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Jury deliberations continue in Halifax murder trial of medical student

first_imgHALIFAX – The 12-member jury in the trial of Halifax medical student William Sandeson — accused of killing a physics student during a drug deal as part of a plan to alleviate his debt — is expected to return to deliberations on Saturday.Sandeson is charged with the first-degree murder of 22-year-old Taylor Samson, whose body has never been found.The jury of six men and six women had deliberated for a total of about 11 hours before taking a break on Friday evening.They were scheduled to return to Nova Scotia Supreme Court Saturday at 9:15 a.m. to continue discussions.Justice Josh Arnold gave jurors his final instructions before deliberations began at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday.Arnold told the jury there are four possible verdicts in the case: Sandeson could be found guilty of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, manslaughter, or he could be found not guilty.He told jurors their verdict must be unanimous, although they do not have to arrive at a conclusion in the same way.The trial heard Samson went to Sandeson’s apartment on Aug. 15, 2015, to sell him nine kilograms of marijuana for $40,000.Court heard Samson was last seen alive on video walking into Sandeson’s apartment shortly before 10:30 p.m.DNA matching Samson’s was recovered from a bullet, gun, duffel bag and other items seized from Sandeson’s Henry Street apartment in Halifax and his family’s farm in Truro, the jury heard.During his instructions Thursday, Arnold read both the Crown and defence theories of what happened.Arnold said the Crown believes Sandeson lured Samson to his apartment as part of a drug deal.“He made a plan to get more money for himself by killing Mr. Samson,” Arnold said Thursday of the Crown’s theory.“Very shortly after Mr. Samson arrived at his apartment, Mr. Sandeson shot him in the back of his head with his gun while Mr. Samson was seated at the kitchen table. He secretly disposed of Mr. Samson’s body to try to conceal what he had done.”The Crown argues Sandeson cleaned up his apartment and sent a text to Samson’s phone to cover up the murder, Arnold said.It argues Sandeson stole the drugs Samson brought to his apartment and put them in his brother’s basement so he could sell them later, he said.Crown lawyer Kim McOnie had argued Sandeson — who was slated to start medical school at Dalhousie within a week of his arrest — was motivated by money, noting he was in debt roughly $70,000.Arnold said the defence’s theory is that Sandeson was a drug dealer, was put into contact with Samson and the two had reached an agreement for Samson to sell Sandeson marijuana.The defence says they initially met on Aug. 13, 2015, but agreed to complete the sale two days later, Arnold said.“Mr. Samson was also a drug dealer and had at that time some drug debts and appeared to be anxious to conclude the sale,” Arnold said of the defence’s theory.“While at Mr. Sandeson’s residence, a violent incident occurred that involved a third party, who left through the north window in (Sandeson’s roommate’s) bedroom.”Arnold said the defence says Sandeson did clean up the apartment following the incident, “and this was the extent of his involvement.”“As a further result of his panicked state, Mr. Sandeson hid drugs at his brother’s apartment and materials associated with his cleanup at his parent’s farm in Truro.”Arnold said the defence position is that the Crown has been unable to prove the elements of the first-degree murder charge.Defence lawyer Eugene Tan said in his closing arguments Monday that Sandeson is not a “criminal mastermind” and that the Crown twisted evidence in the case to fit its theory.Tan asked the jury to acquit Sandeson.Sandeson — who has a slim build and closely cropped hair — has listened intently during his trial, often referring to a computer and jotting down notes.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

Avatar 2 is now scheduled for 2020 with third film coming out

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement The original 2009 “Avatar” film has netted over $2.7 billion, centring on the conflict between humans and the blue-skinned alien race Na’vi of Pandora. Login/Register With: James Cameron has set the release dates for the next four “Avatar” sequels, with the first coming in 2020.The movie’s Facebook page Saturday posted a photo of Cameron and his massive film crew, who have been working on all four films simultaneously. The post said “Avatar 2” will hit theatres Dec. 18, 2020, and “Avatar 3” comes a year later, on Dec. 17, 2021.The franchise then takes a three-year hiatus before returning with “Avatar 4” on Dec. 20, 2024, and “Avatar 5” on Dec. 19, 2025. The first sequel had been expected in 2018 but Cameron this year said that timetable wouldn’t be met. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

