President Obama Wishes Muslims Happy Ramadan

Rabat – President Obama issued a statement Sunday evening, extending best wishes to Muslims in the U.S. and around the world at the start of Islam’s holy month of Ramadan.In this speech to American Muslims and those around the world, the US president indirectly attacked Donald Trump’s call to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States.“I stand firmly with Muslim American communities in rejection of the voices that seek to divide us or limit our religious freedoms or civil rights,” he said “I stand committed to safeguarding the civil rights of all Americans no matter their religion or appearance. I stand in celebration of our common humanity and dedication to peace and justice for all,” the president added.Obama reaffirmed America’s commitment to diversity, stating that “We will continue to welcome immigrants and refugees into our nation, including those who are Muslim,” despite “the voices that seek to divide us,” expressing his willingness to host Muslims at the White House during Islam’s holy month of Ramadan.Last year, President Obama hosted an Iftar dinner at the White House to celebrate Ramadan, with about 40 Muslim Americans belonging to the diplomatic community, he welcomed members of Congress into the East Wing, serving varied Halal food. read more

Tobacco firm Reynolds American 4Q profit more than doubles on higher prices

Tobacco firm Reynolds American 4Q profit more than doubles on higher prices, lower legal costs AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email RICHMOND, Va. – Reynolds American Inc.’s fourth-quarter profit more than doubled as higher prices and lower legal expenses offset a decline in cigarette sales, and it benefited from an easy comparison with last year.The results from the nation’s second-biggest tobacco company Tuesday missed Wall Street expectations, however, and its shares dipped in morning trading.The maker of Camel and Pall Mall cigarettes said the number of cigarettes sold by its R.J. Reynolds Tobacco subsidiary fell about 9 per cent during the quarter to 15.6 billion.Reynolds American and other tobacco companies are also focusing on cigarette alternatives such as snuff, chewing tobacco and electronic cigarettes as tax hikes, smoking bans, health concerns and social stigma make the cigarette business tougher.When adjusting for trade inventory changes, the Winston-Salem, N.C.-based company said its cigarette volumes fell 7 per cent, compared with its estimated industry decline of 4 per cent.Volumes for Pall Mall fell more than 6 per cent and volumes for Camel fell 3.5 per cent. The brands account for more than 60 per cent of the company’s total cigarette volume. Shipments of its other brands, which include Winston, Kool, Doral and Salem, fell about 15 per cent.Camel’s market share increased 0.4 percentage points to 9 per cent of the U.S. market, while Pall Mall’s market share grew 0.2 percentage points to 9.1 per cent.The company has promoted Pall Mall as a longer-lasting and more affordable cigarette as smokers weather the weak economy and high unemployment.Volume for its smokeless tobacco brands including Grizzly and Kodiak rose about 8 per cent compared with a year ago. The brands had a 33.3 per cent share of the U.S. retail market, though that market is tiny compared with cigarettes.Reynolds American also said it plans to significantly expand its Vuse-brand electronic cigarette outside of Colorado and Utah by the middle of 2014.The number of Natural American Spirit cigarettes it sold grew nearly 10 per cent to about 1 billion cigarettes.Reynolds American earned $292 million, or 54 cents per share, for the quarter ended Dec. 31, up from $139 million, or 25 cents per share, in the year-ago period that included pension and trademark-related charges.Adjusted earnings were 77 cents per share, missing Wall Street expectations by 4 cents.Revenue excluding excise taxes fell about 2 per cent to $2.04 billion. Analysts polled by FactSet expected revenue of $2.07 billion.For the full year, the company said its profit rose 35 per cent to $1.72 billion on revenue of $8.24 billion, excluding excise taxes.Reynolds American said Tuesday it expects full-year 2014 earnings in the range of $3.30 and $3.45 per share. Analysts expect $3.44 per share.Its shares fell $1.20, or 2.5 per cent, to $47.61 in morning trading.___Michael Felberbaum can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/MLFelberbaum . FILE – In this Oct. 21, 2009 file photo, Camel cigarettes, a Reynolds American brand, are shown in Philadelphia. Reynolds American reports quarterly earnings on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) by Michael Felberbaum, The Associated Press Posted Feb 11, 2014 5:54 am MDT read more

