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London Fashion Erdem shows fancy florals Kane goes for sex

first_imgLONDON – London Fashion Week saw a flurry of shows Monday emphasizing romance and femininity, often with exquisite workmanship and dashes of mystery and drama.Dresses dominated the runway. Christopher Kane offered a strong collection of very feminine, sometimes very revealing dresses at his catwalk show at the Tate Britain museum.Canada-born designer Erdem Moralioglu turned the National Portrait Gallery into a showcase for his contemporary designs, which featured long, elaborately made dresses, many with floral themes offset by black backgrounds.___CHRISTOPHER KANE CHANNELS ‘THE JOY OF SEX’Kane went “old school” for his London Fashion Week show with a collection that overtly referenced two 70s’ classics: “The Joy of Sex” and “More Joy of Sex” books.“I have never shied away from sex in the collections and this one is no different,” said Kane. “Since the beginning, I have found it fundamental to our idea of women. Women with their own power who create their own worlds.”Anyone who missed the point was reminded by the none-too-subtle voiceover on the soundtrack encouraging people to experience more joy, more play and more sex.Many of Kane’s dresses were semi-sheer and lacy, in simple but effective blacks and reds, along with some relatively demure knitwear, including an impressive deep purple dress. Kane made very effective use of black set off with silver, as well as primarily black outfits that seemed to shimmer with colour.Pants were sometimes ripped or had fabric cut out and some blouses and dresses sported horizontal “peekaboo” slits. Kane used a wide variety of materials, including cotton canvas coats, raw wools and crushed velvet.___FALSE ALARM AT TATE SENDS MODELS INTO DRIZZLY RAINThere was an unexpected evacuation of the Tate Britain Museum several hours before the Christopher Kane show, sending visitors — and models — into a light rain outside while a fire alarm was checked.The models were rained on for about 20 minutes before the alarm was lifted, creating some challenges for makeup artists and stylists preparing for Kane’s showcase event.___ERDEM BUILDS ON A DELICATE, VEILED THEMEErdem’s London Fashion Week show made heavy use of veils — and black veil material — not only to shade the faces of many models but also as the fabric for leggings, long gloves and some shawls and capes.The veil material was detailed with black polka dots that became a design motif throughout the show, giving the models an unearthly and sometimes off-putting look when their faces were totally obscured.A few outfits had retro flair, including some silver metallic skirts that evoked the flapper era, and some fused Asian designs that gave the show an international feel. Colors were rich and vibrant and the floral designs were complex and evocative.The show, with American Vogue editor Anna Wintour in her customary front-row seat, showed a remarkably uniform approach to design, each piece reinforcing and building on the look.___GLAMOUROUS NIGHT AT BUCKINGHAM PALACEPrince William’s wife, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, co-hosted a fashion reception at Buckingham Palace with Sophie, the Countess of Wessex and wife of Prince Edward, William’s uncle. The two were acting on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II at the glittery event.Among the guests Monday night were model Naomi Campbell, designer Stella McCartney and Edward Enninful, the new editor of British Vogue.The event was a celebration of the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange, launched earlier this month to foster partnerships between established and emerging talents in the Commonwealth countries ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London in April.___BLAST FROM THE PAST: PAULINA PORIZKOVA RETURNSAlmost overlooked in the flood of attention paid to Christopher Bailey’s farewell show at Burberry was the return of Czech-born Paulina Porizkova, one of the original supermodels.She made a rare catwalk appearance Saturday to support designer Jiri Kalfar.last_img read more

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Pushcart vendors – in LA for decades – might become legal

first_imgLOS ANGELES — They seem to be everywhere on the streets of Los Angeles — pushcarts and tables filled with everything from hot dogs and tamales to toys and tools.You’re a tourist in Hollywood with a phone that’s about to die and no charger? No problem. There should be someone nearby selling them.You’re craving a freshly made pupusa, a Salvadoran delicacy made with a corn tortilla stuffed with salsa, beans, cabbage and other tasty things? Yeah, you can get that, too.Such sales are illegal, although the law is rarely enforced.Now, after a decade of debate and compromise, the Los Angeles City Council will consider an ordinance Wednesday that would grant permits to sidewalk vendors, allowing them to come out of the legal shadows and putting the city on the same footing as New York and Chicago on the issue.An estimated 50,000 vendors peddle their wares along Los Angeles sidewalks and in parks and other public places, hawking souvenir hats, sunglasses, T-shirts, purses and other merchandise, as well as food from countries all over the world.Many are immigrants eking out modest livings who have pushed for years for the change.“Our vendors are very excited that after 10 years of conversation and discussions and work on this that it’s feeling like it’s coming to fruition,” said Isela Gracian, president of the East LA Community Corporation, which has been lobbying the city for such an ordinance.Some details were still being worked out Tuesday, including how many competing vendors could operate a table or pushcart in a park or on a street. And, more importantly, how much a permit would cost.Food vendors would need to get separate permits from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, just like the hundreds of food truck operators in the area.New York and Chicago have been licensing street vendors for years. Permits run about $50 to $100 but can be hard to get because of waiting lists.New York has an estimated 20,000 street vendors, according to The Street Vendor Project, an advocacy group.“Among the large cities, LA is the only one that doesn’t have a program like this,” said Gracian, noting that her group studied the other cities to learn how to avoid conflicts with brick-and-mortar stores and restaurants on streets where vendors sometimes park their pushcarts.One vendor who sets up in front of a corner grocery in the city’s Boyle Heights neighbourhood, sells freshly cooked food but won’t sell drinks, suggesting people buy them from the store.She calls it synergy and a way to support each other.John Rogers, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Ban welcomes latest steps to improve interKorean relations

