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Film Nova Scotia Announces Senior Management Changes

first_imgFilm Nova Scotia president and CEO Ann MacKenzie is leaving the organization, Film Nova Scotia announced today, March 21. Carolyn Horton, current director of finance for Film Nova Scotia, will act as interim CEO. “Ann’s passion and leadership during the past 14 years has been a benefit to Nova Scotia’s film industry on the international stage,” said Cheryl Hodder, chair of the board of directors. “Her knowledge of financing, marketing and distribution for the film and television industry has been a huge asset for Nova Scotia.” Ms. MacKenzie’s last day with the organization will be Friday, March 30. The board of directors will establish a recruitment committee to find a new president and CEO. “Film Nova Scotia has benefitted significantly from Ann’s experienced leadership in many areas of management, including strategic planning, financial management, policy development and implementation,” said Ms. Hodder. “We thank Ann for her many contributions and wish her continued success.” Ms. Horton will ensure a seamless transition as interim CEO. Carolyn is a chartered accountant and has been with Film Nova Scotia for five years. Before that, she was controller with Nova Scotia Business Inc. Film Nova Scotia is a provincial Crown corporation reporting to the Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. The corporation provides a wide range of programs and services to support the province’s audiovisual industry. Nova Scotia is among the largest production centres in Canada.last_img read more

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Gadkari declares assets worth Rs 25 cr in poll affidavit

first_imgNagpur: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has declared movable and immovable assets worth Rs 25.12 crore in an affidavit filed along with his nomination papers for the Nagpur parliamentary constituency.Meanwhile, the Congress candidate from Sivaganga in Tamil Nadu for the April 18 Lok Sabha polls, Karti Chidambaram, has declared movable and immovable assets valued at around Rs 47 crore. Karti, son of senior Congress leader and former Union Minister P Chidambaram, had unsuccessfully contested from the same Lok Sabha segment in 2014. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Gadkari filed his papers for the Nagpur Lok Sabha seat on Monday. Polling in the constituency will be held on April 11. As per his tax return forms, his total income stood at Rs 2,66,390 in 2013-14 and Rs 6,40,700 in 2017-18. According to his affidavit, he has movable assets worth Rs 69,38,691, while his wife has movable assets worth Rs 91,99,160. A sum of Rs 66,07,924 is in the name of the Hindu Undivided Family (HUF). Similarly, Gadkari has immovable assets worth Rs 6,95,98,325, his wife Rs 6,48,60,325. A sum of Rs 9,40,31,224 was in the name of HUF. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KGadkari declared over 29 acres of agricultural land in Dhapewada in Nagpur, of which 15 acres are registered in the name of his wife and 14.60 acres owned by HUF. Gadkari declared an ancestral house at Mahal (Nagpur) and a flat at an MLA Society in Worli (Mumbai). The Union minister, in his affidavit, has informed that he has invested Rs 3,55,510 in savings scheme, mutual funds, bonds and shares. He has Rs 8,99,111 in his banks account, according to the affidavit. Facing probe by Central agencies like CBI and ED in the Aircel-Maxis and INX Media cases, Karti, however, declared in his affidavit that charges have not been framed in any of these. Besides these, a local court was looking into an Income Tax case on alleged non-disclosure of part of sale of lands received in cash, he said in his poll affidavit filed along with his nomination papers. He said there were a total of eight pending cases against him, including some local ones, though “no charges have been framed in any of these.” Karti’s annual income showed a nominal increase in the last five years. While it was a little over Rs 1.68 crore in FY 2013-14, it rose to Rs 1.75 crore in FY 2017-18. In his affidavit, he declared that the gross total value of his movable assets stood at Rs 24.13 crore. The current market value of his immovable assets was Rs 22.88 crore. This included his joint ownership in a UK property, the affidavit said. RLD chief Ajit Singh also declared movable and immovable assets worth Rs 16.61 crore in an affidavit filed along with his nomination papers for the Muzaffarnagar parliamentary constituency. Singh filed his papers as the the SP-BSP-RLD alliance candidate for the Muzaffarnagar Lok Sabha seat in western Uttar Pradesh on Monday. Polling in the constituency will be held on April 11.last_img read more

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Skating video makes big splash

