Social Innovation Lab on Aging Seeks Participants

first_img Prototypes can be a product, a process, a policy, a program, or anything in between. The selected participants will actively take part in all aspects of the lab and in making Nova Scotia a sustainable and thriving province. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply. For more information and access to the application form visit, www.novascotia.ca/govlab. developing and testing prototypes integrating those skills and ideas into daily work. Government is seeking individuals with ideas and solutions from the private, public, not-for-profit and academic sectors to participate in a social innovation lab on aging. NS GovLab will test policy, programs, service and process ideas related to the challenges and opportunities of an aging population. “The impacts of an aging population are complex and effect everyone,” said Seniors Minister Leo Glavine. “Bringing academics, community organizations, policy-makers and businesses to the table will generate new ideas and workable solutions. “We want to recruit a diverse group of people to explore opportunities and solutions within this demographic shift – all ages, from all parts of the province, with all levels of work and life experience.” The one-year fellowship is made up of two phases:last_img read more

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Rebels kill 10 in attacks in Hodeida Yemen

first_imgSanaa (Yemen): Yemeni officials and witnesses say rebel attacks have killed at least 10 pro-government forces in the key port city of Hodeida. They say the clashes, which flared up Wednesday, wounded at least seven civilians when shells hit their residential areas in the contested Red Sea city. The officials demanded anonymity because they weren’t authorised to brief reporters. Witnesses asked for anonymity for fear of reprisals. Yemen’s internationally recognised government accused the Houthi rebels of using UN facilities in Hodeida to attack its forces.last_img read more

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CRTC awards Indigenous radio licenses across the country

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has awarded radio licenses in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa and Toronto to three Indigenous communications companies.Northern Native Broadcasting in British Columbia was awarded radio rights in Vancouver, Aboriginal Multi-Media Society of Alberta received licenses in Edmonton and Calgary, and First Peoples Radio Inc. was awarded a license in Ottawa and Toronto.First Peoples Radio is owned by Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN).The announcement was made Wednesday in Ottawa.“This decision comes at a crucial time, not only because it comes in the wake of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report,” said Jean-Pierre Blais, chair of the CRTC. “But also because of the many major issues that affect these communities, such as the disappearance and murder of Indigenous women, water quality on some reserves and Indigenous youth suicides.“We will closely monitor the licensees to ensure that they act in keeping with their mandate of serving and promoting Indigenous communities by dealing with the issues that affect them directly, speaking their languages and promoting their cultures.”news@aptn.calast_img read more

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South Africa foreigners displaced by xenophobic attacks anxious over future – UN

14 August 2008The United Nations refugee agency is assisting foreigners – mostly Zimbabweans – forced to flee their homes in South Africa by xenophobic violence, as the deadline looms for tomorrow’s closure by the Gauteng provincial government of all six temporary shelters, housing 6,000 people. Gloria, a Zimbabwean asylum-seeker who spoke on the condition that her real name not be used, has made her home for the past two months in a Johannesburg facility that will be shut down tomorrow.“I have sleepless nights thinking about this,” the mother of two boys and a girl who also cares for her HIV-positive mother said.Back home in Zimbabwe, she lived an affluent lifestyle thanks to the well-paying job of her husband, who had two university degrees. But her life was turned upside down when he was murdered in 2005 for his work as an activist for the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).“Having to start (life) over in a new country, with no place to stay, moving to a shelter when I was the madam of my own house back in Zimbabwe, is like losing everything including my identity,” Gloria said.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Pretoria, along with its partner the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), is helping all asylum-seekers and undocumented Zimbabweans seeking to reintegrate into local communities.“The assistance is for a period of two months, after which we expect people to be on the road to re-establishing themselves and their livelihoods,” said Irfan Adil, Associate Programme Officer with the agency.He added, however, that the most vulnerable can have their cases re-evaluated and possibly receive further help.Gloria, expressing appreciation for UNHCR’s support, said that she understands the temporary nature of the shelters, which the Government made clear when they were set up in the wake of xenophobic violence in May.“It is time to move on but I just need a little more time [to] get my plan in place,” she said. read more

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US Congressmen advise East Timor assembly to extend constitutional debate

