Art 2 Wear

first_imgArt2Wear is the culmination of months of work. Designer Leeza Regensburger takes a walk down the runway with her models and her line, Moth.by Liza Robertsphotographs by Robert WillettWith the wave of a visionary wand one night in April, ambitious students at N.C. State’s College of Design transformed Talley Student Union into a glamorous showcase for their manifold design talent. The event, in its 15th year and known as Art2Wear, was the culmination of a year of intense work by a team of nine designers chosen by a jury. These students spent months creating, sewing, knitting, and refining capsule clothing collections that ranged from stylish contemporary eveningwear to cutting-edge sportswear and flights of creative fancy. The theme: “The virtue of obsession.” “You can feel the energy,” says designer Justin LeBlanc, the show’s faculty advisor and chief cheerleader, as he watched a dress rehearsal. “This year is probably the best I’ve seen so far.”Olivia Brown models a piece from designer Bailey Knight’s line, MycoLogic.Art2Wear faculty advisor Justin LeBlanc rallies the troops.Designer Kathleen Davis adjusts her creation on model Ryan Burt. The fashion on display was the event’s obvious highlight, but the show’s success also relied on a fleet of accomplished students who directed, produced, promoted, choreographed, photographed, fundraised, and modeled. They made films to spotlight the individual designers and to open the show. The highly produced event they created was a fitting forum for a range of fashion designs as unique as their creators. Designer Bailey Knight took her “obsession and romance for the earth and the magic it produces” and her love of Henry David Thoreau to craft an homage to mushrooms with a fanciful collection she called MycoLogic. Backstage, surrounded by friends modeling her creations, she pointed out the inspiration behind a ripply, mustard-hued coat: a Chicken of the Woods mushroom. A white cape with a blue pleated interior was an Indigo Milk.Designer Meaghan Shea takes a walk down the runway with her models and her line, Tetra, in a dress rehearsal.Model Emory Cooley is made up by Isabella Zazareei before modeling Angele Gray’s Vert collection. A few feet away and a world apart stood Leeza Regensburger, whose collection, Moth, included hip sportswear: plushy pastels, crop-tops, pom-pom-drawstring hoodies, fleece gym shorts. Meant to evoke “a moth to a flame,” Regensburger says she imagined the woman wearing her clothes as an insomniac running out in the middle of the night to grab something to eat from a corner store. Young, thrown together, unfussed, but stylish. In another realm was Angele Gray’s Vert, which took its cue from “Paris during the rise of Formalism and Modern Art.” This translated to a restrained palette – mostly black and white – and a focus on line, composition, and texture. The result was a series of body-skimming dresses and ensembles that would be at home in any elegant setting.More fitting for an urban walk to the gym were the creations of former soccer player Grace Hallman, who based her collection, Mia, on “the obsession of being an athlete.” She dressed her fit and confident models in laser-cut, close-to-the-body synthetics that put a futuristic spin on the athleisure trend.Designer Bailey Knight prepares a piece in her MycoLogic line.Sketches for Gena Lambrecht’s line, Gold.her inspiration. Her collection, Kingdom, which also included designs for men, included carefree silhouettes with a childlike aspect, including fabrics like pique and tulle, embroidery, and knitwear.Tanna Aljoe, center, is one of several models showing Grace Hallman’s line, Mia.For her part, Quinan Dalton took her own childhood home and “the obsessive sense of nostalgia many tend to feel when they think of their past” as her inspiration. Her collection, Kingdom, which also included designs for men, included carefree silhouettes with a childlike aspect, including fabrics like pique and tulle, embroidery, and knitwear. Gena Lambrecht’s collection, Gold, was all grown up. The glittery metal “has motivated some of history’s greatest conquests and caused the downfall of entire civilizations,” she says. Her ensembles, shown to the tune of Gold Digger by Kanye West and Jamie Foxx, comprised a series of strutting, gold-hued looks, including a showstopping waterfall-pleated tulle gown. Dionysian Contagion by Kathleen Davis was unique: a creative explosion of recycled plastics, gas masks, and light, meant to evoke the powerful effect live music can have. She described it as: “Movement. Silhouettes. Illumination. Color. Music. Your entire soul shifts. The infection spreads, until you awaken anew.”Wearable paper creations by first-year students at the Design School open the show.Angele Gray’s designs for her collection, Vert.Designer Bailey Knight’s line, MycoLogic, celebrates her obsession with the earth with an homage to mushrooms.Indeed, inspiration for these makers came from very different places. Susan Stephens, with her 1919 collection, honored her own great-grandmother, who was born in that year, and the tradition of crochet she passed down through the generations. Stephens’ large-scale, knitted pieces were architectural and striking, paired with tailored pieces made of printed fabric Stephens created herself. Meaghan Shea also printed her own fabrics, and used “a single print, color scheme, and endless iterations” to inform her refined and carefully tailored clothes. Each piece spoke to the others through geometry and shifts in color. Together, these nine designers and their fellow students who put on the show showed “what the College of Design has to offer,” says LeBlanc. Art2Wear, he says, is “more than a fashion show … it showcases the talents of our students and their ability to transform their vision and dreams into reality.”Sketches for Quinan Dalton’s line, Kingdom.Designer Susan Stephens’ 1919 line features large-scale hand knits and custom-printed fabrics.Patrons including Linda Dallas and Susan Woodson applaud.last_img read more

WINnovation 2016 at the Umstead

first_imgWINnovation speakers: Maura Horton, Cindy Whitehead, Isa Watson, Jamie Meares, and Tashni-Ann Dubroy.by Mimi Montgomeryphotographs by Joseph RaffertyAn enthusiastic group of 210 Triangle area women (and three men) gathered at the Umstead Hotel and Spa Sept. 9 for Walter’s second-annual WINnovation event, sponsored by Bank of America and the Umstead. Celebrating women and entrepreneurism in the Triangle, the sold-out luncheon featured TED-talk-inspired “WIN” talks by five local female innovators: Cindy Whitehead, co-founder of Sprout Pharmaceuticals and founder and CEO of The Pink Ceiling; Tashni-Ann Dubroy, president of Shaw University and co-owner of Tea and Honey Blends; Maura Horton, founder of MagnaReady; Isa Watson, founder and CEO of Envested; and Jamie Meares, blogger and founder and creative director of Furbish Studio.“Don’t run from the word no. This is where mere innovation is born.”–Maura Horton, founder of MagnaReadyEach woman shared stories from her own entrepreneurial journey, covering everything from resilience to ingenuity; how to overcome boundaries; the importance of confidence; and how to lean into change and move past failure.Isa Watson, founder and CEO of Envested, speaks to the audience.Cindy Whitehead, co-founder of Sprout and CEO of the Pink Ceiling, gives her WIN talk.“There’s always something significant that you’ve achieved time and time again when the odds were stacked against you – when you’re looking to do something bold, I think it’s really important to just block out all the noise.”–Isa Watson, founder and CEO of EnvestedBekay King, Shaw University studentKelly GuessFollowing the talks, the group gathered together on the stage to answer questions from the audience. Then, guests separated into groups to participate in breakout conversations focused on how to execute ideas, how to leverage local resources, how to return to work after a career break, and how to work entrepreneurially in any setting. These discussions were led by Gab Smith, executive director of CAM Raleigh, Teresa Monteiro, founder and CEO of Her Leap, Jenny Hwa, executive director of Innovate Raleigh, and Robin Costello, corporate relations director of the Council for Entrepreneurial Development.Bank of America executive Kathryn Black“You can’t be your biggest hater. There are tons of people in the world to do that for you. You’ve got to be your biggest promoter … be sure you maintain a level of confidence that will take you beyond the stars.”–Tashni-Ann Dubroy, president of Shaw University and co-owner of Tea and Honey BlendsEntrepreneur Andrea HoytBreakout session moderator Teresa Monteiro“(Be) daring enough to not be afraid of change, and to not even give the word failure any meaning to you. I dare you to fail – try it.” –Jamie Meares, blogger and founderand creative director of Furbish StudioDonna Preiss, founder and CEO of The Preiss Co.Holly HammerThroughout the day, a networking area sponsored by e51 and HQ Raleigh allowed attendees to create connections and exchange ideas, propelling the power of WINnovation beyond the day itself. This forward momentum was further evidenced in an invitation from Gab Smith for all attendees to reconvene in six months at CAM. A cocktail hour closed the day. Guests mingled with new contacts and the event speakers, reflecting the camaraderie and community spirit that makes Triangle entrepreneurship flourish.Speakers Maura Horton, Cindy Whitehead, Isa Watson, Jamie Meares, and Tashni-Ann Dubroy during the Q&A session.“Put the women at the center of any conversation, walk a mile in their shoes, and you can make pretty remarkable change.”–Cindy Whitehead, co-founder of Sprout Pharmaceuticalsand founder and CEO of The Pink Ceilinglast_img read more

