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Demi Lovato Hints New Music Could Be Coming Very Soon

first_img Email Demi Lovato: New Music Coming “Very Soon” demi-lovato-hints-new-music-could-be-coming-very-soon Demi Lovato Hints New Music Could Be Coming “Very Soon” The GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter is ready to move on from 2017’s ‘Tell Me You Love Me’ with new musicRenée FabianGRAMMYs May 29, 2018 – 11:16 am With her powerful duet with Christina Aguilera, “Fall In Line,” still hot off the presses, it seems Demi Lovato has had plenty of inspiration to push forward with new music of her own coming “very, VERY soon. … Could be a matter of weeks actually.”During a round of answering fan questions over the weekend, the GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter was asked about a third single from 2017’s Tell Me You Love Me, her sixth studio album. In response, Lovato tweeted that there would not be a third single and that she is ready to move on to something new. Pretty much… I have so much new music to release very VERY soon!!! https://t.co/EaAaiJ4mjD— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) May 29, 2018Of course, the natural follow-up is whether or not a new single or album could be coming soon. And, in fact, the answer is yes: Lovato hinted that we should expect something new as soon as a few weeks, while also divulging that she has “so much new music to release.” Facebook News Twitter Very VERY soon…. could be a matter of weeks actually https://t.co/vOciaHp5mD— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) May 29, 2018While it’s unclear if that means just new singles or the makings of her seventh studio album, it sounds like we won’t have to wait long to find out what’s in store next. In the meantime, you can still catch Lovato on her worldwide tour with DJ Khaled with dates through Nov. 27.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYsRead morelast_img read more

iPhone 11 launch is coming Heres what we expect

first_img Apple Now playing: Watch this: Sprint $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR 0 null Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors $999 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it See It Viva Tung/CNET In this week’s Apple Core roundup, we recap the new features we’re expecting to see on Apple’s next batch of iPhones in September, and discuss how Apple is betting big on 5G with its billion-dollar acquisition of Intel’s modem business. We also break down the latest rumors about the next MacBook Pro, Apple Watch and Apple’s mixed-reality headset. Boost Mobile Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See It reading • iPhone 11, 11R and 11 Max: What we expect from Apple in September Best Buy CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 $999 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Share your voice Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? • Three new iPhones coming in September It seems as if there’s a fresh batch of rumors about the next iPhones every week, and the fact that they’re all starting to sound repetitive means their debut is likely getting close.A report from 9to5 Mac this week paints a picture of all the changes (or lack thereof) we can expect in the iPhones. Citing people who’ve apparently already seen the new phones, the report backs up most of what we already heard about the iPhones, but adds a few more tidbits to the mix. The three new iPhones, for example, will look pretty similar to the 2018 models, and are rumored to have the same screen size as the previous iPhones: 5.8, 6.1 and 6.5 inches. They’ll also have the same resolution and same screen technology: OLED on the XS and XS Max sequels and an LCD screen on the followup to the XR. They’ll still have Face ID with the True Depth front camera and the notch will be the same size. The only difference pointed out by 9to5mac is that Apple might get rid of 3D Touch and the front-facing camera on the 2019 iPhones will have slow-motion video recording. There was no mention on whether or not they’ll have in-screen fingerprint scanners, as previous rumors suggested. On the back will be a new large square camera bump on all three versions of the 2019 iPhone. In addition to the traditional wide-angle and telephoto from previous years, the XS and XS Max sequels will have a new ultrawide angle sensor. The XR will likely only have a wide and ultrawide camera, and will continue to use software to create the portrait mode effect.The report says the new phones will also get a new feature called “Smart Frame,” too. This feature uses the new lens to capture additional content around your photo (for stills and videos). That information is stored for a limited time so you can go back and expand the margins of the frame if you left someone or something out of the shot. The report also backs up rumors about a larger battery, a new and more powerful A13 processor and two-way charging, similar to the Galaxy S10 phones. Other rumors not mentioned by 9to5’s new report suggests that  the iPhone 11R will be available in lilac and green, two new colors that would replace last year’s coral and blue options. The phones will also  sport a new circular mute switch on the side, similar to iPads and that they’ll keep the traditional Lightning port (not USB-C).Apple buys Intel’s modem business Apple could soon be making 5G chips for future iPhones in-house, especially since the 2020 iPhones are already rumored to be the first 5G iPhones with Qualcomm’s 5G chips.That’s because Apple announced it signed an agreement to purchase most of Intel’s smartphone modem business, valued at roughly $1 billion. This comes after a two-year legal battle over patent licensing that the company had with Qualcomm. The companies reached a multiyear chip supply agreement with that would allow Apple to use Qualcomm modems in their phones. Buying the business from Intel would mean they get more  patents and the personnel support of Intel’s modem team, which gives Apple a leg up to end its reliance on companies like Qualcomm for similar technology.  New MacBook Pro coming this yearApple’s recent updates to its MacBook lineup haven’t ruled out a possibility of getting yet another one before the end of the year. According to Chinese site The Economic Daily News, Apple is gearing up to launch a high-end 16-inch laptop with a 3,072×1,920-pixel LCD display (up from the 2,880×1,800 pixels in the current 15-inch MacBook Pro) as early as October.Other potential updates include a better processor and a new keyboard that would use a new scissor switch mechanism in place of Apple’s troubled butterfly switch keyboard, which has caused many mishaps for the company. But the upgrades won’t come cheap — the cost of the new MacBook pro would rise to $3,000, according to the report. The report also mentions an update to the 13-inch MacBook Pro and Retina screen MacBook Air.The Apple Watch may get a new screen in 2020The Apple Watch may get a different screen next year. Another report by The Economic Daily News says Apple will switch from a traditional OLED display to a microLED display on next year’s Apple Watch. Aside from being brighter, microLED technology makes the screen more energy efficient and potentially improve battery life. Improved battery life would mean Apple could finally add a native sleep tracking app to the Apple watch. Apple’s latest patent hints at new hardware Just when we thought Apple might be putting on the brakes for its AR/VR glasses project, we have new reason to believe it’s still a go.apple-gafas-ra-ar-glasses-concept-patent Martin Hajek/iDropNews Apple filed for a patent for a mixed-reality system, which includes a head-mounted display capable of showing augmented and virtual reality, and a controller. The headset would include multiple sensors to track the user’s facial expressions as well as the environment around them, while the controller would have at least one (if not two) built-in processors of its own. Apple has reportedly been working on launching AR or mixed-reality glasses with an 8K display by 2020, but a recent report in DigiTimes suggested that the company halted the project because the glasses themselves were nowhere near completion, and weren’t at the price point Apple needed to make them attractive to consumers. The patent proves Apple is still very much interested in the space, but it may take a bit longer for the actual product to become a reality.  Phones Apple iPhone XS See All See It Three new iPhone 11 models coming in September, rumor… 8:10 Tags See it Rumors Intel Applelast_img read more

