Global Affairs says another Canadian diplomat in Cuba has fallen ill

first_imgOTTAWA — Global Affairs Canada says another Canadian diplomat in Cuba has fallen ill, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 13.That includes diplomats posted to the Canadian embassy in Havana, as well as their dependants, who have come down with a mysterious illness that causes dizziness, headaches and trouble concentrating.Global Affairs says the government continues to investigate the cause of the unknown illness, adding in a statement that the health and safety of diplomatic staff and their families is a top priority.The department says the person who fell ill most recently “is receiving the necessary medical attention.”It says it’s allowing Canadian diplomatic personnel to return to Canada if they wish.The government is also planning to hold a teleconference on Thursday to provide more detail about the investigation.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Business of Tech Cryptocurrencies and GPUs AI Writing Style DNA

first_imgThe Business of Tech is a weekly, ‘byte’-sized look into some of the top business stories in the world of technology, hosted by 660’s Jonathan Muma.S2E2: This week, Jonathan speaks with University of Calgary Haskayne School of Business instructor Cameron Welsh about the run on high-powered GPUs as people look to get into cryptocurrency mining and the effect that’s having on gamers who need the high-end cards to render graphics. He also speaks with Trend Micro’s Cybersecurity VP Greg Young about a new artificial intelligence system for companies which raises alarm bells if an emailer is suspected of impersonating an executive or CEO.Audio Playerhttps://www.660news.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/sites/8/2018/04/23/business-of-tech-s2e2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Shooting livestreams a new rage on social media

first_imgNew Delhi: The Facebook livestreaming of New Zealand mosque shooting has brought to the fore a critical issue for the law enforcement agencies to deal with, as tech giants struggle to find a solution to pro-actively stop such incidents. Strapped with a GoPro camera to his head, the gunman broadcast graphic footage of shooting people via Facebook Live for nearly 17 minutes that was later shared in millions on other social media platforms. The point here is not that the social media platforms removed the shooting footage from their platforms, the real problem is: Why couldn’t they automatically catch the upload and re-uploads of such footage? According to The Verge, exact re-uploads of the video will be banned by YouTube, but videos that contain clips of the footage have to be sent to human moderators for a review. “Part of that is to ensure that news videos that use a portion of the video for their segments aren’t removed in the process,” says the report. The YouTube tool searches re-uploaded versions of the original video for similar metadata and imagery. If it’s an unedited re-upload, it’s removed. If it’s edited, the tool flags it to a team of human moderators, who determine if the video violates the company’s policies, says The Verge. The real problem is that the YouTube’s system is not built to deal with breaking news events. YouTube’s tool takes “a couple of minutes, or sometimes even hours, to register the content” and catching live streams is nearly impossible for the algorithms to detect and act upon. This is not the first time livestreaming of a shooting incident has taken place on social media. In January 2018, the family of a slain Cleveland man sued Facebook, alleging the social media platform could have done more to prevent his murder. The killing of Robert Godwin, Sr., 74, was recorded and made viewable on Facebook in April 2017. Steve Stephens, the man who killed Godwin, announced his intent to kill someone on Facebook before killing him. Stephens later logged onto Facebook Live and described the attack. In July 2016, a Facebook livestreaming showed three men listening to music inside a car in Norfolk, Virginia, being suddenly shot by a gunman. The video posted on Facebook by TJ Williams was viewed 1,634,815 times and is still available on YouTube. In the same month, Antonio Perkins, 28, was shot in the head and neck in Chicago. The live video of Perkins showed him and a group of people talking before gunshots are heard. The video was posted on Facebook with a warning message about its graphic nature, according to media reports. In July 2016, A Minnesota police officer shot and killed Philando Castile of African origin during traffic stop. Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, took out her cellphone and started livestreaming on Facebook after the shooting. The video gathered over 2.7 million views before the stream disappeared from Facebook.last_img read more

Egypt bars 572 Brotherhood leaders from accessing funds

first_imgCAIRO– The Egyptian government designated the Brotherhood a terrorist group last week.An Egyptian government’s panel has barred a total of 572 Muslim Brotherhood leaders from accessing their personal funds  and property.The panel also froze the assets of 87 Brotherhood schools, Judge Abdel-Azim al-Ashri, head of the Justice Ministry’s media committee, said in a statement on Tuesday. Last week, the panel barred 132 Brotherhood leaders from accessing their funds and property under a court ruling banning the Islamist group.The interim authorities earlier froze the assets of 1,130 NGOs and 137 schools on the same grounds.In September, Egypt’s Court for Urgent Matters ordered the dissolution of the Muslim Brotherhood Society, the banning of the Muslim Brotherhood and all affiliated bodies, and the confiscation of all the group’s offices and funds.The Egyptian government designated the Brotherhood a terrorist group last week.Egyptian authorities have launched a massive crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood following the army’s July 3 ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi.Thousands of the Brotherhood’s leaders and members have since been arrested on incitement-to-violence charges.last_img read more