What BCs LNG megaproject means for two proposed Nova Scotia facilities

first_imgHALIFAX – Some see it as a signal of investor confidence in liquefied natural gas megaprojects. Others say it could edge out less competitive LNG proposals in Canada.Either way, final approval of a massive LNG project in northern British Columbia has renewed interest in the fate of two projects slated for Canada’s East Coast.Bear Head LNG, a subsidiary of Australia-based Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd., has a site on the Strait of Canso while Goldboro LNG, a Pieridae Energy Canada project, is adjacent to the Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore.Both companies say the decision by five partners — a consortium of state-owned and private investors — to move forward with LNG Canada’s $40-billion joint venture in Kitimat, B.C., bodes well for major resource projects in the country.But energy consultant Tom Adams says the British Columbia development makes the prospects of a Nova Scotia LNG facility in the near future less likely.He says there is a finite global market for LNG, and that if the B.C. project moves ahead it weakens other projects.“Every time there is a new entrant it puts competitive pressure on all the other proposals,” the independent Toronto-based analyst said in an interview.Adams said the “really big boys” have invested in B.C. — Royal Dutch Shell, Mitsubishi Corp., the Malaysian-owned Petronas, PetroChina Co. and Korean Gas Corp. — but the Nova Scotia proposals have yet to attract the same calibre of investors.“The majors have by and large stayed out of it, and I think that’s another indication of the relative strengths and weaknesses of the development plans,” he said. “It’s another reason for my continued skepticism with respect to LNG in Nova Scotia.”However, Goldboro LNG has managed to secure a customer.Uniper SE, a German energy firm, has signed a 20 year agreement for half of Goldboro’s permitted output, a coup for the Nova Scotia project. The contract comes with a German government-backed debt guarantee.Mark Brown, vice-president, business development for Pieridae Energy, the firm developing Goldboro LNG, said the B.C. project is good for the entire industry.“Given the global nature of the industry, it sends a positive message to the world that Canada is back,” he said in an email, noting that the Goldboro project is aiming for a final investment decision in the first quarter of 2019.Meanwhile, Micah Hirschfield with LNG Ltd., the proponent of Bear Head LNG, said the Kitimat investment increases the viability of exporting Canada’s stranded natural gas resource from both the West Coast to Asia and the East Coast to Europe.“The amount of gas being used by LNG Canada barely scratches the surface of the more than 300 years of stranded gas supply that the resource has,” he said in an email.“Both Western Canadian producers and European customers recognize the importance of being able to export Canadian gas from both coasts and we continue to progress and remain committed to bringing LNG from Bear Head to the global energy market.”Colleen Mitchell, president of the Atlantica Centre for Energy, an energy think tank based in Saint John, N.B., said while project approval in B.C. is a positive sign, it doesn’t necessarily impact the East Coast projects.“They are serving different markets, they have different economics and they’re facing different challenges,” she said.Mitchell said that with no foreseeable onshore or offshore supply in the Maritimes, the biggest hurdle for any Nova Scotia project would be finding pipeline capacity for gas from western Canada or the U.S.But pipeline space is committed well in advance, she said, so the project proponents will have secure space or add additional pipeline — one of the biggest hurdles other than permitting.Ray Ritcey, chief executive officer of the Maritimes Energy Association, said the B.C. project shows market participants — including the two companies vying to launch LNG facilities in Nova Scotia — that there may be a “light at the end of the tunnel.”“For a whole variety of reasons there is a lack of investment in Canada, particularly in the oil and gas and pipeline sector,” said Ritcey, whose association represents energy companies in eastern Canada.“The greatest news here is that some of our resources are going to find new ways to market. It’s a really positive decision for all of Canada.”last_img read more

Israeli checkpoints continue restricting Palestinian movement – UN report

27 May 2009Israeli obstacles continue to constrain the freedom of movement for Palestinians living in the West Bank, according to a new report by the United Nations humanitarian arm. Israeli obstacles continue to constrain the freedom of movement for Palestinians living in the West Bank, according to a new report by the United Nations humanitarian arm.Despite several measures implemented by Israel which have eased traffic flow on some routes into the four main cities of Nablus, Hebron, Tulkarm and Ramallah, other actions have further controlled Palestinian access while easing the movement of Israeli settlers, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) report noted.The combination of physical obstacles, including checkpoints, roadblocks and the separation Barrier, as well as administrative and legal restrictions, such as prohibited roads, affect Palestinians’ vehicular and pedestrian access throughout the West Bank.“The Israeli authorities have justified this system as a temporary measure to contain violent confrontations with Palestinians and to protect Israeli citizens, both in Israel and in the West Bank settlements, from Palestinians,” the new publication said.During the reporting period – September 2008-March 2009 – OCHA field teams said they documented 634 physical obstacles.The expansion of checkpoints, which often entails the seizure of Palestinian land in the vicinity of an existing checkpoint, as well as the replacing of rudimentary obstacles with more permanent ones, are among the measures which are entrenching a system of restrictions which “diminishes the prospects for a genuine improvement in the degree of control that Palestinians have over the physical space of the West Bank,” the report said.“Without such improvement, the possibilities available for the Palestinian population to address its own needs will necessarily remain limited,” it added.Israeli settlements erected in the West Bank since 1967, according to the report, are perhaps the most important factor driving the restrictions. The areas within the boundaries of the nearly 150 settlements, comprising 3 per cent of the West Bank, are inaccessible to Palestinians and further fragment the territory.The OCHA report concluded that the movement and access restrictions “have resulted in a contraction of the overall space available for Palestinian development and a decrease in the degree of control that Palestinians have over that space. read more

