Vigil for Martin McGuinness at the GPO #Dublin pic.twitter.com/osUIP9uXqS— Mick Caul (@caulmick) March 21, 2017 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share350 Tweet Email3 By Cormac Fitzgerald LARGE CROWDS TURNED out in Derry, Dublin, Belfast and cities across Ireland and in Europe last night to hold vigils in memory of former Northern Ireland deputy first leader Martin McGuinness.The death of McGuinness was announced yesterday morning after he suffered from a short illness. He was 66.Friends, family and figures from across the political divide paid tribute to McGuinness yesterday, recognising the important role he played in bringing peace to Northern Ireland.He was also remembered internationally, with Bill Clinton among those paying their respects to the deceased former IRA fighter.Last night, huge crowds turned out in McGuinness’ hometown of Derry as his coffin was being carried to his house. Emmet McGuinness, a son of Northern Ireland’s former deputy first minister and ex-IRA commander Martin McGuinness, follows his father’s coffin to his home in Derry. Source: Niall Carson/PA WireLarge crowds turned out in Belfast and Dublin also to remember and pay their respects to McGuinness. 18 Comments Source: Mick Caul #Apr8/Twitter Large crowds turn out in Derry, Dublin and Belfast to remember Martin McGuinness The death of the former deputy first minister of Northern Ireland was announced yesterday. Mourners attend a vigil at the former site of the Andersontown Police Station in Belfast. There were also reports of smaller gatherings being held in cities across the country as well as further afield in Brussels and Scotland.McGuinness’ funeral is due to take place tomorrow afternoon at St Columba’s Church, followed by burial afterwards in the City Cemetery in Derry.Books of condolences will open today in Dublin, Cork and Derry. The flag above Leinster House will be flown at half-mast on the day of McGuinness’s funeral.Read: Coffin of Martin McGuinness carried to his home in DerryRead: ‘An IRA leader turned peacemaker’: How Martin McGuinness is being remembered internationally Paying tribute to Martin McGuinness tonight at the GPO with Dublin Mid West Sinn Féin activists & republican comrades from across Dublin. pic.twitter.com/VrKguJydG0— Eoin Ó Broin (@EOBroin) March 21, 2017 Wednesday 22 Mar 2017, 7:36 AM Mar 22nd 2017, 7:36 AM Source: Eoin O Broin/Twitter Mourners attend a vigil at the former site of the Andersontown Police Station in Belfast. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesIn Belfast, the crowd sang the popular song I Wish I was Back Home in Derry. Roise Morgan holds an image of Martin McGuinness during a vigil at the former site of the Andersontown Police Station in Belfast. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesLarge crowds were also present on O’Connell Street in Dublin in memory of the former deputy first minister. http://jrnl.ie/3300034 13,023 Views Mourners attend a vigil at the former site of the Andersontown Police Station in Belfast.
The Best and Most Loved Anime Series of All TimeJump Force is a Fighting Game With Favorite Shonen Action Heroes Movies like Dragonball Evolution, Tekken, and Ghost in the Shell have soured fans to live-action anime adaptations. Netflix is the latest to try their hand at bringing Japanese animation to life with Death Note.While we haven’t got to see a ton of it yet, there are some rays of sunshine on the horizon. Creators of the Death Note anime, Tsugumi Ohba, and Takeshi Obata have had a private screening of the film with Netflix version producer Masi Oka, and they love it.Masi Oka said it was a great moment for him going to Japan to show the movie to the original creators of Death Note. In an interview with LRM, Oka said, “it really just brought a tear to my eye, because I’m an otaku and a geek just like everyone.”For those readers who haven’t seen Death Note, the anime synopsis from Viz Media is:Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects—and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But will Light succeed in his noble goal, or will the Death Note turn him into the very thing he fights against? As you can see in the trailer blow, Death Note is shaping up to be at the very least unique. However, we and fans of the anime will have to save our final judgment for when the film debuts on Netflix on August 25.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target
Have you ever looked at your bank account and thought, “there’s just too much money in here?” Well, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have a solution for you. We’ve reached the point in our cordcutting future where so many companies have their own streaming service, we might as well have stuck with cable. But then we wouldn’t have all this great content we totally plan to watch one day. Warner Bros. is throwing its hat in that particular ring with the official announcement of their DC streaming service. They announced they were developing one back in 2016, but now it has a name: DC Universe.The service was announced on DC Comics’ website with a list of the original series you can expect to see with your subscription. Two of them we already knew about. There’s the Titans live-action series, which is sounding promising. It’s being produced by Greg Berlanti, who’s behind the CW Arrowverse shows. We probably shouldn’t expect any crossovers, because those are getting overcrowded as it is. But what better way to kick off your streaming service than with a show from the only person who’s managed to get an interconnected live-action DC universe off the ground? The other series we already knew about is the long-awaited third season of Young Justice. Those two alone make the service worth at least checking out, but the other two announced shows are really exciting.