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Revised Standards for Teacher Education Available by October

first_imgThe revised standards for teacher education being undertaken by the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) should be available by October of this year.This was disclosed by Director, University Council of Jamaica (UCJ), Althea Heron, at the opening of the two-day Teachers’ Colleges of Jamaica annual Professional Development Workshop being held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston from August 29 to 30.Ms. Heron said the revised document is expected to reflect many of the changes that are taking place within the profession, and urged the participants to obtain a copy once it is published.“This (document) will continue to serve as a guide to institutions in the development of teacher-education programmes at the bachelor’s degree level, delivered face-to-face or via distant-learning modes of instruction,” she added.Ms. Heron said teachers are a crucial part of the Jamaican workforce and continue to be central to the training and education of the wider workforce.“The new teacher educator will not only need to be tech-savvy and up to date with the latest apps, but also… mindful of their own need for continuous professional development in order to maintain a high standard of teaching that improves student learning outcomes,” she said.Established in October, 1987 by the University Council of Jamaica Act, the UCJ is a statutory body currently under the portfolio of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information. The UCJ is the national Quality Assurance Agency for tertiary education in the country. Its mission is to increase the availability of tertiary-level training in the island through a robust quality-assurance system that ensures excellence, transparency, integrity and adherence to standards.The Teachers’ Colleges of Jamaica is committed to developing a cadre of teachers with knowledge, skills, attitudes and dispositions that meet the needs of Jamaica’s education system.The workshop is being hosted in collaboration with the Joint Board of Teacher Education.last_img read more

Military facing challenges as courtmartial system remains in limbo

first_imgOTTAWA — Canadian military police and prosecutors are being forced to adapt as they wait for the Supreme Court to rule on whether the military-justice system is constitutional.That includes having to weigh which charges to lay in new cases and proceeding with lesser charges or dropping them altogether for some pre-existing cases.The changes follow a lower court’s bombshell ruling last fall that found military tribunals are not the same as a trial by jury for serious civilian offences such as murder and sexual assault.Military prosecutors appealed that decision to the Supreme Court, which heard arguments from both sides in March, but has yet to issue its own decision on the matter.Military officials say 40 cases in the system before the lower court’s ruling have been affected, including several where charges were changed or cases were referred to civilian authorities, and three that were dropped entirely.Military police are also facing harder decisions on what charges to lay in new cases as the military-justice system cannot try serious cases and the civilian one doesn’t usually deal with military-specific charges like insubordination.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Will Ferrells Son Designs Charity Coffee Cup

first_imgLike father, like son. Two years after actor Will Ferrell finger-painted a snowman for 7-Eleven, Inc.’s holiday coffee cup, his son 5-year-old Mattias has taken over the cup-design duties, with a little help from dad.Will Ferrell and son design holiday hot-beverage cup for 7-Eleven to raise awareness of Cancer for College charity.Like his father, Mattias also drew a snowman, this time flanked by candy canes on a light blue cup that sports his father’s autograph and the Cancer For College charity’s logo.The snowman cups with the hand-drawn design are available now at participating 7-Eleven stores through Dec. 31, 2012, or while supplies last.Also in time for the holidays and complementary to the Ferrell coffee cup, is 7-Eleven’s new seasonal beverage – Peppermint Mocha Cappuccino. The wintery flavors of cool peppermint and rich chocolate are favorites and test well among consumers.The Ferrell family hopes to raise awareness for Cancer for College, a nonprofit organization founded by cancer survivor and Ferrell’s friend and fraternity brother Craig Pollard. The California-based charity offers support and inspiration to young cancer survivors through academic college scholarships.“If you compare the snowman Mattias drew for 7-Eleven’s holiday cup this year with the one I drew by myself in 2010, you can tell right away where he gets his artistic talent,” Ferrell said. “Both cups have snowmen and both give our family an opportunity to support Cancer for College, a great charity that helps cancer survivors get on with their lives — lives that may have been put on hold because of illness, treatment and resulting financial hardship.”To celebrate the launch of his son’s snowman cup, Ferrell appeared in The Grove in Los Angeles Tuesday to sign autographs and meet with fans. Cancer for College has been inspiring and empowering survivors since its inception in 1993 through college scholarships. The nonprofit organization has provided over $1.75 million in scholarships to more than 1,000 cancer survivors and amputees.“Two years ago, 7-Eleven helped Will spread the world about a little-known, but worthwhile organization that is important to him in a very personal way,” said Laura Gordon, 7-Eleven vice president of brand innovation. “Cancer for College has helped families who have been left with few financial resources for education after paying extraordinary medical expenses to save their child. 7-Eleven is supporting this organization by making a donation and raising awareness about such a commendable cause.”7-Eleven has pledged a $360,000 donation to Cancer for College.The personally designed cup can be filled with any 7-Eleven hot beverage and customized with an assortment of creams, syrups and spices at no extra charge.More information about 7-Eleven and Cancer for College can be found at,, and, Newswirelast_img read more

