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October 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgWomen In Film, Los Angeles (WIF LA) announced the honorees for the 2018 Women In Film Crystal + Lucy Awards presented by Max Mara and Lancôme.Since 1977, Women In Film, Los Angeles has annually honored outstanding women in the entertainment industry – women who lead by example, are creative, groundbreaking, and excel at their chosen fields. The annual benefit gala supports WIF LA’s educational and philanthropic programs and its advocacy for gender parity for women throughout the industry. The evening, themed “Ignited,” will be held on Wednesday, June 13 at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA.The 2018 Crystal + Lucy Award honorees are:The Crystal Award for Excellence in Film – Brie LarsonThe Lucy Award for Excellence in Television – Channing DungeyThe Women In Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award – Alexandra ShippThe Women In Film Artistic Excellence Award – NOVA Wav (Denisia Andrews (“Blu June”) and Brittany Coney (“Chi”))The evening’s program will also celebrate Women In Film, Los Angeles’ 45th Anniversary and recognize the leaders of the gender parity movement in Hollywood with the “45 years of Advocacy Celebration” segment presented by Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand. Leaders from the past and present will be acknowledged for their outstanding leadership in the advancement of gender equity.Cathy Schulman, President of Women In Film, Los Angeles, said, “Throughout its history, Women In Film has focused its efforts on the kind of gender advocacy that is now sweeping through the screen industries like a tidal wave. The theme of this year’s Crystal + Lucy Awards Gala is ‘Ignited,’ referencing the tipping point we’re living in and Women In Film’s responsibility as a thought leader to keep the flame burning for a sustainable future – freed from the constraints of gender bias.”The 2018 Crystal + Lucy Awards is presented by sponsors Max Mara for the 16th year and Lancôme for the first year. The event is designed and produced by Academy Award-winning producer Cathy Schulman and Tony Schubert of Event Eleven. Iris Grossman, President Emeritus of Women In Film, Los Angeles, returns this year as Advisor for the Awards.last_img read more

October 13, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgAURORA, Ont. – Auto parts company Magna International Inc. has signed a deal to sell its fluid pressure and controls business to Hanon Systems, a South Korea-based company, for roughly $1.23 billion.The business being sold specializes in the design, manufacture and supply of mechanical and electronic pumps, electronic cooling fans and other components.Hanon Systems is a global supplier of thermal and energy management systems.The fluid pressure and controls business had $1.4 billion in sales in 2017.The company says about 4,200 employees across 10 facilities in North America, Europe and Asia will move to Hanon Systems.The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019, subject to a number of conditions, including antitrust approvals.Companies in this story: (TSX:MG)last_img read more

October 12, 2019 | | Post a Comment

AMSTERDAM — A Boeing 747 has begun its final journey — making its way at walking pace rather than jet speed — from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport to the grounds of a nearby hotel, where it will be turned into a visitor attraction.After rolling out of Schiphol on a self-propelled trailer, the 150-ton jumbo jet inched across metal plates laid over nearby fields to prevent it sinking into the mud early Wednesday. It will be hauled across a major highway Friday night, before completing its 12.5-kilometre (7.8-mile) route Sunday.The plane, formerly owned by Dutch flag carrier KLM, is being turned into a Boeing 747 Experience by the hotel’s owner.The Associated Press read more

October 12, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Rabat – A direct flight connecting Morocco and China is set to open between the end of 2019 and the first quarter of 2020, the Moroccan National Tourist Office (ONMT) director general, Adel El Fakir, told a press conference in Casablanca on Tuesday.“Chinese tourists [traveling to Morocco] have to transit through the Middle East or Europe. Opening a direct line can boost the growth of this promising market,” said El Fakir.The new flight would connect Beijing, Shanghai, or both to Casablanca. El Fakir did not reveal which airline would operate the route.Read Also: Flights to Start Using Casablanca’s New Terminal 1 SaturdayMoroccan Minister of Transport and Tourism Mohammed Sajid, and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) administrator, Feng Zhenglin, met in September to discuss an air transport agreement and a direct flight. Over the past three years, the number of Chinese tourists in Morocco rose exponentially from 15,000 to nearly 180,000, following the relaxation of Moroccan visa restrictions. read more

