Inside Out LGBT film festival runs until June 4

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter With its busy slate of screenings and events at TIFF Bell Lightbox, AGO’s Jackman Hall and Buddies in Bad Times to June 4th, Toronto’s LGBT film festival Inside Out features a wide range of cinematic pleasures to discover.That includes this year’s most unusual portrait of a fabled Hollywood celeb.Making its international premiere at the festival on May 28th, Mansfield 66/67 delves into the seedy and possibly Satanic history of ill-fated blond bombshell Jayne Mansfield with a mix of archival material, bizarre performance segments and appropriately catty interviews with John Waters, Mary Woronov, Kenneth Anger and other underground icons. Another fascinating figure gets the biopic treatment in Tom of Finland, director Dome Karukoski’s drama about Touko Laaksonen, the illustrator famed for his hyper-stylized illustrations of gay men — the festival presents the film’s Canadian premiere at the Lightbox on May 26th.Further Inside Out highlights include After Louie (screening May 30), a relationship drama by activist turned director Vincent Gagliostro starring the great Alan Cumming, a new adaptation of Michael LaChiusa’s gender-fluid musical Hello Again (June 4), and The Ring Thing (June 2), a doc-fiction hybrid that explores the experience of same-sex marriage and divorce. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Many more features, docs and shorts fill out the program at Inside Out until June 4.For additional information about Inside Out – CLICK HERElast_img read more

At the vanguard of struggle

first_imgAt the turn of the last century, thousands of thoughtful American women were deeply stirred at the denial of votes to women. Some protested politely in white-gloved Carnegie Hall gatherings. Some spoke on the street corners and were heckled: “Go home and wash your dishes!”, or asked, regardless of age, “Who’s taking care of your children?” One woman was queried, “How would you like to be a man?” She replied tersely, “I wouldn’t. How would you?” Some picketed the White House and burned President Wilson’s fine phrases about democracy in a pot outside his door. They were arrested and sent to a horrible workhouse which they exposed to the world. Also Read – A special kind of bondMaude Malone, a valiant fighter (who at her death was librarian of this newspaper) marched on Broadway when I was a young girl, bearing placards, “Votes for Women” front and back, like a sandwich man and lost her job in a library. Various reasons moved different groups. There were the staunch veterans, who had been ridiculed, ostracised, disowned by families, arrested for attempting to vote. There were rich women who represented the cause “Taxation with Representation.” Professional women resented the obstacles placed in their way in schools and colleges. Working women wanted “Equal pay for equal work,” and laws on hours, safety, child labour, and sanitary regulations. Also Read – Insider threat managementAll were convinced that votes would be a powerful weapon to remedy their grievances. They paraded, held meetings in churches, published papers, pamphlets, and leaflets, lobbied in state legislatures and in Congress. There was every type of organisation. They followed candidates around, forcing them to take a stand, as Mother Bloor described her suffrage work in Ohio. More and more women resented their second-class citizenship, their lack of control over their lives, their children, their property, their wages. A militant movement grew to enormous proportions, which finally won “Votes for Women” in 1920, when the 19th Amendment, known as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment was passed. The leaders of the suffrage movement were predominantly native-born, articulate, and aggressive. But working women were not adequately represented, and their needs were not sufficiently expressed in the official suffrage movement. In fact, the opposition was already evident in some quarters to “protective legislation” which actually restricted the rights of mothers and working women in the name of “equality.” But activism began to develop among working women as early as 1908, not least of which was the East Side demonstration of foreign-born, unorganised working women in New York’s needle trades sweatshops of the day. It was organised by the Women’s Committee of the Socialist Party, headed by Margaret Sanger. She was a nurse and later devoted her life to the advocacy of birth control. By the next year, 1909, 20,000 of these women workers were engaged in a great strike of waistmakers on New York’s East Side. It was called “the girls’ strike.” Eighty per cent of the workers were women, the majority between 17 and 25. They worked 56 hours a week in dirty firetrap buildings, sped up in the season and put out of work completely in slack time. The struggle started in two shops and spread after a meeting in Cooper Union at which a girl striker, Clara Lemlich, said, “I am tired of listening to speakers. I make the motion that a general strike be declared.” She is among those who should be honoured as a founder of unionism in the United States. Because of its working-class origin and these simultaneous struggles, Clara Zetkin, leading German woman Socialist, welcomed American Women’s Day. She had urged a lengthy struggle in Germany to include women’s suffrage in the demands of the Social Democratic Party. There was opposition from some of her male comrades at the time because “women will vote reactionary.” They said that “if you give women the vote, they’ll vote the way the priests say.” At the Congress of the Socialist International in 1910 – with the support from August Bebel of Germany, Vladimir Lenin from Russia, and Big Bill Haywood and others from the US – Zetkin’s proposal that March 8 be designated International Women’s Day was accepted unanimously. It was dedicated to the struggle for the full rights of women. It has spread around the world and is celebrated today in many lands – China, the Soviet Union, the Eastern democracies, France, Italy, and England particularly. (Courtesy: People’s World Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, 1890-1964, known as “The Rebel Girl,” was one of the premier labour activists and leaders of the struggle for women’s equality in the 20th century. She was an organiser for the Industrial Workers of the World, a founding member of the ACLU, and later in life the Chairperson of the Communist Party USA. In this article, originally printed under the headline “For the Rights of Women” in the Daily Worker on March 11, 1954, Flynn discusses the U.S. origins of International Women’s Day)last_img read more

