Beyoncé Forced To Cancel Coachella Due To Pregnancy, Will Perform In 2018

first_imgWhen Coachella announced their lineup, it boasted one of the biggest “gets” in the festival’s history. Sure, huge, world-famous acts like Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar wee on the bill, but the real news was that pop superstar Beyoncé would headline both weekends with them. In recent months, Beyoncé revealed that she is pregnant with twins, however, she would still perform at the multi-weekend mega festival. Some fans were skeptical, given the circumstances, however, she turned in an incredible performance that mixed in visual art elements at The Grammy Awards that seemed to ease the concerns of fans nervous that she’d cancel her performances at Coachella.However, that comfort was short lived, as Beyoncé has now been forced to cancel her performances at Coachella 2017 due to her pregnancy, citing “doctor’s orders.” The festival has not announced a replacement act yet, but did announce that Beyoncé will honor her commitment to the festival by headlining the event in 2018. See below for a full statement from Beyoncé’s team, Parkwood Entertainment, and Coachella festival organizers Goldenvoice, courtesy of the Associated Press:“Following the advice of her doctors to keep a less rigorous schedule in the coming months, Beyonce has made the decision to forgo performing at the 2017 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. However, Goldenvoice and Parkwood are pleased to confirm that she will be a headliner at the 2018 festival. Thank you for your understanding.”[Photo via Kevin Mazur via Getty Images]last_img read more

Man Charged After Allegedly Sending Inappropriate Texts To A Juvenile

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now Stock Image.LITTLE VALLEY – A Cattaraugus County man was charged after allegedly sending inappropriate text messages to a juvenile.The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office says 49-year-old Keith Lore was charged with endangering the welfare of a child following an investigation last week.Deputies say Lore was arraigned and released with an appearance ticket.He is scheduled to appear in Little Valley Town Court at a later date. last_img

Odds & Ends: Neil Patrick Harris Will Go From Hedwig to Freak Show & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Neil Patrick Harris Will Go From Hedwig to Freak Show Ask and you shall receive! According to Variety, Hedwig and the Angry Inch headliner Neil Patrick Harris penned a letter to Ryan Murphy, the brains behind American Horror Story: Freak Show, saying he wanted to appear on the TV series. Murphy then tweeted the Tony winner: “of course you can be on Freak Show! I have a role I think you’d love.” If you’re unable to catch Harris in Hedwig on Broadway (he departs the musical on August 17), at least you now have this to look forward to! Glee’s Banned in Britain It’s really happened. Earlier this year we brought you the news that Glee could be banned in Britain (the owner of a comedy venue called The Glee Club complained the show infringed on his trademark). Now, reports that the U.K.’s High Court has ordered 21st Century Fox to change Glee’s name. We’re guessing the Hollywood bigwigs will be taking this to the Court of Appeal, but they’re running out of options. Neil Patrick Harris View Comments Tony Winner Frank Langella Will Star in Captain Fantastic Another piece of good Hollywood news for a three-time Tony winner. Frank Langella, who picked up Tonys for Frost/Nixon, Fortune’s Fool and Seascape, will star opposite Viggo Mortensen in Captain Fantastic. Deadline writes that the Matt Ross-helmed film will soon start shooting in Albuquerque. Star Files Bernadette Peters Heads to Bravo Bernadette Peters is heading to Bravo, but not, obviously, as a real life housewife. The three-time Tony winner will guest star on Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, the network’s first original scripted series. Peters will play mom to Lyla, one of the main characters. Bernadette Peterslast_img read more

