Muso launches video on YouTube

first_imgAthlone musician, Nur Felix, is releasing his latest music video on YouTube today. An Athlone artist says he is using his platform as a musician to spread love, joy and truth, because there are too much darkness and sadness in the world.Nur Felix is releasing his latest music video, called All the men, on YouTube today, and he is also launching his weekly series, Songs from my kitchen, on Instagram, where he’ll sing a new song, unplugged, every week. Roy Zetisky directed the music video for All the men.Mr Felix is celebrating 10 years in the music industry and describes his genre as inspirational, conscious music. Most of the songs he writes are inspired by life events and things he observes.All the men was among those songs birthed from life’s observations, he said.“It is sad that the society we live in today, is not what it was. Relationships are not what it used to be years ago. We live in an era of swipe left (on dating sites) and easy hook-ups. People don’t want to engage in authentic relationships, instead they want instant gratification and one-night stands – and then some dip into depression,” Mr Felix said.Growing up, Mr Felix was shy and quiet. He was encouraged to take up drama to get out of his shell, and he has never looked back since.“I got out of my shell by doing the extreme – getting into the entertainment industry,” he laughed.He is not just passionate about music, but also about making positive changes in society. Last year he collaborated with a Canadian singer and songwriter, Nancy Beaudette, to produce a song about peace. The pair’s song, called Peace Date, took fifth place at the International Peace Song Awards, which happened in Los Angeles, America, beating thousands of other entries from across the world. Children from Manenberg Primary School feature in the music video.“I believe one has a responsibility as an artist. People must be able to take away something from your concert and implement whatever they take away to enrich their lives. There are a lot of darkness and sadness in the world, and a lot in the entertainment industry that perpetuates that darkness. I just want to spread the light,” Mr Felix said.Catch Mr Felix with his weekly uploads of Songs from my kitchen,@felix.nur on Instagram.last_img read more

Shakespeare schools festival at The Fugard Theatre

first_imgPupils from De La Bat School for the deaf and hearing impaired, the Lalela Project and Vista Nova took part in an interactive Shakespeare Schools Festival SA drama workshop ahead of the upcoming festival at the Fugard Theatre. The 10th Shakespeare School’s Festival South Africa (SSFSA) kicks off on Tuesday March 3 at The Fugard Theatre.The 35 Cape Town schools taking part this year will each have to prepare and perform 30-minute abridged versions of the Shakespeare play of their choice. In the months leading up to the festival, the SSFSA hosts several interactive workshops for pupils and teachers, making resources available to equip participants and ensure the successful staging of their plays.The SSFSA is an educational programme aimed at improving language and social skills through the performing arts.SSFSA prides itself on being a fully inclusive event that welcomes all pupils, including those with different abilities and challenges. In previous festivals the De La Bat School for the deaf (using South African Sign Language) and the Pioneer School for the Visually Impaired delivered renditions of Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth respectively. Both schools will again be part of the festival this year.The festival, pioneered by founder Kseniya Filinova-Bruton from Educape, has grown from an event with 20 participants to one that attracts more than 2 000 youth each year across the Western Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.SSFSA helps explore pupils’ acting potential in a fun, developmental way, while making their theatre debut on a professional stage in a non-competitive environment. The festival will also be presented in Johannesburg, Durban, George and Makhanda.The Shakespeare Schools Festival at the Fugard Theatre runs from Tuesday March 3 to Saturday March 14. Performances start at 7pm and tickets are available through 021 461 4554 and www.thefugard.comlast_img read more

