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KURT RUSSELL IS FILMING A SANTA MOVIE IN TORONTO

first_img Twitter KURT RUSSELL IS FILMING A SANTA MOVIE IN TORONTO RIGHT NOWKurt Russell, 1980s hot guy turned legendary Hollywood actor, has been spotted around Toronto lately rocking a long white beard and sometimes a red velour twinset.The Tombstone, Hateful Eight and Escape From New York star is reportedly in town to film a Netflix original Christmas movie produced by Chris Columbus – the guy behind Home Alone.  READ MORE T’isn’t the season! Kurt Russell, 66, looks just like St Nick as he gets to work in Toronto filming a Christmas movieChristmas might be the furthest thing from most people’s minds right now. But not for Kurt Russell, who was dressed as Santa Claus in the middle of Toronto on Thursday. The 66-year-old was filming an upcoming Xmas movie for Netflix, and made a pretty excellent St Nick. READ MOREKurt Russell to Play Santa Claus in Netflix Christmas MovieJudah Lewis, the star of Netflix’s ‘The Babysitter,’ and ‘Big Little Lies’ actress Darby Camp are also starring in the fresh take on the holiday family film.Kurt Russell is bringing Christmas cheer to Netflix.The veteran actor is teaming with Judah Lewis, the star of Netflix’s horror-comedy film The Babysitter, along with Darby Camp of Big Little Lies, to star in an untitled Christmas movie for the streaming giant. READ MORE Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

UNICEF urges Angola to spend on health at launch of measles campaign

“We’re asking the government to continue putting money where the children are,” UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said in Luanda, the Angolan capital, at the launching of the biggest health campaign in the country’s history. “Give Angola a stable future by protecting her children. This will be the real peace dividend.”Spearheaded by Angola’s Ministry of Health and employing 33,000 workers, the campaign has received key financial, logistical and training support from UNICEF, with technical and supply support from the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP), in a country where one child in 10 dies from measles compared with one in 1,000 in developed countries.Since the signing of a peace accord last year that ended 27-years of civil war in which an estimated 5,000 schools and 60 per cent of all hospitals were destroyed, UNICEF has consistently asked the government to re-direct resources that were once earmarked for war towards basic social services.”What we’re seeing today are promising first steps,” Ms. Bellamy said. “And this country has the potential to lead Africa by example. But one million children remain out of school. The entire health system must be strengthened and conditions established across Angola for effective delivery of routine vaccinations. If this is done, then we will look back in five years time, when children are in school and child mortality rates falling, and 2003 will be recognized as the year Angolan children were put first on the agenda.”Calling for international support, she noted that against sizeable odds, Angolans were striving to strengthen the entire health and education system, restore public services to remote areas, and fight the causes of child mortality. “Much of this must come from within, but I trust the international community will continue to support Angola in these goals of reconstruction,” she added. “For now is the moment when strong partnerships will be rewarded by results.”More than 10,000 children die each year from measles in Angola, among the 10 countries with the worst immunization coverage – well below the average in sub-Saharan Africa – estimated in 2001 at 46 per cent. Angola has one of the world’s worst under-five mortality rates, with one in four children dying before their fifth birthday. read more

