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John Hobday Awards in Arts Management

first_imgPrize Amount$10,000Learn more Get Eligibility InformationLearn more Further InformationSarah BrownProgram OfficerPrizes Section1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 6004TTY: 1-866-565-5559 Advertisement The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to equity and inclusion, and welcomes applications from diverse Aboriginal, cultural and regional communities, and from people with disabilities.Please refer to the complete Program Guidelines [PDF, 430.4 KB]. Advertisement John Hobday Awards in Arts Management Eligibility LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Facebook Advertisement Prize AmountTwo awards of $10,000 each may be given annually.EligibilityNote that meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee that you will receive an award.General eligibility criteria for both awardsOrganizations are not eligible to apply for these awards. To be eligible, you must:be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. You do not need to be living in Canada when you apply.have a minimum of 10 years’ experience (not necessarily continuous years) as a professional arts managerhave significant expertise in arts management in one or more of the seven disciplines funded by the Canada Council (dance, music, theatre, media arts, visual arts, writing and publishing, and/or inter-arts)Specific eligibility criteria for the Mentorship awardFor the Mentorship award, you and your mentor must be employed by different Canadian, professional arts organizations. In addition, the mentor must: be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canadahave significant expertise in arts management in one or more of the seven disciplines funded by the Canada Council (dance, music, theatre, media arts, visual arts, writing and publishing, and/or inter-arts)be working full time in a Canadian, professional arts organizationbe an established or mid-career arts managerhave submitted all overdue final reports to the Canada Council. Program DescriptionEstablished through a donation of $1 million from The Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation to the Canada Council for the Arts, the awards recognize outstanding established and mid-career arts managers in Canadian professional arts organizations. Arts managers from any artistic discipline supported by the Canada Council may apply for the awards, which are intended for professional development, mentoring and related purposes.There are two distinct awards:The Professional Development and Renewal award allows an outstanding established or mid-career arts manager to take part in a short-term, recognized program, seminar or workshop for professional renewal and revitalization.The Mentorship award allows an exceptional mid-career arts manager who is seeking to acquire different knowledge, experience and skills to be mentored by an outstanding established or mid-career arts manager.The John Hobday Awards in Arts Management are intended for professional development of individual arts managers and not for direct assistance to arts organizations. Deadline(s)30 September, 2016If this date falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day. Deadline(s)30 September, 2016Learn more Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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Pulwama attack Pakistan says no terror camps exist on 22 locations shared

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan on Thursday said it has examined 22 “pin locations” shared by India but found no terror camps and claimed that there are no links to nail 54 people detained in connection with the Pulwama terror attack as it shared the “preliminary findings” with New Delhi. Pakistan is willing to allow visits, on request, to these locations, the Foreign Office (FO) said in a statement. “While 54 detained individuals are being investigated, no details linking them to Pulwama have been found so far,” it said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “Similarly, the 22 pin locations shared by India have been examined. No such camps exist. Pakistan is willing to allow visits, on request, to these locations,” the FO said. It said that in consistent with its commitment to cooperate, Pakistan on Wednesday shared “preliminary findings” of its investigations with India along with a set of questions. “Subsequently, the diplomatic corps in Islamabad was briefed as well,” the FO said. India handed over the dossier to the Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan in New Delhi on February 27 with specific details of Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM)’s complicity in the Pulwama attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel on February 14 and the presence of JeM terror camps and its leadership in Pakistan. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The FO said soon after receiving the dossier, Pakistan constituted an investigation team, detained a number of people for investigation and initiated work on the technical aspects of social media content, a main basis of the Indian documents. The Indian dossier contains 91 pages and six parts, out of which only part two and three pertain to the Pulwama attack, it said. “Other parts are generalised allegations. Pakistan is focusing on those parts which relate to Pulwama incident,” it said. The FO claimed that during the course of investigations, all aspects of the information provided by India have been thoroughly examined including the “confessional” video of Adil Dar, “claim” of responsibility for the attack, Whatsapp and Telegram numbers used to share videos and messages in support of the Pulwama attack, list of 90 individuals suspected of belonging to a proscribed organisation and 22 pin locations of alleged training camps. Service Providers have been requested for data including relevant details of activities and contacts of the GSM (Global System for Mobile communications) number provided by India, it said. A request for assistance from Whatsapp has also been made to the US government, it said, adding that the said additional information and documents from India would be essential to continue the process of investigations. “Pakistan remains committed to taking this process to its logical conclusion,” the FO added. Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated after the suicide bomber of JeM killed 40 CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14. India launched a counter-terror operation against a JeM training camp in Balakot. The next day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 in an aerial combat and captured its pilot, who was handed over to India on March 1.last_img read more

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Equality means business UN urges private sector to help close gender gap

