US move on north Syria safe zone is provocative

first_imgDUBAI: A US agreement to set up a safe zone in northern Syria, a close ally of Iran, is “provocative and worrisome”, the Iranian foreign ministry was reported to have said by the semi-official Fars news agency. The United States and Turkey last week agreed to set up a joint operations centre for a proposed zone along Syria’s northeast border. “Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi … said the recent announcements and agreements by American officials about creating a safe zone in northern Syria are provocative and worrisome,” Fars reported.last_img

BJP mum allies declare party candidate in Darjeeling

first_imgDarjeeling: Despite the BJP remaining silent on their candidate for the Darjeeling constituency, both the allies — Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (Bimal faction) and the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) — have announced the name of Raju Bista as the BJP candidate for the Darjeeling constituency.Incidentally, the BJP had fielded heavyweight candidates from the Darjeeling constituency in 2009 and 2014. Backed by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) both Jaswant Singh and SS Ahluwalia emerged victorious in 2009 and 2014, respectively. The BJP had managed to get a political toehold in Bengal through the Darjeeling constituency. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHowever, this time political equations have changed drastically. The GJM, the power centre of the Hills, has undergone a vertical split with the larger faction led by Binay Tamang and the other by Bimal Gurung. Gurung and his close confidants are however underground, implicated in multiple cases. The GJM (Binay faction) has forged an alliance with the TMC while the GNLF and the GJM (Bimal) have rallied with the BJP. The Hills will go to polls on April 18 and March 26 is the last date of filing nomination, still the BJP delayed the announcement of candidate for the Darjeeling constituency. The GNLF top brass have been camping in Delhi along with the GJM (Bimal) to come up with the name of candidate for Darjeeling. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe name of the candidate did not feature in the official list of the BJP but the GNLF and GJM (Bimal) declared Bista’s name on their social network sites as the official BJP candidate and put his photographs. The GNLF site invited supporters to accord a warm welcome to Bista who is scheduled to arrive at the Bagdogra Airport along with Mann Ghising, President, GNLF. However, there is silence in the BJP camp. When asked regarding the candidature of Bista, Avijit Roy Chowdhury, district president, BJP stated: “We have not got any official communication regarding this.” Thirty-nine-year-old Bista is a resident of Kangpok district of Manipur. He is the managing director of Surya Roshni Ltd. The decision to field Raju Bista from Darjeeling has ruffled feathers in the rank and file of different political outfits. Swaraj Thapa, a close confidant of Bimal Gurung, tendered his resignation from the GJM (Bimal) party. In a letter, Thapa has written: “I am tendering my resignation from all posts as well as the primary membership of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha. I am doing so in strong protest against the idea of foisting a candidate for the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat who is a rank outsider, has little political background and absolutely no knowledge or interest about the issues regarding Darjeeling, including its core issue of Gorkhaland. It is unfortunate that we have not been able to find an able candidate for Darjeeling who can take up issues on behalf of the people of Darjeeling.” He further said that it was very unfortunate that the Hill leadership have become mere puppets in the hands of Delhi and Kolkata. “The BJP has taken advantage of the personal compulsion of our leadership,” Thapa said. Thapa, who was a journalist based in Delhi, hails from Darjeeling. He had joined the GJM under Gurung and worked in various capacities including advisor.last_img read more

Most Australians see climate change as bigger threat than terrorism Study

first_imgMelbourne: Majority of Australians rate climate change as a bigger threat to the country’s interest compared to global terrorism, a study has found. Almost 64 per cent of Australians have called climate change as ‘a critical threat’ — an increase of six points from 2018 and 18 points since 2014, according to a poll by Lowy Insititute on Australian attitudes on Climate change. “Six in 10 Australians have said that ‘global warming is a serious and pressing problem and we should begin taking steps now even if this involves significant costs,’ continuing the dramatic reversal of attitudes since 2012,” researchers said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportClimate change topped the chart of a dozen possible threats to Australia’s vital interests in the next ten years. Other issues were Cyberattacks from other countries with 62 per cent seeing it as a threat apart from international terrorism (61 per cent) and North Korea’s nuclear programme (60 per cent). The poll also confirmed Australians were more concerned about climate change this election than at any time. The poll was conducted for four days from March 12, both over the phone and online, and drew the results from a sample of 2,130 Australian adults. This year 61 per cent of voters said climate change was so serious and pressing we should address it now, even if was expensive. Only 28 per cent of people said climate change should be dealt with gradually, and 10 per cent said we should not act on climate change until we are “sure it’s a problem” — the lowest numbers since 2006 and 2008, respectively.last_img read more

