By Mohamed AmmarCAIRO– Egyptian security forces have rounded up massive numbers of Muslim Brotherhood leaders and supporters since Morsi’s ouster on July 3A total of 107 people were arrested across Egypt on Wednesday, including 27 university students. In a statement, the Interior Ministry said that 80 people in three provinces had been detained on assault and incitement-to-violence charges.According to the statement, 19 people were arrested in the southern province of Minya, 59 in the central Fayoum province and two in Giza.On Wednesday, 21 students were arrested during clashes with security forces near Al-Azhar University’s Cairo campus, bringing the total number of detained Al-Azhar students to 49, a security source said.Six students were also detained during clashes at Cairo University, bringing the total number of detained students from that university to 24, the source said.According to the source, 11 policemen sustained birdshot injuries during the violence.Egyptian security forces have rounded up massive numbers of Muslim Brotherhood leaders and supporters since the July 3 ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi by the military.Most have been charged with “inciting violence” – allegations the Islamist group says are politically-motivated.
Rohan Welivita, Media Secretary to Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that the forged media release has been planted on social media after the former President left for Singapore. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has not picked his brother Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to be the Presidential candidate of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna and the Joint Opposition, Mahinda Rajapaksa’s office said today.“It has come to our notice that a forged document purporting to be a media release issued by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been circulated in the social media yesterday, ie., the 17th July 2018. This forged media release purports to announce that President Mahinda Rajapaksa has officially selected Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to be the presidential candidate of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna. We wish to inform the public that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has not yet named the next presidential candidate of the SLPP,” Rajapaksa’s office said. Welivita said that the forged media release issued only in Sinhala was titled “2020 Janadhipathiwaranya”. However, he says the next Presidential election is due in 2019. (Colombo Gazette) “Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa wishes to state that when he names the next presidential candidate of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna and the Joint Opposition, it will not be through a media release but will be done personally by him at a public gathering,” Welivita said.
In his latest report on the oil-for-food programme, which allows Baghdad to use a portion of its oil profits to purchase aid, the Secretary-General points out that although the current phase was budgeted at $5.5 billion, only about $2.2 billion has been made available. The shortfall is blamed on the recent decline in oil market prices as well as Iraq’s low rate of export. The report also draws attention to numerous problems plaguing the programme, which Mr. Annan points out “can and must do more in ameliorating the daily lives of average Iraqi citizens.” These problems include slow contracting for essential supplies by both Baghdad and the UN as well as cumbersome procedures involved in formulating the plan for the distribution of aid. In addition, the Security Council committee monitoring the sanctions against Iraq has placed an “unacceptably high level” of holds on contracts for oil spare parts and humanitarian goods, with the total value of holds standing at over $4 billion. “Programme implementation has also suffered from inordinate delays and/or refusal to grant the required visas and delays in the clearance of imports of essential supplies and equipment, particularly those required for programme implementation in the three northern governorates of Dahuk, Erbil and Sulaymaniyah,” the Secretary-General notes. Between 1 July and 31 October, the Government granted only 106 of the 260 visas requested by the UN. The Secretary-General appeals to all parties concerned to urgently address these difficulties. “I should also like to reiterate my appeal to all parties to refrain from politicizing the implementation of the programme and instead to concentrate all their efforts on maximizing the full benefits of the programme to the Iraqi people,” he writes. On the positive side, Mr. Annan reports “significant achievements” in the nutritional status of children in the three northern governorates, where the UN implements the programme on behalf of the Government. At the same time, he points out that the food basket includes infant formula for all families with young children, “which adversely affects breastfeeding practices, resulting in a high rate of malnutrition.” This fact, combined with an inadequate water and sanitation infrastructure, has contributed more than a three-fold increase in the prevalence of diarrhoea among children, which is considered “one of the main causes” of Iraq’s high child mortality rate.
