Extrain engineer apologizes for his role in LacMegantic tragedy

first_imgSHERBROOKE, Que. – One of the three men acquitted of criminal negligence in the Lac-Megantic railway disaster is apologizing publicly for his role in the tragedy that killed 47 people.Tom Harding spoke to reporters today for the first time since he and two former railway colleagues were found not guilty last week.Richard Labrie, Jean Demaitre and Harding were each charged with criminal negligence causing the death of 47 people after a runaway train derailed and exploded in the small Quebec town on July 6, 2013.In a rare public statement since the tragedy, Harding says he is deeply sorry for his part in the disaster and assumes his responsibility.The Crown had argued that Harding’s role was significant because he didn’t apply a sufficient number of brakes after parking the convoy for the night.Harding’s defence team had argued his actions were not a marked departure from standard company procedures and therefore he couldn’t be held criminally responsible.“I do not find the words sufficient to express my sympathies,” Harding said. “I am deeply sorry for my part of responsibility in this tragedy. I assume this responsibility and I will always assume it.”last_img read more

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first_imgSHERBROOKE, Que. – One of the three men acquitted of criminal negligence in the Lac-Megantic railway disaster is apologizing publicly for his role in the tragedy that killed 47 people.Tom Harding spoke to reporters today for the first time since he and two former railway colleagues were found not guilty last week.Richard Labrie, Jean Demaitre and Harding were each charged with criminal negligence causing the death of 47 people after a runaway train derailed and exploded in the small Quebec town on July 6, 2013.In a rare public statement since the tragedy, Harding says he is deeply sorry for his part in the disaster and assumes his responsibility.The Crown had argued that Harding’s role was significant because he didn’t apply a sufficient number of brakes after parking the convoy for the night.Harding’s defence team had argued his actions were not a marked departure from standard company procedures and therefore he couldn’t be held criminally responsible.“I do not find the words sufficient to express my sympathies,” Harding said. “I am deeply sorry for my part of responsibility in this tragedy. I assume this responsibility and I will always assume it.”last_img read more

DR Congo Security Council urges all stakeholders to ensure upcoming polls are

In a Statement read out in a formal meeting by the President of the Council, the 15-member body “called on the authorities to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, especially the right of peaceful assembly, and to exercise maximum restraint in their response to protests. The statement also called on the opposition forces in the country “to show responsibility by ensuring the peaceful character of their demonstrations.” The Council further underlined the need for the Government and its national partners to accelerate preparations for the elections without further delays, including by expediting the update of the voter registry. It further noted it remains concerned over the risk for destabilization of DRC and the region as a whole, as illustrated by the violence of 19-20 September 2016, in the absence of a swift and consensual resolution to the current political crisis, and called on the Government to hold accountable those responsible for the killings as well as all violations and abuses of human rights. Also, the Council expressed deep concerns over humanitarian situation and persisting violence in eastern DRC, in particular, North Kivu province, and called on the Government to “end the threat” posed by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) and all other armed groups operating in the central African country. It is estimated that nearly 840,000 people have been displaced in North Kivu and more than 700 civilians have been killed since October 2014. Further in the Statement, the Council also welcomed regional initiatives to promote peace, stability and democracy in the DRC as well as the reform of the governing mechanisms of the Peace, Security and Cooperation (PSC) Framework for the DRC and the region. Also at today’s Council meeting, Special Representative of the Secretary-General Maman Sambo Sidikou and the head of the UN mission in the country (MONUSCO) informed the members of the Council that the mission continued its engagement with the Government, political parties and civil society and that it has updated its contingencies and adjusting deployment to mitigate politically driven violence and to protect civilians, to the extent possible, within its available resources and in its areas of deployment. However, Mr. Sidikou, added “these efforts may not be fully sufficient to mitigate or respond adequately to any major outbreak of politically-related violence,” and underlined that it was political will of the main political actors that would determine how the existing tensions will be managed, and whether or not these degenerate into violence. He also expressed caution at the deteriorating economic situation and its adverse impact on the stability of the country. “Socio-economic factors constitute an important potential trigger for violence in this period,” he said. read more

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In a Statement read out in a formal meeting by the President of the Council, the 15-member body “called on the authorities to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, especially the right of peaceful assembly, and to exercise maximum restraint in their response to protests. The statement also called on the opposition forces in the country “to show responsibility by ensuring the peaceful character of their demonstrations.” The Council further underlined the need for the Government and its national partners to accelerate preparations for the elections without further delays, including by expediting the update of the voter registry. It further noted it remains concerned over the risk for destabilization of DRC and the region as a whole, as illustrated by the violence of 19-20 September 2016, in the absence of a swift and consensual resolution to the current political crisis, and called on the Government to hold accountable those responsible for the killings as well as all violations and abuses of human rights. Also, the Council expressed deep concerns over humanitarian situation and persisting violence in eastern DRC, in particular, North Kivu province, and called on the Government to “end the threat” posed by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) and all other armed groups operating in the central African country. It is estimated that nearly 840,000 people have been displaced in North Kivu and more than 700 civilians have been killed since October 2014. Further in the Statement, the Council also welcomed regional initiatives to promote peace, stability and democracy in the DRC as well as the reform of the governing mechanisms of the Peace, Security and Cooperation (PSC) Framework for the DRC and the region. Also at today’s Council meeting, Special Representative of the Secretary-General Maman Sambo Sidikou and the head of the UN mission in the country (MONUSCO) informed the members of the Council that the mission continued its engagement with the Government, political parties and civil society and that it has updated its contingencies and adjusting deployment to mitigate politically driven violence and to protect civilians, to the extent possible, within its available resources and in its areas of deployment. However, Mr. Sidikou, added “these efforts may not be fully sufficient to mitigate or respond adequately to any major outbreak of politically-related violence,” and underlined that it was political will of the main political actors that would determine how the existing tensions will be managed, and whether or not these degenerate into violence. He also expressed caution at the deteriorating economic situation and its adverse impact on the stability of the country. “Socio-economic factors constitute an important potential trigger for violence in this period,” he said. read more

BBC announces most powerful women of the last 70 years Beyonce and

first_imgWhen celebrating the most powerful women of the last 70 years, it may seem natural to host a celebration at Buckingham Palace: home to a Queen who has reigned for generations.But if anyone had hoped Her Majesty might be recognised for her contribution to women’s lives over her long service, they would be disappointed.The BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Power List, announced on Wednesday, instead recognises Beyoncé, the singer, feminist provocateur Germaine Greer and a fictional character: the love-lorn Bridget Jones. She told guests it was a “huge pleasure to acknowledge this magnificent milestone” and said the programme’s origins as a show just for housewives had been “left far behind”.”It is a living social history charting the changing attitudes to women as well as the changing attitudes of women themselves,” she said.”So it’s not surprising that the number of listeners is higher than ever and that its audience is made up of both women and men.” Baroness Thatcher came in first in the power list It is the first time the list has encompassed a fictional character as well as women no longer with us.Previous winners include Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, campaigner Baroness Lawrence, and the Queen, who won in 2013. The Queen Beyonce, the singer Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Germaine Greer, the feminist and author Beyonce, the singer Emma Barnett, chair of judges, said of Lady Thatcher: “Love or loathe her, it is hard to think of another woman who has had more of an impact on British women than Baroness Margaret Thatcher within the last seven decades.“Anyone born in the 80s, and thereafter, grew up thinking it was normal for a woman to run the country; anyone over the age of 18 while she was in charge was shaped by her leadership style and uncompromising policies.“In fact a whole generation of women’s feminism was formed in direct retaliation to her.”Judge Julia Hobsbawm said of the inclusion of Bridget Jones: “Twenty five years ago she ushered in the voice of a woman narrating her own banality as well as her own complexity.”The seven women on the Woman’s Hour Power List 2016:Margaret Thatcher – First female British Prime Minister (1979-1990) and leader of the Conservative Party (1975-1990). Emma Barnett says: “Love or loathe her, it is hard to think of another woman who has had more of an impact on British women than Baroness Margaret Thatcher within the last seven decades. Anyone born in the 80s, and thereafter, grew up thinking it was normal for a woman to run the country; anyone over the age of 18 while she was in charge was shaped by her leadership style and uncompromising policies. In fact a whole generation of women’s feminism was formed in direct retaliation to her.”Helen Brook – Set up Brook Advisory Centres in 1964 offering contraceptive advice to unmarried women. Jill Burridge says: “I think the biggest change [of the past 70 years] was probably contraception, which freed women to think about what they did and what choices they had – in terms of whether they stayed at home or chose to develop their career. Everything has followed on from that –employment, job opportunities, all those things flowed on after the change when the pill became freely available to women.”Barbara Castle – Labour MP for Blackburn (1945-1979), brought in the Equal Pay Act in 1970. Emma Barnett says: “It would be criminal not to put Barbara Castle on that list. Every negotiation I’ve ever had I know I’ve got her standing behind me with what she put into legislation.”Germaine Greer – Australian writer, recognised as one of the major voices of the feminist movement, she published The Female Eunuch in 1970. Abi Morgan says: “She’s a warrior for me – she’s somebody who went to the frontline of feminism and said bring it on.”Jayaben Desai – Prominent leader of the strikers in the Grunwick dispute in London in 1976, campaigning against low pay and poor conditions for women workers. Ayesha Hazarika says: “She highlighted the plight of low paid women, immigrant workers, racism, trade union recognition – but also dignity, humanity and basic human rights.” Bridget Jones – Bridget Jones’s Diary published by Helen Fielding in 1996. Julia Hobsbawm says: “Twenty five years ago she ushered in the voice of a woman narrating her own banality as well as her own complexity.”Beyoncé – American singer-songwriter. Ayesha Hazarika says: “I think Beyoncé managed to do two things. She turned herself into a very successful commercial brand but with that she also put out quite a positive feminist message, right from the start. Particularly now she’s moving into race relations talking about black lives matter. And also from a beauty point of view, being a black woman who is held up as a global beauty icon at a time when beauty and pop culture is still very white.” Barbara Castle shares a cup of tea with the leaders of the female machinists’ strike from the Ford plant in Dagenham in 1968 The Duchess of Cornwall greets Dame Jenni Murray at the Buckingham Palace reception The Duchess of Cornwall greets Dame Jenni Murray at the Buckingham Palace reception Barbara Castle shares a cup of tea with the leaders of the female machinists' strike from the Ford plant in Dagenham in 1968 A spokesman for Radio 4 said debate over the selection was to be expected. Lady Thatcher and Miss Jones are joined on the final list by Helen Brook, who founded centres offering contraception to unmarried women, Barbara Castle, the Labour MP who fought for equal pay, and Jayaben Desai, a strike leader in the 1974 Grunwick dispute.Germaine Greer, the feminist and academic who has caused fury among campaigners for recent comments about transgender people, came in fourth place, with judge Abi Morgan hailing her a “warrior”.Beyoncé, the American singer, makes it onto the list at number seven in recognition of her status as a “global beauty icon”. Baroness Thatcher came in first in the power list The Duchess of Cornwall meets Germaine Greer The Duchess of Cornwall meets Germaine Greer Germaine Greer, the feminist and author The list will be announced on Woman’s Hour from 10am on Wednesday, in a programme pre-recorded at Buckingham Palace.Speaking at a reception to celebrate the show’s 70th anniversary, the Duchess of Cornwall told a crowd the programme had been part of the “soundtrack to my life”. The Queen did not make the list, despite her long serviceCredit:Getty Images The list of seven powerful women, selected by a judging panel, was topped by Baroness Thatcher, the late former prime minister who was recognised by the BBC for her impact on British women whether they “love her or loathe her”.The Queen did not make the list, with Theresa May, the current Prime Minister, also omitted along with all modern-day politicians.Instead, Woman’s House chose to honour the star of Helen Fielding’s 1996 novel, Bridget Jones’s Diary, famous for her witty take on the life of a single woman in a world of “smug marrieds”. Alice Feinstein, Woman’s Hour editor, said: “Each year the Woman’s Hour Power List aims to highlight, celebrate and create a discussion around the achievements of women who are pioneering and affecting change for women and in British society at large.“In our anniversary year it felt appropriate to take stock and recognise the women who over the past 70 years have had the biggest impact.“Of course it’s been an impossible task for our judges to compile a final list of seven but I’m pleased that this feels like an appropriately wide-ranging and impressive line-up of those who historically and today are having an impact in terms of the choices available to women in the UK in 2016.”last_img read more

