Self confidence http://coberm.net/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 09:44:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://coberm.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-13-120x120.png Self confidence http://coberm.net/ 32 32 Vote of confidence; local news – The Island https://coberm.net/vote-of-confidence-local-news-the-island/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 00:26:49 +0000 https://coberm.net/vote-of-confidence-local-news-the-island/ Amazing Thailand has been ranked the fourth most attractive travel destination in the world, post-pandemic, with Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Hua Hin being the top Thai cities that global travelers search for online. And I have visited all these exciting destinations, courtesy of the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Royal Thai Embassy in […]]]>

Amazing Thailand has been ranked the fourth most attractive travel destination in the world, post-pandemic, with Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Hua Hin being the top Thai cities that global travelers search for online. And I have visited all these exciting destinations, courtesy of the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Royal Thai Embassy in Sri Lanka.

The study, according to Visa Global Travel Intentions Study 2021, was conducted from January to October 2021, with data analyzed from more than 7,000 keywords searched by travelers from 62 countries, as well as travel information in Thailand, in five Thai tourist cities and travelers. feelings about the impact of the pandemic on the travel situation.

The study indicated that the top three motivations for international travelers intending to visit Thailand are recreation (30%), the opportunity to get away from it all and relax (25%) and outdoor adventure. (18%). This demonstrates that visitors are looking for a stress-free vacation that offers optimal opportunities to relax, get out and leave the worries of the pandemic behind.

The study also found that when in Thailand, tourists are more likely to head to activities and attractions that Thailand is famous for. The main activity preferences are towards a famous Thai massage, eating Thai food at cafes and restaurants, spending time at their resort and embracing Thai culture; like visiting a Buddhist temple.

Of course, for Sri Lankans, I would also add shopping!

According to the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Thailand’s tourism industry is showing signs of recovery, with an increase in visitor numbers over the next three years, which is expected to reach around 46.96 million… by the end of 2024. The continued easing of tourist entry requirements throughout the year should make it easier for tourists to return to Thailand.

Meanwhile, Thailand’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has approved the simplified Thailand Pass check-in and entry rules for international arrivals, which came into effect on June 1, 2022.

Foreign nationals are still required to apply for a Thailand Pass (via https://tp.consular.go.th/), but will only need to provide passport details, vaccinations and a police visa. health insurance of 10,000 USD.

The system will then automatically issue a Thailand Pass QR code for applicants. Thais, however, will no longer be required to apply for a Thailand Pass.

Upon arrival in Thailand, vaccinated travelers must undergo entry screening and then will be permitted entry and are free to travel anywhere in the kingdom.

Unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated travellers, who are able to upload proof of a negative RT-PCR or professional ATK test, within 72 hours of travel, through the Thailand Pass system, will also be permitted to enter and are free to go anywhere in the Kingdom.

The CCSA also approved a further easing of COVID-19 controls nationwide with three color-coded zones: Pilot Tourism Zones or Blue Zones, Surveillance or Green Zone, and Strictly Supervised Zones or Yellow Zone.

night entertainment venues; such as pubs, bars and karaoke lounges, in the green and blue zones, will be allowed to resume operations, including the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages, on site, until midnight. However, all sites have been asked to strictly comply with the prevention instructions.

The CCSA also lifted the quarantine requirement for the high-risk contact.

Alright, if you’re thinking about a well-deserved vacation, make sure it’s ‘Thailand here I am.’

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British Prime Minister Johnson faces vote of no confidence https://coberm.net/british-prime-minister-johnson-faces-vote-of-no-confidence/ Mon, 06 Jun 2022 13:47:00 +0000 https://coberm.net/british-prime-minister-johnson-faces-vote-of-no-confidence/ Jravel companies and public health experts question the caution of Canada’s continued vaccination mandate on planes and at the border, suggesting the policy may be out of step with science and global tourism trends. The federal government announced Tuesday that travel restrictions related to COVID-19 will remain in place at least until the end of […]]]>

Jravel companies and public health experts question the caution of Canada’s continued vaccination mandate on planes and at the border, suggesting the policy may be out of step with science and global tourism trends.

The federal government announced Tuesday that travel restrictions related to COVID-19 will remain in place at least until the end of the month, including the requirement that anyone entering Canada or boarding an aircraft or on a train inside the country to be vaccinated.

The extension of the measures has been welcomed by industry groups who have argued that public health requirements could hamper Canadian tourism during the important summer season.

Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said on Tuesday the government was reviewing the evidence and consulting experts and other jurisdictions to guide its decisions on vaccine requirements for travel.

“There is obviously a discussion to find the right balance, to make sure that we keep an eye on public health but also on the fluidity of our economy,” Alghabra said on his way to a cabinet meeting.

Travelers 12 years of age and older must show proof of being fully immunized to board domestic or international flights departing from most Canadian airports. The requirements also apply to trains and cruise ships.

Since April, fully vaccinated travelers can enter Canada without a pre-entry COVID-19 test, but may be randomly tested upon arrival and must answer screening questions on the ArriveCan app. Pre-entry testing is still required for partially vaccinated or unvaccinated persons over the age of 12 who are eligible to travel to Canada. Travelers who do not meet vaccine requirements may be turned away at the border or required to self-quarantine for 14 days or until departure.

Public health officials have said repeatedly since the Omicron variant hit in late 2021 that the virus is more apt to spread between vaccinated people than its predecessors.

Chief Public Health Officer Dr Theresa Tam said the cabinet should reassess the measure given that vaccines now offer less protection against transmission, and the government says such reassessments are happening on an ongoing basis .

Vaccination mandates made sense when it came to curbing the spread of earlier variants of COVID-19, but as the virus has evolved these policies have outgrown their purpose, said medical specialist Dr. Zain Chagla of infectious diseases at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.

“(It) doesn’t necessarily keep the benefits of those rules, only causing harm,” said Chagla, an associate professor at McMaster University.

