So I ALMOST finished my 3 Day Cosplay Challenge. But, due to some anxiety attacks and sleepiness, I could not finish one of the sleeves and was not able to wear the costume to Akaicon. =( I will post all wip pics and stuff soon.
Bill Clinton looked into giving paid speeches linked to brutal governments while Hillary was secretary of state
(AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Former President Bill Clinton.
Former President Bill Clinton once sought information from Hillary Clinton’s State Department about speaking invitations “related to two of the most repressive countries in the world,” ABC News reported Friday.
According to the report, which was based on newly uncovered emails, Bill Clinton’s team wanted feedback three years ago on two potential paid speeches. One was for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the neighboring Congo, and the other was “related” to North Korea.
It’s not clear what, exactly, the North Korea speech would have entailed. The government in Pyongyang is a fierce adversary of the US.
Hillary Clinton, who served as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013, is the 2016 Democratic presidential front-runner.
The emails shine a light on what has been one of the more controversial aspects of her campaign: Bill Clinton’s highly lucrative paid speeches, some of which conservative critics alleged represented conflicts of interest for his wife. The State Department reviewed and at least one time questioned some of his speeches connected to foreign governments.
“Is it safe to assume [the US government] would have concerns about WJC accepting the attached invitation related to North Korea?” a Bill Clinton staffer reportedly wrote to some of Hillary Clinton’s top aides in 2012, using the former president’s initials.
The State Department, predictably, panned the idea.
“Decline it,” replied Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff, Cheryl Mills.
(KCNA) North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
But the Bill Clinton staffer, Amitabh Desai, still wanted more information, and he reportedly said the invitation came via Hillary Clinton’s brother, Tony Rodham. (Rodham is no stranger to controversy and was linked to alleged political favors in a report published by the Department of Homeland Security’s investigator general.)
“We would be grateful for any specific concerns that we could share,” Desai reportedly wrote to the State Department three weeks after Mills shot down the North Korea idea. “Tony is seeing WJC in a couple hours.”
Mills replied: “If he needs more let him know his wife knows and I am happy to call him secure when he is near a secure line.”
ABC said it obtained the messages because of a records request from the conservative group Citizens United.
(AP Photo/Jerome Delay) Congolese riot police throwing a supporter of Congolese opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi in a police truck during clashes near Tshisekedi ’s headquarters in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, in 2011.
The details of the Congo invitation were even more fleshed out in the report, written by ABC’s chief Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl.
In a June 2012 email to the State Department, Desai wanted to know whether Bill Clinton could speak in Brazzaville, Congo, and pose for photos with the “dictators” of Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Karl wrote. The speaking fee for the gig: $650,000.
Bill Clinton apparently wanted to give the money to his family’s foundation.
“WJC wants know what state thinks of it if he took it 100% for the foundation,” Desai wrote to Mills and other Clinton aides, including the close Clinton adviser Huma Abedin. “We’d welcome your thoughts.”
The Harry Walker Agency, which helped coordinate Bill Clinton’s speeches, reportedly recommended turning down the invitation given the human-rights record of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s problematic leader, Joseph Kabila.
“The speaking agency’s vetting of the Democratic Republic of the Congo noted the ‘prevalence and intensity of sexual violence against women in eastern Congo is widely described as the worst in the world,’” Karl wrote.
(Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP) Bill and Hillary Clinton at her 2016 presidential-campaign launch.
The legitimacy of Kabila’s government has also been questioned.
“The 2011 presidential election was tainted by serious irregularities and voter fraud, according to American and European electoral observers,” The New York times noted earlier this year. “Kabila’s second term began in controversy, with protests erupting and his main challenger also claiming victory.”
In response to the ABC story, Bill Clinton’s office said the emails were routine and that he did not ultimately give either speech.
“As a matter of course, all requests were run by the State Department,” Clinton’s press secretary told ABC. “Ultimately, the president did not give these speeches.”
