first_imgHot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, will present its 25th annual edition from April 26-May 6, 2018. An outstanding selection of over 200 documentaries from Canada and around the world will be presented to Toronto audiences and international delegates. Hot Docs will also mount a full roster of conference sessions and market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the renowned Hot Docs Forum, Hot Docs Deal Maker and the Doc Shop. Hot Docs owns the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, a century-old landmark located in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood. The six shorts featured in In the Name of All Canadians include Last Resort (D: Vivian Belik; P: Jennifer Bowen-Allen), an exploration of the precedent-setting case which sees the first ever Indigenous freedom of religion challenge to go before the Supreme Court of Canada; Notwithstanding (D: Patrick Reed & Andréa Schmidt) which assumes a doomsday scenario in which Section 33, the notwithstanding clause, uses the Charter against itself; The Long Way Home (D: Aisha Jamal & Ariel Nasr), where mobility rights listed in the Charter are questioned by examining the case of a Sudanese-born Canadian refused entry into Canada after false allegations of terrorism; Lessons Injustice (D: Karen Chapman), in which a father and son share a touching heart-to-heart about the realities of being black in a white-dominated world; L’Inspecteur (D: Jérémie Wookey & Annick Marion; P: Jérémie Wookey & Janelle Wookey), a film that challenges language rights in the Charter, reveals how teaching French in Manitoba schools was banned in the 1930’s and 1940’s; and lastly, In Part (D: Khoa Lê) showcases the diversity of Canadians in a montage of portraits and interviews inspired by the Proust questionnaire.The Hot Docs Collection features past Festival and Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema selections, production fund recipients and market program alumni. In the Name of All Canadians and hundreds of other titles from the collection are available now on iTunes. For more information, please visit LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Toronto, October 3, 2017 – Hot Docs is pleased to announce that the short doc compilation In the Name of All Canadians , which was commissioned by the organization earlier this year to commemorate Canada 150, will be released exclusively on iTunes in Canada and the U.S. from October 3-18 as part of the Hot Docs Collection. In the Name of All Canadians , which had its world premiere at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema this past June, compiles six short documentaries directed by a different Canadian filmmaker, each providing a thoughtful and compelling look at a Canadian story that has been impacted by Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.“We’re thrilled to be adding In the Name of All Canadians to the Hot Docs Collection on iTunes,” said Hot Docs executive director Brett Hendrie. “Online services like iTunes are vital in giving films life outside of the cinema, giving viewers access to our collection anytime, anywhere, and we’re proud to bring these unique stories of how The Charter has influenced our country’s civic life, culture and history into people’s homes.”Hailed by The Globe and Mail as “an impressively curated selection …that take a serious, sometimes heartbreaking look at this country we call home,” the film has had a successful run in Toronto following its world premiere, and then went on to screen internationally at the Guanajuato International Film Festival in Guanajuato, Mexico, and at Bertha DocHouse in London, UK, as part of the special screening series, Hot Docs London. In the Name of All Canadians has also been shown across Canada at the Gimli Film Festival in Gimli, Manitoba; the Lunenburg Doc Fest in Nova Scotia; The Bookshelf Cinema in Guelph, Ontario; Ottawa’s Bytowne Cinema; at Nuit Blanche in London, Ontario; and the Vancouver International Film Festival. Upcoming screenings include the Hot Docs Showcase in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario; and Visioni dal Mondo in Milan, Italy.center_img Facebook Twitter Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Delhi librarys hygiene pantry well used

DELHI — The Delhi Public Library is getting a new read on its patrons with its free hygiene pantry.The shelving unit, stocked and open to the public since early June, is called a Free Little Pantry. The concept is modelled after the popular Free Little Libraries which are around communities on private property and books that people can take to read.“We got the idea from the Simcoe Library, which opened a free pantry in April,” says Ron Klein of the Delhi Friends of the Library group.“It was successful and heavily accessed by people in the community.”The Delhi Sharing Pantry Food Bank is partnering with the Friends of the Library to help stock the pantry and deal with donations.The pantry is open to to all.The organizers don’t want food donations, which should continue to go to the food bank.Instead, they seek hygiene items, such as deodorant, shampoo, feminine hygiene products, toothbrushes and toothpaste, toilet paper and paper towels.“The library is a public place where many people come so it’s very convenient,” said Klein.“It’s been running for about a month now and, when we replenish things, we can tell it’s being well used.”Library patrons are asked to drop donations at the library’s front read more

