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Cara says modelling destroyed her movie career

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first_imgLos Angeles: Model-actor Cara Delevingne has claimed modelling has made it difficult for her to become an actor because she was always “trying to look hot”. The supermodel turned to acting in 2012 after landing a role in Anna Karenina. She said director Joe Wright had to constantly remind her to shake off techniques she had picked up from modelling, reports mirror.co.uk. Delevingne told Elle UK magazine: “Fashion really f***ed me when it came to acting. When I did my first film – Anna Karenina, which I didn’t have a speaking part in – every time I was on screen, the director would come up to me and say ‘Cara, you’re modelling again, stop trying to look pretty’. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”I was an extra with 60 other people on screen at the time. I was like ‘but what do you mean?’ And he’d tell me ‘you’re not in the moment, you’re just trying to look hot’,” he said. Delevingne added that trying not to be the centre of attention for the camera was a difficult thing to learn. “I never thought I did that. Modelling makes you know where the camera is at all times, and you have to forget that when you’re acting,” she further added.last_img read more

Quebec man credited with saving fellow seniors in LIsleVerte fire dies

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first_imgL’ISLE-VERTE, Que. – A Quebec man who was lauded as a hero for helping to save the lives of three of his neighbours in a deadly 2014 seniors’ home fire has died at the age of 87.L’Isle-Verte Mayor Ursule Theriault said Arnaud Cote died in his sleep last Friday.Cote, then 84, was credited with rushing to save the lives of three fellow residents in January 2014 as fire consumed the Residence du Havre in L’Isle-Verte, about 250 kilometres northeast of Quebec City.Thirty-two people died in the blaze.In a 2015 interview with The Canadian Press, Cote recalled waking up, yelling for help, stopping to bang on the doors to wake up three female tenants in his wing and helping them to safety.Cote lived in the Residence du Havre but in a newer section where all but one resident survived thanks to a firewall.At the funeral for the victims, the son of one of the three women ran up and hugged Cote, thanking him for saving his mother’s life.Cote downplayed his actions, which many saw as heroic.“It was something I was happy to do and the kids all came to thank me for saving their mothers,” he said in an interview on the one-year anniversary of the blaze.An obituary for Cote said he was given an honourable mention by the Governor General in recognition of his bravery.Theriault said Cote’s actions that night were typical of his character.She described the retired dairy farmer as a humble man who always wanted to help others.“He was always someone who was discreet, who didn’t want to bother and who especially wanted to help,” she said in an interview. “If he could help someone, it was his greatest pleasure.”After the fire, Cote admitted he had a hard time after so many friends had died or moved away.Most of the surviving residents were spread out to homes in neighbouring communities, and Cote was one of the few who was able to stay in town.Theriault said Cote became “a bit pensive” after the tragedy but was always determined to move forward.“He was an optimist, yes, in the sense that he understood life was important,” she said.Nancy Dumont, who manages the residence where Cote spent his final years, remembered him as a “good and proud man” who liked to play bingo, went to visit his sick sister and was always generous with his time.“All the residents were devastated when he left us for another world — a better one, we hope, because he deserves it,” Dumont said.“He left it the way he lived, without bothering anyone.”A funeral is scheduled for Saturday in L’Isle-Verte.— By Morgan Lowrie in Montreallast_img read more

Gwyneth Paltrow Hosts StarStudded amfAR Inspiration Gala

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first_imgThe stars came out last week to pay tribute to Tom Ford for his contributions to the fight against AIDS at the 5th annual amfAR Inspiration Gala Los Angeles.Sharon Stone, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, Milla Jovovich, Alessandra Ambrosio, Patricia Arquette, Natasha Bedingfield, Kat Dennings, Balthazar Getty, January Jones, Lisa Kudrow, Gilles Marini, Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, Ryan Murphy, Kelly Osbourne, Molly Sims, Dita Von Teese, Rita Wilson, amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole and Bryan Lourd.The event, presented by M•A•C Viva Glam and Wells Fargo, raised over $3 million for amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research.Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow hosted the black-tie benefit at Milk Studios. The night was filled with heartfelt tributes to Ford, and was capped with powerful musical performances. Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland performed acoustic renditions of “Paradise” and “Viva La Vida.” The legendary Diana Ross also took to the stage for a show-stopping medley that included “I’m Coming Out,”“Can’t Hurry Love,” “Ain’t No Mountain” and “I Will Survive.” Paltrow surprised the audience with the news of Ross’s performance, which had everyone from Rihanna and Justin Timberlake to Sharon Stone and Miley Cyrus on their feet dancing and singing along.Earlier in the night, Rihanna presented Mr. Ford with his award, praising his “creative genius, leadership, integrity and generosity.” Ford graciously accepted with an acknowledgment of the critical importance of those who are on the front lines fighting HIV/AIDS every day. “There is nothing more important than their diligent fight and tireless commitment,” said Ford. He recounted a time when many of his friends and loved ones were affected by the disease, emphasizing that “there is a reason to remember just how sinister this disease is and to remember the fact that there is still no cure.”As in previous years, the event featured a colorful and competitive live auction, conducted by amfAR’s Global Fundraising Chairman, Sharon Stone, who encouraged guests to give generously to amfAR’s efforts to find a cure for AIDS. The bidding included a lively battle between Miley Cyrus and Tom Ford over a Ryan McGinley photograph, which started at just $5,000 and quickly escalated to $300,000 from Cyrus. Other active participants in the auction included Rihanna, who won an iconic Willy Rizzo photograph print taken in 1949 of Elizabeth Taylor at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d’Antibes, France, and Justin Timberlake, who teamed up with Gwyneth Paltrow and doubled a standing offer for a signed Damien Hirst silkscreen print for a total of $80,000. Natasha Bedingfield generously donated $100,000 to the cash call.Another momentous highlight of the night included the announcement of a $1 million gift by philanthropist and amfAR Trustee David Bohnett to further advance amfAR’s “Countdown to a Cure for AIDS,” a research initiative aimed at developing the scientific basis for a cure for HIV by 2020. “Countdown to a Cure” is designed to intensify amfAR’s cure-focused HIV research program with plans to strategically invest $100 million in cure research over the next six years.Bryan Lourd and Aileen Getty chaired the event, with Matt Bomer, Ed Chase, Courteney Cox, John Demsey, Michael Patrick King, Daphne Guinness, Simon Halls, Tom Hanks, Tim Hanlon, Alan Poul, Vincent Roberti, Rich Ross, JR Savet, Amber Valletta, and Rita Wilson serving as co-chairs. The event was sponsored by M•A•C Viva Glam and Wells Fargo. Microsoft was the Official Technology Partner. Beverages were provided by Fiji Water, Belvedere Vodka and Gloria Ferrer. Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of amfAR.The Inspiration Gala Los Angeles, produced by Josh Wood Productions, is part of a series of amfAR events celebrating all aspects of men’s style. Other events in the Inspiration series have taken place in Paris, New York, Miami, Toronto, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro. To date, the Inspiration series has raised nearly $20 million for amfAR.last_img read more

