Much anticipated play ‘The Inspector’ on this weekend

first_imgThe play is on this coming Friday and Saturday nights, 23rd and 24th of March, in Mountmellick Arts Centre at 7:30 PM.The production has been grant aided by Laois County Council and sponsored by Ballyfin Hotel. Tickets are available at Horan’s, Mountmellick, the Deadman’s Ballyfin and Ballyfin primary school.SEE ALSO – Laois people sought for next season of First Dates Ireland Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Twitter A local play ‘The Inspector’ is set to prove to be a huge hit in the local community and also raise much needed funds for the Ballyfin parish and local clubs.Frances Harney is a Ballyfin woman who has been writing and producing plays with children and teenage for many years.For the last seven years she has written and directed full-length plays for adult actors specifically to raise funds for her local parish and sports clubs. Her productions are much anticipated on the annual calendar of theatre events and have been selling out year-on-year. The identity of the inspector is a source of much speculation and concern, not just for the Dooleys but locals and farmers alike.AnxietyThis together with leaky pipes and a burst boiler, as well as unexpected guests, throw the proprietors and regular patrons into a state of acute anxiety. Community TAGSBallyfinFrances HarneyMountmellick Arts CentreThe Inspector Much anticipated play ‘The Inspector’ on this weekend This year’s play is called ‘The Inspector’. She is not revealing too much about the plot except to say that it’s set in a small rural hotel in the Midlands.Two bachelor brothers Timmy and Willie Dooley employ a French interior designer to renovate the hotel ahead of the annual County IFA conference. Little do they know that Paddy McKenna, the local post man, is about to deliver the most unwelcome letter to arrive through any post box … the dreaded harp heralding the imminent arrival an inspector. Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Thursday, March 22, 2018Next articleOur guide to What’s On at the Weekend David PowerA journalist for over 20 years, David has worked for a number of regional titles both as journalist and editor. From Tullamore he also works as a content editor for Independent.ie. His heroes include Shane Lowry, Seamus Darby and Johnny Flaherty By David Power – 22nd March 2018 Twitter Facebookcenter_img Pinterest Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Council Rugby WhatsApp Home Lifestyle Entertainment Much anticipated play ‘The Inspector’ on this weekend LifestyleEntertainmentlast_img read more

Expropriation by Redenomination

first_img Facebook Twitter North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China By Yang Jung A – 2009.12.08 2:55pm News AvatarYang Jung A SHARE News News center_img News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak Expropriation by Redenomination There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Hwang Jang Yop, the President of the Committee for Democratization of North Korea spoke on Monday about how he views the recent currency redenomination, agreeing with the view of most experts: the redenomination was done for the purposes of expropriating the property of the new middle class.In addition, Hwang asserts, the changeover was quite easy to implement due to the nature of the North Korean system. Hwang, speaking on the “Democracy Lecture” radio program put out by Free North Korea Broadcasting (Free NK), explained the backdrop to the move, “There were many people who were earning much more than the regime wanted through the black market. Such people do not tend to follow the regulations of the regime.” He explained the North Korean regime’s principles, “Do not eat more food than is distributed by the authorities, and do not earn more money than their salaries.” “Due to the black market,” Hwang went on, “numbers of consumers and wealthy people, both of which can be easily seen in a free market society, have constantly increased. This redenomination was to restrict them and, moreover, to take away their property.” However, Hwang also cautioned against placing too much significance on the redenomination, as some commentators have done, pointing out that mass unrest in the North is still highly unlikely, “We don’t need to consider this a big deal,” Hwang told listeners, “There have been several previous examples of currency redenomination in North Korea, and South Korea does not need to feel anxious.”Hwang finally explained why, despite the obvious logistical difficulties of a currency changeover in such a poor country, North Korea had a relatively easy time implementing the redenomination, “There was no difficulty implementing it. When you look at the traits of the North Korean system, it is easy to understand. Expropriating the people’s money is all it is; one day in advance the authorities just made cadres get ready for it.” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

