first_imgThe Canadian Press VANCOUVER — A pair of unusual armchairs valued at about $40,000 each were taken from a high-end furniture store and Vancouver police are asking for the public’s help in finding them.Police say the chairs were taken during a 3 a.m. break-in at the Lloyd Bruce Home Collections store on May 13.The deco-style, off-white chairs designed by Roberto Cavalli have gold coloured metal arms shaped like snakes.Two male thieves were involved and police say they left in a white, Ford F-150 pickup.Investigators say it’s clear the suspects targeted that particular store specifically to take the chairs.Sgt. Jason Robillard says they hope someone will recognize the unique furniture and call police.last_img

first_imgAPTN National NewsHalf of Canada is covered in boreal forest and each summer thousands of hectares go up in smoke.But if you come back a year later, and if the conditions are right, the burnt forest can become a gold mine.APTN’s Shirley McLean reports “mush rush” fever has returned to the Yukon.last_img

On Friday 7 March, the first major rainstorm of the season caused flooding and destroyed or damaged hundreds of tents in a UNMISS base in Juba. Though the tents were able to be fixed and there were no reports of injured civilians, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and other UN partners are working to develop ways to mitigate the risks of flooding and associated health and safety concerns.“The shelter and non-food relief item humanitarian cluster, co-led by IOM, is currently testing a shelter prototype for the rainy season using sandbags, floor elevation and additional framing materials to fortify existing shelters,” said IOM spokesperson Chris Lom at a press briefing in Geneva. He stressed that the cluster is “also working to decongest displacement sites by identifying space for expansion, and were prepositioning relief supplies in anticipation of logistical constraints caused by flooded roads.”In addition to the threat posed by inclement weather, humanitarian actors continue to face major challenges caused by constant insecurity. Recent fighting in the flashpoint town of Malakal, capital of South Sudan’s Upper Nile state, forced the halt of humanitarian operations for several days and created serious obstacles to delivering aid. According to Corinne Momal-Vanian, Director of the UN Information Service in Geneva, UN-backed talks are currently underway to find a political solution and put an end to the violence.Meanwhile, Tarik Jasarevic, spokesperson for the World Health Organization (WHO), updated reporters on cholera vaccinations. He said that yesterday, the initiative had commenced in a third location – UN House in Juba – with more than 3,300 people receiving the vaccinations. The first round had been completed a week earlier, with more than 65,000 people vaccinated. Mr. Jasarevic explained that cholera vaccinations required two rounds, so all of those people would be revaccinated shortly. Asked whether there had been an actual outbreak of cholera, he said that the operation was of a preventive nature, and it was using an existing stockpile managed by WHO, UNICEF, Medecins sans Frontiers and partners. “Internally displaced persons in UN camps are considered to be at high risk. Fortunately, they were easy to access and easy to re-vaccinate two weeks later,” he said. read more

first_imgA gang of Somali refugees have been jailed for their part in the systematic rape and abuse of teenage girls who were failed by police and told their “lifestyle choices” were to blame for their ordeal.Victims, as young as 14, were given drugs and repeatedly pestered for sex by the men, who were part of a wider gang based in Bristol.Three men – Sakariya Sheikh, 23, Mohammed Dahir, 24, and Abdirashid Abdulahi, 23 – were convicted of 14 charges relating to four girls, following a third trial into the sexual exploitation of vulnerable schoolgirls. 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. Following the publication of the review, Assistant Chief Constable Kay Wozniak of Avon and Somerset Police, said: “We recognise that there were shortcomings. Unfortunately, financial pressures continue not just in Avon and Somerset but across the country.”Jailing Sheikh for 16-years and Dahir and Abdulahi for eight-years each Judge Peter Blair QC told the men: “You have brought shame upon your families and upon yourselves. You are not worthy of very much further attention in this courtroom. “Seven men went on trial accused of 46 charges. Mohammed Ismail Dahir was jailed for eight years by the judgeCredit:SWNS Abdirashid Abdulahi was jailed for eight years The abuse took place in Bristol between 2009 and 2013 The report also found that in some cases the victims were blamed by police for their “lifestyle choices” with one girl being told she had “brought it all on herself” after she reported two rapes. Mohammed Ismail Dahir was jailed for eight years by the judge Abdirashid Abdulahi was jailed for eight yearsCredit:SWNS You have brought shame upon your families and upon yourselves. You are not worthy of very much further attention in this courtroomJudge Peter Blair QC During the trial, jurors heard how a 15-year-old girl was simultaneously raped by Sheikh and another man in March 2013. It takes to 13, the number of men convicted of the “chilling” abuse which occurred in Bristol between 2009 and 2013.But a report into the abuse found that many of the victims had been let down by social services, doctors and the police, whose failure to launch an investigation immediately meant the gang were free to abuse the victims for another six months.A review, commissioned by the Bristol Safeguarding Children Board, revealed a series of shortcomings including by doctors, sexual health services and schools, who failed to notice the abuse. Three were acquitted after the jury failed to reach verdicts and another man was found not guilty of the two charges against him.The trial, codenamed Operation Button, was the third in a series of prosecutions of Somali men for child sexual exploitation and drugs offences.In two earlier trials in 2014, codenamed Operation Brooke, 14 men were jailed for more than 100 years.The three convicted defendants in Operation Button – rapists Sheikh and Abdulahi and Dahir – were also found guilty in Operation Brooke. Our community, a Muslim and black minority ethnic community, in Bristol would like to underline that we sincerely condemn the nature of these crimesSpokesman for the Somali community in Bristol The majority of the offences happened between 2011 and 2012 against girls who had travelled to Bristol by train to meet the men.Speaking after the case, Detective Sergeant Lisa Jones, of Avon and Somerset Police, said the offences had inflicted “long-term pain and torment” on the victims.“These defendants befriended these vulnerable young people who were still at school, grooming and sexually exploiting them.“Their systematic abuse over a number of years slowly eroded their confidence and made them think these crimes were normal behaviour.”In a statement issued through police, the Bristol Somali community said it was “deeply appalled” by the case.“Our deepest sympathy wholeheartedly goes out to the victims and their families who are undoubtedly experiencing extreme pain at the moment,” it said.“Our community, a Muslim and black minority ethnic community, in Bristol would like to underline that we sincerely condemn the nature of these crimes.” The abuse took place in Bristol between 2009 and 2013 Officers dealing with the crimes were also “under extreme pressure” as a consequence of austerity and cuts, the report found.Contraception was dished out to girls as young as 12, who went to their GPs complaining of heavy bleeding, abdominal pains and needing tests for STDs.last_img read more

