World Premiere of Sgt Stubby An American Hero to Benefit Variety the

first_imgFun Academy Motion Pictures, the studio behind the upcoming animated family film Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero and Variety – The Children’s Charity of Southern California, one of the entertainment industry’s most respected and generous non-profit institutions, are co-hosting the world premiere of the animated family feature as a fundraising event to benefit Variety – the Children’s Charity of Southern California and the Boys and Girls Club of Boyle Heights on Tuesday, March 27 at the Regal L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles.Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero opens nationwide on April 13Red carpet is 4:30 p.m.; with a reception at 5:00 p.m. and screening at 6:00 p.m.Tickets and event sponsorships are available to allow kids from underserved L.A. communities to attend the premiere. All net proceeds will be donated by Fun Academy to Variety – the Children’s Charity of Southern California, which has been serving the Los Angeles area since 1941.Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero, in theaters everywhere April 13, is based on the incredible true story of the unbreakable bond between a young Soldier and a stray dog who, for his valorous feats, is still recognized today as the first dog promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the U.S. Army. Stubby is the most decorated dog in American history and is widely considered the forerunner to the U.S. Army’s working dog program. Set against the backdrop of America’s entry into World War I, this computer-animated feature shows the world that the greatest heroes can come from the unlikeliest of places in a heartwarming “tail” for the entire family.On March 28th, the day following the world premiere, Fun Academy and Variety – the Children’s Charity, will co-host screenings in 14 cities across the U.S. and Canada – a first in the charity’s 90-year history – to further benefit Variety programs that provide life-saving, life-changing and life-enriching equipment and services to children who have a disability or are disadvantaged.“We are delighted to partner with Variety – the Children’s Charity to host the world premiere screening and multi-city tour of Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero,” said Richard Lanni, director of Sgt. Stubby and founder of Fun Academy. “We are excited to host 500 children and their families from organizations supported by Variety SoCal, including the Variety Boys and Girls Club of Boyle Heights, at our world premiere to enjoy this dog’s eye view of American history that kids will love, parents and educators will appreciate, and all ages can enjoy together.”“Variety – the Children’s Charity of Southern California is honored that Fun Academy Motion Pictures will premiere this heartwarming story to benefit children with special needs in our community. The children whom Variety supports overcome adversity every day. The inspiring story of Sgt. Stubby is one that the kids will really enjoy,” added John C. Hall, President of the Board of Directors of Variety of Southern California.The March 28th screenings locations are spread across North America and benefit causes selected by each local chapter (or “tent”) of Variety – the Children’s Charity:UNITED STATES:• Cathedral City, California – Variety Tent #66: D’Place Entertainment Mary Pickford Theatre 14 • Redwood City, California – Variety Tent #32: Cinemark Redwood Downtown 20 • Deltona, Florida – Variety Tent #70: Epic Theatres of West Volusia • Wheaton, Illinois – Variety Tent #26: Studio Movie Grill • Gurnee, Illinois – Variety Tent #26: Marcus Gurnee Cinema • Grand Rapids & Lansing, Michigan – Variety Tent #27: Celebration! Cinema Grand Rapids North / Celebration! Cinema Lansing • Chesterfield, Mississippi – Variety Tent #4: Marcus Theatres Chesterfield Galaxy 14 Cine • Downtown, Nevada – Variety Tent #39: Brendan Palms 14 • Williamsville, New York – Variety Tent #7: Regal Transit Center Stadium 18 • Brooklyn, New York – Variety Tent #35: National Amusements Linden Blvd. Multiplex • Harker Heights, Texas – Variety Tent #17: Cinemark at Market Heights • Fairfax, Virginia – Variety Tent #11: Cinema Arts TheatreCANADA: Sgt. Stubby: An Unlikely Hero• Alberta, British Columbia – Variety Tent #61: Westhills Cinemas • Winnipeg, Manitoba – Variety Tent #58: Scotiabank Theatre Winnipeg • Vancouver, British Columbia – Variety Tent #47: Scotiabank Cineplex TheatreOpening on approximately 3,000 screens across the U.S. and Canada and coinciding with the year-long 100th commemoration of the United States’ role in the “War to End All Wars,” Sgt. Stubby was directed by award-winning documentarian Richard Lanni in his feature film debut and stars Logan Lerman (Fury, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Percy Jackson & The Olympians), Helena Bonham Carter (the upcoming Ocean’s 8, the Harry Potter films, The King’s Speech, Sweeney Todd) and Gerard Depardieu (Life of Pi, Cyrano De Bergerac, The Man in the Iron Mask, Green Card).Featuring an original score by Patrick Doyle (Brave, Thor, Cinderella, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), Sgt. Stubby is produced and distributed by Fun Academy Motion Pictures with animation by Mikros Animation, a Technicolor company. Screenwriters are Richard Lanni and Mike Stokey II (Band of Brothers, The Pacific, Alexander, Born on the Fourth of July), with editing by Mark Solomon (Frankenweenie, Chicken Run, Shark Tale, the upcoming Sherlock Gnomes). Produced by Laurent Rodon and Emily Cantrill; and executive produced by Frank Lumpkin III, Tom Sheehan and Richard Lanni.As documented in history books but largely forgotten today, the true story of Sgt. Stubby will resonate with parents, educators, animal lovers, military supporters and history buffs alike. The film has been selected as an official project of the United States World War One Centennial Commission and its French counterpart, La Mission du Centenaire 1914-18; additional endorsements and educational partners include the Connecticut State Library, the National Infantry Museum Foundation, the National World War I Museum & Memorial, and the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes.Beyond his military exploits, Stubby’s status as an adopted stray has resulted in nearly a century of recognition by animal rescues and welfare organizations and Fun Academy has partnered with more than 70 regional and national animal organizations across all 50 states to shine a light on the human-animal bond and the amazing things adopted animals can do when given a chance in life.last_img read more

