first_imgWINNIPEG – An upcoming Manitoba Opera production of “Madama Butterfly” has sparked debate over how the more than century-old tale of a doomed marriage between a Japanese teenager and an older American man fits with modern views about race.The opera company’s website describes Giacomo Puccini’s famous work as “the intensely moving story of a devoted young Japanese woman who is loved and betrayed by an American naval officer.”“Set in Japan at the dawn of the 20th century, East meets West in this clash of values and traditions.”Jenny Heijun Wills, an associate professor in the University of Winnipeg’s English department, has raised concerns about staging an opera she says reinforces harmful stereotypes of Asian women.“We may not be able to hold Puccini to our contemporary standards, but we can hold each other accountable in our contemporary moment,” she said.The female protagonist, young geisha Cio-Cio San, believes her marriage to the naval officer will last forever, but he leaves her to return to the United States shortly after they are wed. She bears their son, but the child is taken away from her years later when the officer returns to Japan with his American wife. Cio-Cio San kills herself for reasons of honour.“There are actual material consequences to this narrative of Asian women … always being patient, always being submissive, being sexually available for mostly European white foreigners to overtake,” said Wills, who is also director of the university’s Critical Race Network.Larry Desrochers, executive director of Manitoba Opera, said some concerns with the story are valid.“The original story is really influenced with this kind of imperialistic attitude and obviously there’s still vestiges of it in the opera today,” he said.But many of its themes are universal and timeless, he added.“It tells the story of a young girl who’s misled and mistreated by an older man that’s still relevant today.”Desrochers said it was important to cast a Japanese woman as lead. Renowned soprano Hiromi Omura will be playing the part of Cio-Cio San for three shows next month. When the opera company did “Madama Butterfly” eight years ago, a Chinese singer had the role.Omura, who lives in France, has performed in “Madama Butterfly” 100 times around the world since 2004. The singer, who remembers singing arias in her family’s traditional Japanese garden as a child, said the story resonates with her.“For me, it’s a story of a woman who lived with all of her might, even in a very hard situation,” she said. “Maybe somebody in the audience can be moved, can be touched by her way of life.”In the lead-up to the production, the opera has organized a talk about interracial relationships and a panel discussion on cultural appropriation.Wills said she takes issue with the panel partly because Omura is the only Asian voice on it and, as a member of the cast, is unlikely to have a critical take.The professor also said cultural appropriation isn’t the main issue with “Madama Butterfly,” because the opera is not telling a Japanese story through a white lens and capitalizing from it. Rather, she said, it tells a western story that happens to be set in Japan.Desrochers said the goal is to have a wide-ranging discussion with people in Winnipeg’s broader arts community.The Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba was invited early on to partner with Manitoba Opera on “Madama Butterfly,” said president Art Miki.The group is holding a sake and sushi night next week and will have information booths and crafts for sale during the shows. Proceeds go toward the association’s fundraising efforts.“It’s a way of promoting our culture here with a wider audience,” said Miki, who also said he takes no issue with the staging of “Madama Butterfly” because it reflects attitudes from a different time.“I have to say, ‘Well, that’s the way it was,’” he said. “Otherwise, we’re in the position of trying to censor everything that exists that may appear to be not acceptable today.”— By Lauren Krugel in Calgarylast_img read more

Rabat – The agenda of the 2018 Mawazine Festival Rythmes of the World makes today eventful as Moroccan international hip hop star French Montana will rock the OLM Souissi stage tonight starting at 10 p.m.French Montana is joining a rich star lineup set to perform in several stars across the cities of Rabat and Sale. French Montana, who officially earned his US citizenship recently, is set to charm his fans tonight with some of his famous hits, including Unforgettable, Welcome to the Party, Pop That, and Famous.The list of today’s agenda will feature a mixture of music rhymes, including Moroccan, pop, hip hop, street shows, African, and oriental music. French music lovers will have a rendezvous with Hiba Tawaji in the Mohamed V National Theater at 7:30 p.m. The star offered a stunning performance of the “Les Moulin de mon coeur” song during the 4th season of the Voice France.Hiba also played the role of Esmeralda in the musical “Notre-Dame de Paris,” in 2016.Oriental music admirers can enjoy the charming voices of Lebanese stars Saad Ramadan and Marwan Khoury at 10 p.m. in the Nahda Space Stage.Iranian traditional vocalist Alireza Ghorbani is set to charm his fans at 5 p.m. in the Chellah; while African songs will hit the Bouregreg stage by Oumou Sangaré at 10 p.m.Moroccan singer Nadia Laaroussi, who combines Moroccan rhythms in her songs, will share her music with her fans at the Sale stage at 10 p.m.Tonight’s lineup will also feature Moroccan singers Ibtissam Tiskat and Badr Sultan at the Salé stage tonight at 10 p.m.Two street shows will color the streets of Rabat. Timing Boys Batucada will perform in Avenue Fal Ould Oumeir at 5 p.m., while Groupe Soleil will be down in the El Haouz Avenue to share their art with pedestrians at 5 p.m.The 17th annual international festival kicked off yesterday, with several international stars opening the musical event successfully.The OLM Stage was rocked by international Dutch DJ Martin Garrix, generating thousands of attendees, while Iraqi star Kazem El Saher charmed his fans at Nahda Space.The festival will continue until June 30. read more

