Truck driver charged in deadly Highway 401 crash that killed 4

first_imgKINGSTON, Ont. – A 37-year-old transport truck driver from Quebec is facing a number of charges in connection with a major highway crash in Ontario that killed four people.Ontario Provincial Police say they’re still working to identify the victims of Thursday’s crash, which took place along Highway 401 near Kingston, Ont.They previously said four people in the same car died when their vehicle caught fire during the crash.Theirs was one of seven vehicles involved in the pileup, which sent two people to hospital with serious injuries and involved another car, a commercial vehicle and four transport trucks.Police say truck driver Dunhill Tabanao of Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que. has been charged with four counts of dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death and two counts of dangerous operation causing bodily harm.Police say they’re continuing to investigate the crash.last_img read more

Whistler Film Festival Announces Call for Submissions for 2018 Edition

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Whistler, B.C. – The 18th Whistler Film Festival (WFF) is now accepting submissions, which will run from November 28th to December 2nd, 2018, and will feature up to 90 films comprised of approximately 45 features and 45 shorts. Canadian and International filmmakers are invited to submit films of all lengths and genres by the following deadlines: April 30th for early film submissions (discount on application); June 30th for regular submissions; and August 15th for late submissions.Cinematic excellence rests at the heart of the Whistler Film Festival. To recognize the vitality of the art form, the 2018 festival will feature up to seven juried competitive sections with 14 awards and $146,500 in cash prizes and commissions ($31,500 in cash prizes and $115,000 in prizes). Award categories include the Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature Awards, the World Documentary Award, the Mountain Culture Award, the International and Canadian ShortWork Awards, and the MPPIA Short Film Award, as well as the Alliance of Women Female Journalists’ EDA Awards for Best Feature and Best Short. All feature length films are also eligible for the Audience Award to be selected by the festival-going public who cast their votes for the most popular film.“Building on the success of our past 17 years, the Whistler Film Festival remains the last significant North American festival within each calendar year, and continues to build on its reputation as “Canada’s Coolest Festival”,” says Paul Gratton, WFF’s Director of Programming. “For Canadian dramatic films, all Western premieres will automatically compete for the prestigious Borsos Awards and filmmakers will have unprecedented access to distributors and industry executives from across the country. With a focus on indie production that continues to grow in prestige and influence each year, WFF affords unique publicity and distribution opportunities, and serves as an entry point to the North American market. Whistler is one festival that filmmakers can’t afford to miss.” Celebrating its 14th edition in 2018, the Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature presented by the Directors Guild of Canada, British Columbia honours independent vision, original directorial style, and the diversity of talent found in Canadian independent film. All feature films of new, narrative work by Canadian filmmakers presenting their Western Canadian premieres at the festival will be eligible. In 2017, 20 entries were presented. For 14 consecutive years, Borsos Competition entries have exuded and celebrated the creative fire and artistry embodied by filmmaker Phillip Borsos, known for his inspiring work on the award-winning films The Grey Fox (1982), and Bethune: The Making of a Hero (1990). An international jury of three seasoned industry veterans adjudicate the following awards: Best Canadian Feature Film (the largest cash and commission festival prize for a Canadian film after TIFF, which includes a $15,000 cash prize presented by the Directors Guild of Canada, British Columbia and $15,000 post-production prize sponsored by Encore Vancouver); Best Director of a Borsos Film presented by the Directors Guild of Canada, British Columbia; Best Screenplay for a Borsos Film; Best Performance in a Borsos Film; and Best Cinematography in a Borsos Film sponsored by the International Cinematographers Guild | Local 669. Esteemed jury members have included Deepa Mehta, Jason Priestley, Luc Déry, Bruce Greenwood, Kim Cattrall, Ivan Reitman, Atom Egoyan, Donald Sutherland, Robert Lantos, and Norman Jewison among others to date.From the personal to the political, WFF’s World Documentary Competitionwill showcase innovative and unique documentaries from around the world. With courageous viewpoints and a deep-rooted desire to explore, these films capture the human spirit in its many guises and often challenge us to look at our world from a new perspective. An international jury of three will select the winner.As a reflection of the festival’s unique setting, WFF’s Mountain Culture Film Competition honours films from around the world that capture mountain places and experiences with a cinematic flourish. All films must be Western Canadian Premieres. A jury of three will select the winner.WFF’s ShortWork Competition will showcase up to 45 short films (under 50 minutes in length) within five short film programs. Presented with verve and limited only by their duration, these short films display the extraordinary talent, dynamism and creative exploration found in the work of some of the world’s most interesting filmmakers. A jury of three will select the International winner and a Canadian winner, which is eligible for a $1,000 cash prize.WFF’s BC Student ShortWork Award will be presented to a short film produced by post-secondary students in British Columbia selected from a film program of up to ten films. A jury of three will select the winner, which is eligible for a $500 cash prize.Film submission guidelines are now available CLICK HERE.Recognized as one of Canada’s leading festivals and industry events, the Whistler Film Festival will welcome film fans and filmmakers to experience its 18th edition from November 28th to December 2nd. Featuring innovative and original films from around the world and opportunities to connect with the people who made them, this year’s five-day fest will be filled with a solid lineup of premieres, artists of our time, lively celebrations, unique industry initiatives, time to play in North America’s premier mountain resort destination.ABOUT WFFS:  The Whistler Film Festival Society (WFFS) is a charitable organization dedicated to furthering the art of film by providing programs that focus on the discovery, development and promotion of new talent culminating with a must attend festival for artists, industry and audiences in Whistler. WFFS produces one of Canada’s leading film festivals and plays a leadership role in offering talent and project development programs for Canadian artists. Find out more CLICK HERE. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Screen Actors Guild calls for end to meetings in hotel rooms