Meetings in Kuujjuaq QC aim to stem wave of suicides in Nunavik

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN National NewsDrive into the town of Kuujjuaq and one of the first things you’ll see are flags flying at half-mast.It’s a tradition in this community of almost 3,000 when someone takes their own life.Inuit here have two current reasons to do so.Late last week in Kuujjuaq a young man in his early 20’s died at his own hands, while a 19 year old woman also died by apparent suicide on Friday October 26. This incident is being investigated by Quebec’s independent investigation bureau because the death occurred after local police intervened.These are just two of the latest deaths in what has been a deadly two weeks in Nunavik, what the Inuit call their territory in subarctic Quebec that is home to 14 communities totalling about 12,000 people, 90 percent of whom are Inuit.The hardest hit has been Puvirnituq, the village of about 1,800 near the northeastern edge of Hudson’s Bay has had eleven people die by suicide so far in 2018.“We have an epidemic of suicides. We have a crisis on our hands and if we can’t provide the medical and other mental health support in the communities, it is not going to get better. It will get worse,” wrote Mary Simon in a October 16 Facebook post that has been shared 350 times.Simon is a Kuujjuaq native and former Canadian ambassador to Denmark.She recently lost her 22 year old niece to suicide, something she discussed in detail in her public Facebook post which decried a lack of follow up support for her niece.“Because there is very little support, she could not get the ongoing treatment she needed,” wrote Simon. “The reason I’m telling this story is to show we desperately need ongoing mental health support and services in every Inuit community.“We need it now, at this point it doesn’t matter if the caregiver is non Inuit.”Simon has started a petition to get additional resources from both Quebec and Canada.“As an immediate response, petitioners request that the Prime Minister of Canada and the Premier of Quebec jointly appoint a Special Representative to enact immediate implementation of diagnostic, treatment and counselling programs, for combating these excessive incidents of youth suicide with adequate professionals, facilities, and financial resources,” reads the petition.Read the petition here: Help stop the suicide epidemic in Nunavik, Northern Quebec, Canada So far, more than 1,100 people have signed.Kativik Ilisarniliriniq, the school board for Nunavik, has organized two days of meetings starting October 30 in Kuujjuaq to plot out a course of action. About 70 people from organizations from all over Nunavik are expected to attend, as well as a representative of Quebec’s Ministry of Education.A representative from Indigenous Services Canada told APTN News that their presence was not requested at the meeting because the Inuit of Nunavik fall under the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement, as a result health service funding comes mainly from the province.Nonetheless, in a statement, federal Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott said, “My heart goes out to the families.“My officials have reached out to the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services to offer additional supports as needed during this difficult time.”After a similar wave of suicides in 2016, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK, the organization that represents Inuit in Canada) created a National Inuit Prevention Strategy that outlined six priorities, including culture support, addressing poverty, health, and healing services, that need to be tackled.According to the strategy, from 2009-2013, Nunavik and Nunavut’s suicide rates were each more than ten times the national rate.Over the course of the next week, much discussion will revolve around how to shore up resources to address these priorities; all with an eye to keeping the flags in Kuujjuaq flying at full mast.If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts you can call:Canada Suicide Prevention Service | 1-833-456-4566Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Help Line  | for Inuktitut speakers (from 7pm -midnight eastern standard time)last_img read more

Going to Concerts Every 2 Weeks Adds 9 Years to Your

Rabat- Good news for gig-attendees and music lovers! A new research study has found that attending a concert every couple weeks helps to boost your lifespan and can add up to 9 years to your life.The study was carried out by O2, which owns some of the largest music venues in the UK, alongside Patrick Fagan, an expert in behavioural science and associate lecturer at Goldsmith’s University in London.“Our research showcases the profound impact gigs have on feelings of health, happiness and well-being–with fortnightly or regular attendance being the key,” Fagan said. The findings show that those who attended live music experience, for only 20 minutes, saw their feelings of well-being boosted by 21 percent, while those who took part in a 20-minute  yoga session saw their well-being increased by only 10 percent, and those who walked their dog saw only a seven percent increase in their happiness.In addition, the research found a direct link between high levels of well-being and an increased lifespan of nine years or more.To determine the results, test participants undertook psychometric testing and heart-rate tests, which showed that gig experience increased participants feelings of self-worth by 25 percent, closeness to others by 25 percent, while their mental stimulation jumped by an impressive 75 percent.“Combining all of our findings with O2’s research, we arrive at a prescription for a gig a fortnight which could pave the way for almost a decade more years of life,” Fagan said.The research adds that experiencing live music makes participants feel happier than simply listening to music in private, showcasing that the shared experience is key to increasing well-being.“We all know just how good it is seeing your favourite band or artist live, but now we have the proof,” O2’s spokesperson Nina Bibby said. read more

Commission appointed to probe corruption during unity Government

The President has appointed retired Supreme Court judge Upali Abeyratne as the Chairman of the commission. (Colombo Gazette) A Presidential Commission has been appointed to investigate allegations of corruption said to have taken place when the unity Government was in office.President Maithripala Sirisena appointed the Commission of Inquiry to investigate allegations of corruption that took place between 15th January 2015 to 31st December 2018.

