Police and ambulance staff help a wounded man from outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, on 15 March 2019. Photo: APThe Latest on shootings at mosques in New Zealand (all times local):3:45pmNew Zealand media say a shooting has occurred in a second mosque in the city of Christchurch.No details were immediately available.Earlier Friday afternoon, police had urged people to stay indoors as authorities responded to a shooting at the Masjid Al Noor mosque.A neighbour described mass casualties inside the mosque and said he saw the gunman flee.3:00pmA witness says many people have been killed in a mass shooting at a mosque in the New Zealand city of Christchurch.Police have not described the scale of the Friday shooting but urged people in central Christchurch to stay indoors.Witness Len Peneha says he saw a man dressed in black enter the Masjid Al Noor mosque and then heard dozens of shots, followed by people running from the mosque in terror.He says he also saw the gunman flee before emergency services arrived.Peneha says he went into the mosque to try and help: “I saw dead people everywhere.”
January 10, 2003The seating area facing the Ceramics Apse has become an extension of the Arcosanti Resident Art Show. A display of metal sculptures catches the eye and imagination. [Photo & text: sa] These pieces are some of the products of the Metalshop at Arcosanti which has a wide variety of welding equipment. TIG, MIG, stick and gas welding are all available to our staff and students. [Photo & text: sa] During each workshop the Metal Shop Coordinator takes on a new assistant. The scrap metal used for student practice has become quite artistic. The pieces on display are the combined work of more than a dozen students. [Photo & text: sa] Once an assistant is trained, he or she will be involved in a variety of metal work all over the Arcosanti site. [Photo & text: sa] Metal shop coordinator Ron Chandler is showing his latest project, a good size movable grill cut from an old roofing tar tank. [Photo & text: sa] The ‘Super Grill’ is complete. Ron comments: ‘The kids have fun doing art for practice. This is how I practice’. This awesome many layered grill will star at many barbeques at Arcosanti. [Photo & text: sa]
March 17, 2010 Continuing our report on the heat duct tunnel construction from March 10th: With the help of our newest workshop participants, the construction crew has already poured the next section of the heat duct tunnel. In this photo, the crew prepares the formwork for footings to support future wall sections. [photo: Chihiro Saito & text: Colleen Reckow] Here is a view of the preliminary work from above. By the next day, the forms were finished and the concrete poured. Not pictured is another small footing at the end of the opposite wall, which was also completed. [photo: Chihiro Saito & text: Colleen Reckow] The crew used the small mixer and transferred concrete into wheelbarrows. [photo: Chihiro Saito & text: Colleen Reckow] Then they poured the concrete from the wheelbarrow onto a chute positioned above the formwork. [photo: Chihiro Saito & text: Colleen Reckow]
Russian broadcast group CTC Media is revamping its target demographics for two of its main channels as it looks to stem falling ratings. The broadcaster is launching new demographic targets for its main CTC Network and Peretz Network at the start of 2013. CTC Network, which used to target an audience of 6 to 54 year-olds, will now target an audience of 10 to 45 year-olds. Meanwhile, Peretz Network, which previously targeted an audience of 25 to 59 year-olds has lowered its target to 25 to 49 year-olds.This move comes after the channel saw its average daily share of Russian viewers over 18 fall to 5.2%.It follows the appointment of Boris Podolsky as chief executive in June and comes after the company announced its latest financial results. ”We have also made the important strategic decision to adjust the target demographics for the CTC and Peretz Networks to ‘all 10-45’ and ‘all 25-49’, respectively. The change will take place from the beginning of 2013 and reflects the Company’s overall positioning strategy for Domashny and Peretz and the channels’ high affinity levels in these commercially attractive audience groups. The transition is therefore expected to have a positive impact on both audience shares and inventory levels moving forward,” said Podolsky.
Daniel SimmonsThe content strategies of vendors will lead to global sales of OTT TV retail set-top boxes exceeding telecom IPTV set-top shipments this year, according to research from IHS. According to the research group, 31 million retail OTT set-tops will be shipped in 2015, compared to 30 million IPTV boxes shipped by telcos.The upsurge in retail box sales will be a direct result of the content strategies of leading vendors Apple, Google and Roku, according to IHS. These providers have been more aggressive in adding content sources to their devices than rival players including game console vendors, according to the group.“OTT STBs were initially written off as a temporary measure for consumers to bring OTT video to TV screens. It was assumed that smart TVs, Blu-Ray disc players and gaming consoles would eventually take the place of STB devices; however, while consumer adoption of smart devices has grown considerably, OTT STBs have still managed to flourish,” said Daniel Simmons, director of connected home research at IHS.“Ultimately buying a dedicated box enables viewers to choose the OTT services they watch on their TV, rather than simply living with the pre-installed options.”IHS noted that pay TV operators are also contributing to sales of OTT devices by deploying internet-connected OTT devices to extend their video-on-demand libraries and the range of catch-up services they provide. Total shipments of connectable set-top boxes will, according to the research group, are exceeding sales of retail OTT boxes by a huge margin. In 2018, connectable pay TV box shipments will grow to 169 million units, compared to 38 million retail OTT box shipments, says IHS.