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CORUS RADIO TURNS UP THE VOLUME WITH NEW WINNIPEG STATION PEGGY 991

first_img Login/Register With: Corus Radio is bringing Winnipeg listeners a new station to get excited about with the launch of Peggy @ 99-1, Feel Good Winnipeg! Launched yesterday, Peggy is an upbeat 80’s pop and current adult contemporary station that has all the hits that Winnipeggers want to hear. Rebranded from 99.1 FRESH RADIO, Peggy’s unique new format aims to reflect the positive, energetic and fun vibe of Winnipeg while giving listeners the music they want.With a new look, website and sound, the station plays the biggest 80’s pop artists and today’s superstars in music intensive mode, giving listeners an opportunity to indulge in Peggy’s playlist at work, in the car, or on their smart phones.“Peggy @ 99-1 was made for Winnipeg, not just in the name, but in the playful, sassy and confident attitude the station brings to the city,” says Tammy Cole, Program Director, Peggy @ 99-1, Corus Radio. “Our listeners will enjoy the stations upbeat music, fun personality and local flare while they’re at home or on-the-go. From running errands to putting the kids to bed, Peggy will be there for you to tune-in to the big hits and tune-out the noise.” Facebook Global News and Corus Radio are a part of the Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

PM GG given 72 hours to respond to Attawapiskat Chief Spences request

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence won’t end her hunger strike until a requested treaty meeting begins and she expects a response from Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Gov. Gen. David Johnston within 72 hours, aides say.Spence met with Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo and Charlie Angus, among others, Thursday and stated she won’t give up her hunger strike on just a commitment from Harper and Johnston to meet with First Nations leadership on the treaties.“She is tired of the broken promises, she wants to see the actual meeting,” said Danny Metatawabin, one of Spence’s closest aides.Spence also expects a response to her request from the prime minister and the governor general within 72 hours. If the deadline passes, mass demonstrations will unfold across the country, said Metatawabin.“There will be mass demonstrations,” he said.During the meeting, Atleo was told that the meeting to discuss the treaties should happen sooner than the Jan. 24 date Atleo offered in an invitation letter sent to Harper and Johnston on Jan 1.First Nations chiefs are planning to meet on Jan. 24 in Saskatchewan to discuss the treaties, but Spence’s aides say that date is too far off with the chief’s health failing as her hunger strike continues.“It is too far for Theresa, Raymond (Robinson) and Emil Bell,” said Matatawabin, referring to two elders who are on a hunger strike along with Spence.Spence began her hunger strike on Dec. 11. Spence has said she doesn’t need to be present at the meeting.Metatawabin said Atleo was told to include the 72 hour deadline in his Jan. 1 letter to Harper and Johnston.There was no mention of a deadline in Atleo’s letter.A spokeswoman for the governor general said the office received Atleo’s letter and will respond in “due course.”The Prime Minister’s Office said they would also respond to Atleo’s letter in “due course.” The PMO said in a statement that the “government remains willing to work with the First Nations leadership to deliver better outcomes for First Nations communities.”last_img read more

BlackBerry shares drop 8 as hype over BB10 launch dies down

TORONTO — Shares of Blackberry dropped more than eight per cent Wednesday as the sheen continued to wear off from the company’s smartphone product launch two weeks ago.The Waterloo, Ont.-based company, formerly known as Research In Motion, saw shares decline $1.25 to close at $14.00 on the Toronto Stock Exchange, amid widespread weakness in the information technology sector.BlackBerry has not proven the ability to launch products fast enough to compete any longerThe company’s stock has fallen 21 per cent from the height it reached in late January before the new BlackBerrys were unveiled at a much-hyped event that was simulcast to various cities around the world.Several analysts have expressed concerns about the slow launch of the new devices, which first rolled out in the U.K. and Canada with the touchscreen BlackBerry Z10. The United States won’t get the touchscreen model until next month.Much of the concern involved the staggered release of the BlackBerry Q10, a more traditional keypad version of the smartphone that won’t hit stores until at least April.“The consumer products market requires fast innovation cycles,” said National Bank analyst Kris Thompson in a note.“BlackBerry has not proven the ability to launch products fast enough to compete any longer.”Thompson also addressed concerns with the lack of clarity for BlackBerry’s new service revenue model. In December, BlackBerry chief executive Thorsten Heins suggested the lucrative service fees charged to BlackBerry subscribers for its secure network won’t necessarily be a priority for the company anymore.BlackBerry plans to launch an a la carte menu of services where both enterprise customers and casual smartphone users can pick their packages, ranging from a “platinum package” that covers all of the security features offered today to more stripped back packages that would focus less on security and more basic email services.Details of the changes have not been disclosed, and Thompson said BlackBerry needs to bring an end to the “mystery.”“Investors need to understand how that revenue line could decay over the next several years,” he said.“Without such information, investor judgement is severely impaired.”Thompson also said he doesn’t see the BlackBerry reversing its marketshare decline, but only slowing the outflow by convincing some customers to upgrade from their older BlackBerry models. He said the phone doesn’t seem to have much appeal to iPhone or Android users.“The apps just aren’t there,” he added.The BlackBerry Z10 has received relatively favourable reviews, and the company and some carriers have said that early sales were encouraging.After the Canadian launch, Blackberry issued an enthusiastic statement which said the BlackBerry Z10 sales were “50 per cent better than any other launch day in our history in Canada,” though it declined to release actual sales data.Similarly enthusiastic claims were issued by carriers Bell and Rogers Communications who also did not release hard sales numbers. read more

