From improv to the CBC Calgarian Andrew Phung lands role in Kims

first_img Twitter Andrew Phung: that TV guy who was discovered . . .while performing improv.Not long after he began filming the CBC comedy Kim’s Convenience this summer, the Calgarian was keeping his improv chops sharp by performing two nights a week at Toronto’s Bad Dog Theatre.When he first went into the theatre to introduce himself, he found his story had preceded him. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement “A girl said ‘Are you the guy that got discovered at an improv show? There’s a story floating around that you got discovered at an improv show!’” says Phung. “I said: ‘Well, yeah, sort of.’ She said ‘That’s amazing, can you tell me the story?’ So it’s kind of become folklore in the improv scene.”For Calgarians, the idea that Phung needed to be discovered may seem strange. He has been a consistent presence in the city for more than decade, having joined the venerable Loose Moose Theatre as a 16-year-old. He’s been a go-to guy for hosting and emcee gigs for years, whether it be for corporations or other organizations. He’s topped local “best-of” lists for his comedic prowess.But, the simple fact is, national shows rarely cast in Calgary, or anywhere else other than Toronto and Vancouver. And Phung, who has a two-year-old son and another baby on the way, made the decision years ago to stay in his hometown. Television, he thought, was not in his future.But in the summer of 2015, he was performing his two-person improvised action-movie parody called Kill Hard with fellow Loose Mooser Jamie Northan at the Edmonton Fringe Festival. In the audience was writer Ins Choi, the man behind the hit 2011 play Kim’s Convenience. He told Phung he liked his performance and thought he would be perfect for the role of Kimchee in the upcoming TV adaptation. Facebook Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Sri Lanka says its focus is on diversification of labour markets

They discussed new avenues for enhanced cooperation between Sri Lanka and ITU in the development of telecommunication outreach and digitalization, specially geared to empowering youth and rural communities in Sri Lanka, while making internet access less costly.Matters relating to Sri Lanka’s participation and contribution in ITU forums including the ITU Telecom World 2018 and the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference as well as improving connectivity and cooperation through regional mechanisms were also discussed.Ambassador A.L.A. Azeez, the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva, Mrs. Samantha Jayasuriya, Deputy Permanent Representative and Ms. Shashika Somaratne, Minister Counsellor were associated with the Minister at these meetings. (Colombo Gazette) Minister of Telecommunication, Digital Infrastructure and Foreign Employment, Harin Fernando, emphasised that the Government of Sri Lanka accorded priority to increasing foreign employment opportunities for Sri Lankans in semi-skilled and skilled categories, with a clear focus on diversification of labour markets.The Minister particularly highlighted the long-term productive contributions made by Sri Lankan labour migrants to the growth of Sri Lanka’s economy. The IOM Director General thanked the Minister for the excellent bilateral cooperation between Sri Lanka and the IOM and conveyed his appreciation for Sri Lanka’s leadership of Abu Dhabi Dialogue (ADD) and its contribution and stewardship in the recent past, of the Colombo Process (CP). Director General Swing stressed that these regional processes as well as other initiatives such as migrant health, migration governance, once they were combined and harnessed into practical and cooperative programmes, could help many countries to leverage migration for development gains.  He encouraged Sri Lanka to continue to be active in these areas.Minister Harin Fernando also met Houlin Zhao, the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Minister Harin Fernando made these remarks during a meeting with Ambassador William Lacy Swing, the Director General of International Organization for Migration (IOM) and senior officials of the IOM in Geneva. read more

UN Foundation to accept contributions to Global AIDS and Health Fund

The Foundation – originally set up to execute philanthropist Ted Turner’s 1997 $1 billion gift in support of UN causes – has created a special account to receive contributions to the Global Fund, holding them in readiness until it becomes operational.The Foundation will accept money by cheque or wire transfer. It will provide regular reports to the UN Fund for International Partnerships, which was created in 1998 to coordinate, channel and monitor contributions from the UN Foundation. According to the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS, as of 26 June, the Global Fund had received pledges from governments, the private sector and individuals totalling some $572 million. All contributions will be tax exempt for United States citizens and taxpayers, the Foundation said, adding that those wishing to contribute may send cheques payable to “UNF – Global Fund” to the United Nations Foundation, ATTN: Global Fund, Post Office Box 21001-1899, Pasadena, CA, 91110-1899. Those interested can send their inquiries by e-mail to AIDSFUND@unfoundation.org. read more

