Paul McCartney Launches PETAs List Of Top 10 Most VeganFriendly Cities

first_imgJust before taking the stage last Friday at Portland’s Moda Center during his “One on One” tour, Paul McCartney presented a special PETA award to Portland Mayor Charlie Hales: Most Vegan-Friendly City in the U.S.Paul McCartney with Charlie Hales and Dan MathewsPETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” — scoured restaurant menus and reviews across the country to compile a list of the Top 10 Vegan-Friendly Cities in the U.S., which, among other cities, includes perennial honorees New York and Los Angeles, alongside newcomers Nashville, Tennessee, and Honolulu.“American cities are doing more than ever to meet the skyrocketing hunger for hearty meat-free burgers, deliciously decadent dairy-free desserts, and other plant-based fare,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Every vegan-friendly city on PETA’s list is making the world a better place for animals, the environment, and diners’ health.”Portland nabbed the list’s top spot, thanks to its prevalence of vegan-friendly eateries. Roughly one in six Oregon restaurants is vegan, according to a Yelp comparative analysis, which tracked trending terms such as “vegan strip mall,” “vegan cheese shop,” and “vegan bakeries.” First runner-up Los Angeles, by comparison, boasts more than 600 vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants and other businesses, including Crossroads, a celebrity favorite. And New York, in third place, is known for its fine vegan-dining options (such as Blossom and Candle 79) and its quick counter-service eateries (such as by CHLOE and Terri).Rounding out the top five vegan-friendly cities on PETA’s list are the fourth-place Detroit, where the urban-farming and food-justice movement is in full swing (at establishments like Detroit Vegan Soul), and Nashville, in fifth place, thanks to all-vegan eateries (such as Vegan Vee Gluten-Free Bakery, Avo, and Coco Greens Vegan Café). San Diego, in sixth place, isn’t far behind (check out vegan death-metal cocktail bar Kindred), while Honolulu, where the vegan scene is hopping (with restaurants such as Simple Joy Vegetarian Cuisine and Greens & Vines), is number seven. Austin, Texas, comes in at number eight, thanks to its numerous vegan food trucks (such as the delicious BBQ Revolution), and Seattle—home of the country’s first vegan pizza place, Pizza Pi Vegan—follows at number nine. Richmond, Virginia, with its hip and vegan-friendly hangouts (such as Strange Matter), completes PETA’s list at number 10.last_img read more