Alberta chiefs councillors lead the way in pay

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA-A First Nations band politician in Atlantic Canada has pulled in nearly $1 million in yearly pay, according to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.The tax watchdog group has released a second round of documents outlining the levels of pay chiefs and band councillors receive across the country.The documents show that 82 band chiefs and councillors made more money than the prime minister’s $317,574 salary in 2008-2009.In Atlantic Canada, one reserve politician made $978,000 that year.The Atlantic Canadian band chief or councillor is from a community with a registered population of 304, the documents show.The documents obtained by the organization have the names of individuals blacked out.Alberta has the highest paid chiefs and councillors in the country, according to the documents.In Alberta, home to the largest oil reserves in the world outside Saudi Arabia, 47 chiefs and councillors made more than the prime minister in 2008-2009.British Columbia had the second highest number of band politicians making more than the prime minister with 18, followed by Atlantic Canada with nine, Manitoba with five, Saskatchewan with two, Ontario with one and Quebec with none.A Saskatchewan Conservative MP recently tabled a private members bill to make all chief and band councillor salaries public.Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau issued a statement Monday saying the recently released numbers show the need for the bill to become law.last_img read more

Trump threat hovers over NAFTA as Ottawa talks end with no major

OTTAWA — The third round of talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement wrapped Wednesday with the spectre of a U.S. withdrawal by President Donald Trump looming ever larger, thanks to slow progress on major issues.The languid pace of the talks is being widely blamed on the lack of concrete proposals being brought by the U.S. — fuelled by internal U.S. divisions — but there is also grumbling about a lacklustre showing by some Canadian negotiators.That is stoking broader fears that an impatient Trump could trigger NAFTA’s withdrawal clause if he doesn’t see a win for the U.S. by the end of the year.The lead ministers for Canada, Mexico and the United States congratulated themselves for modest progress in signing off on one chapter on small and medium-sized businesses. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said they expect to complete the competition chapter prior to the next round of talks two weeks from now in Washington.No substantive progress was made on the investor state dispute settlement process; opening up Canada’s supply-managed dairy and poultry industry; or the U.S. demand for greater American content in automobiles manufactured in North America.Nonetheless, Freeland was doing her best Wednesday to sound a positive note, calling the progress “astonishing.”“Really significant, speedy progress has been made on a number of fronts,” she told a news conference.“On some of the hardest issues, proposals have not been tabled, so we haven’t gotten to those. That is standard practice in a trade agreement.”A rift also emerged Wednesday with unions saying Canada was facing opposition from the United States and Mexico on its proposal to raise labour standards, targeting what is seen as anti-union practices in more than two dozen U.S. states and improving the plight of Mexican workers.All three ministers acknowledged that difficult issues lay ahead for the fourth round. Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo took a shot at the U.S., which has not tabled written proposals on the most contentious issues.“As the negotiations move forward, it is important we have the will to table positions that encourage constructive discussions,” he said.Sources close to the talks, who were not authorized to speak publicly, said the U.S. is demanding an eight-fold increase in Mexico’s minimum wage, which is currently less than $1 per hour. The Mexican delegation flatly rejected that idea.Guajardo also appeared to bristle at the American and Canadian focus on labour standards, saying Mexico won’t accept any proposal that will “restrict any possibilities to create work or trade.”Freeland held firm on her push for enforceable, progressive labour standards, drawing a link between it and lost Canadian jobs.Freeland said the proposal was meant to address “the very legitimate concerns of Canadian workers that trade agreements can sometimes expose Canadian workers to competition with workers who function in an environment of lower labour standards.”U.S. Trade Representative Bob Lighthizer said “some very difficult and contentious issues” lie ahead, including the inevitable showdown on Canadian dairy practices, which Trump has loudly blamed for lost jobs on Midwestern farms. The U.S. would continue to push for “reciprocal market access for American farmers, ranchers and businesses.”Dan Ujczo, an Ohio-based international trade lawyer who represents companies in both U.S. and Canada, detected a decidedly pessimistic mood among the stakeholders and negotiators who attended a reception in Ottawa on Tuesday night.“The universal view is that this is going down in stunning glory,” Ujczo said in an interview.“In that room of 250 people, I didn’t hear one positive comment about what was happening in these negotiations.”In addition to failing to provide detail on its position on some of the most contentious issues, Ujczo said the U.S. has signalled it intends to take a hard line on matters like government procurement and dispute resolution.“Everything the U.S. is adding are those types of measures that will restrict trade,” he said, adding that stakeholders are already preparing for the demise of NAFTA, with some who made investment decisions based on the pact even getting ready to launch litigation against the U.S.The talks ended a day after the U.S. Department of Commerce proposed a hefty 219 per cent countervailing duty on jets manufactured by Montreal’s Bombardier, further straining the Canada-U.S. trading relationship.Freeland said she discussed the Boeing-Bombardier dispute in her meeting with Lighthizer, but she considers the matter to be separate from the NAFTA talks, in part due to the fact the action was not taken by Lighthizer’s department. She said she would be talking soon with U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.The Bombardier developments had a “sobering” impact on stakeholders, who are bracing for the ongoing talks to fall apart at some point, Ujczo said.“It fits the narrative that this is a U.S. that is very serious about restricting trade.”Freeland reiterated her oft-repeated message that the U.S. enjoys a trade surplus with Canada in variety of areas, citing the statistics on steel, manufacturing and auto parts. She also made no bones about the fact the Trump administration is “unconventional” and “protectionist.”“We have a highly productive relationship,” she noted. “We want to keep it that way.”A top Mexican business leader echoed the “do no harm” approach to the talks in an interview with The Canadian Press.Mexico is deeply worried about the possibility of Trump making a move to unilaterally withdraw from NAFTA, said Moises Kalach, a leading member of the private-sector group that advises the Mexican government on the negotiations.“We take it very seriously. He is the president of the United States,” Kalach said in an interview.Like Canada, Mexico has mounted its own full-court press on various levels of U.S. government and business. Kalach cited 200 stakeholder meetings in the U.S. and meetings with 22 state governors. Mexican business leaders also planned meetings with 20 Canadian businesses and associations this week.The overarching take away from all of that consulting, said Kalach, is this: most are on a different page than Trump and see NAFTA as essential.Most companies don’t agree with Trump’s threats to NAFTA’s Chapter 19 dispute resolution process, he said.“It seems like the only voice out there that does not agree with some of the things we’ve been doing is President Trump and his team. So yes, we’re worried about withdrawal.” read more

