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Activision Vail Resorts fall General Motors Embraer rise

first_imgNEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday:Activision Blizzard Inc., down $4.81 to $46.54The video game publisher announced that its eight-year partnership with game developer Bungie was ending.General Motors Co., up $2.45 to $37.18The automaker predicted strong results for this year and said it doesn’t foresee any more job cuts through 2020.Iridium Communications Inc., up $1.40 to $21.16A SpaceX rocket carrying 10 satellites for the communications company blasted off successfully in California.Marriott International Inc., down 63 cents to $109.42A group of law firms has filed the largest lawsuit yet against the company related to the hotel chain’s huge data breach.Vail Resorts Inc., down $27.30 to $187.33The ski resort company lowered one of its full-year forecasts as fewer guests came in early December.ConocoPhillips, down $1.55 to $66.39Energy companies fell as the price of crude oil turned lower after a nine-day winning streak.Embraer S.A., up 58 cents to $23.23The Brazilian government said it won’t block a deal between the aircraft maker and Boeing Co.PVH Corp., up $6.83 to $105.77The parent company of Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger raised its revenue forecasts for the fourth quarter and for 2018.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Thousands of floodaffected Pakistanis remain in camps and in need of help

25 January 2011An estimated 166,000 people in Pakistan remain displaced six months after last year’s devastating floods and in need of assistance, the United Nations refugee agency reported today. An estimated 166,000 people in Pakistan remain displaced six months after last year’s devastating floods and in need of assistance, the United Nations refugee agency reported today. The floods, which struck northern Pakistan at the onset of the monsoons in July and spread southwards inundating villages along the Indus River, affected some 20 million people. At the height of the crisis in September and October, an estimated 3.2 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) were accommodated in camps.The floods damaged or destroyed an estimated 1.7 million homes. The remaining IDPs are sheltered in more than 240 camps and spontaneous settlements.According to Andrej Mahecic, the spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 128,000 IDPs are spread across 188 locations in Sindh province; 25,000 in 29 camps in Balochistan; and more than 13,000 in 16 camps in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.“Many of these people have lost homes and lack the means to rebuild them. Others are telling us they have lost livelihoods and are without sufficient cash or transport to move on,” Mr. Mahecic told reporters in Geneva, where the agency is based.In eastern Balochistan, towns and villages that were inundated for weeks are gradually returning to normal, he said. Shops and markets have reopened and people have started rebuilding homes in villages in the worst-hit districts of Jaffarabad and Naseerabad, where thousands of mud houses were washed away. UNHCR is helping to build some 16,000 temporary shelters in the area, Mr. Mahecic said.Over the past six months, the agency has provided emergency shelter to almost two million people as part of the joint humanitarian effort. In addition, transitional or more permanent shelters have been provided for 7,000 families.“The work is ongoing and we remain committed to helping some 665,000 people across Pakistan with such shelters – with priority being given to the most vulnerable,” said Mr. Mahecic, adding that the agency has been providing warm winter clothes to those in need, as well as blankets and plastic sheeting to people inside and outside the camps. read more

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Innovation Nation Why technology has to get beyond its Bro culture

