US Women Kick Over Soccer Pay

first_imgFive stars from the World Cup-winning U.S. women’s national team have accused the U.S. Soccer Federation of wage discrimination in an action filed with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn and Hope Solo maintain in the EEOC filing that they are paid nearly four times less than their male counterparts on the U.S. men’s national team, based on U.S. Soccer’s 2015 financial report. The filing was announced March 31 in a statement from the law firm representing the players.“The numbers speak for themselves,” Solo said in the statement. “We are the best in the world, have three World Cup Championships, four Olympic Championships, and the USMNT get paid more just to show up than we get paid to win major championships.”The union representing the players is currently involved in a legal dispute with U.S. Soccer over the terms of their collective bargaining agreement.The federation filed a lawsuit this year seeking to clarify that its contract with the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Players Association runs through the Rio Olympics until Dec. 31.The union maintains the memorandum of understanding agreed to in March 2013 can be terminated at any time. That case is pending.Attorney Jeffrey Kessler, one of the attorneys representing the players, claimed that the tenor of the negotiations over the CBA created the need for the women to act in hopes of ending what they say is the “discriminatory and unfair treatment” they have endured for years.“The reality is that this team is more valuable to the USSF than the men’s team has been. That’s what the facts show,” Kessler said on a conference call with reporters.“And they would be justified in asking for more than the men are receiving. But the first step that they are seeking is equal treatment.”U.S. Soccer issued a statement maintaining that its “efforts to be advocates for women’s soccer are unwavering.”“We are committed to and engaged in negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement that addresses compensation with the Women’s National Team Players Association, to take effect when the current CBA expires at the end of this year,” the statement said.“U.S. Soccer will continue to be an advocate on the global soccer stage to influence and develop the women’s game and evolve FIFA’s compensation model.”The top players on the women’s team are paid about $72,000 a year by U.S. Soccer, along with bonuses, to play in a minimum of 20 exhibitions per year, the EEOC complaint says.Conversely, the men are paid per match, with a minimum of $5,000 a game, and additional payments based on the opponents’ rankings and results.The women have a potential to earn $99,000 if they win all 20 exhibitions, while their male counterparts would earn $100,000 minimum for appearing in the 20 games before the opponents and outcomes are figured in, and possibly as much as $263,320 a year if they win all of their games.Citing another example of disparity, the complaint says that the women are paid $30,000 for making the World Cup team, while the men are paid $68,750 each.U.S. maintains that the women’s team set up the compensation structure, including a guaranteed salary rather than a pay-for-play model like the men, in the last collective bargaining agreement.The women earn an additional salary because the federation pays their salaries in the National Women’s Soccer League.The women’s national team players also receive other benefits, including health care paid for by the U.S. Olympic Committee, that the men don’t receive, the federation maintains.USSF President Sunil Gulati said that many factors are considered when it comes to player compensation, including the revenue the teams generate.“We think very highly of the women’s national team and we want to compensate them fairly, and we’ll sit down and work through that with them when all of this settles down,” Gulati said.The U.S. women won the World Cup last year in Canada with a 5-2 victory in the final against Japan. The team earned a total of $2 million for winning the tournament, according to documents.The U.S. men’s team earned $9 million the year before at the World Cup in Brazil, where they were knocked out in the round of 16. The prize payouts came from FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, and not from U.S. Soccer.The federation pays the men and women equally for qualifying for the Olympics and making the roster for the event.“There are no legitimate non-discriminatory reasons for this gross disparity of wages, nor can it be explained away by any bona fide seniority, merit or incentive system or any other factor other than sex,” said the complaint.Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton weighed in on the issue on Twitter: “Wouldn’t want to face these women on the field or in the courtroom. Every woman deserves equal pay.”Landon Donovan, who played 14 seasons with the men’s national team, posted to Twitter: “USWNT absolutely deserve to be treated fairly in all ways. Important to remember that these issues are/can be collectively bargained.”He added: “Both USMNT and USWNT should be paid commensurate w/ the revenues they produce, not based upon what the other makes.”The EEOC investigates claims of discrimination on merit. There is no timetable for resolution of the matter. Federal law makes it illegal to discriminate against an employee because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetic information.Many players on the national team have become increasingly vocal about gender equity in the sport, something that came to light in advance of last year’s World Cup.A group of players led by Abby Wambach filed a complaint in Canada about the artificial turf playing surface, noting the men’s World Cup is played on natural grass.The players dropped the complaint before the tournament to focus on the competition. Wambach retired from the national team at the end of last year.“This is a fight that we are going to have to continue to fight from here on forward,” Solo said on a conference call. “I don’t see it getting any easier, but it is something we are committed to. And it’s not just in the sports world, it’s everywhere you look.”The U.S. women, who have already qualified for this summer’s Olympics in Brazil, are in Florida training for a pair of exhibition games against Colombia.(ANNE M. PETERSON, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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New Belgium and Ben and Jerry’s Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale

first_imgNobody can deny a good salted caramel brownie. There’s just something about that ultimate combination of sweet, a touch of savory and chocolate. This fall, the folks at New Belgium and Ben & Jerry’s are releasing the most amazing collaboration that we’ve seen in ages: Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale. You read that correctly, your two favorites — ice cream and beer — are merging together for what we think will be the best sweet beer since, well probably since New Belgium’s Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout came out last year.Related: Beer-centric AccessoriesWe can’t tell you how much we love devouring a nice pint of Ben & Jerry’s — Chunky Monkey, Cherry Garcia, Red Velvet, Everything But the Kitchen Sink and all those other mouthwatering flavors that we try to avoid when we’re at our local deli. We also love a nice cold glass of beer — especially after a tough day at the office. So the New Belgium and Ben & Jerry’s Salted Caramel Brown Ale is like a dream come true. Who could refuse dessert in an alcoholic beverage? We certainly can’t. Next fall we’re running straight to our local deli and grabbing a pack of New Belgium and Ben & Jerry’s Salted Caramel Brown Ale.For more information visit newbelgium.com. Why Fresh Hops Are Essentially the Magic Sauce of Craft Beer The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S. 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts Editors’ Recommendations 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider last_img read more