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement “We are committed to addressing the scenario that has allowed predators to exploit performers behind closed doors under the guise of a professional meeting,” said Gabrielle Carteris, president of SAG-AFTRA.If no reasonable location is found, the union suggests members bring a “support peer” to meetings. SAG also said its members, when acting as a producer or decision maker, should adhere to the guideline.SAG-AFTRA represents some 160,000 actors and other entertainment and media professionals. Login/Register With: NEW YORK — The Screen Actors Guild on Thursday called for an end to auditions and professional meetings in private hotel rooms and residences in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.SAG-AFTRA issued new guidelines that expand the guild’s code of conduct in an effort to curtail sexual harassment in the entertainment industry. SAG is asking producers and executives to refrain from holding professional meetings in hotel rooms and homes, and is urging its members not to agree to meetings in such “high-risk locations.”The announcement is the part of the union’s initiative to improve workplace safety following the many accusations made against Weinstein. The now disgraced movie mogul is alleged by dozens of actresses to have used business meetings in private locations to make unwanted sexual advances. Twitter Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

CHAN 2018 Morocco Beats Namibia to Reach SemiFinals

Casablanca   –  The national team of local players have qualified for the semi-finals of the African Nations Championship (CHAN Morocco-2018) of football, after their victory over Namibia (2-0), Saturday night at the Mohammed V stadium in Casablanca.Morocco’s two goals were scored by Ayoub El Kaabi (36th minutes), scorer of his sixth goal in the competition and Salaheddine Saidi (55th minutes).Morocco’s key forward Ayoub El Kaabi, opened the scoring in the 36-minute mark. At the 55th minute, Morocco doubled the score through a fantastic goal netted by Salah Eddine Saidi.Today’s win was the host’s third victory in the tournament after having defeated Mauritania and Guinea in the first phase of the competition. The Atlas Lions will know their opponents in the semi-finals at the end of Sunday’s match between Congo and Libya.Morocco qualified for this round, finishing first in group A, ahead of Sudan, which will face later in the evening Zambia in Marrakech stadium. read more

Humanitarian crisis in Gaza dire as unemployment rises warns UN agency

10 February 2011The United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees is urging immediate intervention to tackle the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, where the unemployment rate rose to 45 per cent at the beginning of this year. “We are monitoring the situation in the region, in the hope that the world is looking to develop new strategies to end the humanitarian crisis,” Christopher Gunness, spokesperson for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), told reporters in Gaza yesterday.In addition to the rising unemployment rate, per capita monthly earnings shrunk by 9.5 per cent between mid-2009 and the end of last year, Mr. Gunness noted.He warned that the humanitarian crisis in the enclave, which has been under an Israeli blockade since June 2007, would worsen without immediate international intervention.The region has become a “real test” for the international community, Mr. Gunness pointed out, urged world leaders not to abandon the 1.5 million Palestinian residents living in Gaza.In June 2010, Israel started allowing in more civilian goods into Gaza while still restricting access to concrete, iron and other materials that the UN has said are needed to repair the devastating damage caused by the 2008-2009 offensive Israel said it launched to halt rocket and other attacks against it.Last month, B. Lynn Pascoe, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, told the Security Council that a fundamental goal of the UN continues to be the re-vitalization of Gaza’s economy and seeking the end of the Israeli closure policy. He noted that import and export levels have improved from the period before Israel’s June 2010 policy adjustment, but are still significantly below pre-2007 levels. read more

Security Council mission set to visit Kosovo from 15 to 19 June

The dates for the Council visit and its terms of reference were contained in a letter to Secretary-General Kofi Annan from the Council President, Ambassador James J. Cunningham of the United States. Noting that during its visit the delegation would look at the impact of the regional situation on the work of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), Ambassador Cunningham wrote that Council members will also convey “a strong message” to Kosovo leaders on the need to reject violence, condemn extremist and terrorist activities, promote ethnic reconciliation and support implementation of resolution 1244. Ambassador Anwarul Karim Chowdhury, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN, will lead the Council delegation.Meanwhile, over 3,000 displaced people have entered Kosovo from southern Serbia’s Presevo Valley following renewed fighting between Serbian forces and ethnic Albanian insurgents, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today. UNHCR spokesperson Astrid Van Genderen Stort said the agency had increased its presence in certain critical areas with tents and reception centres, continuously monitoring and assisting the new arrivals.In another development, 90 ethnic Albanians had given themselves up by last night to the KFOR international security force following an amnesty offer, a spokesman said today. All had entered Kosovo at the same checkpoint one day after KFOR offered amnesty to ethnic Albanian rebels if they laid down their arms and surrender in Kosovo. read more

