A baby owl is in critical condition after a pair of owlets got entangled in a soccer net at Elliot Field in St. George.Spectators at a soccer match found the great horned owlets last Friday. Both the Brant County SPCA and the Hobbitstee Wildlife Refuge in Jarvis, which helps return sick, orphaned and injured wildlife to their natural habitat, suspect the birds were caught in netting overnight.The owlet in critical condition has cuts on its head, feet and wing and a severe soft tissue injury to its wing, said Chantal Theijn, Hobbitstee founder. The sibling has minor cuts in the same areas.“The one is still very questionable if it will live or not. It’s still really struggling with that wing, it can’t hold it up right now.”Allysanne Lord, of the SPCA, said she arrived at the park last Friday to find the two owlets on the ground, tangled in the netting.“It was very unfortunate to see them tangled that way…,” said Lord, adding that “they were still able to move and able to defend themselves.”The netting was wrapped around the birds’ wings and talons, so Lord had to work carefully. Once the birds were extricated and safely in crates, Lord called Hobbitstee.“All I could think about was the two owl parents who doted on their babies for extended periods of time and finally see them flying and on their first flight they fly into a net and are in distress,” said Theijn.Theijn and her workers treat about 2,500 wild animals a year. In 10 years of operation, Hobbitsee has treated more than a handful of great horned owls with injuries caused by soccer nets.“It’s more than a occasional or coincidental kind of thing,” she said. “It’s a common occurrence.”Great horned owls are nocturnal animals and often fly at night. They are unable to see fine mesh netting such as soccer nets. Both Lord and Theijn said they believe people need to be further educated on the danger the nets produce for all wild animals.“It’s so simple,” said Theijn. “If the soccer nets are not in use, either roll them up or take them down. It’s not the township or county responsible for it; it’s the people playing soccer.”Theijn said the plan for the rescued owlets is let them rest and give them medication to help with the cuts. The hope is to release the owlet with minor injuries back into the wild in time for its parents to recognize it. The one in critical condition will not be released with its sibling.“Much like it would be in a human, to have that type of soft tissue injury, it’s a wait and see how much recovers,” said Theijn.
“We foresee huge possibilities for bringing the countries of the greater Horn of Africa together,” Prime Minister Desalegn told the 67th Assembly’s General Debate, taking place at UN Headquarters in New York, not long after assuming office in the wake of the death of his predecessor, long-serving Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, in August.Prime Minister Desalegn noted that the Ethiopia has already made progress in regional integration, playing a “catalytic role” in laying the infrastructural basis for consolidating economic ties with the countries of the East Africa region. “The electric power interconnections and the road networks that we have built, and are in the process of building with Djibouti, Sudan, Kenya and South Sudan, are emblematic of our resolve to play our part in regional integration. We are confident that Somalia and others, without exception, will follow suit,” he said. “But our success in all this hinges on a number of conditions being met, all of which are not exactly amenable to our unilateral initiative.”In relation to peace and stability and the challenge of extremism in the region, he pointed to his country’s neighbours Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan.Somalia has been undergoing a peace and national reconciliation process, with a series of landmark steps over recent months helping bring an end to the country’s eight-year political transition period. These steps included the adoption of a provisional constitution, the establishment of a new parliament and the selection of a new president.However, despite the recent advances in its peace and national reconciliation process, Somalia – with the support of the UN-backed African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) – is still dealing with the impact of the Al-Shabaab militant group, which has been pushed out of Mogadishu but still controls some areas, primarily in south-central regions of the country.“Somalia is gradually coming out of the woods,” Prime Minister Desalegn said. “But much and much more needs to be done in Somalia to ensure that the new Government stands on its own feet.”He added, “We would be naive, however, if we believed that the enemies of peace of Somalia and the region are completely defeated. That is why it is so critical that the momentum is not lost in Somalia and Somalia’s ownership of the process of national reconciliation is strengthened.”On relations between Sudan and South, the Prime Minister said his country was pleased about the major progress in the peace process between the two, and is confident the two will maintain the momentum towards “durable” peace.South Sudan became independent from Sudan in July last year, six years after the signing of the peace agreement that ended decades of warfare between the north and the south. However, the peace between the two countries came under threat in recent months over armed clashes along their common border and outstanding post-independence issues that have yet to be resolved.Earlier this week, at talks held in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, under the auspices of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel, the two countries’ Governments signed agreements on security, the common border and economic relations.“What has been achieved by the two parties over the last few days which culminated in the signing of the much anticipated agreements on vital matters is a significant breakthrough which needs to be consolidated and is used as a basis for resolving the still remaining outstanding issues,” the Ethiopian leader said. “We are confident the two parties appreciate how much their joint effort for a win-win outcome is so vital, not only for their peoples, but also for us all.”In relation to Ethiopia’s capacity to ensure sustainable development, Prime Minister Desalegn stated that there is a huge deficit in international cooperation for the development of low income countries and those that are the least developed. “At the end of the day, without ignoring other impediments to development, the major bottleneck for countries such as Ethiopia for ensuring sustainable development and successfully achieving the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) is related to shortfalls in development finance,” he said, referring to the eight MDGs, agreed on by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000, which set specific targets on poverty alleviation, education and environmental stability, in addition to other areas.He added that the current global economic situation should never be allowed to detract attention from the critical need for development finance in low income countries, noting that Ethiopia’s challenge in this regard is compounded and made even worse by climate change and it seeks “effective cooperation” in this endeavour.“This should rest on full commitment to the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities,” he said. “It might be boring to repeat something that is universally acknowledged – while not having contributed to climate change, countries such as Ethiopia nonetheless happen to be the most affected.”Prime Minister Desalegn is one of scores of world leaders and other high-level officials presenting their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends on 1 October.
