By Cianan Brennan Sunday 11 Feb 2018, 4:00 PM Share80 Tweet Email3 Short URL Source: Shutterstock/Oksana KuzminaTHE GOVERNMENT’S SIGNATURE Affordable Childcare Scheme (ACS) is set to be delayed into next year due to issues surrounding the introduction of a comprehensive IT system.The scheme was initially slated for full roll-out in September of last year.Recently, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone wrote to childcare providers and told them that the system in question will not be ready for September 2018.“Whilst the launch date for the full Affordable Childcare Scheme is not confirmed as yet I felt it was important to flag to childcare services at this early juncture that it will not be launching in time for September 2018,” she said, prior to an appearance before the Oireachtas Children’s Committee in late January.The IT system in question has proven to be something of a thorn in the side of the department, with Zappone acknowledging as early as February 2017 that the initial rollout date of September 2017 could not be met.The actual system itself has not yet gone to tender. It was initially hoped to launch the system via a framework provider, before an intervention by the Chief State Solicitor’s office determined it should be put out to bid.Data protectionIssues regarding data protection are thought to be the chief stumbling block for the comprehensive system, which would see individuals uploading their own documentation to a dedicated computer-database. Minister for Children Katherine Zappone Source: Rollingnews.ieIn May, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect, putting a far greater onus on businesses (and, in theory, the government) to fall in line with best practice regarding the private citizens’ data they hold and utilise.“Our various consultative groups and forums have strongly advised us that we should not introduce the scheme until such time as the necessary IT system is fully functioning and thoroughly tested,” said Zappone. To this end we are steadfast in our commitment to delivering a world-class, robust system that will be user-friendly for parents and childcare providers alike.The Affordable Childcare Scheme has undergone a number of name changes in recent times – mainly due to the issues with coming up with the IT system – until that system goes live, the scheme itself cannot officially launch.Fundamentally, the ACS saw a series of targeted, means-tested payments for children up to the age of 15 (together with a universal childcare subsidy of €20 per week) come into play from September 2017 in order to bring down the exorbitant price of childcare in Ireland.The Department for Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) was in receipt of €18 million in additional funding on foot of last October’s budget with regard to implementation of the scheme.At present, most of the initiatives have gone live – however they are being processed via the channels that see the current Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) scheme administered.The department told TheJournal.ie that uptake of the new initiative has been “a huge success”.“The families of 66,000 children are benefitting, well in line with government forecasts. There has been no delay in the delivery of these supports,” a spokesperson said.When will it happen?No response was given to a request as to what the most likely implementation date of the ACS is.“Their heads have been wrecked with this,” Marian Quinn, chairperson of the Association of Childcare Professionals, told TheJournal.ie. “A request-for-tender document had to be drawn up for it and so they haven’t been able to roll it out fully.”They are doing the targeted element, it’s just a lot more inefficient.While many families have benefitted from the new measures introduced, not everyone has been able to, with suggestions that between 7,000 and 9,000 people have been unable to access the ACS measures in their current guise.“It’s a nuisance and has just increased the amount of stuff that hard-pushed providers have already had to take on,” says Quinn.It’s a frustration for all concerned. They just want to get it over the line.Read: Varadkar on changing abortion stance: ‘Things aren’t as black and white as they appear in your 20s’Read: ‘Laughable’, ‘a joke’, ‘cynical’, ‘opportunistic’ – Zappone brought to task by parents over childcare fees crisis 4 Comments Feb 11th 2018, 4:00 PM Much-delayed IT system to see Affordable Childcare Scheme launch pushed back to 2019 – at least The Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) has declined to provide an estimate as to when the ACS, originally slated for September 2017, will be able to officially launch. 