Sir Ian McKellen recently attended a special meet-and-greet event for the charity Step Forward, an organization that provides a free and confidential service to young people aged 11-25, living in and around Tower Hamlets in East London.Step Forward CEO Jennifer Fear, Patron Ian McKellen, Charity Chair Chloe MartinCredit/Copyright: Jennifer Fear, Step ForwardSir Ian, who is patron of the charity, told CEO Jennifer Fear on the night that he was extremely pleased to see so many people willing to find ways to support them and he hoped that it would help them to raise their profile and the much needed funds to continue providing essential support services to young people in the coming years.Jennifer Fear, Sir Ian McKellen and the Step Forward TeamCredit/Copyright: Jennifer Fear, Step ForwardFrom the Step Forward blog: “We felt that after witnessing a summer of spectacular events here in London there was a growing sense of community spirit, positivity and pride amongst Londoners. With that in mind we arranged this event because we wanted an opportunity to get to know those in our neighbourhood better and share some stories about the positive impact Step Forward has on the lives of young people in East London.“All our guests were able to meet the team, take a look around our fabulous building and hear about the work that we do. There were lots of opportunities for mingling over drinks and nibbles and our Patron Ian managed to speak to all of our guests individually. During the evening Ian was able to talk to people about the passion he has for our charity, why he has supported us over the last 6 years and his idea that he would like local business and people to ‘adopt’ Step Forward.“Last year we reached 1,800 young people through our free and confidential information, counselling, personal development, and sexual health services. We supported young people affected by things such as neglect, abuse, depression, and bereavement and helped guide them to make positive changes, realise their self-worth, raise their aspirations and reach their full potential in life.”Step Forward actively challenges discrimination and welcomes young people from all sections of the community regardless of their race, gender, disability, sexuality, religious, political and cultural lifestyles and beliefs.Sir Ian is helping to raise the profile of the charity – on Sunday he posted a link to their Facebook page and an article in the Independent on Sunday from his Facebook page. The article names the top 101 influential LGBT people in the country who make Britain a safer, fairer, better and more entertaining place to live. Step Forward CEO Jennifer Fear was named on the list at number 49 and Ian was named under the Lifetime Achievement category. Jennifer is one of the few people in the top 50 who work for a charity.“Congratulations to Jennifer and her remarkable team in managing to carry on with their amazing work throughout another year, despite all the odds,” said Sir Ian. “The public recognition that our CEO has achieved of late is, of course, well-merited but it also reflects well on everyone who supports her at Step Forward.”Find out more about Step Forward here.
Kigali – The official visit of King Mohammed VI to Rwanda marks the prelude to a new era in the friendly relations between Rabat and Kigali, Rwandan Foreign minister Louise Mushikiwabo said Wednesday.“It’s a very special visit for us”, Mushikiwabo told the press after the official luncheon hosted by Rwandan President Paul Kagame in honor of HM the King and the delegation accompanying Him.Rwanda and Morocco have decided to implement their friendship and cooperation through a series of activities, she said, citing the signing Wednesday in Kigali of twenty agreements and cooperation conventions covering several fields with high added value. Morocco and Rwanda had decided to give new impetus to their cooperation during the visit of President Kagame to Morocco in June, and “the current Royal visit represents a leap forward”, the Rwandan official said.Mushikiwabo also emphasized the role and the place of Morocco in the African continent, noting that the Kingdom and Rwanda are set to strengthen unity within Africa to enable it accelerate its progress towards greater economic and social development.
30 April 2010The effects of the humanitarian crisis sparked by the military offensive against insurgents in north-western Pakistan a year ago persist despite the return of most of the two million people who fled their homes because of the conflict, the United Nations refugee agency reported today. “The human cost of the conflict is still being felt across the Swat Valley,” Andrej Mahecic, a spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told journalists in Geneva.“UNHCR and its NGO (non-governmental organization) partners are helping some of the most vulnerable returnees by building shelters for civilians whose homes and other property has been lost. Many families lost breadwinners and other loved ones. People remain traumatised and in need of counselling,” Mr. Mahecic said.In addition to helping people rebuild lives and homes in return areas, new internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Kurram and Orakzai districts need to be registered and given emergency relief, he said.More than 130,000 people still live in nine camps, he said, adding that new return operations to Mohmand and Bajaur were under way and that those returning will also need help to rebuild their lives.UNHCR is currently helping the returnees with transport and emergency shelter kits. “Next month, we will start monitoring in return areas to identify ongoing needs and plan future assistance. These poor communities will need a significant investment of funds from donors to make their return sustainable,” Mr. Mahecic said. The Pakistani Government estimated that 80 to 90 per cent of the more than two million IDPs displaced by the military operations in May last year had returned to their homes.Mr. Mahecic noted that in addition to IDPs who fled their villages during military operations in May, an estimated 1.3 million people from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) remain displaced in various parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the new name of North-West Frontier Province. They fled homes in Bajaur, Mohmand, South Waziristan, Khyber, Kurram and Orakzai in various waves as Government forces launched operations against militants in the tribal belt.Many of those from Bajaur have lived in camps for more than 18 months, while those from Orakzai and Kurram fled more recently.“People are still fleeing the conflict areas. In April, some 85,000 displaced people from Kurram and Orakzai were newly registered by local officials in Hangu, Kohat and Peshawar,” said Mahecic.He said that UNHCR and its partners had established 15 welfare centres in Swat Valley and Lower Dir districts where psychologists continue to counsel people suffering from trauma.Meanwhile, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that some humanitarian agencies have said that they may be forced to cut back or shut down some projects because of a lack of funding.Two months after the agencies jointly requested some $537.7 million for humanitarian operations in Pakistan, only 24 per cent of that amount has been received.
