KARENA EVANS GOT HER BIG BREAK BY COLDTEXTING MUSIC VIDEO LEGEND DIRECTOR

first_imgFor instance “In My Feelings” features a litany of twerking dancers set against the backdrop of New Orleans local haunts. The project stars Shiggy (the creator of the viral dance that helped propel the song up the charts), Lala Anthony (as Drake’s love interest), Phylicia Rashad (as Lala’s mother), Odell Beckham Jr., and a cameo from Big Freedia (whose vocals are featured on the track). In short, it’s just the sort of high-energy romp you’d expect from a smash single.As her star only continues to rise and people continue to listen to “In My Feelings” on repeat, Teen Vogue chatted with Karena about facing your fears, chasing your dreams, and the importance of creating space and visibility for black women in the film industry.Teen Vogue: What are your earliest memories around film and acting?Karena Evans: I was the annoying child who put on plays for my family and charged them a dollar to get in. There was this program on Windows, this was before Apple, where I would edit videos every time a family birthday came around. I always really had an interest in storytelling, but it wasn’t until I got a bit older that I realized you can actually make a life out of telling stories, which was a crazy concept.TV: Director X really took you under his wing. How did you guys meet?KE: It all started in film school. I can definitely appreciate a school education, but I just think I was a bit impulsive and very impatient about the rate I was learning. I wanted to learn faster. I knew that I wanted to be a director, and I was already shooting. I just wanted to get out there. I had a mutual friend with X, his name is Boi1da, a Toronto legend and a longtime collaborator with Drake. I had a conversation with him and said, “Look, this is where I am and this is where I want to be. How do I close that gap?”He slid me Director X’s phone number; not even his office line or his assistant’s line, his personal number. It was kind of a scary moment where I had to decide to either take a step forward or stay in the same place. I texted him and said, “You don’t know who I am but my name is Karena and I really want to work for you. I want to show you what I can do.” He had me come into the office the next day. I was sitting in a boardroom with him and his manager, who is now my manager, and we were just talking. The conversation was going very well and that was all fine and dandy, then he said, “Great. Now show me your work.”At the time I had this zero dollar music video I’d done. When I say zero dollar I mean we paid for the camera package out of our pocket and we didn’t have any lighting. I had even lended the artist my clothes — it was something that I was super passionate about. Although technically it’s not where I am right now, I think you can still see my heart in it. I like to believe X liked it because we started working together that night…I literally started that evening. We worked on a TV pitch together, and from there he truly did take me under his wing. It was such a beautiful mentorship because I was writing treatments with him and going on set with him. I would be up until three or four in the morning, but the pace that I was learning was far faster than what I was learning in school. That led me to another moment of having to decide to take a risk. I dropped out of school to be fully present in the experience. About eight months later he signed me as a director to his company.TV: What are some of the biggest lessons you learned working with X?KE: X is one of the hardest working people I’ve ever met. I truly learned the value of working hard at your craft and mastering it. You know, expanding your knowledge, constantly researching and just spending all of the time you can to get better because things don’t just land on your lap. The knowledge that you really do have to put in the work was one of the biggest takeaways I got from him. The other thing, which is a big lesson he taught me, and is something that his mentor Hype Williams taught him, was that you have to fight the inner thought that you can’t do it. You have to fight the idea that you’re not good at your job, and even the perception that might be projected on you by other people that you aren’t meant to be there.You have to fight those doubts because you have the responsibility as an artist to push forward and pull through. I think that in the presence of chaos, creativity starts. You need that nervous creative energy, but at the same time you have to learn to push through the negative thoughts that come with it because that’s breeds the best creations.TV: For black women, the conversation around film and directing tends to come back to the idea that there aren’t enough of us or that we aren’t as represented in the ways we should be. How, if at all, does that impact you?KE: I think that the first thing to realize is that there are in fact a lot of female directors. There are a lot of women of color who are here and present. The unfortunate part is that we were not always given a place. It took the Melina Matsoukases, the Ava DuVernays and others who have paved the way for me, and the next generation of young black female filmmakers, to help us understand that we do have a place, and to also break down those barriers so we that can be heard. It was definitely something I was aware of getting into the game, and I think it just made me want to work ten times harder to prove that there is nothing different between me and my male counterparts. If anybody knows me they know how much Melina is my hero, and how much she’s influenced not only my work, but how I look at myself as a young black filmmaker. If I can in some way inspire another young girl to also believe in herself then I’m doing a good job.TV: Being the first woman to win the Lipsett Award must have felt like one of those moments.KE: It’s an interesting feeling because I definitely don’t feel like I’m the first woman who should receive it, and I definitely don’t think that I’m the only woman who is making a mark in the music video industry, or in the industry as a whole; I won’t be the last, either. I just hope that in receiving it, I can help break down some of those walls for other women to be recognized. Again, it’s because of women like Melina that I even have it, or that I even know that I have a place here and that I’m allowed to occupy a space in this world.TV: Who or what are some of your other influences?KE: Of course I grew up on X and Hype’s music videos, but honestly, I don’t get a lot of my inspiration from any single person. Vimeo is my school. I’m always watching videos. I’m always researching because I believe you can find inspiration anywhere. The great thing about Instagram right now is that you can cultivate what’s coming towards you. I follow a lot of photography blogs, and am always searching for inspiration whether that’s on the Internet, around where I live, or even the kind of music I’m listening to. As an artist, I think I have a duty to stay inspired and search for new things to learn.TV: Every director probably approaches a project differently. What’s your process?KE: The way that I approach any project is with an entirely clean slate. I don’t have one formula for everything. I really do my best to make sure that I’m creating a custom suit for every visual. I think the process changes depending on the artist you’re working with as well. I’ve been blessed to work with some really collaborative artists, and an idea will either start from them or a conversation with them, and then we sort of build that out together. For me, the really exciting part is creating these very custom looks for every video. Now that I’m going into film and TV, I think the biggest thing is doing the research and truly defining what the vision is. I really don’t think that one strategy works for everything, so I constantly try and understand new ways to communicate and new ways to shoot.TV: What does the research project look like for you? Is it books, magazines, movies, a combination?KE: If I’m working on a specific song I listen to that song over and over and over. I will listen to that artist’s music over and over. I will research a lot about that artist (even if I already know them), just to make sure that in the moment I’m conceptualizing I’m really within the boundaries of that artist and doing justice to that person. I also look through a lot of magazines. I have a log of videos that give me inspiration too.TV: What makes someone a good director?KE: Constantly expanding your knowledge of film and storytelling. Knowing there’s a world of opportunities where you can learn — both technically and life lessons. All of that will help in your experience as a director. Some of the directors I’ve worked with as an actress have had an incredible ability to communicate, and also understand that everyone’s energy is different. Again, it’s not a matter of here’s a general strategy I’m going to use on every project. It’s really about being present and adjusting and adapting to the people you’re working with.BY STEPHANIE SMITH-STRICKLAND | TEEN VOGUE Advertisement At 22-years-old, Canadian director and actor Karena Evans is already living the creative dream. This year she became the first woman to receive Prism Prize’s prestigious Lipsett Award, which recognizes Canadian music video artistss for innovation and creativity. Her wildly well-rounded portfolio boasts brand campaigns for clients including Nike right alongside music videos for artists such as SZA, “Garden (Say It Like Dat); Belly, “Mumble Rap”; and perhaps most famously, Drake. And to think, it was all put in motion from cold-texting a pro in the industry.Karena’s journey started at film school in Toronto, where after bouncing between two institutions, she eventually grew frustrated with the slow pace of the curriculums. In response, she did something many of us — particularly those of us who have been trained to believe that traditional schooling is a guarantor of success — would be absolutely terrified to do. She cold contacted the legendary Director X, whose first feature film, Superfly, debuted in August. After landing an internship with his production company, X personally took Karena under his wing. The culmination of this process saw her dropping out of school to fully embrace the work she was already doing.Several of Drake’s most recent videos, released in support of his behemoth fifth studio album, Scorpion, have been directed by Karena. From the feel-good premise of “God’s Plan” to the playful Degrassi time warp that is “I’m Upset” to the celebrity-studded, ladies-first anthem of “Nice for What,” the young director has been instrumental in creating a tableau that feels at ease with Drake’s chameleon nature, and impactful to the larger pop culture zeitgeist. 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Former MP Ateeq kidnapped businessman UP govt tells SC

