Fallen Heroes exhibit returns to MCM

first_img Twitter Pinterest Facebook Facebook Fallen Heroes exhibit returns to MCM Pinterest By Odessa American – May 25, 2021 Twitter Each year on Memorial Day weekend, Jesse Porras and the Rolling Thunder, helps organize an exhibit and program to honor West Texas veterans who have died.This year’s display will return with a program as part of this weekend’s Memorial Day observance at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Dillard’s Plaza at Music City Mall on 4101 E. 42nd St.The display is a wall with pictures of the slain men and women from West Texas who have served in different wars.Those wars include Iraq, Dessert Storm, Middle East Crisis, World War II, Vietnam and the Korean War.Porras, who himself served in the Marines from 1974-81, says the goal each year is to remind people that Memorial Day is to remember those who died.“Memorial weekend consists of remembering all the women and men who gave their lives to keep us safe,” Porras said. “We’re doing this to honor all of these soldiers. As a veteran, I want to give back to my fellow brothers and sisters that died in a time of war. I do this every year and I’m glad for the time to present this at the mall.”The program will take place at 2 p.m.“The program will consist of trying to educate people what the whole thing is about with remembering those who have fought and a lot of people have confused themselves about Veterans Day and Memorial Day. Some people think Memorial Day is the same as Veterans Day. Veterans day is about veterans past and present and Memorial Day is for all the soldiers who sacrificed their lives in a time of war.”He recalls his time in the Marine Corps of being there to protect his fellow soldiers during every mission and how they did the same for him. That has given him a reason to help put this exhibit and program on each year as a way to remember those who died.“When I was in the Marine Corps and I looked to my right and my left, I know that when I go forward to do a mission, I knew that this guy is protecting me as much as I’m protecting him. I’m going to protect the guy to my right and to my left because in a time of passion, we’re not looking for who’s who or who’s race someone is or anything like that. We’re all brothers. We know that when we go out there, we have to depend on each other. … We’re a team. We’re out there to do a mission and that’s what we set out to accomplish for our country.”To donate, volunteer or for more information, call Jesse Porras at 432-770-9423.If you go>> What: Fallen Heroes Exhibit and Program.>> When: 2-3 p.m. Saturday.>> Where: Dillard’s Plaza Area at Music City Mall. WhatsApp WhatsApp Local News Previous articleCounty’s 2121-22 raises no cinchNext articleBowie Middle School ECISD Employee of the Year Awards Odessa Americanlast_img read more

