APTN National NewsA group of Whitehorse citizens aren’t taking any chances.They say a convicted child molester is dating a woman who has a three-year-old child.They know this because the woman posted a photo of the man on her Facebook page to announce their new relationship.The courts say he has a high risk to reoffend and some people are letting everyone know.APTN’s Shirley McLean has the story.
NEW YORK — A federal jury in Manhattan has convicted a Hong Kong businessman of bribing the presidents of Chad and Uganda to secure oil rights for a Chinese energy conglomerate.Dr. Chi Ping Patrick Ho was found guilty Wednesday of seven of eight counts of conspiracy, money laundering and violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.Ho’s attorneys acknowledged he made the cash payments but insisted they were donations intended to foster goodwill.Prosecutors portrayed Ho as a cheater who lined the pockets of government officials in a bid to expand the business of CEFC China Energy around the world.The case had a number of links to the United Nations and involved meetings and wire transfers in New York City.Jim Mustian, The Associated Press
GRANDE PRAIRIE, B.C. – ALERT, the organized crime and gang team alleges, that Misty Kohuch lawfully acquired multiple handguns, which were then sold on the criminal market.The 37-year-old woman was arrested on October 1, 2019, with the help of Grande Prairie RCMP.Kohuch purchased five handguns since July 2019, including one on the morning of the date of her arrest. ALERT had concerns the recently purchased handgun would be re-sold and arrested Kohuch while she was still in possession of the firearm. Kohuch was arrested via a traffic stop. Cocaine and fentanyl were also found in her vehicle.“None of the other handguns have been accounted for, and who is in possession of those handguns should prompt concern from the community,” said Insp. Sean Boser, ALERT Regional teams.Kohuch has been charged with:trafficking a firearm;possession of firearm for the purpose of trafficking;unauthorized possession of a firearm;careless storage of a firearm;unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle;unauthorized possession of a firearm, knowing the possession is unauthorized;possession of drugs; andpossession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking.The investigation began in July 2019 after the RCMP’s National Weapons Enforcement Support Team provided information about suspicious firearms purchases.Straw purchasing typically involves someone with a valid Possession and Acquisition License (PAL) but no criminal record obtaining firearms for someone who otherwise could not, or who does not want their name associated with the transaction.Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.
FREDERICTON — When it comes to people like Cyrille Simard, TransCanada has a challenge in selling the Energy East Pipeline project in New Brunswick.The mayor of Edmundston says he wants the company to guarantee the west-to-east pipeline, which could traverse his city of 16,000, won’t harm the area’s watershed.“They gave us the assurance that it was understood that it is a very important issue and that they would take care of that by bringing some new scenarios of a route,” Simard says.“We’re still waiting for that, and we’ll see.”As TransCanada wraps up a round of open houses in the province this week to promote the project, it has a sense of the concerns communities have with the $12-billion development, which would see oil shipped from Alberta to the Irving Oil refinery and a proposed export terminal in Saint John.Simard says TransCanada proposed one route that would venture near residential neighbourhoods, a plan he does not support. He said city council won’t give its approval to the project until it is assured the local water supply is protected.A spokesman for TransCanada said the company’s engineers are contacting the City of Edmundston to look into Simard’s concerns.“It is something that we’re addressing,” said Phillip Cannon.Cannon said most of the people who have attended the open houses have been examining the proposed route map and want compensation if the route disrupts farming or tree lots during construction. Landowners are being paid to allow surveyors onto their property and the company is negotiating compensation with people if construction of the pipeline disrupts their land, he said.He said TransCanada is also working to assure residents that pipelines are the safest way to transport large quantities of oil.“People have to know that lines are equipped with shutoff valves, that we have a control centre in Calgary and all the lines are monitored 24/7,” he said.“If there was a drop in pressure in any line, one of our experts there can shut it down in a matter of minutes and isolate the section that is problematic.”Cannon said many people at the open houses inquire about employment prospects, though details on the number of jobs building the project would generate have yet to be worked out.“We are still working on the economic study that we’ll be rolling out soon where people can get a better idea of more specific jobs by province,” Cannon said.Cannon said more formal public hearings will be scheduled after the company files an application with the National Energy Board to proceed with the development near the end of this year or early in 2014.The Energy East pipeline project, which still has to clear regulatory reviews, would deliver up to 1.1 million barrels per day from Alberta to Quebec in late 2017. A 1,400-kilometre extension would be built to ship oil to Saint John a year later.
