Bill Clinton To Match Donations To Clinton Foundation Until December 31

first_imgMake a donation to the Clinton Foundation before December 31 and Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton will match it.“When the Clinton Foundation started 13 years ago, I never dreamed we’d be able to achieve all that we have,” wrote Clinton to his supporters. “We’ve helped over 8 million people in developing countries access HIV/AIDS medication. We found a way to help smallholder farmers throughout Africa improve their incomes by providing training and lowering the cost of seed and fertilizer. Every day, we help more people lead healthier, happier, and more productive lives.“Support the life-changing work of the Clinton Foundation with a tax-deductible gift now, and we will match your donation dollar-for-dollar, up to $100,000.“It’s an exciting time at the Clinton Foundation. We’re planning significant expansions of some of our most innovative programs, like our Anchor Farm project in Malawi, Rwanda, and Tanzania, and rolling out new partnerships with women entrepreneurs in South America.”To make a donation, click here.last_img read more

Nissan proposing more board members with Renaults Bollore

TOKYO — Nissan says it is proposing adding Renault’s chief executive, Thierry Bollore, to its board, as well as several outsiders, to strengthen its governance following the arrest of its former chairman, Carlos Ghosn.The Japanese automaker’s proposals announced Friday will be put to a shareholder vote at a meeting set for June.Nissan Motor Co. said it will retain Hiroto Saikawa as its chief executive. It also wants to add Sony Interactive Entertainment’s chairman, Andrew House, Nihon Michelin Tire’s chairman, Bernard Delmas, to the board.Nissan’s proposal calls for an 11-member board, including seven outside directors. The board now has eight members, including Jean-Dominique Senard, chairman at French alliance partner Renault SA, who was approved earlier this year.Ghosn is facing financial misconduct charges. He says he is innocent.The Associated Press read more

Continued tourist spending slump weighs on Tiffanys results

NEW YORK — Tiffany & Co.’s second quarter profits and sales fell as the jewelry chain grappled with continued weak tourist spending.However, the company stuck with its full-year sales and profit forecast.Tiffany said earlier this year that holiday sales were hurt by a drop in spending by Chinese tourists and other international visitors, and that trend has continued through the first half.The strong dollar has made jewelry from Tiffany even more expensive for Chinese tourists visiting the U.S. The intensifying the trade war between the U.S. and China has also been a strain on business. And the quarter was also hurt by street protests in Hong Kong.“As with the first quarter, we are encouraged in the second quarter by sales growth attributed to our local customer base globally, which was again led by double digit growth in mainland China,” Alessandro Bogliolo, Tiffany’s CEO, said in a statement.Bogliolo noted that in spite of the headwinds of weak demand from tourists, currency exchange pressures and continuing disruptions in Hong Kong, it is actively managing what is in its control, focusing on product introductions and keeping a “visible profile.”Tiffany reported fiscal second quarter profit of $136.3 million, or $1.12 per share, in the three months ended July 31. That compares with $144.7 million, or $1.17 per share, in the year-ago period.The results beat Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.05 per share.The luxury jeweler posted revenue of $1.05 billion in the period, down from $1.08 billion. That fell short of the average forecast of $1.07 billion.In the Americas, total sales decreased 4% to $455 million while comparable sales — or sales in stores open at least a year, a key metric of a retailer’s health — decreased 4%. Sales fell across most of the region, and Tiffany attributed that drop to lower spending by foreign tourists and, to a lesser extent, local customers.In Asia-Pacific, total sales decreased 1% to $298 million, with comparable sales down 3%, reflecting the opening of new stores and increased wholesale sales. Tiffany blamed the decline on the impact of foreign currency translation.In Japan, total net sales of $155 million were unchanged in the second quarter. Comparable sales slipped 1%.Europe saw total net sales fall 4%, and comparable sales slid 6%.For fiscal 2019, Tiffany still expects worldwide net sales to increase by a low-single-digit percentage over the prior year; and earnings per share to increase by a low-to-mid-single-digit percentage year over year.Tiffany shares rose more than 4%, or $3.55, to $86.22 in late morning trading Wednesday._____Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights ( using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on TIF at D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press read more

