MPs highfive in Commons over Senate approval of gender neutral O Canada

first_imgOTTAWA – A handful of Liberal MPs paying tribute to Canada’s newly — if not quite official —gender-neutral national anthem have hit a sour note with the Speaker of the House of Commons.Mona Fortier, who succeeded the late Mauril Belanger in the riding of Ottawa-Vanier, led a brief singalong prior to question period to celebrate the change to the anthem, which won Senate approval Wednesday night.Belanger had championed a bill to change “In all thy sons command” to “in all of us command,” but it languished for months in the upper chamber following his death in August 2016 before senators finally broke the logjam.Fortier cheered the breakthrough in a member’s statement in the Commons today before leading some of her fellow MPs in a chorus of the new lyric.Speaker Geoff Regan, however, was unimpressed.He says singing in the House of Commons is forbidden, except on Wednesdays when all MPs begin the legislative day with a rendition of the national anthem.Fortier, who won a byelection in Ottawa-Vanier last April, said she was “honoured” and “delighted” to watch Belanger’s Bill C-210 win Senate approval late Wednesday. All that is left is for the bill to receive royal assent from the Governor General.“Our anthem will very soon be gender neutral, promoting Canada’s commitment to the equality of sexes and women’s rights,” she said.“I’m very proud to stand here today and sing along with all of my honourable colleagues: ‘In all of us command’.”Regan, however, was having none of it.“As much as we all appreciate patriotism, I would remind members that we’re not here to sing or chant — except on Wednesdays, of course, when we sing the national anthem,” he said.“It should be one person at a time. I know members understand that.”That was nothing, however, compared to the outrage expressed Wednesday by Conservative senators who had used procedural tactics to stall Belanger’s bill for more than a year, only to bitterly accuse their independent counterparts of shutting down debate Wednesday to finally force a vote.Tory senators showed their displeasure by refusing to take part.In a statement Wednesday, Sen. Larry Smith, the Opposition leader in the Senate, called the tactics of his rivals “unprecedented” and “illegitimate.”“We are, by refusing to endorse these actions, putting the Trudeau government on notice that we will now use all legitimate means available to us allowed for under the rules to restore our right and the right of all Senators to debate in the chamber.”last_img read more

Child welfare advocate Cindy Blackstock testifies at inquest into seven deaths

first_imgThe Canadian PressThe federal government has failed to provide equitable funding for education on reserves, much as it failed to put in appropriate funding for child welfare services, says First Nations advocate Cindy Blackstock. Blackstock, president of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, testified about the First Nations education crisis at a Thunder Bay, Ont. inquest on Wednesday. A jury is examining the deaths of seven young people who died after they had to leave their isolated communities to attend school. “What I’ve seen in the evidence, in education, is the same pattern we saw in child welfare, which is for many years and in fact decades, the federal government has known that it underfunds First Nations education,” Blackstock said in an interview prior to her testimony. “That underfunding of First Nations education is directly linked to poor outcomes for First Nations students that get in the way of the lives they wish to have.” The inquest, which is being conducted in phases, is exploring what happened to 15-year-old Jethro Anderson, 18-year-old Curran Strang, 21-year-old Paul Panacheese, 19-year-old Robyn Harper, 17-year-old Kyle Morrisseau, 15-year-old Jordan Wabasse and 15-year-old Reggie Bushie. Their deaths occurred over a decade – from 2000 and 2011 – but they endured a shared struggle that impacts First Nations kids across the country, Blackstock said. “I’ve often said when I think about education, I think about Shannen Koostachin (from Attawapiskat),” she said. “There was a girl who was going to school and there was a high school in her community, but it was so underfunded, there’s no way that she would have had the education she needed.” Canada has been placing First Nations kids in situations where their deaths are far more likely, Blackstock added, noting Koostachin died in a car accident while trying to get to school. “When you send 13 year olds off to go to school hundreds of miles away because they are denied an equitable education … there’s something really wrong with that,” she said. “That’s setting them up for a lot of risk.” Many communities lack high schools, which forces young people to live in boarding houses closer to available facilities, said Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler. Fiddler’s organization, which represents northern Ontario reserves, is one of the parties with standing at the inquest. “For the most part, you don’t have a choice but to go to high school _ whether it is in Sioux Lookout or Timmins or Thunder Bay,” he said in an interview earlier this year. It’s an experience that Fiddler knows first-hand. “I was one of those kids,” he said. The Liberal government has said improving education outcomes for First Nations children living on reserve is critical to improve their quality of life and to build stronger communities. In Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s first budget released last week, the federal government earmarked $2.6 billion over the next five years for primary and secondary schooling in communities _ though the government extended its window from the four years outlined in its campaign platform. The funding also significantly ramps up in later years, with $801 million set to flow in the last year of the five-year period, which falls outside the Liberal mandate. Blackstock said the government’s current fiscal plan means children will continue to experience discrimination while growing up. “When you think about it, if you have a child in Grade 8 right now, they’re not going to see that money until they graduate from high school,” she said. In January, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled in favour of Blackstock’s society and the Assembly of First Nations after a lengthy legal battle on child welfare spanning nine years. It found First Nations are adversely affected by the services provided by the government and, in some cases, denied services as a result of the government’s involvement.last_img read more

City of Calgary responds to upset business owners along 17th Avenue

first_imgBusiness owners along 17th Ave. are calling out the City of Calgary , saying construction is taking longer than they were told it would and has more of the road closed than promised as well.In response, Senior Project Engineer, Logan Tolsma, explains they decided to close 5 blocks at once because of complications installing tree trenches under sidewalks.“In an attempt to make sure that work was continuing to progress for the year and not drag it out for potentially into more years, is we decided to move ahead even though we had delays on the east end,” said Tolsma.He adds, work is always happening even though it may not look like it. ” We have underground crews at the west end, we are working on roads works, as you work east, street lighting, Telus, Enmax and Shaw are out there and we have landscaping crews and concrete going down at the far east end.”Tolsma expects the block closest to MacLeod Trail to be completed next week and the next block will re-open the week after that.last_img read more

Oakville Transit strike averted

A last-minute tentative agreement has been reached to avert a strike at Oakville Transit.The deal was reached around midnight Wednesday, just hours before the 2 a.m. deadline that would have seen drivers and maintenance workers walk off the job.Unifor Local 1256, which represents those workers, says the agreement covers a four-year term and addresses their core issues.“These were difficult negotiations but the issue of respect and fair recognition for quality work was something our Unifor made a priority to fight for,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President.“I want to congratulate the bargaining committee for their work to defend the core principle of decent work and fairness and for seeking to ensure the public was not disrupted.”Members will vote on the deal on Sunday.

