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Yahoo Keeps Buying Startups That Don’t Make Their Own Apps

first_imgRelated Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement owen thomas Yahoo is deploying its billions of dollars in cash and its newly buoyant stock to purchase a bevy of startups.It’s worth asking whether its shareholders are getting their money’s worth.Qwiki, a mobile-app startup based in New York whose acquisition Yahoo announced this week, is getting sued by Chaotic Moon, an Austin, Texas-based app-design studio, which claims it hasn’t been paid for work it did developing Qwiki’s iPhone app, which assembles pictures and videos together into short movies. (That’s a very different idea than the one Qwiki launched with, an iPad app which read Wikipedia entries aloud while displaying related imagery.)(See also: Yahoo Picks Up Qwiki For A Rumored $50M and Move Over, Flipboard: Qwiki Is The iPad’s Newest Killer App)In its filing, Chaotic Moon said it’s owed $168,000. In its response, Qwiki said it fired Chaotic Moon and had to hire another, unnamed firm, to finish the app. Qwiki is asking for $250,000 in damages.Chaotic Moon CEO Ben Lamm acknowledged the lawsuit and told ReadWrite that his firm “did design and develop a late iteration of the Qwiki product.”It’s up to a court to decide who’s right in the case. But whoever prevails, one thing is clear: Qwiki did not actually build the app for which it gained enough notoriety to land itself at Yahoo.Talent, Or Show?In discussing past acquisitions, CEO Marissa Mayer has said that her goal is to “bring … engineering and technical talent” to “accelerate our efforts in mobile development.”It’s a good strategy. Is Yahoo actually doing what Mayer says it is, though?The Qwiki episode reminds us of another splashy acquisition: Summly, which Yahoo paid a reported $30 million for early this year. Summly, it turned out, did not actually develop its core artificial-intelligence technology for news summaries; that came from SRI, the research organization that also spun off Siri, the voice-recognition startup Apple bought in 2010.Plenty of startups hire contractors or license intellectual property. There’s no inherent shame in it.But the logic of a “talent acquisition,” as Mayer characterized several of Yahoo’s recent purchases, is that you’re not buying the code as much as you’re hiring the coders. And so if the people who created a compelling user interface or a brilliant algorithm aren’t part of the package, it’s questionable what the startup’s worth.We asked several Yahoo spokespeople for comment on the matter and haven’t heard back.Update: A Yahoo spokesperson pointed us to Yahoo’s announcement of the acquisition. It cites Qwiki’s “awesome technology” and notes that the team is joining Yahoo. Tags:#acquisitions#lawsuits#Qwiki#Summly#Yahoo center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

