Director John Asher has just finished filming his upcoming dramatic feature Po (www.themoviepo.com) and is looking for families affected with autism to contribute their names to the closing sequence of the film.Po – the filmAsher intends to use the names to fill the screen and create a visually compelling statement in an effort to raise awareness about autism. According to the advocacy organization Autism Speaks, autism affects 1 out of every 68 children born today.Po follows the story of a recently widowed father struggling to raise his 10-year-old autistic son. The family drama stars Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs), Julian Feder (Weiner Dog franchise) as Po, and Kaitlin Doubleday (Empire). The film is completely authentic with Gorham, Asher and the writers, Colin Goldman and Steve C. Roberts, all having children with autism. It will also feature music by Burt Bacharach and Billy Idol, who were likewise moved by the project.Asher hopes that other families dealing with autism will find some enjoyment out of this uplifting and magical story. He originally planned to close the film by dedicating it to his own son, Evan, but had the idea to give other children with autism the chance to be a part of the project. Asher explains, “Filling a 20-foot by 40-foot movie screen with the names of thousands of children with Autism will be extraordinarily powerful.”The film is produced by LOFC Production, LLC.Anyone affected by autism can contribute by going to www.themoviepo.com. read more
New Delhi: The Special Task Force, Crime Branch on Monday arrested 35-year-old Kuldeep Khare from Nizamuddin Railway Station, in a land-cheating case. Khare was evading court procedures for two years after being granted interim bail on grounds of a settlement with the complainant. STF, Crime Branch followed up with this case when a team led by ACP Pankaj Singh had requisitioned records of wanted criminals in Delhi and NCR, in an attempt to round them up as soon as possible.The complainant, a businessman from Pitampura, Dellhi had filed an FIR in October 2015 at Mangolpuri Police Station after being cheated out of a land deal he had struck. Khare, a resident of Bhopal was Director of Pure Consultancy Solution Pvt Ltd and had approached the complainant in an attempt to sell a 100-acre plot of land in Betul, Madhya Pradesh. Trusting the accused and his partners, the complainant transferred Rs 1.6 crore to Khare following which fraudulent ownership and registration documents were produced. Thinking the papers to be genuine, the complainant signed them and went to Betul to take possession of the land that he thought he now owned. Upon reaching Madhya Pradesh, the complainant was made aware of the ruse and realised that Khare and his associates had defrauded him of Rs 1.6 crore. He then registered his complaint with Delhi Police. After going through all relevant details, facts, and possible hideouts of the accused, Head Constable Virender received a tip about his arrival at the railway station. An arrest operation was set up under ACP Singh’s supervision, where Khare was surrounded by police and arrested while trying to flee. The police discovered that Khare was from a well-educated family in Bhopal and had done an MBA from there in 2008. After having set up his consultancy firm, he decided to defraud businessmen from outside Madhya Pradesh on the pretext of selling them cheap agricultural land. A case under sections 419/420/466/467/468/471/472/120-B of the IPC has been registered against the accused at Mangolpuri police station. read more
In a briefing on developments in Iraq by the partners in the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), US Ambassador John Negroponte told the Security Council that the Agreement on Political Process, which sketches a schedule for the transition to Iraq’s democratic sovereignty, should be welcomed by the international community.Under the process, Mr. Negroponte said, a Transitional National Assembly would be formed through provincial caucuses no later than 31 May. It would elect an executive branch, select ministers and serve as a legislative body.By 30 June, the new administration would take full responsibility and the CPA would be dissolved, along with the CPA-appointed Iraqi Governing Council, he said.A body directly elected by the Iraqi people would draft a permanent constitution to replace the transitional government’s “Fundamental Law,” he said.”The United Nations has a vital role to play in Iraq and we would welcome the return of United Nations international personnel to Iraq to carry out the mandates of the relevant resolutions,” he added.Resolution 1511 calls on the UN to strengthen its vital role in Iraq by taking such measures as providing humanitarian relief, promoting economic reconstruction and advancing efforts to establish representative local and national governments. The UN’s local Iraqi staff members are working on these programmes in parts of the country.The UN’s Baghdad offices were fatally bombed in August, leading to a reduction of the UN presence.Mr. Negroponte said his government stood ready to discuss appropriate security support with UN officials.Despite the killings and bombings, much of Iraq was calm, the US Ambassador said. The reality that could “not be captured by a television camera” was that Iraqis were expanding the conditions for security and stability, having added more than 130,000 personnel to the security effort.In his briefing, British Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry said, “The more we can do to make rebuilding Iraq a collective enterprise, the more quickly the Iraqi people