Camille (who didn’t want to give her last name), 32, has come for the first time to the shrine of flowers, children’s drawings and candles both in front of the Ba-ta-clan café next door and on the sidewalk just across the street. She doesn’t feel she lives in a country at war. “Syria is at war. We aren’t,” she says. It’s not a political statement, an intellectual objection to the concept of war or deliberate criticism of the government’s martial rethoric; that’s for the French intellectuals, politicians and pundits, who have taken to the airwaves to start deconstructing the “war” concept as applied to the Syrian context. For Camille, it is a subjective feeling. “I feel we live in a sort of terror, a tension like we’ve never seen. But not in a war.”Lieutenant-colonel Sophie Caussel, a spokesperson for the French army, may have a different view. The number of those willing to enlist tripled the week after the attacks to 1,500, she says. The army was in the midst of one of the three recruitment campaigns it launches every year, expecting to hire about 10,000 soldiers. This year the target was raised to 15,000 after the January attacks on satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket. The goal for the year has already been reached, Caussel says, and there are signs that next year’s target (16,000) will be hit as well. “And obviously, the more candidates, the better the level of actual recruits.”Flying the flagThat burst of patriotism is characteristic of France as a whole. In the run up to Friday’s solemn ceremony in honor of the November 13 dead, sales of French flags rose to levels never before seen in a country that has never been as fetishistic about its national emblem as some other Western democracies. One of the few flag makers, Faber France, in the industrial north of the country, had trouble meeting demand and set up a special shop on the factory floor to allow customers to buy directly.Yet Parisians seemed to greet with relative indifference calls by the government to hang the blue-white-red colors from windows and balconies for Friday’s ceremony at the Invalides. On a long stretch of Boulevard Montparnasse, just one flag was visible — on a government building.At the corner of Rue Bichat and Rue Allibert in the 10th district, the sidewalks have disappeared under the roses, daisy marguerites and strawflowers, the drawings and the notes, the photos, posters and letters in front of the two restaurants that were attacked that night, Petit Cambodge and the Carillon.But fewer Parisians are coming to visit, and most of those who do come hail from abroad, or from outside the capital. Xavier Lemercier and Mathieu Duflot, both 24, came from Lille and pause when asked if the country is at war. “No, we haven’t changed anything. If we were in a war you’d think our lives would be affected,” says Xavier. “Plus,” his friend adds, “if we say ‘war,’ they [ISIL] will feel important, no?” Wilfried Brevet, 43, agrees that nothing material has changed — or should change. “You constantly think of the permanent threat, and you still have to go to work in the morning.”Look carefully at the sidewalk and you can see the flowers beginning to dry up. A few drops of rain have made some of the scribbled notes unreadable. A white-haired man is standing still in front of the drawn iron curtain of Petit Cambodge. He is crying. Two meters behind him, a couple hug tight, contemplating the façade of the Carillon in silence. Then they walk away, hand in hand.At La Royale, the wifi password has remained the same: “champagne.” Also On POLITICO Obama visits Paris site of concert massacre By Edward-Isaac Dovere Paris doesn’t look or feel like a city at war. Yet it is the capital of a country at war, if its president is to be believed. François Hollande used “guerre” 15 times in his 35-minute, solemn speech to parliament on November 16, three days after the attacks. And he has used the word daily ever since.His prime minister, Manuel Valls, a man who never smiles (even before the attacks), is all over the airwaves with stern warnings that the country will come under attack again, that we may not have seen the worst, that we must prepare and be “vigilant” — next to “war,” that may be the word you hear most out of ministers’ mouths nowadays.Talk of “war” is hard to ignore. But two weeks after the attacks, Parisians are getting back to their old habits. If sidewalk terraces seem deserted, it has more to do with cold than with fear. Inside, crowds gather again. Theaters and concert halls are struggling and foreigners may be cancelling their bookings, or even their whole trips to France, but Spectre, the latest and far from the best of the James Bond films, is playing to packed movie houses.When Hollande decided on the night of November 13 to go to the Bataclan, the concert hall where 89 died, his motorcade couldn’t get near the place because of the emergency traffic. The president had to walk the last few hundred meters. He stopped on the way at café La Royale, where a makeshift first aid center had been set up.At La Royale, on Boulevard des Filles du Calvaire, on a regular weekday, life seems to be back to normal. Aperitifs, lunch and dinners are