How to Craft a Cinematic Frame Within a Frame

first_imgA well-composed frame within a frame can fracture screen space, add depth, and create visual interest in your cinematic compositions.Top Image: Paris, Texas via 20th Century FoxCrafting a cinematic frame within a frame is easier than you think. By utilizing your shooting location and positioning your characters in the right spot, you can create a beautifully cinematic frame within a frame. Let’s take a look at a few of the most famous examples of frame within a frame in Hollywood and how you can create them yourself.Geometry and Blocking a Frame Within a FrameA striking composition is all about geometry and the arrangement of the subjects, objects, and locations within your frame. An early step in setting up a cinematic frame within a frame is a keen awareness and organization of the physical elements with which you will be working. Thankfully, many of the frame within a frame elements that you can employ may already be available at the location. These include anything that breaks your frame into smaller sections: mirrors, windows, doors, trees, and power lines.It is a good rule of thumb to work under the assumption that whatever you include within a frame will be viewed as an intentional stylistic choice when it’s time to show your work to an audience. For this reason, storyboarding and pre-production are crucial in planning out effective ways for you to divide your frame during production.Twilight Zone Episode “Mirror Image” via MGMThe Z-AxisThe cinematic frame within a frame is achieved by understanding the importance of the Z-axis when composing your shot. This breaks down to a consideration of the foreground, mid-ground, and background in each and every shot that you intend to capture. Think of your Z-axis as a hallway that moves away from you in space, kind of like the creepy hallways in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining:The Shining via WarnerIn the above image from The Shining, the foreground figure is framed within the carpeted floor of the hallway. The two girls up the hall are framed both within the hallway walls and within the window frame behind them. It’s important to understand that the cinematic frame within a frame happens constantly in motion pictures, but the power and usefulness of the device arises when it is used purposefully.Shapes and PatternsA cinematic frame within a frame is not limited to a rectangular shape. Any shape or form may be used as a secondary framing device within your shot as long as it somehow surrounds your subject. Andrei Tarkovsky and his cinematographer, Vadim Yusov, used a jagged frame within a frame in the film, Ivan’s Childhood:Ivan’s Childhood via MosfilmQuentin Tarantino and his cinematographer, Robert Richardson, used multiple rectangular frames and a circular frame in this shot for Kill Bill Vol. 1:Kill Bill via MiramaxKar-Wai Wong and his cinematographer, Christopher Doyle, made use of frame within a frame many times during the film, In the Mood for Love:In the Mood for Love via Block 2 PicturesWim Wenders and cinematographer, Robby Müller, used a reflection to achieve a very unusual frame within a frame for this shot from Paris, Texas:Paris, Texas via Twentieth Century FoxDeeper MeaningMeaning will always arise from your composition choices and using a frame within a frame is no different. If the frame within a frame is tight and restrictive, this may indicate claustrophobia, as can be seen in the opening of The Graduate:The Graduate via MGMIn the above image, we see Ben (played by Dustin Hoffman) sitting in front of a fish tank. He’s trying to figure out what to do with his life after graduating from college. Notice how the seaweed in the tank creates an enclosed frame around Ben’s head. This seaweed can be read as a visualization of Ben’s anxiety. The little figure pointing a harpoon at Ben’s head adds a nice comical touch.Ben’s father enters frame, replacing the harpooner, and creates a second and more oppressive frame within a frame.Later in the film, Ben will be enclosed by the leg of Mrs. Robinson.Steven Spielberg and his cinematographer Janusz Kaminski used circles to interesting effect in the film Artificial Intelligence: AI. In the image below, the circular lamp fixture suggests the isolation of the young robot, played by Haley Joel Osment, at the dinner table with his “parents.”AI via WarnerLater in the film, the circular frame within a frame is used to suggest a chance at fulfilling the main character’s purpose.AI via WarnerThere is no standardized meaning for a frame within a frame. It all depends on the content and your own purpose and intention as a creator. However, certain trends in the meaning of cinematic frame within a frame do tend to arise.Imprisonment and IsolationIda via OpusBecause the frame within a frame can so easily suggest a form of entrapment or identity in conflict, using vertical lines of any kind can be read as an imprisonment for your character.One of the more interesting uses of this isolated imprisonment appeared in American Beauty by way of the computer monitor.American Beauty via DreamworksAlong with the sense of isolation, the cinematic frame within a frame can indicate character conflict and separation. This early shot from The Gift foreshadows the trouble to come and reminds us that prison cells can also be made of glass.The Gift via Blue-Tongue FilmsThe Ipcress FileThe Ipcress File, released in 1965, has a heaping portion of cinematic frame within frame, which adds to the fitting paranoia of the classic spy thriller. The use of frame within a frame in the film has gotten some much-deserved attention from Vashi Nedomansky in one of his awesome video compilations:ConclusionThe cinematic frame within a frame is your chance to divide the composition of your shot using geometric lines of various shapes and sizes. Whether you choose to use foreground or backgrounds shapes to create this effect, the technique of cinematic frame within a frame can emphasize and highlight the underlying meanings within your story and break up the information in your frame for maximum impact.What are your favorite examples of a frame within a frame? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Indian Govt Planning to Expand E-Visa Scheme to More Countries

first_imgThe Indian government is planning to extend the e-visa scheme to more countries in a bid to boost the number of foreign arrivals in the country. The Ministry of Home Affairs is also looking at increasing the number of departure and arrival counters at major airports in the country.The government is committed to strengthen and smoothen the twin processes of immigration and visa for Indian citizens and foreigners, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on July 6. Singh was addressing the Parliamentary Consultative Committee meeting on Immigration Visa Foreigners’ Registration & Tracking (IVFRT) at Kochi in Kerala.“We need to facilitate safe and convenient entry inside the country to legitimate international travellers. We also need to provide all visa related and consular services to foreigners staying in India in a faster and convenient mode,” Singh said, according to an official statement. “We also have to keep in mind the security aspect while facilitating easier immigration. At the same, there is need to track the movement of foreigners already present in the country,” he added.The e-visa scheme ensures that foreigners do not have to meet any Indian official before their arrival at the designated landing port. The Indian government has decided to increase the scope of this scheme to include e-conference and e-medical attendant visa as well.The number of foreigners availing the e-visa scheme has increased over the years, from 517,417 e-visas issued in 2015 to 1,901,309 in 2017. About 11,16,985 e-visas have been issued until July 5 this year, Singh said.“It is expected that in few years time the number of e-visas issued by MHA’s Bureau of Immigration would overtake the number of regular visas issued by all the Indian missions abroad,” he added.The e-tourist visa scheme, launched in 2014 in 44 countries, has now been extended to 165 countries. The Home Ministry is now working to extend it to more countries in a planned manner after consulting all the stakeholders, with an aim to promote tourism, business travel and health tourism in the country.The government has installed e-visa processing facilities at 25 airports and 5 seaports in India. Over 90 percent visas are issued within 72 hours of application submission since the e-visa scheme was introduced. The government has also done away with Embarkation and Disembarkation cards for Indian citizens and foreigners to streamline the immigration process.The ministry has also introduced e-FRRO services for foreigners living in India who need services like visa extension, visa conversion, exit permit, registration, change of passport details, and change of address. Related Itemse-visaTourismlast_img read more

