TIFF announces four international participants for Rising Stars Programme

first_imgAdvertisement All of the international Rising Stars have experienced recent success on the big screen.Athie was most recently seen in the breakout hit Patti Cake$ (2017) and will soon be seen in Oscar-winner Brie Larson’s Unicorn Store (2017). Larson’s directorial debut will see its World Premiere at this year’s Festival. Bennett recently appeared in the sci-fi thriller Ghost in the Shell (2017), and landed his first starring role in director Nic Gorman’s debut feature, Human Traces (2017).After starting her career on stage, El Arabi was chosen by filmmaker Stephanie Strecker to play the lead role in her recent feature A Wedding (2016). She appears next in Eye on Juliet (2017), the latest film from Oscar-nominated filmmaker Kim Nguyen, which will premiere at this year’s Festival. Buckley most recently appeared on the small screen in the BBC’s 2016 adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, and in Taboo (2017–present),starring Tom Hardy. She stars in the feature film Beast (2017), playing a troubled young woman who falls for a mysterious outsider, which will premiere at this year’s Festival in the Platform programme..Mamoudou AthieNY-based Mamoudou Athie is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. In 2015, Athiemade his New York stage debut in The Mystery of Love and Sex, for which he received critical praise. He starred as Grandmaster Flash in The Get Down (2016–2017) for Netflix, and he can be seen alongside Emma Watson and Tom Hanks in The Circle (2017). Athieappears in Brie Larson’s directorial debut, Unicorn Store, which will receive its World Premiere at TIFF 2017.Vinnie BennettNew Zealand actor, Vinnie Bennett has appeared in both television and film. His television credits include Power Rangers Dino Charge (2015–2016), The Shannara Chronicles(2016–present), and Filthy Rich (2016–present).  His film credits include Fantail (2013),Ghost in the Shell (2017) and Beyond the Known World (2017). He takes a starring role in the new feature film Human Traces (2017). Login/Register With: TORONTO — The Toronto International Film Festival® announced today four outstanding actors who will participate in the newly expanded TIFF Rising Stars programme. Renowned as an annual showcase of emerging Canadian talent poised on the brink of success, the additional set of talent hails from across the globe and consists ofMamoudou Athie (USA), Vinnie Bennett (New Zealand), Lina El Arabi (France) andJessie Buckley (Ireland).They will join the four previously-announced Canadian Rising Stars — Daniel Doheny, Mary Galloway, Théodore Pellerin and Ellen Wong — in specialized programming and events organized by TIFF’s Industry team, including seminars with casting directors, one-on-one meetings, sessions with leading filmmakers, media training and a series of unique networking opportunities.“These four actors impressed us with their nuanced performances and on-screen charisma,” said Kathleen Drumm, TIFF Industry Director. “We are thrilled to be able to showcase their talent and support their creative development, at a point where they will be discovered by audiences at TIFF and around the world.” Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Lina El ArabiLina El Arabi is a Paris-based actor who has appeared in Ne m’abandonne pas (2016) and A Wedding (2016), which received the award for Best Actress at the Angoulême Francophone Film Festival. El Arabi will appear on stage this autumn in a one-character play called Mon Ange, in a solo performance that has already received rave reviews. She stars in Eye on Juliet, which will make its World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival, and will screen at TIFF 2017.Jessie BuckleyJessie Buckley is an actor from Killarney, Ireland. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, her stage credits include the revival of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music (2008–2009), The Tempest (2013), and Henry V (2013). Buckley recently appeared in BBC’s 2016 adaptation of War and Peace and in Taboo (2017–present), starring Tom Hardy. She will star in the upcoming TV series The Woman in White and The Last Post. This year, Buckley stars in Beast, which has its World Premiere at TIFF.The actors were chosen based on nominations from TIFF’s international Festival programmers, with a TIFF Jury (Rising Stars Producer Natalie Semotiuk, Industry Programming Manager Lynne Crocker and Industry Director Kathleen Drumm) deciding the final selection.Festival tickets go on sale September 4 at 10 a.m. (TIFF Member pre-sale September 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Buy tickets online at tiff.net, by phone at 416.599.TIFF or 1.888.599.8433, or in person at a box office. See box office locations and hours at tiff.net/tickets.TIFF prefers Visa.Social Media:@TIFF_NETFacebook.com/TIFF#TIFF17About TIFFTIFF is a charitable cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world, through film. An international leader in film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival in September; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five cinemas, major exhibitions, and learning and entertainment facilities; and innovative national distribution programme, Film Circuit. The organization generates an annual economic impact of $189 million CAD. TIFF Bell Lightbox is generously supported by contributors including Founding Sponsor Bell, the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandeland Susan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation and RBC. For more information, visit tiff.net.center_img The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation is the Presenting Partner for TIFF Rising Stars.TIFF Rising Stars is supported by IWC Schaffhausen and Telefilm Canada.L’Oréal Paris is proud to be the TIFF Rising Stars Hair and Makeup Sponsor.TIFF Industry is generously supported by the Ontario Media Development Corporation and Telefilm Canada.TIFF’s Industry initiatives are supported by the Share Her Journey campaign. Facebook The Toronto International Film Festival is generously supported by Lead Sponsor Bell, Major Sponsors RBC, L’Oréal Paris and Visa, and Major Supporters the Government of Ontario, Telefilm Canada and the City of Toronto. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Leadership and partnership more important than ever Ban says on UN Day

