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I Didnt Choose to Be a Photographer Photography Chose Me Omar

Rabat – With almost a decade of experience, Omar Chennafi has become one of Morocco’s most well-known and loved professional photographers.Morocco World News sat down with Chennafi during the Fez Festival of Sacred Music to chat about the city of Fez, what photography means to him, and how he hopes to influence future generations with his mission and artistic work.As is the case with most artists, Chennafi attributes his talent to something beyond his control. “I didn’t choose to be a photographer, photography chose me. It’s like your name. You don’t choose your name, it just happens.” Chennafi fell in love with photography five years after being introduced to the art form, and has been actively photographing the world around him ever since. His photography has been featured in Time Magazine, The Huffington Post, and other publications worldwide. But for this young photographer, photography is about much more than making money or even taking pictures.Photo By Omar Chennafi“Photography is not about how to hold or use a camera. Knowing how to use it is a wonderful thing, and really helps me understand photography as a way of telling a story and sharing it with others. But photography is really all about observing,” says Chennafi about what it takes to be a photographer. “It’s not about how to watch but how to observe. We forget about observation, that’s the problem. We watch so many thousands of images a day, but do we really observe something?”When asked about photography in terms of art, Chennafi spoke of the complexities of photography. “Photography transmits a sensation,” Chennafi says. The key to creating an artistic photograph is to “photograph something real. Photograph a place, but capture its sound and action—this is art because we touch people’s emotions.”“You must use your sensitivity as a photographer to transmit that sensation— that place, to other people, like they are there with you. This is a very important part of photography as an art platform,” he adds.Photo By Omar ChennafiThere is an age-old discussion about how to define art and what exactly the criteria needed to label someone as an artist is. Chennafi falls into the category of  “artist” among the Moroccan public, especially in Fez. But he is a multi-faceted individual with multiple roles in the community, including that of a leader and an educator. For the past four years, Chennafi has served as the head of a photography club in Fez sponsored by the American Language Center, hosting 30 to 40 members, many of which have their own photography career now and are avid travelers and explorers, according to Chennafi. He works with these photographers to polish their skill, although his “teaching” policy differs slightly from the norm.“I always tell the members of the photography club that we are here not to teach you but to introduce you to photography. You can just watch YouTube videos and you can be a professional photographer. You can be more of a technical genius than I, but I can’t teach you how to observe,” Omar Said.Photo By Omar ChennafiIn addition to reminding his own students about the importance of observation, Chennafi has bigger goals in mind for the future. “The goal of my long term project is to create the House of Photography, where people can come talk about photography, maybe exhibit their work and have a workshop about photography with coffee, for people that are interested in photography. I also want to introduce Morocco as a whole to photography. Because as the saying goes, one photograph is worth one thousand words.”Chennafi’s “dream project” is to create something like the Museum of Photography that exists in Marrakech, but in his hometown of Fez.Although Fez is not as big of a tourism hub as Marrakech, it has a lot of potential, says Chennafi. Fez is the cultural capital of Morocco, and thus holds remnants of the kingdom’s rich history. “Fez has preserved the authentic time, the authentic sensation; it feels like a medieval city.”Photo By Omar ChennafiOmar Chennafi has made the city and its people the main subject of his photography for much of his career. “I exhibit my work in a couple of countries all around, it is such a wonderful honor because I’m doing this just to promote Fez. Fez is like my mother, I try to hold her hands and talk to her through photography. It sounds romantic but it’s just the way I see my work.”Chennafi is involved in multiple photography projects to promote Fez, such as the Fez Festival for World Sacred Music, in which he served as one of the official photographers this year. “We’re thinking about publishing a book about Fez and doing a photo festival about Fez called Fez the Sacred. It is going to happen!” says Chennafi.For Omar, Fez is a holy place, and it is sacred because of its rich history and culture. “For me, sacred is the universe sharing something, because the entire universe is sacred. Photography is a very universal language that everyone understands. Something sacred is created out of the harmony between two things: the people and the place.”Photo By Omar ChennafiPhoto By Omar Chennafi© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