The best true wireless earbuds of 2019

first_img $228 at Amazon Best sound under $100 See at Walmart Read Jabra Elite 65t review Now playing: Watch this: While Klipsch’s T5 True Wireless earbuds don’t ship until mid-August, I’ve been testing an early review sample and have been impressed with the sound — it’s nicely detailed with natural-sounding mids and punchy, well-defined bass. The only caveat is you really have to jam the tips into your ear to get a tight seal and the design may not be for everyone. While the Zippo-inspired case is somewhat heavy for its relatively compact size, it’s sleek and sturdy and features USB-C charging. Battery and battery life are also a highlight: The buds themselves can run for up to 8 hours on a single charge at moderate volume levels and the case with its built-in battery provides three additional charges on the go. The T5 Wireless uses Bluetooth 5.0 and has support for both AAC and aptX.Water-resistant: Yes (IPX4 rating — splashproof)   See It Apple Apple AirPods (2019) Audiophile sound Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Read Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless review AirPods on steroids Read Anker Soundcore Liberty Air review $179 at Best Buy Read Jaybird Vista review Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET $199 at Amazon Read Apple AirPods 2019 review $250 at Amazon Most compact — and top-notch for calls Anker Soundcore Liberty Air Jabra Elite 65t CNET $229 Beats Powerbeats Pro The second-generation AirPods add a couple of small but key improvements to the original, including always-on voice recognition and a wireless charging case option. They’re also a top-notch headset for making calls, indoors and out. The base model remains at $159 (£159, AU$249)while the version with the wireless charging case lists for $199 (£199, AU$319). However, you can often find both models for slightly cheaper online.Water-resistant: No (lacks IPX certification) Read: Best over-ear headphones Crutchfield Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors If you’re someone whose ears are a good match — and fit — for the AirPods, Apple’s true wireless earphones do have some small performance advantages, particularly when it comes to making calls. But the Liberty Air earbuds sound as good, if not better, than AirPods, and I find they fit my ears better. In short, as long as you’re OK with a noise-isolating design, the Anker Liberty Airs are an excellent AirPod alternative that happens to cost half the price.The Liberty Air earbuds list for $80 but Anker seems to run regular discounts on Amazon that drop the price a bit.  Water-resistant: Yes (IPX5-rated) $60 at Amazon $229 $228 Best value Sarah Tew/CNET See it See All Sony hasn’t been much of a player in the true wireless (AirPod-style) headphone arena, but its new WF-1000XM3 model may change that. While this pair of headphones isn’t cheap at $229, it’s the best-sounding set of truly wireless earbuds at this price, matching and perhaps even exceeding the performance of pricier competitors from Sennheiser, Beats, Master & Dynamic and Bang & Olufsen. It also has a feature that those wireless earbuds don’t have: active noise cancellation to reduce ambient noise.The only drawback is the WF-1000XM3 earbuds aren’t rated as sweat- or water-resistant. That said, I’ve used them for light workouts at the gym without a problem. They use Bluetooth 5.0 with support for AAC but not aptX.Water-resistant: No (lacks IPX certification) Mentioned Above Sony WF-1000XM3 (Black) In terms of numbers, Apple’s AirPods have dominated the market for true wireless headphones the last couple of years. But with plenty of new models arriving that deliver improved performance and better sound, there are now many appealing totally wireless earbuds to choose from, with even more on the way.We’ve got lists of the best cheap true wireless earbuds and best-sounding true wireless earbuds. This list is, simply, the best true wireless earbuds. Remember that to get optimal performance earbuds tend to need to fit right and feel comfortable, with a tight seal. If you can’t get a snug fit with in-ear headphones, you’ll be sadly disappointed and think you got ripped off, which is why I suggest buying from a store with a decent return policy, such as Amazon. Note that CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site. Read more: Best cheap true wireless earphones Impressive sound Sarah Tew/CNET Strong all-around game Sarah Tew/CNET Read M&D MW07 preview Yes, the Powerbeats Pro’s jumbo charging case with its built-in battery is a notable drawback. But incorporating all the features that make Apple’s AirPods great while delivering richer sound and better battery life in a design that won’t fall out of your ear is a winning proposition. Just make sure you buy them somewhere that has a good return policy in case you’re in the small minority that has ears that aren’t quite a match for them. They use Bluetooth 5.0 with support for AAC but not aptX.Water-resistant: Yes (IPX4 rating — splashproof) See It Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Best Buy New Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds will make you never want… 1More Stylish True Wireless Tags Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Master & Dynamic MW07 True Wireless 12 Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless Sony WF-1000XM3 Sarah Tew/CNET See at Walmart Read Beats Powerbeats Pro review Read 1More Stylish True Wireless review $229 At $300 (£279, AU$499), Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless are more expensive than Apple AirPods, Jabra’s Elite 65t true wireless earbuds and the Elite Active 65t and Bose SoundSport Free wireless earbuds. But they sound superior to those models, with better bass and cleaner, more detailed audio. They also feature very good performance for making phone calls, with solid noise cancellation, and offer a generally comfortable fit, though they’re bigger than the Jabras and stick out of your ear a little more. Their only significant downside is that they gradually lose their charge in the charging case and can end up completely dead after four days or so if you don’t recharge the case.I’ve used these wireless earbuds in the gym, but they don’t fit quite securely enough in my ear for running. Battery life is rated at 4 hours, and you get two extra charges from the carrying case. These use Bluetooth 5.0 with support for AAC and aptX and a firmware update has improved their performance and slightly.Water-resistant: Yes (IPX4 rating — splashproof) Good sound, strong battery life Sarah Tew/CNET Read Klipsch T5 True Wireless review $150 at Amazon Mobile Accessories 5:17 Best noise-canceling The Master & Dynamic MW07 True Wireless earbuds may not fit everyone’s ears equally well, but they certainly have a distinct look, as well as very good sound if you can get a tight seal. These in-ear headphones are known for more of an audiophile sound profile, with smooth, well-balanced sound and well-defined bass, and the MW07 delivers that kind of sound. Available in a variety of color options from $250 to $300, these earbuds include a swanky chrome charging case that comes with a secondary pouch for safekeeping (yes, the case can get scratched up if you leave it in a bag). Battery life is rated at 3.5 hours, which is a little on the short side, and the case with its built-in USB-C chargeable battery gives you an additional three charges. These use Bluetooth 4.2 with support for AAC and aptX and have an extended range of more than 20m, according to Master & Dynamic.Water-resistant: Yes (IPX4 rating — splashproof) Adorama Sarah Tew/CNET $100 at Amazon The Elite 65t ($170, £150 or AU$300) and slightly enhanced Elite Active 65t ($190, £170 or AU$350) are our current top picks in the true wireless category because they sound better than AirPods, they offer just as good or even better performance for making phone calls and they fit a lot of ears securely.Their sound isn’t quite as rich or clean as the more expensive earphones above them on this best wireless headphones list (the bass lacks a little kick), but it’s still a very good-sounding set of true wireless earbuds, and the battery life is decent. Since they’ve been on the market awhile, they’re frequently discounted, so wait till you see a deal before buying.These use Bluetooth 4.2 (AAC but no aptX).Water-resistant: Yes (IP56 rating — can withstand heavy sprays of water) See It Review • Sony WF-1000XM3 true-wireless review: Top-notch sound with active noise cancellation Good for runners Klipsch T5 True Wireless reading • The best true wireless earbuds of 2019 Jaybird got off to a bumpy start in the world of true wireless — that’s “AirPod-style headphones” — when it released its Jaybird Run workout earbuds back in October 2017. Updated to the wireless in-ear Jaybird Run XT earlier this year, the Jaybird Run earbuds were well designed but had some small performance issues that held them back from being great. But their wireless successor model, the Jaybird Vista (cue the Windows Vista jokes), includes design, battery life and performance improvements that make it the product I’d hoped the Jaybird Run would be.At $180 (£160, AU$280), the Jaybird Vista earbuds are a little more expensive than they should be, but they’re among the better true wireless headphones to hit the market in 2019. They’ll appeal to those looking for a more discreet set of totally wireless sports earbuds that offer full waterproofing.Water-resistant: Yes (IPX7 — fully waterproof) Sarah Tew/CNET Jaybird Vista News • AirPods 2 vs. Sony WF-1000XM3: The best wireless earbuds are… • I don’t really know how stylish the 1More Stylish True Wireless earbuds are (yes, that’s their name), but they do sound good. With a list price of $100, they’re the least expensive of any of the models on this list. 1More made a name for itself with its wired earbuds, the Triple Drivers, which sound great and were a good value when wired headphones were still a thing. The same clear, balanced sound is present in 1More’s first true wireless earbuds; they don’t sound as good as the Triple Drivers, but they sound very good for true wireless.These have more of an audiophile sound profile, with more “accurate” sound, so bass lovers may be a little disappointed, but I liked them. Of course, it helped that I was able to get a tight seal with one of the included sets of ear tips. However, the stabilizer fin did nothing for me — I just jammed the tip into my ear to get a secure fit. Their battery life is rated at up 6.5 hours (expect closer to 5 if you’re listening to your music at higher volumes), with an extra 17 hours or so of battery life available from the charging case. These use Bluetooth 5.0 with support for AAC and aptX.Water-resistant: No (lacks IPX certification) Share your voice Read Sony WF-1000XM3 review Comments CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Sony WF-1000XM3 Bang & Olufsen Bose Sennheiser Sony Applelast_img read more

