Thousands of displaced Chadians running out of food due to funding shortfall

30 March 2007Scores of thousands of displaced Chadians are running out of food in the eastern border region with Sudan and face a desperate struggle to survive absent new donations to meet the needs of a rising tide of people uprooted by continuing conflict, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today. Scores of thousands of displaced Chadians are running out of food in the eastern border region with Sudan and face a desperate struggle to survive absent new donations to meet the needs of a rising tide of people uprooted by continuing conflict, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today. “This is not a sustainable situation,” WFP Chad Country Director Felix Bamezon said, noting that even before the latest increase in displaced people the agency’s $85-million Emergency Operation to assist Sudanese refugees, internally displaced people, host communities and refugee-affected local people in eastern Chad from January 2007 until June 2008 had received only $39 million, leaving a 54 per cent shortfall. “Life in eastern Chad has always been precarious, but now tens of thousands of Chadians are being pushed to the breaking point. There is simply not enough food to go around,” he added of the “race against time” to pre-position as much food as possible before the rainy season starts in late June, making most roads impassable. WFP had planned to feed 50,000 displaced Chadians, but it now estimates that an additional 80,000 displaced people are in urgent need of aid, requiring 7,500 metric tons of food at a cost of $7.5 for the next six months. The agency already feeds 225,000 Sudanese refugees in Chad who have fled nearly four years of fighting between the Government, allied militias and rebels seeking greater autonomy in Sudan’s Darfur region, as well as more than 45,000 refugees in southern Chad who have fled fighting and in security in the neighbouring. But then a flood of internal displacements added to the crisis in eastern Chad, fuelled by a series of bloody inter-ethnic attacks, competition for scarce water, grazing land and other resources, reflecting a spill-over of violence from Darfur with armed, mainly Arab attackers on horseback and camels burning African villages, destroying crops, stealing cattle, terrorizing villagers and killing people. “These people were forced to leave their homes with nothing but the clothes on their backs,” Mr. Bamezon said. “They are completely dependent on host communities who can barely feed themselves, and their living conditions are going from bad to worse.” A recent WFP-led assessment found nearly 130,000 displaced people living on the outskirts of villages – almost three times the number expected – the vast majority living in flimsy shelters patched together from straw or millet stalks that will not survive the rains. One in five families does not even have a roof. Few have access to potable water or latrines, and local health services cannot handle the unexpected flood of new patients. With so many new mouths to feed, local host communities are being forced to kill off their livestock, and WFP fears that soon seed stores will start to be consumed as hunger and rising cereal prices take their toll. read more

History no longer a good indicator for weather forecasts says top UN

26 August 2009With the onset of climate change, relying on history is no longer an accurate way of predicting weather patterns, the head of the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said today. In the past, forecasts were made by taking statistics of past decades into account, but “now with climate change, these statistics are changing,” WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud told UN Radio.In some areas, global warming will make rainfall less frequent, making the past an unreliable predictor for future precipitation levels, he said, while heat waves, on the scale of the massive and deadly one which engulfed Western Europe in 2003, “might occur more frequently.”But Mr. Jarraud stressed that “there are many lessons to be learned from the past,” highlighting the value of climate statistics.The WMO is organizing a week-long conference in Geneva, Switzerland, kicking off on 31 August, on how to best use climate predictions to adapt to climate change.When socio-economic decisions – such as those involving health, food security and transport – are made by governments, the private sector and others, it is essential that they are based on “the best possible scientific information,” the WMO chief said.Next week’s meeting, he said, seeks to “bridge the gap” between those who possess this kind of information with decision-makers around the world. read more