WINnovation 2017 Sarah Yarborough

first_imgSarah YarboroughCo-founder and CEO, Raleigh DenimSarah Yarborough is the co-founder and CEO of Raleigh Denim. She and her husband, Victor Lytvinenko, started making jeans together when she was an undergraduate in 2007, working on her collection for N.C. State College of Design’s Art2Wear show. Today, Raleigh Denim sells jeans and other designs at prestigious stores like Barneys New York in 14 states; and Sarah and Victor are members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.“Some of the winningest ideas come from not winning,” Yarborough said recently, when asked to reflect on her company’s success. “The struggle or challenge behind the curtain – that is so very different,” she says, from the public’s perception of of what success looks like. It’s in those hidden struggles that breakthroughs emerge.Yarborough grew up in Raleigh and attended Saint Mary’s School before heading to New York City and NYU, where she studied art, English, and philosophy. She returned to Raleigh to continue her studies at N.C. State, where her love of design blossomed.Yarborough remembers well the moment when Barneys New York called to order the jeans she and Lytvinenko had been tinkering with. “I’d been making jeans for Victor to wear around, and for some friends,” she recalls, “and the morning news got wind of it. They did a 60-second segment at 6 a.m.” A Durham shoemaker saw the piece, told a buyer for Barneys about the couple and their work, and the phone rang. The New York store ordered 114 pairs of their jeans, and Raleigh Denim was launched.These days, demand regularly outstrips supply. “We’re beyond capacity,” Yarborough says. “We are about to turn away business. And we’re also looking at supplemental production.”About a year ago, the company’s growth had the couple reconsidering its organization and their individual roles. Now, Yarborough serves officially as CEO, while Lytvinenko focuses more on sales, growth, and brand ambassadorship. “That’s been really wonderful,” Yarborough says. “It makes me feel more invested and really proud of the company that we’re building.”last_img read more

WINi 2018 Lara OBrien Muñoz

first_imgJuli LeonardLara O’Brien Muñoz is a principal dancer with Carolina Ballet, where she has been for 17 years, and owner of the ballet schools Tutu School Raleigh and Tutu School Cary. She is also a wife and the mother of 1-year-old son, Theo. “I love the intersection of softness and strength, delicacy and power, playfulness and determination,” Muñoz says. She’s eager to explore the intersection at WINi, pointing to inspiration from a friend and fellow dancer who said, “regarding the world of ballet, that the layers of tulle and sparkle that make up a tutu sit on top of a whole lot of muscle, substance, and strength. My journey as a ballerina has certainly allowed me a playground to explore my femininity and ‘girly-ness,’ however my success in such a career has been through sheer discipline, dedication, and determination. Holding these qualities together is something I’m really proud of in my life. It’s now something I’m exploring as it extends to balancing business ownership and motherhood, too. … My personal mission through Tutu School is to allow young children, many of whom are girls, the opportunity and freedom to explore their own imaginations and self-expression, find confidence in their bodies, and a voice through movement and music.”Ticketslast_img read more

A Letter to my Children

first_imgI walked into the house to find Chris with a camcorder in one hand, a blue balloon in the other. As I started the inquisition—“OMG, has he been born yet?!”—Daddy reached around the corner and handed me another blue balloon. I was in total shock. Twins! It felt like fate, too: When we started this round, my grandmother flat-out told me we’d be getting twins. Somehow, she knew. Within a few hours, we met our sweet, oh-so-tiny baby boys. That’s you, Will and Matt, aka baby A and baby B. We spent the next three weeks loving on you in blue hospital gowns, rocking in hospital chairs, until you both hit a solid four pounds and we got to bring you home. Life had never felt so complete. God makes families in lots of different ways. For us, it’s been through the gift of adoption. We have more gratitude than we can ever express for the birth mothers that chose life for our kids, and for our adoption agency that works tirelessly to care for birth mothers, children and adoptive families. Chris and I joke about how we’re this infertile couple, yet we had a surprise fourth… and we wouldn’t have it any other way. In the 16 years since we were handed that little red stocking, many people have said to us, “Your children are so blessed to have you.” We sure hope you feel that way, but we’re always quick to respond, “We’re the ones who are blessed.” Never did I imagine we’d be childless for the next ten years. I lost count of how many baby showers I went to while we hoped and prayed for a baby of our own. At times the pain felt unbearable. All I’d ever really wanted to be when I grew up was a mom. Dear Kids: If I could only tell you one thing, it’s that Daddy and I are blessed. If that sounds self-centered, I’ll explain: Back in the olden days (circa 1985), Chris and I met eyes just outside of our high school auditorium. By now you’ve heard the story of our first date—eating McDonald’s in that sweet mustard-colored Malibu Classic 1974— and about how we stayed together through college and got married “too young” by most people’s standards. Your daddy was 23 and I was 22, and boy did we have our lives all planned out. I wanted four kids; two girls, two boys. Kristi T. was born in Tennessee and settled in Cary. She’s currently a stay-at-home mom who loves hugs—even from grumpy, mad kids. Even though we knew it would be a challenge having four kids under five, his heart felt the same as mine. For the first time, we were “expecting,” and by the end of that summer, we had our little cherry on top—that’s you, Kara. We were at the hospital right after you were born, and you’ve been flashing us that same big smile ever since. by Kristi T. Before we left, the director wanted us to speak with the social worker assigned to the case.  She went out to get her, leaving Chris and me alone in the office. All we could talk about was how incredible it would be to be chosen. If it all worked out, we’d have a baby by Christmas. center_img During naptime, I let it sink in, deep. In a few months there would be a new baby boy or girl coming into this world. A full-blood sibling of our double trouble club. I called my mom and had her come over. It was my turn to do a little surprising. The voice on the other end was the director at our agency. “How would you feel about a fourth baby?” she asked. My first reaction was laughter—lots of it, the crazy kind. I looked around, wondering how I could take care of an infant in this very moment. It was a short conversation, just long enough to tell me that this baby was the sibling of our boys. “Think about it over the weekend,” she said in her kind voice. When Chris got home from work, I had a card for him to open: “Congratulations on being a dad… again!” Oh, if only I’d had the camcorder running! He asked if I was pregnant—a question I’d dreaded for a decade—and with a huge smile I said, “Nope!” Then the social worker walked into the office. She was holding this tiny red stocking, with tiny beautiful you wrapped up in it, Katie. Can you even imagine? We lived that glorious moment! All of the pain that we’d felt for so many years, wiped away the very instant we held you in our arms. I can still feel your warm little head in the palm of my hand for that very first time. Three years later, we decided to start the adoption process again, hoping for a little brother or sister for our “firstborn.” We figured we had at least a year to prepare for baby number two. But three months after mailing in our paperwork, Once we decided to start the adoption process, our joy and excitement about being parents felt fresh again. I’ll never forget the day we met with the adoption agency to update our photo album, our showcase for potential birth mothers. There was one, we learned, who was considering us. The meeting went well, we thought. Near the end, Chris asked the director how far along she was. “Full term,” the director said. Can you imagine how happy we were feeling? Multiply that times a gazillion. Fast-forward two years: Chris is at work, I’m in the kitchen with two little wild men in nothing but diapers chasing each other through the kitchen, seeing who can scream the loudest. Our firstborn is plugging her ears and wondering why in the world we signed up for this. I’m way overdue for a shower. The phone rings.last_img read more