Canadian parents more likely to buy tablets smartphones use Netflix study

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 25, 2013 4:00 am MDT Canadian parents more likely to buy tablets, smartphones, use Netflix: study TORONTO – A new study confirms kids do have it good nowadays, at least when it comes to having access to tech toys.Parents are more likely to purchase smartphones, tablets, video game consoles and subscribe to Netflix than the average consumer, suggests a report by the Media Technology Monitor.Based on telephone surveys with more than 6,000 anglophone Canadians last fall and this spring, the report found households with children under 18 were more likely to be teeming with digital devices.About 41 per cent of the parents surveyed said they owned a tablet, versus the 30 per cent response rate for everyone else. And three quarters of the parents polled had a smartphone, compared to just over half of the other respondents.Families were also 70 per cent more likely to be part of the so-called “four screen” trend, with 17 per cent of parents saying they owned a smartphone, tablet, computer and TV that were all connected to the Internet.Just over a third of the parents said they subscribed to Netflix, compared to about one in four of the consumers polled without kids in their home.Some other statistics in the report:— Three quarters of the parents surveyed said they use social networks — compared to 62 per cent for everyone else — and they were bigger users of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn— A similar number of parents said they multi-tasked with another Internet-connected device while watching TV, compared to almost two thirds of the others— Nearly nine in 10 parents said they watch online video, versus 73 per cent for non-parentsThe survey results are considered accurate within 1.2 percentage points 19 times out of 20. read more

Calgary investment dealer cancels annual Stampede bash as crude doldrums linger

CALGARY – One of the biggest events on the Calgary Stampede’s party circuit has been called off as the city contends with the worst economic downturn in decades.For the first time in 20 years, boutique investment dealer FirstEnergy Capital won’t be holding its annual FirstRowdy bash this July.In past years, the event has had a pricetag of more than $400,000, attracted 1,500 to 1,600 guests and featured big-name acts like Bachman-Turner Overdrive and the Barenaked Ladies.The cost of entry for invited guests was a charitable donation. FirstRowdy has raised more than $3 million for 50 different charities since it started.FirstEnergy executive chairman Jim Davidson said the decision to call off FirstRowdy was made “after quite a bit of soul-searching.”“We thought it was appropriate in light of the investment climate and the difficult times that we’re going through that we cancel it.”Instead, FirstEnergy will donate a total of $100,000 to four charities, with a focus on helping people in need as a result of the downturn.Stampede-week parties are often viewed as a barometer of the economic climate in Calgary, with hosts spending big when times are good and pulling back when they’re not.Even though the crude downturn was in full swing during last year’s Stampede, FirstEnergy decided to go ahead with FirstRowdy 2015 after some debate. Its slogan: “Party like it’s 2014!”But 2016 is a different story.“The environment is much worse now,” said Davidson. “This is much deeper and much broader than anyone had anticipated.”Even though FirstRowdy is a no-go this year — and its prospects of being revived in 2017 are uncertain — Davidson said FirstEnergy’s focus on charitable giving hasn’t wavered.“We will continue to do our part in other ways.”———Follow @LaurenKrugel on Twitter by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 31, 2016 12:33 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 1, 2016 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Calgary investment dealer cancels annual Stampede bash as crude doldrums linger read more

