Kashmir Valley’s apple growers welcome govt.’s scheme

first_imgThere were smiles on the faces of scores of apple growers in Srinagar on Thursday when Governor Satya Pal Malik announced market intervention scheme to buy crop worth ₹8,000 crore directly from the farmers in Kashmir.Muhammad Yousuf Dar, an apple trader who also heads the Baramulla Fruit Growers’ Association, termed it “a welcome move”. “We want the government to ensure that it [scheme] reaches the grass-roots level. This will also help resolve unemployment issue,” said Mr. Dar. He said over 10 crore boxes of apple are exported outside Kashmir annually.Trying timesMuhammad Maqbool, another trader, said the government’s move has “brought cheer for us in these trying times”. “Such interventions should continue,” said Mr. Maqbool.The August 5 decision of the Union government to revoke J&K’s special status resulted in a communication blockade, affecting the traders’ ability to tie up with wholesale buyers outside or line up with transport companies.Kashmir produces 75% of the total apple crop in the country at 20 lakh metric tonnes. “The fruit growers are not sure about prices and sell in distress. Even the grade ‘C’ apple will be bought. It will triple its price. The intervention of ₹8,000 crore will reach out to 60% of total population of J&K,” said Mr. Malik while launching the scheme at the horticulture department in Srinagar.The government’s market intervention, the first of its kind in J&K, will allow the apples produce to be bought from the doorsteps of the orchardists. “Direct payment will be made to their account. Transportation will be the job of the procurer only,” said Mr. Malik.The government has set up mandis for the scheme at Srinagar’s Parimpora, Baramulla’s Sopore, Shopian and Anantnag’s Botengu.In an indirect reference to the amendment to Article 370, the Governor said: “History cannot be reversed. There is sympathy for people of J&K. People should learn the art of seeking and taking [from the Centre]. The whole country belongs to you.”last_img read more

Bayern Munich play Liverpool, Napoli to face Atletico Madrid in Audi Cup

first_imgBayern Munich will take on Liverpool and Atletico Madrid will face Napoli in the pre-season Audi Cup in Munich on August 1, the German champions said on Thursday.The four-team tournament will be played over two days with the winners of the pairings advancing to the August 2 final.Bayern, who won a fifth consecutive league crown, will kick off their preparations for the new season on July 1 and will go on a four-match Asian tour before the tournament in Munich.Napoli and Atletico, who both finished third in their respective leagues, will play in the Champions League group stage next season while Liverpool, fourth in the Premier League, goes into the competition’s qualifying round.last_img

Tottenham vs West Ham: Team news & TV

first_imgLeague Cup Tottenham vs West Ham: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Goal Last updated 2 years ago 15:18 10/25/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Christian Eriksen, West Ham v Tottenham 17/18 Getty Images League Cup Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United Tottenham Hotspur West Ham United The two London rivals go head-to-head in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening Tottenham will hope to continue their considerable momentum when they face West Ham United in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.After drawing 1-1 with Real Madrid in the Champions League last week, Spurs thumped Liverpool 4-1 at Wembley on Sunday, and they must maintain that form if they are to come through a defining month, with the return leg against Real in a week’s time following a trip to Manchester United on Saturday.Spurs 1/2 to beat Hammers Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Hammers, meanwhile, lost 3-0 to Brighton & Hove Albion last time out, leaving Slaven Bilic’s job hanging by a thread. A victory against Spurs would go a long way to restoring some much-needed goodwill. Game Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham Date Wednesday, October 25 Time 20:00 BST / 15:00 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Mauricio Pochettino TottenhamIn the UK, the game will be available to watch live on television on Sky Sports Main Event, as well as Sky Sports Football. It will be available to stream live on the Sky Go app. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Football Sky Go app In the US, the game will not be shown on live television. It can be streamed online using the WatchESPN app. US TV channel Online stream N/A WatchESPN app SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Tottenham players Goalkeepers Lloris, Vorm, Gazzaniga Defenders Aurier, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Foyth, Davies, Rose, Walker-Peters Midfielders Dembele, Dier, Eriksen, Lamela, Nkoudou, Sissoko, Wanyama, Winks, Alli, Georgiou, Oakley-Boothe Forwards Kane, Llorente, Son Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that both Mousa Dembele and Danny Rose will return to the squad to face West Ham, with Rose pushing for his first start of the season at left-back.Michel Vorm will start instead of Hugo Lloris in goal, while Harry Kane will be rested, meaning Fernando Llorente is likely to play up front.Potential Spurs starting XI: Vorm; Walker-Peters, Foyth, Sanchez, Rose; Winks, Dier; Sissoko, Dele, Nkoudou; Llorente Position Liverpool players Goalkeepers Adrian, Hart Defenders Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Fonte, Collins, Byram, Cresswell, Henry, Masuaku Midfielders Antonio, Arnautovic, Kouyate, Lanzini, Noble, Obiang, Makasi Forwards Ayew, Carroll, Hernandez, Sakho Michail Antonio is definitely out with a rib injury, while Diafra Sakho will face a late fitness test after a back strain.James Collins is also doubtful, with an ankle injury, but Bilic has pledged to play a strong team against Spurs.Potential Liverpool starting XI: Hart; Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Masuaku; Kouyate, Noble; Ayew, Lanzini, Arnautovic; SakhoBETTING & MATCH ODDS Slaven Bilic West HamSpurs are big favourites at 1/2, according to dabblebet, with West Ham rated at 11/2. The draw, in 90 minutes, is priced at 7/2.Click here to see all the related odds and markets, including goalscorers and more. GAME PREVIEW Harry Kane Serge Aurier TottenhamWhile the Carabao Cup is seen as something of a distraction for most elite teams, Spurs are rolling at the moment and will hope to record another victory over their London rivals.Pochettino’s side won 3-2 at the London Stadium earlier this season in a pulsating game, and while the personnel will be different, a similar result would do wonders for a side facing a tricky fixture list over the coming week.The Hammers, meanwhile, need to find cover from the negative press raining down on them following their woeful 3-0 hammering at the hands of Brighton last Friday.Bilic was made odds-on favourite to be the next Premier League manager sacked after the result and, while Ronald Koeman beat him to it after being axed by Everton, a comprehensive defeat here would surely see the Croatian thrown out the door.last_img read more