Metals and energy shares lead TSX higher as oil and gold prices

TORONTO — Rallying metals and energy shares led a broad-based advance on Canada’s main stock index today.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 64.97 points to 15,807.17.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average added 30.71 points to 22,871.72. The S&P 500 index inched up 2.24 points to 2,553.17 and the Nasdaq composite index gained 14.29 points to 6,605.80.The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 80.08 cents US, down 0.10 of a centThe November crude contract advanced 85 cents to US$51.45 per barrel and the November natural gas contract was up one cent at US$3.00 per mmBTU.The December gold contract rose $8.10 to US$1,304.60 an ounce and the December copper contract was up one cent to US$3.13 a pound. read more

April mini heatwave 2018 how long we can expect warm British weather

Temperatures are set to soar to 28C (82F) in some parts on Thursday, making it the warmest April day in nearly 70 years.The South East will enjoy the best of the weather, while most of England and Wales should see the temperature rise into at least the low 20s, the Met Office said.Conditions will be mild across the UK, with Northern Ireland likely to push 19C (66F) in some parts and a peak of 20C (68F) possible in Aberdeenshire in Scotland, the forecaster said.The hot weather far surpasses the average maximum temperature for April, which sits at 11.4C (53F).The summery spell comes as a result of warm air from the Azores, off the coast of Portugal, being dragged up towards the UK by the combined efforts of an area of low pressure over the Atlantic and high pressure over western Europe. Swimmers go for an early morning dip in the Serpentine, in Hyde Park, London Hayfever sufferers hit by high pollen countsSome hayfever sufferers could be affected by high pollen counts, he added. 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. How long will the warm temperatures last?Thursday is expected to be the hottest day of the warm spell, with weekend temperatures dipping slightly before showery outbreaks on Sunday.Competitors in the London Marathon can expect hot and humid conditions with a forecast of between 21C (70F) and 23C (73F), Mr Burkill said.”There could be a shower but it’s not very likely. It’s not great conditions for running. In fact if any showers do come they might be very welcome,” he said.  For the latest UK weather news, click here. Swimmers go for an early morning dip in the Serpentine, in London’s Hyde Park, on ThursdayCredit:HENRY NICHOLLS /Reuters When was the previous warmest April day?A high of 28C would beat the 2001 April high of 27.8C (82F), the Met Office said.The warmest April day on record was 29.4C (85F) in 1949.Meteorologist Alex Burkill said: “There’s a fairly good chance of 28C, there’s about a 60 per cent chance.”Quite widely we are going to see low 20s, and for many it will be a little warmer than Wednesday.” Temperatures will climb even further tomorrow in the #sunshine, with possibly 27 ºC being reached somewhere in SE England, which will make it the #warmestdayoftheyear so far…again!— Met Office (@metoffice) April 18, 2018 A high of 25.3C (78F) was recorded in St James’ Park in London on Wednesday, making it the hottest day of the year so far. Whilst pollen levels will be high across much of the UK, only hay fever sufferers who are affected by birch and ash tree pollen will feel the impacts 🌳— Met Office (@metoffice) April 19, 2018 Mr Burkill said: “For anyone who suffers from tree pollen they will probably be feeling the effects, but that’s only about 20 per cent of hayfever sufferers. Grass pollen season comes later in summer.” The highest temperature of the year so far was recorded as 25.7C at Heathrow Airport on Thursday.Met Office forecaster Graham Madge said the mercury was expected to soar past that later, pointing out that Wednesday’s peak temperature was recorded at around 3pm.He said: “We are not expecting that that is the maximum temperature – it will go higher than that. It is already warmer than any April temperature last year.” Weather forecast for Thursday and the week ahead read more

