French Auction House Artcurial Comes to Marrakech Art Week

Rabat – French auction house Artcurial will hold the “Paris/Marrakech” auction week beginning December 30 in Marrakech as part of Marrakech Art Week. Africities 2018 elected Marrakech the African Culture Capital for 2020.Artcurial came for the first time to Marrakech in 2015. Since then, the French house’s numbers have been rising, thanks to a strong consumer base, according to Le Figaro. In December 2017, Artcurial raised a total of €3.5 million with 95 percent of the auctions coming from Morocco.Founded in 2002, Artcurial is a French leader in auctions, with a total sales volume of nearly €200 million in 2017. Artcurial has been focusing on Morocco, where it is the only French auction house.In 2011, the auction house hosted an exhibition in Marrakech on French Orientalist painter Jacques Majorelle, a French painter who was based in Marrakech, and his contemporaries. read more

SecretaryGeneral condemns new flareup of fighting in South Darfur

“Military action is not a viable solution to ending the conflict in Darfur and can only result in the unwarranted death and suffering of the civilian population of Sudan,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.According to that statement, Mr. Ban received reports of aerial bombings in different locations in South Darfur and the Government of Sudan yesterday confirmed that Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) aircraft bombed rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) positions in southern Darfur’s Muhajeria area on 13 January. “Such actions are in violation of both Security Council resolutions and relevant agreements,” the spokesperson affirmed, adding that the Secretary-General also received reports of clashes between the JEM and Sudan Liberation Army/ Minni Minawi (SLA/MM) in the Muhajeria area on 15 January. Condemning all those attacks, Mr. Ban called on all parties in Darfur to commit to an immediate and unconditional cessation of hostilities and to intensify efforts to come to a comprehensive political agreement with the assistance of the African Union-UN Joint Chief Mediator for Darfur, Djibril Bassolé.Fighting in Darfur erupted in 2003, pitting rebels against Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen and causing an estimated 300,000 deaths, while forcing some 2.7 million people to flee their homes. 15 January 2009United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned recent air and ground attacks involving national armed forces and rebel movements in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region, as he renewed his call for an unconditional cessation of hostilities and a political solution to the violence. read more

Scrappage boosts August registration volumes

The scrappage incentive scheme has boosted vehicle registrations for the third successive month in August, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). ·         102,071 vehicles have been registered under the scrappage scheme since its start·         Scrappage accounted for 25.1% of August new car registrations with 16,848 units “The scrappage scheme is proving hugely popular with motorists and has provided an important boost to the UK motor industry,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “The scheme is clearly delivering environmental and safety benefits, in addition to incremental business for UK manufacturing and much needed demand for retailers.” In August, generally a small volume month ahead of the new registration plate in September, one in four new cars bought were attributable to the scrappage incentive scheme. In the commercial vehicle sector, a total of 1,706 vans have been registered since its start and 247 in August, accounting for 3.3% of overall van registrations in August. A full table of provisional scrappage scheme registrations is attached to this press release. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Ohio State baseball stays hot defeats Akron Zips 94

