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first_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Nominees for Outstanding Performance – Videogame:Julian Casey                           Stories: The Hidden PathsChimwemwe Miller                 Deus Ex: Mankind DividedVictoria Sanchez                    Deus Ex: Mankind DividedClaudia Besso                        Deus Ex: Mankind DividedShawn Baichoo                     Watch Dogs 2Nominees for Outstanding Performance – Female:Claudia Ferri                          A Date With Miss FortuneCharlotte Rogers                   LARPs: the SeriesSabrina Campilii                    Real Detective Helena Marie                        Stagecoach: The Texas Jack StoryElizabeth Neale                     LARPs: the SeriesNominees for Outstanding Performance – Male: Andreas Apergis                    Gurov & AnnaJesse Camacho                     We’re Still TogetherJonathan Silver                    LARPs: the SeriesDavid Francis                       Cold CallVladimir Alexis                     Stonewall“Be it in film, television or videogames, there are so many fantastic performances coming out of Montreal,” says Cary Lawrence, President of ACTRA Montreal. “The ACTRA Awards recognize and celebrate the creative work we do in this city.”The event will be hosted by comedians Eman El-Husseini and Jess Solomon.ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national organization of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 23,000 members across Canada – the foundation of Canada’s highly acclaimed professional performing community. Advertisement Twitter Montreal, May 4, 2017 – ACTRA Montreal is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2017 ACTRA Awards in Montreal, to be held Sunday, June 11th at le Gesù.Nominees for Outstanding Performance – Voice:Shawn Baichoo                      Two Nuts and a RichardJoe Cobden                           KnuckleheadsHolly Gauthier-Frankel           Maggie & Bianca Fashion FriendsJennifer Seguin                     Two Nuts and a RichardCarlo Mestroni                      Two Nuts and a RichardNominees for Outstanding Performance – Stunt:Mich Todorovic                       X-men: ApocalypseNaomi Frenette                     X-men: ApocalypseEric Paul-Hus                        X-men: Apocalypse Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Oppn will get zero battey sannata says PM Modi

first_imgBanda (UP): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday promised to work “in mission mode” to rid Bundelhand of its water scarcity, while also claiming that the opposition will be reduced to ‘zero battey sannata’ in the Lok Sabha polls.”Opposition leaders are going with long faces after half of the polling is over as they know the outcome,” he said at a public meeting here in Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh. “The opposition will get ‘zero battey sannata’,” he added, playing on the name of a Hindi movie, ‘Nil Battey Sannata’, which means zero divided by zero – a slang for nothing. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Stating that he understands well the problem of acute water scarcity in the region, which is also responsible for its backwardness, the prime minister said it will be handled “in mission mode”. “I feel the struggle for water faced by my sisters. This challenge also has been accepted by your chowkidar,” said Modi. He promised to start work to provide water to the parched region “in mission mode” within a month after the announcement of the election result, if they return “the Modi government” to the power again. He said he would get women rid of water scarcity just like he freed them from smoke by providing LPG connections and the personal humiliation by providing toilets. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHe also promised to establish a ‘Jal Shakti Mantralaya’ to deal with the country-wide problem of water scarcity by reviving rivers. If voted to power, his next government would make an all out effort to ensure that water reaches people though all available means just like, he said, his government provided electricity to all villages in the last five years. Accusing the previous governments of “doing selfish politics”, the prime minister rued that even the Congress government supported by the SP and BSP kept hundreds of irrigation projects pending. “We have taken up 99 such big projects and most of them are on the verge of completion,” he said, while also referring to his government’s various other work like the Bundelkhand Expressway and the defence corridor projects impacting the region. Jibing at the Opposition, he said all the leaders in the poll fray, despite fielding a small numbwer of candidates are dreaming of becoming prime minister. He said the SP-BSP and the Congress have not told people about any of their schemes for ending terrorism and appear to be afraid of talking about the terrorism. Later in the evening before filing his nomination from Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also held a mega roadshow in the temple town as thousands lined the streets to take a glimpse of their star candidate. The PM later tweeted that he was “grateful for the warmth and affection” shown by the people of Kashi. As chants of ‘Modi, Modi’ rent the air, the PM’s cavalcade traversed through Assi Ghat, Bhadaini, Sonarpura, Madanpura, Jangambadi, Godowlia before concluding at the Dashashwamedh Ghat, where he performed the evening aarti. Modi began the roadshow by garlanding the statue of Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya outside the Banaras Hindu University. He was accompanied by BJP chief Amit Shah, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and other top alliance leaders.last_img read more

Japanese Ambassador Presents Protection and Assistance to Urban Refugees in Morocco

