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Bracing for the flood in Saskatchewan

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn Saskatchewan, Cumberland House and surrounding reserves may soon be under water.They are bracing for major flooding of rivers in Saskatchewan.This would be the second flood they’ve faced in eight years.It could also mean a long evacuation.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf has more on this story.last_img

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UN hails Lankas decision to pay victims raped by peacekeepers

The United Nations has commended Sri Lanka for arranging a one-time ex-gratia payment to a victim and child born as a result of sexual exploitation and abuse by United Nations peacekeepers from Sri Lanka.Briefing the General Assembly on the challenges being faced and progress being made to end the exploitation and abuse by United Nations peacekeepers, senior UN officials indicated that immediate concerns have been focused on providing protection and support to the victims, and reiterated the need for collective efforts to put stronger measures in place to ensure prevention and greater accountability. Khare noted that the trust fund to support the provision of services to victims is operational, and that Member States have been requested to consider making contributions. He said he has also instructed field missions to respond to the immediate needs of victims using their existing resources.Khare highlighted that in 2015, the UN had made progress in facilitating paternity and child support claims against peacekeepers. He commended Sri Lanka in particular, which he said has arranged a one-time ex-gratia payment to a victim and child born as a result of sexual exploitation and abuse. Speaking at an informal meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York, Atul Khare, Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, emphasized that the priority must be for the Organization to provide victims with support and assistance. “First and foremost, the victims – many of whom are children – need our protection and support,” he said. “The provision of assistance to victims is an area where experience has shown that the United Nations needs additional resources and strong collaboration among peacekeeping, the United Nations and local actors to have a tangible impact.” Reiterating that there can be no impunity for sexual exploitation and abuse, Khare stressed that if allegations are substantiated, the Organization “takes all action within its control.”Khare also said that in the face of allegations, the Secretariat has requested Member States to appoint National Investigation Officers (NIOs) within five days, rather than the ten-day period normally required by the Memorandum of Understanding. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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UN refugee agency alarmed over incident at Colombo refugee shelter

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is alarmed and concerned by yesterday’s incident at a refugee shelter housing mostly women and children on the outskirts of Colombo.On Tuesday, a group protested outside the shelter housing 31 refugees – most of them women and children – who had been rescued by the Sri Lankan Navy from a boat in Sri Lankan waters in April this year. UNHCR emphasizes that refugees are victims of violence and persecution who need international protection and assistance. UNHCR urges the public and all those concerned with refugees to continue extending protection and to show empathy for civilians fleeing persecution and violence.In Sri Lanka, the presence of refugees and asylum-seekers is authorized by the Government. In consultation with the authorities, UNHCR provides assistance to refugees until longer-term solutions can be found. (Colombo Gazette) The refugees were eventually evacuated to safety by the authorities to whom UNHCR is grateful for support and protection extended to refugees. UNHCR is equally concerned for the safety and security of its partner’s staff present during the incident who were providing humanitarian assistance to the refugees. read more

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Mormon church warning Beware of those fancy coffee drinks

SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is reminding members that coffee is prohibited no matter how fancy the name, that vaping is banned despite the alluring flavours and that marijuana is outlawed unless prescribed by a competent doctor.The new guidance in the August issue of a church youth magazine doesn’t include any fundamental changes to the religion’s strict health code. But the significant clarifications seem to reflect growing concern about young Latter-day Saints’ adherence to the rules.The article says it aims to clarify issues that could be confusing to young people about the religion’s “Word of Wisdom,” a set of rules about foods and drinks.The article warns that drinks with names that include cafe, caffe, mocha, latte, espresso, or end in -ccino usually have coffee in them.Brady McCombs, The Associated Press read more

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Federal agency issues studies of Alaska industrial road plan

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The federal government has released preliminary studies of a proposed industrial road through northern Alaska to a region rich in minerals.The Anchorage Daily News reported Tuesday that the Bureau of Land Management released draft studies Friday that are a prerequisite to construction of the 200-mile (322-kilometre) road.The bureau says it is analyzing an Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority application for a 50-year right of way.The state agency says the two-lane road would encourage mineral extraction in the Ambler Mining District, which it calls one of the world’s largest undeveloped copper-zinc belts.Conservation groups including the Wilderness Society and the Western Arctic Caribou Herd Working Group oppose the road.The environmental law firm Trustees for Alaska calls the project a “state-funded gravel private driveway” for mining interests.___Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.comThe Associated Press read more

