Katy Perry and Staples Unveil PSA to Celebrate and Support Teachers Across

first_imgStaples, Inc. is building on its long-standing commitment to supporting education and helping teachers bring learning to life for students with the debut of a new public service announcement (PSA) starring superstar Katy Perry.Video: Staples and Katy Perry team up to support teachers and studentsDriven by a statistic from the Education Market Association that an estimated 99.5 percent of all public school teachers use their own money to equip their classrooms, frequently at a cost of more than $400 per year, Staples and Katy Perry have teamed up to inspire the public to help classrooms in need by making a donation in Staples stores or online.“I believe in education as a foundation for a great life, so I want to make sure that students across the country are inspired by their teachers and afforded every opportunity to realize their dreams,” said Katy Perry. “When I teamed up with Staples in 2014, I learned firsthand how desperately teachers need our support – many of them even dig into their own pockets to provide simple tools that we would expect to already be available in our classrooms. So when Staples approached me again this year, I jumped at the opportunity because I saw the lasting effect our collaboration had on DonorsChoose.org and thousands of teachers and students.”The PSA highlights DonorsChoose.org – a charity that has funded more than 700,000 classroom projects for teachers and has positively affected more than 18 million students across the country – and encourages viewers to make their own donations by visiting a local Staples store or StaplesForStudents.org.“Knowing the crucial role that teachers play in bringing learning to life for students, we’re excited to join forces with Katy Perry to raise awareness of the need to support teachers across the country,” said Frank P. Bifulco, Jr., executive vice president global marketing, Staples. “Through Staples’ $1 million donation and contributions from customers in stores and online to DonorsChoose.org during the back-to-school season, we can all help teachers make more happen in classrooms.”Making of the PSAThe PSA, which begins airing nationwide for the back-to-school season, was filmed in Los Angeles by renowned production company RSA Films. It was directed by Aya Tanimura, who has previously collaborated with Katy Perry on lyric videos for several hit singles including “Roar,” “Unconditionally” and “Birthday.” The script was developed by the Staples Creative Agency with input from Tanimura while animation was completed by Open The Portal.Tanimura’s unique creative treatment for the back-to-school-inspired project incorporates stop-motion animation featuring paper cut-outs throughout the playful and colorful PSA. Katy Perry is awed as an imaginary doodle world suddenly comes to life, while she shares a personal anecdote from her time as a 4th grader in music class. Perry goes on to talk about the harsh reality that many teachers face on a daily basis, having to spend their own money to provide adequate supplies and equipment to students.RSA Credits: Director: Aya Tanimura; Executive Producer: Jules Daly; Executive Producer: Marjie Abrahams; Head of Production: Elicia Laport; Producer: Alejandra Quesada; Director of Photography: Welles Hackett.Staples Creative Agency Credits: Derrick Wood, VP global creative director; Brian Distefano, director, group creative.Open The Portal Credits: Animation Director & Animation Designer: Kangmin Kim; Executive Producers: Micah Cordy & David Braun; Producer: Pia Dulu; VFX: Jason Oshman, Cam Leeburg, Andrew Racho, Paul Evangelista, Larry Ho, Ashley Dunn-Martin; Music Composer: Barrett Slagle; Sound Design: Barrett Slagle; Props: George Metaxas.Win a $50,000 Scholarship and Chance to Meet Katy PerryBeginning June 26 through September 10, fans who spend $25 or more in any Staples store will receive a unique entry code on their receipt to enter the sweepstakes online at Staples.com/StaplesForStudents.One grand prize winner will win a $50,000 scholarship plus a trip for two to Los Angeles to meet superstar, Katy Perry. Four first prize winners and one guest each will also win air travel to Los Angeles, two nights stay and spending money to meet Katy Perry at the VIP Winners Celebration.Entries must be submitted before September 10, 2016 at 11:59 PM ET and entrants must be 13 years or older. Visit Staples.com/StaplesForStudents for official rules.The Staples for Students campaign has included school supply drives, support for teachers in classrooms, donations for education projects, classroom initiatives such as Designed by Students, and the sale of products that give back to communities and classrooms in need.last_img read more

Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Raises 45 Million At Annual Gala

first_imgThe Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation held its third annual gala this week in Saint-Tropez, and raised $45 million to go towards its aim of protecting vulnerable wildlife and stopping climate change.Leonardo DiCaprio honored Prince Albert II of Monaco with the first ever New World Leadership Award at the event.Among the guests were Bono, Mariah Carey, Jonah Hill, Kate Hudson, Chris Rock, Bradley Cooper, Edward Norton, Petra Nemcova, Naomi Campbell, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kevin Spacey, Cate Blanchett, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Robert De Niro, Scarlett Johansson, Charlize Theron, Doutzen Kroes and Constance Jablonski.Performers included The Weeknd, Andrea Bocelli and Lana Del Rey, and the event included a live auction.Part of the evening’s proceeds was donated to GiveForFrance.org.last_img read more

