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  • BC Wildfire Service offers preliminary tally of costs from disastrous summer

    first_imgKAMLOOPS, B.C. – British Columbia has spent more than $500 million battling dozens of wildfires during the 2017 forest fire season.Fire information officer Kevin Turcott says total suppression costs to date amount to almost $548 million.He says that’s nearly nine times the original budget of $63 million and far above the $382 million spent in 2009, which officials say was the previous highest cost.Hundreds of wildfires have been recorded in the province since April 1 as B.C. endured its worst-ever fire season.Several fires continue to burn, including six in the southeastern B.C.More than 45,000 people were forced from their homes at the height of the fire season.Turcott says the fires scorched just over 12,000 square kilometres of timber, bush and grassland. (CHNL)last_img read more

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  • Federal government to buy two more Arctic ships from Irving to prevent

    first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to announce Wednesday that the federal government is buying two more Arctic patrol ships on top of the six it has already ordered from Halifax-based Irving Shipbuilding.However, unlike the first six, which are being built for the navy at a total cost of $3.5 billion, a government source tells The Canadian Press that the seventh and eighth will be built for the Canadian Coast Guard.According to the source, who was not authorized to comment publicly, the move is intended to address the Canadian Coast Guard’s desperate need for new ships as its current fleet is extremely old, which has affected its ability to do its job.That includes everything from search-and-rescue operations and resupplying Arctic communities, to clearing ice for ferries in the St. Lawrence River and Atlantic region.The source says it’s also to address the threat of layoffs, which Irving has long warned will happen unless the government fills a gap between when the last Arctic patrol ship is finished and construction on the navy’s new $60-billion warship fleet.The government sought to address that gap in November when it ordered the sixth Arctic vessel for the navy and agreed to slow production on the fleet, at a total cost of $800 million.Half of that cost was for the ship and the other half was to stretch out the work at Irving.But federal bureaucrats and Irving both warned at that time more would need to be done as even with those measures, Irving was facing an 18-to-24-month gap — during which time it said it would need to lay off workers. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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  • MIKE MYERS SURPRISES CONCERTGOERS WITH AUSTIN POWERS PERSONA

    first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook TORONTO — It was a veritable smorgasbord of Canadiana as comedian Mike Myers surprised Los Angeles concertgoers by slipping into his Austin Powers persona.The Scarborough, Ont.-native jumped onto stage on Sunday night during a set by Crowded House frontman Neil Finn and his son Liam. The backing band included British Columbia native Mac DeMarco.Myers, wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with “Canada,” performed a rendition of “BBC,” a song made famous in his 1997 film “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.” Login/Register With: Clips were posted on the Instagram page for Largo, the club which hosted the concert, with a message saying the performance “brought the house down.” Myers has been stepping back into his comedy persona more frequently in recent months.He played Austin Powers’ arch-nemesis Dr. Evil on Jimmy Fallon’s late-night talk show, and showed up on Jimmy Kimmel as Donald Trump’s personal physician Harold Bornstein. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Mike Myers, Mac DeMarco Credit: Getty Twitterlast_img read more

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  • Women journey to site of controversial project in Labrador

    first_imgAPTN National NewsA group of women from Labrador and Nova Scotia are walking to a controversial project in Labrador.The Muskrat Falls project, the largest construction project in Atlantic Canada, will cost billions of dollars to build and employ thousands of people.But some are expressing concern about the project’s impact on the lives of Indigenous people living along the east coast.As APTN’s Ossie Michelin tells us, the women want to see the project for themselves.last_img

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  • National billboard art project showcasing Indigenous resilience

    first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsA new art exhibition is hitting the road and showcasing works from 50 contemporary Indigenous women artists across Canada.But instead of housing the pieces in a gallery space, the artwork will be displayed on approximately 170 billboards from coast to coast this summer.Resilience features artwork from some of the country’s most recognized female artists including Christi Belcourt, KC Adams and Annie Pootoogook.“It’s a celebration and affirmation of the vitality, complexity and diversity of Indigenous women’s art,” curator Lee-Ann Martin told APTN News at the launch for the exhibit.The project was started as a response to one of the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report. According to the exhibit’s website, Resilience answers the call to support, “collaborations among Aboriginal peoples and the arts community to develop a reconciliation framework for Canadian heritage and commemoration.”Martin says she chose pieces which illustrated the complex relationship between Indigenous peoples and Canada.“It was important to me that the exhibition have a balance between celebrating our Indigenous culture, the history and contemporary realities,” said Martin. “[While] critiquing the history, the colonial history and also the ongoing devastation in the communities by the government and corporate interests.”A piece from the Resilience art exhibition.One of those pieces is from Cree and Ojibway artist KC Adam’s Perceptions series, which was originally displayed in Winnipeg four years ago. In it Adams tackles stereotypes and racism by letting subjects label themselves.“I feel like we’re going through a renaissance period of creativity with our expressions, our storytelling [and] sharing our voices,” said Adams.“It goes beyond victimhood.”In the past women have been viewed only as victims, but Resilience is changing that, adds Adams.“The great thing about women in the community is that it seems like we’re the ones leading the way,” she said.“Having these billboards accessible to not just to our community, but the entire Canadian community is absolutely incredible because they are going to see our perspective.”A drawing of a “Warrior Woman,” a photograph of water protectors protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline and a painting depicting “Mother Earth” are some of the pieces included in the exhibition.“The last thing in the world that we all wanted to see was the notion of victimization for the women,” said Martin. “It was like no we are strong, we’ve endured, we are adaptable and we are resilient going into the future.”The project is produced by Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA), a small Winnipeg-based art centre.The artwork will be placed on billboards along roads in major cities and reserves, including the 700 km Highway of Tears in British Columbia.“We kind of pieced it together so that the works would be seen by as many people as possible, the works would also be seen by as many Indigenous people as possible and the works would be placed in such a way it would be resonate with the home communities of the artist,” said Shawna Dempsey, co-director of MAWA.A piece from the Resilience art exhibition.For billboard locations across Canada visit https://resilienceproject.ca/en/  bhobson@aptn.calast_img read more