THE END HSV Handball to 3rd Bundesliga

← Previous Story Aron Palmarsson with three years contract in Veszprem from 2015! Next Story → Qatar 2015 qual. warm-up: Norway beat Germany German handballHSV Handball HSV Handball are refused once again by licence comission which means that EHF CL winner in 2013 and DKB Bundesliga champion 2011 will have to be relegated to the 3rd German Bundesliga.  There is no way that team from Hamburg solve financial problems in short period of time after former president and the biggest sponsor Rudolph decided to leave handball.HBW Balingen will have chance to play again at the DKB Bundesliga despite relegation, while Sarlouis could save his place at 2nd Bundesliga….Eagles have already began to catch HSV’s stars. First of them, Joan Canellas will sign a deal with THW Kiel… read more

Nuns assaulted in burglary at convent

first_imgTWO NUNS WERE assaulted during a burglary at a convent on the Falls Road in Belfast, the PSNI has said.One of the nuns needed to be hospitalised for shock after the burglary during both both women were forced into a room by the burglar.The incident – described by the PSNI as a ‘distraction burglary’ – happened at the convent on Tuesday afternoon.A man entered the convent, attacked one of the nuns and forced her to empty her purse. He then assaulted her and another nun before searching the building for more cash.The women were forced into a rear room in the property before the assailant left.One nun was treated at the scene for minor injuries while the other was brought to hospital. The PSNI said both were left badly shaken.The man was described as being around 6 feet tall, in his 40s, of stocky build and with a Belfast accent. Police have asked anyone with information to contact them.last_img read more

Russia is not only supplying weapons to rebels but is also firing

first_imgRUSSIA FIRED ARTILLERY on positions inside the Ukraine overnight in support of rebels in the warring east of the country according to the Ukrainian army.The fire from the Russian side came in clashes at between rebels and the Ukranian military at a border crossing.Ukrainian forces are trying to close in on the rebels, cutting them off from the border with Russia which Kiev believes is the source of arms and reinforcement.The claims are backed up by the US who say they have evidence that Russian forces were firing artillery from inside Russia on Ukrainian troops.US officials called a “clear escalation” of the conflict.Moscow is also planning to “deliver heavier and more powerful multiple rocket launchers” to the pro-Russian separatist forces in Ukraine, US deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said.The evidence was based on “intelligence information” indicating arms were “continuing to flow across the border” into Ukraine since the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner with 298 on board, Harf said.But she refused to reveal the evidence behind the allegation or give further information.“They’re firing artillery from within Russia to attack Ukrainian military,” Harf told reporters.Washington, however, was still looking into the downing of two Ukrainian fighter jets on Wednesday. Kiev has alleged the warplanes were hit by missiles fired from Russian territory.The shelling by Russian forces against Ukrainian positions had been “going on for several days,” said Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steven Warren.“It’s a clear escalation,” Warren told reporters.The Pentagon did not specify the precise location of the Russian artillery units or the artillery fire.The Russian shelling has taken place “within the last 14 days,” according to a statement issued by US intelligence agencies.Russia has continued a troop build-up near the border of Ukraine and kept up deliveries of arms and equipment to separatists since the downing of the Malaysian airliner, US defense officials told AFP.The Russians have sent at least one battalion a week to the border area in recent weeks, raising the troop level to 15,000 forces, up from about 12,000 last week, said two defense officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.“It looks like a steady increase,” one official said.Military hardware has also continued to arrive at a large base set up near Rostov, which is used as a staging and training area before the equipment is transported to the rebels in Ukraine, according to defense officials.US intelligence officials said this week that artillery and multiple rocket launcher systems recently arrived at the southwestern base in Rostov.Moscow has vehemently denied a role in the conflict between pro-Russian separatists and government troops which has left more than 400 people dead and displaced tens of thousands.© – AFP 2014 with additional reporting by Associated Press Read: Ukraine’s Prime Minister has resigned >Read: Bodies of MH17 victims keep arriving in the Netherlands >last_img read more

