Rare golden eagle found in middle of ocean far from usual habitat

first_imgTRURO, N.S. – A rare bird has ended up in the care of a Nova Scotia rehabilitation centre after being plucked from the Atlantic Ocean by fishermen.The Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre usually sees about 30 eagles a year, but last week they got an unexpected visitor — a golden eagle.“It came to us because it was found by some lobster fishermen off the coast of Seal Island about three kilometres into the ocean, which is a very unusual location for a golden eagle to be,” said Murdo Messer, co-founder of the Hilden, N.S., centre.“We figured maybe it went after a fish or got into the water going after some prey and wasn’t able to get back out.“If the fishermen hadn’t scooped him up, he definitely wouldn’t have survived.”According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the golden eagle is one of the largest birds in North America, and is usually found in the western U.S.Messer said it’s unusual for a golden eagle to be found in this part of Canada.Volunteers did a physical exam on the eagle when it arrived at the centre, but did not find any obvious injuries.“Its body condition was good. Its feather condition was good and it was pretty feisty, and all those things would indicate to us that whatever happened to it was fairly recent,” said Messer.“If you’re able to pick up a wild animal there’s definitely something wrong because normally they would be afraid of people and fly away or run away depending on what it is. This golden eagle was fished out of the ocean which is a very usual location for it to be because generally they’re not fish eaters. They’re like hawks, they would go after land mammals.”The rehab centre, which has been helping injured wildlife for about 17 years, will spend the next few weeks monitoring the bird to make sure it’s healthy and can fly before being returned to the wild.(Global News)last_img read more

US exempts Sri Lanka from sanctions

She said the US implemented the sanctions to support efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and to encourage Iran to comply with its international obligations.“Today’s announcement underscores the success of our sanctions implementation. By reducing Iran’s oil sales, we are sending a decisive message to Iran’s leaders: until they take concrete actions to satisfy the concerns of the international community, they will continue to face increasing isolation and pressure. The United States remains committed to a dual-track policy that offers Iran the chance to engage seriously with the international community to resolve our concerns over its nuclear program through negotiations with the P5+1. Iran has the ability to address these concerns by taking concrete steps during the next round of talks in Moscow. I urge its leaders to do so,” she said. The United States announced it will exempt Sri Lanka from tough new sanctions after the government cut back on oil from Iran.U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that India, Malaysia, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Taiwan have been added to a list of those exempt from the sanctions. In March, she made exemptions for European Union nations and Japan. “Today I have made the determination that seven economies—India, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Taiwan–have all significantly reduced their volume of crude oil purchases from Iran. They join the 11 countries for which I made this determination in March. As a result, I will report to the Congress that sanctions pursuant to Section 1245(d)(1) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 will not apply to their financial institutions for a potentially renewable period of 180 days,” Clinton said, according to the U.S State Department. Under a law approved last year the United States starting on June 28 will penalise foreign financial institutions over transactions with Iran’s central bank, which handles sales of the country’s key export. Iran is a strong ally of Sri Lanka and supports the island in the international arena. read more

Petition filed in SC challenging ban on women buying alcohol

A petition was filed in the Supreme Court challenging the ban on women buying alcohol.Eleven women  filed a Fundamental Rights (FR) petition in the Supreme Court However yesterday both gazette notifications were withdrawn on the advice of President Maithripala Sirisena. (Colombo Gazette) Among those who filed the petition was actress Samanalee Fonseka. Cabinet had yesterday decided to withdraw two gazette notices issued by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera on the sale of liquor. Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera issued a special gazette notification last week under the excise ordinance which revise the business hours of the liquor licensed establishments in the country.The Finance Ministry also announced last week that the schedule in the Excise Notification no.666 of the Gazette Extraordinary of 1979 had been amended to allow females over 18 years to purchase alcohol legally and also to be employed at licensed premises without prior approval from the Excise Commissioner. read more