New Mackenzie fund invests in small- and mid-cap stocks

first_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media “Small and mid cap stocks have historically offered higher absolute returns relative to large caps,” Kristi Ashcroft, Mackenzie’s senior vice-president and head of product, said in a statement. “We believe that gaining exposure to smaller and mid-sized global companies will diversify [investors’] portfolios and provide the potential for solid returns.”The fund is managed by Phil Taller, Kalle Huhdanmaki and Bryan Mattei. Franklin Templeton launches new real asset fund Keywords Fund launches,  Mutual funds,  Small-cap funds Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Grand opening, cutting red ribbon 123RF IG Wealth amends product shelf Toronto-based Mackenzie Investments introduced the Mackenzie Global Small-Mid Cap Fund on Wednesday. The mutual fund is designed to provide investors with access to small- and mid-cap companies from around the world, according to a release. IE Staff Purpose looks to fill retirement income gap with longevity fund Related newslast_img read more

Workers return to Sydney CBD as ‘new normal’ takes shape

first_imgWorkers return to Sydney CBD as ‘new normal’ takes shape NSW Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia Jane Fitzgerald said that the Sydney CBD was starting to get its mojo back with a surge in occupancy of the city’s offices according to survey data released today.“The ‘new normal’ is emerging as we approach 12 months since Sydney came out of lockdown. Workers are re-embracing face-to-face engagement with their colleagues and clients and valuing human connection and interaction that just can’t be replicated through online meetings,” Ms Fitzgerald said.Property Council data for Sydney shows a nine-point increase over the past month, rising from 50 in March to 59 percent in April. Sydney is closing the gap on other states such as Brisbane and Canberra, who each have 63 percent of their workforce back in city offices.“Treasurer Dominic Perrottet has been proactively working to encourage people back into the city, including holding an Ideas Summit last month and there is no doubt that the State Government, and the City of Sydney, are stepping up to the plate to ensure the engine room of the State’s economy fires up again,” Ms Fitzgerald said.“Simply put, it is critical that we continue to prioritise re-enlivening the Sydney CBD to drive the State’s economic rebuild following the pandemic.“City vibrancy relies on workers being able to return to their offices and re-engage with their peers, frequent retail and hospitality venues in the CBD and attend networking events. Attendees at our recent events have never been more eager to enjoy networking with their industry colleagues and build relationships that will take our great State forward.“We look forward to the outcome from the Treasurer’s summit which should include a strong emphasis on the public service leading the way.”Ms Fitzgerald said that at the Treasurer’s summit there was much discussion about the 1.5m distancing guidelines and the impact they have on offices (including lifts) and the one person per 2sqm rule around business events.“As soon as the health advice allows, these should be reconsidered”, Ms Fitzgerald said.Recently the Property Council proposed a six-point plan CBD activation plan including:Global-focussed media pitch through imagery for business, tourism and capital attraction showcasing the cities offerings and gatherings, demonstrating that Sydney is open for business.Social and business lunch culture being promoted, setting the scene for the extended campaign and supporting local restaurants and cafes to promote their wares, with attendees able to leverage their ‘Dine and Discover’ vouchers, and the expansion of the vouchers to focus on Friday spending in the Sydney CBD.Providing an enticing event that encourages workers to commute to the city on a Friday through providing a sought after and exciting opportunity.Leading by example by enticing the public sector workforce back with a commitment to at least three days in the office, prioritising Fridays and Mondays.Forming a CBD activation taskforce consisting of key industry bodies to work together to mobilise business within the CBD to work on a collaborative campaign and invest in CBD activation and workers experience, attracting workers back to the CBD.Figures are based on responses from Property Council members who own or manage CBD office buildings and cover occupancy for the period from 26 to 30 April 2021.In addition to the survey data, according to local advice and information gathered:· Parramatta: Parramatta is experiencing a “bottom-up return” to commercial offices with small and medium enterprises leading the charge. The areas of traditionally high pedestrian levels are the busiest they have been since March 2020. The public service and a number of large corporates have had a sluggish return to their offices.· Wollongong: Government tenants in Wollongong are back to work in office spaces close to 100 percent, with staff opting for flexible arrangements of one day per week from home. Other businesses in the region are largely all back in the office, except for some call centres.· Newcastle: Private industry has shown a strong return to office trend in 2021, with most businesses operating on an office-first principle, with flexibility negotiated rather than a default standard. For government tenants the picture is mixed with a slower return to office for white collar workers. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Brisbane, campaign, Canberra, City of Sydney, director, Government, industry, Newcastle, Parramatta, Pedestrian, property, Property Council of Australia, real estate, Sydney, Wollongong, workforcelast_img read more