Sophomore outfielder Ronnie Dawson (4) is welcomed in to home plate by junior infielder Troy Kuhn (5) and redshirt-junior infielder Nick Sergakis (21) before scoring an OSU run. The Buckeyes beat in-state opponent, Akron, 9-4, on March 25 at Bill Davis Stadium.Credit: Ethan Scheck / Lantern photographerFor Ohio State baseball coach Greg Beals, the 2015 season has been five years in the making. After being named the head coach in 2010, Beals said he dedicated the first five years of his career toward forming a balanced program.“It’s been five years of developing, it’s the idea of recruiting, the idea of talent and having a balanced baseball club,” Beals said.For the Buckeyes, the five-year plan has been a long process, but it all starts with recruiting, Beals added.“When you are developing your program you have 35 guys, and only 11.5 scholarships so you can’t just throw out a bunch of scholarships and build it in a year,” he said. “It takes some time to find that depth and find the right type of guys.”The Buckeyes showed the depth and balance of their team Wednesday night, beating the Akron Zips, 9-4, at Bill Davis Stadium.Akron started the game off strong by scoring the first two runs in the second inning before the Buckeyes tied the game at 2-2 going into the third.After two innings of three up, three down baseball, the Buckeyes took control of the game, scoring six runs in the fifth inning.“In the fifth inning, it’s a situation where we figured out their starter,” Beals said. “It was our third at-bat, the lineup had flipped and it was our third line through. That’s when we figured him out and were able to get some extra base hits.”After struggling with their bats in the first few innings, the Buckeyes showed their tenacity to get the win as sophomore outfielder Ronnie Dawson slammed a two-run homer. After struggling throughout the beginning of the season, Dawson said he feels that he’s gaining some of his confidence back.“I was struggling a little bit, but the coaches have faith in me and talk to me every day,” Dawson said.Dawson said the issue had come from his mentality, feeling like he wasn’t able to relax and be patient at the plate.“I just put a lot of pressure on myself. When I didn’t do so well, I got mad, but as I play more people are going to figure out who I am and how to pitch to me so I just have to patient,” Dawson said. “I’m just starting to relax again.”Along with Dawson, senior outfielder Pat Porter blasted a home run, maintaining his offensive leadership with one double and three RBIs.But the real standout for the night was junior Zach Ratcliff, who went 2-for-3 at the plate with one RBI, a run scored and a stolen base. The first baseman began the season starting for the Buckeyes, but struggled at the plate with a .185 batting average heading into Wednesday’s matchup.Wednesday was the day to test what Ratcliff could do when given an opportunity, Beals said.“I thought today was a good matchup for Zach to get in there and get his shot back and he took advantage of it,” Beals said. “I’m happy for him. He got the call tonight and answered the bell.”Ratcliff was humble to acknowledge his multiple double performance and grateful for the opportunity presented. But the junior said his mentality is to “just keep working.”Akron was consistent in the batters box, having seven of nine batters with at least one hit on OSU’s junior left-hander, John Havird. The Buckeyes’ starter tossed 84 pitches in 5.2 innings, with nine hits, only allowing one walk, four strikeouts and three earned runs, tallying his third win of the season.“The depth in our pitching staff is something we take pride in. We have multiple guys, we went two midweek games without any of our starting pitchers,” Beals said.The Buckeyes will look to maintain their consistency against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in Piscataway, N.J., on Friday at 3:05 p.m., Saturday at 1:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:05 p.m. read more

Norddeutsche affinerie hits out on energy costs

first_imgIn a hard hitting press release, Norddeutsche Affinerie says the dramatic rise in electricity prices compels it to reconsider the future viability of its energy-intensive production sectors. “The possibility of closing down particularly energy-intensive sectors, such as the secondary smelter (RWN) in Hamburg, until such time as the company’s own SF power plant is commissioned in 2009, is being considered in order to protect the company from considerable damage. Up to four hundred NA employees could be affected.” NA says the key to avoiding this is to be found in German energy policy and the four German energy suppliers. “The four energy suppliers operating in Germany use their market-dominant position to the detriment of the German base industry and the whole of German trade and industry. As a result, the electricity costs for NA as an energy-intensive company with a requirement of 650 million KWh/y have doubled over the past three years. If NA buys its electricity at the current price level on the Leipzig electricity exchange EEX, it would have to absorb an additional annual financial burden of millions of Euros.”NA says it does not “understand Vattenfall Europe’s comments that electricity could have been bought at a more favourable price at an earlier time. This statement can only come from someone who is aware in advance of constantly rising market prices and assumes that the market will not function anyway. Even at the time prices were at their lowest this year, the EEX price was far higher than the actual production costs with completely unjustified pricing of CO2 licenses which were allocated free of charge. The pricing of the CO2 licenses created a windfall profit for the four energy suppliers of €5.3 billion.” “In order that NA can in future maintain its competitiveness worldwide, and to secure the Hamburg operations long-term, we must save costs until such time as they are reduced by the power plant we are planning”, said NA’s Chief Executive Officer, Werner Marnette. “We are counting on the full support of the Hamburg Senate for the erection of the substitute fuel power plant, so that we should have no delay in realising this project which is crucial for NA.” The SF power plant which is planned for the long-term will make NA independent of the electricity price tariffs of the four energy suppliers. For NA, as Europe’s largest copper producer, it is the basis of the company’s long-term electricity supply at fair prices. “We are doing everything in our power to safeguard the jobs in the recycling sector in Hamburg. Due to the good economic situation, I am optimistic that redundancies can be avoided if the power plant is commissioned in good time”, said Marnette. “For German citizens and German trade and industry, I hope that the politicians will ensure that the suppliers’ market-dominant behaviour will be effectively countered. Because in Germany not only NA’s jobs are at risk, but more than 660,000 jobs in energy-intensive enterprises.last_img read more

