TIFF – DAY 1 – RED CARPET MOMENTS PHOTOS

October 15, 2019

first_imgTIFF 2018 kicked off yesterday (Sept 6) here are a few highlights from the red carpet premieres. Chris Pine Chris Pine Chris Pines Lea Seydoux Lea Seydoux Chloë Grace Moretz, Maika Monroe and Isabelle Huppert Isabelle Huppert Jay Ryan Michael Moore Michael Moore Trevante Rhodes Keegan-Michael Key Predator Chris Pine and Tony Curran attended the the world premiere of Outlaw King.Chloë Grace Moretz, Maika Monroe and Isabelle Huppert were at the premiere of their film, Greta. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Twitter Facebook Chanté Adams, Jasmine Cephas Jones and Cara Buono were on the red carpet for Monsters And Men.Michael Moore’s searing and thought-provoking @fahrenheit11_9 premiered at Ryerson Theatre School WITH some of the incredible Parkland students.The stars of The @predator walking the red carpet at the film’s Midnight Madness premiere.#RedCarpet #OliviaMunn #ThePredator #ChloeGraceMoretz #ChloeMoretz #maikamonroe #greta #gretamovie #TheOutlawKing #OutlawKing #ChrisPine #AaronTaylorJohnson #TonyCurran #DavidMackenzie #LeaSeydoux #JayRyan #fahrenheit119 #michaelmoore #flintwatercrisis #trump #parkland #generationaction #predator #toronto #tiff #TIFF18 #tiff2018 #torontointernationalfilmfestival #TorontoFilmFestival #tiffredcarpet #redcarpet @tiff_net..PHOTOS BY: @steverussell @mrwillwong #JennieRedd Chris Pine at TIFF 2018last_img read more

Victim faints at Morocco trial of British pedophile suspect

October 12, 2019

first_imgRABAT- An alleged victim of a suspected British pedophile on trial in Morocco fainted in court Tuesday as the case was adjourned for a fifth time, a rights activist who attended the hearing told AFP.The 6-year-old girl passed out at the courthouse in the northern town of Tetouan when she saw Robert Bill, who is accused of kidnapping and attempting to rape her, said Mohammed Benaissa, who heads the Northern Observatory for Human Rights.“We are calling for a swift ruling in this trial, because of the suffering it is causing the victims,” he told AFP, expressing “surprise” that it had been repeatedly delayed. The judge fixed the next hearing for April 11. The reason for the latest delay was not clear. The trial had previously been adjourned when the defendant’s Moroccan lawyers withdrew from the case.Bill, originally from North Wales, was arrested at a petrol station in Tetouan last June when locals overheard the screams of the six-year-old girl he allegedly abducted, surrounded his Spanish-registered car and alerted the police.“She was the only victim present at the trial,” Benaissa said, adding that the other alleged victims were represented in court by their parents.The suspect is accused of kidnapping and raping another two Moroccan girls prior to his arrest, one in Tetouan and one in the nearby town of Chefchaouen, according to the human rights group.The former teacher has already served jail time in Britain following his conviction by a Welsh court in 2009 of attempting to abduct a five-year-old girl.After leaving prison he travelled to southern Spain, arriving in Morocco in November 2012 from the town of Ceuta, a Spanish enclave on Morocco’s north coast. The Spanish police had issued a warrant for his arrest on separate pedophilia and kidnapping charges.last_img read more

