Case adjourned for man accused of killing four people in Fredericton

first_imgFREDERICTON – A Fredericton man accused of killing four people, including two city police officers, is due back in court next month after his case was adjourned today.Matthew Vincent Raymond faces four counts of murder in the deaths of Const. Sara Burns, Const. Robb Costello, Donnie Robichaud and Bobbie Lee Wright.The police officers and civilians were gunned down Aug. 10 outside an apartment complex in the New Brunswick capital.Court documents say the incident ended after police shot the alleged gunman in the abdomen.Defence lawyer Nathan Gorham told the court he had just received a large volume of material and needed time to review it.The matter is set to return to court on Oct. 22.Gorham has said earlier that he expects his client will enter a plea of not guilty and request a preliminary hearing.last_img read more

Taking intel seriously

first_img2019 did not take off to a pleasant start as it witnessed three devastating terror strikes in three different parts of the world within a period of three months commencing from mid-February. As the fifth month begins, the world hopes that coming times remain safe and secure from terror attacks. The element of intelligence needs to play a critical part in the near future as in the preceding months, it did not quite measure up to professional expectations. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe year began with a deadly explosion on February 14 killing more than 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel when its convoy was hit by a suicide bomber in Pulwama (Jammu & Kashmir) who was inspired and used by Pakistan-based notorious Islamic terror outfit, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM). Its elusive head Masood Azhar had earlier warned about a likely strike as his focus has always been on Kashmir. Soon after the incident, questions arose if there was adequate intelligence supplied by the state and other intelligence agencies to the enforcers to prevent the unfortunate act. There are two exclusive and dedicated central agencies as arms of the intelligence apparatus to garner hard intelligence and share the same with the concerned to neutralise any untoward happening. Other than these, there is military intelligence and other subsidiary setups including a full-fledged state intelligence formation for gathering hard inputs to act against the forces detrimental to national security. Also Read – Insider threat managementWith such a robust and well-structured Intelligence set up in place, it is hard to fathom why Pulwama strike could not be prevented? Or it is equally possible that there was intelligence available but the relevant agencies didn’t act on time even after the receipt of the precious preventable inputs. The state intelligence officials of J&K are very dedicated and professional. Given the sensitivity and strategic significance of the state, they seem to be forever vigilant. However, the Governor of the state, soon after the blast, had admitted that there was no intelligence available that such a deadly thing was coming. It would, therefore, seem there was something amiss somewhere either in the coordination between the multiple intelligence agencies or some lack of oversight or possibly a huge communication gap. Identifying the perpetrator of the incident who rammed the car in the CRPF convoy or loading such huge quantity of explosives in the car, all such likelihood went unnoticed. Such gaps need a diligent study and tight measures put in place at the earliest to prevent any recurrence. Now we come to the Christ Church (New Zealand) killings of March 15, coming exactly after a month of the Pulwama incident. Here, the perpetrator is of different faith but common feature with those abetting Pulwama terror is only acerbic hatred towards another faith. Here the killer was a far-right Christian and the victims were all Muslims, and more than fifty in number. Coming to the Intelligence part of it, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern admitted that intelligence available for the happening of this ghastly incident was grossly misplaced. At the same time, she said that there were warnings about the planning of misadventures by the right-wing activists but they were not taken seriously. Jacinda had also admitted subsequently that she had received a precious document in hand which could have prevented the mosques’ massacre but it was too late as by then, Brenton Tarrant, the Australian killer had done his job. Intelligence was there yet it couldn’t measure about the time leading to the avoidable killing of the innocents. Similarly, the Australian and New Zealand intelligence agencies didn’t have any whiff that Brenton had explored identifying enemies of Christians in 2016 itself in Turkey and the issue was politically exploited by President Erdogan in his election campaign of March 31 this year. Similarly, there was no intelligence available with the Australians that Brenton had remitted money to his Austrian far-right friends sharing the same ideology. All escaped the radar of the intelligence services. It would be pertinent to point out that in 2016, New Zealand spent around 179 million worth US dollars to rejuvenate the intelligence services but obviously the hefty sum invested didn’t commensurate the results. Meanwhile, April 21 (Easter Sunday) saw 253 chilling deaths when Islamic fanatics, inspired by ISIS, killed Christian worshippers in several churches and foreign tourists in many popular hotels in various parts of Sri Lanka. Here, a war of words and acrimonious exchange of controversial statements are all over on the role of the Intelligence services immediately in the aftermath of the carnage. Both, President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have already begun a blame game living in a deniability mode that intelligence warning of the church and hotel blasts were not shared with them. The self-inflicted perceptions seem preposterous as how can the two top men of the government be kept in dark about such a vital input having bearing on the national security? It may be reiterated that as early as on April 11, Indian intelligence had alerted about the upcoming tragedy. It went unheeded and it is now understood that there is severe infighting within the intelligence set up itself that national security interests were harmed. It would appear that intelligence officers are owing allegiance to different political masters resulting in such a chaotic situation. Meanwhile, authoritative sources confirm that President Sirisena was apprised of the intelligence lead and three briefing sessions were held. It is further confirmed that senior DIG Nilantha Jaywardane met the President and briefed him personally on April 11 and April 16. Subsequent to receipt of additional intelligence on April 20, Jayawardene briefed the President on phone. His denial seems far from reality and in the internal tussle in the establishment, Defence Secretary, Masiri Fernando, and the IGP Pujith Jayasundara were made scapegoats. This trend is so unhealthy for the crucial intelligence services. Further, glaring intelligence failure in Sri Lankan intelligence was noticed when in a recent raid in Kattankudy, huge cache of arms and ammunition plus explosives were recovered as well as a fierce encounter ensued killing fifteen persons. All were, unknown to the intelligence of Sri Lanka. Reasons are not easily comprehensible. Since 1980, Saudi money was pumped in leading to mushrooming of 60 mosques in a city of 45,000 people. Wahabism writ runs aggressively and the local population seems to be badly radicalised with the venom of Wahabism. Saudis are also known to be considering establishing an Islamic university in the region so heavily indoctrinated. In the same vein, activities of the National Towheed Jamaath (NTJ) and its linkages in Tamil Nadu and Kerala escaped the intelligence radar. In sum, it’s the intelligence failure that caused so many killings in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Perhaps in this context, former minister and ex-Defence Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who is often credited for having exterminated LTTE terrorism in 2009, recently stated that he would contest the next elections and if elected, on priority, revamp the intelligence networking in the island country by improving surveillance capability. He is bang on so it seems as that’s what is required. We, therefore, see in the comparison of the three terror attacks that intelligence continues to be a key factor and cannot be ignored. That said, intelligence collection is not an easy job. Failures are simple to project but successes are difficult to list as faceless intelligence personally ordinarily go into oblivion unsung and unnoticed. Their services need recognition and the officers credited. On their part, they need to remain apolitical. In the recent past, France, Belgium, and other countries were also struck by serious intelligence failures. This time ISIS and its affiliates (also the far-right elements) seem to have South Asia as their prime target. If intelligence is not put on top gear, fatalities will only increase making the world bereft of safety and tranquil. The time has possibly come for all members of the intelligence community at the global level to sit and brainstorm to uproot the menace of terror. At least, a sincere and visible attempt can be made. (The author is a retired IPS officer, a security analyst and a former National Security Advisor to Mauritius. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Casablanca Police Arrest Woman for Kidnapping 5YearOld Girl

