Death toll from Syrian violence tops 2900 UN human rights office says

Rupert Colville, a spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), said the total number has passed 2,900, “according to the list of individual names we have been compiling.” Previous estimates had placed the toll at about 2,700.Senior UN officials have repeatedly voiced concern about the situation in Syria, where large-scale protests calling for greater freedoms have been held since March – part of the so-called Arab Spring movement that has affected much of North Africa and the Middle East this year.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed that the violence and suffering in Syria is unacceptable and must end, and that the international community has a moral obligation to try to prevent further bloodshed.The Human Rights Council has ordered a commission of inquiry into the violence after an earlier OHCHR fact-finding mission outlined a series of Government abuses ranging from murders, enforced disappearances, the deprivation of liberty and torture.On Tuesday, the Security Council did not adopt a draft resolution that strongly condemned Syrian authorities for their crackdown after Russia and China exercised their vetoes.Representatives of Russia and China said the draft text as it stood would exacerbate tensions rather than lead to a resolution of the crisis.A spokesperson for Mr. Ban said yesterday that the Secretary-General regretted that Council members have not been able to agree and hoped they would overcome their divisions and find a collective way to address the situation. 6 October 2011The death toll from months of violent clashes between Syrian Government forces and pro-democracy protesters has now climbed to 2,900, the United Nations human rights office said today. read more

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Emil Ranjan and Rangajeewa further remanded over Welikada riots

Former Prisons Commissioner Emil Ranjan and Inspector of Police (IP) Neomal Rangajeewa, who were arrested over the 2012 Welikada Prison riot, have been further remanded.The Colombo Magistrate’s Court ordered that Emil Ranjan and Neomal Rangajeewa, who were remanded until today, to be further remanded till June 5th. Emil Ranjan and Neomal Rangajeewa had been arrested over the 2012 Welikada Prison clashes in which several inmates were killed.Investigators are attempting to uncover who gave orders to kill the inmates during the riot. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Global partners commit 12 billion to UNbacked fund to fight AIDS Tuberculosis

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) welcomed today a $12 billion commitment by international partners to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria at its fourth replenishment meeting in Washington, DC.“Support for the Global Fund comes at a crucial point – in many parts of the world we are entering into a ‘make or break’ point in progressing towards our goals,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, applauding the commitments made at the meeting, which comes on the heels of Sunday’s commemoration of World AIDS Day.“These pledges are a demonstration of global solidarity and trust to move towards ending the three diseases,” he said. Echoing that sentiment was Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund, who said in closing remarks: “The 21st century ideals that led to the founding of the Global Fund are now stronger than ever: partnership, shared responsibility, and mutual accountability. In many ways, this is a replenishment of hope. It is a lifting up of the human spirit.”“We’ve had a terrific beginning,” said Dr. Nafsiah Mboi, Chair of the Board of the Global Fund, who led the pledging session, which aimed to generate funds for the next three years. “I offer heartfelt thanks for the generosity of all partners in this effort. Now let’s go to work.”Delivering remarks on behalf of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Mr. Sidibé said that while ongoing support has led to many advances in the response, AIDS, TB and malaria financing from the international community remains a lifeline for millions of people. “We must act with resolve to preserve these gains, which remain fragile. If bed nets and anti-malarials are not delivered and used in time, malaria will continue to spread. Drug-resistant tuberculosis is on the increase, he said, adding that an AIDS-free world is in sight, but success depends on our unwavering resolve to bring treatment to the nearly three in 10 children and adults who still do not have access to it. “We need to work smarter and better to truly end these infectious diseases.”Opened by United States President Barack Obama, the meeting was also an opportunity for world leaders and partners to review progress and look to the future. According to UNAIDS, the new commitments represent a sharp increase compared to pledges made at the previous replenishment conference of $9.2 billion. Shared responsibility by countries has also grown. Domestic spending on HIV has increased, accounting for approximately of 53 per cent of global HIV resources in 2012. The total global resources available for HIV in 2012 were estimated at $18.9 billion. read more

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Mommys Kissing Santa Claus Picture of the Day

first_imgSHEUNA PIKE GOT quite a shock this morning when she brought her 11-month-old daughter Halle to see Santa Claus in Clerys.Instead of meeting the jolly man from the North Pole, she was greeted by a much more familiar face.When she entered the grotto, her long-term boyfriend Gary Lawlor was ready and waiting. In his hand? A sparkling diamond.The Glasnevin man got down on one knee and proposed to Sheuna. The pair have been going out for about eight-and-a-half years.Images: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland!Read: 9 internal panics you’ll have during the big Christmas food shopOpen thread: What’s your favourite Christmas memory?last_img read more

