Interview: Outspoken Comedian Tess Rafferty on Getting Political

first_imgWe sat down with comedian, television writer, and activist Tess Rafferty to learn about equality, Italy, and her passion for politics.They say if you don’t laugh, you’ll cry. Or, in comedian, author, and activist Tess Rafferty’s case, spawn into a Borg collective spewing epitaphs of “resistance is futile” instead.Tess has written for @Midnight on Comedy Central and was the supervising producer for the cult-favorite clip show The Soup on E!, which tells us something about her witty sense of humor and her love for commentary on the current social and political scene.Luckily, we didn’t have to meet in an underground bunker to get the lowdown on why Tess is so over trying to find common ground with those on the other end of the political spectrum.Tess w/director Steve Cohen. Via Tess Rafferty.PREMIUM BEAT: Are you pissed at Mikemostly? In a sea of amazing reviews for your memoir, Recipes for Disaster, he titled his review “Meh” on Amazon. He laughed a bit, even made some of your recipes (and really liked them), but apparently he expected more. It made me think of Hillary and I got really sad for humanity! Are women held to a different standard even after they offer up a killer party idea like a grilled cheese station?TESS RAFFERTY: Yes. Exhibit A: the grifter squatting in the White House.Via Tess Rafferty.PB: It almost feels like comedians are our last line of defense these days. Not only have you put out a series of videos/political rants, but also you organized a “take back the workplace” march! Why have you stepped up to lead the charge and are you optimistic or terrified?TR: I’m mostly terrified and part of that is that it all seems so futile. I started the march because exactly a year before the Weinstein story broke, the Trump/Grab ’em By the Pussy story did. Women were compelled to share their stories of sexual assault online. It felt like a watershed moment. But a year later the Weinstein story broke. And once again women were compelled to share their most vulnerable stories and once again it felt like a watershed moment. I thought, “I don’t want us all to be here a year from now, sharing the same stories.” And then this year Kavanaugh happened. It’s like we’re living in fucking Groundhog Day.I don’t really know how to make Republican men and women think a man touching our bodies against our will is wrong. I don’t know that we ever will. And yet I keep trying to do something because to do nothing seems unthinkable. It’s all I know how to do. And sometimes there is a nice surprise, like with this year’s mid-terms. But then you think, how many more seats did we actually win, like Stacy Abrams’ gubernatorial race. It was stolen from her by her Republican opponent. We all know that. Heidi Heitkamp might have won were it not for the egregious suppression of the Native American vote. And then it seems futile again.Via Tess Rafferty.PB: You have never been accused of being demure, but do you think your outspoken political beliefs have impacted your career negatively in any way? Or has it been a positive thing?TR: The good news is that if it’s ever affected me negatively, I won’t hear about it so that’s nice. I can pretend whatever is convenient in that moment. I’m sure it has, because everything affects your career to some extent: whether you’re too outspoken or not outspoken enough. People can dislike you for any number of reasons and I’ve seen people hired or fired for all sorts of stupid, random things.You might as well be proud of it and wear it like a badge of honor. And the wonderful truth is that it’s actually impacted me positively. People have reached out because they’ve seen the videos and wanted to work with me. And it’s both a relief and encouraging when you can do what is right and be rewarded for it.PB: Spending time on your website, it’s clear you love three things: Equality, your husband, and Italy.   What would be your elevator pitch on why all three things are worthy of your adoration?TR: Italy is pretty much the thing holding my marriage together. It is the perfect intersection of everything my husband and I have in common: we love good food, great wine, art, history and dramatic scenery. I love both of them more because of the other. I’m not sure where equality fits into the equation. Italy doesn’t have the best record on sexism. My husband’s is definitely better.Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Interview: Tracy Andreen on the Romance of Writing for HallmarkScreenwriter James V. Hart on Career, Coppola, and Creating a MethodIndustry Interview: Advancing Your Career from PA to ADInterview: Jennifer Gatti on Bon Jovi, Star Trek, and Leaving L.A.Jonah Hill on Writing and Directing Mid90s — and Tips He Learned from the Greatslast_img read more

No Calvin, no problem

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Mac Belo goes up for a shot. PBA IMAGESSuperstar power forward Calvin Abueva left in a huff after Alaska had started its game against Blackwater, needing to take care of an emergency family matter.His Aces family, though, took care of the Elite in a Petron Saturday Special Game on Saturday night, 88-84, as Alaska notched a fourth straight win and sustained its pursuit of the leaders in the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Tough test up for Neil Etheridge Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Meralco shoots for its first winning streak in the conference at 4:30 p.m. against GlobalPort, which tries to rebound from its first loss in the last three games. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “That’s not a question for me,” coach Alex Compton said of Abueva, who asked to leave after warming up. “For us, it’s family first and [PBA] franchise second. We obviously missed Calvin, but the other guys stepped up.”The Aces led practically from the start and sealed their 4-2 slate after the Elite helped doom themselves in the fourth period by missing seven free throws going into the final minute.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMagnolia also streaked to a fourth straight win later in the night after holding off TNT KaTropa, 91-83, for 5-2 and solo second place.The Texters dropped to a level 3-3 card after their first loss in the last three games. Read Next Blackwater, after touching off crowd-darling Barangay Ginebra’s three-game losing streak with one of the upsets of the conference two weeks ago, is now also in the same tailspin and dropped to 2-4 overall.“As great as Calvin is, I don’t think we have ever relied on one guy,” Compton said. “That’s why we are a team. Did we miss him? Yeah. But the other guys stepped up.”Kevin Racal, probably the best defender in the Alaska roster after Abueva, was one of four players in twin digits for the Aces, hitting 12 of his total inside the first three periods.Rookie Jeron Teng hit the biggest triple of the night coming in the final 64-second mark that made it 86-80.Meanwhile, San Miguel Beer versus Barangay Ginebra gets going Sunday, with the three-time defending champion Beermen seeking to extend a five-game winning streak and add to the Gin Kings’ woes in the 6:45 p.m. game.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES MOST READlast_img read more