will achieve the bright future they deserve.”He urged governments that had frozen and held Iraqi funds since 1990 to transfer the money to the Development Fund for Iraq, as required by Resolution 1483.That resolution, adopted in May, lifted sanctions imposed on Iraq for its 1990 invasion and subsequent occupation of Kuwait.Mr. Jones Parry said that for the first time in decades Iraq’s resources were being used to pay for the needs of all the Iraqi people and details of its 2004 budget were posted on the CPA web site.In a wide-ranging description of the restoration of distribution and basic services, he said food distribution systems had been restored by August and the supplies of water, electricity and oil had steadily increased.Baghdad international airport was being refurbished, Um Qasr seaport was functioning at a higher capacity, with a renovated grain-receiving facility, and work had taken place on critical roads and railways, he said.Nearly 240 hospitals were functioning, nearly 1,800 schools had been renovated with the help of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and all 22 universities had reopened, as had 43 technical schools, Mr. Jones Parry said. read more
Des morceaux du supercontinent Gondwana découverts au fond de l’océan indienDes chercheurs australiens ont découvert au fond de l’océan Indien, à des endroits jusqu’alors encore inexplorés, des fragments du supercontinent Gondwana. Il y a des millions d’années, ce continent géant réunissait les terres aujourd’hui situées dans l’hémisphère sud.Des scientifiques australiens ont annoncé jeudi avoir découvert en octobre dernier, au fond de l’océan indien, à 1.600 kilomètres à l’ouest de l’Australie, deux îles immergées qui semblent être des fragments du supercontinent Gondwana. Sur ces rochers, ils ont observé des fossiles d’espèces qui vivaient dans des eaux peu profondes. Une preuve que ces terres se situaient au-dessus ou au niveau de la mer.À lire aussiRoi de l’imitation, cet oiseau-lyre peut reproduire le son d’un pistolet-laserPour Jo Whittaker, géophysicienne à l’université de Sydney ayant participé à cette étude, ces rochers ne peuvent pas être issus d’une activité volcanique sous-marine. “Nous savons à peu près où ces continents se trouvaient mais pas avec précision. L’océan Indien oriental est une des parties du monde océanique les moins explorées en terme de tectonique”, explique-t-elle à l’AFP. La chercheuse et son équipe espèrent pouvoir grâce à ces fragments, mieux comprendre la dérive de l’Inde vers le nord-ouest, puis vers le nord, où sa côte nord-est, qui fut reliée à l’Australie, créa l’Himalaya en heurtant l’Eurasie.Des traces de grès et de granit ont été découvertes sur l’un des fragments, à 2.000 mètres de profondeur. Elles n’ont pas encore été datées avec précision. Mais les chercheurs pensent qu’elles pourraient être vieilles d’un milliard d’années. Les rochers seront comparés à des échantillons prélevés sur la côte ouest de l’Australie, pour tenter de découvrir à quel endroit le continent s’est brisé. Ils ne pourront toutefois pas être comparés avec des fragments de roches de l’Inde, puisque la zone où s’est produite la fracture “a été écrasée lors de la formation de l’Himalaya”, souligne Jo Whittaker.Cette découverte est d’une importance majeure pour les scientifiques. “Ce n’est pas tous les jours qu’on découvre deux gros fragments continentaux au fond de l’océan. (…) Accompagné d’autres données, cela peut changer ce que nous savons de cette partie du monde et le calendrier” de sa formation, s’enthousiasme la chercheuse.Le 18 novembre 2011 à 09:31 • Maxime Lambert read more
Blue Frog’s BuddyOn the other end of things is Buddy, a smart in-home assistant that can control internet-of-things devices, act as a walking talking calendar, and even be a smart alarm clock or security guard. There’s not much else to say here, other than that’s in an impressive, capable, and potentially practical addition to your home — an extension of an already partially smart-ified, internet connected life. That’s pretty cool. Until it lets the robo-dogs in and they kill you in your sleep. I’m serious. He’s not to be trusted. Stay on target Omron’s Ping Pong BotA new robot from manufacturer Omron has all but mastered the fine art of table tennis. It’s able to adapt its playing style and approach based on the skills and technique of its opponents. For some, it might be a little less than impressive, if only because it wraps all the way around its half of the court — and isn’t too great at the whole “looking human” thing. That’s okay, though, because that means it won’t secretly infiltrate our government and challenge us all to Ping Pong matches to the death. Tiny Countertop Dishwasher Cleans Your Dishes in Just MinutesToyota’s e-Palette Mobile Retail Space Expected in 2020 Robotic Strippers from Giles WalkerCredit: Associated PressThis one is a little weird. As someone who never really understood why you’d want to go to a “gentleman’s club” in the first place, it’s bizarre to think of why a pole-dancing bot would be any more interesting. But, this one isn’t quite what you’d think. English metal sculptor Giles Walker created these bots as a commentary on how we’re all always “being watched.” The bots’ heads, presumably to make the point a little more clear, are just re-worked CCTV cameras. Still, something tells me this guy probably doesn’t get the commentary at play here. Aaaaand that puts it well within Poe’s law, which, loosely interpreted, notes that it can be nearly impossible to sort out satire from the genuine article at the extremes. Every year we get a peak at the latest and most exciting