Digital settop manufacturers have until the end o

first_imgDigital set-top manufacturers have until the end of this month to respond to a request for proposals issued by the South African government for digital-terrestrial receivers.The government has committed to subsidise boxes for about five million of the country’s 11 million-plus households.The RFP includes a USB 2.0 port to enable return path functionality.Bids to supply receivers will be evaluated by a special committee, based on a points system. Prospective suppliers must be accredited under the BBBEE scheme designed to encourage economic empowerment of the country’s black majority population.last_img read more

UK advertising expenditure grew at its fastest rat

first_imgUK advertising expenditure grew at its fastest rate for three years in the first half of 2014, according to figures released by advertising trade body the Advertising Association/WARC.Growth was particularly strong in the second quarter, which saw significant increases across TV, radio and the internet, leading to a total of £5.515 billion for the quarter, according to AA/WARC. Over the first six months taken together, ad spend grew by 6.3% year-on-year, leading the trade body to make an upward revision to its full-year forecasts to 6.4%.TV advertising is now expected to grow by 7.8% this year, up from the 3.6% growth recorded in 2013. TV accounted for £4.642 billion in 2013, including £126 million of broadcaster video-on-demand advertising. The latter is expected to grow by 27% this year.The AA/WARC expects the overall ad market to soften next year, turning in growth of 6.5%, down slightly on earlier expectations. TV ad growth is expected to amount to 6.6%.Internet advertising accounted for £6.281 billion in sles last year, and is expected to to grow by 15.1% this year, compared with growth of 14.1% last year. the Internet ad market is expected to growth by 13.1% next year, with mobile – which accounted for £1.021 billion in sales in 2013, growing by an expected 56% this year and 42.8% next year.“Growth at twice the rate of UK GDP is quite a headline, but the real story is of digital and creative leadership in e-commerce.  As the Eurozone wobbles, it’s a reminder that our consumer economy is central to the UK’s economic narrative,” said Tim Lefroy, CEO of the Advertising Association.last_img read more

AE Networks has outsourced compliance reversion

first_imgA+E Networks has outsourced compliance, re-versioning and media management services for its UK channels to media services group TVT.TVT has deployed its ContentSelect platform to orchestrate and track all media workflows including TVT’s specialist compliance viewing and editing service, the company said.TVT will expand its team to manage A+E’s channels. Its could-based plartform manages media workflows ncluding programme versioning and compliance of commissioned content. TVT will handle both English and Polish original language content for A+E Networks. TVT is also supporting production of all foreign language subtitles and audio files as well as delivering content in multiple formats to the end distribution hubs.A+E Networks UK operates channels History, Lifetime, Crime + Investigation and H2 across the UK, Scandinavia, Benelux, central and eastern Europe, sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.Nicolas Eglau, chief operating officer at A+E Networks UK, said: “TVT is an expert in this field and its ContentSelect platform gives us full management oversight of the compliance, re-versioning and media management workflow. This gives us full confidence that our shows meet the highest standards we require for our brands as well as the technical and operational standards of our broadcast partners. As we continue to grow into new regions, with more channel and new business models, working with trusted partners like TVT is vital to our continued success.”Separately, Polish cable operator Inea is to add A+E Networks channels History, History HD, H2 HD and Lifetime to its programming line-up.History will be available in Inea’s standard SD and HD packages and as part of its Super HD offering. Lifetime and H2 HD will be available in the Super HD package.last_img read more

Russian telco and wireless provider Beeline has

first_imgRussian telco and wireless provider, Beeline, has named former MTS Group executive Vasyl Latsanych as its next chief executive.Vasyl LatsanychLatsanych, who has spent more than 16 years in telecoms – most of it with rival telco MTS Group in a number of senior roles – is due to take up his new post on January 10, 2018.He will report to Kjell Morten Johnsen, head of major markets at Beeline’s parent company Veon – which rebranded from VimpelCom earlier this year as part of its efforts to transform itself “from a telco to a global tech company”.“Vasyl brings extensive experience and a proven track record in the telecoms industry,” said Kjell Morten Johnsen.“His appointment will further strengthen and develop VEON’s strong market position, particularly as we look to implement important strategic initiatives in a highly dynamic and developing Russian market.”Latsanych said: “I am excited by the opportunity to lead PJSC VimpelCom [which operates under the Beeline brand in Russia], and I am looking forward to working with the team to ensure that Beeline customers are provided with the best digital services and solutions, particularly as the Russian telecoms market enters a new phase of development and digital change.”Latsanych’s most recent role was as MTS Group’s vice president for strategy and marketing, responsible for MTS’s commercial and strategic initiatives.last_img read more

