Venice Film Festival to Honor David Cronenberg With Lifetime Achievement Award

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: “Although Cronenberg was originally relegated to the margins of the horror genre, right from his first, scandalously subversive movies, the director has shown that he wants to take his audiences well beyond the cinema of exploitation, as he constructs an original and highly personal structure, movie after movie,” festival director Alberto Barbera said in a statement. READ MOREVenice: David Cronenberg to Receive Golden Lion for Lifetime AchievementThe director of ‘A History of Violence’ and ‘Eastern Promises’ will be honored at the 75th Venice International Film Festival. Canadian director David Cronenberg will receive the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement at this year’s Venice Film Festival. “I’ve always loved the Golden Lion of Venice,” the filmmaker said Thursday of the announcement. “A lion that flies on golden wings — that’s the essence of art, isn’t it? The essence of cinema. It will be almost unbearably thrilling to receive a Golden Lion of my own.” READ MOREDavid Cronenberg Will Be Presented With Lifetime Achievement Award At Venice Film FestivalDavid Cronenberg has earned yet another accolade. The longtime Canadian director will be honoured at this year’s Venice Film Festival with a Golden Lion, their version of a lifetime achievement award.Cronenberg’s visionary horror films that “take his audiences well beyond the cinema of exploitation” are a big part of the reason he was selected as this year’s recipient, Venice artistic director Alberto Barbera told Variety. READ MORE Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Venice Film Festival to Honor David Cronenberg With Lifetime Achievement AwardDirector David Cronenberg will be honored by the Venice Film Festival with its Golden Lion for lifetime achievement.The Canadian horror auteur, known for a wide range of edgy films such as “Videodrome,” “Dead Ringers,” “A History of Violence,” “Cosmopolis,” and “Maps to the Stars,” was last on the Lido in 2011 with psychological thriller “A Dangerous Mind.” READ MOREVenice awards Canada’s David Cronenberg lifetime Golden LionCanadian director David Cronenberg will be honoured by the Venice Film Festival with its Golden Lion prize, the festival board announced Thursday, for his lifetime’s work on life, death and sex wrapped up in gory horror and alienation.last_img read more

TEAM BUILDING IS A SAFE SPACE FOR TORONTOS SONGWRITERS

first_imgAfter about two successful years at the Holy Oak, the event fizzled out. A few years later Kuplowsky, who as a participant met many of his collaborators at the event, recognized that there was still a need for songwriters to have this creative space, so he picked up the reins and eventually found it a new home at Burdock in early 2018. Facebook Login/Register With: Every other month at Burdock, songwriters come together for a night of unpolished tracks, unrealized hits and lots of nerves.Hosted and curated by singer/songwriter Luke Kuplowsky (aka LUKA), Team Building brings eight to 10 artists together to perform new songs or workshop ideas for a curious audience. Vulnerability is celebrated.Team Building began in 2011 at the now-closed Holy Oak. Local musician Johnny Spence, a bartender and occasional booker for the venue, started it in part as a motivational exercise so songwriters would have a deadline to work towards. Spence felt that by carving out a loving and supportive space where songwriters could receive feedback from their peers and try out new material, they would be inspired to keep creating. Luke Kuplowsky playing a Team Building event at the Holy Oak before the venue closed. Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Alberta premier disappointed with Ottawas response to oil bottleneck