Weddings and Botox have injected 163 more jobs into Galway and Mayo

first_imgWeddings and Botox have injected 163 more jobs into Galway and Mayo The Knot Worldwide and Allegan both announced investment today. A TOTAL OF 163 new jobs are to be created in the west of the country following two significant investment announcements today.Wedding planning company The Knot Worldwide is to establish an operations centre in Galway creating 100 jobs, while Botox manufacturer Allergan is to increase its Westport presence with the addition of 63 more jobs.The Knot Worldwide currently operates in 15 countries and its website has helped more than 40 million couples around the world plan their weddings.It does this by allowing couples access to planning tools and connecting them with local goods and services. Roles to be filled at the Galway base include writers and community forum support staff.Pharmaceutical firm Allergan already employs almost 2,000 people in Ireland and has laboratory and manufacturing facilities in Westport, Co Mayo and Clonshaugh in north Dublin. The Westport campus was first opened in 1977 and is now the company’s most complex global base. It is where Allergan produces its flagship Botox product.The company today announced a further investment of €65 million into the Westport facility that will support the addition of 63 more jobs.The investment will focus on new manufacturing suites in the Westport biologics facility and will also support the completion of a new microbiology and cell-based laboratory.  Allergan’s Westport facility. Source: Allergan“This €65 million investment further cements Ireland’s strategic role in Allergan’s global network,” Allergan’s vice president and plant general manager Paul Coffey said today. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Monday 29 Apr 2019, 5:44 PM 15,328 Views Short URL Westport is the home of Allergan’s botox manufacturing. (File photo) Continued investment of this scale builds on the €50 million investment programme in 2018 and €42 million in 2017, which allows us to apply world-class technology to Allergan’s leading innovation and product development strategy.Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said Allegan’s decision demonstrated the strength of FDI investment in Ireland:“This is great news for Westport and for Mayo and reinforces the region’s deserved reputation as a location for investment and innovation. It is further evidence of the confidence international companies like Allergan continue to have in Ireland.” Apr 29th 2019, 5:44 PM Image: Shutterstock 6 Comments Westport is the home of Allergan’s botox manufacturing. (File photo) Image: Shutterstock Share Tweet Email3 By Rónán Duffylast_img read more

Dimas concerned at Cyprus issue progress

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Foreign Minister Stavros Dimas has expressed his government’s dissatisfaction over the stalemate in the direct talks to solve the Cyprus problem, stressing that the Turkish Cypriot side has continuously retreated in the course of the negotiations. Dimas, who will be accompanying Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos on his two-day official visit to Cyprus, told the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) that the Cyprus issue remains an issue of invasion and occupation for the Greek government, and stressed that Greece will continue to struggle for a just and viable solution and for the reunification of the island. He said that the negotiations must be Cypriot-led and Cypriot-owned and that the people of Cyprus should decide upon the future of their united country. Dimas also expressed Greece’s discomfort over Turkey’s threats as regards the assumption of the Presidency of the Council of the EU by Cyprus. Cyprus, an EU member since May 2004, will assume the six-monthly rotating EU Presidency in July 2012. Turkey, which does not recognise the Republic of Cyprus, has threatened to freeze its relations with the EU when Cyprus assumes the EU Presidency. The Greek Foreign Minister also referred to explorations and the exploitation of Greece’s natural resources, noting that the Greek government has shown its will to cooperate with neighbouring countries, including Cyprus. He added that the brotherly relations with the Republic of Cyprus, as well as the steady cooperation with Israel, are the ideal basis for the further development of the collaboration. Asked about the Turkish threats on Cyprus’ sovereign right to exploit its natural resources found in its exclusive economic zone, Dimas described these threats as unfounded, noting that the international community has condemned them. In his interview with CNA, Dimas also referred to the current economic situation in Greece, noting that there is a great deal of things that need to be done and therefore the next government’s task is hard. Last December Cypriot President Demetris Christofias announced that exploratory drilling carried out by Houston-based Noble Energy in block 12 of the island’s exclusive economic zone, revealed a gross mean average of 7 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of natural gas. Turkey, whose troops occupy Cyprus’ northern part since they invaded in 1974, does not recognise the Republic of Cyprus. Following a decision by Nicosia to begin natural gas and oil exploration in its exclusive economic zone, Ankara has deployed warships in the Eastern Mediterranean and has signed an illegal agreement with the Turkish Cypriot regime in occupied Cyprus to delineate what it calls its continental shelf. The government of Cyprus has protested Turkey’s moves to the EU and the UN, saying it has a sovereign right to exploit its natural resources, pointing out that Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots stand to gain from any benefits that may come from oil drilling. UN-backed talks for a settlement to the Cyprus problem began in September 2008. Source: Athens Newslast_img read more

New Coke returns for Stranger Things season 3

first_img 4 Soda flop. Coca-Cola Co. Stranger Things celebrates the 1980s, and with season 3 out July 4, what better way to give a taste of the decade then to revisit the infamous tweak to Coca-Cola known as New Coke. The beverage company tweeted Tuesday that it’ll pop open a limited release of New Coke to promote the new season of Stranger Things on streaming service Netflix. This comes 34 years after the release of the failed drink. Tags Starting on May 23 at 5 p.m. ET, the Coca-Cola Co. will release a limited-supply run of New Coke in the company’s online store. A bundle of two cans of the recipe and a limited-edition and numbered Stranger Things/Coca-Cola and Coke Zero Sugar 8-oz. glass bottle will be available for purchase. Coke will also set up free vending machines filled with New Coke in select cities. Customers who purchase tickets to the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta or who spend $19.85 or more at Coca-Cola Store Las Vegas on certain days during the week of June 3 will also have an opportunity to score cans of New Coke. Stranger Things creators The Duffer Brothers directed a new series trailer that doubles as a commercial for the drink and will be played in select movie theaters starting May 24.  In a first-of-its-kind partnership with Netflix, we’re bringing back New Coke as an innovative way to reach “Stranger Things” fans.— The Coca-Cola Co. (@CocaColaCo) May 21, 2019 Released in April 1985, New Coke was the Atlanta-based company’s attempt to regain market share that it was losing to other drinks. The new recipe didn’t make any fans, causing a huge backlash among drinkers of the original. It took just three months after the release for Coca-Cola to announce it would reintroduce the old drink that summer, dubbing it Coca-Cola Classic. Stranger Things season 3 is set during the summer of 1985. Originally published May 21, 9:09 a.m. PT.Update, May 22: Includes additional info on how to get New Coke. Share your voice Comments TV and Movieslast_img read more

