Awkwafina to star in animated film Raya and the Last Dragon

first_imgAnaheim: Actress Awkwafina is all set to reunite with “Crazy Rich Asians” co-writer Adele Lim to bring to life an animated film “Raya and the Last Dragon”. Walt Disney Animation Studios on Saturday announced a new film “Raya and the Last Dragon” with Awkwafina as Susi the Dragon and Cassie Steele as Raya. Jennifer Lee, Chief Creative Officer at Walt Disney Animation Studios, made the announcement at Disney’s biennial fan expo D23 here. Directors Paul Briggs and Dean Wellins, producer Osnat Shurer and writer Lim joined Lee on stage to set up the film, which introduces Raya, a lone warrior from the fantasy kingdom of Kumandra who teams up with a crew of misfits in her quest to find the Last Dragon and bring light and unity back to their world. Inspired by the beautiful and diverse cultures of Southeast Asia, the film will also explore themes of community and hope. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka The fans, who had gathered at the session at the D23 Expo, got a chance to get a look at the new film, and watch a three-minute clip. Awkwafina is excited to lend her voice to Sisu, the Last Dragon, who was left on Earth in case dark forces return to the world, and Cassie Steele voices the lead character, Raya. The three-minute clip, which was shown at the session, highlights that the fantasy has strong influence on the cultures of Southeast Asia, but the movie is set in a mythical land. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna “Our world was created by dragons, before they left they hid a gift for the people. A powerful but dangerous gift. One that could save an entire kingdom or bring it to an end. The question is what will we find? Hope of destruction?,” said the narrator in the video. The crowd went crazy when Steel and Awkwafina walked onto the stage. Awkwafina said she likes the way she looks in her animated form as the dragon. “That’s me up there. I look good right? I like the hair. I look splendiferous,” she said. Awkwafina and Steele elaborated a little more about Sisu and Raya. “Raya is ready to meet a magical water being who breathes fog through her nose, flies by riding the raindrops, and has a gem that channels this amazing huge power,” says Steele. To this, Awkwafina added: “When Raya first meets (her), she’s in human form and needs Raya’s help to reclaim her power to become her true dragon self.” The fantasy-action-adventure “Raya and the Last Dragon” will open in the US on November 25, 2020.last_img read more

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Oppositions efforts to topple Somali Government must not succeed – Ban

The spike in attacks by insurgents comes “at a time when the Government is making concrete progress towards fulfilling its transitional agenda, which the population has increasingly welcomed,” Mr. Ban wrote in his latest report on the situation in Somalia.“The attempts by elements opposed to peace and stability to seize power by force from the legally constituted and internationally recognized Government must not be allowed to succeed,” he said, adding that the authorities must be enabled to “exercise its authority countrywide for the sake of the Somali people.”Insurgent groups, such as Al-Shabaab, have stepped up their strategy to intimidate the Somali people, including through methods such as “high gain” assassinations and arrests of clan elders, some of whom have been murdered.On 19 June, Omar Hashi Aden, the Minister of National Security, was killed in a large-scale suicide car bombing in Beletweyne in central Somalia.Additionally, Somali militants raided two UN compounds on Monday, stealing equipment and vehicles and forcing the world body to close down one of its operations in the violence-wracked country.In spite of the violence, the Secretary-General commended efforts by President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and the unity government to engage with opposition groups not taking part in the Djibouti peace process.“However, these engagements have proved to be challenging owing to the inflexibility on the part of hardline insurgents,” he noted.But despite such setbacks, he said that “the Government has continuously reiterated its readiness to broaden its base by including those opposition groups that renounce violence.”Mr. Ban appealed to the international community not to back down on its support for Somalia in the face of the recent uptick in fighting, urging the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the African Union (AU) to press ahead with encouraging opposition groups to work towards peace in Somalia.He also called on Member States to support the boosting of the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) so that it can reach its authorized troop strength of 8,000.“For the Government to increase its legitimacy and to broaden its base, we must invest in building the capacity of the security institutions and improve its capability to deliver public services and employment opportunities,” the report noted.Further, increasing employment opportunities for youth and enhancing the livelihoods of Somalis will also have “a positive impact on the hearts and minds of ordinary Somalis,” it said.The recent escalation in violence has worsened the already dire humanitarian situation in the country, the Secretary-General wrote, paying tribute to aid workers operating under an ever-more hostile environment.“Their sacrifices to save Somali victims do not go unnoticed,” he underscored.According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), more than 200,000 people have fled the capital, Mogadishu, since early May, when the Al-Shabaab and Hisb-ul-Islam militant groups launched attacks against Government forces in the capital. In the past fortnight alone, about 20,000 people have fled their homes.The newly displaced join another 400,000 Somalis in the Afgooye corridor, a congested strip of land that runs southwest from Mogadishu and is packed with makeshift shelters.“The civilian population is bearing the brunt of the conflict in Somalia,” Mr. Ban wrote in the report. “It is imperative that all measures be taken to protect the civilians, in particular, the most vulnerable.”On the issue of piracy off Somalia’s coast, Mr. Ban expressed his gratitude to all nations and regional organizations which have ensured that UN World Food Programme (WFP) and UN-contracted ships are able to deliver vital humanitarian aid to Somalia, and he also urged other countries to join in the effort.The world body will also help with the prosecution of the pirates while simultaneously enhancing Somalia’s coast guard and judicial system, he said. 23 July 2009Repeated attempts to overthrow Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) are a source of deep concern, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a new report, calling on the international community to continue its support for the struggling Horn of Africa nation. read more

