BC school trustee vows to stay following controversial LGBTQ remarks

first_imgCHILLIWACK, B.C. – A school board trustee in British Columbia is vowing to stay in his job, despite calls that he resign over controversial remarks he made about LGBTQ issues.Barry Neufeld says in a statement that he “must” remain on the Chilliwack Board of Education to protect “impressionable children.”The statement comes after the board passed a motion on Thursday asking him to resign, saying he has publicly made statements expressing “strong opposition” to the expansion of the B.C. Human Rights Code to include sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as curriculum initiatives on the same subjects.Neufeld says in his statement that he does not oppose changes to the province’s human rights code and that nothing he has said is contrary to the code.Last fall, Neufeld criticized an educational resource aimed at supporting LGBTQ students, calling it a “weapon of propaganda” and saying it was “nothing short of child abuse.”Neufeld later apologized for his comments, saying he believes in a safe learning environment, but that educational resources should be reviewed by parents and teachers before they’re implemented.In his latest statement, released on Friday, the trustee said he wants all students to receive an “excellent education regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion or other group identity.”Neufeld said he does take issue with educators teaching that gender is fluid, that there are more than two genders and that gender is not based in biology.He said he believes children will be “confused and harmed” by such teaching.“It is my duty as an elected school board official to speak up when the best interests of children may be compromised,” said Neufeld, who has been a trustee for more than two decades. “I will continue to do my duty as trustee in this regard, while exercising my constitutional freedom of expression as a Canadian.”British Columbia’s education minister has also called for Neufeld to step down, saying in a Facebook post on Friday that the trustee’s comments were hurtful and offensive, and undermine the goals of the school board and the ministry.“While individuals are entitled to their opinions, Mr. Neufeld has jeopardized student safety, divided his school community, and acted against board and ministry policies,” Rob Fleming said in a statement.Fleming noted that an education minister does not have the authority to dismiss an individual trustee, but he does not believe that Neufeld should continue in his role.last_img read more

Group representing 73 businesses calls on BC to halt logging of ancient

by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 14, 2015 12:15 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 14, 2015 at 6:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Group representing 73 businesses calls on B.C. to halt logging of ancient trees An aerial view of B.C.’s Walbran Valley is shown in a handout photo. Business leaders in Port Renfrew, B.C., a community that once thrived on forestry, are calling for a ban on logging the nearby Walbran Valley. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Ancient Forest Alliance PORT RENFREW, B.C. – Communities along the West Coast of Vancouver Island say the provincial government needs to step in to save the ancient, massive trees that grow in the Walbran Valley.Business leaders in Port Renfrew, B.C., a community that once thrived on forestry, are calling for a ban on logging the trees — some of which started life around the time of the Magna Carta in 1215.Tofino’s council also passed a resolution asking provincial politicians to protect the forests from commercial logging.Port Renfrew Chamber of Commerce president Dan Hager said tourists who come to see the majestic trees have created a multimillion-dollar economy along the coast and the highest value would come from stopping the logging.“The bottom line is it’s great for business,” he said in an interview on Monday.Hager said many Canadian cities lay claim to having a world’s largest attraction that has been built to bring tourists, but communities near the Walbran Valley have the trees to draw tourists.A provincial government fact sheet released earlier this year said one company has an approved cutting permit to log one cutblock covering 3.2 hectares east of Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park. The park covers more than 16,000 hectares of forest on the west side of Vancouver Island.The park was created in 1990, an end result of massive protests over the loss of the ancient trees.Hager, who grew up on the Prairies, said people can’t fathom how incredible the trees are to see — some of them have a circumference of up to five metres and dwarf all who stand next to them for a photo.“Because these trees are spectacular,” he said. “There’s almost no place in the country where trees like this are accessible to the population.”Hager said most people who come to Port Renfrew, a tiny community on the southwestern end of Vancouver Island, are there to fish or see trees, including many people from Germany, Holland and France.Tofino was at the epicentre of protests to protect Clayoquot Sound in the 1980s and 1990s, and with that background Mayor Josie Osborne said councillors passed a resolution last week to protect the Walbran Valley and other old-growth forests on Vancouver Island.“Tofino is one of the places in British Columbia that really can see the benefit of having protested the government’s plans for logging in an area and we’ve benefited from that.”The Port Renfrew chamber, which represents 73 local businesses, released a statement calling on the B.C. government to immediately ban logging in the unprotected portion of the valley.It said the most heavily visited areas of the Walbran by tourists are outside the park’s protected areas.Forests Minister Steve Thomson said in an interview the area that is proposed to be logged is in a special resource-management zone and has several restricted areas that need to be respected by the logging firm Teal Cedar Products Ltd.“We’re of the view that this is part of the timber-harvesting land base and logging can proceed recognizing those restrictions.”Thomson said he has asked his ministry to facilitate a meeting between the company and local environmental groups to determine how to address additional concerns about logging.“This area went through a very, very significant process. Agreements were made in terms of finding the balance between protection and economic activity,” he said, adding that 17 per cent of B.C.’s land base is in protected areas.Osborne said Tofino councillors worded their resolution for the government carefully, excluding First Nations’ cultural uses of the forest. But industrial-scale, old-growth logging is a thing of the past, she said.“It’s a non-renewable resource.”The group Ancient Forest Alliance has lobbied heavily for the Walbran’s protection and said the valley has the most extensive, densely packed groves of old-growth western red cedars in the country, some of which are the largest such trees on record.— By Terri Theodore in VancouverNote to readers: This is corrected story. A previous story said the trees create a multibillion-dollar economy. read more