MONTREAL — Flight simulator company CAE is moving ahead with a $700-million project to develop its next generation of simulation platforms over five years — with help from the federal government.Denis Lebel, the minister responsible for economic development for Quebec, announced a $250 million loan.In making the announcement during a visit to CAE’s Montreal headquarters Thursday, Lebel said the money will help the world’s largest maker of aircraft simulators to keep its competitive edge.“The market is changing quickly and with this support, they will be able to play the game against any competitors,” he told reporters.Stephane Lefebvre, CAE’s chief financial officer, said there’s a 15-year repayment period for the $250 million loan, but it is not interest free.He said the company will begin to repay the loan over 15 years, starting after 2020.Lefebvre was evasive when asked if the project would create any additional jobs.“It’s highly dependent on the market and the number of simulators that we’ll be able to sell over the next few years,” he said. “We’ll maintain highly skilled employees, but we believe we’ll also create some jobs.”The money is being provided under Canada’s Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative. Better known as SADI, the program supports research and development in the aerospace, defence, space and security industries.CAE flight simulators are used around the world to train airline and military pilots and cockpit crews.The company also provides other training equipment and services for the civil aviation and defence markets.CAE employs 4,000 people in 15 locations across Canada, most of them in Montreal, and around 4,000 in the rest of the world.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, CAE’s shares (TSX:CAE) were little-changed on Thursday. read more

The three European Union (EU) countries, Britain, France and Germany, known as the European Three, who have been trying to resolve the issue, said they would seek a special session of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN nuclear watchdog, to discuss the way ahead. They called on Iran not to resume nuclear activities and warned that any resumption would end their negotiations.The Board, as part of its mandate to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons, has the power to refer the matter to the UN Security Council, which could impose political and economic sanctions. Iran has told the IAEA that it would resume activities at the Uranium Conversion Facility (UCF) in Esfahan as of yesterday. Enriched uranium can be used for peaceful purposes such as generating energy or for making nuclear weapons.Several countries, including the United States, insist that Iran is seeking such weapons, but Iran denies this and last year suspended all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities as a good-will gesture while the European Three sought to resolve the issue.”The Secretary-General urges restraint and patience on the part of the Iranian authorities,” UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric told the daily briefing today. “He very much believes that they should wait for the latest proposals from the European Three before making any attempts to restart their nuclear activities.””In his dealings with the three European countries, the Secretary-General is convinced that they are very much constructively engaged in a search for a solution and therefore encourages the Iranian authorities to continue to work with them. The Secretary-General very much supports the dialogue between the European Three and the Iranian authorities,” Mr. Dujarric added.The IAEA has also called on Iran to continue the dialogue and not take any action that could undermine agency inspections. It said yesterday that in order to implement effective safeguards it would need to install additional surveillance equipment at the UCF in Esfahan and would not be able to do so until some time next week.In a letter to Iran today, which they also transmitted to the Vienna-based IAEA, the European Three said a resumption of activities would breach agreements Iran had reached with them as well as the IAEA Board’s resolution last November calling for a continued moratorium.”It will also further heighten international concern about the real objective of Iran’s nuclear programme,” they said, noting that they had already informed Iran that they would be presenting their ideas for a long-term agreement covering political, security, economic and technological issues by 7 August.”We will be seeking a special session of the IAEA Board of Governors in the next few days to discuss the way ahead,” they wrote. “Were Iran to resume currently suspended activities, our negotiations would be brought to an end, and we would have no option but to pursue other courses of action.”Iran’s nuclear programme has been a matter of concern since 2003, when the IAEA determined that the country had for almost two decades concealed its nuclear activities in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). read more

