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Morocco Warns Against Iranian Influence in Arab Countries

Rabat – Morocco has issued an indirect warning against Iran’s foreign policy at the 36th Arab Interior Ministers Council in Tunis.Minister of the Interior Abdelouafi Laftit, the head of the Moroccan delegation, said on Sunday that Iranian “manoeuvers are fuelling ethnic rivalries and internal conflicts to destabilize Arab countries, in a bid to promote its ideology.” The Moroccan minister added that “these threats are not just limited to a single Arab country, but extend to the entire Arab nation … to sow discord.”Laftit also said that Morocco has been a target of “these abject manoeuvers threatening national security and terrorizing Moroccan citizens by supporting the separatists and the opponents of Morocco’s territorial integrity.”Laftit did not explicitly mention Iran in his speech.Laftit’s comments add to a series moves aiming at easing tensions between Morocco and Saudi Arabia, a fierce opponent of Iran, following a recent diplomatic spat between the two monarchies. Last month, Ahmed Bin Abdulaziz, the younger brother of King Salman of Saudi Arabia, arrived in Laayoune in Western Sahara for a private visit. The same month, Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita said that Morocco maintains strong diplomatic ties with all Gulf countries, especially Saudi Arabia and the UAE.Read also: Interior Minister Laftit: Fighting Terrorism is a Long-Term ProjectIn February 2014, Morocco and Iran planned to re-establish diplomatic ties. Four years later, a fresh dispute surfaced between the two countries.In May 2018, Morocco severed diplomatic relations with Iran one week before the United States announced its withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. Morocco said it was cutting ties over Iran’s supplying weapons to Polisario through Hezbollah.Facebook in February said it identified and took down hundreds of fake accounts linked to Iran which were disseminating pro-Iran narratives to influence political discourse in many countries, including Morocco. read more

Football Fourstar defensive tackle Tommy Togiai commits to Ohio State

One hour, two commitments.Ohio State picked up its second pledge in less than 60 minutes when 2018 four-star defensive tackle Tommy Togiai followed four-star wideout Kamryn Babb by committing to play for the Buckeyes Tuesday evening.The second-ranked player in Idaho, Togiai joins five-star Taron Vincent and four-star junior college prospect Antwuan Jackson Jr. as the third defensive tackle in Ohio State’s 2018 recruiting class.Togiai is the 126th-best overall prospect and the ninth-ranked defensive tackle in the country. He becomes the 14th-highest ranked played in the Buckeyes’ 21-player class.Committed Go Buckeyes!!!— Tommy Togiai (@Big_Tom72) December 13, 2017

Decision to scrap Alevel art history labelled a disgrace by critics

first_imgCritics of the decision to scrap A-level art history have spoken of their dismay over the move.In a letter to teachers, exam board AQA said it had been struggling to recruit enough specialist examiners for the subject and had taken the “difficult decision” to end the A-level. According to the exam board, students currently taking the course would be unaffected by the plans, and would be able to take their AS-level exams in 2017 and A-level exams in 2018.However, new students will not be able to take up the A-level, with no further exams from 2019.Critics have said they are “appalled” and “shocked” at the decision. Axing art history deals another blow to the creative capital of this country: this government determined to impoverish the next generation— Simon Schama (@simon_schama) 12 October 2016 “It’s the new class war, as in classroom war: classics and art history OK for private school students but state school kids, hey why bother?”A spokesperson for AQA said: “Our number one priority is making sure every student gets the result they deserve – and the complex and specialist nature of the exams in this subject creates too many risks on that front. That’s why we’ve taken the difficult decision not to continue our work creating a new AS and A-level.“Our decision has nothing to do with the importance of the history of art, and it won’t stop students going on to do a degree in it as we’re not aware of any universities that require an A-level in the subject.”This summer, 839 students across the UK studied art history – compared with 15,468 pupils who took one of the board’s English options, and 16,266 who did maths.AQA, which covers England, Wales and Northern Ireland, also announced it will no longer offer classical civilisation, archaeology or statistics options to sixth formers. It’s the new class war, as in classroom war: classics and art history OK for private school students but state school kids, hey why bother?— Simon Schama (@simon_schama) 13 October 2016 Simon Schama, presenter of BBC’s Face of Britain, said the axing of the subject could create a “classroom war” between private and state school students.Professor Schama, who is based at Columbia University in New York, called the decision “heinous” – saying it will limit options for those in state schools.He tweeted: “So basically the idea is to eliminate the deep wisdom of the past (and present) altogether for anyone not in private school. Heinous. Rembrandt weeps. Can you believe that art history is no longer being offered at A level? Philistines must not prevail #arthistory#alevels— Sir Anthony Seldon (@AnthonySeldon) 13 October 2016 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Fronditha President Faye SpiteriTsolakis inducted in 2019 Victorian Honour Roll of Women

