Canadas Landmark Cinemas chain sold to Belgian firm for 123 million

first_imgCALGARY – Canada’s second-largest chain of movie theatres is being sold to a Belgian firm for about $123 million.Calgary-based Landmark Cinemas says a deal to be purchased by Kinepolis Group of Ghent, Belgium, is expected to close by year-end if it receives Canadian regulatory approvals.Landmark, founded in 1965, operates 44 cinemas and a total of 303 screens in Western Canada, Ontario and the Yukon.Kinepolis reports in a news release that Landmark expects adjusted earnings of $17 million this year. It said it posted $156 million in revenue in 2016, with 58 per cent from ticket sales, 38 per cent from sales of snacks and beverages and 2.5 per cent from screen advertising.Current management will remain in place to oversee Landmark and its 1,450 employees, Kinepolis says, adding it will transfer its “self-learning and self-innovating company culture” to the new organization.Kinepolis says it has 48 cinemas and 500 screens in Belgium, Netherlands, France, Spain, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Poland.last_img read more

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Emmy Rossum To Speak At High School About Bridging The Political Divide

first_imgOn Saturday, October 28th, Emmy Rossum, the actress and women’s rights activist best-known for her role as Fiona in Shameless, will be speaking at Marlborough High School in Los Angeles urging young people to have political conversations beyond party lines.Rossum will be joined by Mark Mckinnon, Co-Founder of No Labels, political advisor to George Bush, John McCain, and Jeb Bush. Rossum and Mckinnon were brought together by one of LA’s own high school students on a mission to create unity and bridge the political divide.Clara Nevins, a senior at the prestigious Marlborough School, co-founded Bridge the Divide with Joseph Touma, a Young Republican at Huntington High School in Huntington, West Virginia. Through its op-eds, mediated discussions and in-person events, the site hosts politically-active students from 22 countries who are engaging in politically diverse debates.During the Bridge the Divide Converge Conference, student leaders will come together from all over the country at the Marlborough School in Los Angeles, California in pursuit of a unified nation. In a time of great divide in our country, it is important that young people learn to step outside of social media echo-chambers and engage with one another IRL.last_img read more

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Ballet Victoria cuts ties with choreographer after allegations he took nude photos

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter He is facing two lawsuits, one filed by a woman in Winnipeg alleging he took nude photos of her when she was 16, and a proposed class-action lawsuit filed in Toronto.In a statement of defence in response to the Winnipeg suit, Monk denies taking any photographs of the woman when she was a minor and calls her allegations “false and meritless.” VANCOUVER – Ballet Victoria has cut ties with a choreographer after renewed media attention to allegations that he took nude photographs of underage dancers in the 1980s and 1990s.Bruce Monk was fired by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in 2015 after Maclean’s reported that several women were co-operating with a Winnipeg police investigation into photos he took of them as teenage dancers.The investigation concluded without charges and Monk declined comment on the allegations this week through his lawyer. Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Advertisement CBC reported on Monday that Monk has been doing volunteer and contract work with Ballet Victoria. Artistic director Paul Destrooper is quoted in the article as saying he believes Monk is innocent and nude photographs are not unusual in ballet.On Wednesday, Ballet Victoria issued a statement saying Monk would no longer work with the company.“Ballet Victoria cares for the physical and emotional health of all artists, staff and volunteers with great care and diligence,” it says. “To (ensure) the integrity of the company Bruce Monk will no longer be involved with Ballet Victoria.”The statement says Destrooper worked with Monk at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet for 11 years from 1990 until 2001 and was never aware of any inappropriate behaviour or allegations.It says Monk came to the company as a guest choreographer in 2008. When criminal allegations were made, the working relationship was suspended, but it resumed when no charges were laid.In late 2016, he began working on small contracts as a lighting and production designer and volunteered his services in the office and as a driver, the statement says.Sarah Doucet, who filed the proposed class-action suit in Toronto, said she first became aware Monk was involved with Ballet Victoria in September 2015 when she saw a photo of him rehearsing with a woman on the company’s Facebook page. She said she contacted the company’s board.When the company severed ties with Monk on Wednesday, Doucet said she felt relief.“It’s unfortunate that it took public pressure for Ballet Victoria to finally do the right thing,” said Doucet.Doucet alleges in her statement of claim that she was a student at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s dance school, aged about 16 or 17, when she approached Monk to take photos for her portfolio, as it was common knowledge that the instructor would take headshots of students.She says he complained the straps of her bodysuit were ruining her neckline and alleges that he coerced her into removing the top half of the bodysuit, so her torso was naked. She was humiliated and overwhelmed by a deep sense of personal violation, the lawsuit alleges.None of the allegations has been proven in court and the class action has not been certified. The Canadian Press was not able to determine if a statement of defence has been filed in the case.Doucet’s lawyer, Margaret Waddell, said a court date is scheduled for the end of November to set a timetable for proceeding with the certification motion and she hopes to have it heard early in 2018.THE CANADIAN PRESS LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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Moroccan jailed for 20 years over death of child housemaid

