Desmond Tutu Challenges The World To Forgive

first_imgDesmond Tutu and his daughter Mpho Tutu have announced the Tutu Global Forgiveness Challenge, a free online program starting May 4, 2014, designed to teach the world how to forgive.Archbishop Desmond Tutu with his daughter and co-author Reverend Mpho TutuIn early registration people from over 100 countries have already signed up to participate.Archbishop Desmond Tutu won the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in leading non-violent opposition to South Africa’s apartheid system of racial domination. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission that he chaired created a way to address the overwhelming suffering and grief that were the legacy of over four decades of racial oppression. Since then he has taken his deeply human approach to resolving conflict to many other countries including Northern Ireland and Rwanda. His daughter, Mpho Tutu, has helped rape victims and refugees displaced by war and is currently completing a Ph.D. on the topic of forgiveness.“Forgiving is a choice. A choice I have seen profoundly transform lives time and again,” says Archbishop Tutu. “As Nelson Mandela said when he walked free after 27 years of prison, ‘I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.’ Mpho and I share a vision to bring the transformative power of forgiveness to people everywhere and to see it spread through families, communities, countries and our whole world.”“Our culture glorifies the seductive but ultimately empty feeling of power that comes with an act of revenge or a harsh rebuke,” says the Reverend Mpho Tutu. “The Forgiveness Challenge is a corrective to these cultural forces. It provides training to strengthen our forgiveness muscles. Every time we are hurt we stand at a crossroads with two clear paths to deal with our pain — forgive and heal or lash out and harm.”Together the Tutus bring their hard-earned and practical insight into the process of forgiving to a global audience in the Tutu Global Forgiveness Challenge. The 30-day program is based on a systematic process of forgiving that the Tutus present in their new book, The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Healing Our World (HarperOne; Hardcover; March 18, 2014).The Book of Forgiving by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu is published by HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.The Forgiveness Challenge is funded by Pam Omidyar, co-founder of the Omidyar Network and founder of HumanityUnited, so is free to all participants. Omidyar is a philanthropist dedicated to building peace, advancing human freedom, and creating opportunities for people to improve their lives. It is made possible by partnerships with Facebook, Google+, MailChimp, WordPressVIP and others. Promotional partners include The Huffington Post and The Forgiveness Challenge is created for everyone regardless of belief or background.“Forgiveness is universal. It’s not just for the religious,” said Sir Richard Branson. “Archbishop Tutu taught me to make sure I have no enemies—to forgive and ask for forgiveness—and I’m a better man for it. No one but the Arch and Mpho would conceive of a way to bring forgiveness to everyone—free of charge, no less—in an event like the Forgiveness Challenge.”Registration is open at All registrants will receive invitations to special events leading up to the May 4th start, such as live Q&As and interviews with the Tutus and others, including Sir Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington, Alanis Morissette and more.“In my experience forgiveness cannot be forced, or arrive too early in one’s process,” said Alanis Morissette. “It is something that is naturally arrived at when we move through our natural human emotions, and come back to the awareness of how inextricably connected we all are. I am excited to take the Challenge and welcome a whole new level of connection and warmth in my life.”When the Challenge starts, May 4th, everyone registered will receive daily inspirational emails for the following thirty days from the Archbishop and Mpho with a link to log in to an online forgiveness community. There they will be guided through practical exercises on how to forgive, have opportunities to join discussions and share their own stories. During the Challenge there will be resources such as films, music and exclusive interviews with forgiveness heroes, experts, cultural icons and leaders. All participants are also encouraged to participate in an optional study designed to measure the impact of forgiveness in people’s lives.“Desmond Tutu is the face of forgiveness around the world and for years many, many people have asked him how to actually forgive,” said Mark Tauber, the Tutus’ publisher at HarperOne. “Finally he is sharing his wealth of experience, along with his daughter Mpho’s, who, while they were writing the book suffered a personal tragedy that required her to profoundly follow their own Fourfold Path of forgiving. This incredible work and this important, global challenge, provide a step-by-step process that every person can follow in order to achieve forgiveness in their lives.”The Challenge provides opportunities to explore questions about forgiveness with both experts and the community, such as “What if I’m not ready to forgive?” and “Aren’t there some things that can’t be forgiven?” These questions and many more will be discussed during the Tutu Forgiveness Challenge.“Forgiveness is not something we do for others, we do it for ourselves and this then impacts all those around us. That is why forgiveness is our greatest gift and only hope,” said Archbishop Tutu. “I am delighted that people all around the globe are signing up for the Forgiveness Challenge, together I know we can change the world.”More information can be found at: Follow the Challenge on social media. Facebook, where you can join every Friday for #forgivingfriday; Instagram; Twitter; and Google+. 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The Man in The High Castle Season 3 Release Date Plot Rumors