Mr. Ban was also pleased that the authorities of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Saturday released four crew members of a Republic of Korea (ROK) fishing vessel who had been detained after accidentally crossing into northern waters.“He hopes that these steps will help create conditions conducive to improving inter-Korean relations and the peaceful resolution of outstanding matters, including the nuclear issue,” his spokesperson said in a statement.Encouraged by the “positive momentum in inter-Korean relations,” the Secretary-General also reaffirmed his readiness to offer assistance as appropriate.The latest moves follow the release just weeks ago of a ROK national who had been detained by the DPRK authorities since 30 March, as well as of two American journalists who had been found guilty of entering DPRK illegally in March and sentenced to 12 years’ hard labour.Earlier this month, Mr. Ban was in his native ROK for a 10-day private visit, during which he met with President Lee Myung-bak and discussed the nuclear crisis in DPRK and other global challenges, including climate change.The UN chief is currently on an official visit to Austria, from which he will travel to Norway and to the Arctic polar ice rim to spotlight climate change, which he has described as the “defining challenge of our era.” 29 August 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the latest steps to improve inter-Korean relations, including an agreement to resume cross-border reunions next month for hundreds of families separated since the Korean War. read more

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Prices going back up at the pump

by News Staff Posted Feb 4, 2015 6:51 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Prices going back up at the pump Now that oil prices are creeping back up, the price for gasoline is also on the rise across the country.However, compared with a year ago, it’s still a bargain.Price-tracking website GasBuddy.com says the national average for a litre of regular is about 93 cents, up 3.6 cents over the past week.Here in Calgary, the site reports an average price of just under 84 cents per litre of regular, up seven cents from a week ago.At this time last year, the average national price was a $1.24 a litre, while the average Calgary price was $1.10. read more

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New Montreal Canadiens captain Shea Weber scores two in win over Rangers

MONTREAL — Shea Weber and Artturi Lehkonen each scored twice as the Montreal Canadiens beat the New York Rangers 5-2 to snap a five-game losing skid on Saturday night.Tomas Tatar also scored for the Canadiens (12-9-5) in their first home win since Nov. 10. Carey Price stopped 20 shots.Jimmy Vesey and Ryan Strome scored for the Rangers (13-12-2), who have dropped four of their past five games. Backup goalie Alexandar Georgiev made 37 saves on 42 shots while Mika Zibanejad had two assists.Both teams were playing the first game of a back-to-back weekend. Montreal hosts the San Jose Sharks on Sunday while the Rangers take on the Winnipeg Jets in New York.The Canadiens, who outshot New York 42-22, have won four straight games against the Rangers at the Bell Centre.Montreal went up 2-0 in the first period thanks to Weber’s first two goals of the season in just his second game back from injury.The new Canadiens captain scored 3:53 into the contest with a one-timer from the blue line that Georgiev never even saw — Weber’s first goal since Dec. 5, 2017 after missing 73 games due to injury.The six-foot-four defenceman netted his second of the game on a great play by Tatar. Lying on the ice with his back to the play after being tripped at the blue line, Tatar spotted a streaking Weber and fed him with a backhand pass for the partial break. Weber went glove side, top shelf, with eight seconds remaining in the first period.Lehkonen doubled Montreal’s lead — and his goal tally for the season — with two quick ones early in the second.The Canadiens went up 3-0 when Lehkonen beat Georgiev with a wrist shot on a 2-on-1 at 2:04. The Rangers goalie smashed his stick against the post in anger after the goal.Lehkonen made it 4-0 at 5:29, a quick release on Georgiev’s blocker side after an awful giveaway by Neal Pionk behind his own net.With the teams playing 4-on-4, the Rangers got one back through Vesey’s wrist shot at 8:10 of the second.Strome, on the power play, made it 4-2 with 5:49 remaining in the middle frame.Tatar, with his 11th of the season, restored Montreal’s three-goal lead with a power-play marker at 10:28 of the third.Speedy forward Paul Byron was back in the lineup for Montreal after missing 14 games with a lower-body injury.NOTES: The Canadiens placed former first-round draft pick Nikita Scherbak on waivers earlier on Saturday.Kelsey Patterson, The Canadian Press read more

