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THE TOP 10 TORONTO THEATRE ARTISTS OF 2017

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment ExpandTanja-Tiziana Not only did Crow’s Theatre’s artistic director oversee the opening of the company’s handsome new east-end space, which has already altered the geography of our theatre scene, but he helmed a huge range of shows, from the farcical The Wedding Party (RSVP for its return next month!) and the poignant The Boy In The Moon to a pair of pieces that wooed the indie music crowd (True Crime and A&R Angels). He also found a way to theatricalize Claude Vivier’s haunting Musik Für Das Ende for Soundstreams. Meanwhile at Stratford he directed an elegant yet gut-bustingly funny production of Tartuffe that had up-to-the-minute Trump jokes. For the past couple of decades, my late colleague Jon Kaplan would lovingly compile this list, and he’d run the names by me so we could discuss them. Of course, Jon loyally monitored all of these artists’ careers – sometimes (as is the case with the number-one artist) from their first show. I’m following his rule that to be considered for inclusion, an artist has to have presented at least two shows in the year. “We want to turn on the east end at night,” says Crow’s Chris Abraham at the company’s new Streetcar Crowsnest. Expand Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Facebook 2. TOM ROONEY, ACTORThere’s no question that Rooney is one of the country’s best actors. What’s incredible is how effortless he makes his craft look, whether he’s tossing back Tartuffe’s ridiculous mane, bitching out juicy bons mots while wearing a ridiculous wig in The School For Scandal or – most memorably – playing contrasting twins in The Wedding Party. In The Wedding Party, Tom Rooney, here with Moya O’Connell, delivered a master class in effortless acting. (Photo by Guntar Kravis) Expand 1. CHRIS ABRAHAM, DIRECTOR/ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Login/Register With: 3. CHRISTINE HORNE, ACTORHorne got lots of press last year when she wrote in Intermission magazine about not being able to pay her rent at the same time that she was on the cover of NOW Magazine’s Fall Stage Guide and starring in lots of plays. Let’s hope the ecology has changed enough so she can keep giving us performances as varied as her ones this year.READ MORElast_img read more

Thai king appoints consort as queen ahead of coronation

first_imgBangkok: Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn has appointed his consort as the country’s queen ahead of his official coronation on Saturday. An announcement Wednesday in the Royal Gazette said Suthida Vajiralongkorn Na Ayudhya is legally married to the 66-year-old king , and is now Queen Suthida. Although she has been in the public eye for about three years, there has been little official information released about her and the news was a surprise to many Thais. She is reported to be 40 years old and to have previously worked as a flight attendant for Thai Airways International. The two reportedly met on a flight. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportSuthida joined the palace guard in 2013 and became commander of the king’s security unit, currently holding a general’s rank. The new queen also has several top royal decorations. Vajiralongkorn has had three previous marriages and divorced his previous wife, with whom he has a son, in 2014. He became king after the death in October 2016 of his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Thai television, which broadcast the royal order Wednesday evening, showed a video of Suthida prostrating herself before the king. According to the announcer, she presented the king with a tray of flowers and joss sticks, and in return was bestowed traditional gifts associated with royal power. TV showed the king in a white uniform and his bride in a pink silk traditional dress formally registering their marriage on Wednesday in his palace residence in Bangkok. The couple was seen signing a marriage certificate book, which was also signed by the king’s sister, Princess Sirindhorn, and Privy Council head Prem Tinsulanonda as witnesses. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and other senior officials were also in attendance.last_img read more

Spanish Officer Shoots Moroccan Man Five Times in the Head on

Rabat – A member of the Spanish police has been accused of killing a Moroccan on Monday by shooting him in the head five times. The officer’s BMV and the 39-year-old victim’s Opel Zafira collided on the A3 highway leading to the Spanish town of Fuentiduena de Tajo.After the incident, a verbal altercation between the two drivers, led the officer to fire his gun at the victim’s head five times. When the two arrived at a hospital, the medical staff was not able to save the Moroccan. The 31-year-old officer sustained minor injuries and it expected to recover.The policeman has been a member of the Guardia Civil for 10 years and his currently being held in the custody of the police in a Spanish city called Quintana de la Orden.The deceased man resided in Illescas, a town southwest of Madrid. read more