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Chikungunya le rôle du système immunitaire

first_imgChikungunya : le rôle du système immunitaireL’Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD) et le CNRS viennent de démontrer que la différence de réponse immunitaire de chaque individu au virus du chikungunya entraînait la variabilité des symptômes retrouvés d’un malade à l’autre.Le chikungunya est un virus ayant causé plusieurs épidémie en Afrique et en Asie du sud est au cours du XXe siècle. La dernière épidémie de 2007 en Italie et les cas recensés en France ont poussé les chercheurs à étudier plus en détail cette maladie.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Les symptômes du chikungunya sont la fièvre, des troubles articulaires extrêmement douloureux mais également plusieurs autres types de signes cliniques très variables en fonction des individus. C’est à partir de ce constat que les chercheurs de l’IRD et du CNRS sont parvenus à démontrer que la différence de symptômes était due à la variabilité de la réponse immunitaire de chaque patient.Quelle que soit l’infection, virale, bactérienne ou parasitaire, le système immunitaire est activé dans notre organisme rappelle Sciences et Avenir. Deux grandes étapes se déroulent alors successivement : la défense non-spécifique ou immunité innée puis la réponse spécifique. La première lutte contre tous les éléments présentant un ADN étranger, la seconde lutte de façon spécifique contre l’agent pathogène en cause.Les recherches menées ont ainsi montré que chez les personnes atteintes par le chikungunya (en 2007), l’immunité innée était très efficace. En effet au cours des premiers jours de l’infection, de nombreuses hormones immunitaires (interférons, cytokines et chimiokines) ont été retrouvées dans le sang. Le terrain immunitaire de chaque malade est donc un facteur important de cette maladie et les cas graves seraient dus à une immunité innée altérée.Le 2 janvier 2011 à 13:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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SHOULD A CANDIDATE BE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST BY GRTS

first_imgQUESTION OF THE DAYSHOULD A CANDIDATE BE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST BY GRTS?Section 33 of the constitution does not permit discrimination by public officers while performing their duty. Needless to say during the campaign period (16 to 29 November) the Independent Electoral Commission takes charge to ensure that the public broadcaster displays fairness in coverage and party political broadcast.Whenever a candidate is treated unfairly he/she has the right to raise the matter with the IEC for resolution.last_img read more

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Senator Kamala Harris impressed by dedication of San Diego submariners

first_img John Soderman 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — US Senator Kamala Harris came to San Diego Friday for a course in ‘Submarines 101.’The democratic Senator received a top to bottom tour of the USS Scranton, a 361-foot long Los Angeles class submarine.And why is the Senator so interested in our subs? She serves on two committees on national security the Homeland Security Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.Harris came away very impressed with the professionalism of the submariners. ‘These folks never complain,’ she remarked.To say that Harris is a rising star in the Democratic Party is an understatement.Her name has been mentioned as a candidate for the presidency in 2020, something she says she has not ruled out. John Soderman, Posted: July 20, 2018 July 20, 2018 Senator Kamala Harris impressed by dedication of San Diego submariners Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Kamala Harris FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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GMB hosts protests against ISS in wage and sick pay dispute

first_imgTrade union GMB and its members are participating in a series of protests today (Thursday 11 April 2019) against support service organisation ISS in a dispute over wages and sick pay.The protests will be occurring across three sites in South London: from 9.00am at the Princess Royal Hospital in Orpington and from 12.00pm at Kingston Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Greenwich.ISS operates the cleaning, catering, porter and security contracts at NHS hospitals.GMB is seeking amendments to the organisation’s sick pay scheme so that it is paid from day one; this is to align with the provision offered to other NHS staff. Furthermore, the trade union wants ISS to pay its employees the voluntary London living wage, which currently stands at £10.55 an hour.GMB and its members are also protesting against the organisation’s pay harmonisation programme, Project Greenfield. GMB states that this as a result of this employees will not receive their pay for up to three weeks from the end of April. This will result in an extended pay arrears period. Project Greenfield will not impact higher-paid, salaried employees, according to the union.GMB members are requesting that the trade union establish food banks to help during this time.Today’s protests form part of GMB’s ongoing campaign at Kingston Hospital, centred around improving the sick pay scheme. Matt Hancock, minister for health, met with GMB in March 2019 to discuss this.Helen O’Connor, regional organiser at GMB, said: “ISS is an exploitative contractor in the health service and our members are angry at being treated like second class NHS workers. ISS has no regard for the wellbeing of its workforce and it is beyond belief that low paid workers can be expected to pay back loans in excess of £300 a month of their own wages so that a multi-million-pound global [organisation] like ISS can change [its] pay cycles.“GMB met with ISS earlier in the week and advised them to advance wages to their hourly paid workers in order to change the pay cycle, but ISS are hell bent on offering unaffordable loans to workers who are already up to their eyes in debt due to low pay.”A spokesperson at ISS added: “We are aware of the protests being carried out by the GMB union today. We want to make it clear that ISS will not withhold any money that is payable to any employee.“ISS will soon begin a programme to upgrade our payroll system and processes. This is a necessity as from December, our current payroll will no longer be supported. In November we will therefore introduce a new, enhanced, payroll system. We strongly believe this will benefit our employees as it will give more clarity on what an employee will be paid, and when, as there will be more time to check and process pay.“Our ethos is to provide a safe and healthy work environment for all employees; based on the ISS values and leadership principles, looking after both the physical and mental wellbeing of every ISS employee.“[While] we are aware that the employees will be embarking upon change, we are providing a full range of support to ease their concerns and any impacts of the change, and we continue to provide opportunities for employees to discuss any issues with us. Our open approach has proven to help minimise any discomfort the employees may feel because of the necessary change and our local management teams are working very hard to communicate the right messages to everyone.”last_img read more

