Girls and gaming: we speak to a female games design teacher who gives us her opinion on the industry

first_imgMe: Can you tell me a bit about the STEM programme you’re getting involved with? Shoubna: We don’t get many girls on the game design course but when we do get them, they really excel, but there are relatively few women working in the gaming industry. Because I’m a female teacher on the course I’d like to encourage girls to follow that path, particularly because the ratio of women to men gamers is about 49 to 51 – so roughly half and half. It makes sense that more females should go into the profession. Me: And how did you go from a gamer to someone who’s organising game design courses? Shoubna: I did a degree in media and communication and we covered some game design –from a societal perspective – which grew my interest. I actually came to the college to be a media teacher but found myself teaching games and eventually took over the role of course organiser. At the launch of the innovation hub at City College Coventry last month, I met teacher Shoubna Naika-Patel. She’s the organiser of the college’s game design course, where students cover all aspects of the industry from designing characters and scenery to narrative structure to marketing. Shoubna is also a STEM Ambassador for the college. This new programme hopes to encourage female students to pursue career paths in science, technology, engineering and maths, a subject close to our hearts. Last week I spoke to her about her course, the changing role of women in gaming and why girls excel on her course. Me: You mentioned to me that you have about 25 per cent girls in your second year and about 15 per cent in first year. Why do you think fewer women come out of school and into courses like this? Shoubna: I think that when students pick their GCSEs they either go into IT or pick an art-related subject. When students aren’t being taught IT at GCSE, they think “well, I can’t go and do an IT course at college, because they don’t have that background.” In addition, I don’t think people are aware of how much women are involved in the games industry, so the perception is that it’s a male hobby and a male industry. Me: What kind of male to female split would you like to see on your course? Shoubna: I’d ideally like to see a 50:50 split but obviously that’s going to take time. I think the key is getting schools involved, going in to talk to them, and encouraging girls to consider it. Me: Are there any female role models in the industry? Shoubna: There are women, but they tend to be hidden. Sometimes they might be at executive level, or they could be designers or modellers. It would be good to see their names out there so girls can recognise them. Me: Is there a difference between the types of games that girls and boys come up with on the course? Shoubna: The girls’ games tend to be quite narrative-driven. They often think outside the box so we see stories that are new to the industry. Last year I had a student who developed a story where you play as a girl who’s about to be forced into marriage and the whole gameplay element is about her sneaking around, avoiding her family and her future in laws. Themes that can be quite hard-hitting but which are very real for some people. Me: And finally, why do you think that when you do get girls, that they excel? Shoubna: I think they’re driven to do well. It might be that they want to prove a point; to say “yes I’m female but I can do this.” Do you teach any female gamers? Have any of your former female students gone into the games industry? We’d love to hear your feedback. Let us know in the comments below, or via our Twitter or Facebook page. • Subscribe to our newsletter for more updates • Discover more at our UK education homepagelast_img read more

We’ll give our best against England: Pak coach

first_imgPakistan cricket coach Waqar Younis on Wednesday said that despite the match fixing scandal his team was focussed on performing well during the rest of the ongoing England tour.Speaking ahead of the practice game on Thursday, Younis admitted that it will be a challenge to overcome the current controversy.”I will try to gear the team up again and make sure that we deliver the best we can in the next few games. It is a big challenge and I’ll try to make the best of it,” Younis said.The match fixing controversy began during the last Test of the five-match series in England. The visitors are now scheduled to play two Twenty-20 and five One-day series against the hosts. The first match is scheduled on September 5.Test team captain Salman Butt along with pacers Mohammed Amir and Mohammed Asif are facing questioning by the Pakistan Cricket Board over the spot fixing allegations.last_img read more

Alyssa proud to see Kiefer thrive in PBA

first_imgMRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ .@ThirdyRavenaaa and @AlyssaValdez2 came here at the Philippine Arena to support @kieferravena this Christmas Day. #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/6yFn8YPErB— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) December 25, 2017 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Alyssa Valdez couldn’t be more proud her boyfriend Kiefer Ravena, who is off to a torrid start in his PBA career.Valdez, the volleyball superstar, shared that she’s happy to see Ravena thrive in this new endeavor.ADVERTISEMENT Ravena relieved to just play vs Pringle with Romeo still out for GlobalPort “We’re all proud of Kiefer,” she said after Ravena led the Road Warriors to a 115-104 win over the GlobalPort Batang Pier on Monday.“I’m excited for him because I know that he’s waited to play in the PBA for so long, so we’re just really happy. He’s really working hard to be consistent on his performance in the PBA and Kief is very focused on what he wants to accomplish,” Valdez said. “He did so well and I’m excited on what he still can show in the coming games and in his PBA career. We’re just gonna be here to support him in his dream here in the PBA.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ It also helps that the two can draw inspiration from one another, with both of them entering new chapters in their respective careers.Valdez has taken her talents overseas, playing for Attack Line in the Taiwan Volleyball League.“As of now, we’re really focusing on both of our careers. Kiefer is really doing a good job, and I hope I do the same in the countries that I might go to,” she said.And so far, the two have had nothing but good things coming their way.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay View comments LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ravena is averaging 19.0 points, 8.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.0 steals in his two games for the Road Warriors, while Valdez has made her Taiwanese club competitive before preparing to take her act back home next year with Creamline in the Premier Volleyball League.“We’re just really happy for each other. We hope that the blessings continue to flow. The challenges will always be there and I hope we overcome those together,” she said. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Malditas save PH from shutout After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breadslast_img read more

