MLAs and Civil Servants Begin Frenchlanguage Training

first_img More than half of Nova Scotia’s members of the legislativeassembly and more than 20 civil servants are going back to schoolthis week to begin French-language training. The classes, offered by the Office of Acadian Affairs, have beentailored to suit beginner, intermediate and advanced-levelparticipants. “We’re thrilled with the enthusiastic responsewe’ve had, both from members of the legislature and civilservants who want to learn or improve their ability to speakFrench,” said Acadian Affairs Minister Chris d’Entremont. “Thisis an important step in improving our ability to serve Acadianand francophone Nova Scotians.” The classes will be held weekly until June at the Acadian Affairsoffice in Halifax. The courses are being taught by qualifiedinstructors from Université Sainte-Anne. ACADIAN AFFAIRS–MLAs and Civil Servants Begin French-languageTraininglast_img read more

Boeing to pay 100 million to crash families communities

first_imgBoeing says it’s providing $100 million over several years to help families and communities affected by two crashes of its 737 Max plane that killed 346 people.The company said Wednesday that some of the money will go toward living expenses and to cover hardship suffered by the families of dead passengers.Boeing faces dozens of lawsuits over the accidents. Relatives of passengers on a Lion Air Max that crashed off the coast of Indonesia agreed to try to settle through mediation, but families of passengers killed in an Ethiopian Airlines crash are waiting until more is known about the accidents.Preliminary investigations point to the role played by new software that pushed the planes’ noses down. Boeing is updating the software. Max jets have been grounded worldwide since March.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Crown withdraws charges against one of the officers charged in death of

first_imgAPTN NewsCharges of criminal negligence causing death against a member of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) for the death of Debra Chrisjohn have been dropped.Late Monday night, Chrisjohn’s family sent out a statement saying they were disappointed Const. Mark McKillop will not have to face the charges.“The decision by the Crown… is hard for the family to understand,” said Debra Chrisjohn’s sister, Brittany, in the statement. “We hope that everyone who played a role will be held accountable.”Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) charged the two police officers with the death of Chrisjohn, 39, a member of the Oneida Nation of the Thames.According to a release from the SIU in July, McKillop, and London Police Service (LPS) Const. Nicholas Doering faced one charge each of criminal negligence causing death and failing to provide the necessities of life.The family says Doering will still face those charges.“Debra was my best friend and a beautiful person,” said her sister Ruby. “Her life ended far too soon.”The following details were released on the SIU site in July of 2017:In response to calls made to 911 in the late afternoon hours of September 7, 2016, London Police Service officers were dispatched to the area of Trafalgar Street and Highbury Avenue North. Chrisjohn was arrested by LPS and transferred on an outstanding warrant into the custody of Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers with the Elgin County detachment. At 7:52 p.m., Emergency Medical Services transported Chrisjohn to St. Thomas Hospital.Ms. Chrisjohn was pronounced dead at 8:43 p.m.“Without knowing the specific details surrounding the death of Debra, it is difficult for the family to assess the decision by the office of the Crown attorney,” said Caitlyn Kasper, a lawyer at Aboriginal Legal Services and counsel for the family in the statement.“However, we know that as this active prosecution moves towards preliminary inquiry or trial, more details will emerge.“In the meantime, I certainly expect that the Ontario Provincial Police will be thoroughly reviewing the actions of Const. McKillop to determine if there were breaches of the Police Services Act.”last_img read more

