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first_imgAdvertisement ABOUT THE BATA SHOE MUSEUMWith an International collection of over 13,000 shoes and related artefacts, the Bata Shoe Museum celebrates 4,500 years of footwear history in four distinctive rotating galleries. Through the creation of its innovative exhibitions, the BSM strives to enlighten and entertain visitors of all ages. For every shoe there’s a story. Discover thousands at the Bata Shoe Museum. Further information is available at or @batashoemuseum. Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO – On June 13, the Toronto Raptors made history by winning their first NBA Championship in franchise history.  As the City of Toronto and Canada continue to celebrate this extraordinary achievement, the Bata Shoe Museum is excited to announce that sneakers belonging to members of the 2018-2019 team are on view beginning today in the Behind the Scenes exhibition on the main floor.Generously on loan to the Bata Shoe Museum from the Toronto Raptors, the sneakers on view include those worn by Pascal Siakam, Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, Serge Ibaka, Marc Gasol, Norman Powell and Fred VanVleet during the 2019 NBA playoffs.  Canadian Rapper and Raptors Global Ambassador, Drake, also has a pair of sneakers currently on view in the gallery.Visitors will be able to see the sneakers until September 18, 2019.  Following the display, they will be auctioned off in support of MLSE Foundation; a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of youth by building facilities, giving to sustainable programs and empowering youth through sports and recreation.  Auction details to follow at a later date. Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Japan website offers anonymity for variety of grievances

first_imgTOKYO – A cartoon cat in a purple robe brandishes a tiny gavel as it comforts another cat yowling from abuse: The images welcoming visitors to Sorehara, a Japanese website for anonymous complaints about harassment and other grievances, are deceptively endearing.“You don’t have to suffer alone. Get help from the cat who seeks justice,” it says.Sorehara, an abbreviation of the Japanese for “That’s harassment,” was devised by a 21-year-old college student and, like many #MeToo apps and websites, is meant to help victims of abuse safely fight back against their tormentors.It allows users to send anonymous complaints by email, without registering any personal information and is gaining popularity in Japan, despite some concerns over the potential for its misuse.On-the-job harassment is gaining attention as the #MeToo movement slowly takes root here. Sexual harassment claims have brought on recent resignations of high-profile officials, pop stars and professors.But the website doesn’t focus just on sexual misbehaviour. Sorehara goes to very Japanese extremes in allowing users to register their disapproval electronically to those who offend them in all sorts of ways, including indulging in garlic, wearing excessive perfume or smelling too strongly of cigarette smoke.Victim blaming can be severe in highly conformist Japan so anonymity is essential for helping them feel safe, says Tatsuki Yoshida, 21, who developed Sorehara and founded his start-up Quaerere last year.“In Japan, companies don’t like to deal with harassment issues. People who raise their voices about harassment usually just get moved to a different department or maybe given a raise. Or they get fired,” he told The Associated Press in a recent interview in Fujisawa, southwest of Tokyo.A college sophomore, he is taking time off from his studies to work on Sorehara.Inappropriate behaviour and unwanted sexual advances, repugnant and dangerous as they can be, are just part of a universe of gripes people might have about their co-workers.So Sorehara offers users various options, including “power harassment,” bullying, alcohol harassment, sexual harassment and even “smell harassment.”Next, they chose the level of severity, ranging from mere annoyance to threatening legal action. They fill in the email and a name or nickname of the person accused of the misbehaviour, but not their own email or name. The Japanese-language site gives an option to delay sending the message for up to two months, to reduce the possibility of the accuser being recognized.Recipients get an email politely notifying them of the harassment claim, asking if they recognize it and giving a choice of responses such as: “I will reflect on my behaviour,” or “I have done nothing wrong.”An English version was released recently, and a Korean-language version is in the works.The #MeToo era has inspired companies, colleges and support groups to devise all sorts of apps and other online support for victims of sexual harassment and other abuses.Some, like Protibadi in Bangladesh, HarassMap in Egypt and bSafe use mapping and GPS technology to help protect people by identifying potentially unsafe locations or notifying a user’s friends if the person seems to be in trouble. AI-powered chatbots like Spot, developed in California, automate harassment reporting. Others focus on support and counselling for victims. Few combine anonymity with direct online complaints the way Sorehara does.Some worry that this anonymity could invite abuse because the claims can’t be verified, and because many Japanese tend to view simple annoyances like body odour as grievous social transgressions.“There’s a possibility that the person you say is a harasser is not really harassing,” said Yoko Iwasaki of Cuore C Cube Co., a business management consulting company in Tokyo that focuses on harassment and diversity issues.“That person who receives that email from Sorehara might feel very weird and attacked. Sending that kind of message can also be harassment,” she said.But Hiroaki Morio, a professor at Kansai University, says he just believes the website is meant to be “light-hearted.”“They’re trying to make harassment easier to deal with,” Morio said.Despite the wider recognition of sexual harassment as a problem, Japanese thinking has not changed much and as most people still feel unable to speak up, so anonymous outlets like Sorehara can help, says Mayumi Haruno, who became the first Japanese woman to sue alleging on-the-job sexual harassment after she was forced out of her job in the 1980s. She won 1.65 million yen ($15,000) in damages in a lawsuit that she filed in 1989.Social media that allow anonymity, like Line, Twitter and Mixi are popular in Japan and in neighbouring South Korea, where Blind, an anonymous message board app for employees, launched a #MeToo message board early this year.“I think people are still afraid to make things public because they’re afraid of a backlash,” said Kyum Kim, co-founder of TeamBlind, which started the Blind app in 2013 and has offices in San Francisco, Seoul and Tokyo. “I think that’s the culture right now in Japan and Korea.”Sorehara says it sends about 50 complaints a day. Most people who get them accept or at least acknowledge them, suggesting most claims are genuine, Yoshida said.He says Sorehara is meant more to open lines of communication and raise awareness than to provide a formal way to report or solve harassment cases. Different people draw social lines in different places, Yoshida says, so he wants Sorehara to help people educate each other.Several companies, including one with about 200 employees, are working with Sorehara to use the service internally, and Yoshida says he is also collaborating with counselling services.“I don’t think companies are really changing internally,” Yoshida said. “But they are scared about their image, so at least they are paying more attention.”___Follow Nicola Shannon on Twitter at work can be found at read more

