Slideshow: The best of this week’s comet pictures

first_img Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, taken by Philae’s down-looking ROLIS instrument (for ROsetta Lander Imaging System), which snapped pictures during the descent. Philae is now about 3 kilometers away from the surface. ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA Welcome, Philae! One of the lander’s early pictures from the comet’s surface shows one of its three feet in the foreground and some of the comet material. A camera on Rosetta captures the lander against the black background of space as it falls to the surface of the comet. Philae returns its first panoramic image of the surface of a comet, taken by its CIVA-P imaging system (part of the Comet Infrared and Visible Analyser, consisting of seven identical cameras that produce a 360° image). A sketch of the lander’s likely curr ESA/ATG medialab Philae returns its first panoramic image of the surface of a comet, taken by its CIVA-P imaging system (part of the Comet Infrared and Visible Analyser, consisting of seven identical cameras that produce a 360° image). A sketch of the lander’s likely curr ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA Philae’s ROLIS imager snapped this picture of the comet’s dust- and debris-covered surface when the lander was about 40 meters from touchdown. ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA A timeline of Rosetta’s journey through the solar system, from its launch in March 2004 through its rendezvous with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko this past August and the descent of the lander this week. In the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) control room in Darmstadt, Germany, the mood was anxious and all eyes were glued to the mission control computer screens as a spidery, three-legged lander named Philae detached from its parent spacecraft, Rosetta, and made its slow descent to the surface of a comet—and cheers and hugging broke out on 12 November when the control room received confirmation that the lander had arrived. The end may already be nigh for the lander—after bouncing on the surface, the craft appears to have settled in the shadow of a wall of material, preventing it from receiving enough sunlight to its solar cells to function for more than a few days—but ESA counts the mission as a major success. 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(The image was taken by Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera). center_img ESA/Rosetta/Philae/ROLIS/DLR ESA ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA Alone in space: Rosetta’s OSIRIS wide-angle camera watches as Philae (circled) heads for the comet’s surface. As Philae fell away from the Rosetta spacecraft, the lander took a farewell snap. The image shows Rosetta’s solar panels amid the glare and glint of sunlight. By Carolyn GramlingNov. 14, 2014 , 3:45 PM The red cross marks the lander’s first touchdown point (before it bounced twice and then settled on the surface). (The image was taken by Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera). ‹› ESA/Rosetta/Philae/ROLIS/DLR This artist’s impression depicts Philae separating from Rosetta and descending to the surface of the comet. Slideshow: The best of this week’s comet pictureslast_img read more

Nazareth inaugural girls’ volley champ

first_imgView comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Scribes pick San Miguel’s Ang as Executive of the Year Faith Nisperos lived up to her billing, leading the Lady Bullpups’ offense while ace setter Joyme Cagande kept the team’s offense going throughout the match.On its way to the championship, NSNU swept the Pool A elimination round and ripped host Holy Rosary College in the crossover semifinals of the event which drew 12 high school squads nationwide.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHoly Rosary settled for third place after outlasting Hope Christian High School, 14-25, 25-22, 25-27, 25-19, 20-18. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Nazareth School of National University recovered from a second-set defeat by dominating the next two as it trounced De La Salle Lipa, 25-23, 24-26, 25-14, 25-12, and ruled the first 18-and-under Rebisco Volleyball League crown at Santa Rosa Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Laguna late Sunday.Stung by their only set loss the entire tournament, the NSNU girls showed their true might in the next two, banging in hits from all angles while foiling their rivals’ attacks with solid net defense and court coverage.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

#KicksStalker: What makes the Agimat click?

first_imgREAD: #KicksStalker: Nike, LeBron provide Gilas PH with ‘Agimat’ The words “Para Sa Kadakilaan” appear on the heel tab and the heel cushion. If you have the limited edition box, you’ll find a triangular emblem on top that’s a replica of a medallion (an agimat, what else?) that accompanies the sneaker. There, you’ll also find the phrase “Mula mandirigma sa mandirigma” inscribed on it.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingPhoto from Nike PHThe traditional fabric woven along with the cultural elements adorning the shoe also help make it a collector’s piece among Filipino kicks stalkers.The homage to the Filipino basketball culture interspersed with Filipino mythology is the reason why some of the Gilas Pilipinas players like Troy Rosario were in awe of the shoe, arousing feelings of national pride and patriotism even at just first glance. A closer look at the Nike LeBron 14 “Agimat.” Photo from Nike PHNow that the LeBron 14 “Agimat” has finally hit select shoe store shelves and found its way to the hands of giddy sneakerheads, it’s time to look at the qualities that made the shoe quite a pick among buyers.First off, there’s the Filipino markings all over the shoe and its limited edition-issue box.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes LATEST STORIES ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans “It feels so proud to see the Filipino words written on the shoe,” said the Gilas forward.Photo from Nike PHAlso worth a look is the shoe’s perforated upper, which contributes to the Agimat being one of the lightest and fastest in the LeBron line. Filipino sneaker fans tend to lean to lightweight shoes and with LeBron James wanting to honor the country’s passion for hoops that matches his own, having a light, breathable and flexible shoe became a priority for the Agimat engineers.GALLERY: Gilas Pilipinas rocks Nike LeBron 14 ‘Agimat’Anyone who loves to play basketball, from the consummate pro to the wobbly weekend warriors, values cushioning too, and the Nize Zoom Air midsole provides the Agimat with comfortable absorption that maximizes every step.With all those features and more, it’s no wonder people were queueing for the Agimat when it went on sale last weekend.ADVERTISEMENT Star retains top spot after thumping of Meralco Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendcenter_img SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Injured Kyrgios pulls out of Wimbledon opener

