Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Sir Ridley Scott’s Alien has been widely hailed as a masterpiece, but many fans actually prefer James Cameron’s action-packed sequel Aliens. Regardless of which side of the fence you land on, there’s no denying that the franchise has struggled since then thanks to the disappointing third and fourth instalments and the mixed response to so-called prequel, Prometheus.Throw in the abysmal Alien Vs. Predator movies and to say that Scott’s Alien: Covenant may end up making or breaking the series would be an understatement. However, one person who thinks that the time of the Xenomorphs is at an end is Cameron, who said in a recent interview that he believes “we’ve moved on” from the Alien franchise. Facebook Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
Rabat – The Spanish Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Luis Planas has again expressed his satisfaction with Moroccan-Spanish diplomatic ties.On Tuesday, Planas spoke about the Spanish royal visit to Morocco last week, emphasizing that King Mohammed VI’s invitation “testifies to the friendship, mutual trust and good relations between the two kingdoms.”The official attended a high-level conference at the 5th Halieutis Show in Agadir. Read Also: Spain: Adoption of EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement is Decisive StepThe Spanish minister said that the signing of 11 cooperation conventions during the royal visit was a “huge success.”Planas added that the fisheries agreement between Morocco and the EU is a good example of the close relationship.Spain strongly voiced its support for the adoption of the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement.In January, the European Parliament adopted the fisheries agreement. The Parliament also adopted the agriculture agreement.Planas described the adoption of the agriculture agreement as a “very important” action that is a “green light for the marketing of agricultural products.”He had also urged European MPs to adopt the fisheries agreement, allowing Spanish vessels to fish in Moroccan waters, before summer.
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market was lower Friday afternoon as the TSX had a tepid reaction to stronger-than-expected job creation numbers in Canada and U.S. for May.The S&P/TSX composite index was well off early lows, but still dragged down by the gold and base metals sector. The TSX was off the worst levels of the day, coming back from a 99-point slide and was down 57.11 points to 12,352.22 at mid-afternoon.Statistics Canada reported 95,000 jobs were created in May, most of them full-time positions. Also, the unemployment rate moved down to 7.1% from 7.2%.Economists had expected job creation somewhere in the neighbourhood of 15,000 last month. The Canadian dollar was off early highs but still up 0.38 of a cent to 97.85 cents US following the report.U.S. indexes advanced, but were also off session highs as traders also took in a stronger-than expected read on American employment last month.The Dow Jones industrials gained 131.91 points to 15,172.53 as the U.S. Labor Department said that 175,000 jobs were created during May.The expectation had been the U.S. economy would crank out about 165,000 additional jobs during May.The Nasdaq composite index was ahead 30.36 points to 3,454.42 while the S&P 500 index rose 11.59 points to 1,634.15.Traders hoped the jobs data wasn’t strong enough to persuade the Federal Reserve to start tapering its bond purchases. The quantitative easing program has kept interest rates low and also helped fuel a strong rally on stock markets this year, leaving the Dow industrials up a good 15 per cent year to date.Markets have been volatile over the past couple of weeks after Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said the U.S. central bank might pull back on its $85-billion-a-month bond-buying program if economic data, especially hiring, improved significantly. Other Fed officials have spoken about a winding down of asset purchases sooner.“This market has been very hooked on QE and is very susceptible to a withdrawal, obviously,” said Sid Mokhtari, market technician with CIBC World Markets.“A whole bunch of newspapers in the U.S. and articles and journals, were talking about how the market is addicted to QE and it’s referred to as crack and heroin and all these things. So it’s natural for the market to feel that withdrawal or even the assumption of that kind of withdrawal.”Meanwhile, the gold sector was the leading TSX decliner Friday, down 4.6% as the August gold contract price fell $32.80 to US$1,383.10 an ounce.Gold has fallen sharply since hitting a record high of US$1,921 in early September 2011 at a time when massive stimulus measures by central banks raised worries about a sharp spike in inflation.“Gold was almost to some extent a fear trade, it was almost an inflationary trade,” Mokhtari said.“We don’t have necessarily inflation assumptions right now. Down the road maybe, but not now.”Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) lost 95 cents to $20.72.The base metal group was down 2.45% while copper fell five cents at US$3.27 a pound and sector heavyweight Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) gave back 99 cents to $25.77.The telecom sector was down 0.44%. The component has headed lower since earlier in the week after Industry Minister Christian Paradis said Mobilicity and other new wireless carriers won’t be allowed to sell spectrum to big carriers. The move was a setback for Telus (TSX:T) which had asked permission to acquire Mobilicity and its spectrum. Its shares gave back 37 cents to $34.53.Tech stocks led advancers with CGI Group (TSX:GIB.A) ahead 66 cents to $31.63.Industrials also lent support, up 0.35% as Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) advanced 73 cents to $129.53.Financials also turned positive with Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC) ahead 25 cents to $16.23. July crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained $1.08 to US$95.84 a barrel, leaving the energy sector flat. Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO) ran ahead 36 cents to $39.75.The Canadian Press
Graco Children’s products is recalling 1,393 My Ride 65 convertible car seats after a defect was found in the harness restraints.The company says the webbing on certain My Ride 65 car seats failed to meet the Canadian standards for breaking strength.The affected seats have model numbers 1910553, 1910552, 1910395 and were manufactured from May 14, 2014 through July 30, 2014.Graco says they will provide customers with free replacement kits with new harness restraints and installation instructions. They say consumers can continue to use the car seat while they wait for the replacement kits.
