Chef Simone Falco has Classic Neapolitan Style on His Plate and in His Closet

first_imgSimone Falco was born in Naples on October 27, 1974, into a family of sportsman and entrepreneurs. When Simone grew older he become a rugby player and obtained a PhD from the University of Naples Federico II, one of the oldest Universities in Europe. Since he was very young, Simone has worked in the family company to learn the proper skills needed to run a successful restaurant business, leading into the launch and development of several new restaurant locations in Italy and abroad. Rossopomodoro in New York City’s West Village – an outpost location of the Rossopomodoro’s U.S. operations at Eataly New York (Flatiron & Financial District), Chicago, Boston, and San Paolo – has been carrying on the tradition ever since its opening in 2014.Falco, Chef & Owner of Rossopomodoro, has designed the restaurant’s menu to embody the brands manifesto and presents dishes that are simple, seasonal, straightforward, healthy and flavorful –and he goes way beyond just pizza & pasta. Simone’s personal passions include interests in health, wellness, and horseback riding. These passions inspired him to own a restaurant where he could eat several times a week and still feel as if he was eating at home. Simone would describe his personal style as classic Neapolitan.Jeans: When I wear jeans on the weekend, I also wear Balenciaga or Citizens of Humanity.Shirts: I either wear James Perse t-shirts or custom made button downs from Barba.Pants: I would describe the Brunello Cucinelli pants I wear old school meets new school.Suits: Neapolitan cut. The week day suits I wear are custom made suits from Napoli. I travel to Italy to get new suits fitted about every quarter. I like to have about 2-4 fresh suits a year.Shoes: I wear the Mister Casual shoes from Belgium Shoes about 320 days a year.Accessories: I wear Borsalino summer and winter hats. My favorite watches are Patek Phillippe. I also adore the cufflinks my wife gave me with my initials engraved on them.Outerwear: If it is very cold out I wear my Canada Goose. I also wear my trench coat from Barbour often.Favorite cologne: I wear both Ultraviolet Paco Rabanne and Extreme Tom Ford.Favorite app: My favorite app is NFL mobile. I am a big Giants fan.Favorite piece of technology: My outdoor speaker system. Next style/gear purchase: I have a few purchases on the horizon – I would love to start wearing pinned shirts, buy an Alfa Romeo Spider October 74 car (the month and date of my birthday) and another horse. Horseback riding is one of my favorite activities and passions. Iron Chef Morimoto Continues Building His Empire with Easy Cup Sake World Beard Champion Madison Rowley is Cutting His Beard to Fight Addiction The Burger Show’s Alvin Cailan Shares His Burger-Making Secrets Editors’ Recommendations NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy Surf Legend Laird Hamilton Has His Own Natural Supplement Brand last_img read more

Cynar is the Artichoke-Based Spirit You Need to Know About

first_img Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master Editors’ Recommendations Cynar—pronounced chee-nar (not sigh-nar, chai-nar, or any of the other ways that the friend that always wants to be better than you has previously assured you of)—is an Italian amaro that is made with, among other 13 total herbs and botanicals, artichokes. The name Cynar comes from the botanical name for the artichoke, Cynar scolymus, and, since its creation in the 1950s by Venetian Angelo Dalle Molle, the spirit has been held in varying levels of esteem the world over.While it is made with artichoke leaves, Cynar is not an artichoke-flavored spirit (sorry, spinach and artichoke dip loving people out there). The overall flavor is bittersweet, making it somewhat easier to sip compared to other digestifs out there.When it comes to ABV, Cynar is on the lower side—a mere 16.5%–but if you are looking for the same flavor with a little more backbone, Cynar also has a 70-proof version (named, fittingly, Cynar 70 Proof) for your consumption.Below, we’re pulled together some of the best ways to enjoy Cynar. We’re big fans of it here at The Manual, and we think you will be, too.Drink it StraightAs with many amari, Cynar is best consumed—at least according to the Italians who first made it—straight. Pour yourself an ounce or two, and sip it. Adding an ice cube can’t hurt, either. Another fun thing to try with your straight Cynar is to add a few drops (3-4 is all you need) of saline solution. Just as with cooking, the salt will bring out the other flavors present in the spirit.If you want to extend your Cynar, you can also think about adding club soda, tonic water, or even orange juice, as they do in certain parts of Europe.Drink it in CocktailsCynar, especially in the last decade or so, has really come to be defined by its versatility in cocktails.  Here, you’ll see two different types of cocktail that both work to highlight how the bitter flavors of the liqueur work well with a variety of other ingredients.Cynar Julep 1 ½ oz Cynar1 oz Apple Cider½ oz Cinnamon Syrup¾ oz Lemon JuiceGinger BeerMethod: Mix Cynar, cider, cinnamon syrup, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake. Strain into a glass and top with ginger beer.Cheers! 6 Classic Gin Cocktail Recipes You Can’t Live Without 6 Essential Scotch Cocktails That You Need to Know 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make 2 oz. Cynar1/2 oz. Simple Syrup1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice1/2 oz. Fresh Grapefruit Juice2 Dashes Angostura Bitters2 oz. Soda Water12 Mint LeavesMethod: In a tall glass, add mint and all ingredients except soda water and bitters. Gently muddle, add ice, then soda and top with bitters.Carciofi Shandy(Created by Sofia Present, August Laura, NYC, pictured above)last_img read more