first_imgAustralia’s Nick Kyrgios walks through Wimbledon tennis club wearing a newly released Tottenham Hotspur T-Shirt in southwest London on July 1, 2017, prior to the start of the tennis tournament on July 3. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP)LONDON, United Kingdom — Nick Kyrgios suffered more injury woe as the Australian was forced to retire from his Wimbledon first round match against Pierre-Hugues Herbert on Monday.Kyrgios admitted last week he would go into Wimbledon only “60-65 percent” fit as he struggled to recover from the left hip injury that forced him to pull out of Queen’s Club last month.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Palace: Up to MTRCB, DFA chief to pull out ‘Abominable’ from cinemas PLAY LIST 00:54Palace: Up to MTRCB, DFA chief to pull out ‘Abominable’ from cinemas00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Madison Keys wins opening match at Wimbledon LATEST STORIES Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucenacenter_img A Kyrgios double fault in the eighth game gave Herbert the break that gifted him the opening set.Kyrgios, then ranked 144th, burst onto the scene at Wimbledon in 2014 when he defeated then world number one Rafael Nadal en route to the quarter-finals.With the injury impeding his movement, there was no sign of that brilliance against Herbert and when the 70th-ranked Frenchman took the second set, Kyrgios called for treatment.He spent several minutes speaking to the doctor before telling Herbert he was going to have to retire.ADVERTISEMENT The 22-year-old had reached at least the fourth round in all three of his previous Wimbledon appearances.But after losing in the second round at both the Australian and French Opens this year, Kyrgios’s miserable 2017 continued as the world number 20 lost the first two sets 6-3, 6-4 against Herbert before deciding to call it quits due to the nagging injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHerbert will face France’s Benoit Paire or Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva in the second round.From the moment he stepped onto Court Three wearing long white leggings under his shorts, Kyrgios didn’t look comfortable and he spent most of the first set trying to flex and stretch his leg. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera What ‘missteps’?last_img read more

Tough Kyrgyz test awaits India in AFC Asian Cup qualifiers

first_imgHigh on confidence following a six-game winning streak, India will face their toughest test this year when they take on Kyrgyzstan in an AFC Asian Cup qualifying round football match here tomorrow.India have come into the game after winning six official international matches on the trot, including a 2-0 victory over Nepal last week, and they would fancy their chances against the central Asians in the home leg tie at Sree Kanteerava Stadium. (Also read: ‘Beds for Travelling Fans’ campaign to help fans in Bengaluru for India vs Kyrgyz Republic match)The Stephen Constantine-coached Indian side are ranked at exactly 100 while Kyrgyzstan are 132nd in the latest FIFA rankings. Both the sides are tied at three points each from their opening fixture wins in Group A.Whoever win tomorrow will brighten their chances of qualifying for the main tournament in UAE in 2019. Two teams from each of the six groups will qualify for the 2019 tournament.Macau and Myanmar are the other two teams in Group A.We are wearing Blue tomorrow. #BackTheBlue #AsianDream #INDvKGZ Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) June 12, 2017India had beaten Myanmar in the first match of their qualifying campaign, besides defeating Cambodia and Nepal in international friendlies this year. But, Kyrgyzstan are expected to provide the strongest test to the Indian side. The Central Asian side have come into the match after defeating Macau 1-0 at home.Both nations have locked horns on three occasions. India have won twice — in Nehru Cup 2007 and 2009 — but Kyrgyzstan won the last contest in the 2010 AFC Challenge Cup.advertisementConstantine may cherish some happy memories playing at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium as his team had beaten Guam 1-0 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, but Kyrgyzstan could be an acid test for him and his players.Udanta Singh, who has been a revelation for the Indian side, will be missing due to an injury, as also striker C K Vineeth, who has been a star performer for Bengaluru FC in the domestic season.Constantine may also be worried about playmaker Eugenson Lyngdoh as he has not had the best of run for BFC this season.Star striker Sunil Chhetri is certain to return after being rested against Nepal in Mumbai. Jeje Lalpekhlua, who scored against Nepal, would look to continue his good form.The inexperienced Indian defence is beginning to look good and Sandesh Jhingan and Anas Edathodika will hope to keep the Kyrgyzstan strikers at bay.Kyrgyzstan, on the other hand, will bank on their strikers Mirlan Murzaev and Vitaly Lux. Murzaev is good at aerial play and is an attacking player. Captain Azamat Baymatov and Tamirlan Kozubaev will man the central defence.It’s do or die tomorrow #IndianFootball #BackTheBlue #AsianDream #INDvKGZ Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) June 12, 2017All set to rock and roll. #BackTheBlue #AsianDream #INDvKGZ Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) June 12, 2017″Kyrgyzstan are an experienced side. They have quality and they have a great experience. As I heard, a lot of players ply their trade in Europe, which is a great sign of their calibre. I expect a very good fight from them. At the end of the day, it’s going to be a tough challenge for us,” Constantine said at the pre-match press conference.Asked about India’s higher ranking than their opponents, he said, “Ranking comes for a particular reason. But, on the given day, you have to perform on the field. 32 above or below in the FIFA Ranking doesn’t decide the result of a football match. Your hard work counts on the pitch.”Chhetri echoed his coach’s sentiments and said, “We have a huge task tomorrow. We know they are a strong side but we are here to give everything we have to win the tie.”We are churning out results, we are proud to take the results. But, we can’t afford to be complacent at this moment.One moment of he slip-up and everything will be ruined.”Kyrgyzstan coach Alexander Krestinin sounded confident: “We’re here to get a win. We won’t be satisfied with a draw.We are the favourites in the group.”We are ready. We know that India will be a tough nut to crack at their home. Their defence is very strong. But we’re well prepared to beat them.”India are playing smart football recently. Getting good results always gives you confidence. It’s the 21st century and everyone has the information about their opponents. We are well prepared for them and hope there will be a good fight tomorrow.advertisementlast_img read more