From Kawhis buzzerbeating shot to the NBA Finals its been a wild

BROWSE nba finals 2019 | raptors fans | toronto raptors As Raptors fans prepare for Game 5 against the Golden State Warriors and a possible NBA Championship, it’s hard to believe almost a month has passed since Kawhi Leonard’s buzzer-beating shot.It’s been a wild 29 days since the shot that changed everything, and no matter what the outcome of the final series, May 12, 2019, is a day that will live in Toronto sports history.The shot, the buzzer, the dead silence at Scotiabank Arena and the seemingly slow-motion bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce… swoosh.Doubtful faces in the crowd erupted into deafening cheers, while the usually poker-faced Leonard let his emotions out as teammates swarmed him.According to NBA Canada, an average of 2.2 million viewers watched the Raptors eliminate the 76ers from the playoffs.It was a turning point for basketball in Toronto and Canada.Jump to Game 1 of the NBA Finals versus the Golden State Warriors, and Sportsnet reported a then-record audience of 3.3 million viewers, not including French broadcast numbers.TSN (owned by Bell Media) announced on Monday that their broadcast of Game 4 had a record average audience of about 4.6 million viewers and reached a total of about 10.2 million Canadians.These numbers include viewers from TSN, CTV2 and the French language RDS, but did not include people watching the American feed.Sportsnet and TSN have split the Raptors’ broadcast schedule in Canada.And while many fans have been watching at home, thousands across the GTA and Canada have been attending viewing parties modelled after Toronto’s Jurassic Park.There are now 38 cities in Canada hosting viewing parties, 21 of which are in the GTA.If you’ve debated attending the games in person, you’ve likely come face-to-face with astronomical ticket prices, the highest in Toronto sports history.As of 1:20 p.m., the most expensive Game 5 tickets on StubHub were fetching a cool $62,622 each, while the cheapest came in at $1,439. This is a 600 per cent increase from comparable tickets pre-76ers win.The value of the team is also increasing according to some experts, who now estimate it’s worth at $1.8 billion, versus the $1.7 billion Forbes estimated in February 2019.“Strength in numbers” is the Warriors motto, but it looks like the Raptors may be stealing that as swiftly as they stole Game 3 and 4 in Oakland.Sportsnet and CityTV will be broadcasting Game 5 tonight at 9:00 p.m. read more

German spy chiefs will travel to US to demand explanations

first_imgGERMAN SPY CHIEFS are due to travel to the United States next week to demand explanations following allegations that US intelligence has been tapping Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone.“High-ranking government representatives will go rapidly to the United States in order to push forward discussions with the White House and the NSA on the allegations raised recently,” said Georg Streiter, the chancellor’s deputy spokesman.IntelligenceGerman media quoting sources close to the intelligence service reported today that the delegation will include top officials from the German secret service.Revelations of US covert surveillance based on leaked documents from former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden have sparked outrage in the European Union where privacy protection is a very sensitive issue.The scandal widened this week on allegations that Merkel’s phone was being tapped, prompting Berlin to summon the US ambassador – a highly unusual move between the close allies.Merkel had called US President Barack Obama Wednesday demanding answers and warning this would be “breach of trust” between international partners.Spying amongst friends“Spying between friends, that’s just not done,” Merkel said, as she was heading into a EU summit earlier this week.Meanwhile, Brazil and Germany are preparing a resolution for the United Nations General Assembly that would demand an end to excessive spying and invasion of privacy.Reuters reports that the allegations of US spying has caused “a moment of tension” with some allies and should not undermine cooperation on such issues as Syria and Iran.“There is no question that the disclosure of classified information has posed a moment of tensions with some of our allies,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.“We are having discussions with those allies,” she said referring to a visit next week by the German intelligence chiefs.Additional reporting by AFP, 2013Read: Merkel demands no spying agreement: ‘Spying among friends, that cannot be’>Read: Taoiseach on Merkel ‘bugging’ claims: ‘I always operate on the basis that my calls are listened to’>last_img read more

