31 dead 100 others wounded in explosion in Suruc Turkey

Rabat – 31 people are confirmed dead, an increase from what was originally 27, and 100 others wounded in a blast on Monday in Suruc, Turkey, according to the country’s Interior Ministry.The ministry called the explosion a “terrorist attack”, and expects the death toll to rise.Pervin Buldan, a senior lawmaker from the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) party, stated that local officials were investigating the possibility that it was a suicide bombing. The blast occurred around 11:50 a.m. during a group gathering calling for help to rebuild the nearby town of Kobani, Syria.  The gathering took place outside the Amara Culture Center, before what was to be a planned trip to Kobani.Kobani was previously secured by Syrian Kurdish fighters last month after an assault by Islamic State militants.“Turkish and Kurdish youth had come to cross into Kobani, and there were three or four days of activities planned,” she told Reuters.#DEVELOPING: Blast hits #Kurdish cultural center in #Turkish town of #Suruç near #Syria ??http://t.co/wqgf0CBWGa pic.twitter.com/yZfvlh9O1b— i24news_EN (@i24news_EN) July 20, 2015A video posted on Facebook by one of the youth activists showed at least 20 people lying on the ground, and others trying to comfort the wounded.  Many were crying out for help. “Kids were screaming, everyone was screaming and running,” eyewitness Erhan Subasi told CNN. “Everyone was in a panic but trying to help.”?anl?urfa Suruç’ta patlama: Çok say?da ölü ve yaral? var! http://t.co/94E0RDPc17 pic.twitter.com/8ulc2DwXRw — STAR (@stargazete) July 20, 2015The ministry has called on the public to act “reasonably” and to unite against the attacks, saying that the attack “targeted our country’s unity and integrity.” read more

First Quantum swings to profit in Q4 major new mine begins processing

TORONTO — First Quantum Minerals Ltd. swung to a profit in the fourth quarter as it works to ramp up initial production at its big new copper mine in Panama.The Toronto-based copper miner, which reports in U.S. dollars, says adjusted net earnings came in at $198 million or 29 cents per share in the quarter ending Dec. 31, up from a loss of $115 million or 17 cents for the same quarter a year earlier.Analysts had expected earnings of $166.91 million or 20 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The company said it had record production of about 158,000 tonnes of copper for 2018 thanks largely to a 17 per cent increase in production at its Sentinel copper mine in Zambia.First Quantum and other miners have been grappling with proposed changes to the tax regime in the copper-rich nation, with talks ongoing.The company announced on Wednesday that it had started to process the first ore at its Cobre Panama plant, part of a major new mine at which it will be ramping up production through the year.   Companies in this story:(TSX:FM)The Canadian Press read more

Relief joy at UN refugee agency over release of colleague abducted in

“It is a very happy day,” António Guterres told hundreds of staff gathered in the Geneva headquarters of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) yesterday. “We were all ecstatic the day before yesterday when the news came and when finally – I must say, it was one of the best days of my life – I could speak to him late Saturday.”Mr. Solecki, the agency’s head of office in Balochistan’s provincial capital Quetta, was abducted in an attack on 2 February that also left another colleague, Syed Hashim, dead. Following a message from his abductors, the Baloch Liberation United Front, the 49-year-old Solecki was located on Saturday night in Khadkhutcha, some 50 kilometres south of Quetta. He was flown out of Pakistan on Sunday and is now undergoing medical examination before flying to the United States to see his family.Mr. Guterres said his Saturday night phone call with Mr. Solecki convinced him that he had endured his ordeal “with lots of courage and determination and that we can all be very proud of him. And I think the same can be said about his family.“I hope John will be able to join us soon, and it will be a great moment for all of us,” he added.At the same time, Mr. Guterres highlighted the increasing dangers faced by aid workers and called for respect for the humanitarian principles of impartiality, neutrality and independence.“It is important that in this moment of celebration we do not forget other colleagues in these dramatic circumstances,” he said. Just a couple of days ago, two international staff from the French non-governmental organization (NGO) Aide Medicale Internationale were kidnapped in Sudan’s Darfur region.“We need to make sure that these kinds of events do not go on multiplying in a way that is representing a major threat to the humanitarian community, narrowing our humanitarian space and a major concern for all of us,” said Mr. Guterres. 7 April 2009The United Nations refugee chief and his staff around the world have welcomed the safe release of colleague John Solecki, who was freed over the weekend in Pakistan after two months in captivity. read more

Passengers arrested at BIA with live plants

Two female passengers were arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this morning with live plants.The customs department said that the two women, who had arrived from Bangkok. did not have valid permits to bring the plants into Sri Lanka. Residents of Gampaha, the two women had in their possession 6 packages containing 540 plants, including fruit plants and ferns.The customs department valued the plants at approximately Rs. 134, 850.00. (Colombo Gazette)