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9 great reads from CNET this week

first_imgApple generated its share of headlines during the last seven days. The tech giant made some pretty significant changes to the MacBook lineup (including ditching a model championed by a CNET editor), and it also dealt with a pair of security issues — one involving iPhone eavesdropping, the other, webcam hijacking. But there was plenty more happening too.We put Verizon’s and Sprint’s 5G networks up against each other in a head-to-head speed contest. A federal judge ruled that it’s unconstitutional for Trump to block critics on Twitter (and a couple of lawsuits said AOC shouldn’t be able to Twitter-block either). And Harley-Davidson rolled out an electric-powered hawg while Disney trotted out a computer-generated lion (king).Here’s more from our menagerie of stories this week:Inside YouTube, leaders look for ‘balance’ after scandalsNeal Mohan, second in command at the video site, handles an evolving role. James Martin/CNET How YouTubers are dealing with the deepfake threatThe VidCon convention for online creators kicks off with a panel on how to prepare for the deepfake dilemma.Young fans of Joey Graceffa hold masks of his face in front of their own. Getty Images Hands-on with the new Apple MacBook Air and MacBook ProThese two entry-level Apple laptops get spec upgrades and, in one case, an important price cut.macbooks-2019 Sarah Tew/CNET Facebook gets experimental with new apps to reel you inExclusive: You could see apps from the team within weeks.FRANCE-TECHNOLOGY-INTERNET-FACEBOOK-SOCIAL NETWORK-LOGO Loic Venance/Getty Images Can $80 earbuds keep up with the $160 AirPods?CNET senior editor Lexy Savvides calls the Anker Soundcore Liberty Air earbuds her new fave AirPods alternative.airpods-vs-anker Lexy Savvides/CNET Amazon Prime Day evolves from goofy sideshow to Black Friday-esque phenomOther retailers are forced to join the party, or else get left behind.Amazon-prime-day-3 Angela Lang/CNET Amazon plans $700 million retraining program for 100,000 US workersThe Upskilling 2025 program is designed to reach a third of Amazon’s US workforce.amazon-prime-now-manhattan-11.jpg Sarah Tew/CNET The $200 Nintendo Switch Lite is cheaper, smaller and handheld onlyIt’s coming Sept. 20 and here’s how it plays.nintendo-switch-lite-1 Nintendo Europe’s 5G difference: Unlimited data without a big surchargeUS carriers, take note. Here’s one way to lure customers to 5G.Palace of Westminster and Westminster Bridge Julian Elliott/Getty Images Share your voice Post a comment 0center_img Tech Industry Tagslast_img read more