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BC will have only one store selling cannabis on the first day

Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press Farnworth says penalties will also be imposed on those who sell cannabis to children or minors.Bootlegging or selling cannabis to minors, will continue to be a criminal offence punishable by up to 14 years in jail, in addition to provincial penalties of up to $50,000, jail time of up to six months or both, he said.Police are receiving specialized training and tools to tackle drug-impaired driving, he said.Graduated Licensing Program drivers won’t be allowed to have any marijuana in their system, and neither drivers nor passengers will be allowed to use cannabis in a vehicle.Farnworth said that this is just the beginning and the government will take stock of what happens on B.C.’s roads after legalization.“The legalization of non-medical cannabis is a historic shift in public policy,” he said. “It’s a considerable learning curve and, without a doubt, all levels of government will need to refine their policies and regulations in the years ahead.” VANCOUVER — On the morning of Oct. 17, British Columbians shouldn’t expect to wake up and see marijuana stores opening their doors.At least that’s the message from the province’s minister of public safety and solicitor general, Mike Farnworth.In a news release issued Sunday, Farnworth said the government’s first and only BC Cannabis Store will open in Kamloops and more retail locations are “anticipated” in the following months, with over 100 paid applications in various stages of entry.Canadian cannabis investors could find themselves turned away at the U.S. borderCannabis stocks are flying so high that even some in the industry are getting nervousOntario plans to sell pot online this fall and in private stores next yearThe government is also hoping to launch an online sales platform to ensure British Columbians can purchase non-medical cannabis regardless of where they live, he said.He says the province’s new Community Safety Unit will target illegal retail operations, and seize the product and records without a warrant. A fine will also be imposed based on the value of the product seized.The B.C. is hoping to launch an online sales platform to ensure British Columbians can purchase non-medical cannabis regardless of where they live. read more

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Paul George Blasted by NY Judge in Paternity Case

Paul George, the Indiana Pacers star forward, was lambasted by New York judge Matthew Cooper in his paternity case involving a 5-month-old he fathered with former stripper Daniela Rajic.“Even though it is all but certain that [George] is the father of the 5-month-old baby girl at the center of this case,” the New York Post reports that Cooper wrote, “he has gone to every length imaginable to avoid taking responsibility for his actions.”Those lengths include requesting the case be heard in federal court. That was denied, and so Paul then brought a competing proceeding in Florida, where they first had sex, at the Fontainebleu Hotel in Miami. The baby, however, was conceived in California and born in New York, so the fatherhood question rests in New York.Insulting to Cooper was that George, while trying to avoid paternity in New York, is asking for full custody in Florida because Rajic is unemployed.“It is beyond comprehension how [George] could vouch for his skill at caring for the child while disparaging [Rajic’s] abilities when he has never even seen the child, asked to see the child, or offered to provide for the child’s needs,” Cooper wrote in the 10-page decision.George missed a court appearance after breaking his leg in August, which did not sit well with Cooper because the player was still “able to attend press conferences, travel for recreation and ride in his new Ferrari.”Cooper blames the lawyers of Gordon & Rees for bringing the failed federal claim with statements that were “complete and utter fabrication.”The lawyers, C. Anthony Mulrain and Mercedes Colwin, tried to move the state court matter to federal court under false pretenses, claiming it was a child support case when Rajic was only asking for paternity to be resolved. Cooper called the move “an egregious abuse of court resources” that likely violates the state’s professional conduct code.”Rajic’s lawyer, Raoul Felder, said, “On behalf of our client we are, of course, gratified.” read more

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Underground fire risk assessments critical to protection of life and property

