About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Roma coach Di Francesco happy for Schick after 2-goal Coppa blastby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco is pleased for Patrik Schick after his brace against Virtus Entella.The striker hit a double as Roma won 4-0 in the Coppa Italia round of 16.”He had a good game, even though he always satisfies me,” said Di Francesco.“He could’ve scored more goals, so he must keep working on becoming more clinical in front of goal, even in training. He mustn’t be satisfied.“Now he’s turned the page, playing regularly and giving the right performances. He’s growing. Some players grow at different rates.“He plays for a club where it isn’t easy to do so, with the weight of his transfer fee on his shoulders.“You can’t have everything right away, but he’s shown some important qualities in training and matches. Now he must keep improving and attack our opponents’ goal more.”
Ballia (UP): A 10 year-old girl was allegedly raped by a minor boy in a village here, police said on Thursday. The girl was playing near a village temple when the 17-year-old accused lured her into his house on the pretext of showing her an animated film and alleged raped her on Tuesday, SP Devendra Nath said. An FIR was lodged at the Nagra Police Station on the basis of a complaint from the girl’s mother, Nath said. The accused has been apprehended, the SP said, adding that the medical examination of the girl is being conducted.
New Delhi: The Press Council of India (PCI) has moved an application in the Supreme Court seeking permission to intervene and allow it to assist the top court in deciding on a petition filed by Kashmir Times Executive Editor that seeks relaxation in curbs on the movement of media personnel, including photojournalists, in Kashmir. Kashmir Times Executive Editor Anuradha Bhasin’s plea seeks relaxation in media movement and free reporting amid the security curbs and communication shut down in Jammu and Kashmir following the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details In her plea, Bhasin has asked the SC to ensure that an enabling environment is created for all journalists and media personnel in the state to practice their profession. “The rights of the journalists/media for free and fair reporting are on the one hand and national interest of integrity and sovereignty on the other. Hence the applicant is of opinion that it should present its views before this court and assist the court in deciding the instant writ petition justly in the interest of the freedom of the press as well as in the national interest,” read the application. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The PCI also cited norms of journalistic conduct Clause 23, which prescribes self-regulation in reporting by journalists in matters of sensitive national, social or individual interests. Under Clause 23, newspapers should, as a matter of self-regulation, exercise due restraint and caution in presenting any news, comment or information which is likely to jeopardise, endanger or harm the paramount interests of the State and society, or the rights of individuals with respect to which reasonable restrictions may be imposed by law on the right to freedom of speech and expression under clause (2) of Article 19 of the Constitution of India. Clause 23 further states that the publication of a wrong or incorrect map is a very serious offence as it adversely affects the territorial integrity of the country and warrants prompt and prominent retraction with regrets. The Press Council, in its plea, said the watchdog body was established for the purpose of preserving freedom of the press, maintaining and improving the standards of newspaper and news agencies in the country. The Bar Council of India supported the PCI application. “The media today is expected to act in a manner which strengthens the country. The entire world is witnessing the biased role played by the media of Pakistan and some other nations,” said BCI chief Manan Kumar Mishra. Mishra said every citizen of the country was duty-bound to protect its integrity and the media was no exception. “The Constitution has provided full freedom under Article 19, but it is subject to reasonable restrictions,” he added.
BRUSSELS – Micopax, MISCA and the French troops already stationed there may continue receiving arms and all kinds of support without any restrictionsThe European Union (EU) on Monday banned the arms exports and the dispatch of mercenaries to the Central African Republic (CAR), which is racked by internal violence.The EU’s ban came after the United Nations (UN) Security Council’s decision on December 5 authorizing both the deployment of the African-led International Support Mission in the Central African Republic (MISCA) and the French troops already stationed in the strife-torn nation.CAR, a mineral-rich landlocked country, descended into anarchy in March, when Seleka rebels ousted Christian President François Bozize, who had assumed power in a 2003 coup. The months since have seen the emergence of self-styled “anti-balaka” Christian militias.The EU bans also include financial and technical support to the country. The three exceptions- Micopax, an international organization for the promotion of peace in the region, MISCA and the French troops already stationed there- may receive arms and all kinds of support without any restrictions.
