South Africa vs Zimbabwe four-day Test gets ICC approval

first_imgThe International Cricket Council on Friday approved four-day Tests on a trial basis, effectively giving green light to the Boxing Day Test between hosts South Africa and Zimbabwe from December 26-29.The ICC Board, after its meeting here, stated that members are free to organise bilateral four-day matches as an experiment till the 2019 World Cup.”Our priority was to develop an international cricket structure that gave context and meaning across international cricket and particularly in the Test arena. This has been delivered and every Test in the new League will be a five-day Test format,” said ICC chief executive Dave Richardson referring to the Test Championship that will be played from 2019.”However throughout the discussions about the future of Test cricket it became clear that whilst context is crucial we must also consider alternatives and trial initiatives that may support the future viability of Test cricket. The trial is exactly that, a trial, just in the same way day-night Tests and technology have been trialled by Members.”Four-day Tests will also provide the new Test playing countries with more opportunities to play the longer version of the game against more experienced opponents, which, in turn, will help them to hone their skills and close the gap with the top nine ranked teams,” he said further.The first-ever four-day Test, to be played between South Africa and Zimbabwe, will be played with the pink-ball and under lights.However, the experiment has attracted criticism from the likes of South African captain Faf du Plessis. He recently said that he remains a fan of five-day games.advertisement”I am a fan of five-day Test cricket,” du Plessis had said earlier in the month.”I believe the great Test matches have gone to the last hour of the last day on day five. That’s what is so special about Test cricket. In four-day cricket or first-class cricket, it does feel easier because there are only four days.”For five days you have to graft it out. Bowlers have to bowl a lot more and batters have to construct much bigger innings.”Meanwhile, the ICC Board also approved a revised draft of Player Eligibility Regulations “which will come into effect in due course”.”Eligibility on the basis of nationality (residency) has changed to the player needing to reside in country for a three-year period in both the men’s and women’s games,” said the ICC. Earlier, the played needed to reside in a country for four years to be eligible.last_img read more

Industrial Internet Consortium and OpenFog Consortium unite

first_imgThe Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and the OpenFog Consortium (OpenFog) announced that they have finalized the details to combine the two largest and most influential international consortia in Industrial IoT, fog and edge computing. Effective immediately, the organizations will work together under the IIC umbrella to drive the momentum of the industrial internet, including the development and promotion of industry guidance and best practices for fog and edge computing.This brings OpenFog members into the IIC at a time when their complementary areas of technology are emerging in the mainstream. The first formal meeting of the unified organization will be held in Raleigh, N.C., from February 11-14.The IIC, now incorporating OpenFog, also announced that the IIC Steering Committee, which guides the strategic direction of the organization, has elected two OpenFog principals:•            Ron Zahavi, Chief Strategist for IoT Standards, Azure IoT, Microsoft. Mr. Zahavi is focused on IoT standards and consortia and also leads Microsoft’s Worldwide IoT Architecture Community. Mr. Zahavi has extensive experience in all aspects of technology management and solution delivery, 18 of those related to IoT solutions. Matt Vasey, Microsoft director, AI and IoT business development, will serve as the alternate to Mr. Zahavi.•            Mung Chiang, John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering, Purdue University. Dr. Chiang was previously the Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor at Princeton University and founded the Princeton EDGE Lab in 2009. The Lab bridges the theory-practice gap in edge computing/networking research by spanning from proofs to prototypes. Dr. Chiang received the 2013 Alan T. Waterman Award for his contributions to networking R&D.The Industrial Internet Consortium, now incorporating OpenFog, is the world’s leading membership program transforming business and society by accelerating the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). The IIC delivers a trustworthy IIoT in which the world’s systems and devices are securely connected and controlled to deliver transformational outcomes. The Industrial Internet Consortium is a program of the Object Management Group (OMG).Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules, Chips & Components, Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Protect your tools when the hardware bites backNext Pixus: ruggedized software defined radio solutionslast_img read more