“The mission reiterates that air strikes and armed clashes invariably result in casualties and fatalities among combatants and in dire consequences for the civilian population, with loss of life, destruction of property, and massive displacement, compounding an already critical humanitarian situation,” the peacekeeping operation, known by the acronym UNAMID, stated in a news release. UNAMID said it had received reports of civilians being displaced following alleged air strikes by the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and attacks by armed groups around the towns of Shangil Tobaya and Tawila of North Darfur. On 19 December, the mission deployed a ‘blue helmet’ patrol to Dalma and Dady villages to verify the reports of air strikes in the area – but the peacekeepers were denied access by the SAF at Shangil Tobaya. “UNAMID calls on all parties involved to keep civilians out of harm’s way and to grant the Mission unrestricted access and freedom of movement across Darfur,” the Mission said, adding that it also “warns that continued fighting could lead to a catastrophic humanitarian situation for the displaced civilians in North Darfur.” Two days earlier, UNAMID received reports of an increasing number of civilians – from the villages of Daly, Kotto, Msaleet, Nomaira, Dawa Sharafa, Dolma and Hemaida in the wider Shangil Tobaya area – who had fled to the Nifasha camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) as a result of alleged attacks by armed groups and SAF air strikes in the area the previous week. According to the same sources, UNAMID continued, a clash between the SAF and an unidentified armed group at Tibadiyat village, located approximately 20 kilometres south-east of Shangil Tobaya, had resulted in the death of one combatant and the wounding of two civilians. In addition, allegations of rape and looting by the armed groups were reported. The peacekeeping operation has also received reports of civilians from the villages of Kunjura, Hashaba, Namira and Masal fleeing to the Argo IDP camp in the Tawila area, on 18 December, as a result of air strikes allegedly carried out by the SAF, as well as an armed group’s raid that same day. UNAMID is arranging for further verification of these incidents. “While the scope of displacement is to be determined and allegations of air strikes are yet to be verified, the Mission is nevertheless concerned about the safety of civilians and the humanitarian situation in these IDP camps,” UNAMID stated. “The arrival of newly displaced persons puts additional pressure on the resources and services available inside IDP camps, especially in light of limited access to water, health, medical and education facilities,” the mission added. “It also leads to the deterioration of the overall humanitarian situation within the camps.” UNAMID noted that it continues to offer its logistical and security support to humanitarian groups in Darfur to facilitate the response to the identified humanitarian needs. Established in July 2007, UNAMID has the protection of civilians as its core mandate. In addition, the peacekeeping operation is tasked with other responsibilities, such as facilitating the delivery of humanitarian aid and assisting with an inclusive peace process in Darfur, where fighting broke out nine years ago, pitting Government forces and allied militiamen against rebel groups.
“We all have to acknowledge a simple fact: Africa is growing,” Miroslav Lajčák, President of the General Assembly, said at a high-level event focusing on the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa. Mr. Lajčák noted that this is true for the continent’s economy, with successive growth recorded since the early 2000s. It is also true for its population, particularly in relation to its youth. By 2050, Africa will be home to 38 out of the 40 youngest countries in the world. “This growth presents great opportunity. It could lead to the eradication of poverty and an improvement in livelihoods. But, for this to happen, growth must be inclusive. And it must be sustained,” he stated. “Industrialization has the potential to drive this kind of growth.” The General Assembly last year proclaimed the period 2016-2025 as the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa, underlining the need for the sustainable industrialization of the continent. According to the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the need for a new approach to the sustainable industrial transformation of Africa is clear. What is needed now is a broad-based and country-owned process that leverages financial and non-financial resources, promotes regional integration, and mobilizes cooperation among Africa’s development partners.Addressing today’s meeting, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed highlighted some achievements, including the fact that 16 African countries were among the world’s top 30 fastest growing nations. In addition, last year, the 10 fastest growing African economies posted GDP growth rates exceeding 5 per cent. At the same time, continued commodity-dependence – coupled with fluctuations in commodity prices – makes African economies vulnerable and hampers their ability to create decent jobs and effectively tackle poverty, she noted.“Hence the need for African countries to take further action to advance inclusive and sustainable industrial development.”She appealed to all partner institutions to use their influence and expertise to promote industrialization and inclusive sustainable development that will benefit all the nations and people of Africa.