Australias Network 10 has teamed up with CBS to l

first_imgAustralia’s Network 10 has teamed up with CBS to launch a version of the US network’s subscription video-on-demand service, CBS All Access.The new service, 10 All Access, has launched with 7,000 episodes of content from CBS and 10 available to Australian viewers for A$9.99 a month, with the first month free for new subscribers.According to 10, the service will offer exclusive original series, current and previous seasons of select CBS and 10 shows, classic TV series, as well as the ability to live stream CBSN, CBS News’ 24/7 streaming news service.The content line-up for the service includes CBS All Access originals Tell Me A Story, One Dollar and Strange Angel, along with the first two seasons of The Good Fight.Subscribers will be able to watch some upcoming shows the same day as they air in the US and before they air locally in Australia, including Happy Together, The Code, The Neighborhood and In the Dark, as well as new seasons of CBS hits like Hawaii Five-0, MacGyver, Man with a Plan and SEAL Team.Content from Network 10 includes Neighbours, The Bachelor Australia, The Bachelorette Australia, The Living Room and I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!.10 All Access is currently available on on iOS and Android mobile and tablet devices, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, and online. Subscribers will be able to watch on three screens simultaneously and the service will be launching on additional platforms in the coming months, according to 10.Network 10’s chief executive officer Paul Anderson said: “10 All Access gives us a fantastic new avenue to engage audiences with premium entertainment any way they want it. It fits perfectly into the 10 family alongside our broadcast channels, 10, 10 Boss and 10 Peach, our catch-up service 10 Play, and our news and entertainment site 10 Daily. We’ll continue to evolve 10 All Access with more great content to binge on and more product features to enhance the viewing experience. We are just getting started.”CBS Interactive’s president and chief operating officer Marc DeBevoise said: “10 All Access brings thousands of episodes of CBS and 10’s leading programming to digital platforms, making it simple for fans looking for more of their favourite television content to get it in one easy-to-use, multiplatform service. We look forward to continuing to expand 10 All Access to additional platforms and bring TV fans even more of the programming they want to watch.”last_img read more

The teen male is has also been charged over a numb

first_imgThe teen male is has also been charged over a number of other unrelated offences in the city.He is to face Derry Magistrates’ Court this morning, Monday, October 16, for a first remand hearing.POLICE PRAISE HAVE-A-GO HERO WHO NABBED TEEN OVER ROBBERY BID was last modified: October 17th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: “We want to publicly thank him for his brave and heroic actions.“Given the dangers this is not always advisable so we can’t encourage others. But….”The teenager was taken to Strand Road police station for questioning.He has since been charged with attempted robbery. POLICE have praised a “brave” member of the public who made a citizen’s arrest in Derry.The incident happened on Friday night when a teenager tried to hold up a shop in Glenfada Park.“A member of the public chased the suspect, who was believed to have a knife, and apprehended him until Police arrived,” say PSNI Foyle. ShareTweet DERRY MAGISTRATES’ COURTGLENFADA PARKPOLICE PRAISE HAVE-A-GO HERO WHO NABBED TEEN OVER ROBBERY BIDPSNI FOYLElast_img read more

The scheme was set up as part of Strabane BID in a

first_imgThe scheme was set up as part of Strabane BID in an effort to promote the town’s unique retail offering and provide a boost for independent retailers throughout the year.Ryan Gormley from Cliento Designer Wear, is one of the retailers who has signed up. He retails in an extensive range of luxury fashion and home interiors and is fully supportive of any initiative aimed at encouraging local shopping.He said: “We feel it is important to be part of such schemes as it has benefits for both buyer and retailer. “The more stores and companies that take part the more redemption options the buyer has; with increased variety and participation people are encouraged to purchase the gift card and shop local. ShareTweet “Any retail business will obviously benefit from support from local trade and therefore buyers within local catchment areas are vitally important.”John Houston from Houston Homewares on Market Street says he hopes participation in the scheme will see increased local trade and customer loyalty for his range of home décor, home accessories , lighting and giftware products.He said: “Local trade is extremely important to our business as we are focused on sourcing quality and unique products and offering a full home interior solution for the people in the Strabane area. “We aim to maintain an attractive store-front and window display to improve the town centre street we trade from and are hopeful being part of this scheme will further enhance and improve our business opportunities in the town.”Sinead Lynch, Business Officer with Derry City and Strabane District Council, welcoming the addition of the new companies said retailers in the town are really seeing the benefits of being part of the initiative. One retailer, BeJeweled at Soul, recently achieved over £1,000 sales through the gift card. It is definitely encouraging people to return to traditional shopping methods by visiting the town centre and calling into the wide range of local shops.“We believe it is really important for all of the small local businesses to work together to promote Strabane’s retail offering and support the work being done on the ground by all businesses, the chamber of commerce and the Strabane BID Company to encourage spend in Strabane town centre and help build the economy.“We are fully supportive of any initiative that promotes Strabane and raises its profile as a great place to visit and shop,” she said.This is just one of a number of initiatives to be rolled out by the BID company, who have been working closely with traders in Strabane on a range of initiatives aimed at increasing retail and tourism footfall.The company was created in 2016 after Strabane businesses voted in favour of becoming a Business Improvement District, where local businesses pay a 1.5% levy and work in partnership to raise funds to improve the town centre and the surrounding environment.Sinead added that Council is very keen to step up efforts to encourage more companies who want to reward staff to use the Gift Card. Not only is it a good staff incentive but it is a great way of supporting local business. The gift cards can be purchased in bulk at a discounted rate, and the cards can be valued from £5 right up to £500.The ‘In Strabane’ cards are available to buy in Café Fresco and the Alley Theatre as well as online via www.instrabanegiftcard.com Businesses who want to sign up can contact the BID team at the Strabane Council offices. Email – info@bidinstrabane.com – Tel: 02871 253 253Five new companies sign up to In Strabane Gift Card scheme was last modified: July 22nd, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: C&CoDerry and Strabane CouncilFive new companies sign up to In Strabane Gift Card schemeHouston’s HomewaresPeacock’sTrades Man NI and Joseph Harley Ltd FIVE more local companies have this week signed up to the BID Sponsored In Strabane gift card scheme, which aims to encourage more people to shop in the town.C&Co, Houston’s Homewares, Peacock’s, Trades Man NI and Joseph Harley Ltd are the most recent companies to sign up to be part of the Master-card based gift card scheme that can be used as part of a full payment for purchases across a network of businesses in Strabane.The card operates in the same way as any department store or shopping centre gift card that can be spent in any of the 70 or so businesses across Strabane that are already signed up.last_img read more