The biggest threats to Canadas housing market Declining oil prices for starters

TORONTO — Royal LePage says the price of a Canadian home is expected to rise by a relatively modest 2.9 per cent on average in 2015 as price appreciation slows across the country.[np_storybar title=”Deutsche Bank reveals 7 reasons why ‘Canada is in serious trouble’” link=””%5DDeutsche Bank’s chief international economist Torsten Sløk has circulated a chart deck looking at global housing markets, and Canada stands out as having quite a few problems.According to the report, homes in Canada are 63 per cent overvalued, greater than the 50 per cent levels in Australia and Norway, Deutsche Bank AG said in a report Thursday. Keep reading. [/np_storybar]Toronto is expected to lead the pack when it comes to price increases this year, with the realtor saying the average home price in Canada’s largest city is forecast to rise by 4.5 per cent, although that would be well behind last year’s pace.Vancouver is expected to see the second-biggest average jump in prices, up 2.8 per cent, followed by a 2.4 per cent gain in Calgary, 0.6 per cent in Montreal and 0.5 per cent in Halifax among several of the major centres surveyed across the country.The realtor says economic factors, including the plummeting price of oil, are likely to cause home prices to grow at a slower pace, particularly in Western Canada.In 2014, prices for detached bungalows rose the most, up 6.7 per cent on average across the country in the fourth quarter compared with a year earlier, followed by an average six per cent gain for two-storey homes and 4.5 per cent for condos.Edmonton’s condo market saw the biggest increase, shooting up 12.2 per cent to an average of $250,953 per unit. Prices in Calgary also ballooned, with standard condos shooting up 9.1 per cent year-over-year to an average of $311,644 in the latest quarter.In Toronto, prices of detached bungalows increased by 11.6 per cent from a year ago to an average of $647,535, while prices of two-storey homes advanced 8.6 per cent to an average of $745,062.Forget the mad scramble: Homebuyers may soon be able to pay deposits simply by tapping their phoneHere’s the cheapest day of the year to buy a house, according to one realtorSales of Canadian homes worth over $1M grew substantially last year and will again in 2015In Vancouver, the average price of a detached bungalow and of a two-storey home each grew by more than seven per cent, to an average of $1,124,642 and $1,233.182 respectively.Home prices remained relatively flat in Winnipeg and softened in Regina, where the average price of two-storey homes dropped 6.8 per cent year-over-year to $345,000.Royal LePage predicts that prices will continue to accelerate rapidly in Toronto in 2015 for a variety of reasons, among them a surge in demand for Ontario’s exports thanks to the lower loonie and the robust economy south of the border.Labour market trends and unsatisfied demand from prospective homebuyers who were outbid in 2014 will also fuel higher home prices in the Toronto area.Meanwhile, the sharp decline in the price of oil will slow the growth in home prices in Western Canada, according to the report.We will be watching market developments closely in the regions most negatively impacted by oil price declinesRoyal LePage says a potential interest rate hike and possible changes to mortgage rules by the federal government could also pose risks to the country’s real estate sector if they materialize.“Ultimately the biggest threat to the Canadian housing market is a decline in consumer confidence, which could result from worsened employment prospects or decreased purchasing power, be it real or perceived,” president and chief executive Phil Soper said in a statement.“In this light, we will be watching market developments closely in the regions most negatively impacted by oil price declines, such as Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland.”Buyers in western Canadian cities could benefit from lower prices in the short term, but Soper says the trend is unlikely to last.“Over the longer term, we foresee a return to regional home price appreciation that is above both the historical average and national trends in general, when energy markets recover,” he said.“In the interim, slowed growth in the price of homes will be a welcome sign for many people in the West, especially in pricey markets like Vancouver where first-time buyers have been frustrated by a hyper-competitive market and home prices that have escalated at a feverish pace.” read more

Anger at fat cat bosses prompts Swiss to approve greater shareholder say

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Anger at ‘fat cat’ bosses prompts Swiss to approve greater shareholder say over executive pay by Frank Jordans, The Associated Press Posted Mar 3, 2013 11:42 am MDT BERLIN – Swiss voters voiced their anger at perceived corporate greed Sunday by approving a plan to boost shareholders’ say on executive pay.Some 67.9 per cent of voters backed the “Rip-Off Initiative,” with 32.1 per cent against, according to the official count broadcast by Swiss public television station SRF.The outcome of the referendum was considered a foregone conclusion after opinion polls in recent months showed strong public support for the initiative.News last month that the outgoing board chairman of Swiss drug maker Novartis AG, Daniel Vasella, was to receive a leaving package worth 72 million Swiss francs ($77 million) further fired up public sentiment against “fat cat” bosses. Vasella later said he would forego the deal, but by that time the incident had dashed opponents’ hopes of stopping the initiative.“Today’s vote is the result of widespread unease among the population at the exorbitant remuneration of certain company bosses,” Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga told a news conference in the capital Bern hours after polls closed.Swiss lawmakers will now have to draft a law giving shareholders the right to hold a binding vote on all compensation for company executives and directors. The law will also ban “golden hellos” and “goodbyes” — one-off bonuses that senior managers sometimes receive when joining or leaving a company.It also promotes greater corporate transparency, for example by requiring that all loans to executives be declared and forcing pension funds to tell their members how they voted at shareholder meetings.The measure targets all Swiss-based companies as long as their shares are publicly traded. Breaching the rules could lead to a fine of up to six annual salaries and up to three years in prison.“It’s a powerful signal,” said Thomas Minder, an independent lawmaker and businessman who was one of the main forces behind the Rip-Off Initiative.Opponents conceded that their efforts to warn voters of the possible risks to the Swiss economy had failed.“We will respect the will of the people,” said Pascal Gentinetta, chairman of the powerful business lobby group economiesuisse.But Christa Markwalder, a lawmaker with the pro-business Free Democratic Party, said foreign firms could now think twice about moving their headquarters to Switzerland. In recent years the country has attracted firms such as oil rig owner Transocean Ltd., fire and safety company Tyco International Ltd., and bakery conglomerate Aryzta AG thanks to its comparatively low taxes and light-touch regulation.In Europe, some other countries such as the Netherlands and Denmark already have similar legislation allowing shareholders at least a binding vote on executive compensation. But in the U.S. and Britain such “say-on-pay” votes are non-binding.The Swiss decision comes on the heels of a European Union decision this week to cap bankers’ bonuses at one year’s base salary except in the case of overwhelming shareholder approval.The idea that shareholders should have a strong say in their company’s affairs chimes with Switzerland’s tradition of direct democracy. Voters in the country who collect 100,000 signatures can force a binding referendum on any issue.___Frank Jordans can be reached at read more