Minister defends move to suspend recruitment of jail guards

The Minister of Prison Reforms, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs, D.M. Swaminathan today defended the decision to suspend the recruitment of 350 jail guards.Swaminathan told Parliament today the recruitment was suspended as there were allegations of corruption and bribery involved in the recruitment process. The appointment of 350 jail guards had been suspended following complaints made to the Minister regarding corruption and bribery charges. In this backdrop, Minister Swaminathan has issued instructions to carry out a proper investigation into the bribery allegations and to take action against such officials if they are found guilty. (Colombo Gazette) Many persons including members of parliament had complained to the Minister in this regard. read more

UN official slams Sri Lankas failure to act on war crimes

However he said it is fair to say that there are some very slight indications of positive movement in this direction.The Special Rapporteur said that during his visit, the Chief of the Army, Mahesh Senanayake, made a public commitment to ensuring that members of the armed forces who had committed crimes would be brought to justice; a senior Naval Commander was arrested for his alleged involvement in the disappearance of 11 people during the closing stages of the conflict, and the Special Rapporteur was assured by the Attorney General that if and when criminal allegations against the military finally reach his office, they will be prosecuted with the full force of the law. The Special Rapporteur told reporters at the end of his visit to Sri Lanka that he was given a personal assurance by the Prime Minister that once the current process of counter-terrorism reform had been completed, the Government would pass legislation paving the way for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to be established, and set up an Office of the Special Prosecutor to bring criminal charges against those involved in the most serious atrocities committed on both sides of the conflict. “These are, of course, steps which the Government promised to the international community that it would have delivered in full by now,” he said. Download (PDF, 539KB) But Emmerson says these indications fall far short of Sri Lanka’s international commitment to achieve a lasting and just solution to its underlying problems, for the benefit of all of its communities, to establish a meaningful system of transitional justice that is governed by the principles of equality and accountability, and to put in place essential and urgently needed reform of the security sector.Despite the shocking prevalence of the practice of torture in Sri Lanka, the Special Rapporteur notes the lack of effective investigations into such allegations. In response to a request for the most recent official statistics, he was informed that only 71 police officers had been proceeded against for torturing suspects since available records began. He notes that the Human Rights Commission is now routinely informed when an individual is detained under the PTA and has unfettered access to all places of detention. However, in a system that is premised on obtaining convictions by confessions, this, and other safeguards, have proved entirely insufficient to protect suspects against this most cowardly of international crimes.“The significance of the systemic use of torture to obtain confessions needs to be seen against the deplorable delays that are built into the framework for the handling of cases under the PTA. Through a combination of extended executive detention, and grossly protracted criminal proceedings, suspects arrested under the PTA have commonly been held in detention, in conditions that amount to inhuman and degrading treatment, for many years without ever having been found guilty of anything, and without any effective judicial review of their detention,” Emmerson said. Under the system still currently in operation in Sri Lanka, the Attorney General, who is the chief prosecutor, has the right of veto over any application for bail. He has almost inevitably refused to grant consent in the past in PTA cases, although that practice has very recently begun to change. The result has been that the hands of the judiciary have been tied by the executive in a manner that is wholly incompatible with the rule of law, or basic precepts of democratic justice. The Special Rapporteur met a significant cross section of individuals detained under the PTA whose length of detention ran into double figures. On requesting official figures for those currently charged with offences under the PTA, he was given statistics from which it is apparent that out of 81 prisoners currently in the judicial phase of their pre-trial detention, 70 had been in detention without trial for over five years and 12 had been in detention without trial for over 10 years. These staggering figures are a stain on Sri Lanka’s international reputation. Steps should be taken to release these individuals on bail immediately, or bring them to trial within weeks or months, not years or decades. This entire PTA system, as it has operated until now, and continues to operate in those current cases to which it applies, amounts to a flagrant denial of justice.The Special Rapporteur calls for the Government of Sri Lanka immediately to provide for effective judicial review of the legality of the detention of those still behind bars, and to submit individuals charged under the PTA to a fair trial with all guarantees of due process. He also calls on the Government to establish an effective mechanism for investigating all allegations of torture by the police, and for reviewing the safety of all past PTA convictions in which evidence of a confession to the police was central to the prosecution case. (Colombo Gazette) The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, Ben Emmerson today slammed Sri Lanka’s slow progress to address key human rights related issues.Emmerson said that none of the measures so far adopted to fulfil Sri Lanka’s transitional justice commitments are adequate to ensure real progress, and there is little evidence that perpetrators of war crimes committed by members of the Sri Lankan armed forces are being brought to justice. read more