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UN aid agencies step up supplies in Iraq but concerned over Baghdads

A small UN humanitarian assessment team went to the southern Iraqi port of Um Qasr to make a first evaluation of local water, sanitation and food needs, as well as the condition of the port there, which could be a major point for bringing in supplies.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) was sending six trucks to the outskirts of south Basra as part of its biggest convoy to date and the first time its operation has reached so far into the country, while a 19-truck World Food Programme (WFP) convoy with 475 tons of badly needed wheat flour was heading toward northern Iraq from Turkey.In all, 11 trucks under contract to UNICEF from local Kuwaiti operators were making their way across the southern border with supplies for the towns of Safwan, Zubair and the southern fringes of Basra, including much needed water and emergency health kits, UNICEF spokesperson Wivina Belmonte told the daily briefing in Amman, Jordan, on UN humanitarian activities.She said drivers from an earlier convoy to Zubair had a list of over 50 medicines that a health worker at the local hospital said children there needed. The health kit in today’s delivery would provide drugs for 10,000 people for three months. The challenge was to get the aid to the children who needed it, wherever they may be in Iraq, she added. Another 12 trucks were expected to reach northern Iraq from Turkey tomorrow, she said, while the WFP reported that its consignment was especially needed because the three Kurdish provinces there had not received their wheat flour rations in March.Noting reports that Baghdad’s electrical grid had gone down, Ms. Belmonte stressed UNICEF’s concern with the water situation there. “We saw how quickly the humanitarian situation deteriorated in Basra, when electricity was cut there,” she said. “Five million people depend on the water system for their daily needs – drinking, cleaning and cooking.”UNICEF’s alarm was echoed by the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq (UNHCOI) and the World Health Organization (WHO).”The lack of electricity across the city poses a threat to the population the longer it continues, as water-pumping facilities without back-up generators or fuel to operate them cease functioning,” UNHCOI deputy spokesman David Wimhurst said.He noted that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) continued to provide clean water to hospitals and some water distribution stations in the suburbs of Baghdad and that repairs to water and power systems were also continuing.WHO spokesperson Fadela Chaib said many people in Baghdad now lacked access to their regular supply of clean, safe drinking water in addition to the 1.5 million people reported by the ICRC to lack access to a safe water supply in southern Iraq.This is extremely concerning, she said. As temperatures rise across Iraq, a shortage of clean water will almost inevitably cause outbreaks of diarrhoeal disease and other health problems. Ms. Chaib also said WHO had received reports of growing numbers of civilian casualties in and around Baghdad, Basra and many other towns in southern and central Iraq. The ICRC reported a particularly disturbing situation in the town of Al Hillah, where some 300 people were reported injured with the hospital overwhelmed with patients and struggling to cope, she added.It was clear that injuries suffered as a direct result of this conflict were the number one public health problem in Iraq today, with shortages of medical supplies looming as the sieges built up, Ms. Chaib said. Speeding up the delivery of medical supplies was therefore essential to build up a pipeline of emergency stocks.On a more positive note, WFP Executive Director James Morris welcomed the international community’s response so far to the agency’s $1.3 billion emergency food appeal for Iraq, for which it received $260 million from the United States on Wednesday as well as contributions from Australia, Germany, Canada, Spain and New Zealand.”This is the best possible start to the biggest single appeal in the WFP’s 40-year history,” he said in Rome. “We are extremely grateful to these nations’ generosity.” read more

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US paychecks grow at recordslow pace in 2nd quarter as bonus and

US paychecks grow at record-slow pace in 2nd quarter as bonus and incentive pay drops off FILE – In this May 12, 2014 file photo, Fatima Godoy rolls out the dough as Gustavo Servellon, left, applies the sprinkles as they construct pastries in the bay window at Ted’s Bulletin, a Capitol Hill restaurant in Washington. The Labor Department releases the employment cost index for the second quarter of 2015, a measure of wage and benefit growth, on Friday, July 31, 2015. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) WASHINGTON – U.S. wages and benefits grew in the spring at the slowest pace in 33 years, stark evidence that stronger hiring isn’t lifting paychecks much for most Americans. The slowdown also likely reflects a sharp drop-off in bonus and incentive pay for some workers.The employment cost index rose just 0.2 per cent in the April-June quarter after a 0.7 increase in the first quarter, the Labor Department said Friday. The index tracks wages, salaries and benefits. Wages and salaries alone also rose 0.2 per cent.Both measures recorded the smallest quarterly gains since the second quarter of 1982.Salaries and benefits for private sector workers were unchanged, the weakest showing since the government began tracking the data in 1980.The disappointing figures come after the index had been pointing to a pickup in wage growth after nearly two years of steady hiring. The index rose just 2 per cent in the second quarter compared with a year earlier. That is down from a 2.6 per cent increase in the first quarter, which was the biggest in six and a half years.The slowdown suggests that companies are still able to find the workers they need without boosting pay, a sign the job market is not yet back to full health. That could cause some Federal Reserve officials to push for a delay in any increase in the short-term interest rate they control.“Despite a tighter labour market, and all of the stories about pay increases at various large firms, wage growth is not picking up meaningfully,” said Jennifer Lee, an economist at BMO Capital Markets. “This may not sit well with (Fed) policymakers.”Employers have added nearly 3 million jobs in the past year, lowering the unemployment rate to 5.3 per cent in June, down from 6.1 per cent 12 months earlier. Most economists have expected those gains to force businesses to raise pay to attract and keep employees.The Federal Reserve watches the employment cost index closely for signs that healthy hiring is pushing up wages. Strong increases could lead companies to raise prices for their goods to cover higher labour costs, boosting inflation. That would make the Fed more likely to raise the short-term interest rate it controls. Consumer prices have been tame in the past year, though in recent months they have moved higher.In some occupations where bonuses are common, compensation fell sharply after spiking in the first quarter. Those include sales, professional services such as law and accounting, and management.The employment cost index figures now match the sluggish pace of growth reported in the average hourly pay data that’s part of the monthly jobs report. Average hourly wages were up just 2 per cent in June from a year earlier, the Labor Department said earlier this month.Yet another measure of pay, compiled by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, shows wages are accelerating. Hourly pay for a typical employee rose 3.2 per cent in June from 12 months earlier, according to the Atlanta Fed. While that is double the annual pace of 1.6 per cent in February 2010, it is still below the pre-recession levels of about 4 per cent.__This story has been corrected to show that U.S. benefits and wages grew at the slowest pace in 33 years, not 27 years. by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jul 31, 2015 6:50 am MDT Last Updated Jul 31, 2015 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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World has ignored hepatitis at its peril warns UN health agency ahead

