CALGARY — An NDP candidate in Calgary says he won’t be running in this spring’s provincial election due to struggles with depression.Brian Pincott, a former city councillor, won the NDP nomination for Calgary-Acadia in October.But Pincott says in a Facebook post he no longer has the confidence to be the candidate or MLA that people deserve, and says “the last several months have already been a very hard struggle with encroaching depression.”The NDP currently holds Calgary-Acadia, but Brandy Payne, a former associate health minister, announced last year that she wouldn’t run again because she wants to spend more time with her husband and two young daughters.Pincott served on Calgary’s city council from 2007 to 2017.He went public with his depression in September 2017.“As I look ahead to the coming election campaign of 2019, I no longer have the confidence that I can give the 100 per cent of me that will be needed,” Pincott wrote in the post. “Many think that this will be the nastiest, most bitter campaign in Alberta history, and I don’t disagree.”Pincott wrote that after the four-year-long bout with depression that led to him going public in 2017, he became intent on developing strategies for figuring out when he was sliding into depression, so he could take steps to avoid hitting “rock bottom.”He said that last summer, he saw the signs, and that he and his doctor worked together and adjusted his medication. It gave him the confidence, he said, to put his name forward as a candidate for Calgary-Acadia.But he wrote that things have worsened since then.Pincott ended the post with a political message that called for unity, while also criticizing what he called “populist rhetoric not only from south of the border, but also from other regions in Canada.”“I wish everyone all the best for 2019. As for me, I will continue to try to do my best,” Pincott wrote.The Canadian Press
Charlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN News A woman who was found dead in British Columbia this week had contacted APTN News earlier in July about documenting her hitchhiking adventures.The body of 27-year-old Brittany Martel was discovered by a motorist on Hwy 5 south of Merritt, B.C., 127 kilometres west of Kelowna.Her family confirmed the woman’s identity.Martel had disappeared before.In mid-June, she was last seen in West Kelowna, B.C.Family and friends were concerned for Martel’s health and well-being and her cell phone was no longer working.A missing persons report was filed and posted by RCMP which stated that Martel was planning to hitchhike to the N.W.T. and said she may be travelling with a male friend.On July 3 she arrived back home safely in Hay River, NWT.Because Martel travelled often in B.C., APTN reached out to her on Facebook on July 9 to talk about the cancellation of the Greyhound bus routes in Western Canada.She, in turn, contacted APTN and left a voicemail on July 11 saying she wanted to talk about her experiences on the road.“Hi, this is Brittany Martel calling. I just got your message on Facebook, on messenger and I am interested in, if you are interested in my story of how I went hitchhiking,” said Martel’s message on the APTN’s voicemail.“It is very long, I would tell you day by day what I went through. Yeah, I am interested in telling you what I said.”Listen to the voicemail here:Audio Playerhttps://aptnnews.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/My-recording-1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.She left Hay River sometime after this.Martel’s body was discovered July 23 near the Mine Cree Rd according to the police.According to media reports, police weren’t clear on how long Martel had been there.“It’s sort of a catch-22. There is nothing right now to point to it being suspicious but at the same time given where she was found and the circumstances in which she was found and that it does make it suspicious until we rule out a cause of death,” RCMP Staff Sgt. Lorne Wood told the Merrit Herald.Martel was loved by many.Her Facebook timeline was flooded as news reached her home community.Her cousin Jessica Martel wrote on Facebook, “No mother should ever bury her child Im so sorry aunty I don’t wanna let you go bree you were something very special to me and I thought we still had a lot of memories to make”…”Gonna miss you so much big cuz .”APTN reached out to her friends who did not wish to comment until the family had prepared a email@example.com@aptncharlotte
“All nations of the world must work together to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice,” Mr. Annan told a meeting of the Security Council held under what he described as “exceptionally grave circumstances.””Our host country, and this host city, have been subjected to a terrorist attack which horrifies us all,” the Secretary-General said. “We do not yet know the full extent of the damage, but it seems certain that thousands of people have lost their lives and many have suffered dreadful injuries.”The Secretary-General pointed out that “a terrorist attack on one country is an attack on humanity as a whole.”Condemning the attack and those who planned it in the strongest possible terms, Mr. Annan extended “our most profound sympathy” to the victims, to their loved ones, and to the people and Government of the United States. “More than that, we must express our solidarity with the Government and people in this hour of trial,” he said.The Council then observed a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the attacks.The General Assembly is expected to convene at 3 p.m. to formally open its annual session, postponed from yesterday after the UN was evacuated during the crisis.