Ban highlights UN role in improving agriculture boosting food security

October 12, 2019

“We know that world poverty cannot be reduced without improvements in agriculture, especially smallholder agriculture,” Mr. Ban said in a message to the 32nd session of the Governing Council of the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), which opened today in Rome.The two-day annual meeting of IFAD’s Governing Council comes against a backdrop of volatile food prices and deepening global recession. The agency says that despite efforts to boost agricultural production in response to the commodity price rises of 2008, most of the increase in yields has been in developed countries. Agricultural production in developing nations has risen by less than one per cent overall.“Poor farmers can raise their productivity, and double, or even triple, their output,” noted Mr. Ban. “The United Nations system must play its role in ensuring they do so.”The Secretary-General stressed the need to address the immediate needs of the world’s hungry, as well as contribute to longer-term global food and nutrition security by building resilience to challenges and crises, including climate change, that endanger the hard-fought development gains already achieved. “IFAD is a crucial ally of the world’s smallholder farmers,” he added, noting in particular the way the agency’s membership has responded to the effective reforms the Fund has undertaken during the recent difficult times and recognized the Fund’s crucial role by agreeing to the largest replenishment of resources in IFAD’s history – a 67 per cent increase over the previous replenishment. As a result, over the next four years, IFAD will provide some $3.7 billion in financing for agricultural programmes and projects in developing countries, with a total cost, including co-financing with other partners, of about $8.5 billion.IFAD President Lennart Båge, addressing his final Governing Council meeting, underlined the need to re-engage with agriculture, where investment has declined steadily over the past two decades. He stressed that boosting production “requires increased political attention and much greater investment in the whole agricultural value chain.”He added that the food and fuel price volatility today presents an ongoing challenge for the world’s most vulnerable peoples. “The stark fact is that long-term supply is not keeping pace with demand,” he said, emphasizing that “bad weather in any major producing area, or other temporary factors, will easily lead to a spike in food prices.”In addition to addressing issues of food price volatility, climate change and access to land, the 165-member Governing Council is also tasked with electing a new President for the agency, whose mandate is to help rural people pull themselves out of poverty.The Council chose Kanayo F. Nwanze of Nigeria, who is currently Vice-President of IFAD, as its next President.Mr. Nwanze, who takes up his post on 1 April, stressed that achieving concrete results and impact on the ground with the agency’s projects and programmes will continue to be at the core of IFAD.“Our challenge will be to make agriculture the central focus of Governments, reduce poverty and hunger and achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” he added, referring to the globally agreed targets aimed at slashing poverty, hunger, infant and maternal mortality, and lack of access to health care and education, all by 2015. 18 February 2009The United Nations system must play its role in ensuring that farmers can increase their production, at a time when the global financial crisis is compounding the impact of the food crisis, making the challenges facing the world’s most vulnerable all the more difficult, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. read more

Latest US fiscal drama could impact Canadian economy Flaherty warns

October 8, 2019

OTTAWA — Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says he is concerned about the impact the latest budget battle in the United States will have on Canadian exports.The finance minister says he believes the so-called sequestration crisis — involving about US$85-billion in spending cuts — will be a tempest in a teapot in terms of U.S. economic growth.[np_storybar title=”Massive U.S. cuts set to hit Canadians hard with border delays” link=”http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/03/01/delays-at-border-airports-likely-as-canada-set-to-be-sideswiped-by-u-s-sequester-cuts/”%5D Canadians who were promised a speedier crossing at the U.S. border could discover in the coming months that the lineups have only grown longer.As the clock ticked down to a political showdown in Washington on Friday, it appeared clear that Canada will be sideswiped by massive budget cuts — known as sequestration — set to take effect.Continue reading. [/np_storybar]But he says the potential for border tie-ups as the U.S. lays off border guards could slow trade routes between the two countries, and have on impact on Canada’s economy.U.S. homeland security chief Janet Napolitano has estimated the cuts could affect the equivalent of about 5,000 border patrol agent positions, many on the Canada-U.S. border.Flaherty says as regrettable as the current impasse is, a bigger problem is that U.S. politicians have been unable to come up with a viable long-term plan to handle budget issues, something he believes drains confidence.The Canadian Press read more