first_imgUnderground mining is an exceptionally hazardous environment, as persons who work underground have limited means to escape in the event of any fire. In certain situations, there is only one escape path, which can be many kilometres long. Therefore fire-detection systems are critical for both the protection of life and property.Giving underground workers the earliest possible warning of a fire, or an impending fire, allows them the maximum time possible to respond to the fire and extinguish it, or to escape from the hazardous area if the fire is too large for them to tackle, ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk explains.Heavy machinery that operates on the surface is also a high-risk environment, as the operators are often in cabs high above the ground, with only a single means of escape in the event of any emergency. “Being able to save a multi-million rand machine from damage or total loss due to fire has obvious cost benefits for a mine,” van Niekerk points out.Detecting a fire while it is in the incipient or smouldering phase similarly gives the machine operator the opportunity to extinguish the fire before it develops, or to evacuate the machine if the fire escalates. A fire requires three components to propagate: fuel, oxygen, and heat or an ignition source. Switching off the electrical supply to affected equipment while the fire is smouldering can prevent it from developing into a full-blown, potentially disastrous fire.“Therefore the mining industry is passionate about health and safety, and fire prevention in particular,” van Niekerk stresses. ASP Fire is able to conduct fire-risk evaluations for mining operations, encompassing a full Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA) of potential fires.Typical applications for fire-protection systems in mines are: bulk-material conveyors and the high-risk areas of conveyor systems; bulk storage facilities for combustible product; critical electrical substations that feed life-support systems in a mine; electrical transformers; heavy, mobile mining equipment; server rooms; winder-house protection; safes and document archives; and office blocks, workshops, and stores.last_img read more

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Which Father Ted Character Are You

first_img Something slinky Rachel Allen BBC 7. Pick a lovely girl. Fox Tweet Breaking Bad Mrs Doyle Red wine Withnail and I Mi Wadi Share Cormac Lawler 2. On your day off, you can be found… You scored out of ! Britvic At a get-together with all your mates 5. At school, you were most bored by… Thelma and Louise MiWadi.ie Shutterstock DRINK! FECK! ARSE! GIRLS! WHO LET THAT GOBSHITE ON THE TELEVISION?! Why are people always so angry at you? Wouldn’t the world be a better place if everyone was just happy all the time and whistled a happy tune (preferably Riverdance)? Tra la la Niall Carson/PA Archive AMC Jean Byrne Mr Michael Phams You scored out of ! Put ‘Em Under Pressure – Italia ’90 Football Team Share your result: RTE 6. Pick a mode of transport. Christopher Red Lemonade Anne Doyle Your pelt Tea Father Ted Crilly Downton Abbey Great British Bake Off Share your result: whoislaunch Shutterstock IntangibleArts Novelty jammies dpotera You scored out of ! Father Noel Furlong House of Cards Share your result: Father Jack Hackett 1. Pick a drink. Tweet Share Bishop Brennan You scored out of ! petitefox GAA jersey Sister Act Share French Father Dougal Maguire Georgia Salpa Religion Sew Ripped Tillman Bauknight II Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen ITV In The Ghetto – Elvis Presley Making an eejit of yourself Glee You’re loyal to a fault and love nothing more than looking after others. You shouldn’t be crossed though. Someday your prince will come. 8. Pick your jam. RachelAllen.com The Passion of the Christ Gin and Juice – Snoop Doggy Dogg 4. Pick something to wear in bed. All Kinds of Everything – Dana Dad pyjamas You like to be in charge and don’t suffer fools gladly. Oh, and a word of warning: watch your back (arse). Whiskey Wikipedia 9. Pick a movie. Georgia Salpa Share grassrootsgroundswell Mamma Mia Physics You scored out of ! Answer all the questions to see your result! Pete Markham You’re just so misunderstood and try really hard to hold everything and everybody together. Oh, and that money was just resting in your account. Share your result: Share Tweet Ira Gelb Nadia Forde You’re a simple but lovable soul who needs looking after. You dream of meeting Tony Cascarino and wearing your favourite blue jumper. Jurassic Park RTE Tweet Settling in with a good movie Share Will Merydith Never Met A Girl Like You Before – Edwyn Collins final gather Tweet Love/Hate RTE Linda Martin Share your result: Champagne Dressing gown You scored out of ! Cooking up a good dinner Trying to get the shift Headbanging to some tunes Netflix Maths 3. Pick a TV show. CSPE RTE Share your result: Everything Tweetlast_img read more

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Zola compares Giroud Gonzalo Higuain and Hazard

first_imgChelsea assistant coach Gianfranco Zola claims that their newest loan capture of Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus is expected to enable Hazard to feature out wide on a more regular basis.Zola admits that the Belgium international prefers to operate off a striker.“It was very, very similar to when I first came here,” Zola added FourFourTwo.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I had Mark Hughes or Luca Vialli, who when I could play off them it was much better for me because it would give me space and freedom.“I would use their physicality to get the spaces I wanted and we played fantastically, so I understand for Eden. He has a very good understanding with [Olivier] Giroud that we saw yesterday [Thursday]. Olivier had a fantastic game in my opinion. I am sure he will gain the same understanding with Gonzalo Higuain.”last_img read more

