TV Rights Optioned for Sophie Kinsellas Fairy Mom and Me

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Lambur Productions has optioned the TV rights for best-selling author Sophie Kinsella’s Fairy Mom and Me, her first book for young children.Lambur Productions will work with Kinsella, Lucas Alexander Whitley and U.K.-based executive producer Helen McAleer to develop the book for a series of live-action TV movies. Fairy Mom and Me tells the story of Ella and her family’s special secret, that her mom comes from a long line of fairies. Twitter Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement The agreement marks the first major news for Lambur Productions since its launch in October 2017. The deal was brokered by McAleer, as well as Araminta Whitley and Philippa Milnes-Smith for Lucas Alexander Whitley.Fairy Mom and Me was released in the U.S. and Canada by Delacorte in January 2018 and published in the U.K. by Puffin in February 2018. A second title will follow in the U.K. in August 2018 (to be published in the U.S. and Canada in January 2019). Rights have also been sold in a further nine languages.Kinsella said, “I am absolutely delighted that the team at Lambur Productions have taken Fairy Mom and Me to their hearts. I think the magic, comedy and family dynamics of the stories will translate brilliantly to the screen and I can’t wait to see Ella, her mother and the spells come to life!”Joan Lambur, the president of Lambur Productions, commented, “As a long-time fan of Sophie Kinsella’s books, I’m beyond excited to be teaming up with her on this exceptional property for kids and their families.” Advertisementlast_img read more

437 FIRs registered in Delhi under Excise Act

first_imgNEW DELHI: The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has registered 437 FIRs and arrested 436 people under the Excise Act in the national capital till now from the date of announcement of Lok Sabha election schedule.As many as 29,855 people were booked under various Sections of the CrPC and THE Delhi Police Act. Moreover, 174 unlicensed arms and weapons along with 2,203 cartridges, explosives, and bombs have been seized from them. As many as 65 FIRs and daily diary (DD) entries were registered for the violation of Model Code of Conduct. “As many as 2,15,906 hoardings, banners, and posters were removed in all over Delhi, said an official statement on Tuesday. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”For the violation of Model Code of Conduct, FIRs and DD entries have been registered against nine workers of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), six of BJP, one Congress, and 40 from other parties,” said CEO Ranbir Singh. Till now, a huge quantity of liquor has been seized during the search operations. Of 437 FIRs registered under the Excise Act, 436 persons have been arrested, said Singh. As many as 144 FIRs have been registered under the Arms Act in which 175 persons have been arrested and 95.152 kg narcotics and drugs have been seized. Ten cases have been registered for other violations like misuse of vehicles, loudspeakers, and illegal meetings.last_img read more

Gulf Crisis King Mohammed VI on Gulf Tour for Possible Peace

Rabat – King Mohammed VI landed in Abu Dhabi this morning for a five days state visit to the UAE. The sovereign is expected to head to Qatar on November 12, the second stop of his GCC tour. According to a statement issued by the royal palace, King Mohammed VI arrived on Tuesday, November 7, in Abu Dhabi, the first leg of his Gulf tour before flying to Qatar. This visit coincides with the opening, on November 8, of the Abu Dhabi Louvre, the first universal museum in the Arab world to promote “tolerance” against fanaticism.As part of this visit, the sovereign is accompanied by Prince Moulay Ismail as well as his advisers, Fouad Ali El Himma, Yasser Znagui and Abdellatif Menouni. Also present are Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita, Minister of Culture Mohamed Laarej and President of the National Museum Foundation Mehdi Qotbi. At the end of his visit to the Emirates, the sovereign will head on November 12 to Qatar, according to the communique. This journey to both countries is the first since the start of the Gulf crisis in June, in which Morocco has positioned itself as a “constructive neutral party.” On June 5, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt decided to cut their diplomatic ties with Qatar. After a week of silence, Morocco announced it would remain neutral in the conflict and King Mohammed VI offered to mediate among the countries to ease tension and put an end to the crisis.Shortly after declaring its neutrality, Morocco sent plane-loads of food supplies to Qatar to help it cope with the sea, land, and air blockade imposed by the Saudi-led alliance.In the midst of this serious diplomatic rift affecting the region, many feared Morocco’s move would strain its relations with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). However, relations between Morocco and its Gulf counterparts have historically been strong enough to weather Morocco’s neutrality amid the crisis.With King Salman’s choice of Tangier as his favorite summer vacation spot in recent years, the Saudi King’s decision to holiday in Morocco again this past July was a sign that relations between the two monarchies remain relatively unaffected by Morocco’s position regarding the ongoing Gulf crisis. read more

Financial market highlights on Wednesday SPTSX 1505983 down 3032 points

Highlights at the close Wednesday at world financial market trading.Stocks:S&P/TSX Composite Index — 15,059.83, down 30.32 pointsDow — 21,807.64, up 54.33 pointsS&P 500– 2,465.54, up 7.69 pointsNasdaq — 6,393.31, up 17.74 pointsCurrencies:Cdn — 81.54 cents US, up 0.71 of a centPound — C$1.6008, down 0.86 of a centEuro — C$1.4628, down 1.05 centsEuro — US$1.1928, up 0.19 of a centOil futures:US$49.16, up 50 cents(October contract)Gold futures:US$1,339.00 per oz., down $5.50(December contract)Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman:$22.939 per oz., down 19 cents$737.49 per kg., down $6.11