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  • UN officials stress need to curb portable missiles other light arms used

    As Member States meet at UN Headquarters in New York on the Implementation of the 2001 Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons, speaker after speaker has stressed the need for stronger action at the international level, with many voicing concerns about the links between the illicit arms trade, terrorism, organized crime and drug trafficking.Concerted efforts and responsible policies on the part of all governments are needed to control so-called Man-Portable Air Defence Systems (MANPADS), including shoulder-launched and other portable missiles, which have been deployed against civil aircraft in more than 40 incidents over the past three decades, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) legal officer Jiefang Huang said.The ICAO has been developing standards and recommending practices and procedures that would incorporate preventive measures on the ground, he told yesterday’s session of the meeting. The agency is urging all contracting States to strictly control the import, export, transfer and storage of these weapons and to ensure the destruction of non-authorized MANPADS in their territories.UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) representative Hazel De Wet said small arms and light weapons were killing thousands and injuring millions every year. Their widespread use and misuse ignited and fuelled conflicts, causing massive population displacement and destabilizing regions all over the world.The effectiveness of all efforts to combat the proliferation of illicit arms will remain minimal unless the causes of small arms violence are properly addressed and all aspects of the Programme of Action are implemented at each level, national, regional and global, she said.David Meddings of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) Department of Injuries and Violence Prevention said the way forward should be broadened to address the demand for small arms. Social investments could lead to measurable reduction in violence, he said.UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) representative Patricia Lewis said evidence-based research enabled States and civil society to increase the efficacy of their work in implementing the Programme of Action. Research that ascertained the needs and concerns of affected States and local communities is vital for effective policy-making, decision-making and donor collaboration, she added.The Director of the UN Coordinating Action on Small Arms (CASA), Hannelore Hoppe, said capacity-building for affected countries was essential for eliminating that traffic but the challenge was enormous. read more

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  • UN rights office calls on Turkish government to ensure freedom of assembly

    “We are concerned about reports of excessive use of force by law enforcement officers against protestors who initially gathered to express their dissatisfaction with the redevelopment of the historic Taksim square – an important venue for political protests – and Gezi Park, and against others who joined demonstrations to support them throughout Turkey,” the spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Cécile Pouilly, told reporters in Geneva.Since the protests began on Friday in Istanbul before spreading to Ankara, the capital, a high number of people have reportedly been arrested and hundreds have been injured throughout Turkey. Riot police also used tear gas, pepper spray and water cannons against peaceful protesters, which prompted attacks on authorities. Government officials later conceded that a disproportionate amount of force was used during the demonstrations.“We welcome the acknowledgment on the part of authorities that disproportionate force may have been used and their call for an investigation of law enforcement officers who are alleged to have broken the law and violated international human rights standards,” Ms. Pouilly said. “Such investigations should be prompt, thorough, independent and impartial, and perpetrators should be brought to justice.”Ms. Pouilly stressed that all those injured must have prompt access to medical care, and human rights safeguards must be upheld to avoid unlawful or arbitrary detentions. “We call on the Government of Turkey to ensure that the right to freedom of peaceful assembly is fully respected and urge protestors to ensure that demonstrations remain peaceful,” she said. “We encourage the authorities to enter into a genuine dialogue with the civil society, including neighbourhood associations, on the urban projects in the Taksim square and Gezi Park.” read more

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  • Tackle tsunami of hatred across the world urges Guterres to counter antiSemitism

