Kolkata: A fifteen-year-old girl who was out on a cycle ride with her boyfriend was allegedly sexually assaulted by four local boys in West Bengal’s East Midnapore district, the police said on Wednesday. “Based on the family’s complaint filed on Tuesday we have arrested Biswajit Patra, Samir Mondol, Saurav Dolui and another juvenile boy for sexually assaulting the girl. They have also blamed her boyfriend for taking her out late in the evening,” an officer of Kolaghat police station said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The police said that the incident took place on August 24 when the girl, along with her 16-year old boyfriend, went out around 7 p.m. The family initially tried to talk to the boy’s family and solve it through discussions. According to the girl’s statement, the accused boys saw them in the deserted field and threatened to tell everyone in the village. “Two of the boys held her boyfriend while others took turn in molesting her”, the officer said. “The medical examination has been conducted and the investigation is on,” the officer added.
22 March 2011On World Water Day, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Somalia called for special to attention to the needs of an estimated 2.4 million people in the Horn of Africa country who are in need of water and food aid as a result of a severe drought. “I am extremely concerned about the impact of the current drought on the well-being of children, women and the general population in Somalia,” said Mark Bowden, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia.“More than 50,000 people have already been displaced due to the drought. The recent escalation in conflict in south and central Somalia is further exacerbating suffering,” said Mr. Bowden.The drought has driven up food prices as scarcity worsens, exacerbating the rates of the malnutrition over the past six months, particularly in southern Somalia, where one in four children is acutely malnourished.The conditions for internally displaced persons, who are already highly vulnerable, have become even harsher. Forecasts have predicted inadequate rainfall during the April to June rainy season, a development that could worsen food shortages particularly in the south-central regions.UN humanitarian agencies and their partners have been helping residents of areas affected by drought with water, livelihood support and health and nutrition services. Approximately $50 million has been allocated from a pooled fund to the respond to the drought over the past three months.“The United Nations is striving to alleviate the suffering in Somalia. However, so much more could be done with greater access. Access to populations in need is shrinking at the same time as their needs are expanding, particularly in the south, where 80 per cent of the people most in need live,” said Mr. Bowden.“Severe water shortages require collective efforts and further cooperation at all levels to deliver a well coordinated response to mitigate the consequences of the drought on the lives of the Somali population. The humanitarian community is ready to scale up response but needs support from all Somalis, both inside and outside the country. This is a collective responsibility. I urge all parties to the conflict to ensure greater humanitarian access to those in need,” he added.
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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Oct 10, 2012 3:28 pm MDT Costco’s 4Q results beat Wall Street’s view as shoppers hit clubs in search of deals ISSAQUAH, Wash. – Costco is drawing more shoppers and signing up more new members, helping the wholesale club operator’s fiscal fourth-quarter net income and revenue climb.Its performance beat Wall Street’s expectations, and its shares hit an all-time high Wednesday.Consumers have been drawn to stores like Costco, BJ’s Wholesale Club and Sam’s Club because they feel like they are getting bargains by purchasing items in bulk. Memberships at such stores have continued to rise in recent years as shoppers worried about the economy and high unemployment look for ways to save money.For the period ended Sept. 2, Costco Wholesale Corp. said Wednesday that it earned $609 million, or $1.39 per share. That compares with $478 million, or $1.08 per share, a year earlier.There was an extra week in the current quarter.Analysts predicted earnings of $1.31 per share, according to a FactSet survey.Costco shares climbed $2.90, or 2.9 per cent, to $102.54 in afternoon trading. The stock reached $104.43 earlier in the