As evacuations resume in Aleppo UN prepares to redeploy staff to monitor

A former cotton factory serving as a refugee shelter in Jibreen, Aleppo. Thousands of internally displaced people from eastern Aleppo have passed through this site, staying only a few days as it offered little protection to vulnerable people from freezing cold temperatures. 2 December 2016. Photo: OCHA Syria/L. Tom “This will almost triple the number of international staff currently deployed to Aleppo,” Jens Laerke, spokesperson for the Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told the regular news briefing in Geneva where he informed reporters of the Syrian Government’s decision to “unblock” the 20 staffers, who were already in the capital, Damascus, to be redeployed “as soon as possible to Aleppo.”He noted that perhaps 100 UN staff members are already in western Aleppo and ready to deploy to the eastern districts.Mr. Laerke praised the efforts of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and ICRC, who have been overseeing the evacuations in Syria. As of 9:20 a.m. local time today, the organizations had escorted 10 buses from the Ramouseh checkpoint to Khan al-Assal in western Aleppo. Nearly 19,000 people have been evacuated out of east Aleppo since the evacuations began on 15 December and more buses are expected to transport civilians out of the city today.According to the spokesperson, the operation will continue until all those who need and wish to leave have been able to do so safely and with dignity. Yesterday, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution to enable the UN and its partners to carry out monitoring activities on evacuations from eastern Aleppo, report on such operations, and deploy additional staff. It “demands all parties to provide these monitors with safe, immediate, and unimpeded access.”The resolution opens the door for evacuations and humanitarian assistance. It also requires the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to report to the Security Council within five days on the implementation of the text. Alessandra Vellucci, Director of the UN Information Service in Geneva, noted that the resolution followed a dramatically more difficult situation on the ground, as well as Mr. Ban’s assessment that the city had become “a synonym for hell.” A spokesperson for the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that so far, 301 patients have been medically evacuated (43 yesterday) to hospitals in Idlib, rural western Aleppo, and Turkey. UN partners and non-governmental organizations in Gaziantep and Idlib province are receiving people as they arrive and providing urgent humanitarian assistance, including medical care for the sick and wounded.A team of 233 staff members from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is also providing assistance with non-food items such as health, emergency, and shelter kits in Aleppo. Adrian Edwards, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), reported that the UN had no indication of people moving across the border to Turkey and that refugee camps in the country were being run by Turkish authorities. However, UNHCR has stockpiles in place and ready for an additional 100,000 people should the situation change. read more

