Five Musicians 15 Dates 90 Songs Millions of Fans One Unforgettable Summer

first_imgAdvertisement “We have filmed hundreds of hours of footage from the tour and beyond,” said Scot McFadyen, co-founder of Banger Films. “This stands to be a powerful cinematic music doc that captures a nation’s love for a band whose music and lyrics embody the Canadian spirit.”From visceral celebration of performances where the whole arena jumped in unison, to singular moments of appreciation, grief, and love, viewers will be given a unique perspective on this ambitious arena tour, which sold out in minutes, as well as the reactions from their devoted fans.In stunning 4K, MAN MACHINE POEM will include select performances from the Man Machine Poem tour that took the band from Victoria, B.C. to Kingston, Ont., as they played close to 90 different songs from their albums through the years – a unique selection for each concert.Capturing these iconic performances and the profound reactions from fans, the documentary encourages viewers to stop and reflect on the shared experience and collective appreciation for this music that somehow embodies what it means to be Canadian. MAN MACHINE POEM is the definitive document of The Hip’s final tour. MAN MACHINE POEM (working title) is directed by Canadian documentary filmmakers  Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier (Manufactured Landscapes, Act of God, Watermark), and produced by Scot McFadyen (RUSH: BEYOND THE LIGHTED STAGE) and Sam Dunn (METAL: A HEADBANGER’S JOURNEY), in association with Shed Creative (a division of Universal Music Canada). Music Consultant is Tyson Parker, Bell Media. Production Executive is Robin Johnston, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, CTV and Specialty, Bell Media. Tracey Pearce is President, Distribution and Pay, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Broadcasting and Content, Bell Media.  Elevation Pictures Corp. will distribute the film internationally and is planning a special theatrical release in Canada next year. Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement The Tragically Hip’s 2016 epic cross-Canada tour, culminating in a highly charged and powerful concert in their hometown of Kingston, Ont., captured the heart of the country. Bell Media is teaming up with Canada’s foremost chroniclers of popular music, Banger Films, in association with Shed Creative (a division of Universal Music Canada), and one of the country’s most celebrated documentary filmmaking teams, Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, to take viewers on-stage, in the crowd and behind-the-scenes of this historic tour. Commissioned by Bell Media and coming to multiple Bell Media channels and platforms in 2017, MAN MACHINE POEM (working title) is a feature documentary that follows The Tragically Hip’s momentous cross-country tour after the band’s announcement that lead singer Gord Downie has incurable brain cancer.The documentary event special will premiere exclusively across an array of Bell Media TV and on-demand platforms, including national pay service The Movie Network, leading specialty channel MUCH, and to a mass audience on Canada’s most-watched network, CTV, before moving exclusively to CraveTV.“We are incredibly honoured to share this amazing moment in Canadian history with the band and viewers across the country,” said Randy Lennox, President, Broadcasting and Content, Bell Media. “MAN MACHINE POEM comes from a dream team behind the camera and we know they’ll show Canada a side of The Hip we’ve never seen before.”last_img read more

Paying down debt is Canadians financial priority in 2019

first_imgTORONTO, ONT – For the ninth year debt repayment is number one as a financial priority for Canadians.Findings from a new CIBC poll goes on to share 29 percent of Canadians have taken on more debt in the past year due to day to day expenses attributing to the mounting debt.39 percent of Canadians do worry they are focusing too much on their debt and not contributing to savings yet the majority of 84 percent believe it is better to pay down debt than build savings. Statistics Canada recently reported the average Canadian household owes $1.78 for every dollar of disposable income. With 63 percent of Canadians fearing the stock market has reached a peak, so these people may be motivated to focus more on debt than savings, a CIBC report states is based upon emotions and not fact.“Debt weighs heavily on Canadians, so it’s no surprise that Canadians continue to put debt concerns at the top of their list of priorities each year. Debt can be a useful tool for achieving long-term goals such as home ownership or funding education, but if you’re turning to debt to make ends meet, it may be time for cash-flow planning instead,” says Jamie Golombek, Managing Director, CIBC Financial Planning and Advice“There’s rarely enough money to do everything, so it’s critical to make the most of the money you earn by prioritizing both sides of your balance sheet – not debt or savings, but both,” says Mr. Golombek. “It boils down to tradeoffs and balancing your priorities both now and down the road. The idea of being debt-free may help you sleep better at night now, but it may cost you more in the long run when you consider the missed savings and tax-sheltered growth,” said Golombek Tips for making your money go further in 2019 by Jamie Golombek;Write down your income and expenses – for a three month period to determine if your cash flow is positive (money left over), neutral (no extra or shortage) or negative (short on income to cover expenses).Make a plan – If you’re cash-flow positive, use the extra cash to pay off high-interest debt — not your mortgage — first. Next, you’ll want to use the surplus to build long-term savings in an RRSP or TFSA for yourself and put away a little extra for the kids in an RESP. Lastly, if your long-term savings are on track, consider increasing your mortgage payments. If you’re cash-flow neutral or negative, look for ways to cut expenses or lower interest by consolidating debt at a lower rate.Automate your plan – Time your savings or debt-repayment plan with your payroll. Putting money directly to your goals right off the top can help you both achieve your goals and get by with less.Review and prioritize your goals – You likely have many goals competing for your wallet. Meet with an advisor to build a financial plan that gets you on track to achieving what’s important to you today and the many years ahead.last_img read more