(Via DC Comics)DC is developing a Swamp Thing series. Details are pretty scarce right now, but The Hollywood Reporter says it’ll be co-written and showrun by Mark Verheiden, who wrote for Battlestar Galactica and Netflix’s Daredevil, and Gary Dauberman of the It movies. That’s some serious talent, and it only gets more promising when we learn that Aquaman-director James Wan is executive producing. The series sounds like it’ll follow the comics pretty closely.It will focus on Abby Arcane, a CDC researcher investigating a swamp-borne virus. She forms an attachment to scientist Alex Holland, who suffers a tragic accident. Those familiar with the character know where this is heading. He becomes the Swamp Thing, she still loves him and everyone else is a big ol’ dick about it. I’m speculating on that last bit, but that is kind of the story of Swamp Thing. We don’t know what stories the series will adapt, but we can hope for Alan Moore’s Saga of the Swamp Thing. Or some version of Brian K. Vaughan’s 2000 take on the character. Swamp Thing is one of DC’s most complex, emotionally resonant characters, and I’m excited to see how it makes the transition to TV.Also coming to the service is an animated series starring Harley Quinn. Not a ton is known about it other than it’ll be aimed at adults, and is created by the executive producers behind Powerless. That show was fun while it lasted. They certainly have the humor needed to build a series around Harley Quinn. Also, that other Superman prequel series Metropolis has been pushed back and is being completely redeveloped. Why, into what, we don’t know. It was originally going to focus on Lois Lane and Lex Luthor before Superman arrived in the city.We don’t know much else about any of the announced shows or the DC Universe streaming service at this point. DC has yet to announce a launch date or a price point, nor have they said what else the service will include. Personally, I’m hoping for a Marvel Unlimited-style comics subscription.Melissa Benoist in Supergirl (Photo via CW)Over on the movie side of things, Zack Snyder has been answering fan questions on the VERO app. There, he dropped some hints at where he would have taken the DCEU. His most interesting reveal: He was planning to bring Supergirl to the big screen. A fan on Reddit posted Zack’s answers. First, he mentioned that the escape pod seen in the Man of Steel prequel comic probably was not Kara. As for his plans for Supergirl in the DCEU, he said “It’s a long answer. I think for another time.” So it’s still possible she might show up.Snyder went just a little bit further when asked what his plans for Kara were. “There’s another way to get her that we put right in plain sight,” he wrote. So that implies there’s a Supergirl Easter egg somewhere in Batman v Superman that nobody’s found yet. Warner Bros. has been doing everything it can to distance itself from that movie, but if it got us a big screen Supergirl… well, at least one good thing would come if it.He didn’t get much more concrete than that, but a DCEU take on Kara Zor-El would definitely have been interesting. Hopefully, it would have taken at least some cues from Melissa Benoist’s version of the character from the CW show. It already gave us a more recognizable Superman than Man of Steel or BvS could. Hopefully, the movies wouldn’t repeat the mistake with Supergirl.HENRY CAVILL as Superman (via Warner Bros.)As for what’s next for Superman, it’s most likely a sequel to Justice League, but that might not be what Henry Cavill wants. He’s looking to make another solo flick, according to an interview with Collider. Cavill only has one more movie in his contract, and that most likely means Justice League 2, which despite the disappointing reviews and box office performance, is still happening. What isn’t on Warner Bros.’ planned slate of films is Man of Steel 2. And Cavill really wants to make that movie. He says he’s doing everything he can to make it happen.“I’m having a lot of conversations, behind-the-scenes, with certain people and we will hopefully be having conversations with other people who are also behind-the-scenes to make things start happening,” he said. “It is very much in my desire to do a Man of Steel 2, a direct sequel to Man of Steel, and there is a whole bunch of Superman story that I want to tell.”He’s right that there’s so much more of Superman’s story that would make great movies. And as many problems as I had with Man of Steel and BvS, Cavill wasn’t one of them. I genuinely like him as Superman. It’s what the stories chose to do with the character I disliked. And the fact that Cavill is this passionate about getting it made is a promising sign that, not only will it happen, it could turn out to be good. Especially when combined with Warner Bros.’ desire to make the DCEU version more in line with the inspiring, optimistic character from the comics. 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Scientists in Europe successfully transferred a test-tube rhinoceros embryo back into a female.The operation is part of a larger effort to repopulate the near-extinct northern white rhino by fertilizing eggs from the species’ only two remaining animals—both females who can’t bear children.The world’s last male northern white rhinoceros passed away in March 2018: Sudan, 45, was being treated for age-related health issues and a series of infections. He died at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, where he lived under 24-hour armed surveillance for almost a decade.The bull’s death left only his offspring—daughter Najin and granddaughter Fatu—to maintain and advance the species.They can’t do it alone, though: An international team of experts, led by Germany’s Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Leibniz-IZW), is pursuing two approaches to save the species.The first requires egg cells be harvested from Najin and Fatu and exposed to the late Sudan’s sperm (which has been stored in liquid nitrogen). The embryo, obtained by in-vitro fertilization, was transferred into the uterus of a southern white rhinoceros in late May.Despite successful growth in the surrogate mother, scientists believe the embryo was not able to implant itself in the uterine lining. Additional embryo transfers will be carried out in the near future. Hopefully one of those will stick.