“Removing the barriers that keep women and girls on the margins of economic, social, cultural and political life must be a top priority for us all – businesses, Governments, the United Nations and civil society,” Mr. Ban said at the 59th Commission on the Status of Women side-line gathering. “As we reflect on the Beijing+20 findings and prepare to implement the sustainable development goals that will guide us for the next 15 years, until 2030, it is extremely positive to see so many business leaders stepping up to work with us,” Mr. Ban added, who was joined at the event by Former United States Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, his Special Envoy for Climate Change, Mary Robinson, and Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. Following the opening segment, several panels took place on women and business. The Women’s Empowerment Principles provide a roadmap for businesses to play their role in respecting and supporting women’s rights. Launched by the Secretary-General in 2010, the initiative aims to engage businesses to advance gender equality and sustainability. In the past five years, it has reached nearly 1000 companies, each of which has made a commitment at the highest level to implement the seven guiding Principles.“I am particularly gratified that seven Women’s Empowerment Principles are resonating around the world, helping hundreds of companies to identify gaps and scale up their efforts to implement gender equality and empower women in their workplaces, marketplaces and communities,” the UN chief said. There are many examples of companies that are taking real steps to close the gender gap, Mr. Ban said. From a global electrical energy company linking gender diversity performance with financial bonuses to a sanitation company in India headed by a female CEO making bio-friendly toilets available to poor communities and from a Turkish bank designing products to support women entrepreneurs to a renewable energy company in Brazil setting up a domestic violence support system.To that end, Mr. Ban encouraged businesses supporting Women’s Empowerment Principles to join UN Global Compact and communicate their progress annually. Taking to the podium next in her keynote address, Hillary Clinton said today’s gathering comes at a pivotal moment in gender equality: “We are here to build on the progress of the past and the promise of the future.” Men and women who understand that gender equality is “not just morally right but the smart thing to do” are growing in numbers. “We may be approaching critical mass but we have to keep on pushing because what we are doing here today is smart for companies and for countries.” “Some of you were with me at the Beijing Conference where remarkably leaders pledged to work for the full participation of women and girls,” Mrs. Clinton said. Out of Beijing came the Beijing Platform for Action and in many parts of the world it turned into an “organizing document.” UN women was created, the Security Council recognized the role of women in peacekeeping missions, the World Bank promoted women’s role in development, and national laws were passed to close gender gaps in health and education. “Now, 20 years later, it is our job to keep ambition alive,” Mrs. Clinton urged, noting that all the evidence reveals that despite the obstacles that remain, there has never been a better time in history to be born a girl. A girl born in Lesotho 20 years ago could not hope to own property, now she can. A girl born 20 years ago in Rwanda grew up in the shadow of genocide and rape, and now there are more women serving in her country’s Parliament than in anywhere else in the world. But despite all this progress, “we are still not there yet”. More than 30 million girls never go on to secondary schools. More than one million girls are never born because of gender-based selection mainly in China and India. More than half the nations in the world still have no laws on the books combating gender-based violence and an estimated one in three women is subject to it. “Rights have to exist in practice not just on paper, and laws have to be backed up with resources not just political will,” Mrs. Clinton declared. She said that deep-seeded cultural bias continues to hold girls back. “Join us in making absolutely clear that the full participation of women and girls is the unfinished business of the 21st century. We can’t afford to leave anyone behind.” In the United States alone, if the workforce gap between men and women closed the economy would grow by 10 per cent. These numbers are significant for other countries as well. She emphasized the importance of gender-equality being included in the proposed sustainablde development goals (SDGs). “When I was Secretary of State and I would speak with my colleagues around the world about these issues there was a moment when I saw their eyes would glaze over, ‘I know she’s going to talk to me about women and I’ll smile until we get on to more important issues,’ they would think. But that has changed now,” she said, adding that the progress of the last 20 years was no accident; it took commitment, accountability, unity and hard work. “These issues remain deeply personal for me. My late mother was born in the United States before women could vote and before there were employment opportunities, but she had real grit and grace and gave me the drive to have integrity and provide a service to others. We each know so many women whose names will never be in the headlines and we can take a moment to think about the teachers and mentors who have changed our lives and now it is time to do that for the next generation.” Mary Robinson said the women’s empowerment principles were the “best step forward that the UN Global Compact has taken in the last 15 years,” and she stressed the extent of her support for their understanding of the importance of forging the relationship.Underlining the importance of fully integrating gender equality and women’s empowerment into the several important international processes going on in 2015, she focused her comments on addressing what she called the “double injustice” of climate change and gender inequality. Gender equality, she noted, was recognized within the post-2015 development agenda and the sustainable development goals through Goal 5, but was not as secure in the climate process.She described her disappointment at the recent meeting in Lima of the parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) at the failure of negotiators to be specific about the link between climate change and gender equality but she added that she had seen an improvement in Geneva, where “relatively good” gender language and human rights language had entered into the text.“We need that balance to ensure that we will achieve our objectives,” she said, as she outlined the gravity of the climate change crisis facing the world, including the human rights dimensions faced by countries like Kiribati, which purchased land from Fiji because of the existential threat posed by climate change. If the response to climate change is such that people have to move from the land where “the bones of their ancestors” are buried, it is clear that a people-centred approach was not being taken to tackling the crisis.She closed on a personal note, saying that she was motivated as a grandmother to consider what her grandchildren would say about the work done by leaders in 2015, because she knew it would hugely impact their lives in 2050.“That’s why we need this grand alliance,” she said of the link between women and the business sector, “because we have a lot to do to secure a very good, legally binding agreement in Paris,” she said referring to a crucial meeting of UNFCCC parties set for the end of the year. read more

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SDG progress in danger of going backwards without change in direction new

The UN report will be at the centre of discussions during the UN summit on the SDGs later this month.Worsening inequalities and potentially irreversible damage to the natural environment on which we all depend, demands concerted action, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), urged in a statement on the report findings, compiled by a team of 15 UN-appointed experts.“Achieving human well-being and eradicating poverty for all of the Earth’s people—expected to number 8.5 billion by 2030—is still possible,” they highlighted, “but only if there is a fundamental—and urgent—change in the relationship between people and nature.”The report, “The Future is Now: Science for Achieving Sustainable Development,” points to understanding the relationships between individual SDGs and the “concrete systems that define society today” to devise a plan to ameliorate global instability. At the request of countries to evaluate progress of the 2030 SDG Agenda, adopted in 2015, the Global Report on Sustainable Development (GDSR) consists of surveys on scientific findings from ocean livelihoods, to sustainable consumption, production, and disaster risk management, among other issues.Science-backed recommendations🎆 Just launched! 🎆A new relationship between people and nature is needed as climate change and biodiversity loss threaten #SDGs progress, say scientists in new report commissioned by @UN.Learn more in the #GSDR out now! 👉🏽 https://t.co/IRWNjd9hRPhttps://t.co/oU5bg86ho3— UN DESA (@UNDESA) September 11, 2019 The current roadmap for development has generated prosperity for “hundreds of millions,” the scientists said, but at the cost of other resources and a growing inequality that undermines global growth. Boosting economies via increasing consumption for example, is exhausting the planet’s materials and creating toxic by-products which threaten to overwhelm the world. At the current rate of consumption, “use of material is set to almost double between 2017 and 2060, from 89 Gigatons to 167 Gigatons”, resulting in consequential “increased levels of greenhouse gas emissions, and other toxic effects” from resource extraction, they stressed. The status quo must change, scientists said, in order to eschew further loss in “social cohesion and sustainable economic growth,” curb biodiversity losses, and save a “world close to tipping points with the global climate system.” For this to happen, all sectors must come together in coordinated action, the report urges. Increasing investment in science for sustainability, is one key approach, and acknowledging that achievement of the SDGs requires economic growth be divorced from environmental degradation, while reducing inequalities.The experts noted that “the extensive transformation that is needed will not be easy, and the report suggests that a deep scientific understanding is needed to anticipate and mitigate the tensions and trade-offs inherent in widespread structural change.” Key points of intervention According to the report, there are 20 points of intervention that can be used to accelerate progress toward multiple goals and targets in the next ten years.Among these, basic services must be made universally available—healthcare, education, water and sanitation infrastructure, housing and social protection— as a prerequisite” toward eliminating poverty.In addition, ending legal and social discrimination, scaling up trades unions, nongovernmental organizations, women’s groups and other communities will “be important partners in efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda”, the experts said.Inefficient food and energy systems are depriving some 2 billion people of food security, while 820 million are undernourished, and 2 billion adults are overweight. Production processes are causing severe environmental impact. Transitioning to renewable energy systems could help reduce the 3 billion who rely on pollutants for cooking, and avoid premature deaths, estimated at 3.8 million each year, they cited. Meanwhile, the energy access gap has left close to one billion without access to electricity at all. Increases in renewable energy supply in the past decade have corresponded with price drops in clean fuel technology—around 77 per cent for solar power and a 38 per cent drop for onshore wind.With an estimated two-thirds of the global population projected to live in cities by 2050, the experts said achieving the 2030 Agenda will require “more compact and efficient” urban areas that will be nature-based in infrastructure—but the ecosystem’s services and resources “must be safeguarded.”What the scientists call “the global environmental commons” – the rainforests, oceans, and atmosphere – need support from governments, international actors and the private sector to ensure good practices.The full report and its recommendations will be presented during the High-Level Political Forum at the 2019 SDG Summit that will convene heads of State and Government in New York on 24 and 25 September. read more