Hindu monastic order is reclaiming transgender peoples status in Indian society

first_imgSoumya Shankar Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. By: Soumya Shankar peepsqueek says: News • Photos of the Week February 21, 2019 at 5:01 pm I really don’t like the words “gender confused”. I know this is not your intention, but it’s a Christianist term which simply displays christianist ignorance and the inability to understand that not everyone falls into the nice neat categories of “conservative”. “Christian” “Theology”– multiple quote intentional. February 20, 2019 at 5:39 pm Yes, the term is recent. My area of interest was the plains Indians. The gays and transvestites were called Winkte. They were left alone. In some groups they were thought to have spiritual powers. The point, which so I guess is wasted, is that not all cultures had a problem with homosexuality. That, of course, makes no difference to you as the Bible lays out your positions. News In Detroit, one organization is schooling Muslims on racial justice I’ve heard that bandied about, usually by phobes. Thankfully it’s still considered part of canonical scripture. Share This! February 20, 2019 at 4:47 pm News Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019 two spirit idea is baloney Jim. I grew up with indians and never heard of it – it is another lie of the homosexual agenda All Native Americans have the same traditions? Because you grew up around a certain tribe or two means that you know about how all tribes feel?Actually you are correct that the two-spirit designation is recent. LGBTQ Native Americans chose it for themselves as an embodiment of their diverse tribal same sex traditions. February 23, 2019 at 2:37 pm “India is one of the few places in the world where transgenderism has an honored history. In the ancient war epic Mahabharata, Shikhandi, the woman-turned-man, commandeered a legion of transgender people to defeat the unconquerable warrior, Bhishma. Another epic, Ramayana, tells how the the hijras waited for 14 years for Lord Rama to return from exile. In return, he endowed hijras with the powers to both bless and curse, elevating them to demigods.”Did they get that from Wikipedia? February 21, 2019 at 9:30 pm The story of the “adultrous woman” doesn’t appear in the oldest manuscripts of John. Share This! February 20, 2019 at 10:14 pm Sandi in EL says: February 23, 2019 at 12:37 pm peepsqueek says: David Allen says: February 22, 2019 at 8:01 pm Sandi in EL says: None of the heads of the akharas quoted a doctrine for, or against, transgenders. One more data point that the Indian traditions are not religions. February 21, 2019 at 9:46 am In what part of the Bible did he every say that except to an adulterous woman? Please be specific Share This! By: Soumya Shankar February 21, 2019 at 8:30 am Sandi in EL says: center_img Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Soumya Shankar,16 Comments Click here to post a comment February 23, 2019 at 3:49 pm repent and sin no more Jim Johnson says: Elagabalus says: Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 What would Jesus have said?? Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Sandi in EL says: By: Soumya Shankar Share This! I am not a Christian and I do not want to hurt anyone that is suffering with gender identity issues. Tagsakharas Ayodhya Hinduism India Kumbh Mela Laxmi Narayan Tripathi LGBT LGBTQ Ram temple Top Story transgender issues,You may also like February 21, 2019 at 10:06 pm Many cultures have no problem with gays and transgenders. In Native America, many tribes held them in high esteem, the two-spirits. I guess they were unfortunate in not having scriptures to tell them they were wrong, eh? No. It has been made up by the homosexual agenda to incorporate others. Nothing more; nothing less than another lie from them Ananth Sethuraman says: February 21, 2019 at 9:20 am David Allen says: peepsqueek says: peepsqueek says: Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Who knows, as it is mostly fantasy and fiction and second hand re-writes of original. And besides, none of that is important or relevant in unnecessarily shaming the gender confused. Not in my culture they were not. This is entirely a manufacture of the gay activists.,Ahead of St. Louis meeting, one United Methodist offers prayers along the way Ben in Oakland says: February 23, 2019 at 7:43 am Jim Johnson says: Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts February 20, 2019 at 3:47 pm Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Sandi in EL says: Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,PRAYAGRAJ, India (RNS) — On a warm January evening, sadhus and devotees surrounded Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, the former reality TV star, jostling to get a selfie with her. She obliged them one by one, posing with hands gracefully folded into a namaskar.In this northern Indian city historically known as Allahabad, it is the festival of Kumbh Mela, when millions of Hindus come to take a dip at the confluence of the three holy rivers — Ganges, Yamuna and the Saraswati, the latter long dried up and known only in myth — and to catch a glimpse of the holy men and women who camp at the weekslong festival.Tripathi, 40, now a transgender activist and founder of the first monastic order of transgender people in Hinduism, made her splashing debut earlier in the day with a dip the Indian media covered as if it were a movie premiere.Outside the tent where Tripathi was receiving her followers, the crowd became impatient, but she beckoned to those swarming the entrance, giving out generous hugs, a pat on the head or a little slap of adoration on the cheek, keeping order by dispensing blessings.Mahant Pavitra Nimbhorkar, right, a leader of the Kinnar Akhara, greets visitors in Prayagraj, India, on Feb. 8, 2019, during Kumbh Mela. RNS photo by Shantanu SahaThat evening, after the long lines had dissipated, Tripathi removed her ceremonial makeup and discussed her transformation from television personality to activist to a religious leader. “Effeminate and sickly” as a child in a family of Brahmins, the highest priestly caste, she grew up in the west Indian state of Maharashtra. In addition to being different from an early age, Tripathi was abused sexually as a child.A dancer and choreographer, Tripathi embarked on a career that ranged from music videos to Mumbai’s infamously seedy dance bars. For years she battled with being called gay for her innate femininity, until she met prominent members of Mumbai’s hijra community — as trans people are referred