“This is a crucial year in the life of our United Nations,” Mr. Ban noted, on the occasion of the 63rd anniversary of the founding of the Organization. “We have just passed the midpoint in the struggle to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” he said, referring to the pledges world leaders made to halve extreme poverty and other ills by the target date of 2015.Mr. Ban pointed out that many countries are still not on track to reach the Goals on time. It was to address this development emergency that he brought together a broad coalition for change consisting of Governments, private sector leaders and civil society last month in New York, which generated “unprecedented” commitment in pledges and partnerships to help the world’s poor.He also expressed deep concern about the impact of the global financial crisis, which was the subject of a brainstorming session the Secretary-General held yesterday with five eminent economists and the head of the UN Development Programme (UNDP). Talks focused on “the international economic situation and, in particular, on the special challenges facing the developing countries in the context of the worldwide financial crisis and its likely consequences,” according to a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.During the discussion with Nancy Birdsall of the Centre for Global Development, Dani Rodrik and Kenneth Rogoff of Harvard University, and Jeffrey Sachs and Joseph Stiglitz of Columbia University, Mr. Ban stressed the need to keep the long-term objectives – such as the MDGs and the fight against extreme poverty, as well as the need for action against climate change – at the centre of the global agenda. The financial crisis will also be discussed today at the regular meeting of the Chief Executives Board (CEB), which includes the heads of the various UN specialized agencies and by the chiefs of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), otherwise known as the Bretton Woods institutions.“Never has leadership and partnership been more important,” Mr. Ban stressed. “We can see more clearly than ever that the threats of the twenty-first century spare no one. Climate change, the spread of disease and deadly weapons, and the scourge of terrorism all cross borders.” Global partnership has resulted in significant advances, he said, such as in the case of malaria, thanks to focused planning, greater funding, coordinated management and excellent science and technology.“Partnership is the way of the future,” he stated, pointing to the success achieved in combating the disease. “We need models like these to tackle other challenges.“Let us keep building on this as a way forward. There is no time to lose,” he said. “The United Nations must deliver results for a safer, healthier, more prosperous world. On this UN Day, I call on all partners and leaders to do their part and keep the promise.” 24 October 2008As the world contends with numerous crises, ranging from food insecurity and climate change to financial uncertainty and the development challenge, leadership and partnership are more important than ever to tackle today’s most pressing issues, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message marking United Nations Day. read more

Teenage girls death sentence spotlights Sudans failure to tackle forced marriage genderbased

“We have received information that Hussein’s forced marriage, rape and other forms of gender-based violence against her were not taken into account by the Court as evidence to mitigate the sentence, and that the most stringent guarantees of a fair trial and due process were not fulfilled in this case,” Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson for the High Commissioner for Human Rights told the press in Geneva.  As the case has drawn international attention, the UN Human rights office said that it has become increasingly concerned for the teen’s safety and that of her lawyer and other supporters.“We urge the authorities to ensure full protection for Hussein’s physical and psychological integrity during her detention, as well as full respect for her rights to a fair trial and appeal,” Ms. Shamdasani stressed.In trials of capital punishment, scrupulous respect for fairness is particularly crucial.The UN expert on summary executions has argued that imposing the death penalty against clear evidence of self-defense constitutes an arbitrary killing, particularly where women have been charged with murder when defending themselves.“We call on the authorities to fully take into consideration Hussein’s claim of self-defense against the attempt by the man to rape her, after he had reportedly already raped her on a previous occasion with the help of three other people,” Ms. Shamdasani continued.With only 15 days to appeal the Court’s decision ­– which was announced last week­ – the right for a conviction and sentence to be reviewed by a higher tribunal is particularly important.“A review that is limited to the formal or legal aspects of the conviction – without any consideration of the facts – is not sufficient under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Sudan has ratified,” the spokesperson reminded the press.The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and the UN Human Rights Committee have expressed serious concern about the situation of women’s human rights in Sudan.“Hussein’s tragic case is an opportunity for Sudanese authorities to send a clear message that gender-based violence will not be tolerated in the country,” concluded Ms. Shamdasani, adding that the office would remain in contact with Sudanese authorities. read more

Nursing home fees reach £1000 per week on average report finds

first_imgThe report also calls on regulator the Competition and Markets Authority to examine whether the higher fees paid by self-payers are fair. The body is due to publish a market report about care homes next month. It said: “The CMA may wish to consider whether the wide disparity in fees paid by local authorities and self-payers for the same level of accommodation and service amounts to a cross-subsidy which results in detriment to the consumer.”William Laing, the report’s author, said that a national shortage of state-funded care home places could be imminent as businesses are no longer able to survive on the low fees offered by councils. He warned that “financially stretched local authorities are likely to continue to offer only sub-inflation fee uplifts to care homes”. Owain Wright, of not-for-profit agency Care Funding Guidance, which advises families on care home fees, said: “We always say to families to plan for fee increases – they never seem to go down. “In the past couple of years, because homes have been taking on a great deal of extra cost, we’ve seen double-digit rises in some areas.” Average nursing home fees have reached £1,000 a week for self-funders, new figures show. A report by analyst LaingBuisson found that fees for nursing care had broken the £1,000 barrier and had reached £1,200 in some places. Weekly fees for self-payers in residential care homes without nursing care have reached £700 on average, compared to £486 for state-funded residents. The report said: “National average self-pay fees for nursing care across the country are now approaching £1,000 per week, with developers of new-build provision targeting well over £1,000, depending on the specification, location and segment of the market addressed. “LaingBuisson surveys now indicate that about 10 per cent of existing nursing care capacity is in the £1,200 per week plus bracket.”Fees for self-funded residents have been increasing rapidly as councils struggle to pay care homes enough to cover their costs.Earlier this year a report by the Communities and Local Government Committee found that self-payers paid an average of 43 per cent more than state-funded residents for the same room and care.In most cases older people must pay for their own residential care if they have assets worth more than £23,250.The LaingBuisson report added that the introduction of the new living wage will put more upward pressure on care home fees. Care homes will have to increase charges by at least 3.9 per cent every year to maintain their profits. The National Living Wage was introduced by former Chancellor George Osborne and first came into force in April last year at £7.20 an hour, rising to £7.50 an hour from April this year. 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