New, simpler pro se eviction forms heading to Supreme Court

first_imgNew, simpler pro se eviction forms heading to Supreme Court Feb 07, 2020 Top Stories Simpler forms to help pro se parties in landlord/tenant eviction cases have been favorably reviewed by the Bar Board of Governors.The board at its January 31 meeting reviewed three forms prepared by the Civil Procedure Rules Committee at the request of the Supreme Court.The forms include:Form 1.923(a), which would be deleted and replaced by Form 7 and is an eviction summons form;Form 1.923(b), which includes a new Form 8 and informs the tenant of the requirement to file written defenses within 20 days if contesting the eviction; andNew Form 1947(b), which is an answer to eviction proceedings and is formatted “to be user friendly and help with greater access to justice for pro se parties.”The board recommended approval of the revised forms 40-0. They now go to the Supreme Court.last_img read more

Telenor acquires mobile coupons firm

first_imgHomeMoneyNews Telenor acquires mobile coupons firm Probe underway into $3.3M fraud at Telenor bank Norway’s Telenor has acquired Liquid Barcodes, which the operator described as the country’s “ largest provider of mobile coupons”. The price was not disclosed.The move strengthens Telenor’s presence in coupons and value codes, which offer discounts or gifts to users when they are in retail outlets.Telenor already has an interest in this market through Valuecodes, a firm it set up with Payex, a Swedish payments firm, in 2010. The operator holds a 51 per cent stake in Valuecodes.Svein Henning Kirking (pictured), Telenor Digital Services’ head of e-commerce, said the operator has faith in mobile coupons and other loyalty schemes becoming popular and wants to take a strong position in the market, starting in the Nordic region.Liquid Barcodes has about 10 employees and annual turnover for 2012 was around NOK 10 million ($1.75 million) Telenor sells stake in mobile money subsidiary Liquid BarcodesTelenor Previous ArticleMexico takes tougher line on mobile competitionNext ArticleNokia lukewarm on QWERTY, despite business push Tags Money center_img Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more Jazz, Telenor agree Pakistan wallet tie-up Author AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 12 MAR 2013 Related Richard Handford last_img read more

