15 Oct

AN OPEN LETTER TO ACTORS OF COLOR FROM AN ACTOR OF COLOR

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement But being an actor of color has by no way hindered my success in the commercial, theatre, film and television industries. Quite the opposite – it has propelled it.Though my acting career has been brief in comparison to some of my peers, I have been able to monetize my creativity and make acting a sustainable way of living. In the past year alone I have booked 4 Feature Films, 3 TV Pilots, 3 Web Series, 2 Professional Theatre contracts, and so many commercials I’ve lost count.This is not to “toot my own horn” by any means – but I am a busy working actor. My agent…she’s happy. It’s something every actress & actor strives for, and I don’t fully agree with the sentiments of some of my peers that the industry consistently conspires against us.Numerous times I’ve seen in social media groups, some of which are geared towards providing casting notices specifically to actresses & actors of color, people complaining about the lack of breakdowns for performers of color or specificity therein. I’ve seen the latest statistics on representation on screen and I understand that certain things do still have to catch up in terms of on screen representation in relation to proportion of the population (which I think is the fairest measure). But in fact when you read the reports, the trends are looking favorable for this, and in some cases representation meets or exceeds that of the proportion of population (more so when the total cast is taken as a whole and in television – leads still seem to be disproportionately white by the reports I’ve read that take the US population in account).Now I’m not here to argue the intricate details of that at the moment, though I understand that’s often that’s were the devil resides. It’s definitely a conversation we must have. What I’m suggesting is that we are moving past the tipping point of change in the industry in terms of opportunity, and that this is a great time for us actors & actresses of color. So let’s move forward with a more nuanced narrative that acknowledges this.I have never seen so many stars of varying ethnic backgrounds. From Dwayne Johnson to Danai Gurira, you only need to turn on your television and open your eyes to see the plethora of different people. Audiences want to see diverse casts and change has happened and continues to do so. This is the entertainment business after all – emphasis on business – and you don’t think that great financial successes like Black Panther have had an impact on casting considerations? Or that even older successes like Rush Hour didn’t catch attention? You really don’t think that those executives haven’t taken a long, hard look at demographic proportions and projections domestically and worldwide, and factored in the marketing benefits of having a diverse cast? Who their audience is and will be? Audiences are diverse and ultimately pay the bills of those who produce content. It only makes sense from a business standpoint.It doesn’t seem to me that there exists a “racist conspiracy” that intends to keep us down. If the system was so inherently oppressive, how else would a person such as myself be able to be thriving in what is arguably the most competitive market in the world? In addition, I’ve performed in (paid) productions that have covered stories based internationally from Afghanistan to St Lucia. Sure, call me an Uncle Tom if you like – but in my experience thus far, I have overwhelmingly received support in my career.CD’s from Mann, to Jules, Powerhouse, Jigsaw, Larissa Mair Casting, The Casting Group, Brunch Store and numerous independent and major production companies (just to name a few) – have all brought me in. And multiple times at that. I’ve competed for roles against white counterparts and I’ve gotten them. These decision makers are behind us, they pitch us to their clients and they fight for us.To them I have nothing to give but thanks – and I don’t think that we do that enough.The fact is is that success is now based more on personal merit and strategy then I think some would like to admit, and for performers of color it’s been bolstered by the increased marketability of diversity. The industry at large is not void of its fair share of superficiality and “looks” matter too of course, but our “look” is in demand and growing.Every single up and coming performer of color I’ve been following or worked with – works hard. Myself included. And every up and coming white performer I’ve seen that continues to remain viable – works hard. So what’s the common denominator? Work Hard. Be persistent. Embody change through your own excellency. It really does pay off with the application of gumption and strategic decision making.For us performers of color, the odds are becoming increasingly stacked in our favor. In my opinion, it’s easy to play the blame game rather than strap on your boots and hit the pavement. We didn’t choose an easy industry, it’s a difficult one all things considered. And when you insightfully take into account the totality of your experiences in this acting game and the opportunities that present themselves – the work is there for the taking.Besides, isn’t that what we want to be known for?by TARICK GLANCYCLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT OUR INTERVIEW WITH TARICK GLANCYFOLLOW TARICK ON SOCIAL MEDIA & WEBSITE:Facebook: https://facebook.com/tarick.glancyTwitter: https://www.twitter.com/thisbepuddyInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/thisbepuddyWebsite: : https://www.tarickglancy.com/IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8401430/ I am an actor of color.Well, partially if you want to get technical. My father is Canadian (pretty much as white as they can get) and my mom was born in Guyana. According to industry terms that all actors, directors and producers will be familiar with, the best way to describe my look is “ethnically ambiguous”. In daily life I am seen as “ethnic” of various sorts, or mixed – which I am.In fact what “seems to be” versus “what is” can be applied to my chosen career field to greater and greater degrees. Twitterlast_img read more

