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Youths rally in climate protest before EU vote

first_imgBerlin: Tens of thousands of young climate activists rallied in Germany on Friday in the latest mass protest demanding urgent action against global warming, ahead of the weekend’s European Parliamentary elections. At least 5,000 students boycotted classes and demonstrated at Berlin’s iconic Brandenburg Gate in what was expected to be one of the largest of protests planned in more than 120 countries. Large crowds also gathered in Hamburg, Frankfurt and other German cities, mirroring protests across Europe and the world. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’In Berlin, they carried signs with messages such as “Climate now, homework later!” and “There is no planet B”, while teenage activists chanted: “What do we want? Climate justice! When do we want it? now!” The initiator of the “Fridays for Future” protests, 16-year-old Swedish school girl Greta Thunberg, again passionately called on youths in Europe and around the world to join the movement. “It is time for all of us to resist on a massive scale,” she wrote in a text co-authored with German activist Luisa Neubauer in the newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China”We have the feeling that many adults have not yet fully understood that we young people cannot stop the climate crisis on our own,” they wrote, calling the challenge “a task for all of humanity”. While many previous protest movements have started on university campuses, the “Fridays” rallies emerged from among school students — a generation that has grown up with predictions of ecological doom yet witnessed what they see as only glacial political change. “Climate change doesn’t respect borders, climate change will at some point become irreversible,” said one protester, Berlin student Aaron Langguth, 21. “That’s why we have to do something now. “The students realise that there’s no point going to classes if they don’t have a future.” Many of the banners, posters and protest cries reflect a rising sense of frustration and anxiety about inheriting a warming planet with melting ice caps and glaciers that is battered by worsening droughts, floods and storms. “You are running out of excuses, we are running out of time,” read one message directed at politicians, while another demanded: “The climate is changing, why aren’t we?” Many messages addressed the serious issue in a more light-hearted way, including signs that read, “Make the world cool again,” “Make love, not CO2” and: “Don’t blow it – good planets are hard to find”.last_img read more

 

Good education for better health

first_imgA new study has emphasised the role of better education than wealth in tackling cardiovascular diseases. The study explored the association between education and wealth, on the one hand, and cardiovascular diseases and mortality due to them, on the other, to assess which marker was the stronger predictor of outcomes and examined whether any difference in socioeconomic status influenced the levels of risk factors and how the diseases are managed. Also Read – A staunch ally”How much money you have tends to be a strong predictor of health outcomes, but education seems to be a far more robust measure to use across countries,” says Scott Lear, Simon Fraser University, Canada. In this cohort study, the researchers looked at 367 urban and 302 rural communities in 20 countries –India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, China, Canada, Sweden, Poland, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Colombia, Iran, South Africa, Turkey, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and occupied Palestinian territory. Also Read – Cuban pathosThese countries include low-income, middle-income and high-income categories. They recruited adults aged between 35 and 70. They prepared two questionnaires to collect data on families and households and a third to get information on cardiovascular risk factors. Physical examinations supplemented the exercise. Over a mean follow-up duration of seven and a half years, there were 7,744 deaths due to cardiovascular diseases and 6,936 cases of major cardiovascular diseases. Mortality varied substantially by education and country income, with the highest mortality in low-income countries and in those with the lowest levels of education, across country income categories. The group with lowest level of education in low-income countries had cardiovascular mortality five times that of people with the highest level of education in high-income countries. The study has highlighted that education was an important factor as being educated, it gives a person the ability to obtain effective care in several ways. The individual was able to seek timely help or information on how and where to obtain care and overcome the various barriers that exist both through formal channels and social networks. For instance, a person with lower level of education is more likely to live in a neighborhood with reduced access to health-care facilities. “Education is actually what we consider as a modifiable factor, whereas wealth is not as modifiable. If we give people money they don’t suddenly become healthy, but if we strive to better educate our population, that will result in improved health because there is a more direct link between education and health outcomes,” Lear says. He noted that the study’s strength lay in its range and variability achieved from different geographical settings. “One of the unique aspects (of the study) is bringing together countries from different parts of the world that have a wide range of development. That allows us to look at factors that would vary to a greater extent than they would if we just looked exclusively at western countries.”(Courtesy: India Science Wire The study was led by Simon Fraser University, Canada and several institutions across the world were involved. The findings of the study have been published in journal The Lancet: Global Health)last_img read more