BBC accused of censoring women who support Carrie Gracie in equal pay

first_imgLast night, the Equality and Human Rights Commission said it will write to the BBC over the claims of unlawful pay discrimination made by Gracie, and will request all relevant information before deciding whether further action is required.Dozens of women have lodged individual grievance procedures against the corporation over pay, while 121 women are part of a group complaint lodged through the National Union of Journalists. A number are being advised by Mishcon de Reya, the London law firm. Other presenters ignored the rules, or else were not reminded of them by managers. Simon McCoy conducted an interview on the BBC News channel despite tweeting that his “brilliant friend” Gracie had his full support.As most BBC women had tweeted in solidarity with Gracie, reporting on the story was effectively left to men. Jess Phillips, the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, said she would be writing to the director-general, Lord Hall of Birkenhead. “It is tantamount to shut up little women!” she tweeted.One anonymous BBC presenter told Press Gazette: “It’s like life under Stalin.”Lord Hall was notable by his absence from the news bulletins yesterday, along with every other senior BBC executive.The BBC is facing further high profile resignations by women journalists over unequal pay. Garvey told BBC Radio 5 Live: “I fear that there might be more situations like the one we’re in.” 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. Carrie Gracie MP Jess Phillips said she would be writing to the BBC director-general Credit:Rii Schroer Evan Davis of Newsnight was a lone voice offering support for the BBC, arguing that equal pay should not be a given. “No junior actor working alongside Tom Cruise should expect to get the same pay as him. I would not have expected to get the same as John Humphrys when I joined the Today programme.”center_img The BBC has been accused of censorship after presenters who expressed their support for equal pay were barred from covering the story of Carrie Gracie, the China editor who has resigned her post.Gracie left her job in protest at being paid significantly less than Jon Sopel, the BBC’s North America editor, and Jeremy Bowen, the Middle East editor. Bosses told her their jobs were “worth more”, she said.Scores of BBC women and a number of men at the corporation tweeted their solidarity with Gracie after she wrote an open letter to licence fee payers.But the BBC swiftly issued a “reminder” to staff, authorised by the news director, Fran Unsworth, saying they were bound by impartiality rules and could not report on the story if they had “expressed a view”.It led to farcical scenes at Broadcasting House. Gracie had timed her statement to coincide with her stint as a presenter on Radio 4’s Today programme, but had to sit by her microphone in silence while John Humphrys spoke about her case.An hour later, Gracie was allowed to discuss her situation on Woman’s Hour – but the show’s presenter, Jane Garvey, had to hand over to a non-BBC presenter drafted in to conduct the interview, because Garvey is a campaigner for equal pay. The BBC refused to discuss Gracie’s case yesterday. But she told Channel 4 News: “The BBC say that the reason for the pay gap between me and my male counterparts is because of genuine material factors that make their jobs worth more than mine.”She claimed the BBC had not explained what the benchmarks were. “I suspect the reason why they don’t come up with any answers on that is because there is no good answer that would actually stand up at tribunal.”Gracie is paid £135,000 per year, and turned down a £45,000 pay rise offered during her grievance procedure.“I didn’t want more money, I wanted equality and this was not equality. There is still a big gap between myself and my male peers,” she said.The BBC’s other female international editor, Europe editor Katya Adler, is paid less than £150,000. Bowen is in the £150,000-199,999 bracket, and Sopel earns £200,000-249,999. Jess Phillips MP Carrie Gracie asking for women to stand up and be counted on #equalpaydayCredit:Carrie Grace/Twitterlast_img read more

Man arrested in connection with fatal stabbing in Shankill

first_imgUpdated 8.50pmGARDAÍ IN DUBLIN investigating a fatal stabbing in Shankill this morning have arrested a man.The suspect, a male in his early 30s, was detained in the Dublin area and is being questioned at a local garda station.One man died in the incident which occurred at about 5.30am at Rathsallagh Park. Another was seriously injured. He remains in a critical condition in hospital.Both victims are in their late 20s.It is understood an altercation took place at a house party in the estate and it spilled out onto the road outside. The two men were discovered on the roadside when emergency services arrived.last_img