From the vault: Dayimani is his own man

first_img‘ Shop Bras Online | Search AdsTake a Look at These Bra and Panty SetsShop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Watch: I wanted to rip Jean’s head off – Jaque FourieSA Rugby MagUndo ‘ ‘ From the vault: Dayimani is his own man Hacjivah Dayimani in SA Rugby magazine Posted in SA Rugby mag, Super Rugby, Top headlines Tagged Hacjivah Dayimani, Lions, sa rugby magazine AlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Published on April 2, 2020 center_img Post by Mariette Adams  197  41 In an interview with SA Rugby magazine in 2018, Hacjivah Dayimani revealed how he escaped a life of crime and poverty and why he defied his father to pursue rugby rather than boxing.Hacjivah Dayimani went through three provinces, five schools and countless hardships before making it big at the Lions. He also had to show some disregard for authoritarian decisions.Dayimani’s wide-ranging skill set was on show for the Golden Lions against the Blue Bulls in September when he scored a brace of tries and made a defining turnover on the tryline in the dying seconds of the game.Based on that performance, Dayimani seemed fated to fulfil his potential. But an unorthodox family dynamic and unique upbringing meant he had to endure and overcome challenges far beyond simply trying to make it big as a rugby player.Born in Cape Town, Dayimani is the son of Lushabowang, a Xhosa woman who practises as a sangoma and works as a domestic, and the late Frank Times Ifeanyichukwu, a Sabbath-observing Igbo Jew, former boxer, businessman and author with strong political ties in South Africa and his native Nigeria. Hacjivah is a combination of the Hebrew name ‘Akiva’, which means ‘to protect’, and the Xhosa name ‘Mpumelelo’, which translates to ‘achiever’.Dayimani admits that while his parents compromised in settling on his name, that was where it had ended. Along with two older siblings, he was raised by his mother in the Milnerton area. His brother, sister and a few of his cousins living close by went into a life of crime and gangsterism. Fearful that her youngest would fall into the same trap, Lushabowang sent the 12-year-old to Cradock in the Eastern Cape, where he lived in a shack with his grandmother and several people.‘I had to leave Cape Town,’ Dayimani tells SA Rugby magazine. ‘At the time, everyone in my close circle was in and out of prison and my best friend had started to hang out with the wrong crowd too. Sadly, he couldn’t escape that life and is in Pollsmoor Prison. That could have easily been me had it not been for my mom, who felt the best thing for me was to move away.’Once in the Eastern Cape, Dayimani never looked back. In Cape Town, he had played soccer at Ysterplaat Primary and taken a liking to basketball. It was at Cradock Primary where his rugby career took flight.‘At my first training session, the coach asked what position I play and I said wherever Bryan Habana plays,’ Dayimani says. ‘We couldn’t afford DStv, but the 2007 World Cup was on SABC, so we were able to watch the Springboks. I only wanted to play because of Habana’s dives. I thought it was compulsory to do it.’Dayimani’s joy was short-lived, though. A year later he was forced to trade his life in Cradock for a move to his father, who was relatively unknown to him.‘Although I was free of a life of gangsterism and the influences of my family and friends, the poverty was much worse at my grandma’s. We lived in a shack. My parents weren’t married and I only met my father when I was 11, but my gran decided I had to pack up and go live with him in Johannesburg. She believed I needed a father figure in my life to give me guidance.’Soon Dayimani found himself living with his father and his family in Kibler Park and enrolled at Danie Theron for his final  year of primary school. But he was so accustomed to getting by without the bare necessities, like electricity and running water, that he found it difficult to adapt to the relatively luxurious lifestyle in the City of Gold.Ifeanyichukwu had convinced his son to give up rugby in favour of boxing. Dayimani didn’t like it but, afraid to let his father down, he continued and signed up for athletics too. Even when he left the 100m and 200m champions in his age-group in his wake on the track, boxing was to be his priority.‘I did it to please him, but I was never happy in the ring,’ says Dayimani. ‘I was in training for seven months and heavier than the average 13 year old. I had to fight against guys much older than me when I was graded. Most of my opponents were 18.’His love of rugby was rekindled in his first year at President High. He scored six tries against Alberton in his first game back on the field, but his first big break came at the Linden Easter Festival, where he was the standout performer, scoring in all his team’s games.A representative of Jeppe High School for Boys spotted Dayimani’s raw talent and athletic ability and offered him a rugby scholarship. This led to increased tension between father and son because Ifeanyichukwu was against any child of his playing sport on the Sabbath, which is on Saturdays, when school matches normally take place.