4H Members Participate in Annual Kevin Grant Memorial Leadership Tour

first_img4-H youth are travelling to several communities in the province this week to learn what each community can offer their future. Ten members, age 14 to 16, from across the province were selected to participate in the inaugural Kevin Grant Memorial Tour, hosted this year in Cape Breton. “This tour offers 4-H members an opportunity to learn about the many communities in the province,” says Mark Parent, Minister of Agriculture. “This can help young people decide on a career and where they will live after completing their education.” At each stop, 4-H members will learn about the community, meet community leaders, and visit resource-based businesses and rural employers. The tour, from March 16 to 18, will feature several speakers and visits to businesses, museums and post-secondary institutions. “Kevin Grant was a strong supporter of the Nova Scotia 4-H program and we are proud his legacy will live through this conference and tour,” said Arthur Pick, acting manager, 4-H and Rural Organizations. Mr. Grant was a long-time 4-H participant, public servant, and avid supporter of the 4-H program. The conference and tour is sponsored by a memorial fund in his name. The fund provides a significant endowment to the Nova Scotia 4-H Foundation to assist with rural youth development. In considering his wishes, the foundation developed the tour to develop rural youth leadership. Each year, the tour will be held in different regions across the province over March Break.last_img read more

Ramdevs Kimbho app in hibernation Patanjali still hopeful

first_imgNew Delhi: Yoga guru Ramdev’s dream ‘swadeshi’ messaging app ‘Kimbho’ that aimed to give Facebook-owned WhatsApp a run for its money but was taken down from app stores last year owing to privacy concerns is still ‘on hold’, say company executives. The Kimbho app, launched with much fanfare last year from the house of Patanjali Ayurved, promised features such as chat, multimedia, voice and video calling, video conferencing and collaboration. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV appKimbho is a Sanskrit word which means “how are you” or “what’s new’. The app disappeared from the Google Play Store and App Store after users raised security concerns. A trial version reappeared in August with Patanjali Ayurved promising a final version in couple of days. This version, however is yet to see the light of the day. Patanjali, however, appears not to have given up on it completely yet. According to Abhitab Saxena, Senior Vice President and Head of Information Technology at Patanjali, the Kimbho app is on hold for now. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails “Baba Ramdev Ji and Acharya Balkrishna ji will announce it at a press conference if anything comes up. As for now, the ‘Kimbho app’ is on hold,” Saxena told IANS. When asked about the recent status of the app and the future plans for Kimbho app, Saxena said that it is “confidential”. “We will provide an update if anything happens, only Balkrishna Ji can give a clear image about the app’s status and everything related to the Kimbho app,” he added. To run a messaging app like WhatsApp requires top-of-the-line IT infrastructure. According to Anoop Mishra, one of the nation’s leading social media experts, “you need a team of Open Source experts, Cloud and content delivery network (CDN) experts, data engineers, an in-house team of core developers, API developers, user interface (UI) developers, in-house testing team and user data simulation team”, to run an app like WhatsApp. “You also need an outsourced hacking team which keeps finding the loopholes in the existing system which was completely missing in ‘Kimbho’ which was a poorly-scripted app,” Mishra added. S.K. Tijarawala, the national spokesperson of Patanjali Ayurved, did not respond to the questions about the status of the app. To build and run a world-class messaging app requires a huge investment of time, tech expertise and money — and eventually needs 10 times more investment for handling servers, security issues and data breaches. Whether Patanjali would make a fresh attempt to launch the messaging app with full preparation is still not clear but the firm still appears hopeful as it has not yet admitted to shelving it completely.last_img read more

