GLSEN Respect Awards To Honor Harvey Weinstein

first_imgThe GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles will take place at the Beverly Hills Hotel this week.The GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles is an annual gala to recognize the exceptional efforts of individual and corporate leaders who have made a significant difference to ensure schools are safe for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students and their allies.Five awards will be presented onstage in order of presentation to: Bob and Harvey Weinstein (Chairman’s Award); Adam Fitzgerald and Blake Drummond (Special Recognition); Simon Halls and Matt Bomer (Inspiration Award); Luis Veloz (Student Advocate of the Year); and Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg (Lifetime Achievement Award). A complete list of bios can be found at: www.glsen.org.Guests include: Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning actor Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory); Oscar Award winning actress Octavia Spencer (The Help); Oscar nominated actress Amy Adams (The Master); Tony Award winning actress Ellen Barkin (The New Normal); Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning actress Kyra Sedgwick (The Possession); filmmaker Brett Ratner (Tower Heist); Tim DeKay (White Collar); Tiffani Thiessen (White Collar); Willie Garson (White Collar); Jonathan Del Arco (Major Crimes); Jeri Ryan (Body of Proof); Brittany Ishibashi (Political Animals); Greg Rikaart (The Young and the Restless); Clementine Ford (The Young and the Restless); Rami Malek (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2); and GLSEN Executive Director Dr. Eliza Byard. More names to be announced.WHEN: Friday, October 5, 2012 5:15pm Media Check-in6:00pm Arrivals & Cocktail Reception7:30pm Awards CeremonyWHERE: Beverly Hills Hotel: 9641 Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90210The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community. For information on GLSEN’s research, educational resources, public policy advocacy, student organizing programs and educator training initiatives, visit www.glsen.org.last_img read more

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Key Algonquin chief wants tighter rules on who can be part of

first_img(Algonquins of Ontario claim map)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe chief of the Algonquin band at the centre of a massive Ontario land claim says he’d like to see the eligibility criteria for membership tightened as another report surfaced this week questioning the Indigenous heritage of over a third of individuals on the list for an upcoming vote on the modern day treaty covering a large swath of the province, including the city of Ottawa.Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation Chief Kirby Whiteduck said many in his community have expressed concerns about the current eligibility criteria to become part of the Algonquins of Ontario (AOO) modern day treaty process. Kirby said he has expressed these misgivings internally and with the negotiators for Ontario and the federal government.“If we do continue this discussion, I think Pikwakanagan is going to be drawing attention to the criteria because Pikwakanagan members are expressing concerns and questions about it,” said Whiteduck, in an interview Friday.A tighter AOO eligibility criteria could mean some on the list to vote next week to approve an interim step along the modern day treaty process, also known as a comprehensive claim, may not qualify to become beneficiaries by the time a final agreement is signed.A report released Thursday by an Algonquin organization based in Quebec claimed to show that over one-third of the individuals on the AOO voters list haven’t had an Indigenous ancestor in their family tree for up to 300 years.The report, released Thursday, was produced by the Algonquin Nation Secretariat (ANS) which represents three Algonquin First Nation in Quebec. Two of the member Algonquin bands have overlapping claims with the AOO claim.The ANS report surfaced as opposition to the AOO has grown within Pikwakanagan ahead of a vote to approve or reject the proposed treaty’s agreement-in-principle (AIP). Voting is scheduled to begin Feb. 29 and run to March 7.Click here for more coverage of Algonquins of Ontario modern day treaty.Opponents from Pikwakanagan First Nation—the only Algonquin First Nation band involved in the vote—plan to hold a protest Sunday.The AOO claim covers about 3.6 million hectares stretching from Algonquin Park east to Hawkesbury, Ont., including Ottawa, and down into territory near Kingston, Ont.  If finalized, the deal would see $300 million in capital funding and 47,550 hectares of Ontario Crown land transferred to the AOO.There are a total of 10 communities that make up part of the AOO claim, but only Pikwakanagan is a recognized band under the Indian Act. The other nine are recognized as Algonquin communities only within the framework of the AOO treaty talks.The ANS report analyzed the ancestry of the 7,714 individuals on the AOO voters list. Of the total, only 663 on the list are from Pikwakanagan itself, the report said. The rest, 7,051, qualified to be on the list as a result of having a “root ancestor” connected to the signatories of petition letters sent by area Algonquins in the 1770s to the Crown seeking reserve lands in what is now known as Ontario.“It…appears that the ‘Algonquins’ who are relying on these root ancestors have had no intermarriage with anyone of Algonquin or Nipissing ancestry for at least 200 and, in some cases, more than 300 years,” said the report, written by Peter Di Gangi and Alison McBride for the ANS.The report concluded that  3,016 individuals on the AOO list, about 39 per cent, fall within this category.“This is our assessment based on the information we had available,” said Di Gangi, director of policy and research for the ANS. “If anyone has information that sheds further light on this that clarifies this, I would love to see it.”The analysis looked at 10 of the root ancestors used by those on the AOO voters list to qualify as potential beneficiaries of the eventual treaty. These root ancestors had origins dating to the 1600s or 1700s, the report said. In the majority of the cases the descendants of these ancestors were French-Canadian over the subsequent 10 to 15 generations which represents as time span of about 300 years, according to the report.The AOO is disputing the ANS report, calling it flawed.“It is unfortunate that this report was released without any effort having been made to seek input from the AOO who compiled the data that was accessed just to see whether the conclusions and the facts upon which those conclusions are based are accurate,” said Robert Potts, the chief negotiator for the AOO. “Clearly the intent of this rush to judgment is to disrupt, if not undermine, the transparent and democratic process that is underway to vote on an (AIP) that will have no legal nor binding impact and is intended to provide a framework for negotiating a treaty.”Potts said the AOO’s own genealogist analyzed the ANS report and found that it had under-counted the number of Pikwakanagan members on the list. Potts said the actual number is 840. He said 179 Pikwakanagan members decided to be represented through one of the nine other Algonquin groupings that are part of the claim.Potts said five of the 10 root ancestors analyzed by the ANS report already faced and passed eligibility challenges through the AOO’s independent adjudication process handled by an elders committee and a retired judge. The five root ancestors met the AOO’s criteria for root ancestors, said Potts. The other five root ancestors have not faced any challenges, he said.“Presumably because there was a lack of credible evidence on which to base such a challenge,” said Potts.The ANS analysis follows a report by Kebaowek First Nation—an Algonquin community based in Quebec—released to APTN earlier this month which studied at a small sample of 200 individuals from the AOO voters list. The Kebaowek report found that 72 of the 200 had only one Algonquin ancestor stretching back six generations.Greg Sarazin, a former Pikwakanagan chief and treaty negotiator, acts as the spokesperson for growing opposition to the modern treaty within the community. He said the current proposed agreement would lead to the extinguishment of Pikwakanagan and its tax-free status under the Indian Act.“The rights of the future of Pikwakanagan, who are the status people, is being decided largely by people who are not status from Pikwakanagan,” said Sarazin, who was chief from 1987 to 1989. “We don’t want this AIP because it will be the end of Pikwakanagan.”The Whiteduck band council recently circulated a question and answer document in an attempt to alleviate concerns. The document says ratification of the modern treaty would not extinguish Pikwakanagan’s reserve status or its tax exemption. The document said those issues would be part of an eventual self-government aspect of the treaty to be dealt with further down the line.Sarazin said the band council is splitting hairs because the current proposed treaty deal puts Pikwakanagan on the path to extinguishment.“We are saying right now, we don’t want to do this,” he said.Sarazin said many Pikwakanagan members were surprised to learn they were not automatically put on the AOO voters list for next week’s vote. He said the band council will be holding a side vote to include all registered band members, but it remains unclear how those results will mesh with the AOO results.“People are fighting for their very existence,” he said.Whiteduck said Pikwakanagan members need to get the full story. He said the AIP is not binding and the final agreement will be improved through more negotiations.“If they say no for legitimate, good reasons then that’s fine, I accept it. But we think we can still change things in the AIP,” said Whiteduck. “If not, we lose the opportunity to improve things and change the things they (the opposition) are looking to have changed…Everything is not going to be exactly what we want in the agreement, but some things will be better…Overall, it is an improvement compared to staying with the status quo and where that takes us.”And the status quo could lead to Pikwakanagan disappearing, said Whiteduck.An internal analysis produced by the band council projected there may be no one left in Pikwakanagan with Indian status within 60 to 70 years as a result of the restrictive status criteria under the Indian Act, said Whiteduck.“Under the current Indian Act regime the membership is going to dwindle and at some point there might be no members, no one with status, everyone will be subject to taxes and the reserve won’t belong to anybody,” said Whiteduck.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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Cinema not about wonderful perfect people