Rabat – The judicial police of Casablanca arrested a 46-year-old woman today who allegedly kidnapped and locked up a minor girl.The statement from the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) said a missing 5-year-old girl was found in good health after four days of searching. The communique added that her parents had filed a complaint about their daughter’s disappearance under suspicious circumstances. The police determined the identity of the suspect and arrested her at her home in Hay Rahma in Casablanca.The girl had been kidnapped from a market in Al-Wifaq in the Hay Al Hassani area of Casablanca.The suspect has been placed in custody for further investigation  of the criminal act and the possibility of the suspect’s involvement in other crimes. DGSN statement said the arrest was carried out in cooperation with Morocco’s General Directorate for Territorial Surveillance (DGST). read more

New Mexico seeks bigger slice of outdoor recreation economy

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico will seek out a bigger share of the nation’s outdoor recreation economy by creating a special division dedicated to expanding the state’s foothold in the lucrative industry.At a state park in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed legislation that creates a special outdoor recreation division. The plan takes cues from other states in the U.S. West such as Colorado that actively promote outdoor adventure as an engine of economic development and a resource for public health and consciousness about natural wonders.Sponsors of the New Mexico bill including state Rep. Angelica Rubio of Las Cruces say they’ve added a unique component: a public-private grant fund to underwrite outdoor experiences for children from low-income households and diverse backgrounds, who might not otherwise have the time or means to explore nature.“There is no book big enough to be able to teach what the outdoors can,” Rubio said. “I really want kids to get their hands and feet dirty.”Rubio expressed confidence that outdoor apparel companies would help sponsor grants for children.The Democrat-led Legislature approved an initial $200,000 in general fund spending to set up the new division within the Economic Development Department. Another $100,000 pays for infrastructure and trail projects by the state’s Youth Conservation Corps, and the state is providing $100,000 in seed money to the grant fund for childhood programs.Lujan Grisham recalled learning to ski and finding her love for geology as a child in the mountains outside Santa Fe, and acknowledged many children don’t have the same opportunities.“This is about providing New Mexicans equal access,” she said.On hand to pledge support for the initiatives were several state agency secretaries and Public Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richards — who together oversee more than 30 state parks and vast tracks of trust land that are traversed by the Continental Divide Trail, archaeological sites and prime hunting grounds for big game.Tourism Secretary Jen Schroer ticked off a list of the state’s enviable outdoor attractions that include 17 national parks and monuments.Morgan Lee, The Associated Press read more

Sri Lanka commended for ending authoritarian rule

In the 659-page World Report 2016, its 26th edition, Human Rights Watch reviews human rights practices in more than 90 countries. In his introductory essay, Executive Director Kenneth Roth writes that the spread of terrorist attacks beyond the Middle East and the huge flows of refugees spawned by repression and conflict led many Governments to curtail rights in misguided efforts to protect their security. At the same time, authoritarian Governments throughout the world, fearful of peaceful dissent that is often magnified by social media, embarked on the most intense crackdown on independent groups in recent times. The Government of President Maithripala Sirisena promptly initiated a series of constitutional reforms, including establishing a constitutional council and restoring the independence of the judiciary, police, and human rights commissions. Civil society groups are once again able to speak out safely on issues of concern. In December, the government signed the United Nations Convention against Enforced Disappearance, a step toward tackling a massive decades-long problem.The Government has yet to fulfill its pledge to abolish the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). Authorities agreed to release some PTA detainees on bail, “rehabilitate” others, and prosecute the remainder, but arrests under the PTA continued throughout the year. Inadequate information from the security forces means there are no reliable numbers on those detained under the law. Moreover, many imprisoned PTA detainees were convicted after being tortured to confess. The government has still not put forth a plan to provide redress for those unjustly detained under the PTA. Sri Lanka’s Government, elected in January 2015, ended the pervasive culture of surveillance and censorship and embarked on reforms aimed to undo years of increasingly authoritarian rule, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2016.However the report notes that the Government still faces key concerns, including wartime accountability and prolonged detention without trial. “Sri Lanka’s new Government has begun to address some of the country’s chronic human rights problems, but much remains to be done,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “The pervasive culture of fear is largely gone and positive measures have been adopted, but the previous government’s disastrous restructuring of independent state institutions needs to be fully dismantled.” In August, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights issued a scathing report on unlawful attacks, killings, torture, sexual violence, and attacks on relief aid by both sides during the civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam that ended in 2009. At the Human Rights Council in October 2015, member states including Sri Lanka endorsed a consensus resolution calling on the Sri Lankan Government to implement the report’s many recommendations, including to establish a special counsel to investigate and prosecute alleged wartime abuses, and to include foreign judges and prosecutors in a Sri Lankan tribunal.Soon after the council resolution passed, the Government began the process of public consultations on accountability and truth mechanisms. The Government also began to investigate some emblematic rights violations during the conflict, including the killing and enforced disappearance of journalists, but progress remained slow. Chronic abuses distinct from the civil war, such as police abuse and security sector reform, also need to be addressed, Human Rights Watch said.“For years Sri Lanka was sinking deeper into human rights despair, so the changed atmosphere under the new Government has given hope to many victims of past abuses, civil society activists, and international observers,” Adams said. “It’s now time for the Sirisena government to turn its positive words and initial actions into institutional changes that will have a lasting impact on the country.” read more

Laura Secord 3D bust

History and technology have converged in the Niagara region. The Laura Secord sculpture at a Niagara museum is now in the process of being replicated, 200 times.It’s being done to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Secord’s historic walk during the War of 1812, but exactly how it’s being done is what’s fascinating. Cindy Csordas has the story of some remarkable 3D technology.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

Cottonwood Creek Watershed Plan Now Underway

Emery County recently applied for funding under the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act (PL-566). This act allows USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to help local organizations and units of government plan and implement watershed projects.  Emery County applied for this funding to evaluate the watersheds above Joe’s Valley Reservoir with the intent to provide long term protection for this vital resource.  This funding will also evaluate watersheds near Orangeville City to help ensure that the city is protected from potential flooding.Norm Evenstad from the USDA office in Salt Lake City explained that the purpose of this funding was for water protection and water quality work. He also explained that the program consists of three phases.  These three phases consists of planning, design, and construction.  It was explained that USDA recently hired consultants to conduct the initially planning phase.  For this planning phase, the NEPA process will be conducted.  He further stated that the economic analysis is huge as both congress and the public want to get the biggest bang for their buck.The planning phase will take approximately two years.  This public scoping meeting was only the beginning of the process. Those involved with the project would like to hear concerns and ideas. Comments can be emailed to jonathan@jandtengineering.com. Comments will be received until Oct. 4. A draft environment analysis should be ready by the summer of 2020. By Julie Johansen read more

