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Storefront Theatre closing seeking new location

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement The company hopes to have a new permanent home by the fall, he added.“There’s always blessings in disguise and we’re really positive about this. When one door closes, a whole horizon opens up for you. We’re just experiencing this whole outpouring of support. A lot of people cut their teeth there and have some great memories,” Blais said, adding he recently attended the wedding of a couple who met on one of the company’s productions.The company will operate out of its secondary studio location at 296 Brunswick Ave. in the interim. Advertisement Company founder and artistic director Benjamin Blais said the theatre has been warmly embraced by members of the theatre community and patrons since it opened in December 2012.“We’ve got a very open, accessible and liberal view on how things should be created so we’ve given people opportunities when they were having doors closed in their faces,” Blais said. The independent Storefront Theatre company is closing its doors at the end of January after four years but hoping to reopen at a new location later in the year.The company announced it’s leaving its 955 Bloor St. W. location after four years of “protracted negotiations” with the property owner.“The company leaves behind its current location with a heavy heart. The Storefront has served as a trailblazer and beacon for the burgeoning movement of independent theatre in Toronto. The company hopes to reopen in the fall of 2017,” the company said in a statement. Facebook The company had been trying for a while to persuade the building owner to give it a long-term lease so it could mount a capital campaign to upgrade the building, which needs a speaker system and has only one washroom in the basement.“But (the owner) refused to give us a long-term lease. So we weren’t going to raise money from people to throw it away,” Blais said.Blais said the company has had to scrap six planned productions, although it has tentative plans to mount a few of them in other locations in the months ahead. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Seeing the World Through the Art of Cinema

first_img Login/Register With: “The Festival cinéma du monde de Sherbrooke is a unique opportunity to enjoy the quality and diversity of cinematic works by Canadian filmmakers, as well as those from around the world. It is a great way to explore the many forms of this art that lets us tell our stories and reflects the richness of our culture.”—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage“The Festival cinéma du monde de Sherbrooke plays a vital role in the region by providing a venue for cultural exchange that strengthens ties between people from many different cultures, and promotes greater awareness and understanding.”—The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie and Member of Parliament (Compton–Stanstead)Quick FactsThe Festival cinéma du monde de Sherbrooke screens a wide range of films from around the world and hosts various celebrations and education activities. There are also round-table discussions with directors, outdoor screenings, media arts forums and film presentations followed by discussions.This event, which draws about 8,000 visitors a year, showcases the talent of around 40 local artists and is supported by about 100 volunteers.Associated LinksFestival cinéma du monde de SherbrookeBuilding Communities Through Arts and Heritage – Local Festivals component LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement The funding, provided under the Local Festivals component of the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, helped the Festival host its fifth edition at an array of venues in Sherbrooke from April 9 to 15. Film lovers had an opportunity to explore cultural diversity through screenings of more than 100 works by foreign and Canadian filmmakers.Quotescenter_img Twitter Facebook SHERBROOKE, QC – The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie and Member of Parliament (Compton–Stanstead), today announced $32,200 in funding for the Festival cinéma du monde de Sherbrooke. Minister Bibeau made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. Advertisementlast_img read more

As Gaza blockade nears 1000day milestone UN official warns situation worsens

10 March 2010The situation in the Gaza Strip is becoming increasingly dire as the Israeli blockade approaches its 1,000th day, allowing an illegal economy to flourish, the new head of the United Nations agency tasked with assisting millions of Palestinian refugees said today. The situation in the Gaza Strip is becoming increasingly dire as the Israeli blockade approaches its 1,000th day, allowing an illegal economy to flourish, the new head of the United Nations agency tasked with assisting millions of Palestinian refugees said today.Filippo Grandi, the Commissioner General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), said that the problems faced by Gaza are not just humanitarian, but “encompass every aspect of society.”Last March, nations gathered in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh and pledged nearly $5 billion to help rebuild Gaza.However, those funds cannot be disbursed, Mr. Grandi pointed out. “Virtually no materials or equipment destined for reconstruction by the UN and by the private sector… can be transported from Israel because we don’t have permission to do so.”As a result, an illegal economy “is being imposed, almost, on the Gazans,” he stressed.Cement producers he has spoken with in Gaza have expressed their unhappiness at having to deal with black marketeers. “They’re very eager to be able to go back to a normal situation where materials can be imported legally according to previous agreements and therefore proper reconstruction can begin.”Addressing reporters in New York today, Mr. Grandi also welcomed yesterday’s announcement that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will visit the region in the coming weeks.Mr. Ban, the UNRWA official said, was the first international leader who visited Gaza following the end of Operation Cast Lead, the three-week Israeli military offensive starting at the end of 2008 which had the stated aim of ending rocket attacks by militants operating in the area.The fighting left more than 1,400 people dead, injured 5,000 others and reduced homes, schools, hospitals and marketplaces to rubble.Mr. Grandi, who served as Deputy Commissioner General for nearly five years before assuming the top UNRWA post in January, voiced hope that the Secretary-General’s impending visit “will also mark the beginning of a new and more positive phase for the people in Gaza and hopefully for the people in the occupied Palestinian territory as a whole.”He also expressed concern over UNRWA’s precarious financial situation.The agency provides assistance, protection and advocacy for some 4.7 million registered Palestinian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the occupied Palestinian territory, including in the areas of education, health care, community support and emergency response in times of armed conflict.UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from Member States.It requires $600 million a year to carry out its work, including in the education sector, where UNRWA employs 20,000 teachers. But its funding falls 20 per cent of the amount needed.Mr. Grandi said that he hopes to roll out new schemes shortly, including helping young refugees in Gaza, where a large proportion of the population is under the age of 20. “They’re the ones who are most fragile, most exposed to all sorts of risks,” he stressed.He met yesterday with General Assembly President Ali Treki, who noted that after more than six decades, the question of Palestinian refugees is still awaiting a just and durable solution.Earlier this week, John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, called for “radical” changes in Israeli policies towards the occupied Palestinian territory to allow people to carry out normal and dignified lives.“For this to happen, marginal improvements here and there are not enough,” he underscored in Jerusalem while on a visit to the region.“I have a lot of admiration for the resilience and ingenuity of Gaza residents in trying to cope with the present circumstances,” he said. “The work of relief agencies to assist those who have to endure hardship is also remarkable.”But he stressed that it is “disturbing” that one year after the fighting ended, “no meaningful reconstruction has yet started.” read more

