Oxfam Celebrates 15 Years Working With Coldplay

first_imgThe 2017 leg of Coldplay’s ‘A Head Full of Dreams’ tour, which comes to the U.S. on August 1st, marks 15 years of Oxfam working with Coldplay.In that time, over 60,000 Coldplay fans have signed up to support Oxfam campaigns to highlight unfair trade practices and the plight of refugees.Chris Martin said: “As a band, we’re really proud to have had Oxfam on the road with us for the past fifteen years. It’s given our incredible fans the chance to show their support for campaigns from Make Trade Fair to supporting refugees.”Coldplay has been among Oxfam’s most high profile and vocal supporters, using their worldwide success to help Oxfam campaign on all five of their tours in over 50 countries. Front man Chris Martin first travelled with Oxfam in 2002 to Haiti. Since then he’s visited coffee farmers and projects in India.Oxfam first joined Coldplay on their 2003 ‘A Rush of Blood to the Head’ tour, then the 2005 ‘Twisted Logic’ tour, their mammoth ‘Viva La Vida’ world tour in 2008/9 and again at their ‘Mylo Xyloto’ tour in 2012. During that time, thousands of volunteers have been recruited in each country to talk to fans at the concerts.

In 2016 Oxfam campaigners launched the Stand as One campaign to highlight the need to help and protect people forced to flee conflict and disaster. So far 32,000 Coldplay concert goers have signed up to the campaign.

Rachel Edwards, Oxfam’s on tour coordinator said: “The tour is really important in creating a global movement of Coldplay fans from the Philippines to the UK who are standing with refugees and demanding that world leaders do more. More than 65 million people have been forced to leave their homes through no fault of their own, and it’s fantastic to see how the people we meet on the tour want to support our campaign for change.”A few volunteer spots remain for music fans who’d like to join Oxfam and Coldplay at shows on this tour. Go to www.oxfamamerica.org/coldplay to apply.last_img read more

Canadas Nathan Fillion joins the cast of A Series Of Unfortunate Events

first_img Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Today, we’re hearing that the mighty Nathan Fillion is joining the show for season 2. Exactly who the Firefly and Castle star will be playing remains a mystery at this stage.Also joining Neil Patrick Harris, Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes, Bernadette Peters, Joan Cusack, K. Todd Freeman and Patrick Warburton in the cast are Tony Hale, Sara Rue, Lucy Punch and Roger Bart.BY ROB LEANE AND KATI BURT Advertisement Facebook It’s official: Netflix has renewed A Series Of Unfortunate Events for its second (and third!) season. The season 2 announcement was made via a YouTube video, which pointed fans to a little viral website entitled VastlyFrighteningDecision.com.On that site, the narrator Lemony Snicket (played by Patrick Warbuton in the show) wrote this:“Even as we speak, set builders, costume designers and trauma specialists are snapping into action, the better to bring you even more upsetting episodes, all because of your reputed enthusiasm for this grim example of so-called family programming. I hope you’re happy. Because you won’t be, ever again.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Not Clear What Hoops DOD Needs to Jump through to Gain BRAC

first_imgIt’s no secret that most lawmakers are adamantly opposed to additional base closures and even after the Obama administration in February made its fourth request since 2012 for permission to hold a new BRAC round, it’s not clear that the Pentagon has made any headway with Congress.In fact, it’s difficult to find any lawmaker who will stand up for BRAC. In a story about the growing imbalance between DOD’s infrastructure and its force structure, Federal News Radio contacted six lawmakers who previously had said they would consider the department’s request to consolidate its infrastructure. None, however, agreed to comment for the story.During Capitol Hill hearings last month, John Conger, acting assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment, acknowledged that Congress likely wouldn’t green light a new round unless the department updates the legislation authorizing a new round.“I think it goes without saying that there were a sufficient number of criticisms about the last BRAC round that Congress will want to have different authorizing legislation if they’re going to give us BRAC authority again,” Conger told the web site.What’s not clear is whether any members will take Conger up on his request for input on new legislation authorizing BRAC.DOD Comptroller Mike McCord told Federal News Radio that the department has been reluctant to recommend changes to the BRAC legislation over concerns that doing so would compromise the original spirit of the process.“When you start changing things, people assume you have a secret agenda and you’re trying to bias the process,” McCord said. “I think there’s some virtue in coming in with the same proposal every year and then trying to negotiate. Part of the problem is that we haven’t gotten an up-or-down vote on BRAC in many, many years. And failing to act on our proposal doesn’t give us any feedback on how to modify our proposal,” he said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