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Metallicas new small mineral sands operation may lead to bigger things

first_imgA study just released has backed the viability of establishing a new A$6.5 million heavy mineral sands mine 3 km southwest of Weipa on the western side of Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula. The feasibility study – conducted by IMC Mining for the proponent of the Urquhart Point mine project, Brisbane-based Metallica Minerals Ltd (MLM) also found that high grade zones mined early in the mine schedule would allow a project payback within just 12 months.Subject to the outcome of current project financing and offtake negotiations, Metallica says the Urquhart Point mine can be up and running within 12 months of a decision to mine.Release of the study’s findings also coincided with the release by Metallica today of the maiden independent ore reserve for the project.Also undertaken by IMC, this milestone generated Proved and Probable Ore Reserves of 1.18 Mt at 9.5% Heavy Minerals (HM). All of the reserve is contained at surface over average thicknesses of 1.5-2 m. The HM mineral assemblage is estimated to be 11.7% zircon, 13.6% rutile and 13.1% ilmenite.Metallica proposes a simple shallow (<3 m) dry sand mining operation of around 240,000 t/y of ore using conventional wet gravity separation to produce a total of 87,000 t of mixed heavy mineral concentrate over the five year mine life.Managing Director, Andrew Gillies, said that although only a modest mine project compared to the company’s more substantial and promising mineral sands tenements further north on the west coast, Urquhart Point nonetheless had demonstrated very robust financial metrics, despite commodity market challenges.“Urquhart Point now clearly provides a sound basis on which to proceed with financing and development as it should provide reasonable investment returns,” Gillies said.“The total operating costs of A$12.52/t, inclusive of corporate overheads, equate to between A$2.5 million and A$3.0 million per year, with the study’s modelling showing the concentrate valued over life-of-mine at between $250/t and $330/t free on board, subject to the mineral composition and spot price at the time,” he said.“Overall, the feasibility study delivered an estimated net cashflow of over A$10 million. As Metallica has around $15 million in carried forward tax losses, the proposed mine’s pre and post tax project returns are effectively the same. We have already been in the market seeking quotes for the processing plant and related equipment alternatives and our negotiations for partnerships, funding and offtake agreements over the project have reached an advanced stage,” Gillies said.“The company can be on the ground with initial pre-construction site works within two months of finalising funding and we anticipate first production runs approximately a year later,” he said. The capital cost estimate of A$6.51 million includes the mine’s plant design, construction, commissioning and the training of operational personnel. Some long lead items and off-site construction items are expected to be ordered this calendar year, subject to financing.Urquhart Point is fully approved, with a granted Mining Lease and Environmental Authority, covering around 366 ha of the broader EPM15268 tenement footprint of 7,675 ha.Its low-lying sand mass comprises a coastal strandline and sand spit-style HMS deposit with very low slimes (clay) and a HM assemblage composed of zircon, rutile, ilmenite and about 60% iron oxides. The highest grade HM zones are located in the northern and eastern end of the deposit area. An additional Environmental Authority (EA) Mining lease application (20737) covers a small but high grade portion of the deposit. Gillies says no impediments are expected for the conversion of this lease application into a mining lease.“Our objective with the mine production schedule is to mine Urquhart Point’s pit areas in decreasing value order whilst also maintaining a reasonably contiguous mining sequence and honouring wet season mining constraints,” hes said. “However, we see substantial wider opportunity for Urquhart Point that have not been incorporated into the feasibility study results announced today.”“These include the fact that two strands in the southern area, Heron and Egret, have been almost entirely excluded from the mine production schedule and the Ore Reserve update, due to the sparsity of mineral assemblage data. Our work to date suggests including this material could add approximately 0.6 Mt or about 2.5 years of ore feed to the plant.“Results from current and ongoing exploration on another two targets high in zircon and drilled in February this year, were also not ready to be included in the latest resource model – in addition to the potential incusion of outcomes from our suite of other HMS tenements sweeping north of Urquhart Point along the coastline.”Gillies did also not rule out the potential for a dual bauxite mining operation as Urquhart Point is close to significant bauxite prospective areas, which if mined, could utilise the same barge-ship export infrastructure. In addition to Urquhart Point, Metallica has 2,000 km² of coastal exploration tenure on western Cape York prospective for both mineral sands and bauxite.last_img read more