session, a new all-time high.Total revenue increased 14 per cent to $32.22 billion from $28.18 billion as sales improved and the Issaquah, Wash., company made more money from membership fees. Wall Street expected revenue of $31.59 billion.Membership fee income totalled $694 million in the quarter as renewal rates came in at approximately 90 per cent. New memberships climbed 2 per cent from a year ago. The company said that there were also more shoppers visiting its clubs.Sales of softlines, which can include items like clothing and footwear, posted a high single-digit percentage increase, with small electric appliances among the strongest within the category. Sales of food and small items like toiletries rose by a mid-single-digit percentage, as did hardlines, which can include hardware and lawn and garden products.Online sales climbed 14 per cent.Revenue at stores open at least a year, a key gauge of a retailer’s health, climbed 5 per cent. The figure rose 6 per cent in the U.S. and 2 per cent internationally. It is a key performance indicator for retailers because it excludes results from stores recently opened or closed.Costco said higher gas prices and foreign currency exchange rates hurt its performance a bit.Stripping out their impact, revenue at stores open at least a year rose 6 per cent for the total company and for its U.S. locations. Clubs overseas reported a 7 per cent increase.Costco said that its full-year net income rose 17 per cent to $1.71 billion, or $3.89 per share, from $1.46 billion, or $3.30 per share, in the previous year. Annual revenue climbed 12 per cent to $99.14 billion from $88.92 billion.Revenue at stores open at least a year increased 7 per cent for the total company and U.S. clubs. Internationally, the metric rose 6 per cent.Excluding the impact of higher gas prices and foreign currency exchange rates, the figure climbed 6 per cent for the total company and U.S. clubs. It rose 8 per cent abroad.Costco ended fiscal 2012 with 608 warehouses in operation, including 439 in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, 82 in Canada, 32 in Mexico, 22 in the U.K., 13 in Japan, nine in Taiwan, eight in Korea and three in Australia.It opened 16 new locations in fiscal 2012. The company is planning to open about 27 to 30 new warehouse clubs in fiscal 2013.
“The rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly are severely restricted in Saudi Arabia,” the group said in a joint statement issued on Tuesday. Religious figures, writers, journalists, academics and civic activists are being targeted, along with members of the banned Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA), in a “worrying pattern of widespread and systematic arbitrary arrests and detention,” they continued. “We are witnessing the persecution of human rights defenders for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression, assembly, association and belief, as well as in retaliation for their work. The Government has ignored repeated calls by UN experts and others to halt these violations, rectify them, and prevent their recurrence.” More than 60 prominent religious figures, writers, journalists, academics and civic activists are reported to have been detained in a wave of arrests since September, adding to a list of past cases which had already been raised by UN experts with the Government. “We have written to the Government requesting detailed information about these numerous arrests on terrorism, cyber-crime or any other state security-related charges during that period,” the experts said. The experts noted that they are also seeking government clarification about how these measures are compatible with Saudi Arabia’s obligations under international human rights law, as well as with the voluntary pledges and commitments it made when seeking to join the UN Human Rights Council. “Despite being elected as member of the Human Rights Council at the end of 2016, Saudi Arabia has continued its practice of silencing, arbitrarily arresting, detaining and persecuting human rights defenders and critics,” they said. In addition to previous cases and new arrests since September, the experts pointed to the country’s failure to implement two recent opinions of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, calling for “the release of all the human rights defenders concerned in these cases.” “We appeal to the Saudi authorities to ensure their right to reparation and compensation.” The experts are independent, unpaid staff appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation.