Rogers CEO says company will focus on improving customer service

October 4, 2019

TORONTO – The new head of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX:RCI.B) says he’s working to make the telecom and media company a leader in its industry, as it works to fend off competitors and vastly improve customer service.The Toronto-based company continues to have Canada’s largest base of wireless phone subscribers, a major cable TV and Internet system, and a media arm that includes specialty TV channels, conventional television, radio and publishing.However, Guy Laurence — speaking Tuesday at his first Rogers annual meeting since becoming chief executive officer and president in December — said the pace of growth has slipped compared with its peers.“This is not satisfactory,” Laurence said. “To me, it’s all about winning and winning consistently. You’re either No. 1 or you’re not. It is my goal to re-establish and re-accelerate that growth and our leadership position over the long term.”Laurence said he spent the past three months re-examining the business and areas where it can be improved, particularly in terms of the customer experience.“Customer service is a journey, not a destination,” he told a group of shareholders. “We’ve actually fallen behind on that journey in terms of meeting customer needs.”Customer service quality levels have been a longtime concern for Rogers.When previous CEO Nadir Mohamed took over the top job from company founder Ted Rogers in 2009 he said he wanted to focus on improving the telecom company’s customer satisfaction levels.Shortly before he retired last year, Mohamed expressed his feeling that Rogers still had to “significantly” improve its customer service levels with gestures to show customers that it “values their tenure.”Laurence said he has a “good picture” now on the level of service Rogers provides, and what customers expect, after meeting with front-line employees, and even dressing up as a field technician so he could personally see their needs for himself.“It will take us some time to get to a point where we provide an experience which matches your requirements,” he said. “But I do believe we can get there.”The Rogers annual shareholder meeting came a day after the telecom and media giant released its first-quarter financial results.Its net income in the first quarter dropped 13 per cent to $307 million or 57 cents per share. This compared with $353 million or 68 cents per share a year earlier. On an adjusted basis, the earnings came in at 66 cents per share, four cents below the average estimate of 70 cents per share, according to data compiled by Thomson Reuters.Operating revenues were relatively steady at $3.02 billion, marginally below the $3.03 billion reported in the comparable year-earlier period. Rogers shares closed down more than three per cent, or $1.50, to $42.78 Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Senior executives blamed the stagnant growth on a combination of fewer wireless customers switching carriers, a lack of flashy new smartphones on offer, and challenges from its television division where it reported a net loss of 25,000 subscribers in three months, a slower decline than a year earlier but continuing a downward trend.Laurence, who previously led Vodafone’s U.K. telecom operation, said he will present a detailed action plan for growth to the board of directors in May. It’s expected that many of his changes to improve the business’ performance will be long-term plans, and will not include an expansion into the United States.Some of these initiatives will also focus on fewer, bigger projects at Rogers, building on the company’s strong asset mix, and capitalizing on its recent blockbuster contract to get the Canadian rights to National Hockey League games.The company, which also owns the Toronto Blue Jays, has been bulking up its sports entertainment assets to help differentiate itself from competitors. The $5.2-billion multi-year NHL deal will provide content on all Rogers platforms in both English and French.Laurence said an example would be running a promotion of a hockey contest in one of its publications to broadcasting the game over a mobile phone to employing the cameraman who shoots the game.“We’ll bring hockey to life in clever new ways,” said Laurence.Rogers has also been focused on strengthening the results of its wireless operations as competitors Bell (TSX:BCE) and Telus (TSX:T) grab a larger piece of the market.The company made a $3.3-billion purchase of wireless spectrum earlier this month, which it says will help it better handle increased traffic on its network and allow users to stream video of NHL games on their mobile devices. Rogers said the 20-year contract for the spectrum will also improve cellphone coverage in basements, elevators and urban and rural areas for its customers.“The foundation of the company is strong. We have a real opportunity to re-accelerate our growth and win consistently,” said Laurence.— With files from David FriendFollow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 22, 2014 11:16 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Guy Laurence, president and CEO of Rogers Communications, speaks at the company’s annual general meeting in Toronto on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese Rogers CEO says company will focus on improving customer service read more

Ban deeply saddened by earthquake toll in Chinas Sichuan province

October 2, 2019

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed deep sadness today over the loss of life, injuries and destruction caused by the earthquake that struck yesterday in Sichuan province of China, affirming that the United Nations stands ready to provide any assistance needed. According to media reports, the seismic event, measuring from 6.6 to 7 on the Richter scale, killed nearly 200 people, sent over 8,000 to hospitals and caused a severe shortage of drinking water. “The Secretary-General extends his sincere condolences to the Chinese Government and people,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement. “He expresses his deepest sympathies in particular to those who have lost loved ones or been otherwise affected by this disaster,” he added. read more