UN expert marks first anniversary of landmark declaration on indigenous peoples

Earlier this week, James Anaya, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous peoples, presented his first annual report to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council.In it, he details the different measures that countries, international organizations, indigenous peoples themselves and others can take to ensure that the Declaration and other human rights instruments are effectively implemented.Characterizing the Declaration as a “remedial instrument,” Mr. Anaya told the Council that it “takes basic human rights principles that are applicable to all and elaborates upon them in the specific historic, cultural, political and social context of indigenous peoples.”The document seeks to overcome the marginalization and discrimination that indigenous people have faced due to “historical processes of colonization, conquest and dispossession,” he noted.The expert also cautioned that such legacies persist, and urged States and the international community to take steps to ensure the 350 million indigenous peoples in more than 70 nations are guaranteed the rights enshrined in the Declaration and other pacts.In honour of the anniversary, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will hold its first-ever meeting of representatives of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and of the UN Inter-Agency Support Group on Indigenous Peoples’ Issues from 15-17 September in Paris. 13 September 2008A United Nations independent expert today commemorated the first anniversary of the General Assembly’s adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, calling on States to renew their commitment to the historic document. read more

CB says IMF funds will boost reserves

The Executive Board of the IMF met in Washington on Monday and completed the seventh review of Sri Lanka’s economic performance under a program supported by a Stand-By Arrangement (SBA). The completion of the review enables the immediate disbursement of about US$ 426.8 million, bringing total disbursements under the arrangement to an amount equivalent to about US$ 2.13 billion, the IMF said in a statement.The Central Bank said that its gross official reserves now stand at US dollars 6.1 billion, which is equivalent to 3.6 months of imports. However the Central Bank said in a statement early Tuesday that with the IMF approving the loan the disbursement as well as other inflows on account of workers’ remittances, inflows to the government to finance various infrastructure development projects and inflows to the private sector have helped raise the country’s foreign reserves to a comfortable level. The Sri Lankan Central Bank said that the announcement by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that it had approved a US dollar 427 million loan will help boost the country’s foreign reserves.Sri Lanka’s foreign reserves had in recent times seen a drastic drop resulting in the bank allowing the Sri Lankan Rupee to depreciate as against the U.S dollar to record low levels. With the receipt of the eighth tranche from the IMF, the total outstanding value will exceed 300% of Sri Lanka’s current quota, thus requiring the payment of an interest surcharge of 2.0% on top of the current interest rate for the portion exceeding the 300% of the quota.Despite the relatively higher interest rate, Sri Lanka considered opting for the IMF tranche favourably in view of the current uncertain global environment, the Central Bank said. read more

UN launches 103million relief appeal for Indonesian quake victims

“Local health facilities continue to be overwhelmed, especially as the population has no homes to which to return,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in announcing the Earthquake Response Plan (ERP).A dozen UN agencies responsible for areas ranging from health, food and children to development, labour and cultural affairs, are participating with non-government organization (NGO) partners in the relief effort. The Plan also recognizes the need for early recovery efforts beyond emergency relief.Measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale, the 27 May quake caused the heaviest damage in the Klaten and Bantul region of central Java, killing up to 6,200 fatalities people, according to Government sources. At least 200,000 people have been displaced and more than 50,000 patients have been treated in 31 local hospitals, field hospitals, health centres and mobile clinics.Nearly 140,000 homes, 269 schools, 302 Government buildings, 284 religious buildings and 50 kilometres of roads and bridges were destroyed or damaged. A large portion of the 6 million people living in the affected districts were directly affected by the quake, particularly in light of damage to infrastructure and services such as water treatment plants, sewage systems and medical facilities. The plan, which was jointly prepared by UN agencies, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and NGOs, is based on preliminary assessments and is expected to be revised based on in-depth needs assessments, especially in the early recovery areas, in about three to six weeks. read more

Mali UN alarmed at release of human rights abusers warns de facto

Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), said: “We understand that a number of those released on 16 July 2015 were implicated in such crimes and are concerned that further releases may be imminent.” Any measure that would, de facto, amount to amnesty would be contrary to international law, and in violation of the commitment by the parties to the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement.“We emphasize the critical importance of the fight against impunity and the need to investigate and prosecute all gross violations of human rights, to ensure accountability,” she underscored. Amnesties that prevent the prosecution of individuals who may be legally responsible for war crimes, crimes against humanity and gross violations of human rights are inconsistent with States’ obligations under various sources of international law. “We urge the Government to ensure that any releases made in the context of confidence-building measures are in full conformity with international law, and to take all measures to ensure the investigation and prosecution of all serious crimes under international law,” the spokesperson continued. “The judicial authorities in Mali should pursue the investigation and prosecution of all alleged perpetrators of war crimes, genocide, crimes against humanity and other gross violations of human rights, and ensure that the rights of victims to an effective remedy are promoted and protected.”OHCHR also condemned the atrocious attacks on civilians in the Byblos hotel in Sevaré in Central Mali between Friday and Saturday last week. “Such attacks, which appear designed to provoke a state of terror and intimidate, are in violation of national and international law. We call on the international community and neighbouring states to give all possible assistance to Mali in its ongoing efforts to restore peace, security and the full respect for human rights,” Ms. Shamdasani concluded. read more

