first_imgThe Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the world’s most promising cancer research, hosted a special evening – the “This Is It” Gala – on Saturday, August 23, 2014, from 6.30pm at the stunning Parrish Art Museum at 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, NY.Nearly 250 guests were in attendance of the event in support of the 10th Annual Charles Evans PCF Pro-Am Tennis Tournament held from August 22 – 24, 201, raising $1.5 million in support of prostate cancer research.This Is It was a fun evening of cocktails, dining, quizzes and dancing which included a surprise show by Grammy Award-winning artist Kenny Loggins, who performed many of his favorite hits like “Footloose” and “Danger Zone”. Guests celebrated twenty years of the advances made in the fight against prostate cancer by PCF. In his audience address, Founder and Chairman Michael Milken said the organization had raised $50.6 million in 2013, a new high-water mark for the organization. Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, trustee of the Charles Evans Foundation which partners with PCF, gave a moving speech in memory of her husband Charles.PCF’s President and Chief Executive Officer Jonathan W. Simons, MD thanked the audience for their support, saying “investment in ideas can change everything”. He said the day in which the disease could be a considered a chronic but manageable condition, instead of a life sentence, is becoming “closer than ever”. Guests viewed an audiovisual which remembered many inspiring individuals who had lost a battle with cancer, including Wade Thompson, Lou Rawls, Leslie Misrock and Jerry Orbach.During the auction, five guests – Seth Bernstein, John Paulson, David H. Koch, Steve Schwarzman and Anonymous – donated $75,000 for three years, a total of $225,000, in sponsorship of the PCF’s young researchers program. Others contributed $25,000 to which David H. Koch generously added $150,000. A total of $1.5 million was raised at the Gala in support of cancer research, making up part of the $2.5 million in total raised over the entire weekend.The event was hosted by: Michael and Lori Milken, David and Sybil Yurman, David and Julia Koch, Glenn and Jennifer Myles, Miles Nadal (MDC Partners), Richard and Karen LeFrak, Don and Catie Marron, Danny and Sheila Rosenblum, and Mort Zuckerman.last_img read more

first_imgCALGARY – Clay Riddell, billionaire businessman and co-owner of the Calgary Flames, has died. He was 81.The Flames confirmed his death in a statement on Sunday.“We mourn the passing of a great man of industry, sports, philanthropy and human decency along with our city, province and country. His legacies to all of us are immeasurable. To his family our gratitude, respect and deepest sympathy,” said Flames vice chairman and CEO Ken King.Riddell joined Flames ownership in 2003 after spending much of his life building oil and gas companies, including Paramount Resources.The oil tycoon relinquished his role as CEO of the natural gas and oil exploration company in 2015, when his son, James, took over the role. Riddell founded the company in 1976 and went public with it in 1978.“On behalf of the National Hockey League and our board of governors we extend our deepest condolences to the family of Clay Riddell,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a release. “Clay’s passion and commitment to his city and beloved Flames will be deeply missed.”Forbes pegged his fortune at US$1.2 billion, according to its 2018 ranking of the world’s wealthiest people.He was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2008 in part because of his creation of program that helped encourage students pursue studies in geology and his philanthropy, including a $10-million donation to his alma mater, the University of Manitoba, to create an endowment fund toward its faculty of environment, earth and resources in 2005.Riddell died on Saturday after a short illness according to a release from Paramount Resources.“He was an incredible man with so many accomplishments,” said James Riddell. “He will be dearly missed.”Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi tweeted his condolences.“Incredibly sad. Clay was a titan of our community—in industry, philanthropy, sport, and education. Calgarians feel his legacy now, and we will feel it for many years to come. My heart goes out his family and friends in this difficult time. Know that we all mourn with you today,” said Nenshi.last_img read more

first_imgMoscow: The Russian military has commissioned more than 1,000 new aircraft and thousands of tanks in the past few years in a massive modernization effort amid tensions with the West, the nation’s defense minister said Monday. Sergei Shoigu boasted of the military’s achievements in his six years on the job, saying in a speech to lawmakers that the armed forces have turned into a highly mobile force capable of projecting power to distant areas. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingShoigu noted that the military received more than 1,000 warplanes and combat helicopters and over 3,700 tanks in 2012-2018. He added that the armed forces have received 109 ground-based intercontinental ballistic missiles and 108 submarine-launched ICBMs and formed 10 brigades armed with state-of-the-art short-range Iskander missiles. Shoigu said that the campaign in Syria that Russia has waged since 2015 showcases its military might and allowed the military to test its new weapons in combat, including shipborne and air-launched long-range cruise missiles. He noted that the military also has seen a quick expansion in the number of drones, laser-guided artillery projectiles and other precision weapons. The defense minister emphasised that the 1-million-strong military has nearly 400,000 professional enlisted personnel and non-commissioned officers, a major shift for the armed forces that in the recent past relied exclusively on the draft.last_img read more

He said that the decision was taken in the best interest of public security.The Defence Secretary expressed these views at a special media conference this evening. (Colombo Gazette) The Government today defended the decision taken to restrict access to social media.Defence Secretary Kapila Waidyaratne said that the restrictions imposed on access to social media is temporary.

