Sylvia Dalais, Christina Betmilik, David Mavroudis, Luiza Zervos and sisters Dimmy Kotronakis and Elizabeth Kotronakis were the six Greek Australians who lost their lives in Australia’s worst overseas terror attack and were remembered as part of memorials all over the world to mark the ten year anniversary of the Bali bombings. Friday marked the ten year anniversary of the bombings in Kuta, Bali which killed 202 people – 88 of which were Australian. The mother of the two Kotronakis sisters and their sister Maria went to Bali to commemorate the deaths of Maria’s twin sister Dimmy, 27, and older sister Elizabeth Kotronakis, 33. The two girls were in Bali celebrating the wedding of their sister, who was also in Bali with her then husband Kosta Elfes. The sisters died in the now infamous Sari Club alongside the two Greek Australians Christina Betmalik, 29, of Croydon Park, and Louiza Zervos, 33, of Marrickville, who were bridesmaids at Maria’s wedding. The group had been out for dinner when Maria and her former husband, then newlyweds, turned in for the night, while the other four women went out to the Sari Club. After the tragic incident, more than 800 mourners packed into Blacktown’s Hellenic Orthodox Church for the sisters’ funeral weeks after the tragedy. All over Australia – and all over the world – tributes flew in abundance for the 202 lives that were lost that fateful day. In Bali, thousands of family members and friends of the deceased, survivors and politicians have flocked to the commemorative monument that lists the name and country of each and every person that lost their life that day. A service was held Friday in Kuta, Bali to remember the fallen, and was attended by Prime Minister Julia Gillard, former prime minister John Howard, along with Opposition Leader Tony Abbott. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A fugitive who was allegedly part of a gang that carried out more than two dozen armed robberies, including one in which four policemen were shot and injured, has been arrested in Athens.The 37-year-old, who was not named, was arrested earlier in the week in Peristeri, western Athens. There were two warrants for his arrest and he had already been convicted, in his absence, to a jail sentence of two-and-a-half years for forgery and smuggling.The suspect and three others, who are already in custody, are alleged to have carried out 29 armed robberies in Attica and other parts of the country. In May last year, they allegedly shot at policemen pursuing them, leading to four officers being injured.Source: Kathimerini.
Netflix bientôt en Grande-Bretagne et en IrlandeDébut 2012, la société américaine Netflix, spécialisée dans la location et la diffusion vidéo, prévoit d’agrandir son marché jusqu’à l’Europe et plus précisément en Grande-Bretagne et en Irlande. Fondée en 1997, Netflix s’est spécialisée sur la location de DVD par courrier et la diffusion en flux continu sur Internet. D’abord aux Etats-Unis, la firme californienne s’est récemment étendue au Canada, à l’Amérique latine et aux Caraïbes par le biais de son service de streaming. Annonçant en 2011, 25 millions de membres dans l’ensemble des territoires couverts, Netflix compte désormais s’implanter en Europe, en passant tout d’abord par la Grande-Bretagne et l’Irlande dès le début de l’année prochaine.À lire aussiHadopi rend un rappport sur le téléchargement illégalSelon les dires de la société, au lancement, les abonnés européens bénéficieront déjà d’un large catalogue de films ou d’émissions de télé qu’ils pourront visionner directement sur leur téléviseur mais aussi sur les différents équipements qu’ils pourraient avoir (PC, Mac, tablette, ou encore téléphone). Néanmoins, aucune indication de prix n’a encore été précisée pour le lancement en Europe, sachant que l’été dernier une hausse de prix (dû au découplage des abonnements sur DVD et ceux sur Internet) avait fait chuter le nombre d’abonnés aux Etats-Unis. Le 25 octobre 2011 à 12:57 • Maxime Lambert
WASHINGTON — One day after winning lopsided House approval, bipartisan legislation to ease across-the-board spending cuts and reduce economy-rattling budget brinkmanship appears likely to command the 60 votes necessary to clear the Senate, officials in both parties said Friday.Yet unlike in the House, significantly more Senate Republicans are expected to oppose the legislation than vote for it, highlighting the different political forces at work at opposite ends of the Capitol.Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced a test vote for Tuesday on the measure, which cleared the House on an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 332-94.The Veterans of Foreign Wars joined the ranks of the bill’s opponents during the day, citing a provision to reduce cost of living increases for military retirees until they reach age 62. The result could mean “a cumulative loss in retirement income of $80,000” for a sergeant first class who retires at age 40, the group said.“Although Iraq is over and the war in Afghanistan is winding down, we can’t allow Congress to dismantle the programs they created over the past 12 years,” said William A. Thien, the VFW’s national commander.
Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move: The Washington Post has named Megan H. Chan director of digital operations, effective July 11. Most recently, Chan served as director of digital products at Politico. In her new position, she will oversee the Post’s digital transformation. Snapchat has announced Betsy Kenny Lack will serve as head of global brand partnerships, reporting to Imran Khan, chief strategy officer. Most recently, Lack worked at Condé Nast’s Vanity Fair for eight years, primarily helping make its Establishment List conferences profitable. Most recently, Lee served as vice president, content and audience development, at Hearst Magazines International. In this role, she oversaw video and digital content initiatives across 50 international territories, 70 digital publisher brands, and 430 properties. In her new position, Lee will manage the brand’s nationwide video studios, including in New York, Seattle, and Des Moines. She will also develop video products, partnerships and programming to grow Meredith’s engagement and reach among millennial women. Meredith Corporation has named Melinda Lee senior vice president/general manager, video, effective immediately, and Marla Newman VP of digital sales. Rebecca Bauer has been promoted to executive vice president of editorial at Remedy Health Media, where she will oversee the brand’s editorial efforts across its digital and print consumer health brands and products, and more. Bauer previously served as editorial director at Remedy. Wired has announced several changes to its staff lineup, naming Maria Streshinsky features editor, Richard Dorment senior editor, Nate Goldman social media manager, and Olga Monserrat senior art director, platforms. The brand has also promoted Adam Rogers from story editor to deputy editor, Caitlin Roper from senior associate editor to articles editor, and Ed Sumner from digital planning manager to associate director, audience development. The brand has also announced that Ruth Marcus will serve as deputy editorial page editor, where she will manage contributors to the op-ed pages and lead new projects, effective immediately. Most recently, Marcus covered campaign finance, the DOJ, the Supreme Court and the White House for the Post. Quartz has promoted Matt Quinn from deputy news editor for technology and finance to technology editor, Kabir Chibber from deputy news editor to business editor, and Thu-Huong Ha and Amy Wang from Quartz editorial fellows to reporters. Leslie Josephs has also joined the brand as a travel reporter. Most recently, Josephs was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal. Vulture and New York Magazine have announced Craig Jenkins will join the company as pop-music critic, and Jen Chaney joins as TV columnist and will also work on the Vulture TV Podcast. Jenkins previously wrote for Pitchfork, Billboard, Spin, Noisey, among other publictations. Most recently, Chaney was a freelance contributor for several publications, including the New York Times, Uproxx, Esquire, and The Dissolve. Vice has named Neil Breakwell head of its London office, and Kevin Sutcliffe senior VP, TV and video programming, EMEA. Breakwell joins the brand from BBC, where he was deputy editor of BBC Newsnight. Sutcliffe previously served as Vice News’ head of news programming, Europe. Dana Oliver has been named beauty director of Yahoo Beauty, effective June 13. Oliver joins the brand from The Huffington Post, where she served as executive fashion and beauty editor. MPA – The Association of Magazine Media has named Barry Fleming vice president, digital director, effective immediately. In his new position, Fleming will be responsible for the brand’s website, database, and marketing systems, as well as the liaison for the MPA digital committee and education and event development. He joins MPA from Geometry Global (WPP), where he served as director, performance analytics. Ryan Mannion has been named chief technology officer of Hearst Autos, effective immediately. Mannion will report to Hearst Autos president Nick Matarazzo. Most recently, he served as senior vice president, head of product and technology at OZY. Meanwhile, Newman will be responsible for all aspects of Meredith Digital’s go-to-market sales strategy and execution for brand, agency, and holding company partners. She joins the company from AOL and Microsoft, where she served as global head of agency development. Previously, Newman served as SVP digital sales at Fox Sports and held leadership positions at MTV Networks and MSN. CNN Digital has announced Mitra Kalita will assume the role of VP of programming, where she will oversee the news & alerting, special projects, and mobile & off-platform teams. Kalita joins the company from the Los Angeles Time, where she served as managing editor. Lee will report to Kim Martin, chief strategy officer, who said in a press release, “Melinda brings tremendous experience and skills to this position, particularly in the areas of creating large scale digital video products and distribution strategies across media brands. Her ability to attract the best talent, execute on existing and new platforms, and create highly engaging video products that appeal to a broad range of audiences, especially millennial women, makes her uniquely suited for this role.” The Wall Street Journal has added Tomio Geron and Alec Davis to the subscription-based WSJ Pro. Geron will serve as a reporter for Pro’s venture capitalist team, and re-joins the company from Forbes. Davis, who previously served as managing editor of MarketWatch, joins as a news editor.