Ohio State mens womens basketball launch seasons at Carrier Classic

Some liken sporting events to wars and battles, but the USS Yorktown has seen and fought in the real thing. Sport will converge with the Yorktown, a decommissioned U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, when the Ohio State men’s and women’s basketball teams will open their 2012-13 seasons against Marquette and Notre Dame, respectively, Friday in the Carrier Classic. Friday’s games, which will take place on a court constructed on the Yorktown’s flight deck, bare no likeness to the battles the warship has seen. Still, OSU coach Thad Matta has an appreciation for the venue’s history. The OSU teams and their opponents’ stay on the ship will last for the duration of the 40-minute basketball games. Retired U.S. Navy Lt. Bob Dorsey, 73, of Milton, Fla., recalled that a typical stay as a sailor on the Yorktown was much longer. Unlike for the basketball teams, a “short” stay, or cruise, on the ship would last six to nine weeks. Long cruises could last six to nine months, and the cruises weren’t for basketball games or other forms of pleasure, but for war. Dorsey, a former helicopter pilot and President of the Yorktown Association, was stationed on the Yorktown from 1963-1966 and was twice deployed to Vietnam and the South China Sea. Following World War II, during which the ship faced bombings and other forms of heavy combat, the Yorktown was modified for rooting out the Soviet submarine threat during the Cold War. When it became evident that there was no threat of Soviet submarines in the seas near Vietnam, Dorsey’s mission changed, he said. “We were doing basic utility work, moving men and cargo from different ships in the South China Sea,” Dorsey said. “We were also doing what was considered coastal surveillance. They would send us out to investigate various shipboard targets that they would pick up on our radar and we would fly out to sea if there was a threat. And so that was our primary mission.” Then, the mission changed again once Vietnam “was going pretty big,” Dorsey said. “A lot of (planes) got shot down, so our mission really changed to being combat rescue,” Dorsey said. “During all that time, we never lost a single helicopter due to combat loss, which was pretty spectacular.” And there were many missions that launched on the sea and saw Dorsey and other members of America venture into Vietnamese airspace. The missions, while thrilling, Dorsey said, were exceedingly dangerous and included night missions at low altitude. “You know, flying off an aircraft carrier is probably one of the most exciting things most people ever do, and I thoroughly enjoyed it,” Dorsey said. “We did a lot of night flying, which was fairly dangerous … generally, helicopters were limited to a maximum altitude of 200 feet. So on a dark night at 200-feet, you really better pay attention.” Obviously, OSU won’t face dangers like what Dorsey saw. The biggest risk the two Buckeyes’ squads run on Friday is starting their respective seasons with a loss. For the men’s team, it would be the first opening-game loss since a 76-65 defeat to San Francisco on Nov. 21, 2003. OSU women’s coach Jim Foster has never lost a season opener since arriving in Columbus for the 2002-03 campaign. Given the Buckeyes teams’ history of opening-night success, some fans in Columbus might be disappointed to miss the opener. The Carrier Classic will take place in Charleston, S.C., some 10 hours from Columbus by car. Buckeye Nation will get to see its team play live at the Schottenstein Center again, though. They will return home. In combat on the Yorktown, Dorsey obviously couldn’t make the same guarantee. “As Navy sailors do,” Dorsey said, “you tell your family, ‘Goodbye. I’ll see you when I get back.’” Matta conveyed appreciation for the sacrifice of the Yorktown’s crews during OSU’s Oct. 11 media day. “(The Carrier Classic is) something that these young men, for the rest of their lives, will remember,” Matta said. “Obviously I want to win the basketball game, but that is one game that is more than the game of basketball. People forget we got guys fighting the war for us right now.” OSU women’s basketball is scheduled to tip off its Carrier Classic game against Notre Dame at 4 p.m. on Friday. The OSU men will tip off against Marquette at 7 p.m. Yorktown takes a starring role The Yorktown has enjoyed Hollywood limelight in her day, having served at the movie set for the movies “The Fighting Lady” and “Tora! Tora! Tora!” (1970). She was also featured in the TV series “Get Smart” (1968) and on the SyFy Channel’s “Ghost Hunters” (2012). Yorktown aids in space exploration On Dec. 27, 1968, the Yorktown recovered the astronauts aboard NASA’s Apollo 8 spacecraft, the first manned spacecraft to travel to the vicinity of Earth’s moon and return safely, according to a Carrier Classic release. Apollo 8 Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot James Lovell and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders splashed down in the Pacific Ocean before a Yorktown helicopter arrived to scoop the astronauts out of the ocean. Michael Periatt contributed to this article. read more