People of strifetorn Central African Republic must not be forgotten UN official

Violence erupted this past December in CAR – which has been marked by decades of instability and fighting – when the Séléka rebel coalition launched a series of attacks. A peace agreement was reached in January, but the rebels again seized the capital, Bangui, in March, forcing President François Bozizé to flee.“The relatively inclusive transitional government which has been set up remains very weak. While the situation in Bangui has slightly improved, the State simply does not exist outside of the capital and there is no rule of law,” Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović said at the end of a four-day visit to the country. The recent fighting has further eroded even the most basic services in the country and exacerbated an already dire humanitarian situation that UN humanitarian officials have said affects the entire population of 4.6 million people, half of whom are children. “Beyond Bangui, there is no police, no justice system and no social services. Security is virtually non-existent and people live in constant fear,” said Mr. Šimonović.He added that he was particularly alarmed by the high number of Séléka members in the streets who do not receive any salary and set up check points, asking for money or just looting houses. “The extent of the looting and destruction I witnessed is shocking. When I visited Bambari’s courtroom, I only found an empty room with broken doors, no windows and a thick layer of remnants of archives and registries covering the floor,” he said in a news release. “State institutions, including justice, in the Central African Republic look today exactly like this courtroom,” said Mr. Šimonović. “How will this country hold fair elections if all its archives and civil registries are being destroyed?” He said the country has reached an “unprecedented” level of violence and destruction since the Séléka coalition forces from the north launched their offensive last December. While noting that the total number of victims remains unknown, Mr. Šimonović visited a site of a likely mass grave in Bambari – the third biggest town in the country – that still has to be investigated. Members of the local community said that victims were summarily executed but could not confirm the identity of perpetrators. He also voiced concern about the high rate of sexual violence in CAR. “The chaotic situation in the country is affecting all aspects of people’s daily lives,” he said. “State schools have remained closed since December 2012 and less than 20 per cent of medical facilities are operational.” Afraid of killings and rapes, many people continue to hide in the bush, living on roots. “Rapidly spreading malaria and other diseases, high maternal mortality and malnutrition are likely to kill many more than the conflict related violence itself,” Mr. Šimonović warned. “In some areas, less than 20 per cent of the crops have been planted and severe food shortages can be expected for early 2014.”He said he is extremely concerned by the lack of attention given to the humanitarian and human rights situation in CAR, both by the media and the international community.“The conflict in the Central African Republic should not remain forgotten for three main reasons: conflict will continue to impose suffering on large numbers of people, it will deepen the religious and ethnic divide, and it may destabilise the wider region,” he warned. “Restoring security is essential to bring some normalcy back throughout the whole country, avoid further deepening the ethnic and religious divide and facilitate national reconciliation.” The Assistant Secretary-General added that disarmament, integration and joint training of a limited number of vetted elements of both former security forces and Séléka, excluding perpetrators of human rights violations, is the way forward. However, it does not resolve the problem of the current security vacuum,” he noted. A key step to restoring security, he said, is to urgently reinforce the regional African troops already on the ground with “a larger and more diversified international force under the logistical umbrella of the United Nations.” He also stressed the importance of transitional justice and accountability for the rebuilding and stability of the country, stating that perpetrators of human rights violations should not remain unpunished. read more

Boliden Ericsson and Telia celebrate world first 5G underground mine network deployment

first_imgSIMS project partners Boliden and Ericsson, together with Telia, say they have deployed the world’s first 5G network using New Radio in an operational underground mine, the Boliden Kankberg mine in Sweden.The deployment comes less than a month since Telia and Luleå University of Technology, in Sweden, inaugurated a 5G-testbed as part of its Wireless Innovation Arena project.The Kankberg mine is located around 10 km west of the Boliden Area Operations process plant in Boliden, and produces gold and tellurium. The mine has been in production since 2012 and has since then increased the annual production capacity to around 450,000 t. In 2018, the mine produced 456,979 t grading 4.4 g/t Au, 10.7 g/t Ag and 188.3 g/t Te.SIMS, or Sustainable Intelligent Mining Systems, is part of the Horizon 2020 program, the biggest EU-backed research and innovation program ever with nearly €80 billion ($90.1 billion) of funding available over seven years (2014 to 2020).“Productivity and safety requirements are very high in the mining industry. This customer configured network can function standalone, allowing mining operations to continue even if communication is disrupted to the mine,” SIMS said.The 5G technology is superior to other communication solutions for connectivity in demanding environments like mining and manufacturing where continuous operations and close monitoring of processes are required, according to SIMS. With characteristics like very low response times and the option for local data handling, 5G is the best suited technology to meet the safety and efficiency requirements of the mine, it added.Magnus Frodigh, Head of Ericsson Research, said: “5G is designed to support industry automation and industrial IoT and will be a platform for innovation in industries. The Boliden underground mine is a great example of a sector with tough requirements that will benefit immediately. [This technology]…will ensure connectivity for applications with high performance requirements.”Magnus Leonhardt, Head of Strategy and Innovation at Telia, said: “Industry 4.0 is becoming a reality. This is another good example of how 5G can be used to build networks adapted to the customer’s operations. To guarantee safety in the mine, for example, the network must function even if communications to the outside world is disrupted. Reliable communications can now be secured with the network we have built.”Peter Burman, Program Manager at Boliden, said: “We work actively with robotisation to improve productivity and safety in the mine which requires future proof communication solutions. 5G is an important component enabling advanced automation and by that, a safer and more sustainable mine.”last_img read more

