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ACTRA says its expediting sexual harassment complaints processes

first_imgTORONTO – The union for Canada’s TV and film performers says it’s expediting its discipline processes for sexual harassment and assault complaints.At a panel discussion on sexual harassment hosted Friday by the organization behind the Toronto International Film Festival, ACTRA Toronto president Theresa Tova outlined a number of immediate steps the union is taking as it also works with other industry stakeholders on longer-term strategies.Among the immediate steps is a plan to “investigate and get things happening” on serious allegations of sexual misconduct within 48 hours, she said.ACTRA has also rebranded its after-hours, anonymous emergency reporting system as the Sexual Harassment and Emergency Hotline and is “plastering it everywhere,” encouraging members to call if they have had an experience they’d like to share.“It goes directly to a counsellor, a company that does this for us, and/or it goes straight to our executive director or our staff, and people are there with you, immediately,” Tova said in an interview.“Many, many, many are calling us now about situations they’ve never reported before, ever,” she said, adding they have “some cases that are now going forward.”Tova said ACTRA has also hired a lawyer — a human rights specialist who has worked in the industry — to be their in-house adviser and guide complainants on what their choices are, how they can proceed and what they can do.“That’s a big part of it — protecting our members going forward,” said Tova. “You just have to call us. We’re committed 100 per cent. We are there for you.”Having a hotline that results in immediate action is crucial given that victims of sexual harassment and assault have often had to work with their abusers while a complaint was investigated, noted actor/filmmaker Nicole Stamp, who moderated the panel chat.“In film time, if you get assaulted on Monday, you’re back on set on Tuesday and it might be a really intense day where you can’t call in sick,” said Stamp.“It’s more difficult than in many workplaces where you might be able to get a little bit of time away from the person that abused you. On a film set, you might be right back in with them the next day.”Friday’s talk also included representatives from the Directors Guild of Canada and the Canadian Media Producers Association, who met with ACTRA and other industry stakeholders last week about how to work together to end sexual harassment.Also on the panel were filmmakers Patricia Rozema and Melanie Chung, Alix Herber of the Labour and Employment Law Group, and producer Martin Katz of Prospero Pictures.Audience members included filmmakers Sarah Polley and Jennifer Baichwal.Many on the panel said the industry is at a “watershed moment” in which organizations are working together to change the entire culture. That includes having zero tolerance, ending complicity, achieving parity, diversifying the power structure, and creating a future in which abuse is less likely to happen.Stamp said she felt “it was a really productive discussion” in which the panellists were speaking candidly and “were comfortable being a little bit vulnerable in explaining some of the process.”“What I find really heartening about this discussion is the extent to which we’re all on the same page and we’re all adopting the same near-term, tangible tools and practices that can lead to real change on the issue,” said Marguerite Pigott, vice-president of outreach and strategic initiatives at the CMPA.“Canada will be the leader in anti-harassment,” added Tova.“We will announce it to the world. I’ve said to a few producers, ‘Are you afraid that you will lose business?’ and they go, ‘Absolutely not. We need to do this.’ I think we’ll gain business because people know when they come to Canada, you’re protected.”last_img read more

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Cops searched bag took goggles rare civil trial stemming from G20 to

first_imgTORONTO – A man whose swimming goggles were confiscated by officers following a search of his backpack on the eve of the turbulent G20 summit in Toronto in 2010 is expected to testify Monday at the start of a hearing into his lawsuit against the city’s police oversight board.Numerous legal actions, officer disciplinary hearings and criminal proceedings have flowed from the summit that saw indiscriminate mass arrests and detentions, but this may be the only such civil suit to actually go to trial, according to the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.In his statement of claim initially filed in 2011, Luke Stewart, of Kitchener, Ont., argues police officers assaulted and wrongfully detained him, violating several of his constitutional rights. He wants Superior Court to award him $100,000 in damages.The defendant police services board denies any liability, claiming police were simply doing their jobs, and blames Stewart for any problems he encountered when he went to a downtown park carrying a backpack while planning to take part in a protest.In an incident captured on video, Stewart says he went to Allan Gardens on the Friday afternoon of the summit weekend in June 2010. He says several officers demanded to search his bag as a condition of entry into the park. When he refused and tried to get to the protest, he alleges the officers “assaulted and battered him,” illegally searched his bag, and confiscated his swimming goggles.“The plaintiff was unlawfully detained for 12 minutes,” his claim asserts. “The officers acted with malice and bad faith.”The statement of claim also alleges police, under orders from superiors, were planning to form a perimeter around the park with the aim of searching “every person with a bag” trying to enter the area. The plan and orders, the claim alleges, violated the charter.“Senior police officers … gave orders they knew were unlawful,” the claim asserts.In response, the police services board says officers were doing their best to preserve the peace and defend public property under provincial trespassing law. What they were doing at Allan Gardens was legal, the board says in its statement of defence.By its account, the board says officers told Stewart, who was in his mid-20s, that he could enter the park if he allowed them to inspect his bag or could refuse and leave.“Such examination was necessary to protect the safety of those persons within the park in the circumstances as they existed on that day,” the statement of defence asserts. “He loudly and rudely yelled at the police officers, expressing his displeasure.”Police said they confiscated the goggles “noting that the park did not contain a pool” and that goggles had been used at violent protests in the past for illegitimate purposes. Stewart said he was carrying them in case officers used “chemical weapons,” the board says.Any force used against him, the statement of defence says, was justified by the circumstances and did not amount to an assault or other breach of his rights.The civil liberties association is intervening in the case. The group argues it is an abuse of police power to seize personal property as a condition of entry to a public space. It also maintains that awarding damages would help hold police accountable for allegedly violating civil rights.Since the summit, a senior police officer has been found guilty of misconduct for ordering mass arrests that weekend. A lower ranking officer was convicted criminally, as were several protesters who smashed windows or otherwise ran amok.One official report branded the mass detentions and arrests that weekend as one of Canada’s worst violations of civil liberties.last_img read more