Ed Asner Art Smith and Elaine Frontain Bryant to be Honored at

first_imgThe Ed Asner Family Center, dedicated to promoting mental health and enrichment programs to special needs children and their families, presents its first annual A NIGHT OF DREAMS Gala, honoring Emmy-winning actor Ed Asner, world renowned chef Art Smith and Emmy-winner Elaine Frontain Bryant, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming for A&E Network, for their dedication to the special needs communities.A NIGHT OF DREAMS Gala will take place on November 15, 2018 at Exchange LA Downtown.The headline attraction of the evening will be a special set by Grammy Award-winning music legend Peter Frampton. In addition, Naia Izumi, NPR’s 2018 Tiny Desk Contest Winner, will perform. Hosting the event will be Emmy-winning comedian Wanda Sykes.“Autism and special needs touches all of us personally. Our honorees, Ed Asner, Art Smith and Elaine Frontain Bryant, each in their own unique way, personify our organization’s mission and we are so proud that they have given us the opportunity to honor and celebrate them,” said Matthew Asner, President of The Ed Asner Family Center. “We are excited to help raise awareness and funds for this wonderful new center that will bring life changing support to special needs children and their families, providing a major local impact in our LA community. It will be an unforgettable night!”The Ed Asner Family Center is dedicated to promoting self-confidence in differently “abled” individuals, bringing balance and wellness to them and their families. The Center not only caters to the needs of the child but aims to engage the whole family in order to help them face their unique challenges.Tickets, sponsorship opportunities and event information are available at: nightofdreamsgala. Additional information is available at Emmy-winning actor ED ASNER will receive a special honor spotlighting his tireless efforts to create the new The Ed Asner Family Center founded by his son Matt and daughter-in-law Navah Paskowitz-Asner. A longtime advocate for the developmentally disabled and those on the autistic spectrum, Asner personally understands the challenges that special needs families face, and the healing power of a creative, loving environment.Said Asner: “This is a dream of mine – to establish an oasis of creativity in every special needs community. A place where our most beautiful dreamers of all can have their opportunity to thrive and in doing so learn valuable lessons about themselves and the world and in the same building give families an opportunity to be healthy. This center of enrichment is where we can develop a most important part of our being and our character.”Also receiving an honor is ELAINE FRONTAIN BRYANT, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming at A&E Network. She is a champion of an inclusive Hollywood. Her work on Born This Way and other A&E series that feature differently “abled” individuals deserves to be recognized.Under Frontain Bryant, A&E has developed a critically acclaimed nonfiction programming slate, garnering back-to-back Emmy Awards. Frontain Bryant launched the 2017 Emmy Award winner Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, and the 2016 Emmy Award winner and recipient of a Television Academy Honors, Born This Way. She also developed the #1 unscripted justice series on cable, Live PD. Frontain Bryant led the relaunch of the Emmy award winning series Biography and Intervention. She also serves as executive producer on several documentary features from the A&E IndieFilms theatrical slate including City of Ghosts from Emmy Award winner Matthew Heineman and Erik Nelson’s A Gray State. Frontain Bryant was previously Senior Vice President of Programming and Development at HISTORY. Prior to joining HISTORY, Frontain Bryant served as Senior Vice President of Non-Fiction & Alternative Programming for A&E, responsible for such hits as Wahlburgers, Duck Dynasty and Storage Wars. Earlier in her career, Frontain Bryant served as Vice President, Creative Development and Production at Magna Global Entertainment and served as director of creative affairs for Fred Berner Films.World-renowned celebrity chef ART SMITH, best known as Oprah’s chef for over 20 years and now his restaurants including Artbird and Whiskey Bar, Homecomin’ Florida Kitchen & Shine Bar, and Southern Art will accept an award for his charitable contributions and commitment to children. He is the founder of Common Thread, a non-profit organization teaching low-income families to cook wholesome and affordable meals for over 12 years. It has morphed into a free healthy cooking program that has reached over 125,000 children. In addition, Smith and his talented team will be showcasing their signature recipes as the chef of A Night of Dreams Gala preparing the menu and delicacies for the evening.Smith loves the idea of bringing people together through food. It’s partly what made him the success he is today. He is the executive chef and co-owner of Bluedoor Kitchen, Art and Soul, and Southern Art & Bourbon Bar. Smith has received the culinary profession’s highest awards and has cooked for some of the world’s most famous celebrities. In 1997, Smith became the personal day-to-day chef to Oprah Winfrey, a position that lasted ten years. Smith has made several television appearances including ABC’s Lady Gaga Thanksgiving Special, Top Chef, Top Chef Masters, Iron Chef America, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Nightline, Extra, Entertainment Tonight, The Dr. Oz Show and the Oprah Winfrey Show, among many others. Smith is the author of three award-winning cookbooks: Back to the Table; Kitchen Life; Real Food for Real Families; and Back to the Family and the recipient of numerous awards and honors.The evening will kick off with Chef Art Smith preparing his famous fried chicken and hummingbird cake dinner family style for the main floor guests. Joan’s on Third Restaurant will be providing platters for the mezzanine seating. The program will also offer a “Fund-A-Mission” and an auction where guests will have the opportunity to support special The Ed Asner Family Center initiatives including summer camp for kids with autism and other programs for the community.For more information about The Ed Asner Family Center and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kayleigh Millet at read more

Separate bus lane to be implemented around the island

He said that initially there may be some shortcomings as everyone looks to get used to the new system.However he said eventually the system will settle down and a better traffic flow can be expected like what is seen overseas. (Colombo Gazette) The separate bus lane, which was launched from Moratuwa to Colombo today, will be implemented around the island in stages.Minister of Megapolis Patali Champika Ranawaka said the separate bus lane will help reduce the traffic congestion in Colombo and the surrounding areas. read more

Challenges of Central Africa require continued international support says UN envoy