Syria agrees to UNverified troop withdrawal from Lebanon by 30 April

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the agreement reached Sunday in Damascus between the Syrian Government and Terje Roed-Larsen, his Special Envoy for implementation of Council resolution 1559, which calls for withdrawing all foreign forces from Lebanon, disbanding all militias and extending Government control over the whole country.Mr. Roed-Larsen met today with Lebanese President Emile Lahoud, Prime Minister Omar Karami, Foreign Minister Mahmoud Hammoud and Assembly Speaker Nabih Berri in talks that focused on the need to hold free and fair elections in the country as initially scheduled. Mr. Annan has previously said he expects a full Syrian withdrawal before the elections that are to take place by the end of May.Yesterday in Damascus, Mr. Roed-Larsen said Syria’s agreement to a UN verification team was subject to acceptance by the Lebanese authorities.”Based on our meetings today, there is now a common understanding between the United Nations and the Government of Syria that the implementation should proceed in a way that would best ensure the stability and unity of both Lebanon and Syria,” he said in a press statement.”In this context, on behalf of the Secretary-General, I have reiterated to the Government of Syria that the United Nations remains committed to the implementation of all Security Council resolutions, which will also further the stability of both countries as well as the wider region.”He said Syria had told him it had already withdrawn 4,000 of the 14,000 troops it was estimated to have on its smaller neighbour’s territory. Syrian troops have been in Lebanon since the early stages of the 1975-1990 civil war, at times in much larger numbers.Tomorrow Mr. Roed-Larsen will meet with the Lebanese Interior and Defence Ministers as well as the Army Chief to discuss the mechanisms of the withdrawal.His current mission to the region is his third since he assumed his new job in January after serving as UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process. read more

In South Sudan protection of civilians critical part of UN mandate

During a visit to the city of Bor, Ellen Margrethe Løj, who is also the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for South Sudan, commended the efforts of the Second Ethiopian Battalion and UN civilian and military staff in maintaining the UNMISS mandate. More than 1,200 Ethiopian peacekeepers are currently deployed to monitor South Sudan’s fragile peace and maintain footholds in the cities of Malakal, Bentiu, and the capital, Juba. “It is a critical part of the Mission’s mandate to protect civilians, both inside the UN camps and outside,” said Ms. Løj, as she reviewed the “blue helmets” at a Medal Parade. “Our troops must ensure safety and security beyond the camps, out in the communities. I am convinced that the Ethiopian Contingents will be in the front line in this regard.”The security situation in South Sudan deteriorated steadily over the past year since political in-fighting between South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar, started in mid-December 2013. The hostilities subsequently turned into a full-fledged conflict that has sent nearly 100,000 civilians fleeing to UNMISS bases around the country. The crisis has uprooted an estimated 1.9 million people and placed more than 7 million at risk of hunger and disease.Nonetheless, a recent peace deal between the warring factions has fostered hope of a definitive end to the year-long conflict.In a press release, UNMISS reported that Ms. Løj also met with UN staff during a visit to the Organization’s compound in Bor where she remained “very impressed” by their efforts to adjust to the current situation. In addition, she congratulated them for their “commitment to the Mission’s mandate as they continue to protect civilians in Jonglei State including those sheltering in the Mission’s compound.”According to estimates, some 112,000 civilians are currently protected by UNMISS at the Mission’s protection sites throughout South Sudan while more than 2,600 civilians have found safety in Bor alone. The Special Representative also visited the Sri Lankan military field hospital which has treated 1,360 people since its founding in June 2014 and congratulated the medical staff for their dedication. read more