The technology industry may be growing up during a more enlightened age when men and women are supposed to be on equal footing in the workplace, but its bro-heavy culture seems to be holding both women and, ultimately, its fortunes back.Elephant in the Valley, a 2016 survey of 200 women mostly in the Bay Area and Silicon Valley, found that 60 per cent reported unwanted sexual advances, one in three have felt “afraid of their personal safety because of work-related circumstances,” and 90 per cent said they had witnessed sexist behavior at offsite company gatherings or industry conferences.But such poor corporate behaviour goes well beyond harassment: the survey also found 59 per cent of women said they did not get the same opportunities as their male counterparts and 52 per cent cut their maternity leaves short because they thought it would negatively impact their careers.Julie Traves, acting editor of the National Post recently sat down to discuss the issues facing women in technology with Siri Agrell, managing director of Toronto-based OneEleven Inc., a community of high-performing technology scale-ups, and former director of strategy for Toronto Mayor John Tory; Alicia Close, a data consultant in Vancouver and founder and chief executive of Women in Tech World, a non-profit supporting and advancing women in tech; and Carol Leaman, chief executive of Axonify Inc., a microlearning platform in Waterloo, Ont., and former CEO of PostRank Inc., a social engagement analytics company she sold to Google LLC in 2011.FP: We’ve all heard about the extreme end of sexism — harassment — in the tech industry. What’s it like for women these days?Agrell: Sexism and harassment is an issue not just in tech, but across industries. There are no industries that are immune to this — at all. That’s what we’ve learned from, I hate calling it the #Metoo movement, but all the news that has come out in the last few years. It’s affecting enterprise, it’s affecting media, it’s affecting entertainment, it’s affecting tech. The difference is that tech is a young sector, a young industry, and they’re struggling with this. But it is a priority in terms of market access to improve your diversity and it’s a huge risk to every industry to not address issues of safety and inclusion and making sure these things aren’t happening.FP: Google recently confirmed two executives accused of sexual misconduct were paid US$135 million in severance.Leaman: With the last couple of years and the #Metoo movement, I would be shocked if there continue to be those issues rampant in the tech world. They were rampant and prevalent, particularly in certain pockets. But so much of that now has had a light shined on it that … someone would be stupid, frankly, just stupid to engage in that behaviour now. I’m sure it’s still happening, but I think the prevalence of it is dramatically less than it would have been two years ago.Workers protest against Google’s handling of sexual misconduct allegations at the company’s Mountain View, Calif., headquarters in 2018. AP Photo/Noah Berger FP: Ali, you’ve just done a lot of research on women’s experience with this in Canada.Close: At Women in Tech World, we did a big research tour across the country and we heard from different stakeholders in each community — between 30 and 100 people at each community conversation. Overall, we heard from 1,600 voices. In the qualitative research, the No. 1 most prevalent barrier that came up was bias and discrimination. The participants described it as being around condescending, sexist or “old school” attitudes towards women in the industry. And Siri, as you were talking about, we don’t see it just in tech. But the tech industry is new and it’s also quite small in Canada, so you’re two degrees of separation from people. With harassment, bias and discrimination, it’s hard to have those discussions when there’s only a few investors in your pool to go to. Innovation Nation: What Canadian companies need to survive and prosper in the cutthroat global ideas economy — and why it’s essential we get it right The ones that got away: Why making it big in tech might mean leaving Canada How to finance a Canadian tech startup, from pre-seed to series D FP: There was a recent study suggesting that in North America, between 2011 and 2013, companies with female CEOs accounted for only three per cent of venture-capital funding.Agrell: The funding piece is challenging for everyone. In the investment community, in general, they’re investing in tech. A lot of female founders in technology tend not to be technical founders. They’re not necessarily coming from an engineering or product development background, and that is an inherent bias in the venture capital landscape. The Canadian government has introduced a Women in Technology Venture Fund. They got 3,000 applicants for 200 investments. A lot of new venture funds are being asked to index more investment towards it. There are steps being made, but it’s absolutely a barrier right now.FP: Carol, you’ve had amazing success with funding.Leaman: It definitely is a challenge. But it’s gotten dramatically better over the last five years. I recently was talking to another female entrepreneur and she’s got a whole pile of money to invest, but there aren’t enough women in technology running businesses to invest in. There are a lot of women running businesses that aren’t necessarily tech businesses.Agrell: Part of the issue is how do we pool and identity the opportunities that are there. It’s the same thing with talent. A lot of our customers will say, “We want to hire women, but there aren’t any.” That is not the case. How are you putting those positions out there, how are you identifying the opportunities? There is a little bit of a disconnect between actually knowing where the money is for the people who need it and how we actually close that loop a little bit better.Close: That was a huge piece with our tour across the country as well, just the lack of unawareness of resources out there. But I also hear questions like, “What should women be doing to address this?” Women need to be thinking about what’s preventing them from applying for jobs or funding, but organizations also have a responsibility to ask: Why is my venture fund not finding out who these people are? Why is my tech incubator not getting those applicants?FP: Where does networking happen? For example, I’ve seen tweets of women taking selfies in empty bathrooms at tech conferences — since there are so few women, there’s no lineup in the washroom.Agrell: When I was working with the mayor on building up a tech ecosystem, he was getting invites to a lot of these things. We put a stake in the ground: He would only attend conferences or be on panels or be on stage where there was a diversity of representation. We’d hear back, “Oh, there are no women available to be on the panel,” and we told them that’s not good enough. Who are you asking? There are women out there and we know there are.Close: A lot of your network is people who are like you, so it’s important that you’re getting outside the bubble you’re in to make sure you’re not creating the same event over and over again where we are seeing all-male panels. It’s systematic processes across the company that need to be changed, even policies around parental leave and things like that. Having maternity leave so women can take time off, and having the opposite, being supportive of men having leave as well.Agrell: A lot of companies in our OneEleven community have between five to 50 employees, so it’s hard for them on their own to provide benefits, even though we know that benefits are overwhelmingly important when people are looking for jobs, and particularly to women. We make sure all our companies can provide health-care benefits. You’re absolutely right: men and women can benefit from a parent-friendly workforce. This is what it’s about: not women for the sake of women, but how we’re going to build a sustainable tech ecosystem.Students attend the Girls Learning Code computer workshop in Toronto. FP: In terms of recruiting, you’ve mentioned the inherent biases in tech and that fewer women are founders. Are we doing a good job of getting women interested in tech and to lead these companies?Leaman: I spoke yesterday at a class at the University of Waterloo. It was a masters in entrepreneurship course and half the room was female, of all different education and backgrounds. The whole idea is to foster entrepreneurship regardless of background. There are also things happening, at least in this area, in high schools to reduce barriers to having people from lots of walks of life and genders think about entrepreneurship. It’s all changing, but it’s not going to happen overnight, unfortunately. It’s going to be an evolution.Agrell: The vernacular around tech is a blessing and a curse. It makes it sort of a trendy thing and people know that it’s a thing. It’s also intimidating for people. They think, “Oh, if I’m going to work for a tech company, I need to know how to program.” A lot of people are unaware of the different opportunities that are available. New companies are looking for salespeople, they’re looking for marketing people, they’re looking for smart people across all different skills.Close: One of the pieces about the pipeline issue is that we don’t focus on entry level and middle management. Once women get into the field, 50 per cent of them leave within the first five years because of the barrier issues they are having within tech. I’m definitely not saying we shouldn’t support women leaders in tech and women-led businesses, but there’s also a gap in support for entry level/middle management where women are leaving, they’re isolated, there are only one or two women on their team, especially in technical roles.Agrell: We have a lot of companies where there is literally one woman on the team. Most of our peer groups in OneEleven are role based. We have a peer group for CTOs, for COs, for CMOs. But we’ve just introduced a women’s peer group because we’re recognizing they need the support that we can draw from other companies.FP: I wonder about the issue of confidence. Carol, you’ve talked on a number of occasions about how you learned from a bully boss.Leaman: When I think about the era when I was going through that, it was 25 years ago. It was a time when I was the only female in any kind of management role in quite a large company, and I was young. Because of the time, I just accepted that that’s the way it was, that you had to put up with getting yelled at and having things thrown at you and being told you were stupid. I would hope that type of culture today would be very different. I certainly don’t see it myself. I don’t have exposure to that, but I’m sure it does still exist.FP: Siri, you’ve talked before about diversity as an “asshole” screen.Agrell: If your company becomes too much about one person, if there is a liability or a risk, then your whole company is at risk. We need to move out of this mythology of the founder or the owner, because that tends to celebrate a personality, and, as we have seen, that’s not necessarily sustainable. You’re not necessarily going to appeal to a large swath of the consumer base if you’re only thinking about one type of person. We use our community panels so that when we bring in new companies, we make sure that we have diversity of opinions. It’s a hugely effective asshole screen.FP: Carol, you’ve used the more polite term ego, that you screen for ego to some extent. Is that fair?Leaman: Most definitely. It doesn’t cross my mind when interviewing people or thinking about rates of pay to think anything other than is this person the best person for the job? It really comes down to, male or female, do they have an ego larger than life? If they think they’re the shit, for whatever reason, we just don’t hire them. A person yesterday asked, “What is your gender proportion here?” We’re 45 per cent women and of 10 executives, five are women and five are men. That was not by design. I just picked the best person for the job and paid them for that job. The ego thing, male or female, is just a non-starter for me.Agrell: The most generous interpretation is that everyone thinks they’re hiring the best person for the job, right? I don’t think anyone thinks they’re not doing that. It’s recognizing what lens you’re seeing that through and the lens you’re seeing your applicant pool through. It’s making sure you’re aware of your blind spots and your inherent tendencies to go toward one type of person.Close: Even at the community conversations, men walked out of the room being like, “I actually didn’t know that this is what women go through every day.”FP: What are the payoffs? Why does diversity matter?Agrell: Women are 50 per cent of the population, it’s about market reach, and the demographic breakdown in Canada is extremely diverse. You can’t design for those markets if you don’t understand those markets. It’s completely about your customer and consumer reach and your market reach. The other side of that is risk. Monocultures die. If you only have one type of employee and you’re only selling one type of product, you’re not going to reach your true potential.Leaman: I agree with that, men and women think differently about so many things. There is a diversity of thought, approach and innovation that you get from each gender, from a different lens and a different angle. How could that not be beneficial to accelerating business? It just is. The more balance you have in an organization, the more you attract. If you want to grow as a company, it’s just easier if you get that balance.Close: Two things come to my mind around payoff of diversity. We have this talent shortage, so, obviously, for moral reasons, it’s better to have diverse teams and support both genders equally. Also, with 70 per cent of women owning the buying power, they have control of household spending, we’re seeing new and innovative products coming from diverse teams that are thinking about that and they are doing extremely well. It’s been interesting to note that the gaming industry has come out with lead roles for women. Initially, there was backlash, but there are a lot of women gamers and they’re putting their money into that. These changes are happening. Money talks.Note: This discussion has been edited and condensed. Canadian Press/Chris Young read more