New CEO of mortgage lender Home Capital says corporate culture is critical

by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 3, 2017 9:26 am MDT Last Updated Aug 3, 2017 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email New CEO of mortgage lender Home Capital says corporate culture is critical TORONTO – The new CEO of Home Capital Group (TSX:HCG) says ensuring the company, which nearly collapsed earlier this year, has the right corporate culture is critical to its future.In his first day on the job Thursday, Yousry Bissada said while the lender’s core executive team is strong, there is still much to be done to rebuild its business.“We still have a lot of hard work ahead of us, but it is going to be a different kind of challenge,” Bissada told a conference call to discuss the company’s second-quarter results.“We’re in a position where we can look forward and make fresh decisions about the kind of company we want to be.”Home Capital flirted with disaster earlier this year after Ontario’s securities regulator alleged the company failed to satisfy its disclosure obligations in a scandal about falsified loan applications that began in 2014.The news sank Home Capital’s stock and the plunge only worsened as customers pulled their deposits, a key source of funding for the alternative mortgage lender, sparking a liquidity crisis.Home Capital was saved after it secured an emergency loan from the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan and then an investment and new line of credit from Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway. The company also settled its case with the Ontario Securities Commission and hired Bissada, a veteran mortgage company executive.Bissada said he plans to talk with employees, customers, brokers, regulators, investors and other stakeholders about his plans and strategic direction for the company.“There are excellent people here — people who know this market and know how best to serve it,” he said.Shares in Home Capital fell in morning trading Thursday after the company reported late Wednesday a loss of $111.1 million or $1.73 per share in its latest quarter compared with a profit of $66.3 million or 99 cents per share a year ago.The results for the quarter ended June 30 included $233.7 million in costs related to the crisis and other one-time items.In its outlook, Home Capital said it is focused on strengthening its financial position and returning its lending and deposit taking to a more normal level.It said it plans to focus on guaranteed investment certificates and term deposits, while demand deposits are likely to remain weak.Home Capital also raised concerns about proposed changes to mortgage lending rules that it says could hurt its business.It said if they are implemented as proposed, the measures could reduce, possibly materially, the size of the uninsured mortgage market available to the company and others like it.The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions has recommended a new stress test for all uninsured mortgages as well as expressly prohibiting co-lending arrangements that are designed or appear to be designed to circumvent regulatory requirements. read more

Meritor MX610™ and MZ610™ front drive steer and tridem reardrive axles

first_imgMeritor has announced its new MX-610™ front-drive and MZ-610™ tridem rear axle for multiple severe-duty applications. “The front-drive steer axle and tridem are the next-generation axle combinations from our award-winning 610/P600 series and two of many new products Meritor is bringing to market as part of the company’s M2019 growth initiative,” said Tony Nicol, Vice President, Front & Rear Drivetrain, Europe for Meritor. “Our state-of-the-art manufacturing and assembly system delivers the quality our customers expect for severe-duty applications.”Built to operate in extreme conditions, the MZ-610 tridem offers wide-ranging axle ratings and high ground clearance as well gross axle weight rating (GAWR) of 60 t and gross combination weight (GCW) of 210 t.The MX-610 is designed to fit ELSA®™ disc brakes in a double-caliper configuration to offer high-rated torque with compact packaging. Its small product envelop is capable of mounting 20-in wheel rims and offers a steering angle up to 42 degrees. A detachable tandem is optional.Meritor’s new proportioning inter-axle differential delivers even torque split between the three axles to maximize traction, load capacity and longevity of the drivetrain. With five differential locks and hardware for optional central tire inflation systems (CTIS), the MZ-610 is equipped for the most demanding applications.The MZ-610 tridem’s wide ratio coverage from 4.11 to 7.21 with standard drum or disc brakes delivers safety and performance for vehicles operating in extreme conditions. The faster ratios support downspeeding to reduce fuel consumption.“High tractive force in all driving conditions increases vehicle productivity,” Nicol said. “An optimized design delivers high power density to handle greater payloads and offers durability and reliability that improves uptime.”As with previous P610 and P600 products, the MX- and MZ-610 were developed for global markets and validated at Meritor’s worldclass technical centre in Cameri, Italy.last_img read more