To be considered fully immunized, travelers must present proof that they have received at least two doses of a series of vaccines (or at least one dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine).

While research shows COVID-19 vaccines offer significant protection against serious disease, Chagla said new evidence suggests that two doses and a booster are less than 15% effective in preventing Omicron infection.

Unvaccinated people have also increasingly acquired some degree of immunity to the virus through infection, Chagla noted, suggesting that they are not at much higher risk of spreading the virus than the general population.

A growing number of jurisdictions in Canada and abroad have dropped vaccine requirements for public places and travel, but the vaccination mandate for federally regulated transportation continues to restrict the ability of unvaccinated people to see loved ones or pursue professional opportunities, Chagla said.

“Even though we try to stigmatize unvaccinated people, there are consequences on their lives that we really need to think about in the long term,” he said. “When the risk of infection is quite similar across most groups, I really think we need to include everyone in the ability to travel and make it a part of their lives.”

Meanwhile, members of the Canadian travel industry say continued restrictions could hamper the sector’s return.

Marty Firestone, president of Toronto-based insurance broker Travel Secure, said he’s heard from many customers frustrated with vaccine requirements. Most have been limited to road trips or staycations.

But with some restrictions still in place, Firestone said Canada could not fully capitalize on roughly two years of pent-up pandemic wanderlust.

“When all of these things are removed, we will eventually be back to the new normal,” he said. “Right now, we’re not even close.”

Richard Vanderlubbe, president of Trip Central, a travel agency with more than two dozen offices across Canada, said it’s possible dropping vaccine requirements could prove a deterrent to worried travelers. about COVID-19, but it would need to do some market research to determine if that’s the case.

But he’s convinced Canada is one of the most cautious countries in the world when it comes to COVID-19 travel rules, and he doesn’t see that changing anytime soon.

Officers had to deal with tense phone calls when first informing customers of vaccine requirements for travel, but that anger has since turned to resignation, Vanderlubbe said.

As the travel industry booms from the doldrums of COVID-19 shutdowns, Vanderlubbe said hypervigilance without a clear public health rationale could set Canada back as much of the world welcomes tourists again. Last month, Austria, Belgium and Vietnam joined the growing list of countries that have eased border restrictions.

“All of us in the travel industry want our customers to be happy, and we want as many people on planes as possible,” Vanderlubbe said. “If there is a health risk, why is Canada the only country in the world doing this? That’s my question.

-With files from Laura Osman in Ottawa

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on June 1, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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IT COSMETICS LAUNCHES “CONFIDENCE AT WORK” TO HELP BOOST WOMEN’S CONFIDENCE AT WORK | New https://coberm.net/it-cosmetics-launches-confidence-at-work-to-help-boost-womens-confidence-at-work-new/ Wed, 01 Jun 2022 14:19:34 +0000 https://coberm.net/it-cosmetics-launches-confidence-at-work-to-help-boost-womens-confidence-at-work-new/ The beauty brand is committed to empowering women to reframe their inner critic and Make confidence-building resources available to everyone at work JERSEY CITY, NJ, June 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Computer cosmetics spear Confidence at work, an initiative that builds on the brand’s longstanding mission of empowering women to feel their most confident every […]]]>

The beauty brand is committed to empowering women to reframe their inner critic and Make confidence-building resources available to everyone at work

JERSEY CITY, NJ, June 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Computer cosmetics spear Confidence at work, an initiative that builds on the brand’s longstanding mission of empowering women to feel their most confident every day. The new commitment aims to help women reframe their inner critic and build their confidence by providing workplace-related tools and resources, in partnership with the American Confidence Institute. IT Cosmetics is thrilled to announce the founder of the American Confidence Institute, Alyssa Dver, will serve as the brand’s official trusted educator. Together, the brand is proud to take action in the workplace, where 1 in 2 women say they don’t feel confident right now*

Inner criticism can be detrimental to career success – preventing people from seeking promotions, applying for new opportunities, or negotiating their worth. Confidence at Work aims to raise awareness of this crisis of confidence affecting working women while encouraging them to turn the script on the negative voice in their heads, which causes doubt and uncertainty for so many people.

“At IT Cosmetics, we believe that everyone deserves to feel the most confident,” says Amy Wang, US Managing Director, IT Cosmetics. “That’s why we’re excited to expand our confidence-building efforts into the workplace, where so many hard-working women struggle to gain confidence. Our hope is that women feel seen, heard. and supported through the conversation we start and will benefit from the tools and resources we provide.”

“When research from the American Confidence Institute found that women don’t reach their best confidence levels until age 60, we knew it was time to join forces to help shorten that process. “, declares Kristen arrives, SVP of Global Consumer Engagement at IT Cosmetics. “We want women to feel confident when starting, building and sustaining their careers.”

As part of the toolkit available at https://www.itcosmetics.com/confidence-at-work.html, IT Cosmetics has partnered with ACI to develop a library of trust-building content. The Toolkit includes a NEW Workplace Confidence video series hosted by Alyssa Dver, which will educate on the science of the brain around building self-confidence and debunk the myths behind real confidence at work. Throughout each episode, women will receive practical advice and empowerment techniques on how to build confidence at work. Additionally, a collection of articles, written by Dver, will focus on relevant themes that women face as they navigate the workplace and their personal ambitions. Article topics include: How to be confident in an interview, the difference between competence and confidence and What comes first – success or confidence?

Next month, IT Cosmetics will launch a personalized confidence self-assessment at work, powered by research and insights from the American Confidence Institute. The assessment will ask questions related to real work scenarios and provide a personalized report with confidence coaching feedback and confidence building tips. The self-assessment will provide personalized analysis – against a score – and is encouraged to be repeated after implementing practical tips and techniques, as a tool to monitor confidence levels over time.

