Maksim Chmerkovskiy Launches Childhelp Camapign

first_imgChildhelp USA and Maksim Chmerkovskiy are launching Dancing, Drama and Drawing for Dreams.Dancer, choreographer and actor Maksim Chmerkovskiy is a remarkable Childhelp Celebrity Ambassador for the Childhelp’s residential treatment facility and advocacy center art therapy programs.As he Cha-Chas for Childhelp, Maks will be able to employ the language and lessons of dance to affect great change. Toe-tapping Tweets, fox-trotting Facebook updates, waltzing through Childhelp events and free-styling videos are just some of the ways Maks will make a difference for our children.The American Art Therapy Association asserts, “Art therapy is a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight.”last_img read more

Paula Cole To Perform At Rona Barrett Foundation Jazz Benefit Concert

first_imgThe Rona Barrett Foundation, a non-profit founded 17 years ago by television entertainment news pioneer, Rona Barrett and is dedicated to providing care services and housing solutions for in-need and vulnerable senior citizens, is proud to announce that one of the greatest Jazz bands of our time – the legendary Count Basie Orchestra – will hold a benefit Jazz concert on Saturday, July 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the historic Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara.The show will raise funds for the Foundation’s new “Harry’s House – A Home for Alzheimer’s and Assisted Living at the Golden Inn & Village.”Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, Paula Cole, is set to perform with the band as guest vocalist.“The Count Basie Orchestra, directed by Scotty Barnhart, is pleased to be a part of this inaugural benefit concert event at The Lobero Theatre for The Rona Barrett Foundation. This concert merges Rona’s previous entertainment career with her current one in helping underserved senior citizens, inclusive of Alzheimer’s care. The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra has been entertaining audiences all over the world since 1935 and we are excited to entertain Santa Barbara jazz lovers at this historic venue while making money for a very worthwhile cause!” says the Count Basie Orchestra in a joint statement.The Count Basie Orchestra has won every respected jazz poll in the world at least once; won 18 Grammy Awards; performed for Kings and Queens and royalty around the globe; appeared in several movies, television shows and at every major festival and major concert hall in the world. Today, under the leadership of its Director, Scotty Barnhart, The Count Basie Orchestra is traveling the world and continuing its tradition of being “The Most Explosive Force In Jazz.”The evening’s guest vocalist, Paula Cole is a Grammy Award winner who has also been nominated 7 times for the same award. April 2017 marks her 20th Anniversary as a Jazz artist with the release of her sixth solo album, “Raven.” Peter Gabriel celebrates her- “Paula is an original voice both in what she is saying and how she is saying it!” and collaborative artist/trumpeter, Chris Botti, praises, “her voice sounds like a soulful trumpet!”“I’m so impressed with Rona Barrett’s humor, wit, and loving dedication to seniors with Alzheimer’s,” says Paula Cole. “Her foundation has built the Golden Inn and Village and I couldn’t be more honored to take part in this special fundraising event with the legendary Count Basie Orchestra on July 8th. It will be tremendous for me to sing with this historic, swinging, big band. I am thrilled to take part and know it will be a very special night!”“Harry was my Dad. He had Alzheimer’s. I promised I would take care of him until the end,” says Rona Barrett. “Harry was also a giver because from the time I was a little girl, he taught me the importance of when you had more than a nickel and could spare it, YOU GIVE BACK! He never had a lot of money but I grew up seeing him write checks to all kinds of charities; from the March of Dimes to the American Red Cross, he was always sending money. This concert and “Harry’s House – A Home for Alzheimer’s and Assisted Living at The Golden Inn & Village” are symbolic of what I learned from my Dad and honors his legacy!” Adds Rona, “If my Dad were still with us today, he would be thrilled to hear the Count Basie Orchestra and would be seated up front center. And, he would want to desperately meet Paula Cole in-person – he liked talented ladies! I can’t wait for the evening to begin!”What started as a dream twenty years ago, became a reality when Rona Barrett had the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Golden Inn & Village (GIV) in October 2016. The Golden Inn & Village, situated on approximately 7.3 acres in the bucolic Santa Ynez Valley community, is the first affordable independent living Campus in the area, currently housing nearly 100 underserved senior citizens. Under the Foundation’s vision of having a continuum of care model – which would bring housing and healthcare under one roof — seniors who reside at the Golden Inn & Village will eventually have the opportunity to seamlessly transition, due to health and life circumstances, to either Alzheimer’s or Assisted Living care without ever having to leave the Golden Inn & Village.“Harry’s House – A Home for Alzheimer’s and Assisted Living at the Golden Inn & Village,” is scheduled to open in 2018.TICKET INFORMATION:For more information or to purchase tickets, please log onto or call the BOX OFFICE directly at (805) 963-0761.$ 200 VIP Pre-Concert Reception at the Lobero Theatre Courtyard (Includes Grazing Feast, Open Bar and VIP Orchestra Seating)$ 69 – Section A$ 49 – Section Blast_img read more

