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Rogers cutting onethird of digital content and publishing team about 75 jobs

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first_imgTORONTO – Rogers Communications said Thursday that it had laid off about 75 full-time employees from its digital content and publishing team.The Toronto-based company said the cuts amount to about one-third of the department, reducing the size of that team to about 150 people.The digital content and publishing division produces content for Maclean’s, Today’s Parent, Hello! Canada, Flare, MoneySense, Canadian Business and Chatelaine.Rogers said the job cuts reflects the “headwinds” faced by its industry, which has been dealing with a years-long change in consumer reading habits and a loss in advertising revenue at most established publishers.The company also said the reorganization will see Steve Maich, senior vice-president of digital content and publishing, leave the organization later this summer. Sarah Trimble was named vice-president, digital content and publishing.“Throughout his extraordinary 14-year tenure at Rogers Media, Steve Maich has left an indelible mark on all those who have had the pleasure of working with him, and all the loyal readers who have enjoyed his writing,” Rick Brace, president of Rogers Media, said in a statement.Lianne George, editor in chief at Chatelaine, also tweeted that she has decided to leave the magazine and Rogers.“It’s been the greatest joy to work for this publication, and with this wonderful, big-hearted group. I know the team will continue to do great things,” George tweeted from her verified account.The majority of the cuts were staff based in Toronto and included a variety of editorial roles.Rogers has one of Canada’s biggest media businesses, active in print and digital publishing, radio broadcasting and television including the Sportsnet specialty channels.However, Rogers Media is much smaller than the company’s wireless and cable divisions.It said that all of its current publishing brands will continue and the company remains committed to producing high-quality editorial content.Companies in this story: (TSX:RCI.B)last_img read more

Uruguay to probe alleged sexual misconduct by its UN peacekeepers in Haiti

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At the same time, should the allegations prove true, the UN has procedures in place to support the victim with legal, medical and psychosocial aid, UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) spokesperson Eliane Nabaa told a news conference in Port-au-Prince, the capital.“While such behaviour is profoundly troubling and inexcusable, the actions of a few unfortunately have the effect of tarnishing those of thousands of others – military, police and civilians – who have served MINUSTAH and Haiti with distinction since 2004,” she said yesterday.The four peacekeepers allegedly involved have been confined to barracks at the Uruguayan base in Les Cayes and the commander has been relieved of his duties by his country’s military.The UN, which has long had a policy of zero tolerance towards sexual abuse by its peacekeepers, does not have the authority to prosecute as this comes within the jurisdiction of the troop-contributing country, Ms. Nabaa said. But she said it will follow up to closely monitor that the Uruguayan authorities have fulfilled their obligations.She stressed that the UN does its utmost to prevent such abuses from occurring, including through training before troops are deployed to sensitize them to respect human rights and the customs, traditions and culture of the host country.Ms. Nabaa cited the case of another Uruguayan peacekeeper who fathered a child in Haiti with a 16-year-old girl. He was sent back to his country, banned from serving in any other UN peacekeeping missions, and obligated by the Uruguayan authorities to support financially the mother and her child.The 12,000-strong MINUSTAH has been in Haiti since mid-2004 after then president Jean-Bertrand Aristide went into exile amid violent unrest, and in his latest report, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls for it to be extended for another year until 15 October 2012.He notes that for the first time in its history, Haiti has witnessed a peaceful transition from one democratically elected president to another from the opposition, with the inauguration earlier this year of Michel Martelly. But he voices concern at the continuing stand-off between the executive and legislative branches, as well as the uncertainty surrounding constitutional reform.“At a time when Haiti so desperately needs a committed leadership with a common set of priorities, antagonisms between opposing political forces are casting a shadow on the country’s recent democratic success and threatening its progress towards lasting stability,” he writes. “It is the responsibility of all actors to ensure that this trend is reversed and that the promising gains made in recent years are preserved.”In the year ahead, MINUSTAH will as a matter of priority support the Haitian authorities, private sector and civil society actors in creating a viable framework for good governance, reform and development. 9 September 2011A high-level Uruguayan delegation has arrived in Haiti to investigate the alleged sexual assault of an 18-year-old Haitian man by Uruguayan members of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Caribbean country. read more

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G20 should play bigger role in global economic governance China tells UN

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The Group of 20, the recently established bloc of major industrialized and developed economies, should have a greater role in global economic affairs, China’s Foreign Minister said today as he called on United Nations Member States to work more closely together to pursue development.Yang Jiechi told the General Assembly’s annual general debate that China supported the transition of the so-called G-20 “from a short-term crisis response mechanism to a long-term mechanism of economic governance.”Mr. Yang said the G-20 should play a bigger role in not only global economic governance, but in promoting current efforts to revive and expand the world economy.“The underlying impact of the international financial crisis has yet to dissipate, and economic recovery is still fragile and uneven,” he warned. “We should intensify consultation and coordination and send a strong message of solidarity and win-win cooperation so as to strengthen international confidence in global recovery and growth.”Given the scale of the current economic challenges, “we should work as a team” to pursue common development, he added, citing the need to build “sound momentum” for economic recovery, lay the political foundations for cooperative development, promote a security environment conducive to stability and development, and foster balanced development between rich and poor countries.Mr. Yang also called on countries to use the world’s diversity as a positive factor to learn from each other, and not “as an excuse for the big to bully the small or the rich to ride roughshod over the poor in international relations. “We should respect the right of each country to pursue the development path of its choice and respect diversity of civilizations. And we should seek common progress by drawing on each other’s strength with an open and inclusive mind and in a spirit of seeking common ground while reserving differences.”The biggest imbalance in the global economy, he noted, is the uneven development between the so-called South and North.“Unless underdeveloped countries shake off poverty and grow their economy, there can be no common prosperity of the world.”Mr. Yang called on affluent nations to honour commitments on official development assistance (ODA), liberalize markets and reduce or cancel debts.“Developing countries, on their part, should explore growth models conducive to development and poverty alleviation in order to achieve development at a higher level.” 26 September 2011The Group of 20, the recently established bloc of major industrialized and developed economies, should have a greater role in global economic affairs, China’s Foreign Minister said today as he called on United Nations Member States to work more closely together to pursue development. read more

