Showers or thundershowers will occur at times over the Northern, North-Central, Eastern and Uva provinces tomorrow (Wednesday), the department of meteorology said.Thundershowers will develop at several places elsewhere, after 2.00 p.m, the department of meteorology added. Very heavy rain falls (about 150mm) is also expected at some places.There may be temporary localized strong winds during the thundershowers.
Users of the two-disc set will now be able to access all 53 published volumes, covering 1946 to 1999, containing more than 59,000 pages of text and indices.The collection features an index search, enabling uses to follow an issue across volumes and track the many fundamental changes that the UN has seen over the years. Full-text searches are also available.The compilation, which will be updated annually, is available by subscription from the Publications Unit of the UN Department of Public Information.
“The prevailing situation of human rights in Iran continues to warrant serious concern, and will require a wide range of solutions that are both respectful of cultural perspectives and mindful of the universality of fundamental human rights promulgated by the treaties to which Iran is a party,” said the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed.Presenting his report to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council, Mr. Shaheed said that Iran has made some “noteworthy advances” in the area of women’s rights, including advancements in health, literacy and in enrolment rates on both the primary and secondary levels.“However, reports about recent policies that prohibit women’s access to a number of fields of study, further restrict women’s freedom of movement, and current polices that continue to impede women’s ability to hold certain decision-making positions in Government remain problematic,” he noted.At the same time, a “preponderance of reports” communicated to him this past year indicate that that the situation for individuals in Iran who advocate for the advancement of human rights, or those that document, report, or protest against human rights violations, is “grave and continues to deteriorate.”People who defend the rights of women, religious and ethnic minorities, as well as those that work to advance protections for the environment, workers and children continue to be subjected to harassment, arrest, interrogation, and torture and are “frequently charged with vaguely-defined national security crimes, which is seemingly meant to erode the frontline of human rights defence in the country,” said the expert.“My current report also presents what appears to be unimpeachable forensic evidence that torture is occurring in Iran on a geographically widespread and systemic (across a number of Government branches) basis,” Mr. Shaheed stated. He also voiced alarm at the high rate of executions that take place in Iran, a majority of which continue to take place for drug-related offences, which do not meet international standards for ‘most serious crimes.’Last month Mr. Shaheed joined several of his human rights colleagues in calling on Iran to immediately halt the recent spate of arrests of journalists and to release those already detained, the majority of whom work for independent news outlets. “We underscored our fear that the arrests carried out were part of a broader campaign to crack down on independent journalists and media outlets, under the accusation that they have collaborated with ‘anti-revolutionary’ foreign media outlets and human rights organizations,” he said.It is also estimated, he added, that some 40 lawyers have been prosecuted since 2009, and that at least 10 are currently detained. In addition, it has been reported that 110 Baha’is are currently detained in Iran for exercising their faith; that at least 13 Protestant Christians are currently in detention centres across Iran; and that Dervishes, members of the Yarasen faith, and Sunni Muslims continue to be the subject of punitive activities, raising serious concern about the situation of religious minorities in the country. Special rapporteurs are appointed by the Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.
