Tunisia’s Moncef Marzouki Calls Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE ‘Axis of Evil’

Rabat – Former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki commented this weekend on the attack on Tripoli by Libyan General Khalifa Haftar, saying it is a final attempt to destroy the spirit of the Arab Spring and a threat not only to the security of Libya, but to Tunisia and Algeria as well.Haftar’s advance on Tripoli is the latest installment in Libya’s ongoing crisis. Libya has been plagued by instability since 2011 when the Arab Spring sparked a civil war and the death of long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi created a power vacuum.  On April 4, Haftar announced his intention to take over Tripoli in a voice recording circulated online. The Libyan National Army (LNA), which Haftar commands, advanced on the capital of Libya that day.    Tripoli is the seat of the internationally-recognized government, the Government of National Accord (GNA). The GNA Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj accused Haftar of launching a coup and scrambled to mobilize militias under GNA to launch a counterattack.In a Facebook post on Saturday, Marzouki expressed his concern for the people of Libya and fear that Haftar would destroy Tripoli. He said the attack on Tripoli targets not only the internationally-recognized GNA but also the very spirit of the Arab Spring.According to Marzouki, Haftar’s actions threaten both Tunisia and Algeria by destabilizing the region and threatening the uprising in Algeria.Algeria is currently in the midst of country-wide protests which have succeeded in forcing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to resign and are now calling for the removal of all symbols of his regime.Marzouki’s fears may be based on Haftar’s previous comments. In September 2018, Al Jazeera published a video of Haftar threatening to “spread war” to Algeria, increasing tensions between Algeria and Haftar’s forces.Read Also: Morocco’s Relations with Saudi Arabia, UAE Must Be Based on Mutual Respect, Reciprocity: FMBut Marzouki does not believe that the threat comes from Haftar alone. The world’s great powers are conspiring with the “Arab axis of evil,” led by the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt to encourage Haftar’s attack on Tripoli, Marzouki told Al Jazeera. He emphasized the need for Arab people to rely only on themselves to retain their rights, saying the Western powers have no concern for Arab freedoms.Haftar’s rise to prominenceKhalifa Haftar, commander marshall of the LNA, holds significant influence in Libya, with his base of power in the east of Libya.The 75-year-old military man has presented himself as a solution to Libya’s violence and instability. But, many within and outside Libya fear that if he takes power, Libya will quickly become an authoritarian state.  Haftar, who returned to Libya from exile in 2011 after the fall of Gaddafi, kept a relatively low profile until 2014 when he launched Operation Dignity. The military operation sought to cleanse the country of terrorist militias. He quickly became popular in Benghazi, eastern Libya, for his role in driving out Islamist groups, in particular the Al Qaeda affiliate Ansar al-Sharia.Read Also: Timeline: All You Should Know About Morocco-Saudi Arabia FrictionAfter a bloody three-year battle, Haftar’s forces took full control of Benghazi in July 2017. Following this success, he rapidly expanded his sphere of control in eastern Libya. The LNA seized control of Derna, the last foothold of opposition in the east, in 2018 and Fezzan, an oil-rich city in the southwest, in January 2019.The UN, taken aback by the LNA’s rapid movement south, mediated a meeting between Haftar and Prime Minister al-Sarraj in Abu Dhabi in February. At the meeting, both parties agreed to hold elections before the end of the year as well as a national conference from April 14 to 16 to discuss a timetable for elections and move toward the unification of the country.However, Clingendael Institute researcher Jalel Harchaoui said that it is likely that Haftar only agreed to the proposed elections in order to buy time for his long-planned attack on Tripoli.International involvement  Just before the launch of this most recent military campaign, Haftar met with King Salman in Saudi Arabia. Egypt and the UAE have also been named as backers of Hafter.France has also provided tacit support for Haftar and the LNA, while Italy backs the GNA, leaving the two European countries at odds. Both see Libya as the key to stopping waves of migration coming into Europe from sub-Saharan Africa.Haftar understands that migration is key to his international recognition, and, according to the European Council on Foreign Relations’ senior policy fellow Mattia Toaldo, Haftar intends to play on the issue to garner support and legitimacy.In response to the invasion of Tripoli, the UK called an emergency UN Security Council meeting on Friday. The meeting resulted in a statement which called on Haftar to “halt all military movements,” expressed concerns about the escalation of violence throughout the country, and promised that those responsible for the conflict will be held accountable.  Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita has previously expressed Morocco’s support for a Libya-led solution moderated by the UN. According to Bourita, a stable Libya is essential to the security of the Maghreb.Read also: Morocco Reaffirms its Support to Restore Stability in Libya read more

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Stolen medal of late Dr Lester James Peiris returned to wife

The medal belonging to the late Dr Lester James Peiris, which was stolen and was later found, was returned to his wife Sumithra Peiris today.The Police had last month arrested five suspects over the theft of the medal belonging to the late Dr. Lester James Peiris. The Golden Peacock medal was believed to have been stolen during his funeral.It was later found on the overhead rack of a private bus in Colombo. (Colombo Gazette)

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Central African Republic UN humanitarian fund allocates 7 million for lifesaving aid