 

India to bridge coal import gap by 50 in 3 years CIL

first_imgKolkata: India is working on bridging the coal import gap by about 50 per cent in the next three years, Coal India Chairman A K Jha said on Friday. In the 2018-19 fiscal, the country produced 730 million tonnes (MT) of coal, while 955 MT was consumed, leading to a gap of 230-235 MT. “Coal imports were 235 MT last year. The country cannot avoid imports of around 120 MT due to lack of options… and imports by power plants in the coastal belt. “We will bridge the remaining coal (115-120 MT), which is imported in the next three years with higher production and better evacuation,” Jha said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalHe, however, said that availability of land and proper law and order situation are necessary for a “quantam” jump in production. Jha was speaking at the media briefing for the 8th Asian Mining Congress and IME Exhibition, scheduled to be held on November 6-9. He said Coal India plans to produce 53 MT of more coal to 660 MT in the current fiscal, and a similar 50-55 MT incremental production every year will bridge the 115-120 MT gap. Coal India had earlier pushed back its 1-billion-tonne production vision to 2025-26. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe miner, which caters to 80 per cent of the country’s energy requirement, is also executing rail network from its mine pitheads worth Rs 6,000-7,000 crore for high coal evacuation. Meanwhile, Coal India on Friday also said that it is optimistic about the company’s financial performance despite softening international prices. Average international coal price has gone down from $75 per tonne to $48 in just a few months. E-auction price realisation for Coal India was Rs 2155 a tonne, a slump of nearly Rs 600 per tonne in the first quarter ended June 2019, compared to the preceding quarter (Jan-Mar 2019) average realisation of Rs 2754 a tonne. “Our price is still 40 per cent lower than international prices,” Coal India chairman A K Jha said when asked about easing coal prices. The profit for 2018-19 was Rs 17462.18 crore, up from Rs 7038.44 crore in the previous year. Coal India was planning to produce 660 million tonne in the current fiscal, an incremental production of 53 million tonne over 2018-19. However, law and order issues will hold the key for production performance in some of its subsidiaries. Mahanadi Coalfields and Bharat Coking Coalfields were facing issues related to law and order. “Issues pertaining to South Eastern Coalfields had been resolved,” Jha said. SECL is the largest coal producing subsidiary of the company. He expected coal production will increase but monsoon may have some disruptions. Coal India has also started pushing higher supply to non-power. Meanwhile, Australia’s Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Matthew Canavan, will visit India from 26 -29 August beginning from Kolkata. He will meet state Finance and Industry Minister Amit Mitra.last_img read more

 

Weaver reintroduces bill to give 16 yearolds the vote

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – B.C. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver introduced a Private Member’s bill in the BC Legislature that would lower B.C.’s voting age to 16 years old.This is Weaver’s third attempt to introduce the bill, which he said was in response to Elections B.C.’s announcement on Monday that only 56.24 percent of residents between the ages of 18 and 24 voted in the provincial election last May. Only 46.35 percent of voters aged 25-35 cast ballots in that election.Weaver pointed out in a statement today that 16 year-olds in Scotland, Argentina, Austria and Brazil are allowed to vote, and cited evidence from those countries that enfranchising young voters has led to higher levels of voter turnout since the voting age was lowered.“Young British Columbians have the greatest stake in the future of our province; they should have a say in the decisions our politicians make,” said Weaver. “Moreover, research shows that the cognitive skills required to make calm, logically informed decisions are firmly in place by age 16. Young citizens of British Columbia are old enough to drive, pay taxes and sign up for the military. They are also the leaders of tomorrow. They should have a say in the direction we are heading, as they will inherit what we leave behind. B.C. should take this chance to strengthen our democracy and lower the voting age to 16.”last_img read more

 