Then-redshirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) runs with the ball during a game against Michigan on Nov. 29 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won 42-28. Credit: Lantern File PhotoAfter losing its first game in 23 tries against Michigan State last Saturday, No. 8 Ohio State (10-1, 6-1) has to recover quickly before a meeting with No. 10 Michigan (9-2, 6-1). Here are five things The Lantern’s sports editors Ryan Cooper and Kevin Stankiewicz will be keeping an eye on starting at noon on Saturday in Ann Arbor, Michigan.Zeke backing up his wordsAfter the loss to Michigan State, it was well-publicized that junior running back Ezekiel Elliott went on a rant in which he criticized the play calling and announced he would be leaving Columbus after the season.In that emotional press conference, however, the St. Louis native also made a declaration that the sting from the loss would have the Buckeyes show an intensity not seen before to make sure it doesn’t happen again.“We’re hungry. I’m personally not going to let anyone slack off,” Elliott said after the game. “This game means the world to us and everyone in Ohio, and we represent everyone in Ohio. We’re going to come out, and we’re going to play a hell of a ballgame, you’ll see. It’s going to look like a new team.”It is certainly reasonable to expect Elliott to receive more than the 12 carries he did against the Spartans, but what he does with his workload will be an intriguing storyline to watch on Saturday.Elliott’s Heisman Trophy aspirations took a major hit with the loss and only 32 yards in Ohio Stadium, but he still has a chance to make a major statement in The Game, especially given the microscope he will be put over by OSU and national observers alike.Elliott needs 170 yards to pass Eddie George for the second-most rushing yards in OSU history. While that is certainly the furthest thing from his mind heading into Saturday, if he backs up his words, he could very well get there and help keep OSU’s slim playoff hopes alive.Will there be a rivalry moment?As anyone knows, the rivalry between OSU and Michigan is one of the most heated in college football, if not all of sports.With that rivalry territory comes a fair share of moments that capture just how much the teams dislike each other beyond being two of the most storied programs.Taunting, trash-talking, shoving and all-out fighting is always on the table when the two teams meet.The last time the game was played in Michigan Stadium in 2013, it turned out to be a fight that highlighted the afternoon. In the second quarter, OSU then-freshman running back Dontre Wilson got into a skirmish with a group of Michigan players after a kick return, which turned into a brawl. Wilson was ejected for his role in the incident, as was former OSU offensive lineman Marcus Hall and Michigan then-sophomore linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone.Hall made a memorable exit with a double-handed gesture toward the fans at The Big House.OSU senior linebacker Joshua Perry said he and other veterans on the team have taken measures to make sure the young players don’t let the emotions of the game overwhelm them, but it still would not be an OSU-Michigan game without some memorable moments to accentuate just how little the teams care for each other.Salt in the woundAs Perry said earlier in the week, the team knows Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is going to use redshirt freshman safety Jabrill Peppers one way or another across the field.The question is just how much the Wolverines lean on the do-it-all star.Peppers will obviously be lined up in the secondary throughout the game, while also getting rush attempts, lining up as a receiver, returning punts and stepping in to play linebacker or even moving all the way to the defensive line.Harbaugh has shown in the past that he is not afraid to rely heavily on the former top recruit in the country from East Orange, New Jersey. And in The Game, which coaches keep in the back of their minds throughout the entire season, he could be saving Peppers’ best performance for last.On the year, Peppers has 40 tackles, including 5.5 for a loss, 11 rushes for 43 yards and two touchdowns, six receptions for 54 yards and 17 punt returns for 194 yards.Peppers is arguably the best athlete in the country, and Harbaugh might use every ounce of that athleticism to keep the Buckeyes on their toes throughout the afternoon.Jake Rudock vs. Ohio State’s secondary All season long, the narrative surrounding the OSU defense was that it can impede offenses manned by pocket-passers, but as soon as a team quarterbacked a mobile player — like Maryland’s Perry Hills, Indiana’s Zander Diamond or Michigan State’s two backups from last week — the defense, especially the secondary, became vulnerable.On Saturday, that narrative will be tested for accuracy. Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock is playing some of the best football in the country over the last three weeks. The redshirt senior has thrown for an average of 344 yards and three touchdowns, including a school-record six scores against Indiana. On top of that, Rudock, a graduate transfer from Iowa, also has the ability to move a little. He by no means will be confused with a scrambling quarterback, but the 6-foot-3 Floridian has caused secondaries issues with his improvising skills. For the season, Rudock has gained 222 yards on the ground, with a net yardage of 145. Michigan will rarely call any designed runs for Rudock, but Harbaugh likes to get him on the move a little bit with bootleg plays. Then, factor in his ability to step up in the pocket and pick up chunks of yards with his highly efficient performance in the throw game, and there is reason to have concern for the OSU secondary. The matchup between Rudock and the OSU secondary could potentially be the most important factor in deciding which team wins The Game. Seniors playing their final regular-season game Last week, the OSU seniors played their final game inside Ohio Stadium. It didn’t go as they planed.But now, they will play their final regular-season game with a shot at redemption and a fourth pair of gold pants.Some of the seniors who will be playing in The Game for the final time include left tackle Taylor Decker, right tackle Chase Ferris, H-back Braxton Miller and Perry. Others include tight end Nick Vannett, defensive end Adolphus Washington and defensive tackle Tommy Schutt.With it being their final regular-season game, it can be expected that there will be some added pep in their step as they try to avoid a two-game skid to end the season. Their senior day at the ‘Shoe did not go according to script, but for many of them, a win over Michigan could help alleviate the bad memories from last week. The performance of the seniors — and whether or not they bounce back or fall flat — will have a huge impact in The Game.
This volume from CRC Press is published next month. It is the first comprehensive work on one of the most important underground mining methods worldwide, presenting topics according to the conventional sublevel stoping process used by most mining houses, in which a sublevel stoping geometry is chosen for a particular mining method, equipment availability, and work force experience. Summarising state-of-the-art practices encountered during his 25+ years of experience at industry-leading underground mines, the author, Ernesto Villaescusa of the Western Australian School of Mines:•Covers the design and operation of sublevel open stoping, including variants such as bench stoping•Discusses increases in sublevel spacing due to advances in the drilling of longer and accurate production holes, as well as advances in explosive types, charges, and initiation systems•Considers improvements in slot rising through vertical crater retreat, inverse drop rise, and raise boring•Devotes a chapter to rock mass characterization, since increases in sublevel spacing have meant that larger, unsupported stope walls must stand without collapsing•Describes methodologies to design optimum open spans and pillars, rock reinforcement of development access and stope walls, and fill masses to support the resulting stope voids•Reviews the sequencing of stoping blocks to minimize in situ stress concentrations•Examines dilution control action plans and techniques to back-analyse and optimise stope wall performanceFeaturing numerous case studies from the world-renowned Mount Isa Mines and examples from underground mines in Western Australia, Geotechnical Design for Sublevel Open Stoping is both a practical reference for industry and a specialised textbook for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate mining studies.CRC Press Content:541 Pages | 431 Illustrations. Hardback – ISBN 9781482211887
President of the Hellenic Studies Foundation at the University of New South Wales, Costa Vertzayias will be teaming up with writer Billy Cotsis to discuss a range of Greek communities around the world including those that became extinct in the last century. The pair will present information based on years of their own research and travels to explore these unique communities.Mr Vertzayias is a practising lawyer, author and the former President of SAE Oceania. Through his work with SAE, he was able to visit and directly help communities in Europe. This direct contact allowed him to gain an understanding of Greek speakers with a long history. He recently returned from visiting former Greek places in Asia Minor (Turkey) which he is documenting.