CM meets Governor briefs him on bills passed by Assembly

Amaravati: Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Tuesday met state Governor Biswabhushan Harichandan here andbriefed him about the just ended budget session of the legislature and discussed a host of issues. Sources in the Chief Ministers Office said Jagan briefed the Governor about the various landmark Bills passed by the legislature, including the bill for reserving 75 per cent of jobs to locals in industries. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us The job bill has generated a lot of adverse reaction from different quarters, including the industry. The assembly session ended on Tuesday. This was the first formal meeting between the Governor and the Chief Minister after the former was sworn-in as the Head of the State on July 24. In the hour-long meeting Jagan also explained about ‘Navaratnalu’, his governments flagship welfare programmes, and other initiatives such as Spandana, the weekly grievance redressal programme in government offices across the state. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us The judicial preview legislation that is intended to ensure transparency in tendering process for government contracts through an oversight by a retired judge was also explained to the Governor, the sources added. The Chief Minister informed the Governor about his governments initiatives to root out corruption at all levels. Jagan also informed Harichandan about his upcoming personal visits to Jerusalem and the US next month, the sources added. Advertise With Us The Chief Minister presented an wooden idol of Lord Sri Venkateswara to the Governor on the occasion. Earlier in the day, Jana Sena Party president Pawan Kalyan called on the Governor at the temporary Raj Bhavan in Vijayawada. A party release said it was a courtesy call. Party Political Affairs Committee chairman Nadendla Manohar, politburo member Konidela Nagendra Babu and other leaders accompanied Kalyan. read more

Venezuela blames US sanctions for blocking debt financing oil sales

first_imgReutersVenezuela accused US-led sanctions has led to negative impacts on debt refinancing, food and medicinal imports, lost billions of dollars in oil assets as the country continues to suffer from one of its biggest economic crisis. The President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro claimed that the country is ‘the victim of a US plot to topple him, eradicate socialism and hand the world’s largest oil reserves to multinationals,’ reported Reuters.According to a study by Brookings Institution, it shows that the sanctions have inflicted “very serious harm to human life.” Arguing that the impact on human lives is illegal under international laws, the study said, “We find that the sanctions have inflicted, and increasingly inflict, very serious harm to human life and health, including an estimated more than 40,000 deaths from 2017–2018.”However, Vice Foreign Minister William Castillo has denied all claims of the humanitarian crisis in the country including state and human rights violence expressed by the United Nations human rights Chief Michelle Bachelet.The US has played a major role in the Venezuelan crisis. US President Donald Trump called Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro an ‘illegitimate dictator’ and supports opposition leader Juan Guaido as its rightful interim ruler. It has imposed sanctions on the oil sector as well as Maduro’s allies, reported Reuters.”Today the United States has confiscated some $30 billion in (state oil company) PDVSA assets while 40 banks are holding onto some $5.4 billion, preventing Venezuela from purchasing food and medication,” Castillo told the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, reported the global news agency.Citing data such as the country’s oil export income which had plummeted from $40 billion per year to $5 billion, Castillo said, “Venezuela can’t refinance its debt and oil tankers and businesses are being punished.”last_img read more

One killed during clash over Facebook post in Rangpur

first_imgAn old woman crying as her house torched at Harkali Thakurpara in Rangpur on Friday. Photo: Moinul IslamA man was killed and 20 others including four policemen injured in a clash between law enforcers and locals at Thakurbari village in Sadar upazila of Rangpur on Friday over a youth’s Facebook post ‘demeaning’ Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PUBH), reports UNB.Additional superintendent of police (Circle A) Saifur Rahman said Titu Chandra, a resident of Thakurbari village, has posted a picture in his Facebook account with derogatory remarks about Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PUBH).Over the issue, several hundred people gathered at Pagla Pirer Bazar, adjacent to Thakurbari village, after Juma prayers and started chanting slogans demanding immediate arrest of Titu Chandra, he said.Later, around 8,000 people from nearby villages thronged the bazaar and marched towards Thakurbari village, a Hindu-dominated village.Reaching the village, the angry people vandalised and torched 8-10 houses of the Hindu community, the additional SP said.On information, police rushed in, charged baton, fired rubber bullets and lobbed teargas canisters to disperse the agitating people, leaving six people injured with bullets.One of the injured — Hasan — died while being moved to Rangpur Medical College Hospital, Saifur said.Later, the angry mob blocked Rangpur-Syedpur road and vandalised several moving vehicles.Saifur said additional police personnel were called in to bring the situation under control.last_img read more

