Angel MooreAPTN News SaturdayImagine listening to recordings of your ancestors that are more than 100 years old.They’re hauntingly, beautiful traditional songs saved on scratchy wax cylinders.When Jeremy Dutcher found his ancestors’ recordings stored as artifacts at the Canadian Museum of History he knew they had to be shared.“For me the whole point was to take it back and not ask for permission and just say, ‘This belongs with the people’,” Dutcher says.Dutcher’s debut album Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa ‘the songs of the people of the beautiful river’ is a medley of his operatic voice and the original recordings of his ancestors.It is recorded entirely in the Wolastoq language, which only has about one hundred fluent speakers left.The album is getting noticed for its musical and historical significance. He was awarded the prestigious Polaris Prize in September.He is grateful for the recognition, and says it is recognition for the work already done.A bonus was he was able to meet his idol Buffy Sainte Marie.“She tweeted about me today,” he says. “She was like go listen to this album.“It was so beautiful just because she’s somebody like I’ve really idolized.”Buffy Sainte Marie has been the trailblazer for Indigenous artists for decades, and Dutcher says he is following her lead.This album is opening doors for conversations about reconciliation and he is working to keep it going.“Is Canada still ready to be engaging in these conversations or have we moved on to talking about trade deals? Are our allies still going to show up?”Dutcher spoke to APTN News at Cape Breton University before he gave a talk at the Mi’kmaq Basque Cultural Exchange conference.“I am a regular person, so it is personal. Being here is to enter the conversation of global indigeneity – there are people all around the world dealing with cultural and linguistic resurgence,” he says.Dutcher believes it is the artist’s job to challenge, provoke and push boundaries. And two- spirited and queer people have always been at the centre of pushing their culture forward and carrying on important messages in the community.“I’m hoping that being, you know, a big queer, Indigenous body on stage is going to show something and push those conversations forward,” he says.That evening, Dutcher gave a performance in a small church in Sydney, N.S. About 200 people attended, including the Basque delegates.Stephen Augustine, hereditary grand chief on the Mi’kmaq Grand Council, smudges on stage. He says he forgot his speech and introduces Dutcher. They embrace as old friends. The setting is intimate, you forget there is a crowd, and you are visiting friends.(Dutcher, left, and Hereditary Grand Chief on the Mi’kmaq Grand Council Stephane Augustine. Photo: Angel Moore/APTN)Dutcher refers to Augustine as the “spirit of the trickster” and he plays a few notes on the piano. He has the crowd’s attention.“Think about people my age in communities who have never had water from a tap. In this country, so loan me your heart to me this evening and I’ll give it back,” he says.The church fills with his ancestors songs and suddenly the 100 years is gone and it is like they are in the room.Idoia Arana-Beobide says she has not seen anything this original in Canada for a long time.“He brought the language alive in such a contemporary yet such a respectful traditional way; I’ve never seen anything as magnificent,” she says.She says Dutcher was not just singing, he was praying and the performance was powerful, original and inspiring.Dutcher plans to continue to inspire people.Next year, he is travelling across Canada to perform with symphonies.“For me, injecting this message and what I’m doing in this space and doing it in beauty and love that hopefully has potential to be transformative,” he says.One might say Dutcher is a messenger touched by his ancestors – his wisdom seems beyond his 27 years.“This is the story of human progression, it’s the story of time travel, it’s the story of us,” he email@example.com@angelharksen
New York: US Senators and a group of 19 consumer and public health advocates have accused Amazon for recording and saving conversations that take place around its smart speakers, urging the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate into the case. The complaint alleges Amazon’s Echo Dot Kids Edition smart speaker of being in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), CNN reported late on Thursday. Launched last year, the device features a kid-friendly version of Alexa which plays music, reads stories and answers questions to kids. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year As part of the complaint, Senators Edward J. Markey, Richard Blumenthal, Dick Durbin and Josh Hawley claim that “Amazon does not comply with COPPA’s requirement of parental consent and does not allow parents to adequately delete their children’s information from the device”. Children welfare organisations like the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the Centre for Digital Democracy have also asked the FTC to look into the matter. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in IndiaReacting to the allegations, the e-commerce giant said it not only worked closely with organisations like the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) while developing Echo Dot Kids Edition but also followed industry’s best practices for securing verifiable parental consent. “Specific to Echo Dot Kids Edition and FreeTime on Alexa, we want you to know that Kid skills in Amazon FreeTime do not collect personal information and we require verifiable parental consent from all customers before enabling FreeTime on Alexa,” the company wrote in a blog post. Launched seven years ago, Amazon FreeTime service helps parents manage the ways their kids interact with technology, including limiting screen time. The post also highlighted that the company allows parents to review and delete any voice recordings at any time in the Alexa App or on the company website. “We provide access to our Children’s Privacy Disclosure where parents can visit at any time in the Alexa App or on our website. Children’s privacy is important to Amazon,” the post noted. There has been no official statement from FTC on the subject as yet. In May 2018, Senetor Markey and then-Congressman Joe Barton sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos with questions about the product asking whether or not Amazon maintains data profile of each child and how long their recordings and information are kept.
