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Southern Ontario community issues state of emergency due to flooding

first_imgTHAMESVILLE, ONTARIO, – A community in southwestern Ontario has declared a state of emergency due to the imminent threat of flooding along the Thames River.Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope requested a voluntary evacuation of the community of Thamesville, Ont., about 95 kilometres south of London, Ont., Friday morning.He said the Lower Thames Conservation Authority indicated the Thames River was expected to peak near the town by the evening, and urged residents to prepare to leave as soon as possible.The conservation authority issued a flood warning Thursday night and said that it would remain in effect until Saturday.Hope says in a statement that a local convention centre opened Friday at noon as an emergency shelter for residents who aren’t able to stay with friends or relatives in unaffected areas.Days of mild temperatures and heavy rain has caused flooding in other parts of southern Ontario this week, including Brantford, Ont., and Orangeville, Ont.The city of Brantford issued a state of emergency Wednesday when warm weather and torrential rain caused an ice jam on the Grand River, forcing nearly 5,000 people from their homes.About 100 kilometres away in Orangeville, a three-year-old boy went missing in the Grand River on Wednesday when fast-moving waters swept him away from his mother’s grip after their van plunged into the water.In the Thamesville area Friday afternoon, gas was being shut off at affected homes and businesses as a safety precaution.“We need residents to leave sooner rather than later in case the situation deteriorates,” Hope said in a statement.“We are asking residents to take a 72-hour supply of medication and personal items with them since the water may remain high for several days.”Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said in a tweet Friday that her thoughts are with the people in the affected communities.“Ontario will support you during this emergency and as you rebuild and recover,” she said.last_img read more

Millennial Ball 30 To Benefit Gabrielles Angel Foundation

first_imgThe Millennial Committee of Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research, a group of ambitious and prominent Gen Y individuals in the fields of entertainment, finance, fashion and society, continue their mission to end cancer by hosting The Millennial Ball 3.0 at TAO Downtown on Wednesday, November 26th.Their signature fundraising event highlights some of New York’s most influential junior philanthropists and will feature a special live performance by Virgin Records artist Tallia Storm. Visionary artist and lymphoma survivor, Quiana Parks will serve as DJ along with a very special surprise performer.For the third year, The Millennial Ball will be presented by Andrew Warren, Founder of Just Drew Clothing and Louie Torrellas, an Emmy-winning performer and Founder of Ambitious Media, a fully integrated production and entertainment lifestyle company. The evening will be hosted by Reya Benitez, Danielle Bernstein, Peter Brant Jr., Gaia Mattisse, Serena Marron, Angela Simmons, Karen Shiboleth and Tiffany Trump.Other host committee members include Alex Assouline, Sosie Bacon, Nell Blagg, Ben Bronfman, Kyle Bryan, Leticia Busso, Clair Canavan, Bella Chartouni, Jonathan Cheban, Samantha Cohen, Justin Combs, Jesse Comly, Olivia Davis, Eugenie Eisman, Lindsey Engel, Sadie Friedman, Cassidy Gifford, Tessa Gourin, Chloe Goutal, Alexa Greenfield, Morgan Halberg, Patra Halloran, Gianni Harrel, Hayley Helene, Spencer Hewett, Elizabeth Hilfiger, Nick Hissom, Natalie Jackson, EJ Johnson, RJ King, Lindsey Kevitch, Derek Lee, Camille Lasker, Tony Lobel, Liam McMullan, Makenzie Moon, Julia Moshy, Zack Peck, Anrej Pejic, PC Peterson, Paige Reifler, Storery Schifter, Karen Shiboleth, Avery Singer, Lulu Stelle, Tom Stelle, Isabelle Trentalacia, Luke Tricomi and Ezra J. William.Over the course of seven years, the Millennial Committee has raised $220,000 to fund research to improve the efficacy of cancer treatments, reduce their toxicity and improve the quality of life of patients with leukemia, lymphoma and related cancers.Guests can pose in the photo booth sponsored by Selfbee, an interactive app that allows users to categorize and share selfies. Nick Graham Menswear, from the eponymous creator of Joe Boxer, will provide a 20% discount code to attendees and will donate 20% of all sales to the Foundation. Nick Graham Menswear ushers in the “Post-Prep” movement for fashion forward men who want to shake up their style. Attendees will also enjoy complimentary temporary metallic tattoos by Sobe Tatts, the newest trend to hit the fashion scene. Additional sponsors of the night include UBER, Essentia Alkaline Water, RUNA Clean Energy Drinks, Jose Cuervo, Viva Diva Wines, Three Olives Vodka, Agavero Tequila Liquer, Justin’s, and Just Drew Clothing. Guests attending The Millennial Ball require an ID and must be 18 years old to enter and 21 years old to drink.Tickets can be purchased on the secure website or by calling Gina Balsan at the Foundation office, (646) 861-2033. For more information about Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research please visit gabriellesangels.org.last_img read more

