Two arrested following alleged food truck robbery attempt in Vancouver

first_imgVANCOUVER – A late-night attempt to break into a food truck in Vancouver has landed two suspects in police custody.Vancouver police were called around 1 a.m. Sunday for reports of someone using a grinding tool to try and break into the mobile eatery.Const. Jason Doucette says a man driving a minivan picked up the would-be thief and drove off as officers readied to make an arrest.He says police boxed in the van to prevent it from fleeing, but the driver rammed both police vehicles, leading to all three ending up in the front yard of a home.The suspects allegedly ran from the van, and were arrested nearby following a foot chase with the help of a police dog team.Doucette says two men in their 40s are now being investigated for a number of offences, including theft and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.He says an officer and one of the suspects were treated by paramedics for minor injuries.last_img read more


first_imgLast week, I read a report in the Times about the current conditions on Mt. Everest, where climbers have taken to shoving one another out of the way in order to take selfies at the peak, creating a disastrous human pileup. It struck me as a cogent metaphor for how we live today: constantly teetering on the precipice to grasp at the latest popular thing. The story, like many stories these days, provoked anxiety, dread, and a kind of awe at the foolishness of fellow human beings. Luckily, the Internet has recently provided us with an unlikely antidote to everything wrong with the news cycle: the actor Keanu Reeves.Take, for instance, a moment, a few weeks ago, when Reeves appeared on “The Late Show” to promote “John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum,” the latest installment in his action-movie franchise. Near the end of the interview, Stephen Colbert asked the actor what he thought happens after we die. Reeves was wearing a dark suit and tie, in the vein of a sensitive mafioso who is considering leaving it all behind to enter the priesthood. He paused for a moment, then answered, with some care, “I know that the ones who love us will miss us.” It was a response so wise, so genuinely thoughtful, that it seemed like a rebuke to the usual canned blather of late-night television. The clip was retweeted more than a hundred thousand times, but, when I watched it, I felt like I was standing alone in a rock garden, having a koan whispered into my ear. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Keanu Reeves is aware of his celebrity status, but doesn’t take advantage of it, and he’s generous but careful with his presence. (Photograph by Karwai Tang / Getty)center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Naresh Goyal opts out from bidding for ailing Jet Airways

first_imgMumbai: Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal has decided not to bid for acquiring stake in the cash-strapped airline, sources said Tuesday. The full service carrier, which is currently operating less than 10 aircraft, is awaiting fresh fund infusion under a debt resolution plan. Airline sources said Goyal, who had stepped down as chairman of the carrier last month, has withdrawn the bid for the airline. On April 12, sources said that Goyal had also put in bid for the carrier. SBI Capital Markets has the mandate for Jet Airways’ sale on behalf of the SBI-led consortium of the domestic lenders to the debt-ridden private carrier. Last month, Goyal and his wife Anita Goyal stepped down from the board of the airline, which has more than Rs 8,000 crore debt.last_img read more

Celebrity couples request highlights Mauis housing woes

WAILUKU, Hawaii — A celebrity couple’s request to convert their Hawaii home into a short-term rental is landing them in the middle of a housing debate on the island of Maui.Alexa PenaVega, star of the film “Spy Kids,” and her actor-singer husband Carlos PenaVega are seeking a permit to rent out their Kihei home. The request comes two years after the couple moved from Los Angeles seeking a change of pace, The Maui News reported.Last year, the Maui County Council passed a law that would require a person to own a property for at least five years before seeking a short-term rental permit. The bill included a six-month grace period that ended in September, and the PenaVegas got their application done in August.Residents at a recent planning commission meeting complained the neighbourhood is already full of vacation rentals that reduce housing options for residents.“This is nothing personal, and you seem like lovely people, but this makes my blood boil,” said Wailuku resident Noelani Ahia. Local people who have lived in the area for generations can’t afford to stay, she said.The community has disappeared from Kihei, said Cody Nemet Tuivaiti, who grew up in the area: “Basically nowadays we are strangers in our own town, where before we knew everybody.”A lack of community is why the PenaVegas need to rent out their home, they said. When they moved into a three-bedroom home on a private gated street near the Kihei shoreline, they intended to stay, they said.But their neighbourhood didn’t quite feel like home — there are three vacation rentals within 500 feet (152 metres).“You’d meet somebody and a week (later) they were gone,” Carlos PenaVega said. “For us as a growing family, we really value community out here, so that was tough.”The couple and their son moved to a 2-acre property in Maui’s Upcountry area, where they have found a neighbourhood community.“But that was never our intention to (do a) vacation rental at all,” said Alexa PenaVega. “We came here to live here.”Renting out the house long-term would only allow them to break even, Carlos PenaVega said.While commissioners said they struggle with the affordable housing issue, it’s not up to the PenaVegas to solve a housing crisis.Commissioner Keaka Robinson said that while it may not be the commission’s job to create housing, members had the power to stop vacation rentals from overcrowding neighbourhoods.“I don’t get upset when I see people come, because it’s money and it’s math,” Robinson said. “If you get a house and you can rent it out, wow, you can cash in. But what it is, is a hurt, not upset, but hurt, because people are getting second homes when somebody can’t even get a room.”The commission needed five votes to approve the permit. It fell just short, 4-1, with Robinson opposed, prompting Chairman Lawrence Carnicelli to defer it.___Information from: The Maui News, http://www.mauinews.comThe Associated Press read more

