first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Facebook OTTAWA, March 7, 2017 – Today, the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada launched its first Research Fellowship Program, designed to encourage advanced research in the study of the history and criticism of photography. The program is open to photography specialists – historians, conservators, independent researchers and other professionals working in the visual arts, museology and related disciplines in the social sciences in Canada and across the world. Applications must be submitted by March 31, 2017.“One of the Institute’s main priorities is to support research on photography and its history in Canada,” said the Canadian Photography Institute’s Director, Luce Lebart. “We are determined to foster diverse uses and explorations of our photography collections.”The Fellowships involve full-time residencies at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa in order to study photographs in the context of other art media. Successful candidates will have access to curators, conservators, collections managers and archivist, as well as, the availability of world class conservation laboratories, storage vaults, exhibition space, and library resources. Each award is valued up to $10,000 CAD, which includes expenses and stipends. A review committee, comprising staff from the Canadian Photography Institute, the National Gallery of Canada and external jurors, will assess proposals based on their significance, originality, goals, feasibility, and potential contributions to the field. The successful proposals will also outline the need for and the benefit of having enhanced access to the Gallery’s collections and describe how the project will be relevant to the photographic research community.For more information about the program’s terms and conditions, please visit the gallery.ca/cpi/fellowship website or write to lchenier@gallery.ca. Applications must be submitted in English or French by email, in PDF format, to Cyndie Campbell, Chief, Library, Archives and Research Fellowship Program Coordinator for the Canadian Photography Institute at ccampbell@gallery.ca.About the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of CanadaThe Canadian Photography Institute (CPI) is a national research and exhibition centre of excellence devoted to photography. The Institute was established in 2015 and officially launched in October 2016. Its collections build upon the National Gallery’s Photographs Collection, with the unprecedented support of CPI’s Founding Partner Scotiabank, the Archive of Modern Conflict and the National Gallery of Canada Foundation. More information about the Canadian Photography Institute can be found on the Gallery’s website: gallery.ca/cpiAbout the National Gallery of CanadaThe National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art. The Gallery also maintains Canada’s premier collection of European Art from the 14th to the 21st centuries, as well as important works of American, Asian and Indigenous Art and renowned international collections of prints, drawings and photographs. In 2015, the National Gallery of Canada established the Canadian Photography Institute, a global multidisciplinary research centre dedicated to the history, evolution and future of photography. Created in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada has played a key role in Canadian culture for well over a century. Among its principal missions is to increase access to excellent works of art for all Canadians. For more information, visit gallery.ca and follow us on Twitter @gallerydotca.About the National Gallery of Canada FoundationThe National Gallery of Canada Foundation is dedicated to supporting the National Gallery of Canada in fulfilling its mandate. By fostering strong philanthropic partnerships, the Foundation provides the Gallery with the additional financial support required to lead Canada’s visual arts community locally, nationally and internationally. The blend of public support and private philanthropy empowers the Gallery to preserve and interpret Canada’s visual arts heritage. The Foundation welcomes present and deferred gifts for special projects and endowments. To learn more about the National Gallery of Canada Foundation, visit ngcfoundation.ca Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: Alibaba-backed company BigBasket is pumping in $100 million (about Rs 698 crore) to strengthen its supply chain by setting up vending machines and smaller distribution centres across various cities it operates in. The online grocery platform — which is registered as Supermarket Grocery Supplies — had recently raised $150 million in funding, led by Mirae Asset-Naver Asia Growth Fund, CDC Group and Alibaba Group. Founded in 2011, BigBasket operates in 25 Indian cities. It plans to utilise the proceeds of this fundraising – which has placed the Bengaluru-based company in the unicorn club (companies with valuation of $1 billion and above) – to further penetrate into existing markets with more investments in the first mile, scaling-up of its supply chain and for developing new reseller channels. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”We want to enable two-hour delivery in top 10 cities that we operate in by July this year. For that, we have been investing in strengthening our distribution centres. We have 18 large and 80 smaller distribution centres together with our resellers and this will be ramped to 20 large and 100 smaller ones by June this year,” BigBasket co-founder Vipul Parekh said. This move will help BigBasket reduce delivery time and ensure quality of dairy and fresh produce, he added. The company expects its capital expenditure towards these initiatives to be about $100 million this year.last_img read more


AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email business|home improvement company|rona|rona ceo robert dutton by News Staff Posted Nov 9, 2012 9:00 am MDT MONTREAL, Que. – The top executive at Rona is leaving the company. The departure of Robert Dutton comes 20 years after he became Rona’s president and chief executive in 1992. It also comes just months after the Canadian home improvement chain ended off a takeover by American rival Lowe’s. Rona’s current chief financial officer, Dominique Boies, will be interim CEO while the company’s board seeks a permanent successor. The Montreal-based company has Canada’s largest network of stores selling hardware, home renovation and gardening products. Rona CEO resigns after 20 years at helm read more


PrairieSky to acquire Range Royalty for $699 million, plans to raise dividend CALGARY – PrairieSky Royalty Ltd. said Thursday it has signed a deal valued at $699 million to acquire Range Royalty Limited Partnership, a private oil and gas royalty company.The royalty company, which was spun off from Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA) earlier this year, said it will also increase its annual dividend rate to $1.30 per share from $1.27 once the deal closes.PrairieSky, which pays its dividend on a monthly basis, said it expects to make the first payment at the new rate in February to shareholders of record on Jan. 30.Under the deal for Range Royalty, PrairieSky has agreed to issue 19.33 million shares for the company which has about 3,000 barrels of oil equivalent of production per day.PrairieSky says the Range Royalty acquisition will add about four per cent to free cash flow per share and six per cent to production per share.The company says the deal also gives PrairieSky a significant land position in the Viking light oil region of Saskatchewan and expands its position in the Alberta Deep Basin.“With the acquisition of Range, PrairieSky has consolidated a leading private oil and gas royalty company in Western Canada” PrairieSky president and chief executive Andrew Phillips said.“Our expanded footprint provides PrairieSky shareholders with significant exposure to the highly economic Viking light oil play in Saskatchewan, which we expect will provide strong oil production growth in the coming years.” by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 13, 2014 9:05 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more


Blue Jackets’ goaltender Steve Mason is suffering from a sophomore slump and is handicapping the Jackets.After playing brilliantly through his rookie season, Mason’s play has regressed and has left the Jackets hurting.Last season, Mason provided a lift for the Jackets in their best season in franchise history. Mason put on a spectacular display on a nightly basis, racking up 10 shutouts and eventually winning NHL Rookie of the Year honors.This year, however, is a different story. Mason’s save percentage has fallen from .916 to .890 and his goals against average has increased by more than a full goal.While the Jackets haven’t helped him by continually turning over the puck in their own zone, Mason’s play leaves much to be desired. He has repeatedly allowed easy goals and in more than one occasion forced coach Ken Hitchcock to pull him from games. Mason currently leads the NHL with 15 losses after losing only 20 games all of last season.While Mason is and will be a great goaltender in this league, the Jackets don’t have the luxury of letting him work through his slump on the ice. The Jackets are fourth in the Central Division and third-worst in the Western Conference.If the Jackets are to have any chance at making the playoffs they need to get on track immediately. Believe it or not, the playoffs aren’t out of the question.At this juncture last year, the Jackets were only four points ahead of where they are now. The St. Louis Blues were actually three points behind where the Jackets are now and managed to play themselves into the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference. But if the Jackets have any aspirations of climbing back into the race, they need a spark.That spark might be backup goaltender Mathieu Garon. Garon has been in net for the Jackets past three games, all of which the Jackets won. Garon was honored as one of the NHL’s three Stars of the Week for his performance, which included a shutout Sunday of Dallas. Garon has a lower goals against average (2.55) than Mason, and a higher save percentage (.909).At this point, the Jackets have played themselves into a goaltender controversy. Since the Jackets are desperate for a boost, Hitchcock should continue to start Garon until the Olympic break, which starts Feb. 15 for the Jackets. Garon has shown he can be effective if given the chance to play in consecutive games and deserves a shot with Mason struggling.During the break, the team can re-evaluate where they are in the standings and the goaltender situation. Worst-case scenario, the Jackets continue to play sub .500 hockey and are out of the playoff picture. In that case the team can go back to Mason and see if he can get back on track. Or, Garon might provide the lift the Jackets desperately need in which case Hitchcock can stick with him in net and use Mason as the backup. read more


first_imgJIM GAVIN HAS been named Philips Sports Manager of the Year after leading the Dublin footballers to a brilliant treble in his first season.The Dubs boss was honoured this afternoon at a special lunch in the Shelbourne Hotel.Gavin replaced Pat Gilroy in October 2012 and steered the Dubs to their first Division 1 league title in 20 years.Dublin followed that up with their eighth Leinster title in nine seasons and completed a glorious summer by beating Mayo in the All-Ireland final, bringing Sam back to the capital for the second time in three years.Gavin was selected from Philips’ monthly award winners which also included Clare’s All-Ireland winning hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald and Monaghan football boss Malachy O’Rourke, the Irish women’s Grand Slam winning head coach Philip Doyle and League of Ireland duo Liam Buckley and Ian Baraclough.‘It’s probably as good as you’re going to get’ – Noel McGrath’s hectic autumn and historic doublelast_img read more