Commercial vehicle manufacturing kickstarts 2016 with production up by a quarter

October 2, 2019

CV production grows 24.4% in January, with output reaching 6,770 vehicles.Exports fuel demand, up 65% on the same month last year.Production for the UK down marginally by 1.2%.25 February, 2016 Commercial vehicle manufacturing rose by 24.4% in the first month of 2016, with 6,770 new vans, trucks, buses and coaches made in Britain this January. Foreign demand continued to fuel production, with commercial vehicle output for overseas markets showing substantial growth compared with January 2015.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive said, “CV production got off to a great start in January, with output up by a quarter on last year. Recovery in Europe continues to benefit the sector, driving production for export up an impressive 65% last month, with more than half of all commercial vehicles in January produced for international markets.”Download the full CV press release as a Word document.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Why Arent The Best Teams In The NFL Expected To Win A

September 28, 2019

NFL forecasts are in … and they aren’t very exciting! Even great teams like the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks are forecast to win about 10 games, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index. But plenty of teams win more than that each year — what gives? Watch the video above to find out. And if you’re into this kind of statistical kaffeeklatsch, subscribe to FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast, Hot Takedown.

Ethiopian Airlines Flight recorders recovered from crash site

September 25, 2019

Investigators have found the flight data recorders from an Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed on Sunday.The devices recovered at the crash site were the Boeing 737 Max 8’s cockpit voice recorder and digital flight data recorder.The plane was en route from Addis Ababa to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, when it crashed six minutes after take-off, killing all 157 people on board.Several airlines have grounded the Boeing model following the disaster.The months-old aircraft came down near the town of Bishoftu, 60km (37 miles) south-east of the capital at 08:44 local time (05:44 GMT).There were people of more than 30 nationalities on the flight, including Kenyans, Ethiopians, Canadians, and Britons.The cause of the disaster is not yet clear. However, the pilot had reported difficulties and had asked to return to Addis Ababa, Ethiopian Airlines said.“At this stage, we can’t rule out anything,” CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said. “We can’t also attribute the cause to anything because we’ll have to comply with the international regulation to wait for the investigation.” (BBC) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEthiopian Airlines: ‘No survivors’ on crashed Boeing 737March 10, 2019In “latest news”Europe joins wave of countries grounding the 737 MaxMarch 12, 2019In “Business”US to ground all Boeing crash aircraftMarch 13, 2019In “latest news” read more

HCM Constanta on the edge of bankruptcy

September 22, 2019

It seems that the second biggest team in Romanian handball HCM Constanta will cease to exist due huge financial troubles which forced complete squad to leave the team. The best male Romanian team for more than decade is close to finish like female giant Oltchim Valcea two years ago.Currently, club left the Romanian premium League, while the debt according prosport.ro is about 600.000 EUR.HCM Constanta coach Zvonko Sundovski is close to deal with CSM Bucuresti. ← Previous Story Portugal and Russia win gold medals at Universiade 2015 in Gwangju Next Story → Nikola Karabatic to PSG Handball until 2019! read more

September 18, 2019

Leonardo Bonucci could leave AC Milan admits Gattuso

first_imgAC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso has admitted that defender Leonardo Bonucci may actually be leaving the club this summerThe Milan captain had only arrived at the San Siro last summer from Juventus, but he has recently become concerned over the quality of the team and the ongoing financial uncertainty with the club having recently been taken over by American hedge fund Elliott Management after owner Li Yonghong’s failure to repay his debts.And Bonucci is now seriously contemplating his future at Milan with Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain among the clubs interested in signing the 31-year-old this summer.“I’ve spoken to Leo [Bonucci] and you need to be honest and say things as they are,” said Gattuso as stated on the Daily Mirror.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Leo had a meeting with me, but I am not the club and he needs to talk to the directors.“It will be up to Leo and the club to decide, but I hope that Bonucci can stay here. I think that when a player expresses a desire, the coach must do all he can to convince him to stay.”Bonucci made a total of 51 appearances for Milan in all competitions last season.last_img read more

September 15, 2019

Money worries stop 25 from taking sick leave

first_imgA quarter (25%) of respondents go into work when unwell because of money worries, according to research by National Accident Helpline.Its survey of 1,000 UK residents found that 19% of respondents cite pressure from their boss as the reason why they do not take time off from work when ill, while 13% say pressure from colleagues is a key factor.The research also found:89% of respondents go into the workplace when they are unwell.More than half (53%) of respondents have not taken any sick days in the last six months.13% of respondents have been threatened with disciplinary measures as a result of taking sick leave.18% cite stress as the reason for sickness absence, and more than a third (38%) rate their average stress level as six or more out of ten.39% of respondents cope with stress by talking to colleagues, 18% turn to food and drink, and 17% exercise to help reduce stress levels.Beth Powell, marketing director at National Accident Helpline, said: “It’s dismaying to discover that nine out of ten people are going to work when they’re feeling unwell.“We know that working when ill or injured can have serious implications for recovery. This is why we recommend making a full recovery before returning to work.”last_img read more

