first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement The best new fashion stores in Toronto allow you to really wear your heart on your sleeve. These boutiques offer more than the standard cookie-cutter chain store fashion to bring clotheshorses in the city garb as unique as we are.Here the best new fashion stores that opened in Toronto during 2016. You’ve doubtless spotted this company’s iconic graphic tees and sweaters on the subway if you didn’t already get an item from their Ossington shop. Bold statements like “Toronto vs. Everybody” are paired with donations to charity with purchases.Reigning Champ Toronto This upscale but minimalist streetwear brand specializes in athletic fashion, and also makes designer soccer balls. The made in Canada brand is based out of Vancouver and came to Ossington this year. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebook Peace Collective Advertisementlast_img read more

Movein time for Brocks new downtown campus

Moving day has arrived for the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.Moving the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts into its new home in downtown St. Catharines is like conducting an orchestra. Except instead of one person guiding the team, there are many conductors each with their own important role.Today marks the official start of move-in for the Faculty of Humanities departments that will call the new campus home beginning in September.Moving all of their specialized equipment and instruments are the departments of Dramatic Arts, Music and Visual Arts, and the Centre for Students in Arts and Culture, which spans all of the departments.The big move will take place until the afternoon of Tuesday, June 30 with repeated trips of three 34-foot moving trucks and a specialty piano truck.Some of the many items being moved over the next week:130 garment boxes17 upright, grand and electric pianos60 boxes of music scores36 painting easels67 photographic enlargers35 photo and video cameras25 tripods50+ computers1,000+ moving boxes1 green screen1 printing press 1 harpsichordOne room in Thistle has become the main storage area for hundreds of boxes moving to the new building. read more

1950s anger management presented Star Trek style

first_imgIf you were born in the 50’s or 60’s then chances are you were subjected to a myriad of cinematic instructional videos to help you cope with your daily lives as you grew up. Probably the most famous of these videos was “Duck and Cover,” which featured instructions on what to do in case of a Russian nuclear bomb attack.Now by today’s standards, these old cinematic instructional videos are often laughable at best for their actual educational content. But surprisingly they still serve a purpose today. And that is to be comedy cannon fodder.AdChoices广告Just take a look at what YouTube contributor OneMinuteGalactica threw together when he used Star Trek video from the original television series and combined it with the audio from a 50’s film on anger management. What you get is a little funny instructional film called, “Anger is Illogical.”If you enjoyed that video, OneMinuteGalactica has other instructional film audio mash-ups with video from past and present pop culture heroes. Be sure to check them out.Read more at YouTube, via io9last_img read more

Poverty hits 63 million people in Greece

first_imgThree in every five Greeks, or some 6.3 million people, were living in poverty or under the threat of poverty in 2013 due to material deprivation and unemployment, a report by parliament’s State Budget Office showed on Thursday.Using data on household incomes and living conditions, the report – titled ‘Minimum Income Policies in the European Union and Greece: A Comparative Analysis’ – found that “some 2.5 million people are below the threshold of relative poverty, which is set at 60 per cent of the average household income”. It added that “3.8 million people are facing the threat of poverty due to material deprivation and unemployment”, resulting in a total of 6.3 million people.The State Budget Office’s economists who drafted the report argued that in contrast with other European countries “which implement programs to handle social inequalities, Greece, which faces huge phenomena of extreme poverty and social exclusion, is acting slowly”. They added that there is high demand for social assistance, while its supply by the state is “fragmented and full of administrative malfunctions”.In that context “the social safety net is inefficient, while there is no prospect for the recovery of income losses resulting from the economic recession in the near future”, the report noted, reminding readers that the measure of the minimum guaranteed income “arrived in Greece belatedly”.According to Eurostat Greece ranks top among the 28 European Union countries in terms of poverty risk and also has the highest poverty share in the population (23.1 per cent). Greece also ranks fourth among EU states in poverty disparity, after Spain, Romania and Bulgaria.Relative poverty is defined by the percentage of households earning less than 60 per cent of an average household’s income in 2013 (for one person that amounted to 432 euros per month and for a four-member family to 908 euros).Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Greeces population in decline as deaths outweigh births

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s economy may be showing signs of promise, but when it comes to population growth it’s another story entirely.Recently released statistics have revealed that people are dying at an alarming rate, while newborns are getting fewer and fewer.Last year saw the gap between deaths and births increase higher than it ever has, with 124,501 people passing away – a stark contrast to the 88,553 that were brought into the world. Births in Greece reached a new low as they dropped below the 90,000 average, while deaths had never before exceeded the 124,000 mark, reports a yearly basis, births dropped by 4.7 per cent in 2017 when compared to the year before, while deaths increased by a similar percentage at 4.8 per cent.The drop in birthday is not reflective of unions however, as marriages in Greece continue to take place commonly. Over 50,000 marriage ceremonies were recorded in 2017, with events divided between religious (24,975) and civil (25,163).last_img read more