TORONTO – Sun Life Financial Inc. (TSX:SLF) and Malaysian state-owned investment fund Khazanah Nasional are teaming up to purchase 98 per cent of a Malaysian life insurance company from its two current owners.Toronto-based Sun Life and Khazanah are purchasing the CIMB Aviva Assurance life insurance company as well as CIMB Aviva Takaful, which provides Sharia law compliant insurance, for a total shared cost of $586 million.CIMB Group, which has its head office in the Malaysian capital, will retain a two per cent share in the company but Aviva, one of the U.K.’s largest insurance groups, will make an exit from Malaysia to focus on other parts of its business.The deal includes a new 20-year exclusive agreement that will allow the life insurance companies to sell products to CIMB Bank’s client base. Sun Life has a similar arrangement with CIMB’s banking operation in Indonesia.Recent media reports have said Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC), another Canadian company that has been growing in China and elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region, had also been interested in making a deal with Aviva and CIMB.Sun Life chief executive Dean Connor acknowledged in an interview Thursday that his company faced competition for Aviva’s stake in the Malaysian business but added the deal will pay off in the long run.“It’s an economy that’s showing very good and steady growth. . . . And yet, the penetration in the insurance market is still underdeveloped,” Connor said.In addition, Sun Life thinks there’s an opportunity to use its expertise in pensions to fill an emerging demand in Malaysia.Connor said the deal’s value is expected to be neutral to Sun Life in the early years and positive over the life of the 20-year agreement with CIMB.“That’s the nature of our business,” he said. “Even in Canada, some of the products we sell on individual insurance . . . take many, many years to produce returns to shareholders.”“Other products, like pensions and group insurance, have a faster payback period and those are certainly areas that we’ll be looking at for Malaysia,” Connor said.Sun Life and Khazanah are each acquiring 49 per cent of the company from Aviva International Holdings Ltd. and CIMB Group Holdings Berhad (CIMB Group), respectively.The transaction includes an exclusive right to distribute insurance products, including takaful products, through CIMB Bank’s network across Malaysia. This network includes 312 branches across the country and eight million customers.“This transaction is perfectly aligned with our strategy for expanding our footprint in Asia,” said Kevin Strain the president of Sun Life Financial in Asia.He said Khazanah and CIMB are “very strong partners with a broad distribution platform and we are investing in a country with one of the most developed economies in the ASEAN region and a growing middle class.”The transaction is expected to close by the first half of 2013, pending regulatory approvals in Canada and Malaysia.Sun Life shares were up 35 cents, or 1.25 per cent, at C$28.29 in Toronto in late-day trading Thursday. by David Paddon, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 17, 2013 3:34 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Sun Life Financial to expand presence in Malaysia read more

“Stability and sustainable peace can be achieved in Rakhine state when the needs of all communities are met,” said Haoliang Xu, Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific of the UN Development Programme (UNDP). Rakhine is Myanmar’s second poorest region, with a population of more than three million, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Restrictions on the freedom of movement of hundreds of thousands of people in Rakhine severely compromise their basic rights to food, health, education and livelihoods, leaving them dependent on humanitarian assistance.In addition, several waves of clashes between Buddhist and Muslim communities, the first of which occurred in June 2012, have affected hundreds of thousands of families in Rakhine. “We need both to address immediate needs of all vulnerable people and to increase the capacity of the state to provide quality basic services including healthcare, education, water, livelihoods and infrastructure,” said Mr. Xu. He also observed that “more work is needed to improve relations between different ethnic groups in Rakhine and to find durable solutions for displaced people.”Both Mr. Xu and OCHA Director of Operations John Ging commended the Government and its partners for their efforts, while stressing that greater humanitarian assistance and development efforts are urgently needed to benefit all vulnerable people in Rakhine.“It is clear that progress has been made since my last visit one year ago and that is truly impressive given the challenges and setbacks you have faced. However, we must all redouble our efforts to do more,” said Mr. Ging. “The humanitarian situation is still unacceptably dire for far too many people, but thanks to the outstanding efforts of aid organisations the humanitarian situation is now stabilizing.” During the two-day visit, the officials saw the positive results of inter-communal dialogue, in the construction of new roads and bridges to improve economic activity between communities.“These projects give us a real basis for hope but we must not underestimate the challenges ahead, one of the most critical being a just and equitable resolution to the citizenship issue,” said Mr. Ging.During the two-day visit to Rakhine that began on Monday, Mr. Xu and Mr. Ging visited camps in Sittwe and Pauk Taw where the UN and international organizations are providing humanitarian assistance, as well as villages in Minbya and Sittwe where UNDP is working with communities to strengthen social cohesion and improve basic services.Yesterday, they joined government officials to inaugurate construction work of a bridge that will connect four villages to the Rakhine capital, supported by UNDP and the state government. Today, the two UN officials were scheduled to hold high-level meetings in Nay Pyi Taw, including with Vice President U Sai Mauk Kham. read more