UN official urges intensified action against ozonedepleting substances

In September 1987, the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was agreed upon, and up to 191 States who are party to the treaty will attend a five-day conference kicking off on 17 September.“The Montreal Protocol is without doubt one of the most successful multilateral treaties ever and I look forward to celebrating, in mid-September, two decades of achievement in the Canadian city where it was born,” said Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).Participants will discuss a recently-released UNEP report which details the benefits of accelerating the phase-out of HCFCs, chemicals used to replace chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which are more damaging to ozone.Under the Montreal Protocol, HCFCs – which are widely used in refrigeration systems and air conditioners – are scheduled to be eliminated in developing countries in 2030 and in developing ones in 2040.However, the new study points to the advantages of pushing the dates forward by a decade. Global greenhouse emissions could be slashed by more than 3.5 per cent, and the report notes that speeding up the transition to HCFC alternatives could stimulate technological advances as well as return ozone levels to health pre-1980 levels several years earlier.The Montreal Protocol’s “success story is far from over with new and wide-ranging chapters still to be written,” Mr. Steiner said. “Indeed if governments adopt accelerated action on HCFCs, we can look forward to not only a faster recovery of the ozone layer, but a further important contribution to the climate change challenge.”Events celebrating the 20th anniversary of the treaty will include special seminars and award ceremonies t recognize the achievements in raising awareness about ozone and the Montreal Protocol.The celebration comes in advance of a high-level meeting on climate change to be convened in New York by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 24 September.It is hoped these meetings will set the stage for the upcoming major December summit in Bali, Indonesia, which seeks to determine future action on mitigation, adaptation, the global carbon market and financing responses to climate change for the period after the expiration of the Kyoto Protocol – the current global framework for reducing greenhouse gas emissions – in 2012. 13 September 2007As representatives from almost 200 Governments prepare to gather next week in Montreal, Canada on the 20th anniversary of the United Nations-backed treaty to protect the world’s ozone layer, a senior UN official today called for intensified action to eliminate the use of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) which damage it. read more

Overnight suspense over TPP On verge of completion big trade deal hit

by Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 4, 2015 8:19 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 5, 2015 at 2:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Overnight suspense over TPP: On verge of completion, big trade deal hit by delay ATLANTA – A last-minute sprint toward a historic trade agreement has turned into yet another marathon negotiating session, with the suspense rippling from the negotiating table into Canada’s federal election campaign.Negotiators appeared very close to striking the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement on Sunday afternoon, with plans to announce the creation of the world’s largest trade zone.Here’s how close: Reporters were brought into a room for a briefing session on the deal, were made to sign confidentiality agreements to keep the details secret until a formal announcement, and ziploc bags were distributed around the table to confiscate cellphones until the news embargo was lifted.That briefing never happened Sunday.A planned news conference to announce the deal was rescheduled — from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., then 8 p.m., and was eventually postponed indefinitely, in a fitting finale to a ministerial meeting marked by all-night negotiations that was intended to last two days, then three, four and finally a supposedly make-or-break fifth day.“Look, it’s not done yet,” said Andrew Robb, Australia’s trade minister.The overnight hours into Monday could prove pivotal in determining whether the Canadian election experiences a debate on a deal, or a debate on which party should take over this process after Oct. 19.The talks appear likely to break up Monday as some ministers planned to leave for a G20 summit. Japan’s envoy has warned he can’t stick around through the day.It was supposed to be a quiet day off the campaign trail for Stephen Harper. But his Sunday wound up consumed by trade talks, with the prime minister in Ottawa getting phone briefings from the negotiating team in Atlanta.Another country’s minister confirmed that last-minute snags had delayed a deal. Robb said a struggle over next-generation pharmaceuticals had a cascading effect on attempts to resolve other issues.One of those issues, insiders say, is Canadian dairy.Robb explained that the U.S. and Australia had worked all night into Sunday to resolve their differences on cutting-edge, cell-based medicines and made a breakthrough around 3 a.m.He said they’d succeeded at establishing a model that bridges the gap between two entrenched positions: the more business-friendly, eight-year patent-style protections the U.S. wants for biologics, and the more patient-and-taxpayer-friendly five-year model preferred by Australia and others.But that triggered a chain-reaction. Some other countries weren’t pleased with the compromise, and that discussion became more multi-sided with two or three holdouts remaining, he said.Canada is not too involved in that skirmish. But the delay, according to Robb, wound up pushing other issues to the backburner until Sunday morning and they’re still being worked out.Insiders say access to Canadian grocery shelves is chief among them. Negotiators have been haggling about how much foreign butter, condensed milk and other dairy products should be allowed into Canada.New Zealand helped create the TPP project a decade ago and it wants to sell more butter in North America — especially in the United States. It says the U.S., however, won’t open its own agriculture sector until getting some assurance that American producers could sell more in Canada and Mexico.Currently, 90 per cent of the Canadian dairy market is closed to foreign products. The system allows for stable incomes in farming communities, but it limits options and drives up prices at the grocery store.Representatives of the dairy lobby milled about the convention site late Sunday. They professed to still be in the dark about what market-access offer Canada had made.In an unusual twist, the evening’s drama came with a special soundtrack: a concert by the band Foo Fighters which could be heard throughout the hotel-convention complex hosting the negotiations.While negotiators hashed out percentages and contemplated the long-term consequences on dairy farms and hospitals, many thousands of concertgoers could be heard chanting nearby, oblivious to the unintentional symbolism, “I swear I’ll never give in… Is someone getting the best, the best, the best, the best of you?”An agreement would complete a decade-long process that began with four countries in Asia and Chile, and spread to the United States, then Canada and other Latin American countries.The state of play was summarized by New Zealand’s trade minister — who easily provided the most-memorable quote of the five-day meetings.Under pressure to obtain foreign access for his own country’s dairy, he told one of his country’s newspapers that difficult compromises will have to be made.He illustrated it with an unappetizing culinary metaphor.“It’s got the smell of a situation we occasionally see which is that on the hardest core issues, there are some ugly compromises out there,” Tim Groser told New Zealand’s Weekend Herald.“And when we say ugly, we mean ugly from each perspective — it doesn’t mean ‘I’ve got to swallow a dead rat and you’re swallowing foie gras.’ It means both of us are swallowing dead rats on three or four issues to get this deal across the line.” International Trade Minister Ed Fast speaks to reporters in Atlanta, Wednesday, Sept.30, 2015, where he’s attempting to complete negotiations toward a 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. We’ll know in a few hours whether 12 countries, including Canada, have agreed to create the world’s largest trade zone.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Alex Panetta read more

