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  • Over 20 Chinese arrested for girls trafficking in Pak

    first_imgIslamabad: Over 20 Chinese have been arrested from various Pakistani cities during an ongoing crackdown for their alleged involvement in arranging illegal marriages of young Pakistani girls to Chinese nationals and forcing them into prostitution, officials said Wednesday. The crackdown was launched this week after media reports said that several Pakistani girls were subjected to sexual exploitation by Chinese husbands after going to China. The officials said that over 20 Chinese have been arrested from various Pakistani cities for their involvement in arranging fake marriages of Pakistani women and removing their organs and forcing them into prostitution. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportThe Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) Anti-Human Trafficking Cell arrested 14 Chinese from twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi and recovered three Pakistani girls, said the officials in the Ministry of Interior. “For the first time illegal weapons were also recovered from the arrested Chinese,” officials said, adding the rescued women revealed that they were being taken to China. Hundreds of Chinese have come to live in Pakistan in connection with various development work undertaken by the Chinese companies. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsEarlier, Interior Minister Ijaz Shah ordered action against those involved in illegal marriages and sending women to China. He also asked officials to get in touch with the Chinese embassy to address the issue. Chairman of the Senate standing committee on interior Rehman Malik has sought a detailed report in three days on women trafficking to China. The government recently ordered the Federal Investigation Agency to take action against the gangs involved in smuggling of Pakistani girls to China on the pretext of contracting marriage. According to the local media reports, poor Christian girls are lured with money and promises of a ‘good life’ by the illegal matchmaking centres to marry Chinese men who are either visiting or working in Pakistan. These centres produce fake documents of Chinese men showing them either as Christians or Muslims. Most of the girls reportedly became victims of human trafficking and were forced into prostitution, the report said.last_img read more

