Body recovered on Middle Caicos

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMiddle Caicos, TCI, February 13, 2017 – On Friday 10th February 2017 around 12:30pm, Police Officers and DDME personnel (Department of Disaster Management & Emergencies) have successfully recovered the body of 32-year-old John McGurk of St. Louis whose lifeless body was discovered on the rock above the shore on Middle Caicos. He was pronounced dead at 1:30pm by Dr. Camelia Clarke.John McGurk arrived on the island of Middle Caicos on Monday 6th February 2017 and checked in at a hotel around 2pm.  Management of the hotel who have not seen him since the check in date, file a report to the police on Wednesday 8th February 2017 at 9:12pm.  As a result, a search was launched.On Thursday 9th February 2017 around 8:40am, his body was found in an area not too far from the hotel.  The body is presently on Providenciales, awaiting an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.Further updates will be given once received.Press Release: RTCIPF#MagneticMediaNews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meetinglast_img read more

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Uber Lyft driver caravan lands in California capital demanding a living wage

first_img Tags San Francisco joins the fight to make Uber and Lyft drivers employees Uber and Lyft drivers protest for better working conditions Uber and Lyft drivers protested in front of Uber’s headquarters in downtown San Francisco last month. James Martin/CNET A caravan of Uber and Lyft drivers concluded their journey on Wednesday in Sacramento, California, with one message to state lawmakers: pass Assembly Bill 5.The proposed state law could allow for drivers to be classified as employees, rather than independent contractors, which advocates say would give them more worker protections, including overtime, minimum wage and the right to unionize.”We’re simply asking these billion-dollar corporations to do what we expect the mom and pop pizza parlor on the street to do — pay their workers fairly and give them the right to organize,” Lorena Gonzalez, the state assembly member who introduced AB 5, said at a rally in front of capitol in Sacramento. The caravan of dozens of drivers started its 500-mile-long pilgrimage in Los Angeles on Monday. Before arriving in Sacramento, it stopped in downtown San Francisco on Tuesday to protest in front of Uber’s headquarters. The group was joined by Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. “I’m here because where I come from, ‘gig’ is another word for ‘job,'” Buttigieg said at the protest. “If you’re working a gig that means you ought to be protected as a worker.”Three other Democratic presidential candidates — Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren — have also lined up behind AB 5. Currently, Uber and Lyft drivers are classified as independent contractors, sometimes referred to as gig-workers, which means they don’t get benefits including Social Security, health insurance, paid sick days and overtime. Many drivers say this system has led to exploitation. They say they’ve seen lower pay, higher costs and longer working hours as the cost of living has risen over the years. Uber and Lyft say, however, that this system gives drivers flexibility. “What we repeatedly hear from drivers is what they value most about Uber is the flexibility to work whenever, wherever, and for whom they choose,” an Uber spokesman said. “We believe that independent, on-demand workers should not have to sacrifice security to enjoy that flexibility.”The two companies have been actively working to defeat AB 5 as it’s currently written. If their drivers are required to be classified as employees, Uber and Lyft will have to rework their business models. That could mean they’d have to manage a workforce of tens of thousands of drivers in California.The Uber spokesman said the company is working with “stakeholders” on an alternative model that would give drivers a minimum earnings guarantee, a package of “portable benefits” that could be used no matter what company drivers work for and “meaningful representation” that gives drivers more of a say within the company. A Lyft spokesman said Lyft is working on the same alternatives.”Lyft is advocating for an approach in line with the interests of our drivers, by modernizing century-old labor laws that make it difficult to provide both flexibility and benefits,” a Lyft spokesman said.In a rare showing of cooperation, Uber and Lyft have banded together over the issue. The CEOs of both companies wrote a joint op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle in June saying they wanted to work with the state to allow drivers to remain independent contractors. And they’ve sent messages to all California drivers saying that if they’re classified as employees, they could lose their flexible work schedules. On Wednesday afternoon, Lyft sent an email blast to its customers with the subject line, “Act now to protect rideshare in California.” The email said AB 5 could “significantly impact the way Lyft operates in California” and encouraged people to call California Governor Gavin Newsom and urge him to “fix” AB 5.”AB 5 may require Lyft to make all drivers employees, which the majority of drivers have said they do not want, and might lead to hundreds of thousands of fewer rideshare drivers,” the email read. “As a result, you could pay more, wait longer, or risk losing reliable access to rideshare altogether.”  Post a comment Share your voice 0center_img Related stories The messages that Uber and Lyft are sending to both drivers and customers are part of a “misinformation campaign,” say Mobile Workers Alliance and Gig Workers Rising, which are supporters of AB 5 and organizers of the caravan. Some drivers also say the two companies aren’t playing fair.”Uber and Lyft claim that they care about the drivers and that they want to talk to us, but it’s hard to have a conversation when somebody with all the resources in the world is doing everything they can to stand on your neck,” Uber driver Ramon Gonzalez said in a statement. “Uber and Lyft need to play by the same rules as everyone else.”AB 5 passed the California State Assembly on May 29 in a 53 to 11 vote. The State Senate is expected to vote on the bill next month. Mobile Tech Industry Roadshow Lyft Uberlast_img read more

