Man 23 arrested after entering Iqaluit hospital with rifle

first_imgAPTN National NewsIQALUIT–A 23 year-old man has been arrested after entering the lobby of the Iqaluit hospital Thursday afternoon armed with a rifle, according to the RCMP.The RCMP issued a statement saying the man was arrested without incident with the help of a police negotiator.“With the help of an RCMP negotiator, the 23 year-old man who was armed with a rifle has been arrested without incident,” said the statement.Mayor Madeleine Redfern Tweeted at 2:48 p.m. ET that the individual had been arrested by police.“Individual involved in Qikiqtani General Hospital incident has now been taken into custody,” said Redfern.The incident trigggered an evacuation of patients and staff.All non-critical medical cases are currently being directed to the local health centre. The Qikiqtani General Hospital’s emergency room had been previously secured and is able to take in critical cases, RCMP said.The RCMP would only say the man entered the hospital demanding information at about 1 p.m. local time.Patients had been moved to safety to other parts of the hospital building. Some of the evacuated hospital staff have been moved to a medical boarding home across the street, while others have been sent home.The RCMP said no patients or staff were injured during the incident.last_img read more

US consumer confidence slips in November but is still strong

first_imgWASHINGTON — U.S. consumer confidence slipped this month but remains strong.The Conference Board, a business research group, says its consumer confidence index fell to 135.7 in November from October’s 18-year high 137.9.The index measures consumers’ assessment of current economic conditions and their outlook for the next six months. Their evaluation of today’s economy improved — but their assessment of future conditions slipped in November.“Overall, consumers are still quite confident that economic growth will continue at a solid pace into early 2019,” says Lynn Franco, a Conference Board economist. “However, if expectations soften further in the coming months, the pace of growth is likely to begin moderating.”Americans’ sunny mood reflects a strong job market. Unemployment has dropped to a five-decade low 3.7 per cent.Paul Wiseman, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Morocco Adopts Measures to Face Football Hooliganism

Rabat – The Moroccan government on Wednesday announced a series of preventive and punitive measures to face football hooliganism.The government has adopted a comprehensive strategy to put an end to the repeated vandalism and violent acts in football games, the ministries of Interior and Justice and Liberties said in a joint statement following meetings held on February 2-3 between different parties concerned.These measures provide for banning fans involved in violent acts to attend football games and fans traveling in groups to attend games outside their districts if these trips represent threat to public order, and rigorously enforcing the Royal Moroccan Football Federation’s sanctions against the clubs whose fans get involved in violent acts. They also provide for equipping stadiums with new technological devices such as CCTV, electronic gates to control crowd access and modernized ticketing system in order to strengthen security protocols.The measures include upgrading the stadiums’ infrastructures to improve the conditions of public access, notably sanitary and entertainment facilities, seats numbering and information.MAP read more

Canadas proposed national securities regulator significantly compromised report

TORONTO — A forthcoming report says that Canada’s proposed national securities regulator has key flaws that need to be addressed before it’s launched prior to the end of next year.The new paper by the C.D. Howe Institute, available Tuesday, says the proposed Capital Markets Regulatory Authority (CMRA) is a significantly compromised plan that will lack the ability to unilaterally impose its regulatory authority across the country.The think tank says there is no assurance or even likelihood that key provinces Quebec and Alberta will join the new regulator following its launch within about a year.The federal government, together with Ontario, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and the Yukon, are currently developing and planning to launch the CMRA.The C.D. Howe report also says that in its current form it’s not even obvious that the CMRA will constitute an improvement relative to Canada’s existing securities regulatory system.Provincial regulatorsC.D. Howe says Canada’s provincial securities regulators have, in recent years, collaborated more effectively to create a relatively high degree of harmonization in Canadian securities regulation, which in turn has fostered vibrant and resilient capital markets growth in the country.“There is a legitimate question as to whether the CMRA, in its current form, is ready for prime time,” said study author Harvey Naglie, a former senior policy adviser with the Ontario Ministry of Finance.“The participating jurisdictions need to put the brakes on the current initiative and defer its launch pending an independent review and analysis of the CMRA.”Quebec’s Court of Appeal ruled in May that Ottawa’s plan to set up the national securities regulator is unconstitutional.The provincial government asked the province’s top court in the summer of 2015 to look into the legality of the federal plan after arguing securities regulation falls under provincial jurisdiction.Centralizing the processCanada is the only G20 country without a national regulator — a fact that can be attributed to the country’s Constitution, which places securities regulation squarely in the realm of provincial jurisdiction.Proponents of a national regulator say centralizing the process would cut red tape for publicly-traded companies and for investors. They also claim it would give smaller jurisdictions access to a more robust regulatory regime.However, Naglie said in the C.D. Howe report that the current proposal falls short of creating a unified body.“Unfortunately, these expectations are destined to be disappointed, if not betrayed, because the CMRA in its current form is not, and will not be able to operate as, a single national regulator.” read more