Queen Latifah To Be Honored With Honorary Degree

first_imgThe Rutgers University Board of Governors confirmed that Newark’s own Queen Latifah will deliver the keynote address at the Rutgers University − Newark Commencement Ceremony on May 14, 2018 at the Prudential Center.Selected for this honor by a committee of students, faculty, and staff, the hip-hop icon, award-winning actress, singer/song-writer, producer, entrepreneur, and humanitarian will also receive an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree. “Queen Latifah is inspiring to us as students because she always projects herself through her work as a strong woman,” said RU-N undergraduate Adebimpe Elegbeyele, who served on the commencement selection committee. “She shows young women that we can do that too and young men that they need to respect that.”An Award-winning Entertainer and TrailblazerBorn in Newark and raised in East Orange, New Jersey, Queen Latifah has earned a Grammy, Primetime Emmy, Golden Globe, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, three NAACP Image Awards, two BET Awards, two Teen Choice Awards, and numerous other accolades of national and international distinction. At the age of 21, she organized and became CEO of Flavor Unit Records and Management Company based in Jersey City, New Jersey. By 1993, the label had 17 signed artists. In 1995, her label won its first Grammy for a song she composed, “U.N.I.T.Y.,” which became an anthem rallying young women to self-love and mutual support, demonstrating the ways in which Queen Latifah leverages her talent to pursue the proverbial “double bottom line” of doing well and doing good by drawing attention to issues of social importance. More recently, she co-starred in the acclaimed comedy “Girls Trip,” which was chosen by Time magazine as one of its top 10 films of 2017.A Humanitarian and Philanthropist Who Never Forgot Her Newark RootsQueen Latifah founded a scholarship foundation for low-income youth and has worked to mitigate home foreclosures in disadvantaged neighborhoods. These were just some of the reasons why she received Newark Beth Israel Medical Center’s Community Award in 2013. Queen Latifah also has been an effective advocate for international initiatives such as ‘Let Girls Learn,’ the campaign started by former First Lady Michelle Obama, that strives to provide support to 62 million girls around the world who do not have access to education. She is currently the spokesperson for the American Heart Association’s ‘Rise Above Heart Failure’ initiative. Other causes she has supported include the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Save The Music Foundation.“Queen Latifah has been a consistent supporter of Newark and a source of inspiration for creative people and entrepreneurs in our city and throughout the world,” said Lyneir Richardson, Executive Director of The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at Rutgers – Newark. “She is an inspiring role model of excellence for Rutgers – Newark. I have seen, up close, her creative spirit, entrepreneurial drive and deep-rooted connection to inclusive urban community revitalization.”last_img read more

Season two of EYES FOR THE JOB to premiere July 31 on

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter “Lifestyle programming is a burgeoning television genre; our viewers can’t get enough of it,” says John Melville, Vice-President, Programming and Production, AMI-tv. “We can’t wait for the blind and partially sighted community to dive back into Chris’ world and be motivated to take on their own DIY projects.”In keeping with AMI’s mandate of making accessible media for all Canadians, Season two of Eyes for the Job features Integrated Described Video (IDV), where Chris and Alex describe their actions and surroundings during filming to make the program accessible to individuals with vision loss.“Following the success of Season one of Eyes for the Job, we’re excited to expand Chris and Alex’s world in Season two,” says Dale Stevens, Producer for Clerisy Entertainment. “With IDV, we’ve created a show that is entertaining and informative to everyone, regardless of ability.”Beginning on July 31, Eyes for the Job airs Tuesdays at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET on AMI-tv. Check your local listings for the AMI-tv channel in your area or use AMI’s online channel guide. Episodes will be available online after the initial broadcast.The complete first season of Eyes for the Job is available to stream online at or on the AMI app.About AMI-tvAMI-tv is the world’s first television network to broadcast all programs with open format described video for individuals who are blind or partially sighted and is broadcast daily into more than eight million Canadian homes as part of the basic digital cable package with most service providers. AMI-tv is committed to broadcasting a variety of content with a focus on accessibility and inclusion.About Accessible Media Inc. AMI is a not-for-profit media company that entertains, informs and empowers Canadians who are blind or partially sighted. Operating three broadcast services, AMI-tv and AMI-audio in English and AMI-télé in French, AMI’s vision is to establish and support a voice for Canadians with disabilities, representing their interests, concerns and values through accessible media, reflection and portrayal. To learn more visit and Links: TORONTO, July 10, 2018 – Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today that Season two of Eyes for the Job, the 13-part television series focused on home improvement and do-it-yourself projects starring Chris Judge and Alex Haider, will premiere on Tuesday, July 31, at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET on AMI-tv.center_img Advertisement Produced by Clerisy Entertainment, Eyes for the Job is set in Halifax and features Nova Scotian co-hosts Chris Judge and Alex Haider. A lifelong handyman and do-it-yourself enthusiast, Chris brings a unique perspective to the program: he is blind. Working alongside Chris is Alex Haider, who shares Chris’ creativity and enthusiasm and boasts some serious social media and outreach know-how. Together, they’ll inform, entertain and inspire viewers to expand their DIY abilities in new and exciting ways.In Season two, Chris steps up his DIY game. He’s started a community workshop in the heart of the city and has the space, tools and materials for some seriously cool creations. With Alex by his side, Chris tackles several projects both in the workshop and in the community, with help from friends. Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Toy donations down in Yellowknife

first_imgAPTN National NewsChristmas day is coming closer and many of us are wondering what gifts Santa will bring.But for some families in Yellowknife Christmas might be put on hold.As APTN’s Wayne Rivers reports one organization in Yellowknife is doing their best to ensure everyone gets a gift but without the public’s help it might not be enough.last_img