Government rejects lowcarbon plan proponents say would save earn billions

by Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 18, 2012 4:30 pm MDT OTTAWA – Federal Environment Minister Peter Kent is rejecting the final advice from the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy to embrace a low-carbon economy.The federal advisory body lost its $5.2 million annual funding in the last budget and is using its last breath to promote a national environment-and-energy framework that would position Canada to become a global player in the burgeoning low-carbon world.But the key step in that strategy is to set a price on carbon and the federal government will not go down that path, a spokesman for Kent said Thursday.“The first essential condition for their plan to work is to impose carbon pricing,” spokesman Adam Sweet said in an email. “Unlike (Thomas) Mulcair’s NDP, we will not impose a job-killing carbon tax that would increase the cost of gas, groceries and electricity.”He was repeating a mantra that is uttered daily by many Conservative MPs since September, despite the NDP’s insistence that it proposes a cap-and-trade market to control emissions similar to one proposed by the Conservatives in 2006 — and not a carbon tax.The federal government is already taking many initiatives towards a green economy, Sweet added.Kent has said the round table lost its budget because the information it produced was available elsewhere. But Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has also said the advisory body was chopped because it advocated a carbon tax.In fact, the round table has never called for a carbon tax per se, but has argued repeatedly that putting a price on carbon in some way would give businesses the certainty they need to plan ahead and invest accordingly.Many companies and business leaders agree. And several provinces are now forging ahead on their own, developing disparate carbon-pricing schemes that are not yet linked at a national level.Without a national carbon price, Canada can’t meet its full potential in a global economy that is increasingly focused on goods and services with small carbon footprints, said Robert Slater, interim chair of the round table.“The future is low carbon,” the body’s final report said. “Economies the world over are making the transition.”The report said Canada stands to gain from such a shift and should accept that it’s coming.“Canada will inevitably need to cut carbon emissions across traditional sectors of the economy,” the report said.After consulting with 150 experts and studying available data, the round table concluded that failure to act will cost the country dearly.Companies and governments will have to shell out $87 billion over the next 30 years, mainly because industry would be locking in an unacceptably high level of greenhouse gas emissions that will eventually have to be undone. Government rejects low-carbon plan proponents say would save, earn billions AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

SIUEdwardsville gets first win 8068 over Incarnate Word

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — Tyresse Williford scored 20 points, David McFarland added 12, including a go-ahead 3-pointer, and SIU-Edwardsville rallied to beat Incarnate Word 80-68 on Sunday for its first win of the season.McFarland broke a 33-all tie with a 3-pointer and the Cougars led 58-45 after Jaylen McCoy’s layup and 3-pointer with 9:38 to play after shooting 75 per cent from the field to that point in the second half. Christian Peevy’s 3-point play cut the lead to 11 with 7:59 to play, but the Cardinals got no closer.Anselm Uzuegbunem scored 12 and Brandon Jackson and McCoy had 10 apiece for the Cougars (1-3), who shot 49 per cent to the Cardinals’ 46 per cent and trailed 27-26 at halftime.Peevy scored a career-high 32 points and made 14 of 15 free throws for the Cardinals (4-5), who made 23 of 25 from the line. Morgan Taylor and Antoine Smith Jr. scored 11 apiece and Augustine Ene had 10.The Associated Press read more

Body found in search for missing journalist Florence Waters

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. A body believed to be that of missing journalist Florence Waters has been found in Oxfordshire, Thames Valley Police has said.The 33-year-old’s body was found on land near Oxford Road, Thame, on Thursday evening.Ms Waters’ next of kin have been informed and her death is not being believed to be suspicious, police said.Ms Waters worked as a regular freelance contributor for the arts pages of The Daily Telegraph and was previously online arts editor.Ms Waters’ artwork is advertised for sale on the Saatchi and Saatchi website. She was last seen on Monday, when she was reported missing from her home in Oxford. read more