Clooney, who is a friend of the Sussexes and attended their wedding in May, said history is repeating itself and warned: “We’ve seen how that ends”. Saying the Duchess is getting a “raw deal” after the publication of a letter written to her now-estranged father, Clooney said he has been “sort of surprised” by coverage of the breakdown of the Markles’ relationship. The Duchess of Sussex is being “pursued, vilified and chased”, the actor George Clooney has said, as he compares her experience in the Royal Family to that of Diana, Princess of Wales. The actor and his wife Amal are known to be friends with the Duke and Duchess, reportedly spending time together at the Clooneys’ Lake Como retreat last…
Rumors are rumors for a reason. Sometimes they’re right, and sometimes they get our hopes up only to let us down. That seems to be the case with the recent rumors of the new lines of MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros boasting the long-awaited Lion OS X.We originally noted that Mr. X, 9to5Mac’s source who has apparently been very accurate in the past in terms of Apple news, said the release of the new computers and Mac OS X 10.7 would be today, July 14. 9to5Mac published the leaked part numbers, which gave us the scoop on what products would be released. However, we’ve yet to hear any news from Apple today about a product launch, so a launch today is not looking likely.AdChoices广告So, when will we see these new products? More importantly, when will we be seeing Lion, an OS that we’ve been waiting for since Snow Leopard was released in August of 2009?9to5Mac reported today that Mr. X had provided not only the part numbers, but also the prices and a July 14th launch date from Apple. Chinese Mac site MIC Gadget is now saying that Mac OS X Lion will be launching tomorrow. MIC Gadgets said that Apple stores in China are planning “overnights” tonight, which usually only happen when the staff has to be trained on a new product.We know Mac OS X 10.7 is coming soon–Apple said it will be available in July. However, the date is still up in the air. Apple’s third quarter earnings call is Tuesday, July 19, so it’s possible it could launch Mac OS X 10, along with the new hardware, before that date.When Apple does finally release Lion, it will be available in the Mac App Store for $29.99 as a digital download.via 9to5Mac, MIC Gadgets
Kevin De Bruyne says his injuries have nothing to do with fatigue despite the fact that he only rested three weeks out of the year.Kevin De Bruyne, 27, made his return to the field with Manchester City against Everton last week after being sidelined since November. De Bruyne admits that although he and other footballers don’t get much rest throughout the year, that being tired has nothing to do with his injury-plagued season.“There’s nothing I can do – it was two accidents,” said De Bruyne, according to FourFourTwo. “I wasn’t exhausted. I think in general people need a good summer break, sometimes we play for 11.5 months at a time and there is not enough time to rest.“I had a rest of about three weeks – after 12 months of playing. Is that short? Probably, yes. But I felt OK to come back. There’s not a lot to say, I came back and trained and was out after one week – it’s just the way it goes.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I’m happy with my body because I know I have no problems with muscles. They were both just accidents, the second time also. I felt my knee and it pops, so you just work hard and try to be back as soon as possible.“I played the most of anyone last year – in the whole world. And I played the World Cup without a problem.“I think the most important thing is having a summer break – if you have that you can feel OK but there is always a time in someone’s career where you feel a bit less.“But I felt all right, it was just a shame that when I came back after one week, I was out for two-and-a-half months. I was happy to come back and worked really hard but after three games it happened again. So, I think it’s part of your career and in the end it’s just the way it is.”
Executive Director of San Diego County Gun Owners discusses new gun safety proposal Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter June 4, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Executive Director of San Diego County Gun Owners Michael Schwartz discussed City Attorney Mara Elliot’s new “common sense” gun safety law proposal.The San Diego City Council’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee will consider a proposed ordinance Wednesday requiring gun owners to store guns in a locked container or disable them with a trigger lock when not in use.City Attorney Mara Elliott proposed the ordinance Tuesday, calling it a common sense effort to reduce accidental shootings, children’s access to guns and suicides. According to Elliott, roughly 4.6 million children in the U.S. live in a home with a loaded and unsecured gun.“We hear about these tragedies all the time, even here in San Diego,” Elliott said. “With our Safe Storage of Firearms Ordinance, we hope to prevent life-altering accidental shootings by reminding gun owners that they are responsible for safeguarding those around them by securely storing their guns.”The ordinance is compliant with state law, Elliott said, which require guns manufactured, transferred or sold in California to have an accompanying safety device approved by the state Department of Justice’s Bureau of Firearms. The ordinance, according to the city attorney’s office, will help local law enforcement ensure that residents are following state law.Elliott will present the ordinance to the committee during its 9 a.m. meeting. The committee, chaired by City Councilwoman Monica Montgomery, will meet in the City Administration Building’s 12th floor Committee Room, located at 202 C St. Posted: June 4, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Updated: 6:38 AM