Royal protection policies to be looked at as grandmother hit by Duke

The Duke of Cambridge visited a training session of the London Air Ambulance in January The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Royal Ascot yesterday Simon Morgan, who spent six years working for the Royal Protection Department, said that the officers followed the “gold standard”.He said: “Lots of other forces’ both in the UK and internationally come to the Met to look at how they do protection and protection driving in particular.“Convoys don’t tend to move that quickly and in urban areas they would generally travel below the speed limit.” Royal protection policies will be looked at in the wake of crash which saw an 83-year-old grandmother hospitalised by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s convoy.Irene Mayor was on Wednesday undergoing major surgery after being hit by a police outrider said to have been travelling on the wrong side of the road in front of a Range Rover carrying the Royals.The Duke and Duchess are “deeply concerned and saddened” by the accident and are hoping to visit Mrs Mayor in hospital in person.The widow’s family have now called for a review of safety surrounding the travel arrangements for the Royal Family.Her sister, Joyce Shore said that she “could so easily have been killed”.The crash, the fourth involving members of the Royal Family in the past seven months, is being investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.Investigators will look at the Royal protection policies which the Special Escort Group officer was following when the accident took place, it is understood. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Royal Ascot yesterday Mrs Mayor, who is an active member of her local non-conformist church, is a widow and lives with her daughter Fiona. Her family were at her bedside last night.Mrs Shore told the Telegraph: “She is stable, they are keeping her stable and she hasn’t spoken to anyone yet so we don’t know exactly what happened. Mrs Mayor had been shopping and was returning to her home in Richmond, south west London, at lunchtime on Monday when she was hit by the marked police motorcycle which witnesses say was driving on the wrong side of the road. The Duke of Cambridge visited a training session of the London Air Ambulance in January “I am more concerned about my sister than anything else.”She said that there should be a review of the safety surrounding Royal convoys.“We are not the first ones that this has happened to,” she said. “There was the crash with Prince Philip. This time it was the police officer that was involved, but they should be doing something.”The Duke of Edinburgh surrendered his driving licence after overturning his Land Rover in a crash in January and last week the the Duke of Kent was reported to have been involved in  a car crash with a student in Brighton.In March a convoy believed to be carrying the Countess of Wessex hit another car in Birmingham.An IOPC spokesman said: “If during an investigation we come across information that we feel that we should flag to either the college of policing or to the force, for example that they are putting people at risk or their might be a problem, then we will do that.”If a recommendation is made it will be down to the Metropolitan Police or the College of Policing to change the policies.A Scotland Yard spokesman said that it could not comment as an investigation was on-going. One pedestrian who went to her aid said: “The outrider was not going fast but the lady stepped out and was clipped by the bike’s wing mirror. She went spinning to the ground and was left with a severe cut to the back of her head.”Onlookers said that the police officer looked “grey and shocked”. He is currently assisting the IOPC as a witness.The car carrying the Duke and Duchess’ to the Garter Day ceremony at Windsor did not stop at the scene, in line with security policies, and the couple were unaware of the accident until they arrived. They have sent flowers and a hand written note to the family.It is believed that the Duke will also write to medical staff who attended that scene.One of the Air Ambulance doctors had already met Prince William, having been photographed with him in January when the Duke attended a training exercise of the London Air Ambulance charity, of which he is a patron. 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. read more

Artisan Z40 battery truck set for Kirkland Lake Gold

first_imgArtisan Vehicles, which describes itself as “the biggest game-changer among underground mining equipment OEMs”, is changing the game again with the Z40 haul truck.“Our new 40 t truck, the largest all battery powered truck ever to be put underground, will make its debut in January of 2018. Now mines that struggle with heat and ventilation have a new and more powerful tool to increase their production.”The Z40 Haul Truck is a ground up design that seamlessly integrates the most capable and proven battery electric powertrain available in the mining industry with the latest and most coveted features of any haul truck on the market today. “The Z40 raises the bar of what is possible and enables an all new level of production and cost reduction for underground hard rock mine companies.”“We have discovered a powerful combination,” said Mike Kasaba, Artisan’s CEO, “Using the very best techniques for machine design and our many years of experience with battery powertrains has led us to create a new class of machine. A class that directly impacts and improves underground production. Our truck’s capabilities, performance, and benefits on ventilation and cooling are changing the hauling equation in the most positive way in a generation.”Kirkland Lake Gold, a fast growing and innovative leader in the mining industry, will be the first customer for the Z40. “KLG continues to challenge conventional thinking and perceived limitations on production and cost reduction and their bets are paying off.””We believe in battery technology and in Artisan as our technology partner. Their machines are powerful and reliable and have helped us achieve our production targets at Macassa.” said Tony Makuch, CEO of Kirkland Lake Gold.last_img read more