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Moneyfront claims to have 1100 MF investors using its robo advisory

first_imgArtificial intelligence (AI), often seen as a threat to jobs at IT companies, now poses a challenge to lakhs of mutual fund (MF) advisors, since they have a competitor in the name of Moneyfront, a portal that offers robo-based advice to investors. The potential is huge, considering that there were about 54 million MF folios belonging to about 15 million investors as of January 31, 2017.Read: Mutual fund January 2017 trends and statisticsCo-founded by Mohit Gang, Anil Bang and Puneet Mehta last year, Moneyfront claims to have 1,100 clients within a span of less than a month of launch.It is estimated that out of the approximate Rs 17.37 lakh crore assets under management (AUMs) of India’s 42 MF houses, almost a third has been invested via the direct-plan route. [A direct plan is one which is bought without the services of intermediaries who charge a commission].Moneyfront, which launched its robo-based advisory last month, is offering services free to investors for six months after registration (before March 31, 2017), post which they will have to pay a fee of Rs 1,200 per year.”Our focus markets at present are Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata. We will be looking at newer regions in the upcoming quarters,” Gang, who is also the CEO of the portal, said.Moneyfront offers investors facilities such as “comprehensive database of news, views, statistics and model portfolios” and manage investments easily.last_img read more

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Siddhant Chaturvedi Vijay Varma Sayani Gupta Standout performers in Bollywoods first half

first_imgSiddhant Chaturvedi, Sayani Gupta, Vijay VermaPR HandoutEvery year Bollywood churns out multiple talents through medium of films and web series. Each year several unexpected actors register some amazing work and become the talk of the town with their incredible scene stealing performances. Let’s look into the list of actors who despite strong leads or other strong performers on screen with them, stood out with their incredible portrayal of their roles and aced their acting chops!Siddhant Chaturvedi PR HandoutThe young actor Siddhant Chaturvedi started off his acting career with the web show Inside Edge on Amazon Prime Video. After appearing briefly in multiple commercial ads Siddhant made his presence felt with his first film Gully Boy. His character of MC Sher a rapper was one of the most loved character in the film. Siddhant played the role brilliantly and registered himself as one of the scene stealer in the film. Siddhant will seen next in two action films which was recently announced.Rasika Dugal PR HandoutActress Rasika Dugal raised the bar of her acting prowess with the film Hamid released this year. After being in the industry for more than a decade she got her due with the film Hamid where she played the role of Half Widow Kashmiri woman. Her camaraderie with her young son in the film takes away your heart. Rasika is one of the finest actresses we have in Bollywood who perfectly suits the title scene stealer with every performances she is bringing in forth.Vijay Varma PR HandoutActor Vijay Varma, an FTII graduate had a very humble start in Bollywood with his first film Chittagong released in 2012. After being seen in supporting roles since his first films his major breakthrough came only in 2019 with Zoya Akhtar’s film Gully Boy. Vijay played the character of Moeen which had a journey of his own going from shade to shade, which is of great importance in the film. The audience and the critics loved and appreciated his performance unanimously and became one of the scene stealers post the release of the film. His performance not only earned him rave reviews but it also helped him bagging two more projects one after the other. Mira Nair’s A Suitable Boy for BBC and a film Hurdang as one of the lead actors.Abhimanyu Dassani PR HandoutThe young actor Abhimanyu Dassani made his debut with the Vasan Bala’s film Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota. The son of actress Bhagyashree sure knows his acting skills which was clearly seen in his debut film. Abhimanyu also possess an incredible talent of martial arts skill on which the entire film was based. He rose to scene stealer of the film even after having brilliant actors like Gulshan Devaiah and Radika Madan in the film.Sayani Gupta PR HandoutActress and Model Sayani Gupta has always delivered some brilliant performances whenever seen onscreen. Her recent film Article 15 saw her in a non glamorous avatar belonging to a low caste tribe was simply unbelievable. She brought the character to standout as though she lived the character while performing. Having a stellar cast in the film like Ayushmann Khurrana, Kumud Mishra, Manoj Pahwa amongst many others, Sayani was a scene stealer in the film with her impeccable performance.last_img read more