first_imgEDMONTON — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she’s disappointed with Ottawa’s lukewarm response to the province’s plan to ease oil bottlenecks by buying more rail cars.She says it’s simplistic to dismiss buying rail cars by saying they probably wouldn’t arrive until a pipeline expansion were already under construction.Alberta oil is currently selling at a discount of about $45 a barrel because of an oil glut due to a lack of pipeline capacity.Notley has proposed Ottawa invest in moving oil to market on rail cars in the meantime and as a hedge against future shipping problems.Notley says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who spent the day in Calgary on Thursday, left Alberta with a better idea of how crucial the issue is than when he arrived.She’s also thanking people who she says helped her make her point when they shut down part of a downtown Calgary street for a rally during Trudeau’s visit.Alberta could go ahead with the rail car purchase with or without the federal government, she said Friday after an announcement in Edmonton.“The government of Alberta will do what it needs to do, whether we do it by ourselves or with support from Ottawa,” she said. “It might be reasonable for them to come to the table.”Notley is planning a trip to Ottawa and Toronto next week for  meetings and speeches to try to keep the oil bottleneck on the federal government’s front-burner.  She has said the price gap between Canadian and U.S. crude is costing the country’s economy $80 million a day.Trudeau said in Calgary that the federal government is doing what it can to get the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion built, which would triple the line’s capacity to carry oil to tankers on the west coast.The federal government bought Trans Mountain and its expansion project for $4.5 billion last summer only to have the Federal Court of Appeal strike down its approval. The court cited inadequate Indigenous consultation and failure to consider impacts on the marine environment.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

A new narrative

first_imgIt indeed came as a surprise when Shah Faesal announced his very early retirement from bureaucracy and articulated his reason for venturing into politics. As the first Kashmiri to have ever aced the Civil Services exam for 2011 batch, Dr. Shah Faesal’s popularity only took off with his celebrated selection. What held him in high esteem, however, have been his clarity of thought and expressions with respect to crucial matters of governance and political functioning. His comments and opinions regarding matters pertaining to Kashmir are known to be insightful and have a generally satisfactory extent of comprehensiveness which happen to holistically present an otherwise partial, chipped-off snippet of information. His critical comments on the functioning of the NDA government were as appreciated. His departure from bureaucracy came with a very compelling reason: To raise the concerns that were previously not possible while within the limits of official conduct and protocol. After some prolonged speculation about his possible affiliation to the valley’s prominent party National Conference and contesting from Baramullah, the former IAS officer launched his political party on Sunday amid grand fanfare. This was quite a marked turn-around from the notion he advocated previously that launching a new party would only add to the existing system in terms of numbers and not necessarily quality; what is needed on the contrary is a platform within the existing system which will allow fresh opportunities to the multitude of youth brimming with the urge to bring a constructive change and accomplish. Also Read – A compounding difficulty Articulating further his motivation behind launching his party, he emphasised the necessity of having civic needs met foremost: roads, electricity, safe drinking water, changing lives of people by making a much-needed overhaul of basic functioning at the very grassroots and not by propagating sensational ideas that mobilise masses that eventually fizzle out. But the hindrance to materialising this objective is the state of constant fear that an average Kashmiri lives in; the stepping stone to greater developments has to begin with addressing this fear. Shah Faesal’s march into mainstream politics has, however, is not been met with absolute support and many still continue to label him as ‘agent’ of the Army. In spite of all criticism, his resolve to end the state of mental slavery and siege is pursued undeterred. Promotion of sustainable development strategies, building progressive, gender-sensitive political institution with traditional values and modern sensibilities, uplifting the marginalised communities like the Gujjars and the Bakerwals (especially after the Kathua rape case), working for a transparent, clean corruption-free politics in J&K are some of the highlighted agendas of this new party. The objectives of JKPM are stated to be working for an inclusive and pluralistic society with adequate political representation for underprivileged communities. Also Read – An askew democracyIndeed, this is a refreshing set of objectives for a region that has been roiling in a political mess to the extent that the society and the social sector development took a back seat, and was only occasionally visible on the national front. There is no doubt that Shah Faesal has lifted the hopes of the common Kashmiri youth but it is still too early to predict the outcome with as much excitement as the ushering in of JKPM.last_img read more