‘I was told the bursary would cover 50% of my school fees,’ says Dayimani. ‘But my father refused to pay the other half, in an attempt to persuade me to turn down the offer. I ignored his wishes and asked Jeppe if they could help me get a full scholarship because I wanted to play rugby. I got in as a Jake White scholar, an all-expenses paid bursary programme for underprivileged students.’In light of this, there was a total breakdown in the relationship between Dayimani and his father. Dayimani had decided to become a full-time boarder at Jeppe and never went home on weekends or during holidays. Despite this dramatic turn of events, his rugby flourished. He was in Jeppe’s 1st XV in 2014 and 2015, playing across the back row and occasionally on the wing.‘I felt important when I played rugby,’ he says. ‘I felt like I was far away from all the problems that had caused me so much distress. Playing rugby made me happy and I wanted to be happy for a change.’Hacjivah (left) and his father (far right)By then Ifeanyichukwu, who had not watched his son play a single game, had been diagnosed with brain cancer. As fate would have it, he was in hospital when he caught his first glimpse of his son in action when highlights of SA Schools’ 23-16 win over England popped up on the TV in his room.‘That was two months before his death and he actually called me to ask if I scored a try for South Africa,’ says Dayimani. ‘He told me how proud he was and said he understood why I’d disobeyed him. I just wish he had undergone that mindset shift earlier; perhaps we could’ve spent more time together.’Notwithstanding the stance Dayimani took against his father, the 20-year-old says religion does play a big part in his life and career.‘It has never been my intention to disrespect our religion. My argument has always been, why would God bless me with the talent if he was against me using it. To this day, I take time before every game and pray that he guides me as he wishes. Having a close relationship with God has had a positive impact on my career.’In 2015, Dayimani also received a deserved call-up to the SA U18 Sevens team for the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa. With one swashbuckling performance after the next in the U19 provincial tournament in 2016 and last year’s Provincial Rugby Challenge, he became one of the Lions’ most prized assets, so much so that the union denied him permission to play for South Africa at the Maccabiah Games in Israel (coach Kevin Musikanth had selected him in the sevens and 15s squads).More disappointment followed on the national front when he was bizarrely omitted from the Junior Boks squads in 2017 and 2018 and told in no uncertain terms that he did not fit into coach Chean Roux’s plans.‘I was disappointed and upset,’ he says. ‘They told me I was too small and not physically up for the type of game they want to play. I took it to heart and tried to change my game. Luckily, the Lions coaches intervened and said there is nothing wrong with my physique or physicality. They backed me and it’s working out now.’Dayimani made 12 Super Rugby appearances for the Lions this season. As at mid-September, he had started all his side’s Currie Cup matches, scoring five tries and earning two Man of the Match awards.‘I was used as a wing and as a loose forward last season but knew I had to specialise in one or the other,’ he says. ‘I asked to meet with the coaches and told them I didn’t want to play wing any more. I want to settle in one role, preferably as a No 8.’Dayimani offers a strong running game, physicality in defence, a breakdown presence and an extra lineout option. While many believe higher honours await, he is focused on excelling for the Lions.‘I have a starting position in the Currie Cup side and now want to get to a point where I’m a regular starter in Super Rugby,’ he says. ‘I’m a big dreamer and want to play for the Springboks, but I’m a long way off achieving that goal. I’m learning as much as I can from the coaches and from older statesmen like Warren Whiteley, Cyle Brink and Kwagga Smith.‘I’m playing 70% below my potential. When I feel I’m playing to the best of my ability, I’ll start thinking about making a Springbok team.’Considering his journey, Dayimani expects nothing less of himself.– This article first appeared in the October 2018 issue of SA Rugby magazine. BabbelLearning a new language this year? – This app gets you speaking in just 3 weeksBabbel|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ ‘ World Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVMaverick coach Eddie Jones has named his Test dream team made up of players he has worked with throughout his illustrious career.SA Rugby MagUndoLoans | Search AdsLooking for loan in Hong Kong? 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A Look At The Phenomenon Of Freaknik As An Organizer Tries To Revive It