Quotations for key foreign currencies in terms of the Canadian dollar. Quotations are nominal, for information purposes only.Canadian dollar value on Tuesday, the previous day, three-months and one-year: Currency Tue Mon 3 months Year U.S. dollar 1.2370 1.2341 1.3238 1.3237 British Pound 1.6620 1.6640 1.6848 1.7171 Japanese Yen 0.0110 0.0110 0.0119 0.0132 Euro in U.S. 1.1787 1.1858 1.1194 1.1254 Euro in Cdn 1.4580 1.4634 1.4819 1.4897Quotations provided by the Bank of Canada
“With fuel prices sky-high, consumers are looking for efficient motoring they can afford. The latest registration figures show diesel-powered vehicles have hit their highest monthly market share on record, alongside a stronger focus on super-efficient small cars,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “The motor industry has invested in a wide variety of new technologies and exciting designs to ensure motorists have a wide choice and can continue to maintain their mobility, save money and reduce their carbon foot-print.” For more please download the full report. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) * April registrations post best monthly growth of 2008, up 5,505 units to 175,668.* Diesel market share hits a record 45.4%, with Ford Focus the best seller.* Demand for alternatively fuelled vehicles up 8.4% in April to 1,323 units.
Two thirds of annual heavy commercial vehicle registrations risk severe delays from 29 October.Industry experts say more than 20,000 vehicles a year will not have either full EU or UK national approvals without urgent action by the bodybuilding industry.Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) system will struggle to cope with demand if bodybuilders don’t sort vehicle approvals now.The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has today warned that as many as 20,000 CV registrations per year could suffer major delays for failing to meet new Type Approval legislation.Implemented from 29 October this year, the new rules will apply to around two thirds of heavy commercial vehicles – those built in stages weighing more than 3.5t. These vehicles are in the last category to come under a raft of new Type Approval legislation that will see all commercial vehicles in Europe conform to a common set of rules.Without the correct approval from the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA), as many as 50% of annual heavy CV registrations could be considerably delayed. With no official stamp of approval, the only alternative route to registering a vehicle in any EU country would be the DVSA-administered Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) scheme. This ‘one by one’ means of checking a vehicle is fit for use is time-consuming and is expected to be overloaded by a high number of bodybuilders that leave it too late to get full Type Approval.Commenting on the issue, industry body the SMMT said, “This is a very serious situation. So many vehicle converters and bodybuilders are still unaware of the implications these new rules will have on their business. SMMT’s technical advisors have been inundated with calls asking for advice on Type Approval as the deadline looms, but many will leave it too late.”To cope with the nationwide demand for guidance on Type Approval, SMMT has held a series of workshops in conjunction with the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).Alongside practical advice on obtaining Type Approval, SMMT provides an overview of its Type Approval web tool – SENTA – a handy one-stop-shop online resource that streamlines Type Approval applications. By popular demand, SMMT has added more places to the remaining workshops:Tuesday 13 May – Haydock Park Racecourse, near WarringtonWednesday 14 May – Sedgefield Racecourse, near DurhamThursday 15 May – Falkirk Football Club, Falkirk, ScotlandFor more information on the workshops, contact SMMT Technical Manager, Tony Hopkins (email@example.com).For more details about SMMT’s Type Approval tool go to: senta.smmt.co.uk/Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Then-junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) looks for an open receiver during the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl against Clemson Jan. 3 at Sun Life Stadium. OSU lost, 40-35.Credit: Lantern file photoSkepticism and doubt surrounded Braxton Miller when he announced in late July via an interview with Sports Illustrated that he’d be transitioning from his original position of quarterback to H-back this upcoming season.On a roster brimming with talent, especially on offense, many wondered just how much of the field the redshirt senior would see in what will be his final season at Ohio State. On top of taking on the challenges of learning a whole new position, Miller would have to leapfrog a multitude of skilled players.Regardless of his incredible playmaking ability, it looked like it’d be an uphill climb for the two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year.That is, until OSU coach Urban Meyer announced that redshirt sophomore Jalin Marshall and junior Dontre Wilson, as well as wide receiver Corey Smith, would be suspended for the Buckeyes’ season opener at Virginia Tech. Junior star defensive end Joey Bosa was also amongst those suspended.Outside of Bosa, all were projected to be key components in OSU’s spread offense. Marshall and Wilson are hybrid type players, and each play the role of H-back. Smith, entering his redshirt senior season, enjoyed a great spring and had firmly cemented his status as the No. 2 wideout in rotation.So, through unfortunate circumstances, a rare opportunity has been presented to Miller. With the highly anticipated “revenge game” fast approaching, he’s in line to receive significant minutes.Thus far, his move to H-back has gone pretty seamlessly and has fans eager to see what he’ll bring to the table. Miller is still capable of breaking any game wide open as his athletic ability has been all too apparent in practices, something senior linebacker Joshua Perry has become pretty familiar with.“Don’t blink, he’s got some of the crispest, most ridiculous moves,” Perry said at the Big Ten Media Days in Chicago on July 30. “His footwork is amazing, he’s really fluid, and his speed is obvious.”Meyer, a former wide receiver coach, remains skeptical and is Miller’s biggest critic, going so far as to say that it’d be “uncommon” to throw the ex-quarterback straight into the fire so early in the season. Admittedly so, the three-time national champion coach can’t deny the kind of difference-maker that sits ready in his stable.“He’s one of the best athletes I’ve ever coached,” Meyer said on July 30. “He’s got an incredible first step. Above all else, you say it’s time to win or lose, and he’s not going to lose.”The expectation is that Miller will be a true “impact player” on offense. Considering the suspensions that have been handed out, plan on seeing a fairly heavy dosage of him in the Buckeyes’ Sept. 7 showdown in Blacksburg, Va.Only versatile sophomore, and current backup running back, Curtis Samuel stands in Miller’s way at H-back. Time will tell, though, as to who exactly will get the majority of the work at the hybrid position.How Miller comes along in terms of the continued development of his route running is something worth keeping a close eye on. At any rate, Meyer will undoubtedly find it tough to make a case for not adequately providing OSU’s in-state product with substantial playing time come Week One.