to here — and aligned with her true identity. In 2011, she became a household name while starring in the Indian version of “Big Brother.”India is one of the few places in the world where transgenderism has an honored history. In the ancient war epic Mahabharata, Shikhandi, the woman-turned-man, commandeered a legion of transgender people to defeat the unconquerable warrior, Bhishma. Another epic, Ramayana, tells how the the hijras waited for 14 years for Lord Rama to return from exile. In return, he endowed hijras with the powers to both bless and curse, elevating them to demigods.It was the 19th-century British colonizers who laid the foundation for the systematic oppression of trans people, criminalizing them and classifying homosexuality as “against the order of nature.”The colonial legacy has reduced India’s trans people to lives of misery and estrangement from the mainstream. “Hijra” has become a derogatory term, often referring to the trans sex workers who beg and offer their services at traffic lights in major cities. But hijras also retain a sacred function, blessing marriages and newborns.Beginning in the 1990s, when the AIDS epidemic hit India and decimated the trans community, Tripathi set out into the world of activism, creating a new platform for hijras to address their peculiar status.In 2008, she became the first transgender person from Asia Pacific to speak about AIDS awareness at the United Nations.Kinnar Akhara members bless commoners as they make their way to take their first holy dip at Sangam. RNS photo by Soumya ShankarHer court petition, along with those of many other activists, led to the 2014 landmark ruling by the Supreme Court of India legally establishing a “third gender.” In September 2018, the Supreme Court abolished Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalized homosexuality.It was about this time that Tripathi began to challenge the underlying stigmas against hijras, merging her activism with a challenge to Hinduism, which had long since disengaged with transgender and other sexual minorities. “Religion is the one avenue that connects with the masses and fills the gap that activism cannot,” she said. “Activists in the LGBTQ community are only connected with only a certain group of people in their own community. It’s an echo chamber.”The founding of Kinnar Akhara, the trans monastic order, is Tripathi’s way of both breaking out of activism’s limits and changing religious attitudes toward her community.Adi Shankara, the eighth-century scholar and philosopher, is credited with establishing the first Hindu monastic order. The akharas, or “armies” of holy sages — sadhus — safeguard the tenets of the Hindu way of life. Over time, the system branched out into the 13 present-day akharas, dominated almost entirely by men.In 2015, right before the Kumbh Mela in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, Tripathi said she had a transformative experience after visiting the Mahakaleshwar temple. She began rallying transgender people from across 22 Indian states and sought their support in establishing a monastic order of their own — the Kinnar Akhara.“The night I went to Mahakala, I fell in love with him. He’s the hottest thing I’ve ever seen in my life. My lord is so sexy, so beautiful,” she said.Tripathi’s proclamation of a 14th akhara at the Ujjain Kumbh of trans people defies both authority and conventionality, rattling many conservatives.“They (the kinnars) were never an akhara and never will be,” said Mahant Narendra Giri, president of the Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad, the supreme administrative body of the 13 akharas, whose clout is not only religious but political. “They won’t be able to sustain the monastic order. Their way of life is different than ours.”Tripathi remains unfazed. “We have started the journey to reclaim our lost lineage and heritage. Why are they so worried about us?” she said.Artists design a symbol ahead of a Kinnar art fair during Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj, India. RNS photo by Soumya ShankarThe elders of Juna Akhara, the first and oldest of the monastic orders, have helped her cause by welcoming Tripathi and her followers to take the ceremonial dip this year under their aegis. “Juna Akhara had enough manhood to accept femininity and walk with it,” Tripathi said.“In Juna Akhara there is a new consensus and consciousness. We believe in everybody’s rights, dignity, individuality and sensitivities,” said Avadheshananda Giri Maharaj, chief saint of Juna. “This is the age of equality, and dharma (the religious way of life) is an ocean where all streams should converge, and differences should evaporate.”As head of his ancient institution, the Maharaj has been opening the akhara’s doors to many oppressed communities, taking on the challenging task of steering the ancient order of monks and godmen into the 21st century.He recently appointed Dalits (formerly the “untouchable” caste) to positions of authority within the order. He is determined to help restore the dignity of the trans community as well. “They need that sensitivity and care which they have been deprived of,” he said, of the Kinnar Akhara.Attracting attention from the nation at large while mobilizing the Indian trans community, Tripathi is part political leader, part patron saint and goddess.People take selfies with members of Kinnar Akhara, standing, the trans monastic order, while working on art in Prayagraj, India, on Feb. 11, 2019, during Kumbh Mela. RNS photo by Shantanu SahaIn the West, said Antoinette DeNapoli, associate professor of religion at Texas Christian University, “many trans groups, feminists and LBGQT are striving to change religious cultures of shaming and more in the Abrahamic traditions. And it seems that India is setting a precedent particularly with religious patriarchal institutions.”With national elections coming this spring, Tripathi has jumped into one of the most polarizing political debates in Indian politics, the proposed construction of a Hindu temple on the site of a 16th-century Mughal mosque in Ayodhya, also held to be the birthplace of the god Ram. For years, the Ram Temple issue has caused Hindu-Muslim clashes.In November, Tripathi said that her akhara fully supports this cause, drawing censure from other transgender activists who claimed she was appeasing right-wing Hindu politicians and fueling division.“I have nothing to do with any political party. I feel that where my lord was born, his temple should be there. It’s common sense,” Tripathi said. February 21, 2019 at 2:01 pm last_img read more