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Iraqi bombing panel finds UN security systems dysfunctional in need of reform

What procedures were in place in Baghdad when the 19 August attack took 22 lives were “sloppy” in observance, and non-compliance with regulations was “commonplace,” according to the report of the panel led by Martti Ahtisaari, a former President of Finland. He was appointed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan in September to examine “all relevant facts about the security situation in Iraq before the attack, the UN security mechanisms, procedure and measures in place,” and identify key lessons for future security arrangements.The Secretary-General thanked Mr. Ahtisaari for the report, according to a spokesperson for Mr. Annan, who said it “will be closely studied and steps taken to ensure early implementation of its main recommendations.” In remarks at a press briefing to present the report, Mr. Ahtisaari said, “Everyone bears responsibility: the Member States, who are asking the UN to carry out those responsibilities, and of course the Secretary-General himself – the buck stops always with the Secretary General.”In its executive summary the report said, “In the view of the Panel, the UN security management system failed in its mission to provide adequate security to UN staff in Iraq.””The failure of UN management and staff to comply with standard security regulations and directives left the UN open and vulnerable” to the attack, it said.”In particular, the UN security system failed adequately to analyze and utilize information made available to the system on threats against UN staff and premises. The security awareness within the country team did not match the hostile environment. The observance and implementation of security regulations and procedures were sloppy and non-compliance with security rules commonplace.”The report said that had security arrangements been adequate they may not have prevented the attack, but they “would certainly have minimized the vulnerability of the staff and premises and reduced the number of casualties caused by the attack.””The main conclusion…is that the current security management system is dysfunctional. It provides little guarantee of security to UN staff in Iraq or other high-risk environments and needs to be reformed,” the panel said.The panel labelled as a major deficiency a “lack of accountability for the decisions and positions taken by UN managers with regard to the security of UN staff.””The United Nations,” it said, “needs a new culture of accountability in security management.”The panel noted there was no place without risk in Iraq and recommended that a new assessment be made there before any decision to resume activities in that country.”A new security approach is needed in order to ensure staff security in such a high-risk environment. The key objective for the UN system in these circumstances is to reach and maintain an acceptable balance between UN operational objectives in Iraq and the security and protection of its staff and assets, both national and international.”Before the decision to resume the activities in Iraq is made, a thorough and professional security assessment should be undertaken in order to determine whether the return of international staff is possible and, if so, under what kind of security arrangements. These arrangements should be set in place prior to the return of UN staff.”The panel said that it strongly recommended “these principles should be applied to all UN missions.”In his briefing for reporters, Mr. Ahtisaari said, “There has been a dramatic shift. Earlier we all believed that the UN flags protected us…We need a much more professional approach, a professional staff, and resources available for the organization.” Video of the press briefing read more

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Independent OilforFood panel interviews UN SecretaryGeneral

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan was interviewed today by members of the Independent Inquiry Committee (IIC) he commissioned to examine allegations of corruption surrounding the now-defunct Oil-for-Food programme for Iraq.A UN spokesman said Mr. Annan met with IIC officials for more than 90 minutes this afternoon, marking the third such interview. The Secretary-General spoke previously to IIC members on 9 November for an hour and 45 minutes and on 3 December for 25 minutes.The Secretary-General may continue to be questioned as the investigation proceeds, the spokesman added.The IIC – under the leadership of former United States Federal Reserve Board Chairman Paul Volcker – is widely considered the most authoritative of several ongoing probes of the humanitarian programme because the UN has handed over all documentation to that panel and UN staffers have been ordered to cooperate with its investigation on pain of dismissal.Mr. Annan set up the IIC last year in response to allegations of corruption and mismanagement during the life of the programme, which from 1997 until 2003 was responsible for halting a deterioration of living standards among some 27 million Iraqi civilians. The Security Council offered its full backing to the IIC in a resolution calling on all countries to cooperate fully with its work.Mr. Volcker’s panel is expected to issue an interim report sometime in the next few weeks. read more

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Without Rose Bulls Trampled At Home by 76ers