Female candidates in upcoming Tanzanian polls to receive UN election training

31 August 2010The United Nations is seeking to empower women candidates ahead of Tanzania’s general elections in October, including by improving their skills in public speaking, media engagement, campaign planning, presentations, community mobilization, advocacy and lobbying. During workshops conducted throughout September by the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), candidates will also learn about women in Tanzanian politics, current political issues surrounding the elections, the roles of Parliament, the House of Representatives and local councils, and relevant election laws, rules and regulations.Women and men must “join hands to promote equal representation, participation and leadership of women in the political processes and representative institutions,” Ni Sha, UNIFEM’s Deputy Regional Programme Director for East and Horn of Africa, noted in a news release.Tanzania’s Constitution has allocated 30 per cent of parliamentary seats for women. However, women only accounted for 17 out of 232 contested seats in the last general elections in 2005.The workshops will be conducted by 30 facilitators from across the country who have already received training from UNIFEM – which is part of the larger, new gender entity known as UN Women – earlier this month. UNIFEM is also collaborating with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to coach community radio coordinators in the cities of Arusha, Pemba and Unguja in September to spread awareness on voter information to women in remote areas. Journalists will also be coached to provide fair and equal coverage of female candidates ahead of the 31 October polls, UNIFEM added. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is also providing substantial technical assistance to support the country’s elections through the Elections Support Project 2010.The project, which began last year, is aimed at helping the National Electoral Commission (NEC) and the Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC) plan for and manage elements of the electoral process such as voter registration, voter education, coordinating election observers, and communications. read more

 

US consumer confidence falls to lowest level since April on weaker outlook

WASHINGTON – U.S. consumers’ confidence in the economy fell in November to the lowest level in seven months, dragged down by greater concerns about hiring and pay in the coming months.The Conference Board said Tuesday that its index of consumer confidence dropped to 70.4 from 72.4 in October. The October reading was higher than initially reported, but still well below the 80.2 reading in September.November’s drop comes after the 16-day partial government shutdown caused confidence to plunge in October. The declines in both months were driven by falling expectations for hiring and the economy over the next six months.Some economists also attributed the weakening confidence to Americans’ frustrations and worries about the implementation of the Obama administration’s health care reform.“Disgust with politicians and government policy is what’s holding back expectations,” said Ted Wieseman, an economist at Morgan Stanley.Less optimism among Americans could slow the holiday shopping season and weigh on economic growth. Consumer spending drives 70 per cent of economic activity.But spending patterns don’t always closely follow measures of confidence. Americans sometimes shop more even when they say they are less optimistic.That’s what happened last month. Despite a sharp fall in confidence in October, consumers spent 0.4 per cent more at retail stores and restaurants than in September.Strong auto sales accounted for about half the gain. Restaurants also reported a healthy increase in spending. Americans also spent more on furniture, electronics and clothing. There were some signs of caution: sales at grocery stores were flat and department stores reported only slightly higher sales.Wieseman said the report included some good news: Consumers’ assessment of the current job market improved a bit, which bodes well for November’s jobs report, to be released next week.Steady hiring could boost confidence in the coming months, Wieseman added, particularly if the government’s health care website is fixed and as memories of the shutdown fade.Employers added an average of 202,000 jobs from August through October, up from just 146,000 in the previous three months.And lower gas prices have put more money in consumers’ pockets. Prices fell for nine straight weeks to the lowest level in nearly two years before moving up slightly in the past two week. The average price for a gallon of gas nationwide Monday was $3.28.Economic growth is expected to slow in the current October-December quarter, partly because consumer spending growth is likely to be moderate. The economy expanded at a 2.8 per cent annual rate in the July-September quarter, but most economists expect it will slow to about a 2 per cent rate or lower in the fourth quarter. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US consumer confidence falls to lowest level since April on weaker outlook for jobs, pay by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Nov 26, 2013 8:42 am MDT read more

 

Security Council strongly condemns despicable terrorist attack in Jerusalem synagogue

In a statement to the press, the members of the Council strongly condemned all such acts of violence, and expressed concern about increased tensions, “which have affected both the Israeli and Palestinian people, and urged all sides to take immediate steps to restore calm.” In addition, the Council emphasized the importance of all statements condemning the attack and condemning all acts of violence, and encouraged Israeli and Palestinian leaders and citizens to work together to lower tension, reject violence, avoid all provocations and seek a path toward peace. Council members expressed their condolences to the families of all those who have died and sympathy to those injured and to the Israeli people. Reaffirming that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is criminal and unjustifiable, “regardless of its motivation,” the Council reminded States that they must ensure that measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law. read more