US official in charge of human rights in Lanka

A top US Government official in charge of human rights is in Sri Lanka ahead of the release of a war crimes report on Sri Lanka in Geneva.US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski is in Sri Lanka together with US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal. They plan to meet with senior government officials, political party and civil society leaders, and the private sector in the spirit of partnership that Secretary Kerry highlighted during his May visit. Biswal arrived in Sri Lanka today and will be in Sri Lanka till tomorrow, She arrived with Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski. The State Department said that their trip will focus on U.S.-Sri Lanka cooperation to further economic growth, strengthen good governance and democratic institutions, and promote reconciliation and justice.Assistant Secretary Biswal will continue to New Delhi, India for meetings with government leaders August 26-27 while Assistant Secretary Malinowski will continue with meetings in Sri Lanka until August 27. (Colombo Gazette) read more

NBA Nerds Are Right — Most Matchups On NBA TV Arent So

ABC3160 ESPN3103 On Monday night the most anticipated NBA game of the year was played between the San Antonio Spurs and the Golden State Warriors. Did you get a chance to watch it? No? You don’t have NBA TV, the peculiar channel that the NBA usually dumps its trash games onto? Damn shame, it was a lot of fun.Why on earth the best game of the year was on a network available in less than half of households with a television in them is a pretty good question! The NBA has deals with ESPN (in 81 percent of homes with a TV, also where I work), TNT (about 82 percent coverage) and ABC (you probably have ABC). In fairness, the schedule of the year’s nationally televised games is released way before the season starts, and it’s possible that a game between two of the best teams in the league was missed by the other carriers or simply couldn’t be crammed into one of the marquee network nights. Nationally televised games also tend to err on the side of featuring teams from major media markets rather than legitimately good basketball — this is why a wretched Lakers team parading around the mummified Kobe Bryant had, at the beginning of the season, 19 national games, tied for seventh in the league.Still, it got us wondering: NBA TV does suck, right? It’s not just in our head? It isn’t just a cheap joke about quarantining the Nets-Hawks playoff series in the farthest hinterlands on hand? TNT3133 NETWORKAVG. COMBINED ELO OF MATCHUP NBA TV3038 Yeah, it’s not in our heads. Games on NBA TV are of a lower quality by Elo than those on other networks. And that’s with those other guys eating an unfair share of Kobe this year, and a commensurate number of awful Lakers games the past two years.I pulled as many television schedules going back to the 2011-12 season1I used the Wayback Machine to get the schedules from 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16. Because of incomplete coverage, it’s possible I missed a few televised games relevant to our set. However, I pulled about as many games as expected based on contracts going back, so the effect would be minor. as I could. I cleaned the data2Stop announcing things in PDFs, people. Also, that 2011 lockout has a habit of showing up and making me furious out of nowhere. and linked it up to the data from our NBA Elo interactive. Combining the Elo scores of the teams gives us a broad look at the game quality. Higher numbers mean the average team quality is higher in the matchup.3Elo is especially useful here because one of its characteristics is using past performance to inform a team’s current strength; this is handy for the model, but for our purposes also doubles as a proxy for how long a team has been relevant and presumably in demand. This means a matchup between a great team and a mediocre team could score about the same as two decent teams facing each other. I consider those both good outcomes, with two sucky teams playing as a bad outcome. The heuristic isn’t perfect, but bear with me.The difference between a game on ABC and NBA TV is 122 points. For some perspective, that’s roughly the difference between watching your team play the 53-29 Clippers and watching it mud wrestle the 45-37 Grizzlies. But even more, it’s not totally clear that the NBA is good at figuring out which of its basketball games are ripe for a national audience!Monday’s game between the Warriors (an 1809 Elo rating going in) and Spurs (1782) was, needless to say, an outlier.The average team Elo in the whole set — comprising both nationally televised games and the League Pass refuse — for the period we’re looking at is 1511. So we can say a matchup between two totally average teams would have roughly the combined matchup Elo of 3022. The games on NBA TV were at a 3038, just barely better than what a dude who knows nothing about basketball would pick randomly.I have seen a vision of hell, and it is a network where the only respite from watching Grizzlies-Pelicans ad infinitum is an occasional D-League game. read more

Åkerströms wins major radio remote order from Collahuasi mine in Chile

first_imgÅkerströms Björbo AB has won another major Chilean radio control order for delivery to the mining industry. The remote controls will be used for crane control in one of the world’s largest copper mines, Collahuasi in Atacama, Chile. The order is worth 1 MSEK and goes through Åkerströms’ distributor in Chile. “This order is another strong proof that our customers have great confidence in us as a provider of robust radio control systems. We meet the high product requirements for tough and demanding environments and we increase market share in the mining industry, which we are very pleased with,” says Anna Stiwne, VP of Sales.The order includes the Remotus Jupiter Era 150 rig. Remotus Jupiter is Åkerströms’ standardised remote-control product line. These rugged, reliable products are widely used in mining. “The Jupiter Era waist transmitters have a modern, rugged design. They have rubberised handles for a good grip and they also stand firmly on their protective metal feet when not in use. The Jupiter Era handheld transmitters have a modern, ergonomic design, clear display, and LEDs near each button that indicate the selected function. The Era models are lightweight and easy to carry.”Jupiter Era waist transmitters have dual CPUs, which means superior safety, even with movements/functions. They have an active stop function, which means the receiver will stop in less than 100 ms. The waist transmitter has a built-in tilt function, which means that it stops if you fall. The system uses the general frequency bands at 433-434 MHz. A user can manoeuvre several objects from the same transmitter (multi-crane operation), and several users can maneuver one object from several transmitters (multi-operator operation). A duplex function enables data transmission back to the transmitter.The Jupiter Era 150 has a large, clear display that is easy to read, even in bright sunlight. The transmitters also have a vibrator and buzzer, which can be individually configured to different alarm events via the display menu. The display’s backlighting can also shift to red with different alarms that can be chosen from the menu. The waist transmitter has a unique battery solution where the battery is well protected from water and dust in a replaceable module whose opening is located directly below the transmitter. The transmitter can be placed in deep water without affecting the battery.last_img read more