Bookmakers immediately slashed the odds on the Corkman to a miniscule 1/8, despite a statement from the Glasgow giants to say that they are in discussions with “a number of excellent candidates.”Doyle, who only flew into join the team today, admitted that it would be a blow to lose Keane so soon.“I think it’s great having him around personally. You have a top manager and a top assistant manager and it’s just nice to listen to them tell you their own experience.Roy has been a world-class player and to have him coaching you is nice.“It gives you that extra bit of coverage for the Irish team and gives you that bit of buzz for supporters and fans who love seeing him involved and it’s the same with the players.“Thankfully we have a manager who is very similar in that regard and he has his assistants who have been with him for a long time so if Roy takes another job, the setup is pretty strong to deal with that.“But it would be nice to keep him here for the [Euro 2016] campaign from a personal point of view.”Martin O’Neill confirms Celtic’s ‘informal talks’ with Roy Keane IT WAS THE same old Roy Keane as Ireland trained in the Aviva Stadium this evening.“He was a part of training and it seemed like he wasn’t going anywhere in a hurry,” Kevin Doyle said.Keane was scheduled to speak to the media but after a day of plummeting odds and speculation linking him to the vacant Celtic job, Martin O’Neill appeared in his place.The manager confirmed that the Bhoys’ majority shareholder Dermot Desmond contacted him this week and asked his permission to speak to Keane.“I’m sure [Roy] wanted to have a chat because obviously a club like Celtic might not come around too often,” O’Neill said. I would be really disappointed of course if Roy was to leave us.
When you’re (almost certainly) in the final month before an iPad announcement, it’s hard to go more than a day or two without hearing new leaks and rumors. That trend continues today, with a report that gives us some of the most specific info we’ve heard about the next-gen tablet.The iPad 3 will reportedly be revealed at an event on March 7. As expected by nearly everyone, it will also reportedly sport a 2048×1536 Retina display, and an Apple A6 system-on-a-chip. Though previous leaks have butted heads on how many cores that chip will have, this report is confident that it will indeed be a quad-core SoC. The report adds that the iPad 3 might have 4G LTE capabilities.If the leaks that we’ve heard in the last couple of weeks are legit, then Apple’s ability to conceal its products’ features isn’t in top form. Unlike last summer’s iPhone rumors — which were all over the place — the iPad 3 leaks have painted a fairly consistent picture. Nearly all of them predict a Retina display and an A6 chip, several have spoken of a bigger battery (largely to help compensate for the extra power that the display will use), and most of them agree that its exterior will look almost exactly like that of the iPad 2.If the March 7 event holds true, then that would be consistent with a report from last week that the tablet would be announced during the first week of March. Going by Apple’s recent history, this could have the release of the tablet landing on or around March 16.Even if the exterior of the next iPad remains largely unchanged, the Retina Display should truly be something to behold. Even slight bumps in resolution can enhance a device; doubling the amount of pixels can provide for an experience that is nothing short of breathtaking. If this report is accurate, you’ll only have three and a half weeks until you find out.via iMore
It was just a few years ago that we saw the first grainy images of a quad-copter, the incredible aerial brainchild of a bunch of grad students and academics, the sort of thing that could never possibly impact our real lives. It’s too out-there, too science fiction. And yet, today, quad-rotor drones hit the news on a daily basis. They’re in the military, and on Amazon.com. So it’s not surprising that now we’re starting to see new elaborations on the technology, things that beggar belief even more effectively. Still, this latest is a doozy.A team of Swiss researchers have demonstrated not a quad-rotor flying machine, but a modular, multi-rotor one capable of adjusting its behavior to fly reliably regardless of the number of rotors in the unit. And since that would hardly be useful if we had to sit around putting together arbitrary arrangements of rotors, the system naturally assembles itself.These autonomous robots find each other, form a whole, and take to the air — and they do it all while answering to no central authority. This Distributed Flight Array means that each unit decides what to do to help the group, trusting (metaphorically) in the rest of the team to act according to the same predictable rules set.The only aspect of this that is less spectacular than it might be is that it doesn’t assemble in the air. Each hexagonal rotor-bot is fitted with three omni-directional wheels that let it drive to the meeting spot. Amazingly, this spot is generated dynamically based on the surroundings.Scaling this idea down to the size of these nano-quadrotors, from the University of Pennsylvania, seems logical.Once two or more units have found each other, they can attach via small latches, and communicate with infra-red light pulses. (The units shown in the video above are an older version, using a slightly different method of attachment and communication, but the principle is the same.) Thus connected, they can move in almost perfect coordination both while driving and flying.The overall shape of the drone, and each rotor’s place within that shape, will determine how each rotor reacts to changes in attitude; a T-shaped flier needs less work from each rotor on the cross end in