first_imgRyan CoppleNew Media Council Board Delegate at Producers Guild of AmericaTwitter: @rwcopple  |  IG: @rycopsRyan Copple has worked over ten years in digital media with positions ranging from creative development, physical production and business management. He has produced over 200 hours of online content in the geek and gaming arena, including hits like Wil Wheaton’s TableTop, the breakout success Dungeons & Dragons show Critical Role, Microsoft’s live action adaptation of the popular Halo franchise Halo: Forward Unto Dawn, Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion’s Con Man as well as myriad of other scripted and non-scripted projects. HIs efforts have resulted in several Emmy nominations and other award series.  Read More Twitter Mélanie Lê Phan, Production Executive, Digital Originals at CBC TelevisionMélanie Lê Phan has worked for CBC Television in both Scripted and Unscripted programming since 2013. She is currently an Executive in Charge of Production for Scripted Digital Originals, overseeing production and development of mid-length series for CBC’s OTT player and of social video for the CBC Comedy feed. She has recently worked on the fourth season of The Amazing Gayl Pile and the second season of My 90-Year-Old Roommate in addition to many other digital scripted series.Mélanie has also worked on digital unscripted content, including the doc series The Artists and several CBC Docs: Shorts one-off docs, including One Leg In, One Leg Out and The Haircut. She has previously held the position of Development Manager for Factual programming and CBC Docs (Firsthand, The Nature of Things). Prior to joining the CBC, Mélanie worked in independent production for TV series, documentary features and both fiction and non-fiction short films. Mélanie was also the Communications Coordinator for the CMPA – BC Producer’s Branch after her film production studies at UBC. She currently serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for Images Festival in Toronto, the largest experimental film festival in North America.CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR PASS Bernie SuCreator / Executive Producer – The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Emma Approved. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Art of the Pitch can be an elusive beast, yet it is one of the most crucial elements of any storytelling project. Hear from filmmakers who are experienced at pitching as well as industry executives that hear pitches everyday to find out the inside scoop on creating the perfect pitch. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Bernie Su is a two time Primetime Emmy award-winning interactive storyteller, creator, and showrunner. His two winning series, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and Emma Approved, are the first and second Primetime Emmys ever won by a Youtube distributed series. He has been creating web series since 2009. His other series include the psychological thriller Compulsions, the science series Frankenstein MD for PBS Digital Studios, and the soapy revenge drama Vanity for Maybelline. He is also a co-founder of Canvas Media Studios which focuses on creating scripted franchise series for digital and traditional platforms. Valerie Connelly, thebis.caValerie is a veteran TV producer and development executive who has worked on content for major broadcaster in Canada. She had the privilege of being part of the creative teams behind hit shows such as HGTV’s “Colin & Justin’s Home Heist”, Slice’s “Wedding SOS” and City TV’s “The Liquidator.”Valerie has held positions with industry leaders such as Cineflix, Cream Productions and was Head of Development for Marble Media before moving to Vancouver. She is a regular at markets such as MIP, Realscreen and Banff, and has pitched content to broadcasters from around the world. For the past 5 years, Valerie has been a guest lecturer at Queens University for their Business in Media course. Her latest venture sees her launching a digital platform offering cannabis inspired content. Valerie endeavours to provide Canadians with a welcoming digital space to learn about cannabis through entertaining original content. Facebooklast_img read more

New Mayor elected in Tumbler Ridge

first_imgTUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – Keith Bertrand has been elected the Mayor of Tumbler Ridge.  In a four-way race, Bertrand defeated incumbent Don McPherson by only 13 votes.McPherson ended up with 238 votes followed by Garret Golhof at 163 and Jerrilyn Schembri with 114.The three incumbent Councillors running for reelection will all return for the next four years.  Joanne Kirby, Will Howe and Darryl Krakowka will be joined by three new Councillors, Chris Norbury, Bernie Lehman and Curtis Miedzinski. SearchSearch inCandidateVotesElected CandidateVotesElected SearchSearch inCandidatesVotesElected CandidatesVotesElected Don McPherson238 Jerrilyn Schembri114 Garret Golhof163 Keith Bertrand251X Tumbler Ridge – Councillor Here are the full election results. Tumbler Ridge – Mayor Chris Norbury611X Curtis Miedzinski448X Bernie Lehmann532X Stacey Lajeunesse214 Darryl Krakowka502X Joanne Kirby396X Will Howe426X Monty Hendrickson343 Barry Blackman139last_img read more