“Despite the efforts made by leaders of Central African countries and their people, the sub-region remains fragile and continues to require ongoing support from the international community, particularly the United Nations,” said Abou Moussa, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA).In his final briefing to the Council, Mr. Moussa highlighted UN initiatives to promote stability in the sub-region, including addressing the threat and impact of the LRA, a violent armed group that has been undermining stability in the region, as well as tackle critical security challenges such as piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea.He reported that the number of LRA-related deaths, abductions and displaced persons have continued to decline, while military operations and the defections campaign have further weakened the LRA. “Significant gains have been made over the past three years. Overall, we have overseen a period of forward momentum, which must be maintained well into the post-[Joseph] Kony phase,” he said, referring to the group’s leader.Mr. Moussa also reported on other aspects of the Secretary-General’s recent report on UNOCA’s activities, including his missions to Chad, Cameroon, Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which highlighted the regional consequences of the crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR), including humanitarian challenges faced by the governments and UN agencies. “These States also expressed concern that flows of weapons, activities of armed groups and sectarian violence may spread across CAR’s borders and threaten their own stability.”Mr. Moussa also voiced concern about the impact of fighting between the Nigerian army and the militant group known as Boko Haram, which has now resulted in the displacement of tens of thousands of Nigerian refugees and returning immigrants to northern Cameroon and Chad. He added that with the Council’s continuing support and guidance, UNOCA will continue to play an instrumental role in supporting the States of the sub-region in confronting pressing challenges. Mr. Moussa will be succeeded by Abdoulaye Bathily of Senegal who served most recently as the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative in Mali.In a presidential statement, the Council expressed its concern at the deterioration in the security situation in parts of Central Africa, in particular the crisis in CAR and its growing regional impact, and the threat of terrorism, including the expansion of Boko Haram terrorist activities into countries in the sub-region.The Council also expressed its continuing concern regarding maritime insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea, the illegal wildlife trade and transnational organized crime. read more

Brock professor receives worldrenowned fellowship

Linguist Tom Farrell’s 35 years of work into reflective practice in language teaching is being recognized with a prestigious fellowship.Farrell, in the Department of Applied Linguistics, has been named the 2016 Ian Gordon Fellow by the University of Victoria in New Zealand.The fellowship has been awarded annually since 2006 by the Ian A. Gordon Trust to top scholars in the field of linguistics and applied language studies.Farrell, who has authored, co-authored or edited nearly 30 books on reflective practice for language teachers, joins the ranks of esteemed experts from the University of Edinburgh, the University of Michigan and Oxford University, among others.“I am honoured to have been chosen for this prestigious award because it is in recognition of over 35 years of my work on the complex topic of reflective practice in language teaching. In addition, I am honoured to be included with the past recipients, all of whom are top scholars in the field,” says Farrell.Farrell recently visited the University of Victoria for two weeks to give lectures, participate in discussions and deliver a special lecture titled The Art of Burglary and Learning to Teach: The Importance of Reflective Practice in Language Education.Farrell says the topic of his public lecture is pertinent to Applied Linguists and Second Language Teacher Educators because “it outlines how the profession can better prepare language teachers for the reality of the context they will be teaching in.”During Farrell’s time in New Zealand, he also delivered the keynote address on a similar topic of the importance of reflective practice for language teachers at the 15th National Conference for Community Languages and ESOL and was well received.“Professor Farrell’s important research and writing on second language teaching is highly respected around the world,” says Thomas Dunk, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences. “He is raising Brock’s international profile as an outstanding comprehensive university. We are very proud to have him as a member of the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Brock community.” read more

Ortega about Rio 2016 No clear favorite for the gold

Three days before the start of the Olympic Games in Rio, KIF Kolding Kobenhavn coach Antonio Carlos Ortega talked for about the favorites, new rules, but also Spanish absence from the Olympics after many years….Everybody talking about crisis in Spain, it is clear that ASOBAL went don, but if you take in consideration international tournament, you can see that Spanish NT’s are still fighting for medal in almost all categories. That is a little miracle. ASOBAL is in crisis, but most of Spanish NT players are abroad. Absence is consequence of one bad tournament with a very bad luck – says former Telekom Veszprem coach, who has favorites for the medal positions:France, Denmark, Croatia and Poland are in that group. And let’s see how it will go with Slovenia and Qatar.Swedish NT coach Staffan Olsson stated that handball “becoming boring” with new rules…I am very curious about that. My opinion is that at the end, teams will use seventh player only in special situations. For passive play, I think that will be better than before. Blue card isn’t bad for spectators, penalty in the last moments as well, but I don’t like “three attacks absence” rule – concludes Ortega for Antonio Carlos OrtegaHandball in Rio 2016 ← Previous Story Paulo Jorge Pereira is new Portugues NT coach Next Story → Boris Dvorsek to lead Italian ASV Eppan Handball Lowen read more

