burfi. He said New Delhi-based Sreenathji Caterers, who manage over 40 food plazas across major stations like New Delhi, Howrah, Nagpur, Pune, Mumbai and Bangalore. The group will commission another 15 outlets in the next couple of months including the one at at Davangere in Mysore division. The divisional railway manager Vinod Kumar inaugurated the food plaza. The DRM said the opening of the multi-cuisine food plaza will help thousands of tourists both domestic and international arriving in the city. He asked the caterer to provide quality food and maintain hygiene in the premises.

Pharrell Williams marries Helen Lasichanh in Florida; Usher, Busta Rhymes perform mini concert at ceremony

City Arts Nashua is hosting the jazz concert on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Nashua Community Music School at 5 Pine St. Ext. Proceeds from the concert, titled Old, New and Sometimes Blue, But Always Jazz, will benefit a historic mural project that will eventually be displayed behind the parking lot of TD Bank on the corner of Main and West Pearl streets. The public art project, to be painted by Nashua mural artist Barbara Andrews, will depict a view of West Pearl Street from 1909.The colored mural, named Vivians Dream, will stand about 40 feet by 35 feet. It is designed to enhance downtown Nashua by offering residents, businesses, restaurant patrons, shoppers and visitors a historic public art experience, according to a release. The jazz concert will include performances by Pam Purvis, Bob Ackerman and Tim Maynard. We are delighted that Pam and Bob have donated their time and wonderful talents, coming to Nashua from the New Jersey/New York area, to help us bring a significant piece of public art to downtown, said Marjorie Bollinger Hogan, president of City Arts Nashua. Purvis sings and plays keyboard, while her husband, Ackerman, plays piano, saxophone, clarinet and flute. Maynard is a percussionist from Massachusetts. Purvis and Ackerman have eight recordings, and have performed all over the nation, in Europe and Mexico, according to a release. We want our music to swing and get you moving, but we are also interested in the subtleties of color, harmony and nuance, Purvis said in a statement. I want you to see and feel the images in the song. I come from a part of the country where there is a lot of color and energy.

Paul McCartney plays surprise concert in N.Y.’s Times Square

The Concert band played seven different jazz combos; which had three different conductors. The head conductor was Alicia Neal, the director of bands, who amazed the audience with her work. There were two special guest conductors, Bryan Chesi and Michael Pond-Jones, both graduate students in the music department. The instruments that were played in the performance were the piccolo, flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, bari saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, tenor trombone, percussion and bass trombone. The audience did not know what to expect from the concert, but Neal did not keep the audience guessing. Bryan Chesi conducted the first musical Flourish For Wind Band, written by Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1939, which was a quick but entertaining musical piece that got the audience going. The second musical was Trio for Flutes, written by Laszlo Zempleni in 1984. The piece was performed by three band members: Jennifer Antkowiak, Katherine Henry and Nikki Tselikis, each of whom had their own part in the composition. The audience applauded the three band members for a well-played musical. Michael Pond-Jones conducted the third musical and the audience seemed to have enjoyed the musical piece. The fourth musical was Fantasia written by Paul Harvey in 1973 it was performed by four band members: Jenny Deisher, Christina Harmon, Lauren Humphrey and Danielle Zito. The piece was performed with clarinets.

Well give you full credit, of course, unless you want to remain anonymous. Thats cool too, because some of these stories are probably too painful or humiliating or hilarious to attach to your name. If the story in question happened to a friend or someone else you know, thats fair game! Our ears are open. It should go without saying that the more shameful and horrifying your story is, the better. If Brandon Flowers was drunk and put on a terrible show, thats not a Worst Concert Experience. If Brandon Flowers was drunk, put on a terrible show, and hit you with a full water bottle as two drunk sorority girls vomited on you simultaneously, thats a Worst Concert Experience. You get the idea. To kick things off, Im going to delve back into my early days of concert-going for a story I call: THE PHANTOM GRABBER You will undoubtedly be impressed to know that I keep a concert spreadsheet of every show Ive ever attended, complete with city, venue, artist, friends attending and a notes section. Thats how I know that my third show ever was on Feb. 22, 2002 at the Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena (now simply PNC Arena) in North Carolina. The band was Weezer, post-Green Album but pre-Maladroit, and my friend Nate and I, along with someone named Andrea (the spreadsheet doesnt lie, but I honestly cant remember who she was), were ready to rock the fuck out. This was my freshman year of college, and I was well into the delusional phase where I thought I was cool. The fact that I was attending a Weezer show while my classmates were hanging out in their dorm rooms only confirmed that fact in my mind. The arena was dark and packed when we arrived, but we fought our way to the middle of the floor by the time Weezer took the stage.