Police in London have launched their third murder investigation in less than 24 hours after a man in his 30s was stabbed to death in Tower Hamlets.Officers were called just before 2pm on Saturday to reports of an injured man in Alton Street, Poplar.When they arrived at the scene they discovered a man suffering from stab injuries and despite efforts by the police and paramedics, he was declared dead at the scene just over half an hour later.Police said no arrests had been made and inquiries were still ongoing to notify his next of kin. A total of 59 people have been murdered in the capital this year 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. Three men and a woman were later arrested on suspicion of murder and taken to separate south London police stations for questioning. A spokesman for Scotland Yard said officers were retaining an open mind as to the motive.The incident came just hours after two teenagers died in the capital in separate attacks.The first died in the Tooting area of south London after being stabbed at 4.42pm on Friday.Six males aged between 16 and 19 have been arrested on suspicion of murder and were being questioned in connection with the attack.A short time later at 4.54pm, armed police responded to reports of a shooting 15 miles away in Plumstead, South East London.A boy, thought to be in his late teens, was found with critical injuries and died at the scene. There were two fatal stabbings and a shooting in London in less than 24 hours A total of 59 people have been murdered in the capital this yearCredit:PA The deaths take the murder toll to 59 in London this year.In another incident in the early hours of yesterday morning, three men were found with stab and slash injuries following a fight in the Clapham area of south London.The condition of two of the men is unknown, while the third has injuries which are not life-threatening or life-changing.Superintendent Richard Smith, from the South West Command Unit, said: “The events of yesterday afternoon are a stark reminder that carrying a knife can easily result in the taking of someone’s life.”Speaking before news of the latest murder, Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, said: “I am sickened to hear that two young lives have been ended within minutes of each other in Wandsworth and Greenwich.”Our overstretched police are working around the clock to keep Londoners safe. They need our support to end this scourge of violence.”Anybody who has information about what happened either in Wandsworth or Greenwich should do the right thing and call the police.” There were two fatal stabbings and a shooting in London in less than 24 hoursCredit:PA read more

The Slovenian national team coach Veselin Vujovic is coming back to Serbian handball after 12 years. The 57-years old coach will lead Serbian vice-champions RK Zeleznicar Nis, the team who will compete at EHF Cup and SEHA Gazprom League in the upcoming season.Vujovic had an offer from Polish vice-champions Orlen Wisla Plock, but his decision is to try to build something new with the ambitious Serbian team.Promotion of the new coach will be held on Wednesday. RK Zeleznicar NisVeselin Vujović ← Previous Story Lino Cervar is new PPD Zagreb coach Next Story → Viran Morros about move to PSG: I am excited to work with Raul again