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12,559 Views Source: Evan VucciLAST OCTOBER, LESS than two weeks prior to America’s presidential election, TheJournal.ie spoke with residents of Dublin, California, a small town with a population of 50,000, as to what the election, one of the most divisive in history, meant for them.It would be hard to argue that California itself was divided on the issue of Trump versus Clinton. The most liberal state of them all, the Golden State had been a shoo-in for the Democratic candidate from the get-go, to the extent that neither candidate even bothered campaigning there to any extent.Dublin itself, considering the overall left-leaning nature of its parent state, has a reasonable representation of Republicans – the third highest of any region in its county (Alameda).That didn’t stop Alameda County plumping for Clinton with a whopping 79.3% of the vote – versus just 14.9% for Trump.But now the Trump administration has been in place for 100 days. The world feels like a different place to what it had been prior to 20 January. Russia, the travel ban, Sean Spicer – words, names, and phrases that have become part of the popular lexicon in just over three months. And there are many more.From this side of the Atlantic, Trump’s first 100 appears to have been the most relentlessly loud, divisive, and downright angry century of days imaginable. But how have they been for the people of Dublin?Shy voters“The Republicans in Dublin have gone awfully quiet,” says Brian Petoletti, a 53-year-old independent who voted for Clinton. The result of the election proved a shock for him – he had expected his candidate to win, and win heavily.Brian may be more right than he knows about Dublin’s Republicans. In October, we struggled to find anyone who would speak to us in the town who was voting for Trump, or at least who would acknowledge doing so. Six months later, that task proved even more difficult again.“The single biggest thing was everyone behind him had been going on about how great things were going to be,” he says. “Now you could hear a pin drop. No one’s on social media, no one has a comment. And he’s flip-flopped on so many things. He hasn’t been effective in any way. I feel like throwing out a fish hook, you know? ‘Hey, we can’t hear a word from you guys now, where are you?’”Petoletti sees the country as “kind of being on hold now for four years”.That’s not something that Dublin council member Abe Gupta would agree with.“It’s a bit more complicated than saying let’s wait for four years. A lot of people were waiting for the world to end, and well, that didn’t happen did it?” he says.Prior to the election, Gupta (another registered independent) told us that the polls (which at that time were predicting a clear Clinton victory) should be taken “with a pinch of salt”. Brian Petoletti“The reason I said that is people are often scared to tell you how they feel, they give the answer they think people want to hear.”“The sense I had was that there are things going on in the world that people don’t like. It’s not even an American thing, you can see it with Brexit, the French election. Folks are saying, ‘we’re not sure what we want, but this isn’t it’.”For this reason, Gupta reckons that Trump would still win if the election were held today.If it were held today he’d still win, I feel. Those were big forces that got him where he is. They haven’t gone away. The tech industry here in California was strongly opposed to Trump. But the reality is tech has done extremely well under him. A lot of how people feel is tied to the stock market. And it’s doing well. http://jrnl.ie/3363860 By Cianan Brennan Short URL It may bring out the worst emotions, but it is entertaining.“Other presidents have been Harvard law graduates, very eloquent, they use big words. But that’s not America. And Trump knows that.”Travel BanA recurring theme of the 100 days has been Trump’s struggles with legislation. His Obamacare repeal failed. He’s struggling to bring about his signature promise of a Mexico border wall. And he’s had not one, but two, travel bans stalled by the courts.The ban in particular upset Brian Petoletti. He takes a deep breath when the subject is raised. Abe Gupta Source: Arounddublinblog.com“I was just lost for words by it, as to how he thought it would be effective policy in any way,” he says. “If he listened to the pulse of the American people, people are more concerned with terrorists that are already here, of people being radicalised here.The premise is just wrong, it’s Constitutionally wrong.“It was particularly disheartening,” agrees Steven. “As cliché as it sounds, it’s just not who we are as a people.”It was embarrassing and shameful, and the only glimmer of hope was the fact that people showed up in their thousands to protest at airports.One thing Steven says has “sickened” him however, is Trump’s aggressive foreign policy manoeuvres, including the dropping of the largest non-nuclear bomb in world history on Afghanistan.“The general celebration happening around the use of these bombs, and the missiles launched at Syria, and the associated loss of life has really sickened me. Even if these weapons did land on some real assholes it’s still a tragedy that it had to happen.”However, he sees those moves as a) more to do with “Trump giving more leeway to the military and the military taking the opportunity to play with its toys”, and b) “to be frank, I could see Clinton making many of the same moves”.What about a subject dear to many Californians’ hearts – climate change. Trump’s moves to curb the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as well as his championing the likes of coal and oil, are well-documented.Gupta doesn’t see it as a cause for concern. “How much could he, or really any president, actually do?” he asks.I think people need to stop thinking that the world is going to end. As long as what drives California is strong, as long as he doesn’t come in and muck things up, I don’t see his approach to climate change being a pro or a con. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 29th 2017, 12:05 AM Share Tweet Email ‘He’d still win if the election were today’ – 100 days in, Dublin, California, adjusts to Trump’s ‘new normal’ TheJournal.ie revisited our capital’s namesake, population 50,000, in mid-west California. Source: Evan VucciSo is the president entertaining? Certainly, a huge amount of coverage of him has been of the ‘distractions’ that emanate daily from the White House – twitter spats, comical gaffes. Sean Spicer’s daily press briefings are now streamed live, something unthinkable in previous administrations. And it isn’t because of Spicer’s eloquence. People expect something off-the-wall to happen. And it frequently does.“I find moments of his behaviour entertaining but I really shouldn’t,” is Steven’s take.It’s kind of like driving by a car crash or something, you shouldn’t look but you do and then you hate yourself after. I did enjoy all the pictures of him aping about in that truck at the White House. Mostly because the Obamacare repeal failure was happening as he did that.