IOC in the dock as Russia rejoices in absolution of its doping damned

first_imgWhat are the immediate consequences?The Sochi medal winners among the 28 “cleared” Russians get their medals back – returning Russia on top of the medal table. Russians hail ‘triumph of justice’ as IOC doping bans are overturned Share on Twitter The days remaining before the Pyeongchang opening ceremony ought to be spent talking about the contenders for medals and new events, and reflecting on historical glories and stories. But the actions of the IOC have ensured the buildup to the Olympics will once again be overshadowed by a debate about Russian doping.In December the IOC basked in the praise of those who viewed its “ban” on Russia’s participation in Pyeongchang as evidence it was finally getting tough on cheats. After passing the buck to individual federations to mete out their punishments before the Rio Olympics it was attempting to look proactive; but with each passing day observers would be forgiven for thinking the IOC’s actions look more like PR moves designed to appease clean athletes and fans.First there was the news that the Russian athletes permitted to compete as neutrals would still be introduced on the start line as being from Russia. Then came the announcement that the Russian flag may appear at the closing ceremony as their national anthem booms around the stadium and into homes around the world. Last week it was revealed that, of a pool of 389 Russian athletes, 169 would be allowed to compete in South Korea.We should have anticipated this really. By caveating its ban with the provision that Russian athletes who could “prove” they are clean would be allowed to compete in Pyeongchang, the IOC left itself with wriggle room. But the ruling of Cas has exposed a gaping hole that leaves many asking whether the lawyers should have realised the potential for this unravelling – especially as the IOC president, Thomas Bach, is a former Cas lawyer. What is the International Olympic Committee’s reaction?It expressed surprise that Cas had used a higher standard of proof than in previous doping cases, and said the rulings damaged the fight against doping. Reuse this content Share on Facebook Show Was this helpful? … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. A month before Rio 2016 a report authored by the Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren found overwhelming evidence of state-sponsored doping in Russia. So why – more than 18 months later – are we a week away from another Olympic Games wondering yet again how many Russian athletes will be competing?The ruling by the court of arbitration for sport, overturning lifetime Olympic bans on 28 Russian athletes, leaves the Olympic movement in a state of chaos on the eve of another major international sporting event. That this mess was avoidable is an unforgivable error of judgment by the International Olympic Committee. The IOC could have followed the blueprint of the International Paralympic Committee, which successfully banned Russian athletes from Rio 2016, or the IAAF, athletics’ world governing body, which did the same. But instead it issued lifetime bans on 45 athletes which history should have told it were unenforceable.Travis Tygart, the outspoken head of the US Anti-Doping Agency, summed up the sorry mess thus: “The IOC’s failure to swiftly and decisively deal with Russia’s unprecedented attack on fair play has eroded public trust in the values of the Olympic movement. Slamming dozens of cases through the process on the eve of the Olympic Games has not served justice and as such the integrity of the Games has been sabotaged. The whole mess truly stinks and the nightmare continues for clean athletes. This must change.”There are questions also to be asked of Cas about how it has dealt with these cases. It seems they have been treated like any other anti-doping violation appeal dropped through the Cas letterbox in Lausanne, Switzerland. That is to say each case has been treated individually, ignoring what is proven evidence of a state-run system.Nothing Grigory Rodchenkov, the former head of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory and major whistleblower, has claimed has ever been disproved. His claim that dirty samples were being passed under the door in an anti-doping laboratory and swapped for clean ones stands up to scrutiny. His lawyer, Jim Walden, is outraged. “His truth has been verified by forensic evidence, other whistleblowers, and, more recently, recovery of the Moscow lab’s secret database, showing thousands of dirty tests that were covered up,” he wrote in a statement. “This panel’s unfortunate decision provides a very small measure of punishment for some athletes but a complete ‘get out of jail free card’ for most. It only emboldens cheaters, makes it harder for clean athletes to win and provides yet another ill-gotten gain for the corrupt Russian doping system generally, and Putin specifically.”This verdict has given Russia some serious arsenal in the propaganda war and it is already claiming that it proves talk of state-sponsored doping was overblown. For all the posturing, once again the clean athletes are the victims here and their turmoil goes on. Sport politics Quick guide Why were the Russia doping bans overturned? Share on Pinterest And in the longer term?As things stand, around 160 Russians have been granted permission to compete as neutral athletes under the banner of Olympic Athlete from Russia after being cleared of doping by an IOC anti-doping panel last week. However some of the 28 “cleared” athletes are preparing an appeal so that figure could rise. Why did Cas overturn the lifetime Olympics bans on 28 Russians?It says there was “insufficient” evidence to establish that an anti-doping rule violation had been committed in 28 of the 39 cases it investigated. Since you’re here…center_img Share on LinkedIn Winter Olympics 2018 Read more Russia doping scandal Thank you for your feedback. Drugs in sport What is the IOC’s response?Resistance – for now. The result of the Cas decision does not mean that athletes from the group of 28 will be invited,” it said. Russia’s lawyers may be able to barge the door open regardless. Share via Email Topics International Olympic Committee Hide But haven’t the IOC banned the Russian Olympic Committee from the Winter Olympics for state sponsored doping in Sochi?Indeed. The Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov provided testimony and thousands of documents to support his claims, which were accepted by the IOC and the World Anti-Doping Agency. However Cas says it did not look at systematic doping – just the 39 appeals against lifetime bans from Russian athletes. Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian featureslast_img read more