Le nombre de virus informatiques en circulation a doublé en 2009

first_imgLe nombre de virus informatiques en circulation a doublé en 2009France – Une récente étude de Symantec montre que le nombre de virus informatiques a augmenté de 100% en 2009. Cependant, la France a reculé au treizième rang mondial des pays à l’origine de ces “infections”.Dans son traditionnel rapport annuel sur la sécurité en ligne, l’éditeur de logiciels antivirus Symantec affirme que la France est sortie du top 10 des pays sources de menaces informatiques en 2009. À lire aussiLe fantôme de “Big Brother” pousse les autorités de San Francisco à agirLe terrain favori des hackers reste celui des navigateurs, contre lesquels 374 attaques ont été lancées l’année dernière. Les cibles favorites sont Internet Explorer et les fichiers PDF. Windows et Acrobat ne sont pas en reste non plus, puisqu’ils sont des victimes privilégiées des pirates. Firefox reste le logiciel le plus réactif avec 169 failles répertoriées. Dans le monde, 240 millions de programmes malveillants ont été recensés, soit deux fois plus qu’en 2008. Les chevaux de Troie représentent la majorité des attaques, avec 56% de l’ensemble des menaces. Les États-Unis montent sur la première marche du podium en ce qui concerne les menaces informatiques, tandis que la France, huitième l’an dernier, est aujourd’hui treizième. Le 21 avril 2010 à 12:06 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Le poker en ligne devrait être autorisé dès demain

first_imgLe poker en ligne devrait être autorisé dès demainFrance – Trois semaines après l’ouverture du marché français aux paris sportifs et hippiques, le poker en ligne sera très probablement autorisé dès mardi. Onze licences pour les “jeux de cercle” ont d’ores et déjà été remises par l’Autorité de régulation des jeux en ligne (Arjel).Repoussée en raison d’une obstruction de Malte qui considérait l’inscription auprès d’un opérateur agréé comme contraire au principe européen de libre circulation des personnes et des biens, l’ouverture du marché au poker en ligne devrait être effective dans les prochains jours. C’est même probablement demain que cette libéralisation aura lieu, via la publication du décret “relatif aux catégories des jeux de cercle en ligne” au Journal Officiel. L’Arjel a déjà délivré onze licences à des opérateurs français et étrangers. Une première vague a permis aux sites Betclic, Bwin, Everestpoker, PMU, Sajoo, Eurosportbet et Winamax d’obtenir le précieux sésame. Puis vendredi dernier, le 25 juin, Pokerstars, Partypoker, Chilipoker (Iliad Gaming), et Partouche ont à leur tour obtenu une licence.Une ouverture qui, selon le spécialiste Francis Merlin, pourrait permettre au marché du poker en ligne de passer de 300 millions d’euros en 2010 à 500 millions en 2011, avec un nombre potentiel de joueurs réguliers s’élevant à 1,5 million.Le 28 juin 2010 à 16:38 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

SDSU West and SoccerCity plans draw endorsements and comparisons

first_img“SDSU West” and “SoccerCity” plans draw endorsements and comparisons March 9, 2018 Sasha Foo, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe proposal that could help San Diego State University expand to Mission Valley has picked up two new endorsements. The Sierra Club and the San Diego Police Officers Association have both backed the initiative. KUSI’s Sasha Foo has more. Posted: March 9, 2018center_img Sasha Foo Updated: 11:41 AM Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: SDSU West, SoccerCity, Stadium Site FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Police investigating robbery at Westfield Vancouver mall

first_imgPolice investigated reports of a strong-arm robbery at the Westfield Vancouver mall at midday Wednesday.Reports came in around 12:20 p.m. that two males approached an individual, asked for money, physically assaulted the person and took the victim’s credit cards, police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said.The two men were said to be black males, in their early 20s, Kapp said. One was about 6-feet, 2-inches tall, with a light build and wearing baggy black jeans and a red sweatshirt. The other is about 6-feet, 1-inch tall, bald and wearing black jeans and a black coat, Kapp said.The victim didn’t need medical assistance, Kapp said.Patrol units searched the area for suspects. As of Wednesday night, police had reported no arrest.last_img