Sharpened social media game shows England’s mass appeal

first_imgShare on Facebook Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford)Never in doubt bro 🤜🏻🤛🏾 @JPickford1 pic.twitter.com/DJODYreNEXJuly 3, 2018 And by the time England had defeated Colombia after the once-dreaded penalty shootout, there was no doubt that the England squad had fully embraced the memes and social media jokes surrounding their campaign. Jesse Lingard posted a picture of himself on the pitch in Moscow, phone clutched to his ear, with a caption playing on the lyric of Three Lions, saying “No mum, I’m not coming home. It’s…” Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2)Dad, can you show me that photo of you guys running after reaching the quarter final?-“Nah son pic.twitter.com/WbY5StQRLQJuly 3, 2018 Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2)So nice of Robbie to say hello to @dele_official ! pic.twitter.com/R5jWVeR73FJune 14, 2018 Jack Butland (@JackButland_One)Me and the boys picking cherries! 🍒 #ThreeLions @england (🔈on) pic.twitter.com/3encnIFmycJune 14, 2018 World Cup People have subsequently recreated the pose on social media, and Walker has been replying to them or retweeting them and critiquing them. In giving players advice about social media, Llewelyn says she stressed the way that players, even at U17 or U19 level, are stepping up to be role models. She tells players: “If you think about how you used to look up to footballers when you were little there will be lots of little kids looking up to you. Who doesn’t like a hero? So don’t abuse that power.”Some have been posting videos of how the team’s progress through the tournament is being received at home. Naturally part of the training for elite athletes is about what not to do. Llewelyn, a former BBC journalist and co-founder of the agency Ultra Social, has also trained Team GB athletes before Olympic games, but says that for footballers the biggest risk with their social media profiles is posting “stupid banter”. “You can have a joke with somebody with the banter being incredibly rude,” she explains. “But talking to your mates is different because you can see their faces, you can see the body language, but online you can’t.”Part of the training involved looking back through players’ timelines to spot where maybe they had posted in their younger days about being drunk – demonstrating to them that everything they post is going to be permanent and public. Llewelyn also warns elite athletes about the dangers of online intimacy, reminding them that you do not really know who you might be sending that picture to – it could be a journalist.Dealing with abuse is a key component. Llewelyn says that because a lot of the squad are mixed-race or black, racist abuse is especially likely to come their way. Social media training drills in to them that they should not rise to the bait.While in Russia the squad have been adept at responding to fans in an engaging and positive way. Kyle Walker offered to pay for someone to get a tattoo of John Stones, after they said they would get one if he scored at the World Cup. Walker also set a trend after being pictured, legs in the air, with cramp while other England players celebrated victory against Colombia. Share on Messenger Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2)Impressive girls! Hope pre season training is going well https://t.co/ipSgIIIcQLJuly 6, 2018 Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93)This is what it’s all about. Family and friends celebrating last nights win. @England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿❤️ pic.twitter.com/O9WLdcHuQwJuly 4, 2018 Share on Twitter Lingard followed that up after victory over Sweden with a brief video clip of him embracing his mum at the Samara Arena, saying “Because I said we ain’t going home, she came here”.Just as performances on the pitch have been a cut above, the team’s social media presence has been a step up from the stilted approach of previous tournaments. Many of England’s World Cup squad have benefitted from training provided by the FA. Consultant Sue Llewelyn gave many of them social media training when they were part of England’s U17, U19 and U21 set-ups.“I was really impressed with what they were like as people,” she says. “I’m not a huge football fan – or wasn’t – and I thought maybe they are going to be awful ‘lads’, but they weren’t at all. All of them were absolutely charming, and really nice about their mums, talking about being humble. I honestly came away saying I was so impressed with these young guys, it’s a very good group of people. Obviously I think having the manager they have definitely helps a lot too.”With the training, Llewelyn says the FA wanted players to be aware not just of what you can get wrong but also how you can be much more proactive and interactive and build up your team. There is a lot of emphasis on being vocal about the positive sides of the game and praising team-mates in public. After that dramatic first World Cup penalty shootout win for England, Marcus Rashford tweeted at goalkeeper Jordan Pickford that the result was “never in doubt”. Share via Email Michy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi)Ahahha I knew I would be f*cked the minute I come to my mentions 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 why am I so stupid bro 🤦🏾‍♂️ shit hurtsJune 28, 2018 Jesse Lingard (@JesseLingard)No mum, I’m not coming home. It’s… pic.twitter.com/VdFHVoEfTIJuly 3, 2018 Although quite where keeper Jack Buckland’s “cherries” video fits into that strategy is still a mystery. England World Cup 2018 The tone was set before England had kicked a ball in Russia. When Robbie Williams flashed an obscene gesture at the camera during the opening ceremony, Kyle Walker was on to Twitter, teasing teammate and friend Dele Alli over the latter’s suspension for making a similar gesture during a World Cup qualifier. features Share on Pinterest Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2)Still stuck in this position but the cramp has gone 😅😂 pic.twitter.com/kQlzQDdqjQJuly 4, 2018 Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Topics He later posted a still image of him kicking the ball in the incident – saying “The second just before I knew I f*cked up #InternetUndefeated”. It’s a huge contrast to some of the more po-faced approaches by more famous players on social media. Cristiano Ronaldo’s bio on Twitter is a link to his privacy policy, and Neymar has pointedly not joined in the fun of people editing videos of his theatrical rolling around.That message about being a role model becomes even more important when it becomes personal to family. “Imagine you are tweeting to your granny” is one technique Llewelyn uses, telling players “Your granny is going to be proud of you, so you wouldn’t want to let her down. You’re heroes to your family. You’re heroes to your country. You have a responsibility.”They haven’t let their grannies down so far. Beyond the England squad other players at the tournament have let their personality shine on social media. Michy Batshuayi in particular became an internet sensation after celebrating a goal by trying to smash the ball back into the net, only for it to hit the post and rebound back into his face. The clip was widely shared, but Batshuayi earned more than 350,000 likes for his frank and honest return to social media after the game finished, tweeting “Ahahha I knew I would be f*cked the minute I come to my mentions. Why am I so stupid bro? Shit hurts”last_img read more

Shed the Weight and Rise Above with the World’s Lightest Hammock

first_img How to Sleep Outdoors: Bring the Best Gear for a Good Night’s Sleep Hang Tight with the Best Camping and Backpacking Hammocks 8 Sling Bags That Are More Than Just Man Bags 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States Editors’ Recommendations All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Whether you are a die-hard music festival goer, a minimalist backpacker, or perhaps you fall somewhere in between, this ultralight hammock from Sea to Summit is sure to become a staple regardless of your outdoor endeavors.At 8.5 feet long, 4 feet wide and weighing a mere 5.4 ounces and packing down to the size of a soda can, the single user, slim-profile design quickly rolls up into its own integrated stuff sack. While the suspension straps are not included and must be purchased separately, the stuff sack does expand to accommodate them along with the hammock itself.The specially designed monofilament fabric is strong and durable that it is rated to hold up to 300 pounds–so all you Thor-men out there don’t have to worry about it supporting your weight. The ultralight hammock’s mesh-like appearance is highly breathable and therefore advantageous in warmer climates or for those humid nights under the stars. High strength buckles allow for easy setup with the suspension straps.In addition to the hammock and suspension straps, additional items that allow users to cater to their specific needs include: tree protectors, a gear sling, bug net, and tarp.If traveling solo, the entire system weighs far less than other shelters and therefore allows minimalists backpackers to shave those crucial ounces from their packs.Suspension StrapsAt almost 10 feet long, these easily adjustable straps can be used alone or paired with the tree protectors to make setup quick and easy.Tree ProtectorsThese larger straps protect the trees that support you in your lofty endeavors while easily connecting to the suspension straps.Gear SlingKeep your essentials close at hand and secured above the ground.Bug NetProviding maximum interior space, the bug net is surely a must have for those warm summer months so you can enjoy nature without the nagging pests.TarpDon’t let Mother Nature ruin your slumber with a surprise downpour. Protect yourself from the elements with this lightweight addition.last_img read more

Diana Containerships Sells Panamax Duo

first_imgGreek boxship owner Diana Containerships has signed two Memoranda of Agreement for the sale of its 2010-built containership duo.Under the deals, signed through separate wholly-owned subsidiaries, the company will dispose of the m/v Sagitta and the m/v Centaurus.The ships will be sold for USD 12.3 million each, and are expected to be delivered to their new owner by April 27, 2018.Following the completion of this sale, and the previously announced sales of two Post-Panamax and one Panamax boxship, Diana Containerships’ fleet will consist of 6 container vessels.Image Courtesy: Diana Containershipslast_img

Survey finds 13 of Canadians cant pay monthly bills as rates set

CALGARY — A new survey suggests a third of Canadians can’t pay their monthly bills, including debt repayments, against a backdrop of rising interest rates.The quarterly MNP consumer debt index survey finds the number of Canadians who can’t cover their fixed monthly expenses is up eight points since September.It also finds Canadians who are making ends meet have less disposable income, with an average $631 left after paying bills and contributing to debt repayment. That’s 15 per cent less money left over than in the previous quarter.The survey says Canadians worried more about their debt as the Bank of Canada raised its benchmark interest rate twice last year and is expected to continue the momentum in 2018.Four-in-10 respondents say they fear financial trouble if interest rates rise much further and one-in-three agree they’re concerned rising rates could move them toward bankruptcy.More than 70 per cent of respondents say they’ll be more careful with how they spend money as rates move up, and nearly half say they believe they’ll have to take on more debt over the next year to cover expenses.Ipsos, which conducts the quarterly survey, interviewed 2,001 Canadians online between Dec. 8 and 13, 2017.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the populationThe survey is conducted on behalf of MNP Ltd., a division of MNP LLP., a personal insolvency practice. read more

