Event chair and host Barbara Davis announced today that Academy award-winning actor, producer and director Robert De Niro will be honored with the “Brass Ring Award” at The 2018 Carousel of Hope Ball on Saturday, October 6.The biennial event is dedicated to increasing awareness for diabetes, and raising funds for clinical care and diabetes research at the Barbara Davis Center For Diabetes. Longtime supporter, Robert De Niro, will receive the award at this year’s ball for his humanitarian efforts and continued support of the cause. The “Brass Ring Award” was named after the elusive brass ring that carousel riders would try to catch when the ride first became popular. Now universally recognized as a symbol of achievement, the brass ring represents the ultimate goal of finding a cure for diabetes. “Brass Ring Award” recipients exemplify the dedication and strength that brings the Children’s Diabetes Foundation and the Barbara Davis Center one step closer to finding a cure. Past “Brass Ring Award” recipients include Frank Sinatra, Hillary Clinton, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, George Clooney, Jane Fonda, Sir Sidney Poitier, David Foster, Halle Berry, Sherry Lansing and more.Speaking on the award, Chairman and Host of The Carousel of Hope Ball Barbara Davis, said, “We are so delighted to announce that the multi-talented, two-time Oscar-winning actor, director and producer, Robert De Niro will receive the Brass Ring Award at the 2018 Carousel of Hope Ball. He is one of the kindest, most caring human beings I have ever known. He goes above and beyond to help others and has supported the Carousel of Hope from the very start.”De Niro has been recognized around the world for his outstanding work in film. In 2009, De Niro received the coveted Kennedy Center Honor, and President Obama presented De Niro with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016, recognizing him for his outstanding contributions to the U.S. He served as the jury president of the 64th Cannes Film Festival, and in 2009, received the Stanley Kubrick Award from the BAFTA Britannia Awards. AARP The Magazine gave De Niro the 2010 Movies for Grownups Lifetime Achievement Award, and the following year, he was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards. He was honored by AFI with their Life Achievement Award in 2003, and two years prior, received the Bravo Lifetime Achievement Award at the Independent Feature Projects’ Gotham Awards. De Niro and the cast of “The Good Shepherd” were awarded the Silver Berlin Bear at the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival. He is the recipient of two National Board of Review Awards, four New York Film Critics Circle Awards, two Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, and GLAAD’s 2016 Excellent in Media Award.Robert De Niro launched his prolific motion picture career in Brian De Palma’s “The Wedding Party” in 1969. By 1974 he had won the New York Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor in recognition of his critically acclaimed performance in “Bang the Drum Slowly” and from the National Society of Film Critic for Martin Scorsese’s “Mean Streets.” In 1974 De Niro won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the young Vito Corleone in “The Godfather, Part II.” In 1980 he won his second Oscar, as Best Actor, for his extraordinary portrayal of Jake La Motta in Scorsese’s “Raging Bull.” De Niro has earned Academy Award nominations for his work in five additional films: as Travis Bickle in Scorsese’s acclaimed “Taxi Driver;” as a Vietnam vet in Michael Cimino’s “The Deer Hunter,” as a catatonic patient brought to life in Penny Marshall’s “Awakenings,” in 1992 as Max Cady, an ex-con looking for revenge, in Scorsese’s remake of the 1962 classic “Cape Fear” and as a father to a bi-polar son in David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook.”He was most recently seen in Tribeca Productions’ and HBO’s “Wizard of Lies” starring as Bernie Madoff, for which he received both an Emmy Award nomination for Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie and a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie. His next project will be Netflix’s “The Irishman”, in which he stars and is producing with Martin Scorsese, for their ninth collaboration.De Niro takes pride in the development of his production company, Tribeca Productions, the Tribeca Film Center, which he co-founded with Jane Rosenthal in 1988, and in the Tribeca Film Festival, which he founded with Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in 2001 as a response to the attacks on the World Trade Center. The festival, which just completed its 17th run, was conceived to foster the economic and cultural revitalization of Lower Manhattan through an annual celebration of film, music, and culture; the festival’s mission is to promote New York City as a major filmmaking center and help filmmakers reach the broadest possible audiences. Through Tribeca Productions, De Niro develops projects on which he serves in a combination of capacities, including producer, director and actor.This year marks the 32nd Carousel Ball, where guests will enjoy cocktails, silent and live auctions, dinner, exciting entertainment, and musical performances. Since its inception in 1978, the iconic event has been a Hollywood favorite, uniting entertainment, sports, and business industry leaders from all areas for a night dedicated to raising awareness and, ultimately, finding a cure for diabetes. Diabetes, which afflicts over 30 million people in the United States alone, is rapidly on the rise. It is estimated that one in three babies born today will have diabetes in their lifetime and each year, approximately 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Of those, 25,000 are children. The Carousel of Hope Balls have raised more than $100 million to date, with proceeds benefitting the Children’s Diabetes Foundation and the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes (BDC). Funds are raised through sponsorships, dinner tickets, a live and silent auction, and contributions. Rated #1 Benefit in Southern California by Bizbash for multiple years, this star-studded evening is not to be missed.The 2018 Carousel of Hope Ball is generously sponsored by American Airlines, Tina & Rick Caruso, Marlyn and Robert Day, and Dexcom.Mrs. Davis will co-host a kickoff cocktail party with Bruce Bozzi, Jr. at The Palm on May 21.More info can be found here.