After horrific shooting teachers return to their classrooms

first_imgMIAMI — In the right-hand drawer of a desk at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is a file that teacher Ernest Rospierski desperately wants back.It’s full of thank-you letters from his students and their parents over the years.“It’s my bad-day file, my it’s-been-a-long-day file,” Rospierski said. “If I have a bad day, I open it up.”The last time he was in his classroom at the Parkland school was a horrific day: Valentine’s Day, when a former student shot and killed 17 people on campus.The building where 14 students, a teacher, a football coach and the school’s athletic director were slain will be torn down. Before that happens, 30 classrooms must be cleared of teaching materials, personal items and memories.“Teachers spend half their lives in their rooms,” Rospierski said.His desk was full of lesson plans, family photographs and souvenirs his students have brought him from their travels. His students would expect to see these things when they return to class to next week, even though he’ll have to relocate his courses in world geography and AP European history.Preparing to return to campus Friday, he said he needed to read his bad-day file.“I want that back,” he said.Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said some teachers and staff met for breakfast before returning Friday to the high school, where therapy dogs and other counseling services were available.last_img read more

Video shows Miami Beach cop punching man during arrest

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A spring break arrest in Miami Beach caught on video has sparked controversy.Miami Beach Police officers took 21-year-old Jaylan Greene into custody near Ninth Street and Ocean Drive on Friday.Cellphone video captured one of the officers punching the Michigan resident three times.However, police argued, Greene was drunk and reached for an officer’s waistband, prompting the law enforcer to strike him.Greene was charged with disorderly intoxication and resisting an officer. He has since bonded out of jail.The police department released a statement that read, “Based on our preliminary review of the use of force, the officers’ actions were appropriate given the circumstances. It should also be noted that the defendant, after being released from jail, met with the arresting officer and apologized for his actions.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Why Consumer Magazine Circulation Levels are Still Bloated