“At the end of the day, the hardest thing is communicating with your constituents,” says Gupta. “With this Trump has tapped into something powerful. He will rewrite the rules for how politicians communicate.”We televise our Congress. I would rather get my wisdom teeth out than watch it, it’s excruciatingly boring. Like him or not, Donald Trump is entertaining. It was a ‘none of the above’ kind of vote. What we’re seeing now is disruptive politics, people saying ‘let’s try something different’.Entertaining?“You know, he hasn’t been as bad as I thought he would be,” says 28-year-old Steven*, a wine worker in nearby Livermore who also spoke to us in October. “That doesn’t mean he has been great by any means but rather all the awful things he said he wanted to do during the campaign are turning out to be harder to implement than he thought.”Perhaps Trump’s way of doing things is the ‘new normal’ we suggest?“I believe that Donald Trump has been the norm for quite a while now it just took his election for a lot of people to realise it,” he says.If Bob Dylan was the 60s in America, Trump is the politics-as-entertainment culture of this decade. Saturday 29 Apr 2017, 12:05 AM And he has achieved one other thing: the notion that you need to pick one party, one way of thinking, that’s disappearing. It’s happening in France too. People are saying ‘well I like that, but I don’t like that’. It’s the case with Trump. Because anyone who says he is a Republican, well I would very much question how they think that is the case. He has feet in both camps, and both ways of thinking.Wine-worker Steven is less sure about the American economic renaissance.“I think a good amount of the stock market growth is based on the assumption that he will be able to rewrite the tax code,” he says. “Personally, I see the economy deflating if he goes through with withdrawing from Nafta (the North American Free Trade Agreement, Trump’s current bugbear of choice).”The wine industry in California’s largest export destination is Canada. A withdrawal from Nafta would significantly affect sales, and, from that, profits. That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how interconnected trade is between us, Canada, and Mexico.So, after 100 days it seems Trump’s report card is a long way from being stamped. And that his international reputation doesn’t necessarily reflect the feelings of middle America.Given the man’s inherent unpredictability, nothing is certain. But if the next hundred days are anything like the first, who knows what conversation the world will be having in three months’ time.* Steven, a pseudonym, has asked not to be made identifiableRead: What words does President Donald Trump most like to tweet?Read: Trouble for Le Pen as her replacement steps aside amid allegations of Holocaust denial 41 Comments Trump supporters at a rally in north Carolina, the day before he was elected president last November Source: SIPA USA/PA ImagesThe economy, stupidPetoletti agrees. “I wouldn’t say his approach is dangerous, I’d say it’s ineffective.”“At the end of the day, he’s like a salmon swimming upstream. We’re not going to turn around here and start burning coal. You gotta wonder how informed he is.”He could’ve been a hero if he’d recognised the science. I think there’s a lot more jobs in green than in coal.Given the high-profile failures of the first 100 days, the average Irish person might consider that Trump is doing badly. But there are two other factors. Trump has far from lost his base – it still very much believes in him, for now at any rate. The second is that the American economy remains resurgent. And that matters. Our interviewees can see some grounds for optimism.“(Neil) Gorsuch being nominated to the Supreme Court was ok,” says Brian. “He’s highly qualified and we need a full Supreme Court. And regulation is something he (Trump) could get consensus on. But the way things began just alienated everyone. Winning is not everything, you need to win well, be mannerly.”“Look, the presidency is a huge ship, but a small rudder,” says Abe Gupta. “This isn’t a king we’re dealing with. In reality there is a very strong limit to how much you actually can do.”Trump’s tweeting, the way he does it, that’s not great for sure. But it’s hard to judge an unconventional leader by conventional metrics.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram On his recent trip to Greece, President of the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) Bill Papastergiadis met with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras with the chance to brief the Greek leader on various issues concerning the GCM and the Greek community as a whole.“We had been allotted 15 minutes [on Friday]; he was in meeting after meeting, and [then our meeting] went for close to 40 minutes, so it was a very entertaining and stimulating discussion. I found him to be incredibly relaxed, very interested in the Australian story, engaging, and a lot of personality,” Mr Papastergiadis told Neos Kosmos while in transit to Australia.The meeting, arranged by Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Terence Quick and SYRIZA MP Chrysoula Katsavria-Sioropoulou, was the first between the president and Mr Tsipras, who was moved by the numerous activities and initiatives carried out by members of the Greek Australian community. “He was very impressed with the Cultural Centre, the size of it and the level of activity that the Greek Community of Melbourne is involved in,” Mr Papastergiadis said.“He was also quite taken aback by the size of our festival as well. When he saw photos and the extent of the event and the number of performers, he was really impressed by that because for him language and culture are really important.”High on the agenda was language education and the recommencement of student camp programs, which was given the green light by the PM and Mr Quick, in a bid to further ignite Greek Australians’ connection with the Greek language and culture.“We had a discussion around education and the programs that were set up for the children of recent arrivals from Greece, but he was as interested, if not more interested, in the educational needs of our children, the kids born in Australia, and what level of Greek they’re achieving,” Mr Papastergiadis said. “An immediate agreement [was] reached on the visitation by our kids on camps and cultural exchanges to Greece. That’s going to start from early 2018 – so in about six months time it should be up and running,” which the president says is a real achievement following years of discussion on the matter. While an initiative of the GCM, the study programs will be open to schools across Australia, twice a year in January and June, and will be available to senior primary school, secondary, and university students.