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Get registered …GECOM urges as deadline nears

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is urging all eligible persons who have not yet registered to visit their nearest GECOM office and do so by July 8.The registration exercises, which commenced on May 21, 2018, stemmed from an effort to ensure that all suitable persons are afforded unlimited opportunities to be included on the National Register of Registrants database while ensuring that GECOM is in a state of preparedness which would enable it to respond to calls for elections in a timely manner.According to GECOM, any person who will be 14 years and over by October 31 of this year and is a Guyanese citizen by birth, descent, naturalisation or is a citizen from a Commonwealth country living in Guyana for one year or more, is eligible for registration.For the registration process to be completed, interested persons are asked to present an original birth certificate or a valid Guyana passport and original marriage certificate or deed poll.Meanwhile, it was revealed that baptism certificates, expired passports, photocopies of relevant documents or letters from priests, elders, head teachers, Toshaos, Justices of the Peace (JPs) and existing Identification Cards (ID) will be not acceptable as source documents for registration.Persons 18 years and older can also request to correct or change their name, address or occupation by July 8, while July 12 will be the last day in which persons can object to a name appearing on the Preliminary List of Electors (PLE).There will be a hearing by registration officers to determine the validity of the objections and if persons are not satisfied with the outcome, appeals will be heard by the Chief Election Officer.Registration guarantees eligible persons their constitutional right to become registered in accordance with the relevant legal provisions and to cast their ballots at future General, Regional and Local Government Elections.The Commission is also urging persons to desist from unlawful practices as there are reports of persons presenting themselves to be registered, claiming not to know their names, date of birth and other key personal identifying information.The 29 registration offices countrywide are opened from Monday to Thursday between 08:00h to 17:00h, Friday between 08:00h and 16:00h and on weekends and holidays from 10:00h to 14:00h. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGECOM registers over 2,000 new applicantsSeptember 16, 2013In “Local News”House-to-House: Persons who refuse to register will be chargedJune 14, 2019In “latest news”GECOM to commence another cycle of continuous registrationNovember 21, 2014In “Politics” read more

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Skills shortage threatens mine hoist performance safety and reliability

first_imgThe hoisting article in the August issue of International Mining magazine notes the availability of ABB’s new service product, Hoist Performance Fingerprint, to help its customers assess and optimise the condition of mine hoists. Here ABB’s Slobodan Vidmar offers some top tips to ensure mine hoists remain as effective as the day they were installed“A mine hoist is the most critical machine in an underground mine, taking people and material below ground quickly and safely. It must work reliably at all times, while operating at maximum efficiency with optimum capital and maintenance cost.“Whether your mine hoist is friction, single- or double-drum, keeping it up and running requires the skills of electrical and mechanical engineers. Electrical considerations include aging hoists suffering speed drift, deteriorating control components such as capacitors and thryistors and protection devices not working. Mechanical considerations include the brake unit’s air gap being bigger than recommended – for certain brake types, an air gap increase from 2 mm to 4 mm results in 30 percent lower brake force.“With over 3,000 installations around the world, there are very few catastrophic accidents considering how many hours these machines work. Their safety record is impeccable – but mine hoists do break down, become slower, suffer erratic rides and use more energy than the day they were first commissioned.“While poor maintenance can be blamed, it is normally due to a lack of knowledge of how the electrical and mechanical systems integrate.  This is further exacerbated by an increasing shortage of on-site skilled employees capable of coping with the new, sophisticated technologies.“For example, current maintenance practices generally do a good job of looking after separate devices. Rarely, however, is the “cause and effect” of the entire system considered. And yet, this is essential. Electrical issues affect mechanical and vice versa and treating one in isolation could introduce other problems.“The starting point of any mine hoist appraisal is to understand what you are trying to achieve.“The biggest concern is failures that do not reveal themselves unless tests are carried out – or a failure actually happens.“Consider a mine hoist with 18 brake units. Standard tests used today normally show that the overall system satisfies local mining regulations. What they fail to reveal is which brake units are working harder than others and which, therefore, are suffering a decrease in operating life. What is needed are tests on each individual brake unit.“A mine hoist is a hugely complex machine, spread over a large area often having a 50 t payload and travelling at 60 km/h. As such, some areas are not inspected regularly, leading to concerns over the hoist’s protection devices. Any failure is likely to be serious.“It is not unusual for end-of-line protection devices to go undetected, primarily because checking those means disabling all the fail-safe devices that go before within the chain, which can be a time-consuming and daunting experience. Are you sure the final protection device is going to do what it’s designed for? By testing it, we are proving it does work.“A common cause of poor performance is man-made. Often, during troubleshooting, in an attempt to adjust the duty cycle, the hoist’s production cycle will be slowed until the problem is fixed. “However, troubleshooting takes time and the maintenance crews are replaced by another shift. As an oversight, the production cycle may stay at this reduced rate and consequently, over time, may result in inevitable production losses. In mining, small delays in duty cycle can create a loss of production in excess of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.“Mine hoist reliability can be improved by regular assessment and testing to prove the hoist is running at its optimum level.“Among the most common causes of unplanned downtime includes a build-up of dust and dirt under the switches and a failure of latch arms on the skips for the same reason. On the friction hoist’s production cycle, changes and over-wind trips are often the result of excessive friction insert wear.“The cost of breakdown repair is up to seven times more expensive than planned repair. Planned maintenance should include regular inspections, assessments and testing to verify the reliability of the protective devices.“A good starting point is to have a structured audit of the entire hoist system, covering electrical and mechanical components. Data is collected from up to 20 pre-defined points.  These are various control signals used for analysis to determine hoist performance and include speed, torque, brake pressure and current“This will identify ways to optimise the hoist’s condition, performance and safety. It will also identify abnormal conditions, which, if not corrected, could cause severe production problems or permanently damage the equipment.“A comprehensive written report can be sent to mine inspectors as proof of compliance, as well as for maintenance planning and budgeting, particularly with respect to setting aside funds for expensive repairs.”Hoist Performance Fingerprint (HPFP) consists of a structured audit of complete hoist systems – simultaneously covering all electrical and mechanical parts to ensure reliable and safe hoist operation.“By using HPFP, hoist owners are now able to reduce the operational cost and at the same time increase production and business sustainability. Launched first in Australia, a majority of hoist sites have subscribed to the service – with some even opting for quarterly contracts.”last_img read more