Shania Twain To Serve As Grand Marshal For Las Vegas Great Santa

first_imgCountry superstar Shania Twain will proudly serve as the Grand Marshal of Opportunity Village’s Las Vegas Great Santa Run on Saturday, December 7, 2013. Marking the 5k’s ninth year, Twain will join thousands of Kris Kringles in Downtown Las Vegas for the nonprofit’s largest annual fundraiser.“It is an honor to partner with Opportunity Village on this incredible event,” said Twain, who currently headlines SHANIA: STILL THE ONE at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. “I love getting involved with the Las Vegas community and am excited to give back to such an amazing organization this holiday season.”As part of her Grand Marshal duties, Shania will welcome more than 10,000 Santa lookalikes and kick off the race alongside Opportunity Village’s “OVIP” clients. To encourage registration, Twain will head a Great Santa Run team for her fans to join, raising money for the wonderful, unique services provided by Opportunity Village. The following fundraising goals will lead to exclusive prizes, including: $50 – Official Team Shania T-Shirt $250 – Access to Team Shania VIP Tent with complimentary breakfast; Team Shania T-Shirt $500 – A pair of tickets to SHANIA:STILL THE ONE; access to Team Shania VIP Tent with complimentary breakfast; Team Shania T-Shirt $1,000 – A pair of VIP tickets to SHANIA:STILL THE ONE with VIP Meet and Greet after the show; access to Team Shania VIP Tent with complimentary breakfast; Team Shania T-ShirtSign up to be a part of Team Shania at the Great Santa Run here.“We are thrilled to have Ms. Twain involved in Las Vegas’ jolliest 5k,” said Linda Smith, Opportunity Village’s Chief Development Officer. “Her participation is a testament as to how far this run has come over the years, and we couldn’t be more excited to flood the streets of Downtown Las Vegas with Santas!”2013 will see the event’s return to Downtown Las Vegas, the original birthplace of the Great Santa Run. The race course will begin under the glowing overhead screens of Fremont Street Experience and continue throughout downtown, passing a number of landmarks and some of Las Vegas’ most captivating architecture. Participants can choose to run in the 5k or the one-mile Kris Kringle Jingle walk.Additionally, this year the Great Santa Run will fight to keep its reigning title of World Santa Challenge Champion. This friendly competition takes place between festive fun runs in cities across the globe, including Liverpool, Tasmania and Osaka, to see which race can accrue the most participants. During its nine year existence, the Las Vegas Great Santa Run has won the coveted award eight times.As in years past, the Great Santa Run will entertain with live performances, food, costume contests, celebrity appearances, and more, as local businesses join in on the fun in support of Opportunity Village.Pre-registration is open for the 2013 Great Santa Run at LasVegasSantaRun.org and costs $40 for individuals, $35 for team members (team pricing applies to groups of five or more) and $25 for children 12 and under; day-of registration is $50 for adults and $35 for children. The participation fee includes a five-piece Santa suit and gifts, with proceeds going to Opportunity Village.Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people in our community with significant intellectual disabilities, enriching their lives and the lives of the families who love them by providing meaningful work and life experiences. Recently voted by Las Vegas Review-Journal readers for “Best Community Organization,” for the second year in a row, Opportunity Village is Nevada’s largest employer of people with disabilities. Serving nearly 3,000 individuals annually, Opportunity Village provides its “OVIPs” with vocational training, employment, habilitation and social recreation programs and services to make their lives more productive and interesting.last_img read more

WatchLinamar Corp bids 116 billion for French auto parts maker Montupet in

GUELPH, Ont. — One of Canada’s largest autoparts companies is making a play for French counterpart Montupet SA in a friendly takeover offer valued at $1.16 billion.Linamar Corp. of Guelph, Ont. says the acquisition would be a significant step in its strategy of becoming a global leader in making aluminum components for the automotive sector.Montupet designs and manufactures complex aluminum castings, with a presence in several European countries, North America and Asia.Canada’s auto industry could lose 20,000 jobs because of TPP trade deal, union saysThese analysts aren’t worried about Canadian auto parts makersHow Volkswagen’s Dieselgate has made the auto sector’s outlook smoggyLinamar is a diversified manufacture of precision metal components and systems, with particular expertise in aluminum components used in engines, transmissions and other sub-systems.It is offering 71.53 euros in cash for each Montupet share, or about $107.30, which is 15.5 per cent above the pre-announcement market price.Linamar would also assume Montupet debt valued at 63 million euros or $94.5 million.The Montupet board of directors and shareholders who own 36.6 per cent of its shares are supporting the bid, which requires regulatory approvals and will be open to other shareholders until early December. read more

Ohio State soccer outlasts Wisconsin

Not to be outdone by their football counterparts, the Ohio State men’s soccer team defeated conference foe Wisconsin on the road Sunday afternoon on the legs of the Hegngi brothers, albeit in less thrilling fashion. The Buckeyes knocked off the Badgers 2-0 to improve their conference record to 4-1 and take the driver’s seat in the Big Ten title race. Head coach John Bluem praised his defense after the game saying he knew it would be a tough task winning on the road. “We just had a really good game,” Bluem said. “The guys were really determined; they played well and followed the plan very well.” Ohio State got on the board early when senior forward Parnell Hegngi was fouled in the box by Wisconsin freshman defender A.J. Cochran, giving OSU a penalty kick. Parnell Hegngi’s brother Chris Hegngi took the penalty kick and got it past sophomore goalkeeper Max Jentsch to give the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead in the 27th minute of the contest. It was Chris Hegngi’s third goal on three penalty kick attempts this season. Chris Hegngi’s goal was his ninth on the season, which leads the Big Ten. In the second half, Parnell Hegngi took a free kick from just outside the box and curled it around the Wisconsin defensive wall and into the upper right corner of the goal to give the Buckeyes a 2-0 lead. It was Parnell Hegngi’s third goal of the season and first since the Buckeyes’ Sept. 4 win over Stetson. “Parnell Hegngi was a big part of the reason we won today,” Bluem said. “He was the guy who drew the penalty kick and in the second half Parnell scores a goal off of a free kick. He had a very good game.” The Buckeyes were out-shot 20-13 in the contest but junior goalkeeper Matt Lampson tallied seven saves and notched his fifth shutout of the season. He is now in second place all-time with 24 career saves, three saves away from tying Casey Latchem’s career record for OSU. With Northwestern playing No. 10 Indiana to a 2-2 tie Sunday, the Buckeyes (10-5-2) take sole control over the Big Ten lead. They will play Indiana (10-3-4) for the regular season conference title Saturday. “If we win against Indiana, that would make us the conference champions, no matter what other scenario,” Bluem said. “We control our own destiny.” The game will kick off from Bloomington, Ind., at 1 p.m. read more