Security Council welcomes peaceful holding of Iraqi provincial polls

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3 February 2009The Security Council today welcomed the holding of provincial, or governate, elections in Iraq on 31 January, while the top United Nations envoy to the strife-torn country called the poll a solid foundation for further progress this year. “The members of the Security Council commend and congratulate the people of Iraq for demonstrating their commitment to a peaceful and democratic political process,” Yukio Takasu of Japan, which holds the body’s presidency for February, said in a press statement.He said Council members looked forward to the certification of election results by Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC). Staffan de Mistura, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative in Iraq, told a news conference in New York, via video link, that provisional results would be announced by IHEC in the next few days, and the certified results should be released toward the end of the month.The final results, he explained, await the examination of all complaints and the incorporation of the choices of special voters such as military troops, police officers, hospital patients and prison inmates. He commented, however, that provisional results tend to be close to the certified results in most cases.Mr. de Mistura, who also heads the UN peacekeeping mission in Iraq (UNAMI), said that the poll was an important test as the first elections of a year of elections, with possible elections and a referendum in the disputed city of Kirkuk and most likely national elections toward the end of the year.“These elections were crucial, a little like the morning tells you a little bit how the day may be going weather-wise,” he said, noting that the signs were positive at this point.“We are satisfied that, one – no violence, two – orderly and well-trained people, three – that they followed procedures and four – that 51 per cent [turnout] is quite a good situation,” he said of the polls, in which some 14,467 candidates vied for posts in 6,471 polling centres. “It’s giving the feeling to the people that voting for parties and competing, even strongly – with a lot of political, verbal tension, but politically – is probably the best way for the future in Iraq,” he added.He admitted that the 51 per cent turnout, compared to 58 per cent in the 2005 polls, was somewhat below what had been expected, but was about average for provincial elections He explained that the first-time inclusion of a registration process, to lessen fraud, had probably dampened participation, while only 60,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) had voted, despite measures to increase their numbers.The real way to improve the figures in the future, he said, would be to simplify the voter lists, which were still based on old food coupon lists.He said that even the participation of Sunnis, which seems low at 40 to 42 per cent, was quite positive when compared to their near-total rejection of the last polls, in which they had only a two per cent turnout.Even in Mosul, people had been voting, he said, to show that they wanted to play the electoral power card. “Compared to two per cent, it is quite a substantial sign that they want to run their own future,” he stressed. read more

UN school shelters 600 Gaza families displaced by Israeli offensive

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The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) immediately served the families hot meals and water in addition to providing mattresses, blankets and mats.Meanwhile as Christmas approaches in Bethlehem, two UN bodies have published a report on the devastating impact that Israeli policies have had on the little hilltop town, where according to the New Testament, Jesus Christ was born 2,000 years ago.Once a bustling cultural and spiritual centre hosting tourists and pilgrims from around the world, Bethlehem has become an isolated town, with boarded up shops and abandoned development projects, according to the report – “Costs of Conflict: The Changing Face of Bethlehem” – released by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the UN Office of the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO).”The age-old link between Jerusalem and Bethlehem is nearly severed as a result of Israeli policies including settlements, a host of physical barriers and roads restricted to Israelis,” it says of the Israeli restrictions imposed after the outbreak of the Palestinian intifada uprising four years ago.”Without a political settlement that can remove the host of physical obstacles, including the barrier, and the influence of Israeli settlements, the future for Bethlehem residents looks bleak.”It adds that restricting access to Jerusalem’s and Bethlehem’s holy sites risks aggravating religious divisions in an area that has historic and religious importance for Christians, Muslims and Jews alike as well compounding the economic crisis, since tourism has the potential to bring in outside sources of income. read more

