Police identify remains of 19 yearold woman found in Alberta

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe remains of two women have been found near Grand Prairie, Alta.The first to be identified was 19 year-old Rene-Lynn Gunning.She went missing in 2005.Gunning and her friend Krystle Knott, 16, were last seen at West Edmonton Mall in February 2005.They told friends they were planning on hitchhiking home to B.C.Police discovered Gunning’s remains about 60 kilometres south of Grand Prairie.Gunning’s father Jo Gunning said this was not something he wanted to hear, but something he needed to know so he could move on.The remains of another girl found next to her have not yet been positively identified.last_img

UNICEF Khadija Is One among Many

Rabat – Khadija’s alleged rape has caught the attention of UNICEF, which has reacted to the reported kidnapping and rape.In a statement made public today, UNICEF aimed to raise awareness about violence against Moroccan children.Khadija’s case became public in August, when the 17-year-old Khadija spoke for the first time about being raped. The girl said that she was kidnapped and raped by more than 12 people for two months. While media reports have questioned the truth of Khadija’s story, UNICEF argued that it calls for “the rights of children involved in this case to be respected, whether they are victims, witnesses or accused.” The statement added that “the children who could be associated with this case,” remain victims of the “absence of an integrated system of child protection in Morocco,” regardless of their social status.The organization has also published figures about the number of similar cases which were adjudicated in Morocco’s courts. According to UNICEF, courts across Morocco processed 5,980 cases of violence against children in 2017.The number caused UNICEF to call on all concerned parties, including media, to prioritize the issue above any other interests to meet acceptable standards of taking care of victims of violence.The institution also reminded the Moroccan government of its integrated child protection policy to protect children against sexual violence adopted in 2015.The project, which is part of a mid-term evaluation of the National Plan of Action for Children 2006-2015, aims to create a healthy environment for children, safe from all forms of neglect, abuse, violence, and exploitation.According to UNICEF, the case of Khadija “concerns all stakeholders of the urgent need to quickly implement these territorial devices.”The statement added, “The Child Protection Policy Implementation Program provides for the establishment, at the provincial / prefecture level, of a structure for the collection, analysis, evaluation, orientation and monitoring individual situations of children.”.UNICEF’s statement argued that Khadija’s case is not the first and will not be the last case. Sexual assaults publicized on social mediaThis year, a mass outcry erupted several times over cases with similar circumstances as those Khadija alleged.In January, a French pedophile admitted to drugging and raping two girls aged 11 and 14 in Fez. The 58-year-old pedophile claimed that he could give the children “what they were deprived of: toys, food, gifts and money.” He blamed their families for exploiting children.In March, a video of a sexual assault was posted online, featuring a young man assaulting a young girl, while someone else filmed.In 2017, another video posted online shocked Moroccans: it showed more than five teenagers sexually abusing a young girl on a moving bus in Casablanca. Nobody else on the bus appeared to do anything.Besides security authorities, the government did not release any statements regarding the cases, which received widespread outrage on social media. The government has not yet implemented Law 103-13 against gender-based discrimination, which was initially set to go into effect in August.The government, according to a government source will implement the law September 12.President of Tahadi Center and activist Bouchra Abdou condemned the delay in an August interview with Morocco World News, saying that the delay is unexplainable.It remains to be seen whether the government will fulfill its promises and implement the law next week. read more

Mahanama and Dissanayaka further remanded in bribery case

President Maithripala Sirisena’s former Chief of Staff K Mahanama and former State Timber Corporation (STC) Chairman P. Dissanayaka have been ordered to be further remanded till June 19 by the Colombo Magistrate’s Court.Mahanama and Dissanayaka had been arrested for accepting a bribe of Rs.20 million over a land deal. Mahanama and the Chairman of the State Timber Corporation, P. Dissanayake were arrested at the car park of a Colombo hotel recently while accepting the bribe from an Indian businessman. (Colombo Gazette)

