How industry outsider Carolle Brabant changed Telefilm from the inside out

first_imgCarolle Brabant, executive director of Telefilm Canada since 2010, poses for a photograph at the Telefilm offices in Montreal on Feb. 23, 2018. Brabant will be leaving the position in March. “Carolle’s one of the best executive directors Telefilm has ever had,” veteran producer Robert Lantos (The Sweet Hereafter, Eastern Promises) said. Twitter Advertisement If you find yourself with an afternoon to kill at the tail end of this year’s Canadian Screen Week – and possess a high tolerance for exposure to regional box-office statistics – take some time to read Telefilm Canada’s annual reports from the past two decades. Along with all the facts and figures expected in the filings of a federal agency, there’s a curious repetition in the statements from its board chairs and executive directors: “It was an ambitious yet challenging year.” “We continued to struggle.” “Clearly we have many challenges to face.” “This was a year of many accomplishments …” – great! – “but we still face substantial challenges.”Running the 51-year-old institution charged with supporting Canada’s feature-film industry has never been an easy job – and it’s only gotten harder since Carolle Brabant took over as executive director in 2010. Traditional business models have gone sideways. Theatrical exposure for Canadian films has imploded, thanks to threats both foreign (Hollywood’s big-footing blockbusters) and domestic (disruptive digital technology). Ottawa seems to be more interested in playing with Netflix than investing in its own Crown corporation, with its funding of Telefilm largely static.Yet, as Brabant prepares to step down this month at the conclusion of her eight-year tenure, she seems to have met the challenges her predecessors warned of with something resembling success – if such a thing can be had in the easily disagreeable world of Canadian film. Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Indian eves beat Malaysia 30 in series opener

first_imgKuala Lumpur: Striker Vandana Katariya scored a brace to help Indian women’s hockey team beat hosts Malaysia 3-0 in the opening game of the five-match series here on Thursday. Vandana struck in the 17th and 60th minutes before Lalremsiami (38th) scored in the third quarter to hand India the easy win. It was Malaysia who got a head start with a penalty corner in the third minute of the match, but it was well-saved by an experienced Savita guarding the Indian goalpost. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIndia shook off the initial nerves and young Lalremsiami took a brave shot on goal in the fifth minute but her effort was saved. Two minutes later, Navneet Kaur attempted a shot on goal but was denied by an alert Malaysian goalkeeper. Soon India got a penalty corner but the resultant try went wide. After a goalless first quarter, India broke the deadlock in the 17th minute when Vandana scored a fine field goal. With a one goal cushion, India maintained a good structure and controlled the proceedings in the third quarter too. The Indians kept the Malaysian attack in check and under pressure the hosts conceded three penalty corners but all the chances went in vain. India doubled their lead in the 38th minute through another field strike by young striker Lalremsiami. The 2-0 lead put India in a comfortable position in the fourth quarter and the visitors increased their lead just seconds from the final hooter through Vandana. The second match of the series will be played on Saturday.last_img read more

Unifor workers in Whitby walk off job in campaign to save GM

The Canadian Press WHITBY, Ont. — Unifor says workers at an autoparts supplier in Whitby, Ont. have walked off the job in solidarity with the union’s campaign to save the General Motors assembly plant in Oshawa, Ont.The union says employees at the Lear Corp. operation, which supplies seats to the GM Oshawa plant, started demonstrating early Friday morning.It says the 350 workers at the Lear plant face probable job losses if GM goes ahead with its planned closure of the Oshawa plant by the end of the year.Unifor president Jerry Dias says the workers and the union are demanding government action to help protect jobs.The closure of the Oshawa plant will mean the loss of about 2,600 unionized jobs. The union says thousands of spin-off jobs are at risk because of the closure.Unifor has been campaigning to save the plant, including with walk-offs and a call to boycott GM vehicles from Mexico, since the company announced its plans last November. read more

As Ukraine fighting continues UN warns of worsening humanitarian crisis

Addressing a press briefing held earlier this morning in Geneva, Jens Laerke, of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told reporters that almost 1.4 million people were internally displaced while another 3 million remained in non-government controlled areas. Both groups, he said were prioritized for humanitarian aid. Despite the ongoing fighting, Mr Laerke also noted that humanitarian partners in Ukraine had already provided aid for more than 450,000 people this year, including food, emergency shelter, non-food items, medical consultations, nutrition and psychosocial support to children as well as emergency cash grants. At the same time, he said, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) had recently announced plans to scale up emergency food assistance efforts in order to reach 500,000 conflict-affected people until the end of the year. This would require, however, the ability to traverse crossing points into non-government controlled areas, the OCHA spokesperson added. Mr. Laerke further warned that funding of UN aid operations remained a concern with only 35 per cent of the total 316 million dollars requested having been received. The severity of the funding shortfall’s impact is slated to grow as Ukraine’s short summer turns into winter, exacerbating the needs of the country’s most vulnerable people. In late February 2014, the situation in Ukraine transcended what was initially seen as an internal Ukrainian political crisis into violent clashes in parts of the country, later reaching full-scale conflict in the east. Nevertheless, despite a September 2014 cease-fire agreed in Minsk, the fighting has since continuously deteriorated, with serious consequences for the country’s unity, territorial integrity and stability. read more