Man says he will prove he didnt kill Michael Jordans dad

LUMBERTON, N.C. — For more than 25 years, the man identified as the triggerman in the death of Michael Jordan’s father has repeatedly declared his innocence in the murder.Now he’s going before a judge to lay out evidence he says proves that although he helped dispose of the body, he didn’t kill James Jordan in the early-morning darkness one July day in 1993.“I had nothing to do with this man losing his life, period. I wasn’t connected to the murder. I came in after he was already dead. … The way I look at it is: I denied his family the right to a proper burial because of what I did,” Green said last week in an interview at the Lumberton Correctional Institution in Robeson County, the same county where Jordan was killed.Jordan was killed July 23, 1993. His body was found 11 days later in a South Carolina swamp. It wasn’t identified until dental records confirmed it was James Jordan. His body had been cremated except for his jaw and hands, which were saved for identification.On Wednesday, Green goes to court, where defence attorney Chris Mumma and prosecutors from the state attorney’s general office will argue whether he deserves an evidentiary hearing that could lead to a new trial. Mumma says this is the first time a judge will hear all evidence gathered by the defence. The state Court of Appeals upheld his conviction in 1996, as did the state Supreme Court in 1999.Green was convicted of first-degree murder. His friend, Larry Demery, testified that Green pulled the trigger and killed Jordan in a roadside robbery gone wrong. Both are serving life sentences.Green, 44, was 18 when Jordan was killed. He’s probably best remembered for a video in which he rapped while wearing an NBA All-Star ring and gold watch that Michael Jordan gave to his father. Green says he got the jewelry while disposing of the body.Superior Court Judge Winston Gilchrist will hear the arguments in Lee County court in Sanford. Defence filings make various claims. Several people say they saw Green at a family cookout at the time Jordan was killed. Other issues deal with blood-evidence testimony, the handling of Jordan’s shirt, and ineffective trial and appellate counsel.Green said Demery left the cookout to meet someone for a drug deal and he refused an invitation to accompany Demery. Green said he was just out of prison for a conviction that was later vacated, and a girl “was kissing on” him so there was no way he’d abandon that opportunity.Demery returned hours later, Green said, and told him he approached Jordan at a motel parking lot because he mistakenly thought Jordan was the drug connection he was supposed to meet. He said Demery told him the two had an altercation and Demery killed Jordan.If that’s true, then much of what people think they know about the murder is wrong, starting with the notion that James Jordan was killed as he slept in his parked Lexus along Interstate 95.“I don’t think anybody knows the truth about what happened to James Jordan – the state or the defence,” Mumma said.Attorney Hugh Rogers, who represented Demery, said no physical evidence tied either man to the shooting.“It became ‘he said, he said,’” Rogers said. “I guess looking at the various versions each one gave, once Larry got to his ultimate version, there was more corroboration there than there was to Daniel’s ultimate version.”Green said he and Demery became friends in third grade, when they got into a playground fight and a teacher made them apologize and read books together. When he found out Demery had accused him, Green said, he couldn’t believe it.As he wore the jewelry and drove around in the red Lexus, Green said he thought he was using the possessions of a drug dealer. He believes he learned he had helped dispose of the body of James Jordan when he read that in news stories.By that time, Michael Jordan had helped the North Carolina Tar Heels win the 1982 NCAA championship and led the Chicago Bulls to three NBA titles. He would win three more titles with the Bulls; he now owns the Charlotte Hornets. A spokeswoman for Michael Jordan declined to comment on Green’s attempt for a new trial.In addition to evidence in the defence filings, Green’s lawyers will contend that no one was convicted of actually killing James Jordan. Demery accused Green, but jurors found in the sentencing phase that Green didn’t kill or intend to kill Jordan, and didn’t plan to use deadly force.The state attorney general’s office says jurors’ opinions at sentencing aren’t relevant to the conviction of first-degree murder under the felony murder rule, which means someone died during the commission of another crime.The district attorney who prosecuted Green said he doesn’t believe it matters who shot Jordan, although he’s confident the evidence showed Green pulled the trigger.“If you ask me who killed James Jordan, I’m going to say Daniel Green and Larry Demery,” said Johnson Britt, who retires at the end of the year.___Follow Martha Waggoner on Twitter at Waggoner, The Associated Press read more

Outotec delivering zinc concentrate direct leaching and iron precipitation technologies to Boliden

first_imgOutotec has agreed with Boliden on the delivery of zinc concentrate direct leaching and iron precipitation technologies and site services for the expansion of the Odda zinc production facilities in Norway. The parties have agreed not to disclose the contract value but typically such solutions are worth 10-20 million depending on the scope. The order has been booked in Outotec’s 2015 first quarter order intake. Boliden is a leading resources company in the Nordic countries and Ireland, and is currently investing in a capacity increase at the Odda zinc plant from €170,000 to 200,000 t/y of zinc.This plant, on the shore of Hardangerfjord in western Norway, is committed to very strict environmental regulations and sustainable way of operating. The plant has been using Outotec’s atmospheric zinc concentrate direct leaching process since 2004 and become a benchmark in low emissions, high metal recoveries and operational safety. Outotec’s solution comprises the direct leaching technology, basic and detailed engineering and delivery of proprietary OKTOP® reactor plant units for leaching and iron precipitation as well as filters and anode handling machines. In addition, Outotec provides extensive services starting from engineering to installation, commissioning and start-up. The deliveries will take place during 2015 and 2016.“We have been working closely with Boliden for decades, and we are pleased to see that our renowned zinc concentrate direct leaching process has been chosen for the expansion again after about 10 years of operation of this process. Our newly designed reactors will be built with most advanced materials to ensure highest possible overall equipment efficiency. We have also productized the reactor plant units, including the structures and auxiliary systems, which guarantees fast engineering and delivery time associated with good serviceability”, says Robin Lindahl, Head of Metals, Energy & Water business area at Outotec.last_img read more