first_imgCombination2,907,0003,476,00017.9 Paid Sponsored3,973,0004,155,0004.6 TOTAL25,899,00027,189,0004.7 Partnership3,876,0005,595,00044.3 The number of audited paid consumer magazines in the second half of 2007 declined 5 percent to 550—down from 579 a year ago, 590 two years previous and 653 in the second of half of 2000. In the last seven years, the number of audited paid consumer titles has fallen nearly 16 percent. It should be noted, however, that 99 audited publications (reporting 130 million paid/verified circ) with primarily “association” and/or verified/sponsored circ have not been included in this analysis. (By the way, the number of audited titles in this category, as well as their aggregate circulation, has, unlike audited consumer magazines, remained stable for the last seven years.) Also not included in this review are publications with less than 5,000 paid/verified circ and those titles with primarily foreign circ. During the second half of 2007 a record total of 50 titles discontinued publication or ceased being audited. There were six major casualties (more than 400,000 circ) in the group—they included: Teen People (1,545,000), Child (740,000), Jane (713,000), Success (667,000), Nick, Jr. (639,000) and Junior Scholastic (439,000). Those six titles accounted for a loss of 4.7 million circ, a little less than half of the total 10.3 million circ attributed to all 50 discontinued publications. A total of 27 titles were added to the auditing ranks in the last year. The most notable was Taste of Home, a title published by Reader’s Digest that was previously published by Rieman. This publication, with paid/verified circ of 3.2 million, is believed to have reported one of the largest ever paid circulations for an initially audited consumer magazine. In fact, it joined a very select group of thirteen publications that have more than 3 million paid/verified circ. In addition there were 7 publications that debuted with circ levels greater than 300,000. This group included All You (785,000), People Stylewatch (642,000), Cookie (435,000), Siempre Mujer (394,000), Men’s Vogue (336,000), Quick & Simple (325,000) and Giant (314,000). Together these eight titles accounted for 6.4 million paid/verified circ a substantial portion of the 8.9 million circ accounted for by the 27 newly audited titles. The circulation level contribution from the newly audited publications, although substantial, still fell 1.4 million short of the circulation attributed to departing titles. Pace of Circ Level Adjustments Slows In the second half of 2007, there were 101 publications whose circ decreased by 5 percent or more, compared to 123 a year ago and 131 two years prior. The pace of circ levels increases also slowed—84 titles, down from 91 a year ago, reported circ level increases of 5 percent or more. There were 23 titles that reported circ level decreases of 50,000 or more. These included seven titles showing level reductions of 150,000 or more. Reader’s Digest and Time headed this group with their massive decreases of 771,500 and 714,600 respectively. This group also included Playboy (301,400), Sunset (258,900), Ladies Home Journal (258,200), Home (207,400) and Star (176,400). In the aggregate, these 23 titles reported circ level reductions of 4.2 million. On the increase side of the equation there were 27 titles that reported paid/verified circ levels that were up more than 50,000. Everyday with Rachael Ray reported a huge 670,100 increase in circ level. This is one the largest, year over year, circ level increases in recent memory. Another relatively new product, Woman’s Health, also reported a big (258,800) circ rise. And OK! Weekly, reporting rising newsstand sales, was a major circ level increase contributor with an increase of 177,900. This group of 27 titles contributed a total circ level increase of 3.5 million. This, however, did not fully balance the 4.2 million level loses of the titles whose circ fell by more than 50,000. Newsstand Contribution to Circ Level: Stable The newsstand to subscription circ ratio is a good guide for measuring optimal circ levels and for deriving a general sense of the industry’s relative degree of circulation balance. In the second half of 2007, the newsstand circ contribution fell 1.6 percent from 50.8 million to 50.0 million. But the subscription circ level decline was also 1.6 percent. Therefore, the newsstand to subscription circ ratio remained at 18 percent. The stable ratio is an extraordinarily good indicator that the industry has begun to be more prudent in its circ level management practices. Fluctuation in ABC Verified and Other Paragraph 6 Source Usage The total amount of verified circ usage (which accounts for both ABC verified circ and BPA sponsored circ) decreased slightly in second half of last year from 12.4 million to 12.0 million—a decline of 3.2 percent. In the first half of 2007, it became apparent that publishers were generally trying to temper their use of verified circulation, often choosing to substitute paid sponsored, partnership and combination circ sources in its place. In the second half of the year, this trend continued. To help facilitate a better understanding of this source change trend, I’ve compiled ABC paragraph 6 data (data from BPA audited titles has not been used in this comparison) for the top 22 circulation companies (See chart on page 20). National Geographic and Smithsonian, which most industry observers consider consumer publications, are not included in this comparison because the vast majority of their subscription circulation is acquired using the “association” source. This data is a representative industry sample, accounting for 77 percent of the industry’s total ABC paid/verified circ. Since its reporting inception, in the first half of 2006, paragraph 6 source usage has fluctuated. This reflects the circ practice adjustments made by publishers to meet audit bureau rule changes. First was an ABC rule change regarding the definition of partnership non-deductible circ. This source was re-designated from partnership to verified. The other major ABC rule change regarding the reporting of paragraph 6 data will take effect in the first half of next year. This one is rather significant and it involves re-designating circ previously labeled as “sponsored paid—public place.” Starting in 2008, circ in this category will be reported as verified circ. Many publishers, anticipating the effect of this change, have been revising their circ acquisition strategies to lessen the impact of having to report significant increases in verified circ. The result of those changes can be seen in the paragraph 6 source usage reported in the second half of last year. The data reveals that five sources represent 98 percent of all reported paragraph 6 circ for the 237 ABC audited titles published by the 22 leading circ companies. The chart below demonstrates how the circ usage of these 5 sources has changed in the last year: Loyalty4,946,0005,170,0004.5 [EDITOR’S NOTE: To view accompanying charts to this article, click here.] In the second half of 2007, the audited paid and verified circulation