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Journalist Andreas Kluth Receives The American Citizens Abroad, Inc. (ACA) Thomas Paine Award

Journalist Andreas Kluth Receives The American Citizens Abroad, Inc. (ACA) Thomas Paine Award

American Citizens Abroad, Inc. (ACA) is pleased to announce its awarding of the ACA Thomas Paine Award to journalist Andreas Kluth.

WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES, July 13, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — American Citizens Abroad, Inc. (ACA), the largest non-profit, non-partisan, Washington DC headquartered organization representing Americans overseas, is pleased to announce its awarding of the ACA Thomas Paine Award to journalist Andreas Kluth.Created in 1995 ACA, Inc. Awards | Washington, DC | (americansabroad.org), the Thomas Paine Award acknowledges common sense, creativity and boldness in the journalistic coverage of overseas Americans. ACA is pleased to confer this excellence in journalism award to Andreas Kluth in recognition of his balanced and straight-forward coverage of Americans living and working overseas.

Andreas Kluth is a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion and is currently based in Berlin, Germany. From March of 2017 to February of 2019, he was editor-in-chief of Handelsblatt Global, the English-language edition of Germany’s leading business newspaper. For the two decades before that, he wrote for The Economist — in London, Hong Kong, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, and Berlin. Kluth is also the author of, Hannibal and Me: What History’s Greatest Military Strategist Can Teach Us About Success and Failure. Hannibal and Me: life lessons from history (andreaskluth.org)

Andreas Kluth is a dual national, US and German, and has written passionately about Americans living and working overseas; writing not only about their concerns and issues but also about who they are and their reasons for living overseas. His opinion pieces in Bloomberg and elsewhere have been cited by ACA and other organizations in their efforts with the U.S. Congress and Administration. “Andreas’ work to draw media attention to Americans overseas is an invaluable asset to the community for which we are most grateful,” said Jonathan Lachowitz, ACA Chairman.

Kluth proudly follows in the journalistic footsteps of Thomas Paine. Paine’s Common Sense, written in January 1776, made the argument for the U.S. Colonies to separate from England and described a revolution for independence as not only achievable but inevitable. Paine’s ability to present plain and forthright arguments helped garner the Colonists’ support for independence.

Paine lived in the nascent United States and abroad as an expatriate or American overseas, and in both places, he demonstrated the extraordinary power of the pen in stoking revolutionary fires to promote greater freedom and a more equal sharing of human rights by all mankind. “Andreas ability to communicate with forcefulness and resolve are clearly in the spirit of Thomas Paine. We hope his efforts will provide similar results for positive change for Americans overseas,” added Marylouise Serrato, ACA Executive Director.

Award ceremony to be determined based on scheduling. For more information on ACA, please see: www.americansabroad.org. For more information on Andreas Kluth, please see: https://andreaskluth.org/.

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Award Winning Journalist and Author, Alicia Doyle, Examines the Upward Trend in Support of Legal Same-Sex Marriage

Award Winning Journalist and Author, Alicia Doyle, Examines the Upward Trend in Support of Legal Same-Sex Marriage

Award Winning Journalist and Author, Alicia Doyle

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, July 7, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — U.S. support for legal same-sex marriage continues to trend upward, now at 70% — a new high in Gallup’s trend since 1996. This latest figure marks an increase of 10 percentage points since 2015, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that all states must recognize same-sex marriages.

Award Winning Journalist and Author, Alicia Doyle has some thoughts on the matter. “Unions of the same sex have a long history, with records showing such marriages going back as far as the first century A.D, states Doyle. “These unions occurred in Rome, regions in China, and Ancient Greece, as well as Europe.”

The current 70% also marks a 10 percentage point increase since 2015, when the Supreme Court ruled same-sex couples could marry in any state.
The increase is largely driven by the changing views of Republicans, who were previously generally opposed to legalizing same-sex marriages, according to Gallup.

Doyle continues, “While it’s hopeful that 70% of Americans support legal same-sex marriage, it’s disheartening that 30% in the U.S. still don’t believe all human beings are worthy of marrying the person they love.”