“This allocation will enable us to provide life-saving assistance targeted at people in desperate need of help,” said the Humanitarian Coordinator for the country, Kaarina Immonen.The 1.1 million people to be helped include 595,000 children below five years of age. “We will provide food and medical assistance, access to potable water and sanitation, psychosocial support to victims of gender-based violence, waste management support and reproductive health care,” she added in a news release issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).The office stressed that further funding is required as the Humanitarian Appeal for CAR is under-funded at 31 per cent of the requested $139 million.The dire humanitarian situation in the CAR has been exacerbated by fighting in the past six months which further deteriorated even the most basic services. Violence erupted in December 2012 when the Séléka rebel coalition launched a series of attacks. A peace agreement was reached in January, but the rebels again seized the capital, Bangui, in March, forcing President François Bozizé to flee.An estimated 206,000 people are internally displaced in the country, while another 49,000 have fled mainly to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cameroon and Chad. CAR is also housing some 17,000 refugees from the neighbouring countries.“Access to people in need is difficult due to a challenging security situation, but emergency relief activities are taking place where and when possible,” OCHA said in the news release.With such diverse needs, the CERF funding will be allocated to priority sectors where the UN is providing assistance in the CAR. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) will receive $279,792 to strengthen emergency obstetrical and neonatal care and to provide assistance to victims of sexual violence.Some $875,000 has been allocated to the UN World Health Organization (WHO) for provision of emergency health care including surgical treatment to people affected by the crisis.To provide food security assistance to vulnerable populations, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) receives $806,215, while the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has been allocated $680,510. In addition, WFP will re-establish emergency telecommunication services for the humanitarian community with an additional allocation of $735,983, and a further $1 million to ensure continuation of the UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS). The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is allocated $375,000 to provide protection monitoring and assistance to IDPs, and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) receives $1,599,929 to provide health and nutrition assistance and other projects, including a joint initiative with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) on hygiene and waste management services. read more

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UN agencies rushing aid to more than 3000 displaced in floodhit Sierra

“The scale of the damage is unprecedented,” said UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative Hamid El-Bashir Ibrahim. He noted that at least 109 children are counted among the several hundred people killed in the disaster that struck on Monday.“Children have been left homeless, vulnerable and terrified. We must do all we can to protect them from disease and exploitation,” he added. UNICEF teams, working with the Government of Sierra Leone and partners, are providing safe drinking water and sanitation, and delivering supplies including medicines, tents and gloves following the Government’s request for support. UNICEF is also offering psycho-social support to those traumatized by the events. While the mudslides have left death and destruction behind them, the Director and Representative of the World Food Program (WFP) in Sierra Leone, Housainou Taal, said his UN agency is “focusing on survivors so that they can rise and move forward.”The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Sierra Leone, Sunil Saigal, appointed Mr. Taal to coordinate the UN’s humanitarian response to ensure timely distribution of aid, including food and shelter. In the hours following the landslides in Freetown, WFP began distributing food aid to some 7,500 people affected by disasters. The aid, which includes rations of vegetable oil and vegetable oil lenses for at least two weeks, has been distributed to Regent, Sugar Loaf and Mortomeh – neighbourhoods around the affected area.According to preliminary results of site assessments conducted by the Sierra Leone National Security Office and the United Nations Interagency Rapid Response Team, 1,039 households from several neighborhoods in Freetown (including Regent , Kamayamah, Dworzak, Culvert and Kaningo) and 100 individuals currently in a mountain cut shelter have been affected by floods and landslides.Sierra Leone’s Office of National Security (ONS) estimates that more than 3,000 people have lost their homes. read more

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Erosion of Croagh Patrick a major concern ahead of Reek Sunday pilgrimage

first_imgTHE MOUNTAIN RESCUE team tasked with heading up the emergency response during this Sunday’s annual ‘Reek Sunday’ pilgrimage on Croagh Patrick has raised concerns of “serious erosion” at the peak.Between 15,000 and 20,000 people are expected to climb ‘Ireland’s holiest mountain’ this weekend. The pilgrimage is traditionally held on the last Sunday of each July.Mayo Mountain Rescue says there’s been significant erosion of the pathway to the summit in recent years — and the team are urging anyone planning on taking part to take appropriate precautions.Scottish mountaineering expert Bob Aitken described it as ‘the worst-damaged pathway in the UK and Ireland’ at a seminar in Murrisk last year, according to the Mayo News.While a study carried out by Mountaineering Ireland two years ago found that:The path is in a significantly degraded state and the visual impact of the erosion is highly visible both from near and distant views.“It’s fairly evident that there’s a good bit of erosion,” said Robert Hunt, PRO for Mayo Mountain Rescue.The mountain is used quite regularly by a large number of groups, and the use of it has increased quite significantly over the years.Hunt said that a stakeholder group set up to assess the extent of the damage and look at possible solutions, which included the local council, the Church, local landowners and Fáilte Ireland, had not, to his knowledge, met “in the last few months”.“You can see the effects if you look at photos even for the last few years,” Hunt said, adding that people who attempt the climb barefoot are at particular risk.“Our advice for anyone climbing is the general advice — to wear appropriate clothing, including an extra warm layer, because the temperature could drop further up.”The wearing of “appropriate footwear” should also be a priority, he said, adding that whether people choose to do so or not is “completely beyond our control”.Read Definite line of inquiry being followed into source of Tolka pollutionlast_img read more

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15 times people were just way too brutally honest

first_imgSOMETIMES, THINGS JUST get too real. We’re all for being truthful, but sometimes it’s best to reel it in a bit.1. Let’s get started with these kidsYou may get away with NOTHING. Source: Imgur2. They’ll tell it like it is Source: Imgur3. Illustrations and everything Source: Imgur4. This shop is just letting you know what to expect Source: Imgur5. This guy knows why you really want his services, he’s just saying it out loudWe’re sure Wonderwall is first up. Source: Imgur6. This professor isn’t about to hide his true work accompaniment Source: Imgur7. THIS professor won’t even work at all. Deal with it Source: Imgur8. This cap manufacturer is just dropping the harsh truthIt’s up to you to pick it up. Source: Imgur9. Dave’s being honest, even if his mother isn’t Source: Imgur10. This hot dog stand has no sympathy for you and isn’t afraid to show it Source: Imgur11. For a small fee, you get two hours of recording time and a brutally honest reality check Source: Imgur12. It’s your birthday but there’s still no escaping reality Source: Imgur13. Better these customers find out sooner rather than later… Source: Imgur14. …like these guys Source: Imgur15. In conclusion. Listen to honesty, respect itIt really ISN’T any way to live. Source: Imgur14 signs we suspect aren’t being entirely honest with us>This sign for a Clonakilty second-hand shop is brilliantly honest>last_img read more