Demand treatment Get tested With some 400 million people around the world infected with hepatitis B or C, the United Nations health agency today encouraged countries to boost testing and access to services and medicines for people in need. “The world has ignored hepatitis at its peril,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, Director General of the UN World Health Organization (WHO). “It is time to mobilize a global response to hepatitis on the scale similar to that generated to fight other communicable diseases like HIV AIDS and tuberculosis.” The number of people with hepatitis B or C is more than 10 times the number of people infected with HIV, according to UN figures. Only about 1 in 20 people with viral hepatitis know they have it; and just 1 in 100 with the disease is being treated. In May of this year, the World Health Assembly – WHO’s decision-making body – called for treating 8 million people for hepatitis B or C by 2020, to reduce new viral hepatitis infections by 90 per cent, and to decrease the number of deaths by 65 per cent in 2030, as compared with 2016. These targets are part of the first ever Global Health Sector Strategy on viral hepatitis. “We need to act now to stop people from dying needlessly from hepatitis,” said Dr. Gottfried Hirnschall, WHO’s Director of the HIV Department and Global Hepatitis Programme. These comments come ahead of World Hepatitis Day, marked annually on 28 July. This year’s theme is “Know hepatitis – Act now” encourages people to get tested and demand treatment. Know about Hepatitis. Act Now. Hepatitis B and C are transmitted through contaminated blood, as well as through contaminated needles and syringes in healthcare setting and among people who inject drugs. The viruses can also be transmitted through unsafe sex and from an infected mother to her newborn child. A vaccine and treatment exist for hepatitis B, but there is no vaccine for hepatitis C. Some countries are working to curb the rate of infection of the virus by lowering the prices of hepatitis C medicines, such as in Egypt, where the price of medicines fell from $900 in 2014 to $200 in 2016 as a result of access to generic drugs. According to WHO, Brazil and Pakistan are also expanding treatment coverage, and Georgia plans to eliminate the disease entirely. Are you at risk? What is Hepatitis? read more

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Bold action needed to end tuberculosis AIDS – UN

“The world has the resources to end the interlinked epidemics of tuberculosis and HIV, but political commitment and country action are lacking,” said the Executive Director of UNAIDS – the Joint UN Programme on HIV and AIDS – Michel Sidibé.“Political, religious and civil society leaders need to step up to guarantee everyone the right to breathe, to live free from tuberculosis and AIDS,” he added.For his part, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) noted the “devastating” social and economic impacts of TB, including poverty, stigma and discrimination – adding that antibiotic resistance has caused many drugs to lose their efficacy in combatting the disease.“While the world has committed to end the TB epidemic by 2030, as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), actions and investments do not match the political realty,” he stressed in a video message. The UN is calling on all partners to take unprecedented and bold action to advance efforts to end TB and AIDS by 2030.“Now is the time to make commitments become actions, we need increased and sustained financing,” Mr. Tedros spelled out, calling World Tuberculosis Day an opportunity “to mobilize political and social commitment for accelerated progress to end TB.” Video: WHOWhile preventable and curable, persistent challenges remain, many of which are shared by the HIV response, including unequal access to services.Noting that both can be addressed effectively with integrated programmes, UNAIDS outlined five important actions for partners, beginning with impelling political, religious and civil society leaders to champion the universal right to live free from TB and HIV.Secondly, communities must be empowered to call on governments to demand their right to health – improving living standards to reduce the burden of TB and HIV.The third action endorses promoting non-discriminatory service delivery to protect all against catastrophic health expenditures in the context of universal health coverage – extending care beyond health to include safe workplaces and places of detention.Next, UNAIDS advocates that finance ministers be engaged to approach health as an investment, not an expenditure, in which returns demonstrate their long-term value to societies and economies.Finally, the Joint UN Programme also recommends greater public-private sector partnerships to accelerate for innovative new medicines and vaccines.Ending global TB and HIV epidemics is possibleIn September 2018, world leaders will come together at UN Headquarters in New York for the first-ever UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis to adopt a progressive, visionary and actionable political declaration on the disease.Both agency heads said that the High-Level Meeting could provide the political, social and financial momentum needed to end TB.“This year could be the most important since Robert Koch discovered the cause of TB, 136 years ago, but only if we all show leadership,” said Mr Sidibé.“I’m stepping forward for a TB-free world,” Mr. Tedros said, “please join me.” read more