first_imgRABAT – The employer of a 14-year-old Moroccan housemaid who died after suffering severe burns was jailed for 20 years on Thursday by a court in the southern city of Agadir, an NGO said.The victim, identified only as Fatima, died last March after suffering third degree burns to her hands and face, with the case causing public outcry over the exploitation of domestic child workers in the North African country.The employer, a woman, was found guilty of “blows and injuries unintentionally leading to death” and handed the maximum jail term of 20 years, said Omar Saadon, from the NGO Insaf, who was present at Thursday’s hearing. “We were expecting this ruling, because the proof was overwhelming,” he told AFP.“But beyond that, we will continue our campaign until a new law is applied that eradicates this scourge.”Moroccan labour laws prohibit the employment of anyone under the age of 15 and requires authorisation for anyone under 18, although the national planning commission says that, despite improvements, there are still more than 90,000 children under 15 in work.In its annual report published this week, Human Rights Watch said girls as young as eight continued to work in private homes for up to 12 hours per day, and for as little as $11 (eight euros) per month.“In some cases, employers beat and verbally abused the girls, denied them an education, and refused them adequate food,” the New York-based rights group said.last_img read more

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Moroccan Tourism to Benefit from Global Spa & Wellness Summit in…

By Susie EllisMarrakech – Indigenous healing traditions and wellness practices in developing countries are usually an untapped, and often misunderstood, economic growth opportunity in the form of tourism. When the opportunity is recognized and seized, which is what is now happening in Morocco, it opens the floodgates for investment and can deliver a large number of wellness tourists, who, by the way, are “high-yield” tourist that spend on average 130% more per visit than other travelers.  (SRI International. Global Wellness Tourism Economy, 2013) The rich tradition of the Moroccan Hammam and the use of Argan Oil are probably the two biggest attractions at the moment. However, there is huge opportunity to go much beyond that by emphasizing other natural resources, like fig de barbarie, olives, roses, and even the desert sand settings and the climate in general. The refurbishment of Riads, including the addition of luxury spa experiences, is another example of smart development to attract global travelers to Morocco for health and wellness…a rejuvenating vacation is one of the most sought after treasures of all, these days.The emergence of wellness tourism around the world has opened up a huge opportunity for countries whose governments are smart enough to understand the benefits of seizing this moment early and generating huge momentum for their country. In my opinion, Morocco is one of those countries whose vision has been out front about this.  One need only look at the Kingdom’s 2020, vision to see that wellness tourism is called out as a primary focus.And, that is why we were very happy to give the 2014, bid for the GSWS to Morocco. Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development (SMIT) sees an investment opportunity, which, in my opinion, illustrates their global leadership ability. They stepped up to be our key sponsor in bringing the Summit to Morocco, a world-class event ($2500 delegate attendee fee) that attracts global executive leaders from 40+ countries around the world. Four hundred of these spa and wellness VIPs will spend, on average, seven days in Morocco, bringing in significant tourism dollars. Also, because we shine a light on the country’s wellness tourism programs, the Moroccan wellness message will then be communicated around the globe through the media attention generated by the Summit.India is a prime example of a developing country that used wellness tourism as a springboard to jumpstart their entire economy. Thirteen years ago India began touting its wellness tourism and have successfully doubled their inbound tourism. Its “Incredible India” campaign began in 2001, and it was a key factor in their inbound tourism jumping from 2.5 million visitors in 2001 to 5.4 million in 2008 and (6.8 million in 2013).That ongoing campaign was rooted in wellness, with Ayurveda, meditation and yoga as their drawing cards and they now have some of the most unique spa offerings in the world. In addition, their hotel and resort developments are booming, as are incoming tourist numbers.Two other good examples of this business plan are Switzerland and Austria, which have both used wellness tourism to attract the wellness-minded traveler and, at the same time, have been able to overcome seasonality by creating stunning spa establishments within their winter ski resorts. These resorts now attract tourism year round, as well as help boost tourism dollars during those years when the snow during ski season isn’t so reliable. This multiuse model is a brilliant idea that others are now emulating.Here is the bottom line: If used strategically, hosting the Global Spa & Wellness Summit in Morocco will catapult the unique offerings of wellness and spa tourism in Morocco to a wide audience worldwide.Susie Ellis, President and CEO of the Global Spa and Wellness Summit and president of SpaFinder Wellness, is a prominent writer, speaker and analyst and recognized as a leading global authority on spa and wellness. Author of SpaFinder’s annual Spa Trend Forecast and the popular Susie’s Spa and Wellness Blog, Ellis is the recipient of the prestigious International Spa Association’s 2012 Visionary Award and holds a MBA from UCLA.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

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UN group makes recommendations on access to financial services for the poor

9 July 2008A panel of United Nations finance experts has issued a set of recommendations on how governments, regulators, development partners and the private sector can enable the world’s poor to better access financial services. At its meeting in New York last week, the UN Advisors Group on Inclusive Financial Sectors – established following the 2005 International Year of Microcredit – considered a range of issues related to inclusive finance. Citing examples from the developing world, the Group noted that a microfinance scheme in five sub-Saharan countries had doubled the level of savings between 1998 and 2006 and had the potential to double it again in the next three years. There was a huge opportunity to expand micro-insurance from its current level of only two per cent of poor households, the Group stated, adding that housing loans to poor people could have a major impact.In addition, the panel argued that providing mobile-phone services to people without bank accounts had been successful in Kenya and that micro-finance initiatives could be effective even in societies affected by conflict such as Afghanistan.According to the group, it is estimated that over two billion people are currently excluded from access to financial services. The situation is particularly dire in most least developed countries (LDCs) where more than 90 per cent of the population is often excluded from access to the formal financial system.Last week’s meeting marked the end of the two-year mandate for the group, which includes representatives from governments, central banks, regulatory agencies, microfinance institutions, the private sector, civil society and donors. read more