October 8, 2019 | | Post a Comment

RELATED STORY: http://colombogazette.com/upfa-wins-the-east-but-loses-seats/ By Easwaran Rutnam The Illangai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) secured 11 seats by getting 30.59 percent of the votes and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress was third with 7 seats. The UNP won 4 seats. The United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) won the elections in the eastern province, but by just a small margin. “We reached the agreement with the UNP today. The SLMC will now be the kingmaker. If they also support us we will be able to form the government in the eastern province,” Premachandran said. Final results released by the department of elections showed that the UPFA had secured 14 seats including two bonus seats by winning 31.58 percent of the total votes.The National Freedom Front, an alliance member of the UPFA, also won 1 seat and the party had said that it will help the UPFA govern the province. The United National Party (UNP) has decided to support the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to form a government in the eastern province.TNA MP Suresh Premachandran said that his party has now sought the support of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) to garner the majority it needs to govern the eastern province. read more

October 8, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Ambassador Cheng expressed the view that China and Sri Lanka are traditionally friendly neighbors and have been long supporting each other’s core interests and major concerns. Both sides exchanged views on bilateral political, economic and trade relations as well as international and regional cooperation. Foreign Minister Marapana praised the long-standing friendship between the two countries and thanked China for its long-term support to Sri Lanka’s economic and social development as well as to Sri Lanka’s efforts to safeguard national unity and stability.Marapana emphasized that Sri Lanka firmly adheres to the “One China” policy and actively participates in the joint construction of “Belt and Road” Initiative. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka will coordinate various Government departments to speed up projects assessment and approval in order to promote the friendly cooperation, and bring tangible benefits to the Sri Lankan people as soon as possible. Minister Marapana also briefed the Chinese envoy on the current situation in Sri Lanka and thanked China for its steady position. Both sides also exchanged views on issues of common concern. (Colombo Gazette) Attaching great importance to Sino-Sri Lanka relations, the Ambassador said that China is willing to work with all sectors of Sri Lanka to actively implement the consensus reached by leaders of both countries, speed up the mega projects cooperation under the BRI framework and strive for early harvest to bring real benefit to the two peoples.“The Chinese side is following the current situation in Sri Lanka. We believe that the Sri Lankan government and its people are capable of handling the current situation, and upholding Sri Lanka’s social stability and ethnic solidarity. We also hope that Sri Lanka will take concrete measures to protect the security and legitimate interests of Chinese citizens in Sri Lanka,” the Chinese Embassy said. Sri Lanka has assured China that it will actively participate in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the Chinese Embassy in Colombo said today.The assurance was given when the Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Cheng Xueyuan met Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana for talks, the Embassy said. read more

October 6, 2019 | | Post a Comment

“The Secretary-General strongly deplores the loss of so many innocent lives and reiterates his strongest condemnation of such vicious acts of terrorism for which there can be no justification,” a UN spokesman said in a statement in New York.More than 50 people were killed in an attack a Shi’ite mosque in Quetta and 13 during an assault at a concert in Moscow.

October 6, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Razali Ismail, on his eleventh mission, is expected meet with Prime Minister General Khin Nyunt and other Government leaders on ways to revive the process of national reconciliation, which came to a standstill after Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, was detained on 30 May.Announcing Mr. Razali’s trip last week, a UN spokesman in New York said Mr. Annan remained concerned about the well being of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other National League for Democracy (NLD) leaders and reiterated his call that they be released without further delay.“He expects his Special Envoy to meet with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, find out her condition and work with Government officials towards her immediate and unconditional release,” he added.Mr. Annan has called for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s release ever since her latest detention.Meanwhile in a report to the UN General Assembly released this month, Mr. Annan calls on the Government to “initiate immediately substantive dialogue” with the NLD and ethnic nationality groups as the only way to “ensure that national reconciliation is durable, the transition to democracy is smooth and Myanmar’s future as a stable, prosperous and multi-ethnic nation is secure.”Unless the parties engage in such a dialogue, the international community will have to conclude that the home-grown national reconciliation process no longer exists and the Assembly will have to provide a clearer framework for action by Member States to help promote democratization in Myanmar, the report says. read more