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Weir Minerals Africa unveils new Warman® WBH® slurry pump

first_imgThe pump is reported to offer users longer pump life and superior performance. According to Rui Gomes, Product Manager – Slurry Pumps at Weir Minerals Africa, the new WARMAN WBH centrifugal slurry pump, which was recently launched worldwide, includes more than 20 design enhancements to existing technology. With an eye on improved efficiency and operational savings, the newly released pump boasts an innovative single-piece frame. This allows for truer alignment of the bearings, seals and impeller with the front liner whilst lowering the part count.In addition, the pump’s ‘One Point’ front liner adjustment mechanism gives operators the ability to both rotate and to axially adjust the liner relative to the impeller, even while the pump is running.  The ability to continuously minimise the gap between the liner and impeller can reduce wear of these components and ensure a superior longer term performance, while at the same time reducing production interruptions.Weir Minerals’ Director of Technology, Fred Bradner, says that the pioneering design features built into the WBH slurry pump are meant to maintain top performance. “Specifically, maintenance must be easy and predictable, and the new Warman WBH pump is built to ensure longer maintenance free intervals, and a broader efficiency curve than other pumps in this class. That helps to increase production and reduces energy consumption, which contributes to cost savings.”Bradner also notes that the Warman WBH pump minimises the risk of catastrophic failure with safety features including standard leak detection, optional vibration, temperature and wear monitoring, and the ability to add pressure relief and thermal cut-out devices.“Combined, the many performance and wear life enhancing features designed and built into the Warman WBH pump can translate into a lower total cost of ownership for its users,” Bradner says.Gomes says that Warman WBH pumps installed in Australia have received high praise from mine engineers and maintenance supervisors who are impressed with the slurry pump’s reliability and performance.last_img read more

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Activision delivers cease and desist to Skylanders tinkerer

first_imgOne of the more clever things about the rising Skylanders game franchise is the models you need to play the game. Not only does is re-ignite the urge to “collect ’em all” but it also binds experience and items to the individual models. When graphing calculator tinkerer Brandon Wilson discovered that the Skylanders communicate with the base that comes with the game via RFID, he decided to do a little bit of looking to see how that worked. Like any of his other digital projects, he posted the notes of his existing research on his website. Days later, Wilson was greeted with a letter from Activision demanding he cease all of his research and remove his work immediately. Too often in the tech sphere does the mighty take down notice get used incorrectly to scare those who behave in a way that a company doesn’t approve. Often times there’s not a real legal leg to stand on, but the fear inspired by the letter is enough to get the content in question removed. Brandon Wilson was greeted at the front door of his home, moments after coming home from work, by a hand-delivered cease and desist letter from Activision’s legal council [PDF]. The letter accused Wilson of violating the anti-circumvention provisions section of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act by attempting to publishing data that would allow others to decrypt and circumvent the RFID encryption that protects the data on the Skylanders models. The end result of this, according to Activision, would be to change the stats and equipment of the Skylanders without actually playing the game. Or, potentially, use something a little smarter than a Skylander model to allow the user to switch back and forth between Skylanders they didn’t own. There’s just one slight problem with the accusation in the DMCA notice: almost every accusation fails to apply to Wilson in any way. In his response to the notice, along with his statement of compliance, Brandon Wilson points out that none of the examples pointed out in the take down notice, including a link to a website where Wilson supposedly published his findings, aren’t his work at all. Wilson continues to note that the only thing he had was a zip file with the file dump from one of the Skylanders, which wasn’t made publicly available and wasn’t announced when it was put on his website. Despite all of that, Wilson removed the information from his website, and replaced them with the take down notice and his response. Wilson commented that since he replied, he had not heard anything from Activision except their acknowledgment of his compliance. A spokesperson from Activision was not available at the time to comment on this situation. I can understand wanting to keep people from “stealing” Skylanders or to keep Skylander information from being tampered with. However, as a parent of a budding Skylanders fan, I would personally like to have rapid access to a list of Skylanders my child owns on my phone. My phone, with its NFC reader that is clearly aware that these Skylanders are something worth playing with, could really benefit from being able to just tap the Skylander to the back of the phone and have it saved to a database app on my phone. As far as I can tell, Activision isn’t planning on doing that anytime soon, so its a good thing they tinkerers like Brandon Wilson who aren’t doing anything wrong can be thanked for their efforts with cease and desist letters.Read more at brandonw.netlast_img read more

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IARC warns on processed meat carcinogens