  • Exclusive UN Draft Resolution Calls for 6Month MINURSO Extension

    The US, in its capacity as penholder of the resolution, submitted the draft resolution on Western Sahara to all members of the Security Council Friday evening, October 26. After receiving the draft resolution, the 15 members of the Security Council will hold their first meeting today at 2 p.m. in New York (7 p.m. Moroccan time) to discuss the MINURSO mandate.The document, which was obtained by Morocco World News, called for a six-month extension of the MINURSO mandate, instead of the traditional 12-month extension. The draft requested that the MINURSO mandate, set to expire October 31, be extended until April 30, 2019. MINURSO’s mandate was only extended for six months in April 2018.Aside from the issue of the duration of MINURSO’s mandate, the draft resolution added a new operative paragraph in which it calls on the Polisario to refrain from taking any action that might change the status quo in the buffer zone.The Security Council “calls the parties to respect their relevant obligations and assurances, and refrain from any actions that could undermine UN-facilitated negotiations or further destabilize the situation in the Western Sahara, and further calls on the Frente Polisario to fully adhere to its commitments to the Personal Envoy with respect to the buffer strip at Guerguerat and Bir Lehlou,” the draft resolution reads.US wants a quick fixThe rationale for the six-month period, the draft elaborated, is to “emphasize the need to achieve a realistic, practicable and enduring political solution to the question of Western Sahara based on compromise and the importance of aligning the strategic focus of MINURSO.”  UN resources should be channelled to push for an effective and rapid diplomatic process to ensure an end to the decades-long standstill, it added.The move is in line with the US position. Reports earlier this month had indicated that Washington wanted a shorter extension period to pressure the conflicting parties to commit to the UN-led political process. John Bolton, the US national security advisor, is known for his views on keeping MINURSO operational in the disputed territory of Western Sahara. During his 2005-2006 tenure as the US representative to the UN, Bolton said MINURSO was an obstacle rather than a broker to finding a lasting and mutually acceptable solution to the conflict.The length of the ongoing diplomatic stalemate has convinced the current Trump administration that the situation on the ground is “no longer business as usual,” according to diplomatic sources.By requesting a considerable shortening of the UN peacekeeping mission, the US hopes to “nudge the parties back to the negotiating table,” political analyst Sarah Feuer recently wrote in a Washington Institute policy brief.The shift in policy, she contended, “aligns with the Trump administration’s general strategy of disrupting the status quo, including in matters of diplomacy,” to get quick fixes.According to the US, the traditional one-year extension annually granted to MINURSO contributed to its ineffectiveness and prolonged hostility between Morocco and the Algeria-backed Polisario Front.France at odds with USFrance, however, supported the recommendation of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who called for a one-year extension to the MINURSO mandate in the Western Sahara report he gave the Security Council on October 3.Guterres said a one-year extension would give him and his emissary, Horst Kohler, the time and space to establish conditions to allow the UN-led political process to continue.A source at the United Nations told Morocco World News yesterday that the Security Council would postpone the adoption of a new resolution on the Western Sahara conflict to Wednesday, October 31.The draft resolution was submitted to the members of the Security Council on Friday night. The source said the US was unable to submit the draft resolution earlier last week due to differences with France on the duration of MINURSO mandate.Calls for Algeria, Mauritania to step upThe draft resolution also encourages parties and neighboring countries to the conflict to “demonstrate further political will towards a solution including by expanding upon their discussion of each other’s proposals.”Subsequently, the resolution expressed “full support” for Guterres’ and Kohler’s intention to renew the “negotiation process before the end of 2018,” referring to invitations to Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania, and Polisario to engage in a round-table in Geneva.The document noted that all parties agreed to attend the round table December 5-6.The draft also “encourages them to work constructively with the Personal Envoy, in the spirit of compromise, throughout the duration of this process to ensure a successful outcome.”The resolution also called on neighboring countries (without naming them) to “make contributions to the political process.” This might be a diplomatic gain for Morocco as it has been insisting that Algeria must engage in talks to find an agreed upon and mutually acceptable solution to the 42-year-long conflict.In contrast to Morocco’s demands, Algeria considers itself an observer to the conflict.Like any other resolution, the document supported the efforts of Guterres, Kohler, and Special Representative and Head of MINURSO Colin Stewart to find a consensual solution to the conflict.The document also recalled Kohler’s visit to the headquarters of MINURSO and Western Sahara in August.The Security Council is set to adopt the new resolution on Western Sahara on Wednesday, October 31. It remain to be seen whether the members of the Security Council will vote for a six month or a one-year extension for the MINURSO mandate. read more

  • Dollarama Inc may have to raise prices up to 4 to deal

    MONTREAL — Dollarama says the weaker Canadian dollar is forcing it to raise prices and could lead the discount retailer to increase its current price threshold from $3 to as much as $4 by late next year.“The probability is in the third and fourth quarter of next year, we’ll have to move our price points up,” CEO Larry Rossy said Thursday during a conference call about its latest results, which beat analyst expectations.Rossy told analysts the company hopes to get more “clarity” about the need for higher prices during a trip to China in October.“In general, we like to maintain our prices as long as we can, but this is really an exceptional time where the Canadian dollar has gone so poorly against the U.S. dollar and everything is bought in U.S. dollars. So to absorb 25 to 35 per cent (in currency swing) is almost impossible.”Compounding Dollarama’s efforts to offer consumers value is the dwindling availability of goods it can purchase for 25 to 35 cents and sell for $1 or $1.25. Rossy said China is no longer focusing on those price levels anymore.Meanwhile, the Montreal-based discount retailer says new, higher-cost items could also weigh on its decision to raise the chain’s current price threshold to $3.50 or $4 by late 2016.However, Rossy said the new, higher-priced items would not lead to the introduction of new product categories. Food, for example, would remain priced at a maximum of $2.Dollarama Inc’s price points resonating with shoppersDollarama Inc downgraded for all the right reasonsAnd the company could mitigate pricing pressures by reducing product sizes.“So as a consumer, I guess next year will not be a pleasant year from a purchasing point of view because you’ll probably be seeing some inflation in all likelihood.”Dollarama said its earnings surged 39 per cent to $95.5 million in the three months ended Aug. 2 on a 14 per cent increase in sales.During the second quarter, 76.5 per cent of Dollarama sales were for products priced higher than $1, up from 67 per cent a year ago.Same-store sales — a key retail measure of sales from stores open at least a year — rose 7.9 per cent. It included a 6.2 per cent increase in the size of average purchases and 1.5 per cent more transactions.Overall sales grew to $653.3 million from $572.6 million.Net income amounted to 74 cents per common share, up from 51 cents per share or $68.9 million in the prior-year quarter.Dollarama was expected to earn 61 cents per share on $642.7 million of revenues according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.It has benefited from the addition of 72 net new stores over the past year, including 17 during the quarter. Dollarama operates 989 stores across Canada.Sales growth is consistent across the country with no real negative impact being seen in oil-producing regions like Alberta. read more