North Korean ultimatum threatens sledgehammer action against South

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first_imgNORTH KOREA has further heightened tensions in the Korean peninsula, and raised the prospect of an armed conflict against South Korea, issuing an ultimatum pledging a “sledge-hammer” retaliation over citizen demonstrations.Yesterday around 40 South Korean protestors burned a portrait of North Korea’s founder and ‘eternal president’, Kim Il-sung, on what would have been the deceased leader’s 101st birthday.The date is a national holiday in North Korea, where Kim is revered – and the demonstration has prompted an ‘ultimatum’ from North Korea’s military which condemned the display as a “thrice-cursed… monstrous criminal act”.“Our retaliatory action will start without any notice,” the Korean People’s Army said in a statement carried by the state news agency KCNA, adding:The military demonstration… will be powerful sledge-hammer blows at all hostile forces hurting the dignity of the supreme leadership.The comments mark a further escalation of the growing fears of a military conflict between the two countries. North Korea is thought to have stationed several missiles on its east coast, ahead of a possible strike on South Korea, Japan or the US island territory of Guam.“If the puppet authorities truly want dialogue and negotiations, they should apologise,” the KPA statement said.South Korea described the ultimatum as “regrettable” and “absurd”, and threatened a tough response to any provocation.The North’s statement was a disappointing end to what had otherwise been a quiet April 15, known as ‘the Day of the Sun’ in North Korea to mark its founder’s birthday. Some had feared a missile offensive on the date, but Pyongyang instead played host to several flower-laying ceremonies.Separately, a US military helicopter carrying three crew and 13 other personnel crash-landed during military drills on the Southern side of the border.The cause of the incident was not clear, though the US did say the craft had undergone a “hard landing”.There are currently 28,500 US military personnel stationed in South Korea.Additional reporting by AFPMore: John Kerry pushes for talks as North Korea threatens defiant missile launchIn depth: How a shy boy from North Korea became the world’s scariest dictator*last_img read more

The Evening Fix now with added political Pangea

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first_imgUploaded by TheCreatorsProject Young blackbirds wait for food in their nest in Peebles, Scotland, Wednesday June 5, 2013. (David Cheskin/PA Wire)HERE ARE THE things we learned, loved and shared today as we round off the day in three easy steps.THINGS WE LEARNED:#EXCHEQUER: The government’s income for the year so far has been slightly lower than expected in three of the ‘big four’ tax categories – income tax, excise duties and VAT – but this has been largely cancelled out by a larger-than-expected return in corporation tax, where returns are €150 million higher than originally planned.#STIMULUS: A further €150 million is to be invested in the government’s major capital economic stimulus plan, it has been announced today. The extra money earmarked for school projects, road maintenance repairs, and retrofitting for local authority houses.#WOOLWICH: Michael Adebolajo, 28, appeared at the Old Bailey today for his bail hearing, but repeatedly interrupted proceedings by shouting “I’m a solider” and accuse the judge of stifling the truth. Adebolajo is accused along with another man, 22-year-old Michael Adebowale, of hacking soldier Lee Rigby to death in broad daylight near a barracks in Woolwich, south east London, two weeks ago.#SEANAD REFORM: The government has announced a series of proposed changes to Dáil procedures which will be implemented if the Seanad is scrapped. The changes would include beef up the role of the Dáil, including alterations to the system in how laws are made – with all non-emergency legislation sent to a Dáil committee first, so that the committee could consider the draft edition of each bill before the final one is published.#EUR HERE FOREVER: Latvia has been given the green light to join the single European currency from next year, which will make it the second Baltic country and 18th overall to join the euro.Two-month-old orphaned baby elephant Ajabu is given a dust-bath in the red earth after being fed milk from a bottle by a keeper, as she is too young to do it herself, at an event to mark World Environment Day at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Trust founder Daphne Sheldrick said at the event, which was attended by US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec, that they are seeing an upsurge in orphaned elephants because of the poaching crisis occurring across Africa. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)THINGS WE LOVED: The good people of Spanish town Brunete were getting quite annoyed by all dog poop on their park, so they came up with a pretty genius way of dealing with lazy owners…Have you ever wondered why microwaving water results in such lousy tea? Wonder no more.THINGS WE SHARED: Commander Chris Hadfield’s former stomping ground, the International Space Station, will be visible in Irish skies tonight from 10.47pm tonight, as it passes close to the ringed planet Saturn. The ISS will stay visible in our evening skies until 16 June. Check out Astronomy Ireland for more details.This is what Pangea – the supercontinent that formed roughly 300 million years ago – would look like if it were mapped with modern political borders.Forty-five years ago today, Robert F Kennedy was assassinated in Los Angeles shortly after winning the California Democratic primary. The New Yorker has put together some great photos of happier times in the life of Bobby Kennedy.last_img read more