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Apple agrees to pay Nokia royalties for iPhone iPad

first_imgBack in 2009 Nokia filed a lawsuit against Apple because it believed the iPhone infringed ten of its patents. What followed was an escalating battle between the two companies that saw Nokia file further patent infringement lawsuits and Apple countering with its own. The fight even extended to asking the US International Trade Commission to ban each others imports.Today, that legal feud has come to an abrupt end with a surprising outcome. Apple has agreed to license patents from Nokia. Apple will now make a one-time payment to Nokia and then be subject to ongoing royalties for “the term of the agreement.”Both companies are keeping the terms of that agreement confidential, but what this means is Apple now most likely pays Nokia a sum of money for every iPhone and iPad sold. That one-time payment will no doubt cover previous sales of millions of smartphones and tablets and could therefore be quite large.As to what the licensing covers, the original complaint and lawsuit filed by Nokia covered GSM, UMTS, and LAN (WLAN) patents. Further lawsuits also brought into play enhanced speech and data transmission patents, the use of positioning data in apps, and antenna configuration designs.The decision will prove embarrassing for Apple who now has to pay a company running the rival Windows Phone 7 operating system a license fee. There’s also a suspicion Nokia may be acquired by Microsoft in the near future meaning Microsoft could end up being funded by devices running iOS as well as the license fee it already receives from HTC on every Android smartphone it ships.Read more at the Nokia press releaseMatthew’s OpinionEveryone knows that Nokia is struggling otherwise it would not have done a deal with Microsoft. Even so, the company has a very strong patent portfolio and is keen to take advantage of it. This win could present Nokia with a substantial new revenue stream from one of its biggest rivals.It’s unfortunate for us, but understandable for both companies, that the terms of the agreement are not being made public. We have to assume, though, that Apple is paying a royalty on every phone and tablet it ships. If that’s anywhere near the $5 HTC pays Microsoft on every phone, Nokia has just secured millions for itself.How long this agreement lasts, and whether it extends to future Apple products, depends on whether Apple can design around the infringing technology in the future. If they center on data transmission though, that’s going to be very tough to avoid.This may also offer us an insight into why Microsoft wants to buy Nokia: it’s all about those patents. Now Apple is a customer of Nokia, I bet Ballmer is chomping at the bit to take Nokia under its wing for a few billion dollars.last_img read more

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EA and Nintendo decide Wii U wont get Crysis 3

first_imgWhen a new console is launched it’s only going to sell as well as the games available for it. So you’d think Nintendo would be grabbing every AAA title they can lay their hands on for the Wii U $789.00 at Amazon . But apparently that’s not the case if you talk to Crytek and EA.Apparently discussions have been ongoing to try and get Crysis 3 ported over to the Wii U, but it’s not going to happen. The reason? One of “business drive,” or a lack there of.In July last year Crytek producer Mike Reed stated that Crysis 3 on the Wii U was a possibility and that talks were underway with Nintendo. However, publisher EA and Nintendo have jointly decided not to release the game on Nintendo’s machine, and that’s purely a business decision. In other words, either one or both parties don’t think it would sell well enough to warrant the time spent porting it to the machine, not to mention the marketing and distribution costs involved.A number of CryEngine 3 games are expected to make an appearance on the Wii U, but Crysis 3 won’t now be one of them. The real losers in this decision are gamers who count the Wii U as their only console and who now won’t get to play that game.A few more decisions like this and Nintendo will be pushing gamers to invest in other hardware so as to play the games they want. It’s no coincidence we see so many games released on both the PS3 and Xbox 360–neither Sony or Microsoft want to lose out on a game and potentially give gamers a reason to pick up a rival machine.If you own a PC, PS3, or Xbox 360, you can play Crysis 3 next month. Anyone seeing this as a reason to trade in their Wii U and pick up something else, just remember what happens to any downloaded games you purchased.via Digital Spylast_img read more

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Irelands fullback cover among the issues concerning OSullivan

first_img 15,105 Views Wed 3:29 PM Short URL THE LACK OF cover for Rob Kearney at fullback is one of three issues concerning former Ireland head coach Eddie O’Sullivan as the team depart for the World Cup in Japan.Kearney, preparing to play in his third World Cup, looked fit and sharp during his two warm-up appearances, but an injury to the Leinster fullback in Japan would leave Ireland vulnerable, according to O’Sullivan.Jordan Larmour and Andrew Conway are the obvious choices to fill in in the backfield should Kearney be absent for whatever reason, while Joe Schmidt has also used Robbie Henshaw in the 15 jersey, even if that experiment didn’t exactly work against England.There is also the possibility of Garry Ringrose covering the back three having being used on the wing in both of the recent games against Wales, but Kearney has again underlined his enduring worth in Ireland’s XV.“We have one fullback,” O’Sullivan, who will be on the RTÉ panel during the World Cup, begins.“Rob Kearney has hit the ground running again but he is very injury-prone and hopefully he can stay fit and healthy because if he doesn’t then there is no tied and tested 15. Everywhere else I would say he is happy.  “The back row debate, [Josh] van der Flier was definitely there. Peter O’Mahony has to come in for the lineout if for no other reason. Then it is between Conan and Stander for number eight.“I wouldn’t be that confident he won’t stay with Conan. Stander might have missed a beat. He made a good case last weekend but maybe he has made up his mind already to play Stander at six. They are the kind of things he is mulling over.”The other questions in O’Sullivan’s head as Ireland enter the final stretch of preparation are over the second row options and Schmidt’s midfield combination.Leaving Devin Toner at home, O’Sullivan says, has added a huge amount of pressure on the shoulders of James Ryan, while the selection of Bundee Aki and Robbie Henshaw at 12 and 13 suggests Ireland will opt for power over guile in attack throughout the tournament. O’Sullivan is part of RTÉ’s Rugby World Cup coverage. Source: David Fitzgerald/SPORTSFILEO’Sullivan continues: “Not to dwell on the Devin Toner selection, but putting James Ryan into his first World Cup as the main lineout caller, which he potentially hasn’t had ever because he is learning his trade as a caller, the World Cup isn’t the best place to be doing it. So huge pressure on him.“He settled at the weekend after getting the first couple of calls wrong, that’s going to be a test for Ryan but I think he is the next Paul O’Connell and hopefully that won’t detract from his game.“Schmidt is also mulling the midfield. There is talk of Ringrose covering the backfield. That’s an unusual call because we have always seen him as the outside centre and then it was a case of Aki or Henshaw inside. Now Henshaw looks like a potential outside centre so that would mean a different game plan. I think they are going more direct, more confrontational with Aki and Henshaw in the middle. I’m not sure if that’s the thinking but you could read that into it. 50 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email All things considered, O’Sullivan adds that he believes Ireland are in a good space heading into their first game against Scotland on Sunday week. “I think they are pretty much where Joe Schmidt would like them to be, despite the setback in Twickenham,” he says.“I think they got the prep for Twickenham wrong in some shape or form, I don’t know exactly what it was, whether they went in undercooked or what training the previous weeks, but they certainly got it wrong. They certainly didn’t plan to be hit for 50 so it put them in a bit of a crisis mode for the last two weeks and the win in Cardiff and the win last week probably settled the nerves.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Kearney scored his first Test try in four years against Wales.center_img https://the42.ie/4804886 Ireland’s fullback cover among the issues concerning O’Sullivan The former Ireland head coach also says leaving Devin Toner at home puts huge pressure on James Ryan. Wednesday 11 Sep 2019, 3:29 PM Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO Kearney scored his first Test try in four years against Wales. Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO Get the latest Rugby World Cup news and analysis, delivered straight to your inbox: By Ryan Bailey Follow us: the42.ielast_img read more