OSU womens soccer team falls to Minnesota in Big Ten opener

OSU freshman midfielder Sarah Roberts (10) controls the ball during a game against Bucknell on Sept. 13 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won 2-0. Credit: Carlee Frank / For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s soccer team kicked off Big Ten play in losing fashion, as the Buckeyes fell to the Minnesota Golden Gophers 2-1 on Thursday night. OSU coach Lori Walker said the Buckeyes did not make the necessary adjustments they needed to throughout the game.“I think that we came out really strong. I really liked the rhythm our team had in the first 15, 20 minutes, and then as Minnesota made adjustments to how we were playing, I don’t think that we responded and adjusted back,” Walker said. “Soccer is a game of chess, and they made a move and we didn’t counter it properly.”The Buckeyes (5-2-1, 0-1) were quick to score in the beginning of the game when junior forward Lindsay Agnew happened to be in the right place at the right time. Junior forward Nichelle Prince’s shot was blocked by Minnesota’s junior goalkeeper, but the ball rebounded in the direction of Agnew, who then found the back of the net to give OSU a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute. Although she was able to register a goal, Agnew did not appear pleased with the Buckeyes’ performance. “I don’t think that was our team today,” she said. “I don’t think we really locked down our system. We just got countered on a couple plays, and we just have to stick in and get physical because the Big Ten is a physical conference.”The remainder of the first half following Agnew’s goal was quiet, and the Buckeyes headed into the locker room with a 1-0 advantage.The Gophers were finally able to level the match in the 67th minute, when sophomore forward Sydney Squires slid a shot past OSU’s redshirt junior goalkeeper Jillian McVicker.Just 13 minutes later, junior forward Simone Kolander put the Gophers ahead for good after she converted off her own rebound from six yards out. For Walker, the loss to the Golden Gophers showed her one area that the Buckeyes could improve on.“We’ve got to be able to recognize the time to keep the ball and the time to be able to stretch the field and play long,” Walker said.OSU junior defender Bridget Skinner pointed to another area that could use improvement. “We have to realize Big Ten is different play and they’re more aggressive so I think as long as we step up our aggressive side of the game we’ll be fine, because the rest of the pieces are pretty much together,” Skinner said.In order to avoid starting conference play with consecutive losses, the Buckeyes will aim to correct some of the mistakes they made against Minnesota.“We played too cute and too pretty, and we have to get a little ugly,” Walker said.The Scarlet and Gray will host the Wisconsin Badgers on Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

Ohio State tight ends Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett set for big