“From our end, we want to assure you that we would like the Constituent Assembly to have as much time as it needs to write the best possible Constitution for East Timor. In this regard, we propose that you consider further extending the session, perhaps by two months beyond [the 25 January] date,” the letter said. The letter, dated 10 January, was signed by Reps. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Chris Smith (R-N.J.), Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.), Lane Evans (D-Ill.) and Sam Farr (D-Calif.). “Your Constitution would still be finished well before formal independence [and] the extra time would enable more thorough discussions and additional consultation within the Constituent Assembly and throughout East Timor,” the letter added. Upon receipt of the letter, the assembly members discussed the contents of the letter and subsequently agreed to formulate a response based on input from each of the political parties represented in the 88-member body. No decision was taken, however, regarding a shift in the deadline. read more

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Kosovo UN envoy condemns latest round of bomb attacks on parked cars

Steven Schook, the Secretary-General’s Principal Deputy Special Representative, issued a statement today in the provincial capital, Pristina, following the attacks in Gjilan/Gnjilane and Ferizaj/Uroševac on Friday and Saturday nights.He said the two explosions were the apparent result of bombs placed under parked vehicles. While the vehicles were badly damaged, and several nearby vehicles were also damaged, no one was injured.Mr. Schook said “this kind of violence goes against what the people of Kosovo want and are working toward at this important time in the status process. Violence has no place in a Kosovo committed to democracy and the rule of law.”Earlier on Friday, an explosive attack damaged the private car of Kosovo’s Minister of Internal Affairs, Fatmir Rexhepi, while it was parked outside his apartment in Gjilan/Gnjilane. read more

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Massive Kearl oilsands mine ready to start up any day now Imperial

Massive Kearl oilsands mine ready to start up any day now, Imperial CEO says by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 25, 2013 10:53 am MDT CALGARY – With Imperial Oil Ltd.’s Kearl oilsands mine ready to start up any day now, CEO Rich Kruger shrugged off concerns about whether the already tight North American market can soak up another 110,000 barrels of crude a day.“Start up is imminent,” Kruger told reporters following the company’s annual general meeting on Thursday. “It’s real soon. We’re right on the cusp of starting up.”Late last year and early this year, the price gap between Canadian heavy oil and U.S. light oil widened to an abnormal level, cutting into producers’ profits and Alberta’s tax and royalty revenues.The discount on heavy crude was one reason that Imperial reported a 21 per cent drop in first-quarter earnings compared with a year earlier.The differential has since narrowed, but the CEO of another major oilsands firm, Cenovus Energy Inc., warned Wednesday that it’s not expected to last.A major reason for that view, Brian Ferguson said, is Kearl.The crux of the problem, industry players and the Alberta government say, is a dearth of pipeline infrastructure to get oilsands crude to the markets that can pay the best price. Pipelines such as TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL project have faced fierce environmental opposition.Kruger said he believes the 830,000-barrel-per-day Keystone XL pipeline, which would connect mostly oilsands crude to the U.S. Gulf Coast market, will ultimately go ahead after years of delay.But if not, Imperial also has the flexibility send its crude to its own refineries in Alberta and Ontario, as well as ExxonMobil’s network.Oil will flow out of Kearl for several decades and Kruger did not appear fazed by all of the market swings that are sure to take place over that period.“Time has an amazing way of working through the issues,” he said. “I think we’ll see, over time, that market forces work here.”Earlier this year, Imperial said the first phase of will cost $12.9 billion, up from a previous estimate of $10.9 billion. The project was initially expected to cost $7.9 billion.Imperial is building Kearl, north of Fort McMurray, Alta., alongside its U.S. parent company, energy giant ExxonMobil Corp.Startup had been targeted for late 2012 or early 2013, but harsh winter weather has slowed the process. Crude from Kearl won’t be sold until the third quarter of this year, as it takes time for the oil to move through pipelines.Kruger said it’s important to remember “the absolute scale” of Kearl when it comes to its schedule. As numerous components are put together, many adjustments need to be made along the way.“Nothing that I would describe is unusual or atypical. It’s just a big world-class project,” he said.Earlier Thursday, Imperial (TSX:IMO) said it earned $798 million or 94 cents per share in the first three months of the year, down from about $1 billion, or $1.19 per share, in the same 2012 period.The results beat the average analyst estimate of 93 cents, according to Thomson Reuters.The company realized an average of $43.63 a barrel for the bitumen it produced, down 34 per cent from a year earlier.But the price gap benefits companies, such as Imperial, that also refine crude into products such as gasoline, as it means a cheaper raw product.Net income from Imperial’s downstream, or refining and marketing, segment was $478 million, $23 million higher than a year earlier.By contrast, net income from its upstream, or production, side of the business was $300 million, versus $542 million a year earlier.Imperial and ExxonMobil are also in the early stages of looking at exporting their natural gas in liquid form from Canada’s West Coast.Together, they have a large acreage position in northeastern B.C.’s gas-rich Horn River Basin, recently augmented by the recent $3.1-billion acquisition of Celtic Exploration Ltd., which had shale gas holdings in the Montney formation in B.C. and the Duvernay formation in Alberta.Imperial and ExxonMobil recently made an expression of interest in B.C. Crown land at Grassy Point, north of Prince Rupert, as a potential site for an LNG terminal.Others looking at that location include Nexen, owned by Chinese firm CNOOC Ltd., Australia’s Woodside and Korea’s SK E&S.Kruger said Grassy Point is just one option Imperial and Exxon are exploring.“When you look at LNG sites, you need a number of things, he said. “You certainly need the stability of the land to put a big facility on it. You need access to deep water so you can bring ships to load in.”Imperial changed CEOs earlier this year as part of a broader corporate reshuffle at its parent company.Bruce March left Imperial to run ExxonMobil’s global chemical operations after nearly five years in the role. Kruger had been president of ExxonMobil Production Co. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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As Syria conflict enters ninth year humanitarian crisis far from over Security