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The future of piracy is physical objects

first_imgDigital piracy is coming under increasing pressure from organizations that represent the music and movie industries. Acts like SOPA and PIPA are just the latest in measures to try and curb piracy, as is the takedown of MegaUpload. Just as technology changes over time, there is an evolution of what can be pirated, and it’s going to affect many more companies and products than just those providing digital entertainment.With the advent of 3D printers and the ability to print your own physical objects at home, so a new form of data sharing, and possibly a new form of piracy, is preparing to take off. The Pirate Bay calls it Physibles — copying things created first as digital objects that get turned into physical objects once they are printed. How could Physibles become a threat to industry? Because as time goes by more real-world objects are first designed and modeled in digital form. Those designs are stored digitally and then fed into a machine — sometimes a printer — for creation. If you have a 3D printer at home, and that design is shared, you no longer need to buy the physical object as you can create it yourself. At the moment this isn’t really significant as far as piracy goes, but what about a decade from now when 3D printers can be built from a kit for little more than the cost of a Raspberry Pi, some servos, and an extruder? And what if The Pirate Bay hosts the digital blueprints for that expensive car part the garage informed you needs buying to fix your car? Do you spend hundreds of dollars on the part, or print it yourself? Just like pirates today decide to download a movie rather than pay the high theater prices to watch it, pirates of the future will have the option to bypass the cost, and become creators themselves.The same logic can be applied to many products: why buy the iPad X case when you can download the 3D model someone leaked/stole? Why buy a camera part when it can be printed and glued at home? Not only do you save on the retail price, there’s no shipping to worry about other than your base materials, which can be bought in bulk. And if it breaks? You print another for minimal cost. Obviously materials and 3D printer technology limit this to certain types of products, but that list is only going to expand as 3D printers improve, and, crucially, as more commercial products are made with 3D printers. While this is a new idea (as far as piracy goes, there are already a number of places to share open source designs), The Pirate Bay has already embraced it. You can visit the Physibles area of the site where five downloads are currently listed. I doubt it will stay that way for very long, though. Physible piracy is going to take off in a big way sooner rather than later.More at The Pirate Bay, image courtesy of Vans OTHlast_img read more

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Jury discharged from murder trial after they spot 29 second gap in

first_img Image: Shutterstock Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thursday 24 Nov 2016, 6:38 PM Jury discharged from murder trial after they spot 29 second gap in crucial CCTV evidence Donal Colgan has pleaded not guilty to murdering David Sheridan. A JURY WAS discharged today after they discovered a 29 second gap in CCTV footage used during a murder trial at the Central Criminal Court.Justice Carmel Stewart said the gap was not spotted by counsel for the prosecution or defence and that it could have been significant. The jury had described the missing footage as “crucial”.Donal Colgan (65), of Killarney Court, Killarney St, Dublin 1 had pleaded not guilty to murdering 45-year-old David Sheridan outside Luigi’s chip shop on the capital’s North Strand Road in August 2014.The jury had spent about three hours deliberating when they returned to court to ask about the missing 29 seconds.Justice Stewart sent the jurors away for about 90 minutes and when they returned she told them counsel for the prosecution and defence had examined the footage and confirmed the missing portion.She said it was a “mistake” and added:It now transpires that one of you has spotted what people in the trial had not spotted because we were not watching the clock in the corner.She said it was a “significant” piece of time and told them that counsel for the defence Patrick Marrinan SC had applied to her to discharge the jury.While she said that in extraordinary circumstances it is possible to call a witness at this point to introduce new evidence, that would not help in this case because all of the witnesses had given evidence on the basis that the CCTV footage was continuous.She also said that counsel for the defence and prosecution had questioned witnesses on the basis that the footage was continuous.Saying that fair procedure must apply, she added:I have no option but to discharge you.She thanked the jury for their diligence and exempted them from further jury duty for ten years.Evidence in trialDuring five days of evidence, the jury heard that Colgan and Sheridan were involved in a row outside Luigi’s chip shop on the night of 17 August 2014.Colgan left the scene but returned about nine minutes later armed with a knife, which he used to stab Sheridan.The prosecution claimed that Colgan returned to the scene of the fight armed with a knife and murdered David Sheridan.Marrinan asked the jury to consider that Colgan had lost all self-control after allegedly being attacked and knocked to the ground by Sheridan and another man.He also asked them to consider that he was acting in self-defence having allegedly been struck with a bag of beer cans by Sheridan.Colgan will return to court on 19 December.Read: Romanian man who harassed ex-girlfriend ordered to leave Ireland within 48 hours >Read: Second teen involved in attack of Dublin boy who was stabbed after ‘running for his life ‘avoids jail > Nov 24th 2016, 6:38 PM http://jrnl.ie/3100985 Share3 Tweet Email1 Image: Shutterstock No Comments 23,970 Views Short URL By Eoin Reynoldslast_img read more