Protests planned as Johnson faces opposition over Brexit plan

Protests against Boris Johnson’s Brexit stance are to be held as the Prime Minister faces cross-party opposition to his EU withdrawal moves.Demonstrators opposed to Brexit have planned more than 30 events across the UK this weekend as Mr Johnson looked set for a torrid week in the Commons.As Mr Johnson faces Parliamentary attempts to try and legislate against a no-deal exit from the EU, or hold a vote of confidence in his Government, the PM insisted opponents could be making the prospect of a withdrawal from the bloc without an agreement more likely.Mr Johnson’s remarks came as a Tory predecessor in Number 10, Sir John Major, announced he wanted to join a legal challenge to the PM’s decision to extend the suspension of Parliament over the annual party conference season.Sir John suggested his experience in Downing Street could assist the High Court in deciding whether Mr Johnson’s actions in proroguing Parliament are lawful.Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson said he was also joining the legal action against what he called “an unprecedented affront to democracy”.But Mr Johnson defended his decision and warned efforts to frustrate Brexit on October 31 would be seized on by Brussels to avoid offering a good deal. “I’m afraid that the more our friends and partners think, at the back of their mind, that Brexit could be stopped, that the UK could be kept in by Parliament, the less likely they are to give us the deal that we need,” he said.Businesswoman Gina Miller – who previously took the Government to court over the triggering of Article 50 to start the Brexit process – said her case would be heard on September 5.Shadow attorney general Shami Chakrabarti said she has been granted permission to intervene in the judicial review, as she accused the Government of operating from a “far-right play book”.Baroness Chakrabarti said: “I am grateful to the High Court for granting me permission to intervene in these important proceedings on behalf of the official opposition.”Parliamentary sovereignty remains the foremost and overarching principle of our constitution.”Whatever far-right play-book Number 10 may be copying from, the abusive shutdown of our legislature won’t wash under United Kingdom constitutional law.”In a separate legal case in Scotland, judge Lord Doherty rejected a call for an interim interdict to block the suspension of Parliament, but said a full hearing would take place on Tuesday. 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. read more

The Burning Question Should you use a big umbrella on busy streets

first_img Yes, anything to keep me in my own personal dry haven (265) Yes, anything to keep me in my own personal dry havenNo, they are city killers and go against all footpath etiquetteCan’t we all just get alongVoteGot a burning question that has divided your household/work colleagues/friends? Let us know in the comments section or email us at tips@thejournal.ie or sinead@thejournal.ieSee previous entries in The Burning Question > Can’t we all just get along (1421) No, they are city killers and go against all footpath etiquette (1242) It got us thinking about all those lads and ladies we’ve cussed in the past for bringing their extra-large umbrellas into the city’s busy streets, near-poking our eyes out, knocking our aforementioned hats off or sending us swerving into deep puddles.But, do they actually have the right idea?Today, we ask: Should you use a big umbrella on busy streets? WE KNOW HOW you feel. It’s Monday, you have the whole week looming ahead, and you have a lot on your plate.So do like we do here in TheJournal.ie HQ and get stuck into a serious debate on one of life’s most pressing issues.Possibly.This week: It’s really gross out. The rain. The wind. The grey. We all got soaked coming into work after allowing the hats/hoods/scarves win out in the battle of whether to bring the crappy, little umbrella with us, given that it would probably have ended up like this: Poll Results:last_img read more

iPhone 5 will reportedly launch this Fall

first_imgAfter Apple broke from its typical summer cycle and released the iPhone 4S in October, many wondered whether the company was making an exception, or establishing a new rule. Would the next iPhone go back to the standard June/July slot, or would new iPhones arrive every fall?According to Japanese blog Macotakara, we have an answer. A story cites a “reliable source” as saying that the iPhone 5 will arrive this Fall, and that the Fall slot will now be the iPhone’s standard release slot.This would make sense for several reasons. For starters, if Apple were to return to the old summer schedule, this would give iPhone 4S buyers less than a year before a new model arrives. Many would buy it anyway, but it could lead to some frustration with Apple. Additionally, the Fall slot was, for years, devoted to the iPod. The iPod line, however, is an endangered species which no longer warrants such a prime time (pre-holiday) slot.Perhaps the biggest reason that it would make sense relates to sales. The iPhone 4S has been a monumental success, breaking iPhone sales records for Apple. Part of that was due to the pent-up anticipation for the next iPhone (it landed 16 months after the iPhone 4), but the 4S also benefited from the holiday shopping season. This would be a smart slot for Apple to keep the iPhone in.With that said, previous rumors have suggested that the iPhone 5 would return to the summer slot. One advantage of doing this would be to snatch early iPhone 4 buyers who are up for a new two-year contract.Which will it be? Only those who are sworn to secrecy know for sure, but we can promise you that there will be plenty more rumors about this for at least the next four months.Macotakara, via Apple Insiderlast_img read more