The tone of the competition was noticeably differe

first_imgThe tone of the competition was noticeably different from years past, with the opening sequence featuring the competitors clad in jeans and even a few sweatpants, and saying adjectives such as “strong,” “confident” and “compassionate.”While the evening gown portion of the competition was axed this year, most of the contestants still donned glittering gowns during a majority of the competition.The Miss America Organization has courted controversy in recent months.Cara Mund, who was crowned last year while competing as Miss North Dakota, accused Miss America leadership of silencing and bullying her after she was crowned.Mund made a special appearance during this year’s pageant and shared a special message, though she did not acknowledge her previous allegations of silencing and bullying. Daniella Hankey Twitter Pinterest Google+ Facebook Linkedin Tumblr In a letter to past winners, published earlier this year, however, Mund wrote: “Our chair and CEO have systematically silenced me, reduced me, marginalized me and essentially erased me in my role as Miss America in subtle and not-so-subtle ways on a daily basis.”Gretchen Carlson, the first former Miss America to be named chair of the Board of Trustees of the Miss America Organization, responded to Mund on Twitter, saying that she has “never” bullied or silenced her and will “continue to support her.”In December, former CEO Sam Haskell resigned after emails in which he insulted the appearance, intellect and personal lives of former pageant winners were leaked.center_img Home NewsWatch National News Miss New York Nia Franklin crowned 2019 Miss America For the first time in its nearly 100-year history, the revamped Miss America pageant took place tonight sans its iconic swimsuit and evening gown competitions.Instead, the emphasis was on the contestants’ ability to answer questions and they were judged based on their passion, intelligence and overall understanding of the role of Miss America.The competition was hosted by “Dancing With the Stars” judge Carrie Ann Inaba and broadcast live from the Atlantic City Boardwalk. Next PostDay care owners left 8-month-old boy alone in locked building, police say Mail Previous PostFlight 93 chime tower an ‘everlasting concert by our heroes’ (ABC NEWS) -Miss New York Nia Franklin was crowned Miss America 2019 Sunday night, beating out 50 other hopefuls at the rebooted competition.Franklin, 24, wowed judges when she performed an opera song during the talent portion of the competition. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Franklin said that she wanted to promote diversity, especially within the arts.“I just want to thank God for this, it took a lot of perseverance to get here,” she said shortly after winning, also thanking her family and especially her father, who is a survivor of cancer. National NewsNewsWatch Miss New York Nia Franklin crowned 2019 Miss America By Daniella HankeySep 10, 2018, 04:38 am 342 0 last_img read more

The companies reached a settlement agreement in Se

first_imgThe companies reached a settlement agreement in September 2017 and again in May 2018, but Virginia Drilling says the Justice company never made the agreed upon payments.Justice Low Seam Mining, Inc. is one of many coal companies owned by the Justice family. Twitter CHARLESTON, WV (AP) — A judge has ordered a coal company owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s family to start making payments on a settlement.The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Justice Low Seam Mining, Inc. was ordered Wednesday to pay roughly $478,000 to Virginia Drilling Co. in 10 days. An August 2017 complaint says the Justice company owned Virginia Drilling about $1.3 million for goods and services. Previous PostFormer Fairmont State coach Joe Retton dies Pinterest Facebook Mail The state Secretary of State’s Office’s website says Justice’s son, James C. Justice III, is the director and president of this firm. Home NewsWatch Local News West Virginia governor’s coal firm ordered to pay settlement Google+ Linkedin Next PostONLY ON WOAY: Mount Hope Fire And EMS Heading To Georgia For Hurricane Michael Relief Efforts Tumblr Local NewsNewsWatchState News West Virginia governor’s coal firm ordered to pay settlement By Daniella HankeyOct 11, 2018, 04:38 am 375 0 Daniella Hankeylast_img read more

HealthNewsWatchState News

first_img HealthNewsWatchState News New Concerns With Teens and E-Cigarettes By Daniella HankeyAug 15, 2018, 09:20 am 332 0 Linkedin WEST VIRGINIA (WOAY)- New concerns have been released about teens and e-cigarettes as millions are using them and  now health groups are asking the FDA to do more. Next PostFayette County Man Arrested At Days Inn For Having 6,400 Dollars Worth Of Heroin Facebook The juul looks a lot like a flash drive but each cartridge carries as much nicotine as an entire pack of cigarettes.Now 2 million middle school, high school and college teens are juuling for a quick rush – and federal health officials and public health advocates are stepping in before use among youth becomes an epidemic. Previous PostBeckley Police Department Plans To Unveil Fallen Officer Memorial Google+ Tumblr The Fda is currently considering banning flavored e-cigarette liquids which may appeal to teens Home NewsWatch Health New Concerns With Teens and E-Cigarettes Pinterest Mail Twitter Daniella Hankeylast_img read more

Its National Library Week and now might be a goo

first_imgIt’s National Library Week, and now might be a good time to check out all the resources your local library offers.If you haven’t used your library card in a while, now it might be a good time to make sure it’s up to date.The Tuscaloosa Public Library offers much more than books. You can check out digital editions, music, movies and much more, but you can also join community meetups to talk about what you’re reading or learn how to use new technology like 3D printing.You can find out more online at tuscaloosa-library.org.last_img read more