first_imgConcern for man missing from Cork since last Friday Matthew Leverett was last seen on Anderson’s Quay in the city a week ago. 8 Comments Image: Garda Press Office Friday 2 Dec 2016, 5:42 PM Image: Garda Press Office 14,118 Views Dec 2nd 2016, 5:42 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share125 Tweet Email2 By Órla Ryan Short URL GARDAÍ IN CORK have asked for the public’s help in finding a 33-year-old man who has been missing for a week.Matthew Leverett was last seen on Friday, 25 November at about 5pm on Anderson’s Quay.He is described as being 5’ 8’’ tall, of slight build, with sandy/blond hair which is currently shaven. He has a distinctive scar over his right eye and speaks with an English accent. When last seen he was wearing a dark coat, blue hooded top, black trousers and brown shoes.Anyone who has seen Matthew or who can assist in locating him is asked to contact Anglesea Street Garda Station on 021 452 2000, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.Read: Elderly woman spends 15 hours on hospital trolleyRead: Enda denies being snubbed by Donald Trumplast_img read more

first_img Finally, Ash Ketchum Is A Pokemon Master‘One Punch Man’ Get A Video Game, Probably Has More Punches Not doing anything in the next couple of weeks this month? Are you a big Go Nagai fan? You’ll definitely want to check out the upcoming screening of Mazinger Z: Infinity when it hits select screens across the U.S. on Sunday, February 11 and Monday, February 12. Viz Media has obtained the theatrical, broadcast, streaming, and home video release via Toei Animation, so we’ll be seeing a whole lot of Mazinger Z in movie form here soon.The movie, which takes place ten years after the end of the original Mazinger Z series, is follows protagonist Koji Kabuto as he pilots the super robot Mazinger Z. After he fought against the evil scientist Dr. Hell and his minions ten years prior to the events of the movie, the world was at peace and enjoyed a brief period where there wasn’t much to worry about. So after leaving his life as a robot pilot behind, Koji himself decided to become a scientist, just like his father and grandfather before him.This movie follows a new tale where something evil is brewing below Mt. Fuji, and surprise — it’s going to need the help of Mazinger Z to put it away again. Thus, Koji’s got to get back to it and pilot Mazinger Z again so they can put this evil back where it came from and good can triumph. And plenty of other stuff happens too, but we wouldn’t want to spoil too much of it, especially for those who haven’t read the manga or watched the series.If you’re interested in seeing the film, you can check out the trailer to get a glimpse of what to expect, but make sure a theater near you is actually hosting the event. All too often my own city gets left out of fun things like this, so check the Fathom Events page to see if you’ll be able to hit one up here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgBayern Munich winger Arjen Robben was pleased to have eased some of the pressure off Niko Kovac following their 5-1 Champions League win over BenficaThe Dutchman handed Bayern a 2-0 lead inside the opening half hour before a Robert Lewandowski double and Franck Ribery’s strike sealed the win for Bayern.Speaking afterwards, Robben expressed his satisfaction with getting his first goals in Europe this season.“My goals were important for the team, but it’s nice to score goals,” Robben told the club website.“We wanted to stand up and turn in a good display, also for the crowd. Big teams do that.“They get up again. We did just that. We’re in a difficult phase. We put into practice what we’d planned, the pace was good, we were solid and compact and staged lots of attacks. ”RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).Reports in Germany have named Robben as one of the four players unhappy with Kovac’s coaching methods.But the 34-year-old insists things are good between himself and Kovac.“Of course we’d have liked to keep a clean sheet, especially for Manuel [Neuer]. But a 5-1 victory is convincing,” added Robben.“It’s what we need. I was pleased for Niko. He’s deserved it. He works his butt off. We work together every day. We have a good relationship.”Bayern will next take a trip to Werder Breman for a Bundesliga match on Saturday.last_img read more

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnListen Now Alaska’s largest Native organization endorses Clinton for president, first endorsement in historyZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageFor the first time, the Alaska Federation of Natives has endorsed a candidate for president — Hillary Clinton.Nikiski residents in limbo after LNG land grabRashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauOver the last two years, the Alaska LNG project bought about 630 acres of land in Nikiski, on the Kenai Peninsula. That’s where the state and its partners hoped to build a giant natural gas liquefaction plant — and over several homes were razed.After five days, Moose Fire nearly half contained Ellen Lockyer, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe Moose Creek fire near Sutton is nearly half contained at 46%, according to fire information officials Wednesday. Fire managers expect to have the blaze fully contained by the weekend.In Anchorage, a Trump supporter keeps the faithZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageTonight we hear from Julie Tisdale of Anchorage. Tisdale is 47, an accountant and a lifelong Alaskan — and she’s an enthusiastic supporter of Donald Trump.Marijuana fees generate funds for student travel in SitkaEmily Kwong, KCAW – SitkaStudent activities in Sitka are getting a boost from the marijuana industry. During their meeting last week, the Assembly approved depositing all money generated from state marijuana licensing fees into a specific fund for student travel sponsored by the school district.Kodiak Police Department chooses new camera model for body-worn camera programKayla Desroches, KMXT – KodiakDays after a superior court judge ordered the release of a body cam video, the Kodiak Police Department suspended its Body-Worn Camera Program, which began in February 2015. However, it wasn’t until this summer that KPD announced the suspension.Master Of Alaska details life of Aleksandr BaranovLori Townsend, Alaska Public Media – Anchoragelast_img read more