Afghan officials killing shows world must stay engaged to keep peace Annan

“The assassination of Haji Qadir is a graphic reminder of the fragile situation in Afghanistan – less than a month after the successful conclusion of the Emergency Loya Jirga,” or grand council, a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement on the murder of Haji Abdul Qadir. “The Secretary-General urges the Afghan authorities to do everything in their power to conduct a thorough investigation to bring the perpetrators to justice.” The Secretary-General appealed to the Afghan authorities in Kabul as well as in the provinces to strengthen ongoing efforts towards the achievement of security and stability in the country.”Most importantly, the international community must remain fully engaged in the peace process to ensure that the Afghan people will not again be the victim of a senseless civil war,” the statement added.To this end, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Ambassador Lakhdar Brahimi, and the UN Assistance Mission (UNAMA) will continue to assist the Transitional Administration in the implementation of the Bonn Agreement and to support the Afghan people towards peace and reconstruction, according to the statement.Mr. Brahimi, meanwhile, also condemned the “heinous” assassination in a statement released in Kabul on Saturday. He called on the Transitional Administration “to undertake without delay an in-depth investigation that will throw full light on the circumstances of this murder and lead to the arrest of those responsible.”Both Mr. Annan and his envoy also extended the UN’s sympathy to the family of Haji Abdul Qadir and to the Transitional Administration and the people of Afghanistan. read more

Investigation launched after teenagers prizewinning hens stolen from their cages at agricultural

On the theft, she said: “When I went to go and check on the chickens I saw the prize ticket on the cage but the two hens were not there.”I thought initially that they had been moved but when I went to ask someone told me ‘I’m really sorry, they have been pinched’.”In the wake of the theft, she said she had been offered Dutch Bantam chicks and was given £30 from the show organisers.Mum Jane Davies, 44, said: “It’s taken away all her pleasure. She’s put a lot of work in, raising them from chicks.”She was going to take them to the Gillingham and Shaftesbury Agricultural Show, she’d already paid the entrance fee, but now she’s got nothing to show.Jane said she suspected the thief wished to breed from the prize-winning hens.”It seems like someone has just come in after the judging, possibly seen the rosettes on the cages and taken them.”She also said that her daughter’s prize hens were not the only animals stolen from the show that day.”Other things went missing that day, a horse and a sheep,” she said.”We’ve had a very poor response from the Bath and West show – we had to wait for hours after they were stolen to speak to anybody.”The chickens, although not rare, are from a sought-after breed which can fetch around £50 a hen.Ellie-May’s mother Jane said: “What sort of person goes along to the show to steal chickens from a young competitor?”We’re disappointed in who has done this and the show’s security.”She added: “I just hope those who took the chickens will feel guilty and bring them back – that would make my daughter’s day.”The chickens had been in separate cages among other livestock which had been judged in the pavilion.At the show, the hens won Any Variety (Bantam) Female class and the cockerel won the Any Variety (Bantam) Male class, both in the juvenile section.A spokesman for The Royal Bath and West Show said: “We are aware and very sad this has happened.”The area has security at night and has stewards during the day. The police were involved and an investigation is underway.”If anybody has any information that would lead to the recovery of these birds it would be greatly appreciated.” A teenage girl has been left devastated after her prize-winning chickens were stolen just minutes after scooping two top awards at an agricultural show.Police and the show organisers are now launching an investigation into the theft.The two Dutch Bantams were taken from their cages at The Royal Bath and West Show, shortly after being judged.Owner Ellie-May Davies discovered they had been stolen when finding their cages with rosettes attached, but no hens inside.Only the cockerel of the trio of bantams was spared by the thieves.The set of chickens has previously won awards at shows in Taunton and Dawlish.Ellie-May, aged 13, from Castle Cary, Somerset said: “It was upsetting because I had spent so long raising the chickens and they have done so well in shows for me.”I had planned to go to Gillingham and Shaftesbury Agricultural Show with them this year, but that won’t happen now.” chicken 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. read more