Although fighting in the country has diminished, a growing number of civilians have been killed or injured in recent weeks.Rosemary DiCarlo, head of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, and Ramesh Rajasingham, a senior director at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), briefed Council members, highlighting the escalating violence in the last rebel-held enclave of Idlib, and the surrounding areas of north-west Syria.Ms. DiCarlo described reports of artillery, mortar exchanges and airstrikes; as well as rocket attacks and raids which are putting a strain, she said, on a 2018 agreement between Russia and Turkey to limit military operations in the area, which created a buffer zone between opposition fighters and Syrian Government forces and their allies.‘Alarming spike in civilian casualties’, displacementMr Rajasingham told the council that the region has seen an “alarming spike in civilian casualties: “last month alone, 90 people were killed, of whom nearly half were children. At least 86,000 people have also reportedly been displaced by this latest upsurge of violence. Health facilities, including a hospital in Saraqeb city, which had been deconflicted with the parties through established procedures, and schools, are reported to have been hit.” Last month alone, 90 people were killed, of whom nearly half were children. At least 86,000 people have also reportedly been displaced by this latest upsurge of violence. Ramesh Rajasingham, director of the Coordination Division, OCHARegarding last week’s capture – by Syrian Democratic Forces backed by a US-led coalition – of the last remaining territory held by the terror group ISIL, Ms. DiCarlo warned that ISIL still poses a threat, and that thousands of civilians fleeing military operations against the group have found their way to al Hol, a refugee camp in Hasakah province: more than 140 of them died on the way to the camp, or once they arrived there.There are now 72,000 people living in al Hol, with thousands more on the way, and there is, said the Peacebuilding chief, a desperate need to maintain and ramp up the humanitarian response. However, she noted that the UN is still awaiting approval from the Syrian Government for humanitarian access for a third convoy of life-saving assistance.Expanding on conditions in al Hol, Mr. Rajasingham said that many newcomers have arrived following gruelling journeys of hundreds of kilometres in open trucks, after prolonged exposure to intense hostilities, extreme deprivation and human rights abuses under ISIL rule. Many show signs of distress, and are suffering from trauma injuries, malnutrition and fatigue.Mr. Rajasingham concluded with a call for continued international engagement to allow the UN to continue running “one of the largest and most complex aid operations ever implemented,” whilst Ms. DiCarlo reminded Council members, “on this grim anniversary,” that the UN Secretary-General has said that it is a “moral obligation and a political imperative for the international community to support Syrians to unite around a vision that addresses the root causes of the conflict and forges a negotiated political solution.” UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeRamesh Rajasingham, Director of the Coordination Division of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), briefs the Security Council on the situation in the Middle East (Syria). read more