By Zoubida SenoussiRabat – The Embassy of Japan announced its new project, “Protection and Assistance to Urban Refugees in Morocco,” at a reception on Friday in Rabat.With the help of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and the Moroccan family Planning Association, this new project aims to help refugees in their integration into Moroccan society by providing access to healthcare and to job services. Moroccan society is keen to create new jobs. The Japanese Ambassador to Morocco, Takuji Hanatani, believes that refugees can make a positive contribution to the job market by creating small enterprises that employ Moroccans.“There are two reasons why Japan is supporting this very important project: to build a multicultural society and to strengthen security for refugees,” said Takuji Hanatani to Morocco World News, adding that Japan has “contributed to Morocco’s evolution for over 50 years.”Takuji Hanatani also told MWN that the Japanese government donated US 220,000 to finance the “Protection and Assistance to Urban Refugees in Morocco.”“The human dimension is very important for the sustainable development of Morocco,” he concluded.During this gathering, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees advisor, Jean-Paul Cavalieri has taken to the stage to talk about the needs and the expectations of refugees.“Healthcare is the first thing that refugees need in Morocco.They come to us in aim of a social security,” he said, pointing out that this is the first priority of the new project.Cavalieri expressed his gratitude towards the Japan government “for the unconditional support through this program that will hopefully answer refugees’ expectations and help them to rebuild themselves in our very own Morocco.”The real challenge is to guarantee the right of integration, according to Ftouhi Abdelkader, President of the Moroccan Family Planning Association, who expressed his concerns regarding a “discriminatory society.”“We need to make sure that refugees feel safe in Morocco. To do so, we need to provide psychological coaching, medical caravans, workshops and awareness days,” he said.As he presented the program, Ftouhi emphasized the need to help urban refugees in their socio-economic journey and in their professional training as an important axis for prosperity.Japan’s government continues to support Morocco by funding social and cultural projects that strive to strengthen relations between the two countries.In 2017, the Japanese government donated MAD 2.2 million to three Moroccan associations involved in several fields, including women’s economic empowerment, sustainable agriculture, and education. read more

Review of UN rights council an opportunity to boost effectiveness Assembly told

“We must not lose focus of what we aim to achieve”, Sihasak Phuangketkeow of Thailand, president of the 47-member body, said as he presented its annual report to the Assembly. Mr. Phuangketkeow said that last week’s first session of the open-ended intergovernmental Working Group for the review process, which was mandated by the Assembly, presented an opportunity to build on achievements and make improvements.The review, he said, aimed to identify ways for the Council to streamline its work to ensure that its time and resources were effectively used. It will also highlight the need to better coordinate the relationship between the work of the Council and that of the General Assembly on rights issues.Once the process iscompleted — no later than June next year — it will feed into a separate Assembly-led process that weighs the Council’s status within the United Nations system, Mr. Phuangketkeow added. On other developments covered in the report, he said a total of 72 decisions and three Presidential Statements had been adopted during the reporting period, which ran from September 2009 to June 2010. Among the most pressing issues on the Council’s agenda during that time were post-earthquake recovery in Haiti, the attack on the Gaza flotilla and the situation in Somalia.Panel discussions held by the Council benefited from a wide range of expertise from its Advisory Committee and other bodies, and from hearing first-hand experience of, among others, victims of trafficking. He said the Universal Periodic Review had successfully reviewed 127 countries, which was two thirds of the United Nations membership, noting the Council had secured 100 per cent participation by States under review thus far. In the area of standard setting, he said the Council advanced its work on issues relating to women’s human rights, including maternal mortality and morbidity and gender equality, among as well as on the rights of children. Other thematic issues covered included the impact of the global and financial crisis on human rights, including the rights to truth, to protect journalists in situations of armed conflicts and the adverse effects of toxic human waste on human rights. Opening today’s discussion, which heard from more than 36 Member States, General Assembly President Joseph Deiss of Switzerland said the annual report of the Human Rights Council stressed the importance of human rights as a third pillar of the United Nations mission, alongside peace and developmentWhile recognizing the vital contributions the Council has already made, he said that it was now important to review the body’s work, bearing in mind both the Council’s mandate and the need to make necessary adjustments. It was his intention to complete the review process during the Assembly’s sixty-fifth session, a task that would require effective collaboration between Geneva and New York. “I am pleased with the commitments undertaken in that regard,” he said. 3 November 2010The upcoming five-year review of the United Nations Human Rights Council should help it make a greater difference on the ground, reacting more swiftly and effectively to chronic and urgent abuses, the body’s president told the General Assembly today. read more