Champagne and Aishihik First Nation hope to push resort plan ahead on

first_imgChris MacIntyreAPTN NewsThe Champagne and Aishihik First Nation had a million dollar view during its annual general assembly and are pushing a big idea to go with it.The three day event was held on Mat’atana Man (Kathleen Lake) on purpose.“It’s a proposed multi million dollar facility right here, just sort of around the corner, as the crow flies you just heading over there,” said Champagne and Aishihik Chief Steve Smith.“One of the reasons why we chose Kathleen lake was to sort of give an opportunity to highlight what actually the potential is here”The Mat’atana Man Resort was one of the subjects of discussion on day two of the general assembly.The multi million dollar project that has been on the table since the 1980s and the talk of putting shovels in the ground continues to this day.The construction is still quite a ways away but it is in its 2nd phase of consultations.If the project goes ahead, the Mat’atana Man resort will be constructed on 25 square km of Champagne and Aishihik settlement land.Smith said he’s positive it would be a success because of it’s prime location – but there is work to be done yet.“There are people who are, you know they want to make sure all the “i’s” are dotted and the “t’s” are crossed.“And then we have a whole bunch of people who are entrepreneurial and see some opportunity that could be created but also see an opportunity to utilize one of our naturalresources for a more sustainable opportunity.”A special general assembly to have more community feedback is set to be scheduled in the fall.Nathan McCowan is a delegate at the meetings and travelled all the way from Anchorage, Alaska to attend.“Fundamentally inside the notion of why the project will makes sense is the draw for individuals to want to come and see a relatively pristine, relatively untouched, beautiful environment like this one,” he said.“The project, if it does come to fruition, I think will be managed with the utmost care and the perspective of making it a success not for the next quarter or the next fiscal year, but for decades and decades to come.”There are still many things to do before construction starts, but despite whether the resort gets built or not, McCowan said Kathleen lake will remain a special place for him and his family.“My great grandfather was integral to the land claims process up here,” he said.“Our family has lived for thousands and thousands of years here and so you don’t know who you are in this world until you know where you’re from.”cmacintyre@aptn.calast_img read more

IOC to examine US sanctions’ impact on CPCL expansion

first_imgNew Delhi: India’s top refiner Indian Oil Corp (IOC) will evaluate the implications of US sanctions if Iran was to invest in its subsidiary Chennai refinery’s Rs 35,700 crore expansion, its Chairman Sanjiv Singh said. IOC plans to pull down the 1 million tonnes per year Nagapattinam refinery of its subsidiary Chennai Petroleum Corp Ltd (CPCL) and build a brand new 9 million tonnes unit in the next five to six years. National Iranian Oil Co (NIOC), which holds 15.4 per cent stake in CPCL, is keen to participate in the expansion project, Singh said. Following US decision to reimpose economic sanctions on Iran, IOC will examine the impact of NIOC investing further in CPCL. “We are evaluating that,” he said when asked about the impact of US sanctions on NIOC investing further in CPCL. NIOC’s investment in CPCL had been made several years back and that as such will not draw any impact of US sanctions but fresh investments in the company need to be studied. “NIOC is keen to remain committed to investing in CPCL. Now we have to see (the impact of US sanctions on such a move),” he said. “The (expansion) project has not been approved (by the board) yet.” After the US reimposed full economic sanctions against Iran beginning November 5, 2018 and ended waivers six months later, India has stopped buying oil from its third-largest crude oil supplier. Prior to the waivers ending on May 2, India paid Iran for oil purchases in rupees. These rupee payments are made into a UCO Bank account of NIOC. The government had allowed NIOC to use the money it got in the UCO Bank account for paying for commodities Iran buys from India as well as for direct investments in Indian projects. Naftiran Intertrade, the Swiss subsidiary of NIOC, holds 15.4 per cent stake in CPCL. Whether the same money can now be invested by NIOC as its share of equity portion of the expansion project is being evaluated by IOC. IOC holds 51.89 per cent stake in CPCL. The expansion was to originally cost to Rs 27,460 crore but is now estimated to cost Rs 35,698 crore. Officials said CPCL plans to achieve financial closure of the refinery expansion in 2019. It also plans to build a petrochemicals plant of about 475,000 tonnes per annum capacity. Detailed feasibility report for the expansion project is expected to be completed by June. CPCL, formerly known as Madras Refineries Ltd, was formed as a joint venture in 1965 between the Government of India, AMOCO and NIOC having a shareholding in the ratio of 74 per cent, 13 per cent and 13 per cent. In 1985, AMOCO disinvested, following which the government held 84.62 per cent and NIOC 15.38 per cent. The government later disinvested 16.92 per cent of the paid-up capital. The company was listed in 1994. IOC acquired the government’s holding in 2000-01 and holds 51.89 per cent stake in CPCL while NIOC has 15.40 per cent. CPCL has two refineries with a combined refining capacity of 11.5 million tonnes per annum. The Manali refinery has a capacity of 10.5 million tonnes per annum and is one of the complex refineries in the country. Its second refinery is located in Nagapattinam at Cauvery Basin. This unit has a capacity of 1 million tonnes per annum. CPCL refineries produce LPG, petrol, kerosene, aviation turbine fuel (ATF), diesel, naphtha, bitumen, lube base stocks, paraffin wax, fuel oil, hexane, and petrochemical feedstocks.last_img read more