Financial crisis threatens push to boost global health says top UN official

12 November 2008The current financial turmoil, exposing the high level of interdependence among countries, could threaten to derail the momentum towards improving global health, the head of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) warned today. The current financial turmoil, exposing the high level of interdependence among countries, could threaten to derail the momentum towards improving global health, the head of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) warned today.“It is not yet clear what the current financial crisis will mean for low-income and emerging economies, but many predictions are highly pessimistic,” Director-General Margaret Chan said in a statement. “In the face of a global recession, fiscal pressures in affluent countries may prompt cuts to official development assistance.”Further, the spectre looms of poorer nations potentially slashing social spending in areas such as health, education and social protection, she cautioned.The current crisis comes amid efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline, which Dr. Chan characterized as “the most ambitious drive in history.”She noted that a 1978 drive to improve health to boost socioeconomic development was thwarted by a fuel crisis, soaring oil prices and a debt crisis.“In the international response to these crises, mistakes were made when budgets were shifted away from investments in social sectors, most notably health and education,” the statement said. “Many countries are still suffering the legacy of these errors.”Thus, it is essential to learn from previous mistakes and offset the current economic upheaval by enhancing investment in health and the social sector, the Director-General stressed.Stepping up spending is crucial to protect the poor, promote economic recovery, encourage social stability, generate efficiency in health expenditure and building security, she said.“We cannot afford, in this time of crisis, to squander our investments, to abandon our drive for greater balance in this world, which I firmly believe is a marker of civilized society,” Dr. Chan said, calling on all governments to press ahead with efforts to improve their health systems.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who will attend the summit of the so-called Group of 20 (G-20) nations later this week, said he will press upon world leaders the need to protect the world’s most vulnerable in the face of the turmoil shaking global financial markets.“We must do everything we can to alleviate the impact of the crisis on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people,” Mr. Ban told reporters yesterday at his monthly news conference in New York. read more

THW Kiel – photoshooting with new jerseys and new faces…

THW Kiel THW Kiel began the new season with traditional photo-shooting. It is always interesting to see what is “handball United” prepared for the upcoming season. White-black are on fire, ready for the upcoming challenges with a lot of new faces which had the first “session” on the Baltic coast. Take a look how it was… ← Previous Story Beach Handball WCh 2014: Brazil and Qatar to fight with Europeans for the semi-finals Next Story → Metalurg signs’ Vardar’s left back Kukoski

Insurance premiums may rise in CCF&R’s service area

first_imgParts of Clark County Fire & Rescue’s service area may be seeing substantial increases to their insurance premiums following a downgrade of the insurance rating for part of the district. That downgrade should be reversed once a recently approved levy increase allows the district to staff an unused fire station, Chief John Nohr said.In July 2016, the Washington Surveying and Rating Bureau made its 5-year review of the district, and gave it a slight downgrade in its rating.The bureau is an independent not-for-profit agency that gives a fire protection rating to agencies and municipalities around Washington, as a service for insurance companies.Overall, Nohr said, the district went from a 4 to a 5 on the agency’s 10-point scale, with a 1 being best (Nohr noted only a few departments in the state have a 1 rating).But some specific parts of the district, Nohr said, may have seen their rating go to a 9.“If there are structures that are more than 5 road miles from a recognized station, they may have seen their rating dropped to a 9,” Nohr said.last_img read more