AIADMK accuses DMKCong of failing to protect Sri Lankan Tamils

On the other hand, five members of the DMK alliance partners later visited Sri Lanka and received “valuable gifts” from the then President Mahinda Rajapaksha, Paneerselvam, who is the deputy chief minister of Tamil Nadu, charged. Highlighting the achievements of the AIADMK, he credited late chief minister Jayalalithaa for making Tamil Nadu “a power-cut free” state in contrast to long periods of load shedding witnessed during the DMK regime during 2006-11.The Nilgiris Lok Sabha seat is witnessing a direct contest between the AIADMK and its arch-rival DMK which has fielded former union minister A.Raja. (Colombo Gazette) Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK top leader O Panneerselvam Thursday accused the DMK and Congress of being responsible for the “genocide” of Tamils in Sri Lanka during the last phase of civil war in the island nation in May 2009, the Press Trust of India reported.The two parties were in power in the Centre then but did nothing to protect the Lankan Tamils, he said campaigning for AIADMK Nilgiris Lok Sabha constituency candidate M Thiagarajan in Gudalur, in Nilgiris District. “DMK and Congress are responsible for the genocide of Sri Lankan Tamils,” he said. read more

Grad student wins top teaching award

Bryce Honsinger teaches his class at Applewood Public School. Photo: District School Board of NiagaraA St. Catharines teacher and Brock graduate student has received a top accolade in his field — the Premier’s Award for Teaching Excellence.Bryce Honsinger, a master’s student and graduate of Brock’s Bachelor of Education program in 2000, received the award for his passion for Canadian history and teaching students to be positive leaders for global change.“Bryce works tirelessly to spearhead many projects around the school community like the Remembrance Day assembly, Grade 6 graduation and the school’s annual Ontario Heritage Fair,” reads the description of the Applewood Public School teacher, who has been teaching with the District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) for 10 years. He currently teaches Grade 5/6.Honsinger’s efforts include introducing the One World Youth Project to his school. Through the project, his students are linked with a sister school in Kosovo and have raised $1,250 to help eradicate hunger. Some of the money was donated to Community Care, some went to Haiti through World Vision and some was sent to their Kosovo pen pals to help develop their school library.Teaching — and attending Brock — runs in Honsinger’s family. His brother Bryan (BEd ’04) teaches at Carleton School. His wife Michelle (BEd ’99) is also a teacher, as is his sister-in-law Jennifer (BEd ’02). His mother (BEd ’70) is a retired DSBN teacher.Honsinger, who is also a five-time nominee for the Governor General’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History, discussed his recent accolade with The Brock News.***Q: How did it feel to win the Premier’s Award for Excellence in Teaching?A: It was amazing to receive this award. I am shocked and really honoured that my students and peers believe that I deserve the award.Q: How do you feel that your Brock education contributed to it?A: My Brock education set me up for success. All the foundation skills I learned in relation to education and being professional came from my time at the Faculty of Education and my continued growth through the Master of Education Program. There is no doubt that I would not have been as successful as I have become if it was not for the tutelage and guidance I have received from the university.Q: The description of your work says that you create a culture of acceptance and respect by teaching your students about racism and discrimination. How do you broach these subjects?A: Respect is the most important component of my classroom. Everyone treats everyone with the same amount of respect they feel they would want to receive. We have class meetings, many discussions and make decisions as a team. We vote on everything. When it is a matter like designing our class button, we vote on what direction to take. I have 32 students and myself so there are 33 votes. My vote counts the same as everyone else’s. This shows the students that it is their classroom as much as mine and that I do not believe I am better than the kids. We are a family and treat each other as such. The class also celebrates everyone’s achievements, regardless of what they are. Students want to come to school because they know they are accepted and that they belong. When students believe in themselves and feel comfortable, they will produce great work and that is exactly what we have experienced this year.We also watch the film A Class Divided and the Age of Aids from PBS Frontline to illustrate how racism and discrimination based upon colour and sexual orientation can be hurtful, unacceptable and how we need to work with others to bring a stop to these global issues. The students develop anti-racism and discrimination posters, mentor other students and work as role models in the school. The students have developed empathy for others as they have learned to see the challenges other people face from their perspectives. The students have actually their own book about global issues that will be distributed locally in June. The book contains the students’ beliefs about racism and discrimination and some of their posters in a effort to put an end to these issues.Q: What does receiving an award like this mean for your teaching career?A: I am still in shock that I won the award because I know that there are thousands of other educators in our province providing excellent programs everyday. The award is very gratifying and encourages me to continue to provide the best program and environment I possibly can for my students. I love coming to school and working with them. We are always working on something fun and the students never cease to amaze me.Links:• Premier’s Awards for Teaching Excellence• ‘Mr. Honsinger goes way beyond in anything and everything he does’ — St. Catharines Standard• Niagara This Week Article: Teaching in award winner’s veins• Public school teaching ‘brings history to life’ — The Sudbury Star• District School Board of NiagaraGet The Brock News delivered to your email. read more