Valero Rivera Saric was a key for success

Qatari head-coach Valero Rivera was happy after the starting success over Brazil 28:23 at Qatar 2015:– The first match at a championship is always difficult. We won mainly due to our defence and to Danijel Saric in our goal. Furthermore, Eldar Memisevic was particularly important to us in the phase of the second half, when Brazil came close.”, said the world champion with Spain two years ago. ← Previous Story Qatar win opener at Lusail Next Story → QATAR 2015 (Day 2): Argentina upset Denmark read more

Greeces privatisation agency greenlights €100m investment in Corfu

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram After four years of talks and negociations, Greece agreed to the lease of a coveted piece of land to international investment fund NCH Capital. The lease will bring 23 million euros ($33.m) to the debt-ridden country that is relying on foreign investments for its financial recovery. Based in New York, NCH Capital manages about $3 billion of funds and has extensive experience in international investments across Europe. It is planning to spend about 100 million euros (more than the initial estimate) to build a luxury seaside holiday resort in Kassiopi, a popular tourist destination, attracting many British, German and Russian visitors each year. Apart from the 23 million that, the Investors will also pay an additional 2.3 million, provided it will achieve certain targets. The group managed to seal the deal, promising to built a facility that will showcase the natural beauty of the coveted area, and that will use the principles of sustainability and eco-friendly growth. Moreover, the Investors are eager to work with Greek professionals to bring this project to life. Privatisations have been a key condition of Greece’s three international bailouts since 2010, but the scheme has so far failed to show any results, bringing in about 3.4 billion euros in revenue, far less than the estimated 50 billion euros that the privatisation plan was aiming for. The Kassiopi project is also set to create more employment opportunities in the region, resuscitating the local economy. last_img read more

This Portable Keyboard Crumples Into a PocketSized Ball

first_imgStay on target Geek Pick: Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB Is a Split Mechanical Gaming KeyboardIKEA’s New Gaming Gear Is Built For Your Body Life—and work—would be a lot easier if I could fold up my laptop, mouse, and keyboard to fit in my pocket.Alas, cramming all those electronics into female-sized jean compartments (why do men always have bigger pockets?) is just not feasible.At least, not entirely.Researchers in Korea developed an inexpensive keyboard so tough, so flexible, and so thin that it can be crumpled up and tucked into a pocket without damage.Of course, someone already thought to make a bendable, portable keyboard. But of the merchandise available today, most have limited elastibility and are still quite bulky, even once rolled up.A team of scientists, led by Kee-Sun Sohn, Ji Sik Kim, and Keemin Sohn, wanted to create something that can withstand the rigors of everyday life, and still let you email your boss and update social media with ease.As described by a paper published in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, the group based their device on a sheet of soft Ecoflex silicone rubber, embedded with conductive carbon nanotubes.Those tubes respond to the push of a finger by changing electrical resistance, according to the American Chemical Society (ACS), which reported on the study.In an effort to avoid added volume, researchers drew squares representing letter and number keys directly onto the sheet’s surface. They then trained a neural network to identify the intended character based on location and pressure of the user’s touch.“They state that their simple keyboard worked perfectly and outperformed all existing portable keypads in terms of functionality, flexibility, disposability, and cost,” ACS said.Each keyboard would cost only $1—”cheap enough that it could be tossed out and replaced if it stopped working,” the organization said.Not exactly inspiring. But I suppose such a low price point would mean less anxiety over damage (which, as most of my electronic devices prove, is a very real hazard for me).Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

