20 Nov
2020

Alicia Keys Explains Why She Stopped Wearing Makeup

first_imgShe continued that wearing braids even still makes her feel like royalty. “There’s something so beautiful about the Blackness of it, about my African ancestry that I just feel truly connected to.”Listen on Spotify to Get Tressed With Us to get the details of every hair love affair in Hollywood, from the hits and misses on the red carpet to your favorite celebrities’ street style ‘dos (and don’ts!) Alicia Keys on Why She Stopped Wearing Makeup: 'I Became Addicted to It'“Make-up was a big thing for me; I had been wearing it since I was, like, 16 years old,” she said in the autumn/winter 2020 Glamour U.K. issue. “And then, as I got into the music world, it was what you did every day to do your television, or to do your shoot.” She began wearing makeup, not out of pleasure, but because she thought that’s what she had to do.“I realized I became addicted to it,” she explained. “I didn’t feel comfortable without it.”- Advertisement – With that being said, the hitmaker has always known how to uphold her individual sense of identity. “The pressure to try to [get me to] wear more dressy things… that just wasn’t who I was and it will never be who I am,” she told the publication. “And even as I grow now, and can truly feel comfortable in multiple ways and styles, I still am who I am. So, I was happy that I was pretty strong from the beginning. And my management early on was always very supportive about that.”Another thing she’s maintained a strong attachment to is braids, thanks to the hairstyle’s cultural connection.“Hair is such a gorgeous expression of our individuality and deserves to be respected,” she said. “I’ve always been proud of wearing braids and I love learning about the power of hair.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Alicia Keys on Why She Stopped Wearing Makeup: 'I Became Addicted to It'Alicia Keys. Matt Baron/ShutterstockOur no makeup queen! It’s no secret that Alicia Keys is a fresh-faced goddess, but there’s a reason the 39-year-old gave up wearing makeup a few years ago.Back in 2016, the “Girl on Fire” singer famously launched a #NoMakeup campaign to protest the judgement women face every day over their appearance. But it wasn’t just about fighting the good fight. There were also some personal protests behind her decision.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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20 Oct
2020

Offices fragile …

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19 Oct
2020

Reagents shortage yet another test of accuracy for Indonesia’s COVID-19 data

first_imgRead also: COVID-19: Indonesia on hunt for PCR testing kitsDisease control and prevention director general Achmad Yurianto of the Health Ministry acknowledged that the shortage of regents had forced a number of laboratories to halt testing, leaving only 37 out of 78 labs able to submit test results on Tuesday. However, he assured that a new supply of reagents enough to support up to 15,000 tests was en route to the archipelago.”The stock was sent from South Korea this morning,” Yurianto told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.Indonesia has been scrambling to obtain the chemical reagents necessary for the COVID-19 PCR tests amid the global shortage, with the government seeking to procure them from countries that have a surplus of testing kits.President Joko Widodo has called for health authorities to expand PCR testing to at least 10,000 tests per day – or 300,000 tests per month – amid criticisms that the country has one of the lowest testing rates in the world.According to government data, Indonesia has tested 59,936 samples for the COVID-19 virus by Thursday, with 7,775 samples testing positive for the coronavirus. Of these confirmed cases, 635 patients have died.The government has estimated that Indonesia would need to conduct 1.2 million tests by May.However, many observers – including state officials – have cast doubt on the government’s COVID-19 figures, saying that minimal test coverage, multiple case categories and “nontransparent” data pointed to a high likelihood that the real number of cases in the country could be higher than official reports.Despite the shortage of reagents and the country’s dependence on imports to overcome this, Yurianto did not believe it would be efficient to produce the chemicals locally.“We are running against time and producing the reagents ourselves would take time and [a long] process,” he said.The director of the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology, Amin Soebandrio, explained that the reagents required a specific level of refinement and needed to be validated for use in the COVID-19 PCR tests.Nonetheless, he said that the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) were currently attempting to produce the PCR test reagents.“Hopefully, within 2 to 3 weeks, locally made reagents will be able to contribute [to nationwide PCR tests] a little, even though they may not be able to supply nationwide laboratories,” he told the Post.However, Eijkman’s deputy for fundamental research, Herawati Sudoyo, warned that developing the reagents for the COVID-19 tests had to be done carefully to meet high quality assurance standards.Read also: COVID-19: More than 380 foreigners among infected in IndonesiaWhen asked about the possibility of alternative tests to detect the coronavirus, Herawati maintained that the PCR testing method was currently the “gold standard” for COVID-19 detection.“The reagents shortage is not happening just in Indonesia. It’s happening around the world because no one was prepared for the pandemic. But PCR [testing] remains the best option,” she said.In the meantime, Eijkman has secured a sufficient stock of reagents for the next two to three weeks, and its lab was still testing more than 300 samples per day.In Surabaya, East Java, the University of Airlangga Institute of Tropical Disease (ITD Unair) initially reported on Monday that it had run out of reagents and that the supply it had ordered on March 24 had yet to arrive.On Thursday, ITD Unair head Maria Lucia Inge Lusida told the Post that the center had resumed testing received enough reagents from the Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister to test 1,400 samples.In the nation’s capital, Jakarta Health Laboratory head Endra Muryanto said that the regional lab, which had already tested 10,160 samples so far, had secured enough reagents to continue testing for the next few days.While the West Java Health Laboratory said it had also secured a new supply of reagents, it expressed concern over the general availability of reagents.“Extraction reagents are hard to obtain, and we are worried that we might have to stop testing because of a delay in the arrival of the [imported] reagents,” said laboratory head Ema Rahmawati.Topics : A shortage of reagents is interfering with the government’s efforts to ramp up much-needed mass testing for the coronavirus, posing another challenge for Indonesia regarding the true scale of its outbreak.Over the past two days, a number of the country’s laboratories have temporarily stopped running polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests because the supply of reagents – the substance essential to testing swab samples – had yet to arrive from abroad.In South Sumatra, for instance, the Palembang Health Laboratory (BBLK) had to stop testing samples due to the lack of reagents. The halt on testing caused the province to record zero new cases of COVID-19 on Monday and Tuesday, kompas.com reported.The reagents are necessary to isolate the indicators for the coronavirus RNA from human DNA in swab samples to determine whether the test subject had the virus or not.last_img read more