Canadian bank fined 11 million for failing to report suspicious dealing and

OTTAWA — The federal anti-money laundering agency has levied a $1.1-million penalty against an unnamed Canadian bank for failing to report a suspicious transaction and various money transfers.It is the first time the Ottawa-based Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada, known as Fintrac, has penalized a bank — and it’s being billed as a warning to thousands of other businesses.Generally, the centre tracks cash flows linked to terrorism, money laundering and other crimes by sifting through millions of pieces of data annually from banks, insurance companies, securities dealers, money service businesses, real estate brokers, casinos and others.Kevin Libin: Panama Papers ‘bombshell’ another sensationalized attack on the wealthyRoyal Bank of Canada defends practices after being named in Panama Papers leakIn this case, Fintrac spokesman Darren Gibb said he cannot legally discuss details of the bank’s infractions, and the federal agency is exercising its discretion to withhold the identity of the financial institution, which recently paid the penalty of $1,154,670.But Fintrac wants to send a strong message that it will take whatever measures are needed to encourage compliance with the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act.The agency depends on a steady flow of reports about suspicious dealings, electronic fund transfers and large cash transactions in order to produce needed intelligence, Gibb said in an interview.“The reporting to us is absolutely critical. Without those reports, Fintrac is out of business,” he said Tuesday.“We’re going to be extra-diligent to ensure that entities are submitting suspicious transaction reports when they should be.”Some 31,000 businesses across the country must furnish Fintrac with reports. The agency, in turn, provided 1,260 disclosures of financial intelligence to police and national security partners in 2014-15.The penalty announcement comes amid heightened scrutiny of Canadian financial institutions due to publication of leaked files, known as the Panama Papers, about dubious global dealings.The fine was levied against the bank for failing to report:— an attempted or actual suspicious transaction; — receipt of $10,000 or more in a single transaction; — an electronic funds transfer of $10,000 or more to a destination outside Canada; — receipt from outside Canada of an electronic funds transfer of $10,000 or more.In addition, the bank was penalized for failing to apply written compliance policies and procedures that are kept up to date and approved by a senior officer.Gibb said he could not divulge exactly how the unreported transactions came to Fintrac’s attention, nor could he discuss the nature of them.“I can’t say to you that we’ve identified money laundering or terrorism financing. What I can say is that we’ve identified an entity that has not fulfilled its obligations” under the law, he said. “The obligations are in place to ensure that we get the reporting that we need to provide financial intelligence to our partners.”The Canadian Bankers Association declined to make anyone available for an interview.In an emailed statement, the association said Canadian banks have a strong track record of compliance with the anti-money laundering regime, noting they process billions of transactions in Canada every year.On the rare occasion when a problem arises, “a bank will take immediate steps to resolve the issue and ensure that it is in compliance going forward,” the association added.Fintrac received 92,531 suspicious transaction reports from businesses across Canada in 2014-15, an 11 per cent increase over the previous year.“Yes, we’ve made significant progress, and we’re pleased by that,” Gibb said. But he quickly added: “Some sectors still have some work to do.” read more

Three Indian fishermen arrested bottom trawler detained

The Fast Attack Craft attached to the Northern Naval Command on routine patrol, arrested the Indian fishing poachers while they were practicing bottom trawling in Sri Lankan territorial waters, about 13 Nm northwest of the Kovilam Point. Three Indian fishermen were arrested and a bottom trawler was detained for engaging in illegal fishing practices in Sri Lankan waters.The arrest was made by a Fast Attack Craft belonging to the Northern Naval Command yesterday, the Navy media unit said today. The fishing trawler was brought to SLNS Elara in Kareinagar and the fishermen to SLNS Uththara in Kankesanthurei and they were later due to be handed over to the Jaffna Assistant Director of Fisheries for onward legal action. (Colombo Gazette)

Shammi Silva elected Sri Lanka Cricket President

Ravin Wickramaratne and K. Mathivanan were elected as Vice Presidents.Mohan de Silva was elected as the Secretary of the Sri Lanka Cricket board beating Nishantha Ranatunga. (Colombo Gazette) Shammi Silva was elected as the President of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board at the SLC elections held today.Shammi Silva had secured 83 votes at the elections beating Jayantha Dharmadasa who secured 56 votes.

Country Life breaks no nudity pledge for Girls in Pearls feature as

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. kiko matthews Speaking to the Telegraph about her first naked photoshoot, she said: “Country Life said to me that they could take pictures of me anywhere I wanted. I did not have access to my rowing boat and sports gear was not really suggested at all. They said wear whatever you like and my wardrobe did not have any ‘girls in pearls’ appropriate clothes. “But I had this vision in my head with the autumn leaves. I actually really enjoyed it. It was really quite good fun. It felt quite empowering.“I am totally 100 per cent not a model. I am just getting on with my life and doing what I do. But I think it is important that we allow women to feel comfortable with their body.“It definitely was not meant to be a sexualised picture. I love nature – if I had the choice, I would run around with no clothes on all the time.” Sophia Burrell, a restaurant owner, Country Life’s first ever nude Frontispiece in 1999Credit:Country Life magazine Miss Matthews, who was diagnosed with Cushings Disease, a rare and life-threatening condition which causes tumours on the pituitary gland, whilst training for her record-breaking row, is now planning on running 6700km around the coast of the UK in 2019.The project, called Kik Plastic, will finish everyday with a beach clean. Miss Matthews is the fastest woman to row across the Atlantic, solo and unsupported Country Life magazine has ditched its “no more nudity” vow for their infamous ‘girls in pearls’ feature, as a record-breaking female rower said posing with no clothes on was “empowering”.In a notable shift away from their traditional frontispiece – popularly referred to as the ‘girl in pearls’, referencing the sitters’ traditional choice of jewellery – Kiko Matthews, 37, is pictured in the high society magazine’s Boxing Day issue lying on a bed of autumnal leaves, leaving little to the imagination.The first naked Frontispiece in the magazine featured restaurant owner Sophia Burrell in 1999, who was photographed in the style of Botticelli.The shoot prompted the magazine to insist that the picture “was not smutty” but that “there will be no more nudity” in their glossy page three feature.  But nearly 20 years on, the magazine has gone back on their self-imposed rule with Miss Matthews, who broke the world record for the fastest women’s’ solo row across the Atlantic in March this year. kiko matthews Miss Matthews, 37,  is now planning to cycle 6,700km around the UK coastline, organising community beach cleans and raising awareness of plastic pollutionCredit:Country Life magazine Country Life describe their Frontispiece as “an iconic editorial” that has been published every week for over 120 years. Due to the variety of portraits taken, it is said to reflect the changing lives of young women over that time.Commenting on the style of her first Frontispiece shoot, Miss Matthews said: “I actually prefer myself with no clothes on. I like the human body and I think we should embrace our bodies whatever they are like. I am obviously not going to stand there with everything out, so we experimented with a few different items to cover me. Sophia Burrell “Then they mentioned they had girls who do it naked, and I thought I am never going to have the opportunity to do a naked photoshoot again.“So I thought let’s go for it.” read more