The AwardWinning Film SPRINTER Gets Nationwide Theatrical On Demand Release

first_imgFilmRise, Citi, and Global Citizen have partnered together to support bringing the global community and families closer together with the nationwide Theatrical On Demand release of SPRINTER, executive produced by Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, and Richard Jefferson.International advocacy organization Global Citizen will be offering a VIP ticket package in its Rewards program, for a winner to attend the FilmRise and Citi/Grove exclusive premiere screening in Los Angeles. The announcement was made jointly today by FilmRise, Citi, and Global Citizen.“SPRINTER is an authentic look at a teenage sprinter struggling to find his way, fulfill his true potential, and reunite with his family, which has been broken apart by extreme poverty in Jamaica. Global poverty is having a calamitous effect on families and we are extremely delighted to be partnering with two great organizations that strive to make our world a better place. Their help and support of bringing attention to this film is tremendous,” stated Sal Scamardo, Vice-President, Distribution Strategies, FilmRise.Since 2012, Global Citizen has grown into one of the largest, most visible platforms for young people around the world calling on world leaders to honour their responsibilities in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.Madge Thomas, Senior Director of Global Policy and Government Affairs at Global Citizen comments, “We are thrilled to be a part of this film and its campaign to help bring families together, create opportunities and education for all and to help encourage more people to take action in support of a worldwide movement to end extreme poverty.”SPRINTER will be available Theatrical-On-Demand nationwide on April 24th on the Gathr Films platform.last_img read more

Moroccos DGSN Seeks to Reinforce Confidence Between Police and Public

Rabat – The General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) hopes to  build relations between police and the public for “more combat against criminality.”DGSN issued a statement today, informing citizens about their strategy “of proximity, communication and interaction” to reinforce the public’s confidence in Morocco’s security organs.The strategy aims to ensure security and protection for the public. The statement added that the strategy relies on a participatory approach based on “better governance and adaption to the real needs of the public in terms of security, opening up to the citizens and consolidating a relationship with them.”DGSN’s Open days event, which began today in Marrakech, falls within the framework of the national security strategy to inform the public of security units’ missions. The event is also intended to ensure a sense of communication between the public and the national police.Read Also: DGSN Shares Strategy to Strengthen its Commitment to Moroccan CitizensThe first open days event took place in September 2017 in Casablanca. It received 80,000 visitors in three days.According to the statement, DGSN has started creating a police security structure dedicated to communications. The facility will have some 20 cells in constant interaction with the media.Another initiative touted by the statement is the revitalization of the hotline (19) with the view to “respond quickly to citizens’ expectations to improve speed of police intervention.”DGSN, according to the statement, wants to preserve “bonds of trust with citizens.”Attendees can get information about the event’s programs from brochures and posters on site or the mobile application “JPO Police.” read more

UN official urges greater investment in agriculture to boost food security

“This initiative truly reflects the importance of the date palm in the cultural heritage of the United Arab Emirates and in the food economy of the region,” said Jacques Diouf, the FAO Director-General, in remarks at the opening of the third edition of the Khalifa International Date Palm Award in Abu Dhabi.Prizes were awarded to eight winners for excellence in research, techniques, production, cultivation and development. The award is designed to raise awareness of the role of dates in food security.“There is a need to increase the supply of quality plant material for local and regional needs and to go beyond the present framework of date production by government plantations and a limited number of private farmers,” said Mr. Diouf.He paid tribute to Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, saying that the UAE President’s commitment to the development of agriculture and, specifically, to the date palm had prompted increased investment in agriculture and a greater use of modern technology. Mr. Diouf reminded the audience that, as in 2008, international agricultural markets again face higher food commodity prices that could undermine food security even as the world’s population rises, pushing demand higher.The expected growth in the global population – from 6.9 billion today to 9.1 billion people in 2050 – will require a 70 per cent increase in global food production and a 100 per cent increase in developing countries, he said, adding that investment was not keeping pace.‘The share of agriculture in official development assistance fell from 19 per cent in 1980 to 3 per cent in 2006. Currently, it stands at 5 per cent. Developing countries only allocate 5 per cent of their national budgets to the sector, instead of 10 per cent, despite its contribution to gross domestic product, exports and the balance of payments,” said Mr. Diouf.More than 100 million tons of cereals are, meanwhile, diverted from food to biofuels on account of subsidies valued at $13 billion and tariff protection in developing countries, according to Mr. Diouf.“If we add the impact of droughts, floods, hurricanes and other events exacerbated by climate change and the speculation on agricultural commodity futures markets, it becomes clear that the current situation is the chronicle of a disaster foretold,” he added. 15 March 2011The head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today called for greater investment in farming to boost food production, citing the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) investment in date palm cultivation, which has made the country the world’s seventh largest producer of dates. read more

Senior DIG Ravi Wijegunawardena temporarily transferred

Senior Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Ravi Wijegunawardena, who was in charge of the Southern Province, has been temporarily transferred to the Police Headquarters, the Police media unit said today.Wijegunawardena has been transferred to the Police Headquarters with effect from today on the instructions of the Inspector General of Police. The National Police Commission has approved the transfer. (Colombo Gazette)