of consumer magazines fell 1.7 percent from 282.0 million to 277.2 million. The decline is fairly representative of a trend that began seven years ago, which has seen the industry’s paid-verified circulation decline nearly 11 percent since its peak in 2000. To examine why circ levels are too high it requires an in-depth look at several categories of information: The declining universe of audited publications; circ level increase/decrease trends; newsstand contribution to circ levels; and verified, sponsored and other paragraph 6 circ sources. Number of Audited Titles Continues to Fall 2nd Half2nd Half Verified10,247,0008,838,000-13.8 SOURCE20062007%CHNG Note that the volume of verified circ declined (13.8 percent), but the use of the other 4 major paragraph 6 sources grew 18 percent. Loyalty and paid sponsored circ usage has remained relatively steady, but both the partnership and combination circ sources demonstrated strong growth. Overall, it should be noted that the amount of total paragraph 6 source circ grew about 5 percent in the last year. The rising paragraph 6 circ use trend will continue. Publishers appear to be concentrating their efforts on expanding the partnership source. Combination circ use should also continue to grow because it’s a very good source of subscriptions. But, for the most part, this source is limited to larger multi-title publishers. Note that its use is confined primarily to the eight publishers with multi-titles that are supporting at least one title with more than 1 million subscription circ. Partnership circ, on the other hand, is broader based and more accessible to a larger range of publishing companies. Although partnership circ agreements can be difficult to obtain (and renew) I believe this circ source will continue to grow and eventually become the chief ingredient in the gradual expansion of paragraph 6 circ. Eight Reasons Why Circ Levels Remain Too High The good news is the consumer magazine paid/verified circ level declined in 2007 and the newsstand to subscription circ ratio appears to have stabilized. But there are other factors that indicate the industry circ level still remains precariously high. I believe the optimal industry paid/verified level is approximately 250 million, or 27 million (about 10 percent) lower than it is currently. Below are some of the reasons why the consumer magazine industry’s tubby circulation should remain on a strict weight loss plan: 1. Paragraph 6 Circ Usage Is High and Rising: Paragraph 6 circ usage in the second half of 2007 is estimated to be about 37 million, or 13 percent of the industry’s total paid/verified circ. This is a clear indicator that the industry is continuing to push circ beyond what can reasonably be described as “natural circulation levels.” Conversely it should be noted that some of the industry’s most successful, and profitable, publications (i.e. People, Cosmopolitan, O the Oprah Magazine) maintain low (less than 5 percent) paragraph 6 circ ratios. 2. Direct to Publisher Subscription Source Usage Falls: The industry’s subscription source mix continues to skew away from direct-to-publisher subscriptions toward agent sold subscriptions. The decline in direct–to-publisher subscription source volume is another sure sign the industry circ levels are too high. 3. Subscription Pricing Elasticity Is Eroding: Publishers have increasingly been forced to lower price to attract a sufficient number of subscribers to maintain circ levels. This is a sign that circ levels are too high in comparison to reader demand. 4. Newsstand Circ Continues to Fall: Newsstand circ has fallen continuously for many years (despite a stable newsstand to subscription circ ratio in 2007). It’s conceivable that newsstand sales, for many publications, will continue to diminish at an even faster pace in the next few years. The number of titles distributed, especially to chain retail stores, is declining as both retailers and wholesalers become more rigorous in their title selection process. 5. Internet Influence: Greater exposure of edit material on the Web and the advent of more information alternatives on the Internet are having a slow but steady negative effect on reader demand for print products. This has also contributed to reducing subscription pricing elasticity (described earlier). 6. Smarter Advertising Buyers: Advertising buyers are more adept at evaluating circ “quality” and more alert to determining when publications may be “over-circulated”. This trend will only continue to accelerate. 7. Tightening Audit Bureau Regulations: The audit bureaus (ABC, BPA) will, more than likely, continue to modify their rules and regulations in favor of greater circ source transparency. 8. Impact of Super-Circ Publications: The super-circ publications (over 2 million paid/verified circ), despite major recent reductions by titles like Reader’s Digest and Time, are still major culprits in supporting the industry’s bloated circ levels. There are 28 titles in this category and they represent over one third (34 percent) of the industry’s circ. There are many titles in this group that have paragraph 6 circ ratios that are greater than the industry average of 13 percent. A 10 percent reduction in circ levels among this group of titles could go a long way toward helping ease the industry’s bloated circ level condition. Five Things You Can Do When it comes to the circ levels of mature publications, less is more. This is cliché, but in this case, less (but higher quality) circ levels could be good for the consumer magazine industry. 1. Closely Evaluate the Use of Paragraph 6 Circ: Consider reducing paragraph 6 circ usage by 15 percent if circ from these sources exceeds 8 percent of total paid/verified circ. 2. Increase Percentage of Direct Sold Subscriptions: Improve the subscription source mix by increasing the amount of direct-to-publisher sold subscriptions. 3. Work with Advertising Buyers in Developing Better Ways to Evaluate Circ Quality and Engagement: Demonstrate to advertising buyers the value of subscription files that have a large percentage of direct sold subscriptions. 4. Faster Decisions on Sub-Profitable Publications: Publishers often extend the life of sub-profitable publications beyond the point of economic reasonableness. Faster decisions regarding the publishing status of sub-profitable publications could help ease the industry’s circ glut. 5. Improve Newsstand Sales Performance: Publishers, by concentrating greater effort on improving newsstand sales, will not only improve “reader quality,” but put themselves in better position to reduce circ levels. Reducing paragraph 6 circ usage by 10 percent, increasing the number of direct-to-publisher sold subscriptions by 10 percent, improving newsstand sales performance by 2 percent and making faster decisions on sub-profitable publications are the key ingredients for lowering the industry’s circ level by 10 percent. An industry with a leaner, meaner, higher quality circ level will be able to more effectively compete for readers and advertisers in an environment with a growing number of media alternatives.last_img read more