15 Oct

CALGARYS GLOBAL NEWS AT NOON NAMES BINDU SURI AS NEW ANCHOR

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter After an illustrious 40-year career in broadcasting, Tony Tighe anchors his final Global News at Noonbroadcast on Thursday, August 2. Tony has become the city’s greatest advocate of righting consumer wrongs, earning many accolades for his investigations and feature reporting, including being honoured with the Radio Television Digital News Association’s (RTDNA) Lifetime Achievement Award.  “Tony Tighe’s stellar reporting and support for community organizations have changed our city for the better,” said Chris Bassett, News Director for Global Calgary. “No one can cut to the heart of a story like Tony and we have been honoured to work with him for so many years.”Join Global Calgary in celebrating Tony Tighe’s career on Thursday, August 2, starting with The Morning News with Gord Gillies and Sue Deyell on Global News Radio 770 CHQR. In addition to anchoring his final broadcast of Global News at Noon, Tony will join the Global News Hour at 6 team to look back on some of his career highlights.Global Calgary has served the community for more than 60 years and was recently awarded the Kaleidoscope Award for Diversity and Canada’s Best TV Newscast (Large Market) by RTDNA. For more information about Global Calgary, visit Globalnews.ca.* Source: Numeris PPM Data, SP’18 (Jan1-May27/18), A25-54 rtg%, ranker based on 3+ airings, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment CALGARY, Canada – Global Calgary is expanding its focus on consumer and business stories as it bids farewell to the city’s most accomplished consumer reporter. Tony Tighe is retiring after spending more than four decades at the forefront of journalism in Calgary.  At the same time, the network is pleased to announce the appointment of Bindu Suri as anchor of Global News at Noon, and Tomasia DaSilva takes on the expanded role of Consumer and Business Reporter for Calgary’s number one news destination.*Global Calgary’s Bindu Suri moves from her role as weekend co-anchor of Global News Morning to lead the continued success of Calgary’s top noon-hour newscast as anchor of Global News at Noon. Bindu has built a robust audience as weekend anchor and brings a strong profile in the community to the News at Noon.Assuming the consumer reporting beat is Global Calgary’s Business Reporter, Tomasia DaSilva. Tomasia’s role expands from her ongoing “Minding Your Business” segment on Global News Hour at 6 to a new brand that will focus on consumer, money, and business stories that impact Calgarians. Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

12 Oct

Cong will win all 25 LS seats in Rajasthan Pilot

first_imgJaipur: Rajasthan Congress president Sachin Pilot on Saturday said the BJP had failed to tell people during the Lok Sabha election what had it done for them in the last five years and exuded confidence that his party would sweep the state by winning all the 25 Lok Sabha seats in the ongoing polls. “Poll campaigns should be run on the issues of governance, investment etc. The Congress carried out a positive election campaign, unlike the BJP, which did not show its report card. No leader of the BJP is ready to talk about jobs, which is the core issue,” the Rajasthan deputy chief minister told reporters at the party office here. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh “There is a wave in favour of the Congress and we are going to accomplish our target of ‘Mission 25′ (winning all the 25 Lok Sabha seats in Rajasthan),” he added. The former Union minister said jobs and farmers’ problems were the core issues in the Lok Sabha polls, while alleging that BJP leaders were not taking about these issues and misleading people. Pilot said there was a new low in politics and the vocabulary used by politicians during the campaign, which was a cause of concern. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad “Those occupying top positions in the government are setting negative examples for the new generation,” he said. The deputy chief minister also claimed that the number of people working under MGNREGA in Rajasthan had increased from nine lakh in December last year, when the Congress government took over the reins of the state from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), to 31 lakh now. Polling for 12 Lok Sabha seats in Rajasthan will be held on May 6. Thirteen seats in the state had gone to the polls on April 29 and the results will be announced on May 23. In the 2014 parliamentary polls, the BJP had swept the state by bagging all the 25 seats.last_img read more

6 Oct

WHO concerned about respiratory disease cases in Hong Kong housing complex

The World Health Organization (WHO) said concern mounted this weekend about a possible outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in the large housing estate of 10 35-storey blocks, which has some 15,000 residents. Of the 45 new SARS cases hospitalized on Saturday, 28 were all residents of the estate. The next day, 36 of the 60 new patients admitted with probable SARS were also from the same residential complex.The health agency said most of those affected were in vertically arranged apartments in a single block, suggesting that SARS in Hong Kong may be spreading according to a different pattern – still involving close person-to-person contact with bodily secretions. Epidemiologists are considering the possibility that these secretions containing the causative virus might somehow enter common systems linking rooms or flats.A total 213 residents of Amoy Garden in Kowloon District have been admitted into hospital with suspected SARS, according to the Hong Kong Department of Health. Of these, 107 patients resided in Block E, which is now under isolation and residents have been instructed to remain in their flats until midnight on 9 April.Hong Kong health officials said they have taken environmental samples from Block E and investigations are under way to determine a possible explanation for this apparent vertical spread. The results will also help determine the source of infection in and the mechanisms by which the pathogen has spread.Local epidemiologists have identified a possible “index” case in the Amoy Garden outbreak: a man, now hospitalized in Prince of Wales Hospital, who visited his brother in Block E several times.As of today, a total of 1,800 cases in 17 countries resulting in 62 deaths have been reported. read more