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Jared Leto To Star As Playboy Hugh Hefner In New Biopic

first_img Email Twitter Facebook The Oscar winner will portray “Playboy” founder Hugh Hefner, who died Sept. 27 at age 91, for an upcoming biopic by filmmaker Brett Ratner (The Revenant, Hercules, “Prison Break”).”Jared is an old friend,” Ratner told The Hollywood Reporter. “When he heard I got the rights to Hef’s story, he told me, ‘I want to play him. I want to understand him.’ And I really believe Jared can do it. He’s one of the great actors of today.”The film is still in the early development stages via Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment. Ratner has had his eyes on the project since 2007, when it was a property of Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment. More immediately, Leto is set to star in Blade Runner 2049, which debuts in theaters on Oct. 6.Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Trailer Released For New Documentary Jared Leto To Play “Playboy” Founder Hugh Hefner jared-leto-star-playboy-hugh-hefner-new-biopic Oscar winner will get his opportunity to “understand” “Playboy” mogul in new film by Brett RatnerTim McPhateGRAMMYs Oct 4, 2017 – 9:20 am 30 Seconds To Mars dropped a new single, “Walk On Water,” in August as a tease to their upcoming fifth studio album. In the meantime, frontman Jared Leto has set his sights on his latest film project. News Jared Leto To Star As “Playboy” Hugh Hefner In New Biopic NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Dec 2, 2014 – 10:58 pm Jared Leto And 30 Seconds To Mars: The GRAMMYs Will Reset The Calendarlast_img read more

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Sreenivasan extends his helping hand to Dileep in actress abduction case

first_imgFacebookSreenivasan, the multi-talented personality in Mollywood has extended his helping hand to Dileep in the actress abduction case. In a recent interview given to Manorama News, Sreenivasan revealed that Dileep is not that kind of person who will get involved in such cases.”Dileep came into the scene after one week of this incident. Until then, everything was revolving around Pulsar Suni. I believe things are fabricated. Many people claimed that Dileep gave more than Rs 1.5 crore to Pulsar Suni to commit the crime. As far as I know, Dileep is the kind of person who will not spend even 1.5 paise,” said Sreenivasan during the interview, as translated from Malayalam.Sreenivasan also revealed that he does not know why a group named Women in Cinema Collective (WCC) was formed. The veteran star added that he is not opening up about certain malpractices in the industry because everything should be talked within a boundary.”In 100 metres men race, the world record is 9 seconds, but in women’s race, it is more than 11 seconds. So, there is a difference between men and women. I am not trying to destroy any organization or group. I don’t know what is the need for a group like WCC,” added Sreenivasan.Sreenivasan is now awaiting the release of his new movie ‘Kutty Mama’ where he is sharing space with his younger son Dhyan. The film is directed by VM Vinu, and the film will portray the story of a soldier who has never participated in any wars.In a recent talk with the Times of India, VM Vinu revealed that the “movie is about a jawan, his life and certain incidents in the Kargil war that leaves a lasting impact on him. The story is told through humour and is a family entertainer. Sreenivasan plays the jawan called Shekharankutty but everyone in his family and those close to him call him Kutty Mama; hence the title”.last_img read more

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This is how Mr India Vikram Jadhav helping poor people through his

first_imgr India Vikram JadhavVikram R Jadhav is not a professional bodybuilder and model, but he is also serving poor people. He is doing several humanitarian work through his charity house named VJ Army.The Professional bodybuilder and model Vikram R Jadhav who hails from Aurangabad, Maharashtra has become a role model for a lot of people. Many people may think it is because of his fantastic body and success that he has, but here the reason is pretty different.He has been so active in helping the poor and underprivileged of society. Vikram Jadhav started a donation group by the name “VJ Army” to serve the needy and helpless people. His donation group collects money from the members and serve food to the hungry people on the streets and also donate blankets and other warm clothes in the winder by roaming around the streets.Started by just one person himself today VJ Army has vast numbers of volunteers and members who regularly donate and serve for this fantastic social purpose. Currently, it is spreading in all over the Maharashtra state, and they also work in places like Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir.Vikram Jadhav’s small initiative has become a big organisation that helps the poor people of the country. Not only do they provide food and clothes, but they also offer medical service to the needy those who cannot afford the medical expenses. Vikram himself bears the costs from his pocket for the medical services of the poor.Vikram Jadhav, who hails from a middle-class family, knows what it is like to survive in the world with no money. Even he had faced many problems in his past because of the financial issues. He has seen the struggles and been through it, and that is why he wants to help the needy and poor.Mr India hopes that his initiative VJ Army to spread all across the country and help the underprivileged. His kind gesture and his humanitarian work are inspiring for so many, and we hope that he keeps on working like that for the betterment and spreading positivity around the world.last_img read more

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AntiTrump protesters in March for Truth