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19 Oct
2020

UK PM gives October 15 deadline for Brexit deal

first_img“So, there is no sense in thinking beyond that point. If we can’t agree by then, then I do not see that there will be a free trade agreement between us.”Should that happen, Britain will have an “Australia-style” deal with the EU or one similar to that agreed with Canada and other countries, he said.Australia trades with the EU under World Trade Organization rules and tariffs. But Johnson, whose government had said it wanted a “zero tariff, zero quota” regime, insisted it would still be a “good outcome” for Britain. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has given an October 15 deadline for a post-Brexit trade agreement with the European Union, brushing off fears about “no-deal” chaos if talks fail.The eighth round of negotiations resume in London this week, with both sides talking increasingly tough, amid accusations of intransigence and political brinkmanship.The UK’s chief negotiator, David Frost, did little to raise expectations about a breakthrough, promising no compromise on London’s red lines, in a rare newspaper interview published on Sunday. Topics : His EU opposite number, Michel Barnier, this week said the talks stood or failed on the need to get an accord on EU access to UK fishing waters and state aid rules, but Britain was giving no ground.Brussels has already indicated that mid-October was the latest a deal could be struck, given the need for translation and ratification by the European Parliament.Despite months of refusing to confirm a firm cut-off date, Johnson agreed.”There needs to be an agreement with our European friends by the time of the European Council on October 15 if it’s going to be in force by the end of the year,” he said in remarks released by his office.center_img ‘Full control’ Britain remains bound by EU rules while it tries to thrash out new terms of its relationship.The talks, which were on a tight timetable even before disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak, have stalled, notably because of wrangling over fishing rights and fair competition rules.Johnson did not rule out a deal altogether and vowed to work hard this month to achieve one. But he pledged Britain “will be ready” if talks break down.”We will have full control over our laws, our rules, and our fishing waters,” he promised. “We will have the freedom to do trade deals with every country in the world. And we will prosper mightily as a result.”We will of course always be ready to talk to our EU friends even in these circumstances.”Our door will never be closed and we will trade as friends and partners –- but without a free-trade agreement.” Door open Johnson’s warning will likely compound criticisms from British pro-EU “remainers” that his ruling Conservative government envisaged a “no-deal” scenario all along, despite claiming the contrary.”Brexiteers” had promised that securing a deal with Britain’s biggest trading partner would be straightforward and rejected criticism that unraveling nearly 50 years of ties with Europe would be lengthy and even impossible.Britain formally left the 27-member bloc on January 31 — nearly four years after a divisive referendum that crippled the country politically and saw two prime ministers resign.Johnson, who took over after Theresa May repeatedly failed to get her Brexit divorce deal through parliament, promised Britain’s borders and ports will be ready for when the so-called transition period comes to an end on December 31.Meanwhile, media reports said Johnson was also planning new UK legislation that would override parts of the withdrawal agreement made with the EU last year and ratified in January.According to The Financial Times, which cited three people close to the plans, the bill would undermine agreements relating to Northern Ireland customs and state aid.A government spokesperson told the newspaper it was “working hard to resolve outstanding issues” with the Northern Ireland protocol, which was negotiated as part of the deal in order to keep the Irish border open.last_img read more