4 Oct

CEO iHeartRadio revenue hundreds of millions of dollars annually

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CEO: iHeartRadio revenue ‘hundreds of millions’ of dollars annually by Ryan Nakashima, The Associated Press Posted Jun 17, 2014 7:03 am MDT LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman says online streaming service iHeartRadio makes “hundreds of millions” of dollars in annual revenue, putting it in the range of Internet radio leader Pandora.Pittman revealed the figure in an interview about the service reaching a milestone of 50 million registered users and 97 million visitors in May. Clear Channel Communications Inc., iHeartRadio’s parent company, was taken private in 2008. It reports its financial results because of public debt, but has never broken out the financial health of its digital streams.According to its year-end regulatory filing in February, iHeartRadio averaged 143 million hours of listening per month last year, up 29 per cent from a year earlier. Pandora Media Inc., which posted $638 million in revenue last year, had 1.73 billion listener hours in May.“We’re in the hundreds of millions, not billions,” Pittman said. “IHeartRadio would be a very valuable company on its own. In the grand scheme of things, it’s an extension of the other businesses we’re in.”Its usage growth is frequently cited in filings as contributing to Clear Channel’s revenue, helping offset a decline in political ad revenue. Last year, Clear Channel’s revenue was unchanged at $6.24 billion.IHeartRadio provides digital feeds of some of Clear Channel’s 835 radio stations across the U.S. to computers, Internet-connected cars and mobile devices. It also allows users to create randomly generated playlists on their own based on an artist, song or mood. Streams are free with ads.Clear Channel has also put on concerts and awards shows with music’s biggest acts under the iHeart brand.In September, Clear Channel reached a deal with major recording label Warner Music Group Corp. to share ad revenue from traditional radio stations for the first time with artists in order to secure lower royalties on the digital side. As part of the deal, Clear Channel also promised to promote those artists more regularly. It was the largest of several deals following similar agreements with artists and independent labels such as Taylor Swift’s Big Machine Label Group in 2012.Pittman said there’s no pressure to cut more such deals and noted that they currently create more expenses than benefits.“We’re investing a lot of money because we believe it’s the right way to build the future,” he said. “I think we’ll get a payoff on it one day and we’ll build a digital marketplace in which everybody wins.” read more

2 Oct

Haiti Security Council visit sheds important light on situation as elections loom

Ambassador Samantha Power, Permanent Representative of the United States, said the visit, which Council members carried out from 23 to 25 January, included meetings with political leaders, civil society and United Nations representatives, and had shed important light on the situation as the country headed towards elections.“Checks and balances are key,” Ms. Power said, as she described how encouraged she was by President Michel Martelly’s efforts in leading a multi-party Government and noted that Council members had been impressed by the newly-formed provisional electoral council’s commitment to independence.She said she remained concerned about the loss of the check on presidential power and called on all sides to redouble their efforts for constructive dialogue with an aim to ensure free and fair elections. Ambassador Cristián Barros Melet, Permanent Representative of Chile, which holds the Council presidency for January, echoed Ms. Powers’ views on the contribution made by the UN stabilization mission (MINUSTAH) through its various projects to the prospect of a brighter future for Haitians.He said the “fundamental goal” of the Council’s trip was to underscore the importance of an inclusive atmosphere for stability and to promote the prevention of conflict. Council members urged the various actors to work together to hold legislative elections that were free, fair, inclusive, transparent and in the interests of the people of Haiti.Members also had the chance to assess initiatives undertaken to strengthen the national police of Haiti and to promote more responsibility in the State and national authorities. They had recognised progress achieved while also stressing that it remains one of main areas where challenges remain, with particular significance as elections approach.The visit to a women’s prison in Pétionville showed Council members how clear the need for progress in guaranteeing the rule of law, including access to justice, was for Haitians, Mr. Barros Melet said, noting that the trip had also given members a chance to evaluate the implementation of resolution 2180 (2014).Both briefers discussed the visit to the country’s national memorial for all those who lost their lives during the 2010 earthquake, with Ms. Powers noting how moving the tribute – “a large piece of rubble which stands as a stark symbol of all that was destroyed” – was, and Mr. Barros Melet stressing how the Haitian people had shown resilience in the five years since the devastation of the earthquake. read more

2 Oct

Brock launches 2014 Family Fundraising Campaign for faculty and staff

The following University-wide statement was issued Thursday, Sept. 25 by Brock University President Jack Lightstone: This past weekend was a time of celebration, reflection, and fun as we came together to commemorate Homecoming and Brock University’s monumental milestone of 50 years.Brock is a community of people who contribute daily to the legacy of the institution, and this weekend provided an opportunity to give thanks to the many community members who have advocated for, donated to, and built our University. The past 50 years have been a period of tremendous growth and success for Brock University, and now we look ahead to the next 50 years.Today I want to ask our faculty and staff to assist us in building for the next half century by offering your support to our Family Fundraising Campaign.The Brock University community is created by you and your commitment and dedication. Our faculty and staff work to make a better Brock University and to help our students prepare for the future.But you also see first-hand the challenges facing our students and the greatest needs of our University. Your financial contribution provides us with the opportunity to enhance the quality of education our university delivers.So I am asking that you consider giving a gift to your home institution, to Brock, where you dedicate so much of yourselves, to make it better.If you are a full-time employee you are able to direct your financial support to the programs and initiatives that are most important to you through online payroll deduction.Simply sign into the employee portal (login required) through this link: https://my.brocku.ca/BrockDB/pay_EmpDeductionCampaign.aspxYou will be directed to the “Brock Campaign” payroll deduction form.Part-time employees can donate through our online giving tool:https://brocku.ca/onlinedonations/donate.php?giving=BNBPTStaffIf you need any additional assistance, contact George Yang at x4348.John Suk, Chair of Brock University’s Board of Trustees, has asked board members for 100% participation in this campaign, and I would like our faculty and staff to strive to reach the same goal.Regardless of the size of the gift, every contribution will help. To the faculty and staff that are already supporting Brock University, I thank you for your continued support and dedication.I look forward to updating you on our progress and success. I thank you for your contribution, hard work and your continued dedication to providing students with an outstanding educational experience. read more