BOSTON AP — The Red Sox staged their own impromp

first_imgBOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox staged their own impromptu Boston marathon and wearily won it, adding a game to their AL East lead on an eventful day at Fenway Park.Hanley Ramirez hit an RBI single in the 19th inning as Boston outlasted the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 in a game that spanned six hours and ended early Wednesday.It was 1:11 a.m. when Mookie Betts led off with a double and Ramirez followed with a bloop single. The AL East leaders ended a three-game losing streak.“That was a team win right there,” Ramirez said. “Sometimes it’s not going to be easy. There’s a lot of things in our way, but nothing’s going to stop us from continuing to where we want to go and what we want to be. We want to be a champion.”About 700 fans stayed until the end to see Boston win the longest game in the majors since July 2016, when Cleveland beat Toronto 2-1 in 19 innings. The Red Sox forced extra innings by rallying for two runs in the bottom of the ninth.Red Sox first baseman Mitch Moreland was 31 years old when his RBI grounder tied it at 2 — he turned 32 when his birthday came at midnight, and celebrated with a win.Boston increased its division lead to 3 1/2 games over New York. But the Yankees still made it a rough day for their longtime rival.On Tuesday, The New York Times reported the Red Sox admitted to Major League Baseball they used an Apple Watch to steal signals from opposing catchers — including the Yankees — and relay them to Boston players. While swiping signs has long been part of the game, using electronic devices to do it is against the rules.Commissioner Rob Manfred happened to be at Fenway for the game as part of a previously planned visit.This was the second-longest game ever at Fenway, which opened in 1912. The Red Sox lost to Seattle 8-7 in 20 innings in 1981 — that game was suspended after 19 innings past 1 a.m. because of an American League curfew rule, and resumed about 18 hours later.The fans who stuck around this time enjoyed an encore of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” in the 14th, then a timely number to start the 19th with the Rolling Stones hit “19th Nervous Breakdown.”Boston used 12 pitchers against the Blue Jays, tying an American League record set a day earlier by the Los Angeles Angels.“Just an outstanding job every guy that came to the mound,” Boston manager John Farrell said.Hector Velazquez (3-1) picked up the win. Chris Rowley (1-2) lost in his fourth inning of relief. Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. helped save it when he threw out Jose Bautista at the plate to end the top of the 11th, after he tried to score on a flyball.“It’s a two-run game for 19 innings? In this park?” said Toronto bench coach DeMarlo Hale, filling in as acting manager for the fourth game in a row. “There was some pretty good pitching going on both sides.”After crossing with the winning run, Betts and the rest of the Red Sox still had enough energy to circle around for Ramirez, who led a brief chase into shallow right field before his teammates chased him down to celebrate another walkoff win.Kendrys Morales hit his 27th homer for Toronto, which took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth. Roberto Osuna entered looking for his 36th save, but ended up blowing a chance for the 10th time.Osuna walked Andrew Benintendi to start the ninth and Betts doubled. Benintendi scored when Ramirez grounded out, which allowed Betts to take third. Moreland then hit a sharp grounder to second that scored Betts.Morales led off the sixth with a homer off Eduardo Rodriguez for a 2-0 lead.Toronto starter Marco Estrada held Boston to three hits over seven shutout innings.“I don’t think I’ve ever played in a 19-inning game, and I didn’t even have to play in the whole game,” Estrada said. “I feel bad for the guys that were out there for the entire game.”TRAINER’S ROOMBlue Jays: Toronto manager John Gibbons is away from the team attending to a personal matter.Red Sox: Activated RHP Carson Smith (Tommy John surgery) from the 60-day DL. Manager John Farrell said Smith was still a little sore after taking a line drive off his leg during his final rehab start over the weekend, but was cleared to play. Smith pitched a hitless 18th.UP NEXTBlue Jays: RHP Joe Biagini (3-9, 5.01 ERA) had a career-high 10 strikeouts over seven innings Friday in a no-decision against Baltimore.Red Sox: RHP Doug Fister (4-7, 4.19) is 0-1 in two starts against Toronto this season.By DOUG ALDENTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