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FEASTING: Best Places for Poutine in America

first_img The Best American Liqueur Editors’ Recommendations The Peached Tortilla’s Fried Rice Recipe Is Just Plain Delicious Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden – Austin, TXIf you’re a beer drinker, you definitely need to check out Banger’s which has more than 100 brews on tap. They also have the largest sausage selection in Austin, but you’re here for the poutine. And their traditional version is spot-on. Thick-cut fries with flavorful gravy and cheese curds is the perfect complement to a duck or antelope sausage.Brooklyn St. Local – DetroitDeveri Gifford and Jason Yates moved from Toronto to Detroit in 2012 to open a restaurant that serves good, honest food in a welcoming environment. And so Brooklyn St. Local was born, and they’re dedicated to sourcing local ingredients from urban farms and using sustainable practices to decrease their environmental footprint as much as possible. There is a poutine for everyone on this menu, from the traditional with beef or mushroom gravy to the breakfast poutine, topped with a sunny-side up egg and bacon or tempeh. There’s even a vegan version for all you veggie folks out there. The Best Food Quotes of All Time (Warning: May Cause Hunger) 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S. If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Feasting is a column dedicated to cooking, grilling, eating and discovering what’s on the menu across America and the world.Whether you grew up eating poutine, call them disco fries or are a newbie to this messy, cheesy Canadian dish, one thing is for certain: these gravy-smothered fries aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. As poutine has made its way down south the last few years, restaurants in different cities across America have been adopting their own versions from the traditional to those topped with things like pork belly and fried eggs. We rounded up some of the best in the country so you can get your poutine fix right now.Mile End Deli – New YorkOpened in January 2010 by Noah Bernamoff, Mile End has always had a simple mission: to produce and serve the Jewish comfort foods of Noah’s Montreal youth. Along with the house-made cured meats and fish and some of the best Matzo ball soup in town, Mile End’s poutine is as legit as it gets. Choose from the traditional with cheese curds and roasted chicken gravy or go all the way and add brisket.P’tit Soleil – Los AngelesDid you know the word “poutine” was often used as slang for “mess” when the dish originated in rural Quebec, back in the 50s? Serving up authentic Quebecois small plates and Canadian beers, this intimate bar is serious about poutine – they have an entire menu dedicated to the dish. Try the traditional or go for one of their specialties like the Poutine Marat with sliced filet mignon, mushrooms and a cognac cream sauce.The Blind Butcher – DallasLocated in Dallas’ Lower Greenville Avenue neighborhood, The Blind Butcher serves up fine quality food in a casual, pub-like setting. And their ultra-rich poutine menu has something for everyone. Vegetarians can enjoy the mushroom variety while carnivores will love digging into the pork belly or duck versions. Add an egg or foie gras to really turn up.Related: Feasting: The Best New Steakhouses in AmericaBottlefork Bar & Kitchen – ChicagoWith an impressive bar program and menu with both big and small plates meant for sharing (even though you might not want to), Bottlefork came in hot last year and is still riding the wave. Their poutine, made with kennebec fries and Wisconsin curds, is toasted under the broiler to get it extra crunchy and gooey before it’s topped with braised beef cheeks for the win. Duckfat – Portland, MEWe love just about everything at Duckfat from their mouthwatering panini to their rich gelato milkshakes. But you can’t leave the restaurant without going in on some of their famous hand-cut Belgian fries, fried in, you guessed it, duck fat. Go all the way and get the poutine, made with locally-sourced cheese curd, duck gravy and fresh chives.last_img read more

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Campaign School Helps Women Enter Politics

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women is holding its sixth Campaign School for Women from Oct. 14 to 16. It will offer a series of workshops to help women interested in running for political office get a realistic look at what it takes to participate in a campaign. “Women often face unique challenges when running for political office,” said Marilyn More, Minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women. “If we’re to increase the number of women in leadership positions, we need to provide all women the support and information they need to successfully engage in the political process.” More than half of Nova Scotia’s population is female, yet women make up only 24 per cent of town and city councillors, 23 per cent of MLAs, and nine per cent of MPs. “We really encourage women to take on the challenge of political leadership,” said Stephanie MacInnis-Langley, executive director of the advisory council. “The campaign school is one way we can motivate more women to participate in politics by providing them with good information from women who have gone through the campaign process themselves.” The non-partisan Campaign School for Women will be held at Mount Saint Vincent University and is open to any Nova Scotia women interested in running for political office. Registration runs until Oct. 4. For more details and to register go to www.women.gov.ns.ca. The Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women is committed to increasing the participation of women in decisions that affect their lives, families and communities. One way women can realize equality, inclusion and empowerment is through direct political involvement.last_img read more

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More funding needed for condoms in fight against HIV UN agency warns

Donor contributions amounted to $223 million in 2007, a mere 5 per cent increase over the 2006 total of $212 million, UNFPA reported yesterday.According to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) report for 2007, some 200 million women globally have an unmet need for effective family planning, and the number of contraceptive users is projected to rise by over 25 per cent over the 2000 figure by 2015.Without concerted national and international efforts, millions will not be able to exercise their reproductive health choices, according to the analysis, Donor Support for Contraceptives and Condoms for STI/HIV Prevention 2007.It shows a six-fold increase in donor investments in the female condom, from nearly $2 million in 2001 to almost $13 million in 2007. Overall, 85 per cent of donor support in 2007 was allocated to three types of supplies: male condoms, oral contraceptives and injectables. Sub-Saharan Africa received 60 per cent of the total, up from less than 50 per cent in 2006, followed by Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and Caribbean, and the Arab States and Eastern Europe, respectively. 3 October 2008Despite a growing need for contraceptives and condoms for HIV prevention, funding has virtually stagnated since 2001 when it peaked at $224 million, according to a new analysis by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). read more

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UN looks to longterm recovery plans after slew of disasters in AsiaPacific