SecretaryGeneral congratulates Chinese on first manned space mission

A statement distributed today by a spokesman for Mr. Annan said the Secretary-General “extends his warm congratulations to the People’s Republic of China on its first mission into space, and hopes for the safe and successful completion of this maiden voyage.”He notes that as the exploration of space knows no national borders, the mission of the Shenzhou V is a step forward for all humankind,” the statement added.

A safer campus Theres an app for that

Brock University Students Union has launched a BlackBerry and Android apps to make it easier to connect with campus security.Brock University Students’ Union has come up with a way to make the campus safer.There’s now an app for that.The students’ union (BUSU) has launched a free app for BlackBerry and Android users – one for the iPhone is also in the works – that will connect staff and students directly with Campus Security.The simple, one-step connection via a smart phone to the men and women patrolling the campus eliminates the cumbersome process of dialing the University’s 10-digit phone number, waiting for the automated attendant and then punching in Campus Security’s four-digit extension, 3200.“I asked around the office to see if anyone knew how to dial campus security in an emergency and nobody knows,” said Luke Speers, BUSU vice-president of finance and administration.Scan this QR code to download the Campus Security Hotline app.Another way to connect with Campus Security is by dialing extension 3200 using an on-campus payphone. There are also 106 emergency phones on campus that directly connect with Campus Security.With the app, one click prompts a giant red button with a phone receiver to appear, which Android users simply touch to activate a call while BlackBerry users connect using their track pad.The app works anywhere but, Speers warned, it only connects with Campus Security.“It’s not a substitute for 911,” he said. “This is for on-campus issues that happen.”The app, called Campus Security Hotline, can be downloaded from Android and BlackBerry app stores. Posters are also appearing throughout campus and on buses with QR codes that connect directly to the app for downloading.QR code decals will also be affixed to Campus Security vehicles to download the app as well, Speers said. read more

Greg Reid Exiled From FSU Heading To Valdosta State

Exiled from Florida State because of multiple off-the-field issues, cornerback Greg Reid looks like he will land at Valdosta State for his final year of college football.ESPN reports that Reid sorted through his options and is in the process of enrolling at the school located in middle Georgia.Reid was dismissed from FSU  for a violation of team rules — and it was not his first offense. As a three-year starter and a top special teams player, Reid had to be a malcontent for coach Jimbo Fisher to kick him off the team. But to maintain any credibility within his team, Fisher had little recourse, for Reid found himself in trouble several times during his Seminole career.Most recently, Reid was arrested a few weeks ago and charged with driving with a suspended license, a seat belt violation and misdemeanor possession of marijuana, according to the Lowndes County (Ga.) sheriff’s office. Reid told police he had no knowledge of the marijuana found in his car.Last fall, Reid was on perjury charges for lying to police about the identity of a man who fled the scene of a traffic stop on a scooter. That charge was later dropped. However, he was suspended last year for an undisclosed violation of team rules.Last season, Reid played in 11 games and started nine. He made 32 tackles and had two interceptions, along with 563 kick return yards. He moved into second place in school history with 89 career returns and 1,117 return yards and was named one of three most valuable players on special teams at Florida State’s annual banquet.Last Tuesday night in Lake Park, Ga., Reid was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and driving with a suspended license.For Fisher, that was it. Now Reid apparently has found a new school. But for how long? read more