Underwater Human Sculptures Turning Into Coral Reef Photos

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first_imgNatural reefs are under attack from a number of man-made environmental pressures. Feeling guilty? Good, you should. Thankfully, humans can also create coral reefs by submerging objects for coral to latch onto. And artist Jason deCaires Taylor has found an innovative and beautiful way to build new reef: by concocting a breathtaking underwater statue garden he calls Silent Evolution.Taylor, an artist with a background in graffiti art and SCUBA diving, has made a name for himself with various underwater projects. With Silent Revolution, he has created an underwater installation featuring 400 life-sized human sculptures out of pH-neutral concrete reinforced with fiberglass. The project can be found off the coast of Cancun, Mexico and is open to tourists and divers.Besides helping to keep our oceans vibrant, the work makes for gorgeous visual photo candy. See more examples after the jump, or at Taylor’s Silent Revolution site.via inhabitatlast_img read more

Rick and Morty Writers Are Making An eSports Sitcom For YouTube

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first_imgStay on target You Can Now Pre-Order ‘Dungeons & Dragons Vs. Rick and Morty’ SetToy Tuesday: The Schwiftiest ‘Rick & Morty’ Toys If you’re a YouTube Red subscriber and a fan of Dan Harmon then we have some good news for you. The premium service has ordered an eSports-themed sitcom from Harmon’s Starburns Industries to help bolster its original lineup.The unnamed, half-hour scripted series will star Game Grumps‘ Dan Avidan and Arin Hanson. The show will follow a new eSports team that is trying to make it big in the world of competitive gaming. The five members of the group want to become famous but have absolutely no idea how to go about doing that. They’ll need to figure out something since they’ll have to go up against some of the biggest teams and organizations in the world of eSports.Jesse Cox and Michelle Morrow are both co-creators and executive producers of the series. The pair are also YouTubers and gamers so they understand the world of eSports better than most. The show will have Rick and Morty‘s Sarah Carbeiner and Erica Rosbe on board as writers. The two had previously written a script called Sparkle Panthers which centered around an all-female eSports team. Needless to say that the writing pair are more than qualified to tackle this series.YouTube Red is still in its infancy so this and any of its shows has the potential to be a breakout hit. YouTube has said that despite its efforts to bring big stars to its original programming platform that it is not trying to emulate places like Netflix or Amazon. It wants YouTube Red to be lead by its community first and foremost. This is a nice ideal, but as YouTube Red expands, those who run it may decide to let sponsors and not the fans decide what kind of content it will air.There’s no word yet on when this unnamed eSports show will debut so stay tuned for more as it develops.last_img read more

Clark County Sheriff’s Office says no to cannabis revenue

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first_imgIf the Clark County Council moves forward and lifts its ban on recreational cannabis businesses in unincorporated areas, it’s expected to generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional revenue from taxes on the drug.But the Clark County Sheriff’s Office wants none of it.Clark County Undersheriff Mike Cooke made the statement in a March 27 email exchange with Clark County Council Chair Eileen Quiring. The email was released by the county under the state’s public disclosure law.“Drugs have been destroying families for generations and will continue to do so,” Cooke wrote. “Unfortunately, now our local governments want to increase revenue on the backs of these poor families.”Cooke wrote that legalizing cannabis “was simply exchanging an illegal drug cartel for a drug cartel controlled by the government. The government cartel now acts just like the illegal cartels.“This is why the sheriff’s office has made it clear we want absolutely nothing to do with any revenue generated by marijuana sales,” he continued.last_img read more

Fire Rips Through 2 Oceanside Apartment Buildings

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first_img KUSI Newsroom April 6, 2019 Updated: 6:48 PM Posted: April 6, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A fire spread through and demolished two Oceanside apartment buildings this afternoon, displacing dozens of people, a police officer said.The first report of the fire came in a little after 2 p.m., according to Oceanside police Lt. Kedrick Sadler. The blaze first broke out at an apartment building on Division Street before spreading to a neighboring building on Brooks Street, just to the east.Two people suffered minor burns but were able to escape, Sadler said. No one else was hurt.In all, about 30 people were evacuated. The flames were out by about 3:45 p.m., but firefighters weren’t able to save the buildings, which were both “basically destroyed,” according to Sadler.It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the fire. Arson investigators were at the scene trying to determine what happened, Sadler said. center_img Fire Rips Through 2 Oceanside Apartment Buildings KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Melco Resorts buys 20 electric buses

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first_img Melco International Development grants Evan Winkler HK$269 million share options “Together with the Macau SAR government, Melco is committed to a greener Macau,” said Melco’s Executive Vice President, Chief Officer of Human Resources and Corporate Social Responsibility, Akiko Takahashi. “With the purchase and forthcoming operation of this zero-emission fleet, we hope to make the most effective use of resources and actively mitigate the impact of our operations on the environment.” Melco Resorts has purchased 20 electric buses to transport guests between its three Macau integrated resorts – City of Dreams, Studio City and Altira Macau.The zero-emission fleet includes 18 tour coaches and two public bus style vehicles and is scheduled to begin operations in May 2018. Initial plans are for the buses to operate the longer Macau border gate and Macau Ferry route. Evan Winkler appointed President as Melco Resorts implements latest management overhaul Load More Melco Resorts distances itself from Chairman’s father, Dr Stanley Ho, amid inquiry into Crown Resorts acquisition RelatedPostslast_img read more