Ruth Morrissey I want to move on and spend whatever time Ive

first_img By Michelle Hennessy Source: Michelle Hennessy/Twitter Ruth Morrissey said it’s unfortunate she had to be the one to go through a full court action after the Taoiseach said women affected by the CervicalCheck scandal would not have to. pic.twitter.com/oi6lTVt5yY— Michelle Hennessy (@michellehtweet) May 3, 2019 65,441 Views Share100 Tweet Email Updated May 3rd 2019, 12:49 PM THE HIGH COURT has delivered its ruling in the case taken by Limerick woman Ruth Morrissey and her husband Paul over the alleged misreading of her cervical smear tests and the failure to inform her about it.They are to be awarded €2.1 million in damages the court ruled this morning, in what’s seen as a test case in the wake of the CervicalCheck controversy. Ruth is to be awarded €757,000 and her husband is to be granted €1.4 million. Speaking to reporters outside the court in Dublin today, Morrissey said she now wants to “move on and spend whatever quality time I’ve left with my daughter”. She thanked the judge for his compassion and her family for all of the support she and Paul have received over the 37 days of the case. https://jrnl.ie/4618105 Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie Short URL May 3rd 2019, 10:43 AM 41 Comments Ruth Morrissey: ‘I want to move on and spend whatever time I’ve left with my daughter’ Morrissey and her husband Paul took the action against the HSE and two US laboratories. What can I say? I didn’t think I’d be in this position because our Taoiseach told us that none of us would have to go through this. But unfortunately I’m the one that had to so I hope that’s a positive thing for the women left, that they don’t have to do this and fight for what is their right to have a good life, what they’ve left.She thanked her husband, who she described as “my rock”.Morrissey also encouraged women to continue to go for smears. Though she said the system had failed her, she said the screening “does save many, many lives”. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Friday 3 May 2019, 12:49 PM Responding to the judgement today, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar welcomed the fact that the couple won their action. “I know a year ago I said I didn’t want any woman to have to go through court, I still don’t and I know the Irish public don’t want [that] either,” he said.And I genuinely believed at the time that it would be possible to settle all cases by mediation and negotiation. While many have been, we know now that’s not possible in all cases but we have found an alternative, an alternative to court, and that’s a tribunal.Varadkar said legislation for the establishment of the tribunal is now being prepared and this process will mean women who want to take a case will have an alternative. He said these cases will be heard in private and the system will help to fast track those cases. The couple took the action against the HSE and two US laboratories, Quest Diagnostics Ireland and MedLab Pathology Limited over cervical smears taken in 2009 and 2012.The court had heard the woman was not told until May 2018 that a review of her two smears in 2014 had found they were incorrectly reported. In February last year she was diagnosed with a recurrence of her cancer and was told she had at most two years to live. The labs had both denied liability.Pain and distressIn his judgement, Mr Justice Kevin Cross said that her life had been “ruined”.He found the laboratory where her 2009 slide was read were negligent and in breach of duty. In the case of the 2012 slide, he found this lab was not negligent in its failure to determine it contained abnormal cells as the sample was not adequate.However he found that the failure of this lab to test the slide for adequacy was negligent and in breach of duty. He said if this test had been done, it would have been reported as inadequate and Morrissey would have been called back to be retested within one and three months. MedLab Pathology welcomed the judgement that its lab was not negligent in its review and interpretation of the 2012 slide. It said it was “surprised and disappointed” with the finding there was insufficient cellular material on the slide to meet the minimum threshold of 5,000 cells. “This is contrary to findings of a retrospective detailed actual cell count where it was proven there was in excess of 35,000 cells present on the slide,” the firm said in a statement. “This is over seven times the required volume of cells to deem a cervical sample as adequate.”The company said it will now review the judgement in full with a view to appeal.This evidence about the 35,000 cells on the slide related to a computer analysis of the slide – for the lab’s legal defence – using what is known as the Qupad system.However the judge was told by a medical expert hired by Ruth and Paul Morrissey that this analysis was irrelevant as the slide should have been assessed using the method in accordance with what is known as the Bethedesda system. This is the system the labs are suppose to use for carrying out tests, under their contracts with the HSE.“Mrs Morrissey has suffered a life sentence, of which she is fully aware, which is expected to take effect within two years and for which there is no reasonable prospect of reprieve.”He said the 37-year-old woman has “suffered a catastrophic injury, no less than that of a tetraplegic or someone with brain damage”. He said there is a high probability she would have been successfully treated using the non-invasive LLETZ procedure and she never would have contracted cancer in 2014. “She would have been spared the pain and distress of what followed and in particular, the cancer would not as a matter or probability reoccurred.”He said she would not be left with the knowledge she had only at most two yeas to live, her careers would not have been interrupted, she would not have had to stop having intimate relations with her husband and she would likely have had another child. She would have been spared the prospect and knowledge that her daughter and her husband will have to go through life without her care and guidance and in particular she will not live to see her daughter make her way through life and probably start her own family and of most importance, her life would not have been so tragically cut off. The HSE admitted it owed a duty of care to Ruth Morrissey in relation to the disclosure of the audits of her smear tests after she was diagnosed with cancer. The judge said that apart from the non-disclosure of the audits, the immediate cause of damages was the acts of omissions of the two labs.He said the HSE is entitled under contract to indemnity against the laboratories for all matters other than its own liability relating to the audits and has been ordered to pay €10,000 of the damages.last_img read more