Former NASA astronaut Mark Kelly to run for John McCains Senate seat

first_img 4 NASA Space 15 Photos Tags NASA spots odd heart-shaped objects on Mars and beyond Kelly, who was originally a Navy pilot, spent 54 days in space serving on four NASA space shuttle missions to the International Space Station. As pilot and later commander, Kelly helped deliver equipment, supplies and crew members to the ISS.Those shuttle flights were notable for carrying the pressurized module for the Japanese Kibo laboratory to the station in 2008 and the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer particle physics detector up in 2011.markkellystsEnlarge ImageMark Kelly was the commander of the STS-134 space shuttle Endeavour mission to the ISS in 2011. NASA Kelly is the husband of former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who survived a shooting in Arizona in 2011 that left six others dead. Both Giffords and Kelly have advocated for stricter gun control in the US. Kelly retired from NASA later that year to focus on his wife’s recovery.  Kelly and his twin brother Scott are both retired NASA astronauts. They participated in a NASA twins study involving comparing Scott during a year in space on the ISS with Mark, who stayed down on Earth. Mark Kelly can look to a notable precedent in astronaut-politicians: John Glenn. Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962. He won an Ohio Senate seat in 1974 and served until 1999. center_img Share your voice Comments Sci-Tech Mark Kelly during his NASA days. NASA Before Mark Kelly was a Democratic-party US Senate candidate for Arizona, he was a high-flying NASA astronaut with some literally out-of-this-world space credentials.Kelly announced his campaign for Congress on Tuesday with a video that references his spaceflight experience. “Seeing that sunrise from space for the very first time, it is incredible,” Kelly said. “You know, it’s pretty obvious pretty early when you get into space that we’re all kind of in this together.”Kelly, 54, is running for the seat formerly occupied by Sen. John McCain. Martha McSally, a Republican former Arizona representative, is currently filling the Senate seat by appointment following McCain’s death in 2018. The seat will be up for a special election in 2020.last_img read more

Google reportedly calls Huawei ban a US national security risk

first_img Tags Now playing: Watch this: Google wants to be made exempt from the US ban on Huawei, a report said. Getty Images Google apparently has warned the Trump administration that its Huawei ban could endanger US national security.The search giant’s senior executives are pushing for an exemption from the Huawei blacklisting that basically banned US companies from doing business with the Chinese company, according to the Financial Times, which cited three anonymous sources. They’re worried that that the ban would stop them from updating Android on Huawei’s phones, potentially prompting the company to develop its own version of the operating system, the report said. Huawei’s Android alternative — reportedly called “Hongmeng” — would be easier to hack, the execs reckon.Read: Huawei’s ‘plan B’ smartphone OS: What it needs to succeed”Like other US companies, we’re engaging with the Department of Commerce to ensure we’re in full compliance with its requirements and temporary licence,” a Google spokesperson said in an emailed statement responding to the report.”Our focus is protecting the security of Google users on the millions of existing Huawei handsets in the US and around the world.”President Donald Trump’s Huawei ban was based on long-term national security concerns about Huawei’s close ties with the Chinese government. Huawei denies that its equipment is used for spying.Huawei didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.First published at 4:06 a.m.Updated at 5:15 a.m. PT: Adds more detail, Google comment. Phones Politics Google Huawei 35 Photos 4:59 Share your voice Huawei Mate X triple threat: Foldable phone with 5G, lots of cameras What is going on between Huawei and the US? Post a comment 0last_img read more

Social media records brought in for evidence as alleged Grunwald murder accomplice