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Zimbabwe president Mnangagwa Mugabes nemesis

first_imgZimbabwe president Emmerson Mnangagwa greets supporters of his ruling ZANU PF party gather for an election rally in Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe on 17 July. Photo: ReutersPresident Emmerson Mnangagwa is a military-backed veteran hardliner who outmanoeuvred Robert Mugabe and who now promises a fresh start for Zimbabwe.Monday’s election offers Mnangagwa-nicknamed “The Crocodile”-the precious chance of legitimacy after he was appointed president with the generals’ support when Mugabe was ousted last November.It was his battle to secure the top job ahead of Mugabe’s wife Grace that triggered the crisis that finally toppled the long-serving president.When Mnangagwa, 75, was dismissed as vice president by Mugabe, it looked like he lost out to the first lady.In fear of his life he made a dramatic escape across the border to Mozambique.His son, who was with him, described Mnangagwa sitting at a bus stop wearing a dusty suit and tattered shoes after a nighttime mountain trek into Mozambique. He had no belongings except a briefcase full of dollars.But the situation turned on its head within weeks when the military chiefs launched a brief takeover and Mnangagwa emerged as their chosen successor.With the nation still reeling from Mugabe’s demise, Manangagwa made a triumphant return home and was sworn in as president after ZANU-PF lawmakers swung behind him.“I never thought he whom I have nurtured, brought into government… that one day he would turn against me,” said a mournful Mugabe afterwards.Mugabe’s closest ally?Mnangagwa’s rise to the presidency came after decades of working closely with Mugabe since Zimbabwe won independence from Britain in 1980.He held a string of cabinet positions-but relations between him and Mugabe were not always easy.In 2004, he lost his post as administrative secretary in the ruling ZANU-PF after being accused of angling for the post of vice president.But he was soon back in favour, and in 2008 served as head of Mugabe’s election campaign.Mugabe lost the first round vote, and Mnangagwa allegedly supervised the wave of violence and intimidation that forced the opposition to pull out of the run-off vote.He was targeted by EU and US sanctions, and handed control of the powerful defence ministry in the troubled power-sharing government formed in 2009 before becoming vice president in 2014.On the campaign trail, Mnangagwa has stuck to his oft-repeated pledge to revive the moribund economy, tackle the chronic mass unemployment, re-engage with the West and attract foreign investment.“We have opened Zimbabwe to investors,” he told one recent rally. “We are now standing on the dawn of a new Zimbabwe our children will be proud of.”Since taking office, he wears a striped scarf in Zimbabwe’s national colours at almost public appearances, and has tried to fashion himself as a down-to-earth politician.The target of several apparent assassination attempts in his life, Mnangagwa’s electioneering was almost ended by a blast at a rally in June that killed two people as he left the podium.Massacres allegationHe also nearly died last year after allegedly eating poisoned ice cream made by his archrival Grace Mugabe’s dairy, and was urgently flown to neighbouring South Africa for emergency treatment.Laconic and thick-set, he describes himself as a born-again Christian, believes there is some role for evicted white farmers in the new Zimbabwe, and says he abstains from alcohol for six months each year.Born in 1942, Mnangagwa completed his early education in Zimbabwe before his family relocated to neighbouring Zambia.In 1966, he joined the struggle for independence from British colonial rule, becoming one of the young combatants who helped direct the war after undergoing training in China and Egypt.His “Crocodile” nickname can be traced back to his ferocious “Crocodile Gang” guerrilla unit in the conflict.After blowing up a train, he was arrested in 1964 and sentenced to death, later commuted to 10 years in prison because of his young age-leaving him a life-long vocal opponent of the death penalty.Following independence in 1980, he allegedly was partially responsible for a brutal crackdown on opposition supporters that claimed thousands of lives in the Matabeleland and Midlands provinces.The Gukurahundi massacres remain the biggest stain on his reputation.Since coming to power, he has brushed off calls to apologise and questioned the 20,000 death toll estimate, though he said he had already set up a commission to address the allegations.“What has happened has happened,” he said, admitting it was “a bad patch” in Zimbabwe’s history.last_img read more

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Faint outburst of an accreting millisecond Xray pulsar observed by astronomers