El Salvadors emergency from floods landslides not yet over UN office reports

“Continued assistance remains necessary for the persons remaining in shelters, as well as for those who have returned,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its latest update on the crisis, which at its height some two weeks ago saw more than 80,000 people seeking refuge in shelters. Many thousands more stayed with friends and family.As of today, the National Emergency Council reported that the number of persons in 388 remaining shelters had dropped to just over 36,000 in the Central American country.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is working with the Government and military to plan for a second round of food distributions. The agency has already provided more than 300 tons of cereals, legumes, maize-soy meal and vegetable oil to 77,000 people in shelters and affected communities.The Ministry of Health also indicates that ongoing treatment and preventive health services are needed. The main health problems in shelters are acute respiratory infections, skin problems, diarrhoea, anxiety disorders and bacterial conjunctivitis.Working with the Government, the UN World Health Organization (WHO)/Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has provided psychosocial care to nearly 15,000 survivors, and has established a network of nutritionists to address food safety and prevent food poisoning.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has distributed chlorine tablets and oral rehydration salts. read more

Efforts by UN health agency under way to step up Ebola response

According to the UN World Health Organization (WHO), Mali has officially reported a total of 6 cases of Ebola, with 5 deaths. The virus was re-introduced into the country last month.WHO is currently assisting the Government of Mali to identify and monitor contacts, and prevent the outbreak from growing. To date, 554 contacts have been identified and nearly all have been placed under surveillance. The health agency’s focus will be to work closely with the Government to identify all potential chains of transmission and monitor the contacts so that everybody could be monitored for 21 days, after which, the transmission would hopefully stop, said WHO spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic.The Ministry of Health, supported by WHO, has augmented the number of staff engaged in contact tracing by drawing on polio surveillance teams and using local medical students with training in epidemiology. The country is also ramping up its capacity to perform exit screening at the Bamako airport.As the successful experiences in Senegal and Nigeria show, aggressive contact tracing, which seeks to find and break every chain of transmission, immediately after an imported case, can hold the number of additional cases to very small numbers and support a rapid end to the outbreak, UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told reporters at UN Headquarters.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said meanwhile that it is working with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the Malian Government and the Malian Health Ministry by increasing food and water delivery and improving hygiene and sanitation. UNICEF spokesman Christophe Boulierac told reporters in Geneva that additional support to local clinics, particularly in the area close to the frontier with Guinea.Mr. Boulierac also said social mobilization campaigns would include religious leaders, an awareness-raising plan for truck drivers in the region and the equipping of bus stations near the Malian capital of Bamako with hand-washing materials.And the Head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), Anthony Banbury, is today in Bamako to consult with national authorities and partners on the ground.Meanwhile, WHO said that efforts to contain the outbreaks in West Africa are currently hampered by slow and complex diagnostic tests that impose a number of additional logistical challenges.In a press release entitled “Urgently needed: rapid, sensitive, safe and simple Ebola diagnostic tests,” WHO said “the goal of interrupting chains of Ebola virus transmission depends heavily on laboratory support.”Currently, “each test requires a full tube of blood, takes from 2 to 6 hours, and costs around $100,” according to WHO. “These requirements are difficult to meet in resource-constrained West African settings, thus severely limiting testing capacity.”Therefore, WHO has launched two urgent initiatives to stimulate diagnostic innovation and expedite the delivery of better and faster tests to West Africa; one aims to minimize the barriers faced by diagnostic companies to develop and deploy their tests, while the other comes with the establishment of an emergency quality assessment mechanism. WHO’s Dr Pierre Formenty said in Geneva: “I hope that next six months, next year, we will have this test and it will help the control of this outbreak but also the detection of the outbreak outside west Africa in the rest of Africa.” Further progress and outstanding needs will be discussed during a WHO expert consultation on innovative Ebola diagnostic tests to be held in Geneva in December, the UN health agency said.WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said also next month in Geneva, from 10 to 11 December 2014, the African Development Bank, the West African Health Organisation, the World Bank and the WHO will convene a meeting of health ministers, ministers of finance, non-governmental organizations, donors and international technical agencies to discuss how to make stronger the health systems of the Ebola-affected countries. The objective will be to identify pragmatic solutions to strengthen health systems and ensure quality health services for the affected populations, and to ensure that those strengthened health systems would be better prepared to cope with future crises, the WHO spokesman said. The affected countries already had insufficient numbers of qualified health workers when before the crisis started, and routine services, such as immunization and maternal health, had been severely disrupted, Mr. Jasarevic said. “Governments ought to ensure that their Ebola responses are in line with the overall national health sector strategic plans and do not create parallel, segmented services,” he said. “Extraordinary response structures created during the current outbreak should be integrated in the existing primary health services.” According to the WHO, as of November 11, 2014, a total of 14,413 Ebola cases have been reported in six countries (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, Spain, and the United States) and in two previously affected countries (Nigeria, Senegal) with 5,177 reported deaths. read more