    The UN chief was speaking at an event organized by the President of the General Assembly in New York on the Challenges of Teaching Tolerance and Respect in the Digital Age. “What is frightening now is that it is no longer confined to extremist groups” but has become “part of a broader surge in intolerance, racism and xenophobia mainstreamed”, she lamented. Ms. Espinosa recalled that the Assembly had met several times already this year to “discuss hate speech, nationalist populism and supremacist ideologies, and attacks against Muslims and Christians, as well as Jews; against people of all faiths and none”.“We must redouble our efforts to ensure that…the seeds of hate do not find fertile ground”, she stated, encouraging education to address intolerance and combat falsehood and disinformation. But, she underscored, “we must not see education as a vaccination that gives you immunity for life”, saying that it is part of an equation that also includes changing mindsets, standing up for values and “taking a stand against intolerance”.“And we must also extend our vigilance to the internet and social media”, Ms. Espinosa continued, calling them “powerful tools” that can be used to “spread hatred and distort reality”. Watch the UN’s Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, talk about hate speech: Combating Antisemitism and OtherForms of Racism and Hate, by UN Photo/Manuel EliasHe told those gathered he had recently viewed an exhibition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage called “Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away”.“It is an apt title”, said the UN chief, noting that the Holocaust was “indeed not long ago – only as far back as a single average human lifespan”, and certainly “not far away – it happened at the heart of Europe, and it remains at the centre of our awareness as we fight anti-Semitism and other forms of intolerance today”.Mr. Guterres recounted a study that revealed a 13 per cent rise in violent anti-Semitic incidents in 2018, compared to the year before, and observed that attacks on synagogues, graveyards and individuals in the United States, Europe and elsewhere, “continue to make many Jews feel insecure”.Pointing to assaults on synagogues, massacres at mosques and bombings at churches he maintained that “this age-old hatred is showing grim staying power”.And refugees and migrants continue to face hostility as “white supremacists and neo-Nazis are emboldened by elections showing the appeal of their racist messages”, continued the UN chief, flagging that in today’s digital realm, “we have new vectors of venom, algorithms that accelerate the spread of bigotry, and new platforms where far-flung extremists can find each other and spur each other on”.An acute momentWhile the UN “fights these ills as a matter of our very identity, founded as we were in response to genocide”, he acknowledged that “today we have reached an acute moment in this struggle”.Mr. Guterres spoke of the recently launched UN system-wide strategy to combat hate speech, which “if left unopposed can erode democratic values, social stability and peace”. We need to treat hate speech as we treat every malicious act: By condemning it and refusing to amplify it – UN chief“We need to treat hate speech as we treat every malicious act: By condemning it and refusing to amplify it” to incite discrimination, hostility and violence, he spelled out.The UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations is also finalizing an Action Plan on what more the Organization can do to support the safety and sanctity of religious sites.“Our efforts need to step up most urgently in the digital space, where hatred is thriving”, he underscored, watchful that social media “provides a conduit for hatred on an enormous scale, with virtually no cost and no accountability, making them particularly appealing to those with evil intent”.Moreover, it is being used to “polarize societies and demonize people, often targeting women, minorities and the most vulnerable”. On remedying the situation, he signaled that a new report of the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation urges social media to respond to concerns about the “growing threat to safety and human rights”, and that the Christchurch Call spurs governments and technology companies to tackle online extremism. Mr. Guterres pushed for an investment in social cohesion so all of society “can feel that their identities are respected and that they have a stake in the future”, saying that UN offers a platform to discuss the way forward.Staring into gun barrel, Rabbi recounts hate attackOne rabbi from California drove home the brutal impact of the hate permeating societies globally, recounting how a gunman appeared in his synagogue in late April. Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein described how the attacker fired on his congregation inside the Chabad of Poway, near San Diego, killing one woman and injuring three others before fleeing the scene and being apprehended two miles away. With his own hands still heavily bandaged from being shot during the attack, the rabbi spoke passionately from the General Assembly podium about how that day he stood in the lobby about to read a prayer to memorialize the last day of Passover when he suddenly heard “the thundering sound of gunshots”.“I saw in the lobby of our synagogue, a house of worship, a home where children come to celebrate…this terrorist standing in the lobby, holding an AR-15 and I am looking down the barrel of it”, he recounted.“I turned around to grab the children” he continued, “and the terrorist takes aim and shoots at me, blowing off my fingers”.The Rabbi managed to pull the children to safety, including his four-year-old-granddaughter, who cried “why are you bleeding?”.When he returned to find that the terrorist had been pushed out, the Rabbi stood on a chair, and pronounced: “God has spared us. Do not let this moment define us. It will not consume us”. He emphasized at Wednesday’s event that each of us have to be seen as human beings, “not by our colour of our skin, not by our language, we are all children of God”.Hateful attacks: ‘No surprise’In her opening statement General Assembly President María Espinosa said it had been a year of “despicable” attacks based on hatred, noting that “sadly, they come as no surprise”. read more