Australia finally gets a mature rating for games

first_imgThanks to the Australian Senate, gamers in Australia can now play mature (18+ rated) video games without having them censored.The change comes after a bill has been passed in Australia which ends the ten year long ban and subsequent content cutting of many popular video games. The attorney-general’s department released a discussion paper on the introduction of an R 18+ certificate for games back in 2009. It received an incredible 58,437 responses, 98 per cent of those agreed there should be an R 18+ certificate and the wheels were set in motion.The new classification will be rated the same way R 18+ films are in Australia. It seems strange that Australia has always allowed 18 rated films but not video games. Perhaps the interactivity aspect made politicians fearful of the effects of playing violent video games?The minister for Home Affairs and Justice made it clear that the R 18+ rating will prevent minors from buying inappropriate games by offering parents a clear guide as to which games are unsuitable for their children. It also means Australian adults will now have a choice over what they play instead of facing heavy censorship or games just not getting released.Before, many games suffered having their content cut to give the game a MA15+ rating or just got banned completely. Recent titles such as Syndicate, Mortal Kombat and, Postal 2 were all banned in Australia. Hopefully, past releases will be re-rated, so gamers don’t miss out on playing older games, but this has not been confirmed by the Senate or indeed publisher’s willingness to revisit old games.The new legislation comes into effect on January 1st next year, just in time for all those Q1 releases.More at Jason Clare, via Edgelast_img read more

Public transport reprieve for Greek students

first_imgInternational students including many Greeks on student visas in Victoria will be offered half price public transport in Victoria by 2015.The incentive comes on the back of declining international student numbers after bad press from racially motivated attacks stopped many considering Melbourne as a good destination for their studies. Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder said the initiative would provide a 50 per cent discount on annual public transport tickets covering trains, trams and buses for all eligible international students.“The scheme will be trialed from 2015 for three years in partnership with education providers to reduce transport costs for eligible students in eligible Melbourne metropolitan and country educational institutions,” Mr Mulder said.“This will make international students feel even more welcome when they come to study in Victoria and enhance our reputation as a world leading international student city.’The incentive will save students approximately $1105 a year the government believes, and will open up lower cost travel to regional centres around the state. The Age reported last year that almost 70 per cent of Melbourne’s international students believe the cost of public transport is most in need of improvement. Students have foregone meals just so they could afford transport in the state. Laws restricting foreign students from working more than 20 hours a week during semester exacerbated the problem and many have been exploited by working for cash in establishments paying less than minimum wage.Currently, a daily trip on the Victorian transport network costs $12.12 for zone 1+2. At a concession fare that will be reduced to $6.06.The Melbourne City Council the lack of concession tickets can reduce student safety and make Victoria a less desirable place to study.The government offers international students a free culture card that provides special offers to Victoria’s cultural experiences, from sport to the arts and community events and the Study Melbourne website, a source to help students settling into life and study in Victoria. There is also an international student welcome desk at Melbourne Airport to greet students upon arrival and answer any immediate questions. International education is Victoria’s largest single export, worth over $4.3 billion annually. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