The Cinematic Sex of Marvels Netflix Universe

first_imgStay on target Sex! Now that I have your attention, while the Netflix side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is still technically a part of the same beloved continuity, it has a lot of differences. Instead of global Avengers like Iron Man and Captain America and Thor and Hulk, it has street level New York City heroes like Daredevil and Jessica Jones and Luke Cage and Iron Fist, who recently teamed up in The Defenders. And that seedy corner of the universe also features the latest incarnation of The Punisher, who’s about to get his own guntastic vigilante spin-off show.The Netflix shows also don’t have nearly as much money as their big-budget movie counterparts. That’s why they tend to focus on underlit hallway hand-to-hand fight scenes spread out over 13 streaming hours instead of a few glorious minutes of CGI spectacle in the theater. However, these smaller stakes allow the shows to take risks with edgier material. The episodes are full of gore Disney would never let these superheroes get away with on the big screen. Heads and limbs get cut off. Folks get shot to death. Rosario Dawson’s whole Night Nurse character basically exists to mop up all that blood left behind by gangsters and ninjas.But more importantly, the Netflix shows are full of characters, including and especially the superheroes, having lots and lots of sex! Sex! That thing many actual adult human beings with biological urges love to do! Not just flirting and kissing but explicit love-making. Unfortunately, that has now all come to an end with the recent third season of Jessica Jones, not only the final season of that show but the final season for all of the Disney Netflix shows. And while we would love to be proven wrong, we don’t think that the MCU shows on the upcoming Disney+ streaming TV service are going to be nearly as horny despite spicy pairings like Wanda & Vision or Falcon & Winter Soldier.So for the sake of pop culture history, here’s a handy guide to who’s doing who in the Marvel Netflix universe. Spoiler warning! Sex! Sex! Sex!View as: One Page Slides1/171. Punisher & Mrs. Punisher: Frank Castle’s entire murderous vigilante urban rampage is driven by the death of a woman he loved so much he made babies with her. The Punisher’s solo Netflix series should show us even more of their love.2. Daredevil & Elektra: The intense, dangerous, tragic, on-and-off-and-dead-and-not again relationship between guilty catholic boy Matt Murdock and murderous Greek temptress ninja Elektra Natchios passionately powers much of the drama in both the second half of Daredevil season two and basically all of The Defenders.3. Daredevil & Karen Page: The Matt and Karen relationship is the light, peaceful, healthy, but somewhat boring counterpart to the troubled and violent but fun Daredevil and Elektra fling, However, grappling with the tension of those two sides is appropriate for Daredevil as a character thematically. Plus Karen shot a guy to death so she can probably party.4. Luke Cage’s Dad and Diamondback’s Mom: Although on the surface they’re fighting about crime in Harlem or whatever, the real conflict between Luke Cage and Willis “Diamondback” Stryker comes from the drama caused by their shared dad, who had an affair with Stryker’s mother before fathering Luke with his wife. Here’s hoping ladies’ man Cage avoids this trap.5. Hellcat & Nuke: Trish Walker is a former child star, current radio host, and Jessica Jones’s best friend. Will Simpson is a cop, victim of The Purple Man, and weird pill-popping army experiment. They’re both fine characters on the show, as is the plot fallout that comes from them hooking up, but comics fans are just waiting for them to embrace their identities as Hellcat and Nuke.Season two sees Trish nearly engaged to war journalist Griffin Sinclair, but ends up sleeping with Jessica’s assistant Malcolm after becoming addicted to Nuke’s performance-enhancing drugs. In season three, Trish sleeps with her trainer while exploring the limits of her new Hellcat powers. Malcolm, meanwhile, sleeps with just about everyone despite his desire to be noble. 