10man Togo Rally Late to Shock Gambia

first_imgBy Sulayman BahOptimism was the general feeling at onset of the game buoyed up by Gambia’s rare display of bravery away in Lome.The second-leg at the Bakau mini-stadium, it was hoped, will be an occasion of finishing off what was started in the Togolese capital. But to the bewilderment of the thousands that turned out to watch an Adebayor-less Sparrow Hawks, it was hosts Gambia who left whipping. Forlorn figures littered the stadium at end of the match.Lying back first on the pitch grasses, his head in his hands, striker Assan Ceesay’s facial expression summed up Scorpions’ woes.Fulham Flyod Ayite’s last-gasp goal was the difference-maker. The Togolese playmaker beat the exhausted Gambian defence to power in a well-aimed shot that beat Nigeria-based Scorpions’ net-minder Alagie Jobe.The Scorpions began the match with instinct of killing off the game with early goals. It was for such a drive that brought about the poor calculations as attacker Lamin Jallow threw open chances and failed to connect an on-rushing Assan Ceesay, in another begging opportunity, in the opening minutes.As agitated home fans pestered with the intermittent hissings, the heat slowly turned on Gambia. Ebou Adams’ inclusion to form part of a midfield shepherd by Ebrima Sohna and Sulayman Marreh, did not yield the gains it did against Algeria and in the away game last Friday.Devoid of creativity surging forward, Adams was left exposed and cut figure of a man out of comfort his zone as the Togolese seized the midfield, leaving a hard-tackling Sohna and Marreh chasing shadows. The Norwich City starlet had to be hauled off in the second-half later as gaffer Tom Saintfiet switched from a three to a 2-man midfield throwing up more attackers.The Belgian’s desperation became more apparent in his bid to steal the points, sacrificing Marreh out and fielding in five strikers, Muhammed Badamosi, Ablie Jallow, Ali Sowe to join starters Assan Ceesay and Musa Barrow.Assan forced in but got bundled in the box with the arbiter nodding to a free-kick instead of Gambia’s penalty appeal.Barrow disappointedly crashed the free-kick into the wall five-man opposition wall as time wore on.The Sparrow Hawks kept their composure and their patience paid off after Ayite led a counter beating the Gambian defenders prior to switching the ball to his right and smacking it in.The match later ended 1-0 in favour of a 10-man Togo who had captain Djene Dakonam Ortoga sent off for an infringement.The Scorpions now occupy Group D’s table basement on two points with Togo climbing second on five points behind leaders Algeria who have seven points in the bag. Benin is third.last_img read more

Works Minister orders removal of persons from BPL involved in 4M theft

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 22nd 2017: Works Minister Desmond Bannister has ordered the termination of employees allegedly involved in millions of dollars stolen at Bahamas Power and Light, BPL. The move comes after revelations show monies stolen have risen to over $4M. The Minister speaking in parliament described it as a cleanup exercise at BPL, as he has authorized the board to do what is necessary.Minister Bannister says the move has nothing to do with politics, but ensuring transparency at the company and protecting taxpayers’ monies. Bannister has added that any person found in wrongdoing will be made to pay, and he confirmed that a forensic audit is currently ongoing at the power company.Reports indicate that four people were suspended last month, while one employee was fired following an uncovering of an ‘elaborate scheme’ allegedly involving forged cheques going to fake companies.The Minister says the matter has been handed over to the Attorney General and the Police.The Minnis administration has vowed to stamp out corruption and stop all bleeding of taxpayer dollars, as audits on state agencies and ministries commenced shortly after entering office six weeks ago. Related Items:center_img #MagneticMediaNews#BannisterOrdersBPLBoardToTerminatePersonsInvolvedInTheft#BPL4MTheftlast_img read more

Nearly 15M travelers expected to pass through MIA FLL on Thanksgiving week

first_imgMIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – South Florida airports are preparing for some busy travel days during Thanksgiving week.More than 914,000 travelers are expected to pass through Miami International Airport.Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, meanwhile, is expecting more than half a million travelers.Over at MIA, passengers said they’re happy to enjoy the warm South Florida weather, but some are equally as ecstatic to see family and friends in their hometown.Traveler Jerome Hunt said he’s looking forward to going back home.“I’m a little down about the weather because I’m so accustomed to the palm trees and the ocean,” he said, “but being around my family during these times is most important to me, so it’s one of those things where I’ll get over it.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