Lok Sabha polls: AAP names 15 star campaigners for Delhi

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has come up with 15 names to be the party’s star campaigners in Delhi, senior party leader Gopal Rai said. Rai said these names would be submitted to the Election Commission for approval on Wednesday and they would come up with more names in the coming weeks. “A total of 40 campaigners will be campaigning for the party in Delhi,” he said. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and senior party leaders Satyendra Jain, Sanjay Singh and he are among those chosen by the party, Rai said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe other names on the list include party members Bhagwant Mann, Sushil Gupta, ND Gupta, Imran Hussain, Kailash Gahlot, Saurabh Bhardwaj, Rajendra Pal Gautam, Rakhi Birla, Jarnail Singh and Shahnaz Hindustani, he said. The election to the seven Lok Sabha seats in the national Capital will be held on May 12. Meanwhile, AAP Delhi convenor Gopal Rai on Wednesday asked DPCC President Shiela Dikshit whether the people of Delhi should believe her latest statement on her earlier statement of November 21, 2013, when she had stated that due to Delhi not being a full state there has been a problem of coordination between different agencies and such problems would have been resolved had Delhi been a full state. “Dikshit has also stated that full statehood will no longer be a part of her party’s manifesto, she should explain what was the compulsion of her party in having promised full statehood for Delhi on 30th January 2015,” he said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsRai also said that she should tell the people of Delhi whether the 2015 manifesto was a lie or what are her latest compulsions in going back from what her party had been promising to the people of Delhi for decades? “It is shocking that somebody who has been a Chief Minister of Delhi on Wednseady said that statehood for Delhi cannot be an issue for Lok Sabha elections. If one were to believe what Mrs Dikshit is saying today then on what basis she had got a resolution passed from the Assembly and sent it to the then central government for getting this demand fulfilled ?,” the AAP leader said.last_img read more

Director of Royal Archives Bahija Simou Receives French Legion of Honor

Rabat – Bahija Simou, director of the Royal Archives will be awarded “French Legion of Honor” by the French ambassador to Morocco, Jean-François Girault, on Thursday, December 7, according to Telquel.The French diplomat will present then the insignia of Officer of the National Order of Legion of Honour to Bahija Simou, who is also the mission head at the royal cabinet, in “recognition of services she provided to the cooperation and the relationship of friendship between France and Morocco.”Simou has a distinguished career in the field of university research and the promotion of cultural and scientific projects. Due to her experience in organizing cultural activities, she has often been appointed curator of several cultural events which have left an impressive resonance, such as the “Invalides,” and “Splendours of script in Morocco, rare and unpublished manuscripts” in Paris.She is the author of several books. In November 2016 in Paris, she presented her book entitled Morocco and France, the path to independence, 1912-1956.In 2002, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication awarded her a Knight of Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier dans l’ordre des arts et des lettres). read more

Fonterra finds bacteria in whey

Some Fonterra products used in infant formula and sports drinks may contain a bacteria that causes botulism, the company announced early today, TV New Zealand reported.Fonterra said that on Wednesday tests indicated the potential presence of a strain of Clostridium (Clostridium Botulinum) in a whey concentrate sample, which can cause botulism. Product samples were put through intensive testing over the following months. On Wednesday, tests indicated the potential presence of a strain of Clostridium (Clostridium Botulinum) in a sample, which can cause botulism.The particular whey protein concentrate concerned is used by Fonterra’s customers in a range of products including infant formula, growing up milk powder and sports drinks, said Gary Romano, Managing Director NZ Milk Products.“For this reason, we immediately contacted our customers and the appropriate authorities, so that any potentially affected product could be removed from the marketplace. As a result, these customers are urgently investigating whether any of the affected product, which contains a strain of Clostridium, is in their supply chains. If need be, they will initiate consumer product recalls. There have been no reports of any illness linked to consumption of the affected whey protein, Fonterra said in a statement. Dairy products such as fresh milk, yoghurt, cheese, spreads and UHT milk products are not affected, it said.Fonterra had initially identified a potential quality issue in March this year, when a product tested positive for Clostridium. There are hundreds of different strains of Clostridium, the majority of which are harmless, the company said. Any consumer product recalls that may need to take place will be initiated by the respective food companies.Fonterra Chief Executive Theo Spierings said food safety is Fonterra’s “number one priority.”“We take matters of public health extremely seriously and we are doing everything we can to assist our customers in ensuring any product containing this ingredient is removed from the marketplace and that the public is made aware,” Spierings said.“We are acting quickly. Our focus is to get information out about potentially affected product as fast as possible so that it can be taken off supermarket shelves and, where it has already been purchased, can be returned,” he said.Fonterra is working closely with New Zealand’s regulatory authority – the Ministry for Primary Industries – to keep New Zealand and offshore regulators informed, he said.Fonterra said today that Mr Spierings will be talking to Chinese companies about the contamination issue while he is in China this weekend. The company said it today advised eight of its customers of a “quality issue” involving three batches of a particular type of whey protein concentrate (WPC80) produced at a single New Zealand manufacturing site in May 2012. “We are working with our customers and will provide more information and updates as they become available,” Mr Romano said. Romano told a news conference today that investigations had isolated the cause of the contamination. A piece of pipe was not sterilised properly and was used during production of three batches of whey protein concentrate.The piece of equipment was subsequently cleaned and further product tested was clear.The organism is present in soils and small amounts of dust accumulated in the pipe and triggered the contamination, he said. read more