He also said that foreign assistance has been sought through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. President Sirisena also urged the health authorities to look into the health conditions of the affected people and to be vigilant about the possible outbreak of diseases until the floods subsided.The President appointed Minister Susil Premajayantha as the Coordinator for the Colombo district to provide relief measures to the affected people in the district. Minister S.B. Dissanayake will also assist in this regard.President Sirisena gave instructions to establish Disaster Management Centres in every district and further instructed to the officials to formulate strategies to provide relief measures to the public subsequent to making inquiries into the prevailing situation every morning with the participation of the District Secretary, political authority and state officials. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena today called for systematic distribution of aid to families affected by the floods and landslides.The President said that officials have been instructed to ensure there is no corruption when distributing aid to the affected families. Meanwhile the President instructed the Sri Lanka Navy to deploy more boats for rescue missions to evacuate stranded people.He told the District Secretaries to carry out relief measures immediately with being concerned over financial resources as the Government is committed to provide the required funds. In an address to the Nation, the President also said that every effort will be taken to provide assistance to all those affected by the major disaster.
They replace five non-permanent members leaving at the end of the year: Colombia, Ireland, Mauritius, Norway and Singapore. Bulgaria, which currently holds the rotating Presidency of the Council, Cameroon, Guinea, Mexico and Syria will continue to serve as non-permanent members through 2003. China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States are the permanent members of the Council, which is responsible under the UN Charter for maintaining international peace and security.
by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 22, 2017 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jun 22, 2017 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Source is staging a transformation to turn its stores into electronics playgrounds in an effort to boost sales as the consumer technology industry faces pressure on multiple fronts, including big-box retailers and the ease of online shopping.The company formerly known as Radio Shack is in the midst of overhauling its stores, doing away with walls of boxed products in favour of a new aesthetic with a more modern flair — bright lights, wider aisles and even wood accents.It is setting up interactive displays to allow customers to connect their smartphones into headphones and speakers so they can test the sound with music they enjoy rather than a store-selected soundtrack, said Charles Brown, president of the Source.The first revamped store opened in the Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto in 2015. The Source is aiming to complete the renovations at more than half of its 550 locations by the end of the year.The reality, Brown said, is that the Source needs to adapt to a world where consumer electronics are no longer found exclusively at specialty outlets — they can be bought at convenience stores, gas stations and other retail pit stops, not to mention online.“Retail now, there’s just so much disruption,” Brown said in an interview.Revenue in the Canadian consumer electronics industry has declined over the past five years at an annualized rate of 1.2 per cent, according to estimates by IBISWorld. The market-research firm projects revenue will continue to fall between 2017 and 2022 at an annualized rate of 0.8 per cent.The drop comes as people increasingly purchase electronics from Amazon, eBay and mass merchants like Costco, according to a recent report by the firm.Electronics retailers have been part of a wave of store closures in Canada in recent years. The Source has been among those swept up by the trend, closing about 200 locations since it was acquired by BCE Inc. in 2009. Competitors such as Sony and Best Buy have also shrunk or shut their doors altogether.Brown, who has headed the Source since 2011, said it became clear it needed to invest in change to remain competitive.“Standing still means you’re just going to be another zombie retailer,” Brown said.“You’re just walking dead … and it’s just a matter of when your clock’s going to run out.”Under the changes, the Source offers a smaller selection of products in its stores. But Brown said that is an advantage over its bigger competitors that can overwhelm customers with their offerings.The Source, a private company headquartered in Barrie, Ont., doesn’t release its earnings publicly. But Brown said the transformation is paying off, with same-store sales at renovated locations (those open for at least a year) having risen between 10 and 30 per cent.He said the company has also invested more in its staff, doubling annual training hours from 40 to 80, to improve customer service. It also began providing benefits to its part-time employees as of two years ago in addition to its full-time staff.Last year, about 30,000 people submitted applications for retail jobs in the stores, Brown said.“Three years ago? We would have been lucky to have a tenth of that.