21st Century Fox’s US FX Networks unit has teamed up with cable giant Comcast to launch a new premium ad-free service subscription video-on-demand service for Comcast Xfinity TV subscribers.The new service, FX+, will provide current seasons of all FX and FXX original series and every season of a number of current and catalogue titles of FX originals without adverts for US$5.99 (€5.08) a month.The service will launch on September 5. Fox claims that the initiative will made FX Networks the first ad-supported cable networks group to offer all seasons of the majority of its original series available at once. Shows available include American Horror Story, Damages, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Legion, Louie, Nip/Tuck, Rescue Me, The Shield, Sons of Anarchy and Terriers.FX+ will provide over 1,100 series epioseds in total. The shows will be rolled out progressively, with the complete roster expected to be available next year.FX+ subscribers will be able to access the FX+ content via Xfinity On Demand, the Xfinity Stream app and website, and FXNOW. In the future, FX+ will also offer select series in 4K as well as temporary downloads of current season episodes.John Landgraf“This is an exciting day for FX Networks, because it represents the next step in building a consumer experience as good as our original programming brand. We have been diligent about recapturing the in-season stacking rights for all current original programming and recapturing the rights to all seasons of a large portion of our legacy of great original series,” said John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks and FX Productions“Since changing the course of basic cable TV with The Shield, over the past 15 years FX amassed a roster of dramas, comedies and limited series that is unequalled in ad-supported television – and in quality and breadth has few rivals anywhere. This initiative represents the first of its kind for an ad-supported cable network, and begins to put us on equal footing with premium networks and streaming services. We appreciate our partnership with Matt Strauss and everyone at Comcast who had the vision to support the creation and launch of FX+, which adds significant value for Comcast and its subscribers.”Matt Strauss, executive vice-president and general manager, video and entertainment services, Comcast Cable, said: “FX has built a brand known for high-quality, award-winning original content and we are pleased to partner with John Landgraf and the team at FX to offer premium experiences like FX+ to Xfinity TV customers, and explore what it means to be a network in the future,” said Strauss. “Our innovative platforms and technology enable us to collaborate with our partners to experiment with new ways to super-serve our customers, provide them with more choice and access to new content and experiences, and continue to add value to the Xfinity TV subscription.”
Françoise NyssenFrench culture minister Françoise Nyssen has outlined a series of economy measures and changes to be implemented by public broadcaster France Télévisions as part of the reform of public service media in the country.Youth-oriented channel France 4 will be merged with France 5, which will have a revamped programming line-up to make space for France 4-type shows. At the same time, France Télévisions will focus on making developing a digital-only offering for young people.France 3 will see the amount of regional programming it air trebled from the current two hour daily regional opt-out.Regarding France Ô, the channel dedicated for France’s overseas territories and departments, Nyssen said that it would be necessary to consult with citizens in these territories to determine whether an over-the-air channel or a digital offering would best meet their needs in the future.Nyssen also said that the country’s various public media organisations would have to develop “synergies” and would have to find further economies and rationalise their management. She stopped short of calling for a single management structure or of quantifying the economies she had in mind.Nyssen, quoted by Le Monde, said that she had in mind a “universal” public service media that was capable of resisting “new competition” and responding to citizen’s evolving needs. She said that the goal was to focus “on content more than on distribution”.Nyssen said that France Télévisions would have to invest €150 million more a year in digital as part of a drive to address changing media consumption patterns among young people in particular. She said that the broadcaster currently only invested about 3% of its budget on digital – about €100 million a year.She also said that as part of the drive to further the regionalisation of France 3, the channel would launch a trail of a joint morning programme with radio service France Bleu in two regions in the autumn.On speculation that the digital-terrestrial slot currently occupied by France 4 would be granted to news service Franceinfo, she said that this was a matter for regulator the CSA but noted that the service’s current place in the DTT line-up was “a real handicap” to its visibility.Nyssen said she would commission a task force comprising UniFrance chief Isabelle Giordano, former CSA director-general Frédéric Lenica, Fablabchannel founder Claire Leproust-Moroko, former BBC executive Catherine Smadjia and former France Télévisions president Marc Tessier to take the reform process forward.
The BBC has launched its first multiplayer online game in beta to get feedback from users ahead of a full launch.The game, Nightfall, is targeted at 8-13 year-olds.The game begins when the players fall asleep, challenging young people and their friends to take on the role of Nightfallers – guardians of light fighting against darkness, and battling to banish every last nightmare from the dream world.Once in the Nightfall dream world, players can take part in solo play while they find their feet and build their skills, but to make progress in the game, they need to work together to stand against the tougher ‘Nightmare’ challenges, according to the BBC.The broadcasters already offers a range of games on CBeebies and CBBC online and in its children’s apps, intended to enable younger audiences to interact and play with their favourite BBC programmes and characters“To date, those games have served great purpose in bringing our show brands to the ‘gamers’ in our audience. Building on that success, Nightfall is an exploration of how gaming is evolving as an entertainment format for younger audiences. Young players are becoming savvier than ever before and in response to this shift, one of our key focus points has been around the format of gaming itself. We want to talk to the audience in the most genuine language possible, a language, which now is for many, a native one,” said Will Storer, senior product manager, design and engineering, in a blog post.Storer said that Nightfall was intended to combine elements of gaming that felt genuine to the gaming audience with the BBC’s mission to inform, educate and entertain.The game includes social elements like Emojis, but in an environment that is designed to be safe. Unlike other BBC games, Nightfall is not linked to a single programme or character but is able to integrate a range of other BBC brands.The beta trial will see a limited audience group playing the game, and players will be able to sign up to play via the existing BBC iD system.