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Faye Spiteri-Tsolakis was among the outstanding female leaders recognised on International Women’s Day, inducted in the 2019 Victorian Honour Roll for Women.A passionate advocate for social change, the Greek Australian was singled out for her “compassion and leadership” in changing the lives of women, migrants and refugees.Having served as Vice President for the majority of her tenure on the Fronditha Board, Mrs Spiteri-Tsolakis was appointed as the aged care provider’s president in 2018 – the first female at the helm in the organisation’s 40-year history.An accomplished strategist with extensive experience in various leadership roles, it is not the first time she has been recognised for her achievements. In 2001 she received the Victorian Premier’s Award for her work overseeing the introduction of the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001 legislation and its accompanying education campaign.A passionate advocate for gender equity and changing the status quo, for Mrs Spiteri-Tsolakis it is vital to have women represented at all levels of an organisation, but also at board level.“For me, gender parity is about putting a stake in the ground, as a leader, on something you believe in, and then working hard to make sure that it’s taken up and the organisation moves it forward,” she told Neos Kosmos.“I am especially proud of the fact that I lead a board with the highest female participation in the history of the organisation [Fronditha Care]. In fact, the composition of the board far exceeds the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) target regarding gender diversity on boards.”While she acknowledges that women can bring a different perspective to governance and strategy issues, she is an advocate for diversity right across the board, not only when it comes to gender.“Overall, gender diversity on the board is important but just as important is diversity in age, experiences, thinking and career path. Ultimately it’s the blend of perspectives of males, females and their respective experiences that makes a good board or organisation,” she explains.Across her many achievements, Mrs Spiteri-Tsolakis herself is most proud of the role she has played in changing the lives of women and children who have been subject to family violence. Driven by her desire to ensure women from culturally and religiously diverse backgrounds have every opportunity to reach their full potential, within a decade of being Chair of inTouch – a centre for victims of family violence – she has led a dedicated team to transform the organisation from a small crisis support service to a multidisciplinary centre, which now offers a range of client-centred services from prevention to recovery.To see the full list of inductees for 2019, click here.last_img read more

Local soldier returns to Iraq with prosthetic leg

first_imgA local soldier from Vancouver is returning for his second tour of duty in Iraq, remarkable because he’s an amputee.A roadside bomb tore apart Sgt. Matt Braddock’s Humvee outside of Kirkuk five years ago, and he lost part of his left leg.Braddock was among 500 soldiers mobilized Tuesday for Operation New Dawn in Iraq. He is one of only a few soldiers in America to return — combat ready — as an amputee, according to the Oregon National Guard.Braddock learned how to walk and run again at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. He worked tirelessly to pass physical tests, and he appeared before military medical boards to convince them he could go back without being a liability to his fellow soldiers.“He’s probably had to prove it at a level that a soldier without handicaps would never have to meet, which is, I think, reasonable,” said Braddock’s mother, Rhetta Drennan of Vancouver.“I’ve been waiting for the last five years for this. I’ve been working at it,” said Braddock by phone from Camp Shelby in Mississippi.last_img read more

Ombudsman upholds pensions tax complaint against police

first_imgThe Pensions Ombudsman upheld a complaint against the Police and Crime Commissioner of South Wales over its failure to inform a police officer of the tax implications of re-employment on his retirement benefits.The police officer, Mr Cherry, retired in June 2011 and was re-employed by the Commissioner within one month of receiving his retirement benefits. As a result, he lost his protected retirement age, leaving him liable to tax charges. Cherry argued that his employer had breached its duty of care by not informing him about the tax penalties.In December 2015 the Ombudsman found that the Commissioner had no legal obligation to advise employees on tax and pension liabilities, but as a responsible employer it had a duty of care to inform Cherry about the tax implications of re-employment on his retirement benefits.last_img read more