Netflix. Hulu. Amazon. And the winner is…

first_img 68SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Derek San Filippo Derek is a freelance writer who spends his off time either working with his rescue animals or writing children’s books. He lives in San Diego with his beautiful wife … Web: Details Chances are you have a tablet, console, smart TV, or smart phone. There is some device shackling you to the interwebs. And if you have one of these devices, chances are you have a subscription to one of, if not all three of, the above listed streaming services. All three are well-known, each with their own exclusive content. But which one delivers the biggest bang for your buck?NetflixTo start, the most basic plan with Netflix starts at $8.99 a month. This offers access to the entire Netflix library, which includes their original series and films. Daredevil for the win!Netflix has a few drawbacks, however. Outside of only getting to use Netflix on a single device at a time, the $8.99 plan offers no HD content. In order to get anything better, you’ll need to shell out an extra $4 ($12.99). That’s a 44% increase. This ups the number of streamable devices to two and gives you access to HD and Ultra HD picture. For $15.99 you’ll be able to use Netflix on three devices simultaneously.HuluThe breakdown for Hulu is simple. The basic streaming option is the $5.99 plan. This is their most popular choice. The basic package, however, does come with ads. In order to make those go away, you’ll have to pay $11.99 a month (a 50% increase). Also, Hulu can only be used on one device at a time.The third Hulu streaming option is an add-on called Live TV at $44.99 a month. It is exactly what it sounds like. It’s nice that you can view live television shows, but it seems silly to pay for something you probably already have access to through your basic cable provider.Amazon PrimeAnd finally, we come to Amazon. For Amazon Video, you’ll pay $8.99 a month, giving you access to their library of free content, including Prime original shows. Plus you can stream purchased downloaded content from Amazon on Prime Video. Prime can also be viewed on any number of devices, provided you’re generous enough to allow others to use your credentials. There are other, more expensive plans, but those have to do with Amazon online shopping and not video streaming.As with all streaming services, there are drawbacks to Prime. Amazon boasts a staggering 20,000+ library of content. The only issue is that a lot of their exclusive content consists of things most people in the USA don’t care about (obscure foreign films, antiquated low-budget movies, etc.).So, who wins the belt?Rolling Stone published an article naming the 20 best shows made for streaming, comparing Netflix, Hulu and Amazon. Netflix was on top by a landslide, getting 13 out of the 20 total spots. Amazon came in second with five and Hulu in third with two.Netflix, at $12.99 a month, offers HD and Ultra HD film and television as well as the best exclusive content. Hulu, at $11.99, offers HD and Ultra HD film and television. Amazon, at $8.99 offers a vast amount of HD and Ultra HD content, most of which is irrelevant to the majority of Americans.If you want the best content for the best price, Netflix is the way to go.last_img read more