UK Culture Secretary Jeremy WrightThe UK’s proposed age verification system for viewing adult content is to be delayed yet again from its scheduled implementation on July 15. This will be the second time this year that the controversial ‘porn block’ law has been delayed.The law, which was passed in 2017, has been highly controversial since its inception, with many arguing that it serves as an invasion of privacy rather than its originally intended purpose to protect children.The law requires adults to prove their age when visiting pornographic websites, though there had been much confusion about how it would be implemented and regulated. It has been suggested that websites could ask users to upload scans of ID (such as a passport or drivers’ licence), or use age-verification cards sold by newsagents nicknamed “porn passes”. The law will cover websites where more than a third of the content is pornographic. This means, in theory, that an adult website could make sure that the majority of its content is not pornographic and get around the law.Likewise, the use of VPNs to evade the law will remain legal. The rescheduled date of the law’s enforcement remains unclear.While the law has been marred by controversy that hasn’t stopped the Irish government from investigating its own version.As reported by The Journal, Ireland’s Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said that the Irish government would “consult” with its British equivalent to review how well the law works, with a view to potentially implementing it in the country.
Remember the grotto will finish at 3.30 pm sharp as Santa has a very important job to do.Please also note that in order to accommodate the Christmas Lights Switch On ‘main event’ on Saturday, November 25, there will be traffic diversions in place in Strabane Town Centre between 12:00-18:00.The council has apologised for any inconvenience this may cause.STRABANE SET TO BE ‘DAZZLED’ THIS WEEK AS SANTA ARRIVES was last modified: November 21st, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ABERCORN SQUARECHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ONSTRABANE BRASS BANSTRABANE SET TO BE ‘DAZZLED’ THIS WEEK AS SANTA ARRIVES CHRISTMAS will officially begin in Strabane this Saturday 25 November from 1pm-5pm when the festive lights are switched on by a ‘very special guest’ in Abercorn Square.‘Santa’ will be making the long trip from the North Pole to visit the town – but there will also be a host of other fun activities on the day itself!The festivities include live music on stage by Mr Men from 3pm, featuring local performances by Darcie Wilders & Jamie Donnelly and the Holy Cross Choir as well as interviews with James Gallagher (The Strabanimal) and the one and only centenarian in town Pat Gillespie. Don’t forget to also keep any eye out around the town for Class Acts Carol singers, Encore PAA Dancers and a new samba/jazz band from Arts Academy.After visiting the Christmas craft market in the Alley courtyard and Santa in his grotto why not call around and get your photo taken with Santa’s reindeers – or meet some of his naughty helpers at work!If it’s too cold, you can always drop into the Alley to the Christmas movie at 2pm and write your Christmas letter & help make some reindeer food before you go!Make sure you also visit Strabane for an amazing afternoon and stroll around the town centre – including listening to Mrs Claus tell tales on her bus. Street entertainment, Strabane Brass Band, balloon modellers, face painters and fun characters will also add to the fantastic festive experience! ShareTweet
AN GARDA SIOCHANAbuncranaGARDAI: PEOPLE ARE SHELTERING DISSIDENT REPUBLICAN KILLERS OF DERRY MAN ANDREW ALLENLINKS VIEW PARKraad ShareTweet Dissident republican vigilante group RAAD carried out the murder.It claimed the 24-year-old was a drug dealer, a claim rejected by his family.Last September, an inquest into Mr Allen’s murder was adjourned at the request of Gardai.A senior officer told the Coroner that the murder probe was “still a live investigation” Andrew Allen was murdered by dissident vigilante group RAAD in Donegal in February 2012GARDAI say they believe a number of people are sheltering those involved in the murder of a Derry man in Inishowen six years ago.Andrew Allen was killed in front of his partner at his home in Links View Park, Buncrana on February 9, 2012.The 24 year old was shot a number of times and was pronounced dead at the scene. Gardai believe the killers had travelled from Derry to shoot Mr Allen dead.On the eve of the six anniversary of his brutal killing, Gardai have renewed their appeal for information in relation to his murder, and believe that a number of people were involved in the “destruction of evidence.”A silver Vauxhall Cavalier believed to be involved in the murder was found on fire in Fahan shortly after the shooting.There has been a number of arrests in connection with the investigation but nobody has ever been charged.Gardai particularly want to speak to anyone who may have seen suspicious activity around the scene of the shooting or where the burning car was located.A spokesman said: “An Garda Siochana are grateful for all the witnesses that have come forward and made statements but gardai believe that there are still people in both Buncrana and Derry city who have information that may assist with the investigation.”Anyone with information is asked to contact Buncrana Garda Station on 074 93 20540, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.GARDAI: PEOPLE ARE SHELTERING DISSIDENT REPUBLICAN KILLERS OF DERRY MAN ANDREW ALLEN was last modified: February 8th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags:
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Diamonds are forever, but you’d better not take these to an appraiser.Tuscaloosa Police said around 4 a.m. this morning they got an alarm call from Gillis Jewelers on McFarland Boulevard in Tuscaloosa.When they arrived, police found the front door shattered and around 50 gift sets laid out for Valentine’s Day buyers missing.You’d think the store would be out thousands of dollars in diamonds and gold, but actually they lost only about $1,000. How? The jewelry stolen were fake display-only pieces, and are worth about $20 apiece.But it’s still a crime, and police are already on the hunt for those responsible.“I’m glad that they did not make off with some valuable jewelry, but still the crime is the same,” said Lt. Teena Richardson with the Tuscaloosa Police Department. “It’s a third-degree burglary.”If you have any information on the crime, please contact Tuscaloosa Crime Stoppers at 205-752-7867.