This year’s poll marks the first time a majority of Republicans support same-sex marriage, with 55% in favor of legal recognition. Democratic support is at 83%, about the level it has been over the past few years. Independents are slightly more in favor of it than in years past, with support in that group at 73%.

“Acceptance remains low because of religious fundamentalism polluting a civil/legal matter, such as marriage,” concludes Doyle. “The inability of the general public to move on from archaic definitions of marriage and biblical suggestions that made sense in societies long gone – which were made to fuel population growth which is no longer a concern – is still surprising, and scarily suggestive of wide spread ignorance.”

While there are still differences between age groups that support same-sex marriage, there is increased support across the board — 84% of young adults, 72% of middle-aged adults, and 60% of older adults say they are in favor of same-sex marriages. The data comes from Gallup’s annual Values and Beliefs poll, which was conducted last month.

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Alicia Doyle

Alicia Doyle is the author of the acclaimed autobiographical book, “Fighting Chance“. Since it was published in February of 2020 – just one month before the global pandemic hit – it has won three literary awards: First Place in Creative Nonfiction and Memoir in the 2020 North Street Book Prize Winning Writers Competition; 2020 WBAN “Cool Story of the Year”; and 2021 Best Autobiographical Book.

In April of 2020, Slavica Bogdanov, a 20-time-awarded Canadian screenwriter and owner of Empowering Entertainment, partnered with Doyle to bring her true story to the Silver Screen.

Doyle, a journalist for more than three decades, discovered boxing at age 28 in the late 1990s when she went on assignment at a boxing gym for at-risk youth. For two years, Doyle simultaneously worked as a newspaper reporter while training and competing as a boxer, making her one of only a few hundred women in America who infiltrated this male-dominated sport. During her boxing career, she won two Golden Gloves championship titles and earned three wins by knockout – and her pro debut at age 30 in the year 2000 was named The California Female Fight of the Year.

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Soapbox: The Founder Of Newgrounds Will Receive An Award At GDC – Here’s Why That Matters

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There are things that I could say right now to accurately determine the age of most of our readers. “But I am le tired.” “Badger badger badger.” “Wiggle jiggle, yellow middle.” But, more than anything else, I can ask: which website did you visit the most in the early 2000s? If the answer is anything other than Neopets, EBaum’s World, Homestar Runner, YTMND, Something Awful, MySpace, Albino Black Sheep, A Softer World, or Newgrounds — well, you’re still welcome on this article! We’ll have no ageism here.

But pretty much anyone under the age of 25 who had the internet and a love for games in the early 2000s was on Newgrounds. Browsing goofy Flash videos like The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny and playing Flash games like The Crimson Room was my lunchtime dose of fun, before YouTube was a thing. Now, Flash is dead — dead like my dreams of being a tall marine biologist one day, which was my goal at the time. Now I am merely a short games journalist. Ah well.

The Crimson Room was an early example of an escape-the-room game
The Crimson Room was an early example of an escape-the-room game

But Flash’s legacy lives on, and so does Newgrounds, which is still going, and is still run by creator Tom Fulp. In fact, the Game Developers’ Conference just announced that Fulp, alongside industry veteran Laralyn McWilliams, would be receiving a special honour this year at the Game Developers’ Choice Awards.

So, as promised: here’s why that matters.

If you’ve been around for Flash games since the beginning, you’ve probably seen many of them graduate from browser games to full-fledged console games, many of which are on the Nintendo Switch: Super Meat Boy, N++, and even Hollow Knight, which was originally a game jam game made in Flash. You may even know that Among Us developers Innersloth began their career with the mega-popular Henry Stickmin games!

Among Us' new Airship map is actually a reference to the Henry Stickmin games
Among Us’ new Airship map is actually a reference to the Henry Stickmin games

But more than that: Newgrounds was the breeding ground for the indie game scene we have today. Everything weird, quirky, experimental and unusual wasn’t to be found on consoles — it was on the internet, and just as Neopets was the place to be for anyone that loved small animals and free omelettes, Newgrounds was the place to be for playing games.

