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Gay and straight travelers alike flock to Brazil in droves to enjoy the pristine beaches, beautiful people, exciting nightlife, diverse culture and lavish annual celebrations, such as Carnival. As one of the most welcoming and accepting gay vacation destinations in South America, Brazil is a popular choice for both gay men and lesbians looking for fun in the sun or a relaxing respite in a tropical paradise. From luxury gay vacations in exclusive beachfront resorts, to exotic excursions into remote Brazilian jungles, Brazil has much to offer to every type of traveler and is an ideal setting for international gay travel.

Among the most well-known Brazilian gay travel destinations is Rio de Janeiro, which offers circuit parties, gay beaches, bathhouses, lesbian and gay clubs, drag shows and a wide variety of shopping, cultural activities, recreation and dining options that lure travelers from around the globe. While Rio de Janeiros gay establishments and culture are weighted more toward gay men, most gay events and establishments welcome lesbians and ladies can enjoy their own lesbian club, as well as womens nights at local gay establishments. Of course, Rio de Janeiro is perhaps most famous for its annual New Years celebrations and the world-renowned Carnival, each of which includes an abundance of parades, parties and activities for gay men and lesbians.

Although Rio de Janeiro may be the most popular gay vacation destination in Brazil, there are many other options throughout the country. Many cities in Brazil, such as Sao Paolo and Belo Horizonte, host annual gay pride festivals and parades and the majority of urban areas have a thriving gay community. For those who may be looking for gay vacations outside of the pride and party scene, gay travel opportunities in Brazil also include organized tours of cultural and historical landmarks and luxury all-inclusive Amazon cruises provided by tour companies dedicated to providing exceptional gay vacations to gay and lesbian travelers.

Planning a gay vacation to Brazil is an exciting endeavor that is sure to lead to many memorable once in a lifetime experiences. Partaking in gay travel in Brazil is much like traveling throughout the United States when it comes to safety and necessary precautions. Just as in the U.S., some areas of Brazil will be more welcoming and accepting than others and using your best judgment in determining the safety of a given area is always a good idea. Also, for travelers interested in visiting Brazils bathhouses, keep in mind that Brazil, like the U.S., is combating the spread of HIV and appropriate precautions should be taken to ensure that you play safely.

Planning your gay vacation to Brazil is most easily accomplished when working with a travel agency that is well-versed in local attractions, vacation package options, the best times to travel throughout the year and information of particular interest to the gay travel community. Whether you are looking for a jungle adventure, a wild week in Rio or a restful vacation on the beach, enlisting the assistance of a travel agency serving the gay community will ensure that your gay vacation to Brazil is everything you hoped for.

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Article source: http://goodherald.com/gay-travel-to-brazil/

The Wachowski sisters’ remarkable Netflix series, Sense8, is now in its second season. It is an elaborate envisioning of another race of humanoids, homo sensorium, who communicate telepathically and live among us.

These come in “clusters” that are scattered around the world, and from its opening credits, Sense8 is careful to present the viewer with the enormously diverse quilt that is humanity itself. The opening credits roll over a stunning montage of multicolored crowds, couples, celebrations, and rituals from around the globe (yes, the show has a break-the-piggybank travel budget).

The cluster of eight we follow is diversity itself — a Kenyan, a German, an Indian, an Icelander, people of color, a Brazilian gay man, and a Bay Area transgender woman. In nearly every episode, a cluster character denounces humanity’s unfortunate propensity to fear and oppress those we see as different, as the “Other.”

And yet…

Not a single genderqueer person anywhere. Not in this cluster. Not in the others. Not in any character they interact with. Even the crazy underground computer hacker named Bug is, like everyone else, quite gender-normative.

Apparently gender difference is the Other that must not speak its name. And this is from a team where not one but both siblings have bravely and publicly transitioned to be trans women. Et tu, Lana and Lilly?

Moreover, all of this occurs in science fiction, a genre invented to let creative imaginations run wild with possibility. Apparently veering from the gender binary is not among the possible. And in this, Sense8 is hardly alone.

In the latest installment in the (now interminable) X-Men series (Logan), everyone is comfortingly gender-normative. In the latest installment in the (now interminable) Alien series (Covenant), everyone is comfortably gender-normative — some have pointed out that even the mysterious “engineers” feature male and female versions. And in the latest installment of the (now interminable) Star Wars series (The Force Awakens), everyone is comfortingly gender- normative (even Jabba the Hutt was not only male but totally hetero — across species!).

Let this sink in — because it shows exactly what genderqueers are up against.

Mutants cannot be us. Even droids like C-3PO cannot be us. Even dark, scaly alien creatures that are perfect killing machines, that drip acid for blood, come with nasty double mouths, that burst from the human chest during birth, and drip gobs of gooey saliva before puncturing our skulls are nicely, neatly divided up into boys and the girls (the girls lay the eggs, of course).

In short, even our best creative minds are simply unable to imagine, under any circumstances, on any world, in any galaxy, in any alien form, a character who is nonbinary and/or profoundly gender-nonconforming (no, please do not feed me Whoopi Goldberg as Guinan on Star Trek: The Next Generation).

This implicitly promotes binary male/female as some sort of unavoidable, universal, and implacable natural law, from which there is no escape. As with the Borg (yes, they were binary too), “resistance is futile.”

One of the few exceptions was Jaye Davidson’s role in the ’90s sci-fi flick Stargate. Alas, Jaye’s genderqueerness was introduced as evidence of otherworldly evil — all the “normal” people were binary. Even in the totally different universe, at the other end of the stargate, all the aliens turned out to be boys and girls just like us (the girls did the cooking and offered themselves up to the boys, of course).

Perhaps for a truly genderqueer sci-fi character we must wait for Taylor on Showtime’s series Billions to don a space suit and launch a hedge fund on Tatooine.

It is sadly to be expected that cisgender people cannot imagine us. But it is beyond sad that even when we are behind the camera and behind the typewriter, as with Sense8, we cannot imagine us either. And this blind spot is especially disheartening in a show that so pointedly wears its inclusive politics on its sleeve.

One has to wonder if there’s a coming split one day in the trans community between those of us who are trans and gender-conforming, and those who of us who are trans and gender-nonconforming. Right now we’re all at sea together politically, and so we’re more or less rowing in the same boat.

But that was once true of the gay community too. Then they started mainstreaming, and the genderqueers and trans people were pushed toward the back so that gender-normative gays and lesbians could be out front.

Will the trans movement go the same way? Will we split into those who are normatively binary and those who are genderqueer? How can we stay together when some of them can’t even imagine that some of us exist?

RIKI WILCHINS is an author and advocate.

Article source: http://www.advocate.com/commentary/2017/5/26/todays-sci-fi-oddly-adheres-strict-gender-norms

Desde a última quarta-feira, dia 3 de maio, o e-mail, o inbox do Facebook e a caixa de mensagens do celular de James Green, professor de história latino-americana da Brown University, estão abarrotados. Em suas postagens nas redes sociais também passaram a transbordar comentários do tipo: “Aeeee Dilminha!” “Cuide bem dela…” “Mais amor, menos golpe.” “Que lindo! Ela merece”. “James, so now you’re Dilma’s new affair?”

Por telefone, ele parecia bem-humorado quando perguntei sobre o assunto. “Não ouviu a boa notícia? Eu e Dilma vamos nos casar!”, disse-me em tom de troça. E emendou: “Sabe que a gente realmente se deu muito bem? Ela é tão inteligente, a gente teve conversas maravilhosas. Ela conhece melhor os impressionistas franceses do que eu, e olha que eu conheço bem”, disse.

Naquele dia, uma reportagem no portal RD1 dera o tom da balbúrdia: “Saiba detalhes sobre o novo affair

de Dilma Rousseff”. A matéria tinha uma galeria de fotos da dupla – em frente ao Lincoln Center em Nova Iorque, juntos no sebo The Strand, abraçados num restaurante. O texto, citando “duas fontes […] que preferem não ser identificadas”, dizia que o professor estava “encantado” pela ex-presidente e que os dois ficaram “inseparáveis” durante a turnê dela por várias faculdades norte-americanas. “Mas é claro que estávamos inseparáveis, eu estava ajudando a organizar as palestras, passei vários dias como o intérprete dela”, disse James – conhecido como Jim pelos amigos norte-americanos e Jimmy pelos brasileiros. A única resposta que ele deu para os veículos e curiosos querendo saber do romance: “Bobagem.”

Os dois haviam se conhecido no dia 7 de junho do ano passado. Foi num evento em que um grupo de historiadores foi até o Palácio da Alvorada, residência oficial, para manifestar sua solidariedade com a presidente, afastada da função desde a votação do dia 12 de maio. Green, autor do livro Apesar de Vocês, sobre a resistência à ditadura brasileira que partiu dos Estados Unidos, e de Além do Carnaval, uma história da homossexualidade masculina no Brasil, foi o último a falar, sentado ao lado esquerdo de Dilma. “Foi uma mesa lotada de acadêmicos e ativistas incríveis. Estava bem ansioso, como sempre quando falo em português. Tem que acertar o gênero, se é ‘o’ ou ‘a’, se tem que usar o subjuntivo… E eu falei da solidariedade internacional, e de como, enquanto ela estava sendo submetida à tortura no Brasil, pessoas nos Estados Unidos estavam se mobilizando em solidariedade. Eu estava tão tenso que nem olhava para ela, mas as pessoas comentaram comigo depois que ela estava prestando muita atenção.”

Depois das palestras, Green comentou com a ex-presidente que estava escrevendo um livro sobre Herbert Daniel, companheiro de luta com quem ela morou na clandestinidade no Rio de Janeiro em 1969. O livro, Brazilian Gay Revolutionary: The Life and Times of Herbert Daniel, sairá em breve pela Duke University Press. Dilma ficou encantada ao saber do tema do livro e topou ser entrevistada sobre o amigo e o período da clandestinidade. Duas semanas mais tarde, James voltou ao Alvorada, desta vez para um encontro particular. Dilma parabenizou-o pelo manuscrito, disse ter passado três noites seguidas lendo. O que era para ser uma entrevista de 45 minutos acabou sendo uma conversa de duas horas e meia.

“Já que eu estou pesquisando esse livro há oito anos, conheço até detalhes que Dilma nem lembrava mais”, relembrou Green. “Ela falava: ‘Você conhece melhor minha vida em 1969 do que eu!’” Por meio de depoimentos de presos políticos e relatórios policiais, o professor havia reconstruído uma sequência de eventos e encontros sigilosos do grupo revolucionário do qual Dilma e Herbert Daniel participaram. De forma tangencial, a pesquisa dele abriu uma porta para o passado da ex-presidente, para um ano em que ela vivia as suas convicções da forma mais intensa possível. “Ela me contou lá em Brasília que 1969 foi um dos melhores anos da vida dela.”  Green ficou incrédulo. No ano seguinte, ela seria presa e torturada no Departamento de Ordem Política e Social, o DOPS. “Mas estávamos vivendo o que acreditávamos”, Dilma explicou.

O que ajudou a aproximar os dois foi o fato de o próprio Green ter militado contra a ditadura dentro do Brasil no final dos anos 70 e ter ajudado a organizar uma campanha internacional reunindo acadêmicos contrários ao processo de impeachment. “Acho que ganhei um amigo novo”, Green lembra dela comentar no final da conversa.

O reencontro dos dois se deu no mês passado. Dilma deu palestras em nove universidades na Costa Leste norte-americana, entre elas a Brown, onde James dá aula. Depois do evento na Brown, em Providence, Rhode Island, ela discursou na City University of New York. No dia de folga da ex-presidente em Nova Iorque, o estudioso a levou para passear no Central Park (“já que sei que ela gosta de exercício físico”), ao Metropolitan Museum of Art, e Ópera, onde assistiram a uma produção de Eugene Onegin (“Ela adora ópera e eu também”). Os dois se viram novamente quando a ex-presidente deu uma palestra em Harvard, no final da viagem. Green fez as vezes de intérprete quando Dilma se encontrou com Jane Sanders, mulher de Bernie Sanders, e com o ator Danny Glover. “E foi só isso. Foi uma temporada muito agradável.”