5 October 2009United Nations agencies are mobilizing to provide longer-term recovery aid to a raft of countries in Asia and the Pacific, where a relentless barrage of tropical storms, earthquakes and tsunamis have hit millions of people in recent days. “Within hours after the catastrophes hit, UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) began working in support of national authorities to respond to the immediate humanitarian needs in these countries,” said UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark in Bangkok, where she is holding meetings. “UNDP is now preparing to support countries’ plans for longer-term recovery after waters recede and rubble is cleared,” she added, noting that with rapid support teams had already been sent to Cambodia, Laos and the Philippines, which have been inundated by typhoon-spawned flood waters, and Bhutan, Indonesia, Samoa and Tonga, which were hit by earthquakes and/or subsequent tsunamis. In the Philippines, Typhoon Parma reached the far northern province of Cagayan over the weekend, a week after Typhoon Ketsana (also known as Ondoy) inundated Manila, the capital, and affected more than 3.1 million people. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, (OCHA) said nearly 870,000 people are in more than 720 evacuation shelters. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is mounting a three-month emergency operation. In the Indonesian island of Sumatra the confirmed death toll from three earthquakes last week stands at 603 but is expected to rise significantly, since thousands are trapped and feared dead in the collapsed buildings in Padang, the provincial capital. A nine-member UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team has been deployed there. Nevertheless, nearly 70,000 children have returned to classes in Padang, according to local education authorities, as the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) rushed school supplies to the region, rapidly erecting the first of 250 classroom tents, as part of its initial support to re-starting education, along with school materials and recreational equipment. “This is an important sign that life will return to normal for children affected by this tragedy,” UNICEF Country Representative in Indonesia Angela Kearney said. “Many children I have met amidst the shattered buildings of Padang expressed their fears for the future – they are worried about more shocks, about losing their homes, and about never going back to school again. Today, children can see that schools will re-open, and that they will be able to continue their learning. It’s a first step towards bringing the comfort and reassurance that these children so desperately need.” Food, tents and emergency shelter, medical supplies, hygiene kits, petrol, generators, heavy equipment, water and sanitation assistance, education and post-traumatic counseling have been identified as priority needs in Sumatra. In American Samoa, Samoa and Tonga’s northern island of Niuatoputapu, where more than 120 are now confirmed dead, and waves destroyed homes and public infrastructure including sea walls, hospitals, schools, roads and tourist resorts, UNDP has made available emergency grants to support coordination efforts, a needs assessment and an early recovery plan. After wreaking havoc in the Philippines, Typhoon Ketsana moved into Viet Nam. But with warning of the impending storm, approximately 200,000 people were evacuated by national emergency services. “Early warning saves lives,” Ms. Clark said. “With the increasing impact of climate change, this area of our work will need to grow in order to help those most vulnerable to disasters,” she added. Unexpected floods also wrought havoc in South India. Even Bhutan was not spared from disaster when an earthquake in the east of the remote mountainous country killed 12 people, and damaged nearly 43,500 homes, 89 schools and more than 115 Government offices and 400 monasteries. A joint World Bank and UN damage assessment has begun in two affected districts. read more

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Closing Bell TSX heads higher as US manufacturing data provides optimism beside

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed the session in positive territory on Monday, but well off earlier gains, as trader sentiment improved on good manufacturing numbers out of the U.S.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,370.19 +52.73 +0.43%S&P 500 — 1,444.49 +3.82 +0.27%Dow — 13,515.11 +77.98 +0.58%Nasdaq — 3,113.53 -2.70 -0.09%The S&P/TSX composite index ended ahead 52.73 points to 12,370.19 on the first trading day of the fourth quarter. The main index had moved as much as 135 points higher earlier in the session.The TSX Venture Exchange crept up 4.19 points to 1,338.70, and the Canadian dollar gained 0.05 of a cent to 101.76 cents US.Ben Bernanke defended the Fed’s moves to stimulate the economy in a speech to the Economic Club of Indiana in Indianapolis. He said the Fed’s strategy remains the same, and that it needs to drive down borrowing rates because the economy isn’t growing fast enough to reduce high unemployment.The state of the U.S. economy has been a persistent concern, though the latest data from the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of U.S. purchasing managers, offered a little relief. The index of factory activity rose to 51.5 in September, up from 49.6 in August. A reading above 50 signals expansion and below indicates contraction.“You are going to see some signs of encouragement from that, but at the same time exports are still shrinking,” said Gavin Graham, president of Graham Investment Strategy Ltd.China’s Purchasing Managers’ Index for September came in at 49.8, marking a further contraction in activity in the region. Meanwhile, the eurozone’s manufacturing sector experienced a better month, though its September PMI still contracted for the 14th consecutive month.“If the weakness in China and Europe continues, those are major markets for the U.S., it’s going to be difficult for it to disclose strength,” Graham added.Also, the results of an independent audit of 14 Spanish banks were released after the market close on Friday and showed lenders need an extra 60-billion euros in capital. The figure is roughly as expected and well within the 100-billion euros in rescue loans that Madrid can get from fellow eurozone countries to help the banks.But there were still concerns that Moody’s ratings agency could downgrade Spain’s debt rating to junk status.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials rose 77.98 points to 13,515.11. The Nasdaq composite index slid 2.70 points to 3,113.53 and the S&P 500 index was up 3.82 points to 1,444.49.In commodities, November crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 29 cents to US$92.48 a barrel. The TSX energy sector was up 1.3%.The gold sector moved higher as December gold bullion increased $9.40 to US$1,783.30 an ounce, while December copper was up 2.8 cents at US$3.79 a pound.In Canadian corporate developments, Magna International Inc. said it has signed a deal to buy Ixetic Verwaltungs GmbH, a manufacturer of automotive vacuum, engine and transmission pumps for $308-million. The company also said a subsidiary has signed a deal with a joint-venture partner to buy the remaining 50% stake in STT Technologies, a supplier of transmission and engine oil pumps. Shares of Magna rose 1.8%, or 76 cents, to $43.27.Wi-LAN Inc. said it has bought a portfolio of more than 150 patents and patent applications from Alvarion Ltd. for $19-million. Its shares were down two cents to $5.51.Agrium Inc. shares rose nearly 1.7% to $103.69 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. In New York, the stock shot up 2.1% to US$105.53. An investor pushing for changes at Agrium laid out its case publicly for the first time on Monday, arguing it could add US$50 to the Canadian fertilizer company’s share price.And two Canadian companies made changes to their top positions.Molson Coors Brewing Co. appointed a new chief executive to head its Canadian operations while merging its U.K. business with the recently acquired StarBev. Its shares were off 5%, or $2.45, at $42.55.SNC-Lavalin’s chief executive made his first speech while in the new role. Robert Card said he is keeping all options open as he looks to regain investor confidence in the embattled engineering and construction company. Shares fell 35 cents to $37.60.Here’s the news investors were watching today:David Rosenberg shares his 4 favourite investments right nowFed to keep rates low even after economic rebound: BernankeGoogle beats Microsoft’s market value to become second-largest tech firmLIVE: World’s best investors share their best picksON DECK TUESDAYECONOMIC NEWSReserve Bank of Australia announces interest rate decision CANADAThe International Economic Forum of the Americas presents the 6th annual Toronto Global Forum UNITED STATES7:45 a.m.ICSC same-store sales CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESThe Mosaic Company Q1 earnings: Analysts expect $1.16 a share read more