Frost showers and low temperatures the weathers set to get colder

first_img Short URL 14 Comments Thursday 3 Nov 2016, 7:44 PM Image: Sam Boal Share89 Tweet Email Hopefully the rain won’t get this bad. Image: Sam Boal Nov 3rd 2016, 7:44 PM Frost, showers and low temperatures – the weather’s set to get colder We’ve had some nice autumn weather, but things are about to get a bit colder. center_img Hopefully the rain won’t get this bad. 30,202 Views TEMPERATURES ARE SET to take a bit of a dive this week as colder weather begins to be ushered in.According to Met Éireann, tonight temperatures will reach as low as one to six degrees, with a touch of frost in places.There will also be clear spells and some scattered showers.The low temperatures will continue over the weekend. Tomorrow will be showery, cool and blustery, with a risk of hail or thunder in the northwest and north. Top temperatures will be eight to 11 degrees.There will be further frosts over the coming days, with some wintry showers. On Friday night, the lowest temperatures will dip to one to five degrees, and it will be coldest in the east.Expect rain and hail showers over the north and northwest this weekend, with some wintry flurries of snow perhaps hitting higher ground.While Monday will be drier with good sunshine, it will have a frosty start with the risk of ice.In short, wrap up warm – and bring that umbrella everywhere.Read: No movement in teachers’ pay discussions ahead of next week’s strike> By Aoife Barry Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Everyone predicted the end How Irelands Indie Bookshops are surviving in the