The two soldiers were killed in the Keerana area in Mali after their WMZ convoy was attacked by a rebel group using an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). The remains of the two Sri Lankan soldiers killed in Mali arrived in the country today.The Army said that the remains of posthumously promoted late Major H.W.D. Jayawickrama and Sergeant S.S. Wijekumara, who were killed in Mali while performing UN Peacekeeping operations, reached Sri Lanka today. Three more Sri Lankan Peacekeepers sustained injuries and were admitted to the Level 2 Hospital at Gao in Mali. (Colombo Gazette) The remains were formally received in a military parade at the airport.
UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Ron Redmond told reporters today at the body’s headquarters in Geneva that up to 130,000 people are waiting in Thai refugee camps to return to Myanmar. An estimated 600,000 others are internally displaced within Myanmar.But Mr. Redmond said the situation along the Myanmar-Thailand border is not yet conducive to refugee returns pending an “acceptable settlement” emerging from ongoing talks between the Government and rebels.Under the agreement announced today, the agency will start providing assistance in health, education and community services, as well as local infrastructure. Initially the agency will operate from its office in the Myanmar capital Yangon and use locally active non-governmental organizations (NGOs).”Years of conflict and insurgency have had a serious impact on basic facilities and infrastructure in the area and communities are not in a position to absorb possible large numbers of returnees without international assistance,” Mr. Redmond said.
Petaquilla lines up US$140-million variable-rate loan to advance projects VANCOUVER – Petaquilla Minerals Ltd. (TSX:PTQ) says it has lined up US$140 million of financing that will enable the mining company to advance projects in Spain and Panama.The funds from Red Kite Mine Finance Trust I will be used to get the Lomero-Poyatos gold project in Spain into production in mid-2014 and sets the stage for Petaquilla to spin off a subsidiary in Panama as a separate company.The Red Kite financing will allow Petaquilla to extricate itself from existing gold and silver contracts and a convertible loan with Deutsche Bank AG, effectively freeing US$30 million of annual cash-flow.The payout to Deutsche Bank would also free Petaquilla’s infrastructure division, Panama Desarrollo de Infraestructuras, SA (PDI), for spun out as a separate company during the first quarter of 2013.Petaquilla had been the target of a takeover attempt by Inmet Mining Corp. (TSX:IMN), which dropped the bid after getting less than the required 50.1 per cent of Petaquilla shares.Inmet’s offer was seen as a move to consolidate the area around its Cobre Panama project, largest-ever mine development in Panama. Petaquilla’s Molejon project neighbours the Inmet development.The first $90 million of the Red Kite loan will become available to Petaquilla when the agreement closes, expected about Jan. 15, and the remaining US$50 million will be released when certain milestones are passed.The loan will mature in five years, with an option to extend one year. The interest rate will be variable and linked to one of the LIBOR benchmarks. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 31, 2012 1:55 pm MDT