first_imgNew Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh government Thursday told the Supreme Court that former MP Ateeq Ahmad, who was lodged in Deoria jail, had indeed assaulted and kidnapped a businessman on December 26 last year.Confirming the incident, the UP government said CCTV cameras in the jail complex were tampered with at the time. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna said it would consider the report submitted by UP government on April 23. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In a report submitted through senior advocate Vijay Hansaria, appointed as amicus curiae (friend of court), the state government said departmental action against five jail officials has been initiated. Hansaria, assisted by advocate Sneha Kalita, told the bench that jail norms were relaxed with respect to visitors meeting the former parliamentarian. In his submission, the senior advocate said there are 109 cases registered against Ahmad from 1979 to 2019 which include 17 murder cases, 12 cases under UP Gangster Act, eight under Arms Act and four under UP Goonda Act. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHansaria said eight cases pending investigation were registered against Ahmad between 2015 and 2019 of which two are murder cases. The report said the state government has constituted two committees which prima facie found names of two persons, including businessman Mohit Jaiswal’s, in visitors register for meeting Ahmad. It said the committees have found the jail superintendent and other jail officials guilty for the assault on the businessman, and departmental proceedings against five officials and the state government has suspended three persons. The report further said that after the incident was reported in media and FIR was lodged by the businessman, Ahmad was transferred from Deoria jail to Bareilly jail in UP and efforts were being made to arrest the associates of the former lawmaker, who were involved in the incident. Ateeq Ahmad was a five-time MLA and one-time MP and has been jail since Feb 11, 2017. In the past he was associated with political parties including Samajwadi Party and Apna Dal (Sonewal faction). “In interrogation, the jail staff and the prisoners have denied the incidence of assault in jail but the joint team found in the inquiry that some CCTV cameras set up in the jail have been tampered with and a persons meeting with Ateeq Ahmad had been granted relaxation also against rule. The joint team prima facie found that the jail superintendent and the officers/ employees of the jail administration to be guilty for this incident,” the report said. The UP government report said some accused have been identified on the basis of CCTV footage of Deoria jail and for their arrest, police teams have been sent to their possible hideouts in Gautam Buddh Nagar, Prayagraj and Delhi. It said a police team led by Lucknow SP has been leading the investigation in the case. The top court was hearing a PIL filed by lawyer and BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay seeking a life ban on politicians convicted in criminal cases besides the setting up of special courts to expeditiously try cases involving elected representatives. During the previous hearing, the court was told by Hansaria that there were over several heinous cases pending against the former MP and still he had the audacity to kidnap the businessman to the jail. Businessman Jaiswal had filed an FIR on December 28, 2018, alleging that he was kidnapped from Lucknow and taken to the prison where he was assaulted by the jailed don and his aides and was forced to transfer his business to them. Lucknow-based realtor Jaiswal had alleged that he was tortured and forced to transfer five of his firms in the names of the former lawmaker and his jailed son. The combined assets of the firms were worth Rs 45 crore, the FIR said, adding that Ahmad also took away the car of Jaiswal and other belongings before releasing him.last_img read more