Ohio State mens basketball preparing for stiff road test against Michigan State

For whatever reason you want to chalk up, Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas and Evan Ravenel seemed at ease taking questions from reporters at an otherwise mundane Friday press conference-even with a road trip to Michigan State looming. The two, though, wore wide grins for most of the session. Thomas even postulated the notion of what would happen if he and sophomore forward Sam Thompson combine their skill sets into one super player. “With my skills and his athleticism-man,” Thomas said, his eyes lit up at idea of such a thing. “It’d be crazy.” It seemed to establish the tone of the day which also saw Thomas assert that Thompson would be like Los Angeles Clippers standout Blake Griffin if he 20 pounds heavier. Maybe it was because they, and the rest of OSU’s No. 11-ranked men’s basketball team, notched their first win over a ranked opponent this season. Maybe it was because, in the process, they’d ridden themselves of the stigma that supposed them hapless against teams of their own athletic prowess. Maybe it was because said win was against then-No. 2 ranked and previously unbeaten Michigan. But like OSU (13-3, 3-1 Big Ten) coach Thad Matta, though, Thomas and Ravenel agreed that a win like that might be best served with a short-term memory. Anything less could be cause for concern against a Spartan team (15-3, 4-1 Big Ten) undefeated within the vaunted confines of the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich. And even as the power structure in the Big Ten has changed in recent years, Matta said MSU’s house of horrors is as intimidating as any other place to play in the country. “I’d say it’s still right there in terms of toughest venues to play in,” Matta said. “It’s a great college environment.” Ravenel said OSU’s toughness, inevitably, will be tested. “I think Michigan State is probably one of the most physical teams you’ll ever get to play against in college basketball,” he said. “And that’s a credit to their coaching staff.” A coaching staff that has essentially assembled a program that Matta said has stood the test of time. “They play a certain way,” he said. And while Matta said the Spartans would have “certain alterations” in their game plan against OSU like they would for any other opponent, there’s certain things that the Tom Izzo-coached teams do exceptionally well. “You’ve got a team that is solid, they’ve got guys that can shoot, they’ve got guys that can rebound, they’ve got a strong low post game,” he said. Defensively, Ravenel said the teams are, in fact, actually quite similar. “The way that Coach Izzo gets his guys playing physical, lockdown defense, it’s just the way we do. We play physical,” he said. Whichever team can play more physical might be the game’s crux. OSU is set to take on MSU Saturday at 6 p.m. in East Lansing, Mich. read more

Penn State Cheerleader Suffers Brain Injury After Fall

The darkest year in the history of Penn State University was moved to prayer this weekend when sophomore cheerleader Paige Raque fell 39 feet out of a fifth-story window in the apartment building where she lives.She is in critical condition with severe brain injuries at a local hospital. The campus, which has endured the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, has come together in prayer for their classmate.“She did show some signs of movement,” Randy Jepson told Yahoo! Sports. Jepson, who is acting as the Raque family spokesman, coaches Paige’s older brother, Parker, on the Penn State gymnastics team. He is also the father of Paige’s freshman year roommate.“She did open her eyes a bit,” Jepson said. “It is a very slow recovery process.”Raque, 19, is from Louisville, where she attended the Christian Academy. A phone call to the school was forwarded to the marketing department and not returned.“She’s very fun-loving,” Jepson said. “A lot of spark. A great smile. She has so many friends and family supporting her. We’re just hoping things turn around for her.”Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien said Tuesday he would reach out to the Raque family.“My heart goes out to Paige and her family and I feel terrible about that,” O’Brien said during a press conference, “When I get back over there I’ll make some calls and make sure that their family understands. I know her brother is a great gymnast here, and it’s a terrible thing. Like I said, my heart goes out to that family.”Jepson said Raque has cheered at home football games this year and she is a “die-hard Penn Stater.”State College police are investigating the fall, though it appears it was accidental. While the Penn State community waits for updates, support is flooding in from football players, cheerleaders, and other well-wishers across the country under the Twitter hashtag #prayforpaige.“There seems to be a groundswell developing,” Jepson said. “When tragedy strikes, people show their true colors.”That’s happened at Penn State all year long. And it will have to keep happening, as Jepson said Raque’s recovery process will be “somewhat long-term.”“I just know that God is going to heal my sister/bestfriend in due time,” Parker Raque tweeted. “He loves his children and is the almighty healer.” read more