Nicol Award founder impressed by Brock presentation

Michael Churey and Mark BittorfFaculty of Business students Mark Bittorf and Mike Churey failed to win top prize but garnered high praise at the 2011 National Nicol Entrepreneurial Award Competition in Ottawa.Winners of the Brock Nicol Competition, Bittorf and Churey’s “Conquer Climbing Centre” impressed many of the judges with their solid business plan as well as presentation skills.Wes Nicol, founder of the award, was particularly impressed by Bittorf and Churey’s business idea and expressed great personal interest in their plan.“All in all, Brock was very well represented in the event,” said faculty advisor Dominic Lim.The “Conquer Climbing Centre” aims to be the premier indoor rock climbing facility in the London, Ont. region. It will target older and somewhat more serious climbers.Brock was one of six finalists in this prestigious business plan competition. Their venture brought a first-round prize of $5,000. No prize money is awarded in the final round, won this year by Carleton University.Carleton’s winning team, comprised of fourth-year engineering students Curtis Parks and Chris Polowick, won for “Next Generation Flight.” They took top honours for their plan to sell the services of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to commercial companies needing aerial survey data.The other finalists included Acadia, Manitoba, St. Francis Xavier and Wilfrid Laurier.Over 450 students from 14 participating universities competed for the Nicol Award this year.Brock’s Nico Verhoef and Marty Verhey were the 2010 winners, with their “Perfect Patch.” They are currently working on a pilot run of their new organic growing method by partnering with a strawberry grower in the region.Related story:• Brock business team makes it to Nicol finals | The Brock News read more

UN development agency appeals for funds to help Palestinian students

UNDP reported today that its Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People (PAPP) had joined the Palestinian Red Crescent Society/Gaza Strip in launching an “Emergency Needy Student Fund.” “With world headlines filled for nearly seven months about suffering and losses, it is encouraging that UNDP has once again demonstrated its commitment to the future of the Palestinian people,” said Dr. Haider Abdel Shafi, Chairman of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society/Gaza Strip. For his part, Timothy Rothermel, Special Representative of UNDP/PAPP, expressed hope that “this small investment in the future of Palestinian youth – especially at this time – will be seen as a contribution towards peace and development.” Both Dr. Abdel Shafi and Mr. Rothermel appealed to international donors, businesses and charitable bodies to support the initiative by contributing to the fund. They stressed that unless immediate efforts are made to deal with the crisis facing students, Palestinian society will suffer from its impact for generations.The rapid spread of unemployment and poverty among Palestinians families, especially in the Gaza Strip, has left many unable to meet basic needs, UNDP said, noting that costs of higher education were an expense that many families could no longer afford. According to the agreement establishing the fund, UNDP is allocating $150,000 as seed money to be used immediately for support of the most needy students studying at local Palestinian universities and abroad. The beneficiary students will be identified through area committees established by the Palestinian Red Crescent Society/Gaza Strip with the support of social workers. read more

UN announces steppedup efforts to train Afghan police for elections

Efforts to train 20,000 police officers for Afghanistan’s elections are gathering additional momentum this month with a series of expanded intensive courses in the north and the southeast, according to the United Nations mission in the country (UNAMA). Beginning today in the southeast, 750 policemen from Ghazni, Maidan Wardak, Logar, Paktika, Khost and Paktia are set to undergo a three-week training course at the Gardez Police Academy to upgrade their skills, UNAMA said. The course, part of the academy’s Transition Integration Programme, is the third in a series that began in Mid-November. The Programme, which is led and funded by the United States, complements training by Germany, the lead nation assisting in the reform of the Afghan police, which is preparing new recruits at the Kabul Police Academy. Next week in the north, 1,000 police from Balk, Sar-i-Pul, Faryab, Jawjan and Samangan are expected to start the same training at the Mazar Police Academy. Qualified Afghan police and US experts as well as members of United Kingdom Mazar-based team are providing the training. So far slightly more than 1 million of Afghanistan’s estimated eligible electorate of 10.5 million have registered to vote. UNAMA officials have said that it would be close to impossible to hold elections in June as planned because current security conditions do not permit registration teams to move throughout the country. Asked at a news briefing in Kabul yesterday how many police would be trained, UNAMA spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva said the election target was 20,000. “That is the hope – let’s see if reality will prove that this hope is true,” he added. The spokesman also noted that women are signing up for the polls at an accelerated pace. “Female registration has been growing faster than male and has increased by 25 per cent versus 12 per cent (male) since 13 December,” he said. read more