Pen to Paper: 4 Tools for Keeping an Old School Travel Journal

first_imgWith Moleskine notebooks and tattered paperbacks giving way to mobile notepad apps and Amazon Kindles respectively, it seems the tradition of putting ink to paper is dying. As Brooks noted in The Shawshank Redemption, “The world went and got itself in a big damn hurry.” Thankfully, plenty of companies still recognize the romance of not going digital. Here are four of our favorite old school ways of keeping a travel journal.Field NotesThe Field Notes brand has become the Moleskine for the Millennial generation. The company initially launched with a single product: a three-pack of their Original Kraft notebook full of graph paper. Now, it’s available in ruled paper, plain, and mixed three-packs. Plus, they offer dozens of specialty notebooks for any purpose you can imagine. Front Page, for example, is a tall, thin, reporter-style notepad with basic, college-ruled pages — ideal for taking brief, to-the-point notes on the go. Their special edition Black Ice is like the company’s sleek new concept car — a traditional notepad wrapped in an embossed, industrial silver-black metallic foil. Bottom line: no matter what sort of notes you need to take, Field Notes has a notepad for you.Fisher Space PenIn the world of writing implements, Fisher Space Pen’s original Matte Black Bullet Space Pen is arguably the cleverest, most utilitarian designed in the last century (it’s even been featured at NYC’s MoMA). First crafted in 1948, the solid aluminum body featured a pressurized ink cartridge that worked virtually anywhere including in space and underwater. Fast-forward into the 21st century, and the design has hardly changed. It’s still the gold standard for durable, outdoor, go-anywhere pens. The brand now offers dozens of specialty and novelty versions of their iconic pen, although we’re partial to the rugged Matte Black Trekker.Rite in the RainMore than a century ago, entrepreneur Jerry Darling realized the logging industry needed an all-weather, on-the-job notepad. He went on to found the aptly named Rite in the Rain. The company’s current catalog features their iconic utility yellow notebooks of various sizes and layouts with a single purpose: to hold up to and be usable in almost any weather conditions. They’re guaranteed not to dissolve when wet and the ink will never smudge or bleed. The pocket-sized Memo Book — 112 pages, lightweight, and wrapped in soft, durable, weather-resistant Field-Flex material — is the ideal travel journal for those who value utility and durability above all else.The Bolt Pen by Karas KustomsThe guts of most store-bought pens are constructed of junk plastic that’s unreliable for adventure travelers. Kara Kustoms recognized the need for something more durable. The aptly named The Bolt pen is arguably the last writing implement you’ll ever need to buy. The bolt-action pen body is machined out of your choice of solid copper, brass, or aluminum. The latter weighs just 1.1 ounces but is virtually guaranteed never to break. What’s nice is The Bolt accepts any standard Parker ballpoint compatible refill, so you’ll never be without ink. The Best New Everyday Carry Essentials for Today’s Gentleman 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Editors’ Recommendations Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea) 12 Classic Sci-Fi Novels Everyone Who Likes Reading Should Read All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked last_img read more

Healthy Investments in ChignectoCentral Schools and Communities

first_imgStudents in central Nova Scotia will have more healthy food choices and opportunities to be physically active, thanks to a $70,000 investment from the province. The grant was provided to the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board to support schools in becoming Health Promoting Schools. “The Health Promoting Schools program is a perfect example of everyone working together to benefit the health of our children in their school community,” said Health Promotion and Protection Minister Barry Barnet. “This grant is making it possible in Chignecto-Central schools.” Health Promoting Schools involves a range of programs, activities, and services that take place in school communities. The program is designed not only to affect the health of individual students, but also to make the places where children live and learn, healthier. Research shows that combining healthy eating and physical activity is the most successful way to promote healthy living. Schools are recognized as an ideal setting to promote healthy eating and physical activity. With the grant, the school board plans to enhance and expand its current programs, commitments and partnerships. Current programs include finding alternative fundraising methods to selling food, maintaining their after-school activity programs and finding a way to offer affordable healthy choices from food service providers. “We want to invest diversity in our programs so we can reach all our students fairly and effectively,” said Coleen Davidson, co-ordinator of community education and partnerships for Chignecto-Central. “Our vision is to see all students making healthy decisions now and making them life long decisions because they are the role models for healthy living.” The school board’s existing sport animator and active healthy-living consultant will work together to support the implementation of the new programs and activities. They will have support from the Colchester East Hants Health Authority, Pictou County Health Authority and Cumberland Health Authority’s additional public health nutritionists, funded as part of the Healthy Eating Nova Scotia strategy. Families, health professionals, educators, schools, community organizations and young people must all work together to create a successful health promoting school. Recent data from Statistics Canada shows that 32 per cent of Nova Scotia children and youth are overweight or obese, which is above the national average. The benefits of Health Promoting Schools are far reaching — from improving student health and school environments to improving student success at learning. Schools that promote a healthy lifestyle can also empower young people to take responsibility for their health, show pride in their school and take ownership of school policies.last_img read more

Environment groups wait for charges in yearold Husky oil spill in Saskatchewan

first_imgREGINA – A year after a major oil spill along the North Saskatchewan River fouled the water source for three Saskatchewan cities, an environmentalist says the company involved should get more than just “a slap on the wrist.”Peter Prebble with the Saskatchewan Environmental Society says he hopes Husky Energy will be held to account after one of its pipelines leaked 225,000 litres of heavy oil mixed with diluent onto the riverbank near Maidstone, Sask. About 40 per cent of the spill reached the river.The oil plume flowed hundreds of kilometres downstream and forced the cities of North Battleford, Prince Albert and Melfort to shut off their water intakes for almost two months.Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Justice isn’t commenting. It is still reviewing Husky’s response to alarms before the spill to decide whether charges should be laid.“If it was just a matter of deciding on a fine, then I would think it wouldn’t be all that complicated at this point in time,” said Prebble.“If the department is actually working on a larger settlement that involves upgrades to the safety of the oil pipeline system that Husky operates in the province, then that’s something that could take more time,” he said.“If we don’t see that, I’ll be really concerned because Husky is a big company and the fine could just end up being a slap on the wrist.”Husky (TSX:HSE) could face fines of up to $1 million a day under the Environmental Protection Act and $50,000 a day under the Pipelines Act in Saskatchewan.There could also be federal charges under the Fisheries Act, said Dale Marshall, national program manager with the group Environmental Defence.“It remains to be seen whether fines will be levied or not,” said Marshall, noting he would be surprised if they weren’t.Marshall said it often takes more than a year for charges. He suggested they should be laid more quickly “in the interest of accountability and to send a clear message to other pipeline operators and oil companies that these matters are taken seriously and will be dealt with quickly.”Marshall noted it took a couple of years before charges were laid in spills in Alberta.Earlier this month, the Alberta Energy Regulator laid five charges against Nexen Energy (TSX:NXY) for a pipeline spill two years ago that was one of the largest in provincial history.In June 2014, Plains Midstream Canada was fined $1.3 million after pleading guilty to environmental charges related to two spills: one in April 2011 and the other in June 2012.In Saskatchewan, the statute of limitations for charges under The Environmental Management and Protection Act is three years. Marshall couldn’t say why it takes so long.“There’s almost no doubt that if charges are laid, they will be determined through some sort of negotiation with the oil industry. I think that’s almost a given. They’ll have certain charges that will be laid in exchange for a guilty verdict.”Part of the concern in the Husky spill is over how it was reported.The government was first told by a member of the public who spotted oil on the river — not Husky. Government investigators later determined that the leak began July 20, the day before the spill was discovered.They found that the pipeline’s alarms were warning of potential problems and continued until the line was shut down for scheduled maintenance at 7:15 a.m. on July 21.Husky Energy has said pipeline monitoring indicated pressure anomalies at 8 p.m. on July 20 and the company started a shutdown at 6 a.m.Husky’s own investigation determined that the pipeline buckled because of ground movement. The company has said it accepts full responsibility and is using what it learned to improve operations.Prebble said Husky should be required to install the latest spill detection technology, have automatic pipeline shutoff valves and install heavier walled pipes at river crossings.“Those kind of measures are going to be important requirements.”last_img read more