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UN rights expert reports widespread and systematic torture in Brazil jails

Sir Nigel Rodley, Special Rapporteur on the question of torture, told the current session of the Commission that abuses took place in a majority of the places he had visited during a trip to Brazil last August and September and, “as far as indirect testimonies presented to me from reliable sources suggest, in most other parts of the country.” Mr. Rodley said torture and similar ill-treatment were found at all phases of detention, arrest, preliminary and other provisional detention, and in penitentiaries and institutions for juvenile offenders. “It does not happen to all or everywhere,” he continued. “Mainly it happens to poor, black criminal suspects accused of having committed petty crimes or small-scale drug distribution.” The expert welcomed Brazil’s decision to hold a conference of officials responsible for the administration of justice on the need to apply the 1997 Law against Torture. He also welcomed plans to launch this month a public awareness campaign, including the setting up of a national telephone hotline to receive allegations of torture. Yesterday, the 53-member Commission, which is the UN’s main human rights body, began its debate on the rights of the child, hearing from Olara Otunnu, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict. In his statement, Mr. Otunnu welcomed the fact that war-affected children had been placed high on the international political agenda in recent. At the same time he stressed that there was still a gap between the commitments made by warring parties to protect children in armed clashes and the ugly reality faced by young people in such situations.Voicing concern about what he saw as “worrying trends,” he drew attention to the looting of natural resources — a “theft of children’s birthright,” as he put it — and the increasing cross-border recruitment of young people. The proliferation of small arms and light weapons was also as a major problem, he said, noting that “these weapons kill, maim and injure,” and force children to grow up in a culture of violence.Mr. Otunnu urged the international community to pay attention to areas of particular vulnerability among war-affected children, including the special needs of girls, the internally displaced, the provision of education for war-affected youth, the rapid spread of HIV/AIDS in the corridors of armed conflict, the impact of sanctions, and the liberation of abducted young boys and girls. read more

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In The Hague Annan holds talks on finalizing Cyprus deal

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today met with the Greek Cypriot leader, Tassos Papadopoulos, and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash, in The Hague in a last-minute bid to gain approval of a plan that would enable a united Cyprus to join the European Union next month.On 28 February, the Secretary-General had asked the two parties to come to The Hague to tell him whether or not they are ready to enter into a binding commitment to putting a revised plan for a comprehensive settlement to separate simultaneous referenda on 30 March.In an opinion piece published today in the International Herald Tribune, the Secretary-General stressed that an “opportunity beckons” for the two parties to settle the Cyprus issue. “At a time of tension and discord in the world, the Christian Greek Cypriots and the Muslim Turkish Cypriots have a rendezvous with history – a chance for Cyprus to be transformed from a seemingly insoluble international problem to a beacon of international hope,” he wrote. “No one says that re-unification will be easy, but everyone knows that continued division will be much harder.”This morning, the Secretary-General met first with Mr. Papadopoulos at the Peace Palace of The Hague, and then held talks with Mr. Denktash. Before leaving the Palace at the end of the morning session, Mr. Annan met again with the Under Secretary-General of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ugur Ziyal, who he had already met with yesterday.Consultations among the various parties are to continue at the Peace Palace in the afternoon.In other news from The Hague, the Secretary-General, after his arrival yesterday, met with Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, Jordan’s Ambassador to the UN who serves as the President of the Assembly of the States Parties to the Rome Statutes of the International Criminal Court (ICC), for discussions on various issues relating to the tribunal, which is to be inaugurated tomorrow in The Hague.The Secretary-General, along with Queen Beatrice of the Netherlands and scores of world leaders, will attend the ICC’s inaugural session at the Hall of Knights. During the ceremonies, Prince Al-Hussein will swear in the Court’s 18 elected judges. read more

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UN study proposes new guidelines for corporate reporting on environment labour rights