How Bangladesh spearheaded creation of International Mother Language Day

“It is a part of our Bengali nationalism to promote and commemorate this Day for the protection of not only our language but all those struggles elsewhere around the world,” Mr. Momen told UN News.He said International Mother Language Day also celebrates multilingualism worldwide, promoting more tolerance and a “sense of culture of peace and harmony where diversity does not mean harmful for the global citizen but diversity is also a powerful instrument.”Watch the entire television interview with Mr. Momen on YouTube, or listen to our highlights on SoundCloud. As part of the Day’s celebrations, the United Nations Postal Administration will issue 18 World Language stamps, each saying “hello” in English and in a dozen other languages.A special event will be organized on 21 February in New York, organized by Bangladesh, Guatemala, Mozambique, Nigeria and Papua New Guinea, in collaboration with the United Nations Department for General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM), the UN Department of Global Communications (DGC), the UN Postal Administration (UNPA) and the New York Office of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). “We have to protect our heritage, our culture, our existence,” said Ambassador Masud Bin Momen, of Bangladesh, the country which successfully lobbied the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1999 to create International Mother Language Day. The UN General Assembly formally recognized the Day in 2008.The origins of the Day began before 21 February 1952, but erupted on that day, when students at the University of Dhaka and other activists protested a Government order declaring Urdu as the sole national language. Bangladesh at the time was part of Pakistan. The deadly protest provoked widespread unrest, resulting in 1956, in Bengali being granted official status. read more

New passenger security checks on USbound flights

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEmirates cuts flights on five U.S. routes as restrictions hit demandApril 19, 2017In “World”No more hassle …CJIA-bound CAL passengers to get priority processing – while in transit at Piarco Int’lJuly 4, 2016In “latest news”Electronic devices banned on some US flightsMarch 21, 2017In “World” (AFP) World airlines will begin applying new security standards and questioning passengers more fully before flights to the United States from Thursday.Emirates, Air France and Norwegian confirmed to AFP that US authorities had asked for tougher controls, and other carriers issued statements confirming they would apply them.Details of the new measures, which were announced as President Donald Trump’s administration is working to toughen controls on refugees and immigrants, were limited.Emirates said passengers would be subjected to “pre-screening interviews at the check-in counter” whereas Air France said it expected to apply an additional “security interview.”Cathay Pacific said it would halt services allowing passengers to check in luggage from downtown Hong Kong or curbside at the airport, and instead interview them at check-in gates.The airlines suggested that passengers arrive early for their flights to account for any additional delays caused by the new rules.Norwegian said that its passengers would receive instructions by SMS message and that check-in desks would open four hours before departure for flights to the United States.US officials could not immediately comment on the measures, but they came as the White House was attempting to impose a number of measures to control arrivals to the United States.On Tuesday, Trump issued an executive order ending a moratorium on refugee arrivals but re-imposing controls on those coming from 11 countries, most of them with Muslim majorities.Previously, the administration has banned laptops and larger electronics from cabins on flights from certain Middle East hubs, and has attempted to impose a blanket visa ban on some countries — a measure now tied up in court.The White House has insisted the new controls are designed as anti-terror safeguards but Trump’s critics have accused him of unfairly targeting Muslims with blanket measures.In addition, he has vowed to build a huge — and hugely expensive — wall across the southern US border to prevent illegal immigration from Mexico and Latin America. read more

Michelin introduces two new sizes of XHA loader tyres

first_imgMICHELIN Earthmover® has announced the launch of two new sizes of the MICHELIN® XHATM 2, a loader tyre for small- and medium-sized wheel loaders used for material handling in quarries and mines, sand, gravel, logging and waste management. The 17.5R25 size is targeted for small-wheel loaders, while the 775/65R29 size is targeted for medium-wheel loaders.“Michelin worked with customers to determine the sizes that should expand the XHA2 portfolio,” said Jamey Fish, director of marketing for Michelin North American Earthmover. “Michelin then field-tested these new sizes with operators to ensure they will deliver exceptional performance and results.”The MICHELIN XHA 2 17.5R25 offers a reduced risk of flats and damage due to an increased volume of rubber and a deeper tread depth of 2/32 in on the crown. The specially-engineered sidewall compound and robust shoulders are resistant to impacts, splits and cuts, and offer more protection with the enhanced reinforcement. New, non-directional, slightly asymmetrical tread pattern provides gradual contact with the ground, thus reducing vibrations and adding to operator comfort when compared in the field to its predecessor, Michelin XHA. The MICHELIN XHA 2 17.5R25 replaces the 17.5R25 XHA.The MICHELIN XHA 2 775/65R29 is a fitment for the Caterpillar 972M loader. It offers “the advantages of a low-profile design that has the same diameter as a 26.5R25 size, excellent stability and improved flotation due to the wider footprint. This wider footprint also provides better traction on all types of surfaces and offers improved wear and traction.” The tyre is designed to have increased heat resistance which minimises internal casing temperatures for extended casing life.Utilising MICHELIN high-quality robust casings, a new belt design facilitates retreadability and repair-ability, adding to the overall lifetime value. Optimised retreading means fewer tyres needing to be scrapped and a better solution for the environment.last_img read more