Devolution of powers considered under unitary state

The Deputy Minister said that all religions have accepted the priority given to Buddhism in Sri Lanka and this will be safeguarded in the new Constitution. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Saturday submitted to the Constitutional Assembly reports from six sub-committees appointed to look at a new Constitution.The six sub-committees were assigned to deliberate on the areas of Fundamental Rights, Judiciary, Law and Order, Public Finance, Public Service, and Centre-Periphery Relations. The process to draft a new Constitution began in January 2016 with the appointment of the Public Representations Committee for Constitutional Reforms (PRC) by the Cabinet of Ministers to seek the views of the people.The public consultation process was broadly structured to capture the needs and aspirations of the people through nation-wide consultations over several months. This mechanism paved the way for wide and active public participation and a culture of inclusiveness. The mandate of the PRC was to seek oral and written submissions from the public on constitutional reforms through public consultations throughout the country. The PRC held public consultations in all 25 administrative districts and considered a large volume of submissions made by members of the public.In order to ensure that representations of the public are given due consideration as an integral part of the mandate for constitutional reform, the Report of the PRC was presented to all members of the Constitutional Assembly including the 21 members of the Steering Committee and the Sub-Committees for their consideration. Devolution of powers to the provinces will be considered under a unitary state, the Government said today.Deputy Minister of Power and Energy, Ajith P. Perera said that the process to draft a new Constitution includes discussions on devolving powers to the provinces. However he asserted that the unitary state of the country will not be compromised in the new Constitution, nor will the priority given to Buddhism. The Constitutional Assembly comprising all 225 Members of Parliament sits as a Committee which has the powers similar to a Committee of the whole Parliament. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Opposition objects to impounding of passports of MPs

He said that the rights of Parliamentarians are violated when their passports are impounded.Deputy Speaker Thilanga Sumathipala said that the matter has been brought to the notice of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and he was looking into it. (Colombo Gazette) The opposition today raised objections to the passports of Parliamentarians being impounded by courts.Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena said that all Parliamentarians are members of the international parliamentary union.

Man stabbed on Hamilton Mountain Saturday night

Hamilton police are investigating after a man was stabbed in the leg late Saturday night.Police were called shortly before midnight to the area of Stone Church Road near Upper Sherman Avenue.Photo: Stone Church Road near Upper Sherman Ave. (Matt Farrauto, CHCH News)“A 35-year-old Hamilton man was found with a large wound to his right leg,” said Staff Sergeant Chris Hastings.The man was rushed to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.There is no information about the weapon or the attacker.“The victim is being uncooperative,” said Hastings. “We believe he was targeted and this was not random.”He added there is no concern for public safety.Police are no longer holding a scene but continue to investigate the incident. read more

OPP investigating after suspicious fire at home in Norfolk County

Ontario provincial police are investigating a suspicious overnight fire at a Norfolk County home.Police say the blaze started around 12:45 a.m. on June 26 at a Hastings Drive address in Long Point.There was someone in the home during the fire, but they were able to escape the home and put the fire out with buckets of water.Damage to the home is estimated at about $35,000.No further information has been released and police are asking anyone with more information to contact them.

Myanmar UN food agency delivers aid to 82000 people in flooded areas

“With so many areas cut off, we are still trying to get a clear picture of how these floods have affected people in Myanmar,” said WFP Country Director Dom Scalpelli. “Food security will be seriously affected. Thousands have lost homes, livelihoods, crops and existing food and seed stocks. We are acting quickly to provide emergency relief and prevent this disaster from exacerbating existing food insecurity and malnutrition.”Efforts are underway to provide emergency assistance in Bago, Chin, Kachin, Magway, Mon, Rakhine and Sagaing, after Cyclone Komen made landfall last week, causing extensive damages, points out a press release issued today.Working with the Government, UN agencies and local NGOs, WFP has now reached 82,000 people with food since the start of the response on 2 August. The authorities and local airlines are assisting with free transport of WFP’s food to areas inaccessible by road.Flooding and landslides caused by heavy monsoon rains have impacted more than a quarter of a million people in 12 out of Myanmar’s 14 states and nearly 208,000 people are now estimated to be in need of immediate food assistance. Both of these figures are expected to rise as further information becomes available.WFP is appealing for additional resources to respond to the floods emergency. Some $3 million per month is required to meet the currently-estimated flood needs, on top of existing operations in the country. Funding needs are expected to grow as the number of affected people increases.The Organization’s largest programme in Myanmar before the flooding was the ongoing distribution of food assistance to displaced people in Rakhine State, where floodwaters are hindering an accurate assessment of food needs at this time. read more

UN ends probe into Irans past nuclear activities moving international accord closer

