Pak declares Hafiz Saeed guilty of terror financing

first_imgLahore: Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jammat-ud Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed was declared guilty of “terror financing” by the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) in a Pakistani court on Wednesday. Saeed, a UN designated terrorist whom the US has placed a USD 10 million bounty on, was presented before the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Gujranwala, some 80-km from Lahore, in high security where he was charge-sheeted of terror financing by the CTD of Punjab police. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USA CTD official said that it submitted challan in the ATC declaring Saeed guilty of terror financing. “Since the case is related to Mandi Bhauddin district of Punjab therefore the prosecution requested the court to shift it to Gujrat ATC court (some 200-km from Lahore),” he said. On the prosecution’s request, the ATC Gujranwala shifted the case to the Gujrat ATC. He said next hearing of the case (which is yet to be fixed) will be held in the Gujrat ATC. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsFounder of Lashkar-e-Taiba, Saeed was travelling to Gujranwala from Lahore to get pre-arrest bail in terror financing cases registered against him there when he was arrested on July 17. Saeed is being kept at the Kot Lakhpat jail Lahore in high security. The US Department of the Treasury has designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, and the US, since 2012, has offered a USD 10 million reward for information that brings Saeed to justice. Saeed-led JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the LeT which is responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people. He was listed under UN Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008. The CTD on July 3 registered 23 FIRs against 13 JuD leaders including Saeed on the charges of terror financing in different cities of Punjab province. Since the Imran Khan government has taken control of the JuD and its charity wing Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) properties including seminaries and mosques across the country following immense international pressure built up after Pulwama attack, Saeed was keeping a low profile at his Lahore’s Jauhar Town residence. He was even barred from entering the JuD headquarters in Lahore and Muridke. The Pakistani government had also arrested the JuD’s second-in-command Abdul Rehman Makki, who is brother-in-law of Saeed, on the charges of making a public speech and terror financing charges. The CTD said it booked Saeed and his 12 aides for ‘terror financing’ in 23 cases after “irrefutable evidence against them was detected. The cases have been registered in Lahore, Gujranwala & Multan for collection of funds for terrorism financing through assets/properties made and held in the names of Trusts/ Non Profit Organisations (NPO) including Al-Anfaal Trust, Dawatul Irshad Trust, Muaz Bin Jabal Trust, etc. The CTD said investigation launched into financing matters of proscribed organisations — JuD and LeT — in connection with implementation of UN Sanctions against these Designated Entities & Persons as directed by NSC (National Security Committee) in its Meeting of January 1, 2019 chaired by the Prime Minister Imran Khan for implementing the National Action Plan. “These suspects made assets from funds of terrorism financing. They held & used these assets to raise more funds for further terrorism financing. Hence, they committed multiple offences of terrorism financing & money laundering under Anti Terrorism Act 1997. They will be prosecuted in ATCs (Anti Terrorism Courts) for commission of these offences,” the CTD said. Makki, MaliK Zafar Iqbal, Ameer Hamza, Muhammad Yahya Aziz, Muhammad Naeem Sh, Mohsin Bilal, Abdul Raqeeb, Ahmad Daud, Muhammad Ayub, Abdullah Ubaid, Muhammad Ali and Abdul Ghaffar are other suspects. The other suspects reported to have been hiding since the government took over over the properties of these organisations.last_img read more

Wayson Choy celebrated author of The Jade Peony has died

first_imgVANCOUVER — Wayson Choy, the celebrated author of “The Jade Peony” and a powerful voice for the Chinese-Canadian community, has died.His agent Denise Bukowski announced his death on Twitter on Sunday, saying that he died in his bed on Saturday night.Choy was born in Vancouver in 1939 and had an illustrious career that spanned decades, winning a number of awards and becoming a member of the Order of Canada.He is best known for his debut novel “The Jade Peony,” which is set in Vancouver’s Chinatown during the 1930s and 1940s and tells the stories of three children in an immigrant family.The novel won critical acclaim, sharing the 1995 Trillium Book Award with Margaret Atwood’s “Morning in the Burned House.”Choy is also the author of two acclaimed memoirs, “Paper Shadows,” and “Not Yet: A Memoir of Living and Almost Dying.”The news prompted a wave of condolences from authors on social media, with novelist Jen Sookfong Lee writing that everyone should aspire to be the kind of author and mentor Choy was.She wrote that he attended her “first big reading” in 2007 and whispered to her, “You did a good job. I’m proud of you.”“In the years following, he was unfailingly kind, always telling me he had read my latest book, always asking how publishing was treating me,” Sookfong Lee wrote.“I don’t say this much but my heart is broken. He was every possible good thing I could have ever imagined. I have always loved you, Wayson.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

DHX Media signs new broadcast deals for Teletubbies bringing total to 23

first_imgDHX Media, the world’s leading independent, pure-play children’s content company, has signed seven more broadcast deals with networks across the globe for its new Teletubbies series, bringing the total number of broadcasters to 23 for the hit preschool series.New broadcast licensees include: SRC (Canada), POP TV (Slovenia), TV3 (Ireland), HRT (Croatia), Medialaan (Belgium), MTG (Lithuania), and NRK (Norway, for Sami language).“As the flagship series in DHX Media’s strategy to build global brands, Teletubbies continues to perform extremely well and is gaining global momentum,” said Dana Landry, CEO of DHX Media. “Children love the new show and the consumer products built off the brand. Licensees are reporting strong sell through on the first wave of products, some ahead of expectations, which bodes well as more categories are set to roll out. Both the series and toys are scoring high ratings in the UK, while the show is off to a positive start in the US and international broadcasters continue to come on board. We expect to continue making tremendous strides with the brand in fiscal 2017 and beyond.” Login/Register With: Facebook DHX Media has signed more than 85 merchandising and licensing deals for the new Teletubbies brand to date. This is an increase of 20 deals since May 2016. Among these deals is a new agreement for Paragon Creative to design, manufacture and build attractions for Teletubbies, as well as DHX Media’s Twirlywoos and In the Night Garden, within the UK, continental Europe and the Middle East. The designs will be offered to attraction operators and would range from themed ride-based attractions and play zones to Family Entertainment Centres incorporating some of the best-loved elements from the popular shows.Teletubbies remains the number-one new preschool toy property by sales in the UK (according to NPD), where the series is one of the most popular shows aired on CBeebies – the BBC’s preschool channel. Season two of the new Teletubbies was commissioned by CBeebies in April 2016.Previously announced Teletubbies broadcast deals include: CBeebies (UK); Nick Jr (US); Family Jr. (Canada); Gulli (France); Rai YoYo (Italy) and ABC Kids (Australia); TVE in Spain, for its Clan channel; BBC Worldwide for its international CBeebies channels in Africa, Asia and Poland; Hop! Media Group in Israel; Nickelodeon in Greece; NPO Zappelin in the Netherlands; MTVA in Hungary, for M2; JimJam in Benelux; SIC in Portugal; e-Junior in the Middle East; and Ultra in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Macedonia.About DHX MediaDHX Media Ltd. ( is the world’s leading independent, pure-play kids’ content company. Owner of the world’s largest independent library of kids’ and family content, at more than 11,500 half-hours, DHX Media is recognized globally for such brands as Teletubbies, Yo Gabba Gabba!, Caillou, In the Night Garden, Inspector Gadget, Make It Pop, Slugterra and the multiple award-winning Degrassi franchise. DHX Media is comprised of four main business units: DHX Studios creates high-quality original entertainment at its Vancouver and Halifax animation studios, its Toronto live-action studio, and in working with top international producers; DHX Distribution is a major provider of content to the global market; DHX Television, home to the Family suite of channels, is dedicated to delivering best-in-class programming to Canadian families; and DHX Brands specializes in creating, building and managing high-profile global entertainment brands within the children’s and young-adult markets. DHX Media also owns the full-service international licensing agency, Copyright Promotions Licensing Group Ltd. (CPLG), which represents numerous entertainment, sport and design brands. DHX Media has offices in 15 cities worldwide, including Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Barcelona, Milan, Munich, Amsterdam and Beijing. The Company is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol DHXM, and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbols DHX.A and DHX.B.DisclaimerThis press release contains “forward-looking statements” under applicable securities laws with respect to DHX Media including, without limitation, statements regarding the broadcast, distribution, licensing, growth, demand, viewership and business strategies in respect of Teletubbies, estimates of the Company’s library and operations, the business strategies and operational activities of DHX Media, and the growth and financial and operating performance of DHX Media. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, such statements involve risks and uncertainties and are based on information currently available to the Company. Actual results or events may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations, among other things, include risk factors discussed in materials filed with applicable securities regulatory authorities from time to time including matters discussed under “Risk Factors” in the Company’s most recent Annual Information Form and annual Management Discussion and Analysis, which also form part of the Company’s annual report on Form 40-F filed with the SEC. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof, and the Company assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances, except as required by law.SOURCE DHX Media Ltd. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Apps and websites help air passengers get compensation for flight problems