The naked truth

first_imgAdrian Staehli’s office is lined floor to ceiling with uniform black and red, two-inch-thick binders, which constitute a self-made library of every document he wanted to take with him when he moved from Zurich.“It’s very Swiss, isn’t it?” he mused.Staehli, a new professor of classical archaeology, is hardly as severe as the binders, or as his Swiss-born, German-trained pedigree, suggest. His work, too, seems designed to shake up the sometimes-stuffy study of antiquity.As the Department of the Classics’ newest tenured faculty member, Staehli studies more than just old pottery shards. His work explores the ways that Western cultures — from Renaissance artists in the 15th century to Nazis and Italian fascists in the 20th — have bent ancient Greek culture to their own ends, and how those interpretations shape what we now consider classical art. In the process, he tries to discern from fragmentary evidence how the Greeks actually saw themselves.“Not everybody likes it when somebody like me comes and says, ‘What you consider a model of aesthetic perfection was an invention of Nazi ideologists, among others,’” Staehli said. “Destroying romantic ideals about Greece is not everything. I have to do some work digging up all the Greek stuff itself.”A big part of that is deconstructing the famous classical Greek nude. In a forthcoming book, Staehli hopes to show how much we read into those naked sculptures that the Greeks themselves did not.Romans admired Greek classical nude sculpture of the 6th through 4th century B.C., making copies that survive today and setting an aesthetic ideal that persisted in Western art for centuries. But to the Greeks, Staehli said, the nudes were meant to serve as a social or cultural model, not an artistic one.Greek sculptors “were interested in showing what the body can do,” he said. “Nakedness was just a window onto that, to show what makes up a male and later a female body,” and what the body of say, a warrior or an athlete would look like.“The ideal Greek body or the ideal Greek nude is an invention of more recent times, beginning with the Romans and now more recent cultures,” he said.The Romans were only the first broad culture to co-opt the Greeks. Renaissance artists such as Michelangelo and da Vinci famously embraced classical antiquity. A less-publicly acknowledged fact, Staehli said, is that modern-day propagandists in the Third Reich and Mussolini’s Italy were big fans, too.Nazi propagandist Alfred Rosenberg created a department of archeology, Staehli said, to probe the tombs of ancient Greeks to prove they were the predecessors of Germans. “Olympia,” Leni Riefenstahl’s 1938 film about the 1936 Olympic Games, utilized the image of a Greek runner transforming into a modern German.The Olympic torch, created by Nazi propagandists for the 1936 games, was more than just a symbol of sportsmanship, Staehli said. “It was an ideal: ‘We’re all rooted in classical antiquity.’ ”“These images were seen by millions of people,” he said. “They produced an image of antiquity that was convincing … and our estimation of antiquity today is shaped in part on it.”Archaeology captured Staehli’s imagination in his youth, when his family made regular trips to excavation sites in Greece, Tunisia, Algeria, and elsewhere. His father had always wanted to be an archaeologist and finished his Ph.D. by night while working as a schoolteacher to support his family.“It was very romantic to me as a child of 8 or 9 years old,” Staehli said. But, he added, “I’m very much now on the side of destroying those romantic issues — of beautiful Greece, the ruins of Western tradition, and so on — that first led me to archaeology.”Staehli studied for his Ph.D. at the Free University of Berlin in the 1990s. At the time, Germany was leading the shift in the discipline’s focus, away from an emphasis on art history and classification of objects and toward a newfound fascination with the social and cultural context of the ancient artifacts.Leaving the more conservative culture of Bern was serendipitous. “Otherwise I would have ended up in Switzerland as a very boring archaeologist making some typologies of artifacts,” he said with a laugh.He returned to his native country to teach, first at the University of Zurich and then at the University of Basel. In 2010, Staehli was offered the position in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Neither he nor his wife, a French librarian who had long lived in Switzerland, had ever lived in the United States. Staehli had only visited once.The decision to come to Harvard “was hard and absolutely exciting,” he said. “But this is the peak. It feels like being somewhere in the clouds.”He already has one semester at Harvard under his belt, and he’s eager to teach this fall.“I appreciate it enormously,” he said. “The students know what they want and why they’re here. It’s a pleasure to teach them.”last_img read more

Mobile data ‘revolution’ in Sub-Saharan Africa

first_img SAinfo reporter See the full report here: Ericsson Mobility Report – Sub-Saharan Africa 10 June 2014 Voice-call traffic in Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to double and mobile internet usage to increase 20 times between 2013 and 2019 – twice the anticipated global expansion – Swedish company Ericsson says in its latest mobility report for the region. The rapid growth of 3G and 4G technology across the region follows the recent launch of under-$50 smartphones, Ericsson says in its June 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa Mobility report, released last week. The popularity of social media, content-rich apps and video content accessed from these cheaper smartphones has also contributed to the growth. Consumers in Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria are increasingly using video TV and media services from their smartphones, the report says. Sub-Saharan Africa’s mobile penetration of 70% is fast approaching the global rate of 92%, Ericsson says. The report predicts 3G technology will become the dominant technology across the region by 2017, outstripping 2G to become the region’s dominant form of mobile connection. The report predicts that 75% of mobile subscriptions will be internet inclusive (3G or 4G) by 2019. The company expects mobile subscriptions to increase from 551-million at the end of 2013 to more than 635-million subscriptions by the end of the year. Subscriptions will reach 930-million by the end of 2019, the company predicts.Data revolution Ericsson revealed the scale of the region’s ongoing data revolution with traffic growth doubling in the past year: phone users accessed 76 000 TB (terabyte) of data a month, double the 2013 figure of 37 500 TB a month. The figure is expected to double again in 2015, with mobile phone users projected to access 147 000 TB a month. Regional head of Ericsson Sub-Saharan Africa, Fredrik Jejdling says: “Sub-Saharan Africa is currently undergoing a mobile digital revolution with consumers, networks and even media companies waking up to the possibilities of 3G and 4G technology. “We have seen the trend emerging over a few years but in the past 12 months, the digital traffic has increased over 100%, forcing us to revise our existing predictions. “The rise of cheap smartphones will allow vast portions of the population – from middle classes in cities to small businesses in rural areas – access to mobile broadband. “M-commerce can offer endless opportunities for entrepreneurs and we’ve found that farmers are fans of mobile wallets, as well as teenagers wanting to watch music videos on their smartphone,” Jejdling says. Ericsson undertakes traffic measurements in more than 100 live networks across the world and makes predictions in collaboration with Ericsson ConsumerLab, combining its own data with population and macroeconomic trends. last_img read more