The No. 9-ranked Ohio State men’s volleyball team took home two wins this weekend after defeating California Baptist, 3-1, and Mount Olive, 3-0, in the Penn State Invitational, improving to 8-4 on the season. Some OSU players saw more action than normal in Saturday’s match against the Mount Olive Trojans. The team’s leading offensive players, senior opposite Shawn Sangrey, senior outside hitter Mik Berzins and junior outside hitter Chen Levitan, didn’t even enter the match. Junior outside hitter Nick Gibson recorded a match-high 14 kills, while redshirt freshman setter Peter Heinen tallied 23 assists for the Buckeyes. Redshirt junior middle blocker John Tholen had six blocks. This is the second time in two years that OSU has swept Mt. Olive, according to the athletic department’s team guide. OSU rode Friday’s momentum into the first set, and at 17-15, went on an eight-point drive. Four Trojan errors and kills by reshirt freshman middle blocker Shawn Herron and Tholen added to the victory, 25-16. Similarly, at 16-13 in the second set, the Buckeyes put up six straight points while holding the Trojans at 13. OSU took the set, 25-17. The third set was close with 12 tied scores. The Buckeyes maintained the lead for most of the set, but the score tied late in the match, 24-24, on an attack error by freshman outside hitter Michael Henchy. Tholen’s kill put his team at match point, and an error in their favor ended the weekend of play for OSU, 26-24. In Friday night’s performance, the Cal-Baptist Lancers came out strong and took the first set, 23-25. OSU gave up a six-point lead in the second set and the score tied at 24. Berzins and Levitan, delivered kills to end the set, 27-25. Levitan would seal the third set for OSU, 25-20, with two more kills and two Lancer errors. At 16-14 in the fourth and final set, OSU went on a four-point drive with a Sangrey kill, two blocks from Herron and a Lancer error. The Buckeyes ended the match on an attack by Levitan, who had 16 on the weekend. Sangrey posted a match-high 23 kills and Heinen led the team in assists with 55. The Buckeyes will travel to Fort Wayne, Ind., to take on the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Mastodons at 7 p.m. Friday. OSU returns home the following Friday to play Ball State at 7 p.m. The OSU men’s volleyball team, which is 65-33 against IPFW, could not be immediately reached for comment.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Flu jab take-up is too low, the chief medical officer has warned, amid concerns that the failure of last year’s vaccine has put people off.Prof Dame Sally Davies urged those eligible to come forward, amid rising levels of flu across the country as winter deepens.Last year winter deaths hit a 42-year high, after the flu jab failed to work in the vast majority of cases. Officials stressed that this year’s vaccination is a good match – but fear some patients may have been deterred by the failings last winter.Take-up is particularly low among adults with chronic conditions such as asthma and diabetes below the age of 65. These groups are particularly susceptible to the main strain in circulation this year- A (H1N1), also known as swine flu.In the last two weeks the number of patients seeing GPs about flu has more than doubled, while the number of cases treated in intensive care units is as bad as this time last year, when the NHS had the worst winter crisis on record.Just 45.7 per cent of adults under 65 with a chronic health condition have had the jab, compared with 46.9 per cent this time last year. And among over 65s, uptake is 70.5 per cent, compared with 71.3 per cent last year.New types of vaccines are being offered this year, but the scramble to get hold of stocks meant GPs were asked to delay offering the jabs to some elderly patients.Dame Sally warned flu can be deadly. She said: “It’s getting colder and flu is going around, but it is not too late to get the jab – please get in touch with your GP or pharmacist urgently to get the free flu vaccine. The vaccine takes less than 30 seconds, but flu could leave you bedridden for days, or even in hospital. Everyone in an at-risk group and all adults over 65 can get the vaccine – it is easy to check if you are eligible online.”