first_imgVolkswagen AG’s top U.S. executive is stepping down nearly six months after the German automaker admitted to installing software to allow 5,80,000 diesel U.S. vehicles to emit excess emissions, the company said on Wednesday.Michael Horn, who has been president and chief executive officer of Volkswagen Group of America since 2014, is leaving by mutual agreement “to pursue other opportunities effective immediately,” VW said.Horn, 54, could not immediately be reached. A lawyer for Horn did not immediately return a call seeking comment.The German automaker said on an interim basis, Hinrich J. Woebcken, a former BMW executive who ran global purchasing among other jobs, is filling Horn’s job. In January, VW named Woebcken as head of VW’s North American region, effective April 1.Horn sent an email to employees thanking them for supporting him and for pulling together during the crisis.Horn’s departure comes as VW continues to negotiate with California, the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency on possible fixes or buybacks for the diesel vehicles that emit up to 40 times legally allowable pollution. It faces a March 24 deadline to tell a federal judge whether it has an acceptable fix.A top California official told state lawmakers Tuesday that VW may only be able to mount a partial fix and may have to pay to mitigate the harm caused by allowing vehicles to remain on the road.Volkswagen faces an ongoing Justice Department criminal investigation. The Justice Department sued VW in January seeking up to $46 billion for violating environmental regulations and sent VW a civil subpoena under a bank fraud law.Alan Brown, general manager of Hendrick Volkswagen in Frisco, Texas who is president of the National Volkswagen Dealer Advisory Council, praised Horn’s tenure at VW and said he had talked to Horn over the last three days about his departure. Brown told Reuters Horn had been offered other jobs at Volkswagen outside the United States, but declined to take them.Brown said it was critical VW maintain the strategy of growing U.S. volume and noted dealers have strongly supported the automaker through the crisis.”We are not working out of gas stations any more,” Brown said, noting VW’s about U.S. 650 dealers have invested $1 billion over the last decade in facilities.Brown is flying to Germany on Sunday and staying through Wednesday for meetings with VW executives in the aftermath of Horn’s departure.VW brand U.S. sales are down 14 percent this year after falling 5 percent last year. VW still faces a stop sale on all new diesel vehicles.Brown said it was important VW stick with the business plan it approved to expand U.S. sales by quickly refreshing and redesigning vehicles.U.S. VW dealers “don’t want a handout. They want a chance to win,” Brown said. He said VW should scrap the idea of positioning itself as a “near premium brand” and return to its roots in the 1960s of selling mass market vehicles like the iconic Beetle.Dennis Gaudet, a New Hampshire VW dealer, said Brown was “probably the most popular (head) we’ve had as long as I’ve been a dealer” and added he knew the American market “better than most.”During the initial response to the crisis, Horn was VW’s public face in the United States, apologising days after the scandal became public and testifying before Congress.”Let’s be clear about this: our company was dishonest — with the EPA and the California Air Resources Board — and with all of you. And in my German words: We totally screwed up. We must fix those cars,” Horn said on Sept. 21.In October, Horn told a U.S. House of Representatives panel that VW’s supervisory board and top leadership did not intentionally order the cheating, but said it was the work of a few individuals.Horn told Congress he had no knowledge of the cheating.Horn joined VW in 1990 and held a series of jobs, including VW sales for Europe, before he became CEO based at VW’s U.S. headquarters in Herndon, Virginia following the resignation of his predecessor, Jonathan Browning who abruptly resigned after VW brand sales fell in 2013. Sales fell despite an aggressive plan announced in 2008 by VW to triple sales in 10 years.last_img read more

first_imgKoena MitraFacebook/Koena MitraEver since the reprised version of the hit song ‘O Saki Saki’ was released, there has been no stopping the comparisons with the original version from ‘Musafir’. While many feel that the original song was better, there is a certain section which feels that the song has gained a new life now.Nora Fatehi’s sensuous dance moves coupled with her belly dance steps have created ripples on social media. But the original ‘Saki Saki’ girl, Koena Mitra, is not amused.Koena took to social media to comment on the new song. “My song from Musafir #Saaki Saaki” has been recreated. Sunidhi, Suhwinder, Vishal, Shekhar combination was outstanding. Didn’t like the new version, it’s a mess! This song had crashed many blockbusters! Why batlahouse, why? P. S: Nora is a stunner. Hope she saves our pride,” wrote Koena. Though the actress called the remix a ‘mess’, she praised Nora and hoped she would do justice to the song.Nora too reacted to Koena Mitra’s statement. Nora said in an interview with Mumbai Mirror, “I don’t think it’s really criticism, everyone’s entitled to an opinion and you have to respect that. At the end of the day we are discussing music, which is very subjective. Everyone will not like the same genre or style of music, right?””Personally, I set a benchmark with Dilbar and I have to work towards surpassing it. After that, it’s for the audience to decide if they like you or not. The best part is I am acting in the film Batla House, so my character’s performance to the song O Saki Saki in the film leads up to a very important sequence of events that carries the story forward,” added Nora.Sanjay Dutt also reacted to the remix version and said, “It’s great that these songs are being recreated, it means that they are still popular. It’s a good thing.”Inspired by true events, Batla House stars John Abraham in the lead role.last_img read more