by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 5, 2015 2:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email High-end home sales expected to slip in Calgary this spring: realtor TORONTO – Sotheby’s International Realty Canada says a contraction in Alberta’s economy will cause sales of high-end homes in Calgary to slip this spring, creating opportunities for deal-hungry buyers.Meanwhile, sales of homes worth $1 million or more in Toronto and Vancouver are expected to accelerate heading in to the key spring selling season, thanks to the positive economic outlook for both regions.The realtor says the disparity stems from the fact that lower oil prices will have varying impacts on different provinces, with Ontario and British Columbia set to benefit and Alberta expected to suffer.Sotheby’s president and CEO Ross McCredie says that after five years of growth, sales in Calgary’s high-end real estate market are already beginning to slow.The average price of a high-end home in Calgary has come down about four per cent from 2014 highs.McCredie says buyers in the higher-end real estate market tend to react to economic changes more quickly than regular buyers.“They tend to be more tuned in to the news, they tend to be looking at the stock markets, and when their confidence goes— then the rest of the market starts to follow,” McCredie said.“I think the higher-end market starts to be a lead indicator as to what’s going to happen, potentially, in the general marketplace.”McCredie says the long-term impact of the decline in oil prices on Calgary’s high-end real estate market remains to be seen.However, he says vacancy rates in the city are at historic lows and unemployment in Alberta also remains low, at least for now. That should help to keep the high-end real estate market afloat in the short term.“The public perception is that everybody in Calgary turned the lights off and left, but that’s not the case,” McCredie said. “It’s not as dire as people are making it out to be.”
A decorated military surgeon has apologised after conducting unsanctioned surgery on a 12-year-old’s genitals.Surgeon Commander Anthony Lambert has been branded “not trustworthy” by the boy’s “furious” parents, who have accused him of destroying their son’s trust in doctors.The incident took place during a routine hernia operation, conducted under general anaesthetic, at the Derriford Hospital in Plymouth last year. It has destroyed the boy’s trust and confidence in doctorsAndrew Hannam, solicitor for the family The boy’s mother said: “We were incredibly shocked by what happened”, adding that Cdr Lambert was “someone who always believes he knows best”.The surgeon was prompted by a colleague to obtain parental consent before performing the genital procedure, and left the operating theatre to enter a waiting room where the the couple were seated. But he admitted leaving the room without speaking to the family or calling their name.In a letter of apology, Cdr Lambert, who received the OBE in 2013 for his work in Afghanistan, said:“Why I did not call your name when I left theatre to find you, I do not know. I unreservedly apologise for the short-fallings in the care I provided your son.”Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust has also written to the family admitting the operation should not have taken place.The GMC were made aware of the matter but has not taken action.Mr Hannam said a claim would be brought against the trust. Cdr Lambert had previously asked the patient and his parents for permission to examine a minor problem in the boy’s genitals during a preoperative consultation, but they had refused.However, during the subsequent hernia operation, the surgeon not only conducted the examination but then carried out a procedure to “free adhesions”.Andrew Hannam, of Partner at Enable Law and solicitor for the family, said the extra operation should not have been performed without consent and prior counselling for the patient.“It has destroyed the boy’s trust and confidence in doctors and that’s something that once it’s lost is very hard to rebuild,” he told The Telegraph. The incident took place at Derriford Hospital in PlymouthCredit:APEX Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
After Trump’s election win in November, protesters went from Bayfront Park and shut down MacArthur Causeway and parts of Interstate 95.Organizers said they are not sure whether they will do that again, Friday night.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – Dozens trickled into Bayfront Park and began marching out of the venue, Friday evening, to protest President Donald Trump on the day of his inauguration.Several hundred people indicated on Facebook that they would attend the event, and many of them showed up with anti-Trump signs.One protester, Dave, brought a sign that read, “Don the Con,” and wore a shirt that said, “Not my President.” He said that Trump’s denial of climate change worried him.“Well, I came up from Key Largo, where it’s really hard to deny climate change,” he said, “And yet we have people in this administration who seem to think it’s a hoax. They should come down and watch the streets in the spring and fall.”A former schoolteacher brought a sign that read, “Sad, very very sad.”