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement “The Man in the High Castle,” has been renewed for a third season run and Jason O’Mara is set to join the cast of Amazon’s centerpiece drama series. O’Mara will play a lead character in the book adaptation, Wyatt Price, an immigrant to the United States at the time of the Nazi invasion.. The “Vegas” actor will apply his native Irish accent in the upcoming Season 3 of “The Man in the High Castle,” opposite the returning cast of the show, according to Deadline. Most of the series regulars are confirmed to be reprising their role in Amazon’s flagship series, including Alexa Davalos as Juliana Crane, Rupert Evans as Frank Frink, and Rufus Sewell as John Smith.As an alternate history series loosely based on the written work of Philip K. Dick, the Amazon original series will continue to delve into life in the United States in the 1960’s, if it were taken over by the Axis powers.O’Mara, fresh from his recently ended role in ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” will be in the Amazon series as Wyatt Price, an Irish immigrant who traveled to New York shortly before Nazi forces took over the country. As summarized by Den of Geek, Price will get by under the Nazi regime as a black market runner and a hustler, doing whatever he can to survive the oppressive new government in the Neutral Zone.center_img Price, despite his cynical line of work, still remains a steadfast believer in the country that America can be once it is free from the clutches of the Axis countries.Amazon has not yet revealed a timeline for the release of the third season of “The Man In the High Castle,” but fans can reasonably expect the show to air in late 2017 in the same way that the previous two seasons of the show started late in the year.The series will be taken over by “Bosch” executive producer Eric Overmyer, who will take over the production seat left vacant by Frank Spotnitz’s unexpected exit.By Edward Leano Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Morocco Calls for Greater Vigilance as ISIS Fighters Return to Africa

Rabat – Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nasser Bourita participated on Monday, February 12, in the ministerial meeting of the anti-Daesh coalition held in Kuwait, shedding light on the terrorist threats facing Africa.“[We must] take stock of our joint struggle against ISIS, to define the guidelines that will help renew our commitment, to consolidate in the future our base of achievements and to continue our joint action in the face of this persistent threat,” he said in a call for the Arab coalition.According to a report by the American think tank, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, between 58 and 300 Moroccans have fought with ISIS in Libya, some of whom are seeking to return to the country undercovered. And while Iraq has taken full control of the Iraqi-Syrian border, nearly 6,000 African ISIS fighters are expected to return to Africa, posing continental and national threats.“We observe that many of these fighters are trying to return to their countries of origin or residence, or to re-deploy to third countries where they aim to strengthen their ranks in terrorist organizations in different regions of the world, “explained Bourita, calling for “particular attention to the changing situation in Africa.”Africa remains one of the first targets of deadly attacks, he said, revealing that between January and October 2017, 343 terrorist attacks have resulted in more than 2,600 victims.Faced with such a threat, “Africa has taken its responsibility to fight and eradicate terrorist threats.”Bourita also called for greater vigilance in terms of the dynamics of the terrorist organization, specifically “the evolution of its structures, its ability to mobilize sympathizers and to lead attacks around the world.”Morocco remain convinced that the transnational nature of the threat “requires comprehensive, cooperative, and united efforts,” as the only way to formulate effective methods to fight terrorism.Bourita said that Morocco’s anti-terrorist bodies have successfully dismantled many terrorist cells targeting not only in Morocco but also in its neighboring countries.“This has indeed earned the kingdom international recognition as a stable partner and a true vector of security.”He told the members of the coalition that Morocco had made the strategic choice to promote solidarity-based on South-South, North-South, and triangular cooperation, “which is reflected in the implementation of concrete projects with several countries in areas essential to stability and human and sustainable development.”He recalled that Morocco’s strategy in the fight against terrorism and radicalization has become a reference in the United Nations today. read more

Annan names two observers to attend appeals phase of Lockerbie trial

In a letter to the President of the Security Council, Mr. Annan said that Justice Ben Hlatshwayo, representing the Organization of African Unity (OAU), and Dr. Awad El Hassan El Noor, representing the League of Arab States, would serve as observers. They are not required to report to the UN on the trial.During the first phase of the trial, one Libyan national, Abdelbasset al-Megrahi, was found guilty of involvement in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. Another, Lamin Khalifa Fhimah, was acquitted. The bombing killed all 259 passengers and crew aboard the flight, as well as 11 people on the ground.