Your Worst Concert Experience: The Phantom Grabber

Credit: Reuters/Shannon Stapleton NEW YORK | Mon Oct 14, 2013 5:34pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former Beatle Paul McCartney performed a surprise mini-concert in New York’s Times Square on Thursday to the delight of throngs of workers, tourists and fans. McCartney, 71, and his band sang tracks from his upcoming album, “New,” which is due to be released in the United States on October 15. “Wow! Really excited to be playing New York Times Square at 1 p.m. this afternoon!” McCartney tweeted about an hour before the packed mini-concert. “Come on down to Times Square. It’s all going to be happening there!” he added. Security guards at the site said the 15-minute, lunch-time concert was kept a secret until shortly before its start. “I loved it. It is hard not to like this band. They have been playing together for so long; they just make perfect music every time they hit a stage,” Said Hamdan, 51, a teacher in New York who learned about the concert through Twitter, said. Tawanna Flowers, a 25-year-old security guard working at the event, described the mini-concert as “awesome.” “New,” which features 12 tracks including “New” and “Queenie Eye” is McCartney’s first album of new material in six years. “A lot of the tracks are quite varied and not necessarily in a style you’d recognize as mine,” the singer and bassist said on his website. “But I didn’t want it to all sound the same.

PHOTOS: SHHH! SECRET CELEBRITY WEDDINGS Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage Pharrell Williams (L) and Helen Lasichanh tied the knot in Miami. The wedding included a mini-concert by Usher and Busta Rhymes. Lasichanh, who is also the mother of the couple’s son Rocket, 4, and Pharrell were seen posing for wedding photos aboard a yacht named “Never Say Never.” The bride and groom stuck to their signature eclectic fashion sense, wearing plaid ensembles for the Terry Richardson shoot. They later tied the knot at the Kampong National Tropical Botanical Gardens in Coconut Grove, according to Just Jared. The Grammy award-winning producer and his new bride matched in plaid outfits for a wedding photo shoot. “Usher and Busta Rhymes did a mini concert at the wedding,” a source told Us Weekly. “It was so fun. The little concert was amazing. It [was] the most fun wedding I’ve ever been to.” The “Get Lucky” singer previously gushed about his relationship with Lasichanh, and their family in an interview with the “Today” show. “It’s awesome,” he said. “I can’t tell anyone what to do.

Five years after the financial crisis, the economy still hasnt fully recovered. Median household income is back to 1989 levels, and some scholars argue that the era of rapid economic growth and rising living standards is a thing of the past. So, should you bet on America? Are the things that ail the American economy passing problems that make it easier to buy into the nations future growth at a discount? Or are they more fundamental problems that arent going away anytime soon? As Ezra Klein put it, is America a bubble? For investors, this is a practical question: How much of your portfolio should be invested in the shares of U.S. companies, and U.S. Treasury bonds, as opposed to overseas investment options? For all of us, its the core question that will determine whether Americas best days lie ahead. Here at the latest Wonkblog Crowdsourced discussion, leave your comment on whether America is a good investment despite it all. Come back early and often to upvote the comments you find most compelling.

“Anti-Aging” Formula Receives United States Patent

This report brings together Canadean Intelligence’s research, modeling and analysis expertise in order to develop uniquely detailed market data. This allows domestic and foreign companies to identify the market dynamics to account for Fish & Seafood sales overall and to know which categories and segments are showing growth in the coming years. Introduction and Landscape Why was the report written? * This report provides authoritative and granular data on the Fish & Seafood market in the United States and, in doing so fills the gaps in marketers’ understanding of trends and the components of change behind them. * Based upon extensive primary and secondary research to provide comprehensive and granular data, this report allows marketers to confidently update their strategic and tactical plans. * Marketers need data on volume and value changes, brand dynamics and distribution trends in order to effectively plan strategies. Full Report Details at – What are the key drivers behind recent market changes? This report examines the components of change in the market by looking at historic and future growth patterns, including the effects of consumers’ behavior on total volumes, values, brands selected and types of product chosen. What makes this report unique and essential to read? The report provides the latest, detailed data on dynamics in the United States Fish & Seafood market, providing marketers with the essential data to understand their own, and their competitors’ position in the market and the information to accurately identify where to compete in the future. Key Features and Benefits Detailed category coverage is provided, covering six product segments that include: Ambient Fish & Seafood, Chilled Raw Packaged Fish & Seafood – Processed, Chilled Raw Packaged Fish & Seafood – Whole Cuts, Dried Fish & Seafood, Fresh Fish & Seafood (Counter), Frozen Fish & Seafood. Detailed product sales segmentation (for both volumes and values) is provided, including brand data, and sales by distribution channel, at the product category level. Future forecasts allow marketers to understand the future pattern of market trends from winners and losers to category dynamics and thereby quickly and easily identify the key areas in which they want to compete in the future. About Fast Market Research Fast Market Research is an online aggregator and distributor of market research and business information.