UN health agency launches first global monitoring system for dementia

WHO says the annual global cost of dementia is estimated at $818 billion, equivalent to more than one per cent of global gross domestic product. The total cost includes direct medical costs, social care and loss of income of caregivers. By 2030, the cost is expected to more than double, to $2 trillion, a cost that could undermine social and economic development and overwhelm health and social services, including long-term care systems. To date, WHO has collected data from 21 countries. By the end of 2018, it is expected that 50 countries will be contributing data. Of the countries reporting data so far, 81 per cent have carried out a dementia awareness or risk reduction campaign, 71 per cent have a plan for dementia, 71 per cent provide support and training for caregivers and 66 per cent have a dementia-friendly initiative. All of these activities are recommended by WHO in the Global action plan on the public health response to dementia 2017-2025. The Plan provides a comprehensive blueprint for action that can be taken by policy-makers, health- and social-care providers, civil society organizations and people with dementia and their caregivers. What are the symptoms? Dementia includes Alzheimer’s disease and other types of memory loss and cognitive disabilities. “Nearly 10 million people develop dementia each year, six million of them in low- and middle-income countries,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), in a news release. “The suffering that results is enormous. This is an alarm call: we must pay greater attention to this growing challenge and ensure that all people living with dementia, wherever they live, get the care that they need,” he added. The Global Dementia Observatory, a web-based platform, launched by WHO, can track progress on the provision of services for people with dementia and for those who care for them, both within countries and globally. It will also monitor the presence of national policy and plans, risk reduction measures and infrastructure for providing care and treatment. “This is the first global monitoring system for dementia that includes such a comprehensive range of data,” said Tarun Dua of WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. “The system will not only enable us to track progress, but just as importantly, to identify areas where future efforts are most needed.” Who is affected? What is the cause? read more

Security Council gravely concerned by Ebola outbreak in DR Congo demands immediate

In a statement presented by Jacek Czaputowicz, Foreign Minister of Poland, which holds the Council’s presidency for the month of August, the 15-member body emphasized the need for continued cooperation and coordination with the DRC Government to address the Ebola outbreak, as well as with the States in the region. Noting “the challenging operating environment”, the Council reiterated its appreciation for the efforts of the Government, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other UN agencies, the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO), the African Union, humanitarian organizations, international donors and all supporting the response to contain the disease and treat Ebola patients. The Council also stressed the need for Government and civil society in affected and at-risk countries “to work urgently with relevant partners” to improve their preparedness for preventing, detecting and responding to possible cases, as well as to implement optimal vaccine strategies that have maximum impact on curtailing the outbreak.  Reiterating their serious concern regarding the security situation in the areas affected by the Ebola outbreak, particularly attacks on humanitarian and medical personnel exclusively engaged in medical duties, “which is severely hampering the response efforts and facilitating the spread of the virus in the DRC and the wider region” Council members called for an immediate cessation of hostilities by all armed groups.   “The Security Council condemns in the strongest terms all attacks against and threats intentionally directed against medical personnel,” said the statement, which also spotlighted the Council’s “demand that safe and unhindered access be ensured for humanitarian and medical personnel exclusively engaged in medical duties.”   Finally, the Council emphasized the importance of strengthening international support and engagement, “including full and timely financial contributions to the response, technical assistance, scientific cooperation and human resources to bring the disease permanently and successfully under control.”  The Council’s statement comes as the wider UN and international aid community are marking of one year since the Government of the DRC declared an outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in North Kivu province. Two weeks ago, it was declared a public health emergency of international concern, by WHO experts. According to the UN, in the last year, there have been more than 2,600 confirmed cases of Ebola, including more than 1,800 deaths in parts of Ituri and North Kivu provinces. Almost one in three ‘cases’ is a child. The virus was also discovered in the large city of eastern City of Goma on the border of Rwanda and to nearby Uganda, and violence has killed health workers. read more

Confidence spirits high for Ohio State mens basketball after 3game winning streak

Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. (32) shoots over a defender during a game against Purdue Feb. 8 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 67-49.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorJust 10 days ago, Ohio State senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. sat in the post game interview room at the Schottenstein Center visibly disgusted, disheartened and frustrated.He and his team had just lost its fifth game in the month of January, a 71-70 setback to Penn State, and the OSU senior couldn’t hold back his emotions any longer.“This game, this hurts the most out of every game since I’ve been at Ohio State,” Smith Jr. said Jan. 29. “These losses don’t hurt enough — this is embarrassing. Every other team in our conference is laughing at us right now.”How things have changed since that dark moment for the Buckeyes.Since the calendar flipped to February, OSU (19-5, 6-5) hasn’t lost, beating both then-No. 14 Wisconsin and No. 17 Iowa on the road and dispatching Purdue, 67-49, Saturday at home.After taking care of business against the Boilermakers (14-10, 4-7), Smith Jr.’s attitude was quite the contrary to that night in late January.“We’ve been winning. Simple as that. When you win, I feel good. When we lose, I feel bad,” Smith Jr. said with a smile.Smith Jr. did his part against Purdue, pouring in 16 points, including shooting 4-7 from beyond the arc. He had been in a shooting slump as of late, shooting just 32.5 percent since OSU started the season 15-0 prior to Saturday’s win against the Boilermakers. That changed Saturday, as he kept firing with confidence, helping OSU build a double digit lead that eventually led to a win.“It definitely opens things up for us,” OSU coach Thad Matta said after the win, referencing when Smith Jr. hits shots. “We want Lenzelle to take those shots when he’s open. He hit a big pull-up in the first half when they ran him off the line (and) he shot faked. But seeing him play like a senior, honestly I expect our seniors to play like that at Ohio State because they usually don’t make it that long.”The good vibes have spread throughout the team in the last week and a half, and the team seems to be playing some of it’s best ball of the season heading into a showdown with No. 10 Michigan Tuesday.“Any time you can get wins it adds confidence to the team, so that’s a great thing for us,” junior forward LaQuinton Ross — who scored a game-high 17 points against Purdue — said after the win Saturday. “I think we play a lot better when everybody’s got confidence. It’s good getting a win before we go play Michigan.“It’s a great feeling. Winning cures all like I said before and that’s what I’ve been doing lately. I think everybody’s been feeling a lot better.”It wasn’t just Smith Jr. who hit outside shots against the Boilermakers, as Ross, junior guard Shannon Scott and junior forward Sam Thompson also combined to hit four 3-pointers. That team effort helped secure the win, and Purdue coach Matt Painter said the fact that OSU’s won three in a row is because of just that: The Buckeyes are making shots.“I always say that it’s a miracle that your offense is better when the ball goes in,” Painter said after the game. “They’re a good team, and you’re going to go through some tough times in this league. They’ll be there at the end. They’ll be good in the NCAA Tournament.”Even with the three straight conference victories, OSU still sits fourth in the Big Ten standings, three and a half games behind conference leader Michigan State. They’ll have a chance to make up more ground against the Wolverines Tuesday, who — despite losing on the road against Iowa Saturday — are only a half game out of the conference lead.“Pretty sure my team’s feeling good right now, but tomorrow’s a different day. Everybody’s probably going to forget about this one and we gotta get ready,” Smith Jr. said. “We got a great opponent coming in here now. They’re a great team and they’re playing some really good basketball as of late and we gotta be prepared to play even better basketball if we want to match that and get the win here.”Matta agreed, adding that one bad stretch of basketball could cost any team a game in the Big Ten.“You’d like to feel good, you’d like to feel great. But right now, geez. One bad segment of a game could cost you the game with what we have left on our schedule in terms of who we’re playing and when we’re playing, where we’re playing,” Matta said. “I hope our guys are feeling better about what we’re doing and why we’re doing it and how we’re doing it. That’s why I want them to be confident. Just in terms of our execution’s better, I think defensively we’ve been a lot more active and communication’s been a lot better.” read more

Clippers catcher Santana named league player of the week

Catcher Carlos Santana earned the International League Player of the Week award in his first week with the Columbus Clippers.  Santana came to the Clippers from Class AA Akron to start the year and is considered a top prospect in the Cleveland Indians farm system.  In four games for the Columbus Clippers last week, Santana compiled a batting average of .438, a league-leading four home runs and eight RBIs.  “Santana is our guy. He had a great year last year with me in Akron,” Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh said. “He’s a real exciting player, a switch-hitter who is really good from both sides of the plate. He has a great arm and is outstanding defensively behind the plate.” The awards keep rolling in for Santana, who was named Most Valuable Player of the Class A California League in 2008 and Most Valuable Player in Class AA Eastern League in 2009. read more

Thousands support campaign to keep Will Leahy on 2fm Drivetime

first_imgMORE THAN 9,500 people have liked a Facebook campaign to keep Will Leahy’s popular ‘More Music Drive’ on RTÉ 2fm’s Drivetime, following an announcement that he will be moved to weekends, with presenter Colm Hayes taking his place.The move was announced on Wednesday and Leahy said he understood it was “inevitable that there are only so many seats at the dinner table” with all the new talent coming into 2fm.However, the people are up in arms over the move and since then, a campaign has been launched by the presenter’s fans, in a bid to get the bosses at 2fm to change their mind and put the Limerick man back on the Drivetime airways.One fan said the move was “a disgrace”, claiming Leahy was “one of the few good djs 2fm has left”. Another said they would only be tuning into the station at the weekend to listen to him in his new evening slot. “The drive home won’t be the same,” they said.Even Finance Minister Michael Noonan has been quoted as saying he was disappointed by the move.Some 9,623 Facebook users have liked the Keep Will Leahy on Drivetime page and a number of people on Twitter have started using the hashtags #bringbackwill and #boycott2fm. In a message left on his Facebook page after his last show on Friday, Leahy said he had been “overwhelmed” by the messages of support he had received from the public.People’s stories about how the More Music Drive has formed such an important part of their lives has, to be honest, baffled us. We thought it was simply a case that we were on in the background while you were makin [sic] the dinner.“So while we are very upset that it is the end, we are very proud of 7 great years and the obvious connection that we had with many of you,” he said.Leahy’s move to weekends is just part of a massive schedule shake-up for the radio station.Read: Larry Gogan’s Golden Hour gets the chop in 2fm schedule shake-up>Read: Nicky Byrne announced as new 2fm mid-morning host>last_img read more

Yamaha TSX140 Wakes You Gently

first_imgWe don’t have clock radios anymore, we have audio systems. Witness the Yamaha TXS-140 Desktop Audio System, which wakes you gradually. Coming in a range of earth-inspired colors, the TSX-140 works with an iPod Touch and the iPhone. It can also play MP3 and WMA files stores on a USB flash drive. Oh, and it has an AM/FM radio.What makes it special is the InteliAlarm, which wakes you with the audio source of your choice. It starts by filtering out uncomfortable high frequencies, then gradually restores the full audio spectrum. Finally, it beeps, to tell you to get the heck out of bed. It’s all gentle and stress-free. Until the beeping. You can pick one up for a list price of $399.95. Is it too late for a Black Friday deal?last_img