Magazine Deals Difficult Not Impossible

first_imgWith big magazine deals like Reed Elsevier’s divestment of Reed Business Information up in the air and ABRY Partner’s sale of Cygnus Business Media still hanging in the balance, there’s no disputing that the tightening global credit markets have made media M&A a challenging landscape to navigate.“The credit crunch makes it difficult to borrow the money necessary for a lot of deals and the economy’s downturn is worrying a lot of buyers,” said DeSilva + Phillips managing partner Reed Phillips. “Magazine companies that are for sale are showing downward financial results in the fourth quarter of 2008 and buyers are worried about 2009.”But while observers watch the Reed and Cygnus deals as industry bellwethers, the difficulty these deals have faced shouldn’t suggest, however, that magazine deals are “impossible” to get done. “For magazines that are holding their own and/or growing and are profitable, there is without a doubt  a strategic buyer audience out there,” said Scott Peters, a managing director at media broker firm the Jordan, Edmiston Group. “It’s not a good time, though, to be selling products that need heavy financing. Many of the acquisitive platform companies are taking a transaction hiatus because of their own leverage and own debt facilities.” Sellers Need to be ‘Attractive’An economic recession makes diversification of revenue streams vital, said Oakstreet Media CEO and former VSS managing director Tom Kemp. ”Magazines that are leaders in their verticals, serving markets with long term growth will continue to attract buyers, but at lower multiples,” he said. “Buyers are primarily looking at non-advertising supported media such as subscription information products that have lower volatility in tough market. Also, trade shows continue to be attractive to buyers.”Traditional print publishers need to build out their online offerings, including social network products. According to Phillips, digital sales should make up 15 to 30 percent of a publisher’s overall annual revenue.Kemp agrees: “Publishers need to cross the digital divide so that growth of revenues from digital outpaces the decline in print revenue.”According to JEGI’s Peters, the highest-growth categories right now fall into four core buckets: consumer online (“big growth with lots of interest”), b-to-b online (“smaller than consumer, but growing nicely”), interactive marketing (“one step removed from magazines but has high deal flow”) and database information (“driven by subscriptions, data analytics and mission-critical information”). “The average revenue multiple for pureplay consumer magazine companies is 1.1X and average EBITDA multiple is 8X,” said Peters. “For online consumer companies, the average revenue multiple is 4.1X and EBITDA is 21.2X. That’s huge.” The same goes for b-to-b companies, he said, with an average revenue multiple of 2.1 and average EBITDA multiple of 9X for pureplay companies and online companies seeing average multiples at 3.4X and 13.5X, respectively.According to FOLIO:’s 2008 B-to-B CEO Survey, smaller publishers saw e-media grow by one percentage point to 9 percent in 2007, while larger publishers say e-media on average accounted for about 13 percent of their total revenue last year. On the consumer side, e-media is the fastest growing revenue stream for both large and small consumer publishers (according to FOLIO:’s 2008 Consumer CEO Survey), accounting for 6.4 percent of revenue for larger publishers and 9.1 percent for smaller publishers.Be Flexible, Open to Creative ThinkingIn this rollercoaster economy, sellers should be flexible with their asking price. “When M&A markets become challenging, the sellers are always the last to receive the memo and acknowledge that their business is worth less,” Kemp said. “The severity of the current economic crisis has served as a wakeup call to sellers that the market has changed dramatically.”Indeed, buyers and sellers are now finding new ways to get deals done. One prime example, however extreme, was Macrovision’s sale of TV Guide to Beverly Hills, California-based investment firm OpenGate Capital for $1—less than half the cost of a single copy of the magazine. On top of that, Macrovision agreed to will loan OpenGate up to $9.5 million at 3 percent interest.Another, said Peters, is AMI’s sale of its defunct supermarket tabloid Weekly World News to a group of New York investors called Bat Boy LLC, which said at the time it would expand the brand online and by licensing its “characters” into television and film.“There is a lot of thinking going on right now about taking offline brands online and creating new business models.”last_img read more