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Teen father sentenced for abusing 7weekold son

first_imgA teenage father who abused his 7-week-old son, at times squeezing the baby when he became fussy, has been sentenced to nearly 1 1/2 years in prison.Bradley Gloyd, 19, pleaded guilty Thursday in Clark County Superior Court to two counts of second-degree domestic violence assault and one count of second-degree criminal mistreatment, court records show.The baby, named Brenden, suffered fractures to his skull, shoulder and arm, and rib, all to the right side of his body, and fractures to both of his lower legs. Most of the injuries were in various stages of healing, according to an affidavit of probable cause.Clark County sheriff’s deputies were called the night of July 24 to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center for a possible child abuse investigation. Brenden and both of his parents were there with Child Protective Services. Both Gloyd and his fiancée denied knowing anything about the baby’s injuries, the affidavit states.Doctors determined that Brenden was injured on at least two occasions and that the cause was blunt-force trauma, court records say.Gloyd later admitted to setting the baby down too hard at times and hugging him tight when he became frustrated with his crying. Once when he was changing Brenden, the baby started urinating on him, he said, so he grabbed his ankles and yanked him closer. At other times, he plopped the baby down on the bed, causing him to bounce and smack the headboard, Gloyd said, or tossed his bottle on the bed, striking the baby, according to court documents.last_img read more

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Endangered pygmy hippo calf makes Zoo Miami debut

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – An adorable pygmy hippopotamus calf is making its debut at Zoo Miami.The baby pygmy hippo, born on Aug. 4, made its first public appearance in the zoo’s enclosure this week.The animal is only the second pygmy hippo born at Zoo Miami. Both baby hippos came from the same mother.Zoo Miami said they’re handling the calf with an abundance of caution and making sure he’s comfortable in his exhibit.Pygmy hippos are much smaller than the more well-known common river hippopotamus, and usually weigh between 400 and 600 pounds compared to 6,000 pounds for river hippos.They are classified as endangered, with only about 3,000 believed to be left in the wild.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Cathie Black as NYC Schools Chancellor HUH

first_img9 Differences Between a School System and a Publishing Company: Lessons for Cathie BlackOne is full of spoiled brats. The other has lots of children.That’s one of the differences between publishing companies and school systems that Cathie Black of Hearst Magazine will need to keep in mind as she makes the transition, announced today, from a career running newspaper and magazine companies to becoming chancellor of New York City Schools.Here are eight more subtle distinctions between a publisher and a public school systems she’ll need to keep in mind:1. School systems are not-for-profit agencies by design. Newspapers are no-profit organizations despite all their efforts to be otherwise.2. For schools, the largest inflow of funds is from state and local governments that always seem to be screwing them out of some money. For magazine publishers, the largest outflow of money is for postage, which also involves an indifferent bureaucracy that always seems to be screwing them out of money.3. For a school system, a new student means more state and federal aid. For a publisher, a new subscriber means less net revenue (because the marketing charges more than the subscriber pays).4. Schools have math classes that make kids feel like idiots as soon as they open a textbook and try to understand algebra. Magazine publishers have blow-in cards that make newsstand customers feel like idiots as soon as they open a copy and see they could have saved 90% by buying a subscription.5. Public schools offer free education to all. Publishers charge some customers for their content, then give it away to others on their Web sites.6. School systems issue diplomas of dubious significance. Publishers issue statements of “paid” circulation.7. Schools are often judged by meaningless metrics, such as how their sports teams do and what proportion of the students take SATs. Publications have their own meaningless metrics, like awards and newsstand sales.8. Schools are run by principals. Publications are run by advertising salesmen, who have no principles. New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement yesterday that he had named Hearst Magazines chairman and former longtime president Cathie Black as chancellor of New York City Schools had a number of people in the media industry, as well as a few NYC-based parents, scratching their heads. Granted, Black had a lot of success overseeing Hearst, one of the largest consumer magazine publishing companies in the country. But how does that qualify her to lead NYC’s public school system?Just look at this morning’s NYC newspaper covers [pictured]. As the New York Daily News pointed out, Black—a Manhattan resident—sent her two children to private school, in Connecticut. And, not to mention, the New York City Department of Education consists of more than 1,600 schools that serve about 1.1 million students each year. Correct me if I’m wrong, but there may be a few more moving parts there than at Hearst. No doubt about it: Black has a BIG challenge ahead of her. One can hope that she will swiftly squash all the nay-sayers with positive results among NYC’s schools. (As am New York says: ‘Don’t screw it up.’)In the meantime, anonymous media blogger Dead Tree Edition has some important (er, more tongue-in-cheek) advice for Black as she readies for her big transition. Here’s his piece, reposted by permission here:last_img read more