Access to Information Act to be Amended

first_img The Director is encouraging persons to utilise their right to know, under the Act. A Cabinet submission highlighting reforms to the Access to Information Act, is to be presented to Parliament by the end of the third quarter of the financial year.Director of the Access to Information (ATI) Unit at the Office of the Prime Minister, Damion Cox, says the reforms are part of the recommendations made by a Joint Select Committee of Parliament which carried out a review of the Access to Information Act in 2011.Speaking at a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’, at the agency’s head office in Kingston, Mr. Cox said amendments to the Act are being legislated, “to ensure that public authorities apply a public interest test in relation to more categories of exemptions.”A public interest test, he said, is the process whereby public authorities are expected to identify any relevant public interest.Explaining further how the exemptions work, Mr. Cox informed that a public interest test is only applied to two sections of the ATI Act. Section 19 of the Act stipulates that an exemption can be applied to government deliberative process, while section 21 mandates that the test be applied to documents dealing with any historical, archaeological, anthropological and natural resources, as well as national monuments.Similarly, he advised that the exemptions protect “things relating to personal privacy and national security, as well as commercially sensitive information of public and private entities.”Mr. Cox also added that the Act therefore, “seeks to balance the public interest in terms of those documents that can be readily released and those that an exemption can be applied to.”Meanwhile, the Director is encouraging persons to utilise their right to know, under the Act. He noted that everyone has a right to access government information, since the passage of the legislation.“The Act provides for proactive disclosure and we are looking to strengthen that. Where we are right now, in terms of routine disclosure, is a far way from where we were prior to this Act being introduced as part of the transparency and open governance framework,” Mr. Cox said.He added that the aim of the legislation and its implementation is to ensure that Jamaica is conforming to international standards.Mr. Cox also pointed out that the global move, in terms of open data, is far greater than just gaining access to information that is available.“It is how we can use the vast data that government collects to create applications that can provide citizens with good services,” he explained, while pointing out that this is what pertains in many other jurisdictions.The Act, which was passed in 2002, gives Jamaican citizens and individuals across the world the opportunity to access official government documents, while promoting freedom of information. Reforms are part of the recommendations made by a Joint Select Committee of Parliament. Story Highlights Reforms to the Access to Information Act, is to be presented to Parliament by the end of the third quarter of the financial year.last_img read more

BW LPG in Clover

first_imgzoom Owner and operator of very large gas carriers (VLGC) BW LPG has enjoyed very favorable market conditions in 2014.The company has reaped the fruits of exceptionally high charter rates with its 2014 time charter equivalent income reaching  USD 539.2 million, 87% higher than 2013.2014 EBITDA for the year was USD 340 million in 2014, 150% higher than the USD 136.2 million achieved in 2013.BW LPG doubled its net profit in 2014 earning USD 255.7 million, up over 100% from USD 125.7 million from 2013.The company attributed improved profitability to the significant growth in export tonne miles, driving a sustained high charter rate environment and strong utilisation of the global LPG fleet.As a result, the company’s board has recommended total dividend payments of USD 1.91 for the full year 2014.“BW LPG has achieved excellent operational and financial outcomes in 2014, a year which has shown substantial growth and exceptional charter rates. Our leading VLGC position was enhanced by the acquisition of additional second-hand tonnage in 2013, enabling BW LPG to be the most important maritime contributor to exports of LPG from the United States. The recent acquisition of four VLGC newbuilding contracts on favorable terms highlights BW LPG’s ability to continue to grow its fleet cost-efficiently, for long-term value enhancement,” said the company’s CEO Nicholas Gleeson.BW LPG doubled its net profit in 2014 earning USD 255.7 millionWith respect to the market outlook, BW LPG anticipates continued growth in LPG transportation as a result of expanding LPG exports from shale gas and tight oil production in the United States.” Demand for LPG has been strong across the globe, with India, China and Indonesia the most significant growth markets, driving longer shipping distances. With this positive backdrop, BW LPG is benefiting from the significant fleet growth achieved in 2013 and from the addition of modern tonnage through an eight-vessel newbuilding program. The global VLGC fleet is growing rapidly in 2015 and 2016, which is likely to create a higher degree of market competitiveness in the future,” the shipowner said in its annual report.The company added that it has secured strong cash flow for 2015-18 through contracted employment with high quality counterparties.“A further 7 VLGC newbuildings are delivering into the fleet in 2015-16. This growth is supported by USD 400 million of new debt raised at competitive pricing of 1.7% over LIBOR. The company is thus well positioned to continue to deliver solid shareholder returns in the years to come,”Gleeson concluded.last_img read more

Ftour 20 Maroc Telecom Confirms its Commitment to the Online Community

Rabat – Maroc Telecom has brought together the digital sphere around a Ftour 2.0.Maroc Telecom has supported Ftour 2.0, the meeting point for fans of the digital sphere in Morocco, since its first edition in 2011. This year, the event took place on Saturday, June 2, at the Grand Mogador Hotel in Casablanca.“Federate the energies at the service of the Moroccan digital scene,” was the main theme of this ftour, organized by Social Impulse, with the support of Maroc Telecom. The event brought together more than 200 guests, among them the most important figures of the 2.0 web community in Morocco. The must-attend event for digital professionals aims to bring together web skills around a friendly Ftour and to create links between members of the 2.0 community through a rich and entertaining program.Participants debated several hot topics,  such as leadership, collective intelligence, artificial intelligence, digital communication, data, and many other topics, issues, and trends.With the help of Maroc Telecom, a study involving entrepreneurs from the Moroccan digital scene has been published to add value to the event.Organizers gave trophies of digital excellence in this eighth Ftour 2.0. They aim to encourage talent and reward achievements through three criteria: innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship.Artistic performances were also organized on the sidelines of the event with a closing party combining music, humor, and sharing.Finally, in an eco-responsible approach, organizers will recycle all leftovers from the ftour into compost units to make green manure.Engaged in supporting Morocco’s digital dynamic, Maroc Telecom supports many actions enabling young people to take the path of excellence in the field of new technologies. read more

US stocks end lower capping off a weak August traders weigh disappointing

by The Associated Press Posted Aug 30, 2013 4:22 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Stocks are closing slightly lower, ending the worst month for the market in more than a year.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 30 points, or 0.2 per cent, to close at 14,810.31 Friday.The broader Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell five points, or 0.3 per cent, to 1,632.97. The Nasdaq composite fell 30 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 3,589.87The market’s reaction to speeches from Secretary of State John Kerry and President Barack Obama about Syria was muted.Traders also digested a report from the U.S. Commerce Department that showed Americans’ income and spending barely rose in July.The S&P 500 fell 3.1 per cent in August, its biggest decline since May 2012, when it fell 6.3 per cent. However, the index is up 15 per cent for the year. US stocks end lower, capping off a weak August; traders weigh disappointing consumer spending read more