Softbank enables vein authentication using a smartphone camera

first_imgThe main option taken to secure a smartphone from misuse is locking the screen with some form of code. But ultimately such codes can be cracked, and a more secure alternative is desirable. Japanese mobile network Softbank Mobile believes it has a better solution that relies on using your smartphone’s camera and your veins.Last year Fujitsu developed the world’s smallest vein authentication sensor, measuring just 29 x 29 x 11mm. That made it a great solution for laptops and even something like an external hard drive, but still way too big for inclusion in a smartphone.Vein authentication offers great security as each person’s hand veins form a unique pattern which can’t be easily copied. Adding such a sensor to a phone would greatly improve security, so Softbank got together with Universal Robot Co. Ltd. and figured out a way to add the functionality to a handset without requiring the actual sensor.The solution comes in the form of software combined with the camera all smartphones ship with. The software is able to use the camera to detect veins in visible light, thus extracting the necessary pattern without special hardware. However, because it uses the camera, the software can also double up on security by checking a person’s palm pattern at the same time.Such security is sure to be a hit with business users, but works for everyone who owns a smartphone because it only relies on the camera and the required app being installed. With that in mind, Softbank is going to offer the app to customers before 2012 is over.What remains unclear is if the app will be limited to Softbank phones or offered to everyone through the relevant app stores. I’m hoping for the latter so everyone can better protect their phone easily.via Tech-On!last_img read more

Micro earthquake shakes Amboyarea residents

first_imgA magnitude 2.7 earthquake shook the Amboy area at 12:51 p.m. Wednesday.The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network described the event as “a micro earthquake” that occurred at a depth of about 7 miles.It was centered about 3 miles northeast of Amboy and 4 miles north of Yacolt.“It was felt by a number of people in the Amboy area,” said Bill Steele, spokesman for the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network.In addition to operating a seismograph network in Washington and Oregon, the Seattle-based center also has a “Did you feel it?” link on its website (http://www.pnsn.org/welcome.html).“About 25 people have been online filling out a ‘felt’ report,” Steele said late Wednesday afternoon. Responders described it as between weak and light, “but they still definitely noticed it.”The quake occurred in an area of tectonic weakness, Steele said, but he made sure to add: “It was not related to the Mount St. Helens system.”Areas of stress off the Pacific Coast get a lot of blame for regional jolts, but Wednesday’s quake 22 miles north-northeast of Vancouver was more likely a result of geologic forces in California, Steele said.“Yosemite is moving north at 11 millimeters a year, and there is quite a bit of north-south compression.”Whatever the cause, Steele said, “This is always a good reminder to check your family’s plan, to make sure you have food and water to last a week.”last_img read more

Abax introduces dedicated weekly exercise hour for UK staff

first_imgTelematics organisation Abax is allowing its 50 Peterborough-based staff to exercise for one hour a week during working hours to boost employee wellbeing.Employees can use their exercise hour for any physical activity, including working out with a personal trainer, taking part in group exercise sessions, heading out for a run or going for a walk.The initiative is part of the organisation’s drive to build a strong culture and increase productivity and wellbeing among staff.The scheme, which runs throughout October 2016, is also designed to promote the themes of self-belief and motivation.Chris Miller, UK chief executive at Abax, said: “Involving staff in group sessions such as circuit training, running or power walking helps to build team spirit within the workplace and friendships away from the office.“Exercise makes people feel good. Why wouldn’t we want that in the office?”last_img read more

