Ricky Gervais Urges Australians To Support Bill To Ban Cosmetics Animal Testing‏

first_imgBritish comedian and actor Ricky Gervais, who stars in Muppets Most Wanted launching across Australia this week, is urging his Aussie fans to get active to support the End Cruel Cosmetics Bill.Ricky Gervais Supports Be Cruelty-Free Australia campaignCredit/Copyright: Humane Research AustraliaA renowned animal advocate, Ricky is speaking up on behalf of the Be Cruelty-Free Australia campaign. Co-ordinated by Humane Research Australia and Humane Society International, it is part of the largest campaign in the world to end animal testing for cosmetics such as lip stick and shampoo.Ricky will be tweeting for the campaign to encourage people to lobby their MPs, and has issued a striking photo in which he sports a temporary Be Cruelty-Free tattoo on his chest.The End Cruel Cosmetics Bill was introduced earlier this month by Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon, and seeks to ban both cosmetics animal testing within Australia, as well as the import and sale of newly animal-tested cosmetics from abroad. This would mirror the historic ban in place across the 28 member countries of the European Union, the world’s largest cosmetics market.Ricky said: “I love all animals and I hate to see them suffer in any way. Rabbits and mice who have cosmetics dripped in their eyes or spread on their skin, are just as deserving of our compassion as the animals with whom we share our homes. Let’s end their suffering. I’m proud to support the Be Cruelty-Free Australia campaign and urge all Australians to get involved. Go online, tell Parliament to support the End Cruel Cosmetics Bill, let’s end cosmetics animal testing in Australia and the world.”Animal testing for cosmetics is still legal in Australia. Although often assumed to occur infrequently, there are no official statistics to show how often such tests are conducted here or how many animals are subjected to cosmetics suffering. Additionally, many of the cosmetics on sale in Australia’s shops will have been tested on animals in another country.Rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and rats are the species most often used in cosmetics testing. They have chemicals dripped in their eyes or force-fed to them in massive, lethal doses. The results are of questionable relevance to humans, and such tests are being surpassed by state-of-the-art non-animal test methods.Hannah Stuart, Be Cruelty-Free Australia’s Campaign Co-ordinator, said: “Ricky is a true champion for both animals and people, which is why we’re so thrilled to have his support. Testing cosmetics on animals is bad news for the animals but also bad news for consumers because these tests are so questionable scientifically. It’s time for them to be consigned to the history books where they belong and the End Cruel Cosmetics Bill is our chance to do that.”Click here to send an email to your Senator asking them to support the End Cruel Cosmetics Bill.last_img read more

Bloomberg Paulson Steyer back report on cost to regional economies from climate

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Climate change is likely to exact enormous costs on U.S. regional economies in the form of lost property, reduced industrial output and more deaths, according to a report backed by a trio of men with vast business experience.The report, released Tuesday, is designed to convince businesses to factor in the cost of climate change in their long-term decisions and to push for reductions in emissions blamed for heating the planet.It was commissioned by the Risky Business Project, which describes itself as nonpartisan and is chaired by former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, former Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. and Thomas F. Steyer, a former hedge fund manager.“If we act immediately, we can still avoid most of the worst impacts of climate change and significantly reduce the odds of catastrophic outcomes,” Paulson said.Among the predictions: Between $66 billion and $106 billion in coastal property will likely be below sea level by 2050, labour productivity of outdoor workers could be reduced by 3 per cent because extremely hot days will be far more frequent, and demand for electricity to power air conditioners will require the construction of more power plants that will cost electricity customers up to $12 billion per year.“Every year that goes by without a comprehensive public and private sector response to climate change is a year that locks in future climate events that will have a far more devastating effect on our local, regional, and national economies,” warn the report’s authors.The analysis and calculations in the report were performed by the Rhodium Group, an economic research firm, and Risk Management Solutions, a catastrophe-modeling company that works for insurance companies and other businesses. It was paid for by the philanthropic foundations of Bloomberg, Paulson and Steyer, among others.The report analyzes the impacts of climate change by region to better show how climate change affects the businesses and industries that drive each region’s economy.— The Northeast will likely be most affected by sea level rise, which will cost an additional $6 billion to $9 billion in property loss each year.— The Southeast will likely be affected both by sea-level rise and extreme temperatures. The region, which has averaged eight days of temperatures over 95 degrees each year, will likely see an additional 17 to 52 of these days by midcentury and up to four months of them by the end of the century. This could lead to 11,000 to 36,000 additional deaths per year.— Higher temperatures will reduce Midwest crop yields by 19 per cent by midcentury and by 63 per cent by the end of the century.— The Southwest will see an extra month of temperatures above 95 degrees by 2050, which will lead to more frequent droughts and wildfires.The report does not calculate the cost of these droughts or wildfires, or many other possible costs such as the loss of unique ecosystems and species and the possible compounding effects of extreme weather conditions. Nor does it calculate some of the ways economies could adapt to the changing climate and reduce the costs of climate change.“There’s a whole litany of things not calculated in the assessment,” said Gary Yohe, an economics and environmental studies professor at Wesleyan University and vice chair of the National Climate Assessment, a U.S. government project set up to study the effects of climate change. Yohe was not part of the Risky Business Project report, but he was asked to review it.Still, he said, “The general conclusions are right on the money.”He also said that while other groups have also attempted to calculate the financial impacts of climate change around the world, this report is notable because of the business and financial experience of the people behind it. Beyond the three co-chairs, the members of the group’s risk committee include Former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, former Cargill CEO Gregory Page, and George Shultz, former treasury secretary and secretary of state.“These are people who have managed risk all their lives and have made an enormous amount of money doing so,” Yohe said.Jonathan Fahey can be reached at http://twitter.com/JonathanFahey . AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bloomberg, Paulson, Steyer back report on cost to regional economies from climate change by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press Posted Jun 23, 2014 10:06 pm MDT read more

