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Meghan says UK royals refused to make her son a prince due to skin color concerns

LONDON —  Meghan, the wife of Prince Harry, said there were concerns about how dark her son Archie’s skin would be before his birth and that such worries explained why he was not given the title of prince. Meghan, whose mother is Black and father is white, said she was naive before she married into […] The post Meghan says UK royals refused to make her son a prince due to skin color concerns appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerMar 8th, 2021

Congratulations flood in for Biden’s ‘historic’ win

Congratulations poured in for US president-elect Joe Biden from around the world, with Washington’s allies, particularly in Europe, seeing his win as a chance at a fresh start after the antagonistic years under Donald Trump. From the EU to the UAE president-elect Joe Biden has received congratulations from around the world (AFP/ MANILA BULLETIN) As crowds rushed into the streets of Washington and other cities in exuberant celebration after US networks declared Biden the winner, here are some reactions from across the globe:  – Germany – “Congratulations!” said Chancellor Angela Merkel. “I wish luck and success from the bottom of my heart. “Our transatlantic friendship is irreplaceable if we want to overcome the great challenges of our times,” she said in a tweet issued by a government spokesman. – France – French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted: “The Americans have chosen their President. Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris! We have a lot to do to overcome today’s challenges. Let’s work together!”  – Britain – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson congratulated Biden “on his election as President of the United States and Kamala Harris on her historic achievement. “The US is our most important ally and I look forward to working closely together on our shared priorities, from climate change to trade and security.” – European Union – In a joint statement, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel, president of the European Council, which represents the leaders of EU member states, said: “We take note of the latest development in the electoral process.  “On this basis the EU congratulates President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on reaching enough Electoral Votes.”  – NATO – NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg described Biden as a “strong supporter of our Alliance”. Stoltenberg, who often had to adapt to President Donald Trump making unexpected announcements about US troop drawdowns from NATO deployments, said in a tweet he looked forward to working with Biden. “A strong NATO is good for both North America and Europe,” he said.  – Canada – Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: “I look forward to working with President-elect Biden, Vice President-elect Harris, their administration, and the United States Congress as we tackle the world’s greatest challenges together.” – Barack Obama – Former US president Barack Obama hailed Biden’s win as “historic and decisive” and appealed to Americans to overcome bitter divides and “find some common ground.” “Once every vote is counted, President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris will have won a historic and decisive victory,” Obama, Donald Trump’s White House predecessor, said in a statement. – Ireland – The republic’s prime minister Micheal Martin was one of the first to take to Twitter, tweeting: “I want to congratulate the new President Elect of the USA @JoeBiden. Joe Biden has been a true friend of this nation throughout his life and I look forward to working with him in the years ahead. I also look forward to welcoming him back home when the circumstances allow!”  – Greece – Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis tweeted: “Congratulations to US President-Elect @JoeBiden. Joe Biden has been a true friend of Greece and I’m certain that under his presidency the relationship between our countries will grow even stronger.” – Italy –  Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte tweeted: “Congratulations to the American people and institutions for an outstanding turnout of democratic vitality. We are ready to work with the President-elect @JoeBiden to make the transatlantic relationship stronger. The US can count on Italy as a solid Ally and a strategic partner.” – Spain – Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tweeted: “The American people have chosen the 46th President of the United States. Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris. We wish you good luck and all the best. We are looking forward to cooperating with you to tackle the challenges ahead of us.” – India – “Congratulations @JoeBiden on your spectacular victory!” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted. In a separate tweet to Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris, whose mother was Indian, Modi wrote: “Your success is pathbreaking, and a matter of immense pride not just for your chittis, but also for all Indian-Americans.” “Chitti” is a Tamil term of endearment for the younger sisters of one’s mother, which Harris used in her acceptance of the Democratic nomination for vice president. She is the first woman of color elected to the US vice presidency. – Nigeria – In his congratulations, President Muhammadu Buhari, leader of Africa’s most populous nation, called for “greater engagement” with the continent. He said he looked forward to “enhanced cooperation between Nigeria and the United States, especially at economic, diplomatic and political levels, including especially on the war against terrorism”. – Ukraine – President Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted in English: “Congratulations to Joe Biden, Kamala Harris! Ukraine is optimistic about the future of the strategic partnership with the United States. Ukraine and the USA have always collaborated on security, trade, investment, democracy, fight against corruption. Our friendship becomes only stronger!”  – South Africa – President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Twitter his government looked forward to “working with you and deepening our bonds of friendship and cooperation”. – Iraq – President Barham Saleh extended “warmest congratulations” to Biden, describing him as “a friend and trusted partner in the cause of building a better Iraq. We look forward to working to achieve our common goals and strengthening peace and stability in the entire Middle East”. – Egypt – President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Egypt, the most populous Arab country, looked forward to “strengthening strategic bilateral ties between Egypt and the US in the interest of both countries and peoples”. – UAE –  “Congratulations to @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris on winning the US elections. Our sincere wishes for further development and prosperity for the American people. The UAE and USA are friends and allies with a strong historic partnership that we look forward to strengthening together,” tweeted Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsNov 8th, 2020