China offers support to develop Sri Lankan economy

Sri Lanka’s three-year extended arrangement was approved on June 3, 2016, to the amount of about US$1.5 billion, or 185 percent of quota in the IMF at that time of approval of the arrangement.Chinese Ambassador Cheng XueYuan reiterated his countries support to the development of the Sri Lankan economy and pledged their support in Sri Lanka’s efforts to re-engage the IMF in a sustainable manner.The meeting was attended by the Secretary to the Treasury Dr.R.H.S. Samaratunga, Senior Advisor to the Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mano Tittawella and other senior Finance Ministry officials. (Colombo Gazette) He will be in Washington from 14 – 16 January 2019 to resume negotiations with the IMF on the Extended Fund Facility.The IMF had in November decided to suspend funding for Sri Lanka as a result of the political crisis. Samaraweera will visit Washington next week for talks with the IMF. The Minister apprised the Chinese Ambassador about the Sri Lankan Governments plan to re-engage with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and thanked the Chinese Government for their continued support extended to Sri Lanka. China has offered support to develop the Sri Lankan economy, following talks held in Colombo today.The Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera met with the Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Cheng XueYuan and a Chinese delegation at the Treasury today. read more

Symphony offers sale on February show

Mary Lou FallisThe Niagara Symphony is offering a buy one, get one half off sale for its Winter Carnival performance Feb. 20.The Winter Carnival concert will feature soprano Mary Lou Fallis as a special guest star, as well as several surprises. John Morris Russell will be the conductor. Until Feb. 12, those who purchase one ticket can get a second for 50 per cent of the regular ticket price.Winter Carnival – a Saturday Night POPS! performance – will be 7:30 p.m., with a pre-concert talk at 6:45 p.m. The event is at the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre.For tickets, contact the Centre for the Arts box office at 905-688-5550 x3257 and quote “winter” as the code.Other upcoming events:Promises Made and KeptBradley Thachuk – conductorDavid Louie – pianoSunday, April 11, 2:30 p.m.It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing!Diane Wittry, conductorSaturday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m.Sunday, May 2 at 2:30 p.m.For more information:Niagara Symphony Orchestra read more

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham uses tattoos to show brutal reality of

These images depict long-lasting scars of violence and abuse that millions of children around the world are subjected to the in spaces where they should be safe – their homes, schools, online and in their communities, said UNICEF in a news release.“Violence and abuse take a terrible toll on children’s lives and futures – harming their bodies, undermining their emotional wellbeing, even interfering with the healthy development of their brains,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. According to the agency, every five minutes, a child dies as a result of violence. Globally approximately one in 10 girls under the age of 20, or 120 million girls worldwide, have been subjected to sexual violence, and a third of all students between 13 and 15 are regularly bullied. “When we protect children from violence, we prevent individual tragedies – and promote stronger, more stable societies,” added Mr. Lake. Every year nearly a billion children – or six in 10 children globally – between the ages two to 14 worldwide are regularly subjected to physical punishment by their caregivers.UNICEF statistics on violence against childrenIn February last year, after 10 years as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, David Beckham launched 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund.In his campaign against violence against children, the star football player has travelled around the world to advocate for protection of children. Recalling his visit to Cambodia last year, he said:“I was shocked by what I heard and I saw how violence can leave deep and lasting scars. No child should have to endure this. Yet in all corners of the world, in their homes, schools and on their streets, children are suffering similar violence.” “I hope this new project will draw attention to this urgent issue and inspire action. Violence against children is wrong and together we need to end it,” he added. read more

