After Anne Megan Follows talks about directing Heartland playing grandmothers and the

first_imgAdvertisement There is no delicate way to ask an actress this question: So, how do you feel about playing a grandma?But when talking to Megan Follows these days, it is an unavoidable topic.Yes, the actress adored by Canadian audiences as the perky and youthful Anne of Green Gables is playing a grandmother in not one but two Calgary-shot series. Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: In Heartland, the recurring character of Lily Borden became a grandmother when her son Ty (Graham Wardle) became a father at the end of Season 10. His wife, and the show’s protagonist, Amy Fleming (Amber Marshall) gave birth to Lyndy Marion Borden-Fleming, which has brought the once neglectful Lily back into their lives on a relatively happy note in the season premiere. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Dont sign USMCA until LGBTQ language excised US lawmakers urge Trump

first_imgWASHINGTON — Conservative members of Congress are urging President Donald Trump to not sign the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement because of its protections for LGBTQ rights.A coalition of 40 members of the House of Representatives has written to the president to demand that the language dealing with sexual orientation and gender identity be removed from the trade pact before the three countries sign it on Nov. 30.The letter, released today, says a trade agreement is no place to adopt social policy and calls the language — a reflection of the federal Liberal government’s commitment to progressive trade — an insult to U.S. sovereignty.It also makes reference to recent media reports that indicate the U.S. Health Department is considering plans to redefine gender as an immutable biological condition determined by a person’s sex organs at birth.The agreement is expected to be the subject of a low-key signing ceremony when G20 nations gather in two weeks for annual meetings in Buenos Aires.But the deal is already facing hurdles on the road to ratification, including the fact that Trump’s controversial national-security tariffs on steel and aluminum are still in place.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Manitoba premier Winnipeg mayor want cooler heads in BoeingBombardier spat

WINNIPEG — Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister is calling for more cooler heads and less overheated rhetoric in the burgeoning aerospace trade war centred around Boeing and Bombardier.It was a plea that was immediately rebuffed by Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard who has said “not a bolt, not a part, of course not a plane of Boeing” should enter Canada until the conflict is resolved.“I will not tone down. I will tone up if I need to do it,” Couillard said Thursday at Bombardier’s assembly plant in Mirabel, north of Montreal. “I will fight for Quebec.”The Quebec premier has called on Ottawa to take a hard line against Boeing after the U.S. Department of Commerce proposed a hefty 219 per cent duty on jets manufactured by rival Bombardier.The department’s preliminary findings say Bombardier benefited from improper government subsidies, giving it an unfair advantage when selling its C-Series jets south of the border.“It’s an unacceptable attack towards an industry, a province and a country and we shall prevail,” Couillard said.Earlier in the day, Pallister said Couillard’s emotional call for a Boeing boycott is understandable, but not helpful.“That overheated rhetoric and emotional language, though understandable because of the concerns the premier has …. is not necessarily as helpful as cooler heads and a demonstration of an understanding that our trade is a very important mutual benefit to Canadian and US economies,” Pallister said Thursday after an announcement in Morden, Man.“I would always be one who promotes open trade and encourage all to remember that there are mutual benefits in our relationships.”The Manitoba capital is home to a Boeing manufacturing facility that employs 1,400 people and is the third biggest aerospace centre in the country.Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman called Couillard’s comments unhelpful.“His comments do not appear to acknowledge the reality that Quebec is not the only province affected by this dispute,” Bowman said in a statement Thursday.“While I respect that the premier of Quebec is going to stand up for jobs in Quebec, his comments are an oversimplification of the dispute and are not helpful for the Canadian aerospace sector as a whole.”This dispute goes beyond a region of the country, he said.“Cooler heads need to prevail so we can continue to collectively find ways to grow this sector, not obstruct it.”Couillard argues the US$1 billion invested by the province in Bombardier’s C-Series program was not a subsidy and Bombardier is being targeted by its larger aerospace rival even though Boeing has also benefited from decades of government assistance.Unifor president Jerry Dias, who represents Boeing workers, said both Bombardier and Boeing receive government support. This trade dispute threatens the ability of government to support the industry, Dias said.“Boeing is playing a very dangerous game, not just for Bombardier but for themselves,” he said. “This whole thing is poisoning the well water.“If we don’t fight this now, the fallout can be just brutal.”But Pallister said the Canadian and American economies are so intertwined, he’s confident the two countries will weather the storm.“We have the strongest international co-operative relationship of any two countries in the world,” he said. “We will get through this.”— By Chinta Puxley in Edmonton, with files from Steve Lambert in Winnipeg and Ross Marowits in Montreal read more

Sri Lanka congratulates UN SecretaryGeneral designate

“No doubt, the wealth of knowledge from your past experiences as the Prime Minister of Portugal and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees will assist you greatly in this endeavour,” he said. The President said that Sri Lanka has been an active member of the United Nations for more than six decades and since the Presidential Election in January 2015, he have taken every endeavour to renew and restore the country’s meaningful engagement with the United Nations.“As such, our relations are strengthened and there is much understanding and productive cooperation between the UN and Sri Lanka. I look forward to the continued engagement of this relationship during your tenure as Secretary-General,” the President said. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena said that the overwhelming support Guterres had received from the International Community during his election to the  high office is due to the confidence that is placed on his ability and able leadership to steer and guide the United Nations to better serve the challenges faced by the world in the 21st Century. Sri Lanka has congratulated Antonio Guterres, the Secretary-General designate of the United Nations. read more

Wonder Woman appointed UN honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and