Em conversas com amigos e em textos do Facebook, o professor americano frisa o quanto Dilma não se parece em nada com a imagem que pintam dela, de ser uma mulher severa e inarticulada. “Ela é brilhante”, disse enfaticamente. Relatou que Dilma quis comprar um livro sobre Lord Palmerston, primeiro ministro da Inglaterra durante os anos 50 e 60, para entender melhor a política dele em relação à Guerra Civil norte-americana. Foram para The Strand – daí a foto dos dois folheando livros – e fuçaram nas prateleiras até achar um tomo dedicado ao tema. “Daí ela falou: ‘Preciso de mais contexto’, e fomos atrás de mais três ou quatro livros sobre a história da Grã-Bretanha no século XIX para que ela pudesse entender melhor a conjuntura política.” Green também rejeita a imagem da ex-presidente como durona, descrevendo-a como divertida e engraçada. Foi com o intuito de desfazer essas percepções negativas que ele escreveu uma postagem no dia 23 de abril sobre a visita de Dilma e o tempo que passaram juntos:

[…] eu sempre tive dúvidas e críticas em relação aos governos de Lula e Dilma. Porém, o que mais me impressionou durante esta semana intensa de eventos, reuniões e interações foi a crença firme de Dilma na democracia. As pessoas que viveram o choque elétrico do regime militar, a censura da imprensa, os decretos arbitrários e os silêncios impostos sobre a nação compreendem que sem democracia não há justiça e sem justiça real e igualdade socioeconômica não há democracia.

A pessoa que eu tive a honra de conhecer um pouquinho nesta última semana é profundamente honesta e uma pessoa íntegra. Estou muito grato pela oportunidade de compartilhar este tempo com ela. […]”

Ao terminar de relatar o tempo que passaram juntos, o tom de Green mudou. “O curioso sobre esse boato [do namoro] é que reflete toda a misoginia que ronda a Dilma. Tem a percepção de que uma mulher não pode ser livre e independente, que ela tem que ter sempre algum homem para apoiá-la. Daí quando ela aparece com qualquer pessoa, surge essa especulação imediata sobre um relacionamento romântico, se ela vai casar.”

James disse não saber quem poderia estar por trás das informações passadas à RD1. “Não tenho ideia. Ah, vai, é ridículo.” Quanto à foto em que os dois aparecem abraçados no restaurante: “Eu tinha passado o dia inteiro fazendo crowd control de todas as pessoas que queriam tirar foto com ela. À noite eu me dei conta de que não tinha nenhuma foto com ela, aí pedi para tirarem.” E na foto em que ele aparece do lado dela numa das palestras, contemplando-a com evidente admiração: “Claro que admiro ela! Ela foi presidente do Brasil e lutou contra a ditadura. Admiro todos os que lutaram.”

Antes de desligar, perguntei de outra pessoa que talvez se interessasse com a notícia dessa nova amizade: Moshe Sluhovsky, o companheiro de Green, com quem tem um relacionamento há 24 anos. “Ele está super ciumento”, brincou, “e a Dilma disse que ele tem toda a razão para estar.”

Article source: http://www.midiamax.com.br/midiamais/ouviu-boa-noticia-eu-dilma-vamos-casar-340342

Desde a última quarta-feira, dia 3 de maio, o e-mail, o inbox do Facebook e a caixa de mensagens do celular de James Green, professor de história latino-americana da Brown University, estão abarrotados. Em suas postagens nas redes sociais também passaram a transbordar comentários do tipo: “Aeeee Dilminha!” “Cuide bem dela…” “Mais amor, menos golpe.” “Que lindo! Ela merece”. “James, so now you’re Dilma’s new affair?”

Por telefone, ele parecia bem-humorado quando perguntei sobre o assunto. “Não ouviu a boa notícia? Eu e Dilma vamos nos casar!”, disse-me em tom de troça. E emendou: “Sabe que a gente realmente se deu muito bem? Ela é tão inteligente, a gente teve conversas maravilhosas. Ela conhece melhor os impressionistas franceses do que eu, e olha que eu conheço bem”, disse.

Naquele dia, uma reportagem no portal RD1 dera o tom da balbúrdia: “Saiba detalhes sobre o novo affair

de Dilma Rousseff”. A matéria tinha uma galeria de fotos da dupla – em frente ao Lincoln Center em Nova Iorque, juntos no sebo The Strand, abraçados num restaurante. O texto, citando “duas fontes […] que preferem não ser identificadas”, dizia que o professor estava “encantado” pela ex-presidente e que os dois ficaram “inseparáveis” durante a turnê dela por várias faculdades norte-americanas. “Mas é claro que estávamos inseparáveis, eu estava ajudando a organizar as palestras, passei vários dias como o intérprete dela”, disse James – conhecido como Jim pelos amigos norte-americanos e Jimmy pelos brasileiros. A única resposta que ele deu para os veículos e curiosos querendo saber do romance: “Bobagem.”

Os dois haviam se conhecido no dia 7 de junho do ano passado. Foi num evento em que um grupo de historiadores foi até o Palácio da Alvorada, residência oficial, para manifestar sua solidariedade com a presidente, afastada da função desde a votação do dia 12 de maio. Green, autor do livro Apesar de Vocês, sobre a resistência à ditadura brasileira que partiu dos Estados Unidos, e de Além do Carnaval, uma história da homossexualidade masculina no Brasil, foi o último a falar, sentado ao lado esquerdo de Dilma. “Foi uma mesa lotada de acadêmicos e ativistas incríveis. Estava bem ansioso, como sempre quando falo em português. Tem que acertar o gênero, se é ‘o’ ou ‘a’, se tem que usar o subjuntivo… E eu falei da solidariedade internacional, e de como, enquanto ela estava sendo submetida à tortura no Brasil, pessoas nos Estados Unidos estavam se mobilizando em solidariedade. Eu estava tão tenso que nem olhava para ela, mas as pessoas comentaram comigo depois que ela estava prestando muita atenção.”

Depois das palestras, Green comentou com a ex-presidente que estava escrevendo um livro sobre Herbert Daniel, companheiro de luta com quem ela morou na clandestinidade no Rio de Janeiro em 1969. O livro, Brazilian Gay Revolutionary: The Life and Times of Herbert Daniel, sairá em breve pela Duke University Press. Dilma ficou encantada ao saber do tema do livro e topou ser entrevistada sobre o amigo e o período da clandestinidade. Duas semanas mais tarde, James voltou ao Alvorada, desta vez para um encontro particular. Dilma parabenizou-o pelo manuscrito, disse ter passado três noites seguidas lendo. O que era para ser uma entrevista de 45 minutos acabou sendo uma conversa de duas horas e meia.

“Já que eu estou pesquisando esse livro há oito anos, conheço até detalhes que Dilma nem lembrava mais”, relembrou Green. “Ela falava: ‘Você conhece melhor minha vida em 1969 do que eu!’” Por meio de depoimentos de presos políticos e relatórios policiais, o professor havia reconstruído uma sequência de eventos e encontros sigilosos do grupo revolucionário do qual Dilma e Herbert Daniel participaram. De forma tangencial, a pesquisa dele abriu uma porta para o passado da ex-presidente, para um ano em que ela vivia as suas convicções da forma mais intensa possível. “Ela me contou lá em Brasília que 1969 foi um dos melhores anos da vida dela.”  Green ficou incrédulo. No ano seguinte, ela seria presa e torturada no Departamento de Ordem Política e Social, o DOPS. “Mas estávamos vivendo o que acreditávamos”, Dilma explicou.

O que ajudou a aproximar os dois foi o fato de o próprio Green ter militado contra a ditadura dentro do Brasil no final dos anos 70 e ter ajudado a organizar uma campanha internacional reunindo acadêmicos contrários ao processo de impeachment. “Acho que ganhei um amigo novo”, Green lembra dela comentar no final da conversa.

O reencontro dos dois se deu no mês passado. Dilma deu palestras em nove universidades na Costa Leste norte-americana, entre elas a Brown, onde James dá aula. Depois do evento na Brown, em Providence, Rhode Island, ela discursou na City University of New York. No dia de folga da ex-presidente em Nova Iorque, o estudioso a levou para passear no Central Park (“já que sei que ela gosta de exercício físico”), ao Metropolitan Museum of Art, e Ópera, onde assistiram a uma produção de Eugene Onegin (“Ela adora ópera e eu também”). Os dois se viram novamente quando a ex-presidente deu uma palestra em Harvard, no final da viagem. Green fez as vezes de intérprete quando Dilma se encontrou com Jane Sanders, mulher de Bernie Sanders, e com o ator Danny Glover. “E foi só isso. Foi uma temporada muito agradável.”

Em conversas com amigos e em textos do Facebook, o professor americano frisa o quanto Dilma não se parece em nada com a imagem que pintam dela, de ser uma mulher severa e inarticulada. “Ela é brilhante”, disse enfaticamente. Relatou que Dilma quis comprar um livro sobre Lord Palmerston, primeiro ministro da Inglaterra durante os anos 50 e 60, para entender melhor a política dele em relação à Guerra Civil norte-americana. Foram para The Strand – daí a foto dos dois folheando livros – e fuçaram nas prateleiras até achar um tomo dedicado ao tema. “Daí ela falou: ‘Preciso de mais contexto’, e fomos atrás de mais três ou quatro livros sobre a história da Grã-Bretanha no século XIX para que ela pudesse entender melhor a conjuntura política.” Green também rejeita a imagem da ex-presidente como durona, descrevendo-a como divertida e engraçada. Foi com o intuito de desfazer essas percepções negativas que ele escreveu uma postagem no dia 23 de abril sobre a visita de Dilma e o tempo que passaram juntos:

[…] eu sempre tive dúvidas e críticas em relação aos governos de Lula e Dilma. Porém, o que mais me impressionou durante esta semana intensa de eventos, reuniões e interações foi a crença firme de Dilma na democracia. As pessoas que viveram o choque elétrico do regime militar, a censura da imprensa, os decretos arbitrários e os silêncios impostos sobre a nação compreendem que sem democracia não há justiça e sem justiça real e igualdade socioeconômica não há democracia.

A pessoa que eu tive a honra de conhecer um pouquinho nesta última semana é profundamente honesta e uma pessoa íntegra. Estou muito grato pela oportunidade de compartilhar este tempo com ela. […]”

Ao terminar de relatar o tempo que passaram juntos, o tom de Green mudou. “O curioso sobre esse boato [do namoro] é que reflete toda a misoginia que ronda a Dilma. Tem a percepção de que uma mulher não pode ser livre e independente, que ela tem que ter sempre algum homem para apoiá-la. Daí quando ela aparece com qualquer pessoa, surge essa especulação imediata sobre um relacionamento romântico, se ela vai casar.”

James disse não saber quem poderia estar por trás das informações passadas à RD1. “Não tenho ideia. Ah, vai, é ridículo.” Quanto à foto em que os dois aparecem abraçados no restaurante: “Eu tinha passado o dia inteiro fazendo crowd control de todas as pessoas que queriam tirar foto com ela. À noite eu me dei conta de que não tinha nenhuma foto com ela, aí pedi para tirarem.” E na foto em que ele aparece do lado dela numa das palestras, contemplando-a com evidente admiração: “Claro que admiro ela! Ela foi presidente do Brasil e lutou contra a ditadura. Admiro todos os que lutaram.”

Antes de desligar, perguntei de outra pessoa que talvez se interessasse com a notícia dessa nova amizade: Moshe Sluhovsky, o companheiro de Green, com quem tem um relacionamento há 24 anos. “Ele está super ciumento”, brincou, “e a Dilma disse que ele tem toda a razão para estar.”

Article source: http://www.midiamax.com.br/midiamais/ouviu-boa-noticia-eu-dilma-vamos-casar-340342

Desde a última quarta-feira, dia 3 de maio, o e-mail, o inbox do Facebook e a caixa de mensagens do celular de James Green, professor de história latino-americana da Brown University, estão abarrotados. Em suas postagens nas redes sociais também passaram a transbordar comentários do tipo: “Aeeee Dilminha!” “Cuide bem dela…” “Mais amor, menos golpe.” “Que lindo! Ela merece”. “James, so now you’re Dilma’s new affair?”

Por telefone, ele parecia bem-humorado quando perguntei sobre o assunto. “Não ouviu a boa notícia? Eu e Dilma vamos nos casar!”, disse-me em tom de troça. E emendou: “Sabe que a gente realmente se deu muito bem? Ela é tão inteligente, a gente teve conversas maravilhosas. Ela conhece melhor os impressionistas franceses do que eu, e olha que eu conheço bem”, disse.

