Fans Don Costumes for Long Island ‘Doctor Who’ Convention (Photos)

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Joe NuzzoThe Long Island Doctor Who convention was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Hauppauge this past weekend. The convention moved to the Hyatt after it outgrew its former home at the Clarion Hotel in Ronkonkoma.Fans from 45 different states and countries as far as Australia came to Long Island to celebrate their fandom and meet celebrities from the BBC television series. The convention sold out all of its convention rate rooms at the Hyatt and three overflow hotels nearby.“Hotel cons are something we really enjoy,” Andre Tessier, the LI Who media manager told the Press. “A lot of coming to an event like this is socializing. As the panels wind down at night fans can get together at the bar, share a few drinks, and catch up.”The success of LI Who outlines the need for a dedicated hotel and convention center here on Long Island, organizers said. Although the new home for this convention, like Doctor Who’s time travel machine the TARDIS, is “bigger on the inside,” the convention still needed the use of an outdoor heated tent for some events.Long Island Doctor Who Convention (Photo credit: Joe Nuzzo)“Had I run this convention in 49-and-a-half other states in the union (including upstate NY) I’d have a perfect place to do it” show runner Ken Deep told the Press, “on Long Island which is a major tourist destination, the one thing we don’t have is a proper convention center.”Over the past year, Long Island has hosted several other notable sci-fi conventions: The LI Geek convention, which was held at MacArthur Airport, and Eternal Con, which was held at The Cradle of Aviation Museum. “Although these are wonderful places for the atmosphere,” Deep said, “they are not designed for conventions.”When asked if Deep felt that Long Island misses out on conventions due to a lack of a proper space, he told the Press: “I have no doubt, because I’ve had a lot of challenges trying to make this happen.”LI Doctor Who Convention (Photo credit: Joe Nuzzo)Despite these challenges, the LI Who convention was filled with happy fans dressed up in colorful costumes. Celebrities were busy posing for pictures and signing autographs. Vendors were busy selling merchandise and panels ran passed midnight on Saturday. “When someone travels 24 hours and halfway around the world to be at your convention,” Deep said, “you want to give them a great experience. No pressure!”From the looks of the happy faces on convention attendees it seems that Deep succeeded.LI Who 4 is scheduled for Nov. 11 to Nov. 13, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency in Hauppauge. Tickets for LI Who 4 go on sale Monday Nov. 23. LI Doctor Who Convention (Photo credit: Joe Nuzzo)last_img read more

Zoom to shift to ‘partner-only’ model in China, suspend direct sales

first_imgZoom Video Communications will shift to a partner-only model in mainland China from Aug. 23, suspending direct sales to all customers in the region, the company said on Monday.Zoom customers in China received an email on Monday informing them of the change, and telling them it would provide users with “better local support.”In the email, seen by Reuters, Zoom listed Bizconf Communications, Suiri Zhumu Video Conference, and Systec Umeet – as partners that can offer its commercial service to customers in China. Months earlier, security researchers discovered that Zoom re-routed some calls through its servers in China, even if those calls were placed outside China.The company said that the re-routing took place in “extremely limited circumstances” and that it took its mainland China data centers off of an approved list of backups for users outside of China. Zoom has been distancing itself from its China operations, which had come under the scrutiny of human rights activists and privacy advocates.The company announced in May that it would suspend new free user registrations in China and limit new user registrations to enterprise customers who sign up through authorized sales representatives.But in June, Zoom came under fire when it was revealed it had shut an account belonging to a group of US-based Chinese activists who were attending an online video group chat to memorialize the Tiananmen Square massacre.In a blog post, Zoom confirmed it had temporarily shut down the accounts due to request from China’s government. It said that it had re-instated the terminated accounts and “will have a new process for handling similar situations.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

NBA free agency rumors: There are ‘rumblings’ Lakers could have interest in Derrick Favors

first_img“My journey has been amazing,” Favors said. “I’ve been through a lot. I’ve been through trade rumors and a step back in role. It’s definitely made me the player and the person I am today. I just know whatever situation I get put in, I’m going to succeed. That’s why I just try and get better every year.”Favors is set to make $17 million next season, but the Jazz could afford to waive him or trade him in the second year of his two-year, $37 million contract. He expects to be notified about Utah’s decision by June 30, when free agency officially begins. Related News Favors has struggled to stay healthy throughout his career. His role has diminished in recent years, but he averaged 11.8 points and 7.4 rebounds in 2018-19. The Lakers reportedly acquired Anthony Davis in a blockbuster deal with the Pelicans on Saturday, forking over Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks, including the No. 4 pick in this year’s draft.They are reportedly interested in acquiring Kemba Walker, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard and others stars in the offseason. The Lakers might have their sights set on Utah’s Derrick Favors.There are “rumblings” Los Angeles would like to sign the 27-year-old to a deal this summer, according to a report from The Athletic, which cites unidentified league sources. But the big man hopes to remain with the Jazz and is grateful for his 8 1/2 seasons in Utah. LaVar Ball on Lakers trading son Lonzo: They’ll never win another championshipcenter_img “It is what it is,” Favors said. “I’m not going to stress over it. I’m going to enjoy life that whole week. If I have to leave, I want to go to a contender because I want to compete at the highest level. I definitely want to go somewhere I can compete for a championship.” NBA reacts to Lakers acquiring Anthony Davislast_img read more