Annan mourns passing of Austrian President Thomas Klestil

A UN spokesman in New York issued a statement remembering Mr. Klestil as “an outstanding statesman and diplomat’ who represented Austria at the United Nations from 1978 to 1982. Mr. Klestil was elected President 10 years later.Mr. Annan hailed Mr. Klestil for his “tireless” efforts to strengthen Austria’s relations with other European countries and the international community.”During his 12 years of dedicated service as President of his country, Mr. Klestil earned the respect of his people and of the many world leaders he met in Austria or abroad,” the spokesman said.The statement also conveyed Mr. Annan’s condolences to President Klestil’s family and to the Government and people of Austria.The Austrian President was 71 when he suffered a heart attack two days shy of completing his second six-year term. read more

UN hosts conference on safeguarding freedom of expression on the Internet

The two-day meeting at the Paris headquarters of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is part of the preparation for the final phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) scheduled to take place in November in Tunisia.The meeting was scheduled to hear from speakers on topics ranging from freedom of expression on the web, by examining such issues as lack of access, low information literacy and deliberate restrictions on the free flow of information, to the use of the Internet in the political process and whether legitimate concerns, such as fear of terrorism, could justify limiting the free flow of information.Other subjects to be covered include the impact and social consequences flowing from restrictions and regulations on news media on the Internet, and the issue of continuing to contribute content to the Internet despite the codes some are trying to impose. read more

South Africas president calls on UN to match hopes of African Century

Thabo Mbeki’s appeal to world leaders gathered for the General Assembly’s annual debate was echoed by a number of other African leaders calling for measures to help lift the continent’s people out of poverty.“Those who populate the poorest part of the regions of the world – Africa – have boldly declared that it will be an African Century,” President Mbeki said. “If the wishes of the majority of the world could turn into reality, this would be a century free of wars, free of internecine conflicts, free of hunger, free of preventable disease, free of want, free of environmental degradation and free of greed and corruption.”But he warned against empty promises. “Billions of poor people are increasingly becoming impatient because every year they hear us adopt declaration after declaration, and yet nothing practical is done to assuage the hunger pains that keeps them awake at night.”He also decried the inequalities prevailing in the world and the indifferent response of rich countries. “Something is seriously wrong when people risk life and limb travelling in suffocating containers to Western Europe in search of a better life. Something is wrong when many Africans traverse, on foot, the harsh, hot and hostile Sahara Desert to reach the European shores. Something is wrong when walls are built to prevent poor neighbours from entering those countries where they seek better opportunities.”The UN, he said, could make a significant difference. “Even as we face the cold reality of the indifference of the many among the rich and powerful, this Organization of the peoples of the world has continued to offer hope and the possibility of the fulfilment of the aspirations of the majority of the peoples of the world,” he said.Denis Sassou-Nguesso, President of the Republic of Congo, welcomed positive developments in Africa, including the elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and peace consolidation in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Burundi. But he called for action to support the African Union (AU) troops in Darfur, Sudan, and appealed to the country’s Government to exert all possible efforts to address “this tragedy that we see unfolding before our eyes.”He also voiced support for AU efforts to seek an enlargement of the Security Council, stressing that it must be made more representative, and its working methods must be reformed. Ghana’s President John Kufour drew attention to the scourge of small arms and light weapons, which he said had an especially devastating impact on Africa. While noting that the world is still “far from achieving” international goals for tackling the scourge, he said Ghana “welcomes the current momentum within the international community to move closer to the ultimate goal of drastically removing the menace.”President Kufour, on a more personal note, also paid tribute to his countryman, Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who this year completes his second and final five-year term at the helm of the UN. “There is no doubt that he retires with an enviable legacy of contributing immensely to shaping the destiny of this Organization and the affairs of the world,” the President said. “Ghana is proud and looks forward to receiving him historically home.” read more

Car manufacturing stable as home market outperforms exports

“Model changes and economic uncertainty in export markets have flattened UK car production, but the industry remains in a strong position with growth expected to return next year,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “Global demand for UK automotive engineering continues to be at a high level, and manufacturing plants are seeing the benefits of significant recent investments. UK-built cars offer a vast range of technologies to lower carbon emissions and improve air quality, underlining the country’s important role in the continuing drive to reduce all emissions.” UK car manufacturing output fell by 277 units in November, with 137,347 cars produced.Year-to-date output stable at 1,419,427 units, a drop of 0.3%.Exports remain subdued in contrast to continued growth for the home market. Click through to download the UK car manufacturing news release for November 2014.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Ohio State womens volleyball captures Maryland Invitational title moves to 51