Private schools contribution to society is overlooked head of St Pauls claims

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Earlier this year, Ms May took on private schools when she accused them of being “divorced from normal life” as she warned them they needed to be more proactive in looking after the interests of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.Speaking ahead of the Independent Schools Show, which takes place this weekend, Prof Bailey he told the Evening Standard her plans should be “proportionate”.He said: “I am not convinced that those comments were based upon a detailed knowledge of what independent schools do.“There is a mass of information out there about the extent of the wider contribution they make to society and that should be properly evaluated and weighed. It’s an area of education that is particularly vulnerable to wide generalisations and a lack of full understandingProfessor Mark Bailey, high master at St Paul’s School in London “It’s an area of education that is particularly vulnerable to wide generalisations and a lack of full understanding.”Independent schools, for instance, have increased their outreach programmes and links with local state counterparts.St Paul’s has also expanded its bursary provision to cover up to 20 per cent of pupils by 2020.Prof Bailey also said independent schools must make sure their intake is as representative as the wider society as possible.He said: “There is no doubt that the independent sector in general and St Paul’s have slipped and drifted from the original purpose. It is imperative that we recapture it.” Private schools’ contribution to society is “overlooked” and “vulnerable to wide generalisations”, the head of a leading independent school has said as he suggested Theresa May does not know enough about the sector.Professor Mark Bailey, high master at St Paul’s School in London, suggested the Prime Minister lacked insight on the work private schools do for society.last_img read more

Clothes vendor remanded on cannabis possession charge

A thirty six-year-old clothes vendor was on Tuesday hauled before Principle Magistrate Judy Latchman after he was charged for having in his possession a quantity of narcotics.Gavin Limerick of Durban Street, Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown denied that on September 15, 2018 while he was in the vicinity of First Avenue Bartica, Essequibo River he had in his possession 38.6 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.According to facts presented into the matter, on the day in question three police constables acting on information received, carried out a search when the cannabis was found on his person.However, Limerick’s attorney informed the court that the narcotic was not found on her client, she said it was found under a car which was parked on the steamer boat from which the accused was standing three to five feet away from. Moreover, the attorney explained that Limerick was not the only person standing in the vicinity where the suspected cannabis was found.After summing up the matter the Magistrate refused the man bail and he was remanded to prison until September, 21.The cannabis allegedly found on the duo on Saturday in BarticaOn Saturday last police Police ranks of the “F” Division arrested Limerick along with a female after they were both found to be in possession of cannabis.According to reports the two were reportedly at the Bartica Ferry Stelling when they were seen acting in a suspicious manner thus prompting police ranks to conduct a search on their person. The search on the male inbound passenger unearthed thirty-seven grams of cannabis concealed in a quantity of small sized transparent Ziploc bags in his possession. A further search conducted on the female unearthed 10 grams of cannabis. The duo were immediately arrested and taken to the Bartica Police Station. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedClothes vendor remanded to prison for allegedly selling marijuana at Exhibition SiteOctober 9, 2013In “Crime”Clothes vendor jailed for three years for narcotics possessionApril 7, 2016In “latest news”Father of 1 gets 3 years for trafficking cannabisOctober 17, 2018In “Court” read more

The 5 at 5 Thursday

first_img Nov 24th 2016, 5:00 PM Short URL The 5 at 5: Thursday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know as you head home for the day.1. #TAXI DRIVER: A Romanian man who harassed his ex-girlfriend has been ordered to leave Ireland within 48 hours.2. #SUSPENDED: The Dáil was suspended this afternoon after AAA-PBP TD Mick Barry accused Fianna Fáil and the government of handpicking the chairperson on the water committee.3. #IT AIN’T OVER: The former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has raised the necessary $1.1 million to request a vote recount in Wisconsin, her campaign has announced.4. #BLAST: ‘ISIS claims responsibility’ for a suicide bomb blast which killed at least 70 people this afternoon.5. #FAREWELL: Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement from football at 36. http://jrnl.ie/3100724 Thursday 24 Nov 2016, 5:00 PM Share Tweet Email 5,381 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Cliodhna Russell No Comments Image: Shutterstock/Maksym Poriechkin Image: Shutterstock/Maksym Poriechkinlast_img read more

Well Leave it There So Sexton on track for France Dan Carter

first_img Home Source: James Crombie/INPHO By The42 Team Gary Neville stays true to his promise by appearing on Arsenal Fan TVUnder pressure Ger Cunningham makes two changes for trip to Cork Feb 17th 2017, 8:01 PM Champions UCD survive UL test to reach Sigerson finalThe first Kerry v Dublin clash of the year is already a sell-out Arsene Wenger says he’ll manage next season – ‘No matter what happens’Ex-Ireland boss Trapattoni aiming to make international football return https://the42.ie/3246284 The Best Thing We SharedAn oldie but a goldie from Brian O’Driscoll. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email 13,602 Views center_img Les Kiss makes eight changes for Ulster’s Pro12 clash with GlasgowIreland are ‘quietly confident’ over Rob Kearney as Jonny Sexton hits his markersFormer Shamrock Rovers striker Tomas Stewart returns from Canada to join DundalkTom Parsons is ruled out of Mayo’s Roscommon clash after his suspension appeal is turned downSt Mary’s reach first Sigerson Cup final in 24 years Follow us: read more