Business Highlights

___US economy grew at modest 2% rate in second quarterWASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a moderate 2% annual rate in the second quarter, a pace sharply lower than the 3%-plus growth rates seen over the past year. Many analysts believe growth will slow further in coming quarters as global weakness and rising trade tensions exert a toll.___GM reverses course, says strikers will keep health coverageDETROIT (AP) — General Motors now says striking workers will get company-paid health insurance, nine days after saying coverage would be cut off. The company says in an email to the United Auto Workers union that it will keep benefits in place due to significant confusion among members. Workers howled and politicians criticized GM after the company said it would end benefits the day after the strike began Sept. 16.___McDonald’s takes a nibble of the plant-based burgerCHICAGO (AP) — McDonald’s is finally taking a nibble of the plant-based burger. In a very limited test in Canada, McDonald’s said Thursday that it’s introducing the PLT, or the plant, lettuce and tomato burger. It will be available for 12 weeks in 28 restaurants in Southwestern Ontario by the end of the month. The limited test is rolling out about six months after rival Burger King began testing the plant-based Impossible burger.___Walmart’s Sam’s Club launches health care pilot to membersNEW YORK (AP) — Walmart’s Sam’s Club is teaming up with several health care companies to offer discounts on everyday care its customers might delay or skip because of the cost. Starting in early October, Sam’s Club members in Michigan, Pennsylvania and North Carolina, will be able to buy one of four bundles of health care services that start from $50.___Amazon offers a way to delete Alexa recordings automaticallyNEW YORK (AP) — Users of Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant can now request that recordings of their voice commands delete automatically. Previously, users had to go into Alexa’s settings and delete recordings manually. Users can now ask Amazon to automatically delete recordings after three months or 18 months. But users need to specify that in the settings, as recordings are kept indefinitely by default. Tech companies have been reviewing their practices in light of privacy concerns.___Spokesman: China buying US soybeans, porkBEIJING (AP) — China’s government says importers have agreed to buy more American soybeans and pork. The announcement comes as the two sides make conciliatory gestures ahead of trade talks next month. A government spokesman said Chinese buyers have “completed deals to buy soybeans and pork of considerable scale” but gave no details.___Shares of Peloton skid on first day of tradingNEW YORK (AP) — Shares of connected exercise machine company Peloton skidded in their first day of public trading. Peloton offered 40 million shares at an initial public offering price of $29 per share, the high end of an expected range of $26 to $29 apiece. They closed Thursday at $25.76, a loss of more than 11%.___NY files suit against Dunkin’ Donuts over security breachesNEW YORK (AP) — The New York attorney general says Dunkin’ Donuts violated state law by not notifying almost 20,000 customers, including more than 2,000 in New York, about cyberattacks on their accounts in 2015 and inadequately warning more than 300,000 customers in 2018 about another attack. A lawsuit filed Thursday says the company knew in 2015 that a series of attacks had been made on customers’ online accounts but didn’t inform them. Dunkin’ Brands, Inc. says there’s “absolutely no basis for these claims.”___LinkedIn asks users to think beyond professional networksDALLAS (AP) — LinkedIn wants users to step outside their professional silos to boost someone else’s career. The company wants to narrow a “network gap” that disadvantages people who don’t have access to strong professional or alumni networks. The service says it’s not reversing its guidance that LinkedIn users accept connections only from people they know and trust. Instead, it’s nudging people to reach outside their traditional networks — such as someone they share a ride with or sit next to on a plane.___US stocks fall, bond prices rise as investors turn cautiousNEW YORK (AP) — Stocks ended modestly lower and bond prices rose on Wall Street Thursday as investors turned cautious, shifting money into lower-risk holdings. The selling came as traders weighed the implications of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump and government data showing slower U.S. economic growth. Communication services, health care and energy stocks accounted for a big slice of the selling as the market gave back some of its gains from a rally the day before.___The S&P 500 index fell 7.25 points, or 0.2%, to 2,977.62. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 79.59 points, or 0.3%, to 26,891.12. The Nasdaq dropped 46.72 points, or 0.6%, to 8,030.66. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks shed 17.33 points, or 1.1%, to 1,533.33.The Associated Press read more

UN disaster management team closely monitoring India floods

In the state of Uttarakhand, rising river levels have resulted in the collapse of buildings and bridges. Some 45 people were reportedly killed and 50 people are missing, UN spokesperson Eduardo del Buey told reporters in New York. A large number of people are trapped around the holy town of Kedarnath, located in a valley, according to media reports. Flooding has also affected other parts of India – where the monsoon season generally lasts from June to September – including Haryana, Mumbai, New Delhi and Pune.Mr. del Buey said that the UN team is monitoring the situation through its field offices. “No request for international assistance has been made,” he noted. read more