Rep Jim Jordan accused by former wrestlers of knowing about Strauss alleged

Rep. Jim Jordan, a Republican congressman from Ohio’s fourth congressional district and former assistant coach for the Ohio State wrestling team, has been accused of knowing about the sexual assaults made by former team doctor Richard Strauss, according to a report.Richard Strauss, a former wrestling team physician and an assistant professor of medicine, is being investigated by Ohio State on allegations of sexual misconduct. Credit: Lantern file photoAn assistant coach from 1986-1994, Jordan had told the Columbus Dispatch when the investigation began he did not know about the abuse, but three former wrestlers told NBC News that Strauss’ abuse was common knowledge and that Jordan was told about the incidents while he was on staff. According to the NBC report, former Ohio State wrestler Mike DiSabato said he reached out to Jordan before going public with his allegations. DiSabato said Jordan did not want to be involved. Dunyasha Yetts, an Ohio State wrestler from 1993-1994, told NBC he and his teammates talked multiple times to Jordan about Strauss’ behavior. However, Jordan told the Columbus Dispatch on May 3 that, “no one had reported any type of abuse to him.” In a statement made to The Lantern, Ian Fury, Jordan’s spokesman, echoed that statement. “Congressman Jordan never saw any abuse, never heard about any abuse, and never had any abuse reported to him during his time as a coach at Ohio State,” the statement read. “He has not been contacted by investigators about the matter but will assist them in any way they ask, because if what is alleged is true, the victims deserve a full investigation and justice.”Ohio State announced April 5 that it would be investigating the allegations made against Strauss of “acts of sexual misconduct” as a team doctor. read more

Angry Birds now available for netbooks

first_imgTo say that Angry Birds has been a smashing success, pun fully intended, on the small screen would be an understatement. The success of the Angry Birds game led to its availability on both the iPhone and Android platforms, and even a holiday-themed edition called Angry Birds Seasons.Building upon that success, Rovio’s CEO, Peter Vesterbacka, has already discussed the company’s intention to move the game to consoles including the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii. One thing he apparently forgot to mention at the time was that the game was also coming to a netbook near you.A PC version of the Angry Birds game, compatible with both Windows 7 and Windows XP, is now available for download from the Intel AppUp marketplace. The game will set you back $4.99, but for those already addicted to the game on their mobile device it will be a small price to pay to play the game on a bigger screen. Though you don’t need to have a netbook to download the game, it’s important to note the game has been designed for the specs of a netbook in mind which includes an Intel Atom processor and 10-inch screen with a resolution of 1024×768.To play the game, you will need to install the free Intel AppUp client software. Once purchased, you will be allowed to download and install the game on up to four additional computers. That’s not a bad deal considering it means you can play the game on most of the computers within an average household.Read more at Intel AppUp and the Rovio Bloglast_img read more

The GreekAustralian community turns 187 years old

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram August is a very significant month in the history of the Greek Community in Australia, as it marks two different anniversaries. It was in August that the first Greeks set foot in the country and it was in August that the Greek Orthodox of Melbourne and Victoria was founded. When the founding meeting of the GOCMV took place, 119 years ago, on 22 August 1897, the 57 members – Greeks living in Melbourne – would have never imagined that what they created would grow to become the greatest, in terms of history and massive participation, organisation of the Greek diaspora in Australia. The Greek Community of Melbourne may be older than the Australian Federation itself, but Greek presence in Australia is even older. According to the official records, the first Greeks to set foot in the country, were seven sailors, who arrived on 27 August 1829: Georgios Vasilakis, Gikas Voulgaris, Georgios Laritsos, Antonis Manolis, Damianos Ninis, Nikolaos Papandreas and Konstantinos Strombolis. The seven sailors were convicted for piracy by the British Empire and were exiled to Australia, a fate better than death, which was the other option for this crime. They might not be the first Greeks in Australia, though. Damianos Gikas, a captain from Hydra, was wrongly convicted for piracy by the British navy and exiled to Sydney, but what ensued is unknown, since there are no records of him, neither in Australia, nor in Greece. In 1814, Giorgos Pappas came in Australia in 1814, as a crew member of a ship of settlers. He got married to an Aboriginal woman, left his ship and settled in Sydney. Australian newspapers in 1900 state other Greek names arriving between 1803 and 1820, but the first confirmed arrivals are the seven convicts from Hydra that came aboard the ‘Hercules’, captained by the Athenian Antonis Manolis. The seven convicted pirates had raided the commercial freighter ‘Alkistis’, without harming the British crew, on 29 July 1827, in Maltese waters. Their loot included pepper, utility items, ropes and sulfur. Two days later, they were arrested by the British ship ‘Gannet’, patrolling south of Crete. last_img read more