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. The Source revamps stores to avoid becoming ‘walking dead’ in consumer tech retail Charles Brown, president of The Source, poses for a photo at one of the chain’s locations in Toronto on Monday, June 19, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Iranian family company, started 50 years ago, is producing rubber and metal engine mountings and automotive rubber parts generally, employing 500 in Teheran supplying major Iranian OEMS producing Peugeot 206 / 405, own-brand SAMAND passenger car produced by Khodro and SAIPA produced by Kia. They are now seeking UK company with experience in this area to assist them develop the business / product line further with technology transfer and management consultancy services support. The Iranian owner has been brought up in UK and maintains a UK base with his family. Iran produces 1.5 million vehicles each year and business owner sees major opportunity with UK support to introduce a wide range of products to the Iran OEM and aftermarket. The owner would like to meet a UK company with similar manufacturing expertise and with technology know how they would be prepared to introduce to Iran with a flexible arrangement open to discussion and mutual agreement to suit all parties. Other products of interest include TPE weatherstrip, windscreen wipers, all kinds of water and petrol hose.There is also an opportunity for an experienced former senior automotive executive to provide management expertise to assist the owner develop the company on a flexible consultancy basis. Must be automotive sector experienced and able to travel to Iran for 1 week in six or 10 days every two months. Skills sought are in new product development, new parts introduction / project management.Contact: Mr. Naser Nabipour, Gilan Rubber Compant Ltd. Tehran Email firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +98 (131) 5554760 Mobile: 00989121162006 UK Mobile: 00441246416855Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Asked for his advice on how to improve mental health, the Duke told an assembly of 250 students: “Don’t spend all day online. Seriously, don’t.“For your mental health, get outside, come away from the screen. By all means be on a screen but don’t be on it all day because it will only bring you into another world.“It’s important that you balance the time.” The Duke had surprised pupils at Burlington Danes Academy during a midday assembly, walking in unexpectedly with rapper Professor Green.The pair, hosted by YouTuber Dan Howell, took part in a Q&A about mental health and cyber bullying before going on to meet pupils in small groups in an event to mark Children’s Mental Health Week. “There is such a generational gap, so quickly we don’t know how to respond,” he said.The Duke spoke to one group of students about how feelings can be hurt online and on mobile phones, observing how difficult it was to communicate the intention behind messages properly when you are not face-to-face.“Unless you punctuate it correctly – I’m not the best at punctuation and I’m not the grammar police either – you don’t understand it, you can read it in 100 different ways.” He was joined by Prof Green to meet students from the school, and from Kensington Aldridge Academy (KAA) which had to close in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire because of its proximity to the ruins. Burlington Danes Academy hosted three year groups from KAA before a temporary school building was built on neighbouring land. The second-in-line to the throne raise a cheer and a groan as he explained how he had developed the cyber bullying campaign, with a reference to his well-known charity foundation.“We asked them to get their ‘heads together’,” he said. “See what I did there?”The assembly also saw Chloe Hine, a member of the young person’s panel on the Duke’s cyber bullying task force, give a spoken word performance about her own experience of bullying, while Alex Holmes, from the Diana Foundation, deliver a presentation about how to put a stop to cyber bullying. Prince William surprised pupils when he walked in unexpectedly with rapper Professor GreenCredit:Arthur Edwards In discussion with Samara Hackett-Valton and Sophie Crowder, both 15, he admitted he has real concerns over body image and how women are portrayed online.“I worry for you girls,” he said. “The touched-up pictures are not real. Don’t try to recreate them or think that’s what you’ve got to aim for. “There’s a lot of fakeness online so don’t worry about that.”Saying modern teenagers have to cope with all the difficulties his peers faced, from friendships to exams, he sympathised with the challenges added by the online world.“That’s a lot,” he told Year Ten pupils. “You must be aware of that, it’s a lot of pressure. There’s so many things going on. You’re going to be bamboozled.” The Duke of Cambridge and Professor Green speak to pupils at Burlington Danes AcademyCredit:Arthur Edwards Teenage girls must not aim to look like the women they see online, the Duke of Cambridge has warned, as he urged them to remember that “touched-up” images are not real.The Duke, who visited a west London school to discuss mental health and cyber bullying, warned teenagers to remember the amount of “fakeness” online, with the pictures of bodies they see on the internet often heavily edited.In a discussion about how to stay safe and happy online, he urged students not to feel they had to aim for the perfect pictures of beauty they saw on social media and websites, admitting: “I worry for you girls.” “Girls have got a little bit better, and boys we’ve really got to work hard on being able to talk to friends, family, and trusted people about how we feel.”The Duke and Prof Green had been met by applause as they surprised a room full of students. The Duke of Cambridge on stage at Burlington Academy with Professor GreenCredit:Arthur Edwards Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Told by Alex Holmes that his mother calls Facebook “MyFace”, the Duke laughed and noted it “sums up the exact problem”, where young people are teaching their parents about social media. The Duke, along with his wife the Duchess of Cambridge and brother Prince Harry, has made the mental health of young people a key campaigning issue, speaking previously about the extra pressure faced by the younger generation thanks to their digital literacy. After the assembly, the Duke met with social media influencers and young people who have been working on the campaign for Stop Speak Support, the digital code of conduct he launched in October.Emphasising the importance of not being a “bystander”, he urged young people to step in to support friends having a difficult time.Duchess of Cambridge’s video message for Children’s Mental Health Week The Duke of Cambridge with members of The Vamps boybandCredit:Arthur Edwards The touched-up pictures are not real. Don’t try to recreate themDuke of Cambridge Making particular reference to the importance of talking about emotions, he added: “It’s really important for boys. We’re not very good at talking about our emotions and how we feel.