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Justice still sought a year after Kavairlook killing

first_imgMay 17 marked the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of John Kavairlook Jr. outside of the Rock n Rodeo Bar in Fairbanks.Download AudioJohn Kavairlook (Photo courtesy of City of Fairbanks)Based on witness accounts and video surveillance, police initially went after four suspects in connection to the incident.  Two of those suspects have been apprehended and remain in custody, awaiting trial.Even though one suspect is facing murder charges, the alleged shooter remains at large.John Kavairlook was originally from the village of Koyuk.  He graduated from the Galena Interior Learning Academy in 2010, and subsequently trained as a plumber in Fairbanks.On May 16th,2015, he took his wife Shalene to the Rock N Rodeo on the Old Steese Highway in Fairbanks for their first night out after the birth of their daughter Kinley roughly a month earlier.  Charging documents suggest that Kavairlook tried to defend his wife from one of the four suspects.  A fight broke out in the bar, and the men were ejected.Shortly after, in the parking lot, one of the suspects retrieved a 9 mm Glock pistol from a silver SUV and shot Kavairlook multiple times, before all 4 suspects fled the scene.In October, U.S. Marshals and local police in Selma, Texas apprehended Anchorage’s Joel Roland Joseph, charging him with first and second degree murder in connection with Kavairlook’s death.  At his arraignment in December, Joseph pled not guilty.According to court documents, Joseph – despite the murder charges looming over him – is not the individual who allegedly pulled the trigger that night.  Fairbanks Police Detective Peyton Merideth explained.“You don’t have to be the shooter to be charged with murder, depending on what your actions were in the case,” Merideth said. “Each case is different, of course.  His level of participation in the homicide, his level of culpability raised his level to that charge.”Joseph’s attorney Steve Wells disagreed with Meredith.“What they have done is charge him under a theory that he essentially aided or abetted or encouraged someone else to do that,” Wells said. “We dispute that.”Instead, Wells claims that Joseph had no interest in elevating what began as a fight in the Rock n Rodeo Bar to a homicide.“Our defense is that Joel Joseph didn’t want him dead, or didn’t solicit his death or encourage this death or do anything to aid or abet the other fellow who did pull the trigger,” Wells said.The identity of the alleged shooter, who remains at large, has not been revealed publically.If Joseph knows who fired the shots that killed Kavairlook, Wells said that he doesn’t have to tell.“Anybody has a legal right not to provide that information, Wells said. “As far as whether Mr. Joseph has that information and the extent of what he knows – that is all part of what this case is about.” Anchorage resident Demarius Hinson was also arrested in connection with the Kavairlook shooting.  Police tracked him down in Orlando, Florida last October, and arrested him on charges of hindering prosecution.Police also arrested Joel Joseph’s older brother David in Anchorage on charges of hindering prosecution. It was David Joseph’s 9mm handgun that was used in the shooting, which he reported to police as stolen, allegedly after a phone conversation between the Joseph brothers shortly after the incident.That leaves two people who were allegedly involved in Kavairlook’s death unaccounted for – including the man who likely fired the gun.  Multiple witnesses and video surveillance footage depict the men as African-Americans in their 20s or 30s, who traveled from Anchorage to Fairbanks shortly before the incident.Detective Merideth said that the search for the at-large suspects continues.“We are still trying to get information from the public to help identify these people,” Merideth said. “There could be things happening behind the scenes as well to get the identity of the other two people involved in the homicide.  Everything is being done that can be done to try to identify the other two people and we are still very optimistic that the other two people will be identified.”Both Hinson and Joel Joseph remain in custody at the Fairbanks Correctional Center.   They are scheduled to stand trial for the homicide of John Kavairlook in August, though Wells is skeptical the trial will happen so soon after the initial arrests and indictments.last_img read more

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G20 Summit 2014 World Leaders Agree to Strengthen Global Infrastructure Labor Force

first_imgThe G20 Summit 2014 in Brisbane, Australia, came to an end on Sunday after the world leaders agreed to improve world global trade and focused on climate change and health.As the world economy is still on a shaky recovery track, the global leaders resolved to stimulate growth and improve productivity of the G20 member countries by 2.1 percent in the next five years by addressing some major issues. This plan will add around $2 trillion to world economic activity. More than 800 reforms were discussed at the event and some global funds were also formed.RelatedThe G20 leaders released a Brisbane Action Plan that enumerated several areas each country would focus on and also some combined priorities.Below are the most important agreements concluded at the G20 Summit 2014:- Develop global infrastructure and boost investment in the sector for better coordination and support- To create more jobs, improve employment conditions and also remove the gender gaps in the jobs sector. To bring in an extra 100 million women in the employment scenario and improve participation rates by 25 percent by 2025.- To formulate regulations that would help eradicate tax abuse, money laundering and other corrupted means of trade and business.- To accelerate implementation of the international financial reform agenda and complete the agreement ruling the corporate tax avoidance reform by 2016.- Working toward climate change and set domestic goals of environment conservation and preservation by 2015.- The formulation of a Green Climate Fund, where the US alone would commit $3 billion.- To boost new energy efficiency infrastructure and programs.- To fight the emergent Ebola crisis.Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he was “heartened by the candid conversations” of the G20 leaders who agreed to his request of abandoning their scripts and speaking from their hearts.”The thing about the G20 is that it’s large enough to be representative and small enough to be effective. That’s why G20 is such an important element in global governance architecture,” the prime minister was quoted by News.com.au.”We set a goal we developed a plan and we implemented it,” he added.last_img read more