UN tribunal reverses contempt of court conviction of former Kosovo minister

The appeals chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) ruled that it was reversing the conviction of Astrit Haraqija, who was sentenced last December to five months’ imprisonment, but affirming the conviction and sentence for Bajrush Morina, who was given three months in jail.Mr. Haraqija and Mr. Morina had both appealed their contempt of court convictions for intimidating a protected witness in the trial of the former Kosovo Albanian military leader Ramush Haradinaj and others. Prosecutors had also appealed, asking for the sentences to be increased.The ICTY appeals chamber found that the trial chamber had given too much weight to untested evidence, largely based on “double or even triple hearsay,” when it concluded that Mr. Haraqija had influence over Mr. Morina and had instructed him to commit the crime of contempt. But it rejected Mr. Morina’s grounds of appeal.The two men had been on provisional release since earlier this year, having already served the duration of the sentences imposed by the trial chamber.In 2008, the ICTY, which is based in The Hague, acquitted Mr. Haradinaj and his co-accused Idriz Balaj of charges they were responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Kosovo 10 years earlier. Another co-accused, Lahi Brahimaj, was sentenced to six years’ jail for the cruel treatment and torture of two persons. 23 July 2009The United Nations war crimes tribunal set up in the wake of the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s today overturned the conviction of Kosovo’s ex-minister of culture, youth and sports for contempt of court for trying to intimidate a trial witness, but upheld the conviction on the same charge of one of his political advisers. read more

TSX soars while Dow SP hit records as US Fed decides to

by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 18, 2013 8:41 am MDT TORONTO – Markets in Toronto and on Wall Street soared Wednesday after the U.S. Federal Reserve decided to hold off on reducing stimulus until it sees greater strength in the U.S. economy.The S&P/TSX composite index, which was down for most of the day, closed up 97.29 points at 12,931.40 — its highest level since July 2011.The Canadian dollar surged 0.70 of a cent to 97.83 cents US, after reaching an intra-day high of 98.03 cents US.In a statement after its two-day meeting, the Fed said it won’t slow its $85 billion a month in bond purchases until it sees more conclusive evidence that the U.S. economic recovery is being sustained.The U.S. central bank said the economy is growing moderately and that some indicators of labour market conditions have shown improvement. But it noted that rising mortgage rates and government spending cuts are restraining growth.The monthly bond purchases are intended to keep long-term loan rates low to spur borrowing and spending. Many had expected the bank to begin reducing them by about $10 billion so the surprise led to a dramatic rally on Wall Street.Both the Dow Jones industrials index and the S&P 500 closed at record highs. The Dow surged 147.21 points to 15,676.94, and the S&P climbed 20.76 points to 1,725.52. The Nasdaq racked up a solid 37.94 points to 3,783.64“Just about everybody was expecting … for them to at least do something, and so to do nothing, and to not even give a hint that they’re even thinking about it (tapering) is very, very dovish of them,” said Colin Cieszynski, an analyst with CMC Markets Canada.Cieszynski said that in the short-term investors would rejoiced on the news, but the Fed decision paints a pretty weary outlook for the U.S.“There’s the early rush of great, the party keeps on going with all the money coming in, but tapering would’ve been a sign of strength and that it (the economy) doesn’t need all this money to keep supporting it but if it still does, then what does that say?”Fed chairman Ben Bernanke said there was “no fixed schedule,” date or “magic number” for the bank to slow or end its bond purchases. He added that the Fed could still move to taper later this year but that the program won’t necessarily end when U.S. unemployment reaches seven per cent. It is now at 7.3 per cent.The Fed also revised its outlook on the economy, predicting that it will grow just two to 2.3 per cent this year, down from its previous forecast in June of 2.3 to 2.6 per cent.“The risks out there are still significant enough for the Fed that they’re prepared to absorb the risk of stimulating too much for too long,” said Michael Gregory, managing director and senior economist at BMO Capital Markets in Chicago.“They’re prepared to accept that risk because they’re worried. … They want a little bit more evidence to make sure the economy truly has some underlying vigour.”Gregory said he doesn’t believe tapering will come until the December meeting of the Fed, because the October meeting is too soon for any convincing economic data to come in.“Given that they delayed a little bit, perhaps they’ll start with a more forceful tapering hand because the economy would be better able to handle it. You just never know,” he said.Meanwhile, Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz noted in a speech that Canada should be able to support stronger growth without stoking inflation — a key factor on the central bank’s interest rate decisions. The central bank has maintained its influential overnight interest rate at one per cent since September 2010.On the corporate front, smartphone maker BlackBerry (TSX:BB) announced that its Z30 smartphone will hit the markets soon, even as a media report said the company is prepared to lay off as many as 5,000 employees in the coming months. BlackBerry recently formed a committee to consider strategic alternatives, which could include the sale of the company. Its shares fell 2.21 per cent, or 24 cents, to $10.64.The health-care sector sustained the greatest losses on the TSX, as it fell 2.22 per cent, with shares in Catamaran Corp. (TSX:CCT) dropping nine per cent, or $5.14 to $51.94.The news that the Fed will continue to pump stimulus money into Treasurys and mortgage bonds lifted the gold sector, making it the leading advancer on the TSX. The sector climbed 8.40 per cent, as Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) saw its shares gain nearly 10 per cent, or $1.79 cents, to $20.66. December bullion closed down $1.80 at US$1,307.60 an ounce.The energy sector added 0.67 per cent as the October crude contract gained $2.65 cents to US$108.07 a barrel. The metals and mining sector was up 2.83 per cent , while December copper was ahead six cents to US$3.28 a pound. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TSX soars, while Dow, S&P hit records as U.S. Fed decides to delay tapering read more