first_img Saturday 24 Jun 2017, 6:00 PM What you should read nextBefore we finished chatting to each bookseller, we asked them for their recommendations on the newest books we should be reading.Here’s what they said:Bob Johnston – Gutter Bookshop: “The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry is a wonderful novel, set in the 19th century. The Underground Railroad from Colson Whitehead is wonderful too. It won the Pulitzer Prize but is such an accessible read.”Vinny Browne – Charlie Byrne’s: “The Irish literary scene is in such a healthy state at the moment. It’s better now than ever. The likes of Sebastian Barry and Mick McCormack are doing wonderful things. Solar Bones (McCormack) is a fantastic read.”Maria Dickenson – Dubray Books: “The Power by Naomi Alderman is a fantastic read. It’s set in a dystopian future where women develop the ability to release electrical jolts from their fingers. A forthcoming book that I thought was just brilliant was I Found My Tribe by Ruth Fitzmaurice. It’s about her family, and filmmaker husband who suffers from Motor Neuron Disease. An incredible read.”Independent Book Shop week runs from today until next Saturday. You can find out more about it here. Today, a book shop crawl is taking place across the country, with participants encouraged to visit as many book shops as possible.With reporting from AFPRead: Colombian bin man finds book in garbage. 20 years on, he has library with 25,000 discarded booksRead: In 2014, a quarter of all sick days at the National Museum were stress-related Daily Bear: Teddy Bears Picnic storytime was very exciting! Michaela was great, the kids had a ball and LB photobombed @ByrnesBooks— Mary Esther Judy (@MaryEstherJudy) June 11, 2017 Source: Aileen Smyth/Twitter Source: Mary Esther Judy/Twitter Image: Jan Woitas DPA/PA Images Image: Jan Woitas DPA/PA Images Short URL For Browne, from Galway’s Charlie Byrne’s, the bookshop is a much more intuitive space than going online to buy books. “It’s such a positive experience for someone to walk in here – at any age – and pick something up to read and enjoy,” she said.“People spend so much time on their devices, staring at screens all day,” he said. “They’re now choosing books more to give themselves a break.Online cannot replicate the experience of walking into a bookshop and finding something by chance, and we choose our books carefully to allow people to find something they may not have known they were looking for.Why people go indie?The aesthetic of an independent book shop undeniably plays a role in the appeal and charm to customers. The idea of finding a hidden gem on the shelves can feel eminently more possible off the beaten track.Browne said: “We’ve reached peak kindle at this stage. Their sales are going down and physical books are going up.The indie book shop will reflect the owner’s enthusiasm and interests. We do events that bring the community in, and I think we do it a lot better than the chains. We know our customers and they know us. Our splendid selection of books for Pride at Dubray Rathmines. @DubrayBooks— Aileen Smyth (@SmythAileen) June 21, 2017 Share1030 Tweet Email6 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 118,508 Views Maria Dickenson, from Dubray Books with branches in eight locations across the country, also emphasised the community aspect of the independent book shop as a main reason for its unique appeal.“In local communities, some people have been coming in since they were young, and keep doing it,” she told said that buying a book was an extremely personal experience, and people can come across a new book in a shop better than they could online. “A lot of people come in looking for guidance on what to read, and the engaged staff in these shops offer just that,” she said.“We’ve seen a much more positive energy around the book shop in recent years,” she said.Everyone had said that we’d all be gone in a few years’ time. But they were wrong.The Amazon effectAs internet shopping became ubiquitous, books joined music and films in going online, changing the landscape of the industry in the process.Giving people instant access to books, or delivering it straight to their door, at a cheaper price meant that traditional book sellers faced a unique challenge.As well as selling physical copies of books online, Amazon led the way with its e-readers as people turned to consuming novels this way in their droves.Johnston said: “Everyone said that online sales with Amazon was going to demolish book shops, but in all honesty we’ve never tried to compete.”A full 20 years after Amazon sold its first book online, that process came full circle last month, when the company opened its first bricks and mortar store in New York.Far from offering the kind of quirky random find you would expect in an indie book store, the books on sale in Amazon’s book shop are meticulously planned and made available based on how people have rated them online.“It probably says a lot that even Amazon are opening a physical shop,” Browne said. Source: SIPA USA/PA ImagesOccupying a prime spot opposite Central Park, there are just 3,000 different books available in the shop.However, none of these have received fewer than four out of five stars by Amazon’s online customers.There is also a “Page Turners” section dedicated to books that – according to Amazon data – customers have devoured in three days or less, and another to preferences of customers in the New York area.Will cold, hard data act the basis for what books people will buy from now on? Not so, according to the indie booksellers.Dickenson, from Dubray Books, said that their customers are “really engaged” and always willing to discover new things. 12 Comments ‘Everyone predicted the end’: How Ireland’s Indie Bookshops are surviving in the Amazon age Independent Book Shop week starts today, celebrating the great and the good of the indie bookseller. By Sean Murray Yay! That’s our Independent Bookshop Week #IBW2017 window sorted! With our #Nibbie in pride of place.— Gutter Bookshop (@gutterbookshop) June 22, 2017 Source: Gutter Bookshop/Twitter WHEN ONLINE BOOKSELLING began to dominate the market in the early 2000s, many were predicting that the bookshop would simply die away.Now, however, Irish independent book shops are not only managing to survive. In fact, they are flourishing.Ahead of Independent Book Shop week, we spoke to several independent booksellers on how they’re surviving in the Amazon age, how they differentiate themselves and the joys of a good book.“Best thing I ever did”Bob Johnston founded the Gutter Bookshop back in 2009. In a strange quirk, the deepening recession came as something of a benefit when he found his premises at the end of Dublin’s Temple Bar.He told “In the boom, you couldn’t get a premises unless you paid a fortune. It was just one of those things that I always wanted to do. So I did it. And it was the best thing I ever did.”Fast forward eight years, and Gutter Bookshop has a loyal following from its shop in the city centre, and its other branch in Dalkey, which opened nearly four years ago.With an extensive background in book buying, Johnston knew it was essential to offer the customer something just that bit different.He said: “I knew from the word go that you had to offer something that would slightly differentiate you from the rest.We have a small shop so we need to be careful what we pick, without being snobby. We have everything from the latest thriller to Beckett, but we simply say no to a lot of stuff. And it works in our favour.Features like staff pics are always beneficial, Johnston said, with these recommendations usually among the highest sellers.For Vinny Browne, from Charlie Byrne’s bookshop in Galway, the independent book shop is something of a local institution.“We’ve a very good, loyal customer base in the city,” he told “But, as well as that, we get tourists visiting us from all over.You won’t go just anywhere and find this stuff. The main thing is to offer is just such a diverse mix of stuff… People come in and appreciate that. Jun 24th 2017, 6:00 PM The new poster for Charlie Byrnes, unveiled yesterday. Source: Vinny BrowneDickenson said: “This week is the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first Harry Potter book. That started a whole generation of people reading, who are now in their 20s and 30s.These kind of book shops offer a unique space to discover new books. There’s a certain nostalgia element to what we offer, and that pulls people in too.On the appeal of indie book shops, Johnston said: “I think one of the main reasons is discovery. It’s still very hard to find things you don’t know about online. Here, they see something they didn’t know existed, and we present that in a strong way.We’re community-focused. We work hard to make it an inviting and enjoyable place to be. That’s all part of it. Book shops will continue to thrive in this way. We offer something you just can’t get online.last_img read more