Copa del Rey: Real Madrid knocked out from quarter-finals by Leganes

first_imgReal Madrid got knocked out of the Copa del Rey after slumping to a 2-1 home defeat in the quarter-finals against Leganes on Wednesday.Madrid held a 1-0 advantage form the first leg but the already-troubled Los Blancos hit a new low after they lost to Leganes, who are lying 13th in La Liga, on away goals.Real went into the match without the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale and that showed in their lack of finish.Leganes started brightly and Claudio Beauvue sent a free kick against the post in the opening exchanges.The visitors were deservedly level on aggregate after half an hour as a mishap between Achraf Hakimi and Nacho allowed Javier Eraso the space to produce a stunning finish from outside the box.Beauvue sent a volley into the side netting on the stroke of halftime as a shell-shocked Real were jeered off the pitch at the break.That appeared to bring about a reaction from the home side and Karim Benzema produced a neat finish from an acute angle immediately after the restart to put Zinedine Zidane’s men ahead on aggregate.Leganes centre-back Dimitris Siovas missed a gilt-edged chance as he headed back across the six-yard box with the goal gaping, but moments later Gabriel Pires made no mistake as he thumped home a header to put Leganes through on away goals.They joined Valencia, who defeated last season’s finalists Alaves on penalties earlier on Wednesday, and Sevilla, who knocked out Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, in the draw for the last four.advertisementLeague leaders Barcelona host Espanyol on Thursday, trailing 1-0 from the first leg in the last quarter-final.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

World Cup 2018 draw: Teams discover fate in Russia

first_imgWorld Cup World Cup 2018 draw: Spain vs Portugal and England vs Belgium in group stages Goal Last updated 1 year ago 00:00 12/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(23) WORLD CUP 2018 DRAW: AS IT HAPPENED World Cup Russia Brazil Germany Argentina Belgium Portugal Poland France Spain Peru Switzerland England Colombia Mexico Uruguay Croatia Denmark Iceland Costa Rica Sweden Tunisia Egypt Senegal Iran Serbia Nigeria Australia Japan Morocco Panama South Korea Saudi Arabia The finalists have learned their fate ahead of next year’s tournament and there are some interesting games to look forward to Germany will begin their World Cup defence against Mexico after Friday’s draw in Moscow threw together Spain and Portugal in the pick of the group-stage matches at Russia 2018.Joachim Low’s men triumphed on Russian soil in the Confederations Cup earlier this year and start at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on June 17 versus a side they ran out 4-1 winners over in the semi-finals of that tournament.Mexico’s tough assignment comes three days on from the hosts kicking off proceedings in a seemingly favourable opener against Saudi Arabia. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Sweden, who ensured Italy would miss the finals for the first time since 1958, and South Korea join Germany and Mexico in Group F.Spain and Portugal will play out an Iberian derby in Sochi, a fittingly temperate setting on the Black Sea coast, and the winner will be a heavy favourite to top Group B. Iran and Morocco make up the section.Russia performed poorly at both Euro 2016 and the Confederations Cup but might fancy their chances of pipping the Saudis and Egypt in Group A, where Uruguay will start as favourites. Group A Group B Russia Portugal Saudi Arabia Spain Egypt Morocco Uruguay Iran Group C Group D France Argentina Australia Iceland Peru Croatia Denmark Nigeria Group E Group F Brazil Germany Switzerland Mexico Costa Rica Sweden Serbia South Korea Group G Group H Belgium Poland Panama Senegal Tunisia Colombia England Japan  Five-time champions Brazil being against Switzerland in Rostov and further pairings with Costa Rica and Serbia mean head coach Tite can be pleased with the draw overall.Great rivals Argentina have a more complicated task alongside Euro 2016 surprise package and tournament debutants Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria in Group D. It is the fifth time in Nigeria’s six World Cup appearances that they have drawn two-time champions Argentina.An array of Premier League stars will be in action on the final matchday in Group G, when England take on Belgium – featuring Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and company – in Kaliningrad.Tunisia and debutants Panama’s presence means that match will be expected to double up as a winner-takes-all showdown for top spot.Peru and Denmark’s reward for coming through play-off clashes last month are places in Group C alongside France – benefitting from a stellar generation headed by Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe – and Australia.Poland are the top seeds in Group H, where Colombia represent tough matchday two opposition. Those nations begin against Senegal and Japan respectively.last_img read more

Yuna Kim Help UNICEF Help The Children Of Syria

first_imgSince Kim joined UNICEF she has been a champion for children’s rights. Her activities include recording a television appeal after the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010.She also recorded a public service announcement reminding the world to live up to its promise to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.Kim has donated her prize money from the World Figure Skating Championships to children affected by the Japanese earthquake in 2011 and after her recent victory in the World Figure Skating Championship she donated her winnings to UNICEF for children with disabilities. The crisis in Syria, now in its third year, has affected 3.1 million children inside Syria whilst the number of children who have fled to neighboring countries as refugees is nearing 730,000. 
 