Confidence level renewed for Ohio State womens volleyball after 2 wins

It’s been a season of streaks for the Ohio State women’s volleyball team: the Buckeyes won 13 straight to kick off the season, then lost eight in a row. Now OSU has won two straight and is hoping to build on its current streak.OSU got back to its winning ways Friday in impressive fashion. The Buckeyes swept Indiana at St. John Arena, marking their first three-set victory of Big Ten play. The next night, OSU notched another victory, topping No. 14 Purdue, 3-1.“Our confidence level has been renewed and supported, but I’m not going to sit here and say it’s high,” sophomore outside hitter Katie Mitchell said after beating the Boilermakers Saturday. “We know we still have a lot to work on.”Regardless of work left to do, freshman middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe said the pair of wins can be a difference-maker for her team going forward.“It feels like we’re right where we want to be honestly,” she said. “I think that this is going to be the turning point for us — this is just a lot of motivation for us going forward.”Mitchell, who sparked the Buckeyes with 10 kills off the bench against Purdue, said her team was ready from the outset.“Firing from all cylinders, ready to go,” she said. “Everyone’s on top, not only the front row, but the back row — everyone’s working together.”Coach Geoff Carlston praised Mitchell’s play: “It was huge, it was absolutely huge.”Mitchell’s career high in kills was good for fourth on the team, as senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary led the Buckeyes with 18 kills while Sandbothe and freshman outside hitter Kylie Randall each added 12.Junior setter Taylor Sherwin tallied 48 assists and a service ace against the Boilermakers, despite dealing with an illness the night before against Indiana. Against the Hoosiers, she recorded 30 assists and a service ace.“Taylor Sherwin is sick as a dog, we didn’t even think she was going to play today,” Carlston said after the sweep of the Hoosiers. “If we would’ve played another set, I don’t think she could’ve played.”In the streak-breaking victory against Indiana, Leary tallied 19 kills while Sandbothe chipped in with 14.“(Sandbothe) played really aggressive tonight,” Carlston said. “She’s got a toughness and a swag about her, and I thought she played excellent and showed that.”That aggressiveness paid off as the freshman picked up a kill to close out the sweep for her team’s first win in more than a month.“It’s huge to get that last kill, and it just feels so good and it feels so right for us right now,” Sandbothe said.Leary said the wins were about the team, and not about any individual’s success.“It was just a great team win,” she said. “Our passes were on and our defense was on. (Sherwin) did a great job of finding all of us hitters.”With the sweet taste of victory in their mouths, the Buckeyes will have some time to rest before their next match. OSU is scheduled to travel to Minneapolis, Minn., for a match against No. 11 Minnesota, Friday, before traveling to Madison, Wis., for a faceoff with No. 14 Wisconsin Sunday. read more

Women Parliamentarians Steadfast and Immovable on Equality

first_img The Ministry of Labour and National Insurance CBTUC Strike Action Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppAcknowledging that there are elements who would wish the referendum to fail, the bipartisan women’s parliamentary caucus remain “steadfast and immovable” and “are focused on what the intention of these (constitutional) amendments are and that is to provide equality for men and women under the constitution.” This according to Social Services and Community Development Minister Hon. Melanie Griffin as she and fellow Parliamentarians addressed the media on their strategic plan going forward regarding the constitutional referendum. She was joined by Transport and Aviation Minister Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin and Transport State Minister, the Hon. Hope Strachan.Echoing this theme of unity and bipartisanship was Transport and Aviation Minister Hanna-Martin who reiterated that “politics is not separating us (meaning women parliamentarians) on this issue” and women members of both chambers of the House “are ready to go ensure that we achieve this important …objective.” Hanna Martin also pointed out that the current parliamentarians will be calling on former female Parliamentarians to join their “yes” vote campaign and the group is “heating the coals and getting ready to take an aggressing stance (on the constitutional bills).” She strongly believes that an aggressive “yes” campaign in addition to the public education campaign by the Constitutional Commission will “give this referendum the best chance for success. For us, this issue is one where failure is really not an option.”Turning their attention to a possible delay to the announced date of November 6 for the referendum vote and responding directly to newspaper reports that PLP women Parliamentarians want a delay in the referendum, State Minister the Hon. Hope Strachan had this to say: “The PLP women do not want a delay. What the PLP women want is to give this referendum the best chance of success.” She continued that the developing circumstance relative to public education on the constitutional bills “dictates that we proceed with caution” because ostensibly “we want to ensure that we have a level of comfort in terms of the degree of knowledge that our people have before they go to the referendum polls.“So while we do not want a (referendum) delay, we recognize that in the reality of the situation that it may actually require one” said the State Minister.“If it is at the end of the day” said Minister Griffin, “we have to put off the date, I see (nothing) wrong with that…if there is any indication that the people in this country simply need more time to be educated on this issue, that is a preferable path than to go down the path where we know that our chances of success are hindered.” The press conference was held in the Majority Room of the House of Assembly on Wednesday, September 9th. Recommended for you Albury’s Ferry Service Donates $10,400 to Abaco Pathfinders. Related Items:bahams, Community Development Minister, Hon. Melanie Griffin, women empowerment Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp CROSSING BORDERS!last_img read more

