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OneRepublics Ryan Tedder To Be Honored At Save The Children Illumination GalaOneRepublics Ryan Tedder To Be Honored At Save The Children Illumination Gala

first_imgSave the Children, the leading organization investing in childhood, has announced that the 5th Annual Save the Children Illumination Gala will honor Grammy-winning songwriter and producer Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic; Chobani founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya; and the organization’s philanthropic corporate partner BVLGARI North America.The event, presented by Johnson & Johnson, will be hosted by NBC’s Craig Melvin and will take place on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at The American Museum of Natural History in New York City.British singer-songwriter Leona Lewis will perform.Now in its fifth year, the Illumination Gala will benefit Save the Children’s efforts to give more children a stronger start in life by helping end preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths and by supporting early childhood education. In recognition of the occasion, Save the Children will celebrate each of the honorees for their achievements in giving children a brighter future: • The Voice Award for Ryan Tedder, Grammy-winning songwriter, producer, and front man of the multi-platinum selling band OneRepublic who is being recognized for his extraordinary dedication to speaking up on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable children. In addition to supporting Save the Children’s humanitarian relief efforts on the conflict in Syria and in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan, Tedder used the power of his voice on the OneRepublic song “Feel Again.” The song served as the backdrop in 2013 for an Ad Council PSA for Save the Children’s Every Beat Matters campaign, which helped millions of children in poor countries survive their first five years of life. Tedder said the song was inspired by actual heartbeats of children in Guatemala and Malawi, where front-line health workers work every day to keep kids healthy. As part of the campaign, Tedder visited Save the Children’s newborn and child survival programs in Guatemala, and donated proceeds from sales of the song to Save the Children. His foundation, The Ryan & Genevieve Tedder Foundation, also supports children through education and youth development. • The Humanitarian Award for Hamdi Ulukaya, founder and CEO of the #1 U.S.-based Greek Yogurt brand Chobani, who is being recognized for his courageous leadership on behalf of refugees. Ulukaya has demonstrated an inspiring commitment to provide resettled refugees with a path to a brighter future by embracing them as valued employees at Chobani. In 2015, he signed the Giving Pledge, committing the majority of his personal wealth to helping displaced people and founded the Tent Foundation, which forges innovative partnerships with NGOs, business and governments to improve the lives of refugees all over the world. As an entrepreneur and devoted philanthropist, Ulukaya is changing the conversation around the global refugee crisis – calling on the global community to recognize the human rights of refugees and put an end to displacement once and for all. • The Visionary Award for BVLGARI North America, is in recognition for its enduring commitment to supporting children in need in the United States and around the world. Since beginning its unique partnership in 2009 with Save the Children, Bulgari has raised over $50 million globally through sales of an iconic Save the Children jewelry collection.More than half a million people have purchased the signature pieces, including a ring, a bracelet and a pendant. Funds raised through the partnership have been invested in 100 projects in 33 countries, reaching more than one million at-risk children and youth through education, emergency response, poverty reduction and youth empowerment programs.In the United States, Bulgari is a generous supporter of Save the Children’s early childhood education programs.“The individuals we are honoring at our fifth annual Gala have gone above and beyond on behalf of children around the world – from supporting newborns’ health to early childhood education to refugees,” said Carolyn Miles, Save the Children president & CEO. “This year’s honorees’ compassion and dedication toward ensuring every last child, whether here in the US or around the world, can reach their full potential is inspiring. We are delighted to recognize this remarkable group for their contributions and to celebrate their accomplishments.”Other notable guests expected to attend include Save the Children Artist Ambassador, Trustee and Gala Honorary Chair Jennifer Garner, Second Lady of the United States (2009-2017) and Save the Children Board Chair Dr. Jill Biden, Save the Children President & CEO Carolyn Miles, Save the Children Action Network President Mark Shriver, award-winning journalist Tamron Hall, and fashion designer, philanthropist and Gala Co-Chair Gabriela Hearst, Corbin Capital Partners CEO and Gala Co-Chair Tracy Stuart, among others.The gala will be presented by Johnson & Johnson. For more information, please visit read more