Newmont Mining named sustainability leader for fourth consecutive year

first_imgNewmont Mining Corporation has been named the Metals and Mining sector leader by the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI) for a fourth year in a row.Newmont was the first gold company named to the index in 2007, and has been included on the DJSI North America Index every year since 2006.“This recognition is an important reflection of how well we are doing to create value and improve lives for all of our stakeholders,” Gary Goldberg, President and Chief Executive Officer, said. “Employees at our sites around the globe know that leading in profitability and responsibility go hand-in-hand, and that their day-to-day work can have positive and lasting impacts on local communities.“Our focus is on the long-term success of our company and doing that requires integrating sustainability into all aspects of our business.”In addition to being recognised as the Metals and Mining sector’s sustainability leader, Newmont achieved outstanding performance in a number of areas of the index including 100th percentile in the following:Economic: corporate governance, risk and crisis management, and policy influence;Environmental: biodiversity, climate strategy, and water-related risks;Social: labour practice indicators, human rights, corporate citizenship and philanthropy, and asset closure management.As part of the index calculations, RobecoSAM evaluated 600 data points for nearly 2,100 companies to determine inclusion and ranking on the DJSI.Areas evaluated included corporate governance; risk and crisis management; supply chain management; climate strategy; human rights; talent attraction and retention; safety; environmental management and performance; codes of business conduct; local community development; and labour practices.last_img read more

Sean FitzPatrick trial told investigators used unlawful practices when taking witness statements

first_img By Declan Brennan INVESTIGATORS INTO ALLEGED crimes by former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Sean Fitzpatrick used “unlawful” practices when taking witness statements, his trial has heard.Lawyers for FitzPatrick (68), who is accused of misleading auditors about multi-million euro loans, have said that statements from witnesses from the auditors were produced as a result of coaching and cross-contamination between witnesses.On day 72 of the trial in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, the jury saw a draft statement from Vincent Bergin, the audit manager for Anglo, with numerous changes, including insertions and deletions of entire paragraphs, suggested by investigators.The evidence emerged during the fourth day of defence cross-examination of Kevin O’Connell, a legal advisor with the Office of Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE), who dealt with witnesses from EY (formerly Ernst & Young), Anglo’s auditors from 2002 to 2008.The document titled “draft statement by Vincent Bergin” and dated 1 November 2010, was circulated to a number of people in the ODCE, including O’Connell and his then boss, Paul Appleby, the director of corporate enforcement.These people suggested changes to the document and O’Connell said he then distilled or synthesised “the shared viewpoint” that was finally settled on.The jury was shown various versions of the document with new sections inserted, other sections crossed out or deleted, and others marked with the words “drop” or “delete”.Bernard Condon SC, defending, compared the process of producing the statement to the “hokey cokey”.“It goes in and it goes out. The statement is just shaken out. A meeting of bits going in and bits going out,” he said.O’Connell agreed the process was wrong and inappropriate. Condon told the court that rulings by Judge Mary Ellen Ring during the first trial in May 2015 and by Judge John Aylmer during the current trial found that it was an unlawful practice.He said it was unlawful because it meant the jury never get to hear what the witness might have said in an unvarnished statement and not produced after they had being coached.FitzPatrick of Whitshed Road, Greystones, Co Wicklow has pleaded not guilty to 27 offences under the 1990 Companies Act. These include 22 charges of making a misleading, false or deceptive statement to auditors and five charges of furnishing false information in the years 2002 to 2007.The trial continues.Comments have been closed because the case is ongoing. Short URL 8,321 Views Sean FitzPatrick trial told investigators used ‘unlawful’ practices when taking witness statements The jury was shown versions of the document with new sections inserted, other sections crossed out or deleted. No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Leah Farrell/ Share Tweet Email2 Image: Leah Farrell/ Jan 31st 2017, 8:19 PM Tuesday 31 Jan 2017, 8:19 PMlast_img read more