UA President Johnsen shares outlook for university budget

first_imgUniversity of Alaska President Jim Johnsen talks about the spread of the university’s campuses @360 in Juneau on Tuesday. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen has spent the last few months advocating for more funding for the university, arguing that it cannot withstand continued budget cuts.Listen nowThe Alaska House of Representatives passed its version of the state operating budget Monday by a narrow margin. It includes $19 million more for the university’s operating budget than Gov. Bill Walker proposed.Johnsen, appearing on Forum@360, said he was grateful the House decided to increase UA’s budget and is hopeful the Senate will follow suit.“I can’t control that process, certainly,” Johnsen said. “But what I can do is continue every single day advocating for the interests of the university but always setting those in the context of the interest of the state.”The university’s annual budget has declined by more than $60 million since 2014, forcing cutbacks that have affected class offerings, staffing and campus enrollment.In 2016, Johnsen put forward Strategic Pathways, his plan to cut costs and consolidate administration while making the university function better. UA faculty and staff last year criticized Strategic Pathways, and Johnsen. The plan is in its final phase and being implemented across UA campuses.“I think that the tough decisions the regents have made, the university has made, has gone a long way in persuading legislators that now is the time to stop the cuts and to actually start investing back into higher education for the state,” Johnsen said.Part of that reinvestment effort includes the new, consolidated Alaska College of Education based in Juneau. Last week, the University of Alaska Southeast announced that Steve Atwater will lead the school as the new executive dean. The university has set a goal to produce 90 percent of the K-12 teachers hired in the state by 2025.“There’s no more important job in Alaska, in my view, than teachers,” Johnsen said. “And we’re importing 70 percent each year, 70 percent of the new teachers hired in the state. And they churn at a very high rate.”Johnsen said the university plans more scholarships and outreach to recruit prospective teachers for Alaska classrooms.The Teach for Alaska Presidential Scholarship provides up to $12,000 to Alaskans pursuing a teaching degree at any UA campus.last_img read more

Advisory from police to teenagers

first_imgSHE Teams advise girls to be cautious while sharing personal data with strangers on smart phone or Facebook The SHE team officials are warning the teenage youth and girls to be cautious while using the smart phones and sharing personal data on Facebook. The social media mania and false image building among the city youth has led to the girls falling prey to the miscreants and facing harassment. Also Read – Car mechanic held in Hyderabad for killing Class 10 girl in Jadcherla Advertise With Us The modern age and type of education from school level to the college make the youth develop friendship with strangers through social media like ‘Facebook- likes and dislikes’ and WhatsApp and other tools. Right from the birthday parties, visit to the parks, movies, bike rides and spending time at lonely places have been providing opportunity to miscreants to play havoc with the girls. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us Majority of the girls and boys who are coming to the city for their higher studies, coaching for competitive examinations and for jobs are mostly staying in hostels and agree to dating with the boys. During the process, they share their personal data, photos and videos with their boyfriends on smart phones, Facebook and WhatsApp. Later when the break-up happens, trouble begins for the girls.last_img read more

NDTV denies reports of SpiceJet owner Ajay Singh picking up majority stake

first_imgRepresentational imageNDTV.comNDTV officials have denied reports of SpiceJet’s Ajay Singh taking a majority stake in the news channel. “Not even a single sentence of these reports is true,” a senior NDTV official told The Hindu on Friday.Earlier, on Friday, the Indian Express (IE) had reported that Ajay Singh, the co-founder and owner of SpiceJet, has tapped a majority stake in India’s first English language private news channel NDTV.”Yes, the deal has been finalised and Ajay Singh will take control of NDTV along with editorial rights,” a source had told IE. Sources further said that Ajay Singh will have a controlling stake in NDTV of around 40 percent, while promoters Prannoy Roy and Radhika Roy will hold around 20 percent stake. IE had reported that Singh would also pick up NDTV’s debt of over Rs 400 crore and the total deal was valued at around Rs 600 crore, sources told the daily.Singh had played an important part in the Bharatiya Janata Party’s 2014 poll campaign, and also coined the campaign slogan “Abki baar Modi sarkar.”Promoter shareholding in NDTV as of June 2017 stood at 61.45 percent, while the remaining 38.55 percent is held by the public, according to data available with Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). RRPR Holding, the parent company of NDTV, owned by founders Prannoy Roy and wife Radhika Roy is presently facing a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe for allegedly concealing a share transaction. In June, the CBI had conducted searches at the residences of the Roys.NDTV had then called the raid a “blatant attack on the freedom of the press”. CBI had filed its FIR based on a “shoddy complaint” by a “disgruntled” former NDTV consultant who has not obtained a “single order from the courts,” the channel said in a statement then.Following rumours of the acquisition, the NDTV stock was locked in the upper circuit of five percent at Rs 53.10 on the BSE. On the other hand, SpiceJet was trading two percent lower at Rs 143 after hitting a low of Rs 142 on BSE.For the June quarter, NDTV’s standalone income dropped 36 percent sequentially to Rs 69.9 crore from Rs 109.6 crore in March 2017 quarter, while the net loss stood at Rs 15.94 crore.last_img read more