Cancer colorectal 40 des cancers seraient évités avec une coloscopie tous les

first_imgCancer colorectal : 40% des cancers seraient évités avec une coloscopie tous les dix ansSelon une étude américaine récemment publiée, le fait de réaliser une coloscopie tous les dix ans dès l’âge de 50 ans permettrait d’éviter jusqu’à 40% des cancers colorectaux.La rectosigmoïdoscopie est un examen qui permet de n’explorer que la partie inférieure du colon. Or, selon une étude parue la semaine dernière dans la revue New England Journal of Medicine, cet examen reste insuffisant pour éviter tous les cancers du côlon, contrairement à la coloscopie qui examine la totalité du gros intestin. En effet, jusqu’alors, aucune étude n’avait permis d’établir clairement l’efficacité de la coloscopie pour dépister les risques de cancer de la partie supérieure (proximale) du colon. Comme le souligne le Dr Shuji Ogino, épidémiologiste de la faculté de santé publique de Harvard, “la coloscopie est le test de dépistage le plus effectué aux États-Unis mais il n’y avait pas de preuves suffisantes jusqu’alors pour déterminer dans quelle proportion il réduit le risque de cancer du colon proximal, et la fréquence nécessaire à laquelle cette procédure doit être faite”. Mais la nouvelle étude réalisée par le Dr Ogino et ses collègues “apporte des preuves solides que la coloscopie est une technique efficace de prévention du cancer du colon distal et proximal, alors que la rectosigmoïdoscopie est insuffisante pour éviter le cancer du colon proximal”.Se faire dépister pour réduire le risque À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Pour arriver à cette conclusion, les auteurs ont étudié les données récoltées auprès de 88.902 participants à deux études menées tous les deux ans de 1988 à 2008. Chez ces personnes, les scientifiques ont également porté leur attention sur les 1.815 cas de cancer colorectal qui se sont déclarés et sur les 474 décès qui en ont résulté. En comparant ces données avec les coloscopies et rectosigmoïdoscopies effectuées, ils ont pu constater que la coloscopie, comme la rectosigmoïdoscopie, permettaient de réduire le risque de développer un cancer colorectal et d’en mourir. Néanmoins, seule la coloscopie diminuait le risque de cancer dans la partie proximale du colon, indiquent les scientifiques. En conclusion, les auteurs de l’étude estiment que si tous les participants de plus de 50 ans avaient subi une coloscopie tous les dix ans, ils auraient réduit leur risque de cancer colorectal de 40% (de 61% pour les cancers du colon distal et de 22 % pour les cancers du colon proximal).Actuellement, a été mis en place un programme de dépistage  du cancer colorectal basé sur un test visant à rechercher des traces de sang microscopiques dans les selles. Relativement simple à réaliser, il permet de mettre en place des examens plus poussés, dont la coloscopie, en cas de résultats positifs ou suspects.  Le 23 septembre 2013 à 20:17 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

StandDown connects needy veterans with services

first_imgWhat: 2013 Veterans Stand-Down.Where: Armed Forces Reserve Center, 15005 N.E. 65th St.When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday.Shuttle: Leaves the Veterans Assistance Center, 1305 Columbia St., on the hour, starting at 8 a.m.; leaves WorkSource, 5411 E. Mill Plain Bvld., on the half-hour, starting at 8:30 a.m.Veterans in need will be able to find immediate assistance and access some long-term services Wednesday in the annual “stand-down.”The Clark County Veterans Assistance Center is organizing the event, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Armed Forces Reserve Center, 15005 N.E. 65th St.Veterans and their family members can get meals and haircuts; pick up clothing, bedding and hygiene kits; and get health and dental screenings.Agency representatives will discuss long-term help, including Veterans Affairs personnel who can provide information on medical and education benefits.People from community-based organizations also will be available to discuss housing assistance, employment services and counseling.It will be the second year in a row the stand-down has been held at the Armed Forces Reserve Center just south of Fourth Plain Boulevard and Ward Road in Orchards.It’s a veteran-friendly setting, with a lot of young people in uniform who can put them at ease, said coordinator Joe Fettig, a volunteer at the Veterans Assistance Center.The stand-down served about 185 veterans last year. Organizers are hoping that better shuttle connections will increase the turnout to more than 200.Veterans’ identification is required for some stand-down benefits, particularly those involving the distribution of government-surplus property such as boots and clothing.Fettig said he knows that some veterans might trash-can all links to their military past. At one point following his own service in the Vietnam War, “I had no desire to talk to the VA,” Fettig said.last_img read more