After pool party Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 girls Erica Hina and others

first_imgKasautii Zindagii Kay 2 girls Erica Fernandes, Hina Khan and Pooja BanerjeeinstagramKasautii Zindagii Kay 2 ladies Erica Fernandes aka Prerna, Hina Khan aka Komolika, Pooja Banerjee aka Nivedita and Shubhaavi Choksey aka Mohini Basu enjoyed a break from their hectic shooting schedule. The girls were spotted having an amazing time as they went out for dinner together. A day earlier, they had a pool party in sexy swimwear, pictures of which were later shared on their social media accounts.While the pool party was missed by Shubhaavi, she made sure to attend the dinner date with the girl gang. Hina posted a few pictures from the fun night where her colleagues are chatting over dinner. Recently, Shubhaavi, while shooting for a dramatic act on Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 set, mistakenly slapped Hina instead of Erica.Talking to SpotboyE, Shubaavi, who plays the role of Komolika’s mother-in-law, said: “It was such an unintentional act and I feel very guilty about the same.” She further elaborated saying: “There was a scene where my character Mohini had to slap Prerna (Erica). I was in my own zone as I needed to prepare myself. Unfortunately the marks got changed and accidentally I slapped Hina Khan. I did not realise the mark for closure. This is the first time something like this has happened in my career and I was very uneasy and sad after the incident.”Hina took to Instagram to clear the air after speculations started doing the rounds regarding the reason behind Shubhaavi sending flowers to her. “A lot of you must be wondering why Shubvi sent me flowers in the morning. It was totally unintentional but I kind of zonked out. Shubhaavi has apologised to me a zillion times but it’s really not required. It happened by mistake and after realising what happened, she grabbed me and hugged me,” she said. Erica Fernandes with Hina Khan and other Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 girlsinstagram Hina Khan with Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 girlsinstagramlast_img read more

Myanmar harvests abandoned Rohingya fields

first_imgRohingya refugees cross a bamboo bridge as they arrive at a port after crossing from Myanmar, in Teknaf, Bangladesh, 25 October, 2017.Myanmar’s government began harvesting rice from farmland abandoned by Rohingya in northern Rakhine on Saturday, officials said, a move likely to raise concerns about the prospect of return for more than half a million refugees who have fled communal violence in the area.The border region has been emptied of most of its Muslim residents since late August, when Myanmar’s military launched a crackdown on Rohingya rebels that the UN has described as “textbook” ethnic cleansing.Hundreds of villages have been burned to the ground, with more than 600,000 Rohingya — a stateless group in mainly Buddhist Myanmar — fleeing across the border for sanctuary in Bangladesh.Under intense global pressure, Myanmar has agreed to repatriate “scrutinised” refugees who can prove their residence in Rakhine.But details of the plan remain sketchy, seeding concern about who will be allowed back, what they will return to and how they will live in a region where anti-Rohingya hatred remains sky-high.On Saturday the government began harvesting 71,000 acres of rice paddy in Maungdaw — the Rohingya-majority area hit hardest by the violence — according to state media and a local official.”We started harvesting today in Myo Thu Gyi village tract,” Thein Wai, the head of Maungdaw’s Agricultural Department, told AFP.”We are going to harvest some paddy fields of Bengalis who fled to Bangladesh,” he said, using a pejorative term for the Rohingya commonly used by officials and the Buddhist public.The official said he did not know what government would do with the rice or its proceeds.Workers were bused in from other parts of the country to assist with the harvest, according to the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar.- ‘Deeply disturbed’ -Rights groups blasted the government’s harvest as part of a systematic effort to expunge the Rohingya from Rakhine.”Government officials leading the harvest are clearly more concerned about these fields of abandoned rice than they ever were about the Rohingya people who sowed it,” said Human Rights Watch’s Phil Robertson.”This all reinforces a singular, local level Rakhine message to the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh that what’s yours is now mine, and you’re not welcome back.”Fortify Rights said the harvest was an “outrageous” move by authorities who have a long history of land grabs, particularly in ethnic minority frontiers.Myanmar has denied charges of ethnic cleansing and defended its military campaign as a counter offensive targeting Rohingya militants who attacked police posts in late August, killing at least a dozen.But media, rights groups and the UN have documented consistent accounts from Rohingya refugees of atrocities at the hands of Myanmar security officers, who are accused of killing civilians, raping women and torching homes in the wake of the rebel raids.On Friday UN rights experts said they were “deeply disturbed” after speaking to refugees in Bangladesh.The accounts they heard “point to a consistent, methodical pattern of actions resulting in gross human rights violations affecting hundreds of thousands of people,” said Marzuki Darusman, who chairs the fact-finding mission.Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi — who has no control over the powerful army — recently created a committee to oversee resettlement in Rakhine, where tens of thousands of other minority groups were also internally displaced by the violence.The construction of homes for minorities such as the Mro has begun, according to state media, while Suu Kyi’s government has enticed business tycoons to donate to the rebuilding effort.But fear abounds that the rehabilitation will sideline the Rohingya — a group that has suffered under decades of state-backed discrimination and rising Islamophobia.Myanmar refuses to recognise the Rohingya as a distinct minority, rendering the 1.1-million strong group stateless.The army has spread the view that they are foreign “Bengalis” from Bangladesh, despite many having lived in Myanmar for generations.last_img read more