Direct Provision centre shut over safety fears was paid €127 million by

first_imgDirect Provision centre shut over ‘safety fears’ was paid €12.7 million by the State Repeated requests for essential maintenance to be carried out had been ignored by the centre, according to the government. Short URL A DIRECT PROVISION centre that has been closed due to an alleged failure to meet basic health and safety standards was paid more than €12.7 million by the Government since 2001.The contract for the provision of accommodation for asylum seekers at Westbourne Holiday Hostel in Limerick was terminated by the Department of Justice after claims that management had failed to ensure the health and safety of residents.Repeated requests for essential maintenance to be carried out had been ignored by the centre, according to the Department.The contract for the provision of accommodation at the Limerick hostel was held by Westbourne Holiday Hostel Limited, which has received more than €12.7 million under contracts awarded by the State.Records released by the Department of Justice show that eight contracts for the provision of accommodation at the centre have run consecutively almost uninterrupted from June 2001 until June 2014.The value of these contracts varied from €544,320 to €3,095,820, totalling €12,741,279. Information relating to contracts awarded after 2014 has not been released by the Department due to reasons of commercial sensitivity.The official capacity of the centre has ranged from 90 to 105 during the 13-year period. There were 64 residents at the hostel this week, who will be transferred to other accommodation centres.A statement from the Department of Justice said: “The Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) has invoked the termination clause of the contract with Westbourne Holiday Hostel Ltd at Westbourne Accommodation Centre, Dock Road, Limerick. Jan 27th 2017, 6:01 AM By Darragh McDonagh 9 Comments Despite repeated requests to the contractor from last autumn, a schedule of works to address essential maintenance and to ensure the health and safety of those resident in the centre has not been forthcoming.The company is owned by Kenny Commercial Holdings Ltd – a subsidiary of Kenny Investment Holdings, which entered Nama as a going concern on 16 December 2010.Last July, Westbourne’s borrowings of €1.37 million were sold by Nama to OCM EmRu Debtco DAC, which is a subsidiary of Oaktree Capital Management Ltd – a so-called vulture capital fund company.A report of the Comptroller and Auditor General last year revealed that the State had paid a total of €251 million between to contractors for the provision of accommodation for asylum seekers between 2010 and 2015.There are currently 31 Direct Provision centres located in 16 counties, according to the RIA. Seven of these are state-owned, while others are run by private companies under contract with the Department of Justice.Read: Direct Provision centre in Limerick shuts over ‘health and safety fears’Read: When Syria comes to Roscommon: ‘We can’t run to Mass, then say ‘you’re not welcome” 7,657 Views center_img Share Tweet Email3 Image: Google Maps Image: Google Maps http://jrnl.ie/3206637 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Friday 27 Jan 2017, 6:01 AMlast_img read more

Trinity College calls for university rankings strategy after falling 44 places in

first_imgTrinity College calls for university rankings strategy after falling 44 places in worldwide list The university is now rated as 164th best in the world compared with 120th last year. https://jrnl.ie/4804867 TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN has called for a “national strategy for university rankings” after dropping 44 places in the World University Rankings today.The university is now rated as 164th best in the world in the Times Higher Education list compared with 120th last year. It is Ireland’s only representative in the top 200, with UCD and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland ranked between 201 and 250.In a statement today, Trinity College said the latest decline “is part of a pattern which began in the years following the financial crisis when funding per student was drastically cut.“It also follows de-funding of investigator-led research funding to universities, having an impact on publication output and innovation. A similar fall next year would mean that no university in Ireland would be ranked in the top 200 by Times Higher Education,” the university said. “Much of the decline is relative as other countries invest in education,” it added. “Trinity’s decline came despite good performances across many categories. This included the University’s capacity to attract international students and participate in significant international research collaborations,” it said. In response to the rankings, Trinity has said that higher education rankings should be made a national priority by the government. Fianna Fáil education spokesperson, Thomas Byrne, said the decline was “deeply disappointing”.“After eight years of inaction on third level funding, poor performances in university rankings now seem like an inevitability. There is clearly a funding and leadership crisis in our third-level sector which the government has failed to get to grips with,” he said.  Source: THEIn all, nine Irish institutions make the 1000-strong list, with University College Cork, Dublin City University, Maynooth University, University of Limerick and Technological University Dublin also making the grade.NUI Galway welcomed its jump into the top 300 universities.Commenting on today’s list, President of NUI Galway, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, said: “This year, NUI Galway improved its score and its ranking band which we welcome as a reflection of the continuous effort across this University.”Maynooth University, meanwhile, made it into the top 301-350 bracket after placing in 351-400 range last year. In terms of the top universities in the world, UK and US institutions dominate the top 10 in the Times Higher Education rankings.On top is the University of Oxford, followed by the California Institute of Technology and University of Cambridge. The US and the UK are well represented, with 60 and 28 universities in the top 200 respectively, although the UK faces decline this year with 18 of its 28 universities dropping by at least one place since last year. France improved greatly since last year’s rankings with five universities in the top 200 compared with one last year. Mainland China, meanwhile, now has two universities in the top 25 worldwide – Tsinghua University (23rd) and Peking University (24th).  Image: Shutterstock/faithie Wed 7:02 PM Short URL 22,402 Views 29 Comments Share17 Tweet Email6 Wednesday 11 Sep 2019, 7:01 PM By Cónal Thomas Image: Shutterstock/faithie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

