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Angelina Jolie executive producer on Ontariobacked film

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Facebook When Angelina Jolie turned up at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend, your tax dollar was at work.Jolie is executive producer on an animated movie called The Breadwinner, a beautiful film about an adolescent girl in Afghanistan living under Taliban rule. After her father is arrested, 11-year-old Parvana disguises herself as a boy so she can work and become the family breadwinner.The movie began life as a novel. An international bestseller by Ontario writer Deborah Ellis, The Breadwinner has been a staple of middle-school reading lists since it was published in 2000. Advertisement Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment How The Breadwinner became a movie — and one involving Angelina Jolie, no less — is just one of many success stories from the Ontario Media Development Corp.The OMDC is a government agency that supports economic development in the creative industries — which are film, television and interactive digital media production, book and magazine publishing, and music.“Creative industries” may sound like mutually exclusive terms, but this is big business, driving $17 billion to the economy annually and responsible for 215,000 jobs.last_img read more

Aviation sector needs to do better job attracting workers says ICAO boss

first_imgMONTREAL – The global aviation sector has to do a better job attracting the huge number of workers that will be required in the coming decades to meet growing demand, the head of the United Nations’ aviation agency said Monday.Fang Liu, secretary general of the International Civil Aviation Organization, told a global summit being held in Montreal that an expected doubling in the number of passengers, retirements and competition for high-skilled workers from other industries will strain hiring efforts.“Promoting excitement and passion for aviation is not enough,” she said in prepared speech remarks.“We also need to facilitate access to aviation training and education programs which lead to dependable recruitment opportunities and shorter-term career advancement returns.”ICAO recently updated forecasts that identify increased demand for pilots, air traffic controllers and aircraft technicians.It says 620,000 pilots alone will be needed by 2036 to fly aircraft with at least 100 seats and some 80 per cent of these future aviators aren’t even flying today.That means hiring almost 492,000 new pilots or 67 per day for the next 20 years.There will also be the need for 94,000 new air traffic controllers through 2036 and 1.3 million maintenance professionals.However, Liu said attracting aviation workers is aggravated by the growing high-tech careers in other industries.For example, she said Montreal’s growing global leadership in gaming and artificial intelligence may threaten the sustainability of the region as the world’s third-largest aerospace manufacturing hub.“The world over, similar dynamics have forced us all to recognize that aviation has to do a much better job of both attracting and retaining the skilled workers and managers it requires,” Liu said.Global aviation is a catalyst for economic development, she said. It supports 63.5 million jobs and contributes more than US$2.7 trillion annually to the global gross domestic product.Some 10 million passengers are currently carried daily on more than 100,000 flights but that number is expected to double in the next 15 years as emerging markets, especially in Asia, increase the number of flights.“At the same time as our sector is growing, its workforce is also shrinking due to the inevitable demographics of aging populations, lowering birth rates and other attrition factors,” she added.Liu said the best young minds are needed and that greater awareness about aviation needs to be instilled earlier by appealing to high school students including young girls, in addition to university level efforts.She also said a movement of aviation workers between countries and aviation employers needs to be supported to ensure all areas of the world have sustainable services.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) says it’s hiring about 1,000 workers over the next 18 months to complete the interiors of the Global 7000 which is scheduled to enter into service late next year.Aero Montreal, which promotes the city’s aerospace industry, says 31,681 positions will need to be filled within the next 10 years including 8,816 newly created positions and 22,865 positions resulting mainly from retirements.last_img read more