“Confidence isn’t just a buzzword or boosted by someone else’s experience – it’s a skill anyone can learn, at any age, in any career. When someone is confident, they have real influence. They can more easily get what they want, value, and need. Genuine confidence allows for authenticity, trust, and respect. That’s why I think that it’s so important to have confidence at work,” says Dver. “I’ve spent my career helping people, including employees of major Fortune 500 companies, learn how to have real confidence. Now I’m thrilled to partner with IT Cosmetics to give even more women the confidence they need to succeed in the workplace. “

To further support Confidence at Work, IT Cosmetics is partnering with Kiva for the second year in a row. Kiva is an international nonprofit that works to expand financial access to help underserved communities thrive through crowdfunded microloans. Departure Wednesday, June 8, 2022IT Cosmetics is fueling women’s confidence with Kiva by combining crowdfunded loans (up to $350,000) to women owners of underserved businesses. By 2030, IT Cosmetics is committed to lending more than $3 million to this important cause.

Confidence at Work is currently a US initiative, with plans to activate in all global IT Cosmetics markets next year. For more information on trust at work, visit https://www.itcosmetics.com/confidence-at-work.html.

ABOUT COSMETICS

Innovative technology is computing. Our mission is to make the world more beautiful through our products, through our actions, and through our belief that everyone is beautiful and deserves to feel their most beautiful. Developed with the knowledge of plastic surgeons and the ingredient and skincare expertise of dermatologists, IT Cosmetics creates problem-solving makeup and skincare products that give you real results. IT exists to allow you to feel the most confident! Currently available in over 20 countries, IT Cosmetics continues to expand its global footprint.

For more information about IT Cosmetics, visit itcosmetics.com.

ABOUT THE TRUSTED AMERICAN INSTITUTE

The American Confidence Institute (ACI) trains growth-conscious individuals to coach and self-coach using tools and techniques based on brain science. Content used in all online classes, speeches, workshops and an ICF-accredited coaching certification program has been vetted by experts from Harvard Medical School, MIT, Yale, Wharton and dozens of top business leaders. Founded in 2015, ACI has so far trained over 350,000 people and certified over 400 coaches worldwide. Learn more about www.AmericanConfidenceInstitute.com

ABOUT KIVA

Kiva is a global nonprofit that brings people together to invest in lasting impact. Kiva connects individuals, institutional investors and businesses to global opportunities to invest in humanity, when and where it will have the greatest collective impact. With as little as $5, you can help women, refugees and small businesses around the world build a better future for individuals, their families and their communities. Join two million people who have invested $1.7 billion in real dreams and real opportunities around the world.

**KPMG Women’s Leadership Report, 2021

Contact: Michelle CorvelliAlison Brod Marketing Communications, MichelleC@abmc-us.com

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Building firm trust in a thriving Chinese culture https://coberm.net/building-firm-trust-in-a-thriving-chinese-culture/ Wed, 01 Jun 2022 08:02:00 +0000 https://coberm.net/building-firm-trust-in-a-thriving-chinese-culture/ A mobile photo shows the Palace Museum in Beijing, capital of China, March 14, 2019. (Xinhua/Xinhua) Twenty years ago, a massive national research project was launched to explore the origin and early development of Chinese civilization. In retrospect, the project has made remarkable achievements. Recently, Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, praised […]]]>

A mobile photo shows the Palace Museum in Beijing, capital of China, March 14, 2019. (Xinhua/Xinhua)

Twenty years ago, a massive national research project was launched to explore the origin and early development of Chinese civilization. In retrospect, the project has made remarkable achievements. Recently, Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, praised the project for “providing its own definition of civilization and its solution for developing a more civilized world, which has made creative contributions to research on the pursuit of origins of the world”. civilization.”

Culture and civilization reflect the spirit and identity of a country and a nation. China’s 10,000-year cultural history and over 5,000 years of civilizational history illustrate the development of a sense of community among the Chinese people and how Chinese of all ethnic groups are united in the diversity. These are the cultural resources and heritages on which the path of Chinese modernization and the new form of human civilization are based.

History is a manual for learning and a mirror for seeing the world better. Xi stressed the need to establish a “grand historical perspective,” and in-depth study of the history of Chinese civilization is precisely one of the implications of this perspective. Chinese civilization embodies the common values ​​of mankind, which embody traditional stories such as Under Heaven (Tianxia) and the harmonious coexistence of man and nature.

In the face of growing instability and uncertainty in the world today, all countries must understand the evolution of the world order and human development from long history and the tide of time. Keeping history in mind, the villagers of the world should subscribe to mutual appreciation rather than a clash of civilizations, and jointly promote the construction of a community of shared destiny for mankind.

China’s beautiful traditional culture reflects the wisdom and essence of Chinese civilization. It can provide useful information for governance and moral construction. One of the common elements that paves the way for understanding China, the Chinese people, the Chinese Communist Party and the Chinese nation is traditional Chinese culture, or more precisely, the most refined part of it.

Amid the interaction of global cultures, Chinese culture has stood the test of history and changes in the external environment. Its inclusiveness and openness have become even more unwavering. The reason why Chinese culture is so colorful and profound lies in its inclusive nature.

China has had its place and influence in the world, not through militarism or hegemony, but through the powerful appeal and attractiveness of Chinese culture.

As pointed out in the Resolution of the CPC Central Committee on the main achievements and historical experience of the Party over the past century: Confidence in one’s culture, which is a broader, deeper and more fundamental form of self-confidence, is the most essential, deep and lasting source of strength for the development of a country and a nation.

Building cultural trust is a systematic project. First, new measures should be taken to improve the institutional mechanism for the protection and discovery of traditional culture, and to strengthen its heritage and dissemination. It is advisable to strengthen the construction of “beautiful villages” in rural areas to increase the sense of participation and cultural belonging of the populations. As one of the main agents of change and progress in society, the younger generation should be better equipped with traditional cultural knowledge, for example by putting more effort into thematic educational activities.