Cork to get first publiclyowned artificial ski slope

first_imgA NEW PUBLICLY-owned ski slope is planned for Cork, and its owners hope that it will help fight obesity and encourage young people to get active.The Glen Resource Centre in Cork City is to receive €21,000 from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport towards the development of an artificial ski slope.Manager of the centre, Ray Watson, said they were delighted with the news, and had big plans for it.The slope will be the only one in Munster and it is hoped it will be opened in the second half of 2014.It will be 30 metres high and four metres wide, and will cater for children, young people and adults who are complete beginners.The slope will also cater for people with disabilities, and Watson said it is a very adaptable activity depending on people’s needs.Also planned for the slope are activities such as snowboarding and snow tubing.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Watson said that the difference between it and the other slopes in Ireland – there are two – is that it will become the first local authority /public authority ski facility.The Glen Resource Centre is owned by Cork City Council and is run by a board. The motivation for it is we’re always trying to come up with new ways of getting people active. We’re trying to target those people who are basically sitting on the couch.He said he hopes the slope could be the catalyst for people to try out skiing and spur them on to try even more physical activities.“We are very conscious of the obesity epidemic in the country,” said Watson, explaining that they aim to get children involved in activities from a young age.“We wanted to dispel the myths that skiing can be seen as an elitist activity,” he said. The Glen Resource Centre is based in a disadvantaged area on Cork’s northside and has a huge range of unusual activities, including a zip wire and zorbing.“We’ve made all of those as accessible and affordable as possible to people in the wider community,” he said.There has been a “huge interest” in the slope so far, said Watson, who anticipates it will be very popular.Read: NAMA dismisses as hoax a proposed dry ski slope for central Dublin>Read: New €430 million ski slope for Louth ‘to open next year’>last_img read more

New Android for Twitter makes it easier to seach tweets

first_imgThere’s a new version of Twitter for Android phones, and even though it doesn’t really make the process of tweeting that much easier, it adds a lot of new ways to search through what everyone else is tweeting about.Among the changes in Twitter 2.0 for Android are the introduction of universal search, as well as opening up search functions without signing into Twitter. Previously, the app required you to have an account to even browse through the Twittering trends.When you are signed in, you’ll see a new notification bar at the top where it’s simpler to see direct messages and new tweets/alerts. And finally, the last major update is that it automatically syncs your address book with Twitter matches. So, if you have Joe Smith, joesmith@joesmith.com, in your address book, and Twitter recognizes that name and matching contact info, you’ll get to see Joe’s tweets automatically.The update is available now for virtually all Android users.Via Android Guyslast_img read more

Samaras pleads for solidarity in Brussels

first_imgWith Greece facing the possibility of further austerity measures next year and with its looming financing gap making a third bailout – and subsequent consolidation program – appear highly likely, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras travelled to Brussels yesterday to plead for greater solidarity from its lenders.Speaking at an event held in honor of the late Constantine Karamanlis, Samaras stressed that Greece and its people were making a big effort to live up to its commitments. He expressed his hope the Greece’s creditors would also stand by the country.The prime minister’s visit came a few hours after a meeting of eurozone finance ministers in Luxembourg, where European Central Bank executive board member Joerg Asmussen suggested that Greece would need to make further savings or increase its revenues next year to cover a fiscal gap. Greek Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras insisted that Asmussen did not repeat this claim, made to reporters, during the Eurogroup. But according to the Greek daily Kathimerini EU sources have claimed that Greece might have to find an extra 2 billion euros next year on top of about 4 billion it has already planned to save in the draft budget.The next stumbling block is the financing gap, which Asmussen suggested could be as high as 6 billion euros. The ECB official ruled out the possibility of the bank, or other eurozone central banks, rolling over the Greek bonds they hold to cover the gap.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Benjamin Pavard denies Bayern Munich move

first_imgVfb Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard has denied agreeing a summer move to join Bayern Munich.The Frenchman has been linked with a move to the Bundesliga champions all season-long and recent reports claimed an agreement over a transfer is already in place.However, the 22-year-old insists his future remains uncertain.“I’ve not signed anything with Bayern,” Pavard said, according to FourFourTwo.“The interest of such a club makes me happy, but I’m focused on Stuttgart today. I don’t think about next summer.”Pavard also said he wanted a Frenchman to win the Ballon d’Or award, after Luka Modric pipped Antoine Griezmann and Raphael Varane to the award.RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“I’d have liked a Frenchman to win it,” he said. “Players like Raphael Varane, who’s the only one to have won the World Cup and the Champions League in the same year, or Antoine Griezmann had a great year. They would have deserved it.”Pavard says his own stock among fans in his homeland has increased significantly since his performances in Russia.“In France, and especially Paris, I can’t take the metro. I have to put my hood up. But it’s a fame I live with well,” he added.“When I was little, I wanted to become a professional player. Now I’ve done it, I want to win trophies. I have already won the most beautiful trophy. I hope there will be others. In any case, I won’t complain about being recognised.”last_img read more

Offduty PDX inspector busted for bringing heroin to school

first_imgClackamas County Sheriff’s Deputies attribute the recent arrest of an off-duty U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer and his fiance to just good old fashioned responsible police work.A routine traffic stop conducted by a Clackamas County Sheriff’s Deputy on October 8, 2010 resulted in the arrest of a female driver identified as Jamie Yvonne McFadden, 27, of Damascus.During this traffic stop, the investigating Deputy Sheriff discovered a substantial amount of drug paraphernalia and drug residue in the McFadden vehicle. It was also learned that Jamie McFadden has an established criminal history related to drugs. On this earlier occasion, Jamie McFadden was transported to the Clackamas County Jail and lodged with a charge of Possession of a controlled substance – meth.This arrest of McFadden triggered an alert to the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS); which, requested the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office assist with a follow-up investigation to ensure the health and welfare of any minor children possibly associated with the McFadden residence in Damascus.On Thursday, October 14, 2010 at approximately 2:30 p.m. a DHS Case worker, accompanied by Clackamas County Deputy Sheriff’s, intercepted McFadden at a school as she arrived on campus in a 1990, Dodge, Pick-up truck.last_img read more