Entertainment Research Firm NRG Taps Ipsos Exec Ben Rogers

first_img Popular on Variety Rogers joined Ipsos in 2012 with the company’s acquisition of Synovate, where he had been SVP of technology and telecoms leading the Microsoft relationship globally. Before that, he led various teams on technology accounts for Kantar/TNS Global and also worked for research firms GfK and NOP World.“I’m excited to build upon NRG’s core expertise as trusted advisers to bold storytellers everywhere on every screen,” Rogers commented. “Given the confluence of technology, platforms, and content, it’s a natural next step for NRG to expand upon its content creator focus to help clients solve a broader set of strategic business challenges.”Founded in 1978, NRG was bought in 1997 by publishing company VNU, which integrated NRG into Nielsen in 2002. In 2015, Mark Penn’s Stagwell Group bought NRG from Nielsen for an undisclosed price and appointed his nephew, Jon Penn, as CEO. National Research Group (NRG), which caters to movie studios and others in the entertainment industry, hired Ben Rogers as president of platform and technology clients.Rogers, a market-research veteran with 20-plus years of experience, most recently was at Ipsos as executive VP, head of media development. At NRG, he will lead the company’s technology practice across several dimensions of the product and services life cycle, including market landscaping, brand and positioning strategy, creative and platform optimization, and performance tracking. Rogers will remain based in the San Francisco Bay Area.“Ben is a preeminent technology research executive and business leader with a deep history of success in using insights to drive impact across the life cycle of technology products and services,” NRG CEO Jon Penn said in announcing Rogers’ hire. “He is the ideal person to take our rapidly expanding platform and service business to great new heights.”center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Golfs Longest Drives Are Creeping Up and Changing the Sport