Tuchel treads carefully over Neymar play-acting

first_imgSingapore, July 29 (AFP) Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel pledged to keep his conversations with Neymar behind closed doors on Sunday as he weighs up how best to deal with the combustible star.Neymar, the world’s most expensive player, was widely lampooned for his play-acting at the World Cup, but Tuchel refused to reveal if he would raise it with the Brazilian.”I’m young — well, not so young — but I know when I speak about Neymar there’s a lot of potential to every word that I say,” said the 44-year-old German.”So the best thing when I speak to him about something that we do this in closed rooms.” Tuchel’s arrival at PSG follows reports of discord between Neymar and fellow forwards Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani, as well as ex-coach Unai Emery.Tuchel said he needed a close relationship with Neymar, whose difficult World Cup ended when Brazil were stunned by Belgium in the quarter-finals.”I’m very sure that I have a connection with him and I’m very sure that I need to have a connection with these kinds of players,” Tuchel said.”He’s an outstanding player. He knows how to handle big victories, he also knows how to handle defeats, because that’s the way sport is.”It’s always a big challenge to bounce back and I will help him with that. (But) what I talk about with him, when I talk with him, it’s a secret that I keep.” (AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more

Football transfer rumours: Mauricio Pochettino to Milan?

first_imgFootball Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Rumour Mill United are also keeping tabs on DC United’s 24-year-old Argentinian midfielder Luciano Acosta, who could end up taking one of several dressing-room pegs and parking spaces freed up by the likely departures of – deep breath – Nemanja Matic, Romelu Lukaku, Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, Eric Bailly and Alexis Sanchez.And finally, Liverpool are ready to offer their sparingly used Belgian striker Divock Origi a new deal, while RB Leipzig are ready to offer Chelsea £30m for striker Tammy Abraham. Reuse this content Share via Email Share on WhatsApp With Tottenham installed in their ridiculously well appointed new digs, Pochettino may not fancy a move to the comparatively shabby San Siro but any offer from Milan chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, would force his Tottenham counterpart, Daniel Levy, to loosen the Tottenham purse-strings and sanction the summer purchase of some expensive new players. As he approaches the end of his breakthrough season, Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka is believed to feature on Pochettino’s wish-list, in a state of affairs that could spell bad news for Kieran Trippier.Unlikely to stay at Fulham following their relegation from the Premier League, Aleksandar Mitrovic is also being touted as a potential Tottenham target, although he’s more likely to get regular game time at Everton, Leicester City, West Ham or Southampton, who are also interested in securing his services. Valued at £50m by Fulham, Mitro may take himself off to China, where Guangzhou Evergreen are reported to be willing to match Fulham’s asking price and pay the 24-year-old £300,000 per week. Good work if you can get it.Real Madrid are getting as bored as the rest of us with hearing themselves being linked with Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea and will focus their attention on Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga instead. As part of an extensive summer rebuild, the Spanish side are hoping to get a deal for Kepa’s Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard over the line before the end of the season and will continue their none-too-subtle courtship of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.Chelsea are hoping to bring Brazilian midfielder Bruno Guimaraes to Stamford Bridge this summer, but will have to overturn a transfer ban and fend off interest from both Milan sides, Shakhtar Donetsk, Napoli and Lille to sign the 21-year-old from Athletico Paranaense, according to the good folks at ESPN. Elsewhere in London, West Ham are planning for life without Andy Carroll and Marko Arnautovic and think Roma striker Edin Dzeko could be the man to help them consolidate their rightful place somewhere between ninth and 17th in the Premier League table. A youngster in big demand, their midfielder Declan Rice may switch sides for the second time in a year by leaving the club for Manchester United in exchange for £50m.center_img Topics With Ole Gunnar Solskær at the Manchester United wheel and Zinedine Zidane getting his feet under the table at Real Madrid for the second time, Tottenham Hotspur fans could have been forgiven for thinking they could look forward to a relaxing summer free from worry about the possibility of their popular, highly regarded manager having his head turned by another club. This may not be the case, however, as weekend reports suggest AC Milan are the latest European heavyweights to hitch their skirts at Mauricio Pochettino and will attempt to lure him to Italy with the promise of a £300m transfer kitty. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on LinkedIn Chelsea’s Sarri hints at Eden Hazard exit after his masterclass sinks West Ham Share on Facebook Read more featureslast_img read more

