AnnaLynne McCord To Host Life Is Love For Somaly Mam Foundation

first_imgAnnaLynne McCord will host a special red carpet cocktail event in West Hollywood to benefit the Somaly Mam Foundation this weekend.The Life is Love event will be held at a private residence and will feature a live musical performance and a live/ silent auction. Catering by Crustacean of Beverly Hills and specialty cocktails, including a signature drink created by POM Wonderful.Sex trafficking is the movement by force or coercion of men, women and children into the commercial sex trade. Here, they can be subject to rape, forced abortions, torture, starvation and threats to family members, and forced to cater to up to 30 clients in a day – with contraception optional. Through a combination of psychological, the victims are bound by their captors: they are modern-day slaves.Experts estimate that as many as two million women and children are sold each year, and that profits from sex slavery exceed $9.5 billion annually. This is not just a problem of the developing world: it is a global crisis, including the United States.Somaly Mam is a Cambodian survivor of sex slavery. She was sold at the age of 12. She doesn’t know her age, nor her real name, and she spent nearly a decade in the horrors of Cambodian brothels. But she escaped, and since has aided in the rescue of thousands of women and children. She founded an NGO that rescues, recovers and empowers victims and has become an advocate and global leader in the cause.The Somaly Mam Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to ending sex slavery and empowering its survivors, based on the vision and life of activist and survivor Somaly Mam.Guests expected to attend include AnnaLynne McCord (90210), Shay Mitchell (Pretty Little Liars), Ashley Benson (Pretty Little Liars), Taylor Armstrong (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), Matt Lanter (90210), Cassie Scerbo (Make It Or Break It), Shenae Grimes (90210), Hill Harper (CSI: NY), Serinda Swan (Breakout Kings), Jessica Stroup (90210), Jackson Hurst (Drop Dead Diva), Chloe Flower (Recording Artist), Renee Olstead (Secret Life of The American Teenager), Tiffany Hines (Nikita), Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Arrow), Jessica Parker Kennedy (My Secret Circle), Laura Linda Bradley (Iron Man 3), Briana Evigan (Step Up 2), Jason Ritter (Parenthood), Harry Shum, Jr (Glee) and more!last_img read more

Alberta First Nations look to make history mobilizing vote in upcoming federal

first_img(Attendees listen to candidate pitches at Maskwacis First Nation forum Wednesday. Brandi Morin/APTN photo.)Brandi MorinAPTN National News For the first time in its history an Alberta First Nation is going to take part in a federal election.The Tsuu T’ina Nation near Calgary established its first ever polling station at the Grey Eagle Resort.Tsuu T’ina spokesperson Kevin Littlelight said the momentum started to build when they decided to get engaged during the last provincial election. The motivating factor, he said, was because the previous Progressive Conservative government in Alberta was what he described as not very Aboriginal friendly.“We could smell change in the air,” said Littlelight. “The provincial election was the biggest turnout of Aboriginal voters ever. The push was for change for Aboriginal people and for Albertans, and we were a part of that change.”Across Alberta it appears First Nations are becoming more involved than ever and plan to show it on Monday before polls close.Maskwacis First Nation in central Alberta held its first ever federal candidates open forum at Samson Cree Nation’s Howard Buffalo Memorial Center earlier this week.Throughout the evening approximately 100 people showed up to listen to pitches from the Liberal and NDP candidates, the Conservative and Green candidates didn’t attend.Tara Cutarm, one of the event organizers, said she was impressed by the turnout and noticed a significant number of youth in attendance.“It made me feel hopeful,” said Cutarm. “And grateful seeing the youth be so interested in attending the forum. It gave me pride in the fact that there are youth caring at that young age not only for themselves, but for all of us…I am hoping First Nation’s youth storm the polls and take this country back because it’s their future that’s going to be impacted.”In Enoch Cree Nation, directly west of Edmonton, elder Irene Morin said they are also working hard to ensure high voter turnout there. Morin said she took the initiative to make arrangements with the nation’s transportation coordinator to use the local school buses to transport voters to the polling station at the local arena and is using a specialized bus for elders. The organizing of transporting community members to vote during an election is also a first for Enoch. “This time we want to make sure that the voters get out and vote,” said Morin who added that she’s never seen a push like this for Aboriginal engagement in a federal election before. “I think the main reason is that First Nations want to lend their support to a party other than the Conservatives…I think that’s the feel all over.”Morin plans to spend most of Monday volunteering at the polling station. Ermineskin Cree Nation Chief Randy Ermineskin said getting people to polling stations has been a problem in the past. This election has encouraged Ermineskin to be more innovative in finding ways around those kinds of challenges. Council unanimously agreed for the band to organize rides to and from the polling station with the community’s passenger van to those without transportation. This kind of action to help usher people to the polls is unparalleled.“If we want to engage them (community members) we need to provide access to transportation,” said Ermineskin. “It’s going to be a busy day for everybody that’s going to be involved and we’re working on the logistics of what that’s going to look like.”Ermineskin said he’s noticing something stirring in the community in regards to Monday’s election and there’s a sense of urgency being felt to participate in choosing Canada’s leadership.“I think because talk of our issues are falling on deaf ears,” said Ermineskin who will be encouraging other Maskwacis leadership to rally their members to vote in the coming days. “It’s time we start to rise up and let people know we need to participate.” bmorin@aptn.calast_img read more