They may be nothing quite like sweeping a mid-season tournament to keep momentum rolling for the Ohio State women’s volleyball team.OSU (5-1) took the Maryland Invitational tournament by storm, defeating both Binghamton and Seton Hall, 3-0, before clinching a tournament sweep in come-from-behind fashion by defeating Maryland, 3-2, on Saturday. While the Buckeyes swept their first two matches over the weekend, they struggled early in its third match against Maryland. The Terrapins took the first two sets, but the Buckeyes fought back and eventually won.“After the (first) game, everyone was just kind of frustrated, but we wanted to stay optimistic and be fired up,” senior outside hitter Emily Danks said. “We realized that we are in this for the long haul and that this game wasn’t over. We weren’t going to go down without a fight.”OSU coach Geoff Carlston said he understood that trailing on the road isn’t an easy obstacle to overcome. So, when his team refocused its energy in the last three sets, he said he was very proud of the way it handled adversity.“It takes a lot of energy and a lot of concentration to come back down 0-2 on the road,” Carlston said. “It’s not easy to do. I’m very, very happy for our team that we were able to come back.”Danks, senior outside hitter Mari Hole and junior defensive specialist Davionna DiSalvatore were named to the all-tournament team, with Danks being named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.“Emily was a stud tonight, an absolute stud,” Carlston said. “Mari also played very well for us tonight. They are our senior leaders. They are the ones who we look to, who the team looks to and they’re vital. If they don’t play or keep their head up, there is no way we come back and win tonight.”Danks and Hole said they were honored by their awards, but gave most of the credit to their teammates.“Oh yeah, it was a huge honor, there were a lot of talented players at this tournament,” Danks said. “I’m so proud of this team, I can’t even tell you. I look around at every player and I wouldn’t pick anyone else to be on my team in terms of talent, leadership and work ethic.”Hole agreed.“It’s always an honor to be recognized,” Hole said. “This is a confidence booster to our team because three of us got recognized, and without our teammates, we wouldn’t have gotten this honor.”Danks had 24 kills to lead all attackers against Maryland, which is a career-best, and contributed three blocks and eight digs. Hole had 13 kills and 13 digs, as she recorded her first double-double of the season.Next weekend, the Buckeyes will compete in the Western Kentucky Tournament, where they will face in-state rival and No. 10 Dayton, along with games against IUPUI and host Western Kentucky.Hole said the team’s 5-1 start gives it confidence for its upcoming tournament and the rest of the season.“We all know that Coach scheduled a tough season because we are such a strong team,” Hole said. “So coming up with such a great start and getting this fifth win is such a confidence booster.”Danks also credited the team’s success because of the Buckeyes’ bench, which consists of sophomore middle blocker Anna Faul and freshman outside hitter Katie Mitchell.“We had great help off the bench, and they set the world on fire when they came into the game,” Danks said. “It just kind of shows how good our team is with so much depth at every position.” read more

Kristina Kristiansen to ŽRK Vardar – Gravholt is the next

Kristina Kristiansen Macedonian TOP Women’s team ŽRK Vardar have no plan to stop with signing TOP players. The next one is the Danish playmaker Kristina Kristiansen. A 25 years-old Danish NT member will leave her Team TVIS Holstebro at the end of the season in order to join ambitious Macedonian squad who want to be at the top of European handball.For that reason legendary Jan Pytlick came to Skopje as team’s advisor, but also there are speculations that Danish line-player Mette Gravholt could sign. ← Previous Story Brazilian youngstar Arthur Patrianova next three years in RK Celje PL! Next Story → SURVEY: MIZUNO overtakes Adidas as shoes brand No. 1 at Qatar 2015

Erdogan taunts Greece Before they say things that are bigger than them

first_imgTension between Greece and Turkey has been mounting, and it doesn’t seem to be dying down anytime soon, especially after a speech made by the Turkish president on Sunday.In what appeared to be a taunt in response to comments made by Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos earlier in the week advising Turkey to not challenge the sovereignty of Greek islands, Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a speech at Sakarya, the region where Greece lost the 21-day Battle of the Sangarios during the Greco-Turkish War in 1921.At the symbolic site, Erdogan urged Greeks to “refresh their memory” of the history between the two countries.“Those who want to refresh their memory, they should look at their recent history,” Erdogan said, adding: “Those who speak words that are too big for them should first read history books. Let them learn very well how they escaped being salted like fish in Sangarios, how they jumped into the sea to get away from here.”Earlier in the week on Wednesday while celebrating the 70th anniversary of the incorporation of the Dodecanese into Greece on Nisyros, President Pavlopoulos made a speech in which he addressed Ankara’s questioning of the sovereignty of Greek islands in the Dodecanese.“Over the duration of my term and beyond, I will do everything possible to defend the long history and the unquestionable Greekness of Nisyros and all the islands of the Dodecanese,” he said.Highlighting Greece’s relations with Turkey, Pavlopoulos said “Greece wants friendship and good neighbourliness with Turkey, so it supports its European accession course, but respect for the borders and for international law as a whole and the Lausanne and Paris treaties, as well as the International law of the Sea – this is the basis upon which we can build our friendship with Turkey.”Meanwhile the Greek president also added that “those who harbour notions of ‘gray zones’ in the Aegean, or claim territory which does not belong to them, or question the full sovereignty of Greece in the Dodecanese” Greece has the right to bolster its defence when deemed necessary. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Gary Neville United need a big game