My dream time hanging with Oprah and friends

first_imgI have always said that if I was to attend my dream dinner party it would include Oprah Winfrey and the Dalai Lama. Well part of that my dream came true last week when my friend Megan Castran invited my husband and myself over for her traditional weekly taco night. This one was different because it was also Megan’s birthday. Megan is a special girl who truly lives with the concept of the law of attraction. Megan met Oprah five years ago in Hawaii. She handed Oprah her business card saying, “If you are ever in Australia call me and come and have dinner with my family.” Soon after that meeting Megan was lucky enough to get a couple of seats to an Oprah show in Chicago. After the show when Oprah was chatting with her audience Megan spoke to her again. Oprah he still had her card and it was as she said, “filed under Australia”. Five years later, Oprah is in Australia to tape some shows and she calls my friend Megan. My husband Ross Wilson [ex-Daddy Cool & Mondo Rock] and I were excited to be invited. As we turned into Megan’s street and we were confronted by a news helicopter circling above her home while paparazzi and fans were kept at bay by security. In that way that only a Greek can we arrived 20 minutes late. Everyone was already sitting around the tables on the poolside patio eating tacos and drinking margaritas and shots of tequila Oprah had brought with her. There were 15 invited guests and that many again in Oprah’s film crew shooting the evening. I instantly felt relaxed around this lady that I have admired over many years. It was as if she was instantly a friend of all of ours. She asked us questions about Australia, our values, what our dreams are, our level of tolerance towards different ethnic groups and our attitudes towards sex. She made a point of saying how she can’t believe how friendly we are and that there is a vibrancy that resonates from us. Megan, her husband Paul and their teenage kids Max and Zoe were the perfect host family and kept the party events flowing. Greek party singer Paris sang an audacious version of Billionaire, accompanied by Zoe Castran who blew everybody away with her beautiful voice. Guests on the night included golfer Stuart Appleby and his wife Ashley, the shocked and surprised The Age columnist Suzanne Carbone, who was blown away by the scoop that had landed in her lap as well other close friends of the Castran family. Oprah then announced that she is taking us all to Sydney to attend her show! So we all drank another tequila shot to her health. Ross pulled out his guitar to belt out a couple of his classic songs. During his rendition of Eagle Rock everyone is up dancing and Oprah turns into a true Aussie, singing the lyrics out loud after the second verse. She was truly having a great time. Pastry master Christopher Mantebello of Let Them Eat Cake, brought out the cake he had created of Uluru with Oprah sitting on top. We cut into the cake to wild cheers. Oprah’s producers were trying to wrap it up but she was having such a ball that she had already overstayed by an hour. She ran out with cake in hand. This unforgettable evening was not all. We were flown up to Sydney in a private Lear Jet, picked up at airport and taken to a beautiful hotel. Oprah’s generosity was astounding! We were taken to the taping of her show and escorted in to the second row as were mentioned as the ‘taco crew from Melbourne’. My husband, [Ross Wilson], could not make it as he was performing in the morning, but Oprah’s people called Ross and flew him up in to be part of the evening show. He warmed audience with Eagle Rock the crowd went nuts crazy, over 6000 people at the steps of the Opera House, it was amazing. If that was not enough, Oprah gave all the audience pearls in the morning in the morning and diamonds in the afternoon. As the harbour bridge lit up with a large ‘O’ in lights, I kept reminding myself, ‘This is was not a dream.’ Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Local man appears on assault and firearm charges

first_imgA Clark County man appeared in court Friday after he allegedly pointed a gun at a man’s head and threatened to kill him. Charges stemming from an earlier police pursuit in a residential area of Northeast Hazel Dell were also tacked onto his slew of charges. Ira James “Jimmy” Larson, 29, faces charges of second-degree assault, unlawful possession of a firearm, attempting to elude police, third-degree malicious mischief, second-degree assault (domestic violence), driving under the influence, driving while suspended and harassment (domestic violence). Larson has six prior felony convictions, from 1997 through 2006. On the night of Oct. 6, Camas police officers responded to the report of an assault with a firearm at an apartment in the 2600 block of Northeast Third Avenue. A probable cause affidavit filed in Clark County Superior Court outlines what happened that night at the apartment where Larson’s son and the son’s mother live. Larson showed up at Kristen Benson’s apartment unannounced, but brought gifts for their son. After giving his son the gifts, Larson went out to his car and retrieved a birthday gift for Benson. Shortly after that, he said he had to leave because his girlfriend was waiting in the car.last_img read more