The Tragically Hip documentary Long Time Running selected for special gala screening

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Produced by Banger Films, Long Time Running follows The Tragically Hip on their 2016 Man Machine Poem Tour across Canada after the band’s announcement that lead singer Gord Downie had been diagnosed with incurable brain cancer. The documentary culminates in the final, emotional concert in their hometown of Kingston, Ontario.Award-winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, who directed the film, will both be at the Gala to introduce the film.This magical evening also celebrates Canada 150th Anniversary of Confederation in a night dedicated to our country’s incredible homegrown talent. Joining the filmmakers will be the evening’s co-hosts the Honourable Leo Glavine, Nova Scotia Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown and Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.“We here at FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival are elated to be chosen to be part of the nationwide Movie Nights Across Canada coast-to-coast-to-coast road trip,” said Wayne Carter, Executive Director at FIN. “To celebrate Canadian talent both in front of and behind the camera is one of our primary mandates and this very special event exemplifies all that is creatively Canadian.”Movie Nights Across Canada continues with the country’s biggest celebration of Canadian talent, highlighting the successes of the film, television, and digital artists who tell our stories and contribute to Nova Scotia’s thriving cultural and creative industries.About Movie Nights Across CanadaMovie Nights Across Canada started more than a decade ago in Ottawa as Movie Night on the Hill. Touching down in eight cities, Movie Nights Across Canada events are where decision-makers, local film fans, industry supporters, private and public broadcasters and the country’s top talent converge to experience the wealth of creativity, unique storytelling, entrepreneurship and passion that resides in the hearts and minds of Canadian filmmakers. The roadshow also travels to Calgary and Vancouver. In each city, Movie Nights Across Canada is partnering with regional film experts and cultural agencies.About FIN: Atlantic International Film FestivalFIN: Atlantic International Film Festival is an eight-day celebration of film, media and music from around the world. It’s a festival that turns Halifax into an international mecca for the arts, abuzz with movie lovers and filmmakers alike. Discover a variety of local, national and international films that explore all corners of life, culture, entertainment and the global human experience. A champion of local filmmakers, all of our film selections are chosen with our community in mind and our special events are designed to bring us all together.A not-for-profit organization, the Festival began as a tiny, grassroots operation in St. John’s, Newfoundland in 1981, relocating to Halifax the following year. Three decades later, the Festival has blossomed into one of Canada’s premier film festivals. Whether for industry folk, unabashed film lovers or curious onlookers, the Festival offers a slew of opportunities to engage through the celebration of film. Today’s FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival is now a year-round celebration, growing beyond our cornerstone event in September to include: ViewFinders: Atlantic Film Festival for Youth, the Outdoor Film Experience, and Strategic Partners.Follow #MovieNightsCAwww.movienightscanada.ca / www.soireescinecanada.caFollow FIN: Atlantic International Film FestivalWebsite:finfestival.caFacebook: atlanticinternationalfilmfestival #FIN #AIFFTwitter: @thefilmfest #FIN #AIFFYoutube: youtube.comInstagram: @thefilmfest #FIN #AIFF Advertisement HALIFAX, Aug. 31, 2017 – Canadian opera superstar Measha Brueggergosman and actor, writer, producer Allan Hawco will act as talent ambassadors and emcees for a combined Movie Nights Across Canada and FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival Opening Night Gala presentation of Long Time Running at the Dalhousie Arts Centre’s Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax, Thursday, September 14 at 7 p.m.Tickets for the Opening Night Gala (which include exclusive access to the Opening Night Celebration) go on sale tomorrow, Friday, September 1 at 12:00 p.m. AST, and will be available through the Dalhousie Arts Centre Box Office (6101 University Ave.), by phone at 1-800-874-1669, and online at dal.ca/dept/arts-centre.Following the Opening Night Gala presentation is the FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival’s Movie Nights Across Canada Opening Night Celebration. Penned as one of Halifax’s ‘most anticipated parties of the year’, this red carpet event will take place at the Via Rail Halifax Train Station on Thursday, September 14, starting at 9:00 p.m. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

The Ryerson Image Centre kicks off the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival April