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RUDSETI to offer free training in beauty parlour ladies

first_imgOngole: The Rural Development and Self-Employment Training Institute (RUDSETI) will conduct 30 days free training programmes in beauty parlour maintenance and ladies tailoring for unemployed women from Prakasam district. The RUDSETI, jointly established by the Syndicate Bank, Canara Bank, and Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheswara Educational Trust, will conduct free training programme in its premises in Ongole and offers free boarding and lodging to candidates. Also Read – Fit India rally held in Vijayawada Advertise With Us RUDSETI Director G S Murthy announced that the training programme in beauty parlour maintenance would start from September 3 while the training in ladies tailoring would begin on September 4. He said the candidate must be a native of Prakasam district and has a minimum educational qualification of Class 7 for both courses. He said interested women candidates with age between 19 and 45 can send their biodata to Director, RUDSITI, TTDC Compound, 4th Lane 11 Cross Line, Bhagyanagar, Ongole- 523001 by August 30 and may contact on 9666765858 or 7032965224 for any information.last_img read more

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Kanye West is making a game about his mom traveling to heaven

first_imgMaking a successful video game takes a lot of elements to fall into place. You’ve got to have a good game to begin with, then back it up with effective marketing and regular content updates if your game allows for it. However, if Kanye West wants to make a game, well, he just has to associate his name with it, right?Kanye making a video game is news most (all?) gamers will meet with suspicion and skepticism. Kanye lost his mother back in 2007 to heart disease related to problems following plastic surgery. This video game will apparently see you take control of his late mother, with Kanye explaining: “The idea of the video game is my mom traveling through the gates of heaven.”You can see the first mock-up trailer for the game called Only One, along with music Kanye created himself, in the video below:This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about Only One, but the trailer seems to be new meaning some progress has been made. Kanye first started talking about it in February last year.The trailer is all we know about the game for now, and it’s very hard to tell exactly what the gameplay will be. If he is serious about this and employs a well-respected developer to create the game, we could get an experience like Journey on PS3/PS4. However, we could just as easily get a terrible app store game that involves repeatedly tapping a screen to get your character past obstacles and up to heaven.One thing is for sure, Kanye West will not be short of interested publishers ready to handle his game. Because it’s not about the game, it’s about his name on the game and the potential that holds for sales.last_img read more

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Keep acne at bay with homely tips

first_imgAcne can pop up any time and its causes are many. It could be a genetic problem or hormonal or constipation or simply lifestyle issues. Here are some tips to get rid of them:Remove make-up before going to bed: The leftover make-up traces can mingle with the extra oil on your face which acts as food for bacteria, causing blackheads and eventually acne. Wipe your face with an alcohol-free make-up remover followed by mild washing with a deep pore cleanser. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Regular cleanup: Go for regular cleanups at the premises of a professional salon to flaunt a zit-free skin all the time. While scrubbing will take of all the dead skin, scars, uneven skin tone, the face pack will soothe your skin by closing all the skin pores opened during the session.Skin care regime: Use clean brushes and sponges; and discard every old cosmetic product before it expires to save your skin from acne. Maintain a proper CTMP(Cleansing, Toning, Moisturising and Protecting) ritual using suitable products. Apply a toner or an astringent, depending upon what suits your skin. End up with a moisturiser according to the season. Do not scratch or pick acne as it would spread the infection. Splashing cool water on face prevents your woes.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWear sunscreen: Make sure to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen above SPF 30 along with PA+++ properties regardless of weather or time of the day and bid adieu to pimples.Eat right: Junk food can become a major cause of acne too. The more greasy and unhealthy food you eat, the more likely it is to take a toll on your skin. Though most of us crave for ice creams, aerated cold drinks and sugary beverages, in order to prevent pimples, we must avoid sugary and starchy products like cakes, chocolates, white bread, fried food and sweets. Add plenty of fresh fruits, salads, curd, sprouts and lemon to your diet. These foods are vital sources of vitamins and minerals that help in preventing as well as healing acne-ridden skin.Use non-greasy cosmetics: Avoid using greasy, cream-based make-up products as it can clog the pores, irritate your skin resulting in breakouts. Instead, choose make-up products that are powder or gel-based. Skip heavy and oily ones to wave off your woes. Keep yourself hydrated: Water flushes out toxins from the body and makes the skin look cleansed and hydrated. Drinking around 10 to 12 glasses of water improves the blood circulation and also flushes the toxins out of your body.  Physical exercises: Avoid sedentary lifestyle. Try and remain physically active. Yoga and exercise boost metabolism and improve your skin. Breathing exercises and stretching involved in yoga ensures proper blood circulation in your body to make the skin acne-free. Home remedies: Make a powder using a few dried neem and mint leaves and add half spoon of calamine powder, a pinch of turmeric powder and rose water, to turn it into a paste. Apply it daily all over the face to diminish as well as prevent the occurrence of pimples. Neem has disinfecting properties while mint with its antibacterial properties will make the area germ free. Turmeric will help heal the area and rose water will leave it with a refreshed feel.last_img read more