Moving Towards Modular

first_imgIt can be a tough transition. “The challenge is creating a site that really anticipates and reflects the critical points in the workday of your community of readers,” says Alison Johns, vice president, e-media, business information group at Access Intelligence. “For example, my products, as they evolve out of monthly magazines and into daily Web sites, have never been news-led. We’ve focused our build-outs on appealing to our readers’ needs for how-to and tutorial information.”News is an easy target for publishers that desire a consistent level of content turnover, but in Johns’ case, news was not what users were looking for on her site, Studiodaily.com. “We did grow at first in the direction of news but realized that where we could offer the most to our community was by giving them rich media tutorials.”Content for Studiodaily.com has coalesced around what the users are interacting with the most. “The number-one destination on the site is the blog, not the news,” says Johns. “Now what we do is present the areas that we think will be the most engaging in the first scoop and that is still blogs, training and news.”Fluid NavigationCategories and taxonomy certainly matter, particularly since magazine publishers often cover markets that contain a variety of vertical niches. Forbes.com, for example, which has 15 million to 20 million uniques per month, has a navigation system crafted around nine main verticals, with a number of subcategories under each. Tracking visitor patterns helps determine what content users are interested in.“We’ll track on a very direct basis our high usage pages like the index pages for the channels and the home page for the site,” says Jim Spanfeller, president and CEO of Forbes.com. “And we certainly will look at page views per session, page views per unique, time per session, time per unique, and so on.”But some publishers are finding that a much more fluid presentation of content is gaining popularity among users. Particularly when content means anything from text to video to audio. “Navigation, when you used to design it, was set in stone,” says Johns. “But now there’s much more flexibility.”While you want to make sure that visitors can use multiple techniques to find what they’re looking for—navigation bars, search, related content, and others—relying on a rigid hierarchy may backfire. “A lot of us have a tendency to get carried away with the need for identifying a ton of content buckets on the site,” says Scott McKenzie, vice president and editorial director of Nielsen Business Media’s digital division. “But you’re actually doing a huge disservice to the audience. If you think about how you use sites that you visit every day you tend to do two things: You use the home page or you use search.”Accordingly, McKenzie is leading a redesign of most of Nielsen’s Web sites. Billboard.com, for example, now has a modular, three-column design that incorporates a variety of content types while still offering a tabbed navigation scheme across the top of the page.The home page displays a mix of every content type, giving users a variety of ways to interact with the site. It’s a strategy that’s particularly important for what’s essentially the gateway. “The home page is like a mini TOC,” says Eric Shanfelt, vice president of e-media at enthusiast publisher Aspire Media. “It’s giving you a preview into everything that’s going on in the site.”To illustrate, McKenzie’s redesign of Billboard.com brought video to the forefront, which used to be clicks away. “We had a lot of video content that we were producing and had it in a sub-navigation area and people were just not finding it. When we re-skinned, the video usage went up 300 percent.”Keep It in the FamilySo content types are blending under content categories, but they should also be accessible in standalone “media centers.” This is all part of giving users redundant methods of finding what they want. “Every piece of content really winds up being categorized in one of two ways,” says Shanfelt. “It’s defined by the kind of content it is and the category or categories in which it fits. So if I’m navigating by topic I’ll find it or if I’m navigating by type I’ll find it.”There’s also huge importance in arranging and attracting related content subjects, especially from the search function. “People are lazy. They don’t want to browse,” continues Shanfelt. “They want to search and bring up all the results. When I search, I’m not just looking for an article. Show me everything that you have that’s related to this question, whether it’s a forum thread, a video, an article, whatever.”Navigation used to reflect taxonomy but it doesn’t anymore, adds Johns. “Nor should it,” she says. “You need to have the ability to pull that information of what’s associated so people can go deeper into a particular topic.”So, when constructing, or even rebuilding, a site, what comes first—taxonomy or navigation? The taxonomy may come first, but navigation is not far behind, and often merges with it as the site build progresses. “I start with the database,” says Johns, referring to building the taxonomy into the CMS. “I start with what the community wants now and how we can differentiate from the competition. It’s about how you’re going to taxonomize the information your community needs and then how you prioritize it—what you float to the top and what you put off to the edges. You have to understand their needs and then you map that to your database and then map your navigation to that.”Web Site Architecture and Navigation: 6 Tips1. Start with the database (taxonomy) by focusing on what your users want, then build the navigation scheme on top of that. 2. Content categories should have their own mini-homepages, or information centers, where users have access to content associated to that one category. 3. If you’re rebuilding your site, examine the old site’s search logs. This will provide insight into not only what users are looking for, but the language they use. Categorize your content accordingly. 4. Don’t skimp on internal search functionality. You may have great content in a variety of formats, but if people can’t find it and link to related content, it’s useless. 5. Integrate all content types—video, audio, text, etc.—that belong to a certain category. Don’t isolate your video content on a video page, for example. 6. Weed out or de-emphasize short, one-off posts from search results. Users are typically looking for substantial content, not a two-sentence blog post that might have had value in its day, but no archival value. Site design and architecture changes almost as quickly as the Internet technology that drives it. As publishers work their way through site rebuilds, developers must keep a sharp lookout on the horizon for changing trends. When it comes to organizing content, however, publishers can all agree on two things (for now): There’s content type and content topic. No longer simply concerned with arranging text-based content, publishers have a buffet of multimedia assets that must be displayed and arranged—often under myriad vertical niches—in a way that facilitates the best user interaction and navigation. Trends are pointing toward simple, easy-to-use, modular architectures that blur the lines between content type—text, video, audio—while simultaneously corralling it into defined information centers.The Experience MattersThe first thing to recognize, says Jakob Nielsen, principal of the Nielsen Norman Group, a Web site design and usability consultancy, is that user needs are different online than they are in print. It’s an obvious distinction but one that forms the foundation of an online experience. “In print, people are very issue-oriented and it’s also a more immersive experience where they’ll sit and leaf through the whole issue,” adds Nielsen. “Online is the opposite. It’s much more goal-driven and solution-oriented.”Building a Web site’s information architecture springs from the way the audience will use it, and fundamentally, this originates from a need to solve a problem or answer a question. “That then begs the question of what the proper hierarchy should be,” says Nielsen. “There is no specific answer to that because it depends on the market but think of it from a problem perspective and try to structure it around answers to those problems.”last_img read more

