Disney reportedly planning sale of gaming division FoxNextMarvel Strike Force studio headed out as Disney CEO Robert Iger expresses desire to exit games entirelyRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterWednesday 11th September 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleThe Walt Disney CompanyDisney is reportedly planning the sale of its game-focused business FoxNext, reinforcing its aim to exit game development and publishing entirely.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Bloomberg reports that Disney is currently planning the sale of the studio with the decision driven by CEO Robert Iger. Though executives such as direct-to-consumer chief Kevin Mayer have expressed interest in retaining the arm, Iger wants to leave the business of making games behind.FoxNext was created as an arm of 21st Century Fox in 2017, and was then primarily responsible for VR, AR, and location-based entertainment. The studio was acquired last year by Disney as a part of a larger acquisition of assets from Fox, and its free-to-play mobile game Marvel Strike Force grossed $150 million in revenue as of its first anniversary in March of last year.The possible sale of FoxNext is consistent with Disney’s past attitude toward the games business, with the company shuttering Disney Infinity and its studio, Avalanche, back in 2016 as part of a move to exit games publishing. It has since preferred to license its properties out, though the games developed by FoxNext were one of its few remaining holdouts.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Mobile newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesDisney shuts down Club Penguin copy over abusive messages and “e-sex”UK police arrest one man involved on suspicion of possessing child abuse imagesBy James Batchelor 11 months agoDisney wants developers to “reimagine” its IP for video gamesExec invites DICE Summit attendees to “come and play” with its catalogueBy James Batchelor A year agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.
In West Africa, the Regional Maritime University (RMU) based in Accra, Ghana, has entered into a seven year contract with REDAVIA for the supply of five rental solar power containers at its campus.The academic institution selected the rental solar power solutions provider to implement a state-of-the-art solution supplementing the existing power grid and reducing the dependency on diesel generators, the media statement said.Each container is expected to deliver 87 kWp and comes as a pre-configured, pre-assembled and fully operational solar farm in an easy to deploy ground-mounted, tent-shaped structure.It will connect into the existing energy infrastructure that currently consists of the national grid and supporting diesel generators.Rental solar power to reduce electricity tariffsVice Chancellor of RMU, Prof Elvis K. Nyarko, said: “We have been dependent on diesel generators to supplement an on-grid connection for our campus and this has doubled the cost of electricity tariffs, putting significant strain on our utility budget.”“We have now turned to REDAVIA rental solar power to help reduce the cost of the electricity tariffs and provide the best possible university setting for our students at an affordable cost.”Other additional cost benefits are anticipated will stem from net-metering where the solar farm is feeding the electricity surplus back into the national grid. Read more…Renewable energy instituteThe global rental solar power provider said it will also support the introduction and establishment of a new educational track around renewable energy, by setting up a renewable energy institute in collaboration with the RMU in the country. Read more…The company’s involvement will see ongoing knowledge transfer and staff support to help build the curriculum and practice lab with the aim to educate and prepare African students for engineering jobs in this sector, ensuring an ongoing sustainable development in Ghana.REDAVIA’s CEO Erwin Spolders, said: “REDAVIA’s decision to enter the Ghanaian market is based on an ambitious strategy and vision of long-term involvement in the country with the aim to open a local office, hire a local team and transfer German knowledge and technology to Ghana.” Generation RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Featured image: SAREC Finance and Policy Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development BRICS Previous articleVideo Interview with Wim Jonker Klunne, Refilwe Mokgosi & Bobbi Harris: Generation wrap upNext articleProtected: Conference proceedings 2017 – Water Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector
Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP Blainville, Québec – Team Cavalor won the inaugural Nations’ Cup held Sunday, July 12, at the Classique Internationale Blainville horse show in Blainville, QC.The unique and fun $5,000 Nations’ Cup, open to amateur riders only, saw a total of nine teams competing over a 1.10m course. Held prior to the day’s featured event, the $40,000 Grand Prix Jumping Quebec, the Nations’ Cup attracted a lot of attention in the grand prix ring. Each team was comprised of three riders, who each jumped two rounds. After the team’s six rounds had been completed, the worst score was dropped from the total.Team Cavalor was comprised of Kaila Robert, 16, of St. Bruno, QC, Karyne Lord, 28, of Mirabel, QC, and Gabrielle Pelchat, 15, of Lorraine, QC. Robert, as the team’s lead-off rider, posted two clear rounds riding Reality’s Heartbreaker, a 15-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding owned by Ecuries la Montee. Pelchat jumped clear in the first round, and then incurred four faults in the second round aboard her own Sunny B. Lord posted scores of five and nine, providing the drop score. When the final scores were tabulated, Team Cavalor had earned the victory with a total score of nine faults.