Three deceased in Oceanside car crash

first_img February 5, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 7:00 PM Posted: February 5, 2019 KUSI Newsroom center_img OCEANSIDE (KUSI) – On Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at approximately 12:54, the Oceanside Police Department responded to calls of a multiple vehicle collision in the intersection of Coast Hwy and Oceanside Blvd. The collision occurred as a 2007 Toyota Tacoma truck, was traveling southbound on Coast Hwy and failed to stop for a red light and collided with a 2003 Mazda sedan traveling eastbound on Oceanside Blvd on a green light.The collision caused the Mazda to spin around violently causing two of its rear seat passengers to be ejected from the car onto the roadway. The Toyota truck stopped just south of the intersection. Emergency personnel arrived on scene within minutes and attended to the victims of the Mazda. Two of the rear seat passengers were declared deceased on scene, one of the ejected passengers was transported to the hospital where she passed a short time later. All three victims were adult females. The other three victims, two males and a female, from the Mazda were transported to area hospitals with serious injuries, but are expected to survive.The driver of the Toyota was evaluated on scene by medics and released. The driver, identified as 19 year old Mason Fish, was evaluated on scene by officers and was later arrested for driving under the influence of a controlled substance.The investigation is still ongoing. The names of the deceased are being withheld pending the notification of next of kin.The Oceanside Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team conducted the investigation. Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to call Accident Investigator David Paul at (760) 435-4431. Three deceased in Oceanside car crash Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Soy Growers Talk Farm Bill Crop Insurance and More with US Ag

first_imgASA Director Rob Shaffer (right) speaks with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue during his stop in Illinois.Soy growers had the opportunity to discuss important issues with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue this week.Both past and present American Soybean Association (ASA) members met with Perdue during his five state “Back to Our Roots” RV tour, which included stops in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana.ASA Director Brad Kremer (right) talks to U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue (left) about about getting more young people and veterans involved in farming.During his first stop in Wisconsin, ASA Director Brad Kremer and former board member Kevin Hoyer participated in a round table discussion with the secretary, where they talked trade, the farm bill and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).“I talked to him about how important the farm bill is to my generation of farmers and the generation coming up behind me,” Kremer said. “We don’t need to lose that generation of farmers.”Perdue asked Kremer to follow up with his office so they could discuss more ways to get young people and veterans interested farming. During their visit, Kremer also expressed concerns about potential tariffs from China.During his meeting with Perdue, Hoyer presented soy grower positions on rural development and infrastructure and market access and foreign trade support.ASA Director Rob Shaffer spoke with the Secretary during his stop in Illinois.“We talked about crop protection, regulations and the red-tape farmers have to cut through and how USDA can help improve these processes, while still keeping the environment and workers safe,” Shaffer said.Shaffer also expressed to Perdue the importance of the Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) funding, the farm bill and crop insurance as a safety net.The soybean farmers said their time with Perdue was productive and overall positive.“He’s a farmer and he understands ag,” Shaffer said of Perdue.Kremer agreed. “We’ve got a guy who’s a real farmer advocating in D.C.,” he said.Several other soy growers had the chance to speak with Perdue this past week. ASA Treasurer Bill Gordon and Director George Goblish met Perdue on his stop in Minnesota. ASA Director Kendell Culp saw him in Indiana and ASA Chairman Richard Wilkins spoke with him at the Delaware State Fair.Click here to see more photos of ASA directors meeting with Perdue.last_img read more

