Point Foundation (Point) will honor producer and broadcast executive Michael Lombardo with the Point Impact Award at the organization’s annual Point Honors Los Angeles gala October 1.Point presents its Impact Award to an individual who has made a significant impact on improving the lives of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community.During Lombardo’s decade-long tenure as President, Programming, for Home Box Office, the network launched some of its most successful series, including “True Blood,” “Game of Thrones,” “Girls,” “Veep,” and “Looking.” Lombardo, who first joined HBO in 1983, continues to develop creative projects for HBO as a producer.“As someone in arts and entertainment, I am drawn to engaging stories about people. But not being able to get a college education because you’ve come out to family and friends as gay, lesbian, bi or trans, should not have to be part of anyone’s life story,” said Lombardo. “Thankfully Point Foundation makes it possible for LGBT young people to live a different story, one where they get their college degree and go on to become doctors, lawyers, filmmakers; whatever their ambition. It is a story of hope I’m honored to support.”“Michael Lombardo, in his leadership role at HBO, has brought more realistic LGBTQ characters to TV in the last decade than anyone else. Many young people have grown up finding reflections of themselves in LGBTQ characters featured in the shows he has helped develop,” said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Point Foundation. “As an openly gay man who has earned the respect of everyone in his profession, Michael is an inspiration to Point Scholars and Alumni, and a good friend of Point.” Past honorees recognized by Point include Jeffrey Tambor, Lena Dunham, Jonathan Groff, and other allies and members of the LGBTQ community. Additional celebrity participation for the October 1 Point Honors event will be announced in the coming weeks. Information about attending or supporting Point Honors is at www.pointfoundation.org/LAHonors.Point Foundation is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer LGBTQ students of merit. Some of Point’s 84 current scholarship recipients and 244 alumni will be present at the event to share with the audience their inspiring stories about how they have overcome challenges to get their higher education degrees.
1:57 PlayStation James Martin/CNET Sony has yet to put on a big show to debut the upcoming PlayStation 5, but it continues to release more info about the new console. At its investor relations strategy meeting (IR 2019) on Tuesday, Sony was all about the PS5’s improvements over the PS4. During the presentation by Sony Interactive Entertainment, a video showed the performance upgrade the PS5 will have thanks to improved power and high-speed SSD storage. The new console loaded several times faster than the PS4 Pro and sped through an open world with no noticeable slowdown. Tags Sony’s official video comparing performance of PS4 Pro vs next-gen PlayStation pic.twitter.com/2eUROxKFLq— Takashi Mochizuki (@mochi_wsj) May 21, 2019 PlayStation State of Play event reveals new console and… Sony Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment 0 “We will harness the power of new technology to offer completely transformative and immersive gaming experiences,” read the following slide. Other PS5 details confirmed in the presentation included the console’s backward compatibility, 8K resolution, support for discs and ray tracing. The Tokyo-based company still didn’t give details on price, global release date, games or user experience.A slide from the Sony Interactive Entertainment presentation providing details of the PS5 from IR 2019. Sony Sony did give some insight into its future with cloud gaming. “A massively enhanced PlayStation community where enriched and shared PlayStation experiences can be seamlessly enjoyed independent of time and place – with or without a console,” it said in a presentation slide titled “Role of Streaming in Next Gen.” The company also brought that it will use 5G technology to make PlayStation “The Best Place to Play.”Even though the PS4 is on the way out, Sony plans to support the console for another three years. So far, 96.8 million PS4s have been sold, with 94 million using the PlayStation Network every month. Update, 10:36 a.m. PT: Adds additional info from presentation. Gaming read more
Aung San Suu Kyi and her government are “burying their heads in the sand” over the violence in Rakhine state, Amnesty International said Tuesday, criticising Myanmar’s leader for failing to condemn the army’s alleged abuses in a televised speech.The United Nations, rights groups, and a tide of Rohingya refugees pouring into Bangladesh have accused Myanmar’s military of using bullets and arson to wage an “ethnic cleansing campaign” against the Muslim minority.In her speech Tuesday, Suu Kyi expressed sympathy for the “suffering of all people” swept up in the violence but did not address accusations of ethnic cleansing.She instead said only that anyone guilty of rights abuses would be brought to justice.“Aung San Suu Kyi today demonstrated that she and her government are still burying their heads in the sand over the horrors unfolding in Rakhine State. At times, her speech amounted to little more than a mix of untruths and victim blaming,” Amnesty said.The rights group blasted Suu Kyi for remaining “silent about the role of the security forces”, whom they have accused of being “engaged in a campaign of ethnic cleansing”.The watchdog also criticised Suu Kyi’s call for international observers to visit Myanmar to assess its troubles for themselves, citing her government’s blocking of a UN fact-finding mission to probe alleged army atrocities in Rakhine.“Aung San Suu Kyi’s claims that her government ‘does not fear international scrutiny’ ring hollow… If Myanmar has nothing to hide, it should allow UN investigators into the country, including Rakhine state,” Amnesty said. read more
Kolkata: With the incident of caving-in of the Majerhat bridge, a move has been taken to ensure that maintenance of all bridges above 12 metre in length is carried out by the state Public Works Department (PWD) and Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) in the area under its jurisdiction.According to a senior official of the state government, the move has been taken up considering that the two agencies are having the necessary number of manpower with the required expertise to carry out the maintenance of the bridges. As a result, an incident like Majerhat can be averted. Departments including PWD, Irrigation department, Panchayats and Rural Development department and the statutory planning usually make bridges across the state while in most cases, the KMDA undertakes the same in the Kolkata Metropolitan Area. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to some state government officials, the matter regarding monitoring the “health” of bridges in the state and its proper maintenance have come up strongly after the caving-in of the Majerhat bridge. All the departments and the KMDA have carried out a study to check the condition of the bridges built by them. A database containing detailed information about all bridges in the state has been prepared too. Sources added that there was a subsequent discussion on the need for a proper mechanism to ensure better maintenance of the bridge. It is learned that the top brass of the state government assessed the situation and came to a conclusion that the PWD will carry out maintenance of all the bridges above 12 metre in length and the KMDA will carry out the same in the area under its jurisdiction. The Hooghly River Bridge Commissioners (HRBC) will also be undertaking maintenance of a few. There are 3,998 bridges across the state that was constructed by the state Irrigation department. Sources said that a section of the total number of the bridges will be maintained by the state PWD and KMDA. Similarly, above 12-metre long bridges made by other departments will also be maintained by the two agencies. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA senior official said monitoring and maintenance work of the bridges is a regular process. So the step has been taken up to carry out the work more effectively.It may be recalled that almost a year ago the state government had entrusted the state PWD to widen and strengthen roads even of Zilla Parishads as the former has the necessary expertise to carry out the work. The state PWD has already taken up more than 3,000 Zilla Parishad roads for widening and strengthening. read more