Narva underground oil shale mine to go longwall by 20202021

first_imgThe state-owned Estonian energy group Eesti Energia is planning to start oil shale extraction by means of longwall mining at the Narva mine in late 2020 or in early 2021 and to extract some 3 Mt of oil shale at the mine per year, according to LETA/BNS and reported as follows in The Baltic Course.“If everything goes as planned, we hope to get the first output from the underground mine at the end of 2020 or at the beginning of 2021,” Eesti Energia board member Andres Vainola said at an environment and energy conference of Eesti Energia. He added that the annual volume of output could rise to almost 3 Mt in 2021, which corresponds to over 6 terawatt-hours of primary energy. The Eesti Energia board member said that an international procurement to buy necessary equipment has been announced and there are many parties that have shown interest in the tender. Several offers have been made. “We are negotiating with four or five suppliers at least,” Vainola said.Eesti Energia is switching from open-pit mining to underground mining because as the oil shale mining front in northeastern Estonia moves to the south, where the layer of oil shale lies deeper, the cost of earth removal in open pit mining becomes too high. In addition, the longwall method allows to cut losses.“Longwall mining will reduce oil shale loses to 5-10%. With the room and pillar method that we have been using in underground mining so far we leave 22-35% of oil shale below ground to underpin the surface. In longwall mining the ground is let to collapse and we can bring out more of the oil shale,” Eesti Energia board member Margus Vals said in 2016.In the international public procurement tender, Eesti Energia is procuring an underground longwall shearer, roof supports and the necessary support infrastructure for the shearer, including power supply, a conveyor system and a crusher.last_img read more

Fuite sur les composants du futur Mac Book 15 pouces

first_imgFuite sur les composants du futur Mac Book 15 poucesLes composants que vient de se payer Apple seraient tout à fait adaptés à un nouveau MacBook, qui sortirait alors au deuxième semestre 2012.Apple a pour l’instant trois tailles de dalles pour sa gamme MacBook : 13.3, 15.6 et 17 pouces. D’autres concurrents, comme Acer, privilégient un format 15 pouces, qu’ils nomment UltraBook.À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?Digitimes (lien non disponible) révèle qu’Apple s’est fait livrer une petite quantité de composants d’ordinateurs portables, très fins, sans doute pour expérimenter pour un prochain ordinateur. Est-ce pour un MacBook Pro, est-ce pour un MacBook Air ? Certains parlent d’une sortie d’un nouveau MacBook au deuxième trimestre 2012, notamment en se basant sur le planning industriel d’Apple, qui pourrait commencer la livraison en masse de ces composants au mois de mars.On ignore encore si cet appareil aurait un lecteur de disque optique, l’élément le plus dur à faire entrer dans un ordinateur de cette taille.Le 17 novembre 2011 à 15:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

West Ham United Football Club gains living wage accreditation

first_imgWest Ham United Football Club has been accredited as a living wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation.The organisation, which is the third Premier League football club to become a living wage employer, has committed to paying its 200 permanent employees, as well as any third-party contractors, at least the voluntary London living wage rate of £10.20 an hour.The football club has paid its permanent employees the London living wage since 1 June 2015, however, it was not previously accredited because some staff based at its London Stadium were paid less than the hourly voluntary living wage rate. London Stadium’s owners have now committed to pay all staff the London living wage rate, and are currently working on a timeline to uplift staff wages. This enables West Ham United Football Club to achieve living wage employer status.In addition, The East London Citizens Organisation (Telco), a branch of community organisation Citizens UK, is working with London Stadium staff who are employed by third-party contractors to confirm a pay increase timetable to also reach the London living wage rate. This action was promised earlier this year by the London Stadium following the Mayor of London’s intervention in support of low-paid cleaners working there.The living wage is an independently set hourly rate of pay that is calculated according to the basic costs of living. Employers pay the living wage on a voluntary basis, and the rate is updated annually. The living wage is currently set at £8.75 an hour for employees working across the UK, and at £10.20 an hour for staff based in London. The higher London living wage reflects the increased living costs associated with residing in the capital.The voluntary living wage is distinct from the statutory national living wage, which is paid to employees aged 25 and over. The national living wage rate is currently set at £7.50 an hour.Karren Brady, vice-chairman at West Ham United Football Club, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have secured the Living Wage Foundation’s seal of approval as an accredited London living wage employer, and hope to act as a good example for all other Premier League clubs and big businesses in London.“The Living Wage Foundation accreditation is something we have been working towards for a long time, including lobbying the Mayor to help encourage our landlords to commit to paying a fair day’s pay, and we are over the moon to now be in a position where we can finally become a recognised living wage employer.“The football club isn’t just made up of the 11 players on the pitch, and by making this commitment we hope to ensure that West Ham United continues be a place where the best talents want to ply their trade, and London Stadium, Rush Green and Chadwell Heath are environments in which they can achieve their goals.“We recognise the contribution of each and every employee at the club, and rewarding and retaining our staff is a major part of that. We take pride in the way we conduct ourselves as an organisation on and off the pitch and by doing the right thing and paying the London living wage, we hope this will urge other clubs to soon follow suit.”last_img read more

Mahbubnagar Prajavaani fails to resolve peoples problems

first_imgMahbubnagar: The Prajavaani programme, which was prestigiously taken up by the TRS government aimed at allowing the general public to file their grievances and complaints directly with the top officials of the district, has miserably failed in erstwhile Mahbubnagar district as the turnout of people at the Collectorate during the programme has been on the decreasing curve with every passing day. Also Read – Ramagundam: Focus on company’s growth, community development Advertise With Us The reason for people to lose confidence in the programme is due to large number of pending files that have been piled up unresolved for the last two to three years. The people, who come with a hope of getting their problems heard, are being deprived as the issues remain unresolved despite repeated requests. “Prajavaani has become a programme just to pull crowds. The officials take our pleas and dump them in bins,” said Devanna from Jogulamba Gadwal district who had attended Prajavaani for more than five times still with his problem remaining unsolved. Also Read – Jagtial will be developed on par with Karimnagar Advertise With Us Thanks to the attitude of officials in different departments, the people have lost their hope in the officials and have stopped coming to Prajavaani to lodge their complaints. “I have put a petition with the revenue officials for entering my two acres of land in the Records of Revenue department. However, citing disputes; they have left my land unrecorded in the ROR. I had filed a complaint in the district collectorate under Prajavaani stating that my land has been encroached upon and urged the officials concerned to help restore. Over the last six years my repeated requests have fallen on deaf ears. Prajavaani has turned only into a complaint taking centre and we cannot expect any solution from them,” said Devanna. Advertise With Us The people who come from long distances are fed up with the futile programme. They say Prajavaani has been creating more problems rather than solving them In a case of poor farmer Nenavath Chander in Jadcherla mandal of Mahbubnagar, instead of resolving his issue, the local MRO officials have complicated his woes. “Earlier, they said my problem would be resolved. However, after repeated requests, the Tahsildar’s office officials ignored my pleas. Fed up with this, I approached Prajavaani in the hope of getting my issue resolved. However, even they are not ready to get my land records from the revenue database,” said Nenavath Chander. It is alleged that the Tahsildar office officials through brokers were taking money to resolve the issues and if anyone does not pay them bribe, the poor farmers have to make rounds to the offices until they give up. “I had to pay Rs 2,000 to the officials in the MRO office to get my 20 guntas recorded in the ROR,” said another farmer from Chinnagutta village of Jadcherla mandal. As most of the problems in Prajavaani are coming related to land issues, the Collector and MRO officials at the mandal level are not ready to take up the issues readily and because of pending complaints, the people have lost their hopes and not approaching Prajavaani as they did earlier.last_img read more