Michaella McCollum Connolly pleads guilty to drug offences in Peru

first_imgIRISH WOMAN MICHAELLA McCollum Connolly has pleaded guilty to drug offences in Peru.The 20-year-old and her co-accused, Scottish woman Melissa Reid, hope their guilty pleas will lead to more lenient sentences.The pair were arrested in Lima on 6 August as they tried to smuggle 11kgs of cocaine out of the country.Earlier today, they were transported by van under armed guard from the jail where they are being held to Callao prison, where the trial is taking place.The Dungannon native had claimed that she was forced to take the drugs by an armed gang. The young women now face a minimum of six years and eight months in prison with no eligibility for parole.However, McCollum’s lawyer Peter Madden said earlier this month that they could be back home in as little as two years if a guilty plea is entered.He believes a new piece of legislation which applies to foreigners given sentences of seven years or less in prison could result in the pair being given two-thirds remission.On arriving at the hearing, he declined requests for comment, explaining that he could not issue statements on the case until after sentencing.As there is a prisoner transfer agreement between the UK and Peru, Reid’s family hope that a guilty plea will also see her return to serve her sentence in Scotland.According to Peru’s national prisons institute, 90 per cent of the 1,648 foreigners in the country’s prisons are either sentenced or awaiting trial for drug trafficking.Additional reporting by the Associated PressEarlier: Michaella McCollum Connolly to plead guilty to drug trafficking chargesWeb effort to help Irish woman arrested in Peru raises just over £700last_img read more

Coaching centres to remain closed from Friday

first_imgNurul Islam Nahid. File PhotoThe government has decided to keep coaching centres across the country closed from Friday to prevent question paper leaks ahead of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations.The education ministry’s national monitoring committee at a meeting at the ministry on Thursday took the decision.The SSC and equivalent examinations are scheduled to begin on 1 February.Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid announced the decision at the meeting which was convened to hold the upcoming public examination smoothly. Representatives from different ministries and law enforcing agencies attended the meeting.A decision was taken earlier to keep coaching centres closed three days ahead of the examinations.The minister said the examinees will not only have to reach the centres but also take seats half an hour before beginning of the examinations.”We’ve been desperate and aggressive to prevent question paper leaks,” the minister iterated, adding that various steps have been taken to stop question paper leaks.Nahid said the discussion is going on with the relevant authorities to suspend operations of Facebook for a limited period during the examinations.last_img read more

YouTube Will Make Cobra Kai Other Originals Free to Watch Later This

first_img Related Silicon Valleywood: Content Creators Discuss if Storytelling is Driven by Data “Impulse” stars Maddie Hasson as Henrietta “Henry” Cole, a rebellious 16-year-old girl who discovers she has the extraordinary ability to teleport, and her newfound power confirms her conviction that she really was different from everybody else — but it now makes her the focus of those who want to control her. The series is produced by Universal Content Productions, Hypnotic, and showrunner Lauren LeFranc.Other YouTube announcements at Brandcast included a deal teased with Justin Bieber for a special project premiering next year, a renewal of Kevin Hart’s “What the Fit?” for season 3, and a deal to live-stream the Lollapalooza music festival this summer. YouTube Rings in Era of Ad-Supported Originals By Making ‘Cobra Kai’ Free to Watch “For today’s viewers, primetime is personal and our content resonates so strongly due to the diversity and richness of our unmatched library and platform capabilities,” YouTube chief business officer Robert Kyncl said at the Brandcast event for ad execs Thursday in New York. “While every other media company is building a paywall, we are headed in the opposite direction.”According to YouTube, its originals amassed over 2.5 billion views across 50 shows last year — and it’s hoping the free-window strategy boosts views even more.YouTube said it will announce additional free ad-supported premiere dates for other programming at a later date, including supernatural drama “Impulse” and comedy “Liza On Demand,” starring digital star Liza Koshy. Other originals that have been stashed behind the paywall include “Step Up: High Water,” based on the dance-movie franchise.For YouTube, the Single Slate is an effort to better monetize its original productions through ads — across the site’s massive 2 billion-plus monthly users. It’s also part of its refocusing originals on music, learning and personality-driven projects and away from scripted fare, which may not have been delivering the hoped-for payback in driving subscriptions to YouTube Premium. YouTube recently canceled multiple scripted shows, including “Champaign ILL,” “Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television,” “Sideswiped,” “Do You Want to See a Dead Body,” “Overthinking With Kat & June,” “Youth & Consequences” and “Origin.”YouTube scripted originals include “Liza on Demand” and “Impulse,” both of which have been renewed for second seasons and are slated to premiere this fall, initially on YouTube Premium.The half-hour “Liza On Demand” will return with a 10-episode run following the chaotic misadventures of Liza (Liza Koshy) and her roommates Oliver (Travis Coles) and Harlow (Kimiko Glenn) as Liza takes on various tasks and odd jobs while trying to get ahead in the gig economy. The series is produced by Above Average, founded in 2012 by Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video.center_img Popular on Variety YouTube is officially bringing all of its original series and specials — available for free, with ads — starting this year.It’s shift in strategy for YouTube, which has previously made premium content available only to subscribers of YouTube Premium, which costs $11.99 monthly in the U.S. In some cases, however, YouTube will selectively window shows on the free, ad-supported side of the platform.YouTube last fall revealed its intent to release its premium originals for free viewing, under what it calls a “Single Slate” strategy.Now it has some details: The free-to-watch shows from YouTube will include the first two seasons of “Cobra Kai,” YouTube’s popular series that continues the story of the “Karate Kid,” beginning this fall — and which it just renewed for season 3. For two weeks, from Aug. 29 to Sept. 11, YouTube will make all of “Cobra Kai” season 1 available for free. Then on Sept. 11, YouTube will serve up the second season of “Cobra Kai” globally for free, with new episodes released weekly. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Noble initiative for acid attack survivors