Monster Pitch finalist Athletes Pursuing Excellence

This is the fourth in a series of four stories featuring the finalists of Monster Pitch, the annual student business competition hosted by the Goodman School of Business student club Brock Innovation Group. This year’s competition will be held in the Goodman atrium on Friday, March 1.Athletes Pursuing Excellence has a simple goal: to help athletes reach their full potential.The team, made up of Kinesiology students Matt Kowald and Chance Mutuku and Business student Max Budgey, created The Athlete’s Journal as a tool to help athletes work on their mental focus. The team will highlight their business idea at Friday’s Monster Pitch competition.“Often, the mental aspect of sport performance is neglected, with time usually spent on the physical and technical aspects,” Kowald said.“We believe that reflection is a foundational element of success across all disciplines, especially in athletics. While techniques and training habits vary, the core act of reflection is relevant across all sports.”The journal includes items that have been proven to be successful, such as daily gratitude practice, affirmations, visualization reminders and mindfulness meditation practice reminders.The team members are all wrestlers who train at Brock. Kowald first pitched the idea to Budgey and Mutuku in November 2017. By April 2018, the team had their first beta version ready for trial. The final journal is a result of more than 80 elite level athletes, Olympians and coaches using it and providing feedback that has made the final product more effective.“The thing about the journal is that it won’t work unless you do,” Budgey said. “So, we expect the athletes that purchase it are passionate about what they do and reaching their full potential.”To ensure customers make the most out of the journal, the team is creating a digital success path that will create a community among users and help establish triggers to make journaling a habit.“We think the idea of mental training is where the idea of lifting weights was 20 to 30 years ago; it’s a burgeoning frontier to be explored in athletics and we want to be at the front of that wave,” Budgey said.While the journal was under development, the team worked out of Goodman Group Venture Development (formerly BioLinc) daily, using staff and other entrepreneurs as sounding boards.Athletes Pursuing Excellence has already sold 50 copies of the journal and are working with athletic organizations and coaches to get the product into the hands of more customers. The books are made in Canada on recycled paper and will last an athlete roughly three months.The company has also established a Grants for Growth fund, committing 10 per cent of all profits to support other athletes.“We’ve had a lot of support from our community and we want to give back,” Kowald said. “There’s a bigger voice and bigger purpose behind the company. It’s about helping others.”The sold-out Monster Pitch event is hosted by Brock Innovation Group in partnership with the Goodman School of Business and Goodman Group Venture Development and is sponsored by Spark Power Corp.This year’s judging panel includes: Bruce Croxon, co-host BNN’s The Disruptors and CEO of Round 13; Allie Hughes, CEO and Founder of marketing agency H&C Inc.; Deborah Rosati, Corporate Director and Founder and CEO, Women Get On Board; and Jason Sparaga, co-founder and co-CEO of Spark Power Corp. and founder of Spara Capital Partners. read more

The Cardinals And Diamondbacks Are Now On Very Different Paths

The Cardinals And Diamondbacks Are Now On Very Different Paths

Before Wednesday’s trade headlined by Paul Goldschmidt, the Arizona Diamondbacks and St. Louis Cardinals were relatively even on paper. But today, the two clubs inhabit completely different neighborhoods.Arizona and St. Louis ended last year separated by 25 points in Elo rating, and the teams entered Wednesday just two games apart in FanGraphs’ projected standings for 2019. With the trade of the six-time All-Star, the clubs have seemingly chosen different paths. The Diamondbacks appear ready to join the Seattle Mariners as teams that contended in 2018, fell short and have elected to become less competitive to restore their depleted talent bases. The Cardinals add a star talent with the hope that they can close the gap in the National League Central and return the club to the postseason after a three-year absence.The Diamondbacks are in a division with the powerful Los Angeles Dodgers, who are loaded with cash and talent and are heavy favorites in the NL West. Arizona already lost one key free-agent pitcher in Patrick Corbin, who agreed Tuesday to a deal with the Washington Nationals, and free-agent center fielder A.J. Pollock also figures to land elsewhere. The club has also expressed interest in trading ace Zack Greinke, whose contract accounted for 25.8 percent of the club’s opening day payroll this past season — the second-highest share in the majors. It’s a reminder that such contracts can hamstring teams’ abilities to build complete, competitive rosters.Conversely, the Cardinals do not have a clear super team in their way in the NL Central. The Cubs might have limited ability to improve this offseason, but the FanGraphs’ forecast has the Brewers regressing in 2019. The Cardinals entered Wednesday projected for four fewer wins than the Cubs, three more wins than the Pirates and six more wins than the Brewers. After the trade, the FanGraphs projection had the Cardinals picking up three wins to be just one game behind the Cubs and nine games better than the Brewers. (The Diamondbacks fell from 82 to 80 wins.) The Cardinals have been stuck in the standings purgatory — winning 88, 83 and 86 games the past three years — where no club wants to reside, but they could break that streak this year.The Diamondbacks went for it last year on the heels of a 93-win season and in the final year of control over Corbin and Pollock. St. Louis is now in a similar situation, as contributors like Marcell Ozuna, Miles Mikolas and Michael Wacha are free agents after 2019. Goldschmidt is under control for just one season before entering free agency. For the Cardinals, this is a win-now move.And what St. Louis received in the deal is not only one of the game’s best hitters but also one of its most consistent.In wins above replacement,1Using FanGraphs’ metric. Goldschmidt finished the past three seasons at 5.1, 5.2 and 5.0. He’s been worth at least 4.3 WAR every season since his first full year in 2012, when he finished at 2.8. Goldschmidt’s career slash line is .297/.398/.532. His slash line this past season? .290/.389/.533. He’s played in at least 155 games in five of the past six years.Goldschmidt, 31, is still near his physical prime and offers consistent star power for a club sorely lacking it. St. Louis thought it was landing a star in Ozuna last winter, but he had a mildly disappointing season. Since 2016, the only Cardinals to deliver seasons of 4 WAR or better were Matt Carpenter (5.0) and Mikolas (4.3) this past season and Tommy Pham, who was traded to Tampa Bay last season, in 2017 (6.1). Goldschmidt’s 4.3 projected WAR is a big upgrade over the Cardinals’ weakest projected starting infielder, Jedd Gyorko (1.7 WAR) — who could be supplanted in the lineup by Carpenter moving from first to third. And Goldschmidt may not even be the Cards’ final step: Ownership hasn’t ruled out a pursuit of Bryce Harper.While there is not a young star in the trade package, Goldschmidt didn’t come cheap. Some executives liked the return for Arizona, which included young major leaguers in pitcher Luke Weaver and catcher Carson Kelly, infield prospect Andy Young and the Cardinals’ Compensation Round B selection in the 2019 draft. The deal gives the Diamondbacks youth and a number of controllable years.The Diamondbacks had the fifth-oldest groups of batters (at an average of 29.2 years old)2Weighted by games played. and pitchers (29.6) last year. According to FanGraphs, Arizona entered the offseason with the game’s 26th-ranked farm system. Teams prize young, cheap, controllable talent — and now more than ever before, they are willing to endure deep, painful rebuilds to accumulate high draft picks and signing bonus pool space. The Astros and Cubs created a model to get to super-team status that other teams are following. Those clubs took rebuilding to extreme degrees, stringing together multiple 95-plus-loss seasons, but those paths resulted in World Series titles.The Diamondbacks consider themselves to be retooling rather than entering a deep rebuild, though that might be an optimistic assessment: Arizona third baseman Jake Lamb, outfielder David Peralta and starting pitchers Robbie Ray and Taijuan Walker are all eligible to become free agents within the next two to three years.Kelly and Weaver immediately fill needs on the major league roster. They are not prospects that are years away from the majors, though they also lack star-level upside.3The Diamondbacks were in the market for a catcher after free agent Jeff Mathis signed with the Texas Rangers. “There are decisions that you want to do and there are decisions you feel like you have to do,” Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen said of Wednesday’s trade.More than ever, teams seem comfortable entering retooling periods, but not every rebuild is a successful project. For the Cardinals, perhaps they’ll have to consider such a path down the road. As for 2019, they’re going for it. read more