Chief doubts feds can fix Attawapiskats water woes

first_imgwfiddler@aptn.ca@willowblasizzo Willow FiddlerAPTN NewsCanada’s Indigenous services minister has a plan to bring safe drinking water back to a northern Ontario first nation.But Attawapiskat Chief Ignace Gull isn’t sure Seamus O’Regan can deliver a new water treatment plant.He says a ‘band-aid’ solution won’t work when the needs run into the millions of dollars.last_img

Liberals to face Senate as showdown looms over infrastructure bank plan

OTTAWA — The government’s plan to create a new $35-billion infrastructure bank is facing a rocky road as senators stand poised to rewrite the Liberals’ budget bill and delay creation of the financing agency.An independent senator will ask the Senate next week to separate out the legislation creating the so-called infrastructure bank from the larger budget bill to give the upper chamber more time to debate the proposal.Whether Sen. Andre Pratte has enough support is unclear, but he said there is interest from Conservatives, Liberals and independents who want more time to review the legislation.The Liberal government’s plan is to use public funds through the bank to leverage billions more from investors to pay for large projects, such as rail lines, bridges and transit systems that may be too expensive for governments, or too risky for private companies to handle alone.Morneau says new infrastructure bank to shield taxpayers from project risksNew questions about taxpayer risk in Ottawa’s infrastructure bank are being raised, documents showPratte said several senators remain unconvinced about the plan after a preliminary study of the proposal, citing concerns about the agency’s independence, transparency and the degree to which taxpayers will be exposed to financial risk.“In many senators minds, those hearings have actually pointed to more issues to be studied,” said the Quebec senator who was appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.“There are issues and questions that have arisen that point to more concern, rather than less.”The Liberals say they see no reason to separate the bank from the rest of the bill that implements elements of the federal budget.Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi said the government wants to get the bank up and running by the end of the year, including appointing a chief executive and board of directors and can’t do that without parliamentary approval for the bill.“The Canada infrastructure bank is such an integral part of our overall infrastructure plan and it really ties into the budget process and that’s why it’s there,” Sohi said before Wednesday’s caucus meeting.“Having it … as part of the broader budget legislation makes sense so we can get on with delivering on the commitments that we made to Canadians.”The Liberals continued to face flak over the plan in the House of Commons on Wednesday amid concerns the government is putting taxpayer dollars at risk in order to lure private investment, details of which have been outlined in internal government documents obtained by The Canadian Press.The documents say taxpayers may bear significant risk in projects where the government takes an equity stake, provide a loss buffer to private investors in other instances, or invest on equal footing but at “concessionary terms” with ownership reverting to a city or province at the end of a term.The documents obtained under the Access to Information Act also show the bank could use innovative financing tools like derivatives and contributions that are repayable based on certain benchmarks.Finance Minister Bill Morneau defended the bank in an interview Tuesday, saying the agency would reduce the risk to taxpayers should there be cost overruns on projects. On Wednesday, Trudeau said Canadians were on side with the government’s overall infrastructure plan that included a “world-class infrastructure bank” to deliver more projects that communities need.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer was unconvinced: “The leverage comes from using taxpayers money to guarantee profits for investors and that’s not right.”The Liberals plan to avoid overly risky projects. All proposals would require government approval before the agency could strike a financing deal and funding would flow on a project-by-project basis.That process left a Senate committee unconvinced that the government had struck the right balance between oversight of public funds and giving the agency the ability to make decisions on projects absent political interference. A report released Wednesday by the Senate banking committee also pointed to cabinet’s ability to hire and fire the CEO and chair of the board as issues that the government needs to address.“The whole idea of the infrastructure bank is to ensure good investments for Canadians and returns for Canadians, but as soon as you get cabinet involved in it, it becomes political,” said committee chairman Sen. David Tkachuk.The Canadian Press read more

Government briefs monks on process to draft new Constitution

The Minister recalled that even when Mahinda Rajapaksa was President an all party committee had submitted proposals for Constitutional amendments and several opinions were expressed. He asserted that everything that is being said are the views of individuals and is not part of the final document. Ranawaka said that the ideas put forward at present by several political parties, including the joint opposition, are being studied yet nothing is final. (Colombo Gazette) The Government today briefed the Chief Prelates on the progress of the process to draft a new Constitution.Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Champika Ranawaka said that misleading information is being spread about the Constitution drafting process. read more