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From supergiant to solarmass star Study finds HD 179821 less massive than

first_img Discovered about a century ago, HD 179821 (also designated IRAS 19114+0002) is a star in the constellation of Aquila, surrounded by a detached dust shell. The star is currently classified as a post-AGB supergiant of spectral type G5 Ia. However, although several spectroscopic observations of HD 179821 have been conducted, the exact distance to this star remains a subject of debate. Some studies suggest that it is located about 19,500 light years from the Earth, while others cite a much closer distance of some 12,700 light years. Discrepancy in the distance estimates leaves uncertainties regarding the star’s mass and evolutionary status.Gaia’s second data release, known as Data Release 2 (DR2), has the potential to resolve such uncertainties as it offers high-precision positions, parallaxes and proper motions for more than 1.3 billion sources in the sky. A team of astronomers led by Mudumba Parthasarathy of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics in Bangalore used DR2 data to obtain the parallax of HD 179821, which allowed them to make new distance calculations.The parallax of HD 179821 was found to be approximately 0.31 mas. Employing an inference procedure developed by other researchers in 2018, Parthasarathy’s team calculated that this value corresponds to a distance of about 9,600 light years. Gaia parallax also allowed them to find that the star is located some 850 light years below the Galactic plane.Furthermore, the derived distance and other parameters provided by previous studies, such as spectral type and observed V magnitude, were essential to find the absolute magnitude and bolometric luminosity of HD 179821. These values were estimated to be –5.7 and 4.3 respectively.According to the paper, the derived properties exclude the possibility that HD 179821 is a supergiant star with a mass between 19 and 30 solar masses, which was suggested by observations conducted in recent years.”The derived MV = -5.7 clearly establishes that HD 179821 is not a 30 or 19 Msun post-red supergiant. (…) The bolometric magnitude clearly excludes the possibility, defended by many authors, that it is a very massive (30 to 19 Msun) post-red supergiant star,” the astronomers underlined.They concluded that HD 179821 is a post-AGB star of mass in the range of about 0.8 solar masses, an effective temperature of 5,660 K, and a radial velocity of approximately 81.8 km/s. When it comes to the evolutionary status of HD 179821, the astronomers noted that it resulted from an intermediate mass AGB star or from a star that is at the lower limit of a super-AGB star. Its progenitor most likely had an initial main sequence mass of about four solar masses. Citation: From supergiant to solar-mass star: Study finds HD 179821 less massive than previously thought (2019, February 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-supergiant-solar-mass-star-hd-massive.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. HD 179821. Credit: Hubble Legacy Archive © 2019 Science X Network Explore further Caffau’s star is a dwarf, Gaia DR2 confirms More information: M. Parthasarathy. The puzzling high velocity G5 supergiant star HD 179821: new insight from Gaia DR2 dataarxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1901/1901.08995.pdf A post-asymptotic giant branch (post-AGB) star known as HD 179821 turns out to be significantly less massive than previously thought, according to a new study. Using new data from ESA’s Gaia satellite, astronomers found that HD 179821 is not a supergiant, which was suggested by previous observations, but is rather a solar-mass star. The finding is presented in a paper published January 28 on arXiv.org.last_img read more

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Ramayana revisited

first_imgThe fascinating story of the Ramayana is regaling a vastly different audience in a country far away from its native India, as National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra opened an exhibition of vintage miniature paintings that strings together a grand narrative of the ancient epic.Titled, The story of Rama: Indian Miniatures from the National Museum, New Delhi, the three-month show features 101 paintings created between the 17th and 19th centuries, and is the first major initiative under a recently-inked pact on culture between India and Australia. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’NGA Director Gerard Vaughan said that the exhibition of ‘vibrant and exquisite Indian miniature paintings is important’ for the gallery. “It forms part of our commitment to share the art and rich cultural heritage of India with all Australians,” he added, speaking about the finely-detailed paintings featuring a rich diversity of regional styles. Selected from the collection of National Museum (NM) of over 17,000 miniatures, the largest in the world, the NGA exhibition is open till August 23, and the entry is free for the public. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixNM Director-General Sanjiv Mittal, who was present at the function, expressed delight on behalf of his country, upon sharing with the Australians, the story of Ramayana.NM curator Vijay Kumar Mathur, who has selected the 101 paintings in a chronological progression capturing the story of the Ramayana, revealed that the collection had been pooled in from India’s northern, central and eastern territories. “These miniatures represent art from various schools of Mughal, Deccan, Pahari, Rajasthan and Central India. They stand for a matured movement that colourfully visualises the spirit of the Ramayana,” he expressed.last_img read more