 

Act now to halt South Sudans trajectory towards mass atrocities Ban urges

Reiterating his call for an arms embargo, the Secretary-general said such a measure “would diminish the capacity of all sides to wage war.”The conflict in South Sudan has already assumed an ethnic dimension.Sounding the alarm at the rising ethnic tensions in the country, including increasing hate speech from many in leadership positions as well as the warning from Adama Dieng, the UN Special Envoy for the Prevention of Genocide, Mr. Ban underlined: “I am afraid that process is about to begin unless immediate action is taken. The Security Council must […] send a clear warning that hate speech, incitement and violence must end, and that there will be accountability for mass atrocities and other crimes.”He also told the Council that the UN Mission in the country (UNMISS) continued to face serious restrictions on its freedom of movement throughout the country, and called on the Government to fulfil its pledges of unconditional acceptance of the deployment of the Regional Protection Force.“Words alone are insufficient. They must be matched by practical actions that demonstrate a strategic shift to fully cooperate with the United Nations and all partners for peace.”Concluding his briefing, Mr. Ban noted that the people of South Sudan have suffered far too much, for far too long.“Its people will be the target of those atrocities while they pin their hopes on the international community in general and the Security Council,” he said, adding: “I appeal to the Security Council to act, to act now, in fulfillment of its responsibility and in support of ongoing regional efforts.”After Srebrenica and Rwanda. Given the clear facts and evidence this evening in South Sudan, how many more clues do you, do we all, need to move from our anxious words to real, preventative action?Emergency Relief Coordinator O’BrienFurther today, Stephen O’Brien, who is also the head of the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) stressed that decisive action is needed to end the violence and that it is incumbent upon the Security Council to make sure the necessary action is taken.Drawing the attention of the Council to the challenges faced by aid workers, he said: “I am appalled to highlight that around 67 per cent of [the incidents of] violence against humanitarian workers or assets. […] Last month, one hundred reports of humanitarian access incidents were documented – the highest number in any month since June 2015.” The situation is particularly difficult in locations where towns are controlled by one party to the conflict and surrounded by another. For instance, in Yei (Central Equatoria province) and in Wau (Western Bahr el Ghazal province) tens of thousands are estimated to be in need of humanitarian assistance. “The recent proliferation of armed actors has increased the complexity of access negotiations and heightened risks to aid workers,” he added. Highlighting three key areas of action: cessation of violence; ensure unhindered access to all those requiring assistance; and arrest the imminent risk of violence escalating along ethnic lines, Mr. O’Brien concluded: “After Srebrenica and Rwanda. Given the clear facts and evidence this evening in South Sudan, how many more clues do you, do we all, need to move from our anxious words to real, preventative action? How many lives, how many women, men and children, can you, can we all, save if you and those with influence over the parties act decisively today?” Internally displaced persons (IDPs) line up early in the morning for a general food distribution at the UN Protection of Civilians Site, Malakal, South Sudan. Photo: IOM/Bannon “It is time to put the people of South Sudan, and not its leaders, at the forefront of any strategy,” Mr. Ban told the Security Council in a briefing that also featured UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien.“We should be united and determined in following through with severe consequences for those who impede the path to peace and stability,” stressed the Secretary-General.The UN chief informed the Council of reports suggesting that South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and his loyalists are contemplating a new military offensive in the coming days against the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM)-In Opposition, as well as of reports that long-time rival Riek Machar and other opposition groups are pursuing a military escalation.Underscoring that the parties in South Sudan must be prevented from launching any military operation, particularly with the beginning of the dry season, Mr. Ban stated: “I urge the Security Council, regional leaders and the international community to make it clear to President Kiir and Riek Machar that initiation of a military offensive will carry serious consequences.” read more

 