Xi says more nations joining Belt and Road 64b in deals

first_imgChinese president Xi Jinping said Saturday $64 billion in deals were signed at a summit on his Belt and Road Initiative and more nations would join the global infrastructure programme as he sought to ease concerns over the colossal project.Xi and 37 world leaders wrapped up a three-day forum in Beijing with pledges to ensure that projects on the new Silk Road are green and financially sustainable following concerns about debt and environmental damage.”We are committed to supporting open, clean and green development and rejecting protectionism,” Xi told journalists at the end of the forum, without taking questions.His signature foreign policy aims to reinvent the ancient Silk Road to connect Asia to Europe and Africa through massive investments in maritime, road and rail projects — with hundreds of billions of dollars in financing from Chinese banks.But critics say the six-year-old project is a plan to boost Beijing’s global influence, riddled with opaque deals favouring Chinese companies and saddling nations with debt and environmental damage.The US, India and some European nations have looked at the project with suspicion. Washington did not send any representatives to the meeting.”This year’s forum sends a clear message: more and more friends and partners will join in the Belt and Road co-operation,” Xi said.A document released after the meeting showed that Equatorial Guinea, Liberia, Luxembourg, Jamaica, Peru, Italy, Barbados, Cyprus and Yemen were the latest countries to join the club.Xi said enterprises will be the main driver in all Belt and Road projects and market principles will apply, with governments providing a supporting role.”This will make the projects more sustainable and create a fair and non-discriminatory environment for foreign investors,” Xi said.Xi said that business leaders meeting at a side event signed some $64 billion worth of deals during the forum, without providing details.At the picturesque Yanqi Lake outside Beijing, leaders from Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America gathered to issue a joint communique.The gathering included Russian president Vladimir Putin, Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte, whose nation became the first G7 member to join Belt and Road, and Pakistan’s Imran Khan.- Project ‘sustainability -The massive projects, financed mainly through Chinese bank loans and investments, have raised concerns that poorer countries are being saddled with debt — Sri Lanka turned over a deep-sea port to China for 99 years after it was unable to repay loans.A communique released at the end of the meeting said leaders encouraged multilateral development banks and other international financial institutions to support projects “in fiscally sustainable ways” and mobilise private capital in line with local needs.”We emphasise the importance of economic, social, fiscal, financial and environmental sustainability of projects,” it said.The draft communique says BRI will welcome developed countries and international investors to participate in the projects.”Faced with this rising resistance for the past year and a half and this debt image … China is trying to reposition (BRI) and send a reassuring message,” said Nadege Rolland, a senior fellow at the National Bureau of Asian Research, a US-based think tank.But “let’s see how it is put into practice”, she said.China’s finance ministry released guidelines Thursday for assessing financial risk and debt sustainability to apply to projects in BRI countries.But the document notes that countries already facing payment problems or in the process of restructuring payments “does not automatically mean that debt is unsustainable in a forward-looking sense”.- ‘Civilised and soft’ -Beijing also published a list Saturday of 283 “deliverables” that bore the Belt and Road brand name, including agreements between museums and art festivals, and even cooperation on space — a clear sign that BRI is a major soft power tool for China as well.Russian President Vladimir Putin praised China for acting in a “civilised and soft manner” and he took a veiled swipe at the United States.”Nobody wants sanctions, nobody wants trade wars, except those who start them. These sanctions harm the world economy,” Putin said, adding that China “currently defends liberal values”.BRI projects have faced pushback in some countries. In Malaysia, prime minister Mahathir Mohamad cancelled some planned works and renegotiated a rail project, cutting 30 per cent off the price tag.But Mahathir and other leaders attending the summit had fulsome praise for BRI.last_img read more