order to stay level, for instance. During takeoff, half the units start their rotors going clockwise, the other half counter-clockwise, to mitigate internal torque. It all works incredible well, though no one unit can fly on its own without another to stabilize it.In terms of applications, the usefulness will probably have more to do with the theory than the application. This is a proof of concept for networked flight, though its applications will almost certainly be military first.The ability to create a flying drone frome multiple parts, perhaps one part with surveillance equipment, another few with power supplies, and another with a transmitter, would make infiltration much easier. A previously large and easily detectible robot could be several small and discreet ones. Additionally, as we saw in recent Turkish protest, shooting a drone takes it down — but what if the drone could compensate for any lost rotor in real-time, adjust to its new weight distribution and carry on before plummeting to Earth?
Deborah Goulopoulos has been jailed for five years for a secret sexual relationship with a 13-year-old boy and has been placed on the sexual offenders register. The 52-year-old pleaded guilty in the Victorian County Court to maintaining the relationship with the teenage boy for two-and-a-half years which ended a day before his 16 birthday. The mother of two began the relationship with the victim – who was a friend of her sons – in 2002. County Court judge Carolyn Douglas said Goulopoulos had deliberately groomed the boy with pornography, drugs and alcohol before the first sexual encounter. “You were acting as if you were the same age as the complainant and his friends,” she said. The victim, who cannot be named, earlier told the court the sexual relationship had made him feel sick. He described Goulopoulos as a predator who preyed on helpless children and said on some occasions she had slept with him while her children were asleep in the same room. The victim told the court in a statement that Goulopoulos destroyed his life. Judge Douglas said she had to send a strong message to community about the “morally reprehensible and inappropriate crime”. “In a civilised society adults are responsible for the sexual integrity of young people,” she said. Goulopoulos was sentenced to a maximum of seven years imprisonment. She must serve five years in custody before being released. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Employees of Infosys Technologies Limited walk in the campus of the company’s headquarters in Bangalore on April 13, 2017. Indian software giant Infosys has pledged to return USD2 billion to shareholders this year as it reported subdued growth in profits for the fourth quarter.MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty ImagesAfter Vishal Sikka resigned from his post as chief executive officer and managing director of Infosys on Friday, August 18, much has been said about the firm, its operations, co-founder Narayana Murthy’s stance and the board of directors. Now, the latest news to trickle in is the longevity of other key members of the firm.While co-founder Nandan Nilekani is set to return to Infosys as its non-executive chairman soon to take charge of the current crisis and hunt for a new CEO, it is being said that the firm’s chairman R Seshasayee and co-chairman Ravi Venkatesan may not be with Infosys for long.Apart from them, a few other board members too have offered to quit. But Roopa Kudwa and Purnita Kumar Sinha are likely to stay on.Seshasayee and Venkatesan’s decision on their tenure at Infosys is likely to come in the next few days, according to CNBC-TV18. However, it has been said that they may take a decision soon, but will leave only after the IT giant has overcome the current hurdles.Venkatesan had earlier hoped that Sikka would stay on at Infosys even though numerous high-level exits have dogged the firm in the last few weeks. When asked if he saw Sikka continuing with the firm and delivering results or leaving, Venkatesan told Press Trust of India: “Well I very much hope that it is the former (that Sikka will turn things around), not the latter (that he will turn his back on Infosys due to losing high-profile talents).”He had also spoken about the series of resignations and said that the senior executives were very talented people and much in demand in the market. While it is not unusual for people to move on, Venkatesan said that the firm needed to ensure that such talents do not leave and the best way to do that was to see that they grew professionally as well as personally at the organisation.”But when the industry is changing so fast, boss, if people have an opportunity to become a CEO somewhere else and become number 2 somewhere else, we cannot stop them,” he added.Meanwhile, Nilekani, who will be back for a predetermined period, is reportedly yet to make things formal. “The math has to work out for Nilekani to return. It’s almost certain that he will come back as a non-executive chairman, but it’s not a done deal yet,” the Times of India quoted a source as saying. Infosys Chief Executive Vishal Sikka attends a news conference in Mumbai, India, February 13, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/File PhotoReutersAmid all the chaos, Sikka’s tenure as the executive vice chairman has also come under the limelight now. He had earlier said that he would stay on with Infosys until March 31, 2018, but with the return of Nilekani, he may opt to leave.Infosys investors HDFC Asset Management, ICICI Prudential Asset Management and Birla SunLife Asset Management among many others have welcomed the idea of Nilekani’s return to the firm and have said that this will instill confidence in clients, shareholders as well as the employees, reported Business Today.
