Facebook accused of targeting young LGBT users with gay cure adverts

LGBT users complained they were confronted with adverts promoting “sexual purity” and conversion therapy for gay and lesbian people because of the pages they have shown an interest in. Companies are able to direct their adverts at Facebook users who are most likely to be interested in their product. Two gay conversion… When users clicked on the “why am I seeing this ad” button on the advert it said Facebook had noticed they were interested in “gender issues.”  Facebook has been targeting young LGBT people with “predatory” ‘gay cure’ adverts, a Telegraph investigation has found. The social media company has removed the posts after the Telegraph exposed a flaw with its micro-targeting algorithm.

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Navy commander accused of sexually assaulting colleague cleared in 57 minutes

“I don’t believe it was sexual assault. It was just drunken buffoonery by me.”Representing Cdr Heap, Lieutenant Commander Verity Fane-Bailey said: “Let’s make this a service issue, not a criminal one.””This has not taken place in a dark corner…he has not got a woman on her own in a corridor. It’s not hidden. The slap was hard, not a caress or a grope.”For the reasons I have outlined, I suggest you cannot be sure he sexually assaulted this woman.”After the panel returned its verdict, the judge told Bulford Military Court, Wilts, Cdr Heap, of Poole, Dorset, had been willing to admit a charge of ‘disgraceful conduct’ prior to the two day trial, but the prosecution were not willing to accept this. A court martial took less than an hour to clear a Royal Navy Commander of sexual assault after he begged them not to ruin his career over a “schoolboy prank”.Commander Steven Heap allegedly left a female colleague’s bottom sore after shocking her with two “firm slaps” during a Christmas party, in what he said was an “amusing not sexual” act of “drunken buffoonery”. The 48-year-old, who received an MBE from Prince Charles, told the hearing he was very drunk when he slapped her backside on the dance floor but insisted it was a “prank” and he was “showboating”.The panel of five senior male officers cleared Cdr Heap of two counts of sexual assault after 57 minutes of deliberations.Assistant Judge Advocate General Robert Hill said: “To convict him, you must be sure there was a sexual purpose to the slaps”.Prosecutors had alleged the Commander, who joined the Navy as a submariner 30 years ago, had been sexually motivated when he slapped the woman’s backside.However, Cdr Heap, who was based at HMS Excellent in Portsmouth, Hants, at the time, told the court he had been drunk and thought he was being “amusing”.He said: “I made a gesture, pointing to distract her and then slapped her on the bum. I thought it would be amusing, it was childish showboating, a ridiculous moment. 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. read more

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Free software update for Kindle detailed includes real page numbers

first_imgAmazon has decided to roll out a new update for the latest generation Kindle and Kindle 3G e-readers, and with it offer up a range of new features users have been asking for.The update hasn’t been rolled out to everyone yet, but it is available as a manual update which can be downloaded from the Early Preview Release page. The update is classed as version 3.1.Before deciding, though, check out what the update includes below:Real Page NumbersWhile many people will use a Kindle in isolation, others like to read a book alongside a paper or PDF copy, or chat about a book with others who are reading a paper version. One of the problems with this is that Kindle doesn’t currently display real page numbers. By that we mean the page you are on in the Kindle version of a book does not relate to the page number in the printed version.This update changes that and introduces a real page number reference. All Kindle books that have a paper edition will be getting this information added, as will all the different versions of the Kindle app to support it.Public NotesIf you make notes on the books you are reading Amazon will now let you share them with others. While sharing your own notes may not sound too interesting, viewing others may be. For example, the author of a book may choose to share some notes, or a group of you studying a book might choose to pool your thoughts in this way.Before You GoThis is a great new community feature that pops up when you finish reading a Kindle book. Rather than just closing the book you will be asked to rate it, share messages about it on multiple social networks, and get recommendations for other books you may like to read next.New Newspaper and Magazine LayoutAs the title suggests, Amazon has been experimenting with a better layout for magazines and newspapers. The 3.1 update introduces it as an option if you use your Kindle for such content.As mentioned, the preview version of 3.1 is available now. However, if you wait for the final release it will automatically be applied over Wi-Fi when Amazon is happy to release it.Read more at Kindle Daily Postlast_img read more