Rabat – As Morocco has clinched the right to host the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN), President of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) Fouzi Lekjaa said that the Moroccan national team “has no right to make errors.”On Friday, the Moroccan team has been placed in Group A along with Guinea, Sudan and Mauritania, according to the results of the draw of the 2018 CHAN, which took place in Rabat.Lekjaa told the press that the Moroccan squad can not afford to make any mistakes, especially as the team will play in Casablanca’s Mohammed V stadium “in front of an exemplary public.” The FRMF president said that the team has the “potential” to succeed, having worked hard for this competition for years.“The team needs to show off the result of this hard work from January 13 to February 4 in order to maintain this dynamic of happiness and joy for the Moroccan people and for this magnificent public,” Lekjaa stated.Lekjaa added that this is “the least” the Moroccan team could offer to its exceptional fans.Morocco was chosen to host the 2018 CHAN after Kenya was stripped of its rights to host the continental tournament due to a lack of necessary infrastructure.2018 CHAN tournament includes four groups: (Group A): Morocco, Guinea, Sudan and Mauritania.(Group B): Côte d’Ivoire, Zambia, Uganda and Namibia.(Group C): Libya, Nigeria, Rwanda and Equatorial Guinea.(group D): Angola, Cameroon, Congo and Burkina Faso.Group B will play in Marrakech’s stadium, Group C will play in Tangier’s stadium, and Group C will play in Agadir’s stadium. The draw was carried out on Friday by Amr Fahmy, the new CAF Secretary General, and Mustapha Hadji, the Moroccan football team’s assistant coach.
Student Tieg Lapointe measures plant water status in a vineyard. There will be more of such activities in Brock’s future, with a new master’s program in sustainability.A new master’s program at Brock University will prepare graduates for careers that help address our most pressing and complex environmental challenges and opportunities.The program, Sustainability Science and Society, responds to a growing social need to better understand and positively shape our relationship with the planet’s natural systems.Students who successfully complete the program will earn a Master’s of Sustainability (MS), which is available with or without a co-op option. The program is housed within Brock’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre (ESRC), which researches the environment, sustainability and social-ecological resilience.“There are few master’s degrees specifically designed to address contemporary challenges through the transdisciplinary lens of sustainability science,” says Ryan Plummer, director of the ESRC“Confronting the complex problems we face going forward requires new perspectives that are transdisciplinary in nature,” he says. “This program will allow for the cross-pollination of ideas among students coming from different backgrounds of study.”The new sustainability program also highlights the University’s unique geographical position atop the Niagara Escarpment in St. Catharines, Ont.“Brock is one of only a few Canadian universities to be located in a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve,” Plummer says. “This privileged location provides us with a unique mandate for sustainability education.”The ESRC, located within Brock’s Faculty of Social Sciences, is also one the University’s five flagship transdisciplinary hubs. As such, it will foster the kinds of environment and sustainability research that go beyond conventional disciplinary boundaries to advance scholarship, inform policy and enhance on-the-ground work.“This is a milestone for Brock, as it is the first graduate program to arise from one of our transdisciplinary hubs,” says Neil McCartney, Brock’s Provost and Vice-President, Academic. “The program will help to meet the growing demand for skilled researchers and workers with the kinds of environmental expertise that cut across disciplines like biology, economics, psychology and tourism.”With the growing public consciousness of the importance of environmental conservation, studies and careers in the environmental field are on the rise.Environmental Careers Organization Canada notes enrolment in university environment-related programs from 2000 to 2007 showed increases of 40.1 per cent compared to a 25.4 per cent increase in all programs.“Job vacancies for students studying in sustainability studies, not just environmental or climate related programs, is robust,” says Cindy Dunne, director of co-op programs at Brock. “Our office is contacted frequently by employers seeking students with the kinds of skills and academic foundations offered by this degree.”This new program is an important part of Brock’s Strategic Mandate Agreement (SMA) submission to the provincial government, which aims to enhance innovative and high-quality teaching and learning, establish a culture of research leadership, and engage with communities for transformative change in the Niagara region.Addressing environmental challenges as well as realizing emerging opportunities is especially fitting in Niagara. The region is undergoing a transformation from its historical manufacturing base by building a green economy that offers enormous potential.Brock’s Sustainability Science and Society graduate program received strong support from community partners. This includes the City of St. Catharines, Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce, and Niagara Region.In a letter of support, Marty Mako, chair of the City of St. Catharines’ Sustainability Committee, notes, “I would be proud to recommend a graduate-level program right here in our city geared to developing change agents who can think critically to help build sustainable communities of the future.”Brock University’s new Master’s of Sustainability program will accept its first intake of students in September with an application deadline of March 1.This story has been edited from a previous version in which Tieg Lapointe was incorrectly identified as a master’s student.