Embattled Blatche redeems self in PH win over Japan

first_img“It felt great,” he admitted. “To advance and definitely for being bashed in the last 36 to 48 hours, to just to get a win and get some of it off my shoulders, just to know I was able to help us get to the second round, it felt really great.”.@drayblatche feels great after having his best performance in #FIBAWC vs Japan, but knows that bashers will always find a way to criticize him. pic.twitter.com/iMGm3AUAN1FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) February 25, 2018 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC And this time, Blatche is more ready to face all the criticisms as he opted to rather focus on the things he can control.“I’m sure they’re going to find something else. But you know, all I can do is to continue getting better and stay focused,” he said. Blatche showed his worth and recorded his best game to date in the Asian qualifiers, recording 18 points, 16 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block to steer the home team to the second round.Making good music again with his peers, the 31-year-old big man was elated to have had his first pair of games in this window after playing through a hamstring injury.“For me, it actually feels great to get this win and play sort of well. It’s been a long time since I’ve been playing on the court and it’s just my second game since the first window,” he said. “It was all about trusting my injury. I left it alone and said forget it. If I hurt myself, I hurt myself. It’s about confidence. But this is big for us to advance in the second round.”But as always, Blatche knows that he could perform better, making him all the more excited for the third window in June.“This sort of made up for my bad performance, but I feel like I could do a lot better. It’s a rhythm thing, I’m starting to get my rhythm back, starting to get my legs back,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City AFP official booed out of forum Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico ‘Premier closer’ Castro comes through for Gilas Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netUnder scrutiny for the better part of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers, Andray Blatche could only scream in jubilation following Gilas Pilipinas’ 89-84 victory over Japan on Sunday.And he has every reason to as the naturalized player felt the weight of the world finally lifted off of his shoulders.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi Should be Replaced in FIFA World XI, Claims Liverpool Star

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. This year’s “The Best” FIFA football awards have been mired in controversy over a voting scandal, and now a Liverpool star has hit out at this year’s selections for the FIFPro World XI, claiming that the process is flawed. Georginio Wijnaldum, who was key to Liverpool’s incredible UEFA Champions League winning campaign last season, said that at least four of his teammates should have been a part of the World XI. He also suggested that superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo perhaps should not have been selected, saying that Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane should have been in the team. ar’s World XI had raised a few eyebrows as there were a number of surprise inclusions, and exclusions. Those included were Real Madrid left back Marcelo and captain Sergio Ramos, two figures who are usually regulars. But many believe they were in the team solely based on past reputation and not recent performances. Real Madrid had limped to a third-place finish in La Liga last season and were knocked out of the Champions League in the last 16 by Ajax. Luka Modric had also found a place for a total of three Real Madrid players in the eleven, while only one Liverpool player, Virgil van Dijk, was included. Not a single Manchester City player was included, despite a record points haul in the EPL.Wijnaldum was particularly aggrieved that fullbacks Andy Robertson and Alexander-Arnold were not in the world team. “In my opinion both Robbo (Andy Robertson) and Trent (Alexander-Arnold) should have been in there,” Wijnaldum told The Athletic.“Different players have their own opinions. I think for some they probably just wrote down what they regard as their best XI rather than who the best XI was over the course of the year which is different,” he said.The midfielder then went on to suggest that stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi should be judged solely on their performance in the season, rather than their superstar status. “Maybe the set-up needs to change because they give you a piece of paper and you put down your best XI. It doesn’t really say ‘put down your best XI from this season’,” he added.“For example, Ronaldo and Messi will always be there even if they haven’t had a great season. Maybe it needs to change. There are players who should be there. For me, Robbo and Trent should definitely have been in there. I think Sadio (Mane) and Mohamed Salah should have been in there too,” he added. Andy Robertsoncristiano ronaldoFIFA World XIgeorginio wijnaldum First Published: September 30, 2019, 1:11 PM ISTlast_img read more