Oxyde déthylène le risque des biberons stérilisés est négligeable

first_imgOxyde d’éthylène : le risque des biberons stérilisés est “négligeable”Cinq mois après que le débat a refait surface, la Direction générale de la Santé a fait part de ses recommandations au sujet des biberons stérilisés à l’oxyde d’éthylène. Selon elle, le risque pour la santé des nouveaux-nés serait négligeable mais il est inutile d’utiliser le procédé pour ceux nés à terme.C’est en novembre dernier suite à une enquête menée par le Nouvel Observateur que l’affaire avait éclaté. Le magazine avait en effet révélé que “des millions de tétines mises à disposition des mamans et de leurs nouveaux-nés dans les hôpitaux français ont été stérilisées en infraction avec la réglementation en vigueur”. L’enquête indiquait en fait que ces biberons et tétines jetables  étaient stérilisés en utilisant un gaz considéré comme toxique appelé oxyde d’éthylène. Or, ce procédé est normalement interdit pour des matériaux en contact avec des aliments.La révélation a donc fait vivement réagir et a poussé les autorités sanitaires à réévaluer les risques d’un tel procédé pour la santé des nourrissons. Aujourd’hui, cinq mois après, la Direction générale de la santé (DGS) qui se base sur les avis rendus par le Haut conseil de santé publique, l’Afssaps et l’Anses, estime que le risque est “négligeable”. Néanmoins, elle émet une série de recommandations et indique notamment qu’il n’y a selon elle, pas de raison d’utiliser des biberons, tétines ou nourettes (biberons pré-remplis) stérilisés à l’oxyde d’éthylène pour les nourrissons nés à terme.En revanche, pour les bébés prématurés ou souffrant d’une pathologie grave, les autres techniques de stérilisation ne permettent pas de supprimer tous les microbes et d’obtenir la qualité microbiologique requise, conclut la DGS citée par Sciences et avenir. De même,l’Afssaps estime que pour des bébés immunodéprimés et donc plus sensibles aux microbes, la balance bénéfice/risque reste positive pour les biberons stérilisés à l’OE. Toutefois, les autorités soulignent que le procédé et les contrôles doivent être bien respectés. La DGS demande ainsi à l’Afssaps de réaliser des contrôles chez les fabricants.Une enquête sur le respect de la réglementation À lire aussiUne femme donne naissance à un bébé cyclope en EgypteLes analyses menées par l’Agence du médicament ont conclu que les résidus d’oxyde d’éthylène restaient “indétectables” dans les centres de soins. De son côté, l’Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire (Anses) a évalué que pour un prématuré de 2 kg hospitalisé 21 jours, l’excès de risque de cancer lié à son exposition à l’OE est de un sur un million. Soit un risque “considéré comme négligeable”, commente l’agence. Parallèlement, comme l’explique Sciences et avenir, l’Igas (Inspection générale des affaires sociales) mène également une enquête sur le respect de la réglementation en matière de stérilisation des biberons et tétines. Mais il faudra encore attendre avant d’en connaitre les conclusions. Le 17 avril 2012 à 14:36 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Allegri Im happy for Ronaldo

first_imgJuventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is “happy” to see Cristiano Ronaldo open his goalscoring account for the club after netting a brace in Sunday’s 2-1 win over SassuoloAfter three games without a goal to his name, Ronaldo answered his critics on Sunday with both of Juventus’ goals to hand the Old Lady all three points.It means that Juventus are the only side to have won all four of their Serie A fixtures.And Allegri was certain that it was only a matter of time before Ronaldo would score for the Bianconeri.“He came very close in his first three games,” Allegri told the club website.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“I think he rushed a couple of chances today – it looked like he was absolutely desperate to score.“Football has a way of evening things out and that was the story of the first goal, with the ball bouncing off the post and sitting up for him. The second goal was brilliant. I’m happy for him.“Sassuolo are a good side. They made it hard for us in the first half, but they dropped off a bit in the second half and we were able to tip the game in our favour.”Juventus will next face Valencia on Wednesday for their opening game of the Champions League group stages.last_img read more

Southbound Turnpike reopens after Deerfield Beach truck accident

first_imgThe accident remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. DEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – All southbound lanes of the Florida Turnpike were reopened to traffic in Deerfield Beach, hours after, officials said, a truck collided with another truck that was parked on the side of the road, sending one driver to the hospital, Tuesday afternoon.According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident took place just south of the Sawgrass Expressway. Investigators said a box truck driver had pulled over to the side of the road and had stepped out of the cab when the other truck clipped the side of the victim’s vehicle and hit him.Authorities said the impact tore a hole on the side of the victim’s truck and seriously injured the driver.Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue airlifted the victim to Broward Health North in unknown condition. The northbound lanes of the Turnpike were temporarily shut down to accommodate the chopper.Southbound traffic was diverted to the Sawgrass Expressway as cleanup crews cleared the debris on the southbound lanes.Further complicating the commute on the Turnpike, another accident took place on the southbound lanes, near Hillsboro Boulevard, just north of the scene of the truck accident, at around 4:15 p.m. The circumstances behind the second accident are unknown.At around 5:30 p.m., authorities had opened all but one of the southbound lanes to traffic.  The remaining closed lane was reopened shortly after, however. last_img read more