Samsung all but guarantees no one will update to Android 40

first_imgUnless you bought a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, you’re either just now enjoying Android 4.0 or waiting for the update to come through on your device. If you’ve purchased a device within the last year, the chances are good you won’t be waiting too much longer.In many cases, the Android 4.0 update will happen “Over The Air”. This means you will get a notification that there is an update available on your phone, and when you tell it to, the phone will download and apply it. Some of us, particularly the owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note or Galaxy S2, aren’t offered this convenience. Samsung is forcing their users to return to their computers in order to gain access to the update.The news came out earlier today from AT&T that several devices on their network were ready for an update. The Samsung Galaxy Note was among them, but it was clear that this update was not going to be delivered automatically. Like the Galaxy S2, in order to get the Android 4.0 update you needed to connect your phone to your computer and use a piece of software downloaded from Samsung. Kies (pronounced “keys”) is a legacy piece of software Samsung has been using for years to allow devices to sync data back and forth with a computer. The bottom line, no matter how Samsung tried to enhance the software, is that this is no longer something users want or need. Nevertheless, if you want the update being offered by Samsung, you have to use Kies.Samsung has been promoting the link ( as the place to visit for the update. When you go to that link, you are re-directed to a FAQ page covering Android 4.0 update for the Note. The website gives you a page and a half of information about the update, such as features and benefits, before giving you a big blue button that says “Download Samsung Kies”. This button is a link to yet another site, specifically for Kies. At the bottom of this page there is a link in a small blue font that says “Download Kies” for Windows and for Mac. Apparently you are out of luck if you run Linux.At this point you finally start downloading the Kies software. It’s not a terribly large file, but it will take a couple of minutes to download. When finished, you need to complete the install process. This consumes a few more minutes, but ends in a box that allows you to launch the software. When you open Kies for the first time, a notification pops up that warns you there is an update available for Kies. Yeah, an update for that software you just got from Samsung 5 minutes ago. You should always run the latest version of Kies, so you accept the update and wait a few more minutes for the app to restart.Once Kies is actually installed and running the latest version, all you need to do is connect your phone to the computer. Kies should automatically detect the phone and search for an update, at which point you are alerted that Kies would like to download and install Android 4.0 on your phone. When you select OK, the file will download before Kies checks to make sure your phone is ready to be upgraded before proceeding. If your phone currently has less than 50% battery life, the upgrade will stop, and you will be asked to charge your phone. Otherwise, you’ll be ready to install.The installation process for an update via Kies looks pretty strange. The phone will reboot, you’ll see a few screens you have likely never seen before, and the phone will eventually reboot again. When it reboots for the final time you will see a message in a cyan blue color informing you that the apps on your phone are currently being upgraded. Depending on how many apps you have, this will take around five minutes. Once this is complete, you are ready to disconnect your phone and go on with your life.Why did all of this need to happen? There’s no confirmation, but it seems to me that the culprit here is AT&T. If the update were to come Over The Air, there’s a high risk that AT&T’s mobile bandwidth would be used to grab the update. If that’s the case, I don’t know of a single consumer that would be alright with having to pay potential data overages for an update to their phone, so AT&T would have to offer this update out of pocket. By using Kies, users have to download the file using their home Internet connection, and not AT&T’s mobile network. Because of this, I think it is incredibly unlikely that most of Samsung’s AT&T customers will even bother updating their devices.last_img read more

Amsterdam will experiment with selfdriving boats

first_imgIn a few years, the roads will probably be swarming with robots shaped like cars, but what of the seas? Will the waterways of the world be similarly taken over by robots? The city of Amsterdam is beginning a pilot program that could lead to that exact scenario. The Amsterdam Institute for Metropolitan Solutions (AMS) has announced that it will begin a five year trial of small robotic boats with the delightfully clever name “Roboat.”The project will leverage technology from MIT, Delft University, and Wageningen University. AMS has about $27 million to work with and hopes to have the first autonomous vehicles on the city’s canals in 2017. Amsterdam is the perfect location to run this project thanks to the hundreds of miles of canals that snake across the city.The Roboat doesn’t exist yet, but the concept images show it taking on a number of roles. AMS envisions the crafts ferrying passengers around the city, moving goods, or carrying sensors that monitor water quality. The individual vessels are small, but are designed to be modular. They can link up to form larger platforms or even temporary bridges.AMS is also conscious of the potential for increasing global demand for such vessels. As sea levels continue to rise due to climate change, more cities may find themselves looking toward water transport. It is already partnering with the city of Boston to potentially deploy some Roboats there.Boston city planners have explored the option of converting some of its streets into canals to cope with rising sea levels. Adding some robot boats could help sell the idea. “We’re going to flood this street, hope you have a boat,” doesn’t sound as good as, “we’re going to flood this street, but there will be robot boats.”last_img read more