Wonder Woman, the iconic superhero, has been named an Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls by the United Nations and will be tasked with raising awareness about Goal 5 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which seeks to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030.“While we have achieved progress towards gender equality in many parts of the world, women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence. Gender equality is a fundamental human right and a foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world,” UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Cristina Gallach said at a ceremony this afternoon at UN Headquarters in New York. The campaign, supported by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros., “is an example of how we are working with diverse partners and making new alliances to reach out to audiences everywhere to know about and understand the Goals, and, in this case, about gender equality,” she said.Wonder Woman’s strength and fight for justice and peace will help to focus the campaign’s attention in five key areas: Speaking out against discrimination and limitations on women and girls;Joining forces with others against gender-based violence and abuse;Supporting full and effective participation and equal opportunity for women and girls in leadership in all spheres of life – including the workplace; Ensuring all women and girls have access to quality learning, and: Sharing examples of real life women and girls who are making a difference every day. Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Cristina Gallach (centre), at the designation of Wonder Woman as the Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls. UN Photo/Kim Haughton “Supporting the United Nations campaign for female empowerment is a weighty responsibility and one that all of us at DC and Warner Bros. are proud to take on,” declared Diane Nelson, President of DC Entertainment and of Warner Bros. Consumer Products. The campaign launches on the 75th anniversary of Wonder Woman’s first appearance in a comic book in 1941. Social media graphics and messaging will help support the key actions and a custom comic book on the empowerment of women and girls will be produced in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish, the six official languages of the UN. The campaign takes its place in a long history of initiatives by the United Nations on behalf of securing gender equality that includes efforts such as Planet 5050 by 2030, HeForShe, and UNiTE to End Violence Against Women. “Wonder Woman has always been a trailblazer for women’s rights and we believe she can continue that legacy by expanding and deepening the dialogue around these critical issues,” said Ms. Nelson.Indeed, she told those gathered for today’s event, “we believe that in addition to the exemplary work that amazing real women are doing in the fight for gender equality, it is to be commended that the UN understands that stories – even comic book stories and their characters – can inspire, teach and reveal injustices.” The ‘Wonder Woman’ campaign can be found here: www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/wonderwoman. read more

Ezekiel Elliott wins top Big Ten offensive player leads 14 Ohio State

OSU junior running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) runs with the ball to the end zone during a game against Michigan on Nov. 28 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. OSU won 42-13. Credit: Muyao Shen | Assistant Photo EditorAfter rushing for 1,672 yards through 12 games, Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott was named the Big Ten Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year on Tuesday evening.The junior headlined a class of six offensive players named to either the coaches’ or media’s all-Big Ten teams and was also named the Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year.Elliott was a steady influence on the offense all season long, rushing for triple-digit yardage in 11 of 12 games, including 274- and 214-yard outbursts against Indiana and Michigan, respectively.The St. Louis native tacked on 19 touchdowns in 12 games, one more than his 15-game total a season ago. He has also been lauded by coach Urban Meyer as one of the top blockers on the team all season long. In addition to the ground attack, he added 176 yards on 26 receptions, the third-most catches on the team.Meyer said after the Michigan game that he believes Elliott should be a Heisman Trophy finalist. Regardless, the Offensive Player of the Year award stands as a fitting end to his junior season, which he already announced would be his final one collegiately.Elliott, as expected, was also named to the all-Big Ten first team by both the coaches and media.Joining Elliott on both first teams were a pair of offensive linemen: senior left tackle Taylor Decker and redshirt junior right guard Pat Elflein.Decker also took home a top positional honor as a blocker, winning the Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year award.Decker, for the second year in a row, was the anchor of an offensive line that overcame a slow start to turn into one of OSU’s biggest strengths toward the latter part of the season.The Vandalia, Ohio, native played a big role in opening up holes that enabled Elliott to have the year he did, as well as buying quarterbacks Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett room to run and time to throw.Decker was named to the all-Big Ten second team in 2014 by both the coaches and media but took a step up to the elite of the conference in his senior season.Elflein was another solid performer all season long on the opposite side from Decker. The first-team honors on the coaches’ ballot were the second in as many years as a starter for the Pickerington, Ohio, product, and he also appeared on the media’s first team for the first time.In addition to the threesome on the coaches’ and media’s first teams, two of Decker’s and Elflein’s mates on the offensive line, sophomore left guard Billy Price and senior center Jacoby Boren, were named to the third team. Redshirt senior wide receiver Michael Thomas joined the two blockers on both third teams.Elliott was the third Offensive Player of the Year from OSU in the past four years, joining redshirt senior H-back Braxton Miller, who won the award as a quarterback in 2012 and 2013. He is also the second OSU running back to win the top Big Ten honors at the position, joining Carlos Hyde in 2013.Decker was the first OSU offensive lineman to win the Rimington-Pace award since 2001, when center LeCharles Bentley nabbed the honors.Eight OSU players appeared on the all-conference lists for defense and special teams, which were released Monday night: defensive end Joey Bosa, linebackers Joshua Perry, Raekwon McMillan and Darron Lee, safety Vonn Bell, cornerback Eli Apple, defensive tackle Adolphus Washington and punter Cameron Johnston. Bosa was also named the Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year. read more