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first_imgWhen celebrating the most powerful women of the last 70 years, it may seem natural to host a celebration at Buckingham Palace: home to a Queen who has reigned for generations.But if anyone had hoped Her Majesty might be recognised for her contribution to women’s lives over her long service, they would be disappointed.The BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Power List, announced on Wednesday, instead recognises Beyoncé, the singer, feminist provocateur Germaine Greer and a fictional character: the love-lorn Bridget Jones. She told guests it was a “huge pleasure to acknowledge this magnificent milestone” and said the programme’s origins as a show just for housewives had been “left far behind”.”It is a living social history charting the changing attitudes to women as well as the changing attitudes of women themselves,” she said.”So it’s not surprising that the number of listeners is higher than ever and that its audience is made up of both women and men.” Baroness Thatcher came in first in the power list It is the first time the list has encompassed a fictional character as well as women no longer with us.Previous winners include Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, campaigner Baroness Lawrence, and the Queen, who won in 2013. The Queen Beyonce, the singer Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Germaine Greer, the feminist and author Beyonce, the singer Emma Barnett, chair of judges, said of Lady Thatcher: “Love or loathe her, it is hard to think of another woman who has had more of an impact on British women than Baroness Margaret Thatcher within the last seven decades.“Anyone born in the 80s, and thereafter, grew up thinking it was normal for a woman to run the country; anyone over the age of 18 while she was in charge was shaped by her leadership style and uncompromising policies.“In fact a whole generation of women’s feminism was formed in direct retaliation to her.”Judge Julia Hobsbawm said of the inclusion of Bridget Jones: “Twenty five years ago she ushered in the voice of a woman narrating her own banality as well as her own complexity.”The seven women on the Woman’s Hour Power List 2016:Margaret Thatcher – First female British Prime Minister (1979-1990) and leader of the Conservative Party (1975-1990). Emma Barnett says: “Love or loathe her, it is hard to think of another woman who has had more of an impact on British women than Baroness Margaret Thatcher within the last seven decades. Anyone born in the 80s, and thereafter, grew up thinking it was normal for a woman to run the country; anyone over the age of 18 while she was in charge was shaped by her leadership style and uncompromising policies. In fact a whole generation of women’s feminism was formed in direct retaliation to her.”Helen Brook – Set up Brook Advisory Centres in 1964 offering contraceptive advice to unmarried women. Jill Burridge says: “I think the biggest change [of the past 70 years] was probably contraception, which freed women to think about what they did and what choices they had – in terms of whether they stayed at home or chose to develop their career. Everything has followed on from that –employment, job opportunities, all those things flowed on after the change when the pill became freely available to women.”Barbara Castle – Labour MP for Blackburn (1945-1979), brought in the Equal Pay Act in 1970. Emma Barnett says: “It would be criminal not to put Barbara Castle on that list. Every negotiation I’ve ever had I know I’ve got her standing behind me with what she put into legislation.”Germaine Greer – Australian writer, recognised as one of the major voices of the feminist movement, she published The Female Eunuch in 1970. Abi Morgan says: “She’s a warrior for me – she’s somebody who went to the frontline of feminism and said bring it on.”Jayaben Desai – Prominent leader of the strikers in the Grunwick dispute in London in 1976, campaigning against low pay and poor conditions for women workers. Ayesha Hazarika says: “She highlighted the plight of low paid women, immigrant workers, racism, trade union recognition – but also dignity, humanity and basic human rights.” Bridget Jones – Bridget Jones’s Diary published by Helen Fielding in 1996. Julia Hobsbawm says: “Twenty five years ago she ushered in the voice of a woman narrating her own banality as well as her own complexity.”Beyoncé – American singer-songwriter. Ayesha Hazarika says: “I think Beyoncé managed to do two things. She turned herself into a very successful commercial brand but with that she also put out quite a positive feminist message, right from the start. Particularly now she’s moving into race relations talking about black lives matter. And also from a beauty point of view, being a black woman who is held up as a global beauty icon at a time when beauty and pop culture is still very white.” Barbara Castle shares a cup of tea with the leaders of the female machinists’ strike from the Ford plant in Dagenham in 1968 The Duchess of Cornwall greets Dame Jenni Murray at the Buckingham Palace reception The Duchess of Cornwall greets Dame Jenni Murray at the Buckingham Palace reception Barbara Castle shares a cup of tea with the leaders of the female machinists' strike from the Ford plant in Dagenham in 1968 A spokesman for Radio 4 said debate over the selection was to be expected. Lady Thatcher and Miss Jones are joined on the final list by Helen Brook, who founded centres offering contraception to unmarried women, Barbara Castle, the Labour MP who fought for equal pay, and Jayaben Desai, a strike leader in the 1974 Grunwick dispute.Germaine Greer, the feminist and academic who has caused fury among campaigners for recent comments about transgender people, came in fourth place, with judge Abi Morgan hailing her a “warrior”.Beyoncé, the American singer, makes it onto the list at number seven in recognition of her status as a “global beauty icon”. Baroness Thatcher came in first in the power list The Duchess of Cornwall meets Germaine Greer The Duchess of Cornwall meets Germaine Greer Germaine Greer, the feminist and author The list will be announced on Woman’s Hour from 10am on Wednesday, in a programme pre-recorded at Buckingham Palace.Speaking at a reception to celebrate the show’s 70th anniversary, the Duchess of Cornwall told a crowd the programme had been part of the “soundtrack to my life”. The Queen did not make the list, despite her long serviceCredit:Getty Images The list of seven powerful women, selected by a judging panel, was topped by Baroness Thatcher, the late former prime minister who was recognised by the BBC for her impact on British women whether they “love her or loathe her”.The Queen did not make the list, with Theresa May, the current Prime Minister, also omitted along with all modern-day politicians.Instead, Woman’s House chose to honour the star of Helen Fielding’s 1996 novel, Bridget Jones’s Diary, famous for her witty take on the life of a single woman in a world of “smug marrieds”. Alice Feinstein, Woman’s Hour editor, said: “Each year the Woman’s Hour Power List aims to highlight, celebrate and create a discussion around the achievements of women who are pioneering and affecting change for women and in British society at large.“In our anniversary year it felt appropriate to take stock and recognise the women who over the past 70 years have had the biggest impact.“Of course it’s been an impossible task for our judges to compile a final list of seven but I’m pleased that this feels like an appropriately wide-ranging and impressive line-up of those who historically and today are having an impact in terms of the choices available to women in the UK in 2016.”last_img read more

Liberals dont like my thinking TD claims he was ousted over abortion

first_imgINDEPENDENT TD MATTIE McGrath has slammed members of the Dáil Technical Group after he was removed from two Oireachtas committees of which he was a member, claiming it’s because of his pro-life views.The Dáil today agreed to a decision by the grouping of independent and smaller party TDs to remove the Tipperary South deputy from both the Health and Transport committees, replacing him with Clare Daly and Mick Wallace respectively.McGrath described it as an “undemocratic and despicable action” which “reflects extremely poorly on the willingness of some members of the Technical Group to listen to any kind of view which deviates from their own”. He said: “I am now being penalised for essentially falling out of favour due to the political stance I took at the time of the so called Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act.”However, the Technical Group whip, Kildare North TD Catherine Murphy, said that McGrath has not attended the weekly meetings of the group since July 2013.McGrath has also refused to pay monthly dues for the employment of two people as coordinators for the group since July.“Members of the group were seeking committee places,” Murphy said in a brief statement to TheJournal.ie.‘Apartheid’However, McGrath told this website that he is “getting no service, so I am not paying” and claimed that the €230 a month he had been paying towards employing staff for the group had gone up to €258 a month.He said there is “no transparency” in the Technical Group, saying “they have an apartheid of their own operating there. I don’t fit. Liberals in there don’t like my thinking.”During the debate on the matter in the Dáil earlier, independent TD and Technical Group member Stephen Donnelly asked the Ceann Comhairle to confirm that no member of the group was allowed to speak which Seán Barrett duly confirmed.This was an attempt to point out that the group could not outline its reasons for removing McGrath from the two committees.McGrath said his removal and replacement with Daly and Wallace, both of whom supported the abortion bill, was an attempt to tip the balance in favour of pro-choice views.“How can I see this as anything but an attempt to tip the ideological balance away to a position more suited to the proposers of the motion?” he said.Separately, the Dáil also voted through a measure preventing opposition TDs from tabling duplicate bills to increase the chances of them being debated.This followed a recent dispute over Luke Ming Flanagan’s tabling of a bill banning the construction of wind turbines which was identical to that previously tabled by Labour backbencher Willie Penrose.Read: Can expelled TDs join the Dáil Technical Group? Here’s why it’s ‘as clear as mud’Read: ‘Mick has a serious credibility problem’: TDs split on who does Leaders’ Questionslast_img read more

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first_imgINDEPENDENT TD MATTIE McGrath has slammed members of the Dáil Technical Group after he was removed from two Oireachtas committees of which he was a member, claiming it’s because of his pro-life views.The Dáil today agreed to a decision by the grouping of independent and smaller party TDs to remove the Tipperary South deputy from both the Health and Transport committees, replacing him with Clare Daly and Mick Wallace respectively.McGrath described it as an “undemocratic and despicable action” which “reflects extremely poorly on the willingness of some members of the Technical Group to listen to any kind of view which deviates from their own”. He said: “I am now being penalised for essentially falling out of favour due to the political stance I took at the time of the so called Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act.”However, the Technical Group whip, Kildare North TD Catherine Murphy, said that McGrath has not attended the weekly meetings of the group since July 2013.McGrath has also refused to pay monthly dues for the employment of two people as coordinators for the group since July.“Members of the group were seeking committee places,” Murphy said in a brief statement to TheJournal.ie.‘Apartheid’However, McGrath told this website that he is “getting no service, so I am not paying” and claimed that the €230 a month he had been paying towards employing staff for the group had gone up to €258 a month.He said there is “no transparency” in the Technical Group, saying “they have an apartheid of their own operating there. I don’t fit. Liberals in there don’t like my thinking.”During the debate on the matter in the Dáil earlier, independent TD and Technical Group member Stephen Donnelly asked the Ceann Comhairle to confirm that no member of the group was allowed to speak which Seán Barrett duly confirmed.This was an attempt to point out that the group could not outline its reasons for removing McGrath from the two committees.McGrath said his removal and replacement with Daly and Wallace, both of whom supported the abortion bill, was an attempt to tip the balance in favour of pro-choice views.“How can I see this as anything but an attempt to tip the ideological balance away to a position more suited to the proposers of the motion?” he said.Separately, the Dáil also voted through a measure preventing opposition TDs from tabling duplicate bills to increase the chances of them being debated.This followed a recent dispute over Luke Ming Flanagan’s tabling of a bill banning the construction of wind turbines which was identical to that previously tabled by Labour backbencher Willie Penrose.Read: Can expelled TDs join the Dáil Technical Group? Here’s why it’s ‘as clear as mud’Read: ‘Mick has a serious credibility problem’: TDs split on who does Leaders’ Questionslast_img read more