Power Sharing Begins

first_imgThe famous saying ‘power to the people’, an elusive idea since the formation of the Liberian state, now appears to be on the verge of becoming a reality under the administration of the Unity Party-led government. After several years of tireless efforts since the inception of the UP government in 2006, and with the involvement of key individuals who want to ensure that the part of the Liberian Constitution which says that “All power is inherent in the people” is fulfilled, decentralization of power is about to happen here.Power is indeed inherent in the people, but in Liberia, this has been more rhetorical than practical. Power has been in the hands of a few people who control the state wealth and dictate the affairs of the sate from their comfort zone in Monrovia.It is now time for inclusiveness in the political and economic dictates of the country for wholesome national development, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf declared, insisting that it is time for actions and deeds.  Decentralization, which ensures the delivery of public services, inclusiveness in the governance process, has been difficult to achieve. The Liberian state has remained backward as a result.  This can no longer be the case, the Liberian leader has indicated.  She made the comments when she launched the National De-concentration Platform (NDP) on Wednesday in Gbarnga, Bong County. The NDP is a monitoring and evaluation tool that seeks to track the progress made by Ministries and agencies of government’s decentralization plans.The NDP launch clearly indicates that the Monrovia-based ruling hegemony or authoritative central government, will soon become a thing of the past as the President has begun to share some of her exclusive executive powers with county superintendents.  President Sirleaf noted that though efforts to decentralize the delivery of public services are not new, her government’s determination is to build on these previous ideas and early initiatives to learn lessons from them, and from similar programs elsewhere in the world. One great obstacle that hampers local decentralization that was highly stressed by the President was local capacity building. She said one of the lessons her government has learnt is that it is important to ensure that local capacity is adequate to support the public transfer of services to local jurisdictions. “Failure to have adequate local capacities is often the basis of recentralization, though we are endeavoring to avoid this pitfall by exploring and seeking innovative ways that can respond directly to our national needs,” she said.  She alluded to the fact that the effective delivery of public services in a coordinated manner that builds synergies requires adequate public facilities, especially in government centers where offices and other facilities are located in easy proximity to each other.  This is meant to ensure that their operations and maintenance can benefit from economy of scale while making their services more accessible to the populace.  “In this respect, an important part of our decentralization program is to establish government centers in all counties as our resources will allow. This will be a major undertaking in which we will commit a lot of resources,” President Sirleaf said.Administrative Directives President Sirleaf directed that superintendents from now on are to confer with the authority to coordinate and manage the delivery of services in their counties. “All ministry and agency staffs deployed to the counties shall fall under the coordination of the county superintendent.”  She called on the Ministry of Internal Affairs to collaborate with all ministries and agencies immediately to coordinate a process to harmonize the finance, procurement, human resource, audit, and monitoring and evaluation of services in the counties to avoid the multiplication of these services in each ministry and agency.  MIA is to begin the process of developing a professional local government civil service with support from the CSA. “The line ministries and agencies should delegate authority for the implementation of, if agreed, county based projects  with heads of line ministries’ county based projects implementation officers, who will then operate under the counties’ coordinating mechanisms.” The Executive has, however, entrusted superintendents with increased responsibility, so as to be the bridge to the people. “We promise you that we will make every effort to train and capacitate you,” the President vowed.Fiscal directive  To achieve the above administrative reforms, President Sirleaf directed the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) to expedite the establishment of what she termed, ‘Counties’ treasuries.’  She explained:  “This is to make it possible that all government employees receive their salaries in their counties. This is intended to provide support to ministries like MOE, MOH, who are de-concentrating, but their quality of services is hampered by the movement of staff to and from Monrovia in pursuit of their salaries.”  To superintendents, she said, “It is really you that will be on the spot.  If we get it wrong, we will be in serious trouble because there will be recentralization. If we get it right, you and the people will take the credit.” Though these are “tall orders” she assured them that they are doable.  The launch of the NDP, which was witnessed by an array of high profile government officials, the Doyen and members of the Diplomatic Corp, heads of international organizations, traditional leaders and delegates from all 15 counties, add to the numerous reforms, such as the Civil Service Agency (CSA), Liberia Law Reform, Constitution Review Committee, which can be considered as software initiatives.  Meanwhile, several international partners, in remarks, lauded the government for the initiative and urged the administration to build capacities of local officials to ensure success.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more