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Listen 00:00 /03:54 Xcenter_img DaikinFactory worker assembles heat pump at Goodman Manufacturing Cooling Facility.Daikin is building a new home for Goodman, and the rest of its U.S. operations, northwest of Houston. Company spokesman Rex Anderson says Daikin is investing $417 million in the new campus, and that means jobs.“The consolidation of the new facility will result in roughly 5,000-plus jobs,” Anderson says. “Now, some of those will be transferring from Houston and from Tennessee in the operations we have today, and many will be new employees.”DaikinArtist’s rendering of Daikin Texas Technology Park, now under construction in Waller, Texas.The campus will import some components from Mexico, but all design, engineering, and final assembly will stay in Texas. It’s an example of how NAFTA can work for a region, instead of against it.“NAFTA’s probably had a larger effect on Houston than any other North American city,” says Peter Rodriguez, dean of the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University. “There are two decades plus of investments in facilities, corporate headquarters and other relationships that would not have been here but for NAFTA.”Click here for more stories on NPR’s “A Nation Engaged” seriesLast year, Greater Houston exported $2.5 billion more in goods and services to Mexico than it imported. Its positive trade balance with Canada came to $4 billion.Horacio Licon is vice president of international investment and trade at the Greater Houston Partnership. He sees a bleak future for the region’s economy if the U.S. were to leave NAFTA.“The port would see less movement, and as you know, the Port of Houston supports something like 1.2 million jobs in Texas. You know, less movement would mean less jobs,” Licon says.Still, there are some local businesses getting the short end of the stick with NAFTA.Prime Eco Group is based in Wharton, 60 miles southwest of Houston. The company makes fluids for use in fracking and oil drilling. Prime Eco is already suffering from the downturn in crude oil prices. CEO Fernando Guzman says Mexico is his top export market. And even with NAFTA, he has to pay a value added tax that drives up the price of his products more than 30 percent. “The barriers that we have found in Mexico, entering in Mexico, are a little bit tougher,” he says.Guzman doesn’t want NAFTA to end, but he does want it revised. That’s why he’s supporting Trump.“He’s going to look at it as a businessman, and he’s going to look at what is the benefit of the United States, really, in all these things,” Guzman said.As for Trump’s threat to pull the U.S. entirely out of NAFTA, Guzman isn’t too worried.“I don’t think he can do that,” Guzman says. “It’s easy to say, but he has to go through the Congress.”But does he? Most experts agree the president does have the power to pull the U.S. out of NAFTA.But maybe there’s one part of the Houston economy that would benefit if the U.S. withdrew from the trade agreement: law firms. They might start suing the federal government on behalf of all the Houston companies that would lose business. Donald Trump met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in Mexico City on Wednesday. One of the main topics of the meeting was the North American Free Trade Agreement, better known as NAFTA. Trump says if he’s elected, he’ll demand Mexico and Canada renegotiate NAFTA in America’s favor. If they refuse, he’ll pull the U.S. out of the trade agreement.When Trump calls NAFTA “a disaster,” he often points to Carrier Corporation. The American company is one of the world’s top manufacturers of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. In February, a Carrier spokesman read out this announcement on the floor of the company’s plant in Indianapolis:Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016“…The best way to stay competitive and protect the business for the long term is to move production from our facility in Indianapolis to Monterrey, Mexico.”Those workers are crying out because all 1,400 of them will soon lose their jobs. That’s the dark side of global trade.Here’s the bright side. Daikin is a Japanese company that also makes HVAC systems. Four years ago, it bought Houston’s Goodman Manufacturing. Goodman builds air conditioning equipment at plants like this one west of the Heights.last_img read more