The Chicago Bulls looked meek without reigning NBA MVP Derrick Rose Tuesday night, losing at home to the Philadelphia 76ers 109-92 in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series.Philly’s backcourt tandem of starter Jrue Holiday and reserve Lou Williams led the way in evening the series at 1-1. Holiday had 26 points and Williams 20 off the bench as the Sixers seized the game in the third quarter and did not look back. Their 83-69 lead after a 36-14 period was the difference.Rose, who tore his left ACL in Game 1 Saturday, presented the game ball prior to tip off and received a rousing standing ovation. He limped on and off the court and witnessed from a suite his team come unglued in the second half.Joakim Noah had 21 points and eight rebounds for Chicago and John Lucas III scored 15 points. The series resumes with Game 3 Friday in Philadelphia. read more

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Update Edinburgh police release new picture as search for 3yearold goes on

first_imgUpdated 10.00pmPOLICE IN SCOTLAND have this evening released a second image of missing three-year-old boy Mikaeel Kular, this time wearing the jacket he was believed to be wearing when he disappeared.Police had earlier issued a Child Rescue Alert to help in the search forthe boy and opened a dedicated phoneline has been established to take calls from anybody with information about his whereabouts.Detectives hope that the alert will allow the public and media to assist in safely tracing Mikaeel. The system is only used when certain criteria are met.The young child was last seen going to bed at his home at Ferry Gait Crescent in Edinburgh at about 9pm yesterday.When his family awoke this morning at 7.15am, he was not within the property. His mother immediately contacted police.Mikaeel is described as two foot tall, of slim build and Asian appearance. He is possibly wearing a thigh length beige jacket with grey fur lined hood, black gloves with multi-coloured fingers, dark navy blue jogging bottoms, a grey pyjama top featuring an embroidered turquoise dinosaur on the chest and brown Clark shoes with two Velcro straps.He has a faded scar on the bridge of his nose and a sore on the left hand side of his mouth.Three year old Mikaeel Kular wearing the jacket police believe he was wearing when he disappeared. (Pic: Police Scotland)The earlier photograph of Mikaeel (above right) was taken just prior to Christmas, has been widely circulated. His hair may be slightly longer than featured in the photograph, police noted.Officers say the search is still focused in the Drylaw area, including Muirhouse, Pennywell and Silverknowes.“Specialist officers and resources are working with officers from City of Edinburgh Division to trace Mikaeel,” police said in the latest statement.Members of the public are asked as a matter of urgency to check all property including gardens, out buildings, garages, sheds and vehicles for Mikaeel. If people are aware their neighbours are not available to carry out these checks, they are asked to do it on their behalf.Door-to-door enquiries have also been carried out and the police helicopter deployed. Road police, police dogs and trained search officers have been drafted in.-Additional reporting Rónán DuffyFirst published at 10amlast_img read more

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Manifestations à Paris pour protester contre la vivisection

first_imgManifestations à Paris pour protester contre la vivisectionSamedi, des milliers de manifestants venus de France, de Belgique, de Suisse et même d’Italie se sont rassemblés pour protester contre la vivisection qui utilise des animaux à titre expérimental dans des laboratoires.Le collectif associatif International Campaigns a mobilisé plusieurs associations anti-vivisections devant l’Hôtel de Ville de Paris à l’occasion de la “journée mondiale des animaux de laboratoire” qui avait lieu samedi dernier. Christophe Marie, de la Fondation Brigitte Bardot, a indiqué à l’AFP que d’autres rassemblements avaient également lieu, au même moment, en Grande-Bretagne.  À lire aussiLa harpie féroce, l’un des plus grands et plus puissants rapaces au mondeDe très nombreuses associations étaient réunies, parmi lesquelles la Fondation Brigitte Bardot, Antidote Europe, Animaux en péril, Gaia ou encore Equivita. Les manifestants ont brandi des banderoles avec les slogans choc : “Stop the Torture”, “vivisection ? abolition !” ou encore “Dans les laboratoires de vivisection en Europe, un animal meurt toutes les trois secondes”.   Des cercueils portant des noms d’animaux “utilisés et sacrifiés” avaient également été disposés sur la place de la mairie de Paris pour protester contre l’utilisation des animaux dans l’industrie cosmétique. Selon les organisateurs, 12 millions en Europe et un milliard d’animaux à travers le monde sont ainsi manipulés et mis à mort pour tester les produits qu’on trouve ensuite dans les grands magasins. Le cortège s’est ensuite rendu place des Vosges, devant la maison de Victor Hugo, “le premier président de la ligue antivivisectionniste française”, en 1883.  Le Monde rapporte que les associations dénoncent le “caractère régressif” de la réglementation européenne qui “manque de volonté politique [pour] développer des méthodes substitutives”. L’abolition pure et simple de la pratique a été demandée.Le 25 avril 2011 à 17:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Jayne: A message from one Greatest Generation to another

first_imgGreg Jayne, Opinion page editor Confession time: I hope to look as young as Lou Bacigalupi when I’m 92. Heck, I wish I looked that young now, and I’m 52. But in meeting with the Vancouver nonagenarian, the important thing is that I hope to think as clearly as he does if I make it to his age.Several weeks ago, The Columbian published a letter to the editor from Bacigalupi. Under the headline “Be The Greatest Generation II,” Bacigalupi implored 18- to 20-year-olds to register and vote.“You now have the opportunity to make yourselves The Greatest Generation II,” he wrote. “Do you really want to make a difference? All of you collectively can be a powerful voting bloc this November. All of you who are 18, 19 or 20 right now should be registered to vote.”It was an inspiring message, especially from somebody who served his country during World War II, participating in several beach landings and living to tell about it.“I enlisted at 17, in 1943,” Bacigalupi told me. “The reason I went into the Coast Guard — my mother wouldn’t sign off for me to join the Army or Navy. She thought the Coast Guard would be safer, but they never told her which coast I would be guarding; turned out to be the entire Pacific Ocean.”last_img read more

