Mashable
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File this one under "this shouldn't be a big deal, but..." AMC-backed streaming service Sundance Now has given its first ever straight-to-series order to The Chances , a show centered around two best friends: Kate (Shoshannah Stern), who is adjusting to being newly engaged, and Michael (Josh Feldman), who is attempting to move on from his ex-boyfriend. The two characters (and the actors portraying them) happen to be deaf, but just as in real life, that singular trait doesn't define them. Stern and Feldman created, wrote and star in the six-episode series, allowing for an authentic portrayal of the deaf community informed by their personal experiences. A premiere date for the series has yet to be announced. Read more... More about Sundance 2017 , Sundance Now , The Chances , Josh Feldman , and Shoshannah Stern
TIME - Top Stories
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What was most difficult, technically, was not making it look great, but making it look real and seamless, explains Palitz. The ultimate goal being that if the audience can forget the technology and the technical prowess, than they can focus on Gutters story, one we ought never to forget. Time: 20 minutes Keywords: roomscale, interactive, photogrammetry Still from Testimony Most Haunting: Testimony Tackling the subject of sexual assault in any media is delicate, let alone in VR. That said, for Zohar Kfir, it wasnt a reason to shy away from it. Rather, she saw it as an opportunity to demonstrate that this new medium could be used in a respectful, sensitive yet impactful manner. Much of Testimony is centered around the idea of devising a safe space, for those who are telling their story and those who are hearing it.
Sputnik International
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Take a look at the Syrian military units and the peaceful life in Deir ez-Zor, the largest city in eastern Syria, where the jihadists and their military command are now reportedly centered.
The Event Chronicle
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“Like many Celtic festivals, the Imbolc celebrations centered around the lighting of fires. Fire was perhaps more important for this festival than others as it was also the holy day of Brigid (also known as Bride, Brigit, Brid), the Goddess of fire, healing and fertility. The lighting of fires celebrated the increasing power of the Sun over the coming months.” (BBC, 2006) Fire-bearers circle figures of The Green Man fighting Jack Frost (CC BY 2.0) 3 o’clock on the Pagan Festival Wheel: Vernal Equinox (Ostara) The Vernal Equinox celebrates the renewal of life on Earth with the coming of spring. It is a time of rejuvenation and child-like wonder at the glories of the Earth. The day coincides with festivals for Aphrodite, Hathor, Ostara, and Easter. 4 o’clock on the Pagan Festival Wheel: Beltane (May Eve/ Roodmas/ Shenn do Boaldyn/ Celtic May Day) The Celtic wordBeltanemeansfires of Bel’ and refers to the ancient Celtic deity.
Politico
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Phil Novack, a spokesman for Sen. Ted Cruz , also indicated that the conservative Texas firebrand isn't sold, sayingsignificant work remains” in the Senate, “specifically to address Obamacare’s insurance mandates and enact major patient-centered reforms that will further reduce the cost of health care.” Sources say it may take more than a month for any House health care bill to run through the traps in the Senate, including internal party discussions and an analysis of how the measure would affect the deficit and insurance rolls. No committee hearings are planned because Republicans dont want to give Democrats a public forum to bash an effort they are not involved in. And similar to the Senate's dim view of the House's proposal, the lower chamber may not ultimately be able to pass whatever the Senate is able to produce on Obamacare. Plus, a procedural rift is beginning to emerge within the GOP, with several Republicans questioning whether reconciliation — the fast-track legislative process that circumvents a filibuster, and thus the need for Democratic support — is even the best avenue for health care overhaul efforts.
Antiwar.com News
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Indeed, the White House has gone out of its way to dismiss North Korea's retaliatory capabilities. But this was just as it relates to nuclear arms, with doubts of North Korea's ability to actually make a deliverable weapon. The nation has for decades had a conventional retaliatory capability, built around artillery, which could wipe out large chunks of South Korea and cause calamitous amounts of casualties. Even today the White House played up the very grave threat posed by North Korea, but virtually all of the talk centered on the possibility of the US attacking them if they don't get their way through non-nuclear means. While Pacific Commander Admiral Harry Harris insisted he wasn't 100% confident North Korea wouldn't attack first, indications are that he is in the minority on the issue. Of course, the fact that the US has been playing up the idea of a unilateral attack for weeks doesn't help matters.