At least 37 killed after two blasts hit Afghan voter registration center

The assaults underscore growing concerns about security in the lead-up to legislative elections scheduled for Oct. 20.Afghanistan began registering voters on April 14 for the long-delayed legislative elections, which are seen as a test-run for the presidential poll next year. Later in the day, another explosion rocked Pul-e-Khumri, the capital of Afghanistan’s Baghlan Province, killing at least six people and wounding five others. At least one police officer was killed and another person was wounded, officials said, blaming the Taliban. Last Tuesday, gunmen attacked a voter registration center in the central province of Ghor, kidnapping three election workers and two policemen.Taliban militants released the five two days later.Over the next two months, authorities hope to register up to 14 million adults at more than 7,000 polling centers for the parliamentary and district council elections. Election officials have acknowledged that security is a major concern as the Taliban and other militant groups control or contest large swathes of the country.Afghan police and troops have been tasked with protecting polling centers, even as they struggle to get the upper hand against insurgents on the battlefield.Militants last Friday launched rockets at a voter registration center in the northwestern province of Badghis. At least 37 people were killed, dozens others injured in Afghanistan after two explosions rocked the country.The first explosion happened in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a voter registration center in a heavily Shiite-populated neighborhood in the western part of the city, killing at least 31 people and wounding 54 others, a health ministry spokesman said. The ISIL has claimed responsibility for the attack. Officials have been pushing people to register amid fears a low turnout will undermine the credibility of the polls.President Ashraf Ghani last week urged religious leaders to use Friday prayers to encourage worshippers to sign up.He also called on provincial governors to tell their employees to register themselves and their family members. (CGTN) read more

Annan condemns deadly bombing outside home of Iraqi political leader

“The Secretary-General condemns this attack in the strongest terms and reiterates that such acts of violence are indefensible,” he said in a statement issued by his spokesman after the suicide attack, which media reports say killed at least nine people and wounded 50 others.The attack occurred outside the home of Abdul Aziz Al-Hakim, leader of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution, one of Iraq’s political parties. The building also houses the party’s head office.Noting “this critical time of Iraq’s history,” Mr. Annan reaffirmed that the world body stands ready to help Iraqis hold elections on 30 January for its 275-member national assembly “and to support the broader political transition process.” The assembly will draft a constitution and appoint a new government to run the country until a presidential ballot can be held by the end of 2005. read more

Brock to host public event on aging well in Niagara

For the first time in history, seniors now outnumber children in Canada, and Niagara has one of the oldest populations of adults over 65.Brock University neuroscientist and Canada Research Chair Karen Campbell will be describing strategies for promoting healthy aging in Niagara at an upcoming community talk hosted by the Centre for Lifespan Development Research at Brock.Using her own research to explain how to improve cognitive abilities in older adulthood, Campbell will be providing tips and information to help the Niagara community better understand this important issue.In response to the demographic shift recently identified by Statistics Canada research, Niagara has joined the Age-Friendly Initiative led by the World Health Organization, seeking to improve the lives of seniors.Focusing on the health and well-being of older adults, the Centre for Lifespan Development Research provides relevant research to Niagara, with more than 60 faculty members studying how we change across the lifespan and examining health and well-being, memory, face recognition, brain development and emotion regulation.As part of the Centre’s focus on disseminating its research to the community, it will host a community event, “Aging Well: Studying Healthy Cognitive Aging in Niagara,” from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31 at Brock University. The event is free and open to anyone interested in learning about healthy cognitive aging.Registration for the event can be found online at lifespanhealthyaging.eventbrite.caCampbell will be discussing how some cognitive abilities decline with age, while others are preserved or even improve, and will provide insight on the best way to maintain cognitive health into old age.“I think it’s important for us to share these findings with the public so we can all use science to inform our lifestyle decisions,” she says.What: Aging Well: Studying Healthy Cognitive Aging in NiagaraWho: Presented by Dr. Karen Campbell, Canada Research Chair and Assistant Professor of Psychology at Brock University with honorary chair, Dr. Douglas Rapelje, a Niagara resident, accomplished lifelong advocate for seniors in the Niagara region and an honorary doctorate recipient from Brock.When: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m.Where: Academic South 203, Brock University, 1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way, St. Catharines read more

Record crowd expected as Badgers head back to Meridian Centre

The Steel BladeThe Steel Blade Classic trophy, which carries the name of the annual champions, was a donation of the Werner family. The sword is an 1803 pattern, non-commissioned officer’s“hanger.” It was the sword carried by sergeants of the Upper Canada Artillery Units and Royal Artillery during the War of 1812.Steel Blade Classic [2017] from Reece Fisher on Vimeo. If excitement can be measured in ticket sales, the Steel Blade Classic will be a rocking affair Friday night.Just 12 hours after complimentary student tickets became available for the Brock Badgers’ annual men’s hockey game at the Meridian Centre, a request had to be made for more to be released after a record 2,541 tickets were scooped up.It demolished the old single-day record of 964 students tickets picked up, and brings to nearly 4,000 the number of tickets now spoken for with more than three days to go before the annual downtown Homecoming Tailgate Party and Brock Badgers hockey game Friday, Sept. 15.Brock students gather for a photo at the Homecoming Tailgate Party in 2016.“The Homecoming Tailgate Party and the Steel Blade Classic at the Meridian Centre last year was a massive success. There’s so much excitement at Brock about this year’s game that we know it’s going to be even bigger,” said Brock Sports Director Neil Lumsden. “The Steel Blade is a great example of the momentum being created in the community around Brock Sports showcase events.”This marks the 19th year for the Steel Blade Classic, now contested as a one-game showdown between the Badgers and the rival Guelph Gryphons.While the game itself starts at 7 p.m., the festivities kick off with the tailgate party starting at 4 p.m. in the parking lot of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, across from the Meridian Centre.The party is free and open to the public, and will feature music, a barbecue, beer tent, family-friendly activities and more.The game itself will include a tribute to the 50-year history of Brock men’s hockey. It was one of the first varsity sports ever offered at the University, with the first hockey team — known as the Brock Generals — kicking off its inaugural season in 1967.More than 3,500 people packed the Meridian Centre for the 2016 Steel Blade Classic.To commemorate that history, the Badgers playing Friday night will wear throw-back Brock Generals jerseys, and members of that first team will be in attendance for a reunion. John O’Brien, who scored the first Brock goal in league play during that first year, will drop the opening puck along with Brock President Gervan Fearon.It may be a pre-season game, but for the current roster of players, the Steel Blade Classic is one of the biggest games of the year.“Being the new coach and seeing the success of the game and the excitement it generated in the community last year, I can’t wait to be part of the Steel Blade Classic,” said Marty Williamson, a former Niagara IceDogs coach who became the head coach of the Badgers last month. “I’ve been very impressed with how hard our players have been working and how focused they are to give their best effort Friday. The Brock students, alumni and the community have made the Steel Blade Classic something we all look forward to.”Tickets for the Steel Blade game are available online at www.steelbladeclassic.com. Prices are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.Buses will take students from the Brock campus on Sir Isaac Brock Blvd. to the Meridian Centre Friday night.About the eventHomecoming Tailgate Party — Friday, Sept. 15, 4 p.m., Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts parking lotBrock Badgers vs. Guelph Gryphons Steel Blade Classic hockey game — Friday, Sept. 15, 7 p.m., Meridian CentreAlumni Pub Night (Open to everyone 19+) — Friday, Sept. 15, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., Mansion House read more