first_imgPundit Gary Neville says Manchester United need “a big game” to get back to winning ways after they lost to Brighton last weekend.Manchester United lost 3-2 to Chris Hughton’s Brighton side last weekend, and former player Gary Neville believes that they need a big result against Tottenham in order to refocus. Sky Sports reports.“The noise at the moment surrounding United is what everyone’s concentrating on, but just looking at it as a match and Spurs’ history coming to Manchester United – they haven’t turned up in the last two or three years,” Neville said.“United cannot be anywhere near where they were at Brighton on Sunday. I think this is what they need, they need a big game, they need a big opponent and Tottenham have been friendly opponents at Old Trafford in the last few years.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“I suppose everyone will be queuing up to watch the game in the hope Man United lose, in the hope they can put another nail in the coffin.“That’s the sort of sense of feeling around the club at the moment, not being helped at times by the performances. You can talk about Jose’s press conferences, the mistakes the team has made, but the only thing that will put it right is to win. The players have that in their hands on Monday.“Tottenham have to turn up, and if they do it’ll be a very difficult game for Manchester United,” Neville added.last_img read more

Why Disney Plus is worth the price for now

first_img Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Boost Mobile • Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 2019 TV shows you can’t miss 50 Photos Share your voice $999 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Disney Plus streaming service: Release date, price, shows and movies to expect Disney Plus will cost $7 a month and launch Nov. 12 Female Marvel superheroes who deserve Disney Plus shows: She-Hulk, Valkyrie and more Star Wars Celebration Chicago: What to expect from this weekend’s convention Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? TV and Movies Comments $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Marvel Disney Amazon Star Wars Hulu Apple But for $7 a month, Disney Plus could leave some change in the budget for one or two other streaming services in all but the most squeezed households. Ultimately, though, Disney Plus silos superheroes and princesses in one place, and if you can’t afford it, well, too bad, kids — no Frozen for you.Disney also promises Hulu and ESPN bundled in with your Disney Plus subscription, which means the kids can watch Frozen while the grownups get stuck in The Handmaid’s Tale and your sport of choice. As someone who’s expecting my first child in a matter of weeks, that looks like a pretty attractive way to spend seven bucks.Speaking of the price, it’s worth noting a very, very big caveat from Disney’s announcement. That cheerful $7 fee? It’s only an initial price. Which means not only do I need to start saving for my unborn child’s college fund, like, yesterday, but I also need to brace myself for the subscription hikes you just know are coming.Although I can’t help wondering if my daughter is going to grow up in some kind of Disneyfied cultural hegemony, where all entertainment is fed directly into her neural lattice from a giant transmitter beaming from the Cinderella Castle on the moon. Sorry, kid, the whole world is Disneyworld. But my love, my darling, my precious angel, you have to understand: They had the whole of The Simpsons for seven bucks!  See It Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Everything we know about Disney Plus Sprint Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Let’s face it, Disney Plus is a no-brainer. It’s got a bunch of new Marvel and Star Wars shows, it’s got Frozen 2, it’s got The Simpsons — and it’s only seven bucks a month.Disney revealed the $7 price for its forthcoming streaming service, along with a Nov. 12 launch date, at a splashy industry event on Thursday. Attendees also heard more about the exclusive Star Wars and Marvel shows that’ll only be available on Disney Plus, although one of the biggest reactions from the audience was for the announcement that every episode of The Simpsons will be available too.This isn’t an official review or final word on the subject, because we don’t know what the service will actually look like. But so far, I’m sold.I’m loath to cheerlead for a faceless conglomerate gobbling up your favorite stuff and siloing it in a money-making machine, but I have to admit that Disney Plus puts the spotlight where it should be: the content. That’s media-speak for stories — like the brand-new Star Wars shows The Mandalorian and the Rogue One prequel; Marvel’s Loki series starring Tom Hiddleston, a Falcon and Winter Soldier live-action show with Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan from the Avengers movies, or WandaVision with Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany; and Pixar series Monsters at Work, returning to the world of Monsters Inc.Yup, so many beloved stories and characters and brands are owned by Disney that if you had to choose just one streaming service… Disney Plus could well be it.Can Netflix, Amazon Prime or Apple TV Plus really say that? See It $999 See All See It Apple iPhone XS More on Disney Plus $999 Best Buy Apple reading • Why Disney Plus is worth the price — for now Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Star Wars Celebration Chicago cosplay Now playing: Watch this: Of course, no self-respecting telly addict wants to have just one streaming service. Disney might have The Mandalorian, Captain Marvel, Frozen 2 and the rest, but there’s still your other favorite superheroes on DC Universe. There’s still Star Trek and The Twilight Zone on CBS All Access (Disclosure: CBS is CNET’s parent company). And there’s always the latest thing everyone’s going wild about on Netflix. Not to mention Hulu, Britbox — the list goes on. 1:29 77 Photos 41 Photos 3 See it Tags 2019 movies to geek out over Enlarge ImageThe Mandalorian, one of the exclusive new shows on Disney Plus. Netflix and Amazon had a headstart in filling their services with prestigious and popular exclusive content, from House of Cards and Transparent to Stranger Things to Oscar winners Roma and Manchester By The Sea. And even if you’re not hooked on Queer Eye or After Life, Netflix in particular has a million other shiny new things spewing out of the content pipe.But Disney has Marvel. Star Wars. Frozen. The frickin’ Simpsons!Among the other players, Apple should be worried about Disney Plus. Apple is seriously late to the party, recently unveiling its much-heralded streaming service, Apple TV Plus, with a galaxy of stars trumpeting a cavalcade of content. And it was booooorrrriing. Everybody’s tastes are different, but I’m certain I’m not alone in being underwhelmed by Apple’s initial lineup of shows. Nothing has yet grabbed the public imagination. Admittedly Apple has a few shows still in the back pocket, such as the sci-fi epic Foundation, but so far it’s shy a Game of Thrones, a Russian Doll or even a Jack Ryan. Disney’s late, too, but it doesn’t matter. Announcing the new service, Disney bosses didn’t need to wheel Steven Spielberg and Oprah on stage for a livestreamed song-and-dance. They just invited in a few investors and said, hey guys. Marvel. Star Wars. Frozen. Simpsons. Seven bucks.Then Mickey Mouse dropped the mic and moonwalked off stage.last_img read more