Its All Greek To Me

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Australian pastry chef George Diakomichalis, who heads the multi-award winning business Kalymnos Pastries in Adelaide, has landed his very own television series titled It’s All Greek To Me. Interspersed with feature stories on how migrants have managed to keep their traditions alive while living as proud Australians, the fourth generation Greek from Kalymnos has already filmed a series of episodes in which he cooks with prominent and successful Greek family individuals who migrated to Australia. “To me, this series is the perfect opportunity to show everyone what Greek cooking, tradition and culture is all about; through each episode my aim is to keep traditional Greek recipes alive and, most importantly, inspire future generations to follow in their ancestors’ footsteps and start spreading the love about Greek traditions, Greek heritage and of course, Greek cooking,” George tells Neos Kosmos. “My ultimate wish is for younger generations to develop respect towards those generations of migrants who, through traumatic past experiences, managed to build a better future for their families on the other side of the world,” says Diakomichalis, who learnt the art of cooking back in 1995 under the guidance of his grandfather and two uncles in his family’s patisserie on his parent’s island of Kalymnos; an island which he often visits when hosting hospitality tours for fellow Australians. “Cooking is my passion and this is my life and what I really love doing,” says George, who has also been conducting cooking classes at the KP premises for the past six years and hosting annual food demonstrations at numerous festivals throughout Australia and overseas. In addition to all this, the former banker now heads a Greek buffet in one of Malaysia’s five-star hotels.In the initial episode of the eight-part season, which is scheduled to air every Saturday at 4.30 pm on local SA television station Channel 7, Diakomichalis reflects on the migration story of his own family in which he presents his parents, Nick and Popi, cooks traditional dishes and speaks about their favourite home island, Kalymnos. The It’s all Greek To Me episodes were filmed in collaboration with local production company TAV Productions and Channel 7 Adelaide and are also progressively made available online at www.au.tv.yahoo.com/plus7/its-all-greek-to-me/last_img read more

Bobby Roode states WWE is looking to build a larger Performance Center

first_imgFacebook Twitter WWE star Bobby Roode was making the media rounds today to promote Monday Night RAW in Little Rock, Arkansas. During an interview with KARK-TV, Roode states that from what he hears, the WWE is looking to build a bigger Performance Center in the future.The current WWE Performance Center was opened in July 2013 in Orlando and has been the home of all NXT trainees since. Our very own Editor-in-Chief, Adam Martin, toured the WWE Performance Center back in December of 2014.Roode didn’t offer any specifics, such as where the new Performance Center would be, or what would become of the existing center. The WWE has not made a public comment on Roode’s statement. The WWE recently launched a new Performance Center recruiting website. No word on if Roode’s comments are connected to that or if it’s just discussion among the talent at this point regarding a planned expansion. WhatsApp Pinterest Google+center_img WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Joseph Price RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte last_img read more

Government to set up limited number of liquor shops from Oct

first_imgGuntur: The state government itself will open liquor outlets at selected places in the state under the new excise policy, which will come into force in October. Sources in the excise department revealed that the policy is aimed at putting an end to belt shops and reduce sale and consumption of liquor as part of government’s goal to bring prohibition in a phased manner. Also Read – Telugu Day fete held at DPS Advertise With Us In setting up liquor shops on its own, the state government is following the example of neighbouring states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Excise department sources said after studying excise policies of the Tamil Nadu and Kerala, the YSRCP government has decided to implement similar system in the state to check belt shops and loose sale of liquor. Also Read – Second batch of banking course begins Advertise With Us Currently, there are 4,400 liquor shops and 800 bars are operating in the state providing direct revenue of Rs 16,000 crore per year, including GST. But their licences will lapse by September end. The number of liquor shops proposed to be set up by the excise department will be less in number compared to the existing shops. So far, private persons are setting up liquor shops at busy centres and paying Rs 50,000 per month to make a fast buck. But the government will pay a reasonable rent to the premises where it is going to set up outlet. Advertise With Us Likewise, instead of setting up wine shops in busy or residential areas, near schools, colleges and temples like private shops, the government shops will come up in isolated places, according to sources. Meanwhile, the government is continuing its drive to close down belt shops in the state. The task force set up by the excise department is conducting raids and shutting the illegal outlets. To blunt the money or other influences of local traders, leaders and lobbies, excise personnel of one revenue division are conducting raids in another division to close belt shops.last_img read more