An NBA Players DraftDay Grudge Doesnt Help Him Play Better

Within each group, there is once again little to no evidence that win shares can be attributed to differences in draft category. In most of the plots above, the Shoulder Chip group appears to fall at or below the other two categories in terms of future production.Looking at these charts and more formal statistical modeling7We also used an ANOVA model of win shares as a function of the five draft slot categories and expected draft slot. Expected draft location was not a significant predictor in this model., it’s clear that it doesn’t matter where an NBA player is drafted relative to where he expected to be drafted. The guy’s going to play how he’s going to play, it seems.It is important to point out that these results, however, do not account for the possibility that Shoulder Chip players are more hit or miss than their counterparts. In many cases — such as Boozer’s and Sullinger’s — Shoulder Chip players fell because of injury concerns, and it would make sense that those types of players could provide the biggest risk for a team on draft day.It’s possible that the boom-or-bust phenomenon often associated with taking injured players or those who come with “baggage” is legitimate. General managers should still consider taking Shoulder Chip players, if only because they could be diamonds in the rough. A third of NBA second-rounders never play in the league, so players like Boozer may indeed offer the highest return on teams’ limited investments. You might get a dud, but you also might get a stud. After a college career that included winning the 2001 national championship with the Duke Blue Devils and appearances on the All-ACC first team and All-American third team, Carlos Boozer thought he’d be a first-round pick in the 2002 NBA draft. Mock drafts agreed, predicting the junior would go between 15th and 25th overall.The NBA invited Boozer to New York for draft night, but the power forward and his agent decided to stay at his parents’ house in North Carolina and throw a party with his friends and family. It was set to be a celebration — he remembers an excellent food spread. But as the picks kept coming, Boozer kept waiting. “I was excited and nervous and all those emotions that come through when you are waiting for your name to get called,” he recently told FiveThirtyEight. “The first three or four picks go by. The first 10 picks go by. Shoot, then the first 20 picks go by, and I’m like, ‘Wait, when’s my name going to get called?’ ”Boozer dropped out of the first round — all the way to the Cleveland Cavaliers at 35. Boozer said the experience inspired him. “That night left a huge chip on my shoulder with a lot to prove,” he said. “It’s like anybody in America going for a job interview and getting turned down, except when you’re an athlete and you’re trying to go to the professional level, you get turned down on national television over and over and over again.”Boozer isn’t unique in saying that falling in the draft created a chip on his shoulder. The Boston Celtics’ Jared Sullinger said his drop in 2012 will stay with him “for the rest of [his] career.” In 2013, Ben McLemore slipped out of the top five, then told reporters, “I can definitely say I come in with a chip on my shoulder.” This year, Shabazz Napier led the University of Connecticut to an NCAA championship but didn’t hear his name called until No. 24, prompting draft-night talk of his desire to prove himself. Nik Stauskas went eighth, which he felt was too low, claiming that both he and former Michigan Wolverines teammate Trey Burke (drafted the previous year) would play with chips. Even analysts use the trope. Bill Simmons, editor in chief of FiveThirtyEight’s corporate sibling Grantland,1Noah Davis, one of this article’s authors, also contributes to Grantland. said about Burke’s potential: “I also think he’s going to have a chip on his shoulder since he went ninth. You want chip-on-the-shoulder guys in the draft.”Boozer said he “was making a list of the teams I couldn’t wait to play.” He cataloged which teams passed on him once, which passed on him twice. “I couldn’t wait to play Milwaukee [who drafted University of Tennessee power forward Marcus Haislip 13th].” But when he played them, he scored only four points in 23 minutes.It got better from there. By the end of the season, he earned second team All-Rookie honors. Boozer eventually made two All-Star teams, and among all players drafted in 2002, he is second only to Amar’e Stoudemire in career win-shares.The data, however, suggests Boozer’s success wasn’t due to the chip on his shoulder, just as the players picked ahead of him didn’t flame out because they had nothing to prove. After looking at 10 years of the first and second rounds of the NBA draft, we found little to no evidence that players who drop in the draft perform any better than players who were selected either near their expected draft location or before it. The chip-on-the-shoulder narrative might make for compelling copy, but it’s not much more than that. It’s more fable than facts.We categorized 480 players into three categories — Shoulder Chip players (fell in the draft compared to mock drafts’ expectations2We got our mock drafts from nbadraft.net.); Team Darling players (picked before their expected slot); and Expectation players (drafted around their expected slot)3Given the nonlinear decrease in both contract value and eventual player success level for picks later in the draft, falling 10 picks in the first round is different from falling 10 picks in the second. We made the decision to group players who fell roughly two spots or more (from mock pick No. 5), five spots or more (from No. 20), and 10 spots or more (No. 30) within the Shoulder Chip group. — based on where they were drafted relative to where the mock drafts said they’d be drafted. Overall, 18 percent of players drafted between 2001 and 20104Players drafted who were not listed on mock drafts were eliminated from the data set, leaving us with about 80 percent of all players taken during this time frame, including 97 percent of players taken in the first round. ended up in the Shoulder Chip group, 16 percent in the Team Darling, with the remaining 65 percent of players in the Expectation cohort.To judge a player’s success, we used the number of win shares he earned in the first four years of his career.5NBA win shares are a function of a player’s offensive and defensive statistics relative to his team’s point totals. As a result, our methods cannot account for the possibility that Boozer and other Shoulder Chip players help a team in ways that do not appear in a traditional box scores. The chart below shows the percentage of players in each category who had various numbers of win shares. If the Shoulder Chip group was different from the others, we’d expect its line to have a noticeably different distribution. And yet …It doesn’t. There are no obvious differences in eventual player performance based on draft category. The curves for the Shoulder Chip and Team Darling groups are slightly to the right of players who were drafted at their expected slot, but the difference is not significant.Simple enough, but for this analysis to hold up, we have to do more than just compare the overall distribution of player win-shares in the Shoulder Chip group to other players. After all, Chip players were, on average, picked later in the draft, meaning that this group is inherently devoid of surefire superstars and No. 1 picks like LeBron James, Dwight Howard and Derrick Rose.The easiest way to get around this is to compare players against others who were drafted in similar positions. We grouped players into one of five categories: Picks Nos. 1-5, 6-10, 11-20, 21-30, and 31 or above.The graphs below replicates the curves from the previous chart but does so within each draft category. (Given that there were only two Shoulder Chip players in the group with Picks 1-5, we aren’t showing that plot).6Within each of the groups we are showing, there are at least 11 Shoulder Chip, Team Darling and Expectation players. read more