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Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Northeast BC

first_imgForecasters say that a broad trough will spread showers to the BC Peace region this afternoon. Thunderstorms will also be possible as instability increases ahead of an approaching upper low.According to meteorologists, there is a 60 percent chance of severe thunderstorms that could cause rainfall rates of up to 25 mm per hour, hail of up to 20 mm in diameter, and wind gusts of up to 80 km/h.The forecast is calling for the upper-level low to move from Northern B.C. down towards Prince George by Friday. The north will undergo cooling on Wednesday and rebound to near normal after Thursday.The full weather statement from Environment Canada can be read below:Severe thunderstorm watch issued for:B.C. Peace River, B.C. (087300)Fort Nelson, B.C. (088100)Current details:Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the B.C. Peace River and Fort Nelson regions today.Environment Canada says that conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms, which may be capable of producing heavy rain.A map of the thunderstorm risk in B.C. today. Photo by Avalanche Canada. Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. Intense lightning is likely with any thunderstorm that develops. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads.Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.last_img read more

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UK Foreign Secretary Meets with Qatars Emir

Rabat – Fresh from talks in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, the UK’s foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, arrived in Doha Saturday for a meeting with Qatar’s Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, to discuss the current crisis.Traveling to the Qatari capital, Johnson was met late in the day by Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, before meeting with the Emir at Al Bahr palace.Hoping to assist in the mediation process, the topic of discussions also included strategies for enhancing Qatar’s fight against terror and the cooperative counter-terrorism relationship shared between the two nations. Earlier in the day, Johnson was in Kuwait to offer the UK’s support to the mediator. The visit was a follow up to earlier meetings he held on Friday in Saudi Arabia. There, he talked with bloc members, Saudi and United Arab Emirate (UAE), as he attempted to ease ratcheting tensions.“The UK strongly supports Kuwait’s mediation efforts and the foreign secretary will pay tribute to the work of the Emir of Kuwait,” he said in a statement.Of his diplomatic efforts, the UK’s foreign office stated that “The Foreign Secretary will urge all parties to get behind Kuwait’s mediation efforts, which the UK strongly supports, and work towards de-escalation and Gulf unity for the sake of regional stability.”The statement also promised Johnson would discuss security and bilateral issues with a “particular focus on working together to address the common threats of extremism, radicalisation and terrorism.”Mediation efforts recently hit a major snag when Qatar presented its official refusal to comply with the bloc’s list of demands to Kuwait last Wednesday, maintaining its stance that the demands are deliberately unworkable.Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt presented their list of thirteen non-negotiable demands June 22, giving Qatar just ten days to comply. They included the closure of state-funded network, Al Jazeera, the dismantling of a Turkish military base on Qatar soil, a cooling in relations with Iran and the immediate curtailment of any financial support offered to terror organizations such as the Muslim Brotherhood, al Qaeda and ISIS.From the beginning of the crisis, Qatar has denied all allegations of wrong-doing, defending its anti-terror record and its place as a diplomatic hub in the region. Qatar has steadfastly maintained its stance that the demands were deliberately designed to be impossible to meet. That opinion has been shared by international observers and leaders, including ally to both sides in the dispute, the United States.Prior to the demands being sent to Qatar, the US State Department issued a statement expressing that it was “mystified” by the delay. They publicly expressed doubt over the bloc’s official stance that they were isolating Qatar due to its alleged financial support of terrorist organizations, wondering if, instead, the blockade was inspired by pre-existing tensions over Qatar’s independent foreign policy, which have frequently been at odds with Saudi-led strategies for the region.In light of Qatar’s rejection of their demands, the bloc has warned of further sanctions in the offing. No further details have been outlined but the bloc has promised that any further action will comply with international law. read more

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Dayan makes controversial exit speech