ISIS recruit was in Sri Lanka on missionary work

While the NIA launched a nation-wide swoop down on the ISIS terror suspects in January this year, arresting two dozen ISIS suspects, Khan remained out of reach.Khan’s three other associates from Bengaluru were arrested. They were identified as Asif Ali, Mohammed Afzal, Syed Mujahid but Abid Khan lay low.Khan has told NIA sleuths and the Kullu police that he converted to Christianity in a Methodist church of Bengaluru to stay out of the radar of the agencies. The NIA will corroborate this aspect, since they are yet to formally take over the case. An ISIS recruit arrested in India had visited Sri Lanka allegedly on missionary work, the Times of India reported.Abid Khan, a 23-year-old Abid Khan resident of Bengaluru, lived in a church in Banjar town in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh for the last six months before he was arrested in a joint operation of the NIA and Kullu Police. After conversion, he went to Sri Lanka allegedly on a fake passport with his fake identity of Paul.Sources told India Today that Khan went to Sri Lanka in March-April this year for a month on missionary work. (Colombo Gazette) A mobile phone and a laptop recovered from him could lead to crucial clues into Abid’s life while he was at large.How Khan, a Bengaluru man, reached Kullu is another story by itself. Khan told his investigators that he was to visit Indonesia to visit an Indonesian girl, whom he termed his girlfriend. But investigators are yet to conclude on this aspect. Khan was planning to reach Syria via Indonesia and had recently visited Sri Lanka. read more