Who To Watch In The 2019 WNBA Playoffs

No. 1 Washington Mystics26-8, 9-1 in past 10 gamesYou may have heard that the Washington Mystics have a good offense. That’s true, but it’s a little like saying that UConn women’s basketball head coach Geno Auriemma, an 11-time NCAA champion, is a good coach. Led by MVP front-runner Elena Delle Donne, guard Kristi Toliver, point guard Natasha Cloud and Meesseman, Washington recorded the highest points per possession (1.128), the highest effective field-goal percentage (53.6 percent) and the most assists (746) in league history over an entire season. Delle Donne became the first player in league history to shoot 50 percent from the floor, 40 percent from 3-point range, and 90 percent from the free-throw line.1With minimums of 100, 25 and 50 makes, respectively. Cloud just set a new Mystics single-season assists record, and Meesseman, Hawkins and guard Aerial Powers all have credible cases for WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year. With a double-bye to the semifinals, the Mystics get a nine-day break, which they will use both to rest their bodies and to fine-tune their play on both ends of the court. That break could be just what the doctor ordered for the Mystics to win their first-ever WNBA title. No. 3 Los Angeles Sparks22-12, 7-3 in past 10 gamesEvery team this season has had to deal with players missing games, whether due to injury, the FIBA EuroBasket tournament in late June or personal reasons. For the Sparks, though, it was at a different level: The first time their entire roster was available to play was Aug. 22. So in many ways, it feels like Los Angeles’ season is just getting started. The good news is that the Sparks have three All-Star talents with championship experience in Chelsea Gray (14.5 PPG, 5.9 APG), Candace Parker (11.2 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 3.5 APG) and Nneka Ogwumike (16.1 PPG, 8.8 RPG). The bad news is that the roster is still settling in under first-year head coach Derek Fisher and, as The Athletic’s Sabreena Merchant recently detailed, the Sparks have struggled to close out games on the road. That could be a problem because the Sparks are unlikely to have home-court advantage beyond the second round. One player to watch in a potential semifinal series against Connecticut is Chiney Ogwumike, who was acquired from Connecticut shortly before the 2019 season. In three games against her former team this year, she averaged 14.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per game and shot 69 percent from the field. No. 7 Minnesota Lynx18-16, 6-4 in past 10 gamesIf you believe in the phenomenon of “odd-year teams,” Minnesota should be your bet to win it all in 2019, as the Lynx won WNBA titles in 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017. But head coach Cheryl Reeve’s team wasn’t even a surefire playoff team at the start of the year, returning only three players from 2018 (a fourth, Temi Fagbenle, rejoined the team midway through the 2019 season) and adding nine through the draft, free agency and trades. Center Sylvia Fowles (13.6 PPG, 8.9 RPG), point guard Odyssey Sims (14.5 PPG, 5.4 APG) and potential WNBA Rookie of the Year forward Napheesa Collier (13.1 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 1.9 SPG) have been Minnesota’s Big Three this season, and they will likely need to play like it to get Minnesota to the semifinals. The other crucial stat for the Lynx will be turnovers, which have been their Achilles’ heel all season. They turn the ball over on 20.5 percent of their possessions, which ranks last in the league, and surrender more than 16 points per game off of those turnovers. Those numbers will almost certainly need to improve for the Lynx to advance. No. 2 Connecticut Sun23-11, 7-3 in past 10 gamesConnecticut settled for the second seed after spending several weeks atop the league standings and finishing with a 15-2 record at home, tied with Los Angeles for best in the league. That home-court advantage bodes well for them in the semifinals, as the Sun will host the first two games and a potential Game 5. What else bodes well? They cannot draw Phoenix, their playoff nemesis of late, until the WNBA Finals (and even then, it would be a best-of-five series, not a single-elimination game).The Sun are led by center Jonquel Jones (14.6 PPG, 9.7 RPG), forward Alyssa Thomas (11.6 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 3.1 APG) and point guard Jasmine Thomas (11.1 PPG, 5.1 RPG). Guard Courtney Williams is one of the most exciting players to watch leaguewide: She grabs 5.6 rebounds per game despite standing only 5-foot-8, she can score in bunches, and she has the swagger to match her game. Backup center Theresa Plaisance could be an X-factor; Connecticut acquired her from Dallas at the trade deadline specifically to give the team the kind of veteran forward that teams like Los Angeles (Chiney Ogwumike), Washington (Tianna Hawkins, Emma Meesseman) and Las Vegas (Hamby) have on their benches. Put all of these pieces together, and the Sun have a strong chance of making their first WNBA Finals since 2005. No. 6 Seattle Storm18-16, 5-5 in past 10 gamesThe Storm are the defending champions, but they have an entirely new look in 2019 after seasonlong injuries to stars Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart. They can struggle on offense, ranking ninth in offensive rating, but are perhaps the most exciting team in the league to watch on defense. Point guard Jordin Canada and forward Natasha Howard rank first and second in the WNBA in steals per game, which fuels the Storm’s 17.3 points per game off of turnovers, good for the third-best mark in the league. Howard also ranks third in the league in blocks with 1.7 per game, making her the first WNBA player to rank in the top three in steals and blocks per game since Yolanda Griffith in 1999. Watching Seattle is even more exciting because it usually means seeing relatively few stoppages in play; despite playing such an aggressive defense, the Storm both commit the second-fewest fouls and draw the second-fewest fouls in the league, per 100 possessions. The Storm’s road to a championship looks quite different than it did last season, when they were the No. 1 seed, but tough defense, a talented point guard and a potential First Team All-WNBA forward aren’t a bad place to start. No. 4 Las Vegas Aces21-13, 6-4 in past 10 gamesBefore the season started, Las Vegas was a trendy pick to win the title behind three former No. 1 draft picks, sharpshooter Kayla McBride and 6-foot-8 center Liz Cambage. The team’s defense has been formidable, but the Aces have been inconsistent on offense, which may have cost them a chance at a double-bye. As SB Nation’s Mike Prada recently explained, they’ve actually been better when Cambage and starting forward A’ja Wilson — arguably the team’s top two players — are not on the court together. But the Aces made the playoffs for the first time since 2014, and they now have a chance to peak at the right time. Look for potential WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year Dearica Hamby (11.0 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 48.8 percent shooting) to tip a game in the Aces’ favor with her energy and versatility off the bench. No. 8 Phoenix Mercury15-19, 4-6 in past 10 gamesThe Mercury still have Taurasi, arguably the greatest WNBA player of all time, but she is recovering from back surgery and is “day-to-day for the foreseeable future,” according to High Post Hoops’ Brendon Kleen. And, unlike the previous two seasons, the Mercury will start the playoffs on the road, where they went only 6-11 this season. To make another run to the WNBA semifinals, the Mercury will likely need a big performance from 6-foot-9 All-WNBA center Brittney Griner, who is averaging 20.7 points and 7.2 rebounds per game this season while shooting 56.4 percent from the floor. Forward DeWanna Bonner, the Mercury’s other 2019 All-Star, will also need to be efficient on offense. She has carried the team at times this season and averages 17.2 points per game, but she has struggled with efficiency, shooting only 38 percent from the floor, including 27 percent on 3-pointers. An X-factor for Phoenix could be the experience of head coach Sandy Brondello, who has 17 career WNBA playoff wins and knows a thing or two about being the underdog from coaching Team Australia against the United States. Don’t be surprised if she has a trick or two up her sleeve. After more than three months of jockeying for position, four of the eight playoff-bound WNBA teams will begin their postseasons on Wednesday. As the No. 5 through No. 8 seeds, Chicago, Seattle, Minnesota and Phoenix will face off in two single-elimination games. The reward for the winners is another single-elimination game on Sunday against No. 3 seed Los Angeles or No. 4 seed Las Vegas. In the past few seasons, this playoff format has produced several upsets, including Washington over New York in 2017 (courtesy of nine 3-pointers from Kristi Toliver) and Phoenix over Connecticut in both 2017 and 2018 (courtesy of Diana Taurasi, who sports a career 13-1 record in playoff-deciding games).Meanwhile, atop the bracket, Washington and Connecticut secured double-byes, skipping the single-elimination games, and they now await the winners of the first two rounds for their best-of-five semifinal series.Let’s take a look at each of the eight playoff teams, starting with the four in action Wednesday and progressing to the title favorites. No. 5 Chicago Sky20-14, 6-4 in past 10 gamesBehind first-year head coach James Wade and point guard Courtney Vandersloot, the Sky surprised many onlookers by challenging for a top-4 seed. The Sky’s strength is its backcourt: Its top three scorers are starting guards Diamond DeShields, Allie Quigley and Vandersloot. Vandersloot also recently broke her own WNBA record for assists in a season — finishing with an even 300 — and averages 11.2 points, 9.1 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game. With center Jantel Lavender recently suffering a season-ending injury, Wade will have to come up with a game plan for Chicago to battle inside. One blueprint might be in the Sky’s 105-78 win over Phoenix on Sept. 1: Griner scored 26 points for Phoenix, but Chicago hit more than 50 percent of its shots, had six players score in double figures and committed only six turnovers to run away with the win. read more