Lantern file photoThen-sophomore Jeff Heuerman catches the winning touchdown against Purdue on Oct. 20, 2012 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 29-22.Heading into fall camp, the Ohio State football team found itself surrounded by questions of who would step up and start in multiple positions on both sides of the ball.Tight ends coach Tim Hinton is head of a unit that had such a problem, but you won’t hear a word of complaint from him.Unlike positions such as the defensive line and linebacker (aside from second team All-Big Ten linebacker Ryan Shazier) who were left with a compilation of young, inexperienced players to choose from, Hinton has two talented tight ends who spent significant time on the field in 2012.Junior Jeff Heuerman and redshirt sophomore Nick Vannettcombined for 17 catches, 217 yards and a touchdown last year, and both are looking to earn a role as the team’s No. 1 tight end.Hinton, though, is not convinced that there will even be a No. 1 guy this year.“I think there’s a (No.) 1 and (No.) 1 A, and I think it depends on what we’re doing. Each has certain strengths that they are better than the other at,” Hinton said. “I don’t feel uncomfortable with either one going in and playing a whole game nor do I feel uncomfortable spotting them in the right places.”When asked if the Buckeyes would look to employ a two tight end set, a system gaining traction in today’s NFL landscape, Hinton made it clear he likes the idea of multiple tight ends.“We certainly want to stretch some football teams and put two tight ends out there and have to play spread football from two tight ends, and hopefully we can do a great job of that,” Hinton said.During camp, both tight ends have been developing a chemistry on the field that can really help the team, according toHeuerman.“We work really well together. This offense is so fast and up-tempo and demanding, especially on the tight ends and all the things we have to do,” Heuerman said. “It’s almost impossible for it just to be run with one tight end. Him and I complement each other really well and I think together it’ll be a fun year to watch.”Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman has seen the advantage that having both Heuerman andVannett can bring to the offense.“The good thing about us being no huddle is we don’t have to take those guys off the field. We don’t have a blocking tight end and a pass-catching tight end. We’ve got two tight ends that can line up and do both things,” Herman said. “It allows us to play faster, it allows us to keep the entire offense in as a one personnel group.”Hinton said the use of an uptempo offense with more than one tight end gives OSU an advantage over their opponent.“The whole premise of being no huddle is to keep the defense on the field and get them running around, get them tired. If you’re subbing guys out that have specialty roles, then the defense is allowed to substitute too,” Hinton said. “I think the biggest flexibility offensively comes in the fact that they can do both things very, very well.”Heuerman attributes his growth during camp to the extra time he has had in coach Urban Meyer’s offense when compared to the start of last season.“This is my second year in the program so I understand it a lot more. Understanding the program and how everything works with the culture and everything has really helped out,” Heuerman said. “On the field, second year in the offense, knowing what to do rather than just lining up like it was last year. I think it’s really helped me succeed.”With the addition of new players from coach Urban Meyer’s first recruiting class who are expected to contribute right away as well to the improvements the veterans have made this offseason, distributing the football could be a point of emphasis all season. But Heuerman wants to contribute in any way he can, as long as the team keeps winning.“The more weapons you got, the better you’ll be. If that means I get less catches or less opportunities and we win and get to where we want to get, then I’m perfectly fine with that,” Heuerman said.Further down the depth chart, things seem to get a little more dicey, with the loss of redshirt freshman Blake Thomas to a career-ending neck injury in addition to the suspension of freshman Marcus Baugh for the season opener.Redshirt junior J.T. Moore is helping to fill the holes left by Thomas and Baugh, making the switch from defensive end to tight end last week. Heuerman said he is fitting into his new role well.“He’s doing good. That’s a tough transition going from defensive end to tight end. It’s two totally different worlds and he embraced the change really well,” Heuerman said. “He’s been doing really good with us, he’s been blocking really well. I think we’ll definitely see him in there in some two tight end packages and stuff and goal line and stuff.”But Hinton is not going to worry about the tight end position as long as Vannett or Heuerman is on the field.“When 86 (Heuerman) and 81 (Vannett) are out there, I feel really comfortable. When it’s the young guys right now, I don’t feel near as comfortable. I mean God bless them, they’re working hard, but they’re not there yet,” Hinton said. read more

Getting back to Indianapolis everything for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes

OSU is led onto the field by coach Urban Meyer prior to a game against Minnesota on Nov. 15 in Minneapolis. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWith just two games remaining in the regular season, the Ohio State football team is hoping to add at least one more game to its schedule.The Buckeyes (9-1, 6-0) need to win just one of their remaining two games — or have Michigan State (8-2, 5-1) lose one — in order to return to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship Game for the second straight season.OSU coach Urban Meyer said Monday that ever since falling in back-to-back games to end the 2013-14 season, the goal has been to return to Lucas Oil Stadium.“That was everything. That was everything we did was to get another shot at the Big Ten Championship,” he said. “Everything, and that’s at the doorstep. I imagine that’s why they were pretty juiced up yesterday for practice.”Wide receivers coach Zach Smith, who Meyer said coached his best game against Michigan State two weeks ago, agreed.“That’s why we wake up in the morning and brush our teeth and do what we do. That’s been the ultimate goal, the No. 1 goal; the thing we had to do was get back there and win a championship for this university,” Smith said Monday. “That’s all we really talked about. There was no greater goal, nothing beyond that talked about, and that’s been what our sights have been set on since day one, pretty much every day.”Redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Pat Elflein, who made his first career start in the 34-24 loss to the Spartans in the 2013 Big Ten title game, said the memories of that game are still fresh in his mind.“It’s huge. Fell short last year and that still hurts,” Elflein said Monday. “That’s what we can control is winning the conference (but) we have to beat Indiana first.”The Hoosiers are set to enter Columbus as the only team in the Big Ten without a conference win (3-7, 0-6) and on paper, appear to be an easy opponent for the Buckeyes.The Buckeyes currently sit at No. 8 in the College Football Playoff rankings, and while style points would likely help OSU, Elflein said OSU needs to focus on the task at hand.“That thought is there, but you can’t do that. You can’t think about that because Indiana, they are in our way,” he said. “You don’t want to overlook them because it is a Big Ten football team. You have to focus on what is important now which is Indiana.”OSU has not lost to the Hoosiers since 1988, when the Buckeyes fell, 41-7, in Bloomington, Ind.Even though a spot in the top four is still in sight, Meyer said he’s not sure his Buckeyes deserve a spot in the first-ever College Football Playoff just yet.“Not right now, no. No, I don’t, because I don’t want to make ignorant comments,” Meyer said. “I just don’t know. I’d make the comment that we’re one win away from representing the East (Division) in the Big Ten Championship game, because I do know that.”It has been largely debated as to whether or not the Big Ten will even get a team in the playoff, but Meyer said he believes the Big Ten is better than advertised, and even cited a specific example.“Northwestern goes in there and beats Notre Dame, and Northwestern … last year I remember they were 15th in the country or 16th in the country, so the consistency of teams in our conference, I think, is the only thing lacking at times,” Meyer said. “But that’s without studying it, but the top five teams in our conference, they can play anywhere.”With all of that, no one on the current OSU roster has been a part of a Big Ten championship or national championship team, something Elflein said should not be the norm.“I don’t have any rings, I don’t have any championships (and) that’s why we came here, to win championships,” Elflein said. “When they say that (current OSU players don’t have a championship), it hits me its like, ‘wow, that’s not right.’ That’s not Ohio State. Compete for championships, that is what we are here to do.”Before the Buckeyes can compete for a championship, they are set to take on the Hoosiers at noon Saturday at Ohio Stadium. read more