UNICEF helps Nigeria immunize 29 million children against measles

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has provided crucial logistical support to Nigeria for a massive immunization campaign to protect 29 million children against measles, a highly contagious virus that kills more children than any other preventable disease in Africa’s most populous country.Working with the Government and the Measles Initiative, a global public health partnership, UNICEF ensured that the vaccines were transported in a timely, safe manner in areas where health workers often travelled several hours by speedboat, then paddled in canoes or trekked in marshy waters in order to go house to house to reach every child.More than 100,000 health workers were mobilized for the campaign, which ended last week, and sent to 17 southern states, where some 18,000 community health posts were set up to provide children with measles and polio vaccines, as well as vitamin A supplements to boost their immunity.Of the targeted 29 million children, 4 million reside in impoverished and hard-to-reach settlements across the Niger Delta Region. Other challenges facing vaccination teams included the threat of armed militia, who roam the area in search of opportunities to seize control over the local oil resources. “All the equipment we have here – solar freezers, deep freezers and refrigerators – is provided by UNICEF,” the head of the Health Department in Ekeremor, A.A. Okidi, said. “UNICEF has also supplied medical equipment and drugs to help us carry out the health campaign in our region.” read more

US vows to block any changes to global telecommunications treaty that curtail

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jun 22, 2012 1:12 am MDT US vows to block any changes to global telecommunications treaty that curtail Internet freedom WASHINGTON – Secret negotiations involving dozens of countries preparing for a United Nations summit on international telecommunications could lead to changes in a global treaty that would diminish the Internet’s role in economic growth and restrict the free flow of information.The U.S. delegation to the World Conference on International Telecommunications to be held in Dubai in December has vowed to block any proposals from Russia and other countries that they believe threaten the Internet’s current governing structure or give tacit approval to online censorship.But those assurances have failed to ease fears that bureaucratic tinkering with the treaty could damage the world’s most powerful engine for exchanging information, creating jobs and even launching revolutions, according to legal experts and civil liberties advocates who have been tracking the discussions. Social networks played a key role in the Arab Spring uprisings that last year upended regimes in Egypt and Tunisia.Russia, for example, has proposed language that requires member states to ensure the public has unrestricted access and use of international telecommunication services “except in cases where international telecommunication services are used for the purpose of interfering in the internal affairs or undermining the sovereignty, national security, territorial integrity and public safety of other states, or to divulge information of a sensitive nature,” according to a May 3 U.N. document that details the various proposals for amending the treaty.The wording of this provision could allow a country to repress political opposition while citing a U.N. treaty as the basis for doing so. The provision also appears to contradict Article 19 of the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which says people shall have the right to access information “through any media and regardless of frontiers.”An amended treaty would be binding on the United States if it is ratified by the Senate. But approval is not automatic. The treaty is sure to be scrutinized by lawmakers wary of its potential impact.The U.N.’s International Telecommunication Union, which oversees the treaty, does not operate like the U.N. Security Council, where the United States has the power to veto resolutions to which it objects. The ITU works on a consensus basis. Proposals can be stopped from serious consideration if enough countries voice their objections. More than 190 nations will attend the Dubai conference and the U.S. delegation is seeking support for its positions at the preparatory meetings that will continue until the conference convenes.“It is important that when we have values, as we do in the area of free speech and the free flow of information, that we do everything that we can to articulate and sustain those values,” Philip Verveer, deputy assistant secretary of state and U.S. co-ordinator for international communications and information policy, said in an interview.The drafting and debating of proposals in preparation for the Dubai conference have taken place largely behind closed doors. Public interest groups have criticized the process and said it runs counter to development of sound public policy. In response to calls for transparency, two research fellows at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center launched the website WCITLeaks.org earlier this month as a way to make documents that have been leaked to them by anonymous sources available publicly.The negotiations have sparked rumours that the U.N. and the ITU are plotting to take control of the Internet from the loose coalition of nongovernmental organizations that establishes Internet policies, standards and rules, they said. The ITU’s secretary general, Hamadoun Toure, has called the takeover rumour “ridiculous.”The ITU said the preparatory process is open to all member states as well as hundreds of private sector and academic organizations. The member states, not the ITU, determine the rules of participation and are free to share documents and information as they see fit, the agency said in an emailed statement.The treaty, known formally as the International Telecommunications Regulations, was developed in 1988 to deal with global telephone and telegraph systems that were often state-run. The conference in Dubai, which is being held by the ITU, will be the first time in 20 years that the treaty is being opened for revisions.Independent organizations, including the Internet Society, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers and the Worldwide Web Consortium, for years have served as the Internet’s governing bodies. They handle core tasks like network and domain name administration and make decisions based on input from the public and private sectors. This system allows the Internet to evolve organically and rapidly to changes in technology, business practices and consumer behaviour, according to open Internet advocates.Yet countries still grappling with how communications have been transformed by the Internet view the ITU and the treaty as the best avenues for plugging themselves into the global information economy. For developing nations that don’t have an effective broadband infrastructure, bureaucratic and regulatory measures can allow them to benefit financially from the traffic that crosses their borders.But treaties are static instruments that often are unable to adapt and adjust to the fast pace of Internet innovation, said Sally Shipman Wentworth, senior manager for public policy at the non-profit Internet Society. “Further, we do not believe that we should simply take the 1988 regulatory model that applied to the old telephone system and apply it to the Internet,” she said.A proposal offered by a European association of telecommunications network operators would put pressure on content providers such as Google, Facebook and Netflix to offset the costs of delivering Internet traffic to end-users. Traffic increasingly includes bandwidth-hungry video, and the proposal from the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association essentially argues that the investment needed to expand and improve the transfer of data should be borne by the operators and the content providers.Verveer called the proposal unworkable and said it would have unintended consequences, such as blocking Harvard, MIT and other universities from putting courses online at no cost to users in places where access to education is already limited. “If it became necessary to pay in order to make these courses available, they would predictably become less available, which would be very unfortunate,” he said.The threat to Internet freedom won’t come in the form of a “full-frontal assault,” Roger McDowell, a Republican member of the Federal Communications Commission, said at a congressional hearing last month, “but through insidious and seemingly innocuous expansions of intergovernmental powers.” His warning resonated with members of the House Energy and Commerce communications and technology subcommittee.Several lawmakers questioned Verveer, who also testified, and McDowell about the relationship between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Toure, the ITU’s secretary general. Their fear is that Putin, who long has pushed for centralized control of the Internet, will use his allegedly close ties to Toure to accomplish that goal. Toure, a native of Mali, received advanced degrees in electronics and telecommunications from universities in Moscow and Leningrad.“Is this relationship a concern?” asked Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., the subcommittee’s chairman. “What steps are we taking to be able to counterbalance that relationship?”Verveer told Walden he has no doubts about Toure’s honesty and fairness.But McDowell struck a more ominous tone. Putin’s “designs” need to be taken very seriously, he said, and urged proponents of Internet freedom to be on guard for “camouflaged subterfuge” that could threaten the Internet’s future.___Online:International Telecommunication Union: http://www.itu.int/en/Pages/default.aspxWCITLeaks: http://wcitleaks.org read more