Burundi UN urges immediate action to stop senseless violence

“More than ever before, there is an urgent need for decisive action from the international community to stop this senseless violence. We cannot turn our backs on the people of Burundi at this turning point of their history,” spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Cécile Pouilly told reporters in Geneva during a regular press briefing. The latest call comes following the attacks on 11 December against several military camps in Bujumbura, which killed dozens of people in the course of heavy fighting prompting the UN Secretary-General to condemn the attacks and add that “such acts of violence can lead to a further destabilization of the situation in crisis-torn Burundi.” According to Ms. Pouilly, the security forces carried out intensive house searches later in the Musaga and Nyakabiga neighbourhoods, where they arrested hundreds of young men, allegedly summarily executing a number of them and taking many others to unknown locations. “With this latest series of bloody events, the country seems to have taken a new step towards outright civil war and tensions are now at bursting point in Bujumbura,” said Ms. Pouilly. She added that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein urged all stakeholders to start inclusive dialogue and added that there is an urgent need for decisive action from the international community to stop this senseless violence. We cannot turn our backs on the people of Burundi at this turning point of their history. Burundi has been in the midst of a political crisis that has driven countless people fleeing to safety in neighbouring countries since President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to run for a controversial third term earlier this year. Mr. Zeid and a host of senior UN officials including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have repeatedly called for calm and the resumption of the national dialogue that was suspended in mid-July. At a press conference in the UN Headquarters today, two UN Emergency Directors briefed the media about their recent visit to the country and warned that “urgent action is needed to prevent a descent into catastrophic violence in Burundi.” “Burundi is facing a critical crossroads. The levels of displacement and food insecurity are already concerning, but we risk another full-blown humanitarian crisis without urgent progress on the political front,” John Ging, the Emergency Director of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) told reporters.At the same press conference, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Emergency Director, Afshan Khan stressed that children are bearing the brunt of the violence in Burundi, as many have been killed wounded and arbitrarily detained and many more are living with the constant sound of gunshots and grenades. “These violations against the children of Burundi must end now. Children must be protected from all forms of violence and their rights must be respected,” warned Mr. Khan. According to UNICEF and OCHA, intensified violence in the country is worsening the humanitarian plight of an already vulnerable population, with over 80 per cent of families below the poverty line, 7 per cent of the population severely food insecure, and 58 per cent of people chronically malnourished, placing Burundi at 184 out of 187 on the recently released Human Development Index. The UN agencies also added that many areas of the country are suffering the ill-effects of El Niño, with widespread flooding having destroyed homes and livelihoods.Before the crisis, donor funding accounted for over half of Burundi’s budget, however, several bilateral donors have suspended budget support in response to the political crisis, which is further straining the provision of essential public services like health and clean water, warned the UN Agencies. Free healthcare for young children and mothers has just been suspended, a cut which is likely to have severe public health impacts, they added. The UN agencies reported that in the past four days, about 100 people have been killed by violence in Bujumbura, and an estimated 340 people have been killed since April.“Action is needed now to prevent a descent into catastrophic violence. Worsening tension in a country with a history of deep ethnic divisions must be urgently addressed to protect civilians from further harm,” warned Mr. Ging. Further, the UN agencies noted that popular protests following the political crisis have been heavily repressed by security forces, resulting in significant human rights abuses and repression of the media. Additionally, they also reported that nearly 220,000 people have fled Burundi and an additional 15,000 people have been displaced within the country since April. The Emergency Directors of seven UN agencies, the International Organization for Migration and three international NGOs travelled to Burundi from 2 to 5 December to assess the deteriorating humanitarian situation, according to the UN agencies. read more