Police killer Dale Cregan boasts of smashing the gym at holiday camp

first_img 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. Fiona Bone, left, and Nicola Hughes Fiona Bone, left, and Nicola Hughes were killed in a gun and grenade attack in HattersleyCredit:Greater Manchester Police It is appalling what he has done, but it is like a holiday camp in there for him. He is laughing at us. It is a disgracesource He was already wanted for the double murder of two gangland rivals – Mark Short, 23, and his 46-year-old father David – when he lured the officers with a bogus call before killing them in a gun and grenade attack in Hattersley, Tameside.Cregan was jailed in 2013 and sent to HMP Strangeways in Manchester. Last October, psychiatrists decided to send him to Ashworth – where Moors Murderer Ian Brady is among around 200 other patients – permanently.After the disclosure of Cregan’s letters, one source familiar with Ashworth suggested he had “played on his paranoia” to get into the unit.They told the Daily Mirror: “It is appalling what he has done, but it is like a holiday camp in there for him. He is laughing at us. It is a disgrace.”center_img He also told how he enjoys tennis, snooker and kayaking, while describing how he is allowed to cook pizzas “that will be my treat every week”, but is not allowed knives due to his violent history.An Ashworth spokesman said: “We are unable to discuss patients because of rules governing confidentiality.” In the letters, published in the Daily Mirror, Cregan described how he spends every day in the gym.He wrote: “I’m good bro just smashing the gym and playing snooker you know how it goes. Been doin pure circuits on the ward.”In another note, he described how his different after mainstream prison, where he was on a solitary wing, known as “the block”.Cregan wrote: “I’m on normal gym now. I just train hard and come back to the ward and either do a bit on the ward or just chill in my room. “It’s not ideal but it beats sitting on the block miles from home innit bro. Gym, phone call and a visit and I’m happy brother.”  Dale Cregan, the gangster who murdered two policewomen, has boasted of “smashing the gym” and getting “pretty ripped” after being transferred to a psychiatric hospital.The 33-year-old also bragged that he is allowed to make pizza, play snooker and learn to kayak in a swimming pool at the secure unit, described by one source as “like a holiday camp”.In letters to a friend, Cregan revealed how his life at Ashworth high-security hospital, in Merseyside, is easier than that in mainstream prison, saying that it “beats sitting on the block miles from home”.Cregan is serving a life sentence for murdering unarmed police officers Fiona Bone, 32, and 23-year-old Nicola Hughes in September 2012.last_img read more

Activists criticise HSE attempt to force woman to have Caesarean section

first_img 23,983 Views By Aoife Barry Image: Shutterstock/10 FACE Wednesday 2 Nov 2016, 6:14 PM Nov 2nd 2016, 6:14 PM 93 Comments Short URL Share177 Tweet Email2 http://jrnl.ie/3059414 Image: Shutterstock/10 FACE CAMPAIGNERS HAVE CRITICISED a decision by the HSE to take a woman to court to bring an order to force her to have a Caesarean section against her will.The judgement on the case was released today, the Irish Times reports. It says that the woman had had three previous Caesarean sections and the order was sought after doctors advised there was a risk her uterus would rupture during a natural delivery.The judge refused the order, describing it as a “step too far”, and adding that the risk being undertaken regarding the unborn child did not justify the Caesarean section against her will.The woman had a Caesarean after the emergency hearing, the Irish Times reports.In a statement this evening, AIMS Ireland, which is a voluntary organisation committed to improving maternity care in Ireland, said it failed to understand “how the communication between this woman and her care providers could have broken down to such an extent that the HSE felt it appropriate to make an emergency application to the High Court”.“At present a pregnant woman’s right to make fully informed refusals are limited by the HSE’s national consent policy for pregnant women. This is in turn informed by the 8th amendment to the Irish constitution,” it said.Krysia Lynch, chair of AIMS Ireland said: “Pregnant women and people are routinely subject to treatments and procedures within the Irish maternity services that they are unable to refuse.” She said that their support service logs “are full of cases where people report coercion and extreme pressure to agree to procedures which they may feel are harmful to themselves or their baby”.She added:The HSE should make every effort to ensure that communication lines between patients and clinical staff always remain open, clear and transparent, without undue stress placed on the pregnant person and their baby, and certainly without the threat of legal action, sedation and forced caesarean.Lynch said that in AIMS’ 2014 survey of nearly 3,000 respondents, “50.2% of respondents reported that they were not given an opportunity for informed refusal during labour and birth”.Read: ‘We all could have died if it was not for the bravest garda I have ever seen in my life’> Activists criticise HSE attempt to force woman to have Caesarean section The HSE attempted to take an order in court, but a judge refused it. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Pochettino expecting quiet transfer window

first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed the club will have a quiet transfer window in January.The North London club became the first club since the inception of the transfer window, not to sign any players in the summer.Tottenham were linked with a host of players including Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish.Mauricio Pochettino’s side had two bids rejected for the England U-21 international with Aston Villa insisting the attacking midfielder is not for sale.However, despite talks of major additions to the squad when the transfer window reopens in January, Pochettino has played down talk of massive recruitment.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“We need to be careful how we manage January,” he said according to Sky Sports. “It is not a window where you can do many things and not affect the dynamic of the team and the group.“If you are doing well and you arrive in January, no one is going to change too much.”Meanwhile, Pochettino believes he is not the sole reason why the club’s top players are committing their immediate futures to the club.“For me I feel proud the players care about you, but I repeat the responsibility is wanting to play for the glory of the club.”last_img read more