Time to spring forward

Clocks officially turn forward on Sunday at 2 a.m. to return to daylight time. The Brantford and Brant County fire department say it is also time to test all hard-wired and battery-operated smoke alarms to ensure they are in working condition. They recommend that all batteries be changed in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. In addition, all alarms have expiry dates and should be replaced according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Each home is required by law to have working smoke alarms on each floor and outside all sleeping areas. Carbon monoxide alarms must be installed outside all sleeping areas if the home has a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage. The fire department also recommends developing a home escape plan with a safe meeting location outdoors. The time shift helps move us toward later sunsets until November. Of course, this will come with later sunrises, but most of us would prefer that sunlight at the end of the day, after work, when we can enjoy it. Waking up in the dark seems like a fair trade. Daylight time – which we abide by in winter – was invented to compensate for the dwindling of daylight in the winter. It was believed that the daylight would be more useful in the morning than the evening, so the clocks were shifted in an attempt to move up peoples’ schedules. Nowadays, it’s a leftover antiquity dating back to the days of being a primarily agricultural and industrial nation. read more

Applications open for leadership development seminars

Applications are now open for the local business community to take part in leadership development seminars held at Brock University’s Goodman School of Business.The seminars, offered through Goodman’s Centre for Innovation, Management and Enterprise Education (CIMEE), are part of a certificate program that is open to the public.Brock alumna Diana Lenartowich (BA ’12) knows first hand the benefit of the business seminars.Lenartowich made her return to the classroom earlier this year when she participated in the Professional Leadership Development certificate program offered through CIMEE.After graduating from Brock, the business communications alumna went on to graduate from Niagara College’s international business program before joining Coca-Cola Refreshments Canada as a business development manager.“There’s never a time to stop learning,” said Lenartowich. “We’re always learning whether we recognize it or not. This is just a more structured process of learning.”The seminars are run in partnership with the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce and take place on Brock’s campus. Running every Tuesday from Sept. 25 to Nov. 6 (excluding Oct. 9), they cover topics such as leadership, mentorship, coaching and change management.Seeing the value it would add to her career, Lenartowich immediately jumped at the opportunity to learn with CIMEE.“The biggest draw was the fact that it was associated with the Goodman School of Business.” she said. “I recognized the name, I know the reputation for fantastic education. Beyond that, I’m also at a position in my career where I’m really trying to get to the next level of leadership and doing everything I can do prepare for that next step.”Lenartowich said she considers the program a “piece of learning that I could add to my personal toolkit that is going to help prepare me for what’s next.”Interested professionals can apply online. read more

Spalletti bemoans penalty decision

first_imgInter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti has blamed a “clear as day” penalty decision after they lost 1-0 at home to Parma.There was also controversy in the match, as Dimarco appeared to make contact with the ball his elbow, but VAR officials refused to award Inter Milan a penalty. A decision that has drawn the ire of Spalletti.“Now I see the video, that really did look to be handball. I don’t know how VAR works, but he really did deflect the ball away from the goal with his arm. It was outstretched, that ball could’ve gone anywhere. That was clear as day.” Spalletti told Sky Sports Italia.“It’s disappointing that Parma came out to obstruct and time-waste, we even saw Luigi Sepe throw an extra ball on to the pitch to stop us taking a quick corner.”Spalletti also questioned his side’s attitude during the game.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“I don’t understand this sluggish approach in some situations compared to others. Nothing is owed to us, no matter what our names are.“That attitude can at times come from the desire to do something more, it doesn’t work, so we get disorganised and the opposition takes advantage.“We messed up too many crosses, too many passes for the quality at our disposal. We introduced Matteo Politano for the second half to add fresh legs, but he looked weighed down by the pressure and could barely run. It’s not physical form or fitness training, it’s the desperate attempt to do more and it leads to fractures within the team’s organisation.“Now we must do well to analyse these games in the right way and realise we have the capability to do far more than this. If the players perform below their capabilities, that is the responsibility of the Coach.”last_img read more

Senate Passes Bill For Fair Liquor License

first_imgThis year, following the release of the legislative audit, the board began to crack down on recreational license renewals, with members saying they have no choice under existing state law. Senator Peter Micciche (R-Soldotna) sponsored the bill: “Eleven business licenses across the state, including the state fair, were at risk of no longer operating. In largely it’s because of the bureaucracy of the ABC Board (Alcohol Beverage Control Board) just deciding they were going to read the statue in a different way.”  Micciche: “Sometimes government moves away from operating with common sense, and that’s when we have to step in.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Senate on Monday passed legislation that will allow the fairs in Alaska to continue selling alcohol. The bill passed in the Senate by 19-0, creates several new liquor license types, including a fair license. The bill now moves onto the Alaska House of Representatives. Photo courtesy of Alaska State Fair Micciche says the bill is in response to a more stringent reading of state law by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. The measure will also allow skiing and snowboarding under the definition of recreational sites, which Micciche said had been traditionally permissible previously.last_img read more