Ohio States Sullinger aces midterm for March against North Florida

A rare thing happened during the Ohio State men’s basketball game in the Schottenstein Center on Monday night. With 12:31 remaining in the first half of OSU’s contest against North Florida, Buckeyes sophomore forward Jared Sullinger headed to the bench having scored as many points as the number he wears on his jersey. After returning to the game less than two minutes later, OSU’s No. 0 scored his first points, and many more, overcoming his slow start to lead the Buckeyes in scoring during their 85-50 win over the Ospreys. Sullinger scored an 27 points — his highest output of the young 2011-12 season — as he connected on 9-of-16 field goal attempts while also shooting 9-of-10 from the free-throw line. Along the way, Sullinger scored the 700th point of his OSU career. “It’s kind of selfish of me, but at the same time it’s something coach (Thad) Matta wants to see, you know, me take over a basketball game,” Sullinger said after the game. “It was one of those days.” After the game, Sullinger gave credit to UNF, who double-teamed him early and often, for making his life difficult around the basket for the first nine minutes of the game. “This basketball team, North Florida, is pretty good,” Sullinger said. “They’re very disciplined … they came out ready to play.” UNF coach Matthew Driscoll said his team’s early effectiveness against Sullinger came from his own team’s physicality. “When you play those guys and you wall them up and make them play through their chest, it’s a hard shot to make, I don’t care if you’re 6-foot-4 or 6-foot-9,” Driscoll said. “We kind of made him try to make shots over us, which he’s a great angle scorer.” The Ospreys’ effort could only contain Sullinger for so long- on both ends of the court- as the sophomore forward also led the Buckeyes in rebounding with a season-high 13 boards, giving him his second double-double of the season. The 27-point effort from the sophomore forward maintains Sullinger’s status as OSU’s leading scorer on the season, as he is averaging 20.5 points through the Buckeyes’ first four games. His effort didn’t only affect his box score, but the stat lines of his teammates, like Deshaun Thomas, who finished the game with a season-high 16 points. “It was just kind of clicking tonight,” Thomas said. “Playing off Sully and Will (Buford) and just knocking down shots.” A national player of the year candidate, Sullinger also recorded a season-high three steals while playing in 27 minutes against the Ospreys- the second-least amount of time he’s spent on the court during a game this season. Monday night was the first of three games the Buckeyes will play in the next five days, with a Wednesday game against Virginia Military and a Friday match-up with Valparaiso still to come. “This is a mental toughness week, I mean, with a game, practice, game, practice, game,” Sullinger said. “It’s really kind of a test for what we got coming. It’s almost like a midterm for March.” read more

Bypass the Windows 8 Start Screen with Thinix RetroUI

first_imgDon’t like the Windows 8 Start Screen? Wish you could force Windows 8 to boot straight to the desktop just like you could in the first Preview release? Thinix RetroUI is here to help.Install the app, and your Windows 8 desktop or laptop will go from the bootsplash animation directly to the old familiar desktop and taskbar. You’ll have to pay for the privilege, but it’s just $4.95 for a three-license pack for home use — business use is $4.95 per system.Apart from skipping the Start Screen, RetroUI can also disable a trio of modern Windows 8 features: the Charms Bar, hot corners, and Task Switcher. The company also assures that the software is spyware and adware free, makes no modifications to the Windows 8 core that would compromise its security, and that it’s enterprise friendly — allowing corporations to quickly migrate to Windows 8 without having to bother with expensive (and frustrating) re-training for staff.There’s one feature that’s missing, however, that would truly make this app worthy of the badge RetroUI: the Start Menu. Getting at the desktop isn’t all that hard in Windows 8. Just tap the Windows key + D or click a pinned app on your Start Screen that runs on the Desktop, and you’re there. The missing Start Menu is a bigger issue, and you’ll need to pony up for MyMashup to get a comprehensive solution from Thinix. No pricing has been revealed for the more full-featured app, and it’s still considered an alpha release.A 14-day trial is reportedly on offer from Thinix if you want to try out RetroUI, but I wasn’t able to locate it on the company website — or anywhere else on the ‘Net, for that matter. Once it has been posted, feel free to give it a shot and share your impressions. As for me, I’ll probably stick to tapping Win+D to flip over after I log in.via PR Newswirelast_img read more

Salvation Army feeding TCIs hungry with Thanksgiving at Shark Bite

first_img Salvation Army does exceedingly abundantly more in Red Kettle Drive Salvation Army gets big gift to boost donations; One Week at the Palms Resort Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Extraordinary hours for Voter Registration Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 24 Nov 2014 – The Season of Charity or Love is being ushered in as Thanksgiving approaches; the Turks and Caicos, will for the first time mark a National Day of Thanksgiving on November 28th a public holiday. The Salvation Army tells us that next week it is hoping to raise funds for food as it celebrates American Thanksgiving at Sharkbite in Turtle Cove. Turkey dinner and the fixings is $25.99 where100% of the proceeds will go towards feeding the hungry in TCI. NFL fans, we are also told football coverage starts from noon that day. Related Items:National Day of Thanksgiving, nfl, salvation army, season of charity, sharkbite, turtle cove Recommended for youlast_img read more

Allegri warns Juventus to take Young Boys seriously

first_imgJuventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is wary of the threat that BSC Young Boys will provide them ahead of tonight’s Champions League gameThe Bianconeri sealed their spot in the knockout stages of the competition last time out by beating Valencia 1-0.Now Juventus head to Switzerland needing to either win or hope second-place Manchester United fail to defeat Valencia in the other game for top spot in Group H.Young Boys may be bottom of the group table with just one point after five games, but Allegri is refusing to take them lightly.“We’re playing for first place against a team who have fared well at home,” said Allegri on the club website.“We know we need to take this game seriously but I have a responsible group of players so I’m sure we will.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“We’re aware of how important the game is because a bad result could have an effect on us – and we can’t afford that going into the derby.“We mustn’t think it’s an ‘easy’ game because if you don’t show opponents the respect they deserve you can come a cropper.“We want to top the group because we’re one of the best teams in the competition now and it’s important to avoid the group winners.“Over the years we’ve become one of the contenders to go all the way but the Champions League gets more and more difficult.“Once you get to the quarter-final stage it’s really tough and it’s impossible to get an ‘easy’ quarter- or semi-final.”The Italian champions will take on Young Boys at the Stade de Suisse tonight at 21:00 (CET) before facing local rivals Torino on Saturday in the Serie A.last_img read more