UNICEF is delivering food, water, medical supplies, education, child protection – including psychological and counselling services – and vaccines to Syrians in need. More than 2,900 schools in Syria have been damaged by violence.
 
Despite generous contributions so far, without additional urgent funding, UNICEF and partners will face enormous challenges to assist children and families in the coming months. UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and Olympic Gold Medallist and world champion figure skater Yuna Kim today made a heartfelt appeal for support for the children of conflict-torn Syria.
Video: UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and champion figure skater Yuna Kim appeals for the children of Syria
In a 30-second video message Kim, a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF since 2010, calls on viewers to, “Help UNICEF help the children of Syria.” 
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CanadaEU trade enters new era of openness as CETA comes into force

first_imgOTTAWA – Canadian companies have much greater access to one of the world’s largest markets starting Thursday, as a major trade deal between Canada and the European Union enters into force.Known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA, the deal clears barriers to trade for Canada’s largest trading partner after the United States.As of Thursday, over 98 per cent of Canadian goods will be able to enter the EU without tariffs, compared with only 25 per cent a day earlier, which the federal government says will improve export opportunities for a range of Canadian producers, processors and manufacturers.Todd Evans, a principal at Export Development Canada Economics, said the agreement gives Canadian companies access to a $20 trillion market at a time when there is a lot of doubt on where trade relations with the United States are headed.“It’s very, very important for Canadian companies, especially nowadays when a lot of companies are really thinking of diversifying their export business given the uncertainty they’re seeing south of the border.”The deal not only clears the way for goods, which Canada exported $42 billion worth of last year, but also codifies access to services, which Canadian companies sold an additional $18 billion worth in 2016, said Evans.“A lot of people, when they talk about trade, they tend to focus on just the merchandise goods trade. That’s still the bulk of our trade but services are growing quickly.”The deal will also mean Canadian companies can bid for work at all levels of the EU government procurement market, which the federal government says is worth an estimated $3.3 trillion annually.The agreement is a two-way street though, with EU companies also gaining access and creating more competition in the Canadian market.The federal government has been making investments to help prepare companies, including $350 million in funding announced last year to help the dairy sector get ready for the increased competition.Overall, the trade agreement could increase bilateral trade by 20 per cent annually and boost Canada’s income by $12 billion annually, according to a joint Canada-EU study.The study suggested the economic benefit of the agreement would be equivalent to creating almost 80,000 new jobs or increasing the average Canadian household’s annual income by $1,000.The first round of negotiations was held in Ottawa in October 2009 and an agreement in principle was announced four years later. After fine-tuning some contentious clauses, a final legal text was released in February 2016.Adoption of the deal in Europe was nearly scuttled by Wallonia, a Belgian region of 3.6 million people. A final round of negotiation saved the agreement from a Wallonia veto that would have ended seven tough years of talks.The deal entered into force provisionally on Thursday but it still has to be endorsed by the 28 European Union member countries as well as national and regional parliaments.On Thursday, the EU’s ambassador to Canada expressed confidence all 28 member states would ratify the accord once they begin to see its benefits.“Without a doubt, all the members will ratify the accord,” Peteris Ustubs said at an event in Montreal. “It may take time, but I’m sure we’ll get there.”last_img read more