A lot of problems has Slovenian right wing Dragan Gajic in 2013. After injury which prevented him from playing at the knock-out stage at the World Championship 2013, where Slovenia won the fourth place, the top scorer of French Montpellier won’t be able to help his team-mates in next six weeks due muscle (quadriceps) injury. Gajic was also connected with “betting scandal” in France at the end of 2012…Montpellier is on the edge of elimination from the VELUX EHF Champions League. The last match in Hamburg will be decisive… Dragan Gajićhandball injuryMontpellier handballSlovenian handball ← Previous Story Serbian, Polish and Hungarian fans: YES for SEHA League! Next Story → Patrekur Jóhannesson stays Austria’s NT headcoach until 2015
AFGHANISTAN IS CONSIDERING bringing back stoning for adultery according to Human Rights Watch and the justice ministry, possibly restoring a punishment in force during the Taliban’s brutal regime.The penalty for married adulterers, along with flogging for unmarried offenders, appears in a draft revision of the country’s penal code being considered by the ministry of justice.Ashraf Azimi, the head of ministry’s criminal law department, confirmed to AFP that stoning to death is included in the draft.The draft provisions state that the “implementation of stoning shall take place in public in a predetermined location”.If the “adulterer or adulteress is unmarried”, the sentence shall be “whipping 100 lashes”.“It is absolutely shocking that 12 years after the fall of the Taliban government, the Karzai administration might bring back stoning as a punishment,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch.“President (Hamid) Karzai needs to demonstrate at least a basic commitment to human rights and reject this proposal out of hand.”Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks yesterday during the last day of the national consultative council. Pic: AP Photo/Rahmat Gul.In Afghanistan, an extremely conservative Muslim country, extramarital sex and sex before marriage are taboo and can lead to bloody conflicts between families.HRW pointed out that $16 billion in aid promised to Afghanistan last year was tied to progress on human rights issues.“Donors need to make clear that international support to Afghanistan’s government is not a blank cheque,” Adams said.Azimi told AFP the new law was less than halfway finished.“The ministry of justice along with other Afghan judicial organs are working on a law to punish those who commit adultery, robbery and alcohol-drinking according to Islamic sharia law,” he said.In July last year, a 21-year-old woman was stoned to death in a militant-controlled village just 60 kilometres north of Kabul, sparking international condemnation.© – AFP 2013Column: What you didn’t know about the real Afghanistan >Read: Taliban using violence and threatening letters to control rural communities >
Jean Bernard Léon Foucault was a 19th century French physicist who made contributions to a number of areas like photography and polarization. However, he is probably best known for the creation of the Foucault Pendulum, which is the the focus of today’s interactive Google Doodle on what would have been Foucault’s 194th birthday. When the pendulum was first displayed in Paris in 1851, it captured the world’s attention. The Foucault Pendulum was the first experiment that demonstrated the Earth’s rotation in an observable way.The Foucault Pendulum is like all the other pendulums you’ve ever seen, except the notable rotation effect is only visible when the wire is at least 40 feet long. The pendulum swings back and forth with the heavy metal bob at the end. As the does its thing, the actual plane of swing appears to rotate relative to the Earth. Thus, the path of the bob changes over time. The dominoes placed around the perimeter are a way to visualize the movement.The so-called plane of oscillation changes based on the latitude the pendulum is at. At the north pole, the apparent rotation would be a full 360° circle in 24 hours because the rotation of the Earth has little to no impact. Move a bit south, and the rotational influence of the Earth begins to figure in. The rotation of the Earth moves the pendulum and everything around it in a larger circle about its axis (because Earth is roughly spherical). The farther south you go, the slower the apparent rotation. Get the below the equator, and the rotation begins to pick up again, but in a counter-clockwise direction. You can use the sliders in the Google Doodle to play with the variables.Foucault built his original pendulum bob out of a solid chunk of lead coated in brass. It still exists in the Musée des Arts et Métiers. An exact replica of the original has been swinging under the dome of the Panthéon in Paris where the original demonstration took place.