Urmila Matondkar is Congress nominee for Mumbai North

first_imgMumbai: Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar was named on Friday as the Congress candidate for the Mumbai North Lok Sabha constituency. She will contest against the main rival, sitting Bharatiya Janata Party MP Gopal Shetty. The decision of the Congress’ Central Election Committee was announced by its General Secretary Mukul Wasnik. IANS had first reported on March 25 that her name was in “an advanced stage of consideration by the party high command” and awaiting the final nod of the top bosses. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Matondkar, 45, who shot to fame as a child star in “Masoom” (1983), was welcomed to the party fold on Wednesday by Congress President Rahul Gandhi and other top leaders. Upon joining the party, she dismissed all apprehensions on her political role, saying : “I am here to stay – even after the elections.” Talking to the media, she said there were questions pertaining to freedom of people under the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “I have entered politics to articulate those questions.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K She also praised Gandhi saying a leader should be judged by people for their qualities and not their background. Married to a Kashmiri, M.A. Mir, Matondkar poses a formidable challenge to Shetty in the constituency, which was once regarded a BJP bastion. Mumbai North is one of two constituencies out of 48 in the state which has a glamorous personality in the fray in the 2019 elections. Well-known South Indian actress Navneet Kaur-Rana is the Yuva Swabhiman Party candidate for Amravati in eastern Maharashtra, supported by the 56-party Congress-led Grand Alliance. The 33-year old actress, married to Badnera independent legislator Ravi Rana – the nephew of yoga guru Ramdev Baba – will lock horns with five-time Shiv Sena MP, Anandrao V. Adsul, 71. Mumbai North, after Mumbai North-West (now Mumbai North-Central) represented by actor-turned-politician Sunil Dutt five times since 1984, is the second Lok Sabha constituency in the country’s glamour capital which has elected a well-known film personality. Bollywood actor Govinda had earned the title of ‘giant-killer’ in 2004 when – in a major upset – he trounced former Union Petroleum Minister Ram Naik, who is now the Governor of Uttar Pradesh, in the seat. In 2009, Naik had faced his second consecutive defeat, this time at the hands of the Congress’s Sanjay Nirupam. But, in 2014, Nirupam was defeated by Shetty during the BJP-wave which catapulted Modi as the Prime Minister. Mumbai’s six Lok Sabha constituencies are going to the polls on April 29, along with 17 others in the state’s fourth phase of elections. Starting her successful acting at the age of seven as a child actor, over the years Matondkar has worked in some of the biggest blockbusters with the top actors in Bollywood, Marathi and South Indian films.last_img read more

Deeply saddened over deadly train fire in Egypt Annan offers condolences

“The Secretary-General is deeply saddened to learn of the fire that broke out on a moving train today, 40 miles south of Cairo, Egypt, and consumed the lives of upwards of 350 people, many of them children,” Marie Okabe, a spokesperson for Mr. Annan, said in a statement. “The Secretary-General extends his deepest condolences to the relatives of the deceased, and to the Government of Egypt,” she said.

Central African Republic UN envoy signs agreements on conflictrelated sexual violence

“I have made the Central African Republic my first visit, because I want to draw attention to the situation and make sure that the world and the international community does not forget about CAR,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura.“We want to take forward our cooperation with CAR,” she added. “I sincerely hope and believe that both the Joint Communiqué with the Government and specific commitments by armed groups will serve as a good tool in this respect.”In addition to focussing greater international attention on the situation in the CAR, the aim of the envoy’s visit was to gain first-hand knowledge of the challenges involved in addressing conflict-related sexual violence there.The first of the agreements signed by Ms. Bangura and her hosts – called the Joint Communiqué of the Government of the Central African Republic and the United Nations – includes commitments to fight impunity for crimes of sexual violence; ensure the protection of women, boys and girls from sexual violence in the context of an effective monitoring of the peace agreement; and, provide greater support to survivors. One of the key points of the second agreement – the so-called Joint Communiqué of the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Steering Committee, which is made up of representatives of the Government, armed groups, the United Nations, and other members of the international community – is the requirement that political-military groups immediately release vulnerable individuals such as women and children.The CAR has a history of political instability and recurring armed conflict. State authority is weak in many parts of the country, which are largely controlled by rebel groups and criminal armed groups, according to the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA).Coupled with ethnic tensions in the north, frequent armed incursions by rebel elements from neighbouring countries and the presence of members of the armed Ugandan group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), have added to insecurity and instability in CAR, which also has 170,000 people displaced internally.According to a news release from the UN envoy’s office, conflict-related sexual violence in CAR is also a significant problem. Sexual violence has been reported more often in areas controlled by political-military groups and where other armed forces and bandits are active. There are also serious concerns about foreign armed groups, in particular the LRA and Chadian armed groups.During her visit, the Special Representative met with President François Bozizé, with the Prime Minister and other members of Government, as well as with survivors of sexual violence, women’s groups and with female members of parliament. She also visited two regions outside of the capital – Bria and Paoua.“Women in Bria and Paoua told me they want peace and security, for the armed groups to be disarmed, and for women and children to be released. They have had enough of war and violence, and recognize that in the absence of peace they cannot repair their livelihoods and rebuild their lives,” Ms. Bangura said.In the news release, the UN official’s office also noted that it is also clear that the victims and survivors of rape and other forms of sexual violence do not want to talk about what they have been subjected to. It observed that the culture of stigma, silence and denial surrounding this issue is acute and tends to discourage survivors from seeking help, even where services exist.“It is not the women who have been abused who should feel ashamed, but the perpetrators,” Ms. Bangura said. “That is why we must fight impunity for all crimes of sexual violence in CAR. We will make sure that perpetrators are held accountable, and have no place to hide. We will go after them with all our means.”Ms. Bangura was appointed to her position in June this year. read more