Column Depression thrives on secrecy and isolation – its time to speak

first_imgI’M A 30(ish) year old, happily-married mam of two, living in a small town in Connemara. I have two crazy dogs, wonderful friends and a loving, supportive family. I also have clinical depression. So, I’ve started writing a blog by way of helping me on my journey with this illness, and in the hope that my experience may help someone else.But what prompted me to do this? Why say anything at all? Depression is shameful, something to hide, something we should just be able to snap out of, right? Certainly not something to share with the world. Wrong. So very, very wrong.I’ve been struggling with depression for years. With hindsight I think it began as far back as college, possibly even school, although it wasn’t until after the birth of my first child that it raised it’s head in a way that began to cause serious problems. At the time, we called it post-natal depression. I took anti depressants for six months, felt somewhat better, and put it behind me, assuming that was it and I’d never look back. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case and I’m currently off work recovering from the most severe episode yet, one which saw me take a five week holiday in the psychiatric unit of UHG.Why was I being so secretive about my illness?It was while I was in hospital that I began to question why I was being so secretive about my illness. I suppose part of the reason is that for the longest time, I couldn’t accept that depression actually was an illness. I mentioned this to my psychiatrist once – she challenged me to go and say that to all the people in the waiting room. That was me firmly put in my place! So, I had to accept (something I still struggle with) that depression is part of me. It’s happened more times now than I care to mention, and each episode has been worse than the last.It is a truly horrendous way to feel, and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. But now isn’t the time to discuss the horrors of a bad depressive low. What’s important is that at the very bottom of this low, when I was at my worst, I realised that by hiding it I was actually making things even harder on myself. It occurred to me that if I was in hospital for any other reason, I would expect, nay, demand, sympathy, visits, flowers, chocolates. Did I mention sympathy? Yet here I was, the lowest I’ve ever been, afraid to talk to even my closest friends.The first step to breaking the silenceSo, I decided to do something about it. Smartphones are a wonderful invention. My first foray into letting people know was a text to a select few. Then, when I was feeling braver, a post on Facebook. For me, I express myself far more articulately through the written word and it’s not quite as scary as a face-to-face conversation. The response I got quite literally blew me away. I was overwhelmed by the amount of support and positivity that came my way – calls, messages, visits – I was amply supplied with chocolate and reading material, as well as the occasional shoulder and kleenex. I’d done it. Everyone knew. And the best part? The world didn’t come crashing to an end!!That’s not to say it wasn’t hard the first time I actually spoke to someone once they knew. It was. I was nervous – not helped by the fact that I wasn’t, and still am not, feeling great. I wasn’t sure how they’d be, if they’d look at me differently, treat me differently. But for the most part, I’ve found that people are taking their lead from me. They ask how I’m doing. On a good day, I might feel like expanding on things, and they listen. On a bad day, I’ll more than likely change the subject as I do still find it hard to admit to feeling low, and they go with that.Listening is so simple, yet so powerful. There’s no need to offer a solution – more often than not there isn’t one anyway. Platitudes certainly don’t help. But just listening, or even just asking how someone is doing, and genuinely meaning it; don’t ever overestimate the difference that can make. Humour also helps. It really, really helps. My stay in the hospital is affectionately known in my house as my ‘loola holiday’. I have friends who also have depression. They’re my fellow crazy ladies. We have to find ways to laugh about it, because otherwise it would be overwhelming.Depression thrives on secrecy and isolationDepression is a difficult illness, there’s no doubt about that, but it’s made so much worse when it’s kept hidden. It thrives on secrecy and isolation. When it’s out in the open, acknowledged, talked about, it loses some of its power. It was a difficult decision to take a chance and tell people, but it’s one that I don’t regret for a second. What’s been most interesting about this for me is that the more open I’ve been, the more open others have been in return. People have told me how they themselves have struggled, and still struggle, with depression. These are people I would always have assumed were absolutely fine and getting on with their lives with no bother at all. We’re able to support each other now in a way that wasn’t possible before, and that’s wonderful.I know that there will be days when I will struggle again. I’ve been warned to expect further episodes and that’s something I really don’t like to think about. But I’m hopeful that it won’t be as hard as it has been up to now, because I won’t be struggling on my own any more. I would urge anyone who is having difficulty with depression to find someone they trust to talk to.Professional help is so important, I’m lucky to have a GP who knows me well and a counsellor I trust completely, as well as a very supportive husband, family and friends. For now, I also have to take medication to control my depression. But as I’ve been told many, many times, that’s only half the battle. The rest is up to me. And for me at least, talking about it, allowing people to know what’s really going on, that’s the other half of the battle. Depression is a terrible burden to carry alone, no one should have to do that. Start small. Start with someone close. You might just be pleasantly surprised at their reaction.About the Green Ribbon Campaign:See Change, the National Stigma Reduction Partnership, and its 80 partner organisations have rolled out a major month-long national campaign to get people talking openly about mental health problems in May 2013The Green Ribbon campaign is simply about raising awareness and sparking conversation of mental health problems; 150,000 Green ribbons have been distributed nationwide free of charge and will not be associated with any fundraising activityPeople are asked to wear the green ribbon and support a movement to spark a national conversation about mental health in Ireland’s boardrooms, break-rooms, chat rooms, clubhouses, arts venues, college campuses and around kitchen tablesIn first week of the campaign alone, by wearing the green ribbon, attending nationwide local events and pledging online support, over 100,000 people got on board with the message of the campaign to change minds about mental health, one conversation at a timeKey message: you don’t need to be an expert to start talking about mental health or have all the answers; sometimes the most helpful thing you can do is to let someone know that you are there for them and simply listenlast_img read more

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first_imgI’M A 30(ish) year old, happily-married mam of two, living in a small town in Connemara. I have two crazy dogs, wonderful friends and a loving, supportive family. I also have clinical depression. So, I’ve started writing a blog by way of helping me on my journey with this illness, and in the hope that my experience may help someone else.But what prompted me to do this? Why say anything at all? Depression is shameful, something to hide, something we should just be able to snap out of, right? Certainly not something to share with the world. Wrong. So very, very wrong.I’ve been struggling with depression for years. With hindsight I think it began as far back as college, possibly even school, although it wasn’t until after the birth of my first child that it raised it’s head in a way that began to cause serious problems. At the time, we called it post-natal depression. I took anti depressants for six months, felt somewhat better, and put it behind me, assuming that was it and I’d never look back. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case and I’m currently off work recovering from the most severe episode yet, one which saw me take a five week holiday in the psychiatric unit of UHG.Why was I being so secretive about my illness?It was while I was in hospital that I began to question why I was being so secretive about my illness. I suppose part of the reason is that for the longest time, I couldn’t accept that depression actually was an illness. I mentioned this to my psychiatrist once – she challenged me to go and say that to all the people in the waiting room. That was me firmly put in my place! So, I had to accept (something I still struggle with) that depression is part of me. It’s happened more times now than I care to mention, and each episode has been worse than the last.It is a truly horrendous way to feel, and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. But now isn’t the time to discuss the horrors of a bad depressive low. What’s important is that at the very bottom of this low, when I was at my worst, I realised that by hiding it I was actually making things even harder on myself. It occurred to me that if I was in hospital for any other reason, I would expect, nay, demand, sympathy, visits, flowers, chocolates. Did I mention sympathy? Yet here I was, the lowest I’ve ever been, afraid to talk to even my closest friends.The first step to breaking the silenceSo, I decided to do something about it. Smartphones are a wonderful invention. My first foray into letting people know was a text to a select few. Then, when I was feeling braver, a post on Facebook. For me, I express myself far more articulately through the written word and it’s not quite as scary as a face-to-face conversation. The response I got quite literally blew me away. I was overwhelmed by the amount of support and positivity that came my way – calls, messages, visits – I was amply supplied with chocolate and reading material, as well as the occasional shoulder and kleenex. I’d done it. Everyone knew. And the best part? The world didn’t come crashing to an end!!That’s not to say it wasn’t hard the first time I actually spoke to someone once they knew. It was. I was nervous – not helped by the fact that I wasn’t, and still am not, feeling great. I wasn’t sure how they’d be, if they’d look at me differently, treat me differently. But for the most part, I’ve found that people are taking their lead from me. They ask how I’m doing. On a good day, I might feel like expanding on things, and they listen. On a bad day, I’ll more than likely change the subject as I do still find it hard to admit to feeling low, and they go with that.Listening is so simple, yet so powerful. There’s no need to offer a solution – more often than not there isn’t one anyway. Platitudes certainly don’t help. But just listening, or even just asking how someone is doing, and genuinely meaning it; don’t ever overestimate the difference that can make. Humour also helps. It really, really helps. My stay in the hospital is affectionately known in my house as my ‘loola holiday’. I have friends who also have depression. They’re my fellow crazy ladies. We have to find ways to laugh about it, because otherwise it would be overwhelming.Depression thrives on secrecy and isolationDepression is a difficult illness, there’s no doubt about that, but it’s made so much worse when it’s kept hidden. It thrives on secrecy and isolation. When it’s out in the open, acknowledged, talked about, it loses some of its power. It was a difficult decision to take a chance and tell people, but it’s one that I don’t regret for a second. What’s been most interesting about this for me is that the more open I’ve been, the more open others have been in return. People have told me how they themselves have struggled, and still struggle, with depression. These are people I would always have assumed were absolutely fine and getting on with their lives with no bother at all. We’re able to support each other now in a way that wasn’t possible before, and that’s wonderful.I know that there will be days when I will struggle again. I’ve been warned to expect further episodes and that’s something I really don’t like to think about. But I’m hopeful that it won’t be as hard as it has been up to now, because I won’t be struggling on my own any more. I would urge anyone who is having difficulty with depression to find someone they trust to talk to.Professional help is so important, I’m lucky to have a GP who knows me well and a counsellor I trust completely, as well as a very supportive husband, family and friends. For now, I also have to take medication to control my depression. But as I’ve been told many, many times, that’s only half the battle. The rest is up to me. And for me at least, talking about it, allowing people to know what’s really going on, that’s the other half of the battle. Depression is a terrible burden to carry alone, no one should have to do that. Start small. Start with someone close. You might just be pleasantly surprised at their reaction.About the Green Ribbon Campaign:See Change, the National Stigma Reduction Partnership, and its 80 partner organisations have rolled out a major month-long national campaign to get people talking openly about mental health problems in May 2013The Green Ribbon campaign is simply about raising awareness and sparking conversation of mental health problems; 150,000 Green ribbons have been distributed nationwide free of charge and will not be associated with any fundraising activityPeople are asked to wear the green ribbon and support a movement to spark a national conversation about mental health in Ireland’s boardrooms, break-rooms, chat rooms, clubhouses, arts venues, college campuses and around kitchen tablesIn first week of the campaign alone, by wearing the green ribbon, attending nationwide local events and pledging online support, over 100,000 people got on board with the message of the campaign to change minds about mental health, one conversation at a timeKey message: you don’t need to be an expert to start talking about mental health or have all the answers; sometimes the most helpful thing you can do is to let someone know that you are there for them and simply listenlast_img read more