“I really liked competing as part of a team,” said Robert. “We had good camaraderie and team spirit. Everyone did the best that they could. It was really nice to work together as a team.”Splitting the winner’s purse of $1,500 three ways, Robert, Pelchat, and Lord each received $500 in prize money. Both Robert and Lord train with Francis Berger at South Shore Farm in Mont-Saint-Hilaire, QC, while Pelchat trains with Nathalie Vidricaire.Cavalor was proud to sponsor the winning team in the inaugural Nations’ Cup at Blainville. Cavalor products are distributed exclusively in Canada by Equus Integral, who was also recently named the exclusive Canadian distributor of Devoucoux saddles.“At Cavalor, we are proud to sponsor riders like Eric Lamaze and the Millar family, but we also firmly believe in the importance of supporting young up-and-coming riders as well,” said Francis Berger, Equus Integral’s Director of Business Development. “We were happy to be part of the first Nations’ Cup in Blainville, and even happier to sponsor the winning team. The event was a real hit, and we hope that the competition organizers will make it an annual event.” Horse Sport Enews More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.
SIGN UP Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! The grand finale of another FEI week at HITS Post Time Farm ensued on Sunday beneath a beautiful, sunny sky. Forty-three competitors turned out for a shot at the top title, including seasoned Grand Prix vets and a new blend of young, talented equestrians.After two Grand Prix wins and several top ribbon placings in the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium during the Ocala Winter Circuit, Andy Kocher of Lake St. Louis, Missouri, returned to the iconic stadium to once again snag a win, this time in the $50,000 KindredBio Grand Prix.Kocher piloted Ciana, owned by Eagle Valley Partners, LLC, to the win in a nine-horse jump-off over the course designed by Manuel Esparza of Mexico. Five would produce clear rounds over the abbreviated course in contingency for the win.Most of the top five would go back-to-back in the jump-off setting the top scores within the first half of the jump-off, aside from one speedy round as the second-to-last challenger.First to tour the jump-off course fault-free was Jonathan McCrea riding Special Lux, owned by Candy Tribble. McCrea, a season Grand Prix vet and top-three finisher in both the 2016 AIG $1 Million Grand Prix and the 2016 Great American $1 Million Grand Prix, laid down a quick, clear round to set the tone for those who followed.McCrea and Special Lux crossed the timers with all of the rails up in 36.32, which would ultimately give them the second-place prize.Immediately following McCrea in the order were victors Kocher and Ciana. They took to the course no holds barred, chasing McCrea’s time and determined to put in a quicker clean effort. They did just that, stopping the clock in a blazing-fast 35.31, where the lead would remain.Next in was Andrea Torres Guerreiro, a fiery, Columbian-equestrian with several top finishes in HITS Ocala’s featured Grand Prix. Guerreiro proved herself a force to be reckoned with, powering through the course aboard her horse, Fifty Shades. They passed the timers in 37.44, a few seconds shy of the lead, but a round that would hold up for the rest of the class to ultimately give them fifth place.Devin Ryan and Eddie Blue, owned by LL Show Jumpers, LLC, won last week’s $5,000 FEI Welcome Stake during the CSIO4* Nations Cup week at HITS Ocala. This week they scored a fourth-place prize in the $25,000 SmartPak FEI Grand Prix, and returned to once again claim fourth place in Sunday’s Grand Prix. Ryan and Eddie Blue stopped the clock in 36.88 with no faults for the white ribbon.Another clear round would not be seen until the second-to-last horse in the order, Conthendrix owned and ridden by Andre Thieme of Germany. Thieme and his mount laid down a valiant effort to catch Kocher’s leading time, leaving all of the rails up. Their time of 36.54 moved them ahead of Ryan and Torres-Guerreiro and into the third place slot.The grand finale to the Ocala Winter Circuit, the fourth-annual Great American $1 Million Grand Prix, takes place on Sunday, March 26. It’s a can’t-miss event, get your tickets today! Click here to purchase general admission tickets. For Day VIP tickets, please contact The HITS Ocala Show Office at 352-368-2449 or [email protected]$50,000 KindredBio FEI Grand PrixPlace/Horse/Owner/Rider/Prize/R.1 Faults/J.O Faults/J.O Time1 Ciana/Eagle Valley Partners, LLC/Andy Kocher/$16,500./0/0/35.312 Special Lux/Candy Tribble/Jonthan McCrea/$10,000/0/0/36.323 Conthendrix/Andre Thieme/Andre Thieme/$7,500/0/0/36.544 Eddie Blue/LL Show Jumpers, LLC/Devin Ryan/$5,000/0/0/36.885 Fifty Shades/Andrea Torres Guerreiro/Andrea Torres Guerreiro/$3,000/0/0/37.446 Eregast Van’t Kiezelhof/Claire McKean/Claire McKean/$2,250/0/4/35.337 Charming Force B/Kim Farlinger Stables/Kim Farlinger/$1,500/0/4/37.378 D Carolus/Candy Tribble/Jonathan McCrea/$1,250/0/4/41.559 Sovereign/Barbara Disko/Lisa Goldman/$1,000/0/8/39.4310 Classified/Brooke Kemper/Brooke Kemper/$1,000/1/-/-11 E Pleasure/Angelo Danza/Andy Kocher/$500/4/-/-12 Hindsight/Lisa Goldman/Lisa Goldman/$500/4/-/- Tags: Kim Farlinger, Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.