Lakers rout Suns 12096 for 3rd straight victory

LOS ANGELES — Kyle Kuzma scored 23 points and LeBron James had 22 before both sat out the fourth quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers’ third home victory in four days, 120-96 over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.Brandon Ingram scored 15 points and JaVale McGee had 14 points and eight rebounds in three quarters of work for the Lakers. They have won 12 of 16 since their 2-5 start to James’ first season on the West Coast.Michael Beasley scored a season-high 14 points as the Lakers fell behind by 17 points in the first quarter, yet still made easy work of last-place Phoenix.Richaun Holmes scored 15 points, and Josh Jackson and Trevor Ariza scored 13 apiece for the Suns. They have lost five straight to fall to 4-19.Suns star Devin Booker scored six points before leaving with a strained hamstring in the second quarter. Booker hurt his leg while chasing a loose ball out of bounds, going immediately to the locker room. Booker missed three games in October after straining his hamstring in the Suns’ first game against the Lakers. He was returning Sunday from a one-game absence due to an injured left toe after stubbing it on his hotel bed during the Suns’ trip to Los Angeles to play the Clippers last Wednesday.PELICANS 119, HORNETS 109CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Anthony Davis had 36 points, 19 rebounds and eight assists to help New Orleans beat Charlotte.Jrue Holiday added 19 points and eight assists. The Pelicans won for only the second time in seven games. Frank Kaminsky led the Hornets with a season-high 19 points, although he struggled with guarding Davis. Kemba Walker had 13 points on 5-of-16 shooting.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

 

Ireland to auction €500 million in TBills

first_imgTHE AGENCY TASKED with managing Ireland’s debt is to sell off €500 million in three-month bonds on Thursday.The National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) said it will auction the Treasury Bills on 21 March. It is part of a series of sales by Ireland as it attempts to return to normal lending markets.Last week, Ireland sold its first long-term government bond since the 2010 IMF/EU bailout, raising €5 billion. The yield charged was 4.15 per cent.Similar auctions of so-called T-Bills in February and January were oversubscribed and interest rates charged on the debt fell to as low as 0.2 per cent.This week’s auction will open at 9.30am on Thursday morning and close at 10.30am.Ireland sells first 10-year government bonds since before bailoutlast_img read more

 

Lumus présentera au CES des lunettesécran stupéfiantes

first_imgLumus présentera au CES des lunettes-écran stupéfiantesDes lunettes-écran concept permettent d’afficher un écran virtuel de 87 pouces dans l’environnement de son utilisateur !Le fabricant israélien Lumus a conçu une paire de lunettes-écran qui permet un affichage de qualité HD (1280 x 720p)…en 3D. Un appareil de vision qui semble provenir de l’univers du film Minority Report !À lire aussiArchéologie : le vrai visage de Cléopâtre reconstitué en 3DC’est grâce à un système de lentilles transparentes (qui permet d’afficher un signal lumineux envoyé depuis un récepteur situé au niveau des oreilles) qu’un écran virtuel de 87 pouces (2,17 m) peut être visible de la personne portant ces lunettes concept. L’utilisateur n’est pas plongé dans l’obscurité et l’écran prend place dans l’environnement du visionneur… ou du joueur. Car ce produit est compatible avec des applications de réalité augmentée et peut être connecté à tout appareil vidéo (lecteur Blu-ray, console de jeu, iPad). La vidéo de présentation de l’objet permet d’en savoir davantage sur sa conception et son utilisation. Ces lunettes seront présentées lors du prochain CES et le fabricant annonce que la résolution Full HD (1080p) sera accessible sous peu avec le même type de lunettes. Mais la date de commercialisation de ces lunettes-écran n’est malheureusement pas fixée…Retrouvez cette nouvelle génération de lunettes écran en vidéo sur Maxisciences.Le 16 décembre 2011 à 12:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

 

Police seek help identifying suspects in latenight attack

first_imgVancouver Police are asking the public’s help locating three men accused of attacking a 25-year-old woman near the intersection of East Ninth Street and Grand Boulevard last Thursday.The woman told police she was walking to a convenience store at about 1:30 a.m. when the men pulled beside her in an older model Mercedez Benz and asked for cigarettes, according to a news bulletin. Two men then climbed from the vehicle and knocked the woman to the ground and attempted to remove her pants. After a brief struggle, she was released and the men fled westbound on Ninth Street. The driver was described as a heavy set 18-29-year-old Hispanic male with acne. The victim and witnesses described the silver or gold colored four-door vehicle as in good condition.Anyone with information that could be helpful in identifying the suspects is asked to call the Vancouver Police Department’s Major Crimes Tip Line at 360-487-7399.last_img read more

 