Despacito Sets YouTube Record as First Video to 5 Billion Views

first_imgUntil last year, the most-viewed YouTube video had been South Korea’s Psy for “Gangnam Style.” Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” featuring Charlie Puth topped “Gangnam Style” in July 2017 — before “Despacito” took the crown the following month.Fonsi, in a recent interview with Variety, explained that he awoke one morning in 2015 with the song stuck in his head. “I was home with my family and I woke up one morning with this idea,” the Puerto Rican pop star said. “I grabbed my guitar and ran into the studio. I had a clear picture of how I heard it in my head and I jotted down as much as I could.”Adding Daddy Yankee to the track “made the song explode,” according to Fonsi, while the subsequent remix featuring Bieber helped it reach an even wider audience.Fonsi shares “Despacito” writing credits with Erika Ender, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber along with co-producers Andres Torres and Mauricio Rengifo. It has won several awards, including song of the year and record of the year at the 2017 Latin Grammy Awards.Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly cited a fan-made video for the “Despacito” remix featuring Justin Bieber. The official audio version of that remix on Fonsi’s YouTube channel has 617 million views to date.POPULAR VIDEO ON VARIETY Luis Fonsi’s global hit “Despacito” has broken a new digital record.The official video of the catchy Spanish-language track, featuring Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee, on Wednesday surpassed 5 billion views on YouTube — becoming the first video in the platform’s history to hit that watermark.Note that it’s not the version of “Despacito” with Justin Bieber; the official audio version of that remix on YouTube sits at 617 million views since its April 2017 release. The song, whose title means “slowly” in English, is basically an ode to the pleasures of protracted lovemaking.“Despacito” claimed the title as most-viewed YouTube video of all-time last August, and was No. 1 on YouTube’s ranking of music videos for 2017. The music video, published to YouTube on Jan 12, 2017, by Universal Music Latino, was directed by Carlos Perez and shot in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in December 2016. ×Jumanji v. Rampage: The Rock ChoosesVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next Up’It: Chapter Two’ Director Andy Muschietti Explains the Meaning Behind Pennywise09:50 facebook twitter reddit Email Linkhttps://variety.com/2018/digital/news/despacito-youtube-record-5-billion-views-1202744690/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedAuto 406p720p406p270p180pLive00:0000:2500:24More Videos09:50’It: Chapter Two’ Director Andy Muschietti Explains the Meaning Behind Pennywise04:15Meet Zach Barack, Marvel Studios’ First Trans Actor02:15Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney Princesses05:35The Best of Star Wars at D2302:24’Joker’ Trailer01:39Mark Cousins’ ‘Women Make Film’ TrailerCloselast_img read more