Second, with cultural exchanges getting stronger and stronger, China’s soft power will increase. Actively participating in cultural exchange is an important way to enrich one’s own culture. For example, cultural communication and think tank dialogue are an integral part of cooperation between countries along the Belt and Road Initiative.

Third, Chinese culture makes contributions of Chinese solutions to global governance. By virtue of Chinese culture’s ability to keep pace with the times, China recently proposed the Global Development Initiative and the Global Security Initiative, respectively, to offer responses to the current development and security deficits in global governance.

The world is facing major changes unprecedented in a century, and the global pandemic has taken a disproportionate toll on vulnerable people. Various social tendencies are in fierce competition, populism, de-globalization and xenophobia are on the rise, and the principles of the UN Charter and multilateralism are being challenged. In this context, the history of Chinese civilization and the common human values ​​rooted therein will hopefully provide a useful vision for better developing international cooperation and improving global governance structures in the post-era era. -pandemic.

The author is an associate professor at the Central Bureau of Compilation and Translation. opinion@globaltimes.com.cn

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A 70 ton vote of no confidence at Meghalaya House https://coberm.net/a-70-ton-vote-of-no-confidence-at-meghalaya-house/ Fri, 27 May 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://coberm.net/a-70-ton-vote-of-no-confidence-at-meghalaya-house/ It was envisioned to be the symbol of Meghalaya’s progress. Until Sunday morning, a 70-ton dome under construction of the new State Assembly Building collapsed. What followed was a fierce political blame game, with the National People’s Party (NPP) led state government facing criticism from opposition parties as well as the BJP ally. , and […]]]>

It was envisioned to be the symbol of Meghalaya’s progress. Until Sunday morning, a 70-ton dome under construction of the new State Assembly Building collapsed.

What followed was a fierce political blame game, with the National People’s Party (NPP) led state government facing criticism from opposition parties as well as the BJP ally. , and questions about allegations of corruption. The accident having occurred early in the morning, there were fortunately no injuries.

The BJP said on Wednesday it would discuss the issue with its two MPs, one of whom is a member of the cabinet led by Conrad Sangma. “We have two MPs, but we are the ones who took the initiative to form this MDA (Meghalaya Democratic Alliance) government. We decided today to call the two MPs, discuss and send our report to Delhi to the National President. Then we will take a call,” BJP Chairman Ernest Mawrie said. The Indian Express.

The BJP leader also said his party was in favor of an agency outside the state carrying out an independent investigation. “Whatever investigation is going on in the state, it ends with the submission of the report and the report never becomes public. Since this is a technical point, they (the government) should also involve their own vigilance committee. Also, as this is a centrally sponsored program, it is correlated and a decision must also be made on a CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) investigation,” he added.

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Mawrie’s deputy, Bernard N Marak, previously said Sangma should either allow a CBI investigation into the incident or stand down. Stating that the BJP expected good governance, development and intolerance of corruption when supporting the NPP, Marak said the Sangma government had failed his party and the people of the state.

Opposition parties, including Congress and the Trinamool Congress (TMC), have also pointed the finger at the Sangma administration. In a statement on Wednesday, Congress said it would await the findings of a High Power Committee (HPC) chaired by Assembly Speaker Methab Lyngdoh. “They have to be clear about it, have to do all kinds of audits; they would have to look at the bidding process, construction anomalies or whatever they had. They will put experts in place and we expect something positive to come out of it,” the party added.

The TMC alleged that the poor quality of the dome was the result of institutional corruption. The party leader in charge of the region, Subal Bhowmik, on Wednesday called for a judicial inquiry by a sitting High Court judge into the dome collapse, but rejected Sangma’s decision to seek an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) to carry out a technical audit.

“I think this audit is an attempt to cover up the issue,” he said Wednesday. “No major corruption has ever been uncovered in the North East through such audits. The truth is to be discovered through a judicial inquiry by a judge sitting in the High Court. »

Opposition parties, including Congress and the Trinamool Congress (TMC), have also pointed the finger at the Conrad Sangma administration. (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal/File)

Asked about the calls for his resignation, Sangma said the day before that it was not for him to decide. “It is not my decision to say whether I will resign or not. It is the MPs from the various coalition partners who will take the call. They are the ones who elected me and they are the ones who will decide, ”said the CM.

“We have the incident at length and we have made decisions… We have decided to carry out a third party audit to find out the reasons for the collapse of the whole building. They will also investigate the collapse of the dome and at the same time they will also examine the strength of other areas like the left and right wings, the main hall corridor, the reception area and the bedrooms of the President, Chief Minister. and other areas of the ground,” President Lyngdoh said.

The new legislature building became necessary after the previous one was damaged by fire in 2001. Since then, Assembly sessions have been held in the auditorium of the Department of Arts and Culture in Shillong. The estimated cost of the new assembly building at Mawdiangdiang is Rs 177.7 crore. A construction agency from Uttar Pradesh was commissioned to build it and work began in 2019. It was due to be completed in July but is now facing an undue delay as work will not resume, especially on the main building , until the audit report is submitted.

Authorities have initiated damage control measures to ensure no further damage occurs. Unauthorized people are not allowed to enter the building and authorities will cover the gaping space left by the collapsed dome to prevent water leaks.

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Clwyd Theater development gets major vote of confidence from donors https://coberm.net/clwyd-theater-development-gets-major-vote-of-confidence-from-donors/ Sat, 07 May 2022 13:58:39 +0000 https://coberm.net/clwyd-theater-development-gets-major-vote-of-confidence-from-donors/ //= do_shortcode(‘[in-content-square]’) ?> Proposals have been entered to renovate Theatr Clwyd in Mold. Source: Flintshire Council Theatr Clwyd is on track to meet its £5million target to support the redevelopment of the iconic building, thanks to major philanthropic donations. Some of the world’s biggest private philanthropic funders have pledged to support Mold’s arts-based charity and […]]]>
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Proposals have been entered to renovate Theatr Clwyd in Mold. Source: Flintshire Council

Theatr Clwyd is on track to meet its £5million target to support the redevelopment of the iconic building, thanks to major philanthropic donations.