Judge Wont Order Texas Officials to Allow Abortion For Underage Immigrant

first_img Share Free ImagesA federal judge in San Francisco said Wednesday that the government cannot prevent a pregnant 17-year-old at a Texas facility for unaccompanied immigrant children from getting an abortion, but declined to issue an order that would bar federal officials from interfering in the girl’s access to the procedure.U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler said the legal challenge on behalf of the girl by the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California was not filed in the right court.The ruling allows the girl’s attorneys to file a new lawsuit seeking the same order in another federal court district. A lawyer for the U.S. Department of Justice, Peter Phipps, said at a hearing Wednesday that the government might propose having Jane Doe’s case heard in Texas or Washington, D.C.Brigitte Amiri, a senior staff attorney with the ACLU, said the group hadn’t decided its next step, but would continue to fight for the girl’s right to an abortion.“A first-year law student understands that it is unconstitutional for the government to ban abortion,” she said. “The legal claim is pretty straightforward.”The ACLU says the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is refusing to let the girl be taken for an abortion. The girl may be up to 14 weeks’ pregnant, Rochelle Garza, a lawyer appointed to represent the girl’s legal interests, told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Texas law prohibits most abortions after 20 weeks.“The government may not want to facilitate abortion,” Beeler wrote. “But it cannot block it. It is doing that here.”Beeler, however, said the girl’s legal challenge belonged in a new lawsuit, noting that the girl — identified only as Jane Doe — was in Texas, not in Northern California. The ACLU had sought to amend an existing lawsuit pending before Beeler to include Jane Doe’s case.U.S. lawyers representing HHS argued against that, saying the original lawsuit claimed the agency was violating the Constitution by allowing religious groups to refuse access to abortion. In this case, government lawyers said the 17-year-old was not being held in a facility with a religious affiliation.Unaccompanied Central American children apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border are generally turned over to facilities run by private operators on behalf of HHS, and many facilities are affiliated with religious organizations that oppose abortion.HHS said in statement that it was providing “excellent care” to the 17-year-old girl and her unborn child.Garza said the teen is from Central America, like most people caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border without legal permission. She declined to give the girl’s name or identify the specific country where she was from, citing the girl’s privacy, but said that the girl wanted an abortion in part because her parents had abused another sibling who was pregnant.With Garza’s help, the girl obtained a judicial waiver under a Texas law requiring a minor seeking an abortion to get consent from a parent. But staff at the facility where she’s being held refused to take her to appointments or let the attorney take her, even though private groups that support abortion rights have raised money for the procedure, Garza said.Instead, she was taken to a crisis pregnancy center. Such centers encourage pregnant women not to have an abortion.“I feel like they are trying to coerce me to carry my pregnancy to term,” the girl said in a declaration filed in court last week.Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a strident opponent of abortion rights, argued in a court filing that people in the U.S. illegally without some type of established ties to the country do not have a “constitutional right to an abortion on demand.”A ruling in the girl’s favor would “will create a right to abortion for anyone on earth who enters the U.S. illegally,” Paxton said in a statement. “And with that right, countless others undoubtedly would follow. Texas must not become a sanctuary state for abortions.”Paxton was joined in filing the brief by the attorneys general of Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, and South Carolina.last_img read more

Cardinals Down Bowling Green State in Home Opener

first_imgIn doubles, UofL’s Diana Wong and Aleksandra Mally were first to finish with a 6-2 win over Vanessa Pardo and Marta Bertinelli  at No. 3. At No. 1 doubles. Sena Suswam and Raven Neely beat BGSU’s Paula Comella and Maharita Tavpas  6-3 to clinch the point.   BGSU’s Polina Radeva/Ayumi Sasaki (BGSU) defeated Nikolina Jovic and Chloe Hamlin 6-2. Louisville (1-0) carried its momentum over to singles play when Raven Neely made quick work of Polina Radeva with a 6-2, 6-2 win.  Bowling Green pushed back with a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 6.  Cardinal newcomer Chloe Hamlin scored next with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Marta Bertinelli at No. 6.  At No. 2, Nikolina Jovic handled Marhita-Sophia Tavpash 6-3, 6-2 to clinch the match.  Cardinal Diana Wong outlasted Ayumi Sasaki 6-3, 6-4 at No. 4.  At No. 1 singles, Sena Suswam won her first set 6-3, fell 6-3 in the second before falling 6-4 to Paula Comella. “The opening day nerves make it tough to play at the level that we normally play,” said Mark Beckham, UofL head coach.  “It is a bit of a sticking point for me because I want us to play as well as we practice. We have been practicing really well and it did not translate to match play today.  It is to be expected on the very first dual match of the season. Our goal is to pick it up where we left off in our second match this evening. For the most part, I am happy with how we played.” Story Links Louisville 5, Bowling Green State 2 Box Score The University of Louisville women’s tennis team beat Bowling Green State 5-2 in the home opener of the 2018 dual match season.   The Cards took the doubles point and then won four of six singles matches for the win.center_img  Doubles competition1. Sena Suswam/Raven Neely (LOU) def. Paula Comella/Maharita Tavpas (BGSU) 6-32. Polina Radeva/Ayumi Sasaki (BGSU) def. Nikolina Jovic/Chloe Hamlin (LOU) 6-23. Diana Wong/Aleksandra Mally (LOU) def. Vanessa Pardo/Marta Bertinelli (BGSU) 6-2  Singles competition1. Paula Comella (BGSU) def. Sena Suswam (LOU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-42. Nikolina Jovic (LOU) def. Maharita Tavpas (BGSU) 6-3, 6-23. Raven Neely (LOU) def. Polina Radeva (BGSU) 6-2, 6-24. Diana Wong (LOU) def. Ayumi Sasaki (BGSU) 6-3, 6-45. Chloe Hamlin (LOU) def. Marta Bertinelli (BGSU) 6-2, 6-26. Vanessa Pardo (BGSU) def. Dina Chaika (LOU) 6-2, 6-0 Tennis Match ResultsBowling Green State vs LouisvilleJan 20, 2019 at Louisville, Ky.(Bass-Rudd Tennis Center) Match Notes:Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,6,5,2,4,1) Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Ganga Sagar Mela to be declared Green Mela