PASTOR HAS A KEY PICK Szeged beat FC Barcelona Lassa

3.Nantes8512231:22211 1.Vardar8710219:18815 2.Rhein-Neckar8431240:21711 8.PPD Zagreb8026196:2322 5.Szeged8413241:2289 4.Barcelona8422240:22110 6.Kristianstad8125204:2394 EHF Champions LeagueFC Barcelona Lassajuan carlos pastorPick Szeged 7.Wisla Plock8026213:2372 Over 3.200 fans in Szeged witnessed outstanding night of their heroes in victory over FC Barcelona Lassa 31:28 (16:13). Juan Carlos Pastor obviously scouted tactics of the Spanish champions in the best possible way. Szeged’s right back Zsolt Balogh had an amazing performance with nine goals.MOL-PICK Szeged – FC Barcelona Lassa 31-28 (16-13)MOL-PICK Szeged: Sego – Sostaric 1, Balogh 9, Skube 1, Bánhidi 2, Gorbok 3, Källman 1, Sierra, Gaber, T. Petrus 2, Sigurmannsson 6/6, Bodó 4, Blazevic, Zsitnyikov 2, Buntic, Fekete B. Barcelona: P. de Vargas – Tomás 2, Mem 6, Sorhaindo, Morros 1, N’guessan 7, V. Rivera 3/1,  Ristovski,  1, R. Entrerríos 3, Pálmarsson 3, Syprzak 1, Lenne, Arino 1, Jallouz.RK Vardar Skopje are now secure at the first position after win over Rhein Neckar Lowen.STANDINGS: ← Previous Story VIDEO: Crazy finish in Nantes and Celje! Next Story → CRISIS IN PLOCK: IFK Kristianstad take a point home! read more