“The BioRescue research project can play an important role in the conservation of species diversity because it significantly advances existing approaches for species conservation,” Leibniz-IZW project leader Thomas Hildebrandt said in a statement.If that doesn’t work, there’s always plan B: convert skin cells into pluripotent stem cells (capable of producing any cell or tissue the body needs to repair itself), then mature them into primordial germ cells (PGC), which can generate reproductive gametes (sperm or oocytes).The final result, according to Leibniz-IZW, will be a “self-sustaining, genetically healthy population” of northern white rhinoceroses that can survive in the wild.“Due to the small number of eggs and sperm available, the stem cell approach is important in order to increase the genetic variability of the population,” the Institute said in a press release.Consumer demand in China and Vietnam has escalated illegal hunting over the past 10 years; since 2013, South Africa lost more than 1,000 rhinos each year to poachers, who sell the horns for use in purported health tonics and carvings.Sudan served as a global ambassador for his species, appearing in campaigns and public service announcements, and making appearances alongside public figures like pro basketball player Yao Ming.“Thanks to the impressive combination of different research approaches and the great dedication shown by those involved,” according to Michael Meister, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Education and Research, “there is now both the possibility and the hope that we will be able to preserve critically endangered species such as the northern white rhinoceros.”In April, a Greater One Horned Indian Rhinoceros was born at Florida’s Zoo Miami—the first successful birth of this species as a result of induced ovulation and artificial insemination.The Greater One Horned Indian Rhino is considered a highly vulnerable species: fewer than 3,000 are left in the wilds of India and Nepal.More on Geek.com:Tam, Malaysia’s Last Male Sumatran Rhino, DiesRhino Poacher Reportedly Killed by Elephant, Eaten by LionsScientists Capture Rare Photos of the World’s Most Endangered Rhino Stay on target Zoo Officials Slam Visitors for Carving Names on Rhino’s Back’Historic’: Artificially Conceived Southern White Rhino Born at SD Zoo
YAKIMA — Authorities in Washington state arrested a 16-year-old boy on suspicion of raping a jogger.The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the Yakima City Police Department says a 19-year-old woman told police she was jogging Wednesday when a man attacked and raped her. The suspect ran off after the attack, and the woman ran to a parking lot at a nearby park for help.Police say she was treated and released from a local hospital.Authorities say an officer spotted someone matching the suspect’s description near Kiwanis Park and detained him.The suspect was booked into the Yakima County Juvenile Justice Center on suspicion of second-degree rape.
By MUHAMMED S. BAHDr. Ismaila Ceesay, political science lecturer at the University of The Gambia who was held in police custody since yesterday was freed this morning.Late last night when he was released he insisted that he would not leave until the police clearly explain to him what he had done. This morning after he left the premises of the police headquarters where he was held he explained that he was called by the IGP to his office and in the presence of the Deputy IGP he was told that he should leave the premises of the police and go home.PIU officers were also seen ordering activists and students who came to show solidarity to Dr. Ceesay to vacate the premises.Some of them were heard saying that Gambia has passed the stage where citizens cannot freely express.Read story on his arrest http://foroyaa.gm/utgs-dr-ceesay-held-in-custody/
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 22, 2017 – Nassau – Board members of the Bahamas Light Industry Development Council (BLIDC) paid a courtesy call on Ministry of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration the Hon. Brent Symonette on July 19, 2017 at the offices of the Ministry. Pictured from left: Jonathan Cartwright – Cartwright’s Bedding; Perry Pinder – Blanco Chemicals; Christian Knowles – Aquapure; Walter Wells – Caribbean Bottling Co.; Minister Brent Symonette; Bradley Watson – Chairman/BLIDC (Caribbean Bottling Co.); Geoffrey Knowles – Aquapure; and Karla Wells-Lisgaris – Caribbean Bottling Co.(BIS Photo/Derek Smith)
News Miley Cyrus & Family Sing “Achy Breaky …” Karaoke miley-cyrus-joined-sister-noah-family-sing-achy-breaky-heart Email Miley Cyrus Joined By Sister Noah, Family To Sing “Achy Breaky Heart” Twitter NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 8, 2015 – 11:24 pm Miley Cyrus: GRAMMY Fashion Cam The GRAMMY-nominated singer brings the whole family along for a “Carpool Karaoke” rendition of her father’s GRAMMY-nominated hitBrian HaackGRAMMYs Aug 29, 2017 – 5:52 pm Miley Cyrus and her sister Noah will join the entire rest of their highly musical family tonight for a special episode of Apple Music’s “Carpool Karaoke.” Facebook The Cyrus crew teased the episode today with a brief clip of the seven-member family packed into a car singing along to Billy Ray Cyrus’ GRAMMY-nominated 1992 breakout hit, “Achy Breaky Heart.”The family members poked fun at the musical kitsch of ’90s country-rock stylings and donned bandanas and fake mullets to get in the mood to belt out the classic song, with Miley and older brother Trace (of Metro Station) add matching sets of gold grills to the mix for a bit more contemporary affectation.The Cyrus Family episode of “Carpool Karaoke” will become available this evening on Apple Music.Selena Gomez On Her Fetish For Remixes, Cheese & The Late ’60s