Yemen UN agency appeals to all sides to allow food in for

“WFP has delivered food assistance to Taiz governorate in the hope of reaching every person in need, but so far we have not been able to reach most of them,” WFP Regional Director Muhannad Hadi said of the governorate, where over 3 million people, almost 400,000 of them internally displaced, are in dire need of some kind of humanitarian aid.Taiz is one of 10 governorates, out of a total of 22, where food insecurity has reached ‘Emergency’ level, one step below famine on the five-point Integrated Food Security Phase Classification scale, in a country where factional fighting this year has killed or wounded thousands of people and displaced 2.5 million others. Overall, 7.6 million Yemenis, more than a third of the total population, do not have enough food to lead a healthy life, have lost their livelihoods and face life-threatening rates of acute malnutrition, WFP stressed in a news release.Last week, the UN Security Council voiced “deep concern about the dire humanitarian situation in Yemen, which continues to worsen,” stressing that more than 80 per cent of its 21 million people require some form of humanitarian aid.“WFP appeals to all parties to the conflict to allow the safe passage of food to all civilians in need in all areas in Taiz,” Mr. Hadi said. “The precarious situation in Taiz has hampered WFP’s efforts to reach impoverished people, especially in besieged parts of the city, who have not had access to food for many weeks.“WFP has delivered food assistance to Taiz governorate in the hope of reaching every person in need, but so far we have not been able to reach most of them.”In the past month, WFP has dispatched to delivery points or warehouses in Taiz governorate 225 trucks loaded with 6,600 metric tons of food. Some food was delivered to Al Mudhafer, Al Qahira, Al Taizah and Salah districts where WFP aims to feed nearly 350,000 destitute people with wheat, pulses, vegetable oil and sugar.Difficulty obtaining clearances from different parties, fighting and insecurity threaten the delivery to distribution points in many areas of the governorate, especially in Taiz city, WFP said.Earlier this week, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) reported that it had delivered more than 100 tonnes of medicines and supplies for 1.2 million people in Taiz governorate, but had been unable to reach some 400,000 people in the city itself. read more

ARGENTINA IN TEARS Duvnjak match winner in last attack

The whole handball community could see last night how our sport can be dramatic! Argentina played fantastic match against favorites from Croatia until the last attack, which “Gladiators” had for the win! They tried without goalkeeper – 7 on 6, but South Americans lost the ball afterwards Pablo Portela wanted to save his empty net by catching rival’s player.That was “enough” for a red-card suspension and 7-meter throw for Croatia. Domagoj Duvnjak was a match winner nine seconds before the buzzer for spectacular end of the match – 27:26 (14:15). Argentinians stayed without even a point in the match in which they deserve it…Since 44th minute was played “goal by goal” from both sides. The main role in Argentinian squad had Federico Fernandez with eight and Pablo Simonet with six goals, while on the other side Manuel Štrlek was the most efficient with seven…STANDING:France 4Denmark 4Qatar 2Croatia 2Argentina 0Tunisia 0PHOTO: Jozo Cabraja, HRS ← Previous Story Egypt beat Sweden for the first Olympic win after 16 years! Next Story → EPIC MOMENTS: How Egyptians celebrate first Olympic win after 16 years! handballOlympic handballrio 2016 handball read more