The Ezviz DB1 is available now and costs $220. Ezviz CES 2019 CNET Smart Home Share your voice The best of smart home at CES 2019 12 smart doorbells to watch over your front stoop Security Cameras Security Everything we’ve seen at CES 2019 (so far) The smartest video doorbell around Watch your door from afar with Ring’s Video Doorbell Pro Now playing: Watch this: The company also announced a second-gen battery-powered outdoor camera called the C3A. Like Arlo’s outdoor cams, the C3A also comes with a base station. Ezviz claims its W2D helps extend the battery life of the battery-powered C3A. The camera has 1080p resolution, two-way talk and motion detection. The base station has an integrated 100-decibel siren. The C3A and W2D are expected to hit stores by the end of March, with pricing yet to be announced. Tags CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. 16:33 Other cool stuff Post a comment Ezviz is back with a new home security device, the DB1 Video Doorbell. Available in the US now for $220, the DB1 features a microSD card slot.The microSD card is not included, but the doorbell can support up to a 128GB card. Many smart doorbells require a monthly (or yearly) subscription to a cloud service to access saved video clips.But with a built-in card slot and optional cloud storage services, Ezviz gives you choices.Ezviz also says its new Wi-Fi-enabled buzzer works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. 13 Photos 0 Google Assistant CES Products Alexa Amazon
JOEY PALACIOS / TEXAS PUBLIC RADIOCity Manager Sheryl Sculley, from left, San Antonio Police Chief Willam McManus and Mayor Ron Nirenberg spoke during a Human Trafficking Awareness Day new conference at City Hall on Thursday.The Texas attorney general is launching an investigation into how San Antonio handled a human smuggling incident last month. The attorney general’s office sent a letter to the city asking it to preserve all records and information related to the release of 12 migrants who were found in a trailer.In the letter sent Wednesday night, Assistant Attorney General Cleve Doty said the Texas attorney general’s office has received several citizen complaints on the release of the migrants who may be in the country illegally.“The Texas attorney general’s office will investigate these complaints and the procedure in Senate Bill 4 contemplates litigation. As a result, we demand that you affirmatively preserve all relevant mater,” he said.On Dec. 23, San Antonio police found a trailer with 12 people inside. Police Chief William McManus charged the driver with a state level human smuggling charge but did not pursue a federal charge. After questioning at police headquarters, the migrants were released and several went with Catholic Charities. This comes several months after 10 immigrants died in a trailer in a separate incident last summer.During a press conference for Human Trafficking Awareness Month on Thursday, San Antonio police and the city confirmed receiving the letter and they would comply with requests to preserve information. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said the city had no legal basis to hold the migrants and could have faced legal liability of the police had held them.Mayor @Ron_Nirenberg comments on the city receiving a letter from the Texas Attorney General’s Office about it launching an investigation into @SATXPolice’s handling of a Dec. 23 human smuggling incident and the release of 12 migrants. @TPRNews pic.twitter.com/r8vrAq4mET— Joey Palacios (@Joeycules) January 12, 2018“The attacks on Police Chief McManus are nothing more than political theater based on a fictitious narrative,” Nirenberg said.McManus said homeland security was on the scene but did not take the migrants into custody.“Why they didn’t take custody, I don’t know,” he said. “But we handled the prosecution of the smuggling/trafficking incident under the state statute; there’s a line drawn and on the other side of it is the immigration issue and that immigration issue is up to (Homeland Security Investigations) not SAPD,” McManus said Thursday.He added there was no legal reason to hold the migrants.“I broke no protocols,” he said. “I did exactly what my chiefly prerogatives allowed me to do.”.@SATXPolice Chief William McManus talks about the December 23rd human smuggling incident after the City received a letter from the Texas AG’s office about an investigation into the release of 12 migrants who may be in the country illegally. @TPRNews pic.twitter.com/iF62wtdejb— Joey Palacios (@Joeycules) January 12, 2018Senate Bill 4 blocks police departments and other law enforcement in the state from instituting policies that forbid officers from asking about someone’s immigration status while detained. It also required jails to comply with immigration detention orders, among other provisions. San Antonio was the first major city to file suit, and parts of the law were struck down but litigation is still pending. The law also allows people to file complaints if a jurisdiction violated parts of SB4.San Antonio District 4 Councilman Rey Saldana was also listed as a plaintiff in the lawsuit.