US retail sales barely rise at start of holiday shopping

US retail sales barely rise at start of holiday shopping by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Dec 14, 2016 6:41 am MDT Last Updated Dec 14, 2016 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, photo, Hani Mikhail places a label on one of his mouth-blown glass ornaments for sale at his booth set up for the holidays at City Hall in Philadelphia. On Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for November. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) WASHINGTON – Americans increased their retail spending just slightly in November, a possible sign of lacklustre holiday shopping.Retail sales rose only 0.1 per cent in November, after a downwardly-revised 0.6 per cent growth in October, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.Consumers bumped up their purchases at restaurants and furnishers last month. But they also trimmed spending at auto dealers and department stores, limiting the overall advance in retail sales.“This report puts a slight blemish on an otherwise solid string of U.S. economic data,” said Michael Dolega, senior economist at TD Bank. “The disappointing headline suggests that consumers are yet to fully open their wallets despite continued job and income gains.”More Americans had seemed to enter the holiday season poised to shop. The improving job market has pushed unemployment down to 4.6 per cent and prompted signs of accelerating wage growth. Over the past 11 months, retail sales have risen a solid 3.1 per cent compared to the same period in 2015. The greater retail sales helped support overall economic growth.Consumer spending accounts for the majority of all U.S. economic activity. It has disproportionately contributed to an economy that expanded at an annual clip of just 1.8 per cent over the first nine months of 2016. And more Americans turned optimistic about the economy after Donald Trump’s presidential election with consumer sentiment improving.Still, the retail sales report suggests that some of that momentum stalled last month.Online and mail-order retailers posted a lukewarm 0.1 per cent gain, compared to a robust 11.5 per cent increase so far this year. Clothing sales were flat in November.Nor was every sales category increase an automatic win for consumers. Higher gasoline prices last month prompted a 0.3 per cent boost in sales at service stations.Yet the retail sales report does point to a steady evolution of the U.S. economy.As average hourly earnings have picked up 2.5 per cent over the past year, more Americans are comfortable eating out. Sales at restaurants and bars have risen 6 per cent so far this year. Rising home sales in 2016 have also helped building materials stores and furnishers, which have seen their sales advance 6.3 per cent and 3.9 per cent over the past 11 months. read more

Second man questioned and released without charge as police hunt Putney pusher

first_imgA second man questioned under caution has been released without charge over the assault of a woman who was pushed in front of a bus, the Metropolitan Police said.The man was arrested on August 12 after a jogger shoved a woman to the ground on Putney Bridge, south west London, in May.He was the second 41-year-old suspect to be cleared of involvement, following the release of Eric Bellquist, a US investment banker, earlier that day.A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: “Detectives investigating an incident where a man appeared to push a woman into the path of a bus continue to appeal for witnesses and information.”A second man, aged 41, was arrested on the afternoon of Saturday, August 12 on suspicion of grievous bodily harm following information received in response to a CCTV appeal about the incident on Putney Bridge on Friday, May 5.”The man was taken to a south London police station and following further enquiries, he was released with no further action later that day.”This followed the arrest of a 41-year-old man on Thursday, August 10 who was eliminated from enquiries on Saturday.” He added that there had been a “positive public response to the appeal so far”, with a range of information provided to investigating officers. Mr Bellquist, 41, a millionaire partner at a private equity firm, was ruled out of the inquiry after he proved he was abroad at the time of the alleged attack.He had been detained on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm in connection with the woman shoved into the road on Putney Bridge on May 5.CCTV caught the incident, which showed the bus swerving to avoid the 33-year-old woman, who was treated for minor injuries.The suspect was also seen jogging back over the bridge around 15 minutes later, but refused to acknowledge his victim when she tried to talk to him, police said.The jogger, who is wanted on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm, is described as white man, aged early to mid 30s, with brown eyes and short brown hair, wearing a light grey t-shirt and dark blue shorts. Eric Bellquist was eliminated from enquiriescenter_img Eric Bellquist was eliminated from enquiries Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Selecting the optimum generator set solution is critical