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Onward with pride Lee Pace clarifies statements on sexuality

first_imgActor Lee Pace made headlines last week when he inadvertently came out in an interview. Although he didn’t seem too happy about it. Pace most recently starred in Halt and Catch Fire. | Photo: YouTube/AMC He continued by stating the importance of his privacy, which is why he focuses on his work in interviews.However, he then acknowledged why it’s significant to live openly. And said explicitly he’s part of the queer community.As a member of the queer community, I understand the importance of living openly, being counted, and happily owning who I am. That’s how I’ve always lived my life…— Lee Pace (@leepace) March 5, 2018Pace then listed the various queer characters he’s played in his career.…just as it’s been important to me to portray queer characters with dignity for my entire career: A Soldier’s Girl (Showtime. 2003). The Normal Heart (Broadway. 2011). Halt and Catch Fire (AMC. 2014-2017). Angels in America. (Broadway. NOW.)Onward, with Pride.— Lee Pace (@leepace) March 5, 2018Finally, he ended with a gif. pic.twitter.com/VVAU8VKgwz— Lee Pace (@leepace) March 5, 2018 eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . While speaking with W Magazine about appearing in the Angels in America revival on Broadway, he mentioned the importance of gay actors playing gay characters.In the play, Pace plays Joe Pitt, a closeted gay Mormon who eventually leaves his wife for a man.When pressed about the statement, Pace said he’s dated both men and women. However, then he went of the defensive.‘I don’t know why anyone would care. I’m an actor and I play roles. To be honest, I don’t know what to say—I find your question intrusive.’People had different reactions to his coming out. Some defended his privacy, others expressed the importance of using one’s platform for representation.On Monday (5 March) morning, Pace took to Twitter to clarify his comments.The importance of living openly‘In a recent phone interview, I was asked questions that I wasn’t expecting and found myself momentarily at a loss for the right words,’ he began the first tweet.In a recent phone interview, I was asked questions that I wasn’t expecting and found myself momentarily at a loss for the right words. My privacy is important to me, so I protect it. When interviewed by the media, I keep the focus on my work.— Lee Pace (@leepace) March 5, 2018 GAYSTARNEWS- Actor Lee Pace says he’s dated both men and women in the pastBritish model Zander Hodgson comes out as gayThis Spanish gay guy worries his LGBTI-friendly country is going backwardsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/lee-pace-clarifies-sexuality/last_img read more

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The DJ and his lawyers taking on Singapores antigay law

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Debate over Singapore’s anti-gay law, Section 377A of the Penal Code, has intensified in the city state. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/the-disk-jockey-and-his-lawyers-taking-on-singapores-anti-gay-law/ Ministers have commented and a government-led committee has reviewed the legislation. Thousands of people have signed petitions both for and against Section 377A.Meanwhile, Singapore resident Johnson Ong, is taking the case to the High Court. He and his lawyers will argue that the rights-abusing law is unconstitutional.Singapore’s Attorney-General has been listed as the defendant and a pre-trial conference will take place on 25 September. Singapore’s highest court in 2014 dismissed a similar appeal.Gay Star News spoke to DJ Big Kid about why he wanted to bring this case to court. We also chatted to his lawyer, Suang Wijaya, about how they plan to fight the legislation.Singapore’s Johnson Ong, AKA DJ Big Kid, is taking on Section 377A (Photo: Supplied)Why?Ong, a 43-year-old who is also known as DJ Big Kid, filed the legal challenge on Monday (10 September).‘It is imperative that the next generation of Singaporeans at the very least have the protection of the law that does not label them criminals,’ he told Gay Star News.Ong grew up in a traditional family. A Christian mission school taught him that homosexual sex was the ultimate sin against God.‘Growing up as a gay kid, this was devastating to me,’ he told Gay Star News. ‘I was often confused, in despair and hated myself for having attractions for others of my same gender’.As he tried to ‘pray the gay away’ he became a moody, irritable teenager. He explained that, as an adult, Section 377A reinforced earlier teachings. It made him feel: ‘I am lesser than, that I am a criminal’.India’s landmark ruling last week to finally decriminalize gay sex bolstered Ong to act. Veteran Singaporean diplomat Tommy Koh’s call to arms also energized him.center_img Singapore’s Johnson Ong, AKA DJ Big Kid, is taking on Section 377A (Photo: Facebook) GAYSTARNEWS- But, he said, ‘any time is a good time for equality’. With Section 377A on the books he said ‘growing up is a lonely and arduous process for LGBTQ Singaporeans’.Last year, Ong made a thought-provoking video about why gay men in Asia were drawn to chemsex.[embedded content]How?Wijaya is partner at the law firm Eugene Thuraisingam LLP. The firm regularly acts in matters involving questions of public interest law in Singapore, he said. They will be taking on the case pro bono.Wijaya will have to convince the courts to overturn their earlier 2014 decision that ruled Section 377A was constitutional.Ong’s lawyers will argue that Section 377A violates Article 9(1) of the Constitution. It states: ‘no one shall be deprived of life and personal liberty save in accordance with law’.‘We will argue that dignity is a foundational concept which forms the bedrock of the Fundamental Liberties provisions of the Singapore Constitution’, Wijaya told Gay Star News.To support the argument, lawyers will demonstrate that sexual orientation is ‘unchangeable or suppressible at unacceptable personal cost’.Wijaya said 2014’s petition did not consider ‘human dignity’ mentioned in the Constitution. Lawyers will also highlight a lack of expert evidence in the 2014 case.Significantly, Wijaya and his team will provide as evidence global rulings on LGBTI rights since 2014. These will include the USA’s landmark legalization of same-sex marriage in 2015. And a Hong Kong court’s ruling that immigration must treat same-sex married couples equally to opposite-sex couples.It will also include landmark decriminalization by India’s Supreme Court last week. Singapore’s 377A is based on the same colonial-era legislation.Wijaya said the firm took on the case because ‘our personal belief that the legislation is unconstitutional and on that basis we take the view that the law should not remain’.A number of the 71 countries could soon follow India’s decriminalization.  In a April a court in Trinidad and Tobago ruled that an anti-gay law was unconstitutional.LGBTI campaigners in Kenya are fighting a legal challenge to colonial era laws prohibiting any sex that doesn’t involve penis-vagina penetration.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