Glass Bottle Site. “The Minister must now sit down with Dublin City Council and the local community to explain exactly how these much needs homes will be delivered at prices that modest income families can afford.”Build-to-rentAn Bord Pleanala also sets out that where the scheme is a dedicated build-to-rent, to avoid the “domination of any particular unit mix or tenure” any such build-to-rent proposal shall be limited to 100-150 units. The planning permission also requires for there to be community and cultural spaces on the site, with An Bord Pleanala stating that the scheme should provide for 40 artists’ studios in various sites. In terms of traffic, the document states that “the matter of heavy traffic on South Bank Road needs to be addressed”, adding that Dublin City Council will work with the National Transport Authority (NTA) and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) to “refine the route of the South Prot Access and Eastern Bypass Corridor”. The decision today will mean there is a new village just 20 minutes away from the city centre, said the senator, which he added is welcome news.With reporting by Hayley Halpin Apr 11th 2019, 11:49 AM Thursday 11 Apr 2019, 5:52 PM 21,089 Views Plans for 25% of Poolbeg Glass Bottle site to be mix of social and affordable housing welcomed The planning permission will see that close to 900 social and affordable homes will be built on the site. https://jrnl.ie/4587143 Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Christina Finn Short URL Updated Apr 11th 2019, 5:52 PM THE ANNOUNCEMENT by An Bord Pleanála that it has granted planning permission for housing on the Glass Bottle site, which will see 25% of the 3,500 apartments being a mix of social and affordable housing, has been widely welcomed. The planning permission sets out that 10% of the development must be social housing.Another 15% must be used for both social and affordable housing. Today’s decision will see that close to 900 social and affordable homes will be built on the site.Last year, Dublin City Council entered into discussions with the receiver working on the Poolbeg SDZ site over the number of social houses to be included in the development.A spokesperson for Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy told TheJournal.ie that today’s decision is “very welcome” and “positive”. Social and affordable housing The draft Poolbeg Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) scheme set out the fast-tracking of planning for 3,500 homes in the new urban quarter on the Poolbeg peninsula in Dublin. By law under Part V of the Planning and Development Act 2000, developers must provide 10% or more of any housing scheme for social housing – in this case, it would have worked out at a minimum of 350 units.However, Dublin City Council increased that number for this development in a vote in May 2017. Under the plans, more than 25% of the apartments would be used for social and affordable housing, meaning that 900 – almost a quarter – of the units would be social or affordable.Following legal advice, the receiver appealed the provision and indicated to the council it would be providing the minimum number. The receiver argues that there is no legal basis to require it to provide more than 10%.Today, An Bord Pleanála has finally ruled on the long running controversy, allowing for the provision of close to 900 social and affordable homes on the former Glass Bottle Company site in Ringsend.The document sets out that “a commercial agreement shall be entered into between Dublin City Council, the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and the owners/developers… for the delivery of 15% of the residential units… for social and affordable housing purposes. These units shall be additional to the housing provided for social housing purposes as required”. ReactionThe news has been welcomed by a number of groups and politicians today. Labour Senator Kevin Humphreys, who has been campaigning for housing to be built on the vacant site for years, said to reduce the social housing allocation, after the agreement was made in good faith, was indefensible.The Labour senator told TheJournal.ie that the focus and pressure is now on the Department of Housing and whether they can deliver such numbers of social housing on the site.With the country in the midst of a housing crisis, he said it is vital that fast-track building gets underway as soon as possible, adding that delays have affected this site for close to 20 years. Business group Dublin Chamber has also welcomed the approval, saying that the delivery of new homes in the Poolbeg area cannot come quick enough.“We’ve been talking about building houses on the Poolbeg West site for far too long. The granting of planning permission means that the talking can finally stop and the building work can begin,” Dublin Chamber CEO Mary Rose Burke said.The Poolbeg scheme was intended to be a fast-track project, with construction due to have started in 2017. Two years later and a spade is yet to enter the ground. The sooner work begins, the better.Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin has welcomed the announcement, but added “now that the planning process is complete, the ball is firmly in Minister Eoghan Murphy’s court”. 59 Comments Share511 Tweet Email4 Glass Bottle Site. Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland It is he and his Department that can ensure the affordable units are delivered at genuinely affordable price.“He must not allow the commercial caveats contained in An Bord Pleanála’s amendment to be used by the Receiver to avoid the 25% requirement.
Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. What is Idol Fantasy? We don’t know, but Square-Enix trademarked it. Anime New Network reported that the company filed for the trademark on February 8, and that it became public today.For some cultural background, idols in Japan are pop stars marketed for their cuteness and moe factor (the amount of fanatical brand desire that makes a consumer want to buy every possible product with a face or logo of something they like). It’s a cultural phenomenon similar to boy bands, but all-female and cranked up to ludicrous extents. Final Fantasy is a long-running game series with 15 releases in its main line, of which nine are actually good.Idol Fantasy is probably going to be an amalgamation of those two concepts. We don’t know yet, so it’s basically just speculation until Square-Enix actually announces something.Let’s be real, Idol Fantasy is probably DLC content for Final Fantasy XV, which Square-Enix has been refining, milking, and basically finishing since its release in 2016. There are multiple DLC episodes out for the game already, with several more to come. Idol Fantasy will likely be one of them.But it’s fun to dream, so I’m going to talk about what Idol Fantasy should be, not what it will be. And what it should be is the Final Fantasy version of the Hatsune Miku games.Hatsune Miku is a digital idol, a completely electronic “vocaloid” who’s become a major idol in Japan. She and other vocaloids don’t just put out music, but star in rhythm games published by Sega. I really enjoyed Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X, and Hatsune Miku: Project Diva: Future Tone is an even bigger and more recent game in the series.The Hatsune Miku games are pretty simple. You press buttons and move the analog sticks in time with icons on the screen as the camera pans over your chosen vocaloid in various scenes. You can dress them up with different outfits and accessories, and even have duets and band performances. And lots of the songs are really catchy. You’ll enjoy yourself, even if you’ll feel like the world’s biggest weeb doing so.Idol Fantasy should take the Hatsune Miku game format and apply Final Fantasy to it. You have lots of amazing-looking characters and years of fantastic soundtracks, even if few songs are actually voiced. Put them together with the polish and presentation of Hatsune Miku, complete with the ridiculous choreography. Imagine an entire game based on the opening of Final Fantasy X-2, without you having to actually play that game.There’s lots of opportunity for craziness, especially if Square-Enix can license commercial songs and expand its music library further. Song-and-dance numbers with Cloud and Tifa. Kadaj channeling David Bowie. Noctis and Ignis covering Erasure.Fully rendered, completely interactive version of the opera scene from Final Fantasy 6. That alone should convince you of how amazing Idol Fantasy could be.Yes, Square-Enix already did rhythm games with Theaterythm, which was excellent in its own right. It was graphically limited, though, completely sprite-based with video footage used in the games themselves. It also relied on JRPG mechanics that didn’t feel very necessary. It also only came out on the 3DS and iOS.Take the idea of Theaterythm, but go full Miku. The most recognizable characters from the Final Fantasy series as vocaloid idols. Terra, Celes, Rydia, Rosa, Aerith, Tifa, Quistis, Selphie, Garnet, Freya, Yuna, Rikku, Lulu, Ashe, and those are just the great female Final Fantasy characters I can name. Model them, let players mix and match outfits and accessories, and put them on stage to sing songs.That’s my Idol Fantasy. It probably isn’t Square-Enix’s plan, but I’m used to having better ideas than them. New ‘Final Fantasy VII’ Remake Trailer Puts Us on Cloud Nine‘Final Fantasy XIV’ and ‘Masters of Doom’ Are Yo…
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Posted: August 15, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego Gas & Electric announced plans Thursday to build electric charging infrastructure for 3,000 vehicles such as buses, delivery trucks and forklifts.SDG&E received approval from the California Public Utilities Commission to build at least 3,000 plug-in chargers for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from vehicle tailpipes. Roughly 30 percent of those will be installed in areas facing higher pollution levels or economic and health challenges.According to SDG&E, its service areas in San Diego and southern Orange County have more than 103,000 Class 2 through 8 commercial vehicles. Those heavy-duty vehicles, which weigh between 6,000 and 33,000 pounds, emit more carbon than all of the California’s power plants combined.