“My wife and I thought that it was our duty to represent the totality of Sri Lanka, not simply this or that component which thought that it was by definition privileged, or should be. We were totally opposed to the idea which was implicit among some but explicit in the writings and publications of others, that there should be unequal treatment; that certain elements in the community should have privilege, if not a monopoly, for a variety of reasons, be they politics, ethnicity, language, religion, or whatever. I really did not care about that because that is not what Sri Lanka means. I represent the country, and parochial prejudice is not what being Sri Lankan is or should be. Certainly if one had functioned in that way it would have been the worst possible message to the people and Government of France about what Sri Lanka stands for. My diplomatic practice has been informed by these ideas. I saw absolutely no incompatibility between the ideas of what a democratic Sri Lanka are and the values and ideas of France,” he said. He further said it was not his job and would go against the spirit of what he was doing, to identify himself with or serve one political party, or one faction or one family, or one religious denomination, or one linguistic community, while representing his country. Outgoing Sri Lankan Ambassador to France Dayan Jayatillake, in a farewell speech to the Sri Lankan community in France, has said it was not his job and would go against the spirit of what he was doing, to identify himself with or serve one political party.“I was however faced with certain situations or combination of factors which you are well aware of. Now I will not go into that but I will just say that what I have stood for here has been the following. And it is by standing for these principles and these ideas that we have enjoyed your support, understanding and solidarity. I have stood for the idea that the main duty of a Sri Lankan Ambassador in any part of the world is to represent his or her country in the country or state to which he or she is accredited. Now this does not mean the neglect of the Sri Lankan community but that is not the primary function of a Sri Lankan Ambassador,” he said. Dayan Jayatillake’s term in France will end next month. read more

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Womens lacrosse No 15 Stanford hands Ohio State first loss of the

Ohio State freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez looks to pass in the offensive zone against Stanford on Feb. 24 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: James King | Lantern reporterEarly struggles plagued the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team yet again. This time it was costly. The Buckeyes (3-1) dropped their first game of the year, 19-9, to the No. 15 Stanford Cardinal (2-3) by digging themselves into a four-goal deficit in the first 12 minutes of the game. This marks the fifth time the Cardinal have taken down the Buckeyes in the last five seasons, with OSU’s last win coming in 2012.“We knew Stanford was going to give us a complete game,” OSU coach Alexis Venechanos said. “So we knew we were going to need a complete game.”Stanford dominated the ball in the early goings in large part due to OSU’s 12 first-half turnovers. The Cardinal would capitalize off of the Buckeyes’ mistakes with their first goal from junior midfielder Kelly Myers coming at the 25:45 mark. Stanford would then grab three more unassisted goals from sophomore midfielder Genesis Lucero, senior attacker Elizabeth Cusick and senior attacker Anna Salemo.OSU, as they’ve done before, found a way to close the goal gap quickly. Sophomore midfielder Baley Parrott netted the first goal for the Scarlet and Gray with 15:46 remaining in the first half. Within five minutes of Parrott’s seventh goal of the season, the game was tied.“We know the team we are,” junior attacker Molly Wood said. “We’ve been in those positions this season already, where we were down, and we do find that in those situations we stay calm.”Freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez would score her first of two goals on the day, which was followed shortly by Wood’s seventh score of the year. Freshman midfielder Sage Darling, who made her first appearance of the season last game against Cincinnati, would score her first collegiate goal to tie the game at four.Stanford responded, going on a 4-1 scoring run to close out the half, sending them to the locker room with an 8-5 lead. The Buckeyes struggled to gain and keep possession throughout the first half, only winning six of 14 draw controls. And despite having 18 less fouls than the Cardinal’s 31, it only correlated to two free-position goals in the first half.OSU won the opening draw of the second half and struck first off of two goals from Wood in the first 71 seconds, narrowing the Cardinal lead to just one. Wood has scored back-to-back hat tricks, putting her season point total at 12.Stanford stretched its lead back to four with 25:04 remaining in the game. The Cardinal’s senior attacker Kelsey Murray would be responsible for two of the goals in that span, her third and fourth of the game, putting her one shy of her season high for goals in a game.“At halftime it was reachable, ” Venechanos said. “And then, we just didn’t have that opportunity to make our own run. Stanford had the next five or six possessions and we didn’t make any stops.”Parrott would connect on her second goal of the evening before Stanford would go on a three-goal run to extend their lead to six, 14-8, with 19:59 left in the game. At the 16:27 mark, Wood found the net yet again, giving her four on the day, this time off an assist from freshman midfielder Alex Vander Molen. It was her 10th assist of the season, putting her at a Big Ten best 2.5 assist per game.“I thought we had one more run in us to be honest,” Venechanos said. “But maybe (the game) was a little bit physical and emotional so mentality wise, we didn’t have enough gas.”It was a physical game. There were 75 fouls between the two teams, with Stanford being assessed four yellow cards to OSU’s three.Stanford would go on to push their lead out to eight by scoring four consecutive goals for a second time in the contest. The run included a goal from Salemo, giving her her first hat trick of the season.The Buckeyes would allow two more goals before the game was over, giving Stanford the eventual 19-9 victory. OSU allowed a season-high 36 shots against Stanford and when coupling that with 16 turnovers, it does not add up to a stellar outing.“If you give a team almost 40 shots they are going to have an opportunity to execute,” Venechanos said. “And they did.”Now the Buckeyes turn their attention to Sunday’s matchup against the California Golden Bears (1-2) in Ohio Stadium at noon. “The good news is we have another game in 48 hours,” Venechanos said. “Credit to Stanford, they beat us. But we’ve got to get better from this.” read more