Budget 2017 Will there be a Digital Bharat Cess like the Swachh

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates the first weekly draw for Lucky Grahak Yojana and DigiDhan Vyapar Yojana to encourage digital payments during the DigiDhan Mela in New Delhi on Dec 30, 2016.IANSOn an overdrive to push Indians towards embracing digital transactions, will the Modi government introduce Digital Bharat Cess in Budget 2017 to bankroll its latest initiative? The answer could be yes, if the Swachh Bharat Cess (SBC) and the Krishi Kalyan Cess (KKC) are any indication.Read: NITI Aayog announces cash awards worth Rs 340 crore to encourage merchants, consumers to switch to digital paymentsIn November 2015, the Modi government imposed SBC at the rate of 0.5 percent on all taxable services to fund its Clean India Mission across the country. The SBC collection during the financial year 2015-16 was Rs 3,901 crore.”There shall be levied and collected in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter, a cess to be called the Swachh Bharat Cess, as service tax on all or any of the taxable services at the rate of two per cent. on the value of such services for the purposes of financing and promoting Swachh Bharat initiatives or for any other purpose relating thereto,” according to an explanatory note issued by the CBEC.In Budget 2016, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced another levy, the Krishi Kalyan Cess (KKC) effective from June 1, 2016 to fund initiatives towards improving the agriculture sector and the plight of farmers.Last month, Niti Aayog, the government’s think-tank, announced incentives comprising weekly and monthly lucky draws entailing an outgo of Rs 340 crore, to promote digital transactions amid the cash crunch.  The incentives were aimed at both merchants and customers — Lucky Grahak Yojana and Digi-Dhan Vyapar Yojana.  “The focus of Lucky Grahak Yojana and Digi-Dhan Vyapar Yojana is on poor, middle class and small businesses so as to bring them into digital payments revolution,” Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant had said while explaining the rationale behind the schemes.Meanwhile, the government has landed huge sums in undisclosed income and cash and jewellery seizures since demonetisation.  Between November 8, 2016 and January 5, 2017, defaulters have admitted to undisclosed income worth Rs 4,807 crore, while Rs 609.39 crore has been seized in cash and jewellery, according to an IANS report. New currency notes worth Rs 112 crore were part of the seizure and 5,184 notices have been issued to various entities, the report added, citing income tax sources.last_img read more

Former Homeless Troubled Youth Realizes Dream of Morgan Degree

first_img(Updated 05/14/14) By the time Shanna Green was 15, she had lived in more than 25 group homes, seven foster homes, been confined by legal and state health facilities three times, and molested by three different men.Now, as she prepares to graduate from Morgan State University with a degree in sociology, Green wants to use her experience to improve the lives of foster children who, like her, were failed by the foster care system.Green entered that system at age two, taken from her drug-addicted parents and placed in a home where she would suffer her first molestation, she said, telling her story to the AFRO. Between the ages of five and eight, she said, Green lived with an aunt, serving as a de facto mother to her three siblings and was routinely molested by a cousin, a friend of an uncle, and her aunt’s boyfriend.Green said she bounced around between foster and group homes—and was confined by the state three times after five suicide attempts—until, at the age of 15, she ran away, spending the next three years keeping herself afloat through prostitution and drug dealing.“The whole time I was gone . . . nobody came to look for me,” said Green. “No one cared, like, ‘Is she okay?’ No missing person’s report. Nothing.”At 18, Green moved to Virginia where she became involved with her cousin’s gang, posing as a prostitute and robbing unsuspecting johns at gunpoint. The last attempted robbery ended prematurely when the mark was pulled over for a broken indicator light. Green spent three months in prison after pleading guilty to a concealed weapons charge.“When I was locked up I told God that I would go to church,” said Green of a promise that would change the course of her life.Having returned to Baltimore after her stint in prison, Green said, she was on her way to a bar to purchase a few drinks and some marijuana when she came across a sign for Victorious Ministries International on York Road and felt something tug her toward the fulfillment of the promise she had made while incarcerated.“I visited the church for that first time at 18, and I never left,” she said. “And while I was there I got associated with mentors and Pastor Lenora [Howze]. . . she was one of the people who were assigned to me as a mentor and from a mentor relationship I asked her—because I felt like she had a mother spirit — could she be my mother.”At age 22, Green had finally found a stable family relationship. But a new mother was not the only gift Victorious Ministries provided for Green.Edwin Johnson, another pastor at the church who also worked in the admissions office of Morgan State University (MSU), helped Green attain her GED and steered her toward admission to the university.At Morgan, however, the late Army Lt. Col. (Ret.) Joseph Bozeman, at that time the director of the school’s Enrollment Outreach and Veteran Services, voiced skepticsm, noting Green’s criminal record and her only having completed the seventh grade of formal education.Bozeman insisted on interviewing Green prior to sending out a letter of acceptance, and tasked her with providing five letters of recommendation, as well as a letter detailing how she would pay for Morgan. Green obtained all the necessary references and returned with Howze, by now her adopted mother, and another Victorious Ministries pastor, whose impassioned speeches on her behalf helped win Green a letter of acceptance.“My words to him were, ‘Mark this date down, because I’m telling you that Morgan State University, should they accept Shanna Green, will be proud to say that she’s a Morgan State University graduate,’” Howze, who is now the AFRO Advertising Director, told the AFRO.Howze’s words have proved prophetic. Morgan State officials have embraced the Green success story and is promoting it heavily in advance of the May 17 commencement exercises, a ceremony in which Green’s story will be featured.“Once she realized who she was and the potential that she had, that we helped to show her when she came to my church, she was unstoppable,” said Howze.Green, who said she could have easily ended up an unknown fatality or just another foster care statistic, credits her faith in God for her transformation, and is now preparing for graduation and for a wedding planned for next October, she said.While at Morgan, Green started Project D.R.E.A.M. Foster Care United to provide mentors and aid to Morgan students who emerge from the foster care system.Green raised funds to help provide books, school supplies, and groceries for those students, helping provide a financial bulwark for students with no reliable family to turn to for assistance.Green is most passionate about her work as a motivational speaker, using her story to impart on persons in similar situations the lesson that the difficulty of their current circumstances need not limit their future horizons.Green plans to turn Project D.R.E.A.M. into an IRS Sec. 501(c)3 nonprofit organization upon graduating. She said she would also like to see her story made into a book, or perhaps even a movie, noting that she only recounted about one percent of her journey to the AFRO. Green can be contacted for motivational speaking engagements by email, shannagreen1@yahoo.com, or by phone at 443-608-1544.last_img read more