first_imgFINAL NEGOTIATIONS WILL take place soon on the Common Fisheries Policy, and Ireland’s Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney hopes that the European Parliament will agree to the plan he has put on the table.Minister Coveney TD announced that after 36 hours of negotiations a new mandate from EU Fisheries Ministers had been secured to enter final negotiations with the European Parliament on a reformed Common Fisheries Policy.The new position drafted by the Council of Ministers is based on a revised 200 page compromise legal text which Minister Coveney presented to fisheries ministers this morning.Minister Coveney said: This agreement follows very difficult and complex negotiations, it amounts to a significant compromise on behalf of my fellow Fisheries Ministers to allow further negotiations with the European Parliament take place to finalise the Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy in the coming weeks.The Minister said this decision by the Council “is a major conciliatory step in the direction of the European Parliament and hopefully paves the way for successful conclusion of the inter-institutional negotiations on the reform”.The Irish Presidency has prioritised securing CFP reform before the end of its term.ChallengesMinister Coveney said that the council has recognised the practical challenges of fishermen and the potential socio-economic impacts in coastal communities during the negotiations.I believe that the historic package agreed this morning will prepare the way for a Europe-wide discards ban, facilitate more sustainable fishing levels in addition to appropriate management of fleet capacity and a workable regionalisation policy.He said that the package agreed this morning will allow the rebuilding of the fish stocks in European waters and will allow for significant quota increases for fishermen as the wasteful practice of discarding fish is phased out.He added that the benefits will include rebuilding Ireland’s fish stocks.The policy would see a phasing out of fish discards from 2015 – 2019, he told RTÉ radio show Morning Ireland, saying that in effect discarding will be ended, as “only when a fisherman can show that he cannot avoid catching a bycatch will he be allowed use the minimum figure [of 5 per cent]” for discards.Sean O’ Donoghue of Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation in Donegal said that he welcomed the news and that the fishermen are “quite pleased” overall.He added that it is a complex and multi-faceted issue.Read: EU ministers ban trawlers from discarding fish>last_img read more


first_imgThe valuations for Facebook continue to go up. In 2007 Microsoft took a 1.6% stake in the social network for $240 million. That valued the company at $15 billion, at the time a staggering amount no one really believed was realistic.Jump forward to 2011 and the 500 million people using Facebook every day is bringing investors out of the woodwork pushing money in the company’s direction. The latest is Goldman Sachs which has just invested $450 million. At the same time Russian investment firm Digital Sky Technologies invested a further $50 million on top of the $500 million it has already invested in Facebook.While the new capital will be welcomed by Facebook’s management, it also pushes up the value of the company to an all time new high of $50 billion. That in turn has increased Mark Zuckerberg’s expected worth to around $14 billion, almost on a par with Google’s Page and Brin at $15 billion each.While Zuckerberg has said Facebook going public is a long way off, investments such as this put more pressure on the company to do so. What’s clear though, is Goldman Sachs’ large investment now puts it in a very strong position to handle the public offering when it does eventually happen.Read more at The New York TimesMatthew’s OpinionThis is a clever investment by Goldman Sachs not only because Facebook is going to continue to grow in value, but because they now have a strong position when the public offering happens. That will generate a lot of additional revenue for the company as well as seeing their Facebook shares grow in value.Not everything may go Goldman’s way, though. The NYTimes suggests the investment firm may try and offer Facebook investments to its customers through a “special purpose vehicle” which gets around the issue of having to disclose financial results at such a large investment company. The S.E.C. is obviously going to look into that and could block it.A $50 billion valuation on Facebook is not something I ever thought I’d hear, but then I was surprised when the Microsoft investment valued the company at $15 billion. When Facebook does eventually go public it may shock everyone by either having a share price much higher than expected, or bursting the bubble for all these early investors with a reality check and low price.last_img read more