Mahendra Singh Dhoni fittest cricketer in the world, says Wasim Akram

first_imgFormer Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram lashed out at critics who had called for Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s retirement from international cricket after India were thumped by West Indies in the semi-final of the ICC World Twenty20 on Thursday.Akram said Dhoni is the fittest cricketer in the world and that he still has plenty to offer for the team. Earlier, former Australia captain Ian Chappell had also defended Dhoni and said the Indian team would be happy to have around for now.Last night, soon after India’s semi-final defeat, Dhoni had ridiculed an Australian journalist who asked him about his retirement plans.”I still think he has got plenty of cricket left in him. He is the fittest cricketer in the world right now. We saw the way he ran between the wickets in the game against West Indies last night,” Akram said in an exclusive interview to India Today.Akram also said it was entirely up to Dhoni to take a call on his retirement and that the wicket-keeper batsman would do it whenever he felt the time was right. “I don’t know why people are worried about the retirement of sportsmen. It’s completely Dhoni’s call,” he said.Akram also said India couldn’t have done much after losing the toss against the dangerous West Indies at the Wankhede. He said skipper Dhoni wasn’t lucky enough at the toss yesterday.”The first reason that comes to my mind for India’s loss was the toss, you can’t control that. Dhoni wasn’t lucky. Sammy, on the other hand was lucky. It was an important toss because of the dew factor at the Wankhede.”advertisementIndia failed to defend a total of 192 against West Indies on the big night. Even after losing their star batsman Chris Gayle, West Indies rode on some luck and spectacular batting efforts from Johnson Charles and Lendl Simmons to book a spot in the final of the tournament.Akram credited the West Indies batsmen who kept their chase on track even after losing their big man.  “200 was chasable in that Wankhede wicket. The Indian spinners were not able to grip the ball. However, West Indies played well and they have showed they are one of the best sides in the tournament. Even after losing the wicket of Gayle, they kept the required run-rate under control,” he said.Akram also heaped praise on star batsman Virat Kohli, who finished as India’s highest run-getter at the tournament with 274 runs. Kohli followed up his 82* against Australia on Sunday with an unbeaten 89 against West Indies last night.”Kohli has taken his game to another level. He got runs in every game. He scored big runs against Australia and against West Indies in the semis,” he said.Akram called Kohli a total team man and said that he would have been disappointed after his team failed to peak at the right time.”Kohi had a great tournament. He will be disappointed but for individuals like him the team matters more than personal performances,” he said.last_img read more

How India can qualifiy for AFC Cup

first_imgAFC Cup AFC Cup 2019 Qualifiers: Qualification scenarios for India after match-day four tie against Macau Last updated 2 years ago 12:15 1/10/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Gurpreet Singh Sandhu Stephen Constantine Sunil Chhetri India Laos 2019 AFC Asian Cup Qualifier AIFF Media AFC Cup India Goal takes you through the various permutations and combinations for India’s AFC Cup 2019 qualification…… Stephen Constantine and his Men in Blue get ready to welcome Macau in the fourth match-day of the AFC Cup 2019 qualifiers on October 11.India had beaten Macau 2-0 in the away-leg during match-day three and will be confident of securing the three points once again to keep their perfect record in the qualifiers alive.Given below is how the current table stands after match-day three results. It has to be borne in mind that the match between the other two teams in the group – Myanmar and the Kyrgyz Republic, was postponed and the rescheduled date for the fixture is yet to be announced. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. afcps1The rules for qualification designate that the top two teams from the group will secure their tickets to the final stage in 2019. If two or more teams end up level on points after the completion of all matches, below is a winner will be decided in order of sequence. Points in head-to-head matches among tied teams; Goal difference in head-to-head matches among tied teams; Goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams; Away goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams; If more than two teams are tied, and after applying criteria one to four, a subset of teams are still tied, criteria 1 to 4 are reapplied exclusively to this subset of teams. In case those criterias still fail to divide the teams, then they will be separated as follow:- Goal difference in all group matches; Goals scored in all group matches; Penalty shoot-out if only two teams are tied and they met in the last round of the group; Disciplinary points (yellow card = 1 point, red card as a result of two yellow cards = 3 points, direct red card = 3 points, yellow card followed by direct red card = 4 points); Scenario A and B On match-day four, if India beat Macau and Myanmar beat Kyrgyz Republic, then below is how the group table will look.afcps2In this scenario, India will develop a nine point lead over the third-placed team in the fray, Kyrgyz Republic. Hence the Central Asians would need to win their three remaining games in hand while India would have to lose its remaining games for the Men in Blue to be in danger of missing out on the qualification.Even then it would boil down to head to head and then goal difference to separate the three teams provided Myanmar wins two of its remaining games as the three would be locked on 12 points each.Anything less than that, India will walk into the main draw in 2019.The same is applicable for a scenario where Kyrgyz Republic beat Myanmar. In that case, Myanmar would need to win its three games in hand and the same permutations would apply.Therefore, this combination puts India with one foot in the main-draw with only a perfect storm of results going the other way preventing qualification for Constantine’s men.Scenario C On match-day four, if India beat Macau while Kyrgyz Republic and Myanmar draw their match, then below is how the group table will look.afcps3In this scenario, India will develop an eight-point lead over the second and third placed teams who would be tied on 4 points each.This is the perfect scenario for India, as only one of Myanmar or Kyrgyz Republic will be able to overhaul their tally of 12 points. Since Myanmar and Kyrgyz Republic play each other once again, only one team can achieve a maximum of nine points in their remaining three games.Whatever the result of the postponed game, points will be dropped by one team or both and hence, India, in the worst case scenario, will be overhauled by only one team.Therefore this remains the best case scenario for Constantine’s men as it guarantees qualification.Scenario D and E On match-day four, if India draw with Macau and Myanmar beats Kyrgyz Republic, then below is how the group table will look.afcps4In this scenario, India would have a seven-point lead over the third placed team, Kyrgyz Republic. With three matches in hand, the Central Asians can cover up that game with three wins or two wins and a draw provide India lose their remaining fixtures.There are chances of India missing out on qualification, even the odds are slim as it requires Constantine’s men to slip up in their last two games.In case India draw and Kyrgyz Republic beat Myanmar, the same permutations as above will arise.Therefore, this remains a less than ideal but still manageable scenario for India to secure their qualification.Scenario FIf India do manage to lose to Macau against all odds, then the qualification scenario obviously gets more complicated for Constantine’s men as the other two teams will have three games in hand and once again a combination of results going against them which could yet see them miss out on the plane to UAE. This is how the table will look if India lost to Macau and Myanmar won against Kyrgyzstan. It will be the same if Kyrgyzstan won against Myanmar as well. GFXIn conclusion, India remain in a very strong position to qualify with their perfect performance so far and another victory on October 11 will all but seal their route to the 24-team team main event in 2019.last_img read more