Wren Kitchens engagement drive results in rap for brands latest advert

first_imgSomething for the weekend: Following a competition aimed at boosting employee engagement, Wren Kitchens has used sales assistant Ryan Beecham’s winning rap for its latest advert.Stuart O’Neill, creative director of Tribal Worldwide, who was brought in to help create the ad, said: “This is just another example of how Wren likes to do things differently, listening to employees and involving them in the family-run business.”Beecham showed off his rhyming skills in a talent contest organised as an employee engagement drive at the organisation’s Croydon showroom. Under the stage name Civil, he rapped about ‘the Wren difference’, extolling the virtues of the brand.He was not only crowned winner, but the organisation also made the decision to bring in music director Dir.Lx to direct and produce an advert using the rap.Richard Walker, marketing director at Wren Kitchens, said: “At first, we thought it would make a great training video, but it was so good we decided to use it as an advert.”Ambitious performer and songwriter Beecham used his role with the employer as inspiration for the rap, explaining: “I did it like a demonstration for a customer.”Lines include: “We’re so proud we go the extra distance, to lay it out, break it down to show the Wren difference…and if your main concern is the paper, it’s all good, you can buy now and pay later.”Here at Employee Benefits, we like the idea of a workplace competition to celebrate employees’ hidden talents. If our bosses heard our musical efforts, though, they would probably wish we had kept them hidden…last_img read more

FTC sues iBackPack says firm spent crowdfunding dollars on personal items

first_img 0 Now playing: Watch this: Apple’s new services, FTC nails robocall companies Share your voice The promised pack. Crowdfunders say it still hasn’t materialized. iBackPack Developers of a high-tech backpack are under fire from the US Federal Trade Commission for what the agency says were deceptive crowdfunding practices.The FTC said in a release Monday that Douglas Monahan’s company, iBackPack of Texas, LLC, raised $800,000 from consumers over four fundraisers. The agency filed a complaint Monday in the Southern District Court of Florida, alleging that iBackPack and Monahan used “a large share of the funds on various personal expenses.” The money was meant for development, production and delivery of products, but the FTC said that to date no backpacks have been delivered.”While hundreds of consumers have complained about the campaigns, defendants largely have ignored refund requests and then shut down the company, have transferred the remaining money to unrelated companies run by defendant Monahan, and have ceased communications with consumers,” the complaint said. Andrew Smith, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said those who raise money through crowdfunding don’t have to guarantee their idea will work, but the funds have to be dedicated to work on the idea. Monahan first sought funding for iBackPack in 2015. By November 2017, the crowdfunding campaign had raised $720,000, according to the FTC. The backpack had a distribution date of March 2016, which was missed, and Monahan began another fundraiser on Kickstarter. The second fundraiser ended in April 2016, garnering an additional $76,000. Around the same time, Monahan started two more campaigns on Indiegogo and raised $11,000, according to the FTC.Monahan’s website and the campaigns are still online. Consumers have voiced their displeasure in the comments section demanding their money back, citing Kickstarter’s terms of use. According to the Indiegogo campaign, the iBackPack would be able to hold “all your electronics” and would come with an optional built-in Wi-Fi connection and batteries “galore.” The TSA-friendly pack, with a built-in rain hood and 30 compartments, would make sure all your electronics are charged.Monahan didn’t immediately respond to request for comment. Originally published May 7.Update, May 8: Adds our reaching out to Doug Monahan for comment.  1:14center_img Post a comment Tech Industry FTC Tagslast_img read more

The mysterious case of Alaskas strange sockeye salmon returns this year

first_imgAva Daugherty, of Juneau, grabs a pink salmon from Sara Gering, of Juneau, as the two work to offload more than 40,000 pounds of salmon from the fishing tender San Juan on July 19, 2018, in Juneau, Alaska. Bonny Millard, the captain, says it has been an unusual season for sockeye salmon in Southeast, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)There’s something unusual going on with the sockeye salmon runs returning to Alaska this year. In some places — like Bristol Bay — the runs are strong. In others, like the Copper River or the Kenai River they’re unexpectedly weak. In some places, there are sockeye that are unusually small. In others, sockeye of a certain age appear to be missing entirely.It’s a mystery.Listen nowIn Southeast Alaska, one of the first Fish and Game staffers to notice an unusual trend was Iris Frank, a regional data coordinator and fisheries technician.Frank’s lab is on the first floor of Fish and Game’s Douglas Island office that looks like it hasn’t changed much in the 32 years since she got there.Frank has been looking at blown-up images of sockeye salmon scales for decades.  She pops one onto the machine and dials it into focus to show that salmon scales have ridges, called circuli. They look a lot like fingerprints.Circuli carry a lot of information about what a salmon has been doing since it hatched.“So if you think about a fish being out say, in a lake in the summertime, it’s warmer there. There’s more feed around. So these circuli are probably going to be bigger and more widely spaced apart,” Frank said.Then, during the winter months, the ridges compress together. Grouping those two sets of ridges together, Franks says she can usually get a pretty good idea of how old a salmon is from reading the scales.Frank gets about 40,000 of these salmon scales in a year, and she’s an expert at reading them. In the last few years — she’s noticed that on some fish — those lines are getting closer and closer together. Frank is quick to point out that she is not a fisheries scientist, but that could mean the fish aren’t growing as fast, or as big as they normally do.Frank said she hasn’t seen anything like it before, in the decades that she’s been reading scales.“This is just, you know, the hairs on the back of your neck standing up going ‘well that’s really odd,’” Frank said.Frank doesn’t know why it’s happening, or what it means. But it’s a clue.And, it’s part of a pretty big mystery. Elsewhere in the state, Fish and Game scientists are scratching their heads over smaller sockeye, sockeye trickling into rivers and lakes where they normally come back strong or whole age groups of sockeye that appear to be missing. Several said they’re wondering what is happening to the sockeye once they leave Alaska’s freshwater and head out into the ocean.Out at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Auke Bay, there’s a team of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists who specialize in researching fish at sea.Among them is Ed Farley. He’s a program manager for the Ecosystem Monitoring and Assessment Program. There, researchers focus on Alaska’s large marine ecosystems like the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering and Chukchi Seas.Farley said he was not surprised to see inconsistent returns of sockeye salmon to Alaska this year, and he has a pretty good idea of what could be happening — though he’s reluctant to call it a smoking gun.One big clue is the blob. That’s the warmer-than-normal water that moved into the North Pacific about four years ago. It stayed unusually hot through 2016 in the Gulf of Alaska shelf — some 4 to 6 degrees higher than normal. Farley said that shelf is where young sockeye salmon from Alaska go to eat once they venture out from their home rivers. Generally they move onto the shelf and move counter-clockwise, foraging for food before they wind up in the North Pacific Ocean.That heat has a big impact on salmon and other cold-water species.“That’s going to increase their metabolic rate, so they’re going to have to find more food,” Farley said.But something else happened in the Gulf of Alaska during that time period, too.Farley said a team of researchers did surveys on the food web during those hot years and found that some of the key food for young sockeye salmon was missing.Some things like copepods — that’s a high-fat bug that sockeye eat, basically eggs with legs — just weren’t around in the same volume as they had been.“So you kind of a get a double whammy,” Farley said. “You know they’re having to eat more because their metabolic processes are speeding up. But there’s less prey. And so this is impacting their growth rate at this time, this period of summer, when they’re supposed to grow and get this fat store.”Farley said that could have caused a lot of young sockeye salmon to die during their first summer at sea.Another factor, Farley said, is pink salmon. There’s some evidence that they compete with sockeye for food in the North Pacific. But Farley is quick to point out that the role pink salmon play in sockeye salmon deaths is still in question.Farley also works with the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission which has scientists from several countries including Russia, Japan and the United States. Farley said some researchers on that commission have looked at sockeye salmon scales and calculated growth rates of the salmon during different life history stages. They’ve found a pattern of growth that shows sockeye salmon aren’t growing as fast in years when there are a lot of pink salmon in the same place.But when it comes to the sockeye salmon returns this year, Farley is less focused on what’s happening in the North Pacific and more on the Gulf of Alaska. He suspects that some of the sockeye salmon returning to Alaska this year went out into the ocean at a time when they needed more food to survive and it just wasn’t there.And those banner Bristol Bay sockeye salmon returns this year? Farley said those same warm ocean conditions might be the culprits there as well.Warm water may have decimated the food web in the Gulf of Alaska — but there’s evidence that it made the Bering Sea more fertile. Farley says that’s where Bristol Bay sockeye rear, so they were much better off than their Gulf of Alaska relatives.last_img read more