‘I’m a retired schoolteacher, and I think Betsy DeVos is just not qualified to be Education Director, and it’s just a sad day for us overall,” he said. “All his cabinet appointees are so connected to the cabinet system. It’s just sad.”Around 7:00 p.m., the protesters, numbering at least 100, pushed toward Biscayne Boulevard and onto Flagler Street, across East Second Avenue. The crowd then marched onto northbound Interstate 95 near Southwest Eighth Street. Around 8:30 p.m., the protesters marched off I-95 back into Downtown Miami. The crowd then marched onto the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 near Southwest 8th Street.Around 8:30 p.m., the protesters marched off I-95, back into Downtown Miami.Susan, who came dressed as the Statue of Liberty, said that Trump would do the opposite of what his campaign slogan pledged.“I’m concerned that this administration is going to dismantle what already makes this country great,” she said. “This is democracy, and we need to start practicing, standing up for what America really is, because it’s going to get a hell of a lot worse.”Susan held a sign about her father, who, she said, fought communism and fled to the U.S.“My father was a freedom fighter in Hungary, and he stood up to the Russians, and he fought against communism,” she said, “And he had to escape that country under a threat, and he escaped to Austria, and Austria was good enough to take him in and allow him to live in a refugee camp. And America took him then, and I think he is what makes America great.”All traffic was back to normal by 9:30 p.m.
Tags TVs The best TVs of CES 2019 Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Over-the-air wireless charging will come to the smartphone Samsung’s CES 2019 robots just want to give you a helping hand The weirdest, wackiest products from the show See all our CES coverage See also CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Watch LG’s rollable OLED TV in action at CES 2019 CES Products LG 37 40 Photos LG rollable OLED TV: Now you see it, now you don’t 61 Photos 2:04 I spent some hands-on time with the final design in LG’s suite at CES 2019, and came away impressed. It feels like a finished product, something a wealthy buyer with a huge swath of windows and a million-dollar view would snap up in a heartbeat.Rolled up, the screen completely disappears. Sarah Tew/CNET Turned off, the “TV” is just a piece of furniture reminiscent of a minimalist, modern sideboard or credenza: a low-slung stand supporting a sleek silver box. Cloth conceals a Dolby Atmos sound system and a full-width sliding door on the top back conceals the screen itself. Comments Unrolled in TV form, the television screen looks stiff and solid. The OLED screen material itself is affixed to numerous thin horizontal bars that support its structure, raised and lowered by a pair of riser arms on the back side. It’s wild. And the sample showed no wrinkles or signs of stress from rolling up that I could discern.The back consists of a bunch of horizontal slats, raised and lowered by a pair of arm to either side. Sarah Tew/CNET LG says the TV has been tested to 50,000 rolls up or down. So if you turned it on or off eight times a day it would last 17 years. I asked whether LG would offer additional warranty coverage on the rolly-uppy bits and company reps said that hadn’t been determined.I also asked whether the TV could be oriented upside-down, so it rolled down from a box on the ceiling. Tim Alessi, LG’s Director of New Product Development, replied: “The first model of rollable OLED was designed to roll up only. Even if a professional were to figure out a way to hang it from the ceiling, there is no mechanism to re-orient the picture, so it would appear upside down. It’s also likely that mounting it from an 8-foot ceiling would result in the panel being too high for comfortable viewing anyway.”Aside from its sleeker silver remote and incredible design, this 65-inch set is just like LG’s other 2019 4K OLED TV. In our tests, organic light-emitting diode-based televisions produce the best picture quality available today, and the company promises improved processing, HDMI 2.1 and some other tweaks this year.Now the only question is: Which will be more expensive, the roll-up OLED or the 88-inch 8K resolution OLED? We’ll see.Correction: LG originally said the TV would be able to descent partway to show 21:9 ultra-widescreen movies without letterbox bars. That feature is not confirmed, although LG might add it by launch time or after with a software update.Updated January 15 with “roll-down” mode quote from Tim Alessi. CES 2019 Unrolled in TV form it looks perfectly normal. Sarah Tew/CNET When I saw the prototype version of LG’s roll-up TV last year at CES 2018, I was blown away. The engineers at LG Display had figured out a way for the flexible OLED screen material to roll into a compact tube, just like a window shade or a poster, to disappear from view inside an ugly white box.Now LG says it will actually sell a real version