iPhone 5 rumors leaked parts give view into new phone

first_imgApple is renowned for its secrecy around the development and launch of new products, and always refuses to talk about what’s coming next. We don’t even know schedules for releases, we’re forced to rely on guesses based on what the company has done in the past, then waiting for the usual event invitations to go out.But for the iPhone 5 (or whatever Apple calls the “new iPhone”) it seems Cupertino has failed at keeping the smartphone under wraps as we’ve now seen, or heard, about most of the major components included in the handset. It’s so bad in fact, that come launch day we could all be sitting there listening to Tim Cook tell us about a phone we already know quite intimately.Below is a rundown of what we have heard about the phone. None of this is confirmed, but it does paint a very detailed picture of what most people expect the handset to be.A 4-inch 16:9 displayThe display on the iPhone 5 has been a major talking point because it causes Apple a bit of a dilemma. Android handsets have been shipping with much larger displays than the iPhone 4S’s 3.5-inch part, and consumers like the extra screen real estate. So how does Apple fit a larger display into the iPhone 5 without changing the iconic look of the handset too significantly?The solution seems to be a 4-inch display, give or take a little, that has a 16:9 aspect ratio. We’ve even seen the supposed glass front of the phone.Using such a screen means Apple only has to make the phone slightly longer in order to make it fit. A 16:9 aspect ratio also means iOS 6 can have an extra row of icons and movie playback will occur without screen borders. The final resolution is expected to be 640 x 1136.Fully-assembled caseTo back up the claims that a larger, 16:9 display is going to be used, images of a fully assembled case appeared not long after the displays started appearing. Sure enough, it looks very similar to the iPhone 4S but is noticeably longer, yet slightly thinner. That ties in with the claims that the iPhone 5 will only be 7.9mm thick, as opposed to the 9.3mm of the iPhone 4S.Mini docking portCase leaks have also revealed another major change to the phone design: the dock connector. It has been redesigned to be smaller, which is sure to upset a lot of peripheral manufacturers and in the process get Apple lots of dock converter peripheral sales. What it does mean though, is Apple has more space to play with both on the case and inside the phone.There have been contradictory reports about whether Apple’s standard 30-pin connector will shift over to a 19-, 16, or even an 8-pin design, but the rumor mill is quite sure that a change is in the works.A smaller SIM card?A smaller dock connector isn’t the only way Apple is thought to be saving space inside the case. A new nano-SIM design was put forward by Apple and accepted by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) months ago. It is 40% smaller than the current SIM cards we currently use in our phones, which means a major space saving inside a handset.With iPhone 5 case images suggesting the SIM card slot is smaller, it looks as though Apple is adopting the nano-SIM design for its next smartphone.A quad-core SoCThe iPhone 4S relies on a dual-core A5 system-on-a-chip, but with the apps and game engines targeting iOS becoming ever more detailed, that won’t cut it for the next generation iPhone. Whatever chip is selected also has to power that larger display and higher resolution Apple has selected to keep using the “Retina” tag.With that in mind it is expected that Apple will select, regardless of its legal fight, a Samsung Exynos quad-core processor to be at the heart of the iPhone 5. The Exynos 4 quad-core (4412) runs at 1.4GHz and uses the Mali-400 quad-core GPU, but Apple will probably ship with a tweaked chip to suit the iPhone.A 1440 mAh batteryA larger display, possible LTE radio, and a quad-core processor are going to burn through your battery life quicker than ever. And it looks as though Apple couldn’t keep the iPhone 5 battery under wraps either.Apparently the new battery will only be 10 mAh higher than the iPhone 4S at 1440 mAh. That’s surprising if it has to cope with a power-hungry chip and bigger display, but then Apple may have given up some battery life to keep the phone smaller, or iOS 6 and the Exynos chip have been optimized to the point where a larger battery isn’t required.If the predicted LTE capability is included with the iPhone 5, this could end up being a negative for the handset, and a smartphone that doesn’t last the whole day.Launching September 21So we know what the phone will look like and most of the components we’ll find inside, but what about when it will launch?Several sites have reported that September 12 is the day it will be announced and September 21 the actual launch date. The iPhone 4S launched on October 14, but that is no indicator of timeframe as the iPhones before that all launched in a June-July time slot.Is this really the new iPhone?Regardless of when the launch is, we could still find out yet more about the iPhone 5 in the run up to its release. Only yesterday images of the motherboard appeared on the web. All we need now is a shot of the packaging and someone booting up iOS 6 using the new phone on video, and the majority of the handset will have been shown off a month before launch.Of course, Apple may be snickering at all this attention knowing full well the iPhone 5 looks nothing like the images that are leaking. It could have a revolutionary design to wow us with come September, but is anyone really convinced that’s going to happen?last_img read more

Smuggled cigarettes take up 15 pct of market

first_imgThe sale of contraband cigarettes in Greece has grown considerably, estimated at some 3.5 billion euros per year for 2010 and 2011, an amount which corresponds to about 15 percent of the legal market, according to Spyros Flengas, the head of the Association of Hellenic Tobacco Industries.In a bid to combat the phenomenon that deprives the state of millions of euros in tax revenues and tobacco firms of a significant amount of income, the Papastratos tobacco company has offered to deliver special seminars for police officers that investigate cigarette smuggling, as well as provide special equipment that can detect illegal cargoes, as part of an agreement with the Public Order Ministry.Flengas says that the World Health Organization’s protocol aimed at the ellimination of the illicit trade in tobacco products, to be completed by the end of 2012, provides for the industry to establish a global tracking and tracing system for its products within three years from the signing of the protocol. The marking of the products will have to reveal the authenticity of the tobacco product, its production date, the machine that has produced it and the identity of its first recipient.Prior to the onset of the financial crisis in Greece the contraband cigarette market accounted for just 3 percent of sales, given that legally sold products were relatively cheap. However economic developments have led to consumers turning increasingly to illegal products while the legal market declines at an alarming pace.The domestic tobacco industry estimates that the legal market has shrunk in the two years from January 2010 to December 2011 by a total of 25 percent, while the first couple of months of 2012 saw an additional drop of about 10 percent, despite a significant decline in the price of expensive legal products, averaging about 12.5 percent, that applied for the first time in December 2011. State revenues from cigarette taxation amounted to 3.6 billion euros in 2011.Tobacco industry officials are telling Kathimerini that cigarette smuggling has spun out of control and is threatening the very viability of tobacco companies.Yet consumers’ swing in favor of low-cost tobacco products is not only down to the economic crisis, but also due to high taxation. This has led to huge price hikes that have seen expensive brands of cigarette soar from 3.20 euros per pack to 4 euros within just 12 months. Some 84 percent of that price concerns the special consumption tax and value-added tax, a rate that is considered one of the highest in the European Union, where the average tax rate is at 75 percent. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Washougal jobcreation projects eyed