BOULDER Colo AP — Dont address the 30yearol

first_imgBOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Don’t address the 30-year-old freshman kicker from Australia as “Sir.” It makes him feel old.As for any sort of age joke, go ahead, because Colorado’s James Stefanou has heard them all — and usually it’s him cracking them.“I figure if you make the jokes, they’re not going to make them for you,” he said.The former soccer standout has quickly come of age as a kicker for the Buffaloes (3-0). Stefanou is 6 of 7 on field-goal attempts this season and has hit all 10 extra points heading into Colorado’s Pac-12 opener Saturday against No. 7 Washington at Folsom Field.A little background on the player from Melbourne: He got married in May, lives in a hotel close to campus, was a defender in soccer and loves everything about American football, except maybe all the contact. He went through a tackling drill the other day and got a little banged up.“No more of that,” he said. “If I have to in a game, I’ll be fine. I’ll just get them low.”Stefanou’s first attempt at kicking a football occurred when he was about 22 years old and hanging out with friends at a park Down Under. One of his mates held the football and the other stood about 40 yards away. Stefanou lofted the kick into the arms of his friend on his first attempt.Good!“He’s like, ‘You’re going to come down and have a kick with the guys,’” Stefanou said.That’s how he ended up at Prokick Australia , an academy developed to assist in the transition to American football by providing the fundamentals of punting and kicking. Some of the pupils include the last four Ray Guy Award winners as the nation’s best collegiate punter: Tom Hornsey of Memphis in 2013, Utah’s Tom Hackett in ’14 and ’15 and Mitch Wishnowsky of Utah in ’16.The Buffaloes were clued in about Stefanou through the program, saw some film and offered him a scholarship last spring .“I haven’t had any 30-year-olds in college before,” coach Mike MacIntyre said. “We felt really good about his talent and the coaching he was getting. We liked who he is as a person. He’s doing really well.”Still, this football thing has taken some adjustment. Namely, playing in front of so many fans. Being older, though — his birthday is April 15, 1987 — plays into his favor.“It’s helped a lot in terms of mentally being ready for this,” said Stefanou, whose longest kick this season is 40 yards. “Because it’s not anything you can replicate back home. You can train and practice as much as you want, but you can’t replicate the crowd. You can’t replicate the noise. You can’t replicate the rush.”He insisted he doesn’t miss soccer. If he craves the game, he’ll simply watch Manchester United in the Premier League.Stefanou played at a high level, representing his nation on its under-19 squad and suiting up professionally for several squads. He even went to Greece to play, but became homesick and returned to Australia.“I won’t do that again,” he cracked.That’s because he’s made himself right at home in Boulder. His wife, Laura, joined him on campus and is completing online coursework. He’s hoping to soon get her a puppy, for when he’s at road games or studying.About that, it’s been challenging hitting the books again after such a long layoff from school.“Writing papers and having deadlines,” he said, shaking his head. “I’m acclimatizing quite well.”By the way, he’s not the oldest player on the FBS level this season. That distinction belongs to Western Michigan punter Derrick Mitchell, who is three months older than Stefanou after playing minor league baseball before returning to football.As for how far his field-goal range might extend, Stefanou’s not quite sure. He did connect on a 63-yarder while with Prokick Australia.“I’d like to think I feel comfortable from 50 to 55,” he explained. “That’s what I’d like to think.”Being 30 does have some perks for Stefanou. For one, he rarely takes a backseat to any of his teammates on car rides.Well, except when Buffaloes defensive back Ryan Moeller is around.“He never lets me sit in the front seat,” Stefanou lamented. “I tell him, ‘Respect your elders. Let me sit in the front.’”PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare1919 Shareslast_img read more

The North End Music Performing Arts Center NEMP

first_imgThe North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) has announced plans to bring new programming into Charlestown for its 2018 fall class offerings.Founded by local North End mothers to promote arts enrichment and prioritize music education for all, NEMPAC now serves over 1,300 students per week and expects to provide opportunities to hundreds of more individuals through its strengthened partnerships with the Warren Prescott School, Charlestown Working Theater (CWT), and the Good Shepherd School. Last year, NEMPAC served over 120 Charlestown students throughout its programming. With the expected expansion, NEMPAC hopes to reach over 25% more students within the 2018-19 academic year.*Advertisement* In 2017, NEMPAC began working with the Warren Prescott School to broaden its after-school music offerings. The school already has shown its commitment to learning music in-school with a well-established band, chorus, music theatre, and general music program. NEMPAC successfully launched its private music instruction program after-school by offering private piano lessons, which were soon to be in high demand from parents and students. Since then, NEMPAC has added other instrument offerings and plans to include small group lessons in guitar for various age groups. To fulfill the community need for further collaborative music instruction in Charlestown, NEMPAC will also introduce new group guitar classes to the students at the Warren Prescott School this fall, with group strings and group keyboard programs returning in the North End.Since 2016, NEMPAC has worked in partnership with the Charlestown Working Theater to produce an annual Music Theatre Troupe holiday production for students ages 7-12. The program welcomes children of all abilities from the North End, Charlestown, and surrounding areas. This fall, NEMPAC is excited to continue its partnership with CWT, and hopes to engage with a more diverse range of students by allowing for a larger production and increasing its number of need-based scholarships. In addition to this partnership, NEMPAC will continue to offer its private instruction program there on-site and will begin a new, highly-requested A Capella Choir program for teen to young adult students, with emphasis on ear-training and overall musicianship. The A Capella Choir students will have a wide range of performance opportunities and the potential to serve as leaders in NEMPAC’s Community Holiday Choir.Over the years, the CWT Music Theatre Troupe has evolved into a collaborative environment where older students and seasoned performers act as mentors to younger and beginner students. This collaboration embodies the community-centric values of NEMPAC and their commitment to providing opportunities to learn, to teach, and to grow in many roles as artists, and ultimately support the longevity of a career in the arts.“The instructors and staff at NEMPAC are terrific. My daughter has really enjoyed theater and has gained so much self-confidence,” – a NEMPAC Music Theatre Troupe parent.Both NEMPAC’s Music Theatre Troupe partnership with CWT and the A Capella Choir are performance-based programs which prepares students for multiple public performances throughout the year such as the North End Trellis Lighting, NEMPAC Perform-a-thon, and final production performances, in addition to basic techniques and practices that further develop their music education. The performance-based programs offered at NEMPAC include Music Theatre Troupe, Music Theatre Troupe – Broadway Intensive, A Capella Choir, Eliot Music Ensemble, and NEMPAC Music Ensemble.In addition to above mentioned powerful partners in Charlestown, NEMPAC has worked with the Good Shepherd School to provide music experiences in-school once per week to all the students enrolled. Last year, an after-school program was added for students enrolled in after-school care to expand on music enrichment offerings. This year, NEMPAC will continue to impact children in the Charlestown neighborhood by continuing these wonderful music offerings in this school.NEMPAC’s expansion of programming into Charlestown is thanks, in part, to the Charlestown Community Impact Fund, which provided $2,500 to support NEMPAC’s commitment to accessible, high-quality programs and continued growth throughout Boston.To learn more, and see the cast, please visit  www.nempacboston.org.last_img read more