Egypt censors Lebanese sex bomb Haifa Wehbes new film

first_imgCairo- The screening of the Egyptian movie “Sweetness of Spirit” or “Halawet al roh” in Arabic starring Lebanese diva Haifa Wehbe was delayed by the Censorship Committee officials in Cairo.Scenes of Wehbe’s rape with actor Mohammad Lutfi and a scene of her kissing actor Basim Samrah in particular raised the concern of the committee, the news website noted.The committee refused to issue a permit for the film or any other decision regarding the movie because it was unfinished, Ahmad Awad, head of the Censorship Committee, told Al Arabiya News channel. No comments will be given nor censorship will be imposed until “Sweetness of spirit” is fully completed, Awad said.The London based daily news website Elaph reported that the Censorship Committee decided to delay the film’s release after they discovered it contained profanities and sexually provocative scenes.“Sweetness of spirit” revolves around a woman named Roh who tries to overcome the daily hardships of her life.Egypt already had restrictions on film makers in place under President Hosni Mubarak, requiring them to seek approval from the Censorship Bureau to screen their work.After his overthrow in 2011, film makers were hoping for more artistic freedom, but critics of the government say little has changed, according to Reuters.Wehbe is a renowned model, singer and socialite who is regarded by admirers and observers as an Arab beauty icon and as a ‘sex bomb’ by fans.Source: Al Arabiyalast_img read more

CID commences investigations into Welikada prison riot

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has commenced investigations into the Welikada prison riot. In January this year the Human Rights Commission in Sri Lanka (HRCSL) recorded a statement from a journalist over the riot.The statement was recorded from journalist Kasun Pussewela after he had filed a petition at the HRCSL. The riot in 2012 left 27 inmates dead and several injured. The riot broke out during a search for illegal arms. Pussewela had sought an investigation into the incident saying there was ample evidence to prosecute some people who were responsible for killing prisoners who took part in the riot.The HRCSL obtained written evidence from Pussewela as well as video and photographic evidence. (Colombo Gazette) The Government had appointed a committee to investigate the riot and a report was compiled on the incident but it was not made public. read more

Protests in the North over shooting cop remembered

Private bus operators in Mannar also protested against the shooting incident while government officers in parts of Jaffna supported the protest. In Jaffna, university students paid tribute to the policeman killed while giving protection to the judge. Protests were staged in the North today over the shooting incident targeting a prominent judge while events were also held in remembrance of the policeman killed in the incident.Judges, Magistrates and lawyers in the North including Vavuniya and Mannar staged protests over the attack on High Court Judge M. Illanchelian. Police Sergeant S. Premachandra was killed when the gunman wrestled with him and removed his weapon and shot him. (Colombo Gazette) read more