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Six Indian fishermen arrested for poaching

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The Sri Lanka Navy assisted the Sri Lanka Coast Guard to arrest six Indian fishermen along with two Indian fishing trawlers poaching in Sri Lankan waters off Kovilan Point.When the arrest was made the Indian fishermen had been fishing 3.5 nautical miles and 5.2 nautical miles north-west of Kovilan Point. The arrested fishermen and the trawlers were brought to Kareinagar and they are scheduled to be handed over to the officials of the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (Jaffna) today. (Colombo Gazette)

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Another blitz of college football bowl games kicks off with new roster

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by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press Posted Dec 19, 2014 11:43 am MDT Another blitz of college football bowl games kicks off with new roster of hefty sponsors SAN FRANCISCO – Ready! Set! Hut, hut: This holiday season’s blitz of college football bowl games will feature a reshuffled roster of corporate sponsors spending millions to thrust their names in front of fans watching on TV and in the stands.The bowls haven’t disclosed their asking prices, but sports marketing experts contacted by The Associated Press estimated the annual cost for the top-tier games ranges from $25 million to more than $30 million. That’s up from $16 million to $20 million previously.The substantial price increase probably prompted sponsors to reassess the value of the bowl affiliations, says Kevin Adler, chief engagement officer for sports marketing specialist Engage Marketing in Chicago.Twelve of the 33 bowls returning from last year have sold their naming rights to new sponsors, including several that defected from one game to another. Five other bowls are making their debuts during this holiday season, and three of them — the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl, the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl and the Ford Motor Quick Lane Bowl — are kicking off with corporate affiliations.This year’s list of new sponsors include:— Century-old tire maker Goodyear, which bought the naming rights to the Cotton Bowl in a promotional expansion beyond its well-travelled blimp.— Duck Commander, a Louisiana company sponsoring the Independence Bowl in its home state to introduce itself to people who don’t watch the “Duck Dynasty” reality-TV series.— BitPay, a 3-year-old startup that is using the St. Petersburg Bowl in Florida to enlighten a broader audience about bitcoin, a digital currency that so far has appealed mostly to computer geeks, speculators and crooks trying to conceal their financial footprints.“We are hoping the audience watching the game at home, in sports bars, airports and hotels is going to be Googling to find out more about bitcoin,” says Stephanie Wargo, BitPay’s vice-president of marketing. More than 100 merchants in a “Fan Zone” located near the St. Petersburg Bowl also will be accepting bitcoins from customers leading up to the Dec. 26 game.BitPay, a bitcoin processing company, made a three-year commitment to take over the St. Petersburg Bowl naming rights from Beef O’Brady’s, which ended a five-year affiliation with the game.Evolving sponsors have become part of the college bowl tradition since the games began auctioning off their naming rights several decades ago to help cover their rising costs. The Holiday Bowl in San Diego has gone through seven sponsors since its 1978 inception (National University, a San Diego college, is returning for its second consecutive season as the game’s main sponsor).While some college football fans still lament the commercialization of the sport, bowl directors say the games couldn’t go on without the naming rights fees to supplement the revenue from ticket sales and TV broadcasting rights.“It’s critical, you can’t survive without a sponsor,” says Gary Cavalli, executive director of the Foster Farms Bowl in Santa Clara, California.After selling its naming rights to two different corporate sponsors during the first 11 years of its existence in San Francisco, Cavalli’s bowl played last year without a business backer — and lost more than $100,000 despite cost-cutting efforts.The bowl is in better shape after Foster Farms decided that attaching its name to a college bowl would be a good way to sell more chicken wings and other frozen food as the Livingston, California, company expands eastward.“We know that Americans love football, and we know Americans love to eat chicken while they are watching football, so it’s a perfect fit from that perspective,” says Bryan Reese, Foster Farms’ senior vice-president of sales, marketing and research and development.Only four of the 38 bowl games scheduled to be played from Saturday through Jan. 4 weren’t able to sell their naming rights. Two of those, the Hawaii Bowl and the Birmingham Bowl, lost their sponsors from last year. The two others, the Boca Raton Bowl and Miami Beach Bowl, are being played for the first time this year.This year’s revised line-up of bowl names stems in part from college football’s new system for determining a national champion. Four teams are now selected to compete in playoffs that begin with a semifinal round in two bowl games played on New Year’s Day. The semifinals will be played at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl this season, then rotate among the Cotton Bowl, Orange Bowl, Fiesta Bowl and Peach Bowl.The added drama of a playoff for the national championship prompted ESPN to pay more for the broadcasting rights to the games, resulting in an increase in the price for the naming rights.Tostito’s said it ended its 18-year relationship with the Fiesta Bowl after deciding it wanted “to steer its marketing and growth strategies differently.” Without elaborating, Discover Financial traced its decision to stop sponsoring the Orange Bowl to the new playoff system.Fiesta sold its naming rights to TV maker Vizio, which had previously backed the Rose Bowl, while the Orange Bowl lured Capital One away from the Citrus Bowl. Northwestern Mutual replaced Vizio at the Rose Bowl and Goodyear rolled into the Cotton Bowl after AT&T backed out from its naming rights deal.With few exceptions, the bowls played before New Year’s typically sell their naming rights for $500,000 to $1 million annually.“The cost is not exorbitant, so you get a pretty good bang for the buck,” says Jim Andrews, a senior vice-president the sponsorship and consulting firm, IEG. “You don’t get blockbuster (TV) audiences, but those who do watch are pretty committed.”Nevertheless, the money spent on bowl naming rights can turn out to be a waste if the buyer doesn’t have a concrete marketing plan.“The first time someone in a company says, ‘Hey, we should sponsor a bowl game,’ there should be someone in the room who asks why,” Engage Marketing’s Adler says. “If no one pauses to answer the why question, those deals won’t be long-term.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Californias 15hour wage could help workers cost jobs