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSTEM Guyana preparing Bartica youths to drive ‘green’ developmentMarch 1, 2018In “Environment”President Granger presents Award, $100,000 to top student of private school October 12, 2015In “Business”Guyana pursues oil, gas development support from CanadaJune 15, 2014In “Business” CARDI Representative (Guyana), Dr Cyril RobertsGiven its record-breaking success at this year’s CSEC examinations in Agricultural Science, the Mackenzie High School in Linden is set to benefit from support from the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI). The institution, having recognised the school’s strides in Agricultural Science, has committed to the school’s aquaponics and hydroponics agricultural cultivation programmes, the Department of Public Information (DPI) has reported.CARDI’s Guyana representative, Dr. Cyril Roberts was quoted by DPI as saying: “We will work with the school in developing the programme and we hope when we meet with the teachers, we will be able to fine-tune our efforts of collaboration for the students in preparing their SBA’s for CSEC that they can actually benefit from the collaboration between the two institutions.”Head Teacher of MHS, Haslyn Small said that the school welcomes the programme as it will be of great benefit to the upcoming students as they complete SBA’s since they will no longer have to venture off to other locations to complete same. He also said that the programme will allow all the Agriculture students to see first-hand that there are soilless alternatives to cultivation and how beneficial such techniques can be.Relative to the record-breaking performance, Small said that he is extremely humbled and though he would have served as the Agricultural Science teacher for CSEC, he attributes the success to all the teachers who would have worked with the students since Agricultural Science has other subject areas such as Integrated Science, Accounts, Chemistry and Mathematics. His hope is that this would serve as an influence to the upcoming batch to raise the bar even higher.Last Thursday, CARDI honoured top Agricultural Science student, Gabrielle Williams, who also placed third in the Caribbean. Williams attained a Distinction in Agriculture Science and excelled in Mathematics, English and three other Science related subjects. Four other students; Chelsea Tappin, Sheniah Layne, Tevin Hercules and Unique Bremner were also honoured for their outstanding grades at Agriculture Science.Accordign to DPI, CARDI will also treat the students and their teachers to a tour of the Pomeroon River where there is a coconut farm and coconut water factory. This year, five students of the Mackenzie High School copped places on the Caribbean Examination Council’s (CXC’s) CSEC’s Caribbean merit list for Agricultural Science.The announcements were made by CARDI’s Guyana representative Dr. Cyril Roberts, during a CARDI day exercise, in Linden last Thursday.Roberts, in congratulating the students and their teachers for their success, noted that the upcoming programme will assist the future batch of students particularly with the practical aspect of their School-Based Assessments (SBA).Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (the soil-less growing of plants) that grows fish and plants together in one integrated system. The fish waste provides an organic food source for the plants, and the plants naturally filter the water for the fish. This will be done in a shade house.
Early this morning, Sony ended years of speculation and rumors by finally making the PSP2 (or NGP as they are calling it right now) official… but they didn’t do the same thing for the so-called PlayStation Phone, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play.None the less, one detail Sony made public at least answers the question what sort of PlayStation content that Xperia Play will have access to when it launches: Sony unveiled “The PlayStation Suite,” a new initiative that is like a PlayStation Store for Android-based devices.This is big news. The wording makes it clear that originally, Sony’s only taking about porting vintage PlayStation games to Android, but if the PlayStation Suite starts getting supplemented with PSP and original content, but this still all but confirms the PlayStation Phone as likely to debut at next month’s Mobile World Congress.One thing’s for sure: Android just became a lot more viable as a gaming OS.Read more at Ars Technica
Mario Balotelli has warned Italian youths to stop using pepper spray following the recent nightclub tragedyAccording to reports from Football Italia, six people were reportedly killed in a stampede on Friday in a nightclub near Ancona, and it’s believed the panic started after someone set off pepper spray.“I’m not the kind to give moral lessons or education if I need to do that I do it with my own children,” Balotelli said in a video published on his Instagram page.“We’re at the stage though, where I’m asking you to listen to me. What happened recently, I want to say with this pepper spray, is absolute bull. Absolute bull, is that clear?“It’s not funny, and it’s not a joke. As well as being an illegal weapon, there’s nothing funny about it.“Find other forms of entertainment and joy. People have died and at your age, you should be doing other things – go to school, play a sport, date a girl… let go of this nonsense.”The stampede in Turin during the 2017 Champions League final is also thought to have been caused by pepper spray, with one person killed and around 1,500 injured.