“U Win Tin is one of over 1,000 people currently behind bars in Myanmar for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression, assembly and association,” the Special Rapporteur on Myanmar of the UN Commission on Human Rights, Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, said in a statement.“Several political prisoners are now elderly or in poor health and in urgent need of medical attention. U Win Tin, who has been held for protracted periods in solitary confinement, is one of a large number of detainees whose state of health has been severely exacerbated by their conditions of detention and who should be released on humanitarian grounds alone,” he added.U Win Tin, An ardent human rights defender and democracy advocate who turned 76 yesterday in a prison cell in Yangon, the capital, has been imprisoned since 4 July, 1989. Having been sentenced three times since 1989, each time while he was already in prison, he is currently serving a further seven years following a letter of concern he wrote to the UN regarding the ill treatment and poor conditions of political prisoners. “The Special Rapporteur wishes to take this opportunity to appeal to the Government of the Union of Myanmar to unconditionally release U Win Tin and all remaining prisoners of conscience,” the statement concluded.“Rather, processes of national reconciliation and democratic transition are invariably facilitated, by their release. The path to democracy to which the Government has committed itself is one in which there is no place for political prisoners.”Special Rapporteurs, who are unpaid and serve in a personal capacity, receive their mandates from the UN Commission on Human Rights.Over the past several years Secretary-General Kofi Annan has been pushing the Government of the South Asian country to move towards democratic rule by releasing all detainees, including democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been under house arrest. read more

Closing time: Why some of Canada’s music clubs are losing the fight to stay open by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 10, 2017 1:58 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 10, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Mike Campbell, former owner of the Carleton Music Bar and Grill, is seen in the establishment in Halifax on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. Campbell didn’t want his prominent Halifax live music venue to be another on the growing list of casualties on the Canadian scene.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan TORONTO – Mike Campbell didn’t want his prominent Halifax venue to join the growing list of Canadian musical haunts forced to close.But when the former co-host of MuchMusic’s 1990s series “Mike and Mike’s Excellent X-Canada Adventures” soon hands over the keys to the Carleton Music Bar and Grill, at least he’ll know he fought to keep it alive.The longtime champion of East Coast music tried everything, including a crowdfunding campaign to save the Carleton. His appeal to music fans fell short of its goal and Campbell was forced to give up the dream.New owners will take control of the space — which has hosted Canadian favourites like Joel Plaskett and Ron Sexsmith — as renovations begin and Campbell eases out of his role.“They haven’t completely ruled out the idea of keeping some sort of live music component,” he says.“But it’s definitely not going to be the way it was.”Technological trends, changing listener tastes and a challenging business model are threatening the dedicated performing spaces once home to young hopefuls and grizzled veterans.Toronto’s Hugh’s Room became the latest to join the death-watch list when its owner Richard Carson abruptly closed the venue last week to weigh his options.The 200-person capacity restaurant and music venue opened in 2001 as a stage for both local and international performers, and hosted a hearty list of tribute concerts for Canadian legends like Gordon Lightfoot and Stompin’ Tom.While Carson says nothing is etched in stone yet, he’s still hunting for a viable solution that would keep Hugh’s Room alive.Other similar money-losing music hubs have seen their hopes dashed in recent years.Vancouver’s Railway Club left a void in the local music scene when it couldn’t find a buyer last year. Its stage, which once welcomed acts like the Tragically Hip, kd lang and the Barenaked Ladies, was recently leased by a new tenant.And two years ago, Vancouver lost its only jazz club when the Cellar Jazz Club folded.Having fewer small venues across Canada makes it tough for many independent artists to tour, suggests Toronto singer-songwriter Jory Nash.The cost of travelling across such a vast country — with long stretches of highway between each big city — is expensive in itself. Nash says a dwindling number of attractive venues makes hitting the road an even bigger gamble.“You use certain anchor dates to help you when you’re planning tours, just to make it work,” he says.“Some of these venues, like a Hugh’s Room, can be critical.”While it’s impossible to pinpoint a single reason for why Canada’s smaller concert stages are under so much pressure, there are a few recurring challenges.For one, audience habits have significantly changed, Campbell suggests.A few years ago it would’ve been common to hit up a pub for drinks before heading to a nightclub, he says, but now many people favour pre-drink gatherings at home.Or, in the social media age, they may not meet in person at all.“It’s no longer necessary to get together with a bunch of people in a physical social space,” Campbell says.He also blamed a barrage of burdensome local bylaws and years of ongoing downtown Halifax construction for contributing to the Carleton’s demise.Hugh’s Room also struggled with declining attendance on some nights and hoped to buck the trend by appealing to Toronto residents with families. Not only did the venue welcome kids, but its performances started and finished early enough to accommodate a reasonable bedtime.While Hugh’s Room shows were often sold-out, Carson says he struggled when artists didn’t promote their own gigs. And CD and merchandise sales no longer contributed to the bottom line like they used to.Independent artists have increasingly turned to streaming music services instead of investing in CDs to sell at shows.“That used to be part of how I paid my box-office staff,” Carson says.In the coming days, Carson plans to scour the industry for reasonable options that could save Hugh’s Room. It may include restructuring the business or the option of embracing a not-for-profit model.“I’m hoping we can figure out a way to keep going.”Follow @dfriend on Twitter. read more