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Coutinho returns to training

first_imgAfter being sidelined for two weeks due to a thigh injury, Barcelona forward Philippe Coutinho has returned to training.Coutinho has been out injured since Barcelona’s 1-1 draw against Inter Milan in the Champions League, and Sky Sports now reports that the former Liverpool forward has returned to training.The Brazilian playmaker missed Barcelona’s first league loss at the Nou Camp in more than two years when Real Betis defeated the Spanish Champions 4-3 two weeks ago.According to reports from Spain, Coutinho could pass a fitness test on Friday and play in Saturday’s game as Barcelona visit the Wanda Metropolitano to face Atletico Madrid.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.It’s surely a great news for Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde, who will miss Ivan Rakitic, as the Croatia midfielder is injured and suspended.Coutinho has netted five times in 16 appearances so far this season and also scored in Barcelona’s 5-1 thrashing of Real Madrid at the Nou Camp last month.last_img read more

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Google Stadia logo gets roasted for 90s retro look

first_imgStadia’s logo look has also drawn comparisons to some famous now-retro gaming platforms, including Sega Dreamcast and Atari. Anyone else getting some old-school Atari vibes from the #Stadia logo? #GDC2019 pic.twitter.com/MppLeZIXuX— Super League Gaming (@joinsuperleague) March 19, 2019 I am wondering if Google has talked to Specialized Bicycles about their logo for Stadia. #GDC19 #google #specializedbicycles pic.twitter.com/9a3nhY3OOU— Gregor M. Wildermann (@flagge7) March 19, 2019 Swedish death metal singer Mikael Stanne says he recognized the Google logo from somewhere else: the logo for Focal, an audio gear maker. The similarity is pretty striking, though Stadia is more truncated. Google’s Stadia logo really reminds of Sega’s Dreamcast logo 🤔. #Stadia #GoogleGDC19 pic.twitter.com/ppcOpUU5wy— Patrick O’Rourke (@Patrick_ORourke) March 19, 2019 The logo for #stadia looks like an electric car brand. pic.twitter.com/2QugXd5FC2— Shane Luis (@RerezTV) March 19, 2019 2 Google isn’t the only company to opt for an “S” logo that looks like it was painted with a broad brush. Specialized Bicycles has a more vertical version of the concept. Comments #Stadia knew I’d seen that logo before pic.twitter.com/xmcZpPjIma— Willie Aguilar (@KratosRager) March 19, 2019 Tags Analistas descobrem mensagem oculta na logo do novo console da Google, o Stadia. pic.twitter.com/kOfpPgeRwi— Dante(AKA ELiTE) (@dante_ynt) March 19, 2019 Video game fan Willie Aguilar noticed a kinship between Stadia and a bunch of Crayola crayon scribbles.  Google Stadia is a play-anywhere streaming game platform… Google So is Stadia’s logo retro cool, or is it lazy? That’s all in the eye of the beholder. The logo ribbing will likely be forgotten if Google really does deliver the “future of gaming.” Until then, you can either revel in its bright bodacious boldness or retch at its dull derivative weirdness. I’m diggin Stadia’s logo pic.twitter.com/o5V8PRc5uA— helixD (@its_helixD) March 19, 2019 Online Now playing: Watch this: Some Twitter users, including YouTube game reviewer Shane Luis, think Stadia looks like it should be a Tesla competitor.  Share your voice The Stadia logo is rad. Very 90s 👌 pic.twitter.com/wbKtXV08ZI— WolverineRising (@WolverineRising) March 19, 2019 1:56 Not everyone came down hard on the logo. Some tweets called it “rad” and “awesome,” both terms that would’ve been flung around quite a bit in the ’90s. Enlarge ImageGoogle’s Stadia logo is the subject of a lot of scrutiny. Óscar Gutiérrez/CNET There’s a famous waxed paper cup pattern called “Jazz.” It first appeared in the early ’90s and is a jaunty time capsule of its period. It also happens to look a bit like the logo for Google’s new Stadia streaming video game service.Twitter user helixD pointed out the resemblance shortly after Google unveiled Stadia on Tuesday. The tweet is just one of many poking fun at the zigzag logo that looks like a stylized Wi-Fi connection symbol. Perhaps the harshest critique came from a Twitter user by the name of Dante. By turning the logo upside-down and adding a visual cue, it becomes the popular poop emoji.  I knew I recognized that logo from somewhere. #stadia #focal @FocalOfficial @GoogleStadia pic.twitter.com/h2ADxXmQnG— Mikael Stanne (@MiklStne) March 19, 2019last_img read more

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Is Shah Rukh Khan really part of Vijays Thalapathy 63 Here is

first_imgShah Rukh Khan.Varinder ChawlaThere were reports that Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan would be part of Vijay’s upcoming movie, which is presently referred to as Thalapathy 63. The latest buzz is that the King Khan is not acting in the Tamil film. Reports had claimed that the makers of the movie had pulled off something really unexpected as they roped in the Bollywood superstar to act in the Atlee Kumar’s film.  It was said that the Bollywood actor was doing a cameo. A Tamil website had claimed that he will be appearing as a cop in the Vijay-starrer. With sources from the team clarifying the news, the specuations about SRK acting with Thalapathy have been put to rest. Shah Rukh Khan is a familiar face among the Tamil audience although he has not acted in a straight Tamil film. His films like Happy New Year and Ra One were dubbed into Tamil. He is a self-proclaimed fan of Rajinikanth and he had paid a tribute to the superstar in Chennai Express.It is interesting to note that Shah Rukh Khan had shared screen space with Ajith Kumar in his Hindi film Asoka more than a decade ago.Thalapathy is produced by AGS Entertainment and written-directed by Atlee. Nayanthara is the female lead in the movie, which has Vivek, Kathir, Yogi Babu, Daniel Balaji and a host of actors are part of the supporting cast.Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff is part of the Vijay-starrer and speculations say that he is doing the role with a negative shade. The film has AR Rahman’s music, GK Vishnu’s cinematography and Ruben’s edting. Here is a collage of fan-made posters of Vijay’s Thalapathy 63.Twitterlast_img read more