October 6, 2019 | | Post a Comment

An innovative child care initiative to bring the right care into people’s homes by “bundling” health services in a way that best suits family needs is showing significant progress in several West African countries and could save millions of lives in years to come, the head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today. “They have exceeded expectations, and shown us just what can be achieved over a short period of time through sound science using an integrated approach,” Ann M. Venemen said, announcing the early results of the Accelerated Child Survival and Development programme, which was initiated in 2002 some 100 districts within 11 countries in West Africa. Speaking in Geneva at the plenary session of the World Health Assembly, which began this morning, she said that after three years of increasing coverage in basic health interventions, UNICEF estimates that child deaths will have dropped by an average of 20 per cent across the 16 districts where the programme was fully implemented, and by 10 per cent where it was partially applied. The programme takes the most effective health interventions for children, newborns and pregnant women and bundles them in an integrated, cost-effective package, including immunizing children and pregnant women, delivering life-saving micronutrients, encouraging breastfeeding and supplying oral re-hydration salts to treat diarrhoea as well as bed nets for protecting children and women from malaria.The initiative was applied most intensely in 16 districts in Senegal, Mali, Ghana and Benin, where the under-five mortality rate dropped an estimated 25, 21, 17 and 16 per cent respectively. The programme focused on districts that were the hardest to reach, often with the highest mortality rates, and proved that significant progress is possible against the odds.Every year nearly 11 million children under age five die from preventable causes, with nearly 5 million of those deaths occurring in sub-Saharan Africa. After studying what has worked in the pilot programme, UNICEF has set the goal of expanding the survival scheme to cover many more African children. “We believe that we can reach 60 per cent of children across sub-Saharan Africa by 2009 with these integrated community-based interventions,” Ms. Veneman said. “This will mean saving the lives of an additional 1 million children every year in that region alone.” read more

September 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Two deer on the Rum national nature reserve that died after becoming tangled together with rope in their antlers Rubbish washed up on Rum national nature reserve A campaign to reduce the amount of litter in Scotland’s waters has been stepped up after images of a stag with rope tangled in its antlers were released.Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has highlighted the dangers of marine rubbish to wildlife on land by publishing the photos, which were taken on the Rumnational nature reserve.The organisation revealed two deer had recently died on the island after they became tangled together with rope in their antlers.Lesley Watt, reserve manager on Rum for SNH, said: “Marine litter is a huge international problem.”But small actions can make a big difference and everyone has a part to play.” She added: “Along with many organisations, SNH recently joined the campaign to bin plastic straws – and we’re cutting down on disposable plastics by providing our staff with re-useable travel cups.”If you use your own bag for life when shopping, or take litter home after a day at the beach, you could help save an animal’s life.”One of the images released shows a stag with rope and a buoy in its antlers, although a spokesman for the body said this was not one of those found to have died. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Two deer on the Rum national nature reserve that died after becoming tangled together with rope in their antlersCredit:SNH Rubbish washed up on Rum national nature reserveCredit:SNH Some deer forage on seaweed at Rum and this may be how they come into contact with marine litter.While the island community works in partnership with SNH to remove as much rubbish as possible, regular clean-ups of remote and inaccessible areas can be challenging. The SNH post also tells of how staff on Rum once discovered a dead deer caught up in a piece of fishing rope which already had an old deer skull attached. Images released by the body were taken several months ago, according to an SNH spokesman, but have now been published to highlight the blight of marine litter on wildlife on Scottish soil. read more