first_imgA 22-year-old Reshma Bano Qureshi and a 34-year-old Meena Khatun are the newly employed women under an odd but unique initiative by The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group. Both, survivors of a heinous crime – acid attack – are now working in the Flower Room, curating and creating flower arrangements for each room, providing the guests of the Lalit with a pleasing welcoming sight. It was Keshav Suri, the executive director of the group who is trying his best to give a better life and bring forth the marginalized communities into the mainstream. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn the past, Kitty Su has hosted a night celebrating inclusivity and diversity, with India’s first wheelchair-bound DJ, Vinod Khullar. Kitty Su continued this trend in 2018 by having transgender Chef Trapani, a globally celebrated authority in Tex-Mex Food, take on a five-city tour.In addition to all of this, perhaps the most notable initiative by The Lalit Group in 2017 was their collaboration with the NGO, Make Love Not Scars to host a high fashion couture fashion show, Powerwalk, where acid attack survivors strutted down the ramp to let society know that beauty comes from confidence and acceptance. The show had outfits donated by 20 designers who came together to ignore competition and create a sense of belonging and unity. The Lalit also helped a survivor, Sonia with her surgery, hosted her stay at the hotel and invested in her dream to own a beauty parlour in Hyderabad. Over time, Keshav Suri’s inspiration to provide acceptance and equality to the survivors has driven the Lalit Group of Hotels to employ two acid attack survivors into the hotel’s family.last_img read more

North Carolina may finally allow transgender people to use their preferred bathroom

first_imgTwitterNorth Carolina’s bathroom bill may finally end up dead Is this really the end?First, the judge has to sign off. If that happens, it will be a crucial step forward.Republican lawmakers first enacted the bathroom bill last year. It caused the cancellation of major money-making events like concerts and professional athletic games.In March, this was mostly taken care of when a measure rescinding HB 2 was passed.However, transgender individuals still faced scrutiny and discrimination regarding bathroom choices. This settlement aims to combat that.Cooper further signed an executive order barring state agencies from discriminating based on gender identity. This also applies to organizations who have contracts with the state.Ultimately, these are crucial and positive steps forward in North Carolina.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The headache of North Carolina’s proposed and controversial bathroom bill may finally come to an end.Democratic Governor Roy Cooper, the American Civil Liberties Union, and transgender people who sued the state proposed a settlement to bill HB 2.Should a judge sign off on the settlement, it will remove some of the bill’s most harmful portions.Ultimately, it allows transgender people to legally use bathrooms that match their gender identity.‘For too many reasons, it is not in our state’s best interest to remain in drawn-out court battles that still linger because of HB 2,’ Cooper said in a statement explaining the settlement. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- LGBT Witch-hunt: North Carolina no longer welcomes transgender travelers and residentsIowa legislature introduces transgender bathroom billTech giants warn Texas over anti-trans bathroom lawRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/north-carolina-transgender-preferred-bathroom/last_img read more