first_imgMONTREAL – Airline passengers who use social media to vent their rage at being stuck on a tarmac for hours or waiting days for their luggage to arrive may get some apologetic words from the company, but are unlikely to recoup any money for their efforts.That’s because the percentage of Canadians who actually apply to airlines for compensation is in the single digits, something that Jacob Charbonneau hopes to change.The former airline employee is co-founder and CEO of Flight Claim, a Quebec-based company that has helped passengers reclaim $1.5 million in compensation for flight delays, cancellation, lost baggage and overbooking since starting less than two years ago.Charbonneau saw the service’s potential after helping a colleague fight an airline over a $900 claim.“I didn’t find that it was fair that people weren’t able to get the compensation only because they’re not aware of their rights or they’re not aware of how to get that compensation,” he said in an interview.There is plenty of untapped potential because less than five per cent of Canadian passengers bother to file claims for compensation, Charbonneau said.With Flight Claim, passengers complete an online form and leave the company to handle the rest.There’s no fee, but the company gets paid 25 per cent of the award if it is successful.A similar business model is used by a myriad of competitors that operate abroad under names such as Weclaim, Green Claim,, EUclaim and Flightright.While airlines are getting better at managing their fleet, a five per cent annual growth of passengers is straining airports, airlines and air traffic controllers, resulting in more delays, cancellations, and the odds of getting bumped, according to Henrik Zillmer, founder of AirHelp, which offers a service similar to Flight Claim. It also takes a 25 per cent commission.Only 15 per cent of global passengers obtain compensation, leaving 85 per cent high and dry, he said.“It’s very much a secret that the airlines have kept from you that we are now trying to tell all air passengers,” he said from New York City.The company says it has helped more than 20,000 Canadians who stumbled upon the service even though it only formally launched in Canada last month.Customers can allow AirHelp to link with their email to automatically monitor if they are entitled to any compensation on flights they have taken.AirHelp sometimes steps in to sue airlines that reject refund applications knowing most passengers will give up and not attempt to force the situation by filing suit within the three-year expiry period, Zillmer said.Gabor Lukacs, founder of advocacy group Air Passenger Rights Canada, says he supports efforts to help passengers get the compensation they deserve, but he’s not confident that for-profit companies will bear the expense of helping the more challenging cases that would require litigation.“Not all companies are the same in the sense that many of them are just looking for the low hanging fruit,” said Lukacs, a mathematician who has gone to court and challenged regulator rulings in the defence of passengers.While online tools or apps can be useful, Lukacs warns passengers not to rely solely on their opinion.His group’s website offers free advice and has templates of letters that should be sent to airlines in the case of baggage claims. Its 7,000 members also offer advice based on their own experiences through its Facebook account.“We work as a community. It’s a non-profit network where we try to give people some guidance on what they’re next steps could be,” he said.Lukacs is also unconvinced that passengers will get more money from Ottawa’s proposed air passenger bill of rights because the yet-to-be-passed bill will relieve airlines from being obligated to pay compensation for maintenance issues that cause delays.“The Liberal government’s bill is going to double the amount of money passengers are not going to get.”Experts suggest that passengers who think they might be eligible for compensation keep documentation on expenses paid, ask for the reason for the flight delay or cancellation in writing, record interactions with airline staff, not accept food vouchers in lieu of claims and not trust advice from airline ground staff who are likely not familiar with the law.“In Europe, things are much easier,” Lukacs said.“But in Canada because you may be facing a high level of burden of proof, you should really document things … as meticulously as you can.”last_img read more

Gogi gang member held with two weapons planned to kill rival gang

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Sunday said officers from Alipur police station arrested a known associate of the Gogi Gang in Delhi with two weapons, thus preventing him from killing two rival gang members to avenge his cousin’smurder. Police identified the accused as one Deepak (28), whose cousin Arun of the Gogi Gang was allegedly murdered by rival gang members last year. Deepak was a close associate of Jitender aka Gogi, leader of the Gogi Gang operating in the Delhi NCT region. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDuring interrogations, police said Deepak was conspiring to avenge his cousin’s murder and also planned to murder one other Sunil with the guns seized at the time of arrest. The accused was caught with one 9mm pistol with five live cartridges, one country-made pistol with one live cartridge, and one Pulsar motorcycle, reported stolen at the Ranjeet Nagar police station. Deepak’s arrest came through as a result of secret information developed by officers of Alipur police station and they promptly apprehended the suspect, according to a statement issued by the police. A case under relevant sections of the IPC has been registered at the concerned police station and further investigations into the matter are continuing.last_img read more