Tiger Woods Cards Highest Score Ever at 17, Makes Cut at Players

first_imgPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods paused on the ninth green and stared at a nearby leaderboard.His name would have been on it if not for one hole.Woods hit two balls in the water at the par-3 17th at TPC Sawgrass — the first time he’s done that in 69 rounds at The Players Championship — and carded a quadruple-bogey 7 in the second round Friday. It was his worst score at the famed island green and matched his highest on any par 3 in 24 years on the PGA Tour.Woods rebounded with two birdies on the front side, leading to a 1-under 71 and leaving him at 3-under 141 for the tournament.He was well back of the leaders, but felt he was still within range heading to the weekend.“Everyone who makes the cut, anyone who makes the cut, has a chance to win this golf tournament,” Woods said.Woods was 5 under and tied for eighth, two shots off the lead at the time, when he approached the course’s signature hole. Thousands of fans surrounded the murky lagoon and were shocked when Woods’s wedge shot from 146 yards away strayed a little left, landed pin high and rolled off the green. It went through the rough, across a wood beam and plunked into the water.“I was a bit surprised it went that far,” said Woods, who made par or birdie on every other hole Friday. “I took something off that wedge and it flew a lot further than I thought. The other guys took a little read off of that.”Woods said he would have dialed back his swing had he hit after playing partners Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson. But he was the first to play.He made a beeline to the drop area and promptly hit another into the drink. This time, he hit another wedge too flat and too hot. The ball one-hopped off the green and into the water.“Both shots I’m just trying to hit the ball into the slope and just walk away with a 20-, 25-footer and move on about my business,” Woods said. “I was pretty ticked, no doubt about that, and I was bound and determined to get it all back and get it back to (5 under), and I thought that would have been a hell of a fight. Ended up getting back to 3 (under).“Still was a good fight to get to that point, but as of right now I’m six back, which is definitely doable on this golf course, especially with the weather coming in.”The forecast calls for cooler temperatures and a change in wind direction over the weekend, which could make scoring tougher on the Stadium Course.Tiger Woods hits from the drop zone after hitting his tee shot into the water on the 17th hole during the second round of The Players Championship golf tournament Friday, March 15, 2019, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)Woods likes the way he’s played so far — aside from the one hole.“I’m very happy with the way I’ve been grinding around this golf course,” he said. “I’ve missed a few opportunities to get up-and-down for birdie. Overall, I think I’ve putted pretty solidly. Other than 17 today, I really haven’t done a whole lot wrong. I very easily could be up near that lead. There’s no way I would be leading, but I would be close enough to that lead given the weekend and the forecast.”Woods said his neck — soreness caused him to miss the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week — felt “fine.”He had no excuses for what happened at 17. Woods had hit four balls into the water during his previous 68 rounds at the Players. He had carded a double-bogey four times, including in the final round in 2018.“Number-wise and club-wise, it shouldn’t be that hard,” Woods said. “But we all know if you land it up on top, it’s got a good chance of getting out of here. And that’s the tricky part: It’s just a wedge and you want to get it somewhere up there where you got a chance to make birdie, but you just can’t afford to land it too far up on top.”By: Mark Long, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare22 Shareslast_img read more