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A Fort Lauderdale community and local law enforcers came together, Friday.The Fort Lauderdale Black Officer Association hosted the first “Teen Summit” at Stranahan High School. The summit is a community outreach program that allows teens to learn and engage in topics like social media, life skills and etiquette.Even though police interaction was the main focus, the event’s motive was to bring kids in during the summer and have interactions between kids and law enforcement.“You know, sometimes we don’t really know our neighborhood officers, so when you get to engage in an environment like this, you’re more able to relate to the officers and speak to the officers when you see them,” said Fort Lauderdale Police officer Krystle Smith. “These are all students and juveniles who live in the areas where we work, so when they see us in the streets, they’re more inclined to come up to us and speak to us.”Kids also participated in plenty of activities, such as a military obstacle course, basketball tournament and more.Officials said another goal of the police department and association is to leave kids to make better decisions and reduce juvenile offenses.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
A brilliant full moon rises at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida in 2017. NASA/Kim Shiflett The longest night. The shortest day. Winter solstice is here for the Northern Hemisphere, and it’s a time of both darkness and light, especially this year. Friday, Dec. 21 marks the solstice, but Saturday, Dec. 22 will gift us with a full moon known as the Full Cold Moon thanks to its wintry timing. The solstice and the full moon are happening less than a day apart. That means our lunar neighbor should be plenty bright enough all weekend to light up your solstice celebrations. Space What is the best part of the #WinterSolstice? How about daylight will now start increasing for the next 6 months!Read more about astronomical seasons here: https://t.co/rRWaknryeV pic.twitter.com/pfbiboydu5— NWS (@NWS) December 21, 2018 11 Photos Tags You can celebrate the moon simply by enjoying the luminosity it brings, but NASA program executive Gordon Johnston has another suggestion: “As usual, the wearing of suitably celebratory celestial attire is encouraged in honor of the full moon.” So break out your Sailor Moon cosplay or your NASA skate shoes and stare up into space this weekend. Memorable moon photos from NASA and beyond (pictures) Share your voice The next time the full moon and solstice will come so close together is in 2029. The moon will help enliven the long night, and, as the US National Weather Service points out, we can now look forward to daylight increasing for the next six months. Google celebrates winter and summer solstices with pair of doodles This is what summer solstice looks like on other planets 1 Sci-Tech CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further. Comment Solstice sightings
Tags CBP is planning to employ facial recognition tech at 20 top US airports by 2021, says report. Getty Images The US Department of Homeland Security is reportedly rushing to set up facial recognition systems that will scan all international passengers — including US citizens — in the top 20 US airports by 2021. This is being done without proper vetting or regulatory safeguards, according to a BuzzFeed News report Monday. There were reportedly “no limits” on how partnering airlines could use facial recognition data collected by the US Customs and Border Protection program, according to BuzzFeed News’ deep dive into 346 pages of documents obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a nonprofit research group. CBP reportedly limited participating companies and third-party firms from using this data in December, but it’s unclear how the new rule is being enforced.CBP didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, but told BuzzFeed News that it would keep photos of non-US citizens departing the country for up to 14 days.”By partnering with airports and airlines to provide a secure stand-alone system that works quickly and reliably, which they will integrate into their boarding process, CBP does not have to rebuild everything from the ground up as we drive innovation across the travel experience,” a spokesperson told BuzzFeed News. Critics of facial recognition tech have said advances in artificial intelligence and the proliferation of cameras have made it increasingly easy for governments to