Football Center Billy Price sets Ohio State record with 51st consecutive start

Ohio State redshirt senior Billy Price warms up prior to the Buckeyes’ 38-7 win versus Army on Sept. 16 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorAs center Billy Price took the field for Ohio State’s first offensive drive of the game against Michigan State Saturday, he set the record for most consecutive starts by an Ohio State player with his 51st start, surpassing former Ohio State defensive lineman and later co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell. Price has started every game since earning the starting right guard spot as a redshirt freshman in 2014. Last season at right guard, the then-first-time captain was named first-team All-American by American Football Coaches Association and first-team All-Big Ten. Moving to center in 2017, Price was named to the preseason Rimington Award watch list, given to the nation’s top center. Ohio State’s center in 2016, Pat Elflein, took home the honor last season. read more

Government to plough £20m into artificial intelligence research including robots and driverless

first_imgMinisters are keen to grasp the economic opportunity from developing driverless cars Ministers are keen to grasp the economic opportunity from developing driverless carsCredit:Bloomberg  The measures are the flagship announcements of a new "digital strategy"  The review will be led by Professor Dame Wendy Hall, Regius Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton, and Jérôme Pesenti, the CEO of BenevolentTech, a British technology company using artificial intelligence to accelerate scientific discovery.A funding boost of £17.3m from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to support university research will also be announced. Dame Wendy said: “Our scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs are at the forefront of the development of artificial intelligence and I’m looking forward to exploring how industry and government can work together to support the technology in the UK.”Greg Clark, the Business Secretary, said: “Investment in robotics and artificial intelligence will help make our economy more competitive, build on our world-leading reputation in these cutting-edge sectors and help us create new products, develop more innovative services and establish better ways of doing business.” The measures are the flagship announcements of a new “digital strategy” that will be unveiled by Government next week. Ministers are keen to grasp the economic opportunity from developing driverless cars, digital “assistants” like iPhone’s Siri and robots working in hazardous environments such as nuclear facilities. It is felt that the UK already has a “competitive advantage” in the field by more is needed to ensure the country is the world leader in AI in the coming decades. Karen Bradley, the Culture Secretary, said: “Britain has a proud history of digital innovation – from the earliest days of computing to Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s development of the World Wide Web. “We are already pioneers in today’s Artificial Intelligence revolution and the digital strategy will build on our strengths to make sure UK-based scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs continue to be at the forefront.“Technologies like AI have the potential to transform how we live, work, travel and learn … It’s great that Government and industry will be working together to drive growth in the sector, to realise all the economic and social benefits for the UK.”center_img A major review into how Britain can become the world leader in Artificial Intelligence [AI] and robotics will be announced on Monday. Leading figures from academia and business will lead the drive into how Government can encourage the fledgling industry in the wake of the Brexit vote. Experts believe £654 billion can be added to the British economy by 2035 if the growth potential in AI is achieved. An extra £17m of funding will also be announced, financing research including into how “micro-robotics” can be used in surgeries.  The measures are the flagship announcements of a new “digital strategy” Credit:EPA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Aggreko provides loadbank services and critical power to Citic Pacific Mining