Even if you don’t know her name, chances are you’ve seen Averie Rose Bonin skating her way into your Facebook feed.A 12-year-old from Port Rowan, Bonin has become known in the fishing world for her online videos that aim to get more kids involved in the sport.With a recent cold spell falling across Lake Erie, Bonin and her younger sister Claira, 7, took to Long Point Bay with skates on their feet and sticks in their hands.Following the action closely was their father Ryan, a filmmaker/editor/producer extraordinaire.Their goal was to let residents know the ice is open for business, but they never thought the four-minute video (youtube.com/watch?v=lLeXyzOpb0M&t=8s) would be shared over 70,000 times within a few hours.“I really wanted to get out on the lake before the ice melted,” said Averie, who plays for the Norfolk HERicanes. “We don’t usually get a lot of ice here and 4-6 inches is very thick and it’s really exciting to go out when the ice is here. I thought that it would be a fun idea to give a little support for people that live around here so that they know the ice is safe to go on.”After Ryan made sure the surface was safe, the two – fitted with life jackets – took off into a picturesque portion of Norfolk.“This (video) definitely popped off,” said Ryan. “I think it’s because more people can relate to it. It’s not all about angling, it’s skating and Long Point/Port Rowan and a lot of people either grew up in the area, cottaged in the area or skated on the lake when they were a kid and it really resonated with them.”The video is far from the only popular one produced by the Bonin family. With the energetic and approachable Averie as the star, they’ve created a handful of online offerings at averierose.com inspired by a trip to the 2018 Bassmaster Classic in South Carolina last year.“Just spending time there and seeing how much joy was in the people’s faces and how much fun they were having, it reminded me of how much fun I have (fishing),” said Averie. “It made me think that there should be more people getting into the sport. I don’t want something like this to die off one day because it’s so amazing.”Since her first video was published eight months ago, Averie has been recognized by her school (Port Rowan Public), met with Grand Erie District School Board members in hopes of creating fishing clubs at schools across the region and has led seminars in Toronto. She’s even met with brands like Shimano who want their gear featured.“We’re obviously very proud of everything she’s doing,” said Ryan, who formerly worked with pro Dave Mercer.“It’s good for them and in the long run, if they get kids involved in the sport and in the outdoors now, they have customers for life,” said Ryan. “It’s a win that way, but at the end of the day, anything that has to do with getting kids out on the water and fishing, they’re pretty excited about.”Chatting with Averie it becomes clear she was destined to make a splash in the world of angling – Ryan took her fishing when she was just seven days old.“Spending time on the lake with family, having fun and experiencing new things is really what brings me back,” she said. “It’s great to be out in nature and see the beauty of our Earth.”Already with a tournament win under her belt, Averie hopes to enter more and eventually compete at the Bassmaster Classic – the grandaddy of all derbies. Until then, she’s content to do what she can to spread the gospel of angling.“It’s been very exciting,” she said of her new found fame. “I’ve met a lot of new people that maybe will become lifelong friends, which is very cool.”jrobinson@postmedia.com read more

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Respiratory diseases linked to seasonal flu claim thousands of lives every year

“These figures indicate the high burden of influenza and its substantial social and economic cost to the world,” Dr. Peter Salama, Executive Director of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Health Emergencies Programme said on Thursday.“They highlight the importance of influenza prevention for seasonal epidemics, as well as preparedness for pandemics,” he added. This marks an increase of the previous global estimate of 250,000 – 500,000 from over ten years ago, which covered all influenza-related deaths, including cardiovascular disease or diabetes. The new figures of 290,000 – 650,000 deaths are based on recent data from more diverse countries and exclude deaths from non-respiratory diseases. They consider findings from recent influenza respiratory mortality studies, including by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to CDC, most deaths occur among people aged over 75 years, and in the world’s poorest regions. Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for the world’s greatest flu mortality risk, followed closely by the Eastern Mediterranean and Southeast Asia.“All countries, rich and poor, large and small, must work together to control influenza outbreaks before the arrival of the next pandemic,” continued Dr. Salama. “This includes building capacity to detect and respond to outbreaks, and strengthening health systems to improve the health of the most vulnerable and those most at risk.” Nearly all deaths among children under five with influenza-related lower respiratory tract infections occur in developing countries, but the effects of seasonal influenza epidemics on the world’s poorest are not fully known. WHO is working with partners to measure the global influenza burden and its economic consequences, and to provide guidance and expertise to Member States. Further surveillance and laboratory studies of other diseases, which can be influenza-related, are expected to yield substantially higher estimates over the next few years.WHO encourages countries to prioritize influenza prevention and produce national estimates to inform prevention policies. read more

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Senior UN childrens advocate says they should never be targeted by violence

The last two weeks have seen a suicide attack on an education centre in Afghanistan which killed and injured young students in class, 21 children killed in Yemen when their school bus was hit by an airstrike, and ongoing child casualties in Syria – particularly in the conflict zones of Idlib and Western Aleppo in the North of the country.Children should never be targeted by violence. – Virginia Gamba, UN Envoy“Children have been directly targeted by belligerents. They were also collateral victims of despicable acts of war,” said Ms. Gamba. “We cannot remain silent in the face of such atrocities”, she said, adding that she wanted those fighting to understand the “simple message: enough is enough.”She went on to urge all sides in conflicts to protect children from the scourge of war and to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law. SRSG Virginia Gamba.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​UN Photo/Rick Bajornas“Children should never be targeted by violence. It is our collective responsibility to use these tools to their full extent and to obtain results for those boys and girls who desperately need protection.”Following the deadly air strike in Yemen last week, UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged an “independent and prompt investigation”, adding that warring parties must take “constant care to spare civilians”.In recent days several UN Agencies have strongly condemned the attacks. The UN Children’s Fund UNICEF described them as a “war on children”, whilst the UN Human Rights Office OHCHR, pointed out that the Yemen strike was just the latest example of the children being killed in the country’s violent years-long conflict. read more