Former CEO of Aviva announced as the new chairman of Rehab

first_imgA NEW CHAIRMAN of the Rehab Group has been announced.Seán Egan has been elected following a meeting of the Board today.The 57-year-old retired as chief executive of Aviva Ireland in October 2013.He’s pledged to work with staff to restore public confidence in Rehab.Egan’s election follows the retirement of sitting chairman Brian Kerr.His nomination was tabled by the Board’s nominations sub-committee on the back of a selection process undertaken over the past five weeks.Egan will also assume the role of Executive Chairman pending the appointment of a new CEO for the Rehab Group.Rehab said that further appointments were anticipated in the coming weeks and it urged interested parties to make contact with the nominations committee in Rehab.Egan said he was delighted to have been elected to his new role:I have enormous respect for the work done by Rehab. I have personal experience of rehabilitation services and I know the difference that the support of committed professionals can have in enhancing the lives of people who rely on the types of services Rehab provides.“I look forward to providing the leadership at Board level that is necessary to support this impressive organisation as it enters this next period of change and development both domestically and internationally”.He asked the staff to place their trust in him and stated that he would work to ensure that Rehab overcomes the recent turbulent period for a more positive future.The position of the CEO to replace Angela Kerins will be advertised in the coming days.The next chief executive of Rehab will receive a salary of around €140,000 a year, around €100,000 less than Ms Kerins received.Read: Rehab and CRC scandals still driving down donations for 61% of charities>Read: Angela Kerins and Frank Flannery to be forced before PAC after they ‘throw kitchen sink’ at committee>Read: Here are the letters Angela Kerins and Frank Flannery sent to PAC>last_img read more