September 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

A new smoke column billows from the lower part of the Fuego Volcano forcing rescue operations to be suspended and the evacuation of everyone in the village of San Miguel Los Lotes, in Escuintla Department, about 35 km southwest of Guatemala City, today.ALOTENANGO, Guatemala (AFP) — Nearly 200 people are missing and at least 73 people were killed since Guatemala’s Fuego volcano began erupting over the weekend, officials said Tuesday.Seven communities in already devastated areas were evacuated as the volcano’s activity increased, with rescue operations halted.In the city of Escuintla, near the summit, panicked locals rushed to their cars to escape, causing chaotic traffic.An AFP photographer witnessed a large plume of ash rise into the sky, prompting an evacuation of everyone authorities could find before the police, the military and rescuers were stood down.And a total of 192 people remain missing since the weekend eruptions, disaster relief agency chief Sergio Cabanas told reporters.The search for bodies in mountain villages destroyed by the eruption was progressing slowly, officials said earlier, given the nature of the terrain and the way the volcano released large amounts of boiling mud, rock and ash down the mountain.“We will continue until we find the last victim, though we do not know how many there are. We will probe the area as many times as necessary,” Cabanas told AFP.However, the prospects of finding any more survivors was poor, he said.“If you are trapped in a pyroclastic flow, it’s hard to come out of it alive,” he said, adding that people who may have been caught in the flow may never be found.The latest of the 73 victims was a 42-year-old woman who died in hospital having lost both legs and an arm in the eruption.The previous toll was given as 72. Some 46 people were injured, around half of whom are in serious condition, it said.The 3,763-meter (12,346-foot) volcano erupted early Sunday, spewing out towering plumes of ash and a hail of fiery rock fragments with scalding mud.Authorities said more than 1.7 million people had been affected by the disaster, including more than 3,000 ordered evacuated, many living in shelters in Escuintla, Sacatepequez and Chimaltenango since Sunday’s eruption.The speed of the eruption took locals by surprise, and could be explained by it producing pyroclastic flows, sudden emissions of gas and rock fragments, rather than lava, said volcanologist David Rothery of Britain’s Open University.President Jimmy Morales, who has declared three days of national mourning, has visited the disaster zone.UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was deeply saddened by the “tragic loss of life and the significant damage caused by the eruption,” and said the UN was ready to assist national rescue and relief efforts. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuatemala volcano: Dozens die as Fuego volcano eruptsJune 4, 2018In “World”Guatemala volcano death toll up to 62, expected to riseJune 4, 2018In “World”Six dead, 31 missing after Colombia tourist boat sinksJune 26, 2017In “Regional” read more

September 22, 2019 | | Post a Comment

The best team of Belarus, Meshkov Brest, will have a new coach in the upcoming season.The experienced Spanish coach Manolo Cadenas overtook the role of the head-coach in Brest, where he will replace Sergei Bebeshko.Cadenas signed two years contract with the new team. Ex-coach of Ademar Leon, FC Barcelona and Orlen Wisla Plock, won Pan American Championship in Greenland 10 days ago with Argentinian national team. ← Previous Story Bertus Servaas about PGE Kielce crisis: If Kielce needs us, if not, we will declare bankruptcy Next Story → Handball kids meet the stars at Barcelona Handball Camp 2018 in Omis Manolo CadenasMeshkov Brest read more

September 21, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMost of the people I see using a tablet are playing casual games, browsing Facebook, or watching a video. Some are capable of much more, like the Microsoft Surface Pro. It really is a full-blown PC crammed into a tablet, and it has no problem running a quad-display desktop.Keith Elder used to have a massive tower driving his quartet of monitors, but he made the move to Microsoft’s Windows 8 tablet recently. While the 10.6-inch convertible looks like most other tablets on the market, its Core i5 processor and 4GB of RAM provide plenty of muscle for more intense computing tasks.As Elder demonstrates, multitasking is not a problem for the Surface Pro. Check out his brief video — the system barely breaks a sweat while running Outlook, Adobe Audition, Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Tweetdeck all while downloading Visual Studio 2012 and playing four YouTube videos at the same time (three of them full-screen).The real secret to the rig is the Surface Pro’s USB 3.0 port. Elder has it hooked up to a Plugable docking station with a DVI output that drives one of the displays. The other three are connected to the same device using Plugable’s UGA-3000 adapter, an external DVI box that works with either USB 3.0 or 2.0.In his blog post, Elder says “If I can’t take whatever I buy with me it is useless in today’s world as far as I’m concerned.” He doesn’t see himself ever buying another desktop and it’s easy enough to see why. If the Surface Pro can provide the same multi-monitor experience he’s used to, why not use the same device as both a desktop and a portable?last_img read more