“My final assessment gives clear answers to two very important questions: did Iran engage in activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device? And, if it did, is it still doing so?” UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano told the IAEA Board of Governors in Vienna before it adopted a resolution closing the long running investigation.“The Agency assesses that a range of activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device were conducted in Iran prior to the end of 2003 as a coordinated effort, and some activities took place after 2003,” he said, stressing that while the IAEA could not reconstruct all details of Iran’s past activities, it could clarify enough to assess the whole picture.“The Agency also assesses that these activities did not advance beyond feasibility and scientific studies, and the acquisition of certain relevant technical competences and capabilities. The Agency has no credible indications of activities in Iran relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device after 2009.”In July Iran and a group of six countries – China, France, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom and United States – reached a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to resolve the nuclear issue, entrusting the IAEA with verifying and monitoring Iran’s commitments.Iran’s nuclear programme – which it states is for peaceful purposes of energy production, but some other countries contend is driven by military ambitions – has been a matter of international concern since the discovery in 2003 that it concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).Under the JCPOA Iran pledged never under any circumstances to seek, develop or acquire nuclear weapons, and the UN Security Council is to consider ending sanctions imposed for its NPT violations once it receives IAEA’s report on verification.“JCPOA Implementation Day will occur when the Agency has verified that Iran has implemented measures specified in that agreement,” Mr. Amano said today. “I will inform the Board promptly when the Agency has verified that the preparatory steps have been completed.”He also called for addressing the issue of funding the additional IAEA activities in Iran under the JCPOA, noting that verification and monitoring require predictable funding.“Significant progress has been made on the Iran nuclear issue, but now is not the time to relax,” Mr. Amano concluded. “This issue has a long and complex history, and the legacy of mistrust between Iran and the international community must be overcome.”“Much work lies ahead of us. All parties must fully implement their commitments under the JCPOA. Considerable effort was required in order to reach this agreement. A similar and sustained effort will be required to implement it,” he stressed. read more

Varadkar Not negative for State board members to have political connections

first_imgHe said that he has implemented the practice of referring all Dáil questions about State agencies to the agencies themselves for a direct response, which “appears to be working satisfactorily and is providing a far higher level of accountability than previously was the case”.Roads Bill 2014The new Roads Bill will merge the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) with the National Roads Authority (NRA), by dissolving the RPA and transferring its functions and staff to the NRA.The newly expanded NRA will use the name Transport Infrastructure Service.The bill will also update existing provisions in the Roads Acts.Varadkar said the move ensures that core technical and professional skills will be retained in the public sector.The statutory name of the National Roads Authority is not being changed. It will continue as a non-commercial State agency under the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.“Total staff numbers of the combined organisations have reduced from 435 when this merger was first mooted to the current level of approximately 290. This comprises 105 in the NRA and 185 in the RPA,” said Varadkar.He added that “all RPA staff will transfer to the NRA on no less favourable terms and conditions than the terms that they hold immediately prior to the merger”.TDs that want to table amendments on the bill can do so when it reaches its committee stage.Read: State bodies account for nearly 30 per cent of employment payments upheld in 12 months>Read: Public service reform plans are ‘weak’ and ‘wrong’ says opposition> I have, on occasion, approached people to sit on a board because of their particular skills or experience.Varadkar noted that a “frequent complaint is that some of the people appointed have political connections”.This is always portrayed as something negative. It is not. Of course, it would be demonstrably wrong to appoint someone whose sole qualification is a party or personal connection. But where the person is qualified and can make a good contribution, their political or personal connections should not bar them. TRANSPORT MINISTER LEO Varadkar has said that he doesn’t think it’s a negative thing for State board appointees to have political connections.Speaking about State agency reform in the Dáil today, he said that in relation to his own Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, as of the end of 2013 he had made just over 120 new appointments to State Boards.He said that of these 120 appointments, more than half had submitted expressions of interest. “In every case where expressions of interest are made, consideration is given to individuals appropriate to the promotion of good governance at board level,” said Varadkar, adding that experience or qualifications in specific fields are also sought after.last_img read more