Olympiacos Piraeus rallied from several double-digits deficits before turning on all the engines and rallying to beat Khimki Moscow Region 89-77 on Friday night at the Peace & Friendship Stadium. Olympiacos snapped its three-game losing streak, despite falling behind 27-39 in the second quarter, and 44-56 in the third quarter. However, stepping up to play some great defense, Daniel Hackett and Darius Johnson-Odom facilitating things on offense and Georgios Printezis netting points, the Reds got it going and never stopped. In a span of 14 minutes, Olympiacos put together a 42-15 run, and in the end won comfortably to improve to 3-3 in Group F, while dropping Khimki to 4-2. Printezis finished with a career-high 30 points, to go along with 9 rebounds. Vassilis Spanoulis had 14 points and 6 assists, and Hackett also scored 14. Othello Hunter collected 10 points and 10 rebound in victory. Tyrese Rice finished with 14 points and 8 assists for Khimki. James Augustine scored 13 points, Sergey Monia netted 12 on 4-of-5 shooting from long range, while Alexey Shved and Zoran Dragic scored 11 apiece in the losing effort.First quarter: Khimki scores 14 in a row, hosts rally right backSpanoulis split free throws to open the scoring, and Othello Hunter finished a fast break with a dunk. Sergey Monia nailed a three-pointer to open Khimki’s account and tie it at 3-3. Spanoulis drove for reverse layup, and after a Khimki timeout, Zoran Dragic finished a breakaway with a layup. Georgios Printezis scored inside, but Dragic bettered it from the outside and Tyrese Rice drove for a layup, making it 7-10. The visitors’ run did not stop there, as Rice dished a length-of-the-court pass for a Shved layup, and James Augustine scored from close range on the ensuing possession to open a 7-14 margin halfway through the first quarter. After an Olympiacos timeout, two more Khimki fast breaks produced Shved’s layup, Monia’s triple and a 7-19 margin. A Printezis triple snapped a 0-14 run, before Lojeski added a short jumper to the Reds’ tally. Printezis continued the run with a fastbreak layup-plus-foul, then capped it at 10-0 with a fastbreak dunk as Olympiacos needed 75 seconds to cut 14-point deficit to 17-19. After a Khimki timeout, Shved nailed a fadeaway jumper, but Spanoulis answered with a triple to get the hosts within 1 point. Before the quarter’s end, Dmitry Sokolov scored from close range for Khimki, helping the visitors to a 20-24 lead after 10 minutes.Second quarter: Khimki pulls away again, Reds stay in touchHackett hit a triple for Olympiacos. After a Tyler Honeycutt tip-in, Hackett dished to Milutinov for an easy dunk. Papapetrou tied it on the next Olympiacos possession with a coast-to-coast layup. However, Rice answered with a tough off-balance triple, Egor Vyaltsev added one of his own, and after Shved’s free throws, Honeycutt buried a corner three to help open a 27-39 cushion midway through the second quarter. Printezis snapped a 0-12 run, and after Augustine’s basket, Lojeski nailed a triple, then dished it for Printezis, who cut it the deficit to 34-41 from close range. Shved drove for a layup, but Printezis scored again inside and Hacket drove the length of the court to finish the half with a layup that made it 38-43 at halftime.Third quarter: Khimki builds another leadSpanoulis found his favorite target, Printezis, who started the quarter with a layup. But Khimki wasn’t going to let its lead just slip away as Rice nailed a three-pointer, making it 41-48. Spanoulis answered with a three of his own, but Monia nailed one from downtown in transition, before Augustine had a put-back and Monia another three, his fourth, to extend the difference to 44-56. Hunter’s dunk-plus-foul snapped a 0-8 run, and Printezis scored a second-chance basket inside for the hosts. Dragic made a tough runner, before 3 of 4 free throws from Hackett made it 52-58. Darius Johnson-Odom grabbed his missed free throw and put it back to get Olympiacos within 3, then Strawberry hit a tough three-pointer to tie it at 58-58. Augustine snapped a 14-2 run with a layup, but Olympiacos countered with a dunk from Hunter before Papapetrou put the hosts in front with a fastbreak layup, making it 62-60 at the end of the quarter.Fourth quarter: Olympiacos does not stop runningPrintezis scored from close range, and Hackett’s free throws made it 66-60. It was a 22-4 charge over a span of seven minutes for the Reds, and it got bigger when Hackett banked in a floater. Vylatsev knocked down a triple to cut to 68-63. Hackett had a fastbreak dunk, but Rice quickly scored at the other end. Olympiacos had a bit of luck when a scramble for a loose ball turned into a Printezis three-pointer midway through the fourth, 73-65. Augustine and Spanoulis traded baskets, before, Shved’s corner triple gave Khimki hope at 75-70. However, Spanoulis fed a trailing Hunter for a monster dunk, then after a timeout, Spanoulis buried a triple, and D.J. Strawberry’s fastbreak dunk opened an 84-70 advantage. An easy two by Johnson-Odom made it 15-point affair, before a layup by Dragic snapped an 11-1 run. In the remaining time, Printezis hit another triple to round out his personally tally at 30 points.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Splat! A lucky strike and the telltale red splodge that your nightly tormentor has sucked its last blood vessel.Staring at the mess on the wall, you might find it hard to believe that so small an insect can carry so much blood. But female mosquitoes have a knack for eating, doubling their body weight with each meal.”They can barely fly,” laughs Leslie Vosshall, a neurobiologist at Rockefeller University, who’s hoping to control mosquitoes, as well as the diseases they carry, by switching off their enormous appetite.In a paper published Thursday in the journal Cell, Vosshall and her team demonstrate how human diet drugs satiate mosquitoes’ bloodlust for several days — so they are less likely to feed on humans and spread diseases and will also produce fewer offspring.”When they’re hungry, these mosquitoes are super motivated. They fly toward the scent of a human the same way that we might approach a chocolate cake,” Vosshall says. “But after they were given the drug, they lost interest.”The method taps into female mosquitoes’ natural gluttony. Each supersize meal provides enough nutrients to support the typical clutch of around 100 eggs. After she has eaten, the mosquito loses her appetite for at least four days while her eggs develop.But as soon as a mosquito lays her eggs in a pool of stagnant water, she is off again in search of a mate and a meal. A female mosquito can breed several times in her lifetime of six to eight weeks, and in the process she can bite many people — which makes her a reliable vessel for spreading diseases.Vosshall and her team set out to identify and manipulate the hormone pathways responsible for this behavior. Because similar pathways for hunger are found in many animals — that is, they have similar evolutionary roots — she started with off-the-shelf human diet drugs.”On a lark we thought, ‘Let’s go for it. Let’s do the craziest experiment possible and get some human diet drugs and see if they work on mosquitoes,’ ” Vosshall told NPR.”It was surprising that it worked so well.”In a series of lab experiments, Aedes aegypti mosquitoes (which spread dengue fever, yellow fever and Zika