Running backs carry the load for the Wisconsin Badgers

Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon (25) avoids the tackle of Massachusetts defensive back Randall Jette in the second quarter on Saturday, August 31, 2013, at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin. The Badgers defeated UMass, 45-0.Credit: Courtesy of MCTWisconsin running back Montee Ball tied the all-time NCAA record for total touchdowns last season when he scored a seven-yard touchdown in the second quarter against Ohio State.Tying the record was just part of a 191-yard rushing performance on 39 carries against the Buckeyes when the two teams met at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis., last year. Ball has since moved on to the NFL’s Denver Broncos, but the Wisconsin rushing attack has the potential to give the Buckeyes trouble once again when the two teams meet Saturday at 8 p.m. in Columbus.“I can’t imagine two better backs on the same team,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday about Wisconsin’s top two running backs, redshirt-sophomore Melvin Gordon and senior James White.Through their first four games of the season, Wisconsin leads the nation with 1,399 rushing yards.Meyer specifically described Gordon, who is the Football Bowl Subdivision’s leading rusher with 624 rushing yards, as a “tremendous player.”Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen, who is in his first year with the Badgers after previously coaching at Utah State, said Gordon is one of the best running backs he has ever coached or been around.“(Gordon) developed some patience within the tackles. He has tremendous speed and his God-given ability is unbelievable,” Andersen said. “He’s turned into a speed back and a power back and he’s a patient back, which is a vicious combination.”The majority of Wisconsin’s offensive production so far this season has come from their ground game. In addition to Gordon leading the nation, White ranks 10th nationally with 442 rushing yards. The Badgers have run the ball 175 times and have scored 15 rushing touchdowns, while they have completed 62 of 99 passing attempts for 792 yards and six touchdowns.Nonetheless, OSU redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby said Wednesday the Buckeyes defense could be victimized for big plays if they do not take the Badgers passing offense seriously.“They’ll lull you to sleep with the run,” Roby said.With exactly eight yards per passing attempt and 7.99 yards per rushing play, Wisconsin’s average yards per play has been nearly identical between its passing and rushing offenses.The team’s early lean toward running the football has been, at least in part, in the interest of managing the clock in Wisconsin’s three wins. The Badgers won each of those games by at least 31 points, and ran the ball at least 20 more times than they passed the ball. When the Badgers lost to Arizona State, 32-30, on Sept. 14, the team had 31 passing attempts and 32 rushing attempts.Wisconsin’s leading receiver, redshirt-senior wide receiver Jared Abbrederis, said Tuesday he expects the offense to be more evenly balanced against OSU.“Going into every game, you expect to throw the ball,” Abbrederis said. “When we throw it, we have to come down with it and make some plays.”The Buckeyes have a potent rushing offense of their own. While Wisconsin has the FBS’ leading rushing offense, OSU ranks second with 1,244 rushing yards.The leader of that effort thus far this season has been redshirt-senior running back Jordan Hall, who has 422 rushing yards, good for 13th in the nation, through the first four games.Senior running back Carlos Hyde, who ran five times for 41 yards and also caught a one-yard touchdown pass in his season debut last Saturday against Florida A&M, is also expected to figure prominently in the Buckeyes’ offense versus Wisconsin. Hyde ran for 970 yards and 16 touchdowns as OSU’s starting running back last season, but was suspended for the first three games of this season for his involvement in an incident at a Columbus bar in July.Practicing against such high-caliber backs like Gordon and White is helping to prepare the Badgers defense to go up against the Buckeyes’ backfield, according to Wisconsin redshirt-senior defensive end Pat Muldoon.“It’s great going against those guys (Gordon and White) … and our third running back, (freshman Corey Clement). They all challenge us every day (in practice),” Muldoon said. “When we do live tackling, it always makes you better as a defense when you have to try to tackle really good running backs, so it’ll help us with the good runners Ohio State has.”Those runners, Muldoon said, also include the Buckeyes’ two quarterbacks, junior Braxton Miller and redshirt-senior Kenny Guiton.Miller ranked third among all FBS quarterbacks with 1,271 rushing yards last season, but he has not played since suffering an MCL sprain in his left knee versus San Diego State Sept. 7.Guiton, who won back-to-back Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week awards starting in Miller’s place, is also a capable runner, gaining 186 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown, on 25 rushing attempts this season.Although he said Wednesday Miller will “probably start” Saturday, Meyer has not officially named a starting quarterback for the game, instead listing the two quarterbacks as co-starters on this week’s depth chart.The possibility of going up against either quarterback hasn’t affected Wisconsin’s preparation “at all,” Andersen said.“They’re both great quarterbacks,” Andersen said of Miller and Guiton. “The scheme doesn’t change drastically. Sometimes when you prepare for two quarterbacks, there’s a drastic change or even just a little change in the scheme. I don’t see a drastic change in scheme with both of these quarterbacks.”Muldoon said the OSU offense is “similar” regardless of which quarterback plays.“They can both make plays with their feet, they can both make plays with their arm, so the offense doesn’t change much,” Muldoon said. “We’re preparing for a really athletic, good quarterback back there either way.”Regardless of whether one or both of OSU’s quarterbacks play, each team’s ability to run the ball against the opposing defense is expected to play a key role in Saturday’s outcome.“It’s obviously one of those classic smash-mouth games,” redshirt-senior offensive tackle Jack Mewhort said Wednesday. “Who wins the rushing game (will be key); that’s usually what it is in football.”The Buckeyes will be looking to extend their winning streak against Wisconsin to three games, and their overall winning streak to 17 games, Saturday.The Badgers, on the other hand, will be looking for redemption after two close losses in the team’s past two matchups. Wisconsin lost in overtime to OSU in Madison last season, and lost 33-29 two years ago in Columbus.Wisconsin is the three-time defending Big Ten conference champion, but with one loss already on their record, the No. 23-ranked Badgers are considered underdogs against the undefeated, No. 4-ranked Buckeyes.Abbrederis said he is not paying attention to OSU’s ranking or winning streak.“We’ve kind of been the underdogs for the past three years, so it’s kind of familiar territory,” Abbrederis said. “We’re just going to go out there and just do our best. At the end of the day, we’re just trying to reach our goal. It’s not about stopping somebody’s streak or whatever … it’s about getting where we want to be.” read more