6. Jeri Hogarth & Pam: Jessica Jones (the show, not the character) broke barriers in the MCU by gender-flipping lawyer side character Jeryn Hogarth into Jeri Hogarth, played by Carrie-Anne Moss, and had her married to another woman. Unfortunately, like many powerful people, Hogarth believes she can cheat on her wife with hot young thing Pam and not pay the consequences. She does.In season two, newly single Jeri distracts herself from her disease and lawsuits with hookers and Inez Green, a former IGH nurse Jessica asks her to shelter. And Jeri’s whole plot line in season three revolves around her destroying the life of former flame Kith Lyonne because of how horny she is.7. Iron Fist & Colleen Wing: Danny Rand grew up a dedicated monk in K’un-Lun, so by the time he returned to New York as an adult with the fiery power of the Iron Fist, he had never had a chance to do it. That all changed once he met and fell in love with fellow martial artist Colleen Wing, although it did make Colleen’s secret Hand loyalty a little awkward.8. Alisa Jones and Karl Malus: The big new twist in Jessica Jones season two is that the superpowered killer connected to IGH, the shadowy group behind Jessica’s own powers, is none other than her own mother. While Jessica is shocked that her mom is alive, we were more shocked to see her mom get it on with Karl Malus, the scientist who revived her and a pretty cool hippy stepdad.9. Jessica Jones & Luke Cage: Luke Cage will get his due later on in this list but he first appears in the MCU as a sexual conquest of vulgar, hard-drinking, superhero investigator Jessica Jones. Not only is it good to see Jones begin to reclaim her power and agency after her trauma with The Purple Man, but seeing these two test their super strength against each other as foreplay is Hell’s Kitchen hot.In season two Jessica moves on and hooks up with her new super Oscar Arocho. We also learn about her previous tragic romance with barkeeper Stirling. Plus she bangs a stranger in a bathroom. In season three Oscar moves on to a more stable relationship, leaving Jessica room to hook up with Erik, a fellow superhero with the power to sense evil.10. Kingpin & Vanessa: The true star of Daredevil season one, Wilson Fisk is this incredible giant baby egg man of a character. But the perhaps the most endearing of his weird stunted tics is his bashful courtship of beautiful low-key sociopath art dealer Vanessa.11. Lei Kung: Just because Iron Fist wasn’t having any sex doesn’t mean his K’un-Lun master Lei Kung didn’t. Along with being Danny Rand’s father figure, he’s the actual father to Danny’s former best friend, rival, and fellow fantastic fighter Davos. 12. Luke Cage & Misty Knight: The moment Luke Cage moves to Harlem for his solo series it seems like the first thing he does is get down with Misty Knight, at this point just a random woman at a nightclub. But maybe it’s for the best that this tryst is conveniently forgotten once Luke and Misty’s statuses as vigilante and cop, respectively, are revealed.13. Luke Cage & Claire Temple: Like a true Blaxploitation hero: Luke Cage has so much sex he has his own euphemism for it, “Getting coffee.” Claire Temple may be a supporting character across the whole Netflix Marvel universe, stitching up bloody heroes after the fact, but these days she’s Luke Cage’s lover above all else.14. Foggy Nelson & Marci Stahl: Foggy Nelson may be Daredevil’s lame legal sidekick, but he still gets laid, and he is not afraid to tell you about it.15. Mariah Dillard & Shades: After the demise of Diamondback and her cousin Cottonmouth, Mariah Dillard is the de facto crime queen of Harlem. And as the last henchman standing, Shades is her number two. So it’s only natural they hook up.16. Comanche & Shades: Luke Cage season two adds a tragic new former relationship by revealing Luke’s prison inmate rivals and soldiers for gangster godmother Mariah Dillard used to be romantically involved. It’s like a little remake of Moonlight with more guns and superheroes.17. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Tom Holland Responds to Disney-Sony Spider-Man Feud‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… last_img read more