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Investigation begins into cause of ceiling collapse at theatre

first_imgGrhaam Ellis of London Fire Brigade said there had been a collapse of heavy plaster from the roof of the auditorium fallen down to the upper circle, dress circle and stalls.Three hospitals were put on standby and buses were used to take injured from the theatre to the hospital.There were no fatalities during the incident, but almost 80 people were treated by ambulance staff.Pic: Dominic Lipinski/PA WireParamedics initially said 88 people were wounded but later revised the number downwards to 76. Seven were seriously injured, another 51 “walking wounded” were taken to hospital with minor injuries and the rest were treated at the scene.“A section of the theatre’s ceiling collapsed onto the audience who were watching the show. The ceiling took parts of the balconies down with it,” senior firefighter Nick Harding told reporters.“In my time as a fire officer I’ve never seen an incident like this. I imagine lots of people were out enjoying the show in the run-up to Christmas.”Witnesses told of terror inside the Edwardian-era theatre, which has three tiers of balconies, the uppermost of which is said to be the steepest in London.People were crying in shock and coughing because of the dust as they fled to safety.Desmond Thomas, 18, part of a school party watching the show, said they heard noises before the accident.“Maybe 10 minutes into the performance we heard a tap-tap noise, we thought it was rain,” he told AFP. INVESTIGATIONS HAVE BEGUN into the collapse of a ceiling at London theatre.The incident at the Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue took place last night during a show of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.Emergency services attending the scene at the Apollo Theatre. Pic: Dominic Lipinski/PA WireThis morning, investigators will begin their work in trying to determine what led to the collapse at 8pm last night.The author of the book on which the play is based, Mark Haddon, tweeted: There was a crack and then it suddenly seemed to get bigger and suddenly it collapsed. The next thing we knew the whole theatre filled with dust and smoke.Sky News says this morning that structural engineers and a district surveyor from Westminster City Council will carry out a structural assessment of the 112-year-old building today.It is not believed the ceiling collapse was due to any criminal act.- Additional reporting AFPRead: 88 injured after roof collapses at London theatre>last_img read more

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Heir donates estate of Hitlers filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl to cultural museum

first_img Monday 12 Feb 2018, 9:20 PM Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3849022 A housekeeper, who refused to be identified, passes by a picture of famous film director Leni Riefenstahl on the wall in Riefenstahl’s home in Poecking, south of Munich, on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2003. Image: JAN PITMAN via AP 14,492 Views By Associated Press Share17 Tweet Email2 center_img A housekeeper, who refused to be identified, passes by a picture of famous film director Leni Riefenstahl on the wall in Riefenstahl’s home in Poecking, south of Munich, on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2003. Image: JAN PITMAN via AP A GERMAN CULTURAL foundation said it has been bequeathed photos, films, manuscripts, letters and files from the estate of Leni Riefenstahl, the legendary filmmaker best known for the propaganda movies she made for Nazi Germany.The Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation said today that Riefenstahl’s sole heir, her former secretary, donated the complete collection amassed by the filmmaker, who died in 2003.Her films included “Triumph of the Will,” which recorded the Nazis’ 1934 rally at Nuremberg, and, Olympia, a meditation on muscle and movement at the 1936 Berlin Olympic games.Riefenstahl always defended her work, saying she knew nothing of Nazi atrocities.Foundation president Hermann Parzinger says his organisation will treat the material with “a special responsibility for the critical examination of this controversial person of contemporary history”.Read: Louvre launches new display in hope of reuniting owners with art stolen by Nazis > Feb 12th 2018, 9:21 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Heir donates estate of Hitler’s filmmaker, Leni Riefenstahl, to cultural museum Leni Riefenstahl always defended her work, saying she knew nothing of Nazi atrocities. 15 Comments last_img read more

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Martinez It was a dead ball situation which was the difference

first_imgBelgium’s progress for the winning of the 2018 World Cup trophy has been halted after their clash against France.However, Belgium coach Roberto Martinez believes France’s goal in their 1-0 victory over France as a “bit of luck”.France defender Samuel Umtiti scored the winning goal in the 51st minute, beating Marouane Fellaini at the near post to head home Antoine Griezmann’s corner.“It was a dead ball situation which was the difference,” Martinez told BBC Sport after the game.Raheem Sterling, EnglandTop 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…“It was a close game and it was very tight and it was going to be decided by that bit of luck in front of goal. The attitude of the players was brilliant and we couldn’t ask for anymore. We have to understand one team wins and the other loses, and we did what we could.“[The France goal] is the type of detail that counts in the semi-final of the World Cup. We have one game left and I want to ensure we finish the tournament on a high because these players don’t deserve to leave here with a bad taste.”England and Croatian will fight it out in Moscow on Wednesday for the second semi-final.last_img read more

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1 detained 2 at large after Miami burglary

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police took one of three people into custody who, they said, were involved in a burglary in Miami.City of Miami Police responded to the scene in the area of Northwest 66th Street and Eighth Avenue, Sunday morning.Officers set up a perimeter but only caught one subject. The other two remain at large.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Life After Doubledown