Despite the good news on the subscriber front, Pearson issued harsh commentary on the state of its advertising business for the second-consecutive quarter, saying prospects “remain weak and short-term.” The statement did note that its advertising market share had increased however.Today’s news comes weeks after The Economist–in which the FT Group holds a controlling stake–became one of the first magazine publishers to guarantee a rate base of digital-only subscribers. Set at 50,000, the move was heralded as a way to attract advertisers through transparency in a notoriously hazy digital arena.”We know that the agency community has been asking for it,” vice president of advertising for The Economist David Kaye told FOLIO: in September. “They’re frustrated with digital being lumped in with print.”While embracing its digital numbers, there are no indications FT will adopt a digital similar rate base guarantee for its own publications.Sales were up 7 percent in the quarter for FT Group, and 5 percent for Pearson, overall.Pearson also issued a concurrent announcement that it has agreed with German media conglomerate Bertelsmann to combine their respective publishing houses, Penguin and Random House, in an effort to take on the digital market.To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter! The Financial Times has more digital subscribers than print and that gap is only growing.Digital subscriptions increased again in Q3–up 17 percent since January and 26 percent year-over-year–and now account for 313,000 of the 600,000-plus combined subscribers, according to FT ownership group Pearson who released its nine-month interim management statement on Monday. FT reaches an audience of close to 2.1 million daily.The publisher first announced digital subscriptions had surpassed print at the halfway mark of this year. At that point, “over 300,000” readers were paying for digital content.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill for fiscal 2018 is headed to President Trump, who is expected to sign it before the end of the day, after the Senate early Friday approved the measure by a 65-32 vote. The president’s signature will allow DOD and the rest of the federal government to operate under a full-year spending bill for the first time since last fall when Congress passed the first of five continuing resolutions. Final passage came after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) allowed a vote on the omnibus without making senators wait for the cloture process to come to an end early Saturday, reported CQ. As a result, the government was able to avoid a short shutdown as the current stopgap expires at midnight Friday. The House approved the omnibus on a 256-167 vote on Thursday.
Share your voice Apple unveiled HealthKit during its Worldwide Developer Conference in June 2014. The software lets consumers track health-related data, such as how many steps a person takes, and serves as a hub for that information. It also includes a corresponding app called Health, which can be used with third-party fitness devices. Other apps also can draw from that information and send data collected on their apps back to HealthKit. The hope for Apple is that HealthKit will enable a whole new generation of health apps.Health has become a big focus area for companies across the tech sector. Several have introduced health-centric gadgets, and countless others are working on smart glucose meters and similar products. Other companies see an opportunity to mine patient data or collect readings on individuals to predict when they’ll get sick and tailor treatment. Apple has been pushing the Apple Watch as a health device. It’s expected to become even more health centric as it gets updated.CNET’s Shara Tibken contributed to this story. Apple’s annual developer convention kicked off Monday at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. The confab is in its 30th year, and it’s the third year Apple has held its developer conference in San Jose. WWDC is where Apple details its newest software and services that will arrive on devices later in the year. The company may be best known for its hardware, but the seamless integration of its hardware with its software is what sets Apple apart from rivals. Apple’s ability to control every aspect of its products — something that began when Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded the company in 1976 — has been key in making it the most powerful company in tech. Aug 19 • iOS 13 and iPadOS: How to join the beta, use the best new features on your iPhone and iPad Apple introduces cycle and noise tracking for Apple Watch 0 46 Photos Now playing: Watch this: WWDC 2019: A quick visual recap of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote WWDC 2019 Apple Event WWDC 2019 Apple iOS 13: New Siri voice, camera tools, Dark Mode for iPhone New Mac Pro makes its debut, starts at $5,999 Apple gives the iPad its own OS Returning to Apple’s WWDC after 20 years, now with 5 OSes instead of 1 Get all the latest from WWDC reading • WWDC 2019: WatchOS 6 gets a noise