I like playing in France DArcy has no fear ahead of trip

first_imgLeinster’s win against Clermont in Bordeaux in 2012 has been key to their belief on the road in France. ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan.“I’ve got something that works for me whether it is in France, the Aviva, the RDS or Donnybrook; I’ve something that works for me. It doesn’t really bother me [playing in France]. I know if I bring the two or three things I am good at to the game, if I bring that mental attitude to it, there is very little else that can be left to chance.”With several Irish players continuing to be linked with French switches next season, the Ireland international centre says encounters like this one with Castres provide the chance to sample what the French league offers. The lasting impressions for D’Arcy have been the physical ones.It gives you a little taste into what the Top 14 is like, and it’s big and physical. Every time I have played a French team, you walk away and you know you have been in a dog fight really.”That’s exactly what the 33-year-old is expecting on Sunday afternoon, even though Castres are likely to be without two of their more powerful, confrontational players in Rory Kockott and Antonie Claassen. D’Arcy has been doing his homework on the Top 14 champions, and points out that they have added finesse to their existing power.“There is pretty much three-quarters of their squad involved who were playing in the Top 14 final last year. They are incredibly talented. They probably break the mould in a slight way with the [rest of the] Top 14. They have that big physical pack but they probably play a little bit more broken field and a loose pass, things like that, is where they thrive. They score a lot off turnovers.“I think the 10, [Rémi] Talès, and the 15, [Brice] Dulin, they compliment the way they try to approach the game. Talès is getting his look in around the French squad and that is probably reflected in the way they [Castres] are playing.”Like rugby? Follow’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >Heineken Cup frustration part of the learning curve for Ronan O’GaraOutlook good for Ruddock but McFadden needs another week LONG GONE ARE the days when Irish provinces traveled to France in trepidation, with Connacht’s win in Toulouse this season providing the most recent and damning evidence of that assertion.Leinster centre Gordon D’Arcy insists that his province are preparing for their Heineken Cup duel with Castres on Sunday without any negative anticipation. The Top 14 side have lost just three times at the Stade Pierre-Antoine in the last five league seasons, although that success rate has not been matched in Europe.D’Arcy is of the belief that the much vaunted home supporters in France can, in reality, add pressure to the their teams, and even encourage the opposition if the game isn’t unfolding as planned. Apart from a 39-6 drubbing at the hands of Stade Français in Paris in 1999, D’Arcy says his memories in l’Hexagone are positive.I like playing in France. The crowd are always an interesting add-on to games over there. They pretty much support whoever is winning. You go over there, you put it up to the home team, and you can sometimes turn the crowd back on the home team.”From a personal point of view, D’Arcy explains that he has built up a mental preparation system that works for him regardless of the venue of a particular match. The Wexford man’s words underline the importance of mental skills, but also of experience.“I think I’m just a little bit older, a little bit wiser. I understand the game a little bit more. I understand what my role is a lot more and where my responsibilities lie in the game. It took a few years to build up my match preparation. I’ve done that with Enda McNulty [the motivational coach and performance psychologist].last_img read more

What can be done to help Irelands unacceptable rate of jobless households

first_imgTHERE ARE MANY reasons why there are jobless households in Ireland, and a new report looks at what can be done to tackle this problem.The report, from the National Economic and Social Council (NESC), looks at why Ireland has a high level of jobless households – nearly one quarter of households in Ireland is jobless, compared to a European average of 11 per cent.Complex reasonsHelen Johnston, the report’s author, said that the reasons for household joblessness are complex, but related to three main factors. The interaction between the tax and social welfare system and the transition from welfare to work.The availability of jobs and whether the skills of those in jobless households match the requirements of the job.The specific characteristics of the jobless household, such as the age, level of education and skills, and the health of the adults in the household, as well as the age and number of children.Given this diversity, the report suggests that the issue will not be resolved through a single solution. Instead, it says it could be resolved through packages of support.This means that the emphasis on participation and activation must extend beyond those on the live register and those classified as long-term unemployed.Responses must also include tailored services that respond to people’s circumstances, said the report.Government responseIn response to the report, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said: “It is not acceptable that 23% of Irish households are jobless.”He said that if this situation is not addressed “it will perpetuate the cycle of joblessness, hopelessness and welfare dependency”.The sharp increase in jobless households, from an already high level, will have lasting economic and social consequences for generations to come unless we have specific, targeted solutions. Kenny said that the Government has a plan to get Ireland working again, and that the problem of jobless households “is a complex one and requires an ambitious programme of reform”.One of the Government’s top priorities is to continue our plan to dismantle the passive welfare system that abandoned such large numbers of households to lifelong dependency on the State. This is essential if we are to break the cycle of poverty and unemployment associated with jobless households.Government responses to address unemployment include the Action Plan for Jobs, and Pathways to Work.CrashThere was a sharp increase in jobless households in Ireland following the economiccrash in 2008.NESC noted that in Ireland, jobless adults are less likely to live with at least one working adult than in many other European countries.The working patterns in couple households have changed in that there has been a decline in ‘traditional male breadwinner’ households. At the same time, there has been an increase in dual-earner households and a growth in households where neither partner is at work.Children make up nearly one-third of those in jobless households. About one-fifth areunemployed, 18 per cent are in home duties, and 12 per cent are sick or disabled.A further 13 per cent are students over sixteen, or are adults who are otherwiseinactive in the labour market.The risk of being in a jobless household is related to the employability of those in the household and the household structure. People who live in jobless households are more likely to have no educational qualifications, to have never worked or to be in the unskilled social class, said NESC.They are also more likely to be renting their accommodation, to be single or parenting alone, and to either have a disability or to live with someone with a disability.Jobless households are not equally distributed throughout the State and NESC said the uneven distribution of unemployment “may indicate persistent underlying structural differences”.To read the full report, visit the NESC website.Read: ESRI: One in five people are living in jobless households>Read: Live Register: Far more men than women are dropping their claims>last_img read more