“The Secretary-General in his Five-Year Action Agenda identified ‘Working with and for Women and Young People’ as one of his top priorities, the spokesperson added in a note to the media. “In this context, the Envoy on Youth will work to address the needs of the largest generation of youth the world has ever known.”“Mr. Alhindawi is a strong youth advocate and brings to this position extensive knowledge of and commitment to working on youth issues at the local, regional and international level,” the spokesperson continued.According to the media note, since December 2012, Mr. Alhindawi – who was born in 1984 – has been Team Leader at a World Bank-funded programme to the League of Arab States on Institutional Development to Strengthen Arab Policy and Participation.Prior to this, he served as the Youth Policy Advisor in the League of Arab States in Cairo and as an officer in the Technical Secretariat of the Arab Youth and Sports Ministers Council, between 2009 and 2012. Past experience also includes serving as a Team Leader for the National Youth Policy Project in Iraq, a Youth Program Associate at the Iraq office of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and as an Emergency Program Officer at the non-governmental organization Save the Children. As a regional consultant, he has also supported the Danish Youth Council’s projects in the Middle East and North Africa.In addition, as part of his voluntary work, Mr. Alhindawi was among the co-founders of the All Jordan Youth Commission, and co-founded and headed the Youth for Democracy Network at the Jordanian Commission for Democratic Culture and co-founded the International Youth Council in New York. read more

In a statement issued by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Karima Bennoune, and Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression , David Kaye said that the conviction and sentencing of artists is entirely unacceptable and is in complete violation of Iran’s obligations under international human rights law. They have also called for all charges to be dropped.The expert’s call has also been endorsed by the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, and the UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan E. Méndez.Musicians Mehdi Rajabian and Yousef Emadi, and filmmaker Hossein Rajabian were sentenced to six years in prison and fined 50 million Rials (about $1,658) each for “insulting Islamic sanctities,” “propaganda against the State” and for “conducing illegal activities in the audiovisual affaires including through producing prohibited audiovisual material and performing an illegal and underground music site.” On appeal, the prison sentence was reduced to three years.Use of torture is also alleged against Mr. Rajabian, founder of Barg Music, an alternative music distributor in Iran.Barg Music was the main medium broadcasting alternative music in the country and had introduced a large number of songs and Iranian alternative musicians, as well as female singers, to Iranian audiences. It shut down by Revolutionary Guards in 2013.“We take note that the sentence of the artists was reduced by the appeals court,” Mr. Kaye said. “However, this verdict is still unacceptable: detaining someone on the grounds of ‘insulting the sacred’ and ‘propaganda against the State’ is incompatible with international human rights standards.”Ms. Bennoune expressed “dismay” at the allegations that the artists were forced to make self-incriminating televised “confessions” to the charges of producing prohibited audiovisual materials, and apologize for broadcasting the voice of female singers.She said that the action of the authorities against the artists has serious repercussions for others in the country and that it results in unjustifiable restrictions on the right of all persons in Iran to have access to and enjoy the arts. “Artistic expression is simply not a crime,” Ms. Bennoune concluded.Special Rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

first_imgA plan to increase council tax on second homes in the Yorkshire Dales to keep young families in the area has been blocked by the local council.Members of Richmondshire District Council voted 13-12 against joining other local authorities within the national park and speaking to the Government about the idea, which was part of plans to retain young families in the area.It had been suggested that council tax should be increased as much as five-fold, but that will not happen now the largest authority within the park has turned it down.Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority chairman Carl Lis said: “It would be remiss of me not to make clear to the public that the proposition to talk to Government has in effect been killed off.”In my view, the decision has let down local communities by stopping the conversation before it had properly started.”Richmondshire District Council has rejected the view that too many second homes can have an adverse impact on the viability of local communities.”It has also rejected the view that there are too many second homes in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.”I think many people living in the National Park will be staggered by those conclusions.”But the Dales Homeowners Action Group said it was “a triumph for common sense” and the uncertainty had damaged the local economy. A spokesman said: “House sales have been stalled and there’s been a human cost with some people seeing their life’s work put at risk.”last_img read more

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Prince Harry visited a Quincey Shelter plastered with photos from his wedding day Harry was appointed Captain General Royal Marines in December 2017, taking over the role from his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, who held the appointment for 64 years.He already has experience of colder climates, facing temperatures as low as minus 35C on charity expeditions.Harry took part in treks to the North Pole in 2011 and South Pole in 2013 with Walking With The Wounded. He will saw field tents, snow vehicles and a Quincey Shelter, a makeshift shelter built of snow in which the elite forces are able to camp. The Duke of Sussex met troops participating in Exercise Clockwork in Bardufoss, NorwayCredit:Getty Lieutenant Colonel David West, officer commanding Exercise Clockwork, said: “We are celebrating 50 years of Exercise Clockwork today and are honoured to be able to welcome the Captain General of the Royal Marines to Bardufoss to mark the occasion.”Harry is used to rigours of harsh climates and so will fully understand the dangers of trying to live and operate in such an extreme environment.”Clockwork continues to deliver vital training for our people.”It provides essential experience in flying and surviving in the extreme cold hundreds of miles inside the Arctic Circle.”For 50 years Commando Helicopter Force and its predecessors have operated in this region and the skills learnt here are more relevant than ever.” The Duke of Sussex arrived in snow-covered Norway to meet British servicemen and women undertaking winter weather training.Harry arrived on a private jet at the remote Bardufoss air station shortly after 11.15am local time (10.15am GMT), where he was greeted by UK ambassador to Norway Richard Wood.The duke is spending his first Valentine’s Day as a married man in one of the planet’s harshest climates, although the temperature of minus 2C was much milder than the minus 35C servicemen and women can expect.Harry’s trip marks the 50th anniversary of Commando Helicopter Force and Joint Helicopter Command deploying to the remote base, where military personnel are taught how to survive, operate and fight in the sub-zero conditions, as well as gaining experience of operating aircraft in severe cold weather and mountainous environments.The multinational Exercise Clockwork, hosted by the Norwegian armed forces, comprises environmental flying qualifications, cold weather survival, and snow and ice driving courses.The duke, in his role as Captain General Royal Marines, spent the afternoon meeting military personnel living and training at the base. The Duke of Sussex visited Exercise Clockwork in Bardufoss, Norway Prince Harry visited a Quincey Shelter plastered with photos from his wedding dayCredit:Getty read more