Big match announced for next weeks WWE RAW with implications on Clash

first_img Now Playing Up Next Twitter Videos Articles Facebook Now Playing Up Next Following the conclusion of Monday night’s 9/5 WWE RAW main event, Mick Foley booked Roman Reigns vs. WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens for next week where if Reigns wins, he is inserted into the Clash of Champions main event with Seth Rollins and Owens making it a triple threat for the WWE Universal Championship.Foley had announced previously in the evening that Owens would be defending the WWE Universal Championship against Seth Rollins in a singles match after the outcome of last week’s show featuring the return of Triple H attacking Rollins and Reigns.You can check out a clip of the announcement below courtesy of WWE.GM @RealMickFoley just gave @WWERomanReigns a HUGE opportunity next week on #RAW vs. @FightOwensFight! pic.twitter.com/DhMUvw0njJ— WWE (@WWE) September 6, 2016 Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next September 6, 2016 at 11:54 am unknown Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Google+ WhatsApp Comments are closed. If it’s Rollins, I would like to see him go after Owens leading to Reigns getting DQ’ed. Shawn Michaels 3 COMMENTS Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Seth Rollinscenter_img Ronda Rousey WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Kevin Owens sends cryptic NXT messages after being “fired” on Smackdown Live Kitchen Sink 2K announces global partnership for WWE 2K20 with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society September 6, 2016 at 3:09 pm Videos Articles unknown Please have Rusev interfere Pinterest Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:01Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns New stipulation added to Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan this Sunday at Clash of Champions If it’s not Rusev, it will be Rollins. Either way there will be a DQ. September 6, 2016 at 2:51 pm WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Everlast_img read more

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first_img Now Playing Up Next Twitter Videos Articles Facebook Now Playing Up Next Following the conclusion of Monday night’s 9/5 WWE RAW main event, Mick Foley booked Roman Reigns vs. WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens for next week where if Reigns wins, he is inserted into the Clash of Champions main event with Seth Rollins and Owens making it a triple threat for the WWE Universal Championship.Foley had announced previously in the evening that Owens would be defending the WWE Universal Championship against Seth Rollins in a singles match after the outcome of last week’s show featuring the return of Triple H attacking Rollins and Reigns.You can check out a clip of the announcement below courtesy of WWE.GM @RealMickFoley just gave @WWERomanReigns a HUGE opportunity next week on #RAW vs. @FightOwensFight! pic.twitter.com/DhMUvw0njJ— WWE (@WWE) September 6, 2016 Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next September 6, 2016 at 11:54 am unknown Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Google+ WhatsApp Comments are closed. If it’s Rollins, I would like to see him go after Owens leading to Reigns getting DQ’ed. Shawn Michaels 3 COMMENTS Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Seth Rollinscenter_img Ronda Rousey WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Kevin Owens sends cryptic NXT messages after being “fired” on Smackdown Live Kitchen Sink 2K announces global partnership for WWE 2K20 with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society September 6, 2016 at 3:09 pm Videos Articles unknown Please have Rusev interfere Pinterest Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:01Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns New stipulation added to Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan this Sunday at Clash of Champions If it’s not Rusev, it will be Rollins. Either way there will be a DQ. September 6, 2016 at 2:51 pm WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Everlast_img read more

Romas Pelligrini could be Arsenal first signing

first_imgAS Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini has been Arsenal new boss’ initial signing target to improve The Gunners squad next season to be the Premier League title contender after their disappointing result in the end of Arsene Wenger era.This 21-year old Italian has been an integral part of Giallorossi’s success in reaching Champions League semifinal this season with 37 caps and 3 goals. According to SkySportItalia, Pellegrini is reported to have a release clause of £26 m included in his contract, the amount which should be affordable for The Gunners.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Unai Emery has been trying to build a better squad by aiming a number of new players so that they are able to be back to challenge for the title or at least return to the Champions League zone and Pellegrini seems to be a good choice for Arsenal. However, the North London side would not the only one to lure this former Sassuolo midfielder out of Rome since Juventus has been interested in signing him too.last_img read more

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first_imgAS Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini has been Arsenal new boss’ initial signing target to improve The Gunners squad next season to be the Premier League title contender after their disappointing result in the end of Arsene Wenger era.This 21-year old Italian has been an integral part of Giallorossi’s success in reaching Champions League semifinal this season with 37 caps and 3 goals. According to SkySportItalia, Pellegrini is reported to have a release clause of £26 m included in his contract, the amount which should be affordable for The Gunners.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Unai Emery has been trying to build a better squad by aiming a number of new players so that they are able to be back to challenge for the title or at least return to the Champions League zone and Pellegrini seems to be a good choice for Arsenal. However, the North London side would not the only one to lure this former Sassuolo midfielder out of Rome since Juventus has been interested in signing him too.last_img read more

Stan Hartling developer to address young entrepreneurs

first_img Grace Bay Beach #1 in Caribbean again at World Travel Awards Recommended for you Salvation Army does exceedingly abundantly more in Red Kettle Drive In the Pink raises $40,000 for Breast Cancer Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Jul 2015 – And tonight, CEO of the Hartling Group, Stan Hartling is the featured speaker at the Young Corporate Alliance session at the Regency Palms resort. The YCA continues its Summer Series where members are exposed to various business people for insight into best practices and winning strategies. Related Items:regent palms, stan hartling, young corporate alliance Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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first_img Grace Bay Beach #1 in Caribbean again at World Travel Awards Recommended for you Salvation Army does exceedingly abundantly more in Red Kettle Drive In the Pink raises $40,000 for Breast Cancer Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Jul 2015 – And tonight, CEO of the Hartling Group, Stan Hartling is the featured speaker at the Young Corporate Alliance session at the Regency Palms resort. The YCA continues its Summer Series where members are exposed to various business people for insight into best practices and winning strategies. Related Items:regent palms, stan hartling, young corporate alliance Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Studio City unveils new resident stunt show Elēkron

first_img Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August RelatedPosts JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Evan Winkler appointed President as Melco Resorts implements latest management overhaul Load More Melco Resorts & Entertainment has unveiled its new theatrical stunt show, Elēkron, at Macau integrated resort Studio City. Combining spectacular performances with tailor-made electric vehicles, the 75-minute spectacle portrays a post-apocalyptic future in which a tribe must battle hardships in order to reach a power station from where they can control electricity.To recreate this script, Melco has employed the expertise of Stufish, the world-renowned entertainment architecture company responsible for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics as well as shows by the likes of Elton John, Madonna and Beyoncé. Elēkron will feature over 70 sports cars, buggies, quads, trials bikes, FMX bikes and even a biplane, all designed from scratch specifically for the show and powered by electric engines provided by car manufacturer Tesla.More than 150 cast, crew, creative specialists, designers and technicians – including Guinness World Records holders – have been handpicked for the show from nine countries around the globe. Melco says the show will rival resident City of Dreams spectacle The House of the Dancing Water.Elēkron will hold its first performance on 14 December 2018 with tickets ranging from MOP$280 to MOP$980.“This is Studio City which is all about the world of films and one of the most exciting things in films are stunts, so we asked ourselves, ‘How do we bring this excitement of stunts to a show and how we can create something that can live inside an arena?’” Melco’s Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing and Brand Officer, Frederic Winckler, told Inside Asian Gaming.Asked if Elēkron might be mirrored in any future IR operated by Melco in Japan – where the company is actively pursuing one of three IR licenses on offer – Winckler said that every show the company develops has its own characteristics adapted to each audience.Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Director of the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) said of Elēkron, “Melco has brought a succession of ‘World’s First’ entertainment offerings to Macau in recent years, such as The House of Dancing Water at City of Dreams and Golden Reel at Studio City. We are pleased to see the launch of Elēkron, another new and unique attraction that once again puts Macau at the forefront of the global entertainment industry. Through the Macau SAR Government’s close collaboration with leading resorts such as Studio City, we believe we can further reinforce Macau’s reputation as the World Center of Tourism and Leisure.”last_img read more

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first_img Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August RelatedPosts JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Evan Winkler appointed President as Melco Resorts implements latest management overhaul Load More Melco Resorts & Entertainment has unveiled its new theatrical stunt show, Elēkron, at Macau integrated resort Studio City. Combining spectacular performances with tailor-made electric vehicles, the 75-minute spectacle portrays a post-apocalyptic future in which a tribe must battle hardships in order to reach a power station from where they can control electricity.To recreate this script, Melco has employed the expertise of Stufish, the world-renowned entertainment architecture company responsible for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics as well as shows by the likes of Elton John, Madonna and Beyoncé. Elēkron will feature over 70 sports cars, buggies, quads, trials bikes, FMX bikes and even a biplane, all designed from scratch specifically for the show and powered by electric engines provided by car manufacturer Tesla.More than 150 cast, crew, creative specialists, designers and technicians – including Guinness World Records holders – have been handpicked for the show from nine countries around the globe. Melco says the show will rival resident City of Dreams spectacle The House of the Dancing Water.Elēkron will hold its first performance on 14 December 2018 with tickets ranging from MOP$280 to MOP$980.“This is Studio City which is all about the world of films and one of the most exciting things in films are stunts, so we asked ourselves, ‘How do we bring this excitement of stunts to a show and how we can create something that can live inside an arena?’” Melco’s Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing and Brand Officer, Frederic Winckler, told Inside Asian Gaming.Asked if Elēkron might be mirrored in any future IR operated by Melco in Japan – where the company is actively pursuing one of three IR licenses on offer – Winckler said that every show the company develops has its own characteristics adapted to each audience.Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Director of the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) said of Elēkron, “Melco has brought a succession of ‘World’s First’ entertainment offerings to Macau in recent years, such as The House of Dancing Water at City of Dreams and Golden Reel at Studio City. We are pleased to see the launch of Elēkron, another new and unique attraction that once again puts Macau at the forefront of the global entertainment industry. Through the Macau SAR Government’s close collaboration with leading resorts such as Studio City, we believe we can further reinforce Macau’s reputation as the World Center of Tourism and Leisure.”last_img read more