September 19, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Pinterest Now Playing Up Next The latest body positive movement on Instagram Twitter WhatsApp Kristin Cavallari Won’t Take The Blame For Her Instagram Post Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google Boosting Original Reporting With Algorithm Change Now Playing Up Next Google’s Pixel 4 Phones May Be Able Wait On Hold During Calls Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Google+ Now Playing Up Next Google zahlt fast eine Milliarde Euro an Frankreich Paige undergoes successful neck surgery; King of the Ring semi-finals and finals locations Facebook WWE 24/7 Championship changes hands multiple times at FOX Founders Day event WWE Network now on ChromecastWWE issued the following on Monday, announcing that it can now be accessed via Chromecast.Google Chromecast is available from your PC, Mac and the WWE mobile appsIn order to experience WWE Network on a Chromecast-enable Smart TV or through a Chromecast device, you must be a WWE Network subscriber and either use the Chromecast browser, or the WWE app available for iOS or Android mobile devices.In each case, you must ensure that both the casting device and the receiving device are on the same WiFi network.PC or MacTo cast from a PC or Mac, you must use Google Chrome. Please refer to Google Help for more information.Once Chrome is installed:1. Launch Chrome and visit http://www.wwe.com/2. Click the “WWE Network” link in the top, right-hand side of the page3. Sign in with your WWE Network account4. Connect to Chromecast by clicking your browser-based cast icon.5. Select the content you wish to cast and start it6. Click the Chromecast icon in the bottom right-hand side of the video player window and select the receiver device (e.g., TV) to which you want to cast.iOS or Android mobile devicesTo cast from a mobile device, you must first install and configure the Google Home app. Google Home manages your mobile devices connection to your receiving devices. Without Google Home, the WWE app will not be able to find a device to which to cast.You may install Google Home by visiting the Chromecast Setup page, or search for the “Google Home” app in Google Play Store or the iTunes App Store.Once Google Home is installed and configured:* Download and Install the latest version of the WWE app for your iOS or Android device from the appropriate app store* Launch the WWE app* Find the content you want to watch* Click the Chromecast button on the video* Select the receiver device (e.g., TV) to which you want to castIf you need help or have related questions, please visit the WWE Help site.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipKristin Cavallari Won’t Take The Blame For Her Instagram PostVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:23/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 85.29%0:05Remaining Time -1:18 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 More on Rock wrestling film at RAW tonightThe Rock posted the following photo on Instagram noting that wrestling scenes for the upcoming “Fighting with my Family” movie about WWE star Paige and her family will be filmed at tonight’s RAW in Los Angeles with former TNA star Thea Trindad and independent female wrestler Tessa Blanchard, the daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Tully Blanchard.Trindad and Blanchard had been added to the cast and production of the film over the last month, with Trindad set to play former WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee in the movie while Blanchard will be the stunt double for actress Florence Pugh, who will be playing the lead  role of WWE star Paige. WWE celebrates Smackdown’s 20th anniversary on the first episode on FOX on October 4last_img read more