30 Sep

World Cup Advancement Scenarios For Groups E And F

As the eight World Cup teams in Groups E and F take the field Wednesday in Brazil, some things are not in much doubt. Argentina has clinched advancement in Group F. France has not technically clinched advancement in Group E, but its goal differential is so strong that it has advanced for all intents and purposes.Switzerland and Ecuador have a lot on the line, however. So does Nigeria, which is favored to advance but could fail to do so if it loses to Argentina and Iran beats Bosnia and Herzegovina. There’s even a possibility that FIFA could have to draw lots to determine whether Nigeria or Iran moves on. Let’s focus on Nigeria’s Group F first, which will kick off its final games Wednesday at noon Eastern time:Most scenarios in Group F are simple. Argentina will advance in first place if it beats or draws Nigeria, or as the second-place team behind Nigeria if it loses to it.Nigeria is an 88 percent favorite to advance in some capacity, according to the FiveThirtyEight forecast. The only way it could fail to do so is the case I mentioned: if it loses to Argentina while Iran beats Bosnia. That scenario could get messy.Say that Iran beats Bosnia 2-1 while Nigeria loses to Argentina by the same 2-1 scoreline. Both teams will have one win, one draw and one loss. Both will have two goals scored and two goals allowed. FIFA’s next tiebreaker is head-to-head results, but Nigeria and Iran drew their match. That means FIFA would be out of tiebreakers and forced to draw lots to determine who advances.Mind you, this situation is unlikely. Iran is probably a weaker team than Bosnia and has only a 21 percent chance of beating the World Cup newcomer. Also, anything but the same scoreline in the two Group F matches would give FIFA some other way to resolve the tie. For example, if Iran won 2-0 and Nigeria lost 1-0, Iran would have the better goal differential and would advance. If Iran won 1-0 and Nigeria lost 2-1, the teams would be tied on goal differential but Nigeria would advance on the basis of goals scored. The chance that FIFA will have to draw lots is only 0.6 percent, according to our match predictor.An even bigger longshot than that scenario is if France failed to advance from Group E. Let’s look at the situation there:The FiveThirtyEight forecast lists each team’s advancement probability to the first decimal point and describes France’s chances at 100.0 percent; if we added a decimal place, they’d be 99.98 percent instead. The only way this extraordinarily unlikely scenario could come into play is as follows: France loses to Ecuador. Switzerland beats Honduras. Then France, Switzerland and Ecuador are tied atop Group E with six points each.This scenario is not all that unlikely: There’s a 10 percent chance that both Switzerland and Ecuador will win their matches. But France would also have to finish last among the three teams in the goal-differential tiebreaker. There’s almost no chance that will happen; France’s goal differential is +6 so far, while Ecuador’s is even and Switzerland’s is -2.But Switzerland and Ecuador’s advancement prospects are more complicated. Switzerland is guaranteed to advance if:It beats Honduras and Ecuador draws or loses.It draws Honduras and Ecuador loses.Ecuador is guaranteed to advance if:It beats France and Switzerland draws or loses.It draws France and Switzerland loses.Both matches in Group E are draws.Other cases, like the one where Ecuador and Switzerland both win, will go down to a tiebreaker.There’s even an outside chance (about 2 percent) for a three-way tie, in which Honduras could advance. That would require both Honduras and France to win — in which case Honduras, Ecuador and Switzerland would be tied for second with three points each. Honduras would then need to win on the tiebreaker. That would probably require them to beat Switzerland by at least two goals while Ecuador takes a multi-goal loss to France.CORRECTION (June 25, 9:39 a.m.): An earlier version of this post incorrectly described the scenario of Iran beating Bosnia 2-1 and Nigeria losing to Argentina by the same 2-1 scoreline. read more

30 Sep

Team USA Men Have RecordBreaking Break Out

The 1996 Dream Team might be the best basketball team ever put together, but Team USA in the London Olympics achieved something no other team has ever done.With the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony leading the way, the Americans set Olympic records in a 156-73 explosion against Nigeria.It was a phenomenal shooting display, to say the least. How phenomenal? Let us count the ways:The U.S. scored a record 78 points by halftime. 100 points was on the board with still five minutes remaining in the third quarter.Anthony eclipsed the Team USA single-game scoring record with 37 points in less than three quarters. He made 10 of 12 three-pointers.The 26 made 3s were an Olympic record.The Americans set a established a new record for field goals with 59The 71 per cent shooting percentage was a record.The 83-point margin of victory was a new“Our guys just couldn’t miss,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said.The U.S. stopped running fast breaks after halftime in an attempt to not embarrass its opponent. Didn’t matter.“When we get hot, it’s a big problem,” Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers said. “So you have all these guys on one team and then all get hot on the same night, it’s tough.”Bryant had 14 of his 16 points in the first quarter. Russel Westbrook had 21 points, Kevin Love, 15 and Kevin Durant 14.“It’s a great accomplishment to get that record,” said Anthony, who broke Stephon Marbury’s scoring mark of 31 against Spain in 2004. “We did it in a very highly classy way. We went out there and we played basketball. We made shots. We make shots like that and play the way we played tonight, that record could have come on any team.” read more