Suarez unmoved despite ending Barca drought

first_imgBarcelona Suarez unmoved despite ending Barca drought Matthew Scott Last updated 1 year ago 01:50 11/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Suarez - cropped Getty Images Barcelona Luis Suárez Primera División Leganés Leganés v Barcelona Barcelona were not at their best in beating Leganes 3-0 and the striker admitted his side expected a tough test at Butarque Luis Suarez dismissed any notion of Saturday’s double against Leganes giving him any extra satisfaction after coming on the back of five games without a goal.Uruguay star Suarez has seen his place in the team called into question this season after a string of underwhelming displays, and though he broke his goal drought at Butarque in a 3-0 win, he was not exactly at his destructive best.Griezmann 17/4 FGS with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar presented Suarez with a tap-in for his first and a deflection off Ruben Perez aided his second after half-time.Regardless, Suarez was satisfied to help Barca to another win as the league leaders won their 11th game from 12 in La Liga this season.”I’d already talked about that and made it absolutely plain, I’m just trying to feel good in myself to help the team,” Suarez said of his emotions after the full-time whistle.Luis Suárez: “The important thing was to pick up three points against a tough opponent” #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/RVjNKGwLkY— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 18, 2017″We got three points and that’s all that matters.”Leganes outshot Barca 18 to 11, but goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, and some wayward finishing meant that Barca were rarely in trouble.Suarez freely admitted that Barca had not expected an easy ride at the Madrid minnows, who have confounded expectation to sit comfortably in mid-table so far.”When you play here as a visiting side, it’s very difficult,” he added.”We knew how the match was going to be the important thing was to get the win.”We always try to play our best, it’s not always possible. I think we’re playing well and we’re winning.”What we’re happy about is the fact were top of the league and we want to continue playing like this.”Next up for Barcelona is a trip to Mestalla to face second-placed Valencia, but they will do so without Gerard Pique, after he picked up a booking at Butarque to rule him out, with Javier Mascherano already injured.Suarez added: “These days Valencia are playing magnificent football but we’ll only think about that game after our next challenge in the Champions League [against Juventus on Wednesday].”last_img read more

10 months agoJorge de Frutos trains with senior Real Madrid squad: Just 2 years after playing street football

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Jorge de Frutos trains with senior Real Madrid squad: Just 2 years after playing street footballby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJorge de Frutos has been training with the Real Madrid senior squad this week.Suspension rules De Frutos out of Castilla action this weekend and, as a result, Santiago Solari allowed him to train with the first team as he made up the numbers.A Madrid fan since birth, the player was without a club until he turned 16, having spent his younger years playing futsal on the streets of his hometown, Navares de Enmedio.Rayo Majadahonda took a chance by signing him into the Castilian regional leagues before he moved on at 18 to play in the Segunda B for two season, helping the side achieve promotion last year.And there was no hesitation when his agent, Juanma Lopes, informed him of Real Madrid’s offer. last_img read more

a month agoTottenham boss Pochettino: Colchester were fantastic

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino: Colchester were fantasticby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveMauricio Pochettino has given credit to Colchester United after the League Two knocked Tottenham out of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.Colchester won on penalties after the game finished 0-0 in normal time.He said: “Colchester made a fantastic game, it was difficult.”We are so disappointed we could not score in 90 minutes.”They beat Palace on penalties too, that can happen. That’s the beauty of the competition, always something can happen.”We wanted to go further but we are out.” last_img