September 12, 2019

Chromeo On New Album Head Over Heels And Doing It Analog

first_img Chromeo On New Album ‘Head Over Heels’ And Doing It Analog Chromeo On ‘Head Over Heels’ And Doing It Analog chromeo-new-album-head-over-heels-and-doing-it-analog Twitter NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Oct 2, 2018 – 12:21 pm Chromeo On ‘Head Over Heels’ And Doing It Analog Facebook David “Dave 1” Macklovitch and Patrick “P-Thugg” Gemayel of Chromeo sat down with the Recording Academy to talk a little more about their new album and how it was important for them to go back to their classic analog sound while bringing new artists into their studio.”We use sequencers too, but it’s analog the way we do it, you know. That’s our craft,” Dave 1 shares. “The Chromeo way is to do it all analog.”Rusko On Bringing ’90s Rave Music Back, New Tracks & Fatherhood Email News The funky dance music duo shares the importance of going back to their musical roots on their latest albumAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Oct 2, 2018 – 12:22 pm Electro-funk duo Chromeo have been making people dance since they released their debut studio album in 2004, featuring their breakout single “Needy Girl.” Since then, they’ve created plenty of hits and have brought their funky beats to stages around the world. This year, they have been back at it since the June release of their fifth album Head Over Heels.last_img read more