National Lotterys first £10k a month for life winner goes public as

Dean says at the top of his bucket list is a hot air balloon ride and a tandem sky dive: “I cannot actually believe that I am really going to be able to do these things – and do them right now.”Everything still seems quite unreal – the news really is still sinking in.”Dean, who currently lives with his sister, Sarah, who introduced him to Set For Life, said a deposit for a home of his own is also high on the priority list, together with a family trip to Disneyland.He added: “I have a trip already booked for Disneyland Paris with my sister, brother-in-law and nephew- and this win will mean lots of extra spending money.”I am now worry free for the rest of my life.” A 24-year-old Amazon worker is celebrating after becoming the first person to win the National Lottery’s £10,000 a month for the next 30 years.This will total to £3.6 million, and he has already quit working for the tech giant in the hopes of becomimg a script writer, as well as fulfilling items on his zany bucket list.Dean Weymes scooped the huge top prize while playing Set For Life for the first time on the national lottery website on Monday last week.He said he “could not believe” what he was seeing when he realised he had matched all numbers and a Life Ball.Dean’s winning numbers were: 18, 21, 23, 34, 39 and the Life Ball: 3.He said: “I have always wanted to fulfil my dream to become a script writer and this now allows me the freedom to do it.”I didn’t have to give it a second thought – I quit my current role so I can begin to work on the job I have always wanted.Dean, who worked shifts and weekends in the transport team at Amazon before the win, added: “I studied screen writing at university as this has always been a passion of mine but I have never been able to do anything with this.” 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. read more

Hillsborough families to attend preinquest hearing today

first_imgFAMILIES OF THE 96 victims who died in the Hillsborough stadium disaster will attend a pre-inquest hearing in London today where a date and location for new inquests are likely to be set.The hearing follows the quashing of the original inquest verdict of “accidental death” last December following an independent panel report which shed new light on the disaster 24 years ago in which 96 Liverpool fans were crushed to death at the Sheffield stadium.The report found that dozens of those who died had the potential to survive had they received proper medical treatment and exposed a police attempt to cover-up their culpability for the disaster and smear Liverpool fans, portraying them as having been at fault.The original finding of accidental death by an inquest in the early 90s proved hugely controversial and families of those who died and survivors of the disaster fought for over two decades to have the verdict overturned as it was late last year.A separate police inquiry into the disaster and South Yorkshire Police’s actions in its aftermath is under way following the discovery of new information in an examination of thousands of documents related to the disaster by the British government-appointed panel which reported last year.The police inquiry is likely to take years to complete but could result in prosecutions of former and current police officers.Today’s pre-hearing will take place at the High Court in London and will be overseen by Lord Justice Goldring, who was appointed as coroner for the case last year.The hearing is expected to get under way at 11.30am, concluding at around 4.30pm, by which time a date and location for the hearings are likely to be determined.Large numbers of families will attend the hearing and for those who can’t travel proceedings will be broadcast live at the Crown Court in Liverpool.Earlier this week, the Liverpool Daily Post quoted a lawyer for the Hillsborough Justice Campaign as saying that the families anticipated the hearings to start next January.Elkan Abrahamson also paid tribute to campaigners Anne Williams and John Glover – who each lost sons at Hillsborough – who have died in recent weeks.He added: “I don’t think they will be the only ones. I am sure others will die over the next year.”The Hillsborough documents: What we’ve learned so farColumn: The full story of the Hillsborough disaster is still to comelast_img read more

Adobe releases emergency Flash patch all WindowsMac users need to install

first_imgAdobe has been forced to release an emergency patch for its Flash player following the discovery of critical bugs that allow the installation of malware. The exploit is confirmed as affecting both Windows and Mac users, but Adobe isn’t taking any chances and has also issued the patch for Linux and Android users, too.The reason this exploit is being viewed as critical is because it is already in use in the wild. Word documents containing malicious Flash content are doing the rounds, with the payload being dumped on to a machine if the user opens the document while running an unpatched version of Flash on their system. It goes without saying you shouldn’t be opening suspicious Word documents, but if you do by mistake then it could be quite costly today if your machine remains unpatched.There are actually two critical bugs at work here (CVE-2013-0633 and CVE-2013-0634). The first was discovered by security vendor Kaspersky Lab, the second by several organizations including MITRE, the Shadowserver Foundation, and Lockheed Martin’s Computer Incident Response Team. In both cases, Word documents are being used to distribute the malware, however, 0634 can also launch an attack from a website if loaded in Firefox on Windows or Safari on Mac.To defend against the exploit you can either uninstall Flash or update to the latest version, which can be downloaded directly from Adobe. The version you want to be running is Flash Player 11.5.502.149, which can be checked on Windows and Mac by visiting the About Adobe Flash Player page. Android users can check their version by navigating to Settings->Applications->Manage Applications and viewing the version listed there.last_img read more

iPhone 4 les fans étaient au rendezvous la nuit dernière chez Orange

first_imgiPhone 4 : les fans étaient au rendez-vous la nuit dernière chez Orange, découvrez les imagesFrance – Les aficionados d’Apple ont pu, dès minuit, acheter le nouveau smartphone de la firme à la pomme : l’iPhone 4. Ils ont auparavant dû s’armer de patience, car les files d’attente étaient longues à Lille, Lyon et Paris.Les trois boutiques Orange des Champs-Élysées, de Lille Grand Place et de Lyon Cordeliers ont frappé fort avec leur opération marketing : une ouverture nocturne exceptionnelle a eu lieu à minuit pour la sortie du nouvel iPhone.Même si les fans des produits Apple avaient déjà pré-commandé en masse sur Internet ou par téléphone, les couche-tard ont été nombreux à se languir dans les files d’attente. Certains étaient déjà dans les starting-blocks plusieurs heures avant l’ouverture des magasins, afin d’être absolument sûrs de pouvoir tester leur nouveau smartphone à minuit. Qui plus est, il était probable que les stocks ne soient pas suffisants pour satisfaire la demande, et les clients ont préféré éviter tout risque de repartir bredouilles, ou avec un simple coupon leur permettant de retirer le smartphone à une date ultérieure.À lire aussiCes deux modèles de smartphones sont maintenant interdits en France, voici pourquoiSeul hic : le modèle noir est disponible dès aujourd’hui… mais pas le blanc. Pour les fans de ce coloris, il faudra patienter jusqu’à fin juillet.Pour voir les images des files d’attente : https://www.maxisciences.com/iphone-4/iphone-4-les-fans-etaient-au-rendez-vous-chez-orange-la-nuit-derniere_art7996.htmlLe 24 juin 2010 à 10:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