Business Highlights

___CBS, Viacom to reunite as media giants bulk up for streamingNEW YORK (AP) — The newly combined ViacomCBS will invest in more movies and TV shows and try to sell more advertising as it seeks to become a bigger player in the growing business of streaming video. Yet the bigger company still might not be big enough to be competitive, as larger rival Disney launches its own service in November and streaming pioneer Netflix spends even more on original shows and movies. CBS and Viacom announced reunion plans Tuesday.___Facing pressure, Trump delays tariffs on some Chinese goodsWASHINGTON (AP) — Responding to pressure from businesses and growing fears that a trade war is threatening the U.S. economy, the Trump administration is delaying most of the import taxes it planned to impose on Chinese goods and dropping others altogether. The announcement was greeted with relief on Wall Street and by retailers who have grown fearful that the new tariffs would wreck holiday sales.___China’s Xi gets tougher on Trump after new tariff threatBEIJING (AP) — Facing another U.S. tariff hike, Chinese President Xi Jinping is getting tougher with Washington instead of backing down. Both sides have incentives to settle a trade war that is battering exporters on either side of the Pacific and threatening to tip the global economy into recession. But Xi’s government is lashing out and might be settling in for prolonged wrangling in response to what it deems American bullying and attempts to handicap China’s economic development.___Stocks rebound on US plan to delay some China tariffsNEW YORK (AP) — Stocks notched solid gains Tuesday after the U.S. said it would hold off on tariffs of Chinese imports of mobile phones, toys and several other items typically on holiday shopping lists. The latest turn in the trade war helped the stock market erase much of the losses from the previous two days. Technology sector stocks, which have been among the biggest losers during heavy selling days this month, led the broad market rebound. Health care companies, retailers and banks also notched gains.___Hong Kong’s business reputation takes hit with airport chaosHONG KONG (AP) — Protests at Hong Kong’s airport have caused a second day of travel mayhem at one of the world’s busiest air-transport hubs, further threatening the city’s reputation as a stable place for doing business. Travelers trying to catch their flights were met Tuesday with an announcement that check-in was suspended from late afternoon because terminal operations were “seriously disrupted.” That caused at least 120 flights to be cancelled.___Trump claims credit for Shell plant announced under ObamaMONACA, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump is taking credit for the construction of a major manufacturing facility in western Pennsylvania as an example of his accomplishments in office. Trump visited Shell’s soon-to-be completed Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex, which will turn the area’s vast natural gas deposits into plastics. Although Trump is claiming credit for the facility, Shell announced its plans to build the complex in 2012, when President Barack Obama was in office.___‘Taco Tuesday’ tiff heats up in fast-food chain’s hometownCHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A trademark tiff over use of the term “Taco Tuesday” is stirring a debate in Wyoming. Cheyenne-based fast-food chain Taco John’s trademarked the term 30 years ago and isn’t shy about sending cease-and-desist letters to offenders. A recent letter went to a brewery just five blocks from Taco John’s national headquarters. Freedom’s Edge Brewery posted it on Facebook, and the comments poured in. Some rallied to the chain’s defence, while others said it’s time for Taco John’s to lighten up.___Pew survey: 60% in US hold dim view of China amid trade warWASHINGTON (AP) — Rising tensions over trade have dimmed Americans’ opinions of China. A Pew Research Center survey finds that 60% have an unfavourable view of China — up from 47% last year to the highest proportion since Pew started asking the question 14 years ago. The survey results find that 24% regard China as America’s top threat for the future, the same percentage that said so of Russia.___Airline ends trans-Atlantic routes due to 737 Max groundingNEW YORK (AP) — Norwegian Air says it’s ending trans-Atlantic service between Ireland and three U.S. and Canadian airports because the grounding of Boeing 737 Max aircraft has made the routes “no longer commercially viable.” The carrier announced Tuesday its last flights to Ireland from Stewart Airport in New York’s Hudson Valley and T.F. Green Airport in Providence, Rhode Island, would be on Sept. 14. Its last flight to Ireland from Hamilton, Ontario, will depart on Sept. 13.___Farmers turn to tech as key river in US West faces distressGREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Agriculture uses most of the crucial Colorado River in the U.S., and researchers are trying to find ways technology can help farmers use less water amid threats from climate change and a growing population. They’re experimenting with drones, specialized cameras, soil monitors and cellphone apps to make it easier to use less water from the river that serves Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.___The S&P 500 rose 42.57 points, or 1.5%, to 2,926.32. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 372.54 points, or 1.4%, to 26,279.91. The Nasdaq composite jumped 152.95 points, or 1.9%, to 8,016.36. The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks rose 16.30 points, or 1.1%, to 1,510.58.The Associated Press read more

Canadian dollar at fiveyearlow traders opt for safety amid economic concerns

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 14, 2014 6:52 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian dollar at five-year-low, traders opt for safety amid economic concerns TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed at its lowest level since mid-July 2009 on Tuesday as traders avoided risky assets, including commodity based currencies such as the loonie, and opted for safety by buying into the American dollar.The loonie tumbled 0.7 of a cent to 88.45 cents US.Market volatility was reflected in the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury, which fell to 2.2 per cent late Tuesday from 2.3 per cent on Friday.“Markets have dramatically shifted course over the last week, driving volatility substantially higher, on the back of a deceleration in the outlook for global growth and inflationary pressure,” said Camilla Sutton, chief FX strategist and managing director at Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets.Financial markets have been buffeted by worries about deteriorating economic strength practically everywhere except the United States.Last week, disappointing German data detailing big declines in exports, factory orders and production, raised worries that Europe’s economic powerhouse could fall back into recession.There was further negative data Tuesday as the German government slashed its growth forecast for this year and next, deepening worries that Germany could slip into recession. The German Economy Ministry has cut this year’s growth figure to 1.2 per cent from 1.8 per cent earlier this year and next year’s to 1.3 per cent from two per cent.Concerns about the global economy were also elevated after the International Monetary Fund downgraded its economic forecast.At the same time, the Canadian dollar has been under pressure from oil prices, which have fallen to mid-2012 lows.Oil prices continued to decline Tuesday, with the November contract in New York down $3.90 to US$81.84 a barrel, its lowest level since mid-June 2012, after the International Energy Agency slashed its oil-demand growth forecast for this year by more than a fifth because of weakening growth.December copper was up five cents to US$3.09 a pound while December gold bullion gained $4.30 to US$1,234.30 an ounce.Chinese growth has also been a worry as traders failed to find reassurance from the country’s top economic planner that major water conservancy projects and other infrastructure investment will help ensure China meets its economic growth target of 7.5 per cent for the year. Last week, the IMF said it expected the world’s second-biggest economy to grow by 7.4 per cent this year. read more