first_imgPower constraints are quite common in mining. Such constraints currently facing South Africa and Africa have resulted in companies being requested to cut their power consumption by at least 10% in order to alleviate the pressure on the overburdened transmission and distribution infrastructure. This appeal will, of necessity, result in companies seeking alternative power sources to accommodate the energy requirements shortfall.However, cautions Craig Bouwer, Sales Engineer at Zest WEG Group’s Generator Set Division, there is an apparent lack of understanding of the many issues surrounding standby power. “Companies are generally unaware of how to assess the standby power requirements of a facility or building. By implication, this suggests that companies are also often unaware of what the optimal solution for a given application should be.”A standby power solution is an important capital expenditure decision that needs to be considered carefully in terms of the company’s overall requirements. Moreover, the supplier needs to have the necessary technical expertise and relevant experience to offer a customised solution. A key consideration for a standby power solution is to understand the environment in which the generator set has to function.Original equipment manufacturer Zest WEG Group’s Generator Set Division has a dedicated facility in Cape Town and offers generator sets ranging from 20 kVA units up to 250 kVA off-the-shelf products, 300 kVA to 2 000 kVA individual customised units as well as multiple sets to achieve turnkey solutions in excess of 12 MVA for large-scale applications or projects. The company has supplied a large number of bespoke generator set solutions based on the specific application and environment in which they operate.“A couple of recent examples include the containerised three-generator unit we designed and manufactured for DRA Minerals’ Liqhobong Diamond Mine in Lesotho and a turnkey power station for AVI Group. At Liqhobong, we designed a generator set container with a collapsible snow roof. When the roof is collapsed it facilitates easy transportation and once deployed on site prevents the build-up of snow on top of the container, and the subsequent blocking of the louvres,” says Bradley van der Spreng, Project Engineer, Zest WEG Group’s Generator Set Division.The scope of supply on the AVI project comprises three 1,000 kVA generator sets and three 1,000 kVA transformers. “What makes this project unique is that Zest WEG Group’s Generator Set Division is designing a custom built distribution system and electrical panel for synchronisation. The company is also supplying a 23,000 litre bulk fuel storage system to support this installation” adds van der Spreng.The successful implementation of these projects hinges on the company’s ability to determine potential solutions for the customer. Amongst these are consideration for sound restructuring methods, fuel systems, electrical reticulation and interfacing, the load and the duration that this load is required to be powered.“The type of load and the total power drawn should be measured by a qualified team from the generator supplier prior to recommending a particular diesel generator set. Following this, accurate load calculations can be carried out and a suitable system recommended. We look at the entire electrical infrastructure and not just the generator set itself. In this way we are able to recommend the power rating of the generator set,” says Bouwer.Another area where Zest WEG Group’s Generator Set Division’s experience comes to the fore is its knowledge of local regulations pertaining to different metropolitan areas. Regulations also differ with regard to the particulate levels of diesel fuel storage and sound decibel levels related to noise attenuation. In order to disseminate relevant and important information, we form close working relationships with consultants and, wherever possible, we become involved during the design stage of a project,” says van der Spreng.All equipment supplied by Zest WEG Group’s Generator Set Division is standard with a 12 month warranty. The Group has a dedicated service department, which offers basic maintenance contracts that include measures such as replacing the generator sets’ oil and filters. Extended or long term maintenance contracts are also offered where the equipment is for critical applications such as standby power at a hospital.Bouwer cautions that, while maintenance is critical, companies should take ownership of their generator sets. “We propose to mitigate risk and that a dedicated member of the customer’s staff be trained through our manufacture, test, installation and commissioning process. This enables the customer to be more self-sufficient and compliments all aspects of aftermarket support.“There are numerous factors to consider when selecting an appropriate fit for purpose solution so it important for companies to align themselves with a supplier who is qualified to discuss all eventualities. Flexibility in approach to design and engineering will ensure that the installation is geared towards minimising the capital cost and running expenses, whilst concurrently optimising energy output for an uninterrupted and reliable power supply,” van der Spreng concludes.last_img read more

Amphipolis most searched word by Greeks on Google

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The uncovering of the Alexander the Great-era tomb at Amphipolis in northern Greece is the subject that most intrigued Greek web users, according to statistics made public on Tuesday by Google.According to the search engine, Amphipolis was the most searched word on Greek Google this year.Elections featured heavily in the top 10, with three references: “Elections 2014,” “Where do I vote” and “Interior Ministry” – the latter being the government department that publishes details of polling stations and results.State broadcaster NERIT was the third most popular search, followed by this year’s edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The 2014 World Cup and the iPhone 6 also made it into the top 10.Source: Kathimerinilast_img