first_imgEating processed meat can lead to bowel cancer in humans while red meat is a likely cause of the disease, World Health Organisation (WHO) experts said on Monday in findings that could sharpen debate over the merits of a meat-based diet.The France-based International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the WHO, put processed meat such as hot dogs and ham in its group 1 list, which already includes tobacco, asbestos and diesel fumes, for which there is “sufficient evidence” of cancer links.“For an individual, the risk of developing colorectal (bowel) cancer because of their consumption of processed meat remains small, but this risk increases with the amount of meat consumed,” Dr Kurt Straif of the IARC said in a statement.Red meat, under which the IARC includes beef, lamb and pork, was classified as a “probable” carcinogen in its group 2A list that also contains glyphosate, the active ingredient in many weedkillers.The lower classification for red meat reflected “limited evidence” that it causes cancer. The IARC found links mainly with bowel cancer, as was the case for processed meat, but it also observed associations with pancreatic and prostate cancer.The agency, whose findings on meat followed a meeting of health experts in France earlier this month, estimated each 50 gram portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18 percent.The IARC, which was assessing meat for the first time and reviewed some 800 studies, does not compare the level of cancer risk associated with products in a given category, so does not suggest eating meat is as dangerous as smoking, for example.Health policy in some countries already calls for consumers to limit intake of red and processed meat, but the IARC said such advice to consumers was in certain cases focused on heart disease and obesity.The preparation of the IARC’s report has already prompted vigorous reactions from meat industry groups, which argue meat forms part of a balanced diet and that cancer risk assessments need to be set in a broader context of environmental and lifestyle factors.The IARC, which does not make specific policy recommendations, cited an estimate from the Global Burden of Disease Project – an international consortium of more than 1,000 researchers – that 34,000 cancer deaths per year worldwide are attributable to diets high in processed meat.This compares with about 1 million cancer deaths per year globally due to tobacco smoking, 600,000 a year due to alcohol consumption, and more than 200,000 each year due to air pollution, it said.If the cancer link with red meat were confirmed, diets rich in red meat could be responsible for 50,000 deaths a year worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease Project. Source: Reuters Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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New movie about Vince McMahon taking WWE global in development

first_img Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions There’s already a movie like this. It’s called Revenge of the Sith. Any chance of getting Ian McDiarmid to play Vince?Now witness the firepower of this fully armed and publicly traded wrestling promotion! goddessroleplay Comments are closed. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson talks about missing wrestling, his childhood, Hobbs and Shaw Vince Mcmahon Vince McMahon Gave Roman Reigns Advice After Cancer Diagnosis Twitter Now Playing Up Next 4 COMMENTS Chris Hemsworth to play Hulk Hogan in new biopic in a deal expected with Netflix Facebook Videos Articles Triple H Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission April 27, 2017 at 1:51 am April 25, 2017 at 4:51 pm Now Playing Up Next Linda McMahon To Leave SBA Job To Head Trump Super PAC Fundraisingcenter_img I wonder if they will get Harrison Ford to play Vince McMahon? How about Helen Mirren as Linda and Shia LaBeouf as Shane, Anne Hathaway as Stephanie and Chris Hemsworth as Triple H?It’s just wishful thinking. WhatsApp I hope it doesn’t shy away from Vince’s negative qualities and shows him with all of his flaws as the man himself has never shied from them. Pinterest Google+ Levon Hughey April 26, 2017 at 7:42 am Deadline.com is reporting that Sony Pictures’ TriStar and WWE Studios will be teaming up to develop a film about Vince McMahon’s rise in the wrestling industry.The film, currently titled “Pandemonium”, appears to have the blessing of McMahon with WWE Studios involved with the current project.“The film covers McMahon’s ascension in the wrestling business, and having WWE Studios involved indicates the project has the blessing of the grappling magnate. He is third generation — the business was started by his grandfather Jess and taken over by his father Vincent — but these were local circuits and relatively small time compared to what Vince McMahon had in mind. The barrel-chested showman turned the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) into a global roadshow business juggernaut. He unleashed grapplers from Hulk Hogan to Bruno Sammartino and Triple H to budding actor John Cena and The Rock, aka Dwayne Johnson, Hollywood’s reigning action star.”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipIs WWE Losing Its Audience?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:29/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR tafkaga Now Playing Up Next April 26, 2017 at 12:16 pm Dustin Hoffman as Vince. Make it so. TheCyberZon Now Playing Up Next Is WWE Losing Its Audience? John Cena joins the cast of “Fast and Furious 9”, scheduled to be released May 2020 last_img read more

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Predictions for tonights Evolution PPV WWE follows Becky Lynch around New York

first_img Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipHow To Win A Trip To Meet The Miz And Becky LynchVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 100.00%0:00Remaining Time -0:34 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Will Becky Lynch Be Able To Continue Fighting With Fractured Jaw? Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Doug Lackey provided his predictions for tonight’s WWE Evolution PPV during the latest episode of Wrestleview Weekly, which aired live on Twitch this past Wednesday.Wrestleview.com will have live coverage of Evolution tonight starting at 8:00 p.m. Eastern/7:00 CT, along with live thoughts on Twitter via @wrestleview.Wrestleview Live will also be reviewing Evolution later tonight as well:WWE follows Becky Lynch around New YorkWWE uploaded these videos following Becky Lynch around New York this week. Pinterest Facebook Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Doesnt Want To Be A Dancing Monkey Anymore Becky Lynch Twitter WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands How To Win A Trip To Meet The Miz And Becky Lynch Google+ Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles WhatsApp Charlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely Location Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte The Mizlast_img read more

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Premier to showcase TCIs financial rebound at London meetings

first_img Related Items:foreign and commonwealth office, His Excellency, james duddridge, Joint Ministerial Council, london meeting, peter beckingham, premier rufus ewing Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Service Row over Grand Turk infrastructure reaches fever pitch in Parliament Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Nov 2015 – The Premier prepares to represent the Turks and Caicos Islands in December at the Joint Ministerial Council meetings in London. His Excellency, Peter Beckingham explained that “The Joint Ministerial Council is an important forum for Premiers from the Overseas Territories to meet UK Ministers, exchange views and consider key common issues…. TCI has always made an important contribution on major topics, especially security, healthcare and economic developments.” A 15 year plan will be a key focus for the countries attending that UK overseas territories meeting December 1-2. The Premier also offered his thoughts ahead of the sessions, “I know that UK Ministers will be keen to hear firsthand about our recent economic successes, not least the re-financing of the UK-guaranteed loan and the impressive turnaround in our budget over the last two years. We have a strong story to tell London and other Territories.” Minister with responsibility for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, FCO, James Duddridge is hosting.last_img read more