High Court Master says case could be taken against Ireland over special

first_img 28.12.18 Varadkar says he’s reluctant to use the term ‘vulture fund’ to describe firms that have bought up Irish mortgages Short URL High Court Master says case could be taken against Ireland over special tax treatment given to vulture funds Edmund Honohan has said there are many similarities to be drawn with the Apple case being taken. https://jrnl.ie/4553565 Mar 23rd 2019, 8:31 AM In December 2018, The Irish Times, based on data from Revenue, reported that special purpose vehicles only paid €128 million of tax in Ireland in 2017, equivalent to less than 0.02% of the value of their assets. In the same month, Permanent TSB Bank confirmed that the ‘special purpose vehicle’ that more than 6,000 of its mortgages have been transferred to will be exempt from tax. Chief executive of PTSB, Jeremy Masding, appeared before the Oireachtas Finance Committee, along with other executives from his bank and from Pepper in Ireland (a company that acts as the middle man between the mortgage-holder and vulture fund).  Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeDoherty attempted to confirm with the executives that they set-up the vehicle, also known as a Section 110 company, which would operate tax-free. It took nine consecutive questions for bank executives to admit the €1.3 billion mortgage ‘vehicle’ won’t pay tax. Varadkar vowed to close any loophole identified as being used in the case. According to Honohan, who was an adviser to the former Finance Minister Charlie McCreevy when the securitisation tax break (Section 110) was introduced in the 1990s, it was never intended to be employed where the collateral consisted of Irish homes, farms or firms.In his presentation, Honohan offered two possible solutions to tackle this anomaly, a “pincer movement” as he called it, whereby the Revenue Commissioners present the special vehicle companies with a tax assessment based on their entire profits.He said this puts those companies on the defensive, where they would have to justify paying no tax. If that fails, he said a case on the breach of State aid could be brought by the European Commission, simply asking how would the market look today if Section 110 did not apply to those companies availing of the loopholes. Following his visit to the European Parliament this week, Honohon said he will now visit the European Commission.Ming Flanagan said the issue of a case being taken against Ireland in relation to the State aid, Section 110 tax rules and vulture funds has already been raised with Max Lienemeyer, Head of Sector in the Task Force Tax Planning Practices in the European Commission, as well as the Directorate-General for Competition.  31.01.19 Bill which aims to force banks to ask for permission before selling mortgages to vulture funds passes in the Dáil Master of the High Court, Edmund Honohon has highlighted the abuse in Ireland of Section 110 Special Purpose Vehicle legislation which benefits vulture funds. By Christina Finn Share1631 Tweet Email4 center_img MASTER OF THE High Court, Edmund Honohan, has said a case on State aid rule breaches could be brought by the European Commission in relation to the special tax treatment given to the vulture funds in Ireland. Honohan, by invitation of Luke Ming Flanagan MEP, made a presentation to politicians in the European Parliament this week, outlining that there are similarities to be drawn from the Apple case.The EU Commission ruled in 2016 that Ireland gave multinational tech giant Apple illegal state aid worth up to €13 billion over a decade.The European Commission said Apple paid an effective corporate tax rate of just 0.005% on its European profits in 2014 — equivalent to just €50 for every million.The Department of Finance is appealing the decision because it denies that there was any sweetheart deal in place.Referring to the Apple decision, Honohon said the European Commission’s investigation “will throw up an awful lot of interesting material that is not available to any parliamentarian in Dublin”.Honohon said there are many similarities between the Apple case and the possible case that could be taken on the special tax treatment given to the vulture funds in Ireland. “I’m sure it is well worth investigating, it is certainly a prima facie case,” said Honohon. History of calling out banks and vulture fundsIn recent years, Honohan has become known for his strong views on the treatment by financial institutions of debtors in distress. He has been particularly vocal in relation to possession cases and often engages in heated exchanges with barristers representing lenders. As far back as 2011, he called for debt forgiveness and criticised banks for the aggressive pursuit of homeowners. Last year, he warned that thousands of people coming through the courts may lose their homes if stronger legal supports are not put in place to help them when they face off against banks and vulture funds. He also said the government is not putting appropriate policy in place to prepare for the “wave of repossessions [of homes] that’s about to break”.Honohan also wrote the Affordable Housing and Fair Mortgage Bill, which was introduced in the Dáil last year by Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness. In a letter sent to Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at the end of December, the High Court Master said neither he nor the Taoiseach had come up with “any plan of action” to tackle the housing crisis at its root.In January, the President of the High Court issued a direction to remove debt cases from Honohon. The direction signed by Mr Justice Peter Kelly stated that motions for judgement in summary summons proceedings, the majority of which are debt cases, will no longer be set down for hearing before Honohan. Instead, they now go directly to a judge of the High Court. The direction did not state the reason for this decision. Section 110 loopholesThe focus of Honohon’s presentation was on the possible abuse in Ireland of Section 110 Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) legislation, whereby companies are setting up and registering as charities.  Saturday 23 Mar 2019, 8:30 AM 38 Comments 23,596 Views Such loopholes have been highlighted before. In 2016, the government vowed to shut down a controversial loophole that allowed vulture funds to cut their tax rates. A clause in an act from 1997 allowed large businesses and vulture funds to set up a qualifying section 110 company that was generally structured in such a way so that it was effectively tax-neutral.Many large funds, which have acquired distressed Irish assets worth hundreds of millions of euro, registered as charities to pay very small amounts of tax, as low as €250 in several cases.Then in July 2016, it was confirmed that the Department of Finance and the Revenue Commissioners would investigate vulture funds who are using section 110 in Irish tax law to pay small amounts of tax here. In September 2016, the then Finance Minister Michael Noonan put forward an amendment to section 110 of the Finance Act 1997, which took an immediate effect, which prevented vulture funds from being able to use Section 100 vehicles to avoid profits on sales of Irish assets.However, since then, some politicians such as Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty has said loopholes and ways around the legislation have been found.  Related Reads Master of the High Court, Edmund Honohon has highlighted the abuse in Ireland of Section 110 Special Purpose Vehicle legislation which benefits vulture funds. 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Laird 104 miles is not so far when theres a spring in