A group of 25 Liberian corrections officers have been certified after completing a year of training, bringing to 49 the total number prepared by the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and the Government to uphold human rights while dealing with prisoners. “This will not only bring honour to you, but also to your Government and your country,” the head of UNMIL Corrections Advisory Unit, Marjo Callaghan, told the graduates on Friday.“Human rights standards provide invaluable guidance for performance of your functions, which is vital to the good functioning of a democratic society and the maintenance of the rule of law,” she said.Expressing UNMIL’s appreciation for joint efforts undertaken with the Government to create a better trained, more effective and efficient Liberian Correctional Service, she said this “will contribute to the reintegration of offenders and the protection of communities and law abiding citizens around Liberia.” Speaking on behalf of the Liberian Government, Solicitor General Counsellor Tiawon Gongloe expressed appreciation for the UN’s assistance, describing how the country’s Corrections Service had greatly suffered since the 1970s. He called on the newly trained officers to help in Liberia’s transformation. “For a stable order in society, those who are accused or convicted are to be given decent treatment. That is why you have been trained,” the Liberian Solicitor General pointed out. UNMIL has been providing assistance through its ‘quick impact projects’ and through funding from other partners such as the US Government to improve conditions of prisons in the country. In another development, a five-day training programme for 45 Magistrates and 50 Justices of the Peace started today at the Supreme Court of Liberia, according to UNMIL, which organized the initiative with the Government. Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Director of UNMIL’s Legal and Judicial System Support Division, Alfred Fofie, reminded the participants of their future role in upholding and promoting the rule of law in their communities. “You must take up the challenge with dignity and professionalism for the benefit of the people you serve and for the betterment of the Liberian society as a whole,” he said.The development challenges facing Liberia was on the list of the “Ten Stories the World Should Hear More About” released by the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) on 15 May.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHurricane Maria to become major storm near Caribbean islandsSeptember 18, 2017In “Regional”Hurricane Maria aftermath: Dominica appeals for further helpOctober 19, 2017In “Regional”Hurricane Maria ‘devastates’ Dominica: PMSeptember 19, 2017In “Regional” Hurricane Maria is expected to hit the Leeward Islands late on Monday (EPA/NASA)MIAMI, United States (AFP) — Hurricane Maria strengthened to a “major” Category Three storm on Monday as it bore down on Caribbean islands still recovering from megastorm Irma.The Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Maria was packing maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour (195 kilometres per hour).Inching closer to the Leeward Islands, Dominica and St Lucia have already announced a close down of businesses, schools and other non-essential services, while in St Kitts/Nevis, banks have advised customers that they would be closing from midday.Hurricane warnings were issued for Guadeloupe, Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, Martinique, St Lucia, and the US and British Virgin Islands.