first_imgA new community development entity in Clark County is asking the U.S. Treasury for the right to sell tax credits to raise as much as $30 million in investment capital to finance the construction of job-creating projects in Washougal.The entity, Columbia CDE — a limited liability company spearheaded by the Camas-Washougal Economic Development Association — hopes to win the authority to pursue three projects, all located in economically distressed areas:• A new library building, which also would include room for commercial and residential spaces, in downtown Washougal.• An 80,000-square-foot industrial building at the Port of Camas-Washougal’s Steigerwald Commerce Center. • A 30,000-square-foot industrial building at the Steigerwald property.Altogether, the projects — included as part of the federal application filed by Columbia CDE on Sept. 30 — could generate at least 200 jobs, said Paul Dennis, president and CEO of the Camas-Washougal Economic Development Association.Tapping the federal New Markets Tax Credit program is a competitive process, though. And the fate of Columbia CDE’s application won’t be known until May. “Just because we asked for $30 million doesn’t mean they’re going to approve that,” Dennis told The Columbian on Wednesday. Still, he said, the fact that Columbia CDE has submitted a targeted application involving viable projects in areas that need them should bode well for the outcome. Dennis gave an update of the ongoing effort to secure federal tax credits as part of a larger discussion of economic development by Camas and Washougal city leaders and Port of Camas-Washougal commissioners. The discussion occurred during a special public meeting on Monday at Lacamas Lake Lodge in Camas. No decisions were made.last_img read more

Garth Brooks To Perform At Notre Dame Stadiums First Ever Concert

Garth Brooks To Perform At Notre Dame Stadiums First Ever Concert

first_img“I look forward to bringing a new kind of crazy to the party,” said Brooks. Confessing to “goose bumps” in anticipation, University Associate Vice President for Event Management Lee Sicinski shared, “It’s our understanding that Garth loves to do things that haven’t been done before.” The teaser videos definitely suggest Brooks will be going for heavy impact.”Right from the outset, I just felt that Garth represents Notre Dame’s values,” said University Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves. “He is the perfect choice as the first artist to perform in concert in the stadium that Rockne built. This promises to be one of the biggest events in Notre Dame’s history.”Brooks won Best Country Vocal Performance, Male for “Ropin’ The Wind” at the 34th GRAMMY Awards, and Best Country Collaboration With Vocals with Trisha Yearwood for “In Another’s Eyes” at the 40th GRAMMY Awards.On June 18 Brooks announced the single “All Day Long,” the first preview of his upcoming but unscheduled next album, available for pre-order.Tickets for what is sure to be an iconic concert at a unique venue go on sale on Sept. 14.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Notre Dame Stadium First: Garth Brooks To Perform garth-brooks-perform-notre-dame-stadiums-first-ever-concert Billed as “Two American Icons — One Night Only,” on Oct. 20 the GRAMMY-winning great will perform the first concert ever on football’s hallowed groundPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Aug 27, 2018 – 12:43 pm Country-legend Garth Brooks and the University of Notre Dame have set the date — October 20th — for the first-ever music concert at the legendary Notre Dame Stadium, built in 1930 and designed with historic coach Knute Rockne’s active participation. Twitter https://twitter.com/garthbrooks/status/1034038013414785024 News center_img Garth Brooks To Perform At Notre Dame Stadium’s First Ever Concert Facebook Are YOU ready for #GARTHatND? Make history with Garth at the first concert EVER at @NotreDame Stadium on October 20th! Tickets ON SALE September 14, 10am EDT! – Team Garth pic.twitter.com/1EE8vWeFZ8— Garth Brooks (@garthbrooks) August 27, 2018 Email last_img read more