A top Hillary Clinton campaign spokesman also dismissed the story on Twitter:
So, the vetting process was properly followed by State. And the speeches didn’t occur. This is a non-story. https://t.co/Jr9tbQG7v5
Stone Cold Stunner: Geologists Will Love Tribeca's Newest Condo Building
The design of DDG’snew building at 12 Warren Street is meant to evoke the uneven stacking of bluestone, and they are really taking this rock-spiration all the way. The teaser site is now live (h/t New York YIMBY), and the only images on the site are of a bluestone quarry. A new exterior rendering (↑) shows an intricate mosaic-like placement of stones that will probably make this one of the most interesting and good-looking new buildings in the neighborhood, but it’s the interior rendering that shows DDG is really serious about the bluestone; the open, loft-like interior has no furniture or decor, but there’s a little girl playing with a bunch of rocks (↓) as if they were Legos. The marketing team says that the Future Perfect will be designing the model residence, and we really hope they keep running with this rockin’ (sorry) theme. One thing is for sure: these 13 condos will be just perfect for all the millionaire geologists out there.
3 Day Cosplay Challenge ———– Ok so this is just a challenge I made for myself honestly…but anyone can try it if they want to. 3 Days Less than $50 “Star Wars Young Princess Luna” (MLP/SW CROSSOVER) ——– DAY 1 I already have some of the components needed to complete this costume, so i feel like my budget won’t be that bad. I have: the wig, the shorts, and the shoes. I need: the headdress, the sleeves, the “kimono”, and the sash
I sketched out how I want the final product to look. I then went to the fabric store and scoped out some colors and fabrics and how much they were going to be. I came back home and took my measurements and wrote them down (in this case, I measured my shoulder width, my waistline, and how long I want the “kimono” to be). I also looked for any coupons I could print out for the fabric/craft store to make my purchase cheaper.
At the end of day one all I got done was the drafting process, however I don’t think that days 2 and 3 are going to give me much trouble. I picked a relatively easy costume to make and there isn’t going to be too much sewing involved.
VIDEO: Fernanda Castillo manda de vacaciones a Erik
18 AGO (MEX).- Fernanda Castillo revela que tuvo que dejar ir de vacaciones a su novio Erik Hayser, pues no pudo acompañarlo debido a las grabaciones de la cuarta temporada de “El Señor de los Cielos”.
“Está tendiendo vacaciones, llevaba varios proyectos al hilo, entonces ya se merecía unas vacaciones y le dije: bueno yo estoy trabajando, vete tú a gozarla”, expresó.
La actriz mexicana confiesa estar satisfecha por la aceptación que ha tenido su personaje de la serie “El Señor de los Cielos”, ya que para ella significa mucho que la mujeres se inspiren con Mónica Robles.
“Me siento muy honrada de que las mujeres estén tomando mi personaje como estandarte para sentirse fuertes, para seguir luchando, para sentir que pueden ser independientes, que pueden ser fregonas siendo ellas mismas”, manifestó.
La actriz asegura que no le preocupa que el público la etiquete como villana por este personaje, ya que espera tener la oportunidad de mostrar más de su talento.
“La gente me tenía encasillada como la buena, la dulce, nadie se imaginaba que pudiera ser una villana, entonces ahora que presento este personaje, pues creo que no hay que tener miedo al encasillamiento y más bien decir "voy para adelante”, tengo un montón todavía que enseñar", explicó.
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Amy Winehouse documentary soars up box office hit list
A film telling the story of Amy Winehouse’s life has become the second most popular documentary at the UK box office.
The latest figures show Amy has grossed £3.44 million.
Directed by Asif Kapadia, who was also behind the award-winning Senna documentary, Amy has surpassed the £3.17 million taken by the film about former F1 ace Ayrton.
American director Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 remains the highest grossing (non-concert) documentary at the UK box office, grossing over £6.5 million.