Raspberry PiPowered Portrait Transforms Into Halloween Nightmare

first_img Up your Halloween game this year with just a Raspberry Pi, motion sensor, LCD monitor, and about eight hours of your time.Software engineer and creative prankster Dominick Marino DIYed his own “possessed portrait” using a single-board computer, pre-made videos, and a bit of code.“I saw a few haunted portraits scattered here and there but none of them really presented much in the way of a scare, just some simple movement,” Marino wrote on his project page. “I decided to expand the idea.”Step one: Build the picture frame.Inside, he mounted a 19-inch LCD monitor and Raspberry Pi 3 Model B—the brains of the operation.Marino purchased three animated “Unliving Portrait” videos from digital decorations service AtmosFX and modified some Arc Software code, automated to play any of the clips—a man, woman, and child that each turn from unassuming vignette to horrifying demon—at random.He also added the ability to record a five-second video of his victims, and play it back to them on the screen, “so they can see their own reaction,” Marino said.Follow the cheeky trickster’s build in this tutorial.Also, check out the finished project in the video above. And maybe steer clear of art museums this month.I thought the “before” child was scary enough (via Dominick Marino)Developed to promote the teaching of basic computer science in schools and developing countries, the cheap Raspberry Pi board has become the ultimate DIY accessory.Use it to power a wearable computer, racing robot, or Nerf Blaster that can ID its target’s face; turn it into a mini Game Boy, pocketable PC, or nostalgic arcade joystick.Or, to attach it to a homemade picture frame to scare the crap out of visitors.Raspberry Pi isn’t the only tech-turned-terror: One enterprising Amazon Alexa user turned the virtual assistant into a year-round Halloween horror (which also uses a Raspberry Pi…) by repurposing a three-axis talking skull.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Lyra Is a Handheld Gaming System Powered by a Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi Used to Steal 500 MB of NASA Data last_img read more