Guyana got peanuts for oil as ExxonMobil gains more – Jagdeo

Video of exxon’s operations …says APNU/AFC ‘signed away the Guyana’s patrimony’ … PPP FLAYS GOV’T FOR POORLY RENEGOTIATED EXXON CONTRACT BY MICHAEL YOUNGE Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo today flayed the government for the less than favourable terms it negotiated on Guyana’s behalf in the ExxonMobil oil contract.Jagdeo, flanked by senior PPP Members and Parliamentarians, made it clear that despite Guyana holding all the cards when it sat down at negotiations table, the end product was a contract heavily favouring ExxonMobil.He reminded the Government that it was his party that welcomed ExxonMobil’s investment by creative an attractive and competitive framework for doing business in Guyana. Jagdeo did not attack the oil company as he noted it was Government’s duty to properly negotiate with the company which no doubt had its eyes on profit maximization and cost reduction.“When Janet Jagan entered that contract or signed that contract that was the situation. As a country, we were desperate to get investors to come into Guyana to explore for oil and gas…So the 1999 contract has to be seen in that light…Jump to 2016 when this contact was renegotiated…and at that time the Minister knew that we had 3.2B barrels of recoverable oil and that the exploration offshore was yielding positive results…so it is a very very different situation now…you have more cards to play with”, he remarked. some of the persons present at the public disclosure eventAccording to Jagdeo, the negotiating power shifted in Guyana’s favour and as such, a more favourable contract for the country could have been garnered.“So what did we get from the contract additionally? The DPI has been touting 240, 000 that the rental has moved to a million US dollars…that the 45, 000 training bonus has moved to $300, 000…that the royalty has moved from 1 to 2 per cent and that the $300, 000 per annum will be spent on environmental issues”, Jagdeo advised. Jagdeo pointed out that ExxonMobil received an extension; a favourable clause for the company to retain its terms and relinquish blocks.“Now if we add all of those up together and you compare the now 3.2B barrels multiply by $50US you will see its peanuts (but) what we are told by the DPI which says it is a positive renegotiation. ExxonMobil…got a 10 years extension…secondly today we have seen a columnist in the Stabroek News write about the stability clauses, there seems to be some major amendments to that clause that works in favour of ExxonMobil that relates to future taxation…It seems as though the (relinquishment clauses) percentages have been removed from the last contract that was enshrined in the 1999 agreement…it seems as though ExxonMobil will be able to hold on to more areas longer”, he reasoned.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoHe observed that Exxon also received a commitment for it to use Natural Gas. According to Jagdeo, there are considerations before such a commitment can be given.“From the first meeting I had with ExxonMobil, I said when are going to supply domestic gas…Have you done a feasible study about gas? What is the incremental benefit to the country of pumping gas back into these wells? How would it impact recovery of oil versus using the same gas…all of it onshore for other value added activity for domestic and foreign use. Until, today that question has still not been answered…They gave away the patrimony of our country”, he noted.Jagdeo admitted that, “We will have to live with this contract for many years…no mediocre Minister can sign away the patrimony of our country just like that…no mediocre Minister can do that.”The contract was released on Thursday, after incessant public pressure. While it contains provisions for local content, there are a number of concessions.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman has said that a decision was taken to make Exxon a long term partner rather than court other companies.It remains to be seen how the contract will be received by civil society and the people. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRenegotiating ExxonMobil oil contract may be difficult – Jagdeo assertsJanuary 2, 2018In “Business”Jagdeo demands full disclosure on Exxon contractJune 2, 2017In “latest news”Motion to renegotiate oil contract would be supported by Opposition, says JagdeoFebruary 15, 2018In “latest news” Video from the morning press conference with exxon and gov’t on Thursday Video saved in December 29/footage/ppp year end presserClip saved as 00087Person speaking- Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo Video saved in December 29/footage/ppp year end presserClip saved as 00087Person speaking- Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo VideoAudio Video saved in December 29/footage/ppp year end presserClip saved as 00088Person speaking- Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo Video saved in December 29/footage/ppp year end presserClip saved as 00087Person speaking- Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo Video from presser For the evening news, I am Jarryl Bryan. 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It literally rained rocks in Italy and heres a video

first_imgSource: TuriBSidesTHERE’S RAIN. AND then there’s rain made of pieces of black stone.Following the eruption of Mount Etna last week, a large cloud of airborne volcanic ash travelled for miles before reaching the tip of Sicily and Calabria (the ‘toe’ of Italy’s boot).There, it fell to the ground – forming a ‘rain’ made of fragments of black stone.This video taken by Turi Scandurra shows residents using umbrellas to keep themselves stone-free, and the size of the stones raining down. OUCH.via dailypicksandflicksMore: Mount Etna volcano in Sicily erupts>Mount Etna flash eruption lights up Sicilian sky>last_img

Chrome 23 Beta adds more media muscle

first_imgGoogle has been steadily building out WebRTC functionality in Chrome ever since it first surfaced in the Developer Channel in January. Just this week Chrome 23 graduated to the Beta Channel, bringing with it even more features that integrate with the open source multimedia communication standard.Two new APIs —  PeerConnection and MediaSource — are ready for developer use. MediaSource gives developers a way to dynamically adapt video playback in their web apps to compensate for changing computer and network performance. It’s designed to prevent bothersome buffering and falls back to reduced quality rather than losing a feed altogether. Google’s posted a slick demonstration over on the WebM projcet site that lets you keep tabs on network performance as you watch a video clip from Sintel, another one of the Blender Foundation’s open animation projects.PeerConnection is designed to make it easier for developers to create audio and video chat apps on the web, and it’s closely tied to the getUserMedia API which recently added plug-in free access to a user’s webcam.Another addition to the new Chrome Beta is support for the track element. Track gives developers a simple method for adding all kinds of supplementary text to an HTML5 video, from subtitles and captions to dynamically-generated location information. If you’re lucky enough to hit this demo site when there’s bandwidth available, you can see track in action as it’s used to display Google Maps metadata over the video feed from a bike ride.All these multimedia features are lining up to make Chrome the go-to choice for smooth, standards-based video experiences on the Web… but since they’re all open source, it’s a safe bet that other browsers that have chosen to support WebRTC (like Firefox and Opera) will reap the benefits, too.More at The Chromium Bloglast_img read more