Many languages one world UN launches essay contest to celebrate multilingualism

The contest, ‘Many Languages, One World,’ supports international education and multilingualism through the continued study of Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. Information about the contest, including guidelines for submission, can be found at It was launched today at UN Headquarters in New York with a signing ceremony between the UN Department of Public Information and the ELS Educational Services.“Our collaboration focuses on two of the priorities of the Secretary-General, one being youth and the other multiculturalism, and this is a wonderful way of bringing those two together,” said Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information following today’s signing ceremony launching the contest.The senior UN official signed on behalf of the UN Academic Impact (UNAI), which is co-organizing the event as part of its commitment to multilingual education, with ELS.“Through this event, we hope to focus a light on the role of the UN,” said Mark Harris, CEO and President of ELS. “The role of the UN is the role of every global citizen, which is to make peace and to look at ways to enhance the qualities of life, health and spiritual fulfilment of peoples around the world through common understanding and through language,” Mr. Harris added. To qualify, the student’s native language has to be different from the one in which he or she writes, and different from the principal one at the school. A panel of international judges, to be invited by the UNAI and ELS Educational Services, will select ten top winners in each language category who will be invited to New York by ELS to participate in a series of events in June 2014.These events will include a youth forum on global citizenship and the nine other principles of UNAI at UN Headquarters on 27 June 2014, ahead of the 70th anniversary of the UN Charter. The forum will be preceded by a preparatory students’ conference at Adelphi University on Long Island, New York. “I think it’s an excellent project,” said Lyutha Sultan Al-Mughairy, the Chairperson of the Committee on Information, a subsidiary body of the UN General Assembly. The Ambassador, who represents Oman, noted that the contest is “good encouragement” for multilingual study.Also participating in today’s event, Fillippe Savadogo, Ambassador of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), who said the project was creating “dynamism” and was “consolidating the spirit of the world.” Mr. Savadogo, who spoke in French, was one of the six speakers to make remarks in one of the official languages of the UN. read more