Antiwar.com News
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In comments which centered almost entirely on a push for more funding for missile defense and radar systems, Pacific Commander Admiral Harry Harris told the House Armed Services Committee today that North Korea poses a direct threat to Hawaii, and that measures for direct defense of the islands must be taken. Harris told Congress North Korea is becoming more aggressive in developing missiles, citing 20 missile tests last year, but not mentioning that the tests were overwhelmingly failures. The ability of North Korea to accurately hit something as far away as Hawaii is very much in doubt. But while Harris conceded the current defensive systems in Hawaii were probably sufficient for now, he insisted they could quickly be overwhelmed by enough missiles being fired at them, and that a substantial upgrade should be considered.
Antiwar.com News
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While most of the talk over the past couple of weeks on US policy in North Korea has centered on the possibility of a unilateral US attack starting a major war, administration officials today emphasized that their current focus is on new sanctions , as well as diplomacy. The diplomacy is not with North Korea, naturally, as the Trump Administration has already condemned any idea of talking with them. Rather, the focus appears to be on pushing other nations to take measures against North Korea, with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expected to ask other nations to shut down their embassies . Beyond that, the administration is said to be considering adding North Korea to the official US list of state sponsors of terrorism. Officials were quick to insist this label was not discussed in the White House briefing for the entire US Senate.
China Daily
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China Daily
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Washington Free Beacon
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This is not the first time Rosebrock has appeared in court over a tussle with the VA about the American flag. He was represented by the American Civil Liberties Union in Rosebrock v. Beiter , which centered on the question of whether Rosebrock could legally hang the flag upside-down on the same fence. According to the US Flag Code , hanging the flag "union down" is only acceptable "as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property." Rosebrock won that case too, with a federal court ruling that the VA violated his First Amendment free speech rights. Rosebrock plans to continue hanging the flag. "It would be so anti-American not to," he told Fox News. "In the military, we defend that American flag. And if we don't have that freedom, then we don't have America anymore." Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com Watch the latest video at video.
Global Research
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The Pentagon’s plan for seizing and occupying territory in east Syria is beginning to take shape. According to a Fox News exclusive: “The Islamic State has essentially moved its so-called capital in SyriaISIS is now centered in Deir ez-Zur, ...
Mashable
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According to the Washington Post , President Trump compared press secretary to a daily soap opera when asked whether he'd consider firing him. Spicer, it seems, gets the ratings to keep him on air. With that in mind, it makes perfect sense to create a soap opera centered around Spicer to get even MORE viewers. And, as you can see from "The Bold And The Babbling" that's exactly what Stephen Colbert did last night on the Late Show. Read more... More about Stephen Colbert , Videos , Late Night , Sean Spicer , and Watercooler
TIME - Global Spin
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Upon seeing him, a priest and a Levite, two very influential people of the time, walked past him without stopping to help. After a while, a Samaritan, a very much despised ethnicity at the time, walked by. Seeing the injured man lying on the ground, he did not ignore him as if he weren't even there. Instead, he felt compassion for this man, which compelled him to act in a very concrete manner. He poured oil and wine on the wounds of the helpless man, brought him to a hostel and paid out of his pocket for him to be assisted. The story of the Good Samaritan is the story of todays humanity. People's paths are riddled with suffering, as everything is centered around money, and things, instead of people. And often there is this habit, by people who call themselves respectable, of not taking care of the others, thus leaving behind thousands of human beings, or entire populations, on the side of the road.
TIME - Top Stories
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The internet exploded with enthusiasm for a movie concept starring Lupita Nyong'o and Rihanna that earned the approval of both stars and Wrinkle in Time director Ava DuVernay. So when TIME ran into the Wrinkle in Time director and TIME 100 member DuVernay at the TIME 100 gala, we couldn't resist the chance to ask her to weigh in on Twitter's viral wish. Anything is possible! For me, I think it was just so lovely to be kind of overwhelmingly nominated as the director of this cool idea, she said. But whether or not the prayer-answering movie ends up happening, DuVernay pointed out the grassroots campaign proves how hungry people are for this kind of art. I really think it shows the power of people wanting to see stories that are women-centered, women of color-centered that are made by women of color. I think it was really interesting that after Rihanna and Lupita were in the picture and the story went viral, it wasnt about whos the male lead or whos the sidekick, it was about whos going to write it? Whos going to direct it? I think that is really interesting about peoples interest in whos creating and whos telling the story and especially on Twitter where everyone is telling their own story.