Demonstrators stop Edmonton Pride parade over police participation

first_imgEDMONTON – Edmonton’s annual Pride parade ground to a halt for more than half an hour on Saturday, when demonstrators upset that police officers were allowed to march in the event blocked its route.The demonstrators handed out leaflets calling for the parade’s organizers to uninvite city police, RCMP and military members from marching in future parades.The leaflets also demanded the Edmonton Pride Festival Society “restructure its board and staff hiring practices to have more representation from people of colour and trans folks.”The society, the city’s police and the RCMP announced last month that officers would take part in Saturday’s parade along Whyte Ave., but would wear T-shirts instead of their uniforms.One protester held a sign that said “Racism is a Queer Issue,” but some spectators grew impatient with the demonstration and chanted “We want Pride!”Alexis Hillyard, a spokeswoman for the protesters, says the parade resumed after Pride organizers agreed to their demands.“Yes, people were grumpy that the parade was stopped and I understand that. But the parade got to continue and it was a beautiful parade,” said Hillyard, who was participating in the parade as a marshal and then stopped to be in the protest.“The Pride society listened and accepted and pledged to meet all of the requests, which is a really huge win for everyone because that just means safer participation for all people, not just a certain type of people,” she added.The society said in a statement late Saturday afternoon that it agreed with the demands, and that police and military members would not march in the parade “until the community feels that they have taken the necessary steps for all community members to feel safe with their presence.”The decision to allow police officers to march, but not in uniform, followed meetings between the society, city police and RCMP that were initiated after police vehicles were restricted from participating in the 2017 parade.The society explained at the time that in many communities, police enforcement agencies were seen to make marginalized people feel unsafe.A news release on behalf of the protesters said that people of colour were invited to be parade marshals, but that when those marshals raised concerns about police participation in the parade, their concerns were repeatedly ignored.“The Edmonton Pride Festival Society views people of colour as decorations, to be seen and not heard,” the release stated.The demonstrators included in their demands that “mainstream Pride spaces clearly acknowledge and honour Pride’s history as a demonstration against police oppression,” and that “more well-funded spaces specifically designed for people of colour and trans folks be included in the festival.”The news release says all of the demands were met.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and members of her NDP caucus marched in the parade. The premier posted numerous photos and video from the event on Twitter and Facebook, but did not mention the delay.The Edmonton Pride Festival Society said its board will hold community meetings to decide how to move forward with the demonstrators’ demands, and how to support communities suffering from systemic racism and oppression.last_img read more

Indigo Announces Free Shipping for All Books This Summer at Indigoca

first_imgAdvertisement To help Canadians prepare their summer reading list, Indigo’s book experts put together their top picks of the season. From soon-to-be-blockbuster-movies and the biggest thriller of the summer, to a 20th anniversary special edition ofHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, these titles will keep Canadians big and small reading all season long.Top Adults Summer BooksThe President is Missing – James Patterson and Bill ClintonThe Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – Mark MansonThen She Was Gone – Lisa JewellThe Death of Mrs. Westaway – Ruth WareThe Outsider – Stephen KingEducated – Tara WestoverSapiens – Yuval Noah HarariSharp Objects – Gillian FlynnCrazy Rich Asians – Kevin KwanThe Perfect Couple – Elin HilderbrandTop Kids Summer BooksWings of Fire #11 – Tui T SutherlandPositively Izzy – Terri LibensonDragon Masters #10: Waking the Rainbow Dragon – Tracey WestHug a Tree, Geronimo – Geronimo StiltonEveryday ABC – Paul CovelloOcean Meets Sky – Terry FanCece Loves Science – Kimberly DertingWeird but True Canada – National GeographicConfidence Code for Girls – Katty KayHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – House Edition – JK RowlingFor more information on Indigo please visit IndigoIndigo is the world’s first Cultural Department Store – a physical and digital meeting place inspired by and filled with books, music, art, ideas, beautifully designed lifestyle products and the creative people who make our experience happen. Indigo believes in real books, in living life fully and generously, in being kind to each other and that stories – big and little – connect us. Advertisement Advertisement _________________________________1 Valid from July 3, 2018 – August 31, 2018 at with a purchase of any book, using a valid plum rewards membership. Excludes heavy and/or oversized items or shipments to remote areas as described at Facebookcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: TORONTO – Indigo (TSX: IDG), the world’s first cultural department store, today announced that for the first time ever, any order from that contains a book will ship for free for plum® members1.“Books are at the centre of everything we do at Indigo and we are excited to offer free shipping on all books at all summer long,” said Kirsten Chapman, Chief Marketing Officer and EVP Digital at Indigo. “Summer is the perfect time to unwind and unplug with a great read, and for those people who choose to shop online for convenience, we want to ensure that we continue to provide amazing value while inspiring a love of reading.”Free shipping will apply to all books Indigo sells online, including audiobooks. To qualify, customers must be an existing member of Indigo’s free program plum® rewards. The plum® rewards program allows customers to earn points for purchases at Indigo as well as enjoy personalized recommendations, bonus points offers and invitations to exclusive events. Customers interested in signing up can visit or any store location. Twitterlast_img read more

Everyone in Kashechewan community ordered to evacuate

first_imgAPTN National NewsOfficials in Kashechewan announced that everyone must leave the community Monday.The northern Ontario First Nation sits on the shores of James Bay and is, once again, threatened by rising spring waters.APTN’s Annette Francis and cameraman Jason Leroux just returned from the community has this first a two stories.last_img

Experts US antiHuawei campaign likely exaggerated

Security experts say the U.S. government is likely exaggerating the threat it says the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei poses to the world’s next-generation wireless networks.Washington has mounted an intense diplomatic offensive that paints Huawei as an untrustworthy servant of Beijing’s intelligence agencies.Critics say the U.S. case is short on specifics and glosses over the fact that China doesn’t need secret access to Huawei routers to infiltrate global networks that already have notoriously poor security.State-sponsored hackers have shown no preference for one manufacturer’s technology over another.The U.S. National Security Council declined to make an official available to address specific questions about threats posed by Huawei.And the top State Department cybersecurity official, Robert Strayer, avoided specifics when questioned by reporters on the issue Tuesday at a mobile trade show in Barcelona, Spain.Frank Bajak, The Associated Press read more