Manitoba Hydro board resigns prompting accusations from premier talk of lawsuit

first_imgPallister said he had spoken with board members but avoided meetings because he did not want to seem to be interfering in Hydro’s regulatory applications to the Public Utilities Board.Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont called the dispute a “full-blown crisis” and an indictment of Pallister’s leadership.Loren Remillard, CEO of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, said the province needs to move quickly to appoint a new board to send a message of stability that “the core business is still responsible, sustainable, well-managed.”Pallister said a new Hydro board will be appointed soon. “Premier Pallister will likely cost all Manitobans, including Manitoba Metis citizens who pay hundreds of millions in taxes to the province each year, triple that in project delays, litigation and damages,” Chartrand said. “All Manitobans should question the path this premier is taking us down.”Manitoba Hydro is racking up billions of dollars in debt to build new generating stations and transmission lines, and is asking regulators to approve annual rate increases of up to 7.9 per cent for the next several years.The Progressive Conservatives opposed the plan while in Opposition, but said after winning the 2016 election that it was too late to reverse the construction projects.The Tories replaced the Hydro board less than two years ago with the nine members who are now resigning. WINNIPEG, M.B. — The board of directors at Manitoba Hydro resigned en masse Wednesday, leading to counter-accusations from Premier Brian Pallister and the spectre of a lawsuit from the Manitoba Metis Federation.Nine of 10 board members at the provincial Crown corporation issued a written statement in which they cited an inability to work with Pallister and his Progressive Conservative government. The only remaining board member is Tory backbencher Cliff Graydon.“For over a year we have attempted to meet with the premier to resolve a number of critical issues related to the finances and governance of Manitoba Hydro, including matters related to Hydro’s efforts to further develop its relationship with Indigenous peoples,” the statement read.center_img “Despite repeated attempts, we have not been able to have a meaningful dialogue with the government and we have reached an impasse. We have been informed the government intends to remove the chair and has therefore lost confidence in the board. Accordingly we have determined that it is necessary to resign.”Pallister, however, said the resignations stem from a dispute over a plan by Hydro to pay $70 million to the Manitoba Metis Federation so the organization won’t pursue concerns over a new transmission line to Minnesota.“I would describe it more as persuasion money,” Pallister said Wednesday. “To not push for extended environmental hearings on that line and also for acquiescence or non-participation in future such proposals that Hydro might make.”Pallister said when the government discovered the planned payment, it immediately objected.In a statement, federation president David Chartrand accused Pallister of using “race card” tactics.He said there was a negotiated agreement with the Hydro board that respected Metis rights and would save Manitobans millions in litigation costs and delays around Hydro projects.last_img read more

UAW strike forces GM to close Mexican pickup truck factory

DETROIT — A parts shortage caused by a strike by the United Auto Workers union has forced General Motors to shut down its pickup truck and transmission factories in Silao, Mexico.Spokesman Dan Flores confirmed that production at the factories ended Tuesday morning. He did not know how many workers are affected.The plant shutdown means that GM has lost any new supplies of its light-duty Chevrolet Silverado, the company’s top-selling U.S. vehicle. Earlier GM had to close a Mexican engine plant and an assembly plant in Canada.The strike by over 49,000 union workers is now in its third week, and both sides are feeling the impact. Workers are having to get by on $250 per week in strike pay instead of their normal base pay of about $1,200 per week.The Associated Press read more

UN expert calls on Serbia to expedite legal measures amid housing crisis

“Serbia urgently needs a national law on housing that fosters non-discrimination and inclusion and that complies with its international human right obligations,” Leilani Farha, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, said in a press release today following her week-long visit to the country.“This new law must take seriously issues of availability, affordability and security of tenure for all, especially for vulnerable groups,” she continued. “And it must be firmly grounded in international human rights law and standards.”Serbia’s large public housing stock was privatized in the early 1990s and sold to individuals and families at symbolic prices leading to a high-rate of homeownership, according to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). However, the agency noted, homeownership does not guarantee adequate housing.Ms. Farha pointed out, in fact, that homeowners and renters alike had indicated that heating, electricity bills and other housing charges remain “simply unaffordable” while some renters had even received eviction notices due to arrears.In addition, the Special Rapporteur said she learned of “deplorable housing conditions” experienced by vulnerable groups with “distinct housing needs,” such as persons with disabilities, the young, the elderly, women suffering domestic violence, and migrants and refugees from Africa and the Middle East. “In my view, some significant housing issues of the past remain unresolved,” she continued. “Roma housing conditions are egregious; they continue to be targeted for eviction with its devastating consequences. Allowing this to continue exacerbates discrimination, stigmatization and exclusion.”Serbia has an obligation to ensure that housing is protected as a legal right that everyone, especially the most vulnerable, can claim, Ms. Farha added.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Brock labour expert releases new book on human and animal work