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ALTA 2018 – now accepting abstracts

first_imgALTA 2018, organised by ALTA Metallurgical Services, is the 23rd year of one of the world’s premier annual metallurgical events. This annual event is a gathering of the global nickel, cobalt, copper, uranium-REE-Li and gold-PM industries and features highly focused programs, topical forums and presentations by key international speakers. Held over eight days, it comprises three international conferences in one week:Nickel-cobalt-copper sessions (May 21-23 2018), including hydromet processing of copper, nickel & cobalt sulphides forum & panelUranium-REE-Li sessions (May 24-25 2018), including lithium processing forum & panelGold-PM Sessions (May 24-25 2018), including refractory and complex gold ores forum & panel.There will also be three short courses:A-Z of copper ore leaching (19 May)SX and its application to copper, uranium & nickel-cobalt (20 May)Uranium ore processing (26 May)last_img read more

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The Fakers Guide to Olympic Handball

Ben ShafranGuide to Olympic HandballHandball for beginnersLondon handballOlympic handball Handball is just one of the many unknown sports that have landed on these shores as part of the Olympic Games. I will not attempt to explain the basics of the game (British Handball produced a handy 2-page illustration: http://www.britishhandball.com/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/06/British-Handball-Game-Guide.pdf). Instead, I will try to provide the kind of insight into the Olympic handball tournament that you might need in order to appear knowledgeable even if you’ve only just discovered the sport. Particularly handy if you spend a long tube/bus journey sitting next to a Dane…Men’s tournamentMain storyline: The previously all-conquering French humiliated themselves at January’s European Championship. Claude Onesta’s team will show up motivated, but will they be able to defend their title against a talented and confident Denmark?Favourites: DenmarkBiggest rival: FranceOutside bet for the Gold: SpainExpectations for Britain: Managing to draw even one game would be one of the biggest shocks in handball historyBritain’s least bad player: Chris Mohr (playmaker)Seven players to watch:* Darko Stanić (goalkeeper, Serbia)* Julen Aguinagalde (pivot, Spain)* Gudjón Valur Sigurdsson (left wing, Iceland)* Mikkel Hansen (left back, Denmark)* Ivano Balić (playmaker, Croatia)* Kim Andersson (right back, Sweden)* Luc Abalo (right wing, France)Five unmissable group games:* Serbia – Croatia (31 July), repeat of their ferocious European Championship semi-final* Denmark – Spain (31 July), repeat of the other semi-final from January* Serbia – Denmark (2 August), repeat of the European Championship final* Croatia – Denmark (4 August), two of the favourites vie for the top in the ‘group of death’* Iceland – France (4 August), repeat of the final from BeijingEvery team in a sentence (in my predicted order of finish):* Denmark – the perfect combination of stingy defence and multi-faceted attach, youth and experience, stars and role players, enthusiasm and confidence* France – all the stars are still there, but are they still committed to the kind of suffocating defence that made France handball’s first-ever concurrent Olympic, World and European champions?* Croatia – the talent level is unquestioned, but too often Croatia rises and falls on mental aspects and team chemistry* Spain – there is quality all over the court, but someone will have to become a star for Spain to go from being a very good team to Olympic medallists* Hungary – the addition of Barcelona captain László Nagy means there is finally a leader who could carry this team when the going gets tough* Iceland – A last hurrah for the ‘golden generation’ but a repeat of the Silver from Beijing is unlikely* Sweden – world-class players in almost every position, but for some reason the whole remains less than the sum of its parts* Argentina – will be breaming with confidence after an excellent showing in last year’s World Championship, and the Simonet brothers will be fun to watch* Serbia – expect them to come crashing back to earth after a surprising second-place finish on home soil at the European Championship* Tunisia – will likely be fighting Argentina for the last quarter-finals place in Group A* South Korea – it’s been a decade since they were last competitive at the highest international level* Definitely-Not-Great Britain – probably the worst team to ever play handball at the OlympicsWomen’s tournamentMain storyline: In May, Bojana Popović led her home team to a Champions League title (the sixth of her career). If she can lead outsider Montenegro to a medal in her last ever tournament, she will retire with a legitimate claim for the title of greatest female handball player of all time.Favourites: NorwayBiggest rival: FranceOutside bet for the Gold: MontenegroExpectations for Britain: Capable of beating Angola to avoid a last-place finishBritain’s least bad player: Lyn Byl (pivot)Seven players to watch:* Silvia Navarro (goalkeeper, Spain)* Heidi Løke (pivot, Norway)* Emiliia Turey (left wing, Russia)* Andrea Penezić (left back, Croatia)* Allison Pineau (playmaker, France)* Katarina Bulatović (right back, Montenegro)* Alexandra do Nascimento (right wing, Brazil)Five unmissable group games:* Norway – France (28 July), rematch of last year’s World Championship final* Sweden – Norway (30 July), repeat of the 2010 European Championship final* Denmark – Norway (3 August), the women’s game’s two most successful nations go head-to-head* Montenegro – Russia (5 August), could decide who tops Group A* Norway – Spain (5 August), Larvik and Itxako took lumps out of each other in last year’s Champions League final and their players form the core of their respective national teamsEvery team in a sentence (in my predicted order of finish):* Montenegro – just too good a story for it not to finish with a place at the top of the rostrum* Norway – the attack can get stagnant without playmaker Gro Hammerseng (on maternity leave) and the defence is weakened by the absence of specialist Tonje Larsen, but the concurrent Olympic, World and European champions are the overwhelming favourites* France – always a contender, but will only go as far as their goalkeeping tandem will take them* Denmark – more than a decade on, the Danish national team is still trying to emerge from the enormous shadow of the team that dominated the women’s game throughout the 1990s* Spain – world-class players in every position, but the injury-forced absence of left back Nerea Pena might be the difference between Gold and going home empty-handed* Croatia – the Balkan countries are emerging as a force in women’s handball and Croatia is right at the forefront of this movement* Russia – a very exciting young generation is still taking its lumps in major competitions as it tries to live up to the generation that won three successive World Championships* Brazil – some excellent players will ensure that they make life tough for the Europeans, but hard to see Brazil contending for a medal* South Korea – typically a strong contender at the Olympics, but this Korea team seems to have been left behind by the top European sides* Sweden – Linnea Torstenson cannot do everything by herself, so a repeat of the second place finish in the 2010 European Championship is unlikely* Angola – will be determined to avoid defeat to Britain after losing at a friendly earlier this year* Great Britain – more competitive than the men’s team, but still a long way behind the top nationsBEN SHAFRAN ← Previous Story Men’s Olympic statistics: “France oldest, Hungary tallest! Next Story → Women’s OG 2012 (Day 1): Russia beats Angola – Brasil wins tight clash over Croatia! read more