WatchInnovation Nation Montreals AI supercluster is all about the little guy

The centrepiece of Canada’s innovation strategy is the $950-million “supercluster” initiative. The goal, according to the federal government, is for companies of all sizes, academia and the non-profit sector to collaborate on new technologies, to spur economic growth and create jobs. As part of the Innovation Nation series, the Financial Post is taking an in-depth look at each of the five regional projects, and provide continuing coverage of their progress. You can find all of our coverage here.Louis Roy doesn’t exactly project an air of confidence when he talks about the Montreal artificial intelligence supercluster he co-chairs called Scale AI.“I don’t know how it’s going to work. But I think the mission that minister (Navdeep) Bains has given us is to make Canada more competitive in the innovation sector,” the chief executive of Optel Group said in an interview at the end of November. “I don’t have the answer, and I’m stressed about that, but I’m OK to jump in and try.The federal government is ready too, having finalized an agreement in December to give Scale AI $230 million of the $950 million earmarked for its supercluster program. Canada’s deeper dive into the oceans aims to tap industry’s uncharted frontier Going meatless: Prairies shoot for ‘total world domination’ in growing field of plant-based proteins Montreal is already something of a hub for artificial intelligence, mostly built around the work of University of Montreal professor Yoshua Bengio, one of the world pioneers of deep learning.But Roy said the big money academic partnerships Bengio and others have developed with the likes of Google LLC, Facebook Inc. and Samsung leave out the little guys.“I don’t think the cluster in Montreal works well, from what I see,” he said. “It works well for the big companies, but now we need to make it work for the small companies.”To do that, Roy said, the supercluster will borrow from Optel’s business, which is supply chain traceability.“Traceability captures data from the mine, from the farm, to the manufacturing to the distribution to the consumer. When I see the quantity of data that we have in our database, it’s tremendous,” Roy said. “Yes, we’re doing brand protection, responsible sourcing, monitoring, but we’re not leveraging the data.”At the heart of the Scale AI proposal is the idea that artificial intelligence systems can use such data to make better, more efficient supply chains. There’s also some talk about using blockchain technology along with AI for secure tracking.But details on what the supercluster will achieve, never mind how, are still vague.In the original proposal, the supercluster was named Scale.ai, but that URL was already taken. Indeed, somebody claiming to own the URL offered multiple times to sell it to the Financial Post for more than US$35,000 — at one point asking to be paid in bitcoin.Today the scale.ai website hosts a California-based AI company and the Montreal supercluster now called Scale AI has a somewhat less catchy domain name, aisupplychain.ca.Helene Desmarais, co-chair of the supercluster along with Roy, said its roadmap will evolve as technologies and business needs evolve.“We will support tactical projects, proposed by our members, that will apply new technologies and processes to improve Canadian supply chains,” she said in an email in February, adding that artificial intelligence could be used to “develop intelligent end-to-end tracking systems of resources in motion such as people, trucks, inventory, monies and the integration of these events into a smart system.”• Email: jmcleod@nationalpost.com | Twitter: read more

Water option for Booths Harbour

Norfolk staff’s preferred option for extending municipal water into Booth’s Harbour will cost between $922,000 and $1.4 million.The estimate is contained in a note Norfolk staff shared recently with Norfolk council. The next phase consists of a public consultation with the 100 households involved.The preferred option involves the installation of a hybrid 150-200 millimetre system. This will produce enough pressure to support fire hydrants.“It would include the replacement of the existing system including mains, services in the road allowance, engineering design, contract administration and site-inspection costs,” Stephanie Davis, Norfolk’s acting director of environmental services, says in her report.Norfolk staff have identified several ways of funding the upgrade. These include issuing a debenture, drawing on a water capital reserve fund, or applying for a provincial grant when infrastructure funding becomes available.Booth’s Harbour residents that benefit from the project will be expected to pay back the money.This could include a local improvement charge similar to the special levy imposed on Courtland nearly 10 years ago when a water main was extended west into the village from Delhi.Beneficiaries could also make monthly payments until the cost is retired.The work ahead involves the replacement of the current private system with new mains, new services in the road allowance, engineering design, contract administration and site inspection costs.Once the public input phase is finished, a follow-up report will be presented to Norfolk council for final approval.“Council can make a final decision to support, amend or withdraw the project,” Davis said.Residents of Booth’s Harbour approached Norfolk council several years ago seeking help with deficiencies in their private water system.The problem is deteriorating infrastructure which has given rise to pressure and reliability issues.About 15 years ago, Norfolk County extended municipal water from Port Rowan into St. Williams.This too required a new water main and an expensive rebuild of the private water system serving St. Williams. As part of the project, a water main from St. Williams was extended into Booth’s Harbour nearby.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