watch and track what individuals are doing. Microsoft in December urged governments to enact legislation in 2019 that requires facial recognition tech to be independently tested to ensure accuracy, prevent unfair bias and protect people’s rights. Amazon’s shareholders in January called on the e-commerce giant to stop selling its Rekognition technology to government agencies, following criticism from civil liberties groups, members of Congress and Amazon’s own employees.BuzzFeed News said airports currently included in the CBP’s facial recognition program are in Atlanta, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Washington (Dulles and Reagan), Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Houston Hobby, Dallas-Fort Worth, JFK, Miami, San Jose, Orlando and Detroit. Comment 1 Security Sci-Tech Politics Facial recognition Share your voice
One Nome firefighter hoses down the Polaris Hotel on Tuesday morning after fire has been burning for more than 6 hours. (Photo: Davis Hovey, KNOM)Nome residents awoke this morning to see the Polaris Hotel ablaze. 22 of the available 30 Nome firefighters are currently containing the blaze. According to Nome Fire Chief Jim West, Jr., the Fire Department was first notified of a fire that started in the Polaris liquor store around 3:15 Tuesday morning.Listen now“It’s coming out of the liquor store; the owner came out and said he smelled smoke,” West said. “He checked the back kitchen, nothing there; as he worked his way back through the building and came to the storage area where’s there a couple coolers and whatnot, he got a burst of smoke and flame.”West and his crew are all safe, but reportedly at least one person, who could still be inside Polaris, is unaccounted for.“We made entry to the upstairs to get everybody out; we think we got everybody out. We are unsure of it,” West said. “There’s a possibility that someone might be inside, but we are unsure at this time.”The identity of the missing person is not being released at this time.As the work to extinguish this fire continues, West observed the blaze spread up through the second floor of Polaris and on to an adjacent structure. The Fire Chief says his crew has taken steps to prevent the fire from affecting further buildings and has a back hoe standing by just in case.“I think at this point in time it’s not going to jump, you can tell the smoke conditions have changed,” West said. “More white smoke, lighter white, lighter grey. The building had a lot of spray insulation in it, and that’s very hazardous, spray foam insulation, that’s what it is. That’s what we are worried about, too; it’s just an old building.”West Jr. believes the Polaris Hotel is totaled at this point.According to Fire Lieutenant Kevin Knowlton, the building is compromised, but no adjacent structures have been harmed. He says an excavator was used this afternoon to prevent the fire from spreading:“The west side of the building, we’ve got some residents that were fairly close, and if the walls fell outward they would have hit those; so, we brought the excavator in to kind of push everything into itself instead of waiting to see if it was going to do something we didn’t want it to do,” Knowlton said.According to a press release from the City of Nome, the origin of the fire is still unknown. The Nome Recreation Center has been activated as the community’s emergency shelter.Lt. Knowlton added that it was good to see community members come out to support the fire team throughout the day:“When we’re focusing on doing our job and people are looking out for us, it’s very, very appreciated,” Knowlton said.Late this afternoon, firefighters continued to douse what’s left of the fire. The State Fire Marshal’s Office has been called in and is expected to be on the scene tomorrow.This story has been updated.
Share – / 2 A 17-year-old Pakistani exchange student killed in a mass shooting at a high school in Texas was laid to rest Wednesday in her hometown of Karachi.Sabika Sheikh was among 10 students and staff slain Friday at Santa Fe High School. The alleged shooter is 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, who is being held on capital murder charges.Sabika had planned to return home in a few weeks for Eid al-Fitr, the three-day holiday marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.She was her family’s oldest child and began classes at Santa Fe High School last August. She had hoped to one day join Pakistan’s foreign service.Her tearful father was there to receive the body at Karachi airport early Wednesday. Abdul Aziz Sheikh has said he hopes her death leads to stricter gun control in the United States.Later, thousands of mourners, including the provincial governor, attended her funeral at a city mosque.“Before her death, she was just my daughter, but now she is the daughter of Pakistan, and it is only because of the love of people, who mourned her killing,” her father said.The shooting reignited the debate over gun control in the United States. Pakistan requires gun owners to be licensed, but the rules are poorly enforced, particularly in the tribal regions along the border with Afghanistan. Heavily armed militant groups have carried out scores of attacks in recent years.