“It’ll be quite a broad program. The major issue for us with that is the fact that it opens a door and the hearts and minds of young kids to language and culture and that’ll hopefully create new future leaders within our community as well. So he was all for that.” (L-R) Deputy Foreign Minister Terence Quick, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tspiras, GCM President Bill Papastergiadis, and SYRIZA MP Chrysoula Katsavria-Sioropoulou.Another issue brought to the PM’s attention was the satellite transmission of ERT programs to Australia, which was cut in 2013 and which Mr Tsipras said he would take upon himself to rectify. “He was taken aback by the fact that that was the case; he thought it was up and running back in Australia. So for him that’s a really big issue and an issue he wants to press and get some immediate action on,” Mr Papastergiadis said.The spotlight was also turned onto matters of investment and tax, with emphasis placed on the establishment of a bilateral tax agreement between the two countries to benefit current and prospective investors. “If the Greek government seeks investment from particularly Greek Australians then it needs a comprehensive tax agreement so that people aren’t penalised for that investment property, taxed twice, which is what we’re seeing at the moment and that is a disincentive not only to individuals who want to buy some assets but also businesses who are investing,” Mr Papastergiadis said.The pair also touched upon the vote for Greeks abroad, which Mr Tsipras supported, and also welcomed the GCM’s proposal for the opening of a Greek Tourism office at the Greek Centre.Meanwhile, the Greek PM expressed great interest in travelling Down Under to attend the next Lonsdale Street Festival in 2018.“He said he’d like to come in February and he looked forward to an invitation from the Greek Community of Melbourne to attend the festival; he was very interested in it,” Mr Papastergiadis revealed.“He’s really interested in Australia; he was quite interested in our own culture, how it’s manifested in Australia,” his interest further piqued with the gift exchange, with the president gifting Mr Tsipras a collection of historical books on Melbourne along with a boomerang. “It was a very positive meeting, and the point is that hopefully it will open the door to broader discussions. Certainly our access to senior ministers in Greece is really high and there are a lot of people interested in helping us to navigate our way through that.”Mr Papastergiadis and GCM General Secretary, Costas Markos also had meetings with the President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos, Minister of Culture Lydia Koniordou, Minister of Tourism Elena Kountoura, Mayor of Athens Giorgos Kaminis and various other political leaders.
Apple’s attempts at limiting publisher requests for consumer data and the conversion of first-time downloads into regular users have been two of the larger stumbling blocks for magazine publishers building a business around apps. A new report from digital publishing vendor Yudu Media suggests improvement in both areas. According to the report–which is based on reader usage of 80 branded apps that Yudu developed for customers including Reader’s Digest UK, NewsMax, US Tech and Runway Magazine–40 percent of people who download the reader app also opt-in to share their contact information with publishers, while 64 percent of the readers return to the app after their initial visit. The Yudu report claims that on average, readers returned to magazine apps 3.7 times. Meanwhile, Yudu says that 33.7 percent of overall reader app downloads are actually software upgrades rather than downloads of new apps. “Our findings suggest that branded reader apps are achieving impressive levels of interaction with users across a number of criteria,” said Yudu CEO Richard Stephenson in a statement. “The proportion of users supplying opt-in data, the number of return views, and the average number of edition returns all indicate a healthy level of interaction from users.” A copy of the full Yudu report is available here.
The open-submission program had been championed by Amazon Studios founder Roy Price, who last fall was ousted after sexual-harassment allegations surfaced against him. In February, Amazon named Jennifer Salke, formerly president of NBC Entertainment, the head of Amazon Studios.Even before Price’s exit, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was pushing the studio division to strive for higher-profile, buzzy dramas with global appeal (a la “Game of Thrones”). That directive led to Amazon Studios’ most ambitious — and by all accounts most expensive — project ever: It won the rights to a multi-season adaption of “Lord of the Rings,” a deal that also covers potential spinoffs.For all the hype about its over-the-transom submission program, Amazon Studios appears to have greenlit only one screenplay to a full series: children’s series “Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street,” from first-time writer and preschool teacher David Anaxagoras. The studio produced two seasons.Currently, Amazon Studios lists 20,694 movie and 6,973 TV series projects on its website.Initially under the program, Amazon Studios automatically took a free option on every submission, promising payment if the project was ultimately produced as a film or series. In late 2015, it ended that practice in a bid to attract members of the WGA and Animation Guild but it isn’t clear whether the change yielded many offerings from Hollywood pros.In its FAQ, the division points creators to other options for pitching and distributing their work. The suggestions include: submitting videos and scripts to film festivals via Amazon’s Withoutabox.com; signing up for IMDb Pro (also owned by Amazon) to “connect and share your work with other professionals”; and publishing videos via Amazon’s Prime Video Direct program, which offers royalties based on user viewing. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Amazon said its Storybuilder “virtual corkboard” tool for screenwriters is still available, while the Storywriter script-writing tool is still available via web browser but will no longer accept script submissions. Since its inception in 2010, Amazon Studios has touted a technocratic approach to entertainment development — with an open submission process for scripts and projects promising to let anyone break into showbiz, and potentially have their idea turned into a movie or TV show if it was up-voted to the top of the pile.Now, Amazon Studios’ crowdsourced-script program is dead, a tacit acknowledgement by the ecommerce giant’s entertainment division that it will only produce stuff greenlit the traditional, Hollywood way.As of April 13, 2018, Amazon Studios is no longer accepting unsolicited submissions. It will continue to review and evaluate submissions it’s already received through June 30, according to a notice on its website.Here’s how Amazon Studios explained the move: “As we have grown and evolved over the last several years, we are making changes to our website and closing our open call for script and concept submissions… Thank you all for your contributions.” The division’s FAQ now includes info about the shutdown, telling visitors, “At Amazon we are always reinventing ourselves and looking for ways to become even more efficient.” The shutdown of the program was reported previously by Engadget.