The Orville Ends on a Strong Though Not Spectacular Note

first_img The Orville had a remarkable journey over the course of its first season. Its initial marketing did it no favors. It was sold as an Airplane!-style spoof, or Family Guy in space, and it definitely wasn’t that. That alone made it difficult to assess what it was. No wonder it got bad reviews initially. We were told it was a comedy, but so much of it wasn’t funny. An unfunny comedy is a bad comedy. That wasn’t helped by the fact that the show was still figuring itself out. How much of a comedy was it? How much drama? How do we strike the right balance between the two? Those questions take a few episodes to answer, and that’s not helped by constant TV spots promising a raucous laugh riot. As a show still trying to figure out what it wanted to be, the first few episodes were a little rocky. They weren’t great, but there was definitely something promising there. A sense that everyone involved was really into this, whatever “this” was. It swung for the fences in a way few shows do. As a result, there were some big misses early on, but you had to admire it for trying. A show that swings big and misses is way more promising than one that consistently… bunts for a single? I don’t watch a ton of baseball.The point is that even in those awkward, mediocre or even bad early episodes, there were hints of something unique and special. The show just needed the chance to figure itself out before it could really shine. And here we are, one too short season later, and it does. It found that balance between drama and comedy. It takes its sci-fi seriously in a way no one thought it would. It finally fleshed out all its characters into fully three-dimensional people we wanted to spend time with. It started to feel less like an homage/parody of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and more like a loving follow-up with its own ideas. And then it ended, abruptly and too soon. Because Fox only ordered 12 episodes. Here’s hoping they fix that next season.Adrianne Palicki (Cr: Michael Becker/FOX)That short season creates a problem for the first season’s finale. It really doesn’t feel like a finale. It’s not any bigger or more epic than anything that came before. In fact, some episodes in the middle of the season had much higher stakes than what we saw last night. It felt like it was written just another episode to be aired at some point in the middle of the season. But because the first season is so short, it ends up being the last we see of The Orville until probably next fall. It really wasn’t written to handle that kind of weight. That’s not to say it’s a bad episode. It’s really not. It’s absolutely one of the strongest of the first season. You can see why, in the absence of a true season finale, they chose this one to do the job. It has a really cool premise, and it takes full advantage of it in a way that feels true both to what Star Trek has always been and what The Orville has become. There’s some really good, topical sci-fi here and it was a lot of fun to watch.It starts out as many episodes of The Orville (and Star Trek) do, with an anomaly in space. Not the most original set-up, but it’s a fast way of getting us to the real interesting premise. While investigating the anomaly, Kelly’s shuttle crash-lands on a planet that appears out of nowhere. She investigates a little further and finds a species currently in its bronze age. She sees a little girl trip and hit her head on a rock, and uses a medical device to heal the wound. A bunch of Bronze Age people witness this happening, and we start to get an idea of where this is all going to go. The cooler twist is that the planet is sort of an opposite Brigadoon. Its orbit takes it through two universes, appearing in this one once every 11 days. In that time, 700 years have passed on that planet. Does the science make much sense when you think about it? It doesn’t matter. It’s a fun way to explore how a simple action can have huge unintended consequences over a long period of time. When the planet returns, the crew is surprised to find that a whole religion has formed around Kelly. Parents are using her to make their kids behave. Heretics are persecuted for not believing in Kelly, and suspected criminals are killed in her name. As you might guess, Kelly is seriously freaked out by all this.Scott Grimes, Halston Sage, Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki and J Lee (Cr: Jordin Althaus/FOX)It was so cool to see The Orville explore the evolution of a religion like this, and even cooler that it didn’t try to posit that religion is inherently bad, or that everyone in the church is evil. The crew tries to dissuade the people of the notion that Kelly is a god by showing the pope equivalent that the healing is just a machine. The pope plans to tell people the truth, but a power-hungry underling kills him before he gets the chance. The plan to leave someone behind on the planet during its next cycle isn’t as big a deal as the TV spots made it out to be. (Man, FOX really doesn’t know how to advertise this show, do they?) Isaac volunteers to stay behind because it’s a huge research opportunity for him. Also, as an artificial being, 700 years doesn’t seem so long for him. The best twist of the episode is that Isaac’s presence on the planet wasn’t needed at all. In those years, the species evolved and got over their differences with one another. They don’t even look at the old Kelly religion as a bad thing. They see it as a necessary stepping stone in the path to where they are today. In that way, the episode acknowledges that for all the problems religion has caused in the world, it’s also driven humans to create art and explore the sciences. It’s a surprisingly, refreshingly nuanced take that I didn’t expect at all. This is The Orville showing its Star Trek influence in the best way. It’s optimistic, thoughtful sci-fi.Seth MacFarlane and Adrianne Palicki (Cr: Michael Becker/FOX)The Ed-Kelly relationship was handled better than it has been in the past, but it still dragged the episode down a bit. The show becomes so much less interesting when the romance takes center-stage. That’s when their relationship becomes like every other one on TV, rather than the rare, realistic one it is. At least it led to an interesting conflict early on. Due to his feelings for Kelly, Ed leaves out her contact with the Bronze Age little girl in his initial report. When a full religion forms around his first officer, he gets in serious trouble for it. Exploring how Ed’s feelings affect his job performance makes even this weaker relationship drama a little better. It also thankfully lets the series put the will-they-or-won’t-they stuff away for a while. Ed’s actions convince Kelly that they can’t entertain the idea of getting back together. When the series returns next year, they can move on from the Ed-Kelly drama and spend more time on other stories. The two characters are much for fun to watch as two professionals reconciling their duties with their past. The finale may not have been a great ending to The Orville’s first season, but it was a good standalone episode, and it set season two up to be even better. Now if only we didn’t have to wait so long for it. How Designers Achieved the Sci-Fi Sound Magic of ‘The Orville’The Orville Brings a Much Better Trailer to SDCC Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Dana White meeting with CM Punk at UFC 218 this Saturday in

first_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR He was never a star in the UFC. Pinterest Hotrod 5 COMMENTS Google+ Phil Brooks aka CM Dump is no longer relevant. The guy is an arrogant piece of shit! CM Punk to appear at Starrcast III, Scheduled for interview and meet-and-greet November 29, 2017 at 7:16 pm kadoi bach Steven Herrera December 1, 2017 at 12:20 am November 29, 2017 at 6:25 pm WWE Smackdown Results – 8/6/19 (SummerSlam Go Home Show, Kevin Owens, Trish Stratus) Facebook December 1, 2017 at 8:42 am Twitter kadoi bach WWE Smackdown Live Preview: Kevin Owens interviews Shane McMahon, Kingston responds Comments are closed. WhatsApp CM Punk! CM Punk! CM Punk! is reporting that Dana White will be meeting with CM Punk (Phil Brooks) in Detroit at the site of UFC 218 this Saturday night.Punk, 39, is currently 0-1 as a mixed martial arts fighter after his debut loss to newcomer Mickey Gall at UFC 203 last September in Cleveland.White noted that Punk reached out to him about talking during a media appearance.“CM Punk is coming to Detroit and wants to talk to me. I love the guy. We’ll see what he’s doing.”We reported back in October that Punk was continuing to train with Duke Roufus at Roufusport MMA Academy in Milwaukee, where Punk trained for his first fight last year.It should be noted that White didn’t seem big on having Punk have his second fight in the UFC after his debut against Gall didn’t go very well. Hotrod November 30, 2017 at 6:42 pm He fought on a show and generated huge interest, that’s what stars do. Biggest star in a company devoid of stars. Yet you just posted a comment about CM Punk, he’s the biggest star that the UFC has left…last_img read more