Taoiseach awards St Patricks Day science medal to Irish scientist

first_imgTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY today presented a US based Irish scientist with the inaugural St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal at an Science Foundation Ireland hosted event in Washington DC.Kenny is in Washington DC this week ahead of St Patrick’s Day.The award was given to Dr. Garret A. FitzGerald to recognise his achievements as a distinguished Irish scientist or engineer, living and working in the USA, in particular their contribution back to Ireland.The Taoiseach said:Dr. FitzGerald’s achievements in his field are hugely outstanding and it is important that we in Ireland join those in the international scientific community who have already recognised his significant contribution to science.Cardiac diseaseDr. FitzGerald’s research is focused in the area of biomedical cardiovascular pharmacology and in particular the effects of pain medicines on cardiac systems. He was instrumental in the discoveries relating to the use of low-dose aspirin in preventing cardiac disease.He said that the “US remains the most innovative and supportive environment in which to pursue scientific research and the ties that bind us have delivered wonderful opportunities to the Irish people to harvest that resource to the benefit of scientific development at home,” he said, adding that it was a great honor for him to receive the award today.While in Washington DC today, Kenny also welcomed the announcement that the Cork-based Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research (INFANT) has signed a research partnership with Waters Corporation.INFANT CentreThe new research programme will see Waters make an investment into the Science Foundation Ireland funded INFANT Centre at University College Cork with a view to bringing ground-breaking innovations from Irish research to patients in need worldwide.“This partnership is further evidence of the great progress Ireland has made in developing partnerships between industry and academia to deliver excellence in research and innovation. This new research programme has potential to make a real difference to the health of mothers and babies,” said the Taoiseach.Read: From ‘Mighty Mouse’ to ‘Church Mouse’: Dara Calleary on Enda Kenny’s week>Read: No u-turn from Taoiseach on NY parade, says sexuality of marchers ‘is a matter for themselves’last_img read more

RealSetif 2ndleg billed for April

first_imgBy Sulayman Bah Real de Banjul return fixture with Africa club champions ES Setif has been scheduled for April next month.The Gambian side travels to Algeria for the second-leg after been held by the North African outfit to a one-all stalemate at home in Banjul.Real first raced ahead with Ablie Jallow nestling in the game’s openerbefore ESS equalized twenty-five minutes from time after the hosts haddisappointingly switched to the back foot apparently contended withtheir fragile lead.The return match is billed for April 3rd at the 25,000 Stade 8 Mai1945 seater stadium, according to the Gambian club, with kickoff tipped for19:30 GMT.Ivorian referee Dennis Dembele takes center stage of proceedings aidedby MoussaBayere and Marius Donatien Tan. TangbaKambou will be thefourth official while António Mendes of Guinea-Bissau will act as thematch commissioner.Real De Banjul needs to score and avoid conceding to stand any hope ofqualification in the return leg in Algeria.The capital-based side reached the first round qualifiers afterthumping Liberia’s champions Barrack Young Controllers in thepreliminary round.]]>last_img read more

Twoyearold falls into pool and drowns in Oceanside

first_img Posted: June 22, 2019 June 22, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 4:52 PM Two-year-old falls into pool and drowns in Oceansidecenter_img OCEANSIDE (KUSI) – A 2-year-old girl drowned in a backyard pool today, police said.A witness told Oceanside police the girl fell into the pool in the 1800 block of Morena Street sometime Saturday. Family members pulled the child from the pool and began CPR until police and paramedics arrived.She was rushed to a hospital, where she died as a result of drowning. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, last_img

Moeller Live Chat Transcript

first_imgRep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver, answers questions from his office during a live chat with Columbian readers Friday, Feb. 17. Photo from @WAHouseDems on Twitter. At noon Friday, Feb. 24, Matt Nipper from PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center will join us for a live chat about teen heart screenings. Nipper is an exercise physiologist who works closely with the doctors in the rehabilitation center. We will be discussing the recent focus on Heart Health Month and what parents can look for and do to keep their kids and teen athletes healthy. He will also have information about the Young Champions Clinic to be held on Feb. 25.State Rep. Jim Moeller joined Columbian.com readers Friday, Feb. 17 to discuss the recent legalization of same-sex marriage in Washington. The one-hour chat also went over state regulations and other local issues that concern Clark County citizens. More to come! Next Friday, Feb. 24 Matt Nipper from Peace Health Southwest Medical Center will join us for a live chat about teen heart screenings. Nipper is an exercise physiologist who works closely with the doctors in the rehabilitation center. We will be discussing the recent focus on heart health month and what parents can look for and do to keep their kids and teen athletes healthy. He will also have information about the Young Champions Clinic held on Feb. 25.Moeller live chat transcript, Friday Feb. 17, 2012: Setareh Alizadeh Welcome everyone, to today’s live web chat! We will be discussing the recent legalization of same-sex marriage with Vancouver Democrat, and state Rep. Jim Moeller. Get in your comments and questions, and we’ll start at 11:30 a.m. Setareh Alizadeh: Representative Jim Moeller won’t be joining us until 11:30, but feel free to submit your questions and comments now and you will be first in line!last_img read more

13 legislative candidates grilled on care for seniors

first_imgThirteen Southwest Washington legislative candidates clarified their stances on issues affecting seniors during a “Silver Tsunami” forum Tuesday at Clark Public Utilities.The two-hour forum, organized by area agencies on aging and senior lobby groups, drew an audience of about 125, mostly seniors. Candidates were allowed to answer two of five questions posed by moderator Dana Baker, assistant professor of political science at Washington State University Vancouver.Questions were geared toward the organizers’ agenda of preserving the AARP ranking of the state’s long-term care program as the second-best at a low cost among 30 states.Candidates showed bipartisan consensus on: continued support for unpaid family caregivers; emphasis on lower-cost in-home care for the elderly; continuing to pay contractual public employee pensions; and eliminating the business and occupation tax, a tax on businesses’ gross receipts.Some candidates differed, however, on other issues.Democrats said they support expanding Medicaid eligibility to 133 percent of federal poverty level. Those speaking in favor were Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver, 49th District Position 2; Rep. Dean Takko, D-Longview, 19th District Position 1; Rep. Sharon Wylie, D-Vancouver, 49th District Position 1; Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, 49th District Senate candidate; Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, 17th District Position 1 House candidate; and David Shehorn, D-Vancouver, 18th District Position 2 House candidate.“This (expansion) is really important for people under the age to receive Medicare but not working right now,” said Moeller. “This is going to fill that gap until people are eligible for Medicare (at age 65).”last_img read more