21 Sep

LG turns its massive 219 monitor into a beastly 29inch allinone

first_imgWhen is a monitor not a monitor? When LG slaps PC guts in it and turns it into one of the biggest all-in-one desktops you’ve ever seen.The 29-inch 21:9 display gives you plenty of room for running two apps side-by-side, and the system’s definitely got the horsepower to do it. LG has opted for a fourth-gen Intel Core i5 processor and it has been teamed up with Nvidia GeForce 640M graphics.While the 21:9 all-in-one is no longer just a monitor, it’s also not just a PC. LG has built in a TV tuner and picture-in-picture capabilities. There’s no reason you should have to devote the full 29 inches to computing tasks, after all.As good as the LG all-in-one is, it’s sadly not packing enough in the GPU department for you to be able to stream PC games from it to your Nvidia Shield. But hey, it’s still got more than 2.7 million pixels at its disposal — and should at least offer a nice desktop gaming experience without the bulk of a standalone tower.So how much is this bad boy going to sell for? The EA93 monitor sells for $630. With the extra PC hardware, a mouse, and a keyboard rolled in, it’s reportedly going to retail for around £1,000. That’s about $1,500 at today’s exchange, but the conversion is never that simple.Still, if LG offers this thing up anywhere near that price it’ll be a very attractive PC option. For $500 less than a 27-inch iMac you’d be getting both a massive all-in-one PC and a 29-inch cinema widescreen TV (with two HDMI inputs).Now then, LG, when exactly are you going to start selling this thing?last_img read more

21 Sep

Tourist bodies dont want us to be seen as a leprechaun country

first_img Sunday 4 Dec 2016, 10:30 AM By Tom O’Rahilly Short URL Share Tweet Email1 326 Views ‘Tourist bodies don’t want us to be seen as a leprechaun country. I found that interesting’ After a decade making furniture, this designer found his next calling was opening a museum. BEFORE I OPENED the National Leprechaun Museum, I had been running a design business for around 10 years.We did a lot of manufacturing and then moved into high-end fit-outs for private commercial clients and also exhibited at a lot of expos in Europe.At one of the shows we made a bar and it ended up being a rather late night. In the morning I woke up and a thought just popped into my head: “Why are there leprechauns in Ireland and why has nobody else tapped into that?” That’s the way the whole thing got going.I guess, like some people say, you fall in love with a problem – and for me it was about trying to find out why leprechauns are associated with Ireland.At the time, there was a big resistance to leprechauns. People don’t like talking about them and tourist bodies don’t want Ireland to be seen as a leprechaun country. I found that really interesting.If you looked at a map of Europe and they were doing identities for each country, you would have the Eiffel Tower for France, maybe some beer in Germany and specific characters for other nations. Certainly for Ireland, it would probably be represented by a leprechaun or maybe a shamrock or a pint.I just thought we should take ownership of it and not run away from it. I think the leprechaun is a really easy way into folklore mythology and that’s what struck me because it was a story to tell. Source: National Leprechaun MuseumFirst ideaI had the idea first in 2003, but it wasn’t something where you go, “that’s interesting”, and then put it back on the shelf to leave there. It was always in the back of my mind.Around 2007, I started to properly lay out how I would approach the idea to turn it into a business. It became a process of saying to myself how many hours a week I was going to devote to this idea and setting out some targets for myself to get to understand it.I started off by giving half a day a week to it for three months and after that period I sat back to see where that got me. Once I started dedicating time to the project, it started to accelerate pretty quickly. After the first three months I could see that the idea had legs.I found the location for the museum in a very old-fashioned and uncomplicated way – walking the streets of Dublin.We picked the place on Jervis Street because it was close to the city centre and had a good footfall, but at the same time there wasn’t a whole lot going on in the area.If I did it again, the south side of the city would probably have been a better option since it has a more natural footfall of tourists. In this kind of business, 50m and 500m can be life or death – if you’re in the right place it can make a huge difference.You can pick any main street in Dublin, like Grafton Street for instance, turn a corner and the rents drop quite significantly, and there’s a very good reason for that – the footfall drops off.Fitting the place outIt all moved along quite quickly. We manufactured about 80% of what is in the museum in factories around Europe, shipped it into Ireland every Sunday morning at 4am and opened up seven weeks after signing the lease.The hype was really good at the beginning because we kept our powder dry right up until two weeks before launch – we didn’t say to anyone else what we were doing.It took off very quickly and got some really good coverage, including a double-page spread in the Guardian, a feature in Time Out magazine and a lot of interest from national media in Ireland. Dec 4th 2016, 10:30 AM 18 Comments center_img Director, National Leprechaun Museum Get the top business news from Fora delivered to your inbox: http://jrnl.ie/3115761 Take me to Fora Tom O’Rahilly Source: National Leprechaun MuseumIn Ireland, most of what happens here is spread by word of mouth – without a doubt someone tells somebody else that this is what they should be interested in. For all the advertising and other ways of spreading the word, it really comes down to if someone’s engaged enough to tell someone else what they experienced.So the business opened with a bang, but about a month after we launched, a volcano explosion in Iceland put a bit of a spanner in the works.It certainly affected us since it had a big effect on the numbers of tourists coming to Ireland. The museum was empty for a few weeks. It was really significant for us and many other businesses in Ireland.A lot of businesses are a leap of faith. You have a good idea, you think it’s worth doing and say, “let’s go for it”, but you can be never guaranteed it is going to work.Twice a night every night for about a year I would think that the business wasn’t going to pan out – and when a volcano disrupts your business at a vital early stage, you begin to wonder a bit more.Ups and downsThere have been quite a few highs and some of the ones from the early days of the business stick with me most.I remember one day seeing a queue out the door, and of course when you see that it pops into your head that this might be working. It’s a nice feeling that people want to come and see what you imagined.Also, since the start, there have been some people who tend to come in a bit skeptical, so when I can see them come out thinking it was very good at the end, that for me is a big thumbs up. Source: National Leprechaun MuseumLooking back, there’s nothing I would do differently. Blind optimism and naivety is an underrated resource in entrepreneurship.From my design business, I learned how to fail early and to understand what is and isn’t working, then either pulling the plug or fix it straight away.One example that comes to mind is the information we had printed up in the museum. We looked at it, made a quick call that it simply wasn’t working and we trained the staff to explain it instead.Ambitions for the companyDuring this year we have made some changes. We were approaching capacity during some stages, so we adjusted the pricing and dialled down the number on each tour in order to get people more engaged with their visit. I don’t want to cram people in the door if they’re not going to enjoy it.We’re also keeping abreast of new technologies. The way I see it, virtual reality is going to feature really strongly in our experiences in the next few years. We’ve been keeping an eye on how that technology has been developing and we’re working out right now how to make it a feature in the museum.I think it will change the way people experience the stories we’re trying to tell. We saw video game arcades disappear when home consoles came along, so it’s important for us to understand what VR is going to mean for our business.In my mind, VR is both a threat and an opportunity. To be honest I see it as more of an opportunity, but still, the group experience is much stronger and there is nothing out there right now that will allow for a group experience in VR.I think it will help people to value the effort of turning up somewhere, like our museum, for an experience. It will be the same for retail. People who come along to the museum will want a more engaged experience and that’s what we aim to deliver.Tom O’Rahilly is the ‎director of the National Leprechaun Museum. This article was written in conversation with Killian Woods as part of a series on unlikely entrepreneurs, and originally posted on Fora.ieIf you want to share your opinion, advice or story, email opinion@fora.ie. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