Migrant boat sinks off Lesvos

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Seven migrants, four of them children, drowned Thursday near the Greek island of Lesvos after their boat collided with a Greek rescue vessel, the coastguard said as it updated its toll.Another person was reported missing, with search crews seeking to locate him.Earlier Thursday, officials said they had found the bodies of a woman, two little girls and a baby.Three other bodies have since been found, “that of a woman, a man and a minor,” the coastguard said, as Greek rescuers backed by a Portuguese ship and an EU border agency Frontex helicopter continued to search the waters.Another 31 people of undisclosed nationality were rescued, the coastguard said. The survivors reported eight people had gone missing.Officials say an investigation was ordered to determine how the 30-meter (100-foot) patrol vessel collided with the migrant boat, an incident that was caught on AFP camera.The coastguard said that according to initial findings, the migrant boat had apparently attempted to flee.The AFP photographer who witnessed the crash said that the migrant boat sank within just two or three minutes.Dozens of migrants have died making the perilous Aegean Sea crossing from Turkey to Greece.On Wednesday, a woman, a young girl and a baby died after their boat sank off Lesvos.The International Organization for Migration says more than 600,000 migrants have reached Europes shores since January, while more than 3,000 have died or gone missing.More than 450,000 of the total have arrived in Greece, most of them fleeing the civil war in Syria.Athens and the UN refugee agency have both called on the European Union to open up more legal channels for people fleeing war and persecution, so that they do not have to risk their lives to reach safety.Source: AFPlast_img read more

Prothèse PIP des porteuses vont attaquer le ministère de la Santé

first_imgProthèse PIP : des porteuses vont attaquer le ministère de la SantéJeudi, l’association des porteuses de prothèses PIP (PPP) a annoncé qu’elle allait attaquer en justice le ministère de la Santé pour “inégalité de traitement”. Elle lui reproche de ne pas avoir mis en place un fonds d’indemnisation semblable à celui destiné aux victimes du Mediator.  Alors que les plaintes de porteuses de prothèses PIP se multiplient depuis le réveil du scandale en novembre dernier, c’est une nouvelle attaque en justice qui vient d’être annoncée. L’association des porteuses de prothèses mammaires PIP (PPP) vient tout juste d’indiquer qu’elle s’apprêtait à attaquer le ministère de la Santé. Motif : inégalité de traitement. À lire aussiDossier médical personnel : la Poste et Atos pressentis pour l’hébergement des données en ligne”L’association PPP par le biais de ses avocats entend déposer dans les prochains jours une requête devant le tribunal administratif de Paris à l’encontre du ministre de la Santé Xavier Bertrand. En effet, nous nous trouvons face à une discrimination dans le traitement des victimes de produits de santé”, a expliqué l’association dans un communiqué relayé par l’AFP. Alors que le scandale des prothèses PIP a créé un vent de panique en France et a même acquis une ampleur international, cette association déplore ainsi la manière dont les victimes sont traitées comparant la situation à celle d’autre scandale sanitaire tel que celui du Mediator.”La mise à jour de dysfonctionnements de l’Afssaps lors de l’enquête diligentée par le ministre de la Santé dans le dossier dit Mediator a conduit ce dernier à prendre les dispositions législatives et réglementaires afin que soit mis en place un fonds d’indemnisation des victimes”, rappelle t-elle. Or, selon les porteuses, des dysfonctionnements semblables ont aussi été révélés dans l’affaire des prothèses PIP. “L’association PPP s’insurge contre l’absence d’égalité de traitement des victimes (…) qui se voient exclues de tout système d’indemnisation au titre de la solidarité nationale”, ajoute l’association, pour laquelle “il appartient à l’Etat de réparer les conséquences de ses fautes”.Des explantations trop coûteuses pour les porteuses Si les enquêtes et rapports publiés jusqu’ici ont révélé les tromperies de la société PIP et de son fondateur Jean-Claude Mas, ils ont également mis en évidence “les faiblesses des systèmes de contrôle et de vigilance”, concernant ces produits de santé. Selon Me Philippe Courtois, l’un des avocats de l’association PPP, la majorité des porteuses de prothèses PIP n’ont pas les moyens de financer une explantation de leurs prothèses et se trouvent dans les “mêmes difficultés matérielles et morales” que les victimes du Mediator. Le 10 février 2012 à 11:34 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Vote to pick Japans 88 best Anime Pilgrimage spots