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Before starring in Pose Angelica Ross was kicked out of the Navy

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Gay guys tell their horror stories from vacations with their straight friendsLGBTI rapper CupcaKKe gets upfront in new queer video ‘Crayons’Who is the famous gay pop star behind this anonymous letter about the pressure to remain in the closet?Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/before-starring-in-pose-angelica-ross-was-kicked-out-of-the-navy/ Angelica Ross, who starred as Candy Abundance on the groundbreaking FX show Pose, was once kicked out of the United States Navy.BackgroundRoss is a black transgender woman. When she came out as gay to her Evangelical Christian mom at age 17, her mom was deeply unsupportive. ‘It’s a great example of how trans women around the country are being marginalized and oppressed by members of their own community. We are taken advantage of by the gay, usually white, men who own the clubs where trans women, femmes and drag queens perform. Almost none of these places pay. Performers have to work for tips. And if a girl makes it known that she’s not willing to dance solely for tips, the owners will just get a new girl to come in and do it instead. There are only a few places — the Kit Kat Lounge being one of them — where there are a handful of cast positions. And if you’re lucky enough to get on cast it means having somewhat consistent pay to count on week to week. But the pay is under the table. And the boss makes it a point to remind cast members they’re highly replaceable. So it’s like winning the lottery to work in a sweatshop.’‘The competition for cast positions has gotten worse in the age of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Now most girls can’t get a paid gig to save their life unless they’ve been on that show. But even if you manage to secure a steady gig, there’s really no long-term benefit of working at drag bar. You’re not contributing to a 401k. You’re not receiving medical.’Non-profitsIn 2012, Ross began working at the Trans Life Center as an employment coordinator.‘They had this job readiness program where trans individuals would receive a safety and sanitation license to work in restaurants. It was well intended, but the program was basically ushering people into jobs they didn’t want instead of teaching them skills that afforded them more options.’‘That was my introduction to the non-profit, social work sector. And it’s where I learned how to steer clear of discriminatory hiring practices. No one knew what I looked or sounded like. All that mattered was my skill set. If I could do the work, the job was mine. And that’s what inspired me to start my own non-profit. In 2014 I launched TransTech Social Enterprises, a talent incubator focused on economically empowering trans careers. I moved to DC, where the Human Rights Campaign heard about my mission and gave me office space at their headquarters completely free of charge.’Ross’s TransTech Social Enterprises became a huge success.‘I got to a place where every white person in every white organization in DC started inviting me to their galas and panel discussions and to all these things that put my face — my black trans face — front and center within their spaces. I even made relationships with the White House. And everyone would pretend to think what I was doing at TransTech was brilliant. But the moment I would start talking about fundraising, I cannot tell you how quickly and often people would suddenly be like, “So, explain all of this to me again? I’m not quite getting it.” Isn’t it funny how that works? So you got it when you invited me here, but now that I’m asking for actual help you’re confused?’ActingRoss’s big acting break came with Her Story, the Emmy-nominated web series she co-starred in alongside Jen Richards.‘Starring in Her Story was the first time I was able to be openly trans and actually bring my whole experience to the table. It was the first time as an actor I was able to just act and not have my inner dialog running wild, wondering if the cameraman was too close or if my voice was too low. I wasn’t asking myself how I’d play off being found out. My secret wasn’t a secret.’Ross went on to act in CBS’s Doubt, TNT’s Claws, and most recently, FX’s Pose.‘Pose was something I didn’t want at first. I was like, “This is not for me.” But I was getting a lot of signs from the universe hinting I would be on this show,’ Ross says.‘And when Ryan Murphy met me he was like, “I want to write a role specifically for you.” So I signed on and Ryan has been incredible. I didn’t really have a big role to begin with, but he’s a director who gives actors some freedom. He was asking me to ad-lib one day and then he asked Janet Mock to write an entire episode for me the next.’‘Waitress. Makeup artist. Realtor. Dancer. Web Master. Actor. I’ve worked every kind of job you can think of. So when I talk about my value you can trust I’m worth every penny.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . ‘She told me I should commit suicide or she would, because she couldn’t have someone like me as her child,’ Ross told The Advocate.The NavyIt was after this that Ross left home to join the Navy. She lasted only six months before getting discharged under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ which was still in full effect at the time.‘I was discharged from the Navy in such a violent way. Some guys hung me out of a third-story window to try to get me to admit I was gay. My life flashed before my eyes and I immediately knew I had to get out of there as quickly as possible and start living my truth,’ Ross wrote in a personal essay for Wealthsimple.‘Leaving the military was so bittersweet. I was saving my own life by leaving. But I left feeling so disappointed in this country. I remember thinking to myself that the freedom I was fighting to protect wasn’t meant for me. I’m actually still fighting my discharge in order to get the benefits I rightly deserve.’Second MotherAfter leaving the Navy, Ross moved back to her hometown in Wisconsin. While things were still on edge with her parents, she lived with a drag queen named Traci Ross who became her ‘second mother.’ During this time, Traci Ross mentored her and introduced her to hormones to begin transitioning.Ross had a tremulous time during her early days of transitioning. When her family in Wisconsin kicked her out, she moved to Virginia and lived with her birth father. She worked at Applebee’s and put herself through cosmetology school.Computer whizSoon, she moved to Florida to work on her friend’s escort website. When Ross realized that sex work ‘wasn’t in her lane,’ she also became aware of her computer skills.‘And in a stroke of serendipity, the woman needed someone to help run her website. So I moved to Florida to be her webmaster. Eventually, I left to create my own adult website. I did that for about six months or so,’ Ross recalls.FloridaFrom 2001-2006, Ross lived in Boca Raton, Florida with her ex. She made money doing real estate and modeling. She even starred in a foreign language film called Natale a Miami. Translated to Christmas in Miami, Ross describes the film as ‘sort of like Italy’s version of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.’‘So I was in this random foreign language film that became this blockbuster hit in Italy — it was beating King Kong at the box office at one point — while also selling houses and using that commission to pay for my tuition at Florida Atlantic University, where I was finally able to study theater and creative writing, before ultimately dropping out my junior year. I had to leave school when shit really hit the fan with my relationship.’Ross’s then-boyfriend wanted her to keep her trans identity a secret, due to living in a conservative state. Ross eventually moved to Chicago and broke things off with him.ChicagoIn Chicago, Ross worked at the Kit Kat Lounge. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