first_imgDavid Grunwald (Photo courtesy of Erin Grunwald)The Palmer trial of Erick Almandinger is in its second week. Almandinger is one of several teenagers who are accused of murdering 16-year-old David Grunwald in 2016. Heather Hintze is a reporter with Anchorage TV station KTVA and has been in Palmer court every day of Almandinger’s trial. She says David Grunwald’s parents are there every day.Hintze spoke to Alaska Public Media’s Lori Townsend, saying that jurors have heard from a range of witnesses for the prosecution.Listen nowHINTZE: The witness testimony is varied from very emotional from Grunwald’s girlfriend to the pretty technical things. We had one of the investigators yesterday talking about how they were able to trace the phone calls and how they recovered stuff from Facebook and Snapchat. So, it runs the range of emotions throughout the days.TOWNSEND: I wanted to ask you about that. Yesterday, there was testimony from troopers regarding deleted messages from Almandinger’s social media accounts. Tell us about what they were able to recover and what it may reveal about his actions.HINTZE: Troopers made sure they put out a “preservation letter” to Facebook on Nov. 15 which is two days after Grunwald went missing. That meant that anything they’d ask for — I think they asked for records from Nov. 13th and 14th — that not of that stuff could be deleted. So Facebook basically took a snapshot of that and was able to email them a digital record of the conversations. And there’s a conversation at around 8:00 the night Grunwald went missing where Dominic Johnson had asked, “Hey, can you bring me that .40? Hey can you bring me the gun?” And it kind of discussed the actions that led up into the trailer. And then the investigator testified that when he did a manual search of the tablet — I think it was in December, a couple weeks later — he did a manual search of the tablet, which meant he had access to Almandinger’s Facebook account itself. And he went on and looked for those messages, and those messages had been deleted.TOWNSEND: Heather, how would you characterize Erick Almandinger’s defense so far in this case?HINTZE: Jon Iannaccone is his defense attorney and got up the first day of the opening statements and said, “This isn’t going to be your typical case. I’m not gonna come with some big fancy argument. I’m not gonna dispute any of the DNA evidence. I’m not gonna dispute any of the facts that troopers are saying.” He said, “I think troopers did an excellent job in this case, and we’re not arguing any of those points.” He even went to say, “my client is guilty of crimes committed after Grunwald was killed. He’s guilty of burning the Bronco, he’s guilty of lying to police.” This is what Jon Iannaccone told the jurors, that his client is guilty of those crimes. But he said Almandinger is not guilty of murder because he did not pull the trigger. “He didn’t have murder in his mind,” is kinda how he phrased it.TOWNSEND: It seems like Palmer residents and others have really struggled with the apparent senselessness of this murder. As the trial has progressed, is there any indication as to a motive among this group of teenagers accused of killing David Grunwald?HINTZE: There’s really nothing that I’ve been able to see from what’s come out of the evidence. You know, I talked to Edie and Ben [Grunwald, the victim’s parents] and asked, “Do you think you’ll get an answer as to why this happened?” They said no. They don’t think they’ll ever get an answer. The only thing that we can say right now from the evidence — we’re listening right now to the December 2 interview that Almandinger had with troopers. That was the day, he was arrested right after that interview; that was the day they found Grunwald’s body. and the only thing he said in that interview was that, “Dominic was mad that David Grunwald had smoked all of their weed.” The troopers say that’s why Dominic ended up pistol-whipping Grunwald, and I think troopers have said the pistol-whipping was so bad that that’s when they decided to murder him, to cover up that crime.TOWNSEND: The trial seems to have involved an examination of the teenagers lifestyles. You talked a little bit about that with the social media aspect. The differences in their home lives, things like whether they were attending school or not or partying. What has the testimony revealed about them and who they sort of aspired to be?HINTZE: The testimony about Almandinger has said he really glamourized or idolized Crips’ gang lifestyle. He had Google searches for blue bandanas, Crip jewelry. He even searched Etsy for unique Crips items. I think the overall thing we’re getting from a lot of these kids is there was really a lack of adult supervision. Erick Almandinger didn’t go to school regularly. It wasn’t uncommon for Erick just not to come home. He had spent that summer living in “trap houses,” or drug houses. Just a lack of adult supervision and these kids just running around doing kind of whatever they wanted.Heather Hintze is a reporter with Anchorage station KTVA. She says closing statements could happen mid-next week, with jury deliberations expected to start by the end of the week.last_img read more

Vice Inks Netflix Theatrical Deals for Motherboards The Most Unknown Science Documentary

first_imgThe world premiere of “The Most Unknown” was at last month’s CPH:DOX documentary film fest in Copenhagen, and Vice plans to screen the film at other festivals this summer. In addition, it’s working to host special screenings in high school and college science classrooms in the fall.Cheney, the film’s director, said “The Most Unknown” represents “an attempt to break new ground in science storytelling while showcasing the work of remarkable scientists all over the world.”It’s not Vice’s first distribution deal with Netflix, which acquired worldwide rights to “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond,” a documentary from Vice Documentary Films about Jim Carrey’s portrayal of Andy Kaufman.Last month, Vice named former A+E Networks boss Nancy Dubuc its new CEO. Co-founder Shane Smith, who previously served as CEO, is now Vice Media’s executive chairman. The changes came after the company was roiled by misconduct allegations against several top execs.Watch the trailer for “The Most Unknown”: Then in August, the film will bow on Netflix where it will have an exclusive two-week window before arriving on Motherboard’s own platforms. Netflix has secured 24-month global rights to “The Most Unknown” and will make it available in 25 languages.“Netflix was a pretty obvious partner for us, because they have big scale – we know it’s going to a global audience,” said Derek Mead, ‎Vice Media’s executive editor, global, and former editor-in-chief of Motherboard.After Netflix’s debut, Motherboard will create nine 10- to 15-minute-long standalone episodes — one for each scientist profiled in the film — in different formats native to a range of platforms. Those will include Motherboard’s site (motherboard.vice.com) and YouTube, along with series for Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram. Those segments won’t carry advertising.“From the beginning, we wanted this to be something a bit more modular, a story that would work in multiple formats,” said Mead, ‎who’s an executive producer on the film.Part of the reason for the multiphase, wide-release push is that the film was produced with a grant from Science Sandbox, an initiative of the Simons Foundation. The math-and-science nonprofit wants the film’s message about scientific discovery and wonder to inspire young people.“Rather than using our social platforms and website as a promotional vehicle for the film, we went into this thinking of having this be an entire ecosystem… to talk about science in a way that helps people understand how scientists think and how they work,” said Mead, an executive producer on the film.Thobey Campion, Vice’s head of publishing, added that “the media ecosystem feels like the Wild West right now, so we kind of made our own playbook… Supporting the sciences has never been more important than right now, so to really get the word out we’re deploying a fleet of content formats.”Meanwhile, Mead allowed that the theatrical release of “The Most Unknown” will be “useful” for the film to be eligible for awards consideration. Popular on Variety Motherboard, Vice Media’s tech-culture channel, is bringing its first feature-length documentary to Netflix and cinemas as part of a multimodal release strategy.“The Most Unknown” follows nine scientists across the globe who are engaged in research to answer really deep questions, like the nature of consciousness and how life began. In addition to distributing the full 85-minute film on Netflix, Motherboard is releasing it in theaters this summer and will spray pieces across its website, YouTube and social channels as well.The 85-minute film — which Motherboard describes as “epic” — was directed by Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Ian Cheney (“The Search for General Tso,” “King Corn”) who was advised on the project by Werner Herzog.Through a deal with documentary-film distributor Abramorama, “The Most Unknown” will be released in theaters in 20 U.S. cities, starting May 18 at New York City’s Quad Cinema. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