One killed in Rajshahi road crash

first_imgA man was killed and another injured in an accident on Rajshahi-Chapainawabganj highway at Gopalpur in Godagari upazila of Rajshahi early Friday.The deceased is Shamsul Haque, 40, a fruits vendor and resident of Shibganj upazila in Chapainawabganj, reports UNB.Police and locals said the accident took place when a fruits-leaden pickup van from Natore hit a stationary truck in the area around 4:30am, leaving Shamsul dead on the spot and another injured.last_img

ANFREL questions ECs sincerity to hold transparent polls

first_img.The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) has criticised Bangladesh’s election commission for creating hurdles for observers from home and abroad who were interested in monitoring the 30 December parliamentary polls.In a press statement issued on Sunday, ANFREL explained the reasons why it withdrew the polls observation mission on 22 December.It blamed “significant delays” in the accreditation approval by the election commission and visa approvals by the foreign affairs ministry.“With ANFREL’s withdrawal, the organisation registers its doubts regarding the integrity of the elections, especially with the reports on civil society restrictions and arrest of numerous opposition members,” it said.The polls observation group maintained that the presence of election observers is a crucial indicator of the level of transparency and public confidence in the elections.“Placing hurdles for observers to access information, restricting their movement, and hindering them from performing their mandate to promote democratic practices calls into question the sincerity of the Bangladesh authorities to hold transparent elections,” ANFREL added.It stated that it submitted all necessary accreditation requirements to the election commission by 26 November 2018 whereas as of 21 December, a mere nine days before the elections, ANFREL was granted accreditation for only 13 of its observers out of the 32 applications.“We regret that this situation hindered us from directly working with the Bangladesh election stakeholders, which ANFREL has been looking forward to,” the network said and condemned all actions that “impede the freedoms of civil society organisations.”However, ANFREL called on all domestic stakeholders to collectively ensure secure and peaceful elections, using every opportunity to mitigate violence—no matter the outcome of the election.“We ask the Bangladesh government and the BEC [election commission] to enforce the rule of law impartially and to ensure the safety and security of all electoral stakeholders,” according to the statement.Furthermore, ANFREL called on the political parties to abide by a code of conduct which befit the dignity of future leaders.In its statement, ANFREL expressed dismay with the manner in which the Bangladesh authorities have handled the accreditation application process for domestic and international election observers.It mentioned that while the EC took initiatives to welcome intergovernmental organisations, non-governmental organisations such as the ANFREL and several domestic monitoring groups either faced significant delays in their accreditation or were barred altogether from monitoring the upcoming elections.ANFREL is among the endorsers of the Declaration of Principles and Code of Conduct for International Election Observers (DOP). “With ANFREL’s withdrawal, no DOP-endorsing organisations will monitor the upcoming elections in Bangladesh,” it said.ANFREL mentioned that other member organisations of the Global Network of Domestic Election Monitors (GNDEM) have also been denied accreditation by the EC due to “allegations of partisanship or their association with human rights groups and independent election monitoring networks”.ANFREL expressed its concern at the denial of accreditation applications from a high number of domestic election observers.As only around 26,000 observers would be granted accreditations, the statement pointed out that the 2018 election “marks the second lowest number of observers in two decades”, just behind 2014 elections where only 8,878 domestic observers and four foreign observers participated.In comparison, there were around 159,000 observers for the 2008 elections, and  218,000 in 2001, ANFREL recalled.ANFREL still extended its solidarity with the Bangladeshi civil society actors as they bravely perform their duties, especially in this tense campaign.“We express support in their advocacy to achieve truly participatory and inclusive political processes in Bangladesh,” read its statement.last_img read more