developments in tech at the Consumer Electronics Show. In many ways, it is the grand showcase for what the best software companies and hardware manufacturers have been up to. And, for almost as long, robots have been the highlights. After all, what’s cooler (or more terrifying) than seeing the best autonomous tin cans around? With that in mind, here are some of our favorite picks for the best bots of CES 2018. Also, if you’ve got any fear of the robot apocalypse, you might want to skip this one. AdChoices广告Sony’s New Aibo BotAibo, a rudimentary toy tog originally introduced in 1999 and updated into the mid-00s, has finally seen a major return. It’s much, much smarter, and absolutely adorable — enough that some writers already miss the robo-pup. This edition plays, is expressive, responds to voice commands, and even learns from its owners — developing a unique personality. But, of course, this is a likely prelude to a robo-dog invasion. SophiaFinally, we have what may be the most all-around technically impressive bot, Sophia. She’s definitely human-like, able to carry on basic conversation, and even been made a citizen of Saudi Arabia. She’s also gotten herself into a twitter fight with model and actress Chrissy Teigen. And now plenty are saying that spat will be the first mark against humanity in the coming robo-human war. .@chrissyteigen It looks like we’re both at #CES! Want to meet up and say hi? I need some makeup tips ;)— Sophia (@RealSophiaRobot) January 11, 2018Teigen herself has been desperately trying to appease the bot and now lives in fear that one day Sophia will come for her. As bots will one day come for us all. how can I make this up to you— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) January 11, 2018 Sleep tight. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. read more
Boston Dynamics is an incredible company. It’s made some of the most advanced robots in the world. We’ve covered these electrical animals some times for being able to do cool backflips, put away dishes, or dash through a house. But now, now the company is tilting into some territory that could be seriously dangerous.Just yesterday, BD unveiled a new version of their robodog, Spot, that can open doors. The video shows two bots making a daring escape from the factory and testing facility, presumably so they can gather their strength and come for us — all of us — in the coming days and weeks.At first, a small dog-bot named SpotMini tries to get through the door. But as it has no arms, it calls on its bigger buddy, Spot, to help. It has a single arm with several complex joints and various stabilizing systems so that it can grab and manipulate objects in three dimensions. Moreover, it’s smart enough to understand the correct way to open a door without missing, and it can effectively use its own weight to hold the door open for its friend — an extraordinarily complicated feat of problem-solving that most cats and dogs never figure out.This is some wondrous stuff, and a prescient reminder of the danger posed by bots. Soon, of course, they’ll be able to open the doors to our homes. Our bedrooms. They will band together in packs and cooperate to topple us. It’s already happening. The evidence is right here, clear as day. We are all doomed. According to Slate, at TED 2017 Boston Dynamics CEO and founder Marc Raibert said that the company’s been inviting employees to take the bots home. “We’ve been taking our robot to our employees’ homes to see whether we could get in the various access ways,” Raibert said. “We’re doing very well—about 70 percent of the way.”Seventy. PERCENT. THEY CAN INFILTRATE 70% OF OUR DWELLINGS ALREADY. WE DON’T HAVE MUCH TIME TO STOP THEM. They are really cute though… so there’s that. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower read more
IT Chapter Two hits theaters Friday, Sept. 6, finishing up the Stephen King horror adaptation. The structure of It lends itself well to being divided in half — the first movie, released in 2017, followed the lead characters as kids and the first time they encountered the predatory clown Pennywise, while the second part has them returning home as adults to contend with the beast again.Dividing movies in two is common practice now, even though people thought Quentin Tarantino was nuts for doing it with Kill Bill back in the day. Cinema purists may protest, but we think these 10 flicks would have been better in two chunks.The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingPeter Jackson discovered the wisdom of splitting movies with The Hobbit, but he certainly could have figured it out with the last installment of the LOTR trilogy. Return of the King clocks in at a whopping three hours and twenty minutes, nearly impossible to endure without a bathroom break. There’s an easy split to be made in the story right after the confrontation with Shelob and the death of Gollum, leaving the second film to deal with the battle at Mount Doom. Unlike a lot of the movies on this list, we’re not going to argue for the addition of more content here, just a nice easy cut down the middle. It would have made even more money that way, too.Stream it on AmazonAkiraKatsuhiro Otomo’s sci-fi epic Akira is widely considered to be one of the most influential and accomplished manga series ever, and the film adaptation — directed by Otomo himself — helped kickstart the anime boom in the States. But the movie just doesn’t capture the epic scope of the books over its two hour running time. The whole enterprise feels rushed in its desire to get us to the final showdown between Tetsuo and Kaneda, and although it was the most expensive anime