Alpine community unites to help West Fire victims rebuild

first_img Posted: July 17, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Wildfires Tags: west fire FacebookTwitter July 17, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom 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 SettingsALPINE (KUSI) – The West Fire flames that destroyed homes and other buildings July 6-7 in Alpine have united residents and strangers to help with recovery efforts.\Related: San Diego Red Cross helping West Fire victims rebuild their livesPeople, organizations, and businesses have come together with officials, agencies and, nonprofit groups to assist residents who were burned out of about 36 homes. Another 17 residences were damaged and 29 other buildings were destroyed.Stephanie Sorrels of Boulevard, a former Alpine resident, went from rescuing horses during the fire to setting up a donation center for fire survivors at Boulder Oaks Elementary School in Alpine. It’s her first time putting together a big emergency project.”I’ve learned that no matter how bad things get, people are still taking care of people,” Sorrels said a week after the fire. “It’s complete strangers helping strangers. I couldn’t have done it myself.”At that point up to 20 people a day were driving up to two hours to get to Alpine’s main donation center to volunteer to sort items, help fire survivors, and provide other assistance, Sorrels said.Related: Sycuan donates $20K to help West Fire victimsAs of Monday, she said, the Alpine Union School District is allowing the center to remain open at Boulder Oaks at 2320 Tavern Road until Wednesday, Aug. 1.Clothing donations were no longer needed at any collection centers, but water, Gatorade, ice coolers, canopies, tents, activities for children and teens, storage containers, nonperishable food, working boots and gloves are helpful.Realtor Rachell Lara of Loving Life in Alpine and Kelly Boykin of For the Love Gift Boutique are among those helping to organize the overall assistance.“We’re coordinating all volunteers, donations, committees,” Lara said. “We’re trying to be the central place to avoid duplication and be efficient with people.”Related: Alpine residents recovering after having homes burned down in West FireAs an unincorporated community of about 16,000 people in rural East San Diego County’s foothills, Alpine residents are accustomed to relying on each other when necessary.But they also appreciate the quick work of firefighters, sheriff’s deputies and other first responders who got people out safely and stopped the blaze before it raged further into town and those who are continuing to help the recovery.The County of San Diego’s Local Assistance Center assisted fire survivors for almost a week with information and resources at the Alpine Public Library. Nonprofit organizations, businesses, organizations and churches have responded in many ways.“Everybody’s pulling together and wanting to help,” said Pastor Sherwood Patterson of Alpine Christian Fellowship. “We served 125 meals to first responders and volunteers. We have volunteers and church members who have opened up their homes to survivors.”A community meeting on Jan. 10 produced a variety of help, including five committees to help with fund raising, donations, volunteering, Adopt-A-Family and thanking first responders.Fire survivors can get more information at https://goo.gl/forms/SbHN4la5MbjXkil93. Those who want to help can visit https://goo.gl/forms/K675jeTy0WR6PSZV2. Financial donations to help fire survivors may be made to the Alpine Community Foundation to help raise funds to fulfill unmet needs of survivors.Checks made out to the Alpine Community Foundation  may be sent to or dropped off at the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce at 1620 Alpine Blvd., Ste. 208 or On Line Bookkeeping & Tax Service, 2065 Arnold Way, #103, both in Alpine, CA 91901, or at any California Bank & Trust location.As these and other efforts continue in the Alpine area, the community organization is gathering information that will be helpful in the event of future wildfires.”We want to be sure that we’re knowledgeable for the next one,” Boykin said.Related: Update: West Fire in Alpine now 505 acres, 100% containedWhether it’s cleaning up, providing emotional support or providing money to rebuild, the response to help Alpine’s West Fire survivors has included:Realtor Jeff Campbell of San Diego Estates held a Community Gratitude BBQ on July 13 to accept donations for the Alpine Community Foundation fire relief fund.The Alpine Community Network at www.alpinecommunitynetwork.com  has posted information about fire survivors as well as ways to help them, including GoFundMe accounts.Free curbside chipping of downed, cleared and trimmed tree branches is being offered by Alpine’s Greater Fire Safe Council until Friday, July 20.  Get details at www.greateralpinefsc.org.All proceeds from the Alpine Barons Market Beer Pairing on Wednesday, July 25th, will go the Alpine West Fire survivors and Barons  at 1347 Tavern Road will be part of other fund raisers, said Manager Bob Ring, Chamber Vice Chair. Tickets are $15.00 each.Sharlee’s Hair Barn, 215077 Viejas Blvd., Descanso, is donating 50 percent of her July earnings to West Fire survivors.  Call (619) 445-2921 or (619) 972-3317 for an appointment.The Kylie Rowand Foundation of Alpine, named for an Alpine toddler who died of cancer, has started a “wish list” on Amazon to help families affected by the fire.Learn more at https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/ls/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_gkcrBb1F8R8VA?ie=UTF8&lid=80F4AIJT6YL5&ref_=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_gkcrBb1F8R8VA&ty=wishlist.Keller Williams of East County has been collecting items and gift cards at its El Cajon and Santee realty offices as well as its Alpine branch at 1911 Alpine Blvd.Alpine Postal Annex, 2710 Alpine Blvd., Ste. K, Alpine will provide West Fire survivors who lost homes with free mail box rent for a year so they can have a stable address.   The only requirements are a key deposit, identification and verification of the survivor’s street address.Free sand bags and fiber rolls are available for erosion control in the West Fire areas through the San Diego County Department of Public Works. Installment brochures are also ready.  Call (888) 848-0800 for information or to schedule a property assessment.Alpine Motorsports & Equipment Repair at 2435 Alpine Blvd., #C, in Alpine will donate labor costs on anything needing repair to fire survivors who were directly affected by the blaze and need small equipment to start cleaning up their property. Alpine community unites to help West Fire victims rebuildlast_img read more