Some of the world’s biggest private philanthropic funders have pledged to support Mold’s arts-based charity and its major capital redevelopment plans, amounting to the highest amount raised by a theater in Wales , including £1.5 million from the Moondance Foundation, their biggest single ever. donation made to an arts organization in Wales.

The donation from the Moondance Foundation – which supports organizations that have a transformational impact in communities across Wales and beyond – will fund safe, natural and accessible spaces, specially designed for the needs and use of young people, as well only to support the environmental sustainability of the building.

In addition to the Moondance Foundation donation, the private and public fundraising goal received £500,000 each from the Wolfson Foundation, the Garfield Weston Foundation, plus another donation from an anonymous local philanthropist.

Additionally, a pledge of £300,000 from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation will allow the organization to continue its award-winning community work during construction.

These creative commitments initiatives include projects with at-risk youth, those suffering from early-onset memory loss and dementia, and school-based civic responsibility programs such as the award-winning Justice in a Day program.

Theater bosses say the funding will ensure well-equipped rehearsal rooms, high-tech theaters and open avenues for new artists, practitioners and creatives, ensuring the development of world-class artistic products and talent in the country. of Wales,

Proposals have been entered to renovate Theatr Clwyd in Mold. Source: Flintshire Council

Vote of confidence

The redevelopment of Theatr Clwyd has been described as one of Wales’ most culturally significant projects – described by the Welsh Government as essential to bringing social, economic and cultural benefits to North Wales.

Private and philanthropic donations support public funding from the Welsh Government, the Arts Council of Wales and Flintshire County Council.

Liam Evans-Ford, Executive Director of Theatr Clwyd, said: When we started this momentous journey in 2017, we were told we were unlikely to raise more than £2million in private investment for a theater in Wales.

“Thanks to the generous support of these major funders, we have already reached £3m.”

“This is an uplifting vote of confidence in Theatr Clwyd, our values, the quality of our theatrical creation and our deeply important community work.”

Demolition work

Diane Briere de l’Isle Engelhardt, Founder and President of the Moondance Foundation, said: “Clwyd Theaters are exceptional – leaders in their field, ambitious, innovative – all with community at the heart of what they do.

“We knew, without a doubt, that we had to make their voices heard and ensure the continuation of their innovative work.”

Paul Ramsbottom, CEO of the Wolfson Foundation, said: “Our level of commitment – ​​the highest for a performing arts project in Wales – reflects our enthusiasm and support for the ambitious vision of Theatr Clwyd. for the Flintshire community and for the arts of North Wales.

Theater bosses said his pledge to the Garfield Weston Foundation will be a ‘crucial element’ in Theatr Clwyd’s fundraising campaign and ‘will ensure broad access to the arts for all in society, through improved creative infrastructure vital”.

Charlotte Mulliner, Head of Fundraising for the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, said: “Theatr Clwyd plays a vital role in the wider Mold and Flintshire community, not only for arts and culture, but also for bringing people and organizations together. to create thriving and inclusive communities.


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A world of wonder, storytelling, self-confidence and talent for this gaming genius https://coberm.net/a-world-of-wonder-storytelling-self-confidence-and-talent-for-this-gaming-genius/ Mon, 18 Apr 2022 01:00:01 +0000 https://coberm.net/a-world-of-wonder-storytelling-self-confidence-and-talent-for-this-gaming-genius/ If you’ve spent hours playing Assassin’s Creed or one of its many spin-off or board game versions, then it’s time to meet the gaming industry leader who has been in a leadership position in creating art for the household name, and arguably, the biggest and most successful title to date, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Since realizing […]]]>

If you’ve spent hours playing Assassin’s Creed or one of its many spin-off or board game versions, then it’s time to meet the gaming industry leader who has been in a leadership position in creating art for the household name, and arguably, the biggest and most successful title to date, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

Since realizing her dream of being part of the gaming industry and joining Ubisoft Singapore in 2015, Syarah Mahmood, Lead Artist, Ubisoft Singapore kept climbing the ladder. Her recent projects have led her to take on a leadership position in the artistic creation of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Her work has seen her collaborate with gaming industry veterans around the world and seen by over 11.7 million gamers as they journey through the digital likeness of ancient England and Greece. .

The rise of female gamers is a well-documented phenomenon, with statistics from 2020 showing that women make up 40% of gamers in Southeast Asia. Knowing what the talent landscape looks like for the video game market, Syarah has focused her efforts on raising awareness of the gaming industry, dispelling myths about who can and cannot have a career in video games, and discounting question of the current status quo.

In this interview with Aditi Sharma Kalra, Syarah talks about hher professional journey, what it’s like to create art for one of the best video game franchises in the world and the challenges she had to overcome along the way.

Q What did you dream of becoming a little girl? What drew you to the world that mixes art and gaming?

As a child, I was always interested in storytelling and loved to write and draw. I chose to study animation at school because I felt like it mixed all those interests. After college, I worked in the animation industry for a few years. Eventually my perception of storytelling had started to evolve and I wanted to push myself to explore a different industry.

For me, gaming is a way to tie together storytelling, world-building, design, gameplay, and technology – which provides me with the challenge I was looking for. I had an amazing experience playing the first Assassin’s Creed and was inspired to recreate that amazing feeling for others.

Q While creating art for one of the best video game franchises in the world, what challenges have you had to overcome throughout your career and how did you overcome them?

It’s probably a universal experience for people joining a new industry, but at first I had my doubts about my ability to succeed in the game. It made me question myself.

After a while, I learned to ignore those comments and focus on my goal, which is to create great art, create immersive game worlds, and work with talented artists to really develop my skills. in game development.

I think that while there will always be people who will doubt you, what’s important is how you react to the situation and what you choose to focus on.