Naquele dia, uma reportagem no portal RD1 dera o tom da balbúrdia: “Saiba detalhes sobre o novo affair

de Dilma Rousseff”. A matéria tinha uma galeria de fotos da dupla – em frente ao Lincoln Center em Nova Iorque, juntos no sebo The Strand, abraçados num restaurante. O texto, citando “duas fontes […] que preferem não ser identificadas”, dizia que o professor estava “encantado” pela ex-presidente e que os dois ficaram “inseparáveis” durante a turnê dela por várias faculdades norte-americanas. “Mas é claro que estávamos inseparáveis, eu estava ajudando a organizar as palestras, passei vários dias como o intérprete dela”, disse James – conhecido como Jim pelos amigos norte-americanos e Jimmy pelos brasileiros. A única resposta que ele deu para os veículos e curiosos querendo saber do romance: “Bobagem.”

Os dois haviam se conhecido no dia 7 de junho do ano passado. Foi num evento em que um grupo de historiadores foi até o Palácio da Alvorada, residência oficial, para manifestar sua solidariedade com a presidente, afastada da função desde a votação do dia 12 de maio. Green, autor do livro Apesar de Vocês, sobre a resistência à ditadura brasileira que partiu dos Estados Unidos, e de Além do Carnaval, uma história da homossexualidade masculina no Brasil, foi o último a falar, sentado ao lado esquerdo de Dilma. “Foi uma mesa lotada de acadêmicos e ativistas incríveis. Estava bem ansioso, como sempre quando falo em português. Tem que acertar o gênero, se é ‘o’ ou ‘a’, se tem que usar o subjuntivo… E eu falei da solidariedade internacional, e de como, enquanto ela estava sendo submetida à tortura no Brasil, pessoas nos Estados Unidos estavam se mobilizando em solidariedade. Eu estava tão tenso que nem olhava para ela, mas as pessoas comentaram comigo depois que ela estava prestando muita atenção.”

Depois das palestras, Green comentou com a ex-presidente que estava escrevendo um livro sobre Herbert Daniel, companheiro de luta com quem ela morou na clandestinidade no Rio de Janeiro em 1969. O livro, Brazilian Gay Revolutionary: The Life and Times of Herbert Daniel, sairá em breve pela Duke University Press. Dilma ficou encantada ao saber do tema do livro e topou ser entrevistada sobre o amigo e o período da clandestinidade. Duas semanas mais tarde, James voltou ao Alvorada, desta vez para um encontro particular. Dilma parabenizou-o pelo manuscrito, disse ter passado três noites seguidas lendo. O que era para ser uma entrevista de 45 minutos acabou sendo uma conversa de duas horas e meia.

“Já que eu estou pesquisando esse livro há oito anos, conheço até detalhes que Dilma nem lembrava mais”, relembrou Green. “Ela falava: ‘Você conhece melhor minha vida em 1969 do que eu!’” Por meio de depoimentos de presos políticos e relatórios policiais, o professor havia reconstruído uma sequência de eventos e encontros sigilosos do grupo revolucionário do qual Dilma e Herbert Daniel participaram. De forma tangencial, a pesquisa dele abriu uma porta para o passado da ex-presidente, para um ano em que ela vivia as suas convicções da forma mais intensa possível. “Ela me contou lá em Brasília que 1969 foi um dos melhores anos da vida dela.”  Green ficou incrédulo. No ano seguinte, ela seria presa e torturada no Departamento de Ordem Política e Social, o DOPS. “Mas estávamos vivendo o que acreditávamos”, Dilma explicou.

O que ajudou a aproximar os dois foi o fato de o próprio Green ter militado contra a ditadura dentro do Brasil no final dos anos 70 e ter ajudado a organizar uma campanha internacional reunindo acadêmicos contrários ao processo de impeachment. “Acho que ganhei um amigo novo”, Green lembra dela comentar no final da conversa.

O reencontro dos dois se deu no mês passado. Dilma deu palestras em nove universidades na Costa Leste norte-americana, entre elas a Brown, onde James dá aula. Depois do evento na Brown, em Providence, Rhode Island, ela discursou na City University of New York. No dia de folga da ex-presidente em Nova Iorque, o estudioso a levou para passear no Central Park (“já que sei que ela gosta de exercício físico”), ao Metropolitan Museum of Art, e Ópera, onde assistiram a uma produção de Eugene Onegin (“Ela adora ópera e eu também”). Os dois se viram novamente quando a ex-presidente deu uma palestra em Harvard, no final da viagem. Green fez as vezes de intérprete quando Dilma se encontrou com Jane Sanders, mulher de Bernie Sanders, e com o ator Danny Glover. “E foi só isso. Foi uma temporada muito agradável.”

Em conversas com amigos e em textos do Facebook, o professor americano frisa o quanto Dilma não se parece em nada com a imagem que pintam dela, de ser uma mulher severa e inarticulada. “Ela é brilhante”, disse enfaticamente. Relatou que Dilma quis comprar um livro sobre Lord Palmerston, primeiro ministro da Inglaterra durante os anos 50 e 60, para entender melhor a política dele em relação à Guerra Civil norte-americana. Foram para The Strand – daí a foto dos dois folheando livros – e fuçaram nas prateleiras até achar um tomo dedicado ao tema. “Daí ela falou: ‘Preciso de mais contexto’, e fomos atrás de mais três ou quatro livros sobre a história da Grã-Bretanha no século XIX para que ela pudesse entender melhor a conjuntura política.” Green também rejeita a imagem da ex-presidente como durona, descrevendo-a como divertida e engraçada. Foi com o intuito de desfazer essas percepções negativas que ele escreveu uma postagem no dia 23 de abril sobre a visita de Dilma e o tempo que passaram juntos:

[…] eu sempre tive dúvidas e críticas em relação aos governos de Lula e Dilma. Porém, o que mais me impressionou durante esta semana intensa de eventos, reuniões e interações foi a crença firme de Dilma na democracia. As pessoas que viveram o choque elétrico do regime militar, a censura da imprensa, os decretos arbitrários e os silêncios impostos sobre a nação compreendem que sem democracia não há justiça e sem justiça real e igualdade socioeconômica não há democracia.

A pessoa que eu tive a honra de conhecer um pouquinho nesta última semana é profundamente honesta e uma pessoa íntegra. Estou muito grato pela oportunidade de compartilhar este tempo com ela. […]”

Ao terminar de relatar o tempo que passaram juntos, o tom de Green mudou. “O curioso sobre esse boato [do namoro] é que reflete toda a misoginia que ronda a Dilma. Tem a percepção de que uma mulher não pode ser livre e independente, que ela tem que ter sempre algum homem para apoiá-la. Daí quando ela aparece com qualquer pessoa, surge essa especulação imediata sobre um relacionamento romântico, se ela vai casar.”

James disse não saber quem poderia estar por trás das informações passadas à RD1. “Não tenho ideia. Ah, vai, é ridículo.” Quanto à foto em que os dois aparecem abraçados no restaurante: “Eu tinha passado o dia inteiro fazendo crowd control de todas as pessoas que queriam tirar foto com ela. À noite eu me dei conta de que não tinha nenhuma foto com ela, aí pedi para tirarem.” E na foto em que ele aparece do lado dela numa das palestras, contemplando-a com evidente admiração: “Claro que admiro ela! Ela foi presidente do Brasil e lutou contra a ditadura. Admiro todos os que lutaram.”

Antes de desligar, perguntei de outra pessoa que talvez se interessasse com a notícia dessa nova amizade: Moshe Sluhovsky, o companheiro de Green, com quem tem um relacionamento há 24 anos. “Ele está super ciumento”, brincou, “e a Dilma disse que ele tem toda a razão para estar.”

Article source: http://www.midiamax.com.br/midiamais/ouviu-boa-noticia-eu-dilma-vamos-casar-340342

LGBTIs in Brazil are fortunate to have many of the same legal protections available to non-LGBTI people. Even so, Bruno was nervous about coming out to his family. So much that he feared being kicked out of his home by his own relatives. His family’s reaction to his coming out will surprise you.

Watch his story below:

Micro Rainbow’s mission is to create tools, programs, and policy recommendations that enable LGBTI people to step out of poverty everywhere.

Article source: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/watch-brazilian-gay-man-uplifting-story-share/

A Brazilian gay man is still missing at sea after plunging into the ocean from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship early Friday morning following an alleged altercation with crew members who taunted him with antigay remarks, reports NBC Miami.

Reportedly, 35-year old Bernardo Albaz and his husband Eric were vacationing on the ship together and were repeatedly harassed by security crew members who taunted the couple with antigay remarks, such as saying, “Hi, Lipstick.” Albaz allegedly became increasingly furious with the couple’s treatment and ended up in an altercation with cruise security outside his cabin, which resulted in Albez falling overboard.  

Royal Caribbean denied there was a physical altercation and claimed Albaz intentionally jumped over the side of the ship. “Our onboard security team responded to the guest’s stateroom after a neighboring guest complained about a domestic dispute on the guest’s balcony,” the company said in a statement. “Our staff did not have a physical altercation with the guest and were unable to prevent his jumping from the stateroom balcony.”

However, Mike Winkleman, attorney for the Albaz family, says what happened was “not a suicide” and “Bernardo did not jump.”

“Bernardo ended up getting in a huge altercation and ended up in his cabin where he is furious and ultimately Royal Caribbean security came to the scene,” Winkleman told NBC Miami. “As a result of the altercation in his cabin Bernardo falls off his balcony onto the life boat area.”

Video footage of the incident from this point shows Albaz hanging on for his life from the side of the lifeboat area before he falls into the ocean.

The U.S. Coast Guard says a body matching Albaz’s description was spotted by an airplane, but it was not able to be recovered. “We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones and all that have been affected by this tragedy,” said Captain Todd Coggeshall, the chief of response management for the Coast Guard 7th District.

The U.S. Coast Guard has currently suspended the search for Albaz.

Watch video footage of the incident via Daily Mail below.

Article source: http://www.advocate.com/crime/2015/11/08/watch-gay-cruise-passenger-falls-ship-after-fight-homophobic-crew

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Modern Times Bookstore Collective, a 45-year-old Mission District worker-owned store renowned for its radical politics, will close its doors Nov. 15.

“Despite the small staff’s best efforts, the store could not sustain itself following its move to 24th Street in the face of an untenable rent increase in 2011 at its beloved Valencia Street location,” Modern Times said Tuesday.



Most recently located at 2919 24th St., Modern Times was founded as a collective by a group of friends opposed to the Vietnam War. The original shop was in a 750-square-foot space at 17th and Sanchez streets. The initial investment was all of $5,000.

“The store has not been breaking even for a very long time,” Modern Times book buyer Ashton Di Vito said by phone. “It’s quite a blow,” he said about the store’s closure. “I’ve worked here for a few years, and it’s kind of like my home.”

Modern Times has long had a varied inventory of new and used books, including feminist and LGBT sections — the first in the city, the store says — as well as Spanish-language titles and books on Latino history and culture. Roughly a quarter of the store’s best-selling titles are published by small presses. The 2,800-square-foot store holds roughly 40,000 titles, Di Vito said.


While Modern Times did not provide revenue figures, the American Booksellers Association reported average annual sales per square foot of $334 in its 2010 survey of independent bookstores. Some bookstores do considerably more business than that, according to Paz Associates, ranging from $500 to $1,000 per square foot. Meanwhile, annual retail rents have risen sharply in San Francisco from $35 per square foot to $45 in just the past three years, according to LoopNet, a commercial real estate database. Wages, too, have gone up, along with other costs.

Over the years, Modern Times has held numerous events promoting progressive conversations. There have been series on globalization, post-9/11 U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, and discussions on gentrification in San Francisco.

“The Mission community is very saddened to hear the news that Modern Times is closing its doors,” Erick Arguello, co-founder and president of the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District said in a statement. “Modern Times has been a tremendous asset to the city as a whole, from its early days responding to the Vietnam War through the gay liberation movement and through today’s fight with gentrification.”

Among the authors the store has hosted are Sherman Alexie, Adam Hochschild, Alice Walker and Slavoj Žižek.

Steve Silberman, the author of “NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity,” bemoaned the loss of the store, tweeting “Another irreplaceable part of SF goes under: gloriously radical Modern Times Books, where I read as a young poet.”

Modern Times promoted a membership program, which provided shoppers with store discounts and free admission to events, but it wasn’t enough to make the business profitable. Other stores that have benefited from innovative sponsorship programs include Adobe Books and Arts Cooperative and Borderlands Books, both in San Francisco.

The store has scheduled a closing party at 1 p.m. Oct. 22. The event also will serve as a retirement party for longtime bookseller Ruth Mahaney.

John McMurtrie is The San Francisco Chronicle’s book editor. Email: jmcmurtrie@sfchronicle.com

Twitter: @McMurtrieSF

Article source: http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/San-Francisco-s-Modern-Times-Bookstore-to-close-9962634.php

By Travis Waldron

Less than 60 days before the World Cup begins, a Brazilian apparel company is selling t-shirts that use a gay slur to refer to certain soccer players.