One Take Afrojack On Cyndi Lauper Great Audiences Miami

first_img One Take With Superstar DJ Tiësto Watch One Take With Afrojack one-take-afrojack-cyndi-lauper-great-audiences-miami Watch One Take With Anthony Hamilton One Take With Singer/Songwriter Kacey Musgraves One Take With The Mrs One Take With Producer Greg Wells One Take With Producer Greg Wells NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jun 13, 2018 – 12:26 pm Watch One Take With Afrojack News One Take With Demo Taped One Take With Pop Trio Ocean Park Standoff One Take With Superstar DJ Tiësto Watch: One Take With Deva Mahal Watch: One Take With Khalid Watch One Take With Anthony Hamilton Watch: One Take With Deva Mahal Watch: One Take With Dorothy One Take With Australian Singer/Rapper Mallrat Watch G-Eazy Take On One Take Watch One Take With Julia Michaels One Take With Superstar DJ Tiësto One Take With Le Butcherettes Watch: One Take With Brandy Clark Watch One Take With Little Big Town One Take With Amber Rubarth Watch One Take With Marian Hill Watch One Take With Afrojack Email One Take With Pop Trio Ocean Park Standoff Watch: One Take With Deva Mahal Watch One Take With Julia Michaels Watch One Take With Halestorm Watch One Take With Anthony Hamilton Watch: One Take With Dorothy Watch: One Take With Lights Watch G-Eazy Take On One Take Watch: One Take With Khalid One Take With Demo Taped Watch One Take With Nick Cannon One Take With Grupo Fantasma Watch: One Take With MØ One Take With Singer/Songwriter Kacey Musgraves One Take With The Mrs One Take With Indie Pop-Duo Freedom Fry One Take With Australian Singer/Rapper Mallrat One Take With Amber Rubarth One Take With The Mrs One Take With Reggae Artist Ziggy Marley One Take With Australian Singer/Rapper Mallrat Watch One Take With Afrojack One Take With Demo Taped Watch: One Take With Gramps Morgancenter_img One Take With Grupo Fantasma Prev Next Facebook Watch One Take With Logic The Recording Academy tracked down Afrojack during Miami Music Week 2018 to play One Take, GRAMMY.com’s fun video series where artists try to answer as many rapid-fire questions as they can about music, life and everything in between in just 60 seconds.We learned about the best advice he got from his parents, his favorite part of Miami, how he likes to close his shows, and the last thing he bought, plus we and got a little story about text messaging his friends, and more. Watch: One Take With Brandy Clark Watch: One Take With Pronoun Watch One Take With Superfruit Watch: One Take With MØ See the Dutch DJ’s rapid-fire answer questions about touring, great audiences, songs to drive to, text messages, and moreRenée FabianGRAMMYs Jun 13, 2018 – 12:26 pm For GRAMMY-winning Dutch DJ/producer Afrojack, he’s used to pumping up major crowds with tracks he’s created alongside artists such as Pitbull, Nicki Minaj, David Guetta, and Steve Aoki, including “Hey Mama,” “Give Me Everything” and “Take Over Control.” But how does he do when put under the pressure of rapid-fire questions? Watch: One Take With Gramps Morgan One Take With Producer Greg Wells Watch One Take With Halestorm Watch One Take With Superfruit Watch One Take With Superfruit Watch One Take With Logic Watch One Take With Nick Cannon Watch One Take With Julia Michaels Watch One Take With Halestorm Watch One Take With Afrojack One Take With Grupo Fantasma One Take With Indie Pop-Duo Freedom Fry Watch One Take With Little Big Town Watch One Take With Little Big Town Watch One Take With Nick Cannon Watch: One Take With Brandy Clark Watch: One Take With Pronoun Watch: One Take With Lights Watch One Take With Logic One Take: Afrojack On Cyndi Lauper, Great Audiences & Miami Watch: One Take With Dorothy One Take With Pop Trio Ocean Park Standoff One Take With Amber Rubarth Watch: One Take With Pronoun One Take With Reggae Artist Ziggy Marley One Take With Singer/Songwriter Kacey Musgraves One Take With Le Butcherettes Watch One Take With Marian Hill Watch: One Take With Lights Watch: One Take With MØ Watch G-Eazy Take On One Take Watch: One Take With Gramps Morgan One Take With Indie Pop-Duo Freedom Fry One Take Watch: One Take With Khalid One Take With Reggae Artist Ziggy Marley One Take With Le Butcherettes Watch One Take With Marian Hill Twitter Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook Messengerlast_img read more