first_imgMumbai: Actor Shahid Kapoor Monday said his film Kabir Singh portrays a flawed man with all honesty and if the audience only wants to watch nice characters, cinema won’t go far. Kabir Singh is the remake of the Telugu hit Arjun Reddy, directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, who has also helmed the Hindi version. While the film became a rage quickly after its release in 2017, it was criticised for glorifying toxic masculinity and for using anger as a tool to justify the titular character’s abuse of women and people around him. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold SchwarzeneggerWhen asked if the criticism played on his mind before he started with the Hindi film, the director told reporters, “Anger is a very special quality. There is nothing wrong in using anger as a tool. It can be used in anyway an individual wants. I don’t think the opinion of critics, what they mentioned during the Telugu film (was) playing in the back of my mind.” Responding to the criticism, Shahid said sometimes “we are very hypocritical about how we tend to look at cinema made in India.” “We then watch things made internationally and praise them for the fact that they are so honest, straight and not trying to be politically correct all the time. Cinema is meant to showcase different people. It’s not about wonderful, perfect people. I think we all are imperfect in our own ways. We all have grey areas within ourselves, we go through good and bad phases,” he said.last_img read more

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Morocco Welcomes Worlds Largest Private Equity Gathering

Rabat – More than 600 private equity leaders will convene on April 23-24, in Marrakech to discuss key trends shaping the investment landscape in Africa, at the 15th annual conference of the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA).“On the back of successful industry gatherings in Abidjan, Accra, Addis Ababa, Cairo, Cape Town and Lagos, the Pan-African Industry Association continues to showcase the fastest growing economies in the world, by convening the industry in Morocco this April,” reads AVCA’s press release. After 15 consecutive years, AVCA has established itself as a crucial event for promoting, developing, and stimulating private investment in Africa. The event will attract investors who collectively manage over USD 1.5 trillion in assets. According to AVCA, choosing Marrakech as the summit location “reflects the tremendous growth that has taken place in North Africa over the past few years, and highlights the country’s favourable business environment and powerful economy.”Referencing Morocco’s recent return to the African Union, the AVCA dubs Marrakech the “ideal location to celebrate the 15th anniversary of AVCA’s conference.” This event will incorporate experienced industry perspectives from the likes of CDC Group, a development finance institution owned by the United Kingdom government; Coronation Capital, Nigeria based private equity investment management and advisory firm; DLA Piper, global law firm with lawyers in more than 40 countries; and Verod Capital, investment firm focusing on investing equity and equity-linked capital. The conference will include keynote speeches, panel discussions, investor and portfolio company spotlights, and roundtables. Participation is expected from notable names, such as Lamia Boutaleb, Moroccan Secretary of State to the Minister of Tourism, Air Transport, Crafts, and Social Economy; Hicham Zanati Serghini, Chief Executive of the Central Office of the Guarantees; Brahim Benjelloun Touimi, Group Executive Managing Director at the Moroccan Bank of Exterior Commerce; Boutheina Ben Yaghlane, Chief Executive Officer at the Deposit and Consignment Fund in Tunisia; and Zouhair Bennani, Chief Executive Officer of Labelvie. read more

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Official Scandinavian Tourists Murder Wasnt a Coordinated ISIS Attack

By Mohammed HikalRabat – The four suspects involved in the murder of the Scandinavian tourists, Louisa Vesterager Jespersen and Maren Ueland, near Mount Toubkal acted as lone wolves. They had not coordinated with ISIS but were searching for potential targets, as Boubker Sabik, spokesperson of the General Directorate of National Security and Territorial Surveillance (DGSN) told a 2M channel journalist during the “Confidences de Presse” program.One of the suspects, who has a criminal record and has been known to police for his extremist views since 2013, instilled violent jihadist beliefs into the three other suspects, Sabik said. According to the DGSN spokesperson, the suspects had allegedly agreed to commit the crime on December 12. They then went to Imlil in the Atlas Mountains, where they killed Louisa Vesterager Jespersen from Denmark and Maren Ueland from Norway on December 17. They had never met the two victims before.The suspects shot the video where they pledged allegiance to ISIS where they were staying, with no prior coordination with any foreign party. Their terror attack could be described as a “lone wolves” job, Sabik indicated.An analysis of the video showing the brutal killing of one of the tourists is underway to determine the authenticity of its content, he said.Boubker Sabik dismissed the news reported earlier this week that two street vendors helped the police locate the suspects and arrest them. He said that the arrest was the result of coordination between the police and intelligence services.Moroccan police found the bodies of Louisa Maren in an isolated area near Imlil, in the Atlas Mountains, on Monday.On Wednesday, Moroccan authorities hinted that the murder of the two Scandinavian women was potentially linked to terrorism. Police arrested the first four suspects in the murder on Tuesday and Thursday. Police later arrested another nine suspects with possible connections to the case.Millions of Moroccans expressed their condemnation of the barbaric act in a country known for its tolerance, hospitality, and openness. read more

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Debt repayments are crippling poor countries efforts to fight HIVAIDS – UN

Launching a publication at UN Headquarters in New York about how women in the least developed countries (LDCs) cope with HIV/AIDS, Anwarul K. Chowdhury, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the LDCs, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, said “an unsustainable debt burden” meant some nations – such as Senegal, Malawi, and Sao Tome and Principe – must give about 30 per cent of their public income to repayments each year.”It is a critical challenge for those countries as they are forced to choose between servicing their debts and investing in health and education and tackling poverty and HIV/AIDS, which are essential for building and developing their human and institutional capacity,” Mr. Chowdhury told a panel discussion at the launch.The world’s 50 LDCs spent an estimated $5.1 billion in 2002 just on servicing their debts, he added.Mr. Chowdhury said many women in poor States also face a personal dilemma in how they divide their time between nursing the sick and themselves on one hand, and earning a livelihood for their families and households on the other.The Under-Secretary-General called for an aggressive international commitment to ensure that LDCs have the greatest possible chance of fighting HIV/AIDS and other problems that limit their development.The panel discussion also heard from HIV/AIDS activists about their personal experiences of the disease and the importance of breaking taboos in some cultures and societies that prevent people from talking about it.The report, published by Mr. Chowdhury’s office and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), is entitled Hope: Building Capacity: Least Developed Countries Meet the HIV/AIDS Challenge. read more

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UN agencies urge Brunei to repeal new extreme and unjustified penal code