Beyond Tourism Extended Stays in MoroccoBeyond Tourism Extended Stays in Morocco

By Alexandra GrittaRabat- We have all heard of the most popular tourist destinations in Morocco—Marrakech, Fez, the Sahara, Casablanca, Tangier, Rabat, Chefchaouen, Essaouira….But what if you are working or studying abroad in Morocco for a period of months or even years? What are some of the overlooked locations and activities to do in Morocco when you run out of other options? Oualidia LagoonBy Alexandra GrittaOualidia is a coastal village 170 kilometers southwest of Casablanca, next to a beautiful protected, natural lagoon. It is a lesser known location famous for its seafood—especially its oysters. Oualidia is also truly one of Morocco’s most beautiful areas for surfing and kayaking. With the help of a guide, you can kayak your way through the region’s scenic lagoon. Oualidia is more of a quick weekend getaway or a relaxation destination. Outdoor activities (the beach, water sports, exploring) are its primary features. Also consider taking a tour of the oystery to better understand the mechanism of one of the city’s major exports.Note: If you’re not a fan of the outdoors, pass this one by. English speakers in this region are harder to come by.Horseback ride along the beach of SkhiratBy Alexandra GrittaEven if you are not a “horse junkie,” this is not an experience to be missed. Skhirat (located about 25 minutes south of Rabat by train) has some wonderful beaches, and for a small price, you can take a lovely tour of them on horseback.Club Equestre Oued Ykem is highly recommended. They cater to all levels, take good care of their horses, and also send a guide along with you in case you have trouble managing your horse.The ride costs MAD 100 an hour, and horses are available beginning at 3:30 p.m. Note: You do not need reservations to ride, but you must communicate in Darija (Moroccan Arabic) or French. The staff do not speak English. Lastly, specify your level of riding if you are looking for more than a leisurely pace.Day trip to Ourika ValleyBy Alexandra GrittaThe valley contains various Amazigh villages located approximately 60 kilometers southeast of Marrakech. There are a lovely set of gardens along with an elevated cafe and many hiking opportunities to see the valley.You will find some of the cheapest argan oil in the valley, and some of the Amazigh village markets offer handicrafts and jewelry that are harder to come by in other cities or are more expensive than buying them from the source.The locals are incredibly interactive and friendly. Note: As with most other locations, be aware that you will have to bargain, as tourists may be quoted higher prices. Additionally, note that English speakers are few to none and that most of the Amazigh in this region speak a language of their own, not Darija or French.IfraneIfrane provides a nice break from the heat of Morocco. It is located in the Middle Atlas Mountains and has cooler temperatures. Visitors say that the architecture style and landscape is more evocative of Switzerland than of Morocco. Ifrane is definitely a unique location to see a “different” side of Morocco.Although the town has a relaxing atmosphere and can be fun to visit all-year round, the best time to go is in the winter, when there is snow and skiing opportunities.The town is most famous for its independent and reputable university “Al Akhawayn,” which teaches its courses in English and aims to give students an “American liberal arts” experience.Note: You need a student to accompany you if you wish to access the university. AsilahAspects of tourism in Morocco: Picture by By Alexandra GrittaAsilah is situated about 31 kilometers south of Tangier. Like Tangier, Asilah was formerly occupied by the Phoenicians, and it was part of “Spanish Morocco” from 1912 to 1956. Asilah is lesser known and smaller than Tangier, but it is worth taking a stop there to appreciate some of its beautiful architecture. Asilah is also a bit like Essaouira’s smaller, calmer cousin—a small seaside location with a low population.Asilah hosts a weekly Thursday market and annual music and art festivals, including a mural-painting festival. There is also a yearly International Festival held in August which features both jazz and Moroccan music.Terres d’Amanar outside MarrakechLocated in an Amazigh region, this hotel and park combination is not to be missed. It is situated just 30 minutes outside of Marrakech at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. The park offers a wide variety of activities including horseback riding, archery, Amazigh arts and crafts, a zipline, swimming, and all-terrain mountain biking.You do not have to be a resident of the hotel to visit the park, and activities are priced individually, usually ranging from MAD 100 to 200 per 30 minutes to 1 hour of an activity. This location is popular with native Moroccans for a fun day and highly recommended.Le Dhow boat bar in RabatChances are that if you are a foreigner in Rabat you will at least have heard about this place. Docked in the water next to Rabat’s kasbah (fortress), the bar offers various alcoholic beverages and dining options. Chill under the sails on deck or go below at night to listen to the music.Note: As the menu can be a bit more expensive, the boat is recommended for drinks after dinner over a dinner option. There are better restaurant options in Rabat.Amal Women’s Training Center & Moroccan Restaurant in MarrakechA Moroccan women holding a tagine (tourism in Morocco)The Amal Center is a non-profit organization that trains disadvantaged women between the ages of 18 and 35 so that they can find jobs, achieve socio-economic stability, and support themselves and their families.The center is a great place to spend some time volunteering. Even if you are busy and do not have time to actively volunteer, you can support the center just by choosing to eat at the restaurant or by taking a one-time cooking class.The American Fondouk in FezBy Alexandra GrittaThe American Fondouk is a non-profit organization that treats working equines for free in order to help out both the animals and their families. Visitors are welcome and advised to come in the morning. Staff will take you on a tour to see the animals and to observe the treatment of the animals, as well as interactions between the owners and their animals. The center offers internships and on-site housing to medical students.Animal welfare in Morocco is not afforded as much of a priority as other issues. If you are staying a long time in Morocco, you may notice a higher reliance on donkeys, mules, and horses than in your native country. To see some of the issues the equines face, the poorer families they serve, and the people fighting to improve their conditions is truly enlightening.National Mohammed V Theater in RabatIf you have time to spare, consider checking out the various plays, ballet, and both musical and cinematic performances at the National Mohammed V Theater. Performances include Shakespearean plays and operas! read more

Annan welcomes border agreement between Russian Federation UkraineAnnan welcomes border agreement between Russian Federation Ukraine

A statement issued late yesterday by his spokesman said the Secretary-General “was very pleased” to learn of the signing on Tuesday in Kiev of an “Agreement between Ukraine and the Russian Federation on the Ukrainian-Russian State Boundary.”The Secretary-General congratulated Presidents Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation and Leonid Kuchma of Ukraine “on this important development, which will enhance the security and stability of both nations,” the statement said.

Honda recalls 172200 CRV Acura ILX vehicles in US to fix problemHonda recalls 172200 CRV Acura ILX vehicles in US to fix problem

Honda recalls 172,200 CRV, Acura ILX vehicles in US to fix problem with door latches AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jul 19, 2012 7:36 am MDT DETROIT – Honda is recalling 172,200 small SUVs and cars in the U.S. because the doors may not close.The recall affects 166,000 CR-V SUVs from the 2012 model year and 6,200 Acura ILX small luxury cars from the 2013 model year.Honda says that if the inside driver or passenger door handles are used at the same time as the power or manual door locks, the inner door latch may not work. This means a door may not latch, or it could latch and open when the locks are used.The company says no crashes injuries have been reported because of the problem.Honda says dealers will inspect the cars and fix them if needed. Owners should get letters from the company starting in mid-August. read more

Peter Thiel became New Zealand citizen in California in 2011Peter Thiel became New Zealand citizen in California in 2011

by Nick Perry, The Associated Press Posted Feb 1, 2017 10:29 am MDT Last Updated Feb 1, 2017 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Peter Thiel became New Zealand citizen in California in 2011 FILE – In this Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, file photo, PayPal founder Peter Thiel, right, listens as then President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with technology industry leaders at Trump Tower in New York. Thiel was able to gain New Zealand citizenship in 2011 despite never having lived in the country because a top lawmaker decided his entrepreneurial skills and philanthropy were valuable, documents reveal. Thiel didn’t even have to leave California to become a new member of the South Pacific nation. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Silicon Valley billionaire and President Donald Trump adviser Peter Thiel was able to gain New Zealand citizenship in 2011 despite never having lived in the country, because a top lawmaker decided his entrepreneurial skills and philanthropy were valuable to the nation, documents reveal.Thiel didn’t even have to leave California to become a new member of the South Pacific nation. He was granted citizenship during a private ceremony held at the New Zealand Consulate in Santa Monica.The New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs on Wednesday released 145 pages of partially redacted documents detailing how Thiel became a citizen.His status was first reported by The New Zealand Herald newspaper last month and raised questions because Thiel didn’t fulfil the usual criteria requiring people to live in the country.In his application, Thiel wrote that he owned a home in New Zealand but if he was granted citizenship, he would need to continue residing in the U.S. to manage his California-based companies.He said he realized his circumstances wouldn’t usually qualify him for citizenship, but that he believed he was an exception.“In the course of pursing my international business opportunities, my travel, personal philosophical commitments and benefaction, I am happy to say categorically that I have found no other country that aligns more with my view of the future than New Zealand,” he wrote.He said that as part of his study into how he could contribute to the local entrepreneurial environment, he had consulted with John Key, who was New Zealand’s prime minister at the time.Thiel wrote that “it would give me great pride to let it be known that I am a New Zealand citizen.”Thiel didn’t immediately respond to requests made Wednesday for additional comment.However, Thiel’s citizenship status only became publicly known following last month’s newspaper report. The 2011 documents show that Thiel also remained a citizen of Germany, where he was born.Thiel, 49, co-founded PayPal and was the first professional investor in Facebook. He secretly bankrolled a lawsuit against the news and gossip site Gawker which led to its bankruptcy and closure. Forbes estimates his net worth at $2.7 billion, which makes him one of New Zealand’s wealthiest citizens.He has been an important adviser to Trump, who has vowed to put “America first.”When considering Thiel’s application, New Zealand officials noted that he had established a venture capital fund in New Zealand which had invested in a Wellington-based online accounting business, Xero.“Mr. Thiel has demonstrated his philanthropy through making a million-dollar donation to the Christchurch earthquake relief fund,” officials wrote as part of a letter recommending his application be approved.His citizenship was granted through a special approval by lawmaker Nathan Guy, who at the time was the Internal Affairs minister.Opposition lawmaker Iain Lees-Galloway tweeted Wednesday that the decision was “entirely about money” and that citizenship shouldn’t be for sale.Government figures show that over the past five years, New Zealand has received about 150,000 citizenship applications, with 92 receiving special approval by the minister after taking into account exceptional circumstances. read more