The sheer number of janky-looking games with stickmen as their main characters speaks volumes about the people who were making these games: small teams, or even just one person, with little artistic skill (sorry!) but easy access to Flash, a development tool which made game-making more possible than ever.

Meat Boy is the Flash-based precursor to Super Meat Boy
Meat Boy is the Flash-based precursor to Super Meat Boy

These days, development tools are even more accessible. Flash wasn’t actually free — though we could speculate that many indie developers found ways around that — but modern tools like Unity, Unreal Engine, and Blender are all free, with plenty of online tutorials to help you learn the ropes. Accessibility is a huge reason for the indie explosion that Switch has benefitted from, and without accessible tools, we might not have the diversity and creativity visible on the eShop today.

Would any of that exist without the groundwork that Flash laid? I don’t know! I’m not a historian! I just really like Flash games! But my guess is that the landscape of indie games on the Switch (and in general) would be entirely different if Newgrounds, Flash games, and even Xbox Live Indie Games (XBLIG) hadn’t proved that there was a huge, hungry market for them.

So: congratulations to Tom Fulp on the Pioneer Award (and Laralyn McWilliams on the Lifetime Achievement Award!), and thank you for your contribution to video games. Without your work, I may have actually become a marine biologist.

Rest in peace, Flash. Ya did good.
Rest in peace, Flash. Ya did good.

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Prestigious award brings international attention to Crosby High band

Prestigious award brings international attention to Crosby High band
CROSBY, Texas (KTRK) — While the COVID-19 pandemic pushed many of us apart, a spirit of togetherness is helping one high school band capture worldwide attention in northeast Harris County.

Just before the world changed, Crosby High School was on a mission to plant their flag into the rich soil of academic concert band history.

“They are so smart, creative and resilient,” said Kevin Knight, Crosby ISD’s director of bands. “I am very proud of these amazing, dedicated, hard-working band students.”

After winning local, state and national championships in recent years, the band set its sights on capturing an international prize, the Sudler Flag of Honor, recognizing outstanding and consistent musical excellence.

In December 2019, the band lovingly known as the Big Red Machine learned it had won the prestigious award. Then the pandemic hit, delaying delivery of their prized banner.

With victory on their side, others might have decided to rest on their laurels, especially as schools were suddenly left to figure out classes in the face of the coronavirus, but the band played on.

“Participation is really important,” said senior clarinet player Karli Sarria. “This year was a real eye-opener to how much participation affects our capability to make music.”

As the pandemic raged last December, the band rallied the community by playing a show outdoors, “Christmas in the Park(ing Lot),” where the National Band Association named Crosby’s band as a program of excellence.

“The band really taught me the importance of things,” flute player and graduate Alyssa Fergerson said. “Everything is not about winning, but it’s more so about having fun and forming a bond with one another.”

In May, the John Philip Sousa Foundation presented the Sudler Flag to Crosby ISD during the band’s Spring Concert.

Finally at home, the flag will be displayed in the band hall starting this school year, a testament to the spirit of the Big Red Machine.

Since its inception 40 years ago, the Sudler Flag has been awarded only 83 times to high schools around the world.

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Bradley Walsh’s wife Donna oozes glamour at BAFTAs as he brands award snub ‘a joke’

Bradley Walsh’s wife Donna oozes glamour at BAFTAs as he brands award snub ‘a joke’

On being a part of the show for eight years, she added: “I’m very lucky, ridiculously lucky.

“I keep on going, ‘Wait, are you sure you want me to come back? Tess, am I allowed to stand next to you?’

“No, I love it,” she continued, adding she was “very grateful” to still be there.

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One later this year. 

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Cairn Energy sues Air India to enforce $1.2 billion arbitration award – court filing

Cairn Energy sues Air India to enforce $  1.2 billion arbitration award - court filing© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The Air India logo is seen on the facade of its office building in Mumbai, India, July 7, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

By Euan Rocha and Jonathan Stempel

MUMBAI/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Cairn Energy (OTC:) has sued India’s flagship carrier Air India to enforce a $ 1.2 billion arbitration award that it won in a tax dispute against India, according to a U.S. District Court filing reviewed by Reuters.