Viral marketing attempts for movies, TV shows, and video games are commonplace nowadays, but this coffee shop prank — designed to spread some viral love for the new Carrie flick — was worth every penny.A reboot to the horror classic, Carrie, is due to be in theaters soon. One of the great things about this remake is its attempt to modernize the discovery phase of the main character’s abilities. In the trailers (one is posted below) you see Carrie scouring the Internet in search of people with powers like hers, and she finds them. “There are other people out there like me who can do what I can do.” is a quote you’ll hear in nearly every teaser and trailer that has been released so far.With that in mind, the viral marketing team for this film felt it was appropriate to offer some real world examples of people with Carrie’s unique telekinetic abilities. Since people with those skills are in short supply, the team relied on a little movie magic to simulate the experience.Imagine walking into a coffee shop and hearing two people angrily discussing a drink that was just spilled over a laptop. That’s a pretty bad day for anyone, but for those of us with the dangerous combination of emotional instability and telekinetic powers, disaster is right around the corner. The video shows groups of normal people ordering from a coffee show who are now witnesses to this young woman attacking a guy accidentally and then panicking as her powers send objects flying from all over.At the end of the demonstration, after at least five different groups have offered different emotional responses to the event, the video cuts to a promotion for the Carrie film.It’s hard to say that events like this are what push people to go and see movies like Carrie, but they certainly accomplish the mission of getting people to talk about it.And the Carrie trailer…
RIM racheté par le couple Microsoft / Nokia ?Les deux partenaires auraient envisagé d’acquérir leur concurrent RIM et ses technologies BlackBerry. L’entreprise canadienne va effectivement mal depuis plusieurs mois et pourrait céder face à ses actionnaires, si jamais une offre sérieuse était proposée.Encore un coup dur pour RIM. Le constructeur des BlackBerry a passé une année catastrophique, entre panne de services et ventes décevantes. Sa situation financière s’en ressent considérablement et le Wall Street Journal nous apprend que Microsoft et Nokia, le nouveau couple sur le marché de la téléphonie, aurait étudié une offre de rachat de la société canadienne.À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Pour le moment, RIM nest pas officiellement à vendre mais au vu des chiffres, elle pourrait subir à moyen terme le même sort que Motorola, acquis par Google l’été dernier. En un an, son action est passé de 52,13 dollars à 12,52 dollars. Sa part de marché, relevée sur le marché américain est également en pleine dégringolade, passant de 25% à 10% en seulement un an. Une chute vertigineuse de 59%. Plus grave encore, RIM était leader du marché des smartphones en 2009 avec 44% du marché acquis à la cause du BlackBerry.2012 ne s’engage déjà pas sous les meilleures auspices. Le système BlackBerry 10, prévu pour l’année prochaine, ne sera disponible finalement qu’en toute fin d’année prochaine. RIM a choisi un modèle de processeur double-cœur qui ne sera disponible qu’en milieu d’année, entrainant le report de toute sa production accompagnant ce nouvel OS, signe du renouveau pour la marque. Le 21 décembre 2011 à 13:20 • Maxime Lambert
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has praised Mohamed Salah ahead of the club’s trip to Anfield to face Liverpool on Sunday.Mourinho admits stopping the Egypt international will be a tough task for his team as they head to Merseyside to face Jurgen Klopp’s side and their top four hopes hanging in the balance.Defeat at Anfield would leave United 19 points behind their rivals after just 16 games of the season and the threat of Salah looms large.“I think he has developed incredibly well at every level since Chelsea. Physically an amazing development” Mourinho said, according to Mirror Football.“He was a fast, fragile boy and now he is a fast strong man. He was psychologically not adapted coming direct from a small club in Switzerland like Basel to a big club in England and the Premier League when he signed for Chelsea. It was too much.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I remember I played him at White Hart Lane against Tottenham and at The Etihad against Manchester City and it was too much for him.”“Now he plays everywhere against any team. He can go to Barcelona, he can go to Madrid, he plays like “I am Mo-Mo-Salah and I am afraid of no-one and nobody.”“His levels of experience in Italy and coming back to the Premier League , he is a fantastic player, a completely different to the potential player we brought from Basel to Chelsea.““He was a project player, now he is one of the best players in the world. So I don’t think the fact I know him helps me because I knew a project player, and now he is a top player.”“But every match we try to analyse opponents, the strengths and the weaknesses, and when you go to Liverpool they have many strengths, but of course he is nuclear in strength.”