La tablette Blackberry PlayBook vatelle passer à la 4G

first_imgLa tablette Blackberry PlayBook va-t-elle passer à la 4G ?Le fabricant canadien de smartphones et tablettes Research In Motion pourrait bien équiper sa tablette PlayBook d’une connexion 4G LTE à l’avenir…Lors de la sortie de la tablette tactile BlackBerry PlayBook, RIM avait annoncé une version 4G LTE de cette tablette dans le futur. Des images repérées sur le célèbre forum Crackberry abondent récemment dans ce sens, et montrent que RIM tiendrait parole. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Un utilisateur de ce forum révèle des clichés d’un Playbook 4G, contenant notamment un emplacement pour une carte micro SIM 4G. Une annonce de Research In Motion pourrait donc confirmer cela lors du Salon Blackberry World, en mai prochain. Les caractéristiques techniques du PlayBook pourraient aussi être rehaussées car son processeur d’1GHz, en particulier, souffre par rapport à une conccurrence qui se fait de plus en plus rude et variée, tant en qualité qu’en quantité… Le 7 avril 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Wolves beat rivals to the signing of Chinese teenager

first_imgWolverhampton Wanderers have won the race to sign Dongda He from Notts County.Wolves fought off competition from a Premier League team to sign the Chinese teenager for an undisclosed fee on deadline day. The 17-year-old midfielder is expected to join the club’s academy after completing his move. Wolves beat Southampton and other interested parties to the signature of the teenager.The young starlet was previously a scholar at Notts County and impressed in preseason games this season for the League Two side.Dongda was impressive in the Magpies’ 3-1 win over Basford United, scoring a fantastic goal and also features against Leicester City.Notts County owner Alan Hardy revealed the offer tabled by Wolves was too good to turn down.“First and foremost, we’re very, very proud of Dongda. He’s a player this club has nurtured for many years and to see him get his move to the Premier League is fantastic,” Hardy said, as quoted by BirminghamLive.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“For us, it’s a lucrative deal which will only improve in time.”“Also, invaluably, it sends a clear message to young players – both our own and those who may join us in the future – that Notts County provides a pathway to success.”County striker Jon Stead also told how impressed he was with the young midfielder’s exciting displays before his move.“He was brilliant and a real livewire,” he told the Nottingham Post.“Dongda wants to be on the ball and wants to try things. That is key because sometime young players can play within themselves and be a little shy.”last_img read more

Wayne Hennessey denies making Nazi gesture

first_imgCrystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has denied accusations of making a Nazi salute in teammate Max Meyer’s Instagram.The picture (which has since been deleted) appeared to show the Wales international making the infamous ‘Sieg Heil’ sign which was used as a greeting in Nazi Germany.However, the former Wolverhampton Wanderers shot-stopper has decided to clear up any controversy by explaining the post on his official Twitter page.moment by the camera this looks like I am making a completely inappropriate type of salute. I can assure everyone I would never ever do that and any resemblance to that kind of gesture is absolutely coincidental. Love and peace Wayne— Wayne Hennessey (@WayneHennessey1) January 6, 2019Joel Ward, Crystal PalaceHow Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“Yesterday evening I had a meal with my teammates and we had a group photograph,” he wrote on Sunday night.“I waved and shouted at the person taking the picture to get on with it and at the same time put my hand over my mouth to make the sound carry.”“It’s been brought to my attention that frozen in a moment by the camera this looks like I am making a completely inappropriate type of salute.”“I can assure everyone I would never ever do that and any resemblance to that kind of gesture is absolutely coincidental. Love and peace Wayne.”last_img read more

Girlfriend says Zimmerman pulled a shotgun on her

first_img APOPKA, Fla. — George Zimmerman was charged with assault Monday after his girlfriend called deputies to the home where they were living and claimed he pointed a shotgun at her during an argument, authorities said.The girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, called 911 in the early afternoon to say that Zimmerman had smashed a glass table, threatened her with the shotgun and ultimately pushed her out of the house, according to an arrest report. After pushing her out, Zimmerman barricaded the door with furniture and refused to leave, saying that he would talk to police by phone, authorities said.The arrest was the latest legal problem for Zimmerman since he was acquitted of criminal charges earlier this year in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen. The case, and claims that the killing was racially motivated, stoked a discussion on racial profiling across the country.“You point your gun at my fricking face,” Samantha Scheibe is heard telling Zimmerman on a 911 call. “Get out of my house. Do not push me out of my house. Please get out of my house.”Seconds later, she told the dispatcher, “You kidding me? He pushed me out of my house and locked me out. … He knows how to do this. He knows how to play this game.” George Zimmerman after being booked into jail today in Florida.last_img read more