Retno calls on FPGH to be ‘positive force’ for equitable vaccine access

first_imgOther nations with more limited resources have opted to band together under multilateral initiatives to procure future vaccines or have secured bilateral agreements with vaccine-producing countries.Read also: New reckoning for WHO vaccine plan as governments go it aloneIndonesia is no exception, as it has ordered 30 million doses of a potential COVID-19 vaccine for delivery by the yearend and up to 340 million doses for delivery next year in deals with China and the United Arab Emirates.The World Health Organization (WHO) stated that the ideal goal was for each country to receive enough vaccines to inoculate 20 percent of its population, starting with health workers and the most vulnerable groups regardless of nationality. Retno said that meeting domestic needs and securing access to affordable vaccines could go hand in hand, highlighting that a global effort was necessary to overcome and recover from the pandemic together.“[The FPGH] must continue to stand behind multilateral initiatives such as the global allocation framework [of] the COVAX Facility to speed up vaccine development and ensure equitable and fair allocation,” she said. “No one and no country should be left behind.”The COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access (COVAX) is an initiative led by the Gavi vaccine alliance in coordination with the WHO and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) to purchase 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines for equitable distribution to countries around the world in 2021. It has secured 300 million doses to date, reports AFP.WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who attended Thursday’s FPGH meeting, said that the COVAX effort had only managed to secure less than 10 percent of global needs.He also underscored the danger of “vaccine nationalism” in compromising equitable access to future COVID-19 vaccines for all countries.Read also: Efficacy and safety first: Experts urge government not to put vaccines on pedestal”Once we have an effective COVID-19 vaccine, it’s vital that we also use it effectively. And the best way to do that is to ensure that some people in all countries receive it, rather than all people in some countries,” Ghebreyesus tweeted.The head of the global health authority lauded Indonesia’s efforts as the 2020 FPGH chair in advocating for “affordable health care for all”.The FPGH comprises Brazil, France, Indonesia, Norway, Senegal, South Africa and Thailand. Established in 2006, the forum has agreed to fully support global efforts to bring an end to the COVID-19 pandemic through global health and foreign policy harmonization.In a related development, Retno also attended the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on Thursday, during which representatives of the world’s top economies sought international cooperation over easing travel restrictions and reopening borders.Read also: G20 foreign ministers discuss easing travel restrictions“This effort needs collective global leadership. Efforts to revive and reconnect our economic cooperation must be supported, [but] without sacrificing strict health protocols,” the minister said in her remarks.During the meeting, the ministers discussed the “importance of coordinating precautionary measures” across borders to protect lives and livelihoods, the G20 said in a joint statement following a virtual meeting hosted by Saudi Arabia.Topics : Indonesia has called on fellow members of the seven-nation Foreign Policy and Global Health (FPGH) forum to push for equitable access to vaccines, especially at a time when poorer countries may lose out to their richer neighbors in securing access to any future COVID-19 vaccines.“Meeting the domestic need for vaccines is a necessity, but we must not do so at the expense of others. […] We must be a positive force for accessible and affordable vaccines for all,” Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said in an official transcript of the forum’s virtual meeting on Thursday.Retno’s remarks come as a number of developed countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, European Union members, Canada and Japan, have reserved an estimated 3.1 billion doses of experimental vaccines for themselves, before the clinical trials have even finished.last_img read more

Boat house property hits market but there is no sign of water

first_imgMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North4 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago33 Banjo Crescent, Gilston.Port holes, a ship deck, masthead and bow as well as coloured glass and timber rafters are some of the nautical features. Vaulted ceilings combine with portside and starboard style bedrooms for the ship effect.The mastermind behind the construction is 74-year-old builder Barry Blunsdon who was recruited by the architect in 1989 to replicate a ship. 33 Banjo Crescent, Gilston.BRENT and Bonnie Winters are throwing down the anchor and putting out a call for a new captain of their Gilston ship.Mr Winters is the third owner of the impressive house designed by renowned architect Peter Jansen as his personal abode almost 30 years ago. 33 Banjo Crescent, Gilston.He said building the house was one of the hardest things he had ever done.“It was just me and my mate Harley Lomax working long days and long nights,” he said. “The timber joinery was really complicated. Back then Gilston was rural, there weren’t any homes around it was just all big paddocks. 33 Banjo Crescent, Gilston.Sitting on a hill at 33 Banjo Cres, the home comes with all the bells and whistles you would expect in a normal boat. 33 Banjo Crescent, Gilston.“We bought it seven years ago and when we first stepped inside it really blew us away,” he said.“Our friends were quite marvelled by it too, there is a boat engine design out the back with pipes to make it seem like you’re really sailing.” The Gilston house that was designed to look like a boat. Mr Barry Blunsdon the original builder . Picture Mike Batterham. Picture Mike Batterham“We had almost finished the home when it nearly went up in smokes from a bushfire.“Harley and I stayed up all night putting it out, luckily the bushfire only burnt the trees at the front of the house and we managed to keep it back.” The ship is set to sail at auction on August 26. 33 Banjo Crescent, Gilston.But according to Mr Blunsdon it wasn’t smooth sailing building the house.“I was building a house for Formula One driver Alan Jones when I met architect Peter Jansen,” Mr Blunsdon said. “When he asked me to build his home I was really hesitant and I knew it wouldn’t be easy but he insisted that he liked my style. I had no idea what I was in for.” The house was built within 18 months by a team of two, including Mr Blunsdon.Mr Blunsdon said the architect was strict about having no skirting boards, floorboards with no nails and angles in the ceiling.last_img read more