Myanmar UNICEF warns children of Kachin face growing threats due to recent

An estimated 1,000 children are among those forced to leave their temporary homes amid the fighting between the Myanmar National Army and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in areas of southern Kachin state, UNICEF noted in a news release.“The fighting and the associated displacement of families has increased the health risks that children face, including by reducing their access to safe, reliable water and sanitation facilities,” said Bertrand Bainvel, UNICEF Representative to Myanmar. In addition, Kachin and northern Shan are already among the most heavily mined areas in Myanmar, the agency noted. Landmines left behind or placed intentionally continue to cause harm to vulnerable populations, including children, as well as hamper humanitarian aid delivery.“It is an unfortunate fact that the heightened risk that children face does not disappear even after the fighting stops, because they face a significantly increased risk of falling victim to commonly used landmines and even to possible recruitment into the combatant’s armed forces,” said Mr. Bainvel.UNICEF is working with other UN agencies and international non-governmental organizations to help threatened children and their families. While support is being mobilised, the agency stressed that improved access to affected populations, particularly children, is needed. “We must provide urgent help,” said Mr. Bainvel. “But life-saving aid is not enough because children need peace and stability to grow and develop.” More than 75,000 people have been displaced since fighting between Government forces and Kachin rebels began almost two years ago. For many of those displaced in the latest hostilities, it is the second or third time that they have been uprooted in the past year.“For the sake of Myanmar’s children, all parties must immediately commit to do all they can to end the violence, to protect children from exposure to land mines and recruitment into armed forces, and to commit to peace,” Mr. Bainvel stressed. “This is absolutely essential if children in Kachin are to experience the same hope and improved prospects that are now being experienced by so many other children in Myanmar as a result of the recent reforms.” read more

LETTER An appeal to all patriotic Government Ministers… Put Guyana

Even with a small population as ours, the chance of one becoming a Member of Parliament is either slim or none. But if you’re fortunate in your lifetime to have this great honour bestowed upon you, nothing matters more than putting the interest of Guyana and her people above all… above self.Do the right thing and you will be forever respected as a patriot, a person of integrity, of high moral values, and a champion of the poor and downtrodden. But if you don’t, you become a Moses Nagamootoo and a Khemraj Ramjattan, despised by many for betraying everything they once stood for to cling to position and power.With few exceptions, the ruckus behaviour of government MPs that completely drowned out the entire speech made in the National Assembly by the Leader of the Opposition on the No-confidence Motion (NCM), clearly defines their characters and expose the lowness of those who serve in the highest decision-making forum in government.As a Member of Parliament, I am often embarrassed and appalled at the lack of decorum and unparliamentary language and behaviour displayed by some in the National Assembly. Some government ministers have no ethics and etiquette. Yet these are the people who represent us at international forums with world leaders and their representatives, and who are given the powers to implement laws that affect the lives of every citizen here.Then there are others like Nagamootoo and Ramjattan who now willinglybetray the principles upon which the AFC was formed and shamelessly defend the transgressions committed by this government to protect the grandeur and perks they now enjoy as members of Cabinet.Thankfully, not everyone fits this description. Some, I know, are genuinely concerned that Guyana is headed in the wrong direction, and would do a Charrandass if they weren’t so afraid for their own safety and the wellbeing of their families.Just yesterday, it was reported in a section of the media that Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl Greenidge who is often above the fray, wrote in a letter to the Canadian High Commissioner that he was “unaware of any threat” to Charrandas Persaud that would have even required consular protection.Even this career politician who has now distinguished himself as an elder statesman after once presiding over the worst economic period that helped bankrupt the nation during his tenure as the PNC government Minister of Finance and Planning, seems afraid to condemn his PNC colleague Jennifer Wade, the Region 5 government MP, whose voice can be clearly identified saying, “Charrandas, you gon dead tonight.”Surely the Hon Carl Greenidge must have heard this distinct threat himself from the thousands of videos clips played over and over again in news reports and in the public domain on social media. But as decent as Greenidge is, he too must be afraid and too old to go up against the dangerous PNC to ruin his chances of becoming APNU’s Presidential Candidate to contest the upcoming elections. For despite the earlier pronouncements by Volda Lawrence and Joseph Harmon, I really don’t believe President Granger will ever run again.It is an undisputed fact that on that fateful evening of December 21, 2018, the Opposition motion was successfully carried and the government fell.Now, like a drowning man, they are desperately grasping at straws to cling to power. Since then, Government has been stubbornly and shamelessly defiant of the constitution, pursuing a series of frivolous actions to stop the inevitable: The resignation of the Cabinet including the President and new elections within three months according to Article 106 (6) of the constitution. One cannot simply change the rules in his favour after the game has been played and loss.The Charrandass vote in favor of the NCM has been totally ventilated. It is now time to move on. Regardless of which side of the political spectrum you’re on, the next few days will determine just how far one is prepare to go without compromising one’s integrity and political career. The intent of government ministers will be scrutinized and characters questioned.I am sure that if asked, every Guyanese would call themselves a patriot. But how many like myself, would willingly risk their lives for this country? And to a lesser extent, how many would sacrifice their jobs, insecure though it may be at this time, to prevent Guyana from turning into a pariah state?For selfish reasons, I wager not many would do it. But I’m equally confident there are still good patriotic men and women whose loyalty to Guyana and her people is above reproach.Both Nagamootoo and Ramjattan are too far gone, post-mortem don’t ever bring back the dead. But there are others in the AFC that should be concerned about their own political careers and the need to make amends for the betrayal inflicted upon their own supporters who once believed the AFC to have had noble intentions. It is not too late.It is to those and other government ministers that I make this appeal to put Guyana first. Save our nation from a constitutional crisis that will result in lawlessness, chaos, and the embarrassment of being the laughing stock of the Caribbean and the rest of the world. As an individual with a conscience, you can resign now to protect what’s left of your integrity, credibility and your political and professional career.In a few short months, this government will be forced to debit office and Guyana will be under new management. But you don’t have to go down like rats on a sinking ship to avoid being called a “traitor” and other derogatory names, you have a duty to put Guyana first. And with a clear conscience, justify your resignation from government as your patriotic duty to the pledge you took as a Member of Parliament.HARRY GILLPPP/C Member of Parliament Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related“Ramjattan’s accusations damages Parliament’s integrity” – Teixeira writes SpeakerSeptember 20, 2014In “Politics”Fmr Housing Minister denies $40M tax evasion on vehiclesAugust 23, 2015In “Politics”Speaker writes Commonwealth Head requesting intervention to resolve Guyana’s political crisisNovember 14, 2014In “Politics” read more