FC Barcelona easily over Aalborg at TOP 8

← Previous Story TREFILOV IS BACK: Russia at Women’s EHF EURO 2014! Next Story → Gummersbach sent Balingen on the edge of relegation aalborgFC Barcelonahandball Spanish FC Barcelona celebrate the second win in the “boring” EHF CL TOP 16 clash against Danish Aalborg 31:20. The situation about place at TOP 8 was clear after the first match (29:22 in Denmark for Spanish champion), but Lazarov, Karabatic and Co. showed once again who are the bosses…31 – BARCELONA:Saric (Robin, p.s.), Tomàs, Entrerríos (3), Sorhaindo (4), Ariño (4), Karabatic (1), Lazarov (6,1p) -siete inicial-, Noddesbo (4), Juanín (1), Sarmiento (4), Gurbindo (1), Rutenka (1), Morros (1), Balaguer, Saubich (1).20 – AALBORG:Kappelin (Erevic, p.s.), Slundt (3), Tvedten (4,1p), Simon Jensen, Mensah Larsen (4), Christian Jensen, Barud (2) -siete inicial-, Pedersen, Krejberg, Bagersted (3), Engelbrecht (1), Jakobsson (3).Veszprem and Flensburg have already booked their tickets for TOP 8… read more

HTC announces Sensation XL with Beats Audio 47inch display

first_imgAt their London event today, HTC tipped their upgraded version of the popular Sensation smartphone. This one is going to be called the Sensation XL. The Extra Large branding is appropriate, as this bad boy is sporting a massive 4.7″ Gorilla Glass screen. In addition to super-sizing, the phone’s selling feature is set to be official Beats (by Dr. Dre) Audio support.Before our American readers get too excited, though, the Sensation XL has only been confirmed for Europe and Asia thus far. Of course the original Sensation 4G is currently on T-Mobile in the US (and is easily one of the top Android phones to be released this year).If enhanced audio is your thing, then the Beats technology will be a selling point on the XL. It is the second HTC phone to carry the technology, after the Sensation XE. It will also ship with urBeats headphones, which they advertise as “letting you experience your music as the artist intended.”In case you missed it, HTC announced a deal with Beats in August to make the Taiwanese manufacturer the exclusive smartphone provider of Dr. Dre’s company. Are legions of fans amped to get this kind of audio technology on their phones? Only time (and dollars) will eventually answer that.One questionable caveat about the huge 4.7″ display, though, is that it will only have a 480×800 WVGA resolution. That resolution looked good enough on the smaller EVO 4G a year ago, but in late 2011 the Sensation XL is going to have previous-gen pixel density. For the record, it comes out to 199 pixels per inch. The iPhone 4S (as well as the iPhone 4) has a density of 330. The Nexus Prime (or Galaxy Nexus?) will likely be about the same, only with a 4.65″ display. Pixel density isn’t everything, but it certainly sharpens everything up – and it’s (arguably) a major weakness of the XL.The Sensation XL will also carry a new version of HTC’s Sense overlay, this one taking it up to version 3.5. It will have Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread as its core firmware.Other specs include a single-core 1.5GHz processor from Qualcomm, 16GB of storage, and an 8MP camera. These may not be mind-blowing specs, but it does have HTC’s customarily slick design – in addition to the huge screen, a great camera, and Beats Audio. Those should make it desirable enough to the international audience that it will be available to.European customers can get their hands on the Sensation XL starting in November. We will let you know if any information on a US launch is announced, but we wouldn’t recommend holding your breath.The HTC Sensation was previously known as the Runnymede, which we covered in the past.via Android Central [1] [2]last_img read more

MCU News Casting Stallone Super Fan George RR Martin Monochrome Logan

first_imgStay on target Suggestion. Hard core B&W loving LOGAN fans should not make any plans on the evening of May 16th.— Mangold (@mang0ld) April 28, 2017During production of the movie, Mangold released a few black and white photos from the set. They were so well-received, Mangold was convinced that people would appreciate an entirely black and white cut of the movie. That’s not a simple task, by the way. Mangold says that to make Logan look good in black and white, every shot needs to be regraded and timed. You need to get the contrast perfect and make sure the shadows make the shapes you want them to.This is great news for film nerds everywhere, and proof that black and white doesn’t automatically mean outdated. The contrast between light and dark is clearer in black and white, meaning you can create pictures that are still impossible with color. Even the best recent noir-inspired films struggle to recreate the lighting effects and convey the same emotions that their black and white predecessors did. A black and white cut seems perfect for a more thoughtful and subdued superhero movie like Logan. Also, expect the violence to hit harder. There’s something about blood in black and white that feels more violent than the sprays of red we’re used to.The black and white cut of Logan will be in theaters across the United States for one night on May 16.And one last bit of Marvel news that may encourage you to write that story that’s been kicking around your head for years. George R.R. Martin revealed that the first bit of writing he ever had published was a fan letter to Marvel Comics. Yes, as a kid, George R. Martin (he only had the one R back then) was a comics geek just like the rest of us.Martin revealed this bit of information on the History Channels documentary about the history of superheroes, Superheroes: Decoded, which aired last night. So when you’re reading A Song of Ice and Fire, and lamenting every death, remember that he started out by writing about how great Fantastic Four was. A much happier subject to be sure. Young George is also absolutely right. Fantastic Four was truly fantastic in the early days, and The Thing (Martin’s favorite character) was unlike any hero comics had ever seen.From here, Comic Book points out, Martin would go on to make his own mark on a superhero universe. He’s an editor of the Wild Cards series, which are anthologies of superhero stories set in a single shared universe. Wild Cards is even getting a TV series adaptation from Universal Cable Productions, the studio behind 12 Monkeys, The Magicians and the Battlestar Galactica remake.I wonder how much that issue of Fantastic Four is going for now. Tom Holland Responds to Disney-Sony Spider-Man Feud‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… center_img It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Call it the calm before Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Speaking of which, Marvel is hoping a character from the upcoming movie will play a larger part in the future of the MCU. Specifically Sylvester Stallone’s character, Stakar.In an interview with the Toronto Sun, Guardians director James Gunn said he and Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige want Stallone to show up more in future MCU movies. The two are working together to map out the next decade of the MCU, which will see a ton of changes. One of those, they hope, will heavily involve Stallone.“My plan is to see more of him. I’m not sure about him appearing in Vol. 3, we’ll have to see about that, but it’s our plan to see more of Stallone,” Gunn said.Big changes are in store for the MCU after the next two Avengers movies. With actors’ contracts ending, and them going off to do other things, it’s likely we’ll see completely new characters rise up to replace Iron Man and Captain America. Even the Guardians of the Galaxy will see a big refresh after Vol. 3. Gunn said that if there is a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 4, it would not star any of the current characters. Their stories will have been told.The first Guardians movie injected a sense of fun and playfulness to the MCU that it sorely needed. Gunn has a fun, weird style that makes it reassuring to hear that he has a major role in the future of Marvel’s movies. I’m not quite sure about Stallone, but I haven’t seen Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 yet. Maybe he’s awesome.His character certainly is interesting. Stakar is also known as Starhawk, one of the original members of the Guardians of the Galaxy in the comics. The team reportedly shows up briefly in the upcoming movie, and Gunn says we’ll see more of them in the future. Given that the only comics character we’ve seen Stallone play in the past was Judge Dredd back in 1995, maybe it’s time to give Stallone another chance at it. That movie had problems way beyond his performance, anyway. In any case, we’d better get used to him because it sounds like he’ll be around for a while.Gunn told the paper, “It’s my plan to have Sly — and I talked to him last night — to find a place for him in the future of the Marvel Universe.” Hey, if nothing else, your awesome Stallone impression will be relevant again.Hugh Jackman in Logan (Photo Credit: James Mangold/ 20th Century Fox)In the other Marvel movie universe, remember how great Logan was? In addition to being a fantastic superhero movie and a smart commentary on mythology and mortality, it was absolutely beautiful. And you know what? There’s a chance it’ll look even better in black and white.Logan director James Mangold revealed a couple of months ago that he was working on a black and white cut of Logan for the Blu-ray release. Today, he revealed that it’s coming to theaters too. For one day.last_img read more