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Marathon Beyond Reaches the Finish Line

first_imgMore on this topic Kim Armenta Named Publisher of Vegas Magazine 5384-us-weekly-Cover-2017-March-13-Issue screen-shot-2015-02-02-at-6-06-42-pm Modern Luxury Media Launches New Silicon Valley Magazine Business-Focused 417 Magazine Spin-Off Publishes First Issue News Magazines Resist Print Declines; Digital Subscriptions Show GrowthJust In TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & NotesPowered by “In some ways the magazine has grown like a child that came through a troubled infancy, made it safely through the terrible twos, skipped through childhood, expanded its horizons in the teens, and then, at 19, got hit by a bus,” added Benyo. “At least, that’s how it feels.” “Although Marathon & Beyond has, for some years, offered a companion digital edition, the income from both that and the print edition are no longer sufficient to sustain the publication,” Benyo writes. Established as a reboot of the short-lived 1970’s magazine The Marathoner—itself born from the popular marathon-focused January and February issues of Runner’s World, for which Benyo was executive editor—Marathon & Beyond promised to help readers “run longer, smarter, better,” featuring the latest news from the marathon beat, expert answers to reader-submitted questions, athlete profiles, editorial commentary and sprawling feature articles in six-by-nine inch issues averaging 192 pages in length. One-year, six-issue subscriptions cost $39.95. Marathon & Beyond will cease operations following the publication of the brand’s November/December 2015 issue, the 114th in the bimonthly magazine’s 19-year history. Founding editor Richard Benyo confirmed the news in a letter to subscribers originally intended to be included in the final issue, but posted online after the news leaked on social media. Benyo helped save Marathon & Beyond from a premature demise in 1998 when he co-founded 42K + Press with publisher Jan Seeley when original owner Human Kinetics seemed poised to shut down the then-year-old magazine. “Due to a steady decline in subscriptions over the past several years, the magazine is no longer able to sustain itself in a media environment that is rapidly—and inexorably—changing,” continues Benyo. “We can also theorize that in a world where quick, easily digested information blasts have become the norm, long-form articles that require a sustained attention span have begun to languish.”last_img read more

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5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday February 6 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Wednesday, February 6, 2019:#1) Meet The Wilmington Middle School’s Principal FinalistsWilmington Public Schools is conducting a search for its next Middle School Principal. There are two forums planned for members of the community to meet the finalists — Wednesday, February 6 at 6:30pm and Friday, February 15 at 4pm. Both forums are at the Wilmington Middle School.#2) School District’s Strategic Planning Committee Community ForumAs part of the school district’s Strategic Planning process, a community forum is behind held at 6pm in the Middle School Library. Almost 60 staff, students and parents & guardians are helping built the new plan that will identify the district’s vision, values, goals and priorities. As part of this effort, the team is very interested in gathering the ideas of community members to learn more about what YOU would like WPS to become in the future.#3) Car Seat Installs At Public Safety BuildingThe Wilmington Police Department offers safety seat installs at the Wilmington Public Safety Building (1 Adelaide Street) every Wednesday, 10am-2pm. No appointment is necessary, but calling ahead at 978-658-5071 is recommended. Learn more HERE.#4) Tech Help At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding its weekly tech help drop-in hours from 2pm to 3pm. Have a tech question that’s been bugging you? Drop in the library to see if Technology Librarian, Brad McKenna, can help.#5) Wilmington Conservation Commission MeetingThe Wilmington Conservation Commission meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 28, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 26, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, March 27, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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GCI to Expand Network in Western Alaska

first_imgA TERRA network radio tower. (Photo via GCI)GCI recently announced plans to complete its TERRA network in rural Alaska by 2017. The expansion would offer a better and more reliable Internet connection throughout the YK Delta and much of Western Alaska.General Communications Inc., more commonly known as GCI, announced its plan this week during the Association of Village Council Presidents’ 51st Annual Convention.GCI’s Vice President of Corporate Services David Morris says it’s a plan the company has had for a while. He refers to it as “completing the ring.”“The TERRA network is not a ring (yet), it’s what we call single thread,” said Morris, “When it becomes a ring, that traffic can automatically be rerouting in the opposite direction in the event of an outage,” said Morris.The TERRA network is a crucial system of ground-based radio towers spread throughout Western Alaska communities from Nome to Illiamna.  The towers relay phone service, wireless data and Internet services.Right now if one of the towers is goes off-line the entire network stops working.This was the case in late September when a microwave radio near Illiamna became damaged leaving nearly 18,000 residents without Internet or phone.Morris says while Bethel may experience distribution outages, the outage that occurred was extremely abnormal.“We believe this was due to software issues,” said Morris. “We don’t like outages at all. Where these outages occur, they’re on top of mountain tops, and they’re easy to get to in the first place.”An expanded TERRA network would make connectivity more secure. If another radio tower is damaged it won’t take out the whole system.Morris says the expansion will cost GCI an estimated $250 million but will not affect consumer prices.The expansion will allow larger organizations, like schools and health providers, to develop and utilize services that require more reliability.last_img read more