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Fire sweeps through Kenya market killing 15

first_imgA fire fighter damps down the charred debris after a fire swept through a marketplace in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday 28 June 2018. Authorities report that several people are known to have died and about 70 are receiving hospital treatment, with rescue teams still searching for more bodies and survivors in the market. Photo: APA fire swept through one of Nairobi’s largest open-air markets early Thursday, killing 15 people and sending 70 injured to hospitals, an official said, as traders who lived there struggled to wake their families and flee.Young children were among the victims, president Uhuru Kenyatta said in a statement, and many of the injured were in critical condition.Gikomba market has burned several times in recent years, and Kenyatta said that “we owe the victims, and the people of Nairobi, a clear, credible plan to end these fires.”Nairobi county commissioner Kangethe Thuku said six bodies had been recovered and nine were in a building and had yet to be retrieved.Rescue teams searched for more bodies and survivors in the market in the Pumwani low-income neighbourhood in Kenya’s capital. Many Kenyans shop for secondhand clothes from the market, which also supplies other vendors with used clothes from Europe and the United States.The cause of the fire was not immediately announced but “for now we have declared this site a crime scene,” Thuku said. Security forces guarded the smoking site as workers picked through the blackened rubble.One market trader, Ruth Kaveke, grasped a wad of burnt currency and said it was the only thing she managed to salvage from her cloth-making store. It was the second time fire has destroyed her only source of livelihood in as many years.”I live in the market because it is convenient and I wanted to be close by; just in case of fire I could salvage my property,” she said.Her two children would not easily wake up when the latest fire broke out, however, and by the time she got them to safety it was too late to save anything else, she said.The fire started around 2:30am and was contained about an hour and a half later, according to the St. John Ambulance charity.Residents said the crowded market has had fires multiple times, and traders have suffered huge losses. Officials have said access roads are clogged with traders who block emergency response services, while critics say those services are poor.The market is a five-minute walk from Nairobi’s central business district in an area targeted by the Nairobi county government for an upgrade.last_img read more

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Latest Galveston Beach Restoration Project Set For October

first_img Share Public domain. SunsetThe Galveston Island Park Board of Trustees on Tuesday announced more beach restoration will begin in October.Plans include expanding a 4-mile stretch from 12th to 61st streets, using sand dredged from the Big Reef area. The project should be completed in time for spring break.Ike slammed Galveston in September 2008, causing billions of dollars in damage and killing more than three dozen people.A more than $15 million Federal Emergency Management Agency grant will pay for much of the restoration. The park board, the city and the Texas General Land Office are also providing funds.Crews last November finished a $23 million beach expansion.last_img read more

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The Allure of an Anime Soundtrack on Vinyl

first_img ‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting…Casio G-SHOCK Unveils ‘Akira’-Inspired ‘Neo Tokyo̵… When most anime fans hear the name Urotsukidoji: Legend Of The Overfiend, they think of a few unsavory things: tentacle rape being the primary one. It’s a thing known for being sadistic and generally unpleasant, although that’s more on a visual level.However, Tiger Lab Vinyl are anime soundtrack specialists focusing on something else. As the company’s name suggests, the spotlight is on vinyl, and with Urotsukidoji, it’s the music.Urotsukidoji‘s score, done by Masamichi Amano, sounds like this bizarre combination of heavy metal, new age, and 8-bit. Throughout the same track, you’ll hear what sounds like instruments screaming, which will transition into flutes and then into pumped up arcade tunes. Since the animated Urotsukidoji premiered in 1987, you can say it sounds like a product of its time. However, its blending of disparate genres makes it feel like musical whiplash. Considering the content of the anime, this isn’t surprising. It’s probably extremely appropriate.AdChoices广告 For Jonathan Dobyns, a co-founder of the project along with Clint Carney, it’s all about the music. An anime fan himself, specifically of what Tiger Lab calls the “golden age” of anime, Dobyns was drawn to old school titles that he could find on VHS. This coincided with his love of vinyl records, where there was some collecting overlap. The habits are similar, coinciding with the idea of holding a physical copy of something that you enjoy in your hands.Decades later, Dobyns decided to jump into anime soundtrack remastering, a niche that he felt needed exploring as vinyl was making a comeback.The company started off with a vinyl version of the 1987 anime film Wicked City‘s soundtrack, which came out in 2015. The score, created by Osamu Shoji, definitely has horror influences, with many of the tracks putting an organ front and center. It’s similar to the Urotsukidoji soundtrack in how it combines a number of genres and electronica to create a unique sound, which is appropriate considering Wicked City is cyberpunk defined. Stay on target Many of the soundtracks that Tiger Lab covers are ones that Dobyns himself grew up with. When starting Tiger Lab, he had a list of scores he wanted to tackle, which included Wicked City and Perfect Blue. It was a combination of nostalgia for the anime and reverence for the score itself.“Some of the music we’ve released has stayed with me for a long time,” he said. “I remember dubbing the opening cues to Devilman on a cassette tape to listen to over and over again. The way the dreamy soundscapes blended with the violent, prehistoric imagery was like candy to me.”Tiger Lab is jumping on a bandwagon that’s been rolling fast recently, and that’s the resurgence of vinyl. Forbes reported earlier this year that vinyl sales are expected to reach the $1 billion mark for the first time in the 21st century, so units are selling a lot. As somebody who mostly listens to Spotify, I never understood this, but I also never grew up with vinyl. Dobyns has memories of holding a record and can make comparisons between the clear quality of listening to vinyl and an MP3.“There’s something special about holding a record in your hands,” Dobyns said. “Staring at the beautiful artwork, reading liner notes, collecting all different variants of the same release, and most importantly the way it sounds.”Plus, it provides a more personal music-listening experience.“It’s so much more satisfying than shuffling through the iTunes library and checking out a jpg. of artwork. It’s something you can hold in your hands.”And in the vinyl industry, remasters of older soundtracks, especially ones that included film scores, were also getting notice, hence why Dobyns got into the game with a niche of his own. Thanks to his love of anime and vinyl, it seemed obvious.“I thought since the majority of labels were releasing horror and cult film scores, I could offer something different to the soundtrack community. It felt like a natural progression for me,” he said.The work Tiger Lab does is hyper-specific, with a clientele that has similar experiences as Dobyns did with anime and has the money to buy beautiful vinyl records and play them. However, Dobyns stresses that this is as much a personal project as it is a business venture. Urotsukidoji is already beginning to ship, and there will be a fifth title ready for production in the coming months. Dobyns won’t say what it is, but he promises it’ll be “a masterpiece from the tail end of what we like to describe as the golden era.”You can continue to listen to these soundtracks online (you can find most of them on YouTube in some capacity), but it doesn’t compare to holding a record that was produced legally and officially (according to Dobyns), so you’ll be supporting creators. Plus, the Urotsukidoji package looks like it’s made out of viscera, which will go well with your rewatch of hardcore, violent 1980s anime.Follow Tiger Lab on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.last_img read more