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Mens Lacrosse No 4 Ohio State falls 146 to Rutgers in first

Ohio State junior attack Tre Leclaire (44) runs to break his defenders against Rutgers at Ohio Stadium on Mar. 31. Ohio State lost 6-14. Credit: Willow Mollenkopf | For The LanternThe No. 4 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team started Big Ten play on the wrong foot Sunday at home, falling to Rutgers for its first loss of the season 14-6.The Buckeyes (7-1, 0-1 Big Ten) came into Sunday as the only team in Division I lacrosse undefeated, but ultimately finally fell to defeat by the hands of the Scarlet Knights. Rutgers junior attack and leading point scorer Kieran Mullins was instrumental in upsetting the Buckeyes, scoring four goals and four assists.Ohio State head coach Nick Myers was not focused on one single player that gave the Buckeyes issue. “I don’t feel like we did a good job in the first 15 to 20 minutes of this game settling into this game,” Myers said.The Buckeyes came out hot with a goal in the first 46 seconds as sophomore attacker Colby Smith recorded his first goal of the game. But the rest of the quarter saw Rutgers capitalize on the Buckeyes’ eight turnovers, scoring five straight goals to end the quarter, two of which came from Mullins.The Rutgers (6-4, 1-0 Big Ten) defense was on full display, taking advantage of an Ohio State team that accumulated 16 turnovers. The Scarlet Knights redshirt senior goalkeeper Max Edelmann, who leads the nation in saves, saved 17 shots to keep the Buckeyes to a season-low six goals.“The goalie is a hell of a player, 17 saves,” Myers said. “He obviously played well today.” The second quarter started with another Rutgers goal to extend its lead to five before Ohio State finally answered back with a goal as sophomore midfield Griffin Hughes got his third of the season before the Scarlet Knights got a goal back. Myers felt as though the Ohio State offense was not getting quality shots across against the Rutgers defense. “I felt like we just shot the ball, which is very uncharacteristic of us, really poorly in the first, 2-for-22 [goals to shots on target], and it cost us,” Myers said.After attempting a comeback much like the Buckeyes had against Notre Dame on March 23, scoring two goals to start the quarter, Rutgers was able to cool off Ohio State’s hot streak, scoring two straight.The final quarter was all Rutgers, scoring four goals to Ohio State’s one.“Every time we chipped away at it, they made a big play,” Myers said. “It’s a game we are going to have to grow from.”Ohio State will travel to State College, Pennsylvania next week to take on No. 1 Penn State at 7 p.m. Sunday. read more

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British sailor feared missing at sea tells UK coastguard he is safe

Robin Davie is now expected back in Falmouth on SundayCredit:Barry Pickthall/PPL Photo Agency Robin Davie’s family alerted the coastguard on Wednesday after he told his brother Rick he would arrive in Falmouth, his hometown, on Tuesday.The UK coastguard said no distress signal had been received but it had issued an all-ships alert asking vessels to look out for his yacht. Robin Davie on board his yacht, C'est la Vie Mr Davie, who spent 20 years in the Merchant Navy, has circumnavigated the globe solo three times and was preparing to attempt the feat without stopping in 2022. Friends described his disappearance as a “total mystery”.Barry Pickthall, a yachting journalist who has known Mr Davie since 1990, said: “We are all gobsmacked, we just do not understand it. It has been so mild and calm and there is hardly any wind, so he has had calm seas the whole way.“We organised an all-ships alert and nothing has been turned up and yet this is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. It’s a total mystery.”Mr Davie had been in Les Sables d’Olonne fixing a new mast and rigging to his Rustler 36 yacht, which he bought in 2017. He had hoped to take part in last year’s Golden Globe Race to sail around the world solo without stopping but had not managed to fix his yacht in time. A British sailor feared to be missing at sea for six days has radioed the UK coastguard to say he is “safe and well.”Robin Davie, 67, was expected back at his home port of Falmouth in Cornwall on Tuesday having set off on a 300-mile journey from Les Sables d’Olonne in western France last Saturday.The Coastguard said: “The skipper of the yacht ‘C’est la Vie’ has just reported that he has heard the broadcast action being made by HM Coastguard and that he is safe and well 25 miles south west of the Isles of Scilly.”C’est La Vie is now due to arrive into Falmouth on Sunday afternoon.Coastguard Controller Dai Jones said: “We were concerned for the skipper’s safety and so we’re really pleased that he has been in contact to tell us that he is safe and well.”Being able to broadcast continuously can pay dividends and in this case it really helped us to locate him.”We had worked out that the sailor could be somewhere around the Isles of Scilly by considering the weather conditions and what passage he would have been likely to take. It really was a case of putting ourselves in the skipper’s shoes.” Mr Pickthall said as Mr Davie had just fitted a new mast, the C’est la Vie did not have an aerial when he set sail seven days ago, which cut the range of the on-board radio from around 30 miles to just seven. He added: “However he has a life raft on board with an emergency radio and a GPS set, so we don’t understand.“It is all conjecture: Has he hurt himself? Has he fallen overboard? Has he hit a ship and the ship hasn’t noticed?”Mr Davie has overcome dangerous situations before at sea. When he was attempting his second round-the-world voyage in the Nineties he lost the mast on his yacht while sailing 2,000 miles out in the Southern Ocean, around the continent of Antarctica.Yet he managed to construct a jury rig – made with only the tools and materials on board – and navigated his boat to the Falkland Islands to make more permanent repairs.Yesterday, UK and French Coastguard made broadcasts via satellite, Navtex and VHF throughout the day. 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. read more