The Best SciFi On Netflix Streaming

first_imgCurious as to the best streaming device for your buck? Look here.Being able to press a button and get a movie instantly sent to your TV is sort of the stuff of science fiction anyways, so it’s not surprising that Netflix has a pretty solid selection of sci-fi to stream. Picking through all of the detritus, though, can be a slog. There are a lot of lousy low-budget disease pandemic freakouts and cyborg fight club cheapies to skip over.If you don’t feel like scrolling forever to find the cream of the crop, we’ve got your back. What follows is a list of the 11 must-watch science fiction flicks that are streaming right now on Netflix. We’ll update it as movies are added and removed, so bookmark this page. You’ll want to come back to it when you’re setting up for a binge.Turbo KidCreated by an idiosyncratic Canadian filmmaking collective, Turbo Kid is a gore-soaked post-apocalyptic homage to classic 80s sci-fi flicks with a personality all its own. When the Kid discovers the armor and wrist blaster of his favorite superhero Turbo Rider, it brings him into conflict with a warlord who grinds up his enemies to extract their precious water. Along with a beautiful female robot named Apple and a one-handed arm wrestling champion, the Kid finds his inner strength and helps change the world for the better. It’s charming, beautifully shot and acted, and a ton of fun.Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2The Disney deal continues to pay off for Netflix, as they add the excellent Guardians Of The Galaxy sequel to the streaming library. Featuring one of the all-time oddest Marvel villains in Ego the Living Planet plus plenty of the banter, classic 70s rock and sexual tension we’ve come to love, this is a great push into the cosmic storytelling that is coming to a climax in the forthcoming Infinity War. Lots of fun Easter eggs and secrets to spot on multiple watchings too.The RoadJohn Hillcoat’s adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel is one of the grimmest and most uncompromising movies on this list, a stark illustration of post-apocalypse reality. Viggo Mortensen is astounding as a scavenger who will do anything to keep his son alive, and the cinematography is nothing short of brilliant. This isn’t a feel-good film by any means, and everybody involved commits unflinchingly to the atmosphere of the movie. It’s one of the least commercial sci-fi films to ever come out of Hollywood and definitely deserves your time and attention.BarbarellaBased on the French comics of Jean-Claude Forest, this 1968 Jane Fonda vehicle is a slice of swinging 60s sexploitation that’s visually exhausting. Fonda plays the titular heroine with a heaping dollop of camp, mugging her way through increasingly ridiculous situations like battling off carnivorous dolls and overloading an “orgasm machine” with her furious libido. It’s about as politically incorrect as you can get, but the costumes by Paco Rabanne are insanely good, the production design is great and the Maurice Jarre soundtrack slays.MoonDuncan Jones’ 2009 debut feature is one of the most claustrophobic sci-fi films ever made, starring Sam Rockwell as an astronaut finishing up a three year stint as a helium miner on the dark side of Earth’s only natural satellite. When he’s confronted by an exact duplicate of himself, it sends him into an existential tailspin that calls everything he knows about his life into question. Made on a low budget, it’s an inventive and clever movie that uses plausible science to go to some very strange places.Hard To Be A GodOne of the coolest things about Netflix’s sometimes schizophrenic selection is the offbeat foreign films that sneak through. Aleksei German’s 2013 Hard To Be A God is a great example. When a group of scientists travel to an Earth-like planet that is technologically centuries behind our own, one is chosen to infiltrate their society and help them progress forward. You can probably guess how well that turns out. Hard To Be A God is dark, deranged and uniquely Russian, well worth a look for a different view of the universe.EmbersClaire Carré’s debut feature takes place in a world that’s been ravaged by a neurological virus that left survivors with retrograde amnesia. The few humans still left behind try to contend with their new status as people unable to reach back into the past or create new memories. It’s a pretty unconventional take that manages to pull a lot of emotion out of its five overlapping stories. This isn’t one you can halfway watch, though, so put the phone down and give it your full attention.Galaxy QuestIt took a while, but in 2016 Galaxy Quest is finally getting the recognition it deserves. When the cast members of a cancelled sci-fi TV show are mistaken for actual space explorers by a desperate alien race, things spin wildly out of control. What could be just a Spaceballs-esque farce brings an unexpected amount of emotional depth to the table? Great performances, including the late Alan Rickman, put it on the list. Apparently, there’s a darker, R-rated cut out there somewhere that nobody’s ever seen, but until that surfaces this version is more than fine.The Iron GiantBefore Brad Bird was one of Pixar’s greatest weapons, he helmed this animated feature for Warner Brothers about a boy and his robot. The Iron Giant was a tremendous critical success but failed to make its money back at the box office, partly due to the studio not knowing how to promote it. It became a cult classic on cable and home video, and it’s still a really compelling watch today. The titular Giant’s animation was done with cel-shaded CGI and the animators had tons of creative control, resulting in a very personal-feeling film.OkjaWhile we’re on the subject of mysterious friendships, Korean surprise hit Okja won us over. When 26 genetically enhanced “super pigs” are sent to farms around the world, it kicks off a remarkably compelling tale that examines our responsibility to the animals that feed us. This one might make you a vegetarian, as the titular hog is an empathetic, fascinating animal that interacts in unexpected ways with the human cast. Sci-fi is at its best when it takes moral quandaries we all wrestle with and amplifies them, and that’s something Okja does with style.Rogue One: A Star Wars StoryDisney’s new deal with Netflix means all sorts of good movies are winding up there for the first time, and July of 2017 brings Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The first big-screen installment that’s outside of the main nine-movie timeline, this follows a ragtag group of Rebels as they steal the plans for the Death Star. The tone of this one is much more WWII war movie, as it introduces a new group of characters that aren’t necessarily going to make it through OK. Expanding the Star Wars universe is a no-brainer, but we’re happy that the end result is this ambitious and interesting.Removed From NetflixSadly, movies don’t stay streaming forever, and every month the selection on Netflix changes. When a movie gets taken off of the service, we’ll put it down here and let you know where else you can get it.RoboCopPaul Verhoeven’s dystopian 1987 classic is one of the most unflinchingly steel-eyed looks at the future of militarized policing, and it’s even more relevant in our modern age of drones blowing up snipers. RoboCop, if you’ve been living under a rock, is the story of Alex Murphy, a devoted Detroit cop who gets the majority of his body blown away in a shootout. He’s transformed into a seemingly emotionless cyborg and put back on the streets to set things right. Let’s not talk about the 2014 remake.