sometime in the second half of 2019. Provisionally dubbed the Signature Series OLED TV R and available only in a 65-inch size, it looks a lot nicer than the prototype. Pricing hasn’t been set, but you can expect it to be really, really expensive. Power the TV on and the door slides back and the screen slowly majestically rises out of the box, unrolling and achieving its full height in a few seconds. And suddenly, there’s a big TV.Press the button again to power it off and the TV screen goes black and descends back into its box, the door slides shut and it’s furniture again. It’s like no TV you’ve ever seen.The screen can peek up just a little to display photos, a clock and more. Sarah Tew/CNET It’s also more versatile. A button on the remote lets you put the TV into “line view,” where it rolls back up and descends into the box until maybe a quarter of the screen is visible. LG has designed a special home page for this short, wide screen shape, and it can display a clock with weather, personal photos or moving ambient designs. And the screen can disappear completely while music plays — the set’s sound system can interface with your phone via Bluetooth.
New Delhi: AAP leader Raghav Chadha on Thursday approached the Delhi High Court challenging the results of Lok Sabha election of South Delhi constituency which declared BJP’s Ramesh Bidhuri as elected. Chadha had also contested from the constituency, where Bidhuri won by over 3.6 lakh votes. The petition, which cites incomplete disclosure of information by Bidhuri in his affidavit as a candidate, is listed for hearing on Friday before Justice Sanjeev Narula. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us The plea sought that the election results declaring Bidhuri as the winning candidate be held as void and Chadha, who secured the next highest tally of votes in the constituency, be declared as the winning candidate. The petition, filed through advocate R Arunadhri Iyer, contended that the election of Bidhuri was vitiated by the “corrupt practices of undue influence committed by the candidate inasmuch as by failing to disclose material particulars regarding his antecedents…” The plea, said, “The BJP candidate willfully and intentionally concealed the factum of registration of an FIR against him in Police Station… Muzaffarpur, Bihar, under sections 504, 506, 153 and 153(a) of the IPC.” Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us The petition alleged that Bidhuri had declared false income as also of his wife. It claimed that by not disclosing fully or publicising particulars of his criminal antecedents, the BJP candidate has committed the corrupt practice of undue influence in the exercise of electoral rights of the citizens of the national capital. “The returning officer erred in accepting the nomination of the BJP candidate when he wilfully and intentionally failed to comply with the mandates of the Act, the Rules made thereunder as well as the directions of the Supreme Court,” it said. Besides others, Bidhuri and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have been arrayed as parties in the election petition.
Asteroid formation through planetary collisionDon Davis via University of FloridaAn asteroid dubbed ‘Asteroid 2006 QQ23’ is moving fast towards Earth, and on August 10, it will make its closest approach. This rogue space body is bigger than the Empire State Building, and if it hits Earth, it will cause massive devastation in the affected area.As per NASA, Asteroid 2006 QQ23 will come as close as 4.55 million miles from the Earth. Even though this distance may seem quite huge in human terms, it is a very short distance considering the vastness of the universe. Most probably, this rogue space body will zip past Earth without any dangers, but any change in its trajectory could make our planet vulnerable to an unexpected hit.NASA classifies Asteroid 2006 QQ23 as a near-Earth object. As per the space agency, any space body in the orbit of the Sun at a distance of 1.3 astronomical units (AU) is considered a near-Earth object. It should be noted that one AU is equal to about 92.95 million miles which is actually the distance between the Earth and the Sun.According to NASA, there are 900 asteroids with a diameter of more than one kilometre orbiting Earth around the Sun. Shockingly, the biggest one in this list has a diameter of 34 kilometres. Considering the threat posed by these rogue space bodies, NASA is now busy developing a planetary defence weapon that will deflect any approaching space bodies from its collision trajectory.In the meantime, popular physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has claimed that the end of the world could happen due to a gigantic asteroid hit. The physicist made these remarks during a podcast titled ‘Cosmic Queries: Asteroids and Comets’.Earlier, Dr Iain McDonald, a scientist at the Cardiff University’s school of Earth and ocean sciences had also suggested that the Earth will be inevitably hit by a doomsday asteroid one day or the other. As per McDonald, devastating asteroid hits have happened in the past, and it will repeat in the future too.