Man wounded in Portland driveby shooting

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police say a drive-by shooting that wounded a man early Tuesday in north Portland is apparently gang-related.A 23-year-old man got into an argument with the occupants of a car, and someone in the car fired multiple shots. Police say the victim was hit more than once but is expected to recover.Gang detectives are investigating.last_img

Ziff Davis Buys ComputerShoppercom

first_imgZiff Davis has made five acquisitions in the last 16 months, including, Focus Research Inc. and The company has been amassing a larger and larger audience of technology enthusiasts and IT managers and, through the acquisitions of Focus Research and, has formed a demand generation unit called B2B Focus. The 33-year-old Computer Shopper has some legs on it yet. The venerable brand dedicated to product reviews and comparison shopping of computer and technology products has been acquired by Ziff Davis, which owned it from 1993-2001.Ziff Davis sold Computer Shopper to CNET in 2001, which then sold it to SX2 five years later when the company decided it was no longer a core brand. SX2 intended to use it as a stepping stone for a larger media portfolio which doesn’t seem to have panned out. SX2 took Computer Shopper online-only in early 2009 and the site now claims about 1.5 million unique visitors per month. last_img read more

Audio Images Reveal Childrens Situation Inside Hosting Facilities Where They Are Separated

first_imgNew York-based ProPublica on Monday published a story containing the audio recorded inside one of the facilities.According to ProPublica, the audio obtained by them was “recorded last week inside a U.S. Customs and Border Protection detention facility. The person who made the recording asked not to be identified for fear of retaliation. That person gave the audio to Jennifer Harbury, a well-known civil rights attorney who has lived and worked for four decades in the Rio Grande Valley along the Texas border with Mexico. Harbury provided it to ProPublica. She said the person who recorded it was a client who “heard the children’s weeping and crying, and was devastated by it.” <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Correction: A previous version of this story said that ProPublica is based in Washington D.C. It’s been corrected with ProPublica’s right location, which is New York.  Also, Border Patrol released video of an Immigration Detention Center in McAllen, where children stay once they have been separated from their parents. Have a look:  Sharelast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Wednesday February 10

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream:’ll have a recap of the New Hampshire Primary, as well as thoughts on the breaking GOP news that former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are suspending their campaigns for the GOP nomination. Also, our recurring guests Taya Graham and Stephen Janis (The Mod Squad) report on law enforcement and politics, including insight on the race for Baltimore mayor.These stories and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

EyeLock brings biometric security to your websites

first_img( — Biometric security is always a field of interest for those people who need to keep your data secure. Currently, it is used in a wide variety of high security applications, mostly by large companies with large amounts of customer data to protect. But, in the future you may be able to use a retinal scan to sign into your favorite social networking sites such as Facebook, and your email. More information: CNET Tired of Passwords? Replace Them With Your Fingerprint © 2010 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Explore further Citation: EyeLock brings biometric security to your websites (2011, May 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The company behind this idea is the Hoyos Group which is a New York-based company that was founded in 2005. They have created a new product, called EyeLock, which was first unveiled at the Finovate conference in San Francisco. The device, which is a portable iris-scanner about the size of a business card, is also a USB drive. This allows it to work with a variety of machines. Once the user has installed a special program they can choose which applications to EyeLock. You can give the system software your log in information for those sites. The next time you want to sign into your favorite site all you have to do is hold the scanner in front of your eye. The tool will then automatically log you into your site. Users who wear glasses will be happy to find out that they do not have to remove them in order to complete the scan. This will be the first time that iris scanning technology will be an option for users on the consumer market. Since it will allow for the tracking of multiple log on the devices will no doubt be convenient. Though it may make signing onto your favorite sites more secure users should be aware that if they lose the device they will have a lot of different passwords to change since no device is un-hackable and the passwords are stored on it.last_img read more