first_imgActivists carrying placards with political points of view march to City Hall through downtown Los Angeles, California. Photo: AFPSharp political passions over President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord and his links to Russia brought people onto the streets of cities around the globe on Saturday, mostly to condemn but some to praise him.They came as Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, ended days of confusion to make clear that “President Trump believes the climate is changing” and that man-made pollutants are partly responsible.She insisted in a CNN interview that Trump, who has often called global warming a “hoax,” was concerned about the changing climate. “Just because the US got out of a club doesn’t mean we aren’t going to care about the environment,” she said.But Trump’s decision Thursday to pull out of the Paris treaty, which is designed to cut harmful emissions and slow the Earth’s warming, sparked a wave of global condemnation and helped fuel some of the many protest marches on Saturday.The largest of the many US rallies organized as a March for Truth appeared to be in New York, where as many as 3,000 anti-Trump protesters descended on Foley Square in Lower Manhattan, with some shouting “Liar!” or “Lock him up!” or “Take back America!”Nearly as many people converged around the Washington Monument in the US capital to similarly demand a full and independent investigation of the allegations that Trump or his aides might have colluded with Russia ahead of last year’s US presidential election to help Trump win.To ‘raise our voices’“The president works for the American people, and not for a foreign entity around the world,” said Linda Sarsour, an organizer of the march and a co-chair of the Women’s March on Washington in January.Added Savannah Stark, a 22-year-old from Ohio, “We need to keep working hard and raise our voices until he’s impeached.”Other rallies were held in cities from Portland, Oregon on the US West Coast to Munich, Germany and Lima, Peru. Demonstrators also demanded that Trump release his tax returns, a tradition among US presidents which Trump has steadfastly refused to follow.The US demonstrations appeared to be mostly peaceful. They were far smaller than some of the earlier anti-Trump protests.They took place just days before the highly anticipated appearance June 8 before a Senate committee of James Comey, who as FBI director was leading an investigation of the Russia matter before Trump fired him early in May.Trump has denied placing pressure on Comey or the FBI, as well as denying any collusion with Russia.Former FBI chief Robert Mueller has been named as a special counsel to investigate any links between Russia and the Trump campaign.“We want to get to the bottom of this,” Leon Chen, a 32-year-old Texan and self-described Republican taking part in the Washington march, told AFP. “It’s not only Russia, it’s also his business ties, how him and his family are profiting from this presidency.”Treaty ‘cost us billions’At the same time as the other rallies Saturday, a few hundred Trump supporters gathered on the street in front of the White House to applaud the president’s withdrawal from the Paris treaty—a move criticized around the world—and to demonstrate their backing for the Republican president.That rally was dubbed “Pittsburgh, Not Paris”—a reference to the president’s statement Thursday, in announcing his plan to withdraw from the international climate treaty, that “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”The Trump supporters included Vince Harrison, 56, a burly retired firefighter from Washington, who said it was his first rally ever.“I believe in clean air, and I think Americans will still lead on clean air,” he said. But he added that the treaty “was costing us billions to be in it while other countries were not required to do anything.”Treaty supporters note that it is actually non-binding—no country was required to do anything—but the presence of the United States, the second-largest polluter after China, was considered vital.Several people at the pro-Trump rally said they were unconcerned that exiting the treaty would leave the United States in the company of the only two countries that are not signatories: Nicaragua and Syria. And some said other issues mattered more to them than the climate pact—starting with building a wall on the Mexican border.A sign at a nearby rally held as a counter to the “Pittsburgh, Not Paris” rally correctly noted that “Pittsburgh’s Mayor Supports the Paris Accord.”In fact, Mayor Bill Peduto on Friday joined the mayors of some 175 other US cities and the governors of several states in announcing that his city would follow the terms of the Paris treaty.Pittsburgh, once known not just as a powerhouse steel producer but as one of the most polluted cities in the country, will work to convert its city vehicle fleet to hybrid and electric vehicles and to make its buildings more energy-efficient, said Peduto.He was to address a pro-Paris rally Saturday in Pittsburgh.last_img read more

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Groups Resettling Refugees In Texas Hope They Can Keep Working Without More

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:56 Listen Share X Marjorie Kamys Cotera/Texas TribuneA group gathered at Wooldridge Park in Austin on Nov. 22, 2015, to protest Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision not to accept refugees from Syria.A recent decision by a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by Texas to block the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the state and groups that work with those refugees are looking forward to the resettlement process continuing without any more legal battles.Texas’ lawsuit accused the Department of State and other federal agencies of violating the Refugee Act of 1980 because they don’t consult with the state before relocating refugees.Texas officials argued they are worried terrorist groups could use the refugee program to enter the United States.However, Judge David Godbey ruled last week that Texas lacks legal standing to enforce that consultation.The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the non-profit groups in charge of the resettlement in our state.Although the process hadn’t stopped because of the lawsuit, the IRC considers the decision by Judge Godbey good news.“Whenever you’ve got a lawsuit that’s over your head, it tends to interrupt the communication flow and makes it more challenging,” said Donna Duvin, executive director of the Texas office for the IRC, which is based in Dallas.The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) represented the IRC in the litigation.Omar Jadwat, a senior staff attorney at the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, says the federal government has much more thorough capabilities to vet refugees than Texas.“Nobody who comes to this country is as carefully scrutinized as refugees are,” commented Jadwat, who added that the vetting and security checks are “truly extensive.”After Judge Godbey’s decision was announced, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement he is considering “options moving forward to guarantee the safety of Texans from domestic and foreign threats.”Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick categorized the judge’s decision as “disappointing” and added he supports Paxton, whose office declined to be interviewed.Data from the Department of State indicate that, since January 1st of 2016, 213 Syrians have been resettled in Texas.Seven other states received more refugees from Syria in that same timeframe.last_img read more