Christophe de Margerie Arrives at Yamal LNG Terminal

first_imgImage Courtesy: DSMEChristophe de Margerie, the world’s first ice-breaking liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker, became the first ship to dock at the Yamal LNG terminal at Russia’s port of Sabetta on March 30 after completing its ice trials.“The arrival of this new tanker, designed for Arctic conditions, is a big event in Arctic development, as is the construction of the port of Sabetta, where the tanker docked today,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said.The ARC-7 class ice-breaking vessel, which has a capacity to carry 173,600 cubic meters of LNG, was designed specifically to serve the country’s Yamal LNG project and transport LNG in the Ob Bay and Kara Sea.Capable of sailing through ice up to 2.1 meter thick, Christophe de Margerie is able to sail along the Northern Sea Route westward from Sabetta all year round and eastward for six months of the year, from July to December.Ordered under a USD 320 million shipbuilding deal in 2014, the 299-meter-long vessel was delivered by South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) to its owner, the Russian shipping company Sovcomflot, earlier in March.Christophe de Margerie is the prototype for a series of 15 gas carriers, which are planned to be constructed for the Yamal LNG project. The appearance of this particular gas carrier signalled the market debut for Yamalmax ships, a new class of vessel, according to Sovcomflot.last_img read more

In the news today July 19

first_imgSix stories in the news for Thursday, July 19———PREMIERS SET TO OPEN TWO DAYS OF MEETINGSThe federal carbon pricing policy is expected to be a key topic as the premiers open two days of talks today in St. Andrews, N.B. Ontario is scrapping its cap-and-trade program and Saskatchewan has mounted a legal challenge against the carbon price. Inter-provincial trade, the U.S. trade dispute, health care and the Alberta-B.C. skirmish over the Trans Mountain pipeline project are other key items on the agenda.———LIBERALS TO TOUT CHILD BENEFIT BOOSTThousands of Indigenous families living on-reserve will miss out on a boost to the federal child benefit that MPs plan to tout at dozens of events today. Almost every Canadian family receives the monthly benefit, but take-up rates for families on-reserve has consistently lagged behind the wider population — largely chalked up to lower tax filing rates among Indigenous families.———TRUDEAU SHUFFLES CABINET AHEAD OF 2019 ELECTIONJustin Trudeau has unveiled his pre-election cabinet in a shuffle designed to showcase new faces and address increasingly troublesome files — from border security, to trade promotion, to the potential for scraps with the provinces. In Wednesday’s shuffle, the prime minister gave new portfolios to six ministers and expanded his cabinet by promoting five other MPs to his front benches as the Liberals get in position for next year’s federal election.———ANTI-PIPELINE PROTESTERS BEING EVICTEDBurnaby, B.C. is evicting protesters from a make-shift camp set up outside one of Kinder Morgan’s terminals, citing fire safety and health concerns. City manager Lambert Chu says the city is worried about how the footprint of the site, dubbed Camp Cloud, has grown to include a two-level wood structure, additional tents and even shower facilities. The Metro Vancouver city issued a 72-hour eviction notice on Wednesday.———VERDICT EXPECTED IN MONTREAL BOY’S DEATHA verdict is expected today in the case of a Montreal-area police officer charged with dangerous driving causing the death of a five-year-old boy in 2014. Nicholas Thorne-Belance was in his father’s car when it was struck by an unmarked police cruiser allegedly driven by Patrick Ouellet in Longueuil, south of Montreal. His trial last month heard the car was travelling at more than 120 km/h in a 50 km/h zone.———CANADA COULD BE CAUGHT UP IN U.S. URANIUM PROBECanada could get caught in the crossfire after the U.S. Department of Commerce launched another national security investigation, this time by looking into uranium imports. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says U.S. production of uranium for military and electric power has decreased to five per cent of its consumption from 49 per cent in 1987. Canada is not the target, although all countries are potentially subject to the investigation.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit the Tim Horton Memorial Camp in McDougall, Ont.— Environment Minister Catherine McKenna will announce federal funding to protect and restore freshwater resources.— A verdict is possible today in the judge-alone first-degree murder trial of Dellen Millard, alleged to have killed his father.— Court appearance for former Burns Lake, B.C. mayor Luke Strimbold on 24 sex-related charges.— Statistics Canada will release the employment insurance figures for May.last_img read more

Growing push for federal ban on conversion therapy for LGBTQ2 youth

first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – An online petition is gaining strength in its call to ban the practice of conversion therapy on LGBTQ2+ minors.The petition is posted on the House of Commons website and received thousands of signatures in its first couple of weeks.“What we’re campaigning about is protecting minors,” said Devon Hargreaves, an advocate from Alberta who started the petition calling for the ban on the practice that attempts to change the sexual orientation of a young person.He said it’s emotionally, psychologically and, in extreme cases, physically damaging.“It does cause damage, during a time when young individuals are developing and coming to terms with their identity and who they are.”Hargreaves points out he isn’t looking for a complete ban.“If you’re over 18 and you want to subject yourself to conversion therapy — as long as you aren’t doing any harm to anyone else, that’s fine.”Hargreaves says the practice is often done in private, but happens more than people think.Provinces like Ontario, Manitoba and Nova Scotia have already moved to ban it, but Hargreaves says this is an issue that needs federal action. He has been in talks with the prime minister’s adviser on LGBTQ issues, but has not received any commitments yet.The petition will be on the House of Commons website until Jan. 18, 2019.last_img read more