first_imgThe near economic collapse during the fall of 2008 only accelerated the downward spiral that had begun in earnest months before. After the June departure of Rachel Pine, the woman who single-handedly built the publisher’s brands with tremendous success, it was hard to maintain momentum. At the same time, the “Working Wealthy” was quickly becoming the “Unemployed Upper Middle Class.” With high-end consumers dwindling, there would be no more high-end ads. No high-end ads, no revenue. No revenue, no paychecks. No paychecks, no employees. No employees, no company. What about subscription revenue? The magazine was mostly given out for free, so no dice there.On January 30th, 2009, the company failed to meet its full payroll, despite having been slashed dramatically just two months prior. Like an airline pilot, I had been “furloughed” as an associate editor, while several of my colleagues were getting by on half pay. I remained faithful though, working for free coffee and snacks at the office in hopes that a turnaround was near. But after my bi-weekly paycheck failed to hit my account that morning, I dragged two duffle bags to work to clean out my desk.The following Monday night, president Randall Lane sent the staff an e-mail declaring that the company’s credit line provider would “no longer fund our working capital” and that operations would cease “effective immediately.” We all said our goodbyes the next day, and got together a few weeks later to drown our sorrows at a downtown Manhattan bar. Soon after, the company declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy.Learning, Then LeavingDespite its sad demise, I view my time at Doubledown with great professional satisfaction, and refuse to disparage any of my former colleagues. Enough people have taken shots at each other already, so I’ll keep my thoughts to myself. If anything, I wish I had started with them earlier.I got on board toward the end of Doubledown’s existence—in January 2008, with the credit crisis firmly in play. I missed out on most of the lavish parties that the magazine was known for and also the chance to write more puff pieces on top traders. Thankfully though, I had avoided the media fiascos involving young traders Tim Sykes and Zack Michaelson.Prior to Doubledown, my career to date had been in foreign exchange trading, with a short stint as a film crew member in between jobs. I had grown up in a town where half my friends’ fathers were bond traders, and along with my recent experience for a fledgling broker, I had plenty of finance tales to tell. Somehow I convinced Trader Monthly’s executive editor Rich Blake to let me do so. To show just how much of a jump this was for me, my first project for Trader Monthly was putting together the ever-controversial Trader 100 list. Just a few months prior, my big task was servicing a $10 million forex managed accounts program. Now I was debating PR men of multi-billion dollar hedge funds about whether or not my compensation estimates for their star managers were correct. These numbers ranged from as high as $3 billion+ to as low (low??) as $75 million. Talk about going from pikers to producers! No wonder everyone from investment banks and MBA programs wanted to work at hedge funds. After all, where else could you make $100 million a year?After Lehman went bankrupt, Merrill was sold, and TARP was passed, the most bull market of bull market publications could not last for long. When one of my colleagues asked me in late 2008, “Chris, did you hear about Citi? They’re laying off FIFTY THOUSAND PEOPLE!” I knew in my heart it was over.Moving OnAfter the shut down, everyone from the Doubledown diaspora hit the ground running, despite being bitter over lost pay and abrupt unemployment. A handful had gotten new jobs right beforehand, including Web guru Todd Tarpley at Nielson Business Media. The rest of us immediately reached out to old clients, sources and other publications, securing short-term freelance and consulting work.Among my editorial colleagues, we have parlayed our experience at Doubledown into great new ventures. I have been freelancing, helping ghost write and edit two books, and have been covering hedge funds as a contributor for AR magazine. My mentor, Rich Blake, published a book and is now a blogger for Reuters HedgeWorld. My cubicle buddies who covered travel and lifestyle, Nick Kolakowski and Cristina Velocci, write for eWeek.com and Time Out New York, respectively. Scott Eden and Ty Wenger ended up together at TheStreet.com. Leah McGrath Goodman is still successfully freelancing and just finished a book about the New York Mercantile Exchange. And though she left in early 2008, former editorial assistant Teri Buhl is now the hedge fund beat reporter for the Greenwich Time, the equivalent of being an auto industry reporter in Detroit.  And, finally, Randall Lane has secured a book deal, a memoir entitled “The Zeroes: My Misadventures in the Decade Wall Street Went Insane.” I guarantee you that all of my ex-colleagues are anxious to hear his side of the story.Though as proud of my colleagues as I am, and how I still yearn for the bubble days, I’m still waiting for that last paycheck. One year ago Wednesday, FOLIO: broke the news that Doubledown Media, parent of wildly popular Wall Street trade publications Trader Monthly and Dealmaker, shut its doors.I remember it well. I was there.While the fall of Doubledown was slow, painful and embarrassing, the experience of working there as an editor is one I view with great fondness. My colleagues were hardworking and smart, and I got to meet and interview dozens of very important people on Wall Street.last_img read more

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Obama Bush to eulogise once political foe McCain

first_imgThe late US senator John McCain lies in state after general public viewing, in the US capitol Rotunda in Washington, US on 31 August 2018. Photo: ReutersFormer US presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush will lead mourners on Saturday in a service for the late John McCain, the longtime Arizona senator and Vietnam war hero whose bids for the White House were dashed by the two men.On the way to Washington’s National Cathedral, the cortege of one of America’s most famous prisoners of war will stop at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial where his wife, Cindy McCain, will lay a wreath to honour those who died in the war.Obama and Bush, a Democrat and a Republican, will be joined by a collection of former US presidents, senators, Vietnam-era officials and others paying tribute to the statesman who died on 25 August of brain cancer, days shy of his 82nd birthday. .Conspicuously absent will be US president Donald Trump, who over the past three years engaged in a public feud with McCain, a fellow Republican.McCain’s family had made clear that Trump was not welcome at memorial services in Arizona and Washington or at Sunday’s private burial service in Annapolis, Maryland, at the US Naval Academy. McCain was a member of the Academy’s Class of 1958.In Congress, where he laid in state on Friday, McCain was a leading voice for revamping the country’s immigration, campaign finance and environmental laws. But it was his military service, punctuated by years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam that molded McCain’s political life.McCain, who rose to the rank of captain in the US Navy, was shot down over Hanoi while on a bombing mission in 1967.Held as a prisoner until 1973, McCain was tortured by his North Vietnamese captors in a jail that Americans dubbed the “Hanoi Hilton.”Kissinger, Beatty, BloombergLying in state in the US Capitol since Friday morning, McCain was commemorated by politicians of all stripes and mourners who filed past his flag-draped coffin into the night.On Saturday, a motorcade will take McCain’s casket past the capital’s stately monuments en route to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where Cindy McCain will place a wreath at the black, v-shaped granite wall inscribed with the names of more than 58,000 US soldiers killed in combat.At the time of his death, McCain was chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, where he was known as a tough overseer of the country’s military.This summer, with McCain too ill to travel to Washington, Congress hurried to pass the “John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act” that will carry out a huge military buildup by allowing $716 billion to be spent in the coming year alone.Inside the cathedral, which took 83 years to build and is the sixth largest in the world, the congregants will hear from a central figure of the Vietnam War: 95-year-old Henry Kissinger.Kissinger was an adviser to then-president Richard Nixon and played a role in planning the controversial US bombing of Cambodia and negotiating an end to US military action in Vietnam.Pallbearers for Saturday’s service reflect the eclectic political company McCain kept, which helped him earn the reputation of a maverick willing to work with the other side of the aisle.They include Hollywood actor and liberal political activist Warren Beatty, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an independent, liberal former Senator Russ Feingold who crafted landmark campaign finance legislation with McCain, and former senator Gary Hart, a Democrat who like McCain ran unsuccessfully for president.last_img read more

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Man arrested from Howrah for duping people on pretext of providing loans

first_imgKolkata: Police arrested a middle-aged man from Bally in Howrah on charges of cheating people for assuring them of getting loans from nationalised banks within just four days.Police said the person, Soumen Bagchi, is being remanded to police custody till May 5 after he was produced before a city court.It was in the first week of April, when one Kartik Chandra Dey had lodged a complaint with the Burabazar police station alleging that Rs 30,000 was withdrawn from his bank account in Burabazar branch of a nationalised bank. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsPolice initiated a probe and came to know from the complainant that he had got a cell phone number from an advertisement near Sealdah Station. It was stated in the advertisement that it would be possible to ensure a loan from nationalized bank within four days. He was in a desperate need for money and dialed the number.He was directed to keep photocopies of his PAN card, voter’s identity card and two blank cheques ready at home and a representative will visit his house to collect the same. Next day, a youth went to his house and asked him to sign a loan application and collected the other related documents. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe next day Dey found that Rs 30,000 was withdrawn from his bank account and he lodged a complaint with the police.Based on the allegation, a woman civil volunteer contacted the person posing as a person who needs a loan and finally reached the prime accused, Bagchi. Police had followed a youth, who had collected the documents from the woman civil volunteer, who went to Bally in Howrah to handover the documents to Bagchi. Investigation revealed that Bagchi used to recruit unemployed youth assuring a monthly salary of Rs 9,000. He used to send the same youth to withdraw the money using cheques with forged signatures done by Bagchi.last_img read more