12,017 Views https://jrnl.ie/3845721 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Sunday 23 Apr 2017, 7:30 PM Mandy O’Neill Apr 23rd 2017, 7:30 PM http://jrnl.ie/3351525 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Mandy O’Neill Share Tweet Email4 96 Comments OUR DAUGHTER CARRAGH was diagnosed with a life-limiting condition when I was 20 weeks pregnant. I never knew such a diagnosis even existed.We were completely devastated. I couldn’t understand how my little baby, who I could feel wriggling around inside me, could be so sick and that there was no cure. She couldn’t be fixed.Our optionsFollowing Carragh’s diagnosis we were given two options, travel to Liverpool to end the pregnancy, or continue to carry her until Carragh decided to arrive.I feel that all of the focus of the media discussion around these situations is on abortion, even though most Irish parents decide to continue with their pregnancy, as we did.We decided that Carragh would make all the decisions, and we took that time to make memories that will last a lifetime. We took so many photos of my growing bump. We went for walks. We sang to Carragh and we read to her.We laughed when she reacted to loud noises, and then to her Daddy’s voice. She was such an active baby. She was mostly quiet during the day but at night-time, when we went to bed, she would kick, and wriggle, letting us know she was happy and safe.I carried Carragh for 38 weeks, the most amazing, rewarding 38 weeks of my life.Giving birthCarragh was born on November 3 2015, after a long and difficult labour. When she was placed on my chest, the love I felt for her was indescribable. She was more beautiful than I could ever have imagined.Her Dad and I just could not believe how beautiful and perfect our darling daughter was. Carragh had my small nose, and her daddy’s long fingers and long legs. She had the most perfectly pouted rose-bud lips, and a full head of dark silky hair.Looking at how peaceful Carragh was we knew she made her own decision about when and how she would come. We placed all our trust in her when we were given her diagnosis 18 weeks previously.My baby daughter never experienced life outside of my womb. Her little life consisted of 38 weeks inside me where she lived, grew and was loved, and to me that is truly amazing, a life of knowing only love. I am so proud that my body was Carragh’s safe haven for those 38 weeks, that it was her home.She has made us better peopleThe love that Carragh brought into our lives is indescribable. She has made us better people and better parents. We appreciate everyday life now and we no longer take anything for granted.Carragh’s very short but beautiful life has forever changed our lives. She left us with beautiful memories to cherish forever, and a love that we will continue to live on, in her memory and in her honour. Our little girl is with us every day. It’s in our hearts and in our minds. She is never far from our thoughts.The grief and pain of losing your baby is a pain like no other, and the weeks and months following Carragh’s death, was the darkest and hardest time of my life. I just wanted her back. My arms felt so empty. They were aching for my beautiful daughter who I birthed and then had to kiss goodbye.Seeing the beauty in life againSlowly I began to see the beauty in life again, I took comfort and healing from the 38 weeks Carragh and I spent together.I’ve learnt that the bond between Carragh and I can never be broken. She will forever be mine, not even death can change that. She will walk with me through the rest of my life, guiding me, giving me the strength and determination I need to live my life to the fullest for both of us.Carragh is my inspiration and I want to make her proud. She is, and always will be, a very special little girl, and her little life has had a huge impact on our lives and on our family.When I think back to the day we were given Carragh’s diagnosis, I’m happy that the Eighth Amendment was in place. It not only protected Carragh’s life and mine, it ensured we both received the best standard of care throughout our pregnancy and after.I am privileged to have carried Carragh and to call her my daughter. I would relive every minute of our pregnancy again just to hold her one more time and kiss her soft cheek. She was worth every second.Mandy O’Neill is in the final year of a politics and history degree. She returned to finish her degree after Carragh passed away.‘There’s a strong chance the Assembly won’t recommend repealing the Eighth Amendment outright’>Opinion: ‘The government won’t remove the Church from its authority over social services until we demand it’> ‘I am so proud that my body was Carragh’s safe haven for those 38 weeks, that it was her home’ I took comfort and healing from the 38 weeks Carragh and I spent together, writes Mandy O’Neill. 228 Views
The Red Devils interim manager says his team needs to stop conceding goals from set pieces in order to continue growing in the English Premier League.Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took care of Manchester United, the team has gotten three consecutive wins.But the Red Devils have also conceded three goals, all of them from set pieces.“We need to keep clean sheets,” Solskjaer said to the Irish Times.“We have not done that so far so we know there are loads of things we need to work on.”Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“But this is the way we want to see ourselves attacking. We’ve conceded three goals from three set pieces,” he commented.“(Bournemouth’s goal) came from the one chance they had.”“We don’t concede too many chances in open play and that is great, but we have got to concentrate,” the interim coach explained.“My explanation might be, 3-0 up, game won, settle down and then a lack of concentration for one little second, and that’s enough.”