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Pokemon X and Pokemon Y launch worldwide on October 12

first_imgNintendo announced Pokemon X and Pokemon Y back in early January. The new games are noteworthy not just for being yet another entry in the very popular Pokemon series, but also for being the first to target Nintendo’s 3DS exclusively.While Nintendo DS owners will be disappointed, it is a great excuse to finally upgrade to the 3DS. Targeting the newer handheld also means Pokemon can embrace 3D as well as developer Game Freak promising the environments have been completely redone to take advantage of the performance offered by the 3DS hardware. There’s also a new dynamic battle system to look forward to.It has already been confirmed that Nintendo intends to release Pokemon X and Pokemon Y worldwide rather than a per-territory stunted launch. Today, the E3 Nintendo Direct presentation has been used to confirm the actual date. You’ll be able to buy both games on October 12.To help celebrate the launch date announcement Nintendo has released a new trailer for the games:As you’ll see in the trailer, a new Fairy type Pokemon is being included that’s super effective against Dragon-type Pokemon. There’s also a new mode called Pokemon-Amie, which allows you to pet, play, and feed your Pokemon (I imagine this is kind of like a mini-version of Nintendogs, but with Pokemon, obviously).Early October is an intelligent time to launch as it means Nintendo can market the game without being crowded out by the launch build up of the Xbox One and PS4, which will happen as we enter November. It is also just close enough to keep Pokemon X and Pokemon Y in the charts for the holidays and the sales boost that will surely bring.last_img read more

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Google délaisse Windows sécurité ou stratégie

first_imgGoogle délaisse Windows : sécurité ou stratégie ?États-Unis – Google a décidé de “chasser” Windows de ses bureaux. Le discours officiel évoque des mesures de sécurité prises suite aux attaques subies par le géant américain depuis la Chine fin 2009. Les employés de Google ont désormais besoin d’une autorisation pour travailler sous Windows. La firme de Mountain View explique vouloir prendre des précautions suite aux attaques informatiques dont elle a été victime fin 2009 via Internet Explorer et sous Windows XP. Depuis la fin du mois de janvier, les systèmes d’exploitation Mac OS X et Linux sont donc privilégiés. Difficile de ne pas penser que ces mesures sont un avant-goût de ce que réserve Google à Microsoft à une échelle beaucoup plus vaste ces prochaines années. Il faut dire que Chrome OS, le “bébé” à naître de Google, ne pourra que profiter d’un affaiblissement du système d’exploitation numéro un.Le 1 juin 2010 à 11:43 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Meet Two Bands Competing For Pizza in These Weird Dominos Ads in

first_img Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid Ryugu Domino’s Pizza has really stepped its game up overall, though it’s still one of my least favorite pizza chains. At the very least, its pizza doesn’t resemble cheese on cardboard anymore. It’s also trying plenty of new innovative stuff out, at least in Japan, where it’s got a completely different kind of pizza menu. It’s the kind of thing, where, if I could get these kinds of flavors in the States, I might feel differently about ordering there.There are two new flavors in particular Domino’s Japan is introducing: Quattro Chicken/Quattro Cluck Cluck and Quattro Pork, or Quattro Po-po-po-pork as it’s called in Japanese. There are four different flavors on each pizza, which is where the “quattro” comes from, and they’re coming out for a limited time. To help commemorate the release of the pizzas, Domino’s Japan has introduced a band of chickens to promote the Quattro Chicken pizza. It features the members Tandoori Chicken, Yakitori Chicken and Tsukune Meatballs, Charcoal-Grilled Chicken Teriyaki, and BBQ Garlic Chicken. Those also happen to be the flavors on the pizza, and it frankly sounds amazing.But wait, there’s another band Quattro Po-po-po-pork features Giga Meat, Iberico Pork with Tomato Sauce, Pulled Pork with Smokey BBQ Sauce, and Charcoal-Grilled Kagoshima Kurobuta Pork. That’s eight band members and eight unique flavors.The commercial announcing the new favors features some super weird and decidedly creepy animation that shows off both pizzas as well as the bands competing in a battle for whose pizza is indeed better. Honestly, they both look delicious, and I want to try them all. What I do not want is for this weird horse character introduced in the commercial to continue having a mouth on the side of his face where it should not be.The weirdness continues, however, as Domino’s Japan’s Twitter account is giving away T-shirts with the kooky characters on them. Both promotions will last until the middle of August.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Kenny Rogers Cancels The Gamblers Last Deal Tour Citing Health Challenges