Sri Lankan cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka questioned by police in rape case

first_imgSri Lankan cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka was on Wednesday questioned by the police in rape case that has forced the cricket board to suspend him pending investigation.Gunathilaka was suspended from all forms of international cricket by the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board after his friend was accused of raping a Norwegian woman in the cricketer’s hotel room.The police, however, said the evidence do not point to the opening batsman’s personal involvement in the case in which one of his friends has been arrested.Gunathilaka, 27, was not aware of what took place between the Norwegian woman who had complained of rape on Saturday night after which his friend, Sandeep Jude Selliah, 26, was arrested, they said.He had booked two rooms at the hotel on the night of the incident and had violated Sri Lanka Cricket’s code of conduct of players by staying out longer hours, the police said.Gunathilaka was later suspended by Sri Lanka Cricket for his disciplinary breach and therefore will not figure in the 5-match ODI series against South Africa starting Saturday.His friend has been remanded in custody and will make a magisterial court appearance on Thursday, the police said.SLC rules do not allow cricketers to bring in guests into their hotel rooms and also stipulate that during matches players must be back in their rooms by midnight.Gunathilaka was the second highest run-scorer in the two-match Test series against South Africa with 161 runs in four innings at an average of 40.25 including two half-centuries.His suspension for the breaching of code of conduct regulations will now come into affect while his fee for the match will also be withheld pending the outcome of the inquiry.advertisementGunathilaka is no stranger to suspensions as he was suspended for three matches last October as well for misconduct during the home series against India.Another member of Sri Lanka’s Test squad, leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay, was on Friday given a suspended one-year ban from international cricket after pleading guilty to misconduct during last month’s tour of the West Indies.(With agency inputs)last_img read more



How KD Ended Up In Stillwater

first_imgPhoto Attribution: KT KingMost of you have probably seen the now-famous tweets back and forth by now (posted below if you haven’t) between George Overbey and Kevin Durant. The exchange was great, and Anthony Slater did a great job with his story in the O’Colly today, but I wanted to know what it was like to hang with KD for a night. What his ride was like, what they talked about, who else he’d like to see on a flag football field, you know, important stuff like that. So George and I exchanged emails throughout the day today. I think you’re going to enjoy what he had to say. Especially the last answer.Kyle: How shocked were you when KD rolled up in his black van at the door of the Sigma Nu house?George: Yeah it was crazy. I couldn’t believe it! He actually came to my house in Stillwater which was pretty neat. He was texting me all the from OKC so when he told me he was on HW-51 things started to sink in. But seeing his van pull up in my driveway was a surreal experience that I will never forget. I had a few friends there who he met then we drove to the game. The van is pretty sweet!Kyle: Was it tricked out?George: Yeah it was nice! Customized with tvs and such. I have to admit I didn’t look around too much, I was more focused on talking with KD. But yeah it has his KD logo all over it with custom seats and electronics, it is sweet! I would definitely drive it!Kyle: What did you guys talk about? Has he been following OSU football?George: We talked about the k-state game coming up this weekend, bedlam, his new shoes (kd4). We talked about him playing QB. We joked with him that he might not be able to see over our O-Line. Overall, he was just super pumped as we drove to the game. He couldn’t wait to play. He also gave me a sneak peak of his new football cleats that are coming in. (KD 4s with molded cleats). He was just so nice and friendly, made for an awesome time.Kyle: How long did you guys think about whether or not you wanted to forfeit the game to let him play?George: 0 seconds. It was a no brainer. One of the easier decisions of my life.Kyle: Okay, let’s say you have KD and you on a flag football team. Give me five other NBA players to round out your squad…George: My dream squad would consist of mostly Thunder Players with one key addition….1. Blake Griffin – guy can play any position on the field.2. Westbrook – unstoppable rusher and slot receiver3. Perkins – one man offensive-line4. Nick Collison – gotta have the hustle points in flag football5. Sefolosha – Definitely need a shutdown corner… “Thabo Island”Kyle: Haha, Thabo Island, that’s outstanding. Okay, last question…Would you give up the last 24 hours for OSU to win the national title in football?George: I think if you asked KD if he would rather break every NBA record in a season, or the Thunder win the NBA championship, He would choose the championship every time. Trying to relate that, as much as meeting and becoming his friend was one of the most amazing moments of my life, Oklahoma State would benefit much more as a whole by a National Championship. I would definitely have to trade the past 24 hours for the BCS title to be in Stillwater. And knowing KD, I think he would completely understand. However, I think this whole situation over the past 24 hours has been great national publicity for OSU…All thanks to Kevin.Here’s a shot of George and KD just playing ball by the Colvin.Quite a night, indeed.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