Can We Crowdfund Our Lives?

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#crowdsourcing#Finance#web mike melanson Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting What do a chipped tooth, a world record and the relocation of a popular café in downtown Oakland all have in common? Each needed money to achieve a goal and, rather than going the usual routes of taking out loans or operating on credit, each found funding through crowd funding.At a panel at Social Media Week in San Francisco today, The Next Web’s Hermione Way led a discussion on the new, age-old form of financing that’s become uniquely possible with the advent of social media.Attending the panel were Jeffery Self, Tammy Camp and Cortt Dunlap, each with an interesting tale of how they used crowd funding to achieve their goals. Self said he raised $3,400 total in just three days to help pay off an emergency root canal and surgery for a chipped tooth that resulted from a misplaced head-butt. Camp, an entrepreneur and kiteboarder, related her 48 hour funding of a kiteboarding world record in the Dominican Republic. Cortt Dunlap told his tale of how he raised enough money to move his local coffee shop to a new location when circumstances caused the lease to be pulled from beneath it. How was this all achieved? Each story hinged on the idea that social media made this sort of crowd funding uniquely possible. That, and a site called IndieGoGo. According to IndieGoGo director of marketing Erica Labovitz, crowdfunding is nothing new, but social media certainly makes a difference.“Crowd funding is nothing new. What’s new about it is that it’s happening on line and through social media,” said Labovitz. “A fun fact that most people don’t know is that the Statue of Liberty was crowd funded. What’s different now is that you have access to so many more people than you otherwise would.”Labovitz said that IndieGoGo, which was founded in 2008, has expanded to more than 160 countries worldwide and currently has more than 16,000 campaigns on the site. While all three panelists offered tales of successful crowd funding, moderator Hermione Way offered that more than 60% of all crowd funding efforts ended unsuccessfully. What, then, had been at the center of their success, she asked? The general consensus, it seemed, was to offer a genuine vision for why such funding was needed and what you planned to do with the money raised. Self said that this video helped with his campaign, while others simply said that it was through existing connections on social media sites that their campaigns really got rolling.If a chipped tooth, a world record and a relocation are all viable crowd-funded projects, then could we not crowd fund our lives, asked Way? Or how about our start-ups?“I wouldn’t say it cancels out VCs at all,” offered Camp. “Maybe it will give you proof of concepts for angel investing. I don’t think it will disrupt that industry, but it will give it proof of concept.”We’ve seen examples of successful startup crowd-funding before. Will this be a new, disruptive force in the tech world? Or will it simply be a new step on the way to economic viability, somewhere between bootstrapping and venture funding? 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Gilas Pilipinas to go with same lineup vs Chinese Taipei

first_imgClutch Go delivers anew for Blue Eagles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Photo from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas will parade the same lineup it used against Japan when it faces Chinese Taipei on Monday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Leading the way for the Philippines are naturalized center Andray Blatche and star guard Jayson Castro.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Also part of the roster are June Mar Fajardo, Gabe Norwood, Calvin Abueva, Japeth Aguilar, Allein Maliksi, Troy Rosario, Kevin Alas, Roger Pogoy, Matthew Wright, and Kiefer Ravena.READ: Gilas shakes off Japan to start World Cup qualifiers campaignFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Philippines is coming off a 77-71 win over Japan on Friday in Tokyo to start its campaign in the Fiba World Cup qualifiers.Meanwhile, Chinese Taipei hopes to bounce back after suffering a humiliating 104-66 loss to Australia in its home court. View commentslast_img read more