Thai man murders child and kills himself on Facebook Live

first_img Apr 25th 2017, 11:54 AM 24,623 Views By AFP 58 Comments Tuesday 25 Apr 2017, 11:54 AM A MAN IN Phuket filmed himself killing his child and then himself on Facebook Live, Thai police have said, the latest example of the social network’s live-streaming function being used to broadcast grisly crimes.Officers on the southern resort island said they were alerted to the video by friends of the man and rushed to an abandoned hotel near the international airport yesterday afternoon.“They had already died when I arrived there,” Lieutenant Jullaus Suvannin, one of the first on the scene, told AFP, adding a smartphone was found propped up against a wall.Police said they believed the man had previously argued with the mother of the murdered child, an 11-month girl. The man had hung himself and his daughter, they said.Channel 3 television broadcast footage of the child’s distraught mother, flanked by relatives, picking up both her daughter’s body and the man’s corpse from the local hospital.Facebook was not immediately available for comment.The killing comes just days after Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg vowed to work to keep the world’s leading social network from being used to propagate harrowing acts like murder and suicide.Zuckerberg was responding to pressure after a man in the US state of Ohio used Facebook Live to broadcast footage of himself walking up to a stranger in the street and shooting him dead.The killer went on to fatally shoot himself after a massive manhunt and police chase.During a speech last Wednesday Zuckerberg conceded that Facebook had “a lot of work” to do on the issue.“We are going to work on building common ground, not just getting more opinions out there,” he added.Phuket’s governor called on Thais not to share the four-minute clip of the murder and suicide, copies of which could still be found on the social network today.If you need to talk, contact:- Samaritans 116 123 or email Aware 1800 80 48 48 (depression, anxiety)- Pieta House 1800 247 247 or email (suicide, self-harm)- Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634 (for ages 13 to 19)- Childline 1800 66 66 66 (for under 18s)- © AFP 2017Read: US state of Arkansas executes two prisoners in one night >Read: Trial begins of South African man accused of murdering family > Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: PA Archive/PA Images Share45 Tweet Email Thai man murders child and kills himself on Facebook Live Police in Phuket said they were alerted to the video by friends of the man. Short URL Image: PA Archive/PA Imageslast_img read more

Race Act Shorten urges ethnic voices to be heard

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Bill Shorten says the Abbott government is more likely to respond to grass-roots criticism than to Labor’s campaign to peg back changes to the Race Discrimination Act. “Supporters of the Racial Discrimination Act are wrong if they insist it provides anything like substantial protection against racism.” Waleed AlyThe Opposition Leader has called on communities with direct experience of racial vilification to make their voices heard during the consultation period for the legislation.In a speech to the Zionist Federation of Australia last weekend, Mr Shorten spoke of his opposition to the government’s controversial revision of the Act, telling his audience that time was running out to persuade the Coalition to change tack.Submissions concerning the current RDA exposure draft can be made by email to and have to be submitted by April 30. While urging people to oppose the government’s plans, Mr Shorten also warned against over-reaction, saying that he did not accuse the Prime Minister, Attorney-General George Brandis, or the cabinet of condoning racism or bigotry over their views.Mr Shorten said the practical effect of the changes – which he has called a “seriously retrograde step” – needed to be uppermost in the debate.While the lobby to keep current legal protections against racist speech has attracted most attention – the debate widened this week, with influential commentators suggesting people should look beyond the practical effects of repealing section 18C of the Act – which currently enables Australians to use litigation if they feel defamed (a course of action rarely used) – to the symbolism of the legislation.Monash University lecturer Waleed Aly and Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane, both writing in Fairfax Media, focused their objections to the government’s reforms on a deeper level.Twenty years after the Act’s introduction, to suggest that the level of bigotry in Australia has been influenced by it, said Waleed Aly, is a furphy. “We’re not exactly playing for cut-throat stakes,” said Mr Aly in his article, that took aim at the underlying anachronistic basis of Australia’s Race laws, and its emphasis on a white-dominated racial power hierarchy.“Supporters of the Racial Discrimination Act are wrong if they insist it provides anything like substantial protection against racism. I’ve copped my share of racial abuse both in public and in private, and section 18C wasn’t ever going to do a damn thing about it,” added Aly.Tim Soutphommasane said that he would allow for some clarification of the act – to make clear racial abuse is only unlawful if it causes “profound and serious effects”, as opposed to “mere slights”.The Commissioner also suggested protection of free speech “conducted reasonably and in good faith” could be strengthened by changes to the Act. But Soutphommasane warned that the proposed changes, by weakening legal protection against racial vilification, “would give legal sanction to the most serious forms of racial vilification if expressed in the course of participating in a public discussion. “They would, I fear, embolden a minority with bigoted views to amplify their prejudice.”The furore over repealing section 18 of the act has seen the government alter its position over the legislation. Adjusting the proposed changes in light of community concerns is now likely.last_img read more

Videos after Smackdown Live: Asuka talks debut, The Usos warn Naomi, 205 Live Highlights

first_img WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Twitter Videos Articles Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipJohn Oliver Takes On The WWEVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles FOX to reportedly air WWE “Smackdown’s Greatest Hits” special Friday, September 27 Now Playing Up Next Google+ Smackdown Highlights: Undertaker appears, Shane fires Owens, Kingston takes out Orton John Oliver Jamal Khashoggi NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action Videos Articles Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud Wrestler Brie Bella Wants Another Baby Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Facebook WWE posted the following videos from after last night’s Smackdown Live.Asuka talks her debut on Smackdown LiveSheamus and Cesaro coming to SmackdownDaniel Bryan and AJ Styles team upCarmella holds a celebrationJey Uso vs. HarperJeff Hardy vs. Shelton Benjamin205 Live Highlights WWE Royal Rumble Card Update For 2019 Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Daniel Bryan Has Finally Been Cleared To Come Back To The Ring WhatsApp John Oliver Takes On The WWE Now Playing Up Next Pinterestlast_img read more