The superintendent for Houston Independent School District said on Wednesday he’s working closely with local enforcement, especially Houston police and Harris County Sheriff’s Office to ensure safety in the wake of the Florida school shooting. HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza said he has asked all principals to review their emergency plans. He said some campuses will also practice safety drills, such as what to do if there’s a lock down or intruder.“Our emergency plans have been pretty robust, they include pretty much every scenario that you can think. We’re asking people to just go through and make sure they’re familiar with all the scenarios and start practicing a couple that haven’t been practiced before,” Carranza said.Carranza also told reporters that he encouraged students interested in joining plans for a national walk outs in protest of gun violence to stay in class, which he calls the safest place for them. But he also said he believes in the First Amendment and HISD students won’t be punished for participating.Harris County sheriff deputies and Houston police say they’ve seen an uptick in reports of school safety incidents, at least anecdotally. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo told reporters today (Wednesday) that his officers have responded to seven incidents since the Florida school shooting, including one this morning where a KIPP high school student threatened to shoot his school in Southwest Houston. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says his deputies are working together with school district officers and city police to investigate any threats.“There’s heightened concern across all systems and everyone wants to work together to see how we can mitigate this, and of course parents want to know as well that the school districts and everyone is working together to keep the campuses safe,” Gonzalez said.Watch below: Share
Having a complete collection of games for a console is a very difficult thing to achieve, and also depends on what you class as “complete.” The eBay auction linked to below can legitimately be called a complete set, though, as it brings together 721 Super Nintendo games–the entire set released across the US, Mexico, and Canada. The price? $24,999.That may sound like a lot of money, but when you break it down the cost is under $35 per game. That’s pretty reasonable for owning every game you could ever play on Nintendo’s classic and long dead machine.The collection is owned by eBay seller kaisetsuna who also goes by the name of Byuu on Reddit. He collected them over the course of three years from individual sales and says 85% of them have manuals. The condition of the games varies from fair right up to mint, and they are all verified as working.Byuu’s reason for collecting so many games for the SNES was mainly to harvest the information they contain. He has scanned every single one of them and uploaded those scans to SNESCentral. Clean, verified dumps have also been taken of each game, which will help to better emulate them in future releases of the Higan Nintendo multi-system emulator.Although the asking price is $24,999, Byuu is willing to accept offers and admits he’d prefer to sell the collection outside of eBay so as to avoid the fees. He also points out some of the games in the collection are worth half the asking price alone due to how rare and collectible they are. So if a seller picks these up they could easily resell them in smaller lots and make a quick profit.More at eBay and Reddit
Citation: Society of Automotive Engineers adopts J1772 combo plug as standard for electric vehicles (2012, October 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-10-society-automotive-j1772-combo-standard.html Single-inlet electric vehicle charging to showcase in LA SAE J1772 plug. Credit: Michael Hicks/Wikipedia Explore further © 2012 Phys.org (Phys.org)—The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has voted to adopt the J1772 Revision B combo plug as the standard plug for use in electric and hybrid vehicles sold worldwide. The design allows for both AC and DC charging and its adoption means all car manufacturers except Tesla and several Japanese companies including Nissan and Mitsubishi, will begin using the new standard on all new vehicles. The acceptance of the new standard will be a first for North America and could provide the push needed for commercial and public groups to begin building charging stations. The standard allows for charging at home using either a 120 or 224 AC line – the first is what is normally found in home wall outlets; the second for dryers or ovens. But it will also allow for DC charging which is where the industry is headed as it allows for far faster charging times – minutes versus hours for AC. It’s the DC option that provides the basis for creating quick charging stations and perhaps the long anticipated widespread adoption of electric vehicles.The Japanese holdouts will continue to use the CHAdeMO standard, which is already widely supported in Japan and is based on quick charging using DC current. Tesla has created two of its own standards for each of its two models of vehicles and hasn’t yet responded to the news of the adoption of the new standard. Nissan on the other hand has released a statement expressing disappoint with the decision made by the group and with it an implied critique regarding the timing of the adoption, coming after so many vehicles on the road are already configured for using the CHAdeMO standard.For consumers the adoption will mean they will continue to be able to charge their vehicle at home, though they may have to purchase a charging station as well depending on which vehicle they buy. It will likely also mean future charging stations they visit will offer several plug options, meaning drivers will have to know which standard their car has so they will know which to use. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Carrying forward its philosophy to promote upcoming talent, Art Life Gallery in has now decided to literally catch them young. One of the largest galleries in Delhi and NCR area, is now holding The Colour of Mistletoe – an exhibition of artworks by ?26 ??children.Pratibha Agarwal, copromoter of Art Life Gallery, says, “We continue to be a strong patron of arts and it is in continuation of this philosophy that we’ve conducted the group show by children.” She says the intent is to explore the vivid imagination of little children. “Besides livening up the gallery walls with their beautiful and colourful works, we are giving them an opportunity to express their creativity through paintings, drawings and collages.” Agarwal says the emphasis is on displaying completed artworks, which distinguishes Art Life Gallery from most other children’s art programmes.“Here, young people participate fully in selecting, mounting, organizing and hanging art,” says Agarwal. There’s a variety of works ranging from canvas to murals to paper collages under the guidance of their mentors Shivani Sharma and Amrit Kapoor, which is definitely a treat to the eyes. Says Shivani Sharma, “All the children have toggled with various mediums like oil pastels, acrylics, poster paints, dry pastels, charcoal etc.” There are 23 kids participating in the exhibition, Dhritika, Tiya, Anoushka, Ashnee, Kashvi, Yash, Veer, Natalia, Garv, Tiana, Sarah, Kavya, Aanya, Rimjhim, Joy, Riya, Mehak, Nadia, Somuya, Sanjana, Gauri and Elina.
Labor’s 457 proposals would damage Australia’s regional economiesCalls by the Labor Party to increase the cut-off level for 457 visas in exchange for passing the China Free Trade Deal would seriously affect regional destinations across Australia, according to Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA).The peak accommodation body said that the proposal to increase the threshold level from $53,900 to $57,000 would make it even harder for regional and remote areas to source skilled staff, especially with Australia’s cities undergoing its largest hotel expansion in over 20 years.Currently, both cities and regional areas are struggling to fill skilled positions from local sources, and this had the potential to jeopardise service standards at a time when the Australian tourism sector had the potential to make up for the slump in the mining and resource sector.“This would have the opposite effect when it comes to protecting Australian jobs, because the tourism and accommodation sectors use 457 visa applicants to fill skilled positions that they can’t fill locally, and these positions are crucial for providing the services required by tourists,” says TAA CEO, Carol Giuseppi.“Remote areas in Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland continually struggle to attract local skilled hospitality workers, and will increasingly rely on skilled overseas workers as all the new city developments require increased staffing.“City accommodation and hospitality providers also face shortages, but have greater capacity to attract workers, but regional and remote areas are particularly vulnerable to skilled staff shortages. Many are very seasonal, so they require greater flexibility, and 457 visa holders enable many businesses that are only marginally profitable with a key resource.“The Labor Party should be supporting both the China Free Trade Agreement – which will provide great opportunities to Australia’s economic future – and supporting the needs of regional and remote areas by not demanding changes to the 457 visa levels.”Ms Giuseppi said TAA supported the research by Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce which showed that changes to the 457 threshold level would significantly impact accommodation and hospitality industries in a number of States.“We already have reports of significant shortages in a number of areas, and many of these regions have been struggling for a number of years, so this is a time where they need maximum support,” said Ms Giuseppi.Ms Giuseppi said the industry was investing heavily in training and development but with over 10,000 rooms scheduled to come on stream before 2020, the industry could not supply from domestic sources the level of skilled workers required to cater for the growth in the sector. Tourism Accommodation AustraliaSource = Tourism Accommodation Australia