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Rachel Weisz has contributed to the conversation around straight actors playing LGBTI roles, saying storytelling is ‘about becoming and representing someone else.’ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) INTERVIEW: Disobedience’s Rachel Weisz – ‘So far, the lesbian women I’ve spoken to have been really moved’Disobedience is one of the most authentic and sensual queer love storiesWATCH: Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams play forbidden lovers in trailerRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : ‘I’m not anyone that I play, otherwise I’d just be in a documentary’In an interview to be published in full tomorrow, Rachel furthermore discusses the idea of storytelling, referencing Disobedience’s director Sebastian Lelio.Lelio’s movie A Fantastic Woman – about a trans woman in Santiago, starring trans actress Daniela Vega – of course won the 2018 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.‘Sebastian isn’t a gay woman,’ points out Rachel, who recently announced she is pregnant with her second child. ‘He has a trans woman play a trans woman in A Fantastic Woman, [but] he’s said he’s allowed to be disobedient and cast who he wants, I guess.‘I don’t know what to say beyond that. It’s about becoming and representing someone else. I’m not anyone that I play, otherwise I’d just be in a documentary.’Disobedience, which also features Mean Girls star Rachel McAdams,  goes on general release in the US tomorrow [27 April]. It hits the UK on 28 September.The movie is currently certified 86% ‘Fresh’ on Rotten Tomatoes.[embedded content]Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The Oscar winner was speaking to Gay Star News ahead of the release of her new movie Disobedience, which explores a lesbian romance in London’s Orthodox Jewish community.‘I wanted to tell this story and represent it; I see my task as not to tell the story I’ve lived,’ said the star.‘When I played Blanche DuBois on the stage, I’m not an alcoholic. And I’m not interested in sleeping with teenage boys! But that’s the character. So I see storytelling as me becoming people that I’m not.’Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz in Disobedience | Photo: Disobedience Rachel Weisz at the Tribeca Film Festival this week | Photo: Bleecker Streetlast_img read more

first_img The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Related Content “In the field of prostate radiotherapy, the rectum dose reduction seen in this trial is unprecedented,” said Richard Hudes, M.D., of Chesapeake Urology and a study investigator. “This new ability to safely reduce rectum radiation may enable advanced protocols, like prostate stereotactic body radiation therapy, resulting in significant cost savings, as well as in prostate dose escalation, potentially decreasing cancer recurrence.”Historically, because the prostate lies next to the rectal wall, the rectum has been defined as the organ at risk (OAR) in men undergoing prostate radiation treatment. This close proximity means that small errors in patient positioning or movement during radiation delivery can lead to inadvertent rectal radiation, potentially resulting in long-lasting rectal toxicity (complications) like diarrhea, bleeding and pain.The SpaceOAR System was developed to minimize the risk of rectal damage during prostate radiotherapy. It is a soft, gel-like material that temporarily moves the rectum away from the prostate during a course of radiotherapy, thus reducing the likelihood of rectum radiation injury.”Spacer application in the study was well tolerated, the gel lasted through radiation treatment and was shown to completely absorb, leaving nothing behind,” said Lawrence Karsh, M.D., a study investigator from The Urology Center of Colorado in Denver. “From the urologist perspective, a product that reduces the complications in patients selecting prostate radiotherapy is a tremendous advance that should be considered when patients are weighing treatment options.”The SpaceOAR System is also CE marked and TGA approved.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | June 22, 2015 SpaceOAR Prostate-Rectum Spacing System Clinical Trial Shows Positive Results Results indicate 73 percent relative reduction in rectal radiation dose during prostate radiotherapy News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more June 22, 2015 – Augmenix Inc. announced the publication of the 222-patient pivotal study designed to evaluate safety and efficacy of the SpaceOAR System in men undergoing prostate radiotherapy. By creating space between the prostate and rectum, the SpaceOAR System is intended to reduce the radiation dose delivered to the rectum during prostate radiotherapy. The favorable results from the multi-center, randomized, single-blind study led to the April 1, 2015, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance of the SpaceOAR System.Electronically published in International Journal of Radiation Oncology”¢Biology”¢Physics (Red Journal), the official journal of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO), the study demonstrated product safety and effectiveness. Spacer application was well tolerated by patients, and on average increased prostate-rectum space from 1.6mm to 12.6mm. This extra space reduced the average rectal V70 radiation dose (percent of rectum volume receiving 70 Gray radiation) from 12.4 percent to 3.3 percent, a 73 percent relative decline compared to the control group (no spacer). This decreased radiation led to additional key patient benefits compared to the control group, including:Reduced reports of rectal pain during radiation treatment by 76 percent;Reduction in rectal toxicity by 71 percent in the year following radiotherapy;Reduction in percent of patients experiencing significant declines in bowel quality of life by 46 percent, as measured one year following radiotherapy. 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first_imgThere is nothing as titillating as a celebrity sighting, and when English actor Dominic Monaghan arrived at Juan Santamaría International Airport last Friday at 9 a.m., La Nación was quick to report it. According to the Costa Rican daily, Monaghan was spotted at the Hotel Presidente and charmed some passersby en route. He has visited the country at least twice before, in 2005 and 2006. Having spent enormous chunks of his life filming in New Zealand and Hawaii, he will likely feel at home in an intimate tropical country.The question lingers: Why is the 36-year-old actor, best known as the drug-addled rockstar in “Lost” and the merry Hobbit Merry in “Lord of the Rings,” hanging out in San José? According to IMDB, both his latest films, “Deep Burial” and “Molly Moon: The Incredible Hypnotist,” are in post-production, so shooting a movie is doubtful. According to past interviews, Monaghan’s brother lives in Costa Rica, so perhaps it’s a fraternal visit. Or maybe he just wants to catch the beaches in the low season?We can only hope he enjoys himself and doesn’t end up stranded on a time-traveling Pacific island on the way back. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