first_img Explore further Millisecond pulsars are neutron stars that rotate hundreds of times per second. They play an important role in understanding the evolution of neutron stars and the equation of states of condensed matter, and can also be used to detect low-frequency gravitational waves. Accreting millisecond X-ray pulsars (AMXP) are a peculiar type of X-ray pulsars in which short spin periods are caused by long-lasting mass transfer from a low-mass companion star through an accretion disc onto a slow-rotating neutron star. They are perceived by the scientific community as astrophysical laboratories that could be essential to our understanding of thermonuclear burst processes. To date, only 21 AMXPs have been detected. One of them is SAX J1748.9-2021 located in the globular cluster NGC 6440, some 28,000 light years away from the Earth. It was discovered in 1998 by the BeppoSAX X-ray astronomy satellite, during its first recorded outburst. Subsequent outbursts occurred in 2001, 2005, 2010 and 2015.Now, a team of astronomers led by Fabio Pintore of the Institute of Space Astrophysics and Cosmic Physics in Milan, Italy, has detected the sixth outburst of this pulsar. The detection was made using the Monitor of All-sky X-ray Image (MAXI) onboard the International Space Station. Follow-up observations of this event were conducted with NASA’s Swift and NuSTAR spacecraft, together with ESA’s INTEGRAL and XMM-Newton space telescopes.”In 2017, SAX J1748.9-2021 underwent its sixth outburst. The event was firstly detected by MAXI/GSC on September 29 and then observed by Swift/XRT, INTEGRAL, XMM-Newton and NuSTAR,” the researchers wrote in the paper.Observations carried out by Pintore’s team show that the newly observed outburst lasted about 13 days and showcased an exponential decay with e-folding decay time of approximately four days. Lightcurve obtained by MAXI indicates that the pulsar reached the peak of the outburst between October 4 and 5.According to the study, the 2017 outburst reached a 0.3–70 keV unabsorbed peak luminosity of around 3.0 undecillion erg/s. This is the weakest outburst out of all such events recorded so far. Moreover, it is also the shortest outburst to date as previous explosions lasted usually about 30 days.Furthermore, the researchers found that spectral properties of SAX J1748.9-2021 determined by recent observations, including an electron temperature of about 20 keV, a photon index of approximately 1.6–1.7 keV and seed photon temperature of 0.44 keV, suggest that the pulsar was observed in the so-called “hard” state. This state is characterized by the combination of a thermal soft component (temperatures below 2 keV), a dominating Comptonizating component with electrons in an optically thin hot plasma with temperatures between 20 and 50 keV, and in some cases of a third thermal continuum component likely produced by the surface of a neutron star. More information: A faint outburst of the accreting millisecond X-ray pulsar SAX J1748.9-2021 in NGC 6440, arXiv:1806.10944 [astro-ph.HE] arxiv.org/abs/1806.10944AbstractSAX J1748.9-2021 is an accreting X-ray millisecond pulsar observed in outburst five times since its discovery in 1998. In early October 2017, the source started its sixth outburst, which lasted only ~13 days, significantly shorter than the typical 30 days duration of the previous outbursts. It reached a 0.3-70 keV unabsorbed peak luminosity of ∼3×1036 erg/s. This is the weakest outburst ever reported for this source to date. We analyzed almost simultaneous XMM-Newton, NuSTAR and INTEGRAL observations taken during the decaying phase of its 2017 outburst. We found that the spectral properties of SAX J1748.9-2021 are consistent with an absorbed Comptonization plus a blackbody component. The former, characterized by an electron temperature of ~20 keV, a photon index of ~1.6-1.7 keV and seed photon temperature of 0.44 keV, can be associated to a hot corona or the accretion column, while the latter is more likely originating from the neutron star surface (kTbb∼0.6 keV, Rbb∼2.5 km). These findings suggest that SAX J1748.9-2021 was observed in a hard spectral state, as it is typically the case for accreting millisecond pulsars in outburst. New accreting millisecond X-ray pulsar discovered Background subtracted 0.3–10 keV Swift-XRT lightcurve (starting from the beginning of the outburst as reported by MAXI), where red arrows are 3σ upper limits; the XMM-Newton and NuSTAR observations have been taken at MJD 58035 (cyan circle) and 58037 (orange circle), respectively. INTEGRAL observations were taken in the epochs inside the grey boxes. Credit: Pintore et al., 2018. © 2018 Phys.org European astronomers have spotted a new outburst of the accreting millisecond X-ray pulsar designated SAX J1748.9-2021. The outburst, which started on September 29, 2017, is fainter and shorter than previous outbursts of this pulsar. The discovery is reported in a paper published June 28 on arXiv.org. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Faint outburst of an accreting millisecond X-ray pulsar observed by astronomers (2018, July 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-faint-outburst-accreting-millisecond-x-ray.htmllast_img read more

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Of silk and silk makers

first_imgThe Indian Silk Export Promotion Council, ( Set-up by Ministry of Textiles, Government of India) has  conducted  the “Annual Export Award Function on Silk  Exports” on  December 8 at the Vigyan Bhawan, in the Capitals.  The Function was chaired by Atul Kumar Gupta Chairman ISEPC, while the Committee of Administration ISEPC will be the host of the function.The Awardees of the function were Indian Silk Manufacturers  and Exporters from all over India, mainly from Silk Product and Silk yarns  producing regions, Like, Bangalore, Varanasi, Kolkata, North-East States, Chennai, Bhagalpur, New Delhi, Noida, Srinagar (J and K), Farrukhabad, and Mumbai. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’There are various award categories, like Silk Fabrics, Silk Garments, Silk Made-ups, Silk Carpets, Silk Sarees and Silk Over-alls. The Awards were presented for the Indian Silk export for the year 2013-2014.The cultivation and promotion of Indian Silk, Silk Products  and Sericulture plays a major role in uplifting the livelihood of millions of Indian population who are living in various parts of  rural India, it is instrumental not only generates employments but it is also a major contributors in earning foreign exchange for the national exchequer. Organising such  annual awards functions are aimed to encourage Indian manufacturers and exporters of Indian Silk to produce quality silk products , promote and provide employments to more and more peoples of this country.last_img read more