Dan Croft from mobility analytics provider INRIX said: “We are predicting Good Friday will be the worst for traffic from late morning into the afternoon.”For drivers looking to avoid the worst congestion, the best options are to travel on Saturday, set off early in the morning and keep updated with real-time traffic data.” “In Scotland, Good Friday looks like 20C. 22C is possible on Saturday. It will be cooler into Monday in Scotland. “In England, 24C is due on Saturday and Sunday, and to get to 25C would need more prolonged sunshine.”As temperatures soar, some 15 million drivers are expected to take to the roads as families head off on weekend getaways. Pilgrims carry crosses to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne in Northumberland during the annual Christian Easter pilgrimage RAC Traffic Watch spokesperson Rod Dennis said there will be lengthy queues in some areas and advised motorists to check their tyres, petrol, and oil and coolant levels before setting off.  The warm weather is expected to last throughout the Easter weekendCredit:Paul Jacobs Britain could be set for its hottest ever Easter Sunday as a “Greek plume” caused temperatures to soar at the start of the bank holiday weekend.Parks and beaches were packed with sunseekers on Good Friday, and could enjoy highs for up to 25C on Saturday and Sunday as an 880-mile gust of hot air blows across the Mediterranean.Met Office forecasters said the warm spell could see individual records broken on Easter Sunday, as well as Easter Monday.The warmest Easter Sunday previously recorded was 25.3C in Solent, Hampshire, on 24 April 2011.Meanwhile the hottest temperature recorded this year was 21.2C in Kew, West London, on 26 February. As warm weather sets in across the country on Good Friday, pilgrims carry crosses to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne in Northumberland during the annual Christian Easter pilgrimageCredit:Danny Lawson/PA Wire Bournemouth was one of many beaches packed with day-trippers on Good FridayCredit:BNPS Traffic jams were expected to peak today, with major routes becoming clogged between 11am and 4.30pm as some 4.4 million journeys are made, according to the RAC. The warm weather is expected to last throughout the Easter weekend The Met Office has forecast “plenty of warm sunshine across the UK” over the weekend as supermarkets brace themselves for a spike in sales of barbecue food and ice lollies.Forecaster Mark Wilson said: “Warm air coming from south-east Europe around Greece and Italy means an Easter weekend with plenty of sunshine. Bournemouth Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

A council in Wales has said plans for public toilets in a seaside town – with design features to deter vandalism, sexual activity and rough sleeping – were submitted in “error”.Plans for the toilets in Porthcawl’s Griffin Park included weight-sensitive floors and alarm features.A design and access statement submitted to Bridgend County Borough Council included water jets, set cubical use time to deter rough sleeping, and graffiti-resistant walls and floors.Weight-sensitive floors would ensure only one user could be in a cubicle at a time, to safeguard against “inappropriate sexual activity and vandalism”.But Porthcawl Town Council has since said the plans were “misinterpreted” and the toilets will be of “traditional construction”.In a statement, the authority said: “We are aware that a number of security features have been listed in the design and access statement as part of the planning application. Unfortunately, the town council’s enthusiasm and intentions have been misinterpreted.”The town council are committed to providing new toilets that will be good quality and of traditional construction. The various features listed in the design statement will not be included in the construction.”The town council has never had any intention of installing any floor or other movement sensors, any restricted time entry, there will not be water sprays, or self-opening doors, no weight-sensitive floor and no dousing equipment as described in the statement.”Appropriate amendments will be made to the design and access statement as necessary.”The existing facilities are due to close in October while demolition and construction of the new building takes place. The council says the new facilities will be completed by spring 2020. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