Tammy Sunny Sytch responds to recent TMZ report

first_img WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Facebook Kobe Bryant Teaches AAU Team Mamba Mentality Videos Articles SPOILERS: 5/3 and 5/4 Impact TV taping results from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Matthew Mcconaughey Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia announce a new type of conventioncenter_img WWE Hall of Famer Tammy “Sunny” Sytch posted the following on Twitter last night in response to a TMZ report posted yesterday that Sytch was in negotiations with adult film company Vivid to do adult movies: “to clear the air, I am NOT doing a porn… I have been approached by Vivid Entertainment, but nothing has been negotiated or put on paper”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipCelebrity Closeup: Edgar RamirezVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 55.44%0:05Remaining Time -1:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Nora and Baker Draft Their Pop Culture Favorites U.S. Open champ picks Jennifer Lawrence to play her Leon “Vader” White’s autobiography “Vader Time: The Story of a Modern Day Gladiator” is out now Celebrity Closeup: Edgar Ramirez Twitter Now Playing Up Next WWE star gets engaged, Toni Storm announced for Stardom shows in Maylast_img read more

20 Years of the Apache Software Foundation ApacheCon 2019 Opening Keynote

first_imgOpen Source and Apache have done more for me than I can ever give back, so what I try to do is do everything I can to give back to the community. Following Brin was Christopher Ferris, CTO Open Technology for IBM, who noted an increasing trend for open-source providers to change the license on their technology to make it difficult to use the code in an open source way. There is also a pattern where cloud providers will sell a managed version of an OSS package, without contributing back to the project. Ferris shared a quote from Steve O’Grady of Redmonk: Commercial open source providers have increasingly turned to models that blur the lines between open source and proprietary software in an attempt to access the strengths of both, with the higher probability outcome of ending up with their weaknesses instead. After the Panel, science-fiction author and astrophysicist David Brin took the stage to speak on the potential dangers of AI, and a possible solution. His talk, titled “Algorithm Soup,” compared existing “free-floating” algorithms and programs to the “primordial soup” of 4 billion years ago that led to the initial creation of life on Earth; Brin posits that AI “life” could emerge from this soup, rather than from deliberate efforts to program AI. Brin points out that we are used to living in a “diamond-shaped” society, with a broad middle-class and smaller upper- and lower-classes, and suggests that the threat posed by AI-entities is a return to the “pyramid-shaped” society, with an autocratic AI-entity at the top and humans at the bottom. Brin proposes that a solution to this threat is to build “cell walls;” that is, separate identities for AI-entities that can be held accountable. In essence, the competition between distinct AI entities will protect humans. Ferris claimed that “technology leaders do more than just consume open source; they also give back,” and highlighted IBM’s many open source releases of internal projects, contrasting that with the perception that IBM is about propriety software and mainframes. He noted that IBM was central not only to helping establish ASF, but also to the Linux Foundation and the Eclipse Foundation. And while IBM has in the past emphasized the specification of standards, their new stance is that, although standards are important, open source implementation provides a common code-base that drives interoperability and helps eliminate vendor lock-in. The key to this is open governance, so that no single vendor can change the software’s license arbitrarily; this reduces the risk of adoption, making the software more successful. He pointed to the success of ASF and the Linux Foundation in providing a “safe space” for developers to collaborate, regardless of their corporate interests.Jonathan Ellis, CTO and co-founder of DataStax, spoke next about DataStax’s “three pillar commitment” to the Apache Cassandra and Tinkerpop projects: code, content, and community. Introducing the code pillar, he mentioned there is a tension between public cloud vendors and companies that contributes to open source software, specifically calling out AWS, which sells Managed Streaming for Kafka (MSK) service, but does not contribute “a great deal” to the Kafka project. MSK competes with a Kafka service offered by Confluent, which does contribute to the project. Many open source vendors have reacted by changing their license agreement on some of their distributions, but there is no clear solution to the problem.DataStax primarily contributes to the Cassandra codebase, including several features of the upcoming 4.0 release. DataStax will also soon open source a set of unified Cassandra drivers that replace their proprietary drivers, with new features such as enhanced load-balancing and Spring Boot support. DataStax is also the largest contributor to the Tinkerpop graph database and is working on an upcoming release. Ellis announced a new cloud-based product called DataStax Insights, a monitoring tool for Cassandra clusters, and will be providing a free tier to all Cassandra users.center_img At the recent ApacheCon North America 2019 in Las Vegas, the opening keynote session celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), with key themes being: the history of the ASF, a strong commitment to community and collaboration, and efforts to increase contributions from the public. The session also featured a talk by astrophysicist David Brin on the potential dangers of AI. The session began with a Founders’ Panel, featuring several founding members of the ASF, including Mark Cox, Roy Fielding, Jim Jagielski, Brian Behlendorf, Cliff Skolnick, and Lars Eilebrecht. The panel members recounted how they became involved in the project and expounded on the importance of community to the success of Apache. Many of the founders were present at a seminal gathering which led to the establishment of ASF, when a subset of the developers in the Apache Group met in San Francisco in June, 1998. The members of the group had been collaborating via email for years before meeting face-to-face.The founders all called out the importance of community, collaboration, and contribution. Fielding, now famous for initially describing the REST architecture, noted that a defining characteristic of the group was that it featured members from all over the world, from both commercial and academic settings, and a key to the group’s success was that they were able to organically self-organize and collaborate. Skolnick noted that he and other contributors were starting businesses and needed web servers; by collaborating, each could “give a little bit, and get a lot back.” Eilebrecht recalls that he was initially surprised at his selection to join the group, given that he had not made many contributions, but he related how Ben Laurie (another founder, not present) told him that “if the Apache group measured contributions based on the number of lines of code contributed, it would be poorer for it.” Jagielski commented that: Sam Ruby, currently president of the ASF, concluded the session with the “State of the Feather.” He began by polling the audience for contributors to Apache projects, asking how long ago they made their first. When he got to contributors of five years or less, he mentioned his hope was that soon the ASF board would contain some of these “new” members. Ruby himself made his first code commit in 1999, and by 2003 he was on the Apache board of directors.Ruby showed graphs of ASF’s growth in projects and contributors, noting the steady, nearly linear, growth over the last 20 years; currently ASF hosts 334 projects with over 7,000 committers. Ruby credits the Foundation’s success to its “bottom-up, community-centric Open Source process.” He then concluded by presenting a summary of the ASF’s activities of the past year, including fundraising, community development, and new licenses.last_img read more