UK High Court to hear Vijay Mallyas appeal against extradition

first_imgLONDON: Embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya’s appeal in the UK High Court against his extradition order has been listed for a three-day hearing from February 11 next year, the UK court said on Thursday. The 63-year-old former Kingfisher Airlines boss had won a reprieve earlier this month when a two-judge panel at the Royal Courts of Justice in London granted him permission to appeal against the extradition order of a lower court to face fraud and money laundering charges amounting to an alleged Rs 9,000 crores in India. Also Read – Prominent Hong Kong activists targeted in wave of arrests Advertise With Us The appeal hearing has been listed on 11 February 2020 with a time estimate of three days, a UK High Court official said. At a hearing on July 2, Justices George Leggatt and Andrew Popplewell concluded that arguments can be reasonably made on some aspects of the prima facie case presented by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), on behalf of the Indian government. Also Read – Weak European inflation bolsters case for stimulus Advertise With Us The ruling on the basis of that material by Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot in her extradition order of December 2018, which was signed off by UK home secretary Sajid Javid earlier this year, is therefore now set for a full appeal hearing in the higher court. By far the most substantial ground is that the senior District Judge was wrong to conclude that the government had established a prima facie case, noted Judge Leggatt. Advertise With Us Mallya’s counsel, Clare Montgomery, had successfully contested the basis on which Judge Arbuthnot had arrived at certain conclusions. She claimed the judge had been “plain wrong” in accepting some of the Indian authorities’ assertions that Mallya had fraudulent intentions when he sought some of the loans for his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines, that he made misrepresentations to the banks to seek the loans and had no intentions to pay them back. Montgomery also questioned the admissibility of some of the evidence produced during the extradition trial at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London. The High Court judges accepted the broad arguments and directed her to submit a draft for the appeal to proceed to a full hearing, a time-frame for which has now been set for February next year. Mallya had said he felt vindicated by the ruling and repeated his offer to pay back the money owed to the Indian banks. I still want the banks to take all their money, do what they have to do and leave me in peace, he said. He has repeated this offer of settlement in subsequent Twitter interventions, most recently telling social media critics to ask your Banks why they are not taking 100 per cent of the money I have been offering. Meanwhile, the liquor tycoon remains on bail on an extradition warrant executed by Scotland Yard in April 2017, involving a bail bond worth GBP 650,000 and other restrictions on his travel. At the end of a year-long extradition trial at Westminster Magistrates’ Court last December, Judge Arbuthnot had found clear evidence of dispersal and misapplication of the loan funds and accepted a prima facie case of fraud and a conspiracy to launder money against Mallya, as presented by the CPS on behalf of the Indian government. The court had also dismissed any bars to extradition on the grounds of the prison conditions under which the businessman would be held, as the judge accepted the Indian government’s assurances that he would receive all necessary medical care at Barrack 12 in Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail. The High Court panel had concurred with most of the other findings of the lower court, including satisfactory prison conditions in India.last_img read more