Happy Mothers Day 2019 Here are gift ideas inspirational quotes and wishes

first_imgMother’s Day 2019 is just a few days away and will be celebrated on the second Sunday of May, which falls on May 12 this year.Everyone takes this day to celebrate the maternal figures in their lives, motherhood and mothers. The day is also used to honour mothers and their role in bringing life into the world and helping to raise children, which is a very important role in society.While countries like India, the US, New Zealand, China, Australia and many European countries celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May, countries such as the United Kingdom and Ireland celebrate during the period of Lent. Arab countries celebrate the day on March 21.If you haven’t already bought your mother a gift to show her how much you value her, here are some ideas for quirky, thoughtful gift ideas which the mother in your life will value forever.You can write a letter telling her how much you love and cherish her. While this is not much, a letter would go a long way.A photo of you and her in a handmade photo frameA gift voucher for a spa treatment. Trust me, she will love this and love you more for the present.A Bluetooth speakerA gift basketApple iPadA foot massagerSimple jewelleryHere are some messages you can send to one of the most important women in your life on this special dayHappy Mother’s Day Mom! Thank you for looking after us so well, I know it’s not always easy! We love you!To the best mom in the world, Happy Mother’s Day! Thank you for being chief cook, counsellor, taxi-driver, cheerleader, and best mom in the world.”When you are looking at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.” —Charley Benetto”Only mothers can think of the future because they give birth to it in their children.” —Maxim GroskyHappy Mothers Day to the greatest mom! We don’t say it enough, but we really appreciate all that you do for us every day. You are truly the glue that holds our family together!Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet, and so are you! Happy Mother’s Day to the sweetest mother in the world, we love you!last_img read more

Nintendo to release Pokemon for iOS this summer

first_imgIt’s not often that Nintendo releases a game – especially one of its most popular titles – for a platform other than a Nintendo console, but the company has announced they’re launching a Pokemon game this summer for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Some of this is a testament to Apple‘s hold on mobile gaming, part of it is the strength of mobile gaming in general, and part of it is Nintendo being smart and cashing in on iOS gaming while they can.Kotaku Japan broke the story, noting that Nintendo confirmed to them that a fully-baked Pokemon game would land in the iTunes App Store this summer. Whether or not it’ll only be available to Japanese players is another story, but it does represent the first time that Nintendo (who owns the trademark for Pokemon) has released a game on a platform other than its own.Some analysts have said this is a desperation move by Nintendo to stay relevant, but with the upcoming Wii U and spread of upcoming titles for the Nintendo 3DS, that doesn’t seem likely. What’s more likely is that even Nintendo has taken notice of mobile gaming and the amount of money it makes for app developers. Now Nintendo wants a piece of that pie.The upcoming game will be Pokemon Say Tap? BW, a game that will use on-screen Pokemon cards in a turn-based timing-game. The game will be a departure from the traditional RPG style of the Pokemon games that most players are familiar with, but will still play to the strengths of a touch-sensitive display.In an interview with GameTrailers, Nintendo of America President and CEO Reggie Fils-Aime noted that disposable, throwaway mobile games are a huge problem in the smartphone industry, and implied that Nintendo could do something about bringing games with real value to mobile phones. It looks like the company is planning to do just that.Read more at Kotaku and PadGadgetlast_img read more

President praises Cyprus Theatre Organization at awards ceremony

first_imgSpeaking last night at the Cyprus Theatre Awards ceremony, President Anastasiades spoke about a series of decisions and projects that have been made during the past five years to shape the cultural character of the country.He pointed out the collaboration and exchanges with the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Cyprus’ participation in the theatrical events of Greece with a presence in Epidaurus festival and elsewhere and the education in Greece’s renowned Drama Schools.He also spoke about efforts and policies that encourage young people to participate and be co-creators in the cultural life of Cyprus.The President also praised Cyprus Theatre Organization (THOC) that through the strengthening of artistic relations between the Cyprus theater and other countries, as well as through its activities and initiatives contributed significantly in the promotion and recognition of the theater in Cyprus, thus enriching the cultural tradition and heritage of Cyprus.The Grand THOC Prize was awarded to Varnavas Kyriazis. Andreas Tselepos was given the award of the Creator of the Year and Elena Kotasvili was honoured with the New Creator of the Year Award.CNAYou May LikeCampusPal10 Most Useless University Degrees EverCampusPalUndoUniversityFoxLow Cost Movies That Made MillionsUniversityFoxUndoOnline Degree | Search AdsOnline Degree Programs: How to Tell the Good From the BadOnline Degree | Search AdsUndo Greece to overturn law that made universities no-go zone for policeUndoData is the new oil so watch out for mass mining – Netflix filmUndoClear winner in first round of Kition bishop voteUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Roberts bill sees floor action bipartisan support in Michigan House

first_img17Sep Roberts bill sees floor action, bipartisan support in Michigan House Legislation authored by state Rep. Brett Roberts has made a significant step toward statewide approval after receiving bipartisan support, announced the Eaton Township lawmaker.House Bill 4604 removes bureaucratic barriers standing between farmers and the government. The measure will allow crop growers to make earth changes – such as underground pipe installation or tree stump removals – without a municipal permit.“I have been working very hard to ensure that this simple, realistic solution is applied in Michigan,” said Rep. Roberts, R-Eaton Township. “I was very happy to see that my colleagues saw the value in this proposed measure, as well.”HB 4604 – introduced by Rep. Roberts earlier this summer – received 66 votes, stemming from both sides of the aisle.“As a farmer myself, I know firsthand how frustrating it is when the government steps in between me and my everyday work,” Rep. Roberts said.HB 4604 now moves to the Senate for further consideration.### Categories: Roberts Newslast_img read more