Police officers use pepper spray on a lone protestor near the government headquarters in Hong Kong on 12 June 2019. Large crowds of protesters gathered in central Hong Kong as the city braced for another mass rally in a show of strength against the government over a divisive plan to allow extraditions to China. Photo: AFPHong Kong protesters marched to major consulates on Wednesday as they called on G20 nations to confront fellow member China at an upcoming summit in Japan over sliding freedoms in the financial hub.The semi-autonomous city has been shaken by huge demonstrations this month with protesters demanding the withdrawal of a bill that would allow extraditions to the Chinese mainland.The massive rallies are the latest manifestation of growing fears that China is stamping down on the city’s unique freedoms and culture.China has said it will not allow discussion of the protests in Hong Kong at the G20 summit in Osaka later this week — although US President Donald Trump has said he plans to raise the issue during a planned meeting with president Xi Jinping.”China will never agree to the G20 discussing the Hong Kong issue, this is completely China’s internal affairs,” foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters on Wednesday.Nonetheless Hong Kong protesters have seized on the impending gathering of the world leaders to raise awareness of their movement and pile pressure on both Xi and the city’s pro-Beijing leader, Carrie Lam.Throughout Wednesday, around 1,000 demonstrators — many holding “Please liberate Hong Kong” placards or chanting “Help Hong Kong” — shuttled between the city’s G20 consulates to hand-in petitions and plead with envoys to lobby their governments back home.One protester, who gave his surname as Lau, said the international community had a right to talk about Hong Kong’s future because of its role as a major global trading hub.”We need to keep our uniqueness so that we can serve the international economy,” he told AFP.Protesters have also launched a crowd funding campaign to take out adverts in major financial newspapers, hoping they may come across G20 leaders’ desks during the summit.Organisers said they were overwhelmed by the response with some 20,000 people donating HK$5.48 million ($700,000) by the time the crowdfunding was halted on Tuesday.- Tightening grip -Although Hong Kong was returned from British to Chinese rule in 1997, it is still administered separately under an arrangement known as “one country, two systems”.The city enjoys freedoms unseen on the mainland but many residents have been alarmed in recent years by what they feel is a tighter grip by Beijing.Hong Kong’s leaders are not elected and calls for universal suffrage have fallen on deaf ears.Protesters are planning a series of smaller demonstrations in the run-up to Friday and Saturday’s G20 meetings as well as a mass annual democracy rally on 1 July where a large turnout is expected.Lam has postponed the extradition bill because of the huge backlash but has resisted protester demands to shelve it permanently.She has also refused calls to drop charges against arrested demonstrators and hold an independent inquiry into the police’s use of tear gas and rubber bullets earlier in the month.Lam, who is appointed by a pro-Beijing committee, has stayed out of the public eye for more than a week.A regular poll published by Hong Kong University released on Tuesday showed her approval ratings were now at a record low for any chief executive since the handover to China.On Tuesday Britain urged Hong Kong to conduct an independent investigation into clashes between police and protesters — and suspended export licences for crowd control equipment.China’s Geng hit out at that announcement on Wednesday.”The British side has frequently interfered and made irresponsible remarks about Hong Kong’s affairs,” he said.