Motor show ends on a high

As the doors close at the British International Motor Show 2002, exhibitors have been totting up the new business generated at Britain’s biggest consumer exhibitionRecord advance ticket sales showed the huge interest in this year’s Show. A massive 120,000 tickets were sold in advance and, once fully audited by independent audit bureau ABC, the number of visitors to the NEC is expected to have topped half a million.* And another half a million people worldwide have taken a virtual tour of the Show at www.motorshow.co.ukExhibitors and visitors are estimated to have added more than £30 million to the economy in the West Midlands, with 20,000 local people involved in staging the UK’s premier automotive showcase.Car makers big and small have been filling order books as visitors took advantage of the discounts and special offers available.MG Rover took orders worth more than £1 million on the first day alone, while TVR sold out six weeks’ production on the same day. Citroën reported that this year’s event had brought in a higher quality of visitor than at any other Motor Show, and Ford reported enquiries for three-door Fiesta, Focus RS and Street KA had reached record levels too.British sports car manufacturer Noble, which showcased two new models, has taken orders for 40 of its cars, worth nearly £2 million, compared to nine cars at the last Show in 2000.A1 Motor Stores, which hosted a live action stage show within a retail village of 1,300 square metres, was forced to order truck-loads of new stock, after a frantic first week of sales.Motor Show Chief Executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘This year we have seen the British International Motor Show confirmed as a key international event.‘Visitors have poured through the doors of the NEC despite disruption to rail and roads caused by the bad weather. The Show has generated high levels of new business both in the West Midlands and for companies across the whole motor industry. And most importantly it has given the UK a chance to show the rest of the world what it is capable of.’* The British International Motor Show is unique in requiring the attendance to be independently audited by the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC). The final attendance will be published once the figures have been scrutinised by ABC. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Ryanairs Michael OLeary threatens to ground planes after Brexit to make voters

first_imgRyanair is threatening to ground its planes after the UK withdraws from the European Union to persuade voters to “rethink” Brexit.The Dublin-based carrier’s chief executive Michael O’Leary said he wants to “create an opportunity” by making people realise they are “no longer going to have cheap holidays”.He told an audience of airline leaders in Brussels: “I think it’s in our interests – not for a long period of time – that the aircraft are grounded.”It’s only when you get to that stage where you’re going to persuade the average British voter that you were lied to in the entire Brexit debate.”You were promised you could leave the EU and everything would stay the same. The reality is you can leave the EU, yes that’s your choice, but everything will fundamentally change.” 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. Mr O’Leary warned that there would be a “real crisis” as flights between the UK and the EU are disrupted after Brexit.He said: “When you begin to realise that you’re no longer going to have cheap holidays in Portugal or Spain or Italy, you’ve got to drive to Scotland or get a ferry to Ireland as your only holiday options, maybe we’ll begin to rethink the whole Brexit debate.center_img “They were misled and I think we have to create an opportunity.”EasyJet chief executive Johan Lundgren, who was on stage alongside Mr O’Leary, interrupted him to say: “If you start grounding your planes, I’m flying.”Carsten Spohr, the boss of German carrier Lufthansa, added: “In theory, if we could use this industry to prove to the British how wrong the decision was, that might be a good thing.”The single market for aviation, created in the 1990s, means there are no commercial restrictions for airlines flying within the EU.Mr O’Leary has repeatedly warned that airlines will be forced to cancel post-Brexit services from March 2019 if no agreement is reached in the Brexit negotiations by September, because schedules are planned about six months in advance.Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said in January that he is confident flights will not be grounded because “it’s in the interests of everyone” to maintain the open market for aviation.last_img read more

