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The speech given at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL, by the actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, who attacked Facebook and other social media platforms for enabling the proliferation of hate speech and misinformation.
The speech was striking in its sincerity – Baron Cohen appeared as himself, rather than “in character” as one of his satirical personas – and its blistering tone. Describing Facebook as “the greatest propaganda machine in history”, Baron Cohen argued that the company, which does not vet political ads for truthfulness, would have allowed Hitler to run propaganda on its platform.
Am also thinking how this post pandemic state of affairs will handle mass rallies or other political gatherings,…
Here’s hoping we aren’t all transformed into zombies or brain washed stooges with all the drugs administered, abused of or other buzz words like ‘herd immunity’, and other techno-medical jibber jabber,…
Malta Drone Centre with Hawk Aerospace Limited, has concluded its first drone Pilot Flight Training sessions in Malta. Three candidate drone pilots attended this Basic Flight Training course led by experience drone instructors.
Skills required to fly multi-rotor drones start from basic flight skills to more advanced drone handling , flying missions and operational/ site/risk assessments that are all required for carrying out drone flying and drone operations safely.
The new EASA Drone Regulation introduced and local drone requirements as defined by the local aviation authorities (TM-CAD), require appropriate flight and operations training now. Having drone pilots who are formally trained with a drone competence certification can open up new doors in the drone services industry. Many EU countries and in the US see certified drone pilots and operating procedures as a mandatory requirement when drone flights are commissioned, especially when they engage third party drone service providers.
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The Duke was previously stripped of his military titles
Prince Harry’s attendance at his grandfather’s funeral on Saturday will visibly mark his change of status within the royal family.
Following his decision with wife Meghan Markle to step away from their roles as working royals, Harry lost his honorary military titles, including that of Captain General of the Royal Marines, and as such is likely to wear a suit rather than a military uniform.
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Protocol states that retired service personnel are allowed to wear their medals – but not their uniform – at official engagements once they have left the military. Furthermore, only those wearing a military headdress can salute, meaning that Harry is also not entitled to salute at the funeral, unlike his brother and his father.
Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday is a ceremonial event, and it is thought that Prince Charles, Prince William, Princess Anne and the Earl of Wessex will all attend in military uniform.
Prince Harry pictured at the funeral of the Queen Mother in 2002
Having been forced to step back from public life “for the foreseeable future” over his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, Prince Andrew – who served with the Royal Navy for 22 years – is also prevented from wearing military dress.
It comes after Prince Harry released a personal tribute to his late grandfather. The 36-year-old – who is currently self-isolating at Frogmore Cottage after returning to London from California for the funeral service – said in his statement: “My grandfather was a man of service, honour and great humour. He was authentically himself, with a seriously sharp wit, and could hold the attention of any room due to his charm—and also because you never knew what he might say next.
Prince Philip with his grandsons, Prince William and Prince Harry
“He will be remembered as the longest reigning consort to the Monarch, a decorated serviceman, a Prince and a Duke. But to me, like many of you who have lost a loved one or grandparent over the pain of this past year, he was my grandpa: master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right ’til the end.
“He has been a rock for Her Majesty The Queen with unparalleled devotion, by her side for 73 years of marriage, and while I could go on, I know that right now he would say to all of us, beer in hand, ‘Oh do get on with it!’
Harry described his grandpa as ‘legend of banter’ in his tribute
“So, on that note, Grandpa, thank you for your service, your dedication to Granny, and for always being yourself. You will be sorely missed, but always remembered – by the nation and the world. Meghan, Archie, and I (as well as your future great-granddaughter) will always hold a special place for you in our hearts. The message concluded, ‘Per Mare, Per Terram’ – which means ‘By Sea, By Land’ in Latin.
Public urged to lay flowers on steps of Villa Guardamangia
People mourning the death of Prince Philip are being urged to lay flowers this Saturday on the steps of the Maltese house he once called home.
The event at Villa Guardamangia is being organised by the Malta George Cross Movement. Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, died last week aged 99. He and Queen Elizabeth II, at the time a princess, lived in the Guardamangia property between 1949 and 1951, while he was a naval officer stationed in Malta.
Peole who wish to pay their respects will be able to lay flowers at the villa’s steps until 12pm on Saturday. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, lingering will not be permitted.
The Malta George Cross Movement said it hoped the flower-laying event would provide the Queen and royal family “with a degree of relief and compassion at what is presently a very sorrowful time for the royals as well being a way of standing with the royals and the British public during their trial to mark the many happy years enjoyed between the Maltese and the British people.”
Philip’s funeral will be held on Saturday afternoon and televised by national broadcaster TVM.
So, came across this article (in Italian) on synthetic meat, lab grown chow, and it immediately reminded me of Star Trek food replicators, of Captain Jeanluc Piccard ordering his earl grey tea, and so many other episode plot lines of their scifi stories.
New data is confirming a baby boom that some doctors expected was actually a “baby bust”. Health departments in more than two dozen states in the U.S. provided records to CBS News, showing a 7% drop in births in December — nine months after the first lockdowns began.
Researchers say it continues a much bigger plunge in fertility in recent decades.
The number of babies the average woman in the U.S. is expected to deliver has dropped from nearly four in the 1950s to less than two today.
Hi all, . . . this quick post is an apology for having been away from this niche of mine on the web.
Much has happened since my last post of 2019, but won’t go into much detail about it all, as many in the know are already aware of my current ongoing operations (or lack there of, rather!) through my active presence on Facebook.
The prevailing pandemic of COVD-19 hasn’t helped much, as a matter of fact. And have found myself to be more withdrawn and recollected, ever cautious of my errand trips outdoors to anywhere.
Tinkering with small projects has kept me active, and skills sharpened somewhat.
And new interests, capabilites and self developed talents have also come round to keep a reasonable level of sanity in the crazy world we are living in right now.
Have lost a couple of friends and dear ones along the way, not to COVID, and as one of my close school days’ chum said: “Another one bites the dust!”
Will again endeavour to populate this little nook of mine with some scribblings and other which catches my fancy, no promises though.