“We welcome a complete and swift investigation to further prove that our San Antonio Police Department and Police Chief William McManus are guilty of one thing: doing their job,” Saldana said in a statement. “As state leaders have sought to expand the role of our SAPD officers into the realm of immigration enforcement.“Chief McManus, with 43 years of experience, will continue doing his job leading a department focused on ensuring public safety. The sooner we complete the review, the quicker we can get back to protecting our communities by preventing and combatting (sic) crime.”Joey Palacios can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @joeycules Share
Last week, rumors swirled about that Microsoft was going to purchase Mojang, the famed developer behind indie sensation Minecraft. It turns out the rumors are true, and Microsoft just announced that it has officially purchased Mojang for $2.5 billion.In total, around 54 million copies of Minecraft have been sold across all available platforms, from PC, to consoles, to mobile. Even though Minecraft made the jump to Microsoft’s game console before it made the jump to Sony’s, the game still isn’t available on Windows Phone — something that we can only assume will be rectified now that Microsoft officially owns the game. As of now, it appears as though Microsoft will allow the game to remain on competing platforms, such as iOS and the PS4.According to a post on Mojang’s website, Markus Persson, otherwise known as Notch — creator of Minecraft and majority shareholder in Mojang — feels that Mojang has grown too large over the years, and didn’t want the responsibility of owning a company “of such global significance.” Apparently, the pressure of owning Mojang and following in the footsteps of Minecraft’s success was “too much for him to handle.”Markus Persson, founder of Mojang.The founders of Mojang will be leaving the company after the completion of the deal — Persson, Carl Manneh, and Jakob Porser — though the majority of the staff is expected to stay for now.If you’re a fan of other Mojang projects, such as the online CCG Scrolls — which is actually good, but unfortunately had to compete with Hearthstone soon after release — the team doesn’t yet know what Microsoft is planning. The team also noted that, as far as anyone can tell at the moment, Microsoft isn’t planning on ruining the awesome community of Minecraft, and you’ll still be able to make and share your own creations — though the post did mention Minecraft will continue to evolve under Microsoft.As for the founders, Notch said in the post that he’ll go back to “Ludum Dares and small web experiments,” and if he ever “accidentally” makes something that gets popular, he’ll “probably abandon it immediately.” Notch does note that his current attitude toward game development is indeed directly contrary to what he has said in public in the past, and that he has no good response to that. We’re sure it also won’t be perceived well that Persson is whining about they very thing that caused his company to be purchased for $2.5 billion. Maybe he’ll come around sometime in the future.
Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi has observed the Armed Forces Day paying homage to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the martyrs of the War of Liberation in 1971.The day was observed on November 21, when in 1971 the Army, Navy and Air Forces of Bangladesh became fully operational and launched a coordinated offensive against the Pakistani occupation forces. The mission’s defence wing hosted a largely attended reception with Lieutenant General Amarjeet Singh Bedi, Director General Defence Intelligence Agency and Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff of India, as the chief guest. It was attended by 1971 war veterans, foreign diplomats, military attaches, journalists, academics and city elites. Defence Adviser of Bangladesh High Commission Brig. Gen. A K M Ziaur Rahman, ndc, psc welcomed the guests. Chief Guest General Bedi spoke highly of the excellent relations existing between Bangladesh and India, the foundation of which was laid during Bangladesh Liberation War fully supported by India. He also highlighted the growing defence cooperation between the two friendly neighbours. High Commissioner Syed Muazzem Ali paid homage to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who had led and inspired the Bengalis to fight for freedom and independence in 1971. He also also paid tributes to the valiant war veterans of India who had fought side by side with the freedom fighters of Bangladesh. The mission also brought out a special supplement to mark the Armed Forces Day in cooperation with New Delhi’s prestigious magazine, India Empire.