Firstever UN forum on albinism in Africa to focus on less talk

Persons with albinism in the region of Sub Saharan Africa are facing some of the most extreme forms of human rights violations. They face physical attacks fuelled by erroneous beliefs that their body parts can be used in potions and in other witchcraft practices. A majority of victims are women and children. They also face entrenched discrimination and stigma extending to their family members particularly mothers of children with albinism.Confronted by these challenges, many civil society organisations, persons with albinism, and states wish to design new ways of dealing with the issues while adopting those that have been tested and true.“There are a lot of specific, practical, simple and effective measures that some countries have successfully used to tackle the issues faced by persons with albinism including having a dedicated office and budget on the issue, creating a telephone hotline to report crimes and threats, regulating ‘witchcraft’ and traditional medicine practitioners among others,” said the United Nations independent expert on albinism, Ikponwosa Ero.“But these ideas have to be shared as best practices and developed into a continental roadmap to successfully tackle the issue,” she added.This is why on the heels of international albinism awareness day which just concluded on 13 June, over 150 people from 28 countries in the region will gather this week in Dar es Salaam to lay down a roadmap of specific measures aimed at dealing with the human rights issues faced by persons with albinism.Half of the participants are from civil society, about 20 percent from government, 10 percent from national human rights institutions and there will also be human rights specialists from within and outside the African Union and UN as well as academics.“As the continent of Africa celebrates the decade of human rights, and the UN launches the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which pledges to leave no one behind, we have a good context in which to plant this forum,” Ms. Ero said.“It is not going to be easy to come up with specific measures for all the issues arising out of the problems faced by persons with albinism, but the best practices of some States and civil society to date will represent a key step forward in promoting and protecting their human rights,” the expert stressed. read more