Two Sent To Hospital Following Accident In Moose Pass

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first_imgAccording to the Trooper dispatch, Horn was northbound on the Seward Highway. Nansen pulled onto the highway from a pullout in front of Horn. Horn was unable to avoid the moving van and struck it. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska State Troopers responded to mile post 45 of the Seward Highway for a two vehicle crash on December 14. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Moose-pass-accident-.mp3VmJennifer-on-Moose-pass-accident-.mp300:00RPd One of Horn’s passengers was transported by a LifeMed helicopter to an Anchorage area hospital for treatment on non-life threatening injuries and another of Horn’s passengers was transported to Seward Providence Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.center_img Investigation revealed Hans Nansen, age 23 of Anchorage, was driving an orange 2012 International moving van and Ernst Horn, age 65 of Crown Point, was driving a blue 2007 Chrysler minivan. Nansen was issued a citation. According to Troopers, all persons reported wearing their safety belts. Impairment was not a factor.last_img read more

YSRCP government failed to resolve water crisis TDP

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first_imgKurnool: TDP district president Somisetty Venkateswarlu came down heavily on YSRCP government for not mitigating drinking water shortage in the city. The TDP functionaries led by Somisetty have visited the Summer Storage (SS) tank and Sunkesula Barrage on Friday and checked the water levels. Addressing a press conference at the TDP office here, the party district chief stated that water levels have reached dead storage. Less than 0.15 tmcft of water left in Sunkesula Barrage and even less in the SS tank, he mentioned and added that water available would barely meet the drinking water needs for 10 days. If rationed then it could last till the end of the month, he claimed. The TDP leader blamed the ruling government for water crisis. Somisetty slammed two Ministers from the district for not touring the affected villages and towns.last_img read more

Colin was right on the Raiders wrong on CM Punk

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first_imgWhere Colin was Wrong.Colin’s NFL Week 1 Blazin’ 52 -3 for Week 1. There’s no harder week to pick. Obviously gonna crush Week 2. Nailed Tampa and the Giants. Swallowed a big number with Seattle and regretted it. Jay Cutler left Bears heavies sulking like Jay Cutler, and Cincy was a tough beat. Big comeback week ahead. Advertisement Where Colin was Wrong.Clemson has been awfulThe TIgers could be 0 – 2. They’ve been escaping when they should be dominating. They survived a mediocre Auburn team, and almost lost to a feisty Troy this weekend. Deshaun Watson, everyone’s surefire #1 pick, is barely completing 50% of his passes and looks like he’s regressed against inferior competition. Even if Watson can get right, Clemson doesn’t look nearly as imposing as they did a year ago. Colin was wrong. Sorry Dabo.? Here are your highlights from today’s game at No. 2 Clemson #RTW #OneTROY pic.twitter.com/HL0XKsuqll— Troy Football (@TroyTrojansFB) September 11, 2016Where Colin was Right.Ryan Tannehill is no Andrew Luck.He’s not a winning quarterback. He took a sack to end the game against the Seahawks that was the capper on a Keystone Cops clock management sequence where he was unaware the clock was still running. There is no other reasonable position on this topic. Andrew Luck throws the ball down the field and does it with a considerably weaker supporting cast. He threw for 380 in his loss, which can be heavily laid at the feet of an invisible defense.Andrew Luck in the groove…More of the same when you come to ?? please!#DETvsIND https://t.co/SGq95GZst4— NFL UK (@NFLUK) September 11, 2016 Where Colin was Right.More players took a knee and the world didn’t end.Just accept that players are going to continue to have opinions. There’s no need to give yourself a stroke over it. Arian Foster and other Dolphins joined the protest and knelt before the national anthem on Sunday. After the game, Foster commented, “If kneeling before your flag is disrespectful, then kneeling for your God is disrespectful.”No need to freak out. Take a nerve pill grandpa.“If kneeling for your flag is disrespectful then kneeling for your God is disrespectful,” Arian Foster said. pic.twitter.com/hpfzxw4meW— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) September 11, 2016 Where Colin was Right. The Autumn wind is a Raider again.Colin has them winning the AFC West. They’re young, but he loves what he sees in David Carr. He throws the ball down the field and oozes leadership qualities. The game winning two-point conversion in New Orleans is exactly what you want to see in a young, improving team. They’re loaded with top level talent at all the key positions.It’s Victory Monday, #RaiderNation.This two-point conversion in the game’s final minute made it happen. https://t.co/XqEBzrXDXW— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) September 12, 2016 Every Monday, it’s time for Colin to bask in the glory of some of his predictions that hit, and face the music on some of his biggest misfires from the weekend.The predictions were flying ahead of College Football Week 2 and NFL Week 1. He had some big hits and some notable misses, but he still had a better weekend than CM Punk.Here’s Where Colin was right, where Colin was wrong.  Where Colin was WrongCM Punk got Fight Club’ed.CM Punk took a beating that should have taken place at the bike rack behind an elementary school, not an octagon. CM showed guts, but he also showed a detached retina. After the fight, Punk said “Go big, or go home.” It might be time to rethink this whole MMA thing. At least come to the next fight with a fresh stash of white towels.“You go BIG or you go home” – @CMPunk #UFC203 https://t.co/H4LEnkXwmI— UFC (@ufc) September 11, 2016 Where Colin was Right. The Bills signing Tyrod Taylor to a massive contract in August was as dumb as it looked.Tyrod Taylor was awful for the Bills on Sunday. 111 yards passing and 7 points is not gonna get it done. Good thing you locked up an undersized quarterback who’s bad from the pocket long term! It’s only Week 1, but Colin is calling it a hit. Fool me once with Ryan Fitzpatrick, shame on you. Fool me twice, you’re the Bills or the Browns. Where Colin was Wrong.Brock Osweiler was impressive with the Texans.Colin has been hard on Osweiler, but he looked solid yesterday. The Texans may have found a gem in rookie wideout Will Fuller to pair alongside Nuke Hopkins. The eye test doesn’t lie, and he passed it in his first game with Houston. Colin is taking the L on this one.Will Fuller scores a TD & sets a Texans record for receiving yards in a rookie debut (107 yards).#NDinTheNFLpic.twitter.com/XBLhUi5o6f— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) September 11, 2016last_img read more