Comilla court orders execution of Khaleda arrest warrant by 24 Apr

first_imgBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda ZiaA Comilla court on Sunday ordered the police to execute the warrant for the arrest of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and 48 other BNP leaders and activists by 24 April next in a case filed over the 2015 arson attack on a bus in Chouddagram upazila that left eight people dead, reports UNB.Additional chief judicial magistrate Joynab Begum passed the order and fixed 24 April for the next hearing of the case, said court police inspector Subrata Banerjee.Accepting the charge-sheet against 69 BNP leaders and activists, the same court on 2 January last issued the arrest warrant for the BNP chief and others as they did not appear before it on the day.Eight people were killed and at least 20 others injured when miscreants hurled a petrol bomb at a bus at Jogmohanpur in Chouddagram during the BNP-led alliance’s movement on 3 February 2015.Two separate cases – one under the Explosive Substances Act and another for murder – were filed in connection with the incident.Sub-inspector Nururzzaman filed the murder case against 77 people, including Khaleda.Firoz Ahmed, inspector of the Detective Branch of police and also the investigation officer of the case, submitted the chargesheet accusing 69 people.On 9 October 2017 last, a Comilla court ordered the arrest of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and 45 other leaders and activists of her party in the case filed under the Explosive Substances Act over the arson attack.last_img read more

Venezuela military on alert after Trump threat

first_imgVenezuelan defense minister Vladimir Padrino © gestures as he delivers a speech surrounded by military men at the Defense Ministry building, in Fuerte Tiuna complex, in Caracas, on 19 February. Photo: AFPVenezuela’s military said Tuesday it was on “alert” at its frontiers following threats by US president Donald Trump and ordered its border with Curacao closed ahead of a planned aid shipment.Opposition leader and self-declared interim president Juan Guaido vowed to bring aid in from various points Saturday “one way or another” despite military efforts to block it.But commanders doubled down on their allegiance to President Nicolas Maduro after Trump warned them to abandon him.“The armed forces will remain deployed and on alert along the borders… to avoid any violations of territorial integrity,” said defense minister Vladimir Padrino.Regional commander Vladimir Quintero later confirmed media reports that Venezuela had ordered the suspension of air and sea links with Curacao and the neighboring Netherlands Antilles islands of Aruba and Bonaire.Shipments of food and medicine for Venezuelans suffering in the country’s economic crisis have become a focus of the power struggle between Maduro and Guaido.Aid is being stored in Colombia near the Venezuelan border and Guaido aims also to bring in consignments via Brazil and Curacao.A Brazilian presidential spokesman said the country was cooperating with the United States to supply aid to Venezuela but would leave it to Venezuelans to take the goods over the border.Maduro says the aid plan is a smokescreen for a US invasion. He blames US sanctions and “economic war” for Venezuela’s crisis.No safe harborGuaido, the 35-year-old leader of the Venezuelan legislature, has appealed to military leaders to switch allegiance to him and let the aid through.He has offered military commanders an amnesty if they abandon Maduro.But the military high command has so far maintained its public backing for Maduro—seen as key to keeping him in power.“We reiterate unrestrictedly our obedience, subordination and loyalty” to Maduro, Padrino said.Guaido posted a series of tweets calling by name on senior military leaders commanding border posts to abandon Maduro.He has branded Maduro illegitimate, saying the elections that returned the socialist leader to power last year were fixed.The United States and some 50 other countries back Guaido as interim president.Trump has refused to rule out US military action in Venezuela. He raised the pressure on Monday, issuing a warning to the Venezuelan military.He told them that if they continue to support Maduro, “you will find no safe harbor, no easy exit and no way out. You will lose everything.”Padrino rejected Trump’s threat, branding the US president “arrogant.”If foreign powers try to help install a new government by force, they will have to do so “over our dead bodies,” Padrino said.Pack of liesDespite sitting on the world’s biggest oil reserves, Venezuela is gripped by a humanitarian crisis, with a shortage of food and medicine.It has suffered four years of recession marked by hyperinflation that the International Monetary Fund says will reach 10 million percent this year.An estimated 2.3 million Venezuelans have left the country since 2015.Guaido says 300,000 people face death without the aid but Maduro denies there is a humanitarian crisis.Padrino said the military would not be “blackmailed” by “a pack of lies and manipulations.”Maduro said that 300 tonnes of Russian aid would reach Venezuela on Wednesday. He previously announced the arrival of goods from China, Cuba and Russia, his main international allies.In a series of tweets, Guaido urged supporters to write to the generals “from the heart, with arguments, without violence, without insults,” to win them over.Battle of the bandsGuaido says he has enlisted the support of 700,000 people to help bring in the aid on Saturday and is aiming for a million in total.He thanked Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain for pledging “more than $18 million for the humanitarian aid.”British entrepreneur Richard Branson said he will hold a pro-aid concert just over the border in Colombia on Friday.British rock star Peter Gabriel and Colombian pop singer Carlos Vives are among those scheduled to perform.Former Pink Floyd singer Roger Waters weighed in on Maduro’s side in a video broadcast on Venezuelan state media, criticizing Branson and Gabriel and said the aid was being politicized.Maduro’s government plans to stage a rival concert on its side of the border.last_img read more

How Medical Advances Affect Modern Pursuit Of Parenthood

first_img X 00:00 /10:02 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listencenter_img Share pexels.com Advances in reproductive technology are changing how people can have children, creating opportunities for those who wouldn’t be able to be parents otherwise. But this modern pursuit of parenthood isn’t without its risks.Claire Horner is leading an upcoming conversation about these issues. She’s an assistant professor in the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine.The lecture, called Million Dollar Baby: Surrogacy Contracts, Reproductive Technologies and the Changing Face of Parenthood, takes place Thursday, Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m.In the audio above, we talk with Horner about the for-profit fertility business and the ethically complicated pitfalls inherent to the market.last_img read more

