That's according to Castro's brother, Fidel, who broke months of silence Thursday with a lengthy editorial in state media discussing Cuba's ties to Mandela and his brother's trip to South Africa for his funeral.
The Dec. 10 handshake set off speculation in the U.S. and Cuba about whether it signaled a warming of ties between the two nations after decades of animosity. U.S. and Cuban officials dismissed that, calling the handshake a mere courtesy.
In his 2,400-word essay published Friday on the front pages of Cuba's government-run newspapers and websites, Fidel Castro congratulated his brother for his "steadfastness and dignity, when, with a friendly but firm gesture, he greeted the head of the U.S. government and told him in English, 'Mr. President, I'm Castro.'"
Castro, 87, handed over leadership of Cuba to his brother after suffering intestinal bleeding in 2006. He last wrote one of his trademark editorials and appeared in a photo in September. When Mandela died and Castro failed to appear in public or write about the loss of a close ally, many inside and outside Cuba wondered if it was an indication that his health had worsened.
As If to dispel those thoughts, the Cuban government on Monday published a photo of a vigorous-looking Castro meeting with a Spanish journalist three days earlier.
The journalist, Ignacio Ramonet, told The Associated Press that he and Castro discussed a wide range of topics including Mandela, Venezuelan politics and climate change and "I found him to be in excellent health and in a good mood, physically, mentally and psychologically."
A&E announced Wednesday what it called a "hiatus" for Robertson, 67, after he disparaged gays in the January edition of GQ magazine. He also said that, growing up in Louisiana before the Civil Rights movement, he never saw mistreatment of blacks.
In a statement, A&E said it was extremely disappointed to see Robertson's anti-gay remarks, which it said were based on his personal beliefs and do not reflect those of A&E Networks or the show. A&E called itself a supporter of the lesbian and gay community.
The channel's move was lauded by the gay and lesbian media advocacy group GLAAD, which had quickly condemned Robertson's comments.
"What's clear is that such hateful anti-gay comments are unacceptable to fans, viewers, and networks alike," said GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz. Robertson's removal "has sent a strong message that discrimination is neither a Christian nor an American value."
Robertson and his extended family became wealthy manufacturing duck calls and were turned into TV and pop culture stars by "Duck Dynasty," which has set cable ratings records for a non-fiction series. Several family members appeared in this year's Macy's Thanksgiving parade.
In his GQ interview, Robertson was asked his definition of sinful behavior.
"Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there," such as bestiality, he said.
GQ said he then paraphrases a biblical reference: "Don't be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won't inherit the kingdom of God. Don't deceive yourself. It's not right."
Really, nobody should be surprised that a lifelong Southerner who is close to seventy years old has publicly made homophobic remarks.
This suspension will definitely not harm the show's popularity, especially the sale of all of the merchandise you're all seeing.
This rifle combines a GWACS Armory polymer lower and a Head Down upper. It is very light, and has little recoil — so little 13 year old Grace could get away with this shooting position. She was pinging a small steel plate at about hundred yards with it. The sight is the new model HD7 with turret caps removed for zeroing.
Just another horribly polite, well-socialized and highly educated home schooled teenager.
She shot my new groupsourced FAL which, contrary to its name, was neither light nor automatic. The rifle is based on a Coonan receiver, with most other parts from a surplus kit gifted to me by a friend. Vortex flash hider and DSA rail were a present from another friend, who also Cerakoted the whole gun to my design. The 6x Primary Arms scope was just thrown on to check accuracy beyond shooting with iron sights. It sits too high in this particular mount but the Magpul stock has an adjustable cheek piece, so it worked out. Eventually, I’ll replace it with something meant for .308 trajectory. So far, this rifle had about a hundred rounds through it, no malfunctions.
Watkins was jailed by Mr Justice Royce for 29 years. He will serve at least two thirds of that before the parole board can decide if he should be released. If he is released early, he will serve the rest of the jail term on licence. But the judge stipulated he will serve an extra six years on licence on top of that, bringing the total sentence to 35 years.
Royce told Watkins: "Those who have appeared in these courts over many years see a large number of horrific cases. This case, however, breaks new ground.
"You, Watkins, achieved fame and success as the lead singer of Lostprophets. You had many fawning fans. That gave you power. You knew you could use that power to induce young female fans to help satisfy your insatiable lust and take part in the sexual abuse of their own children.
"Away from the highlights of your public performances lay a dark and sinister side."
Watkins looked blank as he was led from the dock. The sentence was greeted by shouts of "yes" from the public gallery.