Inmate hospitalized after transport van collides with truck in West MiamiDade

first_imgWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – An inmate was taken to the hospital after the van he was traveling in was involved in a crash in West Miami-Dade.Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue crews responded to the two-vehicle crash, located along Northwest 41st Street and 127th Avenue just after 11:45 a.m., Monday.The man was transported to the hospital by a private ambulance. Officials said he was in stable condition when he arrived7Skyforce HD captured skid marks on the road where the other vehicle, a truck with a vehicle trailer attached, remained stopped.Miami-Dade Police said the inmate transport van collided with the trailer from behind.The driver of the truck was not hurt.The other inmates that were in the van were transferred to another van and transported to the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, where they were originally headed. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Give befitting reply to BNPJamaat propaganda Hasina

first_imgBangladesh Awami League president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina exchanges views with leaders of the All European Awami League (AEAL) at Hotel Claridges in London on 22 April. Photo: PIDBangladesh Awami League president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina Sunday directed the All European Awami League (AEAL) leaders to give a befitting reply to what she said BNP-Jamaat propaganda against the country and government abroad, reports BSS.”The BNP-Jamaat nexus, who amassed huge amount of money through illegal ways, is now carrying out false propaganda against the country and the government abroad through various means. So, you’ll have to give a befitting reply to it,” she said when a delegation of the AEAL leaders called on her at her hotel suite here this morning in London, UK.The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is the main opposition political party led by Hasina’s arch enemy Khaleda Zia who landed in jail in last February and Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami is a longstanding ally of BNP.AEAL president Anil Das Gupta and general secretary MA Gani led the delegation.PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.He said the European Awami League leaders apprised the prime minister of different aspects of the organisation.The press secretary said the prime minister also gave directives to the leaders to further strengthen the organisation and maintain unity among them.Sheikh Hasina recalled about how the AL was formed in Europe amid adverse situation after the brutal assassination of Bangabandhu in 1975.In this connection, she asked the present leadership of the European Awami League to properly evaluate those veteran leaders, who played a crucial role in organising Awami League in Europe at that time.”The Awami League will have to move ahead through combined coordination of its young and veteran leaders,” she commented.Hasina claimed that she personally tolerated much pain and sacrificed a lot only for the cause of the country’s development.last_img read more

PM returns home from Australia

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina returned home from Sydney in the early hours of Monday wrapping up her three-day official visit to Australia to join the Global Summit of Women.In the summit, the prime minister was conferred on the prestigious Global Women’s Leadership Award-2018.A Thai Airways flight carrying the prime minister and her entourage members landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka at 12:50am.On her way home from Sydney, the prime minister made a nearly one hour stopover in the Thai capital of Bangkok.Earlier, the prime minister departed Kingsford Smith International Airport in Sydney for Dhaka at 4:00pm local time (12 noon BST).Bangladesh high commissioner to Australia Md Sufiur Rahman saw the prime minister off at the airport.In Sydney, the prime minister received the Global Women’s Leadership Award-2018 on Friday at a gala dinner at International Convention Centre (ICC).The US-based Global Summit of Women conferred the award on Sheikh Hasina for her leadership in women’s education and entrepreneurship in Bangladesh.The prime minister held a meeting with Australian counterpart Malcom Turnbull at his residence on Saturday, while Vietnamese vice president Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh and Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop called on her in the Intercontinental Sydney Hotel.Sheikh Hasina visited Western Sydney University and joined a community event at Sofitel Hotel in Sydney on Saturday.last_img read more