The Best Video Game Books for the Literary Player

first_img Video games, like any other art, can stay with us long after we’re done interacting with them. They can make us think and want to share those thoughts with others. Why did you think I wanted this job? However, some video game thoughts are too big and complex to share in blog posts. They call for hundreds of pages of criticism or original storytelling. And if you have hundreds of pages worth of words to write, you’re probably writing a book. So here are some of the best video game books you can and should read.View as: One Page Slides1/221. A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith StuartA heartwarming story about a father and son that acknowledges how much modern kids adore Minecraft.Purchase Here2. Blood, Sweat, and Pixels by Jason SchreierInstead of scooping industry secrets, Jason Schreier uses his ace reporting skills to tells us the human stories behind the creation of massive AAA games like Destiny and Dragon Age.Purchase Here3. Boss Fight BooksLike the 33 ⅓ series but for video games, each book in the Boss Fight series is one author’s deep dive into a single title, whether it’s an autobiography blended with EarthBound or a look at the secret but massive impact of ZZT.Purchase Here4. Breakout: How Atari 8-Bit Computers Defined a Generation by Jamie LendinoThis book chronicles the best of Atari’s overlooked 8-bit era, and it was written by Jamie Lendino, Editor-in-Chief of Geek.com sister site ExtremeTech.Purchase Here5. Breathing Machine by Leigh AlexanderLeigh Alexander beautifully recounts the weird and wonderful influence computers and gaming can have on a growing child.Purchase Here6. Console Wars by Blake J. HarrisGamers today sometimes have favorite platforms, but their fights are nothing compared to the bloodbath of Nintendo vs. Sega in the 1990s. Relive the Greatest War.Purchase Here7. Critical Path by Dan AmrichIf you want to do what we do and become a video game journalist, this reference book is a great place to start.Purchase Here8. Embed With Games by Cara EllisonJournalist Cara Ellison spent months traveling the world and living with different game developers. Here’s what she experienced.Purchase Here9. Extra Lives by Tom BissellWhen he’s not writing video games themselves or co-writing tell-all books about The Room, Tom Bissell also writes humanistic essays on what video games mean to people.Purchase Here10. Killing Is Harmless by Brendan KeoghWith its Heart of Darkness themes and Apocalypse Now terror, Spec Ops: The Line takes the military shooter genre to task, and this analysis will help readers appreciate the game even more. Purchase Here11. Masters of Doom by David KushnerFamous Hell shooter Doom (the original not the also excellent Game of the Year reboot) is one of the most important games ever made. This book focuses on its brilliant, eccentric creators at id Software.Purchase Here12. Persuasive Games by Ian BogostIf you’ve heard of any “video game professors” it’s probably Ian Bogost. So here’s the video game book for you more academic types.Purchase Here13. Piranha Frenzy by Colin CampbellThis is a “fictional” book about the drama that surrounds the world of video game journalism. It’s ridiculous yet entirely accurate.Purchase Here14. Power-Up: How Japanese Video Games Gave the World an Extra Life by Chris KohlerChris Kohler is one of the finest writers about Japanese video games, and this thesis-turned-book is his best argument for the value of Japan’s enormous contribution to the art form.Purchase Here15. Ready Player One by Ernest ClineThis sci-fi adventure about a futuristic MMO, soon to be a Spielberg movie, is absolutely dripping with video game references, particularly games of the 1980s.Purchase Here16. Reality Is Broken by Jane McGonigalVideo games are played by millions of people and make billions of dollars. This book challenges us to expand our vision of what games can do as a huge, permanent part of culture.Purchase Here17. Super Mario Bros. 3 Brick by Brick by Bob ChipmanWritten by our own Bob “MovieBob” Chipman, this book is a written Let’s Play of one of the great Nintendo games of all time.Purchase Here18. Up Up Down Down Left Write by Nathan MeunierAnother great video game journalism reference book, I’ve personally used many tips from this guide.Purchase Here19. Rise of the Video Game Zinesters by Anna AnthropyAn art culture is only as cool as its subcultures, and this look at video game design subcultures from various alternative identities is extremely cool.Purchase Here20. Game Design Companion: A Critical Analysis of Wario Land 4 by Daniel JohnsonThere are plenty of great, accessible videos on game design online like Extra Credits or Game Maker’s Toolkit. But if you want a lengthy, written analysis of the design for this great Game Boy Advance Wario platformer, this is it.Purchase Here21. WTF Is Wrong With Video Games? by Phil OwenIf you love something, you aren’t afraid to criticize it, so take a break from praising video games and think about how the industry can improve.Purchase Here22. Empires of Eve by Andrew GroenEve: Online is an utterly fascinating video game in which thousands of players role-play in a shared digital online world of starships. It exists in-between fact and fiction. In chronicling various monumental Eve events from years past, Andrew Groen essentially wrote a virtual history book.Purchase Here Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits Stay on targetlast_img read more

A photographic and poetic description of Dal lake

first_imgPrithvi Fine Art and Cultural Centre launched Sangeeta Gupta’s book, ‘EKAM: The Supreme One’ – at a private event jointly organised with Ratan Kaul.The book of photographs and poetry is inspired by the different moods of the Dal Lake in Srinagar. The book was unveiled by eminent Kashmiri, K L Ganju (Consul General (Hony.) of the Republic of Union of Comoros and Member of the (Hony). He is also Consular Corps Diplomatique – India, Director – F I C A C (AISBL), World Federation of Consuls). Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOther guests present at the launch were writer and curator – Sushma K Bahl, Lorraine Young (Vice President, Australia New Zealand Association Delhi), Peter Stall, Geoffrey Lepps, Maneesh Baheti (Founder Director, South Asian Association for Gastronomy), Neelima Agrawal (CEO, The Luxury Chronicle), Renu Hussain (Wife of Syed Shahnawaz Hussain), Fashion Designers Preeti Ghai and Shilpa Raina Wahal among others. This is a book of photographs of various moods of the beautiful Dal Lake in Srinagar, as it kept changing with the different seasons, further embellished with poetry written by Sangeeta Gupta. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveShe shot these pictures when she was posted in Srinagar as the Principal Commissioner of Income Tax of Jammu and Kashmir. She captured the beauty of the lake in every medium of art, in her photographs, her poetry, her paintings, as she returned from work in her Shikara, or walked on the banks of the Dal. The canvases of her works are also on display at the Prithvi Gallery as part of the on-going exhibition ‘Neel-Mysteries of Blue’. As Kashmir remains on the boil, the beauty of the region and its simple and gentle denizens, continue to inspire the artist.last_img read more