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A political deal to raise California’s minimum wage to a nation-leading $15 an hour could help some workers cope with the state’s crushing cost of living but also deprive other low-wage earners of jobs altogether, economists said as Gov. Jerry Brown and other leaders touted what would be a landmark agreement.California’s economy is larger than that of most countries, with a wide diversity of earners. While newly minted millionaires gentrify neighbourhoods in the San Francisco Bay Area, some Central Valley field hands lack access to clean water. A jump from the current $10 an hour spread over six years would affect millions.Rafael Gutierrez, a 53-year-old farmworker, said the increase would let him treat his family to weekend dinners out and a short vacation to Disneyland from his home in Fresno County.His last job picking peaches and grapes paid $11 an hour. His girlfriend makes $14 an hour at Target. Though their region is far from California’s costliest, “Right now, we’re just making it,” Gutierrez said. “Life is expensive.”And then there are employers such as Chuck Herrin, owner of Sunrise Farm Labor, which provides roughly 2,500 workers each year in the San Joaquin Valley. Herrin predicted that farmers would hire 10 per cent fewer workers because of the higher cost of business.“It’s going to be devastating,” said Herrin of the impact on fieldworkers and their dependent relatives.On Monday, Brown touted the deal his administration struck with legislative and labour leaders as potentially historic, calling it a matter of economic justice. Under the proposal, which the Legislature has yet to approve, the minimum wage would rise gradually, reaching $15 by 2022.After that wages would rise with inflation, though in tough economic times the governor could delay increases.Lawmakers could send the bill to Brown’s desk as early as Thursday, said Sen. Mark Leno, a San Francisco Democrat.The hike would create the nation’s highest statewide minimum wage. California and Massachusetts are the current highest at $10. Washington, D.C., stands at $10.50.Oregon’s governor signed legislation this year that would raise wages by 2022 depending on location. In the largest city of Portland, the minimum will rise to $14.75. Rural areas would see an increase to $12.50.Income inequality has emerged as a top issue nationally, with President Barack Obama proposing an increase to the federal minimum wage and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders pushing a $15-per-hour standard.In California’s most-desirable areas, gas, housing, food and other essentials can bring sticker shock. While the median price of homes sold in the state is about $400,000, a fixer-upper in San Francisco or parts of Los Angeles can easily top $1 million.About 4 million workers in California earn wages in the $10 to $15 wage, according to calculations by Jeffrey Clemens, an economics professor at the University of California, San Diego. “The key question is what fraction of these workers will be lifted to the new minimum and what fraction will lose their jobs,” Clemens wrote in an email.Advocates for the wage increase and their economists put the number of affected workers at closer to 6 million.Economists including Clemens said in interviews that projecting what would happen in California is tough because the proposed increase is significantly larger than those in the past and may have unintended consequences.One leading economist on minimum wage issues said an increase from $10 to $15 would reduce employment among the least-skilled workers by at least 5 to 10 per cent. But the impact on employment might be even bigger because employers would have to absorb significantly higher costs.“I would go so far as to call this reckless,” said David Neumark, an economics professor at the University of California, Irvine.Neumark noted that the effects would vary by geography: In high-wage counties such as San Francisco and Santa Clara, about 22 per cent of workers would get a raise. In places such as Fresno and Merced counties, about half the workers would see more money.San Francisco voters approved a measure two years ago to increase the minimum wage of $10.74 an hour to $15 in 2018. It’s currently $12.25.Brian Hibbs, owner of comic book and graphic novel store Comix Experience, said he supports the idea of a minimum standard of living, but he thinks the wage hike won’t accomplish that because it will hurt small businesses. Projecting that his payroll for six employees will be $40,000 greater in 2018, he started a graphic novel membership club to meet the new wage requirements. If the membership doesn’t grow, he said, he may have to close.“I don’t think this was thought through,” he said. “The cost of labour is so high. It’s very, very difficult to run a profitable business at this point.”Yasmin Fernandez, an activist who has sought a higher minimum wage, works in San Jose as a cashier at a gas station in the morning and at a Panda Express restaurant in the afternoon and evening.The 34-year-old said she takes home about $2,400 per month after taxes. After paying her living expenses and helping her widowed mother, sick brother and four nephews back in Mexico, she usually has about $150 left for herself. She works from 6 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. almost every day.An increase to the minimum wage will be heavenly, she said, describing how it would offer “a little more money for me, to maybe go to a concert or do something fun once in a while,” as well as “help my family even more.”___Pritchard reported from Los Angeles. Associated Press writers Scott Smith in Fresno and Sudhin Thanawala and Olga R. Rodriguez in San Francisco also contributed to this report.___Contact Justin Pritchard at http://twitter.com/lalanewsman . California’s $15/hour wage could help workers, cost jobs Chuck Hammers, at right, owner of Pizza My Heart, displays one of his pies on Monday, March 28, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. A political deal to raise California’s minimum wage to a nation-leading $15 an hour could help some workers cope with the state’s crushing cost of living but also deprive other low-wage earners of jobs altogether, economists said Monday as Gov. Jerry Brown and other leaders touted what would be a landmark agreement. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) by Don Thompson And Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press Posted Mar 29, 2016 1:38 am MDT Last Updated Mar 29, 2016 at 11:06 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Personal details of 10000 Auschwitz staff members published online