Creating a major new Canadian mining house

first_imgHudBay Minerals and Lundin Mining have agreed to a business combination that will create a new Canadian leader in global mining. After the combination, HudBay is expected to be the second largest base metals company in Canada measured by market capitalisation. It will have a broad portfolio of producing assets in Canada, Portugal, Sweden, Spain, and Ireland, along with a strong growth pipeline that includes the world-class Tenke Fungurume and Fenix projects, located in the DRC and Guatemala, respectively. The Transaction will be structured as a plan of arrangement under the Canada Business Corporations Act. Highlights of the Transaction include:On completion, each Lundin common share will be automatically exchanged for 0.3919 HudBay common shares, and Lundin will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of HudBayThe consideration Lundin shareholders will receive pursuant to the Transaction represents approximately a 32% premium over Lundin’s 30 day volume weighted average trading price on the TSX based on HudBay’s 30 day volume weighted average trading price on the TSXOn completion of the Transaction, HudBay will have approximately 306 million common shares outstandingThe CEO of the resulting company will be Allen J. Palmiere.The boards of directors of both companies have approved the Transaction with all voting members in favour.Following the completion of the Transaction, the combined company’s profile will include:Combined 2007 actual metal production of 187,115 t of copper, 278,289 t of zinc, 44,560 t of lead, 3,270 t of nickel, 102,587 oz of gold, and 4,184,536 oz of silverCash on hand of approximately C$900 million and total debt of approximately $240 million based on reported amounts at September 30, 2008The financial strength to capitalise on opportunities arising from turbulent marketsA strong management team and an experienced board.“The combination of HudBay and Lundin creates a company that is financially strong, has excellent internal growth projects, and has the size and strength to take advantage of opportunities over the next 18 months,” said Phil J. Wright, President and CEO of Lundin. “This arrangement is in the best interest of Lundin shareholders, and I look forward to making a contribution toward building what has the potential to be a major new Canadian mining house.”“We’re excited to create a Canadian base metals company that we believe will be a major presence on the world stage,” added Allen J. Palmiere, CEO of HudBay. “We will continue to grow the company with discipline, and use its financial strength with a view to creating future value for all of our shareholders.”Following the completion of the transaction, HudBay’s board will be composed of Allen J. Palmiere, Philip J. Wright, Lukas Lundin, M. Norman Anderson, Colin K. Benner, Donald K. Charter, Ronald P. Gagel, R. Peter Gillin, and William A. Rand.In connection with the Transaction, HudBay and Lundin have entered into a loan agreement, pursuant to which HudBay will lend Lundin approximately C$135.8 million on a subordinated basis. Lundin will use the proceeds of the loan to fund capital investments and other general corporate purposes. HudBay and Lundin have also entered into a share purchase agreement, pursuant to which HudBay will acquire approximately 97 million common shares of Lundin, representing approximately 19.9% of Lundin’s outstanding common shares, at a price of C$1.40 per share in a private placement for total gross proceeds to Lundin of approximately C$135,800,000. The proceeds of the private placement will be used to repay the loan. Completion of the private placement of the Lundin common shares is subject to the satisfaction of certain regulatory requirements.HudBay is a leading base metals mining company with assets in North and Central America. The company is investing for the future in one of the most ambitious exploration programs in Canada, targeting its 400,000 ha exploration territory in the Flin Flon Greenstone Belt. An integrated mining company, HudBay operates zinc and copper mines, concentrators and metal production facilities in northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan, a zinc oxide production facility in Ontario, the White Pine Copper Refinery in Michigan, and owns the Fenix nickel project in Guatemala. In addition to its primary products, the company also produces gold, silver and zinc oxide.Lundin Mining is a rapidly growing, diversified base metals mining company with operations in Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Ireland, producing copper, nickel, lead and zinc. In addition, Lundin Mining holds a development project pipeline which includes the world class Tenke Fungurume copper/cobalt project in the DRC and holds an extensive exploration portfolio and interests in international mining and exploration ventures.last_img read more