Bandhan Bank joins the club of top 50 most valuable Indian companies

first_imgBandhan Bank stock priceReuters fileRiding on a sharp increase in share prices post listing, Bandhan Bank has become one of the top 50 most valuable publicly traded companies in India in terms of market capitalization (m-cap) Thursday.In Thursday’s morning trade, the Kolkata-based private sector lender with an m-cap of Rs 640 billion was spotted at the 50th rank on the Bombay Stock Exchange for the first time ever since it’s listing.Bandhan Bank has overtaken Dabur India, Britannia Industries, New India Assurance Company, and Bharti Infrastructure in the trading sessions.Bandhan Bank stock touched a new high of Rs 540, up 1.5 percent Thursday. The stock gained 44 percent over the issue price of Rs 375.Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS) is the most valuable company in India, followed by Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), HDFC Bank Limited and ITC.In March this year, Bandhan Bank had raised Rs 4,500 crore through initial public offering (IPO). The pricing band for the IPO was at Rs 370-375 per share. Following the successful IPO, Bandhan Bank made a bumper debut on the stock market with the shares rising more than 27 percent on the first day of listing.With a strong listing on the bourses, March 28, Bandhan Bank made into India’s 10 most valuable banks with a market cap of Rs 55,596.64 crore.It has been listed as the 8th most valued bank with HDFC Bank, State Bank of India, Kotak Mahindra Bank, ICICI Bank, IndusInd Bank and Yes Bank in the top seven positions.In the July-September quarter of the financial year 2017-18, Bandhan Bank posted a net profit of Rs 331 crore.last_img read more

State Bank of India Q1 loss at Rs 4876 crore on higher

first_imgReutersState Bank of India (SBI) on Friday reported a major loss of Rs 4,876 crore for the first quarter ending June, caused by higher provisioning on account of its accumulated non-performing assets (NPAs), or bad loans.In a stock exchange filing, the SBI said it had earned a net profit of Rs 2,005.5 crore in the same period of last fiscal.The bank’s total income during the April-June period, however, rose to Rs 65,492.67 crore as compared to Rs 62,911.08 crore in the corresponding quarter of 2017-18.The country’s largest lender’s NPAs during the quarter in review rose to 10.69 percent of its total advances, as compared to 9.97 percent in the same period a year ago.Gross NPAs increased to Rs 2,12,840 crore at end-June, from Rs 1,88,068 crore at the end of June last year. However, SBI’s net NPAs fell to Rs 99,236 crore at the end of the first quarter, as compared to Rs 1,07,560 crore in the same period a year ago.Total provisions during the quarter more than doubled to Rs 19,228 crore, from Rs 8,929.5 crore in June 2017. Sequentially, as compared to the previous quarter, however, total provisions fell 31.5 percent from Rs 28,096 crore in the fourth quarter of the previous fiscal.Provisions towards bad loans during the first quarter rose 7.5 percent over the last year’s to Rs 13,038 crore but jumped sequentially by 46 per cent.The first quarter results mark the third straight quarterly loss posted by the SBI. On a consolidated basis, the bank posted a net loss of Rs 4,230 crore against a profit of Rs 3,032 crore in the corresponding quarter of the last fiscal.With results coming in during market hours, the SBI stock closed on Friday at Rs 304.45 a share, down Rs 12.00, or 3.79 percent, from its previous close on the BSE.last_img read more