Naturally, someone even started a new Twitter account for the cat. One of its first tweets plays off one of the oldest cat memes, writing, “I can haz extradition?”Originally published 10:03 a.m. PT. The cat appears to have been just a kitten when Assange took it in, based on Instagram and Twitter photos. Its accounts began in May 2016. No new Instagram photos have been posted since March 2017, although the Twitter account was still retweeting in March 2018. During its time in the embassy, the cat played with celebrity visitors, including filmmaker Michael Moore, and did regular cat things, like hiding in a hat or slopping milk on the floor. Is Julian Assange’s cat going to be okay though?— Hannah Al-Othman (@HannahAlOthman) April 11, 2019 Online Post a comment Share your voice Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, is in British custody after losing asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Thursday. But what about his cat?Assange wasn’t always alone in his embassy exile. For at least part of the seven years he was there, he had a feline friend who was featured on social media and had its own Instagram and Twitter accounts. Embassy Cat’s social media bios even got punny, stating, “I live in the Ecuadorian Embassy with Julian Assange. Interested in counter-purrveillance.” I’ll look forward to reading the Meowller Report. pic.twitter.com/FGFnkoDLMr— Laurie (@LaurieLovesIt) April 12, 2019 For the record: Julian Assange’s cat was reportedly given to a shelter by the Ecuadorian embassy ages ago, so don’t expect a feline extradition in the next few hours.(I genuinely offered to adopt it)— James Ball (@jamesrbuk) April 11, 2019 I wonder what will happen to James, Julian Assange’s cat, who also lived in Ecuador’s London embassy pic.twitter.com/YYOUZS9K1V— bianca bharti (@biancabharti) April 11, 2019 The Washington Post scratched into the cat’s current status and clawed up some conflicting reports. Former WikiLeaks staffer James Ball tweeted that the cat was reportedly given to a shelter. 0 But back in November, Hanna Jonasson of Assange’s legal team said the cat managed to avoid the shelter and was given to Assange’s family. And when Assange was taken into custody, some on social media worried about the cat. Stay tuned for the next exciting adventure of Toonces!😂✌️ pic.twitter.com/9VMnD8RMET— Slaur (@LaurelRamoser) April 12, 2019 Tags No cat! That’s a #flerken! 😳 pic.twitter.com/oY85hF9Yde— Scott Blade | Nomadvelist (@iamscottblade) April 12, 2019 It’s unclear if the cat had a name. In a 2017 profile in The New Yorker, Assange called it both “Michi” and “Cat-stro.” Online, many called it James. And some on the internet just had fun with the idea of a cat companion living in exile. “There’s ZERO chance Assange’s cat isn’t the head of WikiLeaks,” wrote one Twitter user. “Julian is the fall guy. This was always the plan.” .@DailyCaller researchers @amber_athey and @AryssaDamron with the scoop: There’s ZERO chance Assange’s cat isn’t the head of Wiki Leaks. Julian is the fall guy. This was always the plan. pic.twitter.com/FjvSEg8d2k— Jessica Fletcher (@heckyessica) April 11, 2019 In the same document in which Ecuador threatened to hand Assange over for arrest, Ecuador also threatened to put Assange’s cat in the pound.Insensed at the threat, he asked his lawyers to take his cat to safety. The cat is with Assange’s family. They will be reunited in freedom. pic.twitter.com/W9FvDbvQgw— Hanna Jonasson (@AssangeLegal) November 27, 2018 Target Julian Assange Instagram Twitter
The spectre of rape looms large in society, as recent times have seen an alarming rise in this heinous crime, both in number and in brutality. And gang rape has added to the fear.The perpetrators are brash and brutal, not fearing any form of punishment for the rape and gang-rape they commit. The gruesome rape and murder of a medical student inside a moving bus in Indian capital New Delhi in 2012, has apparently set of a series of copycat rapes within Bangladesh too.Zakia Sultana Rupa, a law student who recently joined a multinational company, was gang-raped and murdered in a running bus by the bus workers on the Tangail-Mymensingh highway on 25 August 2017. The incident shocked the whole nation, creating an outraged outcry at home and abroad.But this was not an isolated incident.At least 186 incidents of gang-rape took place from January to November 2017, according to the human and legal rights watchdog Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK). Thirteen of the victims were reportedly killed or died of injuries and five committed suicide.ASK reported, as many as 749 women were raped and 39 were killed in 11 months of 2017, while 671 women were raped and 32 killed in 2016.“All sorts of repression in society has increased,” a senior official of ASK told Prothom Alo. ASK’s executive director Sheepa Hafiza said the culture of impunity is a prime reason behind the rise in such crimes.The most sickening part of the story is 63 of rape victims of 2017 were below 18 years, aged from 7 to 18.The number of child rape increased four times in the past five years – from 150 cases in 2013 to 501 cases in 10 months of 2017, according to Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum (BSAF).The number of gang-rapes in 11 months of 2016 was nominally lower – 183.But, the number of murders after rape increased from 31 in 11 months of 2016 to 52 in 11 months of 2017, shows Mahila Parishad’s survey of newspaper reports.The number of cases filed in connection with such incidents rose to 123 in 2017 from 108 in 2016.Alarmingly, the victims were strangled to death, thrown out of running vehicles, hacked dead or cut into piecesRape cases proved to be not just a sexual and physical assault on woman but an attempt to inflict punishment on the victim.“We often forget an incident of rape after a few days. Most of the rapists eventually get off scot-free. This culture has expedited the rapes in every coming year,” said Ayesha Khanam, the chairman of Mahila Parishad.The rape of Sohagi Jahan Tonu in 2016 sparked widespread protest across the country, but with no results so far.An ethnic minority Garo girl was gang-raped on a running microbus by five youths in Kuril-Biswa road area in 2015. In 2013, another girl was raped by two bus staffers on the Dhaka-Aricha highway.However, the year 2017 showed the trends of rising brutality of rape including the rape of children.Three-year-old Tanha was lured with a chocolate and made victim of brutal sexual assault. A certain Shipon, whom she called uncle, raped her and then strangled her to death in Banani of Dhaka city in July.“Child rape is entirely a result of degradation in social values,” Ayesha Khanam said, concerning the rising number of child rapes.Sheepa Hafiza of ASK blamed the state for such crimes and said, “The state should take strong initiatives with zero tolerance for such violence.”Salma Ali of Bangladesh National Women Lawyers’ Association pointed out that there were innumerable incidents of rape, but only a few perpetrators were convicted.“Lengthy trial process and multiple adjournments hampers justice and emboldens the perpetrator,” the rights activist said, emphasising the need for reforms in the legal system and guidelines for state response to such crimes.Ayesha Khanam said, “As our existing rape law is not victim friendly, certain reforms should be made.” She stressed that the burden of proof should be on the perpetrator, not on the victim.