first_img During Freaknik in 1997, these women were videotaping and cruising at Lenox Square. (AJC Staff Photo/Jean Shifrin) Robert Jones, an employee of an athletic wear store, cleans after the store was looted April 22, 1995, in Atlanta. That year, two people were shot and police were hit with bottles and several businesses were burglarized while Freaknik was happening. (AP Photo/Andrew Innerarity) 3:51 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List Quiros, author of “Partying ‘The Atlanta Way’? Freaknik and Black Governance in 1990s Atlanta,” said she’s unsure if the upcoming festival will live up to its original form.“I’m skeptical that something that’s like hyper-organized and especially sponsored in some way or [with] corporate ties in some way will have the same feel as the original Freaknik,” Quiros, Atlanta-native, said. “It can still be great. But the beauty of the original was the spontaneity of the young people.”Sharon Toomer, who describes 1982 to 1991 as the best years of Freaknik, agreed.She was one of the founders of the event when it started in Piedmont Park. Six members of the Washington D.C. Metro Club planned it during a meeting at Spelman College.The name of the event was suggested by her college colleague Rico Brown, who gained inspiration for it from a popular Rick James song and dance at the time.“There were about 60 of us [in 1982],” she said. “We centered around camaraderie, party, music.”The following years, Freaknik evolved and attracted students from around the U.S. and even Canada, according to Toomer.She credited the Atlanta University Center, which is composed of four historically black colleges and universities, as having a “unique camaraderie” that attracted other students to the area for spring break. “There were just quite a bit of incidents that occurred within the city that just shouldn’t have occurred … It just wasn’t the kind of atmosphere that was safe for women and I just couldn’t be a part of that anymore.” – George Hawthorne During Freaknik in 1997, these women were videotaping and cruising at Lenox Square. (AJC Staff Photo/Jean Shifrin) Freaknik attendees ride on Roswell Road in 1997. (AJC/Chris Rank) A crowd dances in Piedmont Park during Freaknik in 1994. Atlanta Journal-Constitution Photographic Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library. Hawthorne was a part of the Black College Spring Break Planning Committee that was created by Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell to try to plan public safety aspects.“I felt a sense of stewardship for the image of Atlanta, and I wanted to help organize what is the best we could you know in going through that time period. It was an unorganized event and had a lot of negative impacts in the city,” he said.Atlanta was thrust into the spotlight nationally in the mid-‘90s following protests from city dwellers for “caving in to the opposition and fear of largely white, inner-city neighborhoods to the event,” according to the New York Times.“It was coming to a point where Atlanta was perceived as not welcoming of African-American students,” Hawthorne said. “And I think that was definitely not what Atlanta wanted to portray as the home of the Atlanta University Center and a major social and civil rights movements that have come out of the area.”Hawthorne decided to give the recommendation to Campbell to end Freaknik in Atlanta after learning about the thousands of crimes, including rape and indecent exposure, that were reported around the events. A security officer directs traffic on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard while Freaknik was happening in 1994. (Photographer: Marlene Karas; Atlanta Journal-Constitution Photographic Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library.) A security officer directs traffic on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard while Freaknik was happening in 1994. (Photographer: Marlene Karas; Atlanta Journal-Constitution Photographic Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library.) On The National StageFreaknik gained national attention with mentions in Spike Lee’s 1988 film “School Daze” and in Luther Campbell’s “Work It Out” music video in 1993. With the event’s fame came thousands to the city ready to party.By 1994, around 200,000 people were coming to Atlanta to partake in festivities around Freaknik, causing major gridlock on Atlanta’s streets, according to The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution. “It kind of evolved into the different components and different events that were scattered out all over the city,” Hawthorne said. “Parties at different clubs and restaurants around town and then just a free-for-all sometimes just ‘a rolling roadshow,’ as I called it.”Freaknik became a party that spanned from festival grounds to Atlanta’s roads through cruising, according to Quiros.“Cruising is the main way that revelers enjoy themselves which is essentially like sitting in cars and literally not moving, just [the] fun of listening to music,” she said. “This is before cellphones are big. People are passing camcorders from vehicle to vehicle, filming things, dancing on the hood of cars, sharing music.” A security officer directs traffic on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard while Freaknik was happening in 1994. (Photographer: Marlene Karas; Atlanta Journal-Constitution Photographic Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library.) Sponsored Content Hawthorne is now advising Neal on the public safety aspects for the upcoming festival. His suggestion? A name change to rebrand the event.