Young Tico wins big beltbuckle contest lands first Costa Rica exhibition

first_imgAlthough Icaza prefers to make jewelry – and rings in particular – the 26-year-old artist designed a belt buckle for Montana State University’s 2nd annual competition, which is open to everyone. Icaza’s winning buckle, entitled, “Space Cowboy,” was made of sterling silver, copper, brass, bronze and imperial jasper. In creating it, Icaza used an obscure Japanese lamination technique called Mokume-Gane.Icaza’s success in the belt buckle competition may be no surprise to his mother, who owns Art Depot, an art supply store in Escazú. Since he was a kid, Icaza has had access to a smorgasbord of materials from the store, allowing him to experiment with painting, graphic design and metals, the last of which is his favorite.His exhibit at the Culture Center, “Monetary Bondage,” features bills and coins from the U.S. and Costa Rica inside metallic boxes decorated with symmetric engravings. Icaza, who considers himself more conceptual than esthetic, explores how “money is trapped, but also we can become trapped by money,” he says. “It is something so common, used so often… and sometimes we forget its meaning.”Juan Diego Roldán, curator of the Sophia Wanamaker Gallery at the Cultural Center, said the expo is “a fresh take by a young artist that is not subject to premeditated appearances about what is or isn’t art.”Lately, Icaza has been designing belts and buckles for the commercial market. He also sells jewelry online at and through his Facebook page.“Monetary Bondage” is on display at the Cultural Center in Sabana Norte until June 19, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-6:30p.m. Facebook Comments Young Costa Rican Artist Daniel Icaza is on a roll. After winning first place in the World Championship Belt Buckle Competition in March of this year, he recently scored his first-ever exhibition at the Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center in Sabana Norte. No related posts.center_img Daniel Icaza’s “Space Cowboy” won the top prize in the World Championship Belt Buckle Competition. Courtesy of the World Championship Belt Buckle Competition last_img read more

Obama Touts Lower FHA Premiums Vet Homeowner Relief

first_img March 6, 2012 429 Views in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Barack Obama Carol Galante FHA Fixed-Rate Mortgage Housing Affordability HUD Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Insurance Mortgage Rates Processing Refinance Service Providers Underwriting Standards 2012-03-06 Ryan Schuette Obama Touts Lower FHA Premiums, Vet Homeowner Reliefcenter_img A week before the presidential primary season may well crystallize, the Obama administration revealed Tuesday that it will slash refinance fees for homeowners with loans backed by the “”Federal Housing Administration””: (FHA) and relieve veterans wrongfully foreclosed upon by servicers.[IMAGE]The “”White House””: said in a statement that the FHA will slash upfront mortgage insurance premiums to .01 percent for those streamlined refinance loans originated before June 2009 and cut annual fees by half to .55 percent.The administration estimated the changes could impact as many as 2 million to 3 million borrowers with FHA-insured loans, with borrowers able to save close to about $100 each month.├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£No red tape. No runaround from the banks,├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø “”President Barack Obama””: said in prepared remarks. ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£If you├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬óve been on time on your payments, if you’ve done the right thing, if you’ve acted responsibly, you should have a chance to save that money on your home ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô perhaps to build up your equity, or just to have more money in your pocket that you can spend on businesses in your community.├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£That would make a huge difference for millions of American families,├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø he added.The changes come just as the FHA announced premium increases for lenders last week, with some of the fees in line with a short-term payroll tax cut extension passed by Congress in December.[COLUMN_BREAK]Speaking with _MReport_ Monday, FHA Acting Commissioner “”Carol Galante””: called the premium increases “”extremely modest”” and “”something we think will help the [Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund] in the short term without damaging the markets.””Other policies unveiled by the Obama administration Tuesday will extend relief to military service members and veterans that lost their homes to signing errors with servicers.The relief package touts benefits from the $25-billion servicer settlement, including foreclosure reviews for service members, compensation for those denied by servicers for loan modifications, and relief for others forced into short sales despite permanent station changes.The White House also said that it would channel $10 million to a fund under the Department of Veterans Affairs that backs loans with favorable terms for veterans and extend protections listed under the Servicemember Civil Relief Act to those who served in combat zones. The administration billed the housing benefits as several in a series rolled out by the president since he first announced changes in the State of the Union address in January.Phrases familiar to the president’s housing policies made it into a fact sheet published by the White House, with emphasis in particular on relief for “”responsible homeowners”” and veterans who served in combat.Signaling a stab at campaign rhetoric ahead of Super Tuesday, the fact sheet made a veiled reference to on-again, off-again frontrunner Republican presidential candidate “”Mitt Romney””: by saying that “”homeowners should not have to sit and wait for the market to hit bottom to get relief.””Romney said in an “”interview””: with the _Las Vegas Review-Journal_ last fall that he would prefer to let the housing market “”hit bottom”” as the foreclosure crisis resolves itself, a fact Obama continues to reportedly harp on in speeches.[_Editor’s Note: To see the full, exclusive interview with FHA Acting Commissioner Carol Galante, “”click here””: to subscribe to_ MReport _magazine and request our March issue._] Sharelast_img read more