Sunrise teaching assistant arrested for child abuse

first_imgSUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have arrested a Sunrise teaching assistant accused of abusing a child.Thirty-nine-year-old Ophelia Thompson has been charged with three counts of child abuse and has been ordered to stay away from JAFCO Children’s Ability Center on North Nob Hill Road.Thompson is a teaching assistant at the center, which caters to children with special needs.Thompson was ordered to stay away from anyone with disabilities and is being held on a $8,500 bond.JAFCO released a statement that reads in part, “At JAFCO the safety of all children entrusted in our care is of paramount concern.  As soon as we learned of the staff member’s response towards the boy we terminated her immediately. We had vetted her before hiring her – as we do all of our employees and volunteers. We initiated a report on behalf of this non-verbal child to the appropriate state authorities and fully cooperated with the investigation.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Pinarayi Vijayan Hits Out At Negative Campaign Against Kerala

first_imgTHIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday lashed out at the “negative” campaigning in social media about the Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund (CMDRF) and said those who spread hate about the state are committing the most “heinous crime”. A campaign has been doing the rounds in social media, where videos and messages ask people not to donate to CMDRF, alleging that the funds will not be used for relief purposes. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us Pinarayi Vijayan said “certain mischievous” elements in society had started the campaign against CMDRF after witnessing the huge support the state received through the government portal. “Such hate campaigns are doing the rounds among people both inside and outside of the state. The government is taking a serious approach over such crimes,” Mr Vijayan added. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us “The CMDRF is an official platform. The funds coming to CMDRF can only be used for relief purposes. The fund is used for helping the poorest among the poor. Apart from donations, a portion of the state budget is also allocated for the CMDRF. All the allegations that the fund was being used for any other purpose is wrong,” Mr Vijayan told reporters. Advertise With Us He urged the people to isolate those who spread false news at a time when the state was facing a calamity. “Those who spread fake news and hatred against the state at a time when the state is facing a calamity are committing a heinous crime. I appeal to all media houses to curb and counter such false propaganda,” he said. The Chief Minister also praised media organisations for effectively disseminating information not only from government sources, but also on their own, to the people of the state. CMDRF is operated by the Principal Secretary (Finance) of the Government and contributions to it are remitted to bank accounts maintained in the State Bank of India and the funds are released only through bank transfer. The funds can be withdrawn only under the hand and seal of the Finance Secretary. Though the fund is operated by the Finance Secretary, the CMDRF is administered by the Revenue department. It means the Finance Secretary, who is authorised to operate the bank account of CMDRF, cannot withdraw or transfer the money at his or his department’s wishes. This is possible only as per a Government Order issued by the Revenue Secretary. The financial delegation has been fixed by Government orders regulating the amount that can be sanctioned by the District Collector, Revenue Special Secretary, Revenue Secretary, Revenue Minister, and the Chief Minister. Over and above, it rests with the Council of Ministers. COMMENT CMDRF funds are open to audit by the Comptroller and Accountant General and the budgeting and expenditure is subject to scrutiny by the State Legislature.last_img read more