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Police admit isolated incidents reported targeting LGBT persons

A highlighted point that was repeatedly discussed was the importance of social change following policy change and how the narrative should be shaped when challenging the laws that criminalise same-sex conduct.Dr Sarvanamutthu strongly believed that there is power in numbers and representation. He suggested that it is time that families rally behind the movement.He urged parents and grandparents to strongly question the law and file for a class action lawsuit demanding for the decriminalisation of their children and grandchildren. The Police have admitted that isolated incidents had been reported where Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) persons had been a target.DIG Ajith Rohana acknowledged that there are isolated incidents of discrimination of LGBT persons, but added that the Police are working towards eliminating them by introducing sensitising programs in the police training curriculum. The discussion took place to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), EQUAL GROUND said in a statement. The discussion revolved around the commitments made by the Government of Sri Lanka during its Universal Periodic Review in November of 2017.During the panellist’s presentations, DIG Ajith Rohana strongly emphasised that no one should be discriminated because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. From a policy change stand point Professor Camena stated that even though the constitutional reform process is in the back burner there could be a possibility of explicit protection offered to the LGBTIQ community through expansion of the fundamental rights chapter. This reform, coupled with an introduction of post-enactment of judicial review of all legislation that is inconsistent with the constitution can nullify the criminalisation of same-sex conduct as stated in Penal Codes 365 and 365A of Sri Lanka. The Executive Director of EQUAL GROUND Rosanna Flamer-Caldera sat with DIG Ajith Rohana, Professor Camena Guneratne from the Open University, Ms Ambika Satkunanathan of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, and Dr. Paikiasothy Sarvanamuththu of the Center for Policy Alternatives to discuss how to combat discrimination of LGBTIQ persons. The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka has taken a strong public position in including explicit protection for the LGBTIQ community.In Ms Satkunanathan’s presentation, she discussed the importance of not only sensitising the general public and civil society organisations but also the staff at the HRCSL to be empathetic and non-judgemental.The LGBTIQ community can also use other forms of legislature such as arbitrary violence and torture to safeguard themselves from unauthorised searches and questioning. Ms Ambika also urged that community members make use of the HRCSL’s complaint mechanism to report violations. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Couple fined £100 for overstaying at car park because they got stuck

first_imgA couple was fined for overstaying at a car park because the queue was so long they could not leave.Donna and Darren Jacques were back at their car in the Stockton car park with time to spare, but they could not leave for another half an hour due to grid-locked traffic.They appealed against the £100 fine but it was upheld by the independent ombudsman POPLA, which said the couple was still using the car park despite them trying to leave.It said they should have bought a new ticket to cover the time they spent queuing. Car park operator ParkingEye had fined the couple, producing CCTV photos of them leaving the car park late.The couple, from Billingham, had taken their two children to a firework display on Bonfire Night last year. Mrs Jacques said: “We have never disputed we were half an hour late, but you don’t pay to sit in a car park. “We couldn’t physically leave.”There’s CCTV on the entrance, which is the same as the exit. I don’t know if they’ve seen us coming back to the car.”It feels like they’re pushing you as far as they can so you will just give up and pay.”POPLA said the couple were still using the car park’s facilities “regardless of whether they considered themselves to be parked”. Acknowledging the couple had paid for two hours parking, it added “this does not detract from the fact that they were 34 minutes over the time paid for.””The parking operator, as stated on the signage, allows motorists to pay for additional time if required before leaving.”It is reasonable to believe the appellant was aware they would not leave the car park within the timeframe they paid for and therefore was able to purchase more time but failed to do so.”Stockton North MP Alex Cunningham has called for action on parking companies after receiving complaints from constituents. ParkingEye has since cancelled the Jacques’ fine as a “goodwill gesture”.A ParkingEye spokeswoman said the company followed the British Parking Association’s “strict” code of practice and welcomed any legislation that aims to “drive consistency and improve processes”.”ParkingEye operates an audited appeals process and encourages people to appeal if they feel there are mitigating circumstances.”If a motorist disagrees with our decision they have the option to appeal to the independent appeals service (POPLA).”In this case the parking charge has been cancelled as a gesture of goodwill.” 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.last_img read more