Nearly 50 drivers an hour caught using their phone behind the wheel

first_imgCar phone  Repeat offenders will be reported to the police Suzette Davenport, NPCC lead for roads policing, said: “This week, forces will be working to make driving distracted as socially unacceptable as drink-driving through enforcing strong deterrents and powerful messages to make people think twice about their driving habits.”Encouraging results from last year’s campaign against mobile phone use show how effective new tactics and innovative approaches can be.”Officers will continue to use intelligence-led tactics to target police activity and resources and catch repeat offenders.”Forces will be working throughout the year to tackle this behaviour by motorists with national partners and the public.”Remember: when at the wheel, your calls or texts can wait. Keep your eyes on the road.”Under plans announced last year, the Department of Transport is set to introduce legislation doubling the punishment for using a handheld mobile phone while driving – with the fine rising from £100 to £200 and penalty points increasing from three to six.Ministers have also set out proposals that will see motorists who cause death while on a mobile phone face tougher sentences. By comparison, the totals for three previous initiatives were 2,690 in May 2015, 2,276 in September 2015 and 2,323 in May last year.The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) released the figures ahead of a fresh clampdown starting on Monday.Thirty-six forces across England, Wales and Northern Ireland took part in the November campaign, stopping 10,012 vehicles.As well as detecting nearly 8,000 mobile phone offences, police delivered hundreds of verbal warnings while 68 court summonses were issued. Officers also identified 117 other “distraction” offences. Police car  More than 40 drivers were caught every hour during a police crackdown on illegal mobile phone use behind the wheel.Officers handed out 7,966 fixed penalty notices for the offence in a week-long campaign in November.The tally – equivalent to a rate of more than 1,000 every day, and 47 an hour – is the highest yet for a week of enforcement on “distraction driving”.center_img Remember: when at the wheel, your calls or texts can wait. Keep your eyes on the roadSuzette Davenport, NPCC Police forces are cracking down on the offence Credit:Alamy It is illegal to use a handheld phone while driving, with those falling foul of the rules facing penalty points and a fine.Calls for efforts to curb the practice intensified last year in the wake of high-profile cases and research indicating that it is widespread.This week, constabularies around the country will be running targeted operations and education campaigns.The crackdown will include patrols using unmarked vans, high vantage points and helmet cameras, as well as community “spotters” to highlight hotspots and repeat offenders to police. 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.last_img read more

Water treatment optimization through innovation

first_imgChris Biederman, Senior Water Process Engineer & Technology Development Lead , Water with Hatch notes that “water is an integral part of mining. Without ready access to it, ore processing and mineral production becomes prohibitively expensive, or is altogether impossible. Even when water is easily available, stakeholders expect that it will be used efficiently and sustainably by miners in return for being granted a social license to operate. “Ore processing is water intensive and results in the production of tailings. The recovery of water from tailings is essential to mining operations, especially in arid climates with scarce water sources. “In most modern mines, all of the available water in a TMF is recycled. The direct recycling of water from a TMF without treatment is preferred, given the large volumes of water in circulation. If treatment is required, steps should be taken to decrease water usage as much as possible and to optimize water treatment systems to manage operating costs. Bench-scale testing is one tool that can achieve this objective. Smart application of bench-scale testing is a cost-effective way to evaluate various technologies in support of new capital projects, or troubleshoot and optimize existing treatment systems. Bench-scale investigations should not replace long-term pilot programs at scale; instead, bench-scale tests should be viewed as complementary and used to inform the piloting phase. “Test at the source. When dealing with complex mine waters, variations in water quality often occur. These variations may be seasonal—for example, an increase in turbidity due to run-off—or they can be process-related and result in significant changes to water quality in a short timeframe. Testing should be conducted in the field to get the most applicable results. This way, changes to water chemistry that result from shipping samples off-site and sample storage conditions are eliminated. This is particularly important for water that may be saturated with dissolved salts, where fluctuations in temperature can cause precipitation to occur prior to testing. “Challenge the status quo. Typically the standard ‘jar test’ method is the go-to for coagulation and flocculation tests. Jar tests are best used to evaluate the performance of a small number of chemicals when precedent exists for treating a particular water stream. Each individual jar test requires one litre of sample, so there are practical limitations to the number of tests that can be performed in a reasonable amount of time for a given water sample. The volume of raw sample required to run numerous jar tests also limits the number of tests that can be reasonably performed. “At Hatch, we have successfully developed and applied high-throughput methods to test mining waters and tailings. The methodology involves simultaneous testing of up to 48 treatment conditions using small sample volumes (15 mL or 50 mL). The result is a very efficient method to screen multiple chemicals, oxidants, or pH conditions, all while minimizing the size of the raw water sample required and maximizing the number of tests and data collected. This method has proven to be very effective when testing mine waters having complex water chemistry. “Respond rapidly. Portable battery-operated instruments for water testing allow for in-field measurements and timely feedback to guide bench-scale tests. Further, water analytics are benefiting from miniaturization as chip-based sensors are becoming smaller and thus more portable. Innovative solutions are also available for measuring very low concentrations of select contaminants using biological-based sensors. All of this supports the ability to quickly mobilize water-testing equipment and analytical instruments for site-based testing globally.”Hatch recently completed a high-throughput testing study to evaluate and compare several coagulants and flocculants and combinations thereof against the chemical recipe used at an existing tailings reclaim water-treatment plant in Ontario. The testing program was developed to screen the performance of a wide range of chemicals at various dosages due to the limited data that was available for treating this particular reclaim water. Using a high-throughput testing method, 425 distinct tests using various chemicals at different dosages were conducted in three days. The results of this study were used to guide larger volume tests conducted at the mine site and to evaluate treated water toxicity. The testing demonstrated that more conventional chemicals could be used at reasonable doses, and that switching to the new recipe would result in significant savings in annual operating costs. While not guaranteed to have the same results at other sites, this high-throughput bench-testing method could be used at existing plants to quickly confirm whether dosing levels are optimal and whether costs could potentially be lowered.last_img read more

Le portage de médicaments sera expérimenté dans 76 communes françaises

first_imgLe portage de médicaments sera expérimenté dans 76 communes françaisesSur la base d’un accord trouvé entre La Poste, chargée d’acheminer le courrier, et le conseil général du Puy-de-Dôme, qui financera l’opération, 76 communes feront l’expérimentation du portage de médicaments gratuit entre le 15 novembre 2010 et le 15 mai 2011. Depuis cette année, La Poste s’est rapprochée de l’Ordre National des Pharmaciens et des Syndicats de Pharmaciens afin d’encadrer la prestation de portage de médicaments par une convention entre chaque pharmacien signataire et le service public.   Cette opération consiste à acheminer jusqu’au domicile d’un patient âgé ou handicapé le traitement dont il a besoin sans qu’il soit obligé de se déplacer. Les personnes fragilisées ou résidant dans un milieu rural sont les principales concernées.Ainsi, lorsqu’une personne âgée ou fragilisée rencontre un médecin à son domicile, et si celui-ci préconise un traitement, il n’a plus qu’à déposer son ordonnance dans une pharmacie, l’établissement se chargeant ensuite de préparer les médicaments et de les remettre à La Poste. Elle se chargera ensuite de les livrer.À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?Pour 76 communes françaises du Puy-de-Dôme, le procédé sera gratuit. Pour la première fois en France, il sera totalement pris en charge par le Conseil général grâce à la convention de partenariat signée avec La Poste lundi dernier. Un test qui devrait durer 6 mois à partir de la semaine prochaine. Le Conseil général du Puy-de-Dôme indique que ce nouveau service sera pris en charge par l’Allocation Personnalisée d’Autonomie et la Prestation de Compensation du Handicap pour les allocataires de ces prestations de solidarité pendant la durée du test. Le 10 novembre 2010 à 15:13 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Top 5 most insane maneuvers from NXT in 2018, WWE star to open a…