UNICEF chief highlights Jordans efforts to tackle violence against children in schools

“A recent study shows that more than one half of children in Jordan experience physical violence in school,” UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman noted during her two-day visit to the country, which wrapped up yesterday.“Violence against children in schools is unacceptable and should not be tolerated,” she added.UNICEF is partnering with the Ministry of Education and the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to tackle the issue of violence in schools through the Ma’an (Together) initiative. The Family Protection department within the police is also responding to the problem of violence against children with a programme of early detection in public hospitals, a telephone help-line and a referral system through the Ministry of Social Development.In addition, a wide-scale better parenting campaign is being conducted nationwide through the use of imams in mosques that targets mainly fathers and teaches them the principles of child care, respect, protection, and non-discrimination between girls and boys.“The use of religious leaders and their moral authority in teaching principles of child rights to parents and families is an efficient way to reach out to the wider community. It is a powerful advocacy channel,” said Ms. Veneman.Since the programme began in 2000, UNICEF has trained 600 imams in skills to train parents on proper child-rearing practices. Over 130,000 families have been trained on parenting skills.During her trip, the first stop on a mission that will also take her to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, Ms. Veneman visited several schools, including one that takes part in the Madrasati (My School) initiative, which brings together the public and private sectors, as well as parents and the community in a collective effort to improve public school facilities and the standard of education throughout the country. She also visited schools that have integrated Iraqi children currently in Jordan. According to the Ministry of Education, there are 26,800 Iraqi children in school across Jordan, which has hosted Palestinian refugees since 1948.Ms. Veneman also met with Jordan’s Queen Rania Al Abdullah, who is UNICEF’s Eminent Advocate for Children, and a number of other officials. 4 March 2009The head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has highlighted Jordan’s efforts to tackle violence against children in schools, a problem affecting over half of the country’s young people. read more

UN stresses public private partnerships to fight climate change in Asia and

Many developing countries in the region have already taken steps to reduce emissions and implement cleaner air policies, said Kim Hak-Su, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in his keynote address to a regional meeting on the environment, which got under way today in Bangkok.But for more to be done, Mr. Kim added, developing nations needed “substantial assistance from developed countries that are largely responsible for the predicament of climate change and the potential impacts of global warming.”The three-day Asia-Pacific Workshop on the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and National Strategy Studies on Climate Change brings together energy and conservation experts from both the public and private sectors to discuss the Kyoto Protocol – a key environmental treaty meant to cut so-called greenhouse gas emissions – and its implementation in the region.The workshop, which is being attended by over 100 participants from 20 countries, private industry and the World Bank, will also focus on “emission trading” between developed and developing countries, and ways for private industry to capitalize on CDM. read more

DR Congo UN humanitarian affairs chief calls for an end to culture

The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator today called for end to the “culture of impunity” in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where he just arrived on the first stop of an eight-day trip to three central African nations.Violence poses an ongoing threat to untold numbers of Congolese, particularly in the strife-torn eastern provinces. The country is also still recovering from clashes two weeks ago between the security forces of President Joseph Kabila and Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba, the two leading candidates after July’s historic presidential elections.Meeting with representatives of UN agencies working in the DRC, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland told them that the humanitarian community is making progress there, saving more lives per dollar spent than anywhere else. As a positive sign, he cited the large number of displaced persons who have returned to their homes since the beginning of the year.“We must stay the course. We are engaged in a humanitarian marathon here,” said Mr. Egeland, noting that the DRC represents a unique challenge for the aid community, given its huge size – roughly equivalent to all of Western Europe – and enormous unmet humanitarian need.Tomorrow Mr. Egeland, who is also the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, will travel to the southern province of Katanga. There he will visit camps for internally displaced persons and towns that have been seriously affected during the past decade of fighting.After the DRC, Mr. Egeland will also travel to Uganda and Juba, Sudan.In other news, the publication of results from the DRC’s July elections has again been delayed. The Supreme Court was originally scheduled to announce official first-round results of the presidential election today, but those will not be available before Saturday.The delay stems from a constitutional requirement that the second round of the presidential election must take place 15 days after the publication of official results from the first round, according to the UN mission in the DRC, known by its French acronym MONUC.The Supreme Court met today with the president of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to ask for a dispensation allowing both the presidential second round and provincial elections to take place on 29 October, as envisioned in the electoral calendar. In the meantime, MONUC reports that the IEC has also postponed the release of provisional results from the legislative elections, pending a fraud investigation.Yesterday 10 IEC workers were arrested on suspicion of falsifying documents in favour of the Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD) legislative candidate in some Kinshasa districts. The IEC is now re-verifying election tallies in 25 other districts nationally. As a result, provisional legislative results, originally slated for release yesterday, are now expected on Thursday. read more