Poachers caught raping TCI waters of some 2000lbs of catch

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp We can eat Nassau Grouper legally, soon Recommended for you Related Items:bus cay, dema, dominican republic, dr. john claydon, poachers, tci waters, whale breakers Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Provdienciales, 24 Jul 2015 – As many as 28 poachers and 14 unlicensed vessels were caught yesterday in TCI waters.This, as the country continues to battle with the British on the protection of the boarders and as the Premier writes to the UK Foreign Minister to say we need help in the area of border control. DEMA reacted to a tip from the TCIs marine police air patrol and encountered a massive raping of TCI waters by poachers from the Dominican Republic. The men were apprehended, according to the report at Whale Breakers which is approximately seven miles south of Bush Cay; this happened Thursday afternoon. “They were found to be in possession of illegal spear guns, breathing apparatus, as well as just over 2,000lbs of illegal catch, including Parrot Fish, Lobster and Conch.” The men are locked up now, but also nearly got away with: “… 1,462lbs of lobster, within that, 69 egg-bearing lobster and 485lbs of parrot fish.” The breaches are significant said DEMA Director, Dr John Claydon who explained that the charges attached to fishing lobster outside of the season alone are hefty. As many as eight charges will be leveled against the 28 Dominicans; Claydon said: “It is vitally important to rid the TCI of foreign poaching vessels, and we are very grateful for the Marine Police’s assistance with this successful operation, and I would like to thank all the DEMA Officers involved.” The Director also called the operation well-organised and well-equipped, and the scale of the illegal fishing activities was quite staggering. Despite this reported law enforcement synergy, Magnetic Media understands that two vessels got away. Climate Change blamed for seawater woes in Grand Turk Dominican Officials agree to stop sex trafficking, poacherslast_img read more

Educators brace for cuts to budget

first_imgSouthwest Washington educators face an early mid-term exam: They’re bracing for across-the-board budget cuts ordered by Gov. Chris Gregoire.Spending reductions will impact the school year just begun. It’s not yet clear exactly how, in grades K-12 public schools, at Clark College and at Washington State University Vancouver.One bright spot: The recent “Edu-jobs” bill passed by Congress that should keep K-12 classroom teaching ranks intact through next June.Under Gregoire’s directive, officials are looking at 6.3 percent reductions in many school funds by early 2011— though not for constitutionally mandated, per-pupil K-12 basic education state dollars.Actually, the target is 10 percent in many cases, anticipating a further drop in state tax revenues when the next forecast comes in November.Cuts will target many grant programs, both those managed directly by districts and through Educational Service District 112, said Tim Merlino, budget director for the regional school agency. The state’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction will trim its own spending by the amount required.But a $26 billion stimulus package voted by Congress comes in time to help K-12 districts navigate thin ice this school year.About $205 million from the federal bill is earmarked for Washington schools. Each should receive $210 per student, Merlino said.“We’re going to collect all the federal money up front,” he said. The aid should protect classroom employee ranks “all the way through 2010-11,” he said.That’s good, because Olympia must dial down its spending spigot by next spring, once lawmakers adopt a supplemental budget to cover all state programs through June 30.last_img read more