Gregoire reflects on 8 years in office

first_imgOLYMPIA — When Gov. Chris Gregoire took office eight years ago, it was after a contested election led to two recounts and a court challenge.Gregoire, a Democrat, recently recalled that some Republicans turned their backs on her during her inaugural address in the House chambers in January 2005, and that occasionally people she encountered in public would say, “Revote” to her face.“The traditional Cinderella period? I didn’t get one,” Gregoire said. “It was a tough beginning.”But the outgoing governor counts that first legislative session as one of her most memorable, in part because of a large transportation package that she pushed, including a gas tax increase for road projects.“Everybody who had helped me in my campaign were flooding me with calls: ‘This is your demise. You will never get re-elected. You cannot go for a gas tax. This is the end of you,’” she recalled. “So, my one big accomplishment, people were questioning whether it was outstandingly stupid on my part.”Voters not only upheld that tax package later that year, they re-elected Gregoire for a second termthree years later. Gregoire said it was only after she completed that first legislative session as governor, and six months after she took office when a judge upheld her razor-thin 133-vote victory, that she said she could finally lead the state without feeling like “you have one hand tied behind your back.”last_img read more

Matter Hungary

first_imgThe Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre organised an International artworks exhibition Spirit and Matter- Three Artists- Three Generation by Ilona Lovas, Anna Makovecz and Villo Turcsány from Hungary, curated by Katalin Keserü organised by Anna Bagyó and Cocos Nuciferas by MD Deleep Franco Swiss from France-Switzerland.The opened on January 27 at the lawns and gallery of the HICC, followed by a short performance by János Palojtay (piano) and Dávid Simon (flute). Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The two exhibitions were inaugurated by Szilveszter Bus, Ambassador of Hungary, in the presence of François Richier, Ambassador of France. The exhibitions will be closed by the Dipali Khanna, Member Secretary, IGNCA, in the presence of curator, Katalin Keserü and artiste, Villo Turcsány from Hungary followed by Mohiniyattam performance by Hungarian dancer, Brigitta Hegedus at the HICC on February 26. The exhibition will be on view till February 28. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSpirit and Matter- Three Artists- Three Generation is an exhibition-cum-performance, curated by art historian, writer and curator Katalin Keserü, organised by art consultant Anna Bagyó, with the participation of three Hungarian woman artists: Ilona Lovas, Anna Makovecz and Villo Turcsány. The three artises, representing three different generations, coexist well with each other. Their works examine the metamorphosis of matter, body and spirit. These evergreen topics of art are translated into the language of contemporary mediums and will be presented as installations, photos and videos. Cocos Nuciferas features spiritual insights with various imageries of Coconut and Rangolis. The artworks by MD Deleep (a Franco-Swiss artist) are an attempt to translate and share spiritual and ethnic emotions, sensations through these intermediaries. Thus, it is important that there exists barely any distance between the viewer and the work. With such participation, there is enough scope for the individuals to enter the specific work-scope and create new relationships between creation, creator and spectator. The artiste’s aim is to work in interaction with the public, resulting in a timeless piece, which everyone can interpret in his/ her own way.last_img read more