Pope Francis expels Chilean priest accused of child abuse

first_imgPope Francis meets with the Sicilian Clergy at the Cathedral of Palermo, Italy on 15 September. Photo: ReutersPope Francis on Saturday expelled a Chilean priest under investigation in a case involving the sexual abuse of children, according to a report by local media on Saturday, amid a growing global abuse scandal that has shaken the Roman Catholic Church.The Archdiocese of Santiago said the Pope had decided to defrock the Reverend Cristian Precht, local daily El Mercurio reported.Precht was a former head of the Church’s Vicariate of Solidarity human rights group that in the 1980s had challenged ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet to end the practice of torture in Chile.The well-known Chilean religious leader has since been accused of sexual abuse as part of the investigation into allegations against members of the Marist Brothers religious community.Precht has previously denied the charges.Pope Francis´ announcement comes as Chilean police raid church offices throughout the Andean nation looking for new cases of sexual abuse or evidence that church officials concealed abuse from authorities.The Catholic Church worldwide is reeling from crises involving sexual abuse of minors, deeply damaging confidence in the Church in Chile, but also in the United States, Australia, and Ireland where the scandal has hit hardest, and elsewhere.last_img read more

GNU Health Federation message and authentication server drops MongoDB and adopts PostgreSQL

first_imgJust after RedHat announced its plans to drop MongoDB from its Satellite system management solution because of it being licensed under SSPL, GNU has followed suit. Earlier this week, GNU announced its plans move its GNU Health Federation message and authentication server –Thalamus– from MongoDB to PostgreSQL. As listed on the post, the main reason for this switch is because MongoDB decided to change the license of the server to their Server Side Public License (SSPL). Because of this decision, many GNU/ Linux distributions are no longer including the Mongodb server. In addition to these reasons, GNU expresses their concerns that even the organizations like the OSI and Free Software Foundation are showing their reluctance to accept this idea. Adding to this hesitation of accepting the license; rejection from a large part of the Libre software community and the immediate end of support from GPL versions of MongoDB has lead to the adoption of PostgreSQL for Thalamus. Dr. Luis Falcon, President of GNU Solidario says that one of the many reasons for choosing PostgreSQL was its JSON(B) support that  provides the flexibility and scalability found in document oriented engines. The upcoming thalamus server will be designed to support PostgreSQL. To stay updated with further progress on this announcement, head over to the GNU blog. Read Next GNU Bison 3.3  released with major bug fixes, yyrhs and yyphrs tables, token constructors and moreGNU ed 1.15 released!GitHub now supports the GNU General Public License (GPL) Cooperation Commitment as a way of promoting effective software regulationlast_img read more