Sonys PlayStation CEO wants a seamless transition to its nextgeneration console

September 10, 2019

first_img1:57 PlayStation State of Play event reveals new console and… $245 Preview • PlayStation VR made us smile, and it’s because of the games “The community has never been bigger and it’s never been more engaged,” he said. “A lot of people we brought in, in 2013, are still with us. And the amount of time and money they invest in the platform is very humbling.” Sony’s also been slowly releasing details about its PS4 successor, colloquially called the PS5 (though Sony declined to confirm that name). Among the new features, Sony said its next console will load games significantly faster, still sport an optical disc drive and offer immersive surround sound audio. In his conversation with CNET, Ryan said an SSD storage drive Sony custom-designed for the console will be offered as part of the default version. He also added that the device will offer ultra-high definition 4K visuals at 120Hz, which is twice the screen refresh rate of most TVs. The world’s changing very fast and in a very interesting way. Jim Ryan Review • PlayStation VR is pretty damn cool Sony PlayStation VR • Jul 26 • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ action The 28 best games on PlayStation 4 Ryan is a 25-year Sony veteran. He began his career at the company’s European division in 1994 — right as the original PlayStation was launching — and in 2011 was appointed the president of Sony’s PlayStation business across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania. He was made the deputy president of Sony’s PlayStation business last year before being promoted to CEO in February. He and Shawn Layden, who heads Sony’s 13 development studios making games like the highly anticipated survival adventure game The Last of Us Part 2, will be helping launch the company’s next-generation PlayStation with a slate of new games and features to compete against Microsoft’s next Xbox, Nintendo’s Switch, Google’s Stadia streaming service and more. Ryan said the company counts an active user base of 94 million players, 36 million of whom subscribe to the company’s $10 per month PlayStation Plus online game playing service. Sony’s sold nearly 100 million PlayStation 4 consoles. Share your voice E3 2019 See All See It Electronic Arts (EA) Google Microsoft Sony Nintendo 3 Tagscenter_img Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know E3 2019 Amazon Culture Tech Industry Gaming Aug 3 • E3 journalists see their personal info exposed by security flaw Comments Mentioned Above Sony PlayStation VR (Headset) Now playing: Watch this: Jim Ryan was named president and CEO of Sony’s PlayStation division in February. Sony Typically, the launch of a new video game console is a major transition, when old games and your progress in them are left behind in favor of the latest and greatest. Sony wants to put an end to that. In his first interview since becoming Sony’s PlayStation CEO in April, Jim Ryan offered some details about his company’s successor to its popular PlayStation 4 console, expected next year. Among them, Ryan said his company plans to offer “cross-generational play,” effectively offering players the ability to play a game on their PS4, switch to a new console and continue, and then switch back. Effectively, it won’t matter to Sony’s servers which device they’re playing on. As a result, they’ll have all the same friends while they do that. “Whether it’s backwards compatibility or the possibility of cross-generational play, we’ll be able to transition that community to next-gen,” he said. “It won’t be a binary choice about whether you have to be ether on PlayStation 4 or next-gen to continue your friendship.” CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 28 Photos $217 reading • Sony’s PlayStation CEO wants a seamless transition to its next-generation console Ryan declined to discuss the company’s plans for the PSVR, other than to say the company’s pleased with its success so far. He declined to say when we’ll learn more, but said Sony plans to discuss the new PlayStation as development versions of the device are sent to outside game companies. “We wanted to make sure that the PlayStation fans had clear and unambiguous information from us instead of garbled nonsense third and fourth hand — some of it true, some of it perhaps certain times less true,” he said. “This is just the start of the unveil process.” Below are edited excerpts from our conversation with Ryan before the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) video game conference, which kicks off in Los Angeles next week. Sony said it won’t be attending the show this year. Q: I’m assuming a new PSVR is coming, but can you offer any details? Ryan: We have nothing to say about any potential next-gen VR product at this stage. We continue to believe that VR has the potential to be a really meaningful part of the future of interactive entertainment.The current generation of VR has exceeded our expectations. When you step back and look at it — and this is the way I like to look at it — one in 20 of the people who found the money to go out and buy a PlayStation 4, and all the games and peripherals that they enjoyed with that, have also found the money to then go buy the PlayStation VR and all the games and peripherals that go on top of that. And I feel good about that. The PlayStation 4 has become one of the biggest-selling consoles in history. How do you match that with your next-gen console? This transition is probably gonna be more interesting than any other we’ve seen in the past. We obviously have one recently announced new entrant into the gaming space [Google] and the possibility of more to come. So the landscape is changing fast. If we simply kinda lean back on the world that we’ve known for the past 25 years, we’re at grave risk of having events around us overtake us. So we have to show an open-mindedness and a desire to do things to an extent that we haven’t had to in the past. One manifestation of that is the memorandum of understanding signed with Microsoft. Which is a kind of wide ranging MOU that covers a number of areas of collaboration between Sony and Microsoft. One of the main ones is cloud gaming. The world’s changing very fast and in a very interesting way. We have a cloud gaming service right now, and we’ve added on it for a number of years. I think maybe we’ve been a bit guilty of not talking about it enough. Now we’re in 19 countries, we have 170 publishers on board, 780 games in the States. We’ve actually achieved a lot, and probably a lot more than people realize. And our intent is to build on those learnings and really look to try to take PlayStation Now to the next level later this year and then in the years to come. When you talk about having the events of the world overtake you, are you talking about a console-less world? What’s in your mind when you say that? Who knows what the world looks like in five years’ time? When you’ve got these big, very large companies coming into your space, I think simply viewing the world in the terms you viewed it in the past 25 years, with the competition you’ve had over the past 25 years, is probably not a very sensible approach to take. We, through our actions and recent announcements, believe that there is a great market for next generation console. But it’s not binary. It’s not like, in three weeks’ time or three years’ time, the console world stops, and a console-less world — however that may look — will suddenly take over. Any transition will be steady and gradual. I’ve built PlayStation businesses all around the world. I can tell you about the infrastructure in some of the parts of the world where we have very, very large businesses, and they will not be conducive to, you know, an entirely streaming model for years and years and years. When we get to the console-less world, I’m going to be playing with brands, right? I’ll decide I’m in the PlayStation brand world, and that’s how I’ll play my games. And it’ll be roughly the same games, with the exception of exclusives, that I can get in the Xbox world or the Stadia world. Is that far off from the way you see it? It’s a little bit of a simplification but you’re not far off. It goes back to these three points, our enduring strengths — exclusive games, the brand and the community we have, who we’re very humbled by the trust of the level of engagement they have with us. As long as we treat them properly and with the love and respect they deserve — and that probably sounds trite coming from a businessman, but we actually believe in this stuff — that will serve us very well. Is this the last console? Everyone always talks about it, and there’s this sense that it is, but I’m curious what you think. What I think is: I actually don’t know. I’ve been around a while, and I sat there in 2012 and listened to all sorts of smart people tell me about mobile and that the PlayStation 4 was going to be the most terrible failure ever. The logic was actually hard to fault. But we believed in that product then, we believe in this next generation product now. Who knows how it might evolve? Hybrid models between console and some sort of cloud model? Possibly that. I just don’t know. And if I did know, I wouldn’t tell you. That’s fair too. So a lot of people have been building live-service games these days. I know you guys have been building Dreams. I’m curious what you think of where the market is right now. There’s obviously criticism that’s coming at games like EA’s Anthem and Bethesda’s Fallout 76.  So I’m curious what you think of this genre of games? It’s like any category of game or any category of entertainment. There are good examples and less good examples. When they’re done right, and you look at the engagement statistics for FIFA, for example, the engagement is simply unbelievable. If you’re going to do this you have to do it really well. It’s a form of entertainment that has to be built incrementally, you can’t sort of plunge in and build one of these live service games and get it right from day one. It’s got to be evolved and iterated and it’s not easy. It’s really not easy. Do you think this type of games will be the future of how entertainment will work? Obviously you guys put a lot of work behind the full story experiences too. But what do you see when you look into your crystal ball? We’ve never had greater success with our own narrative-driven, story-based games than we’re having right now. We feel good about that, and it’s certainly not a genre of gaming we’ll ever walk away from. Service games, when done well, will continue to be popular and grow in popularity. But only as the overall gaming ecosystem grows, and more people are playing more and more games longer and longer. One topic about E3 I often hear is how marketing of a game is done. Looking at Sony, I’ll never forget #PuddleGate with your Spider-Man game and how the accusations you’d downgraded the quality of your game were wrong. I was looking back and looked at The Last of Us and I was amazed at how similar the scenes you were showing off years before were nearly the same to what came out. And that’s not something that’s happened with every company, right? Even if everyone has the intention of showing off what they expect to release, obviously not everyone delivers that. So how do you make sure what you’re showing off years in advance is so close to being what you’re selling them later? We always approach this issue with a high degree of integrity. And what we show is typically not years in advance — typically it’s months, or perhaps many months in some cases — but it’s real gameplay that has already been developed and we have a very high degree of confidence will appear in the final game. This is conjecture, but it could be that our narrative-driven games lend themselves to the ability to have fidelity between the early vision and the final product more readily than something massively online in its nature. Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we know See itlast_img read more