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first_img 58 Comments Short URL Personal details of 10,000 Auschwitz staff members published online It’s part of a project that will name the staff who worked in death and concentration camps set up in occupied Poland. Image: PA Wire/PA Images Feb 4th 2017, 7:30 AM The gates to Auschwitz. Image: PA Wire/PA Images The gates to Auschwitz. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img http://jrnl.ie/3213308 POLAND HAS PUBLISHED the first online database with the names and other personal details of nearly 10,000 staff who ran the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi German death camp.The database, which the IPN – the Institute of National Remembrance – says contains 9,686 names “is just the beginning of a wide-ranging project” that will cover the staff of other death and concentration camps that Nazi Germany set up in occupied Poland, IPN chairman Jaroslaw Szarek told reporters in Krakow.Around 25,000 names have already been gathered so far.Szarek said the project is in part intended to curb the use by foreign media of the erroneous phrase “Polish death camps” to refer to sites built and run by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland.Warsaw has long called out media for identifying the camps as “Polish” due to confusion caused by their geographical location.But according to Szarek, “it is sometimes the case that this is done in bad faith due to anti-Polish policy.”The new database, available in five languages “is a tool to fight lies”, Szarek said.We’re not expressing an opinion, we’re presenting the cold, hard facts.1.1 million deathsThe ruins of gas chambers, crematoria and barracks at the site bear witness to the killing of around 1.1 million people, mostly Jews, at the camp built in 1940 in the southern city of Oswiecim in occupied Poland.An estimated 232,000 of Auschwitz’s victims were children.The new database came days after the museum at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau camp urged Germans and Austrians to hand over any material that could shed light on the “motivations and mentality” of its wartime staff.Museum director Piotr Cywinski said that the institution was seeking more information about the death camp’s staff as part of efforts to “better understand the influence of populist mechanisms of hatred for human beings”.The new database also presents 350 verdicts against camp staff in war crimes trials after the war, but the documents still need to be translated.The list of names was compiled in large part by Professor Aleksander Lasik, who began his work in 1982 by identifying the Nazi SS staff that ran Auschwitz.Cywinski said the Nazis destroyed many files as they fled the camp toward the end of the war.“We have more documents about the camp’s prisoners than about its staff,” Cywinski added. © AFP, 2017Read: The secretary of Nazi leader Joseph Goebbels has died at 106> Saturday 4 Feb 2017, 7:30 AM By AFP 21,971 Views Share5 Tweet Email last_img read more

Advanced Greek School in NSW

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The intention for the opening of an Advanced Greek School for newly arrived immigrants was announced this week by the Greek Orthodox Community of New South Wales (GOCNSW) in Sydney, in an attempt to support the immigrants who have Greek as their mother language. With the sole purpose of teaching the Greek language at an advanced stage for students whose first language is Greek, the GOCNSW announced that the lessons of Greek language will be in accordance with the approved program of the Ministry of Education of Greece.The staffing of the new Greek school will be mainly by teachers from Greece. The teachers will use the textbooks currently in use in schools in Greece, in order for kids to maintain and to extend their level of Greek. Responding to the needs of the new community members to maintain the level of Greek their children use, the GOCNSW is embarking on the new education initiative, following the example of the GOCMV that has seen two campuses kick off early this month offering Advanced Greek program to over 70 newly arrived students.The announcement of the intention of the Greek Orthodox Community of NSW to establish an Advanced Greek Language School is to be followed within the very near future with the release of a related questionnaire, aiming at gathering information about the number and the location of the newly arrived families from Greece that might be interested in the new school.last_img read more

Olympus un appareil photo haut de gamme étanche bientôt en vue

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first_imgOlympus: un appareil photo haut de gamme étanche bientôt en vue ?Olympus aurait mis au point un appareil photo étanche avec objectifs interchangeables, l’OM-D. Selon le site Cnet, Olympus aurait conçu un appareil photo étanche avec objectifs interchangeables (ILC). Il pourrait s’appeler OM-D et seraitpourvu d’un capteur de 16 Mégapixels, enfermé dans unboîtier en magnésium, étanche donc.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Esthétiquement, l’OM-D reprendrait les lignes des produits de la gamme OM (Reflex SLR). Il serait doté d’un viseur électronique d’1,44 millions de pixels. Nous ne disposons pas de beaucoup d’informations pour l’instant si ce n’est que l’appareil pourrait concurrencer les Sony AlphaNEX-7et Fujifilm X-Pro1, qui devraient bientôt faire leur entrée sur le marché. L’appareil pourrait être présenté publiquement par le fabricant, le 8 février prochain, à Hong Kong.Le 23 janvier 2012 à 12:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Geek Deals HighlyRated 4K TV for 300 Learn to Code and Build

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Mike Kanellis and Matt Hardy take shots at GFW regarding pay