Heat go up 31 then scramble to top Pelicans 106101Heat go up 31 then scramble to top Pelicans 106101

MIAMI — Josh Richardson scored 20 points, Dwyane Wade added 18 and the Miami Heat wasted most of a 31-point lead before hanging on to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 106-101 on Friday night.Kelly Olynyk scored 13 for Miami, which snapped a six-game home losing streak. The Heat led by 31 points in the second quarter, then saw the lead cut to three in the final moments before escaping.Anthony Davis finished with 41 points for the Pelicans, who got 21 from Jrue Holiday and 15 from Nikola Mirotic. The Heat held a massive 49-12 edge in bench scoring, led by Wade.He had a drive with 1:23 left to get the lead up to 103-97, and Richardson’s driving basket with 26.1 seconds remaining all but sealed the much-needed win for Miami.Miami entered on a six-game losing streak, and decided to make a key change in an effort to turn things around — the black “Vice” uniforms, whose unveiling coincided with the start of the home slide, were ditched in a decision that was made shortly before game time. The Heat donned their red uniforms instead, calling the switch “an organizational decision.”Plus, as part of the tributes around the NBA this week to the late broadcaster Craig Sager and his most unique sense of fashion, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and his assistants wore their outlandish best. Spoelstra wore a blue and white plaid coat, assistant Dan Craig went with a leathery look and Juwan Howard wore sneakers that loosely resembled the sort of colorful jackets Sager made famous.The Heat led by 20 after one quarter — their biggest lead at home through 12 minutes since Jan. 30, 2007. By the midpoint of the second quarter, the lead was a season-high 31. Richardson had 14 points, Wade had 11, the Pelicans had missed all 11 of their 3-point attempts and Miami was up 52-21.Richardson’s 3-pointer with 2:56 left in the half pushed Miami’s lead to 59-28.And then things got interesting, quickly.New Orleans needed only 97 seconds for a 12-0 run that cut the deficit to 19, and the Pelicans went into the locker room down 61-41. Davis then scored the Pelicans’ first 11 points of the second half with a jumper, two 3-pointer and three free throws after getting fouled on a 3 to get his team within 65-52.E’Twaun Moore left with 1:34 left with what appeared to be a left knee injury, and was unable to put any weight on that leg as he was helped to the locker room.TIP-INSPelicans: New Orleans is 9-2 at home, yet only 2-10 on the road. … Davis hadn’t scored more than 33 points in a road game this season. He’s reached 40 or more twice at home. This also marked the most he’s scored in any of his six appearances in Miami since joining the NBA; before Friday, his high on the Heat home floor was 29, set on Christmas 2015.Heat: Friday started a stretch in which Miami will play nine out of 10 games against Western Conference teams. … The game marked Miami’s 390th consecutive home sellout, tying the Phoenix Suns (1990-99) for the seventh-longest in NBA history. … Whiteside now has at least one blocked shot in 22 straight games, the fourth-longest such streak of his career.HEAT INJURIESMiami’s injury situation is getting worse, not better. The Heat are up to 62 games missed by eight different players because of injuries — Goran Dragic is still out with his right knee injury, Tyler Johnson sat again with his right hamstring strain, Dion Waiters hasn’t played this season while he recovers from ankle surgery and Derrick Jones Jr. is now out with a right hamstring strain.COMEBACK TRYThe Pelicans failed in their bid for history. The largest halftime deficit ever overcome in franchise history was 19 — they were the New Orleans Hornets then — at Memphis on Jan. 30, 2010. When trailing by 20 or more, New Orleans is now 0-38. And it has never rallied from more than 23 down at any point in a game to win.UP NEXTPelicans: Visit Charlotte on Sunday.Heat: Host Utah on Sunday.___More AP NBA: and Reynolds, The Associated Press read more

Offensive line paving the way for Ohio State footballOffensive line paving the way for Ohio State football