virus) were fed these diet drugs by mixing them into a chemical solution that also contained ATP — a molecule found inside most animal cells that mosquitoes find irresistible. The diet drugs came in powder form. For several days after drinking this solution, the mosquitoes showed little interest when offered the bare arms of human volunteers. Even the smell of dirty nylon stockings, saturated with human scent, was not enough to tempt them.After testing human diet drugs, the team homed in on the specific receptors that these drugs activate inside the mosquito brain. Then they could search through a general catalog of more than 265,000 chemicals to find a new suite of drugs that also activate this receptor — but that control only the appetite of mosquitoes and similar biting insects.”Human drugs are owned by pharmaceutical companies, and so we wanted to find something where the intellectual property wasn’t locked up. That’s important in [developing countries] for deployment,” Vosshall explains. And for obvious reasons, widely releasing human diet drugs into the environment is not a good idea.In recent years, scientists have developed an advanced arsenal of tools in the war against mosquitoes — from potent new insecticides to gene drives and bacterial infection. But rarely have they tried to control mosquitoes’ behavior.”There is a real need for novel approaches to controlling insects that transmit diseases,” says James Logan of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, who was not involved in the study.According to the World Health Organization, mosquito-borne diseases — such as malaria, yellow fever, dengue and Zika virus — are responsible for millions of deaths each year.”Humans have been trying to fight mosquitoes ever since there were humans,” says Vosshall, pointing to an impressive variety of control methods — from rolled-up newspapers to genetic engineering.”All of these advances are complementary,” says Vosshall, who argues that no single innovation can eradicate mosquito-borne diseases and advocates using several methods at once. “Our behavior control is something else in this portfolio,” she says.This strategy seeks to reduce mosquito numbers rather than annihilate the insects entirely, which could have unintended ecological consequences. “I do worry about the balance of nature,” Vosshall says.But not everyone agrees that eradicating mosquitoes is a bad idea. “A recent study suggested that malaria mosquitoes do not play a vital role in the ecosystem, and therefore their removal would have minimal impact,” Logan says.”I don’t think we will ever eradicate all mosquitoes. But I do think that one day we will eradicate individual species,” he says.It’s early days for this novel approach to mosquito control, and it remains unclear how substantially it would stem the spread of disease in the real world. Meanwhile, more lab research must be done to develop these drugs so that they are potent and cheap enough to use in the field.”Transitioning from laboratory experiments to the field is always difficult,” Logan says. “One of the biggest challenges will be devising a system that attracts mosquitoes well enough and allows them to feed on this substance effectively.””You need to have dispensers; you need some way to attract female mosquitoes and have that work in local communities,” says Vosshall, looking to the logistical hurdles ahead.Putting billions of mosquitoes on an unwitting diet was never going to be easy.Thomas Lewton is a freelance science journalist and videographer who divides his time between London and Kampala, Uganda. You can follow him on Twitter: @thomaslewton. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
More than two years after doctors in Jerusalem removed thousands of barklike lesions that had prevented Mahmoud Taluli from using his hands for more than a decade, he continues his battle with a rare, incurable skin condition. But even with another surgery planned for later this summer — his fifth in the pioneering treatment at Hadassah Medical Center — Taluli considers himself a winner.”After years of suffering and solitude, I can finally live a normal life,” said Taluli, 44, who lives in Gaza and suffers from epidermodysplasia verruciformis, an extremely rare condition caused by his immune system’s inability to fight off the ubiquitous human papillomavirus, resulting in painful gray and white growths on his hands and other parts of his body. His severe form of this condition has been documented only a handful of times around the world and has been nicknamed “tree man” syndrome because the large growths can resemble tree bark.Last month, a man in Bangladesh with a similar condition made international headlines with his pleas for doctors to amputate his hands after a series of unsuccessful surgeries to remove his lesions. As in Taluli’s case, the lesions on the Bangladeshi patient keep growing back, leaving him in severe pain and unable to use his hands, according to media reports.Although he has not spoken with that patient or his doctors, Michael Chernofsky, the senior hand and microvascular surgeon at Hadassah who is overseeing Taluli’s treatment, says that amputation is not a good solution. In fact, when Taluli first arrived for treatment at Hadassah in 2017, he said that doctors in Egypt and Jordan had recommended amputation of his hands — an option Taluli refused.”Amputation is a nonstarter that would create more problems,” Chernofsky said, explaining that if the patient’s hands were cut off, the patient would likely continue to have severe pain from nerves severed in the amputation process. And the skin condition would continue to affect the rest of a patient’s body, he said.”But I really feel bad for this patient in Bangladesh, and it seems like his desire for amputation is an index of his frustration levels,” he said.Treating Taluli, and ultimately saving his hands, has been a long process — and it isn’t over yet. In four operations since 2017, doctors have removed thousands of lesions from his hands and other parts of his body. Using scalpels and other instruments, they make incisions that are often deep enough to require skin grafts to aid in healing. The operations have been largely successful in clearing away enough growths to allow Taluli to use his hands, but new growths continue to appear. The team will operate for a fifth time later this summer to remove new lesions on various areas of his body as well as some scar tissue from previous operations.”We realized he was just reinfecting himself by touching lesions, then touching other parts of his body,” Chernofsky said. Not only are existing lesions at risk of spreading to other areas of his body, but if the deep roots of each lesion are not completely removed, the growth returns, Chernofsky said. “You can’t just shave these off at the surface,” Chernofsky said. “You have to remove every last shred.” Removing the roots of the lesions also relieves the pain they cause as they compress nerves. “In the beginning, I wasn’t sure our approach would work,” Chernofsky said, explaining there is no medical protocol for treating the condition. “We didn’t know if there would be anything viable left of his hands, but thank God it’s working.”Doctors are now working to map Taluli’s genome to pinpoint the genetic abnormality that keeps his immune system from fighting off HPV, which comes in more than