Times change. People change. Culture changes. Luxury as we once knew it has changed. Hotels have not. A new way of living requires a new kind of hotel. There has not been a new idea in the lifestyle space since Ian Schrager’s Morgans, Royalton and Paramount hotels over 25 years ago. Every hotel since then has been derivative of those. The time is right for a disruption, as there clearly is a dislocation in the market. It is the same type of dislocation and void that led Schrager to conceptualise Morgans back in 1982 which created a cultural revolution and changed the industry.“I wanted to create a hotel for my generation, not my parents’, and one that reflected my tastes and sensibilities as well as popular culture at the time. I was responding to cultural shifts that were see the exact same opportunity now. That is the reason for PUBLIC,” says Schrager.PUBLIC’s fundamental premise is luxury for all. It is built on four key pillars: service, style, unique experience and value.“I truly believe that everyone deserves a one-of-a-kind experience that lifts their spirits and makes their heart beat faster, one that elicits an emotional response…and to deliver this at a reasonable price even more on the mark for today’s savvy and sophisticated traveller,” says Schrager.By understanding how to create these one-of-a-kind experiences where a hotel is more than just a place to sleep, and taking note that travellers today only want things that matter, are and make their lives easier, Schrager was able to create a completely new luxury brand that promises innovation, fun, style and service while simultaneously being affordable and accessible to everyone.Service and comfort are at the heart of PUBLIC, and were completely rethought for this new brand response to new desires and needs. PUBLIC captures a vast array of today’s universally appealing services with great precision while doing away with those that are obsolete and superfluous.The delivery of service was also rethought for PUBLIC because service is not ‘one size fits all’. The service is personalised, with personalised attention and tailored solutions. Here Schrager introduces the concept of the Public Advisor. They are the rock stars, the go-to people, the hosts at the party who bring the brand to life. Public Advisors direct, lead, solve problems, console and know every square beyond. There isn’t anything they would not do to make a guest’s experience the best it can be. The job has no boundaries or limits.Ever-emerging new technology needed to be seriously considered at a hotel responding to a modern lifestyle. The use of technology is smart, well planned, well thought-out and hassle-free.“We didn’t just put an iPad in every room under the guise of being a “tech hotel” like so many other brands are doing. Every interaction with technology was considered for ease, efficiency and effectiveness,” says Schrager.The hotel prides itself on the fastest Wi-Fi in the city, which is free for all throughout the entire hotel, mobile service that works everywhere, mobile and self-check-in, mobile key, Apple TVs in every guest room so you can watch what you want, when you want from your own device, online food ordering and expedited communication via a custom-designed, state-of-the-art chat bot. Other thoughtful details were added such as 12 easy-to-reach outlets and USB ports in all of the guest rooms, communal work spaces within the public spaces so that anywhere in the hotel would be conducive to working remotely—a necessity today where the line has been blurred between work, leisure, fun and culture. The food, beverage, meeting and entertainment spaces at PUBLIC have been rethought to reflect the modern lifestyle, and once again Schrager is able to offer a myriad of unique adventures and experiences all under one roof. The ‘best of’ ‘New York’ food, ‘world food’ really, is the idea behind Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s PUBLIC Kitchen and LOUIS, both with healthy and organic eating at their core. The former is the hotel’s main restaurant featuring a smoker, wood burning oven and wood burning grill as a focal point. The food, reflecting all cultures that make up the eclectic melting pot that is New York City, ranges from spicy Korean chicken to hot pastrami sandwiches, sushi and Dim Sum to the best hamburgers, hot dogs and pizza in the city. LOUIS, part grocery, part luncheonette, part coffee shop and part market, is the alternative, serving gourmet, reasonably priced ‘slow food’ in a fast, friendly, casual way via counter service.The 3 bars – Diego, The Roof and Lobby Bar – each have their own unique vibe and personality so depending on the time, guests might end up hitting all three on the same night or just one, depending on their mood. Lushly landscaped gardens, multiple communal workspaces, and private event rooms, both indoor and outdoor atop the building with 60-degree unobstructed views of the city, the spaces provide the ultimate in socialising, entertaining, working and even just people watching.Public Arts is another new and innovative offering at the hotel. It’s a progressive, avant-garde multimedia performance space like no other, that will be home to cutting-edge cultural programming including: film screenings, theatrical and dance productions, intimate musical performances, art exhibitions, lectures, talks, readings, product launches, comedy and amateur nights, and even hot sweaty dancing!“I am always looking for a new and better way of doing things…to upset the status quo and shake things up,” claims Schrager. With PUBLIC, a soon-to-be new object of desire, Schrager had undeniably created a new hotel for a new way of living that may very well be the new benchmark for the rest of the pack to follow… again.