SUV driver crashes into Palm Beach cellphone store

first_imgPALM SPRINGS, Fla. (WSVN) – The driver of an SUV smashed their car through a Palm Beach County cellphone store, Thursday.“This is, by far, the craziest thing I’ve ever seen,” said Daniel Santos.While on the job at the MetroPCS near Lake Worth, Santos heard and then began rolling on the aftermath of an SUV slamming into the neighboring T-Mobile store. “All I see is her reversing and going back into the store, so I was like, ‘Oh snap, so she’s actually going into the store.’ There were people in the way. There were two little girls right there,” Santos said.Shinobia Wright is the woman who, police said, was behind the wheel, and after the smashing entrance, the drama wasn’t done.“When she’s in, she comes out, she picks up a metal railing from the floor and she starts swinging it at everyone,” Santos said.Santos said Wright entered an employees-only area in store. According to a police report, a worker tried stopping her, but she whacked that person during her violent, post-crash tantrum. Then she apparently calmed down and took a seat, waiting for police to show up.Police said she was in the store the day before to exchange her cracked iPhone. That’s when, witnesses said, she told an employee that she’d “bug out” if she didn’t get a phone, “because it was her birthday.”“I’m a phone salesman myself, and customers come upset, many times, for a number for things that we can’t control,” Santos said.It is unknown what triggered the meltdown, but Santos is grateful the damage wasn’t worse. “Miracles happen every day, so I guess this is one of them,” he said.Wright faces a number of charges including aggravated battery, burglary, criminal mischief and reckless driving. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

BNP resolute to patiently stay on the streets

first_img.The country’s principal opposition political party – Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) – has concentrated all of its activities on releasing its chairperson Khaleda Zia.To the end, the party insiders said the party is resolved to patiently stay on the streets. They said the party would not go for any activities with regard to the next general elections unless Khaleda is freed.Party insiders said they think the very programmes aimed at releasing the party chairperson is essentially the preparatory activity for the next polls slated to be held at the year end.The party is staging demonstrations in different thanas of the capital today and is planning to hold a public rally on 12 March at the capital’s Suhrawardy Udyan if its arch enemy AL’s government gives the permission.Although the ruling Bangladesh Awami League and its ally Workers’ Party of Bangladesh have recently held rallies at Suhrawardy Udyan and another ruling party ally HM Ershad’s Jatiya Party is scheduled to hold a rally there on 24 March, BNP is yet to get any go-ahead from the authorities for the Suhrawardy rally with only two days left.The opposition party wants to give the government a message by organising a mammoth rally at Suhrawardy Udyan even in absence of party chairperson. The party is also planning to hold big public rallies in divisional headquarters.The party’s Chittagong city unit has already sought permission from the local administration to hold a public rally at the Laldighi grounds for 15 March.The party policymakers are, however, worried if they would be able to organise their programmes smoothly at the end of the day, given the way the law enforcement are launching attacks on their peaceful party programmes.Party leaders and activists were arrested even when they were distributing leaflets.The party’s senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi Ahmed, also in charge of the party’s office affairs, told Prothom Alo that over 5,000 activists has been arrested so far centring on the arrest of the party chairperson.A special court sent BNP chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia to jail on 8 February after sentencing her to five years in jail in a graft case.  BNP’s publicity secretary Shahid Uddin Chowdhury Anie told Prothom Alo, “Some 500,000 posters were sent to different party units across the country. Some 70 BNP activists were arrested while putting up these posters and the posters are being torn.”Although the administration had given the party permission for today’s Khulna rally, a ban has been imposed on any types of gathering using Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure at the end of the day. It has worried the BNP leaders.The party originally wanted to hold its rally at the Khulna Circuit House grounds, but it was denied permission there. Later, it sought permission for Hadis Park and got permission, but at the end of the day, a ban was imposed on holding such rally there too.Now the party is finally organising the rally in front of the party office at KD Ghosh road. BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir would address the rally as the chief guest.Even after that, the party is doubtful if it would be able to smoothly hold the programme as the law enforcers have already started chasing down its activists.“The authorities have started arresting and harassing our people in such a manner that we cannot organise our rally even in front of our Khulna party office,” alleged BNP standing committee member Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury.He went on to say, “No matter how strongly they instigate us, we’ll continue to tread the path of democracy and peace. People are our strength, but their [Awami League] strength is elsewhere.”Party people said they could not arrange a single programme demanding Khaleda release without police obstruction in one way or other.Senior leaders of the party alleged that the law enforcers were essentially instigating BNP towards a violent path, but they said they would not step into the “trap laid down by the government” and they would rather continue peaceful demonstrations.Talking to Prothom Alo, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam said, “Those who are thinking of the next general elections keeping BNP chairperson out of it are actually living in a fools’ paradise. Deshnetri [BNP chairperson] must be freed before the polls. We’ll join the elections along with our freed leader.”last_img read more

Broken Samsung Galaxy Fold Gets Delayed Of Course

first_img It was fascinating to see the fall of the Samsung Galaxy Fold play out in real-time. I think most people were pretty skeptical as to how useful a folding phone would actually be. But all of the demos of seamlessly turning the Galaxy Fold into a phone, a tablet, and then back again were pretty slick for tech enthusiasts. Good idea or not, it looked like it at least worked.And the idea might still work. But it’s pretty obvious now that at least this initial wave of Samsung Galaxy Fold devices don’t work. So color us shocked that Samsung has now decided to delay the phone.The trouble all started when the Galaxy Fold left the tightly controlled stage demos and wound up in the hands of real-world tech reviewers. Within literal hours people whose job it is to review phones were accidentally breaking this device. They peeled off screen covers that looked optional but super weren’t. They saw debris get stuck inside the hinge that sliced the larger foldable screen down the middle. They refused to write reviews of essentially a beta product.AdChoices广告When a tech reviewer accidentally breaks a phone, they can typically return it to the vendor for a new one. But the process wouldn’t be so cordial if all of a sudden huge amounts of people started breaking their $2,000 fancy new phones after a single session with it. They’d rather the battery explode!So while the Samsung Galaxy Fold was initially slated to launch April 26, Samsung cancelled launch events in Hong Kong and Shanghai before announcing a vague new “one month” release window. Samsung also said this delay will allow for a “thorough inspection” of the issues writers have uncovered. But if we’re being pessimistic this is probably just enough time for them to print bigger stickers saying “DO NOT REMOVE THE SCREEN COVER” while failing to address any fundamental issues of the hardware.So if you were jazzed for the Samsung Galaxy Fold this is actually good news for you. Yeah you have to wait longer but you’ll be rewarded with (in theory) a more durable phone as well as all this new knowledge of what not to do with it when you get it. In the meantime though we still suggest checking out some other Android phones. Stay on target Samsung’s 108MP Camera Sensor Is Coming to a Smartphone Near YouHuge Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Doesn’t Have Room For Headphone Jack last_img read more