Underscoring that every person has the right to be “free from torture” and “cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment”, UNAIDS, the agency dedicated to tackling the virus, and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the sexual and reproductive health agency, warned the new penal code, which came into force in the south-east Asian monarchy on Wednesday, “will have a significant negative impact on overall health and well-being” there.“These extreme and unjustified punishments will drive people underground and out of reach of life-saving HIV treatment and prevention services,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS.The discriminatory laws further punish sexual orientation, same sex relations and reproductive health care. They will disproportionately impact women and create barriers to accessing health information and services, the agencies said.Every person, without any distinction on any grounds, has an equal right to live free from violence, persecution, discrimination and stigma of any kind – UNFPA chiefMr. Sidibé “strongly” urged Brunei to “suspend or repeal the amendments to the Shariah Penal Code”, which are based on an extreme interpretation of Islamic law, offering UNAIDS’ support to “ensure that laws are grounded in human rights, based on evidence and protect the most vulnerable”.Further criminalizing same-sex activities not only negatively impacts public health, but also increases stigma and gives license to discrimination, violence and harassment, they added.“Every person, without any distinction on any grounds, has an equal right to live free from violence, persecution, discrimination and stigma of any kind”, stated UNFPA Executive Director Natalia Kanem.The UN agencies cited evidence showing that criminalized communities are more vulnerable to violence, less likely to access necessary HIV and other health services, and less able to protect themselves against HIV infection.Moreover, they pointed out that criminalizing minorities also works against reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), designed and agreed by 193 Member States, to leave no-one behind.     “Human rights are universal”, reminded Ms. Kanem. “Cultural, religious and moral practices and beliefs, and social attitudes must not be invoked to justify human rights violations against any group regardless of gender or sexual orientation”.Last December, Brunei called for improved data on key affected and higher-risk populations for greater outreach and better health-care provisions. The UN agencies criticized that Syariah Penal Code would undermine this endeavour.A dangerous trendBoth UNAIDS and UNFPA expressed concern over increasing conservative and discriminatory policies in a number of countries that risk violence, stigma and discrimination against people on the basis of gender, gender identity and sexual orientation.The noted that recent discussions with Governments in the Asia–Pacific region have highlighted the need to “put evidence-informed and human rights-based laws and policies in place”. The UN agencies stressed the need to repeal criminal laws against consensual adult sex and decisions on reproduction, adding that health services, including sexual and reproductive health services, must be “accessible, affordable and acceptable”.UNAIDS and UNFPA supported the calls of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the open letter of the five UN Nations human rights mandate holders to “suspend the implementation of the revised penal code and urge all governments to protect the human rights of all people”.International outcryThe harsh laws include stoning for sodomy and adultery, limb amputation for theft and public flogging for abortion also criminalizes exposing Muslim children to any religion other than Islam.High-profile celebrities such as George Clooney, Ellen DeGeneres and Elton John, have called for a boycott of Brunei-owned luxury hotels, including the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles and the Dorchester in London. read more

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LaVar Ball Crazy or a Genius LaMelo and LiAngelo

I need LaVar Ball to succeed, man. I need them to become mega millionaires. Like I need this to happen.— Mel Blunt (@KNGSHxT) December 7, 2017 InstagramIt looks like the relationship between the Ball family and the UCLA Basketball program is done forever.As ESPN reports, LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball — ages 16 and 19 respectively — just signed with the sports agent Harrison Gaines and will skip college to play overseas. LiAngelo played for the storied UCLA Bruins until he was suspended for shoplifting in China last month. Afterwards, his dad LaVar Ball pulled him out of school completely.  The eldest brother Lonzo Ball played for the university as well, but just one year before he headed to the NBA to play for the Los Angeles Lakers. The main reason for sending LaMelo and LiAngelo overseas is so they can be teammates, their dad explained.“I don’t care about the money,” said LaVar. “I want them to go somewhere where they will play them together on the court at the same time. The priority is for the boys to play on the same team.”In October, the 50-year-old father withdrew LaMelo from Chino Hills High School, and the original plan was to enroll him in UCLA in two years time. “He’s not going to play college basketball,” said LaVar.It seems getting his boys to play competitively again is another reason LaVar wants to send them overseas since LiAngelo was suspended from UCLA. Moreover, there’s a good chance that his stock would’ve fallen come NBA Draft time. So far, there have been a few overseas teams that have expressed interest in the two younger Ball brothers but nothing has been confirmed yet. “I don’t know the deals and who is offering what,” LaVar stated. “I’m letting Harrison handle all that, but I know there are a few teams interested. I just need to get them playing again.”Plus, no matter what country LaMelo and LiAngelo will play in, their dad said he’ll be there with them periodically, as well as other family members.“There will be three people with them all the time,” stated LaVar. “I’ll go back and forth and probably stay out there a while at first.”Of course, it didn’t take long for people to chime in with their opinions about the Ball brother playing overseas and not going to school. “How does it feel to know you’ve completely ruined your two youngest son’s chances of making it pro?” one person wrote on LaVar’s Instagram page.“What was the whole point of Gelo and Melo getting scholarships to UCLA if you’re just pulling them right out?” another person asked. “You know how many people would die for a scholarship?”Related news: LaVar BallTrump Says LaVar Ball Is a ‘Poor Man’s Don King’LaVar Ball Isn’t Backing Down from Michael Jordan, Says He Could ‘Beat Him with One Hand’LaVar Ball Pulling AAU Team Off Floor Over ‘Bad’ Call Earns Immdiate Scorn from Disgusted Twitter UsersOthers, however, came to the father’s defense and compared him to Hollywood parents like Kris Kardashian. Some folks also told people to mind their business.“What he does with his kids doesn’t concern you.” He’s helping Gelo,” wrote Instagram user Scott James Jr. “What he’s doing to Melo is questionable. How is that deflecting when you criticize this man for creating a different path for his kids like Hollywood parents do all the time.”Between creating his own shoe and fashion brand, and sending his kids overseas instead of college, it’s clear that LaVar is taking unprecedented steps to get his boys to the NBA. So far, at least in Lonzo’s case, his plan has worked, despite some of the backlash.But is what that Instagram user said correct? Did papa Ball just ruin his boy’s chances of getting to the NBA?To get an answer we reached out to former ESPN employee, Sports Anchor and reporter Derwin Worrell, who said things may be challenging for the Balls, but they still have a good chance of making it in the U.S.“They can still get to the NBA without going to college,” Worrell told Atlantic Black Star. “They will have less exposure by playing overseas. But some NBA teams have great scouts overseas, so if they can really play, they will get noticed and because of the Ball name, NBA teams will definitely be watching.”Basketball fans and other folks familiar with the Balls will surely be watching too, just to see if LaVar’s master plan of sending his kids overseas will work out.Wonder if Lavar Ball ever stopped and asked his kids “what do you want to do?”— Rod Bridgers (@rod_bridgers) December 7, 2017 If people think Lavar Ball is sending his kids overseas just because of basketball y’all crazy, this is a smart man, he just want to promote the BBB brand, that man not stupid y’all better put some respect on his name, IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BAG 💼💯💯💯@bigballerbrand— Coach Twin (@twintowers504) December 7, 2017 LaVar Ball reminds me of the little league Dad who coaches his kid and thinks the kid is way better than he really is. #TheBalls— Tony Patelis (@CollegeHoopNews) December 7, 2017 Lavar Ball is absolutely tanking the futures of his sons and I’m already getting excited for how depressing the 30 for 30 is go to be— Matt Kulka (@kulkanator) December 7, 2017 Thank you Lavar Ball for pulling your sons out of the US basketball systems now they can be Europe’s problem— chris.barry (@beardog40) December 7, 2017 The NCAA is garbage, Lavar Ball is right, and in 20 years he’ll be seen as a prophet. Don’t you @ me either.— Kazeem Famuyide (@RealLifeKaz) December 6, 2017 Lavar ball one of the goats— Davir Hamilton (@EspnHam9) December 7, 2017 Lavar Ball is the Kris Jenner of basketball.— rae-rae ♍️ (@ThatsSoRavii) December 7, 2017 Lavar Ball out here turning the tables 😂😂😂😂😂😂— 8Eye™ (@JaimeBoyer) December 7, 2017 read more

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Branko Tamse is new RK Celje PL headcoach

branko tamse rk celje pl He won two last Slovenian champioships with RK Gorenje Velenje, but then stayed without job – Branko Tamse will lead the biggest rival RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko until the end of the season with the only goal – to take a Champions’ trophy from his previous team! Slovenian coach will be successor of Vladan Matic on the position of RK Celje PL head-coach, announced club earlier today.Vladan Matic was on the Celje’s bench in the last two and a half year, but despite good performances at EHF CL, club of huge tradition stayed without a triumph in the national Championship. After defeat at home against RK Gorenje, Management and Serbian NT head-coach decided to end cooperation… ← Previous Story NEW MACEDONIANS: Vugrinec and Pribak got passports! Next Story → Havard Tvedten extends contract in Aalborg until 2016! read more