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  • Nigella Lawsons portrait replaces Oxford dons amid universitywide drive to end monopoly

    first_imgPakistani former premier Benazir Bhutto Nigella Lawson’s portrait has replaced Oxford dons amid a university-wide drive to end the “monopoly of men”.  The celebrity chef’s picture is being showcased at Lady Margaret Hall (LMH) alongside other eminent alumni of the college, including Benazir Bhutto, the first female Prime Minister of Pakistan, and the former director general of MI5 Eliza Manningham-Buller.Dame Margaret Turner Warwick, the first female president of the Royal College of Physicians, and the author Diana Athill are also among the new portraits now hanging in LMH’s Deneke Corridor.A selection of the College’s tutors, principals and professors which were previously hung there have now been moved to Talbot Hall.“Some colleges have got fed up with portraits of distinguished old blokes,” said LMH’s Principal Alan Rusbridger.“They have taken them off the walls and replace them with women. But women’s colleges don’t have that problem.“The corridor before had lots of pictures of very distinguished tutors, we found another place we can hang them.”He said many colleges – at Cambridge as well as Oxford – are “embarrassed” by the “monopoly of portraits of men” adorning their walls. Oxford University has previously launched a Diversifying Portraiture project in to replace pictures of famous men with gay, female and black icons to counter its  ‘male, pale and stale’ image.The university commissioned dozens of new, with staff and students asked to nominate ‘suitable subjects’ which include “people with disabilities, people from a variety of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, and people from LGBTQ+ communities”.Separately, individual colleges have launched their own initiatives. To celebrate 40 years of admitting female students, Hertford College,Oxford adorned its dining hall with portraits of women. Meanwhile, Trinity College, Oxford also commissioned a portrait exhibition titled “Feminae Trinitatis”.Dame Hilary Boulding, the president of Trinity College, said: “No one should take it personally if their portrait disappears. This  was an initiative of our MCR [Middle Common Room] who decided it would be nice to be able to celebrate some of our women graduates.  They have a real raft of women, most are graduates, a couple are our current fellows.” Founded in 1878 as Oxford’s first women-only College, LMH began admitting men in 1979.center_img Pakistani former premier Benazir Bhutto Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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  • Brides and grooms are still getting older but only in opposite sex

    first_img Wednesday 10 Apr 2019, 2:01 PM By Rónán Duffy Brides and grooms are still getting older (but only in opposite sex marriages) Same sex marriages still happen at a later age, but this is changing. Image: Shutterstock 18 Comments 15,725 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Source: CSO.ieThe CSO figures also looked at marriage ceremonies and the decline in religious ceremonies, where Catholic ceremonies have slipped below 50% for the first time.Stats for 2018 showed that 49.2% of weddings were Catholic marriage ceremonies, down from 50.9% in 2017, 53.7% in 2016 and 56.7% in 2015. Over 96.2% of couples married in 1980 were in Catholic ceremonies. Despite the decline, Catholic ceremonies remain by far the most popular marriage ceremonies in the State, with civil marriages the next most popular at 29.8%. Alternatives to religious ceremonies are increasing across a number of categories, with civil and humanist ceremonies both observing increases.Religious ceremonies still represent the majority of marriage ceremonies however at 61.2% of all marriages, down from 63% last year. Image: Shutterstock SAME-SEX COUPLES are getting married at a younger age each year on average but are still older when getting married compared to opposite sex couples.CSO figures for 2018 show that the average age of a groom in an opposite-sex marriage is now 36.4 years compared to 36.1 years in 2017. That translates to grooms being an average of about four months older than last year. Brides in an opposite-sex couple now marry at an average age of 34.4 years compared to 34.1 years last year. This also about four months older than last year. In same-sex marriages, partners are generally older when they marry but this is getting younger on average. Men in same-sex marriages are 40.1 years on average while women are 38.7.Last year the average was 40.3 years for men and 40.5 years for women.This means that women in same-sex marriages were almost two years younger on average in 2018 compared to 2017. Apr 10th 2019, 2:01 PM https://jrnl.ie/4585280 Share35 Tweet Email1 last_img read more

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  • Stournaras discusses nine issues with troika

    first_imgThe first meeting between the heads of the representation of Greece’s creditors in Athens and Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras this month took place on Sunday in a good climate, according to sources, without any serious disagreements and with nine main issues on the table.According to a top Finance Ministry official, the discussion that lasted for about four hours came to no decisions as the representatives of the country’s international creditors did not have a full picture of the situation.In the absence of the head of the International Monetary Fund’s mission to Athens, Poul Thomsen, the Fund was represented by Mark Flanagan and Bob Traa, who sat by Matthias Mors of the European Commission and Klaus Masuch from the European Central Bank.The discussion concerned estimates on the course of this year’s budget, the course of Greece’s macroeconomics for 2013, growth and unemployment, structural changes such as the opening-up of closed-shop professions, the optimum use of some 60,000 ministry employees, tax administration, privatizations, the recapitalization of banks, and the measures that have failed to improve state revenues, with the government asking for changes to the value-added tax on food catering and to the special consumption tax on fuel.The issue of public sector layoffs was not discussed, but will form a key part of the meeting the foreign representatives will have on Monday with Interior Minister Antonis Manitakis.They will meet with Stournaras again on Wednesday, as the Greek Finance Minister will be in Brussels on Monday and Tuesday for the Eurogroup and ECOFIN meetings. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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  • Report Roma still waiting for Alisson offers