Pascal Gross impressed with teams away performance

first_imgBrighton & Hove Albion midfielder Pascal Gross says he is impressed with his team’s away performance this season and urging his team-mates to continue with the run of form.The German International says he is wary of the new Manchester United team under interim manager Solksjaer.He told the club’s official website, “It was an important game and a good win for us [the win in August], but that’s just a memory for us. We’re really good at home, and now it’s about trying to be better when we play away from the Amex.Pep Guardiola is convinced Manchester City will improve Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – May 12, 2019 Ahead of the crucial end of the season for Manchester City, Pep Guardiola is convinced his squad will improve even more next season.It appears…“Our last league game against West Ham was one of our better ones, and we’ll try to do the same again and be better away from home.“In my opinion we’ve improved our performances on the road. Maybe we haven’t got the points we wanted, but I feel that we’ve improved in general compared to last season.“They [Man United] have had some very good results at the moment and are very confident. They’re in a really good feeling and a really good mood. It will be really tough, but we will do our best.”last_img read more

Khagrachhari road blockade underway protesting at gun attacks

first_imgRoad blockade underway protesting gun attacks in Khagrachhari on Saturday. Photo: UNBA road blockade is underway in the hill district on Monday protesting the murders of seven people, including four Chittagong Hill Tracts-based political party United Peoples’ Democratic Front-backed organisation leaders, in Saturday’s gun attacks.UPDF-backed three organisations — Pahari Chhatra Parishad, Ganotantrik Jubo Forum and Hill Women Federation — enforced the eight-hour road blockade.They blockade programme, announced on Saturday, started at 6:00am disrupting traffic both on local and long-distance routes.Security in the district has been beefed up to avoid any untoward incident.Six people, including Tapan Chakma, district unit president of UPDF-backed Pahari Chhatra Parishad, were gunned during a deadly gunfight between two factions of United People’s Democratic Front (UPDF) at Swanirbhar in Sadar upazila on Saturday.Another person was killed in an attack on a rally brought out later in the day protesting the killings in the gun battle.Read more: Infighting in ethnic party leaves at least 6 killedlast_img read more

Fani death toll in India rises to 77 anger grows

first_imgIn this photo taken on 12 May 2019, Indian children queue to collect food handouts in Puri in the eastern Indian state of Odisha, following Cyclone Fani. The death toll from a major cyclone that hit eastern India and Bangladesh in early May rose to 77 on 13 May as anger grew over millions of people still without power and water. Photo: AFPThe death toll from a major cyclone that hit eastern India and Bangladesh in early May rose to 77 on Monday as anger grew over millions of people still without power and water.Cyclone Fani, the first summer cyclone to hit India’s Bay of Bengal coast in 43 years, made landfall in Odisha state on 3 May packing winds up to 200 kilometres (125 miles) per hour.The winds damaged half a million houses, uprooted hundreds of thousands of trees and knocked out power, telecommunications and water for millions of people in one of India’s poorest states.The Indian death toll, which earlier stood at 41, shot up with fresh casualties reported from Puri and Khurda districts on Sunday. Thirteen people also perished in Bangladesh after Fani barrelled northwards.”The toll has gone up to 64 with maximum deaths (39) reported from Puri,” an official at the State Emergency Operation Centre told AFP.India initially won praise, including from the United Nations, for moving some 1.2 million people to safety before the storm arrived, in what Odisha’s chief minister called the “biggest human evacuation in history”.But this praise has turned to anger for many local people at what they see as the slow pace of reconstruction and apathy from the authorities.”I have lost my thatched house in the cyclone. No one from the government has come to see my damaged house,” Shantilata Mishra, a resident in the Puri district, was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency.”I do not know when they will assess the damage and give me assistance to construct my house,” she said.Angry survivors have even been taking to the streets to protest the slow pace of relief as well as high prices of essential food items and water.On Sunday, demonstrators blocking roads in Odisha’s state capital Bhubaneswar said a lack of coordination among various government agencies was compounding their misery.”There is a limit to our patience. We are being made to spend sleepless nights. We have to purchase drinking water at exorbitant prices,” a protester told PTI.Another protester said the government had failed to provide “basic necessities such as water and power despite having promised to restore power supply by Sunday”.Odisha’s chief minister Naveen Patnaik has said the assessment of damaged houses would begin on May 15 and promised financial help to affected families.Senior officers will supervise the assessment process and “all efforts will be made to ensure that not a single beneficiary is left out”, his office tweeted Sunday.On Sunday a nine-member team from Delhi arrived to take stock of the damage.Normally the storms hit around October and November and Fani was only the third cyclone to come off the Bay of Bengal in the summer months in 150 years.In 1999 the same state was hit by a super-cyclone that left nearly 10,000 dead.last_img read more