When Ed Warinner took over as the offensive line coach of the Ohio State football team last spring, he inherited an offensive line that lost three starters from the previous season. In Warinner’s second spring at OSU, there is much more certainty on the offensive line with four returning starters, all entering their senior seasons. Jack Mewhort is entering his third season as a starter and his second season as the Buckeyes’ left tackle. Left guard Andrew Norwell will also be a third-year starter, while center Corey Linsley and right guard Marcus Hall will be second-year starters. All four players started all 12 games last season and have 81 career starts between them. Warinner said he expects his veteran group to step up and provide leadership for the team this year. “They’re playing well, they’re veteran guys, and they’re doing well in school and they’re taking care of their business,” Warinner said. “It’s showing the other guys, this is how you do it, which is really good.” As the left tackle, Mewhort will be expected to lead the unit up front once again this season. “He is a real pro at being in a meeting, paying attention, taking notes, asking questions, studying, lifting weights, doing extra, being on time, just doing things the right way, and he plays well,” Warinner said of Mewhort. Warinner said Mewhort leads by example, but becoming a better vocal leader is a “skill he’s trying to develop.” Mewhort’s status as a team leader came into question last June when he and then-teammate Jake Stoneburner, a senior tight end-turned-wide receiver on last year’s team, were arrested for obstructing official business. Warinner said Mewhort has grown from that experience. “Jack was a good kid before that incident, he just made a bad decision,” Warinner said. “He just learned that, you know, you got to be responsible and accountable all the time.” Mewhort said the incident made him more mature. “I made a bad decision, and it really blew up on me,” Mewhort said. “I grew up a lot from that.” He said OSU coach Urban Meyer viewed him as a leader prior to that incident, and Mewhort said he “betrayed his trust.” “I had to earn a lot of trust back from a lot of guys, and I spent most of the year doing that,” Mewhort said. “I’m just trying to become the leader that everybody can look to.” Mewhort said all four of the senior offensive linemen are focusing on becoming better leaders this spring. “We’re all seniors now … this is our last year together,” he said. “We want to be the guys that people can look to for leadership, and we’re definitely working towards that.” Norwell said it feels “way different” going into this season because of the continuity within the offensive line unit. “We’re functioning together … we improved,” he said. “We got some guys in there that are leaders and we’re just paving the way for the 2013 season, and we’re going to keep improving and get this team rolling.” Of his four returning starters, Warinner said Hall made the most noticeable improvement this spring, but that all four have gotten better. “Marcus has improved his footwork and … his quickness and change of direction and just all the little mechanics of playing O-line,” Warinner said. “I think Norwell’s bending better … Jack’s a little more confident out on the edge … Corey’s real strong and solid inside.” That does not mean Warinner is complacent with the offensive line’s current progress though. “If our offensive line doesn’t get better, our offense won’t get better,” Warinner said. “Every position’s got to improve. We’re not satisfied with where we were at. We’ve got to improve individually. There’s a lot of things we can get better at.” Warinner said he started back with the basics again this spring, but added that “ground zero’s a little higher up” this year. “You start to move faster,” Warinner said of the progress of his offensive linemen this season. “Your accumulated knowledge and experience helps you … one thing we’ve been able to do is probably install more plays.” While most of the offensive line remains set from last season, the one spot that remains uncertain is right tackle, where the team is replacing Reid Fragel. Fragel only played his senior season at right tackle but is a potential 2013 NFL draft selection. The competition to start at right tackle is currently between rising sophomore Taylor Decker and rising redshirt sophomore Chase Farris, Warinner said. Mewhort said that competition has been a “great battle.” “Both of those guys are working their butts off every day. They’re both going really hard, they’re both great players,” he said. “They’re both learning a lot, and they’ve come a long way just in the three or four practices that we’ve had so far.” Warinner said the Buckeyes’ second-team offensive line currently consists of rising redshirt junior Darryl Baldwin, rising sophomore Jacoby Boren, rising redshirt sophomore Tommy Brown, rising junior Antonio Underwood and either Decker or Farris, depending on which player does not win the right tackle battle. Warinner has not been the only coach taking notice of the offensive line’s progress. Defensive line coach Mike Vrabel said his group will continue to benefit from competing against the offensive line in practice. “We go against a really, really good offensive line every day,” Vrabel said. “If we can compete against those guys, I think it’s going to make us better.” read more

Official song of the Womens EHF EURO 2010Official song of the Womens EHF EURO 2010

← Previous Story GB sensation: Win over Slovakia! Next Story → German Bundesliga (Round 14): The “Lions” finally broke wounded “Zebras” EHF EURO 2010 Norway and Denmark Two of the most exciting artists of the Danish music scene, singer Anna David and Jimmy Colding from the pop group Zididada – known for many years and even more for their famous hits – took the EHF EURO 2010 as an occasion to team up and to record a sports anthem with international potential.The theme “Out of the Dark – Into the Light” is about embarking upon the task of fighting and ultimately being able to celebrate the triumph. So even if the song does not deal specifically with handball, there are obvious thematic parallels to situations that the handball players at the EHF EURO 2010 will face.[youtube][/youtube]Anna David, who turns 26 five days before the opening of the EHF EURO 2010, got her first record deal already as a 14 year old. Nowadays she can look back on solid experience with her immense talent that later came to full maturity on the album “Music Is Taking over” released October 2010.Jimmy Colding (41) has celebrated a decade of success with his band Zididada. Very few have escaped being infected by the joie de vivre that Denmark’s probably best live band shares with tracks like “Rock My Boat”, “Sugartop”, Zididada Day”, “Los Reventados” and “Walking on Water “.Together, Anna and Jimmy turned the song “Into the Light” into a fantastic sound, and the two artists are very happy with their cooperation.“Women’s handball has always filled a part of my life since my mom is a big fan of handball. It is therefore an honour for me to help backing up the cool chicks,” said Anna David. “I am impressed with the girls fighting spirit and their will and I am extra excited to be part of the EHF EURO 2010, and then even to see the girls up close.”Jimmy Colding added: “The song was already written in September together with Lars Quang and we were allowed to present it to the Danish and Norwegian national teams in the NRGi Arena in Aarhus on 24 September in a 100% acoustic version. The response was tremendous, and with that very positive mood we felt, it was really great to do a studio session.”The lyrics in “Into the Light” are meant as a manifestation of being courageous, independent and headstrong. When we in the chorus sing “Crazy” it is meant in the sense that the ones who take the lead, initially often appear to be crazy, but as success becomes a reality, it’s just the crazyness that made the success.” said Jimmy Colding.So the next twelve days starting from 7 December 2010, there is not much more for both players and spectators to say than “Into the light, let’s go crazy!”text: read more