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Jamaica to benefit from US 752 million grand funding

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 18, 2017 – Kingston – Jamaica is set to benefit from an initial US$7.52 million in grant funding under the ninth cycle of the Caribbean Development Bank’s (CDB) Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF 9).   The money will go towards the areas of education, transportation, enterprise development, and water and sanitation, through projects implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF).The allocation is part of a provision of US$40.8 million being made available to nine Caribbean borrowing member countries of the CDB, under the BNTF.   The BNTF is the flagship poverty-reduction programme of the CDB, aimed at contributing to improvement in the living conditions of poor and vulnerable communities in participating countries.Speaking at the official launch of the project today (October 17) at the Courtyard Marriott hotel in New Kingston, Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, said the initiative will assist in empowering the lives of beneficiaries.“We are quick to get these funds in the hands of the JSIF, because we know that when it comes to the JSIF, we get every bang for the buck; we get good performance.   They have projects done on time (and) within budget, and we are really proud of the JSIF as one of the outstanding public-sector agencies in Jamaica,” he said.The Minister lauded the CDB for implementing the programme, adding that poverty reduction is a crucial component for economic growth and development.   He said the BNTF will assist in improving the lives of the country’s most vulnerable, particularly in the areas of education and human development.Meanwhile, Director, Projects Department, CDB, Daniel Best, informed that Jamaica is also eligible to benefit from an unallocated incentive amount of US$5.2 million, to be distributed at midterm based on project performance.“These funds are to be carefully targeted through an evidence-based country policy framework or action plan, which responds to poverty, particularly in rural areas,” he said.Mr. Best noted that through the BNTF, the CDB supports governments in their poverty-reduction efforts by promoting socio-economic activities, environmental protection and sustainable development.“Over the years, BNTF has formed specific partnerships, mainly with public works, water sector, and national training institutions. Under BNTF 9, however, we are committed to leveraging additional resources beyond our traditional funding sources to accelerate progress on poverty reduction,” he said.Managing Director, JSIF, Omar Sweeney, said BNTF 9 will continue to build on programmes that support education, transportation, road access, drainage and water supply.“We will also introduce a component for enterprise development, and that will focus on agriculture and tourism, and developing new technology for persons in the rural areas to really have a sustainable livelihood,” he said.The ninth cycle of the BNTF will continue to finance sub-project interventions in core priority sectors of water and sanitation, basic community access and drainage, and education and human resource development, including livelihoods.    Encouraging greater private-sector partnership has been built into the programme design to leverage additional resources for reducing poverty.The core purpose of the project will be to facilitate the development of rural communities through increased access to basic services, thereby advancing Jamaica’s thrust towards full rural development.   The project is to be completed by December 31, 2020.The BNTF is one of the longest-running regional poverty-reduction programmes in the Caribbean, and stands out in the global development arena for its community-driven approach tailored for the Caribbean context.Release: JIS Related Items:last_img read more

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Liverpool considering bid for United States star Weston McKennie

first_imgEnglish Premier League side Liverpool are reportedly targeting Schalke 04 youngster Weston McKennie this transfer window.Liverpool are currently leading the League table ahead of defending Champions Manchester City but manager Jurgen Klopp wants to add to his squad in a bid to have a formidable team.McKennie is seen as a good addition to the Liverpool squad which has been impressive in Europe since the arrival of Jurgen Klopp and a bid of £20m could be made before the end of the month, according to Sports Mole.Although Mckennie still has three-and-a-half years remaining on his contract with Schalke, it is most unlikely he will remain with the Bundesliga side as his impressive run of form which has seen him become a first-team player may likely influence his move to a bigger club in Europe.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil 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.Mckennie also plays for the United States National football team and has earned seven caps so far.The 20-year-old has already established himself as a first-team player at Schalke, with a total of 45 outings coming in the senior ranks since May 2017.The midfielder – who has three-and-a-half years remaining on his contract – has also earned seven caps for the United States.last_img read more

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Fed unveils bold openended steps to aid economy