Lands and Surveys Commission going digital says CEO

GL&SC CEO Commissioner Trevor BennCommissioner and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC), Trevor Benn says the work of the agency is being digitised as part of its efforts to deliver a higher quality of service to clientsAddressing the media at the commission’s end of year briefing on Monday last, he disclosed that as part of the plan to transform digitally, the commission began linking regional offices to the head office through a Wide Area Network (WAN).The WAN was developed, tested and implemented in Regions Two, Three, Six and Nine.It was outlined that regional offices are now able to access the centralised accounting system, the Lease Management System and digital records of survey plans.The commission has also implemented a procurement tracker application which was designed by staff.According to a DPI release, it is a web-based intranet application which was developed based on the workflow of the internal procurement process. This application was developed to improve accountability, transparency and efficiency in procurement management.Benn highlighted that the application provides the opportunity to track transactions from the initial stage to the end.The commission has also begun computerizing receipts and invoices. He noted that the commission has increased its computer training for staff and has made it mandatory for staff to be computer literate. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGL&SC lease application service to be offered online by 2017October 18, 2016In “latest news”National Land Policy coming soon -GL&SC CommissionerDecember 19, 2017In “latest news”Lands Commission warns of tough action against SquattersAugust 12, 2014In “Business” read more

Improving mine camp sustainability all part of the licence to operate

first_imgLife Cycle Analysis Concrete floorsReduces demand for heating and cooling Solar energy generationEnergy generated is fed into the switchboard and provides base-load energy requirements for the village Influences passive energy efficiency, social impact and consideration for surrounding vegetation Includes water demand, treatment and disposal but worth noting the impact of remote locations and the affect of drought Reduces water and energy consumption Master Planning Recommended to include embodied carbon, recyclability and reuse considerations Select on basis of thermal performance to maximise energy efficiencies Building Fabrication The emphasis is on waste generation and environmental management plans for construction Reduces requirement for new resources ResultsSt Barbara’s 222 room sustainable mining village was completed in October 2008. The village was subsequently recognised for its contribution to environmental excellence and awarded a ‘Certificate of Merit’ from the Western Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum at the 2009 Golden Gecko awards.Results to date indicate a reduction of per head water use of 50% and energy use of 30%. Greywater reuse system connected to all rooms and water is delivered to gardensReduces water consumption associated with gardenscenter_img Energy Management Energy management, in particular, provides tangible results and delivers a quick pay-back.The choice of building materials has a significant impact on internal thermal conditions and therefore influences air-conditioning demand and operational costs. The use of high thermal mass materials not only provides thermal benefits but also acoustic comforts. Computer modelling is also a useful tool to assess the impact of alternative building materials in relation to thermal conditions.Energy supply and demand are equally important. Significant improvements are achieved by considering the impact of air-conditioning systems, hot water systems and artificial lighting systems. Alternative energy options of on-site renewable energy generation through solar, wind or geo-thermal sources are also valuable.Measuring anticipated energy demand supports the decision-making process. Computer modelling using statistical local weather data provides information to optimise design decisions while predicting current and future demands. Computer modelling software can also be implemented to simulate building thermal performance and energy consumption. Sub-meters also provide an economic way to monitor high energy use areas.Mine employees have a role to play in minimising energy consumption. Communicating energy efficiencies to them helps them understand the role they play in conserving energy and contributing to a better mine site living experience. Real-time energy data can be collected and presented in a graphical format to highlight energy consumptions.Communications is a powerful tool to drive behaviour change.Water Management Like energy, water is an essential service that needs to be used intelligently and is often in short supply. Water efficient fittings and appliances are now commonplace in areas where water has been in short supply for some years. Techniques such as rainwater and stormwater harvesting, grey-water reuse and on-site water treatment are commonly used to boost the available water supply and reduce the reliance on dams and bore water systems. However, most importantly, behaviour change is critical for water conservation. Again, sub-metering is a technique that is used to monitor water consumption trends and compare against set water targets.The increased productivity level of mineworkers who are accommodated in comfortable, energy efficient environments has been shown to impact on the bottom line.Learning from successful mine camp developments, a sustainability strategy involving energy-efficient pre-fabricated buildings and water conservation solutions is an achievable goal and should be given early consideration in any mine site development.  Energy and water efficient washing machines Transport Parasol roof design and larger verandasAbsorbs and reflects heat as well as cooling air passing through to reduce cooling demand Case studyImproving environmental design of mining villages With key assets located at Leonora Village, in the north eastern goldfields of Western Australia, mid-tier gold producer and mineral explorer, St Barbara, undertook a Mine Camp Design Study that led to the development of a new mine village. The new village, built within a sustainable framework, illustrates the possibilities that can unfold when companies go beyond compliance to achieve the best possible environmental outcome.SituationHaving acquired an existing mining village as a result of the purchase of new gold assets in 2005, St Barbara set about determining the best possible approach to bringing the accommodation up to world class standards while satisfying, environmental, social and economic concerns.Working with SKM, a study was commissioned to identify opportunities for water and energy efficiency and environmental performance during the construction and operation phases. The study succeeded in pinpointing a number of environmental opportunities and provided clarity around costs and benefits necessary to judge the project achievable.Challenge Mine site accommodation development is typically characterised by a requirement to keep costs to a minimum and requires a fast establishment time. St Barbara however, recognised that accommodation facilities for their workforce should follow the same environmental principles applied to operational areas.Response St Barbara understood that the approach to success would entail engaging with experts in sustainable mining village design and construction.The program entailed three steps:Initial investigation into the feasibility of establishing an environmentally sustainable mining village – the SKM study examined environmental initiatives and a cost benefit analysis. Architect, Ian Hooke, used the study to design the village and implementing the recommendations. After the initial design was complete, Ausco, a temporary accommodation construction company, was invited to custom design the village units. The combined efforts of all those involved resulted in a cost-effective solution incorporating as many of the recommended initiatives as feasible, within budget. The final stage involved constructing the village. The units were constructed off-site to reduce waste while on-site installation and preparation works got underway. Some of the initiatives implemented included: Upgrading of existing facilities, ie gym, recreation room, kitchen  Initiative  Results For mining companies, a long-term licence to operate depends on a capacity to renew existing commitments while seeking new solutions to environmental concerns.Sustainability best practice recognises the need to reduce a site’s ecological footprint, so it is logical to include any mine camp in this equation. Many companies have been embedding sustainability principles into mine camp design for decades and their experience in this area can be shared with others new to these concepts. The application of sustainable development principles can include the selection of location, materials, energy and waste management for the mine village. In this way, the mine village can be developed using socially and environmentally responsible design principles. Companies that are already taking these issues very seriously implement accommodation solutions that deliver value to the business and improved standards of living for their mine site employees, Jody Finsen – Senior Sustainable Buildings Consultant, Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) reports. They are using the approach of Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD), which considers the short and long-term impact of the mine site accommodation and more importantly advocates establishing a sustainability framework before the site is developed.Pre-fabricated buildings are the structure of choice in this solution as they can be transported to the next ‘short-term’ accommodation site – taking their sustainability benefits with them. Early consideration of the impact of these plans on the environment and the people being housed provides a better chance of delivering a sustainable solution and applying the latest technological advances.Furthermore, while working on a sustainability philosophy for design and site master planning, considering all three sustainability pillars – social, environmental and economic – is vital. The ‘whole project’ perspective ensures sustainability is on the agenda at the start of the project and ecological design concepts are conceived and tested to increase the long-term value of the development.Areas for early consideration: Low flow shower headsReduces water consumption Water Supply Building Materials How accessible is the site and what modes of transport are required to access the site?last_img read more