first_imgMost landlords don’t like dealing with these companies, but they recognise them as a necessary evil.Numerous calls to contacts for Nightlife and Copper Face Jacks went unanswered.Read: Video shows crowd crush outside Copper Face JacksRead: Seven people injured in crush outside Copper Face Jacks on Harcourt Street WITH SEVEN PEOPLE injured at Copper Face Jacks on Monday, questions were raised about the policing, advertising and general safety of large-scale club nights.Many of the club nights, including the drinks promotions, are not directly run by the majority of clubs.Most are run by outside promotions companies, who are adept at reaching young people through social media.The promotions companies take a cut of the money made on the door and, sources say, advise landlords to lower the price of drinks to attract more young punters.“They’ll say to a pub owner ‘I can put 400 or 500 or 600 people in here, but you have lower your prices’,” says one source with years of experience in the pub industry.“You say that to any landlord who’s struggling and they’ll do it,” they added.The Messy Mondays promotion, which was taking place at Copper Face Jacks when seven people were injured queueing outside earlier this week, is run by a company called NightLife Ireland.They run nights in a number of Dublin’s biggest nightclubs, attracting hundreds of people every week.Sources say that the typical night will see a promotions company take 50 per cent of the money made on the door, but that number will rise as admissions go up.Nightlife’s Facebook page lists an official website, but this only brings up a holding page.The Facebook information lists a Dublin office, but this was empty when called to by and the phone number listed goes to a Dublin taxi firm.No information could be found on the company through the Companies Registration Office.Youth on their sideThe age profiles of the promoters is significant, one industry professional says.“The oldest person you’d deal with is about 25.“So you take a pub owner, whose business is suffering and you try and tell them that they need to get on Facebook. They’re so old-fashioned that they can’t do it.But then you get a college student coming through the door, promising access to the Facebook pages of young people.PolicingThere is no law in Ireland on how many door staff are required to police events, but Garda licensing inspectors advise clubs that a ratio of one doorman to each 100 people should be maintained. Added to that, clubs and pubs are responsible for a radius of 50 metres from their door. If incidents occur within that distance, the licencing inspector in the area can take action against a venue. A former club manager says that the gardai should be the first port of  call if a potential issue is identified in that wider radius outside the pub or club.“You’d have to ring your nearest station straight away and tell them “I have a situation that my staff cannot handle”.There’d be consequences, your licence would be looked into and you might lose your special exemption for a week, but at least nobody would be hurt.RelationshipSo why are landlords eager to link up with promotions companies?“The industry has changed,” says one source.“We have to be open at all hours to attract people in.last_img read more

first_img Take me to Fora Developer that illegally bulldozed 19th century convent gets go ahead for Dublin apartments Kimpton Vale is looking to build 143 apartments in Clonsilla. Short URL Mar 2nd 2017, 7:50 PM Share45 Tweet Email1 65 Comments Thursday 2 Mar 2017, 7:50 PM 30,538 Views center_img A DEVELOPER THAT illegally demolished a 19th century convent a decade ago has gotten planning permission to build more than 100 new housing units in Dublin.Dublin-based builder Kimpton Vale, which hit headlines in 2006 when it bulldozed a 19th century convent in Terenure, Dublin without planning consent, has been trying to progress work at a site in Clonsilla for years.In April 2016 Fingal County Council granted it planning permission to build 143, mainly two-bed, apartments at a site in Porterstown, near Blanchardstown in the capital’s west.The development, which was intended to include four apartment blocks, was challenged by an appellant named Margaret Nolan and appealed to An Bord Pleanála.However, towards the end of last year the planning board wrote to Fingal County Council advising that the appeal had been “deemed to be invalid as it was received outside the time for making an appeal”.The Clonsilla project, which is also to include a car park with 247 spaces, green areas and infrastructure work around the area, is now listed as having planning permission.Kimpton Vale has been trying to progress work at the site for years and some of the developments previously planned for the site would have seen over 300 units built.ControversyThe developer, headed up by businessman Laurence Keegan, was at the centre of a controversey in 2006 when it illegally demolished the former Presentation Convent in Terenure.The local council started the process of giving the site protected status in October, however two weeks later workers employed by Kimpton began to bulldoze the 1830s convent without planning permission at 7am on a Saturday. By Fora Staff Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The location of the proposed development Source: Fingal County CouncilCouncil inspectors arrived on the site two hours later, however by that stage most of the building was gone and the inspectors ruled that the rest should be demolished on public-safety grounds.The demolition of a proposed protected structure is prohibited pending the final decision of the planning authority.FineIn 2008, Kimpton Vale pleaded guilty to illegally knocking down the building and received a fine of €1,000. It said that it believed it was not required to seek permission to knock the building.Keegan, who heads up Kimpton, was previously restricted in his actions as a company director for five years from early 2004 after a firm called Lido Construction, for which he had served as a director, made a €7 million settlement with Revenue for the under-declaration of VAT.He had left his role at the company nine months before the settlement was made. Keegan also made a personal settlement for €84,000 with Revenue in 2004 for the under-declaration of VAT.Kimpton Vale’s loans were transferred to Nama in December 2010. The firm lost nearly €100,000 in the 12 months to the end of June 2015 and had accumulated losses of more than €13 million at the end of the period.Kimpton Vale did not immediately respond when asked by Fora what stage of development the Clonsilla project is at.Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Fora.ielast_img read more