“SDG&E’s MD/HD initiative would provide EV charging stations to support large equipment and vehicles that pollute our air, therefore reducing harmful emissions,” said Robert Kard, the air pollution control officer at the county’s Air Pollution Control District.SDG&E also recently asked the CPUC for permission to add a new electricity pricing option that would make electricity pricing for vehicles more competitive with gas prices for businesses that switch to using electric vehicles.To date, SDG&E has already installed roughly 3,000 electric chargers for personal vehicles at apartments, condominiums and workplaces in San Diego and Orange counties.“Imagine a future where zero-emission trucks carry produce and merchandise to your local stores and zero-emission school buses pick up and drop off your children,” said Estela de Llanos, SDG&E’s vice president of clean transportation, sustainability. “With this new initiative, our region is headed to a new phase of the clean transportation movement.” Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SDG&E to Build 3,000 Electric Chargers for Medium and Heavy-Duty Vehicles KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, August 15, 2019
Only a few days remain to take advantage of early registration discounts for the 2017 Commodity Classic to be held March 2-4, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas. Thursday, January 12, 2017, is the last day the discounts will be in effect.Registration fees vary depending on the number of days attended. Full registration covers all three days of the event, and one-day registrations are also available. Members of the sponsoring commodity associations receive additional discounts on registration.All registration and housing reservations should be made online. Experient is the official registration and housing provider for Commodity Classic. In order to stay at an official Commodity Classic hotel, reservations must be made only through Experient to ensure favorable rates, reasonable terms and confirmed hotel rooms.The 2017 Commodity Classic will be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The convention center will house all Commodity Classic events, including the Opening Reception, General Session, Evening of Entertainment, Trade Show, Learning Center Sessions and What’s New Sessions.A detailed schedule of events is also available on the website.Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show, produced by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers, and Association of Equipment Manufacturers.
Grace Church, led by Bishop Derek Grier, recently released its debut album, GRACE|LIVE featuring musical performances by the wildly celebrated Grace Worship Team.GRACE|LIVE is 13 tracks of unadulterated worship. The Grace Worship Team brings listeners with them as they praise to such popular favorites as “Freedom” by Eddie James. Listeners will also be introduced to some well-known Grace Church originals like “We Honor You.” These songs are sure to take audiences to a higher and deeper worship experience.The live recording is available for purchase on amazon.com, itunes.com and cdbaby.com. The CD will also be available for purchase on the Grace Church website, http://www.gracechurchva.org.“We are excited because GRACE|LIVE will bless the lives of many,” said Bishop Grier, “We are a ministry that celebrates the creative arts because we know that it is another way to introduce people to the restorative power of the Gospel.GRACE|LIVE achieves this goal through the creative excellence of Ephraim McKenzie, our Minister of Music, and the Grace Church Worship Team.”The Grace Church Worship Team springs from a vibrant and growing church with over 50 life-changing ministries. Bishop Grier founded the church in 1998 with 12 people. It is now the spiritual home to over 4,000 members. Outreach Magazine lists Grace Church as one of the fastest growing African American churches in the nation and it is among the top 100 fastest growing of all churches in the U.S.For more information visit Basspublicaffairs.com