Police confirm Minnesota mosque was attacked, FBI takes lead

first_img SHARE Police confirm Minnesota mosque was attacked, FBI takes lead BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) Someone apparently threw a bomb through the window of a suburban Minneapolis mosque on Saturday as people were preparing for morning prayers, damaging the imam’s office but not injuring anyone, an official said.The local police department tweeted that a preliminary investigation shows that a destructive device caused the explosion, “in violation of federal law,” and that the FBI has taken the lead in the investigation.The blast happened at around 5 a.m. at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, south of Minneapolis. There were 15 to 20 people inside the mosque when the blast happened, and worshippers managed to extinguish the blaze before firefighters arrived, the Muslim American Society of Minnesota said in a news release.The society’s director, Asad Zaman, said at a news conference that a witness saw something being thrown at the imam’s office window from a “van or truck” before the blast. WCCO-TV reports that he said it may have been a fire bomb. Mohamed Omar, the center’s executive director, said a worshipper saw a pickup truck speeding away afterward.The mosque, which primarily serves people from the area’s large Somali community, occasionally receives threatening calls and emails, Omar told the Star Tribune .“It was 5 a.m.,” Omar said. “The whole neighborhood was calm. People were supposed to be sleeping, that’s how peaceful this should be. I was shocked to learn this happened.”Trevin Miller, who lives across the street, told the Star Tribune that the explosion woke him up, saying that he felt it on his “insides.”Yasir Abdalrahman, a worshipper at the mosque, said the explosion was “unimaginable.”“We came to this country for the same reason everyone else came here: freedom to worship,” Abdalrahman said. “And that freedom is under threat. Every other American should be insulted by this.”An FBI spokesman didn’t immediately reply to a phone message seeking further information about the investigation.The mosque serves as a religious center and community organizing platform for Muslim activists and leaders in the area, said the society, which is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest or conviction. Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Published: August 5, 2017 4:16 PM EDT last_img read more

FIFA announces match schedule for 2022 World Cup in Qatar

first_imgFIFA Women’s world cup 2015 Football: Boycott nations demand FIFA strips Qatar of 2022 World Cup – report The tournament’s official logo for the 2022 Qatar World Cup is seen on the wall of an amphitheater, in Doha, Qatar, September 3, 2019. REUTERS/Naseem Zeitoun The tournament’s official logo for the 2022 Qatar World Cup is seen on the wall of an amphitheater, in Doha, Qatar. REUTERS/Naseem ZeitounFootball’s world governing body, FIFA, on Wednesday released the match schedule for the 2022 World Cup which will be hosted by Qatar.The tournament will begin November 21 at Al Bayt Stadium in the northern city of Al Khor with the hosts Qatar in action while the final will be played on December 18 at Lusail Stadium in Doha.“Exactly two years after that historic occasion on 15 July 2018, the unveiling of the match schedule for the next edition invites the football world to dream of a new beginning – one that, now, has a precise time and place to start,” FIFA said in a statement on its website.The group stage will be spread over the course of 12 days and will feature four matches a day to give all teams “optimal rest” between their matches and promise fans a “full and exciting schedule,” according to FIFA.FIFA said that the local kick-off times (GMT +3) for group matches had been set for 1pm, 4pm, 7pm and 10pm. Meanwhile, the concurrent kick-offs for the final round of group games and knockout-stage timings will be 6pm and 10pm.A graphic showing the match schedule for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. COURTESY: FIFAGroup stage games for each matchday will only be assigned to a stadium and kick-off time after the final draw, which will be held after the March 2022 international match calendar qualifying window.“Once the pairings are known, the possibility will be discussed of providing a more beneficial kick-off time for audiences at home, or indeed for fans in Qatar with regard to the stadium allocation,” FIFA said.According to FIFA, due to the location of all of Qatar’s stadiums within a 40-mile radius, fans might be able to attend more than one match a day during the group stage.Relatedcenter_img Qatar to grow thousands of trees for the 2022 World Cuplast_img read more