9 months agoCarragher insists Solskjaer Man Utd success no fluke

first_imgCarragher insists Solskjaer Man Utd success no flukeby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Jamie Carragher insists Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s success at Manchester United is no fluke.Former United midfielder Paul Ince has downplayed the immediate impact made by the Norwegian boss by insisting that “anyone could have gone in and done what he has done”.But Carragher told Sky Sports: “A lot has been written about Solskjaer and everything being very, very positive on the surface.”I think underneath that, a lot of people were looking at it before the Spurs game and thought: ‘Anyone could have gone in there and done that’. It’s nonsense. It’s absolute nonsense.”He’s made big decisions by leaving people out – (Romelu) Lukaku, an £80million striker, on the bench. When he’s brought him on he’s made an impact.”You think of Jose Mourinho, people were saying these games were easy. Last season, when Manchester United finished second and got to an FA Cup final, Mourinho lost three games to promoted teams.”So it’s not easy to go and wipe the floor with these teams. He’s (Solskjaer) made a great start to his career.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Uber Is Offering Free Rides If Rutgers Upsets Ohio State Tonight

first_imgUber promotes free rides if Rutgers beats Ohio State.Rutgers UberNo. 1 Ohio State is on the road tonight in New Jersey, taking on Rutgers. It will be J.T. Barrett’s first start of the season at quarterback, and the Buckeyes are heavy favorites.If the Scarlet Knights spring the upset, there will surely be Pandemonium in Piscataway. Any fans partaking in celebrations will be able to travel around campus and in the neighboring city of New Brunswick for now cost, as Uber is offering free rides if Rutgers wins. If by chance you’re a sad #Buckeyes fan tonight here’s something to make the ride home easier. Uber with free rides. pic.twitter.com/ONkGCYKp2I— Jeremy Birmingham (@Birm) October 24, 2015This is a pretty cool move by Uber. Odds are they won’t have to pay up but this is tremendous promotion.last_img read more

PIOJ Head says Multi-Billion Projects will Contribute to Growth Projections

first_imgThe Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) says several key multi-billion dollar projects, which are likely to be implemented during the 2013/14 fiscal year, are expected to contribute significantly to economic growth projections, ranging between 0.5 and 1.0 per cent for the period.This was stated by newly appointed PIOJ Director General, Colin Bullock, who presided over his first quarterly briefing on May 22, at the Institute’s New Kingston offices.These developments, he informed, include the: $2.5 billion Major Infrastructure Development Project; $1.5 billion Sugar Transformation Programme; $1.3 billion Sandy Gully/Kingston Metropolitan Area (KMA) Drainage Project; $300 million Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction initiatives; Highway 2000 North/South Link (Mount Rosser Bypass); and several energy projects, including the proposed 360-megawatt combined cycle plant, and a 115 megawatt facility to generate electricity from renewable sources.Mr. Bullock also pointed to several other mega projects, currently at varying stages of negotiations, which he said, if implemented “as scheduled”, could “positively impact” the baseline growth projections for the fiscal year.These include: the Harmony Cove development; phase two of the Fiesta development; several initiatives in medical tourism; as well as developments in the creative industries, information and communications technology (ICT), and energy diversification, with emphasis on renewable, such as coal and waste conversion.While noting that the economy contracted by 0.5 per cent in 2012/13, with most sectors being impacted, save for hotels and restaurants; finance and insurance services; and the wholesale and retail trade, which recorded modest growth of between 0.2 and 1.0 per cent, Mr. Bullock was optimistic about a turnaround for 2013/14.“The economy is expected to record a general recovery in most industries, including Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (which declined by 2.0 per cent), and Mining and Quarrying (which fell by 9.6 per cent),” he indicated.The Director General said further strengthening is also anticipated for the hotels and restaurant industries, while projecting growth for the construction sector.Giving a review for the January to March 2013 quarter, Mr. Bullock said the economy contracted by 0.7 per cent, compared to the corresponding period last year.This outturn, he explained, largely reflected the impact of: a weak global economic environment, particularly in Europe; adverse weather-related conditions, specifically the passage of Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, and the onset of drought conditions prevailing during the period, which recorded a 61 per cent reduction in the average rainfall; and sharp declines in the business and consumer confidence indices, which fell by 23 and 38 per cent respectively, relative to 2012.The Director General said five of the main sectors – manufacturing; construction; transportation, storage, and communication; wholesale and retail trade; finance and insurance services, recorded growth for the period, ranging between 0.3 and 2.0 per cent. Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing accounted for the biggest decline recorded, contracting by 10 per cent.Mr. Bullock said the economy is expected to remain flat for the April to June quarter, with continued contractions projected for Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, and Hotels and Restaurants.“However, this is expected to be mitigated by growth in the Mining and Quarrying, Construction, and Transport Storage and Communication industries. The improvement in the mining sector is predicated on increased capacity utilization by a major producer, while construction would be supported by increased capital outlay on major infrastructure development works,” the Director General stated.Noting that preliminary data for April showed varying levels of contractions being recorded for electricity, tourism, and mining and quarrying, Mr. Bullock said the real growth for the April to June quarter is projected to range between -0.5 to 0.5 per cent.Contact: Douglas McIntoshlast_img read more