Suspect in fatal shooting at Kelso convenience store arrested after car chase

first_imgKayla Chapman A lengthy car chase Tuesday night erupted into gunfire on Interstates 205 and 84 in Portland, and ended with the arrest of another suspect in the fatal shooting of a Kelso convenience store clerk.Erkinson K. Bossy, 23, was arrested shortly before 8 p.m., according to the Kelso Police Department, following a car chase from state Highway 500 near Thurston Way in Vancouver to westbound I-84 near the Lloyd Center in Portland.Vancouver police pursuing the fleeing pickup exchanged gunfire with at least one suspect, according to a Portland Police Bureau news release, and an officer was being treated for minor injuries at an area hospital. The Vancouver officer may have suffered glass to the face, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.One of the suspects in the pickup suffered life-threatening injuries unrelated to the gunfire, Portland police said.No one in the area reported injuries or damage to their vehicles, police said.After starting eastbound on Highway 500 near Thurston Way, the suspect pickup entered southbound I-205 and drove over the Glenn L. Jackson Memorial Bridge into Portland before turning onto westbound I-84, according to emergency radio traffic monitored by The Columbian.Police performed a Pursuit Intervention Technique, or PIT, maneuver on westbound I-84 between 33rd and 12th avenues, according to Portland police.Two people, including Bossy, were taken into custody a few minutes later.Around 3 p.m., Vancouver police also arrested Nenemeny W. Ekiek, 21, who was booked into the Cowlitz County Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder.Investigators say Bossy and Ekiek were with D’Anthony Leslie Williams, 19, when he allegedly fatally shot 30-year-old Kayla Chapman, a clerk at the Kelso Quik Chek Market, on Jan. 22. Chapman was the only person in the store at the time. Williams was arrested in Camas the next day.last_img read more

Bahamas FNM Ministers MPs verify with Public Treasury

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #VerificationCentres Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 16, 2017 – Nassau – Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. Peter Turnquest led the verification process for FNM Members of Parliament prior to participating in the weekly Cabinet Meeting on Tuesday.The men were two of 15 Cabinet Ministers to take advantage of the verification opportunity as Public Treasury Department staff are stationed at the Cecil V. Wallace-Whitfield Centre to conduct the process for public service employees there.   Other honourable ministers verified yesterday were:  Brent Symonette, Carl Bethel, Desmond Bannister, Jeffrey Lloyd, Marvin Dames, Frankie Campbell, Dionisio D’Aguilar, Michael Pintard, Darren Henfield, Senators Dion Foulkes, Kwasi Thompson and Elsworth Johnson.It was explained in a BIS media release that Cabinet Ministers, Romauld Ferreira, Lanisha Rolle and the Brensil Rolle are off island while Health Minister, Dr. Duane Sands had already completed his verification.    #VerificationCentres were established since August 8 and public sector workers who do not register by end of the month, will have their salaries interrupted, though not ceased, until they do get verified. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Europes relief after Estonia election

first_imgEurope’s relief after Estonia election192 viewsEurope’s relief after Estonia election192 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Europe’s relief after Estonia election192 viewsBusinessAnother neighbour of Russia has turned towards Europe. Estonia’s centre-right prime minister claimed victory in Sunday’s election. Taavi Roivas, the leader of the Reform Party, is set to form aVentuno Web Player 4.50Another neighbour of Russia has turned towards Europe. Estonia’s centre-right prime minister claimed victory in Sunday’s election. Taavi Roivas, the leader of the Reform Party, is set to form alast_img read more

Karnataka turmoil Congress to take legal action against the rebel MLAs

first_img[Representational Image]The future of the Congress-JD(S) coalition in Karnataka is at stake due to the ongoing political turmoil prevailing in the state after the resignation of 14 MLAs.Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy returned from the US and held meetings with the party leaders of both the Congress and the JD(S) on Sunday (July 7) night. The 13-month-old coalition has faced several hurdles but is still unsuccessful in having a stable government.Although Congress has accused the BJP of poaching its legislators to destabilise the government by offering them money and power, the party leaders are confident of the coalition government completing its term. The Congress party has given an Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha to discuss the political crisis in the state.The Congress troubleshooter and water resources minister DK Shivakumar has also accused the saffron party of the political drama unfolding in the state. He said that the BJP is indulging in ‘Operation Kamala’ to sabotage the coalition. Even though DKS tried to pacify the rebel MLAs to retreat from their resignation, they are adamant on quitting. After submitting their resignations, 10 MLAs from the coalition government left for Mumbai and is camping at Sofitel Hotel.Meanwhile, deputy chief minister G Parameshwara has called all the Congress ministers of the state for a breakfast at his Sadshivnagar residence.last_img read more