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28 Sep
2020

Brisbane homes shine in new series

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:29Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:29 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhich home from The Block would you pick?00:29AN immigration facility turned luxury residential development and a Queenslander renovated by a prominent Brisbane architect will star in the new season of Open Homes Australia beginning next week.Season two airs on 9Life on November 3, with former The Block contestants Michael and Carlene Duffy again at the hosting helm.And Brisbane properties will dominate the series.Open Houses Australia hosts Carlene and Michael DuffyThe local celebrity couple, who are still renovating their own home, said the episodes would take on a new one hour format, with new cooking and landscaping segments.Carlene said the new season would also include more properties and more design ideas.“And plenty of eye candy,” she laughed, clarifying that she meant of the property kind, not her husband.“There is quite a few Queenslanders (houses),” she said. “There is one with (Brisbane architect) Shaun Lockyer whose designs we just love.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:41Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:41 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p270p270p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenOpen Houses Australia – Sneak Peek00:42Lockyer’s designs are often ultra modern, but Carlene said the renowned architect had “really elevated the century old Queenslander and added some real spunk”.“It was interesting to see his spin on it given his usual aesthetic,” she said.Another of Carlene’s favourites is Yungaba House – a 130-year-old landmark heritage building that has served as an immigration depot, an accommodation centre for “bush children”, a reception centre for returning Aussie troops, a war-time hospital, and a multicultural centre.Yungaba House is now a luxury residential complex“I actually did work experience at Yungaba when it was still a multicultural centre,” Carlene said.“Back then it was not in a good way but you could still see it had good bones.”Inside one of the Yungaba House residences.The stunning building has since been transformed in to luxury residences by developer, Fraser Property Australia.Also featuring on the show will be Three Chimneys House – Michael’s favourite of the series so far.Three Chimney House at Chandler“They used the materials we love – brick, timber, concrete,” he said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours ago“And the way it was positioned around the gumtrees made it feel like it had been there for years.”Another house featuring on the show is an award-winning modern build by builders, Mancorp Quality Homes.Mancorp Quality Homes won the Brisbane House of the Year category for this showstopper at Bribie Island.That pool!Located at 41 Seaside Drive at Banksia Beach, the canal-front property was awarded House of the Year at the Master Builders Brisbane Housing and Construction Awards in July and also received the state award for Individual Home in the $1.26 million to $2 million category.And “Bellevue” at 5 Ross St in Paddington, which could easily be Brisbane’s most socially responsible house, will also feature in the series.Solaire Properties has set its sights on creating environmentally and socially responsible houses across Brisbane, with everything from energy-efficient lighting and Tesla technology to chain-of-custody timber used throughout Bellevue at Paddington.The couple said there was a property for every taste, with filming for the show continuing.As for their own home?“We are in the process of renovating our living room,” they said. “We are hoping to finish some more of our own home.”last_img read more

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28 Sep
2020

Epic Gas Delivers Loss in 2017

first_imgSingapore-based gas carrier owner Epic Gas saw its loss expand to USD 30.9 million during 2017, from USD 23.3 million reported a year earlier.The company’s revenue for the year ended December 31, 2017 increased by 8 percent to USD 139.5 million from USD 128.8 million reported in the previous year.Time charter equivalent (TCE) revenues were up by a mere 1.4 percent at USD 8,210 per vessel calendar day, against USD 8,095 achieved in 2016.The company recorded a non-cash goodwill impairment of USD 12.9 million during the year ended December 31, 2017 as a result of the goodwill’s carrying value exceeding its fair value. There was no impairment indicator for any of the vessels.During the fourth quarter of 2017, the company’s loss was at USD 16.4 million, compared with USD 15.9 million seen in the same period in 2016. Revenue for the quarter increased to USD 37.3 million from USD 33 million.TCE revenue per calendar day was at USD 8,449 during the quarter, 2.7 percent higher than the USD 8,206 in the fourth quarter of 2016.In February 2018, the company entered into a Memorandum of Agreement to sell the oldest ship in its fleet, the 1998-built Epic St. John. The sale is expected to be completed in March 2018 and will not have a material impact on the company’s fiscal year 2018 earnings. In respect to contract coverage, recent fixtures have raised our 2018 cover to 53%.In January 2018, the company has granted, under its existing share option plan, up to 355,393 stock options to its executive management team at a strike price of USD 1.85. The options will vest after five years.last_img read more