Rep LaSata eager for 2018 after successful first year in office

first_img State Rep. Kim LaSata had a successful 2017, taking a lead role in state higher education funding while also supporting key legislation to help move Michigan forward.“We have had many successes over the past year, including improving our higher education system, and submitting legislation inspired by the citizens of southwest Michigan,” said LaSata, of Bainbridge Township. “This being my first year as state representative, I’m pleased with the strides we have made.”LaSata, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education, focused on providing for the future of Michigan’s college and university students with her 2017-18 budget recommendations. The approved plan helped stabilize tuition costs, gave Michigan’s 15 public universities a 2.3 percent funding increase, improved state offered scholarship programs, and added new reporting requirements for sexual assault incidents that occur on campus.She also helped increase funding for local school districts by closing a tax loophole to prevent out-of-state residents from improperly claiming property tax exemptions when they buy second homes in Michigan. The legislation, later signed into law, was introduced because certain property owners intentionally declare a homestead property tax exemption on their second home in Michigan, while at the same time claiming a similar exemption on their primary residence in another state. The money these property owners were receiving from the loophole will now be sent to our schools and local governments.LaSata, inspired by a July 2016 courtroom assault in Berrien County, also had legislation voted through the state House to increase penalties for assault and battery on courtroom personnel, such as judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, court reporters and recorders. The increase in penalties will make our courtrooms safer and give the personnel the same protections as first responders that coordinate with the same type of assailants.And, as a lover of the outdoors, LaSata advanced a bill to streamline rules regulating Michigan’s Adopt-a-River and Adopt-a-Shoreline programs. This will make it easier for residents and organizations to clean up litter from the places they love and want to preserve.Other key advancements by the state House included:Advanced bipartisan legislation that ensures taxpayer access to public records by subjecting the governor and lieutenant governor to provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and creating the Legislative Open Records Act to provide more transparency in the House and Senate;Assisted local communities and counties by increasing revenue sharing in the 2017-18 budget with a 2.5 percent ($6.2 million) increase for cities, villages, and townships and a 1 percent increase for counties;Approved added funding for roads, which included a $450 million increase for the upcoming budget year to help address state transportation needs;Record investment in our educational system with an additional $27 million in K-12 per-pupil funding, equating to $25 more in funding per high school student;Increased funding for expanding skilled trades programs by approving $41 million for Going Pro, a Michigan Economic Development Council program.“I could not have asked for a better first year as state Representative,” LaSata said. “I am extremely proud of, not only my own accomplishments, but also of my colleagues for their diligence and tenacity to improve our state. With a new year, there are new challenges like auto insurance reform, updating our state’s tax code to recent federal changes, and improving workforce training programs and I am excited to pick up where I left off in 2017.”##### 16Jan Rep. LaSata eager for 2018 after successful first year in office Categories: LaSata News,Newslast_img read more

IRS Scrutinizes Hollywood Conservatives Nonprofit Organization

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesJanuary 23, 2014; New York TimesConservatives in Hollywood are considered by many to be the exception rather than the rule, but they do exist. A group of approximately 1,500 have associated under the name “Friends of Abe” (referring to Abraham Lincoln) for almost a decade. Prominent members include actors Gary Sinise, Jon Voight, and Kelsey Grammer. Jeremy Boreing, executive director, states that the organization “has no political agenda” and that its purpose is “to create fellowship among like-minded individuals.”Two years ago, Friends of Abe applied for tax exemption as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Times article notes that Friends of Abe is similar in nature to the liberal People for the American Way Foundation, founded by television producer Norman Lear, and several other charities founded to promote liberal causes and led by entertainment industry figures.The IRS has not yet decided on Friends of Abe, however. It has sent multiple requests for supplemental information to the organization, including a request for access to private areas of the nonprofit’s website, which included a membership roster. The IRS is also asking whether speeches and presentations by conservative politicians and political figures constitute impermissible political activity by a charity. Generally, 501(c)(3) regulations that “no substantial part” of a public charity’s activities may be political, and in no case may a 501(c)(3) engage in partisan campaign activity to support or oppose specific candidates. For example, a charity may hold a candidate forum, but all candidates must be invited and given an equal opportunity to participate in the forum.Is the IRS’s two-year (and still ongoing) process of reviewing Friends of Abe appropriate, or is it continuing evidence of the singling out of groups with politically conservative leanings for special scrutiny? Does having and promoting “fellowship of like-minded individuals” disqualify a nonprofit group from 501(c)(3) recognition, regardless of the purpose and activities of the group?This story reminds us that the IRS’s issues with conservative groups persist, and that they’re bigger and broader than 501(c)(4) “social welfare” organizations.—Michael WylandShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