Metso to showcase its broad innovation offering at Expomin from HPGR to

first_imgAt the 15th Exhibition and World Congress for Latin American Mining, Expomin 2018, Metso will be presenting a variety of product Industry 4.0 applications and tailored solutions to improve process and resource efficiency while reducing operational costs in mining operations. The exhibition is part of Metso’s anniversary activities, celebrating 150 years of delivering results to our customers around the world.“Miners in Chile as well as globally are rethinking their strategies to unlock productivity, tackle depleting ore grades, and optimise the total cost of ownership of their operations – in a sustainable manner. For the past 150 years, we at Metso have made significant step-changes to help our customers to adapt to varying market conditions. Expomin is an excellent platform to present how we can help our customers solve the challenges of today and tomorrow, and to continue dialogue on these vital themes for the industry,” says Eduard Nilo, Senior Vice President for Metso’s Pacific Rim market area and general manager of Metso Chile.During the exhibition, Metso will showcase a number of industry-leading solutions, including the award-winning Metso HRC 3000 crusher, which is the largest fully operating high-pressure grinding roll (HPGR) in the world. The energy-efficient comminution solution can achieve an ore processing capability of over 5,400 t/h. The featured solutions at the show also include:The world’s largest cone crusher, the Nordberg MP 2500, which helps customers achieve production targets through greater performance and higher availabilityThe Crusher Upgrade service, designed to increase the productivity of Superior, Nordberg and Symons crushers to achieve similar performance to modern Metso crushersIndustry 4.0 solutions, such as the AudioMill sound spectrum analysis tool for SAG mills and Vertical Plate Pressure Filters VPA with smart PLC control system for fully automatic filter operationMetso Life Cycle Services, a holistic service concept to meet individual business goalsThe patented mill lining concept Megaliner, which decreases the installation time of coatings by up to 40 percent, dramatically improving safety and maximising mill availabilityThe Poly-Met mill lining solutionlast_img read more

Coveney says we cant alter geography and history amid increasingly tense Brexit

first_img Feb 22nd 2018, 7:30 AM Share45 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Órla Ryan http://jrnl.ie/3865025 52 Comments Tánaiste Simon Coveney Short URLcenter_img Tánaiste Simon Coveney Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie 15,453 Views THE TÁNAISTE HAS said Ireland faces “unprecedented challenges” as Brexit negotiations continue.Addressing an event organised by Columbia University in New York, Simon Coveney said the “creation of the closest possible future connection between the EU and the UK” is in the European Union’s interest and “overwhelmingly in Ireland’s interests”.‘We cannot alter the basic facts of geography and history. And those facts shape our future in Ireland more than they impact any other country in the European Union.”Coveney said the outcome of the UK leaving the EU should not “in any way undermine the hard-won gains of the peace process, as exemplified by the Good Friday Agreement”.In December all sides agreed that the GFA, which officially ended the Troubles in Northern Ireland, must be protected in those negotiations. The British deal with the EU made specific reference to “protecting the operation of the 1998 Agreement”.In recent days, Irish politicians have had to defend this stance, after a number of British politicians and commentators said it may need to be reworked.‘We can’t give up’Speaking about the deadlock in negotiations to restore power-sharing at Stormont, Coveney said: “We urgently need to see the restoration of the Northern Ireland Executive and Assembly to harness greater and broader Northern Ireland input into how to make the best of Brexit.Despite the efforts of both governments in recent months, and especially in recent weeks, it is deeply regrettable that there is at present no power-sharing Executive in place. However, we will not give up – we cannot give up.He added that Ireland remains “more than ever committed to our membership of the EU”.Speaking about the EU’s relationship with the US, Coveney said the Union “needs and wants the United States as its major international partner – in foreign and security policy, in free trade and investment, in protecting the environment”.He said the US and UK have a “very strong” bond but that this “should not be an alternative to, or a threat to, the EU-US relationship”.Read: Explainer: Why UK Brexiteers have been told to ‘sod off’ away from the Good Friday AgreementRead: White House visit: Simon Coveney to brief Trump administration on Northern Ireland Coveney says ‘we can’t alter geography and history’ amid increasingly tense Brexit talks The Tánaiste added that power-sharing needs to be “urgently” restored in Northern Ireland. Thursday 22 Feb 2018, 7:30 AMlast_img read more