New Year Honours list 2017 Andy Murray becomes Britains youngest modern knight

first_imgMurray was honoured for both his contribution to tennis and for his charity work as an ambassador for Unicef, the World Wide Fund for Nature, Malaria No More and the Duke of Cambridge’s United for Wildlife initiative.Each year he takes part in a charity exhibition match in Scotland to raise money for Unicef and local good causes.The youngest person to receive a knighthood or damehood in modern times was the sailor Dame Ellen MacArthur, who was 28 when she was honoured.The youngest knight in history was Prince George, the future George IV, who was aged three when he was made a knight of the garter in 1765.Murray lost an exhibition match yesterday to David Goffin in the first round of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, and left without commenting. Other knighthoods go to the military historian Antony Beevor, the explorer David Hempleman-Adams and the war photographer Don McCullin.Angela Rippon, the television presenter, receives a CBE for services to dementia care.The actors Tim Pigott-Smith, Naomie Harris and Helen McCrory all receive OBEs, while there are MBEs for the actor Clive Rowe and the singer Marty Wilde.Chris Ofili, the Turner Prize-winning painter best known for his paintings incorporating elephant dung, receives a CBE. Katherine Grainger, who has been made a Dame for services to rowing and charity Ray Davies, lead singer of The Kinks, becomes Sir Ray Davies. The 72-year-old said: “Initially I felt a mixture of surprise, humility, joy and a bit embarrassed but after thinking about it, I accept this for my family and fans as well as everyone who has inspired me to write.” Mark Rylance in his role as Thomas Cromwell from the BBC production Wolf Hall Sir Ken said: “I’m very proud, I’m very, very happy and full of plumptiousness. I feel highly tickled.”Sir Ken, who was made an OBE in 1982 and acquitted of tax evasion at a high-profile trial seven years later, started his career in 1954 and is still delighting audiences with his one-man show and is involved with more than 40 charities.Patricia Routledge, best known for her portrayal of the social climber Hyacinth Bucket in the sitcom Keeping Up Appearances, is made a dame for services to theatre and charity. Heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill is made a dame The OlympiansMo Farah said it was “a dream come true” to be knighted in a New Year honours list that includes more than 100 of his fellow Olympic and Paralympic medalists.Sir Mo described his knighthood as an “incredible honour” and thanked the British people for the support they have given him ever since he arrived from Somalia as an eight-year-old.He is joined on the top podium by Lee Pearson, the most decorated para-equestrian of all time, who is also knighted, and heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill and rower Katherine Grainger, both of whom have been made dames. Marcia Shakespeare, who has been awarded an MBE for her service in educating young people against gun and knife crimeCredit:Richard Vernalls/PA Wire He said: “I’m so happy to be awarded this incredible honour from the country that has been my home since I moved here at the age of eight. Looking back at the boy who arrived here from Somalia, not speaking any English, I could never have imagined where I would be today – it’s a dream come true.“I’m so proud to have had the opportunity to race for my country and win gold medals for the British people, who have been my biggest supporters throughout my career. My successes have only been possible because of their support.”Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh were on a two-month holiday to Japan, New Zealand and Canada when their letters arrived. Jeremiah Emmanuel, a 17-year-old Cadet Colour Sergeant in the Army Cadets from London who founded the social justice charity One Big Community to help youth organisations engage with decision-makers Ms Shakespeare said she “couldn’t stop crying” after she opened the letter two days before Christmas and her thoughts turned to her daughter.She said: “I know that if Letisha wasn’t murdered I wouldn’t have taken the path I have taken. “My little innocent Letisha, kind-hearted – the kindest heart – I thought of her, and it was just tears.”She has given talks to more than 100,000 youngsters in her effort to end gun and gang violence, and said: “I don’t do it for medals, my rewards is when I can see a child has turned their life around.”Other unsung heroes honoured by the Queen include Jeremiah Emmanuel, a 17-year-old Cadet Colour Sergeant in the Army Cadets from London who founded the social justice charity One Big Community to help youth organisations engage with decision-makers. Ray Davies, lead singer of The Kinks, becomes Sir Ray Davies Jeremiah Emmanuel, a 17-year-old Cadet Colour Sergeant in the Army Cadets from London who founded the social justice charity One Big Community to help youth organisations engage with decision-makersCredit:David Mirzoeff/PA Wire Double gymnastics gold medalist Max Whitlock is awarded an MBE He began helping his mother with charity work when he was aged four, and is one of 322 recipients of the British Empire Medal, awarded in his case for services to young people and the community in London.He said: “My mother taught me to consider other people, no matter whether they are better off or worse off than yourself.”Of the 1,197 people recognised in the New Year honours list, 74 per cent are people who have helped their local communities.Janet Gillespie, 94, is also receiving a BEM, having retired only last year from selling poppies with Poppy Scotland in Dumfries after 60 years of service which began in 1952. She is one of the oldest people ever to be included in an honours list.The Samaritans’ longest-serving volunteer, 83-year-old Alan Woodhouse, receives an MBE after 57 years of service to vulnerable people.He said: “On every shift I’ve done there’s been a moment that has left me with a sense of purpose, knowing that you are doing something meaningful.” Swimmer Ellie Robinson He has spent the whole year re-writing sporting history, and Andy Murray can now add another entry in his personal record book after becoming Britain’s youngest knight of modern times.Only weeks ago the world No.1 tennis player had said he considered himself too young to be knighted, but at the age of just 29 he is now Sir Andy Murray. Already an OBE, he was an obvious choice for a knighthood after a year in which he cemented his status as an all-time sporting great.But sources close to the Scot said he was unlikely to use his title on the tennis circuit, and yesterday he made no mention of it after unexpectedly losing an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi. Katherine Grainger, who has been made a Dame for services to rowing and charityCredit:PA/John Walton Swimmer Ellie RobinsonCredit:PA Kate and Helen Richardson-WalshCredit:John Lawrence/Telegraph Kate said: “We hadn’t responded to anything and the people were wondering why and eventually we got an email to say that we were going to receive honours, so it was nice to find out together, it was a special email.”It’s been an incredible year for hockey and the whole team, and to top it off with an honour is massive for myself and massive for my team-mates as well.”Helen’s honour is thoroughly deserved. She’s been playing as long as I have and she’s been through everything I have and more.”Dame Katherine Grainger said it would take some time to come to terms with being made a dame but is determined to pass on what she has learned to the next generation of Olympic rowing hopefuls.The 41-year-old became Great Britain’s most decorated female Olympian when she took home silver from Rio with Vicky Thornley in the double sculls, which was a fifth medal at a fifth successive Games. Anna Wintour, editor of US Vogue magazine, is made a dame for services to fashion and journalism Double gymnastics gold medalist Max Whitlock is awarded an MBECredit:Paul Grover for the Telegraph center_img Sir Ken Dodd Sir Mo FarahCredit:Getty Images There was no mention of his Academy Award for best supporting actor, nor his multiple BAFTA, Tony and Olivier awards.Instead, his citation said only: “Mark Rylance has worked in the theatre since 1980.”Sir Mark, 56, will be pleased that it is for his theatre work that he has been recognised, having been the artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe theatre for a decade and spending the majority of his career performing on stage before finding wider recognition for his role as Thomas Cromwell in the BBC’s Wolf Hall.He is joined on the list by other famous names including Ken Dodd, who is knighted at the age of 89. Robinson said: “Her having an MBE, it just mesmerised me when I sat down and I thought about it and I thought about me receiving mine.”It was such a nice feeling because I thought if for some reason I could inspire one child anywhere in the world – just one child to do something, it doesn’t have to be sport, it doesn’t have to be swimming – just one child to do something that they have not been sure about or have no idea about – it would just be such an achievement.”Double gymnastics gold medalist Max Whitlock said he had yet to decide on whether he will wear his MBE when he marries his fiancee Leah Hickton next July. Patricia Routledge, best known for her portrayal of the social climber Hyacinth Bucket in the sitcom Keeping Up Appearances Heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill is made a dameCredit:GETTY IMAGES  Sir Ken DoddCredit:Liverpool Echo In the field of fashion, Anna Wintour, editor of US Vogue magazine, is made a dame for services to fashion and journalism, while Anya Hindmarch, the accessories designer, receives a CBE.Victoria Beckham, the fashion designer and wife of David Beckham, receives an OBE, the only name to have leaked before the list was published.There is also a CBE for Justine Roberts, co-founder and chief executive of the websites Mumsnet and Gransnet.The unsung heroesAn anti-gun campaigner whose daughter was killed in a drive-by gangland shooting has said she wept when she opened a letter telling her she was to receive an MBE.Marcia Shakespeare has dedicated herself to tackling gun violence since her 17-year-old daughter Letisha was killed with her 18-year-old cousin Charlene Ellis in Birmingham in 2003.They were innocent bystanders caught in the cross-fire of a feud between two rival gangs. He said: “It is a great feeling now to see the three letters after my name, and it gives me a lot of motivation.”Brian Robinson, the first Briton ever to win a stage in the Tour de France, receives a British Empire Medal 60 years after his achievement. The 86-year-old said: “I’m pleased that the results have been recognised.”Awards for sport make up 14 per cent of the total. Sir Roger Bannister, already knighted for his achievement in running the first sub-four minute mile, is made a Companion of Honour.Chris Coleman, manager of the Wales football team that made it to the semi-final of Euro 2016, receives an OBE, and sports broadcaster Jonathan Agnew is made an MBE.The celebritiesHe has been hailed as the finest actor of his generation, holding audiences spellbound with his magnetic performances on stage and screen.When it comes to accepting awards, however, Mark Rylance finds the spotlight an uncomfortable place to be, as he proved when he was knighted for services to theatre.The Oscar winner released only the briefest of statements, which said: “I am very pleased my work has been considered a good service to the theatre and its community which I love.”He also approved a biography of himself that ran to only nine words in the official Cabinet Office guide to the recipients – compared with several sentences for other people. Andy Murray at the 2016 Wimbledon Tennis Championships Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mark Rylance in his role as Thomas Cromwell from the BBC production Wolf HallCredit:Ed Miller Married cyclists Jason and Laura Kenny receive matching CBEs for their multiple track cycling gold medals, while Olympic hockey captain Kate Richardson-Walsh receives an OBE and her wife and team-mate Helen receives an MBE, making them the first same-sex married couple to be honoured in the same list.All gold medalists who have not previously been honoured are awarded MBEs or higher.Sir Mo, 33, became Britain’s most successful track and field athlete when he won his third and fourth gold medals in Rio for the 5,000m and 10,000m. Ray Davies, lead singer of The Kinks, becomes Sir Ray DaviesCredit:Joseph Okpako  Sir Mo Farah Patricia Routledge, best known for her portrayal of the social climber Hyacinth Bucket in the sitcom Keeping Up AppearancesCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley  Anna Wintour, editor of US Vogue magazine, is made a dame for services to fashion and journalismCredit:REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz Last month he was asked about the possibility of a knighthood after he became the first Briton to achieve the world No.1 ranking. He said at the time: “I don’t know, I feel too young for something like that. I am still young and there are still a lot of things that can go wrong, I could still mess up and make mistakes.”Sources close to Murray said he did not know at the time that he was about to be knighted, and was giving his “honest opinion”.But when he received notification of the knighthood he did not hesitate to accept, as it is “a great honour that he was never going to turn down”. He is the first tennis player to be knighted.It caps a year in which he became a father, won a second Wimbledon title and a second Olympic gold medal, picked up a third BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award and was named by Telegraph readers as Britain’s greatest ever sportsperson. Andy Murray at the 2016 Wimbledon Tennis ChampionshipsCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley  She said: “I think it is something which none of us ever expects or sets out to try to achieve.”What is lovely when you hear the titles and the names on the New Year honours list, if anything it makes you feel you have to step up again. It is something to live up to – it is almost like a new standard.”Equestrian gold medalist Nick Skelton learned on his 59th birthday that he had been awarded a CBE. He became the oldest British Olympic champion in more than a century when he rode Big Star to a dramatic victory in the individual showjumping competition in Rio.He said: “It’s a bit of an upgrade. It’s really nice, I’m honoured to get that and it’s a great way to finish the year off.”Boxer Nicola Adams, cyclists Ed Clancy and Jody Cundy and rowers Pete Reed and Andrew Triggs Hodge receive OBEs.Among those receiving MBEs were swimmer Adam Peaty, golfer Justin Rose, wheelchair tennis star Gordon Reid, canoeist Joe Clarke, diver Jack Laugher and Kadeena Cox, who won Paralympic gold medals in both cycling and athletics.Swimmer Ellie Robinson, who was also made an MBE, won gold in the S6 50 metres butterfly at the Paralympics aged only 15 and was named BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year. She was inspired by Ellie Simmonds’ success in the same category in London. Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh Marcia Shakespeare, who has been awarded an MBE for her service in educating young people against gun and knife crimelast_img read more