Advertisement Advertisement Aisholpan Nurgaiv is a soft-spoken, 15-year-old Kazakh girl with a bright, shy smile, a competitive streak and a rare skill: she hunts from horseback with the aid of her 10-kilogram golden eagle. Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment As profiled in Otto Bell’s stunning Mongolia-set documentary The Eagle Huntress, screening in the TIFF Kids program, Aisholpan pushes past 1,000 years of male tradition to become the first female champion eagle hunter.Early on in the film, narrated by Daisy Ridley, then-13-year-old Aisholpan goes with her father Nurgaiv Rys to perform a key ritual for an eagle hunter: the capture of an eaglet to train as a hunting partner.That done, coached by her father — one of 12 generations of eagle hunters in their family — Aisholpan is brave, skilled in handling the huge bird and has unwavering determination to excel. She is focused on besting the older men in the region who doubt her, sure she can win first place at an annual competition.Later, she participates in a gruelling winter hunt, the first girl in her family to do so. Twitter
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Its initial premise is that an elderly man (John Koensgen) is left at a police station with a butcher’s hook around his neck and the business card of a lawyer, Hamilton (Andrew Musselman), who doesn’t seem to know him. An interpreter (Miranda Calderon) is called in to help because the man can’t speak English. And then things go into full thriller mode. Advertisement The play is set in a Toronto police station and one of its central characters, played by Tony Nappo, is a detective so I invited Boddy, who’s currently based at the 11th Division on Davenport, to the theatre for his specialist perspective.But for a good portion of the 90-minute show, I’m worried I may have made a big boo-boo. I saw Weyni Mengesha’s production in its initial run at the Theatre Centre, but had forgotten — or perhaps repressed — just how harrowing it becomes. Facebook Inspector Chris Boddy has been with the Toronto Police Service for 26 years. Asked when he last went to the theatre, he’s momentarily stumped, but remembers seeing the Blue Man Group at the Panasonic Theatre on “the night of the flood” in the summer of 2005.It’s been a while, then.On the weekend, Boddy was back at the Panasonic to see Butcher, Nicolas Billon’s celebrated 2014 play back for an encore run in the Off-Mirvish season.
Rabat – A police officer in the city of Benguerir in the Marrakech-Safi region used his service revolver on Tuesday in order to arrest a suspect, who was charged with drug trafficking and endangering the lives of authorities.The police were chasing after a suspect carrying a large sword, with which he was threatened police officers before the armed intervention. One officer used his gun after the suspect refused to comply with the authorities’ orders.According to press release issued by the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN), one of the police officers fired a warning shot and then a second bullet, which gazed the suspect’s left foot. The suspect was transferred to the hospital to get the necessary care while the sword used in the assault against police officers was seized. Police say he will soon be placed in custody for further investigation under the supervision of the public prosecutor’s office.
Responding to a question posed at the daily State Department press briefing, Ventrell said that the US government is also reviewing the report on Sri Lanka released by Human Rights Watch. “So we’re reviewing this lengthy and extensive report. I understand we just got it a day or so ago. But we do note our strong concern about human rights violations and violations of international humanitarian law in Sri Lanka. And to date, the Government of Sri Lanka has not initiated a full, credible, or independent investigation into longstanding allegations of human rights abuses in Sri Lanka, including sexual assault. So we’re reviewing this particular report, but you know where we’ve been in terms of human rights in Sri Lanka and our really deep concerns,” the State Department Acting Deputy Spokesperson said. The United States says the Government of Sri Lanka has not initiated a full, credible, or independent investigation into longstanding allegations of human rights abuses in Sri Lanka, including sexual assaultPatrick Ventrell, Acting Deputy Spokesperson of the US State Department said that the US has strong concerns about human rights violations and violations of international humanitarian law in Sri Lanka The government has however rejected the report. (Colombo Gazette) The report by Human Rights Watch, released this week, provides detailed accounts of 75 cases of alleged rape and sexual abuse that occurred from 2006-2012 in both official and secret detention centers throughout Sri Lanka.In the cases documented by Human Rights Watch, men and women reported being raped on multiple days, often by several people, with the army, police, and pro-government paramilitary groups frequently participating.
Video of Ambassador Negroponte’s remarks Prior to the meeting, a spokesman for Mr. Annan said the Secretary-General wanted to listen to whatever ideas Ambassador John D. Negroponte of the United States and Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry of the United Kingdom would present.”I don’t think we want to comment on how things should be done in Iraq,” Fred Eckhard said in response to questions at a press briefing. The Secretary-General, he added, is “more in a listening mode today.”The spokesman recalled that Mr. Annan, in comments last month to the Security Council and in his year-end press conference, expressed the view “that there was clearly not enough time to organize fair and credible elections in Iraq given the situation on the ground.””The situation on the ground remains insecure. So the scope for a UN role is very much limited by the security factor. That’s a fact of life,” Mr. Eckhard said. “But I think everyone wants to see a successful transition to sovereignty in Iraq and everyone has their thinking caps on as to the best way to do that.”Following the meeting, US Ambassador Negroponte confirmed that Washington would participate in the planned dialogue. “I can tell you that the United States will be represented and will be appropriately represented,” he told reporters, adding, “I cannot at this moment identify who that representation will be.” The US Ambassador also said the talks on 19 January should cover issues of mutual concern, especially security. “We want the UN to play a vital role and we welcome the UN back into Iraq as soon as it could possibly do so.” Specific details remained to be discussed among the coalition, the Governing Council and the UN.