CES 2019 What Bocco Emo robot lacks in eyeliner it makes up

first_img Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: CES 2019 Health and Wellness Like its predecessor, which launched in 2015, the Bocco Emo can still read out text messages, control your smart home devices and notifies you if your doors are locked. However, it can also give you weather info and appear more “empathetic” and expressive. It responds when it hears its name and emotes when it reads out messages. It can also recognize the emotional state of the speaker depending on their tone of voice and react accordingly.yukai-qoobo-product-photos-1Qoobo the circle pillow cat launched last year. Tyler Lizenby/CNET In addition to personal use, Yukai also aims to work with businesses who want to use Bocco robots for concierge and front desk greeting services. It can work with a Wi-Fi network, but if one is not available it can connect to the internet using a SIM card as well. Yukai is scheduled to release Bocco Emo by fall 2019. Though no pricing has been announced, the original Bocco isn’t cheap. It cost $240 (about £188 and AU$335, converted), so expect the Bocco Emo to cost about the same if not more.In addition to Bocco Emo, Yukai brought back Qooba, a fluffy, furry pillow with a robotic tail. Weighty, dense and measuring about the size of a backpack, Qooba is basically a very round cat without arms or legs. While it doesn’t cough up fur balls or knock household items off the shelf, it does react whenever you pet it by wagging its tail back and forth. 2:29 Tags CES Products SmartThings Robots null CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. 0 85 Photos Gadgets All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Lovot, the love robot, offers a warm hug of friendship… Sugar, we’re going… to be your friend. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Sometimes all you need is a little friend.That’s where Yukai’s Bocco Emo, an updated version of the original Bocco robot, comes in. Meant to offer companionship for children and senior citizens while also keeping tabs around the house, the Bocco Emo robot arrived at CES 2019 and includes more empathetic features than its predecessor.last_img read more

Kiehl proposes ordinance to outlaw LGBT discrimination in Juneau

first_imgIn an old hospital cafeteria, voices and footsteps echo off the nearly bare walls and empty offices. Toys and big stuffed animals are strewn about in various states of packing.Download AudioMatt Magnusson gives a tour of the Catholic Community Service’s Family Resource Center in Juneau, June 17, 2016. He says everyone jokes that this hallway is haunted. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO – Juneau)Matt Magnusson is showing me around a wing of St. Ann’s Center where Catholic Community Service ran its youth behavioral health program, which is shutting down because grant funding dried up.It’s where the 20-year-old has worked for about a year and a half. He helped kids with issues like post-traumatic stress disorder, reactive attachment disorder and bipolar disorder.Catholic doctrine teaches that homosexuality is also a disorder, and acting on it is immoral. As an openly gay man who doesn’t identify with any religion, you’d think Magnusson would have to navigate a minefield of identity politics at work.“Through talking with my friends and other gay people, they have a lot of problems sometimes with their jobs,” Magnusson said. “And I’ve never once had a complaint working here when it comes to my sexuality. Which, that’s a really wonderful thing to be able to say as a gay person. A lot of times people have nowhere close to that experience, which is horrible. To come to the place where you spend most of your time during your life and be discriminated against, that’s just an awful thing.”That’s also in keeping with Catholic doctrine that discourages “unjust discrimination” toward gay people. Vatican bishops advise receiving gay parishioners with respect and sensitivity.Matt Magnusson and Molly McCarville are among the last employees at Catholic Community Service’s Family Resource Center in Juneau, June 17, 2016. The center is shutting down at the end of the month because federal funding dried up. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO – Juneau)However, Magnusson’s nonprofit, which the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Juneau can influence through its governing board, would be within its rights to fire him simply for being gay.The Juneau Assembly wants the public to weigh in on a proposed ordinance that would make that illegal. The equal rights ordinance would outlaw many forms of discrimination, including that based on sexual orientation and gender identity. With a few exceptions, it would apply to public institutions as well as private sector businesses, employers, schools, and housing and lending institutions.Deputy Mayor Jesse Kiehl introduced the measure last week.Agencies like the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights enforce anti-discrimination laws based on race, sex, age, religion and other traditionally protected classes.“But they have a gaping hole when it comes to discrimination based on sexual orientation or on gender identity,” Kiehl said.The 12-page ordinance he’s proposing would protect those new classes in addition to the ones already covered.The ordinance would not create a new city agency to handle enforcement, but Kiehl said it would give victims of discrimination the grounds to take an employer, business, landlord, lender or other institution to court where state and federal laws don’t apply.In the early ‘90s, the Juneau Assembly considered a similar measure. A watered down version eventually passed that was limited to job discrimination within the municipal government.Kiehl thinks today’s Juneau is ready for broader protections.“Since then, I think that we live in a world where people now realize that they know gay people,” he said. “Where, 20 some years ago, there was too much risk of physical violence against gay people for them to let it be known who they really are. And ultimately, that’s what we’re talking about, it’s discrimination based on who you really are.”Magnusson, who grew up in Juneau, said for the most part the community’s been a loving and accepting place to be himself. For the most part.“I’ve been in the store where I’ve heard people make comments under their breath behind me, and that’s just a part of being gay,” he said. “Whenever I go to Seattle, I can totally let my guard down. Like, I can walk with my boyfriend down the street holding his hand. No problem. Walking down the street in Juneau we won’t do because … we stand out too much. There’s locals that look at us. Even the tourists kind of notice it a little bit because it’s a different thing for Juneau, Alaska. It’s a small town, you don’t see that.”He said Kiehl’s ordinance is necessary and welcome.Kiehl said he’s shared the ordinance with faith leaders and thinks he’s crafted it in a way that won’t affect First Amendment religious freedoms. Like other communities that have tried this, he does expect some reluctance.“There’s a lot of fear — but actually, no problems. So that’s what I suspect will come as we work to pass this,” Kiehl said.The ordinance must go through the committee process before a final vote by the Juneau Assembly.last_img read more