first_imgTORONTO, March 27, 2018 – The Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) will kick off the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival with the official launch party, open to the public, on April 27, 2018, 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. In addition to acting as a host institution for the Festival, the RIC is proud to present the Scotiabank Photography Award exhibition, this year featuring the work of Shelley Niro, 2017 winner of the prestigious award. Alongside this show, the RIC will showcase a video installation by multidisciplinary artist Nadia Myre. In the same building, the annual year-end exhibition Maximum Exposure presents work by the best young emerging Canadian and international artists at Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts.“We’re thrilled to be partnering once again with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival to launch Toronto’smonth of photography,” says Paul Roth, Director of the Ryerson Image Centre. “It’s exciting for us at the RIC to host the kickoff of one of the world’s largest photography festivals, and to welcome thousands of visitors to our museum to celebrate the medium.”Scotiabank Photography Award: Shelley Niro celebrates the career of this Canadian artist, known for challenging stereotypes and exploring notions of culture and identity with sensitivity and humour. A member of the Six Nations Reserve, Bay of Quinte Mohawk, Turtle Clan, Niro combines beadwork designs, archival images, family pictures, videos, and installation to question traditional representations of Indigenous peoples, with a particular focus on womanhood. This exhibition is presented by Scotiabank and organized by the Ryerson Image Centre in partnership with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. Advertisement Advertisement Twitter “It will be a wonderful experience to be able to see my life’s work in one place,” says Shelley Niro, winner of the 2017 Scotiabank Photography Award. “This award is one of the most important events in my career and I’m looking forward to the future.”On view on the RIC’s Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall, Nadia Myre‘s silent video Acts that Fade Away presents the artist’s hands and forearms filmed from above as she carefully manipulates the needles, threads, patterns, beads, and tools necessary to craft four Indigenous-inspired objects. These include a pair of baby moccasins, a small basket, a woman’s hair bonnet, and a bandolier bag—guided only by instructions pulled from nineteenth-century women’s magazines. Through the reappropriation of instructions and gestures drawn from European and North American illustrated publications, Myre reclaims Indigenous skills and crafts devalued by colonization.Also as part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Maximum Exposure features multidisciplinary work produced by photography, film, and integrated digital students in a professional gallery setting. Since its inception 23 years ago, this three-day exhibition continues to expand its list of successful alumni while providing a platform for networking between emerging artists of Ryerson’s School of Image Arts and top industry professionals.Scotiabank Photography Award: Shelley Niro and Nadia Myre: Acts that Fade Away are both primary exhibitions of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. On view from April 28 to August 5, 2018, these exhibitions are accompanied by free public programming, including artist and curator walk-throughs, talks, and more. A full schedule of events is available via ryersonimagecentre.ca/events.Ryerson Image Centre33 Gould StreetToronto, Ontario, CanadaFREE ADMISSIONFree exhibition tours daily at 2:30 p.m.www.ryersonimagecentre.ca416-979-5164ric@ryerson.caFollow us @RICgalleryThe Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) exists for the research, teaching and exhibition of photography and related media. We are an active partner within the academic fabric of Ryerson University, the cultural network of greater Toronto, and the national and international artistic community. We develop rigorous yet inclusive programs for students, faculty, artists, researchers and curators, as well as the general public. The RIC boasts three interrelated areas of activity. Our exhibition program addresses topics of social, cultural, aesthetic and historical concern from a variety of contemporary perspectives. Our Peter Higdon Research Centre conducts and facilitates inquiry into primary resource materials and offers workshops, lectures, symposia and publication programs. Finally, we maintain a collection of photography spanning the medium’s history, as well as several artist and journalism archives—including the renowned Black Star Collection of twentieth century photoreportage. For more information, visit www.ryersonimagecentre.caRyerson University is Canada’s leader in innovative, career-oriented education and a university clearly on the move. With a mission to serve societal need, and a long-standing commitment to engaging its community, Ryerson offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs. Distinctly urban, culturally diverse and inclusive, the university is home to more than 41,500 students, including 2,400 master’s and PhD students, 3,200 faculty and staff, and nearly 170,000 alumni worldwide. Research at Ryerson is on a trajectory of success and growth: externally funded research has doubled in the past five years. The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is Canada’s leading provider of university-based adult education. For more information, visit www.ryerson.caCONTACT fosters and celebrates the art and profession of photography with an annual Festival in May and year-round programming in the CONTACT Gallery. CONTACT, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1997, is generously supported by Scotiabank, Nikon Canada, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso, Vistek, Dentons Canada LLP, Toronto Image Works, The Gilder, Transcontinental PLM, 3M Canada, Waddington’s Auctioneers and Appraisers, Four By Eight Signs, Beyond Digital Imaging, Steam Whistle Brewing, Art Toronto, The Gladstone Hotel, Canadian Art, CBC, The Globe and Mail, and NOW Magazine. CONTACT gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Celebrate Ontario, Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Ontario Arts Council, The Government of Ontario, Partners in Art, Street Art Toronto (StART), Canada Council for the Arts, the Howard Webster Foundation, Goethe-Institut, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, and all of our funders, donors, and programming partners.The Scotiabank Photography Award, now in its eighth year, is Canada’s largest annual peer-nominated, peer-reviewed acknowledgment of excellence in contemporary photography. In 2010 Scotiabank co-founded the Award with photographer Edward Burtynsky, in order to recognize an established mid to later-career artist; celebrate the outstanding contribution they have made to the arts; and raise international and national awareness of the strength of photography in Canada. Each year, the Scotiabank Photography Award-winning artist receives a prize of $50,000, a book overview of their work, published and distributed worldwide by esteemed German publisher Steidl, and a solo exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre during the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. These three components of the Award combine to reward the winning artist and advance his or her career in a tangible and meaningful way. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement CONTACT Festival (CNW Group/Scotiabank) Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

Ban and Kenyan VicePresident discuss cases of alleged crimes against humanity

8 March 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Kenyan Vice-President Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka today discussed the International Criminal Court (ICC) process against six Kenyans, including three ministers, for alleged crimes committed during post-electoral violence three years ago. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Kenyan Vice-President Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka today discussed the International Criminal Court (ICC) process against six Kenyans, including three ministers, for alleged crimes committed during post-electoral violence three years ago.In December ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo requested that the tribunal issue summonses against the six on charges of crimes against humanity for the violence in which more than 1,100 people were killed, 3,500 injured and up to 600,000 forcibly displaced. There were hundreds of rapes, possibly more, and over 100,000 properties were destroyed in six of Kenya’s eight provinces, Mr. Moreno-Ocampo said at the time.Those named are: William Samoei Ruto, Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology; Henry Kiprono Kosgey, Minister of Industrialization; Joshua Arap Sang, Head of Operations for KASS FM radio station; Francis Kirimi Muthaura, Head of the Public Service and Secretary to the Cabinet; Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance; and Mohamed Hussein Ali, Police Commissioner at the time of the violence.ICC judges are now reviewing the evidence. If they determine that there are reasonable grounds to believe that the six committed the alleged crimes, they will decide on the most appropriate way to ensure their appearance in Court. The prosecution has requested “Summonses to Appear.”During their meeting at UN Headquarters in New York today Mr. Musyoka handed Mr. Ban a message from President Mwai Kibaki. read more