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoTerminator 2: Judgement DayJames Cameron broke all the rules making the sequel to his time-traveling robot murder movie, and in doing so, he created one of the most iconic sci-fi films of the 90s. T2 brings Arnold Schwarzenegger back, but as the hero this time, tasked with protecting John Connor from a morphing liquid metal killing machine. Great performances, unforgettable action scenes and the best nuclear apocalypse ever captured on camera make this one an all-time classic.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoThe Fifth ElementLuc Besson’s sci-fi fantasia is pretty much absurd from beginning to end, but it’s also visually delicious and a hell of a lot of fun. Bruce Willis stars in this 1997 flick as a taxi driver who meets a mysterious woman who just happens to be the key to preventing the extinction of all life in the universe. An incredible performance by Gary Oldman as Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg, one of the best screen-chewing villains of all time, is more than enough reason to watch.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoBack To The FutureOne of the most beloved sci-fi franchises of the 80s, all three Back to the Future movies were on Netflix until October of 2016. It’s absurd that we’d have to recount the plot of these to you, a human being with the Internet, but here we go: ordinary teen Marty McFly gets zapped into the past courtesy an electrified DeLorean and must absolutely not bone down with his mother to save the timestream as we know it. Fast-paced and funny with a career-making Crispin Glover performance, the first flick is the best but the sequel’s pretty solid too. The third one (set in the Wild West)? You can skip it.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoThe Running ManArnold Schwarzenegger’s late-80s, early-90s run of movies is pretty unimpeachable, and one of our personal favorites is 87’s The Running Man, an alternately grisly and ridiculous spoof where he gets dropped into a murderous game show and has to fend for his life. Jesse “The Body” Ventura is awesome as “Captain Freedom,” and the other “stalkers” are fun as hell. Long-time game show host Richard Dawson shines in the role of the villainous Killian. In the era of increasingly lurid reality TV, this movie seems more accurate than ever.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoE.T. the Extra-TerrestrialSteven Spielberg’s 1982 megahit is one of the most iconic sci-fi movies of all time. When a short, weird-looking alien is stranded on Earth, a group of kids help him find his way home. That’s a grotesque oversimplification, of course, but the plot isn’t what makes E.T. a classic. It’s the great performances, subtle and effective effects work, and attention to exactly what makes kids different from adults – something so many 80s movies mastered and seems to be nearly lost today. This is a prime feel-good movie that will fill you with nostalgia for an era of sci-fi gone by.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoSky Captain and the World of TomorrowKerry Conran’s 2004 adventure was unusual when it premiered – live actors over CGI backgrounds, with no real sets? Obviously Hollywood caught up with him in the last decade or so, but Sky Captain is still worth a watch. The plot is an overheated mess, but that’s part of the charm, and the setting – an alternate-universe 1939 where mad scientists run amok and flying robots attack New York – is brilliant. This movie is just good clean fun of a kind that we don’t get enough of anymore. Oh, and it has Angelina Jolie in an eyepatch and a skin-tight leather outfit.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoEquilibriumKurt Wimmer’s 2002 flick was pretty much overshadowed by the much more successful Matrix movies, but a decade and a half later it holds up really well. Christian Bale plays a law enforcement officer in a society where emotions are forbidden and all citizens take a daily mood stabilizer. When he accidentally goes a day without his dose, his inner humanity awakens and leads him into conflict with the totalitarian state that rules everything. The special martial art invented for the movie – “gun kata,” where you master different stances for shooting and avoiding bullets – is both silly and sort of cool at the same time.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoStar Trek: First ContactNone of the Original Series Trek movies are on Netflix, but the Next Generation ones are. The best of them is easily First Contact, which hearkens back to Star Trek IV with a tale of the Enterprise’s crew traveling back in time. It’s not to save whales, though – the mission now is to prevent the Borg collective from changing the timeline themselves. Most of the action takes place on the day of Earth’s first contact with the Vulcans, the moment that created the Federation. Great performances, stirring action set pieces, and the introduction of Alice Krige as the Borg Queen make this one well worth your time.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoPrimerShane Carruth’s brilliant $7,000 debut is the best kind of science fiction: one that warps your brain as you watch it. When a pair of engineers accidentally invent a device that loops time in their garage, it sets off a mentally taxing series of journeys that will have you making diagrams on graph paper to keep up. The guys do what any smart person would do – get rich on the stock market – but when one thinks things have gone too far and tries to go back in time to prevent himself from inventing the device, all Hell breaks loose.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoUpstream ColorHere’s Shane Carruth’s brilliant follow-up to Primer. Where that movie twisted brains, Upstream Color does the same for hearts, telling the tale of a couple who are, without their knowledge, infected with a fictional parasite that passes from humans, to pigs, and finally to flowers. It’s a deeply affecting meditation on how much of us is “us” and how much is the horde of bacteria, viruses and other stuff that we carry around. One of the most ambitious and invigorating sci-fi films of the last decade.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoMen In BlackWill Smith and Tommy Lee Jones anchored this tremendous 1997 hit as a pair of suit-wearing agents tasked with keeping rowdy aliens on Earth in line. The duo has to track down a skin-wearing extraterrestrial who is on the planet illegally hunting for a stellar energy source that could shatter worlds. The plot’s a trifle, the effects are dated, but the manic energy of the flick is still solid two decades later and the chemistry between the two leads is great. The sequels haven’t managed to measure up, but they’re not streaming so don’t worry about it.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoIf Netflix isn’t doing to for you anymore try the 11 Niche Video Streaming Services You Should Subscribe To. But we can also walk you through that choice with a Simple Guide to Streaming Services. If you need purchasing help see our complete review of the Best Streaming Media Device. Follow all things Netflix here.last_img read more