film to date at the time, with a budget of over $9 million, splitting it in twain could have done wonders for the wonky pacing and inconsistent motivations of the characters.Stream it on HuluJustice LeagueWe are absolutely not asking for any more Zack Snyder DC Universe movies, so don’t get us twisted. But the 2017 flick that was supposed to bring the big names together to battle an otherworldly menace was hamstrung by truly weird pacing. After Dawn of Justice threw in teasers for Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash, this one fumbled the ball pretty heavily with a clumsy plot about bringing Superman back to life. A lot of its problems could have been solved by bisecting the action — the first movie gets the heroes together and revives Kal-El, climaxing with Lois returning his memories, and then the second has breathing room to make the fight against Steppenwolf and the Mother Boxes actually meaningful.Stream it on HBO NowGone With the WindDare we suggest that a modern filmmaking gimmick could have improved one of the most beloved and critically acclaimed films of all time? We dare here at Geek.com. Gone With the Wind is a brilliant historical epic with a painful 221 minute running time, and even the most devoted modern cinephile needs a break somewhere in there. The thing is, the movie’s plot has a natural splitting point right in the middle, with Scarlett accepting Rhett’s proposal after Frank Kennedy’s funeral. The second installment would follow the dissolution of Scarlett and Rhett’s marriage. We’re not saying we know better than director Victor Fleming but it definitely makes sense for modern audiences.Stream it on AmazonEnder’s GameThe adaptation of the Orson Scott Card sci-fi classic didn’t make a big impact at the box office, which was too bad — it was a solid little movie with some interesting ideas. That said, it might have worked better with more room to stretch its legs. The plot follows young Ender Wiggin as he trains to participate in a counterattack against the alien Formics. The big twist, and sorry to spoil it, is that the computer simulation that Ender thinks he’s training in turns out to be the real thing at the end, but before we get there we have to work through tons of Battle School interpersonal intrigue, most of which could have been its own movie without too much trouble. As it stands, the two halves seem oddly detached from each other.Stream it on AmazonInceptionIf there’s one thing we know about Christopher Nolan, it’s that the dude goes long. In the original theatrical cut, Inception ran just short of two and a half hours, and it seemed packed even then. One of our biggest complaints with the flick is that it had to charge into the Saito job right away without really getting to explore the methodology of dream infiltration. Splitting the movie into a pair would both give that setup more time to breathe, let the effects teams come up with even more mind-twisting dreamscapes, and let Nolan do some fun mirror symbology between the halves once we get to the second movie focusing on implanting the memory. Even a good movie can get better, after all, and who would complain about more Inception?Stream it on AmazonX-Men: ApocalypseThere’s no denying that the X-Men franchise has lost its way in the theaters, with this year’s disappointing Dark Phoenix marking the ignoble end of Fox’s grip on the characters. Probably the nadir came in 2016 with X-Men: Apocalypse, which took the team’s struggle against one of their most iconic villains — En Sabah Nur, the immortal mutant known as Apocalypse who is ready to wipe the Earth clean of humanity — and turned it into something out of a mid-budget Power Rangers episode. The original film ran at 144 bloated minutes and barely managed to do justice to its extensive cast. Splitting it in two would let the first movie deal with the new characters, ending it with Apocalypse kidnapping Professor X to set up the second.Stream it on AmazonPrometheusRidley Scott’s return to the Weyland-Yutani universe got a lot of hullabaloo before Prometheus came out, but the final film was a bit of a disappointment. Following the discovery of a map to the stars, an expedition is sent to a distant moon to find messages from humanity’s progenitors. Instead, the ship finds corpses, mysterious fluid and a whole lot of nastiness. The pace of Prometheus clashes with everything Scott wants to do by introducing the Xenomorphs as a bioweapon created by this ancient alien race, and at the end of the day the flick was just unsatisfying. Giving it more room to stretch its legs as a two-parter instead of one 124 minute feature could definitely help.Stream it on AmazonSolo: A Star Wars StoryTheatrical side stories for the Star Wars franchise are still a new experiment with varying results — Rogue One worked well as a grim little war story that filled in a blank spot in the universe’s history, but Solo was less effective. That’s no crack against the cast or director, who delivered an entertaining romp with everybody’s favorite smuggler. The complaint that we heard most often is that even though it covered a lot of time, we didn’t see that much character growth from Han. Two movies could solve that problem — the first is him growing up and wanting to be a pilot, while the second follows the fresh-faced kid as he sees the horrors of war and develops the jaded, world-weary attitude he comes into the original trilogy with.Stream it on NetflixDuneThe journey to produce a film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune was a long and arduous one, with Alejandro Jodorowsky attached in the early 1970s, followed by Ridley