Though some of them are benign — one refers to Italian striker Mario Balotelli as a “loser” and another pokes fun at the French by reminding them that former star Zinedine Zidane is “over” — others are hardly so. One of the shirts says plainly that “C. Ronaldo is gay,” referring to Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo. Another calls Argentina legend Diego Maradona a “maricon,” a slang Portuguese and Spanish term for “faggot.”

Sergio K, the company responsible for the shirts, maintains that the shirts are “irreverent” and “inoffensive,” according to GayStarNews.

Sergio Kamalakian, the owner and designer for the company selling the shirts, told a Sao Paulo newspaper that he was “open-minded” and denied being homophobic. Some of his best customers, he said, according to a translation, are gay. The shirts, he said, were merely a way for Brazilian fans to cheer for their team without wearing the official World Cup uniform.

The shirts caused controversy on Twitter and Facebook and sparked petitions from two LGBT groups in Brazil calling on customers to boycott the Brazilian designer. But after the controversy, Sergio K said, sales only went up on his web site and in stores. The shirts are now sold out, the company told Folha de Sao Paulo, a Brazilian newspaper.

Just as another World Cup-themed t-shirt recently drew attention to issues around the hypersexualization of Brazilian women, these shirts could shine a light on larger issues facing Brazil’s LGBT community.

Recent and future World Cup and Olympic hosts like Russia and Qatar have drawn worldwide criticism for their policies toward LGBT people — Russia, which will host the 2018 World Cup, was slammed for passing an anti-gay law just before it hosted the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, and Qatar, the 2022 World Cup host, has faced calls to reverse its ban on homosexuality. Brazil is nowhere near as bad as those countries — in fact, the country legalized same-sex marriage in May 2013, and Brazilian states have passed laws legalizing gay adoption and banning discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Still, issues remain, the most glaring of which is the violence LGBT Brazilians face on a daily basis. According to one Brazilian gay rights group, 44 percent of the world’s anti-LGBT violence happens in the country, and the web site LGBTQ Nation said in December that at least 292 LGBT people were murdered in Brazil in 2013 alone. Violence against the LGBT community is only getting worse: in 2011, there was an average of one gay person killed every 36 hours in the country. In the early part of 2012, the rate was down to one every 24 hours (if the 292 murders in 2013 is the final number, the rate was about one every 30 hours).

Some Brazilian lawmakers attempted to curb the violence by making homophobia a crime, but it in December, the legislature killed non-discrimination legislation that would have made it illegal to incite violence on the basis of sexual orientation.

Violence isn’t the only form of discrimination. Conservative members of Brazil’s legislature last year tried to overturn a the country’s ban on ex-gay therapy, the policy (still favored by some conservatives in the United States) that attempts to “cure” homosexuality. Brazil’s legislative human rights committee approved legislation overturning the ban in June, but leaders abandoned it amid public pressure before it could receive a full legislative vote.

I’ve written before about how apparel companies like Nike have used sports fashion to promote inclusivity and acceptance for LGBT communities. Unfortunately, this company has chosen to do the opposite. That these shirts are on sale, and that they have sold so well despite the negative messages they convey, doesn’t just send a poor message to LGBT fans who will come to Brazil for the World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. It should also highlight the fact that as far as Brazil has come on LGBT rights in recent years, it still has a long way to go to make the equality, acceptance, and safety of its LGBT people a realized fact of life.

Article source: https://thinkprogress.org/brazilian-company-sells-t-shirts-using-gay-slurs-to-trash-talk-world-cup-players-84e7790ce164

Cerner Corporation (NASDAQ:CERN) went down -0.20% during trading on 10/17/2016, with the company’s shares hitting the price near $60.83. The stock had a trading capacity of 1.54M shares. The firm has a SMA 50 (Simple Moving Average) of $62.56 and a SMA 200-(Simple Moving Average) of $59.39. This appreciation has taken its market valuation to 20.65B. Shares registered one year high at $68.31 and the one year low of $49.59.

Cerner Corporation (NASDAQ:CERN) Analyst Evaluation

Cerner Corporation (NASDAQ:CERN) currently has mean rating of 1.90 while 7 analysts have commented the shares as ‘BUY’, 10 recommended as ‘OUTPERFORM’ and 6 commented as ‘HOLD’. The rating score is on a scale of 1-5 where 1 stands for strong buy and 5 stands for strong sell. The mean price target for the equity is at $69.19 while the highest price target suggested by the brokerage firms is $81.00 and low price target is $59.00. The mean price target is calculated keeping in view the consensus of 21 analysts.

The mean revenue estimate for the ongoing quarter ending Sep 16 is $1.25B by 21 analysts. The average forecast of sales for the year ending Dec 16 is $4.92B by 24 financial experts.

Earnings Summary

In Cerner Corporation (NASDAQ:CERN) latest quarter ended on 30 Jun 2016, company revealed earnings of $0.58 a share. The reported earnings topped the analyst’s consensus by $0.01 with the surprise factor around 1.80%. In the matter of earnings surprises, it can have a huge impact on a company’s stock price. Several studies suggest that positive earnings surprises not only lead to an immediate hike in a stock’s price, but also to a gradual increase over time.

Analyst Cove rage Update on Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (NASDAQ:FOXA)

Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (NASDAQ:FOXA) shares currently have a mean rating of 2.20 while 15 analysts have recommended the shares as ‘BUY’, 7 commented as ‘OUTPERFORM’ and 14 commented as ‘HOLD’. The rating score is on a scale of 1-5 where 1 stands for strong buy and 5 stands for sell. The mean price target for the company’s stock is $31.68 while the highest price target suggested by the analysts is $39.00 and low price target is $26.00. The mean price target is calculated keeping in view the consensus of 28 brokerage firms.

Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (NASDAQ:FOXA) has a mean revenue estimate for the ongoing quarter ending Sep 16 of $6.52B, according to 28 analysts. The average forecast of sales for the year ending Jun 17 is $29.13B by 33 analysts.

Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (NASDAQ:FOXA) went down -0.20% during trading on 10/17/2016, closing at $24.68. The stock had a trading capacity of 8.48M shares. The firm has a SMA 50 (Simple Moving Average) of $24.30 and a SMA 200-(Simple Moving Average) of $27.17. This appreciation has taken its current market value to45.73B and a price-to-earnings ratio to 17.37. Shares registered one year high at $31.01 and the one year low of $22.37.

Earnings Overview For Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc.

Company latest quarter ended on 30 Jun 2016. There were earnings of $0.38 per share. The reported earnings topped the analyst’s consensus by $0.01 with the surprise factor of 2.70%.

Article source: http://voiceregistrar.com/2016/10/18/analysts-valuations-for-two-stocks-cerner-corporation-nasdaqcern-twenty-first-century-fox-inc-nasdaqfoxa/

CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CNP) went down -0.18% during trading on 10-28-2016, with the company’s shares hitting the price near $22.53. The stock had a trading capacity of 2.19M shares. The firm has a SMA 50 (Simple Moving Average) of -1.35% and a SMA 200-(Simple Moving Average) of 5.22% . This appreciation has taken its market valuation to 9.71B. Shares registered one year high at $24.43 and the one year low of $15.46.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CNP) Analyst Evaluation

CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CNP) currently has mean rating of 2.70 while 2 analysts have commented the shares as ‘BUY’, 1 recommended as ‘OUTPERFORM’ and 12 commented as ‘HOLD’. The rating score is on a scale of 1-5 where 1 stands for strong buy and 5 stands for strong sell. The mean price target for the equity is at $24.35 while the highest price target suggested by the brokerage firms is $27.00 and low price target is $21.00. The mean price target is calculated keeping in view the consensus of 13 analysts.

The mean revenue estimate for the ongoing quarter ending Sep 16 is $1.87B by 4 analysts. The average forecast of sales for the year ending Dec 16 is $7.69B by 11 financial experts.

Earnings Summary

In CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CNP) latest quarter ended on 30 Jun 2016, company revealed earnings of $0.17 a share. The reported earnings missed the analyst’s consensus by $-0.03 with the surprise factor around -15.00%. In the matter of earnings surprises, it can have a huge impact on a company’s stock price. Several studies suggest that positive earnings surprises not only lead to an immediate hike in a stock’s price, but also to a gradual increase over time.

The WhiteWave Foods Company (NYSE:WWAV) is Under The Radar Brokerage Ratings

The WhiteWave Foods Company (NYSE:WWAV) shares currently have a mean rating of 3.00 while 2 analysts have recommended the shares as ‘BUY’, 1 commented as ‘OUTPERFORM’ and 20 commented as ‘HOLD’. The rating score is on a scale of 1-5 where 1 stands for strong buy and 5 stands for sell. The mean price target for the company’s stock is $55.11 while the highest price target suggested by the analysts is $56.25 and low price target is $42.00. The mean price target is calculated keeping in view the consensus of 19 brokerage firms.

The WhiteWave Foods Company (NYSE:WWAV) has a mean revenue estimate for the ongoing quarter ending Sep 16 of $1.11B, according to 15 analysts. The average forecast of sales for the year ending Dec 16 is $4.31B by 17 analysts.

The WhiteWave Foods Company (NYSE:WWAV) went down -0.15% during trading on 10/28/2016, closing at $54.52. The stock had a trading capacity of 1.82M shares. The firm has a SMA 50 (Simple Moving Average) of -0.67% and a SMA 200-(Simple Moving Average) of 16.91% . This appreciation has taken its current market value to9.70B and a price-to-earnings ratio to 51.05. Shares registered one year high at $56.82 and the one year low of $31.40.

Earnings Overview For The WhiteWave Foods Company

Company latest quarter ended on 30 Jun 2016. There were earnings of $0.32 per share. The reported earnings topped the analyst’s consensus by $0.02 with the surprise factor of 6.70%.

Article source: http://voiceregistrar.com/2016/10/31/pay-close-attention-to-these-analyst-ratings-centerpoint-energy-inc-nysecnp-the-whitewave-foods-company-nysewwav/

Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSIC) got slumped by -1.08 per cent through the trading floor to reach at $148.96 as its next quarterly earnings report date is November 02, 2016. HSIC stock is keeping its price in the $148.91 to $150.53 range before earnings are released. Let’s take a deeper look at the September 2016 earnings forecast, particularly something that investors should watch closely when picking stocks. Earnings per share for the most recently closed financial statements is expected to come in at $1.65/share with $2.88B in revenue.

Henry Schein, Inc. Approaching Earnings Historical Perspective

After approaching fiscal quarter results, all eyes will be on the prospects for the subsequent reporting quarter (December 2016). Analysts, on average, forecast Henry Schein, Inc. to show profit of $1.88 per share (EPS) on revenue of $2.88B. The EPS consensus range is $1.82-$1.9 on revenue forecast of between $2.83B and $2.92B.

From the historical earnings perspective, Henry Schein, Inc. (HSIC) managed to surpass quarterly earnings per share estimates in 11 of the trailing three fiscal years, and has a positive trend with an average surprise of 91%. Last time the company reported, Henry Schein, Inc. generated $1.64 in earnings per share, surpassing the consensus estimate of $1.63. Revenues hit $2.87B in the June 2016 quarter, which was above the analysts’ $2.85B projection. If we dig further into historical earnings data, the March 2016 quarter the company recorded a net $2.71B revenue with earnings per share of $1.41. Wall Street had anticipated $2.67B and $1.39, respectively. For comparison, there was a revenue of $2.85B and EPS of $1.67 in the December 2015 period.

Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSIC) Analyst Insights

The buoyancy in the outlook of Henry Schein, Inc. (HSIC) is getting weaker by the somewhat negative sentiment (2.2 on a 5-point scale) that sell-side analysts have provided concerning it. Brokerage firms on the average advocate the company shares as Overweight. Robert W. Baird has been covering shares of HSIC, so it’s most recent view is worth analyzing. In a research note issued on October 14, 2016, analysts at Robert W. Baird downgraded the stock to Neutral from Outperform. Another noteworthy analyst activity was recorded on October 11, 2016. Goldman analysts lifted the stock to Buy from Neutral.

Henry Schein, Inc. is trading up 4.43 per cent versus 12-month low of $142.64 and stands -18.6 per cent lower from its 1-year peak of $183. The consensus price target (PT) of $176.8 means that the Company shares are likely to increase by 18.69 per cent in the short run. The sell-side target prices range from $155 to $198. In the last month the stock has moved in price -9.04 per cent, with a one year change of -1.23%. The last trading session volume compares with the 586.10K average and market worth floats around $12.32B.