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Netflix now works on the Nintendo 3DS

first_imgNetflix isn’t in many people’s good books at the moment after announcing a 60% price hike for its services earlier this week. Splitting movie streaming from DVD rentals means a $15.98 charge for those who want both, but if you just opt for streaming there’s a new device that can now playback Netflix streams.Nintendo has announced today that the 3DS joins the Wii in being able to watch Netflix, something Nintendo claims 1.5 million Wii owners already do everyday in the U.S. and Canada. Now 3DS owners can do it while remaining a little more mobile, although still limited to the within range of their wireless broadband connection.In order to watch you need to be a subscriber paying the $7.99 a month Netflix streaming fee. There’s also a free Netflix app that should now be available to download from the Nintendo eShop. A good broadband connection is also essential if you want smooth video playback.For the moment, Netflix streams will be 2D only, but still displayed on the larger upper screen of the 3DS. A special library of 3D content is planned to take full advantage of that glasses-free 3D display, but there’s no specific date for when it will be introduced.Any parent concerned about what their kids will be able to watch on the service will be pleased to hear that it is tied into the 3DS parental controls options. So it should be a simple task to limit access to adult content.The good news for Nintendo is not only does this make the 3DS more attractive, but it requires users to update their handheld to the latest firmware before Netflix will work. That update adds the eShop and Pokedex 3D app along with a number of security updates we’re sure.Read more at the Nintendo press releaselast_img read more

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Des dizaines doiseaux mazoutés dans un parc marin norvégien

first_imgDes dizaines d’oiseaux mazoutés dans un parc marin norvégienSuite à l’échouage d’un porte-conteneur islandais dans le seul parc naturel marin de Norvège,  200 oiseaux couverts de mazout ont été découverts. Le bateau qui s’est échoué jeudi, transportait 800 tonnes de fioul. Près de 200 oiseaux couverts de pétrole ont été retrouvés dans le parc marin d’Ytre Hvaler, le seul qui existe en Norvège. Une dizaine d’entre eux étaient déjà morts, mais d’autres ont dû être euthanasiés, rapporte Romandie.com.  Le Godafoss s’est échoué jeudi soir sur un récif situé près de l’embouchure du fjord d’Oslo. Il venait du port de Fredrikstad, au sud-est du pays. Le navire appartenant à la société islandaise Eimskip, transportait 439 conteneurs, et notamment douze tonnes de dynamite, et 800 tonnes de fioul. Depuis, du mazout s’échappe dans le parc marin créé en 2009, un site abritant de nombreuses espèces d’oiseaux, et une très riche biodiversité marine.Alors que le pétrole à atteint le rivage à plusieurs endroits, les opérations de nettoyage en cours sont perturbées par les mauvaises conditions météorologiques. Glace, brouillard et froid compliquent la tâche du service norvégien chargé du littoral. Samedi soir, les garde-côtes suédois, qui participent au nettoyage de la pollution, ont annoncé avoir retiré 50 mètres cubes de mazout.Le 22 février 2011 à 16:08 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Pérou les dauphins échoués seraient morts de cause naturelle

first_imgPérou : les dauphins échoués seraient morts de cause naturelleMardi, le gouvernement péruvien a annoncé que selon l’enquête menée les centaines de dauphins retrouvés échoués sur les plages depuis le début d’année avaient succombé à une mort naturelle. Une conclusion largement décriée par des défenseurs de l’environnement.Cela fait près d’un mois maintenant que l’alerte avait été déclenchée. Début mai, le Pérou avait en effet décidé de hisser le drapeau rouge sur ses plages en raison d’une hécatombe massive de dauphins. Depuis le début de l’année, plus de 900 de ces cétacés ont été retrouvés morts sur les plages du pays sans que les spécialistes ne connaissent l’origine de ces décès. Aujourd’hui, néanmoins, le gouvernement a rendu ses conclusions : les mammifères seraient morts de cause naturelle.”Nous sommes parvenus à la conclusion que les causes de la mort des dauphins sont naturelles et ne sont dues à aucune activité humaine”, a  affirmé la ministre de la Production Gladys Triveño, sur la radio RPP, sans préciser quelles étaient ces causes. Des conclusions que le gouvernement tire de l’enquête menée par l’Institut de la mer du Pérou (IMARPE, public), selon la ministre qui a ajouté que l’hypothèse des ondes sismiques provoquées par des activités en mer d’entreprises pétrolière avait donc été “écartée”, de même que la responsabilité d’un virus ou de bactéries.Ces conclusions sont cependant loin de plaire aux défenseurs de l’environnement notamment à l’Organisation scientifique pour la conservation des animaux aquatiques (Orca). Depuis plusieurs mois, cette ONG affirme de son côté que les décès sont justement dus aux ondes émises par les activités de compagnies pétrolières. Les animaux auraient ainsi souffert d'”un impact acoustique engendrant un syndrome de décompression aiguë”, selon un document remis à l’AFP.Des pélicans morts de faimÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Néanmoins, la ministre a souligné que la mort massive de dauphins se produisait périodiquement et que “ça n’est pas la première fois que cela se produit. C’est arrivé en Nouvelle-Zélande, en Australie et dans d’autres pays. Il ne faut pas chercher une responsabilité qui n’existe pas”. Parallèlement, dans la même zone, au moins 5.000 pélicans ont également été trouvés morts au cours des derniers mois. Selon l’enquête, ceux-ci seraient toutefois morts de faim suite au déplacement vers le sud de bancs d’anchois poussés par le réchauffement climatique. Le 23 mai 2012 à 11:41 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Government Offers a Second Evacuation of Residents from Ragged Island