Curfew reimposed in Kuliyapitiya Bingiriya Dummalasuriya and Hettipola

A tense situation arose after some Muslim owned shops had been attacked by a mob earlier last evening. However as tensions prevailed in the area the curfew has been re-imposed. A Police curfew has been re-imposed in the Kuliyapitiya, Bingiriya, Dummalasuriya and Hettipola areas with immediate effect till 4am tomorrow.The curfew in the area was imposed late last night till 4am today. The Police have warned that tough action will be taken against anyone disrupting the peace. (Colombo Gazette) A large crowd later gathered outside the Kuliyapitiya Police station demanding the release of suspects arrested over the incident.The Army was deployed to provide protection to the Kuliyapitiya Police station. read more

NBCUniversal takes control of Sprout network buying out partners PBS Hit

by The Associated Press Posted Nov 13, 2013 3:39 pm MDT NBCUniversal takes control of Sprout network, buying out partners PBS, Hit NEW YORK, N.Y. – Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal says it has taken full control of Sprout, the pay TV channel for preschoolers that it had launched with joint venture partners PBS, Sesame Workshop and Hit Entertainment in 2005.NBCU had a 47 per cent stake previously while remaining partners PBS had about 17 per cent and Hit had about 35 per cent. Sesame Workshop had sold its stake prior to Wednesday’s announcement.Terms of the deal were not disclosed.PBS’ brand will slowly be removed from the network, previously known as PBS Kids Sprout, over the next few months, although popular PBS programs such as “Sesame Street” and “Caillou” will still be shown. The 24-hour network reaches more than 60 million homes in the U.S. and competes with channels like Nick Jr. and Disney Junior. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

EYEWITNESS Desperation…

…in AFC CampThe desperation in the AFC camp over being thrown on their own by the PNC in the upcoming LGE is developing into a tsunami of panic that’s making them really look foolish.Take the fellow who permanently has that look of a deer in headlights, Nagamootoo’s DPI, and his vicious take on Jagdeo’s call to “take back Guyana” at a LGE meeting at Kitty.Now in politics, what’s the goal of elections campaigning?? Isn’t it to win those elections? And – as the PNC backed by the AFC had done to the PPP – if perchance your opponent had removed you from office, to “take back” that office? What’s sinister about that? It doesn’t even connote the not so veiled threat some time ago by Raphael Trotman – now leader of the AFC but them with the PNC – to “oppose, expose and depose” the PPP!But this state – not Government! – official – who’s supposed to be working for ALL citizens to purvey information for the national good – took it upon himself to interpret Jagdeo’s call in a most incendiary way by invoking the bogeyman of “race politics”. The bottom line is, he claimed Jagdeo wants to “take back” the country for his race group – Indian Guyanese!! Now, what kind of sick mind would want to make such a claim at a time like this?A mind scared witless of being exposed as “dead meat” after the LGE, that’s what!! The PNC has made it clear the AFC isn’t going to be allowed to continue riding the gravy train much longer since whatever support they’d claimed to have brought over in 2015, has looong evaporated. Sinecures like the DPI will be yesterday’s news. So what to do?? The AFC bunch controlled by Nagamootoo, who were placed in charge of information and the media, have clearly decided they’ll prove their “worth” by becoming the attack dogs for the PNC. Every day it’s vitriol against the PPP by the leading wankers!!But what the DPI didn’t realise was the same accusations he’s hurled at the PPP could be turned against the PNC, since the PNC accepted it was an “African” party when it coalesced with the AFC to bring in some “Indian” votes. So when President Granger talked of winning the 2015 elections, he was actually talking of winning it for his race group? Well his actions since he became President certainly confirm that thesis, doesn’t it? Starting with giving Nagamootoo “larwah” rather than a beefed-up Prime Ministership! And making Khemraj Ramjattan into a (security) rubber stamp.C’mon AFC, there’s another way. You still have those Ministries and you can really do some damage!Grow a pair and stand up to the PNC!!…in the prisonsIf it’s another year, it’s another prison fiasco!! Three years of PNC/AFC Government and three prison fiascos – and counting!! A riot leaving 18 dead; a fire that burnt down the Camp Street Prison, and now an escape and shootings of prisoners at Lusignan. Let’s not even mention the almost daily interceptions of contraband at all prisons.So who’s in charge, here? The inmates? Well it’s certainly NOT Ramjattan, supposedly the Public Security Minister!! From the time of the original mass killings of prisoners, it was he who’d visited Camp Street and bemoaned the abysmal conditions under which prisoners were incarcerated. So what has he done to ensure that Lusignan, to which most of the prisoners were transferred, was even minimally better??After all, why would he expect a different outcome at Lusignan if nothing was changed? Point of the matter, is Ramjattan is being set up for an early exit – as discussed above! His usefulness is gone and he’ll be thrown away liked a sucked orange!Grow a pair and stand up, na bai?…in the AG’s officeIf it’s another Government case involving AG Basil Williams, then it’s got to be another loss!! The court just ruled it has jurisdiction over the unilateral gerrymandering of LAAs by the PNC!Grow a pair and quit, na? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Fighting for relevance…January 28, 2019In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: The morning after…November 15, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Lifting the veil…November 13, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” read more