Duchess of Cambridge, leaves at the conclusion of a ceremony at Government House in Victoria, British Columbia, CanadaCredit:Chris Wattie/REUTERS Chiefs from the Heiltsuk First Nations community in Bella Bella, VictoriaCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire Before the reception, they joined around 25 people, including First Nations representatives, in the drawing room for a special ceremony designed to heal the wounds of conflict between indigenous people and the government.Assisted by two Indian chiefs, the Duke carefully added a ring of reconciliation to the Black Rod, a ceremonial staff of British Columbia’s Legislature modelled on the one used in Parliament in London.Created in 2012 for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, it was previously adorned with three rings, representing the province, Canada, and the link to the UK. Grand Chief Edward John spoke of what he called the “cultural genocide” of First Nations but paid tribute to the role of the Crown in healing divisions. He told the Duke: “Today we honour you. You honour us by bringing your young family to this great country.”The Duke and Duchess have met First Nations representatives on their tour but have avoided publicly discussing some social problems, including the high level of suicides among indigenous people. They attended a reception for political and civic leaders from across British Columbia at Government House in Victoria, described by a local newspaper as an “emotional, historic and politically charged ceremony”.At least one First Nations leader had refused to attend, calling it a “charade” in the face of the reality faced by his communities.The ceremony saw the Duke and Duchess mingle with 200 guests in the ballroom of the grand house, the monarch’s official residence in the province of British Columbia. The Duchess has, however, raised it in private. Kluane Adamek, a young member of the Kluane First Nation, met her at a reception on Sunday and disclosed they had spoken about the serious issues.”Some of the questions they had, in particular the Duchess , were in relation to suicide, and why is that [happening] in our Northern communities,” Adamek told CBC.”So we actually got to have a conversation about that, and talking about the importance of identity and culture and young people knowing who they are and where they come from.”Last night, all eyes were on the Duchess at the event, with photographs of her being broadcast across the world.She wore a gown by Preen, the brand set up by husband and wife Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi which counts Samantha Cameron among their customers. Kensington Palace officials declined to comment on the controversy.In a speech at the start of the ceremony, Steven Point, a former lieutenant governor of British Columbia and a member of the Stolo Nation, hailed the Black Rod as a symbol of reconciliation. “Today we begin again,” he said. The Duke added a fourth ring, engraved with eagle feathers and a canoe, to symbolise First Nations in the province.Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, leader of 115 First Nation tribes in British Columbia known as the Union of BC Chiefs, said he was boycotting the ceremony because it was a charade.”With the deepening poverty of our communities, remembering the missing and murdered indigenous women and girls and the ongoing negligence of indigenous child welfare policies across this country, in good conscience, I cannot participate in the Black Rod Ceremony,” Grand Chief Phillip said in a statement. The Duchess of Cambridge dazzled in a glamorous ball gown last night as she helped navigate one of the most controversial political issues in modern-day Canada.The Duchess wore a red gown and symbolic maple leaf brooch, borrowed from the Queen, in honour of her Canadian hosts.She and her husband, the Duke, attended a historic reconciliation ceremony, which saw them praised for helping to heal divisions between the indigenous First Nations communities, government and crown. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Lack of sprinkler systems?Labour MP Jim Fitzpatrick – chairman of the all-party Parliamentary Fire Safety and Rescue Group – said the Government has resisted calls to install sprinkler systems in high-rise blocks in the wake of the Lakanal House tragedy.Mr Fitzpatrick, who was a firefighter for 20 years, told LBC: “We’ve been pressing for fire sprinkler systems in buildings where we think it’s appropriate – certainly over a height level and in places where there is vulnerability, care homes and in schools – and Government has been resisting that for some time.” Fire safety expert Graham Fieldhouse told BBC London the spread of the fire, which witnesses said took only 15 minutes to engulf the building, may have been exacerbated by the wrong materials being used and it had echoes of the 2009 Lakanal House tower block fire in Camberwell that killed six people. “This is very different from normal fires we see within blocks flats because normally we deal with what’s internal,” he said.”But the external spread of fire, which seems to be the case that happened here, is nothing new though because Lakanal was partly an external spread.” After the fire, the group posted: “All our warnings fell on deaf ears and we predicted that a catastrophe like this was inevitable and just a matter of time.”The group claimed access to the building was “severely restricted” for emergency services and other vehicles and that residents were advised to stay in their flats in case of fire. Mr Fieldhouse said reports that the Lakanal fire was made worse by cladding being put up on the outside of the building may be the case at Grenfell Tower.Fire, he said, may have got behind the cladding and spread up the side of the building.”The materials that sit behind the claddings should be of non-combustible material. I wonder if someone has taken advice from the experts, someone with qualifications.” “It’s shocking that this issue, this situation should come up again so soon after Lakanal,” he added. Cladding on the outside?Grenfell Tower was fitted with zinc rainscreen cladding and glazed curtain walling after a £10 million refurbishment. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “He was just beside himself. He was just as surprised at how quickly the fire spread as anybody else.”I could hear him saying that he contacted the emergency services immediately and they reassured him everything would be under control within a short period of time, and obviously it wasn’t.”She said she thought the fire started on the second floor. In a blog post on November 20 the group said: “The Grenfell Action Group believe that the KCTMO narrowly averted a major fire disaster at Grenfell Tower in 2013 when residents experienced a period of terrifying power surges that were subsequently found to have been caused by faulty wiring.” A gas explosion?Residents said refurbishment work had recently been carried out with work on the gas supply to the flats.Nicky Paramasivan, who was in his seventh floor flat with his partner and child, said that after they fled the explosions from the flats included blue flames, suggesting gas. Those missing from the Grenfell Tower blaze A faulty fridge?Witnesses described hearing one distressed resident apparently telling neighbours his faulty fridge caused the blaze.Samira Lamrani, 38, who lives on nearby Hurstway Walk, told the Press Association: “When I arrived on the scene he (the resident) was amongst the people that were standing there. But the MP for Poplar and Limehouse added: “There’s obviously a huge number of questions going to have to be asked about what happened to Latimer Road but it’s very early in the situation.”It’s a bit early to start pointing fingers, I would have thought.” Lack of entries and exits?A blog post from Grenfell Action Group in November said “only a catastrophic event” would expose safety concerns it highlighted.The group said there was only one entry and exit to the tower during improvement works at the block in Latimer Road and it had issues with evacuation procedures. “It’s just horrendous. I’m just hoping there’s not too many dead.”It went right through. There weren’t no stopping it.” Firefighters wait to start their shift after a massive fire raged in a 27-floor high-rise apartment building in LondonCredit:Matt Dunham/AP Sliding windows were replaced with double glazing in the 120 flats to prevent people falling.Plans submitted in 2012 to local authority Kensington and Chelsea described how zinc was “not sufficiently robust” to be fitted to the lower floors. Faulty wiring?The Grenfell Action Group have long claimed that the building is unsafe, and said in November that they believed “only a catastrophic event will expose the problems”.One of the safety issues they highlighted was faulty wiring and said a disaster cause by the problem was narrowly averted four years ago. The cause of the horrific blaze at Grenfell Tower in west London has yet to be established – but several theories have begun to emerge over what may have caused it.On Friday morning, the official death toll stood at 17 – but this is likely to rise as recovery teams continue their search of the tower’s smouldering wreckage.As the names of those missing in the inferno begin to emerge, so too are the questions over how it could have ever happened in the first place.Residents who escaped the towering inferno claimed fire alarms did not sound and they were told to “stay put” in their flats.It has also emerged an action group claimed their warnings of a “catastrophe” fell on “deaf ears” after highlighting safety concerns three years ago.Here are the theories on possible causes and contributing factors in the disaster: Flames and smoke coming from the 24-storey block of flatsCredit:NATALIE OXFORD /AFP
EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.1. #POINTS: The PAC will hear from a serving garda sergeant today on alleged malpractice in the penalty points system. The committee decided to push ahead with today’s session, in spite of the Justice Minister’s referral of the issue to the force watchdog, the Garda Ombudsman.2. #LETTERS: Michael Noonan can’t confirm the exact number of personnel who would have had access to two letters relating to the period around the Bank Guarantee, which have gone missing from the Department of Finance. However, the Minister said the search for the documents was continuing.3. #PUT OUT: The massive blaze at Ballymount has been extinguished, five days after it broke out. The fire at the recycling plant sent a huge plume of smoke over west Dublin for days. At its height, 75 firefighters were battling it.4. #GILLIGAN: John Gilligan has been ordered to pay costs in relation to a failed Supreme Court challenge, the Irish Daily Star reports this morning. The drug criminal had challenged a law under which consecutive sentences were imposed on him for having a mobile in prison.5. #PANTI ROW: Journalist Breda O’Brien has said she accepts the apology made by RTÉ over comments made on The Saturday Night Show. The state broadcaster apologised and paid a financial settlement to O’Brien and others following the comments made on the chat-show by performer and gay rights advocate Rory O’Neill (aka Panti).6. #REHAB: Ten senior managers at Rehab shared almost a million euro in pay last year. The Irish Times reports that the managers received €908,498 between them in 2013. The figures were given to the Dáil Public Accounts Committee by the HSE.7. #CHILDREN: Taoiseach Enda Kenny will today launch the new Child and Family Agency, which will bring child services into one centralised regime. The agency will take over child protection from the HSE.8. #ROUGH RIDE: “I felt he was being unreasonable and he felt I was being unreasonable so we decided to go our separate ways”: Paul Kimmage has revealed the reason he pulled out of ghost-writing Brian O’Driscoll’s book.9. #FRIENDS IN COLD PLACES: Hundreds of Garth Brooks fans have been queuing overnight at Ticketmaster locations all over the country. Tickets go on sale this morning at 9am. The country superstar plays two comeback shows at Croke Park next July.