AsiaPacific developing economies face low growth again in 2014 UN forecasts

“Asia-Pacific developing economies face the prospect of a ‘new normal’ of lower growth in the coming years, underlining the need for forward-looking macroeconomic policies and intraregional cooperation,” said the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Director of Macroeconomic Policy and Development Division, Anisuzzaman Chowdhury.Domestic structural impediments, such as growing inequality, also play a role in the slower growth. The developing economies are forecast to grow 5.6 per cent in 2014, up from 5.2 per cent this year, but lower than the 6 per cent earlier forecast for 2013, according to ESCAP’s Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2013: Year-end Update, released in Bangkok, Thailand.For the three years between 2012 and 2014 developing Asia-Pacific economies are averaging 5.4 per cent growth annually compared to 8.4 per cent during the pre-crisis years of 2002-07, the first time in at least two decades that they are growing so slowly over such a time-fame.“The manner in which the current transition is managed will have a long-term impact on the region’s inclusive and sustainable development path,” ESCAP Executive Secretary Noeleen Heyzer said. “The economies of Asia and the Pacific are at a turning point.” The key economies of China, India and Indonesia with large domestic markets grew moderately in 2013 after recent years of strong performance, although China’s economy is still growing relatively fast at 7.5 per cent in 2013 and is projected to expand by 7.3 per cent in 2014. India’s growth is expected to rebound in 2014 to 6 per cent after remaining unchanged at around 5 per cent in the preceding two years.Indonesia has recorded the lowest growth in recent years, estimated at 5.7 per cent in 2013 after expanding at 6.2 per cent in 2012. Growth dynamism in other major economies with significant domestic markets such as Malaysia and Thailand has also been affected, with gross domestic product (GDP) growth slowing to 4.5 and 3.2 per cent respectively in 2013, from 5.6 and 6.4 per cent in 2012.Expected major monetary policy developments in the United States could also affect growth in the region. ESCAP estimates show that a cutback in quantitative easing by the US Federal Reserve, known as ‘tapering’, could slash GDP levels in Malaysia, the Philippines, Russia and Thailand by up to 1.2 to 1.3 per cent in 2014.The continued slowdown in developed economies and limited progress in multilateral trade deals has seen the rise of protectionist policies in developed countries, which are significantly affecting Asia-Pacific growth. The Update estimates that such policies kept out $62 billion worth of regional exports in 2012 and 2013, translating into a loss in developing Asia-Pacific GDP of over 0.4 per cent.It stresses improved access to decent and productive employment as key to reducing rising economic and social inequality, a major constraint to realizing the full economic potential of the region.“Inequality not only threatens social cohesion, but is also a challenge to sustaining the region’s economic dynamism,” Ms. Heyzer said. “ESCAP findings show that higher income inequality adversely affects domestic demand and contributes to balance-of-payments deficits as well as higher household debts.”The Update reiterates the need for productive public spending to promote inclusive and sustainable development, targeting the majority rural population in the region with an estimated 762 million people dependent on agriculture for a livelihood. read more

Boxing champ Pernell Whitaker dies hit by car in Virginia

Pernell Whitaker, an Olympic gold medallist and four division champion who was regarded as one of the greatest defensive fighters ever, has died after being hit by a car in Virginia. He was 55.Police in Virginia Beach said the former fighter was hit by a car Sunday night. The driver of the car remained on the scene, and police said they were investigating the circumstances of the death.Sweet Pea was Whitaker’s nickname, and it fit perfectly. He was a master of getting hit and not getting hit back, a southpaw who slipped in and out of the pocket and rarely gave an opponent an opportunity to land a clean shot.Whitaker won a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles _ one of nine U.S. champions that year _ and made his pro debut on national television. He advanced quickly, and was fighting for a major title by his 17th fight, a loss to Jose Luis Ramirez that he would avenge the next year.But Whitaker was also known as the victim of one of the worst decisions in boxing, a draw that allowed Julio Cesar Chavez to remain unbeaten in their welterweight showdown before a crowd of more than 60,000 at the Alamodome in San Antonio in 1993.Four years later, Whitaker was on the losing end of another difficult decision against Oscar De La Hoya in Las Vegas, a fight many ringsiders thought he had won.“When you see the list of greatest boxing robberies in history they were both No. 1 and No. 2 on the list,” said Kathy Duva, his longtime promoter. “And every list of top 10 fighters of all time he was on, too.”Whitaker was a champion in four weight classes, winning his first one with a 1989 decision over Greg Haugen at lightweight, in a professional career that spanned 17 years. He finished with a record of 40-4-1 and was a first ballot selection into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.His style was unique and it was effective, a hit-and-don’t-be-hit strategy that was later adopted by a rising young fighter named Floyd Mayweather Jr. Whitaker and Mayweather never met in the ring, but Whitaker did win a decision over Mayweather’s uncle, Roger, in 1987.Still, it was two controversial decisions _ one a draw, the other a loss _ that may have defined his career more than anything.The first came against Chavez, the Mexican great who was unbeaten in 87 fights when he and Whitaker met in a highly anticipated fight in San Antonio.Whitaker came out in his trademark style, confusing Chavez and frustrating the Mexican champion. Chavez stalked Whitaker throughout the fight, but Whitaker wasn’t there to be found for the most part, and when he traded with Chavez he seemed to get the better of the Mexican. Ringside statistics showed Whitaker landing 311 punches to 220 for Chavez, while throwing 153 more punches.But when the decision came down, it was a draw that was roundly criticized throughout boxing.“He would stand in the pocket and make everybody miss and frustrate the hell out of them,” Duva said. “He said it was the most beautiful feeling in the world, to hit the other guy and not get hit.”Whitaker would go on to lose his next mega fight against De La Hoya, despite bloodying his opponent and seemingly out-boxing him over 12 rounds in their welterweight title fight. A poll of ringside writers showed the majority thought Whitaker won, and he thought so, too.“Of course (I won) but that really doesn’t matter,” Whitaker said. “As long as the world saw it, then the people can say who won the fight. I should have gotten 10 out of 12 rounds. It was a shutout. For 12 rounds, he took punishment, he took a beating. He can have the title but we know who the best fighter is.”Whitaker’s last big fight came near the end of his career, when Felix Trinidad scored a unanimous decision in their welterweight title fight at Madison Square Garden. He would fight only once more before retiring, and later worked as a trainer for fighters in the Virginia Beach area.Former heavyweight champion George Foreman wrote on Twitter that Whitaker was one of the greats in the art of boxing.“When I first saw ”Pernell Sweet Pea Whitaker“ in Training Camp; it was like watching a Cat with boxing gloves,” Foreman said. “Best balance I’d ever seen in a Boxer.”Duva, whose Main Events company promoted all his fights, remembered Whitaker as being as sweet as his nickname. She said he was generous to a fault with a large group of family members, buying a house for many of them to live in before losing it after he retired from boxing.Whitaker made millions in the ring _ $6 million for the De La Hoya fight alone _ but Duva said he had little left in the end.“He wasn’t a spender. He was very modest,” she said. “But he was supporting an awful lot of people for a long time.”A native of Norfolk, Whitaker battled alcohol problems throughout his adult life, Duva said. He also served time in prison after violating his probation in 2003 on a conviction for cocaine possession.But in recent years Whitaker had been happy going to boxing events and meeting fans and signing autographs. He was supposed to be a part of the Manny Pacquiao-Keith Thurman fight night Saturday in Las Vegas, where he was going to be honoured as a boxing legend.“For years he wouldn’t do those things,” Duva said. “He found out that it was great, everybody was telling him how much they loved him and what a great fighter he was.”Duva said Whitaker was divorced and had four children. His family issued a statement saying the death was “one of the darkest moments in our lives.” read more