Sensex hits 7month low falls over 400 points amid rout in global

first_imgA broker reacts while trading at his computer terminal at a stock brokerage firmReuters fileIndian shares fell nearly 1.5 percent to a seven-month low on Thursday, joining a sell-off in global equities amid concerns about a slowdown in the world economy.Asian shares plunged after tech stocks caused the largest daily decline on Wall Street since 2011 in the previous session, wiping out all its gains for the year.Factors ranging from faster rate hikes in the United States to an ongoing Sino-U.S. trade war that threatens to hurt world growth have continued to make investors jittery.”The overnight drop in markets led to our futures being lower by 100 points, and that’s driving the fall today,” said Sunil Sharma, chief investment officer with Sanctum Wealth Management.”The fall in the U.S. market is likely a result of fears around slowing economic activity in the United States.”Investors were also cautious ahead of the expiry of derivatives contracts.The broader Nifty and the benchmark Sensex fell 1.4 percent each, with losses seen across the board, and heading for the fifth session of decline in six.Conglomerate Reliance Industries Ltd was the biggest drag on both indexes. It declined as much as 2.5 percent to its lowest since July 11 and was headed for a sixth straight session of falls.Mobile carrier Bharti Airtel Ltd dropped 5.5 percent in its biggest intraday percentage fall in nearly three weeks, ahead of its September-quarter results later in the day.ICICI Bank Ltd slipped 2.7 percent, while Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd fell 2 percent.Shares of non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) also took a beating. Indiabulls Housing Finance Ltd dropped 8.1 percent, Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Ltd declined 7.5 percent and Repco Home Finance Ltd fell 5.5 percent.A series of defaults at a major NBFC sparked concerns of a liquidity crunch in the sector, and have soured trading sentiment.Shares of InterGlobe Aviation Ltd, owner of the country’s largest domestic carrier by market share – IndiGo, fell as much as 3.7 percent, a day after the company posted its first ever quarterly loss since its market debut in 2015.last_img read more

How to Find the Best DC Public School

first_imgRepresentatives from more than 200 D.C. Public Schools are set to gather under one roof on Dec. 12 for EdFest2015. The event will let parents and guardians compare and contrast D.C.’s public education options, which include schools from both DCPS as well as the public charter school sector.“This is the only citywide school fair where parents can learn about all of their public school options,” said Cat Peretti, executive director of My School DC, the city-run service organizing the event.The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the D.C. Armory, 2001 East Capitol St. SE. Admission and parking is free.Schools will have a variety of personnel on hand — from principals to enrollment specialists — while others may have student ambassadors so you can hear what to expect at a particular school, Peretti said.The event will feature a range of activities and services, from flu shots for adults to immunizations and dental services for children and teens. It will also feature sports, such as soccer, basketball and tennis.The event comes just before the Dec. 14 launch of the My School DC, a lottery application for the 2016-2017 school year. The lottery is the only way district residents can get their children enrolled in prekindergarten, one of the district’s six selective high schools, a school that is outside of their boundary area, or a charter school, Peretti said. The deadline for high school applications is Feb. 1. March 1 is the deadline for all other grade levels. Parents can apply to up to 12 schools.Peritti said parents are still encouraged to visit schools instead of going strictly on what they see at EdFest. My School DC will list upcoming open house dates for schools on its website: myschooldc. org. The website also features school information that ranges from test scores to demographics of the student body.last_img read more

Shatner is Santa Actor Auctions Signed Doctor Who Xmas Script

first_imgWhovians! A special treasure in my auction! The shooting script for Peter Capaldi’s last episode as Dr. Who – the Christmas episode!— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) October 13, 2017As of press time, bidding remains steady at $1,220, but will surely increase as the month goes on. In the meantime, you’ve got less than 27 days to refinance your house and place an offer on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.Tune in on Christmas day to see Team TARDIS in action: According to a leaked synopsis, the Yuletide chapter is set in a “forbidding snowscape” during the First World War.Refusing to regenerate in the season 10 finale, the Twelfth Time Lord steps out of his TARDIS and into the snow, where he meets the First Doctor (Bradley). Together with some old friends, the pair must save the world before each takes a new shape—excitingly introducing Thirteenth Doctor Jodie Whittaker. Written by Moffat and directed by Talalay, this “magical last chapter in the Twelfth Doctor’s epic adventure” marks the end for much of the cast and crew, including actor Peter Capaldi.Fans can already pre-order a copy of “Twice Upon a Time” on Blu-ray or DVD, set for release on Feb. 20.Similarly, the coveted auction item is under strict embargo until the gifts are all unwrapped and the ham is all consumed.“After the [episode] airing, the script will be shipping to us from the UK and will then be made available to the lucky high bidder,” according to the site.Funds raised during the auction will be distributed among Los Angeles-area children’s and veterans’ charities.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target What do you get the Whovian who has everything?How about a copy of the Doctor Who 2017 Christmas special script, signed by Peter Capaldi and Friends.Actor, author, spoken-voice performer, and cultural icon William Shatner has launched his annual Hollywood Charity Horse Show Holiday Auction—chock full of “priceless” artifacts like Preacher props, Supernatural gift sets, a signed X-Files photo, and, of course, Star Trek memorabilia.A Doctor Who fan himself, Shatner includes two related items: an autographed photo of Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith and companion Karen Gillan (Amy Pond), and the “Twice Upon a Time” shooting script, complete with mostly illegible scribbles by the cast and crew.“From the long-running British science fiction series Doctor Who comes this amazing item,” the auction website said.Amazing, indeed: Apparently donated by sometimes-writer and occasional guest star Mark Gatiss (who plays a British army captain in this year’s festive fare). The script features signatures from showrunner Steven Moffat, Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi, companion Pearl Mackie (Bill Potts), David Bradley (as William Hartnell as the First Doctor), villainous voice actor Nicholas Briggs, director Rachel Talalay, and Gatiss.center_img HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster last_img read more