Outsourcing to private security contractors threatens rights UN panel warns

14 September 2011A United Nations panel today called for greater regulation of mercenaries and private military and security companies by both host and contributor countries to ensure respect for human rights and accountability for any abuses committed. “Outsourcing security creates risks for human rights,” panel Chair-Rapporteur Faiza Patel told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in presenting reports on Iraq, South Africa and Equatorial Guinea.The three countries present different aspects of the problem, with Iraq a major theatre of operations by private military and security companies; South Africa a major source of people with extensive military skills and experience unwilling or unable to find jobs since the end of apartheid in 1994; and Equatorial Guinea the scene of a 2004 coup attempt involving mercenaries.The panel, whose full title is the Working Group on the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination, noted in its report on Iraq that incidents involving private military and security companies there had dropped since the killing of 17 civilians and wounding of 20 others in Nissour Square in Baghdad by employees of the United States security company Blackwater in 2007.But it added that Iraq continues to grapple with the grant of legal immunity extended to private security contractors by US authorities after the 2003 invasion, preventing prosecutions in Iraqi courts while the case against the alleged perpetrators is still pending in US courts. “The Working Group is deeply concerned about the lack of accountability for violations committed between 2003 and 2009 and recalls that the victims of such violations and their families are still waiting for justice,” the report said, calling on Iraq to clarify urgently whether a provision it signed with the US in 2009 removing immunity of some private foreign security contractors covers all contractors employed by the US Government and is applied in Iraqi courts.On South Africa the panel noted that legislation passed in 1998 has not had a significant impact on the private military and security industry, and new laws adopted after the attempted coup in Equatorial Guinea, in which several South African mercenaries were involved are not yet in force.“While such legislation seeks to address some of the problems encountered previously, it remains to be seen whether the new legislation will effectively regulate the provision of security services in areas of armed conflict,” it said, calling for accountability mechanisms for private military and security companies at the domestic level as well as effective remedies for potential victims of human rights violations involving such companies. The report on Equatorial Guinea noted that the 2004 coup attempt was the most widely reported incident clearly involving mercenaries, some of them employees or former employees of private military and security companies from several countries, illustrating “possible close and disturbing links” between mercenaries and such companies.This makes the monitoring of such links all the more necessary, it said, calling on the Government to adopt laws to regulate the activities of such companies and their employees.Turning to an armed attack on the presidential palace in Malabo, the capital, by alleged mercenaries in 2009, the panel regretted the authorities’ lack of transparency and lack of cooperation extended during its visit to the country. “The Working Group urges the Government to provide explanations as to how the four men on trial for their alleged involvement in the attack were brought back from Benin to Equatorial Guinea,” it said, strongly condemning their execution after a summary trial “that severely lacked due process and was carried out so promptly as to deny the four men all possibility of appeal.”It urged the Government to make available to the public full information on all judgments rendered in the criminal cases relating to the attack.“Since all mercenaries should be held accountable for their actions, the Working Group recommends that anyone who is accused of involvement in a mercenary-related incident be tried by a competent, independent and impartial tribunal and in compliance with international human rights standards,” the report concluded.“The Working Group also recommends that anyone accused of involvement in a mercenary-related incident be treated in accordance with international human rights standards, in particular the prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” read more

Security Council members review work on African issues

United Nations Security Council members, winding up the month’s work with a discussion on Africa, said the continent is still the focus of Council efforts to maintain international peace and security and that both the UN and Africa itself have learned valuable lessons from past developments in peacekeeping.During the month of March alone, the Council adopted five resolutions on African issues, discussed more than 10 reports and held over 20 formal and informal meetings on situations in different African countries, while Africa is hosting more than half of the UN’s peacekeeping forces, according to Brazil, which held the 15-member body’s rotating presidency for March.With representatives from all Council members taking the floor, they said that without security, African countries could not advance in the area of socioeconomic development, human rights, democracy and the rule of law.To that end, an internal Security Council tool with great potential to consolidate the Council’s tackling of the continent’s problems was the recently formed Ad Hoc Working Group on Conflict Prevention and Resolution in Africa, which could be a liaison with the African Union’s (AU) Peace and Security Council.They commended the AU for its contribution to stabilizing the situation in Darfur in western Sudan, and some members recommended fostering the AU’s role in conflict management, conflict settlement and peacebuilding, as well as institutionalizing UN-AU cooperation.Meanwhile, most needed was an integrated vision of the root causes of African conflicts, they said. read more