UK election leaves Cameron at helm of a disunited kingdom

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron speaks to the media outside 10 Downing Street in London, Friday, May 8, 2015. Cameron’s Conservative Party swept to power Friday in Britain’s Parliamentary General Elections, winning an unexpected majority. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) Newspaper editorial pages on Saturday oozed anxiety about Britain’s future, worrying that Cameron could be the last leader of a truly United Kingdom.The Independent said the election “leaves the prospect of the U.K. still being in one piece at the next general election in 2020 in some doubt.” The pro-Conservative Daily Telegraph agreed that “the biggest problem facing Mr. Cameron is the future of the Union,” while the liberal Guardian said leaving the EU would be “a catastrophe for Britain economically, politically and socially.”What a difference eight months makes. In September, Cameron looked like the leader who had saved the U.K. In a referendum, Scottish voters rejected the idea of becoming independent and ending the 300-year-old union between England and Scotland.But the pro-independence Scottish National Party, far from being defeated, has thrived. The SNP’s dynamic leader, Nicola Sturgeon, was the unexpected star of the U.K. election campaign, arguing that the party would work with Labour in Parliament to deliver progressive policies distinct from Cameron’s budget-cutting Conservatives.Both the SNP and the Conservatives used nationalist arguments to winning effect in the election. Sturgeon gained more than half of Scottish votes for her party by saying the SNP would make Scotland’s voice heard in London. LONDON (AP) — Standing outside 10 Downing Street the day after his unexpected election victory, Prime Minister David Cameron vowed to govern for “one nation, one United Kingdom.” That will be easier said than done, as competing brands of nationalism threaten to pull the country apart.Separatists have swept the board in Scotland, Wales wants greater autonomy and England saw spreading support for the insular U.K. Independence Party and its demand to leave the European Union. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories ___Follow Jill Lawless on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/JillLawlessCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober How men can have a healthy 2019 At home, Cameron says he will give new powers to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, including new tax-raising powers for the Scottish government, as well as unspecified “fairness” for England. London mayor Boris Johnson, who aspires to lead the Conservatives, went even further and called for the U.K. to adopt a federal structure.Still, it may be too soon to write the United Kingdom’s obituary. It’s quite possible a majority of Britons will vote to remain in the EU in 2017. The SNP triumph does not make a new Scottish independence referendum imminent. Sturgeon has said she thinks there is little appetite for it in the short term, and the sagging oil price has made independence look riskier for Scotland, which would rely heavily on North Sea oil revenues.The day after the election, Cameron told voters: “Together, we can make Great Britain greater still.”But togetherness is in short supply after a Conservative victory that was both decisive and divisive. Cameron didn’t need Scottish nationalists or UKIP supporters to get elected, but they are not going away, and their numbers are growing.“There is a real prospect Britain will now be ripped apart by two opposing nationalist agendas either side of Hadrian’s Wall,” Brian Reade wrote in Saturday’s Daily Mirror. “The independence genie is out of the bottle.” Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Cameron argued that a minority Labour government would have to rely for support on the separatist SNP — and that would destabilize Britain.Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy, defeated in the tidal wave that saw the SNP win 56 of Scotland’s 59 seats, said his party had been “hit by two nationalisms,” Scottish and English.The four regions of the U.K. — England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland — have always had distinct identities, but for a long time most citizens also considered themselves British. In recent years, though, rising regional identity has undermined the “united” in United Kingdom.Like Scotland, Wales has its own assembly, nationalist aspirations and few Conservative supporters. Northern Ireland has its own legislature and distinctive politics defined by the Catholic-Protestant divide.That leaves many in England — home to 53 million of Britain’s 64 million people — asking: “What about us?”English discontent has found an outlet in UKIP, which argues that Britain has had its identity diluted by immigration and its independence undermined by EU membership.Its supporters live primarily in northeast and southeast England, and political scientist Rob Ford, co-author of UKIP study “Revolt on the Right,” said they feel a strong sense of English — rather than British — nationalism. “It’s George crosses as much as Union Jacks, and this perception that the English are getting a raw deal out of the Union — that the English voice isn’t being heard and the Scottish voice is,” he said.UKIP got almost 13 percent of the vote in Thursday’s election, but only one seat in Parliament thanks to a British election system that allocates seats based on winner-takes-all races in each of 650 constituencies. That’s another spur for members’ anger: the SNP, whose support is more concentrated, got just under 5 percent of the vote and 56 seats.Cameron’s challenge is to defuse grievances at home while overcoming a crisis in Britain’s relationship with Europe.The rise of UKIP has emboldened the Euroskeptic wing of Cameron’s Conservative Party, and made him promise a referendum on EU membership by 2017. Cameron wants to remain in the EU, provided Britain can extract concessions on the free movement of citizens between member states.That is far from certain. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said he was ready “to strike a fair deal for the U.K. in the EU.” But European leaders may have little appetite for granting major reforms to Britain after years of griping about Brussels from U.K. politicians. Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