Google switches Done and Remove bookmark dialog actions in Chrome

first_imgGoogle switches Done and Remove bookmark dialog actions in Chrome by Martin Brinkmann on September 20, 2017 in Google Chrome – 28 commentsIf you are using Google Chrome, you may have noticed that Google switched the Done and Remove actions of the bookmark dialog recently in the browser.Chrome users may click on the bookmark star icon displayed in the browser’s address bar to bookmark the page.Doing so bookmarks the page right away, but it opens a dialog as well which gives users options to change the save location of the bookmark, its name, to edit it in detail, or to remove it again.The order of actions of the add bookmark prompt was Edit, Remove, Done up until recently.If you open Google Chrome right now, and start to bookmark, you will notice that the order has changed. Basically, what Google did was swap the Done and Remove buttons of the dialog.This is a problem for users who clicked on done whenever they added a bookmark using the bookmark star icon of Chrome, as they may now hit the remove button instead if they don’t pay attention.This means that the process adds and then removes the bookmark again in a single process.If you bookmark a lot, and don’t pay attention to that process, you may end up without bookmarks until you realize that something changed.It is unclear why Google made the decision to flip the done and remove buttons of the add bookmark dialog. Since Google did not mention it when it released new Chrome versions, all that we can do is guess the motivation.It seems unlikely that Google did so to annoy its own userbase; the most likely explanation is that Google believes that the new order makes for a better workflow, or improves the process in general for the bulk of users.There does not appear to be an option to reverse the change at this point in time.This is not a “the world will come to en end” type of change, but it is certainly annoying to a subset of Chrome users (who use the bookmark star regularly to add bookmarks to the browser).Now You: Why do you think Google flipped the buttons?SummaryArticle NameGoogle switches Done and Remove bookmark dialog actions in ChromeDescriptionIf you are using Google Chrome, you may have noticed that Google switched the Done and Remove actions of the bookmark dialog recently in the browser.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Related Best value destinations for 2019 With new