Cimos Koper – Slovenian Champion

← Previous Story Jan Filip to be player-coach! Next Story → Wisla Plock wins 7th Polish Champion title! For the first time in their history, Cimos Koper have won the domestic championship. They have finally writtenclub history in the 2010/2011 season, by leaving Celje, Gorenje and the others behind. In the direct fightfor the title, they beat Gorenje in Velenje with 24:23, and have secured the title, as now they are with 55 points,while Gorenje are with 51 points, which shows us how surprising can the Slovenian league be this year, with manyups and downs for all the teams. We’re hoping for an even more interesting one next year!photo: siol.net read more

Star Wars hovering speederbike becomes a sort of reality

first_imgReturn of the Jedi wasn’t the best Star Wars film but it certainly did contain one of the coolest vehicles: the speederbike. Now a company called Aerofex seems to have replicated that legendary craft.The new speeder is not exactly the one from the 1983 film, but it does hover just like it. It’s called a rotorcraft and it uses the same dynamics as a helicopter in order to lift and carry itself and a rider above the ground. This isn’t completely new tech — they tested this vehicle in 2008 — unfortunately that flight ended in the rotorcraft crashing into a tumbleweed, which caught fire as a result. Luckily the pilot only came away with burnt hands.Since then they have been working on making the rotorcraft easier to control, therefore making the flight much more stable. The vehicle can hover up to 15 feet in the air and travel at 30 mile per hour.The people at Aerofex don’t want to recreate Star Wars speederbikes though, in fact in the future they don’t want these bikes to be manned at all. They want to create unmanned drones that are safe to be around humans.  The closed off rotors used in this technology would help them accomplish this (and prevent anything terrible from happening to small pets).It seems we’re still quite a few years away from speeding through Endor on these things. The video above does show what the rotorcraft can do and it’s fairly impressive. Sadly there’s no sound to the video, nor is the test pilot dressed like a Stormtrooper, so you’ll just have to use your imagination for now.More at Flightlog via Dvicelast_img read more

Geek Pick Withings Move Is an Intro to Fitness Wearables

first_imgStay on target Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls It’s healthy when a product category (in this case health products) is robust enough to support products at all kinds of price ranges in the market. Sure it’s nice to get a dedicated base to buy an expensive high-end model, but you’re really doing great if the mainstream latches onto your affordable, accessible, entry-level model. The Withings Move almost seems like the flip phone of fitness wearables. But at only $70 that compliment doesn’t have to necessarily be so backhanded.center_img At first glance the Withings Move just looks like a regular watch. There’s a mechanical face with clock hands and everything, no digital touch screen. This not only allows the watch to look more stylish but also last for 18 months on a single battery charge. The lack of onscreen stats even makes it harder for onlookers to snoop on your biometrics.There wouldn’t be much to see though because the Withings Move is fairly limited in what it can track. It’s basically just steps and sleep. Connecting to a phone also gets you distance and workout tracking. But there’s no heart rate monitor or phone notifications. And even the sleep-tracking wasn’t that accurate according to our reviewer.Still, even with that modest data the Withings Move can be plenty useful for your health. Sync and monitor its findings with the Health Mate mobile app. Here you can also manually log in more health information like blood pressure and BMI. And earning badges turns meeting your workout goals into a little game.For more on the Withings Move check out the extensive review on our sister site PCMag.com. And for more on fitness wearables check out our Geek Picks for products from Fitbit like the Fitbit Versa Lite and Fitbit Charge 3.More on Geek.com:Geek Pick: Samsung Galaxy Watch Active Is a Sleek Fitness SmartwatchGeek Pick: Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music Elevates Your Workout PlaylistsGeek Pick: Fossil Sport Is a Stylish Smartwatch For Everyday Uselast_img read more

PECULIAR WEATHER EVENT TODAY

first_img Traffic relief coming for Blue Hills says Minister Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Dec 2014 – PECULIAR WEATHER EVENT TODAY brings extremely high tides, fierce white caps along the reef all day and surges in Blue Hills (at least).It warrants more research but Blue Hills fishermen tell MM the surge was troublesome and brought waves way inshore.Seaweed is the only evidence now but even now an ominous cloud paints a gorgeous picture across the NW skies of Provo. Related Items:blue hills, seaweeds, Tci weather Fiery explosion kills Blue Hills man Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp PNP Administration announces plan to ease Blue Hills traffic congestionlast_img read more