Lenovo and Motorola owners at risk of fraud after details leaked online

Hundreds of thousands of full names, addresses, credit card details and phone numbers from customers in the UK, Europe and the US were published by hackers who claimed they had cracked into the company’s database on New Year’s Eve.  The Telegraph has contacted some of the names included in a sample the hackers shared to alert customers that their information is at risk. One customer said they bought a Lenovo laptop “years ago”.  Britons who have bought Lenovo laptops or Motorola smartphones are at risk of fraud after customer credit card and personal information was leaked online. The hackers said that they have yet to receive a response. Lenovo told the Telegraph it was “thoroughly investigating”… read more

Fianna Fails newest European elections candidates are

first_imgGerry Bridgett – 5 votes (1 per cent)Seanán O’ Coistin – 7 votes (1.2 per cent)Pat O’ Rourke – 230 votes (41.3 per cent)Byrne – 314 votes (56.5 per cent) The candidatesGallagher, who is from Burtonport in Donegal, currently represents the Ireland North West region at the European Parliament.Senator Byrne, a father of three from east Meath, represented the people of Co Meath in Dáil Éireann between 2007 and 2011. He was elected to Seanad Éireann in 2011, where he is Fianna Fáil’s Spokesperson on Public Expenditure.Gallagher said he is “extremely proud to represent the Irish people at the European Parliament for a total of 13 years”, adding that it would be a “privilege” to continue in this role.My key priority is to increase the focus on job creation and growth in the North West and Midlands regions. It is vital that we leverage the funding available in the European Budget to support towns and villages that have not benefited from any recovery. I also believe we need a far greater focus on supporting our SMEs, which are the engine of growth in the Irish economy. Europe must have a strong role in this.Senator Byrne said that there is now “an opportunity for new voices to renew that European vision and articulate a vision for the future of our country in Europe”.I believe I have the experience, passion and ideas to be a voice for the Irish people in Europe and I look forward to making my case to the people of the Midlands and North West.Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said members have selected a “first rate ticket” for the Midlands-North West constituency.He described the unanimous selection of Pat the Cope Gallagher as a “fitting tribute to the great work he has done over not just the last five years but also his entire career”.He described Senator Byrne as “one of our most dynamic representatives and indeed one of the most effective legislators in Leinster House”.Read: Six TDs and one MEP launch new political network for independents tomorrow>Read: Pat ‘The Cope’: Fianna Fáil’s European election strategy could be ‘dangerous’> IT HAS BEEN decided (but it won’t come as much of a shock) that Fianna Fáil’s two candidates to contest the European elections in the Midlands-North West region are… Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher and Meath Senator Thomas Byrne.The two were selected by more than 600 party members at a convention in Mullingar, Co Westmeath.Gallagher is a sitting MEP and looked fixed from the outset to take a seat.The final results were:last_img read more