Kenny Rogers Cancels The Gamblers Last Deal Tour Citing Health Challenges

first_img Facebook Email Kenny Rogers Cancels The Gambler’s Last Deal Tour Citing Health Challenges Twitter News center_img Kenny Rogers Cancels Tour Due To Health Concerns kenny-rogers-cancels-gamblers-last-deal-tour-citing-health-challenges Doctors advise the 79-year old country legend to forgo all shows through the end of the year to focus on recuperatingNate HertweckGRAMMYs Apr 5, 2018 – 6:42 am GRAMMY-winning country music legend Kenny Rogers he has been advised by doctors to cancel all performances through the end of the year. Rogers is reportedly facing “a series of heath challenges” that will keep the singer from carrying out the dates on his The Gambler’s Last Deal tour.A release delivered to venues regarding the cancellations notes that doctors expect a positive outcome, though they recommend Rogers cancel all tour dates to focus on recuperation.Rogers, 79, was honored in Nashville, Tenn., last October at a special tribute concert, “All In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration,” featuring performances by an all-star lineup of artists including GRAMMY winners Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town, Lionel Richie and Rogers’ famous duet partner, Dolly Parton.   When the tribute concert was announced last summer, Rogers told Rolling Stone, “This is all I’ve done for 60 years, but my mobility has gotten kind of strange, and I don’t like to go on stage and have to apologize. It’s one of those things – you make decisions based on what life gives you. I’ve had a great life, I can’t complain, but it’s time for me to hang it up, I think.”Refunds are being offered for the canceled dates as fans and members of the music community everywhere wish Rogers a full recovery.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”last_img read more

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The Ultimate Super Smash Bros Character Guide King Dedede

first_img ‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsThe Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Hero King Dedede Sucks Up!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighter: King Dedede.AdChoices广告 Who Are They?The Kirby series has a weird relationship with villains. Meta Knight is the cool antihero rival. The true ultimate evil always ends up being some formless cosmic malevolence. But for all intents and purposes Kirby’s archenemy is King Dedede, this gentle looking penguin wearing a parka and carrying a big gosh-darn mallet. Sure, why not?Smash HistoryKing Dedede was planned as playable character all the way back in Smash 64. But he finally made the leap from background element to main event in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He even ended up playing a delightful role in the Subspace Emissary story mode, giving characters helpful little brooches that brought them back to life when the world ended. Although elaborate story modes didn’t return in later Smash games, Dedede did.What Looks New in Ultimate?King Dedede was a really great character in Brawl, especially on the East Coast from some reason which is just fantastic. But a lot of that was due to his near-inescapable chaingrabbing, a mechanic removed in later games. He was bad in Smash Wii U/3DS but Ultimate brings back some of that Brawl spirit, buffing Dedede in basically every way. One particularly nasty play is to toss a spiky Gordo minion, inhale it back in, and spit it out as an even faster projectile.Our Hopes?As a Kirby character, King Dedede is of course a child of Smash creator Masahiro Sakurai. However, in Smash Sakurai went so far as to voice the character’s menacing yet jovial penguin chuckles. As heartwarming as that is though, we’d love an option to include Dedede’s American voice from the Kirby: Right Back At Ya! anime where this gluttonous dimwitted villainous political leader sounded like George W. Bush for some reason.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available now. Read our review of this majestic video game pageant. And for more check out cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Police attach Nima Tamangs properties following court order

Police attach Nima Tamangs properties following court order

first_imgDarjeeling: Acting on a Court order, Kalimpong police on Thursday attached immovable and movable properties of Nima Tamang, a former GTA member, Kalimpong. Tamang, who is implicated in a number of cases is absconding.A large police contingent arrived at Tamang’s residence located at Seed Farm, Kalimpong at around 9 am on Thursday and then started the process of attachment.After movable items — including furnitures, utensils appliances were carried away in trucks, the house was vacated and sealed. Nima’s wife along with his son and daughter used to reside there.Nima, a close confidant of Gorkha leader Bimal Gurung, was a former Gorkhaland Territorial Administration Member of 34 number constituency in Kalimpong. He was implicated in a number of cases in the agitation period last year. He has been charged under Sections 147, 148, 149, 447, 325,326 and 307 of Indian Penal Code. A proclamation order had been issued by the Additional District and Sessions Judge, Kalimpong on July 30 this year ordering Nima Tamang to appear in court at 10 am on September 10.As Tamang failed to make an appearance, the court declared him an absconder and ordered for the attachment of his property.last_img read more