Conditions of Syrian refugees in Lebanon worsen considerably UN reports

“Each day represents a monumental struggle to meet the most basic needs,” the 2015 UN Vulnerability Assessment of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon said, noting that the rise in those below the $3.84-per-day poverty line rise represented “a striking increase” from 49 per cent in 2014.“We have reached a critical juncture. More than ever, refugees need our solidarity and support,” said UNHCR Representative in Lebanon Mireille Girard, whose agency compiled the report together with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).“Without a robust and sustainable humanitarian response, refugees risk sinking deeper and deeper into poverty,” she added. Noting that Syrian refugees now represent 25 per cent of Lebanon’s total population, the world’s highest number per inhabitant, the report underscored that restrictions on their access to the labour market imposed at the end of 2014 has reduced their livelihood opportunities and made it even harder for them to cover their basic needs autonomously.“The main cause of food insecurity among Syrian refugees in Lebanon is lack of earning power,” it said. “Policies, measures and programmes oriented towards allowing refugees to generate income while protecting the Lebanese labour market and mitigating potential tensions with the host community are recommended.” Food security has significantly worsened since 2014, with moderate insecurity almost doubling from 12 per cent to 23 per cent of refugee households, and 65 per cent classified as mildly food insecure. Out of 1,174,690 Syrian refugees registered with UNHCR in June 2015, 763,549 were estimated to be mildly food insecure, 272,528 moderately food insecure and 5,873 severely food insecure. Just 129,216 were considered food secure.Dependency on food vouchers and loans as the primary livelihood source has also grown. The gap between monthly expenditures and income was estimated at $300 which households have to cover mainly by taking on debt.Consumption of nutritious and healthy foods such as vitamin A rich fruit and vegetables fell and was replaced by higher consumption of fats and sugar. Infant and young child feeding practices continued to be inadequate for almost all children between 6 and 17 months old.The report called for scaling up programmes to increase the coverage of basic needs including food for large numbers of refugees, particularly through winter. On education, it noted that just over half of 6-14 year olds attended school and fewer than half who entered primary grade one reached grade six. Only 5 per cent of 15-17 year olds attended secondary school or higher.“With the Syrian conflict now in its fifth year, the refugees face severe restrictions on accessing the Lebanese labour market, their assets and savings are increasingly exhausted, their debts are mounting and they must fulfil specific requirements to legalize their stay in Lebanon,” the report concluded.“Each day represents a monumental struggle to meet the most basic needs. While the security situation means returning to their homes in Syria is out of the question, their dependency on assistance is growing in parallel with the reduction of available funds. “Given the limited possibilities to move to other countries, refugees continue living in a stressful context with no way out. Lebanon and the refugees it is hosting are in a very delicate state: the situation requires special and immediate measures.” read more

New UN manual aims to address management of violent extremists in prison

The Handbook on the Management of Violent Extremist Prisoners and the Prevention of Radicalization to Violence in Prisons, launched today by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) aims to strengthen key components of prison management, including training of prison staff, risk management and rehabilitation efforts. “It also cautions against generalized assumptions regarding a very complex topic, as well as against ‘quick fix solutions’ when it comes to the management of violent extremist prisoners,” said UNODC in a news release announcing the manual. In addition to loss of life and economic damage, violent extremism – a challenge confronting many countries around the world – can divide communities and give rise to increasingly reactionary and extremist views. On top of these challenges, management of such violent elements who end up in custody of the State is equally important and urgent. Speaking at the launch, the Deputy Executive Director of UNODC, Aldo Lale-Demoz, drew attention to the need to integrate interventions for violent extremist prisoners in broader prison reform efforts. “Overcrowding, poor prison conditions and infrastructure, insufficient prison management capacity as well as corruption, for example, are all factors which will poison attempts to effectively prevent and counter violent extremism in prisons,” he said. Also at the launch event, held in the Austrian capital, Vienna, participants underscored the importance of the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners – informally dubbed the Nelson Mandela Rules – for prison management. They added that the overarching framework equally applied to violent extremist prisoners. The Standard Minimum Rules constitute the universally acknowledged minimum standards for the management of prison facilities and the treatment of prisoners. Originally adopted by the UN Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders in 1955, the revised Rules were launched in October 2015. read more