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Week in Brussels – week ending Friday 30 May 2014

DOWNLOAD1. European Parliament election results announced2. Rise in commercial vehicle registrations3. Survey shows lack of funding prevents companies from capitalising on innovation4. Commission presents new European energy security strategy5. Robotic assistants provided to aid factory floor workers6. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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Wrapsol Unveils ScratchResistant Kits for Samsung Galaxy Tab

first_imgIf you’re planning to pick up a shiny new Samsung Galaxy Tab now that they’re available on almost every major US cellular carrier, you’ll probably want a way to keep your investment safe while you use it or travel with it. Wrapsol, makers of thin, scratch-resistant protective film for the iPhone, iPad, and even consoles and digital cameras, just released the new Wrapsol Clean for the Samsung Galaxy Tab, which is designed to keep your tablet free from scratches, fingerprints, and glare while you use it. All Wrapsol Clean film wraps come with adhesive components for all sides of your device, with spaces cut out for ports, buttons, and in the case of the Galaxy Tab, the camera on the back. The film wrap is completely transparent, and retains the touch sensitivity of your tablet’s display while keeping it safe from scratches and dust. The Wrapsol Clean for the Galaxy Tab will cost you $29.99 retail, and comes with the film, a microfiber cloth, a squeegee to push out air bubbles when you apply it, and instructions.last_img read more

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Pepco Powers Ward 6

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comAs the nation celebrated Juneteenth and the official ending to  American chattel slavery, Pepco commemorated the historic date with the official ribbon-cutting ceremony at the newly restored James C. Dent House in Southwest, D.C.  Dent was a former slave, turned farmer and pastor of Moriah Baptist Church in S.W, whose house will now be used to offer science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) education and workforce development programming for residents of all ages in Ward 6.  Pepco worked to restore the house, which was built in 1906 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2010, as a means to continue Dent’s legacy and bring opportunities to the community. In partnership with Living Classrooms, an organization that offers hands-on training and workforce development programming, Pepco is able to bring the educational aspect of their mission to the Dent House.Living Classrooms student speaker Samaria Edwards (denim), Living Classrooms Foundation President and CEO James Bond, Pepco Holdings President and CEO Dave Velazquez (center), D.C. Public Service Commission Chair Willie Phillips (navy suit, light brown shoes), and Senior Pastor of Mount Moriah Baptist Church Lucius Dalton (navy suit, dark shoes), with members of Mount Moriah Baptist Church and Living Classrooms BeatZone performers. (Courtesy Photo)“Pepco has powered economies, connected communities, and worked toward securing a safe and brighter future for our customers for more than 120 years,” said Dave Velazquez, president and CEO, Pepco Holdings in a press release. “Knowing the historical significance of the James C. Dent House, it was important for us to find a way to again make it a central part of the community. This historic landmark represents not just a flashback to late-19th and early-20th century living in the District, but also that spirit of resiliency, which was ever present in its original owner James C. Dent and now lives on through our partnership with Living Classrooms in this community-based center to serve families residing in Ward 6.”In its first phase since opening last week, the Dent House will offer a workforce training program, STEAM and robotics programming for middle schoolers, and an arts program for young people to learn about music production, while also writing and recording their own music. From the success of the trial programs and community input, Pepco anticipates to offer further opportunities such as: after school and summer academic enrichment programs for youth, mentoring and adult education and job training. “We are very grateful to Pepco for this opportunity to serve the D.C. community and families residing in Southwest, D.C.,” said James Piper Bond, president and CEO of Living Classrooms Foundation.  “We are committed to honoring the spirit of James C. Dent by providing hands-on education and job training for the children, youth, and adults who live here – ultimately helping contribute to a safer, stronger, and healthier community.”As part of the pomp and circumstance of the ribbon cutting on Juneteenth, Pepco also announced a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution Anacostia Community Museum, to display a satellite version of the exhibit, “A Right to the City- Southwest DC,  powered by Pepco,” at the Dent House. The exhibit is part of the museum’s larger goal to showcase the history of six neighborhoods across D.C., particularly highlighting how ordinary residents helped to shape and reshape their communities in extraordinary ways.The Dent House is located near Pepco’s Waterfront substation, which began energizing the area in 2017.  The two-level substation, created with input from the community, provides power to communities in Southwest including Buzzard Point, the Southwest Waterfront and Navy Yard, and is one of the largest indoor substations ever built with provisions for six high-voltage transmission feeders and 72 electric distribution circuits.  To learn more about the work happening with the Dent House, visit {The Source, Pepco’s online newsroom.  To follow Pepco on Facebook go to www.facebook.com/pepcoconnect and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pepcoconnect.last_img read more