Grittys hospital visit with a 7yearold fan is beautiful and wholesome

first_img 0 Comments Share your voice Tags When a 7-year-old in hospital asks for something, you give it to him. If that something happens to be orange nightmare fuel, you still give it to him. That fuel in question is Gritty, the hairy, googly eyed mascot of the Philadelphia Flyers in the National Hockey League. He’s also, in many ways a treasure of the internet. CNN has documented a rare Gritty appearance off the ice, at Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia on Tuesday.There, Gritty and two Flyers cheerleaders, paid a surprise visit to Caiden O’Rourke, who as a result of two rare conditions has suffered the amputation of his lower right leg. A double amputee suffering a bone deformity, O’Rourke regularly requires new prosthetics. He requests them to be adorned with the colors and logos of his local favorite teams, according to CNN, and his latest design involved of course a big orange hairy monster.After O’Rouke was fitted with the custom prosthetic, Gritty himself appeared and a moment beautiful and wholesome was captured. This may surprise those initially skeptical of the mascot whose wild-eyed mug debuted last September for a team that had been mascotless since the ’70s. Aren’t they glad they took a chance on their furry, left-field chum. A 7-year-old hockey fan wanted a prosthetic leg with Gritty’s face on it, so the googly-eyed Philadelphia Flyers mascot surprised him by delivering it himself https://t.co/21UmioS0tE pic.twitter.com/UmRhFS6hEh— CNN (@CNN) June 26, 2019 Culture Sportslast_img read more

US shooter identified as 28yrold exMarine

first_imgNeon signs are on display at The Borderline Bar and Grill, the scene of a mass shooting, is seen on 8 November, 2018 in Thousand Oaks, California. Photo: AFPThe gunman who killed 12 people in a crowded California country music bar has been identified as 28-year-old Ian David Long, a former Marine, the local sheriff said Thursday.The suspect, who was armed with a .45-caliber handgun, was found deceased at the Borderline Bar and Grill, the scene of the shooting in the city of Thousand Oaks northwest of downtown Los Angeles.“We believe he shot himself,” Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said.“We have had several contacts with Mr. Long over the years, minor events, a traffic collision,” Dean told a news conference.Deputies were called to Long’s house in response to a disturbance in April this year and “felt he might be suffering from PTSD,” he said.Long was “somewhat irate. Acting a little irrationally,” he said. However, mental health specialists who were called in “talked to him, and cleared him.”Investigators have not established a motive for the shooting, and knew of nothing that connected Long to the Borderline.Dean said Long was veteran who had served in the Marine Corps.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Tuesday January 17

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uThere is language within Baltimore’s consent decree with the Department of Justice, which offers no admission of guilt for the misconduct of the Baltimore City Police Department, that would allegedly protect the city from further lawsuits. We’ll talk about it with Luke Broadwater of the Baltimore Sun and former federal prosecutor Sheryl Wood. Plus, we’ll open the phone lines to ask our listeners what they think of Baltimore’s official denial of misconduct by a police department accused of systemic misconduct? These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img

Nintendo confirms Pikmin 4 is in development and nearly finished

first_imgPikmin has been one of the more recent IPs Nintendo has created, and one it can call upon to help boost sales of any given hardware platform. The last time it did that was with Pikmin 3 on the Wii U. The result was very positive review scores and probably a few consoles sales. I say a few because when Pikmin 3 released in July 2013 nobody was really interested in the Wii U.Now it’s 2015, and Shigeru Miyamoto has let slip that Pikmin 4 is in development and in fact very close to being completed. Nintendo then had no choice but to back up Miyamoto’s comment and confirmed that Pikmin 4 is indeed real. What nobody is saying is when the game will be released and for which platform.In that regard there are three choices: another Wii U game, a 3DS game, or a launch title for the NX. A lot depends on how far along in development Pikmin 4 is (what does “very close to completion” really mean?), but a Nintendo NX launch title would be great (for Nintendo). Fans, of course, will want it sooner for an existing platform. The NX is expected to be something Nintendo only starts seriously talking about in 2016, which points to Pikmin 4 being a game for an already released platform. My money would be on another Wii U game.Another way to look at this news is Pikmin 4 is nearly complete, meaning the Pikmin development team can move on to Pikmin 5 soon and potentially finish it in time for the NX launch. If Nintendo is going to talk about the NX next year, it could be a console launching in 2017, potentially allowing a two-year development window. That’s achievable.last_img read more