10 Movies that Helped Create Real Technology

first_img Science fiction has a habit of turning into science fact. Usually, that’s because a good sci-fi writer has some level of scientific knowledge, or at least interest. They can look at where the world is now and extrapolate. That way, they end up with a pretty good guess that turns out to be true. You see this a lot in classic sci-fi novels, many of which prioritized the concepts over things like story and character. (I love Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke, but man is their early writing dry.)Other times, fantasy becomes a reality despite the original work not having too firm a scientific basis. Someone had an idea, they put it on paper or film, and it ended up happening. You see this a lot in movies and TV, even when that work’s use of technology is basically a stand-in for magic. Usually, that happens because whoever write the thing thought the idea was cool. Then, somebody else with knowledge, money or both saw it and agreed that it was cool. So, they threw everything they had at it and figured out a way to make it happen. We’re going to guess that’s what happened with most of these movies that inspired real tech.Star Trek: The Motion Picture: SmartwatchesStar Trek already predicted a future where we’d carry around the means to communicate with each other in our pocket. The show even predicted the flip-open designs we all had in the early 2000s. Don’t lie, you fliped that thing open like Kirk more than once. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that a couple of short decades later, those functions would be contained in a watch. Star Trek: The Motion Picture had the crew of the Enterprise swap out their handheld communicators for Snazzy wrist versions. Just like we’ve done with products like the Apple Watch, Samsung Gear, Pixel Watch, etc. Turns out we like the idea of talking to our wrist. Yes, I guess the idea was popularized by Dick Tracy comics long before this, but we’re talking about movies here. Besides, when the technology first came out, you probably weren’t thinking of an old-timey detective comic strip. You wanted to be a Starfleet captain.AdChoices广告Total Recall: Self-Driving CarsThe technology is here, and just around the corner from widespread release. In the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi/action flick, Douglas Quaid hops into a Johnny Cab, which offered to drive him wherever he wanted to go. That’s exactly what Lyft and Uber intend to do. Once the technology is tested enough, they’ll add autonomous taxis to their fleet. Car companies like Ford and Chevy are also preparing for a future where people don’t buy cars, instead relying on automated taxi services to get them where they’re going. They may not have a creepy-looking dummy in the driver’s seat, but a robot will still drive you around. Also in the movie, Quaid meets a real human cab driver who says he needs to feed his family, unlike the Johnny cabs. So the movie also predicted the horrific jobs crisis this tech would bring too.2001: A Space Odyssey: Video Calls, Tablets, and Digital AssistantsWatching this movie now, it’s wild that it came out in 1968. We may not be casually sending manned space missions to Jupiter yet, but it got a few things right about our modern world. I guess that’s what happens when you work with Arthur C. Clarke. You might argue that video calling was something everyone could have predicted. Phones had been around for a while, and television had become a mainstay in American homes. It would only be a matter of time before we combined the two somehow. In the movie, Dr. Heywood Floyd makes a call to his daughter in a video phone booth. Though they use smartphones to do the job, that is exactly how parents talk to their kids when they’re away on business now.Though the movie failed to predict smartphones, it did have everyone reading and working on tablets. In the same scene where Dr. Floyd makes a video call, he passes by a table full of people, each with their noses buried in tablets. Whether they’re reading, looking over important documents or just messing around, that’s a common site at any airport these days. Stanley Kubrick and Clarke had an idea for how people might read and interact in the future. Tech companies looked at that and said, “actually, yeah, let’s make that.”The same can definitely be said for HAL, the artificial intelligence the astronauts rely on to run different aspects of the ship. The way the humans interact with it, and the way it talks back definitely reminds us of Siri, Google Assistant, Alexa and sure, Cortana too. There’s no way you can tell me those weren’t based at least in part on HAL. The only difference is, none of them will try to kill you. Probably.Minority Report: Touch- and Motion-based InterfacesHave you been frustrated by desktop UI designed for a touch screen you don’t have? Or maybe you do have one, but are annoyed by how many taps and swipes it takes to get to the setting you want. Or you just wondered why Microsoft tried so hard to make the Kinect happen. You can blame Minority Report. Everyone saw the way Tom Cruise swiped around data and icons in the air and said, “I want one of those!” And so UI designers have been trying to give us one of those ever since. Even when, in the case of the Kinect especially, it wasn’t nearly as fluid as the tech in the movie. Which was kind of the whole point.The movie itself might not have been all that great, but the tech in it was impressively spot-on. We have retinal scanners, touch/gesture-based UI, and targeted advertising, all of which made appearances in the film. Of all the dystopian hellscapes in sci-fi Minority Report’s is the one we’re most likely to end up living.Never Say Never Again: Laser WatchMan, humans really love shoving things into watches. James Bond was always known for his gadgets, and he had a number of different watch functions over the years. Never Say Never Again, the non-Eon adaptation of Ian Fleming’s Thunderball starring an older Sean Connery, was the first to outfit him with a laser watch. Well, an inventor named Patrick Priebe saw that scene and decided to make one of his own. The thing actually works, too. And it does more than just put a red dot on the wall for your cat to play with. In fact, keep this thing away from any cat. It’s one of those high-powered blue lasers that can cut tape and burn things. As he says on the site, the watch is too small to hold a battery that can charge this thing for any usable length of time. But hey, this is a piece of technology that only exists because a guy saw it in a movie.Back to the Future Part II: Power Laces and Wearable TechBack to the Future Part II inspired a lot of inventions by having a wild future that wasn’t all that far away from when the movie was made. By the time 2015 actually did come around, people were wondering why the world didn’t look like the one this movie promised. Flying cars were still just out of reach, but why not some of the smaller inventions. We got so desperate, we started calling those exploding plastic toys “hoverboards,” despite the fact that they had wheels and did not hover at all. But we did get those sweet power laces. They aren’t as ubiquitous as the movie would imply, but Nike did start developing them once 2015 came around. They went on sale in select Nike stores in November 2016 (so, about a year late), for $720. No wonder they never caught on.Later, we see the McFly family sit down to dinner in the future. We never got the dehydrated pizza (thankfully) or a fax machine in every room, but we did kind of get those glasses Marty’s kids wear. Through those glasses, they talk to friends and consume garbage entertainment. In real life, we got Google Glass, which allowed you to do all the same stuff. Again, it didn’t catch on the way Back to the Future: Part II thought it would, but this tech actually exists. The one thing the movie got wrong: wearing the glasses made you look way more punchable in real life.Blade Runner: Video BillboardsWe’re only a year away from the setting of Blade Runner, and there’s a lot in the movie we don’t have yet. Of course, the one invention we do have is the one that sells you stuff. That’s just where our priorities lie. The opening of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic is filled with shots of a futuristic Los Angeles. One image that stuck in people’s minds is the giant video billboard of a woman dressed as a geisha eating candy. We may not have gotten that particular advertisement, but giant animated ads are everywhere now. Along highways, on city streets, hell, brave Times Square during tourist season and you’ll find tons of people taking selfies with the biggest, most expensive video billboards in the world. Blade Runner may tell a story of oppression and humanity, but it also inspired one more way to bombard you with ads. Isn’t the future great?Short Circuit: Military RobotsThis 80s family comedy follows Steve Guttenberg and a racist caricature of an Indian person as they interact with a wacky military robot. The robot gets struck by lightning and starts cracking wise all over the place. This is not a movie that has aged well. One aspect that did though: The U.S. military totally does work with robots. Robots that roll along the ground on treads much like Johnny 5’s. And just like in the movie, the real-life robots can kill you. Take the MAARS robot, for example. There are some differences, though not as many as you might think. Sure, the Short Circuit robots, the ones who weren’t given sentience by a lightning bolt, use lasers to kill you while MAARS uses regular bullets. But MAARS is equipped with a laser too. Don’t worry though, it’ll just blind you. So in that respect, it’s kind of a friendly robot. Give it a funny voice and cute eyes and we might have something here.Smart House: Smart HomesWho would have thought a Disney Channel movie would be so prescient? Smart House was one of the Disney Channel’s earlier originals, and its ideas seemed pretty far-fetched at the time. A family wins the chance to live in a futuristic house where everything is controlled by a learning A.I. She’ll clean, cook, and set the lights and temperature just how you want them. She’ll also fly into an overprotective, jealous rage and prevent you from leaving. Yeah, some of these early DCOMs were straight up horror movies. But look how much we can automate our homes now. Your lights can be smart, you’re air conditioner can be smart. And if you don’t have a robot vacuuming your house at this point, what are you even doing? A whole generation of kids watched this cautionary tale and jumped at the first chance to model their own homes after it. The only difference is, our smart devices won’t actively hold us hostage. They’ll just sell all our personal information and usage habits to whoever’s buying. Much better.Woman in the Moon: Multi-Stage Rocket LaunchThe first silent film to show man going to the moon was Georges Méliès’ 1902 movie A Trip to the Moon. It wasn’t the most scientific depiction. The vessel was shot to the moon by a cannon. That’s… not how we do it. Nearly three decades later, and 40 years before we’d actually make the trip, one silent film got it basically right. Fritz Lang’s Woman in the Moon showed a multi-stage launch that looks remarkably like what NASA would later do in real life. It helps that Lang worked with real rocket scientists to make sure the science in the movie was as accurate as possible. It even included elements of human space travel that would actually be put into practice. Like foot straps to keep astronauts in place in zero-gravity. Or horizontal seats to compensate for g-forces. Or a pool of water beneath the rocket to dissipate heat and noise. It really is amazing how right this movie got it. Woman in the Moon showed audiences for the first time what human spaceflight would look like, decades before anyone would do it for real. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Netflix Axes ‘The OA’ Sci-Fi Series After 2 Seasons‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ Becomes Mostly Harm… center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