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The Worlds Longest Dragon Boat Is a Sight to Behold

first_img A team from Cambodia is now in the Guinness Book of World Records for building a dragon boat that’s nearly as long as the State of Liberty is tall.The record-setting dragon boat measures 286 feet and 5 inches. For reference, the Statue of Liberty is 305 feet tall. The boat can hold 179 oarsmen, according to Guinness World Records.The boat was built using traditional methods by the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia (UYFC), Prey Veng, and the Prey Veng Provincial Administration in Cambodia.The builders used six logs and some stumps, and the timber came from Koki msoav (Hopea odorata) trees, a species which can reach up to 148 feet in height. The trees are also known to be highly water-resistant.A tree trunk used in the construction of the boat. (Photo Credit: Guinness World Records)Some of the tree trunks used for the boat were over 50 years old, and their use required official permission  from government departments such as the Ministry of Environment, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.The boat was constructed for the Cambodian Water Festival, one of the country’s biggest traditional celebrations, held during the second week of November.Photo Credit: Guinness World RecordsThe International Dragon Boat Federation, which sets the international standard for dragon boats, inspected the finished vessel to confirm it qualified for the record.More on Geek.com:Watch: Gymnast Sets World Record for Insane BackflipCan You Beat These 9 Incredible Gaming World Records?World’s Largest Game Boy Makes a Man Out of Nintendo’s Handheld Dude Watched ‘Captain Marvel’ 116 Times to Break World RecordEarliest Known Mariner’s Astrolabe Earns Guinness World Record Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Exploring diversity in art

first_imgThere is an interesting mix of tradition and contemporaneity in master artist Shuvaprasanna’s aesthetic genre that includes some amazing charcoal drawings, etchings and paintings around the City of Joy, his abode and playing fields since birth. “The prolific artist known for his series including those around the city, its people, birds, animals, clocks, wraps and flowers with varied nuances, has also created an amazing body of work on much revered icons,” says Sushma Behl.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The artist showcased his collection of works at Chawla Art Gallery in the national Capital recently. An intellectual rigour and socio political consciousness permeates all his work, be it in portraits, graphics, B&W drawings, illustrations, poster designs and publications, paintings in water colours, acrylic and oils, sculptures and installations besides writing and other forms of creative expressions. The infinite diversity is reflected in his repertoire including Lament 1971, Touch 72, Dream, Illusion 75,  Time/Clock, Illusion 77/8, Abode, Childish 79, Wrapped 81, Amphibious, Ave, Birds 83, Amphibious 85, Black & White 85/6, Calcutta Black and White 89, Bird, Wings of no End, Crow, Fish, Signal 92, Metropolis: Portraits of Calcutta, Middletone 93-97, Icons 98, Crows, Illusion 99, Icons 2000, Icons and illusions 2002, Lila 2004, The Golden Flute 2005, Evocative Expressions, The Divine Flute 2006, Night-Watch 2008 and Expressions 2009.          Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe winged creatures- crows, owls, pelicans, eagles and storks with an occasional appearance of a feline- dog, donkey or another specimen familiar to the city- have continued to be central in much of Shuva’s imagery. His work around Crow that shares an affinity with noble laureate Ted Hughes’ poems around the winged bird makes engaging and intellectually stimulating art. On crows, the artist says, “I like them because they cannot lie. They don’t pretend”. The crows and owls are depicted not as vicious or victims but as victors and wise. The cranes with long swan like beaks and ducks in the Amphibious were inspired by a visit to the zoo where he saw them with their open fluttering wings vibrating the waters. There are stark charcoal drawings and water colour paintings of crafty crows, wise owls and ominous street dogs that seem to speak of the animal’s survival instinct as a parody for the man!    Illusion and Maya series with sexual undertones featuring sensuousness through flowers radiate the bliss of touch and acceptance. “Insects, animals and humans all meet and mate to carry on with the cycle of life” and “I see sexuality as the rhythm of life”, says the artist. There is a touch of abstraction and ideation but no space for conceptual art in his scheme of things “an art work must communicate visually with no recourse to words” believes the artist, comfortable working in small format though prefers to work on large canvases.last_img read more