Major polling divide in Karnataka in 4 hours

first_imgChief Electoral Officer for the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh I.V.Subbarao (R) speaks with officials as they receive Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) at a distribution centre in Hyderabad on April 15, 2009. India will hold its fifteenth parliamentary general elections in five phases on April 16, April 23, April 30, May 7,and May 13 and the new parliament will be constituted before June 2.NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images [Representational Image]Low to moderate voting was witnessed in the first fours on Thursday for the 14 Lok Sabha constituencies in the central and southern Karnataka, an official said.”Voting picked up gradually after beginning on a dull note in some seats. It was moderate in the other seats in the first two hours,” state joint chief electoral officer A.V. Surya Sen told IANS.Till 11 a.m., around 19.69 per cent electorate cast their votes in Bangalore South, a mere 6.01 per cent did in Bangalore Central, 7.23 per cent in Bangalore North and 6.31 per cent in Bangalore Rural.Brisk voting was, however, witnessed in Udupi-Chikmagalur with 23.11 per cent turnout in the first 4 hours of polling, followed by 21 per cent in Dakshina Kannada, 16.50 per cent in Tumkur and 15.18 per cent in Chitradurga.But it was yet to gain momentum in other seats, as Kolar (SC) saw only 6.3 per cent, Chikkabalapur 6.8 per cent, Mandya 7.5 per cent, Hassan 10.73 per cent, Chamarajnagar 10.81 and Mysore 11.96 per cent till 11 a.m.last_img read more

Mamatas police lathicharge Bengal BJP workers protesting in Kolkata streets

first_imgKolkata Police resorted to teargas shelling and used water cannons to disperse the mob.Twitter/ANIThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers were allegedly lathi-charged by the Kolkata Police during a massive protest march in the city. The cops resorted to teargas shelling and used water cannons to disperse the crowd as many gathered near the police headquarters.The BJP workers, who were protesting against the killings of their party workers in the state, clashed with the Kolkata Police. The incident happened as the workers tried to hold a protest march to Lalbazar near the police headquarters.Watch the video here:#WATCH: Kolkata police baton charge at BJP workers on Bepin Behari Ganguly Street. They were marching towards Lal Bazar protesting against TMC govt. #WestBengal— ANI (@ANI) June 12, 2019Despite repeated appeals by the police to stop the protest, hundreds of party workers insisted on marching, triggering the clash. Here are a few visuals from the spot: To stop the protests from flaring up, cops erected barricades which were taken down by the BJP workers. A senior police officer told news agency IANS: “Barricades have been put up at all the important junctures across the nine possible entry points to Lalbazar.” “Personnel armed with water cannons and tear gas shells will be posted at various points,” the officer added.As Section 144 of CRPC was imposed near the Kolkata Police headquarters, around five Mahila Morcha workers of BJP were detained for violating the law. However, the protest was called off by the BJP leaders including Kailash Vijayvargiya, Locket Chatterjee and others.Post the Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal, tensions between the BJP and the ruling Trinamool Congress have escalated as BJP managed to secure 18 out of the total 42 seats. The Trinamool Congress had to settle with 22 seats while the Congress party won two seats in the state.last_img read more

iplay Offers Video Gamelike Playground Equipment

first_imgFor children of today’s generation, swings and slides don’t seem to cut it anymore—not when you have an Xbox and Playstation in your living room. In an attempt to curb the rising childhood obesity rates partially associated with indoor electronics, researchers in the UK have designed an outdoor playground unit based on the concepts of video games. Called, or “intelligent play,” the electronic unit can make a high-tech addition to nearly any existing playground, says developer Playdale. Intended for children ages eight and above, as well as adults, wheelchair users and individuals with impaired hearing or vision, encourages “stealth exercise”—exercise that feels like fun.The unit consists of a hexagonal court with three curved bars that form the skeleton of a dome. Each bar has a high, low, and mid-positioned activity switch to encourage a whole body aerobic workout that helps build muscular strength, stamina, hand-eye coordination, reaction time, agility and flexibility.The unit audibly tells a player when to activate a switch, an LED on the switch flashes, and the faster the player gets to the switch, the higher the score. Players activate the switch by pushing, pulling, pressing, spinning, turning, or stamping. Like many a video game, the game ends when a player loses three lives (by activating the wrong switch or moving too slow), or by completing all five levels, which is beating the game.The game can be played in groups as well as individually. For groups of up to six, each player gets a number. The first player, chosen by the system, makes a sequence of three switches. Then the unit nominates the next player, who repeats the sequence. Once all the players have successfully repeated the sequence, another switch is added, etc.“The placement of activity switches is an important aspect of the design as we want to get users to perform movements requiring a large range of motion to progressively higher levels of physical exertion,” said co-inventor Phil Hodgkins in a recent press release.The system can also intelligently adjust to children’s performance, making the unit an alternative to team sports because it is competitive yet inclusive.’s Web site notes an 11% decline in the number of young people playing sports at school, as well as a lack of cheap exercise options, that aims to fill. Two systems are already in use in Leicester and Barrow in Furness.Playdale developed in conjunction with Progressive Sports Technologies, a spinout company from Loughborough University. Other features of the system include its fully solar-powered design, programmable software, and like a game console, multiple levels of difficulty and statistics that allow players to monitor their performance both during and after the game.And if that still doesn’t excite gamers, players can win a free iPod Shuffle in a monthly drawing for logging their scores on an online league table. Citation: Offers Video Game-like Playground Equipment (2007, September 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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. The system combines interactive electronics with conventional playground equipment to encourage young people to exercise. Source: Playdale.last_img read more