first_imgWhen does a march become a strut? The short answer: Feb. 9. That’s when several organizations will gather at Vancouver First United Methodist Church to begin a seven-day, 104-mile march for marriage equality. Destination: the state Capitol.In the past week, this march started turning into a bit of a strut. On Monday it was revealed that enough votes in the Legislature had committed to legalizing gay marriage in Washington state. So we can understand why these marchers will have a spring in their step when they set off on their trek at 7 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9. Teams of walkers will share shifts, but there’s nothing to stop someone from walking all 104 miles.The march has a few secular sponsors, but the organizational efforts have been led by people of faith. Sponsors include the Faith Action Network, the Religious Coalition for Equality, the Community of Welcoming Congregations and Equal Rights Washington. The idea of a marriage-equality march originated at First Congregational United Church of Christ (the church with the swooping roof just east of Highway 99 on Northeast 68th Street). The pastor there, Brooks Berndt, reports that both secular and religious groups are signed up. Despite last week’s positive news, there’s still a lot of message-spreading to do and legislative hurdles to clear.The crucial assenting votes are ready (including four brave Republicans), but gay-marriage foes will put up a fierce fight. If the legislation passes as expected, opponents will try to reverse the action through the referendum process. They’ll have 90 days after the governor signs the bill to collect 120,577 signatures to get the measure on the ballot. It could take until December for Washington to become the seventh state to legalize gay marriage.Progress comes slowlyMany of us wish this could happen more quickly, but civilizing society often takes time. There’s this big load to lift. When legions of status quo worshippers are being dragged into the 21st century, a lot of legislative tow trucks and philosophical winches are required.last_img read more

Game of Thrones season 8 breaks viewing records HBO show most popular

first_imgGame of Thrones season 8 episode 1 Bran stark meeting Jaime LannisterGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram) The final season of Game of Thrones finally debuted. And as expected the premiere episode of season 8 of the HBO has shattered viewing records.Reportedly the first episode delivered 17.4 million viewers on Sunday evening across multiple airings, including some live streamings. This number makes the GoT season 8 premiere the biggest telecast in HBO’s history and the most-watched scripted entertainment program of the year.Season 8 of Game of Thrones was one of the most anticipated shows of the year, especially after it took a gap of one year between the seasons. However, Season 8 will have a shortened run of six episodes and will be the show’s final season. As such fan anticipation should be high for every episode leading up to and including the finale which will most likely shatter further records.  The premiere’s viewership numbers surpasses the show’s previous overnight record of 16.9 million viewers for the season 7 finale two years ago. These numbers are still strong, especially after it was reported that HBO lost Dish subscribers in a contract dispute last December (which HBO believes impacted the numbers), and certain streaming partners (such as Amazon, Hulu, Roku) not being counted in this first-round number.The cast and crew of Game of Thrones has been on doing the rounds, with Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke doing their part to promote the show that marks the end of nearly a decade of work. After the end of the final season, it is more than likely that Game of Thrones will go down in history as one of the most popular TV shows in the world.last_img read more