UN migration agency delivers hygiene kits to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

“These kits ensure that Rohingya families – particularly women and children – can at least meet their personal care and hygiene needs as they face the harsh reality of life in the makeshift settlements,” Sarat Dash, International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) Bangladesh Chief of Mission said on Tuesday. The kits, which also include hygienic cloths, menstrual hygiene products, undergarments, and other small personal items, are funded by the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). To date, IOM has distributed 6,626 hygiene kits to the most vulnerable families, reaching an estimated 33,130 people among those that have arrived in Bangladesh after fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Northern Rakhine state. The kits are part of a $5 million CERF contribution to fund IOM shelter, health, water, sanitation and hygiene operations in Cox’s Bazar. “CERF funding has been critical to saving lives in this humanitarian crisis. It has allowed us to scale up and respond to the escalating needs of Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar in a very short timeframe,” Mr. Dash stressed. An estimated 603,000 refugees have arrived in the Cox’s Bazar district of southern Bangladesh since August – joining some 200,000 others already sheltering in the settlements. Most of the new arrivals come with nothing but the clothes on their back, often having walked for days without food or water. Many have experienced devastating physical and emotional trauma. Committing to helpOn Monday, IOM, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) organized a pledging conference in Geneva co-hosted by the European Union and the Government of Kuwait. There, 35 international donors pledged $345 million to ramp up, over the next six months, critical humanitarian assistance for the refugees and host communities in Bangladesh. The pledges, which include money already committed, cover nearly 80 per cent of the $434 million appealed for in the UN Joint Response Plan – aimed to meet the basic needs of 1.2 million newly arrived and existing refugees and their Bangladeshi hosts in Cox’s Bazar through February 2018. “Without these vital funds, humanitarian agencies will not be able to continue to provide protection and life-saving aid to one of the most vulnerable groups in the world,” said IOM Director General William Lacy Swing, after the pledging conference. “We welcome these pledges, but I hope that the end of this conference does not mean the end of new funding commitments. We have not reached our target and each percentage point we are under means thousands are left without food, healthcare and shelter,” he added. IOM is appealing for $120 million to meet the needs of the most vulnerable Rohingya and the Bangladeshi communities hosting them over the next six months. read more

Pippa Middleton reveals birth of first child on same day as Duke

“I’ve been a tennis fan since childhood, as player and spectator, and have been keen to continue playing safely throughout pregnancy,” she wrote in her column. “Take Serena Williams – she famously proved that women can play a high level of tennis from two months (when she won the 2017 Australian Open) up to eight months.” On Monday, the couple were spotted arriving with packed bags at the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital Paddington, the private maternity ward where Kate gave birth to her three children.An onlooker said hedge fund manager James went home briefly on Monday night to walk the couple’s dogs before returning to the hospital.Shortly after the happy news was revealed, Kensington Palace said in a short statement: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are thrilled for Pippa and James.”Pippa, 35, didn’t confirm she was expecting until June, when she opened up about her first trimester. “I was lucky to pass the 12-week scan without suffering from morning sickness,” she wrote in her Waitrose fitness column. “That meant I was able to carry on as normal.” The fitness columnist married James Matthews at St Mark’s Church in Bucklebury in May 2017 following a one-year engagement. Pippa – who is known for her love of sport – also revealed she had refused to give up one of her favourite sporting hobbies during her pregnancy – tennis. Pippa Middleton and her husband James Matthews welcomed their first child together – within hours of Harry and Meghan announcing their pregnancy news.A spokesman confirmed mother and baby were doing well after the child’s arrival at 1.58pm on Monday, weighing 8lb 9oz.“James and Pippa have had a baby boy,” said the spokesman. “Everyone is delighted.”Pippa’s pregnancy was revealed in April, around the same time that her sister, the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to her third child, Prince Louis.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The 35-year-old appeared heavily pregnant at Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank on Friday, wearing an emerald green dress and black high heels. Pippa wears high heels to Princess Eugenie's wedding despite being three days from giving birth. With husband James Matthews (left) and brother James Middleton (right) Pippa wears high heels to Princess Eugenie’s wedding despite being three days from giving birth. With husband James Matthews (left) and brother James Middleton (right)Credit:Getty/Getty Pippa with her brother James Middleton in the Royal Box at Wimbledon in July 2018Credit:Heathcliff O’Malley/TMG Pippa with her brother James Middleton in the Royal Box at Wimbledon in July 2018 The birth of Pippa’s child comes weeks after her brother-in-law Spencer Matthews and Vogue Williams had their first child – Theodore. read more