  • NPC Minister wants NPC flag to fly at halfmast tomorrow

    Northern Province Minister of Education Dr K Sarveswaran has called on schools in the North to fly the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) flag at half-mast tomorrow as a mark of respect to the Tamils killed during the war.In a media statement Sarveswaran said that the NPC is seen as a body which upholds the rights of the Tamils and so it is only right that the NPC flag fly at half-mast tomorrow as a mark of respect to the Tamils killed during the final stages of the war. Sarveswaran said that Tamils have been fighting for their rights for 70 years, both diplomatically and through war. He said that in May 2009 the international community was misled to believe the armed struggle for Tamil rights was terrorism and they supported the end of the war.Tamils in the North will remember the war victims tomorrow, the day some believe thousands of Tamils were killed in May 2009 as the war came to an end. (Colombo Gazette) He also urged schools in the North to observe a minute silence at 11am tomorrow as a mark of respect to those killed. read more

  • Implementing SIP Trunking to Add Value to Your Cloud Comms Strategy

    See All in SIP/SIP Trunking » Organizations that want to scale and expand globally can utilize a one-stop-shop SIP Trunk solution to extend their telecom infrastructure and reach into new and existing markets. Twilio Rated Top in SIP Customer Satisfaction, Again John Malone September 18, 2019 With its high customer satisfaction rating and focus on R&D, Twilio is making a name for itself in the SIP trunking market. SIP Trunking technology provides a direct connection between a company’s infrastructure and the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) via Internet Protocol (IP). As a result, it enables the convergence of all voice and data communication channels across geographies – handling thousands of voice, conference, and video calls over a single connection – which can cut telecom costs by up to 50%. As the most effective way to create a unified infrastructure for consolidating geographically dispersed sites, SIP Trunking can improve the customer experience, grow profit margins, and support global expansion. One-stop-shop SIP Trunk solutions provide one single interconnection between an organization’s telecom infrastructure and the SIP Trunk provider via VoIP, enabling unified communications across multiple sites. It enables efficient handling of conference, video, and voice calls over a single SIP Trunk. Businesses can improve the customer’s quality of experience, and enable omnichannel collaboration to increase productivity and efficiency. No investment in new hardware and infrastructure is required, allowing Capex and Opex to be controlled. 5 Reasons SIP Trunking is Alive and Well Irwin Lazar August 26, 2019 The SIP trunking market continues to thrive, even as organizations move to the cloud. Flowroute Top-Rated SIP Trunk Provider in 2019 John Malone August 21, 2019 Out of 29 providers, Eastern Management Group found Flowroute ranked as top SIP trunk vendor for 2019 and received four stars in multiple categories by customers. BICS SIP Trunking services interconnect multi-channel cloud-based communications, providing a single global infrastructure that delivers voice and data communications. If you are a multinational, multi-site organization, require unified communications or you want to overhaul your customer services, then download our recent white paper here, discussing the six ways a SIP Trunk solution will add value to your cloud communications strategy.Tags:News & ViewsBICSSIP trunksPSTNSIP/SIP TrunkingCloud CommunicationsCPaaS Articles You Might Like BICS_SP_Cloud PBX_560px_774.png 8X8: More Than Cloud… Top-Rated in SIP Satisfaction John Malone September 12, 2019 Often thought of as a cloud UC and contact center provider, 8×8 has seen gains in the SIP trunk market – making fans along the way. Digital transformation is revolutionizing how organizations communicate within the workplace and with their customer base. Driven by ever-evolving customer demand for better service and pressure to grow margins, cloud communications has become business critical. The right SIP Trunk will improve the quality of an enterprise’s cloud infrastructure, enabling them to enhance the customer experience, grow profit margins, and expand globally. More and more businesses are migrating to cloud-based communications platforms to reduce costs and increase flexibility. However, to maximize efficiency, productivity and quality of service across an entire organization – from multiple departments to geographically dispersed locations – a cloud platform alone is not sufficient. It must be underpinned by a robust SIP Trunk that can support voice and other channels across a unified communications structure. Sangoma Leader in SIP Trunking for Small Businesses John Malone October 03, 2019 Customers give Sangoma four stars in all satisfaction measurements in 2019 Eastern Management Group survey. Any SIP Trunk solution should include virtual numbers that are compliant with local regulations such as licensing, lawful intercept, and emergency calling capabilities. Embedded fraud prevention capabilities help organizations to proactively monitor fraudulent calls made or received in their network, resulting in secure communications networks. Log in or register to post comments read more