Taoiseach launches Healthy Ireland campaign saying health is not a black hole

first_img Leo Varadkar and Minister Simon Harris at Healthy Ireland launch Image: Eamonn Farrell Leo Varadkar and Minister Simon Harris at Healthy Ireland launch Monday 8 Apr 2019, 4:07 PM Apr 8th 2019, 4:07 PM Taoiseach launches Healthy Ireland campaign saying ‘health is not a black hole’ A survey revealed 92% of Irish people wanted to make changes to improve their health Share234 Tweet Email1 12,805 Views Eat more vegetables, salad and fruit – up to seven servings a dayLimit intake of high fat, sugar and salt in food and drinksSize matters: use the Food Pyramid as a guide for serving sizesIncrease your physical activity levelsSmall changes can make a big difference.And for to improve physical wellbeing, it recommends:Children and young people (2-18): all children and young people should be active, at a moderate to vigorous level, for at least 60 minutes every dayAdults (18-64): at least 30 minutes a day of moderate activity on five days a week or 150 minutes a weekOlder people (over 65): at least 30 minutes a day of moderate activity on 5 days a week, or 150 minutes a week. Focus on aerobic activity, muscle-strengthening and balanceChildren and adults with a disability should aim to be as active as their disability allows, and aim to meet the guideline for their age group if possible center_img 45 Comments TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR launched the Healthy Ireland 2019 campaign today calling on members of the public to be more aware of their own health and wellbeing. The Healthy Ireland awareness campaign is a government-led initiative aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of Irish citizens and a survey carried out as part of this revealed 92% of people wanted to make changes to improve their health. Analysis from the Healthy Ireland unit at the Department of Health shows that 60% of Irish adults are overweight or obese, with only one in three adults meeting physical activity guidelines or eating enough fruit or vegetables. Varadkar said the campaign was about letting people know “where they can start in their own community” and added, “I know that it can be hard to motivate ourselves and others”. “It’s not something we should be embarrassed about, we all need to take part in these things and in many ways Healthy Ireland is all about creating the kind of environment, the culture, where it is easier for people to make healthy choices. “This year we really want to increase public awareness of Healthy Ireland as a trusted source for everything that we need to help us eat more healthily, to be more active physically and to look out for our own wellbeing. “There is so much information out there and some of it is wholly inaccurate, that it’s important that we have a trusted source that’s fact based and isn’t there to sell you a product, but is there to look out for the interests of your health.”The Taoiseach also said health in Ireland was “not a black hole” and that too much emphasis was placed on the negative aspects instead of the positive aspects of the system.“Sadly, as we all know our health service only ever seems to make the news for the wrong reasons. Whether it is hospital overcrowding or waiting lists, patients waiting far too long to see the specialist they need to see or the operation that they need to have. “And these of course are all very real problems and ones, of course, we should never play down in any way. “But I do think on occasions such as this we should make some space to tell people what’s good about our public health service and there is actually quite a lot. “We’re living longer and healthier lives than ever before [and] today more people survive cancer than die from it,” he added. Healthy Ireland recommends a number of measures to incorporate healthy eating, physical activity and mental wellbeing into daily life. It recommends the following food tips to live a healthier life: Image: Eamonn Farrell By Conor McCrave Anyone who is interested in finding out more about Healthy Ireland can check it out here. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Australias first Byzantine monastery

first_imgPantanassa is a men’s coenobitic monastery perched on the side of Mangrove Mountain in the Central Coast of NSW. The monastery was established with the initiative of Archbishop Stylianos back in 1976, following the example of traditional Athonite monasticism. The monks live and work in a small complex below a 200-metre cliff, performing liturgies at a small adjacent chapel dedicated to Saints Ephraim and Isaac the Syrians. Located only 90 minutes north of Sydney, it combines present-day design practices with ancient materials, creating Australia’s first Greek Orthodox monastery produced in this ancient style. Renovation works started on the new monastic complex site at the top of the mountain on 27 May 2005, assigned to Design Delta Architects (DDA). “It’s a very traditional form that dates back many many hundreds of years, so it’s certainly not a unique roof,” said DDA Principal Demetrios Stavropoulos. “It’s a borrowed concept that has been adapted to include cheaper and more modern materials, such as brick instead of the traditional stone walls.” The domed roof and terracotta barrel tiles compliment the whole church structure comprising concrete rather than stone and mortar, formed in polystyrene moulds. “The whole church is a concrete shell and all the three dimensional shapes such as the domes and cross vaults were formed in either Styrofoam or sheet steel,” Stavropoulos added. “The Styrofoam was coated in fibreglass to resist the impact of the concrete when it was poured on top to avoid any deformation of the surface and the sheet steel was used to form simple shapes such as a half cylinder as it was cheaper and easy enough to manipulate.” On the monastery grounds there is also an iconography studio which is the primary source of income and a candle-making factory along St. Joseph’s joinery workshop, a set of beehives, a timber cabin used for confessional and bookshop, an outdoor chapel and a cave dedicated to St. Anna. There are also numerous dams on the property for water. While the new Pantanassa Monastery is structurally complete it will be a while before the monks can occupy the space.For more information go to and Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

MGM pays tribute to Japan with new Las Vegas garden display at

first_img Load More RelatedPosts Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move Suncity Group looking to develop new resort hotel in Okinawa, Japan after US$10 million land purchase Osaka Governor planning to start operator recruitment process this year “Incorporating a replica of the stunning Osaka Castle into our Conservatory allows us the unique opportunity to share a piece of Japanese culture with tens of thousands of visitors each day,” said MGM Resorts International Chairman and CEO, Jim Murren. “We aim to spark conversation and curiosity about this remarkable country and this storied castle.”The display is a collaboration between MGM Resorts and Japan’s Dentsu Live Inc, with the aim of accurately conveying the “historical and cultural significance of the iconic Osaka Castle,” MGM said. MGM Resorts has unveiled a new spring display at the Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens in Las Vegas showcasing Japanese nature and culture.The display, which will run until 15 June, boasts a range of plants native to Japan including cherry blossoms, elegant butterflies and thousands of fresh tulips, calla lilies and chrysanthemums as well as an intricate 30-foot replica of Osaka Castle. A total of 65,000 flowers have been used.last_img read more