Asus développerait un nouveau modèle de netbook le R051BX

first_imgAsus développerait un nouveau modèle de netbook, le R051BX Asus ne devrait pas abandonner la fabrication de netbooks. Le fabricant prévoirait de commercialiser cette année le modèle R051BX en Russie. Très en vu, notamment avec sa tablette Transformer Prime, Asus ne compte pas délaisser pour autant le marché des netbooks. Peu en réussite en 2011, le fabricant prévoirait tout de même de commercialiser cette année le R051BX, plutôt destiné aux professionnels.Le netbook d’Asus serait pourvu d’un écran 10 pouces (25 cm), affichant en 1024 x 600 pixels. Le R051BX disposera d’un processeur double coeur AMD C-60 cadencé à 1.33GHz. 1Go de mémoire vive seront proposés avec 320Go dédiés au stockage, ainsi qu’un chipset Radeon HD 6290. À lire aussiLes premières cartes mères Thunderbolt dévoiléesCet appareil disposera par ailleurs de 2 ports USB 2.0, d’une sortie HDMI et d’un port VGA, d’une sortie Ethernet, de ports audio combinés et d’un lecteur de cartes SDHC. Il pourra décoder la HD et offrira enfin, quatre à cinq heures d’autonomie. L’ordinateur devrait être vendu à 250 dollars (190 euros) mais seulement en Russie, et sans système d’exploitation au départ. Le 28 janvier 2012 à 14:15 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Après lhomme nu La Redoute récidive

first_imgAprès l’homme nu, La Redoute récidiveLa Redoute aurait tort de ne pas surfer sur le buzz engendré par une photo de son catalogue en ligne sur laquelle apparaissait un homme nu derrière un groupe d’enfants. La firme de vente par correspondance vient de lancer une campagne marketing jouant sur de fausses “bourdes” que les clients sont invités à chercher.Il y a quelques semaines, une photo issue du catalogue du site de La Redoute faisait le tour du web et créait le buzz. Derrière un groupe d’enfants courant joyeusement sur une plage, apparaissait un homme entièrement nu. Erreur ou coup médiatique, La Redoute n’avait jamais fait autant parler d’elle et entend bien surfer sur le succès de cette “bourde”.À lire aussiNumericable serait derrière le buzz “La révolution du mobile”La firme de vente par correspondance a ainsi lancé une campagne invitant les internautes à trouver de nouvelles erreurs glissées sur des photos de son catalogue en ligne. On peut ainsi voir derrière un mannequin posant en maillot de bain, un avion traînant une banderole sur laquelle est écrit : “Foire à l’andouillette, 12-13-14 juin”. Un singe en tutu suspendu à un câble électrique, un groupe d’acrobates dans une piscine, un dinosaure dans le ciel, un chien faisant ses besoins sur un tapis, ou encore un homme tronçonnant l’arbre auquel est adossé un mannequin : de nombreuses erreurs, recensées sur Facebook (lien non disponible), ont d’ores et déjà été découvertes. Et en guise de récompense, les premiers internautes a les avoir déniché ont reçu un bon d’achat de 200 euros valable sur le site de La Redoute. L’opération se poursuit encore, et d’autres erreurs ne devraient pas tarder à venir se glisser sur le site du spécialiste de la vente par correspondance.Le 5 février 2012 à 18:00 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Hallmark Magazine Folds

first_imgSEE ALSO: Recently Folded? Beware of Angry SubscribersHallmark Cards has shuttered its bimonthly Hallmark magazine. The February/March issue will be its last.According to Hallmark president and CEO Donald J. Hall Jr., the decision to stop publishing the magazine was reached after a “comprehensive analysis” of the overall magazine industry.“Despite favorable consumer acceptance of the publication, we cannot justify continued investment in the magazine at a time when we must focus our efforts and resources only on those projects that will lead to long-term profitable revenue growth for the company,” he said. The magazine’s 28 employees have been laid off, the company said. In addition, 10 Kansas City, Missouri-based positions in the company’s creative division will be eliminated.Hallmark was launched in 2006 with a 400,000 rate base, which grew to 800,000 this year. Last year, Hallmark was one of the few magazines to grow its ad pages, increasing 11 percent in 2008, according to Publishers Information Bureau figures.last_img read more