first_imgJapan is getting hip to the fact that Japanophiles the world over are in love with their geekiest export: anime. With the 2020 Olympics putting Japan in the spotlight soon, the Japanese government has been doing everything it can to create an accessible and fun experience for the thousands of world travelers who will be hopping over to the land of the rising sun for the games, as well as for general tourism.By designating 88 “animation spots” around Japan, the newly formed Japan Anime Tourism Association hopes to encourage anime fans to travel the route of these real life landmarks shown in anime. What superfan wouldn’t love to visit the same places that the adventures of their favorite anime heroes visited? These spots will be anything from train stations, to shrines, to cafes; any place that has been depicted in popular anime or manga. Some of the spots will also include manga artists’ homes and animation museums around Japan.Already, there are plenty of spots around Japan that fans make “pilgrimages” to, by dressing up in cosplay and visiting. An example of this is the Kanda Myojin shrine in Akihabara, Tokyo, made famous in the anime Love Live! School Idol Project. Fans of the series come in droves, taking photos and leaving Love Live! fan art on the shrine plaques for good luck and to show their love of the series.Kanda Myojin shrine in the anime Love Live! compared with the real thing in Akihabara.Local businesses are able to cash in on the fandom by offering Love Live! themed souvenirs at their shops nearby. It’s a win-win for fans and for the local economy.The JATA hopes that designating specific spots as part of an official anime pilgrimage will boost tourism for other local businesses and also pique the interest of anime fans to come visit Japan and geek out.But what does it take to become one of the 88? The JATA hopes that fans from all over the world will help them vote for these auspicious places.You, too, can have a hand in the deciding what these famous spots will be. Online voting is open to everyone in the world, and can be done by open ballot on their website.Fans at the Kanda Myojin shrine leave messages to show their love of the Love Live! anime.Tsugihiko Kadokawa, one of the officials at the JATA, said Friday at a Tokyo news conference, said, “Japanese pop culture has grown to rival American Hollywood.” He added, “Animation can change the times.”What prompted the formation of the JATA was the result of a study done by the government’s Japan Tourism Agency, who discovered that one of the major reasons why international visitors come to Japan was their interest in Japan through movies and entertainment content, such as games, anime, and comics.We’re excited to see which historical anime spots make it into the official 88. Us nerds need an excuse to leave the house, anyhow.last_img read more

Netflix cracks Black Mirror season 3 at NYCC

first_img ‘Black Mirror’ Star Miley Cyrus Says Her Episode Is ‘Dark’ and ‘Out There’Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This Week Stay on target One of the biggest recent surprises for Netflix users, at least American ones, was Black Mirror. Once the streaming service got the rights to the British anthology show, a whole new audience was taken aback by these satirical and terrifying tales of technology in a world only about five minutes into our own future.So in it’s quest to own all the original shows it can, Netflix stepped in to produce season 3 of the show. At New York Comic Con we got a taste of what creator Charlie Brooker and his team are dreaming up for this techno Twilight Zone.Black Mirror’s increased popularity allowed it to snag some higher star power for this new season. Actors like Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World) and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Jupiter Ascending) along with directors like Joe Wright (Hanna) and Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane) all pitched in for different installments.The panel itself was a screening for Trachtenberg’s episode “Playtest.” The story follows a broke American backpacker who agrees to test an experimental augmented reality horror experience from a Hideo Kojima or Shinji Mikami-style Japanese video game auteur. Without spoiling too much, the personal nightmare soon descends into mind twists and shenanigans like something out of Jacob’s Ladder, Inception, Existenz, or even BioShock, which is subtly referenced.As a fan of the two first seasons of Black Mirror, I couldn’t help but notice how much more “American” this episode felt. The main character’s bro sense of humor was a departure from the drier wit of past episodes, as well as the British supporting characters. Plus the meta knowledge of horror tropes dipped a little too much into Scream territory.That said, the episode was plenty tense. And as far as personal nightmares go, as someone who both covers augmented/virtual reality tech and fears reprisals from companies against journalists who break NDAs, this episode struck a few nerves.You won’t have to wait long to watch “Playtest” and the rest of Black Mirror season 3. All six episodes debut on Netflix on October 21. And the previous two seasons are streaming now. Between this and some other things going on in the world right now, this might end up being the scariest October ever.last_img read more

Texas Monthly Los Angeles Dominate CRMAs

first_imgThe City and Regional Magazine Association’s annual awards have been announced, and, as was the case last year, Texas Monthly and Los Angeles magazines dominated the awards field, winning a combined 14.Last year, the pair won a combined 29. Los Angeles, Hour Detroit and Memphis Magazine won general excellence awards in their respective circulation categories during the 24th annual competition. Other multiple prize winners included 5280, Boston, Chicago and Cincinnati magazines, each taking home two awards. Seven magazines—D, Philadelphia, MPLS. St Paul, Westchester, Rhode Island Monthly, Memphis and Hour—each nabbed one.Last month, Los Angeles’ longtime editor-in-chief Kit Rachlis,who had held the magazine’s top editorial post since 2000, decided tostep down after the magazine published a controversial cover story that included an open letter callingL.A. mayor Antonio Villaraigosa a “failure.” An Emmisspokesperson said Rachlis’ departure was not related to the issue’s publication.last_img read more

Coal India appoints panel to consider salary revision for 3 lakh employees

first_imgThe September 2 strike may or may not yield results, but over three lakh non-executive employees of Coal India are poised to benefit from a significant decision by the public sector undertaking. The company is the first to initiate salary revision moves after the hike announced for Central government staff and pensioners by the 7th Central Pay Commission.To consider salary revision, the management has appointed a panel, according to a communication by the Kolkata-based company.The 10th Bipartite Committee for the Coal Industry (JBCCI) would explore revising salaries of employees including those employed in its eight subsidiaries as decided on Wednesday and conveyed through a statement on Thursday, reported IANS.Coal India and its subsidiaries have about 3.2 lakh employees, according to the company’s annual report for 2015-16. The JBCCI will have 18 representatives each from trade unions and the management. Trade union members on board the committee will be from CITU, AITUC, HMS, BMS and INTUC.Read: Coal India workers to join September 2 strikeIn a regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Thursday, the company informed that production at 32.43 million tonnes in August was 79 per cent of the target (40.89 million tonnes).Offtake was 36.72 million tonnes, marking an achievement of 83 per cent against the target of 44.51 million tonnes. The company will be declaring its first quarter (Q1) results on Sept. 9, 2016.Shares of Coal India have also dropped 1.88 per cent to close at Rs. 331.70 on the BSE.The strike call for Friday (September 2) lists many demands that include hike in minimum monthly salary to Rs. 18,000, halt to disinvestment of public sector undertakings, increased gratuity, discontinuance of appointments on contractual basis employment regularisation of those hired on contract basis.The minimum monthly salary of Rs. 18,000 was suggested by the 7th Central Pay Commission and accepted by the Central government. The same has become a benchmark for employees of public sector undertakings.The Central government is yet to take a call on hike in allowances as suggested by the pay panel, pending an analysis of the same by a finance ministry-appointed panel, which is expected to submit its report by November.last_img read more