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first_img Now Playing Up Next Twitter July 28, 2017 at 12:52 pm July 28, 2017 at 3:49 pm WhatsApp Former TNA/GFW and current WWE star Mike Kanellis took to Twitter to respond to a fan tweeting at him that he, along with wife Maria, remained a “joke” in WWE much like they were previously as part of Impact Wrestling.Mike responded taking a shot at GFW regarding pay.Except I get paid now https://t.co/Z8x9MK46mB— Mike Kanellis (@RealMikeBennett) July 27, 2017Matt Hardy, another former TNA/GFW and returning WWE star, saw the tweet and also took it upon himself to take a jab at GFW over checks not arriving on time.It is truly DELIGHTFUL to get your check every week, on time, without having to chase it down for months.— REBORN by FATE (@MATTHARDYBRAND) July 27, 2017 Sounds like ur an douche So GFW is the real joke here. The more things change the more they stay the same. Videos Articles Comments are closed. Matt Hardy Confirms He Has Not Retired From WWE Now Playing Up Next I think it actually shows some elements of loyalty. As you mentioned tna used matt back yard Nd compound to record a large amount of programming at 0 cost to themselves. And Matt did this for the good of impact he’s left and the gratitude from anthem has been nothing short of disgusting. So yeah he’s probably bitter and so would I be!!!Not in anyway taking away from reby poor actions And I like gfw I just think your post is ludicrous for wrestlers showing loyalty in hope the company would get better Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipMatt Hardy Confirms He Has Not Retired From WWEVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:45/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 5.59%0:01Remaining Time -0:44 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list July 28, 2017 at 11:52 am July 30, 2017 at 2:35 pm Thing is Anthem is a company with lots of leverage and financial stability so it would have been easier for Vince to get it for a song one-two years back Sounds like you just like the Hardys a lot, so there’s not much else to say. Impact Results – 9/13/19 (Kiera Hogan vs. Tenille Dashwood, Street Fight Main Event) WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Trip Vic Impact Wrestling announces move to AXS TV following Bound for Glory on October 20 Rob Giles aces Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next July 29, 2017 at 1:16 am If Mike wasn’t with Maria nobody would know his name, so take a backseat shut up and enjoy your mid-card status. Marc Espinozacenter_img Colby If these wrestlers really weren’t getting paid at all, then why we’re they there for over a year? Al79 Johnm July 28, 2017 at 3:32 pm I wouldn’t even bother shelling out 50 bucks for it… it ain’t worth the time. There’s no one left on that shitty roster anyhow. Even Lashley sucks now, they totally ruined him. July 29, 2017 at 6:07 am Live check-in from Mount Snow where people are enjoying the fresh powder T R O L L TheCyberZon July 31, 2017 at 9:57 pm Matt Hardy Colby Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next so tna is barkrupt…vince should pick it up for 50$ then Al79 July 29, 2017 at 6:54 am Pinterest Roman Reigns is in Remission Rocky Dominguez Facebook July 29, 2017 at 10:38 pm July 28, 2017 at 3:29 pm Google+ 11 COMMENTS Of course he’s bitter after the fight he and Anthem had over the broken gimmick … but I’d say if they were late with Matt’s pay I’d say it was day’s or week’s and not months in his and Jeff’s case but of course it is well documented that many others (other than the bigger names like Angle) had to chase and/or wait for pay. I think he’s still bitter about the other so he saw this as a chance to take another jab at Anthem / Impact / TNA. He didn’t complain while there but he’s not wrong with the accuracy of his tweet, it just may not be something he had to deal with as much as most of the roster! 9/13 Impact Highlights: oVe vs. Blanchard and Dreamer in Street Fight Main Event last_img read more

Bale a doubt for Wales game against Spain

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first_imgGareth Bale remains a doubt for Wales ahead of their friendly with Spain in Cardiff on Thursday eveningThe 29-year-old winger was substituted for Vinicius Junior for the final 10 minutes of Real Madrid’s shock 1-0 loss at the hands of Deportivo Alaves in La Liga on Saturday.Now Sky Sports reports that Bale has skipped Wales’ first training session on Monday ahead of their friendly against Spain and that the medical team will be keeping a close watch on him for the next 48 hours.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.It’s understood that Bale has sustained a recurrence of the groin injury that forced him to miss Real’s Champions League defeat to Russian side CSKA Moscow last week.Bale, who has managed 30 goals and 12 assists in 72 appearances for Wales, is set to be awarded at Thursday’s game in Cardiff for breaking Ian Rush’s 28-goal mark earlier this year.Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey was also absent from training after playing in the Gunners’ 5-1 win at Fulham in Sunday’s London derby.last_img read more