“The talk is essentially about surviving Greek communities and ones that became extinct in the twentieth century: Magna Graecia, Spain, Corsica, Syria, Pontus, Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria, FYROM,” Mr Vertzayias told Neos Kosmos.Neos Kosmos’ own Billy Cotsis, director of the film <>Lesvos: Fall in Love and a writer focusing on Greek communities, agreed that it made sense that two people who have travelled extensively to these communities should share their stories. “I actually read Costa’s book on Magna Graecia around 2000,” Cotsis explained. “Two years later, I took the book with me and met just about everyone in that book. It enabled me to realise the extent of Greek culture and history is not merely confined to the Balkans – it goes far and wide. Hellenes founded hundreds of colonies and territories in the Mediterranean, Black Sea, Africa and Asia.”A number of these communities survive with many inhabitants speaking a dialect of Greek and maintaining differing aspects of Hellenic culture. The lecture will provide an overview of the key communities that survived and those that essentially became extinct last century.‘Surviving and Extinct Greek Communities Worldwide’ takes place on Wednesday 22 March at 7.00 pm at the Greek Community Club, 206-210 Lakemba Street, Lakemba, NSW.Bookings are essential for this free lecture. Phone (02) 9750 0440 or go to www.greekfestivalofsydney.com.au. * Billy Cotsis’ latest book is ‘From Pyrrhus to Cyprus: Forgotten and Remembered Hellenic Kingdoms, Territories, Entities and a Fiefdom’. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Band Parents Raffling Off A Jumbo Wildcat Connect Four GameIn “Community”WHS Band Parents Raffling Off A New England Sports-Themed Cornhole SetIn “Community”Wilmington Band Parents Raffling Off Pair Of Great Red Sox TicketsIn “Community” WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Band Parents Association is raffling off a Red Sox-themed Cornhole Set with matching bags and scoring tower.Raffle tickets cost $5 each or 3 for $10. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Band Parents Association at email@example.com. The drawing will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Map of FaridpurTwo people were killed and nine others injured when a truck rammed a human hauler on Dhaka-Khulna highway in Faridpur on Thursday, reports UNB.The deceased are Sujon Patwari, 22, a construct worker and son of Manirul Islam of Kanaipur and Azizul Islam, 45, the headmaster of Raikali Hazi Badshah Mia Government Primary School in Kanaipur.Sub-inspector Nizamul Islam of Karimpur highway police camp said the accident took place around 9:45am when a Magura-bound truck from Faridpur hit a human hauler after a tire of the truck got burst, leaving one dead on the spot and injuring ten others.The injured were taken to Faridpur Medical College Hospital where the doctors declared one dead.On information, a firefighting unit rushed in and conducted a rescue operation.
US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with senior military leaders at the White House in Washington, DC on Monday. Photo: AFPUS President Donald Trump was poised Tuesday to decide on possible military action against the Syrian regime, after vowing to respond “forcefully” to the latest alleged chemical atrocity in the country’s bloody civil war despite strong warnings from Damascus-ally Russia.The United States, backed by Britain and France, has said it is ready to act with or without support from the United Nations, where the Security Council was to vote as early as Tuesday on rival US and Russian proposals to probe chemical attacks in Syria.Trump met his cabinet and then dined with top generals Monday, telling reporters “we have a lot of options militarily and we’ll be letting you know pretty soon… probably after the fact.”Washington and Moscow set out starkly different positions at a stormy emergency session at the UN Security Council, where Russia’s ambassador Vassily Nebenzia warned that the possibility of US military action was “very, very dangerous.”Nebenzia rejected a US call for the world body to set up a probe to identify the perpetrators of what rescuers called a “poisonous chlorine gas attack” late Saturday in the enclave of Douma, near Damascus.But US Ambassador Nikki Haley said the “world must see justice done.”“History will record this as the moment when the Security Council either discharged its duty or demonstrated its utter and complete failure to protect the people of Syria,” Haley declared.Diplomats said the United States was pushing for a vote on Tuesday on its draft resolution setting up a Syria gas attacks inquiry, but Russia could veto the measure.Trump slammed the “horrible attack” and vowed to respond “forcefully.”“We’re going to make a decision tonight or very shortly thereafter,” he told reporters.Rescuers and medics in Douma say more than 40 people died after the suspected poison gas attack in the last rebel-held pocket of the one-time opposition stronghold of Eastern Ghouta.Access to the area, which has faced weeks of regime bombardment, is limited and AFP has not independently verified the accounts.In April last year, Trump launched a cruise missile strike against a Syrian air base after a previous chemical weapons attack UN monitors later pinned on Bashar al-Assad’s regime.