Car falls on mechanic in Florida City

first_imgFLORIDA CITY, FLA. (WSVN) – – A mechanic has been transported to the hospital after a car fell onto him in Florida City, Friday.According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, the incident took place at Benny’s Truck & Auto Repair.The victim is being transported to Jackson South in unknown condition.Please check back on and 7News for more details on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Ramya Haridas to not accept Youth Congress car gift

first_imgCongress MP from Alathur Ramya Haridas Sunday said she will not accept the car which the Youth Congress workers in Kerala have decided to buy her as a gift through crowdfunding, which is in line with her state party chief’s views. A row erupted after the Alathur Youth Congress committee had decided to present a car to their MP and source the amount through crowdfunding. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us KPPC President Mullappally Ramachandran on Saturday said the move to collect money was unfair as MPs get loans for buying vehicles and that he would not accept the money if he was in her place. The debutant MP faced severe criticism on social media after she said she was happy and proud about the Youth Congress’ decision. Haridas, in a Facebook post late Sunday night, said she will listen to her party chief’s opinion. Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us “It was the party which made me an MP. It’s the party leadership which helped me achieve whatever I have achieved today. I will accept the party chief’s opinion till my last breath,” Haridas told PTI. When asked about the money which might have been collected already, Haridas said the Youth Congress committee will take a decision later. Haridas is the lone woman Lok Sabha member from the state this time. Advertise With Us She represents the Alathur constituency, which was the red fort of the CPI(M) and defeated two-time MP P K Biju. Haridas is also the second woman Dalit MP from the state after Bhargavi Thankappan of the CPI who had won in 1971 from Adoor seat. Alathur unit president of the Youth Congress had earlier said they were planning crowdfunding exclusively among Congress workers and not from the general public. It was also decided that the Opposition leader in the Kerala Assembly would hand over the keys of the vehicle to the Parliament member on August 9, the foundation day of Youth Congress. Haridas had said that many people had offered a vehicle to her, but she had refused all of them. “I refused all such offers as it lacked transparency. But in this, the fund is not collected from outside. Today, Youth Congress does not need to collect money from the public. The account will be transparent,” she said. The Youth Congress had printed a coupon with its header, seeking funds to buy the car for their MP.last_img read more

MacKenzie Bezos Signs Giving Pledge to Donate Half Her 37 Billion Amazon

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 MacKenzie Bezos, one of the world’s richest women after her divorce from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, joined a pledge to donate at least half her wealth — currently estimated to be around $37 billion — to charitable causes.MacKenzie and Jeff Bezos finalized the terms of their divorce in April, under which she will get 25% of the shares in Amazon that were jointly held by the couple. On Tuesday, the Giving Pledge announced that she is one of 19 additional individuals who have signed on to the philanthropic initiative, founded in 2010 by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett, which exhorts high-net-worth people to commit to giving away more than half their wealth.Jeff Bezos, who will remain the richest individual in the world even after the divorce, has not signed on to the Giving Pledge to date. Streamers, Asians, V/R, Boost Industry Attendance As Venice Market Kicks Off Kristen Stewart on ‘Seberg’: ‘It’s Not Hard for Me to Wear My Politics’ Popular on Variety center_img In January, Jeff Bezos announced the couple’s plans to divorce after 25 years of marriage. Jeff Bezos, 55, and MacKenzie Bezos, 49, were married in 1993, after they met at hedge fund D.E. Shaw & Co. in New York City where Jeff Bezos was an SVP and MacKenzie Tuttle was a research associate. They are the parents of four children: three sons, and a daughter adopted from China.Jeff Bezos last year began dating Lauren Sanchez, the wife of Endeavor executive chairman Patrick Whitesell. Sanchez and Whitesell, who were married in 2005, separated last fall.MacKenzie Bezos has supported marriage equality through Washington United for Marriage; transitional housing for homeless families through the Day 1 Families Fund; college scholarships for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as minors through TheDream.US; and efforts to reduce political polarization through With Honor, a nonpartisan organization that works to increase the number of veterans in public office.She also has funded cancer research through donations to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Alzheimer’s research through the Diagnostics Accelerator at the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation. In 2013, she founded Bystander Revolution, an anti-bullying organization, where she serves as executive director. “In addition to whatever assets life has nurtured in me, I have a disproportionate amount of money to share,” MacKenzie Bezos said in a statement. “My approach to philanthropy will continue to be thoughtful. It will take time and effort and care. But I won’t wait. And I will keep at it until the safe is empty.” Related Following their divorce, MacKenzie Bezos will hold shares representing about 4% of Amazon’s outstanding common stock for which she is granting Jeff full voting rights. She’s also giving her ex-husband her full interest in the Washington Post, which Jeff Bezos bought in 2013, and space-aeronautics company Blue Origin. The couple’s combined net worth currently is estimated at $151.4 billion, according to Forbes.On Tuesday, Jeff Bezos praised MacKenzie’s decision to join the Giving Pledge but didn’t comment on whether he will follow suit. “MacKenzie is going to be amazing and thoughtful and effective at philanthropy, and I’m proud of her. Her letter is so beautiful. Go get ‘em MacKenzie,” Jeff Bezos wrote in a Twitter post.last_img read more

Startup has plans for power plants in sky with drones

first_img( —Here is the idea: flying power plants in the sky as a means of providing clean, renewable energy. Here is more of the idea: this would be a high-altitude aerial power plant that harvests energy from solar, wind and other sources, and beams it wirelessly to the ground. Now the idea gets more interesting: The power plant would be using networks of unmanned drones. The company is New Wave Energy UK, formed in 2012, self-described as “an upcoming energy provider within the UK currently working towards researching and constructing our own novel form of power plant.” (New Wave Energy UK is not associated or affiliated with US-based New Wave Energy Corp.) In the November 15 press release, the company said it was seeking further investment to advance the project. New Wave Energy UK is turning to crowdfunding as one such step. “To raise such equity New Wave Energy UK Ltd are hoping to raise £300,000 through crowd funding on Kickstarter. New Wave Energy UK Ltd also intend to acquire a total of £32 million from private investors during the crucial stages of the project to commercialise the application.” In a November 15 press release, the company announced that “A new and exciting venture into a whole new form of power plant is currently in incubation within the UK.” The company said the “patent pending technology” is a drone-based power plant for combined solar, wind, heat and emerging new forms of energy generation. The technology is to incorporate wireless power transmission from the drones (and their wireless network) to the Earth’s surface,” according to the release.Details about the drone are in a recent Gizmag article on New Wave Energy UK. According to the article, the company’s ambition is for each drone to have four rotors, multiple wind turbines and a flat base for generating solar power. With energy harvested, the devices will power themselves and also 50 kW more that can be transmitted wirelessly to the ground. Rectenna arrays installed inland or on offshore installations would receive electromagnetic waves and convert them into usable power. According to New Wave Energy, “The technology is tailored to operate at 50,000 ft where wind patterns are more reliable, solar production is greater and there is little or no interference from weather patterns.” More information: ; … se_november_2013.pdf Explore further Citation: Startup has plans for power plants in sky with drones (2013, December 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from NREL calculates emissions and costs of power plant cycling necessary for increased wind and solar © 2013 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.last_img read more