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve unleashed a series of bold and open-ended steps Thursday designed to stimulate the economy by boosting the stock market and making it cheaper for people to borrow and spend.The Fed said it will spend $40 billion a month to buy mortgage bonds for as long as it deems necessary to make home buying more affordable. It plans to keep short-term interest rates at record lows through mid-2015 — six months longer than previously planned. And it’s ready to try other stimulative measures if hiring doesn’t pick up.“The idea is to quicken the recovery,” Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said at a news conference Thursday. But he made clear he thinks the economy will need the Fed’s intervention even after the recovery strengthens.Stock prices rose steadily after the Fed’s announcement. The Dow Jones industrial average climbed more than 200 points by midafternoon Eastern time. The Fed’s policy committee announced the aggressive actions after a two-day meeting. Its moves pointed to how sluggish the U.S. and global economies remain more than three years after the Great Recession ended.The actions come a week after the European Central Bank announced its most ambitious plan yet to ease Europe’s financial crisis by buying unlimited amounts of government bonds to help countries manage their debts.last_img read more

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Wasabi launches employee engagement programme

first_imgSushi and bento restaurant chain Wasabi has introduced an employee engagement programme for its UK staff, including a recognition scheme and access to a range of voluntary benefits.The new programme, provided by Perkbox, gives employees access to benefits such as retail and leisure discounts, including attraction day passes, discounted MOTs, and corporate rates for gym access. These benefits can be redeemed 24/7 online via a computer, tablet or mobile device.In addition, Wasabi will provide staff with access to a wellness hub which aims to enhance financial, emotional and physical wellbeing. It offers online classes in yoga, healthy cooking, exercise, and meditation, and includes a 24-hour assistance helpline.Employees will also be automatically enrolled into a gamified reward and recognition system, which allows for peer-to-peer and top-down recognition.Nina Gothberg, human resources director at Wasabi, said: “Our sushi makes us special, but it’s our great team that helps us to stand head and shoulders above our competition.“The range of perks on offer [through the programme] means there is something for everyone, and it is a simple, easy-to-use way to show our team that they are really valued. We are confident that investing in employees will help us to maintain the high levels of efficiency and customer service that we pride ourselves on, especially as we grow within the UK and beyond.”last_img read more

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Health Shield to acquire Prevent

first_imgHealth cash plan provider Health Shield is to acquire health screening and occupational health organisation Prevent.The acquisition will provide Health Shield with further opportunities to grow within the employer health and wellbeing market, as well as broaden the organisation’s product offering and skills base.Both organisations’ employer clients will be able to access a wider range of services and products as a result of the acquisition.Prevent, which provides workplace health assessments and occupational health strategies to organisations and local government authorities, will trade as Health Shield Wellbeing once the acquisition is complete.Jonathan Burton (pictured), chief executive at Health Shield, said: “Prevent represents a perfect fit with Health Shield’s vision to improve the health and wellbeing of as many people as possible. Both [organisations] are recognised for their expertise and outstanding client service and uniting these two wholly complementary businesses will further enhance our competitive edge.“[Its] products and services complement a health cash plan offering and will be available through Health Shield on a standalone basis or as part of a tailored health cash plan offering.”Carl Laidler, director at Prevent, added: “We have been working with Health Shield for many years and it has become increasingly apparent that its reputation for delivering quality health products that really benefit both employers and employees is very closely aligned to our own ethos.”last_img read more

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POLICE LOG for October 12 Worcester Man Arrested Injured Bird Rescued

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Friday, October 12, 2018:Animal Control Officer transported an injured bird from Ballardvale Street to Tufts Veterinary Center. (8:18am)Erick J. Benson (41, Worcester) was arrested on a warrant. Wilmington Police located Benson at the request of Worcester Police. (9:26am)A Fairview Avenue caller reported they viewed on their surveillance camera a man ring their doorbell and then walk across the street into a neighbor’s yard. Police responded. Man was from Mosquito Squad and was servicing the properties. (11:33am)Police notified DPW of a clogged storm drain in the area of Wing Road and Woburn Street. (4:50pm)A caller reported she left a black backpack with a computer inside on the bleaches in the high school gym. (11:08pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 20: Wilmington Man Arrested; Car vs. Tree; Concession Stand VandalizedIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 31: Woburn Man Arrested For OUI; Bad Highway Crash Required MedflightIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 27: Kids On Train Tracks; Ammunition Turned In; Orphan Bunnies RescuedIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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The Places Where Selfie Sticks Are Banned