September 14, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgBy the end of 2014, 20 percent of AAM media companies expect their portfolio of digital products—websites, mobile, social media—to account for at least 25 percent of their advertising revenue, up from about 4 percent now. About 55 percent of consumer magazine respondents are offering bundled subscriptions and 60 percent are opting to separate subscriptions. Just 28 percent are offering incremental subscriptions. In all, 62 percent of AAM publishers—which includes newspapers, consumer magazines and business publications—offer readers access to content on all print and digital platforms for one price.Publishers expect smartphone and tablets to double profitability by the end of 2014, though the type of platform does have some impact on profitability, as the chart on the right shows.Devices, Techniques and PlatformsWhile the light at the end of the tunnel seems to be shining a bit brighter, publishing respondents are still split on how to actually get there. About 41 percent of publishers say they plan to continue using native apps while 31 percent said they plan to try HTML5. About 44 percent are still undecided.“Apps will continue to be important, but we’re also looking at Web solutions for the long term,” one consumer magazine publisher said. Another respondent summed up the multi-channel publisher’s mission: “To optimize the content based on device.”About 70 percent of respondents are producing native apps, while 67 percent are producing Web apps that are optimized for specific screens. Eighty percent of magazines are leveraging native development technologies for at least one app versus 50 percent using browser-based Web apps. More than half of respondents indicate they are simultaneously producing content using two or more different content management and development platforms. About 85 percent of respondents have iPhone apps, 87 percent have iPad apps, 67 percent have Kindle apps, 57 percent have Nook apps and 75 percent have Android apps.Publishers view apps and devices as more than a one-off opportunity—on average, companies are producing 3.4 iPad and iPhone apps, 3 Kindle apps and 2.4 Nook apps. Overall, 56 percent of AAM publishers charge for their iPad apps, 42 percent for their iPhone apps, 38 percent for their Kindle apps and 31 percent for their Nook apps. About 40 percent of respondents say they are not currently charging for their content on any device.While publishers are generating revenue from their many apps, creating unique experiences on these devices is challenging. One publisher said, “Creating an optimized workflow is critical for time-sensitive publications like ours,” referring to the challenge publishers face when trying to scale their production workflow to support unique tablet content. It seems, the data shows, that to navigate this challenge publishers have turned to exact replicas: Publishers might be finally getting a grasp on the changing media landscape, new data from the Alliance for Audited Media (formerly the Audit Bureau of Circulations) shows.A survey of 210 of its members reveals that by the end of 2014, 41 percent of publishers expect mobile to represent at least 10 percent of their overall circulation revenues. Similarly, within the next two years, 46 percent of publishers expect mobile to represent at least 10 percent of their overall advertising revenue.More than half—54 percent—say that mobile currently represents up to 9 percent of advertising revenue. About 56 percent say mobile represents 9 percent of their circulation revenue.last_img read more

September 6, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMadrid: The United States moved on Thursday to halt the release of an Iranian supertanker detained in Gibraltar for breaching international sanctions on oil shipments, thwarting efforts by authorities in London and the British overseas territory to defuse tensions with Tehran. The Gibraltar government confirmed earlier media reports that the US Justice Department seeks to extend the detention of the oil tanker Grace 1, prompting the Supreme Court in the territory to adjourn a scheduled decision on whether to release the ship until later in the day. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us “The US Department of Justice has applied to seize the Grace 1 on a number of allegations, which are now being considered,” the Gibraltar government said in a statement, adding the matter would be reviewed by the court at 4 pm (local time). The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Britain’s Foreign Office said in a statement that the “investigations conducted around the Grace 1 are a matter for the government of Gibraltar” and that it couldn’t comment further. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Downing Street office said Iran was discussed during the UK leader’s meeting with President Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton earlier in the week, though no details were released on the talks.last_img read more