16 stupid questions the internet has about Irish people

first_imgWE DON’T KNOW where these people are getting their information from but it certainly isn’t us. Alright hunzo?1. Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Why do so many Irish people have such odd names?— Natalie McCallum (@nataliemccallum) July 18, 2013 3. Source: butlercorey4. Source: georgia/Twitter Source: Natalie McCallum/Twitter Source: Emily Clasper/Twitter 11. Source: Gov.au12. 8. Source: Mociarane9. Why do Irish people assume that the rest of want to pretend we are, too?— Emily Clasper (@eclasper) March 17, 2014 Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet 2. Source: /Twittercenter_img Why do Irish people automatically think they’re hot cos they have a cool accent #annoying— georgia (@_georgiacarnell) April 22, 2013 14. Source: sunset198915. 7. Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Source: Dailyedge.ie5. Source: Curtislife6. Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet 13. what do you call Irish people like Irishians why isn’t there a name— (@tomlinsweets) August 12, 2013 10. 16. Source: Jeepersmedialast_img read more

LogMeIn remote desktop app for iOS is now free

first_imgHave you ever wanted to remotely access your Windows or Mac desktop while you were away? Did you fantasize about controlling your machine from your iPhone or iPad, but stopped short when you saw the cost of quality remote access apps? That has all changed, as one of the best and most popular iOS remote desktop apps, LogMeIn, is now free. The free LogMeIn has all of the features of the (previously $30) LogMeIn Ignition. This includes full remote access, mouse and keyboard support, and free desktop software.What’s the catch? It isn’t really a catch, but there is a premium offering: LogMeIn Ignition now has new features that previously weren’t available. It now lets you remotely stream video and audio in full HD. The new Ignition also adds My Cloud Bank integration, which lets you sync and store local and remote files in the cloud.Oh, and did we mention that the premium LogMeIn Ignition now costs $99? Before getting up in arms about the $70 price hike, there are a couple of things to remember. For starters, the old $30 app is now identical to the free version. In addition, those who purchased Ignition at the old $30 price are upgraded to the new $99 app. Far from being a rip-off, this looks like a good deal for everyone. New customers get a formerly $30 app for free, and customers of the $30 app get a $99 app for no additional cost.In our brief hands-on with the free app, we found that it indeed offers the same functionality as the old LogMeIn Ignition. Controlling a point-and-click desktop OS with a multitouch device can only be so smooth, but LogMeIn makes it as user-friendly as it can be. There are taps and gestures for scrolling, single clicking, right-clicking, dragging and dropping, and most other functions you’d need.The biggest problem I ran into was related to OS X Lion on a remote Mac. Since trackpad gestures and keyboard shortcuts can’t be executed in LogMeIn, tasks that are typically short and simple on an actual Mac became long and tedious when performed through LogMeIn. Windows’ controls iare more straightforward, as gestures and keyboard shortcuts aren’t as integrated into the OS.You can try the free version of LogMeIn at the source link below.App Storelast_img read more