first_imgThe causes for confusion and stipulation are many. (Was the drive made during a competition? On the PGA Tour? In match play or stroke play? How was it recorded?) But ultimately, “longest drive ever” is kind of a throwaway statistic. History’s farthest-flying tee shots are almost always flukes; they tend to say more about the fickle nature of luck than a player’s prowess with a driver. For a true sense of someone’s range, you really have to look at something called carry distance: how far the ball travels through the air before making contact with a surface the same elevation as the tee box. “I can carry it up to about 330 in the air,” says Johnson, who is one of the highest-ranking players on the PGA tour and among its hardest hitters, no matter how you measure it. That’s on a good day; in 2018, Johnson’s longest carry was actually 337.9 yards, but his average was 301.Drives with carry distances of more than 330 yards are rare. Still, every season, a handful of tour players manage to pull one off. Significantly scarcer are carries of more than 340 yards, or even 350. According to the PGA’s stats page, no player has broken 360 yards. The last person to come close was JB Holmes, who managed in 2008 to hammer a ball 356.9 yards through the air. (Take the Eiffel Tower, turn it on its side, and measure it from base to tip. That’s how far Holmes’ ball flew.) More Great WIRED StoriesThe Cold War project that pulled climate science from iceiPadOS isn’t just a name. It’s a new direction for AppleHow to stop robocalls—or at least slow them downEverything you want—and need—to know about aliensHow early-stage VCs decide where to invest🏃🏽‍♀️ Want the best tools to get healthy? Check out our Gear team’s picks for the best fitness trackers, running gear (including shoes and socks), and best headphones.📩 Get even more of our inside scoops with our weekly Backchannel newsletter But the ball is only part of the distance equation. The club matters, too—everything from the length of its shaft to the angle of its face can affect a drive’s carry. There’s also a club’s coefficient of restitution, or COR, to consider. In essence, COR tells you how much energy is transferred in a collision between the club and the ball. If you swing two otherwise identical clubs at the exact same speed, the one with the higher COR will hit the ball farther. It’s described as a number between 0 and 1, and current rules state a clubhead’s COR can’t exceed 0.83. Lowering the limit might also reduce golfers’ range.But even if the USGA cracks down on balls and clubs, there’s no limiting how hard players can hit the ball. In the growing sport of long driving (professional golf’s boisterous cousin), top athletes strike hard enough to carry drives in excess of 400 yards. Long-drive tournaments used to allow equipment that violated PGA rules—but since 2017, players have competed with clubs and balls that, while optimized for distance, are technically USGA-compliant.Players on the PGA Tour don’t swing the same way professional long drivers do, who often brandish their clubs with such gusto, and at such unusual angles, that it throws them off balance. To ensure the ball goes where they want it to, Tour players rarely, if ever, swing as hard as they can.And yet, evidence does suggest that PGA players are approaching some kind of limit. While it’s true that the number of golfers carrying drives 290 yards or more has increased markedly in recent years, the average carry distance among the games’ most powerful drivers has been stuck around 305 yards for more than a decade.The latest episode of Almost Impossible explores all of the above and more, to unpack the physics and physicality behind golf’s farthest-flying drives––and what it will take to carry them farther, still.Additional Reporting by Ryan Loughlincenter_img Numbers like these matter to more than just stat-hungry analysts; they could have implications for the future of golf. The average distance of PGA drives has been rising steadily for years, buoyed by improvements in training and equipment. In 2008, the year he had his brush with 360 yards, Holmes was one of just seven golfers on Tour with an average carry distance of 290 yards or better. A decade later, there were 28 players driving that far, with the top 10 all averaging 295.6 yards or better.Drive distances have increased so dramatically that many experts think they’re rendering modern golf courses obsolete. When players can drive the ball over obstacles, it removes elements of strategy from the game. Lengthening a hole by pushing the tee box back can help, but also compromises a hole’s original design. Even Tiger Woods has thoughts on the matter. “I just think it’s going too far, because we’re having to build golf courses, if they want to have a championship venue, they’ve got to be 7,400 to 7,800 yards long,” he said in an interview with UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma in 2017. Tiger’s proposed solution: “We need to do something about the golf ball.”Nerfing the ball would probably work. Around the turn of the millennium, professional players began to favor balls made of concentric layers of plastic and rubber over older models, which manufacturers typically made by winding rubber bands around a solid or liquid core. “What’s happened with solid constructions is the golf ball spins less off the driver, which over the years has given the player the ability to further increase launch angle, and that launch angle coupled with lower spin is going to give players more distance,” says Eric Loper, director of ball research and development at TaylorMade, the golf equipment company. The advent of multilayer balls, he says, has “played a critical role in increasing driver distance over the last 20 years.” It seems like the kind of statistic that number-crunching sports fans would agree upon, yet there exists surprisingly little consensus on the distance of the longest drive ever measured in the game of golf.Some say the record belongs to Mike Austin. In 1974, the renowned power hitter drove a ball 515 yards during the US National Seniors Open championship in Las Vegas.Others claim the title belongs to Carl Cooper. In 1992, on the third hole of the Texas Open, his tee shot ricocheted off a paved path and wound up traveling 787 yards before rolling to a stop.And according to Professional Golfers Association records, Davis Love III’s 476-yard drive at 2004’s Sentry Tournament of Champions is the longest official drive on the books. (As for the longest drive ever measured on Tour? That would be a 489-yard drive by Dustin Johnson, a shot he made at last year’s WGC-Dell Match Play, an event for which the PGA does not officially log statistics.)last_img read more