Forget XRay Vision You Can See Through Walls With Radio

first_imgWho wouldn’t enjoy a little X-ray vision, really? You could cheat at cards, for one. And that game where someone puts something under one of three cups and you have to guess where it is. Easy.Of course, X-ray vision would come with a downside, in that you’d be spraying all your surveillance targets with radiation. So researchers at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, actualizers of all things science fiction, have taken a different tack to seeing through walls: radio waves. By flinging ultra-low-power radio signals, 1,000 times milder than standard Wi-Fi, they can not only detect humans behind a wall, but track their movements in fine detail.The system works not unlike aircraft radar. But instead of bouncing off planes and returning to the ground, the signal here travels through the wall, bounces off a human (we’re full of water, which radio signals have a hard time penetrating), and comes back through the wall and into a detector.It’s a simple concept that was difficult to execute—because once that signal makes it back to the researchers, it’s very, very noisy. “You’re not just receiving a reflection from the human body, you’re receiving reflections from everything,” says MIT CSAIL computer scientist Dina Katabi, coauthor on a new paper describing the process. “The reflection from the wall will be much much bigger than the reflection from the signal that traversed the wall and reflected off the human body and traversed the wall again back toward you.”Yeah, it’s messy. But that’s what neural networks are for. Your classic machine learning relies on labeling to train an AI. So, “this is a cat,” for instance, to get it to recognize objects in photos. Or, in Silicon Valley, “hotdog” or “not hotdog.” MIT CSAILWhat you end up with is a human visualized as blobs, which correspond to points on the body, like knees and shoulders. The researchers then turn this into a stick figure that shows a person moving behind a wall in great detail. Such great detail, in fact, that the system could identify individuals 83 percent of the time, by first determining their unique features and movement style.“It’s not just a location,” Katabi says. “It’s exact movements. So by looking at the gait, that is actually a feature that distinguishes one person from another in the same way your fingerprint distinguishes you.”Potentially invasive in the wrong hands, sure, but also potentially good for privacy in other applications. (In fairness, all the data they collected so far was anonymous and encrypted.) Imagine using it to non-intrusively keep tabs on the sleeping, eating, and moving schedules of an elderly parent, as well as signs of distress. “Think about the other extreme: You can deploy cameras everywhere in someone’s home and try to get similar information,” Katabi says. This radio system, after all, would be clothing-agnostic, since it only produces stick figures.Seeing through walls would also be handy for robots—they could peer around corners to avoid running into people coming the other way. (Alternatively, you might see around corners with lasers or even by detecting subtle changes in light.)Superman would be so proud. Or jealous. One of the two. MIT CSAILRadio signals are rather more … mysterious: You can’t just look at one and say, “Aha, an elbow!” So the researchers devised a clever workaround. They set up a camera to simultaneously record a person they were bombarding with radio signals. “From that image you can extract the key points of the body,” says Katabi. “We use annotations in the image as the teacher for the neural network that is working just with radio signal.” The AI trained on video could then be matched to the mess of radio signals, allowing it to associate those labeled body parts with the subtle radio reflections coming back through the wall. “Imagine you teaching a kid some math problem and suddenly he becomes smarter, he can solve problems that you can’t solve,” says Katabi.center_img More Great WIRED StoriesHow WIRED lost $100,000 in BitcoinDid science miss its best shot at an AIDS vaccine?The responsibility of immortality: Welcome to the new TranshumanismThe messiness of Vampyr doesn’t weaken its biteApple’s restrictions aren’t helping tech addictionLooking for more? Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest storieslast_img read more

Jacó Happenings

first_imgCongratulations to Jacobeños Jair Pérez and Lisbeth Vindas who both won in the third leg of the Costa Rican Federation of Surf Contest held in Esterillos Oeste last month. Jair’s radical surfing was filled with incredible acrobatics that helped secure his win in the final over Gilbert Brown, Maikol Torres and Noe Mar McGonagle.Lisbeth won the women’s open over Evie Johnstone, Tal Saporta and Emily Gussoni. The fourth leg will be held in Dominical on May 19 and 20 and the fifth leg in Jacó on June 16 and 17. For more information about Costa Rica’s surfing, visit a fantastic season, Darren Cole from Teatro Jacó has informed us to stay tuned for productions to come during the summertime. But until then, The Oceans Center is available as space for private events, weddings and corporate meetings. If you would like to host an event at this state-of-the-art venue, please contact Faith Mulvihill at 2630-9811 or visit Miranda will be paying homage to her yoga teacher by hosting a master’s class today at Vida Asana at 10 a.m. Anabel is a certified dharma yoga teacher with more than six years experience, and she is now teaching traditional hatha vinyasa yoga classes at Vida Asana located on Calle Hermosa in Playa Hermosa. To join her practice or schedule private lessons, contact Anabel at Vida Asana’s classes take place on Wednesday at 8 a.m.; Saturday at 9 a.m.; Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 10 a.m.; and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. For more info, call 2643-7108.The Annual Rainfest will be held next week in Punta Leona. Not only will there be art activities and concerts, there also will be a 9.5-kilometer race held on Saturday, May 19 at 8 a.m. The cost to sign up is {6,000 ($12), and Saturday is the last day to sign up. For more information, call 2630-1030 or 2587-1012.–Christina Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