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DCEU News Comic Con Plans Retro Wonder Woman Birds of Prey More

first_imgI had a burst of inspiration after seeing the new #WonderWoman1984 stills and had to have a go at designing an ‘80s poster for it. @PattyJenks @GalGadot #WW84 #WonderWoman84 #WonderWoman— Olly Gibbs (@ollyog) June 22, 2018This should absolutely be the poster, or at least the logo treatment for the movie. Everything about it is perfect. This style worked wonders for Thor: Ragnarok, imagine what it could do for a movie actually set in the ’80s. I love the detail of the movie having a PG rating, which it almost certainly won’t. It really makes it feel like a throwback to a time just before the PG-13 rating existed. Can’t you imagine seeing this on a wall of scratched VHS boxes at your local video store? Gibbs could. The DC Expanded Universe, or whatever we’re calling it these days, has been strangely quiet since the release of Justice League. Sure, that movie wasn’t what anyone was hoping it would be, but that’s no reason the entire studio should go silent. The only DC movie coming out this year is Aquaman, which Warner Bros. has said nearly nothing about despite what buzz there is has all been positive. It’s true that the studio underwent a major creative shakeup, and its idea of what a cinematic universe for them looks like has changed. It’s still weird to go this long without any announcements or teases. We’re superhero fans. It’s not like it’s hard to get the hype machine going with us.Hopefully, that should change soon. As in “next weekend” soon. Screen Rant points out that if Warner Bros. wants to inspire Marvel levels of excitement, they need to tell us what to look forward to. And there’s no better place to do that than San Diego Comic Con. The biggest weekend in geek culture is fast approaching. Warner Bros. will have pretty much all the attention this year, as Marvel is taking the year off. With the state their cinematic universe is in right now, Marvel opted not to have a big Hall H panel. DC will have the biggest superhero movie panel at Comic Con. That’s a huge opportunity that won’t come again for years.We already know some of what they’re going to do with it. It’s going to be the start of the marketing for Aquaman, so we’ll finally get to see a trailer. Shazam! director David F. Sandberg has also confirmed he’ll make an appearance, so we’ll finally get a sense of what that movie looks like. (So far, it promises to be a lot lighter than any of the previous DCEU films. And boy, if there’s any franchise that could do with a bit of levity…) There will probably be some sort of news about Wonder Woman 1984 too, which will be cool. But if all they show off at that panel is three movies we already knew about, that would be a wasted opportunity.DC’s cinematic universe should do what it can to separate itself from Marvel’s, but if there’s any part of Marvel’s strategy Warner Bros. should steal, it’s their marketing. They should tell us what they’re doing for the next few years now. It doesn’t have to (and probably shouldn’t) build up to a big Infinity War-style event, but the panel should give us an idea of what the DCEU will look like for the next few years. What superheroes will they introduce? What movies are you actually making? When will they come out. Because from an outside perspective, it looks like DC has a ton of movie ideas, three or four actually happening, concrete release dates for two of them, and zero sense of the world they’re building now. That’s not a great place for the franchise to be.DC could correct that at Comic Con. As silent as they’ve been leading up to Comic Con, it does seem likely that they plan to do just that. It’s not hard to get the hype train rolling with superhero fans. Give us something real to be excited about, and we’ll show up for it.Cover of Birds of Prey #4 (Art by David Finch, via DC Comics)Like, for example, Birds of Prey. The movie is officially happening, according to star Margot Robbie. The actor is attached to a ton of upcoming DC movies, and with good reason. As many problems as Suicide Squad had, her Harley Quinn was easily the best part. Robbie confirmed to Flickering Myth last week that production is set to start in January 2019. The movie, like most of DC’s slate, is still without a release date, and hopefully Comic Con fixes that. The production date does give us an idea of when we can expect to see it. Knowing how long it takes to make one of these, it’s likely we’ll see Bird’s of Prey sometime in 2020.Robbie also teased some details about the upcoming movie. One is that it’ll have a much smaller budget than most DC superhero films. The reason for that is it will have an R-rating. Already, DC is willing to go places Marvel doesn’t with their main series. The only R-Rated Marvel movies to come out have both been part of Fox’s X-Men universe. And it sounds like they’re not making an R-rated superhero movie just to do it. Harley Quinn is violent and often vulgar. She’s a criminal (most of the time), and an R-rated action movie fits the tone of her character really well. Plus, with Cathy Yan directing and Christina Hodson writing, there’s every reason to think this movie will do justice to the character, no matter what the budget is.Gal Godot (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube/Warner Bros.)We’re pretty sure that Wonder Woman 1984 will be part of Warner Bros.’ Comic Con panel somehow, but we still don’t know in what capacity. The movie just started filming, so it’s way too early to show off any footage. At best, maybe there’ll be some production stills. Those are always exciting. Especially for this movie, which takes Wonder Woman to the 1980s. The photos from the set we’ve already seen have already inspired at least one designer. Empire Magazine designer Olly Gibbs put together a retro poster for the movie sure to blast anyone with a wave of nostalgia. Who wants the VHS? #WonderWoman1984 #WW84 #WonderWoman— Olly Gibbs (@ollyog) June 22, 2018Yeah, that’s totally something kid me would rent every weekend until my parents got sick of it and just bought the damn tape. Hopefully DC is paying attention.Laurence Fishburne (Photo via Warner Bros.)As many exciting things are happening in the DCEU, there’s one actor whose time may be over. Laurence Fishburne may be in Marvel movies now but before that, he played Perry White in Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. From the sound of things, we might not be seeing more of him in the DCEU. In an interview with CinemaBlend, Fishburne said he’s not sure there are any plans for a Perry White return.“I don’t think I’m still on call. I was unfortunately unable to go do some work on what turned out to be the Justice League movie,” he said. “I don’t know that I need to go back or if they’ll have me back or not, but I was grateful to have been a part of it. I loved working with Zack, I think he makes an incredible superhero movie. I’m just excited to be a part of [Ant-Man] now.”Fishburne does make a great addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it’s a shame to see him gone from DC. Neither Man of Steel nor BvS were my favorite superhero movies, but the casting in both were fantastic. Fishburne made a great Perry White, and it’ll be sad if we don’t get to see him anymore. You can’t really blame him for not being able to make Justice League though. The shooting and re-shooting schedule was so wild, they weren’t even able to get an un-mustachioed Henry Cavill. Here’s hoping he gets a call from Warner Bros. again, though. How can you have a Superman movie without Perry White?Who knows if we’ll see another Superman movie anytime soon, though? Again, this could all change at Comic Con. Fandango reporter Eric Davis recently spoke to Henry Cavill, who shared his thoughts about when we’ll see another Superman movie. Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. I asked Henry Cavill when we’ll see another Superman movie: “I can say this… it is highly likely we will see another Superman movie somewhere between 2019 and 2045.” Droppin’ those dope exclusives from Paris – just for you, DC fans! — ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) July 10, 2018Cool. So who knows if the next Superhero movie will star Cavill or even be part of the DCEU. All we know for sure is Henry Cavill wants it to happen. He’s been wanting to make Man of Steel 2 for a long time now. Hopefully for his sake, one will be announced soon. Maybe at Comic Con? Birds of Prey Narrows Down Its Cast, Joaquin Phoenix Jokes & More DC NewsHenry Cavill to Stay Grounded, When the Flash Will Run & More DC Movie News last_img read more