served, music is playing again — one morning last week, popular French songs from a time when the waiters weren’t born by singers the rest of the world never heard. Fear of eating on the sidewalk has subsided. One man who sits outside “because I smoke” says he would do it anyway, because the sun is shining. He has a small laugh at articles that called Parisians heroes just because they have returned to the terraces. “As if we had the choice,” he smiles. “Living, it’s not a choice.”At the Bataclan the façade is hidden from view by a white cloth. You can still see the sign advertising the concert by the Eagles of Death Metal, which was interrupted by the attackers. And two floors above the venue, a two-room apartment still seems to be for sale — at least, the sign is still there. PARIS — It’s the sirens you notice most of all. There seem to be many more than before, regular and frequent blasts above the normal traffic noise. Ambulances, you always wonder where they come from. Police cars, where they’re headed.It may be because of all the false alarms. Suspicious packages. A handbag abandoned in the garden at Sciences Po, on Rue Saint Guillaume, triggers a total evacuation of the building. Firecrackers lit up on Place de la République, which has become the unofficial epicenter of mourning, set off a panic, as happened on that very spot two days after the attacks.But it may be simply that we notice the sirens now. Before, they were part of the city’s noise. Now they are the noise.
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HERE’S one big reason to get into the Christmas spirit this season.Those with the best decorated home in the Cardinia-Casey region will get an extra special Christmas gift this year – a trip to the Gold Coast.Better still, those who do their Christmas shopping in Berwick can win a hamper and $250 voucher to Sandrose Restaurant in Berwick.Star News Group, in conjunction with participating Berwick businesses, is spreading joy across the region with the two big competitions as part of the Light Up Berwick Christmas promotion.Those with the best lit house will enjoy a four-night stay at a Gold Coast resort and fly there with a $400 travel voucher.Families in the area already battle it out for the best Christmas displays.The Crowley family in Brookevale Close, Beaconsfield, has one of the best installations in Australia.“About five years ago we decided that it was time to move away from the traditional plug and play fairy lights that we had used for years that had been purchased from the usual stores and move to the next level, initially modifying the fairy lights to run on electronics boards and sequenced to music,” said dad Michael Crowley.The family home is now lit up with more than 60,000 channels of custom made digital lights, each individually controlled by purpose-built electronics boards sequenced with a mix of Christmas songs.“The display is probably one of the largest in the country,” he said.Residents who want to enter their house in the competition can visit starcommunity.com.au/competitions/, upload photos of their home, one photo per entry please, with their name and address.The competition closes on 20 December at 5pm.The judges will choose the best lit home from the photographs supplied.Readers can shop at one of the participating Berwick business, complete an entry form and enter it into the barrel for a chance to win a hamper and a $250 voucher to Sandrose Restaurant in Berwick.For terms and conditions visit starcommunity.com.au/competitions/
17 March 2009Three South African lodges are included on the latest National Geographic Adventure magazine list of 50 top eco-lodges. Phinda Private Game Reserve, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve and Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve have taken their place among the top environmentally friendly tourism destinations in the world.Of the 50 establishments recognised as the most earth-friendly, 17 are in Africa. Four are in Kenya, with two each in Namibia, Botswana and Tanzania, and one each in Mozambique, Seychelles, Egypt and Morocco.MediaClubSouthAfricaFree high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. National Geographic Adventure says that a decade ago the number of true eco-lodges on the planet could be counted on two hands. But no longer are they solely found deep in the African bush or Central American jungle, as these are not the only eco-systems that need nurturing. Today, ecolodges are found in a diversity of landscapes and locales, ranging from island and savannah to mountain and desert terrain.As far back as 1990 the Ecotourism Society defined eco-tourism as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people’.And an eco-lodge, according to the Ecotravel Center, a division of the non-profit Conservation International Foundation, can be defined as a nature-dependent tourist lodge that meets the philosophy and principles of ecotourism.Ecolodges, therefore, are those establishments that focus strongly on a greener way of operating, including the support of local communities, the creation of far-reaching conservation initiatives, and a firm emphasis on adventure. Oh, and guests can