Ondemand software company Espial has appointed Ph

first_imgOn-demand software company Espial has appointed Philip Poulidis as its new vice-president of Smart TV.Poulidis will lead Espial’s Smart TV initiatives, enabling consumer electronics vendors to add TV web browsing, interactive TV content and applications, as well as over-the-top web video to devices such as connected TVs, Blu-ray players, gaming consoles, and digital media adapters.Poulidis joins from Morega Systems, a TV Everywhere solutions company that he co-founded in 2007.“I’m excited to join Espial to continue building upon our successes to date in the developing Smart TV market,” said Poulidis. “Espial has already secured major wins, a rapidly growing base of TV devices, and a rich application ecosystem that is built around Espial’s market leading HTML5 browser platform. The market for Smart TVs is expected to experience rapid growth as the majority of TVs become connected. Espial’s mix of customers and products place us in a unique position to capitalise on this opportunity.”last_img read more

YouTube has renewed its agreement with music strea

first_imgYouTube has renewed its agreement with music streaming site Vevo and YouTube’s owner Google has taken a stake in the business.Google has confirmed that it has taken a stake in the music streaming business, owned by Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Abu Dhabi Media Group. According to reports in the Financial Times and Billboard, the stake is worth between US$40-50 million (€30-38 million), giving Google a stake of approximately 7%.Vevo will use the investment boost to expand its international presence as well as to invest in original content.Vevo’s previous contract with YouTube expired in April but it was granted a temporary extension while a commercial revenue-share deal was ironed out.last_img read more

Vivendis Brazilian telecom subsidiary GVT has for

first_imgVivendi’s Brazilian telecom subsidiary GVT has formed a partnership with EchoStar Technologies to create a pay TV joint venture in Brazil. The pair plan to create an entity that could be a major player in the competitive Brazilian pay TV market ahead of the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games two years later. The joint venture will be controlled by GVT and will make use of the latter’s IP network as well as EchoStar’s expertise in satellite technology and video, and EchoStar’s licences in the country, to create a hybrid platform that will be delivered over the internet and via satellite.The agreement is subject to the pair reaching a definitive agreement and on regulatory authorisation.last_img read more

OTT technology provider PeerTV has integrated DVB

first_imgOTT technology provider PeerTV has integrated DVB-T2 connectivity to its standard set-top box, following its recent addition of voice control to its HEVC-compatible boxes.PeerTV said its DVB-T2 products are currently being tested by a number of potential customers interested in enabling their users to enjoy both OTT and terrestrial services from the same device.In addition to the DVB-T2 functionality, the PeerTV set-top box can stream video and audio content from IPTV channels, OTT video distribution, VoD stores, external USB hard drives and content stored on a home network.Israel-based PeerTV’s Android-based boxes provide a range of apps. The company has deployed devices to telcos looking to provide Pay TV services as well as operators providing ethnic content in a global, cross-border deployment.last_img read more

Telefónicas Movistar is launching a new flagship

first_imgTelefónica’s Movistar+ is launching a new flagship channel brand today. Canal #0, replacing the former Canal+.The channel, which will be available exclusively to Movistar+ customers, will launch at 20:30 local time today and will carry a mix of exclusive entertainment programming, series and factual programmes, produced by Telefónica.Canal #0, aimed at a general audience between 18 and 54 years old, will include a new flagship show Late Motiv, fewith interviews and humour, hosted by Andreu Buneafuente.Other shows on the channel will include Likes, Diario Vice and sports-focused show Movistar Arena.The launch of Canal #0 is Telefónica’s latest move to drive forward its dominance of the pay TV space. last week the company began offering free access to Mediapro’s beIN Sport channel to its Movistar Fusión+ customers, following its recent deal with the Catalan broadcaster.last_img read more

Georg Ramme Georg Ramme is to leave his management

first_imgGeorg RammeGeorg Ramme is to leave his management position at multichannel network Endemol Beyond, which is rebranding as Endemol Shine Beyond.Twitter Germany’s head of TV and talent, Michael Kollatschny, is taking Ramme’s role as managing director of Endemol Beyond Germany, while Endemol Shine group director of commercial and strategy Wim Ponnet adds Ramme’s duties as global MD of Endemol Beyond.Ramme will leave in May after a handover period after seven years with the company, initially at Endemol and later at the merged Endemol Shine Group.News of his exit came after Bonnie Pan was named president of Endemol Beyond USA in North America.These changes come as Endemol Beyond updates its name to reflect its position within the wider Endemol Shine Group. Going forwards, it will be known as Endemol Shine Beyond.Ramme said he was leaving to pursue his “entrepreneurial career in a new environment”. He had run Endemol Beyond Germany since 2012, and added the role of international MD two years later.In the latter post, he helped establish hubs in the US, UK, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Asia, Latin America and the central and eastern Europe region. He became global MD last year.Kollatschny takes up his post in Germany, and will be responsible for broadcaster and production company partnerships, and on-screen talent relationships.He joins Endemol Beyond Germany on May 1 and will report into Endemol Shine Germany CEO and Endemol Shine Northern Europe chairman Marcus Wolter.Kollatscnhy is no stranger to the company, having previously held several roles at Endemol Germany, including head of reality and documentaries and a comedy and light entertainment producer.He also founded his own prodco, Kollareuth Media, and has held roles at companies such as creaTV, Brainpool and Fernsehmacher.last_img read more