The Carlson Rezidor Group honoured as Hotel Group of the Year

first_imgSource = Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has been honoured as Hotel Group of the Year at the Worldwide Hospitality Awards 2012. At the gala event in Paris, Trudy Rautio, president and chief executive officer, Carlson, and Kurt Ritter, president & chief executive officer, Rezidor, received the prestigious trophy for the group’s outstanding achievements in four complementing areas:development, innovation, human resources, and business performance.”The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group launched earlier this year in January. To be awarded as the world’s best hotel company in our first year is a great honour. It is a fantastic compliment to our team-work around the globe. Our dedicated people have proven that our Yes I Can! philosophy resonates around the world – a huge thank you to all our 80,000 employees in 81 countries,”said Trudy Rautio and Kurt Ritter.The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is a strategic partnership of Carlson, one of the largest privately held hospitality companies worldwide, and Rezidor, one of the fastest growing hotel companies worldwide. The group’s portfolio features more than 1,300 hotels and a powerful set of brands (Radisson Blu, Radisson, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson, Country Inns & Suites by CarlsonSM, Hotel Missoni, and Regent). Through a number of joint revenue activities, Carlson Rezidor aims to generate more than US$ 400 million in additional revenue and a RevPAR Index increase of more than nine points by 2015.In Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the group’s success can be credited to the leadership of Kurt Ritter, Rezidor’s president & chief executive officer. Managing the company since 1989, Swiss-born Ritter has created an entrepreneurial, dynamic and innovative group. Throughout the industry, he is admired for his charisma, his genuine belief in hospitality, and his straightforward approach. Ritter will retire at the end of the year – succeeded by Wolfgang M. Neumann – and will serve as a strategic advisor to Carlson during 2013.The Worldwide Hospitality Awards were created by Georges Panayotis, president and chief executive officer, MKG Group, as an international competition and opportunity for hotel groups to highlight their exemplary achievements. The jury for the “grand prix” for the Hotel Group of the Year consists of the readers of the renowned trade magazine Hospitality-On.last_img read more

New Home Sales Exceed Expectations

first_img January 27, 2016 681 Views Share Buyers are beginning to show their increasing demand for housing by purchasing more homes since the end of the financial crisis, but inventory remains an issue.U.S. Census Bureau and the HUD reported Wednesday that sales of new single-family houses rose 10.8 percent from November 2015 to December 2015 to an estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate of 544,000. In November, the revised rate of new home sales was 491,000.Year-over-year, new single-family home sales are up 9.9 percent above the December 2014 estimate of 495,000. The data estimates that a total of 501,000 new homes were sold in 2015, up 14.5 percent above the 2014 figure of 437,000.”This reflects a slow but steady increase in demand from homebuyers as well as increasing confidence of homebuilders,” said Ralph B. McLaughlin, Chief Economist at Trulia. “It also a positive sign for the U.S. economy headed into 2016, as new home sales leads to new construction and consumer demand for housing-related goods and services.”McLaughlin noted that despite the positive movement in this sector of the housing market, new home sales remain 41 percent off the 1990 to 2006 normal.According to the Bureau and HUD, in December 2015, the median sales price of new houses sold was $288,900, while the average sales price was $346,400. At the end of December, the seasonally adjusted estimate of new houses for sale was 237,000.On the down side of the report, homebuyers had fewer homes to choose from as inventory declined from 5.6 months in November 2015 to 5.2 months at the current sales rate in December 2015. McLaughlin says this “means inventory will be tighter for homebuyers headed into the 2016 buying season.”Only 19 percent of new-home sales were under $200,000 in 2015, a decrease from 23 percent in 2014, the report found. “This is likely due to a combination of low inventory of new starter homes and fewer first-time homebuyers,” McLaughlin stated.The Western and Southern region led much of the year-over-year increase in new home sales in December 2015, with rises of 20.5 percent and 17.6 percent, respectively. “This is especially good news for homebuyers along the costly West Coast who have faced low inventory and sharp price increases over the past three years,” McLaughlin Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke noted, “The data affirms that the fall season and end of 2015 was stronger than previously reported, which is a clear sign that the new home market is finally seeing growth as builders expand offerings and offer more affordable price points. However, the headline gains should be taken with caution because the underlying survey data for December were thin.”He continued, “Neither of the monthly or year-over-year sales observations was statistically significant. In other words, although it is positive and likely correct that the new home market is gaining momentum, the underlying data suggest that we’re seeing no clear trajectory up or down in December, which is not typically a big month for new home sales.” in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, News, Originationcenter_img HUD New Home Sales Single-Family U.S. Census Bureau 2016-01-27 Staff Writer New Home Sales Exceed Expectationslast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Capacity constraints on