Finally Bitcoin Is Coming to Merchants Who Use PayPals Braintree

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Ending weeks of fervent speculation, PayPal has made it official: its mobile payment processing unit Braintree will soon start accepting Bitcoin payments.As expected, the subsidiary, which PayPal scooped up for $800 million in cash last September, has joined forces with Coinbase to integrate “One Touch” Bitcoin payments in the coming months. The exact date the first cryptocash payments through Braintree will begin rolling isn’t yet available.Braintree CEO Bill Ready announced the big Bitcoin news yesterday at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco.Related: 5 Reasons Merchants Should Start Accepting Bitcoin Now“This is PayPal making a move to embrace Bitcoin,” Ready said during his talk at the popular tech industry event. Braintree quickly followed Ready’s reveal with a blog post offering more on the news.Coming soon to a checkout near you – a seamless Bitcoin experience w. Braintree + @coinbase! Join merchant beta: coinbase@getbraintree.com.— Braintree (@braintree) September 8, 2014“At PayPal, we’re excited by Braintree’s announcement to add bitcoin to the payment methods they support on their innovative mobile payments platform,” a PayPal spokesperson told Entrepreneur.com this morning.Chicago-based Braintree is the latest high-profile company to partner with Coinbase. The San Francisco-based Bitcoin exchange and wallet service processes Bitcoin payments for some 36,000 merchants, including Overstock.com, OkCupid, 1-800-Flowers and DISH Network.Related: PayPal Unit Reportedly in Talks to Accept BitcoinMany of Braintree’s partners are equally recognizable big-name firms. They include several hot tech startups like Airbnb, Basecamp, Dropbox, Hotel Tonight, LivingSocial, OpenTable, TaskRabbit and Uber, all of which could soon see their customers paying in Bitcoin thanks to Braintree.PayPal’s flirtation with Bitcoin integration has been percolating for months, with eBay CEO John Donahoe dropping hints at the company’s annual shareholder meeting last May that it was getting more serious about the world’s first digital currency.Yesterday, ahead of Braintree’s announcements, the eBay-owned company directly heralded its support for Bitcoin in a minute-long teaser video titled “PayPal Voices.” The minute-long clip, posted on PayPal’s official YouTube page, set the greater Bitcoin community ablaze on social media yesterday with speculation that perhaps PayPal is finally making a move to embrace Bitcoin in and of itself, outside of its Braintree subsidiary.Related: PayPal Is Cracking Down on Bitcoin Sellers“Our phone is our wallet,” a rapid-fire stream of actors, aka “the voices of the people economy,” chimed in unison, 10 seconds into the hectic, fast forward-style vignette. “We can spend bitcoin with a tap, without a pocket.”Related: Blockchain Returns to the Apple App Store After Bitcoin BanNo need for rumors. PayPal told Entrepreneur.com that it is indeed toying with ways to integrate Bitcoin. Exactly how remains to be seen. The company’s still weighing its options. Maybe the Braintree-Coinbase alliance is PayPal’s version of a trial run. We’ll see.Our One Touch #tech and #Bitcoin integration enables a more seamless and secure payment experience: http://t.co/iLORJ3gPGd. #paypalit— PayPal (@PayPal) September 8, 2014“We do believe that bitcoin will play an important role in payments in the future and we’re actively considering ways to work with it within PayPal,” the spokesperson said, “but for now we have nothing to announce.”Related: How Bitcoin Is Fueling a New Payments Battlefield 3 min readcenter_img Register Now » September 9, 2014last_img read more