SELECTMEN RACE QA OMahony Marsh Reveal The Next Town School Building Projects

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Jomarie O’Mahony, Daryn Marsh, and Kevin MacDonald are running for the seat on the Wilmington Board of Selectmen recently vacated by Ed Loud. The winner will fulfill the one year remaining on Loud’s unexpired term.Wilmington Apple is asking the candidates multiple questions each week leading up to the April 27 Town Election.The latest question:What do you feel should be Wilmington’s next TWO municipal or school building projects? Why do you prioritize these two projects over other projects?Below are the candidates’ responses, in their own words:Jomarie O’MahonyThe first municipal building project I would support is the North Wilmington Fire Substation as I believe it is long overdue. Our town has developed and expanded and we now have industry and residences in an area of town where response time from our main safety building would be too long in the event of an emergency, Our police have addressed this growth by adding additional patrol zones and will hopefully have the personnel to support that but the only way for the Fire Department to effectively address this is to be afforded a space to have personnel and the equipment needed for them to respond to emergencies in the North Wilmington area.The second municipal project I would support would be a community center in town that would have an expanded senior center as well as space that could be utilized in the late afternoon and evenings for youth and family activities. Our current Senior Center is too small for our senior community and we do not have a space for children and families to utilize for activities in the evenings and on the weekends. We have done a great job creating outdoor recreational space in town and it is now time to focus on an indoor facility that affords residents of all ages year round access to social and recreational community events and activities.Daryn MarshMr. Marsh chose to answer this question via video:——Kevin MacDonaldNo response.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Board Supports Fire & Police Substation In North Wilmington; Town To Vote On Project In April 2020?In “Government”SELECTMEN RACE Q&A: O’Mahony & Marsh Discuss What They Hope To Accomplish During Their First TermIn “Government”SELECTMEN RACE Q&A: O’Mahony & Marsh Grade Town Manager Jeff Hull’s PerformanceIn “Government”last_img read more

SpiceJet Q1 Profit Skyrockets to Rs 72 Crore Shares Gain 5

first_imgDebt-ridden SpiceJet has reported net profit for the second consecutive quarter, showing signs that the budget carrier is on poised to make a turnaround in its operations.The Gurgaon-based airline posted a profit of Rs 71.80 crore for the first quarter of the current fiscal year, compared to a loss of Rs 124.1 crore in the same period last year.SpiceJet, India’s fourth-largest airline by market share, had earned a profit of Rs 22.5 crore in the March quarter against a loss of Rs 322 crore in the same quarter last year.”This is the second consecutive profitable quarter and I am proud of what we have achieved. But there is still a long way to go. I am confident that the best is still ahead of us,” said SpiceJet Ltd Chairman Ajay Singh in a statement.Following the upbeat quarterly earnings, share prices of SpiceJet rose more than 5% on Tuesday, to close at Rs 26.60 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).The company was also able to reduce its costs by 42% in the quarter ended June 2015.”The return to profitability in Q4FY15, and the achievement of the best ever Q1 results in our history in Q1FY16, are achievements that even our most hardened naysayers will acknowledge as remarkable”, said Sanjiv Kapoor, Chief Operating Officer, SpiceJet Ltd.However, the company’s revenue was down 34% in the June quarter against the same quarter a year ago, owing to a reduction in its fleet.The struggling carrier was on the verge of collapse before an ownership change in January this year. The company’s board decided to transfer control from the Marans to founder-promoter Ajay Singh, after which Singh acquired the entire 58.4% stake held by the Marans. Under the restructuring plan, Singh is expected to infuse Rs 1,500 crore to turnaround the loss-making airline. SpiceJet has already received Rs 650 crore under the new revival plan.last_img read more