Turner Takes Over Business Sales Ops at SIcom

first_imgTime Inc. and Turning Broadcasting Systems’ Turner Sports have formed a partnership that has Sports Illustrated creating all editorial content for SI.com while Turner Sports takes oversight of the business and tech operations, ad sales and marketing for SI.com and Golf.com. The companies will collaborate on multiplatform sales as well as creating new multiplatform products and applications.According to TBS sales, distribution and sports president David Levy, the agreement reflects both companies’ “commitment to bring fans greater content.” “The deal also provides greater opportunity for advertisers to expand their reach and activate innovative marketing opportunities to access more potential consumers across multiple platforms,” he says. “By leveraging Turner’s vast digital sports and entertainment portfolio, we expect to provide additional display, sponsorship and video advertising opportunities for SI.com and Golf.com.”Turner Sports’ digital portfolio includes NASCAR.com, PGATour.com and PGA.com, among others. A Sports Illustrated Group spokesperson says the deal still allows the publisher to sell bundled advertising deals across the Web site and print magazine. The spokesperson says the companies are still hashing out how current staffing will be affected.SI.com and Golf.com—saw a 16 percent spike, year-over-year, in unique visitors in April, Time Inc. told FOLIO: recently. SI.com specifically saw unique visitors in April climb 17 percent year-over-year, while year-to-date uniques grew 30 percent. Revenue at SI Digital also is on the rise, the company said, having grown 35 percent year-over-year.last_img read more

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first_imgTime Inc. and Turning Broadcasting Systems’ Turner Sports have formed a partnership that has Sports Illustrated creating all editorial content for SI.com while Turner Sports takes oversight of the business and tech operations, ad sales and marketing for SI.com and Golf.com. The companies will collaborate on multiplatform sales as well as creating new multiplatform products and applications.According to TBS sales, distribution and sports president David Levy, the agreement reflects both companies’ “commitment to bring fans greater content.” “The deal also provides greater opportunity for advertisers to expand their reach and activate innovative marketing opportunities to access more potential consumers across multiple platforms,” he says. “By leveraging Turner’s vast digital sports and entertainment portfolio, we expect to provide additional display, sponsorship and video advertising opportunities for SI.com and Golf.com.”Turner Sports’ digital portfolio includes NASCAR.com, PGATour.com and PGA.com, among others. A Sports Illustrated Group spokesperson says the deal still allows the publisher to sell bundled advertising deals across the Web site and print magazine. The spokesperson says the companies are still hashing out how current staffing will be affected.SI.com and Golf.com—saw a 16 percent spike, year-over-year, in unique visitors in April, Time Inc. told FOLIO: recently. SI.com specifically saw unique visitors in April climb 17 percent year-over-year, while year-to-date uniques grew 30 percent. Revenue at SI Digital also is on the rise, the company said, having grown 35 percent year-over-year.last_img read more

RFPs Nonprofit Solicits Community Participation in Veteran Suicide Prevention Study Brunswick Landing

first_imgAmerica’s Warrior Partnership (AWP) is accepting proposals from nonprofits and local governments to participate in Operation Deep Dive, a community-based, veteran suicide prevention study. The study is expected to help identify community-specific risk factors and ways a community already is helping prevent suicides, and proactively address suicide warning signs. Findings from the study also could also be used to obtain funding to implement community-specific initiatives focused on veteran suicide prevention and enhancing quality of life. Participating nonprofits and communities will need to “champion” the three-year study by assigning a project lead to work with AWP and supporting community action team meetings, among other responsibilities. Responses are due Nov. 1. … The Midcoast (Maine) Regional Redevelopment Authority and the Brunswick Sewer District has issued a request for proposals for engineering services related to the upgrade of three sanitary sewer pump stations at Brunswick Landing. Proposals are due Nov. 16. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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first_imgAmerica’s Warrior Partnership (AWP) is accepting proposals from nonprofits and local governments to participate in Operation Deep Dive, a community-based, veteran suicide prevention study. The study is expected to help identify community-specific risk factors and ways a community already is helping prevent suicides, and proactively address suicide warning signs. Findings from the study also could also be used to obtain funding to implement community-specific initiatives focused on veteran suicide prevention and enhancing quality of life. Participating nonprofits and communities will need to “champion” the three-year study by assigning a project lead to work with AWP and supporting community action team meetings, among other responsibilities. Responses are due Nov. 1. … The Midcoast (Maine) Regional Redevelopment Authority and the Brunswick Sewer District has issued a request for proposals for engineering services related to the upgrade of three sanitary sewer pump stations at Brunswick Landing. Proposals are due Nov. 16. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Dalai Lama apologizes for attractive woman successor remark

first_imgXIZANG: Spiritual leader Dalai Lama has apologized for saying that if his successor is a woman, she should be “attractive”. In a statement shared on Twitter, the Nobel laureate said he did not mean to offend anyone, as the remark was made jokingly. “Firstly, in responding to a question about whether his own reincarnation could be a woman, and suggesting that if she were she should be attractive, His Holiness genuinely meant no offense. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us He is deeply sorry that people have been hurt by what he said and offers his sincere apologies,” read the statement. In an interview with the BBC recently, the exiled Tibetan leader had said that any future female Dalai Lama should be “attractive”.Clarification and Context of Remarks Made by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in a Recent BBC Interview https://t.co/wxCKZ8GTSe pic.twitter.com/S51tkATwu1— Dalai Lama (@DalaiLama) July 2, 2019 Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us “The original context of his referring to the physical appearance of a female successor was a conversation with the then Paris editor of Vogue magazine, who had invited His Holiness in 1992 to guest-edit the next edition. She asked if a future Dalai Lama could be a woman. His Holiness replied, “Certainly, if that would be more helpful,” adding, as a joke, that she should be attractive. He was at least partially responding to the unfamiliar ambiance of working with a team whose prime focus was the world of high fashion,” it added. Advertise With Us He also said that he opposed the objectification of women and has supported women and their rights. “For all his long life, His Holiness has opposed the objectification of women, has supported women and their rights and celebrated the growing international consensus in support of gender equality and respect for women. Under his leadership, Tibetan nuns in exile have earned Geshe-ma degrees, indicating a high level of scholarship previously reserved only for male monks,” it said.last_img read more

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first_imgXIZANG: Spiritual leader Dalai Lama has apologized for saying that if his successor is a woman, she should be “attractive”. In a statement shared on Twitter, the Nobel laureate said he did not mean to offend anyone, as the remark was made jokingly. “Firstly, in responding to a question about whether his own reincarnation could be a woman, and suggesting that if she were she should be attractive, His Holiness genuinely meant no offense. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us He is deeply sorry that people have been hurt by what he said and offers his sincere apologies,” read the statement. In an interview with the BBC recently, the exiled Tibetan leader had said that any future female Dalai Lama should be “attractive”.Clarification and Context of Remarks Made by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in a Recent BBC Interview https://t.co/wxCKZ8GTSe pic.twitter.com/S51tkATwu1— Dalai Lama (@DalaiLama) July 2, 2019 Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us “The original context of his referring to the physical appearance of a female successor was a conversation with the then Paris editor of Vogue magazine, who had invited His Holiness in 1992 to guest-edit the next edition. She asked if a future Dalai Lama could be a woman. His Holiness replied, “Certainly, if that would be more helpful,” adding, as a joke, that she should be attractive. He was at least partially responding to the unfamiliar ambiance of working with a team whose prime focus was the world of high fashion,” it added. Advertise With Us He also said that he opposed the objectification of women and has supported women and their rights. “For all his long life, His Holiness has opposed the objectification of women, has supported women and their rights and celebrated the growing international consensus in support of gender equality and respect for women. Under his leadership, Tibetan nuns in exile have earned Geshe-ma degrees, indicating a high level of scholarship previously reserved only for male monks,” it said.last_img read more

Every monopolist will suggest they have done nothing wrong says Spotify on

first_img Infowars Alex Jones Banned From YouTube, Facebook, Apple And Spotify Spotify working on a new feature for mobile usersReutersThe tug of war between Spotify and Apple has intensified, with the Swedish music streaming service now calling Apple a “monopolist”.Taking exception to Spotify’s complaint with the European Union (EU) last week alleging iOS App Store rules to be unfair, Apple slammed Spotify for wanting “all the benefits of a free app without being free”.According to a Variety report on Sunday, Spotify said that “Apple’s response to our complaint before the European Commission is not new and is entirely in line with our expectations”.”Every monopolist will suggest they have done nothing wrong and will argue that they have the best interests of competitors and consumers at heart,” said Spotify which entered the India market in February.”This is evident in Apple’s belief that Spotify’s users on iOS are Apple customers and not Spotify customers, which goes to the very heart of the issue with Apple,” it added.Earlier, Apple hit back at Spotify for its anti-trust complaint with the EU.”A full 84 per cent of the apps in the App Store pay nothing to Apple when you download or use the app. That’s not discrimination, as Spotify claims,” Apple said in a statement.In its complaint with the EU, Spotify said that Apple requires it and other digital services to pay a 30 per cent tax on purchases made through Apple’s payment system, including upgrading from a free to premium subscription.According to Spotify, if it pays this tax, it would force it to artificially inflate the price of its premium membership well above the price of Apple Music.Apple replied, saying its revenue share is 30 per cent only for the first year of an annual subscription. It drops to 15 per cent in the years after.”The only contribution that Apple requires is for digital goods and services that are purchased inside the app using our secure in-app purchase system,” Apple added.The Cupertino, California-headquartered tech giant also alleged that Spotify was trying to squeeze the artists, musicians and songwriters, not just the App Store. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:06/1:05Loaded: 0%0:06Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:59?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img Closelast_img read more

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first_img Infowars Alex Jones Banned From YouTube, Facebook, Apple And Spotify Spotify working on a new feature for mobile usersReutersThe tug of war between Spotify and Apple has intensified, with the Swedish music streaming service now calling Apple a “monopolist”.Taking exception to Spotify’s complaint with the European Union (EU) last week alleging iOS App Store rules to be unfair, Apple slammed Spotify for wanting “all the benefits of a free app without being free”.According to a Variety report on Sunday, Spotify said that “Apple’s response to our complaint before the European Commission is not new and is entirely in line with our expectations”.”Every monopolist will suggest they have done nothing wrong and will argue that they have the best interests of competitors and consumers at heart,” said Spotify which entered the India market in February.”This is evident in Apple’s belief that Spotify’s users on iOS are Apple customers and not Spotify customers, which goes to the very heart of the issue with Apple,” it added.Earlier, Apple hit back at Spotify for its anti-trust complaint with the EU.”A full 84 per cent of the apps in the App Store pay nothing to Apple when you download or use the app. That’s not discrimination, as Spotify claims,” Apple said in a statement.In its complaint with the EU, Spotify said that Apple requires it and other digital services to pay a 30 per cent tax on purchases made through Apple’s payment system, including upgrading from a free to premium subscription.According to Spotify, if it pays this tax, it would force it to artificially inflate the price of its premium membership well above the price of Apple Music.Apple replied, saying its revenue share is 30 per cent only for the first year of an annual subscription. It drops to 15 per cent in the years after.”The only contribution that Apple requires is for digital goods and services that are purchased inside the app using our secure in-app purchase system,” Apple added.The Cupertino, California-headquartered tech giant also alleged that Spotify was trying to squeeze the artists, musicians and songwriters, not just the App Store. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:06/1:05Loaded: 0%0:06Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:59?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img Closelast_img read more