Brantford police identify victims in double homicide

Brantford police say two people died of gunshot wounds Thursday morning at an address on Park… Brantford police identified Lynn VanEvery as one of two homicide victims on Thursday. Facebook Email Google Plus Brantford police say two people were shot and killed Thursday morning, the latest in a spate of gun violence that has plagued the city since the beginning of the year.Police said a man and a woman died of gunshot wounds at a home on Park Road South, just off of Colborne Street. Share July 18 homicide in Brantford Brantford police blocked traffic for their investigation of a double homicide Thursday morning at an… Tumblr GALLERY: July 18 homicide in Brantford Brantford police say two people died of gunshot wounds Thursday morning at an address at Park… Brantford police investigate a vehicle on Rowanwood Avenue, near Grey Street, after two people… Brantford police say two people died of gunshot wounds Thursday morning at an address at Park… Pinterest Brantford police investigate a vehicle on Rowanwood Avenue, near Grey Street, after two people… Brantford Const. Shane Seibert answers questions Thursday about a double-homicide… 1/5 Reddit LinkedIn Police identified the victims as Larry Reynolds, 64, and Lynn VanEvery, 62.Police were called to the home at about 7:55 a.m. The victims were treated by emergency medical services but died at the scene, police said“Brantford police are investigating this as a double homicide,” said Const. Shane Seibert, Brantford police’s media relations officer. “We believe this is not a random act of violence.“Major crime investigators will be on the scene, as well as forensic identification officers, who will be there collecting evidence from the scene.”The victims are the third and fourth people to be killed by gun violence this year and their murders come less than two weeks after Coby Carter, 22, of Hamilton, was killed in a shooting July 8 in the 100 block of Colborne Street West, between Gilkison and Oak streets. Police called Carter’s slaying “a planned and deliberate act.”On Thursday morning, several police vehicles, including the command post, were brought to the scene of the shooting, which shook up an otherwise quiet neighbourhood.“All I know is that there were some individuals parked with their vehicles on Fairmount (Avenue),” said one resident. “They got in their cars, drove around the corner and a few minutes later we heard shots, pop, pop, pop.“Next thing you know, police start showing up.”Fairmount runs parallel to Park Road South. The streets are connected at their southern ends by Edgewood Avenue.Other area residents said the neighbourhood is normally quiet.Family and friends of the victims expressed shock over their deaths and posted condolences on social media.“Can’t even believe it. RIP – my sweet aunt and uncle.”VanEvery was a “wonderful person,” said a man who who once worked with her at a Brantford auto parts manufacturer. “She was a real sweetheart. A very nice lady.”Police blocked Park Road South, between Colborne Street and Glenwood Drive. The road was expected to be closed for several hours.“We do have a command post there to assist our officers,” Seibert said. “It gives them a place to work from while still at the scene.“Any type of violence in any community is disturbing and we want to reassure the community that we are doing everything we can.”Seibert said all available resources are being used to keep the community safe.“There will be a police presence in the area for some time.”Staff from the city’s housing services department also were at the scene following the shooting. The house where the shooting took place is owned by the city and rented through the housing services department.The city purchased properties in the area several years ago to accommodate the proposed Brantford Southern Access Road.Meantime, Brantford police officers, joined by OPP officers, were also on Rowanwood Avenue, just off the Grey Street extension, on Thursday morning.A section of Rowanwood to Steed Court was closed to traffic as the police canine unit searched a bush area that acts as a buffer between Steed and a set of railway tracks.Police were sent to the area shortly after the shooting on Park Road South. Police sources said a getaway car used in the shooting was abandoned on Rowanwood.The city has been hard hit by a spate of gun violence which Brantford Police Chief Geoff Nelson earlier this year called ‘unprecedented for our community.”The violence resulted in the formation of a special task force to investigate gun related crime in the city.So far this year, there have been 23 gun-related incidents in the city,“We want to reassure the community that we are doing all we can to ensure our residents are safe,” Seibert said. “We are usually all of the resources available to use to not only keep residents safe but to bring our investigations to a successful conclusion.”Vball@postmedia.comtwitter.com/EXPVBallAt a glanceFollowing is a list of some of gun-related crime to occur in Brantford so far this year:Jan. 24 – A 20-year-old Brantford man sent to Brantford General Hospital following a shooting at a Woodlawn Avenue home.Feb. 15 – Police were called to a home on Moyle Drive to investigate a report of gunshots. Officers found bullet holes to the residence.Feb. 21 – Two Brantford men, aged 20 and 23, treated in hospital for gunshot wounds following a shooting in the area of Scarfe and Grand River avenues.March 22 – A young man shot in the area of Colborne Street and Park Avenue. The victim was under 18 years of age.April 5 – Gerald Robert Male, 37, shot and killed at his William Street home.April 24 – A 23-year-old taken to hospital after being shot in an alley behind a downtown Dalhousie Street building connecting Queen and King Streets.July 8 – Colby Carter, 22, of Hamilton shot and killed in the 100 block of Colborne Street West just past Gilkison Street.July 18 – Larry Reynolds, 64, and Lynn VanEvery, 62, shot and killed in a Park Road South home. Brantford Police Const. Shane Seibert addresses issue of gun violence in city after double homicide pic.twitter.com/lW35MSq7II— Brantford Expositor (@TheExpositor) July 18, 2019 read more

Challenge of covering sustainable development issues focus of UN media panel

Shashi Tharoor Kicking off the debate, Shashi Tharoor, Interim Head of the UN Department of Public Information, which organized the encounter, said sustainable development was a relatively new idea and one that had been evolving over the past decade. And yet, he stressed, it was at the very core of humanity’s value system – how to balance the need for world economic growth with concerns for social justice and environmental protection. “Today’s sustainable development agenda is vast,” Mr. Tharoor said. “It covers issues as diverse as ozone depletion, child labour, and socially responsible investing. The new catch-all term ‘globalization’ is also now a part of the sustainable development equation.” Today’s debate on the theme of “The Media and Sustainable Development” took place against the background of intensive preparations under way at UN Headquarters for the World Summit on Sustainable Development that will be held later this year in Johannesburg, South Africa. Snuki Zikalala, Executive Editor of News for the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which will be the host broadcaster of the conference, said covering such a huge event as the Summit would pose a major challenge for his network in trying to translate the forum’s concepts into language that ordinary people could understand. The SABC was trying to ensure that issues coming from other African countries focused on environmental dimensions and not just poverty and conflict, he said, adding that most of the time development issues did not make headlines and therefore it was difficult to put sustainable development issues onto commercial television stations. The question was how to use the media to discuss complex issues such as sustainable development, said Simone Duarte, New York Bureau Chief for Globo TV of Brazil. In her country, one successful method was inserting environmental issues into soap operas. Another was having environmental campaigns. Both of those initiatives had received great responses from the public, she said. Tim Hirsch, Senior Environmental Correspondent for the British Broadcasting Corporation said that it was difficult to reflect issues in an informative way. Doing so might sometimes be seen as being “preachy” in coverage and therefore would not get on the networks. The big problem with “sustainable development,” he said, was that it had not entered the public conscience, probably because of the lack of implementation on the part of governments. Also taking part in today’s discussion was Jim Laurie, Vice-President of News and Current Affairs for Star TV in Hong Kong, and Barbara Pyle, former Corporate Vice-President of Environmental Policy for Turner Broadcasting in the United States. read more