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Apple files appeal on iPhone sales ban in China

first_imgApple is appealing a decision that bans certain iPhone models from being sold in China.As reported by CNBC, the tech giant filed an appeal on Monday, after San Diego-based chipmaker Qualcomm was granted multiple injunctions against Apple’s Chinese subsidiaries earlier that day.It means Apple is prohibited from selling the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X domestically in China. Qualcomm claims that Apple infringed on two of its patents. The patents relate to features which allow users to adjust and reformat the size and appearance of photographs, and to manage applications using a touch screen when viewing, navigating and dismissing apps on their phones.“Apple continues to benefit from our intellectual property while refusing to compensate us. These Court orders are further confirmation of the strength of Qualcomm’s vast patent portfolio,” Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm executive vice president and general counsel, said in a statement online.While the ban is only limited to China, it’s another chapter in the ongoing and messy legal saga between the two tech giants, which resulted in Apple dumping Qualcomm’s (superior) cellular modems earlier this year.The dispute stems from Qualcomm’s charging of patent royalties, which Apple has decried as extortionist. “Qualcomm’s effort to ban our products is another desperate move by a company whose illegal practices are under investigation by regulators around the world. All iPhone models remain available for our customers in China,” Apple said in a statement to the news outlet.“We will pursue all our legal options through the courts.”Mashable has reached out to Apple for further comment. Certain iPhone models have been banned from sale in China.Image: Raymond Wong/MashableBy Johnny Lieu2018-12-11 05:00:07 UTClast_img read more

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FXs Pose shows why trans representation matters

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… #posefx is so #special… it is a composition of stories all #LGBTQ people can relate to. It will also help those who have prejudices toward the #community understand, #intellectually and #emotionally make #space for LGBTQ people to be #visible, #safe and #loved, especially #TWOC— IAM (@MooreIndya) June 29, 2018Coming from a place of privilegeChristyn, however, recognizes her relative privilege compared to many of the characters on Pose.‘I’m a white, middle class, mostly passing trans woman living in a state with legal protections for gender identity, and working for a company that now provides health insurance coverage [for transition-related care],’ she says. ‘That gives me privilege that a lot of the characters on Pose do not have, and unfortunately, there’s so many of us still today in circumstances like that.’Speaking to that point, transgender women of color have a high rate of murder in the United States. As of June, there have been 12 known homicides of transgender people this year, most being women of color.‘I hope that having this kind of authentic representation will help those people, because they’re the ones who need to be lifted up,’ Christyn said.More than just a showPose is actually doing more than just giving transgender people of color honest representation. Back in May, Murphy announced he will be donating 100% of profits from the show to LGBTI charities.‘We’ve entered this area of television as advocacy, and I’ve seen the difference you can make in people’s lives by showing up for them, caring for them, and helping them in any way that you can,’ he said.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . New FX drama Pose is taking trans and drag culture mainstreamPose to explore discussion of the AIDS epidemic in season twoThe first trailer for Ryan Murphy’s new series starring trans actors is hereRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/fxs-pose-shows-why-trans-representation-matters/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) ‘Pose’ offers viewers more than the trauma porn about trans and queer people that we’re used to” via @mic @youngsinick #PoseFX https://t.co/L0JFxNdfQk— Angelica Ross (@angelicaross) June 27, 2018 You don’t need to be gay to support #PoseFX.You don’t need to be trans to support.You don’t need to be already educated on the subject to support.You just need to have sense and no hate/prejudice in your heart.New every Sunday on FX @ 9/8c pic.twitter.com/ADqylwuSmy The showWhat’s unusual, but incredibly significant, about the show is the fact trans women are playing themselves. Despite Hollywood’s history of using cis male actors to play trans women, five trans actresses star in Pose. Additionally, there are some trans women working behind the scenes writing and producing episodes, including Janet Mock and Our Lady J.In fact, the fourth episode of the show, which aired on 26 June and written Mock, was the highest-rated episode to date.I love you all so damn much! Episode 4 of #poseFX was our highest rated episode to date. Please keep telling your friends to watch. Your presence is being counted! YOU will get us that season 2 pickup. pic.twitter.com/CTLHI8ivTO— Janet Mock (@janetmock) June 26, 2018The success of Pose comes after many trans actors united last summer in a video urging Hollywood to represent them on screen.Reactions to Pose‘I’ve never seen a show before where not just the characters but the actors, are pretty much all trans women, or at least queens of some sort or another,’ Christyn, a 27-year-old trans woman, tells GSN. ‘It’s very empowering to see characters that look like me having dignified roles in a story.’Christyn recalls the first time she saw a trans character on television. It was an episode of Just Shoot Me where Jenny McCarthy, a cis comedian, played a stereotype of a high-femme trans woman in a ‘gay trap’ plot.‘It’s no wonder I was so circumspect as a 13-year-old asking questions about people like that, and ultimately repressing how I felt for twelve more years,’ Christyn, who began transitioning two years ago, says.‘Having trans women write a show about trans women ensures that the experiences represented on the show are authentic, unlike those representations that were common in the 90s and 2000s, so the younger people of today have better characterizations to internalize.’Other Pose fans, and those in the show, agree with Christyn’s analysis.This episode was written by Janet Mock. Black Transwomen writing for Black Transwomen. What a time to be alive! #PoseFX— Ashley Innes (@Ash_Innes) June 25, 2018 — THE CHAMPAGNE GODDESS (@saintdeyves) June 25, 2018 Ryan Murphy’s show Pose is about the real-life ball scene in New York City in the late 1980s. Seemingly inspired by hit documentary Paris Is Burning, the show follows trans women and gay men as they navigate life during the AIDS crisis. Dominique Jackson as Elektra Abundance in Ryan Murphy’s FX show Pose GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