first_imgAggreko has supplied CITIC Pacific Mining with critical load-testing capacity along with a highly flexible, supplementary power package during the construction of the Sino Iron project, located at Cape Preston, 100 km south west of Karratha, Western Australia. The project is the largest magnetite mining and processing operation under construction in Australia. Aggreko supplied 12 MVA of loadbank capacity to test the power generation capability of the on-site gas-fired power plant. Once fully commissioned, the 450 MW power plant will provide power to the entire operations at the mine: including the processing plant, the specially built port and the living quarters of the mine’s employees. Loadbanks are used during commissioning to test the precise power-generating capacity of a power plant before it goes into operation.In addition to load-testing, Aggreko supplied 2.5 MW of power that was used at different stages of the project. This included 1,600 kVA for the commissioning of the processing plant and 350 kVA to power the intake pump of the project’s desalination plant. A further 13 generators were utilised for the commissioning of the dewatering plant.‘”Aggreko’s contribution to the Sino Iron project highlights our ability to deliver multi-faceted, fully customised and highly flexible power solutions to our customers,” commented Asterios Satrazemis, Managing Director, Aggreko Australia-Pacific. “Our ability to cope with the complexity and size of the project, along with the constantly evolving demands placed on our equipment, is a great endorsement of both our people and our fleet.”last_img read more

Champions League Favorites win

Five games of the Champions League were played this Saturday, and in all of them the favorites won, some easily some with problems.Wisla 30-29 Constanta: Wisla were favorites in the game against Constanta, and they won with only 30:29, with a phenomenal comeback in the 2nd half, after losing the first with 15:13.Barcelona 28:25 Chambery: Barcelona surprisingly lost the first half against Chambery with 16:13, but in the second half they showed their power, and won the half with 15:9Partizan 25:31 AG Kobenhavn: Partizan only held out until 5 minutes before the end of the first half. At half time Kobenhavn had 4 goals lead, and since then they controlled the game and clinched their first win this season.Metalurg 28:23 Cimos Koper: Metalurg “trashed” Cimos in the first half with 15:7, and this proved enough to hold the lead and win the game, despite Cimos winning the 2nd half by 3 goals.Bosna 23:33 Kadetten: Bosna only managed to hold off Kadetten’s pressure in the first half, when both teams went on break with tied score, but in the 2nd half Kadetten was dominant and won with 19:9. ← Previous Story Women’ EHF CL: Tight win for Oltchim in Germany Next Story → Champions League: Veszprem “surprises” Kielce! read more

Iraq suffers worst year of violence since 2008

first_imgIn 2013, the trend is in the opposite direction, with around two thirds of the deaths occurring in the second half of the year. If current violence levels continue unabated throughout the coming year, then 2014 threatens to be as deadly as 2004, which saw the two sieges of Fallujah (by US-led troops) and Iraq’s insurgency take hold.Death tolls vary widely, but all point to a sharp rise in violence.IBC said it recorded 9,475 civilian deaths in Iraq in 2013, compared to 10,130 in 2008, while Iraqi government figures indicated that 7,154 people died in 2013 violence, among them security forces and militants, while 8,995 were killed in 2008.Tolls for intervening years were much lower, sometimes less than half the 2013 figures.Over the course of the year, militants repeatedly targeted civilians, but were also able to strike targets that should have been highly secure.The year also saw a number of attacks on Iraqi journalists, with 12 killed in the last three months of 2013.Factors of violenceBlood stains at the site of a bomb attack near a Sunni mosque in Kirkuk, 290 km north of Baghdad. Pic: AP/Press AssociationTwo main factors fuelled the sharp spike in violence, experts say.One is widespread discontent among Iraq’s minority Sunni Arab community, members of which say they are marginalised by the country’s Shiite-led government and unfairly targeted by heavy-handed security tactics.Sunni anger has made it easier for militant groups to recruit and operate while eroding the public’s cooperation with security forces.Anti-government protests broke out in Sunni-majority areas of Iraq at the end of 2012 and continued for over a year.On April 23, security forces moved on a protest site near the northern town of Hawijah, triggering clashes in which dozens died, sparking a wave of revenge attacks and sending death tolls soaring.On Monday, security forces tore down the country’s main anti-government protest camp, west of Baghdad. While clashes broke out in the area, the camp was ultimately removed without the level of violence seen during and after the Hawijah operation.The civil war in neighbouring Syria has also played a role, with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), an Al-Qaeda linked group, mounting attacks on both sides of the border.- © AFP, 2014Read: ‘I didn’t see any signs of fear,’- The man who oversaw Saddam’s execution speaks>Read: America is sending missiles and drones to Iraq> VIOLENCE IN IRAQ surged in 2013 to its worst level in five years, fuelled by widespread discontent among the Sunni Arab minority and Syria’s civil war, figures released today showed.Bombs tore through markets, cafes, football fields and mosques, militants assaulted prisons, police stations and other government facilities, and families were killed in their homes.And while Iraqi security forces carried out widespread operations targeting militants, they have yet to curb the violence, and the mass arrests they sometimes make may ultimately contribute to the problem.Levels of violence“One has to go back to 2008 to find comparable levels of violence,” Iraq Body Count (IBC), a Britain-based NGO that tracks violence in Iraq, said in a statement.“In 2008, however, that was a declining total from the much higher levels of 2006-2007, with the second half of 2008 less violent than the first,” IBC said.last_img read more