Monkey A Digital Magazine Success Story

first_imgHaving a tough time selling ads into your digital magazine? You’re not alone. While it is nearly impossible to sell ads into digital replicas of print magazines, there is a thriving new breed of digital magazine originals blowing away the conventional wisdom that digital magazines are an ad sales death trap.These digital-original publishers are doing things very differently. One of true pioneers and success stories is Monkey, a “lad” book from Dennis Publishing U.K. with an impressive 270,000 weekly ABCe audited circulation and robust ad sales.Eoin McSorley, Monkey magazine’s editor, agreed to answer some questions: What about length? Monkey magazine is only about 30 pages per issue.Eoin: We’ve played around with this. When our digital magazine arrives, if it seems dense and people think they don’t have time to read it, they might not open it. So we keep it short and make it seem very easy to digest.As a digital magazine you kept the page turns. Why?Eoin: What we liked about the idea of a page turning magazine was that it has a beginning and an end, so it looks like it takes only take a little chunk of time to read. When you’re surfing the Web, the only time constraints are ones you set for yourself. With Monkey, we take a little chunk of 25 or 30 minutes each week and cover all the aspects of what young men would be looking on the Web for anyway.How was the start of selling advertising?Eoin: Like any new thing, people were very tentative when we were starting to sell ads. One problem was that advertisers didn’t know where to categorize us. Are you a Web site or a magazine? Also, one of our biggest questions in the early stages was, “Who are we going to speak to?”That was two years ago. Now you have a successful, ad-supported digital magazine. When you call on an ad agency do you call more on print buyers or online buyers?Eoin: It varies from agency to agency. A lot of agencies are getting wiser to digital magazines now. But a traditional standard flat page in Monkey doesn’t work as well as one that has video, so we tend to be going more to online media departments now. How do you handle clickthrough reporting?Eoin: We have a very open policy about letting people know exactly how many clickthroughs and page views they are getting. We generate great results. The results have been very good and I think our transparency has helped us a lot. Do you have any advice for people starting an ad-supported digital magazine?Eoin: You need to start with a list. If you’ve got a decent list then you can find out what they really like and what they don’t. Just keep it very honest. Then we react to what is happening on the ‘net and add a little bit of structure. It is the same way that  magazines like The Week condense all the news for you. We condense all the fun stuff for young men.last_img read more

Paraguay rioters storm Congress building

first_imgThe Paraguay unrest late on Friday left about 30 people injured, including three lawmakers, according to firefighters and an opposition senator. AFPFurious protesters stormed Paraguay’s legislature, ransacked lawmakers’ offices and set fires after senators approved a law allowing the country’s president to be re-elected.The unrest late on Friday left about 30 people injured, including three lawmakers, according to firefighters and an opposition senator.Right-wing president Horacio Cartes is seeking to reform the constitution to let him run for office again in an election in 2018 after his current term ends.Paraguay is still recovering from the 35 year-long dictatorship of general Alfredo Stroessner (1954-1989). To chants of “Dictatorship never again!” hundreds of protesters clashed with riot police and broke into the congress building, battering down entrances and fences and shattering windows.Once inside, the demonstrators ransacked the offices of lawmakers who backed the reform and started fires, television images showed.Flames could be seen coming from large parts of the building.Police used mounted units and water cannon to try and disperse the rioters.Calm was restored around midnight on Friday (0400 GMT Saturday) at the building, where large numbers of police remained on alert.Cortes’ allies in the upper house of the legislature passed the bill on Friday, sidestepping resistance from opponents who say the it clears the way for dictatorships.- ‘Barbarians’ -The vote took place in the Senate offices as the main assembly hall was occupied by senators from the opposition Liberal Party which opposes the reforms.Opposition senator Luis Wagner said those injured included Senate speaker Roberto Acevedo, lawmaker Edgar Ortiz, who was hit in the mouth by a rubber bullet fired by police, and Efrain Alegre, who lost to Cartes in the 2013 presidential elections.Acevedo has challenged the bill in the Supreme Court, arguing it is unconstitutional.The measure was scheduled to be considered Saturday in the lower house Chamber of Deputies, where the president has a majority.But after the rioting Chamber president Hugo Velazquez announced that the vote was postponed, and said he was shocked by the violence.”I hope that calm and harmony will return,” Velazquez said in a televised message.Since 1992 Paraguay has banned re-election in an attempt to avoid a return to dictatorships such as that of Stroessner.By removing the ban, the reform will also allow left-wing former president Fernando Lugo to run again for office. He held power from 2008 to 2012.If it is approved by the two houses, the measure is expected to be put to a referendum within three months.The opposition condemned the move as a “parliamentary coup” and called for “resistance.””It is a dictatorial plan by Horacio Cartes with the complicity of Ferdinand Lugo,” said Senator Carlos Amarilla.Cartes labeled the demonstrators “barbarians”, and blamed the violence on “a group of Paraguayans embedded in politics and the media aimed at destroying democracy and political and economic stability.””Democracy is not won or defended by violence,” he said on his Twitter account.”We continue to live in a state of law and we must not allow barbarians to destroy the peace, tranquility and welfare of the people.”last_img read more