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11 safety tips for shopping online

first_imgUse Familiar WebsitesStart at a trusted site rather than shopping with a search engine. Search results can be rigged to lead you astray, especially when you drift past the first few pages of links. If you know the site, chances are it’s less likely to be a rip-off. We all know Amazon.com and that it carries everything under the sun; likewise, just about every major retail outlet has an online store, from Target to Best Buy to Home Depot. Beware of misspellings or sites using a different top-level domain (.net instead of .com, for example) – those are the oldest tricks in the book. Yes, the sales on these sites might look enticing, but that’s how they trick you into giving up your info. Look for the LockNever ever, ever buy anything online using your credit card from a site that doesn’t have SSL (secure sockets layer) encryption installed – at the very least. You’ll know if the site has SSL because the URL for the site will start with HTTPS:// (instead of just HTTP://). An icon of a locked padlock will appear, typically in the status bar at the bottom of your web browser, or right next to the URL in the address bar. It depends on your browser.Never, ever give anyone your credit card details over email. Ever. Don’t Tell AllNo online shopping store needs your social security number or your birthday to do business. However, if crooks get them, combined with your credit card number for purchases, they can do a lot of damage. The more they know, the easier it is to steal your identity. When possible, default to giving up the least amount of information. Check StatementsDon’t wait for your bill to come at the end of the month. Go online regularly during the holiday season and look at electronic statements for your credit card, debit card and cheque accounts. Make sure you don’t see any fraudulent charges, even originating from sites like PayPal (after all, there’s more than one way to get to your money). Inoculate Your PCSwindlers don’t just sit around waiting for you to give them data; sometimes they give you a little something extra to help things along. You need to protect against malware with regular updates to your anti-virus programme. Use Strong Passwords WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite We like to beat this dead horse about making sure to utilise uncrackable passwords, but it’s never more important than when banking and shopping online. Our tips for creating a unique password can come in handy during a time of year when shopping around probably means creating new accounts on all sorts of e-commerce sites. Think MobileThe National Retail Federation says that 5.7 per cent of adults will use their mobile devices to do comparison shopping before making a purchase (and 32.1 per cent will comparison shop online with a computer as well). There’s no real need to be any more nervous about shopping on a mobile device than online. The trick is to use apps provided directly by the retailers, like Amazon, Target, etc. Use the apps to find what you want and then make the purchase directly, without going to the store or the website. Avoid Public TerminalsHopefully we don’t have to tell you that it’s a bad idea to use a public computer to make purchases, but we still will. If you do, just remember to log out every time you use a public terminal, even if you were just checking email. Privatise Your Wi-FiIf you do decide to go out with the laptop to shop, you’ll need a Wi-Fi connection. Only use the wireless if you access the Web over a virtual private network (VPN) connection. Count the CardsGift cards are the most requested holiday gift every year, and this year will be no exception. Stick to the source when you buy one; scammers like to auction off gift cards on sites like eBay with little or no funds on them. Know What’s Too Good to Be TrueMany of these “offers” will come in via social media. Beware even of your friends, who might innocently forward such a thing. Be very wary even if you get a message from a friend claiming he or she has been robbed, especially a friend overseas looking for money to be wire transferred, unless you absolutely can confirm it by talking to him or her personally. Skepticism, in most cases, can go a long way toward saving you from a stolen card number.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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This week LATTE chats with Michelle Papas Event D