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3 SurgeProtected Outlets and 4 USB Ports in One TravelFriendly Power Strip

first_imgThe process of charging becomes complicated as we get more devices. Now you have to charge your phones, tablets, notebooks, and a number of other gadgets. Add in family products, and you are easily looking at multiple products that need to be powered at the same time. Adapters, plugs, cables – it becomes an unsafe mess. Here comes Kinkoo 3-Outlet Surge Protecting Smart Power Strip that offers you a clean and safe way of charging multiple devices at the same time, at home and on the go.Head over to Wccftech Deals and get the travel-friendly Kinkoo Smart Power Strip for just $24.99. Makes an affordable holiday gift too that your loved ones would definitely fall in love with!Kinkoo 3-Outlet Surge Protecting Smart Power StripAt the office, in your room, in the living room, in a hotel room – there are many, many power-packed places in your life that could use a good power strip. This travel-friendly strip is the solution. Equipped with 3 high-powered outlets and 4 USB charging ports, this durable, surge protecting power strip will fit perfectly into any space in your life.Plug in 3 appliances and charge up to 4 devices simultaneouslyCharge a range of devices thanks to 3 regular USB ports and 1 Type-C USB portPack up easily and take on the road – it’s only 8 inches longDetails and RequirementsPower rating: 1100WRated voltage: 110VRated current: 10ASurge protection rating: 180 JoulesInput: AC 100-240V ~ 50-60HzUSB Type-C charger output: 5V 2.4A*3 / 5V 3A*1Outlet quantity: 3 AC plugs + 4 USB charging portsMaterial: Fire-resistant PC shell, PVC copper wireDimension: 8″L x 1.7″W x 1.2″HWeight: 10 ozCord length: 6 ftIncludes: 3-Outlet power strip and Instruction manual Share Tweet Submit Shipping detailsFree US ShippingShips InternationallyExpected Delivery: Dec 13 – Dec 16Expected International Delivery: Dec 13 – Dec 16Original value: $35 | Wccftech Deals: $24.99 at 28% discount last_img read more

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Mumbai emerges as biggest source market for BLS International in India

first_imgAkansha Pandey | New DelhiTalking about the Indian market, Shikhar Aggarwal, Joint Managing Director, BLS International highlighted that this year so far the company has processed over 50,000 Indian applications, with Mumbai being the major contributor, closely followed by Delhi and Bengaluru.Continuing the uphill graph, this year too, the brand secured two major projects of the Embassy of Afghanistan – to provide consular services through registration of Afghan citizens in the entire middle east (including UAE and Saudi Arabia) through physical and mobile centres; and second with the Embassy of Algeria for providing visa outsourcing and consular services through visa application and attestation centres across India.“As per targets set early this year, we have already achieved our target both in terms of countries as well as offices globally. As of now, we are operating in 61 countries serving 31 client governments with a wide network of 2346 offices in domestic and international markets. Since inception, BLS International has processed 20 million applications but going forward, we are optimistic to process 16 million applications in just 2018,” he confirmed.From this year August onwards, BLS International launched its Mobile Biometric Services in India with its first implementation in Uttar Pradesh. This new service got operational in Russia in March early this year and later at various Spain Visa Application Centres (VACs) globally. “The Mobile Biometric Services will be convenient, time-saving and hassle-free for students, employees, sports teams, celebrities, high-net-worth individuals or production unit members, thereby respecting their need for privacy,” he said.With intent to ease the entire application process, BLS has deployed a team who will visit the given location of an applicant for scrutiny and collection of the application and visa fees, capturing the fingerprints and photo of an applicant which is recorded live.last_img read more

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Rep Hoitenga opens office announces contact information

first_img Categories: Hoitenga News 06Jan Rep. Hoitenga opens office, announces contact information State Rep. Michele Hoitenga’s legislative office is now open and ready to serve residents of the 102nd House District.People can contact Rep. Hoitenga by calling (517) 373-1747 or emailing MicheleHoitenga@house.mi.gov. Correspondence can also be mailed to S-1386 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909.“My goal is to make sure the voices of the people in Wexford, Mecosta and Osceola counties are heard in Lansing,” said Rep. Hoitenga, R-Manton. “I encourage residents to contact me so I can hear the challenges they’re facing and help come up with sensible solutions.”Nick Wake will serve as Rep. Hoitenga’s legislative director and Jessica Hargrove will serve as her legislative aide.Residents can view updates from Rep. Hoitenga or subscribe to her newsletter by visiting www.RepHoitenga.com.###last_img read more