Houston City Council Gets A Taste Of Ongoing Controversy Over The White

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /01:17 Gail DelaughterSome Houston residents addressed the City Council during its first meeting of 2017 to complain about the noise from the concerts held at the White Oak Music Hall, located about 1.5 miles north of downtown.A controversy over a Houston music venue that unfolded last year is still unresolved and the City Council got a taste of the dispute during its first meeting of 2017.Residents of the Near Northside complained one more time to mayor Sylvester Turner and Council members about the noise from the concerts at the White Oak Music Hall.The venue is located about one and a half miles north of downtown Houston and Kerry Whitehead lives close to it.She says she wants much more transparency about how White Oak is operating and what the City is doing about it.“Four out of the six stages that they run did not have a permit, temporary or otherwise, when they started making noise,” Whitehead told Houston Public Media after she addressed the Council during the section of its meeting reserved for public speakers.However, Will Garwood, managing operator at White Oak, denied that and said: “We operate with permits.”When she spoke to the Council, Whitehead said an agreement the City approved in December of 2015 called for an outdoor theatre, but not a concert arena with amplified music projected into the homes that surround the venue.Turner told City Attorney Ronald Lewis to review all the documents pertaining to the agreement.“I think out of respect and to be responsive, we need to take the time to do everything that we can do, even if it means going to take a second or third look, and we will,” the mayor said when asked about his decision.Besides the complaints made to the City, a group of residents who live near the venue have filed a lawsuit to stop its outdoor concerts and events. Share Xlast_img read more

Schmid On Top After Day One of the Sun Bowl Golf Classic

first_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville’s Matthias Schmid of Maxhvette, Germany and Bryson Nimmer of Bluffton, S.C. are tied for first place after two rounds at the 2018 Sun Bowl Marathon All-America Golf Classic.Both players posted an 11-under-par 131 on the par 71, 6,889 yard El Paso Country Club course.Schmid, a sophomore for the Cardinals, hit five birdies in the second round to following his first round where he tallied seven birdies to pull into a tie with Nimmer. Schmid, who won the Titliest Long Drive Contest on Sunday, mentioned that he hit some great putts on a course that featured some tough pin placements.The Cardinals top player this fall birdied the first hole and also scored on No. 6 and No. 8, while also tallying birdies on No. 10 and No. 15.”The first round was great, with no bogeys and seven birdies,” Schmid said. “I was in trouble a few times but played a solid second round and hung in there.”Nimmer also tallied 12 birdies on the day with eight of those birdies coming in round one. This is Nimmer’s second consecutive year in the Sun Bowl All-America Golf Classic and finished the tournament in with a 217 in 2017.Spencer Ralston of Gainesville, Ga. is only one stroke behind the leaders with a 10-under-par 132 after he caught fire in round two marking birdies on holes 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13. He also marked birdies on holes 15 and 17. Ralston hit a 3-under-par 68 in round one and an 7-under-par 64 in round two.The final round of the Sun Bowl Marathon All-America Golf Classic is, Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 8 a.m. (MT) at the El Paso Country Club. Tee times will start at 8 a.m. with the final groups beginning at 8:40 a.m. (MT).Day One Results T1. Matthias Schmid: 64-67—131 (-11)T1. Bryson Nimmer: 63-68—131 (-11)3. Spencer Ralston: 68-64—132 (-10)4. Walker Lee: 68-66—134 (-8)5. Will Gordon: 71-64—135 (-7)T6. Chun An Yu: 68-68—136 (-6)T6. Stephen Franken: 71-65—136 (-6)T6. Harry Hall: 68-68—136 (-6)T9. Brandon Smith: 71-67—138 (-4)T9. Garrett May: 69-69—138 (-4)T9. Quade Cummins: 72-66—138 (-4)T13. Justin Suber: 68-71—139 (-3)T13. Thomas Walsh: 70-69—139 (-3)T15. Austin Eckroat: 72-68—140 (-2)T15. Patrick Martin: 72-68—140 (-2) T15. John Augenstein: 71-69—140 (-2)18. Travis Trace: 71-70—141 (-1)T19. Mason Overstreet: 73-69—142 (E)T19. Turk Pettit: 74-68—142 (E)T19: Alex Smalley: 74-68—142 (E)T19. Josh Martin: 71-71—142 (E)T23. Phillip Knowles: 73-70—143 (1)T23. Chandler Eaton: 72-71—143 (1)25. Peng Pichaikool: 71-74—145 (3)26. Alex del Rey: 73-74—147 (5)27. Austin Squires: 77-71—148 (6)28. Brad Dalke: 78-74—152 (10)29. Hayden Wood: 84-72—156 (+14)Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