Le gouvernement interdit des produits naturels et peu polluants pour la culture des légumesLe gouvernement souhaite faire interdire l’usage de produits naturels par les cultivateurs de légumes. Ces produits sont pourtant bien moins polluants que les substances chimiques autorisées dans l’agriculture.Nombre d’agriculteurs sont furieux contre le gouvernement. Le ministère de l’Agriculture souhaite faire interdire l’utilisation de produits bien plus respectueux de l’environnement que les substances phytosanitaires chimiques, puisque naturels. Denis Digel, un producteur de salades alsacien, s’insurge ainsi auprès de l’AFP contre la volonté du gouvernement, lui qui traite depuis deux ans ses centaines de milliers de salades avec du Sémafort, un engrais réalisé à base d’algues, d’extraits végétaux et de phosphites. Ce produit fabriqué en Allemagne est utilisé pour renforcer les défenses naturelles des légumes contre le mildiou, une maladie qui affecte de nombreuses espèces de plantes. “C’est trois fois moins cher à l’hectare, et nettement plus efficace. Les rendements sont supérieurs. Et en plus, cela permet de réduire l’impact négatif sur la nature” explique Denis Digel, qui ne comprend pas pourquoi le gouvernement veut faire interdire le produit. Car comme il le rappelle, le Grenelle de l’environnement demande aux agriculteurs de se tourner vers des solutions alternatives et plus écologiques pour parvenir à diviser par deux leur consommation de produits phytosanitaires, et ce d’ici à 2018.Des engrais “phytopharmaceutiques” ?Voilà donc trois ans qu’un projet expérimental réunissant 460 producteurs teste des produits naturels, et notamment le Sémafort, avec succès. Baptisée Planète légumes, cette expérimentation est soutenue par la Chambre d’agriculture d’Alsace. Mais en juin dernier, le ministère de l’Agriculture a fait savoir à ces agriculteurs que les produits contenant des phosphites ne pouvaient pas être commercialisés dans un autre but que phytopharmaceutique. Les produits utilisés en tant qu’engrais doivent être “retirés du marché sans délai”, affirmait alors le gouvernement. Un expert du ministère a expliqué la raison de cette interdiction à l’AFP. “Nous n’avons aucune opposition de fond à l’usage des phosphites, qui sont d’ailleurs autorisées au niveau européen. Simplement, tout produit à base de phosphite ne peut être commercialisé que s’il a obtenu une autorisation de mise sur le marché” souligne-t-il. Mais obtenir cette autorisation s’avère long et coûteux. Elle devient alors inaccessible à bon nombre de producteurs de ces produits. “Pour le Sémafort, cela coûterait quatre millions d’euros, c’est hors de portée de son fabricant” explique Fabien Digel, le frère de Denis Digel, et le directeur de Planète légumes.Le député UMP du Bas-Rhin François Loos a affirmé son soutien aux agriculteurs, demandant pour eux un entretien avec le ministre Bruno Le Maire. “Je pense qu’il y a une campagne en France pour empêcher l’arrivée de ces produits sur le marché. Je ne sais pas si c’est un lobby, mais en tout cas je demande au ministre d’avancer” déclare-t-il à l’AFP.Le 8 août 2011 à 15:26 • Maxime Lambert
Star Trek: Discovery stayed true to its promise of casting a female lead and including more actors of color in the announcement of its star.Sonequa Martin-Green, currently on The Walking Dead, will be moving into more upbeat pastures as the lead of the new Star Trek series.Martin-Green will be playing Lt. Cmdr. Rainsford on the spaceship Discovery and will be the first African-American woman to lead a cast.So yes, the lead of a Star Trek series, for once, isn’t the captain or commander of a ship. This was intentional, as to give the audience a different perspective on a Starfleet ship.“We’ve seen six series from the captain’s point of view,” Fuller told Entertainment Weekly. “To see a character from a [new] perspective on the starship — one who has different dynamic relationships with a captain, with subordinates, it gave us richer context.”Fuller stepped down as showrunner back in October but had said he wanted to promote diversity in race, gender, and sexual orientations on his new crew. He also stressed the importance of casting a nonwhite woman in the lead role.Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts, who were executive producers, were given show-running responsibilities, and Fuller said he’d stay on in some context.“We wanted to paint a picture of Starlet that’s indicative of encountering people who are much more different than we are,” he said.Fuller had fulfilled other promises before leaving. Anthony Rapp, for example, was cast as Lt. Stamets, who is openly gay.As for Martin-Green, for now, she’s staying on as a Walking Dead regular, but considering the show’s love of killing off characters, she might not be for long.Martin-Green will be joining Klingons played by Chris Obi, Shazad Latif, and Mary Chieffo. Rapp, Doug Jones, and Michelle Yeoh will also be starring. Star Trek: Discovery will be premiering in May 2017 on CBS and will be available to stream on CBS All Access. Stay on target ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ S2 Finale Recap: When No One Has Gone Before’Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 2, Ep 13 Recap: Tearful Preparations
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed Alberto Moreno will start the club’s third round FA Cup tie against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday.The former Sevilla left-back is set to be named in the Reds’ starting XI at the Molineux to play his fifth game of the season, with Simon Mignolet also in line to begin the clash.Klopp revealed his decision during his pre-game press conference with journalists at Liverpool’s training ground.Asked if Moreno is going to play, the timer Borussia Dortmund manager said, according to the club’s official website:Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“100 per cent, 100 per cent.”“Alberto is another example for being an unbelievable professional person and a really important part of the dressing room.”“He is from the positive side of the planet I would say. He is very often in very, very good shape, he loves training, loves playing and loves all these things and he is really good with all the boys. I can say Alberto will play as well, there is no doubt about that. He has to play, that’s clear.”