Stay on target Apple Brings Contactless Student IDs to More UniversitiesCelebrate World Emoji Day With Diverse New Characters Forget ABC, CBS, and NBC. The big TV networks of our glorious new digital future are streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu. The original shows people can’t stop talking about, from Orange is the New Black to Transparent, are on the internet, not cable. You know who is feeling left out of this future? Apple. And considering glorious new digital futures are pretty much that company’s whole shtick, that’s about to change.Last week news broke that Apple is planning to offer Apple Music subscribers original video content by the end of this year. Apparently, the company has recruited Hollywood talent to develop new movies and TV shows. It already bought James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke” late-night segment with celebrity guest hosts like Will Smith, Alicia Keys, and famous Final Fantasy character Ariana Grande. This will be perfect content for your Apple TV or your Apple flat screen television that will never exist, or for kids in the back of your Apple Car.Apple is one of the strongest brands in the business, and it got that way through very careful curation of its image. Any original Apple shows would have to be in line with that image. With that in mind, here are some original Apple shows we’d like to see. Please note that you can only listen to these shows with Lightning headphones.The Dr. Dre HourWhen Apple bought Beats for billions, it made legendary hip-hop artist Dr. Dre an Apple employee. So they might as well use him. Instead of limiting Dre to Apple Music radio shows, put a camera on him and broadcast it. It’ll be refreshing compared to the rest of Apple’s… softness.The Joy of Industrial DesignIf the resurgence of Bob Ross on Twitch and Netflix has taught us anything, it’s that people love watching soft-spoken Zen art masters show off their craft on streaming video. Jony Ive’s calm descriptions of new Apple products are already the highlights of the company’s keynotes. Just expand them to full, totally relaxing technology shows.A Live Feed of Steve Jobs’s TombNever forget.Mad MoneyApple loves to tell people how well it’s doing financially. Hiring Jim Cramer to do it full time on TV seems like a logical next step.Movies Edited With Final CutBefore Final Cut X ruined everything. Final Cut was the premiere software for professional video editors. Now it’s Premiere. Tons of Hollywood movies have been edited using various versions of Final Cut. If Apple can lay claim to them, that’d be a nice catalog to pad out the lineup.Pirates of Silicon Valley: The ShowOn TV these days you’ll find a lot of prestige period dramas (Mad Men, Halt and Catch Fire) as well as TV shows based on old movies for some reason (Lethal Weapon, Training Day). With a Pirates of Silicon Valley TV show, Apple could have both. The original TV movie was already the best film exploring the relationship between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. A show would just have even more room to make that intensely compelling story even richer. Also, find a new role for Noah Wyle.A Pixar CollaborationApple and Pixar already have history. Steve Jobs played a key role in funding the acclaimed animation studio as an independent company. Until now Pixar has just focused on feature films for Disney, increasing its output to two films a year. But if it keeps growing, a TV show wouldn’t be out of the question, and Apple is probably one of the few companies that could afford it.Hair Force One with Craig FederighiCraig Federighi is Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. But that’s not what really matters about him. Look at that hair! Tell me you wouldn’t watch a show about that hair. Don’t kid yourself.
MONTREAL — Few loyalty programs have been as wildly successful as Aeroplan, especially when it comes to client retention, where loyalty programs are worth their weight in gold. Word that Air Canada is ending its exclusive contract with Aeroplan provider Aimia will give frequent flyers and leisure clients a jolt but no doubt they’ll be on board with Air Canada’s new as-yet-unnamed loyalty program launching in 2020. It’s not so much the name of the loyalty plan as the airline and the benefits behind it.Air Canada said Aeroplan members will continue to earn and redeem Aeroplan Miles and that it’s committed to “business as usual” through 2020, with a smooth transition to the new program. Air Canada also said it intends to continue to offer Aimia redemption seats post-2020.The airline said strengthening customer relationships and service were at the core of its decision to walk away from Aeroplan. The move takes effect June 30, 2020. Air Canada expects the net present value of the program repatriation over a 15-year period to exceed $2 billion.“Our relationship with our more than 45 million customers sits at the core of Air Canada’s ongoing transformation as we continue to grow our business beyond the 200 destinations that we already serve, and work to become a global champion,” said Air Canada’s President and CEO, Calin Rovinescu. “This decision is the right one for our customers, our employees and our shareholders.”Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines said the new program will offer additional earning and redemption opportunities, more personalized service and a better digital experience for Air Canada customers.More news: Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Over the past decade Air Canada has invested $10 billion to renew its fleet and to improve its product offering, including all-new seats, WiFi connectivity, expanded and renovated Maple Leaf Lounges, increased digital capabilities and updated branding including new livery launched in February.Smith said Air Canada’s move to reclaim its own loyalty program is in line with what other North American airlines have done. “Similar to all of Air Canada’s North American peers, by managing our own loyalty program, we will be able to take better care of our customers by making decisions in real time that address specific needs,” he said. “We’re excited to take this next step that delivers on our promise for continued investments in the customer experience.”Air Canada’s contract with Aimia remains in effect until its June 29, 2020 expiration date. Until then Air Canada says it is committed to business as usual by working closely with Aimia with the objective of providing consistent service for Aeroplan members.During this period, Aeroplan members can continue to earn and redeem miles in accordance with the Aeroplan program:Before the new Air Canada program launches in June 2020, members will be able to earn and redeem Aeroplan Miles for