Hellenic Museums shifting dynamics

first_imgThe Hellenic Museum has welcomed a new architectural addition to its lawns after being gifted the Sean Godsell-designed MPavilion.The impressive glass marquee construction was the first to be made as part of the MPavilion project, created by fashion designer Naomi Milgrom and in partnership with the state government and the Melbourne City Council.The design initiative gives aspiring architects the chance to create a no-holds-barred architectural pavilion that is then incorporated into the Queen Victoria Gardens.The Hellenic Museum will now host the Sean Godsell design permanently, incorporating it into their events calendar and opening themselves to new ways of linking Greek culture and architecture.“Bringing architectural dialogue into the Hellenic Museum continues to open up the dialogue between us and the broader community and within us about what the Hellenic museum represents,” the Hellenic Museum’s CEO John Tatoulis tells Neos Kosmos. He hopes that the MPavilion will give the city a new venue for events and entertainment, to add to the museum’s already blossoming calendar. “There will always be Greek-inspired and Greek-themed events, there is no question about that, but that is not to say that the space won’t be used by others as well,” he says. “For the jazz festival, the arts festival, music festivals, just different events, or the food and wine festivals. We want people to come to the museum, to visit the galleries, and enjoy the space.”Over the last two years, the Hellenic Museum has embarked on an ambitious project of incorporating new and bolder events, having recently secured the Benaki treasures, put on a retrial of Socrates and made the Greek Summer Cinema program blossom. The hope is to create a more inclusive and robust dialogue with the Australian community, promote areas of Greek culture that fascinate and transcend time. “I think we haven’t been presenting ourselves to them the appropriate way and I think that now with the Cultural Centre, with us here, with other individual artists, producers and entrepreneurs, Hellenism is being presented in a far more contemporary way, a far more accessible way, a far more engaging way,” Mr Tatoulis says.“Look at the way in which Hellenism intersects with the National Curriculum and education, in every single area, mathematics, science, medicine, art, literature – it makes a lot of sense that we are just part of the cultural fabric of a country like Australia.”Having the pavilion as a permanent structure in the Hellenic Museum will better link Australia’s modern make-up, while still promoting Greek cultural ties.Melbourne’s Lord Mayor Robert Doyle says it’s fitting that the MPavillion sits in the Hellenic Museum, seeing as Greece holds such a strong architectural legacy. “The pavilion can be interpreted as a modern incarnation of ancient Greek structures, signifying a connection between historic and contemporary artistic expression,” Cr Doyle says.The second MPavilion will be designed by British architect Amanda Levete, who expects to create a vastly different creation than Sean Godsell’s.In a response to Melbourne’s temperamental weather, the structure will be covered in large translucent ‘petals’ that will sway gently in the wind. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Kews Rotary Club lends a helping hand to refugee crisis

first_imgIn response to the humanitarian crisis currently occurring in Europe, Kew’s Rotary Club hosted a fundraiser to assist those seeking asylum in Greece from Syria. The anticipated event took place at Yanni’s Tavern, with the money raised in a combined effort with Athen’s Rotary Club.Moved by the generosity of those gathered, President of the Kew Rotary Club George Verginis said the club’s efforts would not stop there. “This is just the beginning. Many people wished to attend tonight’s fundraiser but were unable due to the limited seating.“But it’s great to look around and see that we have had such an overwhelming response to our first event. We will of course continue in our efforts, as it is imperative that we help raise funds for those in need,” said Mr Verginis. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Namco Founder and Father of PacMan Passes Away at 91

first_imgMasaya Nakamura, the man who founded Namco and lead the company during the launch of numerous classic arcade games — including Pac-Man, has died at the age of 91.Nakamura started Nakamura Manufacturing in 1955. This company would later be known as Nakamura Amusement Machine Manufacturing Company, or simply as Namco. Namco started out making family-friendly carnival-style rides for Japanese department stores. In the 1970s, Namco acquired Atari’s Japanese subsidiary. This aggressive move allowed the company to get a foothold in Japan’s emerging coin-operated video game market. This would set Namco up for the success it would enjoy in the late 70s and early 80s.Some of the games released by Namco include Galaxian, Galaga, Pole Position, and Xevious. Of course, it was Pac-Man that became, not only Namco’s biggest hit at the time, but one of the most important video games ever. Even now, Pac-Man is instantly recognizable to gamers and non-gamers alike. As successful as Pac-Man was, its sequel, Ms. Pac-Man, was an even bigger hit when it launched in 1981.Namco sold the rights to adapt its games to Atari in the early 80s. Thanks to this deal, Pac-Man and other Namco arcade games were made available on the Atari VCS/2600 system. Unfortunately, these ports were of low quality and merely shadows of their arcade counterparts. The disappointing port of Pac-Man has been partially blamed for the video game industry crash of the mid 1980s.In 2005, Namco merged with Bandai and became Namco Bandai (later renamed Bandai Namco). Nakumura held and emeritus position within the company after the merger. In 2007, the Japanese government awarded Nakamura with the Order of the Rising Sun for all of his achievements.Nakamura passed away on January 22 according to an official Bandai Namco press release. However, the news of his death wasn’t made public until today.last_img read more

Solskjaer refuses to set any targets at Man United

first_imgManchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer intends to focus on getting the players to understand his football philosophy before setting any aimsThe Norwegian has replaced Jose Mourinho in the dugout at Old Trafford on a caretaker basis for the next six months.United currently find themselves 11 points adrift of the top four in the Premier League ahead of Solskjaer’s first match in charge against Cardiff City on Saturday.But Solskjaer will instead focus on getting the squad to adapt to his playing style rather than concern himself with results.“I think first thing is the first game,” said Solskjaer, according to Evening Standard.“Think about getting my principles into the boys, get the players to understand how I want them to play and let’s take the results later on and see how many points we can gather.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“This club has made many, many points up before, but I’m not going to set that target now.“My job is to help the players, make them grasp the opportunity. They all want to be part of Manchester United.“I’m here to help them, help the team. It’s down to man-management. I had the best manager as a player and coach to deal with players and it’s about communication,“When you’re at United there are a set of demands and one is to be a team player.”The Cardiff-United game will begin at 18:30 (CET) on Saturday.last_img read more