first_imgValve has promised to launch Steam for Linux before the end of 2012, and last month it was confirmed that an external beta would be happening in October. It’s limited to 1,000 people, but the point is Valve seems to be on track to meet the release target of this year.What we don’t know is how many games Steam for Linux will have when it does launch. Steam for Mac had over 50 on launch day, and while we can’t guarantee that level of support will be reached, we can point to the fact 15 games on Steam support Linux already and therefore should be available on release.The first of those games is already known about and confirmed by Valve as being a launch title: Left 4 Dead 2. It’s Valve’s test game for the platform and the first in-house title to run on Linux.As for the other 14, they consist of titles that developers have already ported to Linux and decided to sell on Steam. The include:Amnesia: The Dark ProjectCubemenCrusader Kings IIDynamite JackEversionGalcon FusionSerious Sam 3: BFESolar 2SpaceChemSteel StormSuperbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EPTrine 2WaveformWorld of GooThose games were compiled using a program called CDR Parser which looks at Steam’s Content Description Record for each game and compiles a list based on certain criteria. In this case it’s games flagged as Linux compatible as tagged by Valve. With that being the case it seems likely these 14 games should be available on launch day of Steam for Linux.More at Marlamin’s CDR Parser, via Muktwarelast_img read more

first_img 6 Comments ON A SULTRY day in Bermuda, Andrew Browne was delivered the conclusive evidence to a theory that had been rattling around in his head for months on end.Rugby player was not who he was any more, nor who he wanted to be.He still loves the sport, cherishes the memories and misses the kinship of the dressing room, yet it was time to put it behind him.***The 156-cap Connacht stalwart bade farewell to the Sportsground back in April, happily slotting in behind the long shadow cast by John Muldoon as he bowed out in glory with a conversion in a seven-try trouncing of Leinster. Browne and Muldoon celebrate the win over Leinster last season. Source: Gary Carr/INPHOMuldoon deserved his day in the sun, but so few players actually get that all-action protagonist’s role to play in their final act. Browne’s last day wearing the eagle on his chest was a painful 16-minute run against the Ospreys in February, and that was his sole appearance of the season, preceded as it was by an Achilles injury and ended by a popped AC joint in his shoulder.Connacht announced his exit in mid-April and Browne resolved to get his body freshened up over summer. He could have prolonged his career by leaping at offers from clubs in England and France, but there was just nothing that seemed worth uprooting himself from Galway and hitting the hard trail of the journeyman.“They’re not looking for a 31-year-old second row who’s had quite a lot of injuries,” Browne tells The42.The reality is: I probably had enough of rugby I made that decision myself, but then the offers weren’t out there that would really tempt me back into playing at that time.”And so he waited, immersing himself in the in-between stage.“I wanted to take a bit of a break away from it. Get the body in order, but also reignite the fire to keep playing.“I went away on holiday, got a couple of decent offers, nothing spectacular, but thinking about it was nearly ruining my holiday. So I said ‘no’ to them and thought: ‘I’m obviously not ready yet. I’ll take a bit more time’. Then the longer that went on the less and less I wanted to go back playing.“Your body does get better, but your mind is saying: ‘no, I couldn’t imagine now, going into pre-season. I couldn’t imagine going into rugby training’ and stuff like that.”Some players feel something almost akin to Stockholm syndrome when they are left to their own devices. No tight schedule laid out, diet restrictions lapse and even a day’s clothing suddenly becomes a choice. No more club suit, no navy training gear on a Monday, but grey in European week.It was different for Browne. He thoroughly enjoyed the freedom and, in hindsight, he reckons his subconscious had already made its mind up. Though at the time, he would insist that he wasn’t retired and there was still a full array of options.“I was losing weight at a rapid rate as well. There’s no real reason to keep it on.“‘I’m not playing rugby at the minute, if I did go back I could easily put it back on,’ telling myself that. Knowing the reality is it’s not that easy.”On he rolled to the autumn, and perhaps the sight of a new season in full swing brought the realisation to him.“‘I’m pretty happy where I am at the minute,’” he said to himself and those closest, no need to alert the masses with a screenshot of his Notes app, “I’m happy to leave my rugby-playing career behind and move on.”Putting rugby behind him was easy. The sticking point was the same one experienced by so many retired athletes from team sports. After 11 years at the heart of a seriously close-knit and energetic community that is a sporting changing room – quite literally in a pack – post-rugby the player becomes very much an entity unto himself. File photo: Browne watches a Connacht training session from the sidelines. Source: James Crombie/INPHOLast week, Browne linked up with Rugby Players Ireland, Marcus Horan and fellow former Connacht men JP Cooney and Ronan Loughney to chat about their post-playing experience with the current crop at the Sportsground – many of whom won’t see the end of this dream job coming.Rugby is not a career to sustain you for life, though, and matters of finance were his key point when speaking to the current squad.