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Google Doodles finally gets patent after 10 years of lobbying

first_imgWe all know and love Google’s creative Doodles. The most recent one we saw honored the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. One of the coolest doodles of late was the interactive doodle to celebrate Jules Verne’s 183rd birthday (pictured above). Google wanted to make sure no other companies are able do anything similar to what it does with its Doodles, and after 10 years of lobbying, Google was finally granted a patent on Google Doodles this morning.If you’re unfamiliar with the term “Google Doodle,” a doodle is basically a tricked out version of the Google logo that replaces the normal logo on special holidays and other occasions. Google co-founder Sergey Brin is credited as the inventor of the “Systems and methods for enticing users to access a web site” patent.Besides the logo, the patent covers a story line. The system can receive objects that tell a story according to the story line, and, in turn, the objects on the web page will display a story for a “predetermined or random amounts of time.”Business Insider brought up a good point about the patent system itself. It was originally created to encourage innovation by protecting the ideas of small inventors from being stolen by large companies. But more and more, big companies are patenting ideas that are stifling the creativity of smaller companies. This is putting a halt on small businesses being able to invent new things.Yes, it would be strange if Bing or Yahoo did the same thing with their logo, but smaller companies should be able to create similar things without stepping on Google’s toes. According to one Slashdot commenter, he or she, and thousands of other people and companies, have been putting doodles on their websites long before Google existed. Does this mean they have to stop?via Business Insider.last_img read more

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013 for Duggan two red cards in first half and clinical Clare

first_img2. Sean Finn (Bruff)3. Mike Casey (Na Piarsaigh)4. Richie English (Doon)5. Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell)6. Declan Hannon (Adare – captain)7. Dan Morrissey (Ahane)8. Darragh O’Donovan (Doon)9. Cian Lynch (Patrickswell)10. Gearoid Hegarty (St Patrick’s)11. Kyle Hayes (Kildimo-Pallaskenry)12. Tom Morrissey (Ahane)13. Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh)14. Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh)15. Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock)Subs18. Tom Condon (Knockaderry) for Finn (inj) (13)22. Richie McCarthy (Blackrock) for Mulcahy (half-time)20. Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell) for Flanagan (48)19. David Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh) for Hegarty (55)24. Barry Nash (South Liberties) for English (65)Referee: James Owens (Wexford)Mayo crowned EirGrid Connacht U20 champions as Rossies suffer 16 point defeatO’Neill stars as Limerick produce late comeback to book Munster final spot 26,182 Views Clare 0-26Limerick 0-15Fintan O’Toole reports from Cusack Park, EnnisCLARE’S ROUTE BACK to the Munster final was ultimately a comfortable one as they unleashed a closing storm to win at their ease against Limerick this afternoon.Peter Duggan popped over the final point of the game to take his tally to 0-13 and seal a convincing victory with Clare striking the final seven points of the game to have an 11-point cushion at the end.An eagerly-awaited contest transpired to be mundane with Clare stamping their authority as the action progressed and clinching a second Munster final meeting in a year against Cork.The contest was ignited before the midway mark when both sides were cut to 14 men. Tom Condon and David Reidy were both shown red cards for separate off-the-ball incidents, the former looked clearcut with the latter less so.In front 0-5 to 0-4 after 18 minutes, Clare established a firmer grip on the action thereafter and accelerated clear on the scoreboard. David Fitzgerald, sprung from the bench for the injured Seadna Morey, launched over a pair of fine points from his wing-back berth while John Conlon was a constant threat at full-forward and Peter Duggan didn’t disappoint from frees.They were 0-12 to 0-7 clear entering injury-time and while Limerick clawed them back courtesy of Patrickswell points by Cian Lynch and Diarmaid Byrnes, Duggan had the final say of the half when he converted a ’65.0-13 to 0-9 at the break was a fair reflection of how Clare had channelled the momentum generated from last week’s late show against Tipperary.Limerick cut the gap to three points early in the second half but were struggling to rein Clare in and fell six behind. Tom Morrissey swung over a point for Limerick in the 57th minute yet it would transpire to be their final score of the game as Clare coasted to success.Scorers for Clare: Peter Duggan 0-13 (0-10f, 0-1 ’65), Tony Kelly 0-5 (0-1 ’65), John Conlon 0-4, David Fitzgerald 0-2, Jamie Shanahan, Colm Galvin 0-1 each.Scorers for Limerick: Shane Dowling 0-4 (0-4f), Tom Morrissey 0-3, Diarmaid Byrnes, Dan Morrissey, Darragh O’Donovan (0-1 sideline), Cian Lynch, Gearoid Hegarty, Kyle Hayes, Seamus Flanagan, Aaron Gillane 0-1 each.Clare1. Donal Tuohy (Crusheen)3. David McInerney (Tulla)2. Patrick O’Connor (Tubber – captain)4. Jack Browne (Ballyea)5. Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge)6. Conor Cleary (St Joseph’s Miltown Malbay)7. Jamie Shanahan (Sixmilebridge)8. Colm Galvin (Clonlara)9. Cathal Malone (Sixmilebridge)10. Peter Duggan (Clooney-Quin)11. Tony Kelly (Ballyea)12. David Reidy (Éire Óg)13. Podge Collins 
(Cratloe)14. John Conlon (Clonlara)15. Shane O’Donnell (Éire Óg)Subs19. David Fitzgerald (Inagh-Kilnamona) for Morey (inj) (15)18. Jason McCarthy (Inagh-Kilnamona) for Malone (54)23. Ian Galvin (Clonlara) for Fitzgerald (62)25. Conor McGrath (Cratloe) for O’Donnell (65)26. Darragh Corry (Tulla) for Collins (70)Limerick1. Nickie Quaid (Effin) Sunday 17 Jun 2018, 3:46 PM Short URL 38 Comments https://the42.ie/4075476 0-13 for Duggan, two red cards in first half and clinical Clare sweep past Limerick 18,802 fans attended the encounter in Cusack Park. Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO Clare’s Tony Kelly and Limerick’s Cian Lynch. Share34 Tweet Email Jun 17th 2018, 3:46 PM By Fintan O’Toole Clare’s Tony Kelly and Limerick’s Cian Lynch. Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Detective Pikachu stars in the first liveaction Pokémon movie

first_imgLast Friday, it was reported that Legendary Pictures was seeking the film rights to a live-action Pokémon film. Now, it has been announced that the film studio will be partnering with the Pokémon Company to make the Pokémon movie a reality. What’s most interesting of all is that the film will be based on the Detective Pikachu character.For those who don’t know, Detective Pikachu is an odd Pokémon that has the ability to speak. He isn’t as powerful as others of his kind, but he is smarter than them. He uses his brains to solve crimes with a human friend named Tim Goodman. The game was released in Japan this past February but has yet to be launched elsewhere around the world.Given the insane popularity of Pokémon Go, Legendary Pictures is fast-tracking this film for production in 2017. Universal Pictures will distribute the film worldwide while Toho will distribute it in Japan.The choice to go with a Detective Pikachu film is interesting since it isn’t the usual type of Pokémon story that people have come to know. One would have thought that a live-action Pokémon movie would focus on a group of friends who travel the world with their respective pocket monsters to do battle with others. A Detective Pikachu movie will no doubt have other types of Pokémon in it, but the focus will be on the titular character and his human friend solving mysteries.With production starting next year, don’t expect this movie to be released any time soon. In the meantime, perhaps we should petition Hollywood to cast Danny DeVito as Detective Pikachu?last_img read more