US Governments National 5G Network Idea Isnt the CommuNet We Want

first_img Given the current US government’s (incorrect) stance on Net Neutrality, we’d assumed it would always side with the private sector as far as the telecom industry is concerned. The internet isn’t a public utility required for modern societies everywhere to function but a privilege corporations can freely throttle, carve up, and sell to you for prices based on your location, the websites you want, and the condo size of the executives.Imagine our surprise then that the same government that leaves the Environmental Protection Agency in the hands of a coal industry friend may now think that a public wireless network may be a good idea. But that appears to be the case. According the Axios, the Trump Administration is listening to proposals for a national 5G network.5G is of course the next-generation wireless standard, following today’s 4G networks and the 3G and EDGE networks before that. It’s already on the way with private companies like AT&T and Verizon planning to launch 5G mobile coverage sometime in 2018.However, a national 5G network would be something totally new. The government would be muscling in for the first time in a highly private arena. FCC Chairman and Trump appointee Ajit Pai has already rejected the idea, saying the market should always control the telecom industry, not the government. Pai hates Net Neutrality, and he generally sucks, so of course he’d say that. But that’s the kind of pro-business, anti-regulation stance we would’ve expected from Trump himself.So what’s the catch? Why is the government considering something this radical and theoretically helpful for getting more of the public onto the internet and out of the grip of telecom companies? It’s the motivation. Based on the memo, the government isn’t viewing this is a vast social good (despite comparing it to the interstate highway system) but as an ambitious national cybersecurity measure. Government internet could both counter both legitimate Chinese online threats and artificially stifle Chinese economic rivals like Huawei.As useful as government internet could be, that’s just the wrong mindset to approach it from, in our opinion. The internet shouldn’t just be a shield or a way to make money but also a shared community of knowledge. From an infrastructure standpoint, we also don’t trust this administration to set up a centralized 5G network deep and wide and competent enough to make up for the potential disruption of local networks caused by all the new towers. Not to mention all the potential surveillance issues.Right now though national 5G networks are just one of many ideas being considered by an administration that likes to change its mind based on Twitter. In fact, Trump is already denying it. So wake us up when America is ready for full federal CommuNet.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Researchers Discover Two More Cases of Facebook Data ExposureJapan Beefs Up Cybersecurity Ahead of 2020 Tokyo Olympics Stay on targetlast_img read more

WB govt working on ease of delivering services Sen

first_imgKolkata: After winning laurels from the World Bank on ease of doing business, the West Bengal government was now trying to create ease of delivering services, additional chief secretary, IT and Electronics department, Debashis Sen said on Wednesday. “West Bengal is now among top 10 states in India on ease of doing business as notified by the World Bank. The state is now working on ease of delivering services”, Sen said at the Calcutta Chamber of Commerce here. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose He said the state government was also laying emphasis on blockchain, artificial intelligence, internet of things and quantum computing as well. “Ease of delivering services will be done using technology with minimal touch points with the government”, Sen said. Methods of government procurement is also going to change in a big way by promoting competition, the additional chief secretary said. West Bengal has also earmarked 200 acres for setting up a silicon valley hub, he said.last_img read more