Sony set to get Harbinger cinematic universe

first_imgMarvel has one. Warner Bros. has one. Universal is working on one. Sony has been trying to get one off the ground for years, but may be trying again with the help of Valiant Comics.Sony is allegedly moving forward with a plan to bring the Harbinger and Bloodshot comics to the big screen. Sony has renewed the option on the Harbinger series and characters for six figures, with plans to adapt both series into a five-film franchise. But it’s not just planning to maybe discuss a franchise in the future. Rather, the studio is moving forward quickly, with plans to get the first film out by late 2017 or early 2018.The first two films are said to focus on Peter Stanchek, a teenager who has powerful telekinesis (better known as a psionic in the series), and Bloodshot, a man brought back from the dead with the help of nanites, which make him a killing machine.Both stories coincide in the universe thanks to the Harbinger Foundation, an organization led by Toyo Harada that recruits powerful recruits–or “harbingers”–to help him conquer the human race. Stanchek is originally a member, but turns against Harada, along with a team of resistance fighters. There will also be focus on some of the side characters, including Faith, who got her own comic book series this year.The deal was originally announced back in 2015 by Valiant, which said the series would be based around the two comics with a culmination into a crossover Harbinger Wars film. That was the series’ major crossover event back in 2013. The screenplay of Harbinger Wars was being written by Jeff Wadlow (from Kick Ass 2), and Eric Heisserer (who’s behind Lights Out and Arrival). There are currently no directors attached and most other details are being kept under wraps.For some, the introduction of yet another superhero or comic book adaptation can seem unnecessary, especially considering the so-called “superhero fatigue” that seems to be plaguing Hollywood and critics lately. However, Valiant’s works are different enough from its peers in Marvel and DC that it could add some interesting new blood, especially for people unfamiliar with the Harbinger series or any of Valiant’s comics.We have reached out to Valiant and Sony for comment and will update if we hear back.last_img read more

Marvel actress Elizabeth Olsen gets engaged to Milo Greene frontman Robbie Arnett

first_imgMarvel’s Wanda is all set to tie the knot! Actress Elizabeth Olsen, who has been dating Milo Greene frontman Robbie Arnett for three years, is now engaged to him.The first time that the two made an appearance as a couple was back in September 2017 when they attended the Gersh pre-Emmys party and were photographed together. However, that was one of the few moments when they stepped out at the red carpet together.Olsen has been extremely guarded about her personal life, but the engagement does not come as a surprise to many. The two have been seen together on numerous occasions. Not to mention how they even took some time off of New York City to go on a vacation in Mexico.Before Robbie, the actress was linked to Narcos actor Boyd Holbrook. In fact, they also got engaged after dating for about three years. However, they called off the engagement later. Elizabeth Olsen and Robbie ArnettTwitterIt is not the only Olsen who has been making headlines for taking the next step in a relationship. Sister Ashley Olsen was also seen donning a ring as she stepped out with her boyfriend Louis Eisner.The couple was spotted in Pacific Palisades, California, and set the rumour mills abuzz with possible news of being engaged. Although they have not confirmed the reports yet, we know for sure that one Olsen sister will be tying the knot soon! Elizabeth Olsen and Robbie ArnettTwitterOn a professional front, Elizabeth Olsen will be seen in the fourth phase of MCU films as she will star in WandaVision, a venture of Disney+ and in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Directed by Scott Derrickson, the film will bring back MCU’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange, Benedict Cumberbatch. He will be donning his Cloak of Levitation again and will reunite with his Avengers: Endgame co-star.last_img read more