HandsOn Assassins Creed Odyssey is as Brutal and Horny as 300

first_imgStay on target Simon Belmont, King K. Rool, and Dead Luigi Join Smash Bros. UltimateAn Interview with Jump Force Producer Koji Nakajima I spent a few hours playing Ubisoft’s next marquee murder simulator Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (not to be confused with either Assassin’s Creed Origins or Super Mario Odyssey which both released last year on the same day). But before I detail the standout new features like the warring ancient Greece setting, upgraded RPG elements, and Gerard Butler fighting style, I just have to tell you about the way I ended my demo. It’s about sex, so you understand the urgency.Before the demo even began the team explained how, as part of Odyssey’s new Greek drama-inspired dialogue system and branching storylines, your Spartan mercenary character can now romance certain NPCs like in a Mass Effect game. They even made a Trojan condoms joke. And that playable character could either be a man or a woman. I chose the woman, Kassandra, to pretend this was a Wonder Woman game.While playing through the handful of main quests available on the islands of Delos and Mykonos, I had pledged my support for the more aggressive tactics of a male warrior, all while concealing my Spartan nature. Each of these choices had alternate options. When the fight was won, I expressed my interest in pleasure beyond combat, and my target invited me back to his place. Of course, in order to find it I had to use my bird drone (returning from Assassin’s Creed Origins) to track his trail of flower petal and sexy white smoke across the Mediterranean terrain.Once I arrived I thought we would just do the deed. But first this fool wanted to fight be because he guessed my true identity. He said something about how fighting is the best way to truly know someone “bone to bone.” Kinky. I peppered him with arrows until he fell and the camera cut away while we presumably boned each other’s brains out.Once I was back in control I could choose my response to this encounter and my eyes lit up at one of the options. After my lover told me how much he adored me, I said, savagely, “I can’t wait to forget you.” You now see why I haven’t bothered to name him. We were better off teaming up as fighters anyway. But I could practically pinpoint the moment where his heart ripped in half. And to top it all off, I then earned a nice 6900 experience points.So that’s a thing that can happen in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. But even if you’re not interested in learning whether or not love can bloom on a battlefield, there’s plenty more the game has to offer. What I played very much felt like more of last year’s Assassin’s Creed Origins, even down to the UI, which makes since given this game is only coming one year after that acclaimed Egyptian semi-reboot of the franchise.Odyssey continues Origins’ huge and colorful take on an ancient historical world. The open naval exploration system lets you sail all across the Aegean Sea sinking ships in your way. I climbed up the butts of marvelous marble statues to synchronize the map. A time period dripping with this much (European) culture is a perfect fit for the Ubisoft empire.Odyssey also builds on Origins’ heavier combat feel and customization options. In addition to the new weapons and perks you pick up, you can create a loadout of special moves that burn your energy meter. These moves include health boosts and waves of arrows. But it’s a pretty safe bet most folks will lean towards the 300-style Sparta kick. It breaks guards, pushes opponents far away from you, and is just teaming with dumb awesome power. I kicked a bear in the face and a guy off of his own boat.See you at E3! pic.twitter.com/03NTPhCkCf— Assassin’s Creed (@assassinscreed) May 31, 2018Odyssey even manages to one-up Origins in terms of being an Assassin’s Creed prequel. Set in 431 B.C. there are no assassins with iconic hoods and hidden blades, at least in this demo. Just mercenaries like the player trying to make a living during the Peloponnesian War between Sparta and Athens. You take contracts to make new friends (or enemies). Killing high-profile targets weakens the political strength of certain regions and makes the 300-man battles swing more in your favor.Of course, all the nonsense Assassin’s Creed lore we surely know(?) and love (?) will still be here. You’re still playing as Templar defector Layla Hassan in the present day. Only this time you’re looking for more clues about the First Civilization itself, the cyber Adam and Eve folks, instead of the Assassin Order. The player characters are descendants of famous Spartan King Leonidas himself and have his magic spear. But justifications aside, ancient Greece is just a great Assassin’s Creed setting, especially now that God of War has moved up Norse. Plus, it’s one step closer to my dream game about what really happened at the Crucifixion.Assassin’s Creed Odyssey launches October 5, which is maybe a bummer for those of us who thought the franchise could benefit from longer development cycles. But if you’re looking for more Origins gameplay, more ancient Greece digital tourism, and more chances to shatter soldiers’ hearts, you won’t have to wait long.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Wearable Tech Marissa Mayer Entrepreneurs and Innovation A CES 2014 Preview