Ozil retains support for Germany

first_imgArsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has revealed he still supports the German national team despite the criticism and abuse he received after the World Cup.The 30-year-old announced his retirement from international football after the World Cup citing racist abuse and remarks from the German Football Federation (DFB).Ozil was criticized in Germany prior to the World Cup when he and Ilkay Gundogan, who are both of Turkish descent, were pictured alongside Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.In July, he wrote on Twitter:‘The treatment I have received from the DFB and many others makes me no longer want to wear the German national team shirt.”“I feel unwanted and think that what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten.”Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events, I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level while I have this feeling of racism and disrespect.”However, the former Real Madrid midfielder revealed on his Twitter account during a Q&A session with fans, that he still supports the German team.I’ve always been supporting the DFB Team since my childhood and I’ve still many friends playing for the German National Team. Of course I’m still supporting the team! https://t.co/flgtc13DZT— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) October 24, 2018He said: “I’ve always been supporting the DFB Team since my childhood and I’ve still many friends playing for the German National Team. Of course, I’m still supporting the team!”last_img read more

Vistara Plans to Beam InFlight Entertainment Directly To Fliers Devices

first_imgVistara, the airline joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, plans to introduce beaming of in-flight entertainment (IFE) content directly to fliers’ personal gadgets,  a first in Indian airline industry.Vistara has dispensed with seat back screens – a standard arrangement in most full service airlines globally – that enable fliers to watch programmes, listen to music or play games. Reuters”We are introducing wireless inflight IFE systems. India does not allow Wi-Fi on board aircraft in terms of two-way connectivity. But one-way streaming of entertainment content like movies and music is allowed. This will be Wi-Fi one-way connectivity,” Phee Teik Yeoh chief executive officer Vistara told The Times of India.India’s full service carriers – Air India and Jet Airways – offer seat back entertainment to their fliers.Vistara’s game planVistara hit upon the novel idea to keep passengers entertained, in its attempt to break the mould. Passengers travelling in business class seats are likely to be given personal tablets to access IFE during the journey, while those travelling in premium economy and economy classes will be able to access IFE on their personal devices. And being a full service airline, Vistara may not charge for it, the TOI report said.The IFE streaming technology Vistara is relying on, has Wi-Fi capability, which will enable it to offer Internet services to its passengers once India lifts the ban on the same on airlines flying in Indian airspace.Up in the air connectivityLast year, India relaxed norms to allow passengers to use personal electronic devices once an aircraft reaches cruising speed, with the devices disabled to either receive or emit transmission signals, so that they don’t interfere with the aircraft’s navigation, communication and other systems. Tata’s other airline joint venture – low cost carrier AirAsia India – is also planning to offer Wi-Fi connectivity soon.In 2014, national carrier Air India had evinced interest in offering Internet to its passengers. Its officials met with executives from Geneva-based OnAir, a technology company offering Internet and mobile connectivity to airlines globally, using Wi-Fi and/or mobile connectivity, to explore the possibility of offering similar facilities to its passengers when flying over Indian airspace.During the UPA regime, Air India approached the communications ministry to lift the ban, but without any success till now.last_img read more

Full Show Teachers Protest Potential State Takeover Free Speech On Campus Houston

first_imgOn Thursday’s Houston Matters: The Houston Federation of Teachers rallied Wednesday against the potential state takeover of the HISD board. News 88.7 education reporter Laura Isensee walks us through their concerns.Also this hour: As college students return for the fall semester, we learn about the new Texas law regarding how free speech is exercised on campus.Then bug expert Erin Mills answers listener questions.And Ernie Manouse talks with Martha Davis, lead singer of The Motels. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share 00:00 /44:51 Xcenter_img Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Top 9 Magical Girls of Anime and Manga