At Furr High School Educators Escape the Interview

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /04:04 Listen X On a recent afternoon, about a dozen job candidates filed into the main office at Furr High School, where the principal, Bertie Simmons, welcomed them to something unusual.“And you’ll never do it in another school because there’s no other school in America doing this. Have any of you been to ‘Escape the Room?’ Have you heard of it?” Simmons asked.A few candidates nodded, recognizing the name of an adventure game usually played by friends and family.“Well, we have ‘Escape the Interview’ and what we’re going to do is put all of you in the teachers’ lounge and there are some clues in there,” Simmons continued. “We’re going to lock the door and you cannot get out until you solve the problems.”Candidates smiled and started to laugh.This is part of how Furr High School is trying to create a new model for high school, with the help of $10 million dollars from the XQ Institute. There is a lot of focus on how to make learning more personalized and hands-on for students.But Furr is also rethinking the role of teachers, including how they’re hired. So, they didn’t want just a traditional sit-down interview to evaluate teachers for a non-traditional school. Cue ‘Escape the Interview.’Simmons explained how she hoped the activity would reveal different kinds of strengths not always apparent in the hiring process.“It’s going to show us whether you can work as a team. It’s going to show us whether you’re creative. It’s going to show us whether you persevere,” she said.As the candidates–a group of teachers, school clerks and administrators–headed to the teachers’ lounge, Simmons wished them good luck. One quipped if they never saw her again, they’d know where to find her.Inside the lounge, music played, smoke filled the room and one applicant, Megan Stevenson, read their first task. She quit law school to teach.“Collaborate to solve the challenge and find the master key to make your escape before the room is filled with deadly gas. Introduce ourselves and identify the room of everyone in the room. OK,” she read.Soon they tackled other challenges. First, a blind folded bean bag toss. Then, complicated puzzles. Bresean Cockrell, who was applying for an assistant principal spot, took the lead.“That’s a match. That’s a match for y’all,” he said, directing the activity.Laura IsenseeFurr High School is experimenting with a new model for high school, including how they hire teachers. Here, administrators watched applicants on a live video feed as they tried to solve clues and “escape the room” during the interview process.While this unfolded in the teachers lounge, down the hall, the principal and five other educators gathered around a conference room table. They watched a live video feed and took notes.“I’m penciling her name in. Very impressive,” consultant Paula Fendley said about one candidate. About another: “Could we make her a teacher instead of a clerk? It looks like she has some really good skills!”The hiring team watched for collaboration, creativity, who sat on the sidelines and who took initiative.But some academics who study the best way to hire talent aren’t sure about this method.“It does remind me of the late 80’s, early 90’s when the investment banks were doing stress interviews and they would do the same kind of random stuff that was not directly related to the job content but they said because the culture that they were bringing them into was high stress, they wanted to see how they performed in stress situations,” said Jamie Belinne, the assistant dean for career services at the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston.Belinne said that activities like escape rooms are great for team-building. But as a job interview, she expressed doubts.“When you’re measuring people, the measurements that you do need to clearly relate to the actual competencies you’re hiring for,” Belinne said. “Because otherwise, if someone’s not selected, you do run the risk of them coming back and saying, ‘I wasn’t fairly measured.’”She said that there are other, proven ways  to measure someone’s critical thinking, such as case interviews.At Furr High, the candidates and administrators seemed to get into the hands-on activity.Finally, the applicants finally cracked the code and escaped. Cheers erupted both inside the teachers lounge and around the conference table.Simmons met up with the candidates and asked them what they learned.“I got so much better at figuring out what the issue was at hand when I started asking people, ‘What do you see? What do you see?’  It was pieces of what we all put together,” Stevenson said.Another candidate Kenya Pinkard said that she had no idea they’d be doing an escape room, but she enjoyed it.“What I learned is that I can actually take a step back and watch everyone utilize their strengths and then if there’s something I can add, then step in and add,” Pinkard said.Simmons told them they’ll follow up more traditional interviews before making a final decision. Sharelast_img read more

Creepy Victorian Methods of Certifying that a Person was in Fact Dead

first_imgIn today’s modern, industrialized world, there’s a certain number of things we take for granted without really considering the fact that they weren’t always around. Taphophobia is the fear of being buried alive. This fear joked about in T.V. sitcoms and over-the-hill birthday cards has always existed. And with good reason.Scientific development has traveled light-years since the 20th century. Before more modern times, taphophobia was a valid fear. Doctors, scientists, and specialists of the highest esteem spent centuries trying to curtail this fear.Inventors addressed the fear of being buried alive.The folk tale of The Lady With the Ring has versions told throughout history and across the world. In British folklore, it tells the tale of the Lady Mount Edgecombe who fell ill and was buried, presumed dead.A grave robber took advantage of this unfortunate affair by trying to dig her up shortly after the burial in order to steal an invaluable ring she was buried with. Lady Mount Edgcombe awoke, however, and walked home, surely scaring the grave robber to death (although there’d be no way to check).For some reason, the Victorian Era saw a rise in an obsession with taphophobia and inventors clamoring to find a foolproof way to confirm actual death before burial. Here are a few bizarre methods they came up with, as well as some veritable precursors to modern technology.Safety CoffinsThe recovery of supposedly dead victims of cholera, as depicted in The Premature Burial by Antoine Wiertz, fuelled the demand for safety coffins.Safety Coffins are a popular historical fun fact shared for decades: the idea being that if someone mistakenly pronounced dead wakes up to find themselves buried, they simply pull on a cord linked to an above-ground bell that alerts cemetery workers that a mistake has been made.More gruesome than the thought of waking up to find oneself in such a situation is the fact that an actual dead body swells during decomposition, meaning it could accidentally trigger the bell and a false alarm. No wonder people believed in ghosts.Design for Safety Coffin. Dr Johann Taberger Der Scheintod, Hanover, 1829.Waiting MortuariesWaiting Mortuaries were built and inadvertently became a morbid spectacle for our ancestors. At the end of the 19th century in France and Germany, corpses were laid out to wait and see if they started to decompose before being buried.They were surveilled full time by morgue attendants and some were built with windows looking out onto the public who could stop and stare. The bodies were administered antiseptics to prevent infections, just in case they were still living.The first morgue in New York City opened in 1866 at Bellevue HospitalIt’s also thought that these Waiting Mortuaries began the tradition of sending flowers to funerals, as flowers were used to decorate the bodies to cover up the smell of the dead bodies in a time before Oust.From here, the tactics get more invasive and, sometimes, questionable.The fingerPhoto by Wellcome Images CC-BY 4.0A body part thought to be a clue to real or falsely declared death was the finger. Some believed that holding the tip of a body’s finger to a strong ear would reveal even the faintest heartbeats.According to the Dictionnaire biographique international des écrivains published in 1902, Dr. Collongues was a celebrated medical inventor responsible for the dynamoscope — a device which measured vibrations from living beings — and the necroscope — a device which assured a certain declaration of death based on the lungs, the heart, and the brain.Though neither invention carried on to modern times, Collongues was on the path to the right idea and heartbeats were beginning to be linked to new inventions.The TongueDeath of General Robert E. Lee, At Lexington, Va., October 12th, 1870. Lithograph.Others believed the tongue was the key. One suggested that an undead body could be stimulated by applying certain reactive substances on the tongue, such as a bitter lemon, sour vinegar, or alcohol.Doctor J.V. Laborde in France was noted for studying the tongue’s relationship to death and allegedly claimed that he revived a woman thought to be dead by attaching forceps to her tongue and pulling at it for hours until she woke up. Surprisingly, designs for a tongue pulling machine didn’t come to fruition.Moving up the intensity scale, one proposed method of certifying death was based on the new concept of the circulatory system. The idea of causing pain to a body to prove death was tried in several ways: holding the body’s finger over a burning candle, pouring boiling water on the body, or amputation of smaller body parts like fingers and toes.A hand of glory was a hanged man’s hand which was used as a macabre candle holder by burglars to evade discovery. Photo by www.badobadop.co.uk CC BY-SA 4.0Some scientists at the time believed that corpses wouldn’t blister under fire. One even insisted that raking thorny leaves over a body would produce a rash only if the person was truly dead. All evidence that science than had no certain knowledge of the inner workings of the human body.Invisible ink played a role in the mortuary sciences as well. Not a new technology, this secret method of communication existed since ancient Greece. Victorian forensic scientists came up with the method of leaving notes declaring, “I am really dead” under noses.If the person was really dead, the corpse would release sulfur dioxide through the nostrils which would trigger the invisible ink. Unfortunately rotting teeth in an era of poor dentistry could give a similar effect.The closest “Victorian” method to our present-day confirmed methods was Galvanism. Luigi Galvani pioneered the field of bioelectromagnetics as early as 1780 when he applied electricity to animal corpses. Along with his wife, Galvani played the role of the Italian Dr. Frankenstein, researching the relationship of electricity with muscles and nerves. A precursor to the defibrillator.Luigi GalvaniIt’s true, Galvani existed before the Victorian Era, but perhaps later scientists should have paid a bit more attention to his work. Instead, a couple of decades passed with questionable and regularly unreliable methods of certain death confirmations.Read another story from us: A 14th Century Nun Faked her own Death to Escape a Convent and Live it UpScientists’ false claims of success to protect their own hubris and ghost stories during God-fearing times kept taphophobia alive over the centuries when doctors were working on methods to confirm the death.Lucky today that we know what a coma is, know how to measure heartbeats, and won’t wake up to less finger and toes.last_img read more