LGBT Conservatives: Anti-gay marriage Jacob Rees-Mogg ‘should not be Prime Minister in any circumstances’What is it like to grow up gay in the Mormon church?Romanian activists call for ban on same-sex marriages in the countryPINK NEWS- A rift over the issue of same-sex marriage is threatening to tear the Church of the Latter Day Saints apart from the inside.Since the Church opposed marriage equality in the case of Proposition 8 – which temporarily banned gay marriage in California – many members of the church have softened their stances on the issue. Diane became an activist to try and change attitudes within the Mormon community, co-founding a support group for mothers of LGBT children which she called Mama Dragons.While the Church doesn’t condemn same-sex attraction, it does require celibacy from gay people.And in 2016, it introduced a hateful anti-LGBT policy which expelled same-sex couples and prevented their children from getting blessed or baptised until they were 18.When it comes to members in general though, support for same-sex marriage has steadily risen since it was legalised in the US.Mormons have also increasingly disapproved of businesses which refuse to serve gay couples.Many Mormons are confronting their crises of faith, with some of those who support LGBT rights seeking new tribes.John Dehlin, who was excommunicated after raising questions about Mormonism on his podcast for those struggling with their faith, is a long-time supporter of LGBT youth.He said there will be equality within the Church, but warned that it will take “20 or 30 years.”Watch a video on the subject below:[embedded content]Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Young Mormons in particular are increasingly approving of same-sex marriage, according to a Public Religion Research Institute poll released in June.However, the leadership of the Church support radically different values.The late anti-LGBT leader of the church, Thomas Monson – who died on Tuesday – is set to be replaced with an even more homophobic elder.Monson refused to let women become priests and excluded LGBT families to the point where many removed themselves from the Church entirely.Diane Oviatt, who has a gay son, was one of the people who left over its resistance to same-sex marriage.“You don’t leave Mormonism easily…there is shunning that happens,” she told Vice. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)
Current room at Phachara Suites, which will be rejuvenated with the refurbishmentFirst PARKROYAL property to open in BangkokPan Pacific Hotels Group signed its first PARKROYAL Serviced Suites in Bangkok, Thailand with Phachara Suites Co. Ltd today. PARKROYAL Suites Bangkok will be opening in Q2 2019 and will be the Group’s first property in the market.PARKROYAL Suites Bangkok will join Pan Pacific Hotels Group’s portfolio of serviced suites in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Ningbo and soon to open in Jakarta and Johor, strengthening the Group’s footprint and offerings in this accommodation category. Pan Pacific Hotels Group was recently named Top 5 Serviced Residences in the region by the readers of DestinAsian, a leading consumer travel publication.The 194-unit PARKROYAL Suites Bangkok is located at Sukhumvit Soi 6, a prime location off Sukhumvit Road, the main artery of Bangkok running through its tourist, commercial and residential areas. The nearest station, Nana BTS skytrain station, is a 3 to 5-minute walk from the property, which is also within walking distance to some of the city’s newest shopping malls, including Central Embassy and Terminal 21 (both 1 km away).Sharing the same Sukhumvit Line as Siam BTS – the largest and busiest station on the BTS, Nana BTS station is a 6-minute train ride to the retail heart of Bangkok. This is where one can find the widest selection of fashionable shops and restaurants in upscale malls such as Siam Paragon, Central World, EmQuartier and Emporium – all easily accessible by elevated walkways from Siam BTS.PARKROYAL Suites Bangkok will be a conversion from the current Phachara Suites and will undergo a thorough refurbishment to meet the brand standards and offerings that PARKROYAL guests are familiar with. When it reopens, the property will offer 194 thoughtfully-designed and spacious suites, featuring Executive Studios (50 square metres) and Two-Bedroom Executive units (130 square metres), which are popular with both solo and family travellers.With an all-day dining restaurant, meeting facilities, fitness facilities including a beautiful swimming pool, PARKROYAL Suites Bangkok is more than a serviced apartment or hotel. True to PARKROYAL’s service philosophy, every guest will be received warmly as an individual, even in a city which receives more visitors than any other city in the world. Guests are welcome to stay longer, whether for business or leisure, and truly enjoy the convenience and comfort of a home as all apartments equipped with a kitchenette, washer and dryer.Thanin and Nuanswat Laohapiengsak, Principals, Phachara