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Rep VerHeulen introduces new revenue sharing legislation

first_img01Dec Rep. VerHeulen introduces new revenue sharing legislation Categories: News,VerHeulen News State Rep. Rob VerHeulen of Walker has proposed legislation creating the Revenue Sharing Trust Fund, which will help rebuild lost revenue sharing communities have experienced over the last 15 years.VerHeulen’s bill lays the framework for a plan using money generated through Michigan’s sales tax to create additional revenue sharing funds, while employing the same distribution formula to cities, villages, townships and counties as current fiscal year planning. An initial $5 million investment will grow by $5 million annually up to $100 million total. The new revenue distribution will be done at an even split between counties and cities, villages and townships.Until recently, revenue sharing had been adversely affected by multiple factors for many years – including a struggling economy and declining property values. VerHeulen’s trust fund plan provides a level of security to local governments that funding will be held harmless in economic downturn or other state needs.“There have been compounding factors that have all led us to where we are at right now in areas across the state,” said VerHeulen. “Our communities face a funding crisis. They cannot make reliable payments into retirement systems for their employees, including police and fire, and money is often being diverted away from vital public services in an effort to keep up with funding those retirement benefit plans or other budget necessities.”VerHeulen’s bills are part of a wide-ranging reform package bolstering local funds while addressing mounting municipal retiree benefit system debt throughout the state. House Bills 5312-14 were referred to the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Rob VerHeulen (seated, center) of Walker introduces House Bills 5312-14 on Thursday. VerHeulen was joined by (from left) state Reps. Ben Frederick of Owosso, Roger Hauck of Mt. Pleasant, Jim Lower of Cedar Lake and others during the introduction of a landmark municipal retirement reform package.last_img read more

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House subcommittee approves plan to protect and promote Michigans farmers

first_img30Apr House subcommittee approves plan to protect and promote Michigan’s farmers The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development today passed a budget that saves taxpayer dollars while supporting continued growth, innovation and food safety in Michigan’s agricultural industry, said state Rep. Greg VanWoerkom, chair of the subcommittee.“This budget plan invests in Michigan’s farmers and farming communities – supporting innovation and safety in growing and processing the food we put on our table,” VanWoerkom said. “And, for the first time, the Agriculture and Rural Development plan includes ongoing funds for Michigan’s Double-up Food Bucks program that helps expand Michigan families’ access to fresh foods.”The proposal approved by the subcommittee today maximizes existing state resources to support critical services without raising taxes or fees. Overall, the subcommittee’s proposal spends $3.6 million less in general revenue dollars than requested by the governor.“Agriculture is Michigan’s second-largest sector in our state’s economy, and I am proud to put forward a plan that protects our farming communities and promotes food safety and innovation,” VanWoerkom said.The proposal, House Bill 4229, next moves to the full House Appropriations Committee for consideration. Categories: VanWoerkom Newslast_img read more

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The Next Super Bowl State Federal Legislators vs a TaxExempt NFL

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares January 30, 2015; BuzzFeedAfter watching Katy Perry ride an animatronic tiger puppet and then fly on a cable through the Super Bowl halftime show, few viewers could legitimately think that they were watching an extravaganza mounted by a tax-exempt “nonprofit,” but the National Football League really is one.In the lead-up to the Super Bowl, two New York State legislators, State Senator Brad Hoylman and Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, introduced legislation to change New York State’s tax law that would remove the league’s tax-exempt privileges under state law. Hoylman’s thought is that an entity that nets $10 billion in annual revenue doesn’t quite fit the meaning of “nonprofit.” It is particularly meaningful to the New York legislators, since the NFL is headquartered in the state and, if taxed as a for-profit business entity, could contribute to state tax coffers.In Congress, Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) introduced a bill that would deny tax-exempt status to all professional sports leagues, including the National Hockey League and the Professional Golfers Association Tour in addition to the NFL. “To say establishments like the NFL are not-for-profit organizations is laughable,” Chaffetz explains. “They are a for-profit and should be taxed as such.”NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, earning a salary in 2012 of $3.5 million plus a $40 million bonus, sent Hoylman a letter explaining that though the league office is tax exempt, the 32 teams that generate the bulk of the revenue are taxable entities. The language in the Internal Revenue Code that defines 501(c)(6) business leagues specifically includes “professional football leagues (whether or not administering a pension fund for football players),” a provision negotiated as part of former commissioner Pete Rozelle’s antitrust deal with Congress, not mentioning any other kind of sports entity. The suspicions of state legislators, members of Congress, and the American public are easily understood.Will it happen? Will the NFL end up reclassified? Consider that the NFL 501(c)(6) spends more than $1 million every year on lobbyists charged with protecting the league’s tax status, anti-trust exceptions, and more recently, efforts to deflect criticism of its domestic abuse policies. If the New York State legislature or the U.S. Congress were to make headway against the NFL’s tax-exempt status, then Katy Perry would have good reason to sing “Firework.”—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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Dont Panic Pope Francis Is a Sinner and Open to Limited Use