David Bowie Wins Greatest 20th Century Entertainer In BBC Poll

first_imgNews Twitter Facebook Email David Bowie Voted #1 20th Century Entertainer david-bowie-wins-greatest-20th-century-entertainer-bbc-poll Bowie died in 2016 and posthumously won four categories at the 59th GRAMMY Awards for his final album, Blackstar, and its title track, for a career total of five wins. Additionally, in 2006 he was honored with the Recording Academy’s Lifetime and Achievement Award. The icon also has two singles and one album in the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame: 1969’s “Space Oddity,” 1972’s “Changes” and 1972’s The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars.A Bowie Celebration Announces Tour DatesRead more BBC viewers placed Bowie at the pinnacle, above Charlie Chaplin, Billie Holiday and Marilyn MonroePhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jan 18, 2019 – 1:56 pm On Jan. 16, BBC revealed David Bowie was the winner of its viewer poll for greatest entertainer of the 20th century. His competition included Charlie Chaplin, Billie Holiday and Marilyn Monroe.The poll was held as part of BBC Two’s “Icons” series, which also spotlights explorers, leaders and scientists. The winners in those categories respectively were Ernest Shackleton, Nelson Mandela and Alan Turing, placing Bowie in the poll’s final round for greatest 20th century icon. The series’ bio for Bowie describes him as “an innovator constantly at music’s cutting edge.” David Bowie Wins Greatest 20th Century Entertainer In BBC Poll last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday February 1 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Friday, February 1, 2019:#1) Wilmington Youth Hockey’s 80’s & 90’s Trivia NightAn 80’s and 90’s Pop Culture Trivia Night to benefit Wilmington Youth Hockey will take place from 7pm to 11pm at Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue). Tickets cost $20 and tables of 10 cost $200. Enjoy trivia, music, games and raffles. 80s/90s gear optional. Registration form can be found HERE. All proceeds will benefit the Wilmington Youth Hockey Association.#2) Needleworkers At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a meeting of its Needleworkers from 10am to noon. If you do any kind of needlework, this group is for you. Bring a project and learn from others while enjoying a little conversation and camaraderie. No registration required.#3) Drop-In Preschool Story Time At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a drop-in preschool story time at 10am. Drop in for stories, songs, rhymes and a fun craft!  Space is limited. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Ages 2-5 and one or more adults.#4) Bingo At Senior Center The Wilmington Senior Center (15 School Street) is holding its weekly bingo game at 1pm.#5) Karaoke At Pacific GrovePacific Grove (211 Lowell Street) is hosting karaoke from Winnell Entertainment beginning at 8pm.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, September 6In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, July 30, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, August 16, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Life stories — not sermons — guide Gilead Church in Chicago