A “carrots and sticks” approach coupling mandatory regulation with voluntary standards will lead to better reporting by corporations of their performance in non-financial areas such as environmental protection, labour standards, human rights and anti-corruption measures, according to a new United Nations study released today.“It is clear that regulation by itself cannot provide all the answers,” UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner told an international conference in Amsterdam at the launch of new guidelines for reporting on key elements of the UN Global Compact, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s six-year-old initiative to advance good corporate citizenship and responsible globalization.“It needs to be balanced by appropriate market measures and voluntary action. There is both a public and a business case for non-financial disclosure and sustainability reporting in particular,” he added of the report – Carrots and Sticks for Starters – jointly prepared by UNEP and Global Sustainability Services of KPMG, a worldwide network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax, and Advisory services.The study gives an overview and analysis of current trends and approaches in mandatory and voluntary standards for so-called sustainability reporting and corporate responsibility. It argues that balanced regulation should highlight the importance of a publicly recognized set of performance indicators and stresses the need for independent verification, stakeholder engagement, and the role of government in enforcing a level playing field and introducing incentives such as relieving reporting companies from obligations to report separately to individual government departments.“The idea of a sustainability report is still a novelty in many parts of the world,” Mr. Steiner said. “We still have some basic, foundational work to do in introducing to thousands of large companies the value of systematically quantifying non-financial performance, using it as a management tool and communicating about it publicly.” The new guidelines, introduced at the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Conference, make reporting simpler and include requirements to describe management approaches and progress. Their online format is aimed to make reported information more easily comparable for investors and financial analysts.“Accountability and transparency are vital ingredients for gaining public confidence and a societal ‘license to operate’”, Mr. Steiner said. “From the global to the local, agreed frameworks for reporting are the basis upon which we build in moving closer to achieving these objectives. The GRI has played a leading role in helping all of us in addressing this challenge.” read more

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Specialist car manufacturing showcased at SMMT

Specialist car manufacturing is a unique part of the UK motor industry. Later today, SMMT will launch a report that demonstrates the value of the UK’s unique low volume car manufacturing industry, highlighting some of the challenges these companies face and, importantly, the opportunities for growth that can be achieved.Producing some of the world’s most iconic and prestigious brands, the UK is leading the way in product design and innovation. A cross-section of these brands is on show in SMMT’s Westminster exhibition area.Aston Martin One-77In a culmination of the marque’s know-how, Aston Martin has produced the One-77. As the most advanced and expensive Aston Martin ever made, the One-77 combines high technology with hand-built craftsmanship to demonstrate the unique capabilities of the company’s designers and engineers.With a super lightweight rigid carbon fibre structural core, the supercar weights just 1,630kg, boasting a 220mph-plus top speed and a 0-62mph time of under 3.7 seconds courtesy of the UK-engineered V12 engine that generates 750bhp.McLaren Automotive Carbon MonoCellThe carbon fibre chassis tub of the MP4-12C, the first production car wholly designed and built by McLaren since the F1 supercar.The ‘MonoCell’ represents the first time that such a lightweight, safe and strong structure has been available on a series production car in its market segment.Morgan Electric Plus EThe Plus E concept car bears all the classic design features and styling cues of the Plus 8, except the electric Plus E is fitted with a Zytec electric motor and a lithium ion battery. Aiming to create a zero tailpipe emission vehicle that delivers as much driving pleasure as possible.The project has been achieved through aluminium fabrication specialist Radshape paying particular attention to retaining chassis stiffness and weight distribution to ensure excellent dynamics and ride quality.Radical SR3 SLCombining the proven chassis and aerodynamic experience of the LMP-pace SR3 RS, with a Ford turbocharged EcoBoost engine, the Radical SR3 SL is fully road legal and the safest car of its type. Epitomising UK engineering expertise and innovation, the Radical features lightning-quick 80ms gear changes powered by Formula One style paddleshift.Incredible precision comes courtesy of the bespoke adjustable dampers, developed specifically for the car’s unique race proven suspension arrangement and fully floating 28mm disc brakes front and rear to provide incredible stopping power.To find out more about the diverse specialist car manufacturers in the UK, download SMMT’s new report that traces the uniquely British success story, available via www.smmt.co.uk later today.Click through the slideshow below to see all the photos from SMMT’s exhibition space.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Three men charged with Wormwood Scrubs stabbing

first_imgThree prisoners have been charged with murder over the stabbing of an inmate at Wormwood Scrubs prison.Khader Saleh, 25, died at the category B jail in west London on Wednesday after he was found in another prisoner’s cell with multiple stab wounds.The Metropolitan Police said Ahmed Khyre, 21, Kalif Dibbassey, 21, and Enton Marku, 20, who are all inmates at the prison, have been charged with the murder.The three men will appear at the Old Bailey on Tuesday.A 23-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder has been released under investigation.Scotland Yard said officers were called on Wednesday afternoon to reports of a male with stab injuries at the jail.Saleh, a father of one, was pronounced dead at the scene despite the efforts of paramedics.Saleh’s death came after a report by the prison’s Independent Monitoring Board described it as “a dangerous environment for staff and prisoners alike, with multiple violent incidents on most days”.The report, published last November, said that, despite “serious efforts”, the prison remained a “dangerous place”, with 40-50 violent incidents in a typical month.At the time the report was written, the prison was “consistently” short of staff, it added. 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.last_img read more

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Selfdeclared property tax valuations to be returned by end of May

first_imgTHE REVENUE COMMISSIONERS has announced further details of how the new property tax will be levied – including details of the deadlines by which declarations of the value of a home will have to be returned.Revenue has this morning confirmed that the value of the tax to be paid this year will be based on the self-assessed value of a home on May 1 – with paper filing of returns due by May 7, and online filing due by May 28.The National Property Price Register and current property sales listings have been recommended as a way for householders to estimate the current market value of their homes.Revenue also hopes to publish an online interactive guide to indicate prospective property prices at its website, www.revenue.ie, this weekend.Revenue chairwoman Josephine Feehily this morning said there may be some initial errors in the rollout of the charge, as it does not have any existing comprehensive record of properties in the country, meaning a “small minority” of households may have forms posted to them in error.“This could occur, for example, where a son or daughter paid the Household Charge on behalf of a parent and the Household Charge system connected the property to the payer rather than the owner,” she said.Householders who receive a mail from the Revenue on the charge, but who are not the owner of the property being referred to, have been advised to contact Revenue immediately so that the property’s true owner can be contacted instead.“An essential feature of self-assessment is the presumption of honesty – the same as all other taxes.  When we say where Revenue’s guidance is used honestly we will accept the valuation submitted we mean just that.”Finance minister Michael Noonan has previously indicated that householders who underdeclare their value of their homes, in order to reduce their tax liability, will be forced to pay arrears tax if the house is sold on.The purchaser of a new property will be obliged to inform the Revenue Commissioners if the price they paid for the home is significantly less than the Revenue’s valuation – which will be part-determined by entries to the National Property Price Register – in order to avoid extra liabilities themselves.Read: Tánaiste defends changes to maternity benefit, property taxMore: This is what the new Local Property Tax form will look like…last_img read more