first_imgHONG KONG (AP) – Hong Kong customs officers announced Friday that they have made the city’s biggest ever cocaine bust, seizing 649 kilograms (1,430 pounds) of the drug worth 76 million Hong Kong dollars ($98 million).The drugs were in a shipping container that arrived at Hong Kong’s port from Ecuador, said John Lee, head of the Customs Drug Investigation Bureau. He said he believed most of the shipment was destined for Southeast Asia or mainland China. Sponsored Stories Quick workouts for men The container was one of a batch that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration had flagged to Hong Kong officials for further inspection. Customs officers discovered the drugs after they followed the shipment when it was driven Wednesday from the port to a collection point in Hong Kong’s rural New Territories, where it was picked up by two men that authorities believe are members of a local drug syndicate.When they inspected the shipment, officers found 541 bricks of cocaine, each weighing about 1.2 kilograms, hidden in a shipment of laurel wood.The driver and the two men were arrested.Lee said Hong Kong’s customs department has been working with the DEA and South American law enforcement agencies this year to combat drug trafficking.The seizure tops a haul last year of 560 kilograms of cocaine worth about $77 million found in a suburban warehouse. Five Mexicans and a Colombian were among the eight people arrested in that case.On Tuesday, customs officers arrested a man arriving at the airport from Sao Paulo, Brazil, after they discovered 1.9 kilograms of cocaine hidden in specially made underwear and shoes he was wearing.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments   Share   center_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths The vital role family plays in societylast_img read more