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Sheraton on the Park Awarded Metropolitan BrasserieCafé of the Year

first_imgSource = Sheraton on the Park Sheraton on the Park has again been recognised for its consistently outstanding achievements, by winning at the 2013 TAA (NSW) Awards for Excellence, announced on Wednesday 24 July.Renowned for its popular international seafood buffet and five star service, Sheraton on the Park’s signature restaurant Feast – a world of flavours, was awarded ‘Metropolitan Brasserie / Café of the Year’. Launched in October 2012 following extensive renovation, Feast replaced the hotel’s ‘Botanica Brasserie’, which had previously been awarded ‘Best Bistro/Casual/Family Dining Restaurant’ in 2010 and 2008 and ‘Brasserie / Café of the Year’ in 2012. This prestigious award further acknowledges Feast’s reputation as the best seafood buffet in Sydney.  With its central location and sweeping views of Hyde Park, Feast is the perfect place to enjoy a meal with colleagues or loved ones.Sheraton on the Park is honoured to have been inducted into the Hall of Fame ‘Workplace Health & Safety Hotel of the Year’ in 2013. Having won this award in three consecutive years (2012, 2011 and 2010), it formally recognises the properties ongoing commitment to the safety, health and wellbeing of its associates, guests and visitors.The Tourism Accommodation Australia (NSW) Awards for Excellence are recognised as the most prestigious awards in the hospitality industry, honouring the achievement of excellence in service. According to Mr. Sean Hunt Managing Director, Sheraton on the Park and Regional Vice President Starwood Pacific Hotels, the award recognises the hotel’s commitment to taking care of both guests and associates.“Winning these prestigious awards is the culmination of many years of hard work and constant investment in our facilities and our people. Through an unprecedented string of awards, Sheraton on the Park has firmly positioned itself as the hotel of choice in the highly competitive 5-star Sydney market. All kudos to our talented team of associates, who go above and beyond to deliver exceptional services to our guests”, he said.last_img read more

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Shadow Play by Peppers Melbourne has opened its doors

Shadow Play by Peppers Melbourne has opened its doors

first_imgShadow Play by Peppers, MelbourneShadow Play by Peppers, Melbourne has opened its doorsAccor has opened the doors of its newest luxury Melbourne hotel – Shadow Play by Peppers – in the city’s vibrant Southbank arts and entertainment district.Developed by luxury property developer Jonathan Hallinan of BPM and echoing Melbourne’s sophistication, the 46-storey landmark hotel features an exquisite selection of spacious one and two bedroom apartments with full kitchen and laundry facilities and floor to ceiling windows for lashings of natural light and incredible city or bayside views.In-room mini bars are stocked with locally sourced produce and, for the ultimate indulgence, guests can stay in a Two Bedroom Corner Apartment which comes complete with a private outdoor winter garden.Avant garde design elements feature throughout the property, breaking tradition and routine hotel design with a cohesive collection of contrasts – light and dark, formal and informal, and seductive dark statement pieces contrasting with white stone and timber.On arrival, guests are welcomed to the hotel in a beautifully appointed lobby on the ground floor, which flows into Edwin Wine Bar & Cellar.This brand new venue is positioned to be one of Melbourne’s finest food and wine experiences with itsseasonally curated menu and extensive wine list, with distinct Victorian flavour, meticulously selected by the Edwin Wine Bar & Cellar’s sommelier.Shadow Play by Peppers also boasts an array of unique guest spaces including a heated pool, gymnasium, sauna and steam room, and an enclosed garden space on the 46th floor, complete with a freestanding fireplace, a lavish guest lounge and library with an adjoining patio, and commanding bayside views.Nestled in the heart of the city and within walking distance to the Eureka Skydeck, Melbourne Arts Centre, the National Gallery of Victoria, Crown Casino, the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, and the city’s finest shopping and dining precincts, Shadow Play by Peppers offers a stylish urban retreat for leisure and business travellers.“We’re excited visitors to Southbank can now experience Peppers’ unique style and acclaimed hospitality. Shadow Play by Peppers has added a new level of sophistication and luxury to Melbourne’s accommodation offering, which caters perfectly to an increasingly selective global market that is looking for quality, location and facilities of a world-class caliber,” Accor Chief Operating Officer Pacific, Simon McGrath said.Shadow Play by Peppers is the brand’s second Melbourne property. The first, Peppers Docklands, opened in January 2016.Experience Shadow Play by Peppers from $199* per night in a One Bedroom Apartment including breakfast for two and Wi-Fi. To book, visit www.peppers.com.au or call 1300 737 444.Shadow Play by Peppers308-320 City RoadSouthbank VICwww.peppers.com.au/shadow-playReservations: 1300 737 444*Conditions apply, subject to availability. Valid for sale and travel until 30 September, 2019. Source = Accorlast_img read more