India’s prime minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Singapore’s prime minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana in Singapore 1 June, 2018.Almost lost in the din of the upcoming US-North Korea summit and fresh tension between Washington and Beijing last week, India cemented its diplomatic and security ties across Southeast Asia in a clear challenge to China.It’s not clear just how far New Delhi will take these relationships, given years of promise, and a general election due in 11 months that could be a distraction for prime minister Narendra Modi. And if India is already rattling China, it won’t want to spark open confrontation.But Modi took several concrete foreign policy and security steps in Southeast Asia in recent days.He signed an agreement with Indonesia to develop a port in the city of Sabang that would overlook the western entrance to the Strait of Malacca, one of the world’s busiest waterways, and agreed a pact with Singapore on logistical support for naval ships, submarines and military aircraft during visits.Modi also flew to Kuala Lumpur for a late-scheduled call on Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, who won last month’s general election, effectively cementing ties with three of the most influential Southeast Asian nations.On Friday, Modi told the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, Asia’s premier defence forum, that India would work with the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to promote a rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region.”We will work with them, individually or in formats of three or more, for a stable and peaceful region,” he said in the keynote speech at the forum.Several delegates, including US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, voiced support.At the end of the forum on Sunday, Singapore defence minister Ng Eng Hen said: “I am sure many countries are delighted that India has indicated its firm commitment to the region.” China CoolThe term “Indo-Pacific” has grown in usage across diplomatic and security circles in the United States, Australia, India and Japan in recent years, shorthand for a broader and democratic-led region in place of “Asia-Pacific”, which some people have said places China too firmly at the centre.In a nod to India’s growing regional stature, the US military’s Pacific Command in Hawaii formally changed its name to the US Indo-Pacific Command in a ceremony on Wednesday.Despite an outward show of friendship between China and India, and Modi’s comments about the strong relations between them, Beijing gave a distinctly cool response to his strategy.The state-owned Global Times warned in an editorial last week: “If India really seeks military access to the strategic island of Sabang, it might wrongfully entrap itself into a strategic competition with China and eventually burn its own fingers.”Senior Colonel Zhao Xiaozhou, research fellow at the Institute of War Studies Academy of Military Sciences of the People’s Liberation Army, told reporters on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue that Modi “made some dedicated comments on what he thought of the Indo-Pacific concept”.He did not elaborate but the Global Times quoted him as saying: “The Indo-Pacific strategy, and the quasi-alliance between the US, Japan, India and Australia will not last long.”Wider FootprintIndian foreign ministry officials said there was a strong element of self-interest in New Delhi’s efforts to secure open access to the Malacca Strait, since it carries about 60 per cent of its foreign trade.But India’s intended footprint looks to be wider. Late last month, three Indian warships staged exercises with the Vietnamese navy for the first time in the South China Sea, which is claimed almost wholly by China.Vietnamese submariners are trained in India, while the two sides have significantly increased intelligence sharing and are exploring advanced weapons sales.To the west, India signed an agreement for access to the port of Duqm on Oman’s southern coast, during a visit by Modi earlier this year. Under the agreement, media reports said, the Indian navy will be able to use the port for logistics and support, allowing it to sustain long-term operations in the western Indian Ocean.In January, India finalised a logistics exchange arrangement with France under which it can use French military facilities in the Indian Ocean.Analysts said a more assertive India would answer concerns in Southeast Asia about expanding Chinese influence in the region and a fear that the United States was disengaging.The United States’ trade spat with China and a perceived U-turn in its foreign policy as it pursues peace with North Korea had shaken many assumptions in the region, they said.”There is some pressure (in ASEAN) for diversification of security relationships, taking insurances,” said C. Raja Mohan, director of the Institute of South Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore.”An active India then actually fits into this situation.”But although Modi has started strongly, it was not clear how well his strategy would be sustained, he added.”Implementation has always been a major challenge for India. (Modi is) struggling to improve the capacity of Delhi to do things outside borders. There’s been some advance but that is a structural challenge that will remain.”