WalMart to Test Grocery Delivery With Uber Lyft

first_img This story originally appeared on Reuters Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will partner with ride hailing services Uber and Lyft to trial online grocery deliveries, as it looks to speed up shipment times and better compete with rivals like Inc.The world’s largest retailer said it would begin test deliveries within the next two weeks in Denver and Phoenix. Wal-Mart’s warehouse unit Sams Club began a pilot in March with startup Deliv to dispatch groceries to business customers in Miami.Improving delivery times is seen as a way to appeal to busy inner-city workers who do not own cars and for whom grocery trips are often limited to what they can carry home. Amazon already operates Prime Fresh, a same-day “fresh produce and grocery” delivery service.Wal-Mart said it will charge customers a $7 to $10 delivery charge for its new delivery service, and will also alert customers when their order is being delivered.The largest grocer in the United States is already expanding its online order options to offer grocery deliveries within two days for a $49 minimum annual fee. It also comes at a time when Wal-Mart is betting big on its online grocery pick-up service. In April, Reuters reported that Wal-Mart was expanding free curbside pickup of groceries into eight new cities including Kansas City and Austin. On Thursday, it said it would expand that service to 14 new markets by late June.Online groceries are a $10.9 billion industry in the United States, and the market is expected to grow 9.6 percent annually through 2019, according to a December report by market research firm IbisWorld.One of the largest players in the segment is Amazon, which delivers groceries in Seattle, New York, Philadelphia, and northern and southern California.For Wal-Mart, the move in online grocery follows a $2.7 billion investment over the past two years boosting worker wages and training, steps that it hopes will improve its customer service and help boost sales.(Reporting by Nandita Bose in Bentonville, Arkansas and Arathy S Nair in Bengaluru) Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. June 3, 2016 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more

Ignore Jack Whitehall hes not playing the first gay Disney character

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… That’s what they called an ‘exclusively gay’ moment. It wasn’t. Two men dancing together is not ‘gay’.Jack Whitehall is playing against Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in Jungle Cruise.It’s so likely Jack will be playing a twee beta male with his British accent to Dwayne’s alpha American adventurer. I will be shocked if we get any more ‘gay moments’ than Jack’s character making a single comment about The Rock’s bod. Just please don’t let it be followed by some awful gay panic attempt at a joke.It probably will do more damage than the supposed ‘good’ of the representation. I’m cringing already.Why is Disney so scared of real gay characters? Shadowhunters included two gay characters in a relationship | Freeform/DisneyThere are of course many reasons why Disney won’t go further than these ‘gay moments’, and it’s because of money.They’re terrified of backlash in China, the film industry’s second biggest market. They’re also nervous of alienating the average cinema-goers in middle America.LGBTI people continue to go see Disney films, whether it be Star Wars or Marvel – without LGBTI representation. So why change history when you can keep saving dollars?What I want to see is LGBTI representation in what we truly mean by a ‘Disney’ film. I’m talking about the animated classics, the mainstays of family entertainment.And I’m not the only one. In the trailer for Wreck It Ralph 2, Disney princesses are all in the same room together. I’ve seen so much chatter on social media. Why is Anna from Frozen and Merida from Brave wearing matching flannel? What is intended by Mulan’s so-called ‘masculine’ stance as she relaxes on the bean bag?Give us real LGBTI representation on film, DisneyGive me an actual gay Disney prince or princess. I wouldn’t even care if it was an out gay villain.Writers in the 90s put ‘coded’ gay characters in many of the films.Would The Little Mermaid have been so different if Ursula had an ex-girlfriend? Scar didn’t have any cubs in The Lion King when he displaced Mufasa. Why not say the reason is because he’s gay? Timon and Pumbaa could have easily snuggled up together to go to sleep in a short scene. Would it have changed the film that much?Call me a cynic but I don’t have much hope that Jungle Cruise will be a big success. Some might say that it’s based on a theme park ride, like Pirates of the Caribbean, so it’ll be a hit with audiences. Well, Tomorrowland was also based on a ride and that flopped badly.Disney has to think carefully about this. Entertainment shapes children’s minds, it gives them ideas and concepts to prepare them for the wider world. For thousands of kids, this could be the first time they see a ‘gay’ person on screen.Don’t confirm my fears the character’s sexuality will just be a bad joke.Joe Morgan is the editor-at-large at Gay Star News. Follow him on Twitter. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- Jack Whitehall in his largest acting role, Bad Education Jack Whitehall receives backlash over Disney ‘gay man’ castingMajority of people think straight actors should be able to play gay rolesJack Whitehall to play Disney’s first openly gay character in new filmRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) I’ve seen three reactions to the headline that Jack Whitehall is ‘playing the first gay Disney character‘: One, why Jack Whitehall? A straight comic playing gay is one thing, but why this straight person in particular?Second, good for him. If he’s an ‘actor’, he should be able to act any sexual identity.Third, burn the whole film down now. Straight comics shouldn’t play gay, especially if the characters are described as ‘effete’ and ‘camp’. Give gay characters to gay actors.I am here to tell you that this is not cause for concern. Mainly because I’m refusing to consider this part of the ‘gay Disney canon’.Previous ‘gay Disney characters’ Josh Gad plays LeFou, uber-macho Gaston’s manservant who is struggling with his sexualityDisney controls 40% of the film industry. Following the acquisition of 20th Century Fox last month, the suits in Mickey Mouse ears now have a say over a lot of the entertainment business.If we get a LGBTI character in Star Wars, Avengers or X-Men, you could technically argue this is a ‘gay Disney’ character.Mystique, in the comics, has a long-standing relationship with a woman. Yes, she’s very different in the films. However, it hasn’t been expressly stated Mystique is ‘straight’ on film. So when Jennifer Lawrence stars in Dark Phoenix in February next year, is that not another LGBTI Disney character by this definition?There are so many ‘gay Disney’ characters if we did accept this.Eric Stonestreet, a straight actor, plays a gay dad in ABC’s Modern Family. The Fosters is about a family headed by a lesbian couple. Even in children’s TV, an episode of Disney channel sitcom Good Luck Charlie featured a same-sex couple.No. Because we’re talking about visible representation of any member of the LGBTI community in a mainstream film.And we can’t accept oblique hints anymore. It’s not good enough.What the ‘gay representation’ might be in Jungle CruiseI have zero hope Jack Whitehall will kiss a man on screen.The ‘exclusively gay moment’ in 2017’s live-action Beauty and The Beast was, quite frankly, pointless and insulting.During the final scene, the characters all dance. For the briefest of moments, Josh Gad’s LeFou dances with a man. Three seconds later, back to a wide shot, he’s seen dancing with a woman again.This overwrought furore led to the film nearly being banned in Malaysia, among other places.last_img read more