Senco Gold and Diamonds, the largest jewellery retail chain from Eastern India launched an exclusive Australian Diamonds collection in partnership with Rio Tinto on December 21.The collection was launched by Mithali Raj, captain of the Indian women’s cricket team and the official ambassador for Rio Tinto’s Australian Diamonds programme alongside Shaankar Sen, Chairman and Managing Director, Senco Gold and Diamonds; Suvankar Sen, Executive Director, Senco Gold and Diamonds and Vikram Merchant, Director – Sales and Marketing, Rio Tinto Diamonds at Senco Gold and Diamonds’ Moulali showroom in Kolkata. The collection is an exclusive range of bridal and fashion jewellery made with diamonds from Rio Tinto’s Argyle mine in Western Australia, and will be available at all Senco Gold and Diamonds stores across the country. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSwarna Samman is an annual award instituted by Senco Gold and Diamonds to recognise outstanding achievers in the fields of art, culture, and sports. In its eighth edition, Mithali Raj has been honoured for her excellence and contribution to women’s cricket in India. The award was presented by Shaankar Sen, Chairman and Managing Director, Senco Gold & Diamonds, in the presence of Sourav Ganguly, former captain of the Indian men’s cricket team, and Brand Ambassador for Senco Gold & Diamonds. Swapna Barman has conferred the Sonar Meye award. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSpeaking at the event Raj said, “I am delighted to be the recipient of the Swarna Samman. When I first started playing cricket, there was no recognition of female players in India. I have had to strive for all that I achieved and I’m honoured to have represented my country and taken it to the pinnacle of world cricket.” Suvankar Sen, Executive Director, Senco Gold and Diamonds, said, “We are privileged to have Mithali Raj at our store, to launch this exclusive collection of Australian Diamonds and our partnership with Rio Tinto, one of the world’s leading diamond producers is an important milestone for us. We are also honoured to present the Swarna Samman award to her. Swarna Samman is our way of recognising exemplary individuals who have dedicated their lives to their chosen field and we wish to thank Mithali, an icon of Indian cricket for enriching our lives and being an inspiration to society.” Vikram Merchant, director of Rio Tinto’s diamond sales and marketing activities in India said, “We are delighted to work with leading jewellery retailer Senco Gold & Diamonds and honoured that Mithali Raj is the official ambassador for Australian Diamonds, helping promote the popularity of diamonds in fashion and bridal jewellery, particularly for younger Indian consumers.” Central to Rio Tinto’s Australian Diamonds initiative is a leading-edge system to track Rio Tinto’s rough diamonds from its Argyle mine in Australia through to jewellery in India, thereby celebrating Rio Tinto’s diamond heritage and pedigree from a clean, traceable source of diamonds. Price Range of the collection starts from Rs 9,000/- onwards, and the price changes depending on the size, weight of the metal, number and quality of diamonds. Senco Gold Limited (SGL) is the largest organized jewellery retail player in the eastern region of India based on number of stores (74) – amongst east based as well as national players.
Flight Centre calls for a reduction in airline fuel surcharges. Flight Centre boss Graham Turner believes airlines should reduce fuel surcharges in response to falling oil and jet fuel prices.Jet fuel prices have fallen to their lowest levels in more than 12 months.“At the very least, surcharges should be lowered immediately,” Mr Turner said.“I stress the word ‘should’ because history has shown that airlines have been much more likely to increase surcharges than they have been to decrease them in response to fluctuating oil prices.”Flight Centre’s managing director suggested airlines should remove complicated fuel surcharges entirely and incorporate fuel costs into base fares, the same as any other operating expenses.“This would create a much simpler fare structure and it would also benefit members of the various airline reward programs, as members are often required to pay the airfares fuel surcharge component when they redeem points for travel,” Mr Turner said.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T.
Sabre Tech Summits a roaring successGlobal technology leader Sabre has just wrapped up its series of Tech Summits which have been happening for the past 5 weeks, saying they have been a huge success.Over 500 agents from across the region attended the Summits which highlighted and explored the opportunities for travel agents to better leverage technology.The Summits had a particular focus on data, automation, apps, cloud computing and the traveller experience and were the launch pad for several new critical developments. New solutions were revealed at the Summits including the launch of four new automation solutions, all new data options and a new service to enable agencies to access their agency info from a virtual desktop.“I’m excited to partner with a company as progressive and dynamic as Sabre, who are constantly evolving their technology offerings to ensure my team have the tools they need to work efficiently, accurately, and profitably. The Tech Summit was a fantastic opportunity to survey the travel technology landscape to see what trends are evolving, and how we can maximise their potential through our partnership with Sabre.” Chris Cheyne from Goldman Travel Corporation.Since the Summits started 100 agents have registered to receive Sabre’s new automation tools and 500 agents in Australia have downloaded the RoomDeal app which gives travel agents an expanded view of 350,000 pre-paid boutique and branded hotels while being able to add their own discretionary fee.