June figures reveal healthy demand for CVs in Europe as registrations rise

European demand for commercial vehicles has experienced a sixth consecutive monthly growth, with figures from the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) showing that registrations in June rose 18.5% compared to 2014. Registrations of new CVs rose for all segments and in all major European markets, with 193,203 new commercial vehicles registered last month. Spain experienced the biggest increase, with a 49.7% rise in registrations, followed by the UK (18.6%), France (12.9%), Italy (12.5%) and Germany (9.4%).1,030,140 commercial vehicles have been registered in Europe so far this year, a 12.9% rise compared to 2014. The biggest increase was seen by HCVs over 16 tonnes, which grew 32.7% in the first half of 2015. Registrations for buses and coaches were also strong, up by 28.6% for the year-to-date, and demand for LCVs increased by 16.3% compared to 2014.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Brock University wine researchers headed to Parliament Hill

Jeff Stuart and his team of research students from Brock University in St. Catharines will showcase industry-changing grape research in an event on Parliament Hill this week.Stuart, a biologist in Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI), has partnered with Niagara-based company Sweet and Sticky to research ways of fortifying the company’s ice syrups, a non-alcoholic product made from icewine grapes that is sold as a gourmet ingredient throughout the world.After a similar presentation at Queen’s Park in February, Stuart along with Brock student researchers Breanne Gillie and Shehab Selim, and Sweet and Sticky president Steve Murdza, will take part in a university research showcase event in Ottawa Wednesday, May 18 organized by Research Matters.Stuart says he’s looking forward to talking about the research.“The project received almost $50,000 in funding from the Ontario and federal governments, so it’s important to show that the investment produced results.”The University/industry collaboration is studying how to introduce resveratrol and other polyphenols extracted from grape skins into the company’s non-alcoholic products. Resveratrol, which is found in wine, has been shown to slow the growth of cancer cells and tumours.But, “in ice syrup, the levels of resveratrol and related molecules are lower, because it’s not a fermentation process, so there is no alcohol and therefore lower solubility of the molecules of interest,” explains Stuart. “Our challenge was to increase these levels.”To increase the concentration of the molecules in ice syrup, Stuart and his team came up with the idea of using a tasteless carrier molecule.“One resveratrol molecule fits neatly inside the carrier molecule’s structure and there it is shielded from water while the outside structure of the carrier is interacting with the surrounding water,” he says.The carrier molecule’s structure is shaped like a donut or a life preserver, which has the added benefit of protecting resveratrol during the initial stages of digestion.“This is a way to go from having relatively low levels of these resveratrol molecules in ice syrup to having potentially more than is found in any wines,” explains Stuart.More testing is needed before the Brock innovation makes its way into Sweet and Sticky’s products, “but the preliminary results are promising and the research continues to be funded to progress toward commercialization,” he says.In addition to the importance of research and development work happening in Niagara, Stuart says the project is “really about job creation.“If we are successful and develop new products, the company will need to recruit and employ more people,” he says.The research team’s visit to Parliament Hill in Ottawa is part of Research Matters’ Pop-Up Research Park, an annual event in which researchers from universities across Ontario showcase their work to MPs and staff. read more