2012 Trans Tasman Dates Announced

first_imgThe Australian Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Open sides will take to the field against New Zealand at the Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex, Mudgee, in a three day contest from Thursday, 26 April 2012 until Saturday, 28 April. The three game series will take place on Thursday night, Friday night and Saturday afternoon, with times to be confirmed closer to the event. Players will also march in the ANZAC Day parade in Mudgee on Wednesday, 25 April prior to the event. It is symbolic that they will meet on the ANZAC weekend, an occasion very special to both proud nations. Australia is still on a high from its 2011 World Cup performance, winning all three Open titles against the Kiwis and is hopeful of defending its Trans Tasman title, while New Zealand is determined to reverse the result and cause an upset to the Australian teams in their own backyard. For more information, please see the attached media release. Stay tuned to the Trans Tasman website in the lead up to the 2012 Trans Tasman Test Series for all of the latest news and information.  Related Filesttts_media_release_v1-pdflast_img read more

Healthy Fruit Snacks for Four St. Andrew Schools

first_img The programme initially received assistance through JEEP Story Highlights Students eating healthier as a result of an initiative by the Swallowfield Church The group from the Swallowfield, St. Andrew, prepares locally grown fruits as snacks for the students Students from several schools in the Corporate Area are eating healthier as a result of an initiative by the Swallowfield Church of God of Prophecy, through its Institute for Mobilisation, Partnership and Action for Community Transformation (IMPACT) Limited.Through the initiative, a group from the Swallowfield community in St. Andrew, carefully prepares and packages locally grown fruits as snacks for the students of New Providence and St. Francis Primary and Liberty and St. Peter and Paul Preparatory schools.The programme initially received assistance through the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) as part of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries’ contribution to the National School Feeding Programme. It has since become an income earner for several persons in the community who are employed for up to 20 hours per week to prepare the snacks.In an interview with JIS News, Pastor at the church and Programme Co-ordinator, Melonia Waugh, informs that the initiative is aimed at ensuring that children have daily intake of nutritious snacks in their diets.“We source the fruits presently from the market, which is four fruits per plate -melon, orange, papaya, apple or mango…We use only Jamaican fruits that are in season,” she says.She adds that the healthy snacks are properly packaged in plastic containers and labelled before being sold for $40 each. She notes that even though other schools are on board the abovementioned four are the most consistent in ordering the products.Pastor Waugh says members of the Swallowfield community are appreciative of project as it creates employment for them.“The community is excited about this too…I must say that there is a young lady who will take like 40 fruits in the mornings and she will sell to the community children as well,” she says.She informs that through the programme six persons are currently employed and are excited about their job.For Shanecia Hussey, who is a direct beneficiary of the initiative, the money earned from the programme assists with paying for her evening classes. She says the project means a lot, especially since she was unemployed before it began.Another beneficiary, Kacian Thomas, informs that through the initiative, she has been exposed to various forms of making fruit cups, fruit plates and natural juices.She too is expressing gratitude to the organisers of the programme to which she has been employed since last year.In the meantime, Pastor Waugh informs that there are plans to expand the project. She is also encouraging other stakeholders to come on board and support the initiative to ensure its sustainability.Earlier this year, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, called for more local foods to be used in schools. He said the greater utilisation of cultivated crops, particularly fruits and vegetables, would provide a healthy alternative to bag drinks.Noting that bag drinks could potentially “give children diabetes” before they are fully developed, Mr. Clarke said he is advocating the introduction of more fruit and vegetable juices into the school nutrition programmes.“We want more use of our otaheite apple, cucumber, melon and mango…all the fruits that we have with fantastic flavours that sometimes go to waste. We want to incorporate those into the school feeding programme, instead of some imported items,” he asserted.The Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) which initially supported the project is one of the Government’s strategic responses to unemployment among Jamaicans, particularly those in lower socio-economic groups, persons with special needs, as well as those with low skill levels.  The brainchild of Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, JEEP has yielded jobs for approximately 37,000 persons since its inception in March 2012.last_img read more