Kendra Coulter, associate professor in the Centre for Labour Studies, has written a new book, Animals, Work, and the Promise of Interspecies Solidarity, released Dec. 3 by Palgrave Macmillan. Described as “thought-provoking and innovative,” the book challenges readers to think deeply and differently about animals and work. Coulter sat down with The Brock News for the details.TBN: Can you give us an overview of your book?KC: This is a unique look at the contributions, problems, and possibilities of work that involves animals. I first examine the work people do with/for animals on a daily basis. Next I focus on the work animals themselves do. Then I highlight the work people do with/for animals that is political and advocacy-oriented. I conclude by reflecting on the intellectual and ethical implications of recognizing all of these kinds of work. So it is a truly multispecies discussion that takes the work-lives of people and animals seriously.TBN: What do you mean by the work done by animals?KC: When it comes to animals’ work, people usually think of police and guide dogs or equines pulling carts in the global south, and these are clear examples. But I propose a much broader way of recognizing the full range of work done by animals, including in the wild, in homes, and in formal workplaces. From tending to their own young and others across species who need care, to courthouse dogs supporting child witnesses, to rats sniffing out landmines, the work being done by animals is diverse and fascinating. Animals use their minds, bodies, and abilities in so many different ways.TBN: What are some of the conditions animals encounter on the job?KC: There are reciprocal and helpful instances where people and animals are partnered in work that is mutually beneficial, especially in health care and conservation. High-energy dogs are happily at work around the world helping to track endangered species’ behaviours and combat poaching, for example.Unfortunately, there are many workplaces where animals are kept in situations that are very painful and damaging for them physically and emotionally. Industrialized agriculture is one of the most complex and troubling areas, and farmed animals are the largest group of land animals on earth.There is a lot to learn from the good, the bad, the ugly, and the more complicated cases of human-animal work, and in the book I approach all of these dynamics carefully. I interweave theoretical frameworks from labour studies, feminist political economy, and other scholarly fields that are not usually combined, but also propose completely new concepts for better understanding animals’ work and experiences in particular.TBN: Why did you want to cover these particular topics in this way?KC: My goals are intellectual and political. First, it is a scholarly book that illuminates a very under-studied but important area. Work has a significant influence on income, on health and well-being (or their absence), on the environment, on ideas about others and what is possible, and on the lives and deaths of living beings everywhere.But despite its effects on literally billions of lives, work involving animals has not been well-studied in work and labour studies, or in animal studies. With this book, I foster deeper understand of what’s really going on close to home and around the world. I encourage nuanced thinking that recognizes the perspectives of both animals and people, and how their experiences vary depending on the time, place, and individuals involved.In addition to its theoretical contributions, the book is driven by my commitment to social justice. I challenge readers to see the similarities and the differences among human and animal work-lives, to confront the effects of human choices, and to recognize the possibilities for more hopeful paths forward.Understanding, analysis, and critique are essential first steps, but are not enough; we also need solutions and alternatives. So I end the book with a call for humane jobs that benefit both people and animals. You cannot build a just and caring society on top of the suffering of others, period. So this book is a springboard, for me as a researcher committed to a multispecies approach to work, and also hopefully for others who are inspired to think and act in more compassionate ways. Kendra Coulter will use her new book, Animals, Work, and the Promise of Interspecies Solidarity, in her Animals at Work course, believed to be the only labour studies course in the world on the intersections of animals and work. Author royalties will support a student prize for top achievement in the course. Coulter’s last book, Revolutionizing Retail: Workers, Political Action, and Social Change, won the Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies 2015 Book Prize. Her latest book has already attracted international attention, and she has been invited to speak about animals and work at the Sorbonne in Paris this coming spring. read more

March Madness Kevin Wares Horrific Injury Spurs Louisville to

With the bone in his broken right leg sticking through his skin–a sight that moved his teammates, fans and coach Rick Pitino to tears, Louisville’s Kevin Ware called over his devastated teammates and delivered a message while laying on his back on the court  in Sunday’s battle for a Final Four berth.“Just go win the game,” Ware is said to have instructed his teammates as a medical crew worked on his broken leg. Just go win the game.”With his words spurring them, the Cardinals wiped their tears and then wiped the floor with the Duke Blue Devils, exploding on a 13-2 run midway through the second half that rendered the ACC powerhouse feeble. Louisville went on to take an 85-63 conquest to make its second straight appearance in the Final Four.The mercurial guard tandem of Peyton Siva (16 points) and Russ Smith (23) devastated the Blue Devils with, speed, tenacity and determination, and the Cardinals’ depth and unrelenting defense finished them off. Louisville will face NCAA Tournament surprise Wichita State in the first game of the Final Four at the Georgia Dome on Saturday. Michigan, which pummeled Florida by 20 points Sunday, will face Syracuse in the other tourney semifinal.They will play in Atlanta, the home of Ware, who attended Rockdale County High near the city. He landed awkwardly while contesting a jump shot in front of the Louisville bench with 6:33 left in the first half and his leg snapped, horrifying those who witnessed it. Pitino said it was gruesome he almost threw up. Players lay on the floor grief-stricken, crying. Fans wept. The arena fell silent.“Basically, the bone popped out of the skin. It broke in two spots,” Pitino said. “Remember the bone is six inches out of his leg, and all he’s yelling is ‘Win the game, win the game.’ I’ve never seen anything like that.”Added Siva, “I don’t know how he did it. I don’t know how he got strength to do it, but he told us to go out there and win.”“I don’t think we could have gathered ourselves — I know I couldn’t have — if Kevin didn’t say over and over again, ‘Just go win the game,” Pitino said. “I don’t think we could have gone in the locker room with a loss after seeing that. We had to gather ourselves. We couldn’t lose this game for him.”Chane Behanan, Ware’s closest friend on the team, wore the guard’s No. 5 jersey on the bench in the final moments as he and the huge Cardinals contingent chanted, “Kevin Ware! Kevin Ware!””“We talked about it every timeout, ‘Get Kevin home,” Pitino said.Ware tweeted a photo of himself in a Texas hospital bed. “He said, ‘Don’t worry about me, I’m good, I’ll have my surgery tonight,’” Behanan said. “‘Go win it for me.’”Ware was recovering Sunday night following successful surgery. School officials said the sophomore had the bone reset and a rod inserted into his right tibia.“I don’t think we could have gone in that locker room with a loss,” Pitino said, “after seeing that.”“I think that would have hurt him more than the actual injury,” Siva added. read more