An Iranian flag flutters on board the Adrian Darya oil tanker, formerly known as Grace 1, off the coast of Gibraltar on 18 August 2019. Gibraltar rejected a US demand to seize the Iranian oil tanker at the centre of a diplomatic dispute as it prepared to leave the British overseas territory after weeks of detention. Photo: AFPThe Iranian oil tanker at the centre of a diplomatic dispute has departed from Gibraltar after the British overseas territory rejected a US demand to seize the vessel.According to the monitoring website Marine Traffic, the supertanker — which had been detained since 4 July off the coast of Gibraltar — lifted anchor Sunday evening and started sailing south.Authorities in the British overseas territory have not confirmed its departure.Gibraltar seized the Grace 1 on 4 July on suspicion it was transporting oil to Syria in breach of European Union sanctions, triggering a sharp deterioration in relations between Tehran and London. Iran has repeatedly denied any violations.A Gibraltar judge ordered the tanker released last Thursday, with Iranian officials saying a new crew had arrived to pilot the vessel — now renamed the Adrian Darya — and its 2.1 million barrels of oil.But on Friday, the US Justice Department filed a last-minute request to detain the ship, alleging it was involved in supporting illicit shipments to Syria by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, listed as a terrorist group by Washington.Gibraltar’s government rejected that request, saying it could not seek a court order to detain the supertanker because US sanctions against Iran were not applicable in the European Union.The vessel had turned east as of early Monday, although its ultimate destination was unclear.In its decision ordering the release of the tanker, Gibraltar said it had received assurances from Iran that the vessel would not head to any country subject to EU sanctions.Iran denied it had made any promises about the ship’s destination to secure the release.”Iran has given no assurances over the Grace 1 not going to Syria to secure its release,” a state media website quoted foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi as saying.The US State Department has threatened to issue a visa ban on anyone working on the ship.The 4 July seizure came amid surging tensions in the Gulf after several alleged Iranian attacks on smaller tankers.Iran termed the move an “illegal interception” staged by the United States, while Washington cheered it as “excellent news”.Iran subsequently detained the British-flagged tanker Stena Impero in what was seen as a tit-for-tat move.Ties between Tehran and Washington have frayed since president Donald Trump withdrew last year from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal between major powers and Iran, reimposing crippling unilateral sanctions.
Stranger Things oozes nostalgia. From the synth soundtrack and endless 80s references to casting iconic actors of the decade like Winona Ryder and Matthew Modine, the show broke new binge-watching records for Netflix because it let us bask in a perfectly familiar slice of throwback pop culture with a generous helping of sci-fi conspiracy.Before the actors even took the stage at New York Comic-Con’s Stranger Things panel, a cosplay parade around Hall 1-D showed just how dedicated a following the streaming show has amassed in a few short months. Of the two-dozen or so attendees in full 80s regalia that did a quick march around the auditorium, there were a lot of Eleven’s of course—decked out in those signature pink and white collared sundresses sporting blonde wigs, some with bloody noses for good measure—a lot of Dustin hats, and a few Sheriff Hoppers.Oh, and one sad Barb wearing plaid.Once the cosplayers took their seats, Actors Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven) and David Harbour (Sheriff Hopper) took the stage. Brown walked onstage bubbly and excited to actually talk, unlike her telekinetic character, chatting a mile a minute throughout the panel in her bubbly British accent about how much fun Stranger Things was to make. Harbour showing up looking very much like his character: a few minutes late, slightly disheveled, and guzzling coffee with affable, sarcastic charm.In a panel moderated by Vulture and RogerEbert.com critic Matt Zoller Seitz, Brown and Harbour talked living in the 80s on set, shared a few choice behind-the-scenes stories, and gave a few cryptic clues about season two.On 80s memories and culture shock…Brown: It was really nice having Winona [Ryder] and David and Matthew Modine to help transform into the 80s. At first, I was like, “Why don’t we just call Will on the phone?!” Then David said, “No Millie, we didn’t have phones!”For me, the biggest thing was no internet. I can’t go on Snapchat? I can’t go on Instagram? What is happening??Harbour: The biggest thing for me was the telephone in the wall in the kitchen with the cord. The cord was so long and janky. My mom would be on the phone all the time when I was a kid and would pull it across the room, and you’d trip on it. Oh and all the games on the wall, like Connect Four and Simon Sez.It was a different time. When I was a kid, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video came out on MTV and it was the extended version with Vincent Price. All my friends gathered around the TV, we waited for an hour, and then it came on and blew our minds. That kind of event television doesn’t happen anymore.Brown: I can relate. That’s how I feel about The Vampire Diaries.On shooting with the Demigorgon and in the Upside Down…Harbour: In the show it’s amazing and beautiful, but on the actual set it’s really silly. There’s a bunch of purple piping that looks really fake and it pulsates, so it kind of feels like you’re in a haunted house. For the spores, there’s a dude with a big ‘ol pillowcase full of dandelions and a big fan. So you’re walking down the hall and then this guy is just standing there blowing dandelions at you.Brown: The demigorgon is a guy in a suit. His name is Mark.He has a lot of green dots on him, and he can’t hear when he has the costume on. Do we were doing this scene where I’m in the upside down and have to go up and touch him, and he’s eating this