Almost immediately after the Seahawks drafted combine superhero D.K. Metcalf with the 32nd pick in the second round, a story began circulating that Metcalf showed up shirtless to his pre-draft meeting with the Seahawks, only to be one upped by Pete Carroll taking his shirt off.Well, it turns out the rumors are true, and we know because the Seahawks posted a video of the bro-down on their team Twitter account. Now that he’s been drafted Metcalf needs to prove to Russell Wilson that he can do more than just look like an Avenger.Just gonna leave this one here……@PeteCarroll @dkmetcalf14 pic.twitter.com/TKMWJJ0IQK— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) April 27, 2019
HI-VISIBILITY BI-VISIBILITY | Photo: Supplied GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Pride in London will allow bisexual groups to march after rescue dealBi activist Loraine Hutchins: ‘AIDS catapulted bisexuals into public visibility’This magician is trying to find the perfect trick to explain bisexuality to peopleRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/perth-bi-visibility/ WATCH: Bi people reveal the impact biphobia has on their relationships More recently, members have been requesting more gatherings and have even started self-organizing.‘This is the first year I’ve been comfortable identifying as bisexual and that is because of this group. I’ve never felt comfortable identifying the way I do, but I’ve come to see many bi people feel this way, and from external forces that we internalize.’ ~ Bex‘Being bisexual has caused me to be shunned by heterosexuals and homosexuals alike. For those who are finding themselves in this obstacle course – others may not see you, but we do. Keep on shining and don’t let either side dull that sparkle.’ ~ KellyWe had our first Bi Visibility Day event in September 2017. It was a picnic in the park with about 20 attendees. In November, over 40 people proudly marched in the Pride Parade.Representation in the media‘I marched for the first time because I needed to feel a sense of community, which I had never felt and was craving. It was an amazing experience to feel part of something bigger than me and to be with people who did not question my sexual orientation.’ ~ Elena‘I marched completely at the last minute, and I was proud of beating my anxiety to do so. I felt so happy looking at the crowd. So many people. Strangers. Friends. Old people. Young people. Everyone was so inviting and beautiful, it made me cry.’ ~ Sa MaraIn the last year, the three of us have also worked hard to increase local queer media representation of bisexuals, with clear membership spikes whenever bisexual content runs. The group now has over 650 members, and it continues to grow. Visibility and community connection is so important for bisexual people.Bisexual people deserve to feel validated and supported wherever they go.We want to make sure that no one beats themselves up because they don’t feel like they fit in anywhere. We want the whole community to see us, and to celebrate along with us.‘I’ve finally realized why it’s called “Pride.”‘ ~ JustinMisty Farquhar is a proud non-binary bisexual person and passionate advocate for inclusion. Misty is currently working toward a PhD at the Curtin University Centre for Human Rights Education.Photo: SuppliedRead moreThe Bi+ Manifesto Bisexual people will often talk about feeling a heightened sense of freedom, self-awareness, and authenticity because of who we are. ‘Coming out was quite a liberating experience because I finally felt free to explore and discover myself.’ ~ Domenic‘There is a nuance to our love that gets buried in all of the arguments and explanations and metaphors. I love being this way, I love that there are things I see in people that others seem not to.’ ~ Kate On the flipside, we face all the same challenges as lesbians and gay men but are also subject to erasure and invalidation, and suffer poorer physical and mental health. In spite of this, there are very few targeted responses to our unique issues.My background in community work linking social inclusion with wellbeing, coupled with my personal need for connection, drove me to start the Facebook group now known as Bisexual+ Community Perth.The group focuses on creating a safe space for people to share, discuss, and connect with other bisexual people. It is a space people can enjoy without having to deal with sexually suggestive content.Bi identities‘I feel like my identity is erased unless I scream it, and I’m doubted even when I do. It’s not a stage, it’s not for attention, it’s me.’ ~ Stacey‘Bisexual visibility is important for our mental health. We need to know there is a community of people with the same sexuality where we can find support.’ ~ JenineThe group began in 2015 as an online community available to people all over the world. It quickly gained over 300 members. However, it became clear that it was necessary to target the issue of invisibility in my local community. The 2016 bisexual Pride Parade entry was cancelled because only six people had committed to join.The team behind Bi+ Community Perth | Photo: SuppliedBi+ Community Perth‘When people chant, “we’re here, we’re queer,” the word shouldn’t be a synonym for gay and lesbian. Bi+ people are part of the community and we should feel part of the community, too.’ ~ Duc ‘Bisexual visibility is important to me because I spent too long not knowing whether I was allowed to be myself and stand up in my identity. Everything gets easier when you can see other people standing proudly in theirs.’ ~ HenIn 2017, in collaboration with two other Perth-based bisexual advocates, the group relaunched to include more local content and regular face-to-face gatherings. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…