Two of this years most enjoyable TV shows are about gay serial

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Versace and his lover, Antonio | Photo: IMDB/FXAnd in the case of ACS, it tells a true story, one that cannot be erased from history.The Alienist makes more mistakes than ACS, even if it is just following the book. Not only is it about the murder of children, some of whom are figuring out their gender expression and others forced into horrible situations out of desperation, but it makes other questionable choices, especially with characters of colors.Yet despite these facts, both shows are immensely enjoyable.But in a time where the Bury Your Gays trope is alive and well, and dangerous, should we be advocating for shows like these? After all, there’s a reason the benign nature and happy ending of Love, Simon is being discussed and lauded so much.Does representation have to be positive for it to matter? Do these shows count as representation if some of the material is negative?Navigating the mazeThere’s typically a simple answer: It’s okay to enjoy problematic things, as long as you understand why they’re problematic.But the guilt can be real. Week after week, my roommate and I planted ourselves on the couch for the new episode of The Alienist. We cooed and gushed over it, despite its subject matter — and knowing this very dark, real world.Separating art from reality can be a difficult thing. Luckily with these two pieces, it is not a matter of the people behind the camera being controversial, making it difficult to support any work they do. While both killers in the two shows are in the wrong, wholly and completely, it is important to understand they exist in the world of their shows. It is not about the creators behind the camera harboring homophobic attitudes — which can, and has happened.Dakota Fanning in The Alienist | Photo: IMDB/TNTIt is a matter, however, of acknowledging their subject matters, and the weariness of queer stories constantly being about struggles and horror and pain, and assessing how the products address them.I’ll be the first to admit it: I’m tired of queer stories constantly being about prejudice or death or ostracization. For once, I want a romantic comedy with all the tropes of the classics, but with two queer leads. I don’t want the ar I constume to constantly remind me of a world that can be cruel. I see that in the news enough.But I couldn’t help liking these shows. Maybe it was simply because they were well-made. Maybe some things, even if they are depressing, are worth it. The answer can be both of these and more. Though they occasionally made my stomach churn, and forced me to examine my own enjoyment of them, ultimately I simply had to accept that it is possible to feel a myriad of things for a piece of pop culture and not wade too deep into the murky waters.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Gay of Thrones Returns to the internet as Game of Thrones returns to TVOn the Latch: 6 diverse men talk sex, race and everything gayIcons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/alienist-versace-gay-serial-killers-shows/ But I’m getting ahead of myself.The shows in question are American Crime Story (ACS): The Assassination of Gianni Versace on FX and The Alienist on TNT.The first is based on real-life events and follows the first season of Ryan Murphy’s wildly successful series, The People v. O.J. Simpson. It stars the likes of Darren Criss, Penelope Cruz, and Ricky Martin.The second, meanwhile, is a period piece based on the fiction novel of the same name by Caleb Carr. This series stars Luke Evans, Daniel Brühl, and Dakota Fanning.Examining gay serial killersThe shows are very different, but in their common thread, men who kill and disrupt the LGBTQ community, albeit in different times and ways, there is something fascinating at work. And potentially alarming, given the very real, alleged gay serial killer who recently put Toronto through heartbreaking trauma.Set primarily in the 1990s, ACS examines the serial killer Andrew Cunan (Criss) who claimed Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace (Édgar Ramírez) as his fifth and final victim in 1997.As series, Murphy paints ACS with deliberate and analytical strokes. It is a show whose every decision, every beat is carefully thought about and completed. While emotions run deep in each episode, supported by phenomenal performances from its entire cast, there is something eerie and cold about it as well.Daniel Brühl and Luke Evans in The Alienist | Photo: IMDB/TNTThe Alienist is a messier series, but one that is just as emotional. It’s character-driven, as opposed to adhering strictly to its plot.It takes place in mid-1890s New York City and follows a small group hunting down a serial killer plaguing the city. While the killer himself may not be gay, he targets young and teen boys who dress as girls and prostitute themselves to men, largely due to forced circumstances.This series looks less at the commentaries of gender and sexuality, and cares more about what it means to kill. Brühl’s character, Kreizler, is an alienist, an archaic term for a psychiatrist or psychologist. Inter-personal relationships, prejudice, and classism are all explored in the show. It cares more about its narrative and characters, up against the all-at-once grimy and decadent backdrop of New York City.Both series care about their tones and aesthetic. They are committed to them. They do, however, beg questions of representation and whether or not it should be good or bad.Enjoying problematic thingsDeveloping a TV show about a gay serial killer in and of itself is not wrong. After all, neither of these shows want you to root for the serial killers. While ACS gives a more fully-developed look at Cunan than the killer in the Alienist (done deliberately), their crimes are presented honestly and without sympathy. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- Somewhere in the middle of early 2018’s television season, a thought struck me: Two of the shows I’ve most enjoyed are about gay serial killers.Then came the onslaught of questions. What does this say about me? What does this say about these shows? Are they, to use the well-worn but apt word, problematic?last_img read more

Flight Centre Travel Group launches 4th Dimension

first_imgThe Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) has launched 4th Dimension, its new Australian based consulting division, representing a new approach to advisory services for the corporate travel market.4th Dimension will offer private and public organisations unique travel benchmarking services, as well as advisory services for airline and hotel rate sourcing, program analysis and contract procurement, through leveraging travel data from FCTG’s global network and third party sources.“FCTG has recognised the potential for significant organic and new client growth through consulting and views 4th Dimension as a strategic expansion of the group’s current offering in the corporate market,” FCTG Australian corporate division executive general manager John Veitch said.4th Dimension is FCTG’s sixth corporate business to launch in Australia and it will work alongside FCTG’s other key corporate brands including; Stage and Screen Travel Services, Campus Travel, Corporate Traveller, FCm Travel Solutions and Cievents.“The corporate travel market is now as diversified as the leisure market and FCTG’s expansion in the corporate sector to date reflects this diversity with dedicated brands offering specialised services and with the establishment of 4th Dimension, we now have a highly experienced team to provide dedicated support for companies looking to outsource aspects such as contract procurement, rate sourcing, benchmarking and provide strategies for program process enhancements.”Led by the company’s senior advisor, Virginia Fitzpatrick, the 4th Dimension main office will be based in Sydney and consist of a highly experienced team of industry professionals with backgrounds in travel, finance and procurement.“These are complex areas of corporate travel management that require broader research, planning and sophisticated analysis tools which my team of sourcing contractors and commercial analysts have access to,” Ms. Fitzpatrick said.Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovichlast_img read more