All the books you need to read this yearAll the books you need to read this year

first_imgThe Goldfinch by Donna Tartt Poems that Make Grown Men Cry edited by Anthony and Ben Holden Here Are The Young Men by Rob Doyle. (This book has been picked up by Harry Potter’s publishers. Drugs and drink fuel a post-school summer)Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill. (Think Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, with a post-millennial twist)Dubliners 100 edited by Thomas Morris. (A selection of Irish authors re-imagine the classic Joyce collection)Unravelling Oliver by Liz Nugent. (Multiple narrators tell a story of deception and abuse)The Closet of Savage Mementos by Nuala Ní Chonchúir. (Inspired by her own unexpected pregnancy, set in Ireland and Scotland, and receiving rave reviews)The sports books Source: David Epstein In Plain Sight: The Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile by Dan Davies Staring at Lakes by Michael Harding The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez.Ticks all the boxes if you want a fairly thrilling and absorbing read about conflict in Colombia and its impact on a young man’s life. (Read our interview with him here)Booker PrizeThe winner will be announced in September, but there’s time to: A much-talked about debut.The tomes Donna Tartt in New York Source: AP/Press Association ImagesWant to get stuck into a weighty book? Try these for size. The Kills is a ‘multimedia novel’ with audio and video content too. The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert The Iceberg: A Memoir by Marion Coutts In The Light of What We Know by Zia Haider Can’t and Won’t by Lydia Davis Young Skins by Colin BarrettThis collection by young Mayo man Barrett is mainly set in the fictional Co Mayo town of Glanbeigh. Looking for stories about young people in modern rural Ireland? Here you go.Irish Book Awards Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Danish Dynamite by Ben Smyth. (About the beloved Denmark team of the 80s)Fear and Loathing in La Liga by Sid Lowe. (About the Barca v Real Madrid rivalry)Wheelmen by Reed Albergotti. (Lance Armstrong and doping)The Sports Gene by David Epstein (Are you born a great athlete, or do you become one?)The Race to Truth by Emma O’Reilly. (Written by the Irish woman who blew the whistle on Lance Armstrong)The classicsLooking for classics? Here are some that have been talked about this year. Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas Our staff recommendWe write for a living, ergo we love reading too.Here are some of our team’s favourite reads. While the above books are generally from 2013 – 2014, these are from a range of years. Mrs Hemingway by Fiona McFarlane Bark by Lorrie Moore The Kills by Richard House Family Furnishings: Selected Stories 1995 – 2014 by Alice Munro Dubliners by James Joyce (It celebrates its centenary this year)One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (who sadly died earlier this year)I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (who sadly also passed away this year)Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (Irish actor Chris O’Dowd is performing in a Broadway adaptation of this novella)The good reviews and best sellersBooks of various genres getting all the good reviews this summer: The Irish writers Source: Louise O’Neill The young bloods always have something great up their sleeve. We’re particularly looking forward to getting stuck into these. Stone Mattress: Nine Tales by Margaret Atwood The short story collectionsStuck for time, or love little nuggets of fiction that you can devour quickly? (Lydia Davis provides the tiniest morsels) Harding provides an interesting take on Irish life; Boyce won the newcomer award; and Phillips will provide you with a crime fix.Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction Every Day is for the Thief by Teju Cole The Herbalist by Niamh Boyce Get started on the shortlist, orRead last year’s winner by Eleanor Catton (which is over 800 pages long)Frank O’Connor short story award The Doll’s House by Louise Phillips Laughter in Ancient Rome: On Joking, Tickling and Cracking Up by Mary Beard Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty Fintan O’Toole: Fields of Fire by Damien LawlorMichael Freeman: Two collections of fantastic journalism / personal essays: Pulphead by John Jeremiah Sullivan and Magic Hours by Tom Bissell.Jennifer Wade: Flight by Oona Frawley is a beautifully written book with poignant insights into identity, belonging and contemporary Ireland. Extra points for being published by excellent new independent Irish publisher, Tramp Press.Aoife Barry: The amazingly weird and wonderful short story collection Tenth of December by George Saunders, or A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor. She died 50 years ago this year and her dark Southern Gothic stories are chillingly good.Paul Hosford: The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt was stunning. As was this by The Masked Man, but that’s about wrestling. I also really enjoyed Flashboys by Michael Lewis and Double Down by Mark Halperin.Susan Daly:  What is the What by Dave Eggers. It’s based on the life Sudanese refugee called Valentino Achak Deng who somehow survived what became a death march for thousands of other children trying to escape a bloody civil war and genocide. The story is powerful enough but Eggers’s incredible talent elevates it to something that gets under your skin, into your brain, pierces your heart. You will never watch news bulletins about international humanitarian crises in the same way again once you have read this book.What books would you recommend? Tell us in the comments.Most of these books can be bought online in physical/ebook format, or in your local book store. Where links are provided, they are to the online stores of the publishers of the book, or to sites with more information.Read: 27 sports books to spend your Christmas vouchers on>Read: Conor McGregor is going to write a book about his life ‘in and out of the Octagon’>Read: New Amazon service offers unlimited e-book access> A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride WHETHER YOU’RE HEADING away some time over the next month or two, or spending the long weekend at home, you might be looking for a new read to occupy you.But which books are winning awards, getting good reviews, and ready to be picked up off the shelves (or ordered to your Kindle)?We sort through the piles to help you choose your next read.The award winners Lord Mayor of Dublin Christie Burke presents Juan Gabriel Vasquez winner of the International IMPAC Dublin literary award Source: Niall CarsonOnly want to read award-winners? Here are some recent ones (with links to the other nominees):IMPAC award Eleanor Marx: A Life by Rachel Holmeslast_img read more

Video of new Motorola smartphone appears ahead of Galaxy S4 launchVideo of new Motorola smartphone appears ahead of Galaxy S4 launch

first_imgEither Motorola has planted a substantial leak on the eve of the Samsung Galaxy S4 launch, or this Vietnamese hardware vlogger is in trouble. Whatever the case may be, we can see a new Motorola phone on the horizon, and it’s looking pretty sweet.Motorola hopefuls have been waiting and waiting for the often whispered X Phone. As Google approaches the end of the 18 month pipeline of hardware that was inherited at the time of purchasing the company, fans of what is to come are hoping for a spectacular new phone that may even be worthy of Nexus branding.There’s never been any hard evidence of a Motorola phone in production yet, but there’s more than enough speculation to keep people talking as Moto’s competitors play their hands. If this video is any indication, even if this isn’t the X Phone, Motorola is clearly headed deeper into Stock Android territory.The phone on display is a Snapdragon S4 Pro powered device that is all but Stock Android, running at least Android 4.2. The phone is packing 2GB of RAM under its 4.65″ 720p AMOLED display at 320ppi. In terms of hardware specs alone, the phone seems to very closely emulate the Nexus 4. The design shown here is pretty different from Motorola’s current design schema, opting for soft curves and a matte backing over the highly industrial look of the current RAZR line. The phone is obviously running on a GSM carrier, which could mean that it would be available to more than just Verizon Wireless customers if it is meant to hit the states.The phone is briefly compared to an iPhone 5 in the video, and you can clearly see how nice and thin it is. The curved backing is a new design choice for Motorola, but it allows the camera and flash to lay flush with the phone. There doesn’t appear to be a volume rocker in the casing, which raises some questions about how you would do things like take screenshots or quickly mute the handset when a call was coming in. It’s possible that what we see here in this video is an unfinished product or a casing over the real phone, as it is clear the screen cover is hiding the front facing camera and the user in this video was never touching the actual glass.Motorola releasing what is basically a Nexus 4 right now would put it up against more than a few 1080p phones using Qualcomm’s next generation of processors, which would be difficult. It is possible that this phone is meant to be offered as a mid range handset, but the rest of the hardware seems more than capable. It’s also possible that this is the last phone in Motorola’s pipeline before we start seeing devices made entirely under Google’s influence, which would only further indicate that the often rumored X Phone is much further away than initially rumored.Until we know more, this unreleased phone will continue to be an interesting mystery.last_img read more