Hit me Bring it on American Airlines worker suspended after squaring up

first_img‘Hit me. Bring it on’: American Airlines worker suspended after squaring up to passenger Footage of the incident has gone viral. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Saturday 22 Apr 2017, 5:17 PM Short URL 65,663 Views 90 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3353445 Share Tweet Email8 https://www.facebook.com/surain.adyanthaya/videos/10155979312129018/The confrontation occurs at around the 1.45 mark in the video. If you can’t view it, please click here. AMERICAN AIRLINES SAYS it has grounded a flight attendant who got into a verbal confrontation with a passenger after the staff member is said to have taken a baby’s buggy away from another passenger.Spokeswoman Leslie Scott says the airline is looking into whether the male flight attendant violently took away the buggy from the female passenger just before she boarded a flight from San Francisco to Dallas yesterday.He has been removed from duty, while the airline “investigates the incident”.A video taken by a passenger and posted on Facebook shows the sobbing woman holding a small child and saying, “You can’t use violence with baby”. She remains at the top of the aircraft holding the child for the duration of the video.Later, an unidentified male passenger leaves his seat and can be heard asking if the man in question is “an employee”.He later confronts the flight attendant, telling him, “You do that to me and I’ll knock you flat”.The flight attendant responds with “You stay out of it” before telling him “Hit me. Bring it on”.The footage has gone viral, with over 1.7 million views on the original Facebook post so far.In a statement on its website, American Airlines said: “We are deeply sorry for the pain we have caused this passenger and her family and to any other customers affected by the incident.“We are making sure all of her family’s needs are being met while she is in our care. After electing to take another flight, we are taking special care of her and her family and upgrading them to first class for the remainder of their international trip.”The incident comes less than two weeks after video of a man being violently dragged off a United Express flight sparked widespread outrage.With reporting from the Associated Press.Read: United row passenger lost two front teeth, had a broken nose and concussionRead: United Airlines: Passenger takes first legal steps, as new footage emerges By Sean Murray Apr 22nd 2017, 5:17 PM last_img read more