Please Stop Hurting This Robot And Let It Walk Through The Damn

first_imgStay on target Recently, robotics company Boston Dynamics posted a video online that went viral almost instantly. It depicted two robots, with one that desperately wanted to open a door, and another coming along to help open the door for the other. Folks called it “terrifying” and a display we should be afraid of since our robot overlords were learning to work together, but I found it deeply adorable, and an example of our robot friends just needing a little bit of help.Maybe that’s why I find this new video more than a little disturbing, because I tend to anthropomorphize robots and have feelings for them as if they were dogs or some other companion animal. I can’t help it, they’re cute. The yellow Spot Mini trying to open a door in the video is doing its best to get the door open and get through it, and a Boston Dynamics employee isn’t having it. It’s all part of robustness testing, which the title of the video obviously explains, but it certainly looks like the man is just trying to keep the poor robot from getting through the door, being unnecessarily mean.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>That’s not what it is, but I can’t help feeling a little sad. It’s all in a bid to make sure the robot can respond and behave appropriately in situations that call for it to make quick adjustments and judgments when either interrupted on purpose or by accident. For the robot to be able to do its job, it needs to be trusted and able to get back on track if necessary so it can fulfill its duties.But this video is just too much, especially when the man is kicking the robot and pulling it — it’s almost like watching graphic animal abuse, and I may be crazy, but I don’t ever want to treat a robot like this, even to test how robust it is. Just let it through the door. I welcome my robot overlords, to be honest. Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower last_img read more