Wilson I am nothing like KaneWilson I am nothing like Kane

first_imgEngland newcomer Callum Wilson feels that comparisons between himself and Harry Kane don’t make senseAfter an excellent start to the season at Bournemouth, Wilson has been awarded his first England call-up to the senior team.Wilson has scored six Premier League goals this term – the same amount as England’s World Cup Golden Boot winner Kane.But the 26-year-old refuses to get drawn into comparisons with Kane due to their differences.Instead, Wilson intends to focus on making his mark in England’s games against the United States and Croatia.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I feel like I don’t want to come here just to make the numbers,” said Wilson, according to the Telegraph.“I want to impress the manager [Gareth Southgate] and be here for a number of years, not just for this season.“I think I’m an out-and-out number nine. Obviously, I wouldn’t class myself as similar to Harry Kane, we’re different players.“I tend to just play down the middle. I feel like I can score goals so I’m just hoping I can stay fit, in form and get some opportunities.”The England and US friendly will take place at Wembley tonight with kick-off to begin at 21:00 (CET).last_img read more

POLICE LOG for December 25 Lost Wedding Ring Suspected Drunk Driver NotPOLICE LOG for December 25 Lost Wedding Ring Suspected Drunk Driver Not

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Tuesday, December 25, 2018:A caller out for her daily walk reported an unopened Christmas present on the ground near the drive-thru ATM at Santander Bank. Police retrieved package and will return to station in case someone claims it. (4:36am)A Woburn Street homeowner reported a sick raccoon on their property. (3:52pm)Police assisted an elderly woman with a house lockout on Deming Way. (4:20pm)A caller’s husband reported he loss his wedding band with white gold. Husband was at St. Thomas mass Monday night at 10:30pm and will check with church in the morning. (4:54pm)A caller stated she believed she was behind a drunk driver in a white Tesla. Vehicle was last scene pulling into Sunrise Market. Police responded. Driver was testing the auto pilot option. (9:15pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 27: OUI Arrest; Woman Brings Caged Bird To Town BeachIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 25: Police Respond Twice To Customers Behaving Badly At Market Basket; Erratic Driver Admits To TextingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 21: Driver Issued Summons; Solicitors Going Door To Door Without Required PermitIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Cuttlefish ink found promising for cancer treatmentCuttlefish ink found promising for cancer treatment

first_img More information: Rong-Hui Deng. Mei-Zhen Zou, Diwei Zheng, Si-Yuan Peng, Wenlong Liu, Xue-Feng Bai, Han-Shi Chen, Yunxia Sun, Pang-Hu Zhou, and Xian-Zheng Zhang. “Nanoparticles from Cuttlefish Ink Inhibit Tumor Growth by Synergizing Immunotherapy and Photothermal Therapy.” ACS Nano. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.9b02993 Researchers have found that cuttlefish ink—a black suspension sprayed by cuttlefish to deter predators—contains nanoparticles that strongly inhibit the growth of cancerous tumors in mice. The nanoparticles consist mostly of melanin by weight, along with amino acids, monosaccharides (simple sugars), metals, and other compounds. The researchers showed that the nanoparticles modify the immune function in tumors, and when combined with irradiation, can almost completely inhibit tumor growth. Due to these costs, some researchers have turned to nature for alternatives. Previous research has shown that certain natural compounds, including those found in brown algae and some bacteria, contain polysaccharides that have the ability to reprogram macrophages from the M2 type to the M1 type. In the new paper, the researchers found that cuttlefish ink nanoparticles, which are spherical and approximately 100 nm in diameter, also have this ability. After confirming the biocompatibility of these nanoparticles, the researchers performed several experiments both in vitro with tumor cells and in vivo with tumor-afflicted mice. In the in vitro experiments, the researchers found that irradiating the nanoparticles with near-infrared irradiation killed approximately 90% of tumor cells, although the nanoparticles displayed almost no cytotoxicity without irradiation. The researchers explained that the high melanin content of the nanoparticles plays a key role in the irradiation process, as melanin has an intrinsically good photothermal conversion ability.In mice, nanoparticle treatment proved to be effective both alone and in combination with irradiation, although irradiation further improved the outcome. Bioluminescent imaging revealed that treated mice exhibited significantly lower tumor bioluminescence compared to controls, indicating greatly reduced metastases on internal organs. Mice treated with both nanoparticles and irradiation exhibited a nearly complete inhibition of tumor growth.By performing a gene analysis, the researchers identified 194 differentially expressed genes involved in immune functions that were associated with the regulation of the inflammatory response and cell killing, and which were either up- or down-regulated by the treatment. The analysis indicated that a certain signaling pathway is responsible for the conversion of M2 macrophages to M1 macrophages. This mechanism not only leads to phagocytosis of tumor cells, but also stimulates the immune system to produce various antitumor factors, all of which play a role in inhibiting tumor growth.In the future, the researchers plan to explore other natural materials that have anti-cancer properties.”Our research team is currently studying the biomedical potential of natural materials such as hair, cuttlefish ink, bacteria, fungi, and even the cells of the human body as a therapeutic drug carrier,” Zhang said. “By drawing inspiration from nature and taking advantage of its own characteristics, we expect to find some valuable research that will provide new and effective solutions for the treatment of clinical diseases.” Journal information: ACS Nano Explore further Citation: Cuttlefish ink found promising for cancer treatment (2019, July 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2019 Science X Network 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. Elegant antibody nanoparticles override immunological tolerance of tumors (Left) A cuttlefish. Credit: North Atlantic Stepping Stones Science Party, IFE, URI-IAO; NOAA/OAR/OER. (Right) Comparison of tumor size after 16 days of different treatments, including cuttlefish ink nanoparticles (CINPs) and CINPs with irradiation. Credit: Deng et al. ©2019 American Chemical Society The researchers, led by Pang-Hu Zhou at the Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University and Xian-Zheng Zhang at the Chemistry Department at Wuhan University, have published a paper on the ability of nanoparticles from cuttlefish ink to inhibit tumor growth in a recent issue of ACS Nano.”We found natural nanoparticles from cuttlefish ink with good biocompatibility that can effectively achieve tumor immunotherapy and photothermal therapy simultaneously,” Zhang told “This finding might inspire more exploration of natural materials for medical applications.”Tumor immunotherapy involves fighting cancer by stimulating the body’s own immune system. One strategy is to target leukocytes, or white blood cells. Macrophages are the predominant leukocyte found in some tumors, and they can take one of two forms: M1 or M2. The M1 phenotype engulfs and destroys tumor cells through the process of phagocytosis and with the activation of T cells (other white blood cells). In the M2 phenotype, on the other hand, this immune function is suppressed, allowing tumor growth to continue unchecked. In tumor environments, the M2 phenotype almost always outnumbers the M1 phenotype.Recently, researchers have been working on the development of small molecules and antibodies that can convert protumor M2 macrophages to antitumor M1 macrophages. At the same time, they are designing nanoparticles such as photothermal agents that, when exposed to irradiation, locally destroy cancer cells by thermal ablation. These agents can be integrated into synthesized nanoparticles, and then potentially administered to patients. One of the drawbacks, however, is that these synthetic nanoparticles are expensive and require complicated preparation methods.last_img read more