Skeptical Football For Once My MVP Isnt Peyton Manning

Even better, Mariota has already missed games. If you’ve read Skeptical Football much, you know I love when QBs sit, because it’s just about the closest you can come to isolating a variable that the sport has to offer. Seven starting quarterbacks have played and missed at least two games each this year.7Oddly enough, though Dallas is desperate to get Tony Romo back (and rightfully so), their problem since he left hasn’t been moving the ball — at least relative to their horrendous defense. You can see what happened once the QBs were out in the chart next to this paragraph. I’ve also added the “gold standard” of WOWY seasons, Aaron Rodgers’s absence from the Green Bay Packers in 2013, for comparison.Note that Mariota’s line is strikingly similar to Rodgers’s! Of course, the latter came over a larger number of games (played nine and missed seven), but this does raise the tantalizing possibility that Mariota may be an elite-level QB already.Defensive Player Person of the MidyearPerhaps the single weirdest thing to transpire this season has been the twists in fortune for the Denver Broncos: Peyton Manning — both architect and foundation of the league’s best and most consistent offense over the past few years — seems to be racing for the exits. Not only is he no longer the league’s best player, but he’s also struggling to put up even average production. Yet the Broncos are still 7-1, thanks to what is shaping up to be one of the league’s best defenses in years. So far, it’s on par with the 2013 Seahawks, which puts it right around 12th-best since 2006.Here’s a comparison of the Broncos’ offensive and defensive drive efficiency over the past few years: This NFL season has had its share of head-scratching quirks, but I’m not buying that it’s been as “super weird” as it seems. A lot of stuff happens in the NFL, so every year seems like a crazy year. Variance is tumultuous. In 2010, no teams started the season 4-0; this year we had four teams start 7-0. There had previously never been more than two.1In my opinion, the crazy year by which all crazy years must be measured is the 1999-2000 season featuring the Greatest Show on Turf.Where has all this weirdness left us? In a familiar place. If the playoffs started today, eight of the 12 teams that made the playoffs last year would return. There are still three unbeaten teams, but they include the defending Super Bowl champions and two playoff teams from a year ago. Cincinnati and Carolina are both surprises at 8-0, for sure, but in the past four seasons the Bengals won 40 games and made the playoffs four times, and though the Panthers have already exceeded their win total from last season, they are only one season removed from a 12-4 campaign. They also finished last year on a 5-0 spurt (counting their wild-card win) before losing in the divisional round of the playoffs. (Incidentally, Carolina’s last regular-season loss was in November 2014.) More importantly, both have quarterbacks who were already very productive. A good team with a productive QB is only a small change of fortune away from being a great team.The biggest surprise in the league has perhaps been Seattle’s relatively weak start after almost winning the Super Bowl, but the Seahawks are still 4-4 and even “control their own destiny” in their division, where they are two games behind the Arizona Cardinals, against whom they have two games scheduled.If anything, this season would seem to be suffering from a glut of predictability. The better teams keep winning, teams with leads have been holding on to them. Otherwise, quarterbacks are throwing for more and more yards, and kickers are getting better and better. Shocking!Here are my midseason awards:Most Valuable PlayerFor about a decade now, picking my MVP has been simple: It’s probably Peyton Manning, barring his absence.2And even then, I’m not entirely sure. Like, have I ever been more confident of Manning’s value than when the Colts went 2-14 without him in 2011? Has Manning always been the best? I don’t know. But my confidence in Manning’s value has always been the greatest. Sadly, it’s time to face it: Manning is finally playing like an old guy with a bunch of injuries. He may yet return to form — the ends of quarterbacks’ careers can be hard to predict — but for now, at least, there’s an opening at the top.I had to wrestle quite a bit with who deserved midseason MVP. As I’ve explained before, “MVP” and “best quarterback” are pretty much the same thing, so we can start there. QB metrics depend on so many factors that making subtle distinctions is virtually impossible. And of course QBs affect more than just passing — a good passing game can open up the running game or give a team’s defense more rest, etc.To figure out who should at least be in the conversation for the award, I started with passing stats and used ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating (QBR). QBR isn’t perfect, but it’s fairly comprehensive — meaning it accounts for things like scrambling and yards gained from pass interference penalties3It also doesn’t treat all interceptions as being equally bad, one of the biggest sins of most QB metrics. — and it doesn’t have to be too precise for these purposes. To measure broader impact, I used expected points added (EPA) per drive on offense.4I used an ESPN version of the stat that discounts garbage time. Then I started plotting: Carson Palmer has the highest QBR in football, and Tom Brady leads the most efficient offense. Andy Dalton places second and third in each metric. Although it’s technically possible that a less productive QB is actually more valuable than these three contenders,5There is no QB metric that I’m aware of that is capable of accurately identifying great QBs on bad teams, and I doubt it’s even possible with existing data. (Although with individual player tracking, this could change.) that requires a different kind of speculation. I think it’s safe to make them our three finalists.With no clear leader among the three, I either have to make decisions — such as which is more meaningful to QB assessment: passing game efficiency or team offensive efficiency? — or I need to broaden the investigation a bit.When I looked at the historical context to see if any of these guys stands out as being better than the others, I found that all three of their teams have seen a sharp upswing in offensive efficiency (measured by EPA/drive) this season. The Patriots have improved by about 0.6 EPA per drive on offense, the Bengals by 0.7 and the Cardinals by a whopping 1.0.But these kinds of changes can mean different things to different types of squads. The Patriots’ improvement brings them back in line with where their offense was in 2011 and 2012, so the shift serves more as a confirmation of how strong their offense is. The Cardinals and Bengals are in uncharted territory for their clubs (at least in recent history), which tends to suggest either that they’ve gotten extremely lucky or that something big has changed. The difference between these two is that we have a plausible explanation for the Cardinals’ improvement: Palmer’s return from injury (he missed 10 games last year, plus the playoffs). For the Bengals, although we can look around at details, for the most part their ascension remains a mystery. Maybe it’s as simple as a quarterback with a marquee contract starting to play like a marquee quarterback. But that’s just a possible (and not very robust) explanation, whereas Arizona’s improvement has a tangible origin.Palmer is 12-2 as a starter for the Cardinals over the past two years, and the team is just 5-5 without him (and also lost to the 7-win Panthers in the playoffs). With Palmer, the Cardinals offense has scored 0.75 points above expectation per drive. Without him, this plummets to -0.11. This 0.86-point swing — per drive — is huge and can explain most of the Cardinals’ good fortune this year.Thus, on epistemic grounds alone, Palmer seems more likely than Dalton to be the best quarterback. Am I completely comfortable with that assessment? Absolutely not. But success that comes packaged with its own reason is more likely to hold up.So let’s say it’s between Palmer and Brady.Unfortunately for New England, Brady doesn’t miss enough games to have his With or Without You (WOWY) stats measured very well. However, the Patriots franchise has been relatively stable, and Brady did miss a considerable amount of playing time in 2008. If we compare the Patriots offense in that year (led by Matt Cassel) to its offenses in 2007 and 2009, we can see that it was about 0.4 expected points per drive worse off (0.6 points per drive in 2008 vs. 1.0 in surrounding years).Of course, it’s a little bit unfair that Brady gets knocked his whole career because he sat one year and his team didn’t implode. But being a cold-hearted empiricist means valuing evidence for its reliability. This is why I’m confident about the greatness of Randy Moss, Dennis Rodman and Peyton Manning more than others: Not only did each perform well, but they did so in a variety of circumstances.Normally in spots like these, I try to follow the principle that, all else being relatively equal, I should go with the better-known commodity. But “known” in this case is a bit different. We know that Brady’s offenses produce — they have for many years now — but we don’t really know who’s responsible. Thus, it’s close, but my midseason MVP goes to Carson Palmer.6I’ll also give him the “Comeback Player of the Year” award just because it’s obvious — even though he hasn’t led a ton of comebacks.Rookie of the MidyearThis was a really easy pick and required no trickery. Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota had a ridiculous debut on opening day and has been putting up good stats for a QB on such a bad team. I know, Tennessee fans, you’ve been down this road before when you saw Vince Young win the Rookie of the Year award in 2006, only to watch him fade and leave football entirely in just six years. But the gap between Mariota and Young is like the gap between Peyton Manning and Rick Mirer. Mariota has averaged 8.2 yards per pass attempt (adjusted for sacks, touchdowns and interceptions), while Young averaged just 5.2. Young’s accolades were mostly based on his 8-5 record as a starter — making Young yet another example of how things like win-loss record are completely irrelevant for evaluating rookie QBs. Mariota has struggled to find wins (he is 2-4), but that should be perfectly acceptable to Titans fans: You need your rookie QB to produce yards and touchdowns (or possibly interceptions), not wins. Granted, a big chunk of Gostkowski’s outlier-ish value on kickoffs comes from the Patriots’ successful surprise onside kick against Washington, but he also has the third-highest touchback rate and has given up only one return of more than 30 yards (and no touchdowns). Note, a good kicker is more valuable to a team with a great offense, because more field-goal attempts, extra-point attempts and kickoffs mean more opportunities to add value. If Gostkowski’s present form holds up, he may be worth multiple points to the Patriots per game. That would be great for a linebacker (or virtually any non-QB), much less a kicker. Note the “X” made by 2014-15 offense and defense: The decline of Manning has been almost perfectly offset by the arrival of Wade Phillips, defensive coordinator and my DPOM.If this defense is anywhere near as good as it has looked so far, the Broncos could be a legitimate threat, because returns to form for previously good quarterbacks aren’t uncommon. Or, put it this way: If Peyton Manning “regresses” — toward his own mean, that is — the Broncos could be a powerhouse.Special Teams Player of the MidyearLast, but certainly not least, I couldn’t let this occasion pass without recognizing the accomplishments of Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski, who has been perfect so far this season on field-goal and (longer) extra-point attempts, including several long field-goal attempts, and has been the most consistent kicker-offer as well: read more