egg. So in the first take when I touched him, he couldn’t feel it, and so he just went on eating the egg.Harbour: I would see the monster between scenes. I just saw him strapped up with a ton of fans blowing into his armpits in this big suit. It was the least scary thing I’ve ever seen.On Season Two…Harbour: We end season one with Hopper basically selling Eleven out. Not that he doesn’t know how she’s capable of destroying groups of people or anything, but he does give her up to go into the upside down to save Will. Children are a very difficult thing for him.I’m not giving away anything! But if Eleven should emerge, there’s a lot to get into there. It would be a rich emotional arc I’d love to explore.Brown: We did get the first couple scripts, and the arc is insane.On taking the character home with you…Harbour: I do carry home. I don’t do the Jared Leto stuff like sending dead pigs to people, but I have a good brand of method to what I do. I like the experience to be authentic and personal, but that can’t happen unless I carry it around a little bit. We shot in Atlanta, which…is an easy place to be sad and lonely. I would just go home and sit in my apartment and smoke cigarettes and dread the days.People ask me about working with the kids, and the first big day I had with them was in the school in that scene where I tell them not to go looking for Will. The “Is that clear” scene. I remember telling them on set to get my chair away from them. I don’t want to talk to them. I wanted to preserve that feeling of intimidation that dissolves by the end of the season, but at the time they kind of thought I was this angry weird dude.On the actors, Harbour modeled his performance after…Harbour: Hopper is this angry guy, but he’s also sarcastic. He’s funny. He doesn’t give a shit. I love that dimension to the character. I thought about so many of those guys in the late 70s and early 80s who taught me what it was like to struggle with masculinity; that hardness and softness. Jack Nicholson in Five Easy Pieces was one. The swashbuckling element with Harrison Ford and Indiana Jones. Gene Hackman, Roy Schneider, Nick Nolte…the guys who were less put together, less handsome; more beat-up.On Dungeons & Dragons…Harbour: I was a big D&D guy. Cleric for life. I’m a holy warrior of light. A book in one hand and a big mace in the other.Brown: The boys played all the time, but I never did. I don’t understand it. Can I relate D&D to like…Pokemon? Everyone’s all about the 80s, but sometimes you just need to be present. It’s 2016, and we play Pokemon Go.On whether Brown actually likes Eggos…Brown: Okay. I’ve gone to many Comic-Con’s and I’ve stated the facts. I like them. I do. But I do not like how many I eat. That amount is actually really hard to digest. It tastes nice, but not like 15 times.On the Steve/Nancy/Jonathan love triangle…Harbour: It’s the love triangle of the season. I felt torn. The angsty James Dean type, the popular football kid, they were so three-dimensional. Steve ends up being a really good guy…getting Jonathan a new camera, and Jonathan can sometimes be kind of a jerk. He doesn’t always treat Nancy nicely either. There will be more of that in seasons to come.Brown: I’m okay with “Stancy.” Imagine if Barb came back and started dating Jonathan? That would be so good.On justice for Barb…Harbour: The Barb thing caught us totally by surprise. But she has this iconic look. The haircut. The mom jeans. The whole thing is so GREAT. I think the response to her character is well-deserved.Brown: Barb had that great look (tilts head and purses lips).Harbour: We do deal with loose ends in Season 2, and we deal with some of the internet rage over Barb’s death. We will have justice for Barb in some sense, but those of you wishing Barb magically comes back to life on the show, I can assure you Barb is very much dead. Stay on target Nike x ‘Stranger Things’ Is Back With an Upside Down-Inspire…Hopper’s ‘Stranger Things’ Cabin Is Now an Escape Room
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Costa Cruises named “Asia’s Best Cruise Line”Costa Cruises, the first international cruise line to enter Asia Pacific and China in 2006, announced it has been recognized as “Asia Best Cruise Line” for its industry leadership in the inaugural Asia Cruise Awards organised by Asia Cruise Forum Jeju Organising Committee & the Asia Cruise Leaders Network (ACLN). Ms. Helen Huang, General Manager China, Costa Cruises Asia Pacific & China, attended the ceremony at 2015 Asia Cruise Forum in Jeju, Korea and received the award from Ki-June Yoo, Minister of Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, Korea, on behalf of the cruise line.This is the third year that the Asia Cruise Forum, a renowned cruising trade event, has been held in Jeju. The event offers a platform for stakeholders in the cruising industry to collectively seek ways to create common prosperity in the Asian cruise industry. This year, Asia Cruise Forum Jeju Organising Committee & ACLN are organising the Asia Cruise Awards for its first time, acknowledging and celebrating excellence across various sectors of the cruising industry with awardees selected by its members.“As one of the cruising pioneers in Asia Pacific & China, Costa Asia strives to provide the best world-class cruise holidays with a unique ‘Italy at Sea’ experience for passengers across the region. It is our honor to be named as the first-ever Asia Best Cruise Line in the Asia Cruise Awards, which affirms our continuous effort in refining and customising our products and services for our Guests in Asia Pacific & China. In the past nine years, Costa Asia has created a multitude of industry firsts and has been widely recognised as the industry leader in the region. We willcontinue joining hands with our industry partners to provide the most seamless, fun and exceptionally comfortablecruising experience with our distinct Italian cruises, fulfilling Asia Pacific & Chinese travellers’ great love for the joie de vivre of travelling,” said Ms. Huang.To allow more passengers to enjoy the rich and immersive experience in Italian culture – from hospitality, to cuisine and to art, Costa Asia will be bringing its fourth cruise ship, Costa Fortuna, to China in April next year, further increasing the company’s capacity in China by 49%. This strengthens Costa Asia’s leadership and position in the region, as well as its commitment and confidence to continuously develop Asia Pacific & China to be one of the leading cruise markets in the world.Source = Costa Cruises