Linguists beware Passwords with proper grammar are more hackable

first_imgBy now, everyone knows the basic rules to creating a strong password — use a mix of upper-case and lower-case letters, throw in numbers and special characters, and of course, make it as long as possible. All those rules might be for naught, however, if your password has any sort of grammatical structure.New research from Carnegie Mellon University’s Ashwini Rao and colleagues has resulted in an algorithm that, presumably for the first time, places a specific emphasis on incorporating the rules of grammar in its attempts to crack a user’s password. Specifically, the algorithm tackles the increasing trend of very long passwords, usually in the form of a complete sentence.So for example, the password “IHateMyJob!” could be guessed much more easily than “HateMyIJob!” even though many password-busting algorithms would treat both of those passwords as equal. But according to Rao, even password like “IHatesMyJob!” would be more secure, simply because it throws a wrench in the works by not following the proper rules of grammar. Those who do incorporate standard grammar, though, are providing a perfectly mapped gateway through Rao’s algorithm,According to Rao’s analysis of nearly 1500 passwords, 18% of users created passwords that contain grammatical structure. If that is representative of today’s entire password landscape, that is a very significant discovery. In fact, of all the passwords Rao’s algorithm was able to crack, 10% of them would have been uncrackable by conventional algorithms.This kind of puts the entire mentality of “longer passwords are better” into question. If the future of password cracking takes a step in Rao’s direction, it would be more secure to have a six-character set of jumbled letters and numbers than to have a 20-character password that has grammatical meaning. Rao also cautions against using things like street addresses and URLs which, even though they provide long and varied character strings, may soon be among the easiest for hackers to crack.Ashwini Rao (Carnegie Mellon) via New Scientistlast_img read more

TooBenef loffre de téléphonie de M6 Mobile qui offre des SMS contre

first_imgTooBenef : l’offre de téléphonie de M6 Mobile qui offre des SMS contre de la pubFrance – M6 Mobile lance l’offre TooBenef. Elle propose à ses clients de bénéficier de 300 SMS gratuits chaque mois en échange de l’envoi de publicités ciblées.Cette offre vise plus particulièrement les jeunes aux revenus modestes. Ils recevront régulièrement des publicités, des messages d’information ainsi que des bons plans du groupe M6, en l’échange de quoi leur seront offerts 300 SMS tous les mois. Il leur sera également proposé un accès illimité au site mobile Inside M6 Mobile.L’offre TooBenef est mise en vente à 15 euros, ou à 10 euros sur le site, et se recharge par Mobicarte de chez Orange (de 5 à 100 euros). Les messages reçus par le client seront très ciblés grâce aux renseignements qu’il fournira lors de son inscription.Le 30 avril 2010 à 16:21 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Thousands of Syrians enter Homs after rebels leave

first_imgHOMS, Syria — Thousands of Syrians returned to war-battered parts of the central city of Homs Saturday, many making plans to move back as opposition activists expressed bitterness over the rebels’ surrender of their strongholds to pro-government forces and vowed they will return.The homecoming came as rival jihadi factions fought deadly battles to the east in an oil-rich region bordering Iraq, the latest clashes between groups trying to overthrow the central government in Damascus.Residents from Homs’ smashed ancient quarters scavenged what they could from their homes, mostly clothes, dusty mattresses and some burned gas canisters, carrying them away in plastic bags and trolleys. “My house was completely destroyed and burnt, but I found some photos,” said Sarmad Mousa, 49, a resident of the old Hamidiyeh district. “They will remain a memory for me of the beautiful days we had here.” Some accused rebels of looting and burning their homes. Smaller crowds made the journey Friday.Other residents were already making plans to stay in their homes, sweeping them clear of rubble and broken glass. “God willing, we will sleep in our homes tonight, not tomorrow,” one man told Lebanese television station al-Mayadeen. “Even if the homes aren’t ready, we are going to help each other build our homes,” he said.last_img read more