Balto Cop Suspended Lawyers Say Video Shows Drugs Planted

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — The public defender’s office flagged body camera footage it says shows a Baltimore police officer planting drugs, prompting investigations by police and prosecutors.Media outlets report Wednesday that the video is from a January drug arrest. It shows an officer placing a can in a trash-filled lot as two other officer look on, then activating the camera and returning to pick up the can and pulling out a baggie of white capsules.The cameras save 30 seconds of video before they’re activated.The public defender’s office flagged the video recently, prompting prosecutors to drop charges in the case.Police spokesman T.J. Smith says the department has launched an internal investigation. Police say they’ll release additional footage.State’s Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Melba Saunders says the case is under investigation.last_img read more

Chrissy Teigen Bails on Snapchat and Snap Stock Sinks

first_imgUPDATED: It looks like Hollywood celeb disses of Snapchat are still swaying investors’ thinking — to some extent — about the prospects of the app’s parent company.Chrissy Teigen on Saturday tweeted that she’s dropping Snapchat, citing a recent ad featuring Rihanna that made light of domestic violence and the social messaging and media app’s widely maligned redesign.On Monday Snap shares opened up 0.6%, at $16.44 per share. However, the stock quickly turned, falling as much as 1.5%. Snap was trending down 0.5% in morning trading, amid an uptick in broader markets. It’s a sign that the user backlash against Snapchat has not yet been fully “baked in” to the stock price by investors.“I stopped using snap. The update, the constant complaints of people not being able to find me, plus the Rihanna poll…no bueno,” Teigen wrote to her 10 million Twitter followers in jumping on the Snapchat-hater bandwagon. [UPDATE 4:15 p.m. ET: Snap stock closed down 0.7% Monday, after falling as low as 2.8% during the day. In addition to Teigen’s tweet, shares may have slipped due to the FTC’s official announcement of a probe into Facebook privacy practices in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica user-data scandal, as investors fear a new government crackdown on social-media companies.]The move to boycott Snapchat by Teigen, the outspoken model who’s married to John Legend, comes a little over a week after Rihanna slammed the company for the ad (a poll asking users whether they’d rather “slap Rihanna” or “punch Chris Brown”). Shares closed down 3.6% on March 15 after the Snap flap.And last month, the Kardashian clan’s Kylie Jenner tweeted her complaints about Snapchat’s new redesign (“does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? Or is it just me…”), which contributed to Snap stock dropping as much as 8%.Snap has tried to reassure users that usability of the new Snapchat app will improve over time the more they use it, and has promised tweaks to the design. One of the main gripes is that Snapchat Stories for individual users no longer appear in the right-hand Discover section (which is dedicated solely to media-partner content).Snap went public in a booming IPO a year ago but its stock drop dropped over the course of 2017 after reporting disappointing results. Shares rebounded after Snap posted better-than-expected earnings for Q4 2017, but the stock is still down more than 33% from a 52-week high of $24.40 per share. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