    first_imgReports coming in suggest that the Italian football club Roma are yet to receive any official offers for Alisson Becker even after reports of interest from Chelsea and Liverpool were reported.For some time now, there have been reports that talks are ongoing for the Brazilian goalkeeper for a big move this summer, after impressing for the Giallorossi last season.However, Sky Italia via Football Italia claims sporting director Monchi has denied every report concerning offers saying they are yet to receive. On the other hand, Il Tempo reports that Liverpool are in pole position ahead of Chelsea as Real Madrid pulls out of the chase to secure the goalkeeper.It also appears like Alisson had found a deal with the Spanish club, so he could well stay in Rome if he can’t go to the Bernabeu.Alisson began his career at Internacional, where he made over 100 appearances and won the Campeonato Gaúcho in each of his four seasons at the club. In 2016, he completed a €7.5 million transfer to Roma where he initially served as understudy to Wojciech Szczęsny before breaking into the starting line-up.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…Alisson represented Brazil at various youth levels before making his senior international debut in 2015 whereafter he represented the nation at the Copa América Centenario in 2016. According to @DiMarzio, Alisson’s agent will talk to Roma tomorrow. They’re waiting for an official offer which is expected to arrive from England. Either from Liverpool or Chelsea.— DaveOCKOP (@DaveOCKOP) July 16, 2018last_img read more

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  • Stevenson teacher returns to classroom after bullying investigation

    first_imgA Stevenson High School science teacher whose firing-squad-style disciplinary method came to light last week will keep her job.The district announced on Thursday that a third-party investigation into Kemberly Patteson, 41, has come to an end. Patteson came under scrutiny after a parent filed a formal complaint against her last week.Her disciplinary method involved a “Wheel of Misfortune,” as described by a statement from the district. For “low-level misconduct” in the classroom, Patteson’s students could spin the wheel to see what their punishment would be.Some of the choices included: failing an upcoming exam, buying Patteson a bottle of water, passing the punishment on to a classmate and lining up for a firing squad of rubber “Koosh” balls. In that punishment, students took turns throwing the balls at their classmates; afterward, Patteson would get the last throw, said Wendy Zapfe, the parent who filed the complaint. After student cellphone videos of two of the incidents surfaced last week, the Stevenson-Carson School District put Patteson on administrative leave. The videos showed two students shielding their faces behind textbooks as their classmates lined up to get a throw in.The wheel has been removed from the class, and the investigator recommended letting Patteson come back to work Thursday morning, the district said.The investigation boiled down to interviews with students, staff and Patteson, the district said. It concluded that the wheel was a well-intentioned but misguided disciplinary tool, and that safeguards should be put in place to maintain an appropriate classroom environment.last_img read more

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  • From Event to Content

    first_img“Now, we want it to be a year-round destination; it won’t be just Design West, as it will become UBM Design,” says Linda Uslaner, marketing director of events with UBM Electronics. “People will be able to look back at Design West, or navigate towards our upcoming event, Design East in September in Boston. It is an on-demand content environment.”This year’s Design West event encompassed seven summits under one umbrella, so attending engineers were able to take advantage of learning in Android technology, imbedded security and design, medical technology and censors and design. Uslaner says, “We took the expo and added zones to the floor that corresponded with topics in the conference in order to make it a holistic experience. We then did the same on our website.”Design West’s website launched in November 2011. The Electronics team worked with McClenahanBruer Communications, Reaction Stream and UBM Studios to launch the site from scratch. “We wanted to increase the amount of interaction that people had on the site, as well as what they do before, during and after the conference,” Uslaner tells FOLIO:. Despite the enormous amount of preparation that accompanies a large event or conference, after it transpires, there is often little left to remember it by. UBM Electronics is aiming to change that with its Design West website. The site was originally positioned as a destination for Design West attendees, UBM Electronics’ largest U.S. conference, which took place from March 26 to 29 in San Jose, California. Design On Demand is a large portion of Design West’s content offerings. Conference attendees are able to access presentations, white papers and video from the event. There is a vault for older archived materials, as well as a video vault. Before the conference, attendees were able to log in, add papers to their virtual briefcase and schedule classes. The scheduling option is now disabled, but the filing system is still available. The “topic zone,” a section dedicated to technology questions, classes and speakers, is still running on the site as well [pictured, right].The personalization aspect of UBM Design is of particular importance to Uslaner and her team. Users are able to integrate their Linkedin profiles, and the personalization push will continue as the site rolls over to its year-long format in upcoming weeks. “Our goal is to be able do more recommendations: ‘if you like this, here’s more content that’s similar,’ and serve it up to readers,” says Uslaner. “We’ll eventually have the capability to recommend content from other events and sites as well.”Conference attendees are able to access the content for free, and some keynote presentations remain in front of the paywall. However, access to non-attendees will run from $200 to $400. Some conference sponsors are remaining on as advertisers for the website.So far, over 12,000 white papers have been downloaded from Design West, with about 445,000 page views since its launch.last_img read more