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Tamil Nadu Minister urges people to take up rainwaterchallenge

first_imgChennai: With parts of Tamil Nadu including Chennai facing a water crisis, State municipal administration minister SP Velumani on Tuesday urged people of the state to take up the ‘rainwater challenge’, as he appealed to celebrities and volunteers to spread the word. In a video released as part of the campaign, the minister said a 200-sqft house can store water for one whole year if rainwater is harvested properly. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us “Let us not waste even one drop of rainwater. Let us take it as a challenge and execute it,” said Velumani who was casually dressed in the video footage. “I request those who are famous among the public, those who care for people and voluntary organisations to emphasise the importance of harvesting rainwater,” he added. The 57-second video ends with a hashtag #rainwaterchallenge. Due to failure of the northeast monsoon in 2018 and deficient rainfall in 2017, Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu are facing an acute water shortage.last_img read more

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Beyonce Jay Z Appear at City of Hope Cancer Charity Event

first_imgBy JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr., AP Entertainment WriterSANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Beyonce paid homage to a high-profile music executive being honored at a charity event to raise money for cancer research.The singer’s vocals soared as she performed three ballads including her 2009 smash hit “Halo” and “Ava Maria” after saluting the character of Warner/Chappell Music Publishing CEO Jon Platt at the City of Hope gala near Los Angeles on Thursday night. She took the stage following her husband, Jay Z, who presented Platt with the Spirit of Life award during a charity event that raised more than $6 million.In this April 28, 2018, file photo, Jay-Z and Beyonce watch Game 1 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series between the Golden State Warriors and the New Orleans Pelicans in Oakland, Calif. Beyonce paid homage to a high-profile music executive being honored at a charity event to raise money for cancer research. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose“Most people lead with their ego, but you lead with your heart,” Beyonce said Platt, who will soon be leaving his position at Warner/Chappell to take on the top role at Sony/ATV, the top publishing company in the music business.“You have touched so many lives, mine included,” she added.Jay Z called Platt the “Obama of the music industry.” The music executive is known for signing publishing deals with Jay Z, Usher, Kanye West and Snoop Dogg. His roster of songwriters atWarner/Chappell includes Lil Wayne, Bruno Mars and Timbaland.Both Beyonce and Jay Z appeared at the black-tie charity event after the couple wrapped up their On The Run II tour about a week ago.“I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award than my brother, Jon Platt,” Jay Z told more than 1,000 attendees. “He’s known as ‘Big Jon’ and he has a beautiful soul.”City of Hope is a treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases as the Music, Film and Entertainment Industry Group has raised more than $118 million in 45 years.The award is the group’s highest honor recognizing those that have helped further music, film and entertainment.Previous Spirit of Life award recipients include Quincy Jones, Clive Davis, Irving Azoff and Mo Ostin.Music mogul Diddy, singer Usher, former NBA player Chauncey Billups and some of Platt’s family members took part in a video dedicated to the music executive. Platt’s oldest son, Jonathan Platt, was diagnosed with diabetes.Platt shed tears while talking about his friendship with Jay Z, thanking the rapper for coming into his life.“As an African-American, I want to say that we’re more than just athletes and music artists. … We’re CEOs,” Platt said.Pharrell Williams hosted the star-studded event that included Quincy Jones, Dr. Dre, Tiffany Haddish, Usher, Timbaland, Derek Fisher and Rita Ora.Mary Mary performed a few of their hits including “Shackles (Praise You)” and “God in Me.” Jazz player Trombone Shorty also provided a musical set.Haddish introduced cancer survivor, Kommah McDowell, who said she had a 5 percent chance to survive triple-negative inflammatory breast cancer. She told her story of overcoming the disease 13 years ago.“It’s great that everyone took time out of their crazy schedules to do something good,” singer Bebe Rexha said. “The real happiness doesn’t just come from money or numbers or where you are on the Billboard charts. It’s all about doing stuff like this, helping people. That is what makes people truly happy.”last_img read more

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Physicists Investigate Unusual FourQubit Entanglement