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Hurricane Dorian Trump warns it could be an absolute monster as Florida

first_img Friday 30 Aug 2019, 9:01 AM pic.twitter.com/ufd7tsGyAx— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2019 Aug 30th 2019, 9:01 AM Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter A Nasa satellite tracks the storm as it moves towards the US. Source: Twitter/NasaUNSURE WHERE HURRICANE Dorian is going to land over a bank holiday weekend, many Florida residents faced a sense of helplessness as they prepared for what President Donald Trump said could be an “absolute monster” of a storm.“All indications are it’s going to hit very hard and it’s going to be very big,” Trump said in a video he tweeted yesterday evening, comparing Dorian to Hurricane Andrew, which devastated South Florida in 1992.The National Hurricane Center said the Category 2 storm is expected to strengthen into a potentially catastrophic Category 4 with winds of 209 km/h and slam into the US on Monday somewhere between the Florida Keys and southern GeorgiaThat represents a 805km stretch, which reflects the high degree of uncertainty this far out.“If it makes landfall as a Category 3 or 4 hurricane, that’s a big deal,” said University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy. “A lot of people are going to be affected. A lot of insurance claims.”With the storm’s track still unclear, no immediate mass evacuations were ordered.Along Florida’s east coast, local governments began distributing sandbags, shoppers rushed to stock up on food, plywood and other emergency supplies at supermarkets and hardware stores, and motorists topped off their tanks and filled petrol cans. Some fuel shortages were reported in the Cape Canaveral area.Josefine Larrauri, a retired translator, went to a Publix supermarket in Miami only to find empty shelves in the water section.“I feel helpless because the whole coast is threatened,” she said. “What’s the use of going all the way to Georgia if it can land there?” There’s an increasing chance for #Dorian to bring a triple-threat of dangers to the Florida east coast…🌊life-threatening storm surge🌬️devastating hurricane-force winds🌧️heavy rainsThe onset of tropical storm force winds could be as soon as Saturday evening.Prepare NOW. pic.twitter.com/Moes49tcyu— National Weather Service (@NWS) August 29, 2019 Hurricane Dorian: Trump warns it could be ‘an absolute monster’ as Florida prepares for storm The storm could hit the US with winds of up to 209 km/h. 25 Comments 27,949 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL By Associated Press In Vero Beach, about 225 km up the coast from Miami, Lauren Harvey, 51, scoured the aisles of a nearby supermarket in search for non-perishable food items that could last her throughout the storm.Harvey, who works in medical billing, is going through a divorce and recently moved from the Philadelphia-area. She said she is not sure what to expect and is preparing to spend her very first hurricane alone.“I just moved here, so I’m lost,” she said , after grabbing a couple of water bottles from a scantly-stocked shelf. “I don’t know what I’m going to do.”Tiffany Miranda of Miami Springs waited well over 30 minutes in line at BJ’s Wholesale Club in Hialeah to buy hurricane supplies. Some 50 vehicles were bumper-to-bumper, waiting to fill up at the store’s 12 gas pumps.“You never know with these hurricanes. It could be good, it could be bad. You just have to be prepared,” she said. Source: National Weather Service/Twitter As of Thursday evening, Dorian was centred about 475 km east of the Bahamas, its winds blowing at 169 km/h as it moved northwest at 19 km/h.It is expected to pick up steam as it pushes out into warm waters with favourable winds, the University of Miami’s McNoldy said, adding: “Starting (Friday), it really has no obstacles left in its way.”The National Hurricane Center’s projected track had the storm blowing ashore midway along the Florida peninsula, southeast of Orlando and well north of Miami or Fort Lauderdale. But because of the difficulty of predicting its course this far ahead, the “cone of uncertainty” covered nearly the entire state.Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency, clearing the way to bring in more fuel and call out the National Guard if necessary, and Georgia’s governor followed suit.Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Norwegian began rerouting their cruise ships. Major airlines began allowing travelers to change their reservations without a fee.The US hurricane season typically peaks between mid-August and late October.  https://jrnl.ie/4788526 Share31 Tweet Email4 last_img read more

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Police scientifique révéler des empreintes digitales très anciennes

first_imgPolice scientifique : révéler des empreintes digitales très anciennesUtilisant les nanotechnologies, des chercheurs australiens ont mis au point une nouvelle technique pour récupérer, sur des pièces à conviction anciennes, des empreintes digitales exploitables. En collaboration avec leur collègues de l’Université de Canberra, avec la police fédérale australienne et avec la Northern Illinois University (États-Unis), les scientifiques de l’Université de Technologie de Sydney estiment avoir réussi une première mondiale : utiliser les nanotechnologies pour détecter des empreintes digitales sèches et tenues, qui ne sont pas révélées par les techniques traditionnelles. Ce qui, à terme, pourrait aider la police à rouvrir des affaires non résolues, en détectant les empreintes digitales de tout âge sur n’importe quelle surface.À lire aussiDes nanocubes d’ADN pour délivrer des médicamentsComme certaines techniques déjà existantes, le nouveau procédé cible les acides aminés, des molécules couramment présentes dans la sueur, et donc dans la plupart des empreintes digitales. Mais les nouveaux traitements chimiques basés sur la nanotechnologie révèlent, sur des échantillons dégradés, des détails beaucoup plus nets.”Si nous obtenons quelque chose qui fonctionne vraiment bien (…), il y aura toujours cette possibilité de l’utiliser (…) sur les anciens éléments de preuve qui ont pu traîner pendant un bon moment. Je pense donc que c’est quelque chose qui va vraiment repousser les limites, et nous espérons obtenir de plus nombreuses et de meilleures empreintes digitales, et accroître ainsi le taux de cas résolus”, explique le Dr Xanthe Spindler.Le 13 juin 2011 à 15:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Marco Silva has faith in young footballers

first_imgThe Everton manager believes that youngsters are the team’s future and he will give them as many chances as he can.Everton manager Marco Silva played with three 21-year-olds on the FA Cup victory over Lincoln City.And the coach believes the youngsters are the future of the club.“It is part of growing the squad and part of growing individual players,” Silva told the team’s official website.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“It is impossible a player who is 21-years old knows everything about the game, has all the details and control of everything in each moment of the match.”“But playing games will give these types of things to them, I don’t have doubts about that,” he added.“It [the squad’s average age] is one more detail [in developing for a strong future]. In some moments of matches, you can see there is not big experience and our XI is a bit younger but it shows us we have the conditions to grow.”last_img read more