TMC leader shot at in Jhargram family accuses of party rivalryTMC leader shot at in Jhargram family accuses of party rivalry

first_imgKolkata: A Trinamool Congress leader from Gopiballavpur block I in Jhargram sustained bullet injuries and IS fighting for his life in a hospital. Police said the victim, Bikash Nayek was taking a stroll outside his house after finishing his dinner on Sunday night when some unidentified miscreants came and shot at him from point blank. A bullet pierced through his left shoulder. The family members of the victim who were having their dinner rushed to the spot after hearing the gun shot. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThey found Nayek in a pool of blood. The miscreants had already fled the spot after committing the crime. He was immediately rushed to the Jhargram Superspecialty hospital. According to the hospital sources, the condition of the patient is serious. According to preliminary investigation, police suspect that the miscreants had come on a motorcycle and disappeared in the darkness after the incident.The incident triggered tension among locals. The family members alleged that some BJP backed miscreants might have been involved in the incident. It was a deliberate attempt to kill Nayek who had been instrumental in strengthening the party organisation in the area. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedSenior party leaders from the district also blamed the BJP for the incident as they were trying to weaken the organisation of the Trinamool Congress. The family members of the victim handed over the names of some suspected miscreants to the police who might be been involved in the incident. The district BJP leaders, however, denied the allegation and termed it to be a result of the intra party clash within Trinamool Congress. A police picket was set up at the hospital as the family members of the victim are apprehending fresh attacks on Nayek. Police have started a detailed probe in this regard. Raids are being conducted to nab the culprits.last_img read more

Transport minister flags off luxury AC buses to North BengalTransport minister flags off luxury AC buses to North Bengal

first_imgKolkata: Suvendu Adhikari, the state Transport minister, flagged off five air-conditioned Volvo buses at L20 bus terminus in Esplanade which will operate from Kolkata to various parts of North Bengal.Senior officials including Mihir Goswami, Chairman, North Bengal State Transport Corporation (NBSTC), Narayan Swaroop Nigam, Managing Director, West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC) were present in the meeting. Adhikari said the introduction of the buses will be helpful to people immensely. He also appreciated the role played by the NBSTC in ensuring bus services between Kolkata and North Bengal even when other modes of transport are not available. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe buses will be plying from Kolkata to Siliguri, Kolkata to Alipurduar via Cooch Behar and Kolkata to Kandi. It will be an added advantage for the people of North Bengal to reach Kolkata. Everyday hundreds of people travel between Kolkata and different parts of North Bengal. Goswami said that it would be 75 years of the NBSTC in 2019 and more steps would be taken for the convenience of the masses. Reacting on the increase in the price of diesel, Goswami said it is leaving an adverse effect as the price of fuel has witnessed a steep rise just in the past few days and the expense of operating buses is also going up. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe introduction of the air-conditioned Volvo buses come when the state Transport department has also planned to introduce “Rajdhani” Volvo bus services to further improve connectivity between the district headquarters and Kolkata. Recently, a high-level meeting in a bid to ensure initiation of “Rajdhani” Volvo bus services between all district headquarters and Kolkata held at Paribahan Bhavan where top brass of the state Transport Department and all the corporations were present. The state Transport minister had earlier announced the project of introducing bus services to connect the district headquarters with the city.last_img read more

Combat hair woes in monsoon with easeCombat hair woes in monsoon with ease

first_imgHumidity can take a toll on your tresses during the monsoon season, bringing on issues like dandruff, hair fall and dryness. Ensure you use limited hair products and keep your mane tied, says an expert. A renowned aesthetician, cosmetologist has shared a few tips to help you counter hair troubles: * Using too many products for hair is not recommended. They may cause dandruff and hair fall during damp weather. One should indulge in regular hair washes with a mild, medicated and organic shampoo, to do away with hair problems. Just apply anti-humidifying sprays to protect your mane from humidity by sealing your cuticles.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’* If you could not save yourself from the downpour and end up with wet tresses, wash hair immediately as the dirty water may again cause infections as well as hair-fall.* Do not leave your hair loose or open as they can get oily after mingling with the rain water along with the sweat, making you feel tacky. In monsoon, be sure to tie your tresses in messy, high-rise buns that are in trend these days. Accessorise with colourful hats, caps and bandanas to add a dash of colour and style. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix* For re-infusing energy into your dry, damaged and limp hair of rainy season, you can apply a nourishing homemade hair mask. Prepare a powder of dried neem leaves by grinding them; now add egg and mayonnaise to it. Apply this preparation to your hair and leave it to stay for few hours. Wash-off to reveal conditioned, sparkling tresses that flow with health. Neem included in the pack will protect your mane from infections, whereas the protein content of the egg will strengthen it from root to tips. The much-needed shine will be endowed to hair through mayonnaise.last_img read more

Mobile Commerce Has Completely Exploded InfographicMobile Commerce Has Completely Exploded Infographic