Sports Streamer DAZN Sets MotoGP Series as It Expands Originals EXCLUSIVE

first_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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 As the generalist streamers dive deeper into sports programming, specialist sports player DAZN is growing its lineup of originals alongside its coverage of live events. Next up is “In Our Blood,” a three-part series about three generations of iconic Spanish MotoGP riders: Alex Criville, Jorge Lorenzo, and Marc Marquez.Former BT, ESPN, and Sky programming exec Grant Best is leading the originals charge as senior vice president of original programming and content development. The one-offs and series are being designed to sit alongside and bolster DAZN’s staple fare of live sports, he told Variety.Best, who also produced the BAFTA-winning “Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad,” said that the plan is to look at various types of sports-themed programming. “If you can complement great live sport with original content, it can help massively,” he said. “We would like to make content with a twist.” Best added that DAZN is focusing on “the culture of sports in the territories we are in.” Accordingly, “In Our Blood” will launch in Spain at the same time that the streaming service does. The show will be DAZN’s third original after the one-off documentary “Being Mario Götze,” about the eponymous German soccer star, and the three-part boxing documentary series “Canelo vs. Rocky.” The future lineup includes local-language shows about star athletes.“In Our Blood” is made in association with Spanish shingle Minded Factory and devotes an episode to each of the three Spanish riders. The first installment was filmed in Seva, Spain, and brings Alex Criville back to the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit where he became the 1999 MotoGP Championship.The Marc Marquez episode is filmed at his bike shop in Cervera, Spain, and recounts the story of the rider who became a five-time MotoGP Champion at the age of 25. Jorge Lorenzo is filmed at home in Lugano, Switzerland, as he opens up on his life and the 2010 season, when he won the MotoGP Championship against Marquez.“MotoGP success and Spain are synonymous,” said Veronica Diquattro, DAZN’s EVP of revenue, southern Europe. “We’re thrilled to release ‘In Our Blood’ celebrating this rich MotoGP history as our new sport streaming service launches in Spain with exclusive rights to every moment of MotoGP.”DAZN will be in nine countries by mid-2019 and aims to be in 20 countries by 2020, Veronica Diquattro, EVP, DAZN, Southern Europe, declared Thursday Feb. 27 at DAZN’s official launch in Spain, its eighth territory.For Spain, it has snagged all exclusive rights – free-to-air as well as OTT – to MotoGP, whose season kicks off in Qatar over March 8-10, plus English Premier League and EuroLeague basketball rights from the 2019-20 seasons.Diquattro also announced in Madrid on Thursday that Brazilian soccer icon Neymar had signed on as a DAZN global ambassador and ex-Chelsea, Real Madrid and Man U. manager José Mourinho as a commentator.The streamer will also see an upcoming launch in Brazil. It started out in 2016 with rollouts in Austria, Germany, Japan and Switzerland. It added Canada and Italy in 2017 and the U.S. in 2018.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

Gottlieb looks at potential LeBron landing spots and previews the NBA Draft

first_imgGuests:Brad Stevens – Boston Celtics Head Coach on his team’s unexpected playoff run without Kyrie Irving, why the focus on him makes him uncomfortable, and his expectations for next year with Irving and Gordon Hayward returning. Episode 10Gottlieb looks at LeBron’s free agency options, the pros and cons of joining the Rockets, Lakers and Spurs, and why the Knicks and Celtics are interesting darkhorses.Doug also breaks down the NBA Finals, why it’s been more competitive than history will remember, and gives some early NBA Draft impressions. Advertisementlast_img

KPop star Jo Kwon slams homophobic trolls after photo with gay chef

first_img‘There are people who look this way, that way, with this kind of personality and that personality, this kind of preference and that kind of preference. They all deserve to be loved. I hope you learn to respect others first.’‘Don’t change my feed full of rainbows to dark clouds’But Kwon was very riled up by the homophobic response to his photo and returned to social media a few days later because he had more to say.‘Stop discriminating. Someone can also hate and discriminate against you. We can’t satisfy everyone in the world but there is a basic line,’ he wrote.‘Don’t change my feed full of rainbows to dark clouds.’Kwon said he didn’t like to react to social media trolls but the hateful comments were too much to ignore. He complained that people even went to the effort to send him private messages to express their homophobia.‘I usually just ignore it and let it slide. They say social media is a waste. I also agree. But in order to communicate, I use my public account without ‘harming’ others,’ Kwon wrote.‘Everyone has the right to be loved. If these people never harmed you in any way then please give love and live a beautiful life.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Hong Suk Chun (L) and Jo Kwon. | Photo: Instagram/@tonyhong1004 Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/k-pop-star-jo-kwon-slams-homophobic-trolls-after-photo-with-gay-chef/ Jo Kwon who was the former leader of South Korean pop group, 2AM, posed for a selfie with chef Hong Suk Chun. Hong then posted the photo to Instagram.Hong is a well-known South Korean chef and considered to be one of the country’s most famous gay celebrities.Kwon posted a selfie with Hong at one of the chef’s many restaurants.‘So delicious. And so amazing. He’s just the best,’ Kwon said about Hong.But then trolls flooded Kwon’s social media post with homophobic comments and Kwon was having none of it.‘Did I harm your life in any way? Celebrities are humans too. I hope you become a person with a broader perspective of the world,’ he responded on Instagram. GAYSTARNEWS-center_img One of K-Pop’s most famous stars has hit out at social media trolls who criticized him for taking a selfie with a gay celebrity. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