Uruguay plan to sell pot at pharmacies slammed

first_imgRelated posts:New Uruguay leader takes over from pot-friendly farmer Medical marijuana proposal in Costa Rica gets Health Ministry review Mexico’s top court opens door to recreational pot use Advocate says Costa Rica’s medical marijuana bill doesn’t go far enough MONTEVIDEO,Uruguay — Uruguayan pharmacies on Thursday criticized the government’s plan to allow the sale of marijuana for recreational use in their stores.In an announcement last week, the government said cannabis will go on sale in pharmacies within eight months, following the granting of licenses to two companies to grow cannabis for commercial sale, in accordance with a 2013 law.But pharmacies must “work for the health of the population,” and “the use of psychoactive substances for recreational use, whether legal or not, is detrimental to health,” the Chemistry and Pharmacy Association of Uruguay (AQFU) argued in a statement.The newspaper El País said 120 pharmacies in the capital Montevideo are interested in selling marijuana.But AQFU said pharmacies “do not sell other recreational substances like tobacco or alcohol” and called the policy contradictory to the tobacco and alcohol policies of President Tabaré Vázquez’s government.The trade group demanded a review of the cannabis law, which is the first of its kind in the world and has sparked international media attention.Uruguayans wishing to buy cannabis in pharmacies must register in a national database and will receive a card enabling them to purchase up to 40 grams per month, which they would be forbidden to resell.The other initiatives in the 2013 law, allowing limited growth of cannabis plants for private use and of more as part of a “grow club” have already been implemented, and proponents see the implementation of the commercial sale provisions as overdue. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Marching against xenophobia

first_imgA handful of people gathered in Acaciavale yesterday morning (Saturday) to march against xenophobia.The march started from the Acaciavale sports grounds and ended in Begonia Drive.Police and Public Safety officers were on hand to control traffic and make sure everything went smoothly. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img

Family Fun Day to raise funds for Malawi

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A Hi Tea was also held, along with a fashion show for the ladies.A fleet of quad bikes had the little ones entertained on the day, and all the kiddies begged to go on “just one more ride”.There was a good turnout, as a large number of people streamed through the gates throughout the day to see what was on offer.Alansaar Radio even broadcast live from the complex, pounding out great music and news from Ladysmith.The fun day was enjoyed by one and all, for a good cause! The Ladysmith Women’s Forum, together with Humi’s Baking and Zeenys Couture, held a Family Fun Day yesterday (Sunday) at the Indoor Sports Complex. The event was held to raise funds for homes that were destroyed in the heavy rains in Malawi earlier this year.Food stalls and cakes were the talk of the event, with mouth-watering dishes and even a cake competition on show.last_img read more

Born this way Lady Gaga meets Thai lady boys

first_img Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Parents, stop beating yourself upcenter_img Associated PressBANGKOK (AP) – Lady Gaga has met Thailand’s premier “lady boys” at a Bangkok drag show featuring busty dancers who were not born that way.Diving in to the city’s nightlife, the pop diva and an entourage from her “Born This Way Ball” took in a show at the well-known Calypso Cabaret, where she cheered on a transvestite review of Broadway show tunes.“A million people have to pay to see a Gaga concert, but Gaga paid to see our show!” cabaret manager Nipon Boonmasuwan told Friday’s Thairath newspaper. When the performance ended, she took the stage to shake hands with the dancers and handed out six tickets to her Friday night show. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Born This Way, the title track of Lady Gaga’s latest album, has become a gay anthem. It includes the line, “Don’t be a drag, just be a queen.” Transvestites and transsexuals are known in Thailand as lady boys.Promoters confirmed Lady Gaga visited the cabaret Wednesday night, just hours after her arrival in Bangkok.Lady Gaga’s Asian tour has generated publicity and often controversy at nearly every stop.In Seoul, fans younger than 18 were banned from Lady Gaga’s concerts after Christian groups complained that her lyrics and costumes were too sexually provocative.It remains unclear if her June 3 show in Jakarta will take place after Muslim hard-liners threatened violence. Indonesian police initially denied a permit but later hinted the show could go on if she tones it down.Not a chance, said her manager Troy Carter, who told the Straits Times in Singapore on Friday that Lady Gaga “plays the show as it is” and has no plan to self-censor.___Associated Press writers Thanyarat Doksone in Bangkok and Alex Kennedy in Singapore contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