first_imgWith the unveiling of Windows 8 at the Build conference last week, Microsoft set out plans to allow for two different types of software to be distributed for its latest operating system. The first is the traditional Windows desktop application using the typical Windows interface. The second is a new style of Metro app that is geared towards a touch interface and perfect for tablets.What we have now also learned is that those Metro apps will be exclusively distributed through Microsoft’s own Windows Store. Microsoft has also revealed that it intends to take a 30% cut of every sale through the Windows Store putting it on a par with Apple and how the App Store functions.In return for the 30% cut and an annual developer fee (again, just like Apple), Microsoft will vet all applications as well as running a malware scan on them. In return, consumers can download from the Windows Store with confidence the apps will both work and be free of malware, spyware etc.Microsoft did not intend to reveal its business model for the Windows Store, but accidentally did so when the “Primer for current Windows developers” went live. That guide has now been updated to remove the detail, but it’s too late. We now know Microsoft is copying Apple in its quest to generate revenue from its own app store sales.via PC WorldMatthew’s OpinionMicrosoft had the perfect opportunity to differentiate itself from Apple with regards to how much it revenue it retained on the sale of each app in the Windows Store. If they’d set the share at 15% it would have won the company a lot of developer fans, garnered good press, and a marketing advantage over Apple. But instead, they’ve just followed what Apple did.With Metro apps also limited to distribution through the Windows Store we can be assured of another thing that will happen when Windows 8 releases: a jailbroken Windows Store equivalent appearing.If Microsoft rejects enough Metro apps then someone will create an alternative, Microsoft-free Metro app store to cater for other apps that didn’t make the grade. In a lot of cases this isn’t because the apps are poor, it’s just that Microsoft/Apple/Google deems them unacceptable due to breaking some rule.last_img read more


first_imgLe mur végétal le plus haut de France va être érigé à VilleurbanneVilleurbanne, France – C’est lundi que doit débuter la construction du plus haut mur végétal de France. Érigé à Villeurbanne, il s’élèvera à 17 mètres de hauteur, pour une largeur de 14 mètres.Ayant pour but de contribuer à la biodiversité végétale et animale, le mur végétal de Villeurbanne permettra également une fixation de la pollution dans le quartier de Cusset fréquenté par plus de 22.000 véhicules par jour.À lire aussiEn donnant de l’ecstasy à des pieuvres, des scientifiques découvrent un lien évolutif avec l’HommeCe mur végétal, le plus haut de France, jouera le rôle de trait d’union entre les grands espaces verts et les plus petits espaces de cœur de quartier. Grâce à la création d’une biomasse importante, le mur se fera également facteur de régulation thermique en milieu urbain, de captation et de fixation de la pollution. Le chantier qui s’apprête à commencer devrait durer cinq mois. Le mur végétal évoluera au rythme des saisons avec des variations de couleurs. Des arbustes à grandes feuilles seront plantés au sommet tandis que le socle sera aménagé comme un petit square.Le 24 janvier 2010 à 12:08 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