Open Tabs in Firefox to the right of the current tab

first_imgOpen Tabs in Firefox to the right of the current tab by Martin Brinkmann on May 10, 2018 in Firefox – Last Update: May 10, 2018 – 47 commentsWhenever you open a new tab in the Firefox browser, it opens at the end of the tab bar of the current browser window regardless of which tab is active when you open it.That’s not a problem if you work with less than a dozen tabs usually that are visible all the time but if you have 50 or more tabs open, you may dislike the default behavior as Firefox jumps to the new tab automatically when it is opened at the end of the tab bar.There is no option to jump back to the previously active tab in Firefox which means that you may spend some time locating it again after opening a new tab in the web browser.Firefox’s behavior is different when you open links in new tabs. Links that you middle-click on (or use other means to open in a new tab) open to the right of the active tab which is quite useful as the newly opened tab is directly associated with the originating tab.You can use an extension to force Firefox to open new tabs to the right of the current tab or change the configuration of the browser.Always Right for FirefoxAlways Right is an open source add-on for the Firefox web browser that changes Firefox’s default new tab opening behavior. Instead of opening new tabs at the end of the tab bar, new tabs will open to the right of the active tab all the time.It does not matter whether you use Ctrl-T, a click on the plus icon in the Firefox tab bar, or other means to open new tabs in the browser. Whenever you open a new tab, it is opened to the right of the active tab.The extension works automatically once installed.Without extensionPlease note that you may change the configuration of the Firefox web browser to change the tab opening behavior without installing an extension:Load about:config?filter=browser.tabs.insertAfterCurrent in the Firefox address bar.Confirm that you will be careful if the warning page is displayed.Set the preference to true by double-clicking on it.Restart the browser.Update: the preference is only available in Firefox Beta, Dev or Nightly at the time of writing.Closing WordsWhile it may be more convenient to install the browser extension to get the Firefox web browser to open tabs on the right of the active tab, using the configuration is better as you don’t need to install and run an extension for the behavior.Now You: What is your tab opening preference?Related articlesSave and restore Firefox tabs with Session BossSearch across all Firefox tabs with Search Multi TabsSummaryArticle NameOpen Tabs in Firefox to the right of the current tabDescriptionFind out how to configure the Firefox web browser so that new tabs that you open in the browser open always to the right of the active tab and not at the end of the tab bar.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Costa Rica takes a step toward inclusive tourism