Legions Season Finale Was Almost Uncharacteristically Normal

first_imgHow do you end a story like Legion‘s first season? Over the last eight weeks, we’ve been treated to a surreal, expectations-defying head-trip of a show. Legion has opened up new ideas about what a Marvel superhero show can be. It’s been unafraid to confuse and overwhelm its audience to put us in David Haller’s shoes. Now that David’s more in control, it starts to feel more like what we all assumed an X-Men TV series would be. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Legion‘s season finale was still an exciting and satisfying conclusion. It just didn’t reach the highs of the episodes leading up to it.The finale at least opened in a surprising and refreshing way. Remember Clark, the Division 3 interrogator from the first episode? We get to see what happened after he got caught up in the explosion. He spent some time in the hospital with nearly half of his body covered in burns. We see his husband and their adopted son try to comfort him. He may have seemed like a soulless government villain in the pilot, but Legion went out of its way to show us that he had a life and a family that cares about him. Allowing us to empathize with an antagonist, no matter how minor, is a rare, interesting move for a superhero show.We see Clark insist on going back into the field, which leads us to the end of last week’s episode. The Division 3 soldiers have stormed Summerland, with Clark ordering them to kill everyone but David. But there was nothing to worry about. David is more in control of his mind than he’s ever been. With a flick of his fingers, all the soldiers are knocked into a pile. This sequence wouldn’t be out of place in any other comic adaptation, but it signals a noticeable change in tone for Legion.Hamish Linklater as The Interrogator (Photo via FX)Clark and the SummerLand team spend a decent portion of the episode talking out their differences. It’s more interesting than it sounds. Melanie suggests that it’s time for the human race to evolve, meaning Clark and his cohorts had better accept that mutants exist. Over the course of the episode, Clark appears to begin to understand. He sees what the Shadow King is doing to David and realizes, at least for now, that they should all be working together. Whether the rest of Division 3 sees that is another story.It soon becomes clear that it’s time for the Shadow King to come out. There’s one problem. Because Syd was in David’s body for a time, the Shadow King can communicate with her. He knows what the Summerland team is planning to do. Appearing in Syd’s mind as a decaying Lenny, the Shadow King threatens to destroy David mind if they try to force him/her out. The threat comes with a stomach-churning metaphor about trying to unmake soup. The only way David survives Lenny’s departure is if Syd helps him/her escape unscathed.The team straps David down in Cary’s lab, and the treatment begins. For a while, it seems to be working. We see David relive all his memories from early childhood to Clockworks. Lenny is slowly removed from each image. It’s not long before the Shadow King starts to fight back. Surrounded by images of himself as a baby, David tries to talk to the zombified Lenny. It’s a testament to what a strange, fun ride this series has been that a sequence like this can feel like a step closer to normal superhero fare.Bill Irwin as Cary Loudermilk, Rachel Keller as Syd Barrett, Jeremie Harris as Ptonomy Wallace, Dan Stevens as David Haller. (Photo via FX)As Lenny begins to fight the extraction, hurting David in the process, Syd decides she has to save him. She runs into the room and kisses him, which transfers the Shadow King into her body. Kerry runs in behind her, and with a touch of Syd’s hand, the Shadow King is now in her body. Apparently satisfied with Kerry’s abilities, he stays in her body, attacking Cary and knocking him to the ground. Ptonomy comes in firing his tommy gun, in the dumbest, most nonsensical moment of the entire episode. Sure, I guess a gun firing wildly into the air adds some tension, but there was no reason for it. No one gets hit, and it isn’t even clear what he was trying to accomplish. It’s just a stupid, pointless sequence that is thankfully over as soon as it starts.After psychically knocking Melanie to the floor, the possessed Kerry meets David in the hallway. The two charge at each other, psychic energy building around them. It almost looks more like a live-action Dragonball Z scene than anything X-Men related. They collide, and the blast sends them both flying backward. It also knocks the Shadow King out of Kerry’s body. David and Kerry make sure everyone is OK, which they all are. Except for one person. Oliver is unaccounted for. It doesn’t take long to figure out that the Shadow King hopped into Oliver’s mind and escaped. Just before the end credits, we see Oliver driving away from Summerland in a left-hand drive car. He’s alone until the camera pans past the windshield and looks into the passenger window. There’s Lenny. It appears Aubrey Plaza and Jemaine Clement will be co-villains for season two.Jemaine Clement as Oliver and Aubrey Plaza as Lenny. (Photo: Screenshot via FX)Or maybe not. Like every Marvel superhero adaptation, Legion ends with a post-credits scene. As David and Syd stand together on a deck, a strange ball floats up to them. They don’t have long to wonder what it is before it scans David and traps him inside. Noah Hawley just had to mess with our minds one last time, didn’t he? I guess we’ll have to wait until next year before we find out just what the hell that was.After all the big reveals in last week’s episode, it makes sense that this show would be dedicated to battling the Shadow King. I was just hoping the final showdown between David and Farouk would look more like the rest of the season has. Instead, it looked like a superhero battle. Not the same, but not altogether too different from what other TV shows and movies have given us. Again, that’s not to say the finale was bad. Even when Legion gives us straightforward superhero TV, it’s some of the best, most visually engrossing superhero action out there. That’s just not the reason I fell in love with this show. And hey, I have no idea what a “better” conclusion would be, or if one was even possible. Endings are hard. Especially for a show like Legion.last_img read more