first_img Rare Harvest Moon Will Light Up Night Sky on Friday the 13thIndia Finds Lost Vikram Lander on Moon’s Surface In July 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the Moon, where he planted a United States flag amidst his dusty footsteps.That moment—the first of six such lunar flag assemblies—is second only to Armstrong’s now-famous words, “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”Which is why it’s come as such a shock to audiences that Damien Chazelle’s upcoming astronaut biopic seemingly omits the scene altogether.Chazelle gained fame (and, some would argue, notoriety) for the Academy Award-winning Whiplash and La La Land.His latest, First Man (not to be confused with the 2017 documentary of the same name), follows a fictionalized Armstrong (played by Ryan Gosling) through his journey to Earth’s satellite.The movie premiered last week at the Venice Film Festival to rave reviews and Oscar buzz—as well as backlash from viewers, angry there is no scene explicitly showing Armstrong plunking the pennant into the lunar surface.One of the most vocal critics is Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who called the incident “total lunacy.”“The American people paid for that mission, on rockets built by Americans, with American technology [and] carrying American astronauts,” he wrote in a tweet. “It wasn’t a UN mission.”When asked if the film takes a deliberately un-American attitude toward the moon landing, Canadian-born Gosling said Armstrong’s accomplishment “transcended countries and borders,” as reported by The Telegraph.“I think this was widely regarded in the end as a human achievement [and] that’s how we chose to view it,” the actor said, according to Business Insider.Rubio isn’t the only one who spoke out about the missing moment: Buzz Aldrin, who accompanied Armstrong on the Moon nearly 50 years ago, took to social media to share his thoughts.The former NASA astronaut tweeted two photos of the flag-planting, with a slew of hashtags. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target #proudtobeanAmerican #freedom #honor #onenation #Apollo11 #July1969 #roadtoApollo50 pic.twitter.com/gApIwLzaJw— Buzz Aldrin (@TheRealBuzz) September 3, 2018Three days later, the message has been retweeted more than 19,000 times and received nearly 50,000 likes.A number of the 1.8 thousand comments praise Aldrin, now 88 years old, renouncing the film and its “offensive” omission (though I’m pretty sure none of these people have actually seen it).“It was an American man, with an American boot, flying an American spacecraft, using American technology, paid for by Americans who planted the American flag on the Moon,” TV meteorologist Kyle Hunter wrote, adding that he “won’t see” First Man.This ridiculous culture war, however, may be for nothing: Actual critics (you know, folks who’ve watched the movie to form real opinions) claim this is all a misunderstanding.While the film doesn’t technically show the physical planting of the flag, Old Glory is seen on the Moon in multiple background shots, Vanity Fair, Daily Beast, and Neil Armstrong’s own sons and biographer pointed out.First Man is set to hit U.S. cinemas in October.Neil Armstrong died six years ago, but that hasn’t stopped him making headlines: In 2017, someone stole his gold lunar module replica from a museum. And this summer, a woman sued NASA for possession of Moon dust “gifted” by Armstrong. Follow all moon news here.last_img read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited States, August 31, 2017 – New York – Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, was presented with the ‘Distinguished Leadership Award’ by the New York-based Jamaica Independence Foundation on Saturday, August 26.Also honoured by the Foundation were former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, who received the ‘Nation Builder Award’; and Jamaican-born basketball legend, Patrick Ewing, who was given the ‘Son of the Soil Legacy Award’.   The awards were presented at the Jamaica 55 Independence Grand Gala, held at the New York Hilton Hotel by the Foundation.Accepting the award, Prime Minister Holness paid tribute to fellow awardee, Mr. Seaga, whom he described as his personal hero and mentor.   He reminded the audience that Mr. Seaga was “one of the framers of the Jamaica Constitution, a father of the nation, a social engineer extraordinaire and a patriot”.“Jamaica is forever indebted to you and the countless contributions you have made to our country’s development,” the Prime Minister told Mr. Seaga.Turning to Mr. Ewing, the Prime Minister said he embodies the spirit of the Jamaican people, who have excelled in their endeavors.“Your stellar contributions to sports/basketball have further cemented Jamaica’s reputation as a sports powerhouse. We acknowledge your leadership in this area, and for your ambassadorship in showcasing the talent that is present in Jamaica,” the Prime Minister said.Proceeds from the gala will go towards Jamaica 55 Legacy Project – ‘Woman Inc.’, Jamaica’s women’s crisis centre, as well as the Garvey Elementary School in Bronx, New York, named in honour of Jamaica’s first National Hero, The Rt. Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey.The Prime Minister commended the organizers for channeling the proceeds to the centre and the school, emphasizing that the Government will not relent in its efforts to get Marcus Garvey’s name cleared of criminal charges in the United States.Release: JISPhoto credit: JIS Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more


first_imgWESTPORT — The tall ship Lady Washington ran aground Thursday night at the entrance to the Westport Marina.KXRO reports it was refloated and is sailing to Port Angeles Friday for a hull inspection. If it passes inspection it’s scheduled to leave Sunday for Half Moon Bay, Calif.The 112-foot sailing ship is a full-scale reproduction of the first American vessel to make landfall on the west coast of North America in 1788.The Lady Washington and another tall ship, the Hawaiian Chieftain, are operated by the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority for exhibitions and educational trips and tours.last_img read more


first_img Grand Ole Opry To Receive $12 Million Face-Lift grand-ole-opry-schedules-12-million-renovations Email Grand Ole Opry Schedules $12 Million In Renovations News Twitter Facebook Famed concert hall to tack on retail property, VIP lounge and refreshed box officeTim McPhateGRAMMYs Oct 17, 2017 – 7:50 am Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House is due to receive a face-lift in the form of some renovation.The famed concert hall will add a 5,000-square-foot retail property, with the build scheduled to commence in January and conclude in October 2018. Ryan Hospitality Properties also announced the addition of 1,300 new parking spaces in time for summer 2018, plus a VIP lounge and newly relocated box-office area targeted for completion in January 2019.”As country music’s popularity continues to increase worldwide, more people than ever before are making the journey to Nashville to experience the magic of the Grand Ole Opry firsthand,” said Colin Reed, chairman and CEO of Ryman Hospitality Properties. “This expansion will allow us to improve our guest experience before and after the shows while also providing us the opportunity to meet growing customer demand for additional Opry-themed experiences, enhanced food and beverage options and expanded tour offerings.”The expansion project, which will total $12 million, will not interfere with the Opry’s full calendar of events and daily tours. The announcement is part of the Ryman’s ongoing investment in the Nashville area, with approximately $130 million in capital projects currently in progress.Johnny Cash Trail Honoring The Man In Black Opens In Folsom, Calif.last_img read more