“The big thing we tried to get across in the transition talk last week was that there might be a period when you don’t go straight into work. Probably the majority of rugby players leaving the game at the minute don’t necessarily know what they’re going to do. So there’ll be a time when they’re not bringing in any money.No matter how well-prepared you are financially, it’s still not easy when you’re looking at your bank account every month and you see it dwindling down without anything coming in. That’s been the difficult one over the last few months.”The temporary solution during this point of transition is the obvious one. After 13 years in work, Browne has been collecting the dole to keep him from fully eating into whatever savings he gathered“It’s a long way from rugby, financially, but any rugby player or anyone, shouldn’t have a problem going on social welfare. Especially if you’ve worked for so many years, you’ve earned a lot of that money back.”He is far from fully removed from rugby, becoming increasingly enamoured with coaching after bringing his insights to Galwegians’ defence and line-out. But the very act of talking through his current state of affairs with former peers and fellow former pros was a benefit for Browne.“It helped even just chatting about it. Marcus, Locks, JP and myself all went down different routes. It was a good idea by Rugby Players Ireland to have that and give players the impression of what it might be like when you finish — it’s good to let them know it’s not all bad when you finish rugby, but also to prepare for that time as well.”***Browne’s regular refrain is that there was no one day, no one instance when he became retired. The tag just formed itself gradually; an ‘i’ one week, an ‘r’ the next, then a ‘t’ and the new era before him dawned.He knew he was a former player when Fionn Carr extended an invitation to play in the annual legends get-together/ tournament in Bermuda. He was keeping himself very fit and not long removed from rugby, so it sounded like a cakewalk. And he happily jetted  off to the Caribbean ready to run riot.“‘Yeah this would be nice going out for a bit of a runaround,’” he thought, “I had visions of making big massive breaks and stuff like that.“You get out there, get some contact and you’re sucked into a maul at one stage.And I’m there: ‘ah here, I’ve no interest in being on a rugby pitch right now’.“That was the nail in the coffin to really assure me my rugby playing days were up.”Those playing days were a hell of a journey. Browne has played and battled through some of the western province’s lowest ebbs and also the most sensational high. A Pro12 final victory over Leinster in Edinburgh was the most glorious glittering chapter for anyone connected to the club.It was an unbelievable feat to witness. Imagining it was no small struggle either.“I remember when Pat (Lam) came in and his vision was to make Connacht the best team in Ireland in five years. We all rowed behind it and said ‘yeah great’. But deep down I don’t think anyone fully believed it.” Browne moves in to tackle Ian Madigan with AJ MacGinty during the 2016 Pro12 final win over Leinster.. Source: James Crombie/INPHOBelief or not, they powered on and earned the reputation of a wonderfully entertaining team, flinging passes around with abandon. Yet when push came to shove in low-scoring contests at the business end of the season, the experience of all those hard days slogging it out came to bear and Connacht seemed to surprise Leinster and then Glasgow with their ability to hang tough and dig out a win in the lead-up to the grand finale.Browne credits Lam with setting the vision and also driving the daily standards to make it a reality. The Samoan’s pre-match message that Murrayfield would be a celebration came to pass with devastating effect.Having been involved with Connacht for so long up to that point, and looking back on my career now, I count myself hugely fortunate and lucky to have been involved with Connacht at that time and to have been on the pitch that day.” “Then the following day, back to Galway with thousands lining the streets. I still look at pictures of us up on the bus that day and it’s hard to believe that it actually happened.“Not just for the players, for the fans who turned out you could see how much it meant.” Browne and Ronan Loughney proudly parade the Pro12 trophy through Eyre square. Source: James Crombie/INPHOThe Pro12 success was by some distance the pinnacle of Browne’s career.  But nine years earlier, he lifted silverware in an Ireland jersey as the engine room of Eric Elwood’s Grand Slam-winning U20s team. It’s that quality crop of 2007 who Browne’s fellow Connacht men Niall Murray and Dylan Tierney-Martin are vying to emulate when they take on Wales in Colwyn Bay tomorrow.In ’07, the Galway lock helped to set a firm base up front — with Cian Healy in the row ahead, Sean O’Brien or Tommy O’Donnell behind — for a stellar back-line featuring Felix Jones, Darren Cave, Keith Earls and Ian Keatley. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO“Our first game against Wales, we were on the back foot for the whole game,” he says, digging into his memory bank, noting how Luke Fitzgerald’s withdrawal actually brought the match-winner into the game, “Felix came in at fullback and scored two tries and we won that game.