(AP Photo/Eric GaySigns mark a polling site as early voting begins, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, in San Antonio. Early voting in Texas runs though March 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)Texas Democrats turned out in force ahead of the first-in-the-nation primary Tuesday in what could be an early hint of a midterm election backlash against President Donald Trump, though their party remains a longshot to dent Republican political dominance of the state.Democratic early voting across Texas’ 15 most-populous counties more than doubled that of the last non-presidential cycle in 2014, while the number of Republican early ballots cast increased only slightly. Total Democratic early votes exceeded Republican ones roughly 465,000 to 420,000, though those figures combined accounted for less than 9 percent of the state’s total registered voters.“I would like to see a complete change in the top of the government,” said Bonnie Kobilansky, a 64-year-old nurse practitioner who voted Tuesday in the Democratic primary. “We have to get Trump out of office. This is the most scary time of my life, and I’ve lived a long time.”Still, Democrats haven’t won any of Texas’ 29 statewide offices since 1994, the nation’s longest losing streak. That’s expected to continue this cycle despite any possible “Trump effect” because Democrats fielded little-known candidates against top Republicans, such as Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. Even Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has been indicted on felony securities fraud charges, remains favored for re-election.Laura Smith, 60, casting a Republican ballot in Dallas, said: “I love President Trump. Absolutely love him.”“He has guts. He’s not afraid. He’s strong. He’s a leader,” said Smith, who works in a dentist’s office.A record six Texas Republicans and two Democrats are leaving Congress, meaning the state will be losing clout on key House committees. But none of those open seats are expected to flip. They’ve drawn so many hopefuls from each party, that most primary races won’t have anyone winning a majority of Tuesday’s votes, meaning runoff elections May 22 will determine who will be on November’s general election ballot.Democrats have a better shot in November of unseating three Republican congressional incumbents — Rep. Pete Sessions in Dallas, Rep. John Culberson of Houston and Rep. Will Hurd in a district stretching hundreds of miles from San Antonio to El Paso. Hillary Clinton beat Trump in all three districts in 2016, but Democratic primary runoffs may be necessary in all three races.Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a former punk rock guitarist, is one of the Democrats leaving his House seat and has launched a longshot bid to unseat Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. Neither O’Rourke nor Cruz has faced serious primary challengers, but the challenger has outraised Cruz and the incumbent has warned conservatives against complacency, suggesting that liberals will “crawl over broken glass in November to vote,” against Trump and the GOP.The Democrats have had their own internal strife in Texas over congressional hopeful Laura Moser, who moved from Washington to her native Houston to try and unseat Culberson. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, fearing Moser may be too liberal to win the general election, blistered her for comments from a 2014 Washingtonian magazine article in which Moser said she’d “rather have her teeth pulled out” than live in rural Paris, Texas.Moser kept things positive while campaigning in Houston on Tuesday, saying the strong Democratic turnout in early voting, “It’s amazing. And unlike anything I remember.”But Republican political consultant Derek Ryan noted that only about 3 percent of those casting ballots early in the Democratic primary were first-time voters, meaning most Texans participating “were probably voting Democrat in general elections in previous cycles.”“Three percent, that could make a difference in some smaller races, but in a statewide election I don’t think that’s enough to sway anything,” Ryan said. “Democrats are showing up in the primary election, does that mean more are going to show up in the general election?”A close Republican primary race Tuesday could be for land commissioner, where George P. Bush was the first member of his family to win his first election four years ago but drew an unlikely challenger in Jerry Patterson, a former Bush supporter who preceded him as land commissioner. Bush has been backed by Trump, but a loss would mean that no one from his family’s political dynasty would be in elected office.Another key contest is the Democratic gubernatorial primary, where the top two contenders in a crowded field are former Dallas County Sherriff Lupe Valdez, backed by the party’s establishment, and Andrew White, who opposes abortion and whose father, Mark, was governor in the 1980s. Neither White nor Valdez may win a majority of Tuesday’s votes, though.Abbott has an eye-popping $43 million in campaign cash, tops among gubernatorial hopefuls nationwide, and isn’t expected to be seriously challenged by any Democrat. Instead, he’s focused on attempting to unseat members of his own party, endorsing the Republican primary challengers to three state House incumbents who backed past ethics reform measures that might have limited gubernatorial power. That includes state Rep. Sarah Davis, a suburban Houston Republican who supports abortion rights.Davis counters that her district’s residents “will not be told for whom to vote.” Share