Super ShowDown John Cenas new look Triple H on MCG IIconics react

first_img Google+ Facebook WWE Superstar John Cena announced as part of cast for Suicide Squad Sequel WWE SummerSlam Kickoff Show Results: Cruiserweight Title, Women’s Tag Titles on the line Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE.com is featuring an article featuring reactions on Twitter to John Cena’s new look that he showed off at yesterday’s Super Show-Down event in Australia.Cena himself addressed the reaction on Twitter, noting the many JBL references.https://twitter.com/JohnCena/status/1048667962520096769Triple H on MCGPaul “Triple H” Levesque issued this tweet reacting to over 70,000 fans in attendance.Standing in the ring, next to @ShawnMichaels, and looking out to over the 70K fans at #WWESSD was a sight I will never forget. Thank you to the city of @Melbourne, @TEGDAINTY, and the Australian @WWE Universe for making last night so special…for all of us.— Triple H (@TripleH) October 6, 2018IIconics react to family videoWWE posted this emotional video with The IIconics (Peyton Royce and Billie Kay) where they react to seeing video of their family in attendance over the weekend.Super Show-Down ReviewJust a reminder that my Super Show-Down review with Paul Nemer is now on YouTube.You can also subscribe to our podcast feed on a variety of new platforms now including iTunes, Stitcher, Google Music Play, Spotify, TuneIn and SoundCloud!center_img Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Video: Triple H speaks about the condition of Cole and Gargano following TakeOver: Torontolast_img read more

Evergreen Public Schools names Deeders successor

first_imgEvergreen Public Schools’ Deputy Superintendent John Steach will take over for the retiring superintendent, John Deeder, at the beginning of August.The school board unanimously approved the appointment at its Tuesday school board meeting, where it also approved a resolution affirming the district’s commitment to keeping students safe in light of fears over the Trump administration’s immigration policies.Steach, who joined the district as its deputy superintendent in 2014, previously served for three years as the superintendent of the Canby School District in Oregon. He was also the Richland School District’s deputy superintendent after serving as an active member of that school board, according to a district news release.School board President Victoria Bradford stressed the need for the district to have continuity in its leadership moving forward, praising his support of Deeder and ongoing work with the school district.“You have had a three-year job interview with us,” she told Steach.Steach said he was looking forward to the new challenge, and he praised his predecessor, who was absent from the school board dais Wednesday.“John (Deeder) has set an extremely high bar,” he said.Deeder announced his retirement late last month. He’ll finish his 11-year tenure as the district’s superintendent on July 31, bringing a 48-year career in education to a close.last_img read more

Salah backs Liverpool to end trophyless run

first_imgMohamed Salah has set his sights on winning his first piece of silverware at Liverpool, putting aside individual accolades.Salah was phenomenal last season as he netted 44 times and helped Liverpool progress all the way to the Champions League final on his first season at Anfield, but lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in Kiev thanks to Karius’ gaffes.2006 was the last time Liverpool lifted a trophy. They beat West Ham United on penalties in the FA Cup final at Wembley, and it’s been 28 years since they last won a league title.Ahead of the Merseyside derby on Sunday, the Egypt international believes it’s time Liverpool end their six-year trophyless run.“My target last season was not only to break the [goalscoring] record but also to win something with the club,” Salah told Sky Sports.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“We were very close in the Champions League final but this is football, we have to accept the result.“This time also I can’t say my individual one but my target now is to win something for the club.“This would be huge for us as a team and as players.“It’s also a dream for the city and for the fans. I think this season we are going to do something.”last_img read more

Police investigate burglary at Subway in Fort Lauderdale

first_imgIf you have any information on this burglary, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating a burglary at a Subway restaurant in Fort Lauderdale.Employees arrived to the sub shop in the area of Southeast 17th Street and Miami Road at around 6:30 a.m. Friday to find the glass door shattered.Once inside of the restaurant, the employees told authorities they found the store’s cash register, with $300 inside, missing.One employee said he saw a man on the store’s surveillance cameras pacing in front of the door.“He took the crowbar, smashed the window up. However he got inside, he went in, took the register and ran out the door,” said employee Lawton Damon.The business will remain closed until further notice.“I’m not happy. I’m missing work. I can’t get paid. You know how I feel when I don’t get paid,” said Damon. last_img read more