LIBRARY LINEUP Poetry Circle on Dec 15 Coffee With A Cop on

LIBRARY LINEUP Poetry Circle on Dec 15 Coffee With A Cop on

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a list of FREE upcoming programs for adults, teens and kids at the Wilmington Memorial Library.Registration begins 30 days prior to the event. Please register online using our Calendar of Events at www.wilmlibrary.org or by calling (978) 694-2099 (for Adult) or (978) 694-2098 (for Children/Teen). Please note we request registration for programs that are marked *RR. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for funding support for library programs!Adult ProgramsPoetry Circle *RRSaturday, December 15, 9:15 am-11:30 amLove poetry? The poetry circle is a great opportunity to meet other poets and get constructive feedback in a supportive environment. When registering, please provide your email address so you can receive an agenda and any prep materials in advance. Led by local writing enthusiast, Barbara Alevras.Interview Fundamentals *RRMonday December 17, 10 amIs your resume getting your foot in the door but you’re not advancing beyond the interview? Come and learn the best practices of a successful job interview!  We will discuss research, CAR Statements, post-interview follow-up and the importance of non-work related activities.  We will also explore how best to navigate an interview’s behavioral and traditional questions.Taught by MassHire staff.Coffee with a CopWednesday, December 19, 10 amDrop in, grab a tea or coffee, and chat with a police officer. Learn about the rights of the public as well as the roles and responsibilities of Police and Community in a relaxed and open setting. All questions welcome.Current Affairs Discussion Group *RRWednesday, December 19, pmThis group is for all who would like to broaden their knowledge of current national and international affairs. You will have the opportunity to discuss topical events and learn from others. Led by facilitator Dan Hall.English Conversation Group *RRThursday, December 20, 7 pm-8 pmPractice speaking English with fellow English language learners in a relaxed environment.  Open to all ability levels.  Led by ESL Teacher and Program Coordinator Susan MacDonald.Children ProgramsKids Kraft: Hot Cocoa Cones and Holiday CupcakesSaturday, December 15, 2 pmCreate the perfect hot chocolate mix and decorate some holiday cupcakes to go along with it.  This craft is led by three Wilmington High School students.  Grades 1-5Baby Laptime *RRMonday, December 17, 9:30 amJoin us for a morning of songs, tickles, bounces, and rhymes perfect for little pre-walking babies and their caregivers.  Infants- 18 months Exploration Station: Art *RRMonday, December 17, 10:30 amExplore art through hands on activities. Ages 3-5Crafternoons:  Sharpie Mugs & Mug Cake MixesTuesday, December 18, 3:45 pm Decorate a mug with Sharpies (it’s washable!), and fill it with all the ingredients to make a delicious, microwavable cake! Take home a cake mix kit for yourself, too. Grades 4-8Trivia Tuesdays *RRTuesday, December 18, 6:30 pmShow us your smarts at pub-style trivia! Play against your friends, putting your pop culture knowledge to the test. The winning team walks off with prizes and bragging rights! Snacks provided. Grades 6-12Kindergarten Book Club *RRWednesday, December 19, 3:45This book club is for Kindergarteners who miss storytime or those who love to be read to. We will read and discuss a few books together, then do a fun activity.Kindergarten.Read to Prince *RRWednesday, December 19, 5-6:30 pmCome meet and read to Prince, a beautiful Golden Retriever who loves to listen to kids read! Sign up for one 15 minute session per reader.Library NewsClosed Friday Morning Dec 14The library will be closed Friday, December 14 from 9am to 1pm for staff training. The library will be open from 1pm to 5pm that day.Book Store Next Door Holiday ShoppingDon’t forget to shop at the Friends of the Library Book Store Next Door for the reader on your gift list. Gift certificates make great stocking stuffers and gifts for teachers. Holiday books are also half price! The Book Store Next Door is open Wednesday and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm. All proceeds benefit the Wilmington Memorial Library.(NOTE: These weekly listings are submitted by the Wilmington Memorial Library.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIBRARY LINEUP: Summer Bash On August 15; Coffee With A Cop On August 21In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Wildwood Cemetery Stroll Set For September 21In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Library To Host 6-Week Great Decisions Series On Foreign Policy TopicsIn “Community”last_img read more

Mayor for Life The Untold Story

Mayor for Life The Untold Story

first_imgIn memory of the recently deceased four-term Mayor and four-term Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry, Jr., the Anacostia Playhouse will host two pay-what-you-can performances of Mayor For Life: The Untold Story on Dec. 15. The first showing will start at 6:15 p.m. A discussion will follow each performance. In an ode to Marion Barry’s legacy as an advocate and supporter of the arts throughout his decades of public service and Anacostia’s emergence as an arts district in recent years the staging of this play is only right and proper.The one-man, 35 minute, play takes the viewer into the mind of Ezekiel, a vendor for Street Sense who vividly recalls his personal memories of “Marion B,” for an impromptu downtown audience. The character laments the irreplaceable void in District life the passing of the “Mayor for Life” leaves while retelling his own experiences witnessing up close and personal the highs and lows of Marion Barry’s folkloric public career.last_img read more

Youth protests to stop paramours marriage

Youth protests to stop paramours marriage

first_imgDarjeeling: Anant Barman has been sitting in a dharna for the past two days in front of a girl’s house. He claimed he had an eight-year relationship with the girl. The dharna was in protest of her parent’s plans to get her married off to another youth. The incident occurred in College-para, Dhupguri, in the Jalpaiguri district. Armed with placards displaying photographs and a mosquito net, Anant refused to budge, demanding that he should be married to the girl. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe family members of the other youth from Alipurduar with whom talks were on for the girl’s marriage arrived at her house on Monday but was greeted by heavy protests from Anant. Police complaints by the girl’s family failed to deter Anant. As news spread about this unique protest hundreds thronged to College-para. Street-side food stalls also sprung up. It was more like a village fair. Owing to the crowd the girl’s mother fell ill and had to be admitted to the hospital. The local councilor and important personalities of the locality finally stepped in. They initiated talks between the both the families. Finally Anant and the girl were married late on Monday evening.last_img read more