Columbus Crew return to Ohio State to honor Connor Senn

For players participating in Tuesday’s Connor Senn Memorial soccer game between the Ohio State men’s soccer team and the Columbus Crew, the event is more than an exhibition match. The charity event, which honors former OSU soccer player Connor Senn who collapsed on the field of play and died hours later, transcends sport, said Columbus Crew coach Robert Warzycha. On Sept. 26, 2001, Senn, a then-18-year-old freshman, collapsed on the field during a game at Akron. The cause of death was determined to be a congenital heart defect that, at the time, went undetected. “I would call (Senn) more of a family member,” Warzycha said. “He was a soccer player, we all play soccer. It’s very important for us to be at this game. This is something that we all remember and it raises awareness of what happened on the field and raises money for the cause.” The charity match was established in 2002 and will be back Tuesday for the 11th time. The event raises awareness for sudden cardiac arrest in athletes with proceeds benefiting the Connor Senn Memorial Fund and the Dorothy M. Davis Heart & Lung Research Institute at OSU’s Wexner Medical Center, according to For the first nine years of the game, OSU took on the Crew. Last year, though, the Crew elected not to play in the charity match. Crew technical director Brian Bliss told The Lantern in May 2011 that playing in the Connor Senn Memorial Match would cost the club $10,000 because of the Major League Soccer Players Union’s most recently ratified collective-bargaining agreement, which stipulates that MLS clubs can schedule only one non-league “free game” per season. The Crew had already scheduled an international friendly against Premier League’s Newcastle United to be played on July 26, so OSU instead hosted the Dayton Dutch Lions of the United Soccer Leagues. The Buckeyes lost to the Dutch Lions, 3-1, May 2. This year, the Crew returns to take on the Buckeyes and OSU coach John Bluem said having them back is an important factor for both teams. “It’s neat. It’s the pro team in town playing against Ohio State University men’s Division I team,” Bluem said. “The Crew really add that little bit of extra juice to it.” Bluem said he’s looking for his team to go out and show that they can keep up with the pros. He also said he would like to have the opportunity to play everyone on the team, but the bench might see limited action in this contest. “We want to show that we’re a good team. We’re going to put out there who we think is the best group and play them for as much of the game as possible,” Bluem said. “Hopefully we can go about 70 to 75 minutes and it’s a good game and it’s close.” Former OSU and current Crew goalkeeper Matt Lampson previously played in the game as a Buckeye from 2008-2011 and said he’s not going to take the game lightly. “I’m excited about it and I’m going to be honest, I want to make it not close … You would think that I would have some sort of compassion for my alma mater, but unfortunately,” Lampson said, pausing while a grin spread across his face, “it’s not there. This is my job now and I gotta go out and do it.” Lampson said when he wore scarlet and gray, OSU often went into the match hoping to make it close but quickly realized they would be outplayed by the pros. He said he’s expecting this year’s match to play out in similar fashion. “When I played with OSU, they would say things like, ‘All right we’re going to go out and play against these guys,’” Lampson said. “And we would try for about five minutes and then we were like, ‘Well, they’re way better. Lets hang back a little bit.’ That’s what I’m expecting, for them to hang back and not attack so much.” Warzycha said he plans on starting players that don’t normally crack the Crew’s starting lineup, but added that everyone on the Crew could have a chance to play. “We’ll see how the game goes and everybody is going to be on the bench, so if we need to use somebody, then they’ll go in and play,” Warzycha said. Regardless of the outcome, Bluem said he is proud of what the game has become, grateful the Crew have agreed to be a part of it and said there is a lesson that can be learned from all of it. “Life is precious. Sudden cardiac death is a scary thing that can happen in athletics and in general walks of life. The Columbus Crew have been unbelievable as a partner for the last 11 years,” he said. “Our goal now is through research and education, which we can now fund, to prevent sudden cardiac death.” Tuesday’s game kicks off at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children and students and can be purchased online at or by calling 1-800-GO-BUCKS. Pat Brennan contributed to this article. read more

Biegler gets New Years party against Berlin

12.Leipzig16637420:43715 7.HSG Wetzlar16925420:41220 ← Previous Story Vid Kavticnik extends deal in Montpellier until 2019 Next Story → SPANISH ARMADA: Mateo Garralda overtakes Chile 9.Gummersbach16826442:43318 4.MT Melsungen161123462:40724 13.Lemgo16529434:48612 3.Flensburg-H.161213477:39725 1.Rhein-Neckar161501458:35230 16.Bergischer162113394:4655 HSV HandballMichael Biegler 8.Goppingen16907426:39118 6.Fuchse Berlin17935494:45721 11.Hannover-Burgdorf16646431:44916 2.Kiel161303488:41326 18.N-Lübbecke160214415:4862 PHOTO: 5.Hamburg171115504:45323 17.Eisenach162113422:5195 14.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten163013435:4966 10.SC Magdeburg16826445:44418 15.TVB Stuttgart161411413:4836 Despite financial crisis and the fact that their coach Michael Biegler will leave the team for the last five matches in 2015 as the part of the deal with Polish Handball Federation on which bench sitting experienced German coach, HSV Handball players showed great performance and well-deserved win over Fuchse Berlin 36:29 (19:12) in front of over 6.000 domestic fans.HSV Handball: Bitter (13 saves, 1.-55.); Vortmann (5/2 saves, 55.-60), Pfahl 9, Lindberg 7/1, Nenadic 4, Schröder 3, Brozovic 3, Hens 3, Mortensen 2, Damgaard 2, Jaanimaa 2, Schmidt 1, Grabarczyk, FeldFüchse Berlin: Heinevetter (3 saves, 24.-49.); Stochl (6 saves, 1.-24., 49.-60.), Nenadic 9/2, Elisson 5/1, Nielsen 4, Wiede 3, Weyhrauch 2, Fritz 1, Vukovic 1, Gojun 1, Tönnesen 1, Jimenez 1, Zachrisson 1, PetersenSTANDINGS: read more