Salahuddin verdict in Shillong on 28 September

first_imgSalahuddin AhmedA Shillong court, in India, on 28 September will deliver its verdict on BNP standing committee member Salahuddin Ahmed, charged with illegally entering the Indian territory.Shillong police filed the case against Salahuddin on 11 May in 2015.The court proceedings continued for over three years, ending on 13 August. Should the court indicts the BNP leader, he may be handed a maximum of five years in jail.Speaking to Prothom Alo, Salahuddin said he is hopeful of getting justice. “Our countrymen know the truth. The court has been told everything,” he said.The announcement of the verdict has been deferred four times, something his lawyer AP Mahante termed as ‘unprecedented’.Salahuddin told the court that he was abducted from his home in March 2015. Two months later, he found himself in Shillong.A former APS of the then prime minister Khaleda Zia, Salahuddin was voted a member of parliament in 2001. He later became a state minister as well.He was a joint secretary general of BNP when he was ‘abducted’. He has been made a member of the BNP’s standing committee. the party’s highest policymaking forum.last_img read more

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first_imgSalahuddin AhmedA Shillong court, in India, on 28 September will deliver its verdict on BNP standing committee member Salahuddin Ahmed, charged with illegally entering the Indian territory.Shillong police filed the case against Salahuddin on 11 May in 2015.The court proceedings continued for over three years, ending on 13 August. Should the court indicts the BNP leader, he may be handed a maximum of five years in jail.Speaking to Prothom Alo, Salahuddin said he is hopeful of getting justice. “Our countrymen know the truth. The court has been told everything,” he said.The announcement of the verdict has been deferred four times, something his lawyer AP Mahante termed as ‘unprecedented’.Salahuddin told the court that he was abducted from his home in March 2015. Two months later, he found himself in Shillong.A former APS of the then prime minister Khaleda Zia, Salahuddin was voted a member of parliament in 2001. He later became a state minister as well.He was a joint secretary general of BNP when he was ‘abducted’. He has been made a member of the BNP’s standing committee. the party’s highest policymaking forum.last_img read more

Why Some Oil Companies Are On A Buying Binge In The Midst

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: The oil and gas sector is now well into its second year of low crude oil prices. Companies have laid off tens of thousands of workers across Texas as a result. Yet businesses posting some of the biggest job cuts are also spending billions of dollars to buy up competitors.Royal Dutch Shell provides one of the best examples. The Anglo-Dutch firm plans to cut 2,200 jobs by the end of the year. But Shell is also spending $50 billion to complete its purchase of rival BG Group.“There’s two different things going on here,” says Loren Steffy, managing director for 30 Point Strategies and a writer-at-large for Texas Monthly. “In the short term they’re hurting, because oil prices are quite low and it’s hard for companies, especially companies the size of the majors to make money in this environment. But they’re also trying to reposition themselves for the future.”Shell is gambling that natural gas, in which BG Group is a dominant player, will ultimately play a much bigger role in meeting global energy needs.Normally, merger and acquisition activity in the oil sector picks up during a downturn. This time, there are actually fewer deals than usual. “I think companies are much more cautious this time,” Steffy says. “You know, this isn’t a demand-driven slump, and so they’re trying to figure out how long it’s going to go on” and people is trying to preserve cash because of that uncertainty, he adds.Steffy says energy companies are used to consolidating when the demand for oil is weak. When demand rises, so do prices. This time, the problem is an excess of oil supply, and no one seems to know how long the glut will last. X Public DomainSome oil companies are implementing massive layoffs while also acquiring new assets.HPM/Archive center_img 00:00 /11:16 Listen Sharelast_img read more

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first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: The oil and gas sector is now well into its second year of low crude oil prices. Companies have laid off tens of thousands of workers across Texas as a result. Yet businesses posting some of the biggest job cuts are also spending billions of dollars to buy up competitors.Royal Dutch Shell provides one of the best examples. The Anglo-Dutch firm plans to cut 2,200 jobs by the end of the year. But Shell is also spending $50 billion to complete its purchase of rival BG Group.“There’s two different things going on here,” says Loren Steffy, managing director for 30 Point Strategies and a writer-at-large for Texas Monthly. “In the short term they’re hurting, because oil prices are quite low and it’s hard for companies, especially companies the size of the majors to make money in this environment. But they’re also trying to reposition themselves for the future.”Shell is gambling that natural gas, in which BG Group is a dominant player, will ultimately play a much bigger role in meeting global energy needs.Normally, merger and acquisition activity in the oil sector picks up during a downturn. This time, there are actually fewer deals than usual. “I think companies are much more cautious this time,” Steffy says. “You know, this isn’t a demand-driven slump, and so they’re trying to figure out how long it’s going to go on” and people is trying to preserve cash because of that uncertainty, he adds.Steffy says energy companies are used to consolidating when the demand for oil is weak. When demand rises, so do prices. This time, the problem is an excess of oil supply, and no one seems to know how long the glut will last. X Public DomainSome oil companies are implementing massive layoffs while also acquiring new assets.HPM/Archive center_img 00:00 /11:16 Listen Sharelast_img read more

At the Fantastic Beasts IMAX Event We Finally Get Some Answers

first_img How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love ‘Harry Potter’ Again11 ‘Harry Potter’ Characters Who Deserve Their Own Movie Stay on target Thursday, fans gathered in movie theaters for a special, global IMAX event to promote the new film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and got a special treat: the first ten minutes.While most of us will have to wait until Nov. 18 to see what the Harry Potter spinoff is really about–especially after the news that there will be five of these things–the people that got to see the opening scenes have a much better idea. According to those who’ve seen it, there is actually quite a bit of setup here for an overarching story.If you want to go into the movie unhindered, then you might want to skip this article, as there will be multiple spoilers below.The film opens with a tragic event, much like the first Harry Potter book and if you’ve been paying attention, you can probably guess who it involves. In the most recent trailer, characters mention Grindelwald for the first time–a dangerously dark wizard that wreaked havoc before Voldemort was even old enough to walk. In the opening scene, we get a glimpse of a Grindelwald killing, along with newspaper headlines that show that anti-magical sentiment is at an all-time high and security is tight around wizarding areas such as Hogwarts.In a featurettte that was also shown, which you can watch below, we also get a mention of another key player: Albus Dumbledore. Colin Farrell’s character, Percival Graves, is seen interrogating Newt, asking why Dumbledore seems to think highly of him. In 1945, nearly 20 years after the events of this first film, Dumbledore defeats Grindelwald in a duel, ending his reign of terror.“In Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, you’re learning about a part of magical history that’s talked about in the Potter books that you never see,” J.K. Rowling said. “I’m getting a chance to tell that now.”People in 1926 New York know about wizards and witches, possibly due to these attacks. Graves is seen investigating the scene of a mysterious building collapse when something comes out of the ground and attacks the building next door.Magic developed differently in America. In Europe, wizards and muggles kept to themselves, mostly operating in separate worlds. In America, because of the risk of persecution, most wizards remain in hiding.We also get introductions to out three other main characters. Newt Scamander is seen trying to get through US Customs and New York City. As evidenced by the trailers, Eddie Redmayne’s Newt is naive and bumbling, but he has a suitcase full of magical creatures so that can only mean shenanigans. We also meet Dan Fogler’s Jacob Kowalski, who trips over the aforementioned case, while Tina, played by Katherine Waterston, is shown eating a hot dog. It’s all quintessentially New York: busy, a little dirty, and loud.Even from the first 10 minutes, we get a better idea of what the film is even about. We know that fantastic beasts escape from Newt’s suitcase, but how that can tie in with four other films has always been unclear. With such an outright introduction of Grindelwald and the state of current affairs in America between wizards and… no-majs, we can probably expect a story more far-reaching, similar to the war with Voldemort in the first series.Fans also got to witness interviews with some of the actors, which you can watch below.Honestly, we’re more intrigued now that it’s confirmed the story will have more to do with magical history and Potterverse lore than just Redmayne accidentally letting creatures out in New York. Why marketing kept the most interesting aspect of its film a secret in previous trailers is unknown.last_img read more

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first_img How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love ‘Harry Potter’ Again11 ‘Harry Potter’ Characters Who Deserve Their Own Movie Stay on target Thursday, fans gathered in movie theaters for a special, global IMAX event to promote the new film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and got a special treat: the first ten minutes.While most of us will have to wait until Nov. 18 to see what the Harry Potter spinoff is really about–especially after the news that there will be five of these things–the people that got to see the opening scenes have a much better idea. According to those who’ve seen it, there is actually quite a bit of setup here for an overarching story.If you want to go into the movie unhindered, then you might want to skip this article, as there will be multiple spoilers below.The film opens with a tragic event, much like the first Harry Potter book and if you’ve been paying attention, you can probably guess who it involves. In the most recent trailer, characters mention Grindelwald for the first time–a dangerously dark wizard that wreaked havoc before Voldemort was even old enough to walk. In the opening scene, we get a glimpse of a Grindelwald killing, along with newspaper headlines that show that anti-magical sentiment is at an all-time high and security is tight around wizarding areas such as Hogwarts.In a featurettte that was also shown, which you can watch below, we also get a mention of another key player: Albus Dumbledore. Colin Farrell’s character, Percival Graves, is seen interrogating Newt, asking why Dumbledore seems to think highly of him. In 1945, nearly 20 years after the events of this first film, Dumbledore defeats Grindelwald in a duel, ending his reign of terror.“In Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, you’re learning about a part of magical history that’s talked about in the Potter books that you never see,” J.K. Rowling said. “I’m getting a chance to tell that now.”People in 1926 New York know about wizards and witches, possibly due to these attacks. Graves is seen investigating the scene of a mysterious building collapse when something comes out of the ground and attacks the building next door.Magic developed differently in America. In Europe, wizards and muggles kept to themselves, mostly operating in separate worlds. In America, because of the risk of persecution, most wizards remain in hiding.We also get introductions to out three other main characters. Newt Scamander is seen trying to get through US Customs and New York City. As evidenced by the trailers, Eddie Redmayne’s Newt is naive and bumbling, but he has a suitcase full of magical creatures so that can only mean shenanigans. We also meet Dan Fogler’s Jacob Kowalski, who trips over the aforementioned case, while Tina, played by Katherine Waterston, is shown eating a hot dog. It’s all quintessentially New York: busy, a little dirty, and loud.Even from the first 10 minutes, we get a better idea of what the film is even about. We know that fantastic beasts escape from Newt’s suitcase, but how that can tie in with four other films has always been unclear. With such an outright introduction of Grindelwald and the state of current affairs in America between wizards and… no-majs, we can probably expect a story more far-reaching, similar to the war with Voldemort in the first series.Fans also got to witness interviews with some of the actors, which you can watch below.Honestly, we’re more intrigued now that it’s confirmed the story will have more to do with magical history and Potterverse lore than just Redmayne accidentally letting creatures out in New York. Why marketing kept the most interesting aspect of its film a secret in previous trailers is unknown.last_img read more