Chrome OS gets Windows friendly with NTFS support

first_imgGoogle has checked off yet another item on the list of things to do to make Chrome OS more usable by adding support for NTFS file systems in the latest stable update.That’s excellent news if you use your Acer AC700, Samsung Series 5, or Google’s own Cr-48 in tandem with a Windows system. If you got an external hard drive or flash drive (or a whole milk crate full of both) and you formatted them using Windows’ own NTFS, you can now plug them in to access photos, music, and videos on your Chromebook.Many major Linux distributions ship with NTFS support from the get-go, and it was somewhat surprising to see Chrome OS (which is built atop Linux) launch without it. Better late than never, though, right?Several other important changes were pushed as well, including support for the multimedia codecs needed to play back those music and video files. Video decoding performance has also been improved, so hopefully that Atom CPU won’t cause you any further grief if you fire up a clip. The Chrome OS connection manager has been tweaked and now gives users the option of setting preferred networks — handy if your list of SSIDs is getting a little on the lengthy side. The revamped new tab page has also arrived, bringing its app-friendly organizational magic to Chromebooks.Google’s also using the new tab page to push Music and Games apps. They’ll appear by default, though some users (presumably those who live outside the United States) have reported that the pair haven’t appeared on their Chromebooks.  That’s a safe bet, since the Google Music service itself is still U.S. only.More at Googlelast_img read more

Haptic thumbsticks add pull and stretch feedback to game controllers

first_imgIf you don’t count motion control, game controllers have remained quite stagnant in their development in recent years. Sony has stuck with its tried-and-tested DualShock design and seen sense by adding a second thumbstick to the PS Vita, Microsoft tweaked its Xbox controller for the 360, and Nintendo has for the most part stuck with what works, although that 3DS add-on stick (Circle Pad Pro) shows they forgot something when designing the handheld. When it comes to feeding back information to the player, we still rely on a vibration unit inside the controller. It can “beat” in many different ways, but is quite limited if you want to give a very specific response to what’s happening in any given game.A team of engineers at the University of Utah think they can do better, and have developed a new tactile feedback thumbpad of sorts. If used as part of a game controller, it will supplement vibration feedback by stretching the user’s skin on their thumb tips in very specific ways. The thumbpads actually take the form of nubs that are not dissimilar to the red TrackPoint found on Thinkpad laptops. The difference here is the nubs can move on their own, stretching the skin on the thumb that wrests on each one. In so doing, different stretches and pulls can be used to signify feedback. So far, the team have developed 5 types of feedback including bouncing, pulsing, waves, circular motion, and crawling (sensation like dragging your thumb across a surface).The nubs are capable of feeding back the sensation of hitting something (collision feedback), being hit (being shot or punched), crawling along the floor, floating on water, as well as giving directional information too. For example, if you are hit from the right, the right nub will give your thumb a push to inform you where the shot came from.The good news is, because the nubs are so small they can be mounted on to existing controller designs. So the thumbsticks on a DualShock controller could have these nubs added without changing their functionality, and hopefully remaining comfortable for the user to interact with.Microsoft has already been approached and shown the technology, and they want to know more. Tests have also been carried out during this year’s Haptics Symposium, and gamers’ feedback showed the nubs worked even if thumbs are angled on the thumbsticks.The haptic technology will be on show at GDC this week, and is sure to get some interest from hardware manufacturers. Incorporating the tech into controllers is expected to add around $15 to their price. Considering the potential for additional feedback, that may be a price console manufacturers are willing to split with consumers.Read more at Utah University News Center, via BBC Newslast_img read more