Googles 2010 Holiday Doodle is most ambitious yet

first_imgGoogle has gone all out for its holiday logo this year, you know, that one that adorns the top of the Google homepage until the end of Christmas Day.We’ve already seen some very memorable doodles this year, with the standout one for us being the game of Pac-Man. But for this holiday season Google has had a team of 5 artists working since July to create something a bit special.AdChoices广告The end result is a 17-image doodle focused around the areas of food, dance, architecture, and textile. Those scenes represent celebrations from around the world so as to ensure no one is left out and Google demonstrates its determination to cater for everyone.With six months of planning you’d expect the doodle to come off without a hitch. But there was a scramble near the end due to a major change being implemented.Originally, Michael Lopez, chief Google doodler, had decided to unveil all 17 images across a 3 day period. But realizing last week that not many people would be sitting at a PC on Christmas day to see the final doodle, it was decided the unveiling should be scrapped: the whole doodle had to be on display from day one.The changes were made in time and the doodle is now available for all to see. We encourage you to click each picture and see where it leads.Read more at WSJlast_img read more

New title match added to 719 WWE Battleground PPV

first_img has announced Ryback defending the WWE Intercontinental Championship against Big Show and The Miz at the 7/19 Battleground PPV in St. Louis, Missouri.Updated card for the show is as follows:* WWE World Heavyweight Title: Seth Rollins (c) vs. Brock Lesnar w/Paul Heyman* Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt* WWE Intercontinental Title, Triple Threat: Ryback (c) vs. Big Show vs. The MizSource: WWE.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Videos Articles Pinterest Ronda Rousey Ring of Honor announces Pacific Northwest debut with two events this June Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Twitter Videos Articles Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar? Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Winscenter_img Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Facebook Shawn Michaels WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Seth Rollins Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch added to WWE Hell in a Cell PPV on September 16last_img read more

JC Penney to close stores

first_imgDALLAS — J.C. Penney announced on Friday its biggest number of stores closings in recent history and indicated the decision will result in it exiting some markets.Penney said it will close 130 to 140 stores over the next few months. That represents about 13 percent of its 1,014 stores, but Penney said the stores generate less than 5 percent of total annual sales and are unprofitable.A full list of planned store closings will be released in mid-March after stores have been notified. Most of the stores are expected to close in the second quarter, or by the end of July.J.C. Penney has two stores in Vancouver, at the Vancouver Mall and on 192nd Avenue and Mill Plain Boulevard, and two more in the Portland area, at Clackamas Town Center and at Washington Square.The company estimated the decision will result in an annual cost savings of $200 million. However, it will result in the company taking later this year a pre-tax charge of about $225 million to cover lease terminations, non-cash asset impairments and transition costs.last_img read more

FIVE CAYS MEMBER getting street lights for Community

first_img Related Items:five cays, sean astwood, street lights Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 7 Nov 2014 – FIVE CAYS MEMBER getting street lights for Community. Explaining that “at my request Fortis TCI has begun carrying out operations for the restoration and repairs to the Street lights in our community.”Hon Astwood says: ” If you are aware of any lights that are not operational please contact me asap via 231-4699 or Also if there are dark areas that you think street lights should be install, let me know as well so that I may make representation for additional lights in those areas. Budget cuts hurt, but necessary says TCI Deputy Premier in parliamentary debate on hurricane funds PDA takes rally to Five Cays Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Fire in Five Cays will leave many homelesslast_img read more