Is Dark an AWS Lambda challenger

first_imgOn Monday, the CEO and Co-founder of Dark, Ellen Chisa, announced the project had raised $3.5 million in funding in a Medium post. Dark is a holistic project that includes a programming language (Darklang), an editor and an infrastructure. The value of this, according to Chisa, is simple: “developers can code without thinking about infrastructure, and have near-instant deployment, which we’re calling deployless.” Along with Chisa, Dark is led by CTO, Paul Biggar, who is also the founder of CircleCI, the CI/CD pioneering company. The seed funding is led by Cervin Ventures, in participation with Boldstart, Data Collective, Harrison Metal, Xfactor, Backstage, Nextview, Promus, Correlation, 122 West and Yubari. What are the key features of the Dark programming language? One of the most interesting features in Dark is that deployments take a mere 50 milliseconds. Fast. Chisa says that currently the best teams can manage deployments around 5–10 minutes, but many take considerably longer, sometimes hours. But Dark was designed to change this. It’s purpose-built, Chisa seems to suggest, for continuous delivery. “In Dark, you’re getting the benefit of your editor knowing how the language works. So you get really great autocomplete, and your infrastructure is set up for you as soon as you’ve written any code because we know exactly what is required.” She says there are three main benefits to Dark’s approach: An automated infrastructure No need to worry about a deployment pipeline (“As soon as you write any piece of backend code in Dark, it is already hosted for you,” she explains.) Tracing capabilities are built into your code. “Because you’re using our infrastructure, you have traces available in your editor as soon as you’ve written any code. There’s undoubtedly a clear sense – whatever users think of the end result – that everything has been engineered with an incredibly clear vision. Dark has been deployed on SaaS platform and project tracking tools Chisa highlights how some customers have already shipped entire products on Dark. Chase Olivieri, who built Altitude, a subscription SaaS providing personalized flight deals, using Drark is cited by Chisa, saying that “as a bootstrapper, Dark has allowed me to move fast and build Altitude without having to worry about infrastructure, scaling, or server management.” Downside of Dark is programmers have to learn a new language Speaking to TechCrunch, Chisa admitted their was a downside to Dark – you have to learn a new language. “I think the biggest downside of Dark is definitely that you’re learning a new language, and using a different editor when you might be used to something else, but we think you get a lot more benefit out of having the three parts working together.” Chisa acknowledged that it will require evangelizing the methodology to programmers, who may be used to employing a particular set of tools to write their programs. But according to her the biggest selling point is that it will remove the complexity around deployment by bringing an integrated level of automation to the process. Is Darklang basically like AWS Lambda? The community on Hacker News compares Dark with AWS Lambda, with many pessimistic about its prospects. In particular they are skeptical about the efficiency gains Chisa describes. “It only sounds maybe 1 step removed from where aws [sic] lambda’s are now,” said one user. “You fiddle with the code in the lambda IDE, and submit for deployment. Is this really that much different?” Dark’s Co-founder, Paul Biggar responded to this in the thread. “Dark founder here. Yes, completely agree with this. To a certain extent, Dark is aimed at being what lambda/serverless should have been.” He continues by writing: “The thing that frustrates me about Lambda (and really all of AWS) is that we’re just dealing with a bit of code and bit of data. Even in 1999 when I had just started coding I could write something that runs every 10 minutes. But now it’s super challenging. Why is it so hard to take a request, munge it, send it somewhere, and then respond to it. That should be trivial! (and in Dark, it is)” The team has planned to roll out the product publicly in September. To find out more more about Dark, read the team’s blog posts including What is Dark, How Dark is a functional language, and How Dark allows deploys in 50ms. Read Next The V programming language is now open source – is it too good to be true? “Why was Rust chosen for Libra?”, US Congressman questions Facebook on Libra security design choices Rust’s original creator, Graydon Hoare on the current state of system programming and safetylast_img read more