The news comes as MPs called on the Government to step in and impose gender quotas on companies which have failed to promote women to senior leadership roles. Professor Haskel, a professor of economics at Imperial College Business School, had been shortlisted for the external member role alongside four women, and 44 of the 87 applicants who were invited to apply for the role were female. Of those who did… It defended the decision by saying Professor Jonathan Haskel was hired on merit after an internal panel interviewed four female candidates for the job. The Treasury hired the only man on a five-person shortlist for a role on the Bank of England’s monetary policy committee, it has emerged. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Hungary got a new champions – MOL Pick Szeged! Fantastic final of the domestic Play-Off ended with surprising win of “always second” best Hungarian team, who saved +4 (32:28) from the first match in Szeged in front of frenetic Veszprem fans at Veszprem Arena – 29:26.Veszprem had a chance to score winning goal, but Blaz Blagotinsek wasn’t in ideal position two seconds before the final buzzer, 12 meters from the goal-line. His ball ended in net behind the goal.This is the third Hungarian Championship title after 1996 and 2007.Telekom Veszprém – MOL-Pick Szeged 29:26 (14:17) MOL-Pick Szeged: Sego, Sierra – Srsen 1, Kallman 3, Bodó 7, Sigurmannsson 2 (2), Gorbok, Goncalves 2, Balogh, Skube 4, Blazevic 1, Gaber, Sostaric 4, Zhitnikov 1, Fekete, Bánhidi 1 Pick SzegedTelekom Veszprem Telekom Veszprém: Mikler, Alilovic – Manaskov 4, Schuch, Ilic 3, Tonnesen 5, Gajic 4 (2), Nagy 2, Terzic, Blagotinsek 3, Sulic 1, Nenadic 4, Jamali 3 ← Previous Story Saint Raphael and Fuchse Berlin for the EHF Cup trophy Next Story → Juan Carlos Pastor “did it” with Szeged: My father was always asking, when we gonna beat Chema’s team
THE ANTI-IMMIGRATION UK Independence Party (UKIP) has suspended a local councillor who blamed recent flooding across Britain on the government’s decision to legalise gay marriage.David Silvester, a devout Christian who defected from Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative party in protest at last year’s move to allow same-sex marriage, claimed Britain had been “beset by storms” in recent weeks because the new law had angered God.“It is (Cameron’s) fault that large swathes of the nation have been afflicted by storms and floods,” Silvester, an elected member of the town council in Henley-on-Thames, west of London, wrote in a letter to his local newspaper.UKIP initially supported Silvester’s right to express his opinions, but the anti-EU party has now used emergency powers to suspend him.“We cannot have any individual using the UKIP banner to promote their controversial personal beliefs which are not shared by the party,” said Roger Bird, the party’s chairman in southeast England.Bird added that Silvester had defied party orders not to give any more interviews, telling BBC radio on Sunday that homosexuality was a disease that could be “healed”.UKIPUKIP has struggled to shrug off a reputation for attracting extremists – Cameron once derided them as a group of “fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists”.But the Conservatives are increasingly nervous about the threat posed by the party, whose anti-EU and anti-immigration messages have steadily gained support in recent years.Votes for UKIP cost the Conservatives hundreds of seats at local council elections last May and the smaller party is expected to do well in this May’s European Parliament elections.Silvester’s suspension came as UKIP leader Nigel Farage announced a purge of “extremist, nasty or barmy” views from the party ahead of the polls.Farage told the Sun on Sunday newspaper that five candidates for the upcoming elections were being forced not to stand because they could potentially embarrass the party.A ComRes poll published Sunday showed rising support for UKIP, with 19 percent backing them compared to 30 per cent for the Conservatives and 35 per cent for the opposition Labour party.Civil partnerships for same-sex couples have been legal in Britain since 2005, giving them identical rights and responsibilities to straight couples in a civil marriage.But campaigners had pointed to differences, not least their inability to call their partnership a “marriage”.Cameron pushed through the gay marriage law last year despite fierce opposition within the Conservatives, and the first weddings are expected to take place in March.- © AFP, 2014Read: MEP abruptly ends interview after denying phrase “Bongo Bongo Land” is racist>
There’s no shortage of gadget makers hungry to take a bite out of the iPad‘s success, and following Samsung’s successful debut of the Galaxy Tab comes Acer with three new tablets.The good news is that these tablets aren’t imminent: Acer seems to realize that Android isn’t ready for tablets yet, and so they’ll instead wait for Android 3.0 Honeycomb to come down the pipeline and support tablets properly.Spec-wise. the three tablets come in 4.8-, 7- and 10.1-inch form factors. All tablets will run dual-core Tegra CPUs. The 4.8-inch is basically a big smartphone, and we already have a separate post up about it, but both the 7-inch and 10.1-inch models will boast an impressive 1280×800 display, as well as front and rear facing cameras and a custom Acer UI married to Honeycomb.Interestingly, Acer has not decided upon names for any of these tablets. In fact, everything about the tablet reveal seemed rather rushed: reportedly, only one of the tablets would even power on during a hands-on after Acer’s press event. Add the fact that Acer’s tablets are all slated to run a version of Android that is still just a gleam in Google’s eye and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if these tablets slipped far, far past their early 2011 projected release date.Read more at Engadget