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Thoughts on Evolving Publishings Content Strategy to Leverage Social Media

first_img[EDITOR’S NOTE: You can read the complete version of this post on McCarthy’s blog here.]The evolution and dispersal of social media tools creates the opportunity to rethink the traditional content publishing model for media brands.That’s the conclusion I’ve come to after puzzling through the different ways we create editorial content, the ways that we engage with customers in a market and the opportunities to leverage that engagement for the advantage of our advertisers.The dichotomy I’ve zeroed in on is the difference between Creating and Sharing. The best model for the future of an editorially-driven businesses will benefit from increasing the focus on Sharing and sacrificing some of the focus on Creating. Social Media Tools Can Drive Process ChangeThe driver for this transition is the relative ease of use and ubiquity of social media tools. These tools make it easy for anyone to create and distribute digital content. If you can turn on a computer and type, you can set up a blog; if you can take a photo, you can post it to Flckr; if you can use a FlipVideo, you can publishto YouTube.The use of social media tools by consumers is incredibly well-documented and is a critical plot element in the story line about the disintermediation of traditional media. Consumers are creating content and sharing content: in June alone more than one billion links, photos, videos and posts were shared on Facebook.But there’s been virtually no discussion about how social media tools can be used to help transform traditional publishing operations.One reason for this absence of dialogue may be the technical focus on content-tool innovation on the web. Over the past 20 years, the development of the web has been the purview of technologists who have revolutionized the concept of media. What has developed, however, is a media platform that creates more depth, dimensionality and interaction than any other media platform that has come before it. [The media proposition on the Internet is able to wholly close the commercial loop, moving from awareness, intent and transaction without having to shift from one media to another, or even having to move from one place to another.]Some observers have posited that we are moving into a postdigtal age, where technological innovations become secondary to the primacy of social imperatives—the needs and abilities of people—in structuring the processes that will drive the next generation of media.The Application of Social Media to a Traditional Publishing EnvironmentWhen you think about social media as a set of tools that can enhance your interaction with the marketplace, you find yourself answering a new set of questions. The focus is not on how to handle media displacement, it’s on how to integrate the tools into your workflow so that you can be in touch with an audience in multiple ways across multiple platforms with minimal extra cost.This is a reinvention that is about increasing the relevance of your core assets, not of protecting your legacy business.Click here to read the rest of McCarthy’s post.last_img read more

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See Post Malone Bebe Rexha And More In The Audience At The

first_img 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List Record Of The Year 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees See Post Malone, Bebe Rexha And More In The Audience At The 2019 GRAMMYs Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? Prev Next Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist 2019 GRAMMY Awards Audience | Photo Gallery From Bebe Rexha’s luscious dress to Post Malone’s swerve and news friends like Kelsea Ballerini and Anna Kendrick, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite candid shots from the audience during Music’s Biggest Night you don’t want to miss.Related: Shaggy To Weird Al: 2019 GRAMMYs Premiere Ceremony In PhotosThe 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards broadcast live on the CBS Television Network from 8–11 p.m. ET/5–8 p.m. PT.The Hottest 2019 GRAMMYs Red Carpet Looks In Photos Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery From Post Malone to Bebe Rexha, Anda Day and more, see your favorite artists in the audience during the 61st GRAMMY AwardsGRAMMYs Feb 10, 2019 – 7:15 pm If you want to know what it’s like to be in the audience at the 61st GRAMMY Awards, maybe photos of your favorite artists will give you an idea. Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained 2019 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Photo: studioEAST/Getty Images Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? Read more 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers Twitter Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? See Artists In The Audience At The 2019 GRAMMYs see-post-malone-bebe-rexha-and-more-audience-2019-grammys Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images 2019 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images News Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery Email Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures 61st GRAMMY Awards Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Record Of The Year 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs 2019 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage Photo: studioEAST/Getty Images Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures Record Of The Year 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees Photo: studioEAST/Getty Images Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? 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Houston Filmmakers Address Islamophobia in New Movie

first_imgListen – / 8The lobby of the River Oaks Theater was packed with people who were dressed to the nines on Thursday night for the red carpet premiere of Roxanne, a movie shot in Houston by two local filmmakers.“Roxanne is basically a film about the effect of current Islamophobia,” explains Syed Atif Ali, who directed and co-wrote the film with producer Shahid Iqbal. The main character, Rokhsana, is  a college student who Americanizes her name to “Roxanne” after moving to Houston from Pakistan.But the plot thickens from there.“Roxanne happens to like a white boy and he happens to be the son of a senator,” says Iqbal. “So that’s the twist in the movie.”The senator is a staunch conservative who is afraid that his campaign will suffer if people find out his son has a Muslim girlfriend. Iqbal and Ali use the hypothetical scenario as a way to show how misunderstanding a culture can lead to hate.Ali turned that into his motivation.“There are depictions of Pakistanis, in particular, in a negative connotation in movies made by Hollywood or other mediums,” Ali says. “Which was one of the main reasons why we decided to tell our story through our own vision.”After the movie, a crowd of people hung around to socialize, meet the cast and get some cake. Observing all the commotion from the side is a smiling, petite woman named Nayyar Ali. She was born in India but has been a U.S. citizen since 1976. She’s also well aware of the stereotypes attached to being Muslim. “Everybody thinks people who are following Islam are corrupt, deceitful and terrorists,” she says.But others – like audience members Ali Iqbal and Narius Irani– say the current climate locally and nationally isn’t as hostile to Muslims as the story implies.  “I just don’t believe in any of those things that are portrayed the way they were portrayed,” Iqbal says. “I’m just a die-hard American. I came with the proper legal citizenship. I think that’s how everybody should enter the country.”Irani shared similar feelings.  “I know the movie was made to make people aware of what’s going on here… which, yes, I’m sure there’s a lot of it going on, but it’s not that bad, in my opinion,” he says.Audience members can decide for themselves at a second screening of Roxanne at the University of Houston on Monday, November 7, at 6 p.m. inside the Student Center Theater. There will be an additional showing at the same location on Tuesday night at 7. X 00:00 /02:28 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