Q From your early days as a background artist to creating globally acclaimed artwork for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, what inspires you? What are the influences in your life to build your early interest in this area, or to maintain it?

The real world inspires me with its complexity and beauty. Nature, traveling to new places, experiencing and understanding a new culture add to the knowledge and visual library. Music, television, games and pop culture and, of course, games.

Having the opportunity to work with visionary Ubisoft art directors (Mohamed Gambouz, Dann Yap!), really gave perspective and insight into the art direction of the game. It’s not just about inspiring direction , but also how you translate what you know and your intentions, and how you motivate the team to execute your vision.

There is plenty to be inspired if you are constantly searching and open to it!

Q Do you think the problem of diversity in the game can be solved with sustained effort, and if so, what organizational initiatives would you gladly support?

Yes! I work with many talented women in the studio and I think the industry is already diversifying.

I think there are many concerted efforts in gaming to improve workplace culture and discrimination. Ubisoft Singapore, for example, regularly organizes training and courses on topics such as anti-bias and respectful behavior. We also have channels such as Women@Ubisoft and a women’s resource group, acting as safe spaces to discuss any issues or share ideas.

Beyond that, I also think public awareness is a huge part of the equation. We regularly collaborate with local institutions and schools to share more about the variety of careers and opportunities in games. Although change takes time, I believe that all of these initiatives are helping the industry develop in the right direction.

Q If you could represent the concept of diversity in a game, which one would you choose and why?

It would be a question of representation. Show more women, different cultures, etc. to reflect diversity in society.

By giving the audience the opportunity to identify with the game experience/character or learn a new experience while playing the game, it can help broaden perspectives and alleviate unhealthy/false stereotypes.


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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan loses vote of no confidence and is ousted from power https://coberm.net/pakistani-prime-minister-imran-khan-loses-vote-of-no-confidence-and-is-ousted-from-power/ Sat, 09 Apr 2022 16:59:48 +0000 https://coberm.net/pakistani-prime-minister-imran-khan-loses-vote-of-no-confidence-and-is-ousted-from-power/ Islamabad: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan was ousted from office last night after losing a vote of no confidence following a 1pm drama, becoming the first elected leader in the country’s history to be impeached by the parliament. A total of 174 lawmakers from a united opposition voted against the prime minister, above the 172 […]]]>

Islamabad: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan was ousted from office last night after losing a vote of no confidence following a 1pm drama, becoming the first elected leader in the country’s history to be impeached by the parliament.

A total of 174 lawmakers from a united opposition voted against the prime minister, above the 172 needed to impeach the 69-year-old former cricketer star, said opposition lawmaker Ayaz Sadiq, who chaired the parliamentary session as chairman of the ruling party, Asad Qaiser and the vice president both resigned shortly before the vote.

As soon as Qaiser announced his resignation, most Treasury members rose and left the House, giving the opposition a clear majority before a vote was even cast.

A new morning begins, says Sharif

The stage is now set for the opposition to elect Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Shehbaz Sharif as leader of the chamber and prime minister-elect to lead the South Asian nation until the end of the parliamentary term. in August 2023.

Shehbaz Sharif

“A new morning is beginning, a new day is about to begin,” Sharif told lawmakers after the results were announced. “The prayers of millions of Pakistanis have been heard.”

Khan’s party had prompted multiple adjournments throughout the day to delay the no-confidence motion by repeating its claims of a foreign plot to overthrow his government. Voting finally started just after midnight and Khan was not present when Sadiq announced the results.

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Security guards walk past the parliament building in Islamabad on April 9, 2022.

Khan’s exit was preceded by the departure of his own allies as the opposition blamed him for mismanaging the country – ranging from the economy to foreign policy. The opposition is led by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Shehbaz Sharif’s brother, and the Pakistan Peoples Party, jointly led by ex-president Asif Ali Zardari and his son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

The vote follows a week of great drama in Pakistan, which was resolved when the Supreme Court intervened on Thursday to overturn Khan’s decision to overturn an earlier no-confidence vote, dissolve parliament and call new elections.

Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party was voted in by millions who grew up watching him play cricket, where he excelled as an all-around player and led Pakistan to Cup victory of the world in 1992.

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Confidence is key, say female STEM leaders https://coberm.net/confidence-is-key-say-female-stem-leaders/ Wed, 23 Mar 2022 18:13:52 +0000 https://coberm.net/confidence-is-key-say-female-stem-leaders/ Biomedical engineer Michaella Kavanagh (right, with mic) said she somehow made it through college without having to do a lot of presentations and advised female students on the Women in STEM panel to get out of their zone comfort and present as much as they can. Story of Lana Sweeten-ShultsPictures of Ralph FresoGCU News […]]]>

Biomedical engineer Michaella Kavanagh (right, with mic) said she somehow made it through college without having to do a lot of presentations and advised female students on the Women in STEM panel to get out of their zone comfort and present as much as they can.

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“Here we are. It’s going to be terrible!”

Michaella Kavanagh knew she was in a professional mess. What happened next was not going to be cute. All of his insecurities were ready to spill on the floor, right in front of his interviewers.

Biomedical engineer BD Peripheral Intervention, early in her career, wanted a job at a startup working in artificial heart valves.

GCU Society of Women Engineers Project Engineer Jessica Padilla, one of three student moderators, posed a question to the panelists.

But when she was a student at Trinity College Dublin, she was not top of her class. She didn’t know everything, as some people seemed to know, and was beginning to doubt herself.

“Am I a good engineer if I CANNOT do all this?” she wondered.

Then she wonders about her youth and her inexperience.

When her investigators asked her to draw a heart valve in SolidWorks, a computer-aided design and engineering application, she knew disaster was imminent.

She didn’t know much about SolidWorks, so she did her best before turning to her interviewers, verbally stating what she would do and assuring them, “This (SolidWorks) is something I can understand . I need time with this. That’s my thought process and that’s what I would do.