“The response to the solutions we are developing and releasing to market has been overwhelming,” said Sabre Pacific Managing Director Jeremy van de Klundert. “It’s great to see the strategies we have been working on for the past 6-18 months starting to come to fruition and the excitement it’s generating from customers and non-Sabre customers alike.“I was very impressed with the huge range of innovations Sabre has been working on, a few of which I am already looking at implementing into my business,” said Karen Kenter from The World @ Braeside Travel.To really highlight that they are at the forefront of technology innovation, Sabre gave away an Apple Watch to one lucky attendee at each Summit. The winners were:Liz Christiansen from Harvey World Travel Browns Bay – AucklandZlata Savic from Air Travel Services – SydneyLynn Liu from Goabout Travel – MelbourneStacey Lekias from Director of Northline Travel – PerthDenise Truong from Happy Travel Service – Brisbane Sabre Pacific Source = Sabre Pacific
Abu Dhabi, UAE – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineThe Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) yesterday announced its educational program for the Abu Dhabi Festival 2010 which will take place from 20 March until 7 April. Inspiring students, children, young artists and the general public to expand the horizons of their creativity, the program will engage the community in workshops and debates in order to raise the level of awareness and understanding for the arts across the UAE.The education program highlights includes workshops at the British School led by adventurous cellist Matthew Barley, The Salzburg Marionette Theatre performance of ‘The Sound of Music’, Birmingham Stage Company performances and workshops for Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’, Live Music Now! workshops with students at Abu Dhabi special needs centers, as well as pre-concert talks for the festival concert program and the ADMAF debates.The Abu Dhabi Festival 2010, which is held under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, offers a unique platform combining world-class performances from the masters of the arts world today, cultural vision and a depth of community spirit.HE Hoda I. Al Khamis-Kanoo, Founder and Artistic Director of the Abu Dhabi Music &Arts Foundation, comments:“Education is the heart and soul of the Abu Dhabi Festival, which, since its establishment, has tirelessly worked to embed arts and culture into the capital and throughout the seven emirates. By inspiring youngsters to embrace the arts, they will contribute to the creation of a thriving cultural center for Abu Dhabi. The outstanding educational performances and events offered as part of the Festival will allow young people and the general public to truly free their imagination, experience true artistic innovation and gain inspiration so that their creativity may also flourish.”“I am a strong believer in the power of knowledge. This is why the festival will bring together 60 unique events and opportunities in visual and performing arts across the seven Emirates, providing our children with the opportunity for hands-on experiences, lectures, workshops, and performances. It brings me great joy to see children take to the stage and celebrate their talents. It is my belief that sustainable and engaging educational programs will play a central role in cultivating local talent and establishing Abu Dhabi as the world’s capital of culture, enlightenment and creativity.”Inspiring the Youth of the EmiratesOne of the recurring highlights of the Abu Dhabi Festival 2010 is the Children’s Day performance program, which includes workshops led by internationally renowned cellist Matthew Barley and his musical ensemble Between the Notes. Children and students from across Abu Dhabi will attend workshops at the British School Al Khubeirat, culminating in a musical showcase at the Emirates Palace Auditorium, which will close with the world premiere of an original composition by selected students, with Matthew Barley.One of the headline performances of this year’s educational program will be a performance of ‘The Sound of Music’ by the Salzburg Marionette Theatre. This production will break through language barriers, using puppetry to enchant children while educating them about the arts.The Birmingham Stage Company will bring one of Shakespeare’s most loved comedies “Twelfth Night” on a tour of the UAE, with a series of 10 workshops exploring the themes of mistaken identity, romance, tragedy and comedy. Combining performances with these hands-on workshops will provide young students with an insight into how a story is structured, in addition to the exciting experience of working with professional actors and learning acting skills.The festival’s education program reflects ADMAF’s determination to foster the understanding and appreciation of culture and the arts throughout the UAE and at every level. The Live Music Now! team returns to the Abu Dhabi Festival this year with a two-week series of workshops for children with special needs. A number of interactive workshops and performances will be presented, founded on the belief that music has a special power that transcends boundaries and facilitates personal development, self esteem, communication, and coordination.Lovers of sculpture and the visual arts will have the opportunity to delve deeper, with a tour of the Middle Eastern Modern Masters Exhibition by internationally acclaimed sculptor Adam Henein on 21 March, as well as the presentation of a lecture by eminent Iranian artist and pioneering sculptor, Parviz Tanavoli on March 30. Held in collaboration with the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute, the