Ex Trump Campaign Chair Had Plan To Benefit Putin Government Associated Press

first_img Share AP imagesFILE – In this July 17, 2016 file photo, Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort talks to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland as Rick Gates listens at back left. Emails obtained by The Associated Press shed new light on the activities of a firm run by Donald Trump’s campaign chairman. They show it directly orchestrated a covert Washington lobbying operation on behalf of Ukraine’s ruling political party, attempting to sway American public opinion in favor of the country’s pro-Russian government. Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, never disclosed their work as foreign agents as required under federal law. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin a decade ago and proposed an ambitious political strategy to undermine anti-Russian opposition across former Soviet republics, The Associated Press has learned. The work appears to contradict assertions by the Trump administration and Manafort himself that he never worked for Russian interests. Manafort proposed in a confidential strategy plan as early as June 2005 that he would influence politics, business dealings and news coverage inside the United States, Europe and the former Soviet republics to benefit the Putin government, even as U.S.-Russia relations under Republican President George W. Bush grew worse. Manafort pitched the plans to Russian aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska, a close Putin ally with whom Manafort eventually signed a $10 million annual contract beginning in 2006, according to interviews with several people familiar with payments to Manafort and business records obtained by the AP. Manafort and Deripaska maintained a business relationship until at least 2009, according to one person familiar with the work. “We are now of the belief that this model can greatly benefit the Putin Government if employed at the correct levels with the appropriate commitment to success,” Manafort wrote in the 2005 memo to Deripaska. The effort, Manafort wrote, “will be offering a great service that can re-focus, both internally and externally, the policies of the Putin government.” Manafort’s plans were laid out in documents obtained by the AP that included strategy memoranda and records showing international wire transfers for millions of dollars. How much work Manafort performed under the contract was unclear. The disclosure comes as Trump campaign advisers are the subject of an FBI probe and two congressional investigations. Investigators are reviewing whether the Trump campaign and its associates coordinated with Moscow to meddle in the 2016 campaign. Manafort has dismissed the investigations as politically motivated and misguided, and said he never worked for Russian interests. The documents obtained by AP show Manafort’s ties to Russia were closer than previously revealed. In a statement to the AP, Manafort confirmed that he worked for Deripaska in various countries but said the work was being unfairly cast as “inappropriate or nefarious” as part of a “smear campaign.” “I worked with Oleg Deripaska almost a decade ago representing him on business and personal matters in countries where he had investments,” Manafort said. “My work for Mr. Deripaska did not involve representing Russia’s political interests.” Deripaska became one of Russia’s wealthiest men under Putin, buying assets abroad in ways widely perceived to benefit the Kremlin’s interests. U.S. diplomatic cables from 2006 described Deripaska as “among the 2-3 oligarchs Putin turns to on a regular basis” and “a more-or-less permanent fixture on Putin’s trips abroad.” In response to questions about Manafort’s consulting firm, a spokesman for Deripaska in 2008 — at least three years after they began working together — said Deripaska had never hired the firm. Another Deripaska spokesman in Moscow last week declined to answer AP’s questions. When asked Wednesday about Manafort’s work for Deripaska, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “we do not feel it’s appropriate to comment on someone who is not an employee at the White House.” Manafort worked as Trump’s unpaid campaign chairman last year from March until August. Trump asked Manafort to resign after AP revealed that Manafort had orchestrated a covert Washington lobbying operation until 2014 on behalf of Ukraine’s ruling pro-Russian political party. The newly obtained business records link Manafort more directly to Putin’s interests in the region. According to those records and people with direct knowledge of Manafort’s work for Deripaska, Manafort made plans to open an office in Moscow, and at least some of Manafort’s work in Ukraine was directed by Deripaska, not local political interests there. The Moscow office never opened. Manafort has been a leading focus of the U.S. intelligence investigation of Trump’s associates and Russia, according to a U.S. official. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the investigation were confidential. Meanwhile, federal criminal prosecutors became interested in Manafort’s activities years ago as part of a broad investigation to recover stolen Ukraine assets after the ouster of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych there in early 2014. No U.S. criminal charges have ever been filed in the case. FBI Director James Comey, in confirming to Congress the federal intelligence investigation this week, declined to say whether Manafort was a target. Manafort’s name was mentioned 28 times during the hearing of the House Intelligence Committee, mostly about his work in Ukraine. No one mentioned Deripaska. On Monday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer had singled out Manafort when asked about possible campaign contacts with Russia. He said Manafort “played a very limited role for a very limited amount of time” in the campaign, even though as Trump’s presidential campaign chairman he led it during the crucial run-up to the Republican National Convention. Manafort and his associates remain in Trump’s orbit. Manafort told a colleague this year that he continues to speak with Trump by telephone. Manafort’s former business partner in eastern Europe, Rick Gates, has been seen inside the White House on a number of occasions. Gates has since helped plan Trump’s inauguration and now runs a nonprofit organization, America First Policies, to back the White House agenda. Gates, whose name does not appear in the documents, told the AP that he joined Manafort’s firm in 2006 and was aware Manafort had a relationship with Deripaska, but he was not aware of the work described in the memos. Gates said his work was focused on domestic U.S. lobbying and political consulting in Ukraine at the time. He said he stopped working for Manafort’s firm in March 2016 when he joined Trump’s presidential campaign. Manafort told Deripaska in 2005 that he was pushing policies as part of his work in Ukraine “at the highest levels of the U.S. government — the White House, Capitol Hill and the State Department,” according to the documents. He also said he had hired a “leading international law firm with close ties to President Bush to support our client’s interests,” but he did not identify the firm. Manafort also said he was employing unidentified legal experts for the effort at leading universities and think tanks, including Duke University, New York University and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Manafort did not disclose details about the lobbying work to the Justice Department during the period the contract was in place. Under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, people who lobby in the U.S. on behalf of foreign political leaders or political parties must provide detailed reports about their actions to the department. Willfully failing to register is a felony and can result in up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, though the government rarely files criminal charges. Deripaska owns Basic Element Co., which employs 200,000 people worldwide in the agriculture, aviation, construction, energy, financial services, insurance and manufacturing industries, and he runs one of the world’s largest aluminum companies. Forbes estimated his net worth at $5.2 billion. How much Deripaska paid Manafort in total is not clear, but people familiar with the relationship said money transfers to Manafort amounted to tens of millions of dollars and continued through at least 2009. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the secret payments publicly. In strategy memos, Manafort proposed that Deripaska and Putin would benefit from lobbying Western governments, especially the U.S., to allow oligarchs to keep possession of formerly state-owned assets in Ukraine. He proposed building “long term relationships” with Western journalists and a variety of measures to improve recruitment, communications and financial planning by pro-Russian parties in the region. Manafort proposed extending his existing work in eastern Europe to Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Georgia, where he pledged to bolster the legitimacy of governments friendly to Putin and undercut anti-Russian figures through political campaigns, nonprofit front groups and media operations. For the $10 million contract, Manafort did not use his public-facing consulting firm, Davis Manafort. Instead, he used a company, LOAV Ltd., that he had registered in Delaware in 1992. He listed LOAV as having the same address of his lobbying and consulting firms in Alexandria, Virginia. In other records, LOAV’s address was listed as Manafort’s home, also in Alexandria. Manafort sold the home in July 2015 for $1.4 million. He now owns an apartment in Trump Tower in New York, as well as other properties in Florida and New York. One strategy memo to Deripaska was written by Manafort and Rick Davis, his business partner at the time. In written responses to the AP, Davis said he did not know that his firm had proposed a plan to covertly promote the interests of the Russian government. Davis said he believes Manafort used his name without his permission on the strategy memo. “My name was on every piece of stationery used by the company and in every memo prior to 2006. It does not mean I had anything to do with the memo described,” Davis said. He took a leave of absence from the firm in late 2006 to work on John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. Manafort’s work with Deripaska continued for years, though they had a falling out laid bare in 2014 in a Cayman Islands bankruptcy court. The billionaire gave Manafort nearly $19 million to invest in a Ukrainian TV company called Black Sea Cable, according to legal filings by Deripaska’s representatives. It said that after taking the money, Manafort and his associates stopped responding to Deripaska’s queries about how the funds had been used. Early in the 2016 presidential campaign, Deripaska’s representatives openly accused Manafort of fraud and pledged to recover the money from him. After Trump earned the nomination, Deripaska’s representatives said they would no longer discuss the case.last_img read more