Unelected regime robs people of basic rights Khaleda

first_img.The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia said on Monday that she is “gravely disturbed at the lawlessness and heinous attack on women dignity.”Quoting statistics of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad, former prime minister Khaleda in a tweet message mentioned that a total of 1,251 women and kids were raped, 224 gang raped and 58 of them were killed in the year 2017.“I’m gravely disturbed at such colossal lawlessness and heinous attack on our women’s dignity,” said Khaleda.Calling the incumbent Bangladesh Awami League-led (AL) government an unelected one, she said, “This unelected regime uses public money but robs them of their basic rights.”last_img read more

Mercury to dip in next 2 days says MeT office

first_imgKolkata: The city will experience a minimum temperature of 15°C on Tuesday but the temperature will continue to dip below the normal from February 6 and thereafter, will be the lowest for the next two days, predicted the Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore on Monday. So, the last leg of winter may not be over yet.Although the city has been under the winter spell for the last three months, it may not wake up to a chilly winter Saraswati puja morning this year. “The minimum temperature on the day of Saraswati Puja should be 15 or 16 °C, which is normal or at least near normal. It will not be very cold like last year,” said deputy director general of Regional Meteorological Centre Sanjib Bandyopadhyay. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe West has been experiencing a nail-biting cold weather phenomenon called ‘The Polar Vortex’, with the national lowest temperature of the United States being -48°C in places, including Chicago and Illinois, during the cold streak. As its name suggests, the polar vortex, which is found around the North Pole, is a band of strong winds, high up in the atmosphere that keeps bitterly cold air locked around the Arctic region. This circulation has shifted towards the United States, resulting in historical low temperatures. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThis cold weather condition has left the United States in jitters, with at least 20 deaths so far, including a man who froze to death in Wisconsin. Speaking about the polar vortex, Bandyopadhyay said: “This is not the first time that such a weather condition is occurring in the U.S. It is related to the temperature, rather than the climate in general. It is a phenomenon which has occurred suddenly but it is not here to stay.” He added: “But Kolkata can breathe a sigh of relief as our country is immune to such freak weather conditions.” So the City of Joy can continue its Vasant Panchami preparations in full swing as spring is just a week away.last_img read more

Man held minutes after molesting woman

first_imgKolkata: A person accused of molesting a woman was arrested on Sunday night in New Alipore, within five minutes of police getting information regarding the same.According to police, on Sunday night at around 8:55 pm, a woman from N S Road in New Alipore called up the police control room in Lalbazar and alleged that a person, who works as a security guard of a building, tried to outrage her modesty. Immediately, the information was conveyed to New Alipore police station and officers there were asked to take prompt action. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataWithin five minutes, police personnel from New Alipore police station rushed to the spot and arrested the accused security guard, identified as Suresh Singh. He has been booked under section 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the IPC. A few days ago on June 30, a youth was arrested for allegedly clicking pictures of a young woman inside a running bus. The woman called up the police control room at 10:08 am and stated that a youth was clicking her picture while she was traveling in a bus which was moving towards Sealdah. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateImmediately, all traffic police personnel, police stations and divisional mobile vans were informed and instructed to intercept the bus. At 10:15 am, traffic police personnel of Sealdah traffic guard saw the bus in front of NRS Hospital. When police intercepted the bus, they found that the youth was being manhandled by other passengers. The woman who had called up the police control room was also there inside the bus. The accused youth, identified as Md. Khan of Kulgachhia in Howrah, was detained and handed over to Muchipara police station.last_img read more