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Carlo Ancelotti confirms Alex Meret fit to play

first_imgAfter declaring his desire to win the Serie A title, Napoli Coach Carlo Ancelotti confirms Alex Meret has recovered and fit enough to feature in their Saturday’s Frosinone match, adding that it “could be his game”.The young shot-stopper joined the Partenopei in the summer, but injured his arm during his very first training session with Ancelotti’s side.The 21-year-old is yet to make his debut and could come Saturday.“We’re a young club with ambitions,” Ancelotti told Tgr Campania via Football Italia.“My group is young and competitive.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“Frosinone? Chievo was also easy on paper, this will be an important match for us because of the head-to-head match [Juventus-Inter]”“As for Meret, he’s fine now and Frosinone could be his game.”Meret was an important player in the Italian U19 national team which took part in the 2016 UEFA European Under-19 Championship.His team finished as runner-up after losing in the final and he named in the team of the tournament alongside Kylian Mbappé of France.last_img read more

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Man sentenced in firearmfireworks case

first_imgA Minnehaha resident was sentenced Wednesday to the 52 days he’s already served in jail and two years of probation for firing three rounds of ammunition near his neighbors’ homes June 30 because he was upset about noise from neighborhood fireworks.Corey A. Moulton, 42, pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to gross misdemeanor harassment and illegally discharging a firearm in exchange for the prosecutor dropping a first-degree assault charge.“I didn’t want to hurt anybody,” Moulton told Judge Barbara Johnson. “I didn’t plan on scaring anybody. I just wanted that (gun) for protection from the people I was going to talk to.”Moulton will be required to forfeit the shotgun used in the incident and will not be allowed to possess a weapon during his probation. He’s also required to undergo anger management counseling.He was expected to be released from jail later on Wednesday, said his court-appointed attorney, Louis Byrd Jr.“I think this was a fair resolution for a first-time nonviolent offender,” he said. Moulton would have faced up to 28 months in prison had he been convicted of the original charge, he said.last_img read more

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Bicycling Unveils Major Redesign Boosts Budgets By DoubleDigits

first_imgMagazine redesigns are a dime a dozen but the editorial and design facelift that Rodale’s Bicycling is unveiling with its June issue is a “significant rebirth of the brand,” according to editor-in-chief Peter Flax. “A lot of time people change typefaces and update a couple departments and call it a redesign,” he adds. “That’s not what we’re doing here.” Bicycling celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and a major redesign has been the focus since Flax joined the magazine last summer. The cover boasts a new logo and a boost from 70-pound paper stock to 100-pound stock, while a new front-of-book-section called “Know How” offers service for readers.Major investments are being made in photography and freelance editorial. “When we were leading up to the redesign we had a lot of ideas but Rodale made a significant investment in market research to enlighten what we were doing,” says Flax. “We talked to both existing readers and prospective readers about what they want in print and what they want digitally and in print what they want is story-telling, beautiful photography and packaging, things that a print magazine can do well that’s difficult to do online.” Editorial will include 7,000 to 8,000-word narratives in each issue. “This magazine has a tradition of winning National Magazine Awards for feature stories and our aim is to do that kind of journalism in every issue,” says Flax. “We don’t just want to be the biggest cycling magazine, we want to be as good as any title in any space.” Freelance edit and photography budgets are up 30 percent to 40 percent, according to Flax. “Anybody in the business knows when you upgrade from 70-pound cover stock to 100-pound cover stock, you’re talking about a six-figure kind of investment,” he says. “This is a real investment for a brand like ours and puts us in position to work regularly with photographers who before may have been out of our reach to do page after page, issue after issue. It’s one thing to reposition a magazine, it’s another thing to have the resources to execute it.” Market ResponseWhile ad pages in Bicycling dropped 6.5 percent in the first quarter of 2011, according to Publishers Information Bureau, the magazine rebounded in the second quarter with pages up 6 percent in April and 23 percent in May, according to the publisher. For the June redesign issue, ad pages are up 26 percent. While the publisher says endemic pages are up 18 percent, auto advertising is up 107 percent this year. “We’ve been floating out images in advance of the June issue and the acceptance has been fantastic,” says publisher Chris Lambiase. “We’re doing this at a time of strength–participation in the sport continues to grow.”The Bicycling audience has household income of $84,000 with a high percent of readers with professional/managerial job titles, according to Lambiase. “Redesigning Bicycling to be more sophisticated and visual allows us to better match the interests of our current audience, and to bring in new readers that are attracted by that aesthetic.”last_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly April 28 2015

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.“Download Audio”Icebreakers? Sure, But Coast Guard Boss Says Cutters Come FirstLiz Ruskin, APRN – AnchorageThe head of the Coast Guard says the country must invest in new icebreakers to meet a predicted increase in Arctic drilling and marine traffic. But healso told a U.S. Senate panel today (TUES) the Coast Guard needs a lot of ships, and icebreakers aren’t the top item on his acquisitions list.As Lawmakers Gavel In For A Special Session, Leaders Ask For A Break And RelocationAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauImmediately after the Legislature gaveled out of their extended regular session, Gov. Bill Walker called them back in for a special one.Marriage Equality Advocates Ask Governor To “Stop In The Name Of Love.”Lisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauOn the day the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on marriage equality, more than 40 people gathered at the Dimond Courthouse plaza across from the State Capitol in Juneau to rally through song and dance.A Moving Target: Stopping Booze At The RiverBen Matheson, KYUK – BethelIn the Yukon-Kuskowim Delta, the three Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Taskforce (WAANT) investigators can’t be everywhere at once. Some villages are trying to fill in gaps where bootlegged alcohol reaches dry option communities. In the second of a three-part series on the law enforcement efforts to stem the flow of alcohol to the region, a look at Akiak’s tribal approach.Kick The Bucket: Health Implications Of Third World Conditions In Rural AlaskaJoaqlin Estus, KNBA – AnchorageMore than six percent of Alaskans live without water or sewer systems.  The so-called “honey bucket” situation has frequently been deplored and millions of federal and state dollars have been devoted to dealing with it.Unalaska Preps For Cruise Passenger InfluxAnnie Ropeik, KUCB – UnalaskaUnalaska will get a big population boost this weekend, with the first cruise ship of what’s shaping up to be a busy summer. The Aleutian Islandsusually see a ferry run before the cruise ships start coming — but not this year.U.S. Army ‘Sugar Bears’ Fly Supplies To DenaliPhillip Manning, KTNA – TalkeetnaArmy helicopters flew the last round of supplies to Denali base camp yesterday for the 2015 climbing season.  The unit, dubbed the “Sugar Bears”is well-known in Talkeetna, and has a history in Alaska of combining training and supply runs.last_img read more

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Hasinas polltime govt to deepen political crisis Fakhrul

first_imgBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir speaks in a press conference on Saturday. Photo: Focus BanglaBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said the prime minister’s statements on the election-time government will only deepen the country’s political crisis, reports UNB.Speaking at a press conference at the party chairperson’s Gulshan office on Saturday, the BNP leader urged the prime minister to shun her ‘stubbornness’, and take steps for an acceptable election under a neutral government through discussion with the opposition parties for the sake of peace, people’s welfare and stability.Mirza Fakhrul also said the prime minister should take an initiative for holding dialogue with all the stakeholders if she has any new idea on the election-time government.”It’s the only way to take Bangladesh forward. Let’s play a responsible role.””Prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s statements will only deepen the current crisis over the election as there is clear provision in the constitution about the election-time government,” Fakhrul added.”People have got frustrated, surprised, and worried with the prime minister’s address to the nation. There is no clear outline in her speech to resolve the existing national crisis. What she has talked about the next parliamentary polls is very ambiguous and confusing,” said Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.”Our party thinks it’ll be possible to get a meaningful solution to the problem over 2018 election through talks in a cordial atmosphere. We also want to believe that the uncertainty (over polls) prevailing in people’s mind will be possible to remove if the dialogue is held in a congenial atmosphere.”BNP arranged the press meet to give its formal reaction to the prime minister’s address to the nation.In her address to the nation on Friday, the prime minister said the next general election will be held as per the constitution, and expressed her high optimism that all the parties registered with the Election Commission will take part in the polls for upholding the country’s democratic process.”In line with the constitution, the 11th parliamentary elections will be held towards the end of 2018. How the election will be held is clearly stated in our constitution. An election-time government will be formed under the constitution which will provide all-out cooperation to the Election Commission to conduct the election,” the PM said.”The next election won’t be free and fair if it’s held under a partisan government keeping parliament functional as per the current constitution. Because the election time-government will be similar to the existing one if parliament remains in place,” Mirza Fakhrul observed.He said their party will come up with its proposal on the election-time government at the appropriate time.Fakhrul said there is no similarity between the reality and the statistics the prime minister presented about the country’s development in her address to the nation.BNP standing committee members Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Abdul Moyeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan and Amir Khasru Mahmud were present.last_img read more