As the U.S. economy and population grows so does our national debt. As long as U.S. debt is considered a risk-free investment around the world there should not be a limit to its size, it just keeps growing. Supply and demand will determine our debts’ value. If debt is growing too fast investors will slow purchases and the interest rates paid on this debt will rise. When Congress sees the cost of our debt rising it’s time to cut government spending to reduce the growth of the debt. That’s economics 101. When you consider that the United States guarantees the $6 trillion in debt and mortgages of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during conservatorship, the U.S. debt is at least $22.7 trillion, but Congress is not concerned with this fact. This only shows that the ceiling of our debt will continue to rise, so why have a limit? The U.S.

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The United States is still getting rid of its chemical weapons

effort took billions of dollars, the cooperation of many levels of government — including the military — and a safe environment to make sure the destruction was done safely. “We had a coordinated effort, we had a government that insisted that it be done safely and that the community was protected,” said Mathews, who now works with the Tooele County emergency management team, which makes sure the Utah community is aware of the project. “I don’t think those things are in place in Syria.” Mathews briefly worked at the Desert Army Chemical Depot in Tooele, a desert town bracketed by mountains outside of Salt Lake City where 43% of the nation’s chemical weapons were once stored. The rest was stored at eight other sites around the country. The weapons were first warehoused at the Tooele facility in 1942, during World War II, and grew over time. At one point, the United States once housed the majority of its chemical arsenal –13,000 tons — and a million munitions at the facility. Former inspector: Timeline not practical Syria said to be ‘cooperative’ Weapons inspectors face difficult task Tooele was chosen because military leaders figured Japanese warplanes could hit the West Coast but not fly over the mountains to Utah without refueling, said Richard Trujillo, who spent 40 years working at the facility. “There was mustard gas originally … a lot of smoke-type bombs, smoke pods,” Trujillo recalled. Then, in the 1950s, a lot of nerve gas was transported to the facility, he said. Eventually, the United States signed the international chemical treaty in the 1990s and got serious about getting rid of the chemicals in a way that would not harm the environment or the people working at the plant or living in the area.


Michel Euler / AP Photo In this Oct. 4, 2013 photo shows Europe Editor of the International Herald Tribune Dick Stevenson, gestures as he speaks during an interview of the Associated Press at the headquarters of the International Herald Tribune in Paris, Oct. 4, 2013. The International Herald Tribune, a celebrated newspaper that long gave U.S. expatriates a cherished lifeline to events back home and a dose of Americana for foreign readers, published its last edition on Monday Oct. 14, 2013. The International Herald Tribune newspaper will be rebranded as the International New York Times on next Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. Michel Euler / AP Photo In this Oct. 10, 2013 photo shows International Harald Tribune veteran Robert McCabe, who spent 22 years at the newspapers looks on the International Harald Tribune newspaper which was delivered at his home during an interview of the Associated Press in Paris. The International Herald Tribune, a celebrated newspaper that long gave U.S. expatriates a cherished lifeline to events back home and a dose of Americana for foreign readers, published its last edition on Monday Oct. 14, 2013. The International Herald Tribune newspaper will be rebranded as the International New York Times on next Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013.