A March Madness Bracket For StatHeads

Most of this year’s NCAA bracket contests follow the same tired format: Millions of people fill out a 64-team bracket and get points for correct picks — more if those picks come in later rounds. But some contests have their own quirks and present their own incentives. Some pools award bonus points for correctly predicting upsets; others use an auction format to draft teams. FiveThirtyEight’s office pool will reward participants for choosing results no one else or few people in the pool do.Mark Glickman, a statistician and research professor of health policy and management at Boston University, has created a very different kind of March Madness competition. Participants won’t merely predict which team will win each game; they’ll specify how sure they are. Entrants will offer a probability for every game that could happen: 2,278 possible matchups.Glickman’s contest scores entrants by the product of the average probability they gave for each matchup’s winner. The setup is designed to push people to examine their assumptions and balance confidence with caution. If you ever thought you were 100 percent sure about a game — say, between a No. 1 seed and a No. 16 seed — think again: If you’re wrong and a team you gave no chance somehow wins, you will lose a lot of points. Call every game 50-50, and you’ll know your score before the tournament starts. But it won’t be a good one.The format also changes entrants’ incentives. A great upset pick helps, like in any pool, but a bad one could help sink a bracket. Participants can recover more easily from early misfires than in other contests, because they’re assessed on their probability estimates for every matchup — even ones they didn’t expect. On the other hand, in many other contests, including ESPN’s Tournament Challenge, points per game double in each round, so a correct title pick is worth 32 times an accurate round-of-64 pick. But in Glickman’s contest, later games don’t count more than earlier ones.“By forcing people to make probability predictions, we will help distinguish people who have pretty close predictions but not exactly the same,” Glickman said.His novel setup is one of many bracket contests to go against the grain. What kinds of contests have you participated in, and how would you design an office pool for quants that offers more interest than the typical format? read more

Austria sold 2700 tickets for match ball against Russia

← Previous Story Bundesliga (Round 33): Neuhausen relegated Next Story → Torsten Laen to KIF Kolding? AustriaAustrian handballInnsbruck After tie in Zrenjanin against Serbia in April, Austria became the serious contender for the place at Men’s EHF EURO 2014 in Denmark. Patrekur Johanesson and his players are almost there, they have just to take two points from the two last matches against Bosnia and Herzegovina (away) and Russia (home – June 16). For the last match of qualification in Innsbruck, 2700 tickets are already sold. Russia has a chance to qualify for Denmark with a victory over Serbia three days before (June 12) in Astrachan. In the case of wins of both teams, Austria and Russia would be qualified even before their clash in Innsbruck…Serbia got a new head-coach for the last two matches – Ljubomir Vranjes. read more