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “It is next-level stuff,” White said.Related LinksBase offense enough to get Cardinals RB David Johnson excitedCardinals WR Kevin White ready to prove he belongs, not a bustSB Nation ranks Cardinals’ running backs 27th in NFLPFF: Numbers show Cardinals rookie Andy Isabella is more than a slot WRMeanwhile, there are no complaints about new head coach Kliff Kingsbury, who arrived in the NFL under heavy clouds of suspicion.Many respected NFL types have raved about Kingsbury’s football acumen and tactical brilliance, ranging from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to Rams head coach Sean McVay. But Kingsbury has never coached a down in the NFL and is coming off a failed tenure in college. By old-school standards, he has done nothing to earn one of the 32 most coveted, glamorous, high-paying jobs in the NFL.One player described him as “self-aware,” revealing Kingsbury’s reluctance to feign omnipotence or act like something he’s not. He’s smarter than that. And if he fails, it won’t be due to hubris.Still, there is great pressure on Coach Bro to light up the NFL, something only a handful of tacticians have ever done consistently well. Kingsbury knows he must produce an electrifying offense, something that looks dramatically different than the conventional stuff we see on any given Sunday. Otherwise, what’s the point of his hire?That’s hard enough. Now consider all the opposing coaches who want to stick it to Kingsbury and the Cardinals for defying tradition and conventional wisdom, a list that starts with Saints head coach Sean Payton. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires They were wrong. We were wrong. The national experts were right. Moving forward, the only appropriate response is deeds and actions, not words.That’s especially true in Arizona, where fans are notoriously fickle and mean-spirited. Whenever a local team disappoints or underachieves, putting a collective foot in its mouth, that team feels the wrath of Arizona residents who are constantly hedging their bets, looking for reasons not invest in Arizona teams.Arizona teams that consistently fail, pushing transient fans back to their roots and their long-held loyalties, inflating the value of nostalgia and diminishing the power of solidarity, where the right team and the right community can form an alliance that transcends sports.That must change if the Valley ever wants to become a true sports mecca. And the 2019 Cardinals are a good place to start.Reach Bickley at email@example.com. Listen to Bickley & Marotta weekdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station. Arizona Cardinals’ quarterback Kyler Murray watches has head coach Kliff Kingsbury instructs during an NFL football rookies camp, Friday, May 10, 2019, at the team’s’ training facility in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories 43 Comments Share Kingsbury understands all of this. He puts in long hours, speaking to a man who believes in film study, the grind and the powers of innovation.McVay said Kingsbury is riveted by the chess game, the X’s and O’s and plays scribbled on the back of bar napkins. That would suggest he’s spent countless hours scheming up wrinkles, assimilating his version of the Air Raid offense into the constructs of professional football.Yet the Cardinals’ newest head coach is giving few clues and zero details about what’s to come. Some think it’s because Arizona wants to surprise the Lions in Week One, which is nonsense and a long way to go to beat a historically bad opponent.Truth is, the Cardinals have learned how excessive optimism cuts both ways, a lesson they absorbed the hard way under the departed Steve Wilks. They know their current burden of proof cannot be satisfied now with reckless chatter, when football players are practicing in shorts.Remember, it was only last season when players and executives raved about the new regime, and how it would button up all the loose ends that had sprouted under Bruce Arians. Larry Fitzgerald was so astounded by predictions of a five-win season that he implored Cardinals fans to rush to Las Vegas and bet the over. Negative energy dominates the Valley. Transplanted fans are more eager to criticize local teams than cheer for local teams. Most of Arizona’s professional sports franchises make it far too easy to keep our emotional distance, prompting too many residents to remain loyal to teams from back home.That’s why the 2019 Cardinals are off to a good start.To wit:Talk to some of the players, and you’ll hear great things about Kyler Murray. Veterans have complimented his attitude and his leadership. Wide receiver Kevin White said the rookie quarterback approaches his offensive teammates after practice, eager to reconcile the plays that went wrong. He’ll ask receivers what he can do better next time in terms of ball placement.
Two-day sex assault prelim hearing confirmed for Hedley frontman Jacob Hedley AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted May 6, 2019 8:37 am PDT TORONTO — An Ontario court has confirmed a two-day preliminary hearing will be held in July in the sex assault case of Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard.Toronto police arrested Hoggard last summer and charged him with two counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm and one count of sexual interference.Police say the charges relate to three different incidents involving a girl under the age of 16 and a woman that allegedly took place in the Toronto area in 2016.Hoggard has previously denied engaging in non-consensual sexual behaviour, but has said he acted in a way that objectifies women.Allegations of sexual misconduct emerged before the charges were laid, which prompted Hedley to go on an indefinite hiatus.During a brief hearing Monday, the court confirmed that the preliminary hearing is set for July 11 and 12.The Canadian Press