RealVNC improves remote PC access with a BIOSlevel server

first_imgThere are plenty of excellent remote desktop apps out there — from relative newcomers like TeamViewer and Mikogo to grizzled veterans like RealVNC. Proving once again that you can teach an old dog new tricks, the RealVNC crew was on hand at the Intel Developer Forum 2011 showing off a killer new feature that those other young pups can’t brag about: BIOS access.Most remote apps have a server component that starts with Windows — either as a service or as an application that launches and hides in the system tray. What RealVNC did was to integrate its server directly into the firmware on a Lenovo ThinkPad laptop.So why is that a big deal? BIOS level access means you can remotely perform tasks like reconfiguring hardware settings at the very lowest level, booting to removable media, or setting up BIOS and hard drive passwords. Granted, that first one might not be a big deal any more since most motherboard manufacturers have offered Windows-based utilities that allow you to tweak BIOS settings, but there’s one additional benefit the RealVNC integration offers: cost savings.Other KVM-over-IP solutions can be pretty darn expensive ($300 for a low-end model), and RealVNC is anything but — at around $25 for a single enterprise license. If that means a motherboard manufacturer could license the RealVNC BIOS server and include it on mid-range and high-end workstation and server boards for $20 or so, it seems like a no-brainer. Remote access is a pretty tasty carrot to dangle in front of power users and system administrators, after all.More at Engadgetlast_img read more

PlayStation 4 expected to cost around 430 at launch

first_imgOn February 20 Sony is expected to not only reveal the PlayStation 4 console, but also a new racing game courtesy of Evolution Studios, and a new FPS from Guerilla Games. Now it seems we’ve got the Japanese press predicting what the price of the new machine will be when it launches later this year.The expected price of the console has been set at 40,000 yen. That’s roughly $430. It’s a big saving over what the PS3 launched at, which was $500. Such a price would also instantly put it in contention with the Wii U, which sells for $375 (Deluxe Edition), while at the same time being vastly more powerful than Nintendo’s machine.A cheaper launch price shouldn’t really come as a shock to anyone. Remember, when the PS3 launched Blu-ray was a very new and expensive technology. Sony also used the Cell architecture, which again wasn’t exactly cheap. This time around Blu-ray is still the disc format of choice, but drives are now very cheap. Sony is also expected to be using a much more PC-like set of components, which again will save on manufacturing costs. The PS4 may still sell at a loss, but it won’t be anywhere near as bad as the $800-$1000 per unit costs we were hearing for the first generation PS3s.Sony will also want to be aggressive on price because the launch looks likely to happen at the same time or slightly ahead of the next Xbox. If possible, the price needs to match or undercut Microsoft’s machine. However, if the always-connected rumor turns out to be true, not many people will be buying the new Xbox anyway.last_img read more

Gardaí confirm Irish woman whod become radicalised is exDefence Forces member

first_img Saturday 9 Mar 2019, 8:07 AM Gardaí confirm Irish woman who’d become radicalised is ex-Defence Forces member It emerged last night that the former Defence Forces member had been detained in northern Syria. Share275 Tweet Email2 Image: Sasko Lazarov/ AN IRISH WOMAN who has been detained in Syria for alleged links to the Islamic State terror group became radicalised three or four years ago and is a former member of the Defence Forces, gardaí have confirmed.Last night, it emerged that the woman was held in northern Syria early this week and the Irish government has been contacted and is aware of the case.So far, there has been no official confirmation of her identity. Security sources have told that the woman left the Defence Forces in 2011 and married a Muslim man. She had earlier converted to Islam. It is believed she left for Syria in 2015 after her initial marriage broke down. It is believed she is currently being detained by the US armed forces based in northern Syria.In a statement to, a garda spokesperson said: “An Garda Síochána are aware of an Irish woman who left Ireland 3 or 4 years ago having become radicalised. She was previously a member of the Irish Defence Forces.”The spokesperson added that gardaí were not currently aware of anyone in custody. A spokesperson for Government said: “The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is aware of reports of an Irish citizen detained in northern Syria.“Appropriate consular assistance is provided to all Irish citizens where it is possible to do so.” has asked the US Army for comment.With reporting from Garreth MacNamee 37,653 Views Mar 9th 2019, 8:07 AM By Sean Murray Image: Sasko Lazarov/ Short URL 87 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