Whats coming to Nintendo Switch Lite Dpads sharable games and

first_img Tags 0 No Nintendo Switch Pro console… yetThe Switch Lite is designed to appeal to tighter budgets, kids and new customers, but it’s not really the Switch upgrade owners of the 2017 system might have expected. Reports have indicated that a “Switch Pro” with upgraded components is in the works, which may be delayed until next year. Bowser says nothing of the sort is on tap right now, referring to the original Switch as staying onboard for now. “It will continue on its path at the price we have it currently positioned at,” he says. That being said, there may be a stealth chip upgrade in the original Switch.The 3DS isn’t disappearing (and 3DS games aren’t coming to Switch yet)Even though the $200 handheld-only Switch Lite looks like a future replacement to the Nintendo 3DS/2DS family of devices, Nintendo’s not getting rid of the 3DS — yet. “Short answer: the Nintendo 3DS does have a place beside the Nintendo Switch family of products, and we’ll continue to support it as long as consumers continue to purchase them,” Bowser told me. That being said, Nintendo still doesn’t have clear plans to move 3DS software over to the Switch.No SNES/N64 game news, but more NES games are comingThe Virtual Console possibilities for the Switch are strong, especially with a bunch of NES games and plenty of arcade ports and classic games from Sega, Capcom, Konami and others already available. However, SNES and N64 games remain MIA. “Nothing to announce at this time, but we continue to release NES games at a nice pace. We’re well over 40, and we continue to release those on a monthly basis.”The Switch Lite ditching TV doesn’t mean TV mode is going awayThe Switch Lite may be handheld-only, but Nintendo’s Bowser refuses to suggest that more handheld-based play is where Switch games are headed. “It’s really how people want to play, and also it’s based on the game,” says Bowser, discussing how he still plays some games on TV. “We believe we’re offering a choice.” The Switch Lite doesn’t mean the Switch is going away — nor is the 3DS. Nintendo Nintendo’s newly unveiled Switch Lite, unlike its established older sibling, forces compromises like the lack of detachable Joy-Cons or the ability to connect to a TV in exchange for its cheaper $200 price tag. The Switch Lite is going truly handheld, a change from the original’s big pitch of being able to go back and forth between TV and mobile. The Switch Lite marks the first new piece of gaming hardware since the New Nintendo 2DS XL came out in late 2017. It also suggests a new direction for Nintendo, which has successfully fended off the competitive threat of more hardcore games running on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, or more casual titles played on your phone.But the Switch Lite also raises some questions. For instance, it could potentially replace the aging Nintendo 3DS platform. And does this open the door to more Switch variants (like the long-rumored Pro edition?). We took these questions to Doug Bowser, president of Nintendo of North America. Here’s what we learned:The Switch Lite has a D-pad, but don’t expect one on Joy-Cons (yet)The Switch Lite has changed the four-button array on the left-side controls with a proper plus-shaped D-pad, just like a Nintendo 3DS. It feels a lot better for controlling retro games, but don’t expect any Joy-Cons that will add a D-pad anytime soon. Bowser says the Joy-Con’s four-button design is made to be versatile in any configuration. “There are no plans, or nothing to announce, in terms of further variations of Joy-Con.”Nintendo’s working on a way to make switching Switches easier (shared libraries?)At the moment, Nintendo doesn’t make it possible to easily play Switch games on two devices. For instance, if you wanted to buy a non-TV-connected Switch Lite and make it your console, you’d give up playing games on TV with the Switch. But Nintendo may be making it easier to live between two devices soon. “I could see this fitting into a household where there are multiple players… and one flagship Nintendo Switch,” Bowser says about Switch Lite, adding, “Yes, you will have the ability to transfer between devices, your gameplay experiences. More to come there, but that is the intention.” Maybe, when the Switch Lite is launched in September, we’ll know more. Nintendo 8:34 Share your voice Post a comment Gaming Nintendo Switch Lite first impressions Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Horror games expected to cause first virtual reality death

first_imgVirtual reality is experiencing a renaissance thanks to the work being done to bring both Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus to market. Combined with the right peripherals, these devices could revolutionize gaming and bring a whole new level of immersion to play. However, it also has some people worried about death.The more immersed you are in an experience, the more likely you are to react to it realistically. Denny Unger, creative director at games developer Cloudhead Games, believes because of this it won’t be long before we have our first death in VR. By that he means someone actually dying while hooked up to a virtual reality experience.That may sound extreme, but it’s actually a valid point of view. Unger picks out horror games as the probable first type of VR game to cause a death. We’ve all played a horror game where something appears unexpectedly and it’s combined with audio and visual effects to heighten the emotion of the moment. The reaction of the player is to jump, maybe let out a scream, and their heart rate increases rapidly. It’s great when a game can cause that type of reaction.With virtual reality, though, such a scenario is going to seem all the more real, meaning the effect on the player will be that much greater. Hook someone up to a VR headset, have them hold STEM packs, and put them on a treadmill, and they soon accept the game as being their reality. If that person has a heart condition, you can imagine how easy it would be to scare them to death.Virtual reality hardware will ship with the usual warnings about not using it if you have a known medical condition, but just like with the warnings that pop up on existing hardware and software, they will mostly be ignored. Someone dying while playing a game wearing an Oculus Rift Best Price at Amazon is inevitable if it becomes a popular peripheral. However, general concern will only be raised if deaths start occurring on a regular basis.Cloudhead Games has developed the virtual reality game The Gallery: Six Elements, which has recently been Greenlit on Steam, you can see footage of it running on Oculus Rift below:[Images courtesy of Global Panorama and BagoGames on Flickr]last_img read more