TShirt Tuesday The Best Cyberpunk Shirts

first_imgStay on target T-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Monster Hunter ShirtsT-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Gundam Shirts Back in the days of geek prehistory, a T-shirt was a signal to the world around you that you cared about your nerdy pursuits enough to fly them like a flag. Companies like Graphitti Designs contracted with movie studios and comics publishers to create shirts with our favorite characters and sold them up on the walls of comic book stores and through mail-order.The computer revolution has enabled the T-shirt world to become something totally new – affordable production and distribution means that shirts can be printed in small quantities and sold anywhere in the world. Starting with Threadless, dozens of companies popped up letting artists and designers show their stuff. It’s a better time than ever to be a geek fashionista, and if you’re looking to expand your wardrobe we’re going to help you out every week… on T-Shirt Tuesday.This week: Get geared up for one of E3’s most anticipated games with this cyberpunk gear.Neon SunriseMan, the future we were promised sure doesn’t look a lot like the world we wound up in. At this point, we should be zipping around cities made of pure neon in flying cars, and instead we’re glued to our telephones addicted to likes. It’s kind of a bummer! Artist forge22 remembers the way things were supposed to be and gives us a seriously sweet shirt picturing a massive neon sun ascending over a geometric city.$20, buy it here.Cyberpunk BeatdownSome days the robots just won’t listen and you have to use good old-fashioned human violence against them. This shirt by Dooomcat gives us everything we love in the world – cute girls, cyborg parts, and big messes. It doesn’t look like her struggle against the giant droid took that much out of her, but these things can be deceptive.$20, buy it here.Voight-Kampff MachineCan’t really talk cyberpunk without mentioning Blade Runner at least once – Ridley Scott’s 1982 film laid the aesthetic groundwork for the genre in one lean, mean movie, and one of the most iconic bits of tech from it is the Voight-Kampff Machine, which Deckard uses to test potential replicants. This elegant and diagrammatic line drawing by designbystasia incorporates one of the test’s most perplexing questions. Now you can finally figure out if that one weird friend is actually a rogue android.$20, buy it here.Battle Angel AlitaAnother vital piece of cyberpunk history is Yukito Kishiro’s 1990 manga Battle Angel Alita, which follows an amnesiac cyborg built for battle as she navigates the future trying to recover her memories and coming to terms with her gift for violence. It’s a beautiful, intense and unforgettable series that’s soon to spawn a very weird-looking live action movie. Artist ShaDesign pays tribute to the original manga with this minimal but expertly composed shirt.$20, buy it here.Bad SignalOne of the key precepts of cyberpunk is that technology isn’t a gleaming Apple Store of clean lines and soft edges – it’s a sprawling, messy universe of glitch and grime that can be exploited if you know what soft spots to poke at. That’s why art like this shirt from bulografix sums up the aesthetic so perfectly. In lurid CGA purple and blue, it shows that even the simplest image can be degraded and screwed with by the right machine.$20, buy it here.ChatsuboWilliam Gibson’s Neuromancer is one of the key literary touchstones for the cyberpunk movement, a sci-fi Triple Crown winner (Nebula Award, the Philip K. Dick Award, and the Hugo Award) that generated many of the tropes that the genre still loves. Case in point: unnecessary Japanese everywhere. Chatsubo is the bar in Chiba City where protagonist Henry Case whiles away his time, and this loving recreation of their signage by synaptx nails the aesthetic.$20, buy it here.Geometric JapanProps to wholesome for really capturing the maximalist layered aesthetic of cyberpunk on this shirt, which takes an aerial photograph of Tokyo as its base and then slathers on the neon colors, glitched areas and carefully-composed white space to create a design that’s futuristic and rich. People will ask what it means and you can tell them literally anything you want to.$20, buy it here.Virtual DopeSkulls are a fairly common design element in cyberpunk artowk – we all have one, after all – and this design by rotriot gives us a sharp and edgy depiction of a bonehead strapped into a virtual reality headset and surfing the ether. Hands clasped in prayer, he’s obviously enjoying a deep trip in the cyberverse. Let’s not wake him up.$20, buy it here.AkiraKatsuhiro Otomo’s Akira is the ne plus ultra of Japanese cyberpunk, a sprawling story set in the ruins of Tokyo rebuilt after a psychic child’s brain explosion decimated the city. The manga inspired hundreds of gorgeous images, but props to this original design by pigboom that depicts primary antagonist Tetsuo entrapped in one of the pills that damp his powers down enough to keep him sane.$20, buy it here.OuroborosAltered Carbon is one of the more successful cyberpunk franchises of recent years, with a well-received Netflix show bringing new eyes to a world where you can change into a new body as long as you have the cold hard cash. Protagonist Takeshi Kovacs has a tattoo of the ouroboros, the legendary serpent that devours its own tail, and artist Krobilad brings it to a T-shirt with a crisp drawing style reminiscent of Mike Mignola.$20, buy it here.Knights of the Eastern CalculusIt’s crazy to think that Serial Experiments Lain turns 20 this year – the groundbreaking anime was a huge cult hit at the time and still looks great today. In the series, Lain comes into contact with a secretive group called the Knights of the Eastern Calculus as she explores the Wired and tries to figure out what’s going on as the barrier between reality and digital degrades. They also had a very cool logo, which RADesigns replicates in grand style.$20, buy it here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Solskjaer Sanchez Lukaku must prove themselves

first_imgManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku they must prove their worth on the pitchBoth forwards fell out of favour with former manager Jose Mourinho towards the end of his reign in charge of United as they struggled for form.Sanchez, who hasn’t played a single minute of football for United since their 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace on November 24 due to a hamstring injury, has just the one goal to his name in 12 appearances this season.While Lukaku has managed six goals in 21 games for United and is yet to play under Solskjaer ahead of Sunday’s encounter with Bournemouth in the Premier League.And the Norwegian warned the pair that they’ve got to prove their worth if they want a place in his team – just like Paul Pogba’s done.“Romelu, Anthony [Martial] and Alexis they were light, light [training] yesterday so hopefully they can join part of the training today and let’s see after how they come through,” said Solskjaer, according to BBC.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I cannot do anything for their performances on the pitch; Paul has done it.“I’m here to keep them on the path and it’s up to them when they get a chance – that’s the name of the game as a footballer.“I gave some guidelines of course on expression, freedom of expression but that’s how I’ve always been as a manager – just enjoy playing for this club.“That’s the best time of your life, but it’s not a bad time to be manager for a while.”Solskjaer has won both of his matches in charge of United.last_img read more

Brand names in NY tests vex parents

first_imgNEW YORK — “Just Do It” has been a familiar Nike slogan for years, but some parents are wondering what it was doing on some of New York’s Common Core standardized English tests.Brands including Barbie, iPod, Mug Root Beer and Life Savers showed up on the tests more than a million students in grades 3 through 8 took this month, leading to speculation it was some form of product placement advertising.New York state education officials and the test publisher say the brand references were not paid product placement but just happened to be contained in previously published passages selected for the tests.Some critics aren’t so sure and questioned why specific brand names would be mentioned at all.“It just seems so unnecessary,” said Josh Golin, associate director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, which monitors marketing directed at children. “It would be horrible if they were getting paid for it,” he said. “But even if they’re not, it’s taking something that should not be a commercial experience and commercializing it.”The test questions have not been made public, and teachers and principals are barred from discussing them. But teachers posting anonymously on education blogs have complained that students were confused by the brand names, which were accompanied by trademark symbols.last_img read more