Shareholders reelect Sealaska board incumbents

first_imgSealaska Plaza, the corporation’s headquarters. (KCAW Photo)The management slate won this year’s Sealaska board election.Three incumbents and a newcomer who ran with them beat out eight independent candidates.Listen nowResults were released Saturday via Sealaska’s Facebook page during the Southeast regional Native corporation’s annual meeting, held in Hydaburg, on Prince of Wales Island.Another result: A measure to reduce the board’s size failed to attract enough votes to pass.Juneau-based Sealaska has about 22,000 shareholders, which gives it the largest base of Alaska’s dozen regional Native corporations.Sidney Edenshaw of Hydaburg is one of the three winning incumbents. He’s president of his community’s tribal association and has been on Sealaska’s board for 12 years.Another is Ed Thomas of Kingston, Washington. The former Juneau resident spent 27 years as president of the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. He’s been on Sealaska’s board for 27 years.The third winning incumbent is Ross Soboleff of Juneau. The writer and fisherman won a board seat three years ago after running as an independent.The fourth winning candidate is Morgan Howard of Kirkland, Washington, who owns a communications company. The board chose him from a group of about 50 shareholders who applied to run on its slate.The seat he filled was vacated by Rosita Worl. The 30-year board member did not seek re-election this year. She continues to run the Sealaska Heritage Institute, the corporation’s cultural arm.Eight independent candidates also ran for Sealaska’s board of directors. The highest vote-getters were Karen Taug and Doug Chilton of Juneau, and Nicole Hallingstad of Arlington, Virginia.Taug works in finance, Chilton is an artist and teacher and Hallingstad works for the National Congress of American Indians. She used to be Sealaska’s corporate secretary.The board-size measure would have shrunk the 13-member panel to nine members over several years. It targeted long-time incumbents.Board election results list the number of shares cast for each candidate.Sidney Edenshaw: 575,939Edward Thomas: 571, 090Ross Soboleff: 569, 600Morgan Howard: 568,290Karen Taug: 497,768Doug Chilton: 479, 311Nicole Hallingstad: 451,381John Duncan: 182,755Brad Fluetsch: 158,238Adrian LeCornu: 106,418Michael Roberts: 86,199Cory Mann: 63,990last_img read more

You Can Finally Hear Weird Als Unreleased Song About PacMan

first_img You thought you heard all the Weird Al Yankovic songs. You’ve heard “White and Nerdy,” “Eat It,” “Amish Paradise,” “Yoda.” You might have even heard “Pac-Man,” one of his lesser known tunes, although you’ve never heard it like this.Nerdist recently caught up with the iconic parody artist ahead of the release of his career box set Squeeze Box: The Complete Recordings of “Weird Al” Yankovic, which will finally feature an official release of “Pac-Man” decades after its initial recording.“Pac-Man” premiered on the Dr. Demento radio show around 36 years ago. For the uninitiated, Dr. Demento has been hosting the show, exposing the world to novelty and parody songs, since the 1970s. He’s still at it today, although he’s moved from normal radio in Southern California to online streaming.Anyway, back around 1976, Dr. Demento spoke at a 16-year-old Weird Al’s school, inspiring the artist to send the DJ a cassette tape of parody songs. Dr. Demento played them on the air, and they became popular among listeners. Weird Al would eventually become a part of the touring show and a regular guest. Dr. Demento would eventually help fund Weird Al’s first EP Another One Rides the Bus.“Pac-Man” was one of these early tunes, recorded in a friend’s garage on a cassette tape. He took some samples from an actual arcade cabinet, put it in the song, and sent it over to Dr. Demento.The tune was popular on the show, but was only played for a few weeks before lawyers got involved. Since “Pac-Man” is a parody of the Beatles’ song “Tax-Man,” they couldn’t have come from a more powerful artist.“It got some good fan reaction, and very shortly, after a few plays, he got a cease and desist letter from some attorneys representing the Beatles. Dr. Demento couldn’t play it anymore,” Yankovic told the Nerdist.So for years, you can only hear it if he performed it live or on bootlegged copies, like the one below.Interestingly, the other property he was parodying–Pac-Man–didn’t seem to have a problem with it.“I should also point out that I was more worried about the Pac-Man people because we also had to get permission from Namco,” Yankovic said. “But thankfully they had a good sense of humor about it.”Legal troubles have kept us from hearing an official version of the song for decades, although that obviously didn’t dissuade anything.“I’d like to think that none of the Beatles ever actually heard the song back then,” Yankovic said. “It was just some office [clerk] whose whole job is to litigate and prosecute people for copyright infringement.”Thanks to the internet, along with a much better, non-bootlegged recording, you can hear the tale of a man who used to love pinball but soon grew to be obsessed with Pac-Man. We can all understand that story, where all we want to do is get the high score, so we go broke.The song, along with other rare tracks, can be heard on Squeeze Box: The Complete Recordings of “Weird Al” Yankovic, which is set for release on Nov. 24, 2017. Until then you can listen to The Essential Weird Al Yankovic. The Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Pac-ManGEEK PICK: Pac-Man Ghosts Lounge Pants Stay on targetlast_img read more