AP Photo/David J. Phillip, FileFILE- In this Aug. 29, 2017, file photo, highways around downtown Houston are empty as floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey overflow from the bayous around the city in Houston. With three strong hurricanes, wildfires, hail, flooding, tornadoes and drought, supersized weather disasters tallied a record high bill for America last year: $306 billion. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)An inconsistent regulatory environment and a lack of awareness by residents of the potential flooding dangers in and around Houston were among the factors that contributed to the heavy damage inflicted by Hurricane Harvey, according to a report released Thursday.The report, which focuses on lessons learned from Harvey, offers several recommendations for the Houston area as it continues recovering from the deadly storm and prepares for future ones, including an August election that will ask voters to approve $2.5 billion in bonds for flood control projects.Some of the recommendations include building a culture of awareness around flooding risks, trusting the public with information about potential dangers and making flood insurance more universally appealing to home and business owners.“Not acting now to build flood resilience in Houston and Harris County will potentially be very costly in the future” according to the report compiled by Colorado nonprofit ISET-International, the American Red Cross Global Disaster Preparedness Center and Switzerland-based Zurich Insurance.Harvey, which came ashore last August as a Category 4 hurricane, caused an estimated $125 billion in damage in Texas and flooded thousands of homes in the Houston area.The report said that a lack of a coordinated regulatory environment to deal with development and adequately warn residents of potential flooding dangers exacerbated flood damages.The biggest example of this highlighted in the report was the flooding associated with the area’s two reservoirs — Addicks and Barker — which has resulted in federal lawsuits in which thousands of homeowners allege they weren’t aware of the flooding risks from the two damns.The report says there were numerous steps that could have been taken in the years before Harvey that would have softened the impact of flooding from the reservoirs, including not allowing homes to be built in them and their surrounding floodways and giving adequate disclosures about flooding risks whenever homes around the reservoirs were sold.The report also discussed a culture that didn’t warn people of the potential danger of flooding. It pointed to such things as not having to disclose a home’s prior history of being flooded to using terms to describe extreme floods like a “100-year event” that don’t help people understand that catastrophic flooding can happen more regularly.“There were so many people who had no idea they were in a flood risk area,” said Karen MacClune, chief operations officer with ISET-International, which has done similar reports after other natural disasters.The report also said the Houston-area can’t only rely on infrastructure and engineering solutions to deal with flooding risk. Solutions should be broader than widening bayous and building more reservoirs but also have to include leaving more open spaces, restoring wetlands and robust regulations, according to the report.“As a nation, we should look at severe weather events that happen within our regions not as anomalies, … we should actually look at them as wake up calls and as opportunities to learn from them,” said Kathleen Savio, chief executive officer of Zurich North America.MacClune said she’s encouraged by some of the steps Houston and Harris County have taken since Harvey, including the passage of stricter rules for building structures in the area’s flood plains and the upcoming bond measure.“But at some point, flooding is going to become an existential threat for Houston,” MacClune said. “At what point does that start harming your reputation and businesses stop moving here if you don’t get on top of some of this stuff? And for Houston, it’s going to be figuring out how do you live with water.”Read the report below: Share
Stewart, who serves as a member of the festival’s jury this year, walked the red carpet on the way to a screening of Spike Lee’s new film BlacKkKlansman.Wearing a pair of Christian Louboutin stilettos, she promptly took them off after posing for photos and walked the rest of the red carpet barefoot.It’s a great moment in and of itself. However, it gets even better when you remember Cannes has a heels-only rule for red carpet screenings.It’s no joke — women were turned away from a screening of Carol in 2015 because their shoes’ heels weren’t tall enough.But when Stewart decided it was time for the shows to come off, that’s exactly what she did.[embedded content]‘Things need to change’Stewart has talked about Cannes’ antiquated rules before.She told Vanity Fair in 2016: ‘Things have to change immediately.‘It has become really obvious that if [a man and I] were walking the red carpet together and someone stopped me and said, “Excuse me, young lady, you’re not wearing heels. You cannot come in.” Then [I’m going to say], “Neither is my friend. Does he have to wear heels?” It can work both ways.’That same year, Julia Roberts also went barefoot. Many people love Stewart’s move — and how could they not?Kristen Stewart taking her heels off at Cannes is a m o o d pic.twitter.com/w4yRt2pqoS— Jade Budowski (@jadebudowski) May 14, 2018 On the red carpet | Photo: YouTube/Access Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) “If you’re not asking guys to wear heels and a dress, then you can’t ask me either.” – Kristen Stewart, via @glamourmag #AskHerMore #Cannes2018 pic.twitter.com/OCnhzggoTk— Miss Representation (@RepresentPledge) May 14, 2018Not to mention all the wonderful photos of Stewart and Cate Blanchett that people are dying over.What gay goddess did y’all pray to make these pictures of Cate Blanchett and Kristen Stewart happen pic.twitter.com/sOtgLjTSJq— Han (@alyciasgoId) May 8, 2018 GAYSTARNEWS- Kristen Stewart and Chloë Sevigny are lovers in this new period thrillerKristen Stewart is officially one of our new Charlie’s AngelsLady Gaga’s boat-riding, flower-waving Venice entrance is serious goalsRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/kristen-stewart-cannes-red-carpet-barefoot/ Kristen Stewart has no time for Cannes Film Festival’s outdated fashion rules. Because that’s the icon and queen she is. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .
Travelweek Group Tags: Aeroplan Posted by Wednesday, August 22, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> Here’s a timeline of Aeroplan’s turbulent history TORONTO — The saga over Aeroplan came to a close yesterday, with news that the consortium led by Air Canada has reached a deal to acquire the loyalty program from Aimia Inc. The deal, worth $450 million cash plus assumed liabilities, comes after more than a year of uncertainty since Air Canada said in May 2017 that it would switch to its own loyalty program in July 2020.Here are some significant dates in Aeroplan’s history:1984: Air Canada creates the frequent flyers loyalty program Aeroplan1991: The CIBC Aerogold Visa card is launched2000: Rupert Duchesne becomes CEO of Aeroplan2002: Aeroplan operates as a subsidiary of Air Canada2004: Aeroplan adds non-flight rewards2005: Air Canada spins off Aeroplan, which completes a public offering as an income trust2006: Aeroplan launches program allowing members to donate miles to charities2007: Aeroplan launches carbon offset program, allowing members to use miles to offset their carbon footprint2007: Aeroplan says miles will expire after seven years of being collected, effective in January 20142008: Air Canada sells its remaining stake in Aeroplan, which becomes a corporation operating as Groupe Aeroplan2011: Groupe Aeroplan changes name to Aimia Inc., as its strategy shifts to include loyalty programs operating outside of CanadaMore news: Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youth2013: TD Bank becomes Aeroplan’s main financial partner after assuming about half of CIBC’s Visa Aeroplan card customers2013: Aeroplan backtracks and cancels seven-year mileage redemption policy after angry customers launch class-action lawsuitMay 11, 2017: Duchesne leaves the company after four-month medical leave of absenceMay 11, 2017: Air Canada announces that it will not renew its Aeroplan partnership in 2020 as it starts its own rewards program. Aimia shares plunge 63 per cent on the dayApril 2018: Aimia announces the resignation of CEO David JohnstonMay 2018: Jeremy Rabe appointed Aimia’s president and CEOJuly 19, 2018: Aimia announces plans to relaunch the Aeroplan program with charter flights and use of miles for any seats on any airlineJuly 25, 2018: Air Canada, CIBC, TD Bank and Visa Canada offer to acquire Aeroplan for $2.25 billion, including $250 million cash plus assumed liabilitiesJuly 27, 2018: Air Canada says it would restart talks with credit card partners to create its own loyalty program if Aimia fails to accept its offer within six daysMore news: Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedAug. 2, 2018: Aimia confirms talks with Oneworld airline alliance; talks with Air Canada fail despite higher $325 million offerAug. 3, 2018: Aimia announces deal with Porter Airlines to become an Aeroplan preferred Canadian airline as of July 2020Aug. 6, 2018: Mittleman Brothers LLC, largestshareholder in Aimia, issues public statement saying Air Canada’s offers were too low and suggesting Aeroplan was worth about $1.2 billion.Aug. 7, 2018: Aimia adds Air Transat and Flair Airlines to its list of Canadian airline partners.Aug. 21, 2018: Aimia reaches agreement with Air Canada-led consortium, which will pay $450 million in cash for Aeroplan and assume about $1.9 billion in liabilities associated with miles collected by customers.With file from The Canadian Press Share
(Courtesy Ad Astra Rocket Company)A young man flies down the road on his motorcycle. He’s weeping so hard that he can barely see the road ahead of him. He merges onto the highway, not caring where he goes, as long as he escapes his family, a job he hates, and a future he fears. Once Catholic, he has even lost his faith in God. As he plunges into the dark, he imagines his own death – ramming a car head-on, getting crushed by a truck – and he welcomes this end. He veers onto back roads, weaving aimlessly through the countryside, until he arrives at his friends’ home. He is exhausted, but before he falls asleep, the young man begins to make the hardest resolution of his life: He must leave his wife and children. He must start all over again.“Such was the end of our life together and the beginning of the most harrowing years of my life,” writes the man, decades later, as he looks back on his youth.Watershed moments like this one take place in any number of lives, but the protagonist of this story is not just any narrator: he is one Franklin Chang Díaz, the beloved U.S.-Costa Rican astronaut and a national hero here in his first homeland. The young man who prayed for death to escape his troubles became a respected scientist and a team member on seven Space Shuttle missions. Tied with Jerry L. Ross, Chang holds the record for most spaceflights for a single astronaut.Reading his new memoir, “Dream’s Journey,” is a surreal experience, because the reader sees Chang as a mere mortal. This is a person who invented a high-powered plasma rocket. In many of his NASA photos, Chang looks petit and smiley, donning a space suit and cradling a helmet. Born and raised in Costa Rica, Chang is the portrait of Tico happiness. He seems buoyant and imperturbable. That smile seems to belong in zero gravity.Yet at the beginning of “Dream’s Journey,” Chang is a clueless teenager, fresh off the plane