Kevin Loring to lead National Arts Centres new indigenous theatre department

first_imgAward-winning Canadian playwright, actor and educator Kevin Loring has been named the first-ever artistic director of indigenous theatre at the National Arts Centre.The new department’s inaugural season in 2019 and 2020 will coincide with a major milestone for the NAC: the 50th anniversary of the Ottawa-based performing arts centre.Loring won the 2009 Governor General’s Award for English Language Drama for the play “Where the Blood Mixes,” which examined the intergenerational effects of the residential school system.The production toured nationally and was presented at the NAC in 2010 when Loring was the playwright-in-residence.He is currently performing at the NAC in the musical “Children of God” from Oji-Cree playwright, actor composer and director Corey Payette, which also explores the legacy of the residential school system.Loring will take up his new post on Oct. 16.Loring’s lengthy history with the NAC dates back well over a decade, with appearances in Marie Clements’s plays “Burning Vision” and “Copper Thunderbird,” and in the NAC’s 40th anniversary production of George Ryga’s “The Ecstasy of Rita Joe.” He also took on the role of Edmund in an all-aboriginal version of “King Lear” in 2012.Loring was among hundreds of indigenous artists the NAC brought together for discussions about expanding indigenous arts at one of the world’s largest performing arts centres.In his new role, Loring plans to work towards that objective by broadening access to the NAC’s indigenous theatrical offerings beyond Canada’s capital.“How do we make this a national company if all of our shows are being done at the National Arts Centre and for an Ottawa audience?” Loring said in a phone interview.“What I propose is that we do four shows at the National Arts Centre stages every season, and at the same time, we do four shows outside of Ottawa,” he added, citing Vancouver, Iqaluit, Montreal and Toronto as potential locales.“We create with other companies out there, with communities out there. We build shows with them or support shows that they are creating, and we maybe help them tour it, either through the region and eventually back onto our stages at the National Arts Centre … so that we always have a number of shows that we’re developing outside of Ottawa.”Loring is a member of the Nlaka’pamux Nation from the Lytton First Nation in British Columbia. He created the “Songs of the Land” project in 2012 working in tandem with five separate organizations in his home community. The project involved the examination of century-old audio recordings of songs and stories of the Nlaka’pamux people.He has also written two new plays based on his work in the community: “Battle of the Birds,” about domestic violence and power abuse, and “The Boy Who Was Abandoned,” about youth and elder neglect.In addition to collaborative creative work on a broader scale, Loring said he is also interested in exploring more innovative ways of storytelling.“This work, I hope, inspires our indigenous youth and inspires our indigenous people to see that there might be a space for them in theatre, in art … telling our stories, singing our songs, dancing our dances,” he said.“The truth of the matter is we do not have, at the moment, enough indigenous designers, enough indigenous stage managers, enough indigenous arts managers.“That’s going to be a process of trying to fill those roles as best we can with indigenous people, and at the same time, to try to foster and bring in artists from other backgrounds into the theatre realm.”Follow @lauren_larose on Twitter.last_img read more

Winnipeg church facing controversy after opposing smudging ceremony

first_imgAPTN National NewsA Winnipeg church is facing criticism after refusing to allow a smudging ceremony to take place on its property.That refusal led to the cancelling of a fundraising event which was meant to highlight the ongoing relationship with Indigenous people.APTN’s Dennis Ward has this story.last_img

Google Celebrates Moroccos Independence Day

Taroudante – Google has put a doodle featuring Moroccan gate to celebrate the 59th anniversary of Morocco’s independence from France.To mark the event, the giant search engine, has put a photo of an old Moroccan door as part of the design of Google’s doodle.Once you click on the doodle, it takes you to a Google search page under “Indépendance du Maroc” with many links about Morocco’s Independence Day.Google Doodles are decorative changes made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, scientists and athletes and can vary country to country. Morocco celebrates its independence on November 18, which marked the end of the French and Spanish occupation. The celebration comes two weeks after the yearly commemoration of the Green March.The Independence Day is a national holiday and a unique opportunity for older generations to recall their tales of heroism and for the younger to relate to their past historical legacy. read more

Whitby tech entrepreneur wins 55M jackpot

A Whitby father-of-two has his sights set on a “peppy, fast luxury car” after he won a $55 million jackpot on LOTTO MAX. Dwayne Williams picked up his winnings from the April 5th draw at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto Thursday morning.“Usually I check my LOTTO MAX ticket first thing on Saturday morning but that Saturday we were so focused on getting out the door with the kids to run some errands at the mall that we totally forgot to check our ticket,” said Williams in a news release issued by the OLG. “On our way in the car, we heard on the radio that the winning ticket was sold in the Oshawa area – my wife and I joked ‘It’s us!’”Williams checked his ticket through the OLG app when he got home from his outing. “I saw the Free Play notice first, that’s where my eye went on the screen but in my head I knew something looked different than usual – and that’s when I focused on the $55 and at first I thought I won $55,000 but then I counted all the zeroes – all of this went through my mind in a split second,” he said. Williams says he showed his brother the screen and the pair started screaming. He ran to find his wife and share the news. “I fell to the floor and we all piled on top of each other, celebrating,” he added. The technology entrepreneur says he plans to invest in his business and keep working. “It’s important for my kids to see their dad participating in a normal routine, being productive and giving back,” he said. He hopes to travel and experience the “culture, castles and museums” in Europe. The OLG says the winning ticket was purchased at the CNIB Lottery Kiosk in Walmart on Baldwin St. in Whitby. read more