Allu Arjuns ICON to have this Delhi beauty as the leading lady

first_imgAllu Arjun’s next movie IconTwitterActress Rasshi Khanna is currently busy shooting for Venky Mama and for this film, she pairs up with Naga Chaitanya, for the first time. Venky Mama also has Daggubati Venkatesh and Payal Rajput, and is directed by Bobby. Suresh Babu is producing this film under Suresh Productions.Raashi was recently seen in Ayogya, the Tamil remake of Telugu film Temper, and she has received applauds for her role in Imaikka Nodigal. In Telugu, she was last seen in Srinivasa Kalyanam, but this film failed to do well at the box office.As per the latest update, we have learnt that the actress has been roped in to play the leading lady in Allu Arjun’s next film which will be directed by Sriram Venu. Titled ICON Kanabdutaledhu, this film is said to be a love story with twists. “Raashi Khanna has been in talks with the producer Dil Raju. Srinivasa Kalyanam was also produced under the same banner and makers think that Raashi can do the role really well. The actress has been impressed with the script and said to have given her nod,” a source from the production house told International Business Times.This film will mark Raashi’s first ever collaboration with Allu Arjun.  TwitterSriram Venu directed Oh My Friend and Middle Class Abbayi and both the films have done really well at the box office. So with Allu Arjun teaming up with him, expectations on the film are high.On the work front, Allu Arjun has begun dubbing for Trivikram’s directorial and after wrapping up this film, he will begin shooting for Sukumar’s film. So ICON Kanabadutaledhu is expected to get launched and go on the floors next year only. An official confirmation from the producers of the film is awaited.last_img read more

Govt to bring 160m people under pension scheme Muhith

first_imgAbul Maal Abdul MuhithFinance minister AMA Muhith on Thursday said the government has taken an initiative to bring 160 million people of the country under the National Pension Scheme (NPS), reports UNB.Muhith also said the government will give an outline of the NPS in the next budget in line with its motto for welfare to each and every citizen of the country by providing financial support.”As per commitment, the government is working to ensure universal pension for all,” he said while speaking as the chief guest at the inauguration ceremony of the ‘Electronic Fund Transfer (ETF)’ for pensioners at his ministry office in the city.When asked about the details of the project, Muhith said that he will announce the outline of the system soon. “Though we are working on it, it will not be introduced immediately.”last_img read more

Youth killed in police gunfight

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA young man was killed in what the law enforcement called a gunfight in Wari area of the capital in the early hours of Friday.Police claimed that the young man, aged around 25 years, was a mugger.Wari police station sub-inspector (SI) Mizanur Rahman said the man was taking preparation for mugging in Joykali Mandir area near Homeopathy College when a team of police went there to conduct a raid.Sensing the presence of police, he opened fire at the law enforcement, prompting them to retaliate, triggering a gunfight, said the sub-inspector.According to the police, the man was brought to Dhaka Medical College Hospital after he sustained bullet injuries during the ‘gunfight’.Later, physicians declared him dead around 6:00am at the hospital, the SI added.Prothom Alo, however, could not verify the police’s version of the incident independently as no account of any witness or family member was available.The DMCH police outpost sub-inspector Bacchu Mia said the body is kept at the morgue of DMCH for an autopsy.last_img read more

Maritime ports asked to hoist signal 3

first_imgMaritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisted local cautionary signal no three following the low over Northwest Bay and adjoining areas that intensified into a well-marked low over the same area, reports UNB.It has intensified further and moved in a northwesterly direction slightly, according to a bulletin of the Met office issued on Saturday night.It is likely to move in a north-westerly direction further and cross West Bengal-Odissa coast by Saturday night.Under its influence steep pressure gradient persists over North Bay and adjoining coastal areas of Bangladesh.Squally weather is likely to affect the maritime ports, North Bay and adjoining coastal area of Bangladesh, it said.All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay have been advised to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution till further notice. They are also advised not to venture into the deep sea.last_img read more