In this July 9, 2018 photo, Daveed Diggs, left, and Rafael Casal, cast members, co-producers and co-writers of “Blindspotting,” pose for a portrait in Los Angeles to promote their film. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) by Jocelyn Noveck, The Associated Press Posted Jul 20, 2018 7:52 am PDT Last Updated Jul 20, 2018 at 8:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A lifelong friendship fuels the chemistry of ‘Blindspotting’ NEW YORK, N.Y. – Daveed Diggs was busy. Too busy. The actor was doing eight shows a week as Jefferson/ Lafayette in the Broadway sensation “Hamilton,” and wasn’t answering his emails.So there was only one thing his writing partner and creative soulmate, Rafael Casal, could do: Move across the country, and set up camp in Diggs’ dressing room.“Every night, he’d just be there at intermission,” Diggs laughs now. “He had to move to New York for us to maintain a level of creative output.”With the opening this week of “Blindspotting,” their Oakland, California-based, rap-infused feature film debut, the duo is earning buzz for the onscreen chemistry that gives the film its energy. That chemistry, in turn, is fueled by a nearly two-decade friendship and a creative synergy that both men call remarkable.“As long as I’ve known him, I’ve never had an idea that I didn’t run by him, and that includes character choices in ‘Hamilton,’” Diggs, 36, said recently over tea in New York. “I don’t have a ton of things that don’t involve him, and even if they don’t in name, realistically they still involve him.”To Casal, 32, a spoken-word artist, what’s most rare is how versatile the partnership is. “You pick your partners in the trenches because they make you better,” he says. “What’s unique about our dynamic is that it’s cross-medium — film, music, theatre, television. That’s not even a once-in-a-lifetime thing, because many people go through life and it never happens.”Though “Blindspotting,” directed by Carlos Lopez Estrada, is a buddy film — both comic and tragic — it’s also very much about a place: Oakland, a town both men hold dear. It’s there, in the Bay Area, that they first met, at Berkeley High School. They didn’t become friends right away, because Casal was a freshman and Diggs a senior. “That might as well be a 50-year gap,” Casal quips.Diggs went off to Brown University, where he ran track and studied theatre. By the time he came back, Casal, who’d made a name for himself on HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam,” had opened a recording studio and needed artists.“Somebody played me his music. I loved it. He came by, and we just hit it off,” Casal says. “From then on, all I remember is him being around.”It was nearly a decade ago that they began work on “Blindspotting,” the story of Collin (Diggs), who has three days left on probation for a violent incident, and Miles (Casal), his mercurial, unpredictable best friend. Collin witnesses a police shooting of an unarmed black man; the two must navigate the next few days together, each in his own way, in an Oakland that is rapidly changing. The film explores themes of race, economics, gentrification — and friendship.Back in 2009, when they started the project, Oscar Grant had just been killed by a San Francisco transit officer. “His face was everywhere,” says Diggs. “There were rallies and protests and riots.” It became a key element in early drafts.The pair wondered how their idea would fly. “It’s a hard sell, a race-politics comedy-drama that’s in verse,” says Casal. “But it’s the movie we wanted to make.”The project came close to being made a few times, and then didn’t, for various reasons over the years. Meanwhile, their lives changed.“In the early days, it was the two of us huddled over one laptop,” Diggs says. “Long drives up and down the I-5 between Oakland and LA, trying to impress (producers Jess and Keith Calder) and pretend we knew how to write a script.”Casal recalls nights in LA sleeping “in one of our crappy cars. Trying to pretend we weren’t so poor that we had to sleep in our cars.”It seemed like the movie was about to happen when suddenly Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” came up for Diggs. They figured it would be a quick project for a few months. It turned out to be — well, “Hamilton.”Diggs won a 2016 Tony Award, and left the show the next month. A slew of opportunities, including TV’s “black-ish,” awaited. In early 2017, Casal was home watching “Moonlight” win the Oscar. He was so happy, “I drunk-texted one of our producers and said, ‘I wish we had made OUR ‘Moonlight.’ And then they said, ‘What if we made it right now?’ And I was like, I don’t know, Diggs is really famous, and really busy.”But it turned out that Diggs, who was involved in at least four projects, would have exactly 22 days free that June. “You know the script isn’t ready, right?” he told Casal, who suggested he could move to LA and grind it out, calling Diggs every night with updates. “To me it sounded like an insane undertaking,” Diggs says. But he was in. He adds: “There’s nobody else I would trust to write raps for me.”The duo makes clear that “Hamilton” wasn’t the reason the film got made — in fact, it interrupted things. But Diggs’ rising fame has made it a lot easier to sell the film. “I think my name opens some doors now,” the actor says. “A lot more people will see it. Which is great.”The film screened on opening day at Sundance. What was most gratifying, both men say, is how eager people were to discuss it afterward — and argue. “The best works of art are ones you come away from and want to talk about,” Diggs says. “We’d have been disappointed if everybody walked away with exactly the same feeling.”The two have lots more going on. “I think we just cherish it,” Casal says of the partnership.“Somebody referred to us as platonic life mates,” laughs Diggs. “It’s a pretty apt description.”