NKorea fires missile in defiance of US threats

first_imgNorth Korean leader Kim Jong-Un © attending the combined fire demonstration of the services of the Korean People’s Army in celebration of its 85th founding anniversary at the airport of eastern front. AFP file photoNorth Korea test-fired a ballistic missile Saturday in apparent defiance of a concerted US push for tougher international sanctions to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons ambitions.The latest launch, which South Korea said was a failure, came just hours after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned the UN Security Council of “catastrophic consequences” if the international community—most notably China—failed to pressure the North into abandoning its weapons programme.Military options for dealing with the North were still “on the table”, Tillerson warned in his first address to the UN body.The launch ratchets up tensions on the Korean peninsula, with Washington and Pyongyang locked in an ever-tighter spiral of threat, counter-threat, and escalating military preparedness.US President Donald Trump, who has warned of a “major conflict” with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s regime, said the latest test was a pointed snub to China—the North’s main ally and economic lifeline.“North Korea disrespected the wishes of China & its highly respected President when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today. Bad!” Trump tweeted.The US is deploying a naval strike group led by an aircraft carrier to the Korean peninsula, and a missile-defence system called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) that officials say will be operational “within days”.North Korea recently conducted its biggest-ever firing drill and has threatened to “bury at sea” the US aircraft carrier, and there are signs it could be preparing for a sixth nuclear test.South Korea’s defence ministry said it suspected Saturday’s missile test had failed after a brief flight, while the US military’s Pacific Command confirmed the rocket did not leave North Korean territory.Risk of nuclear attack ‘real’China pushed back at Tillerson’s call at the UN Security Council for it to do more to rein in Pyongyang, arguing that it was unrealistic to expect one country to solve the conflict.“The use of force does not solve differences and will only lead to bigger disasters,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.His country, he said, should not be “a focal point of the problem on the peninsula” and stressed that “the key to solving the nuclear issue on the peninsula does not lie in the hands of the Chinese side”.Russia joined China in saying a military response would be disastrous and appealing for a return to talks and de-escalation.Military action was “completely unacceptable”, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told the council, and a miscalculation could have “frightening consequences”.But Tillerson argued that diplomacy had to be backed with credible muscle.“Diplomatic and financial levers of power will be backed up by willingness to counteract North Korean aggression with military action, if necessary,” he said.“The threat of a North Korean nuclear attack on Seoul or Tokyo is real, and it is likely only a matter of time before North Korea develops the capability to strike the US mainland.”China wants talksThe meeting of the top UN body on Friday laid bare major differences among key powers over the way to address the North Korea crisis.Over the past 11 years, the Security Council has imposed six sets of sanctions on Pyongyang—two adopted last year—to significantly ramp up pressure and deny the North Korean regime the hard currency revenue needed for its military programmes.But UN sanctions experts have repeatedly told the council the measures have had little impact because they have been poorly implemented.Tillerson called on all countries to downgrade or sever diplomatic relations with North Korea and impose targeted sanctions on entities and individuals supporting its missile and nuclear program.The United States is ready to impose sanctions on third countries where companies or individuals are found to have helped North Korea’s military programmes, he said.China instead wants Pyongyang to freeze its military programmes in exchange for a halt to US-South Korean annual drills.“Now is the time to seriously consider talks,” said Wang.But Tillerson was blunt in saying it was up to North Korea to take the first concrete steps.“We will not negotiate our way back to the negotiating table,” he said. “We will not reward their bad behaviour with talks.”The United States, Russia and China took part in six-party talks on North Korea’s denuclearisation from 2003 to 2009, along with Japan, South Korea and Pyongyang.last_img read more

Egypt sentences 75 to death

first_imgThis picture shows detainees inside the soundproof glass dock of the courtroom during the trial of 700 defendants including Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, widely known as Shawkan, in the capital Cairo, on 8 September 2018. An Egyptian court on 8 September handed a five-year jail sentence to prominent photojournalist Zeid, known as Shawkan, who earlier this year received UNESCO`s World Freedom Prize. Shawkan was one of more than 700 defendants on trial in the same case, most of them facing charges of killing police and vandalising property during the clashes. The same court that jailed him also confirmed on Saturday death sentences initially issued in July against 75 defendants, including leaders of Morsi`s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. Photo: AFPAn Egyptian court handed a five-year jail sentence to award-winning photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid on Saturday and confirmed death sentences against 75 people in one of the largest mass trials since the 2011 uprising.Abu Zeid, widely known as Shawkan, who earlier this year received UNESCO’s World Freedom Prize, is however expected to walk free soon, his lawyer said.Shawkan was arrested in August 2013 as he covered deadly clashes in Cairo between security forces and supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.He was accused of “murder and membership of a terrorist organisation” — charges that can carry the death penalty — but has already spent five years in jail.Shawkan should therefore be able to leave prison “within a few days”, his lawyer Karim Abdelrady said as he welcomed the verdict.Smiling in the dock, the photojournalist made a “V” for victory sign to journalists.But Abdelrady added that the sentence was still “unfair because he (Shawkan) was only doing his job”, covering the events unfolding in the Egyptian capital five years ago.The lawyer said he would launch a new legal bid to recognise the innocence of his client.Shawkan was one of 739 defendants on trial in the same case, most of them facing charges of killing police and vandalising property during the clashes.His detention sparked outrage among human rights groups and NGOs who lobbied continuously for his release.On Thursday, Amnesty International and press freedom group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) held a joint rally outside the Egyptian embassy in Paris to demand that he be set free.At the time, Amnesty put out a statement warning Egyptian judicial authorities: “The world is watching you.”A photo of Shawkan — behind bars with his hands in front of his face mimicking holding a camera — have long circulated widely on social media.- 75 death sentences confirmed -RSF ranks Egypt 161st out of 180 countries on its press freedom index and says that at least 31 journalists are currently detained in the Arab world’s most populous nation.The same court that handed Shawkan a five year term on Saturday also confirmed death sentences initially issued in July against 75 defendants, including leaders of Morsi’s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.They include senior Brotherhood members Mohamed el-Baltagui, Issam al-Aryan and Safwat Hijazi.Of the 75 defendants facing the death penalty, 44 were in the dock while the rest were tried in absentia.Forty-seven were handed life sentences, while 347 were given 15 years in prison, and 22 minors received 10-year terms.Five-year terms were handed to 215 people.The court also sentenced Morsi’s son, Ossama, to 10 years in jail.On 14 August 2013, one of the bloodiest days in Egypt’s modern history, a month after the army ousted Morsi, police moved to disperse a sprawling Islamist protest camp at Rabaa al-Adawiya square in Cairo.About 700 people were killed within hours at Rabaa al-Adawiya and Nahda Square where another sit-in was being held.Hundreds more were killed in street clashes with police over the months that followed and mass arrests were made.In a statement, Amnesty condemned Saturday’s death sentences and “heavy” prison terms, resulting from what it called a “disgraceful mass trial”.The rights watchdog called for a retrial in front of an “impartial court”.It said the verdicts were “a mockery of justice”, since “not a single police officer has been brought to account”.Amnesty and Human Rights Watch say at least 40,000 people were arrested in the first year after Morsi’s ouster on 3 July 2013.Egypt’s courts have sentenced hundreds of them to death or lengthy jail terms after other speedy mass trials, including Morsi and several leaders of his Brotherhood movement.Former armed forces chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi won the presidency in 2014 after leading the ouster of Morsi following mass protests against the Islamist’s rule.Sisi won reelection with 97 per cent at a vote in March against a single opponent widely seen as a token challenger, with critics saying the president had carried out a widespread crackdown on dissent.last_img