  • New UN survey shows dramatic changes in worlds commodities markets

    UNCTAD’s World Commodity Survey 2000-2001 attributes these alterations to globalization and liberalization, which have “profoundly changed” traditional methods of production, marketing and financing.”This can be seen at the international level, with the end of economic clauses in international commodity agreements,” UNCTAD said. “It is also evident at the national level, with the disappearance of national commodity marketing boards and stabilization bodies.”According to the Survey, the performance of commodities has varied in today’s turbulent economic and financial environment. Metals and ores have enjoyed some revival, while many tropical agricultural products such as coffee and cocoa have experienced historic lows. The Survey calls particular attention to the “peculiarities of the petroleum market,” which has seen the price of a barrel of oil jump from below $10 in 1998 to over $30 in 2000. “In this context, systematic analytical information and relevant indicators on the specific nature of commodities are essential tools for competitiveness and efficiency,” UNCTAD stresses.The 350-page Survey, which was produced in cooperation with the French academic group Cyclope, offers new information and statistics on markets, structures and innovations for more than 80 commodities. It also explores recent world trends and developments that have an impact on commodity markets, providing analysis on a range of issues, including electronic commodity exchanges, genetically modified organisms, temperate zone agriculture, tropical products, iron, steel, precious metals and energy. read more

  • Car production on the rise in 2002

    Car productionTotal car output in 2002 was up 9.1 per centProduction for export in 2002 rose by 17.1 per centCommercial vehicle productionDecember commercial vehicle production was up 2.8 per centIn the last quarter of 2002 CV output rose 15.7 per centDownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

  • NFL Will Fine Teams If Players Kneel During Anthem

    David Tepper, left, speaks as NFL commissioner Roger Goodall looks on during a news conference where he was introduced as the new owner of the Carolina Panthers at the NFL owners spring meeting Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA (AP) — NFL owners approved a new policy Thursday aimed at addressing the firestorm over national anthem protests, permitting players to stay in the locker room during the “The Star-Spangled Banner” but requiring them to stand if they come to the field.Commissioner Roger Goodell said the change was approved unanimously by the owners at their spring meeting in Atlanta, but it was met with immediate skepticism by the players’ union.“We want people to be respectful of the national anthem. We want people to stand,” Goodell said. “That’s all personnel, and to make sure they treat this moment in a respectful fashion. That’s something that we think we owe. We’ve been very sensitive on making sure that we give players choices, but we do believe that moment is an important moment and one that we are going to focus on.”In a sign that players were not part of the discussions, any violations of the policy would result in fines against the team — not the players.The NFL Players Association said it will challenge any part of the new policy that violates the collective bargaining agreement.The owners spent several hours addressing the contentious issue — which has reached all the way to the White House.Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016, a quiet but powerful protest against police brutality and racial inequities in the justice system.Other players took up the cause, and the gesture carried on during the 2017 season even after Kaepernick left the 49ers and failed to land a job with another team.President Trump turned the anthem protests into a campaign issue , saying the NFL should fire any player who takes a knee during “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The NFL hasn’t gone that far, but Kaepernick has yet to land another job and one of his former teammates and fellow protesters, safety Eric Reid, is also out of work.Both have filed collusion grievances against the NFL.While the owners touted the change as a compromise and noted it was approved unanimously, the players’ union made it clear it was not part of the discussions.“The NFL chose to not consult the union in the development of this new ‘policy,’” the NFLPA said in a statement. “NFL players have shown their patriotism through their social activism, their community service, in support of our military and law enforcement and yes, through their protests to raise awareness about the issues they care about.”The statement added, “The vote by NFL club CEOs today contradicts the statements made to our player leadership by Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Chairman of the NFL’s Management Council John Mara (co-owner of the New York Giants) about the principles, values and patriotism of our League.” read more