Irelands first legit drone drop landed on a boat at the weekend

first_img 16 Comments Monday 30 Jan 2017, 4:07 PM THE FIRST OFFICIALLY approved parcel delivery by drone in Ireland was completed over the weekend.The parcel, which was delivered in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, took two minutes to complete from take-off to parcel drop with the drone taking the 250 gram parcel from the shoreline to a boat at sea almost 200 metres away.It contained medical supplies: an emergency thermal blanket, an Epi-pen, bandages, plasters, thermometer, first aid leaflet, gloves, wipes and burn dressings. It also contained food and a drink in the form of a high-energy bar and water. The supplies were attached to the underside of the drone in a waterproof container.Though the delivery was a success, the company that delivered the package, Pony Express Couriers say they are not planning to offer a drone parcel delivery service in Dublin or Ireland any time soon.“The delivery of low value, urgent items such as takeaway food, especially to remote rural areas is highly likely,” said Audrey Browne, operations manager.“But important city deliveries such as the majority of our same-day express services could not be trusted to drones yet, the possibility of interception, loss or damage would be too great. When parcel delivery by drone can be proven to work safely in an urban context, then we will revaluate the situation, but for now we will continue offering parcel delivery by our traditional methods of bicycles, motorbike, vans and trucks.”This flight is the first parcel delivery drop by drone that the Irish Aviation Authority have sanctioned in Ireland.“We’re delighted with the success of the first official parcel delivery in Ireland via drone under controlled conditions which met all regulatory requirements. The application of drone technology is vast and the IAA will continue to foster, promote and encourage its use with the emphasis as always on safety,” said Ralph James, the IAA’s director of safety regulation.Read: The co founder of Skype is backing a company building mini electric planes that take off vertically>Read: Own a drone? These tips will help you take great photos with one> 24,536 Views http://jrnl.ie/3213381 By Michelle Hennessy Ireland’s first legit drone drop landed on a boat at the weekend The drone delivered medical supplies and food to the boat in Dun Laoghaire. Share235 Tweet Email2 Image: Pony Expres Image: Pony Expres Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Jan 30th 2017, 4:07 PM last_img read more