A Christmas Story House Exists for Movie Fans

first_imgThe house and museum, which are both open year-round, have an interesting story. In 2004, Brian Jones bought the house on eBay for $150,000 and spent an additional $240,000 on restorations to bring it back to its original movie look. The A Christmas Story House & Museum opened on November 25, 2006, and since then, both sites receive roughly 50,000 visitors per year. PewDiePie Pulls $50,000 Pledge to Anti-Hate Group After Fan BacklashPolice Arrest Dutch YouTubers for Trespassing Area 51 Site Watching A Christmas Story on TV is great, but actually staying at the Parker family residence is another story.If you’re a die-hard fan of this classic holiday flick, you can visit the A Christmas Story House & Museum in Cleveland. You can even spend the night at the famous home, which is probably one of the coolest experiences you can gift yourself (or someone else) this holiday season. The museum across the street also has cool A Christmas Story props on display. You’ll see Randy’s snowsuit, toys from Higbee’s window, and many behind-the-scenes pictures from the flick. There’s also a gift shop where you can stock up on bunny suits, triple dog dare ornaments, and more A Christmas Story collectible items.It might not be 1983 anymore, but the legacy of A Christmas Story and Ralphie’s childhood still lives on at this must-see landmark.Visit the A Christmas Story House & Museum website for tickets here.More on Geek.com:Top Christmas TV Episodes to Stream Right NowStay Merry With These Ugly Christmas Sweaters‘Christmas Comet’ Will Be Brightest Comet of the Yearcenter_img Stay on target Unlike other film-themed exhibits, the A Christmas Story house is totally interactive: You can take photos by the scandalous leg lamp with the bb-gun or walk inside the bathroom where the famous Lifebuoy soap scene took place.last_img read more