first_imgShare14TweetShare1Email15 SharesBy Benhur Arcayan (Malacañang Photo Bureau) [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsMarch 8, 2017; National Catholic RegisterAs NPQ has observed in its coverage of Pope Francis, he tends to be far more careful and incremental in his statements and interviews than the media often give him credit for. The latest examples of this are reports of an interview he gave to the left-leaning German newspaper Die Zeit. In the long and wide-ranging interview, Pope Francis made news when he expressed a willingness to consider the option of the Catholic Church “ordaining some married men as priests” as a response to the “enormous problem” of a worldwide shortage of Catholic men to serve.Let’s talk first about what this statement doesn’t mean. There are no proposals to allow priests to marry. Voluntary celibacy is the predominant path to the Catholic priesthood and is envisioned to remain so; “optional celibacy is not the solution,” according to Pope Francis. This belief reflects his response to a bishop’s question last year when he said, “Priestly celibacy remains as it is.”Secondly, there are already married Catholic priests. There is a path for non-Catholic married men who become Catholic to become priests—some former Anglican clergy are a key example. The NCR article explains: “The Eastern Catholic Churches allow the ordination of married men as priests but like the Orthodox and Latin Catholic churches, they do not allow clerical marriage; that is, priests to marry once ordained.” In the interview, Pope Francis expressed openness to the “possibility” of “viri probati, married men proven in faith and virtue who could be ordained to the priesthood.”Even the pope’s modest forays into the issue have encountered resistance from Catholic bishops. He wanted the next synod to discuss celibacy for priests, but the Ordinary Council of the Synod of Bishops voted it down. “Asked by LifeSiteNews after a press conference at the Vatican about the possibility of priestly celibacy and a women’s deaconate being on the agenda in 2018, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri [secretary for the Synod of Bishops] responded abruptly, ‘No.’” The topic would seen germane to the theme of the 2018 Synod: “Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment.”The pope’s well-known humility was displayed in the interview when he said, “I am a sinner and I am fallible.” He ended the interview with an apology: “I am sorry if I haven’t met your expectations…Pray for me!”—Michael WylandShare14TweetShare1Email15 Shareslast_img read more

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Danish cable operator YouSee is to merge with mobi

first_imgDanish cable operator YouSee is to merge with mobile operator Onfone, an MVNO also owned by YouSee’s parent company TDC, enabling it to offer entertainment services across mobile as well as fixed-line devices.The merger will be formalised in the New Year. Both companies will continue to operate under their own brands, with Onfone founder and CEO Morten Strunge continuing in his role and joining the management team of YouSee.Onfone will move from its current offices in the eastern part of Copenhagen to YouSee’s headquarter in Teglholmen as early as next week.last_img

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Liberty Globals satellite TV platform UPC DTH is

first_imgLiberty Global’s satellite TV platform UPC DTH is adding Discovery Network’s Animal Planet HD on UPC Direct in Hungary, freeSAT in the Czech Republic and Slovakia and Focus Sat in Romania.From December 17, UPC DTH HD customers will be able to watch Animal Planet channel as part of the HD packages.“Besides being the largest satellite provider of Discovery Networks content in our central European countries we are pleased to strengthening our UPC DTH HD line-ups with a another high quality localised channel with the addition of Animal Planet HD,” said Magnus Ternsjö, managing director of UPC DTH. “We are proud that no other satellite provider or competitor of has as comprehensive HD line-up as we have in Hungary and in Romania. In our other markets this addition will solidify our position as a top quality provider of HD content and in all these countries we are pleased to be able to work with Discovery to be in the unique position of the satellite provider of the most Discovery Networks channels.”last_img read more

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Lagardère Active is to launch a Russian version of

first_imgLagardère Active is to launch a Russian version of its popular French Christmas channel, La Chaîne du Père Noël.The Russian channel, Telekanal Deda Moroza, will be launched a few days after the French channel’s launch on December 1.The service will be available on Rostelecom’s IPTV network in Russia, making it avaialble to about 1.5 million homes. In addition to Russian versions of its French programmes the service will include Russian classic tales such as the 1966 version of Ledyanaya Vnuchka (The Snow Queen) and animated series Smeshariki (Kikoriki).Lagardère already provides version of kids channels TiJi and Gulli in Russia. La Chaîne du Père Noël is offered exclusively via CanalSat in France.last_img

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Swisscom has attracted 30000 users for its advanc

first_imgSwisscom has attracted 30,000 users for its advanced TV platform a month after launch, while its overall TV based passed the one million milestone at the end of the first quarter. Most of the subscribers for the advanced TV offering were existing Swisscom TV customers according to the company.Swisscom is offering cloud-based recording as part of the platform, enabling users to record any number of programmes in parallel and to access the recordings on a variety of devices.Swisscom’s limited 30-hour catch-up window has now been extended to seven days for users of the platform.The number of Swisscom TV customers grew by 52,000 to reach 1.05 million in the first quarter. The figure was up 192,000 or 22.3% year-on-year.last_img

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