WASHINGTON (WSVN) — Former Florida Gov. Rick Scott has officially taken on his new role as a member of the U.S. Senate.Vice President Mike Pence, president of the Senate, administered the oath to Scott on the Senate floor in Washington, Tuesday afternoon.Scott was escorted by former Republican senators, including Mel Martínez and Connie Mack, among others.Sen. Marco Rubio also walked Scott to the Senate floor for the official ceremony.Scott was sworn in days after his colleagues, as he had asked Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell to delay his ceremony so he could serve out his term as governor.The new senator’s term as Florida governor officially came to an end after Ron DeSantis took on the role, Tuesday.Scott and his wife were present for DeSantis’ inaugural ceremony in Tallahassee but later headed to Washington for his own swearing-in. A second ceremonial swearing-in process took place Tuesday at the Old Senate Chamber, where Scott was accompanied by his family for photos.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Ohio would have $5 million to invest in infrastructure at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and other installations in the state, under an earmark included in a budget bill under consideration by the Ohio House.The earmark would create an Ohio Military Facilities Commission which would be responsible for positioning the state’s installation to survive a future BRAC round, said House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R), who added the provision to the budget bill.“This is sorely needed, especially when there are fiscal constraints on the federal level to support our military facilities,” said U.S. Rep. Mike Turner (R), reported Dayton Daily News. He said the legislation is urgent because federal rules prohibit states from spending on base infrastructure during a BRAC process.“It is a game that must be completed before BRAC commences and that’s why it’s so important that this be done now,” said Turner, chairman of the House Armed Services’ Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee.Rosenberger announced the legislation at the National Aviation Hall of Fame inside the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson. “At the end of the day, what this comes down to is about securing jobs and securing, really, America’s future because … Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is the pointy spear of our military,” he said.Rosenberger said he would like to double the set aside to $10 million, according to the story. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
The Senate Appropriations Committee has released its tentative schedule for marking up fiscal 2019 spending bills. The military construction-VA measure is scheduled to be marked up the week of June 4; the defense measure, the week of June 25. The schedule does not specify whether both subcommittee and full committee markups will take place in the same week. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
With his third full-length album due out May 25, Mendes drops a new soulful pop track he wrote with the “Issues” singerNate HertweckGRAMMYs May 23, 2018 – 7:48 am Shawn Mendes can’t seem to sit still leading up to the release of his highly anticipated third full-length LP, the self-titled Shawn Mendes, which is due out May 25. The Canadian singer/songwriter has dropped yet another new song ahead of the album’s arrival, his first collaboration with GRAMMY nominee Julia Michaels, “Nervous.”The song’s anxious guitar opening and shaky first few lyrical lines support its title and theme, and as Mendes adrenaline begins to kick in, so does the kick drum, then the tambourine. Once the chorus arrives, a crew of background singers join in to support his excitement. In all, the soulfully vulnerable and concise number shows off Mendes and Michaels’ pop chops.”‘Nervous’ was the first time I got to work with Julia Michaels,” said Mendes in a behind-the-scenes video posted on Twitter. “She’s this ball of emotion that’s just kind of uncontrollable. She feels sadness and she feels happiness and she feels love and heartbreak all kind of at the same time. It was so awesome because I felt like I was just allowed to be free with the music… The actual concept of the song is super insecure, and ‘I get nervous around you,’ but the sound of the song is this ‘I’m the man’-type thing, so I love the contrast between the two.” Facebook Twitter Listen: Shawn Mendes’ New Song “Nervous” shawn-mendes-drops-julia-michaels-collab-nervous-ahead-new-album Email https://twitter.com/ShawnMendes/status/999104677798141952 “Nervous” marks the fifth new song from Mendes ahead of the release of his album, following “In My Blood,” “Lost In Japan,” “Where Were You In The Morning,” and his collaboration with GRAMMY nominee Khalid for the song “Youth,” which the duo delivered live at the Billboard Music Awards alongside the Majority Stoneman Douglas Student Choir. Mendes also performed the aforementioned “In My Blood” solo on the show.Mendes continues on his massive world tour, picking back up in Portland, Ore. June 12 and wrapping up Aug. 24 in Brooklyn, N.Y, making several festival appearances in the U.S., Europe and Japan along the way including a performance on June 1 at Governors Ball in New York City. Mendes’ tourmate, GRAMMY nominee Charlie Puth, dropped an album of his own earlier this month, Voicenotes.For a full list of tour dates and ticket information, visit Mendes’ website.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more News Making of #ShawnMendesTheAlbum – “#Nervous” x Preorder now to get it at midnight https://t.co/C3oXJ4AOKF pic.twitter.com/4r43dinxfK— Shawn Mendes (@ShawnMendes) May 23, 2018 Shawn Mendes Drops Julia Michaels Collab “Nervous” Ahead Of New Album