Do You Copy

first_img N/A 600-sheet paper capacity standard, up to 45 cpm CONTACT www.lexmark.com (800) 332-4120 $2,199 250-sheet paper capacity standard, up to 22 cpm 20,000 pages per month Xerox WorkCentre M20i DUTY CYCLE This story appears in the May 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » 4 min read www.xerox.com (800) ASK-XEROX 250-sheet paper capacity standard, up to 20 copies per minute Konica Minolta Bizhub 7218 275-sheet paper capacity standard, up to 18 cpm $350 $1,999 Lexmark x632s Brother MFC-7820N www.konicaminolta.com (201) 825-4000 $2,599 30,000 pages per month $3,199 Thinking about upgrading your copier? If you’re looking for maximum bang for your buck, a multifunction copier for your workgroup can accommodate. These machines, which offer more than you’d get from a traditional copier, tend to clock in at very affordable prices and can usually be networked to handle your employees’ printing needs as well. The $2,199 (all prices street) Xerox WorkCentre M20i comes with fax, scan and e-mail features and can handle a robust duty cycle of up to 20,000 pages per month. Built-in Ethernet lets you put it on the network with ease, and its scan once, print many capability is one to look for when shopping.Samsung’s $500 SCX-4720F is a hearty, space-conscious multifunction with a handy Toner Save button that can stretch your toner by up to 40 percent. The base model has no Ethernet, so you would need to add it on at about $200 if you require networkability. At $150, an additional 250-sheet paper cassette is another upgrade to consider.Sharp’s $2,895 AR-M207 is a well-stocked machine with automatic duplexing and full ledger-size PC scanning. Investing in an optical network kit can let everyone in the workgroup take advantage of the more advanced features like network printing and scanning. Like the Samsung, it comes with a handy toner-save mode.Spending $2,599 will land you the Hewlett-Packard LaserJet 4345mfp, which boasts a standard 600-sheet capacity and a built-in Ethernet print server. It’s the low end of HP’s 4345 line, but it still packs in a blazing 45 copies per minute maximum and a substantial 200,000-page monthly duty cycle. Moving up to the $3,449 HP LaserJet 4345x gets you automatic duplexing capabilities and 1,100-sheet standard capacity as well. The $1,999 Lexmark x632s also features a 200,000-page monthly duty cycle. If you’re planning on copying and printing that much, you can boost the 600-page standard input up to the 2,600-page maximum with add-on paper drawers.Be prepared–though they’re not the analog behemoths of old, many multifunction copiers at the workgroup level require some space. The $3,199 Konica Minolta Bizhub 7218 is 86 pounds of copying, faxing, scanning and printing. It comes with a standard 275-sheet paper tray, but can be upgraded to hold nearly 1,500 sheets with additional trays. All that capacity is part of where the size comes in. But if you go the upgrade route, you won’t have to constantly refill your paper tray. Keep in mind that some machines, like the 7218, are only available through a network of value-added resellers, so check with your local VAR.Not all copiers come in at thousands of dollars. For very small workgroups or offices, there are lots of inexpensive candidates. The $350 Brother MFC-7820N brings printing, built-in Ethernet, a battery backup system and a 33.6Kbps fax modem along for the ride with its copying capabilities. Its standard 250-sheet capacity is also its maximum.Picking your copier is just a matter of anticipating your workgroup needs. How many pages will you need to run every month? Is automatic duplexing a must? Do you need a large paper capacity? What will your budget allow? Answer these questions, and you’ll be well on your way to finding the right copier. $500 www.brother.com (800) 276-7746 600-sheet paper capacity standard, up to 40 cpm 200,000 pages per month www.sharpusa.com (800) 236-4277 Hewlett-Packard LaserJet 4345mfp www.samsungusa.com (800) SAMSUNG N/A Be fruitful in multiplying with the best new multifunction copiers for your business. FEATURES MANUFACTURER/ MODEL 200,000 pages per month 600-sheet paper capacity standard, up to 20 cpm Shopping List STREET PRICE Sharp AR-M207 10,000 pages per month Samsung SCX-4720F www.hp.com (800) 888-0262 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global $2,895 May 1, 2005 550-sheet paper capacity standard, up to 22 cpmlast_img read more

Self driving car Google Tesla Mercedes

Self driving car Google Tesla Mercedes

first_imgTechnology is changing the way cars will operate in the coming years. Just like in the movies, a survey reveals that there would be fewer car owners and more driverless cars in the future. Companies such as Uber, Tesla, and even Amazon have joined the companies willing to give this technology a try. Amazon recently hinted their plans for a self-driving car. This information was revealed via a patent that Amazon filed back in November of 2015 and was just recently granted, which covers the problems on how to deal with reversible lanes and change of direction. There is also Tesla, which currently uses self-driving features on their cars, but their owners are to remain responsible for their cars always until full autonomy is been reached. Per Tesla, the company is constantly working on evolving their vehicles and capabilities with the aim accomplish full autonomy. As for Uber, one of the biggest ride sharing companies currently operating in the United States, the company has launched full self-driving testing in Arizona. Uber’s self-driving cars has prompted other companies to start exploring their options. Companies, such as Google, have developed a patent that reveals their strategy to fight Uber and possibly master the market. Per Google’s patent application, these self-driving taxis will can know where to meet the person despite of road closures and detours. The patent application shows Google is trying to implement a memory system where the cars can store map information. Google’s currently ride sharing service, through Waze Rider app, is very limited and it is only offered to the Bay Area. With the technology and the potential to expand, it is quite easy to see why many companies are willing to explore the possibility of expansion into this market. The technology still in the beginning stages and there will be more developments and test that will need to be conducted to have a safe, fully operational self –driving technology. Over 15 companies have showed some kind of interest in the self-driving cars technology, which is a safe assumption that this technology is going to be the next big thing.last_img read more