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  • Hippi full movie leaked online Free download to affect box office collection

    first_imgKarthikeya and Digangana in HippiThe full movie of TN Krishna’s Hippi starring Karthikeya and Digangana was allegedly leaked on torrent sites of its opening day. Its free download is likely to take a toll on its collection at the box office.Hippi has become the victim of piracy, even before its afternoon show on the first day completed. A notorious gang allegedly recorded the full movie during its screening in cinema halls and released it on its website, which offers seven prints of the full movie ranging between 2.1 GB and 200 MB for free download.Hippi is a romantic comedy movie, which is about Devadas (Karthikeya), who is in a relationship with Sneha, but falls for her close friend Amuktamalyada (Digangana), He breaks up with Sneha in a bid to have a live-in relationship with Amuktamalyada. What happens next forms the crux of the story. Karthikeya and Digangana in HippiTwitterHippi has been written and directed by TN Krishna and produced by Kalaipuli S Thanu under his production banner V Creations. Karthikeya Reddy Gummakonda and Digangana Suryavanshi have played the lead roles, while JD Chakravarthy, MD ASIF, Jazba Singh, Vennela Kishore and Shraddha Das appeared in other important roles of the movie.Hippi is a small budget movie, as it features less popular actors. But the makers have spent generously on its production and promotion. Its promos had grabbed many eyeballs and generated a lot of curiosity about the film before its release. But the movie has received a mixed response from the audience and critics. Karthikeya and Digangana in HippiTwitterHowever, Hippi is clashing with the Telugu version of Salman Khan’s Bharat, Seven and Killer at the box office. This clash coupled with the mixed talk might take a toll on its collection at the box office. The filmgoers, who can’t afford time and money for all these films, may opt to download its pirated copy. Thus, full movie download will dig a hole in the pockets of its distributors.We at International Business Times, India, are strictly against piracy of any film and we condemn people who support it. We always stand by the film industry which has suffered huge losses due to piracy. We also request you to join us in the fight against piracy.Say no to piracy and encourage filmmakers by watching films in cinema halls.last_img read more

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  • Is The Top VoteGetter In A Texas Primary Election Most Likely To