Suites Co Ltd, said, “We’re delighted to own the first PARKROYAL-branded property in Bangkok. We love the energy of the brand, which resonates with this city of a thousand smiles. The PARKROYAL brand is about warm and passionate people who genuinely care for others, and to us, this is key to helping our guests feel a sense of belonging. The rebranding to PARKROYAL will breathe new life into the property, and we’re excited to see PARKROYAL Suites Bangkok grow into one of the most people-centric places to stay in Bangkok.”Mr Lothar Nessmann, Chief Executive Officer, , said, “PARKROYAL is rapidly growing in Southeast Asia – besides Singapore, we operate properties in capital cities such as Kuala Lumpur, Yangon, and Ho Chi Minh, along with planned openings in Jakarta. We are excited to see the popularity of our brand, which is all about our people and the real connections they forge with our guests. It’s great to return to this city, where we once operated a hugely-successful Pan Pacific serviced suites product, and look forward to creating more joyful experiences for travellers to Bangkok.”Scheduled for opening in 2019, the 205-unit Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Puteri Harbour will cater to the needs of short- and extended-stay professionals and expatriates working in the Iskandar region of Johor, Malaysia. The property is a 10-minute drive from Singapore via Tuas Second Link, with major attractions and developments, including the Ascendas Nusajaya Tech Park, Pinewood Studios, and Legoland in the vicinity. Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Jakarta, comprising 181 units, will open in 2020 in Indonesia 1, the tallest twin tower in the country. It is located along Jalan Thamrin, which runs through the city’s central business district. By 2022,PARKROYAL Hotel Jakarta and PARKROYAL Serviced Suites Jakarta will open as part of a new mixed-use development in Thamrin Nine, a prestigious address in central Jakarta.Source = Pan Pacific Hotels Group
Pink Lady apples “maintained good performance” in … Two days after a fire broke out in a fruit warehouse in this community 19 miles northwest of Wenatchee, a pall of smoke lingered over the town and people wore respiratory masks or scarves outside, according to Capital Press.Portions of a blackened roof hung above a corner of rubble still burning while icicles clung to unburned roofing just a few feet away.The fire at Blue Bird Inc., a fruit cooperative, was reported at 7:06 p.m. Sunday. Firefighters arrived to find the west end of a 35,000-square-foot warehouse on fire. Through the night, firefighters from four fire districts fought the blaze in single-digit temperatures. They lost the warehouse but saved adjoining warehouses and the packing plant containing two pear and one apple packing line.“We couldn’t have asked for anything more from the firefighters. We’re truly grateful for their efforts through the night and into the next day,” said Ron Gonsalves, Blue Bird general manager.The threat to other buildings continued into Monday.“There’s only 80 feet between the building that was on fire and our main packing building. It was an extreme effort. Firefighters saved the whole campus,” Gonsalves said. There were no injuries. The cause is under investigation. Gonsalves said there’s no indication of anything suspicious or of mechanical failure.The warehouse that burned was built in 1982 and contained about 300,000, 44-pound box equivalents of packed d’Anjou pears valued at about $8 million, Gonsalves said.The average asking price of premium d’ Anjou pears in Wenatchee and Yakima was $17 to $25 per box, depending on size, on March 4, according to USDA.The fruit was in 10 of 12 controlled-atmosphere storage rooms and was late-term, meaning it was scheduled for sales from early April to July. It was about one-third of Blue Bird’s total d’Anjou crop, Gonsalves said.The cooperative packs just under 3 million boxes of pears and apples and 1 million, 20-pound boxes of cherries annually, he said.There was smoke and water damage to apples and pears in an adjoining warehouse, he said.To read the full article click here. March 07 , 2019 You might also be interested in NZ horticultural export value grows to NZ$5.5B … U.S.: ‘Apples are often on the tariff carousel’, s … NZ now forecasting smaller apple crop than 2018 du …
Top Stories (Arizona Cardinals/Facebook) When the Arizona Cardinals play the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, several players will be sporting specialized cleats.It’s part of the NFL’s “My Cause, My Cleats” weekend, which allows players to wear customized cleats in an effort to promote a charity or cause of their choice.Cardinals players, including Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson, unveiled their cleats earlier this week.Fitzgerald’s will support the Tillman Foundation. They are camouflage with a photo of Pat Tillman on the side. Related LinksLarry Fitzgerald recounts Cardinals’ OT playoff win vs. Packers, big playsBehind Enemy Lines: Cardinals look to hand Packers their first home lossJohnson’s red and white cleats feature his own charity, The Johnson Family’s Mission 31.Other Cardinals players who showed off their cleats included Haason Reddick and rookies Christian Kirk and Mason Cole.Over 800 NFL players will wear specialized cleats this weekend, according to the NFL. – / 4 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 2 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