first_img RelatedBest value destinations for 2019 With new flight routes launching and some brand new hotels entering their soft opening phase, these five destinations are a bargainous choice for your 2019 travels. From tropical long-haul beauty spots to bustling cities where there’s always something going on, there’s something to suit every type of traveller. Cancun, Mexico…All aboard: 8 of the world’s most amazing floating hotelsBe lulled to sleep by the sound of crashing waves, without staying in a cramped cruise ship cabin. If you’re after the riviera lifestyle book into the brand new OFF Seine in Paris recently launched on the famous Seine river. Start daydreaming about spending the night in one of these…Bargains below: 5 sunny south of the equator escapesWith the nights drawing in and memories of balmy evenings spent sipping rosé fading, most of us are dreaming of escaping to sunnier climes. Good news: we can turn your world upside down with the best budget-friendly destinations south of the equator where spring has most definitely sprung. We’ve found… Spend the night in any of these luxury hotels and you might just bump in to Cate Blanchett at the breakfast buffet, share a lift with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, or even catch a glimpse of a topless DiCaprio while sipping fruity cocktails poolside.Forget about the price tag, here’s your insider’s guide to 13 stunning celeb sleeps.1. Sunset Marquis Hotel & Villas, Los Angeles, California, USSpotted: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Justin TimberlakeNestled in the quiet tree-lined backstreets of West Hollywood just off L.A.’s infamous Sunset Strip is where you’ll find the Sunset Marquis Hotel. This classic Hollywood hideaway has been welcoming all sorts of La La Land luvvies, including writers, actors and fashion designers, since 1963. Perhaps its most famous guests, however, have been the kind hoteliers fear the most: party-hard rock stars. The hotel’s most famous, and surprisingly well-behaved, musical check-ins have included The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Rolling Stones and Sheryl Crow. The staff at the Sunset Marquis are famously discreet, which must come in handy when you’re dealing with rock royalty, and the stars keep coming back to enjoy their own private villa and a day in the hotel spa. And if they can’t bear to be parted from their work, there’s an on-site recording studio in which they can blast out their next chart-topper.Read more: 10 best things to do in CaliforniaPosted by Sunset Marquis on Friday, 29 June 20122. Burj Al Arab, Dubai, UAESpotted: Selena Gomez, Roger FedererFrom big screen sirens to famous athletes, the Burj Al Arab, the world’s only seven-star hotel, is the ultimate in luxury A-list living. Catwalk superstars Claudia Schiffer and Gigi Hadid, as well as tennis ace Roger Federer and actress Selena Gomez, are just a handful of the many celebs to have stayed in this iconic sail-shaped building while holidaying in Dubai. Built on an artificial island, it’s about 300 metres from Jumeirah Beach and connected to the mainland by a private bridge. From the surreal to the sublime, resort facilities include a gold-plated iPad upon check-in, use of a chauffeured Rolls Royce for the duration of your stay and a private reception on each floor. With a staff to suite ratio of eight to one, there are plenty of white-gloved butlers on hand to help make your stay unforgettable. The hotel’s most opulent accommodation is the Royal Suite, situated on the 25th floor, complete with a cinema room, private dining space for twelve and a library – at almost £5,500* a night, you’d have to be royalty to afford a night’s kip here!Read more: 10 tips for doing Dubai on the cheapLuxurious Arabian hospitality. Thank you @feeeelsy #Majlis #RoyalSuite #BurjAlArab #DubaiPosted by Burj Al Arab on Tuesday, 31 March 20153. Belmond Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilSpotted: Miley Cyrus, Justin BieberWhether they’re there to party at the carnival or sun their hot bods on Brazil’s beautiful beaches, when the rich and famous head to Rio the Belmond Copacabana Hotel is their preferred holiday residence. This is where Will Smith likes to spend his summertime – take time to sit back and unwind in the designer Louis Vuitton lobby, or chill out in one of Rio’s largest swimming pools. Other famous faces who have stayed in this lavish Art Deco hotel include Justin Beiber, Miley Cyrus and Helen Mirren. Naturally, their room of choice is usually the penthouse apartment on the sixth floor, which overlooks Copacabana Beach and comes with marble bathrooms, a private pool and butler service included in the room price. To book these swish suites, you’ll need to call for a quote.Read more: 10 best things to do in Rio – a local’s guideQue tal a nossa aconchegante Penthouse? #BelmondCopacabanaPalace #DiscoverBelmondPosted by Belmond Copacabana Palace on Monday, 25 May 20154. Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Antibes, FranceSpotted: Colin Firth, Cate BlanchettCelebs looking for a slice of sophisticated south-of-France chic flock to this elegant retreat set in secluded Riviera parkland. The 117 suites, spread across the main hotel, the original Villa Soliel, the Eden Roc Pavilion and Les Deux Fontaines Residence, are all finished to the same flawless standard, with spectacular views across the sparkling waters of the Cote d’Azure or the sweeping vistas of La Grande Allée. This time of year is possibly one of the busiest for the hotel, which hosts many of the stars attending the Cannes Film Festival – you can easily get from your private terrace to the red carpet across the Croisette by speedboat. Don’t worry if you can’t make it down to spot Colin Firth, Johnny Depp or Jennifer Lopez lounging in the hotel bar, Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc is soon to hit the big screen in the upcoming film Miss Dior, starring Natalie Portman.Read more: 14 fabulous places in France – in picturesPosted by Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc on Monday, 25 May 20155. Hassler Roma, Rome, ItalySpotted: Victoria and David BeckhamRight in the heart of Rome, Hassler Roma is the five-star city break stay of choice for the Beckhams, who were spotted here while visiting the Italian capital for Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ wedding in 2006. The Hassler has 82 rooms, the most luxurious being the penthouse suites on the seventh floor, which are lavishly decorated with floral fabrics and plush 18th-century furniture. The interiors are great, but what really makes this place is the setting; at the top of the Spanish Steps you’re within spitting distance of the Pantheon and St. Peter’s Basilica. Celebs not wanting to be papped while stuffing their faces with all of the delicious (but figure killing) carbs Italy is famous for need not worry – the hotel houses its very own Michelin-starred restaurant, Imàgo. Head chef Francesco Apreda makes sure the kitchen turns out the best bowls of risotto and parmesan cheese ravioli in the whole of Rome.Read more: 10 best things to do in Rome – a local’s guidePosted by Hotel Hassler Roma on Tuesday, 31 March 20156. St. Regis Hotel, Bora Bora, French PolynesiaSpotted: the Kardashians, Eva LongoriaOnce you’ve seen the overwater love nests and palm-fringed shores of the turquoise lagoon on which the 44-acre resort sits, you’ll understand why this is the hottest celeb spot south of the equator. This Polynesian paradise was Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban’s honeymoon destination back in 2006; other famous guests include Eva Longoria and the Kardashians. When you’re sick of sunning yourself on your own private terrace overlooking neighbouring islands Raiatea and Taha’a, head to the hotel’s luxury Clarins spa for a spot of South Pacific pampering. Standard amenities in all of the five-star suites include Bose DVD and CD sound systems, 24-hour room service and in-room massage on request. With several dining options, from an American-style buffet breakfast to an on-site sushi restaurant, you’re not likely to starve on this luxury castaway island.Posted by The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort on Monday, 26 March 20127. Huka Lodge, North Island, New ZealandSpotted: Kate Winslet, Michael Douglas, Diana RossNestled on the quiet banks of the Waikato River in New Zealand’s South Island, this super-secluded hotel appeals to celebrities wishing to escape the limelight – although if you’re after full disclosure, Huka Lodge proudly lists their famous check-ins on their website. Seventeen acres of well-manicured gardens help to provide some privacy for guests staying in one of the 25 suites available at the Lodge. A-listers love the Owner’s Cottage; built in 1937, it’s tucked away behind a copse of pine trees, downstream from the spectacular Huka Falls. With a den, a personal chef and a heated spa pool, this is the retreat of choice for the likes of Diana Ross and Michael Douglas. The Junior Lodge Suite starts at about £327* per person per night, while the going rate for one suite (sleeps two) in the Owner’s Cottage is £870 a night.Posted by Huka Lodge on Tuesday, 21 October 20148. The Lanesborough, London, UKSpotted: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kanye WestHang out with the Sloanies and socialites at the Lanesborough hotel, which overlooks London’s Hyde Park in the affluent area of Knightsbridge. Newly refurbished, this hotel reopened in spring 2015 under the management of the Oetker Collection, who also look after number 4 on this list. The iconic London landmark has been frequented by many famous faces, including Madonna, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kanye West, and it mixes Georgian grandeur with 21st-century technology – so you can enjoy a spot of afternoon tea in The Garden Room before catching up on the headlines with your in-room Sony tablet. All the rooms are fitted with Italian marble bathrooms and come with free WiFi.Read more: 12 of the best restaurants in London”The Lanesborough is the only hotel where serious cigar smokers should stay” Cigar AficionadoDid you experience our Garden Room?Posted by The Lanesborough on Wednesday, 18 March 20159. Park Hyatt, Sydney, AustraliaSpotted: Rhianna and Zac EfronYou won’t get a room with a better view than at the Park Hyatt in Sydney. Its 155 spacious suites feel more like city apartments, and because it overlooks the harbour, it offers some stunning panoramas of the Opera House lit up at night or surrounded by luxury yachts cruising the harbour by day. This must be what attracted Rhianna, Lady Gaga and Chris Hemsworth – just a few of the celebs who’ve stayed here. It could be the views, but it could also be something to do with the rooftop pool, the 24-hour butler service or the hotel’s award-winning restaurant, The Dining Room, which serves Aussie classics like kangaroo steak and bluefin tuna. The Park Hyatt turns 25 this year, so look out for some celebratory promotions and discounts on accommodation from now until the end of July.Read more: 10 best things to do in Sydney – a local’s guideOpera RoomPosted by Park Hyatt Sydney on Monday, 13 August 201210. Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris, FranceSpotted: Sarah Jessica ParkerSex in the City fans will recognise this extravagant Art Nouveau abode from the final episode of the hit TV series – it would seem that SJP’s love for the place is as enduring as Carrie and Big’s romance. Since filming there, this famous fashionista has become the hotel’s biggest ambassador, using her own unique, haute couture style to help promote it. Since opening in 1913, guests have enjoyed Michelin-starred al fresco dining in the hotel’s charming courtyard, exclusive spa treatments in the Dior Institute, as well as dramatic views over the Eiffel Tower from the comfort of their superior suite. Top tip: save a few euros and swap the Royal Suite for the eighth-floor Signature Eiffel Suite, which is smaller but has much better views of the city at a fraction of the cost.Read more: 10 romantic hotels in Paris close to 10 top attractionsguillaume de laubierPosted by Hotel Plaza Athenee on Thursday, 14 June 201211. One&Only Palmilla, Los Cabos, MexicoSpotted: Ashton Kutcher and Demi MooreLegendary talents looking to let their hair down in Los Cabos have been coming here since 1956, including John Wayne and Bing Crosby, and when love’s young dream (well, more cougar crush) was still flourishing, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore came here for a romantic holiday. Not even the most cunning paparazzo can creep up on guests staying in One&Only’s exclusive accommodation, the Villa Cortez. This modern hacienda hideaway is located on its own private beach, with a private infinity pool, four bedrooms, a gym and a 12-seater cinema room. With a round-the-clock butler – you’ve got an in-room iPhone to beckon them – there’s no need to lift a finger, not even to unpack your luggage, as staff will take care of this for you upon arrival.Read more: Top 8 things to do in Mexico CityVilla Cortez PoolPosted by One&Only Palmilla on Thursday, 12 June 201412. The Clarence, Dublin, IrelandSpotted: Bono and The Edge from U2Get in bed with Bono, or at least a bed he owns. Dublin’s most rock ‘n’ roll hotel, The Clarence, is owned by the Irish frontman and his U2 band mate, lead guitarist The Edge. Unlike the others on the list, this city hotel is a four star (how could you reduce yourself to such a low!) boutique hotel, rather than a grand affair. Nonetheless, it’s a modern, stylish bolthole in the heart of Dublin. The interiors were custom designed by local Irish artists, featuring rich carpets and heavy drapes. Each of the 50 bedrooms and suites comes with WiFi and a flat-screen TV as standard, but it’s the penthouse that has the greatest celebrity appeal. Let your inner Mozart loose on the baby grand piano in this two-storey apartment, or spend the morning admiring the views across the city after waking up in your super-king-sized bed and sipping fresh coffee courtesy of the in-room Nespresso machine. If the €899 (£638)* a night price tag puts the penthouse out of your rice range, then the classic room is more affordable at €129 (£91) a night based on two people sharing one room.Read more: 11 of the best bars in DublinThe view from The Penthouse Suite at DawnPosted by The Clarence, Dublin on Friday, 7 November 200813. The Carlyle, New York, USSpotted: Prince William and the Duchess of CambridgeA Rosewood Hotel, The Carlyle is a classic sleep in New York City. It’s another that has featured on the Beckham’s holiday hit-list, and other celebs who have graced its elegant suites include Mick Jagger and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, this sophisticated 193-room property was named after the British essayist Thomas Carlyle, and it remains popular with Brits visiting the Big Apple. It’s the perfect base for exploring some of NYC’s iconic landmarks; the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and Rockefeller Plaza are all within walking distance. That is if you can tear yourself away from your hotel room – with luxury interiors, complimentary Kiehl’s toiletries, an iPod docking station and cable TV, you might struggle. If you don’t fancy going far, then the hotel’s restaurant, café and bar serves delicious international food and some of the finest Manhattan cocktails in New York.Read more: 20 things to do in New York for $1 or lessPhoto Credit: @justinbare #GoodPlanPosted by The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel on Wednesday, 20 May 2015Search hotels with SkyscannerHave you ever spotted a celeb on holiday? Let us know in the comment box below.Want more movie-star holiday inspiration? Give these reads a go:10 Mad Men film locations in Los AngelesDon your sharpest get-up and go on location in LA to these stylish spots from the hit TV series.10 greatest movie car chases of all timeGet the story behind 10 of the most thrilling car chases in movie history and watch video clips.12 James Bond locations – in picturesHere are 12 stunning pics of star locations from 50 years of Bond films… for your eyes only.38 amazing Game of Thrones locations – in picturesTo celebrate Game of Thrones season five, we reveal the secrets behind some stunning locations from the TV show.*Prices correct at time of publication.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