Amy producer James Gay-Rees said: “We were amazed that Senna struck such a chord when it came out in the UK and didn’t think that anything could reach that kind of audience again, so it’s an indictment of Amy’s incredible popularity that the film has done so well, she’s still a massive star.
“It feels like the country has fallen in love with her all over again and it is hugely satisfying to have helped create a more rounded picture of someone who was so massively misunderstood when she was here.
Amy Winehouse (Anthony Devlin/PA)
“It was a massive honour to have been given the chance to tell her story.”
The film shows previously unseen footage of the star, and also features unheard tracks from her repertoire.
Her father Mitch Winehouse recently revealed on Australian television that his daughter had thought she was pregnant before she died.
Mitch Winehouse (Laura Lean/PA)
He told Channel Seven’s Weekend Sunrise show: “She was with Reg (Traviss), they were going to get married.
“I shouldn’t tell you this but she thought she was pregnant at some stage.
“To give the impression that she was on her own is frankly criminal.”
He also revealed he is working alongside her former fiance on a new documentary about her.
She died in 2011 from alcohol poisoning, after battling drink and drugs for many years.
The earliest possible construction start for the Mackenzie Gas Project, which would connect natural gas fields in the Canadian Arctic with northwestern Alberta, is 2022, according to a request by project sponsors for an extension in federal approval.
Genco Shipping & Trading Ltd. reports preliminary financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2015.
We analyze the earnings along side the following peers of Genco Shipping & Trading Ltd – International Shipholding Corporation, Navios Maritime Holdings Inc., Diana Shipping Inc., Euroseas Ltd. and Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. (ISH-US, NM-US, DSX-US, ESEA-US and ALEX-US) that have also reported for this period.
Summary numbers: Revenues of USD 34.59 million, Net Earnings of USD -40.33 million, and Earnings per Share (EPS) of USD -0.67.
Gross margins narrowed from -32.25% to -49.98% compared to the same quarter last year, operating (EBITDA) margins now -70.48% from 18.72%.
Year-on-year change in operating cash flow of 12.43% is about the same as the change in earnings, likely no significant movement in accruals or reserves.
Earnings rose compared to same quarter last year, despite decline in operating and pretax margins.
The table below shows the preliminary results and recent trends for key metrics such as revenues and net income growth:
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GNK-US‘s change in revenue this quarter compared to the same quarter last year of -33.94% is almost the same as its change in earnings, and is about average among the announced results thus far in its peer group, suggesting that GNK-US is holding onto its market share. Also, for comparison purposes, revenues changed by 0.50% and earnings by -4.92% compared to the immediate last quarter.
Earnings Growth Analysis
The company’s earnings rose year-on-year. But this growth has not come as a result of improvement in gross margins or any cost control activities in its operations. Gross margins went from -49.98% to -32.25% for the same period last year, while operating margins (EBITDA margins) went from -70.48% to 18.72% over the same time frame.
Cash Versus Earnings – Sustainable Performance?
GNK-US‘s change in operating cash flow of 12.43% compared to the same period last year is about the same as its change in earnings this period. Additionally, this change in operating cash flow is about average among its peer group. This suggests that the company did not use accruals or reserves to manage earnings this period, and that, all else being equal, the earnings number is sustainable.
Despite a decline in operating (EBIT) margins as well as a decline in pretax margins, the company’s earnings rose.
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Genco Shipping & Trading Ltd. is an international ship owning company. It engages in transporting iron ore, coal, grain, steel products and other drybulk cargoes along worldwide shipping routes through the ownership and operation of drybulk carrier vessels. It operates in two segments: GS&T and Baltic Trading segment. The GS&T segment seeks to deploy its vessels on time charters, spot market-related time charters or in vessel pools trading in the spot market. The Baltic Trading segment seeks to deploy its vessel charters in the spot market, which represents immediate chartering of a vessel, usually for single voyages, or employing vessels on spot market related time charters. The company was founded on September 27, 2004 and is headquartered in New York, NY.
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