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25 Sep
2020

8 sachets of ‘shabu’ seized

first_imgItems seized from drug suspect Marvin Tornilla in an entrapment operation in Barangay 16, Bacolod City on Dec. 29. POLICE STATION 1/BCPO The 39-year-old resident MarvinTornilla yielded the suspected illegal drugs, a police report showed. Tornilla was arrested after he soldsuspected shabu to an undercover officer for P200 around 11:45 p.m. on Dec. 29,the report added. The suspect was detained in the lockupcell of Police Station 1, facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, orthe Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN Bacolod City – Eight sachets of suspected shabu valued around P18,000were seized in a buy-bust operation in Barangay 16.last_img

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21 Sep
2020

Hillsborough inquests in north-west

first_img Britain’s worst sporting disaster unfolded at Sheffield’s Hillsborough stadium on April 15 1989 during Liverpool’s FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed in the ground’s Leppings Lane terrace. Some 71 families from the Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG) want the hearing to be held in London, while a smaller group from the Hillsborough Justice Campaign (HJC) asked for it to take place in the north-west outside of Liverpool or Manchester. Margaret Aspinall, HFSG chairwoman, said: “To be honest, I personally don’t mind where it is held. I’m quite happy wherever it is held as long as everything goes accordingly and we get the right verdicts on the death certificates.” Last December, verdicts of accidental death from the original inquest in March 1991 were quashed. The action was taken after the Hillsborough Independent Panel studied thousands of documents and reported that there had been a huge cover-up of what happened at Hillsborough and its aftermath. Lord Justice Goldring, recently appointed as coroner to the fresh inquests, last week said the new inquests would be held in early 2014. Explaining why he has chosen to hold the inquests in the north-west, the judge said: “The hearing is bound, it seems to me, to take several months. If it is held in London, those who wish to follow it in person will be away from home and living in hotels for a very long time. “It is plainly not a practicable solution for someone to commute from Liverpool or the north-west on a daily basis.” Lord Justice Goldring made the decision after hearing conflicting arguments at a preliminary hearing last week in support of holding the hearing in either the north-west or London. In a written direction, the judge said: “I have concluded that it would be right for the inquests to be held in the north-west. It would not be helpful further to identify a location at this stage.” The inquests into the deaths of 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster will take place in the north-west, a coroner has announced.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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20 Sep
2020

China plans to lift lockdown on Wuhan

first_imgAfter nearly two months on lockdown, China says it plans to remove the travel ban from Wuhan where the coronavirus first begin.Provincial authorities say they are easing the travel restrictions due to a significant reduction in new infections in Hubei and with new cases dropping to zero for five consecutive days. Since then, only one new case has surfaced, a doctor at the Hubei General Hospital.The removal of the travel ban will begin in the Hubei province on Wednesday then the Wuhan area altogether on April 8th.Wuhan is considered the epicenter for the virus with 67,801 cases and 3,160 fatalities and was first placed under state-imposed lockdown on January 23rd. All forms of transportation were shutdown in the area and the city’s perimeters were locked down as well.Before making a decision on whether the travel restrictions should be removed,  China’s president visited the Wuhan area on March 10th.While the spread of the virus has slowed down considerably in Wuhan, it has spread rapidly throughout the rest of the world.380,000 have reportedly been infected with the virus with more than 16,500 deaths reported as a result of that according to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University.Many countries and states have since issued their own lock down orders in an effort to stop the spread of the virus.last_img read more

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16 Sep
2020

Football: Here’s Wisconsin’s only highlight from the Big Ten Championship game

first_imgIt’s a day that will go down in infamy for the Wisconsin football team, but thanks to a caring Ohio State fan, Badgers supporters now can reflect on that fateful December Saturday in a slightly positive light.It must have taken a lot of digging to find Wisconsin’s best moments from the 2014 Big Ten Championship, but someone who loves rubbing it in had enough time on his or her hands to put together this short reel of Wisconsin’s finest minute from Ohio State’s 59-0 thumping of the Badgers.The term highlights is a bit of a misnomer because there was really only one highlight.Here it is:In case that brought back bad memories, here is the missed field goal that helped Wisconsin defeat Auburn in the Outback Bowl and salvage some dignity.Almost makes you want to dance now.last_img

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