Old Mutual launches financial education programme for staff

first_imgInternational investments and savings organisation Old Mutual has launched a personalised financial education programme for its 200 employees.The programme, provided by Nudge, aims to further strengthen the organisation’s current wellbeing strategy.The scheme uses a regular flow of data to provide employees with personalised and predictive financial education that corresponds to their respective salaries, ages, address, dependents, and interests.Staff receive information via a series of online nudges that are automatically triggered by lifestyle or legislative changes, or in line with Old Mutual’s internal benefits communication strategy.For example, employees will receive information around inheritance tax and estate planning during Free Wills Month, or a personalised budget update following the autumn statement in November.The financial education programme was launched at Old Mutual’s financial health and personal wellbeing roadshow in September 2016.David Sher, compensation and benefits manager at Old Mutual, said: “Wellbeing is core to our employment offer as demonstrated by our commitment to, and success in Britain’s Healthiest Workplace in 2015.“We’ve provided face to face financial advice for many years now but recognise the importance of choice and the opportunity to maximise engagement through a more flexible ‘on demand’ education and information service that puts employees in control of deciding what they need and when.”last_img read more

Readers Digest Association Reports 337M Loss

first_imgDuring 2008, RDA says it published 92 magazines—50 global editions of Reader’s Digest and 42 specialty magazines including Everyday with Rachael Ray and Taste of Home. According to first half Publisher’s Information Bureau figures, Reader’s Digest magazine reported a 14.9 percent decline in ad pages and $130.5 million in estimated ad revenue, down 22.8 percent. Meanwhile, ad pages at Every Day with Rachael Ray were up 15.4 percent and ad revenue was up 51.1 percent to $49.5 million.RDA’s portfolio of Web sites generate 18 million unique visitors and 250 million page views per month, the company says. Most of that comes from Allrecipes.com, which had an average of 11 million unique visitors per month. The Reader’s Digest Association posted an operating loss of $337 million for fiscal 2008, according to a 10-K report it filed recently with the Securities Exchange Commission. That’s down significantly from the operating loss of $35 million it reported for the same period in 2007.RDA attributes the loss, in part, to $307.2 million in “goodwill and intangible impairment charges” during the period related to its school and educational services division.According to the report, RDA’s fiscal 2008 net revenue was $2.78 billion, up about 40 percent from $1.07 billion last year. More than half its revenue came from its international division, which is includes RD Europe, RD Asia Pacific, and RD Canada and Latin America. Net revenue from its U.S. business segment (formerly Reader’s Digest North America) was down $21 million during fiscal 2008.RDA, according to the report, carries about $2.1 billion in long term debt (RDA was acquired in March 2007 by Ripplewood Holdings).  The company’s total liabilities and stockholder equity is $3.96 billion.last_img read more

Alaska Safe Childrens Act task force begins work

first_imgFour state legislators, including Sen. Anna MacKinnon, left, and Sen. Berta Gardner, sit on the Alaska Safe Children’s Act task force. The 10-member group met in the Anchorage Legislative Information Office on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy by Mike Mason/Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition)The task force created to help implement the Alaska Safe Children’s Act met for the first time in Anchorage on Tuesday.The act, also known as Erin’s Law and Bree’s Law, requires school districts to provide age-appropriate prevention curricula on sexual assault, teen dating and youth suicide. The task force’s job is to make recommendations to the Department of Education and Early Development on that curricula by June 30.Anchorage Rep. Charisse Millett is a nonvoting member of the committee. She said the task force should create a menu of options for districts to choose from.“We’ve got so many different school districts, making sure that it’s applicable to a different school district – one in rural, one in urban, one in a large school, one in a small school setting – so school districts aren’t tasked with the burden of going through and dissecting all that information,” Millett said.Chair Trevor Storrs is executive director of the Alaska Children’s Trust. He said he hopes the 10-member task force can have honest conversations around topics like human development and understanding one’s body.“Unless we have those conversations and be willing to have those and be able to listen on both sides, we’re going to potentially just present something to meet the requirements, but not really achieve,” Storrs said.Eagle River Sen. Anna MacKinnon, another member, wants the curricula to create a strong foundation.“I hope that we don’t just pull curriculum from places. I hope that we’ll go through the curriculum and have the right people read the curriculum, specifically for language,” she said.MacKinnon wants to ensure the curricula aren’t offensive, culturally insensitive or victim-blaming.During the meeting, the task force heard information and costs of various programs, some already taking place in Alaska schools, like The Fourth R, Green Dot and the Great Body Shop.The task force plans to meet once or twice a month through June. Schools have until 2017 to comply with the Alaska Safe Children’s Act.last_img read more

Vidya volunteers stage protest over salary dues

first_imgBasheerabad: Vidya volunteers, who have been working in various government schools in the mandal staged protest in front of MEO office, here on Tuesday, demanding payment of their salary dues.Speaking on the occasion, they said they are facing hardships as salaries of February, March and April in the academic year. Some of them lamented that they are not able to maintain their homes and it has become difficult to get money for travelling expenses. They appealed district officers to address their issue immediately. They submitted a memorandum to the MEO regarding this.last_img read more