Go back to the enewsletterThe View – a newly revamped, premium, one-bedroom villa at Six Senses Yao Noi – has begun welcoming guests. Ideal for couples, especially honeymooners and those celebrating a special occasion, it provides an abode of comfort, exclusivity and space with fun and quirky elements.Originally created as a celebration venue, the ultra-spacious, 225-square-metre villa now boasts an infinity-edge pool, a pool shack, private cinema and sunken dining area, plus a mezzanine floor and a fitness studio, among its new refinements.Stepping into the villa, guests feel in harmony with nature due to Thai-inspired interiors, infused with a contemporary twist. A newly added waterfall is visible through a glass floor in the bedroom as it flows beneath the king-size bed, connecting the occupants with the soothing sight and sounds of flowing water.True to its name, The View offers a 360-degree view of the surroundings, including the iconic limestone karsts of Phang Nga Bay. As all main walls are glass, the ocean, jungle and waterfall can be seen, along with the different hues of the sky, from inside or outside the villa.In-villa dining for The View also goes beyond the ordinary. Lunches can be enjoyed from a floating tray in the pool, while barbecue dinners are served by a private chef in the sunken dining area after drinks overlooking sunset on the bay. The pool shack is a cocktail master’s dream, where a ‘cocktail of the day’ and mix of ingredients and recipes are sure to inspire. Martini lovers can also make their own – shaken or stirred – and enjoy a perfect James Bond moment.A GEM (guest experience maker) is on hand to personally tailor guests’ journey throughout their stay.From now through 30 September 2019, guests of The View who stay a minimum of three nights are treated to a private in-villa barbecue dinner for two people.For pricing or enquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org.Go back to the enewsletter
ABU DHABI, UAE — The Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, has launched a package with a hefty $1,000,000 price tag.This package claims “pure opulence” and includes the following for two guests:• First class return trip from any international destination serviced by Etihad Airlines to Abu Dhabi • Seven night stay in a 680 sqm Palace Suite at Emirates Palace on an all-inclusive basis. • Chauffeur driven Maybach at your disposal daily during your stay in Abu Dhabi • Daily spa treatment in the Anantara Spa • Day trip in private jet to Iran to create your own Persian carpet from the most exclusive and well-renowned hand-maker • Day trip in private jet to the Dead Sea Jordan to experience the famous sea and an afternoon Anantara spa treatment in the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar • Day trip to Bahrain in private jet for a pearl deep sea experience. Your pearl will then be hand designed with jewellery settings • Royal Golf experience at Abu Dhabi Golf Club • Make your own perfume with experts from YAS Perfume • Deep sea fishing trip • Gifts including champagne sunset and desert island tour. • Gifts including the rarest pearls in the world from Robert Wang and a selection from Holland & Holland Sporting Guns.For reservations call 00 971 6908888
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – When Chris Pratt is running his fastest, he has a tendency to fall.The “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Jurassic World” star broke a femur growth plate as a kid, leaving him less than confident in his sprinting abilities — and a bit self-conscious about some action scenes.“My leg grew in a little funny. So when I run, I run a little crooked. And if I run at top speed, there’s a high likelihood I will fall down,” he said. “My high school football highlight tape was all just images of me falling down midfield, like I just tripped over my shoe laces or something. So that’s always a little bit of a concern for me.”Pratt discussed running in an interview with The Associated Press after meeting at a bar with seven athletes with disabilities, part of the non-profit group Achilles International. He surprised them with the news that they’re being sponsored by Michelob Ultra to run in the New York City Marathon. The 39-year-old actor, a spokesman for the beer brand, talked to AP about his passion for fitness, his religion, and his admiration for Tom Cruise. The following remarks have been edited for clarity and brevity.