MIT Algorithm Reads Your Face to Detect Pain

first_img In one of my favorite Scrubs scenes, J.D. and Elliot refer to an “archaic” chart—illustrated expressions in varying degrees of pain—to gauge a patient’s discomfort.Mr. Peele, whose face looks like he just bit into a lemon, is a seven. Todd, hanging four stories from his banana hammock, is a 10.Sacred Heart Hospital’s rating scale, however, isn’t as antiquated as the fictional doctors believe. According to Medscape, single-dimensional scales, like the one held up by Dr. Reed, are still used to assess acute pain.More complex issues like chronic pain require multi-dimensional scales, which measure intensity, nature, and location of suffering, as well as the impact on a patient’s activity or mood.But these tools often require patients to have good verbal skills and sustained concentration—not always possible when your body is throbbing, convulsing, or cramping.Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are working on a modern solution that takes automatic pain estimation to a new level.In a paper published last month, MIT scientists describe a two-stage hierarchical learning algorithm called DeepFaceLIFT (Learning Important Features).Trained on videos of people with shoulder pain grimacing through range-of-motion exercises, the neural network has learned to detect subtleties in facial micro-expressions.When paired with self-reported pain scores, the algorithm can better estimate the user’s degree of discomfort. Age, sex, and skin complexion personalize the technique for more accurate results.MIT researchers Dianbo Liu, Fengjiao Peng, Andrew Shea, Ognjen Rudovic, and Rosalind Picard may not sound like heroes to you. But the team has developed a system that can help doctors and nurses distinguish between patients in need and those trying to scam prescription painkillers.For now, however, physicians must remain reliant on the face pain chart, while sadistic scientists continue schooling their algorithm in what it means to feel pain.“We plan to derive more advanced statistics that could potentially capture additional information and improve estimates of subjective pain,” according to MIT’s study. “Finally, we hope that these findings will advance applications of pain estimation in clinical settings.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Machine Learning Estimates Risk of Cardiovascular DeathMIT’s Color-Changing Ink Lets You Customize Shoes, Phone Cases Stay on targetlast_img read more

Obama Signs Defense Bill

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR President Obama on Wednesday signed the reworked version of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill despite misgivings about its lack of cost-saving reforms proposed by DOD and several provisions restricting the closure of the military prison at Guantánamo.“I am also disappointed that the Congress failed to enact meaningful reforms to divest unneeded force structure, reduce wasteful overhead, and modernize military healthcare. These reforms are essential to maintaining a strong national defense over the long term,” Obama said at the conclusion of his signing statement.Much of the president’s statement, though, was devoted to blasting lawmakers for blocking the administration from shuttering the detention facility at Guantánamo and moving some detainees to the United States.“The restrictions contained in this bill concerning the detention facility at Guantanamo are, as I have said in the past, unwarranted and counterproductive,” Obama wrote.The president has pledged to close the prison, but with the language in the authorization bill hindering the administration from going ahead, the White House has broached the possibility of using executive action, reported the Hill. The administration had been expected earlier to release a plan for closing the prison, but that has been postponed with no definitive timeline.The policy bill prohibits the transfer of detainees to the United States, or the construction or modification of facilities in the United States for housing the detainees.“It is long past time for the Congress to lift the restrictions it has imposed and to work with my administration to responsibly and safely close the facility, bringing this chapter of our history to a close,” the president said.In October Obama vetoed the initial conference report over its reliance on DOD’s overseas contingency operations account, which would have allowed the Pentagon to skirt the statutory spending caps without providing equivalent budget relief for non-defense programs. The new version authorizes $5 billion less in funding than the original, after the two-year budget deal called for $33 billion in defense spending above the Budget Control Act cap for FY 2016, an increase that didn’t quite meet the $38 billion in extra funds Congress and the administration had planned for.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly April 14 2015

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioHouse Steps Towards Full Legal Marijuana SalesZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageA bill that is fundamental to setting up legal regulations for marijuana in Alaska passed the state House today. The bipartisan vote is a step toward the Alcoholic Beverages Control Board establishing a permit structure that oversees a full legal market, from growers to commercial sales.New Rules For National Guard To Wait Until Next YearAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauA bill that applies a uniform code of military justice to the Alaska National Guard will not pass the Legislature this year.Eielson Will Keep F-16 Squadron Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCThe Secretary of the Air Force told Alaska officials Tuesday that Eielson Air Force Base will keep its F-16 Aggressor squadron.Lawmakers Opt To Keep Anchorage LIO Lease … For Now Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauIn a 13-to-1 vote, the Legislative Council has decided to punt on the question of what to do with the Anchorage Legislative Information Office.Facing Budget Cuts, Aleutians East to Close Cold Bay School Annie Ropeik, KUCB – UnalaskaThe Aleutians East Borough is closing its second school in three years. The school board voted last week to shut down the Cold Bay School, with state budget cuts looming and enrollment on the decline. Locals are worried the closure could put the tiny community in jeopardy.Juneau Assembly To Decide Fate Of Haven House Lisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauA group of Juneau residents is challenging a transitional home for former female inmates in their neighborhood. The Juneau Assembly heard the appeal Monday night.Alaska Salmon Producers Seek To Rejoin MSC Certification Dave Bendinger, KDLG – DillinghamA group of ten of Alaska salmon producers, which represent nearly three quarters of the Alaska’s salmon harvest, are attempting to rejoin the Marine Stewardship Council label.Private Funding Allows Round Island To Remain Staffed, Open Dave Bendinger, KDLG – DillinghamRound Island, the centerpiece of Alaska’s Walrus Islands State Game Sanctuary will remain staffed this summer and perhaps next, thanks to private funding.  Last year, citing state budget cuts, Fish and Game’s Division of Wildlife Conservation removed funding for the program, which costs around $100,000 annually.Search Continues For ‘Denali Highway Dog’ Dan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksA Fairbanks animal advocate is continuing her effort to rescue a loose dog in the Anderson area. The so-called “Denali Highway Dog” has been wandering through communities along the Parks Highway since last summer.last_img read more