Philippines withdraws from the International Criminal Court

first_imgThis file photo shows Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte pointing to photographers during a ceremony at the Malacanang Palace in Manila, Philippines in 2016. Philippine has recently announced to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). ReutersThe Philippines said on Thursday its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) could be “the beginning of the end” for the institution, as more countries would follow suit and non-members would be discouraged from joining.The announcement to withdraw comes five weeks after a court prosecutor said a preliminary examination had been opened into President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly war on drugs, to look into whether crimes against humanity had been committed.But according to Duterte’s spokesman, Harry Roque, that examination “violates the very fundamental basis by which we gave our consent to be bound by the ICC”.ICC prosecutors have yet to comment on the announcement.In a statement released on Wednesday, Duterte said UN special rapporteurs were trying to “paint me as a ruthless and heartless violator of human right”, and the ICC had acted prematurely and created the impression he would be charged with serious crimes.Roque said Duterte believes there is a “conspiracy” among lobby groups and the United Nations, to which he said the ICC is perceived to be allied, and wants to indict him “in the court of public opinion”.”The ICC has lost a strong ally in Asia,” Roque told a media briefing.”No new countries will join because we are recognised as probably the number one defender of human rights and democracy in the world,” added Roque, a lawyer and prominent advocate for the Philippines joining the ICC in 2011.Duterte’s opponents wasted no time in accusing him of flip-flopping, pointing out that he had repeatedly dared the ICC to indict him and said he would “rot in jail” to defend a war on drugs during which police have killed thousands of people.They said Duterte’s decision was an admission of guilt and a sign that he was panicking.Human rights and jurist groups condemned him for what they saw as an attempt to evade justice and accountability, and said a withdrawal was pointless, because jurisdiction applied retroactively, for the period of membership.In an interview with ANC news channel early on Thursday, Roque warned of an “avalanche of other states leaving”.”This is the beginning of the end of the court,” he said, adding that the ICC would have no jurisdiction over the Philippines, and it was unlikely Duterte would ever be handed over to the court.Presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo said Duterte felt the ICC had become “a tool of oppression, a tool of harassment”.Jude Sabio, the lawyer who filed the ICC complaint last year, told ANC that the issue of an arrest warrant for the president would be a “big triumph of justice”.last_img read more

YouTube App Goes Live on Oculus Go VR Headset

first_imgYouTube is finally bringing its virtual reality (VR) app to Facebook’s Oculus Go headset: The Google-owned video service launched an app for the Go headset on the Oculus Store Monday.The launch is not a complete surprise: Oculus first announced plans to bring YouTube to the Oculus Go at its developer conference in September, albeit without a set date.With this launch, YouTube is now available on all major VR headsets. YouTube’s app went live on Samsung’s Gear VR headset, which is based on the same software as the Oculus Go, this summer. The video service also launched versions of the app for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR.YouTube also announced some more news geared towards VR creators Monday: The video service is bringing its VR180 creator app, which aims to simplify the publishing of 180-degree video content, to Windows. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 And to make VR audio more immersive, YouTube is now offering creators the ability to add “headlocked” audio to their VR videos. Traditionally, immersive audio in VR has been spatial, meaning that it can be freely positioned in a 360-degree space — something that can help draw a viewer’s attention in a certain direction.However, it doesn’t make sense to position all audio sources this way, as YouTube’s senior product manager for VR Erin Teague explained in a blog post Monday. “We’ve recently added support for headlocked audio, which means that you can add narration and background music that will sound the same no matter where you look,” she said.“VR videos unlock a world of experiences,” Teague added. “With new and easier ways to create and watch VR content, we look forward to seeing what stories you tell, locations you transport viewers to and experiences you uncover.”center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

VIDEO Bama unveils 600 million 10year Death Star plan to upgrade athletic

first_img Advertisement Much like the Empire built the Death Star to crush all rebel resistance in the galaxy, Alabama just announced a fundraising initiative to raise $600 million over the next 10 years to upgrade their athletic facilities, including the Mal Moore Athletic Complex, Bryant-Denny Stadium and Coleman Coliseum, in their never ending effort to crush their competition in the recruiting wars.The project is called “The Crimson Standard” and the Emperor, err Nick Saban announced he and his wife Miss Terri will personally donate $1 million to the project.Bama released a video of the what the facilities will look like upon completion, and good luck to everyone else trying to pitch a recruit after they see this.Introducing The Crimson Standard!For more information on how to become involved visit #RollTide #TheCrimsonStandard— Alabama Athletics (@UA_Athletics) August 16, 2018last_img read more