11 powerful older men in the fashion industry who give us daddy

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- 6 Michael KorsAge: 57Think Michael Kors, think clean, simple all-American style. His eponymous brand  is as known for its chic sportswear as for its high end luxury items.He married husband Lance LePere in 2011. Of the nuptials, he’s been quoted as saying: ‘To marry someone as wonderful and special to me as Lance barefoot on a glorious beach is more than I could have dreamed of.’ 2 Tom FordAge: 55Tom has served as creative director for the likes of Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. He launched his own brand in 2006 and has experienced mega success.As well as being a style guru Tom is an acclaimed director, with 2009’s A Single Man and last year’s Nocturnal Animals winning many awards. He’s also a husband to Richard Buckley, 69, Together they are dads to four-year-old Alexander John. He’s also been the wardrobe designer on hit films like Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element and Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin I Live In.The Parisian – who has talked openly of his relationships with men – also comes across as one of the nicest and most down-to-earth people in the fashion industry (remember him on Eurotrash?!) and for that reason we love him. 9 Thierry MuglerAge: 68To France, and the fashion designer and bodybuilder Thierry Mugler, who created his first collection in 1973 after years of freelance designing.His outfits have been worn by the likes of Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Gwen Stefani. A post shared by Manfred Thierry Mugler (@manfredthierrymugler) on Jun 25, 2017 at 9:52am PDT A post shared by Michael Kors (@michaelkors) on Nov 15, 2016 at 9:25am PST Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… A post shared by Aiden Brady (@mr_aidenbrady) on Jun 17, 2017 at 5:56am PDT A post shared by TOM FORD (@tomford) on May 2, 2017 at 9:20am PDT A post shared by Marc Jacobs (@themarcjacobs) on Oct 13, 2016 at 11:29am PDT A post shared by Jean Paul Gaultier (@jpgaultierofficial) on Mar 26, 2017 at 9:18am PDT 5 Jean-Paul GaultierAge: 65The fashion designer who put Madonna in her famous cone bra has built an empire around his name, covering everything from ready-to-wear to haute couture to beauty and fragrances. He also served as the creative director of Hermès from 2003 to 2010. A post shared by Andre Leon Talley (@andreltalley) on Aug 1, 2017 at 6:31pm PDT eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) 1 Mario TestinoAge: 62Peruvian fashion photographer to the stars Mario has shot everyone from Kate Moss to Cara Delevingne to Gaga.His magazine work includes shots for Allure, Harper’s Bazaar and worldwide editions of Vogue, as well as campaigns for Calvin Klein and Hugo Boss.In a 2009 profile interview with The Telegraph, the interviewer wrote: ‘Testino has a nice line when asked if he is gay – he says he does not like labels (except Gucci).’ 7  Marc JacobsAge: 54Consistently ranked one of the most powerful men in the world, Marc Jacobs heads up his own label and diffusion line, and also served as creative director of Louis Vuitton from 1997 to 2014.Three more facts about the handsome American: he’s a close friend of Victoria Beckham, has popularized skirts and kilts for men, and also served briefly as the Creative Director of Diet Coke!He once told Interview: ‘I’ve been openly gay since I can remember.’ 10 and 11 Dean and Dan CatenAge: 52Canadian-born, London-residing identical twins Dean and Dan are the founders Dsquared2. Their clothes have been worn by Britney, Madonna, Justin Timberlake and more. They have also designed for the likes of Versace and Diesel.In 2015, the Evening Standard reported that Dan had a boyfriend but Dean didn’t. Said Dan at the time: ‘Dean is still searching, so put in an ad for him: rich, mature, handsome gentleman…’ Icons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsAfter shooting: Puerto Vallarta Tourism safe for LGBT travelers?LGBT travel: Capitalizing on film location as a tourRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/11-powerful-older-men-in-the-fashion-industry-giving-us-daddy-issues/ 3 Andre Leon TalleyAge: 67American Vogue veteran Andre can often be found on the front row of runway shows around the world.Other important fashion moments include advising the First Family on style in 2008 and serving as a judge on America’s Next Top Model.Andre has rejected the ‘gay’ label but admitted to ‘very gay experiences,’ according to reports. A post shared by MARIO TESTINO (@mariotestino) on Mar 7, 2016 at 9:03am PST A post shared by DSQUARED2 – Dan & Dean Caten (@dsquared2) on Jun 29, 2017 at 8:03am PDT 4 Aiden ShawAge: 51Now known as Aiden Brady, this guy’s had many guises – musician, author and yes, prolific gay porn star. Now in his 50s, he’s known as an uber stylish male mode with a proud, greying mop of hair.He’s starred in countless fashion campaigns, style mag editorials and walked for the likes of Berluti.last_img read more

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first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- 6 Michael KorsAge: 57Think Michael Kors, think clean, simple all-American style. His eponymous brand  is as known for its chic sportswear as for its high end luxury items.He married husband Lance LePere in 2011. Of the nuptials, he’s been quoted as saying: ‘To marry someone as wonderful and special to me as Lance barefoot on a glorious beach is more than I could have dreamed of.’ 2 Tom FordAge: 55Tom has served as creative director for the likes of Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. He launched his own brand in 2006 and has experienced mega success.As well as being a style guru Tom is an acclaimed director, with 2009’s A Single Man and last year’s Nocturnal Animals winning many awards. He’s also a husband to Richard Buckley, 69, Together they are dads to four-year-old Alexander John. He’s also been the wardrobe designer on hit films like Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element and Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin I Live In.The Parisian – who has talked openly of his relationships with men – also comes across as one of the nicest and most down-to-earth people in the fashion industry (remember him on Eurotrash?!) and for that reason we love him. 9 Thierry MuglerAge: 68To France, and the fashion designer and bodybuilder Thierry Mugler, who created his first collection in 1973 after years of freelance designing.His outfits have been worn by the likes of Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Gwen Stefani. A post shared by Manfred Thierry Mugler (@manfredthierrymugler) on Jun 25, 2017 at 9:52am PDT A post shared by Michael Kors (@michaelkors) on Nov 15, 2016 at 9:25am PST Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… A post shared by Aiden Brady (@mr_aidenbrady) on Jun 17, 2017 at 5:56am PDT A post shared by TOM FORD (@tomford) on May 2, 2017 at 9:20am PDT A post shared by Marc Jacobs (@themarcjacobs) on Oct 13, 2016 at 11:29am PDT A post shared by Jean Paul Gaultier (@jpgaultierofficial) on Mar 26, 2017 at 9:18am PDT 5 Jean-Paul GaultierAge: 65The fashion designer who put Madonna in her famous cone bra has built an empire around his name, covering everything from ready-to-wear to haute couture to beauty and fragrances. He also served as the creative director of Hermès from 2003 to 2010. A post shared by Andre Leon Talley (@andreltalley) on Aug 1, 2017 at 6:31pm PDT eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) 1 Mario TestinoAge: 62Peruvian fashion photographer to the stars Mario has shot everyone from Kate Moss to Cara Delevingne to Gaga.His magazine work includes shots for Allure, Harper’s Bazaar and worldwide editions of Vogue, as well as campaigns for Calvin Klein and Hugo Boss.In a 2009 profile interview with The Telegraph, the interviewer wrote: ‘Testino has a nice line when asked if he is gay – he says he does not like labels (except Gucci).’ 7  Marc JacobsAge: 54Consistently ranked one of the most powerful men in the world, Marc Jacobs heads up his own label and diffusion line, and also served as creative director of Louis Vuitton from 1997 to 2014.Three more facts about the handsome American: he’s a close friend of Victoria Beckham, has popularized skirts and kilts for men, and also served briefly as the Creative Director of Diet Coke!He once told Interview: ‘I’ve been openly gay since I can remember.’ 10 and 11 Dean and Dan CatenAge: 52Canadian-born, London-residing identical twins Dean and Dan are the founders Dsquared2. Their clothes have been worn by Britney, Madonna, Justin Timberlake and more. They have also designed for the likes of Versace and Diesel.In 2015, the Evening Standard reported that Dan had a boyfriend but Dean didn’t. Said Dan at the time: ‘Dean is still searching, so put in an ad for him: rich, mature, handsome gentleman…’ Icons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsAfter shooting: Puerto Vallarta Tourism safe for LGBT travelers?LGBT travel: Capitalizing on film location as a tourRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/11-powerful-older-men-in-the-fashion-industry-giving-us-daddy-issues/ 3 Andre Leon TalleyAge: 67American Vogue veteran Andre can often be found on the front row of runway shows around the world.Other important fashion moments include advising the First Family on style in 2008 and serving as a judge on America’s Next Top Model.Andre has rejected the ‘gay’ label but admitted to ‘very gay experiences,’ according to reports. A post shared by MARIO TESTINO (@mariotestino) on Mar 7, 2016 at 9:03am PST A post shared by DSQUARED2 – Dan & Dean Caten (@dsquared2) on Jun 29, 2017 at 8:03am PDT 4 Aiden ShawAge: 51Now known as Aiden Brady, this guy’s had many guises – musician, author and yes, prolific gay porn star. Now in his 50s, he’s known as an uber stylish male mode with a proud, greying mop of hair.He’s starred in countless fashion campaigns, style mag editorials and walked for the likes of Berluti.last_img read more

Facebook introduces two new AIpowered video calling devices built with Privacy Security

first_imgYesterday, Facebook launched two brand new video communication devices. Named Portal and Portal+, these devices let you video call anyone, with more richer, hands-free experiences. The Portal features a 10-inch 1280 x 800 display, while Portal+ features 15-inch 1920 x 1080.  Both devices are powered by Artificial Intelligence. This includes a Smart Camera and a Smart Sound technology. Smart Camera stays with the action and automatically pans and zooms to keep everyone in view. Smart Sound minimizes background noise and enhances the voice of whoever is talking, no matter where they move. Source: Facebook Portal can also be used to call Facebook friends and connections on Messenger even if they don’t have Portal. It also supports group calls of up to seven people at the same time. Portal also offers hands-free voice control with Amazon Alexa built-in which can be used to track sports scores, check the weather, control smart home devices, order groceries, and more.  Facebook has also enabled shared activities in its Portal devices by partnering with Spotify Premium, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Facebook Watch, Food Network, and Newsy. Keeping in mind, it’s security breach that affected 50 million users two weeks ago, Facebook says it has paid a lot of attention to privacy and security features. Per their website, “We designed Portal with tools that give you control: You can completely disable the camera and microphone with a single tap. Portal and Portal+ also come with a camera cover, so you can easily block your camera’s lens at any time and still receive incoming calls and notifications, plus use voice commands. To manage Portal access within your home, you can set a four- to 12-digit passcode to keep the screen locked. Changing the passcode requires your Facebook password. We also want to be upfront about what information Portal collects, help people understand how Facebook will use that information and explain the steps we take to keep it private and secure: Facebook doesn’t listen to, view, or keep the contents of your Portal video calls. In addition, video calls on Portal are encrypted. For added security, Smart Camera and Smart Sound use AI technology that runs locally on Portal, not on Facebook servers. Portal’s camera doesn’t use facial recognition and doesn’t identify who you are. Like other voice-enabled devices, Portal only sends voice commands to Facebook servers after you say, “Hey Portal.” You can delete your Portal’s voice history in your Facebook Activity Log at any time.” In all the above, Facebook seems quite cryptic about audio data. It also doesn’t really explain how it will use the information it collects from users. The voice data is stored on the Facebook server by default, probably to improve the Portal’s understanding on the user’s language quirks and to understand the user’s needs from the data. But it does make one wonder, should this be an opt-in and not an opt-out by default? Another jarring aspect is the need for one’s Facebook password to change the device’s passcode. This just feels like the new devices are yet another way for Facebook to add users to Facebook, not to mention the fact that Facebook just had a data breach on its site, the repercussions of which they are still investigating. In an interesting poll conducted by Dr. Jen Golbeck, Professor at UMD, on Twitter, over 63% of respondents said that they will not trust Facebook to responsibly operate a surveillance device in their home. Read more about the devices on Facebook’s announcement. Read Next Facebook Dating app to release as a test version in Colombia. Facebook’s Glow, a machine learning compiler, to be supported by Intel, Qualcomm and others How Facebook is advancing artificial intelligence [Video]last_img read more