Barcelona edge Man United to gain firstleg advantage

first_img Short URL Subscribe 109 Comments Wednesday 10 Apr 2019, 9:58 PM 25,475 Views United defender Chris Smalling had said “bring it on” at the prospect of facing Messi on the eve of the game.- Messi roughed up -And he left the Argentine bloodied from the nose as he careered into an aerial challenge on the half-hour mark.Messi was quickly back on his feet and into the heart of the action, but it was Philippe Coutinho who came closest to extending Barca’s advantage before the break with a thunderous low shot that De Gea did brilliantly to repel with his feet.Moments later United could easily have been on level terms, but the hosts’ best chance of the half fell to the wrong man as Rashford picked out Diogo Dalot only for the Portuguese to completely miscue his header across goal.Rashford, though, also failed to make proper contact with his big chance early in the second-half when Ter Stegen could only punch a cross into his path.United enjoyed the better of the opening stages in the second half, but lacked a creative spark to open Barca up with Paul Pogba too often picking the sideways pass rather than looking to thread the eye of a needle towards Rashford and the ineffective Romelu Lukaku.Barca boss Ernesto Valverde reacted by introducing midfielders Sergi Roberto and Arturo Vidal from the bench in order to restore to control.And as United chased in vain for an equaliser, the visitors began to create chances again in the final quarter.Suarez fired into the side-netting before De Gea used his feet to good effect once more to deny Jordi Alba.Anthony Martial had one final big opportunity to send United to Catalonia next week on level terms, but a heavy touch allowed the faultless Gerard Pique to intervene and condemn the Red Devils to a fourth defeat in their last six home Champions League games.- © AFP, 2019Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: MANCHESTER UNITED HAVE another monumental task on their hands in the Champions League after Luke Shaw’s own goal gave Barcelona a 1-0 quarter-final, first leg lead at Old Trafford on Wednesday.Shaw turned Luis Suarez’s header into his own net after just 12 minutes and despite being far from their best, Barca comfortably held out to edge towards a first Champions League semi-final in four years.United produced one of the European Cup’s finest ever comebacks from a 2-0 first-leg defeat at home to Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16.However, on the ground where manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer completed another famous fightback to win the competition as a player in 1999, United must repeat the trick at the Camp Nou in six days’ time.Much has been made of Suarez’s Champions League goal drought on the road and while the Uruguayan has still not officially netted an away goal in the competition since September 2015, he had a huge hand in Barca’s winner.Lionel Messi drifted in behind the United defence and his cross hung up to the back post was headed goalwards by Suarez, the ball flicking off Shaw on its way past David de Gea.An errant offside flag briefly threatened to spoil Suarez’s delight. However, the goal was quickly given on a VAR review and the former Liverpool striker took extra glee at having the last laugh with a fist pump in front of the Stretford End.The early goal should have settled the Spanish champions into their stride as their dominance of possession touched close to 90 percent in the opening stages.Yet, they offered United plenty of encouragement with Sergio Busquets in particular off the pace.Marcus Rashford shrugged off an ankle injury to start and provided by a distance United’s biggest threat.A free-kick from the England international flew just wide inside the first five minutes and he sent another dipping effort from range just over Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s crossbar.Luis Suárez back breaks the deadlock at Old Trafford!Offside was called, but VAR overruled it!Live on Virgin Media Sport.#MUNFCB #UCL #VMSport— Virgin Media Sport (@VMSportIE) April 10, 2019 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Barcelona edge Man United to gain first-leg advantage A Luke Shaw own goal was the difference between the sides. Apr 10th 2019, 9:58 PM Share14 Tweet Email Luis Suarez celebrates Barcelona’s first-half goal. Image: Nick Potts By AFP Luis Suarez celebrates Barcelona’s first-half goal. Image: Nick Pottslast_img read more

Awardwinning All Politics is Local blog turns 3

first_imgIt seems like just a few months ago The Columbian’s “All Politics is Local” writers were matching elected officials to Muppets, but the blog is celebrating its 3rd birthday — and the Muppet post includes Pat Campbell! Re-read some of the favorite posts from the past three years, or, if you’re new to the blog, enjoy them for the first time. Read the anniversary blog postVisit All Politics is Locallast_img

Sitka skate park lures young asphalt surfers alongside older delinquents

first_imgBuilt in 2007, Turnaround Skate Park in Sitka is a playground for adrenaline-seekers of all skill levels, from kids on scooters to young adults on long boards. In recent years, however, the reputation of the space has been shaken by steady reports of alcohol and drug use by non-skating adults. Skaters have had enough with the unwelcome company. So, the city has decided to shed some light on the situation.Download AudioGreg Timby takes a break from skating to catch his breath. The 19-year-old is concerned about a recent crowd that’s been gathering at the skate park, sometimes bringing alcohol and pot with them. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)The skate park is at the bottom of a gravel hill, in the curlicue where PBYs used to make a U-turn. Sitka’s airport was relocated years ago and now, the only turnarounds you’ll see now made by wiry teenagers on wheels.Greg Timby is one of them. “I’d say three different kinds of crowds come [to the skate park],” he said. “You have those who come to skate and that’s the guys who I hang out with. The skaters. The surfers of the asphalt.”The skate park was built in 2007 and a cover added in 2011. Visitors range in age, from kids on scooters to older adults on skateboards. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)Timby practices a form of rollerblading called “aggressive skating.” He’ll dash towards a concrete ledge, lift his skates off the ground, and for a frozen moment, just hang there. Touch his toes, or spin 360 degrees around.“The rush of adrenaline when you come off a successful stunt and you land it…you can feel the crowd sharing your head,” said Timby. “You don’t have to have anybody around. It’s just powerful you know.”The second crowd consists mostly of kids who come to watch. And then, there’s the third crowd, which Timby described as, “The adults who come here. And we don’t really talk to them because we don’t really know what they’re up to. We just kind of ignore them. A couple of the skaters are tough enough. They’ll go over and confront them.We need peace. We don’t like people laughing at our mistakes.”In the past three years, Sitka Police have responded to 105 calls concerning the skate park: 40 calls in 2013, 35 calls in 2014, and 30 calls so far this year. Most were for suspicious activity, but some callers cited alcohol consumption, underage smoking, and drug use. Keenan Sturm, an 8th grader at Blatchley Middle School, was on his scooter one night and an intoxicated male enter the skate park.There is no supervisor for the park. Though signs deter garbage and glass, the area around the gazebo – particularly the Rotary Club Gazebo – is often littered with trash. (Emily Kwong/KCAW)“He fell a couple times and landed on his head,” said Sturm. “His head started bleeding. So, and I called the cops on him.”This activity is seldom, but enough to unnerve Timby and his fellow skaters. Of the adult visitors, Timby said, “I shouldn’t be mean to them, but at the same time sometimes you just gotta let ‘em know, ‘You can’t do that kind of stuff here.’ It gives us a bad rap. Makes the skaters look back. Which kind of sucks.Ben White is the principal of Blatchley Middle School, which is right down the street from the skate park, and a father of three. White said, “I’ve yet to hear from any of the students or any of the parents that the skate park has affected school in this way or that way. As a parent, though, with young kids, when I’ve gone to the skate park there’s beer bottles. There’s cigarettes.”The Park and Rec Department is thinly staffed, with only three full time members for 30 sites. So, there is no designated supervisor or custodian for the skate park.For White, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. “To be honest if somebody doesn’t stick a kick flip or something on their skateboard, they may want to say something that might be inappropriate and otherwise not said in front of an adult. It’s a part of growing up. Maybe they should have that kind of leeway. But to be down there and smoking and drinking and doing that kind of thing, that’s not something we want to accidentally support or let slide.”Lynne Brandon, the former City Parks and Recreation manager, designed the park with the help of local skaters and always intended for it to be a safe space. “Having a space where you can get together with your friends and socialize — that’s pretty high order on the priority list for teenagers,” Brandon said.And it is a pretty gorgeous skate park, built by the Seattle-based company Grindline Skateparks. Imagine 6500 square feet of gray concrete, undulating in enticing curves and sharp angles. There’s a double bowl and ramps and rail. There’s even a cover to protect skaters from that Southeast rain.“One morning there was a mom’s group doing yoga inside the skate park while their kids were riding on skateboards and scooters,” Brandon recalled.”Brandon secured $550,000 in grant money from six foundations to build it, including the Tony Hawk Foundation. While she’s disappointed by this illicit activity, she also says it’s common for any park to see bad behavior for a minority of users. She calls it her 3-5% rule. “3-5 percent, of whatever user it is, whether softball, whether it’s rifle range, whether its trail, negatively impact whatever the rec facility is.”So how do you dissuade this 3-5 percent, while not cracking down on the many rule following users? How do you restore order in a space where there’s some chaos?Lance Ewers, the Lieutenant with the Sitka Police Department, wants to “take the space back.” Three weeks ago, he approached Public Works and the Electric Department to install overhead lights and night time cameras in the skate park.The logistics of the renovation are still being worked out, but Ewers hopes that if cameras get installed, they’ll have a direct feed to the police station. “The cameras that we are purchasing are the cameras that you can see at night. There will be no, ‘That’s not me.’ You can just look at the picture and see who it is,” Ewers said.The Sitka Police have also increased their patrols of the area and skaters like Greg say it’s made a difference. “Especially since the police have been coming down, the people who were busting out weed and busting out alcohol, they don’t really come around as much. Which is kind of nice. But it’s also getting colder. We’re kind of wrapping up for the season too.”With the sun setting earlier these days, it wouldn’t hurt to have more light to skate by. And while they’re at it, he adds that a real perk would be for the skate to get a new paint job. Something with flames to make the tricks look cooler.Turnaround Skate Park was built at the site of the city’s former airport. Though visible at night, the lack of overhead lighting makes it a shadowy spot at night. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)last_img read more