National City Police host its 15th annual Christmas Giveaway

first_img Posted: December 20, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsNATIONAL CITY (KUSI)- National City Police stepped in to serve their community in a more festive way. The department hosted the 15th annual Christmas giveaway.With the help of partner organizations and the national school district, 25 families received gifts and a free family meal. Students were selected by the district and were able to bring along their family members.The department says its about helping those in need in the community. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter December 20, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, National City Police host its 15th annual Christmas Giveawaylast_img read more

Multiple injuries after truck SUV collide in Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Rescue crews took several people to the hospital after they were involved in a crash in Miami.City of Miami Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the crash in the area of Northwest 17th Avenue and 62nd Street, at around 5 a.m., Sunday.Investigators said a gray Toyota SUV and a gray pickup truck collided with each other.Paramedics transported an unspecified number of victims to Ryder Trauma Center in stable condition.The cause of the crash remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

In Interior Alaska reinvestment in coal power runs counter to national trend

first_imgThe University of Alaska Fairbanks recently held an event to celebrate the completion of their new coal fired power plant, the only coal plant to be built in the U.S. since 2015. August 29th, 2018. (University of Alaska Fairbanks).An oft-cited trend in the Lower 48 is that coal plants are closing, in a large part due to the availability of cheaper natural gas.Listen nowBut in the Interior of Alaska, that picture looks different. Last year, almost 40 percent of the Interior’s electrical generation came from coal, according to a 2018 report by the McDowell Group, and the area is home to the only coal power plant built in the United States since 2015. So why has coal has hung on in the Interior? And are there challenges to it on the horizon?On a sunny day at the end of August, University of Alaska Fairbanks chancellor Dan White stood on a dais at the edge of campus. He addressed a crowd of people who had shown up to celebrate the completion of UAF’s coal-fired power plant, expected to come online in November.“This is the university where the world class research for all of the Arctic is done,” White said. “And we can’t do that without a reliable supply of heat and power.”Instead of a ribbon cutting, there was a switch to flip, prompting light bulbs that spelled out “U.A.F.” to jump to life.This power plant is a big deal to UAF, considering its old one was in danger of failing. But it also has a more symbolic significance. In a decade when hundreds of coal plants have been retired across the United States, UAF’s reinvestment in coal shows just how different things are in Alaska’s Interior.Why is it different here?One of the big factors is that even after decades of talk about getting affordable natural gas to the Interior, Fairbanks as of yet has only a limited supply of natural gas. And unlike many other places in the country, it’s not price-competitive with coal.“There’s an ad at the Fairbanks Economic Development Corp. from the News Miner: ‘Gas is coming!’” said Brian Rogers, former chancellor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. “It’s from the 1958 News Miner.”Rogers was part of the team that explored fuel options for the new plant. He says they looked at a slew of them, including trying to get natural gas.“I didn’t particularly want to go with nuclear; we looked at it,” Rogers said. “I would have loved to have gone with natural gas, we don’t have it. Oil would have been super expensive… There’s not enough solar to heat a university campus in the middle of winter.”He says that coal wasn’t their first choice, mostly due to its higher C02 emissions. But when they narrowed the field down to the types of energy that were available, feasible and affordable coal won, hands down.UAF’s is one of six power plants that rely on coal in the Interior. One is at Fort Wainwright, another at Eielson Air Force Base and three more generate electricity for the local electric utility, Golden Valley Electric Association.All of that energy comes from the Usibelli Coal Mine, which is a two hour drive from Fairbanks and just 10 miles north of Denali National Park.The Usibelli Coal Mine is located just outside Healy in Alaska’s Interior. It produces about a million tons of coal a year, and supplies 6 Interior power plants. October 1st, 2018. (Ravenna Koenig/ Alaska’s Energy Desk).Usibelli is the only operating coal mine in the state of Alaska, and has been owned by the Healy-based Usibelli family for 75 years.“Emil Usibelli came to Alaska in the ‘30s,” said Vice President of External Affairs Lorali Simon. “And he actually first started in the Matanuska coal fields and then he moved up here to the Interior, and in 1943 started Usibelli Coal Mine.”Simon says Usibelli’s operation is pretty small when you compare it to most coal mines in the Lower 48. The company employs about 100 people, and produces around a million tons of coal a year. In 2011 its production was over twice that, but it’s dropped since, mostly due to a declining export market. It stopped exports altogether in 2016.On the other hand, local demand recently went up. Just last month Golden Valley Electric Association (GVEA) brought a previously-built coal plant online, upping the percentage of their coal-generated electricity from about 30 percent to over 65 percent.So, that’s the way things are. But what about the future?When asked if he’s under pressure to move away from coal, Cory Borgeson, President and CEO of GVEA, answers in the affirmative.“There is a drive to reduce CO2 emissions,” he said. “So how does that affect the future of coal in the Interior and at Golden Valley? I would say if you’re a futurist here and you’re looking at where things are going, you’re going to see a reduction in the production of power from coal.”Borgeson thinks Golden Valley could move in that direction by expanding its renewables and battery technology, perhaps collaborating with other Railbelt utilities. He also thinks there’s a possibility that natural gas could become a more economical option as the Interior Gas Utility moves forward with its efforts to expand gas supply in Fairbanks.Another thing that could play a role — at least in the future cost analysis for the Fairbanks-area power plants —  is the air quality issue. Coal and oil fired power plants aren’t the biggest contributors to the problem; the main source is wood smoke. Even so, if the issue isn’t fixed, the state and federal governments may have to place stringent requirements on those plants, which would likely make the energy produced by them more expensive than it is currently.But, for the moment at least, the equation still doesn’t add up to an imminent challenge to coal.last_img read more