app, activity and cycle trackers • See All See also 2:44 Wellness Apple Watch gets a Noise app and other health features with WatchOS 6. James Martin/CNET Apple overhauled WatchOS 6 on Monday with a lineup of new health features including a Noise app. With the Noise app for Apple Watch, you’ll get information about the decibel level at concerts and other events where the noise level might be too loud and potentially damaging to your hearing. WatchOS 6 will also support Activity Trends and a menstrual cycle tracker. Read more: All of the WatchOS 6 updates | Complete guide to Apple’s Health app | 18 devices that sync with Health App Activity Trends show your progress over time and give you custom tips based on your fitness. The cycle tracker, which will be available on both Apple Watch and iPhone, lets you log details about your period — and get notifications about your estimated fertility window. Jun 14 • Apple Music vs. Apple Podcast vs. Apple TV: What’s the difference? Post a comment Tags Jul 5 • RIP, iTunes. This is what happens to your Apple music now Jun 30 • iOS 13 and iPadOS public betas: How to download and install them now iOS 13 Apple WatchOS
Asian stock markets tumbled on Wednesday after US election polls projected a tight race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. The election is swinging slightly towards Trump, but no clear picture is in place yet.Much of the action was in currencies where the Mexican peso has become a touchstone for sentiment on the election as Republican Donald Trump’s trade policies are seen as damaging to its export-heavy economy, Reuters reported. The Yen jumped compared to the dollar to 102. Nikkei was down by 429.54 points. The Hong Kong Hang Seng opened 442 points lower and the Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite Index also tumbled on Wednesday. The neck-and-neck race caused the Mexican peso to jump, dive then spike again as results came in, especially from the key battleground state of Florida.The dollar was last down 0.1 percent on the peso MXN=D2 but traders cautioned that it could turn on a dime.Asian stocks rose, fell, then rose again while U.S. stock futures ESc1 put on 0.5 percent.Both Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton waged a tight battle in several crucial battleground states in their bitter race for the White House, although opinion polls showed Clinton had an edge in the closing hours of the campaign.With voting completed in more than half of the 50 US states, the race was too close to call in Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, New Hampshire and Virginia, states that could be vital to deciding which contender wins the presidency.Markets have tended to favour Clinton as a status quo candidate who would be considered a safe pair of hands at home on the world stage.”In contrast, a Trump victory would trigger massive uncertainty that would likely undermine risk assets at least initially, which in turn could preclude a Fed rate hike this year,” warned Michelle Girard, chief U.S. economist at RBS.(With Reuters inputs)
As early as 1908, Oskar Kokoschka was making a name for himself among the emerging Viennese Expressionists, who were taking down the classical pillars of art in Europe, and replacing them with modernist structures of concrete and steel. While Kokoschka’s opus remains a subject of research for numerous art historians, we will focus on a matter regarding his personal life. More precisely ― an episode which led the artist into what some believe was his most lucrative creative period, but also his most self-destructive one.Oskar Kokoschka. Photo © ErlingMandelmann.ch CC BY-SA 3.0As it usually goes, there is a love story behind this wave of inspiration which lasted during the period from 1912 to 1914.In 1912, the painter met Alma Mahler, a socialite and composer who was well-known among the bohemians and artists of Vienna.Alma Mahler-Werfel née Schindler, 1899 or earlier.Alma was the widow of Gustav Mahler, a prolific Austrian composer who died one year before she met Oskar.Although death had parted the couple, the two were already estranged during the last years of Gustav’s life, as Alma was having an affair with Walter Gropius, then a young architect but soon to be the founder and head of the Bauhaus School.Gustav Mahler (1860–1911), Austrian composer, and his wife Alma (1879–1964) near Toblach.Living up to her reputation as a superior seductress, the fragile Kokoschka was immediately enchanted by Alma’s appearance and personality.At the time, her relationship with Gropius was on hold and she felt it appropriate to assume a relationship with the painter, whose influence steadily grew in the artistic circles.He insisted that she posed as his model, painting numerous portraits, while quietly grooming his obsession.Alma Mahler by Oskar Kokoschka, 1912.The love affair gave birth to one of Kokoschka’s most regarded paintings ― The Tempest, also known as The Bride of the Wind ― which features him and Alma lying alongside one another in a loving embrace.On the other hand, the