Farmers left high dry as Jurala water goes down the drain

first_imgMahbubnagar: Even though there is a huge inflow of water into Jurala project since past one week, the apathy of irrigation officials has failed to fill the 2 tmcft capacity of Koilsagar reservoir in Mahbubnagar district. As there is no water reaching Koilsagar from Jurala project, the farmers under Koilsagar ayacut staged a protest on Tuesday demanding immediate release of water by lifting from Tileru project. Also Read – Non-bailable warrant to Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury Advertise With Us However, the Irrigation officials are expressing their helplessness in releasing water into Koilsagar because, the lift motors at Tileru pump house have become defunct and it is impossible to repair them in a short time period. Going by this, the Koilsagar famers left to face the agony of lack of irrigation water for this Kharif season as they are helplessly staring at the Jurala water going down stream but not able to utilise it for the irrigation purpose. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us The farmers have alleged that it is because of the callous attitude of the irrigation officials who had failed to check the condition of lift motors before hand and make them ready before the flood water comes. At present the authorities have lifted water from Jurala by Undhyala lift and supplying water to Parthipur reservoir. The Parthipur reservoir is already filled up, however, the pumps at Teleru which are for lifting water from Parthipur reservoir are defunct because of which the water to be lifted into Koilsagar canal is left in the limbo. Advertise With Us “It is like we have food in our plates but not able to eat it. It is a sheer neglect of the Irrigation officials, who have failed to get checked the status of the lifts and pumps. If there is no water for about one more week, we have to lose hopes for this season, even if water is supplied later, it will not be conducive to take up paddy sowing,” said the protesting farmers of Koilsagar Ayacut. Currently, Jurala project is receiving more than 2 lakh cusecs of flood water from Narayanpur. As per Chief Minister’s instructions, as soon as the flood water is reaching Jurala, the project engineers are lifting the water from Jurala and supplying it to Koilsagar, Nettampadu and Bheema projects, however, the water meant for Koilsagar is reaching half way and stopped at Parthipur reservoir. Infact this water is to be lifted with two motors at Tileru pump house first lift and about 2 TMC capacity of water is to be pumped into the Koilsagar canal. But due to official apathy the water is not reaching Koilsagar and the farmers under the Koilsagar Ayacut are in deep distress.last_img read more

BNP alleges Quader instigating violence

first_imgBNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. Prothom Alo File PhotoBNP on Thursday accused Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader of instigating violence with his ‘aggressive’ comments, reports UNB.”Like mafia dons, Obaidul Quader yesterday (Wednesday) said we’ll have to go on action instead of making statements anymore. He provoked his party’s cadres to resort to violence with such a comment,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Naya Paltan central office, he also alleged that the ruling party men have got desperate and they are attacking the candidates and supporters of ‘Sheaf of Paddy at different parts of the country.”The ruling party cadres are demonstrating with arms openly across the country in favour of Boat. Police are raiding the houses of our leaders and activists all over the country as they are playing an aggressive role against the candidates of Jatiya Oikya Front and the 20-party alliance,” the BNP leader said.He also alleged that the election commission and the returning officers are not taking any action against those attacking their leaders and activists and violating the election code of conduct.Rizvi said they will not quit the election race under any circumstance as people are waiting to give a befitting reply to the ruling party’s misdeed and repression through ballot. “People must ensure the victory of Sheaf of Paddy demonstrating their courage on 30 December.”He claimed that their party’s 2,415 leaders and activists have been arrested since the announcement of the election schedule while 425 ones since the distribution of election symbol.”Rizvi claimed a false and fabricated audio clip in the name of telephonic conversations between their party standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain and a Pakistani spy agency official has been circulated in the media to defame BNP.He alleged that the audio clip was made faking Mosharraf’s voice.last_img read more