Ireland has lost a fierce and dedicated campaigner Tributes pour in for

first_img Source: Womenscouncilireland/Twitter By Sean Murray With reporting by Órla RyanRead: Joe Duffy given the Lord Mayor’s Award for his contribution to Dublin societyRead: Cabinet reshuffle ‘not a great day’ for women, says Burton Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 137,299 Views So saddened at the passing of Dr Ann Louise Gilligan our deepest condolences to her loving wife @KZapponeTD https://t.co/Dlu8r0twbw— EQUATE (@equateireland) June 15, 2017 72 Comments Share7896 Tweet Email5 Source: EQUATE/Twitter Source: Lynn Ruane/Twitter Updated at 2.20pm Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan (right) Source: Graham Hughes/RollingNews.ieANN LOUISE GILLIGAN, the wife of Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone, has died.In a statement released today, Zappone said that she was “heartbroken following the passing of [her] beloved Ann Louise”. They had been together since 1981.The pair had strongly advocated for a Yes vote in the marriage equality referendum. Ahead of the vote, they released a video about how they had gone to Canada in 2003 to get married. Here, they talk about how they wanted to get married in Ireland too. Source: Vote With Us/YouTubeZappone said today: “As a champion of equality, fairness and justice Ann Louise was fearless. Her courage inspired us to make the ultimate commitment with our marriage in British Columbia in 2003.The joy of that day was matched for Ann Louise when after tireless campaigning through the courts, the Oireachtas and ultimately on the doorsteps we helped secure marriage equality for everyone in Ireland.The below video from the day the result was announced in the marriage referendum shows Zappone proposing to Ann Louise live on RTÉ. Source: Lovin Dublin/YouTubeZappone added: “Ann Louise was an educator extraordinaire. She taught at St Patricks, Drumcondra and DCU. Her exceptional love of children lives on through the work of the thousands of primary school teachers she educated throughout the country.As co-founder and director of An Cosán a centre of learning, leadership and enterprise in Jobstown, Tallaght West Ann Louise demonstrated her commitment and love for the people of Tallaght and the wider communities. Her vision was that education transformed poverty and she believed in the power of imagination to bring about personal and social change.She expressed her “deepest appreciation” to Professor Joe Harbison and the dedicated team at MISA in St James Hospital who cared for Ann Louise during her brief illness.Funeral arrangements will be made public in the coming days. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeTributes have been pouring in on social media and across the political spectrum. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he was “very saddened” to learn of Gilligan’s death.I would like to extend my deepest sympathies, and those of all her government colleagues, to Dr Gilligan’s wife, Minister Katherine Zappone. Dr Gilligan was deeply committed to education and equality and made a lasting contribution to Irish society, in particular as co-founder and director of An Cosán and through her work in campaigning for marriage equality.Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said Ireland has “lost a fierce and dedicated campaigner for social and educational equality”, praising her advocacy for marriage equality and work in establishing An Cosán.Labour’s Jan O’Sullivan said: “My deepest sympathy to Katherine Zappone whose marriage to Ann Louise was a shining example of how important it was for Ireland to give the same opportunity for happiness to same-sex couples.Her loss is great and Ann Louise has left an important legacy.Labour leader Brendan Howlin also hailed “the wonderful legacy” she leaves behind.Senator Lynn Ruane said that Gilligan had given her “the greatest gift of education”. Deeply saddened by death of Ann Louise Gilligan, equality champion. We owe her a massive debt. Our thoughts are with her wife and family.— Womenscouncilireland (@NWCI) June 15, 2017 ‘Ireland has lost a fierce and dedicated campaigner’: Tributes pour in for Ann Louise Gilligan Dr Gilligan’s wife Katherine Zappone said she is “heartbroken”. Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Source: Ailbhe Smyth/Twitter Thursday 15 Jun 2017, 2:20 PM Deeply sad at death of Ann Louise Gilligan, a brave, generous & hugely committed woman. Such a loss for all of us who knew & worked with her https://t.co/GkINhboqzx— Ailbhe Smyth (@ailbhes) June 15, 2017 http://jrnl.ie/3445011 Short URL When u know ur in the presence of pure goodness. AnnLouise gave me the greatest gift of education & continued 2 till the end. My love to KZ pic.twitter.com/G0hP7FglnV— Lynn Ruane (@SenLynnRuane) June 15, 2017 Jun 15th 2017, 2:20 PM last_img read more

Nursery schools kindergartens face lack of funding

first_imgMore than 50,000 children might not be able to attend nursery schools and kindergartens run by local authorities due to a lack of funds, the president of the Confederation of Greek Municipalities (KEDE), Costas Askounis, warned the government on Tuesday.Askounis said that unless more funds were released by early September, the schools would have to offer a reduced number of places.Labor Minister Yiannis Vroutsis responded by pointing out that municipalities have already overspent on European Union-funded programs to boost female entrepreneurship and that this money would have to be recovered.He invited mayors to talks aimed at discussing the allocation of funding. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Financial Services Compensation Scheme and X4 Group shortlisted for employee value proposition