relationship became too burdening for Alma, as she felt smothered by Oskar, whose obsession with her grew out of proportion.She decided to leave him, and as one might guess, he didn’t cope too well with the breakup.Kokoschka, self portrait.It started with the usual ― excessive drinking, depression and proneness to scandals. However, their breakup came in the worst of times ― the First World War was heating up, and the Austro-Hungarian Empire needed volunteers to fill in the ranks.Apparently the idea echoed with the heartbroken painter, who decided to join an Imperial Dragoons’ Cavalry Regiment in 1915 and proceed onto the Ukrainian front. Warfare must have seemed so romantic to him at the time, although the reality almost cost him his life.Oskar Kokoschka. Photo © ErlingMandelmann.ch CC BY-SA 3.0Soon after his arrival, he was critically injured by receiving a bayonet to the chest and a bullet to the head. Miraculously, he survived the ordeal and after a treatment in Dresden, Kokoschka was once again sent to the front, this time to Italy.During this time Alma Mahler restarted her relationship with Walter Gropius, who also served during the war, and the two got married during one of his leaves. They would go on to build a family with two children.Alma Mahler with her daughters Maria (at left) and Anna (at right), cabinet card photo c. 1906.As for Oskar, the present was bleak. In 1916, he was wounded once again and sent to Dresden for the second time. On this occasion, the doctors noted that the artist turned soldier was struggling with mental issues as well, which prompted them to delay his release until full recovery.Luckily for Oskar, the war ended in the meantime.He returned to Vienna in 1918, still stricken by the loss of his loved one. Upon his return, Kokoschka learned of Alma’s second marriage, which shattered his hopes of ever winning her back.He responded by employing one Hermine Moos, a German dollmaker residing in Austria, with a particular task.Photographic portrait of Alma Mahler.What he asked from Moos was indeed a strange way of coping with abandonment issues. He ordered a life-size mannequin of Alma, with instructions that went beyond reasonable. As featured in one of his numerous letters to the seamstress, Kokoschka described in detail both the physical traits of his former lover, as well as the feeling she aroused in him:“Please permit my sense of touch to take pleasure in those places where layers of fat or muscle suddenly give way to a sinewy covering of skin. For the first layer (inside), please use fine, curly horsehair; you must buy an old sofa or something similar; have the horsehair disinfected. Then, over that, a layer of pouches stuffed with down, cotton wool for the seat and breasts. The point of all this for me is an experience which I must be able to embrace!”Oskar KokoschkaAfter numerous interventions and alterations, the client was pleased with the final product. Things went from bizarre to crazy from that point on. The painter ordered his servants to spread rumors and gossip about the doll, regarding her as a living woman.He would often ride in the carriage together with his artificial wife, so that he could be seen publicly in the presence of a lady, implying that she was indeed real.He continued producing portraits with the doll serving as a model, which probably proved convenient. However, in every other role, the mannequin utterly failed to replace Alma, the charismatic femme fatale of the Viennese art scene.Oskar Kokoschka’s Alma doll as Venus, 1919. Private Collection. Artist : Moos, Henriette (1890-1941). Photo by Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty ImagesDespite his best efforts, it soon became known among his friends that he was living with a life-sized replica of Alma Mahler, and after some reasoning, he decided it was best for him to end the perverse relationship with a unanimous object.But getting over Alma wasn’t going to go down without a proper celebration.So Kokoschka organized a night of Bachannalias with his friends, getting drunk beyond reason.Oskar Kokoschka’s Alma doll as Venus, 1919. Private Collection. Artist : Moos, Henriette (1890-1941). Photo by Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty ImagesIn a fit of intoxicated rage, the artist took the doll, seated her on a chair in his garden and spilled wine all over her.To complete the ritual, he wielded an axe and finally decapitated the mannequin lookalike, leaving it headless, on a chair, in his garden.Since this performance marked the climax of the party, the painter went to bed, falling instantly to sleep. The following morning he was in for a surprise. Local police raided his house in search of a bloody, headless and naked corpse of a woman that seemed to be exhibited in the garden.Read another story from us: The Troubled, Naked Painter of the Lost Generation in ParisHermine Moos creation apparently was very convincing, although the whole case was abandoned after Kokoschka explained the situation in the midst of what must’ve been the worst case of hungover awakening ever.