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Fort Mead Community Job Fair

first_imgOn May 25 veterans, spouses and civilians are invited to a free job fair at Fort George G. Mead in Fort Mead, Md. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A free resume doctor will provide evaluations and preparation assistance. Fort George G. Mead is located at 6600 Mapes Road, Fort Meade, Md 20755. For more information, go to ftmeademwr.com.last_img

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Amazon Touts 34 Million Fire TV Users Topping Roku

first_imgHowever, the two companies announced an agreement last month, which will result in the launch of an official YouTube app as well as apps for YouTube TV and YouTube Kids to the platform in the coming months. Amazon’s Fire TV platform has more active users than Roku’s smart TV platform, the e-commerce giant claimed Wednesday. Across all of its devices, Fire TV now has 34 million monthly active users, according to Amazon.That’s about 5 million more that Roku, which ended Q1 of 2019 with 29.1 million monthly active accounts. The company also claimed that Fire TV remained the “#1 streaming media player family in the US, UK, Germany, India, and Japan.”Fire TV had been benefitting from its close integration with Amazon’s Prime Video service, as well as its Alexa voice assistant. Each and every Fire TV device now ships with a voice remote with direct access to Alexa, and the company also began exploring far-field voice control for TV with the Fire TV Cube.One sore spot for Fire TV users has been the integration of YouTube, which Amazon was forced to load with a TV-optimized browser after Google blocked a YouTube app on the device. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Rural Polls Mixed mandate in tea belt

first_imgAlipurduar: Voting was peaceful in the Dooars tea belt and several workers along with their families turned up at the booths to exercise their franchise. Observers said the brew belt would come up with a mixed mandate in the rural polls.Also, there was a steady response of voters on the closed tea estates of Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri districts.The observers said the mandate from the tea belt was likely to be a mixed one. “It is unlikely that one party will have a clean sweep over all seats in the tea belt. There are still unsolved issues like fixing of minimum wages and reopening of gardens which have been shut for over a decade or so,” an observer said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIn Alipurduar, both the BJP and Trinamul are eyeing the tea belt which has 10 zilla parishad seats. The total number of seats is 18.”Mandate of the tea population is very important for each political party. For the BJP, it is a challenge to retain its support base, while Trinamul wants to prove itself as the force to be reckoned within the area,” the observer said.Mohan Sharma, the chairman of the Trinamul Congress Cha Bagan Mazdoor Union, said: “Tea workers will be with us because we have reopened the closed gardens.”last_img read more

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Fashion picks for the season

first_imgIt’s time to look forward to statement sleeves, banker stripes and fashion picks from the 1980s this season, says an expert. Bhavya Chawla, Chief Stylist at Voonik, shares the trends that will make it big. Ruffles: Ruffles will be the trend of 2017. It gives a romantic vibe to your outfit. It is time to go for structured high-fashion ruffles with wearability. Belts: Another trend not to be missed are the belts that flatter your waist. It gives an extra edge to your outfit. Bralettes: Bralettes will be a summer favourite. It can be layered over and under your attire.Power shoulder: Puffed shoulder sleeves, or ballooning around the forearm, this trend is here to stay and give an arty vibe.Pretty florals: Florals have always been in fashion past few years. This time they are split into abstract and realistic prints and both are equally intriguing. Statement sleeves: Statement sleeves are going to be one of the biggest trends of 2017. While cold shoulders dominated the 2016, statement sleeve trend has been trickled down from them and the bohemian trend. Look out for poet’s sleeves, bishop’s sleeves, gigot sleeves, sleeves trimmed with fluttering fabric accents, or sleeves with cut-outs. Banker stripes: Inspired by Wall Street but tweaked and tinkered to work for this season, bankers stripes are storming this season. From horizontal to vertical to thick and thin lines, stripes are clearly going far beyond the classic navy and white nauticals.Fashion from 1980 era: The 1980’s trend came back with a bang. Trends like grunge, wild pants, acid wash, big hairdo, and all the flashy colours with extreme sparkles. They sure have a big influence on the coming spring season. White shirt dress: A new way to wear white is to go all white. Modest necklines and roomy sleeves are a must here. Flattering waistlines and high low hemlines add an oomph factor to the dress.last_img read more

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Ladysmith Gazette is now on store shelves so grab your copy ASAP