first_img How Success Happens Smarter, faster phones? Check. Technology you wear on your body? Yes. Massive TVs with mind-boggling resolution? Of course. If you can imagine it, it will likely be on exhibit next week in Las Vegas. Tech geeks from all over the world will descend upon Sin City for the 2014 International CES.The event is being held Jan. 7 to 10 at various locations in Las Vegas. Last year, more than 150,000 attendees participated in all the fun.The 2014 CES will feature more than 3,200 exhibitors unveiling the latest consumer tech products across 15 categories. This includes products from the biggest tech companies like Microsoft and Samsung, as well as innovations from budding entrepreneurs showcased in the Eureka Park TechZone.Big-name speakers: CES formally will kick off Tuesday morning with a keynote presentation from Sony Corporation president and chief executive Kazuo Hirai, who is expected to discuss the latest innovations “occurring at the intersection of content and hardware.” Later that afternoon, attendees can expect to hear from Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer. She will present her “vision for products, services, and networks that will shape the next wave of innovation.” The following day, Twitter chief executive Dick Costolo will be on hand for a “Brand Matters” keynote discussion, along with other tech execs.Innovative entrepreneurs: Eureka Park, dedicated to aspiring entrepreneurs and their homegrown consumer technology creations, will take up more than 2,000 square meters of showroom floor and feature some 200 exhibitors at The Venetian hotel. One interesting exhibitor this year is Boston-based Bounce Imaging Inc., which develops low-cost, throwable sensors and cameras. Besides being neat, these bouncing camera balls seem like they have real-world applications for first responders and perhaps the military. This video might give you a better idea:New smartphones: There’s a lot of rumor and speculation going around about which new phones might be unveiled at CES this year. One thing to keep an eye out for: larger, faster phones, and some with unusual shapes.Among its lineup of internet-connected devices for the home, South Korea’s LG will likely have the LG G Flex smartphone on display at CES this year. LG says this phone is curved to follow the contour of the human face. It also comes with “self-healing” technology that LG says helps eliminate scratches to the back cover.  I for one would like to take a closer look at that.Something else to keep an eye on: a Li-Fi phone exhibited by French companies SunPartner Technologies and Oledcomm. “Li-Fi” essentially is a way to wirelessly transfer information via light rays radiated by light-emitting diodes. Pretty far out.Mega TVs: If LG can make a curved smartphone then why not a TV, too? The company will also be exhibiting a 105-inch (yes, you read that right) curved Ultra HD television — meaning, it comes with a 5120 x 2160 resolution (11 million pixels!) and 21:9 aspect ratio. Not to be outdone, Samsung said it will be unveiling a curved, 105-inch, ultra HD TV of its own. The price tag? $150,000. Here’s a look at the TV, courtesy of Samsung: 4 min read Wearable tech: There will be a number of conference sessions and products on exhibit that relate to wearable tech at CES. While too numerous to mention them all here, there will be a surprising number of smartwatches on display. Among them will be the Neptune Pine from Montreal, Canada-based Neptune Computer Inc., the Burg Smartwatch from Burg Limited in Hong Kong, and the Sonostar SmartWatch from Salem, N.H.-based Dennco Brands.This, of course, only scratches the surface of the gadgets that will be on display. There’s 3-D printing, fitness tech, audio and much, much more. I’ll be Las Vegas reporting all week on all things CES and tech. Stay tuned to Entrepreneur.com for news and more. January 2, 2014 Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Listen Nowlast_img read more