After what she thought was a disastrous interview, she tried to convince herself: “I don’t want it anyway.

But then she was offered the job, although she ended up accepting a position at another company.

The big takeaway she shared with Grand Canyon University students at the second annual Women in STEM panel Tuesday in the Engineering Building: “We definitely have times when we don’t believe in ourselves. You must be confident.

That wasn’t the only advice she and four other women engineers, tech professionals and recruiting professionals shared at the event, planned and organized by three GCU student STEM clubs – the GCU chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, the Technology Club and HOSA Future Healthcare Professionals. They worked with K12 Educational Development, Strategic Employer Initiatives and Internships and the College of Science, Engineering and Technology to bring the event to campus.

Shelly Tudor (second from right) said she had changed majors twice but knew she had found what she wanted to do when she walked into a computer room on Good Friday and was she only came out on Easter Sunday.

Information systems professional Shelly Tudor told students to “forget the list” when it comes to getting the job you want. If you can’t check off all the requirements in a long list of requirements, that’s okay. You can learn these skills.

“As a hiring manager, I’ve had so many people that I’ve interviewed or hired who had no idea,” but they have that confidence, Tudor said. Some have succeeded; some did not. His advice: “Don’t disqualify yourself. … You are your best advocate. No one can honk your horn as well as you.

Civil engineer Susan Detwilerthe chief operating officer of private consulting firm Dibble, echoed this theme of trust.

“You gotta get that handshake, ladies,” she told the students. “You have to be confident. It has to be firm. It’s the first impression. … Be the first to reach out. The art of the handshake? “It is enormous.”

She also encouraged students to focus on details that might not seem so huge, as shown in Dr. Lois P. FrankelNice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: The Unconscious Mistakes Women Make to Sabotage Their Careers.

“There’s really one aspect that I think women should focus on, and that’s the subtle differences in how you communicate,” Detwiler said. “There are a number of things that women do that are viewed negatively by men. …playing with your hair, fidgeting, maybe formulating a statement in the form of a question, the silly handshake…apologizing excessively, using please and thank you too much in e-mail correspondence.

She also implored the participants to defend themselves. If they hear an inappropriate joke, don’t laugh.

Then she shared those times when she was at a business function and someone asked her, more than once, what she does for her business.

Susan Detwiler, chief operating officer of consulting firm Dibble, advised students to perfect their handshake to make that great first impression.

“Are you in marketing?” they ask.

Early in her career, she thought it was great that someone thought that, because marketing professionals are so creative and fun. But later in her career, she realized how these assumptions destroy women working in technical fields.

She said she was willing to be polite and let people know in a subtle way not to make those kinds of assumptions by saying something like, “No. I am an engineer. YOU must be in marketing.

A big topic of interest for students: how to negotiate your salary.

Panelist Janelle Mathewsco-founder of recruitment firm Gold Search Partners, says do your research.

“You don’t just pull a number off the air,” Mathews said. Consider your level of experience and research the market.

So remember, the shiny number a company puts in front of you isn’t everything, Detwiler added.

Marla Peterson, senior technical manager at Honeywell Aerospace, said when negotiating salary, don’t just look at numbers, but tuition, rotation programs, etc.

Marla Petersona systems engineer who is a senior technical director at Honeywell Aerospace, said he asks companies about tuition reimbursement and rotation programs, in which employees move to different jobs at the same company so they can see where they might fit best.

When students asked panelists what they regretted NOT doing before entering the industry, Kavanagh advised doing an internship because industry is very different from academia.

She added, “When I was in school, I managed to get by doing very few presentations,” and she recalls the first meeting she went to, where she had a small task and spoke for maybe a minute. “I was so nervous thinking about it all day, just getting ready in my head.”

Step out of your comfort zone while you’re still in college and give those presentations? It’s daunting, Kavanagh said, but it’s worth it.

Peterson, who has worked in STEM for 38 years, explained how important it is to seek out mentors. If you can find a female manager to mentor you, that’s great. But, she added, “When I started, I think it was very difficult for men to understand what women do at work besides being an administrative assistant. … But we really have a lot progressed, and you have to see men as your partners…. You want to find men at work who are advocates or sponsors who will mentor you.

Panelists also shared how, when it comes to women in STEM jobs, they have the upper hand. Students should ensure that they interview the company as much as the company interviews them.

Detwiler said, “Especially in today’s industry, you have the choice of where you want to work. It’s a fantastic position.

Adrianna Ruby, member of GCU’s Society of Women Engineers, attends the Women in STEM panel.

She shared her own story of why she chose her company, Dibble, whose recruiters shared with her their dedication to improving the community. This higher cause spoke to his heart.

Pay attention to the company culture and consider the people you will be working with, they pointed out.

“I love chatting in the hallways,” Kavanagh explained, and being friends with her co-workers has made all the difference in her career.

Mathews shared how companies want to know why you want to work for them.

“My clients are so excited about candidates who they think are really choosing them for really intentional reasons,” she said.

Tudor added that technical brilliance is not necessarily the be-all and end-all. If a technically brilliant person doesn’t work well with people, that person probably won’t fit into that company.

Ultimately, “I’m going to come back to trust,” added Detwiler. “We hire a lot of people. Especially for graduates coming out of college, we don’t hire you for what you know from school. … They know you don’t know how to do the job, and that’s normal for a new graduate, but what is important is your potential.

Niya Patterson, chair of the Technology Club’s Girls Who Code committee, was one of the student moderators to pose questions to the panelists.

Senior Biomedical Engineering Trang Phamthe secretary of the Society of Women Engineers of GCU, was the moderator of the event alongside Jessica PadillaSWE project engineer and cybersecurity junior Niya Pattersonchair of the Technology Club’s Girls Who Code committee.

Pham focused on how Monday’s Women in STEM panel was about women supporting women.

“I know there is a lack of female role models in STEM,” she said, noting that the number of women working in STEM fields still lags behind the number of men working. in these industries. “But this event shows that there are (female STEM) role models.”