WATCH Srinagars SMHS Hospital leaves terminal cancer patient without stitches after surgery

first_imgMarried couple left paralyzed after eating canned green beans [Representational Image]Creative CommonsA 25-year-old man from Jammu and Kashmir’s Handwara region, suffering from late-stage cancer, was left without stitches after doctors at Srinagar’s Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital asked him to go home post-surgery.According to his family members, they took him home for two days but soon his intestines became visible and they rushed back to the hospital. “However, even then the doctors said that there are more critical patients in the emergency departments who need to be operated and the patient with open stitches can wait,” the family member claims in a shocking video that has gone viral.The video also shows a doctor entering into a scuffle with the relatives of the patient who said they were pleading to them to stitch up his wounds.When the gross negligence of the hospital administration came to the fore, the management released a statement saying that the patient suffered from Stage 4 adenocarcinoma and had also developed wound intestinal infection.”The patient was operated earlier but soon he developed wound infection, for which stitches were advised daily and the family was urged to stay close by to the hospital. Since the patient was already terminally ill, suffering from kidney malfunctioning he could not be immediately taken for the second consecutive surgery and was asked to wait,” the hospital authorities said.The management further said that around the same time more critical patients needed to be treated at the emergency ward and this patient was subsequently operated next morning.”The family members, however, allege that the doctors told them to leave along with the patient who had developed the serious wound infection and bring him the next day.”How could we have dealt with such seriously ill patient at home? How could doctors discharge him when he was supposed to be operated,” the family members asked.Watch the shocking video here:The inadequate public health infrastructure in J&K has often led the patients to suffer as a majority of the tertiary care hospitals deal with a huge rush of patients. In Kashmir, there are only two major government hospitals which receive patients from every nook and corner of the valley.Despite the successive governments claiming to expand the health facilities to the rural areas, little has been achieved so far. Doctors conduct a vagina surgery on a patient at a private clinic in Jakarta.Getty images- ADEK BERRY / Stringerlast_img read more

Telangana Board to declare 1st 2nd year results today how to check

first_imgStudents take a university entrance examination at a lecture hallReuters file [Representational Image]The results of the intermediate first, second-year examinations conducted by the Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education (TSBIE) will be released on Thursday, April 18.According to the education board officials, the results will be made available from 11 am, but the exact timing is not available. The minimum pass percentage for the students is 35 per cent. The examination took place in three parts, Part-I English, Part-II Second Language and Part-III Group subjectsThe students can check the results online through the official websites given below:-tsbie.cgg.gov.inresults.cgg.gov.inSimilarly, there are some other websites also which you can check into if the server crashes on the main sites like manabadi.com, manabadi.co.in, educationandhra.com and examresults.netThe result will also be made available on the government integrated app – T App Folio, hosted by the government of Telangana.How to check the results online:-Go to the official websites – tsbie.cgg.gov.in or results.cgg.gov.inClick on Results 2019Enter your registration number and other detailsClick SubmitYour result will be displayedDownload the results for future purposeT App FolioSubmit your registration number on the app.Once the details are submitted the app will be automatically updated with the latest newsWhen the results are released, the app will alert the user, so that they can check it.Get results via SMSFor TS intermediate first year resultsFor general, SMS – TSGEN1[REGISTRATION-NO] to 56263For vocational, SMS – TSVOC1[REGISTRATION-NO] to 56263For TS intermediate second year resultsFor general, SMS – TSGEN2[REGISTRATION-NO] to 56263For vocational, SMS – TSVOC2[REGISTRATION-NO] to 56263last_img read more

First charges filed on Russias meddling in 2016 US polls

first_imgThen FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, US on 16 February 2011. REUTERS File PhotoA federal grand jury on Friday approved the first charges in the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, a source briefed on the matter told Reuters.The indictment was sealed under orders from a federal judge so it was not clear what the charges were or who the target was, the source said, adding that the indictment could be unsealed as early as Monday.The filing of charges by the grand jury in Washington was first reported earlier on Friday by CNN, which said the target could be taken into custody as soon as Monday.US intelligence agencies concluded in January that Russia interfered in the election to try to help president Donald Trump defeat Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton through a campaign of hacking and releasing embarrassing emails, and disseminating propaganda via social media to discredit her campaign.Special counsel Robert Mueller, a former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is investigating whether Trump campaign officials colluded with those Russian efforts.“If the Special Counsel finds it necessary and appropriate, the Special Counsel is authorized to prosecute federal crimes arising from the investigation of these matters,” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a 17 May letter appointing Mueller.Sources familiar with Mueller’s investigation said he has used that broad authority to investigate links between Trump aides and foreign governments as well as possible money laundering, tax evasion and other financial crimes.Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment to Reuters on Friday.Trump, a Republican who was elected president last November, has denied allegations that his campaign colluded with Russians and condemned investigations into the matter as a witch hunt.The Kremlin has denied the allegations.The special counsel’s investigation also includes an effort to determine whether the president or any of his aides tried to obstruct justice.Mueller’s team has conducted extensive interviews with former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, former spokesman Sean Spicer and other current and former White House officials.In July, FBI agents raided the Virginia home of Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort, whose financial and real estate dealings and prior work for a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine are being investigated by Mueller’s team.Mueller was appointed by the Justice Department to lead the investigation a week after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, who was leading a federal investigation into possible collusion with Russia.Trump initially said he fired Comey because his leadership of the FBI was inadequate and hurt morale, but in a later interview with NBC he cited “this Russia thing” as his reason.last_img read more