Millennium Development Goals have unprecedented support Annan says

In a speech prepared for delivery to an anti-poverty event at London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral, he focused on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were approved at a UN summit in 2000 and which prescribe measurements and targets for the reduction or elimination of current socio-economic ills by 2015. Progress on achieving them will be reviewed at what is expected to be the world’s largest summit ever in September at the UN.“All of you are here because, like me, you know that this is a make-or-break moment for the Millennium Development Goals – and for the world’s poor,” Mr. Annan said. “You know that how we fare for the next 10 years hinges on decisions that must be taken within the next days and months.”Major advances in reducing hunger, improving access to safe drinking water and sending more children to primary school have been offset by women dying needlessly in childbirth, while HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria continue to spread and kill, gender equality is a distant dream for many societies, and environmental damage threatens food, water supplies, livelihoods and homes, he said.“There is no autopilot, no magic of the marketplace, no rising tide in the global economy that will lift all boats. If current trends persist, some of the poorest countries will not be able to meet many – or perhaps any – of the Goals by 2015. Considering how far we have come, such a failure would be a tragic missed opportunity,” Mr. Annan said.What makes the MDGs different from “the bold pledges that became broken promises in the last 50 years” is that rich countries and poor countries have accepted, for the first time, their responsibility to achieve these goals, he said.According to the eighth MDG, he noted, “each developing country has a duty to its people to take charge of its own development” by instituting better governance, fighting corruption, devising measures to strengthen its economy and making real resources available to fund the fight against poverty.If they achieve that, the developed countries must provide more and better quality development assistance, make the global trading system support development and offer wider and deeper debt relief, he said.“We have a once-in-a-generation chance to bring about historic fundamental change. But it will depend on the will of governments and on the commitment of groups and individuals such as you,” Mr. Annan said.“So between now and September, please keep making your voices heard, loud and clear enough to lift the sky. And keep raising your voices after that, to hold governments to their promises and to help translate those promises into action.” read more

UN agency helped nearly half a million Afghans return from Pakistan in

Indrika Ratwatte, Assistant Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Pakistan, said this is the highest number of returns since 2002, when the agency helped nearly 1.6 million Afghans to go home. “In all, more than 2.73 million Afghans have gone home from Pakistan under this programme since it started in 2002.” A total of 29 Afghan families – 164 individuals – left three different Pakistani provinces and joined a convoy that set off on Monday towards their homes in three different Afghan provinces. Their reasons for waiting for this final trip were as varied as the ways that they had survived their long sojourns stemming from the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s and the evolving civil war that tore the country further apart during the 1990s. Mohammad Zia, for example, had been living for five years in Attock, about an hour’s drive from the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. “I’m a carpet weaver and I was working in the carpet-weaving factory in Attock,” he explained, adding that he had to complete his last carpet, which took three months to make, before receiving his last pay-check. Mr. Zia said he looked forward to rebuilding his house in Kabul. “I hope and believe that I can spend my life in Afghanistan better than in Pakistan. At least I will not be a refugee, and I will try to find a job.” Under the assisted return programme, UNHCR offers travel assistance and a cash payment to aid reestablishment in Afghanistan. In addition to this year’s returnees, 1.5 million refugees have gone home from Iran since early 2002, meaning 4.2 million Afghans in all have returned to their homeland since the fall of the Taliban: the biggest organized repatriation since the UNHCR was created in 1951, the agency said. There are an estimated 2.6 million Afghans still living in Pakistan plus about 1 million registered in Iran. Next year’s repatriation season will begin in March. read more

Desperate search continues for 12 children trapped in cave in Thailand

first_img 6 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jun 26th 2018, 1:46 PM By AFP 15,675 Views Desperate search continues for 12 children trapped in cave in Thailand They went there with their football coach to escape a heavy downpour which caused flooding. http://jrnl.ie/4092583 Emergency rescue teams gather in the staging area as they continue the search for the young soccer team and their coach Image: AP/PA Imagescenter_img Short URL Emergency rescue teams gather in the staging area as they continue the search for the young soccer team and their coach Share28 Tweet Email DESPERATE PARENTS LED a prayer ceremony outside a flooded cave in northern Thailand where 12 children and their football coach have been trapped for days, as military rescue divers packing food rations resumed their search today.Hundreds of people have been mobilised to find the youngsters who went into the Tham Luang cave on Saturday and were trapped when heavy rains flooded its main entrance.Anxious relatives camped out to perform traditional rituals, making offerings and reciting emotional prayers for their children’s safe return.“I asked for all God’s wishes, but I’m certain in my heart that they will survive. They have been inside the cave before,” the father of one of the young footballers said.Some relatives cried at the cave’s entrance near the Laos and Myanmar border, where huge crowds have gathered near stockpiles of water and food.“My child, I’m here to get you now,” one crying parent said, while another screamed: “Come home my child!”The children, aged between 11 and 16, are thought to have retreated further into the tunnel as monsoon rains fell and flooded the cave, believed to be several kilometres long.Rescuers found bicycles, football boots and backpacks at the entrance to the site yesterday, and divers said they spotted footprints in one of the cave’s chambers.Park officials, police and soldiers were dispatched on foot, while an aerial team was also being mobilised to see if there was another entrance to the cave, according to an AFP photographer at the scene.Navy divers equipped with oxygen tanks and food rations entered the cave early today in northern Chiang Rai province as rain continued to fall.Rescue teams were also dispatched to light the inside of the cave and drain water from the site, and an underwater robot was set to be dispatched to survey the area and help rescuers. Soldiers guide auxiliary power lines into the cave. Source: AP/PA ImagesInterior Minister Anupong Paojinda said they were working around the clock to find the youngsters.“We’re working against time, but we’re not panicking,” he told reporters.Forecasters said rains are expected to continue today, which could hamper rescue efforts.Tham Luang cave is not hugely popular among foreign tourists because of its remote location but draws locals to worship at small Buddha statues inside.Downpours routinely hit Thailand during the monsoon season from May to October, often causing flooding and landslides.Fifteen people died in flooding in December that submerged large swathes of Thailand’s south and hit hundreds of thousands of households.This is not the first cave accident in the country.Six foreign tourists and two Thai guides were killed in 2007 when they were swept away by flash floods in a cave in Khao Sok national park in southern Thailand.The fiancé of one of the tourists killed in the accident survived after clinging onto a ledge in the cave for 21 hours.- © AFP, 2018 Image: AP/PA Images Tuesday 26 Jun 2018, 1:46 PMlast_img read more