The Model who Inspired Jessica Rabbit and Popularized the Backless Dress

first_imgLegendary screen siren Jessica Rabbit left a strong impression on movie history. Seductive and impossibly-proportioned, she was also two-dimensional. And that’s not an insult. Because Jessica was a hand-drawn animated character, created for the 1988 hit Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The inspiration for Jessica, on the other hand, was all too real. Vikki Dougan (born Edith Tooker in 1929) never set Hollywood alight as an actress, but as a model and “It Girl” she was always talked about. In fact, some draw comparisons between her and the Kardashian-fueled celeb culture which exists today.Bob Hoskins is seduced by Jessica Rabbit in a scene from the film ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit,’ 1988. Photo by Buena Vista/Getty ImagesAs discussed in an article for Jezebel.com, “For all those cultural snobs bemoaning a trend of untalented people like the Kardashians or Courtney Stodden or The Situation being famous for nothing, Dougan’s story offers some helpful historical perspective.”Just as Jessica was the invention of male screenwriters, Dougan’s image was carefully-crafted in line with the male gaze. Tinseltown publicist Milton Weiss, who worked with stars such as Ava Gardner and Anita Ekberg, came up with an attention-grabbing sartorial move that cemented her into popular culture.Actors Lance Fuller & Vikki Dougan – publicity still.During the 1950s he adorned her in a series of backless dresses, some of which plunged so low you could see her buttock cleft.Weiss sent Dougan to all the happening spots, where her presence naturally drew great attention. Photographer Ralph Crane immortalized her comings and, most strikingly, goings for Life Magazine.Model and actress Vikki Dougan wearing a low-cut back less gown while an elderly unidentified woman looks at her backside. Los Angeles 1957. Photograph by Ralph Crane/The LIFE Picture CollectionDougan’s public image was dubbed “The Back,” and Weiss intended her to be a contrast to the likes of Jayne Mansfield with their hourglass profiles. Sometimes the effect was a little too powerful.The Daily Mail mentions that the “plunging designs got plenty of media coverage for the starlet, especially after she was thrown out of a preview party for attracting too much attention.”American actress and pin-up model Vikki Dougan sits on a diving board above a swimming pool, dressed in a backless bathing suit, Los Angeles, California, 1957. Photo by Ralph Crane/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty ImagesShe dated Frank Sinatra, among other notable figures, and offered an opinion on the dating scene in a 1958 gossip column: “The men you go with want to get married… The trouble is, they never say when.” Dougan had two marriages, in the 1940s and the ’60s.Frank Sinatra in 1955.Veronica Lake got the credit when Jessica Rabbit burst onto the scene for Who Framed Roger Rabbit, though Dougan’s backless appearances were arguably the key visual aid for director Robert Zemeckis and his team.A distinctive and influential blend of live action and animation, the ambitious project delighted family audiences. That said, the movie wasn’t without its share of controversy. Risqué frames were added to the fun, which along with other adult references gave Roger’s antics a salacious dimension.Robert Zemeckis. Photo by Dick Thomas Johnson CC BY 2.0Jessica Rabbit’s scenes had an impact on many a young boy’s outlook, in addition to causing arousal and probably a fair amount of confusion in the minds of their fathers.Her infamous line of dialogue has a life of its own. Referred to on the website Messy Nessy Chic, the parallels between it and Dougan are plain: “Much like Vikki, whose image was ‘created’ for her by a Hollywood publicist, Jessica Rabbit’s most memorable quote in the 1988 film hints at their connection: ‘I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way.’”Even all these years later Zemeckis is interested in drawing Jessica again, in order to bring her and her hopping husband back for a sequel. Various logistical problems have gotten in the way however, not least of which the death of star Bob Hoskins in 2014.In an interview for The Telegraph, the director revealed that “The current corporate Disney culture… has no interest in Roger, and they certainly don’t like Jessica at all.” This certainly ties in with the arguably more wholesome approach taken by the House of Mouse to its multitude of billion dollar properties.Read another story from us:Nicholson, Beatty & Brando: The Bad Boys of Mulholland DriveAs for Dougan’s reaction to the Jessica Rabbit phenomenon, she was interviewed for Hollywood Exclusive in 2009. It transpired she’d never seen the movie.last_img read more

Chelsea Manning safe after posting and deleting alarming tweet

first_imgChelsea Manning posted a photo of what appears to be her standing on the edge of a high-rise building.In the early hours of last night, she posted a photo with the caption ‘I’m sorry’. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) ‘Thanks everyone for your concern and please give her some space,’ the tweet read.Manning has a long history of mental health issues. She reportedly tried to commit suicide in July 2016, while detained in jail.Chelsea Manning for US SenateManning recently announced a run for US Senate earlier this year.The trans activist and former Army Intelligence Analyst announced she will be running for the U.S. Senate in Maryland. She will run as a democrat.She said in her campaign video: ‘We live in trying times. Times of Fear— of suppression— of hate. We don’t need more—or better leaders.‘We need someone willing to fight,’ she said.Manning also appeared on the cover of Vogue.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS-center_img Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/chelsea-manning-safe/ The photo shows someone standing on a marble stone ledge on top of a multi-storey building.Chelsea Manning tweeted this photo what appeared to be an attempted suicide. The image was removed and now the Chelsea Manning twitter account says “Chelsea is safe. She is on the phone with friends, thanks everyone for your co CERN and please give her some space”. pic.twitter.com/XqIMF5Y1dq— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) 28 May 2018Someone quickly deleted the post as soon as it went out.Then a message came from her official Twitter account. It read: ‘Chelsea is safe. She is on the phone with friends.last_img read more