Aeroplan Rewards, including flights with Air Canada and our Star Alliance partners in accordance with the Aeroplan program.After June 2020, miles earned from Air Canada and Star Alliance flights will be credited to the new program, with customers able to redeem those miles for rewards including Air Canada and Star Alliance partner flights.More news: Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesAeroplan miles earned up to June 2020 will stay in Aeroplan members’ accounts, and will continue to be subject to the conditions of their program.Air Canada says it intends to continue to offer Aimia redemption seats for Aeroplan members after June 2020, with pricing competitive with other third-party rewards programs.The airline’s most frequent flyers will continue to get Air Canada Altitude status recognition and its associated range of travel perks, based on their annual flight activities with Air Canada and the Star Alliance member airlines. All Million Mile program qualification activity and status will also be honoured in the new program.Air Canada intends to implement near-term improvements to Air Canada Altitude and other elements of the customer experience.“Doing the right thing for Air Canada’s customers throughout this transition period will be our guiding principle,” said Rovinescu.More details will be unveiled at Air Canada’s Investor Day on Sept. 19, 2017.Asked how the move to drop Aeroplan will impact Air Canada Vacations’ ability to attract customers, the tour operator said it had no comment. Share Air Canada takes control with its own loyalty program in 2020 Travelweek Group Posted by Tags: Air Canada Thursday, May 11, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>
One hundred extra officers from the National Police patrol the center of the capital.Alberto Font Related posts:National Police increase street surveillance ahead of holiday season Government announces increased security measures to curb recent crime wave Motorcyclists to protest proposed law prohibiting passengers National Police: Property crime down in Limón from last year The Costa Rican National Police this week initiated extra protective measures to prepare for the annual payment of Christmas bonuses (aguinaldos) in Costa Rica, National Police Director Juan José Andrade said.During the first stage of preparations, police installed five watchtowers in San José and sent 100 extra officers to patrol in the center of the capital. Andrade said that an additional group of 24 bicycle cops hit the streets. Surveillance tasks will focus on 1st and 6th avenues as well as 9th and 14th streets, the main commercial and banking area of San José, Andrade said.A second stage of extra year-end security measures starts Nov. 15, when the National Police will send 200 additional officers to patrol residential neighborhoods.The second phase of the police strategy will continue through Dec. and includes the placement of six more watchtowers in the capital. Facebook Comments
Saudi Arabia and its coalition of Arab countries began the airstrikes to break the advance of the Houthis and Saleh’s forces, who overran the capital of Sanaa and much of northern Yemen late last year and have been on the offensive in the south. The Saudis and their allies are seeking the restoration of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who fled the country in March in the face of the Houthis’ advance.The security officials said Monday they also saw airstrikes in Saada, the birthplace and stronghold of the Houthi movement, as well as the provinces of Aden, Shabwa, Taiz and al-Dhaleh — areas where forces and militias loyal to Hadi are battling the Houthis and their allies.The officials said the Houthis were recruiting boys as young as 15 in Sanaa to fight in Saada against Sunni tribesmen trying to enter the province that sits on the Saudi border.The Saudi-owned Al-Hadath news channel broadcast live video of tanks and armored personnel carriers loaded onto giant trucks, saying they were part of a “strike force” deploying to the kingdom’s border with Yemen. There have been no signs to suggest that a ground offensive was imminent, although the coalition has not ruled one out. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition pounded weapons depots on the edge of Yemen’s capital Monday, one day before a humanitarian cease-fire is due to start and a U.N. envoy arrives on his first visit to try to end the war.The latest airstrikes followed the release by the Shiite rebels of video and photos of the purported wreck of a Moroccan F-16 that they claim to have shot down over the northern province of Saada near the Saudi border. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes The cease-fire, scheduled to begin at 11 p.m. (2000 GMT, 4 p.m. EDT) Tuesday, would help ease the suffering of civilians in Yemen, the Arab world’s poorest country.The conflict has killed over 1,400 people — many of them civilians — since March 19, according to the U.N., and the country of 25 million has endured shortages of food, water, medicine and electricity as a result of a Saudi-led naval, air and land blockade.The new U.N. envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, is scheduled to fly into Sanaa on Tuesday ahead of the humanitarian truce. He hopes to meet with various parties, including the Houthis, said Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for the U.N. secretary-general.On Sunday, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir announced that newly installed King Salman will not be attending a summit of U.S. and allied Arab leaders at Camp David outside Washington. The ostensible reason was because Thursday’s summit coincides with the humanitarian cease-fire in Yemen.Instead, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who is also interior minister, will lead the Saudi delegation and the king’s son, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is defense minister, will also attend. Smoke rises from a house of former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh after a Saudi-led airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen, Sunday, May 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed) Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober In Yemen’s southern port of Mukalla on the Arabian Sea, rockets believed to have been fired by U.S. drones hit al-Qaida militants based in the city’s presidential residence, according to the Yemeni security officials. They had no word on casualties. The compound was recently taken over by al-Qaida’s branch in Yemen, viewed by Washington as the terror group’s most dangerous affiliate.