12 famous quotes that people always get wrong

first_img US stocks are set to drop after the Fed’s ‘hawkish shift’ tempers hopes for further rate cuts India is replaying Trump’s favorite strategy by accusing the media of fake news in Kashmir, where it cut off the internet and tried to silence journalists David Cameron suggests he persuaded the Queen to warn against Scottish independence More than 1,500 Amazon employees are expected to walk out on Friday to protest climate change WORDSMITHS LIKE SHAKESPEARE and Robert Frost loved their sarcasm. But when you take comments like that out of context, they can mean the exact opposite of the author’s intention.That hasn’t stopped us from spouting famous lines, many from classic literature, however we see fit.We created a list of some frequently used quotes that people just don’t understand. Some came from this Quora post. Others, we added from bits and pieces of our Leaving Cert English classes.“I took the road less traveled.”In Robert Frost’s culturally omnipresent poem, “The Road Not Taken“, he tries to decide which of two paths he should take. He looks down one but chooses the second, “just as fair” and “worn really about the same.”If you read the entire poem, the last stanza regales how he’ll say “with a sigh” that his decision “made all the difference.”In reality, Frost arbitrarily chose his path, which didn’t matter in the long run. He just wants to hide his pessimism.Of course everyone today uses the quote as evidence of “forging your own path”, “going your own way” and all those other tautologies about fate and individualism.Robert Frost didn’t quite mean a “road less traveled”. (Image Credit: Hjalmar Gislason via Flickr/Creative Commons)“Money is the root of all evil.”Not really. The love of money is the root of all evil, according to Timothy 6:10 from the King James Bible.“Nice guys finish last.”Nice guys actually finish seventh. Leo Durocher, nicknamed Leo the Lip, served as the field manager for baseball team Brooklyn Dodgers during the height of their rivalry with San Francisco Giants. He made some comment about Mel Ott, right-fielder for the Giants, being too nice, which made the team finish in seventh place. “Baseball Digest” later reprinted the column in which his quote appeared but changed “seventh” to “last place,” according to Freakonomics blog.Leo’s misquoted words soon became a credo for over-aggressive coaches and guys with no romantic game everywhere.Brooklyn Dodgers’ second baseman Jackie Robinson (right) and Giants’ manager Leo Duroche in 1951 (Image Credit: AP Photo)“Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?”In most high school adaptations of Shakespeare’s well-known play, Juliet raises a hand to her furrowed brow, searching for her lover from a balcony. But “wherefore art” doesn’t mean “where.” It means “why.” Juliet questions why fate made Romeo a Montague, her family’s sworn enemy.“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”Most attribute this insight to Voltaire. In reality, Evelyn Beatrice Hall, a writer born two hundred years later, paraphrased a quote from Voltaire’s “Treatise on Tolerance”, which begged for understanding between religions.Still, some report the original reads, “Think for yourselves and let other enjoy the privilege to do so too”. But those words never appear in Voltaire’s essay either.François-Marie Arouet, also known as Voltaire. (Image Credit: J.D. Falk via Flickr/Creative Commons)“Love makes the world go ’round.”The Duchess, a hideous character in Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland”, makes this comment in passing right after she advocates beating her baby for sneezing. In context, the author meant the sweet quip sarcastically. But that didn’t stop Ashlee Simpson from making a terrible song.“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ‘em.”In Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”, Maria writes a letter to Malvolio, trying to convince him that another character, Olivia, loves him — dramatic, right? Maria uses the quote to appeal to Malvolio’s ego, that Olivia (the false author) cannot deny his greatness. Thanks, Sparknotes.“Oh East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet.”Talking heads in foreign policy sometimes use this quote as evidence that opposite sides of the globe will never see eye-to-eye. But if they read just a little farther in Rudyard Kipling’s ballad, the next lines read, “But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth/When two strong men stand face to face, tho’ they come from the ends of the earth”.Essentially, world colonization will happen regardless of geo-political borders, and we should all just get along.Even the 2007 Eurovision results show the East-West division. Red denotes better results, blue is worse. (Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons)“The Devil is in the details.”Lazy people somehow bastardized a brilliant German architect’s words to mean the exact opposite. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe really said, “God is in the details.” He’s also credited with another famous aphorism: “Less is more”.“Good fences make good neighbors.”Once again, Bobby Frost wrote a widely misunderstood poem. In “Mending Wall“, a fence separates two neighbors’ yards. Every spring, they collaborate and fix it. But in the process, they disagree on whether they need a barrier at all. Frost makes the last line of the poem ironic. These two curmudgeons simply keep their fence out of tradition, even though it means more work for them.“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”More than one slick love letter has included this phrase. But arguably Shakespeare’s most famous sonnet praised a man, not a woman. He actually wrote hundreds of sonnets about this guy, his dearest friend.“Blood is thicker than water.”This gets uttered around awkward family photos on the mantel of nearly every home in the country. The original phrase, however, meant the opposite. An earlier proverb preached, “The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb”. In this case, “water of the womb” refers to family while “blood of the covenant” means blood shed by soldiers. So really, military bonds trump your siblings and parents.- Christina SterbenzRead: One third of British children have never heard of Shakespeare – survey >Last week in quotes: Don’t be afraid and absolutely crucifying >last_img read more