Morocco Participates in Cairo in Arab Armies Chiefs of Staff Meeting

Cairo – Morocco participates in the Arab armies Chiefs of Staff meeting, which is held in Cairo this weekend.Major General El Houcine Benmimoune on Saturday took part in the second meeting of the Chiefs of staff of Arab armies, to discuss the formation of a joint Arab military force in implementation of the relevant resolution of the Arab Summit hosted by Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh last March.The chiefs of staff are discussing the initial project of protocol to form the force and a memo related to the implementation of the resolution in this regard. They are also considering the measures, and technical and financial mechanisms for this force.They had held their first meeting in Cairo on April 22 during which they stressed the necessity of joint collective action to find solutions to the issues of the Arab region and enable Arab countries to deal effectively with the current challenges.Besides Major General El Houcine Benmimoune, the Moroccan delegation participating in this meeting, is made up of Mohamed Saad Alami, Morocco’s ambassador to Egypt, Permanent Representative of the kingdom to the Arab League, Ahmed Tazi, Director of Mashreq, Gulf and Arab and Islamic Organizations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Colonel Staff Mohamed Lkouti and Colonel Jamal Dridegh. read more

Heatwave to Hit Morocco with Temperatures Set to Reach 45C

Rabat – The National Meteorological Directorate (DMN) is forecasting a heatwave from Sunday June 30 to Tuesday July 2 in several regions across Morocco.DMN reported in a statement that temperatures will range between 40 and 45 degrees Celsius.The heatwave, according to DMN, will especially affect the regions of Errachidia, Zagora, Tata, Assa-Zag, Aousserd and Oued Eddahab in southern Morocco. Morocco is not the only country to suffer from a heatwave as scourging temperatures have been sweeping others continents, especially Europe.A statement from Meteo France announced on  Friday that it is the first time that France has  experienced a scourging heat exceeding 45 degrees Celsius.The statement was also echoed by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).“For the first time on record, France sees a temperature above 45°C. Gallargues-le-Montueux recorded 45,9 °C, and Villevieille 45.1°C this afternoon. In France. in June,” said WMO.For the first time on record, #France sees a temperature above 45°C. Gallargues-le-Montueux recorded 45,9 °C, and Villevieille 45.1°C this afternoon. In France. in June. @meteofrance https://t.co/EfK5t9eCBd #heatwave #climatechange pic.twitter.com/yxGlfmUtms— WMO | OMM (@WMO) June 28, 2019Vox reported that Italy, Switzerland, and Belgium have all issued public health warnings calling on their people to take precautions against this unprecedented heatwave. Health organizations and experts usually advise people to keep themselves hydrated  by drinking a glass of water every 20 miniatures. Limiting exposure to heat, especially for children, an effective precaution to reduce health risks during the heatwave. read more

Global youth unemployment rate at alltime high UN labour agency reports

11 August 2010The global youth unemployment rate is at a record high and is expected to climb even higher as the year progresses, the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) announced today. The global youth unemployment rate is at a record high and is expected to climb even higher as the year progresses, the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) announced today.According to a new report, of the world’s 620 million economically active youth between the ages of 15 and 24, 81 million were out of work at the end of 2009, the highest number ever.The youth unemployment rate climbed from 11.9 per cent in 2007 to 13 per cent in 2009.Such trends, the report noted, will have “significant consequences for young people as upcoming cohorts of new entrants join the ranks of the already unemployed.”ILO warned of a possible ‘lost generation’ of young people dropping out of the labour market, “having lost all hope of being able to work for a decent living.”The agency forecasts that the youth unemployment will reach 13.1 per cent this year before declining to 12.7 per cent, cautioning that youth unemployment rates have been more sensitive to the global economic downturn than those of adults.Further, it said, the recovery of the job market for young men and women will probably lag behind that of adults.In developing economies, home to 90 per cent of the world’s young people, youth are more vulnerable to unemployment and poverty. In 2008, nearly 30 per cent of all of the world’s young workers were employed but remained mired in extreme poverty in households surviving on less than $1.25 per day.“In developing economies, crisis pervades the daily life of the poor,” said ILO Director-General Juan Somavia. “The effects of the economic and financial crisis threaten to exacerbate the pre-existing decent work deficits among youth,” he added. “The result is that the number of young people stuck in working poverty grows and the cycle of working poverty persists through at least another generation.”The new report found that unemployment, underemployment and discouragement can have a negative impact on young people in the long-term, compromising their future work prospects.The cost of idleness among youth, it said, is that societies lost their investment in the education of young people, while governments receive fewer contributions to social security systems and must boost spending on remedial services.“Young people are the drivers of economic development,” Mr. Somavia stressed. “Forgoing this potential is an economic waste and can undermine social stability.”The current recession, he said, provides an opportunity to reconsider how to tackle the serious obstacles young people face when they enter the labour market. “It is important to focus on comprehensive and integrated strategies that combine education and training policies with targeted employment policies for youth.”The report was launched to coincide with the start of the UN International Year of Youth, under the theme “Dialogue and Mutual Understanding.” The Year seeks to further the ideals of peace, respect for human rights and solidarity across generations, cultures, religions and civilizations. read more