Famed balloonist proposing huge inflatable solar updraft tower for observatory

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org) —Famed balloonist Per Lindstrand (he crossed the Pacific Ocean in one with Richard Branson back in 1991) has told The Engineer that he is proposing a 1km high inflatable solar updraft tower to power the ALMA Observatory in Chile’s Atacama Desert. Explore further More information: via The Engineer Entrepreneur receives funding for ‘tornado’ power generator © 2013 Phys.org Solar tower. Credit: drroyspencer Citation: Famed balloonist proposing huge inflatable solar updraft tower for observatory (2013, November 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-11-famed-balloonist-huge-inflatable-solar.html Solar towers aren’t new of course, the idea has been bandied about for over a century. The idea is to draw heat from the sun at the base up inside the tower where the air current becomes strong enough to turn turbines. A group in Spain built a prototype in the 1980’s but it was decommissioned after just 8 years due to wear and tear and rust.Lindstrand is claiming that the way to go is to forego metal or cement, and construct the tower out of inflatable material—something he knows a lot about of course due to his ballooning background. Building a tower is something on a different order though, it would need to last a lot longer than a balloon to make it cost effective. Lindstrand envisions a coating that would make the flexible skin impervious to weather and UV radiation. He believes such a tower would not only last longer, but would be far cheaper to construct. He says he and his colleagues back at University College in London have calculated that it would cost approximately $750 million to construct a 1km tall solar tower out of cement—but one made of inflatable materials could be constructed for as little as $20 million. A tower like that, he says, would be able to generate 281GWh power annually. It’d be big too, with a base approximately 7km wide.Lindstrand and his team are currently working on a small proof of concept prototype that will be just 3.5m tall. If that proves successful, they expect to construct one that will be closer to 10 meters tall. Even if the second prototype is successful, however, it’s still not clear if the people who would make such a decision for ALMA Observatory would be willing to take such a gamble. Lindstrand notes that the desert environment would be an ideal location for such a tower due to the fine sand in the area that causes problems for traditional solar cell maintenance.last_img read more

Apple Expected to Break Out New iPhone September 10

first_img How Success Happens 2 min read Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Listen Nowcenter_img August 12, 2013 In a move destined to heat up the already red-hot smartphone market, Apple is preparing to reveal its newest iPhone on September 10, according to reports first published on AllThingsD.The launch of the new iPhone is coming at a critical time for Apple, as Android-based devices are snapping up market share. Meanwhile, the company has been stuck in an ugly patent war with rival Samsung. Most recently, Apple got a leg up in the scuffle, when the International Trade Commission ruled on Friday that Samsung infringed on iPhone-related patents for older Galaxy phones and tablets.Related: Android Features That Blow iPhone Out of the WaterMake no bones about it, though, the iPhone is still a goldmine for Apple. In its most recent quarterly report, Apple posted better-than-expected iPhone sales. The Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant reported selling 31.2 million iPhones in the three months ending in June. That was a record for the second-fiscal quarter and a significant jump from the 26 million it sold in the same quarter a year ago, according to an earnings statement released in July.At that time, Apple’s new CEO Tim Cook said that the company was “laser-focused and working hard on some amazing new products that we will introduce in the fall and across 2014,” according to the statement.As for what the newest Apple device will look like, rumors abound. Earlier this summer, there were reports that the next iteration of Apple mobile devices might have screens larger than the standard 4 inches for iPhones and as large as 13 inches for the iPad, which currently has a 9.7-inch screen. Others have speculated it may come out with processor and camera advances and potentially a smaller price tag.Related: Could Your Next iPhone Have a Larger Screen?There have also been numerous reports that a future generation iPhone will have some sort of fingerprint authentication system. Fueling those rumors, just over a year ago Apple bought the mobile security company AuthenTec, which may provide fingerprint scanning for one-touch login capability.What feature would you most like to see in the newest iPhone? Leave a note below and let us know.last_img read more