GLOW Brings 80s Wrestling Back the Good and the Bad

first_img What to Stream on Netflix This WeekendZach Galifianakis Hits the Road in ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Trailer Stay on target The first season of GLOW was a huge surprise for me last year. I went in with no expectations, watched through a pilot episode that was just OK, and came out at the other end of the season in love. There’s no other dramedy quite like it. GLOW is willing to play up the cheesy fun of its ’80s setting while engaging with the not-so-great realities of the decade. It’s a show about the behind-the-scenes of wrestling that clearly has a deep love and appreciation for the art form. It had funny writing, a likable cast, and even really good wrestling.That was the biggest surprise of all. The wrestling on this show was legit. The actors did their own stunts. You saw them take bumps, fly through the air and pile-drive each other into the ground. For a few episodes, it felt like watching actual pro-wrestling. Only with better acting and writing. Now we’re in Season Two, and that’s still the case. In fact, the wrestling might be even better. There were a few episodes here, especially in the back half of the season that I completely bought into the match. The story of GLOW, Ruth and Debbie could wait. In that moment, all I wanted was more in-ring action. It’s almost as good as the real fake thing. That GLOW has characters you really care about makes it even better.Kia Stevens, Betty Gilpin (Photo by Beth Dubber/Netflix)This season, the show even somewhat falls into the rhythm of actual pro wrestling. You’ll have one episode that’s almost all story. It’ll focus on the women’s lives outside the ring. Then the next episode will dedicate a third or more of the runtime to a wrestling match. Before the WWE brand split, you’d watch RAW for the story and Smackdown later in the week for the more technical wrestling matches. It’s a great way to get you hooked. In GLOW, it keeps the season moving quickly, and it’s the perfect format for binging. The story episodes keep you interested, and the wrestling episodes add excitement and a release of tension. The writing makes us feel like we know all these women, which makes it even more thrilling when they’re throwing each other across the ring. Honestly, the wrestling action is so good this season, I wouldn’t be surprised if some viewers start tuning into the real thing after watching this.As much as GLOW loves the art of wrestling, that love doesn’t blind it. The first season made motions toward criticism of pro wrestling’s history. Namely, the fact that it’s never been the most racially enlightened entertainment product on TV. WWE itself has built characters around embarrassing stereotypes throughout its history, and hasn’t entirely grown out of it either. The real GLOW was no different, and this season of the series isn’t afraid to… um, wrestle with those issues. The last season had a couple storylines that dealt with the issue of stereotypes in wrestling. There was Arthie (or, Beirut the Mad Bomber) who faced racist insults from the crowd that quickly became too real. To a lesser extent, there was the episode where Ruth makes an ass of herself at a Russian family gathering to try and “learn their culture,” or whatever. Both episodes started to critique the consequences of viewing culture and race as a costume, but the season dropped both storylines almost immediately.Kia Stevens, Eli Goree (Photo by Erica Parise/Netflix)This season doesn’t make racial issues the focus of the story, but it does devote a couple of episodes to unpacking them. Most of all the fourth episode, “Mother of all Matches.” This one episode dives deeper into the potential harm these stereotypes cause, while also addressing the fact that this problematic show created an opportunity that wouldn’t otherwise have been there. It revolves around Tammé’s trip to visit her son at Stanford. She’s cagey with her son about her new job, trying to rush between activities and keep the focus on him. She suddenly can’t anymore when another visiting parent calls her “Welfare Queen.” Her son immediately leaps to his mother’s defense, forcing her to jump in and explain everything. It doesn’t sound good. To hear him tell it, it sounds like his mom is playing a minstrel character to entertain racists. And… it’s not like that’s not happening on some level.He insists on seeing this new show his mom’s in, which… doesn’t make things better. In front of her son, the jeers of “get a job” are a lot harder to brush off. She sees her son’s discomfort, and it all hits her at once. She is allowing herself to be humiliated by a white woman for the entertainment of a nearly all-white audience. It hurts, and she runs out of the ring crying. But what I like about the episode is that it’s not as clear cut as “’80s wrestling was racist and bad.” It recognizes that wrestling was and is full of talented performers who sometimes have to act out some regressive scripts. And while it may have some problems, it can still be a really cool job. Tammé’s son looks out for her, and makes sure she’s not being forced to do anything she doesn’t want to be doing, and then he acknowledges just what a badass his mom is. She just threw a tall white woman across the ring like she was nothing. That’s awesome, and it’s not like there were a ton of places on TV where black women could be action stars. Even if Tammé did have to play the villain.Alison Brie (Photo by Erica Parise/Netflix)I only wish we saw more of her character after this. I want to know how the events of this episode affected her. Instead, we move on to Ruth’s story. I get that Alison Brie and Betty Gilpen are the two stars of this show, but just like the original GLOW, this show is an ensemble piece. I wish the series spent more time with the rest of the ensemble. Ruth and Debbie get multi-episode arcs, and the rest of the cast is lucky to get one. I want to know all their stories, and follow them for more than 30 minutes.Ruth and Debbie’s stories do get much more interesting this season, though. Debbie is not handling her divorce particularly well. The season deals with her attempts to balance taking care of her son with her duties as producer and star of a weekly wrestling show. It’s tough, but she makes it work as best she can, even as it becomes obvious she’s deeply unhappy in her own house. The stress makes her play the heel in real life despite her babyface persona in the ring. She screws over her fellow wrestlers, arguing for a very generous contract while the rest of them get shafted. She lets the stress of watching her husband move on to get to her during a show, and breaks Ruth’s ankle. And through all of this, you still want to root for her. Because she’s a devoted mom, and a brilliant performer who the world just took a giant dump on. If a good heel makes you root for them, Debbie might be the best heel in wrestling. Her ending is bittersweet. As GLOW is forced to relocate to Vegas to survive, she leaves behind her child. It’s a tough, painful decision, but as “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” plays over the final shot, you realize it may be her one shot at happiness.Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin (Photo by Erica Parise/Netflix)Ruth’s arc, on the other hand, feels more modern than the ’80s soundtrack. It’s being called the #MeToo episode, or the episode that brings the movement to the 1980s. But the episode was written before there was a hashtag. Before the allegations against Harvey Weinstein were made public. That’s because #MeToo didn’t just happen over night. It wasn’t just one sleazy producer. It’s an entire system that promotes and protects abusers. And it’s been going on for decades. Ruth’s story arc has her visit a producer at the network that carries GLOW. The dinner turns out to be in his hotel room. And then the third person in the meeting leaves. Because that was the plan. The executive starts to grope her, and leaves the room to run a bath. Ruth leaves immediately, and the next day, GLOW has been moved to the 2 a.m. time slot.This kind of thing has been going on forever. Particularly in the entertainment industry, where the expressive, often permissive nature of performance art provides cover for abusers. And the nature of the business has been built to support them at the expense of their victims. When Ruth first tells Debbie what happened, Debbie blames her. In her mind, Ruth didn’t follow the rules, and the entire show got punished for it. The industry has made her complicit. She has been taught that women need to allow men to do pretty much whatever they want to get ahead. Ruth didn’t do that, and so the consequences are her fault. I like this arc a lot. It’s not ham-handed, but it’s a powerful reminder that sexism and misogyny is deeply embedded in the system. And that for anything to change, men, as well as women, need to step up and call it out. Sam spends most of the season acting like a jerk. In the first episode, he’s butthurt that a woman (Ruth) created a better intro than him. So he acts out and suspends her. But when it counts, when Ruth tells him what happened, he doesn’t blame her for a second. He lets her know in no uncertain terms that she did nothing wrong. The fault lies entirely with the abuser. Or as he succinctly puts it, “Fuck that guy.”Marc Maron, Chris Lowell (Photo by Erica Parise/Netflix)I do appreciate that the show doesn’t try to provide a clean solution for Ruth’s harassment or Tammé’s discomfort over her character. GLOW is realistic about the 1980s. It revels in the fun of the decade: The music, the fashion, the attitude. It’s an intoxicating time machine on the same level as Stranger Things. But it doesn’t leave it at the superficial stuff. It doesn’t shy away from showing the bad in addition to the good. Sexism, rampant cocaine use, racism, unchecked materialism… the ’80s weren’t all glam rock, perms and neon dance wear. And things like racism and sexism didn’t end in 1989. They persist to this day, which is why #MeToo is a thing to begin with. So as nice as it would be to see the douchey exec get his comeuppance, or to see Tammé break out of her Welfare Queen character to find a new, empowering persona… that’s not how things worked out. It would be dishonest to pretend they did. Certain parts of the ’80s sucked, and they continued sucking through the ’90s, 2000s and today.Once again, as GLOW ends, my biggest problem is that there isn’t enough of it. Season Two consists of 10 half-hour episodes. It manages to pack a ton of heart, empathy, comedy and wrestling action into that short running time. That’s why I so badly want more. It even dedicates an entire episode to show us what an actual episode of GLOW looked like. Just past the halfway point of the series, there’s an episode shot entirely in SD. It has elaborate sketches, ridiculous story justifications for fights and the entire cast chewing every ounce of scenery. It even has a couple of fake ’80s local commercials. It’s silly; it’s scrappy, it’s everything I love about GLOW, both the original and this series.Betty Gilpin, Ellen Wong, Sunita Mani (Photo by Erica Parise/Netflix)Right after that, it’s time to say goodbye. The episodes take on a more somber tone. Sam has to say goodbye to his daughter, whose mother isn’t “crazy” like she was made out to be. Debbie has to say goodbye to their son as GLOW moves to Las Vegas after the network screwed them over. It’s sad, but also a moment of opportunity. I desperately want to see what happens next, and I wish I didn’t have to wait a year for it. The second season is a noticeable improvement on an already strong first. It might be the best wrestling on television. If it stays on that track, the long wait might be worth it.And yes, I’ve been belting “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” in my apartment ever since those final credits rolled.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Vancouver Public Schools recognized for tech use