San Diego International Auto Show kicks off

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The San Diego International Auto Show is scheduled to open for a five-day run Thursday at the San Diego Convention Center with EV Day, showcasing electric vehicles.Various types of electric vehicles will be on display, and experts from the California Center for Sustainable Energy will provide information on owning that type of car. The day’s activities are sponsored by San Diego Gas & Electric.According to the utility, around 22,000 EVs are being driven on San Diego roadways, making the area one of the highest per-capita EV markets.The Chevrolet Bolt and Volt, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Kia Soul EV and Optima Hybrid, and Nissan Leaf will be among the EVs on display.Overall, more than 400 vehicles from over 30 manufacturers will be showcased at the event — some of them just-released models, or types not yet in showrooms.According to show organizers, models making their debut include the 2018 Jeep Wrangler SUV, 2018 Nissan Kicks compact, the futuristic Toyota FV2 concept car and 2019 Lincoln MKC luxury compact. Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: San Diego International Auto Show FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings KUSI Newsroom, Posted: December 28, 2017 December 28, 2017center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsTest drives will be offered by 13 manufacturers, according to Kevin Leap, the show’s director.“The test drive is the single most effective tool we have to educate our audience,” Leap said. “Product specialists engage consumers as they experience the features and drivability of the cars without sales pressure, giving them a true appreciation for the vehicles and a first-hand experience.”The auto show opens daily at 10 a.m.Tickets are $15 for attendees over the age of 12. For seniors 62 and over and military with identification, entry will cost $12. Tickets for children ages 7-12 are $11, except for Sunday, when they’re free when accompanied by a paying adult. Children 6 and under are free all five days. San Diego International Auto Show kicks off KUSI Newsroom Updated: 4:51 PMlast_img read more

Weather Eye Its lazy summer for weathermen

first_imgNow I know why weathermen take vacations this time of the year — with little change in our weather for a few days and no storms on the horizon, there’s not much to talk about.The forecast is an easy one, sunshine and warm temperatures and then a bit of cooling with those morning clouds midweek. No rain on the horizon for the next couple of weeks — maybe the rest of the month. But living here in the great Northwest, we always know that may be subject to change.So, nothing to talk about, eh? I can always find something weather-related to talk about. How about reviewing rainfall amounts from June as promised from your friends and neighbors?I had 2.10 inches here in Salmon Creek; Claudia Chiasson, Carson, 1.74 inches; Tyler Mode, Battle Ground, 2.54 inches; Judy Darke, Felida, 1.65 inches; Bob Starr, Cougar, 3.39 inches; Robin Ruzek, Lakeshore, 1.88 inches; Pete Conrad near Tukes Mountain, 2.52 inches; Merle Moore, two miles west of Yacolt 3.47 inches; Bill Sobolewski, Livingston Mountain, 3.17 inches; Tom Dixon, Amboy, 3.11 inches; Nancy Ellifrit, Mount Vista, 2.71 inches; and Ellen Smart, Ridgefield, 1.75 inches.Rainfall was just about average for the month of June. July is our driest month, with just under an inch of rain likely here in Vancouver. So unless we get a surprise thunderstorm or some marine drizzle here and there, the rainfall reports next month probably won’t be much.last_img read more

Sylhet mudslide death toll rises to 5

first_imgMap of SylhetThe death toll from mudslide while extracting stones from a quarry in Jaflong area of Goainghat upazila rose to five as another succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday night, reports UNB.The deceased is Sadek Miah, 40, son of Taj Ullah, a resident of Baniachang upazila of Habiganj.Shamsul Alam Sarkar, additional superintendent of police, said a portion of mud collapsed on a group of workers around 4:30pm while they were extracting stones from the quarry at Mondirer Jum.Four workers – Nur Mia, 50, son of Mafiz Ullah of Jagannathpur upazila of Sunamganj, Jahur Ali, 65, a resident of Baniachang upazila of Habiganj, his son Mojaheed, 22 and his daughter Shakirun, 26 – died on the spot while three others, including Sadek Miah, suffered injuries, he said.Later, Sadek succumbed to his injuries on way to his home in Habiganj.Four bodies, excluding Sadek, were sent to Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital morgue for autopsy.last_img read more