British Police Confirm 22 People Dead After Explosion At Manchester Arena

first_img Share Dave Thompson/Getty ImagesPolice and fans outside the Manchester Arena on Monday, following reports of an explosion after Ariana Grande had performed.Updated at 4:30 a.m. ETPolice in Manchester, England, confirm 22 people dead at Manchester Arena following an explosion after a concert by Ariana Grande. Nearly 60 people have been injured.Authorities say they believe one man detonated an improvised explosive device, and was killed in the explosion. Chief Constable Ian Hopkins of the Greater Manchester Police said in a news conference,“We have been treating this as a terrorist incident and we believe, at this stage, the attack last night was conducted by one man. The priority is to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network.“The attacker, I can confirm, died at the arena. We believe the attacker was carrying an improvised explosive device which he detonated causing this atrocity.”Dave Thompson/Getty ImagesEmergency services arrive close to the Manchester Arena on Monday after reports of explosions following an Ariana Grande concert.Hopkins said police are working with national counterterrorism experts to investigate the attack.Prime Minister Theresa May will convene an emergency Cabinet meeting Tuesday. She released a statement saying, “We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack. All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected.”President Donald Trump, speaking after a meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem, offered prayers for the people of Manchester, and said “we stand in absolute solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom.” The President lamented, “so many young beautiful innocent people living and enjoying their live, murdered by evil losers in life.”Ariana Grande tweeted: “broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.”Friends and relatives of the audience members who hadn’t been heard from have posted messages on social media asking for word of their loved ones. Police have publicized a hotline number for families to call if they can’t reach someone who was there.Earlier, the police said they conducted a “precautionary controlled explosion,” and the item they had been concerned about turned out to be abandoned clothing and not a suspicious item.The management of the Manchester Arena issued a statement, saying the incident happened outside the facility.Dave Thompson/Getty ImagesA street close to England’s Manchester Arena is cordoned off Monday, as police confirm fatalities after a concert there by Ariana Grande. Media quote witnesses as saying there was an explosion and the audience ran for the exits.White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer tweeted that the President is being briefed on the incident.The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said in a statement that it is closely monitoring the situation in Manchester and that it has “no information to indicate a specific credible threat involving music venues in the United States.”“However, the public may experience increased security in and around public places and events as officials take additional precautions,” the statement said.The BBC reports witnesses heard an explosion, which was followed by a chaotic scene with audience members running for the exits. One tweet captured the sound of the blast:Reuters reports that emergency services are responding to the reports of “a serious incident.” Greater Manchester Police are advising people to “avoid the area.”One witness, Josh Elliott, told the BBC Radio 5 Live that “A bang went off and everyone stopped and screamed. … We basically hit the deck,” he said. “It was bedlam … it was horrific. We got up when we thought it was safe and got out as quickly as possible. People were just crying and in tears. … Police cars were everywhere.”This is a developing story. Some things that get reported by the media will later turn out to be wrong. We will focus on reports from police officials and other authorities, credible news outlets and reporters who are at the scene. We will update as the situation develops.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Reginald F Lewis Museums Global Carnival Gala Party

first_imgOn Nov. 12 from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. the Reginald F. Lewis Museum will be celebrating their Gala Party. The theme is inspired by countries of the African American diaspora from North America, South America and the Caribbean.  The gala will include cocktails, food stations, casino, live music, entertainment lounge, DJ and dancing. Call 443-263-1800 or visit lewismuseum.org for more information. The Reginald F. Lewis Museum is located at 830 E. Pratt St. Baltimore, Md. 21202last_img