expect dazzling locations and unsurpassed service and comfort too.A good eco-lodge should engage in responsible practices such as paying respect to local traditions by incorporating cultural elements into the design and decor, disrupting the natural environment as little as possible and using local plant life as much as possible, sourcing food from local farmers, using recycled or recyclable materials in building, and bridging cultural gaps by promoting cultural exchanges.Eco-lodges are becoming increasingly fashionable, not only because many of them genuinely deserve their place among the world’s top destinations, but also because more tourists are listening to their consciences and actively supporting the vital role that eco-lodges play in conservation. These fine citizens of the earth will return home knowing that their holiday contributed to preserving the world’s natural environment.In South Africa, the three establishments that have been singled out by National Geographic Adventure magazine have shown firm commitment to those eco-tourism principles.Tswalu Kalahari ReserveThe Tswalu Kalahari Reserve is the creation of the late Manchester entrepreneur Stephen Boler, who was at one time the largest single shareholder in Manchester City football club. Over a period of four years Boler bought 34 farms in the Kalahari Desert and combined them to form a vast 1 000km² game reserve. Since 1999 Tswalu, the largest private reserve in South Africa, has been owned by the Oppenheimer mining dynasty.Tswalu has won a number of international awards, including several AA Travel Guide accolades and a Conde Nast Traveler 2007 World Savers Award. While it offers a superb safari experience, its primary aim is conservation and socio-economic development in the region. Its architectural designs minimise water and energy usage while extensive use of solar energy and everyday waste recycling substantially reduce the impact on the environment.Tswalu is committed to restoring and preserving the natural environment and ecological processes that are unique to the Kalahari ecosystems, thereby providing a sanctuary for endangered species such as the African wild dog, listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List.Some of Tswalu’s projects include a study of the mammals in the reserve and identification of their ecological roles, research into predator-prey relationships of the Kalahari lion in the reserve, a determination of the density of black rhino that can be sustained by vegetation in Tswalu, the development of a Tswalu spider database, and mapping the breeding success of raptors in the reserve.Phinda Private Game ReserveThe acclaimed Phinda Private Game Reserve in northern KwaZulu-Natal is a flagship establishment of &Beyond, previously known as Conservation Corporation or CC Africa. Phinda encompasses seven separate eco-systems ranging from woodland, grassland, wetland and forest, to mountain ranges, rivercourses, marshes and pans. The reserve is also home to a contingent of rare black rhino.Many of Phinda’s rangers and guides are drawn from the surrounding communities and are thus able to share a wealth of cultural information with guests. All are deeply committed to their work. The reserve runs a full-time ranger school, where prospective rangers study for eight weeks before joining a team and gaining more knowledge in the field.Phinda has embarked on a number of other important conservation and community projects, among them the establishment of a worm farm and organic garden in a nearby community, which will hopefully produce vegetables for purchase by the lodge, a black rhino range expansion project, the ongoing clearing of an invasive alien plant species known as Triffid Weed, an initiative to re-introduce lion into the reserve, and research into leopards in the area.Bushmans KloofSpectacular Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve in the Western Cape, situated on the northern side of the Cederberg mountains about 270km north of Cape Town, boasts more than 130 rock art sites, some of which have been dated back to 10 000 years ago.The reserve was born in 1991 when the McAdam brothers bought seven farms and combined them to form the 75km² Bushmans Kloof. Initially the land was severely over-grazed and neglected, but the McAdams removed the livestock and let the land restore itself.Today, Bushmans Kloof shelters endangered species such as the Cape mountain zebra, the Cape clawless otter and the Clanwilliam yellow fish. Indigenous trees once more cover the land, which lies within the Cape Floral Kingdom, a proclaimed World Heritage site. The reserve has won much international acclaim, first in 2003 when the US-based magazine Travel and Leisure voted it as one of the world’s top 25 eco-lodges.Bushmans Kloof is a leading participant in the 1 600km² Agter-Pakhuis Conservancy project, which encourages farmers to employ ecotourism principles wherever possible. The reserve has also opened a heritage centre where photographs and artefacts, as well as traditional jewellery, musical instruments, hunting kits and more, pay homage to the culture of the Bushmen.First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.
Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market An open source identity platform called the Higgins Project launched the 1.0 version of their service this week and it’s a nice look into what could be the future of user-centric identity online. Higgins offers a variety of features and services, but the basic premise is that it serves as a portable container you can use to carry multiple identities with you around the web. Why would users want that? Because you don’t want to sign in to a social network with the same identity card you use to sign in to financial websites. Higgins aims to replace the assorted user names and passwords we all use today with a set of simple, standards-based identifiers that you can take from site to site.Think of it like a wallet with different credit cards and forms of ID inside. Unfortunately, that’s only a metaphor and there’s nothing about Higgins that’s so easy to do today. Additionally, without a meaningful selection of sites that support the various protocols Higgins lets users leverage – then it’s pretty much a nonstarter. Let’s assume though that identity landscape is going to open up and that OpenID isn’t the only way it will do so. In that case, Higgins is a great idea and interested developers will likely find the project worth a look.In addition to a browser plug-in for users, there’s libraries that site developers can make use of and an API that will let developers make use of the Higgins Global Graph (HGG) and a quite a few other things with even less hospitable acronyms. OpenID is at least intelligible and end users will not run away when they hear it said out loud.RSS has changed the world because it is simple. OPML is fun to take to parties because anyone can learn the rules in minutes. I understand that security is by necessity more complex, but any party where as many acronyms show up as is the case with Identity (see below, for example) is not a party I look forward to attending.The Real Value of Identity DiversificationThat said, there is some comprehensible stuff here that’s clearly worth checking out. You may have stopped by someplace like SpreadOpenID.org and noticed that many OpenID vendors let users expose any of multiple “personas” when logging into a new site. Is that sufficient for security, though? Now that I see the Higgins vision explained, I do think that using one service for everything and trusting that single service to keep personas separated from each other is more trust than I care to put in anyone. To some degree, Higgins is asking you to put your trust in them instead, but the assertion is that you the user are in the driver’s seat.I’m cheering for a clear, simple interface. Hopefully it will arrive sooner than it took the OpenID community to start to move in that direction. That said, I think there’s a lot of potential here in addition to the straightforward and compelling value proposition.Below: The Higgins Interoperability Framework – don’t be scared, it’s ok. Tags:#Identity#Product Reviews#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
mirror lake jump shut down after cardiac arestUpdate: According to The Columbus Dispatch, the unidentified man has died after suffering from cardiac arrest. Our thoughts and prayers go out to anyone affected by this tragedy.Update: #OhioState administration source says unidentified student dies after Mirror Lake jump… https://t.co/G5boK8feRm— dispatch editor (@dispatcheditor) November 25, 2015Earlier: Every year, on the Tuesday night ahead of the Michigan game, Ohio State students jump into Mirror Lake on campus to celebrate the rivalry. This time around, the festivities were cut a bit short. According to OSU student newspaper The Lantern, the jump was ended at 12:20 AM after emergency responders had to rush an unidentified man to the Wexner Medical Center. According to The Columbus Dispatch, the man was suffering from cardiac arrest.It was reported by Director of Public Safety Vernon Baisden at 4:45 AM that the man is currently in critical condition. Here’s video, via The Lantern:We’ll update this post as more information as it becomes available.