Market cracks as RBI fails to go beyond the expected 25 bps

first_imgA road sign is seen next to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai. The market that priced in the expectation of a 25 bps repo rate cut cracked after RBI failed to beat the expectations.REUTERS/Danish SiddiquiThe Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) third successive 25 basis points (bps) cut bringing the repo rates to the lowest in nine years at 5.75 per cent failed to enthuse the market as the bench market indices plunged, erasing last week’s gains. RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das’ announcement of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) decision to change its policy stance to ‘accommodative’ from ‘neutral’, effectively removing rate rises in immediate future, also did not help the market sentiment.National Stock Exchange (NSE) benchmark Nifty shed about 178 points or 1.48 per cent to close around 11,843 points on Thursday. Of the 50 scrips that make up the benchmark, 37 shares declined while only 13 advanced and the index has fallen below the 50-day moving average, showing the market’s overall disaffection. Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) index Sensex lost about 553 points or 1.38 per cent to close at 39,529 points.The market had priced in the 25 bps rate cut after the latest numbers showed a decelerating economy with the GDP growth pegged at 6.7 per cent. Among the top gainers were retail and FMCG stocks like Titan and Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) and energy stocks like Coal India Limited and National Power Grid Corporation. Banking stocks including State Bank of India (SBI), IndusInd Bank and Yes Bank along with GAIL and India Bull Housing topped the declining bunch.Sovereign bonds rallied, sending benchmark yields to their lowest since November 2017, according to a report on Livemint website. The rupee also strengthened against the dollar. Pedestrians walk on Dalal Street next to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). Once the street’s expectations were met by the RBI Monetary Policy Committee, profit-taking set in putting pressure on the indices.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesBanks and realty stocks were expected to be top beneficiaries of a rate cut because the expected fall in interest rates would bring them more business boosting revenue and profits. Nifty’s sectoral indices, however, declined across the board, with Nifty Bank declined 2.32 per cent. PSU Bank Index suffered worst with 4.3 per cent fall while Private Bank index declined 2.29 per cent.”Low inflation and subdued growth are the drivers of the move. Yet, the real concern is the lack of transmission of rate cuts into the effective lending rate. Liquidity conditions also remain tight for a large part of the corporate sector. Effective transmission and adequate liquidity remain key challenges,” the report quoted Sujan Hajra of Anand Rathi Shares & Stock Brokers as saying.last_img read more

2 held with 31 gold bars at Dhaka airport

first_imgCustoms intelligence arrested two men along with 31 gold bars weighing 5.8 kilograms from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airporton Thursday evening, reports UNB.Keramat Ali, 58, hailing from Feni, and Lokman, 58, hailing from Kadamtoli in Dhaka landed at the airport from Chittagong by a Regent Airway flight coming from Bangkok, said director general of the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate (CIID) Moinul Khan.After they crossed the domestic flight point, a CIID team challenged them and recovered the gold bars worth 20 concealed in their dresses, shoes and mobile covers.Later, the team detained the duo and handed them over to airport police station.last_img

TxDOT Gathering Public Input On Big Freeway Widening Project

first_img X 00:00 /01:10 Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: I-45 North is ranked as one of the most congested freeways in Texas. TxDOT hopes a massive widening project will help address a growing population. The work would include managed lanes in the middle of I-45 between downtown Houston and Beltway 8. The feeder roads would also get wider. But all that work requires more property. We caught up with TxDOT’s Danny Perez at a public meeting on the project. He says the residential neighborhoods north of downtown will stay intact, but they’ll have to acquire right-of-way between the 610 Loop and Beltway 8. “So we’re trying to get folks here now,” says Perez. “We can have the conversation now so at some point when we move forward we won’t catch people by surprise.”TxDOT is now taking public comment as part of its environmental study and officials say any construction is still years in the future. But Perez says once that work starts they won’t be doing it all at once. “It depends on the funding aspects,” adds Perez. He expects the project will be similar to what they’re doing on the Gulf Freeway with the work divided into segments. It’s expected the I-45 North widening will cost about $7 billion.Gail Delaughter People viewed plans for I-45 North at a recent public meeting. Listenlast_img read more

Protesters Disrupt City Council Meeting

first_imgProtestors disrupt a Baltimore City Council meeting on May 4, 2015, holding a banner and chanting. (Screenshot from CharmTV YouTube video)On May 4th about a dozen protesters stood up during a regularly scheduled City Council meeting and unfurled banners demanding people arrested during the protests last week be freed from jail. About 20 minutes into the meeting the group began chanting, “Drop the charges, drop the bail, protesters shouldn’t go to jail,” while holding a white banner that read, “Free All Protesters Drop The Charges” On the second floor viewing gallery  the group hung a banner reading, “Locked In, Locked Down, Locked Out.” The entire episode can be viewed on the City Council’s YouTube channel CharmTV.As the protesters continued to chant a visibly annoyed City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young, who was leading the meeting, banged his gavel several times and said, “I’m going to ask you to respect the council and move out of the chambers, please.” As the chants continued he repeated, “This is not the way to do it.”Hundreds of people were arrested during the riots and protests following the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray on April 19th while in police custody. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan extended the amount of time a person could be held in custody before seeing a judge. Bails have been set as high as $500,000, an astonishing amount given that the police officers charged in Gray’s death had bails ranging from $250,000 to $350,000.After a recess the protesters were removed by police but not arrested. They refused to give their names to reporters who were at the meeting. Young then took a few moments to address the audience. “I apologize to those who came here for a peaceful council meeting. I understand the frustration of the people but this is not the way to do it. I think that State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby has done her job and justice has to take its course. For people to come in here and be disruptive to what we’re trying to do here–and that’s to take care of the business of the city of Baltimore—is really troubling to me. You can protest. But do it in the right way. This was not really the right forum to do it in. We’re not the justice system. We’re the legislative body of the City Council of  Baltimore,” he said.last_img read more