Taoglas Showcasing its IoT & 5G NR Antenna Portfolio at Embedded World

first_imgAt Embedded World 2020 in Nuremberg, Taoglas, a provider of next-generation IoT solutions, is showcasing its industry-leading portfolio of 5G new radio (NR) antennas for both sub 6 GHz and mm-Wave frequencies. The portfolio covers global cellular technology bands with both embedded and external antennas as well as combination antennas including GNSS, Wi-Fi and other protocols used to transmit and receive data.  With over 16 years of focus on RF and antenna products, Taoglas is the global leader of advanced antenna designs with the most comprehensive offering focused on IoT verticals and their specific design needs. Regardless if it’s a mainstream embedded IoT antenna or complex combination antennas, Taoglas helps modern enterprises design devices with optimal performance and test devices to ensure first pass carrier certification.For the 5G NR mm-Wave frequencies, Taoglas has prototyped and tested numerous patented array subsystem designs with five different chipset OEMs and is helping resolve some of the most complex antenna design scenarios with its strategic IC partners. Its newest mm-Wave hybrid antenna array subsystem is being displayed at Embedded World in Nuremberg, Germany.The complexity introduced with 5G to improve spectral efficiency and data rates increases substantially with the number of active antennas and antenna arrays needed. Combined with the related issues of beamforming and millimeter-wave RF signal processing, new modulation, power, and low-noise amplifier designs, etc. Taoglas’ team of experts can provide custom designs that help manage that added complexity, produce high performance and cost-effective solutions.For the 5G sub-6 GHz spectrum, Taoglas has more than 40 different, off-the-shelf products available today which can be delivered to any location within days. Taoglas has been Mouser’s leading brand of antennas for years and their broad portfolio of next-generation products as well as their undisputed expertise. With more than 21,000 IoT customers worldwide and 10 design and test centers globally, Taoglas also helps customers with specific device RF and antenna designs to ensure optimization and help customers get to market quickly with certification-ready designs.Taoglas is showcasing its antenna and IoT solutions portfolio at Embedded World in Nuremberg.last_img read more

Intrusion Detection System Locates Phones and RF Devices Indoors Using Cellular Signals

first_imgBastille Networks, an enterprise threat detection solution provider using software-defined radio (SDR), has launched its new Bastille Enterprise Cellular Intrusion Detection for enterprises. Previously only available to its military and law enforcement customers, Bastille Enterprise Cellular Intrusion Detection is the only solution that can accurately locate cell phones indoors, using only cellular signals.Bastille has been doing radio frequency (RF) and Cellular Intrusion Detection and research for the Government for years. They have also been awarded FCC approval for the Civilian cellular sensor array. This allows Bastille for the first time to offer accurate Cellular Intrusion Detection to the Enterprise. Now corporations can have the RF security that the DoD and Intelligence Community rely on to protect the nation’s secrets.Bastille provides corporations the ability to discover, locate, and mitigate radio borne threats to their assets, facilities, and networks. These threats arise from managed, unmanaged and rogue wireless, IoT and Cellular devices. Bastille does this protection by using SDRs to passively observe the entire radio space in a facility from 60 MHz to 6 GHz. More than 70 percent of devices connected to the network today are connected via RF & Cellular and that percentage is growing. Equally important are the radio-enabled and cellular devices, which are NOT connected to the designated network. It also includes those devices, which enter into the building with employees, visitors, and installed by contractors. These devices are the ones that can be used to exfiltrate voice, video, and computer data right past the firewalls and into the unsecure world outside.Covert, rogue and vulnerable wireless and cellular devices are inside the enterprise today. Suspicious equipment includes SmartTVs, security cameras, printers and peripherals, medical devices, building controls and of course, cell phones.The Bastille solution delivers:Complete Visibility: Detect all the wireless/cellular devices and connections in corporate facilities whether or not they have connected to the corporate network,Threat Detection: Detect that a device such as one with a Bluetooth or cellular connection is transmitting data (and is not just an employee listening to music),Accurate Threat Location: Locate both of the offending devices on the floor plan. The whole Bastille threat detection process takes just seconds from when the wireless/cellular device first transmits until the security team receives an Alert into the existing alerting system.A lot more than Cellular Intrusion DetectionThough commonly thought of as Cellular Intrusion Detection, Bastille does a lot more than merely detecting the presence of cell phones. Customers can set up alerts based on wireless device behavior. Examples include:Compromised Devices: Bastille baselines facilities, all wireless devices (including Cellular, Wifi, Bluetooth and BLE) and their typical behavior and can alert when a device is compromised and exhibits abnormal behavior. This includes:Secure Area Data Breaches: Alert when an allowed Bluetooth hearing aid performs an unallowed BLE pairing with a device outside the secure area. Or detect when a Company phone at a desk is joined by a personal phone at the same desk.MDM Enhancement: Alert when a phone which is not under Mobile Device Management is turned on, or add geo-fencing capabilities to an organization’s existing MDM solution.Insider Threats: Alert when a device is seen in an area where it is not allowed or forensically investigates to understand the devices and their behavior from weeks or months ago.According to Bob Baxley, CTO at Bastille, ‘I have no doubt that more huge security holes will be discovered in more than 100 new radio protocols used by IoT devices. Bastille can tell you which devices in your facility–both on and off your network–are susceptible to RF attack. It is critical that CISOs understand their RF attack surface in order to maintain a secure perimeter.Click here to learn more about the Bastille Enterprise Cellular Intrusion Detection.last_img read more