Gay water polo team strips down in Sydney to throw some serious

first_imgThe Sydney Stingers stripped down to their ‘togs’ (Aussie for swimwear) at Sydney’s Circular Quay, home of the famous Opera House and Harbour Bridge.Reworking RuPaul’s ‘Read U, Wrote U’ anthem, the Stingers had a message for other water polo teams at the Gay Games in Paris next month.‘Hey France, how the bloody hell are ya? Stingers here from the shores of Down Under, training hard all night and all day,’ the song starts.‘A to the U to the ‘stralia’, oh that’s right, our moves are going to slay ya.’They Sydney Stingers at Circular Quay. | Photo: FacebookFormed in 2001 the four Stingers’ teams have become a well known fixture in local water polo competitions.The Read U, Wrote U clip features the women’s team and a range of Aussie icons.Ivan Buckingham created the video along with the Sydney Stingers Paris Gay Games Planning Committee. Stingers’ members Nathen Brown and Nicola Ghirardi also helped out.‘We really wanted to be quintessentially Aussie so the characters are: a surfer/lifesaver, Aerobics Oz-Style, Kylie Minogue, Crocodile Dundee, and a kind of leather/cub cliche,’ Buckingham told Gay Star News.The lead performers are wearing the special edition Paris Gay Games competition swimwear. The swimwear features the Stingers’s logo and a psychedelic rainbow-vomiting kangaroo. Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : GAYSTARNEWS- The women’s team show of the Gay Games uniform. | Photo: SuppliedWater polo shade videos are thing apparentlyThere is a strong tradition of LGBTI water polo teams making shady videos ahead of competitions. It’s also not the first time the Stingers have created a spoof video.In 2016 the Stingers covered Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Wanna Have Fun and did a cabaret performance for their French-themed Trivia Night fundraiser earlier this year.Last year the Toronto Triggerfish did a video called Shade to which the Miami Vice responded with Strut ahead of the Miami Out Games.The Sydney Stingers stripped down to throw some shade. | Photo: FacebookDo the videos work?While the videos are made in good faith, the Sydney Stingers are confident they’ll do well at the Gay Games.‘We want to tell the Gay Games competitors and the “Champagne waterpolo league” that the Stingers are coming to Paris, in full force! It’s a bit of a smackdown video, and a whole lot of fun,’ Buckingham said.‘Club growth has been phenomenal in the last couple of years so we’ve got a great talent pool to draw from. Competition will be tough but we are expecting to put in a strong showing.’Watch the hilarious video here:Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img The Sydney Stingers are going to the Paris Gay Games. | Photo: Supplied One of Australia’s leading LGBTI water polo teams, has made a hilarious video to throw shade at its competitors ahead of next month’s Gay Games. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

Tico Times contributors make Buzzfeed list for top Costa Rica Instagram accounts

first_img Courtesy of Andres Madrigal Related posts:PHOTOS: A Holy Week children’s procession in Heredia 4 things not to miss during bird migration season And here are your Sloth Kong Airport Photo Contest winners… To conserve the Amazon, the forest must become an economic ‘asset’ Courtesy of Erin Morris Courtesy of Andres Madrigal Courtesy of Erin Morris Courtesy of Andres Madrigal We’ve always known that our photographers are amazing. But now Buzzfeed – the leading authority on making cute animals, pop culture andapparently politics go viral – has confirmed it. The Instagram accounts of Tico Times collaborators Andrés Madrigal and Erin Morris were named the second and third best for making people want to travel to Costa Rica. Here’s Madrigal’s account. Here’s Morris’. Both are consultants to the The Tico Times and contribute photos and articles. Additionally, Madrigal co-founded the magazine Costa Rica Traveler, and Morris runs her own graphic design business.By the way, The Tico Times also has its own Instagram account, which is pretty enticing as well.Following are some of Morris’ and Madrigal’s Instagram photographs (their high-res photos are just as good): Courtesy of Erin Morris Courtesy of Andres Madrigal Courtesy of Erin Morris Facebook Commentslast_img read more

No fear for snakes at Hamilton PrepNo fear for snakes at Hamilton

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Hamilton Prep was infiltrated by a number of “slippery, slithery” intruders on Friday morning, including an over-three-metre Boa Constrictor.However, no one was screaming or running for the hills. This is because the scary snakes were under the watchful eye of snake expert Fanie Cilliers, who brought them along as part of an insightful presentation to educate the pupils.Three shows were held at the school, with all grades having an opportunity to speak to Fanie and ask him questions about these mysterious creatures. All the children showed great interest, with each and every child willing to touch and even hold a snake.Adding to the pupils’ excitement, the teachers even agreed to hold the large Boa!last_img read more