Man Robs 2 DC 7Eleven Stores Over Holiday Weekend

first_imgThe Metropolitan Police Department is currently searching for a man who robbed two convenience stores in the middle of the night over the President’s Day weekend.According to police reports, a man armed with a shotgun walked into a 7-Eleven convenience store in the 5500 block of South Dakota Avenue, NE and demanded money from the clerk.Suspect sought in connection with two convenience store robberies in D.C. on Feb. 18. (Courtesy photo)The incident happened in the early morning hours on Feb. 18 when the suspect entered the food mart and fired a shotgun into the ceiling of the establishment. The employee then followed the robber’s commands to hand over money from the store register. The robber took the cash and fled the scene, police said.On Feb. 21 police released surveillance of the incident.The video shows a Black man dressed in all black, wearing a black coat and a baseball hat. The surveillance video also shows a shop customer standing near the checkout counter cowering to the ground as the thief wielded the shotgun.A few minutes prior, the suspect robbed another establishment in the 4000 block of Georgia Avenue, NW, police reported.Around 3:41 a.m., surveillance video recorded the unidentified man walking into another 7-Eleven holding a shotgun, where he demanded money and store merchandise, according to police reports.Police are offering a reward for up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.According to the police department, robberies in D.C. have decreased in the  last two years by 28 percent as of Feb. 21 with 330 robberies in the city in 2017 compared to 456 at the same time in 2016.In 2016, there were 3,000 robberies, a 13 percent decrease from the 2015 total of 3,447.Officials did not return comment on the robberies before press time.last_img read more

Reeder Wants DC Open for Everyone

first_imgDionne Reeder, a small business owner in Ward 8, wants to be the next Independent D.C. Council member because she wants to help Washingtonians be the best they can be and have a thriving city to which they can contribute.“Let’s make the investments in our communities to allow every D.C. resident to reach their full potential because if you work hard you should have equal access to opportunities,” Reeder said.Dionne Reeder, a small business owner in Ward 8, is running for a seat on the D.C. Council. (Courtesy photo)Reeder owns the Cheers@The Big Chair that is located in Ward 8 on Martin Luther King Jr., Ave., Southeast.  In an interview with the AFRO, Reeder said that public service is a calling.A native Washingtonian, Reeder grew up in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Ward 1. She graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School and went to West Virginia State University, where she served as the president of the Student Government Association.Reeder has worked for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources as a legislative assistant and for the D.C. Community Prevention Partnership where she assisted over 200 people to go to college.The entrepreneur’s work caught the eye of then D.C. Chief Financial Officer Anthony Williams, and he gave her $9 million to curb youth violence in the District. She focused her efforts on the North Capitol Street, Northwest corridor.When Williams became mayor, he tapped her to be Ward 8’s Neighborhood Coordinator where she worked to assist residents in dealing with the District government.In 2007, when Williams left office, Reeder went to work for Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative, managing the organization’s daily operations as well as its community-oriented multi-million dollar programs.In recent years, Reeder opened up her business to help Ward 8 economically.Among the reasons she decided to run for the council was a piece of legislation that D.C. Council member Elissa Silverman (I-At Large) was sponsoring.  Silverman is the author of the Universal Paid Leave Act, which guarantees District employees in the private sector up to 16 weeks of paid leave per year. Reeder said that she has problems with Silverman’s legislation.“It hurts small businesses,” Reeder said.Reeder argues that small businesses will be particularly hurt by Silverman’s legislation because they may not be able to recoup the lost employee time, nor have the resources to make up for work that will not get done. However, Silverman told The AFRO that’s not true.“I am a champion of paid leave because working families feel squeezed,” she said. “And many small businesses, including restaurants, say they want to provide this benefit to retain their workers and keep them healthy but can’t afford to pay it out of pocket. Our paid leave law helps by giving a very big benefit to both workers and businesses for a very modest payroll tax.”Reeder also said that Silverman is not a strong supporter of the Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), which allows District employers to offer temporary jobs and training to teenagers and young adults.“I have heard so many people tell me they got their first job working for the Summer Youth [Employment] Program that was started by Marion Barry,” Reeder said. “She cut $2 million out of the program, wants young people to take an entrance exam to get into it, and wants to max out participation for three years. That program was once for specific people but now it is for everyone.“It teaches young people the importance of a work ethic. She said the program was a problem and only has visited 20 sites to see it.”Silverman said that Reeder is in error on her stand with SYEP.“I am a big champion of SYEP, including expanding it to 24-years-old,” she said. “That’s why my committee did not cut funding.”The councilmember said “an entrance exam is not in the legislation” and “the biggest thing the legislation does is make learning life skills like showing up on time, communicating with supervisors and colleagues and learning how to resolve conflict maturely a centerpiece of the summer work experience.”Reeder’s platform includes using District government resources to invest in the next generation, make the District more affordable for residents of all income levels, and focus on seniors, millennials and families. She wants to invest in the District’s private sector, saying it should be easier to start and run a business in the city with a special emphasis on neighborhood establishments.Reeder and other Independent candidates will face Silverman in the Nov. 6 general election.Stuart Anderson is a Ward 8 political activist and told The AFRO he favors Reeder.“When I looked at the candidates in the at-large race, I saw that Dionne was the best,” he said. “She is a Black business owner and I am confident that she will look out for the best interests of Black businesses. We need a voice on the D.C. Council for Black businesses and she will serve as that voice.”last_img read more