• But it also will get some iPad-only tweaks. That includes expanded Apple Pencil functionality, improved file management and a new version of Safari that will make for a more desktoplike Internet browsing experience. iPadOS also includes a new Home screen layout, enhanced multitasking features and new user interface gestures for cutting, copying, pasting and undoing actions. This fall, Apple will release iPadOS, a free software update, for the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini (released earlier this year), all the iPad Pros, the 2017 iPad, the 2018 iPad and the iPad Mini 4. MacOS CatalinaApple’s Macs will see a big upgrade this year with MacOS Catalina. For one, Apple will replace the iTunes app with three separate apps: Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV. Another big update will let Mac users run iPad apps they can download through the Mac App Store. The project, called Catalyst, makes it easier for developers to build apps that can run on both iPad and MacOS devices. With MacOS Catalina, Mac owners will be able to use an iPad as a second screen, much in the way you might use a monitor. The Sidecar program also lets you turn an iPad into a Mac’s writing pad with Apple Pencil. Apple Tags 11 The best features in iOS 13 and iPadOS public beta Now playing: Watch this: Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Phones Tablets Laptops Desktops Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it reading • iOS 13, iPadOS, MacOS Catalina available for public beta testing 1:26 Apple reveals tons of software updates and a Mac Pro… See All Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors iOS 13 will include a swipeable keyboard, and you can better customize Memoji avatars. The software also incorporates new photo tools like the ability to adjust the intensity of portrait lighting with a slider, other dynamic adjustments and the ability to rotate videos right in the Photos app. Siri gets an audio update in iOS 13 to make the digital assistant sound smoother and more humanlike. It also works better with AirPods, the HomePod, CarPlay and Safari, letting you create personalized shortcuts using the Shortcuts app and hand off a phone call or music from your iPhone to your HomePod smart speaker. iPadOSInstead of making compromises so iOS would work on phones and tablets, iPadOS lets Apple tweak its mobile software to work better on its iPads. The software will get some features also coming to iOS, including dark mode and a new floating keyboard. Download the betas at your own risk — and be sure to back up your devices before you do. As Apple has warned, “since the public beta software has not yet been commercially released by Apple, it may contain errors or inaccuracies and may not function as well as commercially released software.” Apple advises people to only download beta software on a secondary device or one that’s not “business critical.” This year saw Apple split its mobile software into two — iPhones will continue to use iOS, while iPads will now run iPadOS. The dedicated tablet operating system boosts the iPad’s productivity features and brings the tablet even closer to its potential as a laptop replacement. At the same time, Apple also has WatchOS for its Apple Watches, TVOS for Apple TV and MacOS for its computers.iOS 13iOS 13 brings several new features to iPhones this year, including some notable leaps over last year’s iOS 12. That includes dark mode, which replaces a light screen with a darker one. That saves battery life and can make looking at the screen easier on your eyes.Another big feature coming to iOS 13 is Sign In with Apple. The new privacy tool uses your Apple ID, not your email address, to verify your credentials. Apple said this new tool will keep you from being tracked online in ways you may not realize. Any app that lets you sign in using a third party like Facebook or Google also has to offer the ability to sign in with Apple. The public can now download a beta version of Apple’s iOS 13 iPhone software. Apple If you’re feeling adventurous, you can now download the beta version of Apple’s upcoming MacOS Catalina, iOS 13 and iPadOS software. The company made the test versions of the operating system publicly available on Monday, giving anyone a taste of the platform. Apple unveils its newest software each year in June at its Worldwide Developers Conference. It then releases the operating systems to developers to make apps ahead of the final release, typically in September when its newest devices hit the market. In early 2015, Apple started letting the public test its mobile software with iOS 8.3. By offering the operating system early both to developers and the public, Apple aims to catch more bugs and make sure the software works well before it’s rolled out to a broad audience. As with all betas, it’s likely some things will change before the final release. And there could be bugs and other issues that come from downloading software still in development. 29 Photos How to install the iOS 13 public beta right now iPadOS gives Apple’s tablets their own operating system Five best things about MacOS Catalina Share your voice See also Comments Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? iOS 13 iPadOS MacOS Catalina Apple
Vladimir Putin. Photo: AFPPresident Vladimir Putin on Friday ruled out any tit-for-tat expulsion of Americans after Washington turfed out dozens of Russian diplomats over alleged interference in the US presidential election.The Kremlin strongman’s surprise decision came after the foreign ministry asked him to send home 35 US diplomats in retaliation for the expulsion of the same number of its staff by President Barack Obama on Thursday.“We will not create problems for American diplomats. We will not expel anyone,” Putin said in a statement, also inviting children of US diplomats to a holiday party at the Kremlin.Putin’s move was a clear sign that Moscow is pinning its hopes on President-elect Donald Trump to help rebuild ties—which have plunged to their lowest point since the Cold War—when he takes office next month.“We evaluate the new unfriendly steps by the outgoing US administration as a provocation aimed at further undermining Russian-American relations,” Putin said.He said Moscow would plan its next steps “based on the policies pursued by the administration of president Donald Trump”, while warning that the Kremlin reserves the right to hit back.Putin ended his message by wishing both Obama and Trump a Happy New Year and separately congratulated Trump in his New Year’s message to heads of state around the world.