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first_imgEfforts by meeting moderators, Charter Realty’s Karen Johnson and Citizens Bank’s Amanda Marshall to limit discussion to the Citizens Bank proposal were unsuccessful as abutters and other residents focused on their distaste for the overall design of the building. Despite significant opposition in 2016 to the glass and metal design of the one-story (plus mezzanine) building, Charter Realty has already received city permits for core and shell construction. The Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA (now, the Boston Planning & Development Agency, BPDA) has also approved the design as part of their small project review.In particular, abutter Angie Romano (Romano Florist) expressed extensive opposition to the building plans as expressed by attorney George Jabour at the NEWRA meeting (03:42 in video and again at 13:50). Jabour implied the mezzanine level heights, up to 10 feet higher than the pre-existing structure on the Hanover Street side, may have been misrepresented by the proponent “as of right” under Article 54-18 of the zoning code. This view was disputed by Charter Realty’s Johnson who cited the provisions of Article 49A of the Greenway Overlay District zoning that apply to this parcel. Johnson implied that an adjoining structure on the lot, at 54 Salem St., is 43 feet high and therefore allows the added height (14:30 in video).NEWRA’s zoning chair, Victor Brogna, followed up after the meeting indicating that Article 54 of the Boston Zoning Code contains a Section 54-18 titled Roof Structure and Building Height Restrictions providing in part, “The height of any building existing as of June 24, 1985, shall determine the allowed building height on that lot subsequent to total or partial demolition or destruction of such building.” NEWRA’s President McGee requested the City provide the building plans that were filed with Inspectional Services.Citizens Bank has operated at the corner site for several years. The renderings below were provided to show the updated design of the bank. There would be an ATM, bank with offices and a mezzanine (click to enlarge). Mezzanine level 1 of 5 Renderings and Floor Plans of Citizens Bank at 198 Hanover Street It was another heated community meeting regarding the proposed building and tenants at Cross Street Plaza. Charter Cross Street LLC, an affiliate of Charter Realty at 198 Hanover Street, filed with the Boston Zoning Board of Appeal to change the legal occupancy at the property to include a Citizens Bank with an ATM. The tenant would occupy the center of the three bays in the new building. Recall that Starbucks, another proposed tenant, was recently shot down by city officials after significant community opposition.Members of the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) voted to oppose the application, with 9 in favor and 11 against. The hearing and advisory vote to city officials was held on September 13, 2018 at NEWRA’s monthly meeting.*Advertisement*center_img Ground level Basement that would be storage for Citizens Bank. The debate regarding the building and its approval by the city continued for most of the 25 minute discussion. At one point, a NEWRA member asked the Sergeant of Arms to intervene (22:40 in video).NEWRA’s opposition of the Citizens Bank at 198 Hanover St. joins that of the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) which also voted against the proposal. Both neighborhood groups are advisory to the city’s Board of Appeal that will make the final determination.While you’re here …we have a small favor to ask. More people than ever are reading NorthEndWaterfront.com but we need your help making ends meet. Advertising doesn’t bring in enough to pay for reporting or editorial work. Keeping this website going takes a lot of time, money and hard work. But we do it because we believe community news is important – and we think you do too. If everyone who reads this site, who likes it, puts in a bit to pay for it, then our future would be much more secure. Checks can be made out to North End Boston LLC, 343 Commercial St. #508, Boston 02109 or contribute online using the following links:*Make a One-Time Contribution* or *Become a Patron*last_img read more

THE Cebu City Council yesterday approved a resolut

first_imgTHE Cebu City Council yesterday approved a resolution introduced by Councilor Gerardo Carillo asking Mayor Michael Rama to enroll government buildings for insurance coverage.Councilor Margot Osmeña said insuring government buildings, equipment and other properties was mentioned in the 2012 Annual Audit Observation Report of the Commission on Audit (COA).ADVERTISEMENT 4.0 quake shakes Davao Oriental town “If the earthquake occurred in a school day it would have resulted in a stampede,” he said.MORE STORIESnewsinfo4.0 quake shakes Davao Oriental townnewsinfoLOOK: MMDA conducts 2nd round of clearing ops in Pasig, PaterosnewsinfoDemocrats fight over health care, immigration at debateMORE STORIESnewsinfo4.0 quake shakes Davao Oriental townnewsinfoLOOK: MMDA conducts 2nd round of clearing ops in Pasig, PaterosnewsinfoDemocrats fight over health care, immigration at debateRama said he wanted to institute a policy requiring school buildings with more than one stairway.But Rama said he was told by former vice mayor and school board head Joy Augustus Young that this was not necessary because the city is not prone to earthquakes.In yesterday’s session, the city council also passed a resolution introduced by Councilor Alvin Dizon asking the OBO and the City Risk Reduction and Management Council to conduct mandatory inspections of private and public school buildings.The Department of Engineering and Public Works (DEPW) has so far identified 25 structures that were badly damaged by the earthquake and should be considered as “unsafe for occupancy.”ADVERTISEMENT Carillo’s resolution also asked the Local School Board and the Department of Education (DepEd) to make sure that all school buildings are equipped with two stairways for entrance and exit.“We’re requesting the Office of the Building Official (OBO) and the Office of the City Engineer to report as to their compliance with the said measure in order to secure the lives and ensure the safety of students in all public schools in the City of Cebu,” he said.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOTolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China dealCarillo joined DepEd and local school board engineers in inspecting city schools for assessment in the wake of the Oct. 15 earthquake.The councilor said even three-story school buildings only have one stairway. Taipei to offer migrant workers free medical checks, haircuts PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension LOOK: MMDA conducts 2nd round of clearing ops in Pasig, Pateros Fake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in Pateros Tolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China deal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img LATEST STORIES Read Next Dizon said all public and private schools, colleges and universities in the city should institutionalize their fire and earthquake drills to prepare their students when calamity strikes.The Department of Education (DepEd) regional office said tents, computer labs and kitchens will be used as alternative classrooms while teachers will take double shifts when classes resume on Nov. 4.As of 1:00 p.m. yesterday, the DepEd said there are 804 classrooms in Cebu province that were unsafe to occupy in the wake of the Oct. 15 earthquake.“They can use non-academic rooms like computer laboratories or ktichen laboratories as temporary classrooms,” DepEd Provincial Superintendent Dr. Arden Monisit said.He said he submitted the list and assessment of the structural engineers to the DepEd central office since they will also provide tents that can be used as temporary classrooms.“There are also non-government organizations (NGOs) that are going to donate tents for the schools,” Dr. Monisit said.He said it’s up to the teachers and school officials to work out the schedule. First classes start from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and second classes start from 2 p.m to 7 p.m.“There is a possibility that the repairs of classrooms will be done by the end of the school year,” he said. Correspondents Edison delos Angeles and Michelle Joy L. Padayhag Bodjie Pascua slams Palace stance on making Dengvaxia usable again View comments MOST READ SMC bags Bulacan airport project Bodjie Pascua slams Palace stance on making Dengvaxia usable againlast_img read more