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The Spread of Bad Underwriting

The Spread of Bad Underwriting

first_img Share in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Defaults UFA Underwriting 2017-03-08 Staff Writer Last year, University Financial Associates (UFA) introduced the idea of contagious misbehavior and their effect on the default rate. UFA utilized that data to take a closer look at how poor underwriting spreads within the mortgage sector in a report titled “Race to the Bottom?” released on Wednesday. According to the report, lenders tend to be pressured to lend more aggressively if competing lenders relax standards.Data from UFA shows that in the years leading up to the financial crisis in 2007, lenders sought after more and more ways to lend to marginal buyers. The “No-doc” and NINJA (no income, no job, no assets) loans increased as lenders fought to outdo each other by selling more loans, thus the quality adjusted index of default rose for multiple lenders. As one lender began to its questionable underwriting practices, others followed suit in order to keep up competitively.“Our research shows there is compelling evidence that poor underwriting is indeed contagious. The underlying data provides evidence of most private-label lenders’ relaxed underwriting standards which spread through the industry during the 2000s,” said Dennis Capozza, Professor Emeritus of Finance in the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, and a founding principal of UFA. “Data for other loan types like autos and mobile homes have similar contagion events before default crises. The challenge for regulators is to identify these contagion events and act to control them before a crisis develops.”UFA’s original research from last year showed that political corruption in an area correlated to some extent with excessive defaults. If misbehavior can have an effect on separate sectors, it is easy to see how aggressive lending from one lender can lead to aggressive competition to another.To view the full report and more from UFA, click here.center_img The Spread of Bad Underwriting March 8, 2017 512 Views last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Norwegian Cruise Line H

Go back to the enewsletter Norwegian Cruise Line H

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterNorwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (NCLH), the overarching business behind Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, has published its 2018 Stewardship Report. The report highlights the company’s progress on its sustainability goals as well as its impactful initiatives currently underway, including:Elimination of plastic straws across its 26-ship fleet and two island destinations;Exciting partnerships including Ocean Conservancy, making the company the first cruise line to join the Trash Free Seas Alliance;The company’s Hope Starts Here campaign to reconstruct schools and critical infrastructure in Caribbean islands impacted by the devastating 2017 hurricane season.Projects and partnerships include Coral Reef Restoration at Great Stirrup Cay in partnership with Nova Southeastern University; Cruising for Conservation with Guy Harvey in partnership with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation aimed at raising awareness of ocean conservation; as well as philanthropy, disaster relief, water conservation, waste mitigation & recycling and fuel saving initiatives.Coral Reef Restoration in partnership with Nova Southeastern University“We are proud of our achievements to date and remain steadfastly dedicated to responsible business practices that encourage the preservation and restoration of the oceans we sail on and destinations we visit,” said Frank Del Rio, President and Chief Executive Officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “We are committed to continually seek ways to minimise our environmental impact while at the same time provide truly exceptional cruise vacation experiences to our guests.”Conservation focus: At Harvest Caye, Belize, staff patrolled the beach each morning from June through October to check for any evidence of turtle nesting.In celebration of Earth Day on 22 April, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings team members attended a beach clean-up at Oleta State Park in North Miami Beach, Florida, collecting 72.5 kilograms of rubbish. This event was held in partnership with the Ocean Conservancy and Trash Free Seas Alliance. The company has partnered with Ocean Conservancy since 2018, supporting a shared vision of a world with waterways, beaches and oceans free of plastic waste.Disaster Relief – Norwegian Cruise Line provided aid to The Caribbean after Hurrican Irma and Maria devastated the region in 2017. Funds helped All Hands and Hearts deliver relief.Additionally, the Alaska Raptor Center (ARC) celebrated the grand opening of its nature trail, funded by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, on 20 April, 2019. As a special treat, the ARC’s staff brought out several of their glove-trained raptor ambassadors to greet visitors along the trail. The company funded the development and signage for a nature trail which spans throughout the ARC’s 6.8-hectare conservation property. The Alaska Raptor Center, located in Sitka, Alaska, is an avian hospital and rehabilitation centre that in 2018 cared for over 170 injured birds of prey.The 2018 Stewardship Report is part of the company’s global environmental program, Sail & Sustain, which reflects the company’s mission to continually improve its sustainability culture through fresh innovation, progressive education and open collaboration.The 2018 Stewardship Report can be found at www.nclhltd.com/Stewardship.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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McCreadys voting record perfect in 20132014 session