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Concert Review Taylor Swift Dazzles at Mostly ControversyFree Amazon Prime Day Concert

first_imgWith a lineup consisting of Taylor Swift, SZA, Dua Lipa and Becky G, it’s safe to say that Amazon was looking to make an impression with their concert celebrating their Prime Day sale (which takes place next week). While the company went big last year with a special Ariana Grande set at a Brooklyn warehouse, this one was something else entirely.The show, which was livestreamed to all 200 million Amazon Prime members across the globe, saw New York’s dowdy Hammerstein Ballroom tricked out to the hilt, with a gigantic video screen spanning the entire front of the ballroom — and eye-popping visuals ranging from digital effects to sprawling nature scenes — and a stage that was a light show in itself. There were fireworks and steam blasts and eye-popping lights and showers of confetti and streamers falling from the ceiling — framing, of course, performances from four of the most dynamic pop-leaning female artists working today, including the towering titan of pop herself, Taylor. The evening was hosted by actress Jane Lynch and the entire show is available to stream for an unspecified period for Prime members. Telluride Film Review: Christian Bale and Matt Damon in ‘Ford v Ferrari’ Locarno Film Review: ‘Days of the Bagnold Summer’ Throughout her elaborate nine-song set, Swift strode the stage like the colossus she is, her long legs tucked into clomping high-heeled ankle boots that probably elevated her already towering height to 6’6” — as if she weren’t already larger than life. Her stadium-sized moves were scaled down for the 2,200-capacity Hammerstein, but her presence remains a dazzling burst of light, her blonde hair and thousand-watt smile and sparkling shirt and short shorts and the bigness of her music combining to create such a large life force that it’s almost like looking into the sun. Accompanied by a six-piece band, four singer-dancers and a flower-and-light-bedecked backdrop, Swift focused the tight setlist on her pop-era material, opening with the recent hit “Me!” and following with “Blank Space.” She then dipped back to 2012’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” and even the decade-old “Love Story.”“I wrote this song in my bedroom when I was 17,” she said of the latter track during one of several friendly asides to the audience. “I had no idea it would change my life.” CREDIT: Joseph Llanes More Reviews She then mixed the old and new with an acoustic take on 2014’s “Welcome to New York” and an acoustic intro for “Delicate.” The set came in for a landing with “Style” and the live debut of her most recent single “You Need to Calm Down,” before concluding with an extended take on “Shake It Off” amid a shower of sparks, streamers and confetti. ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Popular on Variety The starpower of the evening’s lineup was underlined by the fact that the 2019 Best New Artist Grammy winner, Dua Lipa, performed first. Clad in big shoes, baggy faded jeans and a fuzzy halter, she and her four dancers bounced through a dance-heavy set, performing her hits with Calvin Harris (“One Kiss”) and Silk City (“Electricity”) along with three tracks from her debut album — maybe possibly suggesting that her forthcoming sophomore album will be dancefloor-oriented as well. Becky G, rocking a baggy bright orange ensemble, bounded through a five-song set of entirely Spanish-language reggaeton — including the controversial “Mayores,” about having a proclivity for older men — although the L.A. native spoke to the crowd in unaccented American English. CREDIT: Pixie Levins However, the high energy of the previous sets, the sensory overload of the venue and the building Swift anticipation worked against SZA a bit, as her sultry, lower-key brand of R&B required some mood adjustment from the crowd. Wearing a bright yellow pair of baggy pants and a big beige jacket (clearly, baggy was the sartorial theme of the evening’s performers, except for Swift), she ambled unhurriedly through four songs from her Grammy-winning 2017 full-length “Ctrl,” along with the cover of Sixpence None the Richer’s 1997 hit “Kiss Me” that she’s been including in her live sets this year. She was in strong voice and had won over most of the crowd by the time her set concluded with “Love Galore.” And although there was never any question about who was throwing this invite-only party for select Prime members and various media and industry elite — Amazon logos and signage were everywhere, and between the performances there were essentially live and pre-taped commercials (mostly for Amazon streaming TV series and other offerings) taking place onstage or the video screens — the promotion never touched the performances themselves beyond the occasional “Thank you, Amazon.” It must have cost millions, but if the company was looking to double down on its recent efforts to connect with music fans, it succeeded.Anyway, the show. Despite the formidable starpower of the bill, all eyes were on Swift, who was performing her first concert in the run-up to her forthcoming “Lover” album, due next month, and of course her first since the controversy around Justin Bieber manager Scooter Braun’s purchase of Big Machine Records and Swift’s back catalog. To get the obvious questions out of the way: She didn’t bring out any special guests or play any unreleased songs (although we did get the live debut of “You Need to Calm Down”), and although some fans and media outlets noted that Swift “seemed to really emphasize” the “Shake It Off” lyrics about “the liars and the dirty, dirty cheats in the world” and concluded that the five-year-old line was directed at Braun and Big Machine founder Scott Borchetta, there were no comments about masters or scooters or anything overt (judge for yourself below). And as attendees filed out shortly before midnight, many holding free limited-edition Swift posters commemorating the evening, it was hard not to think that Amazon’s biggest challenge — after such a star-studded, glitch-free and memorable evening — may be how on earth they will top it next year.last_img read more

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