China Daily
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WhoWhatWhy
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Erdogan is nevertheless scheduled to meet US President Donald Trump on May 16-17 in Washington, D.C., Reuters reported days ago, amid a major diplomatic push by Turkey in Russia, China, India, and the EU. One topic the two presidents, both champions of a rising global wave of authoritarian sentiments, are likely to discuss is the fate of an obscure gold trader who is key to a 2013 corruption scandal centered on Erdogan's inner circle. This trader is currently held by US authorities on charges of helping Iran evade UN nuclear sanctions. According to a New York Times report , former NY mayor and Trump aide Rudolph Giuliani offered Erdogan the release of Reza Zarrab in exchange for unspecified concessions by Turkey that “might further aid the United States’ interests in the [Middle East] region.” That, in turn, may have very much to do with the Kurds and with Syria, where Turkey has been seeking to carve out a rebel buffer zone.
Breitbart News
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Now that HBO’s “Girls” has wrapped its six-year run, the women behind the series are focusing on their other female-centered project: turning their digital newsletter, Lenny, into a real-life experience.
Edutopia
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Politico
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Former New York Times public editor Daniel Okrent got at this when he analyzed the decidedly liberal bent of his newspaper’s staff in a 2004 column that rewards rereading today. The “heart, mind, and habits” of the Times , he wrote, cannot be divorced from the ethos of the cosmopolitan city where it is produced. On such subjects as abortion, gay rights, gun control and environmental regulation, the Timesnews reporting is a pretty good reflection of its region’s dominant predisposition. And yes, a Times -ian ethos flourishes in all of internet publishing’s major citiesLos Angeles, New York, Boston, Seattle, San Francisco and Washington. The Times thinks of itself as a centrist national newspaper, but it’s more accurate to say its politics are perfectly centered on the slices of America that look and think the most like Manhattan. Something akin to the Times ethos thrives in most major national newsrooms found on the Clinton coastsCNN, CBS, the Washington Post , BuzzFeed, Politico and the rest.
Voice Of America
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A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.9 struck off the west coast of Chile on Monday, rocking the capital Santiago and briefly causing alarm along the Pacific Coast but sparing the quake-prone nation of any serious damage. The quake was centered about 85 miles (137 km) from Santiago, and some 22 miles (35 km) west of the coastal city of Valparaiso. The U.S. Geological Survey twice revised the magnitude before settling on 6.9, a strength usually capable of causing severe damage. The epicenter's shallow depth of 15.5 miles (25 km) below the sea allowed it to be felt hundreds of miles (km) away. Santiago office buildings swayed for about 30 seconds at the end of the workday. 'Short, but very powerful' Closer to the epicenter, residents scrambled for higher ground, remembering the lessons of the country's devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2010. "It was short but very powerful," said Paloma Salamo, a 26-year-old nurse, who was in a clinic in Viña del Mar, just north of Valparaiso, when the quake struck.
Futurity
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Futurity
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TIME - Top Stories
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U. countries agreed that all further migration from mainly Muslim countries should be stopped. Only a fifth of respondents disagreed with this statement. And if such feelings are combined with the E.U.s aging population, idling economy and high unemployment, it sets the stage nicely for right-wing populists to attract mass support, or even take power, on the backs of voters fed up with the status quo. What the nationalists seem to be missing in Western Europe is the skill and the charisma to seize on these opportunities. Just take Austria. Much like in France over the weekend, the Austrian presidential elections last fall saw the two establishment parties both knocked out of the race during the first round of voting. The two run-off candidates in Austria were both outsiders one from the far-right Freedom Party, the other linked to the left-wing Greens and the campaign centered around the issue of illegal immigration, where the Freedom Partys Norbert Hofer had the clear advantage.