New York Times goes global by rebranding IHT

“Video Revolution” is brought to you by Innovid. More posts in the series By the end of this month, The New York Times Company, which owns the newspaper of the same name and several peripheral media properties, will have a staff less than one quarter in size of the one it employed in 2002… according to the New York Times . As print newspaper readers have flocked to the internet over the past decade and change, the Times Company has been forced to sell off its holdings in other newspapers like The Boston Globe and web properties like The Times Company will consist primarily of the New York Times print and online publication, and the International New York Times, an integration of the New York Times and the Times Company’s old International Herald Tribune. One of the biggest issues the Times has had, as you might imagine, is finding ways to generate online revenues after spending the first century and a half of its existence focused almost entirely on the black-and-white newspaper product. Though the New York Times digital-only subscriptions have performed well since being introduced in March 2011 , print still makes up more than three quarters of the Times Company’s advertising and subscription businesses. In order to boost digital revenues and make up the more than $1 billion in annual advertising revenues the Times Company has lost since 2002, the Grey Lady is investing in online video. In March, the New York Times installed AOL/Huffington Post alum Rebecca Howard as general manager of its video department and in April, it expanded its advertising inventory by allowing online video, previously limited by a paywall, to be viewed by anyone who visited the site. Howard has since added 17 new staffers and is working to develop original series and needle-moving documentaries, like the one that debuted last month detailing Christine Quinn’s failed bid for New York City mayor . That documentary, 30 minutes in length, is preceded by a 30-second video advertisement for the Acura RLX. The move comes at a time when online publishing platforms are racing to grab their portions of the video advertising dollars that once went to television. According to a study released in August by the Interactive Advertising Bureau, 75% of U.S. senior executives think they will shift portions of the advertising money they once spent on television to digital video.

Airbnb host creates petition to confront New York lawmakers

(Credit: Screenshot by Donna Tam/CNET) Airbnb just got a few thousand more supporters in its ongoing dispute with New York state. The rent-out-your-home service has thrown its weight behind a petition authored by a New York City host named Mishelle. In the petition, she asks the state’s senate to fix what she calls a “poorly written law,” which could curb Airbnb’s reach in the region. “The reason this is happening is because of a poorly written law originally designed to stop slumlords from running illegal hotels with dozens of rental apartments,” Mishelle writes. “As a New Yorker just trying to pay my bills, I don’t understand why they think I’m a slumlord.” “I figure that if we get 20,000 people to sign the petition, we’ll get the state Senate’s attention,” she continues. “If we hit that goal by October 20th, I pledge to deliver the signatures to every senator myself.” As of this writing the petition has more than 18,500 signatures, the majority of which were gathered within the last 24 hours. Airbnb also got behind the petition on Monday by sending out an e-mail to its thousands of New York members. One member forwarded the e-mail to CNET. “The New York attorney general has subpoenaed the records of almost all of our New York hosts,” Airbnb’s global head of community Douglas Atkin wrote in the e-mail. “We are fighting the subpoena with all we’ve got, but poorly written laws make for even worse enforcement, and unless you help to stop it once and for all, the laws may never get better and New Yorkers will continue to suffer.” The debacle between New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Airbnb has been ongoing over the past year, but it got heated when Schneiderman filed a subpoena earlier this month. The subpoena requests three years’ worth of data on thousands of Airbnb New York hosts. Airbnb has said that it has 225,000 community members in New York. The Attorney General’s Office is specifically looking for data on 15,000 hosts — it’s unclear if this includes almost all of Airbnb’s New York hosts.

Yaya Han dressed as Madam Hydra.

Court officials said Libi would be presented before Judge Kaplan at 12:45 (1645 GMT) and arraigned over the embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. The car bombing of the US embassy in Nairobi killed 213 people and wounded another 5,000 on August 7, 1998. A near simultaneous truck bomb outside the US mission in Tanzania killed 11 people and wounded 70 more. Libi, a computer expert, was on the FBI’s most wanted list with a $5 million price on his head for his presumed role in helping to scope out targets in Kenya. The married father-of-four is accused of conspiracy to murder, kidnap and maim Americans and of plotting to maliciously damage and destroy US property. The 49-year-old initially was held and interrogated on the USS San Antonio, an amphibious American transport ship in the Mediterranean. But US television network CBS reported that his questioning was cut short and he was brought to New York after he started to refuse food and water. CBS says Libi, whose given name is Nazih Abdul Hamed al-Raghie, suffers from hepatitis. The New York indictment of him and 20 other presumed Al-Qaeda lieutenants in 2000 lists him in direct connection to the US embassy bombing in Kenya. It accuses Libi in 1993 of discussing possible attacks against the US embassy in Nairobi, and of surveilling the diplomatic mission. In or around 1994, it says, he received files concerning possible terrorist attacks against the embassy, the US Agency for International Development, and British, French and Israeli targets in Nairobi.