‘Very dangerous’The punitive raid did not draw US forces any deeper into Syria’s civil war, nor did it dissuade Syria or its Russian and Iranian backers from pursuing their campaign against rebel groups.And any new action raises the risk of open conflict with Russia which, like Iran, has deployed forces to defend Assad’s regime.Nebenzia, reflecting earlier warnings from President Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin, said: “From what we hear now, I am afraid they are looking for a military option, which is very, very dangerous.”Earlier, Trump was asked whether Putin bore some of the responsibility for the latest attack. “Everybody is going to pay a price. He will. Everybody will,” the American president warned.Washington’s main European allies stood by reports blaming Assad.Trump spoke to France’s President Emmanuel Macron for the second time in two days over the alleged attacks, with the pair expressing a “desire for a firm response from the international community to these new violations of the chemical weapons ban,” according to the Elysee Palace.British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson spoke with the acting US secretary of state and, according to London, they agreed that “this attack bore hallmarks of previous chemical weapons attacks by the Assad regime.”As the UN debate took place, a huge blast tore through a multi-story building in the jihadist-held city of Idlib, in northern Syria.The cause of the explosion was not immediately apparent, but the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 13 people had been killed and another 80 wounded.Investigation launchedThe Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said it was investigating the Douma attack allegations, but that so far only a “preliminary analysis” had taken place.Syrian regime forces have carried out an offensive against Ghouta since February 18 that has killed more than 1,700 civilians and cornered rebels in their last holdout of Douma.After capturing most of Ghouta, Syria and Russia secured two negotiated withdrawals last month that saw 46,000 rebels and civilians evacuate.Following fraught negotiations and a regime bombing blitz, state media announced Sunday a deal for Jaish al-Islam to leave Douma within 48 hours and release hostages.A group of detainees arrived in Damascus overnight Monday to Tuesday after being freed by Jaish al-Islam, state news agency SANA said.In a parallel operation, 65 buses carrying fighters and civilians left the outskirts of Ghouta and headed to northern Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Group calls for ban on dolphin therapy © 2010 PhysOrg.com Credit: Wkipedia This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. In a new study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, researchers reveal the discovery of how the Guiana dolphin, Sotalia guianensis, is able to sense electric fields of prey in the water using structures found on the animals head. Explore further While electroreception is often seen in fish and amphibians, it is not common in mammals. As a matter of fact, until this new research, the only mammal to show the ability to sense electric fields was the platypus.The researchers, led by Wolf Hanke from the University of Rostock in Germany studied some rare captive Guiana dolphins at a zoo in Muenster, Germany. When examining the rostrum of the dolphins, or the forward part of the head that contains the jaw, the researchers noticed small depressions. When one of the dolphins died, the researchers examined these depressions and found that they are crypts and hold whiskers when the dolphins are in the womb. These whiskers later drop off after the dolphin is born. It had been assumed these were just the depressions left after the whiskers were gone, but the researchers believed they were somehow still aiding the dolphin’s senses.Turning to the remaining dolphin in captivity, the researchers trained the dolphin to rest it’s head on a platform fitted with electrodes designed to deliver electrical signals into the water. When the researchers delivered a signal, the dolphin was rewarded if it swam away. If there was no signal, the dolphin was rewarded for staying in place.To prove that the signal was indeed being sensed through these crypts, the researchers then fitted the dolphins with a plastic shield that covered the crypts. With the shield in place, the dolphin did not move regardless of whether an electrical signal was present or not.The Guiana dolphin is similar to the more commonly known bottlenose dolphin but lives off the east coast of South America. Similar to other toothed cetaceans, the Guiana dolphin hunts and locates prey using echolocation, or sound waves.While echolocation is good for finding prey from a distance, it does not work well at close range. The Guiana dolphin routinely feeds at the bottom of the ocean where the water can be very murky. It is here that the researchers believe that electroreception comes in handy.The researcher’s next plan is to examine other dolphin species to see if they too have the same ability. Citation: Dolphins have ability to sense electrical signals (2011, July 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-dolphins-ability-electrical.html