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Deadliest California blaze claims 6 more lives

first_imgMessages are shown on a bulletin board at The Neighborhood Church in Chico, Calif., on Tuesday, 13 November 2018. Photo: APThe authorities have reported six more fatalities from a blaze in Northern California, bringing the total number of fatalities so far to 48 in the deadliest wildfire in state history.The announcement came Tuesday after authorities ramped up the search for more victims buried in rubble left by the blaze that incinerated the town of Paradise.Many friends and relatives of those living in the fire zone say they haven’t heard from loved ones. Some went to shelters looking for them.More than 5,000 firefighters are still battling the blaze that charred 195 square miles (505 square kilometres) since it started Thursday.The fire has destroyed about 7,700 homes and displaced 52,000 people.The statewide death toll from wildfires over the past week in California has reached 50.The president of a utility accused by some residents of starting a deadly wildfire in Northern California says there was a power outage about 15 minutes before the flames were reported.Landowner Betsy Ann Cowley says Pacific Gas & Electric notified her the day before the blaze that crews needed to come onto her property because the utility’s wires were sparking.Asked if sparks from a transmission line ignited the fire, PG&E President Geisha Williams told the Chico Enterprise-Record on Tuesday that “it’s too soon to tell.”Williams says the outage was at 6:15 a.m. Thursday and later an aerial patrol spotted damage around the transmission lines. She says the company sent a report to state agencies.She says the sparks are one of several “options” investigators are reviewing.Some victims sued PG&E on Tuesday, alleging it failed to maintain its infrastructure.Victims of California’s most destructive wildfire have filed a lawsuit accusing Pacific Gas & Electric Co. of causing the massive blaze.The suit filed Tuesday in state court in California accuses the utility of failing to maintain its infrastructure and properly inspect and manage its power transmission lines.The utility’s president said earlier the company doesn’t know what caused the fire, but is cooperating with the investigation by state agencies.An email to PG&E about the lawsuit was not immediately returned.PG&E told state regulators last week that it experienced a problem with a transmission line in the area of the fire just before the blaze erupted.A landowner near where the blaze began said PG&E notified her the day before the wildfire that crews needed to come onto her property because some wires were sparking.Authorities doing the somber work of identifying the victims of California’s deadliest wildfire are drawing on leading-edge DNA technology. But experts say older scientific techniques and deduction could also come into play.With the death toll from the Northern California blaze topping 40 and expected to rise, officials said they were setting up a rapid DNA-analysis system, among other steps.Rapid DNA is a term for portable devices that can identify someone’s genetic material in a couple of hours, rather than days or weeks.But more traditional methods, such as examining dental records, are often a first step. Partially, that’s because victims might have had dental X-rays but not personal DNA profiles. Other medical records — of bone fractures, prosthetics or implants, for instance — also can be helpful.As a huge wildfire burns in Southern California, residents who stayed behind in coastal communities cut off by road closures are getting supplies by boat.Gas, food, baby wipes and horse pellets are among the items brought ashore Tuesday in the Paradise Cove area of Malibu.Large boats arrived from Redondo Beach, about 25 miles (40 kilometres) to the south. Supplies were unloaded onto smaller boats and even surf boards. Some residents donned wet suits and swam ashore with cases of water and beer.The fire northwest of Los Angeles has charred 150 square miles (388 square kilometers) of brush and timber, but containment has increased to 35 percent. More than 400 structures have been destroyed.Some Malibu residents are being allowed to return Wednesday afternoon, but tens of thousands of people remain under evacuation orders.People are coming to shelters in Northern California in search of loved ones and neighbors who are missing after a deadly fire tore through the town of Paradise.Greg Gibson searched a shelter in Chico on Tuesday for information about his missing neighbors. He doesn’t know if they tried to leave or not but says the fire exploded so quickly that if they hesitated, they would have had trouble.It’s not clear how many people are unaccounted for in the fire that ignited last week. At least 42 people are dead.Harold Taylor says he barely made it out of his house alive Thursday morning. The 72-year-old Vietnam veteran who walks with a cane says he tried to convince his neighbor to get in his car with him, but the neighbor declined. He doesn’t know what happened to his friend.A fire official says crews have made “a lot of progress” in preventing a deadly Northern California from reaching Oroville, a town of 19,000 people.California forestry and fire protection operations department chief Josh Bischof said Tuesday that firefighters on foot and in bulldozers are working south of the town of Paradise. It was levelled by the blaze that started last Thursday.Officials had worried strong winds could spread the wildfire toward Oroville and the Oroville Dam, the nation’s tallest. Firefighters on Monday cleared brush and sprayed water on vegetation near the dam.Bischof says “we’re feeling a lot better about this area.”More than 5,000 firefighters are battling the fire that killed at least 42 people in Paradise and nearby communities.The daughter of one of three named victims from the Northern California wildfire says that Ernie Foss Jr. was a musician and former San Francisco resident who shared his love of music with others.A search and rescue workers search for human remains at a burned out trailer park from the Camp fire, Tuesday, 13 November 2018, in Paradise, Calif. Photo: APAngela Loo told KTVU-TV on Sunday that the family is devastated by the death of her father, one of at least 42 people killed by the fire.She says Foss moved to the town of Paradise eight years ago because of the San Francisco Bay Area’s high cost of living.Loo says he taught music from their home near the city’s famous Haight Street and turned their living room into a studio.KTVU reports Foss and his dog, Bernice, were found outside their home on a street where several other victims were also found.Foss had advanced lymphedema and could not walk.The Butte County sheriff’s office listed his age as 65, but records show he was 63.The son of a man who died in the Northern California wildfire says his father will be buried next to his wife in a cemetery in the small town where he died.The Butte County sheriff’s office identified 77-year-old Carl Wiley of Magalia as one of at least 42 who died in the fire.Magalia and the neighbouring town of Paradise were devastated by the fire.James Wiley says his father was a tire recapper for Michelin and described him as a stoic figure.The elder Wiley will share a headstone with his wife, Mary Lee. She died of cancer nearly three decades ago.Authorities say destruction from Southern California’s huge wildfire will be significantly higher than the 435 structures already counted as destroyed.Los Angeles county fire chief Daryl Osby said at a press conference Tuesday that authorities are assessing damage from the 150-square-mile (388-square-kilometer) Woolsey Fire. Personnel are checking many canyon areas by foot, which will take several days.Authorities say risk from the fire has dropped significantly, with people going home to many areas that were evacuated when the blaze broke out last Thursday.Planes and helicopters are attacking a huge flare-up in a mountain wilderness area on the Ventura County side of the fire.Ventura county fire chief Mark Lorenzen says winds are pushing those flames away from nearby communities and he’s confident they’re safe.Forecasters say rain could fall next week, raising concerns about mudflows.Authorities have identified only a fraction of the dozens of victims of a wildfire that has decimated a Northern California town.Jesus Fernandez, a 48-year-old Concow resident nicknamed “Zeus,” and his beloved dog “King” had been missing since the fire broke out Thursday.Family friend Myrna Pascua told The Sacramento Bee that Fernandez’s son was informed Monday that his father was found pinned between two cars.The wildfire that largely wiped out the town of Paradise has left at least 42 dead and destroyed thousands of homes and other buildings.President Donald Trump says there are more victims of the California wildfires “than anybody would ever even think possible.”Trump thanked firefighters, first responders and the Federal Emergency Management Agency for doing their jobs with “courage in the face of very grave dangers.”Dozens of people have died, thousands of homes have been destroyed and thousands of people have been evacuated and in the wildfires scorching both ends of the state.Trump spoke about the fires Tuesday at the beginning of a White House ceremony about the Hindu festival of lights.US interior secretary Ryan Zinke says he’s cancelled a planned trip to Asia at the direction of the White House and will instead travel to California to support efforts to contain the deadly wildfires scorching large areas of the state.Zinke said Tuesday he will visit the Northern California fire that wiped out the town of Paradise and killed 42 people. He will travel later to Southern California, where another fire is burning that has killed two people.Zinke says he plans to meet with California Gov Jerry Brown to offer the administration’s support.The move comes after president Donald Trump — Zinke’s boss — on Saturday blamed poor “forest management” for making California’s fires so big, deadly and costly.About 200 people who fled their homes following the most destructive wildfire in California history have packed into a Northern California church where counsellors, chaplains and nursing students from Chico State University were available to help.The Neighbourhood Church in Chico was one of more than a half-dozen facilities helping house people displaced by the blaze, which has killed at least 42 people.James Woods is a director at the church and said Tuesday it will stay open “as long as it’s needed.”Volunteers are cooking three meals a day, and there is a large bulletin board with information about missing people.Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth lost their home in the deadly wildfire blazing California but are donating $500,000 to The Malibu Foundation through Cyrus’ charity, The Happy Hippie Foundation.A representative for Cyrus says Tuesday in statement to The Associated Press that the couple’s “community and state are very special to them and they want to give back to the place that has created so many beautiful memories for themselves and others.”Cyrus and Hemsworth’s home was in Malibu and burned by the big Southern California wildfire that killed two people.The statement says they “are very grateful to be safe along with their animals.”The statement says the donation “will be used for those in financial need, emergency relief assistance, community rebuilding, wildfire prevention and climate change resilience.”California regulators say initial testing has found no elevated levels of radiation or hazardous compounds after Southern California’s huge wildfire burned near a former nuclear test site in hills to the northwest of Los Angeles.The state’s toxic substance control department says its staff went to the site known as the Santa Susana Field Laboratory on Saturday and found that facilities that previously handled radioactive and hazardous materials were not affected by the fire.The organization Physicians for Social Responsibility said in statement Monday that it was likely that smoke and ash from the fire spread radiological and chemical contamination that was in soil and vegetation.But the state agency says its measurements on the site and in the surrounding community found no radiation levels above background levels and no elevated levels of hazardous compounds other than those normally present after a wildfire.The site was used for decades for testing rocket engines and nuclear energy research. One of its nuclear reactors had a partial meltdown in 1959. Battles over decontamination efforts have gone on for years, with neighbours blaming illnesses on the site.Fire crews battling a Northern California blaze that levelled a town and killed at least 42 people made gains overnight and prevented the blaze from advancing toward a town of 19,000 people.California’s forestry and fire protection department said Tuesday that firefighters held containment lines to slow the wildfire’s advance toward Oroville.Officials say more than 5,000 firefighters are battling the blaze that destroyed the town of Paradise and has charred 195 square miles (505 square kilometres) since it started Thursday. The blaze is 30 per cent contained.Milder winds of up to 25 mph (40 kph) are expected in the area Tuesday. But fire behaviour specialist at Cal Fire Jonathan Pangburn says the there’s plenty of bone dry vegetation ready to burn “really fast and hot.”The wildfire has destroyed more than 6,400 homes and displaced 52,000 people.Firefighters are working to extend containment lines around the vast area burned by a Southern California wildfire.The work to eliminate the threat from the so-called Woolsey Fire on Tuesday was happening as winds continue to cause high fire threats from metropolitan Los Angeles to San Diego County.Authorities have allowed more people to return home but several entire communities, including Malibu, remain under mandatory evacuation orders.The latest estimates show the fire spread over more than 146 square miles (378 square kilometres). The fire area is expected to be fully contained by Thursday.Authorities have said two people were killed in the fire and at least 435 buildings were destroyed.More than a dozen coroner search and recovery teams looked for human remains from a Northern California wildfire that killed at least 42 people, making it the deadliest in state history. Anxious relatives are visiting shelters and calling police hoping to find loved ones alive.Lisa Jordan drove 600 miles (1,000 kilometres) from Yakima, Washington, to search for her uncle, Nick Clark, and his wife, Anne Clark, of Paradise, California. Anne Clark suffers from multiple sclerosis and is unable to walk. No one knows if they were able to evacuate, or even if their house still exists, she said.Lisa Jordan says she’s staying hopeful and adds: “Until the final word comes, you keep fighting against it.”Butte county Sheriff Kory Honea updated the confirmed fatality number Monday night.The figure that is almost certain to spike following the blaze that last week destroyed Paradise, a town of 27,000 about 180 miles (290 kilometres) northeast of San Francisco.Authorities were bringing in two mobile morgue units and requesting 150 search and rescue personnel. Officials were unsure of the exact number of missing.last_img read more