Bear Cub Twink Im a twub and this is what it means

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Alex Protopapa chooses to identify as a twub (Photo: Supplied) What do you get when you mix both neighbouring tribes together?Hello, I’m Alex and I am a twub.Yes, really.A couple of weeks ago, I changed my Twitter title to incorporate the word ‘Twub’. Anyone that follows me will know I like my weird Twitter handles, but this particular handle is probably the most accurate I’ve ever had and was the easiest to swallow (stop it!).Now, I know what you’re thinking if you’ve stuck with me this far: Is this boy for real? Not another gay tribe to add to the list! However … just hear me out.I’ve created the twub tribe for myself because it helps me feel closer to the gay community. Identifying as a twub enables me to feel close the two tribes I most identify with, and not the ones I’m told to identify with.‘Growing up, I was the overweight camp kid’It is possible to feel sexy as a ‘curvy’ young man, whilst simultaneously poking fun at gay culture by making up tribes by using funny words like twub. Today I find it empowering, but it wasn’t always this way.Growing up, I was the overweight camp kid that was often the punchline of everyone’s joke at school. This deterred me from engaging in social situations for years because of the anxiety it caused. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still the punchline of most jokes, but it’s now my own choice. And it’s fabulous.Taking controlI put myself in those jokey situations because I’ve developed the confidence to be able to take control of how I want the world to see me. That includes how I identify and my personal branding. It means not bowing down to fit into how the world wants to define me.For years, I felt isolated from the gay community because I didn’t have that gay perfect body and I wasn’t ‘Masc4Masc’: a term that still makes me gag.It wasn’t until I realized that to feel more comfortable within a community, you sometimes have to mentally distance yourself and not constantly be comparing yourself to others. From my own experiences, I end up feeding a negative thought process when I compare myself to others on the scene.What good does that actually achieve? The less I focus on what everyone else is doing, and focus on my own self development, the better and more confident I feel. Why my life is better for staying friends with my ex-boyfriendsThis is how ‘Gay Twitter’ killed my self-worthSeven tweeters who really needed to delete their accounts in 2017Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/twub-alex-protopapa/ (Photo: Alex Protopapa)Own that label!I’ve never actually been a major fan of labels. I’ve often questioned anyone that takes them too seriously. However, I’ve recently come to the realisation that if choosing to identify as a certain label helps lessen social anxiety, boosts one’s mental welling being, whether it be superficial or not, own that label and throw out the receipt!Anxiety within the LGBTI community is a real problem. Looking at yourself through a fine-sequined magnifying class and not liking what you see…. Well, it can be really difficult to take in.On the flip side, I love being a member of the LGBTI community, but sometimes there are those who are keen to point out our flaws. This justs adds to our anxietal baggage. Especially for a millenial living in the social media age where hours can be lost browsing and swiping through the lives of others.The twub tribeI’d identify as a twub on and offline, and for me, having a tribe that I feel I sit comfortably within, helps me navigate the minefield of ‘gay twitter’ or being #instagay on Instagram.Identifying under my own label myself makes me feel like I’m standing out in some way, whilst remaining part of the community – whether I have guys gawking at my underwear pics or not.The twub tribe is something I’ve created, it’s for me – and whoever else feels twinkylicious with a pinch of cub couture.If there’s anything I’ve learnt from dealing with my personal demons, it’s the power of taking control of your identity. Brand yourself before taking the label others impose on you.You are a strong person that deserves to feel amazing.The Twub ‘tribe’ or ‘label’ helps me keep it cute and I invite whoever is reading this to keep it cute with their own tribe. Be a twotter (a twinky otter,) be a bock (a bearish jock) or be an emu for all I care. The point is that taking charge of your identity – whether that be the way you describe your sexuality, appearance or preference – is a stepping stone to taking charge of other elements of your life.Love, TwubSee alsoWhy my New Year’s resolution is to stop dating several guys at once The urban dictionary defines a ‘Twink’ as ‘an attractive, boyish-looking, young gay man.’ It defines a ‘Cub’ as ‘a young, husky, hairy gay man. Essentially a young bear’. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