Girls pick out prom dresses at the 2014 Dresses4Dreams Boutique.Family Matters of Greater Washington will host its fourth annual Dresses4Dreams benefit event 6-8 p.m. March 25 at the Dirty Martini on the 1200 block of Connecticut Ave., NW, in Washington, D.C.The networking reception, which will be hosted by Remy Martin and WPGC’s “Sunni and the City,” is used to help raise funds and collect new or gently used prom dresses for low-income teens in the District.Tonya Jackson Smallwood, Family Matters’ president and CEO, said the event was the brainchild of a long-time donor Richard Herman, who expressed his desire to help provide no cost or affordable dresses to teenage girls so they can attend their prom.Teenage shopper and former Ms. DC Teen contestant at 2014 Dresses4Dreams Boutique.“A prom dress represents beauty and elegance but more importantly a school prom represents a rite of passage, and a significant event before transitioning into the next phase of a teen’s life,” Smallwood told the AFRO. She added, “We believed this idea coincided with our organization’s mission ‘to create and deliver compassionate solutions that empower, enrich and elevate all ages.’”Three teenage girls selecting prom dresses.In the past three years, the initiative has netted over 300 donated dresses and a wide array of shoes and accessories, which helped over 100 teenage girls attend their prom and school pageants. But Smallwood said she would like to see the program’s reach extended.“This year, we would like to double our efforts in helping over 200 teenage girls attend their prom in self-confidence and style,” she told the AFRO. “Every year our financial donations for this cause have increased and we are accepting donations to obtain premiere items for this much needed cause.”Committee member Jessica Echols, left, and Family Matters President and CEO Tonya Smallwood at 2014 networking reception.Dresses 4Dreams boutique events will be held April 9 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library on the 900 block of G Street, NW; and April 15 at the Family Matters office on the 1500 block of 16th Street, NW.Smallwood said there will also be additional surprises this year.“We are proud to announce that Walgreens will be sponsoring a raffle for free giveaways of manicures, gift bags and make-up applications. Also, local professional hairstylists will be offering their services to teenage girls for the day of their prom,” Smallwood said.Each girl will be entered into a drawing when they attend a local boutique and they will be informed of their winnings.For more information about this year’s event, visit www.familymattersdc.org, or call (202) 289-1510.
PlayStation 4 Becomes Fastest Console to Sell 100 Million‘Death Stranding’ Is Your PlayStation 4 Holiday Exclusive Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption 2 is sure to be one of 2018’s biggest games. As such, it is getting a wide range of special edition variants, each with exclusive content. Today’s announcement lists what gamers can expect to find in each version.Everyone who pre-orders Red Dead Redemption 2 will get the War Horse and The Outlaw Survival Kit. Folks may remember the War Horse from the first game. The survival kit has items that replenish health, Dead Eye, and more. Those who pre-order digitally from the PlayStation Store or Xbox Live get the two aforementioned items plus a Cash Bonus and Treasure Map. The extra cash is enough to buy a weapon, food, a handful of ammo, and more. The treasure map helps you locate in-game treasure early in the game. Both of these digital bonuses are for the story mode. The standard edition of the game costs $59.99.The Special Edition contains a great deal of content for story mode. This includes a Bank Robbery Mission and Gang Hideout, the Dappled Black Thoroughbred, Talisman and Medallion gameplay bonuses, gameplay boosts, cash bonuses and discounts, The Nuevo Paraiso Gunslinger Outfit, and free access to additional weapons like the Volcanic Pistol, Pump Action Shotgun, and Lancaster Varmint Rifle. The Special Edition costs $79.99.AdChoices广告The Ultimate Edition has all of the story mode content from the Special Edition and extra bonuses for online. These include bonus outfits, the Black Chestnut Thoroughbred, free access to the survivor camp theme, free access to additional weapons, and rank bonuses which help players level up faster (up to rank 25). Expect the Ultimate Edition to run for $99.99.Then we have the Red Dead Redemption 2: Collector’s Box set. This edition is only available from select retailers and the Rockstar Warehouse. Featuring