Tolentino No more debate with Drilon on China dea

first_imgTolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China deal MOST READ Painters refuse to go quietly Locsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilege Aside from Rama, also named respondent in the case was Raquel Arce, chief of the Prevention Restoration Order Beautification Enhancement (Probe) in Cebu City.In her petition, Quintanilla said they built their house in a 40 square meter lot owned by the Roman Catholic Church 30 years ago.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPalace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spikeShe said a Supreme Court decision in the case of Roman Catholic Apostolic Church vs Municipality of Cebu will prove their claim.AGREEMENT Museum of illusions opens View comments Baybayin revival makes native PH history hip WHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccine LATEST STORIEScenter_img PH protests Chinese boat swarm, warship passage Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements SMC bags Bulacan airport project A MOTHER of five children has filed a civil case in court against Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama and another official for purportedly ordering the demolition of their residence in barangay Parian.Myla Quintanilla asked the Regional Trial Court to immediately issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) to stop the respondents from destroying their home.ADVERTISEMENT PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension Quintanilla said she earlier entered into a memorandum of agreement with the landowner represented by Archbishop Emeritus of Cebu Ricardo Cardinal Vidal allowing her family to occupy the lot where their house presently stands.MORE STORIESnewsinfoOfficials abandon idea of demolishing Columbine High SchoolnewsinfoRobredo: It is a ‘good sign’ that demolition work has started in Marawi CitynewsinfoResort owners tear down illegal structures along Alona Beach in PanglaoMORE STORIESnewsinfoOfficials abandon idea of demolishing Columbine High SchoolnewsinfoRobredo: It is a ‘good sign’ that demolition work has started in Marawi CitynewsinfoResort owners tear down illegal structures along Alona Beach in PanglaoSometime in 2006, she said then Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña planned to evict her. However, when Osmeña learned about the High Court’s decision on the ownership of the lot, the former mayor relented and took no action.When Rama took over as mayor, Quintanilla received a letter for them to vacate the lot where their house stands.But Quintanilla refused to heed the order.“It is indubitable that the land on which petitioner’s house stands is owned by the Roman Catholic Church and not by the respondents or by the city of Cebu,” said Quintanilla through her lawyers Julius Ceasar Entise and Bayani Atup.ADVERTISEMENT The lawyers said threats to demolish Quintanilla’s house will cause “great and irreparable injury” to Quintanilla and her five children who have no other place to live.They are also asking the court to issue a preliminary injunction to restrain the respondents from demolishing Quintanilla’s house while the main case is being heard in court. /Ador Vincent S. MayoRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

By Hubert Arnoldi UPF Germany On the afternoon of

first_imgBy Hubert Arnoldi, UPF GermanyOn the afternoon of May 21, 2017 we gathered at our Stuttgart UPF Interfaith Center on the occasion of the UN International Day of Families to listen to a talk on “The significance of the family in the religions” and to conduct an interreligious World Peace Blessing ceremony.UPF representative in Stuttgart, Hubert Arnoldi, emceed the event and first read some excerpts on the UN International Day of Families 2017. Then he explained how receiving the World Peace Marriage Blessing could help to unfold original love. The Family Federation for World Peace, founded in 1996, emphasizes the value of marriage and family for the individual as well as for society. For this reason, it conducts marriage blessing ceremonies all over the world for already married couples who renew their marriage vows and for unwed couples who give their vows to each other.In founding the world-wide Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, Rev. Sun Myung Moon and his wife Hak Ja Han Moon, who are also founders of UPF, highlighted the central value of marriage and family for people of all faiths. They teach that true love can best be realized in a family where God’s love resides. The relationships between husband and wife, parents and children, brothers and sisters should all be imbued with fulfilling and lasting love.The blessing ceremony is simple. Couples meet in a certain place, give their vows and ex-change rings. A special prayer is said to bless the couples and ask for their protection. The couples express their willingness to follow God’s will and invest themselves in a life of true love, fidelity and stability in their marriage thus making a contribution for a peaceful world. Prior to the blessing vows, couples partake in a Holy Wine (or Nectar) Ceremony signifying internal purification.After the blessing, a short restoration ceremony (Korean: Tan Gam) is conducted which signifies the liberation from burdening resentments and painful feelings between husband and wife. To prepare themselves for a new and pure beginning of their married life, the couples go through a period – normally 40 days – of sexual abstinence during which they pray together. The completion of the blessing process is a private 3-day ceremony between husband and wife.The Blessing is open to all people of all beliefs. It opens up a new dimension of heavenly blessing and has proven to be an enormous help for participants in strengthening their religious life. The Blessing also serves as a means to overcome barriers which prevent us from fulfill our spiritual ideals and it can foster better understanding of people of other faiths.Good families stem from good marriages. Good marriages are based on good men and women. Unless we ourselves become people who embody goodness we won’t be able to realize goodness in our marriages and families.After the talk, following the tradition of the World Peace Blessings, 10 representative of the religious communities which were present – Sikh, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Scientology, Christian Science and Family Federation – offered a blessing prayer for all the participants in the room, so that each could receive the blessing, but also share and bestow it. Then the blessing vows were said and the Holy Wine (Nectar) administered. To conclude the ceremony, Hubert and Yoshiko Arnoldi offered a special blessing prayer.The atmosphere was very high and the musical piece “Blessing” by Celtic Woman marked the end of the blessing ceremony. Three couples from the Sikh religion, Sufi Islam and Scientology received the blessing of renewing their marriage. Mr. Subhraag Sing of the Sikh religion was awarded with the Peace Ambassador certificate.After the traditional “family photo” with all participants, we had coffee and cake and heart-felt sharing lasted for hours. Cordial thanks to all participants and helpers!last_img read more