Legislative Assembly approves new traffic fines

first_imgTheLegislative Assembly approved a bill to amend Costa Rica’s Traffic Law, mostly to include new fines, in a second and final round of debate yesterday.One of the most important changes approved Tuesday evening is a ₡51,316 ($89) fine for parking offenses that Traffic Police officers will issue even if the driver is not present. That fine had been challenged before the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, forcing Traffic Police officers to wait for the driver to return before issuing a ticket.The approved legislation states that officers can issue the ticket to the owner of the vehicle using the license plate number. The fine will be bundled along with the mandatory circulation permit, or marchamo, that motorists pay every year.Other finesNew fines of ₡306,850 ($533) will apply for drivers who refuse to take a breathalyzer test, and for owners of vehicles causing noise above the allowed decibel (dB) limit. The law lists a series of maximum noise limits, including 90 dB for cars, 92 dB for small cargo vehicles and small buses, 94 dB for buses, 96 dB for heavy-duty vehicles, 94 dB for motorcycles up to 250 cc and 96 dB for motorcycles over 250 cc.Vehicles whose emissions of polluting gases exceed the limits established in the technical vehicle inspection (Riteve) will also have to pay that same fine.Motorists caught without a driver’s license; without the appropriate category of license; with a temporary permit, but not accompanied by a licensed driver; or exceeding the permitted number of passengers will pay a fine of ₡103,679 ($180). The same fine applies to drivers of cargo vehicles that obstruct the road’s visibility, or that spill part of their cargo on the road, endangering other vehicles.Fines of ₡51,316 will apply for the more conventional offenses of as disrespecting a traffic signal or the orders from a Traffic Police officer. The same fine applies to taxi, bus or other public service drivers working outside their authorized areas or without a valid public transport permit.Traffic Police officials will confiscate the license plates of vehicles circulating without the mandatory circulation permits or insurance, obstructing public roads, sidewalks, pedestrian and bicycle lanes, or parked in unauthorized zones.The full list of new fines and offenses will take effect as soon as President Luis Guillermo Solís signs it into law and it is published in the official newspaper La Gaceta. Facebook Comments Related posts:Lower traffic fines to take effect starting next month Traffic Police launches surveillance operation for mid-year school vacations Pedestrian fatalities in Costa Rica currently outnumber drunk driving deaths No vehicle restriction in San José during Easter Holy Weeklast_img read more

Jewish violinist finishes fathers piece that Nazis broke up

first_img RAANANA, Israel (AP) — In 1933, the promising young Jewish-German violinist Ernest Drucker left the stage midway through a Brahms concerto in Cologne at the behest of Nazi officials, in one of the first anti-Semitic acts of the new regime.Now, more than 80 years later, his son, Grammy Award-winning American violinist Eugene Drucker, has completed his father’s interrupted work. With tears in his eyes, Drucker performed an emotional rendition of the Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77, over the weekend with the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra. “I think he would feel a sense of completion. I think in some ways many aspects of my career served that purpose for him,” the 63-year-old Drucker said of his father, who passed away in 1993. “There is all this emotional energy and intensity loaded into my associations to this piece.”Thursday’s concert, and a second performance Sunday night, commemorated the Judischer Kulturbund — a federation of Jewish musicians in Nazi Germany who were segregated so as not to “sully” Aryan culture.After the humiliation in Cologne, the elder Drucker became a central player in the Kulturbund, a unique historical phenomenon with a mixed legacy.On one hand, it gave Jews the opportunity to carry on with their cultural lives and maintain a sense — some would say the illusion — of normalcy in the midst of growing discrimination against them. On the other, it served a Nazi propaganda machine eager to portray a moderate face to the world. It was a prototype for the “Judenrat” system in which relatively privileged Jews naively operated under Nazi auspices all the way down the road to destruction.Long before the Nazis placed Jews in ghettos and gassed them to death in concentration camps, they were mostly preoccupied with “purifying” German institutions with racist laws and street justice. Jews were fired from their government jobs, excluded from almost all organizations and public events and harassed into emigrating. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home “This showed the writing on the wall. The bells were ringing at full volume,” said Fogel-Shafran, who traces her own family history in Germany back several generations. “But the German Jews didn’t want to believe it.”Drucker fled Germany in 1938 and moved to the U.S., where his son was born. The younger Drucker said the incident in Cologne was a “dramatic experience” for his father that stayed with him for years. “Music was practically everything to my father,” he said.Drucker, a founding member of the nine-time Grammy winning Emerson String Quartette, said he was not willing to criticize those who clung to their German culture in those difficult times.“It may have lulled some people there into thinking that they had more security existentially than they really had,” he said. “But it was an organization that kept the Jews culturally alive through the 1930s when they were increasingly segregated and kept out of most areas of personal fulfillment in the Third Reich.”Thursday’s performance in the central Israeli city of Raanana was preceded by a panel discussing just such dilemmas, as well as a musical rendition of the Jewish prayer Kol Nidre, with archival black-and-white footage of the Kulturbund showing in the background along with its logo of a flame inside a Jewish Star of David. Sponsored Stories In this photo taken Wednesday, May 27, 2015, Grammy Award-winning American violinist Eugene Drucker, plays his violin during a rehearsal concert at the Music Hall in Raanana, central Israel. In 1933, the violinist Ernest Drucker left the stage midway through a Brahms concerto in Cologne at the behest of Nazi officials, in one of the first anti-Semitic acts of the new regime. Now, more than 80 years later, his son, Eugene, has completed his father’s interrupted work. With tears in his eyes, Drucker performed an emotional rendition of the Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77, over the weekend with the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty) For the largely assimilated German Jews, who had a deep connection to the country’s culture and history, the Kulturbund offered a much-needed creative outlet as their world was crumbling.“They wanted to show the Germans why it was important to preserve us and why we were better than they thought we were. There was this delusional sense that this may alter their fate,” said Orit Fogel-Shafran, general manager of the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra. “This was their mistake. They thought this gave them some sort of immunity.”Initially, the Nazi culture ministry granted the Kulturbund relative freedom, so long as its performers and audiences were exclusively Jewish.At its height, thousands of musicians, theater actors and other performers took part, including some of Germany’s most notable artists, at dozens of venues across the country. As the years progressed, however, and the Nazi ideology took deeper root, greater restrictions were imposed until eventually they could only perform Jewish works, with Bach and Beethoven off-limits.The Kulturbund was reduced significantly after the pogroms of Kristallnacht in 1938 — when Nazi-incited riots marked the start of the campaign to destroy European Jewry. Musicians went underground or fled, like Drucker’s father, who went to America. How men can have a healthy 2019 New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   Many found their way to the Holy Land where they helped establish what would later become the world-renowned Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Most of those who stayed until the end in 1941 were sent to concentration camps.Hillel Zori, a cellist and artistic director of the Raanana symphonette who initiated the event after much research, said he had mixed feelings. By organizing themselves, he says the Jews offered the Nazis a blueprint for “unwitting self-destruction.” Still, he said he was in awe of the way they preserved their humanistic values through Germany’s descent into genocide.“They felt ‘we are preserving our culture. We belong to the German culture,’” he said.In many ways, Ernest Drucker’s experience was a watershed moment that made the Kulturbund necessary. As a top student at the Cologne conservatory of music, he was scheduled to play the entire Brahms concerto at his graduation ceremony in the summer of 1933.Shortly before the event, he noticed his name had been crossed off the program. His teacher threatened to resign if Drucker’s name was not reinstated, and a compromise was reached with the school’s newly installed Nazi administrators whereby Drucker could perform the first movement only before being replaced by a non-Jew. Drucker played in front of rows of Nazi Stormtroopers before being whisked offstage and ultimately into the refuge of the Kulturbund. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Drucker said he didn’t know if it was “my place to correct a history wrong.” But backstage, after the performance, he was clearly moved.“As a musician I feel like the circle is never completely closed,” he said. “But I was standing there at one point … and I really did start to think about my father.”____Follow Aron Heller on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aronhellerapCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Nyongo Blunt sparkle at Christian Dior couture garden show