David Koch Dies Conservative Billionaire Help

first_img by NPR News Peter Overby, Brian Naylor 8.23.19 12:23pm David Koch, who built one of the nation’s largest private businesses with his brother Charles and pumped money into conservative groups to help reshape American politics, has died.Charles Koch confirmed the news in a statement on Friday that referenced David’s long-running ailment.”Twenty-seven years ago, David was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer and given a grim prognosis of a few years to live. David liked to say that a combination of brilliant doctors, state-of-the-art medications and his own stubbornness kept the cancer at bay. We can all be grateful that it did, because he was able to touch so many more lives as a result,” Charles Koch wrote. No precise cause was given for David Koch’s death. He was 79.David Koch helped his brother Charles build Koch Industries into a behemoth that incorporates brands such as Georgia Pacific plywood. The company is one of the biggest ethanol producers in the country. Its Cordura cloth is used to make military uniforms and equipment.The two brothers also created the Koch political network, famous and infamous for its secret funding and fiercely negative advertising — which often aimed at President Barack Obama and other Democrats.Their group, Americans For Prosperity, was funded with Koch brothers’ money as well as contributions from other rich donors they recruited. And although David denied giving money to Tea Party candidates, in 2010, the brothers’ efforts helped Republicans win a net gain of 63 seats in the House. The Koch network also had groups aimed at veterans, women, seniors and Latinos. Ostensibly nonpolitical, the groups exploited a lack of transparency under U.S. law, weak enforcement by the IRS and openings created by Supreme Court decisions. The system was part of what was called a stream of “dark money” by its critics, so called because it could be unclear who was bankrolling which causes.For as much energy as the Koch network expended against Democrats since the turn of the 21st century, the brothers did not support Donald Trump in 2016, leading to fissures within the conservative donor world. Trump responded by slamming what he called the “globalist” Koch brothers and vowing to pursue the tariffs and immigration crackdowns they opposed.Robin and BatmanThe Koch network amassed as much clout as the Republican National Committee, or perhaps even more.All the same, David Koch was not a doctrinaire Republican. In 1980, he was the Libertarian nominee for vice president. And although the brothers’ network backed conservative lawmakers who opposed abortion access and gay rights, Koch supported them.”I’m a social liberal,” Koch told ABC’s Barbara Walters in 2014.He also was a fiscal hawk and outlined one of his core concerns in that interview: “I’m very worried that if the budget is not balanced, that inflation could occur and the economy of our country could suffer terribly,” he said.David Koch and his three brothers grew up in Wichita, Kan., sons of oil industry tycoon Fred Koch. Charles and David eventually became co-owners of Koch Industries.Charles ran the company but David stayed involved, even after he moved to New York City. He was a fixture on the Manhattan social scene and a major donor to the city’s cultural institutions, including the David H. Koch Theater, at Lincoln Center and the American Museum of Natural History.Daniel Schulman, author of Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty, told NPR that David Koch often was the follower and Charles the leader.”David Koch has always been the Robin to Charles Koch’s Batman, more or less the sidekick,” Schulman said. “Up into his late 40s, maybe even early 50s,” Schulman said, David “was kind of living this New York socialite, playboy lifestyle. And he loved that sort of thing.”In 1991, Koch was aboard an airliner that collided with another aircraft on a runway at Los Angeles International Airport. More than 30 people died, and Koch barely escaped. As he later told Barbara Walters, “I felt the good Lord was sitting on my shoulder.”The year following the plane crash, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.The philanthropist Koch turned to philanthropy, giving mainly to causes he was familiar with, including medical research, the arts and museums.In 2011, he recounted how he persuaded his alma mater, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to build a center to research prostate cancer.”With tears running down my face, I begged the MIT corporation to commit to this essential project. I was treated to a standing ovation,” he said.Koch left politics and Koch Industries in 2018, citing unspecified health issues.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. Diane Bondareff…center_img David Koch Dies; Conservative Billionaire Helped Reshape U…. last_img read more

Some dramatic celebrations in order

first_imgNot so much a part of the music scene? Prefer theatre insted? Here’s some great news for you. Sahitya Kala Parishad ,Department of Art, Culture and Languages under the Government of Delhi presents the Bhartendu Natya Utsav 2013. Starting 18 March, this theatre festival is spread over eight days at the Shri Ram Centre and will play host to eight plays over the span of the festival. Kicking off on 18 March, Monday – Laila Majnu is the first play scheduled to be staged. Over the next week plays like Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ Ek Kutte Ki Kahaani, Chitralekhaa, Anaavrit, Uljhan, Kissa Maujpur Ka, Metamorphosis and Seventeen. Plays start from 6:30 pm everyday and entry for all is free.Sahitya Kala Parishad, the cultural wing of the Government of NCT of Delhi was setup in 1968 for the promotion and propagation of Art and Culture in Delhi. As one of the most interactive department of the Delhi Government, Sahitya Kala Parishad for the past three decades and more has been carrying out its mandate with full vigor and dedication. The Parishad has, on one hand, revived and projected the age old, time tested traditions of the country and on the other hand, it has tried to encourage and provide platform to the new and innovative trends in plastic and performing arts which represent our lives and times.DETAILVenue: Shri Ram Centre, 4 Safdar Hasmi Marg, Mandi HouseDate: 18 to 25 Marchlast_img read more

An eye on Ikat

first_imgPochampally Handloom Park has organised a four-days Pochampally Ikat Art Mela that started yesterday (13 July). The show displays a colourful range of  apparel fabrics, stoles, scraves, silk and cotton sarees, duppatas, table mats, covers, cotton shirts and kurtis, hand bags and much more.   The event was inaugurated by Dinesh Kumar, Divisional Commissioner (Handlooms), Ministry of  Textile and the winner of beauty pegeant Indian Princess 2014, Chandni Sharma. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Kumar says, ‘Such a kind of a mela where weavers exhibit   their creations enables the people to witness the blend of different style, textures and concepts  all under one roof’.  Ikat is a dyeing technique used to pattern textiles that employs a resist dyeing process on the warp fibres. In ikat, the resist is formed by binding bundles of threads with a tight wrapping applied in the desired pattern. The threads are then dyed. The bindings may then be altered and the thread bundles are dyed again with another colour to produce elaborate, multicolored patterns. When the dyeing is finished the bindings are removed and the threads are woven into cloth. Here the threads are dyed before weaving, and both faces are essentially identical in appearance.When: On till 16 JulyWhere:  Agakhan hall , 6 Bhagwan Das RoadTiming:10 am to 9.00 pmlast_img read more