14billion Access Pipeline sale a symptom of growing oilpatch cash crunch

by Dan Healing, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 14, 2016 4:43 am MDT Last Updated Jul 14, 2016 at 2:37 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email $1.4-billion Access Pipeline sale a symptom of growing oilpatch cash crunch CALGARY – The $1.4-billion purchase of a stake in an Alberta oilsands pipeline is the latest deal in an ongoing garage sale of non-core assets by oil and gas producers struggling to survive.On Thursday, privately held Wolf Midstream of Calgary announced it would buy a 50 per cent stake in the Access Pipeline from Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy with debt and $825 million provided by the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.The pipeline delivers diluted bitumen from Devon’s northern Alberta oilsands facilities to a transportation hub in Edmonton about 350 kilometres away.Calgary-based oilsands producer MEG Energy (TSX:MEG), owner of the other half of Access, is also taking bids but said Thursday it hasn’t found a buyer yet.Both firms say they are raising money to pay down debt as world benchmark oil prices remain at less than half of the US$107 per barrel they were at two years ago.“When you’ve got commodity prices pulling back as they have, guys have less cash flow and so they’re under more pressure,” said infrastructure analyst Dirk Lever of AltaCorp Capital, noting that producers must keep drilling to maintain oil and gas output.Lever said the situation plays into the hands of midstream companies looking to build their portfolios of pipelines, oil and gas processing plants and storage facilities, making them attractive to entities like pension funds looking for investments with long-term, stable returns.“They own the road. You pay a toll to go on the road,” said Lever. “It doesn’t matter if it’s good times or bad times, the tolls are about the same.”Earlier this year, Arkansas-based producer Murphy Oil Corp. announced the sale of two natural gas plants to midstream company Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) for $538 million.Pembina Pipeline (TSX:PPL), another midstream company, recently closed the $566-million purchase of a gas processing plant from producer Paramount Resources (TSX:POU).Last week, Calgary-based Keyera (TSX:KEY) announced it would pay $112 million to take an additional 35 per cent ownership stake in a gas plant it built last year in partnership with producer Bellatrix Exploration (TSX:BXE), boosting its ownership to 70 per cent.“I think in the current environment there’s no question that producers are looking a little bit more at the possibility of selling facilities that so they can raise funds to put into drilling, which is their core business,” said Keyera CEO David Smith. He said his company is actively looking to buy more midstream assets.Wolf Midstream CEO Gord Salahor said the Access Pipeline purchase announced Thursday is his company’s first deal since winning CPPIB backing last year but it won’t be its last, adding that there’s a “window” of opportunity to buy from producers.“We have a long-term mandate in this company to continue to grow, so we could see transactions maybe not quite this size but up to this size in the future,” he said.He said the company also has a mandate from CPPIB to build new midstream facilities in the future.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had an incorrect spelling for Devon Energy. read more

World champions storm past hosts Canada

The World champions continue to display their powerful and solid game against the weaker teams of the continent, and that includes host team Canada, which suffered a 48-12 defeat in front of a home crowd.After only fifteen minutes of the first half, Danish coach Morten Soubak took a time out to change all six field players. The fast breaks were numerous and lethal and Brazil were able to average one goal per minute during the first 20 minutes. Mistakes from the local team were one of the main reasons why the strong South American team was able to take a lead that would only grow as the minutes passed by. Only five goals were conceded by the Brazilians on the first half.The top scorer of the match was Alexandra Nascimento Martinez, who scored nine goals. “Weimprovedourdefence, compared to ourfirst match here. Wemustkeepongivingourbest, alwaysrespectingourrivals, no matterwhothey are”, saidthe2012 World player of the year.On the other match from group A, Mexico overcame a negative result from the first half, in which they found themselves three goals behind. The conducted by Monica Piña were able to take the victory against a team of Puerto Rico that was affected by several 2 minute suspensions. Maria Rocha from Mexico and Adriana Cabrera and Nathalys Ceballos from Puerto Rico were the top scorers with six goals each.On group B, Cuba took the duel against Argentina with a narrow victory for 27-25. A decisive match that was refereed by Danish couple Mads Hansen and Martin Gjeding and that saw the islanders go ahead on the scoreboard on the first minutes of the match. A nervous South American team was erratic on the first ten minutes but fresh substitutes brought them back into the game and narrowed a six goal difference to only one by the end of the first 30 minutes. A very equal second half was decided on details and the conducted by SenovioMaturrell secured a spot on the semifinal. The top scorer was LisandraLusson with 14 goals.On the last match of the evening Uruguay defeated Chile for 32-26 and obtained their first two points in the competition after a loss on the first day. After an even first minutes, the ‘charruas’ secured a five goal difference that would only be stretched on the second half. Four players scored five times on this match: Valeria Flores from Chile and Alejandra Scarrone, Viviana Ferrari and Camila Barreiro from Uruguay.The preliminary round of the competition will be over tomorrow, with the following matches:Group A:Puerto Rico – Canada: 11:30amBrazil – Mexico: 1:30pmGroup B:Uruguay – Cuba: 6:30pmArgentina – Chile: 8:30pmTEXT: LAURA AGENA panamerica handballToronto 2015 handball ← Previous Story Marco Oneto to Orlen Wisla Plock Next Story → Junior WCh 2015: Brazil beat Japan in front of 4.000 home fans read more

Poll What are you wearing to work these days

first_imgA winter coatA light jacketJust a jumper/cardiganNone of the aboveVote None of the above (1057) A winter coat (4346) Mar 10th 2017, 9:21 AM Poll: What are you wearing to work these days? The great unpredictability of March weather makes it hard to know what to wear. 56 Comments Share Tweet Email Image: Shutterstock/abstract_background_texture_nature_music_wedding_flowers_wood_design_grass_coffee_coffee_money_images Just a jumper/cardigan (1086) Image: Shutterstock/abstract_background_texture_nature_music_wedding_flowers_wood_design_grass_coffee_coffee_money_images Friday 10 Mar 2017, 9:21 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Poll Results: By Cormac Fitzgerald 20,867 Views SO IT’S MARCH – month of the ever-changing weather.Irish weather can be changeable at the best of times, but March and April are their own beast, where all the seasons mix and match depending on what day it is.At different times it could feel like summer, lash rain from the sky, start snowing, or be overcast and humid – sometimes all within the one day.This changeability can make leaving the house in the morning a chore, as people try to predict the unpredictable.So, we’re asking: What are you wearing to work these days? Short URL A light jacket (3457)last_img read more