Samaras visits Cyprus ahead of summit in Egypt

first_imgGreek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades continued talks in Nicosia yesterday after the New Democracy leader arrived on the Eastern Mediterranean island to back Cyprus’ right to explore for hydrocarbons in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ).After a working dinner with Anastasiades on Thursday, Samaras criticised Turkey’s decision to send the Barbaros seismic research vessel into Cyprus’ EEZ. “Unfortunately, Turkey has once again chosen to follow a policy that has no relation to international law,” said the Greek premier.“Greece is observing the situation with prudence and a clear head and fully supports President Anastasiades’ decision to suspend his participation in the [reunification] talks until other conditions prevail,” added Samaras, who expressed hope that Ankara would help create such conditions.Samaras was due to hold a new round of talks with Anastasiades yesterday. It was also scheduled for him to meet with other party leaders. The Greek premier was then due to fly to Cairo, where he, Anastasiades and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will hold a summit today. Energy cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean is expected to be one of the main items on the agenda, with Greece hoping to outline its own EEZ in the future.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

La sortie du Nikon D3200 WiFi se précise

first_imgLa sortie du Nikon D3200 WiFi se préciseNikon pourrait commercialiser le successeur du Reflex numérique D3100 en avril prochain. L’arrivée du D3200 se précise donc.Nikon pourrait lancer l’appareil photo Reflex numérique D3200 au mois d’avril prochain. Celui-ci succèderait alors au D3100. Cette évolution serait dotée d’un capteur 24 Mégapixels, d’un autofocus 11 points, d’une montée en ISO allant de 100 à 6.400 (voire 12.800 ISO), d’une meilleure résolution pour l’enregistrement de vidéos amélioré, de l’apport non négligeable du WiFi, et enfin d’un mode rafale 4 images par sec.Nikon continue d’être très actif sur le marché des nouveautés puisqu’en plus des D4 et D800, le D3200 vient grossir le rang des nouveautés. Le D3200 devrait être proposé à un tarif avoisinant les 400 euros, tout comme le D3100 actuellement. Une annonce allant dans ce sens de la part de Nikon ne serait pas surprenante…Cependant des surprises au niveau des caractéristiques techniques de l’appareil, quelles qu’elles soient, ne sont pas à exclure. Mais la compatibilité Wi-Fi, particulièrement attendue, semble se dessiner. Le 30 mars 2012 à 10:30 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Dont Hang This AIs Motivational Posters on Your Wall

first_imgStay on target Some people use artificial intelligence to tackle the world’s greatest economic and social challenges.Others use it to design nonsensical inspirational posters.Remember those signs that hung from your dorm room walls and in doctor’s-office waiting rooms? The kitten gripping onto the end of a rope above the phrase “hang in there”? The serene sunset accompanied by a quote reminding you to be a better person?AI InspiroBot is gaining traction online with its collection of questionable motivations.Unlike other, even more absurd systems—check out Magic Realism Bot on Twitter and follow Janelle Shane’s blog—InspiroBot gives off the vibe of an evil genius typing slightly off-color messages at superhuman speed.View as: One Page Slides1/101. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Some quotes make more sense than others: “Sometimes an animal is nothing but an animal,” it told me, after musing that “Kindness is just an actor on a river.”Visit the minimalist website and click “generate” to hatch endless sayings. Each is stored at the bottom of the page, so you can revisit your favorites, share on social media, or even order them on a mug.Little is known about InspiroBot, or the person(s) behind the algorithm.The bot’s “About” tab doesn’t lead anywhere, and its Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts offer the same description: “an AI dedicated to generating unique inspirational quotes for the endless enrichment of pointless human existence.”As IFL Science pointed out, the green camera eye staring back at you adds the unsettling impression of HAL 9000, the murderous AI from 2001: A Space Odyssey.Before InspiroBot goes rogue and demeans the human race, check out some top-notch quotes below. And follow the mysterious force for a daily dose of illogical encouragement.Just beware of its irresistible power to suck you into an infinite loop of absurd motivational messages.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS last_img read more

Atleti president denies Lucas Hernandez will move to Bayern

first_imgBayern Munich is reportedly interested in paying Lucas Hernandez’s €80 million release clause to make the transfer a reality in January.Lucas Hernandez, 22, wants to stay at Atletico Madrid amidst reports that Bayern wants to take him to Bavaria, according to Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo. Cerezo dismissed allegations that Hernandez was ready to make the move, saying the Frenchman “wants to stay with us.”“Right now Lucas Hernandez is an Atletico Madrid player. He wants to stay with us,” Cerezo told SportYou, according to Goal.“Let them pay his €80m release. We are putting together a great team, not selling it off.”Lucas Hernandez also admitted that cross-town rivals Real Madrid wanted to sign him.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“I didn’t pay too much attention [to the offer],” Lucas told RMC Sport. “I was 100 percent focused on my club, where I had recently signed a new contract.“My agent told me about it. When he said there was an opportunity to go to Real Madrid, I told him I couldn’t do that.“Atletico are my club, a team who have given me everything. I’m an honest person and I couldn’t go to Madrid.“I hope I can stay here for a very long time, but football moves very fast. If an offer comes in that I can’t refuse.”last_img read more

Martin Luther King Community Choir celebrates 20 years with Pastor Ken Anderson

first_img March 21, 2018 Dave Scott Martin Luther King Community Choir celebrates 20 years with Pastor Ken Anderson Dave Scott, Updated: 5:58 PMcenter_img Posted: March 21, 2018 For more than two decades, the Martin Luther King Community Choir of San Diego has been thrilling audiences across the county with their powerful voices.The award-winning gospel choir has performed around the world and will soon focus its talent in San Diego on a series of special concerts.On April 7th, the Choir will perform at the KROC Center in Rolando. The show celebrates the Choir’s 20th anniversary and is under the direction of Pastor Ken Anderson.We will also be featuring a lady named Arnessa Jones. Arnessa is also producing a show called “All About the Blues.” This show is on May 19th and features the Choir of which Arnessa is a member. But she is also a talented playwright.KUSI’s Dave Scott was in Rolando this evening where the choir is rehearsing for their big shows. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more