Article source: http://voiceregistrar.com/2016/10/27/which-way-henry-schein-incorporated-nasdaqhsic-earnings-may-go/

Bank of America Corporation (NYSE:BAC) went up 0.66% during trading on 10-21-2016, with the company’s shares hitting the price near $16.67. The stock had a trading capacity of 77.11M shares. The firm has a SMA 50 (Simple Moving Average) of 6.39% and a SMA 200-(Simple Moving Average) of 17.60% . This appreciation has taken its market valuation to 168.99B. Shares registered one year high at $17.83 and the one year low of $10.86.

Bank of America Corporation (NYSE:BAC) Analyst Evaluation

Bank of America Corporation (NYSE:BAC) currently has mean rating of 1.90 while 0 analysts have commented the shares as ‘BUY’, 0 recommended as ‘OUTPERFORM’ and 0 commented as ‘HOLD’. The rating score is on a scale of 1-5 where 1 stands for strong buy and 5 stands for strong sell. The mean price target for the equity is at $17.87 while the highest price target suggested by the brokerage firms is $20.00 and low price target is $13.00. The mean price target is calculated keeping in view the consensus of 30 analysts.

The mean revenue estimate for the ongoing quarter ending Sep 16 is $21.86B by 18 analysts. The average forecast of sales for the year ending Dec 16 is $84.67B by 18 financial experts.

Earnings Summary

In Bank of America Corporation (NYSE:BAC) latest quarter ended on 30 Jun 2016, company revealed earnings of $0.41 a share. The reported earnings topped the analyst’s consensus by $0.08 with the surprise factor around 24.20%. In the matter of earnings surprises, it can have a huge impact on a company’s stock price. Several studies suggest that positive earnings surprises not only lead to an immediate hike in a stock’s price, but also to a gradual increase over time.

Looking At Current Analyst Coverage on Reynolds American Inc. (NYSE:RAI)

Reynolds American Inc. (NYSE:RAI) shares currently have a mean rating of 2.10 while 0 analysts have recommended the shares as ‘BUY’, 0 commented as ‘OUTPERFORM’ and 0 commented as ‘HOLD’. The rating score is on a scale of 1-5 where 1 stands for strong buy and 5 stands for sell. The mean price target for the company’s stock is $53.67 while the highest price target suggested by the analysts is $62.00 and low price target is $47.00. The mean price target is calculated keeping in view the consensus of 12 brokerage firms.

Reynolds American Inc. (NYSE:RAI) has a mean revenue estimate for the ongoing quarter ending Sep 16 of $3.21B, according to 8 analysts. The average forecast of sales for the year ending Dec 16 is $12.49B by 13 analysts.

Reynolds American Inc. (NYSE:RAI) went up 14.01% during trading on 10/21/2016, closing at $53.78. The stock had a trading capacity of 92.16M shares. The firm has a SMA 50 (Simple Moving Average) of 11.19% and a SMA 200-(Simple Moving Average) of 9.72% . This appreciation has taken its current market value to67.25B and a price-to-earnings ratio to 13.99. Shares registered one year high at $53.99 and the one year low of $42.61.

Earnings Overview For Reynolds American Inc.

Company latest quarter ended on 30 Jun 2016. There were earnings of $0.58 per share. The reported earnings missed the analyst’s consensus by $-0.03 with the surprise factor of -4.90%.

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Glu Mobile, Inc. (NASDAQ:GLUU) went down -1.00% during trading on 10-28-2016, with the company’s shares hitting the price near $1.99. The stock had a trading capacity of 1.02M shares. The firm has a SMA 50 (Simple Moving Average) of -9.47% and a SMA 200-(Simple Moving Average) of -21.22% . This appreciation has taken its market valuation to 260.75M. Shares registered one year high at $4.45 and the one year low of $1.98.

Glu Mobile, Inc. (NASDAQ:GLUU) Analyst Evaluation

Glu Mobile, Inc. (NASDAQ:GLUU) currently has mean rating of 2.40 while 2 analysts have commented the shares as ‘BUY’, 1 recommended as ‘OUTPERFORM’ and 4 commented as ‘HOLD’. The rating score is on a scale of 1-5 where 1 stands for strong buy and 5 stands for strong sell. The mean price target for the equity is at $2.83 while the highest price target suggested by the brokerage firms is $4.00 and low price target is $2.00. The mean price target is calculated keeping in view the consensus of 7 analysts.

The mean revenue estimate for the ongoing quarter ending Sep 16 is $50.93M by 7 analysts. The average forecast of sales for the year ending Dec 16 is $197.52M by 7 financial experts.

Earnings Summary

In Glu Mobile, Inc. (NASDAQ:GLUU) latest quarter ended on 30 Jun 2016, company revealed earnings of $-0.03 a share. The reported earnings topped the analyst’s consensus by $0.02 with the surprise factor around 40.00%. In the matter of earnings surprises, it can have a huge impact on a company’s stock price. Several studies suggest that positive earnings surprises not only lead to an immediate hike in a stock’s price, but also to a gradual increase over time.

Stock Attracting Analyst Attention: Apollo Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:AINV)

Apollo Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:AINV) shares currently have a mean rating of 2.90 while 3 analysts have recommended the shares as ‘BUY’, 1 commented as ‘OUTPERFORM’ and 9 commented as ‘HOLD’. The rating score is on a scale of 1-5 where 1 stands for strong buy and 5 stands for sell. The mean price target for the company’s stock is $5.75 while the highest price target suggested by the analysts is $7.00 and low price target is $4.00. The mean price target is calculated keeping in view the consensus of 12 brokerage firms.

Apollo Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:AINV) has a mean revenue estimate for the ongoing quarter ending Sep 16 of $72.88M, according to 8 analysts. The average forecast of sales for the year ending Mar 17 is $293.41M by 9 analysts.

Apollo Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:AINV) went up 0.33% during trading on 10/28/2016, closing at $6.04. The stock had a trading capacity of 1.01M shares. The firm has a SMA 50 (Simple Moving Average) of 1.99% and a SMA 200-(Simple Moving Average) of 13.34% . This appreciation has taken its current market value to1.36B. Shares registered one year high at $6.11 and the one year low of $3.86.

Earnings Overview For Apollo Investment Corporation

Company latest quarter ended on 30 Jun 2016. There were earnings of $0.16 per share. The reported earnings missed the analyst’s consensus by $-0.03 with the surprise factor of -15.80%.

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Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp. (NASDAQ:TNXP) went down -1.06% during trading on 10-28-2016, with the company’s shares hitting the price near $0.45. The stock had a trading capacity of 1.11M shares. The firm has a SMA 50 (Simple Moving Average) of -60.08% and a SMA 200-(Simple Moving Average) of -80.56% . This appreciation has taken its market valuation to 15.38M. Shares registered one year high at $7.95 and the one year low of $0.45.

Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp. (NASDAQ:TNXP) Analyst Evaluation

Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp. (NASDAQ:TNXP) currently has mean rating of 3.00 while 1 analysts have commented the shares as ‘BUY’, 0 recommended as ‘OUTPERFORM’ and 3 commented as ‘HOLD’. The rating score is on a scale of 1-5 where 1 stands for strong buy and 5 stands for strong sell. The mean price target for the equity is at $4.08 while the highest price target suggested by the brokerage firms is $10.00 and low price target is $1.00. The mean price target is calculated keeping in view the consensus of 3 analysts.

Earnings Summary

In Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp. (NASDAQ:TNXP) latest quarter ended on 30 Jun 2016, company revealed earnings of $-0.5 a share. The reported earnings topped the analyst’s consensus by $0.05 with the surprise factor around 9.10%. In the matter of earnings surprises, it can have a huge impact on a company’s stock price. Several studies suggest that positive earnings surprises not only lead to an immediate hike in a stock’s price, but also to a gradual increase over time.

Vocera Communications, Inc. (NYSE:VCRA) : Stock Estimates Record

Vocera Communications, Inc. (NYSE:VCRA) shares currently have a mean rating of 1.40 while 3 analysts have recommended the shares as ‘BUY’, 4 commented as ‘OUTPERFORM’ and 0 commented as ‘HOLD’. The rating score is on a scale of 1-5 where 1 stands for strong buy and 5 stands for sell. The mean price target for the company’s stock is $22.20 while the highest price target suggested by the analysts is $23.00 and low price target is $22.00. The mean price target is calculated keeping in view the consensus of 5 brokerage firms.

Vocera Communications, Inc. (NYSE:VCRA) has a mean revenue estimate for the ongoing quarter ending Dec 16 of $33.71M, according to 7 analysts. The average forecast of sales for the year ending Dec 16 is $124.04M by 7 analysts.

Vocera Communications, Inc. (NYSE:VCRA) went up 10.74% during trading on 10/28/2016, closing at $18.98. The stock had a trading capacity of 1.11M shares. The firm has a SMA 50 (Simple Moving Average) of 10.90% and a SMA 200-(Simple Moving Average) of 34.16% . This appreciation has taken its current market value to524.04M. Shares registered one year high at $18.59 and the one year low of $10.46.

Earnings Overview For Vocera Communications, Inc.

Company latest quarter ended on 30 Sep 2016. There were earnings of $0.08 per share. The reported earnings topped the analyst’s consensus by $0.06 with the surprise factor of 300.00%.

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Discovery Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:DISCA) went down -1.19% during trading on 10-28-2016, with the company’s shares hitting the price near $25.85. The stock had a trading capacity of 2.34M shares. The firm has a SMA 50 (Simple Moving Average) of -0.29% and a SMA 200-(Simple Moving Average) of -2.77% . This appreciation has taken its market valuation to 9.97B. Shares registered one year high at $31.80 and the one year low of $23.66.

Discovery Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:DISCA) Analyst Evaluation

Discovery Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:DISCA) currently has mean rating of 3.00 while 3 analysts have commented the shares as ‘BUY’, 2 recommended as ‘OUTPERFORM’ and 17 commented as ‘HOLD’. The rating score is on a scale of 1-5 where 1 stands for strong buy and 5 stands for strong sell. The mean price target for the equity is at $28.95 while the highest price target suggested by the brokerage firms is $35.00 and low price target is $24.00. The mean price target is calculated keeping in view the consensus of 22 analysts.

The mean revenue estimate for the ongoing quarter ending Sep 16 is $1.57B by 23 analysts. The average forecast of sales for the year ending Dec 16 is $6.56B by 25 financial experts.

Earnings Summary

In Discovery Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:DISCA) latest quarter ended on 30 Jun 2016, company revealed earnings of $0.66 a share. The reported earnings topped the analyst’s consensus by $0.12 with the surprise factor around 22.20%. In the matter of earnings surprises, it can have a huge impact on a company’s stock price. Several studies suggest that positive earnings surprises not only lead to an immediate hike in a stock’s price, but also to a gradual increase over time.

Analysts Rating to Track: CH Robinson Worldwide Inc. (NASDAQ:CHRW)

CH Robinson Worldwide Inc. (NASDAQ:CHRW) shares currently have a mean rating of 2.70 while 2 analysts have recommended the shares as ‘BUY’, 5 commented as ‘OUTPERFORM’ and 15 commented as ‘HOLD’. The rating score is on a scale of 1-5 where 1 stands for strong buy and 5 stands for sell. The mean price target for the company’s stock is $70.47 while the highest price target suggested by the analysts is $85.00 and low price target is $61.00. The mean price target is calculated keeping in view the consensus of 19 brokerage firms.

CH Robinson Worldwide Inc. (NASDAQ:CHRW) has a mean revenue estimate for the ongoing quarter ending Dec 16 of $3.31B, according to 18 analysts. The average forecast of sales for the year ending Dec 16 is $13.02B by 23 analysts.

CH Robinson Worldwide Inc. (NASDAQ:CHRW) went up 0.24% during trading on 10/28/2016, closing at $67.59. The stock had a trading capacity of 1.59M shares. The firm has a SMA 50 (Simple Moving Average) of -2.45% and a SMA 200-(Simple Moving Average) of -3.79% . This appreciation has taken its current market value to9.94B and a price-to-earnings ratio to 18.74. Shares registered one year high at $75.22 and the one year low of $58.23.

Earnings Overview For CH Robinson Worldwide Inc.

Company latest quarter ended on 30 Sep 2016. There were earnings of $0.9 per share. The reported earnings missed the analyst’s consensus by $-0.06 with the surprise factor of -6.20%.