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Technical glitch temporarily hit PTSB customer salary payments

first_imgA TECHNICAL GLITCH led to a short delay when TSB was processing some salary payments for customers today – but all payments reached bank accounts before deadline.The glitch saw the payment system being delayed by about an hour.A spokesperson from Permanent TSB said that the salaries made it to customers’ accounts ahead of deadline.He said that traditionally the payments, which were due by close of business today, are paid ahead of schedule.This meant that when the salary payments experienced a delay, it didn’t stop them reaching the intended customer accounts before the final deadline.The “minor incident” was “resolved before it became a problem”, he said, and did not affect a significant number of customers.Read: PTSB is “not aware” of letters advising people in minimal arrears to sell their homes>last_img read more

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Car bomb in Sinai region kills 10 soldiers while blast in Cairo

first_imgA BOMB ATTACK in Egypt’s Sinai region killed ten soldiers while another blast struck police in Cairo, amid the continuing wave of unrest following Islamist president Mohamed Morsi’s July ousting.The ten soldiers were killed when a car bomb exploded next to an army bus in the Sinai peninsula earlier today, where Islamists have carried out scores of attacks on security forces in recent months, the army said.In a separate incident, assailants hurled an explosive device at a checkpoint in northern Cairo, wounding four police, security sources said.The military said that 35 others were wounded, some critically, in the North Sinai attack, in which a car packed with explosives detonated as the bus drove by near the regional capital El-Arish.Deadliest in the regionThe Sinai bombing was the deadliest in the region bordering Gaza and Israel since an August 19th ambush by gunmen on a convoy of security forces that killed 25 policemen in the North Sinai town of Rafah.On September 5th, a car bomb had targeted Egypt’s interim interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim in Cairo.That attack was claimed by Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, a Sinai-based group inspired by Al-Qaeda, which on Tuesday said it was also responsible for Sunday’s assassination of police Lieutenant Colonel Mohamed Mabruk, who was involved in the ongoing crackdown on Islamists.“Series of operations”Ansar Beit al-Maqdis said its attack on Mabruk was the first in a “series of operations”.Egypt has been plagued by unrest since the army stepped in to remove Morsi from power on July 3 amid massive protests against the turbulent one-year rule of Egypt’s first freely elected president.Militants have stepped up a campaign against security forces in the mountainous and underdeveloped Sinai since Morsi’s ouster, killing dozens of troops and police in near-daily attacks.© – AFPRead: Deadly suicide blasts rock Iranian embassy in Beirut >last_img read more

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DuckTales Remastered is everything you wanted it to be

first_imgAs amusing side-scrolling games from our past goes, it’s hard to do much better than DuckTales. Capcom’s best selling NES title wasn’t as popular as it probably deserved to be when it was first released, but Capcom and Disney saw fit to re-release this classic game and make it available on all three consoles. We took an evening and joined the cane wielding Scrooge McDuck on an HD remastered trip down memory lane.From the moment the game loaded on our Wii U and the classic 8-bit style music started blasting through the tiny speakers on the GamePad, you’re immediately transported back to the first time you play this game. Everything about the game has been updated to look great on any television, and Wii U owners will have the ability to play exclusively on the gamepad if you choose. The gameplay, the cut scenes, and the secret areas are completely intact. Even the post-mission victory dive in the money pit has been updated to look great on every screen.Choosing to play the game with a joystick instead of the D-Pad bears a slight complication in some of the levels that require Scrooge to jump from vine to vine or catch a chain at just the right moment. This game required that you press the up arrow on the D-Pad in order to grab chains and vines, and on a joystick this motion has to be both fast and precise or Scrooge will fall. It’s much easier to play these parts of the game with the D-Pad… if you haven’t already decided to play Ducktales this way out of nostalgia. Everything else about the gameplay translates to modern controllers with no problems, since the game really only had two other buttons.If you’re on a PS3 or Wii U, DuckTales Remastered is available starting today. Steam users will have access to the game on August 20, while Xbox Live users will be able to grab the game from the XBLA on September 11.If you’re interested in a collectors edition of the game, which is separate from theNES collectors tin, there will be a PS3 version available on August 20 that includes the download code for the game and a DuckTales pin.last_img read more