first_imgCompensation fund organisation Financial Services Compensation Scheme and recruitment organisation X4 Group have been shortlisted in the best employee value proposition category at the Employee Benefits Awards 2017.This award celebrates employers that have developed an engaging, effective and relevant employee value proposition for their staff.The full category shortlist is:Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), Be The Difference (Entered by Aon)X4 GroupThe winning organisation will be announced during a lunch-time ceremony at the Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party 2017 on Friday 9 June at the Artillery Garden at the HAC, London.See the full shortlist.For more information or to book your table.last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday June 19 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Wednesday, June 19, 2019:#1) Wilmington Ice Rink & Recreation Facility Committee MeetingThe Wilmington Ice Rink & Recreation Facility Committee meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#2) State Senator Bruce Tarr’s Office HoursA representative from State Senator Bruce Tarr’s Office will be at the Wilmington Senior Center (15 School Street) from 11am to noon to answer any questions or concerns you may have.  No appointment is necessary, just stop by for a quick visit.#3) Coffee With A Cop At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a Coffee With A Cop from 10am to 11am. Drop 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.#4) “Drive-In Movie” At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a “Drive-In Movie” for ages 3-6 at 6:30pm. Join us as we make and decorate cars out of large cardboard boxes. Afterwards, we’ll eat popcorn inside our cars as we watch The Magic School Bus “Gets Lost in Space” at our own Drive-In Movie Theater! Each child will need an adult to assist them. Register HERE.#5) Car Seat Installs At Public Safety BuildingThe Wilmington Police Department offers safety seat installs at the Wilmington Public Safety Building (1 Adelaide Street) every Wednesday, 10am-2pm. No appointment is necessary, but calling ahead at 978-658-5071 is recommended. Learn more HERE.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.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 21, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, March 20, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”WILMINGTON RECREATION: Concerts, Trips & Youth Programs Were Huge Hits This SummerIn “Community”last_img read more

Every Avengers Endgame plotline and clue we can find so far

first_img Post a comment 17 Photos Tags 2:25 Share your voice ZTE Hawkeye But trailers and TV spots released since then feature multiple scenes showing him alive and well and interacting with Captain America, so he gets out of that tight spot just like he has hundreds of other ones. (Hey, Downey was even one of the few actors trusted with the whole script.)After this movie though? No one knows. Downey’s Marvel contract reportedly is up after Endgame, and he may want to hang up the suit.Hawkeye as RoninJeremy Renner’s Hawkeye is seen in numerous trailers standing in what appears to be a large Japanese city dressed in a black and gold outfit complete with mask. In Japanese, “ronin” is a masterless samurai, and Hawkeye certainly fills the bill, as he’s off on his own these days.As our sister site ComicBook.com explains, Ronin was an alternate identity Clint Barton took on in the comics. Hawkeye wasn’t in Avengers: Infinity War, but looks more than ready to make up for it here.Speaking of Hawkeye, there’s a trailer scene showing him teaching a young girl how to shoot arrows. Could that be Kate Bishop, a comics character Clint trains who eventually takes on the Hawkeye role?Outriders ride againThe Outriders are those many-limbed creatures that fought against our heroes in Wakanda during Avengers: Infinity War. Don’t expect to have seen the last of them: CNET sister site Gamespot reveals that the Outriders are featured prominently in Avengers: Endgame Lego sets, and toy tie-ins can often deliver plot clues.The Igor suitTony Stark has a whole wardrobe of Iron Man suits, but one, the Igor, might be featured in Avengers: Endgame. Another Lego set shows the Igor suit (also known as Mark (MK) 38), which Gamespot describes as “kind of like the Hulkbuster armor.” The Lego set also shows the suits displayed in Tony’s Hall of Armor, but Gamespot notes it was destroyed in Iron Man 3. Will time travel be involved here? Or is Lego just offering up a blast from the past?Shuri, nooooooo!Black Panther’s sister, tech genius Shuri, wasn’t seen being Snapped away by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. But her face shows up on a roll call of the Snapped that we see in the first trailer. We’re all assuming that means she bit the dust (or turned to dust). But note that Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man, is also in the roll call of the dead, and he shows up hollering at the front door for Cap to let him in. So maybe whoever threw that slideshow of the dearly departed together wasn’t that careful.But in Shuri’s case, we think she did get Snapped. Marvel issued a series of posters recently and surviving characters are shown in color, the Snap victims in black-and-white. Shuri is in black-and-white. But some good news: Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) was shown in color — we were unsure of her fate.avengers-endgame-shuriShuri and Ant-Man are shown in a roll call of the dead, though Ant-Man later appears alive. Marvel Studios Stone coldThanos uses the Infinity Stones again, Black Widow reveals in an Avengers: Endgame ad. So Captain Marvel proposes the stones could be used to bring back the lost. Let’s hope. Now playing: Watch this: An infinity of bizarre Avengers productscenter_img The trailers for Avengers: Endgame haven’t revealed much, but the white suits are definitely interesting. Marvel Studios Warning: Possible spoilers for Avengers: Endgame ahead.There are a ton of Avengers: Endgame trailers, television ads, and other sneak peeks out there (check them out here), but they’re a bit like Taco Bell menu items: They just remix the same few ingredients, over and over.Almost every ad features Thor calling for Stormbreaker (not Mjolnir) and nearly giving an unfazed Captain Marvel a close shave. There’s Captain America letting a tear drip down. There’s a shot of a variety of Avengers striding forth in white suits a la Star Wars Stormtroopers. But what’s really going on here? If you want to go into the three-hour blockbuster unspoiled, stop reading now, because it’s time to pick apart the clues Marvel’s delivered.Be warned, though: In the past, Marvel has thrown footage into trailers that didn’t appear in the movies, and directors Joe and Anthony Russo have teased about including fake scenes.Those white suitsMultiple trailers show certain Avengers wearing those plasticky looking white suits. (Let’s hope none of them bonk their heads.)  Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has a pretty dull name for these outfits.”We call them the team suits,” Feige told io9. “And we early on decided (revealing them) was a big differentiating factor between [Endgame] and the other films.” He notes that the Avengers haven’t had matching outfits in the past (cough — Fantastic Four — cough), and the look “made this film feel new.”The suits could be used for space travel, but the Guardians of the Galaxy and other Avengers have done a lot of that in the past and not worn similar outfits. And in a scene where Rocket Raccoon is piloting a ship while Avengers sit behind him, the suits don’t appear. So it seems more likely that these suits are needed for something like time travel or into the Quantum Realm. Ant-Man is back, after all.Tony trapped in spaceProbably no one really thought Iron Man would die in the early minutes of Avengers: Endgame — Marvel has to wring all they can out of what could be Robert Downey’s Jr.’s last appearance in the role. But in the first trailer, released way back in December, Iron Man is seen adrift in space, recording a final message for fiancée Pepper Potts, telling her that his oxygen will run out the next morning. Preview • ZTE’s Hawkeye packing midrange specs hits Kickstarter 0 Avengers: Endgame trailer revealed We’ll add more clues as we dig them out. Avengers: Endgame opens April 24 in Australia, April 25 in the UK and April 26 in the US. TV and Movies Marvel The Avengerslast_img read more