Highway money uncertain for CRC

first_imgAs Washington and Oregon search for money for the Columbia River Crossing, lawmakers in both states are working with a specific target in mind: $450 million.But a still-shaky component of the CRC’s $3.5 billion finance plan could leave the two states on the hook for more than that if federal money and toll revenues don’t pan out as planned. One big question mark is $400 million in “discretionary” highway money the proposed Interstate 5 Bridge replacement is banking on from the feds.The CRC has identified a Projects of National and Regional Significance grant as a possible source for that money. But the program has only $500 million authorized for this year — for the entire country — and nothing firmly locked in beyond that, according to federal highway officials.Another option, the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant program, remains in limbo without solid funding from Congress even this year, a spokesman said. And past TIGER projects have snagged no more than $47 million in the last three years.The entire CRC finance plan goes like this: $400 million in federal highway money, $450 each from Washington and Oregon, up to $1.3 billion in tolls, and an $850 million federal grant for light rail. In addition to replacing the I-5 Bridge, the project would rebuild five miles of freeway and extend light rail into Vancouver.last_img read more

Pig Personalities All Come Down To Science

first_img Do you know anyone who always seems to see the glass half empty or half full? Then you know pessimists and optimists. It makes sense because you interact with humans. But did you know that pigs are capable of being either optimists or pessimists as well?A new study, with the results published in the journal Biology Letters, notes that humans definitely aren’t the only species to demonstrate these kinds of complex personality traits.“This finding demonstrates that humans are not unique in combining longer-term personality biases with shorter-term mood biases in judging stimuli,” says the study, explaining that pessimism and optimism stem from the way humans process information depending on their mood. For instance, if we’re feeling negative already, we’ll see situations in a much more negative manner than we would if we were in a good mood. The scientific term is “cognitive bias,” and it happens in animals a lot more often than we previously thought.AdChoices广告In the study, researchers probed 36 domestic pigs by studying how they behaved in an area with an unknown object. Tests were available to confirm how the pigs acted when it came to proactive and reactive behavior. In humans, proactivity is often linked to extraversion, whereas reactivity is linked to neuroticism. I can tell you a thing or two about neuroticism, for sure.The pigs’ cognitive bias was also tested, as the scientists tried to get them to recognize that one bowl in their pen had chocolates and the other coffee beans, both coated in sugar so the pigs couldn’t tell until reaching the bowls. The bowls’ locations were changed over and over to continue testing the animals. Before the tests, however, the pigs were divided into roomier and more comfortable areas and less comfortable areas to keep them in a more pliable mood to test the effects of pessimism and optimism.The pigs with proactive personalities often checked out the middle bowl even if they were in the “economy” lodging beforehand. The pigs with reactive personalities were optimistic about finding chocolate if they had been staying in the more comfortable area, thus putting them in a good mood, prior.“These results suggest that judgment in non-human animals is similar to humans, incorporating aspects of stable personality traits and more transient mood states,” the authors of the study wrote.It’s an interesting experiment, to say the least, and shines some light onto why animals may behave the way they do. One thing’s for sure: It seems we may have a lot more in common than we previously thought. Can You Shoot 30-50 Feral Hogs in This Browser Game?Kama3, Hawaii’s Famous Surfing Pig, Reportedly Killed By Hunters Stay on targetlast_img read more

Stephen King Defends Game of Thrones Season 8 Amid Outraged Fans

first_img ‘Game of Thrones’ Director Explains Why Arya Ambushed the Night King’Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Predicts Sansa Stark’s Future Stay on target Some Game of Thrones fans are really pissed off about the show’s final season and are demanding that HBO re-do it in a petition that has generated more than 700,000 signatures. Despite harsh feedback, some industry members, including author Stephen King, are defending the Game of Thrones showrunners and Daenerys Targaryen’s “mad queen” behavior in Season 8.On Thursday, King responded to outraged fans on Twitter, where he stood up for Game of Thrones‘ final season and why people might have a hard time embracing the show’s final moments. “I’ve loved the last season of GoT, including Dani going bugshit all over King’s Landing. There has been a lot of negativity about the windup, but I think it’s just because people don’t want ANY ending,” King wrote on Twitter. “But you know what they say: All good things…”I’ve loved this last season of GoT, including Dani going bugshit all over King’s Landing. There’s been a lot of negativity about the windup, but I think it’s just because people don’t want ANY ending. But you know what they say: All good things…— Stephen King (@StephenKing) May 16, 2019Game of Thrones’ last season didn’t start off rocky, however, fans have not been content with the outcome of “The Bells,” (Season 8, Episode 5), which showed the Mother of Dragons killing innocent people and burning King’s Landing to the ground, despite a call for surrender.Petition to remake #GameOfThrones #GoT Season 8 has passed 1/2 million signatures and it hasn’t even been up a full week yet!Do you think @HBO @HBOPR will do anything?Sign here if you haven’t already – https://t.co/Bf2e7S9LJh pic.twitter.com/5f80uwnwHX— Scott R. Frost (@ScottRFrost) May 16, 2019This prompted an angry fan to start the Change.org petition earlier this week, which calls for remaking Game of Thrones Season 8 with “competent writers.” “David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have proven themselves to be woefully incompetent writers when they have no source material (i.e. the books) to fall back on. This series deserves a final season that makes sense,” said the petition. “Subvert my expectations and make it happen, HBO!”So far, the petition has generated 828,217 signatures, and HBO, nor the Game of Thrones showrunners have provided comment on it. Additionally, some Game of Thrones actors, such as Pilou Asbæk, have responded to fans’ outrage over Season 8, and they’re also siding with Benioff and Weiss for their character development and story telling.Game of Thrones has one more episode left, which will air on Sunday, May 19, at 9 p.m. EST on HBO.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>&nbsp;</p><p>More on Geek.com:Some ‘Game of Thrones’ Stars Might Not Be Happy With Season 8‘Game of Thrones’ Fans Urge HBO to Re-Do Season 8 in New Petition‘Game of Thrones’ Actor Pilou Asbæk Claps Back at Season 8 Criticslast_img read more