first_imgThe works for the rejuvenation project of Lonsdale Street are expected to begin in June and to conclude by July 2010.This was confirmed by the Mayor of Melbourne Robert Doyle when asked by Neos Kosmos English Edition (NKEE) to provide details regarding the recent announcement of securing $1.5 million for the enhancement of the Greek precinct in Lonsdale St. This amount along with another $2 million earmarked for a Greek Cultural Centre was pledged by Premier John Brumby as part of the $8 million Cultural Precincts Enhancement Fund reaffirming last week’s NKEE report. The City of Melbourne who has also committed $250,000 will be working along with the Victorian Multicultural Commission towards the completion of various projects. “The fund covers restoration of key lane ways, street beautification, art work, landscaping and lighting and boost resources for the communities to enhance and showcase their culture and heritage Greek Precinct on Lonsdale Street,” Mayor Robert Doyle said.The plan includes an awning upgrade and the re-cladding of existing building awnings, new fascias, standardised shop signage and new skylights all estimated at a total cost of $700,000 with the City contributing $100,000. The precinct will have a new light installation suspended over the intersection of Lonsdale and Russell Streets which will act as a getaway featuring a catenary lighting system with a price tag of $550,000 of which $150,000 is committed by the City of Melbourne.  New glass screens will be erected in front of a number of cafes for which advice will be provided on concept and design. These plans will be complemented by the upgrade of the Heffeman Laneway to facilitate usage for cafes and markets that will also link Chinatown with the Greek precinct at a cost of $35,000 also to be covered by the City.The story of Greek culture and migration to Melbourne will also be detailed through a various plaques, multi-media and electronic mediums, enabling visitors to the precinct to also learn about the urban and social  history telling of this once very vibrant Greek precinct. It should be noted that the City has already provided a $50,000 sponsorship to the Antipodes Festival that took place on March 21 and 22.   When asked by NKEE about the consultation process that has preceded the rejuvenation project of Lonsdale and if key stakeholders have agreed with the plans, Melbourne Mayor Cr Doyle said: “The community has been actively engaged and consulted with since 2006. Extensive consultations have been held via forums, information sessions, one on one feedback as well as briefings on design concepts and processes. Design briefs for the projects to enhance the cultural precincts have been agreed upon after an extensive consultation process. The community has demonstrated significant support for the enhancement of the cultural precincts.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_img Review: ‘Fantasy Strike’ Is A Fighting Game That Understands…Game of the Year: Jordan Minor’s Best Video Games of 2018 For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year!The Guitar Hero-fueled plastic instrument boom of the mid-to-late 2000s left everyone with garages full of fake drums and hard drives full of downloaded songs. The whole phenomenon was obviously unsustainable. However, the ravenous consumer demand for music games encouraged publishers to greenlight everything they could. This led to neat games like Lego Rock Band, bad games like Power Gig: Rise of the SixString, and this week’s Game of the Year DJ Hero.Rhythm games existed long before Guitar Hero. Just look at Dance Dance Revolution. But the novelty of the guitar controller, the larger casual gaming audience, and the endless amount of classic and modern rock songs to choose from made the game a huge hit in the West. The added instruments of Rock Band (from the same developers at Harmonix) turned these games into social experiences, karaoke but better.However, the problem for me and I’m sure many others is that I’m interested in music beyond songs that rely on guitars. Hip-hop is arguably the dominant pop music genre today but Kanye West or Kendrick Lamar tracks don’t necessarily make sense played in Rock Band. If you like Daft Punk’s electronica, Jay Z and Eminem’s rhymes, Marvin Gaye’s soul, or whatever Paula Abdul does, the big two rhythm games left you out in the cold.Enter DJ Hero. In 2009 Activision expanded its Guitar Hero empire and published the secret best game of the entire cycle. DJ Hero turns the art of turntablism into a game that shares the joy of mixing and scratching vinyl with the masses. Unshackled from the rock guitar paradigm, DJ Hero’s soundtrack is an eclectic mix of artists from across eras and genres that anyone can dance to. But that’s not even the most exciting part. DJ Hero’s songs are all also original mash-ups.Ever wanted to hear what a Tupac and Bobby “Blue” Bland combo sounds like? How about a cross between “Hollaback Girl” and “Give it to Me Baby?” DJ Hero even manages to make famous white thief Vanilla Ice sound interesting. Regardless of DJ Hero’s quality as a game, these mash-ups are worth listening to on their own.Fortunately, the game itself is great as well, and the mash-ups are a key reason why. When a real DJ combines two songs they have two turntables to work with. DJ Hero’s plastic controller features just one turntable. Still, scratching the record by holding the buttons and spinning is satisfying in the same rhythmic and tactile way that makes Guitar Hero so fun. The same applies to quickly hitting the crossfader to hop between songs. And spinning the entire disc backward to rewind the song is incredible every time.I love DJ Hero. But unfortunately, it came out too late in the rhythm fad to really stick around. It got one sequel. The portable 3DS version was canceled. The developers at Freestyle Games went on to try and revive Activision’s music games with Guitar Hero Live, but that game failed, and the developers were recently sold to Ubisoft.This is usually the end of the article, but I don’t want to leave you folks on a downer. So to celebrate mash-ups, you’re getting two Game of the Years about mash-ups in one story. This week’s bonus Game of the Year is Neil Cicierega’s Mouth Sounds album trilogy.If you’ve been on the Internet this millennium you’ve probably seen something by Neil Cicierega. As a Flash animator he’s responsible for Potter Puppet Pals and Newgrounds Animutation. As a musician he’s written “The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny” and the albums of Lemon Demon. He’s taken us on extremely factual tours of the Star Wars and Lord of the Rings universes. He even developed the video game Icon Architect 1.0.Even with that impressive resume, the mash-up album trilogy of Mouth Sounds, Mouth Silence, and Mouth Moods may be Cicierega’s best work yet. The albums capture the hilarious emptiness of pop music from the 1990s onwards through relentless, incredibly well-edited mash-ups mostly featuring famous Shrek anthem “All Star” by Smash Mouth. He’s like Girl Talk for meme music.You really need to just listen for yourself.Even the songs that are just remixes of a single track are amazing. The Ghostbusters theme takes on a whole new meaning when Ray Parker Jr. sings about not being afraid of beds. DJ Hero also features remixes of single songs.Mouth Moods, the final, free album in the trilogy, was just released. Hearing “Back in Black” mashed up with “A Thousand Miles” was so funny and poignant and mind-blowing I didn’t know if I wanted to die or if I wanted to live forever. Marvel at how “mouth sounds” from Home Improvement, The Simpsons, and “Down With the Sickness” become a symphony of annoyed grunts. That’s just a sample of the aural beauty within. Anyone who hacks DJ Hero with “Mouth Moods” tracks will gain my everlasting loyalty.So congratulations DJ Hero and Mouth Moods, this week’s Game of the Year mash-up victors.Check back next week to read about the next Game of the Year! Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_img Videos Articles John Oliver Takes On The WWE Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonight Pinterest Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Vince Mcmahon Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Triple H Twitter Now Playing Up Next WWE posted these highlights from the Gauntlet Match on Smackdown Live this past Tuesday night featuring Kofi Kingston.As reported earlier, although Kingston ended up winning the gauntlet, Vince McMahon announced he had to face WWE Champion Daniel Bryan to close the night after lasting an hour. Kofi ended up losing the match to Bryan and isn’t going to WrestleMania. Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next The Miz Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR When Does WrestleMania 35 Start? Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipVince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:39/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:37 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Facebook WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Google+last_img read more