National City Fire Station Headquarters hosts 9/11 remembrance ceremony 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsNATIONAL CITY (KUSI) – For 16 years first responders and community of National City have gathered at the National City Fire Department on 9/11 for a breakfast and remembrance ceremony. The day began as the department unfurled an American flag and hoisted it high in the sky.“We made a vow like many firefighters all over and so this is our way of saying we’re never going to forget what happened because otherwise things kind of fade after certain amount of years. It’s not a celebration but it’s definitely a remembrance of those who put their lives on the line and perished.” Said organizer and former National City firefighter Don Miner.After breakfast was served, the ceremony began with several speakers including Mayor of National City, Ron Morrison, retired SSG Jeremiah Pauley and president of FDNY retirees of San Diego, Bob Allen.Also in attendance was National City Middle School. The students had an opportunity to hear stories from some of San Diego’s Task Force that was sent to New York as part of the rescue effort, as well as see artifacts from 9/11.“It’s a nice opportunity for us to come out show the kids that were not born yet what 9/11 was all about and then invoke the memories from all the adults that knew exactly where they were what they were doing on that day.” Said Ken Matsumoto, task force leader for CA-TF8. The @NationalCityFD is hosting a special breakfast and ceremony to honor those lost on 9/11 @KUSI_GMSD #neverforget pic.twitter.com/ZwACsf4F7k— Allie Wagner (@alliewagnertv) September 11, 2018 Posted: September 11, 2018 Allie Wagner September 11, 2018 Allie Wagner, Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: September 11 FacebookTwitter
Click to enlarge. After agreeing to purchase a portion of a former lumber mill site this week, the Port of Camas-Washougal is poised to play a significant role in transforming roughly 40 acres of waterfront property into a bustling hub for businesses and outdoor enthusiasts.The port’s three-member Board of Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved the acquisition of about half of the 26-acre former Hambleton Lumber Co. site. The parcel is located on the Columbia River near the border of the cities of Camas and Washougal.The port’s $6 million purchase of 13.25 acres of the former lumber mill site is a key part of a larger deal that’s still in the works. Under that deal, the port will team up with Killian Pacific — the Vancouver-based commercial real estate development and investment company — to breathe new life into a total of 40 acres of waterfront property. The redevelopment project could include new restaurants, boutique shops and offices surrounding an anchor tenant. Plans also call for public access to the waterfront, including an extensive trail.David Ripp, the port’s executive director, said the deal reflects the port’s strategic plan — built on public input — to maintain public access to the waterfront and establish recreational activities as part of any redevelopment project.“We’re able to open up and allow public access to the waterfront … but also bring in business that will benefit the community,” Ripp said.