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterCapacity constraints on ships in Sydney continue to be the bane of the Australian cruise sector, with a lack of infrastructure requiring CLIA Australasia to revise down its once achievable 2020 target of two million local cruise passengers.Following the release of the latest ocean passenger Cruise Industry Source Market Report, LATTE chatted with the organisation’s Managing Director for Australasia, Joel Katz, to learn more about the cruise infrastructure dilemma, and to quiz him on his preference for an alternative site.Joel, what are we waiting on for a decision on a third cruise port in Sydney?It’s not so much about waiting. We’ve really worked hard the last few years. I’ve only been with the organisation for 18 months, but this is not something new by any means. This has been on the agenda for 10 years, that we need to sort this out. And you know that the two million by 2020 number was presumed, but in 2015 looking forward, if the issue had been resolved then, the figure would have been achievable. It’s all about putting it into perspective.It’s been really encouraging the last couple of years. Certainly, since I’ve been on board. We were invited by the NSW Government to work with them on the Cruise Reference Group which is a very important step.What is happening with the Cruise Reference Group?That work is progressing. We made some recommendations. We represented the industry, some of the big cruise lines were part of it as well, plus various government organisations. But we worked through that process in order to make some recommendations as to what would work for the industry. And that was important to us. That they listen to what the industry needs before they now start the work on really refining and coming up with that key recommendation to be taken forward. Because a lot of work needs to be done. It’s not as simple as saying we’re going to put a cruise terminal ‘there’. There are technical, environmental, tidal and transportation elements to consider. All the work that needs to be done and to establish if a cruise terminal will work there.It’s really encouraging that work is starting to happen behind the scenes so that hopefully, in a very short time, they’ll be able to come out and say that we’ve done the work, based on the input that we’ve received from the cruise industry, and this is what the solution could look like.And to then see the Federal Government has jumped on the bandwagon as well and is also recognising the value that cruise brings to the Australian economy is really encouraging, because it means that at both levels (Federal and State) they see how important getting a resolution to this issue is.What is your preference for a solution in Sydney? Garden Island, Botany Bay or another alternative?You know, I actually don’t have a preference. I don’t have a commercial agenda. From my perspective, it doesn’t matter, as long as we have a solution.We can see the number of new ships that are being built and the percentage that won’t fit under the bridge, combined with the age of the existing fleet. It’s inevitable that bigger and bigger ships are going to be coming down to this part of the world. That’s not to say that there isn’t space for the small ships. As we said, expedition is growing exponentially as well, and there is definitely room for the smaller ships. But we need to be able to accommodate the bigger ships, because that’s where the volume is.Is extending the Australasian ‘wave season’ a temporary fix?Well ,the challenge is looking at global deployments. Ships that are homeported here year-round have seasons in other parts of the world. So a vessel may do Sydney and Alaska. Or there are ships that move between the northern and southern hemisphere and follow the summer.At the end of the day it comes down to the extent of would people want to cruise in winter?Beyond Sydney, are there other cities feeling the pinch caused by constraint issues?It’s a regional issue.But is Sydney the only culprit?No, Brisbane has just announced a new cruise terminal, but that’s going to take a number of years to develop. Western Australia has done a lot of work, Cairns is doing some planning, Newcastle is developing infrastructure, Port Kembla is talking about it, Victoria is talking about it. The momentum is starting to develop, but because of the long lead times, it’s a pity we didn’t have that conversation five years ago.So if cruise lines are turning their back on Australia, where are they basing their ships? Auckland?I would say the region is losing out. In order to deploy a ship to this region, a cruise line needs to be able to offer a series of itineraries. Obviously bringing big ships down here is a major investment in repositioning a ship, so the cruise lines would want to ensure that they were able to offer a comprehensive seasonal deployment. And that was one of the points we made, regulatory settings.In the same way cruise lines would like to offer more domestic cruising around the Australian coastline, but again because of the way various customs and cabotage rules work, they can only spend a certain amount of time along the coast.Some of our cruise lines have demand from overseas markets to offer more Victorian, South Australian, Tasmanian, Western Australian cruises, but because there is no where for ships to go overseas from those hubs, they can’t operate as many voyages as they would like.That’s another opportunity to grow the regional cruising market, and we’re engaging with the Federal Government to see whether there are opportunities to create some more flexibility.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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