first_imgA car caught fire beneath RK Ashram Marg Metro station in Central Delhi on Tuesday.The driver and a passenger, however, escaped unhurt, police said. The incident took place at about 3.15 pm and brought the traffic on one side of the street to a grinding halt. “A red-coloured Skoda Fabia was engulfed in flames moments after the driver (also its owner) and his fellow passenger had exited the car,” a Delhi Traffic Police official said. The owner, a resident of Vivek Vihar area in East Delhi said, “I feel lucky that the two of us escaped just in time.”  Also Read – Man arrested for making hoax call at IGI airport“I was driving the car and when I smelled something burning, I suspected it must have been short-circuit or something. So, I immediately stopped and parked my car on the roadside, and hurriedly came out of it.”Delhi Fire Service personnel arrived at the spot around 3.30 pm and doused the flames. In a similar incident, more than a dozen cars were gutted in flames in the Indira Park area of South-West Delhi when a fire broke out at around 2.10 am in the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday in the parking lot. Four fire tenders were rushed to the spot. No casualty was reported in the incident.last_img read more


first_imgWhile bringing back the Babylonian language — last spoken at the time of Jesus Christ — may not seem like a high priority, a Cambridge University professor thought otherwise. Not only that, thanks to his efforts, the language can be heard in a film for the first time. A story from 701 BC has been brought to life in a 20-minute-long film that uses the extinct Babylonian language.An Akkadian inscriptionThe film, titled The Poor Man of Nippur, is filmed exclusively in the language, telling the story of a young man who sought revenge on a mayor who cheated him out of his goat, which is his prized possession.“The animal was killed and the scorned owner sought his vengeance by physically assaulting the offending official ‘three times over,’ ” according to the Daily Mail.Photo by Department of Archaeology/ University of CambridgeThe story, which predates Aesops fables, of a man’s affection for a beast first was heard by members of the Mesopotamian civilization over 2,700 years ago. It was also immortalized in clay, written as 160 lines of text to tell the story of a pauper called Gimil-Ninurta.It is possible the story is older than 701 BC because a fragment of another clay tablet was discovered in the library of the Assyrian king Ashurbanipal.Ashurbanipal as High PriestThe film was created by members of the Mesopotamian community at the University of Cambridge and headed up by Dr. Martin Worthington, a Fellow at St John’s College who was determined to revive the Babylonian language.It took two decades of research to unravel the language’s mysteries. It was once widespread throughout the Middle East as well as used by Babylonian kings and Egyptian pharaohs but became completely extinct.Photo by Department of Archaeology/ University of CambridgeDr. Worthington told the Daily Mail, “As a story of three-fold revenge, The Poor Man of Nippur is one people today can easily relate to.”He explained, “Though it has the plot of a folktale, it is written in high poetic style. The only character with a name is the hero called Gimil-Ninurta. His name means ‘revenge of the God Ninurta’, Ninurta being a god of Nippur. This fits the plot perfectly.”Dr. Worthington has also created an archive of recordings from different readers of stories and scripts from Babylon and set up a conference for those interested in studying ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt.Ruins of a temple platform in Nippur.He believes teaching spoken Babylonian is the best way to understand and “get under the skin” of the language, according to Gulf News. “It enables students to enjoy the magic of authenticity and connect through words to a world that is lost and far away,” he said.“There are letters from spies, treaties between states, diplomatic correspondence, incantations, and medical prescriptions. You can encounter a civilization that is similar to us in some ways but also very different.”Babylonia is the Greek name of what its people called Mât Akkadî, the fertile alluvial plain between the Euphrates and Tigris.Herodotus was so impressed he wrote: “So great is the fertility of the grain fields that they normally produce crops of two-hundredfold, and in an exceptional year as much as three-hundredfold. The blades of wheat and barley are at least three inches wide. As for millet and sesame, I will not say to what an astonishing size they grow, though I know well enough; but I also know that people who have not been to Babylonia have refused to believe even what I have already said about its fertility.”HerodotosThis was the heartland of the Babylonian Empire , which dominated the ancient Near East between the fall of the Assyrians and the rise of the Achaemenid Empire after 539, which absorbed the Babylonians.Read another story from us: 4,500-yr-old Stone Pillar Depicts History’s First Known Border DisputeHowever, the Babylonians remembered that they had once been rulers of the world and revolted several times.last_img read more