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now November 21, 2013 Related: How to Make The Most of This Year’s Ultra-Short Holiday Shopping Season This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Hang some mistletoe over you and your smartphone this holiday season.Shopping for the holidays has increasingly become about spending quality time with our mobile devices. From 2011 to 2012, the number of minutes that consumers spent on retail mobile apps in the holiday month of December increased six-fold, according to the infographic below compiled by Sparked, a San Francisco-based social and mobile engagement platform.Also, in the last six months, almost three in four shoppers have confessed to “showrooming,” meaning they examine a product in a retail store and then buy it online for a cheaper price.Related: In Weak Shopping Environment, Cyber Monday Is Where It’s AtAnd globally, while about half of U.S. Internet users shop on mobile, almost nine in 10 Japanese Internet users shop on their mobile phones.Check out the infographic (below) for additional information about trends in mobile commerce, or m-commerce, this holiday season.Click to Enlarge+ 1 min read Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

How Hayley Williams helped me come to terms with my bisexualityHow Hayley Williams helped me come to terms with my bisexuality

first_imgMe wearing a Paramore shirt, 2010Then last year, Paramore released their fifth album, After Laughter. It was another huge shift in sound, but again, it ended up being just what I needed during this period of my life.Since the release of After Laughter, I started thinking more about my affection for Hayley Williams. In my teens, I practically wanted to be her. I would watch Paramore music videos, live shows, and interviews simply because I really liked looking at her. Back in the day, I would jump around my bedroom pretending I was her on stage, even emulating the body language and movements she’d make in the music videos.Headbanging like Hayley in 2010I actually only came out as bi this year. Since I’d only been in relationships and had sexual experiences with male-identifying individuals, I felt like I couldn’t claim the term. I feared being told I was only saying this for attention, that it was a phase. Or, even worse, how could I know if I had never been with another woman?As Hayley for Celebrity Day my senior year of high school, 2012So I would toy with other labels, like heteroflexible. Then I realized that at the end of the day, even terms like that would fall under the umbrella of bisexuality. So I finally said it out loud, online, to my mom, to my partner, to my friends. I wanted to shout it from the rooftops.Looking back, it’s pretty obvious that my fondness for Hayley was an attraction of sorts. I wanted to be her, wanted her as my mentor and friend, but yeah… I wanted to make out with her, too. She was my ‘girl crush,’ as I would tell people back then—before I was out.To this day, Paramore is still my favorite band. Just the other day, I bought tickets to their June show in Brooklyn. And, like the old days, I jumped around my apartment singing along to Paramore music videos.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Hayley Kiyoko wins at the VMAs and 20GayTeen is alive and wellHere’s what went down when Steve Grand met Elton John (and Adam Lambert)Hayley Kiyoko knew she was attracted to women when she was sixRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) It was circa 2007. I was at home on MySpace and I heard this really awesome song on someone’s profile. After doing some digging, I found that it was Pressure by Paramore. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img GAYSTARNEWS- But, even more exciting than the kick-ass song was the fact that the lead singer—Hayley Williams—somewhat resembled me with her fiery red hair.[embedded content]Back in middle school, I remember a popular girl trying to convince me to dye my hair black. I remember being called ‘firecrotch’ by random high schoolers who thought they were being edgy.So seeing this super cool rockstar of a woman with varying shades of red hair throughout the Paramore music videos (the deep red of Pressure, the bright orange of Misery Business, and the strawberry blonde that looked most like my hair in That’s What You Get), meant a lot for my self-confidence.[embedded content]I would bring printed-out pictures of Hayley to the hair salon to show them how I wanted my hair cut. I would straighten my hair daily and relish in the compliment I would get every so often of ‘You look like the girl from Paramore!’But more even than finding hair inspiration and a style guru, I found music that really spoke to me. Music that evolved with me as I grew.Me right up on the barriers of Paramore’s Final Riot concert in Central Park, 2008There are songs in each Paramore album that I could dedicate to different periods of my life. I hung onto Paramore lyrics as a source of hope and comfort. Those songs were like a giant, comforting hug during my darkest times.Me in 2009When Paramore’s sound completely changed upon the release of their 4th self-titled album in 2013, I was bummed at first. Who likes change, really? But then those songs grew on me. And it turns out, I really needed songs like Now, Ain’t It Fun, and Grow Up during that time in 2013, when I was recovering from a really bad breakup. In fact, in December of 2013 I even got a line from Now tattooed on my arm—Lost the battle, win the war. It serves as a reminder to me that even when I feel hopeless or things aren’t going my way, I can still come out on top at the end. Hayley Williams of Paramorelast_img read more

Emirates brand worlds most valuableEmirates brand worlds most valuable

first_img“We are delighted that our brand valuation has increased and that Emirates has retained its top position, because this reflects our success in engaging our customers, and remaining relevant to them in a fast changing and highly competitive global environment.” “A strong brand is an important business differentiator and that is why Emirates has continually invested in our brand over the years,” Emirates’ divisional senior vice president corporate communications, marketing and brand, Boutros Boutros said.  The brand is valued at USD $5.48 billion.  Source = ETB News: T.N. Emirates’ brand is also one of the most engaged on social media.  Emirates Airlines’ brand has been singled out as the world’s most valuable. The Brand Global Finance 500 Report has identified Emirates’ brand as the most valuable in the world for the third year in a row and the 234th most valuable brand overall in the world.  last_img read more

State assistance averted deposit haircut at coop FinMin saysState assistance averted deposit haircut at coop FinMin says

first_imgState assistance was granted to the co-op bank in 2013 to avert a haircut on deposits, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades told an inquiry into the lender’s collapse on Thursday.The minister, who has been heavily criticised following the co-op bank’s demise earlier this year, started his testimony by reading a prepared statement in which he said that nationalising the lender in 2013 by pumping €1.5bn initially and around €250m at a later stage, had been a political decision at EU level which President Nicos Anastasiades had secured.Until that time, the co-op had a negative capital, he said.“The question is not why and how the co-op came to a dead end in 2013 . The question is how it managed to operate until 2o13. How such an organisation was allowed to operate and handle people’s savings until 2013,” he said.It was not even an organisation. It was a loose network of co-op banks that operated without credible procedures, supervision, and suitable staff, recklessly granting loans, even to its directors and nonexistent individuals, he said.What was worse, was that no one bothered to check if those loans were serviced, he added.“State aid in 2013 did not resolve the co-op’s problems. It prevented a haircut of deposits at the co-op bank also.”As part of its bailout, Cyprus had to shutter its second-largest bank, Laiki, while Bank of Cyprus, the biggest one, had to seize 47.5 per cent of deposits over €100,000.You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more