Tricks for good nights sleep

first_imgDo you wake up in the middle of the night and keep staring at the ceiling thinking of ways to finally get some rest before the alarm rings? Are you tired of restless tossing and turning during sleep time? Do you wake up feeling tired in the morning? Try these simple tips to get a perfect good night’s sleep. Listen to bedtime stories, millennial style: Remember those good old days when you enjoyed listening to grandma’s bedtime stories? Not only did her narrations transport you to lands of mystery and utopian countries, but they easily drifted you off to the world of slumber as well. Try the same technique now. Listen to stories or audio books as you tuck in and let your brain relax for a good night’s sleep. There are tons of podcasts and services such as Amazon’s Audible that you can use for this purpose. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf Choose the right mattress: One main reason for your sleepless nights could be your uncomfortable mattress. The best way to address this trouble is to switch to a comfortable mattress that allows you to submerge in deep sleep and wake up in the morning without aches and pains. Look for a mattress that provide complete spine support and are designed keeping ergonomics in mind. Enjoy the compressed relaxation that the memory foam offers.Block all blue light screens before bedtime: It’s imperative to create a calming ambience in your room to get the best quality of sleep. Block all the blue lights emitted from screens of cell phones, computers, tablets, televisions and other gadgets in your bedroom. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveListen to white noise: Are the sounds of bikes and cars hampering your sleep? The best way to ignore all these external disturbances during sleep time is to listen to white noise. White noise is an ambient noise produced digitally combining different sounds like rustling leaves, rumbling waterfall, etc. White noise works in the background and drowns out other disturbing sounds of traffic, snoring, etc. White noise has the ability to relax you and induce sleep. Worth a try! Drink cherry juice: If you’re struggling with a sleep disorder, then try sipping a glass of cherry juice before you’re off to bed. According to several studies, cherries contain melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate sleep patterns. Isn’t this a ‘sweet’ way to drift off into the land of nods?Do a headstand: Turning the body upside down is not an easy task. However, a headstand will supply enriched oxygenated blood to the brain cells and ward off all depressive thoughts. This exercise if done regularly can beat any kind of sleep disorder. A must try! Place lemons in your room: If you are prone to allergies or suffer from asthma or cold and find it difficult to catch good sleep, then simply cut a lemon and place it next to your bedside table. This will not only leave a fresh citrus scent in your room but will also help you breathe better and sleep well.IANSlast_img read more

Queer artist Morgxn on growing up in the South I was a

first_imgSitting across from me, I can’t help but take in his own character. He’s wearing a green jacket with pink sunglasses and his nails are painted white. He radiates warmth and ease and openness.‘Growing up, I could never look in the mirror and say I’m beautiful,’ he says frankly. ‘It was never something I was told you’re allowed to do.’He brings up this up while talking about Pride, and envisioning the month as a time where he can look at himself and love the version he sees.When I ask him if it felt like ‘beautiful’ wasn’t a term that was meant for him because it’s often coded as feminine, Morgxn responds quickly: ‘Absolutely, 100 percent.’Loving yourself for who you areAs an artist, Morgxn’s music is vulnerable and raw. He puts everything out there. His video for Translucent, a single on his recent album, directly tackles the ideas of gender and people’s limited views of masculinity.[embedded content]‘In the South, I remember being told, literally, “You can’t say a man is beautiful, you can say a man in handsome.” Now, it doesn’t serve me anymore to label which of my traits belong to which spectrum of gender.’Labels aren’t something he thinks about for himself. It’s clear when I ask him directly how he identifies.‘I use he/him pronouns for myself,’ he says easily. Then there’s a long pause. ‘I’ve never been asked the question. People just assume.’‘When I was 18, I came out. It was such a struggle for me to find the words for what I was feeling and what it meant for a Southern kid.’He jumped straight into the label of gay, and it didn’t work out the way he expected. ‘When I jumped so deep into this label so suddenly, I didn’t allow myself the time to spend with the grey area.’The word he settles on is queer, but with some reservations. ‘Still it’s a label and I still think there’s something with labels. Life was so painful for me, because I just needed to come out. I first came out as bi, and then that transitioned into gay. It gave me a place to land, but there are so many different colors to sexuality. That’s what I feel deeply about, exploring what sexuality means.’Ultimately, he recognizes the profoundness of this moment in the cafe.‘The privilege I have to sit here and talk about my sexuality and not have fear it will hurt my career, that is a privilege.’A rainbow flag in a bowl of gravyNashville is a ‘melting pot of music’, as Morgxn describes it.It was a great place to grow as a musician, and it became an outlet for him before he could actually get out of Tennessee.‘I’m a rainbow flag in a bowl of gravy,’ he says with a laugh. Despite the humerous image, there’s a seriousness to his comment. Music was the only thing for him to get in touch with his own truth.‘When I was 9 or 10, I ran away from home. I didn’t get very far but I got far enough to scare my family and scare myself. It made me realize, “You want to get out, but you also feel safe in that bubble, which is all you know.”‘He calls his family beautiful and that was the hardest part. Growing up, he loved his family — still does — but knew he didn’t feel at home in Nashville.Morgxn eventually did get out, first to college, and then traveling from New York to Los Angeles to make his dream come true and become an artist.Giving backNow, he’s miles away from Nashville, and embracing his life as an out and proud artist — and giving back.‘It’s always been important for me to connect and collaborate with his community,’ he says.He works with Covenant House, an organization who helps homeless youth, including several LGBTQ youth who find themselves without a home. That’s what drew Morgxn to Covenant House in the first place, the idea of home.One of his tracks is called Home, and it’s personal for him.[embedded content]Recently, he did a performance from his new album, Vital. It became so much more when he asked the kids at Covenant House to create art for the performance space. He gave them one instruction: make art that says what is ‘vital’ to you.‘What is vital to them is often vital to me,’ he continues, saying working with homeless youth has always been a passion of his. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) He’s also doing a project with students called What Is Vital. It includes giving students disposable cameras and having them shoot whatever’s vital to them.the #whatisvital project is growing and you can be a part of it check out the full video on my facebook : @Benzuckerphotos— m o r g × n (@morgxn) June 8, 2018‘I’m a messy queer’‘As beautiful as it is to see a version of queer displayed in the mainstream, it’s important to show there’s many shades to what that looks like,’ he says as we get on the topic of out artists and movies dominating the waves right now.This is Morgxn’s shade of queer:i am a messy queer. you won’t get perfect with me— m o r g × n (@morgxn) May 30, 2018‘I am not just valuable to queer spaces, I belong in mainstream, straight spaces too. Because you will find the young me in those straight spaces.’He thinks it’s about time there are more queer artists.Alternative music festival Firefly begins tomorrow and Morgxn will be there. When he got a message from a fan saying how exciting it was that an out artist was going to be performing there, he did his research and discovered how limiting these spaces can be to artists who aren’t straight, white males.On the topic of representation, he says: ‘Love, Simon is great. It’s great there’s a queer movie about falling in love, but that’s only one shade of our stories.’Still being scared‘There’s still a fear of being seen, especially when you spent so much of your life trying not to be seen,’ Morgxn admits.He doesn’t shy away in his music, but he’s still afraid he’ll put out a song — and they are all personal and real — and it will ruin him.‘I don’t feel as afraid as I did when I started, because I’ve identified there’s a fear inside but a choice to stand up anyway. By connecting with people, I have realized that I, too, am not alone.’Morgxn in the cafe | Photo: Anya CrittentonIt’s a journey within himself.Coming out was only the first step. ‘Love comes from within, it starts with yourself. Does coming out solve everything? It doesn’t.’Still, he doesn’t think of himself as brave. For him, it’s about learning when you think of your weaknesses, asking yourself: Who is the one ascribing weakness to this trait?‘I remember struggling with this,’ he admits, before diving into experiences he’s had with people both good and bad.He participated in New York City’s Women’s March for its first year with his family. While walking down the street carriyng their signs, a man suddenly shouted out and called Morgxn a ‘faggot’. He says it was the first time his mom had ever witnessed something like that. ‘I didn’t even notice it at first, which is both sad and telling. Why was I so desensitized to it?’He calls it a defense mechanism, but he also wishes he could have said something.Not every experience is like that, though. Another time, a woman approached him in an Alabama grocery story. He thought for sure she was going to sneer at his pink hair.‘She comes up to me and she says — and I’m ready for it — she says, “I just want to say, it is so wonderful to see you walking around with your pink hair. It’s so beautiful.”‘Softness and strengthIt’s the kindness and softness he keeps with him, and why he does everything in lowercase. It’s not about aesthetic, it’s about embracing softness and strength working together.When we part, he leaves me with something I’ll never forget: ‘Sometimes the softest voice is the loudest one.’Morgxn’s debut studio album, vital, is available now.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Alex Strangelove portrays bisexuality ‘simply as a stepping stone’This film sums up the hidden meaning of Grindr messages everywhereGay men, stop hot-shaming me for going to the gymRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : GAYSTARNEWS- ‘I’ve always been drawn to the West,’ Morgxn tells me as we settle in at the cafe.It’s located in North Hollywood and looks like it came straight from the set of a Western movie in Hollywood’s Golden Age. Morgxn, who hails from Nashville, enthuses about its character and detail. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