Apple Removes Scary Zoom Flaw For Other Video Conferencing Apps

first_img Author Bio Apple is coming to the rescue of Mac users who were affected by a vulnerability in the Zoom teleconferencing app. Apple quietly pushed out a security patch to Macs that removes software from third-party video conferencing apps left exposed by Zoom’s scary webcam flaw, the Verge first reported. MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/apple-macos-zoom-flaw?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Both RingCenter and Zhumu, two video conferencing services that automatically install secondary Zoom software, were caught in the crossfire of a nasty bug that let malicious websites remotely open a Mac’s webcam and start a video conference without any intervention. MORE: Zoom Promises Fix for Scary Webcam Spying FlawZoom, a popular teleconferencing app, has been under immense pressure this last week after it was discovered that the company secretly installs a web server on Macs that can be exploited by bad actors to spy on people. Worse yet, the web server remains on a device even after a user uninstalls Zoom from their Mac.After changing its mind about the flaw being necessary for the app to work on Safari, Zoom eventually pushed out a patch that fixes the issue. However, users who uninstalled the program before the patch came through were out of luck. Now it’s up to Apple to pick up the pieces. Apple first released a macOS update to remove Zoom’s offending software on July 10. Be sure to read our initial coverage of the flaw for instructions on how to protect your Mac.The Best Laptops for Business and Productivity Phillip Tracy, Phillip Tracy, center_img Phillip Tracy is a senior writer at Tom’s Guide and Laptop Mag, where he reviews laptops and covers the latest industry news. After graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Phillip became a tech reporter at the Daily Dot. There, he wrote reviews for a range of gadgets and covered everything from social media trends to cybersecurity. Prior to that, he wrote for RCR Wireless News and NewBay Media. When he’s not tinkering with devices, you can find Phillip playing video games, reading, listening to indie music or watching soccer. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf You Have a Computer, This Strategy Game Is a Must-HaveVikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoForbes.comCrazy Rich Asians for RealForbes.comUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoAncestryStart your journey with AncestryDNA®- now $59. Ends 8/26.AncestryUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoAdvertisementlast_img read more

Experiences beyond expectation with Explorations by Collette

first_img Posted by Travelweek Group Friday, November 9, 2018 ‘Experiences beyond expectation’ with Explorations by Collette Tags: Collettecenter_img TORONTO — Collette’s Explorations was so popular as a travel style, it made perfect sense to spin it off into its own stand-alone brand. Now clients can reap the benefits of this immersive, authentic approach to vacations.Now known as Explorations by Collette, the brand was the focus of a special industry event last night, offering agents in attendance everything from henna applications, to a quick lesson in truffle rolling, to libations in the form of pisco sours, a drink clients can discover on the Explorations by Collette itinerary ‘Machu Picchu & the Galapagos Islands’.Explorations by Collette is “small group travel, reinvented” and is a dedicated program with maximum group sizes topping out at 19, down from 24. Most groups actually average 15 travellers, says Stephanie Mirando, Collette’s Senior Marketing Manager, North America Trade Partnerships. The brand was officially launched in August 2018, with more than 20 Explorations by Collette trips, each one focusing on “hyper-local” experiences. When Explorations by Collette was introduced, Collette CEO Dan Sullivan summed up the brand’s ethos this way: “Over the last 100 years, we’ve learned a lot about what works on tour and we’re excited to add this breadth of product to Collette’s offerings. Whether it’s hunting for truffles in southern France, a home-hosted meal in Morocco, or an overnight in a glass igloo in northern Finland, our guests can now connect to destinations in an entirely different way.”The list of Explorations by Collette tours runs the gamut from ‘Colors of Morocco’ to ‘Italy’s Bella Vita’, ‘Mysteries of India’, ‘The Plains of Africa’ and ‘Costa Rica: A World of Nature’.At last night’s event, Mirando says one particularly special Explorations by Collette itinerary is ‘Switzerland: Hidden Trails & Majestic Peaks’, notable for its method of transportation – not by motorcoach, but by Switzerland’s famous rail system. Explorations by Collette’s tour designers “have built Impact Moments into every trip, and in Swizterland, instead of travelling by coach, guests go by train. You’re giving travellers this cool experience, and you’re also lessening their carbon footprint.”More details about the program are available at explorations.com. Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Circassians flee Syria strife for Russia homeland