Group arrested for dismantling Playa del Carmen street lights

first_imgPolice arrested the crew and its supervisor and seized the white crane used for dismantling the street lights. All were taken before the public prosecutor. There is no word yet on the outcome.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Police were notified of a group of workers taking down the newly installed LED streetlights in the area of the Playa del Carmen Theater just off Ave. 115. Police surprised the group when they arrived and began questioning the supervisor who said they were owed 80,000 peso from the previous administration of Cristina Torres and, taking justice into their own hands, decided to take back the LED streetlights. The person in charge is reported to be with the company CYSCE SA de CV, claiming the unpaid city debt. center_img Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — A group of workers along with their supervisor and a crane, were handed over to the Public Ministry after they were seen dismantling street lights. last_img read more

TripAdvisor review system remains under a cloud

first_imgThe screening processes of TripAdvisor remain firmly under the spotlight as the travel review website faces renewed allegations of manipulation of reviews and ratings by hoteliers. Among the recent criticisms made of TripAdvisor were those published in an article in the UK’s Telegraph, which claimed that two readers had been offered nearly US$300 by an English hotel to delete a negative review they had posted of the property. A London restaurant that was not even open ranked as the 17th best in the city, the newspaper also reported.After just nine reviews made over two weeks, the restaurant, which appeared briefly in the British capital last summer, was ranked by TripAdvisor as the 11th best in the capital (out of nearly 10,000) – before falling to 76th place after it had closed. Then, just one month after the submission of three fake reviews (two of which were identical) in mid-February by reputation management company, Kwikchex, the restaurant had risen to the 17th best in London.   “Such case studies blow apart TripAdvisor’s claims about sophisticated filtering systems, and illustrate how unreliable its reviews are,” Kwikchex founder Chris Emmins said. In another case, following the publication of a negative review they had posted of a property in Gloucestershire (UK), two guests were offered a refund of GB£180 (US$287) by hotel management under the proviso they remove their scathing review, which criticised the hotel’s “bland” food, “dusty” rooms, “noisy” fellow guests and “brusque” staff. The regular TripAdvisor users subsequently declined the offer.A third incident brought to light the glowing appraisal of a luxury Caribbean resort, which was later discovered to have been submitted by an investor of the hotel. Fellow shareholders had written “at least half” of the other reviews of the property, the investor claimed in a later posting.Since 2010, Kwikchex has been campaigning for TripAdvisor to accept only reviews from authenticated patrons rather than anonymous users, the Telegraph reported.However, TripAdvisor backs the “integrity” of its content, which it says is “fundamental” to its success.  “Without it, we wouldn’t have the loyalty we enjoy from the 50 million visitors who use our site each month,” the website stated.”We stand by the proven model we already have in place, because we believe all travellers, not just the one individual who made the reservation or has the receipt, are entitled to share their honest feedback about where they have stayed. “Requiring a proof of stay would dramatically reduce the number of reviews on the site, and we know from user feedback that our visitors value both the quantity and quality of the reviews available.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more

Abacus Nature the worst cause of travel disruption

first_imgA report released today by Abacus International, The Root Causes of Travel Disruption, shows that natural phenomena including disasters have emerged as the largest source of travel disruption globally. “Reports of terrorist activity will also spike in the feeds, prompting companies to consider their duty of care to staff working in the vicinity.” Source = ETB News: Lewis Wiseman Mr. Kvendset also said that early warnings are not only beneficial for travel disruptions caused by natural phenomena but also for human-made disruptions. “A political rally or election turning violent quickly becomes a security issue for travelers, Abacus partner AidCom’s chief executive officer, Peder Kvendset said that early warnings play a key role. All human-made political and security related events accounted for four in every ten alerts throughout the year in 2013. This may appear unsurprising with endless natural disasters such as severe weather conditions worldwide, however the ripple effect this has on the travel industry is alarming. “The domino effect is why early warning is so important,” Mr. Kvendset said. Last year alone the Oceanic region had to overcome 275 ‘nature’ alerts, and the United States was hit with 500 alerts. The report found that the repercussions of human-made disruptions were much greater than those from natural events because they evolved into other alerts as they escalated.last_img read more