High tea for love

first_imgGiving women a voice, connecting women and inspiring one another is what drives Olympia Panagiotopoulos to ensure that we all find the inner love in one’s self. Through her business Circle of Excellence, Panagiotopoulos will host a High Tea celebration of life love and inspiring women. A chance meeting between Panagiotopoulos and a woman in need, would impact upon her in such a way that she changed her philosophy and decided to pass it on to others. It was a time in her life when she was living frenetically, too busy to talk to this lady who looked at her with desperation as she sought someone to love and to share her inner voice. After that, Panagiotopoulos vowed not to dismiss another human again. Soon after, Circle of Excellence was born out of her passion of bringing women together. “I remember leaving [the woman she met] and thinking about her for days and I heard a little voice inside me say ‘what are you going to do about it?’” says Panagiotopoulos on how Circle of Excellence came about. “The Circle of Excellence is about truth and love, it’s about living authentically, the circle represents how we are all one and we are all connected and there’s a common thread that brings us all together, and I thought what if I could bring women together who can be real and authentic with one another. We talk about what it is that we love, and support and inspire one another.” Tea with Sofia is about inspiring woman, teaching them how to live a better life, to become all they can and follow their dreams. “What Circle of Excellence is about is being true to yourself, loving who you are and anything in your life, whether it’s a great relationship, family, career, passion – whatever it is – it must start within and loving who you are and knowing you really do matter and you are worthy,” says Panagiotopoulos. “Tea with Sofia is taking the philosophy of Circle of Excellence and delivering it an atmosphere of tea. There’s no greater thing in life, than being there for someone and supporting and loving someone. We need to love one another and that love really is the answer.” Tea with Sofia will give women a chance to rid themselves of their masks, be true to themselves and connect with each other. An interactive day, the event will give woman their voice that’s deep inside. Tea with Sofia: A High Tea celebration of life, love and inspiring women will be held at the Garden Room, Level 1, Crown Towers, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank on Sunday 29 April. Tickets are $75.00. For more information and to RSVP contact Olympia on 0409 253 559 or Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Theo Walcott hopeful of England recall

first_imgEverton winger Theo Walcott insists that he still hopes of earning a recall into the England squadWalcott became the youngest player to represent the senior team at international level in May 2006 at the age of 17, when he came on as a second-half substitute in a 3-1 friendly win over Hungary.However, after making no appearances in the 2006 World Cup, Walcott’s international career has gradually declined over the years with the now 29-year-old having been omitted from the Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup teams.In fact, there has been no call-up for Walcott since 2016.But Walcott is hoping that his strong start at Everton this season, which has seen him score two goals in his three Premier League appearances, will change that.“My ambition is to play well for this club, and for this club to achieve what I believed they can when I joined it. And then if I play well, then who knows?” said Walcott, according to the Independent.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“But yes, that’s obviously that’s one big thing for me to get back into the England squad,” The Independent quotes Walcott as saying.“I haven’t been in there for a couple of years now but yes, if I continue to play the right stuff I’ll hopefully get back in there.“But my goal isn’t to be thinking of England, my goal is to be playing well for Everton football club first, and then obviously we can cross that bridge when we come to it.“But yes, obviously you always want to play for your country. I’ve got 47 caps and I want that to be a lot more. So yes, I’ll continue to play well and we’ll see where that takes me.”Walcott has scored eight goals in 47 appearances for the Three Lions.last_img read more

Apply Now For 2014 Bayer CropScience Young Farmer Sustainability Award

first_imgAre you a grower, 40 years or younger, who demonstrates sustainability on your farm? If so, Bayer CropScience is looking for you! Now through Jan. 17, 2014, you can apply for the crop science company’s fourth annual Young Farmer Sustainability Award. The 2014 winner will be selected by a group of industry experts and Bayer leaders, and will be recognized in February at the 2014 Ag Issues Forum held in conjunction with Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas. In addition to the trip, he or she will win a new fourth Generation iPad with Retina display, Wi-Fi + Cellular (Verizon) 128 GB, Griffin Survivor brand military-duty case, and an all-expense paid trip to a Farm Journal learning event, of the winner’s choice, during 2014.Learn more by clicking here.last_img read more

Senate confirms Yellen to lead Federal Reserve

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed Janet Yellen on Monday as the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve, elevating an advocate of fighting unemployment and a backer of the central bank’s efforts to spur the economy with low interest rates and massive bond purchases.Yellen, 67, will replace Ben Bernanke, who is stepping down after serving as chairman for eight years dominated by the Great Recession and the Fed’s efforts to combat it.Senators confirmed her by 56-26, with numerous absences caused by airline flight delays forced by arctic temperatures around much of the country. All 45 voting Democrats were joined by 11 Republicans in supporting Yellen, while 26 Republicans voted “no.”Vice chair of the Fed since 2010, Yellen begins her four-year term as leader of the century-old bank on Feb. 1. With the economy rebounding from the depths of the recession but only modestly so far, many economists expect her to focus on how to nurture growth without putting it into overdrive, which could risk fueling inflation.“The big debate will be when the Fed should tighten and how much, rather than when to step on the gas pedal and how hard,” predicted Bill Cheney, chief economist for John Hancock Financial Services, who envisions a growing economy this year.last_img read more