first_imgAssociated PressRAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) – After bitter rival Hamas held its own in a fierce battle with Israel, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has no choice but to override U.S. objections and seek U.N. recognition of a state of Palestine next week, his aides said Friday.But even such recognition, likely to be granted, may not be enough for the Western-backed backed proponent of non-violence and a peace deal with Israel to stay relevant and counter the soaring popularity of Gaza’s Hamas militants. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Many Palestinians consider Hamas the victor because Israel chose not to send ground troops to Gaza, even after the Islamists fired hundreds of rockets at the Jewish state, including several toward Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, crossing what many had assumed was an Israeli red line.Israel said it achieved its main objective, halting rocket fire from Gaza, but as part of Egypt’s cease-fire deal also agreed to consider easing Gaza border restrictions.The message being heard by many West Bankers is that Hamas’ violent ways produce results and that Abbas’ approach of non-violence and negotiations has failed.Khatib, who returned to academia after his government job, said that at his Bir Zeit University in the West Bank, there are signs of growing radicalization among student activists of Abbas’ Fatah movement.Fatah gunmen had been involved in clashes with Israeli troops during the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising, a decade ago, but Abbas got them off the streets and into security jobs after becoming president in 2005.The Facebook page of the Fatah youth movement, Shabibah, this week posted a picture of a Tel Aviv bus bombing that wounded several Israelis, with the caption “Fatah was here,” though a Hamas activist was later arrested as a suspect. Palestine is far from being established, but U.N. recognition would affirm its future borders and enable the Palestinians to join U.N. organizations. Israel, backed by the Obama administration, opposes the U.N. bid as an attempt to bypass negotiations.Abbas says he’s willing to resume talks once the 1967 borders have been recognized as the baseline, something hardline Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refuses to do. Israel, while willing to cede some land, says it will not withdraw to the 1967 lines, and has instead moved half a million Israelis into settlements on war-won land.Earlier this week, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton again urged Abbas in a meeting at his West Bank headquarters to drop the U.N. plan, said Abbas aide Saeb Erekat.However, Abbas, widely known as Abu Mazen, told Clinton and other recent visitors, including the French and German foreign ministers, that he is determined to move ahead.Israel’s Gaza offensive “actually pushed Abu Mazen to go to the U.N.,” Erekat said.Erekat accused Netanyahu of systematically undermining the Palestinian Authority in order to keep his grip on the West Bank, while trying to push Gaza closer to Egypt. The West Bank and Gaza lie on opposite sides of Israel which has prevented virtually all travel and trade between the two territories. Comments   Share   center_img Abbas _ formally the leader of all Palestinians but only in charge in parts of the West Bank _ was in trouble even before being relegated to the role of spectator as Israel and Hamas fought for eight days, starting Nov. 14, then negotiated a truce with the help of Egypt that could lead to easing Israel’s long-standing Gaza border blockade.By comparison, years of effort by Abbas to negotiate the terms of a Palestinian state with Israel have led nowhere.His West Bank government has been buckling under the worst cash crisis in its 18-year existence, sparking widespread domestic discontent. And Hamas, which seized Gaza from Abbas in 2007, emerged from regional isolation after the Arab Spring uprisings brought its parent movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, to power in key countries, including Egypt.The Gaza fighting sharpened trends already evident before, said analyst Nathan Thrall of the International Crisis Group think tank. “Abbas was truly isolated before this, and this (Gaza) conflict looks like a disaster for him,” he said.Abbas had hoped the U.N. bid will allow him to seize the initiative after years of diplomatic paralysis. Under the plan, the U.N. General Assembly would approve “Palestine” _ made up of the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem, areas Israel captured in 1967 _ as a non-member observer state. Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement “To stop this strategy, the only avenue is to go to the U.N., and place Palestine as a geographic entity, as a state,” Erekat said.Abbas is seeking the U.N. vote next Thursday and is expected to win the needed simple majority of those present, his aides say. The Palestinians can count on support from Arab, Muslim and many developing and non-aligned countries. They have been courting European Union member states, many of them skeptical, but it’s not clear if they’ve made inroads there.Hana Amireh, a PLO official in the West Bank, said he believes Abbas will get some sympathy votes after the Gaza fighting, with the international community increasingly aware of his precarious situation. “What happened in Gaza will convince more countries in the world to support us at the U.N.,” he said.However, others say Hamas’ battle with Israel has diverted attention from what Abbas had hoped would restore some of his political legitimacy. “This bid is going to be politically and PR-wise less rewarding because of the Gaza war,” said Ghassan Khatib, until recently the Palestinian Authority spokesman.The fallout from the fighting is also troubling for Abbas in other ways. Among younger Fatah activists, there are also growing misgivings over Abbas’ security coordination with Israel in the West Bank, meant to keep a lid on Hamas.Abbas has been one of the most outspoken opponents of violence, telling an Israeli TV audience this month that “there is no justification for rocket fire from Gaza or anywhere else.”But with Hamas celebrating victory in Gaza, the militants are now pushing back against Abbas’ crackdown on them in the West Bank.Hundreds of Hamas supporters took to the streets on Friday, defiantly raising their movement’s green flags, a rare sight in recent years. In Ramallah, Abbas’ seat of government, some 300 Hamas supporters marched in the streets, chanting, “Resistance has won.”___Laub reported from Gaza City, Gaza Strip.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 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first_img Share Fannie Mae Weighs in on Housing and Economy Economy ESR Fannie Mae homes HOUSING 2018-08-16 Alison Rich August 16, 2018 593 Views center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Signaling more change in a positive direction, the Fannie Mae Economic and Strategic Research (ESR) Group recalibrated its full-year 2018 economic growth forecast to 3 percent—up from 2.8 percent in the previous report. The group based its revision on expectations that third- and fourth-quarter inventory restocking will offset ebbing consumer spending growth and a drop in net exports, so details its August 2018 Economic and Housing Outlook. Echoing previous reports, the ESR Group also pointed to trade policy as a primary source of downside risk. It maintained that loosening fiscal policy impacts and tightening monetary policy are key parts of its 2.3 percent growth projection for 2019.“Breakneck headline growth in the second quarter disguised a detail largely responsible for the latest upward revision to our full-year growth forecast: a need to restock declining business inventories, which we expect will support greater growth amid weakness elsewhere,” said Fannie Mae Chief Economist Doug Duncan. The sole sector throwing a wrench in the works? It’s housing, Duncan said. “Housing continues to drag on growth due to lackluster homebuilding activity, home sales, and brokers’ commissions; and its overall weakness likely reflects continuing inventory shortages, rather than a decline in demand,” he said. For the fourth time in five quarters, residential investment chipped away at growth as housing activity lost steam across the board. Crimped supply continued to support home price hikes while helping block affordability, the ESR Group reported.In the face of recent evidence that consumers might have bigger savings cushions to support future spending than formerly thought, the ESR Group also predicts that real consumer spending growth will ease off in Q3. As expected, government spending showed a strong increase in Q2, mirroring budget-related legislation, it says. But outside of any new stimulus, spending’s effect on growth should start waning in 2019, the group notes. Additionally, after last quarter’s dash by international firms to “pull forward” U.S. imports in advance of previously announced tariffs, the ESR Group believes that trade will return to its previous status as an impediment on growth. This reflects both an about-face of last quarter’s surge and the negative ramifications of the strengthening dollar, it explains.last_img read more

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