Greying the Rainbow Why Aging Matters

first_imgLatest posts by Mark Snyder (see all) eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Equality Delaware and One Iowa Join Equality Federation!Guam Visitors Bureau goes LGBT with IGLTA at the Annual Global Convention in TorontoWhat’s it like to move from a gayborhood to small town life when older? Explore why aging must be part of the LGBTQ movement’s work in this guest post by Dan Stewart, Program Coordinator of SAGE of PROMO Fund (our Missouri member organization) featuring a fabulous FEDTalk by PROMO executive director Steph Perkins![embedded content]Our world is aging, and so is our community. Currently there is an estimated 2.7 million older adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender (LGBT). As the US sees an explosion in those 65 years of age and older, the aging LGBT community is going to grow in leaps and bounds. In just 10 years, the number of older LGBT adults will more than double. Mark SnyderMark Snyder is the Director of Communications for Equality Federation, and he wishes you a wonderful day. Please share this post with your friends and family.center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Just as our fight for equality was not done with marriage, our fight for equality is not done if we focus only on youth to middle-aged people. True equality extends through all the intersections of the LGBT community, including age. As a community, as an organization, as a person, we can take steps to ensure our movement is truly inclusive of those who have come before us. Here are a few ways to engage older adults in your work:Recognize that there are people in their 70s, 80s, 90s, and beyond who identify proudly as LGBT.Ensure representation on committees, boards, and community forums includes voices of those 65+. An intergenerational perspective leads to well-rounded conclusions.Acknowledge that due to lack of protections (state and/or federal), some LGBT older adults, when at their most vulnerable, may have to enter long-term care and fear for their safety if they are out. It is not uncommon for an out and proud LGBT older adult to go back into the closet to ensure they are treated fairly.Recognize accessibility needs at events, meetings, and actions.Partner with a local SAGE affiliate. Find yours at www.sageusa.orgThe following two tabs change content below. While we may wish to live a long, full life not many folks look forward to getting older. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the pains, aches, and fine lines up ahead. However, with age comes wisdom of experience, a well-informed perspective, and resilience. I have the privilege to see the strength of our community’s oldest members through my work as program coordinator of SAGE of PROMO Fund, Missouri’s statewide education and advocacy program for older LGBT adults.When President Trump was sworn into office, I spent time processing the unknown future ahead with the older LGBT adults of SAGE of PROMO Fund. While I was at a loss, coming off the high of the Obama era, the older adults around me all shared a common sentiment, “We’ve been through this before, we will get through it again.” While anxiety of the unknown continues, and the political and social reality proves troublesome, I cling to these words of resounding strength and assuredness.Older LGBT adults have undergone a lifetime of systemic and social discrimination. Many share stories of seeing their identity demonized in textbooks, being kicked out of town for their identity, and arrested for being themselves. However, despite the climate, they continue to stay true to who they are and refuse to be invisible.last_img read more

Iceland China Spain and more on sale with Weekly Specials

first_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Iceland, China, Spain and more on sale with Weekly Specials Travelweek Group Tags: China, CostSaver, Iceland, Promotions, Spain, Trafalgarcenter_img Friday, August 5, 2016 Share TORONTO — Another week of savings are in store, courtesy of sister companies Trafalgar and CostSaver.As part of their Weekly Specials to worldwide destinations, from now until Aug. 9 clients can save up to $2,098 per couple on trips to Iceland, China, Myanmar and Spain. They have their choice of 15 Trafalgar itineraries and eight CostSaver trips.“This week we’re offering guided vacations to a range of destinations at incredible savings,” says Wolf Paunic, president of Trafalgar Canada. “From Spain to Iceland to Myanmar, clients looking for trips to more exotic destinations can choose from this week’s Weekly Specials an save 10-15% on their dream vacation.”For more information go to Trafalgar.com.last_img read more