first_img Share This! By: Katelyn Ferral Katelyn Ferral,Load Comments,New Pakistani leader’s education aims may include reining in religious schools Katelyn Ferral TagsGilead Church homepage featured mainline Christianity millennials Slow Church storytelling,You may also like Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News Share This! Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Catholicism Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,CHICAGO (RNS) — In the purple upstairs lounge of a Chicago gay bar, JB Lee takes the stage in front of his fellow congregants to tell a life story: the time he, a self-described “Asian bro,” got high in Europe.Ignoring the advice of a wise Dutch coffee shop purveyor, Lee explains, he and a friend ate a marijuana brownie in one sitting — a choice that fueled a crazed bicycle ride, grocery store orange juice binge and much vomiting.He eventually ended up alone on a street curb, confused and shivering.“At that moment, a stranger saw what was going on, took off her coat and covered me with it,” Lee said. “She called the ambulance, and the rest was history.”As the bar church crowd cheered, the Rev. Vince Amlin proclaimed: “the word of God for the people of God.”“The word of God for the people of God,” the congregants repeated.JB Lee tells a story about a trip to Europe to the Gilead Church congregation during a service on Feb. 17, 2019, in Chicago. RNS photo by Katelyn FerralDecidedly irreverent and unconventional, Lee’s story is the centerpiece of what Gilead Church is about: connecting people’s everyday, true-life stories to the God they believe continues to work through them.Here, life stories are treated with the same reverence other Christian traditions show Scripture. They are inherently spiritual, regardless of what they are about, said Amlin, who co-founded and co-pastors Gilead with Rev. Rebecca Anderson.“Every story is a God story — not just the ones that seem like ‘oh I would tell this story at church,’ the shitty stories, the sexy stories, the failure stories, whatever they are,” Amlin said. “(That) life is sacred. That God chose to take on human life. That said something about human life.”The practice of storytelling is the core of Gilead’s progressive theology, presented each week by different members of the congregation.The stories, told in first person in front of a microphone, are layered between traditional church rituals — Communion, benediction — and less traditional ones, such as poetry readings, alcoholic drinks, and pop-song sing-alongs.During the service last month where Lee told his story, the congregation sang Kelly Clarkson’s “Breakaway,” Imagine Dragons’ “Believer” and Cher’s “Believe,” among others.The church has sermon themes that rotate and often involve input from the congregation: “Choose Your Own Adventure” was a recent theme in which a discussion of faith was laid out for the congregation like steps in the “Oregon Trail” computer game.Gilead, which launched in May 2017, said its intent is to translate the teachings of Jesus in a new way for those who have eschewed church, especially young adults — many of whom continue to exit mainline Protestant congregations.Gilead Church congregants meet outdoors near their garden. Photo by Jason Colston, courtesy of Gilead ChurchThe church’s Sunday night services, along with a slew of parties they are hosting this year, all aim to create community where people can share their unvarnished lives, ask hard questions and develop their faith.“We are open and affirming, anti-racist, local, organic, slow-church, just peace, free range, real butter Christians,” according to the Gilead site. It has also printed the phrase on church T-shirts.“It’s loud. It’s profane. It’s somewhat brash. It’s also really emotional… we hope we are hitting on something that is real for people,” said Amlin in an interview. “We are sharing true stories from our lives and that stuff hits hard.”Gilead, which has about 50 attendees each week, is growing at what is a “Pentecost moment” for the mainline Christian church at large, Amlin said. It is a blend of denominations: Amlin is ordained in the United Church of Christ, while Anderson is ordained in the Disciples of Christ.The concept for Gilead grew out of an annual dinner group Amlin and Anderson formed after meeting in divinity school at the University of Chicago. Both preachers come from creative backgrounds — Amlin with a degree in dramatic writing and Anderson with one in playwriting. They also teach storytelling workshops together on the side.“We specifically saw ourselves as part of something that was already happening in our denominations but also more widely,” Amlin said. “It wasn’t like, ‘oh, we’re going to start something that is better or different from everything that is happening,’ but more like ‘there is this energy to do something new.’”The name “Gilead” comes from the Bible and is a place in the Old Testament where a special healing balm is made and where a man named Jacob wrestles with God. The church similarly hopes to be a place of healing, where the wounded can be made whole.The Rev. Rebecca Anderson addresses the Gilead Church congregation during service on Feb. 17, 2019, in Chicago. RNS photo by Katelyn FerralThrowing parties is one way Gilead hopes to become that place — attracting people who don’t go to church to connect them with people who do.“Practically speaking, it’s a low-bar entry point to Gilead,” Anderson said.But to be clear, the main point is fun. Because fun is Christ-like, too, she said.“Jesus was kind of a party guy. He got invited to a lot of shit and said yes,” she said. “It’s just another expression of how we do church. In the Christian life, one of the fruits of the spirit is joy.”A key perk to starting a new church from an old faith tradition is finding new paths to that joy, Amlin said.“We don’t have to do things that we’ve always done,” Amlin said. “If we don’t have to do anything, what should we do? What’s fun? What’s exciting?”Last month, the church rented a Chicago Transit Authority elevated train car, brought in a DJ, a caterer and threw a party as the train looped throughout the city.Last summer the congregation brewed beer and had a release party for it: a Sex-Positive Summer Wheat Ale and Balm of Gilead Indian Pale Ale, a reference to the medicinal balm created in the Bible.It is planning a dance party for Easter.To kick off Lent? A fort-building party, naturally.“We’re going to build forts, right after you give up forts for Lent,” Anderson tells laughing congregants. “It’s sort of a Mardi Gras fort building situation.”Gilead Church members ride a CTA train around Chicago. Photo courtesy of Gilead ChurchThe church’s party initiative is funded, in part, through a grant from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary near Evanston. Garrett, which received $1.5 million from the Lilly Endowment, is funding 13 churches across the city with grants of up to $30,000 who are trying to attract young people and address issues of loneliness.The five-year initiative is being rolled out in three phases and will be completed in 2021. The first phase centered on listening sessions with millennial churchgoers, which revealed some common concerns among them, said Jennifer Moe, the assistant director for the program.“Young people have all of these skills and abilities, and they’re out there doing all these things with their work life, whether it’s artistic pursuits or activism or being entrepreneurs… (but) they feel like when they go to church, there’s no place for them,” Moe said. “The church sees them as valuable for just doing helpful work but not the main work of the church.”Anderson said Gilead engages young people but emphasizes being a place for everyone, regardless of age, background, sexual orientation or doctrinal beliefs.“Gilead is a ‘more is more’ community, so that actually, as a staff, we like to say, ‘if you’ve been told that you’re too much, Gilead is perfect for you!’” said Anderson.The congregation is unapologetically Christian but, unlike more conservative evangelical denominations, does not require members to align on a set list of doctrines. The impetus, rather, is on being a space to ask questions, to wrestle.“I am less about converting people than I am about saying if this stuff is beautiful or meaningful or lifesaving to you, it is yours for the having,” Anderson said. “We want to be a church by and for people who have been made to feel that the church is not for them.”That environment is what drew Lee, this week’s storyteller, to Gilead. The 33-year-old dentist grew up in a conservative Korean-American Christian church. He became disenchanted with the tradition after seeing hypocrisy and abuse of power within the church. Gilead has helped grow his faith and find community, he said.“It’s a place where even if you have a lot of questions, it’s OK,” Lee said. “It’s a place where questions are welcome and you don’t necessarily have to have some kind of conclusion. Doubts are encouraged.”Anderson agrees. Gilead helps people develop muscles for seeing God, whether it’s in Scripture or in the world, she said.It is working out its faith, one story at a time.“It’s one translation,” she said. “It’s not for everyone, but the folks who it is for, this is the language of how they hear the Gospel.” News • Photos of the Week Share This! By: Katelyn Ferral As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Muslim inmates sue over combined faith services in Arkansas prisons By: Katelyn Ferrallast_img read more

Marion Barrys Son Dead of Apparent Drug Overdose

first_imgMarion Christopher Barry, son of Washington, D.C.’s late “mayor for life,” has died from an apparent drug overdose, according to news reports. He was 36.Marion Christopher Barry (Twitter Photo)According to the Washington Post, Barry’s girlfriend found him and he was taken to George Washington University Hospital Aug. 13.Cora Masters Barry, widow of the late Mayor Marion Barry, confirmed Barry son’s death to Washington’s NBC affiliate.Barry was the son of the late mayor and Effi Barry, who previously died of leukemia in 2007.Marion Barry served as mayor of the District from 1979 to 1991 and 1995 to 1999. He also served on the Council of the District of Columbia for three terms. He died in 2014.The younger Barry attempted to fill his father’s shoes, mounting an unsuccessful bid for his father’s former Ward 8 seat on the D.C. Council in 2015 that saw him coming in at sixth place in the contest.Barry also struggled with drug abuse—somewhat mirroring his father, who was infamously videotaped using crack cocaine by the FBI and arrested back in 1990.The younger Barry also had his problems with the law, including charges related to misdemeanor assault for resisting arrest, driving with a revoked license and several for drug possession.Tributes to the younger Barry have begun to pour in on social media, including one from D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, who posted smiling photo of herself with Barry and tweeted, “Let’s remember the brightest days! Rest in peace dear Christopher!”last_img read more