first_imgGanga Sagar Mela next year would be declared ‘Green Mela’ where sanitary toilets would be provided for all pilgrims.South 24 Paraganas district magistrate P B Salim said 10,000 sanitary toilets would be set up for the mela, which attracts lakhs of pilgrims from across the country.He said the pilgrims would be made aware of the demerits of open defecation at various stages of their journey right from the city to Sagar Island, where they take the holy dip on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeReferring to the situation in the district vis-a-vis sanitation, he said the model set by Nadia, declared a total sanitation district, would be followed though South 24 Parganas had a much larger population.“Next year on Gandhi Jayanti we plan to declare South 24 Parganas a total sanitation district. For this we are involving people from all sections – students, Anganwadi and Asha workers, SHGs, NGOs besides religious heads,” he said adding at present there are no sanitary toilets in at least seven lakh households in the district.The government will provide Rs 10,000 for each toilet built and the beneficiary would pay Rs 900 or provide labour. In West Bengal 40 per cent of the people have no sanitary toilets at their homes compared to 58 per cent in the country.last_img read more

Instagram apologizes for taking down photo of two men kissing

first_imgGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . This is the post in question | Photo: Instagram @stellaasiaconsonni eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Photographer Stella Asia Consonni, who uploaded the photo, found Instagram deleted it for ‘violating community standards’.Instagram reinstated the photo and also apologized for their decision.‘This post was removed in error and we are sorry. It has since been reinstated,’ a spokesperson said in a statement.Before the apology, celebrities like Years & Years’ frontman Olly Alexander and Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall slammed the social media platform for the removal.A relationship reduced to thisThe photo is of couple Jordan Bowen and Luca Lucifer.Bowen posted it on his own Instagram page and addressed the fact that it was taken down. Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : ‘Earlier this was removed from @stellaasiaconsonni and flagged as inappropriate. @instagram spoon feeds us with rainbows and hashtags to appear in solidarity but it seems real people in love have no place here. this is discriminatory and archaic and violates our right as a couple. Please help us share and put this right. Oh and #happypride everyone. xxx jb’Consonni also addressed it in her own post.‘IG apologised for taking the picture down but there is still a long way to go to fight homophobia – judging also from the hate comments below.’Recently, YouTube also apologized for their treatment of LGBTQ creators.More from Gay Star NewsInstagram highlights LGBTQ role models and new features for Pride ‘My relationship of seven years with @iamlucalucifer reduced to a Community Guideline,’ he wrote. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Instagram recently came under fire after they removed a photo of two men kissing.last_img read more