Saving Promise Launches Dont Just Give A Damn Domestic Violence Awareness Campaign

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, Special to the AFROL.Y. Marlow wants more than platitudes. She wants people to do more than rock a bumper sticker on the back of their Volvo or Subaru. As Domestic Violence Awareness Month is in full effect this October, the CEO and Founder of Saving Promise kicked off  “Don’t Just Give A Damn” about the issue. And she has the campaign to do it.#dontjustgiveadamn is a video and a call to action for people to address the importance of domestic violence. The initiative calls for people to do just three things this month: Donate $1, Make a pledge writing down what you will do to stop domestic violence and share the campaign via social media.This is a screenshot from the video, “Don’t Just Give A Damn”, a new campaign launched by L.Y. Marlow to encourage people to get involved in domestic violence awareness, activism and assistance. (Courtesy Photo)Nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States, according to data from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), pulled from the CDC’s 2010 National Intimate Partner Sexual Violence Survey. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men. Also according to NCADV 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.In D.C. alone, 32,794 domestic violence-related calls were made to the Metropolitan Police Department in 2013, according to the NCADV. That’s approximately 1 call every 16 minutes.Saving Promise is an organization Marlow started after coming to grips with the history of domestic violence in her family.“Saving Promise is inspired by my family story of five generations of domestic violence in my family including my grandmother, my mother, myself and my daughter,” Marlow said in a phone interview. “And my daughter’s little girl Promise became the fifth generation as she lay on the bed next to my daughter at six months old as my daughter was strangled and almost killed for the second time.”Located near Howard University, the organization has been around for over ten years now.Marlow wants everyone to know that making a difference is not just about big donations. Doing something is a very individual process when it comes to domestic violence.“Doing something could be as simple as a mother talking to her daughter about domestic violence,” Marlow said. “It could be getting a group of friends together for dinner to discuss it.”The Don’t Just Give A Damn campaign will hopefully extend into the new year, Marlow said. For more information please go to the website at www.savingpromise.org.last_img read more

The Worst And Weirdest Shrek Fan Art

first_imgIt’s 1996, and the newly-formed DreamWorks Animation is hard at work on an animated movie that will shake the industry. Packed with catchy songs and colorful characters, it’s intended to make the young company competitive with Disney and maybe even beat them at their own game.That’s right; we’re talking about The Prince of Egypt. Remember it? No, you probably don’t, because, at the same time, the studio was also working on Shrek as an afterthought. Nobody thought the computer-animated ogre fable had legs, and animators who couldn’t hack it on Prince were often sent down to labor in the Shrek ghetto.Obviously one of these movies secured a spot in the popular consciousness while the other one didn’t. And with popularity comes fan art. For some reason, Shrek has become one of the most popular figures in the bad fan art repertoire, his booger-green skin and ridiculous antennae showing up in the weirdest places. Let’s go on a journey through the worst and weirdest Shrek fan art ever drawn.View as: One Page Slides1/191. Nude Shrek RecliningYou know, why not? Let’s just open this up with the lumpy green ogre in full nude glory. You’re going to be seeing a lot of this, so it’s probably best to get used to it now.2. Shrekky MinajThere’s something about Shrek that makes people want to mash him up with all kinds of cultural figures, like Nicki Minaj…3. Shrek HitlerOr, uh… Hitler.4. Shrek Smokes WeedThere is a truly flabbergasting amount of really inept MS Paint Shrek artwork out there, and we’re not going to show you all of it. This one gets special attention because of how crappy the bag of weed looks.5. Shrek PhotoIt’s also weirdly popular to take pictures of shirtless dudes and make them look like Shrek. 6. Shrek Horse RideMany DeviantArt users like to share pictures of the imaginary adventures they have with Shrek, like riding a horse in lingerie through some sort of rainbow hell.7. Shrek Is LoveA lot of Shrek art takes inspiration from a viral Web video entitled “Shrek Is Love, Shrek Is Life” which features the ogre visiting an abused young man in his room and banging him up the pooper.8. Shrek GropingOK, I figure you’re warmed up by this point, now let’s get into the really hard stuff.9. Shadow Begs ShrekOne of the most popular pairings in the fan art world couples Shrek with Shadow the Hedgehog, Sonic’s dark nemesis. The two of them have a complex and rewarding relationship that, uh…10. Shrek Shadow SexJust be glad I blurred that out.11. Shrek Shadow First TimeIt’s OK, though, because they’re married. And what comes after marriage?12. Shrek Shadow BabyThat’s right, a beautiful half-ogre, half-hedgehog baby.13. Shrek And Shadow As WolvesAnd, because no fan art rundown would be complete without at least one furry thing, the happy couple can also turn into wolves.14. Shrek And TrumpFor somebody who wants to “drain the swamp,” Donald Trump seems to get along pretty well with Shrek.15. Zombie ShrekWhy wouldn’t Shrek come back as a zombie with his intestines hanging out, brandishing Donkey’s severed leg as a cudgel? It all makes sense.16. Shrek Marries Adam SandlerAnd now we’re finally down into the very bowels of Shrek fan art hell, where he’s marrying Adam Sandler in a lovely ceremony.17. Shrek IlluminatiOr implying that Shrek has something to do with a global Jewish financial conspiracy.18. Shrek SchoolgirlOr… whatever the Hell is going on here.19. Shrek VapesOf course Shrek vapes. I think we’re done here.last_img read more