KEY WEST, FLA. (WSVN) – A Florida Keys man accused of trying to plot a bombing in South Florida has been found guilty.Twenty-five-year-old Harlem Suarez was found guilty in federal court, Tuesday.The 25-year-old was charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and supporting a foreign terrorist organization.Suarez is accused of trying to plot a bombing in Key West, Miami Beach and Marathon in 2015 when he accepted a backpack bomb from men he believed were ISIS sympathizers.His sentencing is set for April 18.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
10 Unsung Heroes Of Motown: The Funk Brothers, The Velvelettes & More To celebrate Motown’s 60th anniversary ahead of Motown 60: A GRAMMY Celebration airing on CBS on April 21, we’re highlighting 10 of the label’s secret weaponsBonnie StiernbergGRAMMYs Apr 16, 2019 – 9:30 am When we talk about the iconic Motown Records, there are a slew of legendary artists whose names come to mind: Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops. But—in addition to the superstars who helped cement the Detroit label’s sound and launched black music into the U.S. mainstream pop landscape—there are plenty of unsung heroes who contributed to its vast legacy, many whom are at the foundation of the Motown sound.Whether session musicians like The Funk Brothers and The Andantes, who played or sang on many of the best-known Motown hits, or The Velvelettes, who simply put out a few minor hits worthy of revisiting, the lesser-known artists associated with Berry Gordy and company are equally deserving of recognition. So to celebrate Motown’s 60th anniversary ahead of Motown 60: A GRAMMY Celebration (which will air on CBS on April 21), we’re highlighting 10 of the label’s secret weapons.The Funk BrothersMotown’s house band, hand-picked by Berry Gordy, played on many of the label’s most iconic hits—including Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” The Temptations’ “My Girl,” The Supremes’ “Baby Love,” Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours),” and Smokey Robinson’s “The Tears of a Clown”—but the group of 13 session musicians didn’t receive their due credit until much later. While at Motown, they would often moonlight for other labels to supplement their income (notably playing on Jackie Wilson’s 1967 “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher,” and when the label moved to Los Angeles in 1972, the Funk Brothers were relieved of their duties. Fortunately, a 2002 documentary, Standing In The Shadows of Motown, shined a light on their legacy and in 2004 they were awarded a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award.The AndantesLike the Funk Brothers, you can hear The Andantes on many of your favorite Motown hits. The trio—composed of Jackie Hicks, Marlene Barrow and Louvain Demps—provided back-up vocals on five No. 1 singles for the label (“My Guy” by Mary Wells, “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” and “Reach Out I’ll Be There” by the Four Tops, “Love Child” by Diana Ross & The Supremes, and “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye). But their tenure at Motown includes far more than just those tracks; they sang on 16 Four Tops songs, 12 Martha & The Vandellas singles, eight Supremes recordings, 14 Marvelettes songs, five Temptations recordings and 15 Marvin Gaye singles. They released a single of their own, “(Like A) Nightmare,” in 1964; though it was credited to The Andantes, it featured lead vocals from Ann Bogan of the Marvelettes.Mable JohnIn 1959, Mable John became the first female artist signed to Motown’s Tamla subsidiary. The blues vocalist released her first single for the label, “Who Wouldn’t Love A Man Like That?,” the following year, and unfortunately, it flopped around the same time more pop-influenced and radio-friendly Motown groups were beginning to take off. As a result, Berry Gordy decided to drop blues from the label, and he terminated her contract in 1962. She landed on her feet, however; after leaving Motown, she spent years as one of Ray Charles’ Raelettes, and in 1966 she released Stay Out of the Kitchen on Stax Records and earned herself a hit with “Your Good Thing Is About To End,” which peaked at No. 6 on the R&B chart.The OriginalsOften referred to as “Motown’s best-kept secret,” The Originals, like the Andantes, spent much of their career singing background vocals for other artists. They can be heard on tracks like Stevie Wonder’s “For Once In My Life,” Jimmy Ruffin’s “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted,” Edwin Starr’s “War,” and Marvin Gaye’s “Just to Keep You Satisfied.” In fact, it was Gaye who helped them branch out on their own, co-writing and producing two of their biggest singles, “Baby, I’m For Real” and “The Bells.” Later in the ’70s, they started experimenting with disco, earning themselves a No. 1 dance chart hit with 1976’s “Down to Love Town.”The VelvelettesThe Velvelettes began recording for Motown in 1963, and though they never reached the same levels of success as their fellow girl groups The Supremes or Martha and the Vandellas, they were responsible for a few moderate hits for the label. 