Monitor web pages for changes by Martin Brinkmann on December 11, 2017 in Firefox, Google Chrome – Last Update: December 11, 2017 – 13 commentsSiteDelta Watch and SiteDelta Highlight are two WebExtensions for Firefox and Chrome that add website monitoring functionality to the browser.Both check a site for changes and notify you about them, and the core difference between the two is that Watch does so automatically and Highlight only on connect.Monitoring web pages can improve workflows. I’m monitoring a specific page on a shopping site for instance — Lego — to get notifications when a product that I’m interested in becomes available.You can do the same for other activities such as research, getting news updates, your friend’s social media profiles, new media on web pages, and a lot more.Both browser extensions are successors of Firefox’s SiteDelta legacy extension.SiteDelta WatchSiteDelta Watch adds an icon to Firefox’s toolbar after installation. It opens the list of monitored pages in the sidebar as well by default, but that list is empty obviously after installation.You can add any public web page to the list of monitored pages by clicking on the extension’s icon. There you have two options:Open the configuration to adjust monitoring parameters.Add the page.Monitoring starts as soon as you add the page to the list of monitored web pages. You may want to open the configuration after installation though as you may modify certain monitoring parameters using it.Note that the configuration is valid for all monitored pages. Here is what you can modify in the preferences:Remove page styles (disabled by default).Outline include and exclude regions (outline for changes).Check deletions (yes) and images (no).Ignore case and numbers (both disabled).Change scan frequency from 1440 minutes to another value in minutes.You control the monitored pages using the sidebar in Firefox, but can also do so on the preferences page.You may run manual scans from the sidebar menu or the preferences. Simply select a page in the sidebar, and click on the down arrow icon to display the options. Select scan page to run a manual scan at the time.You may mark pages as seen, delete pages, or open them from the menu. The preferences come with an import and export option on top of that.SiteDelta Watch comes with options to include or exclude parts of a page from being monitored. If you are only interested in a small part for instance, you can exclude the rest, or include that part only.This is controlled after you add a page to the list of monitored web resources. Click on the down arrow icon that is displayed in the notification bar, and start to modify the configuration as you see fit using it.SiteDelta HighlightSiteDelta Highlight is the second extension that you may use for the monitoring of web pages. This extension checks pages only on connect, but does so more thoroughly than SiteDelta Watch.You may use Highlight to monitor only specific parts of a page, or exclude parts of a pageYou add a web page by clicking on the extension’s icon in the browser’s address bar. You may add it right away to the list of monitored pages, open the configuration, or the advanced options.To use the custom configuration for a page, click on the small down arrow icon after you click on the main toolbar icon of SiteDelta Highlight.There you find the usual configuration options, and two to include or exclude regions. Click on “add new”, and then select a region that you want included or excluded by clicking on it on the page.The extension adds the rules to the list of included or excluded regions automatically; no hunting down for identifiers in source code, that is good.The core configuration options are identical to the ones included in SiteDelta Watch. One difference is the new “enable SiteDelta context menu on pages and button” option that you may enable.Closing WordsBoth SiteDelta extensions monitor web pages, but they have different use scenarios. SiteDelta Watch automates the checking so that you receive notifications once a day (by default) if content changed on a monitored web page without visiting it.SiteDelta Highlight offers more granular monitoring, but it requires that you visit the web page actively to start a scan for changes on it.The developer notes that you can run both extensions side by side if you want.Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 1 votes Software Name SiteDeltaSoftware Category BrowserLanding Page http://sitedelta.schierla.de/index.en.php Advertisement