Carestream Touch Prime Ultrasounds Useful for Imaging Overweight Obese Patients

first_imgTechnology | Ultrasound Imaging | November 18, 2015 Carestream Touch Prime Ultrasounds Useful for Imaging Overweight, Obese Patients Touch Prime and Touch Prime XE offer deep penetration, uniform resolution over entire depth of imaged area Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Related Content Image courtesy of Carestream HealthNovember 18, 2015 — Overweight patients are more difficult to image using ultrasound because greater amounts of tissue weaken sound waves as they pass into the body, which hinders the ability to achieve high-resolution images.Carestream’s Touch Prime and Touch Prime XE Ultrasound Systems can provide deep penetration of the abdomen and other areas, which is especially important for large or obese patients. These newly designed systems also offer more uniform resolution over the entire depth of the imaged area.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 69 percent of U.S. adults age 20 years and older are overweight or obese, and 20.5 percent of U.S. adolescents age 12 to 19 years are obese.The Touch Prime platform employs Carestream’s advanced SynTek Architecture, which is a combination of technologies that simultaneously provide enhanced spatial detail with increased frame rates for improved visualization of moving structures, while optimized image formation can reduce noise and artifacts. Imaging and Doppler improvements allow for more consistent visualization of subtle tissue contrast differences and can improve the ability to see small structures.By combining information independently obtained from multiple transmissions, the new architecture synthesizes a transmit beam that is narrow not only at a single point or region in the image but over the entire spatial area, which can lead to higher image quality.The Touch Prime and Touch Prime XE units offer a sealed, all-touch control panel that combines the speed and flexibility of a soft user interface with the tactile feedback of traditional keys. Etched marking for primary controls equips the user to easily locate key functions without looking away from the image display monitor.These systems are intended for general diagnostic imaging use in radiology, OB/GYN, musculoskeletal and vascular applications and will be featured at the upcoming Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) conference. Both Touch Prime ultrasound systems are available for order in the United States and a Health Canada license is pending.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

Leading and Managing Change in the Age of Disruption and Artificial Intelligence

first_imgBy @SimonCocking, LEADING AND MANAGING IN AN AGE OF DISRUPTION How to manage and lead a business through:Automation: It is predicted that 1.5 million people in England are at high risk of losing their jobs to automation.Geopolitical Change: Geopolitical change can devastate unprepared businesses, such as a no-deal Brexit threatening to cost businesses £27 billion.Climate Crisis: Over 200 of the world’s largest listed companies forecast that the climate crisis could cost them a combined total of almost £790 billion.In a global age of disruption from artificial intelligence, Brexit, climate crisis, trade wars and changing employee demands, future organisational change is not avoidable. The effects of disruption will be immediate, with consideration and preparation being paramount for the survival of organisations and the leaders of tomorrow. Leading and Managing Change in the Age of Disruption and Artificial Intelligence is the essential guide for management in the new economy written by Dr Mathew Donald, a leading academic with over 30 years business experience. The book brings the topics of management, leadership and organisational change into the future for leaders and managers of organisations, arming them with case studies, exercises, tools, tables and analysis to assist with preparation for organisational change.The book expertly tackles modern disruption, ranging from EU destabilization, rebalancing world powers, financial trade barriers and the influence of technology. It provides practical insights and strategies to help managers and leaders to future proof organisations of all sizes for the wave of disruption on the horizon, which is threatening large scale loss of jobs, occupation and even whole industries.In a time of change, Dr Mat looks at the changing demands of managing a modern workforce, from the skilling your force now in areas such as data analysis, to adapting to the demands of a millennial workforce for flexible working and the adoption of corporate social responsibility to maintain values in times of tumultuous change.Leading and Managing Change in the Age of Disruption and Artificial Intelligence is an imperative read to futureproof organisations, as it provides the skills to critically think about what the future holds and to prepare your organisation for whatever disruption is around the corner.ReviewThere is a lot to like in this book, it covers the issues well, and explores a range of important issues, with well reasoned arguments and insights. However the size of the text is brutal, far too small, and really gets in the way of making this an accessible and easy book to read. Coming in at less than two hundred pages of content it could surely have gone up a size or two and easily still been less than three hundred pages long and a more engaging and pleasant reading experience. Normally you get more out of reading a book in hardcopy, but this is one where having it as a kindle would at least allow you to increase the text size.A second, perhaps minor issue, is that at the beginning of every chapter the opening quote is by, …, the author himself. This seems a little bizarre and redundant. Naturally the whole book is written by him, so we are already a captive audience, and there are so many other interesting people out there with thoughtful and provocation ideas on these topics, Elon Musk, Stephen Hawkings, Andrew Ng.Surely it would have made more sense to lead with some of their comments and provocative ideas in these chapters? After awhile relentlessly quoting yourself rather than others seems counter productive and, combined with the far too small text, made this book feel overly academic when it could be reaching a far wider audience.Leading and Managing Change in the Age of Disruption and Artificial Intelligence by Dr Mathew Donald is out now, published by Emerald Publishing, priced £65. For more information go to www.drmat.onlineAbout the author: Dr Mathew Donald is a leading academic in the field of management, leadership and organisational change, with over 30 years business experience. He is a fellow at CPA Australia, and a member of the Australian Institute of Project Management. As an academic, he has taught in the topics of management, accounting, business strategy, international business and leadership. Dr Mat is also helping organisations through change with his Modern Change Assessment Tool, as well as appearing as a keynote speaker for businesses.More information about Irish Tech News and the Business ShowcaseFYI the ROI for you is => Irish Tech News now get over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. We have over 860,000 relevant followers on Twitter on our various accounts & were recently described as Ireland’s leading online tech news site and Ireland’s answer to TechCrunch, so we can offer you a good audience!Since introducing desktop notifications a short time ago, which notify readers directly in their browser of new articles being published, over 16000 people have now signed up to receive them ensuring they are instantly kept up to date on all our latest content. Desktop notifications offer a unique method of serving content directly to verified readers and bypass the issue of content getting lost in people’s crowded news feeds.Drop us a line if you want to be featured, guest post, suggest a possible interview, or just let us know what you would like to see more of in our future articles. We’re always open to new and interesting suggestions for informative and different articles. Contact us, by email, twitter or whatever social media works for you.Home If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at or on Twitter: @SimonCocking Leading and Managing Change in the Age of Disruption and Artificial Intelligence, reviewedlast_img read more