Firefox Recommended Extensions program announced

first_imgFirefox Recommended Extensions program announced by Martin Brinkmann on April 09, 2019 in Firefox – Last Update: April 15, 2019 – 28 commentsMozilla, maker of Firefox, plans to establish a Recommended Extensions program for the Firefox web browser this summer.Extensions are a cornerstone of modern browsers such as Firefox. A lot has changed in the past two years in regards to extensions. Mozilla dropped the extensions system that Firefox used and switched to WebExtensions, a move heralded by some and disliked by others.The effect was that a number of classic extensions were no longer compatible with Firefox; Mozilla removed these extensions from its add-on repository.Mozilla changed the review process as well. The organization reviewed each add-on prior to publication on Mozilla AMO, the official add-ons store for Firefox, previously but changed the process to a “publish first review later” system.Recommended Extensions programThe Recommended Extensions program features a list of curated extensions that meet Mozilla’s “highest standards of security, utility, and user experience”. A top list of extensions for Firefox that Mozilla plans to promote by increasing their visibility across Mozilla websites and products.Extensions that are selected for the Recommended Extensions program need to meet certain requirements:Requires “commitment from developers”. Extensions need to be in active development and developers need to be willed to make improvements.Extension needs to be safe; this is achieved by passing an initial security review and reviews for each update.Extensions need to be relevant, offer exceptional user experience, and be “really good” at what they do.Recommended Extensions are promoted in various ways. These extensions receive a special badge, receive higher weighting in searches and filtering, are used to power the “personalized recommendations” section on Firefox’s Get Add-ons page, and may be included in Firefox’s contextual extension recommendation feature.Closing wordsOne of the core distinguishing factors between regular extensions and extensions that recommended extensions is that the latter are reviewed each time they are updated and that they undergo a full security review initially.The security review makes Recommended Extensions the only extensions on Mozilla AMO that receive manual reviews before they are made available (initially and when updated). It is unclear how much of  a delay this will cause for extension updates though.Another thing that is not clear is whether the new program will affect featured extensions on Mozilla AMO. Several of these will probably be included in the recommended extensions program.Now You: Which extensions would you like to see in the program?SummaryArticle NameFirefox Recommended Extensions program announcedDescriptionMozilla, maker of Firefox, plans to establish a Recommended Extensions program for the Firefox web browser this summer.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

This mother of a gay son brought Pride to her work to

first_imgThere’s nothing more inspiring than a mother who is super proud of her gay son and isn’t afraid to tell the world. GAYSTARNEWS- ‘You do have that extra push to really shout about the injustices because you have that personal contact. And you want to help people to understand why it’s a cause for literally everybody,’ she said.Kieran came out as gay to his close friends at 13 and then his parents at 15.He told Gay Star News: ‘When I came out to my family, it was the day before my grandma’s birthday and we went down to this pub.‘I think it was one of mum’s friends who asked if I had a girlfriend and there was kind of an awkward silence. And then my sister said: “Go on, just tell them.”‘So I said it. I just remember my dad actually walked off… and then he came back with a tray of shots,’ he said.Vicki Evans and gay son Kieran Evans. | Photo: suppliedVicki said she’s always known but was waiting for Kieran to feel comfortable enough to come out when he was ready.She joked: ‘I told him: “Well, about time!”‘For us, it was a case of, we don’t actually care – we just want you to be happy. It’s as simple as that,’ she added.‘Everybody will be treated equally’Kieran’s now 22 and actually works at npower alongside his mother. He started in October last year, but they’re on different teams.They also went to Cardiff Pride two years ago together and wore custom-made shirts. Kieran’s shirt said: ‘My mum thinks I’m gay’ and Vicki’s said: ‘My son thinks I’m straight.’While Vicki had some reservations about actually wearing it, it went down amazingly on the day of Pride.Kieran said: ‘It went down really well.Vicki added: ‘The number of people who stopped and took our photograph… they laughed at these t-shirts and thought it was absolutely fantastic!’She actually wore the same t-shirt during the judging of the summer festival rainbow flag office decoration.Gay son Kieran Evans and mom Vicki Evans. | Photo: suppliedWhile Kieran didn’t start working at npower until October last year, he said npower is very inclusive.He joked: ‘I’m out to everyone at work. It’s pretty obvious – it’s hard to not be.’He added: ‘npower is probably the most inclusive place I’ve ever worked at. From management down, everyone is inclusive and embracing.‘It doesn’t matter what your skin color is, what your gender identity is or what your sexuality is. Everyone is here to look out for you and your needs. Everyone’s very open-minded and very accepting,’ he said.Vicki said: ‘Being an ally to the LGBTI community is so important because this is the future.‘Everybody will be treated equally. Not should be. They will be – and that’s what we have to fight for. Because it is everybody’s absolute right to be accepted equally,’ she said.–––npower is a client of Gay Star News.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Vicki Evans works at UK gas and electricity company npower and decided she wanted to be a better ally. So she suggested they decorate the office in rainbows and photos of prominent LGBTI people for Pride season last year.‘It was absolutely fantastic,’ Vicki told Gay Star News. ‘I went crazy and printed stuff out, brought flags in, brought some feather boas in.‘I thought: “How far can I go? Nobody’s actually stopping me, this is getting a little ridiculous”,’ she joked.She ended up turning her whole team section of the office into a huge rainbow-rammed room.Vicki’s rainbow influence in her office at npower. | Photo: whovianmummah / InstagramVicki printed out little rainbow hearts for every desk, then photos of people like RuPaul, Alan Turing, Oscar Wilde, Stephen Fry, Marsha P Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Laverne Cox and Ellen DeGeneres.She also draped various flags around the office walls, like the trans flag and the bi flag.Vicki said: ‘I actually had a gay person come over and say: “I’m really confused but what is this flag that’s like pink, purple and blue?” And I explained it’s Bi Pride.‘So my colleagues were learning and then educating themselves.‘As part of it, I wanted to showcase people in the LGBTI community who have been at the forefront of educating people,’ she said.‘I just remember my dad actually walked off…’Vicki’s always been aware of the LGBTI community and the community’s struggle for equality throughout history.It wasn’t until her son Kieran came out as gay that she really stepped up her activism.She said: ‘It’s just kind of always been something there and it does help in some respect to have a child who’s gay because you kind of feel more propelled.Vicki Evans. | Photo: whovianmummah / Instagram Kieran Evans and mom Vicki Evans. | Photo: suppliedcenter_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