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World Beyond Dance

first_imgFrench directors Pierre X Garnier and Jose Revault are working on a documentary which traces the life of ace choreographer Terence Lewis as a man in his 40s and follows his move to step away from the world of dance for acting.Lewis met the directors – the founders of 7eme Lune, the International Film Festival of Rennes for young directors in France –during his vacation in Corsica in 2016. He hid his identity, but they discovered about him through social media. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”I was pleasantly surprised when they told me that they want to do a documentary because I was very curious to, first of all, know why they want to do a documentary as I have already shot for lots of television shows where a lot of my life has been captured, especially the BBC show ‘Har Ghar Kuch Kehta Hai’.”I have also spoken about my life quite a lot of times to newspapers, channels and there have been lots of stories about from where I come from and how and where I have reached here,” said Lewis. So, he wasn’t keen to add one more story. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”But they explained to me that, ‘We were not interested in your story (going) from rags to riches because that’s already been kind of documented. We don’t want to talk about your success, films, TV shows or any other things that are already there. We want to talk about all the things I shared with them in Corsica on a one-on-one’… They found my personal talk with them very interesting.” The dance guru says the documentary is “different from the regular” ones. “It is a little bit more internal, in the head and deep… It is not about me talking about my success, my laurels or how amazing my journey is… It is about me as a person now in the present – what are the challenges I am facing as a man in 40s, as a person who is also moving from dance and taking a step… into films as an actor and writer… so it is that journey that they want to chronicle.” They have shot around 40 per cent and, technically, “need to have 60 hours of footage to make it into a documentary series”.The makers are now crowdfunding to shoot the latter part of the film and for post-production. They need to raise around Rs 700,000.”What started as a simple project has now become a full-fledged project and we are on Wishberry this month, urging people to help us make the film to just cover the basic expenses of shooting, editing and camera…I hope we are able to reach the target.”He runs the Terence Lewis Contemporary Dance Company and specialises in Indian folk, contemporary and neo-classical dance forms. He has even choreographed international stage shows, Bollywood shows, Broadway Western musicals and music videos. He became popular as a mentor and judge on ‘Dance India Dance’. What was his first reaction to the documentary project?”I was like ‘Oh my God, that’s bit scary’ as I spoke to them like friends… Like sharing my life about things that were beyond my films and work. I spoke to them about my personal quest… how I was searching for meaning in my life and the philosophies that combine us, politics to history.”They were like, ‘We want to talk about many things that are going on in your head’ because they found my philosophy – and a certain aspect of my questioning and reasoning things and embracing certain aspects of life – very interesting.”They wanted to present this kind of an Indian man, a thinking Indian man with certain questions about life, to the Western universe and they said it is very important for an Indian voice to be heard. And they were very curious about new India and (the) conversations that are happening between the traditional and conventional and politics and history.”Lewis said they were interested in the artistic and cultural changes that are happening in India, and to know how he perceived India as opposed to the Western form, what are the difficulties, strengths of living in a country like this.He also shared with them his thoughts on nationality, region and ethnicity, apart from a lot about life and the ways people are dealing with relationships, choices, why we are the way we are.last_img read more

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This pastor crashed a librarys drag queen story time – then got