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Miss America drops swimsuit portion and won’t judge on looks FILE – In this Oct. 17, 2017, file photo, Gretchen Carlson participates in the BUILD Speaker Series to discuss her book “Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Back Your Power” at AOL Studios in New York. The Miss America Organization is dropping the swimsuit competition from its nationally televised broadcast, saying it will no longer judge contestants in their appearance. Carlson, a former Miss America who is head of the organization’s board of trustees, made the announcement Tuesday, June 5, 2018, on “Good Morning America.” (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File) ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The Miss America pageant is dropping the swimsuit competition, saying it will no longer judge contestants on their appearance but on “what makes you you.”The pageant began nearly 100 years ago as a bathing beauty contest to keep tourists coming to this seaside resort after Labor Day. But in recent decades, women’s groups and others have complained that making contestants parade across the stage in bathing suits and high heels is outdated, sexist and more than a little silly.The announcement Tuesday came after a shake-up at the Miss America Organization that resulted in the top three leadership positions being held by women. The overhaul was triggered by an email scandal last December in which Miss America officials denigrated winners’ intelligence, appearance and sex lives.“We’re not going to judge you on your appearance because we are interested in what makes you you,” Gretchen Carlson, a former Miss America who became head of the organization’s board of trustees in the wake of the scandal, said in making the announcement on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”Carlson, whose sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes led to his departure, said the board had heard from potential contestants who lamented, “We don’t want to be out there in high heels and swimsuits.”“Guess what?” she said. “You don’t have to anymore.”In place of the swimsuit competition, contestants will participate in an interactive session with the judges “where she will highlight her achievements and goals in life and how she will use her talents, passion, and ambition to perform the job of Miss America,” the organization said in a statement.Carlson said the evening wear portion of the competition will also be changed to allow women to wear something other than a gown if they want.“It’s what comes out of their mouths that we care about,” she said.Leanza Cornett, Miss America 1993, supported the dropping of the swimsuit competition.“I hated it,” she said. “I always felt awkward and uncomfortable.”She added: “In the climate of #MeToo, I think it’s a really wise decision. We’re living in a different era now, and when we move forward for the empowerment of women, we will be taken much more seriously, and I think that’s huge.”Carlson said she is not worried ratings for the nationally televised broadcast might suffer. She said that the swimsuit portion is not the highest-rated portion and that viewers seem more interested in the talent competition.The changes will start with this year’s broadcast on ABC on Sept. 9. Because many of the state and local competitions that decide the Miss America finalists have already begun, the dropping of the swimsuit portion will not take effect at those levels until next year’s competition, the organization said.Carlson said the Miss America Organization will emphasize its role as a scholarship provider and is “no longer a pageant.”Mallory Hytes Hagan, Miss America 2013, was a particular target of the emails, many of which ridiculed her weight gain after she won the title. In a Facebook video Tuesday, Hagan said she weighed 124 pounds when she was crowned. She said she is now 164 pounds, which she said most people would consider normal.She is running for Congress in Alabama as a Democrat.“There are tons of women across this country who are not ‘swimsuit-ready’ who are doing some really bad-ass stuff in their communities,” she said. “We should be honouring them, and that doesn’t involve putting on a two-piece bathing suit and walking onstage in heels.”___Follow Wayne Parry at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAC by Wayne Parry, The Associated Press Posted Jun 5, 2018 5:35 am PDT Last Updated Jun 5, 2018 at 9:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
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