first_img WhatsApp Twitter WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events With 2018 coming to a close, WWE has posted a video (view above) taking a look back at the top 5 most insane maneuvers from NXT this past year.WWE star to open a coffee shop in 2019Current WWE Raw Star Seth Rollins posted to his Instagram that he is partnering with 392 Caffe to open up a coffee shop in early 2019.Rollins noted in his post that the new coffee shop is connected to the Black and Brave Wrestling Academy, which is located in downtown Davenport, Iowa.Rollins is listed as a trainer under his real name Colby Lopez in the about section on the Black and Brave Wrestling Academy website.You can view Seth’s Instagram post with all the details and a picture of the shop below: Facebook Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Pinterest WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Google+ 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match)last_img read more

Hershey Retires Accepts Cambodia PostHare is New WISHH Executive Director

first_imgJim Hershey concluded 26 years of regional and global market development leadership when he retired as WISHH executive director on Oct. 19. Hershey has accepted the assignment to be ASA/WISHH’s Chief of Party (CoP) for the newly launched USDA Food for Progress-funded CAST project in Cambodia. Effective Oct. 22, Liz Hare took the reins as WISHH executive director.Hershey and his wife will move to Phnom Penh within the next few months. “Under new leadership, WISHH will continue to connect trade and development in partnership with the U.S. soybean industry, our customers and the public sector, such as USDA and USAID,” said Hershey. “As the CAST CoP, I will be able to help build a vibrant aquaculture value chain in Cambodia while expanding agricultural trade for soy, including from the U.S. One of the best parts of this new assignment is the continuing relationship with so many outstanding colleagues, farmers and industry partners.””Jim has been the steady hand guiding WISHH since its inception and his commitment to the soy family is to be commended,” said ASA CEO Ryan Findlay. “It is the demonstrated results in program planning, execution and evaluation, which make Liz an excellent fit for the executive director role of WISHH.”Hare joined WISHH in 2011 and has held multiple positions within the organization, including program manager of the FEEDing Pakistan aquaculture program, director of the Latin America division, and most recently, deputy director.  Prior to joining WISHH, Hare lived and worked throughout Latin America. In Washington, D.C., she served as a policy assistant in a Senate office. She received her bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Psychology from Saint Louis University and her master’s in development, management and policy from Georgetown University.last_img read more

Training for mock mass casualty incident begins Tuesday

first_imgIf you see firefighters working with badly injured people beginning Tuesday at the former Vancouver city hall, don’t get worried and call 911.It’s a “Mass Casualty Incident” drill that will continue on and off into early December.It’s operated by the Clark County Training Division, which trains three large fire departments: the Vancouver Fire Department, Fire District 6 and Clark County Fire & Rescue.The drill will be at 210 E. 13th St. Tuesday through Thursday and Nov. 15-17. It also will run Dec. 6-8. The drills will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.American Medical Response (AMR) and emergency 911 dispatchers will also take part in the mock emergency that will center on a tornado scenario that has partially destroyed the building and injured 12 people inside.Fire Cadets, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members, and volunteers from the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics will act as victims with mock injuries that could appear real to onlookers. First responders will practice sorting and prioritizing treatment and transport of patients by the severity of their injuries.“A mass casualty incident can happen anytime, anywhere, so it’s important for us to be prepared so that we can work together effectively and efficiently when the real thing happens,” said Training Division Capt. Shawn Newberry.last_img read more

ESPN The Magazine Launches Own Web Site

first_imgAfter 10 years in print, ESPN The Magazine is finally getting its own Web site. Today, the company launched ESPNthemag.com, the first site dedicated exclusively to the magazine.“It was time,” says Robbyn Footlick, executive editor of multimedia. “A big ESPN initiative right now is focusing on developing all its content across all its platforms, so now seemed the right time to build out the magazine’s content online, including video.”The new site has been programmed like a TV network, Footlick explains, with a focus on what she calls “lunchtime programming” and updates throughout the day through blogs (what appears to be ESPN’s most aggressive blogging initiative to date) and a news infographic called “The World According to Us.” The site also features magazine content, online-exclusive stories and video. As part of the magazine’s 10th anniversary, the site includes a separate anniversary channel, featuring an interactive gallery of the more than 270 covers since the magazine’s launch.“The magazine has a different feel than the rest of the ESPN site and we really needed to represent that,” says Gabe Garner, director of interactivity for Sarkissian Mason, the firm that developed the site. He says the process took about six months. “We took a ground-up approach to the design and architecture of the site. We first needed to find ways regular readers of the magazine could get the print content they’re used to online. Then, we began to add rich media flourishes like ‘The World According to Us.’ That became a real centerpiece for bringing the magazine’s unique voice to the Web.”The site was soft-launched on Friday.last_img read more