    first_imgCandidates who got first in their primary with less than 40 percent of the vote and a lead of more than 10 percentage points won their runoff 87 percent of the time; those with less than a 10 percent lead won the runoff 45 percent of the time. Those who won more than 40 percent of the vote and beat their closest opponent by more than 10 percentage points won their runoff 82 percent of the time. If the lead was under 10 percentage points, that chance of victory drops to 55 percent. Share A lead of 15 percentage points or more in the primary translates to a 90 percent chance of winning the runoff. But there’s some good news for some second-place finishers: If they emerge from the primary within 2.5 percentage points of the leader, those runners-up win 62 percent of the time in the runoff.“The lead is the most important factor,” Blaylock said. “If you were more than 10 points ahead, historically, you’re probably going to stay there. If the race is closer than that, there’s a lot more opportunity for things to shift.”Of course there are some notable exceptions. After placing second in their primaries, both Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and former U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold of Corpus Christi won their respective runoff races against David Dewhurst in 2012 and James Duerr in 2010.When there’s an incumbent involved, it’s a slightly different story.“If an incumbent is in a runoff, it’s usually for a reason,” Blaylock said. “And it’s usually not a good reason.”center_img He tracked Texas House and Senate races going back to 1996 and found that just five of the last 25 legislative incumbents forced into a runoff have won.“If an incumbent can’t reach 50 percent, then a majority out there wants them to be replaced,” said Mark Jones, a Rice University political scientist.No legislative incumbent has won a runoff after finishing second in the primary since state Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, in 1992, Blaylock said.Mark Jones said second-place primary finishers tend to be at a disadvantage during runoff season since most donors and organizations want to support the person they think will win.But there are ways for them to come out on top.“The one sort of exception is if the second-place candidate can make one of two credible arguments: The first one is that the first-place candidate is an ideological outlier — either they’re far too conservative or far too liberal for the district,” Mark Jones said.The other argument second-place finishers can make, he said, is that they lost because the vote in their district was split among several candidates.If history is any guide, May primary runoff turnout will be low: Just 16 percent of the eligible voting population cast a ballot for the March 6 primaries, and typically half of the voters who cast a ballot in the primaries will show up to a runoff. The biggest key to winning a runoff may not be name ID or money, experts said. It’s getting the people that voted for you the first time to come back to the polls.“Almost every runoff candidate is going to lose voters from the primary election,” Blaylock said. “So it’s less about trying to get other supporters to come out and vote for you than trying to get the people who voted for you the first time to come back.”The bottom line: If you earned first place in your primary race, the odds are in your favor for next month’s election. But if you’re an incumbent who was forced into a runoff election, historically, it’s harder to pull off a win. Facebook campaign pagesTop row, left to right: Gina Ortiz Jones and Rick Treviño, candidates in the Democratic runoff for Texas’ 23rd Congressional District; bottom row, left to right, MJ Hegar and Christine Eady Mann, Democrats contending for Texas Congressional District 31.As last month’s primary election results rolled in, Democratic congressional hopeful Christine Eady Mann followed three TVs and several computers and phones inside a Georgetown restaurant with family and dozens of supporters.The family physician didn’t win. She didn’t even get the most votes. But she garnered enough support to face Air Force fighter MJ Hegar in next month’s runoff election to decide who will challenge U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, in Texas’ 31st Congressional District. And while the historical odds aren’t in her favor to win, Mann is confident she’ll be among the minority of second-place primary finishers who win their runoffs. “We’re targeting certain voters and certain demographics, and we’re just being very diligent in reaching out to these people,” said Mann, who won 33.5 percent of the primary vote compared to Hegar’s 44.9 percent.In runoffs since 2002, candidates like Mann have a 39 percent chance of coming from behind and besting their competitors, according to data collected by Jeff Blaylock, the publisher of Texas Election Source.Meanwhile, the fact that first-place primary candidates typically win their runoffs is good news for Gina Ortiz Jones. The former Air Force intelligence officer finished 24 percentage points ahead of Rick Treviño in the Democratic primary for Texas’ 23rd Congressional District, an area which stretches from San Antonio to El Paso.“We’ll continue doing what we’ve been doing and not assuming anything away,” Jones said. “We’re very much working as hard as we have been.”Blaylock tracked runoff races where there was no incumbent back to 2002. While the top vote-getter before the runoff has a 60 percent chance of clinching the nomination, those odds change depending on what their lead was.Looking at statewide, legislative, federal and State Board of Education seats, Blaylock found the following outcomes for candidates who finished first in their primaries:last_img read more

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  • Makoing a comeback The worst vehicle in video game history to return

    first_imgEach entry in the Mass Effect franchise went through significant changes in story focus and gameplay. The first game played more like an old-school PC RPG, the second one played more like an Ocean’s Eleven heist movie, and the third game played more like a traditional sci-fi shooter. Each game in the series has its own subset of fans that champion it as the best. However, one thing that every fan agrees on is that the Mako — the moon rover that players were forced to use to explore side quest planets in the original title — was terrible. Making every Mass Effect fan’s worst nightmare come true, BioWare has revealed that the Mako will be making a return in Mass Effect 4.The hate for the Mako stems from having to deal with its atrocious handling while driving across nearly barren celestial bodies composed of less-than-ideal terrain. It wasn’t uncommon to spend as much time driving on the wheels as spent tumbling down a hill or skidding along the vehicle’s roof. The idea behind the Mako wasn’t bad — side quests were sorely missed from Mass Effect 2 and 3 — but the execution forever scarred gamers. Now, Bioware is looking to improve upon that original, untainted idea.The next installment in the Mass Effect series is in very early stages of development, but BioWare revealed a few details at the San Diego Comic-Con. Mass Effect Producer Mike Gamble reassured fans that the team “learned a thing or two over the years,” and that they’re trying to make the vehicle as responsive as possible.It was also revealed that the next installment will focus heavily on exploration — something that both ME2 and ME3 eschewed in favor of telling a more straightforward narrative.As for how the new title fits into the Commander Shepard era, reports have suggested that the game may take place during the character’s lifetime, but the character won’t be involved. If that’s the case — and the same brand of vehicle will be making a focus — we’re not sure if the new installment will feel as epic, or become something more like a side-story. Whatever the case, we have a long wait before we find out.last_img read more