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Schoolboy taken to hospital after collision near North Staffordshire high school

first_imgDad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play.  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram. Police search for missing woman Punter found hiding in bushes center_img Driver named following fatal collision Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA schoolboy has been taken to hospital after a collision on a major North Staffordshire road this morning. Emergency services were called to the accident, that involved the pedestrian and a car, on the A53 in Endon shortly before 8.30am today (Wednesday July 10). The boy, understood to be in his early teens and a pupil at Endon High School, was taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said:  “We treated a boy.  He was assessed and treated at the scene and taken to hospital for further assessment. Read MoreFestival Park flyover remains closed due to ‘safety concerns’   “His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.” The driver of the car, a Volkswagen Passat, is not believed to have been injured. The A53 was closed in both directions for more than an hour before reopening. StokeonTrentLive has contacted Endon High School for comment. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLivelast_img read more

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Trucks involved in rearend collision on N3 injuring 2 people

first_imgThe driver and a passenger in one of the trucks sustained moderate injuries and were treated on scene by paramedics.They were taken to hospital for further medical attention.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! Two trucks were involved in a rear-end collision on the N3 on Tuesday night (October 24).The cause of the crash is unknown at this stage.What is known is that two trucks collided, causing one of them to veer off the roadway.Also read: Breaking News: 5 tragically killed in horror crash on Van Reenen’s PassAlso read: Watch: Community loot stationery from truck after crash in EzakheniThe crash took place on the N3 near Ultra City. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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first_img After Trump drops tariff threat against Mexico, U. … You might also be interested in “We commend U.S. Trade Ambassador Robert Lighthizer and Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland for reaching an agreement which re-affirms and builds on the commitment to open trade in agricultural products, including fresh produce.”The USMCA is a significant victory not only for agriculture but for the U.S. economy and U.S. consumers. We look forward to working with House and Senate Members to ensure ratification of this significant new trade agreement.”Meanwhile, other groups including the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) and the United Fresh Produce Association have welcomed the development.“United Fresh is encouraged by the news that a revised tri-lateral agreement has been reached between the United States, Mexico and Canada.He said the revised agreement “highlights the importance of our continued engagement on key policy issues by those in the produce industry”.”United Fresh looks forward to working with Congress to achieve the swift approval of this new agreement,” he said.The CPMA said it is “pleased” that a new agreement has been reached.“CPMA has been active over the past 13 months to promote the ongoing free trading environment for our industry within North America,” said Les Mallard, CPMA chair.“We are greatly appreciative of the hard work by Canadian negotiators to finalize the deal in a way that is not harmful to our sector.”CPMA will be reviewing the details of the agreement, particularly those chapters related to sanitary and phytosanitary issues, dispute resolution, trade remedies, good regulatory practices, and competitiveness.“CPMA looks forward to continued collaboration with Ministers Freeland and MacAulay on other key areas of trade which are focused on diversification and growth within the fresh produce industry,” said Ron Lemaire, CPMA president.U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said the agreement was “great news”, saying the U.S. has secured greater access to North American markets.