James Gunn unpacks Guardians of the Galaxy Disney firing for the first

first_img 26 Photos How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order Share your voice James Gunn speaks out about his firing from Disney. Christopher Polk/Getty Images It’s been a big year for James Gunn.The writer and director of the hugely successful Guardians of the Galaxy films saw his employers at Disney fire him mid-last year for offensive joke tweets that resurfaced from a decade ago.While actors threatened not to return if his completed script for the third film in the series wasn’t used, Gunn moved on to other projects, namely The Suicide Squad. But amid the shock and the potential upending of his career, the only feeling Gunn hooked onto was blame of himself.Then, less than a year after his firing, he was reinstated. Speaking to Deadline, Gunn detailed what he’d learned from the experience and why it was so important to him to return to the Guardians of the Galaxy world.”I don’t blame anyone,” Gunn said of the controversial tweets. “I feel and have felt bad for a while about some of the ways I spoke publicly; some of the jokes I made, some of the targets of my humor, just the unintentional consequences of not being more compassionate in what I’m putting out there.”Disney totally had the right to fire me.”Of the moment he’d found out he’d been fired, Gunn said, “It felt as if my career was over.”Gunn describes the love he felt from the cast in the fallout. “Chris Pratt calling me and freaking out; Zoe Saldana and Karen Gillan, all calling and crying. Sylvester Stallone FaceTime-ing me. And, of course, Dave Bautista, who came out so strong.”That amount of love that I felt from my friends, my family, and the people in the community was absolutely overwhelming.”In particular Gunn attributed the importance of him returning to Guardians 3 to finishing the character arc for Rocket the racoon. “Rocket is me, he really is, even if that sounds narcissistic. Groot is like my dog. I love Groot in a completely different way.”I relate to Rocket and I feel compassion for Rocket, but I also feel like his story has not been completed. He has an arc that started in the first movie, continued into the second and goes through Infinity War and Endgame, and then I was set to really finish that arc in Guardians 3.”To read the entire interview, head to Deadline. 0 Post a comment Tags TV and Movies Disneylast_img read more