Sergei Gorbok in Rhein Neckar Lowen again

HarbokRhein Neckar LowenSergei Gorbok The best Russian player, Sergei Gorbok (30) decided to wear Rhein Neckar Lowen T-shirt again after bankrupt of his previous team, Chekhovskie Medvedi! As Handball-Planet.com found out, fantastic left back is back to the team for which he played from 2007 to 2010. Gorbok had also offers from ambitious Macedonian teams – RK Vardar and RK Metalurg, but challenge of DKB Bundesliga was stronger.Before his first three years in Germany, Gorbok has played for Slovenian TOP team RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko from 2005 to 2007, which was his first international challenge since he left Ukraine – Zaporozye… ← Previous Story Joakim Larsson to VfL Gummersbach Next Story → Shelmenko to replace Onufrienko in Dinamo Minsk!

The new Firefox Australis theme is here

first_imgIf you’ve been tracking Firefox developments, you know that a makeover has been in the works for quite some time now. Mozilla’s goal is to deliver a consistent look and feel across all the platforms that Firefox runs on, from Android and Linux to OS X and Windows 8 Metro. Now at long last, there’s a bleeding-edge build of Firefox that sports the new Australis UI.Instead of sticking with rounded rectangles for tabs as Opera 12 does, Firefox is moving to a more Chrome-like tab with sweeping curves on each side. Unlike Chrome, inactive tabs in the Australis theme barely look like tabs at all. They’re simply flat, delineated page titles and favicons. Hover over one with your mouse, and a translucent tab background appears (this happens under the new tab button, too).App tabs at the left edge of the browser wind up looking almost totally circular since they’re built around the square dimensions of a favicon. The big menu button behaves as it always has so far, sliding up and widening the title bar when you’re not using a maximized window and sneaking in to the left of your app tabs when you are. The Awesome Bar and search bar are still separate, the new download drop-down menu still appears when a file transfer completes, and the in-tab preferences page has yet to be turned on by default — though it will be in the very near future.Those of you who want to see how Firefox looks with Australis will need a Windows machine to test it on because Mozilla’s Jared Wein has only implemented the theme on his special Windows compile so far. The switch is set to happen soon, however, and you’ll be able to try it out on other platforms once it hits the Nightly release.More at Jared Wein’s bloglast_img read more

Greek singer Demis Roussos dies age 68

first_imgDemis Roussos was born in Alexandria on June 15, 1946. His death was announced in a brief statement by Ygeia Hospital, where he was being treated with an undisclosed illness. His funeral is to take place on Friday at the First Cemetery of Athens, following a public liturgy.The Egyptian-born pop star sold about 60 million records worldwide. The boy who relocated in Greece at age 15 in 1961 in the middle of the Suez Canal crisis, met with stardom in the ’70s after founding the band Aphrodite’s Child, with fellow Greek composer Vangelis Papathanasiou.During his eventful years of fame, he was even briefly held hostage by Lebanese militants in 1985 when he was aboard a hijacked plane in Greece. The hijackers threw a party when they realised he was on board. His career took off when he went solo, though, while his hits Forever And Ever, Mr Reason, Goodbye My Love, Goodbye and Quand je t’aime, sold millions of copies. The musician, known as the Kaftan King, he was also famous for his iconic kimono style dresses, apart from his extremely high-pitched singing abilities and folklore Greek-inspired melodies. “He had a superb voice, he traveled in the world … he loved what he was doing,” Nana Mouskouri told French radio RTL.“He was an artist, a friend. I hope he is in a better world.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