lecture followed by a question and answer session will take place at Al Mamoura Auditorium. It will be followed by a workshop for selected students at the Ghaf Art Gallery on the following day.Learning Opportunities for the PublicThis year’s Festival provides the general public with life-long learning opportunities. As in previous years, the festival will offer lovers of culture and the arts the chance to listen to and converse with some of the world’s greatest performers in the classical arts. Many of the performances during the Festival will be preceded by artist talks, allowing audiences a momentary glimpse into the great minds that have helped shape contemporary arts practices around the world. These talks will start at 7pm and will last for 30 minutes. The talks seek to enrich the experience of audience members, be they seasoned music goers or interested first-timers, by offering detailed information about the upcoming performance, discussing the specific performance discipline and answering audience questionsThis year’s festival will also introduce for the first time “The ADMAF Debates”, three fascinating panel discussions which will bring together leading cultural figures to discuss the hottest issues affecting art and culture around the world today, with a special focus on Emirati visual art.www.admaf.org
13Mar Rep. Heise helps announce formation of Michigan Advisory Commission on Human Trafficking Rep. Kurt Heise, R-Plymouth Township, chair of the House Criminal Justice CommitteeCommission will tackle crimes through comprehensive effort between legislators, law enforcement, and advocates State Rep. Kurt Heise, along with state Attorney General Bill Schuette and several other state lawmakers, announced the formation of the Michigan Advisory Commission on Human Trafficking to develop a comprehensive set of laws and policies to combat this growing crime problem.“The goals of this commission are to raise awareness, deter human trafficking with tougher laws, protect victims’ rights, and to develop policies within all levels of government to fight the problem in a coordinated way,” said Heise, R-Plymouth Township. “Because this crime is so complex, we need to ensure that we are tackling all facets of the problem. In the past trafficking was handled as a single crime of prostitution, exploitation or illegal immigration. This is short-sighted and often harms the victims of these crimes while letting the pimps and perpetrators get away.“Human trafficking is a horrific crime that isn’t just a problem for other parts of the world. It has sadly become a serious illegal activity right here in Michigan,” Heise said. “Unfortunately it covers everything from the prostitution of youngsters to the enslavement of adults.”Reports show that nearly 40 percent, almost 300,000 victims, of trafficking cases involve the sexual exploitation of children.“As the father of two teenage daughters, this is personal for me. We, as a society have a moral obligation to fight this atrocity right here, right now,” Heise said.The commission includes members from the office of the Attorney General, the state House and Senate, the Michigan departments of Health and Human Services, Corrections, and State Police, and various federal government agencies. Non-governmental groups include anti-human trafficking academics from the Harvard University School of Government, University of Michigan, and Michigan State.Other legislators on the task force include state Reps. Eileen Kowall, R-White Lake; Nancy Jenkins, R- Clayton; Dale Zorn, R- Ida; and Phil Cavanagh, D-Redford. Senators include Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge; Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton; and Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor.“We want to bring together the best minds from the state, law enforcement, and academia to develop the best laws and policies that we can on this issue. It is an unprecedented and comprehensive response,” he added.Heise is chairman of the House Committee on Criminal Justice. Schuette will come before that committee next week to give a presentation about the commission.Residents can educate themselves by visiting the human trafficking section of the Attorney General’s website, www.michigan.gov/humantrafficking, to be able to recognize the signs of traffickers and provide tips to law enforcement.-30-PHOTO ADVISORY 1: State Rep. Kurt Heise today participated in a news conference with Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, state legislators, and officials from around the state announcing the formation of the Michigan Advisory Commission on Human Trafficking. Heise announced plans to take a comprehensive approach to eliminating this crime in Michigan. The commission will address through a formal review process and report the areas of legislation and policy, public awareness of the issue, professional training, victim services, and data collection. Heise is pictured with state Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette (left) and various other members of the advisory commission. Categories: News
17Nov Rep. McCready to meet with local residents Categories: McCready News State Rep. Mike McCready of Bloomfield Township will host an open office hour on Friday, Dec. 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Baldwin Public Library Board Room located at 300 W. Merrill St. in Birmingham.“I always encourage residents to share their thoughts and concerns on matters of state government,â€ Rep. McCready said. â€œAs a legislator, I continue to strive for solutions that help us work toward a better Michigan for our children and grandchildren.”No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. McCready at 517-373-8670 or via email at MikeMcCready@house.mi.gov.