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Diwali More than just firecrackers

first_imgFor the second time since November 2016, the Supreme Court has temporarily banned the sale of firecrackers in the National Capital Region. And given that it came just 10 days before the festival, many people seemed to be surprised at the sudden decision. Despite delivering a big blow to the industry, the ban on sale of firecrackers is a small solution to a bigger problem. North India needs a more holistic solution to the toxic fumes which residents breathe at the onset of winter. Even though the relative contribution of vehicular pollution, construction dust, waste burning, and crop burning in the neighbouring regions are indeterminate, these remain some of the major sources of pollution in the Delhi-NCR region. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhile many residents agree to the trials and tribulations of the firecracker sale ban, they also agree that this was a necessary first step towards a better and healthy future. These residents, from different parts of the Capital share how they plan to celebrate their Diwali and what they think about the chaos i.e. firecracker sale ban.The Chhabra’s Archita, a journalism student, who lives in Paschim Vihar says that cracker sale ban did not affect her at all because they have stopped burning crackers a long time ago. “The main reason behind not burning crackers, for me was to protect the stray dogs. I have seen how painful and scary it is for them. Also, burning crackers is one of the major contributors to the pollution so, it was a big no for me already and I believe putting a ban to the sales is absolutely the right decision.” The daughter of Roop Chhabra, a businessman, plans to celebrate this Diwali by playing UNO, dancing and eating together with her friends and family. And being an animal lover, she will also try to give shelter to the dogs in her parking area for that day. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe DU friends Jaya Arya and Abhilasha Salkar are all in for an eco-friendly Diwali. “The firecracker sale ban did not affect in any way as I will be celebrating cracker-free Diwali this year and adopt the same strategy in the coming years as well. I am definitely in favour of the ban. At least now, the pollution from crackers won’t add up to the existing pollution from different sources. Everyone should light diyas and have an eco-friendly Diwali,” insisted Jaya. Whereas Abhilasha, who is pursuing her Masters in English, along with Jaya wants to celebrate the festival with lots of lights, friends and family, and sweets. She believes that crackers are not the microcosm of Diwali and appreciates the initiative by the Government. The Punjabi familyManinderjeet Singh and his family from Janakpuri will be meeting their relatives on Diwali night as they plan to spend the festival dancing and eating together. On the other hand, Maninder feels that there are two sides to firecracker ban. He says, “Firecrackers are a big source of air and noise pollution which cause a lot of chronic health problems. It is also wastage of money and hence, I am in full support of the ban on the sale of crackers but it cannot be ignored that the industry provides employment to lakhs of workers.” One thing that Maninder and his family agree on is the onset of alarmingly increased pollution levels after Diwali.The Nuclear family”Ban on cracker sale doesn’t affect us in any way because like every year, we are going to sit together and have a good time with family and friends,” says S K Bal. The nuclear family from Dwarka says that this decision was needed a long time ago. “If you have been through last year’s toxic Diwali in Delhi, then you will support the ban. In fact, there should be a complete ban on firecrackers until the situation gets under control.” The youngest in the family and an engineering student, Ronak, traverses frequently between Dwarka and Greater Noida and he can feel the huge difference in the air quality between. He says, “One can feel the smog in the air of the Capital. Last year, it was horrendous – burning eyes, parched throat and smog everywhere. I think this is one of the landmark decisions by the Supreme Court. When you have 10 or 20 times more pollution than the permissible levels, then I think it’s high time that we do something about it,” he added.last_img read more

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Guanacaste megaproject in courts hands