Johnson Controls completes merger with Tyco

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Johnson Controls completed its merger with Tyco, expanding the industrial company’s breadth in a corporate inversion deal that has been valued at more than $14 billion.The deal, announced in January, gives shareholders of Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls Inc. a 56 per cent stake in the new company, which is called Johnson Controls. The new global headquarters will be in Cork, Ireland where Tyco is based.Corporate inversions have become more popular with U.S. companies as a way to reduce their taxes. Johnson Controls said it is on track to realize $1 billion in savings following the merger. Critics say inversions are an unfair tax dodge.The company said the merger will speed innovation in fast-growing smart technology now being enabled in devices, sensors, data analytics and controls. Johnson Controls completes merger with Tyco by The Associated Press Posted Sep 6, 2016 7:08 am MDT Last Updated Sep 6, 2016 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Protest held outside The Ivy restaurant in Dublin over working conditions and

first_img 28 Comments Mar 15th 2019, 2:09 PM Image: Sam Boal via A NUMBER OF activists gathered outside The Ivy restaurant yesterday evening to protest working conditions.Issues at the restaurant first came to light in November last year when staff were told they will no longer be allowed process payments from customers after management alleged that some waiters were asking patrons to pay tips in cash, rather than on a credit card.Management at the restaurant posted a staff notice to express disappointment that bad manners had been shown to guests by being “consistently asked for cash”. Management also claimed that the cash tips were not being shared with other staff members. The notice said that a new system would mean no team member is ever to handle cash or card from a guest. Until trust was rebuilt, management would process all payments, the notice said. In a video posted online yesterday, a ‘menu’ of alleged workplace issues was read aloud by an activist to customers and management in the restaurant. Reading a list of issues aloud as diners continued with their meals around her, the woman told them good service was “not rewarded” at the restaurant. Friday 15 Mar 2019, 2:09 PM The Ivy Restaurant, Dublin Image: Sam Boal via Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Independent TD Joan Collins supported yesterday’s protest. Raising the issue in the Dáil, Joan Collins TD said “I have been approached recently by workers in the new, swanky and expensive restaurant, The Ivy, where the company is taking the major proportion of tips paid to staff to make up the difference in their wages.”The Ivy responseIn a statement today, The Ivy said: “The Ivy collection would like to clarify that 100% of credit card tips are shared amongst the entire 150 staff members (excluding management). “A gratuity per hour is paid to every staff member in addition to their contractual hourly wage and is guaranteed by the company in that any shortfall, regardless of whether any tips are paid by patrons, will be made up by the company.”It said that “all cash tips are kept by the individual waiter/waitress, although they are encouraged to share these tips with their colleagues”.“We believe that the credit card tips should be shared amongst the entire team (excluding management) reflecting everyone’s contribution to the service. In a statement to Liveline in November, The Ivy explained that when a tip is paid by credit card, it goes towards a shared gratuity per hour that all restaurant staff – including front of house, bar staff and kitchen porters – receive.The Ivy is located on Dawson Street in Dublin city centre.  Source: Liveline/Twitter The Ivy Restaurant, Dublin Protest held outside The Ivy restaurant in Dublin over working conditions and tips Issues at the restaurant first came to light in November last year. 50,408 Views Share328 Tweet Email6 A row broke out over tips at Dublin’s exclusive Ivy Restaurant last week. In response, management put the notice pictured up.Waiters at the Ivy have been told they will never again “be allowed to take any payments from guests.”— Liveline (@rteliveline) November 21, 2018 By Hayley Halpinlast_img read more