Getty Images/John Lamparski(NEW CANAAN, Connecticut) — Best-selling author Gillian Flynn lashed out at the estranged husband of Jennifer Dulos on Friday after his lawyer compared the Connecticut mother’s disappearance to her smash-hit book, “Gone Girl.”Flynn called allegations that Dulos, who hasn’t been seen since May 24, faked her disappearance sickening.“I have been following the story of Jennifer Dulos’s disappearance,” Flynn said in a statement to New Haven ABC affiliate WTNH. “This situation is so incredibly painful, I can’t imagine what her children, her family, and all those close to her are going through. I am deeply sorry for Jennifer and her loved ones.”“I’ve seen in recent coverage that Jennifer’s husband and his defense attorney have put forward a so-called ‘Gone Girl theory’ to explain Jennifer’s disappearance,” the author continued. “It absolutely sickens me that a work of fiction written by me would be used by Fotis Dulos’s lawyer as a defense, and as a hypothetical, sensationalized motive behind Jennifer’s very real and very tragic disappearance.”Police have said they believe Jennifer Dulos suffered a severe assault in her home, where bloodstains were found in the garage. The 50-year-old mother of five was locked in a bitter custody dispute with her husband, Fotis Dulos.Fotis Dulos’ attorney, Norm Pattis, insists his client didn’t kill his wife and doesn’t know where she is.Pattis told ABC News two weeks ago that he’s “investigating the possibility that this is a ‘Gone Girl’-type case and considering the possibility that no third party was involved in foul play.”The novel “Gone Girl,” written by Flynn and released by Crown Publishing in June 2012, features a wife who fakes her murder and frames her husband. The book has sold millions of copies and spent eight weeks atop The New York Times bestsellers list. It was released as a movie, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, in October 2014.Clothes with Jennifer’s blood were found in multiple public trash cans, dropped off by a man seen on surveillance footage alleged to be Fotis Dulos, according to arrest warrants.Fotis Dulos has been charged with tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution. His current girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, who is alleged to have also been in the car, faces the same charges. Both have pleaded not guilty.Troconis and Fotis Dulos are out on bond. He has been seen jogging in his Farmington, Connecticut, neighborhood as the investigation continues.Jennifer and Fotis Dulos used to share a mansion in New Canaan, Connecticut, a home he is now trying to sell.Pattis had previously said they were investigating a “revenge suicide hypothesis” for Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics –Morganton Campus seeks a Chair ofHumanitiesClick here to view positionprofile: https://summitsearchsolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/NCSSM_Humanities_Chair_Profile.pdfLocation: Morganton, North CarolinaThe Position:The founding faculty of theDurham campus are regarded as iconic figures among alumni, and thisposition as a founding faculty leader of the brand newNCSSM-Morganton campus will help to shape the unique culture ofthis new learning community for decades tocome. Responsibilities:Reporting to the Dean of Humanities, collaborate withleadership and faculty across NCSSM’s two residential campuses andthe online program to develop and deliver an innovative,challenging academic curriculum, with a special focus oninterdisciplinary courses and experiences.Provide effective leadership and supervision for the humanitiesdepartment at NCSSM-Morganton, supervising approximately 8-15faculty members, chairing departmental meetings, and participatingin Board of Trustees, Foundation Board of Directors, andInstructional Council meetings.Share responsibility for departmental budgeting and purchasingand otherwise lead and support day-to-day activities of thedepartment. This position may require regular travel betweenNCSSM’s Durham and Morganton campuses.Determine students’ placement and exemptions in appropriateareas of the curriculum, submit draft schedules of courseofferings; consult with faculty about their new course ideas andkeep them on track to submit new course proposals.Handle departmental personnel oversight, including hiring,monitoring, and evaluating faculty and staff work plans,self-appraisals, and improvement plans, and ensuring classcoverage, etc.Develop and teach innovative and engaging courses in NCSSM’sresidential and online programs, with an initial course load of 1per semester, increasing to 2 per semester in year 3 when campusstartup duties have lessened. Qualifications:Master’s degree in a related academic field (literature,history, social science, cultural studies, or other).Teaching experience in a related field, preferably withhigh-achieving secondary students or undergraduates. A proven trackrecord of effective and inspiring teaching.Demonstrated preparation for teaching a diverse studentpopulation.Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonalskills. Key Competencies:Knowledge of field and practice of the department ordiscipline.Ability to develop and deliver courses using effective andinnovative practices in pedagogy, technology, and classroommanagement.Comfort with technology used for hosting virtual meetings andclasses and the use of collaborative tools to create and managedocuments, spreadsheets, and presentations.Dedication to continual growth, both as a teacher and alearner.Willingness to support the intellectual, cultural, emotional,and social growth of students—a responsibility that transcends atraditional high school or college teaching schedule and requiresthe commitment to participate actively in the multi-dimensionallife of the NCSSM community. Click here to see formal job announcement foradditional details. About the Institution:North CarolinaSchool of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) is a world-class publichigh school with statewide reach empowering students with theskills and knowledge to design their own future. Specializing inscience, technology, engineering, and math, and embracing the finearts and humanities, it challenges 680 talented high school juniorsand seniors from across North Carolina through a residentialprogram on its historic campus in Durham—and beginning in 2022, ona new second campus being built in Morganton that will serve 300more residential students. NCSSM’s extensive online program andsummer offerings extend its impact to every corner of the state andto hundreds more students annually. NCSSM embraces diversity,equity, and inclusion, and seeks to recruit employees who sharethese same values. The residential program intentionally admitshalf male and half female students, and NCSSM opens itslife-changing opportunities to students from all economiccircumstances across the state from urban, rural, and suburbancommunities. Attending is free of cost for tuition, books, room,and board. To learn more: https://www.ncssm.edu/ Founded in 1980 as the first school of its kind, NCSSM hasbecome the model for 18 such specialized schools around the globeand is a member of the 17-institution University of North CarolinaSystem. Its 11,000-plus alumni include local and global leaders inmedicine, technology, commerce, education, and the arts—a communityof problem solvers who build a brighter future. The newNCSSM-Morganton campus will focus on the booming fields of datascience and artificial intelligence, preparing the leaders oftomorrow to navigate a future driven by data and machine learning,with emphasis on the humanistic implications and ethical use ofthese tools. Faculty at NCSSM become part of a close-knit campus communitywith colleagues, with students in residence alongside communitycoordinators, and with student life staff. The resources (includinga brand-new campus), academics, and extracurricular opportunitiesrival those of private boarding schools—but with a public schoolmission. NCSSM enjoys unique curricular freedom, encouragingfaculty creativity and innovation not possible at most highschools. In Morganton, students and faculty will learn alongsideindustry and educational leaders, with access to cutting-edgetechnologies and learning labs as part of NCSSM’s hallmarkholistic, interdisciplinary education featuring arts and thehumanities, including NCSSM’s use of the American Studies approachto teaching history and literature intandem. Why Consider the Opportunity:Public school, public service values: As apublic school, NCSSM extends opportunities to students in everycorner of North Carolina for the betterment of the state.Commitment to diversity, equity, andinclusion: Since the school’s inception, NCSSM Humanitieshas played a critical role in fulfilling our institutional missionto cultivate informed, empathetic, engaged, and ethical citizensand leaders. NCSSM alumni, who have gone forth to make significantcontributions in education, research across disciplines, medicineand healthcare, law and social justice, politics, the environment,business, and the arts, frequently cite the transformative effectthat Humanities faculty, courses and experiences have had on theircommitment to serve their communities—on local, state, national,and global levels—and, through that service, make those communitiesmore diverse, equitable, inclusive, and just.Salary: To recruit top educators, NCSSM is ina multi-year process of raising its faculty salaries to becompetitive with the highest paying public high school systems inthe state.Resources: In addition to generous publicfunding, NCSSM raises millions in private gifts each year throughits NCSSM Foundation to further the mission of the school, withfunding and endowment earnings supporting each academic department,students with financial needs, participation in academiccompetitions, and more.Professional opportunities: The school offersfunding for conference and other professional travel andprofessional development opportunities, including taking freecourses in the UNC System.Academic freedom: Curricular freedom, no statestandardized testing, and the support for faculty to publishoriginal research (only if desired).Interdisciplinary