Putins Banker Sergei Pugachev on Interpols Wanted List

first_imgPutin’s one time close friend and banker, Sergei Pugachev, is on Interpol’s “Wanted Persons” list for “misappropriation or embezzlement”.Pugachev, who was once close to the Russian President, is wanted by the government for prosecution on allegations of swindling money from banks for his personal use. The government accuses Pugachev of large scale fraud but he maintains that the allegations are “politically motivated.””Mr Pugachev faces a formidable challenge if he is to successfully argue that the case is politically motivated. Interpol is an unaccountable organisation that is slow to act and any appeal that he makes will take months, if not years, to reach a conclusion,” Richard Elsen, reputation management expert at Byfield Consultancy – a specialist legal PR agency, told The Daily Mail.The Interpol warrant means great personal and business damage for Pugachev. He will be under constant media and he will be unable to conduct any business dealings.Pugachev fled Russia soon after claiming some forces were trying to seize his business. He went to live in London and presumably splits time between London and Monaco, according to The Associated Press.The 51-year-old businessman was once worth $2 billion. He was close to former President Boris Yeltsin and later became an associate of Putin. He would give the president advice on a wide range of portfolios like construction, shipbuilding and banking as well.Pugachev also became a senator in the Russian cabinet but things started to go downhill from 2010 when his bank defaulted on debts and lost its license.Pugachev has since been critical of Putin and his ways. In several interviews he has ridiculed Putin’s frugal understanding of economics.”Vladimir Putin does not understand economics. He does not like it. It is dry. It’s boring to hear these reports, to read them. He likes clear things: Russia’s moving ahead; how great everything is. He does not have a deep understanding of what is happening,” Pugachev said in an interview with Time Magazine.According to The Guardian, Pugachev’s bank account was frozen in July this year by a London court after a dispute with a Russian liquidator and since then, he has been flying under the media radar.last_img read more

New Performance Space Unites Cultural with Casual

first_img Share X 00:00 /02:36 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Stephanie Wittels WachsRec Room cast members (L-R) Gerardo Velasquez; Tasha Gorel; Rachel Rubin; Dano ColonA few things you may see in the audience before a performance at Rec Room: Someone pulling a bottle of beer from their mini Igloo cooler, another person taking a picture and posting it to Facebook, and someone else wearing yoga pants and eating a sandwich they picked up on the way over.However, you may also see all of these things during the show and that’s how the venue’s founders want it to be.“Stephanie and I sat down about ten years ago, talking about this dream we both had,” says Matt Hune, who co-founded Rec Room with Stephanie Wittels Wach. “And then we kind of put it to the side for a while.”Adds Wach, “We were like, ‘What if we created a space where we could have performance events, but the environment didn’t come with a lot of rules and regulations?’”Chloe GonzalezRec Room co-founders Stephanie Wittels Wachs and Matt HuneHune and Wachs made their dream a reality in June when they opened Rec Room. The concept is to create an environment that’s casual, comfortable, and accessible. It’s no big deal if you’re late. People don’t have to dress up or put their phones away, as long as they’re silenced.By the looks of the audience, most range from Gen-Xers to Millennials. This was 33-year-old Tiffany Hamilton’s first visit.“I was a bit nervous in a way that it would be too distracting to have people taking photos and stuff,” Hamilton says. “But I definitely enjoyed the ability to take photos and send Snapchats. I think it’s a good way to market the show because it’ll get more people interested and involved.”Stephanie Wittels WachsCast members of “My So-Called Mondays,” their staged reading of the 1990s TV show, “My So-Called Life.”The downtown performance space occupies part of an old warehouse just a few blocks from Minute Maid Park.  Inside, a freshly-painted black brick wall lines the long, narrow space converted into a theater.On this night, the cast is performing a staged reading of the 1990s cult TV show, My So-Called Life. They even give copies of the script to a few people in the audience, who call out lines at the proper cues.  The episode transcriptions are taken from a tribute site for the show, so there are some typos – which become a part of the performance. At one point, an actor shouts his line, “What difference does it makes?”Even though the atmosphere is anything but formal, that’s not to say the founders don’t take theater seriously. Both have long careers in the industry and are currently Houston-based theater teachers. But they also say theater must change in order to stay alive.“We have this huge respect for theater,” Wachs says. “We also acknowledge that it is not something that typically brings in a young crowd.”They’re hoping to change that.Later this month, the Rec Room’s cast will present their first Dead Rockstar Sing-a-Long Club, honoring late musicians Prince and David Bowie.Stephanie Wittels-WachRec Room cast members Darnea Olson (left) and Rachel Rubin Listenlast_img read more