Bird flu Annan seeks affordable drugs for poor States meets pharmaceutical CEO

Mr. Annan, who two months ago appointed a UN system coordinator for a possible pandemic amid concern that the H5N1 virus could mutate into a deadly strain that spreads easily from person to person, met with Roche Chairman and CEO Franz Humer yesterday and congratulated him on his firm’s responsiveness to the threat so far. Mr. Annan “reiterated the importance of ensuring access of preferentially priced treatment for Avian Flu to the poorest and neediest countries,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said today.The Secretary-General also repeated his standing position that “the best way to protect the intellectual property rights was to make sure that the poorest and neediest countries get the medicines they need at a preferential price,” Mr. Dujarric said, adding that the two men agreed to keep their channels of communications open.At the end of September, Mr. Annan appointed David Nabarro, a senior public health expert in the UN World Health Organization (WHO), to ensure coordinated UN support for effective local, national, regional and global preparations for a potential pandemic, underlining even stronger involvement by the world body in the fight against the disease.Ever since the first human case of H5N1, linked to widespread poultry outbreaks in Viet Nam and Thailand, was reported in January last year, UN health officials have warned that the virus could evolve into a human pandemic if it mutates into a form which could transmit easily between people. Cases so far have been traced to infection directly from diseased birds.The so-called Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-1920 is estimated to have killed from 20 million to 40 million people worldwide. Overall, there have been 132 reported human H5N1 cases, 68 of them fatal, all in South-East and East Asia. Some 150 million domestic birds have died or been culled in an effort to curb its spread. read more

Mark Osiecki out as Ohio State mens hockey coach

Mark Osiecki is out as the Ohio State men’s hockey coach. OSU announced Monday morning that Osiecki would not return to his position after three years in Columbus. “We are making a change in our head hockey coaching position,” said OSU athletic director Gene Smith. “There was a difference of opinion over the management of the program that could not be resolved.” Osiecki guided the Buckeyes to a 16-17-7 overall record and 13-10-5 mark in Central Collegiate Hockey Association play before losing to Notre Dame in conference tournament’s semifinals. Osiecki compiled a 46-50-16 record at OSU. According to OSU, associate head hockey coach Steve Rohlik “will be the primary point person for the program, student-athletes and recruits.” Osiecki did not immediately return The Lantern‘s request for comment. read more

DNI Metals aims at strategic acquisition of established laboratory and technology facility

first_imgDNI Metals has signed a non-binding Letter of Intent, to purchase a company that vertically integrates DNI’s developing graphite business. This acquisition when completed, DNI’s graphite trading business, and a gold royalty will give DNI three sources of cashflow. This cashflow will assist DNI in developing its fully permitted Madagascar graphite project, and other potential projects.More than 62 Canadian and US patents and technologies have been developed at this facility. With this acquisition DNI will own a number of these patents and technologies. All the equipment needed to operate Pilot Plants and Laboratories, that are used to complete metallurgical, clean technology, and environmental testing will now be owned by DNI upon completion of the transaction.The facility and equipment will allow DNI to drive multiple revenue streams:1.DNI will continue to develop technologies2.DNI plans to increase the revenue from the labs and the pilot plants3.DNI can use this fully permitted facility to develop and implement various technologies to upgrade graphite, thus increasing the sale value of every tonne of graphite being sold.Developing a large-flake graphite project, requires a significant amount of money being spent at laboratories. Drilling assays, and pilot plant/metallurgical work must be done. Having its own lab will allow DNI to fast track the development of its fully permitted graphite project and potentially save DNI and its shareholders thousands of dollars.Every producing graphite mine must certify its products for carbon content, ash content, moisture content, particle size, and impurities. Having its own Laboratory, experts and training facility, allows DNI to provide its graphite buyers with a secure, reliable, and consistent supply of graphite.last_img read more

Découverte dune nouvelle population dune espèce rarissime de caméléon

first_imgDécouverte d’une nouvelle population d’une espèce rarissime de caméléonDes naturalistes britanniques ont découvert, dans le sud de Madagascar, une population du très rare Furcifer belalandaensis, un caméléon endémique de l’île, menacé par la perte progressive de son habitat.Auparavant recensé dans quelques arbres de deux petits villages seulement, le caméléon de Belalanda, l’une des 75 espèces de caméléons endémiques de Madagascar, vient de voir ses effectifs augmenter grâce à une nouvelle population, découverte dans un troisième village du sud de l’île principale.À lire aussiAssistez à la naissance fantastique d’un petit caméléonHeureux écho à une conférence internationale à Antananarivo, la capitale du pays, organisée du 24 au 28 janvier pour évaluer l’état de conservation des reptiles de Madagascar, très prisés dans le commerce des ‘animaux de compagnie’, cette découverte concerne une des 3 espèces de reptiles malgaches considérées comme très proches de l’extinction et classées en ‘danger critique’.”La perte et la dégradation des habitats sont la principale menace pour les caméléons et pour la biodiversité en général dans l’île de Madagascar. Nos équipes travaillent en étroite collaboration avec les communautés locales et nos partenaires pour sensibiliser au sort de ces créatures étonnantes”, explique Richard Griffiths, chef d’équipe du Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE), un projet de conservation de ces animaux lancé par le gouvernement du Royaume-Uni, la Société herpétologique britannique et l’ONG locale Madagasikara Voakajy. Le 5 mars 2011 à 12:34 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Cigarette électronique du succès auprès des fumeurs mais un impact qui fait