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 12, 2017 – Ragged Island – Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis Monday urged the remaining residents of Ragged Island who decided to “ride-out” Hurricane Irma in their homes to take advantage of a second opportunity to be evacuated to safety in the wake of the massive destruction inflicted by the storm.The Government of The Bahamas on Monday committed to sending a flight into the ravaged island early Tuesday morning (September 12, 2017) to evacuate the 17 residents who did not take advantage of the initial opportunity to be evacuated from the island ahead of the dangerous storm.Prime Minister Minnis later conceded to requests from a number of residents for more time to secure some of their personal property.   The flight into Ragged Island has now been rescheduled for Wednesday morning (September 13, 2017).The Category 4/5 Storm caused massive damage and destruction to the island on Friday, September 8, 2017 with early estimates suggesting that almost 90 per cent of the buildings there were either completely destroyed or were severely damaged.Downed power lines and poles snapped in half by Hurricane force winds still littered the community Monday as the Prime Minister and his delegation – which included Damage Assessment teams – toured the island to assess and evaluate the damage brought on by Hurricane Irma.Government buildings (school, police station, clinic, post office etcetera), homes and businesses were either flattened by the storm or severely damaged. Many of those that were left standing were only a shell, having had doors and concrete walls torn out; roofs torn off, and windows blown out.Communications are also out due to the extensive damage caused to the island’s infrastructure.Navigating the community on foot and in the few vehicles that survived Irma’s wrath, proved a bit tricky as assessment teams and members of the delegation had to manoeuvre around large electricity poles and wires that blocked pathways.   The stench from the rotting carcasses of dead animals was also evident.   Prime Minister Minnis told residents that he was ordering the second evacuation in their best interests.A Medical Doctor by profession, Prime Minister Minnis said the stench from the rotting carcasses of dead animals, presence of downed power lines and poles resulting in the absence of electricity, the absence of running and potable water, the loss of communications, the destruction of the clinic nullifying the availability of any potential medical treatment in the event of injury and/or sickness, and the presence of large amount of debris, could present health hazards for residents.“What we see here today is complete devastation here in Ragged Island. All roofs are destroyed; health facilities are destroyed. Today we have no water, we have no light, no medical facility and as you walk about you can smell the stench from the carcasses of dead animals,” Prime Minister Minnis told.“There are a lot of exposed nails around, if anything should happen to you there is no medical facility here – none.    (And) It’s only going to get worse over the next few days.   It’s only a matter of time before mosquitoes start.   I think it would be best for you to be evacuated to New Providence.   I know some of you want to stay but I think the health conditions are going to deteriorate, the stench is going to become worse, and you are placing your lives in jeopardy.“I have already spoken to the relevant agencies and we can have a flight fly in tomorrow, leave Nassau by 8:30am and arrive here at least by 9:30am to evacuate you.”Prime Minister Minnis said officials have taken residents’ concerns about leaving their properties unattended into consideration and have moved to address those concerns.“I know that you are concerned about leaving your properties here, but we will have the Defence Force send the relevant vessel here to provide security and to try to clean up as soon as possible.”Prime Minister Minnis said clean-up in the storm’s aftermath will take some time.“What we see here — it’s not going to clean up overnight.   It’s going to take a while.   You are Bahamians and it is our duty and responsibility to ensure that you are safe and that the quality of your lives is maintained, if not improved.   But by staying here it will deteriorate,” Prime Minister Minnis added.Story by: Matt Maura (BIS)PHOTO CAPTIONScenes of the devastation on Ragged Island caused by Hurricane Irma during the passage of the storm through the Southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands on Friday, September 8, 2017.(Photos/Yontalay Bowe, OPM Media Services) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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Trump vows to eradicate radical Islamic terrorism

first_imgUS president Donald Trump gestures after being sworn in as President on 20 January, 2017 at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Photo: AFP US president Donald Trump placed the battle against Islamic extremism at the heart of his foreign policy as he took office on Friday, vowing to work with allies to destroy the jihadist threat.“We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth,” he declared.Trump’s predecessors George W Bush—who invaded Afghanistan and ousted the Taliban regime—and Barack Obama—who ordered the raid that killed Osama bin Laden—also fought extremism.But Trump has gome further than both in his use of language suggesting that he sees the fight as a civilizational battle between America and a threat springing from the Islamic faith itself.And, in an inaugural address otherwise very thin on policy specifics, his vow to form new alliances against terror suggests that he intends to work with Vladimir Putin’s Russia.Moscow has deployed forces to Syria to protect Bashar al-Assad’s regime from Islamist rebels, but Obama’s administration has argued their brutal tactics alienate moderates and only boost support for the extremist Islamic State group.last_img read more