13Feb Committee approves Rep. Hughes’ bill inspired by Bletsch case The House Law and Justice Committee today approved Rep. Holly Hughes’ legislation requiring convicted offenders to hear impact statements from victims or their family during a sentencing hearing.The vote comes a week after Rebekah Bletsch’s sister and mother spoke to the committee, supporting the legislation following their experience in a Muskegon County case where Bletsch’s convicted murderer requested to leave the court before the victim statements.“We’re one step closer to not having one more Michigan family having their voice taken away by a criminal,” said Hughes, of Montague. “Jessica Josephson and Debra Reamer spoke from the heart about how a convicted murderer took away a key part of their healing process, while also insulting them on his way out the door. Never again.”Hughes’ legislation will update the William Van Regenmorter Crime Victim Rights Act, which set the procedures currently used in Michigan courtrooms for protection of victims. The bill requires the defendant to be in attendance for sentencing unless the individual is determined by the court to be disruptive or a safety risk to court members.The Michigan Prosecuting Attorneys Association and Michigan Attorney General’s Office are in support of the legislation.“This legislation is a top priority for me because anyone convicted of a crime absolutely should be required to hear directly from the victim or their loved ones about how their lives are impacted,” Hughes said. “The victims deserve to be heard in all cases.”House Bill 5407 advances to the House for its consideration. If enacted, the legislation will be named the Rebekah Bletsch law, in the victim’s honor.##### Categories: Hughes News,News
Share1KTweetShareEmail1K SharesPhillip Ritz [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsNovember 20, 2018; PBS NewsHour and Education Week“School children in the US often celebrate Thanksgiving by dressing up as pilgrims and ‘Indians’,” notes Kavitaha Cardoza of Education Week, reporting for News Hour. (For a humorous send-up of the standard account, see this old movie clip from Addams Family Values). Cardoza, in a masterstroke of understatement, notes that “these traditions tend to perpetuate myths that are offensive to Native American communities.” A couple of years ago, writing in Smithsonian Magazine, Dennis Zotigh, a cultural specialist at the Museum of the American Indian, was less restrained:The Thanksgiving myth has done so much damage and harm to the cultural self-esteem of generations of Indian people, including myself, by perpetuating negative and harmful images to both young Indian and non-Indian minds. There are so many things wrong with the happy celebration that takes place in elementary schools and its association to American Indian culture; compromised integrity, stereotyping, and cultural misappropriation are three examples.Building counternarratives that are truly respectful of Native American communities and that accurately tell the story of the Wampanoag is no small thing, but the Museum of the American Indian is seeking to make inroads.Cardoza, in her story, profiles a group of 50 social studies teachers who come to the Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC for a week-long training on “how to teach the first Thanksgiving in a way that is true to actual events and respectful of Native cultures.” This class is part of a broader set of programs, some taught under the banner of Native Knowledge 360º, as well as related efforts like the Teacher-in-Residence and the July Educator Institute “in order to build a network of teachers dedicated to providing students with new and accurate perspectives.”Participating teachers at the training learned that the Pilgrims weren’t the first settlers in the US, and that Native Americans had celebrated fall harvest feasts for years. They got to listen to first-person stories, analyze historical photos, and learn about traditional Native foods. They also learned the broader context of Native American history, including key federal policies, such as assimilation, the Dawes Act, and American Indian removal under Jacksonian policy, and are provided strategies for incorporating these in lesson plans.“These affected my people—you know, my community, personally,” notes Renee Gokey (Eastern Shawnee/Sac and Fox), who serves as a teacher services representative at the museum.The stories help teachers devise ways to counter textbook interpretations that often treat American Indians as if they are not part of the US today. As one teacher tells Cardoza, “When you tell [students] that Native people are still here in America, they’re like, oh, we didn’t know that.”Eric Shed, who trains history teachers at Harvard University, tells Cardoza that “understanding the past is all about narratives or stories that help us make sense of the present…Narratives are fundamentally important to us as a society…they’re what binds us together.”Rebecca Daugherty, who teachers third-graders in Colorado Springs, underscores the importance of getting the narrative right. Her students, she notes, are “going to be the future of this country. And if everybody has a misunderstanding and nobody tells them the truth, then we’re a nation built on lies…hopefully, I taught them to not always believe what they hear first time, but to look further and investigate more.”For her part, Gokey says that part of what motivates the work she does is her belief that “there’s much more opportunity when we speak frankly and truthfully about the past.”—Steve DubbShare1KTweetShareEmail1K Shares
Russian service provider MTIS has launched a new documentary channel.The Minsk 24 Doc channel will air award-winning documentaries covering, politics, the economy, the arts, sociology and ecology. The operator described the channel as being for “smart people with a wide scope of interests”.
French commercial broadcaster TF1’s CEO Nonce Paolini has made a series of management changes. Jean-Pierre Paoli, formerly head of international relations, has been placed in charge of development. Frédéric Ivernel, formerly director of external communication, has been named as head of group marketing, while Arnaud Bosom has been appointed as executive vice-president of human relations and organisation.The changes were made at the start of October but only announced officially yesterday.
Italy’s communications authority AGCOM has approved final rules for the auction of its digital terrestrial television frequencies. Amendments, brought in following a public consultation since the scheme was approved in November, include the stipulation that only new entrants or small operators can compete for all three DTT lots.The auction is for the frequencies that comprise the three national DTT networks, with rights due to last for 20 years.