“Twenty years ago in 1998, my objective was to get the freak out of Freaknik, because of that … whole aspect of this, the sexual side of this thing was what I think gave a black eye to the event and ultimately led to its demise,” he said.‘Make It Peaceful’Neal, who attended Freaknik on his own in 1996,  said that he believes now is the prime time for the festival to come back to the city. “This isn’t the first attempt but … I’m the only one that’s trying to bring it back and to make it as peaceful,” Neal said.This year’s event will be confined just to the Lakewood Fairgrounds and will feature educational elements, such as health screenings provided by America Kinetics LLC onsite.Already they have sold 7,500 tickets, according to Neal. He said his projections show the festival selling out by the first or second week of June. The demographics of ticket holders skewed younger than what he predicted, he said. About 40 percent of them are between 25 and 35 years old, according to Neal.“The fact that we’re keeping pace with the amount of excitement that these other festivals are, tells me that hey there is a real niche here of ’90s, early 2000 artists that given the proper content and environment people would love to go see and enjoy,” he said.Women, who flew in from San Francisco, pose in front of a backdrop of famous ’90s rappers during Freaknik in Piedmont Park in 1997. (AJC Staff Photo/Jean Shifrin)While there will be learning opportunities for Freaknik Festival attendees, Neal said that this is an adult, non-family-friendly event.“I mean if I hear the word[s] family friendly, I’m thinking I’m kids. I’m thinking fun. I’m thinking jumpy houses. I’m thinking you know juice stations and all that. That is not what this event is about,” he said.Neal said that his event is about unifying the communities in Atlanta.“If we can control it and make sure it is safe for attendees to attend, then I don’t think the Freaknik story has to end being a black eye in Atlanta’s history,” he said. “They can actually come out and be that great event for those who choose to partake in it and can enjoy for years to come.”Correction: The story has been updated to show that 7,500 tickets to the upcoming Freaknik Festival event have sold, according to the organizer Carlos Neal. The name After 9 Partners, LLC has been updated since the original post. Traffic packs Marietta Street during Freaknik in 1996. (Photo courtesy of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Freaknik made springtime in Atlanta unforgettable during the mid-‘90s.“I say it’s a cultural phenomenon where we had a group of 200,000 plus at one time, African-American youth in the city for a fun, leisure and entertainment weekend,” former Underground Atlanta General Manager George Hawthorne said. “I think the Freaknik name as you know is a brand that is recognizable across the country.”Related: Freaknik Returns To Atlanta For One Day>>The yearly festival in Atlanta began in 1982 as a picnic for local college students and evolved into a meeting ground for black spring breakers and people of all ages around the nation.“Kids describing meeting each other falling in love [at Freaknik]… One guy brings all these puppies because he’s like, ‘Girls love puppies.’ One guy described having a python animal … that was a good way to get attention,” assistant history professor Ansley Quiros, who’s studied the event, said.Freaknik’s lasting impact can be described as both reverential and notorious. In 2010, the festival was immortalized in Adult Swim’s “Freaknik: The Musical.” Rappers and singers still reference it in their lyrics. But Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, who is on the record as having attended in the ’80s, vowed to be tough on events trying to use that name during his tenure.Now, more than 20 years after its heyday, Carlos Neal, an Atlanta-based party promoter with After 9 Partners, is trying to recapture and resurrect that legacy.Aiming To ‘Reshape This Event’This isn’t the first time an event by the name of Freaknik has been thrown in Atlanta — or in the country — since the official festival ended infamously by 1999, following crime and complaints around the event.But Neal isn’t letting the more negative parts of the legacy stop him.“We’re able to now reshape this event in a way that no one … either couldn’t from a promotional standpoint, probably from a cost standpoint or from a care standpoint designed to do,” Neal said.Neal said he’s invested his life savings into the Freaknik Festival, which is slated to happen in the Lakewood Amphitheatre on Saturday, June 22. Rappers Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell, Bun B, Foxy Brown and Da Brat are headlining.“I’m only one person right now, and I’m funding this all myself,” he said.Over the years that Freaknik was popular, self-funded events were normal but risky for organizers. In 1995, promoters lost $100,000 when students chose to go to Piedmont Park instead of Lakewood Fairgrounds where their events were taking place, according to The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution. “Atlanta socially and culturally and economically holds a special place in the hearts and … Read More Listen|0:12 “There were just quite a bit of incidents that occurred within the city that just shouldn’… Read More Listen|0:21 Freaknik attendees ride on Roswell Road in 1997. (AJC/Chris Rank) “Atlanta socially and culturally and economically holds a special place in the hearts and minds of black people, period. I never viewed it as a surprise that people would be drawn to Atlanta versus say Daytona Beach or Panama City or any of the coastal towns where we think of spring breakers going.”– Sharon Toomer Traffic packs Marietta Street during Freaknik in 1996. (Photo courtesy of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Sharelast_img read more