AmeriFirst Announces Hiring of Patrick Mars as Area Manager and Loan Officer

first_img AmeriFirst HOUSING mortgage Patrick Mars 2017-11-13 Rachel Williams in Headlines, News, Origination Headquartered in Kalamazoo, Michigan, AmeriFirst Home Mortgage is an independent community mortgage lender founded in 1983 by Mark Jones and David Gahm. AmeriFirst Home Mortgage, a division of AmeriFirst Financial Corp., announced that it’s broadening its Central Florida lending team by adding a new Area Manager and Loan Officer, Patrick Mars, to its Winter Park branch. AmeriFirst Home Mortgage provides FHAA, VA loans, rural development mortgages, conventiona,l and renovation lending products.Mars brings nearly 20 years of experience to the role and is charged with growing market share throughout Central Florida while guiding clients throughout the mortgage process.“I have known Patrick for many years, and had the privilege of having him on my lending team when we worked together at a previous company. His leadership ability is outstanding, and his customers rave about him,” said Doug Long, Southeast Regional President.“I wanted to join the firm because of its supportive culture and family atmosphere. It’s an organization that I truly want to represent in our marketplace,” said Mars. AmeriFirst Announces Hiring of Patrick Mars as Area Manager and Loan Officercenter_img November 13, 2017 574 Views Sharelast_img read more

The Drivers Impacting Home Buying Decisions

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Share Homebuyer enthusiasm is on the wane driven by rising home prices, according to the latest quarterly Modern Homebuyer Survey released by ValueInsured on Wednesday.The survey revealed that housing confidence amongst American homebuyers, led by millennials, had seen a steady decline in the previous 12 months. In the third quarter of 2018, the survey said that the percentage of millennials who believed that buying a home today was a good investment dropped to 48 percent from 54 percent in the previous quarter. This was also a steep drop from the high of 77 percent recorded by the survey in 2016.Millennials are also not very enthusiastic about buying a home over renting. The survey revealed that 61 percent of millennials believed it was beneficial to buy a home instead of renting one, down from 83 percent during the same period in 2016. “While 76 percent of all homeowners believe that now is a good time to sell a home, only 39 percent of millennials who want to become homeowners believe now is a good time to buy a home,” the survey said.The ValueInsured Housing Confidence Index for millennials also registered a low score of 56.9 on a hundred-point scale in Q3 2018, declining 1.7 points from Q2 and 10.1 points from the same period last year.“Conventional wisdom assumed millennials were buying homes later because they chose to get married and have children later,” says Joe Melendez, CEO, and Founder of ValueInsured.  “New research now suggests homeownership may be the cause, not the effect, of a delayed family formation. It is an alarming trend, and we see more acute evidence in the expensive housing regions.”Even among millennials who are interested and motivated to buy a home today, their decision comes with a lot of anxiety, the survey revealed. The top concern? They would not save enough to buy the home they wanted. The survey found that 67 percent of millennials were concerned that they would not be able to save enough for a home that they actually liked. Fifty-two percent said that a home they bought now was likely to drop in value within a year, while 49 percent of those willing to buy a home now were concerned that rising mortgage rates could make homes that were currently within their budget become unaffordable later.To learn more about what millennial homebuyers want and how lenders can reach out to them,  join MReport’s webinar Hottest Buyers on the Block: Reaching Millennials, presented by Ellie Mae. At this webinar, experts will discuss the latest millennial homebuyer trends, lender strategies to reach out to this market segment, and how digital channels can help. Click below to register for this webinar. The Drivers Impacting Home Buying Decisionscenter_img Home owners Homebuyers homes HOUSING Millennials valueinsured 2018-08-15 Radhika Ojha August 15, 2018 772 Views last_img read more