first_imgThis week LATTE chats with Michelle Papas, Event Director of Luxperience.Kickstarting her career in international sales with luxury hotel groups such as Starwood, InterContinental and Shangri-La, Michelle sought to broaden her tourism industry experience with marketing roles for elite tourism attractions and within destination development and marketing.She oversees the Luxperience event and ensures that the event remains innovative for the carefully selected participants and provides opportunities to tap into emerging trends and luxury brands.Michelle, this year is the eighth time Luxperience has been held. Can you tell us about the evolution of the event from its launch back in 2012?Luxperience was created to fill a gap in the market for a locally inspired luxury travel industry event. Not only does the Australia Pacific region have a growing number of suppliers able to actively compete with international high-end products but we have a travel market that recognises and demands quality and authenticity as well as premium service levels.The event has significantly grown in size, more than double since our inaugural event, but we have more importantly focused on continually attracting quality delegates with real spending power. Of course, the biggest evolution is currently taking place since Luxperience was acquired by global exhibition company Diversified Communications with plans to continue to improve the experiences based on delegate feedback and lead the industry within the dynamic and exciting evolvement of luxury travel.Are there any changes, minor or major, between the 2018 and 2019 events?Our 2018 event was reimagined and enhanced when we became a part of the Diversified Communications fold. We had an expanded team, a new home at the brand-new ICC and a revitalised events program setting the standard for the years to follow.For those who came in our earlier years will not recognise the event it is today, and we’re committed to year-on-year improvement! For 2019, we are focused on building the momentum and have some exciting instalments to reveal closer to the opening.For those who haven’t attended before, can you provide a snapshot of the companies that attend Luxperience? What space (hotels, resorts, tour operators, airlines, etc.) are they from?We have a range of global luxury companies spanning hotels, boutique lodges, resorts and private villas, wellness retreats, tourism boards, private aircraft and yachts, tour operators, cultural experiences and cruising. We have also expanded the range of destinations participating at Luxperience. Currently, we have 50 destinations represented and are still receiving applications, so this is likely to grow. Our range of product is directly linked to the product categories sought out by our buyers. It is important that we seek out and act upon this feedback to ensure we are offering what the market needs.Can you tell us about the principal behind the theme of this year’s event, ‘Experience is Everything’?As mentioned before, the idea of luxury is changing. Luxury travellers are no longer satisfied with just a beautiful suite. The ‘Experience is Everything’ notion was implemented to reflect the luxury consumer who is seeking more authentic, meaningful and unique high-end experiences.Insights from our Global Buyers and overseas networks show that the interest in new experiential and niche product, especially from Australia and New Zealand, far exceeded any other preferences from their clients.We’ve recognised that the actual destination often isn’t the main factor when deciding where to travel. Experiences are driving luxury travel. Be it food and wine, shopping or sporting events, today’s high-end traveller is looking to immerse themselves in the destination and unique experiences that can’t be found anywhere else.Recently Luxperience confirmed multiple new attendees from European countries, including Greece and Croatia. What has been the hook for these sellers, and has that list of European sellers since increased further?The number of Australian luxury travellers to Europe has had steady growth. According to AFTA, we’ve seen a 4.8% growth in our outbound travellers from 2017 to 2018. Over 11 million international trips were taken by Australians year ending December 2018. There seems to be no slowing down. Another key factor is that Australian luxury travellers are high yielding, and this is a factor that is being recognised year on year by many of our international suppliers. We are committed to reinforcing the quality of the Australian travel market internationally.Each year we survey our buyers to evaluate what kind of product their customers are desiring. Europe keeps appearing as the most desirable destination, in particular Greece and Italy, and Portugal is growing. With this evidence, it wasn’t hard to get these exhibitors on board. This year, we welcome our first Croatian and Portuguese exhibitors. We are also excited to welcome other European products from Spain and France.Does the domestic market account for the largest share of sellers, and can you confirm some of the first-time exhibitors/hotels/resorts that are involved?Our key focus is on luxury travel whether it be international or local product. We have strong interest from international buyers, particularly USA, China and Europe coming to Luxperience for high quality and uniquely Australian, New Zealand and Pacific products. North America is a key market for Luxperience and in 2019 we are expecting a significant presence from premium travel specialists affiliated to the major luxury travel brands in the USA. We also have seen significant growth in interest from buyers in South America this year.We equally have strong interest from international sellers wanting to access premium agents from around Australia. We qualify all these buyers carefully to ensure they are the appropriate calibre and have the greatest potential for our sellersFor 2019, we have a range of first-time exhibitors from Europe, the Maldives, Asia, New Zealand and Africa covering hotels/resorts, tourism boards, tour operators and private aircraft and yachts. As mentioned, we were extremely happy to sign our first Croatian exhibitor, Maslina Resort. Also, for the first time, Australian-owned global company Ahoy Club, luxury charter yacht specialist, will be involved and hotel properties such as Santo Maris Oia, Vakkaru Maldives and Esprit de France.There are still more exciting exhibitors to be announced.Are there other regions of the world that have a larger presence at Luxperience 2019?This year we have strong representation from Japan, Korea, Macao, New Caledonia, Peru, Bhutan, Thailand, Tourism Australia and India are all there with their national tourism boards. There is a great spread of product from Europe as referenced earlier and we also have a number of other first time destinations about to finalise their participation but I will leave those for future LATTE issues!One of the focus areas of this year’s Luxperience Famil program is Wellness Retreats, one of the fastest growing areas in luxury tourism. Can you tell us about which Wellness sellers will be represented this year on the floor and is it a focal point in the 2019 program?We have seen a rising interested in various forms of wellness travel within the luxury space so it is important for us to have a balanced list of exhibitors representing this segment.This year we will welcome new exhibitors with a strong focus on luxury wellness tourism. For example, AYANA, which aims to provide guests with a unique and authentic experience and is known for its iconic spa on the rocks and yoga and meditation activities. Another, Sangha Retreat, located west of Shanghai in Suzhou (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), is a transformational wellness destination providing an immersive experience in nature, healing and harmony by uniting Eastern wisdom and Western science.Which Australian state has the highest number of new sellers in 2019?That is a little hard to ascertain at this stage as we are still accepting registrations. We do, however, want to ensure that focus is on regions that are the most desirable in terms of buyer interest. What we have found from our global buyer registrations is that the following regions in Australia have the most interest:Tasmania: 37%Queensland: 32%WA: 26%SA: 25%The other thing to note is the interest in Australia and how this is dispersed between the states. For example, over 30% interest in traditionally popular destinations like Queensland is maintained while Tasmania is on fire.What are some of your goals for Luxperience 2019? Have any of those already been achieved before the event starts 7 October 2019?We have just finalised our 2019 Advisory Board. This year, our board will be focusing on expanding the event and further positioning Luxperience within the global travel industry as the cornerstone event for high-end experiential travel within the Australasia Pacific region.How do you rate or gauge the success of Luxperience each year? Participant numbers, feedback from attendees, or other means?Each year we survey all attendees about their experience at the show and also conduct focus group studies with both buyers and exhibitors to extract insights to further improve the experience. This feedback is incredibly valuable.While many focus on the number of buyers and have ‘the more the better’ approach, our buyer numbers are monitored according to the number of exhibitors on the floor specifically to maintain the quality of scheduled appointments between buyers and exhibitors.Last year we introduced appointment ratings in our app to gather insights on the quality of the appointments had between delegates. Some 69% of our respondents rated their appointments 5 star which was equivalent to them expecting to make bookings with that product or buyer within 12 months. Analysis of our 2019 buyer registration data shows that our buyers are making bookings averaging $1,500 per person per night.I’m sure you’ve been asked this several times previously, but would Luxperience consider relocating to another Australian city in the future? Perhaps the 10th anniversary could be held in Melbourne or Brisbane?Never say never! At this stage, Sydney is the main portal for our travel industry, especially for those who are travelling internationally. The Opera House and Harbour Bridge are still the main selling points for international travellers, and so we’ll be in Sydney for the foreseeable future.However, the Luxperience famil program showcases some of the lesser-known parts of Australia, and this year guests will travel to regional Victoria, Byron Bay, Tasmania, the Whitsundays and Far North Queensland as well as SE Queensland and the Kimberley. We are hoping to add a few more tours to the program soon as the interest from our global buyers is growing.Final question, and it’s LATTE‘s signature question. Where is your favourite coffee outlet and what is your go-to beverage order?ONA Café Marrickville is my current fave if I am in the area. Luckily we also have 3 great cafes a few steps from our office in Kent St. My go-to is a large skim latte which has the right level of caffeine I need per day ☺last_img read more

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