WATCH Live video from the Vatican as Catholics await a new Pope

first_img vatican)THE COLLEGE OF CARDINALS of the Catholic Church are continuing their conclave in the Sistine Chapel in Rome today.The 115 cardinals have been casting ballots to determine who should become the 265th successor to St Peter as the leader of the world’s Catholics.A successful candidate will need two-thirds of the vote, equivalent to the support of 77 voters.Four ballots are held each today, with black smoke sent through the chimney at the conclusion of morning and afternoon sessions (around 12pm and 8pm) if no pontiff has been chosen to succeed Benedict XVI.If white smoke is to emerge, it will come shortly after each vote is held – expected to be roughly around 9:30am, 12pm, 4:30pm and 7pm (Irish time) each day until the conclave has ended.Explainer: How is a new Pope chosen?Read: Meet the men who could succeed Pope Benedict XVIlast_img read more

Googles Flutter acquisition could bring air gestures to Gmail

first_imgWould you rather reach out and touch your screen or wave your hand in front of you in order to get to your next email? It’s entirely possible that Google will soon offer you that choice now that the company has acquired the gesture engineers at Flutter.Many different companies are currently looking at perceptual computing for the next phase of human-computer interaction. The idea that you will be able to comfortably use your eyes to scroll a page on your phone or your hands to launch specific applications aren’t new concepts by any stretch, but they are certainly in need of some real polish. Interesting concepts like the Leap Motion and connecting a Kinect to your PC allow you to peer into this world and see what it could be like, but none of it is really ready for full time use.Flutter is an application that takes your webcam and turns it into a gesture sensor, where you hold up your hand in a specific gesture and you can launch and navigate specific apps. That company was just bought by Google, and it’s not hard to guess why.Simultaneously the greatest (and least used) tool in Gmail’s services are the keyboard shortcuts. Google even sells special stickers that you can put on your keyboard to help teach users how to take advantage of the keyboard functions, but very few users actually know they exist. Google has proven with Chrome OS that the company has the tools necessary to control the webcam through HTML5, so it would be a small leap to see either browser-wide or application specific Flutter-style gestures inside Google’s products thanks to this acquisition. Gesturing between emails or even scrolling throughout Chrome with your webcam would be a powerful, cross-platform way to excite Google’s users and even gain new ones.Flutter is still going to be available to use in its current form for now, according to the CEO in his acquisition announcement, and their engineers will be working with Google to build all new products as well. It’s entirely possible we’ll see enhanced gesture control in Google’s other properties soon, like Android. The web, specifically Chrome and Gmail, seem like low hanging fruit for a tool that is already proven to work on the desktop. Whether you’re a fan of gesture controls or not, it will be interesting to see where this goes.last_img read more

Nexus One une nouvelle affaire décran brisé

first_imgNexus One : une nouvelle affaire d’écran brisé Grande-Bretagne – Une journaliste de CNet a eu la surprise de retrouver l’écran de son Nexus One fissuré après une simple mise en charge.Une affaire comparable à celle des “explosions” qui ont touché l’iPhone l’été dernier : hier, Flora Graham, a découvert de multiples fissures sur l’écran de son smartphone sans avoir effectué de manipulation particulière. L’appareil serait toujours en état de marche, bien que son écran soit endommagé et partiellement parcouru par des traînées de liquide violet.À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?D’après la firme Google, ce cas serait le premier observé depuis la mise en vente du Nexus One le mois dernier. Cette affaire ne devrait pas arranger les ventes, d’autant que Google peine à lancer son produit et à se créer une place dans le secteur des terminaux mobiles : seulement 80.000 ventes en un mois. A noter que son concurrent signé Apple, l’iPhone 3Gs, s’est vendu à plus de 1,6 million d’unités sept jours après sa sortie.La hotline de Google a proposé à Flora Graham de récupérer l’appareil pour lui faire passer des examens et le réparer, si le problème est réellement interne au produit. Le 9 février 2010 à 10:40 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Le Tour de France accusé de ne pas respecter le site du