SO Son of Sathymurthy Box Office Collection Allu Arjun Starrer Crosses 1

first_imgAllu Arjun in ‘S/O Satyamurthy’TwitterTelugu movie “S/O (Son of) Satyamurthy” is cruising to become the biggest Telugu film ever released in the United States. The Allu Arjun starrer has managed to reach the $1million mark in the country in four days, the highest for a Telugu movie. It is also the second film in 2015 to reach the landmark figure in box office collections; the earlier movie to do so was Jr NTR starrer “Temper”, in six days. “Temper” was released in 130 screens across the US whereas the Allu Arjun movie was released in 153 screens. Industry analyst Taran Adarsh has hinted that the movie might break records soon.As you read this, #SonOfSatyaMurthy [Telugu] crosses $ 1 million mark in USA [already $ 1,001,184]. Still counting. Final data in some time.— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) April 12, 2015″S/O Satyamurthy” also became the second-highest grossing Telugu flick from its premier shows, earning ₹ 3.01 crore in the first two days itself.Telugu film #SonOfSatyaMurthy takes an AWESOME start in USA. Wed $ 347,267, Thu $ 136,168. Total: $ 483,435 [₹ 3.01 cr]. @RentrakIndia — taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) April 10, 2015Besides “Temper”, eleven Telugu movies had reached the $1 million mark in box office collections in the US. These include “Attarintiki Daredi” , “Aagadu”, “Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu”, “1: Nenokkadine”, “Race Gurram”, “Manam”, “Baadshah”, ” Gabbar Singh”, ” Eega” and “Dookudu”.For actress Samantha Prabhu, it’s her fifth movie to achieve such a feat after “Attarintiki Daredi”, “Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu”, “Manam” and “Dokudu”. For Allu Arjun, this is his second movie after “Race Guram”. For director Trivikram too, it is his second movie to reach the landmark figure, after “Attarintiki Daredi”.last_img read more

Quest for the uncharted formless

first_imgBahaar Dhawan Rohatgi is a self-taught artist whose works are embedded with soul and passion. Prior to involving herself with art Bahaar has been working with a leading law firm for over five years. While her stint at the law firm gave her the opportunity to work on several high stake matters, painting remained in her heart and soul.Each canvas is brought to life with her use of a range of different mediums. Some of her painting series are also inspirations she had derived from life. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfNocturnal Series: This is a series of Bahaar’s artworks that revolve around the curious creature- owl. Some myths associate owls with wisdom, others with wealth- the Uluka (owl) is goddess Lakshmi’s vahana (vehicle), while some others view them as fortune tellers capable of having supernatural connections. Bahaar is intrigued by this creature for the mystery surrounding it.Inner Reflection Series: This series started when Bahaar was going through a transitional phase while exploring and garnering the courage to pursue her passion full time. She wanted to implore the visions in her mind to stay, long enough, without distraction of other impeding responsibilities. Even when her mind was seeking responses, she had no time to register any. Here the ‘Inner Reflection’ series was born- the artworks reflect the inner peace and celebration of personal space. Bahaar believes in the theory of feminism and most of her subjects revolve around women. There is immense ease in expressing emotions through a woman and this series encapsulates those experiences. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveInterstellar Series: In this series, her quest is for the uncharted formless. The interstellar space has no dimensions or theme governing it. The endeavour has been to create a whole new experience and throw people’s mind out of gear, for them to question- What really lays behind the night sky? The beauty about abstraction is that it is not always a planned journey. Some of the recent exhibitions that Bahaar has been a part of would include Masters of Modern Art, Conversation, Triptych Parade and Pop up show. Recently Bahaar was chosen by Morjarto (a platform for artist by NDTV India) to present her artwork to actor Sonakshi Sinha.last_img read more