GAYSTARNEWS- ‘I made a mistake’The star also spoke about her DUI and arrest last year in the interview. ‘Going through all of this with TMZ [who broke the story] was really frustrating,’ said Blair. ‘In March 2017 I was arrested for drinking and driving and even after that I didn’t think I had a problem with drinking. I made a mistake.’She later added: ‘Now I’m older I recognize how many faults I had in that. In putting other people’s lives in jeopardy, taking a risk with my own life, and breaking the law.’She also said: ‘It was really hard seeing people repost that stuff […] and commenting on it, seeing my mugshot go viral. That was a mistake I made a long time ago that I was dealing with legally, morally and ethically.’Blair, who is now sober, was eliminated in the sixth episode of the current series of Drag Race.If you have been affected by Blair’s story, click here for a list of helplines.[embedded content]Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The S10 contestant discussed the assault for the first time on RPDR earlier this year.‘I had never talked to another human being about that in my entire life,’ explains Blair of the ‘word vomit’ moment she had to speak out about the assault on the RPDR stage.She also told Mic the assault was ‘something I didn’t want to believe.’[embedded content]Explaining why she stayed silent until then, she added: ‘It’s fearful admitting to the world, to yourself even, which is the most scary thing, that someone hurt you, that you’ve been hurt, that you’re open and vulnerable.’She furthermore added: ‘I felt less of a man, of a gay man. And I felt there was something wrong with me for such a long time. Because I didn’t feel the need to be an oversexualized gay man, in an oversexualized community we live in. I felt very odd, out of place and resentful towards people that were.’She described talking about the incident on Drag Race as ‘cathartic’, but admitted it wasn’t until months after the show finished filming that she began processing what happened. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) RuPaul’s Drag Race star Blair St. Clair has spoken honestly and powerfully about her experience of being raped in a new interview. The moment Blair first opened up on RuPaul’s Drag Race | Photo: RPDR Bianca Del Rio makes awful rape joke about Blair St Clair and it’s not okayKameron Michaels ‘upset’ over RPDR queens not choosing her to winBianca Del Rio defends Blair St Clair rape joke after massive backlashRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/blair-st-clair/
GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Nob Hill Adult Theatre in San Fransciso (Photo: Facebook) It hosted its final performances yesterday (19 August).The building dates back to 1910. It turned gay in the late 1960s under the ownership of businessman Shan Sayles. The business was taken over in 2010 by partners Gary Luce and Larry Hoover, both friends of Shales.‘Touch our junk’Over the years, the venue – whose motto became ‘Touch our junk’ – played host to hundreds of go-go boys, porn stars and strippers. A foot surgery clinic will reportedly move in to the premises.‘It opened as a grocery store and butcher shop,’ Luce told KTVU. ‘Throughout the years the ownership has changed hands, including its time in the ’40s as Melody Lane, a jazz club purportedly co-owned by Joe DiMaggio. It went on to become Club Hangover, a nightspot in the ’50s with an affinity for Dixieland jazz.’Luce says he had the idea for the ‘Touch our junk’ slogan after overhearing an exchange at an airport between a disgruntled passenger and a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent. ‘You’re not gonna touch my junk!’ the angry passenger said to the security agent.The phrase amused Luce and he suggested to Hoover they adopt it for the theatre.Luce and Hoover now plan to retire. Luce said the theatre continued to get good lunch time trade and he felt sorry for the venue’s regulars.‘I feel bad for the customers. It’s like Cheers. We get a good lunch crowd.’ Memoir of Gilbert Baker, creator of the rainbow flag, will be released next year However, the end of this particular era simply comes from the businessmen and partners wishing to leader a quieter life.‘I’m old and ready to go away,’ said Luce.‘Another nail in the coffin of gay San Francisco’‘This is another nail in the coffin of gay San Francisco,’ said Shelley Steward to the SF Chronicle. Steward had worked on the front desk for 13 years. ‘It’s the end of an era.’Some items from the theatre have been donated the the San Francisco GLBT Historical Society for posterity.Other items will be on sale to the public via an estate and memorabilia sale on both 1-2 September at the theatre.The sale promises ‘everything… from porn star pictures to the disco ball. From glory hole panels to theatre seats. From our infamous Fuck Bench to the theatre lighting, sound system and fog machine. Props, T-shirts, costumes, apartment furniture and retail. It will all be here.’See alsoWhat does ‘Be Gay, Do Crime’ mean? One of San Francisco’s most famous gay landmarks, the Nob Hill Adult Theatre, has shut its doors. The closure comes after 50 years in business. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… San Franciscans urge former LGBT eatery be designated as a landmarkRecord numbers of international LGBT+ travel industry exhibitors at ITB BerlinFITUR GAY (LGBT) consolidates its presence at FITUR 2018Read the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/san-francisco-nob-hill-closes/
Tags: Brexit, Britain & Europe, British Airways, easyJet, European Union, Ryanair Travelweek Group Posted by Share Wednesday, March 22, 2017 UK airlines could lose Europe routes with Brexit coming March 29 LONDON — In a new twist on Brexit fallout, EU officials are telling UK-based airlines including easyJet and Ryanair as well as British Airways parent IAG that they could lose the right to fly within continental Europe if they don’t relocate headquarters to the EU and sell off shares to European nationals. The process to trigger Britain’s exit from the EU is set to start March 29.To comply with EU regulations, and to continue flying routes within the EU, UK-based carriers would need to have a significant base of operations and investment in the EU, officials warn.Some in the industry are anticipating that the UK will fire back with its own route restrictions for EU-based carriers.As reported in The Guardian, easyJet has built its business model on cheap flights across continental Europe.British Airways doesn’t operate flights specifically within continental Europe but the warning has ramifications for BA’s parent IAG. IAG says it will “continue to comply with the relevant ownership and control regulations.”More news: Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTRyanair has headquarters in Ireland but could have issues when it comes to its capital shares. << Previous PostNext Post >>
HELOCs Housing Forecast Purchase originations 2016-12-09 MirashaBrown December 9, 2016 673 Views in Data, News, Origination Forecast Calls for Purchase and HELOC Growth Share CoreLogic’s December 2016 U.S. Housing Economic Outlook displayed an increase in home and rent prices, and a rise in purchase and HELOC originations. The report also examined the factors that will contribute to the approximately 2.25 percent growth the economy will experience in the new year, which are rising mortgage rates, constant vacancy rates, price appreciation, a decrease in refinance originations, and low credit risk.Mortgage rates for single-family and multifamily loans are expected to rise, with fixed-rates averaging over 4 percent, which is approximately a 0.5 percentage point increase from 2016. HELOCs will experience an increase this month and in 2017 due to the expected Fed rate hike later this month, according to CoreLogic.Rental property rates will remain constant, as the market will see low vacancy rates and a decline in homeownership. Because single-family building is stagnant, various markets will experience a lack of housing inventory and will cause home-price and rent appreciation to grow at a gradual pace. The CoreLogic Home Price Index is expected to rise approximately 5 percent in 2017, despite several neighborhoods experiencing double-digit growth and declines. Last year, CoreLogic’s Repeat Rent Index increased 3.3 percent last year through October, and as developers complete new rental properties, the price of rent is expected to grow to 3 percent.With higher mortgage rates reducing incentives to refinance, refinance originations will decrease in the new year due to higher purchase-money volume and second liens, which will be HELOCS on single-family homes or mezzanine debt on multifamily homes, according to CoreLogic.New loans continue to have relatively low credit risk. CoreLogic’s Housing Credit Index found that new single-family originations during the first half of 2016 had lower risk attributes than those made 15 years ago. However, switching to a higher purchase share of new lending in 2017 will raise the idea of heightened fraud risk, though risk attributes may continue to look advantageous.
December 13, 2010CONGRATULATIONS to Paolo Soleri and the many people involved that made the SOLERI BRIDGE AND PLAZA possible, to a beautiful and highly successful opening event. We are still gathering many photos and will continue to report on the event in the coming days. [photo: The VIP opening on Friday evening, December 10. 2010]
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