Delhi court rejects Mukuls criminal defamation plea against Abhishek

first_imgKolkata: A Delhi court on Wednesday rejected a criminal defamation complaint filed by BJP leader Mukul Roy against Abhishek Banerjee, the nephew of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, saying the statement referred to as defamatory were not made by the respondent. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal dismissed the complaint of Roy, a former Railway minister, who had alleged that he was defamed by Banerjee, a Trinamool Congress MP, through various means which included a legal notice and a tweet. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsRoy was earlier a member of Trinamool Congress but later joined BJP, while Banerjee is a Member of Parliament (MP) of the TMC.”It is clear that the statement referred to by the complainant as defamatory are actually not made by the respondent. Therefore, there is no ground to proceed against the respondent in the present case. Accordingly, the complaint is dismissed,” the court said.The court rejected Roy’s contention that the legal notice sent to him by Banerjee was defamatory, noting that it nowhere showed it contained defamatory terms. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”I am unable to understand how serving a legal notice can be said to be defamatory in the absence of any defamatory remarks in that legal notice,” the judge said.The court dismissed Roy’s allegations of defamation based on a ‘tweet’, saying it was not made by Banerjee.It also rejected Roy’s statement that he was allegedly defamed as he was called a ‘traitor’, saying it was clearly not made by Banerjee.According to the complaint, the accused had sent a notice to Roy on November 13 last year, using “defamatory statement” in it by putting words in his mouth. The same was circulated to the media the same day which was widely covered. “The accused intentionally got the aforesaid notice served at the unit office of BJP at Kolkata, so as to tarnish the image of the complainant before his newly joined party, namely BJP, and to lower the morale of his supporters and party workers,” Roy’s complaint, filed by advocate Savinder Singh, said.The notice was sent to Roy after he had reportedly made certain public remarks about Biswa Bangla Marketing Corporation and TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee.The notice sent by Abhishek’s advocate claimed that on November 10, Roy in a public rally had made certain defamatory, malicious, and false statements against Banerjee.”Roy had deliberately levied various baseless allegations which were published, broadcast and circulated by various news organisations, the notice had said. Mukul Roy had quit the TMC and joined the BJP on November 3 last year.The complaint also mentioned a tweet, made by a made by one of the followers of AITMC, which allegedly defamed Roy.last_img read more

Bridging boundaries through art

first_imgDehli’s handicraft enthusiasts have another reason to visit Dilli haat as the 30th edition of annual Dastakari mela has been declared open in the national Capital on Sundau.This year’s highlight is the presence of craftswomen from Myanmar, who will be practicing shell craft, basketry, mat weaving, handloom textile weaving and hyacinth grass weaving for the viewers. The crafts mela was inaugurated in the presence of Lalitha Kumaramangalam, chairperson, National Commission for Women; Meenakshi Lekhi, Member of Parliament, New Delhi Constituency; His Excellency U Aung Khin Soe, Myanmar Ambassador to India; Sripriya Rangathan, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Dr SK Panda, Secretary, Textiles, government of India; Sohan Jha, Senior Director, Crafts Museum and Myint Htwe, chairman, National Arts and Crafts Association of Myanmar. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The group of women exhibited the world famous Pathein umbrellas, puppets, velvet slippers, lacquer work and jade items. The exhibition is in collaboration with Dastkari Haat Samiti and supported by Ministry of External Affairs, Embassy of India in Myanmar, Corriandar Leaf, Yangon and Air India. Myanmar craftsmen will be joining hands at Dilli Haat for a crafts and skill development workshop. The crafts mela is one of its kind, where new design developments will take place in collaboration with craftsmen from Myanmar anwd India. Live demonstration of the weaving looms, from more than 12 states along with National and state-awardees from Bihar, Gujarat, Jammu Kashmir, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and others took place. A unique feature of the crafts mela will be that the visitors will be able to interact, learn, appreciate and explore Indian and Burmese handicrafts and textiles. The entire fortnight’s collaboration will result in new product designs, long term friendships and shall provide unique inputs to the crafts sector while enhancing economic wellbeing and diplomatic ties at the ground level. Meenakshi Lekhi said: “Dastkari Haat Samiti puts a great effort to give the great opportunity to the all the artisans who came across from India and Myanmar. But i think digitalisation should be given important because it can help the artisans in much easier way. Dastkari Haat Samiti should open their E-commerce website so that artisans directly sell their products.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixJaya Jaitly, Founder Dastkari Haat Samiti, has been working relentlessly with diverse craftsmen across the country to produce beautiful, economical and purposeful crafts, for more than four decades.  Jaya Jaitly said: “The Samiti has constantly worked towards expanding opportunities for craftsmen as conservationists of Indian heritage. The Samiti’s artisan-members have travelled all over and collaborated with local artisans in other developing nations to create utility-based and market-friendly products.”last_img read more