Amazon Key Now Delivers to Ford Lincoln Vehicles

first_imgStay on target As if granting a stranger access to your house or garage weren’t creepy enough, Amazon Key now delivers to high-end vehicles.Following last year’s rollout to GM and Volvo cars, the retail giant has partnered with Ford to leave begin leaving parcels in select Ford and Lincoln automobiles.“It’s a convenient, secure way to ensure your packages are delivered directly to you when you are out for the day, anticipating bad weather, or wondering if your package is safe,” the Ford Motor Company wrote in a blog announcement.AdChoices广告It’s also a convenient way to ensure your car is hijacked, damaged, or missing parts.Key by Amazon—available only to Prime members—is open to select Ford 2017 and newer models with FordPass Connect, as well as Lincoln 2018 and later vehicles equipped with Lincoln Connect.The program allows delivery drivers to unlock your car by linking Amazon Prime and FordPass or Lincoln Way accounts.Through In-Car delivery, eligible Ford and Lincoln owners now can have their Amazon Prime packages delivered to their vehicles (via Ford Motor Company)As with the firm’s home or garage drop-offs, an accompanying mobile app provides notifications throughout the process—including a heads up before delivery takes place, and confirmation the parcel was dropped off and the vehicle locked.“Plus, you are always in control,” the blog said. “So if you change your mind the day of delivery, you can block access to your car.”In which case delivery will be made to the building where your automobile is parked (be it a house, apartment, or office), or you can reschedule for another day.For now, Key In-Car delivery is available in 50 U.S. cities, including 13 new locations in North Carolina, Ohio, California, Michigan, Connecticut, Nevada, Virginia, Oklahoma, Nebraska, New York, and Delaware.And, as Engadget pointed out, you have to station your vehicle within two blocks of the delivery address in a publicly accessible area (that means ticketed parking garages are off limits).This is just the “first wave of what’s possible,” according to Ford, which tipped on-demand car wash services.“People everywhere are actively looking for ways to simplify their lives,” the blog said. “At Ford, we are committed to working with these service providers to bring valuable, convenient options directly to our customer—or at least their car.”More on’s Alexa Will Speak Spanish in the US This YearAmazon Will Launch 3,236 Satellites to Offer Broadband Internet from SpaceFord’s ‘Self-Braking Trolley’ Takes the Stress Out of Grocery Shopping Amazon’s ‘Marvelous’ Gas Station Discount Causes Chaos in CaliforniaAmazon to Donate Unsold Products Instead of Trashing Them last_img read more

Can mangoes make you fat

first_imgSummers are the bearer of the sweet aroma of memories of vacations, lazy afternoons and mangoes. This fruit is loved by all young or old but lately it has been infamous for its sugar content and is considered as a cause of weight gain so can mangoes really make us fat? Experts suggest the pros of eating mangoes and what to keep in mind:4Mango is not just pure indulgence but a powerhouse to various nutrients like it has vitamin A, iron, copper and potassium. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf4Mango is an energy food and provides sugar rush to the body which helps boost the energy levels of the body and keeps you active throughout the day. 4It is a storehouse to Vitamin C that increases the immunity and it is also rich in dietary fibre content4Eating too much of mangoes can be harmful for health so maintaining the portion control is the key4A medium-sized mango has nearly 150 calories, eating anything beyond the permissible calorie limits results in weight gain. Hence, it is advised not to overeat. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive4Eating mangoes after meals increases the overall calories intake.4We should replace our mid-morning or evening snacks with mangoes. It helps one enjoy the king of fruits without worrying about piling calories.4Avoid having mangoes at night. It is preferable to have it during the first half of the day.4The number of calories that food carries tells you how much energy it provides. Excess calories are stored as fat, which is why over eating leads to weight gain.4Mangoes are inversely high on sugar, which generally is an enemy. This is because it causes insulin spikes and falls, which can leave you hungry and cause you to overeat.last_img read more

Help Ive Been Kidnapped by My Apple Watch

first_imgApril 30, 2015 Regular readers will recall that my first date with the Apple Watch did not go smoothly. I was wearing it wrong. The apps were sluggish. The first time I tried to message a friend it crashed.One week later, I still don’t love it. But I am having feelings. Mostly after small victories.I felt something when I figured out how to tune Twitter so that I wasn’t bombarded with notifications.I felt something when, six days later, I managed to add someone to my friends screen.I felt something when I began to get comfortable with the interface vocabulary — the vertical swipes, the horizontal swipes, the force touch, the digital crown.“Do not expect to strap on Apple Watch for the first time and feel entirely at home,” says Daring Fireball’s John Gruber in Watch, Apple Watch, an essay that makes a useful distinction between needing a wireless computer on your wrist and wanting one.This is a device that demands exploration. It needs to be mastered. It needs to be fine-tuned to fit your digital lifestyle.And when it does, when Apple’s “most personal” device starts to feel at home, you can’t help bonding with it.I’m reminded of the way people who mastered a complex piece of pre-WYSIWYG software — the typists who memorized WordPerfect’s obscure keystroke combinations, for example — clung to it until their cold dead fingers had to be pried off the keyboard.I’ve searched for a term to describe this phenomenon, and I think I’ve found it: Stockholm syndrome. Here’s how Wikipedia, borrowing from an FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, defines it.Stockholm syndrome, or capture-bonding, is a psychologicalphenomenon in which hostages expressempathy and sympathy and have positive feelings toward their captors, sometimes to the point of defending and identifying with the captors. These feelings are generally considered irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims, who essentially mistake a lack of abuse from their captors for an act of kindness.Mistaking a lack of abuse for an act of kindness. That’s me and my Apple Watch, one week later. This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 2 min read Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Rayavadee early board offer