3 Cool Ways to Print Your Instagram Photos

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Instagram is the best social media photography app out there. But what if you want your pictures off the app and on your nightstand? There are several companies out there who saw the need in the marketplace and offered up a solution. Each offers their own unique spin on accessing your Instagram photos in the tangible world. It just goes to show that where there’s demand, you have the potential as an entrepreneur to meet it.Here are three cool ways you can get your Instagram photos off your phone and into your hands from businesses that have carved a niche for themselves.Printstagr.am: This is the most robust of all the Instagram-related offerings. Prinstagram offers up a host of ways to utilize your digital prints. As the company slogan simply puts it, “we print your Instagram photos.” But the brains behind Prinstagram didn’t stop there.Related: This New Service Will Print Your Digital Photos for Free — With a CatchIt also offers up a variety of other printable mediums ranging from a 365-day tear-away calendar for $40 (yes, each day is one of your photos), to greeting card sets for $25, plus a range of create-your-own photography books, stickers, framed prints and even just plain old photography prints. They really have thought of just about everything at Prinstagram.How do you get your photos into the Prinstagram library to print? They thought of that, too! Simply download the free Prinstagram app and it integrates with your Instagram, allowing you to easily bring your photos into the app, design, review and order — just like that. Prinstagram is a great option with a variety of choices from minds that have really figured out how to dominate this niche.Castegram.com: This is the age of personalization. Everyone, everywhere wants to express their own unique brand of self whenever they can. So why shouldn’t you have a personalized iPhone or Galaxy case as well?Queue Castegram, the Mecca for personalized smartphone and tablet cases. You can download the free app and just like Prinstagram, it integrates with your photos so you can design and order your own unique cases. Another cool feature of Castegram is it offers Facebook integration in addition to Instagram access, in case you’d like to pull in a few Facebook pictures too.Related: Instagram’s 5 Tips for Better Marketing — With PicturesYou can also offer your Instagram pictures into their library of stock photography for sale, so there’s the potential to earn cash from your photos. Seeing the trend of social media intersecting personalized physical goods makes Castegram a winner in the niche market of self-made smartphone and tablet cases.Prinkl.com: Prinkl saw a niche that wasn’t being met even with the variety of other outlets available. It realized that there weren’t any print-your-own photos options.The other Instagram photo services all allow you to design and order your prints, but you don’t actually do the printing. With Prinkl you design and create photo prints and posters, then upload them into a downloadable, high-quality pdf that you can print at a local photo shop or from your own computer. It puts the power to print in your hands and lowers the price margins for those on a budget.It just goes to show that there’s always a unique solution to a market problem. Prinkl capitalized on the lack of print-at-home options in the marketplace and made a place for themselves amongst all the Instagram print options.Related: This Woman’s Massive Instagram Following Helped Her Launch a Business This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 4 min read Enroll Now for Free March 14, 2014 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

Travelweek to launch groundbreaking Virtual Reality platform for agents

first_img Posted by Share Travelweek to launch groundbreaking Virtual Reality platform for agents TORONTO – In an industry first, Travelweek has announced a virtual reality platform that will give travel agents an innovative new way to attract new clients, retain existing clients and increase their business and brand.Xplr VR by Travelweek, the first of its kind, is a customized travel app that will be available for free download. It allows travel agents and their clients to fully immerse themselves in destinations via virtual reality headsets, a ‘try before you fly’ technology that will revolutionize the travel industry.Having spent over a year in R&D, Travelweek has partnered with several leading providers of this technology, including YouVisit, Occupied VR, Zeiss and Maxbox VR to bring this exciting new technological development to the world of travel marketing.“We’re always thinking of ways to add value to travel agents, so we thought long and hard about the future of travel marketing, and created a suite of sales tools agents could use to capture the attention of consumers” says Devin Kinasz, Director of Digital Strategy, Travelweek. “The result of our efforts is the industry-leading Xplr VR, which puts fun virtual reality destination experiences into the hands of agents and their customers.”More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesThe product will officially launch in October 2016 and is simple to use. Anyone with a smartphone can download the app, then slide the phone into a virtual reality headset to be instantly transported to a vacation destination.Travelweek will be equipping 5,000 travel agencies across Canada with Virtual Reality Starter Kits to be delivered with Travelweek magazine in October. Agents will be able to use their phones with the cardboard headsets to start using virtual reality right away; they also have the option to upgrade to a more professional headset for $159, available for order online when the product launches.About two dozen destination experiences are already included on the app ranging from destinations, hotels and airlines to cruise lines and attractions. Xplr VR has been capturing content around the world, developing its own production capabilities, and will be continually enriching the experience for travel agents and their customers.“We are working with the industry’s best videographers, VR experts and project managers to create beautiful and inspiring content,” adds Kinasz. “Virtual reality has enormous potential to showcase destinations in a way never seen before, hopefully in a way that increases the value agents add to a transaction.”More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Travelweek has a proven track record of delivering what the travel agent community needs, with a portfolio that includes 40 years of industry reporting, daily newsletters, e-learning and a dedicated agent website. With Xplr VR, Travelweek once again demonstrates its dominance and leadership in Canada’s travel trade media space, cementing its position at the forefront of virtual reality.More information on Xplr VR by Travelweek will be released shortly. << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Tuesday, September 20, 2016 last_img read more

Geoff Dixon Qantas should be liberated from aviation aviary

first_img“I said it for eight years while I was running the company and I agree exactly with what Alan and the board are saying at the moment,” Mr Dixon said. Mr Dixon, who is now working as the chairman of Tourism Australia, said that the Senate should wave through the Government’s changes to the Act, the ABC reported. Many commentators have also indicated that Qantas has overcapacity on some domestic and international routes and too many loss inducing operations. However, any apparent overcapacity did not stop the Federal Trade Minister Andrew Robb from lobbying his colleague Transport Minister Warren Truss over the cap on seats for key markets including China and Malaysia. The former chief executive officer of Qantas, Geoff Dixon, has reiterated his support for the repeal of the Qantas Sales Act.center_img Mr Truss is now working on changing the cap over the next 12 months. Source = ETB News: Tom Neale Qantas’ problems have also not stopped one its major shareholders from lifting its equity stake in the airline from 16.42 cent to 17.48 per cent.last_img read more