McCreadys voting record perfect in 20132014 session

first_img Legislator did not miss any of more than 1,300 votesAccording to official vote tallies, state Rep. Mike McCready, R-Bloomfield Hills, cast his vote on every item presented on the floor during his first term.“Serving as your state representative is not a responsibility to be taken lightly,” McCready said. “I am honored to cast my vote on each and every issue, no matter how challenging the decision. The 40th District has entrusted me with this important job in Lansing, and I pledge to keep making tough decisions in the Capitol as we continue improving the Great Lakes State for all.”McCready said he is especially eager to address issues brought to his attention by the hard-working Michiganders of the 40th District, who are welcome to contact his Lansing office by phone at 517-373-8670, via email at MikeMcCready@house.mi.gov or through his website at RepMcCready.com.The representative returns to the Michigan House this month to serve a second, two-year term in the 98th Legislature.### Categories: McCready News 09Jan McCready’s voting record perfect in 2013-2014 sessionlast_img read more

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Rep Vaupel invites residents to his April coffee hours

Rep Vaupel invites residents to his April coffee hours

first_img Categories: Vaupel News 25Mar Rep. Vaupel invites residents to his April coffee hours State Rep. Hank Vaupel is holding coffee hours at three locations throughout the district on Thursday, April 9. All residents are invited to attend and no appointment is necessary.The coffee hours will be held at the following times and locations:Kahuna Coffee, 1836 Old US Hwy 23 in Hartland Twp., from 9 to 10 a.m.Uptown Coffee, 102 East Grand River in Howell, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.Alma’s Sweet Treats, 144 Main St. in Gregory, from 1 to 2 p.m.“I look forward to meeting with as many residents as I can to discuss their concerns and ideas on our state’s government,” said Rep. Vaupel, R-Fowlerville. “It is important to me that I receive feedback from residents in the 47th District so that I can do the best job possible representing them at the state level.”Residents who cannot attend these office hours can contact Rep. Vaupel’s office toll free at 866-828-4863 or via e-mail at HankVaupel@house.mi.gov.last_img read more

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Hoitenga colleagues reveal priorities for 201718

Hoitenga colleagues reveal priorities for 201718

first_img Categories: Hoitenga News Action Plan addresses broadband access, road and bridge improvementsState Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, joined her colleagues Thursday for a press conference outlining key principles and priorities that will guide the House over the next two years.Hoitenga said the 2017-18 House Republican Action Plan represents the best way forward for Michigan’s continued recovery.“I’m pleased to see an emphasis placed on expanding access to broadband internet,” said Hoitenga, who chairs the House Communications and Technology Committee. “In today’s world, people depend on the internet to conduct business and acquire educational material. Local communities that don’t have access to fast, reliable connections are at a disadvantage when it comes to attracting jobs and residents. I’m working hard to address this issue.”Hoitenga said infrastructure improvements are another priority.“Michigan drivers deserve better roads and stronger bridges,” Hoitenga said. “Michigan recently took some significant steps to improve our transportation system, and I’m committed to making changes to ensure that taxpayer dollars are used efficiently and effectively.”The entire House Republican Action Plan is available for the public to read at gophouse.org/best-way-forward.### 17Feb Hoitenga, colleagues reveal priorities for 2017-18last_img read more

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Following reports of Line 5 damage Allor says Shut it down

Following reports of Line 5 damage Allor says Shut it down

first_img Categories: Allor News State Rep. Sue Allor of Wolverine issued the following statement today following the recent damage to Line 5 under the Straits of Mackinac:“The reports this week of damage to Line 5 are deeply concerning. Even more concerning is the fact that Enbridge continues to pump oil through the damaged pipeline. Enbridge officials claim the structural integrity of the line remains intact, but a number of misleading reports issued in the past prove the company can’t be trusted.“In my short time serving the people of the 106th House District there have been three serious issues: gaps in the pipeline’s protective coating, large spans with inadequate support, and now three dents. I tried to be patient and wait for the independent safety study that was promised last year, but that was botched and subsequently never released. Now we won’t have the information until June, almost a full year later. Enough is enough, my patience has run out.“While I appreciate Governor Snyder’s call to speed up efforts to find a safer alternative to Line 5 that protects our Great Lakes, I feel this situation calls for a stronger and more immediate approach. Line 5 must be shut down immediately, and remain down until the state can complete a thorough inspection of its integrity. We must understand the full extent of the damage – not only at the point of contact, but also any portion of pipeline that could have been jolted and damaged by the impact – before Line 5 is allowed to resume operations.”### 13Apr Following reports of Line 5 damage, Allor says ‘Shut it down!’last_img read more