a thick gauged metal tithing box (with a lock and key), this edition contains a collectible Challenge Coin featuring the American Buffalo on one side and a scenic landscape on the other side, a 100-piece wooden jigsaw puzzle featuring a illustrated view of the port of Saint Denis on one side, and a Rockstar Games logo on the other, the “six shooter” bandana, a printed treasure map featuring some of the in-game hidden treasures, a pin set, playing cards, the Wheeler, Rawson and Co. Catalogue, and a physical version of one of the 12 in-game Cigarette Cards. The Collector’s Box set costs $99.99. Oddly enough, it does not come with a copy of the game.Grand Theft Auto V players get some love too. All digital pre-orders of Red Dead Redemption 2 on PSN and XBL will instantly get extra GTA$ to their Maze Bank accounts in GTA Online. The Standard Edition Digital Pre-Order gets players $500,000, the Special Edition Digital nets $1,000,000, and the Ultimate Edition Digital Pre-Order nets $2,000,000.For more information, head on over to Rockstar’s website. Red Dead Redemption 2 releases on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 26.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target
Chicago first hit the stage in 1975, becoming Broadway’s longest-running American musical in history. The West End revival ran for over a decade, winning much critical acclaim and becoming one of the best loved shows in town. After an almost 15-year absence from the district, the latest production has all of the reassuring hallmarks of a classic.Raunchy choreography, killer outfits and copious jazz hands with plenty of attitude mean that the new version directed by Walter Bobbie is a real crowd pleaser.Some of the most popular musical songs in all of history were out in full force. These included the much loved ‘Cell Block Tango’, ‘Razzle Dazzle’ and ‘All That Jazz’; all sounded just as fresh and provocative as they always have.Adding to the Jazz Era atmosphere was the live jazz band, which remained on stage throughout the production as the drama unfolded. Avoiding over-production and over-complicated stage set changes, the talent of the musicians shone through.Focusing on the story of two Prohibition-era murderesses, many of the themes explored in Chicago are in many ways as relevant now as then. Fake news, an obsession with celebrity culture and murky underbelly of showbiz are just a few that resonate far beyond Jazz Age Illinois. So much of what makes Chicago so compellingly watchable revolves around the cast and the newest incarnation of the production is no exception. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The hit musical, Chicago, returns to the Phoenix Theatre in London’s West End after almost 15 years and the latest version packs a powerful theatrical punch. With a refreshed cast and plenty of razzle dazzle, the production showcases its enduring appeal once again. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- Largest U.S. Gay Pride Los Angeles in West Hollywood under attack?Hungary Opera cancels Billy Elliot shows after anti-gay campaignREVIEW: Heathers the Musical is a murderous, camp romp that you can’t help but loveRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/review-chicago-the-musical-at-the-phoenix-theatre-london/ Emma Harris, Nicola Coates, Chelsea Labadini, Michelle Antrobus, Natalie Bennyworth and Frances Dee in Chicago | Photo: Tristram Kenton There were standout performances from Sarah Soetaert as lovable murderess Roxie Hart opposite Chicago veteran Josefina Gabrielle as the hardened Velma Kelly. Soetaert and Gabrielle’s portrayals of strong, feisty but flawed women doing whatever they could to survive the hangman’s noose were an absolute joy to watch. Often a rarity even in modern theatre, it was refreshing to watch a dramatic performance with two women centre-stage.Adding to the star quality of the cast is Academy Award winning Cuba Gooding Jr. Arriving on stage to loud applause, Gooding Jr most recently played OJ Simpson in the captivating The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story. On this occasion though, Gooding Jr plays the defence counsel rather than the accused, bringing charisma and Hollywood glamor to the production. Charming and smooth-talking, Gooding Jr is well cast in the role of slippery lawyer, Billy Flynn despite a fairly average vocal performance during renditions of ‘All I Care About’.Other notable performances were from Paul Rider who plays Amos Hart, Roxie Hart’s pathetic husband who achieves redemption of sorts by the end. Ruthie Henshall also delivers a compelling portrayal of Matron ‘Madam’ Morton with a fine rendition of ‘When You’re Good to Mama’.For lovers of Chicago and those new to musical theatre alike, this Broadway and West End classic won’t disappoint. With plenty of sass, sex appeal and star quality, it’s a treat to have this excellent new production back in town.For more information about Chicago, visit phoenix.londontheatres.co.uk/chicago.Words: Cat RossidesPhotos: Tristram KentonGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .
Technology | June 12, 2008 TruSystem 7500 Surgical Table Allows for Extreme Adjustment Angles TruSystem 7500 surgical table by TRUMPF is designed to facilitate work for personnel, increase security for patients and improve efficiency for the hospital.The TruSystem 7500 combines modularity and compatibility with all TRUMPF components and accessories with new features, including extreme adjustment angles and an intuitive operating concept, as well as ergonomic and secure handling of all components.The new OR table allows for extreme adjustment angles by allow for 65 degrees Trendelenburg and 30 degrees without losing stability or restricting surgeons’ freedom of leg movement, said the company.The TruSystem 7500 remains compatible to all other modular, electric motor-driven TRUMPF OR table models, said the company. This means that personnel can assemble, lengthen and shorten the table and attach parts quickly using patented coupling points and only a few hand movements. This lets hospitals add equipment economically and according to needs.The TruSystem is designed to ensure efficient and secure work in the operating room. In patient positioning, you benefit from the coded, confusion-free coupling points and practically outage-free motors in the support column and table plate. Desired table positions can be set faster and more precisely than for previous OR tables using programmable high-speed motors. It is also possible to expand the new table with additional motorized motion functions, reportedly reducing manual settings to a minimum.June 2008: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享
Professor Des Ball, a professor of strategic studies at Australia’s National University, said that the plane would have been picked up on Australia’s Jindalee radar system if it had been flying somewhere nearby, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. An Australian flight surveillance expert believes that the missing Malaysia Airlines flew somewhere near Australia and would have been picked up on Australian radar if it did. Investigators have also identified two possible other flight paths for the plane including one over Indonesia, Thailand and Western Australia and the other over Iran, passing through Afghanistan and Pakistan. “It’s hard to believe it could go over northern Thailand undetected, they have extensive radar,” Professor Ball said. Australia has deployed two Orion surveillance aircraft to monitor the flight corridors, including one off the Cocos Islands and one operating west of Malaysia. Prime Minister Tony Abbott has asked Malaysia whether they require further assistance for the search. Source = ETB News: E.H
in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Share Increased regulatory burdens and growing loan demand are just two of the issues representatives from the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) raised when meeting with the Federal Reserve Board of Directors this week.NAFCU, which represents federal credit unions, shared some of the pain points credit unions continue to deal with, while noting that consumer demand at credit unions is up year-over-year.For the 23rd year in a row, NAFCU leaders met with Fed Directors to share emerging issues in their space.The laundry list of developments includes the fact that NAFCU is advocating to preserve the tax exemption status enjoyed by credit unions, while also dealing with ongoing pressures from complying with data security demands, the Dodd-Frank Act and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s rules—most notably, the new Truth in Lending Act and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act integrated mortgage disclosure rule (TRID).Staffing and compliance costs related to TRID are draining the credit unions coffers, representatives noted in their report to the Fed.Credit unions warned that their margins continue to shrink on declining fee incomes even though member growth is at its highest level in two decades.NAFCU also reiterated a need for Congress to enact reforms to deal with national data security standards for retailers to protect the financial information for consumers.The good news from NAFCU is member growth remains in positive territory. The bad news is NAFCU is having to spend more to deal with new compliance and regulatory expectations.“Our 2015 NAFCU Report on Credit Unions shows that even though credit unions face many legislative and regulatory challenges, they play a critical role in serving their more than 101 million members and the nation’s economy, and are well-positioned for future success,” said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “This is the 23rd year that NAFCU met with the Federal Reserve, and we looked forward to discussing issues that are significant to credit unions and the financial services industry right now.” December 7, 2015 539 Views Credit Unions Federal Reserve National Association of Federal Credit Unions Regulatory Anxiety 2015-12-07 Staff Writer Credit Unions Share Regulatory Anxiety with Federal Reserve Leaders
Bridal designers talk princess moments and Meghan Markle FILE – In this April 12, 2018, file photo, Bridal fashion from the Reem Acra collection is modeled during Bridal Fashion Week in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File) by Leanne Italie, The Associated Press Posted Apr 18, 2018 6:25 am PDT Last Updated Apr 18, 2018 at 10:21 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – With the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle approaching, princesses were a hot topic of conversation during the recent market week for the bridal industry.Who will dress the American for her big day May 19 and what style she will choose remains a locked-down mystery.“I hope she’s got an American brand on, I really do,” said London-based designer Kate Halfpenny, founder of Halfpenny London who shows in New York twice a year to be closer to buyers.“I’d love her to be in an Oscar (de la Renta) or a Carolina (Herrera). I think she’ll be clean and simple. I think she’ll be nothing like Kate, nothing like Pippa. Maybe off the shoulder, very open but with a very lacy veil,” she said.Naeem Khan, who went glitter rock chick in a collection of after-party glitz, said whatever Markle chooses, she’ll influence the market.