innovation: Many coursesintegrate more than one disciplinary approach, inviting students tomake meaningful connections across academic disciplines—history,literature, languages, law, the social sciences, archaeology,music, the visual arts, and popular culture, as well as withdisciplines in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics.Leadership role: The Chair will organize andlead the colleagues in its discipline in Morganton and work closelywith the dean based in Durham.Motivated, talented students: Academicallytalented students have competed for the opportunity to attend andhave persuaded their families they are ready to leave home and liveindependently as high school juniors and as a rule are engaged,curious learners.Collaborative student body: NCSSM eschewsclass ranks and valedictorians and encourages students tocollaborate and support one another rather than compete.Small class size: Typical humanities coursescontain 15-20 students per section.Quality of life: Close professional and schoolcommunity, low cost of living, friendly community atmosphere,outdoor recreational opportunities, and accessible traveldestinations. To Apply:Confidential review ofapplications will begin immediately and continue until the positionis filled; parties who apply before or by May 31, 2021 willbe given first consideration. Interested candidates shouldsubmit a resume and letter of interest. To apply online, go to: https://theapplicantmanager.com/jobs?pos=su247 For more information or to offer recommendations ornominations:Arasi Adkins,MASenior ConsultantSummit SearchSolutions, Inc.Direct: (336) [email protected] NCSSM is an EEO/eVerify/VEVRAA EmployerNCSSMinvites and welcomes all applications for employment within theinstitution. NCSSM is an equal opportunity and affirmative actionemployer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration foremployment without regard to race, color, national origin,religion, sex, gender identity or expression, age, sexualorientation, genetic information, status as an individual with adisability, or status as a protected veteran. If you are anindividual with disabilities requiring accommodations in theapplication and interview process, please contact NCSSM at (919)416-2662.
IndianaLocalNationalNewsSouth Bend Market Facebook By Tommie Lee – November 14, 2019 0 241 Facebook Twitter Pinterest Pinterest Google+ Former GOP Senator Richard Lugar introduces Secretary of State John Kerry for a speech in support of the Iran nuclear deal at the National Constitution Center, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) A new Navy warship will be named in honor of Senator Richard Lugar on Monday.The USS Richard G. Lugar will be named in a ceremony with Senator Yodd Young and U.S. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer, as well as members of the Lugar family, at the Indiana War Memorial.The ceremony is planned for 2:30 p.m.Lugar volunteered to serve in the Navy and was an officer from 1957 to 1960. The vessel will be the next Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer. Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp Google+ Previous articleCass County man arrested for child pornNext articleEx-Massachusetts Gov. Patrick announces presidential bid Tommie Lee Navy Destroyer to be named for Senator Dick Lugar
But equally real is the wary acquiescence, even support, that the regime of Bashar Assad still enjoys among many – perhaps most – Syrians, notably the country’s numerous religious minorities. Starr, who has spent five years in Syria, adds nuance that is often missing from foreign reporting on Syria, which makes the events narrated here even more terrifying. “Revolt in Syria” is an account of how a society worn down by decades of brutal dictatorship has been torn apart within a matter of months. Under threat Starr’s main constraint was the pervasive fear that the authorities would expel him. He was legally resident in Syria and had to worry about things that did not bother reporters who were smuggled in by the opposition or who came on government-sponsored, three-day reporting trips. Starr, who lived near Damascus, had to be transparent but inconspicuous at the same time. He never made it to Homs or Deraa, hotbeds of the uprising. As a consequence, Starr’s book shows little of the savagery with which the Assad regime – a “cabal of gangsters”, in his words – has responded to the uprising. Instead, Starr lets ordinary Syrians speak, especially the country’s “silent majority”, those who may or may not have supported the regime but were terrified of what might come after. Such fears are not to be taken lightly: Syrians well remember what happened in neighbouring Iraq after its ‘liberation’ by a US-led coalition, or the sectarian civil war that raged in Lebanon in 1975-90. “Revolt in Syria” is unpolished and on occasion baffling: after travelling around Damascus by mini-bus for most of the book, all of a sudden Starr pulls up at a checkpoint driving a car. But it is as clear-headed and important as anything about the events in Syria currently available in English. His