September 3, 2019 | | Post a Comment
first_imgJacksonville Sheriff`s officers patrol around the ships at Jacksonville Landing on 26 August, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. Photo: AFPTwo people were killed and 11 others wounded Sunday when a video game tournament competitor went on a shooting rampage before turning the gun on himself in the northern Florida city of Jacksonville, local police said.Sheriff Mike Williams named the suspect of the shooting at a Madden 19 American football eSports tournament as 24-year-old David Katz from Baltimore, Maryland.“There were three deceased individuals at the scene, one of those being the suspect, who took his own life,” Williams told reporters.William said local fire and rescue transported nine victims-seven of whom had gunshot wounds-to local hospitals, while another two people who were shot took their own transportation to hospital.Williams said Katz was a competitor in the eSports tournament and used “at least one handgun” to carry out the shooting.Madden is a hugely popular multi-player video game based on the National Football League, which in a statement said it was “shocked and deeply saddened by the horrific tragedy.”The tournament at The Landing entertainment and shopping complex-a regional qualifier for finals in Las Vegas with a $25,000 prize-took place at the GLHF Game Bar.Sheriff Williams said the shooting occurred inside the Chicago Pizza restaurant in the complex around 1:30 pm (1730 GMT).Earlier on Twitter, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office had urged people hiding in locked areas of The Landing to stay in place and call 911 to make their location known.Traumatized and devastatedIn disturbing footage apparently captured as part of a live-stream on video gaming website Twitch, several gunshots could be heard in the background, before the stream disconnected.Twitch removed the video, but it remained available on social media. Police said they were in possession of footage capturing the incident.“This is a horrible situation, and our deepest sympathies go out to all involved,” Madden’s creator, EA Sports, said in a statement.CompLexity Gaming, one of the gaming teams, said its player Drini Gjoka was grazed on the hand.“We’re obviously shocked and saddened by this afternoon’s events. Our player, Drini, was hit in the thumb but is going to be fine. He managed to escape and run down the street to a nearby gym,” director Jason Lake told AFP.Gjoka tweeted: “I will never take anything for granted ever again. Life can be cut short in a second.”Another player, “DubDotDUBBY,” said a bullet had grazed his head.“I feel fine, just a scratch on my head. Traumatized and devastated,” he tweeted.Germany-based SK Gaming also confirmed their player known by the handle “JoelCP_” was safe.“Our thoughts are with everyone that had to be part of such a horrendous event,” it said.The professional gamer known as “oLARRY2K,” of Bucks Gaming, was said to have been shot in the chest, according to several social media users, including one describing herself as his mother.We cannot accept thisSurvivors of February’s high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, expressed sorrow at news of another mass shooting in the state.“Once again, my heart hurts and all of me is so angry. We cannot accept this as our reality,” said Delaney Tarr, one of the organizers of the student-led March for Our Lives movement.Florida has suffered multiple shootings in recent years: 49 were killed in a June 2016 attack on a gay nightclub, while 17 were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School earlier this year.Florida Senator Marco Rubio said that the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were investigating Sunday’s shooting.Florida Governor Rick Scott said he had offered state support in the aftermath, and that president Donald Trump had offered “any federal resources needed.”last_img
September 1, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgBy Brianna McAdoo, Special to the AFROMany Black women are loud and clear on their feelings about the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh- they are absolutely not here for it. This past week, the founder and executive director of In Our Own Voice: The National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, Marcela Howell released a statement denouncing the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh. In Our Own Voice said it believes our solution lies within our voting power.Howell is a fearless advocate for the empowerment of Black women within the United States and internationally. As a long time activist she has dedicated over 40 years as a champion for women’s rights and reproductive justice. Howell, alongside eight other organizations fighting for reproductive justice for Black women, founded the National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda in the Fall of 2014. In addition to the groundbreaking work Howell does at In Our Own Voice, she is also the author of Walk In My Shoes: A Black Activists Guide to Surviving the Women’s Movement.In Our Own Voice: The National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda stood against Kavanaugh through protest and then a written statement denouncing the Senate’s decision. (Courtesy Photo)In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, is a “national organizational initiative designed to amplify and lift up the voices of Black women at the national and regional levels in our ongoing fight to secure Reproductive Justice for all women and girls,” according to the organization’s website.Intersectionality is at the forefront of their fight. In Our Own Voice, has a clear focus on the ways in which race, gender, class, sexual orientation and gender identity affect laws, policy and the health care system in the United States and disenfranchise Black women. Thus, they have positioned themselves as a vehicle to social change with a particular focus on abortion rights, contraceptive equity and comprehensive sex education.The statement released by Howell voices the eminent danger that both women of color and immigrant women face as a direct result of Kavanaugh’s confirmation that could allow him to serve for two decades, giving him ample time to implement his conservative and restrictive views on a host of issues ranging from civil rights to abortion rights.While the issues that Kavanaugh votes on affect millions of Americans, In Our Own Voice is calling on society to stand alongside Black women, a group that has routinely been neglected, discounted and disenfranchised in conversations about their own bodies.Howell released the following as a call to action:“Women of color and immigrant women understand that our rights and our lives are at stake as a result of today’s confirmation vote. Judge Kavanaugh has a history of restrictive views on civil rights, safe and legal abortion, access to birth control, workers’ rights and immigrant rights that will be detrimental to Black women.”The group criticized the Senate.“Having confirmed Kavanaugh to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Senate has failed to rise above partisan agendas and, as a result, has undermined the integrity of the highest court in the land,” she wrote.  “With Judge Kavanaugh confirmed, we now have the judicial, legislative and executive branches of our government stacked against us.She called on people to exercise their civic duties by voting.“Now, we have only one option to safeguard our rights and lives – our voting power. We must hold our elected leaders accountable, demand that our rights are respected and replace those who vote against our best interests.”last_img read more