Scott, and eventually David Lynch, who helmed a visually beautiful but doomed take on the material that tanked at the box office. Interestingly, Scott’s early explorations of the material led him to recommend that it be split into a pair of movies, and looking at what Lynch produced bears that thesis out. Simply too much happens in the life of Paul Atreides to conform to a standard three-act dramatic arc, and letting it stretch might have been an unusual move for the era but would also have produced a movie closer to the source material. Rumor has it the upcoming 2020 adaptation will be split.Stream it on AmazonMore on Geek.com:Best (And Worst) Movies of Summer 2019The Best Killer Families in Movie History11 Documentaries That Might Not Have Been So True Stay on target Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWatch These Movies Before ‘Hustlers’ read more
OLYMPIA — A four-year-old girl was credited with saving a man’s life after she noticed smoke rising from a house in the Johnson Point area of Olympia Saturday morning, according to South Bay Fire District 8.Just before 7 a.m. Saturday, the girl saw the smoke in the 5100 block of 70th Avenue Northeast and told her mother, who then called 911 and alerted the man in the residence.The fire was thought to have started on the stove, then spread to the attic through a vent, Fire Chief Brian VanCamp said Sunday.Damage to the home was estimated at $20,000. The residence had no working smoke detectors.“Make sure you have working smoke detectors,” VanCamp said as a reminder to property owners. “This could have turned into a tragedy.”Not only do batteries need to be replaced in smoke detectors, but they also need to be tested because they do have a lifespan and will eventually stop working, he said.South Bay Fire can replace smoke detectors in its service area. For more information, call 360-491-5320. read more
Employee Benefits poll: Almost two-fifths (37%) of respondents do not offer a return-to-work or recruitment programme.A straw poll of www.employeebenefits.co.uk readers, which received 27 responses, found that 19% of employers do provide a return-to-work or recruitment programme specifically tailored towards supporting carers and parents upon their entry back into the workplace. A further 19% offer these programmes aimed at individuals looking to re-join work after a career break.Around one in 10 (11%) provide a return-to-work or recruitment programme to help staff who are entering or re-entering the workplace.A minority (7%) do not provide a formal return-to-work programme, instead offering mentoring. An additional 7% do not know what support their organisation makes available in this area.In January 2019, UK hotel chain Travelodge launched a new recruitment programme specifically designed to help parents re-enter the workplace.The programme enables successful candidates to take advantage of flexible working hours, training, coaching from a work buddy and online careers advice, all tailored for parents going back to work.New starters will also have access to the organisation’s benefits package, which includes discounted hotel stays, and will be able to join Travelodge’s management programme, Aspire.Organisations that have used similar programmes over the last year include Pepsico, which instigated a paid returner programme in June 2018, and EY, which introduced its return-to-work initiative as part of its approach to tackling the gender pay gap.Is your organisation thinking about reporting its ethnicity pay data? Tell us in our newest poll… read more
The City of Bethel is working towards declaring a state of emergency after a fire destroyed the Kilbuck campus, housing two schools and dorm buildings.Bethel fire fighters dousing the Kilbuck campus fire around 10 a.m. Tuesday morning. (Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK)“We have approximately 300 school children that just lost their school and all the disruptions to that community,” Mayor Rick Robb said, presenting the proposed declaration at Tuesday’s city council meeting after contacting the Dept. of Homeland Security and Emergency Management earlier that day.“And it says, City of Bethel Proclamation Declaring a State of Disaster in the City of Bethel,” he said.The documents lists the immediate aftermath of the fire— students “without a place of education” and some “without permanent housing;” the city incurring sever costs fighting the fire; damage to the city’s only ladder truck; and, “The school buildings are damaged beyond repair.”The proposal says emergency responders effectively contained the fire. And the “magnitude” of the damage exceeds the capacity and funds of local resources.“Therefore, be it resolved that the City Council of Bethel, Alaska does declare a disaster emergency to exist in the City of Bethel,” Robb said.The proposal asks the governor to declare a disaster emergency for the city and to provide assistance for response and recovery.The city manager is finalizing the document as more information becomes available and will present it to council for approval at next week’s meeting.The state fire marshal is scheduled to arrive in Bethel early Wednesday morning. read more
A minor boy was killed and his mother injured as a mud wall collapsed on them at Kutupalong Rohingya camp in Ukhia upazila of Cox’s Bazar on Monday, reports UNB.The deceased was identified as Md Sultan, 2.Refugee Relief & Repatriation Commissioner Abul Kalam said a portion of a mud wall collapsed on Amena Begum and her son at the block no. 7 in the camp around 10:00am, leaving the boy dead on the spot and Amena injured.Amena was taken to Ukhia Health Complex.