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Veszprem – FC Barcelona 1014 HT

← Previous Story Domagoj Duvnjak after “Zebra disaster”: Really dissapointed… Next Story → 9! FC Barcelona win EHF Champions League! MKB MVM Veszprem – FC Barcelona 10:14 H.TLanxess ArenaSpectators: 20.000Veszprem:  Nagy 4, Ilic 3, Marguč 2, Nilsson 1 –FC Barcelona: Karabatic 4, Valur Sigurdsson 3, Thomas 2, Entrerrios 2, Gurbindo 1, Sarmiento 1RESULT:  2:1 (5.) 2:4 (8.) 4:6 (11.) 5:7 (15.) 6:9 (21.) 8:9 (24.) 9:10 (25.) 9:13 (28.)

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Palin Compares WikiLeaks to Gawker al Qaeda

first_imgSarah Palin has a few choice words when it comes to the way that the Obama administration has handled its on-going Wikileaks issue. The former governor wondered aloud (via Twitter) why the government has failed to address the Wikileaks problem in the same manner she nipped the leak of her upcoming book on Gawker.“Inexplicable: I recently won in court to stop my book ‘America by Heart’ from being leaked, but US Govt can’t stop Wikileaks’ treasonous act?” Palin asked on Twitter.It was Palin’s publisher HarperCollins that stopped the leak, filing a complaint against the gossip site. The judge in the case ordered the immediate removal of the pages from the site.Palin has also taken her WikiLeaks concerns to her Facebook page. In a post titled “Serious Questions about the Obama Administration’s Incompetence in the WikiLeaks Fiasco,” Palin compared the site to terrorist organizations like al Qaeda,What steps were taken to stop Wikileaks director Julian Assange from distributing this highly sensitive classified material?” she asked. “Why was he not pursued with the same urgency we pursue al Qaeda and Taliban leaders?last_img read more

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Amazon une seconde génération de Kindle Fire bientôt en production

first_imgAmazon : une seconde génération de Kindle Fire bientôt en production ?La fabrication d’une tactile Kindle Fire nouvelle génération serait imminente. Et les rumeurs la concernant sont plutôt alléchantes ! La tablette tactile Kindle Fire d’Amazon est sur le point d’être commercialisée en France, tandis que des rumeurs sur la nouvelle génération de tablettes aux Etats-Unis font surface. Selon le site BGR, la seconde génération de Kindle Fire serait pourvue d’un écran d’une diagonale de 10 pouces et d’une plateforme Tegra 3 (quadri-coeur) conçue par Nvidia.À lire aussiAmazon présente son smartphone Fire Phone avec écran simili 3D Avec une telle tablette, qui n’est cependant pas annoncée de manière officielle par Amazon, le marchand américain viendrait concurrencer l’iPad et pourrait aisément permettre de manipuler du multimédia. Le site DigiTimes donne du poids à ces rumeurs en annonçant qu’Amazon aurait lancé des commandes concernant des châssis auprès du sous-traitant chinois Catcher Technologies. Cela signifierait donc que la production de tablettes Kindle Fire 2 (ou nouvelle génération) devrait débuter d’ici quelques semaines. Des promesses qui laissent cependant entrevoir un important décalage avec la distribution française de la tablette, première génération… Une tablette qui pourrait tout de même être vendue à un tarif très compétitif ! Le 26 mars 2012 à 15:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Survivors Reflect On 1964 Earthquake

first_imgThis is an important week for anniversaries of big disasters in Alaska history. Thursday marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Good Friday earthquake and tsunami. The 9.2 quake took lives and destroyed houses and infrastructure in Anchorage, Valdez, Seward and other communities.Download Audiolast_img

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EPAs 404C Public Comment Period on Pebble Closes

first_imgMore than 160,000 official public comments have been received by the EPA regarding their proposed restrictions on the controversial Pebble Mine. But it’s expected that once the final numbers are tallied, there will be hundreds of thousands of comments, both pro-and-con.Listen now:last_img