___AP: What do you get out of meeting people like this?Pratt: Fitness is a lifestyle. And I think it’s a great common denominator. So you can sit me down with anybody if they have that portion of their life. We always have something in common. That makes this brand a good fit for me and makes this type of experience with Achilles International a really good fit for me. It’s hard enough to do a marathon or to do a triathlon. But to do it when you have physical limitations and disabilities, it’s pretty awe-inspiring.AP: What the fitness routine when you’re at the farm?Pratt: At the farm (Pratt’s property in the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington state), there is actually a fitness club in town. So I go there. But I do a lot of biking and running there, and ocean swimming. … For me, it really clears my mind. Sound body, sound mind. I’m an actor so I don’t have that kind of job I can just shut my mind off and do physical labour. I think that’s what I was probably genetically made for, you know? I should be moving refrigerators or something. But now I’m doing a job that really isn’t that physically demanding. So having something that I can just shut my mind off and do physically every day is good for me.AP: Running on screen, who is your top person for that?Pratt: Oh, Tom Cruise. ‘Mission: Impossible’ — he ran across London, across bridges, over buildings. Yeah, Tom is a great runner. He did all his own jumping, he was flying the helicopter, he really was like — oh, if there’s a question of whether or not I’m the best at this, let me put that question to bed. He’s the best.AP: Is that a career goal, to be able to be doing that kind of thing when you’re 50-plus?Pratt: One of the career goals that I have based on Tom Cruise is his reputation as being a really nice, positive guy who works hard. I’ve never actually met him, but I would like — if you’re going to leave a legacy, it’d be nice to have it be that people thought you were nice and easy to work with and you worked hard. I think that’s pretty cool.AP: At recent awards show appearances, you went out on stage and talked publicly about your faith. Is it an especially important time to do that?Pratt: I don’t know that I am so much more motivated by where the world is or if it’s just what I’m feeling called to do right now. I think it’s a combination of both things. … That kind of a message, it might not be for everybody. But there is a group of people for whom that message is designed. And nothing fills my soul more than to think that maybe some kid watching that would say, ‘Hey, I’ve been thinking about that. I’ve been thinking about praying. Let me try that out.’ That’s like the only way I feel like I can repay what has essentially been a giant gift in my life.AP: Does it feel like a risk sometimes in Hollywood?Pratt: No, not at all. … I think that there’s this narrative that exists out there that Hollywood is anti-Christian or anti-religious, but it’s just not the case. They are kind of not anti-anything. They are kind of pro whatever is authentic to you. And I like that. Because it’s authentic for me to be pro-Christian, pro-Jesus. That’s my thing. I like it. And I’ve never had anyone try to shame me, to my face. Maybe they go say it behind my back. But if that’s the case, go ahead. You can say whatever you want about me – to my face or behind my back. I’m not going to change.___Follow AP Entertainment Writer Ryan Pearson on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ryanwrd by Ryan Pearson, The Associated Press Posted Sep 19, 2018 7:35 am PDT Last Updated Sep 19, 2018 at 11:41 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Q&A: Chris Pratt on running on screen, Tom Cruise, religion This Aug. 14, 2018 image taken from video shows actor Chris Pratt during an interview at the Fellow Bar in Los Angeles. Pratt met with disabled athletes as part of the nonprofit group Achilles International. He surprised them with the news that they’re being sponsored in the New York City Marathon. (AP Photo/Jeff Turner)
‘Letterkenny’ tour to hit the U.S. for the first time in June AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email “Letterkenny” stars Jared Keeso, left to right, Nathan Dales, Michelle Mylett and K. Trevor Wilson are seen in this undated handout photo. “Letterkenny” is taking its live show to the U.S. for the first time. Producers say the cast of the Canadian small-town comedy will go south of the border in June due to popular demand since its U.S. debut on Hulu last year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Bell Media *MANDATORY CREDIT* by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 12, 2019 8:52 am PDT LOS ANGELES — “Letterkenny” is taking its live show to the U.S. for the first time.Producers say the cast of the Canadian small-town comedy will go south of the border in June due to popular demand since its U.S. debut on Hulu last year.“Letterkenny Live!” is a 90-minute comedy show with sketches and video performed by the cast, as well as stand-up sets from K. Trevor Wilson and Mark Forward.Cast members Jared Keeso, Nathan Dales, and Michelle Mylett are also in the live show.Keeso created and stars in the Crave series, about the antics between rivals of a small rural Canadian community.The live show will hit New York, Minneapolis and Chicago.The Canadian Press
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