This is the real reason Im a Margaret Thatcher drag queen

first_imgWe began writing immediately and he started asking me lots of questions: What was my opinion of Maggie? What did I hate or admire about her? What Thatcher policies had had the biggest effect on me?That last question was the easiest to answer.I was born in 1987. It was the height of the AIDS crisis with one person dying every day of the disease. It was the year of the ‘Don’t Die of Ignorance’ campaign with its volcanoes and giant tombstones. It was also the year a clause was introduced into a bill in Parliament, that would later become known as Section 28.For those of you in iGen, Section 28 was an amendment to the Local Authority Act which prohibited the allocation of local government funding to what was deemed to be the promotion of homosexuality. Particularly in schools.Jeremy Corbyn meets Edinburgh Fringe Festival comedy act Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)It was brought in by a Government reacting to public hysteria, and fanning it at the same time. After all, if children knew about these alternative lifestyles they’d hunt them out faster than news Pogs on the playground. And so books were banned, sex education was restricted to discussing heterosexual hanky-panky and the only conversations children had about gay sex were on the playground. The law was broad. It scared people, specifically teachers. Many feared that if they were seen to be ‘promoting’ an alternative lifestyle in any way it would result in them being fired.Of course eventually the law was repealed. But not until 2003. By that point I had lived my entire school life in the shadow of Section 28.I grew up in an archetypal Northern town. Industrial, predominantly working class, white and Christian. One of the worst things you could be was gay. Being gay meant you were different and different wasn’t good.If you showed the slightest signs of deviating from the heterosexual norms you were a faggot and probably had AIDS. You were shunned. If another child was seen with you that meant they were gay by association.What made it even more confusing and scary was that I didn’t even know what I was. Was I gay? Maybe? Or maybe this was the famous ‘phase’ that it was possible to go through? All I knew for sure was that my friend Alison’s older brother was much more attractive than she was. I was different, but I wasn’t going to tell anyone that. In fact I was going to make damn sure no one would ever find out… even if that meant lying to myself.British Conservative prime minister Margaret Thatcher (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)The real consequence of Section 28 was that there was no educated dialogue for young people about sexuality. In sex ed classes, we were taught that an erect penis went into a vagina and nine months later there was a baby. We watched a video where a man’s voice broke as he said ‘Hello’. The girls were taken to a different classroom to learn about periods. That was it.One of my most vivid memories is of a teacher being asked about gay sex. They responded: “I’m not allowed to answer that”.I can still remember the cold sweat rising up my neck. The malice in the answer’s tone may have been purely imagined, but to me it was said with earnest intent. Sex of this kind was obviously so awful and so forbidden even a teacher wouldn’t dare speak of it. This was not allowed.Hardly anyone has a fairy-tale high school experience. Teenagers are cruel. Secondary education can sometimes resemble a particularly brutal David Attenborough special; the hunters separate the weak from the pack and pursue them until blood is drawn. I was called it all:Queer.Puff.Faggot.Pervert.Drawing attention to yourself in any way was a red flag that you were prey, and so I disappeared into myself.This rising anxiety did not just manifest internally. Amongst my peers I was quiet until provoked, and then I was mean. I turned into a bully. My defensive was very much an offensive. If I got it, I gave it back, but not always to the person attacking me. After all, if I could make them laugh at someone else then they wouldn’t be laughing at me. I don’t excuse my behaviour. I’d just been shown that attacking someone for who they were was fair game. Matt Tedford, who performs as Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho, explains why he was moved to turn one of the UK’s most reviled Prime Ministers into his drag persona.Five years ago my best friend asked me if I wanted to co-write and star in a drag comedy musical about Margaret Thatcher.  Margaret Thatcher (Photo by William Lovelace/Daily Express/Getty Images)Thank God for TV! Now, every time I see a new LGBTQ+ character being introduced to a soap or sitcom I remember how far public perception has come. My only experience of gay men on telly was Mr Humphries and he wasn’t exactly out and proud.The big moment for me was watching Queer as Folk. Pure scandal. I watched it alone, sat in front of the TV with the sound turned down and one finger against the ‘channel up’ button. After all, what would happen if someone came in and saw what I had been watching? I had no idea what was going on, but here were the first gay people with rounded personalities I had ever encountered. It was revolutionary! I mean, rimming?! On TV?! That blew my mind!It wasn’t until I went to university that I actually met other gay people. I still wasn’t out myself, but there were two gay men on my course who were, and I was utterly fascinated by them. I had so many questions! I wanted to know how they came out, how their parents reacted, what they did sexually, how they lived with it – how they were able to be gay?!I didn’t really come out the closet, it fell down around me while I tried to hold it up. Looking back, I wish I had had the confidence to be open about my sexuality from my first day. But I got there. No one was surprised. No one was outraged. No one loved me less.I was relieved. But I didn’t stop thinking about it.When we started writing Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho, we quickly centred it around the events leading up to the passing of Section 28.We wanted to cover it all – the moral panic, the protests, the debates in Parliament – but we didn’t want to tell the story in a po-faced way (which would have been difficult, when Maggie’s being played as a disco singing, sequined throwing, diva superstar). Instead we decided to tell a fantasy story about what would have happened if Maggie had had a change of heart, if she had embraced gay rights, if Section 28 had not passed.How different things could have been.Obviously today we are eons away from where we were. Gay people can get married, adopt, their rights are enshrined in law, we have gay vicars, a gay leader of the Conservative Party in Scotland, even a gay member of the royal family – a minor one, but it’s a start. Last month the Secretary of State for Education gave assurances to the House that the new compulsory provisions for sex education in schools would be LGBTQ+ inclusive. Obviously there is still much work to be done – especially in terms of trans rights and for POC within the gay community – but no one can deny that we’ve come a long way.And yet I can’t help thinking that although things have changed, in many ways they haven’t.A lot of people say they don’t care if their child is gay.But they’re wrong – you should care.Your child is going to have a different experience of life. They are going to go through hardships that you may not have. They will experience prejudice. They may experience shame. You’re going to have to have different conversations. You need to educate yourself. You need to care. We need these conversations in order to have equality.I’ve been performing the show now for almost five years. I think it’s very important that people know about this chapter in our history. It would be very easy to take all this progress for granted and forget there ever was a thing called Section 28. But that would be wrong. We need to remember how easy it is to give into prejudice and how terrible the effects can be for our children.I want people to know I exist. I want teachers to be able to answer questions in class. I want young gay men and women to know that who they are and the things they are feeling are normal. I don’t want anyone else to have to watch TV with their finger on the off button, I don’t want anyone else to bully other people because they can’t accept who they are, I don’t want anyone else to feel ashamed.Section 28 stopped people talking about it. We need to make sure we never stop talking about it again.Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho is currently playing at the Vault Festival in London.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Margaret Thatcher is back to wish you a Happy Valentine’s DayBullied gay writer uses tortured past in new novel to inspire young peopleCelebrating pop culture, drag queens, and porn starsPINK NEWS-last_img read more