Its a well known dilemma do you go for the excit

first_imgIt’s a well known dilemma: do you go for the exciting buzz of a city break, or the more relaxing option of topping up the tan on the beach? Well, why not do both?Maximise your holiday time by combining city break with sandy break and visiting an urban beach this summer. Skyscanner introduces 10 cities where beaches, deckchairs and cocktails can be found well within city limits.Barcelona (Spain)This Spanish city is a great place to blend a beach break with city slicking. One of the biggest beaches around is Barceloneta which is 1,100m long and attracts hundreds of Barcelonans when the sun comes out – which is fairly often of course! If you prefer something more chilled, try Nova Icària, one of the quietest beaches in the city so ideal for families and well equipped with games areas and volleyball courts. Find cheap flights to BarcelonaCopenhagen (Denmark)The Danish capital may not strike you as a sand hot spot, but Copenhagen has two beaches close to the city centre, easily accessible by the local S-train. Here you’ll find clean water, white sand and water temperatures around 20 C during summer. Amager Beach Park is the closest to the centre and offers 5km of bathing and a shallow lagoon – a perfect swimming zone. If you just want to swim but are not fussed about sand, dive into Havnebad, Copenhagen’s harbour. The water is clean and clear and it’s a popular spot for cooling off with the local city dwellers, and it’s just a few minutes walk from the centre. Find cheap flights to CopenhagenBrighton (UK)You don’t need to go abroad to find a great city beach. Voted as one of the top 10 beaches in the world, Brighton beachfront is famous for its pier which hosts a fun fair, arcades, side stalls, bars and an atmosphere of traditional seaside fun. Brighton is also known for its lively night life and funky beach club culture. Find cheap flights to London GatwickVancouver (Canada)The fact that Vancouver has 11 miles worth of beaches within its city limits is doubtless one of the reasons why it’s consistently ranked as one of the best cities to live in the world. Trendy Kitsilano Beach (or ‘Kits’ as the locals call it) has a great outlook spanning from open bay, to the North Shore mountains in Stanley Park. It also has Vancouver’s largest salt water pool (which is heated), tennis courses and a playground for kids. Find cheap flights to VancouverDubrovnik (Croatia)Warm azure seas line the Dubrovnik Riviera and most of the seafront hotels in the city have access to beaches. Most are pebble rather than sand but all offer the usual fun in the sun amenities such as cafés, beach bars, kayak hire and swimming pools. Banje is probably the most famous beach in Dubrovnik and offers a divine view of the city’s red roofed architecture. Find cheap flights to DubrovnikNew York (USA)Despite being one of the biggest most densely populated cities on earth, New York has several beaches where New Yorkers can escape from the city life and get their sand fix. Coney Island in Brooklyn is a favourite getaway, with Brighton Beach and Manhattan Beach popular places to soak up some rays. Find cheap flights to New YorkBerlin (Germany)Despite being a landlocked city miles from the coast, Berlin boasts several urban beaches. Strandbar Mitte, one of the less touristy, is located right on the river Spree and is where Berliners come to relax on stripy deckchairs, enjoy mojitos on sand shipped in to create an artificial beach right on the river bank and watch the boats float by. Find cheap flights to BerlinTel Aviv (Israel)The Israeli capital boasts several beaches within its limits; Gordon-Frishman beach is about as central as you can get in Tel Aviv city and the Gordon salt water pool attracts many people who come for an early morning workout. The beach is wide and sandy and is one of the hippest places to be in Tel Aviv, with beach bars, DJs, volleyball courts and Tel Aviv’s trendy crowd coming to enjoy the Mediterranean shore. A great place to catch a tan and people watch. Find cheap flights to Tel AvivSydney (Australia)Surely one of the most famous city beaches, Sydney’s Bondi is a well known surf spot and modern coastal resort. Dozens of cafes, bars and restaurants look out over the beach, which is backed by attractive parkland and is popular with rollerbladers, skaters and cyclists. Quickly reached from downtown Sydney using local buses, Bondi is Australia’s most iconic beach. Find cheap flights to SydneyLA (USA)The beaches of Los Angles are famed around the world thanks to the Baywatch adventures of bikini clad Pamela Anderson and lifeguarding pal – The Hoff.There are 20 plus beaches to choose from; Manhattan beach (not to be confused with the beach in New York by the same name) has great views of Santa Monica bay and is a favourite with walkers; pocket size El Matador beach is a quieter, romantic spot ideal for couples, and Redondo is the perfect family beach with a long paved path for the kids to bike, skate and run free. 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first_img3. Eat out When hotels throw open their doors for the first time, they often have a few creases to iron out. The swimming pool might not be ready, the hotel might not have its liquor licence or the service might be a bit iffy while new staff learn the ropes. The upside of this is much lower room rates – but only for a limited time. The big chains such as Anantara, Hilton and Alila Hotels & Resorts are always opening new hotels, so make sure you sign up to their mailing lists for special offers. For now, keep an eye on Meliá Hotels. It has two new hotels opening at the end of the year: Desert Palm Polo Club & Resort in Dubai and Sol Marrakech in Morocco. There’s also Chablé Maroma, a jungle-encased beach resort opening in Mexico late 2018, and in 2019 Ace Hotel Kyoto will be welcoming guests. Sometimes you can enjoy five-star pampering for half the cost if you go ‘off-season’. The destination will be less crowded and more relaxed, too. Take, for example, Switzerland in summer. Ok, you might not be able to ski, but you can mountain bike, hike, have a picnic next to a waterfall and relax in some stellar spas. The price differences speak for themselves. A room at the luxurious, art-filled Alpina Gstaad in Switzerland on 11 July costs £398, while in high season (Christmas, New Year and mid-February) you’ll be spending more than £600 a night. Don’t forget to keep the cost of your flights down by using Sksycanner’s flight search tools. Check out our feature Flight booking hacks that can save you cash for tips on how to use them to find the cheapest deals. Related21 cheap countries to visit for a great low cost holidayTravelling the world doesn’t have to cost the earth. We’ve scoured the globe for cheap places to travel, from South Africa to South America, and found 21 beautiful countries to visit on a budget. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a short, cheap holiday in Europe, or planning…Luxe for less: Nine 5-star hotels for under £100Expensive tastes, tight budget? No worries. Using the ‘Price’ and ‘Star Rating’ filters on a Skyscanner search makes it easy to track down hotels where you can treat yourself to a slice of high-end living without breaking the bank. For starters, check out these nine luxe-for-less options around the world.…Top 15 attractions and things to do in Sal, Cape VerdeThe Cape Verde islands, or Cabo Verde (as they’re locally known) truly earn their nickname with the glorious weather, vibrant Creole culture and snow-white beaches of Sal. Throw in a short flight time from the UK (around six hours), and it’s a no-brainer why the island’s becoming one of the… 5. Pivot to a different type of hotel Five-star hotels aren’t just for sleeping. You want to soak up as much of the atmosphere/service/facilities as possible without spending extra, and one of the surest ways to do this is to head to the spa. There’s no need to book an expensive treatment, just wander down in your hotel slippers and enjoy a swim or a spell in the steam room – it won’t cost you a penny. Make the most of the unlimited mineral water/flavoured teas/cookies/dried fruit and fashion magazines in the relaxation areas too – and before you go, slather on some of the free lotions and potions. At the new Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, there’s a large counter of La Prairie testers in the spa’s lobby, plus free SPF50 dispensers in the changing rooms. Everyone loves a five-star hotel. The lush bed linen, the charming white-gloved waiters, the gold sticker holding down the loo roll; it’s hard not to leave such an establishment purring like a cat. Less lovely is the final bill, of course. But there are lots of ways to keep that under control. Here are seven of the best. 7. Fill the minibar with your own treats 2. Travel off-season If it’s ultra-chic design details that turn you on, you needn’t splash out on a five-star hotel. Hipster chains such as Sister City, Mama Shelter and Roam provide dapper digs full of inspiring touches – especially in their buzzing public areas. It’s also worth bearing in mind that some flashy five-star hotels have smaller satellite hotels nearby at more affordable prices. For example, just across the road from the all-singing all-dancing Hotel Faena in Miami (£303 for a night on 7 September) sits Casa Faena, Hotel Faena’s little sister, which has an arty Cuban-style feel and 13 beautiful rooms (£170 on the same night). Finally, don’t overlook the odd luxury B&B – especially if it’s the quality of the bedroom that matters most. Sometimes, they’re more spoiling than a five-star suite. To get more bang for your hotel buck, try a less fashionable destination. As in any business, the price of a five-star hotel room follows the laws of supply and demand, so if you choose Montenegro instead of the Côte d’Azur, or Trieste instead of Venice, you’ll get a better deal. Dreaming of a Californian road trip? For equally amazing coastal highway views, Why not try Cape Cod instead? A night at the Ventana Big Sur on California’s fabled Highway 1 costs £1,225 on 5 September, whereas the same night at the Wequassett Resort & Golf Club (set on Cape Cod’s elbow, above a sheltered beach) can be had for £385. 6. Scan the internet for ‘soft openings’ Steer clear of the hotel’s restaurant (and room service) and you’ll make the final bill more manageable. Instead, research the hotel’s neighbourhood before you arrive, and make a hit-list of more affordable restaurants and cafés – especially ones that are popular with locals. For example, the glittering Four Seasons George V in Paris is home to Le Cinq, one of the city’s best restaurants. It’s a place of pilgrimage for foodies, but its foie gras starter will set you back €85. Meanwhile up the road at the Relais d’Entrecote – a traditional bistro with Parisian-red awnings – starters can be had €6.50. And if you want the luxury that comes from being served by George V’s beautifully-trained staff, why not treat yourself to a pot of tea or a soft drink in the hotel’s La Galerie lounge? It’s the beating heart of the hotel. One of the best things about staying in a five-star hotel is lounging around your room in a dressing gown à la Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. But indulging in snacks from the mini-bar will send your bill skyrocketing. Instead, clear some space in the fridge and store your own shop-bought drinks and snacks. Hey presto: a lavish night in and nothing extra to pay. Bear in mind, however, that some hotels use weighted fridges, which take note if you remove items. So tell reception what you’re going to do, and put the mini-bar items back afterwards. Then check the bill to make sure you haven’t been charged. And one final thing… 4. Make the most of the freebies Published May 2018. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability. 1. Try an alternative destinationlast_img read more