first_imgThe Consortium for School Networking recognized Vancouver Public Schools for providing access to devices, high-speed internet and digital leadership to its students.The school district provides iPads or laptops to all students in third through 12th grade for classroom and at-home use.The district also provides Wi-Fi networks on buses and covers hotpots for families who do not have internet access in their homes.Vancouver Public Schools is the third recipient of the Community Leadership Award for Digital Equity from the professional association for school system technology leaders. The district received a $2,000 honorarium.last_img

San Diego leaders introduce Connect Hillcrest program for homeless outreach

first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter February 11, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – City Councilman Chris Ward and Supervisor Nathan Fletcher joined a group of community leaders Monday to unveil an outreach initiative for Hillcrest’s homeless residents.The city and county launched Connect Hillcrest with the assistance of local organizations and agencies like the San Diego Housing Commission, the San Diego Police Department, Father Joe’s Villages and the Regional Task Force on the Homeless. The program aims to connect homeless residents in Hillcrest with trained service workers to help them obtain stable housing and social services.“Connect Hillcrest is a model, collaborative initiative that is actively working to address homelessness,” Ward said. “It’s my hope that the knowledge gained from this program will give local government and service providers the data needed to improve upon current homelessness outreach protocols while expanding services to other impacted communities across our region.”The announcement comes four days after Ward announced the launch of a similar program for homeless residents in the North Park and City Heights neighborhoods. Both are part of the city and county’s efforts to improve access to necessary services like housing assistance, job training and medical care for the county’s homeless population. Last year’s point-in-time homeless count estimated the county’s unsheltered homeless population at roughly 5,000.“The county and city are now standing together and working as partners,” Fletcher said. “Through the Connect Hillcrest pilot, we are working collaboratively, and with our community partners, to connect people experiencing homelessness with resources that put them on a path to a healthier, more stable life. I believe this effort has the potential to yield encouraging results and am excited to get it started.” San Diego leaders introduce Connect Hillcrest program for homeless outreach KUSI Newsroom center_img KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 7:26 PM Posted: February 11, 2019last_img read more