Hundreds protest Trump in Wilton Manors march

first_imgSaturday’s march comes one day after dozens of people walked up Collins Avenue, in Sunny Isles Beach, to protest outside the Trump International Resort.The president-elect nevertheless had a strong show of support, too. Crowds in Fort Lauderdale turned out to celebrate his win and eventual move to the White House.“Mr. Trump is going to take office, you know. That’s gonna happen,” said Trump supporter Bradford Cohen, Friday night. “I think people need to realize that and kind of come together and get behind one person, president, and say, ‘Let’s give him a chance.’”Back in Wilton Manors, as protesters blocked off intersections and police stopped traffic, Delafe said there is an end in sight. “Now the question is, where is the action going to take place,” she said. “Are we going to set people up to run for Congress? Are we going to petition? Will we force change in another way?”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. WILTON MANORS, FLA. (WSVN) – – About 200 people took to the streets of Wilton Manors, Saturday evening, to protest President-elect Donald Trump’s policy proposals on a variety of pressing issues, including health care, immigration and LGBT rights.Holding signs proclaiming “Peace and Love,” among other things, demonstrators walked nearly three miles, from Hagen Park, north on Wilton Drive and circling back on Northeast Sixth Avenue. After blocking intersection, crowd of a couple hundred heading west on Oakland Park Boulevard off Dixie Highway now. @wsvn #WiltonManors— Joe Roetz (@JoeRoetz) November 19, 2016Protester Gregg Shapiro told 7News he’s worried about his civil rights after Trump gets into office. “I am a gay man and I am absolutely terrified. Terrified of this situation,” he said.Tina Delafe said the majority of the country isn’t in line with Trump. “The popular vote, the majority of Americans do not agree with this, and we have to stand up and say it’s not OK, and we are watching you,” she said.RELATED: Trump and Romney, once bitter rivals, smile and shake handsEmery Grant said he is marching to prevent climate change, an issue he worries the incoming administration will ignore. “The environment can’t be here today to speak for itself,” he said. “We have to be protectors of our land and water. I’m here for that as well.” last_img read more

Teacher Appreciation Day brings deals discounts for educators

first_img(WSVN) – Tuesday marks Teacher Appreciation Day, and some businesses are offering freebies and deals for teachers.At Chipotle, teachers, faculty and staff are being treated to a buy-one, get-one free burrito, bowl, salad or taco deal. Valid in-restaurant only, Chipotle said on their website that all these educators need is their faculty ID to get the deal.According to Cici’s is offering a coupon that must be used along with your teacher ID for a complimentary adult buffet.At PDQ, both teachers and nurses receive 50 percent off their entire check with a valid teacher/nurse IDCopyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

DOD Not Shying Away from Preparing for Climate Impacts

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The military is quietly taking steps to address the effects of climate change on its infrastructure, particularly coastal installations vulnerable to rising sea levels, even as the Trump administration has tried to downplay the issue across the federal government. On the surface the Pentagon has limited its use of the phrase “climate change,” but the department’s efforts to respond to weather-related risks have largely continued since President Trump took office, reports the Washington Times.On the Atlantic Coast, for example, Marine Corps leaders say they will consider building a sea wall to protect Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., from rising water levels; on the opposite coast, the Navy has partnered with the city of San Diego to monitor and prepare for sea-level rise. “DOD has not changed its approach on ensuring installations and infrastructure are resilient to a wide range of challenges, including climate and other environmental considerations,” said Pentagon spokeswoman Heather Babb.What has changed is the willingness of senior military leaders to talk explicitly about climate change. “We don’t see them talk about climate change, but we see them talk about ‘resilience’ and the need for enhanced resilience at military bases,” said Jonathan Gensler, the founder of Tennessee-based energy efficiency firm Revive Energy.Photo courtesy of Air National Guardlast_img read more

ICICI Prudential Life Insurance continues to disappoint investors

first_imgThe initial public offering (IPO) of ICICI Prudential Life Insurance has proved to be a dampener for millions of investors who subscribed to the IPO hoping to get a good return quickly after the listing. The issue was oversubscribed 10 times and the shares were issued at Rs. 334 per equity share. After being listed on the bourses at a discount on September 29, ICICI Prudential Life stock continues to trade below the issue price.ICICI Prudential Life Insurance stock listed at Rs. 329 on Thursday and lost further to close at Rs. 297.65. The historic high for the scrip is Rs. 333.90, a tad short of its listing price (Rs. 334). On Monday, October 3, the stock was trading at Rs. 309.90 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) at around 2.10pm, down 0.06 percent to its Friday close of Rs. 310.10.ICICI Bank shares were up 1.19 percent at Rs. 255.30 apiece on the BSE. The ICICI Prudential Life Insurance public issue was basically its parent ICICI Bank offloading 181.3 million shares via offer-for-sale route.It may be recalled that brokerages were mixed in their assessment of 16-year-old ICICI Prudential Life Insurance’s valuation. Some were of the view that the offer was worth investing, while others were guarded.”Considering healthy business momentum, rising penetration for insurance sector as well reasonable valuations for the company, we recommend SUBSCRIBE to the issue,” Mumbai-based Quant Broking Private Limited said in its IPO note. However, another brokerage had a contrarian view.”At the price of band of ‘300-334 the issue is offered at 3.1x and 3.4x its reported FY16 EV. While the company has enough scope for business growth in the future, we believe the issue is fully priced in and hence we have a NEUTRAL rating on the issue,” Angel Broking had said in its note on September 16, three days prior to the opening of the Rs. 6,057-crore public issue.ICICI Prudential Life Insurance was incorporated as a joint venture between ICICI Bank and UK’s Prudential Corporation Holdings. As of June 2016, Company has 1,24,155 individual agents and their bank partners had over 4,500 branches, Sushil Finance Consultants said in its note. ICICI Prudential Life Insurance reported net profit of Rs. 1,653 crore on net premium income of Rs. 18,999 crore in 2015-16.On Monday, the BSE Sensex was trading at 28223.30 at 2:36pm, up 357.30 points from it previous close.last_img read more