Phoenix’s Calvin Abueva reveals last step for PBA reinstatement

first_imgAbueva then had an on-court fracas with former Talk ‘N Text Ka Tropa import Terrence Jones during a highly-physical battle between the two squads./PN “Yung mga pinapagawa nilang community service, dinoble ko pa kasi opportunity ko rin sa buhay ko na makatulong,” he said. “Nanggi-gigil na ako makabalik sa paglalaro.” MANILA – Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters forward Calvin Abueva revealed the final step for his Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) reinstatement.Abueva, who remains suspended for almost a year now, shared in the 2OT podcast interview on June 13 that PBA commissioner Willie Marcial requires him to finish his psychological therapy sessions before he can return to hard court. “Sayang nga (dahil) nagka-pandemya (coronavirus disease 2019). Hindi natuloy-tuloy ‘yung sessions ko,” the former PBA Rookie of the Year awardee said. “Nakakadalawang session na ako.” Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters forward Calvin Abueva zooms past Talk ‘N Text KaTropa defenders during a Philippine Basketball Association match. Abueva said he only needs to complete one more step before he may return to the league. GMA NETWORK Marcial has slapped the former Gilas Pilipinas forward with indefinite suspension plus a hefty fine over a year ago due to two incidents during the onset of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.center_img Abueva’s first offense was his lewd gesture towards actress Maika Rivera – girlfriend of then Blackwater Elite rookie and now KaTropa guard Bobby Ray Parks Jr. – during the Fuel Masters-Elite game. Abueva also admitted during the podcast that aside from the public apology he made back in October and his involvement in various corporate social responsibility activities as ordered to him by Marcial, he also went underwent drug testing. “Sa dalawang psychological sessions ko, nakatulong sa akin at nakatulong sa buhay ko. Ang dami kong na-improve sa buhay ko,” added the San Sebastian College Stags product.last_img read more