#Perspectives2030: Youth Fostering Security Across the OSCE Area

first_img Share 0 March 21, 2019 Published by sanja Similar Stories SPIRe Doctoral Scholarships for EU and Non-EU Students at UCD in Ireland ADP Master Course for Diplomatic Protocol and Diplomatic Etiquette #Perspectives2030: Youth Fostering Security Across the OSCE Area Pocket Tweet +1 Reddit Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg Fellowship 2020-2021 Deadline: 29 March 2019Open to: participants between the ages of 20 and 30 years old,OSCE participating StatesCosts: fully funded  – costs of participation (accommodation, transport and lodging) are fully covered by the OSCEDescriptionThe OSCE is looking for 20-30 young women and men passionate about international relations and inspired by OSCE principles and commitments in order to develop a vision of security and cooperation in Europe, Eurasia and North America – the so-called “Perspectives 20-30”With 57 participating States in North America, Europe and Asia, the OSCE is the world’s largest regional security organization. The OSCE works for stability, peace and democracy for more than a billion people, through political dialogue about shared values and through practical work that makes a lasting difference. The OSCE is a forum for political dialogue on a wide range of security issues and a platform for joint action to improve the lives of individuals and communities. The organization uses a comprehensive approach to security that encompasses the politico-military, economic and environmental, and human dimensions. Through this approach, and with its inclusive membership, the OSCE helps bridge differences and build trust between states by co-operating on conflict prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation. With Institutions, expert units and network of field operations, the OSCE addresses issues that have an impact on our common security, including arms control, terrorism, good governance, energy security, human trafficking, democratization, media freedom and national minorities.EligibilityProven interests and/or relevant experience or expertise in the field of international security, international relations, political science, economy, environment and climate studies, human rights, law, or other related fields;Practical experience in the fields of academia, think-tanks and their networks, civil society organizations, youth and youth-led organizations, education and media. Previous experience in engaging with international organizations and national authorities would be an asset;An open mindset and willingness to engage in a multi-cultural environment is crucial;Fluency in written and spoken English;Very good drafting skills;Age between 20 to 30 years;The nationality of and residence in one of the 57 OSCE participating States. (See: https://www.osce.org/participating-states)BenefitsCosts of participation (accommodation, transport and lodging) are fully covered by the OSCE.How to apply?If you are interested and eligible, you should submit the application form with a separate free form motivation and network statement (Word or PDF document) in the email, outlining your motivation to apply and which networks you are part of and which could help you to “multiply” the process. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to submit a short video (duration: max 90 seconds) at a later stage.In order to apply, please register here.Please submit the application to: [email protected] order to apply, please visit the official web page. LinkedIn 0 ← The Right Livelihood College (RLC) Workshop The Alpine Fellowship 2019 in Fjällnäs, Sweden – Identity →last_img read more

Staff cuts at fantasy esports site Vulcun

first_imgStaff cuts at fantasy esports site Vulcun”The company is transitioning to a new direction”Chris BuckleySales ManagerMonday 11th January 2016Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareFantasy esports company, which raised $12 million in Series A funding last April, has cut 14 members of staff from its 55 person team.”The company is transitioning to a new direction, and unfortunately this is a painful but necessary part of the process,” co-founder Ali Moiz told The Verge.”We are actively helping these people look for new jobs, so if anyone is interested in hiring them, they can contact ali [at] vulcun.” He added: “We’ll have more announcements about our new direction coming shortly in the next few weeks.”Vulcun was founded in 2014 as a place where players can compete in both paid and free fantasy esports contests. In April 2015 Sequoia led the Series A funding round which raised $12 million and other investors included Zynga’s Mark Pincus and Kabam’s Kevin Chou. Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games According to Vulcun’s website it has paid out over $10 million in prizes in the last year.Now is a tricky time for fantasy sports with FanDuel and DraftKings, the biggest fantasy sports sites, being accused of being gambling operations by New York state’s attorney general in December. If you have jobs news to share or a new hire you want to shout about, please contact us on [email protected] employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesMTG loses money in Q1 despite greater revenuesESL Gaming parent company doesn’t expect a significant return to live esports events until 2022By Brendan Sinclair 12 days agoGrid secures $10m in Series A fundingGerman-based esports data company will use the “investment to take on the US”By Jeffrey Rousseau A month agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more