BlacKkKlansman Writers Tapped for CollegeHoops Drama Series at Gunpowder Sky

first_img Popular on Variety Charlie Wachtel and David Rabinowitz, co-writers of Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman,” have teamed with studio Gunpowder & Sky to develop “Madness,” a drama series about the world of college basketball.“Madness” follows the corrupt inner workings of a prestigious college basketball program through the eyes of its new assistant coach, and the repercussions the team faces after their head coach makes a bad deal. The creators describe it as having a “House of Cards” feel.“In ‘BlacKkKlansman,’ Charlie and David were able to tap into the current national zeitgeist through the artful telling of an unknown story from American history,” said Cody Zwieg, SVP of production and development at Gunpowder & Sky. “They are treasure hunters of sorts, seeking out and spinning the undiscovered stories that resonate with the social climate of today.” “BlacKkKlansman” received six Oscar nominations including for best picture, director, and adapted screenplay.Rabinowitz and Wachtel produced a short film based on the “Madness” concept in 2014 (although G&S wasn’t involved with that). With the “Madness” series, the screenwriting duo say they’re telling a sports story told through the lens of a crime drama.“In our world of college sports, there are rules to follow, a hierarchy of power, and real consequences for failure,” Wachtel said. Added Rabinowitz, “With ‘Madness’ we hope to shine a light on the dark underbelly of college athletics, from the morally compromised coaches to the conflicted players. It’s a story of opportunity, choices, and greed.”Rabinowitz and Wachtel are repped by WME and Jennifer Levy of Behr Abramson Levy. They also have a spy series — about the secret war between Fidel Castro’s Cuba, the CIA, the KGB and the mafia — in development with French production companies Païva Films and Mirador Pictures.Gunpowder & Sky’s deal with Rabinowitz and Wachtel follows other recent partnerships, including with Zelda Williams to adapt her short film, “Shrimp,” into a series, along with acquiring the rights to YA novel “Ms. Bixby’s Last Day” to adapt it into a feature film with Walden Media. Most recently, Gunpowder & Sky partnered with Tigerlily Productions to develop a new comedy series “Assets.”Based in L.A., Gunpowder & Sky was founded by veteran TV industry execs Van Toffler and Floris Bauer, with investments from the Chernin Group and AT&T.Pictured above: David Rabinowitz (l.), Charlie Wachtelcenter_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Mamata calls up Sovan over pitiful condition of roads waterlogging woes in

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday called up Mayor Sovan Chatterjee and expressed her discontentment over the condition of some roads in Behala and reports of waterlogging in certain pockets of the area.Prodded by the Chief Minister, Chatterjee asked Member, Mayor-in-Council (Drainage) Tarak Singh to fast track the process of the ongoing projects in parts of Behala, to prevent water accumulation.Speaking to reporters, Singh said, “The work for a Rs 700 crore project for drainage overhaul taken up by Kolkata Environmental Improvement Project (KEIP), is underway at James Long Sarani and near Rammohan Road (Tollygunge Karunamoyee). The work for the Metro project is also going on, which is deteriorating the condition of the roads. We are repairing roads but within a few days, they are getting Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killeddamaged again due to repair work.””We are taking all possible measures and situations will improve soon,” he added.It may be mentioned that due to heavy rain in the city a few days ago, there was waterlogging in certain pockets of Behala, including areas in and around Behala Flying Club, Sakher Bazar and Silpara to name a few. There was a day last week, when in half an hour there was more than 100 mm rain and in three hours, the average was 80 mm. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJP”The infrastructure for the pumping station near Behala Flying Club is being overhauled. Five pumps will soon be installed for drainage of water through Begor Khal. We hope to have things in place by July 10,” Singh added.At present, there are at least three places, where the Diamond Harbour Road has been dug up, the most prominent one being near the Old Dog Race Course Housing Estate, close to Ajanta Cinema. The two other sites are at Kolkata Blind School crossing and Kadamtala.last_img read more

Heavy smoking may damage vision

first_imgSmoking more than 20 cigarettes a day may damage your vision by affecting blood vessels and neurons in the retina, a study warns. The study, published in the journal Psychiatry Research, included 71 healthy people who smoked fewer than 15 cigarettes in their lives and 63 who smoked more than 20 cigarettes a day, were diagnosed with tobacco addiction and reported no attempts to stop. The participants were between the ages of 25 and 45 and had normal or corrected-to-normal vision as measured by standard visual acuity charts, said researchers from the Rutgers University in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThey looked at how participants discriminated contrast levels (subtle differences in shading) and colours while seated 59 inches from a 19-inch cathode-ray tube monitor that displayed stimuli while researchers monitored both eyes simultaneously. The findings indicated significant changes in the smokers’ red-green and blue-yellow colour vision, which suggests that consuming substances with neurotoxic chemicals, such as those in cigarettes, may cause overall colour vision loss. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThey also found that the heavy smokers had a reduced ability to discriminate contrasts and colours when compared to the non-smokers. “Cigarette smoke consists of numerous compounds that are harmful to health,” said Steven Silverstein, director of research at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care. “It has been linked to reduction in the thickness of layers in the brain, and to brain lesions, involving areas such as the frontal lobe, which plays a role in voluntary movement and control of thinking, and a decrease in activity in the area of the brain that processes vision,” said Silverstein. Previous studies have pointed that long-term smoking doubles the risk for age-related macular degeneration and causes lens yellowing and inflammation. “Our results indicate that excessive use of cigarettes, or chronic exposure to their compounds, affects visual discrimination, supporting the existence of overall deficits in visual processing with tobacco addiction,” Silverstein said.last_img read more