Nigeria: Otakikpo further increases production. Phase two in sight

first_imgAfrica-focused oil and gas company Lekoil has increased production at the Otakikpo field offshore Nigeria to 7,600 barrels of oil per day.Since starting production on February 20, daily production levels have steadily increased from 5,000 bopd to 6,400 bopd in October and 7,600 bopd through November 27.Lekoil said on Friday that additional perforations in one of two production strings at well-003 were recently performed before re-opening it for production.The Otakikpo joint venture partners, Lekoil as the financial and technical partner and Green Energy International Limited (GEIL) as the operator, agreed to hold production at current levels for a few more weeks to gather and analyze essential production and reservoir data and information before increasing production at the field.Funding talks As the field nears Phase One target production of 10,000 bopd, the joint venture is now focused on Phase Two of the field development plan which aims to increase production up to 20,000 bopd.Phase Two includes 3D seismic coverage of the entire Otakikpo field, neighboring prospects, and the incremental development of the rest of the field with new wells planned.Next steps will be to gather the 3D seismic data, process and interpret the data and subsequently release an updated competent person’s report. The company expects the Phase Two development to be fully funded by industry players, which the company is already in discussions with.Lekoil added that it completed five liftings so far and received cash proceeds within 30 days of each lift as prescribed by the terms of the crude sales agreement with Shell Trading. The company had an average premium for the Otakikpo blend of $1 or more above Brent pricing since inception. At current oil prices, the cash netback is above $30 per barrel.last_img read more

IADC Dredging for Sustainable Infrastructure Conference in India

first_imgThe International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC) has announced that their event, named ‘Dredging for Sustainable Infrastructure Conference’, will take place on Friday, 18 October, 2019, at the Leela Palace Hotel in New Delhi, India.With growing environmental awareness and increasing climate pressures on low-lying deltas, modern-day society puts incredibly strong demands on the sustainability of water infrastructure projects, said IADC.“Classic approaches towards the design and implementation of such projects are no longer sufficient. Instead, radically different methods are needed. They demand multidisciplinary project teams to adopt entirely new ways of thinking, acting and interacting,” according to IADC.About the eventAt this conference, attendees will experience what it means to apply this new approach in practice. New avenues towards the development of sustainable water infrastructure will be explored.Key enablers to make this happen will be discussed, including the issues of:stakeholder engagement;valuation of ecosystem benefits;adaptive management of dredging projects;beneficial use of dredged materials.The speakers are industry experts, scientists, practitioners and project owners with backgrounds in engineering and environmental sciences. There will be many opportunities for participants to engage with each other during the program, enhancing knowledge exchange and transfer.last_img read more

New laws, fees & higher gas tax kick in July 1

first_imgIndianapolis, Ind. — Hoosiers will see changes July 1 following one of the most active Indiana General Assembly sessions in recent years. The new laws are designed to protect, educate and prepare state government for the future.The gas tax will increase by 10 cents and BMV fees will be increased and added. Registrations will now include a $15 transportation infrastructure improvement fee. Owners of electric vehicles will pay a $150 supplemental registration fee (SRF) and hybrid vehicle owners add a $50 SRF.State law will now require minors to wear helmets while operating any ATV or off-road vehicle or side-by-side off road vehicle on public or private property. This includes riders at Redbird and Interlake state recreation areas.Employees at public and private schools will be subject to more extensive background checks. Deeper, more thorough background checks could now result in an additional 30,000 investigations required annually. The bill also requires current employees to undergo the expanded background check every five years.The law requiring residents to obtain a license to carry a handgun has been repealed. Hoosier can now possess a handgun by following a list of guidelines. Handgun owners can now carry a weapon in a vehicle as long as it is unloaded and out of reach. State officials did clarify “out of reach” by saying, “In the trunk is out of reach, in the glove box is not.”New laws will also form a task force to assess services provided to the disabled and children. The task force has a November 1, 2018 deadline to quantify how many people are waiting for services and resources needed to bridge the gap.last_img read more