Transgender woman allegedly killed by US border patrol agent in serial killing

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Enriquez, a 28-year-old Latinx transgender woman, also went by the name of Janelle. Juan David Ortiz, a 10-year US Border Patrol intel supervisor, allegedly killed her and the other women.Officials are calling his actions, which started earlier this month, a ‘serial killing spree’.According to the Texas Tribune, Ortiz’s actions were stopped when a fifth woman he kidnapped escaped and alerted a state trooper.Erika Pena originally went willingly with Ortiz but when things became dangerous, she escaped. Ortiz reportedly pulled a gun on her when she started speaking about a woman who had been found dead the week before. When he pulled into a gas station, Pena tried to escape but Ortiz grabbed her shirt.She removed her shirt and fled, eventually finding a state trooper.‘In our opinion he is the sole person responsible for this horrific serial killing spree,’ Isidro Alaniz said. Alaniz is the Webb County-Zapata County District Attorney.Ortiz allegedly committed the actions off-duty and in his own car. After law enforcement arrested Ortiz without incident, he provided details of the crimes in an arrest affidavit.Alaniz added: ‘It’s not a reflection of Border Patrol, they do a great job protecting our borders they’re super professional and the work they do is important.’He also said his office will be pursuing four first-degree murder charges.‘Sad and in disbelief’It is believed Enriquez was Ortiz’s last victim. Friends and family told local media they are ‘sad and in disbelief’ over her death. Enriquez’s mother, Edna, described her as a ‘high-spirited person who would never get mad and was always smiling’.Her cousin Veronica Castillo also said she was ‘beloved by the local LGBTQ community’.According to activists, authorities initially deadnamed her in their reporting.Enriquez is the 21st known transgender person killed in the US this year. Specifically, transgender women of color and immigrants have faced disproportionate violence.In May, Roxsana Hernandez, a transgender asylum seeker from Central America, died while in the custody of ICE. An investigation is ongoing into her death.Last year was the deadliest year on record for the LGBTI community in the US, and also for transgender people alone.More from Gay Star NewsIndia’s transgender population still at risk after gay sex decriminalizedFirst legal center for transgender Australians opens its doorsNeighbors come out in support of Florida trans woman whose home was vandalizedGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Nikki Enriquez was one of four women killed in Laredo, Texas, all of whom were sex workers.center_img She was only 28 | Photo: Facebook/Nikki Enriquez eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Transphobia peaks in despicable bathroom political ad in MassachusettsDenzell Thomas indicted for the death of trans woman Jazz AlfordTransgender woman brutally shot dead in the US is third to be killed this yearRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more