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Tamil Nadu SSLC results date announced heres how you can check your

first_img(Representational Image)PixabayThe Tamil Nadu Directorate of Government Examination, TNDGE, has released the dates for the exam results. According to the notification, Tamil Nadu SSLC or class 10 results will be announced on April 29.The results are expected to come out in the morning since the class 12 results were also declared at 9.30 am on April 19. The class 11 examination results will be announced on May 8.Over 10 lakh students appeared for the class 10 examinations which were held between March 14 and March 29. Students are expected to have a minimum of 35 per cent in each subject to pass the examinations and go to the next class.You can check your results by following the steps given belowGo to the link tnresults.nic.in, dge1.tn.nic.in or dge2.tn.nic.in.Click on the option for the Tamil Nadu 10th Result 2019′ the link is not activated now. It will be valid after the results are declaredEnter your registration number and date of birth After giving your details, click on ‘Get Result’You can download your results and take a printout of itlast_img read more

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Taxing with parity India all set for GST says top Finance Ministry

first_imgARUN SANKAR/AFP/Getty ImagesRules will be issued to deter unscrupulous businesses from exploiting the GST — set to be launched on July 1 — to gouge customers, said revenue secretary at the Finance Ministry Hasmukh Adhia.Adhia told news agency Reuters on Saturday that the technology driving GST, India’s biggest tax reform in the last 70 years, is robust and dismissed fears that the tax is too complicated.”Everything is ready. We will roll out on July 1,” he told Reuters in an interview at his office in North Block, a sandstone edifice in the heart of New Delhi dating from the British colonial era.GST will require firms to file at least three online tax returns monthly into the GST Network, a massive IT back-end that will process up to 5 billion invoices a month, Reuters said in its report.The compliance burden and the tax’s complex structure — has four main rates ranging from 5 to 28 percent — have sparked fears of initial chaos.In particular, businesses worry that they will struggle to reconcile invoices, blocking the flow of tax credits down supply chains, forcing them to commit time and effort to resolving disputes and reworking budgets, the report said.A GST Council that brings together the federal and state governments has met 16 times to thrash out how the tax will work. It will meet again on Sunday, Reuters said.Towards uniform taxation”Many other countries had got VAT or GST quite early, but we started only in 2005. In India, we are now going to implement a single value-added tax across the value chain, which is a single tax levied by the Centre as well as the state governments. So you must have heard terms such as CGST, SGST — Central GST and State GST. Why are there two different nomenclatures? It is only to denote that some portion of it will go to the Centre, some to the state government. As far as the consumer is concerned, it is a single GST — the same rate on a single product anywhere in the country,” Adhia told the Indian Express in a recent interview.Adhia has been at the forefront of creating awareness about the GST regime, touring states across the country and interacting with the industry. While he concedes there will be difficulties and problems after the rollout, he has said that the government is trying to ensure that every single loose end is tightened ahead of the GST launch.If a product attracts 18 percent tax, it will be the same rate of tax across the country. This will be divided between states and the Centre. So, 18 percent may be put in the bill as 9 percent State GST (SGST), 9 percent Central GST (CGST), and they are not two different taxes.– Hasmukh Adhia, revenue secretary with the Finance Ministry”But unlike most other countries, where there is only one government collecting GST and then giving it to state governments, in our country we have a dual GST, in which the state governments want to keep separate control; they want to know how much of goods and services are consumed in their state and they want to keep a control on that number,” Adhia said.The multi-rate structure of the GST exempts or imposes a low rate of tax on essential items, while the top rate of 28 percent applies to items such as consumer durables.Adhia said the GST would be reviewed on an ongoing basis, adding that he would like to see the top rate reduced in future.last_img read more

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At least 500 hikers stranded on mountain after Indonesia quake

first_imgMap showing the area on Lombok, Indonesia, where more than 500 hikers have been trapped after an earthquake. Photo: AFPIndonesia mounted a rescue operation Monday to reach more than 500 hikers and guides stranded by landslides on an active volcano on Lombok, a day after a powerful earthquake struck the holiday island.Helicopters and search teams on foot have been deployed to scour the slopes of Mount Rinjani, which is crisscrossed with hiking routes popular with tourists, while rescuers have made airdrops of food supplies to those stranded.Tonnes of rock and mud were dislodged on the mountain in the 6.4-magnitude quake, which struck early Sunday and was followed by scores of aftershocks, leaving hikers with no easy way down to safety.“There are still 560 people trapped,” said the head of Rinjani national park Sudiyono, who goes by one name.Those believed to be stranded include citizens from the United States, France, The Netherlands, Thailand and Germany, as well as many other countries, search and rescue officials said.At least 16 people were killed in the earthquake across affected areas of Lombok, while hundreds of buildings were destroyed.Food for two daysThe rescue operation on Mount Rinjani is likely to run until at least Tuesday and a military helicopter has dropped supplies at several spots on the mountain, according to search and rescue agency officials.“For supplies, they can still survive for another one to two days,” Agus Hendra Sanjaya, spokesman for Mataram’s search and rescue agency, told AFP.No hikers are injured, he added.Rising some 3,726 metres (12,224 feet) above sea level, the peak is the second-tallest volcano in Indonesia and a favourite among sightseers keen to take in its expansive views.Hiking trails on the mountain were closed following the quake due to fear of further landslides.The epicentre of the earthquake was 50 km (30 miles) northeast of Lombok’s main city Mataram, the United States Geological Survey said, far from the main tourist spots on the south and west of the island.The initial tremor was followed by two strong secondary quakes and more than 100 aftershocks.Some 160 people were injured as a result, said Mohammad Rum, head of West Nusa Tenggara disaster agency.Among the dead are one Malaysian, with six injured, the Malaysian foreign ministry said.President Joko Widodo visited the affected site on Monday and promised financial support for people who had lost their homes.“We must be aware that our country is in the Ring of Fire, so people need to be prepared to face any disaster,” Widodo said.Indonesia, one of the most disaster-prone nations on earth, straddles the so-called Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’, where tectonic plates collide and a large portion of the world’s volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur.In 2004 a tsunami triggered by a magnitude 9.3 undersea earthquake off the coast of Sumatra in western Indonesia killed 220,000 people in countries around the Indian Ocean, including 168,000 in Indonesia.last_img read more