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WEC Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE:WEC) went down -0.92% during trading on 10/27/2016, with the company’s shares hitting the price near $58.29. The stock had a trading capacity of 2.33M shares. The firm has a SMA 50 (Simple Moving Average) of -2.53% and a SMA 200-(Simple Moving Average) of -1.40% . This appreciation has taken its market valuation to 18.52B. Shares registered one year high at $65.58 and the one year low of $46.80.

WEC Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE:WEC) Analyst Evaluation

WEC Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE:WEC) currently has mean rating of 2.40 while 2 analysts have commented the shares as ‘BUY’, 3 recommended as ‘OUTPERFORM’ and 9 commented as ‘HOLD’. The rating score is on a scale of 1-5 where 1 stands for strong buy and 5 stands for strong sell. The mean price target for the equity is at $62.40 while the highest price target suggested by the brokerage firms is $66.00 and low price target is $57.00. The mean price target is calculated keeping in view the consensus of 10 analysts.

The mean revenue estimate for the ongoing quarter ending Dec 16 is $2.51B by 2 analysts. The average forecast of sales for the year ending Dec 16 is $8.64B by 9 financial experts.

Earnings Summary

In WEC Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE:WEC) latest quarter ended on 30 Sep 2016, company revealed earnings of $0.69 a share. The reported earnings topped the analyst’s consensus by $0.08 with the surprise factor around 13.10%. In the matter of earnings surprises, it can have a huge impact on a company’s stock price. Several studies suggest that positive earnings surprises not only lead to an immediate hike in a stock’s price, but also to a gradual increase over time.

United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX) : Latest Analyst’s Estimates

United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX) shares currently have a mean rating of 2.40 while 4 analysts have recommended the shares as ‘BUY’, 4 commented as ‘OUTPERFORM’ and 13 commented as ‘HOLD’. The rating score is on a scale of 1-5 where 1 stands for strong buy and 5 stands for sell. The mean price target for the company’s stock is $112.06 while the highest price target suggested by the analysts is $130.00 and low price target is $101.00. The mean price target is calculated keeping in view the consensus of 18 brokerage firms.

United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX) has a mean revenue estimate for the ongoing quarter ending Dec 16 of $14.68B, according to 16 analysts. The average forecast of sales for the year ending Dec 16 is $57.33B by 19 analysts.

United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX) went down -0.93% during trading on 10/27/2016, closing at $100.07. The stock had a trading capacity of 3.55M shares. The firm has a SMA 50 (Simple Moving Average) of -2.98% and a SMA 200-(Simple Moving Average) of 0.71% . This appreciation has taken its current market value to84.28B and a price-to-earnings ratio to 22.57. Shares registered one year high at $109.42 and the one year low of $81.73.

Earnings Overview For United Technologies Corporation

Company latest quarter ended on 30 Sep 2016. There were earnings of $1.76 per share. The reported earnings topped the analyst’s consensus by $0.1 with the surprise factor of 6.00%.

Article source: http://voiceregistrar.com/2016/10/28/noteworthy-analyst-ratings-of-two-stocks-wec-energy-group-inc-nysewec-united-technologies-corporation-nyseutx

José Pedro Martins
10/18/2016

The high absenteeism rate and null and blank votes were a demonstration of rejection of the electorate towards the current political party system.

It was a catastrophe for the Brazilian left and especially for the Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT-Worker’s Party). This was the general feeling among analysts and progressive sectors after the municipal elections that took place on Oct. 2; the first elections held after the process that saw President Dilma Rousseff impeached and Michel Temer taking over as president of the country.

The impeachment of Rousseff was confirmed this past Aug. 31 by the Brazilian Senate, 61 votes for and 20 against. In street demonstrations, attended by thousands of people, and by declarations made by the PT leadership and leaders of other leftwing parties, the impeachment was seen as a “coup d’état”.

For Temer´s Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB), and other parties who supported the impeachment, the process followed the constitutional framework. The opposition and large part of civil society also protested the role that the mainstream media played in this process, as they showed a markedly anti-PT position.

The impeachment process was built in the midst of a series of news reports published by the press regarding the corruption investigation called Operação Lava Jato (Operation Car Wash), which is looking into alleged corruption cases committed by official members or linked to the PT party government during the presidential terms of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (2002-2010) and Rousseff (2011-2016). The PT and sectors of public opinions complained that Lava Jato was being “selective”, without exercising the same severity with political members of the PMDB, the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB) and other parties allied with Temer, who was Rousseff’s vice-president during her first and second terms. The PMDB, the PSDB and other parties allied to the new president range from the center-right to the far right of the political spectrum.

But the fact is that the avalanche of complaints, which led to the impeachment of Rousseff, also had a significant impact on the municipal elections of Oct. 2; elections that mapped a new political scenario in Brazil. The biggest loser, in fact, was the PT of Lula and Rousseff.

In 2012, the PT won 638 mayoral races, with four state capitals: São Paulo, Rio Branco, Goiânia and João Pessoa. In 2016, the PT only won 256 mayoral races in the first round, which could add to 263 if it wins the runoff in the end of October. This is 60 percent less than the number of mayoral seats obtained in four years.

Temer’s PMDB, which won 1,021 mayoral seats in the first round in 2012 increased to 1,029 in 2016. The PSDB was the party that grew the most, going from 686 mayoral seats in the first round in 2012 to 793 in 2016.

Advance made for women, indigenous people and LGBT
The biggest loss suffered by the PT was without a doubt São Paulo, the largest city in Brazil, with over 10 million people and whose political situation has always had a ripple effect in the Brazilian political scenario as a whole. The current Mayor, Fernando Haddad of the PT, who has implemented a lot of changes in the megacity, such as the expansion of bike lanes and improvement in public transit, only received 16.7 percent of the valid votes.

The winner in São Paulo was businessman João Dória Jr., of the PSDB. In his first participation in an election process as a candidate, one of the 26 millionaires to become elected throughout the country, he received more than three million votes. But more votes than Dória is what the null, blank and absentee vote total was:  3’096,304, or close to 40 percent of the 8 million voters in the capital of the richest and most populated state in Brazil.

The elevated index of absenteeism and null and blank votes came as a surprise to many around the country. Some analysts consider that it was more of a demonstration of rejection by the Brazilian electorate to the current political party system, dominated for decades by groups that are closed and in their majority male. “We are living through a serious institutional crisis”, warns to Latinamerica Press philosopher Roberto Romano, an ethics professor at the State University of Campinas. “There is no renewal in the parties, generally dominated by the gerontocracy, in which women and young people do not have a voice.” 

In the 2016 elections, 638 women were elected mayors, versus 664 in 2012, a drop of 4 percent. Brazil has 5,568 municipalities, and nearly 500,000 people ran in the municipal elections for office as mayor and councilmen.

There were small specific advancements made in these elections. For example, one mayor and 11 council members openly LGBT were elected throughout Brazil, according to the Brazilian Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Association (ABGLT). Also, according to the ABGLT, there were only 10 open LGBT candidates in 1996, and in 2016 there were 279 candidates, representing an increase of 2,790 percent in two decades.

The Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL) was the party that presented the highest number of LGBT candidates in the last municipal elections. The first openly LGBT mayor in Brazil was elected in the municipality of Itapecerica, in Minas Gerais. He is administrator Wirley Reis, also known as Têko. In total, 377 candidates in all Brazil supported the LGBT cause in their campaigns with 28 of them becoming elected, two mayors and 26 council members. Maria Lucia Marques, elected mayor in Embu-Guaçu, in São Paulo, is considered an ally to the LGBT cause.

Similarly, at least 75 indigenous persons were elected in the municipal elections between mayors and council members. The figure, not yet final, is slightly below the 89 council members elected in 2012. Eleven indigenous council members were elected from the PT, nine from the PSDB, seven from the Green Party and six from the PMDB and the PSOL, among the 20 parties with indigenous leaders elected as council members in their municipalities across Brazil.

Questions about the future
Self-criticism from the left, and especially from the PT, is needed after the elections, many analysts agree. “The PT have to engage in a self-criticism”, acknowledged Edinho Silva, the elected mayor for the PT in the city of Araraquara, in São Paulo, in declarations to the press. Silva was a minister head of the Secretariat of Social Communication of the Presidency of the Republic during the government of Rousseff.

“We exchanged a project for Brazil, for a project of power. Winning elections turned into something more important than promoting change through the mobilization of social movements. Fooled, we accepted a bourgeois idea of state, as if the state could not be a tool in the hands of the grass-roots forces and it would always need to be under the protection of the elite”, wrote Frei Betto, a Dominican priest who has historically been identified with the PT and the Liberation Theology. “The time to pay for the mistakes made is here. And the reaction to the coup in the streets of the country was not strong enough to prevent it. But let’s leave pessimism behind. This is the time to be self-critical in practice and organize the hope”.

The expectation, after the elections, falls in line with the way in which the left in general — and the PT in particular — will re-articulate, looking ahead to the presidential elections of 2018, for example. Lula’s name still appears strong in the polls, but the overwhelming defeat of the PT in the last elections puts a question mark on the future of the party and of the former president as well.

Another question has to do with the future of the Brazilian economy and the rights of workers, and with the impact that the recent elections had on the power block that provides support to President Temer, who faced some embarrassing moments at the last United Nations General Assembly in September. Diplomats from Bolivia Costa Rica, Ecuador, Uruguay and Venezuela left the venue when Temer was to give his speech, in clear protest against what they considered the illegitimacy of the President who rose to power after the impeachment of Rousseff. Oct. 2 elections changed the political scenario in Brazil, but have not yet defined the country’s future. —Latinamerica Press.

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Seven years after American soap As The World Turns featured television’s first open mouth kiss between two gay men (17 years after the first televised lesbian kiss), Brazil has followed suit.

The country’s first televised kiss between two gay men happened last night on Amor à Vida, produced by Rede Globo, the second-largest broadcast network worldwide behind ABC.

The network was prompted to air the historic kiss after a social media campaign demanded the show’s gay couple, Felix (Matthew Solano) and Niko (Thiago Fragoso), show more affection than their previous embraces and cheek-to-cheek kisses.

According to Noticiasbr, #BeijaFélixeNiko has been a major trending topic on Twitter for months. The site describes a long and torrid relationship between the characters and concludes their “passionate peck” was long-awaited. The kiss happens during the final moments of the finale episode, after which Felix and Niko “go on to live together and raise a family“:

The two appear together in a brief farewell scene, when Niko goes to work. They initially give only a kiss on the cheek and a hug, as already shown in other scenes of the couple.However, making the moment as a declaration of love, the importance of reporting that Niko had in his life, Felix holds his arm at the time of the match and both show a very passionate peck.

Great work, Rede Globo! Please don’t make us wait long for a Brazilian Looking.

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A portion of Jim Mathes’ emergency transport bill.

Jim Mathes took one bad step out of his apartment in early September and wrenched his back. The pain was so intense he had to crawl back inside on all fours. He needed medical care, but there was no chance he could get himself down three flights of stairs to his car. So he did what anyone would do; he called for an ambulance.

That turned out to be an even bigger misstep, sending him into the demanding arms of a multibillion dollar global industry, and leaving him with a nearly $800 bill for a 5-mile ride.

The ambulance crew helped him downstairs, but once there, he felt well enough to drive himself to Parkwest Medical Center hospital, only five miles away in Knoxville, Tenn. The technicians urged him to ride in the ambulance, however.

“It’s no big deal,” Mathes recalls one technician saying, repeatedly. So Mathes got in.

Maybe the ride wasn’t a big deal, but it was an $800 deal.

Today, Credit.com and BobSullivan.net are starting a feature called “Consumer Rage.”  Most know it well, but just in case: Consumer Rage is the reaction you get when hit with an unfair fee, a surprise surcharge, or an automatic payment that is deducted from your account without your permission. It’s also fine print fraud, red tape entanglements, and what economists sometimes called “inflation by degradation” — when the price stays flat, but the service declines or the size of the package shrinks.

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Rage, however, differs from anger, because rage is often associated with powerlessness. People who are angry get even; people who rage usually just shake their fist at the moon. With the Consumer Rage, we want to change that. Tell us your stories, filled with all the (suitable for children’s eyes) vitriol you can muster.  We’ll examine the issue, ask readers to chime in, then offer tips for getting your money and your dignity back. Along the way, we’ll also offer a deeper explanation for why things are the way they are, and suggest systematic changes, too.  Now, back to the $800 ambulance bill.

Two weeks after the back incident, Mathes was stunned by another pain — a $798 bill he received from Rural/Metro of Tennessee. By Mathes’ math, the cost was more than $150 per mile.

“If I’d have known it would cost that much, I would have crawled to the hospital,” he said.  His insurance won’t cover the ride, so Mathes is stuck paying the bill.