‘Grizzly Steppe’ -Obama on Thursday unleashed a barrage of sanctions against Russia over alleged cyberattacks aimed at tilting the election in Trump’s favour.The move came after years of bad blood with Putin that has seen Washington slap sanctions on Moscow over its interference in Ukraine and Syria.In response to the alleged hacks, dubbed “Grizzly Steppe” by US officials, Obama announced sanctions against Russia’s military and domestic intelligence agencies, and gave the 35 suspected “intelligence operatives” 72 hours to leave.The Kremlin’s administration said it is sending a special plane to fly diplomats and their families from the US, following reports they are not able to purchase plane tickets on such short notice.Foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told Russian news agencies that a total of 96 people will be leaving the United States, but declined to give details on their flight.US intelligence concluded that the Kremlin had ordered a hack-and-release of Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton campaign staff emails in a bid to put Republican real estate mogul Trump in the Oval Office.Obama’s moves have put him at odds with his successor, who has expressed his admiration for Putin and desire to improve ties with Russia.Moscow has repeatedly denied the hacking allegations and Trump too has questioned whether Russia really tipped the electoral scale, painting Obama’s accusations as a thinly veiled effort by a Democratic president to cover up for his party’s loss.Trump said that while he believes the US should “move on to bigger and better things,” he would meet intelligence leaders next week for a briefing on the situation.Obama—who has also clashed with Trump over his Israel policy in recent days—has pointedly stated that “all Americans should be alarmed by Russia’s actions”.‘Unprecedented’ -It remains to be seen whether Trump would move to roll back the sanctions against Moscow, with many leading Republican lawmakers publicly warning him to stay tough on Putin.Obama also linked the fresh sanctions to harassment of US diplomats in Moscow, which Washington described as “unprecedented” in the post-Cold War era.US officials played down the impact that sanctions against the GRU and the FSB could have on intelligence-sharing on issues like counterterrorism, saying cooperation was already limited.Both agencies will face sanctions, along with GRU agency chief Igor Korobov and three of his deputies.In addition, the US Treasury hit two individuals, Evgeniy Bogachev and Aleksey Belan, with sanctions for “involvement in malicious cyber-enabled activities”.The sanctions freeze any assets they may have in the United States and block US companies from doing business with them.The US government is also declassifying technical information on Russian cyber activity to help companies defend against future attacks.“The United States and friends and allies around the world must work together to oppose Russia’s efforts to undermine established international norms of behaviour and interfere with democratic governance,” Obama said.That reflects growing concerns that Russia could target elections next year in France, Germany and the Netherlands.
It’s National Signing Day for college football which means it’s also time for overly elaborate commitment press conferences and stagecraft.It’s early, but we have a winner for biggest troll job of the day. It comes from 4-star linebacker Quay Walker who broke the hearts of Tennessee fans – as if they haven’t been through enough – by donning the Vols orange hat and pretending to commit before throwing the hat across the room and picking Kirby Smart and Georgia.This is some troll job. Lane Kiffin approves. Kirby Smart is putting together a monster class.Wait for it……how do I make this my profile picture pic.twitter.com/peWMeZ6UoO— Paul Mathewson (@Paulmathewson) February 7, 2018
This story originally appeared on Reuters Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global March 31, 2015 Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min read International Business Machines Corp said on Tuesday it will invest $3 billion over the next four years in a new ‘Internet of Things’ unit, aiming to sell its expertise in gathering and making sense of the surge in real-time data.The Armonk, New York-based technology company said its services will be based remotely in the cloud, and offer companies ways to make use of the new and multiplying sources of data such as building sensors, smartphones and home appliances to enhance their own products.For its first major partnership, IBM said a unit of the Weather Co will move its weather data services onto IBM’s cloud, so that customers can use the data in tandem with IBM’s analytics tools.As a result, IBM is hoping that companies will be able to combine live weather forecasting with a range of business data, so companies can quickly adapt to customer buying patterns or supply chain issues connected to the weather.For example, insurance companies could send messages to policyholders in certain areas when hailstorms are approaching and tell them safe places to park, saving money all round.Or retail stores could compare weather forecasts with past data to predict surges or drop-offs in customer buying due to extreme weather, and to adjust staffing and supply chain logistics accordingly.IBM said it was already working with some large companies, such as German tire maker Continental AG and jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney to help them use data in their processes.Focusing on the cloud is part of IBM’s gradual shift away from its traditional hardware and consulting business. The company is targeting $40 billion in annual revenue from the cloud, big data, security and other growth areas by 2018, which should be about 45 percent of its total revenue at that time, based on analysts’ growth estimates.(Reporting by Bill Rigby in Seattle; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)