first_imgYou can watch all of these series and more on Amazon, Crunchyroll, and Netflix. <> Have you been approached by a talking cat?Did a magical contract get offered to you lately?Is your hair pastel colored?Did a mysterious book appear lately that says “do not open?”Did a cute pink pen with a star and angel wings appear suddenly in your hand?Well, you’re in luck, because you just might be a magical girl! Mahou shoujo, or magic girl, is a distinct genre of anime and manga that typically brings a young school-aged girl into the realm of magic. Her duties generally include defeating evil with her friends, while wearing cute clothes and wielding magical items to help defend the world/find the crystal/rescue her pals.Do you think you got what it takes to battle the forces of evil in a short skirt? Check out our list of the top magical girl anime below!center_img 1/9Sailor MoonThe meatball head that started the magical girl craze in the West, every anime fan worth their salt has at least heard of the illustrious Sailor Moon and her Sailor Scouts. A tale as old as time, normal school girl Usagi is approached by a talking cat named Luna, who gives her items and reveals that she is Sailor Moon! She must battle evil, and find her other Sailor Scout friends, as well as uncover her forgotten past. Throw in a splash of romance with Tuxedo Mask, and you’ve got the makings of the most memorable magical girl story of all time! 1/9Sally the WitchThe magical manga that started the whole genre back in 1966 stars Sally, a witch from the magic kingdom who visits the human world. She helps to defend her two school girl friends with her magic and decides to stay on Earth in the disguise of a mortal girl. 1/9Creamy MamiA vintage classic from the ’80s, Creamy Mami is a pastel nostalgic dream of the magical girl genre. In the show, 10-year-old Yu Morisawa sees a spaceship and is carried up into it, resulting in her acquiring a magic wand that lets her take on the appearance of a 16-year-old teen. She also discovers that her new appearance grants her musical talents, and she becomes a pop star sensation. Her main rival? The competing musical talent agency. The pop idol aspect wasn’t just a random choice of the creators. The anime was launched with the purpose of launching real-life idol singer Takako Ohta’s career by featuring her songs in the show. This media mix strategy worked wonders for her, and is still often employed today by anime studios. 1/9Cardcaptor SakuraThis nostalgic series introduces us to Sakura Kinomoto, who one day opens an old book in her basement and accidentally releases the magical Clow Cards. With the help of Cerberus, the guardian of the cards, and her newfound powers, Sakura must collect the cards in order to restore peace to her town. This series was the introduction of many fans to the all-female manga producing team known as CLAMP. The beautiful art style, and adorable outfits made this a series to really remember. 1/9Magic Knight RayearthThese knights had magic, sure, but wow did they have some kickass armor and weaponry, too. This series, also produced by CLAMP, follows three school girls who get sucked into a parallel world and find that they must rescue the Princess Emeraude in order to return to their own world. This series actually mashes up elements of the magical girl genre with the mecha genre, as eventually, they are able to summon giant robots called the Rune Gods to help fight their battles. With beautiful artwork, and a memorable as hell intro song, this series is a must-see for all fans of magical girls. 1/9Tokyo Mew MewWhat a great twist on an old classic. School girls imbued with the magical powers of… animals. Yes, the leading ladies of this series find that they have been merged with the DNA of various beasts after being bathed in a strange light, and are called the Mew Mews. They must battle other dangerous Mew Mews to save their world. The combination of magic and felines is an adorable addition to the magical girl genre. 1/9Puella Magi Madoka MagicaAt first glance, this series appears to be a standard account of girls in frilly dresses with magical powers, but this 2011 series was actually the start of something much darker. The story centers on Madoka Kaname, as she is approached by a cat-like creature named Kyubey who offers her a chance at granting a wish of hers, with the exchange making her into a magical girl that must fight witches. The motivation behind Kyubey’s offer turns out to be much more sinister, and the girls must fight the very system itself in order to be free. Watch out, magical girl lover, this anime turns the cheery, cute genre upside down. 1/9Pretty CureAlso known as PreCure, this series shows the adventures of a group of magical girls known as the Pretty Cures. This is one of the most successful magical girl series ever to come out of Japan, with over 600 episodes to date, as well as movies, toys, manga, and video games. The most current season is called Smile Pretty Cure! in Japan, and was released outside of Asia on Netflix as Glitter Force. Grab your magical item and hop on for this colorful ride into friendship! 1/9Well, we did technically say that magical girl anime should be about girls, but this is a great exception to the rule. Cute High Earth Defense Club keeps all the tropes of the magical girl genre intact: the lead characters are friends who all are imbued with magical powers from a talking animal and fight to save Earth. The only thing is, they happen to be boys, the powers are girly in nature, and the magical animal is a pink wombat. Clearly meant to be a parody of the magical girl genre, this show is actually pretty hilarious and sweet.last_img read more