21 Sep

Firefighters in Dublin have voted to go as far as striking

first_img Short URL 13,368 Views By Paul Hosford Share Tweet Email Feb 17th 2017, 1:52 PM 61 Comments DUBLIN FIRE BRIGADE members have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action.The workers were balloted on the action over the last month, with 81% of the roughly 800 members voting.In total, 93% of those balloted voted in favour of the strike, with 97% in favour of some form of industrial action.The issue revolves around what members feel is a lack of ambulance resources.A letter sent to Siptu members last month seen by TheJournal.ie, refers to a recent Hiqa review that requested Dublin City Council (DCC) “urgently identify and implement measures to address ambulance capacity issues in Dublin”.The letter described the decision to ballot members on industrial action as “regrettable” but “the only option available”.SIPTU Sector Organiser, Brendan O’Brien, said: “Our members have given an emphatic mandate to the SIPTU DFB Strike Committee to take whatever industrial measures are required to resist the attempts to break-up the Emergency Medical Service.”Read: Dublin Fire Brigade to be balloted on strike action Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: RollingNews.ie Image: RollingNews.ie Firefighters in Dublin have voted to go as far as striking The issue revolves around what members feel is a lack of ambulance resources. https://jrnl.ie/3245008 Friday 17 Feb 2017, 1:52 PMlast_img read more

20 Sep

La paternité réduirait les risques de maladie cardiaque

first_imgLa paternité réduirait les risques de maladie cardiaqueUne étude américaine publiée lundi a montré que les pères ont moins de risques de mourir d’une maladie liée au cœur que les hommes n’ayant pas eu d’enfant. Si des chercheurs ont récemment découvert que la paternité agissait sur les niveaux de testostérone, c’est une toute autre conséquence que vient de révéler une étude américaine. Selon ses résultats, les pères seraient moins exposés aux troubles cardiaques que les hommes sans enfant. Après le mariage, le fait d’être entouré d’amis et même d’avoir un animal domestique, c’est donc au tour de la paternité d’agir sur le coeur des hommes. Du moins si l’on en croit ces travaux réalisés conjointement par l’Association américaine des retraités (AARP), le gouvernement fédéral américain et plusieurs universités. Ainsi, les scientifiques ont souligné qu’il est nécessaire d’avoir plutôt de bons gènes pour avoir un enfant : la stérilité pouvant être liée à une faiblesse génétique qui est justement susceptible d’avoir des conséquences sur l’état du cœur. “Il y a de plus en plus de preuves montrant que l’infertilité masculine est une fenêtre sur la santé future d’un homme”, explique le Dr Michael Eisenberg, urologue à l’université de Stanford et spécialiste des questions de stérilité, qui a dirigé l’étude. “Cela nous dit peut-être qu’il y a quelque chose d’autre dans leur impossibilité à avoir des enfants”.17% de risque en moins de maladies cardiaquesL’étude, publiée lundi sur le site Internet de la revue Human Reproduction est la plus importante jamais menée sur la fertilité et la mortalité masculine et a démarré par l’examen des dossiers de plus de 500.000 membres de l’AARP. Tous âgés de plus de 50 ans, ceux-ci ont répondu à des enquêtes depuis les années 1990 pour un projet de recherche à long terme de l’Institut national du cancer. Les chercheurs ont donc profité de ces enquêtes pour sélectionner leurs participants : au total, près de 138.000 hommes ont été choisis. Ils ont exclu les sujets qui ne s’étaient jamais mariés, pour se concentrer sur ceux qui avaient le plus de chances de vouloir des enfants et d’en avoir. De même, ceux qui étaient atteints d’un cancer ou d’une maladie cardiaque ont aussi été écartés, afin de ne conserver que les candidats en bonne santé au début de l’enquête. Néanmoins, de nombreux facteurs tels que le stress, peuvent avoir une influence sur la santé et la décision d’avoir ou non des enfants. De ce fait, les chercheurs reconnaissent qu’ils n’ont pas pu mesurer tous les facteurs en question mais qu’ils ont fait en sorte que l’étude soit la plus objective possible. Au final, les résultats montrent que sur les 137.903 hommes, 92% étaient devenus pères et la moitié d’entre eux avait trois enfants, voire plus. Après une dizaine d’années de suivi en moyenne, environ 10% étaient morts. Les chercheurs ont ainsi calculé le taux de mortalité selon le nombre d’enfants et ont ajusté les résultats, en prenant en compte d’autres paramètres comme, entre autres le tabagisme, le poids, l’âge, et les revenus. Mais aucune différence n’a été constatée dans les taux de mortalité des hommes avec ou sans enfant. Par contre, les chercheurs ont observé que les pères avaient 17% de risques en moins de succomber à une maladie cardiovasculaire par rapport aux hommes sans enfant.Des résultats à préciserÀ lire aussiInfarctus : définition, signes et symptômes, causes, comment réagir face à un infarctus ?Toutefois, les chercheurs ignorent combien d’hommes n’avaient pas d’enfant par choix ou parce qu’ils n’avaient pas pu en avoir. Qui plus est, ils ne savent pas non plus si leurs compagnes avaient un problème de stérilité pouvant expliquer l’absence d’enfant. Enfin, ils ne possédaient pas d’information sur la présence ou non de cholestérol ou de tension artérielle chez les sujets, des facteurs de risques importants si l’on considère les maladies cardiovasculaires. Malgré ce manque d’informations, d’éminents cardiologues ont tenu à saluer le large échantillon de l’étude, ainsi que les mesures prises par les chercheurs pour ajuster leurs résultats. “Je pense que nous tenons là quelque chose” et les sciences sociales vont dans le même sens, souligne le Dr Eric Topol, cardiologue et généticien en Californie. “Que ce soit avec un animal, une épouse, ou par interaction sociale (…) toutes ces choses sont liées” à une meilleure espérance de vie, précise t-il encore, cité par AssociatedPress.”Il est biologiquement plausible qu’il y ait une connexion”, note également le Dr Daniel Rader, directeur de cardiologie préventive à l’université de Pennsylvanie. En revanche, selon lui, la réduction du risque de problèmes cardiaque attribuée au fait d’avoir des enfants “est plutôt modeste”. Le 2 octobre 2011 à 11:27 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