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Holy cow Cubs 9th inning rally kills the Giants

first_imgThe problem with losing cultures is that they become self-fulfilling prophecies. No one knows this better than Chicago Cubs fans. From Leon Durham’s error against the Padres in 1984, to Steve Bartman’s infamous fan interference nightmare against the Marlins in 2003, Cubs fans have grown accustomed to expecting the worst.Last night, with the Cubbies trailing the Giants 5-2 in the top of the 9th, in Game 4 of the National League Division Series, the proverbial walls felt like they were closing in on the “Loveable Losers” yet again. A loss would have tied the series, and sent them back to a deciding Game 5 in an anxiety ridden Chicago, against a Giants team that had earned a reputation as unkillable vampire in playoff elimination games.Just one night earlier, they were 6 outs away from a series sweep and securing a spot in the NLCS. Then, they kicked away a 3-2 lead, en route to losing a 13-inning heartbreaker to the Giants. Cubs fans told themselves that it was just one loss, but deep down there was definitive evidence of the early stages of “that feeling.”As the Cubs came to bat in the top of the 9th inning of Game 4, the tacit symptoms of “the feeling” from the previous night had become full blown. The television broadcast shots of the Cubs dugouts were less than reassuring. It looked a another Windy City baseball funeral was imminent. It was happening. Again. Then it wasn’t.Giants starter Matt Moore had dominated the Cubs, tossing a 10 strikeout, two-hitter through 8 innings. But, Giants Manager Bruce Bochy opted to pull Moore in the 9th, in favor of securing the final 3 outs of the game with a bullpen that had blown 32 saves on the year.The inning started innocently with a Kris Bryant single. Then Anthony Rizzo drew a walk. Ben Zobrist scorched an RBI double to drive in a run and draw the Cubs within 2. Wait.With the Giants bullpen reeling, pinch hitter Wilson Contreras stepped to the plate and lined a 2 RBI single to tie the game. What the hell was happening?With the unflappable Giants officially out on their feet, Javier Baez delivered the KO, giving Chicago the 6-5 lead with a go-ahead single. Down goes Frazier. Advertisementcenter_img In the bottom of the 9th, Aroldis Chapman, who blew the save one night earlier, was untouchable in his turn at redemption. He slammed the door on the Giants, and the series, with a flurry of 102 MPH gas, including the strikeout to end the game.The celebration was on, and the city of Chicago was spared the 9 inning heart attack that would have been a deciding Game 5 at home at Wrigley, complete with the ghosts of failure’s past.They’ll look to take the next step in the NLCS against the winner of the Nationals and Dodgers series, and see if this year is finally “next year.”last_img read more

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What BoJack Horseman got right and wrong about asexuality in season five