Relax Tribe Fans; Opening Day is More About Tradition Than Anything Else

first_img Related TopicsfeaturedIndiansMLBTerry Francona By Mike HolzheimerAs today’s date drew near, the official start to the 2019 Cleveland Indians baseball season, the social media comments were interesting to say the least; to say the most, moronic.When Tribe skipper Terry Francona named Corey Kluber as today’s starting pitcher, one would have thought the two-time World Series championship manager suggested sitting a veteran MVP player in favor of a young rookie for the reason of just wanting to see how a youngster would handle the overall environment associated with opening day.I mean, fans completely lost their collective minds upon hearing Kluber, not exactly a shocker regarding getting the baseball to take the hill for the season’s first game, was Francona’s choice over Trevor Bauer. One misguided person went so far as to say “Tito’s an idiot,” which was beyond uncalled for and just further validates the sanity level of this particular blogger.This person’s reasoning was Bauer had a much better spring and “you go with your best.” Are you kidding me? First of all, Kluber’s resume speaks for itself, and the fact that he didn’t record mind-boggling pitching statistics in the spring is NOT a reason to opt for someone else in the starting rotation opening day.Truth be told, Shane Bieber probably had the best of spring training efforts from the mound amongst all of the Tribe pitchers in camp. So, by this person’s “logic,” why wasn’t he upset that Bieber didn’t get the nod today?Furthermore, taking out of the equation key absentees in today’s lineup due to injuries, if Max Moroff and Eric Stamets had better spring training numbers than Francisco Lindor, Jason Kipnis or Jose Ramirez, should Tito have sat proven MLB veterans and past all-starts simply because “they weren’t the best” in February and March exhibition games by comparison to a couple of rookies? That’s what this one fan is really saying, and that is asinine.Opening day is all about tradition; always has been and always will be. And unless I’m missing something here, after today’s opener against the Minnesota Twins, there are still 161 games left, right? If the Tribe should drop today’s contest, it will hardly be appropriate or the time for all of the naysayers, who have already predicted a disastrous finish for Cleveland even before one official game has been played, to start screaming from the rooftops, and questioning the managerial decisions of Francona.Of course, though, should Kluber struggle today, I can hear the cries now with all of the Facebook and Twitter posts reflecting sentiments along the lines of “see, I told you we should have traded Kluber. He’s not the same, he’s lost velocity on his fastball, and movement on his breaking pitches.” Enough already, from the armchair, self-proclaimed pitching coaches. Your arguments and observations about Kluber’s alleged diminishing skills are falling in and on the appropriate category-deaf ears!Another claim I’m getting tired of hearing is that Francona is “too loyal to his boys,” whatever that means. One doesn’t accomplish in baseball all that Francona has by playing favorites, and not putting TEAM first. This same social media commentator suggested Francona favors Kipnis. Well, if that is the case, explain to me why Tito just didn’t let Kipnis stay at second base last year for the postseason when Cleveland acquired Josh Donaldson? Clearly, Kipnis wanted to stay at second base, and wasn’t exactly overjoyed with Francona’s decision to move him to the outfield.If Francona was “playing favorites,” one would reasonably assume he would have done whatever would have satisfied the mood and the ego of one of “his boys.” Instead, Tito, knowing he had a newly acquired guy in Donaldson (third baseman) whose bat needed to be in the lineup, moved not one all-star in Kipnis, but two all-stars when he shifted Ramirez to second base.So, let’s put all of this nonsense to bed with regards to questioning a manger, who has forgotten more about baseball than the average fan will ever come to know, and his decision making process.The Indians’ lineup card this afternoon may not strike fear into the hearts and arms of the Minnesota pitching staff, but I believe things will be more competitive than people think. And please remember, it’s only one game folks, let’s look forward to our road opener today and the home opener April 1.It’s time to have fun regarding all of the activities you yearly celebrate with family and friends pertaining to “Opening Day.” Enjoy the tradition, because that’s all it is. NEOSI Stafflast_img read more

LIO’s Across Alaska Will Close Early On Fridays Due To Budget Cuts

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Due to budget cuts, all Legislative Information Offices will close at noon on Fridays, starting today, until the Legislative session begins in January. Executive Director of the Alaska Legislative Affairs Agency Pam Varni… Varni: “We received a budget cut and the difference from what’s authorized this year and what we had in FY16 management plan is a reduction of $298,000 and legislative council voted to look at, during the interim, not during session, but during the interim, that the full-time LIO’s would take a half a day in the Friday afternoon’s.” LIO’s are in place to assist Alaskans with the correct information necessary to make a decision in regards to changing public policy through legislature. These offices also allow legislators to communicate with Alaskans. The Kenai LIO is one of 23 other offices in the state, located on Main Street Loop in suite 217. Business hours will remain the same Monday through Thursday, from 8:00am to 4:30pm and Fridays, 8:00am to noon. Pam says this change will remain permanent unless legislature gives the agency more funds for FY18.last_img read more

As it happened: Bristol Bears 27-27 London Irish

first_imgNathan Hughes, Charles Piutau, Ed Holmes and Harry Thacker all touched down in a remarkable second half, to give Pat Lam’s side a three-point lead heading into the closing stages. But the Exiles’ fly half held his nerve in the 79th minute to earn a draw for the visitors.Re-live all of the action, as we dissect the key moments from Sunday’s action.last_img