Alitalia to resume TorontoRome service following major growth year

first_imgTags: Alitalia Cindy Sosroutomo TORONTO — Coming off 14 straight months of passenger revenue growth, Alitalia is getting ready to resume nonstop service from Toronto to Rome on March 31.At a luncheon in Toronto yesterday, Alitalia representatives briefed media about the airline’s growth strategy, its latest offerings both in the air and on the ground, and its continued efforts in North America – its #2 market after Italy – which include bringing back the popular Toronto-Rome route.YYZ to FCO will resume March 31 with three weekly frequencies, and will increase to daily service from June 2-Sept. 28, 2019. From Sept. 29 to Oct. 5 the service will move to 5x weekly. Service will be operated with an Airbus 330 aircraft configured in three classes: Magnifica, Premium Economy and Economy.This is just one of many new developments that have revitalized the Italian carrier. Plagued by financial struggles in the past, Alitalia was put under special administration in 2017 after workers rejected its most recent rescue plan. Since then, state-owned railway Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane (FS) and Delta Air Lines have entered negotiations to save Alitalia, with up to 30% going to FS and 15% to Delta.Alitalia is confident that a deal will be finalized by end of April.“Our target now is to build a new plan with new stakeholders,” said Nicola Bonacchi, Vice President Leisure Sales, Alitalia.Added Giuseppe Careddu, Country Manager USA & Canada, “Last year we closed our best year ever. With the new organization that we’ve put in place, we’re focusing more on working with our trade partners, maximizing the capacity that we have, and offering the best way to sell Alitalia to stakeholders.”Here’s an overview of what’s new at Italia:GROWTH YEARAlitalia’s passenger revenue increased 4% in January 2019 compared to the same month the previous year, marking the 14th consecutive month of growth. Intercontinental passenger revenue increased 6% and represented a 48% share of total passenger revenue and carried 187,380 passengers on long-haul routes, an increase of 2.3%.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionThe carrier says growth was achieved without aircraft fleet expansion, and instead driven by “excellent performance in the international and intercontinental sectors” as well as a new Commercial Policy that focused on travel agency needs.“Combined with a new Revenue Management and Pricing strategy, based on market share protection and preserving high yield traffic through a segmentation and volume strategy, we achieved good results,” said Alitalia.PERFORMANCELast year, Alitalia was the second most punctual airline in Europe and eighth in the world, with 83.2% of flights landing on schedule.Most recently, in February 2019, the airline ranked #1 among the world’s most punctual airlines, with 90.1% of flights landing on schedule, according to FlightStats. This means that Alitalia’s on-time performance in February was 12 percentage points higher than the average punctuality index of world airlines (77.6%).NEW ROUTESIn addition to resuming Toronto-Rome service, Alitalia is also launching new nonstop service from Washington D.C. to Rome, marking the first time that the two capital cities will be connected. The route also marks Alitalia’s return to Washington D.C. after 13 years, when it operated service between D.C. and Milan Malpensa.Other new routes include 4x weekly nonstop flights from Rome Fiumicino to the Maldives, as well as direct service from Milan Malpensa to Male with two weekly flights.CASA ALITALIAAlitalia opened a new lounge in 2018 within Pier E at Rome Fiumicino airport, replacing its lounge at the former Pier H. The Casa Alitalia lounge features live cooking and bar areas, Wi-Fi, showers and a children’s area, and is reserved for various Club members, Alitalia Magnifica and medium-haul business class passengers.NEW UNIFORMSIn an effort to keep company morale up, said Carredu, Alitalia unveiled new uniforms last November for its flight and ground personnel. Designed by Italian designer Alberta Ferretti, the 5,400 stylish and functional uniforms have been “happily embraced by our crew and staff for their comfortable elegance and as a visual symbol of Italian high fashion,” said the airline.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaNEW CATERINGLast October, Alitalia appointed Gate Gourmet as the exclusive catering provider for all departures from Italy, followed by the revamping of the Economy Class menu on medium haul flights over three hours that includes tray service in place of a snack offering. The airline also improved the entire Economy class food offering on all intercontinental routes, and in 2019 it plans to serve “customized onboard menus”.In its long-haul business class, Magnifica, all menus were redesigned in collaboration with Gambero Rosso, the world’s authority on Italian food and wine.Moreover, passengers can enjoy ‘Dine on Time’ with Alitalia, a service that allows them to enjoy meals at any time during their flight.“We want to keep the Italian standard very high on our flights,” said Carredu. “Now, passengers can experience Italy from the moment they step onboard.”For more information go to Alitalia.com. Posted by Thursday, March 28, 2019 Alitalia to resume Toronto-Rome service following major growth year Share << Previous PostNext Post >> About Latest Posts Cindy SosroutomoDeputy Editor at TravelweekCindy is Deputy Editor at Travelweek and has worked for the company since 2007. She has travelled to more than 50 countries and counts Kenya, Morocco, Thailand and Turkey among her favourite destinations. Latest posts by Cindy Sosroutomo (see all) Frustrations mount over elusive consumer-pay model: Will it ever happen? – July 16, 2019 “It’s in everyone’s best interest to stay open”: Beaches Turks & Caicos will not close in 2021 – May 15, 2019 Putting “Partners First”: NCL’s CEO lauds agents and the new Norwegian Joy – April 29, 2019last_img read more