DSNLU wins GITAM moot court trophy in Visakhapatnam

first_imgVisakhapatnam: The regional moot court competition was held at GITAM Deemed to be University campus on Monday. The competition was organised by GITAM Moot and Advocacy Committee (GMAC) from July 26 to July 29.Around 15 colleges participated in the event. The final round was judged by former Vice-Chancellor of Acharya Nagarjuna University A Rajendra Prasad and Principal of Dr B R Ambedkar College S Sumitra. Damodaram Sanjeevayya National Law University (DSNLU) won the trophy of GITAM regional moot court competition, Siddhartha Law College walked away with the second prize. Twinkle Shaji of School of Law, GITAM adjudged as the best researcher. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Trophies and certificates were distributed to the adjudged winners and participants. Students, teachers and staff participated in large numbers. During the valedictory session, GITAM School of Law Director R Anita Rao addressed the gathering and spoke about the importance of Moot Courts and its participation by comparing the legal development in the era. She promulgated the importance of confidence and skill factor while mooting the court room.last_img read more

Literally Short Film Festival Is About Showing And Preserving Houstons International Nature

first_imgNow in its fourth year, Houston-based Literally Short Film Festival  started as a small project only related to the bilingual arts and culture magazine Literal.It quickly became  a stand-alone annual event that gathers different generations from diverse communities in town,  and promotes novel movie directors from all over the world by showcasing and awarding short movies.Mexican-American founder and director Lorís Simón Salum, an awarded documentary director herself,  explains how the festival was created, the dynamics of the selection process, and what is the ultimate purpose behind the project.This year, the festival will take place from June 14th to June 18th . You can find more information here. Sharelast_img read more

Texas Legislative Leaders Say They Have A Deal On School Finance And

first_img Share Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas TribuneLt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Gov. Greg Abbott and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen announce a deal on the top three legislative priorities.Texas’ top three political leaders declared Thursday that the Legislature had reached agreements on its three main 2019 priorities: A two-year state budget, a comprehensive reform of school finance and legislation designed to slow the growth of rising property taxes.Republican Gov. Greg Abbott broke the news on the lawn of the Governor’s Mansion in Austin, just a few days before the Legislature is scheduled to gavel out. Both chambers will need to sign off on the three negotiated bills — House Bill 1, the proposed budget; Senate Bill 2, the property tax bill; and House Bill 3, the school finance bill — before the regular session ends Monday. Language for the compromised legislation, much of which was worked out behind the scenes between lawmakers from the two chambers, had not yet been made public as of Thursday afternoon.“We would not be here today, making the announcement we are about to make, without the tireless efforts of the members of the Texas House and Senate,” said Abbott, flanked by Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, and other House and Senate members who played key roles in negotiating the three pieces of legislation. Almost five months beforehand, as state lawmakers began tackling the issues before them, Abbott, Patrick and Bonnen had pledged from that same spot in front of the Governor’s Mansion to work together and deliver on meaningful school finance and property tax reform.“Frankly, we’re more together than we’ve ever been,” Bonnen said. “The people of Texas are those who win.”Thursday’s presser maintained the “kumbaya” theme that the three leaders have worked hard to set this session as the Legislature tackled reforms on some of the state’s most complicated and thorny policy issues. And, though the conference was light on policy specifics, Bonnen told reporters that the House would vote on the trio of updated legislation “as soon as it’s available.”According to a flyer detailing some of the components of the compromise reached Wednesday night, the school finance bill will include funding for full-day pre-K and an increase in the base funding per student, which hasn’t changed in four years. It also pumps in $5.5 billion to lower school district taxes up to 13 cents per $100 valuation on average by 2021 — though leaders dodged questions Thursday on exactly how and where the extra money would come from.The compromise bill, Bonnen said, would reduce recapture payments that wealthier districts pay to shore up poorer districts by $3.6 billion, about 47%. But he also said the state could not afford to completely eliminate recapture, also known as “Robin Hood,” because it would cost too much to completely reimburse school districts from state coffers alone.The bill will include funding for districts that want to create a merit pay program, giving more to their higher-rated teachers. Though the House decided to nix this from its initial version of the bill, the Senate put it back in and apparently won the fight to keep it in. Teachers associations and unions argued a merit pay program would open the door to school districts using the state standardized test to decide which teachers receive bonuses. The bill does not require districts to use that standardized test.It also would include additional funding for “dynamic teacher compensation” tied to the base funding per student. But it was unclear exactly how much school districts could expect for these raises or how they would be required to allocate them for teachers, librarians, counselors, nurses and other school employees.Bonnen, asked by a reporter after his remarks about how the two chambers had handled differences on the teacher pay issue, said he was going to “shut it all down right now” before diving into a football reference.“We won the Super Bowl today,” he said, “and we’re not going to talk about whether the quarterback or the running back had more success in our win.”last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Monday July 10