Users Can Now Choose How Fast They Want Alexa To Speak

first_imgClose Ron and Alicia are just two of the Amazon Alexa users who are benefiting from Amazon Alexa’s new feature. Now, users can control how fast or how slow they want Alexa to speak.   ( Amazon ) Users of Amazon’s Alexa in the United States will be able to use its new feature starting Aug. 7. They can now choose the speed at which Alexa is speaking from seven different options.‘Alexa Speak Faster’There are times when it seems as though completing a task or looking for information would be much faster if users just did it themselves rather than rely on smart assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa. If users ever hoped that Alexa spoke faster, then Amazon’s announcement about the speed of Alexa’s speech is a wish come true.Now, users can get Alexa to speak faster by saying “Alexa, speak faster.” According to the press release, apart from the default speed at which Alexa is speaking, there will now be four faster speed rates that users can choose from. If a user decided that Alexa’s pace was actually perfect for them the way it was, then they can simply say “Alexa, speak at your default rate” to get it back to normal. Bestseller Related Products Ads by Amazon Bestseller Bestseller Smart Plug Socket for Smart Home Automation Compatib… ENDS IN $29.99$29.99 ENDS IN Bestseller $149.99$149.99 Echo Plus (2nd Gen) – Premium sound with built-in smart home … Bestseller ENDS IN ⓒ 2018 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission. DEAL OF THE DAY (964) DEAL OF THE DAY DEAL OF THE DAY (382) (4382) DEAL OF THE DAY $28.99$30.99 ENDS IN (29) DEAL OF THE DAY ENDS IN $23.49$23.99 Bestseller Smart Plug Works with Alexa Google Assistant IFTTT for V… Bestseller Smart Plug Works with Alexa Google Assistant IFTTT for Voi… ENDS IN DEAL OF THE DAY Wifi Smart Plug, Orange Tech 2 in 1 Smart Socket Wifi Mini … (5) ENDS IN ENDS IN Smart Plug, Conico Mini WiFi Outlet Works with Alexa, Googl… (1486) While it does not seem like such a big deal to make Alexa speak faster, it may mean a much better Alexa experience for some users.“[S]ome of our customers who are blind or low vision are used to consuming audio content and want to be able to listen more quickly,” said Sarah Caplener, head of Alexa for Everyone.‘Alexa, Speak Slower’Apart from getting Alexa to speak faster, users can also choose from two slower speech rates for Alexa. This option would be a big help for users who are older or hard of hearing, as they sometimes need a little more time to listen to Alexa. This not only helps make interactions with Alexa a better experience, but it would also customize Alexa to better fit the users’ specific needs.“When we ask her about the Question of the Day, she goes so fast! We’re impressed at how easy it is to slow her down, so it’ll be great not to have to ask her to repeat herself multiple times. We aren’t ‘techy’ people, but we like that we can use our Alexa device and feel connected to her, so we definitely appreciate the ease-of-use of this feature,” said Amazon customers 91-year-old Ron and 73-year-old Alicia.For now, the feature is only available in the United States, and there is no word when or if the feature will be rolled-out in other countries. TAG Amazon Alexa, Amazon, Voice Assistant $29.99$29.99 DEAL OF THE DAY $29.99$33.99 Bestseller LIFX A19 Mini Color Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb, Color Changi… Harman Kardon Astra Bluetooth Speaker w/Amazon Alexa Voice Assistant 360 Sound – New (338) $129.97$159.96 (12) AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches All Ads by Amazon DEAL OF THE DAYlast_img read more

From DC to Detroit Judge Moves Quicken Loans Trial

first_img November 15, 2016 712 Views Department of Justice FHA-Insured Loans HUD Lawsuits Quicken Loans 2016-11-15 Seth Welborn From D.C. to Detroit: Judge Moves Quicken Loans Trial There will be a change of venue in the trial of USA v. Quicken Loans case—from Washington, D.C. to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern Michigan District, which is based in Quicken’s headquarter city of Detroit.Judge Reggie B. Walton in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted Quicken’s motion to have the trial moved from D.C. to Detroit. Since the beginning of the bitter battle between Quicken and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Quicken had argued that Detroit was the only appropriate venue for the trial, since the majority of the company’s loan processing and underwriting operations are in Detroit. Quicken Loans is one of the largest non-bank mortgage lenders in the country by volume and the country’s largest Federal Housing Administration (FHA) lender.Quicken sued the DOJ and HUD in April 2015, anticipating that a lawsuit from the DOJ was forthcoming.  Quicken’s suit alleges the DOJ demanded the company make public admissions of fault, as well as pay a large penalty or face legal action, and the DOJ’s suit accuses Quicken of improperly originating and underwriting hundreds of FHA-insured mortgages on which HUD later paid millions of dollars in insurance claims due to defaulted loans.“I think it is becoming increasingly clear what we have known all along: the DOJ case against QL has absolutely no merit,” said Dan Gilbert, Quicken Loans Founder and Chairman. “QL is the gold standard for residential lending in this country. We have had the FHA’s lowest delinquency and default rates in the nation for years, resulting in billions of dollars of profits to the FHA insurance fund. It is obvious the DOJ made a conscious decision to exert pressure on the largest lenders in the country, using the weight of the federal government and its endless capacity to bring lengthy litigation and corresponding reputational damage without regard for the actual validity of its claims. DOJ’s strategy was deployed for the sole purpose of extracting large settlements. We do not succumb to these egregious tactics. QL’s outstanding reputation hard-earned over 31 years is not for sale.”The Department of Justice declined to comment on the change of venue for the trial.Quicken anticipated in its original court filing that it would take at least two years for the case to go to trial because of the D.C. venue; the trial may happen sooner now that the trial has been moved to Detroit.center_img in Daily Dose, News, Origination Sharelast_img read more

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