Meghan Markle opens up on being the ‘most trolled person in the world’

Former royals Meghan Markle and Prince Harry discussed how online trolls affected their mental health during a Teenage Therapy podcast for World Mental Health Day on 10 October. Markle shared that she was told in 2019 that she was the most trolled person in the entire world despite being not too visible because she was […] The post Meghan Markle opens up on being the ‘most trolled person in the world’ appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 11th, 2020

Fan experience to change profoundly amid COVID-19 pandemic

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Dayton Moore remembers so clearly the vast sections of empty seats inside Kauffman Stadium when he took over as general manager of the Kansas City Royals, and he remembers just as vividly — nearly a decade later — how those seats filled and fans roared as the long-suffering club won the World Series. Those dueling memories make the thought of playing games in empty stadiums hard for Moore to fathom. “I know how much strength all players draw from the fans and environment,” he said, when asked about plans to play a shortened season without crowds, “and you need that support to get through an entire Major League Baseball schedule.” As lockdowns are lifted and restrictions eased, sports are finally starting to emerge in the coronavirus pandemic. But in virtually every situation, fans are not yet being allowed to attend and the only consensus for now is that there could be a long period of empty or nearly empty seating. Some U.S. universities are modeling for 25% capacity for the upcoming football season or maybe half-full arenas for the ensuing basketball season. “I think for most sports, a reduced crowd wouldn't negatively impact the overall experience, especially in a situation like baseball or even the NFL,” said Katy Lucy, a digital marketing agent from Atlanta whose fandom is split between all things Georgia Bulldogs and the Washington Capitals. “But it would be different for sure for those who attend in person." Count her family among those who would pause before heading to the ballpark. “For me personally, I’m not sure I would feel comfortable attending a live sporting event until there is a known treatment or widely available vaccine,” Lucy said. “I trust the institutions to put the proper measures in place; however, making sure that they are enforced is another matter.” Many college and pro sports teams already were dealing with declining ticket sales. Watching at home or streaming games are factors, as is the changing social makeup of fan bases. Dynamic pricing, increases in parking and concession prices, and a push toward luxury seating have exacerbated the problem. Major League Baseball attendance has declined six of the past seven seasons. In college football, 13 of the 130 schools that played in the Football Bowl Subdivision reported average crowd sizes of 50% or less last season. Even the NFL has seen an increase in empty seats despite its generally rock-solid popularity. So as coronavirus concerns linger, how are teams going to lure fans back when stadiums do reopen? Loyalty and engagement apps, widespread around the major leagues and colleges even before the pandemic, will become even more common and interactive as teams try to recapture lost revenue. There also will be more behind-the-scenes content and enhancements available via smartphones that will only be available to those in the stadium or arena, offering fans something unique over fans watching at home. “Fans want that experience to be top-notch, period. That's why teams are thinking about this,” said Britton Stackhouse Miller, senior vice president at Fortress U.S., a developer of engagement and integration systems with clients in European soccer, baseball, the NBA, NFL and NHL. Temperature checks, hand sanitizer distribution stations and touchless vending will become the norm for a while. Even concessions will change, though one big difference — gulp — could lead to a lot of grumbling. “If you don't sell beer the number of visits to the bathroom drops dramatically,” said Marc Ganis, the director of sports consulting firm Sportscorp. “So for a time we may have to think about not selling beer.” It won't just be the vast oceans of bench seats left open, either. Many experts believe those hardy fans will be the first to return. It's the corporate suites from which many colleges and pro franchises derive so much of their gameday revenue that may end up being empty until long after games have resumed. Economic woes may last for some time. For fans who stay home, leagues are looking for ways to keep them engaged, too. When Germany's top soccer league returned without fans, broadcaster Sky knew it had a problem with silence coming through the TV. Engineers created “carpet audio” from previous games between the same teams, then teased out roars for specific events such as goals and red cards, giving those watching at home the option of a more realistic experience. “This was the only idea that we thought could be most respectful to the fans,” said Alessandro Reitano, vice president of sports production for Sky Deutschland. “To be honest, it's a major success.” Old crowd noise is a bit like an old game, though. It lacks a certain authenticity. So along came ChampTrack, which created an app that utilizes the microphones of fans. It captures their every roar and groan and sends the audio to its server, which then aggregates the noise into a single stream. That stream is then returned to the viewer using proprietary algorithms to provide the broadcast with real-time sound, which is then immediately erased to ensure personal privacy. “Once they press play on our web app, they can hear what everyone else is cheering about and their own cheer,” said ChampTrack chief executive Elias Anderson, adding the system could soon handle as many as 150,000 fans for each game. Sound is one element of the fan experience. Optics is another. “When it was clear there would be no audience this season, the fans had the idea of bringing their images to the stadium,” said Lubbo Popken, deputy press secretary for German soccer club Borussia Monchengladbach, which affixed fan likenesses to their seats. “We were surprised how many people wanted to be part of this idea and have their images in the stadium. It really changed the atmosphere in the empty stadium.” Of course, none of that is the same as having real fans creating real noise......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 8th, 2020