The move ratchets up pressure on India’s government to pay the sum of $ 1.2 billion plus interest and costs that the British firm Cairn was awarded by an arbitration tribunal in December. The body ruled India breached an investment treaty with Britain and said New Delhi was liable to pay.

Cairn filed the lawsuit on Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, seeking to make Air India liable for the judgment that was awarded to Cairn. The lawsuit argued that the carrier as a state-owned company, is “legally indistinct from the state itself”.

“The nominal distinction between India and Air India is illusory and serves only to aid India in improperly shielding its assets from creditors like (Cairn),” the filing said.

Air India did not immediately respond to requests seeking comment.

However, a senior government official, who asked not to be named, said the government and Air India had not received any formal notice of such a suit.

“As and when any such notice is received. The government or concerned organisation shall take all necessary steps to defend against any such illegal enforcement action,” the official said, adding that New Delhi has engaged a team ready to defend against any enforcement action initiated by Cairn anywhere in the world.

Cairn’s move could potentially jeopardise India’s attempts to divest the state-owned carrier this year. New Delhi said in December that it had received multiple expressions of interest after it moved to privatise the loss-making entity.

The senior government official noted New Delhi has filed an appeal against the arbitration award, and added “the government is confident that the award will be set aside”.

Cairn had since January, however, begun taking steps to identify Indian assets overseas against which it could enforce the award including bank accounts, aircraft and even ships. It had also started registering its claim against India in courts in the United States, Great Britain, Netherlands and Canada.

Reuters last week reported that India had asked state-run banks to withdraw funds from their foreign currency accounts abroad, fearing Cairn might sue to seize the funds.

‘LITTLE PROGRESS’

Cairn had said previously it was pursuing a settlement with India, but in the interim it has also been laying the grounds to seize Indian assets should talks fail.

Commenting on the suit, a company spokesman on Saturday said that Cairn was taking the necessary legal steps to protect shareholder interests in the absence of a resolution.

He said that “Cairn remains open to continuing constructive dialogue with the Government of India” to reach a settlement.

An Indian official told Reuters last week, talks between New Delhi and the company were making “little progress” and noted that India’s directive to state-run banks to withdraw foreign currency funds sitting overseas showed the government is worried that Cairn may move quickly to seize assets.

It is unclear whether the suit against Air India could serve as a means for Cairn to seize Air India aircraft that land on U.S. soil.

Earlier this year, a Malaysian court allowed the seizure of a Pakistan International Airlines Boeing (NYSE:) 777 aircraft that landed in Kuala Lumpur, after Dublin-based AerCap had filed suit in a British court over unpaid dues. The jet was released nearly two weeks later after the two sides reached an amicable settlement.

Air India is the only Indian carrier that flies long-haul flights to destinations in the United States and Canada. The frequency of its overseas flights has recently been impacted as the second wave of the pandemic that has hit India, has prompted nations to restrict, or ban travel from the South Asian nation.

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Lina Hidalgo wins national award from prominent Democratic fundraising group

Lina Hidalgo wins national award from prominent Democratic fundraising group

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Piers Morgan sparks frenzy as he congratulates GMB on award nomination after his exit

Piers Morgan sparks frenzy as he congratulates GMB on award nomination after his exit

Piers explained in his column for The Mail On Sunday: “To compound my unease, the mental health charity Mind – which gave me an award in 2012 for promoting mental health issues in Life Stories interviews with troubled stars such as Frank Bruno and Paul Gascoigne – issued a statement saying it was ‘disappointed and concerned to see Piers Morgan’s comments on not believing Meghan’s experiences about suicidal thoughts’.

“It ended with the ominously threatening words: ‘We are in conversations with ITV about this.’

“ITV asked me to clarify what I meant on tomorrow’s show, which I’m happy to do as it’s been deliberately misconstrued to suggest I don’t think victims of mental illness should be believed. I was told I didn’t need to apologise.”