first_imgCosta Rica has long been known as a destination for adventure, with thoughts of surfing, hiking through rain forests and tranquil beaches coming to mind, but this iconic image of the country has long been out of reach for Ticos and tourists in wheelchairs or with other disabilities.Innovative design in all-terrain wheelchairs and a growing social awareness of accessibility issues in Costa Rica, however, are poised to make the country’s national wonders available to people of all abilities and ages. Fernán González of Sistemas de Accesibilidad Total, an architecture and consulting company specializing in accessible design, unveiled two unique wheelchairs, perhaps the only of their kind in Costa Rica, during the Expo Travel trade show in San José last week. At first glance, the so-called “amphibious chairs” look like something left over from NASA’s Mars rover mission. Large, balloon-like yellow tires help stabilize the chairs over uneven surfaces and keep it from sinking into the sand. Another larger version equipped with life preservers can go into the ocean, allowing others to float alongside the person sitting down.“The topic of accessible tourism isn’t really addressed here in Costa Rica because everyone focuses on buildings, not in the enjoyment of tourism,” said González.  Carara National Park is one of the few protected areas in Costa Rica designed for people of all abilities, including low-incline paved trails, Braille and other information aids, and handicap-accessible bathrooms. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons No related posts.center_img But that may be changing. With several laws in effect requiring handicap accessibility in hotels and other public places, and pending legislation that would punish those who fail to comply with accessibility requirements, there is more pressure on the tourist industry to address accessibility issues for foreign and domestic visitors. The National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) met this week with González to see how they could make Manuel Antonio, a national park on the Pacific coast, more accessible to people of all abilities.Cecilia Montero of SINAC told The Tico Times that there are two national parks that are up to code for complete accessibility: Poás Volcano National Park and Carara National Park. Both parks have ramps, paved pathways, wayfinding and information aids.Montero said that SINAC hopes to make similar additions to six national parks total, including Izarú Volcano, Gayabo, Guanacaste, and Manuel Antonio. The SINAC representative said that they are exploring options to develop a wheel-chair accessible walkway to Manuel Antonio’s mangroves and beach, including a gangway that would allow wheelchair access to the ocean.But redesigning national parks does not come cheap: “The most difficult thing is to find funding for these projects,” observed Montero.Rita Chaves Casanova, leader of the Accessibility without Exclusion Party, PASE, agreed. The lawmaker told The Tico Times that there has been progress making the country’s iconic national parks more accessible to people of all abilities but funding remains a problem.“Often there are no resources to maintain a certain standard [of accessibility], much less adapt the parks,” Chaves said.The lawmaker pointed out that because the protected areas are public they too fall under the law’s accessibility requirements. Chaves added that PASE has proposed bill 18,238 that would give “teeth” to the country’s principal disability legislation, Law 7600, empowering authorities to sanction businesses or public places that do not comply with the law’s accessibility requirements.González hopes that these considerations will make Costa Rica more accessible to Ticos and create a new tourism niche for visitors who thought the country’s rugged image was out of reach.“You can put [a handicapped person] under a palm tree but they’re not really getting a chance to fully enjoy the experience,” González said, “People need to understand that the true value of a tourist destination is that everyone can enjoy it.”   Facebook Commentslast_img read more

The life the migrants leave behind The children of Guatemala

first_imgANTIGUA, Guatemala – Walk the streets of Guatemala and children are everywhere.They’re hoisted on their parents’ shoulders, blasting trumpets or banging drums in school parades, or playing pickup games of soccer. The luckier ones attend private schools and wear crisp uniforms. The most impoverished might walk barefoot, or chase after tourists in hopes of selling a trinket. Others offer a shoe shine for less than a dollar.Almost half of Guatemalans are younger than 19, making their country the youngest in Latin America. That means nearly 7 million citizens were not alive in 1996 when government and guerrilla leaders signed a peace accord ending a bloody 36-year civil war.But negotiated peace has done little to improve conditions in Guatemala. According to statistics tracked by several international organizations, the country lags behind most of its neighbors on measures of health care, education, literacy, malnutrition and public safety. A drum band performs in the streets of Antigua, Guatemala, on Aug. 21, 2014 as part of a parade to mark the 150th anniversary of a local school. Washington Post photo by Michael S. WilliamsonThat’s a major reason why so many families, mostly from the impoverished rural western region of Guatemala, have decided in recent years to send young children north to cross the U.S.-Mexico border. An influx of unaccompanied children from Mexico and Central America this summer strained federal agencies and sparked a new flash point in the years-long debate over immigration policy.As each child’s case is reviewed by U.S. officials, some will be reunited with family members in the United States, and others will be sent back.Once they return to Guatemala, “We have to put forth the effort and have the capacity to receive them, and take them to their place of origin, and once they’re home, provide them with education and with the social programs to help their families,” Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina said in a recent interview with The Washington Post.But Molina couldn’t detail how that process will unfold. It could take several months, maybe even years, to fully implement.By then, the young faces will be older. Will they grow into adulthood and stay in Guatemala? Or will they, like so many other countrymen, try going north? A young girl covers her ears in anticipation of fireworks that were set off as part of a parade that celebrated The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Aug. 21, 2014 in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Washington Post photo by Michael S. Williamson© 2014, The Washington Post Related posts:Guatemala has no idea how many of its undocumented citizens live in the United States Experts at D.C. panel deny lax US border controls are to blame for immigration crisis Did we forget the lesson the ‘Greatest Generation’ fought so hard to learn? Remittances account for 10 percent of Guatemala’s GDP Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Heritage site Bombas Gens in Valencia Spain opens to the public