Bowser Budget Offers Relief to Churches

first_imgBy James Wright, Special to the AFRO  jwright@afro.comThe District’s mayor’s budget proposal includes many provisions that address the concerns of African Americans.Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) held a reporters’ roundtable March 26 at the John A. Wilson Building. The purpose of the roundtable was to brief reporters on her 2019 fiscal year budget.Muriel Bowser is the mayor of the District of Columbia. (AFRO Stock Photo)“I gave the budget to the D.C. Council on March 21 and testified for it on March 23,” Bowser said. “The council will go through their usual 54-day review period in which they will make changes, if any, that they see fit. This year, the council will vote on it at the end of May, which is earlier than usual.”The $14.5 billion budget proposal includes investments in infrastructure, education, affordable housing, health and human services, economic opportunity, seniors and public safety. One of the key line items in the budget is $300 million for a new, state of the art hospital on the St. Elizabeths East campus in Ward 8.“This new hospital will replace the United Medical Center,” the mayor said in response to a question by the AFRO. The United Medical Center is the District’s only comprehensive medical facility east of the Anacostia River and it has been plagued over the years with financial problems due to the high costs of treating uninsured patients and questionable financial management.Bowser put $6 million for water bill relief for District residents. There has been ongoing controversy about the exorbitant rates that African-American churches and residents are being charged on their water bills that is due to a federal mandate to fix the city’s aging storm water system and has nothing to do with their own water usage.Bowser told the AFRO that she is well-aware of the matter and has sent a letter to DC Water indicating that their rates are unfair to District residents. In the meantime, she said water bill rates will continue to rise and the $6 million will help District churches and residents.“We are proposing some relief,” she said. “The $6 million will be used to help low-income households and others. We are also asking DC Water to match the $6 million in relief and freeze some of the charges on residents’ water bills for three years.”There are only three full-service grocery stores in both Wards 7 and 8 and Bowser’s budget has funded a program to deal with that.“I am aware that developer Jair Lynch is looking to bring a grocer in the Penn Branch shopping center in Ward 7 that could be Fresh Foods and there is an effort to bring Good Foods Market in another part of Ward 7 as well as a grocer in Ward 8 on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. That is the purpose of the Neighborhood Fund.”Affordable housing is an issue for many Black District residents and the mayor funded the Housing Production Fund Trust at the level of $100 million. She allocated $1.5 million in capital funds to expand the Model Cities & Congress Heights Senior Wellness Centers in Ward 8 and $12.5 million increase for childcare investments, including an increase in childcare subsidies.D.C. Council member Trayon White (D-Ward 8), who has publicly disagreed with Bowser on some issues regarding his ward, praised her budget.“Muriel Bowser answered the call with not all but a lot of great wins for Ward 8,” White said in a message to his constituents urging them to get involved in the budget process. “It’s in the council now so our work is not done.”last_img read more

Wii U GamePad hacked to stream games from a PC

first_imgOne of the bright spots for the Wii U is its crazy, touchscreen-equipped GamePad. While it’s pretty cool to use on some Wii U games, just imagine how much cooler  it would be if you could actually stream content to it from your own PC.You might not have to imagine much longer: a pair of presenters at the 2013 Chaos Communications Congress have demonstrated Nvidia Shield-like streaming on a Wii U GamePad. Now you can see the fruits of their labor — that’s Wind Waker running on the GamePad and it’s being transmitted to the controller from a PC that’s running a ROM in the Dolphin emulator.This isn’t the same thing Chris Manning accomplished earlier this year. Manning figured out how to get the GamePad working as a PC controller with the help of some clever server software running on a desktop and the Wii U’s Internet Channel. (Skip to the 47 minute mark to see Wind Waker in action)The new hack involved completely reverse engineering the GamePad so that it could be “liberated” from the Wii U itself. [booto], [delroth], and [shuffle2] began by dumping the firmware from the chips in the GamePad.Doing that allowed them to figure out that the Wii U communicated using slightly obfuscated WPA2 encryption. Once they had established a connection, they then had to determine how content was being delivered.Unfortunately, Nintendo wasn’t using Miracast — something many assumed based on information from Nintendo’s launch event. Fortunately the protocols for audio, video, and input turned out to be relatively simple to crack.No, the GamePad isn’t the glorious high-resolution streaming handheld that the Nvidia Shield is… but if you already own a Wii U you may as well squeeze every drop of functionality out of it that you can, right? If you’re just looking for a way to play some of your favorite classics without being stuck in front of your desktop monitors, the GamePad’s 854 x 480 resolution will probably do just fine anyway.The trio’s now offering up an alpha version of libdrc, which they’ve released under a BSD license so that any developers who want to can quickly and easily integrated GamePad support in their applications.last_img read more