Vidcon 2018 Showcases Diverse Voices Creators of Color

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “When I first started making media, I was really inspired by the people around me who made me feel less alone,” she said. “For making content going forward, I want to see it as a safe space for people to come.”Adam Wescott, co-founder of Select Management Group, who counts among clients digital stars like Gigi Gorgeous, said digital media naturally attracts diverse voices.“We didn’t have to concentrate on (diversity) or call attention to it – it just happened,” Wescott said. “YouTube and social are the only places where you’ll find someone like LaurDIY, an Asian girl who has millions of followers. That doesn’t exist in network TV or in film.”Wescott said creators of color have been able to capitalize on opportunities to appeal to a base that isn’t catered to on other platforms. “It’s great that brands are recognizing that and you’re seeing top-level endorsement opportunities for people like Gigi, who works with Revlon and Google,” he said, adding that LaurDIY is also the face of Mudd jeans.“There’s opportunities that didn’t exist for diverse talent three years ago,” he said.Emiliano Calemzuk, co-founder and CEO of Raze, a digital media company that launched a year ago and has quickly become an incubator of Latino talent and video content that is attracting the attention of film and television studios.Calemzuk said online video has created an opportunity for Latinos to be the next generation of content creators, saying that traditional media brands have lost touch with younger audiences who consume online video almost exclusively.“This is a time for a next generation of content creators and a new brand to be born,” he said during a panel for industry leaders. “Let’s create a platform to give these people a tool.”Charles D. King, founder and CEO of Macro, said his 3-year-old media company behind critically acclaimed films like “Fences” and “Mudbound” is wading into digital media with a focus on discovering diverse voices.He shared a newly announced initiative with Black List and producers Lena Waithe and Eva Longoria that will invite writers of color to submit “ideas for review” by Macro executives and the Black List team. Semi-finalists in the review process will compete for deals to produce a $30,000 presentation or sizzle reel, with up to three winners that will be named in December. Macro is currently developing a digital series, “Gente-fied,” with Netflix. The streaming giant picked up the series about gentrification in east Los Angeles out of Sundance. America Ferrera is an executive producer of the series.King, whose background has been in film, said he’s cognizant of how audiences, particularly young ones, are flocking to online video.“Digital is a huge part of our present,” King said. “It’s (also) going to be one of the driving elements in the future.” Popular on Variety Diversity is front and center at Vidcon 2018, with women and people of color set to be featured prominently in panels and sessions throughout the week at the Anaheim Convention Center.Vidcon’s agenda features sessions on a range of topics, including a panel on the rise of Raze, the digital media company aimed at Latino millennials. Other panels focus on how digital media has provided creators of color opportunities to share with millions their perspectives and stories.Across the various so-called tracks — different events aimed at industry leaders, content creators, and fans — attendees have options for panels and workshops aimed at educating industry leaders and creators alike about business and marketing opportunities.Jen Ruggirello, a cast member with Buzzfeed’s LadyLike, said during a panel titled Not Your Token Asian Friend that before she began creating content, she didn’t see people like her in media.last_img read more

All they have is humour

first_imgYou decide what you watch. That is the funda behind  Humour Me’s Improv Nights. Here audience is the king as artistes will improvise on the spot in order to entertain you. Their one-hour performance on Sunday saw an entertaining stand-up performance where they improvised on the spot, spontaneously without any pre-written script. The audience drove the theme of each segment of the show. Humour Me is a group of four performers and one host. The artistes performing at Improv Nights are Dhruv Sachdeva, Clifford Alfonso, Andrew Hoffland, Pranay Manchanda and Shantanu Anam. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Dhruv Sachdeva takes up the role of the host and is also the founder of Humour Me and has been in the entertainment world for the past 10 years. He started his acting career with the role of Scar in the musical Circle of Life which is an adaptation of the Broadway musical The Lion King’ Last year, Dhruv produced and acted in the production The Character of a Happy Life. And most recently, wrote, directed and acted in an original musical theatre production Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDinner for Pricks, under the Humour Me banner.So the audience gives them a situation or a scene to enact, and they perform it on the spot — with sound effects and even mimicry et al in place.‘We basically perform as per the demand of the audience which includes different dance forms like rap, conventional etc and various music genres too,’ said Dhruv.Clifford started years back with the musical production Noah’s Ark. Andrew Hoffland, oldest of all the performers, works as a teacher and has been singing and acting in various theatrical and musical productions. Pranay Manchanda has been an actor for over 15 years, and has worked in theatre.Shantanu Anam has worked as is an actor from the age of 16, and has acted and directed several theatre productions. ‘We are here to deliver happiness, not shoes. If we don’t stick in your mind, we consider we have have failed,’ said Dhruv. Fair enough!DETAILAt: Lure Switch, Lado Sarai when: 23 Decemberlast_img read more