Speakers announced for first community dialogue

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Heavyweights in the Victorian Greek Australian community have been chosen to head the first community dialogue program. As a La Trobe University Centre for Dialogue initiative, the first dialogue will centre around the topic, “Where will the Greek Australian community be in 10, 15, and 20 years?”. Greek Australians from different industries have been chosen to take part in what will become a Socratic style form of dialogue. Two circles will be set up, one made up of the first generation and the second made up of the second and third generation to contribute different views and create a long lasting discourse. President of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria, Bill Papastergiadis, president of the Greek Australian Cultural League Cathy Alexopoulos and radio presenter Rena Fragoudaki will be some of notable members of community to take part and will provide a strong viewpoint on where they see the Greek Australian community going. Organiser of the event, Dr Michalis Michael hopes to open a dialogue about the effects of new Greek migration to Australia is having on the Greek Australian community. “Recent developments in Greece have once again underscored the complex presence of Greeks in Australia,” he said. “As a result of the Greek economic crisis, many Greeks are returning to Australia or are coming here to join family, while at the same time we have younger Greek Australians who look, in a hybrid way, to Australia for their sense of identity,’ he said. The dialogues are the first of their kind to bring the first and second generations together in an open discussion about the future of the community. The organisers are hoping to pinpoint some of the most pressing issues of our community, while trying to inspire action that will benefit all generations. “There is not a conversation, a public debate even, it’s turned into a monologue, that’s usually conducted at best through social media or it’s done through commentary or editorials… and it seems to be aggressive,” Dr Michael told Neos Kosmos last month at the launch of the initiative. “What we’re trying to do is an intervention, it is a pilot thing, and it’s trying to bring any notable representatives, stakeholders, experts of the Greek community (all generations) in a room.” The first dialogue will be on Thursday December 12, at 6:45pm at St Michael’s, Uniting Church, 120 Collins Street, Melbourne.last_img read more

Felida teen wins Google Play scholarship with game concept art

first_imgChristine Choi’s bedroom in her Felida home is a testament to those things she loves the most.Funko Pop! figurines of the 17-year-old’s favorite video game characters line the top of her bookshelves. Small model Pokemon are scattered on another shelf. Art supplies spill over every surface.And it’s where those things met that sparks flew for the Columbia River High School junior, who recently won a $10,000 Google Play scholarship for her concept art for an imagined mobile game.Christine is the grand prize winner of Google Play’s Change the Game scholarship, an effort to encourage more girls to enter the gaming industry.Along with the scholarship, Christine and four other finalists from around the country received a trip to Los Angeles to visit Google’s L.A. office and to attend the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, one of the largest and most hotly anticipated gaming trade shows in the world. That was a thrilling opportunity for the aspiring concept artist, who hopes to work for a major video game developer like Blizzard Entertainment or Bethesda Softworks someday.“The (Bethesda) event coordinator gave me a business card,” she said, star-struck.But Christine is likely to be in the minority if she does end up working in the video game industry. According to Google Play, 49 percent of mobile gamers are women, but women are underrepresented on development teams. Only 27.8 percent of the gaming industry is female, transgender or other gender identities, and only 23 percent of women feel there is equal treatment and opportunity for all in the industry.last_img read more

One hurt in crash on Highway 14 troopers say causing driver fled

first_imgA Vancouver man was hospitalized following a crash on state Highway 14 Thursday, and the Washington State Patrol said the driver who caused the crash fled the scene.The state patrol said Brent C. Lefto, 29, and Jose J. Vazquez-Martinez, 41, both of Vancouver, were heading west on Highway 14 just east of Interstate 205 around 10:30 p.m. Thursday.Lefto attempted to pass Vazquez-Martinez and collided into him, according to the state patrol, causing Vazquez-Martinez’s SUV to roll over. Lefto lost control and struck a concrete barrier on the left side of the roadway, sending his car onto its top and into a guard rail on the right side.Lefto then fled on foot, according to the state patrol.Vazquez-Martinez was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center for his injuries. His condition was unavailable. The impact totaled both men’s vehicles, according to troopers.The state patrol blamed the crash on Lefto’s excessive speed, and recommended charges of hit-and-run against an attended vehicle, reckless driving and reckless endangerment.last_img read more

Men charged in shooting of Vancouver mill worker

first_imgABERDEEN — Prosecutors have charged two local men with felony assault for allegedly shooting a Vancouver man and his co-worker following a barroom argument in downtown Aberdeen this month. Michael A. Kerby, 39, and Jeffrey A. Strickland, 30, both face two counts of first-degree assault in Grays Harbor County for allegedly attacking the men outside Mac’s Tavern on Feb. 3. Kerby was arrested after a 16-hour manhunt. While witness statements contained in court records indicate Kerby fired the two shots, he has denied the allegation in statements to police, saying “another person” committed the assault. Eugene Savage, 37, of Vancouver, and Daniel Ivy, 30, of The Dalles, Ore., suffered gunshot wounds from a smaller-caliber handgun. Authorities reported Savage was shot in the leg and Ivy was shot in the chest. Both victims reportedly worked at Cosmo Specialty Fibers in Cosmopolis. They were part of a contract crew working to reopen an old mill.Court records stated Aberdeen officers responded at 10:37 p.m. to find Savage clutching his leg on the sidewalk near the tavern. Officers found Ivy holding the wound in his chest.last_img read more