Digital Pride: Global LGBTI event announces dates for 2019Digital Pride: The global LGBTI Pride is back and even biggerStephen Fry, George Takei support 30 million (and growing) strong message for Digital PrideRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/2018-record-breaker-digital-pride/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Digital Pride comes to an end today, after another record-breaking year as the only global LGBTI Pride. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… If you haven’t seen it all, there’s a lot you can catch up on via our Digital Pride homepage.Thank you for performing, speaking, watching and taking your clothes offBut most importantly, it’s all been made possible by your support.So my partner Scott Nunn and I, who co-founded Gay Star News and Digital Pride, would like to thank you.Thank you for watching, for reading and for sharing. Particular thanks to those of you who lent their social media reach to our Thunderclap.Thank you to those artists, activists, performers, and normal members of the public who starred in Digital Pride this year. Some of you danced, others painted, and some took all their clothes off. All of you were amazing.And, of course, a massive thank you to our sponsors. Their support allowed us to provide a whole week of amazing events to the global LGBTI public for free. They are Barclays, npower, Royal Bank of Scotland, Heathrow, Celebrity Cruises, Skittles, Age UK, Hoseasons, Digitas, Cottages.com, Deloitte, Royal Mail, Pink Lady and Inclusive Retreats.Digital Pride will return in 2019Digital Pride will be returning around the same time next year. We’ll be announcing the dates for 2019 soon.Meanwhile, if you sign up to receive our regular emails, we promise we’ll keep you posted on all the global LGBTI news and the latest from Digital Pride:Thank you again for making 2018 an amazing success. See you next year!Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Digital Pride is a festival for LGBTI people around the world. | Photo montage by GSN. GAYSTARNEWS- We created Digital Pride so anyone around the world – including people who can’t usually access Pride – can take part.All this week, you’ve been joining us as we celebrate with music, films, art, dancing and culture.Meanwhile, our #MillionsOfUs message – that all LGBTI people around the world deserve freedom, equality and protection – has reached millions of people.We still haven’t counted the final figures. But we can announce we’ve already gone way beyond the 55million people we reached in 2017.Digital Pride 2018 has been online, in Times Square and through your letterboxThis year, Digital Pride hasn’t just been on the internet.We’ve taken our #MillionsOfUs message for equality and freedom to the huge screens in Times Square, New York and Canary Wharf, London, thanks to our friends at Thomson Reuters.And you helped us share it on Twitter and Facebook to over 33million people via our social media Thunderclap.Meanwhile, Digital Pride has been rubber-stamped onto millions of envelopes and postcards put through the UK postal system, thanks to our sponsors at Royal Mail.There’s been a full schedule of events – too many to list here. We did a naked photo shoot with LGBTI people of all body shapes and ages, to highlight body confidence issues. We created our first Digital Pride anthem, to spread a message of love and acceptance. And we told stories from queer activists who are fighting to repeal the laws banning gay sex.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Petroleo Brasileiro Chief Executive Officer Maria das Gracas Foster and five of her top managers stepped down amid a corruption probe that’s wiped out billions of dollars of the oil producer’s market value and threatens Brazil’s economic revival.State-run Petrobras’ board of directors will meet Friday to elect replacements for Foster, 61, and her management team, it said in a one-sentence statement Wednesday. It’s unclear from the announcement whether managers will remain at their posts until replacements are founds. No one CEO candidate has emerged yet.The Rio de Janeiro-based company is shaking up management after allegations that at least three other former executives were bribed to award construction contracts. The departure of Foster, an engineer who rose through the ranks to become the first female CEO of Latin America’s largest publicly traded oil company in 2012, comes after the stock sank as much as 70 percent from a September peak on collapsing crude prices and multiple corruption investigations.