Journalists protest against Centre today in Karimnagar

first_imgKarimnagar: On call of Indian Journalists Union (IJU) and as part of the nationwide agitation, Telangana State Working Journalist Union(TUWJ) district president Gandla Srinivas have announced that there is going to be a huge protest along with the labours association against central government for abolition of Working Journalists Act and the Wage Board in the country and also regarding their attitude towards the journalists and labourers on Friday at 11 am in front of Karimnagar Collectorate.last_img

SuriyaJyothika in awe of Nerkonda Paarvai sends a bouquet for Ajith as

first_imgSuriya and Joe sends a flower bouquet to Ajith.PR HandoutAjith Kumar’s Nerkonda Paarvai has won unanimous positive reviews from the audience and critics. Many celebrities have showered a lot of positive words about the flick. Now, celebrity couple Suriya and Jyothika too are blown away by the content and Thala’s performance in the flick.As per the reports, Suriya and Jyothika watched Nerkonda Paarvai in a special screening on Thursday, 8 August. The couple was impressed by the content and the performance of the cast. As a token of appreciation, they have sent a flower bouquet with a letter appreciating him for taking such a subject, while also praising his performance in the film.The pictures of the bouquet have now gone viral. Also, the gesture by Suriya and Jyothika have been praised by cine-goers as it clearly shows that there are no insecurities and hatred towards each other.It may be recalled that Jyothika had earlier praised Ajith for taking up Nerkonda Paarvai.Nerkonda Paarvai tries to addresses a series issue bothering our country. It attempts to showcase the ugly side of patriarchal society, which judge women based on their dress.Ajith has enacted the role of a lawyer, who fights for three women, played by Shraddha Srinath, Andrea Tariang and Abhirami Venkatachalam, who are falsely accused of a crime.Nerkonda Paarvai is a remake of Bollywood hit movie Pink in which Amitabh Bachchan played the lead role. The makers of the Tamil version have tweaked the storyline to suit the taste of the local audience without diluting the content.The movie is funded by Boney Kapoor and the project was supposed to begin when his wife-legendary actress Sridevi was alive.Meanwhile, Nerkonda Paarvai has set the box office on fire. In two days, the movie has grossed over Rs 24 crore and looking to end its first weekend on a high note.last_img read more

City Of Houston Sends Layoff Notices To 47 Municipal Workers Because Of

first_img Share Gail Delaughter/Houston Public MediaHouston City Hall.The City of Houston has sent layoff notices to 47 municipal workers.The Office of Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a news release Friday afternoon that the 60-day notices impact workers at the city’s Parks and Recreation, Library, Administration and Regulatory Affairs and Health departments.Last week, 67 fire cadets received notice they will be laid off. The City Council is scheduled to vote on layoffs of firefighters next Wednesday, April 17.The pending firefighter and municipal worker layoffs are directly tied to the city’s implementation of Proposition B, which voters approved last November and establishes pay parity between the local and fire departments.Turner’s office underlined that Prop B came without a funding source and “adds to the city’s bottom-line an annual $80 million to $100 million obligation for firefighter pay raises.”Earlier on Friday, the mayor met with Patrick ‘Marty’ Lancton, President of the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association, to attempt to reach a phase-in agreement on Prop B. Another meeting is planned for early next week.last_img read more