Jim Mathes

As if to add insult to back injury, the ambulance ride costs are itemized on a copy of the bill Mathes provided.  It says the per mile cost was really only $8.73. The flat rate for sending the rig anywhere was $755.

“I feel like I was duped,” Mathes said. “I’m glad we’re not paying the amount for gas per mile that they do.  Oh wait, that’s what they are asking me to do.  Unbelievable.”

Perhaps he felt duped, but Mathes may have gotten off easy. A report issued to Congress last year by the Government Accountability Office found that ambulance rides can cost patients anywhere from $224 to $2,204, with costs generally higher in rural areas.  It’s easy enough to find pricer rides, however, like this story of an 84-year-old man charged $3,000 for a ride next door.

s America focuses more than ever on health care costs, thanks to the launch of Obamacare, an examination of the exorbitant cost of ambulance rides offers some valuable insights about the intersection between health care costs and private corporations.

When Mathes called for help, he had no idea that he’d just injected himself into a high-stakes game of global high-finance.

Rural/Metro was founded in 1948 in a small Arizona town by a newspaper reporter who’d witnessed a neighbor’s home burn to the ground because of inadequate emergency response.  He bought a fire truck himself and charged neighbors $12 a year for service.

By 2011, Rural/Metro had expanded to 23 states and 700 communities across the country, having swelled into the second-largest private provider of fire and rescue service.  A publicly-traded firm, Rural/Metro became the target of a controversial acquisition by private equity firm Warburg Pincus.  The $438 million purchase was funded via leveraged buyout — Rural/Metro borrowed the money to pay for its own acquisition, the kind of debt-financed deal that attracted negative attention during Mitt Romney’s run for president.  Warburg Pincus took the firm private, to the chagrin of shareholders, who sued over the deal.  Within two years, Rural/Metro missed a payment on the debt it borrowed for the purchase. In June, Rural/Metro declared bankruptcy — in record time after a private equity deal, according to The Wall Street Journal.  The firm has said repeatedly that the bankruptcy will not impact emergency services, and in fact, it was able to re-negotiate debts with creditors to buy itself time.

Read the rest of this story on Credit.com

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Here is the current WWE Raw and WWE Smackdown Live championship belts. It is a complete picture until WWE Raw’s Cruiserweight Championship belt is revealed.

Will this Wednesday’s winner of the Cruiserweight Classic Finals get a WWE Cruiserweight Championship belt in addition to the CWC trophy and medal?

The semi-finals for the Global CWC series this Wednesday are between:

  • Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Gran Metalik
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With the winners doing battle in the CWC Finals!

Will the Raw championship belt continue the CWC brand and renamed after the tournament?

Some have speculated that the new WWE Raw Cruiserweight championship belt will look something like this

…a bit of a Raw red hybrid of the retired classic WWE Cruiserweight Championship belt (1991-2007)…

…and the retired classic WWE Light Heavyweight championship belt (1997-2001).

I imagine it’ll have a red strap, OR purple in honor of CWC


…but anything after that I have no guess on how the new WWE Cruiserweight Championship will be designed or what it will be formally called. Well, we’ll soon know as CWC wraps up this week and Raw’s Cruiserweight division debuts this month!

Should be a fun September for fans of Cruiserweight wrestling.

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A judge in Brazil has ruled in favour of allowing two gay men to adopt a five-year-old girl in a landmark case in the state of Sao Paulo.

One man, Vasco Pedro da Gama, had already adopted the girl. The name of his partner, Junior de Carvalho, was then added to the birth certificate.

Gay women have been granted adoption rights twice before, but this is the first time they have been given to men.

Correspondents say the ruling will not necessarily apply outside Sao Paulo.

But it is part of a wider relaxation of the traditionally strict laws on homosexual rights in Brazil, they say.

The couple’s lawyer said that they hoped the case would now make it harder for judges to deny adoption to gay men in the future.

The girl, Theodora, had been living with her adoptive parents since last December, at which point Mr da Gama took the legal steps to adopt her as a single parent.

The two men had been in a relationship for the last 14 years and started thinking about adopting back in 1998, Brazil’s Globo newspaper reports.

“If they had tried to adopt as a couple, probably Theodora would not be with them now,” the lawyer added.

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On the last night of the Rio Olympics, I reported on a colourful, kinetic closing ceremony – one that went on long after your television coverage ended. Organizers in the Maracana Stadium eventually turned up the lights in the hope of herding a diehard crew of samba dancers and athletes out the door. Then they turned off the music. But the samba crew had their own drums. I left well after midnight, and they were still going. I took the last subway train across the city, and on the trip, I eavesdropped on an older couple beside me, whose accent told me they were Cariocas, born and bred residents of Rio.

“That was lovely,” she said contentedly.

“We did fine,” he said.

The last of the glitter has been swept up, the hoardings have come down; remarkably quickly, the physical traces of the Olympics have been tidied away. And it leaves residents of Rio trying to take the measure of the Games.

There is a certain sense of unreality here – did that just happen? – and an overall consensus that, yes, we did fine. But many are also discussing whether Rio could have done better, and what will endure.

There are real anxieties, particularly about security, and a sense of missed opportunity, but also satisfaction with some unexpected achievements, both tangible ones, and more abstract gains such as a reignited sense of possibility.

When I visited the vast favela called Complexo do Alemao a few weeks before the Olympics, I saw a daycare, a church, an elementary school and a movie theatre all pocked with bullet holes from recent exchanges of gunfire between gangs and police. Residents told me they were sure the “pacification” police deployed there in a rapidly failing experiment in public security would be pulled out altogether within days of the end of the Games.

I don’t think anything that overt will happen, but everyone who lives here is braced for a slide in an already precarious security situation – and however bad it is in middle-class neighbourhoods like mine, it will be exponentially, fatally worse in places such as Alemao.

The federal government said last Tuesday that it intends to leave national guard and military troops stationed in Rio until after the Paralympics, which start on Sept 7. But the state of Rio remains utterly broke; it has been running on an emergency bailout that allowed it to mount the Games. Before that, it was months behind in paying its cops. Now what happens?

With the Games concluded, there is also an awareness that Rio no longer has that incentive, or the excuse, as it is sometimes called here, to tackle its big problems, and some of the biggest did not get fixed. The polluted waterways are no cleaner; basic sanitation networks were barely extended. Public transportation to the poorest areas did not get substantially better.

“We didn’t embrace the chance to overcome the original sin of Rio,” Jose Marcelo Zacchi, who works for the social-justice organization Casa Fluminense, told me. “We didn’t integrate the divided city.”

Because whether you liked the idea of holding the Games or not, the commitment created a new window of possibility here.

Rio has been steadily decaying since its role as the capital was taken away in 1960; crime shot upwards from the late 1980s, and little public investment was made here for decades. But with the Games coming, the usually adversarial municipal and state governments worked together, and the federal government kicked in cash and support. The private sector financed a range of public projects, and there was a burst of new civic engagement.

“Rio didn’t have a ‘project’ for many years: People were looking backward, remembering when we were a capital, the golden years, the time of bossa nova, how great we were,” said Marcelo Neri, a researcher on social inequalities in Brazil with the Getulio Vargas Foundation.

Mr. Neri published a study a few weeks before the Games that caught my attention. He and his team crunched a vast amount of data and concluded that, in all but a handful of ways, the Olympics were unquestionably good for this city (a conclusion, he said, that startled him).

Income inequality fell steadily after the Games were awarded in 2009, to its lowest level ever, the research found; education, public services, housing access and access to information and communications technology all improved. Rio had a 30-per-cent rise in average income, while the figure for the rest of Brazil was just 19.6 per cent – and even as the rest of Brazil slid into a disastrous recession, the Olympic effect insulated Rio, he said; income in the city kept rising until now.

While much of the planning for the Games was done to cater to the plans of the influential real estate development industry and wealthy neighbourhoods, the poor north and west zones, too, had considerable spending, Mr. Neri said.

And the revitalization of the derelict and impoverished neighbourhood around the old port is a huge boon for the city: More than a million people visited the new square and the “Olympic boulevard.” Just months ago, most Cariocas would have been frightened to set foot there.

The boulevard opened only days before the Games began, just like the new metro; these Olympics did not do much to diminish Brazilians’ reputation for doing things on the fly, a bit haphazard but papered over with a good party – and that is a missed opportunity too, Mr. Zacchi said. But now that the city has incontrovertibly demonstrated it can handle a really big challenge, it needs to apply the same approach to its enduring inequities.

Ten days into the Games, I came across a neighbour on our street corner, attempting, with exuberant hand gestures, to assist a group of lost Dutch tourists. And I had to stop and laugh: For the most part, in my experience, foreigners make Cariocas nervous.

Brazil is a continent-in-a-country, isolated by its language from its neighbours. A great many visitors come to Rio for Carnaval every year, but that doesn’t seem to diminish the alarm or bafflement that the need to interact with a foreigner often seems to provoke; you can spend a lot of time in Rio marooned on a sidewalk with your map if you don’t speak Portuguese.

When Cariocas edge past a foreigner who cannot decipher a bus schedule or a menu, avoiding eye contact, it feels to me like a physical manifestation of Brazil’s determined inward focus.

The Olympics, though, seemed to change this. “For these few weeks, Rio had a chance to interact with the world, to soak in all these things, and I think it’s left a new sense of competence – of self-esteem,” the writer and filmmaker Felipe Pena, who chronicled Rio’s preparations, told me.

Mr. Pena hopes the new openness and the shift in attitudes endures. “You know, it’s a myth about the cordial Brazilian: Brazil doesn’t show it, but we are super prejudiced, against blacks, gays and the poor,” Mr. Pena said. So he was struck by a particular Olympic moment, one that electrified Rio in the first days of the Games – when the judoka Rafaela Silva, who is Afro-Brazilian, gay, and from the favela City of God, won gold.

“When she won the medal and took her girlfriend to the celebration and everyone applauded – it helps as an image of diversity. … It gives me hope for more tolerance at a moment when [divisions] are growing because of the political crisis. This could be the legacy.”



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Charliebebs Gohetia’s “I Love You. Thank You.” won Menção Honorosa do Festival (Honorable Mention) at the recent Rio Festival de Gênero Sexualidade no Cinema (Rio Festival of Gender and Sexuality in Cinema) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Gohetia, who attended the South American event, told the Inquirer via Facebook Messenger: “The jury loved the film … It was the first time that a Filipino movie was screened in the festival.”

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An award-winning film editor, Gohetia recalled that the jury found the movie “enlightening.” “They said it was unique and provided a different perspective on Asian gay culture. They commended the screenplay (by Gohetia) and the cinematography (by Albert Banzon).”

The movie is topbilled by Filipino actors Joross Gamboa and Prince Stefan, with Thai artist Ae Pattawan. Bayani San Diego Jr.

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The first week of the 2016 Olympic Games was a triumph of expectation management.

The advance press ranged from foreboding to hysterical, and not without cause. Brazil was in the grip of political crisis, economic collapse and an outbreak of a mysterious mosquito-born disease; the state of Rio de Janeiro was so broke that it had stopped paying its police and its hospital staff. And with days to go before competition started, workers were soldering all night long on the critical metro line, while sewage poured unfiltered into the sea that would host swimmers and sailors.

Everyone from athletes to tourists to senior Olympic officials seemed prepared for the event to be a disaster, or a rolling string of them.

And then it wasn’t.

And Rio is savouring the relief of being good enough.

This gloriously telegenic city looks perfect on the television screens of viewers around the world. And in the arenas and stadiums, the competitions have largely gone off without a hitch. So it all looks fine for the outside world.

For the people actually here, the experience is somewhat less seamless. Transportation can be painful; there is a dearth of helpful signage. But the security challenges have been minor (by Rio standards), and there are no mosquitoes. Most of the issues that were big problems on Day 1 have been steadily improved through the week. And for people who made the trip to Rio, every exhausting train trip or baffling encounter with the travel card system is followed by a stroll on the beach or a new best friendship with the wildly cheering Brazilian in the next seat over. And that, it seems, makes up for a multitude of sins.

The one problem that is visible to everyone is the empty seats: These are, in the words of some Brazilian media, “The Ghost Olympics.” When Canada’s rugby sevens women played for a bronze medal on Monday, only about a quarter of the seats at the game were occupied. The stands at equestrian events, basketball, field hockey, even beach volleyball – a sport Brazilians love, which is played in a gorgeous oceanside venue, and one that’s relatively easily reached – are often only half-occupied.