Houston Rents Decline Slightly Only Minimal Increase From Year Ago

first_img Share X Listen 00:00 /01:14 Houston rents went down 0.8 percent from June to July, according to a report by Apartment List. It found the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Houston is $1,160 and $1,500 for a two-bedroom.Andrew Woo, a data scientist with Apartment List, said usually rents tend to go up during the summer, and that is what’s happening in other parts of the state and the country.“Houston hasn’t seen that this year, I think partly because of the oil bust, the economy has slowed down a little bit,” he said. “So rents have tended to be kind of flat or slightly declining.”Rents here grew only 0.1 percent since June of last year. Compare that to 2.1 percent nationwide and 2.9 percent in Texas.Houston renters also fare well compared to similar-sized U.S. cities.Still, incomes are not catching up with rent growth.“In Houston, actually, inflation-adjusted incomes fell from 1980 to 2014 by nearly 10 percent, but rents continued to climb,” Woo said. “They increased by more than 15 percent.”The Museum District, Downtown and River Oaks are among the most expensive neighborhoods in the Bayou City.In the greater metro area, Sugar Land is on par with Houston, although rent here decreased by 5.2 percent from a year ago. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Immigration Raid Underway At Technology Company North Of Dallas

first_img Share Stella Chavez/KERA NewsFamily of employees inside CVE Technology Group in Allen, Texas, gather outside the building, where the ICE operation is taking place.Immigration and Customs Enforcement are “conducting an operation in support of an ongoing criminal investigation” at a technology refurbishment and repair company located approximately 30 miles north of Dallas, in Collin County, an ICE spokesman said Wednesday. Collin County is about 275 miles north of Houston.Family members of workers at the CVE Technology Group branch in the city of Allen, especially husbands, have arrived outside the company, waiting for information. One of them got a text from his wife, who asked him to call an attorney.One woman, whose mother is an employee, was also outside waiting, in tears — at first.Maria Soria’s mother, Socorro Lechuga, 46, was released by ICE agents conducting the raid inside CVE Technology.Soria, 24, said her mother, who Soria said has worked for the company for around six years, had a petition for legalization already in place before the raid. Lechuga is originally from Guerrero, Mexico.Soria received a voicemail message around 10 a.m. It was from her mother and it said ICE agents had arrived at the company and she didn’t “know what’s going to happen.”“I was worried at first, because you hear ‘ICE’ and everything goes downhill,” Soria said. “I got myself together,” she added, and left work at a health care insurance company in Las Colinas drive to Allen.She called her mother’s lawyer, who told her not to worry because, he said, “they’ll either release her or set a bond to be released within 48 hours.” He added that “they can’t do anything to her, pretty much, because she does have a petition in place.”“So that gave me a peace of mind, that at least I know my mom will be OK,” Soria said. “As far anyone else here, I really don’t know their status or their situation, so that’s a whole different story.”Employees who are working at the company with legal immigration papers have been given green wrist bands to wear.One of those workers, Mathew Varughese, works “repairing cellphones.”He said ICE agents arrived around 10 a.m. and some people began running. Agents instructed workers to group together by legal status.Varughese said that at that point there wasn’t a lot of reaction from employees: “Standing, no talking. Ladies crying.”He said he estimates that about 60 percent of CVE Technology employees are women.Buses, one of which says LaSalle Corrections Transport on the side, were also on the scene.One woman was in the building applying for a job when ICE agents arrived. She says there were hundreds of people inside.During the raid, a few people gathered with demonstration signs.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition Friday Dec 26

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uWe look back at a powerful conversation we had on raising Black boys at a time when issues of race and police profiling command headlines. Attorney, author and commentator  Lawrence Otis Graham recently wrote that he was misguided in believing he could insulate his children from racism with an “upper class” upbringing, sparking the conversation on raising Black boys. Also, on this first day of Kwanza we revisit our conversation with veteran community activist Charles Dugger on the tenets of the Black American cultural holiday, all coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