first_imgLe Tour de France accusé de ne pas respecter le site du Cap FréhelL’association écologiste Bretagne Vivante accuse les organisateurs du Tour de France de ne pas respecter une zone protégée Natura 2000 au Cap Fréhel, où les cyclistes doivent arriver mercredi. L’organisation dénonce “la passivité de l’Etat” face à ce manquement aux obligations légales des organisateurs de la course.Le mercredi 6 juillet, les coureurs du Tour de France feront une étape au Cap Fréhel, dans les Côtes d’Armor. Mais “alors que le moindre organisateur d’une manifestation sportive est désormais tenu de produire une ‘évaluation d’incidence’ (étude des effets) dès lors qu’il regroupe plus de 1.000 personnes sur ou en bordure d’un site Natura 2000, la Société du Tour de France en est manifestement dispensée”, s’insurge l’association Bretagne Vivante dans un communiqué. En effet, l’organisation écologiste dénonce “la passivité de l’Etat face aux organisateurs du Tour de France qui ne respectent pas leurs obligations légales à l’égard de la zone Natura 2000 du Cap”.À lire aussiNatura 2000 : 76 nouveaux sites marins ajoutés au réseauD’après l’association, les organisateurs du Tour de France n’ont à aucun moment tenu compte des dommages environnementaux que pourrait causer le passage de la course au Cap Fréhel. “Aucune étude des effets de la manifestation sur la faune et les milieux n’a été menée et a fortiori aucune proposition n’a été faite pour les éviter, les minimiser ou les compenser” déplore Bretagne Vivante. Pour François de Beaulieu, administrateur de l’association dont les propos sont cités par le site du Télégramme, “c’est une anomalie complète. On va embêter une petite association mais une grosse organisation comme la société du Tour de France est au-dessus des lois”. Justement, l’hiver dernier, les organisateurs de la course avaient renoncé à faire étape à Châteaulin dans le Finistère, afin d’éviter les difficultés imposées dans les zones protégées du réseau Natura 2000. D’après M. Beaulieu, plusieurs de ces sites sont touchés par le Tour de France, et notamment par la “gestion du public qui piétine énormément des zones référencées comme fragiles”.Le 5 juillet 2011 à 18:26 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Cell Leader (Production) at KochFull-Time/Part-Time Package Handler at FedEx WarehouseFull-Time Benefits Analyst at Analog DevicesFull-Time Product Applications Engineering Intern at Analog DevicesFull-Time/Part-Time Positions at CareOne WilmingtonFull-Time Drain Cleaner at Drains By JamesFull-Time Annuity & Vacation Fund Bookkeeper at New England Carpenters Benefits FundFull-Time/Part-Time Line Cooks at 99 RestaurantFull-Time Kitchen Help at As Good As It GetsFull-Time Delivery Drivers at MJR Deliveries (NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at 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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Images of drowned migrant and 2yearold child stir outrage

first_imgView of the bodies of Salvadoran migrant Oscar Martinez Ramirez and his daughter, who drowned while trying to cross the Rio Grande -on their way to the US- in Matamoros, state of Tamaulipas on 24 June, 2019. Photo: AFPShocking images of a drowned Salvadoran migrant and his two-year-old daughter who died while trying to cross the Rio Grande river from Mexico to the United States have sparked outrage, underscoring the dangers faced by asylum-seekers.Twenty-five-year-old Oscar Martinez Ramirez fled El Salvador with his 21-year-old wife and their daughter and decided to make the risky crossing from Mexico to the US on Sunday afternoon, according to a Mexican court report seen by AFP.Ramirez carried the little girl on his back, stowing her inside his t-shirt to keep her safe as they attempted to cross the river. But the pair were swept away by violent currents, drowning before her mother’s eyes, who survived the ordeal and arrived on shore.The two bodies were found Monday in Matamoros in Tamaulipas state.A series of haunting photographs showing the young father and child lying face-down in water have stirred anger in El Salvador and Mexico, where the government had faced sharp criticism for its treatment of migrants.President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, a leftist who took office in December vowing to protect migrants’ rights, has previously come under fire over an AFP journalist’s images last week of heavily armed National Guardsmen forcibly detaining two women and a girl at the Rio Grande.On Tuesday, the Mexican leader said the 15,000 troops his government has deployed to the US border do not have orders to stop migrants from crossing, and vowed to investigate the controversial detention.International law protects the right of undocumented migrants to cross borders to seek asylum, and Mexico has not typically stopped them from doing so at its northern border.But Lopez Obrador is facing pressure from US president Donald Trump on the issue, and his government is eager to show results and avoid the punitive tariffs the US leader threatened last month to impose on Mexican goods.On 7 June, the two countries reached an agreement, with Mexico agreeing to reinforce its southern border with 6,000 National Guardsmen. Washington has given Mexico 45 days to take action.last_img read more