first_imgSANTIAGO, Chile – Poverty in Latin America decreased more slowly in 2012, with one million fewer Latin Americans living in poverty than in 2011, according to a report by the Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLA).Poverty affects some 167 million Latin Americans, mostly women and children, or some 28.8 percent of all residents in the region, ECLA said.“Current poverty figures are the lowest we’ve seen in the past three decades, which is good news for the region. But we still face unacceptable [poverty] levels in many countries,” ECLA Secretary General Alicia Bárcena said.While the numbers are encouraging, according to ECLA, the slowing pace of poverty reduction is cause for concern.The year 2011 saw a reduction of 1.6 percent over 2010 in the number of Latin Americans affected by poverty, while the percentage of decrease this year over last was just 0.6 percent. Meanwhile, the number of people living in extreme poverty remained unchanged, totaling some 66 million people, the same as in 2011.“As in years past, the increase in wage income in poor homes was the most significant factor in poverty reduction,” the report said.Also mentioned was the “feminization of poverty,” which the report attributes to gender-based discrimination and segregation, lower salaries and fewer job opportunities in the formal labor sector, Bárcena said.Poverty also affects more than half of minors under 17, which is primarily linked to teen pregnancy “mostly in poor households,” Bárcena added.Paraguay, with 49.6 percent of its population living in poverty, is the most striking example. Next are the Dominican Republic (42.2 percent), Colombia (34.2 percent), Ecuador (32.4 percent) and Venezuela (29.5 percent).Paraguay also tops the list of countries whose residents live in extreme poverty (28 percent), followed again by the Dominican Republic (20.3 percent), Panama (12.4 percent), Venezuela (11.7 percent) and Colombia (10.7 percent).Argentina is the Latin American country with the lowest poverty level (5.7 percent), followed by Uruguay (6.7 percent) and Chile (11 percent). Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more


first_img Sponsored Stories Most of the prison time handed out was suspended. The longest term was for five years, four of which were suspended. The lightest term was for three years, all suspended.Clothilde Lepetit, a lawyer for the victims, called the verdict a “slap in the face,” according to the Sipa news agency. The victim whose accusations led to convictions told French television she thought the verdict was a joke and that she had been living a nightmare since it was handed down. Neither victim has been identified by her real name.The prosecutor’s office for the Paris region said Friday it would appeal all four sentences and four of the acquittals, Sipa reported.But that has not stopped outrage from many quarters, including from more than 30 women’s organizations, which have started a petition online demanding a government response, including stronger laws to protect women.“This verdict is catastrophic,” the petition on www.change.orgsays. “It seems to say to victims, bringing charges is worthless, and to rapists, you will not be condemned or barely!”The petition, which has gathered more than 2,400 signatures, laments a France in which few victims report their rapes, even fewer get convictions and where a woman who does come forward is immediately shamed and discredited. Top Stories Comments   Share   Parents, stop beating yourself up Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement While the petition is calling for better laws to fight violence against women, it recalls a debate earlier this year over rampant sexual harassment in France, where catcalling in the streets in considered a sign of appreciation and off-color remarks are common in the workplace. A new law now makes sexual harassment a crime punishable by jail time after the old one was struck down for being too vague.Government ministers also expressed surprise and disappointment at the ruling.“This affair won’t encourage … victims to come forward,” Health Minister Marisol Touraine said on French radio France Inter.Before the prosecutor’s office announced it would appeal, Justice Minister Christiane Taubira said she was dismayed by the verdict. This decision is “unacceptable from an ethical point of view and for the integrity of the victims,” she told Europe-1 radio.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Quick workouts for men Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Associated PressPARIS (AP) – Lenient sentences and acquittals for 14 men accused of gang raping two teenage girls are causing a stir in France, where women’s organizations decry what they call a culture of impunity and even politicians from the governing party have expressed shock at the ruling. The prosecutor’s office said Friday it would appeal.On Thursday, a court in Creteil convicted four of the men of repeatedly gang raping one of the girls in a tough neighborhood outside Paris more than 10 years ago. The 10 others were acquitted, including all those accused of raping the second girl.last_img read more