Watch what happens when Asian parents reject their son for being gay

first_imgAsian parents reject their son for being gay. | Photo: What Would You Do? / YouTube eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) In a new episode of ABC’s What Would You Do, a group of Asian actors role played an all-too common scene.A young man tells his parents he’s gay while in a busy restaurant, then his parents negatively react.When the young man comes out, his mother responds: ‘We didn’t raise you in America to be gay.’The narrator chimes in: ‘This Chinese family represents a much broader issue within the Asian culture. And many have taken to YouTube to share their experiences.’Actor Daniel. | Photo: What Would You Do? / YouTubeYoung actor Daniel, who identifies as queer in real life, says in the video: ‘OK there’s something I have to say. I’m gay.’The first couple react in shock, then start to defend Daniel when his Asian parents react negatively. But the next group of diners aren’t so supportive. One of them actually advises the parents go seek help from a pastor because ‘homosexuality is a sin against God’.But one restaurant goer in particular is very affected by the coming out scene.When Daniel’s parents walk off, she walks over to Daniel and gives him some sweet advice.Watch:[embedded content]See also:Manila Luzon and Jujubee praise Crazy Rich AsiansCrazy Rich Asians may be a straight rom-com but LGBTI people still need to support itGay man attempts to sue Grindr for allowing ‘No Asians’ commentsGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . When Asian parents rejected their son for being gay, one particular diner at the restaurant couldn’t help but intervene.center_img GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/asian-parents-reject-gay-son/last_img read more

Australia AG proposes broader slavery definition

first_imgNo date has been set for Parliament to vote on the bill.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Parents, stop beating yourself up New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology “A common factor of contemporary slavery and trafficking _ from forced labor and forced marriage to organ trafficking _ is the misuse and abuse of power,” Attorney General Nicola Roxon told Parliament. “Such an abuse has no place here.”Australian authorities have detected only one case of trafficking for organ transplant. An elderly Sydney woman with kidney disease flew a younger woman from the Philippines with the intention of transplanting her kidney. Police intervened before the transplant took place, alleging that the younger woman had not fully consented to the plan, which was discovered during routine hospital screening interviews.Roxon said that while such conduct was already illegal under exploitation laws, the new organ trafficking offense clarified the circumstances of a crime and increased police powers to investigate. Organ trafficking would be punishable by a 25-year prison sentence under the legislation.Forced labor would be punishable by 12 years in prison. Using coercion, force or deception to persuade someone to marry would be punishable by a seven-year term.Roxon said she did not believe that banning forced marriages would drive the problem underground because it is already hidden. She added that while slavery and trafficking were not common in Australia, the effect on victims is traumatic and could have lifelong consequences. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories Associated PressCANBERRA, Australia (AP) – Australia’s attorney general on Wednesday introduced legislation that would broaden the legal definition of slavery to include organ trafficking and forced marriage.Existing slavery laws mainly protect Asian women from being brought to Australia to work as sex slaves in brothels. The proposed amendments would create a new offense of forced labor to address a growing number of men and women who are exploited in other industries. Comments   Share   5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologistlast_img read more

Analyst Homebuilders to Become More Active in HardHit Markets

first_img Homebuilders who were crowded out of hard-hit states during the crash may soon make a triumphant return, one economist says in a recent analysis.[IMAGE]Ever since home prices bottomed out in 2012, increases in Nevada, Arizona, California, and Florida have outpaced the country, with the latest quarterly data from the “”Federal Housing Finance Agency””:http://www.fhfa.gov/ (FHFA) showing gains up to 25 percent in these markets. At the same time, however, homebuilding activity has remained “”very subdued.””””Relative to long-run norms, Nevada, Arizona and Florida have among the lowest rates of building permits per capita in the country,”” said Paul Diggle, property economist for macroeconomics research firm “”Capital Economics””:https://www.capitaleconomics.com/.So why is homebuilding so slow in these particular states?””We think that low homebuilding volumes in these States are a legacy of the glut of existing housing sold cheaply during the worst point of the crash,”” Diggle said, noting that all four states “”suffered among the largest drops in house prices, among the highest rates of negative equity and among the largest foreclosure inventories.””With cheap housing available, builders selling pricier new homes saw “”unprecedented drop in demand,”” he went on to explain.However, with current housing demand ranking above average in all four states and the backlog of distressed homes clearing out faster, Capital Economics expects to see groundbreaking on more sites, and soon.””An increase in homebuilding in these four markets is another reason to expect national homebuilding volumes to rise strongly in 2014,”” Diggle concluded. Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Capital Economics Demand Existing-Home Sales Home Prices Homebuilders Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2014-01-27 Tory Barringer Analyst: Homebuilders to Become More Active in Hard-Hit Markets January 27, 2014 433 Views center_img in Data Sharelast_img read more