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Astros PA Announcer Bob Ford A Man As Friendly As His Voice

first_img Share A lot has changed about the Houston Astros in just the past few seasons, from the players on the field to the team’s ownership — to even the uniforms. But Michael Hagerty takes us behind the scenes of one aspect of Astros games that hasn’t changed in more than 20 seasons — public address announcer Bob Ford.Since 1994, he’s been the booming voice announcing batters and rallying fans at the Astrodome and then Minute Maid Park.So while his voice might be very familiar to many Houstonians, you’re probably less familiar with the man himself – if you know anything at all.– / 5From the minute you meet Ford, it’s clear he’s as friendly as his voice is booming. Bob seems to know no strangers – from the ushers outside the suites to the guy throwing out the first pitch. But, for most fans, he’s anonymous – a disembodied voice, as he says, “woven into the fabric of the game” along with the crack of the bat, the catcalls of beer vendors and the roar of the crowd.He likens himself to the “man behind the curtain” — like in The Wizard of Oz. But how did he get behind that curtain?From a young age, nuns at his Catholic school in Galveston took notice of his unique voice and encouraged him. As a 13-year-old, he’d announce Pony League games and scored his first radio gig at age 15. That eventually led to a long career in Houston radio and voice over work.So when the Astros were looking for a new announcer it turned out that familiar voice helped him — in a way — have the job in the bag before he’d even auditioned. The story goes that an Astros VP had said he wanted an announcer who sounded like the guy who did voice work for the regional sports network Home Sports Entertainment. Well, that just so happened to be Bob Ford. So when the VP heard Bob’s recorded audition tape, the gig was his.And ever since – some 81 nights a year – Ford will take a break from his voice over business to make the drive in from Galveston to announce the Astros.“It’s not like it’s work,” he said. “You know, obviously it is work. It’s a job. But, you know, we get to pull up to the bar there and all of us get to watch a baseball game every night.”MORE: Astros PA Announcer Bob Ford Discusses His Favorite On-Field Momentslast_img read more

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iFling robot gets juiced for third design iteration

first_img Explore further His team turns its attention to continued improvements on its robots and to issue updated versions, like the present iFling.“The Coordinated Robotics Lab is fundamentally a dynamics and control shop that does robotics,” he has said.Its work has its roots in a hopping robot, dubbed iHop, which spawned other concepts, Switchblade, and iceCube. Together with iFling, they tell a story of innovative robot design. “We endeavor to create small, minimalist robots that can overcome large, complex obstacles via clever leveraging of advanced feedback control strategies,” he has said.Not surprisingly, the first likely commercial application of the iFling is expected to be in the toy industry. © 2011 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Engineering Students Showcase Nextgen Robots During Research Expo The iFling is stabilized via feedback control, which allows it to balance upright. The concept is likened to an inverted pendulum.The UCSD team is showing a design that makes the iFling simply fun to watch. The machine is maneuverable, agile, and effective. In picking up a ball, the iFling rolls over the ball and wedges it between the body and wheel. Throwing a ball is also achieved with precision. A printed circuit board is used to connect the electronics.The latest videos show the iFling going through its deft motions. The narrator reports that the robot is in the process of its third design iteration. The iFling site comments on the progress the team has achieved.“We have explored (through three major design iterations) the miniaturization and simplification of our original iHop concept to form a (non-hopping) self-righting Segway dubbed iFling that can pick up and throw ping-pong balls (or swack them around, using the leg as a hockey stick),” according to the lab’s site.The UCSD iFling video comments that the iFling carries the potential to be automated so that multiple bots can play together; and to be scaled up, so that different-sized balls may be used.Why bother focusing on enhancing a robot that picks up balls and throws them around? While such a robot may not directly address Italy’s finance problems, this lab at UCSD never did place global economics at the top of its wish list. What does interest the lab is reflected in an interview with Tom Bewley, who heads the Coordinated Robotics Lab.The lab works on feedback control to impart stability to robots. Dr. Bewley is considered an expert on simulation, optimization, and control issues in robotics. He is the author of Numerical Renaissance: Simulation, Optimization, & Control. More information: robotics.ucsd.edu/iFling.htmlvia IEEE (PhysOrg.com) — The team at the Coordinated Robotics Lab at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), which created the little iFling robot, says the iFling is now in the process of its third design iteration, and with added potential. This is a radio-controlled robot often described as a “self-righting little Segway-like vehicle.” Its activity is picking up and throwing ping pong balls. The robot was built using a 3-D printer, according to the video narration. iFling. Image: UCSD Citation: iFling robot gets juiced for third design iteration (2011, November 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-11-ifling-robot-juiced-iteration.htmllast_img read more