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Un fossile de python de 15 millions dannées découvert en Allemagne

first_imgUn fossile de python de 15 millions d’années découvert en AllemagneLundi 17 octobre, des chercheurs allemands ont annoncé avoir découvert, dans le sud de leur pays, le fossile d’un python, vieux de 15 millions d’années : une première sous des latitudes aussi septentrionales. À partir de 7 vertèbres fossilisées, découvertes près du village de Griesbeckerzell, à 80 kilomètres de Munich, dans le sud de l’Allemagne, des paléontologues de l’Université de Tübingen (sud-ouest de l’Allemagne) et de l’Université Masaryk de Brno (République tchèque), ont établi la présence, il y a environ 15 millions d’années, d’un serpent python. Or, cette région est située bien plus au nord que celles que fréquentent ses cousins africains et asiatiques d’aujourd’hui.À lire aussiUn anaconda avale une énorme proie devant les camérasIl semblerait en fait que l’animal, d’une taille estimée à 3,50 mètres, aurait profité de la clémence du climat européen de l’époque. “(…) les températures annuelles moyennes étaient à l’époque de 19 degrés, faute de quoi ces serpents ne se seraient pas senti bien”, a expliqué le Pr Madeleine Böhme, paléontologue à l’université de Tübingen. Elle a poursuivi cité par cyberpresse : “Durant cet optimum climatique, des températures comprises entre 25 et 28 degrés devaient être observées durant les mois d’été, et elles devaient être de 13 degrés durant l’hiver. (…) Avec la chute brutale des températures survenue il y a 14 millions d’années, le destin de ce python (…) était scellé…” Le 19 octobre 2011 à 19:27 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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ASA Strongly Endorses Enactment of FARRM Account Legislation

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) today renewed its support for Farm And Ranch Risk Management (FARRM) accounts that would help farmers better manage year-to-year fluctuations in their cash flow. ASA President Mike Yost, a soybean and corn producer from Murdock, Minn., said, “This important measure would provide a much-needed cash flow tool to agricultural producers, allowing income from a good year to be held on a tax-deferred basis until drawn on in a poor year. Combined with a reformed crop insurance program and the income averaging authority provided by Congress and the Administration last year, FARRM accounts will provide valuable risk management options for farmers and ranchers as they face very challenging marketing and financial conditions in the next few years.”For more than three years, the ASA has urged Congress to authorize tax legislation that would establish FARRM accounts. Such a program would give producers the ability to place up to 20% of their profit from sales of agricultural products in tax-deferred, interest-bearing accounts each year, with a limit of 100% of average annual income. Funds could remain in FARRM accounts until the sixth year after deposit, when they would have to be withdrawn. This would help farmers manage increased price and income volatility by allowing them to set up “rainy day” FARRM accounts.”I want to congratulate Representatives Kenny Holshof, Karen Thurman, and their colleagues who have agreed to reintroduce legislation to establish Farm And Ranch Risk Management accounts,” Yost said. “There won’t be much profit in the farm economy this year to invest in FARRM accounts, but you only have to look back a couple of years to higher commodity prices when a FARRM account would have been a very good option for producers. In fact, they could well have enabled farmers and ranchers to make better plans for the current downturn in prices and farm income.”last_img read more

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Security robot drowns after plunging into fountain