Could industrial hemp become the next big crop for Alaska

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first_imgRob Carter, head of the industrial hemp pilot program, walks through a greenhouse at the Alaska Plant Materials Center outside of Palmer. He thinks an industrial hemp industry is viable for Alaska. (Erin McKinstry, Alaska Public Media)Marijuana and hemp are technically the same plant: cannabis sativa. The main difference is that hemp contains only trace amounts of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive drug in marijuana that gets you high.Listen nowSo it’s surprising that as Alaska’s recreational marijuana industry has bloomed, growing hemp remains illegal. But that could change by 2019, when Rob Carter, the head of a new industrial hemp pilot program, hopes to have hemp plants in the ground in Alaska.More than 300 people from across the state have expressed interest, but with its cold soils and long summer days, is Alaska really a good fit for a hemp industry?Rob Carter stands next to bins of wheat and barley at the Alaska Plant Materials Center outside of Palmer. He’s the managing agronomist and the head of Alaska’s soon-to-be industrial hemp pilot program. (Erin McKinstry, Alaska Public Media)Carter thinks so. He’s the managing agronomist for the Alaska Plant Materials Center outside of Palmer. The 400-acre experiment farm and seed cleaning facility is the epicenter of a soon-to-be industrial hemp pilot program that’ll enlist hemp growers from all over the state. Carter said he gets one to two calls a day from people interested in participating.“It’s kinda the gold rush thing. Like a lot of people wanna come in, and it’s new, and they wanna be a participant,” Carter said.Hemp is used in a bunch of different ways– to feed livestock, for medicinal purposes, it’s even used by the oil industry to fill cracks and fissures in the earth caused by drilling. Carter said he sees a lot of possibility from hemp-based oils like CBD, which people use to treat everything from epilepsy to inflammation. Right now, the federal government doesn’t regulate them, and a tiny bottle of CBD oil can cost over $100 online.“And so you go to the natural health food store or the gas station, and you buy this CBD product, and you consume it. You tell me what’s in it,” he said. “You don’t know.”Carter wants to design a pilot program that would increase transparency and more tightly regulate the growth of hemp and extraction of CBD oil. He thinks that because of its pristine environment, Alaska could offer something other places can’t.“We have relatively clean soils and very clean water and an unbelievably clean growing environment in comparison to other states that have very large-scale industrial or mono-cropping agriculture around it,” Carter said. “I think that we have the opportunity to build a program that can be some of the cleanest industrial hemp anywhere in the world.”The Alaska Plant Materials Center experiments with new crops and growing techniques. They normally grow tomatoes in a greenhouse, but right now, they’re testing out growing them outside (Erin McKinstry, Alaska Public Media)Carter is clearly optimistic about the hemp industry in Alaska, but that’s not based off of hard evidence. It was illegal to grow in the US, even for research purposes, for more than 75 years. Then Congress authorized state-sponsored industrial hemp pilot programs in the 2014 Farm Bill. Alaska joined more than 30 other states when it legalized a program earlier this year.The program provides a way to gather data about growing hemp in the state and figure out what works and what doesn’t. But until it’s up and running, it’s still illegal to grow or import hemp in Alaska.Despite Alaska’s harsh climate, Carter thinks a permanent industrial hemp industry is viable here. He said whether illegal or legal, producers have been growing cannabis indoors and outdoors in Alaska for a long time and similar climates like Northern Europe have made it work.“I think agriculturalists in Alaska in general, when you tell ’em you can’t do something, we find ways to make it happen,” Carter said.Still, determination can only get you so far. Most strains of hemp need warm soils for their deep root systems and a period of darkness each day to flower and produce seeds. Alaskan summers offer neither. That’s why University of Alaska Fairbanks agronomist Bob Van Veldhuizen has his doubts about the industry. He thinks hemp would need to be grown indoors or in high tunnels, which is expensive. He’s not against legalization, but he thinks developing an industry might not be worth it.“I’m sure that somebody somewhere would be able to do it, but the likelihood of this becoming a major, viable crop for Alaska at this point, seems to be pretty small,” Van Veldhuizen said.Ember Haynes is a Talkeetna-based farmer and hemp product producer. She thinks that there are some varieties of the plant that will grow well here.“There are varieties that will flower on their own so that’s totally an option,” Haynes said.Haynes hopes to participate in the pilot program and grow hemp on a small scale to feed to her animals and use for companies Silverbear Sundries and Denali Hemp Company.“I look at hemp especially in Alaska as being a grassroots movement, that it does not have to start with big agriculture, you know, that it can start on the small scale,” Haynes said.And Haynes isn’t alone. Rob Carter said he’s seen such an overwhelming interest in the pilot program that it’s taking longer than expected to draft program regulations. After the regulations go up for public comment, they’ll open applications.Carter said the more people, the better.“The more plants we have in the ground and the more people that we have that participate,” Carter said, “the stronger the industry will be.”last_img read more

Punjab CM takes potshot at AAP over Article 370 issue

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first_imgChandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday took a dig at the Aam Aadmi Party when one of its MLAs sought to criticise the Centre for scrapping Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. During Zero Hour on the third day of Punjab assembly session here, Amarinder Singh questioned AAP legislator Kanwar Sandhu why he was opposing the Centre’s decision when his party president has already supported the abrogation of the Constitutional provision. Seeking to draw the House’s attention to the Centre’s decision of abrogating the Article 370 and stripping Jammu and Kashmir of its special status, while bifurcating it into two Union territories, Sandhu termed the Modi government’s move as “unconstitutional” and an “attack” on the federal structure of the country. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us As Sandhu was busy criticising the Centre, the chief minister stood up and said AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal has already supported it. “I do not understand one thing that (AAP) president Kejriwal ji is supporting it and he (Sandhu) is speaking against it. Which side you are?” asked Amarinder, triggering a guffaw in the House. Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Monday had supported the Centre’s decisions on Jammu and Kashmir. Also Read – Subramanian Swamy cross-examined in National Herald case Advertise With Us “We hope this will bring peace and development in the state,” Kejriwal had said in his tweet. Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday had moved a resolution in the Rajya Sabha to abolish Article 370 after the President issued a notification and also moved a bill to divide the state into two Union territories — Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.last_img read more

Suspected JMB leader held

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first_imgMap of BograDetectives held a suspected leader of banned extremist outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from Omarpur in Nandigram upazila of Bogra district early on Saturday.The detainee is Abu Sayed alias Karim alias Talha alias Shyamol, a Majlish-e-Sura member of the JMB and also the chief of JMB southern region, reports UNB.Acting on tip off, a joint team of detective branch (DB) of district police and the headquarters conducted the drive around 1:00am and detained Abu Sayed, said additional superintendent of Bogra police Sanatan Chakrawarty.The team also recovered a pistol, one magazine, nine bullets, a machete and a motorcycle from the spot, he added.last_img