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Season five of the Netflix series Bojack Horseman premiered on Friday, 14 September. Last season, we discover that Todd is asexual. This representation meant a lot to the asexual community.‘There is just so much nuanced and complex self-actualization going on with this character that hits the nail on the head on what my experience has been like,’ a poster on the Asexual Visibility and Education Network forum said. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… I enjoy Bojack! It does have a dark sense of humour and it deals with a lot of heavy topics, but it’s also full of puns and loveable characters and has A CANON ASEXUAL CHARACTER the books are really good; quick easy reads because they’re aimed at younger readers — wordsarelifealways (@isaksredscarf99) September 15, 2018 Todd’s asexual farce plot in ep3 of new bojack is fuckin amazing— Tracy Chapman’s Faster Car: The Video Game (@veidtlemania) September 15, 2018 “if you really want to be asexual first you need to put on every single piece of clothing that you own”omfg fuck bojack really read me on that one— briar lake (@corvus_b_) September 15, 2018 Which writer for BoJack is asexual because I wanna give them a big hug and a million dollars— Emma Tyler Cannot (@kantt_who_can) September 15, 2018 Bojack spoilers // I know Todd is specifically asexual but I love that line about getting together w someone just because you fall into the same category and don’t vibe well bc I know I and other lgbt folks relate so hard. So many times we settle with what we can get because-— Alex (@wavedwhelk) September 16, 2018 Glad s5 of bojack starts off with more of the shoehorned asexual thing— zephyrin (@zephyrinnn) September 16, 2018 Imagine being asexual, your representation in mainstream culture right now is todd from bojack horseman. Pouring one out for all aces out there— molan (@Anhydryd) September 16, 2018 I AM LIVING FOR THE CONTINUED ASEXUAL REPRESENTATION IN BOJACK SEASON 5— Trans Stamp (@EmmaINFP) September 14, 2018 That was such a weirdddd 3rd episode… but overall, very good writing re: the asexual stuff. Also yet again, Bojack has been nothing but good. #BojackHorseman— Måx (@maxtrimblr) September 16, 2018 i’m only experiencing it secondhand but like the new bojack season like «i’m going to be kicked out of my house for being an asexual uwu» is a bad take and appropriating actual sga and trans opression. sorry for the hot take— tony come home @ in love (@snaalfoss) September 14, 2018 WATCH: the creator of BoJack Horseman takes down Jared Leto’s transphobiaPamela Anderson thinks masturbating too much can turn you asexualFive alternative terms you can use instead of LGBTRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/what-bojack-horseman-got-right-and-wrong-about-asexuality-in-season-five/ MINOR BOJACK HORSEMAN SPOILERS:Very surprised and THANKFUL by the fact that Todd informed characters correctly that you can still be romantically involved with people despite being asexual, and explaining that romance and sexual attraction are not the same— www dot Big Meat dot gov (@LauraIsLate) September 15, 2018center_img the new BoJack Horseman season has so much asexual representation and has todd learning so much about it and everyone around him learning more about it and it made me really happy— todd chavez stan account / dodie today!!! (@fearlesslyreads) September 14, 2018 Sometimes I remember Todd is asexual and I just get so happy like BoJack is such a popular show and Todd is a fan favorite and he’s one of US— lumpia space princess (@artifishly) September 15, 2018 todd in bojack horseman explaining the asexual spectrum MY HEART IS FULL— heather (@ThatsSomeCatch) September 15, 2018 Bojack Horseman has said the word asexual in this ep more times than it has ever been said on television before truly— #1 sarah paulson stan (@reallybeanie) September 14, 2018So?Though the ace representation in BoJack is far from ideal, it’s still a start. BoJack Horseman is one of the few mainstream television shows to portray asexuality at all, which means a lot for ace representation.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . BoJack Horseman actually makes me feel good about being asexual.— Scott Day (@scott__day) September 16, 2018 [bojack spoilers] i like that todd is asexual but maybe his gf being asexual w a family of very sexual people was a bit much. the lube did make me laugh bc im 12 though. I hope the Coming Out As Asexual To Your Disappointed Parents episode of new bojack is meant as a parody of the absurdist situations that the mogai community invents as a reason to come out and feel marginalized. probably not though— misery chastain (@pissbees) September 14, 2018 Tell me how Bojack Horseman explained how someone could be asexual and not aromatic and then also had the same character have a existential relationship realization directly afterwards— the amanda show (@mandAJTaylor) September 16, 2018 eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) — .dunk (@shittywelshsord) September 16, 2018 i’m on episode 2 of the new series of @BoJackHorseman and this is the best asexual representation ever omfg, thank you @aaronpaul_8, thank you bojack team <3— Jess (@aomyuu) September 15, 2018 its crazy that bojack horseman is the best asexual representation out there— melissa (@melissamdphoto) September 15, 2018 Ace representation in season fiveAt the end of season four, Todd began dating an asexual woman named Yolanda. Upon the premiere of season five, many were excited to see where Todd’s asexual plot line will go.‘In this season, Todd is dating an asexual woman, Yolanda, whose entire family is involved in selling sex, in one way or another, whether it be via writing erotica for a living or being a sex worker in the pornography industry,’ Nicholas, a 26-year-old asexual and agender person from Ohio, explains.‘It is used as explanation for why Yolanda is so hesitant to come out to her family. Of course, Yolanda’s family is not a typical allosexual family, but it’s a great metaphor for amatonormativity.’‘Being an ace/aro person in a world that says one true love is a necessity for personal happiness, that the natural conclusion to solidifying said romantic relationship is sex, and that a long-term sexual relationship sans romance is inherently meaningless is incredibly isolating and alienating,’ they continue.‘It gives us and allosexual folks the impression we’re broken when we’re just wired differently.’Thomas, a 24-year-old gay demisexual man in New York, concurs.‘The default for allosexual people to perceive asexuality is in relation to hypersexuality,’ he says. ‘In the same way that homosexual relationships are usually juxtaposed against heteronormativity, which just causes alienation.’Ace relationshipsNicholas particularly enjoyed the scene where Todd is talking to his allosexual ex-girlfriend Emily. He asks her to imagine what dating him would be like.‘I guess we’d hang out together like we already do,’ Todd ponders. ‘And you’d be my favorite person like you already are. And when something good happened to me, like, if I got a promotion at work, you’d be the first person I’d tell.’‘It’s the closest I’ve ever heard on television to someone describing the idea of a relationship I would want,’ Nicholas says. ‘Not hearts and flowers, not physical gratification, just emotional intimacy with your favorite person, and that’s fulfilling, and it’s more than enough.’Could it have done more?Thomas, however, felt like this season was a missed opportunity to actually portray dating while asexual. At one point, Emily creates an asexual dating app for Todd. Yet, instead of showing Todd meeting various ace people, that plot point fades.‘They could have had a B-plot one episode be Todd going on crazy asexual dates,’ Thomas says.‘The real problem with BoJack’s representation of asexuality is how they frame it.’Social media reactionsMany on social media also had mixed feelings about the asexual plot line this season. One particular complaint was that Yolanda having to ‘come out’ as asexual to her family minimized the legitimate fears gay and trans people have about coming out.This new season of Bojack is shit and the asexual plotline is insulting lmao— Nick sugarandmemories (@sugarnziles) September 15, 2018last_img read more

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10 things you didnt know you can request on a plane

first_imgTags: Did you know << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — As the saying goes, “ask and you shall receive.” But who knew this applied to air passengers who, with today’s rising cost of airline ancillaries, have grown accustomed to a no-frills inflight experience?Little did you know that there’s a wide range of items you can request during a flight, small perks that will no doubt enhance your time onboard. The Daily Mail has compiled a list of products and services that many airlines are able to provide – all you have to do is ask. Here are our favourites:1. Medicine and bandagesIf you suffer a migraine or a paper cut mid flight, you’re in luck. Most planes come equipped with a first aid kit. Monday, January 23, 2017 Travelweek Group 10 things you didn’t know you can request on a plane 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10Next Share Posted bylast_img read more