Asthana asks CBI IOs to complete probe of pending cases by year

first_imgKolkata: The Special Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Rakesh Asthana, directed investigating officers (IOs) to take necessary steps to complete probe of all the pending cases by the end of 2018.Asthana held a meeting with CBI officers, including IOs of all the ongoing cases, at Nizam Palace on Wednesday. The meeting started at around 11 am and continued till around 1.30 pm. There was also a second round of discussion after the lunch. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsSources said that Asthana took stock of the presentsituation of the cases and directed the concerned officers to take necessary stepsto expedite the process, so that the final chargesheets of the cases can be filed by the end of 2018.It may be mentioned that the ongoing cases include the Saradha Group scam, Narada sting operation and Rose Valley Group’s case.It has been learnt that the direction to expedite the process of completing the probe was given, as the new cases are getting piled up one after the other. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedSources said that he directed the officials to be technologically advanced and also stated that there would be recruitment of new staff. This came at the time when the IOs have also stated about the total number of cases they are handling at present.He has also stated that officers from Revenue Service will also be providing necessary assistance to the CBI officers, in the probe against financial irregularities.Asthana also went to the house of former CBI officer Upendranath Biswas on Wednesday morning, before heading towards Nizam Palace. He left Kolkata in the evening itself. It may be mentioned he had come to Kolkata on Tuesday.last_img read more

2 arrested with fake currency notes in Murshidabad

first_imgKolkata: Murshidabad district police have nabbed two persons and seized Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) worth Rs 7 lakh from Farakka.According to police, on Thursday night sleuths got a tip-off that a good number of FICN denominations will be smuggled through Farakka. After a while police came to know from sources that two persons from south India whose whereabouts seemed suspicious were staying in a hotel near New Farakka crossing. Based on the information, on the wee hours of Friday, police raided the room number 33 of the hotel and detained two residents of Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh. During search sleuths found 350 FICN of Rs 2000 denomination. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseImmediately, the duo identified as Raghunand Naidu and Rajesh Dewala was arrested. Later, during interrogation they said that they were acting as a carrier of FICN. A person from Baishnabnagar in Malda had delivered the FICNs to them on Thursday. They were about to leave for Chittoor on Saturday. They also confessed that previously they tried to get hold of FICN but failed to get right contact. Sleuths suspect that a racket in Andhra Pradesh is trying to smuggle in FICN there. The Superintendent of Police (SP) of Murshidabad, Sri Mukesh said: “The rate of FICN is Rs 1 lakh for FICN worth Rs 2 lakh. We are trying to identify the person who came from Malda to deliver the FICNs.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to police, last year Murshidabad District Police had nabbed 84 persons and seized FICN worth Rs 1 crore 28 lakh. This year till Friday, 10 persons have been arrested and approximately Rs 10.28 lakh have been seized. Malda for long has a prominent hub for counterfeit currency trade. According to an estimate by Bengal CID, this year, various security agencies have seized counterfeit currencies worth Rs 1.75 crore from across the country and every seizure had the familiar Malda link.last_img read more

Client Outlook Releases Version 6 of eUnity Image Viewing Platform

first_imgTechnology | Enterprise Imaging | April 12, 2017 Client Outlook Releases Version 6 of eUnity Image Viewing Platform Platform now cleared for diagnostic mammography images handles both enterprise and diagnostic viewing in a single zero-footprint viewer April 12, 2017 — Client Outlook recently announced the latest release of its flagship diagnostic and clinical image viewing platform, eUnity. The release of eUnity 6 coupled with Client Outlook’s recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for diagnosing mammography images, positions eUnity 6 as the only zero-footprint platform to seamlessly manage the high demands of both enterprise and diagnostic viewing in a single viewer, according to the company.The platform easily integrates with a health institution’s existing vendor neutral archive (VNA), picture archiving and communication system (PACS), worklist, electronic medical record (EMR) and image sharing platforms. This allows hospitals and radiology groups to leverage existing, in-place ecosystems. eUnity runs in a cloud environment or in a complete virtual machine, without the need for expensive GPU hardware.For more information: www.clientoutlook.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more Related Content News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read morelast_img read more