Two New BBC Books Fill Doctor Who Void

first_img HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on target The Doctor’s Christmas regeneration is still more than four months away. But the BBC has you covered with two upcoming TARDIS texts.close dialogclose dialogRelive the excitement of season 10 with the Doctor Who 2018 Annual, a slim hardcover volume teeming with new tales of the Twelfth Doctor, Bill, and Nardole.“With secrets from the latest series, fact files on the latest terrifying monsters, exciting comic strips, stories, puzzles, and activities, it’s the perfect read for any fan,” according to the Penguin Random House brief.AdChoices广告Doctor Who 2018 Annual (via Amazon)Dive into the Whoniverse with features on Time Lord regeneration and the oh-so-spectacular Missy, a.k.a. the Master—charged with crimes against the universe throughout all her lives.Find out how she pleads in the official annual, available in the UK starting Sept. 21, and launching worldwide on Sept. 26.For those interested in the darker side of Doctor Who, BBC Books unveiled a “spin-chilling” collection of 12 short illustrated adventures, starring various incarnations of the Doctor—and some of his most terrifying monsters and villains.Doctor Who: Tales of Terror (via Amazon)Just in time for Halloween, Doctor Who: Tales of Terror compiles works by Jacqueline Rayner, Mike Tucker, Paul Magrs, Richard Dungworth, Scott Handcock, and Craig Donaghy, with illustrations by Rohan Eason.Maybe don’t read these stories—frightening fables about Autons, Monoids, the Toymaker, Weeping Angels, and Daleks—alone in a dark place:“As his eyes adjusted to the dim light, Ian saw the metal monster his brother and sister called Starman. He was roughly conical in shape, made of machine parts, and with two thin arms protruding from his battered body. There was a large, jagged hole in his side and Ian could see something dark and wet glimmering inside.”Doctor Who: Tales of Terror (via Penguin)Just remember: If ever you get too startled, the Doctor always has your back.Also, keep an eye out for cameos by fan-favorite friends and companions, including Sarah Jane Smith, Jo Grant, Ace, and Donna Noble.Tales of Terror hits UK shelves on Sept. 7; a US version is expected for release this autumn.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Mozilla launches Site Compatibility Tools for Firefox

first_imgMozilla launches Site Compatibility Tools for Firefox by Martin Brinkmann on August 07, 2019 in Firefox – Last Update: August 07, 2019 – 14 commentsSite Compatibility Tools is a new extension for the Firefox web browser designed to find and report site compatibility issues experienced in Firefox.If you take Internet Explorer and the old Microsoft Edge out of the picture, as they are not the focus of development anymore, you are left with Firefox and Safari when it comes to browsers with a sizeable user base that are not based on Chromium.With Chrome’s huge market share on the desktop, it is becoming a trend seemingly that certain websites or services don’t work well in Firefox or not at all. Google plays a role here certainly, as it is not uncommon to find the company block browsers from accessing updated products or services, or even new ones, at least for a period of time.A few examples: the new Google Earth release of 2017 was Chrome exclusive, the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge was blocked from accessing the new YouTube, or accusations that Google made YouTube slower for other browsers deliberately.Mozilla is very aware of the implications; the organization launched several projects and initiatives to tackle the issue from different angles. It launched a Web Compatibility page in Firefox recently that lists changes that Firefox makes to certain sites to get them to display and work properly in the browser.Site Compatibility ToolsSite Compatibility Tools is another tool that has just been released. Web developers are the main audience but anyone may download and install the extension.The first version of the extension supports reporting functionality and provides site compatibility news for Firefox versions. Mozilla plans to extend that in the future by integrating a site compatibility checker in the extension. Once launched, it would give webmasters and developers a tool at hand to test websites for compatibility issues directly in Firefox.The extension is compatible with all recent versions of the Firefox web browser. Launch the Developer Tools after installation and switch to the Compatibility tab to display its set of tools.It starts with a list of site compatibility changes in different Firefox versions. The links point to Mozilla’s Firefox Compatibility Site and provide further information on the change.The only other feature that is available in the initial release version is the reporter. It displays options to report problems with sites to Mozilla via Twitter (openly or via direct message), GitHub, or by using email. It is a rudimentary feature at the time of writing.Firefox users may report issues to Mozilla using the Web Compatibility reporter as well. It is linked in Nightly but can be accessed directly as well.Closing WordsThe initial version of the Site Compatibility Tools extension has limited uses; this will change when compatibility checking is integrated into the extension as it may help developers find issues on webpages and sites in an automated process.Now You: What is your expectation in this regard? Can Mozilla keep up with compatibility issues?Summary12345 Author Rating2.5 based on 6 votes Software Name Site Compatibility ToolsSoftware Category BrowserLanding Page https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/site-compatibility-tools/ Advertisementlast_img read more

Tourism and vacationing in New Zealand

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