first_img Huawei’s homegrown OS faces a steep uphill climb 1:23 Now playing: Watch this: Comments Originally published Aug. 9, 9:44 a.m. PT.Update, 12:02 p.m.: Adds more background on Huawei ban. Tags Politics The US has been wary of Huawei communications gear. Fred Dufour/Getty Images President Donald Trump on Friday said the US isn’t going to do business with Chinese tech giant Huawei. The comment comes amid escalating trade tensions with China and may signal that the government will hold off on granting licenses to US tech companies to engage in dealings with Huawei.In May, the US Department of Commerce blacklisted Huawei over national security concerns, requiring American companies to get a license in order to conduct business with Huawei. This followed an executive order from Trump that effectively banned Huawei from US communications networks. The Commerce Department did grant a limited reprieve from the restrictions, and Trump reportedly agreed to award licenses in a “timely” manner. However, on Friday, Bloomberg reported that the White House will hold off on granting licenses for companies to deal with Huawei. Last week, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said he’d received 50 requests and that decisions on them were still pending, according to Bloomberg. “We’re not going to do business with Huawei,” Trump told reporters outside the White House on Friday. “That doesn’t mean we won’t agree to something if and when we make a trade deal, but we’re not going to be doing business with Huawei.”On Wednesday, the Trump administration published rules for a ban on federal purchases of telecommunications and video surveillance equipment and services from five Chinese companies, including Huawei and ZTE. The ban, mandated by Congress last year as part of the National Defense Authorization Act, goes into effect next week. The government has another year to meet broader NDAA restrictions that ban federal agencies from working with contractors that use products and services from Huawei and the other banned companies.Huawei has been a target of the US lawmakers over concerns about its coziness with the Chinese government and fears that its equipment could be used to spy on other countries and companies. Huawei has repeatedly said those fears are unfounded.Huawei didn’t respond to a request for comment. Share your voice 2 Huaweilast_img read more