The contribution of the Greek – Cretan Legion with our Anzacs in

first_imgThe recognition of Gallipoli as a place of holy pilgrimage for the Australians and its economic and political exploitation by the Turkish government tends to obscure the contribution of Greece and especially that of the ‘Cretan Legion’. Today’s Australians are not aware of this contribution by Greece and we need to inform them.In 1915, 8,709 Australians were butchered by the Turks and the Germans. But next to them fought 900 Greek volunteers who were part of the ‘Greek-Cretan Legion’, under the leadership of the Cretan Pavlos Gyparis from Asi Gonia of the Apokoronas, Hanion district, and some of them died there. Pavlos Gyparis was a veteran of many battles and had been wounded in the Macedonian Struggle (1904-1908) and during the Balkan Wars (1912-1913) and was one of the most experienced fighters of the guerrilla struggle in Greece during that period. Immediately the enlistment of volunteers commenced in Athens. Gyparis was sent to Crete to enlist volunteers from there. He went to Chania, Rethymnon and Heraklion and by the end of February he had enlisted about 300 volunteers; they boarded a ship and on the next day they arrived in Piraeus, where Gyparis had gathered from various parts of Greece about 600 men who were ready to leave for Gallipoli.In the meanwhile the campaign at Gallipoli had started and the Allies were facing strong resistance.Venizelos had toured the area of the Dardanelles and had visited the islands of Limnos and Tenedos. There he had met the admirals of Britain and during their discussions the admirals told Venizelos that their forces that had landed there were experiencing continuous night-time raids by non-regular Turks who were causing serious turmoil within their army because they could not chase them, as the Turks were disappearing soon after their attacks.Venizelos told the admirals about Pavlos Gyparis, who had significant experience in non-regular combat, and that he was the only one who could fight the non-regular bands of Turks. Towards the end of June 1915 Gyparis received orders for the Cretan Legion to be ready to land at Gallipoli, and specifically at the Xyrou (Saros) Gulf. The landing was aimed at engaging the Turkish army which was heading to the Suvla Bay fortifications that the English and Australian forces were planning to capture. We need to mention here that with the Australian forces there were at least 57 Greeks who fought alongside them during the First World War, 1914 – 1918, of which six died and 18 were wounded. Some of them were decorated for their bravery. Of those 36 were born in Greece and the rest were second generation Greeks. Twelve of them fought in Gallipoli and some of them fought also on the French front, the rest of them on various fronts, mainly in France. Here are listed the names of some of them: Henry, Harry and Alexander Crocos, Constantine, Lancelot and George Vafiopoulos, Leonidas and Gordon Manusu, David and James Jannese, Leonard and Albert Procopis, Arthur Kyriakos, Nikolaos Paidas, Jack Mark, John Zavitsanos, Constantine Aroney, Robert Crocos, Arthur Halkas, Peter Rados, Roy Ralph, Anastasios Rebea, Basil Makriyiannis, George Paxinos, Ioakeim Zannis, Emmanuel Tsalikis, Pantelis Kosopodiotis, Michael Gounelas, Themistoklis Copeleas, Dimitrios Lykiardopoulos, John Congear, Nicholas Magoulas, Minas Aslanis, Nicholas Capitaneas, Constantine Kailis, Dean Casos, Constantine Koufas, George Dermas, Agapitos Michael, Spyros Ebonomy, Antonios Eleftheriou, Dimitrios Emanovel, George Georgantis, Joseph Karkoe, Nicholas Maniakis, Panayiotis Matorikos, John Polisos, Harry Polites, Andrew Samios, George Papas (Papadakis), George Cretan (Μπικουβαράκης), Emos Lakis (Androulakis), Percy Koukousakis, Josph Morris (or Sifis Vogiatzis). The last five were from Crete.The reader should not find strange the Anglicised names of some. Many of the first Greek migrants who came to Australia were Anglicising or abridging their surnames to avoid deportation or racism. *Socrates Tsourdalakis is an author and historian. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Why you need to be at NYCC 16 in 60 seconds

first_imgOur friends at NYCC want you to know all the reasons why you should be going this year…and they somehow managed to fit all that mayhem into 60 seconds?! Celebrities, cosplay, and comics. Oh, My!  October 6th will be here in a few short weeks so start strategizing.There will be an inevitable bevy of literary, entertainment, and comic guests. As always, Artist Alley will be chock full of talent and the main floor will be packed with exhibitors. The panel schedule will be revealed soon and if last year is any clue this year won’t disappoint.Making those costumes, pulling out comics to get signed, and planning panels to see can be grueling work. It can be so grueling that you might have forgotten about the most important thing…TICKETS!Lucky for you there’s still time to get your Thursday tickets over at NYCC.com. They’ve even been kind enough to extend the shipping deadline to Friday, September 2nd, 11:59pm.  If you’ve never been, it’s an experience you’ll never forget. Don’t wait, get your tickets now!For all your NYCC news, updates, and general information head to their site or follow them on Twitter @NY_Comic_Conlast_img read more

The Atlantic Launches The Sexes Gender Analysis Vertical

first_imgAfter Anne-Marie Slaughter, the Princeton University professor and former State Department foreign policy expert, penned The Atlantic’s most highly trafficked article in history—“Why Women Still Can’t Have it All”—the brand realized there was an unmet need in the marketplace. This week, the brand launched a new content vertical called The Sexes that examines contemporary relationships between men and women.“The mission of the Sexes is to look at how men and women interact in society today, specifically how it is changing from the way men and women interacted 10, 20 or 30 years ago,” says channel editor Eleanor Barkhorn. “One of the most amazing things about Anne-Marie’s piece this summer was it brought in a whole new set of readers to the magazine and website. We are absolutely hoping to do something similar with this site.”In addition to this new online vertical, The Atlantic will feature its content in print and with live events. There is a dedicated social media presence on Twitter for the initiative—@TheAtlanticSEXS—which will be used to promote discussions about gender roles, identities and norms within the workplace, family, religion and schools. Though these topics have been covered by The Atlantic since its launch 155 years ago, the desire from readers for more coverage on the subject has increased. “There’s a big hunger for this content,” adds Barkhorn. “You can see already on the channel, which launched yesterday, almost all of the articles have comments in the double digits because people really want to talk about this stuff. We thought the best way to have more content along these lines was to devote an entire channel to it.”While The Atlantic has its “Women of Washington” live event series that showcases prominent female leaders discussing their areas of expertise, Barkhorn says the company is also planning to have a summit focusing on LGBTQ issues that will compliment the Sexes coverage of gender and sexual identity, among other events.The audience for the new channel, hopes Barkhorn, will be both men and women, existing readers or those that may interact with the brand for the first time due to this niche content. In addition to Slaughter, who has come on as a contributing editor, Barkhorn says the Sexes will feature other notable contributors that may not be gender experts, but wish to discuss gender issues as it relates to modern society.  Stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, follow us on Facebook & Twitter!More on this topic Digital Pushing Third Year of Profit for The Atlantic The Atlantic’s Digital Side Continues Expansion Tear Survey: Readers Rate National Geographic No. 1 in Print and Online Video On-Demand: Beating the Learning Curve Leveraging Audiences Through Vertical Content Channels High Profile Magazine Editors Drink Whiskey, Discuss Industry’s Gender GapJust In BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media ConsultantPowered bylast_img read more