  • Victorian Beckhams 35000 iPhone

    first_imgPosh Spice spent your year’s salary on an iPhone. Yep, you know those crazy gold-covered iPhones that we always assume no one actually buys? Victoria Beckham apparently owns one. The iPhone 4 (called, oddly the iPhone 4G on the outfitter’s site) is covered in 150 grams of 24 carat gold. It apparently takes weeks to craft and runs £21,995.00 ($35,354.76).The 36-year-old former Spice Girl was flipping through the absurdly expensive handset after landing in JFK, when the paparazzi did what paparazzi do. The handset has a half-naked image of her husband, soccer star David Beckham, on the desktop. It also appears to be 75 percent covered with a case–because when you buy a $35,000 phone, the last thing you want to do is show it off to everyone.AdChoices广告last_img

  • Geek deals dual Dell 24inch UltraSharp IPS LCDs with stand for under

    first_imgSo you’ve got a fancy new computer, with all the bits, bytes, and Hertz you could ever need or want. It’s probably very pretty and very powerful. But the real question is, how are you using that computer? Surely you don’t have a $2 USB keyboard, nor a $50 bargain-basement special LCD monitor.We’ve espoused the benefits of a quality display a number of times in these deal hunting chronicles. Not only is a quality display important, but for the serious computer worker (or enthusiast, for that matter) multiple displays are an incredible benefit. For every bit of added enjoyment and multi-tasking efficiency you get with a quality display, it is practically doubled with a second display.Working with multiple data sources, comparing two pieces of content, or even just having a second screen to hold the secondary things like email, IMs, and the like is extremely useful to most any computer user. Running dual monitors does add clutter to the desktop, and the added cable management challenges are unavoidable, but with a package like we have here today you can keep clutter to a minimum and score a sweet deal.This bundle takes two of Dell’s most popular monitors, the UltraSharp U2412M, and bundles them with an adjustable stand. The monitors are top notch pieces of kit, serving up 1920×1200 resolution on a gorgeous 24-inch IPS LCD panel. They will connect to nearly any video sources via VGA, DVI, and DisplayPort and even have a four port USB hub built-in. DVI and VGA cables are included in this bundle as well.The stand normally runs around $100, while the monitors are can sometimes be found for $300 on sale, effectively giving you the stand for free in this bundle priced at $594.99 with free shipping. The UltraSharp monitors even have their usual and oustanding 3 year warranty, complete with advance exchange and bright pixel guarantee.Two Dell UltraSharp U2412M IPS Monitors with stand for $594.99 + free shipping (reg. $699.99 | use coupon 6DBNK$ZJLR$L4J) Our other top deals:Nexus 7 16GB Android 4.2 Tablet (refurbished) for $152.10 + free shipping (reg. $199.99 | ends soon)Apple MacBook Pro 13.3″ Retina Display Core i5 Notebook w/ 256GB SSD for $1,499 + free shipping (reg. $1,999)Intuit TurboTax Deluxe Federal + eFile 2012 [download] for $37.99 (reg. $49.99)last_img read more