Radiological emergency mock drill to be held at NRS and South City

first_imgKolkata: A radiological emergency mock drill will be conducted at two different places in the city on Thursday and Friday to ascertain the preparedness based on the detection, protection and decontamination of radioactive consignments in case of any incident during the movement of hazardous materials.The first mock drill will be carried out at the NRS Medical College and Hospital on Thursday. The process would be conducted for two hours from 2 pm to 4 pm at the radiotherapy department of the hospital. Another mock drill will be undertaken at the South City Mall from 7 am to 9 am on Friday. A press statement issued by the state government says that people should not get panicked as the mock drill is meant to check the preparedness of various agencies and the departments. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe department of Disaster Management and Civil Defence is organising a mock drill on radiation emergency in collaboration with NDRF, disaster management group of both the city police and Bengal police, Civil Defence and Fire and Emergency Department. Various other agencies and departments such as Kolkata Municipal Corporation, Fire and Emergency Services, State Health department and search and rescue team and observers from concerned agencies are extending their support for making the mock drills a success. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateOne of the main objectives of the exercise is to reinforce the efficiency of the contingency plan of the hospital and the shopping mall and familiarisation of roles and responsibilities of the other stakeholders during any emergency situations. It was learnt from the NRS hospital sources, a scenario might be enacted for this drill both at the hospital and the shopping mall where there is always a possibility of radioactive consignment getting exposed to fire. The mock drill will be conducted at critical zones to address any possible crisis situation. A senior official from the NRS Medical College and Hospital said: “The state government has decided our hospital as the venue for conducting mock drill. We have made necessary arrangements at the radiotherapy department where the mock drill will be done.”last_img read more

Madame de Pompadour – Kings and Courtiers were in the Palm of

first_imgThe French Revolution was still a generation away when Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson caught the roving eye of King Louis XV — the French monarch who was known as much for his womanizing as for his melancholy. Jeanne-Antionette, better known by the royal title of Madame de Pompadour, would spend her adult life devoted to the king. In return, he not only made her his chief official mistress but would bestow on her the prime ministerial powers of the French court, albeit very unofficially.Portrait of the Marquise de Pompadour (1721-1764).Born the daughter of a disgraced financier, Jeanne-Antoinette may have faded into bourgeois obscurity were it not for the prediction of a fortune teller when she was nine years old.According to this fortune teller, Jeanne was destined to win the heart of the king and Jeanne’s mother, being the superstitious type, made it her mission to ensure that Jeanne received a full education and was given extra lessons in the theatrical arts, dancing, and etiquette.Historical Mixed Media Figure of Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Madame de Pompadour, produced by artist/historian George S. Stuart. Photo by Peter d’Aprix CC BY SA 3.0Since Jeanne’s father was living in exile in Germany, these lessons were funded by Charles Lenormand de Tournehem, a man who is very much believed to be Jeanne’s biological father.By the age of 16, Jeanne was as cultured and as beautiful as any of her upper-class peers, even if she did not have the title to back it up. She gained access to many the best salons in Paris and charmed Parisian high society.Madame de Pompadour, portrait by François Boucher.Charles Lenormand de Tournehem, her benefactor, arranged for Jeanne a marriage of convenience to his nephew and gave the newlyweds a chateau situated near the king’s newly acquired hunting lodge.It seemed that the fortune teller’s prediction was to come true because when Jeanne was introduced to the king through the subtle networks of Paris society, Louis XV was immediately smitten and had Jeanne moved to an apartment above his bedroom at the palace within the month.Louis XVJeanne separated from her husband and was introduced to court as Madame de Pompadour in September 1745.From then on, Madame de Pompadour made it her life’s work to ensure the king was kept happy and always in the palm of her hand.Pompadour used the royal coffers to host entertainments for King Louis, ensuring that he was always stimulated by new and exciting theatre displays and grand banquets, where the king himself would serve coffee to the guests.Madame de Pompadour by François-Hubert Drouais, c. 1763–64.Pompadour also controlled the flow of women who shared the king’s bed, making sure that he was satisfied but that no woman threatened her place in his affections.As Pompadour got older, the king’s interest in her as a lover waned but their friendship continued to blossom, and the king relied on Pompadour for governmental decisions. As the New York Times reports: “Courtiers and foreign diplomats flocked to her toilette, seeking to curry favor with the king. She oversaw appointments and monitored military activity, sending heckling letters to generals on the battlefield.”Chateau de Menars is a chateau associated with Madame de Pompadour. Loire Valley, France.Pompadour did much to champion the arts and sat for many of the famous artists of her day. She was also a leading supporter of enlightened thinkers such as Voltaire.Pompadour also went against the Catholic church by supporting the creation of the first French encyclopedia, and once again in her protection of the Physiocrats, a group of French Enlightenment economists who would go on to inspire Adam Smith.François-Marie Arouet (1694–1778), known as Voltaire, French Enlightenment writer and philosopher.The Madame also had a keen architectural eye and oversaw the refurbishment of the chateaus Fontainebleau, Trianon, Choisy, and Compiègne, while her Paris mansion is now the Palais d’Élysée, the official residence of the French president.While Madame de Pompadour did much to champion the Enlightenment, she was less proficient in the affairs of state.The Élysée Palace seen garden side. Photo by vostok 91 CC BY SA 2.0This did not stop her from meddling, as one commentator, the Comte d’Argenson, is famously quoted as saying: ”The mistress is prime minister, and is becoming more and more despotic, such as a favorite has never been in France.”Under her guidance, Louis XV ended the long-standing peace treaty with Prussia in favor of Austria, leading to France’s defeat in the Seven Years War.By the end of the war, France was bankrupt and defeated, and while Louis XV had lost the respect of his subjects, Madame de Pompadour was utterly reviled.Madame de Pompadour passed away at the age of 42 after a short illness. Much of France did not mourn her passing, but the king and many of her society friends were devastated.Read another story from us: The Peculiar Facial Deformity Caused by Years of Royal InbreedingVoltaire wrote of his grief, “It seems absurd that while an ancient pen-pusher, hardly able to walk, should still be alive, a beautiful woman, in the midst of a splendid career, should die at the age of 42.”last_img read more