The hype and disappointment of the Fallout 4 PipBoy Edition

first_imgFallout 4 is finally out! If you’re one of the lucky/psychotic few who preordered the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition in time, you might be wearing a Pip-Boy on your arm right now (and not reading this because you’re still wandering the Commonwealth). If not, you might not ever see that edition of the game in the wild. This video is for you, because I managed to get one.It’s, uh, okay? It looks really cool, there’s no question. Simply as a prop it’s pretty impressive, especially with the stand and the Vault 111 case. All of that stuff is great. Unfortunately, the plastic is poorly molded, so this $150 phone-holder is kind of crappy if you want to use it as a second screen experience Pip-Boy.First, the good. It looks great, based on the Pip-Boy 3000 in Fallout 4, loaded with nice details like knobs and buttons that don’t do anything and a pair of amber LEDs that also don’t do anything, but really add to the look. It also has a solid metal hinge and clasp, and should fit around nearly anyone’s arm.It’s cheaply made, though. It’s not flimsy, but the molding of the phone-holder is too tight and couldn’t hold a Samsung Galaxy S5, one of the six phones Bethsoft explicitly says is compatible with the Pip-Boy. One of the useless buttons became lodged inside the Pip-Boy’s casing when I pressed it experimentally, and getting that out is going to be a pain in the ass. The cell phone cover’s lid keeps bumping against the front amber LED when I open it, and I can’t open it at all if the Pip-Boy is latched closed around my arm. And, while it can fit around my beefy forearm, the tabs that hold the two halves of the Pip-Boy together sometimes become misaligned between the foam and the plastic shell. It’s just not well-made.The box is useless because of this poor molding. It’s a really cool-looking storage case with a flip-up lid and two tabs on the side to hold it in place. They don’t work and the lid flops around loosely. I’m going to have to do some experimenting with plastic, epoxy, and a file to get the latch working.The Pip-Boy app is a really cool idea, but even without the disappointing Pip-Boy, it’s useless when you look at it. The Pip-Boy in the game pauses the action so you can look at your inventory, quests, and map without being attacked. That doesn’t happen if all of the menus are on your arm and not on the screen. On the bright side, you can load the different Pip-Boy game cassettes into the app and play them.All is not lost, though. Instead of fretting about the impossible-to-find $130 retail Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition, there’s another Fallout package with a fantastic prop, that’s both much more affordable and actually available in stores. The Fallout Anthology is just $50 and includes Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics, Fallout 3 Game of the Year Edition, and Fallout: New Vegas Game of the Year Edition. And it comes in a mini-nuke.Without any mechanical latches or needing to hold a cell phone or attach to your arm, the mini nuke is great. It’s a straight replica from the Fat Man ammo in Fallout 3 and after. It closes securely with friction between the two halves of the bomb, and the inside holds a DVD box set-sized hole for the included games, with room for Fallout 4. There’s also a button that makes it makes a bomb explosion sound, followed by a Fallout level up cash register ring. The Pip-Boy isn’t great, but the bomb is the bomb.last_img read more

Art fair coming of age

first_imgLaunched in 2008, the fair has established itself as South Asia’s leading platform for modern and contemporary art. The upcoming addition of the fair will take place from 28 to 31 January 2016. Building on these foundations, the fair is revising its mission and refining its programming to reflect the best of South Asia’s diversity in the visual arts. It is making a number of enhancements in the organisation which includes significant changes to its partnerships, internal team and gallery programming. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’BMW is the new Presenting Partner of India Art Fair 2016 . For over 40 years the BMW group has made a significant contribution to culture, initiating over 100 cultural collaborations worldwide, from commissioned works by Gerhard Richter for the BMW group’s Munich headquarters, to projects with artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Olafur Eliasson and Jeff Koons.In 2013, the BMW Guggenheim Lab, a global initiative of the BMW Group, Solomon R Guggenheim Foundation and the Guggenheim Museum, premiered in India at the Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai. The fair announced the appointment of Zain Masud as International Director . Masud brings her experience within the art scenes of the Middle East, South Asia, Russia, China and Africa, alongside her extensive networks within the Western art world. Prior to this appointment, Zain served as Assistant Fair Director to Art Dubai for five years.   Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThis year the fair will be structured into five main sections: Galleries , the main section, which will feature leading Indian and international galleries. Focus will be to show solo presentations which have been curated by participating galleries or institutions. The fair will also showcase leading international and Indian museums and art foundations presenting elements of their programmes or collaborations commissioned specially for the fair. Platform, which will represent young emerging artists or collectives from all around South Asia, open to galleries and foundations within the region. Projects will show artworks including large scale sculptures or site specific installations at the fair. Full programme details including the gallery list, art projects, speakers list and collateral events will be announced on October 2016.last_img read more