from Costa Rica, knowing no English or U.S. customs. A gangly adolescent, Chang waltzes into a U.S. high school rife with racial conflict at the height of the Civil Rights movement, and because his background is Chinese and Hispanic, his fellow students have no idea how to categorize him. He explains repeatedly, in broken English, that he is Costa Rican, not Puerto Rican, to which one thug retorts, “All you Ricans are the same.”Slowly and meticulously, Chang recounts his wending life story, from dating a needy girl named Candace to smoking pot for the first time. We see him at college parties, we learn about his English lessons, and we watch him take the wrong city bus and end up in a different town. In one anecdote, when a cop pulls over Chang’s car, the hapless foreigner can’t produce any form of ID, and he is hauled to a police station with his sobbing girlfriend. Yet the reader has the benefit of hindsight. We know that every paragraph could end, “And then I became one of the most admired astronauts in the history of space exploration.”“Dream’s Journey” is an unusual book for many reasons: It is the second part of an autobiographical trilogy, continuing where his first book, “Los Primeros Años,” left off. (“I have chosen to write my memoirs in the language in which I lived them,” Chang notes in his introduction. Thus, the first volume is in Spanish, the second in English.) “Dream’s Journey” covers his first decade in the United States, from his arrival in 1968 to the day of his NASA recruitment in 1980. These years are an uphill slog, from language acquisition to his eventual divorce, but through it all, Chang sticks to his dream: He yearns to become a rocket scientist, and he wants to spend time in space.There is only one drawback to “Dream’s Journey”: as a literary effort, it’s not very good. That is, despite his impeccable memory and astonishing command of English, Chang is not a “writer.” Like a true engineer, he details events and emotions in a clinical way, like a legal deposition. Here he describes meeting a new friend during his freshman year of college:I met Elizabeth An Buker, also known as “Betsy,” the next morning. Stanley had gone to pick her up at the airport and the four of us met back at the NYU dorm upon their return. A bit taller than Candace, Betsy was an engaging person with a broad smile and vivacious eyes that peeked behind thick glasses. She projected a highly intellectual mind with a deep interest in everything around her. Her long blond hair was flowing free that morning, though in most of our subsequent meetings she would prefer to keep it conveniently out of the way in a simple ponytail that betrayed her lack of interest for appearance and personal beauty.Although much of the book is sentimental and even moving, Chang describes his life from a distance. There is little dialogue or tactile description. You never feel like you’re there. “Dream’s Journey” was published by Ad Astra Rocket Company, the spaceflight technology developer; because Chang himself is CEO and president of Ad Astra, the book is basically self-published. The volume is challenging to track down and can’t be found in most bookstores. The price of a single paperback is a staggering $26 (before shipping fees). Given his accomplishments, Chang deserves a good editor, or even ghostwriter. He deserves a serious publishing house. He deserves a book that is professionally distributed and affordable for the everyday fan.But literary merit and ease of purchase are not the point. If a national hero wants to publish his own book, that’s his right, and it is fitting for such a self-made man. Chang is the Horatio Alger of astronauts. He arrived in the United States with $50, he miraculously graduated from high school on schedule, and he spent his entire youth (literally) reaching for the stars. “Dream’s Journey” is not a breezy read, but it is a powerful social document, told by the same man who has lived this extraordinary life. No agent has meddled with his writing to force its appeal. Chang repeatedly refers to the United States as “The Land of Opportunity,” in capital letters, as if referring to a benevolent god. He constantly gives credit to his mentors and friends for helping him through difficult periods. There have been plenty of brilliant people who wrote stultifying autobiographies (John Stuart Mill and Tracy Austen, to name a couple). The virtue of such books is the legacy they preserve, not the pleasure of reading them.Meanwhile, Chang holds a special significance to Costa Rica: In a country famous for terrestrial splendor (jungle, exotic animals, campesinos working the soil), Chang is the Tico who left, became a U.S. citizen, and explored the cosmos. Costa Rica takes enormous pride in Chang, one of its most iconoclastic native sons. He is proof that Costa Ricans can achieve excellence on a global scale, inspiring the entire planet.Yet Chang is shockingly earnest about his past, describing loneliness and relationship problems with ease. We might not expect such candor from John Glenn or Buzz Aldrin, because they must uphold their superhuman Cold War mythos. The early test pilots were known for their unflinching chutzpah, for “pushing the envelope.” In contrast to these giants, “Dream’s Journey” narrates the life of a shy nerd with an improbable dream. The