1964’s “Needle in a Haystack” peaked at No. 45 on the Billboard Hot 100, and its follow-up, “He Was Really Sayin’ Somethin'” topped out at No. 64. The group never released a full-length album, but in 1982 they enjoyed some newfound recognition when Bananarama covered “He Was Really Sayin’ Somethin'” (renaming it “Really Saying Something”).The UnderdogsGarage rock isn’t necessarily what we think of when we think of Motown, but it absolutely is a huge part of Detroit’s musical history, and The Underdogs were already hometown heroes by the time they signed to Motown’s VIP label in the mid-’60s. The Underdogs were the first white band signed by Motown, and they recorded their own version of Chris Clark’s “Love Gone Bad” in 1966 as well as a cover of The Temptations’ “The Way You Do The Things You Do.” They tapered off in 1967, but their legacy endures, earning them spots on several Nuggets compilations.Eddie HollandEddie Holland had some early success as a solo artist for Motown with hits like “Jamie,” but he suffered from terrible stage fright and eventually made the transition to working behind-the-scenes for the label. He became one-third of the legendary Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting and production team with his brother Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier. Eddie Holland served as the team’s lyricist, writing 10 out of 12 of The Supremes’ No. 1 singles as well as hits like “Heat Wave” by Martha and the Vandellas, Marvin Gaye’s “Can I Get A Witness” and “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” and the Four Tops’ “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch).” In 1988, the trio was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and two years later, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.Syreeta WrightSyreeta Wright—also known simply as Syreeta—began her career at Motown as a receptionist in 1965. She eventually worked her way up to singing on demos of Supremes songs before singing background for that girl group as well as Martha and the Vandellas. In 1968, she met labelmate Stevie Wonder, and the two co-wrote “It’s A Shame” for The Spinners in 1969. Wright also co-wrote and sang background on Wonder’s iconic “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)”, and in 1970, the two married. They divorced two years later, but remained close collaborators, with Wonder producing her debut album, Syreeta, as well as its follow-up, 1974’s Stevie Wonder Presents: Syreeta. She enjoyed success outside of Stevie Wonder as well, however; she collaborated with Billy Preston on the 1979 hit “With You I’m Born Again” and recorded an album of duets with Preston in 1981. Sadly, she passed away in 2004 after a battle with cancer.Chris ClarkOne of the few white artists to be signed to Motown at the time, Chris Clark earned hits with 1965’s “Do Right Baby Do Right” and 1966’s “Love’s Gone Bad.” In the early ’70s, she served as an executive in Motown’s Los Angeles-based Film and Television Production Division, and in 1972, she co-wrote the screenplay for Lady Sings The Blues, the Billie Holiday biopic starring Diana Ross. She earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay, while Ross received a Best Actress nomination.The ElginsThe Elgins may have had a secondhand name (Berry Gordy wanted the group to use the moniker, which was the original name for The Temptations), but they were the first ones to record the Holland-Dozier-Holland hit “Heaven Must Have Sent You” in 1966. The song peaked at No. 50 on the US pop charts, but it later enjoyed cult success within the UK’s Northern Soul scene, reaching No. 3 on the UK singles chart in 1971. Bonnie Pointer later recorded a version of the song in 1979. The group broke up in 1967, but their status as hidden gems remains.”Motown 60: A GRAMMY Celebration” Set To Film On Feb. 12 In Los AngelesRead more Facebook 10 Unsung Heroes Of Motown 10-unsung-heroes-motown-funk-brothers-velvelettes-more Email Twitter News
Charges have been filed against two Petersburg teenagers who allegedly hit multiple deer in town with their truck last week.The teenagers both say what happened February 5th was an accident. In court documents, they say that they were trying to scare the deer for fun, they were not trying to hit the deer. But a video recording of the incident could paint a different story, showing the teens hitting the deer with their truck and laughing about it.The teenager in the passenger side of the truck recorded the incident on video and posted it on the social media app, Snap Chat. Both of these teens are 17 years old.The video is taken from inside the truck and shows the vehicle approaching and then hitting two deer with a third one further up the road.It takes place in broad daylight on Wrangell Avenue in a residential neighborhood.Alaska State Wildlife Troopers in Petersburg received the video Feb. 7 and investigated. On Feb. 12 troopers charged each of the teens with harassing game and one of them for reckless driving. Misdemeanor charges of harassing game could bring a $400 fine per deer. Reckless driving is also a misdemeanor. The troopers say according to the video, the teens drove directly at the deer and did not try to avoid them.The District Attorney’s Office in Sitka is handling the case.The teenagers admitted to hitting a third deer the night before. They say the deer jumped out in front of their truck. Troopers found deer hair on the truck and a broken headlight on the driver’s side.The third deer was on Sandy Beach Road. A dead deer was found on that road the same night by a resident.There were no other witnesses to the actual act of the teens hitting the deer. The teens say the deer did not die from what they saw. They say the two deer they hit in the video ran off into a yard. They say the third deer they hit the night before laid down in the road and then got up and walked towards the beach.In an e-mail, Trooper Spokeswoman, Megan Peters, says that blood was found near the scene of the two deer that were hit but no deceased animals were found. She says the charges reflect what troopers believe they have evidence to support.The arraignment for the teens is scheduled for Feb. 26, at 3:15 p.m. at the Petersburg Superior Court.