“It might be hard to find executives who are willing to join management under the current conditions and with all these problems,” Alexandre Povoa, who helps oversee $100 million at Canepa Asset Management, said in a phone interview from Rio. “Investors want a new CEO who is, first of all, not linked to political groups. It should be someone from the markets who’s able to put Petrobras back on track.”A record 23 billion reais ($8.9 billion) in suspect transactions have been uncovered in the probe, dubbed Carwash. Two former Petrobras executives were arrested last year including ex-refining head Paulo Roberto Costa as part of the investigation into alleged kickbacks by contractors. Petrobras has delayed releasing audited financial results as it considers writedowns needed to account for graft-related costs.Petrobras rose 2 percent to 10.20 reais at 11:31 a.m. in São Paulo. The stock surged 15 percent Tuesday as speculation of a management overhaul mounted.It remains unclear which members of the executive team apart from Foster stepped down or if Chief Financial Officer Almir Barbassa, who had expressed a desire to retire since 2012, is among them. Petrobras’ press department in Rio declined to elaborate.Foster’s departure probably will help Petrobras’s outlook because it means the government is trying to fix management and may have a more friendly approach to outside investment, according to Eurasia Group analysts led by Christopher Garman.“With low oil prices and Petrobras’s financial difficulties, the incentives to lean more on international oil companies to help develop the pre-salt have grown substantially,” the Eurasia analysts wrote about the company’s offshore discoveries. “It is clear that any substitute to Graca is likely to be someone with industry credentials and capable of conducting a ‘house cleaning’ of the firm.”The scandal has also engulfed Brazil’s largest construction companies, which may bring public works projects to a halt, and threatens the presidency of Dilma Rousseff, who served as Petrobras chairman during some of the time when the alleged graft was occurring. Taxi drivers are seen filling their tanks with natural gas at a Petrobras gas station in Rio de Janeiro in 2013. Rio de Janeiro-based Petrobas is shaking up management after allegations that at least three other former executives were bribed to award construction contracts. Bloomberg News photo by Dado GaldieriFoster, a frequent guest at the presidential palace in Brasilia, had offered to resign “one, two, three times” after the company was forced to delay quarterly results because of the scandal, she told reporters on Dec. 17. Foster said then that she would stay in the job as long as the president trusted her. Rousseff has been a personal friend since the two worked together at the Ministry of Mines and Energy in 2003.Pressure on Foster started to build in October, when the company’s external auditor refused to sign off on quarterly results. She faced resignation calls after a recently demoted Petrobras executive alleged she’d ignored corruption warnings in the past. The company said Dec. 15 that Foster acted swiftly to pursue claims of corruption and misconduct.Brazil Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot, who is leading an investigation into any political links from the alleged corruption, called for the company to replace its management in a Dec. 9 speech.Foster’s departure is in stark contrast to her appointment as CEO. When she was first reported to be a candidate for the job, Petrobras surged 18 percent in less than a month as investors bet her technical background would benefit the company’s management style and offset the government’s political intervention in business decisions.Foster’s first steps included removing Costa and two other directors, who are now under arrest or under investigation by prosecutors and police. Foster also slashed production growth estimates, toughened negotiations with suppliers and criticized the previous management for missing targets.She also attacked budget overruns at the Abreu & Lima refinery in northeastern Brazil, one of the main projects where contractors and Petrobras officials are now accused by prosecutors of colluding to divert funds. Part of these funds allegedly went to political parties in the ruling coalition, according to testimony that is part of the court record.Initial investor enthusiasm for Foster waned after she failed to eliminate fuel subsidies that have caused more than $44 billion in operating losses since early 2011. The government controls Petrobras’s board through a majority of voting shares.The company has lost 56 percent since she took over on Feb. 13, 2012, making it the worst-performing major oil stock tracked by Bloomberg.Foster’s exit comes at a time when Petrobras is trying to speed oil output growth after increasing the number of production vessels extracting crude from the largest crude discoveries in the Western Hemisphere in almost 40 years.The company, which is also being investigated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and had at least four class actions lawsuits filed in the U.S., must report audited results in the coming months to avoid violating bond agreements.Speaking to the press at the company’s headquarters before Christmas, Foster said she’d had to hand over her laptop, iPhone and iPad to independent investigators, who have a one-year contract to probe the corruption allegations.“This is good for the company,” she said, wearing a Petrobras-logo shirt. “We aren’t afraid of the truth.”Godoy reported from São Paulo. 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