Its been a rainy few days so far this week and t

first_imgIt’s been a rainy few days so far this week, and thoughts inevitably turn to grabbing a slice of sun on the continent. Our trio of tempting bargains this week all come in under the impressively low price of £54! Lanzarote from £42One place you’re virtually guaranteed to avoid the rain is the Canary Island of Lanzarote. The sunny year-round climate of this volcanic island is a permanent attraction to visitors, and there is something to suit everyone’s tastes along more than 200km of stunning Atlantic coastline. Find flights to LanzaroteNaples from £54The culinary attractions of the Neapolitan city are famous throughout the world, and extend far beyond simply pizza and pasta. The Campania region of Italy is also rich in art and culture and steeped in history, in addition to being located halfway between two major volcanic areas, the Phlegraean Fields, now a regional park, and Mount Vesuvius which is one of Italy’s three major active volcanoes. Find flights to NaplesToulouse from £50While this city in the southwest of France is most famous rugby and sausages, it has emerged as a major economic centre in the past 20 years thanks to major employers such as aviation industry leader Airbus. The city is now one of the wealthiest in France, and boasts an abundance of world-class restaurants, bars and cafés to explore, along with a pleasant May climate in the early 20C’s. Give it a go, at this price you’ve got nothing to lose! Find flights to ToulouseReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedLanzarote Focus: a closer look at the Island of FireThe small Canary Island of Lanzarote is best known as a sunshine holiday destinationIsland hopping in the Canary IslandsWhen most people visit the Canary Islands they visit only one, flying in and flying out from the very same airport. Perhaps they might gaze wistfully from the top of Teide on Tenerife or the peak of Pozo de las Nieves on Gran Canaria at the other islands beckoning across…Top 15 attractions and things to do in LanzaroteLooking for fun things to do in the sun in Lanzarote? Ok so the beaches are beautiful, but this Canary Island is a natural beauty full of volcanic vineyards, lava tunnels and other surprises. Here’s the top 15 things to see and do in Lanzarote that should definitely make it…last_img read more

NEW YORK NY – Actress and singer Lea Michele ha

first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Actress and singer Lea Michele has announced her engagement to boyfriend Zandy Reich with a social media photo of a diamond ring on her finger and the word “Yes.”A representative of the former star of “Glee” said Saturday that Reich, president of clothing company AYR, proposed with a 4-carat elongated radian cut ring that he personally helped design. They’ve been dating more than a year.Michele is gearing up for a tour with fellow “Glee” alumnus Darren Criss. The duo will hit the stage together and solo, performing songs from Broadway, “Glee” and original songs from their recent solo albums.She previously was in a relationship with former “Glee” co-star Cory Monteith, who died in 2013 due to a mixture of intravenous heroin and alcohol. by The Associated Press Posted Apr 28, 2018 2:52 pm PDT Last Updated Apr 28, 2018 at 3:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Former ‘Glee’ star Lea Michele is engagedlast_img read more

House committee to discuss NPL bills till midnight if needed

first_imgThe House finance committee will hold daily meetings this week, even until midnight, to complete discussion of bills aiming at helping reduce non-performing loans (NPLs) by Friday, its head Averof Neophytou said on Monday.The bills are to be tabled at the next House plenary session, on Friday, for a vote.Neophytou said the committee will meet “tomorrow, the day after tomorrow and on Thursday from morning until midnight if necessary.”Parliament’s approval of the new bills, which aim at addressing gaps in existing legislation, are a condition for the European Commission’s sanctioning the deal signed by Hellenic Bank and the Cyprus Cooperative Bank last week, transferring the latter’s operations and deposits to Hellenic.The need for the deal was the result of stricter supervisory rules that made a further increase in the provisions for loan impairments by the state-owned lender necessary. The Co-op bank, which received a capital injection from the government of almost €1.7bn in 2014 and 2015, was unable to tap fresh equity from the market while facing a non-performing loans ratio of roughly 60 per cent.The changes in the bills approved by the Cabinet, aim at helping reduce non-performing loans, providing banks with effective tools and shielding them from the need of further increasing provisions and the subsequent need to raise more capital.You May LikeNewsDSchool Finds Student’s Purse And Prom Invite From 1954 And Return Them To Its OwnerNewsDUndoDroneXProBig Drone Companies Are Furious Over New “Selfie Drone” Released OnlineDroneXProUndoCar NovelsThe Top 10 Ugliest Cars Ever Made: According To YouCar NovelsUndo Film review: Child’s Play ***UndoBritish woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoData is the new oil so watch out for mass mining – Netflix filmUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more