Creative Distillers Tackle Food Waste Redefining Getting Trashed

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first_img Share Courtesy of Misadventure VodkaA bottle of Misadventure Vodka, which is made out of disregarded baked goods like cake and bread. The southern California distillery reduces food waste while also creating premium vodka.Sam Chereskin and Whit Rigali want to redefine what it means to get trashed. The pair discovered that the sugars in almost-stale bread, bagels and cakes destined for the landfill could be distilled into premium vodka, turning imbibing into an act of social responsibility.The pair launched Misadventure Vodka this past summer with the dual goals of producing that vodka and reducing food waste. The southern California distillery makes all of its liquor from discarded starches, collecting up to 1,200 pounds of aging bakery products from the local food bank each week.“We wanted to use the excess food, remove it from the waste stream and make something that tastes good,” says Chereskin.The vodka is bottled at their San Marcos distillery and sold to bars, restaurants and retailers throughout California (and via online retailers to customers outside the state). Each bottle of Misadventure Vodka is made with two pounds of food waste — a fact that surprises tipplers.“Once food is labeled as waste, there tends to be a bias about it,” Rigali says. “We want to change the perception.”As awareness of food waste grows — an estimated 133 billion pounds of food is thrown away every year in the U.S. — so do efforts to address the problem. Some restaurants are composting leftovers, eschewing plastic straws and turning so-called trash fish into featured dishes. Creative approaches are also happening behind the bar.At The Perennial in San Francisco, the goal is to “Fight climate change with food and drinks,” which means sourcing ingredients from sustainable farms, using recycled materials — and creating a cocktail menu that embodies that ethos.The “Grapefruit Three Ways” uses the entire grapefruit: The fruit juice is the base of the cocktail; peels are packed in sugar to add flavor; and the leftover hulls are put into a still to make syrup. Those bittersweet ingredients are mixed with 110-proof tequila. Another cocktail, “Rust and Char,” is made from charred (and discarded) walnut shells, and then mixed with honey and rye to give the drink its smoky flavor.To extend the shelf life of common perishable cocktail ingredients like fruits and vegetables, bar manager Rob Hamic often dehydrates, salt cures and pickles overripe produce, making shrubs and preserves that add flavor to craft cocktails.Hamic admits that the zero-waste approach requires extra effort. “There is no blueprint for how to make it work. You have to think of new and better ways to do everything.”As for Misadventure Vodka, it took a year of intense research and development to bring it to market. Unlike other spirits, which are made with specific ratios of ingredients, Chereskin and Rigali accept all starches, including those with unusual flavor notes such as jalapeno bagels and chocolate cake.“The vodka has a sweet note but, by a quirk of the process, yeast only eats the sugars, so the novel flavors are stripped out during the distillation. We can distill a consistent product even though we can never predict the ratios of the food waste we collect,” explains Chereskin.More than one-third of fruits and vegetables are wasted before reaching the supermarket, thanks to production losses, and issues with handling, storage and processing.Distiller Henry Tarmy knew that some strawberries were too small, bruised or misshapen to be sold in the produce aisle, but they still had the sweetness needed to distill premium spirits. When he launched Ventura Spirits in 2014, he partnered with California growers to source strawberries for brandy.“[Ventura] is a huge strawberry growing region and we knew there was a ton of waste, a lot of strawberries left rotting in the fields,” Tarmy says. “We’re tapping into the surplus that, in most cases, would be going to a landfill.”Over the past three years, Tarmy claims that Ventura Spirits has diverted 500,000 of strawberries from the waste stream. Interest from bars and restaurants is strong; farmers are excited, too, to have a market for produce that would otherwise end up as trash. Tarmy hopes to develop similar partnerships to source apples and potatoes for future batches of vodka.“Distilling is well-suited to deal with food waste. We need sugar, and the riper a fruit is, the more sugar has. If it’s too overripe to be on store shelves, it’s perfect for us,” Tarmy says. “We don’t care about the size or shape of a fruit either. Ugly fruit makes beautiful brandy.”Jodi Helmer is a North Carolina journalist and beekeeper who frequently writes about food and farming.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

James Patterson to Visit Baltimore and Donate 25000 books

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first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — James Patterson’s next stop on his literacy crusade is Baltimore.In this May 3, 2006, file photo, author James Patterson contemplates a question during an interview at his home overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway in Palm Beach, Fla. Patterson, who has donated millions to bookstores and libraries nationwide and formed his own publishing imprint, is visiting Baltimore on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, and will donate 25,000 copies of his illustrated children’s book “Public School Superhero.” (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)The best-selling author, who has donated millions of dollars to bookstores and libraries nationwide and formed his own publishing imprint, is visiting Baltimore next week and will donate 25,000 copies of his illustrated children’s book “Public School Superhero,” the heroic adventures of a black sixth grader. Patterson told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the uprising following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody made him anxious to come to Baltimore.“I like the city very much, and I think part of the reason is that it reminds me of where I grew up, Newburgh (in New York), which is a smaller but also very tough river town,” Patterson said during a telephone interview.“So watching what’s been happening to kids in Baltimore made me think, ‘How I can help?’ And I thought the best thing I can do is try to keep ringing the bell and get kids reading.”On Sept. 16, he plans to meet with civic leaders, including members of the city council and school and library officials, and with some 300 fifth graders. Patterson will be giving a copy of “Public School Superhero” to every Baltimore public school kid from grades 3 to 7.last_img read more