“I think Meghan is a very, very cool modern princess,” he said. “People love her and women will love to dress like her.”Taking a break between bridal shows at her penthouse flagship in Manhattan, designer Romona Keveza said much is at stake for Markle on her wedding day.“She has the opportunity to break barriers or set barriers back 100 years just by her wedding dress,” she said. “It’s going to depend on who she listens to.”Reem Acra, whose “Prophet Collection” was both princessy and angelic, envisions Markle in a ballgown. The royal wedding will carry a message for the next generation of brides, she said.“Everything is possible and we all can become princesses, we all can become queens,” said Acra. “That message is going to be so strong in the wedding world.”Some highlights from bridal week:HALFPENNY LONDONAs a stylist, Halfpenny worked with Rihanna and Kate Moss before launching her bridal company in 2005. She now relishes offering regular women star treatment both online and in 26 namesake stores around the world.She’s all about mixing textures and fabrics for brides who want contemporary but just outside the box. One look was all-over lace adorned with tiny stars that have a touch of metallic so they glitter under bright lights, with a long veil to match. Another used stretchy dotted lace for a draped sleeve with a matching overlay on a dress that showed off a model’s curves.Halfpenny stiffened lace with pleats and paired that with a stout but soft and pliable mikado for a flutter-style sleeve that stayed in place. Overskirts with pockets opened to sleek column gowns and a cape was trimmed in feathers.Having always given her gowns feminine names, Halfpenny is honouring the men in her life with namesake looks in this collection for next spring. But, she said, “No exes. Absolutely no exes.”REEM ACRAEvery client is Acra’s queen. This season she gave models spring buds on branches and put flowers on their crowns as they walked down her aisle at the majestic main branch of the New York Public Library.With names that included “Gate to Eternity,” the Beirut native used Lebanese-American Kahlil Gibran and his book “The Prophet” as her muse.Flowers dominated, in detailing and fabrics. She included a floral Jacquard and silk faille.One modern, fitted look had a large jewel bow adornment. Acra also showed a multitude of full skirts, both stiff ball gown silhouettes and flowing pleated forms.The marriage of worlds between an American actress and Prince Harry was mirrored in a union of fabrics featuring intricate beading and embroideries, worked on by hand in both Europe and America.“This collection has an intellectual feeling,” Acra said. “It’s kind of an empowerment of how all these hands put together from all over the world make such a beautiful thing.”ROMONA KEVEZAChances are you know a bride who has worn Keveza. She showed three lines, including her Legends collection. One gown was a strapless fit-and-flare in white with a large black bow attached at the back, its tails trailing behind as a train. Another had a stiff cape that lent a 1950s feel.Keveza honoured everybody from Jackie O and Princess Diana to the oft-married Elizabeth Taylor and an American who never was queen, Wallis Simpson. An ivory ball gown with a deep-V neckline and illusion sleeves was an ode to the elegance of Princess Grace of Monaco, among the OG American actresses to become royalty.Keveza’s Romona New York collection was young and flirty. One strapless gown that hugged and flared in all the right places was fitted with lace pieces attached at the waist to flap like wings.Her namesake Romona Keveza Collection had some big royal moments in silvery sheens with traditional touches of embroidery and lace, all inspired by grand venues around the world.There was a dainty off-the-shoulder gown with a modest plunge at the neck and light touches of classic embellishment, with Versailles as a muse. A long-sleeve gown with a full skirt and high boatneck took a Buckingham Palace feel. Her look inspired by Windsor Castle, where Markle will wed her prince, had long sheer sleeves and neck attached to a less voluminous white dress.VERA WANGShe did not have the royal wedding in mind. She had bold reds and yellows and greens, light purples and pinks, on the brain.The drama this season came in layers and layers of crinkly tulle, and huge flowers at the hip, neck and back, and trains for days. There were some space agey fitted light taupe dresses with blocky structured shoulders as well.Wang’s brides were a touch angsty. One wore a skin tone bustier draped in darker lace, paired with crinkly, wispy long layers in ominous dark colours that looked like storm clouds.She trimmed tulle in lace hems and offered a few flowing bows at the waists in pink and yellow. These brides wore their hair loose and wild, curly and tossed, ponytailed and pixie short.The inspiration in general was that of the Flemish painters, Vermeer among them.NAEEM KHANIn a jumpsuit, a tracksuit, in a cape that ties with a ribbon, in metallic golds and silver, Khan’s “rocker” collection is perfect for drinking and dancing.“My bride is somebody that actually wears multiple things through the evening, so she’ll wear something for dinner, something to greet the guests in, the main dress and something to dance in. So we design multiple pieces for her for the whole night,” he said.The above mentioned cape, for instance, can be removed to reveal a cocktail dress underneath. His designs were his trademark ornate with dazzling sequins, beads and feathers as accents.“The American bride is getting very, very fashion conscious,” he said, in an industry once dominated by manufacturers.“It’s not your standard wedding dress,” Khan added. “It’s a fashion moment.”___Associated Press writer Ragan Clark in New York contributed to this report.___For complete coverage of the royal wedding, visit: https://apnews.com/tag/Royalweddings
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