first_img“Our D.C. office building got a security robot. It drowned itself. We were promised flying cars, instead we got suicidal robots,” tweeted worker Bilal Farooqui. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. there’s a security surveillance robot near my office builidng (very creepy). today was a win for the humans. robots: 0 humans: 1 pic.twitter.com/D9swguxJI3 BREAKING NEWS: “I heard humans can take a dip in the water in this heat, but robots cannot. I am sorry,” said K5 in an official statement. pic.twitter.com/nWC4tubv9w— Knightscope (@iKnightscope) July 18, 2017Another incident made headlines this past spring with K5, when a California man was busted after he attacked the robot to “test” it. Our D.C. office building got a security robot. It drowned itself.We were promised flying cars, instead we got suicidal robots. pic.twitter.com/rGLTAWZMjn— Bilal Farooqui (@bilalfarooqui) July 17, 2017 have you thought about getting a lifeguard robot to keep the security robots from drowning https://t.co/hIGFZxS5jc— биттерйое™ (@bitterjoe) July 17, 2017Knightscope released an official statement about the incident on their official Twitter account, blaming the sweltering heat for the robot’s fountain faux pas. “These incidents show us where improvements are needed, which may then be deployed to contribute to the ongoing security of our tenants and residents,” a spokesman from MRP Realty said.Social media users chimed in on the robot’s untimely “death” as a makeshift memorial popped up at the building. Steps are our best defense against the Robopocalypse (Security robot down at Georgetown harbor) pic.twitter.com/eVf7YUJX1j— Peter W. Singer (@peterwsinger) July 17, 2017Another onlooker, Peter W. Singer, mused, “Steps are our best defense against the Robopocalypse (Security robot down at Georgetown harbor).”Just last week, MRP Realty posted on their Facebook that there was a “new sheriff in town.” They announced that “Steve” was part of their new test pilot security technology. The K5 security robot was developed by Silicon Valley startup Knightscope. We’ll never let go… #neverforget #steve pic.twitter.com/0LiHXAYvfC— The Wash Harbour (@TheWashHarbour) July 18, 2017Some considered it a win for humankind, while others suggested how to prevent it from happening again in the future. WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSVN) — A high-tech security robot has made quite a splash after it rolled into an office building fountain after just a week on the job.The robot was on patrol in a Washington, D.C. office building Monday when it toppled over into the fountain, causing workers to gawk at the strange sight.The Knightscope K5 robot, nicknamed “Steve” by the realty group in charge of the building, had just been “hired” to patrol the building autonomously. The robots feature facial-recognition software, high-definition video capture, and infrared and ultrasonic sensors, Fox News reports.Onlookers and employees who witnessed the incident took to social media to raise awareness of Steve’s untimely demise. — Christopher Dorsey (@CTJDorsey) July 17, 2017last_img read more

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2 additional inmates taken to hospital after getting sick at MiamiDade Detention

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Two more inmates were taken to the hospital after they got sick at the Miami-Dade County Pre-Trial Detention Center.The center was placed under a precautionary lockdown after a box with a strange substance was found, Thursday.Multiple staff members and inmates at the center have reported getting sick since Tuesday night, when seven people were taken to the hospital.A hazmat team and bomb squad could be seen responding to the facility, Wednesday.The incident remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Week In Review 79713

first_imgWednesday 7/11Audio PlayerJennifer-Wednesday-0711.mp3VmJennifer-Wednesday-0711.mp300:00RPdPause Button Hit On States Plan To Borrow $1 Billion For Oil-Company Payouts, Wildfire Crews Headed To The Lower 48 To Assist With Firefighting Efforts, Attempt At Establishing Permit Options For Dipnet Fishery Vendors Has Failed Friday 7/13Audio PlayerJennifer-Friday-0713.mp3VmJennifer-Friday-0713.mp300:00RPdFish And Game Announce Additional King Salmon Closures, Join Stream Watch While They Clean Up Anchor Point Beach, Texas Man Arrested For Allegedly Shipping Drugs To Kenai Tuesday 7/10Audio Player07-13-2018-THIS-WEEK-TUESDAY-FINAL.mp3Vm07-13-2018-THIS-WEEK-TUESDAY-FINAL.mp300:00RPdTroopers Investigating Theft From Job Site On Gas Well Road, PenAir Expected To Make Final Decision On Homer Airport By August, DOT Reminds Candidates To Keep Signs Out Of The Right Of Way, Reminder: You Can’t Keep Kings When Dipnetting In The Kenai Monday 7/9Audio PlayerJennifer-MOnday-0709.mp3VmJennifer-MOnday-0709.mp300:00RPdCISPRI Backs Out Of Contract For Use Of The Kenai Boating Facility, Join The Local Stream Watch Group For “Trash-ercise Tuesday’s”, Soldotna Looks At Redefining The Role Of The Mayor, GCI Customers Report Outages And Slow Servicecenter_img Thursday 7/12Audio Player07-13-2018-THIS-WEEK-THURSDAY-FINAL.mp3Vm07-13-2018-THIS-WEEK-THURSDAY-FINAL.mp300:00RPdSoldotna High School Football Field And Track Vandalized, The Final Blockbuster Video Stores In Alaska Are Closing, Hazardous Waste Day Scheduled For Saturday, Groups Urge Alaskans To ‘Take A Stand’ On Proposition 1 Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week.last_img read more