Geek deals 30 off ThinkPad X1 Carbon 14inch 1080p Ultrabook

first_imgWant a sleek little Ultrabook that can actually handle a heavy workload? Lenovo’s 14-inch ThinkPad X1 Carbon delivers plenty of performance, but it’s small enough to use nearly anywhere — even in coach. Better yet, you can get a 30% total discount when you use today’s coupon code at checkout. Lenovo X1 Carbon 1080p 14-inch laptop for $888.30 (List price: — Coupon code: SAV30THINKPAD) This ThinkPad X1 Carbon config features a sixth generation dual-core 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-6200U processor, integrated Intel HD Graphics 520, 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM (1866MHz), a 128GB solid-state drive, Bluetooth 4.1, and 802.11b/g/n/ac WiFi support. And the 14-inch IPS display? It has a native resolution of 1920×1080, in-plane switching for a wide range of viewing angles, and an anti-glare coating. And if you want to hook this baby up to your PC monitor or HDTV, the built-in HDMI port and mini DisplayPort make that a snap.Those specs are beefy enough to handle everyday business tasks, but the biggest selling point here is the portability. This model weighs in at about 2.6 pounds, measures just 0.65-inches thick, and the four-cell 52WHr battery provides up to 11 hours of battery life between complete charges. If you commute on a train or bus, this awesome, tiny Ultrabook is an excellent option.Now, this configuration lists for $1269, but Lenovo sells it online for just $951.75. And when you enter coupon code “SAV30THINKPAD” in your shopping cart, you’ll save an additional $63.45. Take advantage of Lenovo’s free standard shipping, and you’ll save even more.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at more great Lenovo deals, head over to TechBargains.last_img read more

Bengal govt to come up with more predelivery huts in remote areas

first_imgKolkata: Bengal government aims to set up more ‘pre-delivery huts’ in the far-flung areas, to provide better health care facilities to pregnant women free of cost.The scheme was started by the state government, which was later announced as a model project by the Centre. After seeing the success of the scheme, the state Health department is planning to set up more pre-delivery huts in remote areas.Otherwise known as ‘waiting huts’, these pre-delivery huts have turned out to be extremely beneficial for the pregnant women who often face difficulties in reaching the district hospitals, as they stay in far-off areas. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe project was started by the state Health department in the rural areas, following instruction from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who laid enormous emphasis on institutional deliveries in remote areas.It is the Chief Minister’s relentless efforts, that have brought about significant changes in this field. The project was initiated so that expectant mothers from South 24-Parganas and particularly areas surrounded by various rivers, do not face any difficulties in giving birth to their babies. It is not always possible to transport the patients from the farthest corners to the city. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe main purpose of setting up the ‘waiting huts’ was to reduce infant mortality rate and also the death of mothers before or after delivery. It has often been seen that it becomes difficult for women to travel long distances to reach a health centre for an institutional delivery, as their families fail to pay for vehicles. Even health check-up of expectant mothers belonging to remote areas is not done.Earlier, it was seen that many expectant mothers would die along with their babies, while being transported to a hospital from their native place, due to lack of transportation infrastructure. People had to depend on mechanised boats to ferry a patient to the block primary health centres.Keeping this in mind, the state government is keen on constructing more such huts in the remotest areas. These huts are equipped to keep pregnant women for observation and total care for 7-10 days prior to the expected dates of delivery.The patients in these huts are kept under constant monitoring and are provided with good quality food free of cost.It may be mentioned that the parliamentary committee on the empowerment of women at the Centre has also showed interest in the project. It has been learnt that the Centre has proposed to consider it to be a model project.last_img read more