A deadly September in Dhaka

first_img.As many as 578 lawsuits were filed for incidents of sabotage including 90 attacks on the police only in Dhaka city in the month of September alone, police and court records say.Law enforcement personnel of 50 police stations in the metropolis are the plaintiffs in almost all the cases that have implicated several thousand leaders and activists of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).The official records show, as high as 1,186 crude bombs, 370 petrol bombs and 20 kilograms of explosives were recovered in September — only two months before the announcement of the election schedule.The number of cases and explosives claimed to have been recovered have exceeded all previous records of a single month, and also less than half the number of cases filed during the years of political turbulence — 2013 and 2014.Even a police official, seeking anonymity, has said there is no previous instance of filing 196 cases under the Explosives Act, in a month.However, when the policemen were allegedly struggling with such a huge attacks and incidents of sabotage, Dhaka city dwellers did not experience any violence in what, official reports suggest to be, a “deadly September”.Rather, life in the mega-city was normal, according to interviews with a number of residents in the reported spots.When approached, a number of high officials of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) declined to formally comment on the matter.National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque admitted the number of cases as ‘certainly high’ and said any scary situation should not be created before the elections and the law enforcement should not harass anyone.“The number of sabotage cases for a month is of course quite high. It is the authorities who have to investigate it,” he told Prothom Alo.After filing cases, the DMP has begun special raids to arrest the accused, mainly the opposition leaders and activists, when the country is going to hold the ballot for the 11th parliament, on 30 December.A new table has been inserted into the DMP’s everyday report on law and order for the arrested leaders and activists of the 20-party alliance. The opposition men are being shown arrested every day.“Such atmosphere cannot be created before the elections when people can feel fear. At the same time, the law enforcement must make sure that no innocent person is harassed,” the NHRC chief added.In such a context, leaders and activists of the BNP mostly remain absent from the scene when they are supposed to campaign for their candidates in the upcoming elections.The police men are yet to make a pause as 76 more cases were filed in October and 43 in November.More than 1,500 (1,509 to be specific as of 14 December) BNP and Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami leaders and activists, arrested between September and December, were produced before the chief metropolitan magistrate court of Dhaka.Six hundred of them were shown arrested in cases filed in September, according to DMP and Dhaka CMM court records.Dhaka Bar Association president Golam Mostafa Khan, also a lawyer of many BNP men, alleged that most of those cases are fictitious.“The cases were filed against the thana (police station) and ward level leaders because they are the main force in the elections,” he pointed out.A legal expert, however, argued, “This is only normal that the police force will be concerned since 122 people were killed in pre-polls violence between 26 November 2013 and 4 January 2014 following the announcement of polls schedule.”“The only difference is those incidents had actually taken place then. The people witnessed them, watched reports on TV and read them in newspapers but no one witnessed the latest incidents, as police claimed to have taken place in September. No newspapers published reports on such attacks and no TV channel aired reports such reports,” the legal expert pointed out.No confirmed information of crude bomb blasts, rallies or sabotage was available during the visits in the past one month to the said places of occurrence mentioned in 34 such cases.Also, an assistant commissioner of DMP, wishing not to be named, said the DMP uses the recently developed Citizen Info Management System (CIMS) and local leaders of the ruling party to get details of the BNP-Jamaat leaders before filing cases.About the ‘fictitious’ cases, the assistant commissioner said they have been replacing the names, dates and places of incidents on older cases filed for politically-motivated violence.“We’re doing it reluctantly as per directives from of the superiors,” the police official added.Attacks on policeThe law enforcement, the police headquarters records claimed, came under attack for 90 times in September. The number of such attacks was 15 in January, 14 in February, 8 in March, 10 in April and 8 in May.However, the number of attacks on police increased to 25 in August, when school students were demonstrating demanding safe roads.The reasons of sudden increase of attacks on police in September still remained unexplained.The police records suggest most of those attacks, including hurling crude bombs aiming the policemen to kill them, were carried out by the BNP men every day as on 30 September. As many as 40 cases were filed with 30 police stations on that day against them.The case statements say the BNP-Jamaat men attacked the police blocking roads of several areas with the intention to kill them with sticks.The BNP leaders have already termed the cases as fictitious saying that those were being filed to stop them from joining the election, compelling them to pull out of race or to discourage party men and voters to go to the polling stations.Most of the sabotage cases, in which the BNP men were implicated, were filed with Tejgaon industrial area police station.Sub-inspector Mostafizur Rahman of the police station registered a case naming 145 BNP leaders on 30 September on charge of blasting crude bombs in front of Sikder CNG station around 3:15pm.What witnesses sayAn employee at the pump said no crude bomb was blasted on that day.Four cases were filed against the BNP men with Sher-e-Bangla Nagar police station for exploding crude bombs in front of Nazneen School and College in Purba Razabazar area on 10 and 20 September. The law enforcement authorities said they recovered 27 crude bombs also from the spot on 10 September.A Prothom Alo correspondent talked to a security guard, who stays in the area all the time, about the matter.Stunned, the security guard said, “Who said this to you? Wouldn’t I know if any such thing had happened here?”Another case was filed against 61 BNP men for explosion of crude bombs inside a hostel of Dhaka Dental College in Sobhanbagh.A security guard there said on Friday, “What are you saying? Crude bomb blast would have rocked the building! There can be no question of my not knowing the incident.”The police filed another case against 70 BNP men for blasting crude bombs at the eastern corner of T&T ground in Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area.On Friday, a Prothom Alo correspondent talked to a shoe-repairman, who sits there regularly. He could not recall any incident of crude bomb blast or no one informed him of such incident, he said.The statement of another case, filed against the opposition BNP leaders and activists, said several crude bombs were blasted at the Eidgah Ground near the BNP Bazar in West Agargaon on 4 September. The police recovered shards of the blasted crude bombs, it added.Local boys, who play at the ground, said they had not heard about any such incident.A rickshaw mechanic, who sits at a corner of the ground, was astonished when he was told about the allegation. “Such things don’t take place here at all.”Afterwards, no such attacks were carried out on policemen in the areas under jurisdiction of the police stations that registered those sabotage cases, police now say.Dubious recovery of crude bombsIn 2013, the police recovered 570 crude bombs and 4 petrol bombs in Dhaka and the number came down to 265 and six the next year. The number of crude bombs and petrol bombs recovered was 630 and 172 in 2015, and 1,746 and 579 in 2016, DMP reports show.In 2017, the law enforcement recovered 1,879 crude bombs and 2,099 petrol bombs, according to their records. But, the reports confirmed, the number of crude bombs recovered in September this year alone was over 1000.The media were not briefed about these recoveries although the police headquarters update newsmen after any such incidents and actions. A number of detectives expressed unwillingness to talk officially about these issues.Also, the bomb disposal unit members of the DMP’s counter terrorism and transnational crime unit were not aware of the recovery of bombs in Dhaka, according to officials.In September, the CTTC’s bomb disposal unit members, who are called to deactivate recovered bombs, were called only once.A former inspector of general of police (IGP) Nurul Huda said to Prothom Alo, “Magistrates take charge of the cases even if those are filed by the police. He can take action if he finds discrepancies in any stage of investigation.”“The government tries to use the policemen in various ways. Earlier, the police didn’t easily succumb to any illegal order but now that culture is no longer there … The police has become a part of the political party,” said Abdul Qayum, another former IGP and an adviser to the BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.He is afraid if such actions disrupt the chain of command in the police force.Supreme Court lawyer Shahdeen Malik said, “It’s clear from the incidents that the law enforcement members have become the ruling party activists instead of becoming officers of the republic.”“It would become tough for any government to run the state a day when the law enforcement members are used as a tool to harass the citizens instead of fighting criminals. It seems our country is turning into a state devoid of welfare concept” he feared.last_img read more