Elton John speaks at the Elton John AIDS Foundatio

first_img Elton John speaks at the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 17th annual “An Enduring Vision” benefit gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP) Elton John remembers Aretha Franklin at his annual AIDS gala by John Carucci, The Associated Press Posted Nov 6, 2018 12:24 pm PDT Last Updated Nov 6, 2018 at 1:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Elton John said he stood by the stage and sobbed at his foundation’s gala last year as Aretha Franklin made her final public performance.“I was shocked to see how thin she was, and she just smiled her sweet smile at me and said, ‘I didn’t want to let you down,’” he told The Associated Press on the red carpet Monday night at this year’s party.John said Franklin “gave us one of the greatest performances of our lifetime.” She died in August at age 76.From the podium, John also acknowledged Tony Bennett, who was in the audience, as another inspirational singer.“Artists like that don’t come around that often. They are dying out, and it’s such a shame because there’s no one to replace them,” the 71-year-old John told the crowd.The gala raised $3.9 million for the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which was launched in 1992.While the organization has been a leader in the fight against AIDS, the theme of the night at a grand Midtown ballroom was civility toward one another. John said he’s worried about America because “we live in perilous times.” He called on Americans to help all people feel like they belong.“There should be no difference between the colour of your skin, the religion you choose or your political party. We have to come together and embrace each other,” John said.From the red carpet, John said civility has gone off the rails over the past couple of years. He’s especially disturbed by attacks on the transgender community.“That doesn’t sit very well with me. Because people should have any right they want. People who want to be transgender should have their own rights,” John said.David Furnish, John’s husband, drew a similarity to the discrimination in the early day of the AIDS epidemic.“We like everybody to be treated with kindness and compassion,” he said. “You have to bring everybody along for the ride.”John’s global humanitarian efforts help raise money for innovative AIDS prevention programs and campaigns to end stigma, as well as providing treatment, care and support services for people living with the disease. He’s proud of the organization’s humble beginnings.“We started off on the kitchen table in Atlanta, and we’ve grown to where we are today. We’ve raised over $430 million worldwide. We’ve been responsible with matching funds worldwide over a billion dollars. That’s pretty amazing for a small organization like us. And we’ve survived,” John said from the carpet“Our motto is, no one gets left behind,” he said. “If you leave people behind, you’re never gonna win.”The evening was hosted by “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King. Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative was the guest speaker. He made a passionate plea to reach out to people in places you have traditionally avoided.The evening’s honorees included the Ford Foundation’s Darren Walker, Joe McMillan of the real estate investment firm DDG and philanthropist Patricia Hearst.The granddaughter of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, she is known for the events following her 1974 kidnapping by the terrorist group the Symbionese Liberation Army. Hearst spoke briefly on the red carpet.“This is really the only organization that right now I would do this for. Because I do prefer to just be behind the scenes. This isn’t a big ego moment for me. This is something very special, and that’s why I agreed to be honoured,” Hearst said.The night closed with a performance by Sheryl Crow.last_img read more

CHICAGO — The Latest on the unveiling of details a

first_img CHICAGO — The Latest on the unveiling of details about the final installment of the third “Star Wars” trilogy at the Star Wars Celebration being held this weekend in Chicago (all times local):12:10 p.m.No one is ever really gone, says Luke Skywalker in the first teaser for “Star Wars: Episode IX,” which fans got a first look at Friday at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago.The short spot also revealed the title to the final chapter in the Skywalker saga will be “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”The voice of Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker provided the narration for the teaser, with a voice telling Daisy Ridley’s Rey that the knowledge of a thousand generations has been passed on. He added that this is her fight now.Audiences also got to see a glimpse of the return of Billy Dee Williams’ Lando Calrissian and Carrie Fisher’s Leia Organa.The trailer ends with the ominous laughter of an old but familiar villain: Emperor Palpatine from the original and prequel trilogies.___11:45 a.m.“Star Wars Episode IX” doesn’t pick up immediately after the events of “The Last Jedi.”Director J.J. Abrams says Friday at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago that some time has gone by since the events of the last movie.He teased that it will be an adventure that the group goes on together. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy also reiterated that “Episode IX” will close out the newest trilogy and the 9-film Skywalker saga that began in 1977.Stephen Colbert moderated the panel Friday where fans are hoping to get a title and a trailer for the film that opens nationwide on Dec. 20.___11:15 a.m.J.J. Abrams says that Carrie Fisher’s Leia will live in “Star Wars: Episode IX” through unused scenes from “The Force Awakens” that he’s been able to integrate into the story.Speaking Friday at the Star Wars Celebration event in Chicago, Abrams said having a CG character, recasting or just having her disappear, were not options.Fisher died in Dec. 2016, after shooting had wrapped on “The Last Jedi,” and her character is alive in the last shot of the film. It’s been a lingering question how the final installment in the new trilogy would handle Fisher’s passing.Abrams says that Leia lives in the film in a way that is mind-blowing to him.___1 a.m.The Skywalker saga may be coming to an end this December as the latest Star Wars trilogy finishes, but eight months out from its release fans still know precious little about what director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy have in store for “Episode IX.”That should change Friday at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago when Abrams takes the main stage with Kennedy for what is the most-anticipated event of the five day fan convention.Just what will be revealed remains a mystery, although many expect to learn the title at least and perhaps even see some footage. Earlier Star Wars Celebrations have shown trailers or teasers from upcoming installments in the most recent trilogy that kicked off with 2015’s “The Force Awakens.”“Episode IX” opens nationwide Dec. 20.The Associated Press The Latest: New ‘Star Wars’ called ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img by The Associated Press Posted Apr 12, 2019 10:58 am PDTlast_img read more