Improve your English Pronunciation with ELSA Speak for Android

first_imgImprove your English Pronunciation with ELSA Speak for Android by Martin Brinkmann on August 11, 2017 in Google Android – Last Update: July 30, 2017 – 8 commentsELSA Speak: Reduce your accent is a free application for Android (and iOS) that assists you in improving your English pronunciation.ELSA, which stands for English Language Speech Assistant coaches non-native speakers in improving their (American) English.The app is free to try but limited. The first two lessons of each training group are free, the remaining ones are unlocked when you subscribe. A free 7-day trial is available that unlocks all lessons during that time period. Pro accounts are available for €31,99 yearly, €9,49 quarterly, or €4,19 monthly.The app to improve your English pronunciation comes with a test that you can take that analyzes your pronunciation and gives you a native speaker score based on it. ELSA Speak will use the information to create a personalized curriculum based on the test.ELSA Speak: Reduce your accentYou are asked to read ten text paragraphs aloud using the device’s microphone during the test. ELSA Speak analyzes your speech, and gives you a score in the end.Probably the most interesting aspect of this is that it highlights areas that need improvement. When I ran the test for instance on the Android device, I was told that I could improve my pronunciation of voiced and unvoiced th, the letter r, ending sounds, and w/v.You can open a detailed report when you swipe down to get the full listing of recommendations. This opens all sentences that you spoke aloud. The words are color coded, with green highlight excellent pronunciation, yellow okay-ish pronunciation, and red problematic pronunciation.You may play the recording again, or listen to a native speaker reading the paragraphs aloud.ELSA Speak adjusts the training based on your test results. While you don’t need to take the test, it may make sense to do so as you can start working on the main issues right away.Training comes in several different forms. Probably the most common forms is skills training that focuses either on specific pronunciations or topics.A skill, say “the /s/ and /sh/ contrast” or “aspiration sounds”, consists of multiple levels that you complete one after the other.Levels are downloaded on demand, but you may also download all levels of a skill right away. Levels may test different language skills, for instance your listening or pronunciation.The application keeps track of your progress, and you may repeat levels or skills as often as you like.The two other areas that you may dive in are topics and dictionary. Topics focuses on certain subjects such as career path customer service, family, travel or business. These lead to particular skills again.Dictionary on the other hand is more of a free form training module. Type what you want to say, and listen to the pronunciation before you speak the sentence or word and get a rating for that.VerdictELSA Speak is a powerful application for English learners who want to work on their accent and pronunciation in general. It is a bit unfortunate that the application is not free, but if you are serious about improving your pronunciation, you may not mind the price as much, especially since you can get it for less than €3 per month if you pay yearly.Summary12345 Author Rating4 based on 6 votes Software Name ELSA Speak: Reduce your accentOperating System AndroidSoftware Category LearningLanding Page https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=us.nobarriers.elsa&hl=en Advertisementlast_img read more