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MPs Shocked by Political Campaigning from Oxfam

MPs Shocked by Political Campaigning from Oxfam

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares June 10, 2014; The TelegraphFor most Brits and many others around the world, international aid charity Oxfam is an institution. Its roots were a group that campaigned in 1942 to send food supplies through an Allied naval blockade to starving women and children in enemy-occupied Greece during the Second World War. It became an international federation in 1954, implementing long-term development programs in vulnerable communities.Yet it has attracted the ire of a section of the British government for a recent campaign, launched with a tweet, highlighting poverty closer to home. Lifting the lid on austerity Britain reveals a perfect storm – and it’s forcing more and more people into poverty. pic.twitter.com/2MzzyMXcsU— Oxfam (@oxfamgb) June 6, 2014 The campaign features a film poster showing a roiling sea under dark storm clouds. In red, the faux title: “The Perfect Storm.” Above the image, the tweet says, “Lifting the lid on austerity Britain reveals a perfect storm—and it’s forcing more and more people into poverty.”A government MP has attacked back, writing to the Charity Commissioner, the UK Nonprofit regulatory body, saying, “This [campaign] is overtly political and aimed at the policies of the current Government.”Oxfam is not alone in apparently attracting the anger of the government. The Trussell Trust, a food bank operator, has said it, too, was warned by “someone in power” to stop attacking the benefits system or “the Government might try to shut you down.” This anger, or what could be excessive sensitivity by the government, follows the release of a joint report by Oxfam, the Trussel Trust, and Church Action on Poverty that says there has been a dramatic increase in demand for food banks and charitable help in the UK, with more than 20 milllion meals provided in 2013—a 54 percent increase on the previous year.Meanwhile, the Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector has been hearing from the Trussell Trust and others that maintaining an independent voice can be uncomfortable but the charities must push back against criticism. The Panel was set up precisely because of the need for charities to speak up on behalf of the disadvantaged. At the time of its founding in 2011, its Chair said, “That does not always make it the most comfortable partner for governments: offering challenges to received wisdom, championing those who are marginalised or unpopular and exposing gaps in provision.”For good measure, notes The Telegraph, MPs attacking Oxfam have also accused it of overpaying its directors and having “an anti-Israeli leftist agenda.” It has not passed without notice either that senior members of the opposition Labour Party have been closely affiliated with the charity.—John Godfrey ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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IP Vision the company behind the Fetch TV OTTDTT

IP Vision the company behind the Fetch TV OTTDTT

first_imgIP Vision, the company behind the Fetch TV OTT/DTT platform, has entered administration.In a statement on IP Vision’s website, the company said: “Peter Kubik and Michael Kiely were appointed Joint Administrators of IP Vision (UK) Limited T/A Fetch TV (“the Company”) on 22 December 2011. The affairs, business and property of the Company are being managed by the Joint Administrators, who act as agents of the Company and without personal liability”.Fetch TV gave access to the UK’s Freeview channels as well as online TV platforms including the BBC’s iPlayer and BSkyB’s Sky Go. Last month the company began offering its service via Panasonic Smart Viera TVs and announced plans to expand onto Samsung’s Smart TV platform this year.last_img

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Czech DTH platform FreeSAT has reached the milesto

first_imgCzech DTH platform FreeSAT has reached the milestone of 100,000 subscribers.The Liberty Global-owned operator reached the landmark figure a year after it rebranded from UPC Direct.Jiri Kraval, UPC DTH marketing and sales director for the Czech Republic, said, “Our growth in Czech Republic is an obvious indication of all the efforts we make to provide great programming and a wide variety of packages as well as award winning customer care. Independent research shows our customers are happier to recommend FreeSAT to their friends than customers of our competitors which is an indication of the recognition by our customers of how serious we take and how hard we work to be best in class.”last_img

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