Rain causes flooding dozens in shelters in northern Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Strong winds to hit Costa Rica again Thursday Costa Rica’s southern Pacific hit by heavy rains, flooding Strong winds expected over most of Costa Rica this week Rains pound Costa Rica, but don’t believe rumors of a hurricane, CNE says Heavy rains in northern Costa Rica caused flooding that have forced more than 40 people to seek refuge in shelters, according to Casa Presidencial.Monday, the National Emergency Commission (CNE) issued a yellow alert for the canton of Upala, Alajuela, and a green alert in the North, Central and South Pacific, as well as in San Carlos, Guatuso and Los Chiles.A CNE green alert is simply informative, while a yellow alert involves the mobilization of personnel to the affected region. A red alert can only be issued in conjunction with the President and includes mass evacuations.As of Monday afternoon, 42 people were in shelters, and four aqueducts and three bridges had been affected by flooding in northern Costa Rica. At least 325 houses experienced some level of flooding, according to  Juan Bosco Acevedo, the Mayor of Upala.Vice President Epsy Campbell is Upala in to observe the damage and help coordinate the response.“We have taken charge of the situation since early [Monday] morning and now, with the visit of the Vice President, we are more hopeful of having the support of the Executive Branch at the highest level,” Acevedo said.Vice President Campbell encouraged “inter-institutional efforts” to help communities recover from flooding.The National Meteorological Institute (IMN) said it expects heavy rains to continue Tuesday in Costa Rica’s north and on its Caribbean coast. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Etihad Airways Paris flights to go AllAirbus A380

first_imgEtihad Airways Paris flights to go All-Airbus A380Etihad Airways Paris flights to go All-Airbus A380Effective 1 October, 2018, Etihad Airways will operate the Airbus A380 on its second daily service linking Abu Dhabi and Paris Charles de Gaulle. This will transform the airline’s operation between the UAE and French capitals into a year-round all-A380 service, joining London Heathrow as the second European destination enjoying daily multiple visits by Etihad’s award-winning double-decker aircraft.The introduction of the aircraft on the second daily service will provide business and leisure travellers between both cities with more options to experience Etihad’s latest award-winning cabins and products. The airline has operated the A380 between Abu Dhabi and Paris on one of its two daily flights since 1 July 2017, with the service performing very strongly since its introduction.Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer said, “Paris has always been a very special destination on the Etihad network and the number of visitors from France to Abu Dhabi, and vice versa has continued to show significant growth. The route has never been more in demand.“We have seized the opportunity to place our flagship Airbus A380 on our second daily flight, following the great reception the aircraft has received from our guests, and to ensure we offer product consistency on the route. This will also allow us to significantly increase the number of leisure and premium seats available, providing more options for those wanting to travel point-to-point between Abu Dhabi and Paris, two capitals now also united by Louvre museums, or to connect via our Abu Dhabi hub to points all over the Middle East, Asia and Australia.”Etihad Airways’ A380s feature a total capacity of 496 seats – up to two in The Residence, nine in First Class, 70 in Business Class and 415 in the Economy Class cabin. The aircraft replaces the currently deployed Boeing 777-300ER on the popular route.The Residence is an ultra-private, three-room suite featuring a living room with a 32” LCD monitor, bedroom with a double bed, separate en-suite shower room and dedicated personal butler.The nine First Apartments feature a flat-screen television, a chilled mini-bar, personal vanity unit, wardrobe and a fully equipped shower room.The 70 Business Studios on the upper deck offer direct aisle access, a fully flat bed and an increase of 20 per cent in personal space.The Lobby, a luxurious lounge located between the First Class and Business Class cabins, features two comfortable sofas and a staffed bar.The main deck features 415 Economy Smart Seats, which offer ergonomic fixed-wing headrests, lumbar support and an 11-inch personal, high-definition monitor screen to enjoy more than 750 hours of on-demand movies, TV programmes, games and live TV news and sports.Etihad Airways has enjoyed a codeshare partnership with Air France since October 2012. Under the agreement, Etihad Airways places its ‘EY’ code on Air France’s services from Paris Charles de Gaulle to nine European points. Air France places its ‘AF’ code to 11 Etihad destinations in Africa, the Indian Sub-Continent and Australia.Source = Etihad Airwayslast_img read more