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first_imgYesterday, Facebook launched two brand new video communication devices. Named Portal and Portal+, these devices let you video call anyone, with more richer, hands-free experiences. The Portal features a 10-inch 1280 x 800 display, while Portal+ features 15-inch 1920 x 1080.  Both devices are powered by Artificial Intelligence. This includes a Smart Camera and a Smart Sound technology. Smart Camera stays with the action and automatically pans and zooms to keep everyone in view. Smart Sound minimizes background noise and enhances the voice of whoever is talking, no matter where they move. Source: Facebook Portal can also be used to call Facebook friends and connections on Messenger even if they don’t have Portal. It also supports group calls of up to seven people at the same time. Portal also offers hands-free voice control with Amazon Alexa built-in which can be used to track sports scores, check the weather, control smart home devices, order groceries, and more.  Facebook has also enabled shared activities in its Portal devices by partnering with Spotify Premium, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Facebook Watch, Food Network, and Newsy. Keeping in mind, it’s security breach that affected 50 million users two weeks ago, Facebook says it has paid a lot of attention to privacy and security features. Per their website, “We designed Portal with tools that give you control: You can completely disable the camera and microphone with a single tap. Portal and Portal+ also come with a camera cover, so you can easily block your camera’s lens at any time and still receive incoming calls and notifications, plus use voice commands. To manage Portal access within your home, you can set a four- to 12-digit passcode to keep the screen locked. Changing the passcode requires your Facebook password. We also want to be upfront about what information Portal collects, help people understand how Facebook will use that information and explain the steps we take to keep it private and secure: Facebook doesn’t listen to, view, or keep the contents of your Portal video calls. In addition, video calls on Portal are encrypted. For added security, Smart Camera and Smart Sound use AI technology that runs locally on Portal, not on Facebook servers. Portal’s camera doesn’t use facial recognition and doesn’t identify who you are. Like other voice-enabled devices, Portal only sends voice commands to Facebook servers after you say, “Hey Portal.” You can delete your Portal’s voice history in your Facebook Activity Log at any time.” In all the above, Facebook seems quite cryptic about audio data. It also doesn’t really explain how it will use the information it collects from users. The voice data is stored on the Facebook server by default, probably to improve the Portal’s understanding on the user’s language quirks and to understand the user’s needs from the data. But it does make one wonder, should this be an opt-in and not an opt-out by default? Another jarring aspect is the need for one’s Facebook password to change the device’s passcode. This just feels like the new devices are yet another way for Facebook to add users to Facebook, not to mention the fact that Facebook just had a data breach on its site, the repercussions of which they are still investigating. In an interesting poll conducted by Dr. Jen Golbeck, Professor at UMD, on Twitter, over 63% of respondents said that they will not trust Facebook to responsibly operate a surveillance device in their home. Read more about the devices on Facebook’s announcement. Read Next Facebook Dating app to release as a test version in Colombia. Facebook’s Glow, a machine learning compiler, to be supported by Intel, Qualcomm and others How Facebook is advancing artificial intelligence [Video]last_img read more

Rocky Mountaineer departures affected by raging BC wildfires

first_imgTags: Rocky Mountaineer, Travel Alert Friday, July 14, 2017 Posted by Share Travelweek Group center_img VANCOUVER — Wildfires are currently making their way across British Columbia, prompting the province to issue a state of emergency. Monitoring the situation closely is Rocky Mountaineer, which operates train journeys through B.C., Alberta and the Pacific Northwest.According to an alert on the company’s website, due to the wildfires in the Cariboo area, the railway near Quesnel has been closed, affecting the July 15 eastbound departure of ‘Rainforest to Gold Rush’ from Vancouver to Jasper. The company has put in place alternative plans for these guests to travel by train and motorcoach from Vancouver to Jasper.The alert also noted that the July 18 westbound ‘Rainforest to Gold Rush’ departure from Jasper to Vancouver may be affected as well.However, trains travelling via Kamloops on ‘First Passage to the West’ (between Vancouver and Lake Louise/Banff) and ‘Journey through the Clouds’ (between Vancouver and Jasper) are not affected by the wildfires.More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsThe following upcoming departures are also not affected:July 14 – Eastbound First Passage to the West departure from Vancouver to Lake Louise and BanffJuly 14 – Eastbound Journey through the Clouds departure from Vancouver to JasperJuly 15 – Coastal Passage from Vancouver to SeattleJuly 15 – Coastal Passage from Seattle to VancouverJuly 16 – Westbound First Passage to the West departure from Banff and Lake Louise to VancouverJuly 16 – Westbound Journey through the Clouds departure from Jasper to VancouverJuly 17 – Eastbound First Passage to the West departure from Vancouver to BanffJuly 18 – Eastbound Journey Through the Clouds from Vancouver to JasperClients are asked to contact Rocky Mountaineer between 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. PT at 1-877-460-3200 for assistance.More than 3,000 residents have been evacuated from their homes in central British Columbia. Approximately 188 wildfires were burning as of Thursday, reports Global News. Rocky Mountaineer departures affected by raging B.C. wildfires << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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first_imgTags: Rocky Mountaineer, Travel Alert Friday, July 14, 2017 Posted by Share Travelweek Group center_img VANCOUVER — Wildfires are currently making their way across British Columbia, prompting the province to issue a state of emergency. Monitoring the situation closely is Rocky Mountaineer, which operates train journeys through B.C., Alberta and the Pacific Northwest.According to an alert on the company’s website, due to the wildfires in the Cariboo area, the railway near Quesnel has been closed, affecting the July 15 eastbound departure of ‘Rainforest to Gold Rush’ from Vancouver to Jasper. The company has put in place alternative plans for these guests to travel by train and motorcoach from Vancouver to Jasper.The alert also noted that the July 18 westbound ‘Rainforest to Gold Rush’ departure from Jasper to Vancouver may be affected as well.However, trains travelling via Kamloops on ‘First Passage to the West’ (between Vancouver and Lake Louise/Banff) and ‘Journey through the Clouds’ (between Vancouver and Jasper) are not affected by the wildfires.More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsThe following upcoming departures are also not affected:July 14 – Eastbound First Passage to the West departure from Vancouver to Lake Louise and BanffJuly 14 – Eastbound Journey through the Clouds departure from Vancouver to JasperJuly 15 – Coastal Passage from Vancouver to SeattleJuly 15 – Coastal Passage from Seattle to VancouverJuly 16 – Westbound First Passage to the West departure from Banff and Lake Louise to VancouverJuly 16 – Westbound Journey through the Clouds departure from Jasper to VancouverJuly 17 – Eastbound First Passage to the West departure from Vancouver to BanffJuly 18 – Eastbound Journey Through the Clouds from Vancouver to JasperClients are asked to contact Rocky Mountaineer between 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. PT at 1-877-460-3200 for assistance.More than 3,000 residents have been evacuated from their homes in central British Columbia. Approximately 188 wildfires were burning as of Thursday, reports Global News. Rocky Mountaineer departures affected by raging B.C. wildfires << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Crewe UK – Reported by Elite Traveler the priv

first_imgCrewe, U.K. – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineBentley bounced back to pre-recession levels of demand during 2011, with strong growth in all major markets. Globally, sales were up 37% to 7003 for the calendar year with sales accelerating as the year progressed. December sales were 1059 (up 69% on the same month in 2010), the best month since Bentley’s pre-recession record of 2007 and the second best month ever.The US continues to be Bentley’s number one market with 2021 cars sold in 2011, an increase of 32%. For the first time ever, however, China took second spot with sales for the region virtually doubling to 1839 and surpassing the previous year’s record before the end of July. This achievement is even more remarkable considering Bentley has been present in Mainland China for less than ten years.Other regions have also performed very well. Continental European sales rebounded to 1187 (an increase of 53%) led by strong demand in Germany where sales have increased by a remarkable 88%. The UK proved to be extremely challenging over the past months, but still saw an increase of over five per cent with 1031 cars sold. Indeed, all major markets are up including the Middle East despite the political instability that has beset certain markets.Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive, Wolfgang Dürheimer, said: “It has been a tremendously good year for Bentley. The dramatic sales growth reflects a global strength to the Brand and a recognition of the quality, craftsmanship and engineering excellence of our cars. It is also testament to the work of the entire Bentley Team whose passion and daily commitment has delivered this outstanding result. It has been particularly pleasing to see renewed interest in Bentley in established as well as and new and emerging markets, all of which is contributing to a positive operating result for 2011.“We want that success to continue and, with a new Continental V8 set to attract new customers in 2012, have ambitious but realistic plans which reflect global economic conditions as much as our new product line up.”The strong performance was the result of strong demand across the range, with the new Continental GT unsurprisingly proving the most popular Bentley with 2404 GTs delivered – over a third of Bentley’s total sales volume. Sales were boosted significantly in December with the first deliveries of the new soft-top Continental GTC, a new model which has receivedfantastic reviews from media and customers alike. Together with the Bentley Mulsanne, which continues to maintain a healthy order bank constantly replenished as more customers get to drive the flagship Bentley, sales growth is expected to continue unabated during 2012.www.bentleymotors.com/last_img read more

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first_imgCrewe, U.K. – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineBentley bounced back to pre-recession levels of demand during 2011, with strong growth in all major markets. Globally, sales were up 37% to 7003 for the calendar year with sales accelerating as the year progressed. December sales were 1059 (up 69% on the same month in 2010), the best month since Bentley’s pre-recession record of 2007 and the second best month ever.The US continues to be Bentley’s number one market with 2021 cars sold in 2011, an increase of 32%. For the first time ever, however, China took second spot with sales for the region virtually doubling to 1839 and surpassing the previous year’s record before the end of July. This achievement is even more remarkable considering Bentley has been present in Mainland China for less than ten years.Other regions have also performed very well. Continental European sales rebounded to 1187 (an increase of 53%) led by strong demand in Germany where sales have increased by a remarkable 88%. The UK proved to be extremely challenging over the past months, but still saw an increase of over five per cent with 1031 cars sold. Indeed, all major markets are up including the Middle East despite the political instability that has beset certain markets.Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive, Wolfgang Dürheimer, said: “It has been a tremendously good year for Bentley. The dramatic sales growth reflects a global strength to the Brand and a recognition of the quality, craftsmanship and engineering excellence of our cars. It is also testament to the work of the entire Bentley Team whose passion and daily commitment has delivered this outstanding result. It has been particularly pleasing to see renewed interest in Bentley in established as well as and new and emerging markets, all of which is contributing to a positive operating result for 2011.“We want that success to continue and, with a new Continental V8 set to attract new customers in 2012, have ambitious but realistic plans which reflect global economic conditions as much as our new product line up.”The strong performance was the result of strong demand across the range, with the new Continental GT unsurprisingly proving the most popular Bentley with 2404 GTs delivered – over a third of Bentley’s total sales volume. Sales were boosted significantly in December with the first deliveries of the new soft-top Continental GTC, a new model which has receivedfantastic reviews from media and customers alike. Together with the Bentley Mulsanne, which continues to maintain a healthy order bank constantly replenished as more customers get to drive the flagship Bentley, sales growth is expected to continue unabated during 2012.www.bentleymotors.com/last_img read more