Women lead diabetes cases for TCI, country marked World Diabetes Day Nov 14 Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 14, 2017 – Nassau – World Diabetes Day is today and the focus is on women and while there are no detailed recent statistics published about how much the disease is impacting the health and productivity of residents of The Bahamas, a 2014 study exposed this: According to figures released by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), in 2014 The Bahamas had 34,900 people with diabetes. The figures did not include those who are pre-diabetic.At the time Dr. Graham Cates said, “When we look at the world overall, The Bahamas is leading in the prevalence of diabetes in the entire world.”Health Minister, Dr. Duane Sands also shared some shocking news as he presented on the National Health Insurance in the House of Assembly in July, including the latest information on how diabetes is affecting the population.“In the almost decade interval between 2005 and 2012 our nation saw a 16 percent increase in sedentary lifestyle diseases; a 13 percent increase in overweight; a 14 percent increase in obesity; a 55 percent increase in hypertension; and a 160 percent increase in diabetes.”World Diabetes Day (WDD), celebrated on November 14 of each year was this year in The Bahamas marked by ScotiaBank. Nakera Symonette, Senior Manager of Marketing said, “We are committed to helping young people become better off and are thrilled to partner with The Bahamas Diabetic Association to raise awareness as diabetes is prevalent among our population, impacting adults and children.”ScotiaBank staff wore the signature blue ribbons in commemoration of World Diabetes Day.#MagneticMediaNews#WorldDiabetesDay Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp More women with diabetes in Turks and Caicos, World Diabetes Day Nov 14 Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #worlddiabetesday
The Struts, Kaleo To Open For Rolling Stones Tour struts-kaleo-announced-openers-rolling-stones-2017-tour Twitter News Facebook The legendary classic rockers have tapped some unexpected young talent as supporting acts for their upcoming European tour.Brian HaackGRAMMYs Sep 6, 2017 – 3:28 pm The Rolling Stones need no introduction.Nearing the close of the 55th year of their astounding career, they’ve shown no signs of slowing, having recently headlined the opening night of AEG/Goldenvoice’s hugely talked-about rock nostalgiafest Desert Trip, and now readying to embark on a brand new European tour. The reigning kings of classic rock have made it clear they do not intend to set aside their crowns any time in the near future.What they do seem to be exploring lately, however, is a comfort with leveraging their perpetual fame to exercise themselves as rock and roll king-makers, as well as dynastic rulers.Case in point: the ‘Stones have tapped some exciting young bands to be their supporting acts for their upcoming No Filter Tour, which will see them playing 13 shows across 12 European cities from Sept. 9 through Oct. 25.The tour will kick off in Germany and Austria with opening sets by Icelandic indie-rock rising stars Kaleo, whose breakout 2016 track “Way Down We Go” saw them conquer the Billboard Alternative Songs and Rock Airplay charts in the U.S., and nabbed a Gold certification from the RIAA. Kaleo will be followed by GRAMMY-nominated American blues singer John Lee Hooker, Jr., for their final night with the Rolling Stones in Spielberg, Austria.Another especially exciting support act the Stones have picked up are “retro-fetishist” English neo-glam rockers the Struts, whose debut lead single “Could Have Been Me” shot to No. 1 on the Spotify Viral Top 50 chart, peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, and led the band to sell out a total of 20 dates on their first-ever trip to the U.S. Strut’s lead singer Luke Spiller has been called, ” the musical love child of Freddie Mercury and Mick Jagger.”Additional supporting acts announced for the other legs of the tour include Los Zigarros, de Staat, Rival Sons, and the Hellacopters, with GRAMMY winning rockers Cage The Elephant joining the party for the tour’s final three-night victory lap in Paris.For their own part, the Rolling Stones have made it clear they plan to keep their own sets fresh and unpredictable, with assurances that they plan to include, “a couple of unexpected tracks each night and randomly selected surprises,” sprinkled in amongst their catalogue of hit songs and fan favorites.A limited number of tickets for the Rolling Stones ‘No Filter’ European Tour 2017 are currently still available from the band’s website.Charles Bradley Cancels Tour Due To IllnessRead more Email The Struts, Kaleo Announced As Openers For Rolling Stones’ 2017 Tour