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IDG Goes on the Block

first_img “The biggest surprise is the timing, not the fact that the company is up for sale,” says the first source. “It’s not a lot of time when you think of getting a company like IDG ready for a sale.” An IDG spokesperson declined to provide revenue figures.  Update: Another source says the process has just begun—bids are still another 3-6 months away. IDG has hired Goldman Sachs to explore “strategic options,” the company has confirmed. Its last print magazine, CIO, was shut down last October and went digital only. The company still maintains print magazines in several international markets. Reports say IDG’s revenues approach $4 billion, but sources say they’re not that high. Update: The second source says revenues are more like $1 billion with EBITDA at $100 million, and points out, as have others, that the pumped-up numbers the company reports are internally referred to as “Pat Math.” The company, which publishes tech brands such as PC World, Computerworld and CIO, was also one of the first to proactively begin shutting down print brands to focus on digital, live events and marketing services.  Update: The sources say that the estate prefers to sell the company in one piece. Breaking it up would result in an undesirably lengthy sales process. If sold in one piece, the buyer would likely be private equity. A January announcement could indicate a desire to reach a sale agreement by the end of the current fiscal year.center_img Considering IDG’s fiscal year ends in September, there’s been even less than two operational years since the passing of McGovern, indicating the balance is tipping toward the Foundation—which founded the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT—and not running an international media company in a very challenging market.  One source says the company is “very serious” about a sale and is potentially already beyond the “strategic options” stage.  One potential bidder is Nikkei, which already has a licensing partnership with IDG. Nikkei also just bought the Financial Times from Pearson last summer for $1.3 billion.   The first source adds that IDG has already done much of the work to trim expenses and shut down underperforming units and brands. McGovern started the company in 1964 and over the next 50 years, IDG launched more than 300 magazines and newspapers, grew its digital footprint to 460 websites and produced more than 700 events worldwide.  Even if the media and research entities are separated, that doesn’t leave very many strategic buyer prospects for a company that size. “Upon the passing of Pat McGovern—IDG’s founder—nearly two years ago, IDG’s ownership transferred to the McGovern Estate for the benefit of the McGovern Foundation,” says a spokesperson in an email message to Folio:. “As we’ve announced to IDG employees, in response to certain operating requirements of the Foundation, IDG’s Board of Directors has retained Goldman Sachs to map out the company’s strategic options moving forward. Our goal is to determine the optimal future balance between what’s best for IDG and Pat McGovern’s mission for the Foundation.”      The preference is for a single buyer, but IDG is a complicated company. Divisions include the research group IDC and IDG Ventures, plus entities around the world. It’s unclear if IDG Ventures would be part of the deal, but there’s very little overlap between IDC and IDG, suggesting the two could be broken up fairly easily.last_img read more

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AL candidate unofficially declared Gazipur mayor

first_imgRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) mayoral candidate Jahangir Alam. Prothom Alo File PhotoRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) mayoral candidate Jahangir Alam was unofficially declared winner in the Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) elections on Wednesday.Winner Jahangir Alam bagged 400,010 votes while his rival Hasan Uddin Sarker, the candidate of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), bagged 197,611 votes in the polls in 416 centres out of 425, reports UNB.The voting was suspended in the remaining nine polling stations due to violence, booth capturing and fake voting.Returning officer Rakib Uddin Mandal announced the unofficial results around 7:00am on Wednesday.Earlier, the balloting in the GCC elections was held amid the BNP’s allegations of irregularities and vote fraud at many polling stations.However, the ruling party and its mayoral candidate claimed that the balloting was largely fair and the BNP brought the allegations to make the polls controversial.The polling that began at 8:00am ended at 4:00pm without any break.The voting was suspended in nine polling centres, including Khartoil Mansur Ali Adarsha School, West Joydebpur Madinatul Ulum Madrasa, Bhogra Government Primary School and Daffodil Kindergarten-2, due to violence and capturing of polling stations and giving fake votes, said Gazipur deputy commissioner Dewan Mohammad Humayun Kabir.Read More: Polling agents ejected from 400 of 425 centres: BNPThe turnout was said to be around 50 per cent.Earlier, in the day, the BNP mayoral candidate demanded the election commission (EC) stop voting immediately. He made the demand at a press conference in Gazipur.”They (AL men) captured over 100 centres since the morning after driving out my polling agents and established full control over all the polling stations by 1:00pm,” the BNP mayoral candidate said.He said the ruling party men stuffed ballots and cast fake votes in absence of his agents.Sarker cast his vote at Bashiruddin Udayan Academy polling centre in Tongi while ruling party candidate Jahangir cast his vote at Kanaia Government Primary School in the morning.Talking to UNB, Jahangir said the BNP candidate brought various false allegations to make the election controversial.He also denied that his supporters drove the BNP candidate’s agents out of any polling station. “It’s the weakness of the BNP mayoral runner that he couldn’t send his agents.”Two councillor candidates — Hannan Mia Hannu and Zillur Rahman Mukul of wards 26 and 38 respectively — were injured in separate incidents of scuffle that took place during the polling.Of them, Zillur was taken to a local hospital.Read More: BNP ‘thanks’ EC for holding stage-managed pollsMeanwhile, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi alleged that the ruling party men captured over 100 voting centres and stuffed ballots in the GCC polls.”As per the information we’ve received so far, over 100 polling stations have been captured …a grand festival of fake voting is going on,” he said while speaking at a press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan central office at noon.He also alleged that their party mayoral candidate’s polling agents were forced out of many centres by the ruling party men with the help of police.Meanwhile, a two-member BNP delegation, led by party joint secretary general Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal, met Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda at his office to lodge various complaints about the GCC polls.Talking to journalists after the meeting, Alal said they conveyed the commission their various allegations and observations about the elections.He said police played a fierce role in favour of the ruling party.Read More: No BNP agents in 3 polling stations, Sarker alleges more ejectedThe BNP leader said they are frustrated after meeting the CEC as he could not do anything for ensuring fair balloting. “He (CEC) requested us to stay in polls until the last minute. We’re sorry as we couldn’t be assured of fair polls by him. We thank him for giving us time.”Trashing BNP’s various allegations, Awami League joint general secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak, at a press conference at the party president’s Dhanmondi office, said the BNP could not give its agents at many centres because of its intra-party conflict and the party mayoral candidate’s weakness.He also said BNP was making false allegations to put the election into questions and create controversy.Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were used in six centres while closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed in two.Read More: Ballot stuffing at 5-6 centres, admits election officialSeven mayoral candidates — AL’s Jahangir Alam, BNP’s Hasan Uddin Sarker, CPB’s Kazi Mohammad Ruhul Amin, Islami Oikya Jote’s Fazlur Rahman, Islami Andolan Bangladesh’s M Nasir Uddin, Bangladesh Islami Front’s M Jalal Uddin and independent runner Farid Ahmed — were there in the race.Besides, some 254 general councillor and 84 reserved-seat female councillor candidates were there in the race. However, a councillor has already been elected unopposed.The city corporation has a total of 1,137,736 voters — 569,935 males and 567,801 females.last_img read more