Snow pummels region causing closures outages slick roads

first_imgSnow pummeled the Vancouver area Tuesday night and into this morning, leading to county-wide closures, large-scale power outages and treacherous driving conditions.Close to a foot of snow fell Tuesday between 7 p.m. and midnight, accumulating at a rate of just under an inch an hour. The snowfall continued throughout the morning Wednesday, blanketing the region with less than a tenth of an inch of fresh powder.In an area where a quarter inch of snow can close schools, cancel activities and snarl traffic, the snowfall was epic.Most school districts in Clark County announced by 10 p.m. Tuesday that they would be closed, as did numerous private schools. Updated closure information will be available online at The Columbian’s school closure page.City and county government offices are closed today as well as many banks and clinics such as Kaiser Permanente and the Vancouver Clinic.Wednesday’s edition of The Columbian was delayed in delivery due to the dangerous driving conditions.Waste Connections canceled garbage collection for Wednesday, though plan to allow customers to put out double the amount of waste on their next scheduled service day one week later.Road crews plowed city streets, county roads and highways throughout the night and into the morning.From 4 p.m. Tuesday to 3 p.m. Wednesday, troopers responded to 38 disabled vehicles, 27 injury crashes, 34 roadway-blocking incidents, 17 abandoned and non-blocking vehicles, and seven abandoned and blocking vehicles, according to Washington State Patrol Trooper Will Finn.“It was madness,” he said.Multiple jackknifed tractor-trailers and disabled vehicles on Interstate 5, lead officials to close the highway and detour traffic onto Interstate 205 for a couple of hours that night.last_img read more

The Methodist Council gains living wage accreditation

first_imgReligious governing body The Methodist Council has been accredited as a living wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation.The council has committed to paying all of its 220 staff, whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors, at least the voluntary London living wage rate of £9.75 an hour.The living wage is an independently set hourly rate of pay that is calculated according to the basic cost of living. It is paid by employers on a voluntary basis, and is updated annually. The current living wage for employees working across the UK is £8.45 an hour. The higher London living wage rate of £9.75 an hour is reflective of the increased living costs of being based in the capital.The voluntary living wage is separate from the statutory national living wage, which is paid to employees aged 25 and over. The national living wage rate is currently set at £7.50 an hour.Nick Moore, head of support services at the Methodist Church, said: “Social justice is part of the Methodist tradition. We believe in ‘a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work’. Working hard full-time should earn a person enough to live free of poverty.“Today in the UK there is a legal minimum wage, but despite this, over a third of children in poverty live in households where adults are in full-time paid work. This is why The Methodist Council has chosen to become a living wage accredited employer. As the living wage is independently calculated each year based on what employees and their families need to live, we want to make sure all of our employees are paid at this rate as a minimum.”last_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF Wilmingtons Rudolph Technologies Appoints Vita Cassese To Board Of Directors

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Rudolph Technologies, Inc. announced Monday the appointment of Vita A. Cassese to the Rudolph Technologies Board of Directors.Ms. Cassese is the CEO of Mardon Management Advisors, a technology and analytics advisory firm that helps businesses capitalize on innovation and data to realize operational excellence and drive revenue growth. With over 30 years of experience as an operating executive and strategist, Vita is a senior advisor to Vestar Capital Partners and a member of the Technology Advisory Board of Riverside Partners, responsible for identifying and qualifying potential technology trends, investments and partnerships. As chief information officer of Pfizer’s Worldwide Pharmaceuticals Group, Vita led an organization of nearly 2,000 employees in 44 countries. While at Pfizer, Vita was instrumental in the creation and leadership of Pfizer’s Global Innovation organization.“Rudolph Technologies continues to position itself for sustainable growth and scale in accordance with our strategic plan,” said Michael Plisinski, chief executive officer, Rudolph Technologies. “Vita’s operational experience in both large and small companies, combined with her expertise in strategy for technology companies, will be an asset to our board. We are pleased to have Vita join our board of directors.”“Rudolph Technologies is an exciting company with market and product diversity that provides a multitude of exciting growth opportunities,” commented Vita Cassese. “I am looking forward to applying my experience in business development and strategy to help Rudolph Technologies maximize those opportunities.”Vita has been a guest lecturer at New York University’s Stern School of Business, MIT Sloan School of Business, and Boston University. She is a mentor for the Masters in Technology program at Columbia University. Vita earned a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, and her MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.About Rudolph TechnologiesRudolph Technologies, Inc. is a leader in the design, development, manufacture and support of defect inspection, lithography, process control metrology, and process control software used by semiconductor and advanced packaging device manufacturers worldwide. Rudolph delivers comprehensive solutions throughout the fab with its families of proprietary products that provide critical yield-enhancing information, enabling microelectronic device manufacturers to drive down costs and time to market of their devices. Headquartered in Wilmington, Massachusetts, Rudolph supports its customers with a worldwide sales and service organization. Additional information can be found on the Company’s website at http://www.rudolphtech.com.(NOTE: The above press release is from Rudolph Technologies.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s Rudolph Technologies Appoints David Miller As Chairman Of The BoardIn “Business”Wilmington’s Rudolph Technologies To Participate In 9th Annual CEO Investor SummitIn “Business”Wilmington’s Rudolph Technologies Names Debbora Ahlgren VP of Global Customer OperationsIn “Business”last_img read more

World Food India 2017 All you need to know VIDEO

first_img Close Will this event strengthen India’s position as a global food factory? IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated much anticipated international mega food event, ‘World Food India’ 2017 from Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi.The three-day-long event, is organised by the Ministry of Food Processing Industries. It welcomes to host a congregation of global investors and business leaders of major food companies from November 3 to 5 in New Delhi.This is the first time that India is hosting such an event for the food processing sector.During the event, India is hosting over 2,000 participants and 200 companies from around 30 countries.India is expected to attract an investment of US $10 billion in food processing sector and generate 1 million jobs in the next 3 years.Will this event strengthen India’s position as a global food factory?Check out the video to find out more.last_img read more