first_img Quantum Communication Over Flawed Networks may be Possible Four-qubit bound entanglement may have applications in secret sharing protocols, such as the secret code used to protect the launch sequence of a nuclear missile. Credit: DOD Defense Visual Information Center. Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — For the first time, physicists have experimentally demonstrated a four-qubit bound-entangled state – a peculiar form of entanglement that cannot be distilled (optimized) by the usual means. However, the scientists have found a novel method for distilling the entanglement by working with two qubits at a time. As the researchers explain, the special properties of bound entanglement could make it a useful quantum resource for new multiparty communication and secret sharing schemes, and the results could also contribute to a deeper understanding of the foundations of quantum mechanics. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img To create the Smolin state in the laboratory, the scientists used polarized photons as qubits. Using a laser, they pumped two ultraviolet pulses into a nonlinear crystal to create four photons, entangled in pairs. Then, by applying single-polarization-qubit flip and phase gates between one photon from each pair, the scientists created a bound-entangled state that is an equal mixture of all four Bell states of the four photons. The researchers fully characterized the entanglement properties of the Smolin state, including constructing its density matrix using quantum-state tomography.After creating the four-qubit bound-entangled state, the scientists investigated distillation. In general, entanglement distillation is a way to maximize entanglement by overcoming noisy channels. Although a bound-entangled state cannot be distilled by local operators and classical communication, it can be distilled in a different way. “We have experimentally demonstrated the unlocking entanglement protocol where two of the four parties sharing the bound entangled state join and perform a Bell measurement, and then broadcast their measurement results to the other two parties, which will then share a maximally entangled state,” Bourennane said. As the physicists explain, these unusual properties make the Smolin bound-entangled state useful for novel multiparty quantum communication schemes, such as secret sharing, communication complexity reduction, and remote information concentration. “For example, in the secret sharing protocol, the splitting of a secret in a way that a single person is not able to reconstruct it is a common task in information processing and especially high security applications,” Bourennane said. “Suppose, for example, that the launch sequence of a nuclear missile is protected by a secret code. Yet, it should be ensured that a single lunatic alone is not able to activate it, but at least two lunatics are required. Solutions for this problem, and its generalization and variations, are studied in classical cryptography. Such problems are called secret sharing. The aim is to split information, using some mathematical algorithms, and to distribute the resulting pieces to two or more legitimate parties. However, classical communication is susceptible to eavesdropping attacks. As the usage of quantum resources can lead to unconditionally secure communication, protocols introducing quantum cryptography to secret sharing have been proposed. The distribution of the four-qubit bound-entangled Smolin state among four communicating parties allows the information splitting and the eavesdropper protection simultaneously.”More information: Elias Amselem and Mohamed Bourennane. “Experimental four-qubit bound entanglement.” Nature Physics. Published online 23 August 2009. DOI: 10.1038/NPHYS1372Copyright 2009 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: Physicists Investigate Unusual Four-Qubit Entanglement (2009, September 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-09-physicists-unusual-four-qubit-entanglement.html In their study, physicists Elias Amselem and Mohamed Bourennane of Stockholm University have investigated the counterintuitive puzzles of bound entanglement. While entanglement of two pure states is fairly well understood by physicists, the entanglement of mixed and multipartite (more than two) states, such as bound entanglement, is still under intense research. “Quantum entanglement leads to the most counterintuitive effects in quantum mechanics, and it is of great relevance in advanced quantum information methods and also opens a number of questions about the nature of entanglement itself,” Bourennane told PhysOrg.com. “Until now, there is, in general, no known measure for entanglement for a system of more than two particles; therefore, no one is able to say that a state is more or less entangled than the other. At the same time, it is still quite difficult to observe multi-particle entanglement.” As Bourennane explained, inevitable interactions with the environment can cause quantum entanglement to become noisy during the information processing. An important and crucial question is to know which of the noisy states can be distilled to maximally entangled states, with the help of local operations and classical communication, and then be useful again for further information processing. For this reason, the theoretical discovery of bound entanglement (by Ryszard Horodecki, Michal Horodecki and Pawel Horodecki) is very important, being a class of quantum entangled states where no entanglement can be distilled.“Our paper reports for the first time on the experimental evidence of the existence of the bound entangled state, the so-called Smolin state, and fully characterizes it using quantum state tomography,” Bourennane said. “We also study its entanglement properties, using the separability criterion, the Bell inequality, and the witness method. As can be seen, the paper contains new achievements and new insight regarding the general understanding of entanglement.”last_img read more

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Cricket betting racket busted in Kolkata 4 arrested

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Police Thursday claimed to have busted a cricket-betting racket in the city by arresting four people and seizing over Rs 1 crore from them. Acting on a tip-off, a team of Detective Department officers conducted raids at 12 places in the city, a senior officer said. The money was seized from four places under Burrabazar Police Station and Posta Police Station area, he said, adding that four people have been arrested so far. “Raids are still being conducted at different places under Bowbazar, Jorabagan, Burrabazar and Posta Police Station areas,” he said.last_img read more

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26foot tall Marilyn Monroe statue appears in front of Connecticut church

first_imgThe statue shows the starlet in her iconic pose from The Seven Year Itch, with her white dress billowing up around her hips.It not only obstructs the view of the church, but gives congregants a nice view of Monroe’s backside.Artist Seward Johnson constructed the Forever Marilyn piece. It’s part of an art series displaying Johnson’s work in public places.The statue, as well as other life-size sculptures of people by Seward, will stay up through summer in the town.The front of the statue | Photo: Instagram @patiferpal1250This is a look at the front of the statue, placed before the church (where a rainbow flag is also visible).Below is the back of the statue. The back of the statue | Photo: Instagram @patiferpal1250‘Choose grace’Members of the church had different reactions to the statue.One member, Pam Riley, told Stamford Advocate she finds the piece ‘disrespectful’.‘Her skirt is up in the air and everyone’s under there looking up her skirt,’ she added.Another member, however, has a more light-hearted approach. Jean Meyer commented: ‘You’re going to have different opinions on it, but you have to have a sense of humor.’The church’s senior minister, the Rev. Todd Yonkman, understands the statue is a piece of art.‘It makes me uncomfortable,’ he told HuffPost. ‘The question for each one of us is, What will you do with your discomfort? I am choosing grace.The church is planning on hosting a Pride celebrating, so Yonkman calls the statue ‘fortuitous’.‘Marilyn is a gay icon, so it turns out that this may be a fortuitous coincidence,’ he said.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Congregants of First Congregational Church of Stamford in Stamford, Connecticut were shocked when something suddenly obstructed the view of their church last week. That something just happens to be a 26-foot tall statue of Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe. GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Monroe in The Seven Year Itch | Photo: YouTube/Movieclips This Spanish gay guy worries his LGBTI-friendly country is going backwards12 romantic spots in Germany to celebrate same-sex marriage equalityPeople spread ‘Women don’t have penises’ stickers across Liverpool beachRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/marilyn-monroe-statue-church/last_img read more

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