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  • FlamingoPotrero News

    first_imgThe 3rd Annual Gold Coast Women’s Group World Tour of Food, Fashion and Music will be held on Nov. 15 at the Mar y Sol Restaurant in Flamingo on the Northridge from 5-8 p.m.The fashion show will be sponsored by Azul Profundo. Each country being showcased will offer a beverage, food, fashion and music representative. The countries will include Costa Rica, the United States, India, France, Peru, Indonesia and Italy. Valet Parking is gratis, but carpooling is highly encouraged. Tickets for limited seating cost $30 for one or $200 for a table of eight. Tickets may be purchased at ReMax Real Estate office located next to BCR, Azul Profundo in Tamarindo (azulprofundoboutique@yahoo.com), Maureen Thompson (Costaricamom@gmail.com), Anne Scalf (annescalf@gmail.com).Don’t forget the Ruta La Paz 5K & 10K, scheduled for Nov. 10 in Tamarindo. The proceeds will go towards scholarships for kids to attend the La Paz School. For more information email rutalapaz@lapazschool.org.On Wednesday, Nov. 28 the 6th Annual Reserva Conchal Homeowners Charity Golf Tournament and Dinner will be held for CEPIA. If you can help this year, contact Jean Capezza at jean.capezza@comcast.net or 2654-4833 or Maureen Thompson at costaricamom@gmail.com or 2654-5961.Recently, our local physician, Dr. Andrea Messeguer, who owns and operates the Playa Grande Clinic along with Dr. Anwar (her partner and local dentist) were burglarized and suffered significant losses, to the point that they were forced to suspend services. Our communities cannot do without medical and dental services, and so we are asking for financial donations to help Dr. Andrea and Dr. Anwar to return to work, even if they must operate out of a temporary location. Donations are being accepted at Cafe Mocha, located at Paseo Del Mar commercial center. For more information, contact Randy Toltz at rantol@me.com Babe Hopkinstbabehopkins@gmail.com Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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  • QF axes 400 flights as engineers goslow

    first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Australia’s largest carrier will be flying 400 less domestic flights from today as ongoing engineer pay disputes create a backlog in aircraft maintenance.Flying 60,000 les seats a week, Qantas announced late last week that work bans set by the Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA) has forced the carrier to ground five aircraft and  publish a new schedule that will see 60,000 less seats flying around Australia for the month. Although the union said it would hold off any further walk-outs until 28 October, the day of the Qantas Annual General Meeting, a Qantas spokesperson said the bans on overtime and the ‘go-slow’ work ethic remains in place until at least Christmas. Qantas Group Executive government and corporate affairs Olivia Wirth explained that while it was a relief that the union had postponed strikes, the bans were causing the most damage to the airline’s ability to fly customers.“While we welcome the temporary postponement of some strike action, the most damaging industrial action is still in place and still causing an increasing backlog to impact the business and our passengers,” Ms Wirth said.“Mr Purvinas (ALAEA secretary) knows that his token offer to suspend a few one hour strikes and a stop work meeting in Adelaide will not help get these give grounded aircraft back up in the air.”Ms Wirth added that the carrier was keen to reach a new agreement with the union, however, stressed that the Group is still requesting “significant pay increases” and “demanding Qantas hands over control of parts of the business to union leaders”.Until pay disputes subside, the carrier has parked two Boeing 737 at Avalon, a 767 in Brisbane while two other 737s will go on a weekly rotation through a hangar at Avalon.last_img read more

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  • Queenslands newest legend arrives down under

    first_imgRoyal Caribbean International’s first ever cruise ship based in Queensland, Legend of the Seas, arrives in Darwin Wednesday 2 December on the way to her new Brisbane home.Legend of the Seas is the fourth and final ship in the local Royal Caribbean International fleet to arrive down under this season, joining Explorer of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas.“We are thrilled to be welcoming Legend of the Seas to her new Australian home and welcoming her to our local fleet. We have increased our capacity this year by almost 50 per cent, with the addition of Legend of the Seas in Brisbane and our second Voyager class ship, Explorer of the Seas in Sydney,” said Adam Armstrong, Regional Commercial Director, Royal Caribbean International.Legend of the Seas’ December 2 arrival in Darwin is the first of two calls to the top end for the ship, and the third of six calls to the Northern Territory capital for Royal Caribbean International, with Voyager of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas also visiting one more time each during the summer season. The six calls to Darwin are expected to inject more than $2.5 million into the local economy in passenger spend alone.At 70,000 tonnes, Legend of the Seas is one of the largest ships in Royal Caribbean’s fleet that is able to navigate the Brisbane River and dock at Portside Wharf, Hamilton.Following an extensive US$50 million revitalisation in 2013, the ship boasts extraordinary facilities that guests will not find onboard any other cruise ship sailing from Queensland, such as the Central Atrium where high flying acrobats put on an incredible aerial show, an outdoor rock climbing wall for active travellers to test their skill, a mini golf course,indoor adults-only swimming pool for more leisurely pursuits, as well as a babies nursery.Legend of the Seas’ onboard dining offering will excite Queenslanders with six options including three speciality restaurants – a Japanese restaurant called Izumi, Royal Caribbean’s signature steakhouse Chops Grille and the 12-seat Chef’s Table private dining room.She also features a stunning two-deck grand dining room, a pool-side big screen showing movies and sports games, an 800-seat theatre with Broadway style productions, the Vitality Spa & Fitness centre, a beauty salon and a shopping arcade.During her five month season, Legend of the Seas will embark on 15 itineraries in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific ranging from two to 18 nights.  The ship will return to Brisbane for an extended summer season October 2016. Royal Caribbean CruisesSource = Royal Caribbean Internationallast_img read more

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