Amazon launches a new program to donate unsold products from thirdparty sellers

first_imgAmazon will make it easier and more affordable for its third-party sellers to donate their unwanted excess inventory and returns, rather than having the items sent back or destroyed. The company on Wednesday announced the launch of a new program, Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) Donations, which will distribute excess and returned products to charitable organizations.CNBC first reported the news, which was also confirmed by Amazon through a brief post on its corporate blog.The program’s launch follows a series of news reports earlier this year, which found that Amazon warehouses routinely trashed millions of unsold items. One smaller facility in France was even found to have sent 293,000 items to a local dump during a nine-month period. A French TV documentary also claimed that Amazon destroyed more than 3 million products last year.The documentary had secretly filmed Amazon workers loading brand-new toys, kitchen equipment and flat-screen TVs for transport to the dump, a report said.While it’s an unfortunately common retail practice to destroy excess or unwanted inventory or returned items — particularly in luxury apparel — at Amazon’s scale, the issue is compounded. In addition, the items being destroyed could make a real impact on people’s lives.Amazon says it will begin donating products from sellers starting in September in the U.S. and U.K. with the help of charity partners. In the U.S., it’s working with Good360, an organization that partners with retailers and consumer goods companies to source and distribute highly needed products through a network of diverse nonprofits. In the U.K., Amazon is working with Newlife, Salvation Army and Barnardo’s.Sellers told CNBC the new program makes it cheaper to donate than to dispose or ask for items to be returned, where Amazon charges 50 cents and 15 cents, respectively. The program will also be the new default for sellers, though they can choose to opt-out, if desired.“We know getting products into the hands of those who need them transforms lives and strengthens local communities,” said Alice Shobe, director, Amazon in the Community, in a statement about the program’s launch. “We are delighted to extend this program to sellers who use our fulfillment services.”The company also told CNBC that it’s working to bring the number of destroyed items to zero, and said the “vast majority” of returns were resold to other customers, liquidators, returned to suppliers or donated to charities, depending on their condition.last_img read more

Congratulations and thank you to Vanessa Lloyd at Downunder Travel

first_imgDownunder Travel is a progressive retail travel company with office locations in  Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver & Toronto.The agency, active since 2004, is the largest retail-only travel company in Canada specializing in the following nichedestinations: Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific Islands, Asia & Africa.The Destination Specialists at Downunder Travel prides themselves on assisting Canadian travellers with crafting often complex and bespoke itineraries to such ‘bucket-list’ destinations, while providing the highest quality of service to every traveller, every time.The post Congratulations and thank you to Vanessa Lloyd at Downunder Travel. appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img

Air Niugini commends staff for excellent airport handling

first_imgAir Niugini’s management congratulated all staff involved in the busy Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) airport operations at Port Moresby’s Jackson’s International airport over the past week.A lunch was organised Monday in appreciation of the effort of all staff involved; Airline Operations, Aircraft Engineering, Aviation Security, Inflight Services, Ground Service Equipment, Operations Control and Air Niugini Cargo.Air Niugini’s representative on APEC and general manager, Corporate Services Marco McConnell on behalf of the airline’s board and management thanked all for a job well done.He said: “It was a massive undertaking beyond our normal scope of airport handling due to the bigger aircraft sizes, much increased number of aircraft movements and the sensitivity and importance of many of the customers, however our team performed extremely well.“We had to ensure strict protocols and precise coordination for the entire arrival and departure period, including the red carpet stairs, VVIP Arrival & Departure processes, which had to be executed safely with absolute precision timing.“The aircraft departure coordination and sequence of all ground handling activities were strictly adhered to, in order to ensure all aircraft were fully serviced and handled in time.“We had passengers and crew from certain airlines coming back to acknowledge us. Thank you for a job well done, you did both Air Niugini and Papua New Guinea proud.”Air Niugini also acknowledged the Aviation Sector Working Group Lead – National Airports Corporation (NAC) and all the other organisations that assisted with the overall airport coordination during APEC.More than 100 foreign aircraft movements, carrying up to 10,000 passengers and hundreds of tonnes of cargo, were handled in Port Moresby since last week for APEC.The post Air Niugini commends staff for excellent airport handling appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more