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Condé Nasts Wired Pumps Up Original Licensed Programming for OTT Channel

first_imgIn addition, the OTT channel will include behind-the-scenes footage from the Wired25 event this weekend, as well as interviews with such tech notables as Bill Gates, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, YouTube’s Susan Wojcicki, Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey, Google’s Sundar Pichai, and Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom (who recently left the Facebook-owned company).The Wired and Condé Nast Entertainment teams will continually evaluate the performance of the programming on the OTT channel, making adjustments and launching new series down the road. Initially, Wired has produced three episodes each of “[De]constructed” and “Wired Masterminds,” but there could be more in the series, Woo said.Thompson also noted that Wired is looking at the OTT programming as something of an experiment. “Every time you come to a new platform, you encounter different behaviors. It took us some time to figure out what people wanted on YouTube.”In February 2018, Wired adopted a paywall for its website, limiting non-subscribers to five articles. “If you look at the magazine strategy we’re going toward publishing longer stuff, to drive subscriptions,” Thompson said. “Our video strategy is heading in a similar direction — although I have no idea if OTT will be subscription-based.”Wired’s paywall strategy has paid off, he said: The publication has 850,000 now has subscribers total, and is on pace to add 150,000 subs in 2018 (versus 50,000 last year). In the U.S., the current annual rate for a Wired bundled subscription is $29.99; digital-only subscriptions are $19.99. Wired is offering new subscribers a print-plus-digital subscription at $10 for the first year. ×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 Popular on Variety Starting Tuesday (Oct. 9), all 64 episodes of “Click” — available for the first time in North America — along with the first episodes of the two new Wired original series, are available on the channel.“The thing that attracted us about ‘Click’ is it’s very smart, and the BBC’s journalistic standards really click with ours,” said Sarah Lash, senior director of acquisitions for Condé Nast Entertainment. “We’re interested to see how viewers will respond to the binge-viewing opportunity.”The Wired OTT Channel is available on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Roku devices. The channel will continue to feature the most popular content from Wired’s YouTube channel and Wired.com, including episodes from “Autocomplete Interviews,” “Tech Support” and “Almost Impossible” hosted by Wired writer Robbie Gonzalez.With the additional content, the Wired OTT Channel will have more than 125 hours of curated video. While the in-house originals are expected to eventually be windows on other platforms like YouTube, “Click” will be available exclusively on the OTT channel.“I feel like with OTT, where people sit back, deliberately choose Wired, will develop into a platform where high-quality stuff wins,” said Nicholas Thompson, Wired’s editor-in-chief, who oversees the video department.In “[De]constructed,” with episodes running about 30 minutes, Wired takes apart and explains the hardware used to build popular vehicles and gadgets, including a Harley Davidson motorcycle (pictured above). The shorter-form “Wired Masterminds” series shows experts demonstrating and explaining their craft, with subjects including a CIA disguise master, members of shadow-art dance troupe Pilobolus, and a New York Times crossword puzzle constructor.“We looked at a lot of the things our audience likes, and we thought about what we like to watch when we sit on the couches,” said Wonbo Woo, executive producer of video for Wired, who oversaw the originals projects. Tech and culture publication Wired is adding about 40 hours of licensed and original programming to its recently launched over-the-top video channel, as Condé Nast angles to drive up viewing time on big-screen TVs.New content launching this week includes two original series, “[De]constructed” and “Wired Masterminds”; two seasons of the BBC World News tech/gadget series “Click,” acquired from BBC Studios; along with other programming including content from Wired25, the publication’s 25th anniversary celebration in San Francisco from Oct. 12-15.Condé Nast wanted to build dedicated OTT destinations for Wired along with GQ and Bon Apetit to give it a bigger creative canvas and reach users on platforms like Roku and Apple TV — but it’s also eager to mine the opportunity to sell premium ad sponsorships. The Wired OTT Channel launched in July with initial sponsors Audi, Verizon, Quicken and HP; those deals have expired and a new batch of sponsors will be coming soon, per a Condé Nast rep.last_img read more