first_img Comments   Share   How men can have a healthy 2019 A model wears a creation for Christian Dior’s fall-winter 2015/2016 Haute Couture fashion collection presented in Paris, France, Monday, July 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) “It’s really cool,” the actress said, looking around in amazement from her spot next to U.S. Vogue Editor Anna Wintour. “It’s so incredible. I think I need to take a moment!”Emily Blunt — in a simple, white knee-length Dior gown — was equally amazed.“This is just extraordinary. This is kind of why I would walk from London to Paris to see this show. I’m so excited,” she said.The only thing she regretted about her trip was a lack of sufficient planning for France’s soaring temperatures, which have recently hit 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit).“I mean, I fry like an egg,” she said. “So I’m feeling like I should have put on more sunscreen. Or a higher factor.”Dior’s sweltering conservatory decor may well have contributed to the over-heating.___DIOR TIME MACHINEIn a surreal garden setting, Dior designer Raf Simons wove his creative needle in and out through different centuries. That produced an imaginative time-travel of a couture show, which riffed on the styles of the Flemish Masters, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.The large fruit props on the runway conjured up scenes from historic still-life oil paintings. Top Stories In an impressive recreated theater, Guyon’s models harked from another era. Fastidiously embellished ’30s Orientalist satin jackets had softly square shoulders. Silk “jabot” collars and voluminous “Duster” coats wafted by with exaggerated pockets, alongside bejeweled eye, star and key lock decorations.Guyon even referenced the mania for Grecian looks in Schiaparelli’s heyday in a couple of diaphanous column dresses with flashes of gold.Not all the theatrical exuberance worked, especially one overly clashing multicolored mink coat. But Guyon is certainly moving the house in a welcome, more coherent direction since the departure last year of designer Marco Zanini.___GIAMBATTISTA VALLI IS A COUTURE ARTISTItalian designer Valli made a deft play with shape in his highly feminine, highly organic collection, which showed rare artistry.The devil was in the detail.Dropped hemlines sported upside-down tutu silhouettes in monochrome tulle, and, elsewhere, a plain black dress was given a fashion-forward boost with a billowing black feather section that shot out vertically down, out of the skirt.Swirling organic decorations in embroidered coats merged visually with beautiful 20-centimeter (8-inch) tear-drop-shaped earrings that defined many of the show’s best looks. ___Thomas Adamson can be followed at http://Twitter.com/ThomasAdamsonAPCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories PARIS (AP) — Celebrities such as Lupita Nyong’o and Emily Blunt sparkled in the heat at Christian Dior’s vivid couture show, hosted in a timeless conservatory in Paris.It was the highlight of Monday’s fall-winter 2015-16 Paris Couture Week shows, which also included Giambattista Valli, Ralph & Russo, and Schiaparelli.___DIOR CELEBRITIES HOLD COURTLupita Nyong’o looked ravishing in a short, cherry red Dior couture dress Monday, and was at a loss for words on entering Christian Dior’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights” show set inside the Rodin Museum. Guests ventured with trepidation on entering the huge, abstract painted conservatory garden that featured myriad multicolored panels — and some even tripped on the giant colored fruit scattered around the floor. Valli has a delicate touch. In some of the 48-piece-show’s more feminine gowns, embroidered flowers in orange and pale purple graced the bust and hips of full organza skirts, as if the wind had just blown them from a nearby tree or bush.___RALPH & RUSSO DON’T DO THINGS BY HALFEven before their first on-calendar couture show in Paris last year, Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo already boasted celebrity clients, including Angelina Jolie and Beyonce.Now, just two seasons in, the Ralph & Russo collection has been moved into a highly prized, visible slot just after Dior, right in the middle of the couture week calendar.It’s quite a coup — and shows how the up-and-coming British house certainly doesn’t do things by half.Designer Ralph also works creatively by this philosophy, as showcased by Monday’s no-holds-barred glamor.Split dresses, Balkan-style embroideries, huge satin trains, a traffic-stopping gold bustier gown with exaggerated floor-sweeping panels in the skirt, a pink pearl feathered cape — and one coat-dress that was so embellished, it looked like an ornate lace curtain.While there seemed to be no common theme linking the varied looks — it all made for real couture drama. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Long diaphanous column silhouettes in chiffon, like medieval undergarments, floated by elegantly alongside gowns with high-cinched waists and wide, billowing sleeves that mirrored the old Flemish styles. Some bejeweled net gilets were worn on the torso, evoking chainmail in a beautiful touch.The sense of chic time-travel was further heightened with delicate dots and patterns on the fabrics — designs that evoked the French Impressionists and the technique of Pointillism associated with artists like Georges Seurat.The coats were the highest point of this strong collection, with one standout: a flame-red coat with beautifully large tubular cuffs.___ELSA SCHIAPARELLI’S THEATRICAL DELIGHTS Celebrity guests including Meg Ryan were swept away to the glamour of 1930s theatre life at Bertrand Guyon’s debut collection for Schiaparelli.And what better a setting than to start exploring the theatricality of the great couturier Elsa? Famed for inventing shocking pink and having collaborations with Surrealists like Salvador Dali, Coco Chanel’s hated rival Schiaparelli was one of the greatest and most colorful Parisian designers of the ’20s and ’30s. The house was recently revived. 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Auctioncom Appoints Chief Product and Technology Officer