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Winter warmth

first_imgThis year’s Tamana Winter Carnival 2014 was hosted by the British High Commissioner, His Excellency James Bevan and his wife Lady Bevan British High Commission in the Capital on December 17.  The carnival was inaugurated by the High Commissioner’s wife, Lady Bevan, Sumira Bassi (wife of Commissioner of Police, Delhi), Shahnaz Husain, Neelam Pratap Rudy , Harsh Mahajan (Chairperson, Tamana) and Shayama Chona (President Tamana).  Special needs students of Tamana and the EWS students of the Reverse Integration programme presented a cultural programme at the ceremony. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The association between Britain and Tamana is very old. The first branch of Tamana- Tamana Special School was inaugurated by the Late Lady Diana, the Princess of Wales and the foundation stone was laid down by the then High Commissioner of Britain, Sir David Goodall.These Bazaars are organised for creating awareness about the cause of disabled and promoting social integration of the disabled.  The carnival showcases the products developed by the special needs individuals and provides a platform for marketing the products. Institutions/NGOs working in the similar field and small time entrepreneur from all over India are invited to exhibit and sell their products in the Carnival. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe product range includes the latest and top of the line footwear, bags, apparel, jewellery, home decor, home linen, kids wear. The carnival is also an attempt towards fund raising. The proceeds of this year’s carnival will be used for up-gradation of the Skill development Centre.Over the years Tamana’s winter carnival has become the most awaited and talked about event of Delhi Winters.  Thousands of visitors enjoy leisurely shopping and dining in the winter sun. This year’s Carnival had participation of 142 vendors and NGOs exhibiting and selling high end products. Some of the NGOs were Manzil, Mahil Udyog Kendra, Sasha Association and Family Service Trust. Two student artists of Tamana, Jitin and Kunal also showcased their paintings. The food court had participation from renowned restaurants of Delhi like Kylin, Moets, Red Mango, Sugar Cube, Ooh La La.  To provide the mothers a hassle free shopping experience there were also children activity center managed by Moglys Gurukul.last_img read more

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Fujifilm Supports ACR Education Center with Synapse Enterprise Imaging

first_img Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Related Content Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more News | PACS | September 13, 2018 Fujifilm Supports ACR Education Center with Synapse Enterprise Imaging As part of the partnership, Fujifilm provides Enterprise Imaging solutions, Synapse PACS and 3D to support dozens of ACR Education Center courses News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc. is continuing its partnership with the American College of Radiology (ACR). Fujifilm provides enterprise imaging solutions, Synapse PACS and 3-D, to support dozens of ACR Education Center courses, providing a streamlined educational experience to roughly 1,000 attendees each year.“We value our continued partnership with ACR. We believe when radiologists and imaging professionals are actively trained and educated using industry leading technology, they’ll set a higher standard for care when practices are applied in the workplace,” said Bill Lacy, Vice President of Medical Informatics at Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc. “As we approach 10 years of collaboration with ACR, we look forward to our joint expertise forming better-trained healthcare professionals and improving patient outcomes for years to come.”Fujifilm and ACR‘s partnership began in 2009, when the two organizations first teamed up to enhance ACR’s comprehensive, interactive radiology courses offered through its education center.“The ACR Education Center is one of the most technologically advanced training facilities in the world for radiologists. We are proud to work with vendors like Fujifilm to enable radiologists in the U.S. and abroad to review hundreds of cases using the latest technology, and use their skills to deliver the highest quality patient care,” said Vinay Sandhir, Senior Director, ACR Education Center.ACR is currently upgrading to Fujifilm’s latest PACS, Synapse 5. Synapse 5 is Fujifilm’s next- generation, secure server-side technology that enables instant access of massive datasets. It works within the most popular browsers while using less bandwidth throughout the enterprise. Synapse 5 PACS will be integrated with the ACR Case Engine, ACR’s proprietary learning methodology, which provides attendees immediate, real-time feedback as they report their findings and progress through each course’s case library.In addition to utilizing Synapse PACS, ACR has utilized Synapse 3D in the educational courses for performing advanced visualization workflows and accessing 3D rendered images. Synapse 3D is an enterprise-wide solution designed for use across multiple specialties including radiology, cardiology, surgery, leveraging seamless workflows within with Synapse 5 PACS.ACR uses these technologies at its Education Center in Reston, Virginia and Australia, in classes that focus on Abdominal Imaging, Body and Pelvic MR, Cardiac MR, Emergency Radiology, High-Resolution CT of the Chest, MSK MR, Neuroradiology and more. To learn more about Fujifilm, visit www.fujimed.com. To learn more about the American College of Radiology’s Education Center, visit www.acr.org/edcenter. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read morelast_img read more

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