Piers then pointed out on-air that he wasn’t suggesting those with suicidal thoughts should be disbelieved, however, he still stood by his general disbelief of Meghan.

This remark then led to an on-air clash with Alex Beresford, which saw Piers storm off set shortly before he quit the ITV show.

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How filmmaker Daniel Malikyar is 'Moving Forward' this award season

How filmmaker Daniel Malikyar is 'Moving Forward' this award season
LOS ANGELES — On the Red Carpet sat down with filmmaker Daniel Malikyar on the set of his latest project to hear how he’s shining a spotlight on the importance of arts and culture this award season in partnership with Mercedes-Benz.Malikyar shared his perspective on the collaboration with Mercedes-Benz, saying, “I hope the audience reflects on the times that we’re in right now… how important art, culture, and ultimately artists – whether it’s artists of the past or right now – are to society”.

“Everybody had a different experience this past year, but all of us did lean into art and culture in some capacity, so I’m really curious to see how [the film] affects people.”Malikyar gave a glimpse into the short film premiering Sunday, April 25, saying, “This piece blends two worlds. There’s the Hollywood world and the Mercedes-Benz world. For the Hollywood world, there is cinematography, dance, and music all going on at the same time in this sort of symbiotic ecosystem.”

He added: “For the Mercedes-Benz world, we’re shooting the car in a way that I’ve never seen before, so blending those two through seamless transitions is what really is bringing this to life and action.”

So which shot excited Malikyar the most? “My favorite shot is going to be super dynamic where the drone starts in between two skyscrapers and nosedives straight down through the little skylight in Upper Grand into Lower Grand, which is an iconic location in LA, and the [Mercedes-Benz S Class] suddenly appears.”Malikyar’s film “Moving Forward” premieres during On the Red Carpet and on social media on Sunday, April 25.

Mark your calendars: April 25 is Oscar Sunday. Live coverage begins Sunday morning and continues all day with special “On The Red Carpet” coverage leading up to the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony. After the last award is handed out, stay with “On The Red Carpet” for continuing coverage. Be sure to follow @OnTheRedCarpet on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok for all your Oscar news and information.

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‘A real boss woman’: Russian figure skating queen Elizaveta Tuktamysheva glows in glamorous dress after winning superwoman award

‘A real boss woman’: Russian figure skating queen Elizaveta Tuktamysheva glows in glamorous dress after winning superwoman award

Russian figure skating queen Elizaveta Tuktamysheva has spoken up for women again after winning her second honor inside a week, donning a glitzy dress to collect an award with ice dancing pal Betina Popova at a ceremony in Moscow.

A week after leaving many of her legion of admirers in tears by scooping silver at the Figure Skating World Championships, ice extraordinaire Tuktamysheva had the altogether more straightforward task of attending a party to pick up her gong as one of GQ’s Super Women.

The men’s quarterly declared Tuktamysheva the winner of the sport category at the third edition of the honors, capping a memorable seven days for the 24-year-old after she returned in style following a six-year break from the championships.

Posing with her award while extolling luxury giants Huge Boss, Tuktamysheva told her following of more than 265,000: “[The] brand created an art installation that, like a manifesto, celebrates the uniqueness and beauty of every woman.”

“[It] translates the qualities inherent in the brand’s DNA, allowing every girl to see herself as a real boss woman. Thanks to all those who made this evening special.”

Close friend and former Warsaw Cup winner Popova accompanied Tuktamysheva to the party, picturing her being inundated with interview requests, holding a glass at a table and admiring the dancefloor.

Tuktamysheva urged women to follow their ambitions following her sensational silver medal performance in Stockholm.

“I want to dedicate this victory to all women in figure skating,” she wrote in the aftermath of the showpiece.

“We can do everything. Never give up – go your own way to come at the right time to the right place.”

Tuktamysheva was only beaten by Anna Shcherbakova at the championships, with Alexandra Trusova finishing third as Russia claimed a clean sweep on the podium.
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