“As we celebrate this breakthrough, it is worth noting that there were many detractors who said it couldn’t be done. But this is further proof that President Trump’s trade negotiation strategy is working. A renewed USMCA, a new KORUS agreement, and the continued progress with Japan, can lead to further deals with other trading partners like the European Union and China,” he said.”The dominoes are falling and it is good news for U.S. farmers. I thank President Trump and our U.S. Trade Representative, Ambassador Lighthizer for their perseverance, leadership, and hard work.” U.S. farming organization Western Growers says the updated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will make agriculture trade fairer and could help boost U.S. exports.The Produce Coalition for NAFTA and other industry associations in the U.S. and Canada have also reacted positively to the development.On Sunday night the three countries in question reached a deal to reform the major trade deal, which will now be named the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).After more than a year of tense talks and strained relations between U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, negotiators from both sides came to a resolution just ahead of a midnight deadline set by the White House.Western Growers senior executive vice president Matt McInerney on Monday said the three countries had reached an agreement to” modernize and rebalance trade.””The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will enable food and agriculture to trade more fairly, and could help expand exports of American agricultural products,” he said.”All food and agricultural products that have zero tariffs under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will remain at zero tariffs.”Other achievements related to the fresh produce industry include setting standards for agricultural biotechnology.”For the first time, the agreement specifically addresses agricultural biotechnology to support 21st century innovations in agriculture. The text covers all biotechnologies, including new technologies such as gene editing, whereas the Trans-Pacific Partnership text covered only traditional rDNA technology,” said McInerney.He also said there would be “enhanced rules for science-based sanitary and phytosanitary measures.””In the Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures chapter, the United States, Mexico, and Canada have agreed to strengthen disciplines for science-based SPS measures, while ensuring Parties maintain their sovereign right to protect human, animal, and plant life or health,” he said.”Provisions include increasing transparency on the development and implementation of SPS measures; advancing science-based decision making; improving processes for certification, regionalization and equivalency determinations; conducting systems-based audits; improving transparency for import checks; and working together to enhance compatibility of measures. “The new agreement would establish a new mechanism for technical consultations to resolve issues between the Parties.”Reaction from elsewhereThe Produce Coalition for NATFA, which is made up of leading U.S. and Canadian fruit and vegetable companies that support efforts to modernize the trade deal, today said it “strongly commends” the two countries’ administrations for reaching a “significant agreement”.”We sincerely appreciate the hard work of Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo in helping to ensure that this agreement was reached. This modernized trilateral trade agreement will enhance U.S. agricultural exports and build on the success of the NAFTA agreement that was put in place in 1994,” it said. How California avocado growers keep Persea mites f … center_img India: IG International sees rising blueberry sale … October 01 , 2018 FareShare: Combating food waste at retail is a ben …last_img read more

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San Francisco names meadow in honour of Robin Will

first_imgSan Francisco names meadow in honour of Robin Williams by The Associated Press Posted Dec 22, 2017 11:54 am PDT Last Updated Dec 22, 2017 at 1:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SAN FRANCISCO – A meadow in San Francisco’s expansive Golden Gate Park has been named after the late comedian and actor Robin Williams.The San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission voted unanimously Thursday to rechristen the space.The effort to rename the grassy lawn on the east end of Golden Gate Park was led by Debi and Will Durst, who have put on Comedy Day at the park for 37 years, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.Williams, who grew up and lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, performed at the first Comedy Day and returned to take part whenever he could, Debi Durst said.He also served as the event’s chief patron anonymously in years when money was tight, she said.“I felt compelled to do something for this man who was part of Comedy Day and the city of San Francisco in a way that would honour his memory and his comic spirit for all time,” Durst said.California approved a resolution in 2015 to name a tunnel with rainbow arches that connects the Golden Gate Bridge to greater Marin County as the Robin Williams tunnel.Williams suffered from dementia caused by Lewy body disease and killed himself in August 2014 at age 63.last_img read more

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