Cher reveals tracklisting for her ABBA covers album

first_imgCher appearing last month on the Late, Late Show with James Corden (Photo: YouTube) In a tweet posted last night she listed nine out of the ten tracks. They are as follows:WaterlooGimme, Gimme, GimmeDancing QueenChiquitittaThe Name of the GameMamma MiaOne of UsWinner Takes It AllSOS??? GAYSTARNEWS- SONGS 1.WATERLOO 2.GIMME,GIMME3.DANCING4.CHIQUITITTA5. NAME OF THE GAME6.MOMMA MIA7. ONE OF US8.WINNER TAKES IT ALL9.SOS10.— Cher (@cher) July 25, 2018Cher announced that she had recorded an album of ABBA songs a couple of weeks ago during promotional interviews for the Mamma Mia sequel.The singer and actor has a role in the film. She plays Ruby Sheridan, the mother to Donna, played by Meryl Streep in the last film. In the new film, the younger Donna is played by Cinderella actress Lily James.In the film, Cher sings Fernando, which is notable by not being mentioned in her tweet. Unless it’s the tenth mystery track that she has not listed, although fans have been quick to speculate on social media. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Cher has revealed the tracklisting for her eagerly anticipated album of ABBA covers. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Björn Ulvaeus teases ABBA reunion, addresses whether there will be new album Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . In a subsequent tweet, Cher said the album was due to be released in September. When one fan asks is she’s recording the ABBA track My Love, My Life, she responds ‘Vol 2’… leaving the door open to a follow-up if this album is a success.New Mammia Mia proves a box office hitMamma Mia Here We Go Again opened at number two at the US box office over its opening weekend. It was pipped to the top spot by The Equalizer 2 (starring Denzel Washington). However, the ABBA-inspired sequel took a healthy $46million at the US box office – an improvement on the first Mamma Mia’s opening weekend of $28million.Worldwide, it took just over $96million at the box office last weekend, over a production budget of $75million.See alsoHow did Cher react to the very first gay men she ever met? Betty Who, Trace Lysette, and more fabulously lip-sync in Cher’s SOS videoCher has made an album of ABBA covers and now we need some SOSREVIEW: Cher’s new album Dancing Queen is here to save 2018Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

Old camera bag causes bomb scare on New Yorkbound plane

first_img Comments   Share   COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A New York-bound Turkish Airlines plane carrying 292 passengers made an emergency landing Thursday at Copenhagen’s international airport after an old camera bag, possibly forgotten by a passenger, caused a bomb scare.Police spokesman Christian Olsgaard said the discovery led to bomb-sniffing dogs and army bomb experts to comb the aircraft. Olsgaard said a bag with an old camera, “possibly forgotten by an earlier passenger,” had not been spotted during cleaning and that the plane was expected to resume its flight soon. Top Stories The discovery prompted the pilot on the aircraft that was en route from Istanbul to New York, to land in Copenhagen where it taxied to a remote corner.Dr. Ali Genc, a spokesman for Turkish Airlines, said there the Boeing 777 plane had been diverted to Copenhagen “as a precautionary measure following a possible security alert.” He said all passengers and cabin crew were safely evacuated to the terminal building.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Check your body, save your life Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies A Turkish Airlines plane is seen in Copenhagen Airport, Denmark, Thursday, June 25, 2015 . Danish police says a New York-bound Turkish Airlines plane made an emergency landing at Copenhagen’s international airport after an old camera bag, possibly forgotten by a passenger, caused a bomb scare. (Kenneth Meyer/Polfoto via AP) DENMARK OUTn last_img read more

Island calls for namesake movie star to visit

first_imgSource = Niue Island calls for namesake movie star to visitThe world’s biggest coral island – Niue, known widely as “The Rock of Polynesia” – has called out to its namesake from the movie business Dwayne Johnson (aka “The Rock”).The message: Come and play the ukulele with us.Niue Tourism Chief Executive Felicity Bollen says the occasion will be Niue’s forthcoming, inaugural, four-day Ukulele Festival – “NiueKelele” – in October. “We may not be able to match the global film audience Dwayne got from his ukulele cameo in ‘Journey 2: The Mysterious Island’, but we can offer him the unique chance to play in front of an entire nation – I can guarantee it.“And playing ‘What a wonderful world’, as he did in the movie, would be the perfect choice – that’s us.”Felicity says Niue’s musicians, residents and visitors have gone online with a heart-felt YouTube plea for Johnson to visit the island during the Festival, which runs from 21-24 October this year and features ukulele workshops, concerts, special island activities and a Gala dinner. “Some of the best uke players in the Pacific will be here to share their talent with Dwayne – and maybe pick up some acting tips from him in return.”She says persuading the star to take time out from his busy schedule is a big call. “But maybe he’d like a South Pacific break; he is, after all, part-Samoan. And given his recent involvement in Disney’s new movie ‘Moana’, a uke’ holiday at Niue might be right up his alley. We’ll look after him!” Niuediscover more herelast_img read more