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CloudBased Music Mastering Platform Landr Raises 26 Million

first_img Popular on Variety Cloud-based music mastering and distribution platform Landr has raised a $26 million Series B round of funding. The new founding round was led by the Sony Innovation Fund, microphone manufacturer Shure, state-owned financing corporation Investissement Québec and Fonds de solidarité FTQ.Warner Music, Plus Eight Equity Partners, Slaight Communications, YUL Ventures and PEAK Capital Partners participating in the round as well. The funding consisted of a $7 million convertible note from Investissement Québec and other investors, followed by an additional $19 million of equity.“This Series B will allow us to take our knowledge and expertise in music technology to new market shifting directions,” said LANDR CEO Pascal Pilon in a statement. One of the areas of investment will be to expand into new markets, the company said. Landr has pioneered an interesting approach to mastering music: The company allows users to upload their tracks, and then uses artificial intelligence to automatically master them based on the way other tracks in similar genres sound like.The service has thus far attracted over 2.5 million creatives, who have collectively mastered and released over 12 million tracks via the platform. Altogether, Landr has raised around $34 million in funding since its founding in 2014.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Spencers now offers bread made from 2000yrold Roman recipe

first_imgKolkata: If you want to tickle your taste buds with almost 2,000 years old Roman bread? Then, here is the good news for Kolkatans as Spencer’s has prepared the historic bread with the same ingredients, the Roman bakeries might have followed in 79 AD.Internationally reputed bread maker Spencer’s in Kolkata, after a series of experiments, has successfully recreated Roman bread which was very popular in Pompeii. The city of Pompeii was destroyed during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius around 2,000 years ago. To celebrate 400 days of the inception of its Park Street store, the Spencer’s from Monday afternoon has started offering this historic Pompeiian bread to consumers. The bread will be available in a 400 gram pack at a cost of Rs 60 from 30 Spencer’s stores as well in the city from 30 October. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA Spencer’s spokesperson said on Monday that in the Western world, there had been inquisitiveness about the carbonized loaves excavated from Pompeii many years ago. According to the chief chef, western bread makers like many of us wonder how the original Pompeiian breads might have been looked like, how they might have tasted or what ingredients might have been used by the then bakeries to prepare those loaves. The funny looking bread was called “Panis Quadratus” which was excavated in a fossilised state many years later. It is presumed that the city of Pompeii had been destroyed due to a volcanic eruption. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to a senior official of the Spencer’s, the Pompeii bread is prepared with ingredients like — whole wheat flour (Atta), wheat refined flour (Maida), wheat bran, extra-high dietary fibre, yeast, starter, salt and others. Researchers tell us that the professional bakers in Rome and Pompeii did not exist until 2 nd Century BC. According to historical sources, the ancient Roman breads were made of flour, whole-wheat flour, tepid water, salt and other spices. The preparation time of the bread during the Roman era might have remained up to 30 minutes.last_img read more

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Why morning people should not work at night

first_imgIf you are a morning person, working in night shifts may affect you more, a study said.According to the study, morning persons demonstrate a quicker reaction time when solving unusual attention related tasks when working at night, but they are more prone to make errors.This may be the result of sleep deprivation and a relative increase in the time spent awake which negatively impacts the brain’s attention system, the researchers said.The study showed that morning persons completed their tasks quicker than the night persons, but with errors. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOn the contrary, night persons were found to spend more time finishing their tasks. But, their level of accuracy in completing the task was higher, the researcher noted.“To deal with the most difficult test – resolving a conflict of attention – it was necessary not only to concentrate on the main visual stimulus, but at the same time to ignore accompanying stimulus that distract from the core task,” said Andriy Myachykov from Oxford University.Though night people turned out to be slower, they were more efficient compared to the early risers. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive“Our study demonstrated how night owls working late at night ‘sacrifice’ speed for accuracy,” Myachykov added.The results of this study may be useful for people who work night shift and could challenge the education system and human resources management in certain areas.For pilots, air traffic controllers, drivers, etc, attention, the ability to deal with large sets of data, and reaction time are all very important. During emergencies, these features could play a vital role.The study is available in the journal Experimental Brain Research.last_img read more

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