PIO visa Modi hopes for impetus to development

first_imgHe said the Home Ministry is working on the new programme that will merge PIO and Overseas Citizenship of India schemes and that instructions have been issued to Embassies and Consulates that apart from special circumstances, US nationals should get visas for 10 years.‘Am very glad to share that GoI (government of India) has moved swiftly on the announcements I had made on consular and visa issues during my USA visit,’ Modi tweeted.He noted that a gazette notification was issued on 30 September, two days after his announcement, which said that all PIO cards are valid for lifetime of cardholders. Earlier it was 15 years.‘The gazette notification on 30 September fulfils the announcement that all PIO cardholders will now enjoy a life- long visa to India,’ the Prime Minister said.The notification also says that PIO card holders would not have to report to police stations, even if their visit exceeds 180 days, he said in another tweet.‘Instructions have been issued to embassies and consulates that apart from special circumstances, USA nationals should get visas for 10 years,’ Modi added. Systems are in place to introduce visa on arrival for US tourists in October itself, a PMO statement said.‘Am sure these efforts will further strengthen our bond with the diaspora and give an impetus to our development journey,’ Modi said in one more tweet. He had made the announcements during an address in New York on 28 September.last_img read more

Dance and the elegance

first_imgIn her recent performance at Andhra Bhawan on February 23, Sharanya Chandran, brought together her life’s enriched learnings and experiences on to the stage. It brought together her instruction under none other than her distinguished mother Padmashri Geeta Chandran, but also her prestigious role of ‘Global Shaper’, an initiative of the World Economic Forum. The performance showcases the strength, vigour and grace of the Thanvjavoor style that she learnt from her Guru and Mother (Padmashri) Geeta Chandran. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Sharanya has been learning Bharatanatyam since age four. She presented her formal solo debut performance, the Arangetram at the age of 13.  Sharanya is the Vice President and a senior dancer and choreographer of the Natya Vriksha.She is empanelled with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) as a solo artiste and is nationally graded by Doordarshan, having performed in the presence of diverse audiences in India and overseas on several prestigious festivals and forums – both as a soloist and in group choreographies, as part of the Natya Vriksha Dance Company.  Most recently, Sharanya was part of the classical dance presentation hosted by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan in honour of visiting US President Barrack Obama.Her international performance includes Incredible India @ 60 festival at the Lincoln Centre in New York; the Thai Cultural Festival at the Thai Cultural Centre, Bangkok; to Celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Indian Republic under the auspices of the Indian High Commission at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London; the 8th World Hindi Conference in New York and solo dance recital at the Nehru Centre (London).last_img read more

BoC to contest competition watchdogs €18m fine

first_imgBank of Cyprus said it disagrees with the decision of the competition watchdog which fined the lender €18m on Monday citing abuse of dominant market position.“The Bank disagrees with the decision of the Commission and intends to legally appeal against this decision through all available court processes,” Bank of Cyprus said in an emailed statement on Wednesday adding that it “intends to reflect this fine appropriately in its financial results for the quarter ended 31 March 2017 and does not at this stage change its financial guidance”.On Monday, the Commission of the Protection of Competition fined Bank of Cyprus together with payment processing company JCC Payment Systems Ltd and seven other banks €31m collectively for colluding to squeeze FBME Card Services out of the market.The affected companies were given a 30-day deadline to comply with the ruling which is related to a 2010 complained filed by the subsidiary of FBME Bank (Cyprus) Ltd, which in the meantime had its licence revoked by the Central Bank of Cyprus.The other banks, all participants in the JCC consortium, are the defunct Laiki, which was then called Marfin Popular Bank Public Co Ltd, Hellenic Bank, USB Bank Plc, Alpha Bank Cyprus Ltd, Emporiki Bank Cyprus Ltd, National Bank of Greece (Cyprus) Ltd, and Societe Generale Cyprus Ltd.JCC violated competition rules when it set up with its shareholders a single system for domestic interchange fees, which restricted competition in the card-issuance as well as the card payment-acceptance markets in Cyprus, according to the competition watchdog’s ruling. Of the €18m Bank of Cyprus fine, €10.8m related to its denying permission – without adequate justification – to FBME Card Services to process American Express cards.Bank of Cyprus is scheduled to announce its first quarter earnings on May 30.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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