For a Regional Magazine Print is Still the Main Source of Income

first_imgWhen you read the literature of journalism these days you might think that you must hurry to carve out your place in the digital world. That may be so for newspapers, but it is not so for magazines, particularly not for regional magazines.Berkshire HomeStyle is a controlled circulation regional magazine distributed in our core region of the Berkshires and Columbia County, as well as in Northern Connecticut and Dutchess county, the Capital District (Albany, Troy, Schenectady) and in Saratoga, an area approximately 50 miles from its central location in Austerlitz, New York. The magazine started in 1989, grew steadily until 2008, had a significant decline in 2009, and seems to be climbing back to steady growth in 2011. Where Are We Now? 2008 – 2011 Comparison with Competing MagazineBerkshire HomeStyle’s experience during these difficult years is quite likely similar to that of most magazines. In the Berkshires, HomeStyle had one direct competitor, also a monthly lifestyle magazine with nine issues a year. The graph below compares ads sold by both from 2008 to June 2011. The upper line is Berkshire HomeStyle and the lower line the competitor. The upswing each year illustrates the seasonal nature of the region—a major influx of second homers and tourists in the summer season. The bottom line x’s are the months when the competing magazine was not published (it folded at the end of 2010).During the three full years we can see that the drop in advertising sales was quite similar for both magazines. For the month of July, for example, the peak month in this region, HomeStyle had 188 ads in 2008, 161 in 2009, and 146 in 2010. The competitor had 157 ads in 2008, 108 in 2009, and 111 in 2010.Can Online or Digital Publishing Make Up for the Declines?In this case, the simple answer is no. Towards the end of 2009 the competing magazine took out full page ads saying “Now, more than just a magazine.” They were alluding to their various online publications. Since the magazine folded a year later, we might conclude that online did not rescue them. Our own experience with online is not very encouraging either. Visits to our online edition were 454 in January, 325 in February, 709 in March, 483 in April and 262 in May. Berkshire HomeStyle has opted to stick with the printed magazine. The brave new world of the Internet is still in the throes of development. Whether it’s PageTurn Pro developing its software to be more user-friendly or one of hundreds of their competitors coming up with a better system, there will be a better system. Whether Kindle or iPad will offer the best way to see Berkshire HomeStyle online, one of them or any one of hundreds of others will vie for Berkshire HomeStyle’s content.Potential for GrowthBerkshire HomeStyle today is the same monthly regional magazine it was in 2007. Total sales then had peaked, after 17 years of steady growth, at $553,491. The economic tsunami in 2008 took us down to a low of $367,534 in 2010. Today, having weathered the storm, we plan to continue our growth. The world today is quite different from 2007. The economy is sluggish. Housing, a major measure of confidence, will be bad for years to come. Unemployment will remain high for a while. Yet, well-managed companies, whether large corporations or small magazines, will prosper.  Berkshire HomeStyle’s growth will probably continue at the pre-2008 annual rate of around 10 percent, keeping the advertisers we have and gaining new ones in the course of our region’s normal business. In addition there are some major new growth areas. One growth area is regional expansion. Three months ago we hired a new sales rep to service northern Connecticut. The results are promising, and could bring as much as 5 percent in additional sales. Just last month we started a new division headed by our new Fashion and Style Editor. That may add as much as 20 percent to annual sales within two or three years. Our ad sales, as they have developed over the past 20 years, are heavily concentrated in home-related goods and services and in the arts. The first accounts for 27 percent of all ad sales, the second, for 24 percent. Our new Fashion division may well develop to be a major division much like Home and the Arts.Strange as it may seem, the brave new world of the Internet may well be one of our major sources for growth.  One of the terms that have been coined to describe the struggle for a place in the sun among the plethora of providers is “competition for eyeballs.” The magazine holds up very well in that competitive arena. There is the pleasure of holding a well-designed magazine and of reading intelligent and carefully edited text. And then there is the kind of world we want to live in. For the foreseeable future, the good magazine is likely to prevail.Henry Meininger is editor and publisher of Berkshire HomeStyle.center_img Two events affected publishing in recent years, the economic meltdown in 2008 and the appearance of the social network. They are not directly related, but the confluence of these two events does throw some confusion into thinking and planning.  If the economic meltdown was the result of many years of “irrational exuberance” then the correction is a natural one. Whether housing or retailing or advertising revenue, a correction of 25 percent to 30 percent is reasonable. And as to the future, we need to understand that growth will not be at the heady rate prior to 2008. Berkshire HomeStyle will probably continue to grow at 10 percent in 2011. That is a good growth rate for just about any business.The Social NetworkAll the buzz these days is about Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and many others, all under the umbrella of the social network. This is certainly a humongous change in communication technology. It is so vast and so varied that the chances of a small, regional magazine to be on top of those developments and to harness them are very slim. Besides, if our print advertising can grow at 10 percent, say from $35,000 a month to $38,500, that’s a lot better than a 20 percent growth in Internet advertising, from, say $3,000 to $3,600.Berkshire HomeStyle has had a website since 2001. In 2010 we went online through Page Turn Pro. We do not sell ads on our online edition. Creating the administrative machinery to sell and service them is, at this time, just not profitable. We do use the Internet for marketing, but we avoid spending more than we can hope to recover from plunging into the brave new world of online.last_img read more

Where Six Execs Will Be Spending in 2017

first_img Click through the slide show to learn where six executives will be focusing their investments in 2017. Prev1 of 7NextUse your ← → (arrow) keys to browse The disruptive shifts in the media business model over the last decade offer great promise for future growth, but it’s no surprise that they also generated upheaval and uncertainty, and that they require rapid adaptation. In this environment, new technologies, new media formats, and new distribution channels emerge, and sometimes disappear within a few years. All this makes it challenging to know where to invest. Unifed databases have become much more important, as publishers seek to improve knowledge about their audiences, and then use that knowledge both for their own products, and to sell insights to their advertisers. Selling insights and marketing services to advertisers requires new skills and new staffing patterns. New opportunities to monetize content have emerged in mobile platforms, in video, in archives, and more. With budgets tight and the need for technological expertise increasing, we asked executives across the industry where they’re spending in 2017. Prev1 of 7NextUse your ← → (arrow) keys to browselast_img read more

Orientation programme for B Tech students held in Mahbubnagar

first_imgMahbubnagar: The authorities of Jayaprakash Narayana Engineering College at Dharmapur village in Mahbubnagar conducted an orientation programme for the newly-admitted first year engineering students on Thursday.The main objective of this orientation programme was to create awareness and instil confidence among the newly-admitted students. While taking part as chief guest of the programme, JPNCE chairman Ravi Kumar remembered late S Jaipal Reddy, former Union Minister, who had passed away recently and said that Jaipal Reddy was the inspiration for him to set up an engineering college in Mahbubnagar. “Jaipal Reddy was a visionary leader. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us He was the one who had inspired me to set up an engineering college in Mahbubnagar and urged me to provide technical education to the rural people. Today, I am really grateful to the departed leader who stood as a godfather and helped me move ahead to set up this engineering college,” recollected the JPNCE Chairman. Earlier, Ravi Kumar garlanded the portrait of Jaipal Reddy and observed silence for two minutes. Venkataramana Rao, Secretary of JPNCE, Dr VM Sandeep, Principal, Polytechnic college Principal Chandrasekhar, students and their parents attended the programme.last_img read more