Facing Fate Vol 1 Collects Tenth Doctor Comics

first_imgStay on target It’s the start of a new year for the Doctor and companions Gabby Gonzalez and Cindy Wu. But not everything is as it seems in Titan Comics’ “Facing Fate Vol. 1.”The book collects “Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year Three” issues one through four in a 122-page tome full of thrilling adventures.Life has become very strange for Team TARDIS. Everything about their worlds is wrong: The Doctor is homeless, Gabby is greying, and Cindy can’t find her dog—or a deeper connection with partner Cleo.Reunited with “pet” Noobis (Sutekh’s godlike alien son, Anubis), Cindy manages to break free of her wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey constraints long enough to help save her friends.Having reconvened at Tyranny’s department store, the trio must focus on the loop—the telepathic connection between them.“Breakfast at Tyranny’s” (via Titan Comics)“They play on your desires and fears, try to give you things they think you want. They distract you as they drain you,” Gabby explains of their strange and otherworldly captors.“They tried to give me the perfect life,” Cindy sympathizes.With a little teamwork—and a lot of despair—the group manages to escape the clutches of the wraith hounds. Well… almost.The “predatory organism,” disguised as a red TARDIS, snatches Cindy and drags her into the Time Vortex, leaving the Doctor, Gabby, and Noobis to follow in its wake.The three newcomers touch down in a strange land, exotic and uncharted—i.e. Ancient China. Their story, told through clever narration between a father and son, leads to their kidnapped companion and a giant fortress.When Gabby ventures inside, she doesn’t find her friend Cindy: She finds 500 clones, all clamoring to probe the “funny-looking” outsider.“Sharper Than a Serpent’s Tooth” (via Titan Comics)A modern (er, ancient?) take on classic Autons—robots that resemble plastic mannequins, animated as soldiers by the Nestene Consciousness—these copies are the product of a Nestene-like entity “trying to learn how to manipulate matter at an even more complex level than plastic,” the Doctor muses.That entity is the Red Jade General, who took Cindy “because I was intrigued” by her ability to resist his psychic influence.“I wanted to understand her qualities—as an individual. To know what makes her special,” he said.With the help of the 500 clones, Gabby finds the real Cindy, and the Doctor snaps his fingers to save the day.Written by Nick Abadzis, with illustrations by Giorgia Sposito and Valeria Favoccia, “Facing Fate” is available now for $22.99 from Titan Comics.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster last_img read more

Hulk Hogan says he never talked to McMahon about firing

first_img Video: Triple H speaks about the condition of Cole and Gargano following TakeOver: Toronto Wrestling Fans Mourn The Loss Of WWE Legend Mean Gene Okerlund Now Playing Up Next Twitter Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated is featuring an interview with Hulk Hogan talking about the backlash of his racial comments and his firing from WWE. Hogan revealed that he never actually spoke to Vince McMahon and had all interactions with Triple H.“I never talked to Vince. The only person I talked to was Triple H. I called him and told him there was some old news coming out from when TMZ first reported the tape and there were some racial slurs on it. Triple H said, ‘OK, thanks for calling. Let me talk to Vince.’ He called me back a half hour later and he goes, ‘I’ve got some news and it isn’t good. Vince said that you need to resign.’ I never heard from Vince or talked to Vince. In the middle of the night, they just fired me. They had to do what was best for business. Triple H was telling me the USA Network was reacting very badly, and they had to make a quick decision, and that was to put me out to pasture. They were under heavy fire and they were scrambling.”Sports Illustrated: Hulk Hogan refuses to be counted out after latest controversyRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipIs WWE Losing Its Audience?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:29/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles WhatsApp Google+ Now Playing Up Next WWE And WrestleMania 34 Bring New Orleans A Big Payday Pinterest Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Dustin Rhodes on AEW against NXT: “I don’t consider us going to war with anybody” WWE celebrates Smackdown’s 20th anniversary on the first episode on FOX on October 4 Facebook Now Playing Up Next Triple H Vince Mcmahon Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Videos Articleslast_img read more

South Central Service NHS Trust launches new cycle scheme for 3300 employees

first_imgAmbulance organisation South Central Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) has launched a new  bikes-for-work scheme to boost the health and wellbeing of 3,300 employees serving the counties of Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Hampshire.The new scheme, provided by Green Commute Initiative (GCI) and launched on 2 July 2019, is available to staff across the organisation’s 45 operating sites, which include 43 ambulance stations.For its new scheme, SCAS has chosen not to take advantage of changes to the Department for Transport (DFT) guidance, announced in June 2019, which lifted the £1,000 cap on bikes-for-work schemes. However, the benefit will involve no exit fees and will provide employees with the opportunity to vary the period over which they pay for the bikes via salary sacrifice, from 12 months to 18 months.GCI’s commission rates of 7.5%, compared to an industry average of 12.5%, mean that employees will be empowered to go to local and independent vendors.The introduction of the scheme was announced at an internal event and via a digital flyer. To continue the communications campaign and to maintain interest and engagement, SCAS plans to host various future events at each of its different locations.Linda Jones, health and wellbeing champion at SCAS, said: “As a not-for-profit organisation, Green Commute Initiative is aligned to our corporate values and offers flexible options for our staff.”last_img read more

Tribal Fish Commission Seeks Management Role

first_imgThe Kuskokwim River Inter Tribal Fisheries Commission met for the first time in Bethel. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.The path to unified management of Kuskokwim salmon stocks is uncharted, but along the way, the newly established Kuskokwim River Inter Tribal Fisheries Commission wants involvement at each step. That begins with tribal consultation in preparations for another summer of sacrifice. The commission’s inaugural meeting concluded Wednesday in Bethel.Another weak run of king salmon is expected this summer after several years of decline. State and federal managers are planning a slate of restrictions on par with last years, which brought in the smallest king salmon harvest on record.Delegate Arthur Lake of Kwigillingok wants tribes to be parts of the decisions.“Management, not advisory. It’s our hope that state and federal managers and regulators embrace that,” said Lake.The river will again be splintered between federal control below Aniak and state management above the community at the border of the Yukon Delta Refuge. What’s called a demonstration project for co-management is slated for next summer in the form of a federal committee with tribal and rural input on fish management, but this summer, the commission is pushing for tribal consultation on a level never seen before.Commission Vice Chair, Nick Kameroff, of Aniak will be one of three chosen to meet at least weekly to consult with managers.“Everybody hopes they’re received well. Of course we’re not going to have everyone happy, but I’m looking for the future of the resources, rather than my needs right now,” said Kameroff.The needs are real for Phillip Peter of Akaichak looking at another tough year of closures.“You mention 60 days, it’s really hard to swallow 30 days or 20 days or 10 days. It’s really hard to swallow,” said Peter.A wide ranging discussion revealed a vast spectrum of ideas on what conservation means. Some delegates suggested using eight-inch mesh gear, which is designed to catch large king salmon or going back to the traditional wide open fishing schedule. Others pushed for a much more conservative approach.Though not a delegate, Bethel’s Mary Sattler said the commission has a big opportunity and responsibility for the future of the at-risk king salmon.“Our fishermen are so good at fishing, they’ll catch them all if that’s what the tribal fish commission wants them to do. The only way we can conserve this king run is if we say conservations starts with me, conservations starts with family, conservation started with my village,” said Sattler.Jonathan Samuelson captured the commissions’ challenge in bringing together voices from the river. He represented Georgetown, but was raised downriver and upriver.“We need to be mindful that we come from different worlds along the same river and be open minded and understand that people are going to have different options and different views. But that’s doesn’t mean we can’t come out of it with a untied voice,” said Samuelson.The million dollar question is what federal and state managers do with a more vocal and organized tribal presence in another critical year.Geoff Haskett is in charge of the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska.“This commission is going to have way more ability to influence decisions and discussions. We’ve been working on this for the latest month and a half, working with the state, trying to get as many comments as we possibly can. We’re not going to get everything right. But I need to let you know our intent is to utilize this commission to act upon the things we talk both and have more discussions. We’re trying,” said Haskett.Closures on the lower Kuskokwim will go into effect beginning May 21st.last_img read more