Iran mourns slain senior military commander

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy ___Associated Press writers Barbara Surk in Beirut and Albert Aji in Damascus, Syria, contributed to this report.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Prominent Iranian politicians and clerics led mourners at a funeral Thursday for a senior commander of the country’s powerful Revolutionary Guards who was killed this week while traveling from Syria to Lebanon, local media said.The semiofficial Fars news agency identified the slain commander as Gen. Hassan Shateri, and said he was in charge of reconstruction projects in southern Lebanon. He was killed on the road linking Damascus with Beirut on Wednesday, it said. The exact details surrounding Shateri’s death _ such as where he was killed and who killed him _ were still murky two days later. Fars did not specify whether the slaying took place on the Lebanese or Syrian side of the border, although an Iranian official in Damascus said Shateri was killed inside Syria.Guards spokesman Gen. Ramazan Sharif was quoted by Fars as saying “mercenaries and supporters” of Israel were responsible. It was unclear whether that allegation meant to implicate the Jewish state itself or rebels fighting the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.The Israeli military had no comment.Syria and its supporters often refer to the rebels as “terrorists” and “mercenaries” backed by foreign powers, including Israel, although Israel is not known to have any links with Syria’s rebels.None of the dozens of rebel groups fighting in Syria claimed responsibility for the killing, though all are outspoken about their enmity for Iran because of its consistent support for Assad’s regime.Shateri’s death points to the support that Iran, the region’s Shiite power, provides to both Syrian President Bashar Assad and the Lebanese militant Shiite movement Hezbollah. Tehran lends political and military support to Damascus, a close ally, as well as Hezbollah, Iran’s proxy in the region. The Syrian regime and Hezbollah are both critical to Iran’s Middle East strategy, and Tehran has pledged to continue its support for Assad as he tries to fend off a relentless and bloody rebellion aimed at toppling his family’s 40-year rule.Tehran counts on Syria as a bridge to Hezbollah _ a dominant political force in Lebanon _ and an important foothold for the Guard.In September, the Guard’s top commander, Jafari, made a rare public acknowledgment that the elite unit has had high-level advisers in Lebanon and Syria for a long time, but was not more specific. Those comments marked the clearest indication of Iran’s direct assistance to its main Arab allies.Thursday’s funeral for Shateri took place at a mosque in north Tehran, Fars and ISNA said.Several high-ranking Iranian figures attended the service, including Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, Guard chief Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari and the head of the Guard’s Quds Force, Gen. Ghasem Soleimani. Senior clerics, such as Ayatollah Ali Saeedi, the representative of Iran’s supreme leader to the Guards, also took part.Footage of the service broadcast on state TV showed footage of mourners carrying aloft a coffin. Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories It is unclear what Shateri was doing in Syria. The Iranian official in Damascus said Shateri was on a work visit and that three of his assistants were wounded in the attack. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the media.Fars, which is close to the Guards, said Shateri was a veteran of the 1980s Iran-Iraq war, and served in Afghanistan before moving to Lebanon. He is to be buried Friday in his hometown of Semnan, some 150 kilometers (90 miles) east of Tehran.Lebanese news reports provided a similar account of the killing but a different name.Al-Manar TV, which is owned by Hezbollah, identified the dead man as Houssam Khosh Nweis. It said he was the director of the Iranian Council for Reconstruction in Lebanon, and that he had lived in the country since the end of the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah.The difference in the name could not immediately be reconciled, but Iranian military officials in Lebanon often work under an assumed name because their presence in the country is not publicized by Hezbollah.Lebanese security officials told The Associated Press there was no indication that the Iranian official was killed on Lebanese soil. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Parents, stop beating yourself up Comments   Share   last_img read more

Intl visitors flock to Melbourne Airport

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Attracting visitors from around the globe, Melbourne Airport welcomed 11 percent more international travellers last year compared to the same period 2010.According to figures released, the airport saw its international passenger count escalate from 5.9 million in 2010 to 6.6 million last year.Taiwan’s passport holders increased the largest for the 12 months by 22.5 percent followed by travellers from China with 20.7 percent.Despite natural disasters halting travel into Japan, Japanese travellers visiting Melbourne increased 11.7 percent last year compared to 2010 while visitors from the USA jumped 13.7 percent. Attracting a domestic market proved to be a challenge, with local visits falling two percent from 21.7 million in 2010 to 21.3 million last year.Melbourne Airport chief executive Chris Woodruff described the domestic situation as “tough” and cited weather and airline events for the decline.Looking ahead, the airport plans to focus on improving a new domestic terminal, which will be located adjacent to the existing terminals.During 2011 the airport welcomed one percent more travellers than 2010, up from 27.7 million to 28 million. last_img read more