Arts Acre a complete haven for connoisseurs

first_imgAn idyllic setting, a museum of Modern Art from Bengal, galleries showing curated short-term exhibitions. Add to that a museum shop and a well-equipped conservation laboratory, an auditorium and a cafeteria and you know why Arts Acre has found its place as the latest tourist hub of Kolkata.  With winter giving way to spring, Arts Acre is buzzing with children from over 250 city schools, who are camping out in the sun and spending hours soaking in the art on display in the museums of Bengal Art and Indian Art, taking in the workshops where artists are creating live art every day. “We have tried to create an atmostphere that would remind one easily of the art appreciation courses taught in European schools. The children — when visiting the museums — are inbibing a chronological history of modern art from Bengal and India”, said veteran artist Shuvaprasanna.   Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The brainchild of Shuvaprasanna, Arts Acre also has space for workshops and studios, an open-air theatre, guest apartments and conference facilities. The facility was formally inaugurated on March 6, 2014 by Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal and luminaries representing major arts from across India – Mahashweta Devi, Karan Singh Balmuralikrishna, Pandit Birju Maharaj,  Anjolie Ela Menon —came together  for the launch — which was punctuated with a lyrical presentation of music and poetry. Subsequently, the Sarla- Basant Birla Auditorium at Arts Acre was inaugurated by MK Narayanan, the ex-Governor of West Bengal, in the presence of Sarala and Basant Birla. Designed by visionary architect and urban designer Partha Ranjan Das, Arts Acre is a self-complete mini-city for artists and art lovers — one of its kind in this part of India.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe 165,000 sqft Arts Acre campus is a seamlessly flowing gallery space with the corridors, the double-height atrium, lobbies, foyers and flexible multi-utility halls representing a continuous exhibition of paintings and sculptures and walls serving as a canvas for expressing creativity.  The new Arts Acre campus is located at Rajarhat Newtown, east Kolkata’s rapidly growing satellite city. Minutes ride from the Axis Mall and Hidco Bhavan, just ahead of The Tata Medical Centre, Arts Acre was conceived as an institution for nurturing young artists in the field of visual arts. On  March 3, 1984, the sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar laid the foundation stone of the original ArtsAcre.    This crystallised into an institution of national and international importance. Gradually, the campus became a shelter for budding artists and a meeting point for men of letters.The modestly-built original campus was inaugurated on January 11, 1987 by Nobel laureate Günter Grass with an exposition of his drawings. Chintamani Kar, Mrinal Sen, Bhabesh Sanyal, Subhas Mukhopadhyay, Ashok Mitra, Santosh Kumar Ghosh, Arun Mitra, Mulk Raj Anand, Khushwant Singh, Sibnarayan Ray, NS Bendre, Annada Shankar Ray, Satish Gujral and Manjit Bawa among other eminent personalities were associated with ARTS ACRE. They visited the campus often to encourage the artists. Guest artists from around the world came and worked at the old Arts Acre. An exchange programme with international artists led to exhibitions by Arts Acre artists in London and Washington eventually.  So what is the new Arts Acre all about? The Museum of Bengal Modern Art is one of its kind in India. It showcases the evolution of Bengal art from colonial times including traditional art forms, different group movements, the works of pioneering stalwarts to the new generation of artists. The 40,000 sqft space includes English lithography, Chorbagan prints, Kalighat pats, the Tagores, Ramkinkar Baij, Nandalal Bose, Jamini Roy, Paritosh Sen, Ganesh Pyne, Bikash Bhattacharjee and new generation artists like Samir Roy, Chandra Bhattacharya, Bhabotosh Suttar.  The Museum has galleries, named after donors, such as the Surrendra Paul Gallery, Emami gallery, Purna Chandra Paul gallery, Saroj-Jyoti Poddar gallery and Prabhat Chandra Sen gallery. The Museum presently has in its possession about 1000 artworks. The collection is envisaged as one of the most important bodies of Modern Bengal Art. Debdutta Gupta and Nilanjan Banerjee are involved in curating the museum. “We are also building a museum of modern Indian art. But it is not yet complete”, confirms Shuvaprasanna.   Trustees of Art Acre and noted art collectors  have contributed liberally to the museums’ collection, he added. Conservation Laboratory: The 1,600 sqft Conservation Laboratory is one of its kind. It offers infrastructure and expertise for restoration and conservation of paintings, sculptures and manuscripts. It has a sophisticated and well-equipped lab, that is managed by experienced conservator Partha Pratim Saha and team. The lab also has storage facility, natural light area for restoration. The Conservation Centre organises workshops, camps, seminars and trainings conducted by in-house and well-known conservators from around the globe.  The Auditorium: The Sarala-Basant Birla Auditorium, Samlap, is a state-of-the-art facility with the seating capacity of 400 people equipped with appropriate green rooms, lighting, projection and sound systems with skillfully engineered acoustics that ensure a high quality viewing experience. It is a multi-functional theatre where plays and other performing arts including film screenings can be hosted.  The Workshops: Studio- Workshops of 700 sq ft to 1500 sq ft with 15 feet high ceilings are used by artists, both professionals and aspirants. The fully equipped workshops include Graphic (Printmaking), Ceramic, Painting, Serigraphy, Sculpture, Photography, Film making and Lithography. Each workshop can comfortably accommodate at least 20 practitioners at a time. They are well equipped with modern infrastructure. The workshops are headed by noted artist Samir Ray. Swapan Jana, noted ceramicist, is in-charge of the Ceramic and Pottery Workshop. Acclaimed graphic artist Atin Basak is in charge of the Print and Graphics Department.   Film workshops will be conducted under the guidance of celebrated film maker Gautam Ghose.   The Studios: There are 15 Studios of about 300 sqft each. They are well illuminated and airy. Available for artists working independently, they have round-the-clock water, electricity and other basic infrastructure. Besides a host of special privileges, the 2000 sq. ft. Friends of Arts Acre Lounge offers exclusive access to members to relax, unwind and socialise away from the city’s din and bustle.last_img read more