Games organizers say they are working hard to figure out why: Ticket sales are now at 85 per cent, the same level as the London 2012 Games, but seats were rarely empty there. “We’ve done some mapping to help us understand,” Rio 2016 spokesman Philip Wilkinson said. One issue, he said, is that spectators are coming for part of, but not staying for all of, a match – beach volleyball tickets buy you four matches (the last game of the night session ends at 1 a.m.), while soccer tickets are for two 90-minute matches. “People are coming to see the team they support, and maybe another match, but they may not stay the whole time,” Mr. Wilkinson said.

Transportation also seems to be a factor. The travel time between the Olympic zones can easily be three hours, and spectators may walk five or six kilometres by the time they go from a train station, through a security screen, into a venue, then to another, and back to the train. The worst area is the Deodoro Olympic Park, where rugby, canoe, BMX biking and equestrian events are held; it’s 40 km from Copacabana. While the dedicated train link works well to get there, there are vast distances between the arenas – and the thought of the trip seems to be putting some ticket-buyers off.

There may also be a psychological factor at play for middle-class Brazilians who bought tickets months ago without fully realizing that to see a basketball match they would have to venture deep into the city’s North Zone, which is low-income and associated with violence.

But Mr. Wilkinson defended the city’s decision to put some sport venues there. “Deodoro is a different area of Rio – and it’s important that the Games can reach people in different parts of the city,” not just the wealthy ones, he said.

It was always the hope that having South America’s first-ever Games here would both introduce Brazilians to unfamiliar sports and engage not only the wealthy with the Olympics; his own visits to Deodoro suggest that Rio residents from all social classes are taking part, he said.

Mr. Wilkinson also said that organizers’ suspicions about Brazilians’ social planning habits have also been confirmed: While Rio’s advance ticket sale rates were considerably lower than for the London Games, they have exploded now that the Olympics are finally here. On Monday, Rio 2016 sold more than 100,000 tickets. From Day 1 to Day 6, they sold 2,285,000. So stands may look more full as competition intensifies, he said.

Little in Rio was ready in time for a usual run of test events and dry runs, and it has shown this week. The diving pool turned vivid green on Day 5, apparently because a maintenance crew mismanaged the pH level. The new metro opened just five days before the opening ceremony (but runs beautifully now that it’s open).

Food, on the other hand, has been a nightmare. The takeout stands are often out of stock, or painfully slow, or their payment systems don’t work.

And the Brazilian government fired the company providing security services just a week before the Games began, replacing its personnel with police from national and state forces who – it became clear painfully quickly – had no experience operating screening equipment.

Lineups to enter Olympic zones stretched to more than two km the first day of competition and many people missed part or all of an event. More than 40,000 people initiated a process with the ticketing booths that day, according to communications director Mario Andrade, but he said not all of them were people whose events were over before they got in, and so sought refunds. (Rio 2016 won’t say how many did miss the event.) The lines got shorter through the week, although sometimes that was because screening officers simply threw open the barriers and waved everyone through.

Going in to the Games, the chief concern was safety: Much was made of the city’s high rates of violent crime, and in July police officers who hadn’t been paid in months because of Rio’s budget crisis protested at the international airport with signs reading, “Welcome to Hell.” The government also made a much-publicized arrest of 12 homegrown would-be Islamist attackers 10 days before the opening. To secure the Games, the state government deployed 82,000 personnel – bringing in the national guard, armed forces and state and federal police.

Despite the hopes of Rio’s residents (at least, many said, we’ll have this, for a couple weeks, a city without robbery, to make up for all the traffic snarls), all those police have not managed to stop all crime.

When Felipe Seixas, the senior federal police officer who was in charge of security for the opening ceremony, was walking back to his car near dawn on Saturday, after the wrap on the production, he was set upon by four men with knives. Mr. Seixas had bodyguards, who killed one of the assailants.

On Tuesday night, a bus carrying reporters between Olympic venues was hit with some sort of projectile – police say it was stones, although journalists on the bus initially insisted that it was bullets and police have not made the forensic report public. Stray bullets that originated in favelas have twice landed in the media zones of Olympic venues.

And the Rio media offer up a steady rolling count of tourists mugged in different areas of the city. (Brazilians counter on social media by reporting the times they were mugged in London or Los Angeles.)

Predictably, the most serious security incidents have not involved visitors, but rather residents of the poorest areas of the city, and underpaid police. A patrol made up of national guard officers from Brazil’s far north, sent to Rio as part of the extra force deployment, got lost on Wednesday night and blundered into Maré, one of Rio’s most violent communities, where they quickly came under fire. They were rescued by a taxi driver and rushed to hospital; one officer died Friday of his injuries and two more were wounded. In response to the incident, the police initiated a quasi-military occupation of the area the next morning and one civilian was dead, two more in hospital, by nightfall.

There were fierce exchanges of gunfire between police and gang members in the community called Complexo de Alemão three mornings in a row this week. But these incidents don’t make the television, and inside the Olympic Park security cordon, few visitors are aware of them.

The chief complaint of Games-goers, once they have battled through the lines, is that the venues are utilitarian and lack any sort of spirited public space. There is nowhere to lounge and take in the larger festival at the Olympic parks, just a stream of people trudging between blocky competition buildings and squinting at road signs. There is no shade, and no musicians or performers or anything to infuse a Brazilian spirit into the site. Much of what makes the beach in Rio fun, or adds life to a street party, is the buskers and the beer vendors and the young woman in a fairy outfit selling flower headdresses. The Olympics is sanitized of all of that. (Consequently, there are often long lines in front of the handful of installations of Olympics rings sculptures or Rio 2016 signage that can serve as a selfie venue.)

But one new public space, in the city proper, has been a success beyond the wildest hopes of urban planners. A derelict and dangerous area around the old port has been revitalized and turned into a square and the “Olympic Boulevard.” Residents of Rio and visitors have been flocking there, to walk the length of the promenade and admire a gorgeous (and enormous) multicoloured graffiti mural of indigenous people. More than 100,000 people visited on Tuesday alone, heading to a part of the city few would have dreamed of visiting just six months ago.

For Brazilians, there has been much to celebrate in the Games so far. They loved the opening ceremony, which reminded them of the good things about this place when the news is generally so unremittingly awful.

And much of the country was charmed when an Olympics volunteer proposed to her girlfriend – who happened to be the Brazilian rugby player Isadora Cerullo – on the pitch at the end of the tournament. (Ms. Cerullo said yes, and the picture of the pair celebrating in a long kiss became a Facebook sensation.)

Brazil’s first gold medal in the Games was won by Rafaela Silva, a judoka who is Afro-Brazilian, gay and from the infamous favela City of God – a feel-good story that it will be hard to top.

And that sense – that good things are possible, that there is much here to love – has carried the Rio Games through their first week. All the city needs to do now is get through a second week without disaster.




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Article source: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/olympics/pulling-back-the-curtain-on-the-first-week-of-the-rio-olympics/article31394437/

WHENEVER we’re asked by show biz fans what the stars they idolize “owe” them, our “patented” answer is, “The only thing an actor owes to his audience is a good performance.” OK, but what else should  fans expect their idols to give them?

First, there’s an unwritten contract between stars and fans that the luminaries will always remember to be grateful to their droves of followers.

After all, as stars keep saying to the point of its having become a cliché, without their fans’ avid, loyal and loving support, the luminaries would have remained nobodies, like most other hopefuls who try to attain popularity and stardom, with all of the fame and fortune that goes with it.

On the other hand, there are fans who think their chosen idols owe them everything, and should even allow them to interfere with their personal lives—and loves.

In the past, many screen “love teams” ended up marrying one another, to make their fans deliriously happy.

These days, that’s no longer quite the case, but some love teams still end up being sweethearts in real life, like Daniel Padilla-Kathryn Bernardo and, more recently, James Reid-Nadine Lustre.

Aside from affairs of the heart, some fans also feel they should have a say about their idols’ career choices.

In exchange for this, they go out of their way to support their favorite stars’ productions, with some fans even watching their idols’ movie starrers many times over, to make sure they become career-boosting hits.

A few well-heeled fans even foot the hefty bill for a special screening of their idol’s latest film. How “supportive” can you get?

Some of these gambits and favors come with strings attached, so a number of stars worry that they may be expected to “give back” more than they want to do!

After all, they didn’t force their fans to “love” them, so why should they be compelled to obey their fans’ preferences and dictates, especially when they find them onerous?

A bone of contention these days is how much fans can expect to be told about an idol’s love life—especially this season, where so many star couples are breaking up.

Most stars don’t reveal the real reasons for their breakups, and this really ticks some fans off, because they’ve invested so much empathetic “emotional capital” in their idols’ romances.

They’ve lived and loved vicariously through them, so when sweet turns to sour and bitter, they want to be enlightened and assuaged, as well.

Still, most separated stars refuse to spill the beans, so frustrated fans and other intrusive empaths will just have to like it—or lump it!

Article source: http://entertainment.inquirer.net/196417/what-stars-owe-their-fans

TOM JONES at Naia on Saturday night Facebook

After canceling his April 2 show at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, music legend Tom Jones also called off the rest of his scheduled Asian tour this month for the same reason: “serious illness in his immediate family.”

According to the latest statement from Jones’ camp, the 75-year-old singer has also canceled his stops in other Asian cities, including Bangkok, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Osaka and Abu Dhabi.

“He (Jones) extends his deepest apologies to both the organizers and the fans, whom he is most sad to disappoint. There are no further details at this time,” read the first statement issued by Jones’ management, only less than two hours before the show’s scheduled 8 p.m. start.

The news was confirmed to the Inquirer by promoter Renen de Guia of Ovation Productions through a text message.

De Guia, who was also behind Jones’ canceled 2010 show, said on a Facebook post that he has been getting messages from friends, asking what was the “real story” behind the entire incident. He, however, clarified that the statement forwarded to his company by Jones’ camp “is what it is.”

A considerable number of people—most of whom the now titos and titas who grew up with Jones’ pop rock music in the 1960s—were already at or near the venue, when the cancellation was announced. And many hoped against hope that the news was merely a belated April Fools’ prank.

“Someone in the crowd quipped,” let’s not complain—it’s April Fools’ Day!” related concertgoer and Facebook user Wem Borlagdan, who was in a “long queue” with other people “holding the pricey tickets,” when they were informed about the last-minute cancellation.

Some were already seated inside the venue; others arrived to the sight of guards already removing queuing stanchions at the entrances. But despite the disappointment, some were able to make light of the situation: They would be going home “Tom Jones”—a slang for hungry—they jested.

The joke was ripe for the picking.

“It’s not unusual,” netizens swiftly jested. After all, it was not the first time such a thing happened: In 2010, he likewise bailed out of a Manila gig.

The previous instance, Jones cited laryngitis. This time, the unexpected cancellation was prompted by a sick family member—reportedly his wife, Linda.

Jones appeared to have left the country that same night, based on a Facebook photo posted by GMA 7 executive Marivin Arayata, who bumped into the music legend and had a photo taken with him, at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2.

Meanwhile, the refunding of tickets started yesterday at the TicketNet office at Araneta Coliseum. Those who purchased tickets online will automatically get refunds via the credit cards used (call 9155555).

Article source: http://entertainment.inquirer.net/193163/tom-jones-cancels-rest-of-asian-tour

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To hear about the Mission District’s rampant gentrification, you might think that this one-time working class neighborhood has been totally torn down and rebuilt with new construction for the tech set. Rumors of the area’s rise (or demise, depending on your opinion) make it sound like there’s a loft complex and 3-star restaurant on every block and a tech bus in every corner.

If you believed all of this, you would only be mostly right.



Because, while much of the Mission is transformed beyond recognition, you can still walk through certain areas and they don’t appear that different than they were in 1997, the year I left the Mission (and my $865/mo. 2-bedroom) and headed to the East Bay.


A couple of these areas that stand out are the eastern end of 24th Street (from Bryant to Potrero) and certain blocks of Mission Street. There is nothing fancy or even reverse chic about these stretches, they’re mostly just full of old businesses, many of which could be gone in the next decade or so and replaced by lofts, a Blue Bottle superstore or perhaps a Tesla showroom.

Still, around the Mission there are spots that have defied the odds and survived. They are bars, restaurants, bakeries, artist collectives and more. Some may do incredible business, others may have bought their building way back when and others are just lucky to not have a greedy landlord.

And it is these longtime places that help the Mission keep its slightly scruffy charm, and, ironically, are a big reason that people are willing to pay such huge amounts to live in the area.

Here is a look at a few (there are many others) of these Mission District stalwarts, some around for decades, others a century, but all of which stand out as the neighborhood transforms around them.

Article source: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Mission-survivors-Business-still-alive-amid-the-8316371.php