Not apart

"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 20th, 2021

Meghan Markle to make animated adventure series for Netflix

Meghan Markle to make animated adventure series for Netflix.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 15th, 2021

Loud minds, big mouths

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte began his term on June 30, 2016. Four years ago, Filipinos hoped for a better government to manage national concerns and affairs. Prior to his presidency, Filipinos saw his potential to lead the country and actually make changes to build a stronger nation during his six-year-post......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 5th, 2021

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle turn down son s title Earl of Dumbarton

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle turned down their son Archie's title Earl of Dumbarton worrying that their son could be bullied because of the word "dumb.".....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 24th, 2021

World-class TV coverage for Tokyo Olympics

Despite the health scare due to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the coming Tokyo Games are going to be special. To make sure every action, color and drama will be captured – especially the exploits of Filipino athletes – the MVP group of companies, led by Cignal TV, TV5, the Philippines’ largest fully integrated telco PLDT, and […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJun 17th, 2021

Harry and Meghan announce daughter s birth after tumultuous year

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced Sunday the birth of their daughter Lilibet Diana -- named for Harry's grandmother Queen Elizabeth II and his late mother -- in a moment of joy capping a year of increasingly strained ties between the couple and the British royal family......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 7th, 2021

Digital security, infrastructure to make digital economy effective

Addressing data security concerns and infrastructure woes will ensure that capturing the digital economy into the country’s tax system is effective, according to the Asian Development Bank Institute......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 24th, 2021

Morado speaks out on skipping national team tryouts amid safety concerns

Jia Morado has decided to make her stand clear on why she opted out of attending the national team tryouts currently being held in Subic......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2021

Lessons from the timeless story of the small prince

The grown-up world can be so perplexing to a child. Why don’t adults smile all the time? Why do they refuse to run around in fields and make shapes in the clouds? And why do they assume that children know nothing? You probably remember the time when you were just a kid and you threw […] The post Lessons from the timeless story of the small prince appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 15th, 2021

Harry, Meghan honor Prince Philip as funeral travel plans awaited

Harry, Meghan honor Prince Philip as funeral travel plans awaited.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 10th, 2021

Prince Harry and Meghan s first Netflix series follows Invictus Games

Prince Harry and Meghan s first Netflix series follows Invictus Games.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 8th, 2021

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announce their first series on Netflix

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are ready to return to work. The royal couple, through production company Archewell Productions, announced their first venture on Netflix.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsApr 8th, 2021

THE PASSERBY | A reminder on charity (on the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle controversy)

THE PASSERBY | A reminder on charity (on the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle controversy).....»»

Category: newsSource:  bicolstandardRelated NewsMar 14th, 2021

Prince William denies British royal family is ‘racist’

LONDON, United Kingdom — Prince William on Thursday defended the British royal family after his younger brother Harry and wife Meghan accused them of racism in a bombshell interview watched around the world. “We’re very much not a racist family,” William told reporters during a visit to a multi-racial school in a deprived area of east London. […] The post Prince William denies British royal family is ‘racist’ appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMar 13th, 2021

Meghan Markle may pasabog laban sa British monarchy; Palasyo tahimik pa rin sa isyu

LONDON — Nananatiling tahimik ang monarkiya ng Britanya nitong Martes, matapos na akusahan ni Meghan at Prince Harry ang isang myembro ng pamilya ng pagbibitaw ng racist na pahayag tungkol sa kanilang anak. Sa panayam ni Oprah Winfrey sa telebisyon ay kinaladkad ng mag-asawa ang monarkiya sa pinakamalaking krisis nito matapos ang  kamatayan ng ina […] The post Meghan Markle may pasabog laban sa British monarchy; Palasyo tahimik pa rin sa isyu appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 9th, 2021

Harry, Meghan offer glimpse of ‘fairytale’ new life

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Prince Harry and his wife Meghan had scores to settle in their tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey Sunday — but they also offered a generous glimpse of their “fairytale” new family life far from the monarchy. In a bucolic segment of the interview, the couple invited Winfrey to their […] The post Harry, Meghan offer glimpse of ‘fairytale’ new life appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMar 9th, 2021

No holds barred: Meghan and Harry’s historic interview

New York, United States — Meghan Markle opened up about battling suicidal thoughts, Prince Harry disclosed a painful rift with his father – and both settled a fair few scores in their history-making interview with Oprah Winfrey. The gloves came off as the pair lifted the veil on their dramatic exit from royal life, holding little back as they […] The post No holds barred: Meghan and Harry’s historic interview appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 9th, 2021