first_img Share Auction.com Appoints Chief Product and Technology Officer February 25, 2019 759 Views in Headlines, News, REO, Technologycenter_img appointment Auction.com Foreclosure HOUSING jason Allnut property Ravi Singh REO technology 2019-02-25 Radhika Ojha California-headquartered Auction.com, a real estate marketplace for distressed asset disposition, has announced the appointment of technology innovator Ravi Singh as Chief Product and Technology Officer. In this role, Singh will oversee Auction.com’s combined product, technology, and engineering functions, while expanding the company’s suite of technology products. He will report to Jason Allnut, CEO, Auction.com.“Ravi’s proven leadership aligns perfectly with Auction.com’s focus on growth and innovation,” Allnutt said. “I look forward to supporting Ravi as he continues advancing Auction’s technological capabilities and evolving our next generation of disruptive technologies such as Auction Interact™. This suite of interactive products– including Portfolio Interact™ for sellers and Foreclosure Interact™ mobile app for buyers–will fully digitize the REO and courthouse experiences, enabling a seamless, transparent and real-time transaction.”Most recently, as Executive Director of Demco, Singh led the software division where he structured a merger of two companies and created a new platform that has become the foundation for its product infrastructure. Prior to that as SVP of Technology at Tillster, Singh was instrumental in building and executing the vision of an omnichannel e-commerce solution for clients like Burger King, Yum Brands, and Baskin Robbins among others in multiple countries. As VP, Engineering and Product Development at MediaShift, Singh drove product development and strategy.“Auction.com’s technology – complemented by its world-class marketing, precise operational execution, and a relentless focus on clients and growth – is how it has grown to be the real estate disposition leader,” Singh said. “My focus will be to partner with our internal teams and continue strengthening our technology infrastructure and delivering cutting-edge solutions for our clients and customers.”In 2005, Singh founded NaviVision and built a semantic search and product matching engine that analyzed products across multiple channels and aggregated like products for analytics and business intelligence. NaviVision had a successful exit in 2010.last_img read more

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