During his sentencing hearing it emerged that the day after the former Lostprophets lead singer admitted his offences he told a female fan from prison that he was going to issue a statement saying it had been "mega lolz". He also told her he did not know "what everybody is getting so freaked out about".
"Mega lolz" (oh, that stupid 'Z') and child rape really do not belong anywhere near each other.
Rot in hell, Ian. You probably won't last too long in gen pop.
ETA: All right, now that we've got Ian Watkins locked up for the next 35 years, barring parole, can we please work on getting R. Kelly sent to prison? My god...
Is it normal at all for a kindergartener to feel this way? Clearly this was the first manifestation of my incredulous, doubting tendencies, which paved the way for the existential angst that inevitably would fully blossom in adulthood later…
purlypuss, I wanted to show you this, but I didn't want to link it to your Facebook page!
ETA: Snopes says it's "probably false". The picture that went with the story is from an ad for a cosmetic surgery clinic that says "the only way people will be able to tell is by looking at your children."
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has officially announced next year's inductees: Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt will all join the class of 2014. The E Street Band will be given the Award for Musical Excellence and Beatles manager Brian Epstein and original Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldgham will both receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers.
The induction ceremony will be held at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on April 10th, 2014. It's the first time the general public will be able to attend the event in New York City. Tickets go on sale in January; HBO will air the event in May.
Artists are eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first album or single. Nirvana, whose first single "Love Buzz" came out in 1988, are entering the institution their first year of eligibility. "That's really no surprise to me," says Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President and CEO Joel Peresman. "People see the relevancy of that band. We're just getting into the creative of the show, so I don't know what's going to happen with that performance. They have to figure it out."
Kiss have been eligible for the last 15 years, but didn't get the nod until now. "The Kiss Army has descended on Cleveland in recent years," says Peresman. "And we've gotten thousands of letters. They also did extremely well in the public vote." (In 2012, the band joked to RS, "We've been thinking about it and the answer is simply, 'We'll just buy it and fire everybody.'")
I half read this article from my spam box (sent by a consultant named Sandi Levya) and realize I need to clip it for later. It ties in with stuff told to me in the supervisory training, too, and is part of my overall marketing stuff, too. (Part of the "Product" in the 4 P's.)
I think the best place for me to store things in the "Fix My Life" project is here in LJ, where I do some of my best processing. So I'll paste it here.
Here’s a quick exercise: Choose any person in your work life or personal life. Now think back to the last few interactions you had with that person. Recall what was said and classify your list into two groups.
What interactions, comments, and questions did you have with your chosen person that were negative? Here are some examples of things that are in the “negative” group:
- Being late
- Forgetting something
- Complaining about something (not just them, it could be the weather or traffic)
- Not following through on a promise
- Getting angry, even if it’s not at them
- Feeling frustration or saying something that generates their frustration
- Telling someone what to do in a bossy sort of way
- Mentioning negative news
- Feeling sad, depressed or tired
- Talking about how busy you are
Next, what interactions, comments, and questions did you have with your chosen person that are positive? Here are some examples of things that are in the “positive” group:
- Nice surprises
- Laughing together
- Telling stories
- Sharing a meal
- Telling a joke
- Smiling, or feeling happy or energetic
- Supportive talk, encouragement
- Attentive listening
Count the number of positive interactions and the number of negative interactions. Then make a ratio.
# positive interactions : # negative interactions
What did it come out to be? Were there more positive interactions or negative ones?
Now you have a ratio. Compute the number of positive interactions divided by the number of negative interactions. Let’s say you counted 8 positive interactions and 4 negative interactions. Your ratio is 8/4 or 2:1. Your positivity ratio with this person is 2:1.
Is 2:1 good? Actually, no.
Science has proven we need to experience many more positive interactions than negative interactions in our lives in order to feel like we are flourishing. Our emotions are not symmetric: we feel negative emotions much more strongly than we feel positive emotions. So we need to have many more positive interactions than negative to make up for this difference in feeling.
Scientists have defined the minimum level of thriving as 3:1 for acquaintances and friend, but it needs to be 5:1 for significant others and close team members. Anything below these numbers is surviving and coping, and not thriving. You can overdo it to: anything above 11:1, and you probably don’t have a very realistic relationship! This is the work of John Gottman, Marcial Losada, and Barbara Fredrickson.
When you can become aware of your positivity ratio for your clients, team members, and business partners, you can then decide if you need to take action to change it. Getting good at being positive is another skill you can easily pick up, and when you do, it can make all the difference in your success with others.
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