20 Sep

Brace Your Wallets for a 1000 iPhone 8

first_img One of my favorite tweets on Twitter dot com, a den of Nazis also beloved by cool socialists and wrestling fans for some reason, says something like “some people are just begging to have their wealth redistributed.” Well it might be time to add a new group of people to that list: iPhone 8 owners.A full reveal of Apple’s latest smartphone should be coming in just a few weeks, but a New York Times report is already claiming the phone will put the “luxury” back in “luxury device” thanks to its premium $1,000 price tag.One. Thousand. Dollars. That’s how much Apple is allegedly charging for their new flagship phone. That’s more than $300 more expensive than the priciest iPhone available now. That’s more expensive than most iPads. Unapologetically pricey. $100 for every year of the iPhone’s existence. It costs more than its weight in rose gold, which might not even be an available color anymore. Think of all the headphone jacks you could buy for $1,000 dollars. Think of all the wireless AirPods you could lose and replace!via Nodus and Gordon KellySo what will that cool grand get you this fall? As we’ve mentioned in previous reports, the iPhone 8 will probably exist alongside cheaper, tweaked versions of the iPhone 7 (as well as the only remaining good iPhone the iPhone SE). It will have a larger Samsung Galaxy S8-esque bezel-free screen with a virtual home button, improved security and augmented reality functionality through face-scanning cameras, and wireless charging.Another juicy rumor is that Apple is purposefully raising the iPhone 8’s starting price to an absurd prohibitively expensive level in order to lower initial sales and make supply chain management easier. Let all the important rich people buy their iPhones first before making it accessible to the cheapskate proles. It’s an interesting strategy, if true. It plays into the long-standing culture of Apple products as elite status symbols, and status symbols are always just reflections of wealth, so make that explicit. Now you and everyone else can immediately monetarily quantify your Apple fandom. Cool!We’ll know the truth about the iPhone 8 or whatever it’s really called (iPhone Plutocrat Edition) soon enough, probably on September 12. But man that’s a steep price for a phone. Four figures. $1,000.One thousand dollars.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week Stay on targetlast_img read more

17 Sep

Earth Day underwater Cleanup Tree planting

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Apr 2015 – Earth Day today but celebrations in the Turks and Caicos began since Saturday with an underwater clean up spearheaded by Beaches Resort and its Sandals Foundation. Today, the Department of Environment & Maritime Affairs (DEMA) in collaboration with the National Trust, Department of Youth Affairs and the FilCom Inc will have a tree planting with the students of Enid Capron Primary, at Five Cays Community Centre. That happens this morning at 9:30am. It’s the 45th year the planet celebrates Earth Day, with the theme: “It’s our turn to lead.” Climate Change blamed for seawater woes in Grand Turk Related Items:clean up, dema, earth day, enid capron, tree planting Emergency action in Grand Turk due to sea surges Hotels clean up four islands for Earth Day Recommended for youlast_img read more

17 Sep

Habitat for Humanity and Home Depot build affordable homes for El Cajon

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsHabitat for Humanity says their mission is to bring people together by building homes, communities and hope.On Wednesday, that mission became possible through a partnership with the Home Depot.KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries was LIVE with the story. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Ginger Jeffries Posted: June 13, 2018 Ginger Jeffries, Habitat for Humanity and Home Depot build affordable homes for El Cajon families June 13, 2018last_img read more