Amid continued cash crunch owing to demonetisation, Union Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Arjun Ram Meghwal has taken a contrasting stand on GDP growth saying the move would push India’s growth towards a double digit figure than the other way around.Most analysts and market watchers have come up with numbers slashing GDP figures. While global brokerage firm Morgan Stanley has reduced its GDP forecast to 7.4 percent this fiscal from 7.7 percent earlier, Bank of America Merrill Lynch has also slashed its prediction to 7.4 percent from its previous forecast of 7.6 percent.However, Meghwal debunked all these forecasts saying, “Some economists predicted that demonetisation would dampen economic activity over the next two quarters. But I believe that the decision to scrap high-value banknotes would push GDP growth up by two per cent.” Interestingly, India would be able to reach 10 percent GDP growth figure if the minister’s assertions come true.According to a report in PTI, Meghwal said, “There are many types of financial transactions that are not considered as an economic activity. As a result of demonetisation, the ambit of economic activity will grow and add to the GDP.”In a surprise move, the Narendra Modi government banned high value currencies on November 8 to check the flow of black money in the system. Since then, the country’s financial system has been struggling to cope with such a drastic measure owing to acute cash crunch.This step has also resulted in severe dip in consumer demand, prompting various analysts to reduce their previous GDP estimates for this financial year.On opposition charges about poor implementation of the demonetisation programme, Meghwal said the government set up an SIT on black money, rolled out the Income Declaration Scheme and took several steps which were part of the preparations. “If we had calibrated ATM machines in advance, we would not have been able to maintain secrecy,” the report quoted Meghwal as saying.
eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- This gay teacher wants you to know vegans are sexy inside and out‘Not a Dairy Queen’: Alan Cumming’s new role for PETAGreater Fort Lauderdale set for Southern Comfort Transgender ConferenceRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/transgender-models-loiza-lamers-benjamin-melzer-strip-peta-campaign/ Dutch and German transgender models Loiza Lamers and Benjamin Melzer are making history – again. In a new ad, they have become the first transgender models to pose nude for PETA’s ‘I’d rather go naked than wear fur’ campaign. You can see the ad in full and a making of video below. This is the first time, however, trans individuals headline the campaign.In rainbow font, the photo reads: ‘Transform your wardrobe: Don’t wear fur!’ Ray Depatti did the shoot.Lamers told PETA: ‘Wearing the pelt of a tormented animal who was electrocuted, beaten, drowned, or skinned alive is creepy and cruel. There are so many fur-free clothing options available now that it’s easy to have a killer look without killing animals.’‘Fur has no place in anyone’s wardrobe,’ Melzer added. ‘We encourage all compassionate people to leave it where it belongs: on animals.’This is not the first time Lamers and Melzer have made history as trans models. In 2015, Lamers became the first transgender contestant to win Holland’s Next Top Model. A year later, Melzer landed the cover of Men’s Health Germany. He was the first transgender man on the cover of a male fitness magazine in Europe.Check out the making-of video below.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… PETA’s nude celebrity campaign is a mainstay of the organization. Big name stars like Pamela Anderson, Taraji P. Henson, and Eva Mendes all modeled for the animal rights organization’s anti-fur campaign in the past. Two years ago, a 90-foot billboard of Pink’s photo was erected in Times Square at the start of New York Fashion Week.