Betty Who on Kylie Queer Eye and singing on a viral gay

first_imgBetty Who on Kylie, Demi and Troye | Photos: Zac Cassar Can you describe your encounters with LGBTI fans?I love when fans share their coming out stories with me and how my songs have been involved in that time for them. It’s such an honour to be the soundtrack to somebody’s life, especially when they’re coping with finding themselves.  [embedded content]We loved your wig in the Human Touch video. Are you familiar with or friends with wigstress Vanity from Australia, who has done wigs for so many Drag Race alumnus?I love Vanity, I stalk him on Instagram all the time. He does so many of Courtney Act’s wigs and they look amazing. Speaking of RPDR, would you ever consider being a judge on the series? Fave queen ever?I have been dying to be a judge. Literally any day. Fave queen ever might be Courtney, but I’m a little biased, because she’s a friend of mine and I sort of feel like a proud Australian mom watching her out in the world killing it. I love her educational videos on things like Mardi Gras or gender identity. She’s creating really meaningful content that still to this day teaches me so much I didn’t know about this community.You recently performed at the Vienna Life Ball. What was the experience like?I was a part of the costume contest judges, yes. It was such a wild experience, everybody spent so much time and effort on their outfits, it was such a sight to behold.You’re taking a very modern approach to releasing music this year. Do you think the traditional album as we know it will exist in 10 years?I hope so. I love making albums, I love listening to albums and pray this format never dies.What song from your discography are you proudest of and why?Probably Wanna Be.  It’s one of those songs that sort of flowed through me, I don’t feel entirely responsible for the creation of it. It felt more like a gift. It’s one of my favourite songs to sing and definitely a fan favourite.You’re a classically-trained cellist. Is it your favorite instrument? Does the classical world still influence you?Cello is definitely my favourite instrument. I listen to classical music often, and going to the orchestra is one of my favourite things to do in the world. Seeing the LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl is my soul food.BETTY PT. 1 is out nowGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Hi Betty, where in the world are you this week?I’m currently in New York City then traveling to Grand Rapids for GR Pride on Saturday, then Firefly Music Festival in Delaware on Sunday! You recently released a song and video with the Queer Eye guys – what was it like working with them?They are so wonderful and fun and just beautiful humans. It was so cool to spend the day with them all.Are you a fan of the show? Who is your favorite?I don’t have favorites! I honestly could use help from all of them, but especially Bobby. He’ll be getting a call when I redecorate my house. [embedded content]Did they share any advice/wisdom with you that resonated?We were a little busy to delve into my personal struggles! But watching them change peoples lives on the show has definitely given me some things to think about.Can you tell us your favorite memory of duetting with Troye Sivan?Performing Heaven with him at his show in LA was pretty cool. His fans are so amazing and he’s such a talented young man.[embedded content]What about opening for Kylie Minogue?Kylie came into my green room before our Sydney show and just sat and hung out with me for 20 minutes. It honestly was one of the most amazing experiences of my life, and to take that time out and talk to me and get to know me was so lovely of her. She is a class act, everything you’d ever want her to be. I have so much love for her. She’s Australia’s sweetheart. She’s basically unofficial royalty.You once remixed a song for Demi Lovato. How did that come about?That was a while ago, but if I remember correctly, it was around pride season and they asked me to do something fun for her! I still have the remix on my pre-show playlist.[embedded content]Have you ever met or spoken to the gay couple Dustin and Spencer whose proposal video to your song Somebody Loves You went viral?I sang at their wedding! Dustin and Spencer and I have stayed in close contact ever since that video and I see them every time I go through Salt Lake City on tour. Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