gawky 18-year-old who arrives in Connecticut does not seem like astronaut material, and his journey is so unlikely that Chang can afford to relate his doubts and mistakes. Indeed, these doubts and mistakes are what make him so endearing.While “Dream’s Journey” will likely attract a fare share of fans, it ends with a cliffhanger, and Chang’s next book should draw the real crowds. How did Chang fare at NASA? What was his training process? How did he go from a pencil-pushing engineer to a planet-orbiting spaceman? Fewer than 550 people have left the Earth’s atmosphere, leaving about seven billion of us to wonder what Chang experienced in that vast expanse. No matter how he writes that book, Chang is sure to make it interesting. Writing books is hard, but when you have such stratospheric material, it’s hardly rocket science.To find a copy a copy of “Dream’s Journey” in the U.S., visit the Ad Astra corporate website. In Costa Rica, write Bruce Callow at email@example.com. Facebook Comments Related posts:New guidebook helps visitors appreciate Costa Rica’s capital ‘The Family’ tells story of cult in Costa Rica Free ebook anthologizes 25 Tico travel stories ‘Green Season’ book excerpt: Car Trouble
33 Comments Share One of the most intriguing prospects in this year’s NFL Draft class is Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield.The 2017 Heisman winner is a bonafide winner despite less-than-ideal physical traits and a circuitous path to success.Mayfield walked on at Texas Tech in 2013 and led the Red Raiders to a 5-3 mark in eight starts before transferring to Oklahoma, where he walked on again.In three years with the Sooners, the 6-footer put up big time numbers, throwing for 12,292 yards and 119 touchdowns while leading OU to a 34-6 record and an appearance in the 2017 College Football Playoff. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Since 2000, 48 different quarterbacks have been first-round picks. Over 58 percent (28) of them have been picked in the top ten, with many of those selected after a team traded up to get a specific QB.Almost 23 percent of those picks have come in the lower-third of the round (picks 21-32). From picks 11 to 20, only nine passers have been picked in the last 18 drafts — and only three of those (Ben Roethlisberger, Deshaun Watson and Joe Flacco) have had any success in the NFL.There’s been a tendency for the stock of first-round quarterbacks to rise as the draft draws nearer, meaning 15th overall is sort of an unwritten “no man’s land” for teams seeking one.The stark reality for Cardinals general manager Steve Keim and his staff appears to be they’ll need to move up into the top ten to secure Mayfield’s services if they’re that interested. He’ll likely be gone if Arizona stands pat. Teams love his competitiveness, but some may be turned off by a list of antics that have made headlines: a public intoxication arrest in February of 2017, a couple of on-field conduct incidents the same year against Ohio State and Kansas and a video that surfaced of Mayfield hitting a member of TCU’s team in the head with a pregame warmup throw seemingly on purpose.Still Mayfield will likely be drafted in the first round in April, which means the Arizona Cardinals, owners of the 15th overall pick, could be in play for his services.SI.com’s Robert Klemko published an article listing the 10 most probable landing spots for Mayfield based on a combination of conversations with executives, the team’s draft position, draft capital and a front office’s history in dealing picks.Klemko has Arizona as the third-most likely spot for the Oklahoma signal caller, behind the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets, and says the key player in the possibility is new Arizona offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.Is this the year general manager Steve Keim finally drafts a quarterback? In five seasons at the helm of the Cardinals, Keim has drafted one passer—Logan Thomas, fourth round in 2014—despite Carson Palmer turning 34 during Keim’s first season. This draft will be tenure-defining for Keim now that Palmer is retired. The Cardinals don’t exactly have the cap space to make a big splash for someone like Cousins (though that could change if Larry Fitzgerald calls it a career). Of all the offensive coordinators who will have a hand in the evaluation and drafting of quarterbacks in the first round, Mike McCoy figures to have the most sway, with Keim’s lack of experience drafting the position and new head coach Steve Wilks coming from a defensive background. McCoy’s best years came while working with Philip Rivers, a swaggering, boisterous gunslinger who loves talking trash. Remind you of anyone?The most interesting factor in the Cardinals’ chances of landing Mayfield is the team’s position in the first round. The 15th overall pick isn’t exactly a great spot to be picking a quarterback, based on recent history. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo North Squad quarterback Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma (6) passes during the North teams practice for Saturday’s Senior Bowl college football game in Mobile, Ala.,Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Butch Dill) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
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