“We started believing then.”England and France came to Athlone and those victories over the traditional superpowers marked very special nights for the Connacht contingent and they went on to complete the Slam in a dramatic finale, coming back from 20-7 down to Italy in Benevento to win 25-36.The trophy-toting revelry would have done well to get out of hand.“We were stuck in some hotel, it wasn’t even near the town, we were miles out. But the Italian team were back there too, so we had our celebration there. A few weeks after, we had a celebration dinner up in Dublin and properly celebrated… ended up in Coppers I think.” Good group: Dan McFarland and Eric Elwood with their 2007 Grand Slam-winners. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOHowever great a boost it was to taste serious success, lift a trophy and claim a medal, such feats remained the realm of fantasy for Connacht – not all that long removed from a threat of being wound up. The Grand Slam stands as a terrific achievement for Browne, but the rigors of a professional season would come as an enormous step up.“The reality check of senior rugby comes in pretty quick. But (20s) does expose you to higher standards. The academies that time in Leinster, Munster and Ulster were far more advanced then in Connacht.“We had huge battles of seasons where you’re struggling. We lost 13 in a row and finally getting a win in the Heineken Cup.“It’s difficult because you’re going in week in week out, sitting through the review on a Monday and you’re trying to put a brave face on, trying to be as positive as you can.“But it’s difficult for everyone in the organisation to keep grinding. I suppose it comes back to the nature of Connacht people they show a lot of resilience because of what happened in the past.“Then over the years, the culture changes, we start to get more success and the standards of the whole place just rose. Better players coming in, better players coming from the academy and that had a vital part of Connacht’s success then.”***Browne was there through every step of the transition, through the long hard shoulder-to-wheel seasons with fruitless ends, the dispiriting losses and when the only constant was an honest will to get better.He was established in the setup when Lam arrived and radically shifted the outlook and brought about an eye-opening 2013 win in Toulouse. A result that made so much more sense with three years of hindsight than it did on a dark December night. Browne with his shoulder to the wheel against Treviso in 2012. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOIt’s all behind him now. He is more than happy to put his gumshield away and shake off the tag of ‘rugby player’. The transition between careers is not one to be rushed through as there are so many aspects to come to terms with. Financially, he has applied to NUIG to build on his degree in economics and geography with a teaching qualification.Mentally, the loss of the dressing room camaraderie has been a challenge, but he has worked to offset that with the physical challenge of training with his brother Damien – also a former professional rugby player, but currently intent on climbing the highest mountain on each continent.“Back in November,” the younger Browne recounts, “he comes and asks ‘what are you doing in January?’ And I knew where it was going anyway, knew he was climbing Aconcagua (in the Andes) in January.‘Eh, I’ve no plans, really’‘Do you fancy climbing this?’‘No.’“Mountains… people who climb obviously know how tough they are, but I can’t imagine what he’s been through. He did Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, Elbrus and he says they’re some of the toughest things he’s ever done.“He’s been really pushed to his limit and his limit is,” he pauses, “way out there.”Andrew isn’t one to undermine what he might be capable of either. One offer he does take up from Damien is the an invite to join in with his training programme. And in August and the brothers found themselves acting as mutually beneficial drivers for one another as they pushed themselves physically. Browne celebrates the Pro12 title success between John Muldoon and Tiernan O’Halloran. Source: James Crombie/INPHOA fraternity outside the dressing room and a routine to put some sort of shape on all that the freedom from constraints of rugby.“It’s been really good, obviously physically, but really good on the mental side of things as well. That you have that physical outlet after finishing rugby.“We’d train early in the morning, 7am most mornings. Then you might go for a sea swim after.”“He has a really good way of looking at things. You’re starting your day with two really hard things: the gym session then a sea swim in the west of Ireland in winter when nobody really wants to get in. So if you start your day with two hard things, the rest of the day is easier after that.“I must say, he’s on to something. After that, things seem easier and you go about your day and there’s no challenge that feels too big.”Bernard Jackman joins Murray Kinsella and Ryan Bailey on The42 Rugby Weekly as Ireland bid to spoil Wales’ Grand Slam party in Cardiff, and the U20s target their own piece of history. Short URL 23,205 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 20s Slam to Connacht’s crowning moment: Browne happy out as he moves beyond rugby The Galwegian spent 11 years as a senior professional with Connacht, but at 32 he is finding a path to his next career. 