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Fitbit Unveils First Smartwatch Wireless Headphones

first_img Your Fitbit Data Can Be Used to Advance Precision ScienceFitbit Data Helps California Police Catch Killer Stay on target Move over, Apple: Fitbit just unveiled its first smartwatch.Dubbed Fitbit Ionic, the wearable is marketed as a health-and-fitness platform with smart features.Pay for a protein bar between on-device workouts by swiping your wrist; check social media notifications before tracking sleep habits; turn up your favorite playlist while taking a dip in the pool.The watch also comes with heart rate tracking, GPS, and a variety of applications (Pandora, Starbucks, AccuWeather, etc.) and clock faces for additional personalization.Water resistant up to 50 meters (via Fitbit)“With Ionic, we will deliver what consumers have not yet seen in a smartwatch,” Fitbit CEO James Park said, tipping “a health-and-fitness-first platform that combines the power of personalization and deeper insights with our most advanced technology to date, unlocking opportunities for unprecedented health tracking capabilities in the future.”Fitness fanatics can pre-order the $299.95 gadget now via Fitbit.com. Ionic hits shelves at Amazon, Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Kohl’s, Macy’s, REI, Target, and Verizon in October.Choose between three standard color combinations: silver/blue (looks purple to me), gray/charcoal, orange/blue, or class things up with a leather band, available separately for $59.95.Ionic family in all in-box, sport, and leather band colors (via Fitbit)Boasting new functions like swim exercise mode, contactless payments, and multi-day battery life, Fitbit’s wearable personal trainer/running companion still feels like home with hallmarks including step and calorie counters and cardio fitness levels.Keep an eye out next year for the special-edition Adidas Fitbit Ionic and training programs.The whole point of a smartwatch is to be able to function without a mobile phone. Unless you rely on music to get through a workout. In which case, Fitbit has you covered.Connect the Ionic smartwatch to the Flyer wireless headphones (via Fitbit)The brand also introduced Flyer: Durable, customizable, sweatproof wireless headphones that seamlessly connect to the Ionic watch. Snag a $129.95 pre-sale pair (in “lunar gray” or “nightfall blue”), and tap into the upcoming Fitbit Coach app to access Audio Coaching sessions and Guided Health Programs.For more, see Geek sister site PCMag’s full reviews of the Fitbit Ionic and Fitbit Flyer.And, coming full fitness circle, the company this week announced its second-generation Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale, re-engineered for better accuracy and easy Bluetooth setup. Sync data from the Aria 2 with the Fitbit app to track body composition—weight, body fat percentage, lean mass, BMI.Aria 2 Wi-Fi Smart Scale re-engineered with improved interface (via Fitbit)Priced at $129.95, the scale comes in black or white, and is scheduled for release this fall via Fitbit.com, Amazon, Best Buy, and Brookstone.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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New law implies thermodynamic time runs backwards inside black holes

first_img More information: Raphael Bousso and Netta Engelhardt. “A New Area Law in General Relativity.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.081301 Explore further In a new paper published in Physical Review Letters, Raphael Bousso, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Netta Engelhardt, a graduate student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, have reported a new area law in general relativity that is based on an interpretation of black holes as curved geometric objects called “holographic screens.” “The so-called teleology of the black hole event horizon is an artifact of the way in which physicists define an event horizon: the event horizon is defined with respect to infinite future elapsed time, so by definition it ‘knows’ about the entire fate of the universe,” Engelhardt told Phys.org. “In general relativity, the black hole event horizon cannot be observed by any physical observer in finite time, and there isn’t a sense in which the black hole as an entity knows about future infinity. It is simply a convenient way of describing black holes.”As Engelhardt explained, one reason why holographic screens are so interesting is that they are defined in a way which depends on more local properties and does not require information about future infinity.”This is one property that makes objects like holographic screens so appealing: they do not suffer from such bizarre properties in the way in which they are defined,” she said.In their paper, the physicists report a new area law that tells in which direction the area of a holographic screen increases, which depends on whether the screen is a “future holographic screen” or a “past holographic screen.” As the scientists explain, these two types of screens correspond to different types of gravitational fields.”Holographic screens are in a sense a local boundary to regions of strong gravitational fields,” Engelhardt said. “Future holographic screens correspond to gravitational fields which pull matter together (e.g., black hole, big crunch), whereas past holographic screens correspond to regions which spread matter out (e.g., big bang, white hole).”The new area law states that the area of a future holographic screen is always increasing in one direction, while the area of a past holographic screen is always increasing in a second (different) direction. This law has some intriguing interpretations when viewed from a thermodynamic perspective and using the idea that spacetime is a hologram. According to the holographic principle, the amount of information or entropy in a given area is related to the surface area. So by interpreting the area as a bound on the entropy, the area law can reveal the direction of thermodynamic time (which, as the scientists note, is not the same as mathematical time). The new area law states that the area of a future holographic screen (the solid blue line in [a]) is always increasing in one direction, while the area of a past holographic screen (the solid blue line in [b.]) is always increasing in a different direction. Credit: Bousso and Engelhardt. ©2015 American Physical Society Citation: New law implies thermodynamic time runs backwards inside black holes (2015, September 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-09-law-implies-thermodynamic-black-holes.html © 2015 Phys.org Because the area of future and past holographic screens increases in different directions, the direction of time is different for the two types of screens. In past screens, time moves forward. Expanding universes, such as ours, involve past holographic screens, and so we naturally perceive thermodynamic time as running forward. In contrast, time runs backward in future holographic screens. In a sense, this interpretation has the odd result that thermodynamic time runs backward inside black holes and collapsing universes. The scientists also note in their paper that this is the first new broadly applicable area law in general relativity since 1971, when Stephen Hawking showed that a black hole’s event horizon (and therefore its total surface area) never gets smaller. Later, however, Hawking showed that, in the presence of quantum effects, black holes emit radiation. This emission causes a black hole’s event horizon, surface area, and mass to decrease over time, so that the black hole eventually evaporates. In the absence of quantum effects, however, the Hawking area law still holds.This is also one area of future research for Bousso and Engelhardt—to investigate how the new area law may hold up in the presence of quantum effects.”Our area law holds in the absence of quantum effects, and we hope in the future to prove a more generalized area law which will hold more generally in the presence of certain quantum effects,” Engelhardt said. Journal information: Physical Review Letters This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org)—Black holes are known to have many strange properties, such as that they allow nothing—not even light—to escape after falling in. A lesser known but equally bizarre property is that black holes appear to “know” what happens in the future in order to form in the first place. However, this strange property arises from the way in which black holes are defined, which has motivated some physicists to explore alternative definitions. Black hole thermodynamicslast_img read more