Junior Mechanical Engineering Major Kaitlan MillerSWE member and co-chair of GCU’s Robotics Club, highlighted what she took away from the panel, which was “definitely the part about trust and how you act in interviews, what you need to ask.”

Detwiler said the industry looked a little different when she entered the industry 24 years ago. This landscape is changing. Women can look up and see faces like hers and other panelists who work in STEM fields.

“I LOVE seeing the energy, enthusiasm and diversity,” Detwiler said. “The future is bright.”

GCU Senior Editor Lana Sweeten-Shults can be reached at [email protected] or at 602-639-7901.

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Some key details in the “trust and supply” agreement between the Liberals and the NDP https://coberm.net/some-key-details-in-the-trust-and-supply-agreement-between-the-liberals-and-the-ndp/ Tue, 22 Mar 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://coberm.net/some-key-details-in-the-trust-and-supply-agreement-between-the-liberals-and-the-ndp/ By Morgan Lee in Santa Fe SANTA FE, NM (AP) — New Mexico workplace safety regulators on Wednesday imposed the maximum possible fine of nearly $137,000 on a film production company for gun safety violations on the set of “Rust” where a cinematographer was shot in October by actor and producer Alec Baldwin. The New […]]]>

By Morgan Lee in Santa Fe

SANTA FE, NM (AP) — New Mexico workplace safety regulators on Wednesday imposed the maximum possible fine of nearly $137,000 on a film production company for gun safety violations on the set of “Rust” where a cinematographer was shot in October by actor and producer Alec Baldwin.

The New Mexico Office of Occupational Health and Safety said Rust Movie Productions had to pay $136,793 and distributed a scathing account of safety failures in violation of standard industry protocols, including testimonials that production managers took limited or no action to remedy two misfires on set before the death. filming. The office also documented gun safety complaints from crew members that went unheeded and said weapons specialists were not authorized to make decisions about additional safety training.

“What we had, based on the findings of our investigators, was a set of obvious dangers to employees regarding the use of firearms and management’s failure to respond to those obvious dangers,” said Bob Genoway, Bureau Chief of Workplace Safety, at The Associated Press.

At a ranch on the outskirts of Santa Fe on October 21, 2021, Baldwin was pointing a gun at cinematographer Halyna Hutchins inside a small church while preparing to shoot a scene when she triggered, killing Hutchins and injuring the director, Joel Souza.

Baudouin said in a December interview with ABC News that he was pointing the gun at Hutchins on his instructions on the set of the Western movie in New Mexico when it went off without him pulling the trigger.

The new workplace safety report confirms that a high-caliber revolver was handed to Baldwin by an assistant director, David Halls, without consulting with on-set weapons specialists during or after the weapon was loaded. Regulators note that Halls also served as the security coordinator and that he was present and witnessed two accidental rifle discharges on set, and that he and other managers who were aware of the misfires did not taken no investigative, corrective or disciplinary action. Crew members expressed surprise and unease.

“The security coordinator was present on set and took no direct action to address security issues,” the report said. “Management had multiple opportunities to take corrective action and chose not to. As a result of these failures, director Joel Souza and cinematographer Halyna Hutchins were seriously injured. Halyna Hutchins succumbed to her injuries.

Rust Movie Productions said through a spokesperson that it would contest the findings and the sanction.

“While we appreciate OSHA’s time and effort in its investigation, we disagree with its findings and plan to appeal,” Stefan Friedman said. Any appeals would be heard initially by the state Occupational Health and Safety Commission.

A lawyer for Baldwin was not immediately available.

The state fine applies to a film with a budget of approximately $7 million. Baldwin received a salary of $250,000 as actor and producer and may have reinvested some of that money into the production.

At least five lawsuits were filed for the filming, including a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Hutchins’ family against Baldwin and the film’s other producers. The lawsuit on behalf of widower Matt Hutchins and her 9-year-old son alleges “ruthless” disregard for on-set safety complaints.

James Kenney, secretary of the Department of the Environment which oversees workplace safety, said the agency spent 1,500 staff hours on its investigation, reviewed hundreds of documents and conducted at least a dozen interviews with officials. cast and crew members.

Investigators found that production managers placed strict limits on the resources of a small crew that controlled weapons on set and failed to address concerns about a shotgun being left unattended on two occasions.

Gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez Reed, the daughter of a sniper and consultant for film productions, was limited to eight paid days as a gunsmith to oversee weapons and training, and was otherwise assigned to lighter duties in as a props assistant. As his time as a gunsmith ran out, Gutierrez Reed tipped off a manager and was pushed away.

Gutierrez Reed is both plaintiff and defendant in lawsuits for damages in the fatal shooting. In a statement Wednesday, his attorney highlighted findings that the gunsmith “was not given sufficient time or resources to complete his work.”

Safety investigators also note that the production company has not developed a process to ensure live ammunition is not brought onto set, in violation of industry security protocols. Security meetings were held, but not every day weapons were used, as required.

Kenney said separate investigations into possible criminal charges are still ongoing. The Santa Fe County Sheriff and local prosecutors had no immediate comment.

Kenney said his agency did not receive any direct security complaints from the cast or crew prior to the fatal shooting, although anonymity was offered.

“This tragedy, this loss of life, it could have been avoided, and we want people to say something,” he said.

Kenney was nominated in 2019 by Democratic Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, a vocal film industry advocate who raised the state’s cap on industry incentives shortly after taking office.

New Mexico competes with non-Hollywood production sites in states like Georgia, Louisiana and New York. Film productions have flocked to New Mexico in recent years to take advantage of its diverse outdoor landscapes, moderate costs, and generous state incentives, including a 25% to 35% rebate on film expenses. Status for video production that helps filmmakers big and small to underwrite their work.

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This story has been updated to correct the state workplace safety fine to $136,793 from $139,793.

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