a hundred strains and can cause warts and even some types of cancer but is usually harmless. Taluli does not have the same genetic mutation that most other patients with the condition have, doctors said.Ideally, the Hadassah doctors will develop some type of tailored immunological-based treatment for Taluli to allow his body to better fight HPV. They also hope to learn more about the still mysterious human papillomavirus virus and why it affects different people in different ways.Another challenge is that Taluli lives in Gaza, where the ailing medical system does not offer physical therapy that would ensure better future function for his hands. Patients from the increasingly isolated and impoverished enclave also must obtain permission from Palestinian and Israeli officials to enter Israel for care. Taluli’s case has been approved so far, and he is thankful for the treatment.”The surgery has completely changed my life,” he said in response to questions submitted by email. “I can play with my children. I can go to family events. I no longer need to cover my hands when I go out in public.” Sara Toth Stub is a Jerusalem-based journalist. You can follow her work on Twitter: @saratothstub. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
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Boston Community Collaborative (BCC) is so proud of its students who recently performed “Mini Musicals” at the St. John School stage. The play included approximately 60 students ages 3-10 from our weekly dance and drama classes at the St. John School (SJS) afterschool program and the BPS Eliot School. Boston Community Collaborative Mini Musicals 1 of 6 For our older SJS students, Ingrid combined scenes from several familiar musicals. She wanted to select culture touchstones that would serve as an educational experience as well as an artistic one. The formatting was based on vaudevillian and caberet variety shows that many musicals are based on. Musicals depicted by our SJS actors and dancers included Oklahoma, The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked and The Descendants. Oklahoma, a classic Roger and Hammerstein musical, showed a sweeping score and powerful script. The Phantom of the Opera, the longest running show on Broadway not only has longevity, but brilliantly combines a ghost story and a love story. Wicked, an alternate narrative of the Wizard of Oz is an uplifting tale of friendship, acceptance and freedom. Finally, a musical that has yet to see a Broadway stage, but that illustrates a modern view of musical theater, The Descendants introduced our viewers to musical structures with a new pop, hip-hop flair.Our students who meet at the BPS Eliot School portrayed Tunes of Hollywood, a celebration of musicals about movie making and celebrity culture. With an innovative use of technology, we follow two reporters and their camera operator through three Hollywood stories. Our actors introduced one of the most iconic films of all time, Singing in the Rain, the quintessential movie musical. We retold the Hollywood horror story, Sunset Boulevard which gave our students the chance to embody these over the top, dramatic characters. We ended with an augmented version of Nine, a story about an Italian Film maker attempting to make an American debut, to explore artistic agency and creativity.A lovely, festive reception followed the show and included donated Regina’s Pizza.BCC is delighted to continue to create opportunities that mix kids from different contexts in the neighborhood. Our SJS students may know our Eliot School students through the Nazzaro Center, from sports, from their respective neighborhoods, from the playground, from their daycare long ago – it is a thrill to bring them all together in collaboration.Our next session will culminate in an original play that will be devised and written by our students based on the collection of stories in “One Thousand and One Nights”, tales from the Arabic, Greek, Indian, Jewish, Persian and Turkish traditions. From a cave filled with 40 thieves, to a fearless sailor, to an evil king who learns to love, these tales of action and adventure will create a thrilling theatrical experience. Our end of session performance will be Sunday, June 10 at 10 a.m. and will include all of our dance and drama students.About Boston Community Collaborative:BCC was incorporated in 2013 and strives to create community by connecting people and resources. BCC offers courses in Drama, Dance, Fitness, Yoga, Music and Movement and Wicked Smaht Engineering for Kids at various North End or West End locations. BCC hosts a number of community events: Movie Nights in the Gassy during the summer, an annual Halloween Party for adults, and an annual Springtime Egg Hunt in Christopher Columbus Park and a variety of other things. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. This play was created, directed, and choreographed by BCC’s lead drama and dance instructor, Ingrid Oslund.“Musicals of the stage and screen is where my love of the theater began. As a young working actor, not only was this the majority of the projects I worked on, but they also served as inspiration. From bonified classics to cutting edge contemporary, the importance and reverence I have cannot be overstated. In creating this show, I wanted to highlight stories and pieces of choreography that explored the evolution of musical theater from the past to the present.” – Ingrid Oslund.For our youngest SJS performers, Disney’s Newises, a recent stage adaptation of a film starring Christian Bale was selected. Full of high energy dance numbers, music and a strong sense of justice, these rowdy news boys and girls learn that they can band together to create change.*Advertisement*
Phase 3 is being broken into two parts (00:32). One will start sometime in early May and the other one next year.In the spring and summer, permanent paving will be done (1:45). Sidewalks will be repaired, mostly small chunks where a hydrant had to be removed or things like that. The only areas that have a lot of sidewalk work to be done are Richmond Street, North Square and North Street.If you had roadway work done last year and have an opinion on what time of the season is best to do the repaving, let BWSC know (2:57). The work can be done at the beginning of the summer in June, or the BWSC can wait until September. [NEWNC President John Pregmon later shares his opinion of having the work done earlier rather than later (6:37).]There is a new project that’s out to bid (3:27) which is the 3A project. Water main work will be done on Blackstone Street (3:42). This will be a long project due to traffic restraints and working around the Haymarket fruits and vegetables market.The two water mains on Cross Street will also be done between Hanover and just beyond Salem Street (4:03). These are the last two water mains to be done in that area that were not done as part of the central artery.There will also be water and sewer work done on Endicott Street (4:27).The water main work on North Washington Street up to the bridge will need to be put off for about 5 years until the bridge is complete (4:41).The work will be done Monday – Friday, not weekends. Work typically starts at 8 a.m. in the North End and they’re usually done by 3:30 or 4 p.m. (8:43).While you’re here …we have a small favor to ask. More people than ever are reading NorthEndWaterfront.com but we need your help making ends meet. Advertising doesn’t bring in enough to pay for reporting or editorial work. Keeping this website going takes a lot of time, money and hard work. But we do it because we believe community news is important – and we think you do too. If everyone who reads this site, who likes it, puts in a bit to pay for it, then our future would be much more secure. Checks can be made out to North End Boston LLC, 343 Commercial St. #508, Boston 02109 or contribute online using the following links:*Make a One-Time Contribution* or *Become a Patron* Irene McSweeney from Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC) presented an update on the North End improvements project at the April North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) meeting.Work on phase 3 of these improvements will begin this spring. The BWSC will send out monthly updates to the community as project details unfold. Watch the full presentation and follow along with the text below.*Advertisement*