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Gotham Brings Ras Al Ghul Back for Some Reason

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Last week, Gotham left us with our first look at the actual Joker. While I had some reservations with how they got there, it was a genuinely exciting moment. This week, Gotham decided to follow up that haunting image with… nothing. We’re going back to the whole Ra’s Al Ghul business. Yay. Barbara is staring creepily at that portrait she thinks is of her when she’s attacked by ninjas. It turns out to be a test. Barbara is the Demon’s Head, but she hasn’t accessed its powers yet. To truly be another Ra’s Al Ghul, she needs to see the future. Meanwhile, Tabitha’s contacted Selina, who’s currently en route with Bruce in his fancy new car. It may not be the Batmobile just yet, but it has a stealth mode that Bruce is all too proud of. The fun doesn’t last long enough. Once they meet Tabitha, the assassins grab Bruce and use his blood to bring Ra’s back to life. Just in case any of the trauma from their last encounter wore off.Ra’s Al Ghul isn’t happy about being brought back to life. He rips a dude’s throat out for it, but the rest of the League is able to convince him to go after Barbara though. All it takes is for him to hear that her goals are selfish, I guess. It’s abrupt enough to feel weird. Ra’s Al Ghul is supposed to have everything planned out. He’s supposed to be ruthless and sure of himself. He’s so easily convinced here; you wonder if he was ever all that committed to anything. Even his own death. Well, at least his zombie form is nice and creepy. He attacks Barbara and learns her ambitions are disappointingly small. She’s not rebuilding the League of Assassins. She’s just angling to rule Gotham. He tries to kill her, and easily takes out all her guards. He gets close to taking back the Demon’s Head, but Bruce grabs her and speeds away in his car.Jessica Lucas, Camren Bicondova and David Mazouz (Cr: FOX)Though I’m still not a fan of this version of Ra’s Al Ghul, we get some good emotional moments out of Bruce with this story. For Ra’s to stay dead, Bruce feels he needs to kill him again. The last time he did that, it really messed him up. David Mazouz plays this conflict really well, and you can see how painful it is that he has to kill someone twice. Still, he feels a sense of responsibility, and offers to help get Ra’s’ knife back. It turns out Barbara isn’t planning on letting someone else kill Ra’s though. She holds up Bruce and Alfred, convincing Selina to give the knife over to her. Selina joins back up with Barbara, but only for like, half a scene. It turns out Barbara doesn’t have much of a plan. Just call Ra’s over and try to stab him when he isn’t looking.Selina is the only one with half a brain in this episode, which… yeah at times, that’s pretty true to the character. While Bruce is brooding over who chose what sides, Selina is the only one who realizes there shouldn’t be sides. There’s a zombie warlord roaming Gotham. If he can be killed without Bruce turning into an insufferable douche again, why not try? And for a second, it looks like Barbara might just do it. This was an oddly flat storyline, but at least it gave us a cool fight scene at the end. Barbara battles Ra’s Al Ghul on her own, and begins to predict the future. She’s finally tapping the power of the Demon’s head.Donal Logue and Ben McKenzie (Cr: FOX)The first time she looks into the future it’s a cool surprise. We see the fight play out, ending with her getting stabbed. The camera lingers on that shot just long enough to make us think Barbara’s really dead. Then, it flashes back. It’s a cool enough trick that it almost turned me around on this whole story. Then it did it again. This time with Tabitha dying. You know, the trick is less impressive when you do it a second time. And to save Tabitha’s life, she gives Ra’s his power back, so he’s no longer a decaying corpse. So… what was the point of any of this? This entire Ra’s Al Guhl story arc has been a series of minor shifts and returns to the status quo. It’s needlessly convoluted and not even interesting. In the end, it only leads to a scene where Ra’s appears to Bruce and Selina, predicting a massive fire. One that will turn Bruce into a Dark Knight. So more stuff we already know. Is this story going to do anything interesting before the season’s over?At least the other story of this episode is fun. Gordon is dealing with the news of five bank robberies in one night. He figures out pretty quick that Nygma is behind the string, but not Lee. He still thinks he can talk to her. He heads to the Narrows, where Lee is having troubles of her own. Though her and Nygma’s heist was successful, she gets shaken down by Penguin and Butch. They want half of all her profits, and Penguin starts a little bit of trouble by casting doubts on Lee’s interest in Nygma. We all know where that tends to lead. It doesn’t take Gordon long to put together what’s really going on. He doesn’t have any evidence just yet, but Gordon knows she’s helping Nygma commit these robberies.Cory Michael Smith and Morena Baccarin (Cr: FOX)This is where the convoluted, overlapping betrayals actually help the story. Mostly because Lee and Nygma are so good together, you naturally want to root for them. For most of the episode, it looks like Penguin really got to the Riddler. That he’s convinced Riddler that Ed is still inside him making him weak. Riddler has everyone, including the audience, convinced he’s betraying Lee to steal the money for Penguin. I love how stupid the banks of Gotham are. When five branches are hit in one night, the solution is apparently to send all the money to one central location. Because robbing one bank is way harder than five! Riddler and Lee put all the guards to sleep, and that’s when Penguin and Butch show up. Riddler apparently betrays Lee, holding her at gunpoint, while Penguin and Bush load up the money. When they’re done, he traps them in the vault. He never betrayed Lee to begin with. He only pretended to work with Penguin and Butch so they wouldn’t rob them later. I’m really liking this version of The Riddler.Lee is too, especially after he burns the bank’s deeds to properties in The Narrows. In real life, that wouldn’t do anything. But this is Gotham. Technology has only progressed to the point where it’s convenient for the show. Of course, the bank only has one copy of each deed. And of course, burning them all makes the citizens of the Narrows debt-free. That’s just how things work at the stupidest bank in Gotham. This back-and-forth loyalty fake-out works because Lee and Riddler are really good together. The two actors play off each other well, and the new dynamic makes both characters more interesting. By the end of the episode, Riddler has taken the money to give to the poor of the Narrows (we hope, at least), and Lee is handcuffed by Gordon. When Gotham comes back in two weeks, she’ll be locked up. But we know that won’t last for long.Drew Powell and Robin Lord Taylor (Cr: FOX)Gotham is taking a week off before its final three episodes, and this probably wasn’t the episode to leave us with. Compared to all the other depictions of Ra’s Al Ghul we’ve seen, this one has always felt kind of lame. Even when he spends most of his time as a zombie, he can’t compare to the Arrowverse’s John Barrowman. Barbara as the new Demon’s Head could have been interesting, but she got the power taken away before she could really do anything with it. So we’ve spent multiple episodes now on a story with no point. I come to Gotham for the wildly improbable stories and Batman villains doing scary things. This story has neither of those things. It’s all the worst elements of Gotham combined into one. At least we know that with only three episodes left, things will have to ramp up from here. Especially because we get back to the Joker next time.center_img NYCC 18: The Cast of Gotham On Bane, Batman and Saying GoodbyeDC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC News last_img read more

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