first_imgAl Sharkas, which means Circassian in Arabic, used a network of family connections, along with Facebook, to find relatives in Kabardino-Balkariya and other parts of Russia. He encourages his Syrian relatives to follow him to the Caucasus, although now, because of the fighting, it hardly seems possible. “They are trapped there as it is almost impossible to even leave their neighborhoods,” he said.Assmat Yahya, a retired electrician from a Circassian village in the Syrian-controlled part of the Golan Heights, also found relatives in the Caucasus and plans to stay in Russia with his wife.They left their seven-bedroom house in April after hearing that both opposition fighters and Syrian forces were approaching their town and now live in one of the cramped rooms in the hotel in Nalchik, the Kabardino-Balkariya capital. “I’m here not because of the war, although it triggered the return,” the gray-haired 63-year-old said. “We want to live here with our relatives.”But the newly arrived Syrian Circassians have run into bureaucratic hurdles in Russia.Because Russia allows foreigners to stay for only three months without a residence permit, al Sharkas and other Circassians from Syria recently had to travel to Abkhazia, a breakaway Georgian province that Russia recognizes as independent, to obtain entry stamps allowing them another three-months stay. Without residence and work permits, they will have to leave the country when their visas expire. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix The carnage forced many _ like Al Sharkas’ ancestors _ to seek refuge in what is today Syria.Now carnage in Syria is driving many back to their homeland.This spring, Al Sharkas joined hundreds of Circassians fleeing war-torn Syria for this remote Russian region of soaring peaks and lush forests. In the coming months, thousands more are expected to arrive in Kabardino-Balkariya, a Caucasus province the size of Maryland with a population of less than 900,000, two-thirds of which is ethnic Circassian.“We are planning to stay here for good,” Al Sharkas, 35, said as he sat under fragrant fir trees at a Soviet-era resort hotel where many of the Circassian immigrants have sought shelter. “That’s the decision we made a long time ago and it’s been accelerated by the events in Syria.”Circassians were widely dispersed in the Russian expulsions. An estimated 2 million live in Turkey, another 100,000 in Syria and other sizable populations are in Jordan and the United States. But their sense of ethnic unity remains strong and the pull of their homeland compelling.Al Sharkas’s great-grandfather Koushoukou, his brother and two cousins were forcibly drafted and sent to the Russian-Turkish war of the late 1870s. They had to fight Ottoman Turks _ fellow Muslims whose sultans supported Circassian resistance and provided refuge for hundreds of thousands of them. After killing his officer in Bulgaria, Koushoukou joined the Turkish military and ended his life in Damascus _ part of Ottoman Turkey at the time. The vital role family plays in society Despite the violence, Circassians say they feel comfortable in their ancestral homeland.Hamzeh Labeeb, a native of the Syrian city of Homs, came to Nalchik in 2002 to study at a local university _ and decided to stay.“They’ve always treated me like their own,” said the bespectacled 29-year-old computer engineer.Meanwhile, locals think that their arrival benefits Russia.“They possess cultural values we lost in the Communist era,” said Vladimir Kaskulov, general director of the hotel chain in Nalchik that hosted more than 150 Syrians free of charge.______Laura Mills in Moscow and Irem Karakaya in Ankara, Turkey, contributed to this story(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories But the governor of the Russian province that will host the games has recently acknowledged the expulsions. “This land has not belonged to the Russian Empire, it belonged to Caucasus nations, to Circassians,” Alexander Tkachyov of Krasnodar province, which was once almost entirely Circassian, said in early August.Al Sharkas’ father, Shawkat Achemez, says that’s not good enough. He wants the Kremlin to admit to mass killings and ethnic cleansing.“Millions have been expelled from this territory,” he said. “That’s what they have to admit.”When the Soviet Union forced an alliance with Syria in the late 1960s, some Syrian Circassians came back to the Caucausus to visit or study.But genuine repatriation became possible only after the 1991 Soviet collapse because the Kremlin softened strict Soviet-era rules on obtaining Russian citizenship.Some 1,500 Circassians have returned to the Caucasus since then, according to Circassian community leaders in Russia. In 1998, the Kremlin facilitated the repatriation of some 200 Circassians from Kosovo after they were attacked by ethnic Albanians.The region they have come back to is afflicted by violence, too. The Caucasus republics are plagued by an Islamic insurgency that spread from Chechnya’s separatist wars. A brazen 2005 raid of Islamists on Nalchik left 130 people dead, and Kabardino-Balkariya still experiences occasional small clashes. Circassians’ historical grievances with Russia are strong.The arrival of thousands of refugees from Syria could add fuel to a growing movement to force Russia to recognize the 19th century killing and expulsions of Circassians as genocide. Circassians are pushing the issue ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, where Circassian fighters surrendered to the czarist forces in 1864. Circassians say some of the Olympic facilities are being built over mass graves of their ancestors.“Sochi is our open wound,” said Vahit Kadioglu, head of the International Circassian Association in the Turkish capital, Ankara. “We expect recognition of the massacre from the Russian government.”In 2011, the pro-Western government of neighboring Georgia recognized the killings and deportation of Circassians as genocide and called on the West to boycott the Olympics. Russian officials say the decision was motivated by political tensions between Russia and Georgia, which fought a brief war in 2008, and dismissed the claims.“There was no genocide of the Circassians, it was a normal historical process,” said Valery Kuzmin, a Foreign Ministry ambassador-at-large responsible for the Sochi Games. Associated PressNALCHIK, Russia (AP) – Natai Al Sharkas’ great-grandfather killed his Russian commanding officer and defected to the enemy.The ethnic Circassian swells with pride at the thought of the century-old act.Natives of what is now Russia’s Caucasus region, Circassians fiercely resisted the Russian czarist conquest that ended in the 1860s after decades of scorched-earth warfare, mass killings or expulsions that some historians and politicians consider genocide.last_img read more

Muhammad Yunus announces financing in Haiti

first_imgThe amount invested in each will range from $80,000 to $500,000, and feature loans with interest rates ranging from 6-10 percent.Such “social businesses” must each have a social mission like a non-governmental organization, but also generate revenues to cover costs like a profit-making business.Yunus, an international development expert, made the announcement on the first of a three-day trip to Haiti that includes field visits and a conference examining ways to use his development philosophy to ease poverty in Haiti.It was the second time Yunus had come to Haiti since visiting a year ago to introduce his “social business” philosophy to the impoverished Caribbean nation. The country is still recovering from a January 2010 earthquake that toppled thousands of buildings and displaced more than 1 million people.The Germany-based Yunus Social Business Fund, formerly the Grameen Creative Lab, opened an office in Haiti after the temblor.Yunus is a Bangladeshi banker known for developing a microcredit program for entrepreneurs who were too poor to qualify for traditional bank loans.He sits on a board of more than 30 philanthropists, former government leaders and executives that advise Haitian President Michel Martelly on economic matters. Former President Clinton, also the United Nations special envoy to Haiti, is a co-chairman. Comments   Share   Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Yunus also plans to launch a nationwide social business competition for university students before leaving Haiti on Monday.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Check your body, save your life Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – Nobel peace laureate Mohammad Yunus announced Saturday that his pro-business development group is financing several endeavors through a mix of loans and equity.The projects that incorporate Yunus’ development philosophy of “social business” include two poultry farms, a bakery and a plantation of jatropha plants that can be used for biodiesel, offering an alternative energy source while creating jobs for 200 farmers. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixlast_img read more

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