Battle Team Rocket in New Pokemon Go Update

first_imgInstead of taking cues from the mainline RPGs, these Team Rocket battles recall the pseudo-RPG modes of GameCube Pokemon console spin-offs Pokemon Colosseum and Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness. After defeating Team Rocket’s shadow Pokemon you’ll purify the poor thing and recruit it to your team where they eventually make for very powerful allies.As much as I’m not a fan of the “games as a service” mode, Pokemon Go is an example of its success in action. Thanks to a steady stream of exciting new features here we are still talking about this game years later. Yeah I could turn my attention toward new augmented reality games based on Minecraft, Dragon Quest, and Stranger Things. But there’s still one week left to catch Armored Mewtwo in a raid battle and make Team Rocket blast off again.For more on Pokemon learn more about another upcoming mobile game Pokemon Masters and read our hands-on impressions of the upcoming Nintendo Switch games Pokemon Sword and Shield. One of my favorite pieces of Pokemon universe lore is not only do these children capture and train monsters to battle for fun sport but they also fight against villainous organizations who use the monsters for crime. Team Rocket is a Pokemon-powered Mafia run by a dude literally named a Giovanni. I was hoping Detective Pikachu would tease Team Rocket in the next live-action movie like Joker in The Dark Knight.That didn’t happen, however you can now take the battle to Team Rocket yourself thanks to a new Pokemon Go update.Before, teams in Pokemon Go had been friendly groups of rivals players join like Team Mystic and Team Valor. But now if you approach a dark Pokestop you’ll do battle with a criminal member of Team Rocket. Do Pokespots still vaguely correspond with their actual real-world location? New York City has got to be one huge Team Rocket lair right?AdChoices广告 Mint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107KNew Trailer ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield’ Reveals Team Yell Punks center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Meet The FourDimensional Numbers That Led to Modern Algebra

first_imgStill, physicists never adopted quaternions in their day-to-day calculations, because an alternative scheme for dealing with spinors was found based on matrices. Only in the last few decades have quaternions experienced a revival. In addition to their adoption in computer graphics, where they serve as efficient tools for calculating rotations, quaternions live on in the geometry of higher-dimensional surfaces. One surface in particular, called a hyperkähler manifold, has the intriguing feature that it allows you to translate back and forth between groups of vectors and groups of spinors — uniting the two sides of the vector-algebra war. Since vectors describe force particles while spinors describe matter particles, this property holds extreme interest to physicists who wonder if a symmetry between matter and forces, called supersymmetry, exists in nature. (However, if it does, the symmetry would have to be severely broken in our universe.)For mathematicians, meanwhile, quaternions never really lost their shine. “As soon as Hamilton invented the quaternions, everyone and his brother decided to make up their own number system,” Baez said. “Most were completely useless, but eventually … they led to what we now think of as modern algebra.” Today, abstract algebraists study a vast array of number systems in any number of dimensions and with all manner of exotic properties. One not-so-useless construction turned out to be the fourth and final number system that permits a multiplication analog and an associated division, discovered shortly after the quaternions by Hamilton’s friend, John Graves. Some physicists suspect that these peculiar, eight-dimensional “octonions” may play a deep role in fundamental physics.“I think there’s still a lot more to discover about geometry based on the quaternions,” said Nigel Hitchin, a geometer at the University of Oxford, “but if you want a new frontier, then it’s the octonions.” Imagine winding the hour hand of a clock back from 3 o’clock to noon. Mathematicians have long known how to describe this rotation as a simple multiplication: A number representing the initial position of the hour hand on the plane is multiplied by another constant number. But is a similar trick possible for describing rotations through space? Common sense says yes, but William Hamilton, one of the most prolific mathematicians of the 19th century, struggled for more than a decade to find the math for describing rotations in three dimensions. The unlikely solution led him to the third of just four number systems that abide by a close analog of standard arithmetic and helped spur the rise of modern algebra.The real numbers form the first such number system. A sequence of numbers that can be ordered from least to greatest, the reals include all the familiar characters we learn in school, like –3.7, the square root of 5, and 42. Renaissance algebraists stumbled upon the second system of numbers that can be added, subtracted, multiplied and divided when they realized that solving certain equations demanded a new number, i, that didn’t fit anywhere on the real number line. They took the first steps off that line and into the “complex plane,” where misleadingly named “imaginary” numbers couple with real numbers like capital letters pair with numerals in the game of Battleship. In this planar world, “complex numbers” represent arrows that you can slide around with addition and subtraction or turn and stretch with multiplication and division.Hamilton, the Irish mathematician and namesake of the “Hamiltonian” operator in classical and quantum mechanics, hoped to climb out of the complex plane by adding an imaginary j axis. This would be like Milton Bradley turning “Battleship” into “Battlesubmarine” with a column of lower case letters. But there was something off about three dimensions that broke every system Hamilton could think of. “He must have tried millions of things and none of them worked,” said John Baez, a mathematician at the University of California, Riverside. The problem was multiplication. In the complex plane, multiplication produces rotations. No matter how Hamilton tried to define multiplication in 3-D, he couldn’t find an opposing division that always returned meaningful answers.To see what makes 3-D rotation so much harder, compare turning a steering wheel with spinning a globe. All the points on the wheel move together in the same way, so they’re being multiplied by the same (complex) number. But points on the globe move fastest around the equator and slower as you move north or south. Crucially, the poles don’t change at all. If 3-D rotations worked like 2-D rotations, Baez explained, every point would move.The solution, which a giddy Hamilton famously carved into Dublin’s Broome Bridge when it finally hit him on October 16, 1843, was to stick the globe into a larger space where rotations behave more like they do in two dimensions. With not two but three imaginary axes, i, j and k, plus the real number line a, Hamilton could define new numbers that are like arrows in 4-D space. He named them “quaternions.” By nightfall, Hamilton had already sketched out a scheme for rotating 3-D arrows: He showed that these could be thought of as simplified quaternions created by setting a, the real part, equal to zero and keeping just the imaginary components i, j and k — a trio for which Hamilton invented the word “vector.” Rotating a 3-D vector meant multiplying it by a pair of full 4-D quaternions containing information about the direction and degree of rotation. To see quaternion multiplication in action, watch the newly released video below by the popular math animator 3Blue1Brown. [embedded content]Everything you could do with the real and complex numbers, you could do with the quaternions, except for one jarring difference. Whereas 2 × 3 and 3 × 2 both equal 6, order matters for quaternion multiplication. Mathematicians had never encountered this behavior in numbers before, even though it reflects how everyday objects rotate. Place your phone face-up on a flat surface, for example. Spin it 90 degrees to the left, and then flip it away from you. Note which way the camera points. Returning to the original position, flip it away from you first and then turn it to the left second. See how the camera points to the right instead? This initially alarming property, known as non-commutativity, turns out to be a feature the quaternions share with reality.But a bug lurked within the new number system too. While a phone or arrow turns all the way around in 360 degrees, the quaternion describing this 360-degree rotation only turns 180 degrees up in four-dimensional space. You need two full rotations of the phone or arrow to bring the associated quaternion back to its initial state. (Stopping after one turn leaves the quaternion inverted, because of the way imaginary numbers square to –1.) For a bit of intuition about how this works, take a look at the rotating cube above. One turn puts a twist in the attached belts while the second smooths them out again. Quaternions behave somewhat similarly.Upside-down arrows produce spurious negative signs that can wreak havoc in physics, so nearly 40 years after Hamilton’s bridge vandalism, physicists went to war with one another to keep the quaternion system from becoming standard. Hostilities broke out when a Yale professor named Josiah Gibbs defined the modern vector. Deciding the fourth dimension was entirely too much trouble, Gibbs decapitated Hamilton’s creation by lopping off the a term altogether: Gibbs’ quaternion-spinoff kept the i, j, k notation, but split the unwieldy rule for multiplying quaternions into separate operations for multiplying vectors that every math and physics undergraduate learns today: the dot product and the cross product. Hamilton’s disciples labeled the new system a “monster,” while vector fans disparaged the quaternions as “vexatious” and an “unmixed evil.” The debate raged for years in the pages of journals and pamphlets, but ease of use eventually carried vectors to victory.Quaternions would languish in the shadow of vectors until quantum mechanics revealed their true identity in the 1920s. While the normal 360 degrees suffice to fully rotate photons and other force particles, electrons and all other matter particles take two turns to return to their initial state. Hamilton’s number system had been describing these as-yet undiscovered entities, now known as “spinors,” all along.center_img More Great WIRED StoriesWhy you need a physical vault to secure a virtual currencyThe rise and fall of the supercut videoFree speech is not the same as free reachIt’s time to stop sending money on VenmoSay hello to the most audacious flying machine everLooking for more? 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Intrepid Australians are skipping Christmas down under