first_imgSource = Rayavadee Rayavadee early board offerRayavadee early board offerRayavadee has announced an Early Bird Offer of 10 percent savings on contract rates for new bookings received until 28 February 2018 for travel to the acclaimed Thai resort from 1 March to 29 March and 3 April to 10 May 2018.The Rayavadee Early Bird Offer is available on bookings across all room categories and includes daily breakfast, an additional bed and third person occupancy.The offer can be combined with Bonus Night and Honeymoon Offers only.A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Rayavadee presents award-winning architecture, fine cuisine, a relaxation spa and a fleet of speedboats for excursions to surrounding islands.Set within the spectacular scenery of Krabi’s Marine National Park in the heart of the Phranang Peninsular on southern Thailand’s Andaman coast, Rayavadee features 98 luxurious pavilions and four beachfront villas spread over 26 acres of coconut groves and tropical landscapes, set against a backdrop of sheer limestone cliffs and bordered by three beaches.Whether guests are looking to visit a deserted beach at sunset or spend the day on a luxurious speedboat visiting Phi Phi Island or Phang Nga Bay, the array of sea excursions promise exhilarating adventure and romance. One can kayak through a pristine mangrove forest, climb aboard an elephant for a ramble through the Krabi landscape, scale a rock wall with a private rock climbing instructor, hike a nature trail to a waterfall, learn to scuba dive or discover the art of Thai cooking.Bookings of the Rayavadee Early Bird Offer can be made through preferred Thailand wholesalers or email Svetlana Jovanovic at The Unique Tourism Collection on quoting AUS Early Bird Offer.last_img read more

Josh3Rosens first career throw 🎯🎯🎯 LACvsAZ

first_img.@Josh3Rosen’s first career throw?🎯🎯🎯 #LACvsAZ— NFL (@NFL) August 12, 2018Rosen showed his ability to be mobile and move out of the pocket to avoid getting sacked. #CAPSZN— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) August 12, 2018Fourth-string quarterback Charles Kandoff was the only Cardinal with a touchdown pass, on a nice 14-yard throw to tight end Bryce Williams. In case you missed @ChristianDavon2’s first career touch…😱😱😱 #LACvsAZ— NFL (@NFL) August 12, 2018Another rookie, Josh Rosen, also made his preseason debut. He threw for 41 yards on an efficient six completions on 13 passes. The 10th overall pick in the NFL Draft grabbed low snaps and faced pressure, as protection was inconsistent. .@jaycash_16 scoops. @jaycash_16 SCORES!@AZCardinals can take this one to the bank. #LACvsAZ— NFL (@NFL) August 12, 2018Cornerback Bené Benwikere tipped a pass that A.J. Howard intercepted and returned for seven yards. 0 Comments   Share   That. Burst. Good to have you back, @DavidJohnson31. #LACvsAZ— NFL (@NFL) August 12, 2018Johnson’s backup, Chase Edmonds, came in and scored on an impressive run breaking multiple tackles at the goal line. He finished with five carries for 11 yards and the Cardinals only touchdown of the first half. That @josh3rosen kid miiiiight be a keeper. Watch the throw. 👀💪 #LACvsAZ— NFL (@NFL) August 12, 2018Linebacker Jeremy Cash scored on a fumble recovery in the second half. It was the only score for the Cardinals until the third quarter. Cash was later carted off the field due to a knee injury. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Second effort.Third effort.Fourth effort.Touchdown. A+++ for effort, @ChaseEdmonds22. #LACvsAZ— NFL (@NFL) August 12, 2018Hometown rookie Christian Kirk had a special moment in his debut, returning a punt for 38 yards before tripping and falling trying to fake out the defending punter on a potential touchdown. Arizona Cardinals tight end Bryce Williams (80) scores a touchdown as Los Angeles Chargers linebacker D’Juan Hines (59) pursues during the second half of a preseason NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Together we can do more.@TUoffTOz with the tip. @aj25howard with the pick!— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) August 12, 2018Cap Capi lead the defense in making plays, finishing with three sacks and a force fumble. Notable @Princeton alumni: Woodrow Wilson, James Madison, @AZCardinals reserve QB Charles Kanoff. @IvyLeague represent! #LACvsAZ— NFL (@NFL) August 12, 2018The Cardinals won the preseason opener 24-17. Next game will be against the New Orleans Saints on Aug. 17. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals fans can finally rejoice: Football is back.Granted, it’s preseason football, but fans still showed up Saturday night to host the Los Angeles Chargers.After missing 15 games last season, running back David Johnson returned with two solid runs for 28 total yards before coach Steve Wilks sat him for the night. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more