John Legend Bruno Mars GRAMMY Shows Earn 2018 Emmy Nominations

first_imgThe Recording Academy earned five nominations this year for our musical TV centerpieces. The 60th GRAMMY Awards telecast live from New York earned nods for Outstanding Production Design For A Variety Special, Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety Special, Outstanding Variety Special (Live), and Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Series Or Special.Meanwhile, the Academy’s TV tribute to the indelible music of an icon, “Elton John: I’m Still Standing — A Grammy Salute,” earned a nomination for Outstanding Music Direction for the special’s music director Davey Johnstone.Bruno Mars also earned a nod for Outstanding Music Direction for his Bruno “Mars: 24K Magic Live At The Apollo” while Super Bowl music director Adam Wayne Blackstone earned recognition in the same category for this year’s halftime show featuring Justin Timberlake. For his role in the breakout hit live TV musical “Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert,” John Legend received an Emmy nod for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie. Already a GRAMMY, Oscar and Tony winner, if Legend wins his Emmy this year, he would join the elite EGOT-winning crew alongside entertainers such as Rita Moreno and Whoopi Goldberg. See The Music That Earned 2018 Emmy Nods john-legend-bruno-mars-grammy-shows-earn-2018-emmy-nominations News Celebrating the best in TV, the annual Emmy Awards have announced this year’s round of awards candidates Renée FabianGRAMMYs Jul 12, 2018 – 1:42 pm Emmy nominations for 2018 — the 70th year of celebrating the best in TV over the course of the previous year — are out and here’s how the music world stacked up. “Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert” also earned several additional nominations, including Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie for Brandon Victor Dixon as Judas, Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie for Sara Bareilles as Mary Magdalene and Outstanding Variety Special (Live).Other familiar musical faces made the Emmy nominations list for their acting work. Donald Glover — aka Childish Gambino — earned several nods for his work on the hit comedy series “Atlanta,” including Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series and Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series. One-time “Glee” actor/singer Darren Criss is up for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie for his role as Andrew Cunanan in “The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.”In the musical categories, a number of composers earned nominations for their music works. This includes the GRAMMY-winning composers behind the score to La La Land Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who earned a Emmy nod for Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics  “In The Market For A Miracle” from “A Christmas Story Live!” Steve Martin earned a nomination in the same category for “The Buddy Song” from “Steve Martin & Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Twitter center_img NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Apr 10, 2018 – 9:38 am All-Stars Pay Tribute To Elton John Facebook John Legend, Bruno Mars, GRAMMY Shows Earn 2018 Emmy Nominations Email last_img read more

Googles ad system under EU probe for how it spreads your private

first_img 0 Post a comment Google’s ad practices are under scrutiny in the European Union. James Martin/CNET Ireland’s data protection watchdog has launched an investigation into Google’s collection of personal data for the purpose of online advertising.”A statutory inquiry pursuant to section 110 of the Data Protection Act 2018 has been commenced in respect of Google Ireland Limited’s processing of personal data in the context of its online Ad Exchange,” the Data Protection Commission said in a statement Wednesday.Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.The DPC, one of the lead authorities over Google in the European Union, wants to know whether the search giant’s “processing of personal data carried out at each stage of an advertising transaction” is in compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. The GDPR is a sweeping law that gives residents of the European Union more control over their personal data and seeks to clarify rules for online services.The DPC inquiry follows a complaint filed in Europe in September by privacy-focused browser maker Brave that says Google violates GDPR by broadcasting personal information to companies bidding to show targeted ads. At the time, Google denied any wrongdoing.On Wednesday, Johnny Ryan, Brave’s chief policy and industry relations officer, said the DPC inquiry signals a change is coming that goes beyond just Google. “We need to reform online advertising to protect privacy, and to protect advertisers and publishers from legal risk under the GDPR,” Ryan said in a blog post.The EU probe comes as consumers, lawmakers and regulators take a harder look at how tech companies collect and use their personal information. Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal last year brought data collection issues to the forefront. Google has also been criticized for its wide-scale data operation and the way its location history settings could mislead consumers with its disclosures. In response, Google and Facebook have both begun to preach the virtues of privacy. Earlier this month, Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in a New York Times op-ed that privacy “should not be a luxury good.” He continued, “We’re also working hard to challenge the assumption that products need more data to be more helpful.”Google also pushed a privacy message at its Marketing Live summit last week in San Francisco, where the search giant addressed more than 5,000 advertisers and partners in its ad network. Prabhakar Raghavan, Google’s senior vice president of advertising and commerce, said that even though the company collects lots of user information to improve its products, Google should use “as little of that data as possible over time” for ad targeting.”Whoever’s leading the market [in five years] will be the ones who are actually the most trusted,” Raghavan told CNET. “If we can maintain that trust, then we can remain a market leader. If we don’t, it’s a question.”Originally published May 22, 11:27 a.m. PT.Update, 11:44 a.m. PT and 12:32 p.m PT: Adds more background. Tags Security GDPR Privacy Google Share your voicelast_img read more