‘The Winds of Winter’ release date might come as a surprise to the fansReutersThere was a time when fans simply couldn’t control their excitement after seeing a brand new episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones. The previous episodes from earlier seasons were full of shocking moments, some amazing twists, unpredictable endings, and brilliant writing. Everything, however, changed when the highly acclaimed fantasy drama started airing its season 8.Game of Thrones season 8 is heavily criticized by fans from all around the world. Fans are not happy how the creators have changed Daenerys Targaryen’s story arc and in just one episode made her the Mad Queen. Fans are even disappointed by the creators over not working on the prophecies of Azor Ahai and never fully using Bran Stark’s three-eyed-raven powers.Fans from around the world had high expectations with this show but somehow, everyone is wondering what went wrong with this ongoing season. The creators had a brilliant budget and had the best crew in the world. To produce six episodes, the team took around two years and fans were expecting to see something amazing but it failed to achieve all those hypes.That being said, there is one person who can still fix everything — George RR Martin. Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones season 8Game of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)The characters of HBO’s Game of Thrones are adapted from George RR Martin’s highly praised book series. The author is surprisingly quiet on Twitter ever since season 8 episode 1 premiered on HBO. The author had mixed feelings about the direction of his stories. As earlier mentioned, he stated that he thinks there should be more seasons to wrap up the story of all these characters. In addition to this, in a recent interview, he somehow implied to have a creative difference between himself and Game of Thrones’ showrunners DB Weiss and David Benioff.So, how George RR Martin can still save Game of Thrones? Well, the author is yet to finish the last two novels in this saga and can actually change the narrative in the best way possible. It is up to him how he is going to bring an end to Night King and how he can present the final facedown between Cersei Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen.George RR Martin must be aware of all the criticism the show is facing at this moment and he will be doing everything in his power to avoid these mistakes.That being said, George RR Martin’s last Game of Thrones book, A Dance With Dragons was released back in 2011 and the content helped till season five. Martin’s next book in the series, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring has no publishing dates. Fans may have to wait another couple of years to read these stories and accepting a good conclusion to their favourite characters.
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. How Success Happens Listen Now Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. You probably heard about the outage in late February that hit Amazon Web Services (AWS), the company’s cloud-computing service. Amazon is the country’s largest service provider of cloud computing for businesses, and thousands of websites and apps that rely on its services found themselves in freak-out mode due to the interruption.What happened was this: Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3) went down; and, instantly, Amazon clients couldn’t access all kinds of things they’d stored remotely on the company’s servers — everything from images to customer transaction data.Related: When Amazon Makes a Mistake, Expect a Prompt, Overly Detailed ResponseThe cause of the outage was eventually identified as human error, and the chaos was compounded by the fact that other AWS services rely on S3 for storage. And the danger is not over: In spite of Amazon’s being known for its very reliable track record, just such an outage will inevitably happen again.That’s why small businesses must learn from past mistakes and be ready for the next outage that comes along.The scars remainBecause so many businesses rely on S3 — more than 148,000 websites, according to TechCrunch — the outage had far-reaching ramifications, from small inconveniences to the complete erosion of business models and revenue drivers.Popular image- and link-sharing site Pinterest uses AWS, which meant that during the outage, everyone from soon-to-be brides keeping track of their favorite wedding decorations, to 18-year-olds recording their burgeoning tattoo ideas,was unable to build their libraries. While this doesn’t seem too terribly consequential, it’s evidence of how an outage can directly affect the lives of millions of users.Any company that, say, chose to build its entire infrastructure on Amazon undoubtedly experienced a little bit of panic when its logins ceased to work. Data feeds of hotel prices, user activity, photographs, favorited sites and product offers delivered only a spinning wheel of death for those who attempted to load them. Few were spared — not Business Insider or Giphy, or countless IoT-connected thermostats and lightbulbs.Hope for the futureLuckily, Amazon was able to get its systems back on track in relatively short order. But its previous image as an immovable, unbreakable pillar