March 22 2017ANDREAS KAPSALIS returns to Arcosant

first_imgMarch 22, 2017ANDREAS KAPSALIS returns to Arcosanti for a Solo Guitar Performance in the Arcosanti cafe on Sunday afternoon, March 26, 2017 at 1:30 pm. “I am very impressed that Andreas could cover on guitar what I had written for piano. It is quite amazing to hear my own music performed by great instrumentalists.” – Dave Brubeck, American jazz pianist and composer“Andreas is reinventing the art of guitar playing. He is the next level.” – Jim Tulio, Grammy Award winning producerConcert Ticket: $20 ($10 for students)
Buffet Lunch available at Cafe: $10For ticket purchase, please call 928.632.6217Andreas Kapsalis is a Greek American guitarist and composer born in the suburbs of Chicago. His first exposure to music was through his mother, Frances, a student of opera, and his father Peter, a violinist. Andreas began teaching himself guitar at the age of 11, reading and writing music as well as music theory. At the age of 18 he suffered a hand injury; during his recovery period, he began developing his 10 finger tapping techniques. Under the tutelage of composer and producer Jim Tullio, a student of Aaron Copland, he refined his compositional approach on the guitar using these techniques. Tullio produced Andreas’ first EP with Andreas’ arrangement of Dave Brubeck’s composition Blue Rondo a la Turk, which garnered attention from the composer himself, who said “I am very impressed that Andreas could cover on guitar what I had written for piano. It is quite amazing to hear my own music performed by great instrumentalists.”Andreas began performing nationally with the Andreas Kapsalis Trio and recorded two discs featuring his compositions. While performing in LA, he was invited to apply for the Sundance Composers Labs. He was awarded the fellowship, an honor awarded to only six composers a year. This was his initiation into film composing. At the end of the Sundance Composers Lab, Andreas was invited by the directors to complete a score for their documentary film “Black Gold” among the documentaries selected for the January premier at the Sundance Film Festival. Founder of the Sundance Institute and Festival, Robert Redford, noted this was the first time in Sundance Institute history that documentary fellows and a composer fellow had an “official selection” at the Sundance Film Festival. Subsequently, he composed scores for several documentary and feature films such as “Pig Business” and “Mulberry Street” to name a few. He also has been commissioned by Northwestern University and Notre Dame to compose music for their silent film festivals as well. Following this, Andreas performed and recorded several discs with Polish singer/contra bassist Megitza and the AKGI duo. He has been performing internationally, solo and in various ensembles for festivals and concert series in North America, Europe and Asia, such as Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Calcutta Guitar Festival in India, the Canadian Guitar Festival and the Guitar Festival in the Phillipines.In addition, concerts have taken place in Germany, Austria, Poland and Slovakia. 
Most recently Andreas was invited to Armenia to participate in “Sounds of Peace” a musical exchange featuring 60 artists from 10 different countries. Throughout his career he has also enjoyed teaching guitar for many years, first at the Kapsalis Music Shoppe, Elgin Community College, and Northwestern University Mini Courses. Being very much a self taught musician with a relatively unique playing technique and musical perspective, together with the variety of cultural experiences in the world of music, and as a traveler, Andreas continues to be inspired and eager to share the beauty of music and how it can enrich one’s life. Among his many projects, Andreas is composing and arranging pieces for a solo album.last_img read more

EAC unions to consider new measures to oppose privatisation

first_imgTRADE unions at the semi-state power company EAC will decide on Tuesday on the measures they will take to protest the government’s policy, which they claim is aimed at weakening and dismantling it, union reps announced on Friday.At a joint news conference held by the four unions, rep Marios Pappoutis lambasted the government, arguing that it is deploying a covert strategy in order to impose its views, which “are against the interests of the public”.He charged that, while Cyprus has the explicit right to deviate from the requirement for the vertical disjointing of the company’s power-generating and distribution operations under any market model it ends up implementing – a right reaffirmed in a 2010 letter by the permanent representation of Cyprus in Brussels to the Energy Ministry – it has not been utilised to the benefit of the country.The unions have long opposed the operational separation of the EAC for fear that it is the first and crucial step leading to the privatisation of the utility.“Not only has the ministry not even tried to safeguard Cyprus’ fundamental right, it actively tried, following a meeting we had with President Nicos Anastasiades on December 7, 2016, to undermine it in email communication with the Financial Directorate of the EU,” Pappoutis claimed.He added that the ministry is aiming at “releasing the EAC’s productive resources” by deactivating and auctioning off overseas and domestic production facilities to third parties.“The ministry argues that it needs to render the Transmission Systems Operator (TSO) fully independent supposedly because it is also the market operator, with whom it claims it will cooperate to reduce the price of electricity, but on the other hand, the same ministry admits that, in order to attract investment in the industry – meaning competitors – profit margins must be increased,” Pappoutis said.“In the end, [regulator] CERA will be called upon to set a higher average power cost, resulting in higher prices to consumers.”The government’s proposed bill granting the TSO full autonomy, the unions said, was discussed in the House Commerce committee, where CERA deemed it an “unprecedented monstrosity”.Pappoutis also denied that any consultation was held with either the EAC or its employees on the TSO bill, accusing the ministry of “misleading parliament”.He also complained that the EAC has been literally headless for three years.Union rep Andreas Panorkos said this was an intentional move by the ministry, “particularly by the permanent secretary”.“He doesn’t want to have a counterpart at the EAC with the same powers, who could defend the organisation,” Panorkos claimed.“Instead, he would like to see a dismantled Electricity Authority so that he can boss around lower-level officials or, even worse, interfering and directing decisions by the board of directors.”On Tuesday, Panorkos said, the unions will hold a joint meeting to decide what measures, if any, they will take.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more