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first_img by Steve Karnowski, The Associated Press Posted Aug 24, 2018 3:34 pm PDT Last Updated Aug 24, 2018 at 8:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this May 19, 2013, file photo, Prince performs at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The family of the late rock star is suing a doctor who prescribed pain pills for him, saying he failed to treat him for opiate addiction and therefore bears responsibility for his death. Prince died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl in 2016. Authorities say Dr. Michael Schulenberg admitted prescribing oxycodone to Prince under his bodyguard’s name to protect Prince’s privacy. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) Prince’s family sues doctor who prescribed him pain pillscenter_img MINNEAPOLIS – The family of the late rock star Prince is suing a doctor who prescribed pain pills for him, saying the doctor failed to treat him for opiate addiction and therefore bears responsibility for his death two years ago, their attorney announced Friday.Prince Rogers Nelson died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl April 15, 2016. Authorities say Dr. Michael Schulenberg admitted prescribing a different opioid to Prince in the days before he died, oxycodone, under his bodyguard’s name to protect the musician’s privacy. Schulenberg has disputed that, although he paid $30,000 to settle a federal civil violation alleging that the drug was prescribed illegally.The lawsuit filed in Hennepin County District Court this week alleges that Schulenberg and others had “an opportunity and duty during the weeks before Prince’s death to diagnose and treat Prince’s opioid addiction, and to prevent his death. They failed to do so.”According to the complaint, which was first reported by ABC News.com , Prince’s family seeks unspecified damages in excess of $50,000.An attorney for Prince’s six surviving siblings said Friday that the new lawsuit will eventually replace a lawsuit they filed in April in Illinois to beat a legal deadline. A week before he died, Prince lost consciousness on a flight home from playing a concert in Atlanta. The plane made an emergency stop in Moline, Illinois, where he was revived at Trinity Medical Center with a drug that reverses opioid overdoses.“Prince lived in Minnesota all his life and passed away here, so we always thought his family’s lawsuit belonged in Minnesota,” attorney John Goetz said in a statement. He said they now have sufficient legal grounds to pursue the lawsuit in Prince’s home state.Schulenberg’s attorney, Paul Peterson, said Friday that they believe the lawsuit has no merit.“We understand this situation has been difficult on everyone close to Mr. Nelson and his fans across the globe,” he said in a statement. “Be that as it may, Dr. Schulenberg stands behind the care that Mr. Nelson received. We intend to defend this case.”Authorities say Prince probably didn’t know he was taking the dangerous drug fentanyl when he took counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl that looked like a generic version of the painkiller Vicodin. The source of those pills remains unknown and no one has been charged in Prince’s death.The lawsuit also names North Memorial Health Care, where Schulenberg worked at the time; UnityPoint Health, which operates the Moline hospital; and Walgreens Co., which operates two drug stores where Prince got prescriptions filled. The earlier lawsuit named only UnityPoint and Walgreens.North Memorial said in a statement that it also stands behind the care Prince received. UnityPoint spokeswoman Vickie Parry said they can’t comment on pending litigation. Walgreens did not immediately return a message seeking comment.“The Minnesota lawsuit is against all parties whom we now believe share legal responsibility for Prince’s death, but it is possible that we will identify and add other parties as we move forward with the case,” Goetz said.last_img read more