Mijia Desktop Color Photo Printer Is Down To Just 130 For A

Mijia Desktop Color Photo Printer Is Down To Just 130 For A

first_imgIf you’re a content creator or a photographer, there are a boatload of accessories that you require. Moreover, having a physical print of your art, design or illustration is a must for your portfolio. Other than this, even if you’re an average photographer, owning a handy printer is a must. This is where our today’s discount on Mijia Desktop Color Printer kicks in. That’s right, the Mijia Desktop Color Photo Printer is now available at a massive discount. Let’s dive in to see some more details on the product and how you can avail the discount.The Mijia Desktop Color Photo Printer Available For Just $130 – Limited Time Discount!As we have previously mentioned, the Mijia Desktop Color Photo Printer is available at a discount. What this means is that the product is only available at discount for a limited time. Henceforth, if you fail to avail the discount on time, the price drop will revert back to its original model. So act fast and place your order as soon as you can.Head over to this link to get the Mijia Desktop Color Photo PrinterThe Mijia Desktop Color Photo Printer features a unique design with a compact form factor. It’s portable and quite easy to use. The product is currently available at a massive 31 percent discount for a limited time. Below are some specific features listed, do check them out.Main Features:● Advanced printing technology, 300 x 300dpi print resolution● Support various wireless connection as Mijia APP, WeChat applet, Airprint, and computer wireless printing● CMY 3-color dye sublimation printing technology is used to achieve 256-level color scale complete output rendering 655 vents are designed independently● In order to ensure the appearance and sufficient opening ratio, 655 holes have 12 different sizes of apertures, which improves the color reproduction and ensures the stability of continuous printing● In addition, the ID printing function has been added to the APP, and all commonly used photo photos are printed at home, such as high-definition printing multi-national visa photo, one-inch photo, two-inch photo, etc.● The Mijia photo printer is automatically coated with a colorless transparent protective film at the last step of photo printing, showing an excellent scratch, anti-fingerprint and splash-proof properties, the color of the photo stays longerIf you’re interested, the Mijia Desktop Color Photo Printer is available at a massive 31 percent discount. This makes the price come down to just $130.99 down from $201.74. Be sure to use the code: GBNL22801 to avail the discount.Head over to this link to get the Mijia Desktop Color Photo PrinterThe Mijia Desktop Color Photo Printer is a pretty handy and helpful device at times. Moreover, now that it is available at a discount, there’s no reason not to get it. It’s definitely a must-have if you’re a photography enthusiast.Head over to this link to get the Mijia Desktop Color Photo PrinterThere will be more deals in the future, so do stick around for more. In addition, be sure to avail the discount on time before it expires. This is all for now, folks. Are you willing to get it? Share your views with us in the comments. Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

Business Email Compromise attacks warning from BSI

Business Email Compromise attacks warning from BSI

first_imgBSI Cybersecurity and Information Resilience are advising organizations to remain vigilant and alert to Business Email Compromise (BEC) attacks during the summer months. As annual leave season peaks, attackers are increasing their frequency of attacks tricking employees to open unsafe emails. Most commonly a BEC attack involves an attacker, who is pretending to be a trusted contact, tricking a targeted individual into giving away credentials (username and password). It can include transferring payments or funds through password reset requests, social media account changes or updates or simply a “colleague” asking the targeted individual to “login” and approve a payment.A recent report highlighted that nearly 60 per cent of organizations saw attempts that imitated more than five identities within the company. Very Attacked People (VAPs) were also highlighted as being those in the following roles: Executive; Upper Management; Management; as well as individual contributors.Richard Lambe, Senior Security Awareness Consultant at BSI, explains: “BEC attacks continue to be prevalent and are on the increase. Attackers are getting information through social engineering which includes making phone calls, accessing social media and the internet for data to collate plausible profiles.This research can reveal who is on annual leave allowing attackers to develop a more targeted impersonation to generate believable emails. The cybercriminals can build a rapport with recipients to gain their trust by impersonating a trusted company supplier, boss or colleague. The recipient of the email will assume the attacker is who they are impersonating and will typically process a request without hesitation. Often by the time they realise it’s not a legitimate request, it will be too late.”“Unmanaged digital risks can have a direct impact on business operations including loss of productivity, financial loss and personnel risk. A crucial step for management is to work closely with their security team to understand the threats and set up awareness training for all staff. According to Gardaí, invoice redirect fraud has caused losses in excess of €4.4 million to date this year and globally BEC incidents are reported to result in $12.5 billion losses. It’s vital that employers are aware of the prevalence of BEC attacks and educate employees on how to spot a malicious email. If in doubt, verify the origination of the email and contact the email sender, via other means, to corroborate the request,” concludes Richard.BSI provides a range of solutions to help organizations address their information challenges covering cybersecurity, information management and privacy, security awareness, compliance and testing. For more information visit bsigroup.com/cyber-ie.last_img read more

Police educate the youth

Police educate the youth

first_imgThe Ladysmith K9 Unit, Ladysmith Social Crime Unit, and Ladysmith FCS conducted an awareness campaign at the Mhlanganyelwa Combined School on Tuesday,  February 10.The campaign addressed social ills such as substance abuse, sexual offences, dangerous weapons and domestic violence.They also educated learners on the functions of the different departments as part of a National Police Day celebration. National Police Day takes place on January 27 every year.About 300 learners were educated, and received pamphlets from the officers. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

Making his mark on the racing track

Making his mark on the racing track

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Ashish Narrandes is a 20-year-old Ladysmith lad who is making it big in the racing world.Ashish is a South African racing driver who started his career in the South African Formula M Championship back in 2012. Last year, he was offered a seat in the Formula 4 Championship in India. Ashish was the only rookie in each of these championships, going up against drivers who have more than 15 years’ experience. He put in strong performances in 2013, overtaking an average of eight cars per race. The highlight was racing from 21st position to seventh position in eight laps and setting one of the fastest lap times in heavy rain conditions. Ashish was then offered a seat in the Rotax Senior Karting Championship for the first time, which is one of the fastest karting categories in the world. After only his second practice session, he was only 0.6 seconds adrift of India’s current karting champion, who has been karting for over 12 years.With great performances like these under his belt, Ashish has been offered a scholarship drive in the Formula BMW Asia series in India.He is now seeking investors / sponsors who would like to partner with him for the 2014 season and beyond. There are plenty of marketing opportunities available, such as branding on his racing suit, helmet, race wear and car, to name but a few.Ashish received a lot of media coverage in the form of newspaper articles, radio interviews and online interviews last year, not only in India but South Africa as well. With this kind of prowess behind the wheel, Ashish is sure to power his way to championship wins around the globe. If you blink, you might miss him as he roars right past you.last_img read more