Gay masculinity I was toned and tanned but didnt fit the mould

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) David Luca has struggled with his masculinity. Last summer I was on holiday in Malaga with a few friends. I was feeling great and happily wearing tiny trunks on a packed beach.But then my friend said to me ‘ya pero eras un gay dulce’. It means ‘yeah but you’re a sweet gay’.I had good stubble, a great tan and was the most toned I’d ever been. And yet my close friend had just politely told me I’m not masculine.We had been talking about masculinity and being camp and what it is like dating in Spain. And I have to admit that suddenly my new found confidence took a big hit.I wore makeup and heels in secondary schoolI’ve spent eight months trying to work out why I present as not masculine – or at least why I come across like that to my Spanish friends.A part of it has to do with my friend. He’s been working out in the gym for four years, has a full sleeve of tattoos and is a top. He compares himself and others to the standards of Madrid’s gym community. So I was never likely to score well in his mind.But that didn’t stop me thinking perhaps there was something about me. After all, my dating life in Spain hasn’t been great.I want to add that I don’t see being effeminate or camp as a negative thing. I wore makeup and heels in secondary school and have encouraged many friends to express their gender identity more openly.I just feel like my friend’s assessment of me doesn’t accurately match my own gender identity. I spent my teenage years experimenting to find out that actually I am happy as a ‘masculine’ gay man.I still love drag race, I am still proud of my sexuality. But I prefer to get a drink down the pub with my friends or watch a game of rugby rather than death drop to Beyoncé. In fact, I don’t bother to listen to Beyoncé at all.It took a few years to accept the fact I’m a good-looking guy and it’s ok for me to enjoy the Six Nations even though I was the weird femme kid in school.In Spain, people are still trying to pass for straightI moved to Spain at 19 and have spent my whole adult life here. I did a year at uni and worked for two years in schools before accidentally ending up in porn.My dating life in that time hasn’t been great. My insecurities made me feel like, maybe, it was me? I’ve always been quite shy when it comes to flirting or asking guys out on dates. But, at the same time, I’m very open and friendly which seems to throw a lot of Spanish people off the first time they meet me. GAYSTARNEWS- This is what happened when I ordered my first home-testing STI kit Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img Asbjørn reveals what it’s really like to be an out gay pop star in 201811 photographs of naked men in a boxWhy it’s important to come out to the world as a submissive bottomRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : To understand Spanish men you need to look at Spain in general. The Allies overthrew Hitler and Mussolini. Meanwhile, General Franco, Spain’s fascist dictator, not only ruled from 1936 to his death in 1975, he even picked his own successor. As Spanish taxpayers we pay for his memorial foundation to this day.Indeed, 35 years of dictatorship has left Spain a weird mix of the conservative and the progressive.Corruption in the ruling PP party led to a shock Socialist government in 2005. That in turn means Spain became only the third country in Europe to allow same-sex marriage.Yet even in the heart of Chueca (Madrid’s LGBTI district) homophobic assaults are common. Moreover, it is almost unheard of for people to be out at work or even discuss their sexuality in public.In the US and the UK, we are beginning the fight against toxic masculinity. Meanwhile in Spain, people are still trying to pass for straight. As a society, we have a long way to go.David Luca out for a drink with a friend.Masculinity, your waySo this is a country where democracy itself is a relatively new idea. As a result, trying to expand self-acceptance in the LGBTI community so ‘gay’ is included within the idea of ‘masculinity’ seems more like a distant dream, rather than an obtainable reality.I’ve come to the conclusion that perhaps I do present as a masculine gay man after all. It’s just Spain needs a while to accept that it is possible to be both gay and masculine.But what should you do if you have self-doubt about your mannerisms or even your identity? I would say, try to focus less on what other people might think and more on what makes you comfortable.If drinking pints and going to the gym is what makes you comfortable, then great. If drag or ‘boy makeup’ is your thing, that’s great too!Do you the way you feel right.Also on Gay Star NewsPansexual, non-binary, queer … why we shouldn’t be afraid of labels Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . I never had the confidence to take my top off on the beach until I ended up working in porn. It has helped me to see my body in a whole new way.last_img read more