Kiss and Cry Cast Talk About Film Carley Elle Allison at CIFF

first_imgNot since last century when popular culture encapsulated the eternal valentines phrase, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry” – from the seminal Hollywood terminal cancer tearjerker Love Story (1970, USA, Directed by Arthur Hiller), does another dramatic romance finally challenges its relative convictions of selfless sacrifices and budding romance. Even as Love Story continues to remain as one of the highest-grossing romantic movies in both American and Canadian cinema history. Toronto-based producer Avi Federgreen’s dares to make a difference with his latest feature – Kiss and Cry (2016, Canada, Directed by Sean Cisterna). LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Advertisement “Kiss and Cry” Cast Talk About Film, Carley Elle Allison at CIFF 2016 – Standing up against the unforgiving adversity of throat cancer is like an unpredictable live competition in a figure skating arena. Sometimes you win; sometimes you lose. It’s only human to combat this unpredictable hellish journey by means of music, passion, resiliency and positivism with an infectious smile! Carley Elle Allison was a talented and spirited Toronto teenager who passed away in March 2015 while bravely trying to rival the Goliath titan. She left behind a gifted legacy for all through her world-wide online blogs and hit-making cover tunes on YouTube. Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Retailer MEC to stop ordering from Vista Outdoor in response to Florida

first_imgVANCOUVER – Mountain Equipment Co-op has decided to stop selling several outdoor equipment brands owned by Vista Outdoor Inc., which is also a gun manufacturer.MEC doesn’t sell guns, but had faced a petition calling on it to stop selling brands owned by Vista Outdoor because the U.S. company also develops and manufactures firearms similar to the type of rifle used in a recent Florida mass shooting.The retailer said Thursday its existing inventory of Bushnell, CamelBak, Camp Chef, Jimmy Styks and Bolle gear will remain on its shelves until it is sold, but it has suspended further orders of the brands owned by Visa Outdoor.MEC chief executive David Labistour issued a statement saying he has heard the calls to boycott the brands, but also from members who believe that decision should be left to individual consumers.“I hope that you will see that the decision we made today is balanced and considered and positions us to inspire a wider discussion throughout our industry and North America,” Labistour said.He added he believes a member-owned organization like MEC needs to engage in the “complex and highly charged debate” surrounding the Feb. 14 shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., that resulted in 17 deaths.The retailer will also “continue to engage with these brands as well our peers in the outdoor industry in North America in ways that are consistent with our mission and values,” he said.On Wednesday, Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods took steps to restrict gun sales.Dick’s said it will stop selling assault-style rifles and ban the sale of all guns to anyone under 21.Walmart said it will no longer sell firearms and ammunition to people younger than 21.A 19-year-old former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has been accused of using an AR-15 rifle, that he purchased legally, for the attack.last_img read more