first_imgPATA chairman Mrs Phornsiri Manoharn has been honored by the National Identity Board in Thailand with an ‘Outstanding Person of the Year.’ She received the award from HRH Maha Chakri Sirindhorn during a ceremony Chitralada Palace in Bangkok.The awards are made in four categories: social development, economic development, innovation in technology and science; promotion of Thailand’s reputation and image. Mrs Manoharn’s award reflected her achievements in the field of economic development. Manoharn had a fruitful career with the Tourism Authority of Thailand before retiring in March 2009. “Nearly all my life has been devoted to promoting Thailand’s tourism industry and the image of Thailand abroad. “I hope to continue contributing in the years ahead, even in a private capacity,” she said. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/1fe0e/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Flast_img read more


first_imgThe Latest: Barr unleashes new tweetstorm hours after firing by The Associated Press Posted May 29, 2018 11:27 am PDT Last Updated May 29, 2018 at 11:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Latest on the cancellation of “Roseanne” (all times local):11:25 p.m.Roseanne Barr has returned to Twitter and told people not to feel sorry for her while also highlighting supporters’ tweets that attacked ABC and others.Barr’s tweetstorm late Tuesday evening came hours after ABC announced it was cancelling the reboot of her show “Roseanne” over a racist tweet that referred to former Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett as a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and “Planet of the Apes.”In the post-firing tweet, Barr apologized to “all the wonderful writers (all liberal) and talented actors who lost jobs on my show due to my stupid tweet.”She then retweeted supporters’ statements attacking ABC’s hiring of Keith Olbermann, who has harshly criticized President Donald Trump, and a meme that placed Jarrett’s photo side-by-side with a “Planet of the Apes” actor.___5:20 p.m.The Laff comedy channel is removing all “Roseanne” episodes from its schedule following Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet.The television network devoted to comedy around-the-clock says in a statement that it is “disgusted by Barr’s comments” and has yanked all reruns of the original sitcom “for the time being, effective immediately.”ABC announced earlier Tuesday that the rebooted “Roseanne” sitcom was cancelled after the tweet that referred to former Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett as a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and the “Planet of the Apes.”The fallout has also included Barr being dropped by her agents.___3:45 p.m.Roseanne Barr has now been dropped by her agents over the racist tweet that led to the cancellation of her TV show.ICM Partners said in a statement Tuesday that Barr’s tweet was “disgraceful,” ”unacceptable” and “antithetical to our core values.”The company says it has ended its relationship with Barr “effective immediately.”ABC announced earlier Tuesday that the rebooted “Roseanne” sitcom was cancelled after the tweet that referred to former Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett as a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and the “Planet of the Apes.”“Roseanne” executive producer and co-show-runner Bruce Helford said he was “personally horrified and saddened” by Barr’s comments, and they don’t reflect the values of the people who worked incredibly hard to create an amazing show.___3 p.m.Disney chairman and CEO Robert Iger says cancelling “Roseanne” was an easy decision.After sharing the statement Tuesday from Disney-owned ABC on the show’s cancellation over a racist tweet from Roseanne Barr, Iger tweeted, “There was only one thing to do here and that was the right thing.”Iger’s statement came just a few minutes after ABC President Channing Dungey announced the rebooted sitcom was cancelled in a statement calling Barr’s tweets “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values.”Others approving of the move included Georgia Congressman John Lewis. The civil rights leader tweeted thanks to ABC, saying the network did the right thing.Barr apologized for her tweet before ABC announced its cancellation of her show.More reaction from celebrities, activists and those affiliated with the show can be found here .___2 p.m.ABC has cancelled its hit reboot of “Roseanne” following Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett.ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey says the comment “is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel the show.”The “Roseanne” revival this spring was an unexpected major hit for ABC. It was particularly popular among many conservative viewers because Barr’s character expressed support for President Donald Trump.Barr’s tweet suggested that Jarrett is a product of the Muslim brotherhood and the “Planet of the Apes.”She later apologized “for making a bad joke.”___11:27 a.m.Roseanne Barr has apologized for suggesting that former White House adviser Valerie Jarrett is a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and the “Planet of the Apes.”Barr on Tuesday tweeted to Jarrett that she was sorry “for making a bad joke” about her politics and her looks. Jarrett, who is African-American, advised Barack and Michelle Obama.Barr’s now-deleted tweet read: “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”Meanwhile, comic Wanda Sykes, who is a consulting producer on “Roseanne,” tweeted that she would not be returning to the show.center_img FILE – In this March 23, 2018 file photo, John Goodman, left, and Roseanne Barr arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of “Roseanne” in Burbank, Calif. ABC has cancelled its hit reboot of “Roseanne” following her racially insensitive tweet about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, Tuesday, May 29. ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said the comment “is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsisten with our values, and we have decided to cancel the show.” (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) last_img read more