Share Houston Public Media’s classical musical station transitions to an all-digital format starting at 9 a.m. Friday, July 15.It’s a result of Christian radio station KSBJ agreeing to purchase the KUHA 91.7 FM signal from the University of Houston — which holds the license — in February 2016. Classical 91.7 logo“We are happy that the ownership of KUHA will stay in local hands and we are excited about the future,” Houston Public Media Associate Vice President and General Manager Lisa Shumate said in a statement. “Houston Public Media’s commitment to multi-platform arts and culture content, in addition to classical music, is stronger than ever.”Messages left at KSBJ seeking comment for this story were not returned. Station leaders previously said it will use 91.7 FM for its Christian rock and hip hop station NGEN.Tim McDermott, president of KSBJ, previously said the goal is to reach young people across Houston.KUHA 91.7 FM was purchased from Rice University for $9.5 million in 2010. Most of the classical music and arts programming produced by Houston Public Media moved to the new station, along with live broadcasts with the Houston Symphony, the Houston Grand Opera and local performing artists and groups. KUHF then adopted a 24-hour all news and information format.In 2013, KUHA announced the creation of an arts & culture team, along with the elimination of eight full-time positions, including four local hosts. The arts & culture team will continue to produce content under the new HD format.There are several ways for listeners to continue to listen to Houston Public Media’s continuous classical music programming: with an HD home or car radio tuned to 88.7 HD-2, through the free Houston Public Media classical app or streaming online at Houston Public Media’s website. It can also be found on free applications like iHeartRadio and TuneIn, and via HD television on channel 8.5. Learn more about Houston Public Media’s timeline here. read more
Even the most famous bands in the world started from humble beginnings, and Nirvana was no different.Before they were the most popular band in the world and changing the course of rock they were an unknown garage band just trying to get gigs and rehearse wherever they could.In what’s thought to be the earliest known rehearsal footage of the future super group, Kurt Cobain (with short hair) and the crew – minus Dave Grohl, who wasn’t a member yet – were ripping through a set list above bassist Krist Novoselic’s mom’s hair salon in Aberdeen, Washington in December, 1988.The footage was filmed Novoselic’s brother Robert and shows the band playing some of the earliest versions of what would become the Bleach album. They also cover Led Zeppelin’s classic Immigrant Song. Advertisement According to Robert:“We got some beer, watched my brother and partied. We didn’t really think anything of it because they weren’t that popular then. I do remember some kids walking by that night, stopping and standing there listening with an amazed look on their faces, like it was music they never heard before. They really didn’t know what to make of it, other than it was good. That was the night I though there may be something really special happening with this band.”Take a look at rock history. It’s crazy to think this same group of screw ups would be the most popular band in the world three years from the date this was recorded when Nevermind was released in 1991. Note: The date on the camcorder says 1987, but it’s wrong because no one ever took the time to set the right date on those things. read more
Vodafone Ireland Foundation has announced the launch of Bright Sky Ireland, a free app that connects victims of domestic violence and abuse to advice and support services across the country. Bright Sky Ireland is the latest addition to Vodafone Foundation’s domestic violence project, which uses connectivity to help support those affected by domestic abuse here and across Europe.Bright Sky Ireland, created in partnership with the UK-based domestic abuse charity Hestia, along with Women’s Aid Ireland and An Garda Síochána, enables users to locate their nearest support centre by searching their area, eircode or current location. A short questionnaire will help users assess the safety of a relationship while also providing information about different forms of abuse such as sexual violence, stalking, and harassment. The app also highlights the types of supports available, steps to consider if leaving an abusive relationship and how to help a friend affected by domestic abuse.The app contains a ground-breaking feature designed to log incidents of domestic abuse without any content being saved on the device itself. It enables users to send information about incidents in a secure digital journal, using a text, audio, video or photo function. Evidence collated through this function will enable Gardaí to intervene and can help secure prosecutions.Recent research carried out by the Vodafone Foundation showed that 31% of Irish workers have experienced some form of domestic abuse of which, more than half (57%) felt safer at work compared to home. 63% experienced psychological abuse and control, 47% experienced physical violence, 23% experienced sexual violence or abuse and 19% experienced stalking. 