It simply wont be affordable New student rooms in Dublin will cost

‘It simply won’t be affordable’: New student rooms in Dublin will cost a minimum of €249 a week Concerns have been raised over the affordability of new student accommodation. Share489 Tweet Email30 As well as the need for thousands of student beds in Dublin, the city is in the midst of an accommodation crisis in the housing and private rental markets.Rents have skyrocketed in the Dublin in the past number of years. The latest quarterly Daft rental report found that rents in Dublin are now 65% higher than they were at their lowest point in 2010. Dublin city has some of the most expensive rents in the country. Source: Sasko Lazarov/Rollingnews.ieA complete halt to construction of new projects in years following the economic collapse has resulted in demand far outstripping supply.Dublin also has record numbers of homeless people living in the city, with people staying homeless for longer than ever before due to the lack of availability of accommodation.The end result of this is that the growing number of students in Dublin third level institutions are finding it difficult to source any accommodation when they move to the city. In many cases they are living in unsuitable, crowded accommodation or becoming homeless themselves.“Students desperately need accommodation. No one is going to speak badly about more accommodation being built,” says Annie Hoey, president of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI).So in that sense [the new developments] are good, but there is some concerns about the affordability of some of them.As stated, the minimum cost of renting a standard en suite room at GSA’s the New Mill will be €249 a week (bills inclusive). Rents at the 520-bed Kavanagh Court on Gardiner Street will be similar to those at the New Mill. The development on Gardiner Street. Source: Cormac FitzgeraldA look through the other dedicated student accommodation developments in Dublin city centre turns up similar rents.A standard en suite at Broadstone Hall (GSA’s first accommodation in Dublin, opened last September) costs a minimum of €225 per week bills included.Rents at the Binary Hub in the south inner city (US real estate giant Hines’ student development) are also €225 a week for a standard en suite.Meanwhile, the cost of renting a standard en suite at Dorset Point (also ran by Hines) is €230 a week.“If [rents] are not affordable it will be the bad old days for students,” says Daithi Doolan.We need to make sure they’re affordable or you will end up with students going back into private [rental market].A DIT student cost of living guide for 2016/2017 puts the average cost of renting at €462 in the Dublin, plus €28 for bills, bringing it to a total of €490. This puts most dedicated student accommodation at double or almost double the average cost of living of a student.“I think what you will find is this type of accommodation is more targeted to international students,” says Hoey.Hoey and Ryan both believe that international students who are already paying significantly higher fees to study in Ireland will be the ones who benefit mostly from this higher-end accommodation.The New MillOn a mild, sunny midweek day, Aaron Bailey, head of construction for Europe with GSA, takes on a tour through the New Mill show flats.The deluxe studio rooms are separate from the standard en suites. The standard rooms are set in “clusters” ranging from three rooms to eight in a cluster, with a shared kitchen and common area.The development is made up of 53 studio apartments and 347 en suite rooms.The show cluster has eight rooms. The rooms themselves are made up of a queen-sized bed, a desk with a magnetic board and a bathroom with a shower. A standard en suite bedroom at The New Mill.The bed has plug and usb sockets next the headboard, while the heating and lights can be controlled via an app on residents’ phones.The common kitchen area is fully fitted and has eight induction hobs, an oven and grill, and a dining and lounge area with a television and table. There are two fridge/freezer units, with four shelves each – one for every resident. Each resident also has their own top and bottom press. The kitchen area has eight induction hobs, two fridges and top and bottom presses for each resident. Source: Cormac Fitzgerald/TheJournal.ieThe show common area is bright with good natural light, and the rooms are also well-lit.Students have the option of renting the rooms out for either 40 weeks or 51 weeks.The development will also have a larger common area and kitchen, a cinema, gym, games room, laundry room, study rooms shops and a café. There is an onsite management team to address issues that may arise. The common area Source: Cormac Fitzgerald/“A key aspect of the accommodation we’re providing is that we’re providing a high-quality product which represents good value,” says Bailey.When questioned on the cost of renting a room at the New Mill, and whether the development is aimed at international students, Bailey says: This will attract a broad mix of students. From our experiences in Broadstone Hall we have large percentage of domestic students and also a wide range of international students with over 13 nationalities represented. By Cormac Fitzgerald Short URL We see it as a product that will suit a broad range of students and we pride ourselves on the value we provide in terms of the quality of the accommodation and the service offering we provide.Bailey says that the rooms will be primarily for third-level Irish and international students, but that the development will also be open the growing number of English language students who come to the city to learn and experience the culture.He also points towards the gym, study room and games room as amenities that are included in the price of rent and further add to the value of the accommodation.We see our offering as a good value offering for the quality we’re providing.When questioned over whether all the amenities are necessary, and whether students may prefer more standard accommodation for a lower price, Bailey points towards planning requirements put in place by Dublin City Council, which he states require GSA to build 20% more volume here than they would in other countries.“Clearly if we’re building 20% more, that’s costing us 20% more,” he said.He said looking at building more rudimentary or basic accommodation at a lower price point would require Dublin City Council to revise its planning conditions.Bailey says GSA is confident that there is a high demand for rooms at the New Mill.Accommodation mixWith over 8,000 new dedicated student accommodation units likely to be built-in Dublin in the space of five years, the landscape of student living is set to change.“I don’t see a situation where student accommodation will only be in these type of purpose-built units,” says Annie Hoey.It will always be a mix between different types.A common argument put forward by advocates of purpose-built student accommodation is that it frees up the private rental market for families and others.However, Éilis Ryan worries that the new accommodation will not be affordable for entire sections of working class students and lower-income families.She says that this cohort of students will be further pushed out of the market and discouraged from attending university.“Students from working class and middle class families won’t be able to afford to live in these developments,” she says.It simply won’t be affordable at all.Daithi Doolan says that higher costs may have a negative effect on the number of people who come to Dublin to study.“Children will be forced to stay in cheaper private accommodation, stay at home, or not go to college in Dublin at all,” he says.And we don’t want that.Read: A four-star Galway hotel is set to be converted into student accommodationRead: 1,500 student beds on the way to Dublin thanks to major US developer Source:“IT’S BETTER THAN the Celtic Tiger,” said one construction worker on a building site in Dublin’s south inner city on a sunny day last week.“There are 50 cranes in the sky above Dublin.”His words were drowned out by the sounds of building going on around him, as cranes and trucks put together one of Dublin’s newest developments.Purpose-built student accommodation on Mill Street – at the southern end of The Liberties in the south inner city – is due to be completed by September, in time for the 2017/18 academic year.When it’s completed, the New Mill will be made up of 400 bedrooms, designed specifically for students in the city. It is a joint venture between Global Student Accommodation (GSA) and their partner Harrison Street Real Estate CapitalThe rooms will be sleek, modern and energy-efficient, and will be located about a 15 minute walk to Trinity College Dublin or a five minute walk to DIT Kevin Street and close to major bus routes or Dart stations.A single en suite room with a shared kitchen will cost a minimum of €249 a week, while a deluxe studio room will cost up to up to €349 a week (bills inclusive). The development on Mill Street. Source: Cormac Fitzgerald/TheJournal.ieStudent accommodation boomDublin city is in the middle of a construction boom of student accommodation developments, with thousands of units being built or in the planning stages.A report from the Higher Education Authority published in September 2015 found that there was a serious deficit in accommodation for students in Ireland.The report found that the number of students in full-time third level education was set to continue to rise throughout the decade. Numbers were expected to grow from 168,000 in 2014 to 193,000 by 2024 (a rise of 25,000).On top of this, a feature of Government policy includes making Ireland an attractive place for international students to come to study. A high number of international students can increase college funds significantly.However, a growing number of people coming here to study from overseas puts further pressure on available accommodation. A person walks past a sign for new student accommodation in Dublin (file photo). Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieTaking all this into account, the HEA found that there was a deficit of about 25,000 student beds in 2014. This figure was also likely to increase as more and more people entered third level education.Following on from the publication of this report, a sizeable number of developments have begun to pop up to meet the student demand.A spokesperson for the HEA says that by the end of this year there will be about 2,460 new dedicated student accommodation bed spaces in Ireland since 2015′s report.The vast majority of these are in Dublin, where demand is highest. File photo of students walking in Trinity College Dublin. Source: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland!On top of this, there are over 4,100 units currently under construction, which are due to be completed by next year.Planning permission has been granted for an additional 1,300 units, while planning permission is being considered for about 2,480.In total, the Higher Education Authority states that there should be in the region of 10,500 new student accommodation beds in Ireland by 2020 since the report was published (providing planning permission is granted to all of them).Of these, about 8,000 will be in Dublin.“It is a considerable number,” the HEA spokesperson says. “But we’re still going to need more to keep up with demand”. Current USI president Annie Hoey (centre) pictured with other students in 2014 as the USI launched a student accommodation finance guide. Source: Photocall IrelandNew student developments“You don’t need a degree in town planning to see that purpose-built student accommodation is booming in Dublin’s north inner city,” Workers’ Party councillor Éilis Ryan wrote in this publication in September.Even a cursory review shows that student housing in Dublin has become a globally tradable, lucrative commodity.A look through Dublin City Council planning applications shows swathes of applications for student accommodation in and around the city centre. Eilis Ryan (left) states that global investment firms building student accommodation in Dublin is a sign that the boom is back. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieDevelopments currently under construction and due for completion in the next two years include:Dorset Point: A 463-bed facility on Dorset Street to be opened this summer (operated by global real estate giant Hines)Kavanagh Court: A 520-bed facility on Gardiner Street due to be opened in September (developed by GSA and Irish firm Carrowmore Property and supported by Ulster Bank)The New Mill: The 400-bed facility on Mill Street to be opened in September (developed by GSA)A 407-bed facility at Summerhill (developed by Hines)On top of these developments, planning permission has been granted for several other student accommodation units across the city, including:A 970-bed facility at Point Village and Sheriff Street (planning permission here)A 250-bed facility for Trinity College on Pearse Street (due 2018; planning permission here)A 571-bed facility on Brunswick Street (to be operated by GSA; planning permission here)A 203-bed facility near to Prussia Street in Stoneybatter (by Irish-owned Balark Investments; planning permission here)A 300-bed facility on the Blackpitts site in the south inner city (also by GSA)There are also a number of other developments that are awaiting planning permission or that have been provisionally denied permission by Dublin City Council.A lot of these are centred around DIT’s new Grangegorman campus, which is set to see a huge influx of students into the area over the coming years.GSA also recently took over Broadstone Hall in Phibsboro (101 student beds). While Hines already runs Binary Hub off Thomas Street (471 beds).GSA runs its properties through its student accommodation management wing Uninest; while Hines’ properties are managed by its Aparto Student brand. Broadstone Hall is operated by GSA since last September. Source: Cormac Fitzgerald/TheJournal.ieDubai-based GSA – working with US investment firm Harrison Street Real Estate Capital – has committed to investing €250 million into student accommodation over the next five years (with 4,000 beds planned by 2020).Meanwhile, UK student accommodation giant Ziggurat told Fora in September it had plans to develop 4,000 new student beds in Ireland as part of a €400 million investment.“We see this happening all the time in Ireland,” Éilis Ryan tells“Something is seen as a good investment and every investor goes mad on it.We’ve seen it before and I think we’re seeing it now with student housing. I think it’s overdevelopment. Monday 27 Mar 2017, 12:01 AM Source: Cormac Fitzgerald/TheJournal.ieCost of renting “First of all, we welcome the fact of purpose built student accommodation is being built,” says Daithi Doolan, chairperson of the Housing Strategic Policy Committee at Dublin City Council.“For far too long there has been students trying to live in the private sector.“It’s important that it’s done in measured and planned way close to the universities. So that students aren’t travelling far.[Student accommodation] brings money into an area and it can develop an area. Mar 27th 2017, 12:01 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 67 Comments 61,778 Views read more