first_imgIntrepid Travel IndiaIntrepid Australians are skipping Christmas down underAustralians are shunning the stay-at-home festive season in favour of an overseas holiday at Christmas time, Intrepid Travel has revealed.To cater for the end of year exodus, Intrepid Travel has more than doubled its family trips with 40 Christmas holidays departing between 20 and 27 December 2018, up from 16 last year.“Australian travellers are increasingly choosing to leave the festive fuss behind. So pick a place, pass us one buck and we will take care of all the details,” Intrepid Travel regional director APAC Brett Mitchell said.Festive family itineraries are on offer to 12 destinations from Iceland to India and Costa Rica to Cambodia. Vietnam is the ‘it’ destination to date however, with Vietnam Family Holiday, Vietnam Family Holiday with Comfort and Vietnam Family Holiday with teenagers the three most popular Intrepid family itineraries.Families aren’t the only ones leaving home for the festive season with solo travel proving popular at this time of year. Lone travellers are making moves on Sri Lanka this Christmas with best-selling itineraries including Circle Sri Lanka and Cycle Sri Lanka.Rounding out the top five solo trips over Christmas are the Best of Cuba tour, the Winter Trans-Siberian Adventure and a Northern India itinerary.The Russian expedition is a wild card entry for this time of year, and indicates Australian travellers are keen to experience a white Christmas with a difference.To make it easier for travellers to commit to an overseas break this Christmas, Intrepid is currently offering a $1 deposit deal on trips.On sale from 15 August to 30 September 2018, travellers can secure their place on any Intrepid small group adventure or short break for just one dollar.For more information or to book visit https://www.intrepidtravel.com.au or call 1300 061 695. *Standard booking conditions as per the website www.intrepidtravel.com. There are some tour exclusions and all tours are subject to availability. Prices, itineraries and inclusions are subject to change without notice. The remainder of the deposit balance is to be paid in full by 16 November 2018 and full payment is required 56 days prior to departure.Source = Intrepid Travellast_img read more

Two jailed for 11 and 13 years for 2016 manslaughter of Latvian

first_imgTwo men, both Polish nationals, were sentenced to 11 and 13 years in prison on Thursday for the manslaughter of a Latvian man in Limassol in 2016.The older man, 63, was sentenced to 11 years and his 39-year-old compatriot to 13 years.The victim was a 37-year-old Latvian. In July 2016, he was driven by a friend to an unfinished building where the now 39-year-old illegally lived in order to pay the Pole €60 of €70 he had borrowed. At the same apartment was the other sentenced man who had claimed he was there to celebrate the first suspect’s birthday. They had consumed alcohol with another two persons.They had an argument over the money and the victim was later discovered in a pool of blood in a nearby park in Moutagiaka with multiple fractures to the skull. Police found bloodstains and two €20 banknotes which the convicted men said was part of the money returned by the victim, as well as traces of blood on the soles of his feet.He was hospitalised in the intensive care unit of Nicosia general hospital and was later moved to an old people’s home where he died months later, in February 2017.The court highlighted the seriousness of the crime and said the victim’s injuries show the brutality with which he was beaten by the perpetrators while they were under the influence of alcohol.During sentencing the judge also considered the fact that the men had no prior criminal record.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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