Old North Church received the support of the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) and Residents Association (NEWRA) regarding the use of community preservation act funds to make the Old North crypt handicap accessible. Rev. Stephen T. Ayres, Vicar and Old North Foundation Executive Director, presented the plans at the September 2018 community meetings. The Community Preservation Act (CPA) provides money for local projects in the areas of historic preservation, affordable housing, and parks and open space. As part of the application process, groups must present their project at community meetings.Both neighborhood groups voted unanimously to support Old North’s application for CPA funds.*Advertisement* Watch the presentation and follow along with the timeline below.(0:25) Rev. Steven Ayres discusses Old North’s multi-year restoration. The first project is to restore the crypt containing 1,100 bodies and 37 tombs. In order to make the crypt handicap accessible, Old North is looking to open a new entrance on the rear of the Church. The highlighted part of the diagram below shows the entrance to be made handicap accessible.(1:38) It’s a $900,00 project. Old North has already acquired some support from the state and National Parks Service. They are asking for $25,000 of CPA funding.(3:32) The question of why CPA money is raised. Rev. Ayres explains there is private money already included. There have been some legal issues with CPA going to churches; however, Old North is an exception because they are a national landmark and the crypt is not being used for religious purposes.A similar presentation was made at the meeting of North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) on September 13, 2018. That video is shown below.Old North hopes to begin the restoration of the crypt in 2019.While you’re here …we have a small favor to ask. More people than ever are reading NorthEndWaterfront.com but we need your help making ends meet. Advertising doesn’t bring in enough to pay for reporting or editorial work. Keeping this website going takes a lot of time, money and hard work. But we do it because we believe community news is important – and we think you do too. If everyone who reads this site, who likes it, puts in a bit to pay for it, then our future would be much more secure. Checks can be made out to North End Boston LLC, 343 Commercial St. #508, Boston 02109 or contribute online using the following links:*Make a One-Time Contribution* or *Become a Patron*
Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements REPORTERS can only interview evacuees upon their arrival in Cebu and are not allowed to talk to them in evacuation centers, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said yesterday.“We were lambasted by the media and we apologize for the misunderstanding. Please give us enough time to complete their documentation and processing,” said Nemia Antipala, Acting DSWD assistant director for operations.ADVERTISEMENT Antipala said while they acknowledge the media’s role in connecting the families to their loved ones abroad or in other parts of the country, the privacy of the families should also be respected.Interviews with the “internally displaced persons” (IDPs) can only be done upon their arrival at the Benito Ebuen Air Base or the headquarters of the Naval Forces Central in Lapu Lapu City, she said.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPalace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike“We don’t want to intrude so much on their privacy,” Antipala said, referring to a photo of sleeping evacuees that was published in a newspaper.Antipala said reporters should coordinate with designated “camp managers” to arrange interviews. LATEST STORIES PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension MOST READ Read Next She said house rules were also set up for the IDPs so they won’t disrupt the activities and programs of their host-cities.MORE STORIESnewsinfoFake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in PaterosnewsinfoAngara: Investigate DOH’s ‘constipated’ medicine distribution systemnewsinfoQuake disturbs Itbayat, Batanes anewMORE STORIESnewsinfoFake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in PaterosnewsinfoAngara: Investigate DOH’s ‘constipated’ medicine distribution systemnewsinfoQuake disturbs Itbayat, Batanes anewShe said the IDPs aren’t allowed to leave camp unless it is important.“If they transfer to their relatives then we are not responsible for them,” Antipala said.Cebu City will host a city-wide Christmas celebration next month and the annual Sinulog grand parade in January 2014 which may entice beggars to crowd the city streets, Antipala said.Antipala said they are also coordinating with their Eastern Visayas office to segregate the IDPs since there are volunteers and businessmen who hitch rides on C-130 planes and Navy vessels. Social welfare officer Grace Yana said that they are also developing a crisis intervention system to identify IDPs staying with relatives in Cebu. Those staying in evacuation centers will undergo documentation and counseling, she said.ADVERTISEMENT SMC bags Bulacan airport project Quake disturbs Itbayat, Batanes anew Angara: Investigate DOH’s ‘constipated’ medicine distribution system Fake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in Pateros Tolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China deal “We are still teaching them how to re-integrate them to their families,” she said. Yana said IDPs are also given chores during their stay at the DSWD camps or evacuation centers. Chief of Reporters Doris C. Bongcac Fake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in Pateros BPI nets P13.74B in H1 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Three days after monster typhoon Yolanda struck Cebu, I went home to visit Bantayan Island. My heart sank at the horrific havoc the storm did to this once beautiful paradise in Northern Cebu. Particularly, I saw the sorry state of my hometown in Madridejos. The storm almost spared nothing. Trees and electric posts tumbled; roofs blown away and concrete walls were pounded. Poultry farms were knocked down with millions of damage to the industry. It also toppled down buildings and public schools. The sight was tremendously heartbreaking. I felt the seemingly powerlessness of man over the forces of nature.The faces of people I saw were painted with grief and angst. Some terror-stricken residents stared blankly of what remained of their houses or property. Others would not know how to start rebuilding with many unspoken questions in their hearts. The once soothing breeze from the sea was now felt with anxiety and mistrust. The dying of the sun over the horizon filled the island with a sense of fear. Darkness covered everything as night settled with an ominous aura of gloom. There was no electricity. Any means of communication was temporarily down. People returned to lighting candles and oil lamps. It was a return to a life of strict simplicity.