prediction for this country is grim. “Those who took to the streets in the spring of 2011 did not do so championing democracy,” he writes. “They did so because their fathers, brothers and sons disappeared, were beaten or were killed. They had no links to America, Israel or other enemies of Syria. They were not members of the political opposition.” This, Starr says in his depressing conclusion, suggests that the conflict will drag on. “If the regime or the opposition could win over such individuals, they would surely have enough support to bring down the other. But neither side has, nor do they appear likely to do so.” Revolt in Syria: eye-witness to the uprising In reporting the bloody uprising in Syria that is now in its 19th month, many foreign broadcasters have relied on ‘citizens’ journalism’ – unverified, and often unverifiable, footage of protests and their suppression by security forces, uploaded to YouTube. As the uprising took its course, it became clear that – although the broad outlines of the picture provided by ‘activists’ inside Syria were generally accurate – the specifics often were not. Some viewers in the West began doubting what they were seeing on their screens, and international media began focusing on the unsavoury aspects of the uprising, such as the involvement of Islamic extremists. Initially seen as a struggle between non-violent protesters and brutish security forces, the uprising increasingly appeared to be a civil war along sectarian lines in which all sides were committing crimes. To some extent, this did reflect the changing reality on the ground. But it also served as an excuse for cutting short any debate about outside intervention. Stephen Starr’s “Revolt in Syria” is a corrective to the simplistic narratives that have emerged about the Syrian uprising. The rage of the demonstrators and the courage of the opposition are real, he writes, not an artefact of reporting by ‘mainstream media’ with a neo-imperialist agenda, as some left-wingers in the West have claimed. By Stephen Starr (226 pages) Hurst & Company, €19
WASHINGTON — The White House on Friday acknowledged the shooting massacre at a mall in Germany as an “apparent terrorist attack.”The U.S. “condemns in the strongest terms the apparent terrorist attack that has claimed innocent lives in Munich, Germany,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement. “We still do not know all of the facts, but we do know that this heinous act has killed and injured multiple individuals in the heart of one of Europe’s most vibrant cities.”According to police, one or more shooters attacked the largest shopping mall in Munich, killing at least nine people and wounding others.National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said President Barack Obama’s homeland security and counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco briefed Obama on the developing situation in Munich and will continue to keep him updated.Addressing law enforcement officers at a previously scheduled meeting with them at the White House, Obama said the federal government will “pledge all the support” Germany may need.“I was a little bit delayed,” Obama said at the outset of his remarks. “Some of you are aware there were shootings in Germany and we don’t yet know exactly what’s happening there, but obviously our hearts go out to those who may have been injured.”“It’s still an active situation,” he added, “and Germany’s one of our closest allies so we are gonna pledge all the support that they may need in dealing with these circumstances.”Earnest offered his thoughts and prayers to those affected by the attack and reassured the U.S.’s commitment to assist its ally.“In the midst of this tragedy, the United States will work closely with our German partners to whom we will make available any resources that would assist their investigation, as the president pledged,” he said. “The resolve of Germany, the United States and the broader international community will remain unshaken in the face of acts of despicable violence such as this.”Obama called whatever transpired in Munich a reminder of how important law enforcement is in the lives of everyday citizens.“Our way of life, our freedoms, our ability to go about our business every day, raising our kids and seeing them grow up and graduate from high school and now about to leave their dad — I’m sorry, getting a little too personal,” Obama, whose elder daughter, Malia, graduated high school earlier this summer, said to laughter. “Getting a little too personal there.”“That depends on law enforcement,” he continued. “It depends on the men and women in uniform every single day who are under some of the most adverse circumstances imaginable at times, making sure to keep us safe. And, obviously, we have gone through a really tough time these last couple of weeks.”The U.S. has suffered a series of officer-involved shootings in recent weeks — white officers killing black men and black men retaliating by targeting police officers — and a driver mowed through dozens of people in Nice, France, last week on the nation’s Bastille Day.