US military preparing to accept transgender troops after court ruling on Trump

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) But Kollar-Kotelly ruled that a lawsuit brought against the proposed ban by five active soldiers with more than 60 combined years of service was likely to win.In a separate legal battle District Judge Marvin J. Garbis went further, enabling trans troops who have scheduled transition-related medical care to continue with their treatment with no deadline.The Maryland judge ruled that Trump’s potential prohibition was “egregiously offensive,” with no evidence to show it “was necessary for any legitimate national interest.”The case, brought by the ACLU of Maryland on behalf of six soldiers, led District Judge Garbis to state that Trump’s ban “was not driven by genuine concerns regarding military efficacy.”He added the proposal was a betrayal of trans troops who were already serving, and one which could not even “survive a rational review” in court.“The lack of any justification for the abrupt policy change,” he wrote, “combined with the discriminatory impact to a group of our military service members who have served our country capably and honorably, cannot possibly constitute a legitimate governmental interest.”He said that for Trump to remove constitutionally given freedoms from a group of individuals was “so outrageous” as to “shock the conscience.”Garbis tore into Trump’s inflammatory tweets specifically, writing that his sudden announcement “certainly can be considered shocking under the circumstances.”Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… However, the ban was quickly quashed by courts after a string of legal battles.Last month, a DC judge has ruled that transgender soldiers must be allowed to join the military from January 1, refusing to let the Trump administration continue pushing back a deadline for the admission of trans service personnel.Following the ruling, the Pentagon says it is now “taking steps” to comply, and is set to begin accepting trans troops in just 27 days.In a statement to the Washington Examiner, a Pentagon spokesperson confirmed: “While reviewing legal options with the Department of Justice, the Department of Defense is taking steps to be prepared to initiate accessions of transgender applicants for military service on January 1, 2018, per recent court orders.”It is unclear exactly how many trans people will be rushing to sign up, however, given the extremely uncertain situation and the live legal battles that could quickly end their careers.The deadline has come about due to an Obama-era directive to actively permit the enrolment of transgender people.The directive was set to come into effect earlier this year, but was delayed until 2018 as Trump announced the controversial ban on transgender troops.The Examiner adds that it is possible the Justice Department may seek an emergency stay to the court ruling, which would allow it to push back the deadline back even further.US District Judge Colleen  Kollar-Kotelly issued the order imposing the January 1 deadline.She wrote: “[Existing] policies allowed for the accession of transgender individuals into the military beginning on January 1, 2018.“Any action by any of the Defendants that changes this status quo is preliminarily enjoined.”Trump stirred anger by announcing in July that he would impose a ban on transgender soldiers serving openly in the military.He claimed in a string of tweets that the military “cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail”. The Pentagon is “taking steps” to accept transgender troops from January, amid legal battles over Trump’s touted ban.Donald Trump announced on Twitter earlier this year that all transgender servicepeople would be banned from the US armed forces, claiming they were a burden on the military.  45 senators urge block of Trump’s trans military banTrump sued twice in a day over trans military banFirst transgender recruit joins US military following Trump’s banPINK NEWS-last_img read more

CruiseOne adds Dream Vacations to travel franchise portfolio

first_imgCruiseOne®, the leading home-based travel franchise as part of World Travel Holdings, announced at its 2015 National Conference aboard the Norwegian Escape that it will be adding a new travel franchise brand — Dream Vacations.Starting immediately, existing franchisees can choose to either remain as CruiseOne or operate as Dream Vacations; however, the official launch will take place in the second quarter of 2016.The home-based travel franchise’s new image recognizes that all of its stakeholders —franchisees, cruise lines, tour operators, resorts and more — sell all types of vacation experiences.While cruise continues to be the company’s core business, land vacations are up double-digits year-over-year and this new brand reflects the evolution of the travel agent industry.“In 2011, we added the tagline ‘Dream Vacations Start Here’ to our company messaging to convey that our franchisees sell more than cruise vacations,” said Debbie Fiorino, senior vice president of CruiseOne.“Now, in 2015 as the industry continues to evolve, it is only natural for us to have a brand reflecting every vacation type our franchisees sell.”The U.S. Travel Association reports that in 2014 approximately 78 percent of domestic travel was for leisure purposes. Recognizing that many people do not cruise every year, Dream Vacations is also an investment in the growth of the franchisees’ land business.“Dream Vacations is a win-win for everybody,” added Fiorino. “Cruise lines will also benefit because we can further tap into the first-time cruiser market by cross-selling cruises to new customers who come to us by way of a villa or resort vacation.”Dream Vacations franchisees will have access to the same award-winning marketing, support and training benefits as CruiseOne franchisees.In conjunction with the launch in the second quarter of 2016, the marketing program will be revitalized and offer increased value to CruiseOne and Dream Vacations franchisees, as well as cruise lines.Each marketing piece will influence consumer behavior by having consistent messaging that shares the value proposition of a travel agent and that encourages engagement with the franchisee by driving traffic to each franchisee’s individual Dream Vacations website. Learn more about CruiseOneSource = CruiseOnelast_img read more