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “The people need food, water and shelter. But more than that, the people need Jesus. Because Jesus will give them strength!” Indeed, we need Jesus. It is He who can give us extraordinary strength in extraordinary circumstances. Jesus can transform our helplessness. His hope can change our grief into joy.MORE STORIESnewsinfoWHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccinenewsinfoBaybayin revival makes native PH history hipnewsinfoMartial law in Negros? 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Military taking cue from local execsA Christ-filled Christmas to everyone!Read Next PBA: Rain or Shine overcomes San Miguel, McCullough’s 51 to avert sweep PH protests Chinese boat swarm, warship passage Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements After the relief distribution, since our group could not make it to travel back to the city, we requested accommodation from the parish priest of San Vicente Ferrer Parish, Fr. Bobby Paraguya. His parish had the luxury of space and roof. We felt honored by his generous hospitality. That night, while the rest of the island was in darkness, we enjoyed light from the parish generator. It was always on stand-by. In cases of brown-out, it provided alternative power. That handy generator made me realize that it is a symbol of faith.When storms strike our life and knock us down, we may lose power. We lose our light and it leaves us in darkness. In such cases, we turn to our alternative power. Faith is like a generator that re-charges us. It sustains our energy and provides us with added strength to carry on. We move forward provided by our faith in God. Our faith in Jesus gives us power to overcome our storms. It generates hope. Though bowed and bent, we are never broken. Faith makes us survive.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPalace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spikeChristmas is a season of hope. The deepest lesson of Christmas is the sacred truth that God became man. God assumed our powerlessness to make us strong. In Jesus, we can pick up our broken pieces and arrange them back in order. When we recall the first Christmas, it was to a broken world that our Messiah came. His star over Bethlehem was an omen that the best is yet to come. The beautiful story of a world transformed and redeemed is just the beginning. This child in the manger is still the hope of every generation. His presence can still provide us with an inexhaustible richness that defies our imagination. God can still amaze us with his pleasant surprises!During the ordination of our new priest, Rev. Fr. Rosmon Valenciano at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes last December 7, the ordaining prelate was Bishop Patricio Buzon from the Diocese of Kabangkalan, Negros. He related the experience shared by Archbishop John Du of Palo, Leyte. One of the hardest hit by the typhoon was also Palo. It brought great destruction to houses and churches. Yet despite the magnitude of the damage, he told his priests to continue celebrating Masses in their parishes. View comments Locsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilege WHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccine Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Painters refuse to go quietly MOST READ Baybayin revival makes native PH history hip
It’s very likely that you know of Ryan Leslie, the prominent recording artist and music producer. But, do you know Ryan Leslie, the technologist, futurist, and founder of SuperPhone?The “Diamond Girl” artist launched SuperPhone–which is part messaging app, part data analytics software, and part customer relationship management (CRM) solution–after noticing some feature deficits in other communication apps and platforms.Sparked by Frustration“I went to Google, says Leslie, who told the search giant, “You brought everything I need: great mail communication, great storage, and cloud storage. These are the things I really, really want. You have my Gmail records for years; who is the person I talked to most in my most successful year? How come there isn’t a graph that tells me, ‘Hey Ryan, you used to be managed by Puff Daddy?’”Leslie also was disappointed by the inflexibility of Google Voice, as it didn’t allow him to do what he wanted, which was finding a way to manage and communicate with everyone he ever met as well as his fans in a massive and impactful way.“Before I decided to build my own communications company, I decided to spin up a Google Voice number,” explains Leslie. “I [wanted] to automate a ‘Thank You’ to someone that sent me a receipt [after] they bought my album. Google would not allow me to do it. They don’t offer an API that allows me to program phone numbers.”Creating InnovationThe Harvard-educated Leslie set out to create his solution, SuperPhone. It’s an app that provides a flexible and scalable way for users to communicate.SuperPhone also provides data analytics. For example, Leslie explains that a user can see how many venture capitalists he communicated with last month. “You can keep a record of how every single person in your phone has contributed to you–your church, your marathon, or [that] they showed up, or bought your book–[it’s] that kind of intelligence,” he says.SuperPhone is currently in private beta, and has the investment backing of heavyweights, including VC Ben Horowitz.And what’s the advantage of SuperPhone over Snapchat, Facebook, and other social media/messaging platforms? Content control.“I started to speak to [others that] didn’t have the luxury that I had. They were still trying to get their first 100 [followers] on Twitter and Instagram. Why build there when you can have control of the audience?” says Leslie.“I have these conversations when I talk about Bob Johnson [Black Entertainment Television Founder] and Oprah. How did Bob Johnson become a billionaire before Puff Daddy? He owned an audience. I want to put a little of that value in everyone’s hands.”Register for Black Enterprise’s TechConneXt Technology Summit: The Intersection of Innovation and Opportunity, held October 10-11, 2016 at the San Francisco Marriott Waterfront Hotel! How Janet Bashen Became a Software PioneerRyan Leslie Introduces Disruptive MultimediaOutMatch Acquires Video Interviewing Software, Wepow be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/road-techconnext-ryan-leslie/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/road-techconnext-ryan-leslie/