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first_imgAustralia has become one of the most important inbound markets for Hubei, China as the number of Aussies visiting the province continues to rise. In 2009, the number of Australians visiting Hubei rose by a whopping 29.7 per cent to 61,057, a figure which is expected to have risen to 70,000 in 2010. On the back of this growth, and as part of the 2011 Chinese New Year festivities, Hubei Tourism yesterday launched its ‘Hubei, Home of Wonders’ tourism campaign. Dignitaries of the event were treated to a luncheon at the Waterfront Restaurant before moving on to the official opening of the special exhibition at Sydney’s Customs House. “In recent years, Hubei Province has been intensifying its efforts in upgrading tourism infrastructures and improving reception capabilities,” Hubei Provincial Tourism Administration deputy director Pan Xi Han said. “The improved facilities and considerate service today meet and satisfy the demands of visitors.” UNESCO-listed Mt Shennongjia and Mingxian Mausoleum are big drawcards to the province, as well as Wudang Mountain, a sacred place to practise Taoism and kung fu. “Hubei is home to a special brand of martial arts, made famous by the movie ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’,” China National Tourism Office Australia director Kuang Lin said. Among Hubei’s most popular tourist attractions is the area of the Three Gorges, positioned on the fabled Yangtze River and home to the world’s largest hydroelectric project, The Three Gorges Dam. “An old saying in China goes like this: to see is to believe,” Pan Xi Han said. “It is our sincere hope that all the distinguished guests here can have a tour across Hubei and bring more tourists to enjoy the beauty in Hubei and to cast your eyes on Hubei.” Mr Pan Xi Han from Hubei Tourism Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hcenter_img Delegates officially open Hubei, Home Of Wonders last_img read more

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first_imgCarmen (Lufthansa), Traute (Magic Cities Germany), Virginia (GNTB), Jasmin (Frankfurt Tourist Board), Maike (GNTB), Ralf (visitBerlin), DJ Chris Bekker Berlin: always redeveloping Aussie travellers continued their love affair with Germany in 2010 as 613,212 Australians visited the country, reflecting an increase of 27 per cent on 2009 and the second highest internationally after China. With the FIFA Women’s World Cup to be hosted in Germany this year, as well as ongoing celebrations surrounding the 125th anniversary of the motor car, this trend is expected to continue in 2011 with first quarter figures showing an increase of 18 per cent on last year. German National Tourist Office’s (GNTO) sales and marketing representative in Australia, Virginia Haddon, said the figures would be “even higher” if the large number of river cruising guests were included in the statistics, which only take into account land-based accommodation. “Local tour operators advise us that Australians booking river cruises account for approximately 20 per cent of their European departures,” Ms Haddon said. Ms Haddon also pointed to the strong Australian dollar as making Germany “extremely affordable” and attractive to Australians at present, as well as the Australian Matildas contesting this year’s World Cup. Speaking to e-Travel Blackboard at this week’s GNTO event in Sydney, Frankfurt Tourist Board’s international marketing manager Jasmin Bischoff said the city was already in “party mode” ahead of the World Cup. Ms Bischoff also spoke at length about Frankfurt’s thriving music scene, referencing the CocoonClub – founded by the “father of techno” Sven Vath – and the city’s famous jazz scene. visitBerlin director of sales Ralf Ostendorf told e-Travel Blackboard his city was “the way New York used to be”, although according to the German, Berlin now had more hotel rooms than the Big Apple. “The old airstrip has been taken over by artists and skateboarders – it’s an organic city that’s always redeveloping,” Mr Ostendorf said. Meanwhile, overall international visitor arrivals into the country are also burgeoning, with the total number of overnight stays in 2010 passing the 60 million mark for the first time. “Provided the market continues to perform well and with our targeted, customer-focused marketing to build upon, it is realistic to predict that overnight stays by visitors from abroad will pass the 80 million mark in the next ten years,” GNTB chief executive Petra Hedorfer commented from Germany. In 2012, the German National Tourist Office will be focusing on the local wine industry and business travel.center_img Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more

Defence agreement upgraded with France

first_imgAn updated Defence Agreement between Cyprus and France was signed on Tuesday by Defence ministers Christoforos Fokaides and Jean-Yves Le Drian.According to a statement, Fokaides was in Paris as the head of a ministry delegation.The agreement strengthens and updates the existing agreement, in light of new security challenges in areas such as energy security, piracy and crisis management as well as terrorism.The new deal, it was announced, is proof of the close ties between the two countries and further promotes Cyprus’ role as a security and stability contributor in the Eastern Mediterranean region.During the visit, Fokaides announced the appointment of a defence attache in Paris as of September, aiming at further strengthening the two countries’ cooperation in defence and security.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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