Accident at Limit Hill robots

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite An accident involving  a White Toyota Cressida and Black VW Golf took place last night (Sunday) at the Limit Hill robots.Public Safety, Police and towing services were on scene.6 people were slightly injured in the collision.Public Safety officers made sure that traffic flowed smoothly by ensuring the accident scene was cleared out promptly.Follow breaking news on our website or our Facebook pagelast_img

Driefontein residents destroy municipal buildings

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite After attacking the mayor yesterday, the day and night in Driefontein and Burford turned into an orgy of violence and destruction as mobs went on the rampage.A community hall, a councillor’s office, a municipal tanker and a newly-built stadium were all destroyed in fires last night.The mayor, together with municipal officials, plans to address the community later on today in an attempt to end the wanton destruction of municipal buildings and equipment.File photo of the mayor addressing Roosboom residents in earlier service delivery protests.last_img

Another Qantas flight forced to turn back

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T QF17 has returned safely to Sydney Airport after an electrical problem with the aircraft. The plane departed Sydney Airport at 11:11am this morning with 119 passengers aboard, bound for Argentina before tracking back to Sydney after just one hour. “The flight crew operating the service acted appropriately in line with their training and with Qantas’ safety-first approach,” a spokesperson for Qantas said.Engineers are currently inspecting the aircraft to determine the cause of the problem. The incident has been reported to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. A similar incident took place last Friday involving a Qantas Boeing 767 bound for Melbourne from Perth.Click here to read more about Qantas’ recent troubles. last_img read more

agentsIncentiveViking Cruises

first_imgagentsIncentiveViking Cruises Viking’s newly-announced incentive invites Australian and New Zealand travel agencies to submit their most creative ‘Winter Wanderlust’ marketing campaign for the chance to win a fabulous Viking 15-day Southeast Asia & Hong Kong ocean cruise. Agents may choose the type of campaign, from digital to print to in-store marketing activity, and Viking will provide images and collateral to support their efforts.“This is a great opportunity for our valued agent partners,” said Michelle Black, Viking Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand. “If you haven’t experienced the Viking ocean difference for yourself – now is the time to brainstorm with your team and get creative!”Incentive DetailsOpen from 1 May-31 July 2018The agency must complete an entry form providing examples of the campaign by Friday 3 August 2018The theme should be based on Viking’s current Winter Wanderlust campaignExamples include EDMs, social media posts, a website, print ads, direct mail, an info session, or a window displayAgents are encouraged to think outside the boxOpen to Australia and New Zealand travel agentsJudging of submissions will be done by Michelle Black -Managing Director, Jane Moggridge – GM Marketing, Liz Sawers –Director of Sales, Erin Kramer – Trade Marketing ManagerThe winner will be announced by Friday 10 AugustViking can provide images, collateral etc, to support your marketing activityPrize DetailsA Deluxe Veranda stateroom on Southeast Asia & Hong Kong (Bangkok to Hong Kong) itinerary departing 23 September 2018 on Viking Orion for 2 adults Includes all onboard meals in ten dining venues, wine and beer with onboard lunch and dinner, a free shore excursion in every port and unlimited Wi-FiItinerary Highlights15 days, seven guided tours and four countriesImmerse yourself in the cultural tapestry of four Southeast Asian countries on one sweeping journeyOvernight stays in five ports let you pull back the veil of Indochina and connect with localsMingle with merchants at vast indoor emporiums and intimate floating marketsMeet monks at revered temples and artisans in their workshopWitness life on Ha Long Bay as you explore by authentic junkAgents can submit their entry here. For additional information, agents should contact au.agents@vikingcruises.com or mailto: au.agents@vikingcruises.com last_img read more