Cathay Pacific reopens its pier first class Hong Kong lounge

first_imgCathay Pacific reopens its pier first class Hong Kong loungeCathay Pacific Airways has reopened The Pier First Class Lounge at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), following an extensive renovation. Measuring 2,061 square metres, the newly opened lounge is located at Gate 63 in the North West concourse of HKIA. With a maximum seating capacity of 231, the new lounge expresses the heartfelt warmth, considered simplicity and contemporary Asian values at the heart of the Cathay Pacific new brand design ethos.Designed by Studioilse, the London-based design studio led by Ilse Crawford, the lounge is an environment that helps passengers relax by engaging the senses and focusing on wellbeing. The concept of a contemporary apartment is used as a framework for all elements of the lounge’s design and operation. The atmosphere throughout the lounge has a domestic level of comfort and characteristics of a home. This is reflected in the choice of materials, furniture, and lighting; the same considered approach has been taken with the selection of art, music, and food, all of which have been curated to feel coherent and support the idea of this being an apartment that visitors are guests in.Warm, tactile and timeless materials such as onyx, limestone, and bronze are used in the refurbishment; acoustics are softened where possible and a considered approach has been adopted in the lighting. The abundance of plants supplements the lounge with a dose of nature and suggests a healthy environment to the passengers. Contemporary Asian touches are tangible in the lounge’s green onyx walls, as well as the walnut and bronze screens. Real furniture pieces similar are adopted throughout the lounge, in place of contract furniture, so it feels domestic and comfortable and generous.Wellbeing is the core focus of The Pier First Class Lounge as a reflection of this contemporary luxury value. Complimentary foot massage is introduced for the first time in Cathay Pacific lounges to cater for passengers’ physical and emotional needs during travelling. The hope is that it will help them arrive in better shape. Neck and shoulder massages are also available on request.In addition to the Foot Massage, the Retreat area consists also of Day Suites and Showers. The Pier is fitted with a total of eight suites, each furnished with a comfortable daybed, a reading light, a mirror, and heavy curtains for added personal privacy. The adjustable lighting and blinds allow passengers to control the comfort of their own environment. Wrapped in walnut and with a view over the runway, the Day Suites make for a perfect area for a spell of soothing relaxation before boarding. The 14 Showers are furnished with natural limestone and timber, which provide a calm, relaxing and private sanctuary for passengers to unwind before their journeys.With a greater focus on food and beverages, The Pier First Class Lounge features the Dining Room – a warm and handsome room with à la carte dining for 100 people at a time. The Dining Room offers table service with freshly prepared dishes made-to-order by the chef. At the Pantry, passengers can enjoy grab and go delicacies with items changing throughout the day. Passengers can sample a wide selection of breakfast items in the morning, followed by an all-day menu. A wide selection of wines and cocktails are also available at the full-service Bar.The Library is a comfortable and quiet place for reading and relaxing; and the Bureau feels like a home office environment with six iMac computers for working and web browsing.The Pier First Class Lounge is open to First Class passengers, Diamond Marco Polo Club members, and Emerald oneworld members who are departing or transiting in Hong Kong. Opening hours are from 5:30am until the last departure. Fly Cathay Pacific Source = Cathay Pacificlast_img read more

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first_img by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 23, 2019 5:59 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO — Two Quebec filmmakers celebrated in solidarity on Tuesday after learning they were both Academy Award nominees for the first time.While directors Marianne Farley and Jeremy Comte will compete against each other for best live action short at the Oscars next month, they set aside those competitive sentiments to focus on comradery at their distributor’s Montreal headquarters.Our “films are just so unique and so different, there was a place for both of them,” said Farley, who’s in the running with “Marguerite,” the story of an elderly woman who befriends her nurse and begins to face certain truths about her past.Comte’s film “Fauve” captures a moment in the lives of two young boys from Thetford Mines, Que., as they compete in a game of power and deception that spirals out of control.Ahead of the Oscar unveiling, production staff for each film gathered in the same office, dividing themselves into different rooms to cheer for their own titles.Both teams learned only a few seconds apart they were nominated in the same category.Comte, 28, says he was “jumping in the air” at the news, while he heard even louder noises coming from the other room.“I screamed,” Farley admits. “I told myself I wasn’t going to, but I think I kind of screamed.”The nominations mark a high point for both filmmakers, who have collected an array of accolades over the past year.Among the most notable wins for “Fauve” was the special jury award at the Sundance Film Festival. “Marguerite” swept through numerous international film festivals, picking up the jury and audience awards at most of them. Farley began her career as an actress, playing roles in TV series “19-2,” “This Life” and “Bellevue,” but more recently shifted her focus to a filmmaking career. She says one of her goals with “Marguerite” was to tell a story that hasn’t been told.“I wanted to bring to screen different female characters, the kind of characters we don’t see often enough,” she said.“(The short film) is written and directed by a woman, produced by a woman and both the main characters are women… (it’s) a very delicate, feminine approach, both in the way it’s shot and the storyline.”The perspective of “Fauvre” is more intense, driven by the performances of its two young newcomers Felix Grenier and Alexandre Perreault, who engage in an escalating power struggle. Both boys were selected from more than 50 students who auditioned at 12 schools around Quebec, Comte said.It’s the second short film the Concordia University graduate has directed, and he says the script was inspired by a recurring nightmare from his childhood.“It’s all about these young boys trying to prove themselves — this machismo emotion,” he said.Comte says he’s excited about his nomination, but the two young actors might share an even greater anticipation for the big night on Feb. 24.When he called the boys to congratulate them on being part of an Oscar-nominated film, they both could hardly contain their excitement.“They’re over the moon right now,” he said.“For them it seems so far away, and now they’re going to the Oscars. They’re just so happy.” Follow @dfriend on Twitter.David Friend, The Canadian Press Two Quebec short-film directors mark first Oscar nominations togetherlast_img read more

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first_imgAugust 14, 2002 Welcome to theAugustworkshop participants: >>back>> Freeman Murray, Taylor Mitchell,Sylvia Carbonetti, Collin O’Neill, Alex Frazer [seminar-week only] andEmi Joshita. >>front>> Joshua Zerkel [seminar-week only], TakuyaHirota, Shinya Hirakawa, Logan Allen, Amy Baffi and returning alumniCharles Quinlan. A special welcome back to Charles who is a retiredProfessor of Architecture from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California.He has faithfully attended the August workshop with the exception oftwo summers every year since 1975. [Photo & Text: SA]last_img

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