August 30, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgHistory’s first version of the “vagina monologues” has been found and dated back to Medieval times. One of the world’s oldest erotic poems is now older than first thought. A discovery at Melk Abbey in Austria has shifted the infamous Der Rosendor, or The Rose Thorn, back 200 years, throwing open the question of sexuality in medieval times. Christine Glaßner from ÖAW (Austrian Academy of Sciences) was researching ancient manuscripts in the Abbey’s archive when she found the poem, or rather some of it. According to Smithsonian Magazine, she identified “a long thin strip of parchment on which a few letters per line are visible”, meaning that “The parchment on which the poem was written was cut up and reused as binding in a Latin theological text.”Melk Abbey, Austria. Photo by Thomas Ledl CC by SA-4.0Such recycling was standard practice – though it’s unclear whether religious thrift or censorship is the reason for it winding up in a bind. The poem may have been innocently cut up or its controversial content hidden from view. Either way parchment was too valuable to waste, with even controversial subject matter subject to economic forces.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsTwo copies of Der Rosendor from around 1500, the Dresden and Karlsruhe Codexes, have been found and pored over to date. The Guardian reports they “are a constant fascination for medievalists who consider it one of the first ever erotic poems.” The newly-uncovered fragment measures 22 cm by 1.5.cm. Despite its limited size, it has caused a stir in medievalist circles.The parchment found at Melk Abbey. Photo courtesy of Melk Abbey.Experts from both Austria and Germany are examining the erotic snippet, which has game-changing implications. A press release from the Academy describes how previously “it had been assumed that such openness regarding sexuality in the German-speaking world did not appear until the end of the Middle Ages, for example in the urban culture of the 15th century.”Furthermore, things may have gone beyond committing scandalous content to parchment. It’s speculated that “erotic poetry was written, recited and perhaps even staged” a couple of centuries earlier. A definite contrast to the common perception of medieval times as a no go area for sauciness.The question on everyone’s lips concerns the subject of Der Rosendor. Put simply, it has been compared to today’s Vagina Monologues. Presenting readers with the tale of a woman arguing with her private parts, it is viewed as surprisingly sophisticated. What are the two parties in dispute about? The woman, a virgin, believes men are drawn to her attractive appearance. Whereas the expressive vulva puts male interest solely down to itself.Related Video:Smithsonian quotes Glaßner, who says “At its core is an incredibly clever story, because of the very fact that it demonstrates that you cannot separate a person from their sex”.A resolution is reached, though it isn’t as progressive as it seems. The narrator of the tale is a man and it is he who brings the two sides of the argument together… quite literally. The article comments, “The narrator then steps in to offer his aid, and —in a moment that in 2019 that reads, decidedly, creepy—pushes the two back together in a less-than-chivalrous manner.”Der Rosendor is a far cry from what the Academy’s release calls the “love poetry of minstrelsy”. And long before the Vagina Monologues appeared talking genitalia were popping up through history, though this Medieval find makes it the earliest. Most notably the 1748 novel Les bijoux indiscrets goes as far as depicting a magical ring that gives said organs the power of speech. The Rose Thorn has the dubious distinction of being German literature’s first known case of a verbose anatomy.Related Article: The Chastity Belt – Medieval Myth or Reality?The find certainly puts today’s racy climate in context, though it should be pointed out that historians have been lifting the lid on medieval society for a long time. However, further hard evidence of this convention-defying poem underlines historical reality in a way no amount of dry explanation ever could.last_img read more

August 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

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