15 Sep

Jack and Jill Childrens Center to serve over 200 lower income Broward

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – An elementary school set to educate hundreds of children has broken ground.The Jack and Jill Children’s Center celebrated the start of construction of the Madelaine Halmos Academy, Thursday.The new school will be an expansion of the Early Education Center and will add kindergarten through fifth grade.“The Case family has been involved in Jack and Jill Center for many years, and we are so excited to now have an elementary school taking you all the way to fifth grade,” said Raquel Case of the Rick Case Automotive Group. “That is now coming to Broward County and allowing these children from babies all the way to finish out their elementary school here.”The school will serve over 220 children from lower-income families.WSVN is pleased to be a supporter and sponsor of the Jack and Jill Center.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

1 Sep

An Artist and…a Healer

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, syoes@afro.comHow women of Color move through this world can be a precarious odyssey; they are often forced to navigate paths where they are not loved.For them, self-love is a powerful elixir.“Banera de Flora” was a one-woman installation at The Walters Art Museum by multidimensional artist Nicoletta Darita de la Brown. (Photo credit: Victor Rei Brown)Nicoletta Darita de la Brown, a national multidimensional artist based in Baltimore, is intentional about imbuing her work with that elixir for herself first, then others.Earlier this month, the Baltimore native, birthed her latest solo installation and performance “Banera de Flora” at The Walters Art Museum.“Banera de Flora” was a one-woman installation at The Walters Art Museum by multidimensional artist Nicoletta Darita de la Brown. (Photo credit: Victor Rei Brown)“It was conceived over a year ago, through a series of self portraits,” said de la Brown. “I was exploring this concept of what I do spiritually for self, which is ritual bathing. But, that’s a very private intimate thing. How do I as an artist and as a healer show those intimate moments…” she added.“It isn’t just flowers in a bathtub, it is a spiritual awakening, it is a rebirth and it should feel ethereal. So, it started with these ethereal photographs, which then turned into an installation where I was thinking about the concept of me specifically, as a woman, as a Black LatinX woman caring for myself first and making that a priority…being the guardian of myself.”“Banera de Flora” was a one-woman installation at The Walters Art Museum by multidimensional artist Nicoletta Darita de la Brown. (Photo credit: Victor Rei Brown)The spiritually and culturally expansive dynamic of de la Brown’s Banera, may seem like a challenge or even antithetical within the walls of the venerable Walters. But, the artist said the museum was really a perfect fit for her.    I explained (to the leadership at the Walters)…the importance of Catholicism in my life. I grew up going to Catholic school. So, ritual and ceremony and these gilded golden spaces….these boxes and these altars were something that I saw as a very young child,” said de la Brown who has Panamanian roots. “I’ve danced in the pews of cathedrals. I spent a lot of time figuring out who I was as a being, when I was first learning what this world was about in Catholic spaces,” she added.“Banera de Flora” was a one-woman installation at The Walters Art Museum by multidimensional artist Nicoletta Darita de la Brown. (Photo credit: Victor Rei Brown)“So, when I was in those spaces at the Walters, the 15th century gallery specifically, it felt like home to me. And it felt a little bit like why doesn’t everyone know how close this is to something bigger? It’s not about religion to me, these objects are about connecting you to something bigger than yourself and so, that was important to me for that reason.”The Walters also felt like home to de la Brown, because after spending her youth in New York City, her family returned to Baltimore where she attended high school and college.  “…I went to the Baltimore School for the Arts, which is around the corner from the Walters. I spent so many hours lying on the floor of the Walters, sketching, daydreaming, thinking about art. So, that space specifically was important to me as a being, as an artist and also because it’s a neighborhood that I live in,” said de la Brown, a mother of four. “So…it felt like the perfect place for me to give birth to this concept of caring for myself…about loving myself on purpose in public space, in a space that folds and overlaps in so many ways for me in my life.”last_img read more

28 Aug

A515 to be shut to allow investigation after fatal accident

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA busy road just across the Staffordshire/Derbyshire border is to be closed for several hours this weekend as police investigate the scene of a fatal accident. A 60-year-old man from Ashbourne died following a crash involving a lorry and a car on the A515 at Little Cubley at around 10.30pm on Monday November 20 2017. The driver of the lorry, a 59-year-old, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has been released under investigation as police inquiries continue. Now Derbyshire Police have announced they will be closing the road in directions for several hours on Sunday evening as their investigation continues. A police spokesman said: “As part of the investigation into this collision, we will be carrying out further work at the scene from 4pm on Sunday February 11. “So we can carry out this work safely, the A515 will be closed in both directions at Little Cubley for several hours. “The road closure will be in place at Cubley crossroads for southbound traffic and at the junction with Oak Lane for northbound traffic. “The closure will be managed by police with officers in place at both closure sites.” Read MoreTwo dead following accident on A41 – with third person fighting for life Police have said they will reroute light traffic – with northbound vehicles being rerouted down Oak Lane via Marston Montgomery and southbound traffic will be turned left onto Derby Road and rerouted via Boylestone. There is a cut through off Derby Lane, via Saint Andrew’s Church, but the A515 will be closed at the end of this road so police have warned drivers this is not an alternative route. Lorry drivers are set to be particularly affected by the closures – with lorries being held and let through as the police investigation permits. Read MorePolice launch manhunt after Stoke-on-Trent prisoner absconds from jail The police spokesman added: “Heavy goods vehicles will be the most inconvenienced during this closure as they will not have an alternative route once they reach the closure. “We will hold HGVs at the closures and let them through as and when the work allows. The closure will be no longer than 30 minutes at a time. “The road will be opened between these segments to ease traffic flow. “We will try to keep disruption to a minimum but please try and avoid the area if you can.” For more traffic and travel news across the region, visit our dedicated channel here.last_img read more