How gay travel blogger couple Doug and Sanj got to see 50

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first_imgDoug and Sanj at the Taj Mahal in India | Photo: thetravellinggaysHave you ever experienced homophobia or discrimination abroad?Sanjay: Thankfully not really. However, we are careful with the way that we interact in certain places if we know it could be problematic.Would you avoid a certain country because of the laws there?Doug: We haven’t in the past but we’ve definitely started thinking about it more. Not so much for a safety issue but there are questions about whether or not you should support an economy if the government doesn’t support LGBTI rights. It’s a really hard to decide what the right thing to do is. But one thing we do know is that we need to support those in countries who don’t have the same level of legal rights as we do in England.Doug and Sanj in Mexico | Photo: Instagram/thetravellinggaysDo you ever hope to get married, and if so, would you consider a destination wedding?Sanjay: Well, we’ve actually just set our date and picked the venue for our wedding next year. It’s going to be in Crete so absolutely, we want a beautiful gorgeous backdrop and guaranteed sunshine. You just can’t second guess the English weather!Where would you go on your honeymoon?Doug: We’re currently torn between an over-water bungalow in the Maldives and a tour of South America at the moment. We want to make it really special and like nothing we’ve ever done before.Where were you going the last time you stepped on a plane, apart from home?Sanjay: We were off to San Francisco at Christmas, and we took our mums away to Yosemite which was stunning. I then went on to Vegas with my mum and they visited the Grand Canyon and went to see Britney. Epic!What is your top tip for making it through a long haul flight?Doug: Make sure you have a big bottle of water and also book an airport lounge before you travel. It’s a great way to unwind and relax before the flight. Oh, and don’t forget some comfy trackies to change into onboard!Sanj in Las Vegas, Nevada | Photo: Instagram/thetravellinggaysWhere do you hope to visit this year and why?Doug: We’ve got a couple of abroad weddings booked in already. We’re off to Sanj’s best mate’s wedding in Hawaii, and my best mate’s wedding in Cyprus! We’d also love to do a trip to Finland and stay in the igloos where you can see the Northern Lights.What is the best thing about traveling with your partner?Sanjay: Getting to spend time with each other, exploring new places and making new memories together. There’s that old cliche saying that travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer, which is absolutely true. We want to collect memories as we get older, rather than just collecting ‘things’.How did you both meet?Doug: We met at Manchester Pride back in 2009 at a mutual friend’s house party. We saw each other across the room and the rest is history! Nine years later and here we are, about to embark on an exciting adventure in India and planning a wedding.For more information about The Travelling Gays, visit their official Instagram page.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Tell us more about you…Doug: We’re Doug and Sanjay, both 30-somethings. I work in travel and am from the Lake District.Sanjay: I work for an LGBTI charity and grew up in London. I’m half Indian and half English. GAYSTARNEWS- What it’s really like to run a clothing-optional gay resort in Palm SpringsGay Bermuda tourism CEO: LGBTI boycott ‘counter-intuitive’ after marriage equality reversalLGBT Tourism is a $211 billion annual travel industry: LGBT Masterclass at WTM LondonRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/the-travelling-gays/center_img What is your travel project all about?Sanjay: We’re currently sat in the airport about to fly off to India for a bit of an epic trip around the Golden Triangle and Kerala! We started our Instagram account (thetravellinggays) as a bit of fun last year, and to keep a record of all of our trips because we love to travel. We’ve started dipping our toes into a bit of blogging and YouTubing with it as well.How many countries have you been to?Doug: Between us, too many to count! Probably more than 50. There’s lots on our list still to go to. South America is somewhere we’ve not explored yet. We really want to check out Brazil, Chile and Argentina. We’re thinking of doing it by cruise over the next couple of years.Doug and Sanj in San Francisco | Photo/thetravellinggaysHow many continents, and which?Sanjay: Five so far. We go to North America all the time. We’ve got friends in LA so love visiting them. Australasia; Sydney is a lot of fun! Asia we’ve all over and of course Europe. In Africa, I went on safari with my mum in Kenya because my mum was born in Nairobi.What’s your favorite destination you’ve visited and why?Doug: It’s so hard to choose. There are so may that we love and we love different places depending on what type of trip it is. When we try to pick one, we go round in circles! If we have to, probably Costa Rica. It’s got an amazing mix all in one island, from rainforests and volcanoes to hot springs, waterfalls and beaches. It’s truly stunning.Doug and Sanj in Santorini | Photo: Instagram/thetravellinggaysAnd your worst?Sanjay: We haven’t got a worst! We can always find some charm in everywhere that we go. That said, we’ve stayed in some pretty grotty hostels in Thailand!Where was your most romantic trip and why?Sanjay: Definitely Santorini. I surprised Doug with a trip there from Mykonos for a night last year. After a three course meal served over dinner on the balcony of our hotel at sunset, Sanj got down on one knee and proposed!What has been your biggest vacation disaster?Doug: When we went to Vietnam to see Sanj’s dad we collected our visas on arrival. We were about to get them processed and I couldn’t find my passport. I said I’d given it to Sanj, Sanj said I hadn’t. We were scrambling around, they even went and searched the plane we arrived on, but it was nowhere to be found. I was about to be deported on a flight back in moments and then Sanj realized he’d handed it in to the visa person without paying attention. There were a few cross words that night!Which country has the hottest people?Doug: If you look at us as a couple we clearly have different tastes to each other, so we’re never going to agree on that!Where did you typically go on holiday as a kid?Doug: My family went camping in France every year for the entire summer.Sanjay: My mum loves traveling all over the place too so it was quite varied, but India a fair bit. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