Jamaica will attract its fair share of Canadian travellers this winter says

first_img Travelweek Group “Jamaica will attract its fair share” of Canadian travellers this winter, says JTB’s Pennicook Posted by TORONTO — Like just about every other Caribbean destination this past winter Jamaica had a tough go of it from this market. But the long-time favourite for legions of Canadian travellers is determined to boost its performance here, armed with a solid value proposition and a decades-long reputation for top quality sun vacations, says the Jamaica Tourist Board’s Director of Tourism, Paul Pennicook.“I have every reason to believe we’ll be seeing increases out of Canada this winter and into next year,” said Pennicook. “There’s a bit of decline in lift to Jamaica out of the West, but having said that, we’re seeing an increase in lift from the East”, with Ontario holding strong as Jamaica’s number one market out of Canada, he added.After a year of ‘staycations’ and travel budget cost-cutting Canadian vacationers will finally be looking to take a proper trip and “Jamaica will attract its fair share,” said Pennicook. Many early booking bonuses currently in the market expire Oct. 31, he added. “Jamaica is good value and the EBBs are very attractive this year.”More travellers will be heading to their Jamaican getaways via Kingston, thanks to new highway access across the mountains between Kingston and Ocho Rios. In terms of travel time, “Ocho Rios is now closer to Kingston than Montego Bay,” said Pennicook. “We’re anticipating extremely busy flights from Canada into Montego Bay this winter and agents need to know that, especially if they have clients going into Ocho Rios, Kingston is now an option.”More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureBoth Air Canada and WestJet have flights into Kingston, he added.Pennicook also addressed the immigration process delays that were causing headaches at Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport. Some two dozen additional immigration officers have been hired and kiosk use has improved, he said. “There were some issues last winter,” he acknowledged.The Jamaica Tourist Board has embarked on an ambitious ‘5 for 5 for 5’ tourism goal, aiming for five million visitors (and tourism earnings worth some US$5 billion) in five years. In 2015 Jamaica welcomed 3.7 million visitors.While Pennicook is well aware of the importance of Canada and the North American market – the U.S. is the island’s number one source market, and Canada number two – he’s also aware that “you can’t keep going back to the same well.” With that in mind the JTB is developing new markets in Latin America, Asia and Eastern Europe.Where will all these new visitors stay? Jamaica’s accommodation lineup runs the gamut from villas and B&Bs to, of course, all-inclusives. The time was right for the arrival of “mega resorts” from the Spanish hotel companies, said Pennicook. “Ten years ago, the largest hotel in Jamaica was the Holiday Inn Montego Bay with 500 rooms.”More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionHow things have changed: new properties have arrived from RIU – the Hotel Riu Ocho Rios has 856 rooms – and Grand Palladium with 1,000+ rooms.New resorts coming to the island this year and next include RIU Reggae in Montego Bay (450 rooms), Royalton Blue Waters (230 rooms), Azul Seven in Negril (150 rooms) and a Royal Decameron (160 rooms).In total some 1,200 new rooms are coming onstream, said Pennicook. And over the next two to two and a half years, 1,800 new rooms will be built as part of Karisma’s massive new resort project between Ocho Rios and Runaway Bay. Karisma’s $900 million ‘Sugar Cane’ will eventually comprise 5,000 new rooms in a 10-year construction project.“If we didn’t get those larger resorts and those chains, we would not have grown to the extent that we have,” said Pennicook. In a short period of time the Canadian market has grown from 160,000 to 420,000 visitors per year, he added. << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Share Thursday, September 1, 2016 Tags: Jamaicalast_img read more

Biden urges Latin America to take in Guantanamo prisoners

first_imgBOGOTÁ, Colombia – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, on a four-country trip across Latin America, said he hoped the region would accept more Guantanamo prisoners to help expedite closing the facility, in an interview published Wednesday by a Colombian newspaper.“One of the fastest ways to accelerate the closure of Guantanamo is for other countries to agree, in a responsible manner, to receive detainees,” Biden was quoted as saying in the Spanish-language newspaper El Espectador.The vice president, who is on a regional tour coinciding with the World Cup, said during his stop in Colombia that closure of the prison remained a high priority for the United States.Uruguay earlier this year agreed to take in five detainees, and the Uruguayan press said that Brazil had also been pressed to do so.In March, authorities in Bogotá said they would also consider a request to accept prisoners.Transfer of prisoners out of the jail — which President Barack Obama has repeatedly vowed to close — has been accelerated in recent months.But 149 detainees still remain in the special prison created under former president George W. Bush after the September 11, 2001 attacks.U.S. administration officials are actively working to find countries which will take the detainees, as many cannot be sent home because of fears to U.S. security or because they face persecution at home.Biden is scheduled to meet Wednesday morning with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, who was re-elected just days ago in a tight run-off.The meeting will center on the ongoing peace process that Santos’ government has engaged in with the country’s two leftist guerrilla groups.Biden, who met with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff Tuesday, is also scheduled to visit the Dominican Republic and Guatemala. Facebook Comments Related posts:Uruguay agrees to take Guantanamo detainees 6 Gitmo detainees heading to Uruguay soon, Pentagon tells lawmakers 6 Guantanamo detainees turned over to Uruguay US prepares to ramp up transfers from Guantanamolast_img read more