5 more Europop stars to watch out for in tonights 2nd Eurovision

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… 10 countries qualified, including Ireland for the first time in five years and UK X Factor’s Saara Aalto representing Finland.There was a shock departure from Azerbaijan, who previously had a perfect qualification record, hairography, dancing maneki-nekos, animated dresses, ill-advised suits and a man literally getting shot through the hand with a rose on live television.If you thought that was intense, just wait for tonight. It promises to be one of the most diverse and frankly crazy shows Eurovision has ever seen. Now, 18 countries compete for the last 10 places in Saturday’s final. Here are our five picks for you to keep an eye out for…Photo: Julia Marie NaglestadThe one you’ve seen before Alexander Rybak – That’s How You Write A Song (Norway) Alexander gave Norway one of the contest’s biggest ever victories in 2009, although he hasn’t really managed to capitalize on it internationally, so it’s perhaps not a massive surprise that he has come back to Eurovision, where he is still a superstar.What’s maybe a little bit more of a shock is the song he has chosen as his big return, with a title that is just asking for trouble. Apparently the only rules involved in writing a song are believing in it, rolling with it, and throwing some scat-singing in for good measure. This will annoy the hell out of you, but Alexander didn’t win Eurovision by accident, so don’t be surprised if you’re won over by his performance…[embedded content]Photo by Clint Gerald AttardThe one that revives the robot Jessika feat. Jenifer Brening – Who We Are (San Marino) San Marino are a interesting country at Eurovision. They have such a small population that they’re either recycling singers again and again (Valentina Monetta has appeared at a record four contests), or pulling in a ringer. They’ve gone for the latter this year with Maltese Jessika and German Jenifer having come through an extremely convoluted selection process to win the right to represent the country. Who We Are is a fairly uplifting, reasonably catchy empowerment anthem of the kind that are 10-a-penny at Eurovision. But just wait until the rap verse… and if you’re wondering what the robot heading is all about, just look out for their backing dancers.[embedded content] The first Eurovision semi-final took place on Tuesday (yes, it has two semi-finals, where the hell have you been?), and it really had it all! Photo by Anton BjorkmanThe one that definitely isn’t just a music video Benjamin Ingrosso – Dance You Off (Sweden) The Swedes certainly know how to do slick at Eurovision, and more than once in recent years their killer performances have lifted their songs to victory. However they might just have outslicked themselves with this one.Using just a simple light box (we say simple, but it must have cost a fortune to ferry over) and some great camerawork, this really does give the impression of watching a live music video. It’s difficult to imagine anybody else bettering it in the staging department this year, but the song isn’t half bad either. Imagine Justin Bieber singing a song by The Weeknd and you wouldn’t be far off.[embedded content]Photo by Clint Gerald AttardThe Russian oneJulia Samoylova – I Won’t Break (Russia) A trend has emerged in recent Eurovisions of predominantly gay audiences booing Russia’s entries (in protest of their oppressive homosexual propaganda laws among other reasons) so more cynical viewers cited last year’s selection of Julia, who is a wheelchair user, as a sort of anti-booing strategy. In the end, she had the added side-effect of making Ukraine, where the contest was held last year, look pretty bad as they banned her from entering the country after her illegal gigs in Crimea.Much drama ensued, resulting in Russia’s withdrawal, and this year, true to their word, they are sending Julia as their singer once again, only for someone to think it a fantastic idea to dress her up as a mountain. It’s definitely one of the stranger performances of the year, and it will be very interesting to see if Russia can maintain their perfect qualification record with this.[embedded content]Photo by Peter Brew BevanThe one you’ll be singing at Pride Jessica Mauboy – We Got Love (Australia) Speaking of jarring song titles, this one might bother the more grammatically finicky among you. But putting that to one side, here’s the latest entry from Australia. They now have their feet firmly beneath the Eurovision table. Jessica Mauboy performed as an interval act just before Australia joined the contest. Ever since then, fans have been hoping she would be chosen as a proper representative. Many Australian fans are treating this as an unofficial celebratory anthem after the passing of same sex marriage late last year, and the song certainly fits the bill. As the strongest pure pop song in the semi-final. Expect this to sail through.[embedded content]Words: Peter DunwoodyGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img Jessica Mauboy | Photo: Peter Brew Bevan GAYSTARNEWS- 5 Europop stars to watch out for in tonight’s Eurovision semi-finalIreland’s Eurovision entry features a cute gay couple dancing in the snowIreland’s Eurovision entry stars a cute gay couple in music videoRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/eurovision-second-semi-final/last_img read more

Amalfi Coast Italy – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgAmalfi Coast, Italy – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineCombining the allure of a 17th-century monastery with the amenities of a luxury hotel, the Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa offers guests a truly special retreat. The hotel and spa, set to open this May, has been fully restored, all while maintaining the structural integrity of the monastery it once was. With each of its 20 rooms overlooking the Bay of Salerno, the Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa is sure to be one of the standout hotels on the Amalfi coastline.The location’s rich history follows you through the hotel doors and into your suite; each accommodation possesses a carefully selected antique discovered in, or nearby Santa Rosa. Historical photographs of the monastery and surrounding area also help give each room an exceptional sense of place. The unique architecture of the hotel allows for the near-seclusion of each room, allowing guests to decide the level of privacy they desire. For the ultimate stay, book the Sea View Penthouse situated on two levels. Here you’ll enjoy a large living and dining room with a fireplace, as well as a separate bar and walk-in wardrobe. If it’s a private terrace you’re after, book the Sea View Premium Suite or the Sea View Deluxe Terrace Suite.The hotel offers a world-class spa along with a lavish infinity pool. Other features include high-speed Internet, flat-screen TVs and a variety of gardens where organically grown herbs and vegetables are harvested for the hotel’s own restaurant. Fresh seafood also contributes to the restaurant’s fine Italian cuisine. Guests may also dine outside on the hotel’s Grand Terrace, which showcases dazzling views of the Bay of Salerno as well as the surrounding landscape.www.monasterosantarosa.comlast_img read more

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