Get together to pray for rain

first_imgDID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite You are invited to join Ladysmith Christians on Wednesday afternoon (5.30pm) at Platrand Lodge hilltop, where they will be holding a mass prayer for rain.There will be signboards and marshals to direct you to the field of prayer.Ladysmith is in the grip of the worst drought we have experienced in the last 50 years.With no end in sight, we can only hope and pray.last_img read more

Archaeologists explore site on SyriaTurkey border

first_imgWhen a British team began work in 1911, the undivided area was part of the weakening Ottoman Empire. Germans nearby were constructing the Berlin-Baghdad railway, which traverses the ancient site along the border. Archaeologist C.L. Woolley and his assistant, Lawrence, found basalt and limestone slabs carved with soldiers, chariots, animals and kings; many are displayed today in the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara, the Turkish capital. The remains of palaces and temples were also uncovered.A 1913 photograph shows Woolley and Lawrence at Karkemish. They appear to squint in harsh sunlight. Lawrence’s hands rest, partly clenched, over his bare knees. He wears Western dress.Lawrence wrote letters about making casts of Hittite inscriptions, mending pottery, photographing items, settling “blood feuds” among workers on the dig, a foray into gun-running in Beirut, and a sense of wonder on a visit to nearby Aleppo, today the scene of fierce battles in Syria’s civil war.“Aleppo is all compact of colour, and sense of line: you inhale Orient in lungloads, and glut your appetite with silks and dyed fantasies of clothes,” he wrote. “Today there came in through the busiest vault in the bazaar a long caravan of 100 mules of Baghdad, marching in line rhythmically to the boom of two huge iron bells swinging under the belly of the foremost.” Sponsored Stories The British only excavated a small area of Karkemish, and the Turkish military occupation shielded the site from smugglers, suggesting its archaeological potential remains vast. Despite the many finds, there are gaps in the understanding of the city’s chronology.Philologist Hasan Peker of Istanbul University, deputy director of the project, said he hoped to find the city’s “royal archives” dating from the height of the Hittite empire more than 3,000 years ago. The team has asked the Turkish military for access to the acropolis, where a watch tower stands.A demining agency from Azerbaijan helped Turkey to remove anti-tank and anti-personnel mines around Karkemish under a program to rid the nation’s borders of minefields, mostly near Syria. There remains a statistical risk of mine blasts, however remote. The new team, which includes university students, sticks to approved paths. Plans for tourist facilities include paths with rails on both sides to ensure the safety of visitors.In 2009 and 2010, professor Tony Wilkinson, an archaeologist at Durham University in Britain, participated in a survey of the Syrian side of Karkemish. He could not return in 2011 because of the uprising. As late as May this year, Wilkinson said, Syrian colleagues from the archaeological museum in Aleppo reported that they were checking the Karkemish site. At around the same time, the Syrian uprising against President Bashar Assad was escalating. More than 100,000 Syrian refugees are sheltering in Turkish camps, and cross-border shelling last month sharpened tension between Syria and Turkey, which backs the rebellion along with its Western and Arab allies. Nuh Kocaslan, mayor of the nearby Turkish town of Karkamis, said he hoped the Syrian war would end “as soon as possible so that our region can find calm,” and that the area urgently needs revenue from tourists, barred for now from Karkemish because it is designated a military zone.Archaeologists say they felt secure during a 10-week season of excavation on the Turkish side of Karkemish that ended in late October. One big eruption of gunfire from the Syrian side turned out to be part of a wedding celebration. The team arrived in August, one month after Syrian insurgents ousted troops from the Syrian border town of Jarablous. A Syrian government airstrike near Jarablous killed at least eight people that same month.About one-third of the 90-hectare (222-acre) archaeological site lies inside Syria and is therefore off-limits; construction and farming in Jarablous have encroached on what was the outer edge of the ancient city. Most discoveries have been made on what is now Turkish territory. Associated PressISTANBUL (AP) – Few archaeological sites seem as entwined with conflict, ancient and modern, as the city of Karkemish.The scene of a battle mentioned in the Bible, it lies smack on the border between Turkey and Syria, where civil war rages today. Twenty-first century Turkish sentries occupy an acropolis dating back more than 5,000 years, and the ruins were recently demined. Visible from crumbling, earthen ramparts, a Syrian rebel flag flies in a town that regime forces fled just months ago. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement A Turkish-Italian team is conducting the most extensive excavations there in nearly a century, building on the work of British Museum teams that included T.E. Lawrence, the adventurer known as Lawrence of Arabia. The plan is to open the site along the Euphrates river to tourists in late 2014.The strategic city, its importance long known to scholars because of references in ancient texts, was under the sway of Hittites and other imperial rulers and independent kings. However, archaeological investigation there was halted by World War I, and then by hostilities between Turkish nationalists and French colonizers from Syria who built machine gun nests in its ramparts. Part of the frontier was mined in the 1950s, and in later years, creating deadly obstacles to archaeological inquiry at a site symbolic of modern strife and intrigue.“All this is very powerfully represented by Karkemish,” said Nicolo’ Marchetti, a professor of archaeology and art history of the Ancient Near East at the University of Bologna. He is the project director at Karkemish, where the Turkish military let archaeologists resume work last year for the first time since its troops occupied the site about 90 years ago. Since then, fierce fighting has swept Aleppo. Contact has faded. Last month, Wilkinson received a nighttime telephone call from Syria.“It didn’t get through. They tried to call me and I tried to call back,” he said. “Communications with Syria are very, very difficult.”___Suzan Fraser contributed from Ankara, Turkey.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Four benefits of having a wireless security system Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Lawrence later acquired fame for his role in an Arab revolt against the Ottomans, who allied with the Germans during World War I. Photographs of Lawrence in Arab garb, his later writing, and eventually the cinema epic “Lawrence of Arabia” elevated his legend.The Bible’s Jeremiah refers to Karkemish for a battle there in which the Babylonians, led by Nebuchadnezzar II, defeated the Assyrians and their Egyptian allies. Invading forces sacked the city on several other occasions. Irene Winter, an archaeologist who visited Karkemish in 1974 and recently retired from Harvard University, said the place was significant as a “hub of all east-west traffic” and “a powerful, crucial juncture in the topography of movement and trade and military activity.”In the ruins of the excavation house of its British predecessors, the Turkish-Italian team discovered old archaeological tools, statue fragments and a Roman mosaic. Elsewhere, they found a bronze cylinder seal inscribed with hieroglyphs that belonged to a town official and a bronze statuette of a god with a double-horned tiara and a skirt, along with a silver dagger set into the left hand.“You do feel a connection with what has been written, with what has been found and, of course, with the people who were here,” said Marchetti, whose team used a laser scanner to create digital models of artifacts. 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ACCC clears DeltaVirgin tieup now waiting for US approval