Documentary maker nominated for award

first_imgGreek Australian radio journalist Eurydice Aroney and her partner Tom Morton have been nominated for The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, for their investigative radio piece, ‘Shutting Down Sharleen.’

Sex workers in Germany have listened to it, and HIV workers in the UK, because these are communities that use online a lot.

Ms Aroney said she was pleased the piece had been nominated for the $15 000 John Curtin Prize for Journalism. “This is fantastic because I want more people to know about Sharleen, and the public hysteria around the public health area,” she said. Ms Aroney worked for around two years, with Tom Morton, research assistant Justine Greenwood and sound engineer Timothy Macastri, to tell the story of Sharleen Spiteri. “The story is about a sex worker who was HIV positive and went on 60 Minutes and said she was HIV positive, then spent the next 14 years under surveillance from the NSW government to keep her away from talking to the press about it,” she said. The piece has been broadcast on ABC Radio National and is available online, where Ms Aroney said it has received a wide audience. “Sex workers in Germany have listened to it, and HIV workers in the UK, because these are communities that use online a lot,” she said. Ms Aroney, who is a senior lecturer in journalism at University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and a Walkley Award winner, said she hoped to continue working with the story in other mediums. Also on the list of nominees are Annabel Crabb’s Quarterly Essay, Stop at Nothing: The Life and Adventures of Malcolm Turnbull, and Janine Cohen and Liz Jackson’s ABC 4 Corners piece, Who Killed Mr Ward? “Radio is the poor cousin, it’s not as glamorous, it doesn’t have the high profile of TV or even print, especially in long-form journalism,” she said. But Ms Aroney said she hoped listeners to the program would learn something about the complexities of Australia’s ‘risk-management’ policy approach to people living with HIV. “Australia is looked at as a gold standard for HIV, but that comes at a cost and that cost is Sharleen,” she said. The winners of The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards will be announced on September 28 at the Wheeler Centre located at the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne. Shutting Down Charleen is available online at Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Bad weather spells hell for migrants

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A worsening of weather conditions has created additional problems for migrants and refugees trying to get to Greece by sea from neighboring Turkey and for authorities on the islands trying to accommodate them.On Lesvos, which has borne the brunt of the influx, but also on Samos and Chios, authorities set up prefabricated structures to house migrants following heavy rain on Wednesday night.On Lesvos, authorities also opened an old indoor municipal swimming pool to host some of the arrivals. Despite the bad weather, many migrants continued to camp out near the island’s main port, eager to board ferries to the mainland.On Chios, officials opened up regional authority offices and a gymnasium, while authorities on Samos set up 25 prefabricated structures.On Lesvos, the union representing EKAB ambulance workers drew attention to another problem.The union said it is dealing with 700 incidents per month, as compared to around 250 at the same time last year.An understaffed work force and ambulance fleet has overstretched workers on the island, according to the union head, Costas Sorokos.“The number of refugees is huge and the people arriving on the island are utterly drained and in need of medical assistance,” Sorokos said. “Unfortunately, the inability of EKAB to respond could put lives at risk,” he added.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Netflix Hacks Highlight What Could Be