DCs Many Prankster Activists Turn Anger Into Street Theater

first_imgBy ASHRAF KHALIL , Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — In the nation’s capital, it can be hard for protesters to stand out. A group of 50 people — or even 500 — holding signs and shouting hardly merits a second glance in this city of protests.That’s why Washington activists have to get creative. There’s an ethos of performative prankster-style protest wired into the District of Columbia’s history, dating back decades.This confrontational street-theater school is flourishing with the Trump administration as its nemesis. Each month brings new acts of political theater — some confrontational, some deliberately absurdist.Sister Leona, right, a member of Radical Matriarchy, center, talks with a passer-by as she protests with fellow member Emily Ann outside the National Gallery of Art on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 in Washington. Radical Matriarchy was protesting the fact that 90% of the art inside is by white men. In the nation’s capital, it can be hard for protesters to stand out. Fifty people _ or even 500 _ holding signs and shouting hardly merits a second glance in this city of protests. That’s why Washington activists have to get creative. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)“It can take a serious issue into more of a playful place,” said Robin Bell, who regularly projects disparaging messages onto the outside of the Trump International Hotel. “Oftentimes we visualize the absurdity of the situation.”In January, a group of activists associated with political pranksters The Yes Men passed out dozens of fake Washington Posts , with detailed articles depicting President Donald Trump resigning and fleeing the White House. For about a month last fall, a Robert Mueller investigation-themed ice cream truck roamed Washington, passing out free scoops with names like IndictMint Chip and Rocky Rod Rosenstein.While some protests are designed to get attention, others hide in plain sight like Easter eggs for the observant. Within sight of the White House, a realistic-looking street sign declares the street Khashoggi Way, after Jamal Khashoggi, the dissident Saudi journalist killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. About 10 of these signs have been scattered around Washington.Activist Claude Taylor said he planted his first sign in front of the Saudi Embassy, where it lasted 24 hours before being removed. But he’s pleased the sign outside the White House has lasted so long — more than a month — since his protest is against both Khashoggi’s murder and what he considers Trump’s soft response. Taylor also drives around town carrying an inflatable effigy depicting the president as a giant rat .“It’s got to be art, it’s got to be creative. That’s what gets people hooked,” said Adam Eidinger, perhaps Washington’s most high-profile political provocateur.National Gallery of Art security cover Radical Matriarchy member Laura Newman with a blanket after she removed her clothes and sang during a protest in the museum, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 in Washington. Radical Matriarchy was protesting the fact that 90% of the art inside is by white men. In the nation’s capital, it can be hard for protesters to stand out. Fifty people _ or even 500 _ holding signs and shouting hardly merits a second glance in this city of protests. That’s why Washington activists have to get creative. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)Eidinger is one of the District’s public faces for marijuana legalization and is known for disruptive protests. In 2017, his group passed out 1,000 joints on Capitol Hill, but only to ID-carrying congressional staffers. He says he still owns a small jail cell on wheels for use in political stunts.Eidinger lists the advantages to this sort of theatrical approach. It’s more enjoyable and inspiring for the participants, more likely to garner media attention and go viral. Equally important, it’s more likely to annoy opponents.“One of the goals is to have a psychological impact, to get into their heads,” he said.He says he’s been arrested 23 times, although he emphasizes that usually isn’t the point.“Just getting arrested is not creative. You should be willing to get arrested doing something else transgressive,” he said.The Trump administration is not the only target for these sorts of protests. On Thursday, two female activists disrobed inside the National Gallery of Art to protest what they say is a lack of diversity in the artists being featured. One led security on a brief chase before being subdued. The National Gallery of Art did not respond to a request for comment.A day earlier, activists targeted the Philippine Embassy with a protest that was deliberately obscure. Around 7 a.m., several people strung swaths of red jute fabric on every tree, sign and lamp post surrounding the embassy, including the nearby statue of Daniel Webster. Last month, this group wrapped an enormous stretch of jute around the entire embassy fence, blocking both driveways.It’s an elaborate protest against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, in which human rights groups estimate more than 10,000 people have been killed by police and militias.But there were no signs indicating that. In fact, given the date, most passers-by probably assumed it was related to Valentine’s Day.“There’s a deliberate mystery to what we’re doing” said an organizer, speaking on condition of anonymity to avoid prosecution. “Our audience is the embassy. Hopefully the guy at the embassy is going to be like ‘I don’t know what this is about, but I better tell my boss.’”An embassy spokesman said local authorities had been contacted, but that all forms of “peaceful freedom of expression are all welcome.”The godmother of this local protest ethos is Nadine Bloch, a resident of the historically liberal hotspot of Takoma Park, Maryland, located just over the Washington line. Bloch’s activism goes back to captaining a ship for Greenpeace in the 1990s seeking to disrupt French nuclear tests. Both Eidinger and Bell credit her with helping form their own sensibilities as part of the Washington Action Group.“Nadine gathered all these people in the late ’90s and now they’re out there on their own doing it,” Eidinger said.Bloch speaks of the “artist-activist” and trains activists in a school of creative revolution known as “beautiful trouble.” She said simple public weirdness is not enough and counsels activists to think through their goals, their message and their audience.“A lot of people are in love with their clever tactics,” Bloch said. “But if you don’t know what your goal is, then good luck if your message actually delivers.”In the institutional memory of Washington’s activists, December 1987 stands as an iconic moment. That’s when posters suddenly appeared across town with a brutal assessment of President Ronald Reagan’s attorney general, Edwin Meese: “Experts Agree: Meese is a Pig.”Their origin was a local mystery at first, eventually revealed to be the work of Jeff Nelson, drummer for the Washington-based political hardcore band Minor Threat.Nelson said his posters weren’t particularly clever or constructive but more like a vulgar scream of frustration.“I was just looking for some sort of megaphone to shout back,” said Nelson, now 56 and living in Toledo, Ohio. “Basically I did what I knew how to do, which was silkscreen posters.”But Nelson’s legacy lingers.When Bell, the projectionist, started targeting the Trump hotel after the 2016 election, he paid homage to his forebears.His first projection said: “Experts Agree: Trump is a Pig.”last_img read more