Top Stories Sponsored Stories Spokesman for the High Peace Council, lawmaker Shazada Shahid, said at least one woman will be on the government team.He also said the Taliban had made several demands of their own in the talks so far, including the removal of Taliban names from U.N. and U.S. blacklists, which would enable their members to travel internationally.___Associated Press writer Amir Shah in Kabul contributed to this story.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments Share Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The second round of official talks between representatives of the Kabul government and the Taliban, aimed at ending the 14-year war, will take place on July 30 in China, an Afghan official said Friday.The two sides are still working out the details such as the list of attendants, which should be finalized in the coming days, said Mohammad Ismail Qasimyar of the High Peace Council, the body charged with negotiating a settlement with the insurgents. Qasimyar told The Associated Press that Kabul would request a temporary cease-fire in the fighting, which has intensified following the April launch of the Taliban’s warm-weather offensive.“We are willing to enter into a cease-fire and it would be a good test to see if fighters on the ground are willing to accept a cease-fire directive from the Taliban leadership,” he said.The first round of official face-to-face talks took place in Islamabad on July 7, supervised by American and Chinese representatives. They followed several informal contacts since President Ashraf Ghani came into office last year. Ghani has made peace talks with the Taliban a priority.Ghani’s deputy spokesman Zafar Hashemi would not confirm details of the next round of talks but said the president is seeking that those representing the Afghan side include people “from all sectors of society” — women, civil society, peace activists as well as jihadi leaders who fought against the Soviet invasion and the Taliban’s 1996-2001 regime.Hashemi said Ghani has special concerns that women be represented “because of the fears that people have had that the protections for women will be compromised in a peace deal.” Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Quick workouts for men Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center
Holiday Inn Express Singapore SerangoonIHG and Toledo International bring Holiday Inn Express to SingaporeWorld’s fastest growing hotel brand continues its expansion with the signing of the fourth Holiday Inn Express in SingaporeInterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has announced the signing of a new property in Singapore: Holiday Inn Express Singapore Serangoon. This latest addition to the fast-growing Holiday Inn Express portfolio, in partnership with Toledo International, is located at the emerging hip and creative area, Jalan Besar.Expected to open in 2018, Holiday Inn Express Singapore Serangoon will be situated at the crossroads of Little India and Serangoon and close-by Singapore’s commercial and industrial areas, appealing to both leisure and business travellers. The select service hotel will add 120 rooms to Jalan Besar, which is home to many food outlets including Chye Seng Huat Hardware café, Char Restaurant and the 1952 Brewing Company brewery, bar and restaurant. As well as independent dining experiences, the area is favoured for its hipster coffee shops and retro shopping experiences. Little India and its eclectic roadside stalls is just a five-minute walk away, and the closest MRT only a 500-metre stroll.Rajit Sukumaran as Chief Development Officer EMEAA East, IHG commented: “Across South East Asia we are strategically growing the much-loved Holiday Inn Express brand. We are delighted to be bringing our fourth Holiday Inn Express to Singapore in partnership with Toledo International.”“Holiday Inn Express Singapore Serangoon is going to be a hit with savvy visitors to the country. Its fantastic location means they can rest and go, with everything they need to recharge at the hotel before discovering the surrounding heritage trail or trendy areas. As the world’s fastest growing hotel brand, Holiday Inn Express has helped us to build IHG’s strongest development pipeline in a decade. It certainly gives us another big advantage in the select service space.”A Toledo International spokesperson added: “To fulfil our growth ambition in this part of the world, we wanted to work with an outstanding hotel operator. IHG, as a market leader with over 5,000 hotels worldwide and a fantastic portfolio of brands is the perfect partner.“The Holiday Inn Express brand has a strong reputation across the globe, and we are delighted to be bringing this latest hotel to Singapore.”The hotel will feature a fitness centre, meeting and laundry facilities, and the ‘Great Room’ with a complimentary guest breakfast buffet and a grab-and-go-style market pantry, along with frictionless service, faster check-in, restful sleep, and everything guests need for a great stay.There are currently 2,572 Holiday Inn Express hotels (more than 258,000 rooms) open globally, with over 740 in the pipeline.Source = Holiday Inn Express
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