You feel like youre the character, its a great feeling. Bryan Pace for New York Daily News Yaya Han dressed as Madam Hydra. RELATED: WHAT THE TREK IS GOING ON! Pratt Institute student Molly Glover, a huge Game of Thrones fan, recruited seven friends from school to form a human Iron Throne from the HBO fantasy series. The 20-year-old budding costume designer started in August and made the costume out of fabric and spray-painted pool noodles. Bryan Pace for New York Daily News 25-year-old Sarah Nielsen dressed as Black Widow. I wanted to find people who were willing to contribute and all of my friends graciously accepted, said Glover. Bryan Pace for New York Daily News Stacey Weiland dressed as Mad Moxie from the video game Borderlands. Even Game of Thrones actor Jerome Flynn was impressed, and took time to sit on the throne between signing autographs. This event was surreal as it was, but sitting on a load of fans isnt what I expected to happen, the British actor told the News, but New York is full of surprises. Bryan Pace for New York Daily News 25-year-old Jennifer Hashimoto dressed as Cat Women. RELATED: NEW YORK COMIC CON 2013: ZACH GALIFIANAKIS, KEN JEONG, BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT JOIN BOBS BURGERS SEASON FOUR At the ripe old age of 3, aspiring Wonder Woman Tesla Muchado is already a three-year veteran of New York Comic Con and was excited to pose for a photo with an adult, Helene Waldermarson, 26, dressed as her favorite superhero. Bryan Pace for New York Daily News “Joker” 30 y/o Carlos Maya feeds his “Batman” son 6-month-old Isaac Maya.

But the plan still leaves Alitalia dependent on finding at least 125 million euros from its shareholders, who have 30 days to decide whether to sign up. That gives Air France considerable leverage. The Franco-Dutch carrier was barred from a full takeover of Alitalia in late 2008 by then prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. Alitalia has lost 700,000 euros a day in the intervening period and Italy’s current government and Alitalia’s shareholders are now hoping to persuade Air France to up its stake – though there is still considerable political discomfort about any merger. So far all parties have failed to agree financial commitments and business strategy. Alitalia wants to reposition itself in the higher-margin long-haul market after losing out in regional and domestic routes to competition from low-cost carriers and high-speed trains. That plan appears to clash with Air France’s demands for a much tougher restructuring and debt-cutting measures. Analysts have said the logical way to save the Italian carrier would be for Air France-KLM to take over the operating core of the airline and get rid of the entire Alitalia back-office structure, but that would mean severe cost cuts and job losses, which Rome and unions are likely to oppose bitterly. If Air France-KLM does not participate in the share issue, it could be overtaken by the Italian post office as Alitalia’s top shareholder and its own stake could drop to below 15 percent. This would effectively cost the company its veto power on any new shareholders coming in. And if Alitalia were to fail, Air France-KLM would lose access to Europe’s fourth-largest travel market. But with Air France in the middle of a tough restructuring itself, that decision will be a close call. “Without Air France-KLM, there is even less of a future for Alitalia,” said Andrea Giuricin, a transport analyst at Milan’s Biccoca university. “If Air France-KLM does not put in the money, I want to see which Italian shareholders fill the gap.” The support of Alitalia’s domestic investors for the capital increase is also in the balance.

Air France-KLM “50:50” on Alitalia cap hike – source

Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 7 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs France’s retirement reform: Too little, too late? USATODAY 3:22 p.m. EDT October 14, 2013 French President Francois Hollande French President Hollande managed to changed the pension system by working with unions Still, they plan protests Tuesday And critics says he succeeded by making small changes that won’t achieve what’s necessary SHARE 10 CONNECT 26 TWEET 7 COMMENTEMAILMORE PARIS (AP) President Francois Hollande has managed to do what was once thought impossible: Make changes to France’s cherished and generous retirement system with little resistance from unions. His secret? The changes are so small and put off so far into the future that economists say they aren’t worthy of the name “reform.” Labor unions were calling for protests across France on Tuesday. But the demonstrations are not expected to turn into the massive protests that brought cities to a standstill in 2010, when Hollande’s predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy, raised the retirement age. Partially that is because Hollande, a Socialist, consulted with union leaders when drawing up the reform. Also, the changes, which the lower house of parliament votes on this week, will fix only a part of what needs changing, analysts say. “It’s the salami strategy,” said Elie Cohen, an economist at Sciences Po university. “We have a big problem, we don’t know how to fix it, so we cut it into pieces, like a nice sausage.” Hollande’s reform would lengthen the number of years people must work to receive a full pension, from 41 years today to 43 years by 2035.