first_imgFrom the print editionBy Suzanna Lourie | Special to The Tico TimesFLAMINGO BEACH, Guanacaste – Despite a pending injunction against Las Catalinas, a massive luxury housing project near Flamingo Beach and Potrero, the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, has given the green light for developers to build a private road on the property.The court halted construction at the 1,200-acre site in early August while it studied a lawsuit filed by environmental advocates seeking an injunction. On Aug. 31, the court said it would allow the new road, but other work would be suspended pending a review of the case.Luis Carlos Sánchez and Roberto Faris, both noted environmentalists, filed the lawsuit against Las Catalinas Holding Properties Limited, alleging the project was improperly using well water without the proper permits. The lawsuit also asked the Sala IV to investigate other permits issued at the site due to alleged irregularities in drilling and logging. “It’s more frustrating than anything else,” said Las Catalinas General Manager James Berry, who oversees daily operations at the site. “We had to fire 80 people, and after six years of hard work and doing everything correctly, to have to stop and wait [is frustrating].”For several weeks, the Sala IV has reviewed the legality of permits granted by the Costa Rican Water and Sewer Institute and other government agencies. Although the development team at Las Catalinas is confident the court will find no error in the project’s building permits and legal records, members of the regional environmental group Confraternidad Guanacasteca aren’t convinced. “We spent a year and a half going through all of Las Catalinas’ records and came to the conclusion that it looks like the environment is being violated,” said Confraternidad member Robert Campbell, an expat who has lived in Costa Rica for 11 years. In the case of Las Catalinas, the Confraternidad was one of the primary forces that investigated the project, eventually leading them to build a case to submit to the Sala IV in August. “I’m for sustainable development and respecting the land, but at Las Catalinas they are planning on building around 2,500 houses, and the fact is there are not enough resources to support that high of a demand,” Campbell said. According to Campbell, Las Catalinas has been getting its well water from an aquifer that hasn’t been properly studied to find out whether or not it can meet the demands of the large development project. “When you start a project, one basic requirement is you have enough water for it,” Campbell said. “If you’re in a rural area you need a viable concession for water.”Campbell said developers might have pure intentions with the project, and that they would likely point to documents from the municipality believed to be proper water concessions, but he questioned if the letters were valid.“It’s not atypical; some municipalities don’t even know what a letter of water concession is,” Campbell said. “Most developers don’t know what’s …  real versus what’s fudged because they don’t understand the details in Spanish,” Campbell said. Confraternidad also believes that Las Catalinas has been developing on forested land versus building on the approved pastureland. “The challenge here is development in Costa Rica is almost impossible; it doesn’t matter if you’re big or small, good or bad, rich or poor, it’s more about the regulations,” Campbell added.In response to questions raised by the Confraternidad, Las Catalinas developers stand by their legal documents, as well as how they have been interpreted. One of the key organizations required to submit a report to the Sala IV was the Environment Ministry (MINAET), which filed a document to the court written by Environment Minister René Castro. According to Michael Garcia, director of environmental and community affairs for Las Catalinas, Castro studied reports from  MINAET’s water issues office and the Tempisque Conservation Area and recommended judges “declare the claim placed by Roberto Faris Campbell without merit because all procedures are being performed legally as outlined in the report.” The MINAET document was released after The Tico Times interviewed Campbell, but Berry said Las Catalinas’ response to Confraternidad’s allegations have been the same throughout the process: Las Catalinas believes the court’s investigation will show they have not engaged in improper activity, and government agencies will recommend the construction ban be thrown out, he said.  Building another dreamWhile the court continues to investigate, Berry said he is focused on development goals set by major shareholder and investor Charles Brewer, a U.S. real estate mogul from Atlanta, Georgia, who hopes to pioneer “new urbanism” in Costa Rica. “Las Catalinas will be a town, where the different elements of life, such as houses, apartments, shops and workplaces, are together on walkable streets, rather than separated into separate pods,” Brewer told The Tico Times in 2010. “One of the things I hope we will accomplish is to introduce a pattern of development that I think would serve Costa Rica wonderfully well, which is that of a compact, walkable town with lots of preserved nature surrounding it,” he added.Brewer and his group of 25 investors plan to build 2,000 homes initially priced at $495,000-$995,000. Although Brewer doesn’t expect his community-building goal to be fulfilled for decades, as the town develops, prices are expected drop to the $125,000 range (TT, April 16, 2010). Six years after planning, zoning and building started, the evidence of what Las Catalinas could become is standing ready and open to the public, developers said. A wooden boardwalk runs parallel to the beach, lined by seven finished homes, four public plazas, Lola’s del Norte Restaurant, an outdoor gear and watersport shop as well as several playgrounds and lounge areas.  According to Berry, some of the most frequent visitors to Las Catalinas are families from Liberia, Santa Cruz and neighboring Potrero, who come to spend a day at the beach. The town model based on new urbanism is a design movement Brewer has been actively involved with in the United States. One of the movement’s core principles is a sustainable development model that originated when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began to realize that a high-density, suburban model – with two-acre, side-by-side plots – was worse for the environment than a low-density plan, where development is concentrated in one area.Developers vs. EnvironmentalistsAs developers at Las Catalinas noted, creating a sustainable model is complex, and inevitable tensions arise between large-scale developers and environmental organizations in Costa Rica. Concerns from environmental groups about the effect Las Catalinas would have on local ecosystems existed from the beginning of the project, but they appear to have changed from questions of plausibility to environmental integrity. In 2010, Gadi Amit, president of Confraternidad Guanacasteca, told The Tico Times the idea behind Las Catalinas was “not ambitious, but unrealistic,” because Sugar Beach, just south of the Las Catalinas property, is crippled by an erratic and insufficient water supply. “It will be very difficult for the development they have in mind to be supplied with all the resources promised. I’m sure the developers have the best intentions, but creating a project as big as this is almost always accompanied by problems,” he said.“We’re only developing 20 percent of the land,” Berry countered, adding that, “the other 80 percent we’ve been actively reforesting for the last six years. We planted 5,000 trees, and of those, the average mortality rate is only 10 percent, even though we have forest fires.”Berry said local forest fires have been controlled since Las Catalinas hired a trained fire brigade to help extinguish fires on the property. The brigade also helps out neighboring towns including Potrero and Flamingo, he added.“We really want to be a model of sustainability in Costa Rica,” Berry said. “We know building a town doesn’t happen overnight, and we’re committed to doing whatever needs to happen to see that vision become a reality.” In the meantime, Berry extended an invitation for anyone interested to come and see the Las Catalinas project. “If you don’t believe it, come see what we’re doing,” he said. “There’s no gate. You don’t need an invitation, you don’t need a reservation and you don’t need to pay. Come see it for yourself.” Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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Seattles only legal pot shop runs out of marijuana after 3 days

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO, California – Cannabis City in Seattle, the only shop in Washington’s largest city to legally offer marijuana, ran out of stock on the third day of state-approved retail sales, its owner said.The store, one of 25 licensed statewide this week, had 11 pounds (4,990 grams) of pot when it opened July 8 and sold out about 5 p.m. local time Thursday, owner James Lathrop said. With taxes, 2-gram bags sold for $46.77, he said.“We knew it was coming,” Lathrop said. “We didn’t have any guaranteed additional deliveries.”Washington, home to Amazon.com, Microsoft and Starbucks, became the second state after Colorado to permit the sale of marijuana for recreational use. Voters in both states approved ballot initiatives in 2012, and Colorado retailers began sales in January.Lathrop said growers didn’t receive licenses in time to produce enough marijuana for the store openings this week. The plants take three to four months to mature, he said.Washington issued 90 licenses to pot growers and processors as of last week, according to Brian Smith, a spokesman for the Washington State Liquor Control Board, the agency charged with regulating the industry. Alison Holcomb, criminal justice director of the ACLU of Washington, speaks with the media after purchasing marijuana at the Cannabis City retail marijuana store on July 8, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. David Ryder/Getty Images/AFP© 2014, Bloomberg News Facebook Comments Related posts:Medical marijuana opponents’ most powerful argument is at odds with a mountain of research 92 percent of California patients say medical marijuana works Cannabis on a high in 2014 The New York Times calls for marijuana legalizationlast_img read more

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Discover Amsterdam with STUBA

first_imgDiscover Amsterdam with STUBA Amsterdam conjures up notions of picturesque, albeit slightly wonky buildings, bridges, and bicycles; and a bit of liberal freedom thrown in for good luck. Amsterdam (originally called Amstelredamme) has over one million inhabitants (plus scores of happy tourists of course), being labelled the Venice of the North!Settled as a small settled fishing village in the late 12th century, Amserdam become a vital trading centre (during which it was known as the The Dutch Golden Age), creating the worlds first stock exchange helping to give birth to modern capitalism. In 2010, its canal belt region was designated a Unesco World Heritage site, affirming the uniqueness of the region.Amsterdam is a relaxed kind of place, and its people genuinely friendly and affable. If you are booking your clients on a Europe trip, don’t forget to include a trip to  Amsterdam, and put the following on the to Do list:1.Rijksmuseum: One of the worlds finest, with extensive collections from the Golden Age, with contributions from Remrandt Van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer, Frans Hals, and Jan Steen. Don’t miss Rembrandts Night Watch.2. Van Gogh Museum: One of the worlds most famous painters, Vincent Van Gogh’s influence cannot be calculated. The museum contains the largest collection of Van Gogh paintings and drawings in the world.3. Anne Franks House: Anne Frank’s diary gives us a unique perspective on the horrors and persecutions of the world war. The house she and her family hid in also contains a wider display of pieces surrounding discrimination and human spirit.4. Amsterdam for Free: If your clients are looking to save money, there are plenty of no cost attractions in Amsterdam; Ferry over the River IJ, Diamond Factory Tours, tour of the Royal Concert Centre. Join the Friday night skate tour; a unique perspective and awesome way to see AmsterdamFew visitors to Amsterdam are disappointed, so ensure you include Amsterdam on your Europe itinerary.Stuba has over 240 Properties to suit all tastes and budgets. Discover the canals and cycle tracks with Stubacenter_img roomsXML.comconnect today roomsXML.comdiscover more here Source = stuba.comlast_img read more