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The Ladysmith Gazette newspaper is out today, so you’d be wise to get your copy as soon as possible.Read our front-page story about a school gang fight that led to the brutal stabbing of a learner.We have plenty of hard news stories on page 2 and 3, including one about a prisoner who escaped from the Ezakheni Magistrate’s Court.If you are looking for a job or want to buy / sell items, then check out the vacancy and classifieds pages!Many of our stories are “PRINT ONLY”, so you have to purchase a copy of the Ladysmith Gazette to read these stories, as they will not appear online.Not forgetting our community articles, school news and sport.You can purchase your copy on the streets and at various shops around town; the newspaper is not hard to find!The cost of the Ladysmith Gazette is ONLY R5.30. So what are you waiting for? Go and grab your copy NOW!Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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China certainly has more choices of sourcing ap

first_img“[China] certainly has more choices of sourcing apples from different places in the world. Citrus, again, can be supplied just about year-round, depending on what market you’re coming from, and then table grapes will probably be into the mix sometime as well when they come in season from the U.S., because we also ship quite a few grapes over,” he said.”So I think cherries will be the good first test to see how the market reacts, how much of a loss there would be in terms of volume because of the tariffs, and then we can probably look at apples and other commodities coming behind it.”Looking ahead, Owen said that if the trade tensions continue to escalate, it would have an adverse impact on the U.S. produce industry. He said growers who have invested a lot of time and energy to grow products to sell in the Chinese market would be deterred as their products would be more expensive, while China may also diversify and look for more steady trading partners.”I think the overall message is that these are kind of in disruptive times, because we don’t know what is going to come next,” he said.”We can fully expect – based on what we’ve seen – for China to come back in some form or fashion to impose its next round of tariffs to equal our US$200 billion. “So where is the endgame? I’m not quite sure. I think it’s to try to get to the negotiating table to address some fundamental issues that the U.S. administration has in trade with China, most notably the trade deficit. But this is coming at the cost of a number of different industries, fresh produce being one of those.”Related stories: Which U.S. ag products could China soon hit with a 25% tariff?Chinese tariffs to stunt market development for premium U.S. apple varietiesChinese tariffs to put U.S. cherry export growth under strainwww.freshfruitportal.com Australian table grape season in China “outstandin … Apples and citrus will likely be hit harder than cherries by the tariffs China is implementing on a large range of U.S. agricultural products, according to a Produce Marketing Association (PMA) representative. Richard Owen, vice president of global membership and engagement, also said it was difficult to predict where the situation would eventually end up and what the effect will be on the fruit and vegetable industry.Last week China published a draft list of products it would soon hit with a 25% tariff, in response to U.S. duties. Both countries have announced tariffs on US$50 billion of goods, although – at least initially – the duties will only apply to US$34 billion of goods, effective July 6.The tit-for-tat trade war could escalate even further, with Trump on Monday threatening a 10% tariff on US$200 billion of Chinese goods in response to Beijing’s retaliation.China had already implemented a 15% tariff rate on a range of U.S. horticultural products on April 2 in retaliation for U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Owen said it was his understanding that the total tariff rate on exports would only be 25% from July 6 – as opposed to 40% – but there has been no official confirmation from China on this matter.Speaking with Fresh Fruit Portal, Owen said it was hard to know the how produce trade would be affected, but believed that what happens with cherries over the next couple of months would be revealing.”Cherries will be a very good test because they are already being shipped into China and we’ll be in the heart of cherry season from the U.S. in the next few weeks,” he said.”Cherries are fortunately considered a premium product in China, so the consumers are willing to pay more of a premium for those cherries versus what they might for other products that are considered more of a commodity or that have a longer shelf life once they’re in the country.”Owen added that the lack of competition U.S. cherries face in China was another reason why the market was likely to absorb the increased costs. He therefore expected the industry to continue with the cherry programs that are in place, but said a bigger question mark remained over other crops. June 21 , 2018 Huge increase in Chilean D’Agen plum exports to Ch … center_img You might also be interested in The U.S. says it will refuse conditions on tariff … Colombian Hass avocado industry scores market acce … last_img read more

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Palm Beach Florida – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgPalm Beach, Florida – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineAfter a decade-long endeavor, beachfront resort The Breakers Palm Beach is ready to re-introduce itself to the public, along with some incredible never-before-seen amenities.The Summer Value Abounds special is all about the extras; indulgent spa experiences and ocean-view fitness workouts are just one part of the package, along with access to some of Florida’s finest golf courses, dining, and shopping. Time your visit with the full moon to enjoy a Moonlight Massage, a one-of-a-kind spa treatment at the spa’s Oceanfront Sanctuary. Heavenly slumber in one of the newly redesigned rooms, following a five-year $80 million refresh, start at an exclusive rate of $289.Of the eleven on-site shops at the resort, two of new additions are making big retail waves: High-end resort footwear is available at Match, while Absolutely Suitable offers shoppers chic swimwear from coveted labels like Jean Paul Gaultier, Manuel Canovas and Maryan Mehlhorn.Elegant fashions aren’t only found in the shops, however; acclaimed designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka, of Badgely Mischka fame, are the two behind the resort’s Imperial Designer Sweet. The duo’s signature Old Hollywood aesthetic gives the suite the ideal atmosphere for a Palm Beach getaway.www.thebreakers.comlast_img read more

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