Trump ignores pleas to calm N Korea tensions

first_imgDonald TrumpDonald Trump on Tuesday accused North Korea of torturing a captive US student “beyond belief,” spurning pleas from allies and foes in east Asia to tone down his warlike rhetoric.For the first time, Trump publicly accused Pyongyang of abusing the late 22-year-old Otto Warmbier, an allegation likely to heighten tensions between the two nuclear powers.Last June the Ohio native was sent home in a coma after more than a year in prison in North Korea. He died a few days later.Aides say Trump was personally shocked and angered by Warmbier’s death, and that the government suspects mistreatment.But the US president had stopped short of publicly accusing the regime of torture, a move that would raise expectations of a tough response, raise tensions and could complicate any future releases.Since June, the United States and North Korea have traded military moves and bombastic insults in a stand-off over Kim Jong-Un’s nuclear and ballistic weapons programs.After seeing Warmbier’s parents on television Tuesday morning, Trump cast previous concerns aside.“Otto was tortured beyond belief by North Korea,” he said in an early morning tweet.The missive came just hours after South Korea-whose densely-populated capital Seoul is located just 35 miles from the demilitarized zone dividing the Korean peninsula-asked its US ally to take the heat out of the situation.Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha visited Washington to warn it was imperative to “prevent further escalation of tensions or any kind of accidental military clashes which can quickly go out of control.”Similarly, China, the North’s neighbor and only major ally, warned Tuesday that any conflict would have “no winners.”Foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said rhetorical sparring “will only increase the risk of confrontation and reduce the room for policy maneuver.”US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, visiting India, stressed that Washington wants a diplomatic solution to the North Korean nuclear crisis.“We maintain the capability to deter North Korea’s most dangerous threats but also to back up our diplomats in a manner that keeps this as long as possible in the diplomatic realm,” he said in New Delhi after talks with his Indian counterpart.Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un traded barbs in the wake of the North’s sixth nuclear bomb and multiple missile tests.Pyongyang says it needs the weapons to defend itself against the threat of a US invasion.Alarm over Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs dominated the gathering of world leaders at the United Nations, amid fears the heated rhetoric could accidentally trigger a war.In his UN address last week, Trump delivered the blunt threat to “totally destroy” North Korea if provoked, deriding leader Kim Jong-un as “Rocket Man”.Kim hit back with a personal attack of his own, branding Trump “mentally deranged” and a “dotard” and warning he would “pay dearly”.The North’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho on Monday called a press conference to hit back at a US bomber mission near the North’s coastline and a slew of bombastic warnings from the American president.Taking umbrage at Trump’s weekend tweet that North Korea’s leadership “won’t be around much longer” if it keeps up its threats, Ri told reporters the international community hoped that a “war of words” would “not turn into real actions”.“However, last weekend, Trump claimed our leadership would not be around much longer,” said Ri, who attended this year’s UN General Assembly session. “He declared a war on our country.”The White House said Ri’s interpretation of Trump’s saber-rattling as “absurd”.Fears of a clash were sharpened after US bombers flew off the coast of North Korea on Saturday-going further north of the demilitarized zone than any US aircraft has flown this century.“Since the United States declared war on our country, we will have every right to take counter-measures including the right to shoot down US strategic bombers even when they are not yet inside the airspace border of our country,” Ri said.“The question of who won’t be around much longer will be answered then.”A Pentagon spokesman stressed the bombers flew in international airspace and had every right to do so.South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) said that while Pyongyang did not appear to have picked up the presence of the US warplanes over the weekend, it had since bolstered its coastal defenses.“North Korea relocated its warplanes and strengthened defenses along the east coast,” said Lee Cheol-Woo, the chief of the National Assembly’s intelligence committee.last_img read more

Doctor Who Underrated Villain of the Week Toclafane

first_imgStay on target Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership. You know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels and Silence hell-bent on disaster. But do you recall the most underrated Doctor Who villains of all?Each week, I will dig into the depths of the Whoniverse to examine one rejected, misjudged, or altogether forgotten big bad. This time, a Master-ful attempt at taking over the world.The Master and his “children” (via BBC)TOCLAFANEFirst appearance: “The Sound of the Drums” (2007)—season 3, episode 12Home planet: UtopiaDoctor: TenthCompanion: Martha Jones, Captain Jack HarknessIn the year 100 trillion, the last remnants of humanity inhabit Malcassairo—a planet at the end of the universe, where the sun never shines and grass never grows.Clinging on to survival, the humans eventually reach Utopia, where they hoped to live out their days under skies made of diamonds.The new world, however, is dark, cold, and inhospitable. In a final act of desperation, the settlers cannibalize their bodies, sealing themselves into floating spherical shells—regressing to the Toclafane.The Toclafane invasion (via BBC)So named by the Master—rising to power as UK Prime Minister Harold Saxon—the Toclafane return to 21st-century Earth through a time rift to slaughter their ancestors and help secure the renegade Time Lord’s dominance.The Gallifreyan boogeymen are more dangerous than they look: With built-in life support and teleportation systems, their shells conceal razor blades, spikes, and laser guns that easily disintegrate enemies.But the naive species, under the spell of the Master (who considers them his “children”), are little more than slaves; withered human heads reverted to adolescence.“They’re us. They’re humans,” Martha realizes. “The human race from the future.”It’s what’s inside that counts (via BBC)The Toclafane invasion is a success: The spheres decimate one-tenth of Earth’s population, and indenture the rest to build a fleet of war-ready rockets. For one year, the Master ruled the planet.He carved his face into Mount Rushmore, erected statues of himself around the world, and held captive Martha’s family, Captain Jack, and the Tenth Doctor—his body aged 900 years—aboard the Valiant aircraft carrier.For one year only.The day before the Master planned to attack the rest of the universe, a revolt on the Valiant (and Jack’s destruction of the paradox machine) returned the world to right.Those 12 horrible months—The Year That Never Was—is erased from history, the population of Earth restored, and the Toclafane sent back to their future purgatory. Only those on the ship retain any memory of the Master’s reign.Toclafane concept art by Peter McKinstry (via BBC)Based on an idea showrunner Russell T. Davies developed before Doctor Who‘s 2005 revival, the Toclafane were nearly used in place of another tinny villain, the Daleks.When the BBC show temporarily lost its rights to the extraterrestrial mutants, Davies invented a small, evil floating sphere—a mutated form of humanity from the far future—with a childlike personality.Originally called Roclafane (later changed to avoid confusion with the Racnoss), the creatures almost appeared in “The Satan Pit,” due to budget constraints for the computer-animated Beast. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Awadhi in Delhi