Apple and Google poaching settlement headed for approval

first_img A US judge on 2 March seemed satisfied with a proposed $415m (£267m) settlement that would end a lawsuit in which tech workers accused Apple, Google and two other Silicon Valley companies of conspiring to hold down salaries.US District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, had previously rejected an earlier $324.5m deal as too low. During a hearing on Monday, Koh raised no objections about the size of the settlement as she had at an earlier court session.While Koh did not formally rule from the bench on whether she would preliminarily approve the new deal, she set another hearing date for final sign off.The plaintiffs alleged that Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe agreed to avoid poaching each others employees, thus limiting job mobility and, as a result, keeping a lid on salaries.The antitrust class action lawsuit was filed in 2011. It has been closely watched because of the possibility that big damages might be awarded and for the opportunity to peek into the world of some of the United States elite tech firms.The case was based largely on emails in which Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, former Google Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt and some of their rivals detailed plans to avoid poaching each others prized engineers.In rejecting the $324.5 million deal, Koh repeatedly referred to a related 2013 settlement involving Disney and Intuit. Apple and Google workers got proportionally less than Disney workers, Koh wrote, even though plaintiff lawyers had much more leverage against Apple and Google.To match the earlier settlement, the deal with Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe would need to total at least $380 million, Koh wrote. Closelast_img read more

SpiceJet Jet Airways SBI Bank of India Bank of Baroda Piramal Fortis

first_imgA broker reacts while trading at his computer terminal at a stock brokerage firm in Mumbai, India, February 26, 2016 (representational image).Reuters fileUpdate at 3.40 PM: The BSE Sensex closed 106 points higher at 30,570 and the NSE Nifty ended at 9,438, up 10 points. The Sensex had touched intraday high and low of 30,712 and 30,516. Stocks that led the index rally included ITC, L&T and Adani Ports. On the BSE, 31.49 lakh shares of ITC changed hands while the volume was much higher at 3.59 crore on the NSE. The stock closed 6.21 percent higher at Rs 303.65, after rising to an intraday high of Rs 304.90.Original story:The first full-fledged day of trading after finalisation of GST tax rates saw many stocks losing sharply on the stock exchanges even as FMCG stocks led by ITC gained in a big way. Aviation stocks Jet Airways, SpiceJet and Interglobe Aviation lost on account of hardening crude oil prices after oil exporting countries (both OPEC and non-OPEC) agreed to extend output cut.At around 3.10 pm on Monday, SpiceJet was down 7.16 percent to Rs 101.85, Jet Airways was trading 8.02 percent lower at Rs 477 and Interglobe Aviation (owner of budget carrier IndiGo) was down 2.41 percent at Rs 1,039 even though the BSE Sensex was up 92 points at 30,556.On Monday, Brent crude was trading 50 cents higher at $54.11 a barrel in the morning while the US light crude was up 50 cents at $50.83, translating into gains of more than 10 percent from the month’s low, news agency Reuters reported.The spike in prices is due to a committment by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and non-OPEC countries such as Russia that the Novemer-December 2016 agreement to cut supplies by 1.8 million barrels per day (of which, 1.2 million by OPEC members) will be extended by another six to nine months.”The decision (to extend cuts) seems to be almost a done deal,” the agency quoted Bjarne Schieldrop, chief commodities analyst at SEB Markets, as saying. OPEC members and other oil producers will be meeting in Vienna on Thursday. OPEC President Qatar’s Energy Minister Mohammed bin Saleh al-Sada addresses a news conference after a meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Vienna, Austria, November 30, 2016.ReutersOther stocks that plunged sharply included State Bank of India (down 4.36 percent to Rs 295), Bank of India (down 11.48 percent to Rs 158), Union Bank of India (down 3.78 percent), IDBI Bank (down 3.63 percent), Bank of Baroda (down 3 percent), Punjab National Bank (down 2.48 percent), Fortis Healthcare (down 4.52 percent) and Piramal Enterprises (down 2.30 percent).Top gainers included ITC, United Spirits, Future Retail, Thermax, TTK Prestige and Titan Company.SpiceJet is also expected to report drop in Q4 revenues and net profit. ICICI Securities said in a note last month that net profit will fall 60.2 percent to Rs 72 crore and net sales to Rs 1,678 crore, on a sequential basis. For the third quarter, the Ajay Singh-owned budget carrier had reported 24 percent YoY fall in net profit to Rs 181 crore. A SpiceJet passenger plane moves on the runway at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel international airport in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad January 8, 2014.Reuters filelast_img read more