“This is so crazy!” exclaimed one concertgoer, a couple of hours after the sun had set. It was Saturday evening, the Life in Color concert was in full swing, and truly, itwas a little crazy: Ten thousand people, mostly young and Tico, writhed and gyrated in a giant mass. They leapt up and down, rolled on the brick pavement, and danced in circles of friends. House music throbbed from the enormous stage as dizzying videos were projected on its central screen. Many had already streaked their exposed skin with neon paint, so that the black lights would illuminate the patterns like phosphorescent tattoos. Some whirled hula hoops, others spun lighted balls on strings. Some chicas mounted their boyfriends′ shoulders and stayed aloft for hours, punching the air with their fists. Concertgoers pose in front of an anthropomorphic rabbit, just one of the surreal creatures to work the crowd. Robert Isenberg/The Tico TimesBut for such a large and youthful crowd, the partiers at Life in Color were remarkably well behaved. Yes, there were obviously thousands of people knocking back Heineken cans and Smirnoff cocktails, and pot smoke gusted every few minutes, but the Pedregal Events Center in San Antonio de Belén was an ocean of smiles. Groups of guys crowded around buskers dressed as zombies and unicorns. BFFs took selfies directly in front of the stage. The good will was as palpable as the general inebriation. A young woman effortlessly spins a lighted hula hoop in the middle of the throng. Robert Isenberg/The Tico TimesBy design, the craziest part was Life in Color’s primary gimmick: explosions of paint. The touring event touts itself as “The World’s Largest Paint Party.” (Although one struggles to imagine what the competition is). Life in Color’s denouement comes when multihued geysers gush across the audience. Some liken it to the Holi Festival of Colour. Some might call it a hallucinogenic, space-age bukkake experiment. Whatever your feelings about spattering colored, non-toxic paint all over a multitude of 20-somethings in white T-shirts, the crowd seemed to love it. The bursts didn’t last long, but they sent a tidal wave of people away from the stage, screaming and laughing, as they sought free towels to wipe themselves off. Performers blast paint from hoses. Robert Isenberg/The Tico TimesOriginally founded in the United States in 2006 as Dayglow, the Life in Color concert has toured all over the world, showcasing a variety of international electronica artists. Life in Color had performed as closely as Nicaragua, but never before in Costa Rica. Judging from the audience, the event will probably have a sequel. Robert Isenberg/The Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:A colossal paint party, and other happenings in Costa Rica Holi One festival tickets go on sale Paul McCartney to perform in Costa Rica on May 1 A jungle concert, St. Paddy’s Day, and other stuff happening in Costa Rica
The failure of Olympic Insurance which is testing Cyprus’s relations with Bulgaria may have been avoided had the supervisor of Cyprus’s insurance sector exercised her duties more rigorously.Documents obtained by the Cyprus Mail show that the company’s owner had a questionable reputation, at best, as a result of both the way and the type of companies he operated, while Olympic had accumulated claims which exceeded almost four times its annual turnover.Diego Gonzalez Alonso, a Spanish citizen and owner of Olympic’s Luxembourg-based parent company Hispakol S.A., was named in a June 2015 statement issued by Spain’s Comision Nacional del Mercado de Valores (CNMV), which supervises the Iberian country’s financial markets, warning investors of his activities.The Spanish supervisor’s statement was referring to NYSB Funds Management, a subsidiary of the Comoros-based New York Securities Bank (NYSB), owned and controlled by Gonzalez Alonso, which “is not authorised to provide the investment services detailed” in Spain’s Securities Market Act.Gonzalez Alonso acquired Olympic in January 2016, when Hispakol bought all 7,876,502 shares from the insurance company’s previous owner, Clenmay Enterprises Ltd. The following month, Gonzalez Alonso became director in Olympic Insurance together with four more Spaniards, Carlos Canovas Goller, Montserrat Cawadell Abril, Jorge Gonzalez Garcia, and Marcos Alexander Isaac. All of them have meanwhile resigned as directors with the exception of owner Gonzalez Alonso and director Gonzalez Garcia.The services which NYSB Funds Management was not allowed to offer concerned investment advice in relation to the financial instruments, including transactions in foreign currency, CNMV said.According to a separate document obtained by the Cyprus Mail, Olympic’s auditors, Baker Tilly, were unable to verify that the company was indeed in possession of a €150m government bond issued by the government of Brazil. The auditors were also unable to verify whether a subsidiary of Olympic was in possession of immovable property which