After two days and almost 500,000 votes, we’re moving onto the second round of our 64 Most Annoying People In Sports Media bracket. We’ve learned a few things along the way.We seriously underseeded Jim Rome, who took down 1-seed Clay Travis in a tight battle. Who knew?Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless are going to be really, really hard to beat.Jemele Hill is a sleeper to come out of Darren Rovell’s region.Colin Cowherd vs. Deadspin is going to be fantastic.The biggest snub, according to the thousands of tweets/emails we got, was Dan Dakich.Voting is now closed on the first round of the tournament. You can view the results here. Let’s vote on the second round:The 64 Most Annoying People In Sports Media: Round Of 32Vote On The Right Side Of The Bracket BelowSkip Bayless Region:1. Skip Bayless vs. 8. Mike GreenbergBayless scored the biggest win of the entire first round, 94%-6% over Mike Bianchi. Greenberg took down Golic, 58%-42%. It’s a morning show battle in round two. More Annoying: Skip Bayless or Mike Greenberg?2. Colin Cowherd vs. 10. Deadspin Cowherd, who took down McIntyre, 85%-15%, thinks that Deadspin has fallen off. We’ll find out. Deadspin beat Jay Bilas, 66%-34%. More Annoying: Colin Cowherd or Deadspin?3. Mike Francesa vs. 11. Woody PaigeMr. Diet Coke vs. Around The Horn’s most notorious villain. Francesa crushed SDS, 80%-20%. Paige scored an upset over Barkley, 71%-29%. More Annoying: Mike Francesa or Woody Paige?4. Paul Finebaum vs. 5. Jason WhitlockPawwl vs. Big Sexy – lord help us. Finebaum beat out Beadle, 70%-30%. Whitlock snuck by Papi LeBatard, 60%-40%. More Annoying: Paul Finebaum or Jason Whitlock?Clay Travis Region:8. Rick Reilly vs. 16. Jim RomeRome took down 1-seed Clay Travis, 54%-46%. Apparently people really still don’t like him. Reilly, who defeated Todd McShay, 71%-29%, is a tough out though. More Annoying: Rick Reilly or Jim Rome?2. Dick Vitale vs. 7. Max KellermanVitale shouldn’t be on here? So much for that – he crushed Nantz, 74%-26%. Barstool fell to Kellerman, 57%-43%. One of the more intriguing round two matchups. More Annoying: Dick Vitale or Max Kellerman?3. Doug Gottlieb vs. 11. SB Nation’s Twitter MafiaGottlieb edged out Jaws, 59%-41%. SB Nation notched perhaps the best upset of the first round, beating out Herbstreit, 72%-28%. A round two win would be shocking. More Annoying: Doug Gottlieb or SB Nation’s Twitter Mafia?4. Keith Olbermann vs. 12. Lee CorsoOlbermann doubled up Chris Chase, 67%-33%. Corso beat out his former coworker, Erin Andrews, 59%-41%. These two people are so drastically different it’s amazing they’re facing off. More Annoying: Keith Olbermann or Lee Corso?Vote On The Left Side Of The Bracket Here >>>
Patrick Ewing is the most prominent athlete to come out of Georgetown University, a player for the ages that helped solidify the Hoyas, along with coach John Thompson, as a national powerhouse in the 1980s.Now Ewing is giving back to Thompson and Georgetown.Ewing and longtime agent David Falk are donating $3.3 million to the John R. Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletics Facility, a $60 million, 144,000-square-foot building on Georgetown’s Washington, D.C., campus. It will house practice courts, training facilities, meeting rooms and offices. The facility will serve all 29 of the Hoyas’ scholarship sports.Georgetown is expected to break ground on the John R. Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletics Facility this summer.“Coach Thompson was my coach, mentor and friend,” Ewing said in a release. “He guided me through a very formative period in my life and helped me prepare for success on and off the court. Giving back to the university in his honor is special.”Ewing and Thompson led Georgetown to the 1984 national title and reached the Final Four three times in four years. Falk, a prominent NBA agent who also represented Michael Jordan’s NBA career, once called Thompson “the most influential person in my life — other than my mother.”“This is a very special opportunity for me to honor a man I love and respect,” Falk said in a release. “To do it together with Patrick Ewing, who was a dominant figure in both John’s basketball program and in my career, makes it even more rewarding.”The donation amount of $3.3 million is an intentional callback to the No. 33 uniform Ewing made famous at Georgetown. In 2011, Falk, a Syracuse alumnus, pledged $15 million to his alma mater, helping to create the David B. Falk Center for Sports Management.