Wilmington Senior Center Holding Charlie Card SignUp Session On May 14

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — State Senator Bruce Tarr and State Representative Dave Robertson has organized a Charlie Card sign-up session at the Wilmington Senior Center (15 School Street) on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, from 1pm to 2pm.Seniors can easily apply for a MBTA Charlie Card right at the Center. Seniors will need to bring a valid government-issued license or ID for proof of age, fill out an application and get your photo taken. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity — People 65 and older are eligible for reduced MBTA fares with a Senior Charlie Card. These cards are valid for 8 years. Please call (978-657-7595) or visit the Center to register for this program.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Wilmington Senior Center.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTarr, Robertson & Gordon Secure $30,000 In State Funding For Wilmington Senior Center ImprovementsIn “Government”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, May 14, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”State Senator Bruce Tarr’s Office To Hold Office Hours In Wilmington On September 18In “Government”last_img read more

Elon Musks Boring Company chosen to build Vegas underground loop

first_img Share your voice Tags A concept electronic vehicle from The Boring Company that would carry people through underground tunnels at a high speed in Las Vegas.  The Boring Company Elon Musk has his eye on “Sin City.”The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority on Wednesday recommended Elon Musk’s Boring Company to design, build and operate a loop of underground tunnels that would carry people in autonomous electric vehicles at the city’s convention center.”The selection of The Boring Company for the Las Vegas Convention Center’s on-property, guest transportation solution leads the way to the evolution of transportation overall in Southern Nevada,” Steve Hill, CEO and president of LVCVA, said in a blog post. This comes as the convention center goes through an expansion, which will make it span 200 acres in 2021, just in time for CES, according to the blog post. The project will potentially connect downtown Las Vegas, the convention center, the Las Vegas Boulevard Resort Corridor, McCarran International Airport and more.The Boring Company was selected by an LVCVA evaluation team following a request for proposals last year. The proposal is subject to approval of the agency’s board, which is scheduled to consider it during a March 12 meeting. Once it’s approved, the agency would negotiate a contract with The Boring Company. LVCVA estimates the fiscal impact of the project to be between $35 and $55 million.”We are excited to work with the LVCVA to provide a world-class mass transit system in Las Vegas,” Boring President Steve Davis said in a statement. “Upon approval, it can be in use by Las Vegas Convention Center guests within one year, supporting the LVCVA’s expansion timeline.” Musk’s Boring Company is all about high-speed underground tubes. Two years ago, he said he was going to build a tunneling machine to take transport subterranean. Then, in December, Musk officially opened the first Boring Company test tunnel under SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California. Musk wants to build a tunnel from the western neighborhoods to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, and a 35-mile line of twin tunnels from Washington, DC, to Maryland. The Boring Company has also landed a contract with the Chicago Infrastructure Trust to build the express loop system to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.  Sci-Tech Tech Industry Post a comment 0 Boring Company Elon Musklast_img read more

GHMC floats tenders for monkey catchers

first_imgHyderabad: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is in a piquant situation. The response to tenders that it called for monkey catchers has been far from satisfactory. Officials state that agencies are not showing interest as it is not lucrative. Inordinate delay in issuing permission for catching and releasing of monkeys by the forest department is making contractors shy away. They need to provide housing and feeding for a long period and incur huge expenditure. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Officials say, “On receiving complaints from the public, the contractor would arrange specially designed traps for catching the monkeys in the areas where monkey menace is reported. The monkeys are brought to the GHMC Animal Care Centres and are kept in cages and provided food, water and veterinary aid also, until a sizable number are caught and permission from the forest department obtained for their release.” During the year, the GHMC is able to engage the agencies for catching monkeys only in Khairatabad and Secunderabad Zone and is utilising the services of the staff who were trained in catching monkeys in the remaining zones. Further, the GHMC is also sterilising the male monkeys before release in order to limit the monkey population.last_img read more