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Venezuela asks Interpol to issue red alert for exjudge Aponte

first_imgNo related posts. CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuelan prosecutors Friday asked Interpol to issue a “red alert” for former Supreme Court judge Eladio Aponte, who was fired in March for alleged links to drug traffickers and who levied accusations of judicial and political corruption in an interview Wednesday in the United States.“The Public Ministry [on Friday] requested that [Interpol] add to their database a red alert for former Supreme Court magistrate Eladio Aponte Aponte,” a press release from the Venezuelan Prosecutor’s Office said.On Wednesday, a Venezuelan tribunal issued an arrest warrant for Aponte, without making public the charges. In a TV interview Wednesday with a Miami-based news channel in the U.S., Aponte acknowledged the damage he caused to his country’s judicial system by allowing government officials with links to drug traffickers and guerrilla groups to influence court rulings. The Venezuelan government responded to Aponte’s claims by calling the former judge “a fugitive from justice” and “an absolutely discredited man.” Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolás Maduro said Aponte “sold his soul to the [U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency] by traveling this week to the U.S. on a DEA plane from Costa Rica, where Aponte had been staying on a tourist visa since fleeing Venezuela. Maduro alleged that DEA agents could have filtered information that Aponte used during his TV interview.On Friday, Venezuelan Vice President Elías Jaua scolded Washington, asking “if the government of the United States is going to protect all the criminals prosecuted by the Venezuelan state.” Jaua urged the U.S. to “respect Venezuelan state institutions.” Venezuela’s top prosecutor ordered the investigative tribunal assigned to Aponte’s case to seize the former judge’s assets and freeze his bank accounts. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Google maps introduce street view safari

first_imgGoogle Maps has announced a partnership with Save the Elephants (STE) to promote wildlife conservation. One can take a walk through Samburu National Reserve, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust via Street View. The project allows Internet browsers to go on safari from the comfort of their home and hopefully be inspired to learn more about the wildlife they find along the way.The Google Maps team explored 64 sq miles of Kenya’s Samburu National Reserve’s roads in February 2015, photographing elephants, zebras, and leopards along the way.While travelling through Samburu, users can read about various elephant families, identified by their thematic names.More than 100,000 African elephants fell victim to poaching in 2010-2012. Conservationists believe the trading of ivory and loss of habitat are placing the currently vulnerable African elephant population in danger. STE shares the latest estimates of total African elephants to range between 419,000 and 650,000.Primarily based in Samburu, STE conducts research and provides scientific insight on elephant behaviour, intelligence and long-distance movement. The organisation works with global partners to apply their research to the long-term challenges of elephant conservation.last_img read more

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Kerala Tourism organises Carnatic Music Festival to woo tourists

first_imgIn order to attract tourist footfall, DTPC Palakkad recently organised the week-long Kalpathy National Music Festival in association with the cultural department. The six-day festival was designed to promote the classical music as well as the culturally rich state of Kerala as a prime tourist destination. A K Balan, Minister for Cultural Affairs, Kerala inaugurated the closing ceremony of this iconic cultural event on November 13. The opening ceremony of the event was inaugurated by M B Rajesh on Purandaradasa Day (November 8) and was presided over by Shafi Parambil, MLA.Speaking on the occasion, Dr. P Suresh Babu, IAS, District Collector and Chairman, DTPC Palakkad stated, “We want to promote “Kalpathy Sangeetholsavam” as one of the best music festivals in India and encourage tourists’ footfall at the pristine destinations of Kerala.”During this weeklong vibrant music festival, various cultural programs were organised such as – vocal concerts by some of the prominent musicians, violin performance by R K Shreeramkumar and N M Brahmadathan, Mridangam performance by Srimushnam Rajarao and N Nagaraj followed by Ghatom performance by S V Ramani.last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter MSC Cruises has confirm

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterMSC Cruises has confirmed MSC Armonia will make her maiden call at the cruise company’s Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve in the Caribbean on 17 November 2019, not long after the new destination opens. MSC Armonia will visit the exclusive natural island destination every week, as well as other ports across the Western Caribbean.Snorkelling tours, scuba diving, stand up paddle boarding and kayaking are among the outdoor activities that MSC Armonia’s more adventurous guests will be able to enjoy at Ocean Cay. Those seeking a more relaxing experience will have eight white sandy beaches to choose from, as well as a new luxurious spa concept and countless other options.Bimini Beach, Ocean CayAs with other MSC Cruises ships in the Caribbean, MSC Armonia will stay at berth from 9am to 11pm, allowing guests to make the most of their time on the island, enjoy stunning sunsets by the iconic lighthouse.The ship will also visit other gems across the Western Caribbean, in Jamaica, Mexico, the Cayman Islands and beyond. Port calls include Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, Falmouth, Costa Maya, George Town and Key West.From November 2019 to April 2020, MSC Armonia will depart on one-weekly cruises from Miami every Monday, moving to a Sunday departure from April to November 2020.MSC Armonia is scheduled to go enter another dry dock at the Bahamas’ Grand Bahama Shipyard on 18 November, before resuming operation on 9 December from Miami.For more information and bookings from November 2019 through April 2020, see msccruises.com.auGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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