Choreographer and former Costa Rican resident MaryLu Tosi dies at 91

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first_img Facebook Comments Choreographer and performer MaryLu Tosi, who lived in Costa Rica with her family for many years, died on March 30 at the age of 91 in Ft. Myers, Florida.Longtime friend Margarita Downey told The Tico Times that Tosi was born and raised in Connecticut and studied to be a laboratory technician. After she met and married Joseph Tosi, a Yale graduate, the couple traveled together to Peru where Joe worked as an ecologist and geographer. There, they had three children, Alex, Lucinda and John.The family settled in Costa Rica in the early sixties, and Dr. Joseph Tosi founded the Tropical Science Center. Ih that role, he advised conservation projects all over Costa Rica including the Monteverde Reserve, La Selva and Braulio Carillo National Park. (Courtesy of Joseph Tosi) Related posts:Little Theatre Group unveils latest production Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica Dean Hinton, former U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica, dies at 94 Arts and culture at a glance: the week ahead in Costa Ricacenter_img “MaryLu Tosi thrived on choreography, performing on television, helping the Little Theatre Group of Costa Rica, staging shows at the National Theater, the Centro Cultural, the Hotel Costa Rica, and other important venues in Costa Rica with her dance troupe,” Downey wrote. “She was a teacher, a performer, a choreographer and also founded Staff of Life, the very first cottage industry in San Ramón de Tres Rios, which supplyied homemade bread and four flavors of granola in the 1970s for grocery stores. MaryLu was energy, spontaneity, creativity and a showgirl!”“She was one of those life-changing people to so many,” added Downey, who was Tosi’s neighbor in San Ramón de Tres Ríos. (Courtesy of Joseph Tosi) (Courtesy of Joseph Tosi)The Tico Times thanks Margarita Downey and MaryLu’s grandson, Joseph, for these photos and information.last_img read more

Tourism industry welcomes and supports training

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first_imgTourism industry welcomes and supports trainingATAB continues to receive overwhelming response to its’  inaugural Australian Travel Agent Barometer (ATAB ) Business Builders conference 2015. The conference founder Simon Bernardi says “This is the best travel conference you will go to all year”. Simon went on to say,  when I speak with travel agents the major concerns many of them have are very simply twofold:How do I compete online?How do I get more customers?The Business Builders conference is designed to empower agents whether they be home based, mobile or traditional retail travel agents, to have practical strategies in both of these areas that you can implement affordably and practically in your business or office immediately.There is no reason why agents can’t have an affordable online competitive presence today with both IATA and low cost carriers able to be booked at competitive rates. Many agents have invested in online and have been disappointed in the results because of unrealistic expectations, the wrong product or because of the complexity of some products.The ATAB Business Builders conference will provide practical insights from experienced hands on and successful industry leaders.Being independent, the conference is designed for all agents whether they be part of a large brand, independent or home based. If you own your business and need help competing with online operators and getting more customers then you shouldn’t miss this conference, Bernardi said.Industry magnate, Mr Phil Hoffman is the keynote speaker as well as highly regarded industry leaders who have successfully built their businesses around capturing new markets and customers. The program has been expertly designed to provide independent advice on online solutions, marketing to customers, developing cruise products and developing niche markets to set your business apart from others.At the conclusion of the conference is the Trade Show which both allows and provides networking opportunities with major suppliers and industry leaders as well as an opportunity to win a holiday for two in Fiji.ATAB (Australian Travel Agent Barometer) Business Builders 2015 is focused on providing individual travel agents across Australia and New Zealand basic skills to grow and market their business online. The Idea came from the industry research that ATAB has conducted over the past several years. Most agents surveyed identified the growth of online consumer travel products and the lack of new customers as the two main business issues impacting their business and were not aware of ways to fight back for their business. Agents expressed frustration at not being able to develop a simple online strategy to enable customers to book competitive products online including low cost airlines whilst still being able to offer a traditional service.As consumers buying habits evolve the expectation is that agents demonstrate to customers online that they are competitively priced and are accessible for bookings 24/7. A properly developed online presence gives individual agents the tools to develop marketing strategies via social media and online advertising at relatively low cost hence, not only retaining customers but also in having the opportunity to develop new customers.Only recently is the technology readily available for agents to implement themselves at a low cost and compete competitively with online travel providers.Ø  The conference is being held at The Pullman Hyde Park Sydney on 09 July 2015.Ø  Early Bird Tickets are still available until 1700, 01 May 2015 at $198 Source = ATAB Sponsors Click Here  “WIN”  and you could be the lucky winner of a double pass, complimentary tickets for twowww.atab.net.aucenter_img Major Sponsors Trip to Fijilast_img read more