in the hosting community no doubt suffered. Moreover, the incident got the attention of quite a few developers and helped them realize that having a backup plan is probably a decent strategy.Related: 5 Vital Considerations When Choosing Your Web Hosting Service If you’re one of these developers or the leader of a small business, pay attention to the tips below while formulating your plan.1. Divide the duties. Make sure your hosted scripts aren’t solely reliant on one service. Handing your entire operation over to an outside service — such as Microsoft or Amazon — will cut you off from the necessary controls that allow you to address threats or outages when they occur.If your budget allows, set up more than one hosting service in case the primary source falls through. Simple checks can ensure that if the original source isn’t available, a fallback to another host — or even a locally hosted source — can keep your site running.2. Rack up redundancies. If your entire project really is reliant on AWS capabilities, the alternative is to build up a secondary source — hosted elsewhere — to operate in a redundant fashion. This way, when one service goes down, the product can keep moving along, with little to no interruption.Of course, the difficulty of this is monumental. While Microsoft Azure or Google offers comparatively robust packages for scaling, the way these operate is often significantly different than AWS does. Many of the items that come prebuilt with AWS simply won’t be available on Google or other services. This means you’ll either need to invest in extensive custom development to create similar functionality or set a preplanned goal to limit your system’s reliance on AWS-specific capabilities.3. Fancify your failures. Even with the strongest precautions in place, the occasional outage is inevitable. In this event, make sure your failure points are graceful. When a user gets an ugly AWS message that’s practically indecipherable, it creates a feeling of panic and anxiety. Instead, plan for these types of situations with useful, friendly and self-effacing messages that actually give the user an idea of what’s happening.For example, if my website at Rocksauce Studios goes down, users aren’t faced with a vomit of incomprehensible code. Instead, a friendly message pops up saying, “Oops!” before offering users the ability to either try again or contact our support team for help. Not only does this show our awareness of the problem, but it also offers an avenue for users to reach out for a fix.4. Give the gift of gab. Be ready to communicate with your users. This is perhaps the most important factor because having a completely independent back-up system — whether you’re a company such as Netflix or a small bootstrapping startup — is an extreme solution, given the presumably rare nature of the problem. Instead, having a well-formed response to send to users via email, Twitter, Facebook or other means can provide you with the necessary grace. Responding promptly to customer inquiries, even when you don’t have the answer, goes a long way toward showing that you care about your customers and are aware of the problem.Related: Does Your Website Have a Crash Plan?The reliability of cloud hosting services is measured in “uptime,” or the amount of time these services are working and available. Most companies do everything possible to keep their uptime as close to 100 percent as they can, meaning they’re not likely to experience regular outages any time soon. That being said, taking a few simple precautionary measures can go a long way toward easing the pains of an outage should one happen to hit your hosting services in the future. 6 min read May 22, 2017
Actors Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams star in the upcoming film Disobedience.The first trailer was released today and shows the forbidden love story between two women from an Orthodox Jewish community. Exploration of real loveSebastián Lelio directed the movie, based on the novel of the same name by Naomi Alderman.Lelio also directed last year’s film A Fantastic Woman. The Chilean drama told the story of a trans woman and is up for Best Foreign Language film at the Oscars this year.Disobedience first premiered at Toronto Film Festival last year. It boasts a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics describing it as a ‘deeply felt drama that exerts a powerful grip’.Another called it a ‘potent, feminist exploration of human desire and the true meaning of freedom’.The movie hits theaters in the US on 27 April and the UK on 24 August.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- INTERVIEW: Disobedience’s Rachel Weisz – ‘So far, the lesbian women I’ve spoken to have been really moved’Rachel Weisz addresses debate about straight actors playing LGBTI rolesDisobedience is one of the most authentic and sensual queer love storiesRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/rachel-weisz-rachel-mcadams-lovers-trailer/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The movie made it onto our list of 11 films we’re most excited for this year.Ronit (Weisz), a non-practicing Orthodox Jew returns to her hometown in Hendon, London after the death of the estranged father. While there, she discovers her cousin married to her former friend and lover, Esti (McAdams).
Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Playa del Carmen’s popular beach area of Punta Esmeralda is now an inclusive beach for the disabled. The cost for the equipment was an investment of more than 800,000 peso.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Photo: la Centro de Reintegración Municipal Blanca Cuervo Amaya, coordinator of the Centro de Reintegración Municipal, says the beach is equipped with specialized equipment and personnel to serve people with different types of disabilities so they can also enjoy the beach and its facilities. Cuervo Amaya said that Punta Esmeralda now has amphibious equipment as well as beds and umbrellas which can be used from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. by the four specialized on-site staff. She says the new equipment will serve approximately 300 disabled people per month, however in high season, she says that figure will be closer to 500.
Monday, March 4, 2019 Share Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Bahamas, Nassau, Travel Advisories “Safety of visitors is of paramount importance”: The Bahamas responds to U.S. travel advisory NASSAU — The Ministry of Tourism & Aviation for The Bahamas has responded to a travel advisory issued by the United States following a recent spate of crime.The Ministry notes that the advisory remains at a Level Two, recommending caution but not actually urging visitors to delay or cancel their travel plans to the islands.“We recommend that travellers to any destination maintain awareness of their surroundings and exercise basic precautions, as they likely would in their home cities and when not on holiday,” said the Ministry in a statement.The statement also notes that the vast majority of the country’s six million annual visitors stay on the island without any incident. According to the Royal Bahamas Police data for 2018, there were only 43 incidents involving tourists, of which 30 involved U.S. nationals and nearly all were minor offences.The Ministry of Tourism applauds the efforts made by law enforcement, which significantly reduced serious crimes like murder (-25%), armed robber (-18%), attempted robber (-19%) and shoplifting (-23%).More news: Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reported“The safety of residents and visitors is of paramount importance,” said the Ministry. “Efforts to maintain and improve security are a constant priority for Bahamas authorities as is true for all governments.”Safety and security efforts include the use of CCTV in addition to a heightened police presence with foot, bicycle and motor patrols across all areas referenced in the advisory and tourist areas. Additional Beach Enforcement Officers have also been deployed to beaches, and regular communication is in effect between the Royal Bahamas Police Force Land and Marine Units, Royal Bahamas Defence Force Harbour Patrol Unit, and the Ministry of Tourism to ensure concerns are addressed quickly.The U.S. Travel Advisory for The Bahamas was issued on Feb. 25 in response to “violent crime, such as burglaries, armed robberies, and sexual assault,” which the U.S. government said is common, “even during the day and in tourist areas.” The advisory also noted that the vast majority of crime occurs on New Providence and Grand Bahama islands, activities involving commercial recreational watercraft – including water tours – are not consistently regulated, and that “jet-ski operators have been known to commit sexual assaults against tourists.”More news: GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsThe advisory goes on to encourage travellers to “exercise caution in the area known as ‘Over the Hill’ (south of Shirley Street) and the Fish Fry at Arawak Cay in Nassau, especially at night.” Posted by
Long before he was tearing up the National Football League, Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals was dominating at the high school level.Fitzgerald attended the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield, Minnesota where he played for coach Ray Betton.Betton is now the head coach at Shakopee High and sees great potential in junior-to-be Garrett Mitchell, who like Fitzgerald, plays wide receiver and linebacker in high school. For a piece on The Player’s Tribune, Fitzgerald goes back to Minnesota to meet Mitchell, watch film and give him some pointers on how to improve as he enters the season.Fitzgerald writes:During my childhood, a lot of older friends and mentors inspired me by providing words of encouragement. I think it’s important for me to do the same for the younger generation because I know those words played a big role in my journey to the NFL.If I see a young man who has great potential and there’s something that I can say to motivate him, I believe I have the responsibility to speak up. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments Share