  • Santas on his way Military helps kids follow fabled flight

    first_imgCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Tens of thousands of children from around the world plan to call the North American Aerospace Defense Command to ask where Santa is, and starting Saturday they will get a cheery answer about the mythical route from a real person, not a recording.The wildly popular NORAD Tracks Santa operation is launching its 61st run at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. Volunteers will answer phone calls and emails and post updates about Santa’s storybook world tour on Facebook and Twitter.Navy Lt. Cmdr. Paul Noel said 1,500 volunteers answered nearly 141,000 phone calls and more than 2,800 emails last year. The NORAD spokesman is quick to say his name really is Noel.Here’s a look at the Christmas tradition:HOW DOES IT WORK?Starting at 3 a.m. Pacific Time Christmas Eve, children can call a toll-free number, 877-446-6723 (877-Hi-NORAD) or email noradtracksanta@outlook.com to ask where Santa is on his fabled journey.Volunteers sit elbow-to-elbow in conference rooms at Peterson Air Force Base, NORAD’s home, answering phones and checking computer-generated maps projected onto big screens. First lady Michelle Obama traditionally answers calls via a remote hookup, but Noel said it was not yet known if she will participate again this year.last_img read more

  • Outspoken Bachmann launches White House bid

    first_imgWATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Outspoken congresswoman and tea party favorite Michele Bachmann cast herself as the “bold choice” for the Republican presidential nomination as she formally kicked off her campaign Monday in her Iowa home town.Outside a historic mansion in Waterloo, Bachmann said she is waging her campaign “not for vanity,” but because voters “must make a bold choice if we are to secure the promise of the future.”As a new Iowa poll this past weekend signaled she’ll be a force in the state that opens the GOP nomination contest, Bachmann hopes to reshape the GOP field and how she’s viewed by voters. After the formal Iowa kickoff, she planned to shift her focus to New Hampshire and South Carolina, other early voting states with traditions of separating the viable contenders from the political also-rans.Bachmann, 55, has many wondering if the edgy side that turned her into a conservative star will be the one she shows on the presidential campaign trail. Her say-anything approach has earned her a loyal following but also plenty of guff from detractors who see her as a fringe politician. Past missteps have only redoubled her me-against-the-world view of politics.“Her trick is going to be to maintain that boldness and to somehow rein it in and discipline it so it works for her and not against her,” said GOP pollster Mike McKenna, who isn’t working for any 2012 presidential candidates.last_img read more

  • HäagenDazs introduces vegan ice cream flavors

    first_imgWSVN — Häagen-Dazs has added four new vegan ice cream flavors.The new non-dairy flavors include mocha chocolate cookie, peanut butter chocolate fudge, chocolate salted fudge truffle and coconut caramel.The new flavors are available exclusively at Target stores in the U.S.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

  • Houstonians Are Fixing The Stray Pet Population

    first_imgListen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:59 Share X – / 4The city’s pet shelter BARC, says Houston has over one million stray animals.That’s why Houston’s hosting the “Big Fix.”It’s a volunteer effort to lower the stray population.Mayor Sylvester Turner said it’ll focus on 11 targeted neighborhoods in the city.“The stray problem is bigger than BARC, it’s bigger than the county, it’s bigger than the city,” Turner said. “This requires a community-wide effort to find a community-wide solution.”They’ll be offering free vaccinations, spay, neutering, and microchips for pets.“We will be educating these residents on the importance of spay and neuter, why your animals shouldn’t roam the streets, why your animals shouldn’t be chained up, and why you shouldn’t breed anymore animals because we have way too many as it is,” Gloria Zenteno, with Unity for a Solution.The “Big Fix” will be taking place in south and east Houston neighborhoods on February 11th.last_img read more