Seller Confidence Wavers as Housing Market Finds Balance

first_img Confidence Home Prices Housing Supply Redfin 2014-10-27 Tory Barringer The number of homeowners optimistic about selling their homes dropped in the third quarter, interrupting a streak of rising confidence as the housing market shifted out of their favor.Out of hundreds of home sellers surveyed nationwide earlier this month, only 35.1 percent said now is a good time to sell a home in their neighborhood, according to the latest Real-Time Seller Survey from Redfin.The response reflects a decline of more than 17 percentage points from the second-quarter survey, which found more than half of sellers felt they had an advantage in the market. At that time, 40 percent of people selling their homes said they were planning to take advantage of low inventory and high demand by pricing their house aggressively—a strategy that didn’t pay off for many, Redfin says.”In July and August, sellers were testing the market by pricing their homes above market value,” said Denver-based Redfin agent Paul Stone. “They were hopeful, but many got the message too late that the market had already shifted. They had to adjust their expectations and their home prices. As of September, it seems that sellers have gotten the memo and are pricing closer to market value.”Throughout the month, Redfin reports 16.5 percent of homes sold above list price compared to 18.1 percent in August and 23 percent a year ago.Even as more sellers bring their expectations in line with what’s happening in the market, the majority are still hoping to get as much out of selling their home as possible. When asked why they’re waiting to sell, 59.3 percent of respondents in Redfin’s survey said they want to get the maximum price as appreciation continues to carry on (albeit at a much slower pace than a year ago).”Sellers hoping for higher prices will face reality soon, as all signs point to lower price growth and less competition among buyers in coming months,” said Nela Richardson, chief economist at Redfin. “Buyer demand is there, but only at the right price.”Sellers also cited supply concerns as a reason to wait, with 36.3 percent saying there’s not enough inventory for them to find a new home—and with more than half of homeowners hoping to squeeze every dollar out of their listing, 16.3 percent said they’re waiting right now because there aren’t enough affordable homes to choose from.With the stock of for-sale homes in markets served by Redfin was up 6.3 percent year-over-year last month, the company hopes more homeowners will feel secure in listing their own house, boosting supply further.”Right now the real estate climate is very different from this time last year,” said Shawn Flynn, a Redfin agent based in Boston. “While some sellers are disappointed that they can no longer expect double-digit price gains, increasing inventory and stabilizing prices provide relief for everyone—buyers and sellers—that we are moving toward a much more balanced market.” Seller Confidence Wavers as Housing Market Finds Balance October 27, 2014 444 Views center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Sharelast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals will don their black alternate jerseys when they face the Carolina Panthers this Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium, according to @CardsGameday.The Cardinals debuted the alternates in 2010 and wear the jerseys twice each season per league rules. On Sunday, Arizona will also wear pink gloves and shoes to promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month.The team went 1-1 last year wearing the black jerseys. Overall, they’re 2-4 when sporting the alternates. 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

MCLEAN Va – Lawyers for actress Rose McGowan say

first_img MCLEAN, Va. – Lawyers for actress Rose McGowan say a drug possession charge against her in Virginia should be tossed out of court, in part because she has been a victim of “the Harvey Weinstein machine.”McGowan faces a preliminary hearing next month in Leesburg after authorities say cocaine was found in a wallet she left behind on a United flight at Dulles International Airport in January 2017.In court papers filed Tuesday, lawyer Jessica Carmichael says five hours passed between the time McGowan got off the plane and her wallet was found by a cleaning crew.“There is simply no point in time at which the evidence places Ms. McGowan and the cocaine together in the same place,” Carmichael wrote.Carmichael argued the drugs may well have been planted, citing “the underhanded targeting of Ms. McGowan” by Weinstein.“It is now public knowledge that Weinstein employed underhanded tactics to ‘silence’ his victims,” she wrote, citing reports that Weinstein hired private investigators to trail women who had accused him of mistreatment.McGowan was one of the first actresses to accuse the now-disgraced producer of sexual abuse.A spokeswoman for Weinstein did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment Tuesday night.The motion also seeks dismissal on the technical grounds that drug crimes taking place on an airplane in interstate commerce should be handled in federal court, not state court. Rose McGowan seeks to have drug charge in Virginia tossed FILE- In this Oct. 27, 2017, file photo, actress Rose McGowan speaks at the inaugural Women’s Convention in Detroit. McGowan’s lawyers said Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, that a drug possession charge against her in Virginia should be tossed out of court, in part because she has been a victim of “the Harvey Weinstein machine.” (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File) center_img by Matthew Barakat, The Associated Press Posted Feb 27, 2018 10:36 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 27, 2018 at 11:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more