1. Oslo, Norway from £40*Today, Oslo is a thoroughly pleasant and green city packed with hip coffee shops and chic clothing stores – but when it was founded 1000 years ago, it was a considerably-less-chic Viking stronghold, full of warriors who couldn’t tell a flat white from a mochaccino. They could probably handle a battle axe a darn sight better than a hipster could, however. King Harald III (aka Harald Hadrada) established a trading outpost at Oslo in 1048, in between terrorising residents on the Danish coast, but in 1066 he turned his nefarious attention towards England. Ultimately, Harald, and with him the Viking Age, was brought to a violent end by the English king Harold (with an ‘o’), who himself was smited mightily just days later at the Battle of Hastings. You can find out all about Oslo’s fascinating and bloody Viking past at the city’s Historical Museum (open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm; adults 80 krone), which boasts the only complete Viking helmet ever found, and make sure to see the stunningly preserved 9th-century Viking longboats at the Viking Ship Museum (open daily 9am to 6pm; adults 80 krone). And if you just can’t get enough Haralds in your life, take a guided tour of the Royal Palace (open daily 11am (12pm on Fridays) to 5pm; adults 85 krone), which is home to Norway’s King Harald V.Read more about the best things to do in Oslo RelatedTop 15 attractions and things to do in OsloSitting pretty on the banks of Oslofjord, Norway’s essential city break destination combines natural beauty with avant-garde flair. 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However, if you fancy releasing your inner nude in the inner city, then head to the Frederiksberg Swimming Baths on Sunday evenings, when the Danish Naturist Association organises skinny dipping – followed by a nude sauna.Read more about how to get around Copenhagen on a budget 6. Helsinki, Finland from £108Probably the most exciting thing about Helsinki is that it’s home to an utterly massive sea fort called Suomenlinna (free entry; check website for opening times). This impressive fortification can be found on an island just a short ferry ride away from the city, and in the past it was fiercely fought over by the Russians and Swedes – although since 1973 it has been open to civilians. Nowadays you’re far more likely to see picnicking city dwellers than marauding Russians, and the island has become a hotspot for artists – there’s even a theatre. 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Ibiza, Spain from £59Ibiza is famous as a party island (check out our guide to Ibiza’s clubs), but if you want a quieter, more relaxing holiday, then its tiny neighbour, Formentera, is the place to go. This diddy island just to the south of Ibiza is only 19 kilometres across, but it harbours some of the most beautiful, unspoilt beaches in the Mediterranean. The Aquabus will get you there from Ibiza in around 40 minutes (19 euros return), then it’s a case of hiring a bike or scooter to get around the beaches. Playa Illetes is probably the highlight – a beautiful stretch of white sand with none of the gaudy hotels and sunbeds you might expect, just a few simple restaurants built from wood. Prudes beware, however: like many of Formentera’s beaches, Illetes is unofficially nudist. Should you tire of checking out naked sunbathers, head to the excellent artisans’ market at El Pilar de la Mola (Wednesday and Sunday afternoons).Read more about the most beautiful places in the Balearic Islands 3. Faro, Portugal from £59Faro is the gateway to the stunning beaches of the Algarve – spread along 200 kilometres of coastline, there are dozens of golden beaches backed by soaring cliffs. Some of the highlights include Praia da Rocha, which is a huge expanse of relatively uncrowded sand near Portimao, and Praia da Marinha, which lies just east of Carvoeiro and has plenty of underwater crevices for snorkellers to explore. Praia do Castelo is another secluded gem that remains fairly quiet despite its proximity to the package-holiday haven of Albufeira. But if you get bored of beautiful beaches – conceivably this could happen, however unlikely it seems – then the Algarve has plenty of history to uncover. 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