Costa Ricas famed Manuel Antonio National Park will close on Mondays starting

first_imgThe Environment Ministry (MINAE) recently issued an executive decree to change entry schedules at Manuel Antonio National Park, the most visited national park in Costa Rica. As of last week, the park is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.Executive Decree No. 39048 was published last week in the official newspaper La Gaceta following recommendations from the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC). It responded to an increasing number of park visitors. SINAC data from last year show that over 360,000 tourists visited the park, which is located in the Central Pacific region of Puntarenas province.In a press release, SINAC Executive Director Julio Jurado said that “closing the park at least once a week is required for restoration, recovery and rehabilitation of ecosystems at Manuel Antonio, and it also is a preventive measure for the conservation of the natural resources that led to the creation of this national park.”SINAC spokesman Francesco Di Palma on Monday confirmed that the park previously had closed once a week during low season only, and that at some point the measure was revoked due to pressure from business owners in the area.“The new decree allows SINAC to take the right steps to prevent excessive pressure on natural resources and maintain a sustainable use of the park’s services at the same time,” Di Palma said.Earlier this year, SINAC also issued protective measures and banned the entry of food into Manuel Antonio. Visitors’ habits of feeding wild animals were causing problems including severe pollution, changes in eating habits of several species and facilitating the transmission of diseases, the agency reported at the time.Manuel Antonio is one of Costa Rica’s most well-known touristic attractions. Specialized travel site TripAdvisor ranked Manuel Antonio beach 17th among the world’s most beautiful beaches, and Forbes magazine included Manuel Antonio among the 12 world’s most beautiful national parks. Facebook Comments Related posts:Manuel Antonio National Park administration moving to comply with Health Ministry orders Health Ministry extends deadline to perform improvements at Manuel Antonio Costa Rica’s INBioparque to remain open Health Ministry orders improvements at Manuel Antonio National Parklast_img read more

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first_imgThe team could really go in any direction, which is not a bad thing considering that at pick number 20, a lot is going to happen before they have a chance to make a selection. But that’s where having a list like the Cardinals do — that goes to 120 but has at least 20 players they are really high on — comes in handy. There won’t be any reason to panic into moving up to nab a guy or worry that their target will be taken. If it happens, just move on to the next one on the list.“You’ve just got to be patient and trust your board,” Keim said. “I think if you trust the way that you have the players ranked, you know that at the end of the day we’re going to get one of those players ranked one through 20, and we feel good about every one of those guys.” Comments   Share   “We went to the board with about 591 players and just this morning we finished up with 120 players on our draft board, so we’ll draft off that board that has 120 players.”Go ahead and adjust your mock draft accordingly.As of now, the Cardinals have just six picks in the draft, with their first selection being the 20th overall. The second-year GM said there are at least 20 players they like in this draft, guys who would fit with their roster and make an impact in 2014. What position they play, though, is still a mystery. That’s a good thing.Coming off a 10-6 season, the Cardinals don’t really have any obvious needs. Yes, they could afford to improve along the offensive line. They probably wouldn’t mind adding a pass rushing linebacker or a safety, either. And according to many analysts, the team may be after its quarterback of the future next week. “The guy that has the most passion, the best football player available because we really don’t have a glaring need,” Arians said of what he’s looking for at 20. “And a guy that would play for free; a guy that loves to play the game. “You’re going to pay him anyway, but he’d play for free. He brings that kind of passion and excitement to your building.” Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim and head coach Bruce Arians were not ready to divulge who they would like to draft next week when they spoke to the media Thursday at their Tempe training facility.They did, however, narrow the list down a bit.“We started this process last May with our college scouts who went on the road and looked at 13,000 names across college campuses, seniors and draft eligible juniors,” Keim said. “And whittled that number down to a little less than 2,000 NFL prospects for us. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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