first_img What to Stream on Netflix This WeekendZach Galifianakis Hits the Road in ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Trailer Stay on target Netflix’s internal hackathons have gained a reputation for producing some genuinely great ideas—from quitting when Fitbit detects you’re asleep, to a floating desktop window that lets you stream content while you work.And Hack Day 2019 did not disappoint.Last month’s event focused on “studio efforts” (whatever that means).“The goal remained the same: team up with new colleagues and have fun while learning, creating, and experimenting,” according to a company blog post. “We know even the silliest idea can spur something more.”Project Rumble PakPicture this: You’re watching an episode of Stranger Things. Eleven—a psychokinetic teenager—mind-pushes a table across the room. Your phone violently shakes with the action.No matter how great a special effects team is, sight and sound alone can only take an audience so far. Which is why Hans van de Bruggen and Ed Barker developed Project Rumble Pak.“The … Hack Day project explores how haptics can enhance the content you’re watching,” Netflix explained. “With every explosion, sword clank, and laser blast, you get force feedback to amp up the excitement.”Barker and van de Bruggen focused on animated series Voltron, synchronizing video content with haptic effects using Immersion Corporation technology.The Voice of NetflixIf Netflix could speak, what would it sound like?A weird amalgamation of characters and vocalizations, apparently.Carenina Garcia Motion and Guy Cirino teamed up to create “The Voice of Netflix“: a neural network trained to spot words in streaming content and reassemble them into new sentences—on demand.Type any sentence into the online portal, and listen for yourself.The current vocabulary is limited to 2,340 words (with more to come), meaning the digital voice will simply skip over any unfamiliar terms—including “Netflix”—to create stunted, hilariously awkward sentences.Not every Netflix Hack Day concept is directly related to the streaming platform.This year, a team invented TerraVision—a new way for filmmakers to search for and discover locations. Just drop a photo of a particular look (a house, a park, a castle, a swimming pool) into an interface to find the closest matches.Another dreamed up a clever way to clear out office conference rooms.With the click of a button, Netflix employees the world over can nudge co-workers out of a meeting room after their session has ended.The web app looks up calendar events associated with a given space and finds the latest session that should have ended, then automatically calls into the room, playing walk-off music (just like at the Oscars).“The most important value of hack days is that they support a culture of innovation,” the Netflix TechBlog said. “We believe in this work, even if it never ships, and love to share the creativity and thought put into these ideas.”More on,000 People Demand Netflix Cancel ‘Good Omens’ in Petition FailNetflix Sounds Better Than Ever With New High-Quality AudioHere’s What It Would Really Take for People to Leave Netflixlast_img read more

Vancouver police seek alleged package thief

first_imgThe Vancouver Police Department is on the lookout for a Christmas Grinch who has allegedly been stealing packages from porches.Police have responded to about four reports of a man taking packages across town, including the 4400 block of 136th Street, the 2200 block of 44th Street and two houses on I Street. Security footage captured video and photos of the man wandering around houses then taking off with the boxes, said Vancouver Police Sgt. Pat Moore, and some homeowners have tried to confront the suspect.Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Vancouver Police Department.last_img



GRAMMY Camp—Weekend Brings Music Career Training To Pittsburgh

first_imgLocal students to receive reliable guidance on how their dedication and talent can turn into a livelihood in the music industryPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Oct 23, 2018 – 5:48 pm On Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Penn., a special weekend program of GRAMMY Camp—Weekend will take students in-depth along three career tracks: audio engineering, songwriting and video production. The program will be presented in partnership between the GRAMMY Museum and Phase 4 Learning Center, which has been a model alternative education program for more than 14 years..The experience will include instruction and networking, and training in specific career tracks, as well as collaborative instruction showing how the various pieces of the music industry puzzle fit together. Participating students will explore career strategies that can turn their passion and talent for music into a livelihood.Professionals participating in the all-day event promise to deliver straight talk and reliable guidance about how high school students can make progress toward careers in the music industry. Participants will hear from working music industry pros including songwriters, producers and visual artists.Independent filmmaker Michelle Ehlen has unique takes on society and comedy, and she has proved how writing, directing, acting and more can all exist in one determined talent. Similarly, singer/songwriter Anne Heaton earned her reputation as a folk singer/songwriter even before her 2003 album Black Notebook by making strong musical choices. Now many albums later, she is an honest voice, expert pianist and experienced instructor, conveying her art to the next generation face-to-face and online. Both women will be on-hand to share their expertise and experience with campers. Email News Twitter GRAMMY Camp—Weekend Brings Music Career Training To Pittsburgh GRAMMY Camp—Weekend Heads To Pittsburgh grammy-camp%E2%80%94weekend-brings-music-career-training-pittsburgh Facebook Michael “Smidi” Smith will also provide guidance to help students find their way into a career in music. As a composer, producer, engineer, Emmy winner, and assistant professor at the USC Thornton School of Music in music technology, Smidi knows how to be hands-on to produce a final recording. He demonstrates personally — as the life histories of his fellow professional participants exemplify — obstacles can be successfully overcome by ensuring skill and talent work together.This weekend edition is joined in spirit with the five-day immersive GRAMMY Camp held by the GRAMMY Museum from July 23 through July 27 in Los Angeles, for which applications are now open. The community of music creators show that musical livelihoods can be achieved by talented, dedicated commitment regardless of personal backgrounds or setbacks. The opportunities are there for the next generation.GRAMMY Museum Signature Schools Announced In L.A. CountyRead morelast_img read more