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- A drag queen doing story time at the library | Photo: Facebook/NowThis Politics Pastor Dave Grisham of Last Frontier Evangelism filmed himself at the Loussac Public Library.‘We are gonna go inside and tell the kids the truth,’ he says in the video. ‘There’s no such thing as transgenders and that God makes boys boys and girls girls and there is no changing.’He enters the event, where a drag queen is reading a children’s story to various kids and their parents.As soon as he introduces himself to the crowd, someone shouts out: ‘Noooo!’ The drag queen looks on impassively as someone else tells the pastor to get out.Grisham quickly gets escorted out, still continuing to talk about how ‘transgenders don’t exist’ and how God made two genders.center_img People walking him out repeatedly tell him that he does not have permission to be here saying these things.Evident ignoranceThe library’s Pridefest event was part of the national Drag Queen Story Hour, which is becoming increasingly popular.The co-chair of Anchorage’s Pridefest, JJ Harrier, specifically called out Grisham’s ignorance and misinformation.‘I just encourage people who don’t know the difference between a drag queen and somebody who is transgender to do their research and look it up. They are completely two different things…‘Our community is so glued together right now, especially during Pride Week, that we’re just gonna stick together and remind and educate people who we are.’The rest of Pridefest in Anchorage continued without any other disruptions.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . An evangelical pastor in Anchorage, Alaska recently crashed a public library hosting a drag queen children’s story time for Pridefest. As soon as he entered, however, the crowd quickly rose against him. Christian blogger outraged at Toronto Public Library for hosting Drag Queen Story TimeLouisiana lawsuit against library claims drag queens reading to kids is ‘unconstitutional’Icons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/pastor-crashed-library-drag-queen-story-time/last_img read more

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Sewer water flows for months on end behind Ladysmiths Police Flats

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Sewage has been flowing for months on end behind the Ladysmith Police Flats.Police officers are currently living with a foul stench on their doorstep each and every day.Officers say they have contacted uThukela and other departments to try and get the issue sorted out, but still the problem persists.The officers add that they can’t even use the garage space provided behind the flats, as that area has been completely covered with raw effluent.“The flies and mosquitoes are unbearable,” said a police officer’s wife.Also read: Ladysmith wonders why Smartiesville has been forgotten, with long grass and terrible roadsAlso read: Long grass and rubbish bring snakes and rats into Ladysmith homesAlso read: Long grass and reeds pose a threat to Saffa Street residents Every morning is a challenge for their children to walk to the car to be taken to school. They say it’s like playing Hop Scotch on the stones before getting into the car.One officer says that copper pipes were stolen weeks ago and ever since, clean running water has been left to flow and go to waste.Councillor Abbas Warasally visited the flats and will be aiding the officers in having their problems attended to. Cllr Warasally is appalled by the living conditions the men in blue have to face every day when they leave their homes to fight crime.Clean water just flowing and going to waste where the pipes were stolenThe police officers say that the sewer has been leaking since before December last year and they really need the problem to be fixed pronto.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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Qantas Frequent Flyers Club members to benefit

first_imgQantas has announced that from October it will be making enhancements across the end-to-end customer experience.“Along with these enhancements, we are making a variety of changes to the Qantas Frequent Flyer and Qantas Club Programs,” the airline said Tuesday.“Information about these changes will be sent directly to our Frequent Flyer and Qantas Club members.”Some of these benefits include: easier start-up membership, preferential access to rewards, Next Generation check-in, and domestic complimentary checked baggage. The national carrier also announced that from 1 December 2010, “some program fees are reducing or being removed and others are increasing. Other fees are changing from 4 May 2011 and some new fees are being introduced from this date.” For specifics on the benefits, Qantas advised members to go to their news site: http://www.qantas.com.au/fflyer/dyn/program/news Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Clast_img read more

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San Diego California – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgSan Diego, California – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineTo honor the centennial launch of the Titanic, San Diego’s US Grant Hotel, opened in 1910, is offering guests an opportunity to explore history with their Legend & Luxury Package. In addition to a night’s stay at the hotel, buyers of the package will get two tickets to the limited-time Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at The San Diego Natural History Museum.The package also includes a $100 food and beverage credit that can be used at the hotel restaurant, The Grant Grill. Rates for the package start at $299 and can be reserved online.www.usgrant.netlast_img read more

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