Sponsored Content UFC 240: Fights to make UFC 147 will house a heavyweight clash between Fabricio Werdum vs. Mike Russow on the main pay-per-view card. The show takes place in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and his headlined by hometown favorite Wanderlei Silva vs. Rich Franklin.Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace Fabricio Werdum (15-5) was just starting rise up in Pride Fighting Championships when the promotion fizzled out. Debuting undefeated with 4 wins and a draw, Werdum came out strong in the white ring with 1st-round submissions, as advertised, over veterans Tom Erikson and Roman Zentsov. He ended with a 4-2 clip, latching a kimura on former Strikeforce champ Alistair Overeem along the way, dropping only a tight split decision to bruiser Sergei Kharitonov and a unanimous decision to freshly unseated champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.Post-Pride, Werdum picked off Fedor Emelianenko’s brother, Aleksander, with a 1st-round arm triangle before making his Octagon debut against former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski; a lackluster kickboxing match he lost by decision. “Vai Cavalo” flaunted his A-list ground game against Gabriel Gonzaga and Brandon Vera, carving them up with brutal top-side pounding for definitive and consecutive TKO stoppages. His stock would plummet after some “no-name Brazilian” hammered him for a quick and one-sided knockout and then Werdum, unable to come to terms on a contract renegotiation, left the UFC.Other UFC 147 DissectionsFranklin vs. Silva | Alcantara vs. Dias | TUF MW and FW FinalsNowadays, Werdum’s re-established his clout with a 4-1 pace that includes what is arguably the most shocking upset in MMA history — a 1st-round strangulation of Fedor Emelianenko –and a commanding striking performance over Roy Nelson to earn a unanimous decision in his UFC return. Since the aforementioned “no-name Brazilian” turned out be the world’s #1 heavyweight, Junior dos Santos, and both he and fellow top-ranked slugger Alistair Overeem account for his only flaws in the last 4 years, Werdum’s back in the mix of world’s elite.Chicago police officer Mike Russow (15-1) also took his first career step in the Pride ring, suffering a submission loss to Kharitonov that remains his sole career blemish. Russow responded with a vicious string of 7 straight stoppages, one of which was a north-south choke on Roman Zentsov in Japan’s ephemeral Yarennoka promotion, to earn a UFC contract. Though he’s only competed once per year in the Octagon from 2009-2012, Russow has picked up wins in each, putting him at the apex of an 11-fight, 5-year streak going into tonight’s bout.Continued in the full entry.SBN coverage of UFC 147Werdum and Russow share 3 common opponents: Kharitonov (who submitted Russow and decisioned Werdum), Roman Zentsov (who was choked out by both) and Jon Olav Einemo (who lost to both by decision). Despite those similarities, Werdum has the substantially more impressive record even though the numbers are prettier for Russow.While Russow’s rap sheet is far from weak, there’s a noticeable absence of top-level strikers and submission artists: besides Kharitonov, the best striker he’s tackled is Todd Duffee, who was blasting Russow around the ring for 3 rounds before the well documented comeback via Hail Mary punch. As far as proven ground specialists, Russow’s gutsy performance against Einemo is all we have. Though Einemo is an ADCC champion and holds an outstanding win over Roger Gracie in sport grappling, he never transferred that prowess to the cage and fell to every high-level heavyweight he encountered.So, while Russow’s effective wrestle-boxing style could potentially allow him to recreate Arlovski’s sprawl-and-brawl routine against Werdum, it’s hard to be optimistic about his chances when he’s so inexperienced against the best of the best.The tool that could pay major dividends is Russow’s wrestling. Werdum has made phenomenal strides with his Muay Thai arsenal under Rafael Cordeiro at Chute Boxe and now Kings MMA. Russow seems much more comfortable dueling from outside, as the timing and accuracy of his boxing is sound, but Werdum has become increasingly effective at in-fighting and imposing his leverage in the Thai clinch.What I envision as a possible sweet spot for Russow is stationing himself on the fringe and trading hands with Werdum in open space. He’s a big guy, but Russow uses pivots and angles well to side-step his opponent and ping counter punches. As we saw against Overeem and Arlovski, Werdum is not helpless when striking in the Free-Movement Phase, but it’s easily his weakest aspect. Other than that, there’s always a chance that Russow can randomly scorch a nasty left hook, overhand right or uppercut through Werdum’s guard — but dos Santos is the only fighter to stop him with strikes and no one can mimic that terrifying onslaught.Werdum’s not a traditional wrestler but holds a black belt in Judo. He’s quite adept at manipulating trips and throws from the clinch, where his knees and control from the Thai plum grip are formidable. 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Print For Sale/Rent On the Market: The Finest Penthouse in Town This palatial pad overlooks the State House’s golden dome. 2/27/2018, 9:51 a.m. Sign up for Home & Property newsletters. Design, real estate, and pretty things for living.* 1771179 By Madeline Bilis· Sign up for our weekly home and property newsletter, featuring homes for sale, neighborhood happenings, and more. Photo via Campion & Company Fine Homes Real Estate20 Beacon Street PH, BostonPrice: $5,900,000Size: 3,672 square feetBedrooms: 3Baths: 4Just a few doors down from the Boston Athenaeum, Beacon Street’s historical Claflin Building conceals five ultra-luxe residences. The landmark’s stunning three-bedroom penthouse just hit the market, and is listed for a cool $5.9 million.This palatial pad overlooks the State House’s golden dome, its windows framing a panorama that extends to the Common and the Back Bay skyline. Inside, a grand entry foyer with 20-foot ceilings opens to even grander living and dining rooms. They’re brightened by double-height windows—and one sparkling chandelier.Beyond the main living area, there’s an eat-in chef’s kitchen, as well as details like elegant millwork, multiple fireplaces, and custom built-ins. The home counts three bedroom suites, plus powder and laundry rooms on each floor. It’s topped off with a dreamy private roof deck, offering a front-row seat to the goings-on of Beacon Hill.For information, contact Tracy Campion, Campion & Company Fine Homes Real Estate, campionre.com.Photo via Campion & Company Fine Homes Real EstatePhoto via Campion & Company Fine Homes Real EstatePhoto via Campion & Company Fine Homes Real EstatePhoto via Campion & Company Fine Homes Real EstatePhoto via Campion & Company Fine Homes Real EstatePhoto via Campion & Company Fine Homes Real EstatePhoto via Campion & Company Fine Homes Real EstatePhoto via Campion & Company Fine Homes Real EstatePhoto via Campion & Company Fine Homes Real EstatePhoto via Campion & Company Fine Homes Real EstatePhoto via Campion & Company Fine Homes Real EstatePhoto via Campion & Company Fine Homes Real EstatePhotos via Campion & Company Fine Homes Real EstateThe Boston Home team has curated a list of the best home design and home remodeling professionals in Boston, including architects, builders, kitchen and bath experts, lighting designers, and more. Get the help you need with FindIt/Boston’s guide to home renovation pros.