All admissions in colleges should be made online Partha

first_imgKolkata: State Education minister Partha Chatterjee on Tuesday held a meeting with Vice-Chancellors of state universities and made it clear to them that all admissions in colleges affiliated to them will be strictly through online.”There has been some stray incidents of irregularities over admission last year. So students are not required to be physically present in colleges during the admission process this year. All admissions should be online. The colleges can later carry out verification during the freshers’ welcome or sometime later before the classes begin,” Chatterjee stated. Senior officials of the state Higher Education department also attended the meeting chaired by Chatterjee at Bikash Bhavan in Salt Lake. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Vice-Chancellors have also been directed to identify certain areas under the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) which has created doubts among students. He feels that there has been some gap in communication with students in certain universities when it comes to CBCS system that has been implemented in almost all the universities in the state from this year onwards. It has been found that first year classes have started late in some universities and students have got less time to prepare for their first semester. Chatterjee directed the V-Cs to take necessary steps to ensure that students have a clear-cut understanding of the CBCS pattern. The minister also directed the V-Cs to take necessary measures to fill up vacancies for teachers and the non-teaching staff. “In a number of varsities, posts are lying vacant. If the varsities do not take steps to fill up vacancies on a war footing, we will have to take strong measures,” Chatterjee maintained.last_img read more

SelfDriving Cars The Next Terrorism Threat

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Reports over the weekend that Tesla could be the latest carmaker to add autonomous features to its products is being greeted with excitement, but experts are concerned that the new industry technology could be susceptible to sinister cybercriminal activity.Egil Juliussen, director of research for infotainment and advanced driver assistance systems at research group IHS Automotive, told CNBC via email that electronics systems in cars currently have no or very limited security measures. “The economic opportunities are very different for car systems than PCs, tablets and smartphones. There is very little information in the car that can be easily turned into revenue for the average hacker,” he said.”Instead the reason for hacking and controlling cars are more sinister, such as creating traffic chaos, murder-for-hire, cyber warfare and related terrorist acts.”Juliussen deals out the worst-case scenario but believes that intellectual property theft may be the most common hacking reason in the future, or denting an auto manufacturer’s reputation and liability issues. The FBI also remains concerned. An unclassified report obtained by the U.K. newspaper The Guardian in July said that the agency was predicting that autonomous cars may be used as “lethal weapons.”An $87B opportunitySelf-driving cars are considered the next big revolution in the industry, with even technology companies like Google hoping to take a slice of future revenues. Research and advisory firm Lux Research predicts automakers and technology developers can look forward to a market worth $87 billion by 2030, while IHS Automotive estimates that by 2035 self-driving cars will account for half of the vehicles sold in North America and sales worldwide reaching about 11.8 million units. Analysts are skeptical as to whether the car of the future will be totally autonomous, saying the best features we can look forward to are simple driver-assists like adaptive cruise control. Nonetheless, they believe cybersecurity remains a crucial aspect of any future product.Rainer Mehl, head of manufacturing consulting at data firm NTT Data, said auto companies are “extremely worried.””They haven’t answered the (cybersecurity) question yet,” he told CNBC in an interview, explaining that any outcome would obviously be far worse than if someone gained access to a kitchen utility like a refrigerator. “Cybersecurity is key,” he said.’Incremental’ improvementsAnalysts point to a 2011 academic paper, when researchers from the University of Washington and the University of California-San Diego were able to wirelessly hack into cars. This led to the auto industry “waking up” to the security threat, according to Juliussen, who adds that auto manufacturers and their suppliers are now doing research and acquiring expertise.”It will take several years until the results show up in the cars,” he said.”The regulators, NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) in the U.S., and similar organizations in Europe are also paying attention, doing their research and will eventually release recommendations and/or legislation to add security to all auto electronics systems,” he added.Expect to see “incremental” security improvements in the next five years as auto manufacturers beef up their protection in the telematics and other connected car systems, according to Juliussen.The response to CNBC from carmakers could also underline the longevity of any new developments on the issue. At the recent Paris Motor Show, carmakers Daimler and Nissan Europe said they weren’t showcasing any autonomous vehicles.AT&T has shown an interest in the space, releasing new information about a “connected car” program last week, but details, especially about its security systems, remain scarce. The telecom firm said it expects to serve 10 million connected cars by 2017, although there’s no confirmation as to whether these products will include autonomous features. 4 min read October 6, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story originally appeared on CNBC Register Now »last_img read more

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Costa Rica cops take down organized fraud ring that stole 1 million

first_imgSAN SEBASTIÁN, San José – Special agents and prosecutors in San José attacked a large organized crime network dedicated to credit card and check fraud, among other crimes, on Wednesday morning, arresting a total of 22 suspects in 24 separate raids throughout the Central Valley.The raids took place in Grecia, Desamparados, Curridabat and San Francisco de Dos Ríos. “The Protector,” formerly known as “The Beast,” makes another appearance on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. Álvaro Sánchez/The Tico TimesAccording to investigators, members of the crime ring specialized in stealing checks from individuals and companies, altering them, and then sending them to other suspects to cash at banks or through third parties.Another group within the network also cloned credit cards and committed cyber-crimes targeting bank accounts. Police say the group stole about $1 million in one year.“This is a very complex organization – they’re big and they’ve dealt some severe blows,” Public Security Ministry Deputy Director Celso Gamboa told The Tico Times. “It’s the first time we’re treating a case like this as an organized crime case.” Collecting evidence. Álvaro Sánchez/The Tico TimesMaking yet another appearance during the raids was “The Protector,” Costa Rica’s new fully armored crime-fighting vehicle formerly known as “The Beast.” The Protector is one of the tools used by the Judicial Investigation Police’s Special Tactical Response Unit (SERT), one of the best-prepared police forces in Latin America.Read all about The Protector here and here.Wednesday’s police sweep was the second in as many days, with law enforcement agencies breaking up a large migrant smuggling operation yesterday. A police raid in the San Sebastián neighborhood, south of San José. Álvaro Sánchez/The Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:US expats in Costa Rica masterminded massive call center fraud Costa Ricans report increasing safety concerns; 2016 is set to become most violent year on record Salvadoran man deported from United States suspected in murder at San José hotel Government announces increased security measures to curb recent crime wavelast_img read more