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=ada84479″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> The Australian consumer watchdog yesterday formally approved the tie-up between Delta Air Lines and Virgin Blue’s V Australia on the trans-Pacific route.Having given the two carriers a preliminary thumbs up early in November, this ruling was widely expected, and the two airlines are now one step closer to their operational tie-up, with the only hurdle now being approval from the United States regulators.“The ACCC considers that the joint venture is likely to assist Virgin and Delta to compete more effectively against the incumbents on the routes – Qantas and United Airlines,” said Graeme Samuel, ACCC Chairman.A decision from the US Department of Transportation on seeking antitrust immunity is pending, but as the deal is similar to the already approved partnership between Delta and Air France-KLM on the Atlantic, it doesn’t appear as if regulators will move to block it.“Delta and V Australia are eager to move forward with their joint venture, and to bring new services to the market,” said Delta Air Lines in a statement.“We look forward to a similar decision from the U.S. Department of Transportation and urge the DOT to quickly conclude its review so consumers can begin to enjoy the important benefits of the alliance identified by the ACCC.”If approved the joint venture on the trans-Pacific will see Delta operate its B777-200LRs in conjunction with V Australia’s B777-300ERs.last_img read more

London England – Reported by Elite Traveler the

first_imgLondon, England – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineShowcasing only the finest properties from around the globe, The Luxury Property Show will offer guests a unique opportunity to view and buy some of the world’s most exclusive properties. The world’s largest event celebrating exclusive international properties, The Luxury Property Show will be held November 1 and 2 within the stunning grounds of The Hurlingham Club in Fulham.Whether guests are looking for a scenic real estate in the countryside, a city apartment in New York, or a luxurious beachfront home in Abu Dhabi, the show will showcase the most celebrated estates from around the world.Host and property expert Melissa Porter will be on hand to discuss all aspects of buying, selling, renovation and relocation. Porter is best known for her BBC lifestyle and property shows including ‘To Buy or Not to Buy’, ‘Put Your Money Where Your House Is’ and ‘Own Britain’s Best Home’. With an extensive background in travel writing and premium property development, Melissa will make her debut appearance at The Luxury Property Show to answer questions regarding the future of the luxury property market. She will be joined by a number of industry experts, who will run various interactive workshops and seminars over the course of the two-day event. Alongside this, guests will also have the chance to meet with other specialists involved in the industry including currency brokers, architects and interior designers.www.theluxurypropertyshow.comlast_img read more

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