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Wedding diaries

first_imgOffering a sneak peek into the mind of a bride-to-be, Hotel Le Meridian has forged a partnership with designer Anu PD to curate a photo-shoot of a day-long wedding celebration, titled, Wedding Diaries. The shoot was conceived by Anu PD, intending to capture the special moments of the bride’s life before she finally ties the nuptial knot.The show offered a day of vivid experiences, covering elaborate rituals of the wedding day and even opening up the stage for a wedding shoot, featuring ensembles by the Anu PD label. Projecting itself as a perfect wedding venue for various ceremonies and rituals, the hotel even offers special therapies to rejuvenate the self. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Mehndi Lunch at Allure too was a grand affair. The venue for the gala wedding, Sovereign came alive with the bride and her guests dressed in designer wear that spoke of unmatched elan and style.The post wedding celebrations unfolded with a cocktail hosted at Nero, the chic bar, where delectable selection of snacks and cocktails with twists were served to provide an inspiring and enriching experience.last_img read more

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Poisoned candy sent to rival trans leader ends in death of two

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Trans women at rally for their rights in Bangladesh. | Photo: Flickr/Labib Ittihadul Malaysian newspaper publishes ‘how to spot a gay’ checklistAceh has just banned trans women working in hair salonsIcons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/turf-war-rival-trans-groups-ends-murder-teenagers/ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The alleged attempted murder of a trans leader via poisoned candy in India has lead to the tragic death of two teenagers and left two more people in a critical condition.center_img Young, unintended victimsBut Qureshi’s three teenage nieces and her nephew’s wife ate some of the candy, which made them sick.Two of the nieces aged 17 and 15 died after eating the candy. The third niece aged 12 and the other woman aged 25 are in a critical condition hospital.Bijnor’s Police Superintendent (SP) Prabhakar Chaudhary said police arrested Shabnam for murder. He said the others allegedly involved in the crime are still on the run.‘We have sent pieces of partially digested food retrieved during postmortem to the forensic laboratory for testing,’ he said.‘An FIR (First Information Report) under section 302 (murder) has been registered against the accused persons.’‘Shabnam has been arrested while the rest are on the run.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . A trans leader named Shabnam, in the city of Bijnor near the capital New Delhi, allegedly sent her rival Liyaquat Qureshi a box of candy on Saturday.The two were involved in a bitter turf war which was seemingly resolved after the attended a local panchayat (village council), according to report in the Times of India.A young man delivered the box of candy, seen as an act of goodwill, to Qureshi on Shabnam’s behalf. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

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WATCH Lena Waithe advocates for unity among LGBTI people

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Keiynan Lonsdale, Lena Waithe, Lady Gaga among LGBTI MTV Movie & TV Awards winnersLena Waithe buys out Crazy Rich Asians screening like the boss she isGus Kenworthy and Adam Rippon kiss at the GLAAD AwardsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/watch-lena-waithe-advocates-unity-among-lgbti-people/ ‘I feel like sometimes we can be a little segregated, you know what I mean? You have the wealthy gays over here, the gays on a budget over there. You know, you got the asexual people and their group and that crew. We need to be united. Because Laverne Cox’s struggle may look different than mine, but the pain we feel is the same.’‘Someone who may be asexual may have a different journey than mine, but we have a similar life. There’s things we have in common. And at the end of the day, we’re already othered. So why should we other ourselves more than we already are?’‘We have to support each other, we have to talk to each other, we have to educate each other about our own individual journeys. Because at the end of the day, we’re all we got. So let’s hold onto that and let’s hold onto each other. We gotta be one big family.’‘At the end of the day, we all got people trying to come against us. So when we stand together, there’s no weapon they can form that can harm us.’Watch Waithe’s full speech below:[embedded content]Anything else?Waithe is in the process of working on her own TBS comedy series about the life of a queer black girl in her twenties.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Actress Lena Waithe (best known for her role on Netflix’s Master of None) won a GLAAD Media Award on 12 April. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img Lena Waithe accepts her GLAAD Media Award on 12 April The 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards featured a kiss that social media went crazy for. But also, Waithe gave an empowering speech about the need for LGBTI unity during these trying times.Waithe was honored with the award for Outstanding Individual Episode, in reference to the Master of None episode ‘Thanksgiving,’ which she wrote. In this episode, her character, Denise, comes out as gay to her family. This plot line was inspired by Waithe’s real life experience.The speechUpon accepting her award, which was presented by Halle Berry, Waithe urged the LGBTI community to be united during a time where LGBTI rights are under attack.‘A lot of people ask me why I say I’m queer—I say that because I think it’s a big umbrella. I don’t want to separate myself from my trans family, my non-binary, bisexual [family],’ Waithe said. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

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