Ethiopias new tourism policy to substantially focus on heritage and culture

first_imgThe Embassy of Ethiopia in Brussels in collaboration with Forbes Africa Magazine and the Brussels Press Club aimed at promoting the new tourism brand of Ethiopia dubbed as ‘Ethiopia, The Land Of Origins’ in Europe. The event had attendance from over hundred tourism professionals, tour operators, diplomats, journalists, and investors.During the event, it was explained that the present situation in the country is completely safe for tourists. Following the restoration of sustainable peace and stability in Ethiopia, several countries have been encouraged to visit the country. During the reported period, 439,359 tourists visited the country. And the profit made was over 1.6 billion dollars, the report from the embassy explained.Speaking during the occasion, Bisrat Tedla, General Manager, Ethiopian Airlines Benelux Office, gave some insights about Ethiopian’s modern fleet and services, both in terms of international and domestic flights.Past achievements and current efforts have contributed to march forward on the country’s aim to become a leading tourism destination. A sign for this commitment is the establishment of a tourism policy, as well as a National Tourism Council chaired by the Prime Minister of the country.  It is recalled that Ethiopia has been chosen 2016 best tourism destination, with the dozens of its cultural and historical, tangible and intangible heritages registered in the UNESCO.last_img read more

State urges teachers unions to accept latest proposal

first_imgBy Lizzy IoannidouThe government on Friday urged teachers’ unions to accept the latest proposal in view of the start of the school year and the current uncertainty, reminding them that following implementation, a greater dialogue could then be launched to solve the education crisis.Government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said: “The consensual proposal resulting from intensive consultations between the inter-ministerial committee and the trade union leadership is the regulation that should be applied to this specific school year.”He urged unions to accept the proposal until final agreements can be reached on educational reform and the streamlining of the system “for an improved and qualitatively upgraded public education.”Prodromou also said that the government and education ministry had already began preparatory work for the implementation of the most recent proposal, so as to ensure to the greatest extent possible a smooth start to the new school year.The board of teachers’ unions Poed, Oelmek and Oltek, met earlier on Friday to discuss whether a new compromise document, drafted jointly by union leaders and a ministerial committee on Thursday to resolve the protracted crisis in education, would be endorsed.While the unions will not announce any official decisions until Monday, efforts will continue on Saturday as the executive committees of the three unions are expected to hold separate meetings.“We have studied the document before us all… Our goal is to reach a solution as soon as possible provided that the other side will show the necessary consensus,” primary schools union Poed representative Charis Charalambous said.Earlier on Friday Charalambous said the proposal had some “additional positive elements” compared with previous ones.Speaking after the unions’ meeting, Charalambous added: “Regarding the document, there are concerns and suggestions. These will be collected and sent to the other party, and we’ll see how they will respond.”Despite the positive points on the most recent proposal, Charalambous said he would like to make clear that nothing has yet been decided.The possibility of the crisis dragging on should the unions come to a negative decision, or choose to issue a counterproposal, is still open, according to Charalambous.The most recent compromise document, formed jointly by a ministerial committee and the teachers’ unions leaders on Thursday, was studied on Friday by the administrative councils of the unions.Charalambous noted however that the new proposal contained positive changes to the issue of staffing, for which “the government previously said that nothing can be changed,” Charalambous said.As such, if the unions accept this latest proposal, they will aim to conclude efforts by Monday, so that the changes in staffing can be implemented as soon as possible.Should the unions give an official ‘yes’, all that remains would be for president Nicos Anastasiades to be briefed and sign off on the agreement.The government meanwhile announced that secondary schools would be opening on Monday.On Wednesday, the overwhelming majority of teachers – over 94 per cent — voted to grant their unions the authority to step up their reaction to government decisions they disapproved of.Rather than an escalation of measures, the unions have withdrawn from one of their previously-announced measures.You May LikeNewsDDivers Searching Lake Ontario’s Waters Recovered An Aircraft From The DepthsNewsDUndoDomesticatedCompanionThe Worst and Best U.S. States To Retire InDomesticatedCompanionUndoHealth & Human Research7 Foods That Could Cause ArthritisHealth & Human ResearchUndo UK plays Brexit hardball with ‘stubborn’ EUUndoAt least 20 killed, 50 injured in attack on VP candidate’s office in KabulUndoState Legal Service condemns attack on attorney-generalUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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