While people like Smith might criticize Rosen for

first_imgWhile people like Smith might criticize Rosen for unfollowing his former team when he likely felt the end was near, the second-year quarterback and last year’s No. 10 overall pick is certainly taking the highest of roads out of town.Rosen posted a goodbye video to his social media accounts on Saturday, thanking the Cardinals and their fans, introducing himself to Dolphins supporters and having a few things to say to the man who Arizona drafted to take his place. Josh Rosen might continue to draw the ire of hot-takey football analysts like Steve Smith, but he’s done nothing but endear himself to Arizona Cardinals fans.Yes, Rosen is the first quarterback drafted in the first-round since the 1970 merger who didn’t last more than a season with his first NFL team. Arizona traded him Friday to the Miami Dolphins for a 2019 second-round pick and a 2020 fifth, effectively ushering in the Kyler Murray era. Handled that better than me. Good luck 👍🏼. That was cool! https://t.co/dk831WbVUW— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) April 27, 2019 Thank you @AZCardinalsHello @MiamiDolphins pic.twitter.com/yNb81On0dD— Josh Rosen (@josh3rosen) April 27, 2019Related LinksWas the Cardinals’ Josh Rosen trade to Dolphins about value or belief?That was fast: Rosen posts Dolphins picture right after being tradedSteve Smith bashes Cardinals QB Josh Rosen over social media scrubArizona Cardinals trade QB Josh Rosen to Dolphins for 2nd-round pickCardinals draft WR Andy Isabella with 62nd pick from Josh Rosen trade“Cardinals fans, thank you so much for all of the continued support this year,” Rosen said with a backdrop of the Valley in view. “I know we didn’t win as many games as we would have all hoped, but I had an unbelievable time here. Unfortunately my time here is coming to an end, but you guys are really getting a hell of a player in Kyler Murray, and he’s going to do great things for the Red Sea.“Kyler, I just want to congratulate you and your family for getting drafted. Arizona’s a really special place and you’re going to love playing and living here.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling What’s Steve smiths twitter handle? Asking for a friend. https://t.co/j2w2AKoDqS— Justin Pugh (@JustinPugh) April 27, 2019 Arizona Cardinals2019 Draft BoardRoundPick #PlayerPos.11Kyler MurrayQB21Byron MurphyCB230Andy IsabellaWR31Zach AllenDE41Hakeem ButlerWR51Deionte ThompsonS61KeeSean JohnsonWR66Lamont GaillardC734*Joshua MilesT735*Michael DogbeDE740*Caleb WilsonTE* = Compensatory Selection© STATS – 20192019 NFL DraftRound 1#TeamPlayerPos1K. MurrayQB2N. BosaDE3Q. WilliamsDT4C. FerrellDE5D. WhiteLB6D. JonesQB7J. AllenDE8T.J. HockensonTE9E. OliverDT10D. BushLB11J. WilliamsG12R. GaryDE13C. WilkinsDT14C. LindstromG15D. HaskinsQB16B. BurnsDE17D. LawrenceDT18G. BradburyC19J. SimmonsDT20N. FantTE21D. Savage, Jr.S22A. DillardT23T. HowardT24J. JacobsRB25M. BrownWR26M. SweatDE27J. AbramS28J. TilleryDT29L.J. CollierDE30D. BakerCB31K. McGaryT32N. HarryWR © STATS – 2019 Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) warms up prior to an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)center_img 47 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Rosen said he’s ready for a new chapter of his life in Miami, where he will likely battle veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick for a starting job.“My bags are packed and I’m on a flight first thing tomorrow morning,” he said, before using his platform to take care of some life business.“Kyler, one more thing. An awesome two-bedroom in Old Town just came under the market, so let me know if you’re interested and I think I can get you a pretty good deal.”Former Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu certainly appreciated Rosen’s handling of such a unique and probably uncomfortable situation.Current Cardinals guard Justin Pugh appreciated the move as well. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories last_img read more