The Room is Great But Tommy Wiseau Sucks

first_img Finally, Tommy Wiseau Joins The Avengers in Marvel’s ‘The Room’Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero Are Still Best Friends If you’ve ever stumbled across Geek.com’s 404 page, you’ve been treated to a slideshow of me, head down, looking dejected in various contexts. But one picture I frequently use to show just how happy I can be is from the time I met Tommy Wiseau at a Chicago screening of his bad movie masterpiece The Room.If you’re familiar with The Room, you’ll immediately understand why I’m this giddy. The movie on its own, full of surreal non-sequiturs and incompetent storytelling tearing a veneer of production value to shreds, is already hilarious. Even Star Wars isn’t immune to the charms of The Room. But seeing the “movie” in a theater full of fellow fans with prepared rituals and inside jokes, all there to meet the creator himself, adds extra infectious energy.And that energy is all over The Disaster Artist, the new film by James Franco recreating the drama behind the creation of The Room as well as recreating parts of The Room itself. It’s based on the memoir by actor/Tommy’s friend/Mark Greg Sestero and co-writer Tom Bissell. But the film is also James Franco and his Hollywood friends using their clout to prove they are the biggest The Room fans of all. I’ll leave the full review to MovieBob, but I was very entertained.However, what’s key to enjoying The Room, and what The Disaster Artist mostly understands, is that you’re laughing at the movie, not with it. Tommy Wiseau set out to make a completely earnest, legitimate drama and failed so spectacularly that it’s hilarious. That’s not to say that all enjoyment of bad movies is based on irony. Sometimes the fun of schlock is recognizing the honest artistry or bewildering specificity of an auteur beneath the crap. But The Room is so bad it’s good because it is, ultimately, so bad.Compare that to something like Sharknado where the whole point of the production was to make something so cheap and superficially “bad” it’s entertaining. You can’t really call that movie is failure because it technically does succeed at its very cynical goals. The audience is made to feel superior than the work but really they’re the suckers.Even something like Rocky Horror Picture Show annoys me for similar reasons. Yes it’s camp fun (if not John Waters camp fun) and has good themes of accepting differences. But the whole ritual of calling and responding to this “bad” midnight movie is absolutely the response the film is trying to illicit. Audiences are laughing with the movie, not at it. It’s sincere enjoyment masquerading as ironic, which is funny because I sincerely find Rocky Horror to just be bad. But the movie’s decades-long legacy is proof of this strategy’s success.And unfortunately, that strategy is now being co-opted by Tommy Wiseau. We don’t know when it happened (The Disaster Artist suggests right after the premiere of The Room but that’s unlikely) but at some point Wiseau retroactively claimed The Room was always supposed to be funny. The box art reads “Experience this quirky new black comedy, it’s a riot!” Now I’m a huge supporter of the idea that the artist has final say over their own work, especially as opposed to fans. “The Death of the Author” can go die. But it’s so obvious to everyone, from fans to folks on set to James Franco, how BS that “I meant to do that” line from Wiseau is.It’s the heart of the tragedy that is Wiseau’s post-The Room career. Desperate to be famous and loved even if it’s by mocking hipsters, the already mysteriously wealthy Wiseau began cashing in with screenings and tours and all sorts of merchandise pandering to fans of famous “comedy” The Room. Even worse are all of his other meme-driven acting endeavors like The House That Drips Blood on Alex, his Tim and Eric appearances, his YouTube video game reviews, or his Hulu show The Neighbors. Wiseau trying to be dramatic is weird and funny, but Wiseau trying to be funny and “weird” is just cringeworthy.As a The Room fan, this poor pivot to comedy can be tough to grapple with. I hate Wiseau trying to spin the movie is purposefully funny all along to protect his massive ego, to justify, exploit, and deny his true “Emperor Has No Clothes” relationship to his cult fan base. But didn’t I hypocritically support this by going to one of his screenings?In The Disaster Artist the book, Greg Sestero grapples with an even more extreme version of this dilemma. Sestero helped Wiseau make The Room because they were friends and roommates. But was Sestero just indulging Wiseau’s worst delusional habits? Furthermore, his association with The Room is now arguably the best thing Sestero has going for him, and that’s something Wiseau gave him along his housing in L.A. So what moral leg does Sestero have to stand on for recognizing The Room was bad from the start but still going along? At least Wiseau followed through on his dumb dream.In both the book and film, Sestero is arguably the more tragic character, making his role as audience surrogate in the Ed Wood-meets-Sunset Boulevard tale especially fascinating. However, he does have a sense of self-awareness, which he originally viewed as an acting weakness compared to Wiseau’s fearlessness, that stops him from hurting people the way Wiseau does.And that brings us to my last point. Even though I love watching The Room, I’m frustrated that Wiseau has turned it, and now The Disaster Artist with its handsome A-list talent, into a “win” for him because it’s clear that Tommy Wiseau sucks. Not just that he sucks as a writer/director/actor. He sucks as a person. He’s narcissistic. He mistreats and manipulates people. He haaaaaaates women. And this is all obvious from the mere fraction of his life we vaguely know about.The Disaster Artist does the best it can with the info it has, but there’s a gaping hole in the narrative due to how little we know about Wiseau’s background, age, source of income, and other biographical details The Room itself clearly, if subconsciously, depicts. For a while the mystery was fun, but now it’s just depressing because there’s no way the answers are good.Sestero is similarly frustrated with Wiseau’s shady nature and his attempts to call him out on it, to “betray” Tommy, to me justify The Disaster Artist’s existence. Wiseau is a sympathetic figure. A vulnerable weird-looking foreign California dreamer constantly rejected until he forges his own creative path. He’s sort of inspirational if you squint. But he is also someone who absolutely needs to be examined critically, even if you’re James Franco and ultimately need Wiseau’s blessing to make the biography in the first place.So by all means see The Room and The Disaster Artist. You’ll have a great time and a “great” time. But don’t kid yourself into thinking The Room is something other than a fantastically funny failure or that Tommy Wiseau is good and can ever intentionally make anything as hilarious as that accident. It may feel mean, but the most honest and healthy thing you can do is laugh at Tommy Wiseau, not with him.Buy The RoomBuy The Disaster ArtistLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more