first_imgApril 10, 2015 Register Now » Selfie-sticks are undeniably great at taking selfies. They at once eliminate the awkward arm reach, while enabling more people to get in the frame. (Food for thought: If Ellen had used one when she hosted Oscars, how many additional A-listers could she have crammed into what, despite its old-school technique, has perhaps become the most famous selfie of all time?)But as the devices have proliferated, so has the selfie-stick fatigue, to the point where venues across the country are banning the device for a variety of reasons. Here’s a list of places where your selfie-stick is unwelcome:Museums. Citing concerns for the safety of its art, a long list of museums – including The Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, the Frick, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, and Washington’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden – have asked visitors to just please not with the selfie stick.Related: There’s Now a Course on the Art of SelfiesThe Kentucky Derby. In the interest of both its fans and competing horses, the Kentucky Derby will ask guests who arrive with selfie sticks to get rid of them or leave them in the car, according to The Courier Journal of Louisville. FYI: Selfie-by-drone isn’t an option, either: Unmanned aerial devices are also banned from the venue.Concerts. Chicago’s Lollapalooza, an annual summer music festival, has banned the devices. Coachella did too, in perhaps the most Coachella way possible: “No Selfie Sticks/Narsisstics,” the festival’s website reads.Disneyland rides. Park employees have been instructed to ask guests to put the selfie sticks away before getting on a ride. (Apparently, those who don’t comply will be shamed into submission via an announcement over the PA system.)Historic landmarks. The Palace of Versailles and Rome’s Colosseum are just two monuments where tourists will have to snap photos the old-fashioned way.Soccer stadiums. In this case, the ban exists for or a darker reason, namely the selfie stick’s potential use as a weapon.Related: Want a 3-D Printed Selfie? There’s an App for That. 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

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Apple Watchs Pride background disappears in Russia

first_imgThe law purports to protect children from imagery which could be considered as normalizing homosexuality and LGBTI culture in Russia.Since its implementation in 2013, the law has been used to justify clampdowns on the LGBTI community.The first minor was prosecuted under the law last month.16-year-old Maxim Neverov was fined 50,000 rubles (the equivalent of around $760) for posting pictures of partially nude men embracing each other on social network site Vkontakte.LGBTI rights activists said this was the first time someone who is not actively involved with campaigning for LGBTI rights and awareness was prosecuted under the law.Neverov said he would appeal the decision.The law is just one element of Russia’s overall woeful LGBTI rights record, where the authorities regularly clamp down on LGBTI rights marches, awareness campaigns, and protests.Russia is ranked Europe’s second least LGBT-friendly nation by ILGA-Europe.However, Russia hasn’t been completely devoid of the Pride colors.During the World Cup which was hosted in Russia, six activists took to the streets of Moscow sporting their national football shirts to form the rainbow flag.The project, named The Hidden Flag, was a protest against Russian anti-LGBTI discrimination and the ‘gay propaganda’ law.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Apple has always been keen to emphasize their progressive, equality-based business ethos, but this might not go down well in every country. The image of the Apple Watch LGBTI Pride background on an iPhone eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) In June, the tech firm created an LGBTI background for the Apple Watch so owners around the world can wear that rainbow on their wrists for Pride.As long as they’re not in Russia, that is.If you set the location on your watch or iPhone to Russia and select the Pride background, the rainbow colors vanish.Technology news site The Verge reported that numerous Reddit users and posts on Apple help forums have been flagging this issue for months.One of the site’s senior editors put this to the test, posting a video of changing a watch face to the Pride colors, then switching user region to Russia.The globally recognizable LGBTI banner disappears.Apple’s pride Watch face simply disappears in Russia https://t.co/Pn1c8o9c8y pic.twitter.com/1wRDbFVqIt— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) August 31, 2018Twitter user and iOS developer Guilherme Rambo (@_inside) has pointed out: ‘The Apple Watch pride face is hardcoded to not show up if the paired iPhone is using the Russian locale.’ The Apple Watch pride face is hardcoded to not show up if the paired iPhone is using the Russian locale pic.twitter.com/vEP8XquYsP— Guilherme Rambo (@_inside) August 31, 2018Another victim of the ‘gay propaganda’ lawThis is likely to do with Russia’s notorious ‘gay propaganda’ law.center_img GAYSTARNEWS- Russia will get a LGBT Pride House for the 2018 World CupPuerto Rican designer creates new Pride flag to include trans and people of colorWATCH: Dodgers celebrate Pride, feature seven gay couples on kiss camRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/apple-watchs-pride-background-disappears-in-russia/ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

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