Petrides announces new measures to help disabled

first_imgInterior Minister Constantinos Petrides on Friday decided to meet the demands of the Cyprus Paraplegic Organisation, such as the introduction of new arrangements regarding the employment of foreign domestic workers and accessibility to electoral booths.In his announcement, Petrides said new contracts with domestic workers are necessary as the disabled need more personal care than other people and the employees will also get paid more.This is a measure which protects people with disabilities, as so far employees often denounced their employers for having them perform tasks which are not in their contract, even if those may have been verbally agreed upon.This meant that the disabled were victimised as their domestic help could take advantage of a gap in the contract to leave their employers and work elsewhere.An amendment to the existing legislation will mean that the costs for the employment of personal assistants or domestic workers by paraplegics will be covered by the government, as they are not a luxury but a need.The paraplegic organisation has long said that there is a problem with voting during elections as the ledge in the booths where voters fill in their slips were positioned too high to be easily accessible for people with wheelchairs and asked that wider ledges should be placed at polling stations to ensure that people with disabilities can take advantage of their electoral rights.To remedy this, as a start, 200 special booths will be placed in the polling stations in time for the next elections. At the same time, the interior ministry will ask all person with disabilities who want to vote to electronically submit which polling stations they use so that they can gradually upgrade the facilities needed.A statement issued by the paraplegic organisation after the announcement expressed their satisfaction and applauded the understanding of the interior minister.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Steady progress on Ayia Napa marina says developer

first_imgMore than 55 per cent of the residential properties in the Eastern Tower of the Ayia Napa marina project, have already been sold, developers of the project said on Wednesday in a progress report on the €220 million project.The project, in which the Egyptian investor Naguib Sawiris’ Gemini Real Estate Ltd has an 80 per cent stake and the Cyprus-based Caramondanis Group a 20 per cent stake, is scheduled to be to be completely finished by 2021. The marina itself will be operating by the summer of 2019, the developers said in an announcement after the onsite presentation.The second phase includes the construction of 190 luxury one-to-four-bedroom apartments in two twisting-shaped towers of 25 and 26 floors. There will also be 29 luxury villas, shops, restaurants and other amenities. The Eastern Tower is expected to be finished in 2020 and the West Tower in 2021.More than 55 per cent of the properties in the Eastern Tower have been sold.“Work is progressing steadily,” the announcement said and was following the construction timetable. The first stage, which began in September 2016 was concerned with the construction of the port and infrastructure projects, the main arm of which has been completed.A new sales office is also ready to open, the developers said, where visitors and interested investors can access plans, photos and videos. They will also be able to tour the site with virtual reality “in order to understand in the best possible way the experience that Ayia Napa marina will offer to future occupants and visitors”.The project, according to the developers, has already gained international acclaim and was attracting growing interest from investors and buyers.“The Ayia Napa marina is the most significant development taking place in the Famagusta area, and one of the most ambitious development projects in Cyprus,” the announcement said.“With its completion, it is expected to upgrade both the region and the national tourism product, serving as a lever to attract and develop the local economy and promoting the image of Ayia Napa as a destination of quality tourism.”There are currently three marinas in Cyprus – Limassol, St Raphael, Larnaca – but there are plans for the construction of two more, in Paphos and Paralimni, while the one in Larnaca, which is adjacent to the port, is due to be completely re-built. You May LikeNovelodgeSo Sad – The TV Shows That Won’t Survive In 2019NovelodgeUndogethsemanefellowshipministry.orgGethsemane Baptist Church – Striving for Spiritual Excellencegethsemanefellowshipministry.orgUndoBest Womens MagThe Best 15 Vitamins for WomenBest Womens MagUndo Protest outside the House over foreclosures lawUndoClear winner in first round of Kition bishop voteUndoHouse rejects presidential veto over repossession lawUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more