MT Bank Gains Outstanding CRA Evaluation

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first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2011-11-30 Abby Gregory in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology November 30, 2011 439 Views M&T Bank Gains ‘Outstanding’ CRA Evaluationcenter_img It’s not often that a financial institution is recognized as “”outstanding”” in the current economic climate, but “”M&T Bank””:www.mtb.com/ has worked against current trends to receive a high rating from the “”Federal Reserve Bank of New York””:www.newyorkfed.org/. The bank was recently given an “”outstanding”” rating by the New York Fed for its performance under the “”Community Reinvestment Act””:www.ffiec.gov/cra/. [IMAGE]M&T Bank’s standing represents the highest possible notation from the group, as it relates to how well the company facilitates the credit needs of the communities it serves. Since the CRA exams began in 1982, M&T Bank has enjoyed an “”outstanding”” rating from the Fed.When extending its elevated evaluation, the New York Fed noted M&T Bank’s leadership in community development loans and qualified investments, its accessible retail delivery systems, and its distribution of loans across diverse income levels and [COLUMN_BREAK]business compositions. The New York Fed also commented on the volume of the bank’s community lending, stating that it “”generally exceeded similarly-situated banks in the New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland full scope assessment area ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬ª M&T’s community development lending was responsive to community needs.””Specifically, the CRA examination featured 456 community development loans given during the two-year assessment period, which totaled more than $2.3 billion. The significant number shows a large increase over the $1.9 billion loaned by M&T Bank during its previous CRA rating period. Commenting on the company’s rating, M&T Bank’s corporate CRA officer noted, “”While we’ve increased lending for the construction of affordable housing, health care facilities, senior housing and other community development projects in cities and towns where our employees live and work, we’ve also maintained lower loan losses than almost all other U.S. regional banks. Our experience shows community development lending, when done effectively and responsibly, can benefit the neighbors and communities we serve.””Additional portions of the survey by the New York Fed mentioned M&T Bank’s efforts at providing community-based seminar sponsorships and presentations on affordable mortgages, as well as its small business assistance and general banking and financial literacy education initiatives. The recent CRA findings calculate all activity by M&T Bank through December 31, 2009. Sharelast_img read more

Home Prices Climb Despite Volatile Financial Markets

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first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, News Share Home Prices Climb Despite Volatile Financial Markets In the midst of tight supply, heightened competition for buyers, and unpredictable financial markets, U.S. home prices continued to rise in the fourth quarter.The Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) House Price Index (HPI) shows that home prices rose 5.8 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2015. Prices increased 1.4 percent from the third quarter of 2015, marking the 18 consecutive quarterly price increase in the purchase-only, seasonally adjusted index. Home prices were up 0.4 percent month-over-month for December.“Instability in financial markets did not seem to put much of a drag on home prices in the fourth quarter,” said Andrew Leventis, FHFA Supervisory Economist. The 1.4 percent rise in home prices “was in line with the extremely steady—but historically elevated— appreciation rates we have been observing for several years now.”The FHFA reported that home prices rose in every state and in the District of Columbia between the fourth quarter of 2014 and the fourth quarter of 2015.FHFA’s Top 5 states in Annual Home Price Appreciation:Nevada 12.7 percentColorado 10.9 percentIdaho 10.7 percentWashington 10.7 percentOregon 10.6 percent.Out of the 100 most populated metro areas in the U.S., four-quarter price increases were greatest in the San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, California Metropolitan Statistical Areas District, where prices increased by 20.7 percent. On the other hand, home prices came in weak in New Haven-Milford, Connecticut, falling 1.5 percent.The Pacific division experienced the strongest increase in the fourth quarter of the nine census divisions, with a 2.1 percent quarterly gain and an 8.0 percent year-over-year increase. Meanwhile, home price appreciation was weakest in the Middle Atlantic division, where prices rose 0.6 percent from the last quarter.While home prices are still rising due to buyer demand and low inventories, supported by low mortgage rates, eased lending standards, and improving job markets, they are doing so at a much slower pace.The S&P/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index (HPI) released Tuesday found that home prices rose 5.4 percent year-over-year in December 2015, up slightly from a 5.2 percent rise in the previous month. Month-over-month, home prices rose 0.1 percent in December.Matthew Pointon, Property Economist at Capital Economics noted, “House price gains continue to be driven by a gradual rise in housing demand coming up against very low levels of homes for sale. Demand is being supported by falling mortgage interest rates, a steady easing in mortgage lending standards and an improving jobs markets. That helped mortgage applications for home purchase reach their highest level in almost six years in January.”Click here to view the full report.center_img Federal Housing Finance Agency Financial Markets Home Prices 2016-02-25 Staff Writer February 25, 2016 765 Views last_img read more