Zika no longer a concern for Saint Lucia

first_img Tuesday, October 16, 2018 TORONTO — Scientists have determined the Zika virus is no longer present in Saint Lucia, meaning travellers, including pregnant women, can visit the destination with no known risk of getting Zika from mosquitoes, says the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority.The SLTA is celebrating the news, which came down as an announcement came from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). The last reported case of the Zika virus disease on Saint Lucia was in February 2017 – 19 months ago.The Ministry of Health and Wellness in Saint Lucia noted in a statement: “In the case of Zika virus disease, the country’s last case was diagnosed greater than one year ago, in spite of continuous surveillance and testing for this disease. Given that Zika virus disease has not been detected in over a year in many Caribbean countries, the Caribbean Public Health Agency has indicated that Zika virus transmission has been interrupted in the Caribbean and that risk of transmission is very low.”More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedActing CEO of the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, Tiffany Howard said the announcement will have a positive impact on Saint Lucia’s tourism product.“Visitors, who were concerned about travelling to Saint Lucia because of Zika, now have the assurance that Saint Lucia has managed the situation effectively. Therefore, there is no need for worry about visiting the island. And what better time to come than now, when we have so many exciting things to do, see and experience on our inspiring destination.”Some visitors from the island’s major source markets had put off trips to the destination due to concerns about the Zika virus, especially couples who were thinking about getting pregnant.The Department of Health and Wellness has implemented several strategies to reduce the impact of Vector Borne Diseases (VBDs) and properties on the island continue to be pro-active in reducing the presence of mosquitos “so their guests can enjoy a wonderful stay”.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerFor more information on the Zika virus is available by calling the Chief Medical Officer at (758) 468-5309. To learn more about Saint Lucia, visit stlucia.org. Zika no longer a concern for Saint Lucia Share Posted bycenter_img Travelweek Group Tags: St. Lucia, Zika << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

 

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first_imgCrystal’s CEO and President, Edie Rodriguez, has unveiled the latest designs for the first aircraft, a Boeing 777-200LR, as part of the company’s Crystal AirCruises experience.In the northern autumn of 2017, Crystal’s acclaimed luxury and exclusivity will be elevated to new heights with Crystal AirCruises transporting just 84 guests to some of the world’s most exotic and remote locales in first class accommodations on 14-, 21- and 28-day itineraries. Crystal’s privately owned Boeing 777-200LR is currently being transformed to meet Crystal’s standards of customisation, and will boast fully reclining Crystal Exclusive Class™ seats, airy social spaces, large flat-screen TVs, Crystal’s famous butler and concierge services and Michelin star-inspired cuisine.“Crystal AirCruises is not just a thrilling new venture for Crystal, but a groundbreaking development in the luxury travel industry,” says Rodriguez. “Even the savviest travellers and guests who have sailed on our award-winning ocean cruises many times will relish brand-new opportunities to explore places impossible to reach by water, all with Crystal’s signature personalised service and the highest standard of luxury at every point of travel.”Crystal’s Boeing 777-200LR is larger and newer than any private jet travel option, appointed with features more commonly found in luxury suites. The custom Crystal Exclusive Class seats fully recline to lie-flat beds, measuring 73.5 inches long, for maximum personal space and ergonomic comfort, while the expansive social lounge with stand-up bar, two divans and four dining tables with dedicated seating for six guests fosters friendly camaraderie among luxury travellers. Cuisine will be prepared by a dedicated executive chef in two state-of-the-art galleys and paired with a premium wine list.Guests will also enjoy creature comforts and conveniences including Bose® Noise Cancelling headphones, Apple® iPads, complimentary global Wi-Fi, 24-inch interactive TVs with on-demand programming and music library, individual USB ports and power outlets, and a live cockpit-to-ground listening channel. Custom blankets, lumbar and pillows, plush duvets and mattress toppers – as well as spacious lavatories appointed with ETRO amenities – offer more than the comforts of home during the global journeys.last_img read more

 

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