  • Sam Smith is loving this explicit art his boyfriend got him for

    first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Another piece | Photo: Instagram @eroticneedleCutler titled this piece ‘Dribble’.Mouth watering | Photo: Instagram @eroticneedleSmith’s joy over his gifts is perhaps not surprising.After all, he recently donned a pair of penis cufflinks.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Singer Sam Smith celebrates his 26th birthday tomorrow, 19 May. But he’s already enjoying presents and love from the people closest to him. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) A very happy artist | Photo: Instagram @samsmithworld Sam Smith is ‘devastated’ after splitting from boyfriend Brandon FlynnSam Smith blasted for disliking Michael JacksonSam Smith on these ’embarrassing’ Brandon Flynn kissing picsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/sam-smith-explicit-art-birthday/ Clearly, Flynn knows Smith’s taste in art and presents.Here are some close-up photos of the work Smith received (once again, not safe for work).A winged man | Photo: Instagram @eroticneedle According to Instagram, Smith’s boyfriend, Brandon Flynn, commissioned some very… interesting art as a birthday present.Allen Cutler is an artist who works with needlepoint and embroidery to manifest his creations. The catch? They’re all explicit, typically depicting naked man with some sort of fantasy twist. Some have horns and tails, others wear lion masks.Here’s Smith posing with his new artwork and looking very pleased.Warning: The following pictures are all NSFW.Smith with his bday presents | Photo: Instagram @eroticneedleCutler wrote in the caption: ‘Sam Smith with his birthday gift from Brandon. It makes me happy to see how happy he is in this picture.’The happy couple still going strongSmith and Flynn were first spotted together in October.Since then, they’ve gone Instagram official and shared lovely posts about one another. GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

  • Saudibacked Yemeni troops fighters gain control of Aden

    first_imgA Yemeni man looks at a World Food Program ship at the port of Aden, Yemen, Tuesday, July 21, 2015. The WFP ship carrying badly needed aid arrived in Yemen’s war-torn southern city of Aden on Tuesday, the first vessel chartered by the U.N. agency to berth there since Saudi-led airstrikes on Shiite rebels in the country began in March. (AP Photo/Ahmed Sameer) Sponsored Stories Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like 4 must play golf courses in Arizona SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni troops and local militias, backed by the Saudi-led coalition, seized full control of the strategic port city of Aden after repelling Shiite rebels from their last holdout in this southern city and were pushing on Thursday to solidify their gains, military officials said.The battle for Aden has been the epicenter of Yemen’s conflict over the past several weeks. The rebels, known as Houthis, seized the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, last September and then began pressing their advance south. Fierce fighting over Aden broke out in March, sparking the Saudi-led airstrikes that have been targeting the rebels to halt their advance. More than 1,690 civilians have been killed since late March, according to figures released by the United Nations this week.The anti-Houthi forces made significant gains in Aden over the past week, with battles to drive the rebels and their allies out of the city stretching on for days.The troops were able to take control late Wednesday of the presidential compound, which sits on rocks that jut out into the sea and houses a number of villas beside the presidential palace. Several rebels were captured and an undetermined number were killed in the fighting, officials said.The compound had been briefly used as base by the now-exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi earlier this year. As fighting picked up in Aden in March, Hadi left to Saudi Arabia.On Thursday, anti-rebel forces erected new checkpoints around Aden and searched for remaining rebels. Gunmen, some even younger than 20-years old, roamed the streets amid pockmarked and half destroyed buildings. Residents cautiously ventured out of their homes.“The city is unrecognizable,” said resident Hameed al-Qureishi.Meanwhile, airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition continued north of Aden, in Dar Saad on Thursday.There was also intense fighting around the rebel-controlled military base of al-Anad in the province of Lahj, north of Aden, leaving at least 50 killed on both sides, according to medical officials. A third attempt to storm the base has failed, said a military official. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to talk to reporters.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