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: battle to preserve the Affordable Care Act continues. We’ll talk to Sen. Ben Cardin and ACA advocate Vinnie DeMarco. Also, the Baltimore Sun recently announced it is closing down operation of  City Paper, which has been an alternative media voice for decades. We’ll discuss the demise of City Paper and the dominance of Tribune Media, which owns the Sun among other media outlets, with LaMonte Summers, assistant professor of Media Law and Ethics at Morgan State University.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img read more

Teenagers find social media likes as rewarding as chocolates

first_imgFor the study, the researchers from the University of California – Los Angeles observed activation in the brain’s reward regions when teenagers saw their photos with a large number of likes. 32 teenagers, aged 13-18, were told they were participating in a small social network similar to the popular photo-sharing app, Instagram. In an experiment, the researchers showed them 148 photographs on a computer screen for 12 minutes, including 40 photos that each teenager submitted, and analysed their brain activity using functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Each photo also displayed the number of likes it had supposedly received from other teenage participants – in reality, the number of likes was assigned by the researchers. “When the teenagers saw their own photos with a large number of likes, we saw activity across a wide variety of regions in the brain,” said lead author Lauren Sherman. A region that was especially active, is a part of the striatum called the nucleus accumbens, which is part of the brain’s reward circuitry, she said. This reward circuitry is thought to be particularly sensitive during adolescence.  The study was published in the journal Psychological Science.last_img read more

Smartly style up your v

first_imgBoyfriend jeans is one fashion trend that effortlessly blur the lines between classy and funky. A far cry from conventional skinny jeans, these jeans are versatile and can look ultra glamorous with almost everything – from a cool tee, to a shirt, to even a sharp blazer! So, join the fashion bandwagon now. Experts list some ways to team it right.Basically cool: Is there anything a plain white-tee cannot fix? When in a dilemma over how to style your boyfriend jeans, it can’t get simpler than the white tee! A white t-shirt and boyfriend jeans are now considered a classic, and the powerful duo promise no room for failure! Just reach for these two when you’re running late in the morning. Class up the act further in a pair of comfy pumps. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEarn your stripes: The denim and stripe combination always works. For a striped ensemble that’s aesthetically pleasing, a rugged pair of boyfriend jeans for women does the trick. Whether it’s a t-shirt or a shirt, those nautical stripes always manage to rub off its classy streak, and your BF jeans are no exception! Heading to a brunch or just another casual Friday? Put on some red lipstick for an instant pop of colour and wield out those tan accessories for a finishing touch. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMatch perfect with double denim: The double denim trend is here to stay! And, with boyfriend jeans for women, the cool quotient only goes up several notches. There are opportunities galore when it comes to experimenting with this look. A bold black tee, a baseball cap, white sneakers, or bold red lipstick, rope in a statement element to match up to your statement look!The good crop: Boyfriend jeans for women can look beautifully feminine and chic too. Trust the dainty crop top to work wonders. Give it a cheerful vibe with colourful oxfords or leave it up to a pair of stilettos and a clutch for that extra touch of refinement. It gets better with a blazer: Blazers; the epitome of formal dressing and elegance. But how well will the poised blazer go with the carefree, baggy boyfriend jeans for girls? Turns out the combination is a hit! Try it out at office and get a nod of approval for your out-of-the-box fashion sense!Sport a borrowed-from-the-boys ease with a boxy tee and slip-on shoes, a forever favoriteAdd a feminine twist to your oversized boyfriend jeans by pairing it with a button down ruffle sleeve top and stilettosRoll up your boyfriend jeans at the cuffs and pair with ankle boots for an edgy lookGet a super casual look by pairing with a striped crop top and sneakers.last_img read more