according to its directors was worth €24.6m.Olympic’s claim that it also possessed corporate bonds worth €22.8m, issued by its parent company Hispakol, could not be confirmed by its auditors, the document shows.Furthermore, Baker Tilly was unable to find confirmation that Olympic had €11.9m in deposits with Black Eagle Securities Bank, a lender based on the East Indian Ocean island state of Comoros. Lastly, the auditors were unable to prove the existence of €1.9m in receivables.Gonzales Alfonso’s Luxembourg-based NYSB Financial Group established several other affiliated companies around the world, many of which are no longer in operation. Meanwhile, the NYSB units in the US and the UK have been shut down while a unit in Latvia was placed in insolvency.While NYSB’s website http://www.nysb.biz/ is no longer in operation, that of the Comoros-based NYSB Bank at https://nysbbank.com/ is online and claims to have a capital in excess of €4bn.The licence number of NYSB Bank in Comoros is L10960 and it coincidentally matches that of Black Eagle Securities Bank.Olympic, which generated a revenue €4m in Cyprus in 2016, is currently facing around 2,500 claims in Cyprus worth around €15m, according to the documents obtained.In Bulgaria, where it had a 9 per cent market share and around 200,000 third-party insurance policies to drivers, the company is facing 9,500 claims totalling €28.5m. The question of who is liable for these claims has hurt bilateral relations and Bulgarian authorities have asked Cyprus to foot the bill.Ralitsa Agayn, the deputy chairman of Bulgaria’s Financial Supervision Commission, KFN, resigned on Tuesday, when Olympic’s failure was debated at the parliament in Sofia in the presence of Prime Minister Boiko Borissov. She had been criticised by Bulgarian Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov.Victoria Natar, Superintendent of Insurance and head of the Insurance Companies Control Service (ICCS), a division of the finance ministry, did not respond to repeated requests for comment.Natar’s ICCS issued a statement on Wednesday in which it said that it had revoked Olympic’s licence on the grounds that the company failed to satisfy the minimum capital requirements provided by the law. The initiation of the company’s liquidation was delayed after Olympic challenged the ICCS’s decision to revoke its licence in May; the finance ministry upheld Natar’s decision in July.Natar’s statement explains what led to the appointment of the provisional liquidator Pavlos Nacouzi and that the Motor Insurance Fund would cover third-party claims against customers of the insolvent company. There was no mention, however, of her office’ failure to identify the serious problems the company had been facing long before its licence was revoked.Michalis Papadopoulos, a finance ministry official, said in a telephone interview on Wednesday that Gonzalez Alfonso’s approval as director and owner of Olympic resulted from “an audit provided by legislation for permission to participate in the board of directors of a company”.“Both then and likely also now, these persons fulfil the preconditions for board membership,” he continued. “When the audit was carried out to approve these persons, nothing problematic was discovered”.Auditor-general Odysseas Michaelides said in a Twitter message on Thursday morning that the Audit Office had spotted Olympic’s shortcomings when it carried out its audit for 2014.“It was one of the two companies that would face problems with the introduction of Solvency II and required constant monitoring,” he wrote.In the same report, Michaelides said that the ICCS only examined whether directors were fit and proper for the job only ahead of their appointment and did not carry out such checks at regular intervals thereafter.The Solvency II European directive, which entered into force with considerable delay, introduced a harmonised, prudential framework for insurance firms across the European Union.You May LikeCrutchfield.comThe best stereos for streaming apps in the carCrutchfield.comUndoHealthZapDaughter Meets Her Father After 23 Years With The Help Of A LetterHealthZapUndoSecurity Systems | Search AdsThe Price Of Home Security In Rowland Heights Might Surprise YouSecurity Systems | Search AdsUndo Rouhani hopes British PM Johnson’s “familiarity” with Iran will help improve relationsUndoNew equipment for Paphos lifeguards but ‘proper’ towers neededUndoAt least 20 killed, 50 injured in attack on VP candidate’s office in KabulUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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