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first_img ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” will go with a two-person booth for the upcoming season, with Booger McFarland joining Joe Tessitore.McFarland was a field-level analyst for most of last season before moving upstairs for the final two games. Jason Witten lasted only one season after deciding in February to end his retirement and rejoin the Dallas Cowboys.Network officials reached out to Peyton Manning, with whom ESPN Executive Vice-President Stephanie Druley said they had informal discussions.ESPN had a three-man commentary team last year and struggled at times as Witten tried to make the transition to broadcasting. The ratings did not suffer, though; they were up 8% from 2017.The network also announced Wednesday that Lisa Salters signed a multiyear contract and will return for her eighth season as the sideline reporter.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLJoe Reedy, The Associated Press Tessitore, McFarland return to ESPN ‘Monday Night’ booth AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img by Joe Reedy, The Associated Press Posted May 1, 2019 6:48 am PDTlast_img read more

Tyga arrives at the BET Awards on Sunday June 23

first_img Tyga arrives at the BET Awards on Sunday, June 23, 2019, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) The Latest: BET Awards kick off with Cardi B, Offset AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jun 23, 2019 5:35 pm PDT LOS ANGELES — The Latest on the 2019 BET Awards, which are being presented Sunday at the Microsoft Theater (all times local):5 p.m.The BET Awards kicked off on Sunday with a two-song performance from hip-hop couple Cardi B and her husband Offset.Offset of the hip-hop trio Migos stepped onstage first before being accompanied by his wife on his lap performing the song “Clout.” Cardi B took to stage on her lonesome to perform “Press” on Sunday night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.The show’s host Regina Hall followed their performance with a video skit before going onstage and dancing to the 1998 hit song “Da Butt” with a marching band from Washington, D.C., accompanying her. The “Girls Trip” actress twerked onstage before Taraji P. Henson joined her and began doing the same.Cardi B is the leading nominee with seven.___4:30 p.m.The late Nipsey Hussle will be honoured at the 2019 BET Awards, which will be hosted by Regina Hall and feature performances by Cardi B, Migos and H.E.R.Cardi B is the leading nominee with seven at Sunday night’s show, kicking off at 8 p.m. Eastern from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.Hussle, who was a respected and beloved activist in South Los Angeles, will receive the Humanitarian Award. The rapper was shot to death on March 31 outside his clothing store in what police said was a personal dispute.Hussle will compete with Drake, J. Cole, Travis Scott, Meek Mill and 21 Savage for best male hip-hop artist.Grammy winner Mary J. Blige will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award and media mogul Tyler Perry will earn the Ultimate Icon Award.The Associated Presslast_img read more

President pays tribute to Cypriot mothers

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades paid tribute to Cypriot mothers on the occasion of Mother’s Day through his Facebook account on Sunday.Mother’s Day is celebrated in Cyprus on the second Sunday of May.The president said that the role of women as mothers in today’s society was very complex and demanding as they had to juggle motherhood, a professional career and active involvement in society as well as strive to protect the institution of the family.“Honour, respect and gratitude to all the Cypriot mothers. To women who support and give the institution of family its deepest meaning,” the president said. You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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