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Tourist arrivals exceed 4 million in Abu Dhabi as new cruise terminal

first_imgTourist arrivals in Abu Dhabil will exceed four million for the first time this year.“We have stretched our target and we now expect 4.1 million tourists this year,” Sultan Al Dhaheri, the acting Executive Director at TCA Abu Dhabi, said on the sidelines of the opening of the new cruise terminal at Zayed Port. He said that the growth in the capital’s tourism sector in the next five years would be driven by infrastructure developments such as the cruise terminal, the Midfield Terminal at Abu Dhabi airport and the completion of cultural attractions, including the Louvre and Guggenheim museums. In June, TCA Abu Dhabi had raised the initial target for 2015 from 3.49 million arrivals to 3.9 million as guest numbers surged by 20% in the first four months of the year, with key source markets such as the United Kingdom, India, China and Germany contributing to the bulk of the increase.Further details were released on the growth of the cruise sector. Cruise passengers will increase by 15,000 in the 2016-17 season,” said Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, the Chief Executive of Abu Dhabi Ports. That works out to a year-on-year increase of more than seven percent as figures from TCA Abu Dhabi and the ports operator show that about 205,000 cruise visitors from 112 ship visits were expected this season. The cruise season starts in September and runs through May.220,000 cruise passengers are expected in the capital next season from 117 ships expected to call on Zayed Port. The ports operator expects that figure to reach 300,000 passengers from 130 ship calls in 2019-20.last_img read more

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Greenyard in full swing to implement recovery pl

first_img Greenyard in “full swing” to implement recovery pl … South Africa: Citrus industry hopeful for resoluti … A human worker would also need to take breaks, be willing to work for little pay, and avoid the temptation to eat some of the berries.How Rubion operatesThe robot uses a combination of technologies to work.With its patented arm-mechanism, the robotic picker detects a ripe strawberry with lasers before literally ‘clasping’ a hanging berry from beneath. It then can sort the fruits by size or weight and pack into punnets as it goes along, comments the publication.Rubion uses photonic sensors to detect the wavelengths of light, or the ‘signatures’ given off from a ripe, red strawberry according to a pre-programmed set of characteristics the RGB camera built into the ‘eye’ of the robot.Science Business quoted CTO & co-founder of Octinion, Dr Jan Anthonis elaborating.“Just like you know what a plump, juicy red strawberry looks like, Rubion can do this mathematically, first looking for the infrared spectroscopic heat signatures given off from a fruit, getting a perfect ‘hit’ every time.“The arm has our very own patented ‘soft touch gripper’ that doesn’t do any more damage to the strawberries than a human would. It picks the strawberry literally like a person without cutting or burning the stem, but by actually picking a berry.”Read the full story here A new robot that can efficiently pick and package ripe strawberries has been described as ‘revolution’ in harvesting fruit, says Science Business.The bot, called ‘Rubion’, was unveiled by the EU-funded photonics innovation incubator, ACTPHAST 4.0. The company worked with the R&D corporation Octinion, which specializes in providing robotic solutions to agriculture and food industries, to develop the farm aid.The innovative creation can pick a bruise-free fruit every five seconds with its delicate clasping mechanism, explains the publication.What’s more, it has the ability to deliver between 180 and 360 kilograms in a 16-hour day, it says.This means would take just 14 of these new robots less than 7 days to pick and package up to 34 thousand kilos of perfect, red, unblemished strawberries every year.In contrast, an enthusiastic human picker can collect around 50 kilograms in a day, depending on a worker’s skill and experience, notes Science Business. July 03 , 2019 center_img Argentine apple and pear exports suffer 15% price … U.S.: Disaster aid change would benefit cherry gro … You might also be interested inlast_img read more

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Laughing grandmother video makes picture book a

first_img‘Laughing grandmother’ video makes picture book a big hit This cover image released by Scholastic shows “The Wonky Donkey” by Craig Smith and illustrated by Katz Cowly. The 2009 picture story has been out-selling Bob Woodward’s “Fear” and Rachel Hollis’ “Girl, Wash Your Face” among others, thanks to a viral video of Scottish grandmother Janice Clark reading Craig Smith’s “The Wonky Donkey” to her grandson. (Scholastic via AP) by Hillel Italie, The Associated Press Posted Oct 12, 2018 10:05 am PDT Last Updated Oct 12, 2018 at 10:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – The country’s hottest book isn’t a hit because of Oprah Winfrey or Donald Trump. It’s all because of a laughing Scottish grandmother.Thanks to a viral video of Janice Clark reading Craig Smith’s “The Wonky Donkey” to her baby grandson, and her breathless amusement over lines such as “He was a honky-tonky winky wonky donkey,” the 2009 picture book about a three-legged, one-eyed donkey has sold more than 100,000 copies in the United States this fall, much of that in the past week. According to NPD BookScan, which tracks around 85 per cent of the print market, “Wonky Donkey” topped all releases with more than 90,000 copies sold last week, beating out Bob Woodward’s “Fear” and Rachel Hollis’ “Girl, Wash Your Face,” among others.“You can’t ask for a better endorsement of your creation than when the person reading your book is having a better time than the child being read to. Janice’s infectious laughter was an absolute delight!” wrote Smith, a New Zealand-based musician and author, in a recent email. “Remember, this viral sensation came about because a grandmother read a BOOK to her grandson, albeit a very special grandmother.”“The Wonky Donkey,” featuring illustrations by Katz Cowley, had already sold hundreds of thousands of copies in New Zealand and Australia. But until recently it had a much smaller audience in the United States. According to Scholastic, the book had sold about 75,000 copies and was out of print before the video caught on last month.“Before this fall, if you had said ‘Wonky Donkey’ in my store, no one would have known what you were talking about,” said Linda Devlin, owner of Linda’s Story Time in Monroe, Connecticut. “Now, it just sells and sells. People see it and say, ‘Oh, I have to get that for my grandchildren.’”Scholastic announced Friday that it had ordered another 600,000 copies. Meanwhile, Clark is coming to New York in November for an event at Barnes & Noble.On his website, craigsmith.co.nz, Smith identifies himself as a creator of “cruisy, easy listening, children’s and sometimes humorous acoustic music.” He has released numerous books and records, including picture stories such as “The Drizzly Bear” and “The Scariest Thing in the Garden.”“Wonky Donkey” started out as a children’s song, written by Smith more than a decade ago.“I was sitting at a table at Te Anau Rugby Club rooms in the South Island of New Zealand one night with my mates and family and we were exchanging jokes,” he wrote recently. “A friend of mine told the joke, ‘What do you call a donkey with three legs?’ And the answer was, ‘A wonky donkey!’ Everyone sniggered and groaned.”“I went home and got my rhyming dictionary out,” he said, “and the cumulative play on words and Wonky tale began. Being an entertainer and songster, I thought it would make a hilarious song.”last_img read more

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