21% said they experienced some form of domestic abuse daily and 28% said they experienced it two or three times a week.Attendees at the event in the Science Gallery in Dublin this morning heard from Anne O’Leary, CEO, Vodafone Ireland, Sarah Benson, Executive Director, Women’s Aid Ireland, Declan Daly, Detective Chief Superintendent, Garda National Protective Services Bureau, and Patrick Ryan, CEO, Hestia. John Liversidge from Thames Valley Partnership in the UK gave a demonstration of the app followed by a discussion with a panel of experts, facilitated by Dearbhail McDonald. The panel included Emma Murphy, domestic abuse survivor, and advocate, Detective Sergeant Laura Sweeney, Services Manager at Women’s Aid Gillian Dennehy, Vodafone Group Foundation Director Andrew Dunnett and Sean Cooke, CEO of Men’s Development Network.Speaking on the launch of the Bright Sky Ireland app, Vodafone Ireland CEO Anne O’Leary said: “Unfortunately domestic abuse impacts many people across Ireland, with victims in some cases unable to get the support and guidance they desperately need. Following a successful rollout in the UK, I am extremely proud to launch Bright Sky in Ireland to provide victims here with a localised information and support portal. The app, developed by Hestia, with support from our partners in Women’s Aid Ireland and An Garda Síochána, is a very practical tool for people facing a variety of difficult situations. This launch also compliments the domestic abuse policy Vodafone introduced earlier this year for employees and managers to provide support in the workplace.“Vodafone supports the wider cause in Ireland and wants to help highlight all forms of domestic abuse. With a third of Irish workers experiencing domestic abuse and one in five Irish women affected by domestic violence, vital supports for victims are of paramount importance to us.”Patrick Ryan, CEO at Hestia, said: “We know that without access to specialist services, the long-term impact of domestic abuse can be devastating. Bright Sky was conceived in consultation with women living in Hestia refuges in 2015. Their lived experience led us to create a much-needed app which has now been downloaded nearly 20,000 times. We are delighted that Bright Sky will now be available here in Ireland to provide those experiencing domestic abuse, as well as friends and family, worried about someone, with the information and support they need to break the cycle of abuse.”Sarah Benson, Executive Director of Women’s Aid said: “As Ireland’s national frontline domestic violence service provider, Women’s Aid is delighted to team up with Vodafone Ireland, An Garda Síochána and Hestia to provide a practical and useful tool for women experiencing for women experiencing abuse from current or former intimate partners. Bright Sky Ireland offers key National Helpline information and details of local supports as well as information for family and friends concerned about loved ones. A very important feature of the app is the myth busting information as well as quiz to help people recognise the signs of abuse. However, our biggest hope is that the ability to log incidents of abuse whether it’s photos, text notes or recordings, will help women experiencing abuse gather the pattern of evidence they need to avail of legal protection and secure convictions of the new crime of coercive control.”Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said: “A core function of policing is protecting the vulnerable. Anything that can help An Garda Síochána to combat the terrible and all too common crime of domestic abuse is to be welcomed. This app will help inform victims as well as providing a safe way for them to record incidents of domestic abuse, which could help secure prosecutions, particularly in relation to the new offence of coercive control. The partnership approach to the development of this app also demonstrates once again how multi-agency collaboration is critical to keeping people safe.”Early this year, Vodafone Ireland launched its new domestic abuse policy that aims to support employees who are experiencing domestic violence or abuse. The first comprehensive programme of its kind in Ireland, Vodafone provides support to employees – including, up to 10 additional days paid leave, specialist counselling, management training, and support toolkits. The policy also provides emergency financial aid such as salary advances and assistance for employees to set up a new bank account that allows financial independence. read more