Facebook Steps Up Battle With Twitch Adding New Features for VideoGame Streamers

first_img Popular on Variety ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 On his Darkness429 accounts, Havlock has specialized in shooters like Bluehole’s “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” (“PUBG”) and Ubisoft’s “Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege.” More recently, he’s been playing a lot of Epic Games’ “Fortnite” -– “everyone and their mom has been playing and streaming that,” he said.To raise the profile of Facebook game broadcasters and make their content easier to find, the company has launched the Facebook Gaming hub. At the landing page, users can find content based on creators and games they follow, pages they like and groups they belong to. The destination also will feature creators, esports competitions and content from gaming-industry events. Facebook is promoting the hub using the short URL “fb.gg.”Here’s what Facebook Gaming looks like on mobile:Facebook’s new Level Up program promises to let newbies join in on the action, initially through an invitation-only process. Level Up members will be able to earn money through the Facebook Stars fan-support feature.Level Up creators also will get early access to new Facebook features for live-streaming, as well as guidance on best practices from established gaming creators and enhanced access to Facebook’s support team for troubleshooting and bug reporting.Facebook says it will begin sending invitations for Level Up and bringing members on-board in several waves. The plan is to open up the program to gaming creators worldwide within the next few months.“We want to give emerging gaming creators the information and support they need so they can live-stream more easily, grow their communities more quickly and focus on making great content,” Facebook’s John Imah, gaming creator program lead, and product manager Nick Miller wrote in a blog post.As part of its bigger gaming push, Facebook will have a presence at this year’s E3 conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center next week. At its booth in the South Hall, it will showcase the Facebook Gaming destination. It’s also hosting partner streamers — including Darkness429, as well as MelonieMac, MissesMae and StoneMountain64 — who are scheduled to play live on a main stage and will be running demos of new Oculus VR games, among other activities. Facebook wants to entice more video-game broadcasters — and their fans — to use its platform, rolling out several features that will ratchet up competition with category pioneer Twitch.In January, Facebook launched a gaming-creator program, paying some top players to stream exclusively on Facebook.It has now started to actively promote a new gaming-video destination that it quietly debuted in the past few weeks — Facebook Gaming, at facebook.com/gaming — that aggregates live and prerecorded video in one place. The social giant also has started letting a few game-streaming partners let fans subscribe as supporters to their channels, for $5 per month, a la Twitch, in addition to selling “Facebook Stars” to let users cheer for their favorite players (akin to the Twitch emotes available to paying members). And Facebook is launching a new program, Level Up, for video-game streamers who are just starting out, to help them build a fanbase and earn money from their gameplay.Facebook isn’t saying exactly how many game broadcasters are regularly live-streaming, but it claims there are now thousands on the platform. Of course, it has a long way to go to match the audience of Amazon-owned Twitch, which boasts an average of more than 15 million active daily viewers and over 2 million unique monthly broadcasters. Meanwhile, YouTube also has a creator program and hub — YouTube Gaming — catering to game broadcasters.One of the most popular game broadcasters on Facebook so far is Darkness429, the internet handle of Tim Havlock. In late January, he switched from Twitch, where he had been live-streaming for about four years, to Facebook earlier this year and now has 180,000 followers on his page. When he left Twitch, he had 168,000 followers.Facebook is compensating Havlock, who lives in Port St. Lucie, Fla., but he declined to provide specifics on the arrangement. “We do have a working relationship with each other, yes, but I wasn’t thinking short-term,” he told Variety. “It was more about getting in on the ground floor on this platform, which is the world’s largest social-media platform.”Darkness429 also is one of the first creators to participate in the Patreon-like supporter program, which Facebook announced last month. Supporters receive a special badge when they back a creator. For now, the fee is $5 monthly applies to all creators.“It’s another level of connecting with your fans,” Havlock said. “I can thank that person, almost one-on-one on the platform.”During the test period for subscriptions, Facebook isn’t taking a cut. The company does keep a share of Facebook Stars revenue but it isn’t disclosing the split except to say most of it goes to its partners.[UPDATE, June 9: Facebook provided more detail about the Stars revenue split. A creator gets 1 cent per star. On desktop, 100 Stars are sold for $1.40; of that $1 (71%) goes to creators, while Facebook keeps the remaining 40 cents. The rev-share varies based on the cost of Star packs. On desktop, the maximum share to Facebook is 30% for the smallest packs and 5% for the largest.]last_img read more

Lufthansa loses money in H1 stands by outlook

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