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first_img Image: Labour TD Alan Kelly and former presidential candidate Joan Freeman. Image: Irish-American businessmen (including Labour TD’s brother) donate over €2k to Alan Kelly and Joan Freeman TDs and senators received almost €6,500 in donations. Apr 25th 2019, 12:13 PM Short URL 26 Comments 26,166 Views Share Tweet Email center_img By Christina Finn Labour TD Alan Kelly and former presidential candidate Joan Freeman. Thursday 25 Apr 2019, 12:13 PM POLITICIANS HAVE DISCLOSED donations last year totalling almost €6,500.The latest report from the Standards in Public Office Commission (Sipo) reveals that Labour TD Alan Kelly declared the highest sum of €1,990.That comprises of two €995 donations, one from his brother CEO of Teneo Declan Kelly and the other from the Irish-born businessman Michael Madden who is Chairman of Teneo.Under donations declared by donors, Madden also disclosed a donation of €1,000 to Joan Freeman, who ran for the Irish presidency last year. Declan Kelly co-founded consulting firm Teneo Holdings with American businessman Doug Band, one of former US president Bill Clinton’s closest aides.Kelly is the brother of former Environment Minister and Labour TD Alan Kelly and served as Hillary Clinton’s economic envoy to Northern Ireland from 2009-2011, when she was US Secretary of State.Political donationsUnder the current law governing donations politicians cannot accept more than €1,000 from a single source, and they must disclose donations greater than €600.Each year, the political watchdog publishes the names of donors and the sums they contribute.Fianna Fáil housing spokesman Darragh O’Brien received a total of €1,590 in donations.Constituent Leo Neary from Lusk donated €740 to O’Brien while €850 was donated by Barry O’Donoghue from Malahide.Fianna Fáil’s Justice spokesperson Jim O’Callaghan got a €1,000 donation from the Fianna Fáil’s Dublin Bay South branch.The watchdog states that Independent Tipperary TD Mattie McGrath received a €900 donation from Donal O’Driscoll from Blackrock, County Dublin.Sinn Féin Senator Pádraig MacLochlainn received a €1,000 donation from Donegal Office Services, which is a registered corporate donor, according to Sipo. In total, donations to politicians for 2018 accounted for a total of €6,480.The donations received last year were slightly higher than 2017 – in which politicians received €6,360. Michael Madden and Donegal Office Services featured on this list also. In 2016, the total value of donations €72,969.12 were disclosed by members, with some high-profile businessmen listed as donors, such as former U2 manager Paul McGuinness and billionaire Dermot Desmond. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgDes accents pour les domaines .frÀ partir du 3 mai, il sera possible d’enregistrer un nom de domaine comportant des accents sous .fr, .yt, .wf, .tf et .re.« Créer des noms de domaine en langage naturel qui reflètent le mode d’expression des utilisateurs français. » C’est ainsi que L’AFNIC (lien non disponible) (Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération) justifie l’ajout de 30 caractères supplémentaires pour la dénomination d’une URL. Une première depuis la création du système de “nommage internet” en 1985. L’association à but non lucratif qui gère le registre des noms de domaine en .fr, .yt, .wf, .tf et .re admet ainsi l’utilisation des caractères spéciaux suivants : ß, à, á, â, ã, ä, å, æ, ç, è, é, ê, ë, ì, í, î, ï, ñ, ò, ó, ô, õ, ö, ù, ú, û, ü, ý, ÿ, œ. Elle permet ainsi aux sites français d’avoir des noms de domaine internationalisés (IDNs), comme c’est déjà le cas de certain noms de domaines en .com ou .eu. Néanmoins, ces nouvelles possibilités peuvent augmenter le risque de cyber-squattage ou de fishing. C’est pourquoi l’AFNIC a mis une procédure en deux étapes pour protéger les titulaires d’un nom de domaine de telles éventualités. Dès le 3 mai, ils pourront réserver l’équivalent de leur URL avec accents. Et à partir du 3 juillet, la réservation des noms de site en .fr avec accents sera ouverte au public, suivant la règle du premier arrivé, premier servi.À lire aussiLe Raspberry Pi victime de son succès “Les cas de cybersquatting sont rares, rassure l’association. Quant à l’utilisation des IDNs dans des opérations de phishing, il n’y en a eu qu’un seul recensé en 2011 au niveau mondial.” Cette opération est clairement une manœuvre lucrative pour les registraires de nom de domaine, puisque les titulaires devront payer des frais supplémentaires, afin de prévenir leur site internet de tout squattage. Par exemple, Le propriétaire de aura tout intérêt à réserver été.fr, é ainsi que eté.fr.L’AFNIC assure de son côté que les dépôts à prévoir des utilisateurs “ne représentent qu’un coût limité en regard du bénéfice induit par cet outil d’amélioration de leur communication digitale.”Le 3 mai 2012 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgIt was only a matter of time. Pokemon Go continues to rock the planet as the most popular mobile game ever made, and wouldn’t you know it, someone went and made a porn parody.If you’re unfamiliar with porn parodies… you’re in for a very weird treat. Starting a few years back with films like Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Wars, porn companies decided to embrace the thinly-veiled plots and insane camp that they’ve always been known for and go all-in on making ridiculous parody films.From there, we got films like Who’s Nailin’ Paylin (a riff on the former vice presidential nominee). Game of Bones: Winter is Cumming, Flesh Gordon, Edward Penishands and countless more. Now we can add Poke-mon Ho! to that list.Actress Penny Pax assumes the role of Misty (who’s outfit is largely unchanged from the show, unusual for a porn parody) as she tries to catch Pokemon on her phone. HoloFilm Productions is making the film, which is already available to watch if you are so inclined.The video is available entirely in virtual reality form (because of course it is) on (NSFW, obviously). Like most porn parodies, it’s completely ridiculous as is the marketing and advertising around it, like this tweet from producer Anna Lee features some eye-rollingly terrible (but also spot-on) Poke-puns.Coming soon to a Pokestop near you. @PennyPax as Misty in an amazing performance that will make you Combusken!— Anna Lee (@AnnaLeeVRX) July 31, 2016Sometimes it’s easy to forget just how true Rule 34 is, then I see something like this.last_img read more