European eel found to spawn across 2000 km wide region of the

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first_imgEuropean eel. Credit: Wikipedia/CC BY-SA 3.0 A team of researchers with members from Japan, Sweden, Denmark and Germany has found evidence showing that European eel spawn across a 2000 km wide region of the North Atlantic Ocean. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, the group describes their study of recently hatched eel larvae in the North Atlantic Ocean, and what they found. Study shows European eel migration not as uniform and simple as thought More information: Michael J. Miller et al. Spawning by the European eel across 2000 km of the Sargasso Sea, Biology Letters (2019). DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2018.0835 © 2019 Science X Network Explore furthercenter_img Journal information: Biology Letters Almost a hundred years ago, scientists discovered that European eels have a unique lifestyle—one that includes spawning in the Sargasso Sea, which is approximately 5000 to 7000 kilometers from where they live as juveniles and adults in European and North African rivers. But the extent of their spawning has never been pinned down. The researchers note also that the number of European eels has been dropping dramatically since the 1970s, and nobody knows why. The current population is believed to be approximately 5 percent of what it once was. In this new effort, the researchers used multiple ships to survey large parts of the North Atlantic Ocean from approximately 70°W to 50°W—to learn more about the spawning habits of the endangered eel.The Sargasso Sea is actually an area entirely within the North Atlantic Ocean, just off the east coast of the United States—it is the only sea in the world that has no land boundaries. It became singled out as voyagers discovered it was bounded by four ocean currents that form a gyre. It was named for the Sargassum seaweed that grows in abundance there. Prior research has shown the area to be mostly free of geographical formations—its bottom is mostly flat. The area is known for its marine plants and for its deep blue hue.The researchers report that their survey efforts showed recently hatched eel larvae floating across a 2000 km-wide region of the North Atlantic Ocean—not just the Sargasso Sea. They noted also that prior researchers working as far back as 1921 had found the larvae in similar parts of the ocean. The researchers suggest that despite severe reductions in population, the European eel still spawns as far and wide as it ever did. They suggest also that their findings may contribute to a plan for preventing the eels from disappearing altogether. Citation: European eel found to spawn across 2000 km wide region of the North Atlantic Ocean (2019, April 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-european-eel-spawn-km-wide.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

What SelfService Business Intelligence Is and How to Use It

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first_img This story appears in the September 2013 issue of . Subscribe » 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Q: How does self-service business intelligence make me smarter?A: With a name like self-service business intelligence, you’d be forgiven for thinking this concerns DIY corporate espionage. But the term describes analytics, in a powerful form that doesn’t involve hassling your IT, accounting or sales staffs to pull the information for you.Let’s say you run a small retail chain and need to understand, in real time, how each store is performing relative to its daily revenue goals. A self-service BI tool provides that data without you having to wrangle it from your point-of-sale system’s software.BI is big business for enterprise-level companies, with related software sales amounting to $13.1 billion in 2012, according to technology research and consulting firm Gartner. But to understand why self-service BI should matter to SMBs, we tapped Josh James, founder and CEO of Utah-based Domo, which has built a cloud-based BI platform geared toward company decision-makers.When should I use self-Service BI?Most businesses are already using some kind of self-service BI, in the form of spreadsheets or reporting capabilities found within popular business software applications such as Excel and cloud-based offerings from Salesforce.com. Problem is, the avalanche of data you use to run your company is parked in silos and has limited context on its own, which makes it difficult to view a complete picture of your business.What gets lost with this lack of a complete picture?A lot! When I was at [analytics company] Omniture, there was a time when customers in Japan were hesitating to renew their contracts, and we couldn’t figure out why. Turns out we were conducting scheduled maintenance during Japan’s business day. So our systems weren’t available when these customers needed them most.At the time, we had no easy way to see the connection between contract negotiations and a system maintenance schedule. However, by using a current version of self-service BI to bring these separate data sources into one comprehensive view of the business, we could have saved valuable time renewing contracts and kept our customers happier.What tools should businesses use to manage self-service BI?There are conventional enterprise tools available from vendors such as SAP (Business Objects) and IBM (Cognos), which require that your data be significantly manipulated before it can be leveraged. Cloud-based solutions such as Domo sit on top of multiple data sources–including spreadsheets, online CRM, marketing, HR and finance programs–and offer a comprehensive, real-time view of your business in one place.How do I choose one?Your task is to decide what’s important to measure, a decision that can be overwhelming. I advise people to start with three business problems they want to address, whether they think the data is available or not. Once identified, it becomes easier to zero in on the specific metrics to track that will root out the cause and then the solutions to the problems. Then find a BI program that will allow you to pull together those data points in one place. October 9, 2013last_img read more

Former American Idol hopeful returns as a drag queen and slays judges

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first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Ada Vox eliminated from American Idol following amazing Circle of Life performanceAmerican Idol judges make ‘executive decision’ to save drag queen Ada VoxUS singing competition The Voice features first trans contestantRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/american-idol-man-returns-drag-queen/ (Picture: American Idol/YouTube) Looking gobsmacked, Judge Richie told Ada: ‘We’ve had a lot of artists come on here, talented, but a bit confused.‘What you are giving us is a clear understanding of who you are, coming in with an amazing amount of talent.’La’Porsha Renae finished as runner-up during the supposed final season of American IdolLast year, one-time American Idol finalist La’Porsha~Renae claimed on Twitter that she was not gay anymore.‘I chose to be heterosexual after being homosexual for 2 years. I chose a belief system that felt TRUE to my spirit,’ she tweeted.Renae had angered fans after her time on the show ended when she said she ‘doesn’t agree’ with the LGBTI ‘lifestyle.’She later apologized and said she has ‘a lot of friends and a lot of people that I love dearly who are gay and homosexual and they’re such sweet, nice people.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img American Idol contestants are a resilient bunch. The judges rejected former hopeful Adam Sanders -now 24 – during season 12 of the US singing competition in 2013.But rather than take the criticisms to heart, Adam went away and practiced a new approach.And on Sunday, Sanders gloriously returned to the show during Season 16 as queen alter-ego, Ada Vox.All hail the new queen of American IdolAda impressed the judges with her moves and voice (Picture: YouTube/American Idol)As Billboard reports, the show saw the hopeful return with a new catwalk, new singing voice and plenty of new sass for judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie andThe singer told the judges how he was shamed for his size and sexuality after being eliminated from the top 50 during Hollywood Week.‘It killed me inside. It killed me almost as much as the people who were telling me that I should kill myself,’ Adam emotionally told the judges.[embedded content]Vox then slayed the judges with an impressive rendition of the House Of The Rising Sun by The Animals. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more