Passengers brawl with China Eastern staff

first_imgPassengers were pushed past their limits and staff threw out all customer service guildelines, when a fight between travellers and China Eastern service employees broke out in Beijing.The disturbance occurred late last week at Beijing International Airport after a China Eastern flight was delayed a number of times without an explanation, Beijing Cream reported.Additionally, staff kept moving passengers back and forth, changing the boarding gate number on several occasions.The fight picked up when a group passengers approached a customer service desk and were surprised to find no staff present.Two hours later the group allegedly returned and requested airport workers locate China Eastern staff.Upon their return, staff denied ever leaving the table and insisted the boarding gate had not changed – even after a woman showed the employee the gate number on the board differed from the gate number on her ticket.An on duty manager attempted to resolve the issue, but was struck over the head by a newspaper thrown by one of the passengers.Losing his temper, team members attempted to restrain the manager and even had to catch the chair he had picked up and aimed at the crowd.The flight eventually departed Beijing, four hours after its original departure time.Check out the brawl in the video below. Chairs were thrown and a China Eastern manager was struck with a newspaper. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: NJlast_img read more

by Victoria Ahearn The Canadian Press Posted

first_img by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 7, 2019 6:17 am PDT TORONTO — The CBC series “Anne with an E” and “Schitt’s Creek” are the leading nominees for this year’s Canadian Screen Awards.Each show has 15 nominations for the awards, which honour Canadian talent in film, television and digital media.“Anne with an E” is up for trophies including best drama series and best actress for Amybeth McNulty, who stars as the young Prince Edward Island heroine from Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic novel.“Schitt’s Creek”‘s nominations include best comedy series and acting nods for the main stars, who play a riches-to-rags family — Eugene Levy, Daniel Levy, Catherine O’Hara and Annie Murphy.Both “Anne with an E” and “Schitt’s Creek” also stream on Netflix and have been gaining international buzz.On the film side, the leading contenders are from Quebec: Maxime Giroux’s allegorical drama “The Great Darkened Days” and Daniel Roby’s disaster thriller “Just a Breath Away” with eight nominations apiece.Both are contenders in categories including best picture and best director.Giroux’s film is about a draft dodger from Quebec who takes refuge in the American West.“Just a Breath Away” follows a couple trying to save their daughter from a toxic gas cloud in Paris.Also in the running for best picture are the post-apocalyptic “Genesis” directed by Freddie Hutton-Mills, coming-of-age drama “A Colony” from Geneviève Dulude-De Celles, and Sophie Dupuis’ Montreal crime story “Family First.”The Canadian Screen Awards, which will air from Toronto on CBC and the CBC Gem streaming service on March 31, have a total of 135 categories.The other best drama series contenders announced Thursday are City’s “Bad Blood,” OMNI’s “Blood and Water,” CBC’s “Frankie Drake Mysteries” and History’s “Vikings.”The best comedy series category is rounded out by CraveTV’s “Letterkenny,” CBC’s “Mr. D” and “Workin’ Moms,” and OMNI’s “Second Jen.”The CBC says its popular show “Kim’s Convenience,” which won best comedy series at last year’s awards and is also on Netflix, was not eligible to be nominated this year as its broadcast slot moved from fall to winter.Other major nominees this year include season 2 of CTV’s crime drama “Cardinal,” titled “Blackfly Season,” which has 14 nods including best limited series or program.“CBC News: The National” has 13 nominations, while Global’s end-of-life drama “Mary Kills People” and CBC’s parenting comedy “Workin’ Moms” have nine nods each.This year’s Canadian Screen Awards won’t have a host and will hand out special honours to stars including the Kids in the Hall comedy troupe, who will get the Academy Icon Award.Meanwhile, comedy great Mary Walsh will receive the Earle Grey Award for her body of work and filmmaker Deepa Mehta will get the Lifetime Achievement Award.Toronto actor Stephan James — who has skyrocketed to fame with starring roles in the Oscar-nominated film “If Beale Street Could Talk” and the Amazon Prime Video series “Homecoming” — will get the inaugural Radius Award, which goes to a Canadian making waves globally.Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press File Photo: Annie Murphy as Alexis Rose, left to right, Eugene Levy as Johnny Rose, Catherine O’Hara as Moira Rose and Dan Levy as David Rose in CBC’s comedy Schitt’s Creek pose in an undated handout photo. The CBC series “Anne with an E” and “Schitt’s Creek” are the leading nominees for this year’s Canadian Screen Awards. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Anne with an E,’ ‘Schitt’s Creek’ lead Canadian Screen Awards nomineeslast_img read more

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