Olly Alexander denounces casual homophobia in music industry

first_imgOlly Alexander and Little Mix’s Jade protest Instagram gay kiss pic removal Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The out gay singer of pop band Years & Years, 27, spoke of his concerns in an interview with Paper magazine.Despite feeling that ‘this is the very best time to be a gay artist ever’, Alexander said that there are still challenges for artists like himself.He said: ‘We wouldn’t be where we are today without all the gay artists that have come before us and broken down so many barriers. But barriers aren’t gone. Particularly for less privileged members of the queer community.‘There is this very insidious casual homophobia that exists in the fabric of everything including the music industry.’Alexander lamented the lack of gay artists at the top of pop’s pyramid, despite his own success.‘When are we going to see a gay artist really thrive and succeed? Selling out arenas, hitting number ones.‘I guess that kind of happened with Sam Smith. But I just think from my personal experience, the amount of comments  like “Oh, this is very gay” or “This is going to turn some people off” is a real problem.’Years & Years’ debut single King shot to number one in their home country the UK in 2015. Their debut album Communion also debuted at number one that same year. It became the the fastest selling debut in 2015 from a UK signed band, selling over 1,000,000 copies. Olly Alexander has opened up about ‘casual homophobia’ in the music industry. Years & Years announce massive arena tour Years & Years’ Olly Alexander speaks out (Photo: Polydor) GAYSTARNEWS- Years & Years release new ‘petty’ song about gay heartbreakSam Smith celebrates gay ballroom culture in new music videoCute gay pop singer Matt Palmer met JoJo – then this happenedRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/olly-alexander-homophobia-music-industry/ Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . New album Palo Santo a critical smashThe band released their latest album Palo Santo, the follow-up to Communion, on 6th July. The album has been met with overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics.The band are gearing up for their biggest tour to date this year. Following their summer festival circuit run, The Palo Santo arena tour kicks off in Glasgow on November 28, and will continue through Europe until February.Check out the trailer for Palo Santo below:[embedded content]Also on Gay Star News:Olly Alexander shares beautiful message for Pride in London eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

Perfect 10 for SAs Phil Hoffmann Travel

first_imgPHIL HOFFMANN – AFTA 2013 AWARDS South Australia’s premier travel agency Phil Hoffmann Travel has been named Best Retail Travel Agency (Multi Locations) at the AFTA National Travel Industry Awards.This is the 10th time in the 22-year history of the annual awards program that the SA-owned and operated company has taken out the coveted title.The award – recognising a retail agency operating across two or more locations that demonstrates best practice in management and service delivery – was announced on Saturday 20 July at AFTA’s gala event in Sydney.It was accepted by Phil Hoffmann Travel Managing Director Phil Hoffmann, in front of 1200 industry leaders.Phil Hoffmann Travel was the only Adelaide-based travel company selected as a finalist in its category – picked from a national field of contenders including STA Travel, Sydney-based Concierge Traveller, Harvey World Travel Tasmania and Travel Managers.Georgina Nunn of Phil Hoffmann Travel Glenelg was also a finalist in Best Travel Consultant (Retail) category.Founded in Adelaide in 1990, Phil Hoffmann Travel is now one of Australia’s most awarded travel agencies. With more than 150 employees, it has offices at Norwood, Stirling, Victor Harbor, Adelaide City, Hyde Park, Semaphore and Glenelg.Phil Hoffmann Travel Managing Director Phil Hoffmann said he was thrilled with the outstanding result.“To achieve this type of recognition from industry peers at a national level, for the 10th time, is an absolute honour,” he said.“For the past 23 years, Phil Hoffmann Travel has established itself as a reliable, respected brand that continues to get stronger each year.“A passionate and successful team is the backbone of our company and this is a credit to their ongoing dedication and professionalism.“Winning this major award, against some of the best agencies in the industry, is something of which we are very proud.“It certainly reconfirms our philosophy and commitment to providing the best and most memorable travel experiences for our customers.“I am extremely grateful to my team, suppliers, and clientele, for their ongoing support and belief in our services.”The AFTA National Travel Industry Awards is Australia’s leading travel industry event of the year.The awards program celebrates the achievements of Australia’s travel industry over a 12-month period and congratulates those companies who have excelled in the retail travel business. Source = Phil Hoffmann Travelcenter_img PHIL HOFFMANNlast_img read more

The Willard InterContinentals famous Peacock Alle

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