Juan Guaidó Says The Moment Is Now To Remove Maduro Sparking Clashes

first_img Share Federico Parra/AFP/Getty ImagesVenezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido is pictured under a national flag during a gathering with supporters after members of the Bolivarian National Guard joined his campaign to oust President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas on April 30.Updated at 2:30 p.m. ETJuan Guaidó, Venezuela’s most powerful opposition leader, has declared a start to the “final phase” of the effort to oust President Nicolás Maduro, urging supporters into the streets Tuesday and telling them, “The moment is now!”The call for an uprising set off a cascade of demonstrations in Caracas, increasing clashes and raising the chances that members of Venezuela’s military may face off against each other, depending on where their loyalties lie.Early Tuesday morning, Guaidó released a three-minute video from an air base in eastern Caracas known as La Carlota, in which he described the Venezuelan people’s fight. Flanked by men with helmets and weapons, he discussed ending the “usurpation,” a term he has often used to describe Maduro’s hold on the once-oil rich nation.In the video, Guaidó, 35, also stood near opposition leader Leopoldo López, a prominent politician who led anti-government protests, served jail time and had been living under house arrest.López said he had been released by members of the military and Guaidó. “I’m at the La Carlota Base,” he tweeted. “All to mobilize. It’s time to conquer freedom.”Guaidó told reporters that high-ranking military officers have switched their allegiances to him.Pueblo de Venezuela inició el fin de la usurpación. En este momento me encuentro con las principales unidades militares de nuestra Fuerza Armada dando inicio a la fase final de la Operación Libertad.— Juan Guaidó (@jguaido) April 30, 2019“There are generals, there are lieutenant colonels, there are majors, there are colonels — it’s a reflection of the country,” he said, with Venezuela’s flag blowing in the wind behind him.The opposition figures’ messages quickly raised tensions with Maduro’s government, as demonstrators took to the streets of the capital to support members of the military who joined Guaidó. Some later gathered near the air base in a show of support.Videos from the scene show people running and jumping into vehicles, with military helicopters and motorcycles nearby.Matias Delacroix/AFP/Getty ImagesOpposition demonstrators clash with soldiers loyal to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro after troops joined opposition leader Juan Guaido in his campaign to oust Maduro’s government, in the surroundings of La Carlota military base in Caracas on April 30.Motorcycle units from Venezuela’s National Guard, who are loyal to Maduro, arrived at the base and closed its gates. People appeared to tear at the gates and crawl through an opening before being chased away.Journalists on the ground report hearing the echo of gunfire and tear gas canisters being fired down streets, as well as seeing Molotov cocktails. At the scene of a large protest on a highway, one video segment from TV station T13 shows what appears to be a National Guard armored vehicle driving into a crowd of people.📺 #T13Tarde | Tanqueta atropella a manifestantes. Todos los detalles de la crisis que se vive en Venezuela EN VIVO » https://t.co/gdLBTMEBvk pic.twitter.com/1ciMSYeB8K— T13 (@T13) April 30, 2019The U.S. embassy in Caracas is warning U.S. citizens to avoid the public demonstrations and consider sheltering in place.It’s unclear how many members of the military may be siding with Guaidó, and whether he received any assistance from the United States.To avoid confusion amid the chaos that was unleashed Tuesday, armed men loyal to Guaidó in the Altamira neighborhood are using bracelets and blue scarves to identify themselves, a local journalist said.Venezuelan Information Minister Jorge Rodríguez rejected news of a “coup attempt” in his country, saying on Twitter that the government is “deactivating a small number of traitorous military personnel.”Guaidó declared himself Venezuela’s interim president in January, after being sworn in to lead the National Assembly. He has been recognized as the country’s interim president by the United States and dozens of other nations.Maduro has refused to step down from office. And on Tuesday, he issued a stream of tweets including one that invoked “Nerves of steel!” and insisted that forces remain loyal to him.¡Nervios de Acero! He conversado con los Comandantes de todas las REDI y ZODI del País, quienes me han manifestado su total lealtad al Pueblo, a la Constitución y a la Patria. Llamo a la máxima movilización popular para asegurar la victoria de la Paz. ¡Venceremos!— Nicolás Maduro (@NicolasMaduro) April 30, 2019The chaos comes a day before Labor Day, meaning the clashes might continue when most Venezuelans will have the day off from work Wednesday.“This is only the beginning,” Carlos Vecchio, Guaidó’s envoy to the U.S., said at a news conference. Meanwhile, protesters in support of and against the Maduro government gathered outside Venezuela’s embassy in Washington and other capitals Tuesday.Guaidó’s boldest move yet against Maduro quickly prompted leaders in Washington to show their support.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo welcomed the start of “Operación Libertad” on Twitter. “The U.S. Government fully supports the Venezuelan people in their quest for freedom and democracy. Democracy cannot be defeated,” he said.Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) tweeted, “This is the moment for those military officers in #Venezuela to fulfill their constitutional oath & defend the legitimate interim President.”Rubio posted a video of a “showdown” on a highway. He said Maduro called for armed groups to go to the streets; the senator also said Chinese technicians have helped the Maduro regime take down social media communications.Venezuela’s telecommunications agency ordered Radio Caracas Radio to stop broadcasting after decades of continuous airtime. In response, the station announced it would turn to YouTube and Periscope, adding, “Nos escuchamos en libertad!” — “We hear each other in freedom!”National Security Adviser John Bolton told Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino López that Venezuela’s armed forces “must protect the Constitution and the Venezuelan people.”Vice President Pence told Guaidó and his supporters, “Estamos con ustedes! We are with you!”President Trump has been briefed on the developments, White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders told reporters.Luis Almagro, general secretary of the Organization of American States, welcomed the military members who joined Guaidó, saying “the fullest support” was necessary for a peaceful democratic transition.Countries who support Maduro, including Cuba, are denouncing the opposition’s calls for an uprising. Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Guaidó and his allies were trying to incite chaos in the public and clashes with armed forces. Russian President Vladimir Putin “paid much attention to the situation” in Venezuela during a meeting with his national security council, according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.Maduro began his first presidential term in 2013 and was reelected in January amid allegations of fraud. Under the socialist government, Venezuelans have suffered from shortages of food, medicine and electricity as inflation has soared.“I want a free Venezuela,” a pregnant woman in a wheelchair told a local news outlet. She said she wanted her child to be born in freedom. “I’m tired of this, that’s enough. It’s not fair that we live like this.”This is a developing story. Details may change as more information becomes available.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

Rail Europe partners with Switzerland Tourism to launch Swiss Travel Pass

first_imgTags: Promotions, Rail Europe, Switzerland Travelweek Group Share Posted by Monday, May 15, 2017 center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Rail Europe partners with Switzerland Tourism to launch Swiss Travel Pass WHITE PLAINS, NY — Rail Europe has announced a special offer for Swiss travel in partnership with Switzerland Tourism and Swiss Travel System.Now through May 23, 2017, travellers booking a four-day consecutive Swiss Travel Pass, receive one day free, and those booking an eight-day consecutive pass, receive two days free. Complimentary travel days are available for first and second class, for Adult and Youth passes. Must be validated by Oct. 26, 2017.With the Swiss Travel Pass, clients can journey between destinations in the Swiss Alps, such as St. Moritz or Lucerne by trains, boats and buses. It is part of the Swiss Travel System and includes travel on scenic trains such as the Glacier Express, GoldenPass Line and Bernina Express, free admission to over 500 Swiss museums, public transportation in over 90 Swiss cities, a 50% reduction off most mountain railways and cable cars, and free access to Mt Pilatus and Mt Rigi. E-passes are available.More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesFamilies can enjoy more savings, as children under 16 years travel free with a parent or legal guardian with a free Swiss Family Card. Children under six do not require a rail pass or family card.last_img read more

Virtuoso wrapped up its Las Vegas Travel Week on F

first_imgVirtuoso wrapped up its Las Vegas Travel Week on Friday night with awards presented to this year’s most outstanding global travel advisors, agencies and partners,.“Virtuoso Travel Week is all about building authentic human connections that then translate into personal, more enriching experiences for clients, so it’s fitting that we close the week by recognizing those Virtuosos who put the most into their industry relationships,” said Virtuoso Chairman and CEO Matthew D. Upchurch. “The Virtuoso Awards promote the dedication of these agencies, advisors and partners, and serve as an inspiration to the entire network. Each year I’m amazed at how our members and partners go above and beyond to create a new standard, and I am very proud of these outstanding Virtuosos.” Agency/Advisor Awards (as voted by preferred partners)Most Hospitable Agency: Avenue Two Travel, Villanova, PennsylvaniaMost Innovative Advisor: Fernando Gonzalez, First in Service Travel, New York, New YorkVirtuoso Rising Star: Jessica Renshaw, Renshaw Travel, Vancouver, BC, CanadaMost Admired Advisor – Asia/Pacific: Tina Killeen, Spencer Travel, Sydney, AustraliaMost Admired Advisor – Canada: Cindy Ducasse, TTI Travel, Toronto, Ontario, CanadaMost Admired Advisor – Europe/Middle East/Africa: James Merrett, Black Tomato, London, UKMost Admired Advisor – Latin America/Caribbean: Fernanda Martin del Campo, ITG – International Travel Group, Mexico City, MexicoMost Admired Advisor – USA: Mickey Weill, Protravel International, Beverly Hills, CaliforniaPartner Awards (as voted by travel agency members)Airline of the Year: Emirates AirlineSpecialty Partner of the Year: Travelex Insurance ServicesSustainable Tourism Leadership – Partner: Wilderness SafarisCruise Line of the Year: AmaWaterways Virtuoso also honoured four outstanding cruise performers:Top Producer – Virtuoso Voyages: Gina Morovati, Northstar CruisesMost Innovative Advisor – Cruise Sales: Leah Bergner, Coastline Travel AdvisorsVirtuoso Cruise Ambassador of the Year – Member: Ruth Turpin, Cruises Etc. TravelVirtuoso Cruise Ambassador of the Year – Partner: Mark Conroy, Silversea Cruises awardsVirtuosolast_img read more