first_imgCigarette électronique : du succès auprès des fumeurs mais un impact qui fait débatLa cigarette électronique trouve de plus en plus d’adeptes auprès des fumeurs. Elle est en effet moins onéreuse et moins nocive que le tabac, ce qui séduit un grand nombre de personnes.C’est en 2005 en Chine que la cigarette électronique a fait sa première apparition. Les premiers modèles étaient alors en mesure de délivrer des doses de nicotine supérieures à une vraie cigarette. Mais le système a été révisé pour convenir aux fumeurs souhaitant réduire ou cesser leur consommation de tabac. Après cela, les clients ne se sont pas fait attendre et ont testé en masse ce nouveau système de sevrage tabagique. Ainsi, les utilisateurs seraient aujourd’hui un demi-million en France, d’après les fabricants mais une grande part des ventes se font sur internet et auprès de fournisseurs étrangers (les pharmacies n’en ont officiellement pas le droit). Certains ont même obtenu de très bons résultats. Une femme témoigne : “J’ai trouvé que la cigarette électronique était un bon compromis. Elle contient de la nicotine mais sans tous les autres produits nocifs [qu’on retrouve dans les patchs par exemple]. Et le geste de la cigarette reste là”. La “e-cigarette”, sans odeur ni feu remplace la fumée par une vapeur d’eau et l’incandescence de la cigarette par une diode rouge. Seule chose à acheter une fois le tube en sa possession : des recharges liquides. Autre avantage, fumer une e-cigarette (ou “vapoter”) dans les endroits publics n’a rien d’illicite. “Pour l’instant rien n’interdit à un prof de fumer sa cigarette électronique en classe, ou un chirurgien dans une salle d’opération”, indique Bertrand Dautzenberg, pneumologue à l’hôpital de la Pitié-Salpêtrière. Trop peu de données sur l’impact à court et long terme “En tant que médecin je ne peux pas recommander la cigarette électronique. Mais je laisserais faire un gros fumeur qui veut s’y mettre. Avec la cigarette, c’est 50% de chances de se tuer. Avec la cigarette électronique, on ne sait pas trop mais a priori c’est moins”, estime-t-il cité par l’AFP. En tout cas, “aucune donnée ne fait penser qu’elle puisse arriver à la cheville de la cigarette en terme de toxicité”, indique le Pr Dautzenberg.De son côté, la tabacologue Nadia Lahlou a choisi de ne pas la recommander à ses patients estimant que “nous avons très peu de données sur son impact sur la santé à court, moyen et long terme”. Un avis partagé par l’Agence nationale de sécurité du médicament (ANSM) qui recommande pour le moment “de ne pas consommer ce produit” pouvant “induire une dépendance”, selon elle. En effet, bien qu’elle paraisse moins nocive, l’e-cigarette qui contient de la nicotine ne supprime en rien la possibilité de dépendance. À lire aussiPourquoi prend-on du poids quand on arrête de fumer ?Or, une étude réalisée à Paris auprès de 3.400 collégiens et lycéens montre que 12% des 15-16 ans l’ont déjà expérimentée (19% pour les 17 ans), dont une part importante qui n’avaient jamais fumé auparavant. Aujourd’hui, l’un des leaders du marché en France, Clopinette, dispose de 20 boutiques et prévoit 15 ouvertures d’ici avril en France, Italie et Espagne. “Sur un an, nous avons vendus plus de 100.000 coffrets [de e-cigarettes] et le double de flacons”, indique ainsi Karin Warin, co-fondatrice de la marque toujours citée par l’AFP.Une aide pour 75% des “vapoteurs”Selon elle, cela s’explique par le fait que “le prix de la cigarette est élevé et les composants de la cigarette font peur aux consommateurs qui cherchent une alternative”. Pour Benjamin Cohen, responsable d’une boutique spécialisée à Paris, l’e-cigarette est ainsi “clairement une aide au sevrage”. Selon lui, “au moins 75% des “vapoteurs” arrêtent totalement ou réduise des trois quarts leur consommation de tabac”. Une affirmation que confirme Michaël Amar, 35 ans : “Il m’arrive de fumer encore, une ou deux cigarettes dans des occasions, mais je n’en achète plus et j’économise 150 à 200 euros par mois”.De même, une étude citée par Clopinette indique que lors d’un essai de cigarette électronique réalisé en Dordogne sur des fumeurs ne souhaitant pas arrêter le tabac, 72% ont réussi sur trois mois à diminuer “fortement” leur consommation et 11% à arrêter totalement. Reste que selon le Pr Dautzenberg, ces produits souffrent d’une claire absence d’encadrement : pour l’heure, ils ne sont taxés qu’à seulement 19,6% contre 80% pour le tabac et risquent de devenir un “produit d’initiation au tabac” pour les jeunes.Le 4 février 2013 à 18:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more