first_imgStay on target Landsat Images Show Greenland Glaciers Changing Over 46 YearsClimate Activists Use Drones to Shut Down Heathrow Airport Next Month The world’s largest amphibian is on the brink of extinction.Not what most people would consider “cute,” the Chinese giant salamander grows to nearly 6 feet long and weighs an average 60 pounds (though the largest-ever Andrias davidianus registered a whopping 130 pounds).Beady eyes peer out from either side of their flat heads, which carry a permanent, wide smirk and mottled, wrinkly skin that stretches down to a pointed tail and four squat limbs.*Shudders*Chinese giant salamanders are a flagship species for China’s freshwater river systems. But what was previously thought to represent a single breed apparently consists of at least five genetic lineages.“We weren’t surprised to find two or three [species],” Bob Murphy, senior curator of herpetology at the Royal Ontario Museum’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, told National Geographic.But “we were surprised at just how much diversity was there,” Murphy, corresponding author on a recent study, said. “At least five and up to eight species, that was quite a shock.”Some of those newfound varieties, however, may remain a mystery: Among their native rocky mountain streams and lakes of China, A. davidianus is threatened by poaching and human intervention.The amphibian is considered a luxury food item (gross) and important source of traditional medicines; despite conservation efforts, the once-widespread animal is now critically endangered.Most of those found in the wild have been raised on farms, their hybrid offspring released “under well-intentioned, but misguided, conservation management,” according to a paper published in the journal Current Biology.“The system begins to break down, and then you end up with lower developmental rates and a bunch of inefficient salamanders that can result in a population loss,” Murphy said. “You mix all of that together and the salamanders are lost.”If this continues, he explained, those five-to-eight species could dwindle to one—or none—in the next two decades. Which may have a negative effect on Chinese and global ecosystems. Only time will tell.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_imgBrighton & Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk was delighted to make his England debut against the USA at Wembley Stadium, saying it was a ‘dream come true’.Gareth Southgate handed Dunk his first England cap in their 3-0 friendly win over the USA and he was happy to play the full 90 minutes.“It’s a dream come true – it’s been a long hard journey for me and that’s been rewarded this evening,” Dunk told the club’s website.“I had a feeling during the week in training that tonight be my chance, because we did some shape work.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“We then worked on set-pieces after that, and that’s when I knew I was starting the game.“When I was walking out there was a lot of thoughts looking back on where I’ve come from – but then it was about me being comfortable in the game – and getting the words to the anthem right!“I was thinking about a lot of people – everyone who’s worked with me over my career to get me to this point, and I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them.“My dad’s the main one, he was here tonight watching me – as were all my family and friends, I’m very thankful.”last_img read more

first_imgChristina Iremonger, principal of Vancouver’s iTech Preparatory, shares success stories Friday at a national conference. PORTLAND — Three years ago, Vancouver Public Schools studied models of science-oriented schools. This year, the district’s new STEM school is the model.Just a year after opening iTech Preparatory in fall 2012, the school has been contacted by districts all over the country, said Christina Iremonger, principal.On Friday, the school’s teachers and administrators shared their success story at the National Science Teachers Conference in Portland. Thousands of science teachers from around the country gathered to learn the latest in science education.The iTech Preparatory team focused on how it has built relationships with engineers, architects and other science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professionals and has invited them into the classroom.“Getting partners into the classroom gives kids an authentic learning experience,” said Leslie Simpson, who is charged with reaching out to STEM professionals. “The partners connect school to real life.”Professionals from Boeing, Hewlett-Packard, Waste Management and the Mount St. Helens Institute have taught at iTech Preparatory. Engineers from Clark Public Utilities taught students about solar power and wind energy. A student’s father, who is a team leader at Hewlett-Packard, spoke to the students about creativity and the brain. Another parent, a Boeing engineer, trained the iTech Prep teachers.last_img read more