Virat Kohli passes verdict on MS Dhoni says he is the glue

first_imgWhen the Indian squad was named for the upcoming World Cup, the name of Vijay Shankar, although not very left-field, was certainly one which took people by surprise. According to the chief selector, Shankar was preferred over Ambati Rayudu, because he offers three-dimensions on the field and this tipped the scales in his favour.After several analytical articles, Virat Kohli, the man who will lead the side has spoken. The skipper, in a chat with India Today, revealed that he was very happy with the World Cup squad and that he is excited to lead this bunch. Also, he reiterated that Vijay Shankar offers great balance to the side and hence, his inclusion was a great move.Importance of Dhoni to this Indian sideSpeaking about the importance of MS Dhoni to the side, Kohli said that the former skipper was like a glue for this Indian team and that his presence was a great cushion for him as a captain. Also, he said that he is looking forward to leading this bunch as there is a sense of excitement in the group which he finds really upbeat. MS Dhoni, Virat KohliReuters”Even when criticism was coming his way we within the team knew what he brought to the table. Now everyone is saying he is the glue. The truth is he is and binds the team together,” Kohli said in the chat.India has two game-changers in Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal and the skipper hopes that his wrist-spinners breaks the game open for him in the World Cup. “Kuldeep and Chahal in tandem will be a major factor in England. Even if they give 70 runs in 10 overs as long as they get me 3 wickets I am happy,” Kohli said which has clarified their roles in the side.This statement is in line with what former England captain Michael Vaughan said after the squad was announced. As per the Ashes-winning skipper, the conditions in England have changed in the recent past and it is no longer a haven for seam bowlers. According to him, spinners and smart seamers hold the aces and more often than not, win games on the placid pitches in the country. Spin twins ‘Kulcha’ must play together.Gareth Copley/Getty ImagesDhoni, who has been in good form this year, had found the backing of coach Ravi Shastri during the tour of New Zealand. Also, he commands the respect of several players in the side, which has made him an indispensable member of this Indian side.”Nobody is good enough to criticise MS Dhoni. If you talk about him, do you even know anything about cricket? Dhoni is like Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar. These guys come once in 30-40 years. He is an ornament to the game. He has been the captain of a number one Test team, and has two World Cups to his name,” Shastri said in one of the interviews during the tour of New Zealand.last_img read more

Avengers Endgame 1stday box office collection in Tamil Nadu Hollywood film opens

first_imgAvengers: Endgame movie reviewTwitterHollywood film Avengers: Endgame has got an earth-shattering opening at the Tamil Nadu box office on day one. Probably for the first time in the history, a non-Tamil film had early morning shows at 4 am in and around Chennai which tells the craze around the English super-hero film.Owing to the unprecedented craze around Avengers: Endgame, exhibitors had early morning shows and sold a huge number of tickets in advance. “Even with limited shows , we sold nearly 10k tickets jus through advance bookings . For the record , this is highest ever opening for a Hollywood film in #Vettri … Goodnight peeps , cya tomorrow for the #AvengersEndgame [sic],” Rakesh Gowthaman, the managing director of Vettri Theatres, tweeted.Interestingly, such response is seen for movies of A-list actors like Rajinikanth, Vijay and Ajith. A leading cinema hall, Rohini Silver Screens, has witnessed a record number of pre-sales for any movie this year.”At the current rate, looks like #AvengersEndgame will be the most pre-booked movie of the year @RohiniSilverScr Ofcourse cannot discount the fact that it is a solo release compared to Pongal [sic],” Nikilesh Surya, the manager of the Rohini Silver Screens, tweeted.The movie is seeing the light of the day in about 400 screens in Tamil Nadu in two languages – English and Tamil. Avengers: Endgame is running to packed houses in a majority of theatres and shows in Chennai and Chengalpet regions.The trade trackers have indicated that the movie would gross somewhere around Rs 10-12 crore at the box office on its first day in Tamil Nadu. If it manages to cross the said figures, it will become the biggest non-Tamil opener of all-time in the state, thereby shattering the record of SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali 2, which had minted around Rs 11 crore on the first day.The film stars Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Brie Larson, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Karen Gillan, Don Cheadle, Danai Gurira, Bradley Cooper, Josh Brolin and more, in pivotal roles and last instalment in the decade-long franchise.last_img read more

Saudi Arabia working out strategy to face era of cheap oil cut

first_imgSaudi Arabia’s government is expected to announce spending cuts and a drive to raise revenue from new sources as it lays out a strategy to cope with an era of cheap oil, people familiar with Saudi policy-making said.Markets in the world’s top oil exporter are jittery because low crude prices have pushed state finances deep into deficit and so far, the government has not revealed a detailed, comprehensive plan to stem the flow of red ink.But in coming weeks, authorities will make their intentions clearer. The state budget for 2016 is expected to be released on or around Dec. 21, official sources said.In the following weeks, probably in January, the government is to reveal a multi-year economic plan that may include longer-term reforms such as cuts to energy subsidies and new taxes.The budget will be the first drafted by the administration of King Salman, who took the throne in January, and the first carrying the imprint of his son Mohammed bin Salman, who chairs a powerful new Council of Economic and Development Affairs that now dominates the economic policy apparatus.So far Mohammed bin Salman, also defense minister, has focused much of his energy on launching Saudi Arabia’s military intervention in Yemen. He is now expected to apply some of that willingness to take radical action to the economy.”A strategic review of economic policy is underway in the government and officials are putting together a new framework for managing the economy,” said Khalid Alsweilem, a former senior official at the central bank, now fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center in Boston.He said much of the work was occurring at the Ministry of Economy and Planning, where Adel al-Fakieh became minister in April. As labor minister in 2010-2015, Fakieh developed a reputation for implementing complex reforms.Under Fakieh, the economy ministry has gained influence while the Ministry of Finance has become less central, Alsweilem said. “There’s a 180 degree change in the way policy-making is being done.” The two ministries did not respond to requests for comment.Saudi spending, revenue: government’s deficit this year is expected to come in at about 400-500 billion riyals ($107-133 billion), around 20 percent of gross domestic product.To ease market jitters, the government will need to cut next year’s deficit sharply. Prominent Saudi economists contacted by Reuters expect the 2016 budget to plan spending of about 800 billion riyals, roughly 20 percent lower than their estimate of this year’s actual spending.The government is likely to curb public sector wage rises and bonuses, but that is politically sensitive, so most spending cuts would occur in public investment.”The state has delivered a lot of infrastructure projects, so spending should normally decline gradually over the next few years,” said Mazen al-Sudairi, research chief at al-Istithmar Capital.In the past Riyadh has often overspent its annual budget plan, but one change introduced by Mohammed bin Salman is expected to be stricter adherence to the plan. He told the New York Times last month that one of his key challenges was “the way we prepare and spend our budgets”.The result, if Brent oil stays around $40 a barrel next year, could be a budget deficit of around 200 billion riyals – still large, but enough of a reduction to let Riyadh slow the liquidation of its foreign assets.REFORMSIf oil stays cheap for years, deeper reforms will be needed to stabilize state finances; the multi-year economic plan may prepare the ground for this.Officials have said they are looking at raising domestic energy prices, potentially saving some of the over $100 billion spent annually to keep prices low.Subsidy cuts would start with rises in the cost of natural gas feedstock and power for industry; politically difficult hikes in domestic petrol prices would come later and be spread over years, said a source familiar with official thinking.The government is also considering privatizations and new taxes. The cabinet has approved a tax on undeveloped urban land that could be introduced as soon as the end of next year.Saudi Arabia and five other Gulf Arab states have stepped up talks on imposing a value-added tax across the region; a United Arab Emirates official said governments were aiming to introduce it in three years.Alsweilem said that in the long term, it would not be enough for Riyadh to increase domestic revenue sources – authorities would need to develop non-oil sources of foreign exchange to make up for oil revenues lost because of low prices.Increasing non-oil exports would happen only slowly, so Riyadh should also consider introducing new policies to preserve its foreign assets and create a sovereign wealth fund to increase returns on them, he said.last_img read more