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first_img Related6 money saving tips for clubbing holidaysParty hard and make your holiday spends go further on your next getaway.How to have a family holiday for less than £500It’s not too late to book your August family holiday! We’ve found five holidays in Europe that will set you back less than £500 for flights and accommodation for a family of four, plus a few essentials for any family getaway; ice cream and beer. Check out these amazing value…Ryanair’s back to school flash saleRyanair have launched a Back to School flight sale, with 20% off over 2 million seats. Treat yourself after a long summer and grab a winter break in Ryanair’s sale before they all disappear! – Ends at midnight on Sunday 3rd September – Travel must be between November 1st -… 8. Always milk the freebiesSeriously, don’t feel bad for taking hands, especially when they’re there to be had. For example, many destinations around the world offer free walking tours in exchange for donations. The handy site Freetour has a directory of free tours held by locals around the world. They’re great for sampling places like the locals do, and finding things away from the tourist areas. Also, don’t forget to hammer any free Wi-Fi you find, scour your travel guide for deals, and keep your eye out for more freebies. Just remember, there’s no shame in it and absolutely no one will look at you funny, we promise. Speaking of free, the official Skyscanner app is a free and great way to quickly search for flights, accomodation and car hire around the world. Why not have a gander and see what’s on offer? 3. Eat and drink local to save moneyEating and drinking like a local isn’t just a great way to save money on scran, you’ll also be able to enjoy your destination the way it’s intended while trying new cuisine. If you need recommendations for where’s good, you can always ask hostel staff and check out reviews online. Digital diners might want to download foodie app Ekplate, which lets you search for nearby street food wherever you are. You can even check out reviews from other users. Who knows what mind-blowing street food or local institutions you might unearth? We’ve served up even more tasty, bite-sized (too many food puns sorry!) tips in our series The Local’s Food and Travel Guide. It’s full of recommendations on where to eat in some of the world’s most popular destinations. 6. Be a flexible travellerAs long as you don’t have your heart set on a dream holiday, you could try being super-flexible to find the cheapest flights and accommodation around. Sure you might be wanting a summer beach holiday in the blazing sun, but would a half price trip to somewhere colder like Reykjavik appeal if it was far cheaper? In some cases you can save even more by taking indirect flights with more stop overs, or by flying at less popular times of the day (which isn’t one for those who like a lie in, sorry!) We can help you with this one, because with our Month Search tool lets you find out precisely when in a month or year is cheapest to fly to your ideal location. Less faff, more savings for the win. 7. Try working while on holidayThe idea of working while on holiday might make some people be a little sick in their own mouths, but if you’re on a longer backpacking trip you might want to check out Skillstay, where locals offer free accommodation in exchange for your skills. It’s also worth checking out Workaway, which is a volunteering site full of social projects designed to help local communities. From teaching English to school kids in Thailand to helping out on a farm in Ireland, both sites are full of character-building opportunities abroad. If that doesn’t take your fancy, perhaps travel writing is your calling? Tempted by the backpacking lifestyle? Check out our guide to the 10 Best Backpacking Tips and Tricks to find out how you can get started. 10. Research as much as possibleThis may be a no-brainer at this point but seriously, if you do as much research as possible before your holiday, the less money you’ll spend. Between local listings and reviews by other holidaymakers, there are countless resources out there designed to help you have fun on any budget. That also goes for knowing when your destination’s peak time is. That’s typically when prices skyrocket and your wallet starts to shudder with fear. Sure, going to somewhere typically warm like Las Vegas in January might mean it’s colder, but you’ll also get less crowds and cheaper rates. Our Best Time to Book tool shows you the cheapest months to fly to a country, or give you an idea of how many weeks in advance you should book. Do your homework and you’ll have more cash to spend on fun while on holiday. 5. Cycling is cheaper than taxisRent a bike. No really, we know that many of you are going on holiday to relax and do as little exercise as humanly possible (and that’s perfectly fine of course). But if your bank balance is deflating as quickly as a burst paddling pool you could hire a bike to cut back even further, and you’ll get to tour some wonderful scenery. Better still, if you’d to quaff on some local culture, you could take a bike tour with other tourists. In fact, the rather handy site Cycle Tours Global has a directory of over 7,500 tours to help you work off all those pesky holiday calories before you head home.center_img 2. Hostels are cheaper (and cooler) than hotelsLet’s be brutally honest here, hostels aren’t the sole domain of smashed gap year students or people born after the internet became a thing. They’re clean, safe and friendly places for travellers of any age who are travelling on a budget. Better still, at some hostels you can even save money on food thanks to free breakfasts, while complimentary wi-fi and in-house bars trim back on your spending even further. For many of us, if you’re broke it shouldn’t matter where you stay, as long as you’ve got a comfy bed to sleep in. Still not convinced? Here’s our guide to 12 of the best hostels in Europe. Some of these places really need to be seen to be believed. 9. Pack smart to avoid baggage feesAsk yourself, ‘do I really need everything I’ve packed?’ If the answer is ‘no’ then you could try packing lighter to avoid fees for excess or extra baggage. It pays to research your airline’s rules on carry on bags, and take as much onto the flight as they allow. You could even try the new craze of wearable luggage to make things easier. We’ve even made an entire guide to wearable luggage for you to check out. No really, this is a thing that people are doing and it works, honest! 1. 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Alec Baldwin set for court date in parkingspot as

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