Spiritual Activist Johnnie Colemons Legacy Thrives

first_imgBy Renee Foose, Special to the AFROThe late Rev. Dr. Johnnie Colemon is widely regarded as the “first lady of New Thought Christianity” and paved the way for women of color to enter ministry and pursue their calling.  Her message of “teaching people how to live better lives” resonates with communities across the globe and locally.“Rev. Colemon was an African-American womanist theologian who taught practical Christianity in a clear and understandable way for everyday life,” said Lameteria Hall, assistant minister of One God One Thought Center for Better Living (OGOT) in Baltimore, where the teachings of Coleman thrive.The Rev. Dr. Johnnie Colemon, known as first lady of the New Thought Movement, began a conscious journey of spiritual unfoldment when she got news in 1952 that she had an incurable disease. Knowing intuitively it wasn’t her time to die, she sought spiritual understanding at the Unity School of Christianity, in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, where she received her teaching certificate and became an ordained minister. She has published titles sharing her healing experience, including “It Works If Your Work It” and “Open Your Mind and Be Healed.” She didn’t make her transition from this life until 2014, at 94. (Courtesy Photo)The Rev. Colemon founded Christ Unity Center in 1956 with 35 members and over the next few decades would pioneer the New Thought movement, which uses a metaphysical interpretation of the Bible and focuses on healing, meditation and positive thought, in the African-American community.Under Colemon’s leadership, the center Christ Unity Center grew exponentially into Christ Universal Temple, and built three churches, a theological institute and academy bearing her name. In 1974 the Rev. Colemon established a new denomination, the Universal Foundation for Better Living.Today Christ Universal Temple is one of Chicago’s largest congregationsThe church, situated in the South Side of Chicago, sits on a 100-acre campus at 119th Street and Ashland Avenue, named Johnnie Coleman Drive in 1996, has thousands of members. The Rev. Colemon retired as the church’s senior minister in 2006.“She was innovative and had a knack for making religion and theology simple,” said the Rev. Derrick Wells, senior minister at Christ Universal Temple, in a 2014 Chicago Tribune article. “She taught in ways that were relatable, and when she talked about what would normally be complex concepts, she made them easy to understand and even easier to apply.The Rev. Johnnie Colemon made her transition from the world on Dec. 23, 2014 at the age of 94, following an illness. But her legacy lives on in over 20,000 members across the country who have embraced the New Thought Movement in their lives and worldly affairs.Rev. Lameteria Hall, assistant minister of One God One Thought Center for Better Living (OGOT) in Baltimore. (Courtesy Photo)Hall, of Windsor Mill, came to Maryland in 1991 after studying under Colemon in Chicago. She and a core group of like-minded devotees began study groups to spread the teachings of Colemon.  After just a few years, and with roughly 250 people, One God One Thought Center was founded. The Center, which has seen the congregation peak with as many as 500 members, is celebrating 25 years.  “Our challenge moving forward is to find more ways to spread our teachings to younger generations,” Hall said.With a warm demeanor, a generous smile and calming presence, Hall is regarded as a thought leader by congregants. Her passion and ministry transcend her work at the Center. She is also an adjunct college professor and said students embrace the message of One God One Thought in the classroom because the teachings are user-friendly and are practical “life skills we use every day.”“It’s a matter of teaching students how to take difficult situations and break them down into simple tasks, the things we do daily. I use short stories that illustrate topics and principles, then ask students to apply it in their lives on their journey to becoming  masterful students,” said Hall.“This is the first [place] where I learned what to do on Monday,” said Karen Clay of Odenton, Md.  Clay has been a member at the Center since 2004. “This is where I learned Christianity should be something you are, not just something you do on Sunday,” Clay told the AFRO.Bernette L. Jones, of Mt. Washington, is the senior minister of OGOT. Jones, a very energetic and engaging spiritual leader, is one of the organization’s founding members  and is currently in her 15th year of service as senior minister. Jones said the Center is “not church as usual.”“It’s a movement, started by Johnnie Colemon, to bring consciousness of love, peace, and joy to the world. It was the influence of Colemon’s spiritual activism for spiritual rights that created a pathway where I never allowed my gender or race to deter me from ministry,” Jones said.Jones and Hall work together with staff to make One God One Thought a place for everyone.“We want people to show up in the presence of God to deal with life challenges,” Jones said.“Everyone can see themselves in our message, and that message is the legacy of Johnnie Colemon who inspired us, taught us, and who lives within us today,” she said.In addition to weekly services, One God One Thought Center offers a variety classes, workshops, seminars, counseling, and activities to encourage involvement and promote spiritual growth.The Rev. Johnnie Coleman made her transition on Dec. 23, 2014 at the age of 94, following an illness.The One God One Thought Center for Better Living is located 3605 Coronado Road in Baltimore. For more ministry information visit www.ogot.org.last_img read more