Turkish Cypriots ready for change

first_imgWITH the Cyprus talks now in suspension for a potentially long period, Turkish Cypriot main opposition parties will focus their campaigns in the early parliamentary election on domestic issues, according to experts.Their primary focus will be to target the ruling UBP-DP coalition for what they claim has been 18 months of pandering to its supporters through the calculated distribution of privileges aimed specifically to build up their potential vote.Recent polls show the conservative UBP still in the lead but it is hotly pursued by its old rival, the left-wing CTP, with newcomer HP, the social democratic party established by former Cyprus Problem negotiator and law professor Kudret Ozersay, in close pursuit.Both CTP and HP recite a litany of grievances against the UBP-DP coalition’s abuse of power. They argue that the minority ruling arrangement has been unsatisfactory and that the coalition should be called to task and for the good of the people held accountable sooner rather than later, hence the opposition demand for a new election date of January 7 rather than the original “early” election date of April 2018 that was agreed by the Turkish Cypriot “parliament” last year.“This is a minority government that has never been properly elected and continues to function with the support of the independent MPs who have declared that in the next elections they will join the UBP,” says CTP MP Fazilet Ozdenefe.Her party won the 2013 election with a highest number of votes but ended up removed from power after its coalition partner UBP decided to leave the alliance and entered in a new coalition with DP at the beginning of 2016.“Since then, they have been distributing various privileges that benefit themselves and people from their inner circle. They give away land, citizenships, university licences. They have tried to change the planning permission criteria in order to build more high-rise buildings, hotels and casinos in Kyrenia. They face a ‘full-blown’ parliamentary probe over the alleged mismanagement of public funds during the 300-million-euro privatisation of Ercan airport,” the indignant CTP MP states.HP leader Ozersay concurs and similarly itemises some of the reigning coalition’s controversial and contentious transactions.“Allocation of the state properties to their supporters, issuing various kinds of licences and permits without adhering to the law, allocation of public finances via public banks as credits without ensuring that they will be paid back, uncontrolled and unnecessary recruitment of temporary staff to the state administration and semi-public organisations, the granting of high numbers of citizenships under the discretionary powers of the cabinet of ministers.” Ozersay enumerates the list, concluding that “certain damages” resulting from the coalition’s ill-considered if self-serving actions “are irreversible”. This is why, he states flatly, “we don’t want to wait for the elections any longer.”In their evaluation of the current governing set-up, opposition politicians are supported by experts.“Almost all UBP’s policies could be subject to challenge as to whether or not they are in full compliance with the constitution,” says Ahmet Sozen, an international relations expert at the East-Mediterranean University in Famagusta.“Some would content that theirs is a ‘classic example of bad governance’. Many claim they are just distributing goodies for their supporters. On top of this, many people see the way they behave towards Turkey as if they were holier than the pope – they do things even without being asked.”Sozen claims many traditional UBP supporters have watched the party’s governing actions in disbelief and that HP’s pledges to clean up the politics of the north by way of good governance and an emphasis on social justice policies may tempt some in UBP to switch their allegiance and their votes.He believes this contributed to the ‘PM’s’ recent volte face and sudden acceptance of an earlier election.Turkish Cypriot PM Huseyin Ozgurgun ‘came to the conclusion that the longer UBP stay in power, the more votes they risk losing’According to Sozen, Huseyin Ozgurgun came to the conclusion that the longer UBP “stay in power”, the more votes they risk losing. Instead, “he decided that it is better to accelerate the distribution [of political largesse] within the next couple of months and go to the election earlier, capitalising on the fact that right now they are in power and in a position to do it”.Other sources claim that Ozgurgun, faced with internal rivals believes that now while he is in office puts him in an advantageous position to outmanoeuvre them. On another level, there are those who believe that certain high officials in UBP might be vulnerable to criminal charges for some of their actions to date and that an earlier election victory might be the best way of securing immunity.Sozen for one acknowledges that UBP is still quite capable of winning the elections, albeit with a lower percentage of the vote. They are, he notes, the only party geared up for election at this point in time insofar as most of their candidates have been determined and theirs is a familiar nationalist platform to campaign on.Whether it is enough will be determined by the actions of their rivals and the list of candidates they propose.Mine Yucel, director of the Centre for Migration, Identity and Rights Studies (CMIRS), believes that right now CTP and HP are in a fight against each other for second position, but suggests that everything can change.“The first three places are still open in this race. HP and CTP will be running for the second place but if HP leader Ozersay gets stronger and manages to lure more votes from the UBP he can even go for the first place,” says Yucel.She points out that according to the latest poll conducted by her think tank, potential voters in the north are in a mixed frame of mind right now. It is significant, she says, that over 17 per cent of the electorate remains undecided, that over 20 per cent indicate they won’t vote and that more than 7 per cent, rather than vote for a particular party, would prefer to opt for a personally selected candidate under the north’s procedure called “karma [mixed] vote”. Of course, as election time nears, all these figures will change. The undecided, for example, tend to hold off making their minds up until within a fortnight of polling day.This poll by Yucel’s organisation shows a majority of respondents saying that honesty, sincerity and clean politics are key factors in determining who they will decide to vote for.In addition to luck and an ability to gauge the mind of the electorate accurately, observers of the political scene don’t doubt that HP and CTP have their work cut out to organise their campaigns in such a way as to reach and persuade the electorate that they can bring about change to the benefit of all and put an end to perceived cronyism.Yucel says that according to her latest poll, support for CTP is increasing. However, it is too early to say whether the party has convinced its own core people that it has adequately addressed past difficulties on issues related to transparency and accountability.Ozdenefe, one of the most popular politicians in the north insists that it has. She says the party plans to take care of the north’s economics, health and education systems, as well as the public sector and to make sure they will all start functioning efficiently and properly.“Even if the solution was next year, we would still need to have it all sorted out,” she says. “This will help us both on the road towards the solution and afterwards too…”Meanwhile HP leader Ozersay says he has spent the last several months on the road, talking to a range of people about their concerns and expectations. His party’s manifesto offers a comprehensive response to the issues raised based on principles of good governance, transparency, accountability, and stresses a commitment to fight corruption and other dubious practices and to uphold and strengthen social justice.On one point he is adamant. “We don’t talk about the possibility of any coalition government. We ask people if they want a coalition, and if they believe that the things we are talking about can be achieved in a coalition. Their answer is always ‘no’, and we will follow this answer.”He is convinced that “people are ready for change and will vote for it”.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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