first_imgBombas Gens, an old factory located in Valencia, opened its doors on July 8 as the new headquarter of the ‘Fundació Per Amor a l’Art’. After almost two years of refurbishment, this art deco building has been reinvented into a new and contemporary art centre that aims to be a reference in Valencia.The opening will be rolled out in two phases. Firstly, the art gallery will be presented to the public on July 8, 2017. The second phase, programmed for autumn 2017, includes a garden, a medieval wine cellar and a new building set aside for social action. The art centre will open with the first presentation of the Per Amor a l’Art collection, plus a temporary exhibition of the work of the photographers Bleda y Rosa and a show exploring stories behind the former Bombas Gens factory.The new space has kept the building’s singularity that has entitled it as Local Heritage. The art deco façade designed by Cayetano Borso di Carminati and the elements that remind its industrial past has been restored to accomplish its new purpose. The traditional complex will be complemented by a brand new building that will house the social activities of the foundation. In addition, the renowned Valencian Chef Ricard Camarena will move his one-Michelin-star restaurant into the complex.last_img read more

Fannie Maintains Lukewarm Housing Forecast

first_img September 23, 2014 542 Views Fannie Mae Forecast GDP 2014-09-23 Tory Barringer An upward revision in GDP growth for the second quarter bolstered optimism at Fannie Mae for the rest of the year’s economic track.The mortgage giant’s Economic and Strategic Research Group put out its newest outlook on Tuesday, calling for accelerated growth following the most recent news of 4.2 percent annualized GDP growth in the year’s second quarter.With data through June showing further upward revisions, the group believes second quarter growth could be revised even higher in the government’s third estimate, which is scheduled to come out Friday.”In our September forecast, we see the economy continuing to accelerate toward 3.0 percent growth in the second half of the year, in line with our prior forecast,” said Doug Duncan, chief economist at Fannie Mae.Duncan pointed to recent improvements in business spending, employment, and consumer confidence, all of which he hopes will help offset unexpected weakness in consumer spending.On the other hand, the housing market is still struggling to find any real traction after going through fits and starts earlier in the year.”Recent housing activity isn’t quite as positive, having shown only lukewarm growth since a promising start to the third quarter, but our forecast is little changed from August,” Duncan said. “Purchase mortgage applications have trended down over the past three months, despite the declining interest rate environment.”We believe this suggests a residual conservatism on the part of consumers and supports our view that the pace of growth in the housing sector will be subdued during the remainder of 2014, with modest improvement in 2015,” he continued.For 2014, Fannie Mae’s economists forecast $1.11 trillion in mortgage originations, a decline of 42 percent from last year. Production is expected to dip another 5 percent next year to an anticipated $1.05 trillion.At the same time, the purchase side of the mortgage market is expected to gain more ground, reducing refinance share to 39 percent this year and 26 percent in 2015.While the group says its projections could change in the next forecast, when it benchmarks its 2013 estimates to data recently released under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, they “expect the general market trends to remain valid.” in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Originationcenter_img Fannie Maintains Lukewarm Housing Forecast Sharelast_img read more

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first_img by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 4, 2019 5:10 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian Opera Company takes on ‘Rusalka,’ ‘Hansel & Gretel’ in new seasoncenter_img Mythical legends and fairy tales feature strongly in the Canadian Opera Company’s upcoming season.COC general director Alexander Neef says the 2019/2020 season will feature Antonin Dvorak’s water nymph fantasy “Rusalka,” Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hansel & Gretel” and a revival of Richard Wagner’s seafaring thriller “The Flying Dutchman.”It also includes a new production of Giacomo Puccini’s “Turandot,” and revivals of Gioachino Rossini’s audience favourite “The Barber of Seville,” and Giuseppe Verdi’s war-time epic “Aida.”Neef says the company was drawn to “extraordinary scores and vivid storytelling” and that the productions will “challenge existing notions of how best to tell these stories.”That includes “a clean, modernist” take on “Aida” that shifts the opera’s action from ancient Egypt to the modern Middle East and a revamped set for “Turandot” that includes “clean lines and sleek minimalism.”The season begins Sept. 28 with nine performances of “Turandot.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

March 28 2018On March 24th two representatives f

first_imgMarch 28, 2018On March 24th, two representatives from Arcosanti exhibited at the Prescott Job Fair, organized by the Prescott Chamber of Commerce. Specifically seeking a Financial Controller and HR Generalist, Shannon and Jesse from the Public Relations Department spent the day meeting potential candidates, talking about work life at Arcosanti and sharing information on internships. More information about these open positions will be posted on our website in the near future.(photos by Shannon Mackenzie and Jesse Fernandez, text by Shannon Mackenzie)last_img