Whats New in TechnologyLatest News for Entreprene

first_img What’s New in TechnologyLatest News for EntrepreneursOur Best Videos You can visit https://t.co/IO1tIHnfBU and urge the FCC to keep strong net neutrality rules backed by Title II.— John Oliver (@iamjohnoliver) May 8, 2017 be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/heres-tv-host-john-oliver-crashing-fccs-website/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/heres-tv-host-john-oliver-crashing-fccs-website/ John Oliver, the acerbic host of TV’s Last Week Tonight, issued a call-to-arms to his audience to respond to the latest threats against net neutrality.Oliver told his audience, “Once again, net neutrality is in trouble,” reports USA Today. Soon after, the hashtag #GoFCCYourself was trending. Internet users have been overloading the comment section of the FCC’s site, taking the site down.center_img (Image: iStock/monkeybusinessimages) The Trump administration and its newly appointed FCC chair Ajit Pai have made clear that they are intent on dismantling the net neutrality protections put in place by President Obama.In an interview with NPR, Chairman Pai was in favor of rolling back net neutrality provisions because he felt that the previous FCC chair “unnecessarily inserted the government into the internet economy, stifling its innovation and growth.”Proponents of net neutrality say it is regulation designed to keep the internet open and accessible for everyone.Getting Rid of Net Neutrality May Not be as Easy as Trump ThinksMignon Clyburn, an FCC commissioner appointed by the Obama administration, recently told Black Enterprise, that is may be hard to get rid of net neutrality.“I am confident that net neutrality stands,” said Commissioner Clyburn. “It’s going to be very hard to improve on what I think is the best means of ensuring a free and open platform that has enabled millions in this country and billions around the world to take advantage of opportunity.”“People have a tendency to focus on some of the big picture aspects when it comes to open internet, “she continued. “I call it open internet because, for me, that describes it so clearly. When we talk about freedom of expression, to flourish, I can’t think of any other platform that has been so empowering. There should be no tolls, no barriers. If you should not prefer my website over another [for example], I should be able to use any device of my choice if it’s not harmful. I shouldn’t be blocked or limited because I don’t have social, economic, or political ties to big business or the industry. It’s going to be difficult to talk people into moving away from the protections we have been allowed.”Another late night talk show host, Stephen Colbert, is also currently in the FCC‘s sights. After Colbert made what some deemed crude remarks about Trump’s relationship with Putin, Chairman Pai told a radio show that the FCC, “… we’re going to take the facts that we find and we are going to apply the law as it’s been set out by the Supreme Court and other courts and we’ll take the appropriate action,” about Colbert’s comment.last_img read more

Six Boston Executives on How They Destress

first_img Sign up for Health & Wellness newsletters. Everything you need to stay healthy and fit.* By Chris Sweeney· Photo via iStock.com/DisobeyArtMatthew O’Toole, president of Reebok:The best way to unwind after a tough day is watching one of my kids’ sports events. I have five children and nothing is more exciting for me than seeing them play.Joseph “Jay” Hooley, chairman and CEO of State Street Corporation:When I’m stressed out, I like to exercise. I’m a big believer that exercise is a great moderator of stress. I make it a priority to start my day with a workout. I find it boosts my energy level all day long and fortifies me to deal with whatever challenges my day might bring.Lisa Tanzer, president of Life Is Good:The best way to unwind after a long day of work is to hang out with family and friends without distractions.Kathleen Murphy, president of personal investing at Fidelity:The best way to unwind after a tough day is to have some laughs with my family. We love to go to the local Irish pub Dunn-Gaherin’s, in Newton Upper Falls, on the weekends just to catch up on the week.John Fish, chairman and CEO of Suffolk Construction:The best way to decompress after a long week is picking up a barbecue chicken pizza on a Friday night and enjoying it with my family.Shira Goodman, president and CEO of Staples:When I need to decompress I grab a glass of wine, some popcorn, and a great book. Print 9/26/2017, 5:00 a.m. [Adapted from Boston Inc., a series of interviews conducted in 2015 and 2016. See more.] Business Six Boston Executives on How They Destress No one knows pressure like these folks. Here’s what these boss’s boss’s bosses do to decompress. Read all about the latest gym openings, healthy events, and fitness trends in our twice weekly Wellness newsletter. 000last_img read more