Turn around After 6 decades of dismal balancesheets buoyed Bengal Chemicals eyes

first_imgKolkata: Bengal Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Ltd, (BCPL) is hopeful of bagging the status of a Miniratna company by 2021-22. The PSU’s optimism comes from clocking the highest ever profit and income in its 120-year-old history after the end of the 2nd quarter this year.”We have an income of Rs 60 crore after the end of the 2nd quarter (April to September) and our net profit is Rs 11 crore. The increase has been over 47 percent in comparison to last year’s corresponding period. The net profit in the last fiscal was Rs 10 crore and in two quarters this year, we have surpassed that. We are poised to end at Rs 120 crore income and Rs 20 crore profit in the 2018-19 fiscal and that will be the highest ever,” said P M Chandraiah, managing director of BCPL. He further said that with the current progress, the company is eyeing a Rs 30 crore profit in 2019-20. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeChandraiah is optimistic of completely wiping out the negative network of the company that presently stands at Rs 80 crore, into a positive one by the 2021-22 fiscal. “I will immediately apply for Miniratna Category I status, as the company will be meeting all the parameters by 2021-22. There has hardly been an instance when a company facing loss for a period of 65 years, has made a turnaround and targeted Miniratna I status,” he maintained. According to Chandraiah, injectibles that were introduced in January 2018 for the first time, has been a major driver towards the turnaround of the oldest pharmaceutical company in the country. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”The 60 percent increase in pharmaceuticals has been because of the injectibles. Our home products have grown by 18 percent,” a senior official of the company said. “We have written to the Bengal government requesting it to place orders from our company. We will be grateful if they do so as this will further hasten the prospects of the company in bagging Miniratna I status,” Chandraiah said. It may be mentioned that in June this year, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had written a letter to the Union Commerce & Industry Ministry regarding the Central Government’s decision to sell off BCPL, a company with a long and illustrious history. Founded by legendary chemist Acharya Prafulla Chandra Roy in 1901, BCPL had reported a net profit of Rs 4.5 crore in 2016-17, the first profit in six decades.last_img read more

Reps Howell and Bellino New law clears the way for wetlands restoration

first_img A plan to cut unnecessary regulations standing in the way of volunteer efforts to restore precious wetlands, spearheaded by Rep. Gary Howell and Rep. Joe Bellino, was signed into law by former Governor Rick Snyder as one of the last statutes he approved before leaving office.“Previously, the laws on the books treated volunteer organizations who wanted to restore our wetlands the same as big developers with plans to disrupt natural features,” Howell, of North Branch, said. “This plan removes the obstacles to good stewardship of our wetlands and encourages conservation volunteerism.”“Many of the regulations faced by volunteer groups simply don’t fit, and it made no sense to create needless complications and delays because the laws treated volunteers as though they were big development corporations,” Bellino, of Monroe, said.  “I am pleased to see this plan to help restore our wetlands signed into law.”The plan laid out in House Bills 5854 and 5855, now Public Acts 561 and 562 of 2018 establishes a voluntary wetland restoration permit process that allows the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to better consider the effects of a proposed project as it relates to the health of the entire ecosystem.“This is a smart solution that will help restore more wetlands and benefit all of our fish and wildlife population,” Bellino said.“Public policy should reward and incentivize good stewardship of our natural resources, not serve as an obstacle, and that is exactly what this bill achieves,” Howell said. Categories: Howell News,News 03Jan Reps. Howell and Bellino: New law clears the way for wetlands restorationlast_img read more

BT is accelerating rollout of its fibre broadband

first_imgBT is accelerating rollout of its fibre broadband network and expects it to pass two thirds of UK premises by spring 2014, more than 18 months ahead of schedule.The announcement came during the telco’s second quarter results that showed it had over 950,000 fibre subscribers, of which 875,000 were retail customers. BT said it added 160,000 retail fibre customers during the quarter which meant 14% of its retail broadband base took the high speed service.Ian Livingston, BT chief executive, said, “Fibre is at the heart of our broadband plans for both town and country. We plan to step up our efforts yet again to complete our commercial fibre rollout early as this will allow us to focus even further on the next exciting stage of our fibre broadband strategy. This will see BT working hand in hand with the public sector to extend fibre broadband to UK homes and businesses in the ‘final third’ of the country that are harder to reach.”BT’s hybrid TV service BT Vision added 21,000 customers during the quarter, taking its total base to over 750,000.last_img read more