___Schemm reported from Istanbul, Turkey. Associated Press writers Nasser Karimi in Tehran, Iran, and Cara Anna at the United Nations contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement On Friday, the coalition declared that Saada province would be considered a military target because the Houthi rebels had fired rockets over the border into Saudi territory, killing at least three people.Photos on social media networks showed armed tribesmen and children posing next to what was said to be the wreckage of the downed aircraft that bore Morocco’s red and green national colors. A corpse also was visible.A video on social media showed a reporter from the rebels’ TV station al-Maseera visiting the purported crash site in northern Saada province, and tribesmen standing with parts of the jet’s fuselage or triumphantly raising their fists in the air.“This plane was downed by God,” shouted one tribesman. Al-Maseera first reported that the aircraft was brought down in Saada.The rebels and their allies routinely fire anti-aircraft rounds at warplanes launching airstrikes against them.Morocco has six F-16 jets stationed in the United Arab Emirates taking part in the coalition, which includes a group of other Sunni Arab countries. The West says regional Shiite power Iran backs the Houthis militarily, something both Tehran and the rebels deny.If confirmed, the Moroccan F-16 would be the second warplane to go down in the conflict. During the campaign’s early days, a fighter jet crashed in the Arabian Sea off Yemen’s southern coast, but the pilot and co-pilot were picked up by a nearby navy vessel. Technical problems were said to have caused that crash. Comments Share President Barack Obama had planned to meet Salman a day before the gathering of leaders at the presidential retreat but the White House did not take the king’s decision to skip the summit as a sign of any substantial disagreement with the U.S.Human Rights Watch said the blockade of Yemen is preventing fuel from reaching the Yemeni people who need it, contending the action violated the “laws of war.”Yemen, it said, urgently needs to power generators for hospitals overwhelmed with wounded and to pump drinking water. The coalition, it added, must urgently “implement measures for the rapid processing of oil tankers to allow the safe, secure and speedy distribution of fuel supplies to the civilian population.”All sides in the conflict have warned they will resume hostilities if the cease-fire is violated.In what is likely to produce a confrontation with the Sunni coalition, Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency said a cargo ship with 2,500 tons of food, medicine, tents and blankets has set sail for Yemen’s Red Sea port of Hodeida. The ship was also carrying several journalists, rescue workers, physicians and “anti-war activists,” it said. The Moroccan military said the plane had disappeared Sunday evening. An online news site with close ties to Morocco’s royal palace and security and intelligence services said the aircraft was one of two that flew from a base in the United Arab Emirates on a reconnaissance mission over the Yemeni side of the border with Saudi Arabia.The French-language site, Le360, said rebel anti-aircraft batteries stationed on mountains opened fire on the two aircraft as they flew at low altitude.“The Moroccan fighter jets maneuvered, gained altitude, attempted to escape the danger, but it was too late. One of the craft was hit and went into a spin,” Le360 reported.Yemeni security officials said Monday’s coalition airstrikes targeted arms and ammunition depots on Noqom mountain, on Sanaa’s northeastern edge. The bombardment shook the entire city, collapsing some homes and shattering windows. They also caused shells to explode from the arms depots, and the munitions hit residential areas and started fires. There was no immediate word on civilian casualties.The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media, said the explosions were the strongest in Sanaa since the air campaign began March 26 against the rebels, known as the Houthis, and their allies in the army and security forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The vital role family plays in society Top Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice Sponsored Stories
Brand Ambassador Sachin Tendulkar recently launched SMAAASH, an urban sports park at the Ambience Malls in Vasant Kunj and Gurugram, Delhi-NCR. After the recent acquisition, SMAAASH has transformed the earlier bluOs into the multi-sensorial experience of gaming and entertainment. There were double celebrations at the event, as the master blaster also unveiled the new brand logo of SMAAASH and the brand ethos “Can’t Stop Playing.”Shripal Morakhia, Chief Imagination Officer, SMAAASH Entertainment, said, “All the games here are like the three A’s of SMAAASH – Amazing, Aspirational and Awesome. We are the best place for celebrations, as one can eat, play and party, all under one roof. Also, considering the changing tastes of the consumers, we will be regularly introducing new gaming concepts. With our presence across 26 centres in 13 cities and growing, SMAAASH aims to change the way our country celebrates each day.”The newly revived 50,000 sq. ft centres are the next links in the chain of this urban sports park. SMAAASH in Ambience, Gurugram has two exciting new Golf-based games – Golf Showdown and Mini Jungle Golf and SMAAASH in Ambience, VasantKunj has LaserBlast – a trippy Laser Tag arena for group games. All the sports enthusiasts can experience unique adrenaline rush with a variety of highly advanced virtual reality games like Finger Coaster, Jurassic Park, Walk The Plank and much more, at these outlets.Meanwhile, the in-house café and bar at SMAAASH will ensure that one enjoys hearty meals and heady drinks during the fun gaming sessions with the gang.
LONDON – Renee Zellweger has transformed her looks and is working on her singing skills as she starts a new film about Judy Garland.Principal photography for “Judy” is underway in London, and the producers have released a photo of the Academy Award winner playing the troubled star.The movie is set in the late 1960s near the end of Garland’s career and will feature the behind-the-scenes drama before Garland died in the city at age 47 in 1969.Zellweger is expected to sing in the film, including “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from Garland’s 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz.” Zellweger sang in the 2002 film “Chicago.”Other cast members include Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock and Michael Gambon. by The Associated Press Posted Mar 20, 2018 8:23 am PDT Last Updated Mar 21, 2018 at 4:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Renee Zellweger transforms into Judy Garland for film
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