  • The fournight agents famil focused on 2018 Macao

    first_imgThe four-night agents famil focused on 2018 Macao Year of Gastronomy and the Asian centre’s UNESCO World Heritage sites.Waxing lyrical about their Macao experience, Susan Atike, sales manager of Air Tickets, praised the “fabulous food and amazing wine”, while Kirsten Denham, of Helloworld, described Macao as “good fun with many interesting facets to it”.Jacky Hui, of SDC Travel, said the Macao hotels were ‘awesome’, and the food and service were top quality.“I’d strongly recommend Macao to our customers as one of most attractive destinations,” he said on his return.In Macao (L-R) – Jacky Hui (SDC Travel), Carol Sit (Tara International Travel), Lily Ly (VN Holidays), Wendy Lin (Honeyworld Travel), Michael Zhang (Webjet), Susan Atike (Air Tickets), Kim Robertson (Inter Asia), Kate Lawton (House of Travel NZ), Kirsten Denham (Helloworld), Rahul Sharma (Exotic Holidays NZ), Sam Chen (Helen Wong’s Tours) and Craig Hunt (MGTO) agentsfamilMacao Nine Aussie agents, together with two agents from New Zealand, were treated to a recent Macao famil that included attending the 6th Macao International Travel (Industry) Expo, held at the Venetian and locally referred to as MITE.Organised by Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO), and co-ordinated by Macau Travel Agency Association, the exhibition attracted 40,120 visitors and 305 industry buyers, culminating in almost 40 signed agreements. The expo highlighted the strengths of Macao as a Sino-Portuguese platform and a major hub along the Maritime Silk Road, as well as its role in facilitating co-operation across the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area.last_img read more

  • Vienna Austria – Relais Châteaux a collection

    first_imgVienna, Austria – Relais & Châteaux, a collection of the world’s finest intimate hotels and gourmet restaurants, announced its newest worldwide members. A total of 31 new members were accepted into this prestigious organization, which now has 480 properties in 56 countries.Relais & Châteaux reviewed 100 candidates around the world with a commitment to selecting only outstanding properties with truly unique character. Each new member represents the guiding principle of Relais & Châteaux: to create for guests moments of exceptional harmony and unforgettable celebrations of the senses. In the U.S., only one restaurant, Eleven Madison Park, and three resorts — Winvian, The Inn of the Five Graces, and Hotel Fauchére, earned this exclusive distinction. Three outstanding chefs at Relais & Châteaux properties in North America were also named Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux.“Our newest members offer truly unique and unforgettable experiences for our guests,” said Jaume Tàpies, international president of Relais & Châteaux. “We are delighted to welcome them into our family, where personal generosity and hospitality are a way of life.”New U.S. Members Eleven Madison Park, New York, NY: Set in a magnificent art deco dining room in New York City, with soaring ceilings and lush views of historic Madison Square Park, Eleven Madison Park serves Chef Daniel Humm’s modern, pure and market-driven French cuisine. It joins only a handful of Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux in New York – Per Se, Daniel, Aureole, Le Bernardin, and Jean Georges.Winvian, Litchfield County, Connecticut: Set amidst 113 acres, Winvian was created to recharge and indulge. Fifteen different architects designed individual cottages that combine the whimsical with the traditional, the modern with the historical. Examples include: the Helicopter cottage, which features a fully restored 1968 Sikorsky HH36 Sea King Pelican helicopter and the Treehouse, a two- story cottage suspended among the trees ten meters off the ground that allows guests to sway with the breeze and touch the leaves.The Inn of the Five Graces, Santa Fe, New Mexico: The Orient and the Old West meet at this hotel, whose name relates back to the Five Graces of Tibetan culture celebrating the human senses. Originally known as Seret’s 1001 Nights, the inn is a truly magical and fanciful transformation to another world. The exteriors are traditional old Santa Fe with intriguing architectural details, including hand carved ceilings and columns from Tibet and a Jain altarpiece. Ira Seret, an internationally known importer of Oriental rugs and antiques, and his wife Sylvia, a designer, opened their 22-suite inn in an historic neighborhood of Santa Fe in 1996. The property is a showcase for the Serets’ decorating talents.Hotel Fauchére, Pike County, Pennsylvania: Founded in 1852 and family operated for 124 years, the Hotel Fauchére was meticulously restored and reopened in 2006. The classic Italianate-style property has 16 rooms, all with marble baths, two restaurants, a patisserie and an adjacent spa. The public areas feature a collection of Hudson River School paintings. The hotel’s Delmonico Room features contemporary interpretation of classic cuisine, while the more casual Bar Louis offers bistro-style global cuisine, including its signature Sushi Pizza, as well as a giant photograph of Andy Warhol and John Lennon above the bar.www.relaischateaux.comlast_img read more

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