Thai Government wants to quickly pass samesex civil union law

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Instagram/BemondceHaving already married in Germany, gay couple Naparuj Mond Kaendi and Thorsten Mid recently shared a photo of their Thai ceremony on Instagram Same-sex civil unions one step closer to becoming a reality in ThailandThailand to act on gay rights bill and marriage equalityThailand set to make a civil partnership law for same-sex couplesRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : The subcommittee has just completed a national public consultation on the Bill before it finishes the draft. It passed the draft onto the RLPD for review this week. The RLPD has until September to finish its review. It will then pass the draft to the Justice Minister to approve before he shows it to the Cabinet.There’s a bit more to do yetBut Pitikan said the government must undergo a number of tasks before introducing the Bill to parliament.She said the government must do several things before introducing the Bill to parliament. They are; raising social awareness about same-sex civil unions, research how many registered same-sex couples would have rights in Thailand and figure out which government department would be responsible for the same-sex unions.Finally, Pitikan said the new law must be written so it can eventually allow same-sex couples to marry.Thailand is one of the most safest countries for LGBTI people in Asia. It has moved quickly on the stalled same-sex union laws after Taiwan’s Constitutional Court ruled in 2017 that lawmakers in that country must make marriage equality legal within two years.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The Thai Justice Minister wants to move quickly on legislation to make same-sex civil unions legal.A Justice Ministry subcommittee has just finished drafting a Civil Partnership Bill. The head of the subcommittee said the draft Bill will be ready for parliament in September. From there the Thai parliament will vote on passing it into law.Pitikan Sithidej, director-general of the Rights and Liberties Protection Department (RLPD) told the Bangkok Post that Justice Minister ACM Prajin Janthong, wants to move quickly on the Bill.‘Ever since the Justice Ministry began pushing the bill, the feedback from the LGBT community has been good,’ Pitikan said.‘More than 60,000 signatures were collected to show support for the bill. It is believed there are still many more quiet supporters since many in the LGBT community have yet to show their support.’last_img read more

VIDEO Crowd engrossed at Sharaj rescue demonstration

first_imgSharaj Ambulance Services staged a rescue demonstration at the Lasec Community Fair on Saturday. The scenario was that a minibus had overturned, with patients trapped in the vehicle.Sharaj rescue technicians and paramedics, along with Fire and Emergency and Carical Security, secured the scene before freeing the trapped accident victims. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there?last_img

GitHub has added security alerts for Python

first_imgAt the end of 2017 GitHub announced the launch of its ‘security alerts’ feature for vulnerable Ruby and JavaScript packages. With the feature proving a huge success for GitHub, the platform has now rolled out the feature for Python. The GitHub team promised that Python would be the next language to receive the security alert feature – but with fears over a possible mass migration to GitLab, following Microsoft’s acquisition of the platform, the news couldn’t come at a better time. How Github’s security alerts work GitHub’s security alerts work using its dependency graph. The dependency graph allows developers to visualize the range of projects on which their code depends. Security alerts followed the release of the dependency graph for Ruby and JavaScript. With the dependency graph in place, the security alerts “track when dependencies are associated with public security vulnerabilities.” When you enable the dependency graph GitHub will notify you if there is a possible vulnerability in one of your dependencies. It will also suggest some possible fixes as well. Rolling security alerts out to Python projects The Python roll out was announced on the GitHub blog by Robert Schultheis on July 12. He writes: We’ve chosen to launch the new platform offering with a few recent vulnerabilities. Over the coming weeks, we will be adding more historical Python vulnerabilities to our database. Going forward, we will continue to monitor the NVD feed and other sources, and will send alerts on any newly disclosed vulnerabilities in Python packages. He isn’t specific about the Python vulnerabilities. However, as noted earlier, launching support for Python has always been part of GitHub’s plan since 2017. As The Register notes, there have only been four Python entries on the CVE database in 2018 so far “and one of those is disputed.” According to Schultheis, Github “will be adding more Python vulnerabilities to our database.”last_img read more

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