US appeals court denies Mannings bail request

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 24 May 2018, former US soldier Chelsea Manning speaks during the C2 conference in Montreal, Canada. Photo: AFPFormer US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning will remain in jail after a federal appeals court on Monday denied her request to be released on bail, and upheld a lower court’s decision to hold Manning in civil contempt for refusing to testify before a grand jury.The ruling is a blow to Manning, who has been detained since March after she declined to answer questions in connection with the government’s long-running investigation into Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange.In a comment released by a spokesman, Manning said that while disappointing, the appeals court ruling will still allow her to “raise issues as the government continues to abuse the grand jury process.””I don’t have anything to contribute to this, or any other grand jury,” Manning added.Assange was arrested on 11 April at Ecuador’s Embassy in London, after US prosecutors in the Eastern District of Virginia unsealed a criminal case against him alleging he conspired with Manning to commit computer intrusion.The Justice Department said Assange was arrested under an extradition treaty between the United States and Britain.The US government alleges that Assange tried to help Manning gain access to a government computer as part of a 2010 leak by WikiLeaks of hundreds of thousands of US military reports about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and American diplomatic communications.It is not clear if the alleged collaboration between Manning and Assange led to a successful intrusion into any US government computer.Assange plans to fight the US extradition request. Such cases, when challenged, can take years before they are resolved.Manning was convicted by court-martial in 2013 of espionage and other offenses for furnishing more than 700,000 documents, videos, diplomatic cables and battlefield accounts to WikiLeaks while she was an intelligence analyst in Iraq.Former US president Barack Obama, in his final days in office, commuted the final 28 years of Manning’s 35-year sentence.Manning has tried to fight the grand jury subpoena in the Assange case, citing her First, Fourth and Sixth Amendment rights under the Constitution.Manning’s lawyer, Moira Meltzer-Cohen, suggested prosecutors were abusing “grand jury power,” and that “the likely purpose of her subpoena is to help the prosecutor preview and undermine her potential testimony as a defence witness for a pending trial.”Her lawyers have also argued that the courtroom was improperly sealed during substantial portions of the hearing.But a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit did not agree with those claims.”The court finds no error in the district court’s rulings and affirms its finding of civil contempt,” they wrote.last_img read more

Smollet Siblings Whip Up Family Recipes for the Holiday

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comSmollet siblings, Jazz and Jake, sister and brother to actors Jussie Smollett and Jurnee Smollett-Bell, are bringing family traditions and delicious eats to audiences through the TV ONE special, “Living By Design Holiday Special.”Jazz and Jake in a screen grab for the new show, “Living By Design Holiday Special.”The two will offer special holiday recipes, cocktails and will be welcoming celebrity guest, Grammy-nominated singer, Ledisi, to enjoy in the meal and holiday fun. To add to the design element of the show, Jazz will be sharing holiday ideas for setting the table, DIY serving trays and other ideas about entertaining from scratch.“Whether you’re looking for new dishes, or suggestions for adding some pop to your holiday part, Jake and Jazz have you covered,” according to a press release from TV ONE.Produced by Powerhouse Productions with co-owners and Executive Producers Rochelle Brown and Sonia Armstead, “Living By Design Holiday Special,” premiers Dec. 9 at 7 p.m.Viewers can use the hashtag, #LivingByDesign, when doing social media.last_img read more

Geek deals roundup Discounts on UHDTVs Batman The Killing Joke Blura

first_img60-inch Vizio SmartCast UHDTV for $799.99 with $300 Dell gift card (List price: $969.99)With a UHD resolution of 3840×2160, a 120Hz refresh rate, full array LED backlighting, a handy smartphone/tablet controller app, four HDMI ports, a component input, and a bonus $300 eGift card, this 4K UHDTV is a fantastic value.Pre-order Batman: The Killing Joke Blu-ray for only $16.99If you’re a Batman fan, you’ll want to own this animated interpretation of the classic comic story. Not only can you save 32% off the sticker price, but it’s Prime eligible as well. Street Fighter V collector’s edition for $46.45Street Fighter V has definitely run into some issues this year, but the core fighting has been generally well received. If you’re in need of a fighting game fix now that EVO is over, now’s your chance to grab the collector’s edition on Amazon at a 53% discountAmazon daily deal: Save on camping knives and machetesIf you do a lot of camping and hiking, having a knife around can really come in handy. Small, medium, and large blades (up to 18 inches) are on sale for today only, so the outdoor enthusiasts among us should act fast.100-pack of velcro reusable self-gripping cable ties for $6.32 (Add-on item)Do you have a nest of cables behind your TV? What about all of those USB devices plugged in willy-nilly to your PC? If you’re in desperate need of some cable management, these cheap velcro ties will be a big step in the right direction. Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at more great deals head over to TechBargains.last_img read more