WASHINGTON – There were no celebrity guests Holly

first_img WASHINGTON – There were no celebrity guests, Hollywood entertainers or superstar chefs. But as she stepped out of the background to host her first state dinner, Melania Trump sought to sparkle in her moment in the spotlight.After ditching her trademark dark sunglasses for a white skirt suit and hat earlier Tuesday, the first lady appeared in a Chanel gown to greet President Emmanuel Macron of France and his wife, Brigitte, as they arrived for the first state dinner of Trump’s administration.It was a big moment in fashion — and public life — for the former model, who has kept a relatively low profile since Trump took office and who is playing hostess at her highest-profile event yet as her husband is shadowed by a legal threat from a porn actress who says she was paid to keep quiet about a sexual encounter with Trump, which he denies.With her first state dinner, Mrs. Trump seemed to be aiming to make a statement. In a nod to France, she wore a black Chantilly lace Chanel haute couture gown, hand-painted with silver and embroidered with crystal and sequins, according to her spokeswoman. Her French counterpart wore Louis Vuitton.The president lavished praise on his wife as he gave a toast at the opulent affair, calling her “America’s absolutely incredible first lady.” He went on to hail the bonds between the United States and France, saying: “May our friendship grow even deeper, may our kinship grow even stronger and may our sacred liberty never die.”With 123 attendees, the event was smaller and more intimate than some of President Barack Obama’s dinners. Among those in attendance were Vice-President Mike Pence, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and two Winter Olympians, who flashed their gold medals on their way into the pre-dinner reception.Guests seated at Trump’s table included Apple CEO Tim Cook and CIA Director Mike Pompeo, the president’s nominee for secretary of state, as well as Macron and his wife.In his toast, Macron talked about the countries’ “unbreakable friendship” and referenced both his and Trump’s rapid political ascents, saying: “On both sides of the ocean some two years ago, very few would have bet on us being here together today.”While Ivanka Trump, a senior White House adviser and the president’s elder daughter, and Louise Linton, the wife of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, wowed in designer gowns, there were no surprise celebrity guests, in contrast with past years.Asked what she was looking forward to, Linton said: “Everything French!”The White House stressed that Mrs. Trump, who planned her 2005 wedding, had a hand in every aspect of the social denouement of Macron’s visit. She released a brief video showing her working on the details with her staff, including the menu and the cream-and-gold table settings.The guests, seated at round candle-lit tables decorated with bouquets of white flowers, dined on rack of lamb and nectarine tart served on a mix of china settings from the presidencies of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. After-dinner entertainment was courtesy of the Washington National Opera.Earlier Tuesday, Mrs. Trump wore a stylish belted suit with a broad-brimmed chapeau for her public appearances, including on a brief outing to the National Gallery of Art with Mrs. Macron to view an exhibit of works by French painter Paul Cezanne.The hat stayed put as she returned to the White House and took her front-row seat in the East Room for the president’s joint news conference with Macron. It bobbed up and down across the bottom of television screens as she entered the room and again as she rose to leave, spawning many a Twitter meme.The hat was designed by Herve Pierre and the skirt suit was by Michael Kors.Mrs. Trump’s white outfit recalled another high-profile occasion, the president’s first State of the Union address, when the first lady wore a white pantsuit. Trump gave the speech shortly after news broke that his personal attorney had paid adult-film star Stormy Daniels $130,000 just before the 2016 presidential election to keep quiet about a sexual encounter Trump says didn’t happen.Inquiring minds wondered what kind of statement the first lady sought to make with her attire.Mrs. Trump was largely absent from Washington during the first six months of the administration, opting to continue living full time at the family’s Trump Tower penthouse so their now-12-year-old son, Barron, wouldn’t have to change schools in the middle of the year.She was rarely seen — and even more rarely heard — during those months, even after she moved to Washington last June.But she seems to be trying to change that, even pushing back publicly against her critics. She recently convened a White House discussion on cyberbullying, an issue she made her platform despite her husband’s penchant for belittling and berating his foes on Twitter. She acknowledged that people were skeptical of her commitment but said it would not stop her from doing what she believes is right: helping children and the next generation.___Associated Press writer Thomas Adamson in Paris contributed to this report.___Follow Darlene Superville on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/dsupervilleap First lady steps into spotlight for state visit with France by Darlene Superville And Catherine Lucey, The Associated Press Posted Apr 24, 2018 7:20 pm PDT Last Updated Apr 24, 2018 at 8:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

by The Associated Press Posted Jan 21 2019 6

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Jan 21, 2019 6:09 am PDT ‘Gotti’ leads Razzie nominations, Trump up for worst actor NEW YORK — John Travolta’s John Gotti biopic “Gotti” has topped the 39th annual Razzie Awards with a co-leading six nominations, while President Donald Trump also earned a nod for worst actor.In nominations announced Monday, “Gotti,” the Will Ferrell comedy “Holmes & Watson,” conservative provocateur Dinesh D’Souza’s “Death of a Nation” and the R-rated puppet comedy “Happytime Murders” all earned six nominations.Nominated for worst picture are “Gotti,” ”The Happytime Murders,” ”Holmes & Watson,” ”Robin Hood” and “Winchester.”Along with Johnny Depp in “Sherlock Gnomes” and Travolta in “Gotti,” the Razzies nominated Trump in “Death of a Nation” and Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9” for worst actor. It also nominated Trump and “his self-perpetuating pettiness” for worst screen combo. Melania Trump was nominated for worst supporting actress.Winners will be revealed Feb. 23.The Associated Presscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more