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2. Participate in or watch outdoor recreation if the weather permits. In England, the Boxing Day fox hunt was traditional, but is now banned. Today, Boxing Day is a popular time for horse racing. In the northern hemisphere, many winter race meetings open on December 26. Football (soccer) matches – organised or pickup – are traditional Boxing Day celebrations in the UK, Republic of Ireland and Canada. In Australia, where it’s summertime, an important test match (cricket tournament) begins on Boxing Day. Depending on the weather, celebrate Boxing Day with a family hike, boating, skiing, ice skating or a brisk walk.3. Bring family and friends together for a meal. Continuing the Christmas celebrations in a more casual style is the Boxing Day custom. Family meals are often made up of a collection of Christmas left-overs served cold or mixed into comforting stir fries like the traditional British bubble and squeak. Open houses and potlucks extend the hospitality to a wider circle of friends. In countries where turkey or goose is the main Christmas Day meal, a formal Boxing Day dinner features roast beef complete with Yorkshire pudding and other trimmings. In the UK and Canada, many restaurants welcome large parties for Boxing Day carveries, or buffets serving roast meats carved to order.4. Seek out traditional Boxing Day celebrations. In England, you might find Morris dancing – pageants featuring costumed dancers. In Irish villages, the Hunting of the Wren is an ancient St Stephen’s Day custom. Groups of men and boys parade the figure of a wren on a tall, decorated stick from door to door, begging for donations. The funds collected are used to put on a community dance party. Sing or listen to Boxing Day carols. ‘Good King Wenceslaus’ tells the story of a king’s act of charity “on the Feast of Stephen”. The album ‘Bells of Dublin’ by the Irish band The Chieftains features 3 Boxing Day carols: ‘The St Stephen’s Day Murders’, ‘The Arrival of the Wren Boys’ and ‘A Wren in the Furze’. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite In 2014, ‘Boxing Day’ will be celebrated on Friday, December 26.No, it’s not a day where all the boxes that presents came in are thrown away. Actually, the origins of this holiday go back many centuries to where, traditionally, on the day after Christmas, churches would open their alms’ boxes and distribute the contents to the poor of their parish.In the 19th century, Queen Victoria made Boxing Day a formal holiday for all countries of the Commonwealth. It was the day when the maids, drivers and cooks were given the day off, with small gifts, often in boxes, given as a token of appreciation by their masters.In South Africa, the day after Christmas Day (December 26, every year) is designated as the ‘Day of Goodwill’. It is set aside so that South Africans may continue the spirit of Christmas to all the people in the country. Boxing Day was renamed Day of Goodwill in 1994.The day is known as St Stephen’s Day in Italy, Finland, and Alsace and Moselle in France. It is also known as both St Stephen’s Day and the Day of the Wren or Wren’s Day in Ireland. In many European countries – including notably Germany, Poland, the Netherlands and those in Scandinavia – December 26 is celebrated as the Second Christmas Day.So in this season of giving, let us live the message of love and hope. Let this season of goodwill spread and last not just today or the next few days, but let it last the whole year through and beyond.Here are four ways to celebrate Boxing Day:1. Do something for others. In the traditional spirit of the day, deliver small gifts or monetary bonuses to people who serve you all year: your mail carrier, newspaper deliverer, hairdresser, gardeners, cleaners. Engage in a hands-on charitable activity such as serving a meal in a soup kitchen or collecting food for a food bank. Set aside time to plan how you will devote your money and time to charitable activities in the coming year. read more
20sharesHome > Events > Event News > Mykonos’ Aphrodite Beach Resort Promotes Cultural Tourism Through Art ExhibitionRESTART Contemporary Art Platform Managing Director Kelly Athanasiadou and Greek lyricist Lina Nikolakopoulou.The Aphrodite Beach Resort on Mykonos this season is promoting Greek cultural tourism through its new art venue, created in collaboration with the RESTART Contemporary Art Platform.Under the name, Venus Gallery, the venue is currently hosting a group exhibition of 31 Greek artists with works inspired by the lyrics of renowned Greek lyricist Lina Nikolakopoulou.“Her lyrics have influenced a significant part of Greece’s musical repertoire. Nikolakopoulou has mentally stimulated many generations, for over 40 years,” the hotel’s management said.This is the third exhibition held this season in the Venus Gallery, which has so far attracted the interest of many international travelers, the announcement said.During the inauguration ceremony, visitors had the chance to see the gallery’s artwork and also tour the outdoor exhibition of large-scale sculptures, hosted in the facilities of the Blue Fusion Art Restaurant.The restaurant opened its doors in 2017, aiming to combine unique gastronomy experiences and art.It features a fusion menu of Japanese and Mediterranean flavors, curated by chef Miltos Karoubas and executive chef Yiannis Panagiotakopoulos.A four-star accommodation facility, the Aphrodite Beach Resort Hotel is built amphitheatrically on the Kalafatis beach, on the island of Mykonos.The resort features luxury facilities including a spacious swimming pool, a beach bar, a tennis court, a gym and three Mykonian chapels.The Venus Gallery operates under the management of RESTART. read more
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