first_imgThere was an Anarkali (Madhubala) and then there was a Begum Para (Madhuri Dixit-Nene). What is common in them is the exquisite jewellery, a sharara worth crores, pines for their beloved and a huge haveli  to perform in. Do not miss out on the amazing lights, candles, decorations, and all that jazz…we were glad when we found out about it and we hope you’d be too, that Zarina Begum, the only artist from the time of Mallika-e-Gazal Begum Akhtar is performing in our very city. Yes, yes. You’ll get to see this stuff LIVE! Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Zarina Begum is one of the last living disciples of ghazal maestro Begum Akhtar. Since Begum Akhtar was the pupil of Gulam Hazrat for a long time, therefore her singing shows the same quality. After the demise of Ustad, Zarina Begum received her remaining training from Begum Akhtar. Begum Akhtar had a quality of never teaching her students through speaking but through singing. This is the reason that the pupils of Begum Akhtar sing in her style. Zarina Begum is one of them. She is not only perfect in ghazal but also in thumri, dadra, and tappa.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTo create awareness about Zarina Begum’s work and archive the Awadhi ghazals, Manjari Chaturvedi, a pioneer of her dance – Sufi Kathak, is organising a talk. Titled The Last Song Of Awadh, the event will start with the screening of an excerpt from New Delhi-based film-maker Saba Dewan’s documentary The Other Song, which showcases Zarina Begum and her work. The screening will be followed by a discussion by, among others, music enthusiast and scholar Vikram Lall, thumri singer Kumud Diwan, journalist Prem Shankar Jha, the erstwhile nawab of Mehmudabad, Mehmudabad Amir Naqi Khan, and theatre personality Aamir Raza Husain. At the end, Zarina Begum will perform along with Chaturvedi. You don’t wanna miss this one!When: 23 May, 6:30 pm onwardsWhere: For lectures, films and performances- Auditorium, Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, Janpathlast_img read more

On a mission to curb human trafficking

first_imgThe British Deputy High Commissioner to Kolkata, Bruce Bucknell joined a rally to mark the World Day against Trafficking in Persons on July 30. “We need everyone to come together to tackle the dangers from trafficking and protect the human rights of those affected,” he said.Bucknell participated in the rally organised by the NGO, Association for Social and Humanitarian Action (ASHA) at Minakhan, North 24 Parganas, West Bengal. Prasun Bhowmick, member, State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, West Bengal and Kamrul Islam, Block Development Officer also joined the rally. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe British Deputy High Commission is supporting projects in East and North East of India to tackle the issue of human trafficking. This includes project ‘Jagaran’, implemented by ASHA. “I am glad that we are working with local partners to tackle this problem,” Bucknell added. “Such projects can empower people to raise concerns, and work with authorities to address the dangers of human trafficking.” Sanjeev Kumar Singh, Secretary, ASHA said, “We have been trying to address trafficking in the vulnerable pockets along the Indo-Bangladesh border and the riverine belt in West Bengal. We are also working in the tribal community of Chhattisgarh and tea gardens of Assam. Poverty, ignorance, gender and caste based discrimination in the community and lack of political will are responsible for trafficking to flourish. We have initiated the process for sensitising the community on the various modus operandi of trafficking, empowering the adolescents, rejuvenating the block and village level Child Protection Committees and bridging the gaps between the community and the government machinery.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveA signature campaign and a street play on the causes and concerns related to human trafficking were also part of the event. Local panchayat representatives, community leaders, block and district level officials and police officers were also present at the rally. India-UK stand united in a force for good partnership and everyone needs to come together to tackle the dangers that trafficking poses and protect the human rights of all concerned. Improving the lives of girls and women is one of UK’s top priorities for development around the world – including India. UK activities include a number of projects focusing on empowering women; capacity building for marginalised women, women’s legal rights; combating sex trafficking, child labour and bonded labour. The plan builds on demonstrated expertise in working with the poor communities, law enforcement agencies, improving policies and implementation and encouraging ethical businesses.last_img read more