37th International Trade Fair begins

first_imgBased on the theme of ‘Start-up Standup’, the much awaited 37th India International trade fair (IITF) kick-started on November 14 with a participation of approximately 21 countries and 3000 companies. Ram Nath Kovind, President of India, inaugurated the annual flagship event of India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) at Hamsadhwani Theatre, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The ‘business days’ for the mega fair fall from November 14 to 17 whereas for the general public, the fair will be open from November 18 to 27. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe 37th IITF has Vietnam as the partner country, the Kyrgyz Republic in Central Asia as the ‘focus country’ and Jharkhand as the partner state.Among the participating countries, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, South Korea, Myanmar, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, Kyrgyz Republic, Netherlands, UAE, UK, and Vietnam are a few names.First lady, Savita Kovind also graced the inauguration ceremony along with Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, C.R. Choudhary, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, C.P. Singh, Urban Development Minister, Jharkhand, Samargiul Adamkulova, Ambassador, Kyrgyz Republic, Ton Sinh Thanh, Ambassador, Socialist Republic of Vietnam and L.C. Goyal, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, ITPO. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSpeaking on the occasion, Ram Nath Kovind said, “India International Trade Fair 2017 takes place at a point when India is recognized as one of the bright spots of the global economy. The world has acknowledged the changed business environment in the country and the strides made in doing business. The introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) has been a milestone. It has broken down barriers between states.” Complimenting ITPO for the IITF 2017 as well as the ongoing redevelopment plan of Pragati Maidan as International Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre (IECC), the President pointed out that ITPO is consistently delivering IITF as a world-class event and IECC is one that is suited to India’s stature as a rising economy. He evinced keen interest to visit the complex when it would be set up by the year 2019. He expressed his happiness over the participation of Vietnam as a ‘Partner Country’ and Kyrgyzstan as the ‘Focus Country’ in the fair. He also reiterated that Vietnam, a valued friend and a member of ASEAN is a pillar of India’s ‘Act East Policy’ while, the Kyrgyz Republic is part of Central Asia, a region that is one of India’s oldest trading destinations. Kyrgyz-India trade is diverse and ranges from pharmaceutical drugs to commodities. The scope for growth is immense. In his keynote address, Suresh Prabhu commended ITPO for continuing the legacy of fairs including IITF, especially when redevelopment of Pragati Maidan is underways. The Minister informed that holding this edition of the fair with improved logistics, Ministry of Commerce and Industry is making all possible efforts to provide a conducive environment for the empowerment of India’s business community. Tickets for ‘business days’ visit to the India International Trade Fair (IITF) are available at 42 Delhi Metro stations including Dilshad Garden, Rithala, ITO, Delhi Gate, Jama Masjid, Janpath, Lajpat Nagar, Govind Puri, Badarpur, Escorts Mujesar, New Delhi, Dhaula Kuan, Sikanderpur, Huda City Centre and Noida City Centre, across all corridors. Business visitor registration counters are at Gate No. 1 (of Pragati Maidan) and a ticket is priced at Rs 500.”For the general public, tickets will be sold from November 18 at the metro stations. The entry tickets for the general public, however, would be available at all stations, including on the Airport Express Line, except the Pragati Maidan Metro Station,” the DMRC said. From November 18, the fair will be open to all visitors with a ticket price of Rs 60 for adults and Rs 40 for children. However, on Saturday and Sunday as well as any holiday between November 18-27, the ticket price for adults will be Rs 120 and Rs 60 for children.last_img read more

VIDEO Justin Timberlake Tony Romo and Steph Curry combined for an alleyoop

first_imgMost celebrity golf tournaments only feature sub-standard golf by celebrities, but the American Century Celebrity Golf Tournament, this weekend, has been more like a Happy Gilmore tournament.Yesterday, Steph Curry caught a bomb from Aaron Rodgers while on the course, and today, Justin Timberlake, Tony Romo and Steph Curry combined for an alley-oop with the highest total Q rating ever.With an 8-foot  portable hoop off to the side of the tee box, Timberlake hiked the basketball to Romo, who tossed a dime of a football pass to Curry, who slammed it home. Romo was not injured on the play.I can already hear the comments that it wasn’t a regulation hoop. Save it.Timberlake ➡️ Romo ➡️ Steph ?— NBCS Warriors News (@NBCSWarriors) July 15, 2017last_img read more

Golf Fan Gets Tiger Woods to Laugh at His Tiger Woods Mugshot

first_img Advertisement Tiger Woods’ comeback in 2018 was nothing short of miraculous, considering the rock bottom he hit after his 2017 DUI arrest that looked like it could be a sad final chapter in the career of one of the two greatest golfers ever to walk the planet.During last weekend’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, one die-hard fan in the gallery showed up wearing Tiger’s infamous mugshot on his t-shirt, and actually got a laugh out of Woods as he walked past to the next tee box. The crowd obviously ate it up.After all he’s been through, this version of Tiger Woods actually has a sense of humor. The big cat is back baby.Tiger Woods couldn’t help but laugh at a guy with his mugshot on his shirt 😂 (via @ThomasWesling23)— Athlete Swag (@AthleteSwag) March 18, 2019last_img read more