first_imgInterior Alaska has about 50 commercial peony farmers and now a Southeast grower is about to give the cash crop a shot. The flowers are supposed to be the next big boom in Alaska exports.Download AudioPeonies from Brad Fluetsch’s home garden. The shrubs can take up to five years to mature. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)Brad Fluetsch’s home garden is pretty idyllic. Hummingbirds and bees flit around a colorful array of ornamental plants, yet the most valuable flower hasn’t even opened yet. It can take up to five years to get to this point.“You grab it and you squeeze the bloom and if it feels like marshmallow, it’s just about ready to pick,” Fluetsch says.Peonies are big and frilly. Picking one before it opens and refrigerating it can extend the flower’s vase life to more than 14 weeks. Its ability to withstand long travel is one of the reasons why some think peonies could be state’s next big export. Another reason is that the peony can’t be found anywhere but in Alaska in the late summer months.Rainforest Peonies overlooks the Gastineau Channel on north Douglas Island. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)“That’s why we’re doing it,” he says. “Right now, there’s such a limited a supply of stems to the market.”A short drive from Fluetsch’s house and a half-mile trek through muskeg, we arrive at 10 acres of beachfront property on north Douglas Island — the future site of Rainforest Peonies.“This is basically a clearcut,” he says. “You have big old brush piles of stumps and logs. Some windblown trees and then some trees we haven’t cleaned up yet.”Last year, Alaska-grown peonies were exported to 34 states. Each stem can fetch anywhere from $2-$7, and the buyer pays shipping costs.Not too long ago the flower was considered old-fashioned, but like anything old, it can be made new again. Especially if the one selling it is America’s wedding tastemaker, Martha Stewart.Fairbanks horticulturist Patricia Holloway says the celebrity has done a lot to promote and market peonies.“That’s one of her favorite flowers,” she says. “And it is the number one bride’s flower in the United States.”Holloway is a tastemaker in her own right. She’s known as the “godmother of Alaska peonies.” Several years ago, she caught wind that the flowers could grow here and fill a gap in the market.“I was getting phone calls almost immediately from places like London wanting Alaska peonies because no one could believe that we had them in July,” she says.Alaska Peony Growers Association already test marketed them to Taiwan. Red peonies are a favorite in parts of Asia and whites sell best in the U.S. and Canada. Alaska can’t support the international market just yet, but Holloway says that may change.She estimates the number of commercial growers could double in the next few years.“Just like the gold rush years and years ago. People came north trying to make some money,” she says. “There are going to be people who succeed and there are going to be people who fail.”At the farm, Brad Fluetsch plunges a shovel into coffee-colored dirt.“We could grow just about anything in this,” he says.About 200 peony beds will be built on the site. He says one of the challenges of growing the flower in Southeast is soil drainage. He’s barged over several tons of sand to fix that. A fungus called botrytis could be another problem.Once the operation is in full swing, Fluetsch says he could earn up to $800,000 in a year, but there are risks involved. Peonies have to freeze in order to bloom and warm winters could be detrimental.“If it happens in the first year, you’re out $20,000 in one year,” he says. “But if it happens to a mature crop … then you’re out a lot money for the roots plus five years.”Rainforest Peonies first crop is expected in 2019.The company could employee up to 15 people in Juneau once it’s fully operational. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)last_img read more

first_imgAn Indonesian soldier carries an elderly woman evacuated after an earthquake and tsunami at Mutiara Sis Al Jufri airport in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, 1 October, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. 1 October 2018. Photo: ReutersThe extent of the devastation caused by an earthquake and tsunami on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi should become clearer on Tuesday as rescuers push into remote areas that have been out of contact for more than three days.Officials fear the death toll will rise into the thousands. Indonesia has said it would accept offers of international aid, having shunned outside help earlier this year when an earthquake struck the island of Lombok.The number of confirmed deaths stood at 844 on Tuesday, most of them in Palu, the main city in the disaster zone, where rescuers were hunting for victims in the ruins.”We suspect there are still some survivors trapped inside,” the head of on rescue team, Agus Haryono, told Reuters at the collapsed seven-storey Hotel Roa Roa.About 50 people were believed to have been trapped when the hotel was brought down by the 7.5 magnitude earthquake on Friday.The quake triggered tsunami waves as high as six metres (20 feet) that smashed into the city’s beachfront, about 2 km from the hotel. About 12 people have been recovered from the ruins of the hotel, with one more body on Tuesday.Three of the victims were recovered alive.Haryono pored over the hotel’s blueprints and building plans, searching for possible pockets and a way through to them. A faint smell of decomposition hung in the air.”We have to be very careful so we don’t risk hurting any survivors when we move the debris,” he said.Power has yet to be restored in the area and access by land to outlying villages has been disrupted by broken roads, landslides and downed bridges.Aftershocks have rattled jangled nerves.A 5.9 magnitude quake struck earlier on Tuesday near the southern island of Flores, hundreds of kilometres from Sulawesi, the U.S. Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.Mass BurialA particular horror in several areas in and around Palu was liquefaction, which happens when soil shaken by an earthquake behaves like a liquid.About 1,700 houses in one Palu neighbourhood were swallowed up, with hundreds of people believed buried, the national disaster agency said.Before-and-after satellite pictures show a largely built-up expanse just south of Palu’s airport seemingly wiped clean of all signs of life by liquefaction.On the outskirts of Palu, lorries brought bodies for burial in a mass grave dug in sandy soil. Some relatives turned up at the 50 metre (165 feet) trench where the smell of decomposition was overpowering.There was also mounting concern over Donggala, a region of 300,000 people north of Palu and close to the epicentre, and two other districts. The three areas have a combined population of about 1.4 million.Initial reports from Red Cross rescuers who had reached the outskirts of Donggala district were chilling.”The situation in the affected areas is nightmarish,” Jan Gelfand, head of an International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies office in Jakarta, said in a statement.”The city of Palu has been devastated and first reports out of Donggala indicate that it has also been hit extremely hard by the double disaster,” Gelfand said.Nearly 60,000 people have been displaced and are in need of emergency help, while thousands have been streaming out of the stricken areas.Chief security minister Wiranto said on Monday the government was trying to meet survivors’ immediate needs and would accept offers of international help.Foreign emergency aid would be airlifted to Palu, 1,500 km (930 miles) northeast of Jakarta, he said.Commercial airlines have struggled to restore operations at Palu’s quake-damaged airport but military aircraft took some survivors out on Monday, while about 3,000 people thronged the airport hoping to get on any flight out.Wiranto said a navy vessel capable of taking 1,000 people at a time would also be deployed to help with the evacuation and the power utility was working to restore electricity.Anger and desperation among traumatised residents of Palu appeared to be simmering, with some outbreaks of looting.”Stop hiding Mr Mayor,” was daubed on a wall in one part of Palu. Mayor Hidayat was unavailable for comment.last_img read more