Crude prices fall from 2016 highs as US oil rig count rises

September 5, 2019

first_imgCrude prices settled lower on Friday after the U.S. oil rig count rose for the first time since December, renewing worries of a supply glut after an output freeze plan helped boost the market to 2016 highs and multi-week gains.U.S. energy firms this week added one oil rig after 12 weeks of cuts, according to data by industry firm Baker Hughes. The addition, coming after oil rigs had fallen by two-thirds over the past year to 2009 lows, showed crude drilling picking up again after a 50 percent price rally since February. [RIG/U]”The rig count and crude prices have a direct relationship for sure,” said Pete Donovan, broker at Liquidity Energy in New York.Brent crude LCOc1 finished down 34 cents, or 0.8 percent, at $41.20 a barrel, having risen $1 earlier to a 2016 high of $42.54.U.S. crude CLc1 settled down 76 cents, or 1.9 percent, at $39.44, after also gaining $1 to a year high of $41.20.Despite the retreat, oil posted multi-week gains, with Brent up for a fourth straight week and U.S. crude a fifth week in a row. Both benchmarks rose about 2 percent this week.Global oversupply in oil had knocked crude prices down from mid-2014 highs above $100 a barrel to 12-year lows earlier this year, bringing Brent to around $27 and U.S. crude to about $26.Over the past two months, prices rallied to reach above $40 after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) floated the idea of a production freeze at January’s highs.The combination of declining oil output, smaller crude stockpile builds and surging gasoline consumption in the United States also helped the recovery, although some analysts said the rally had been overdone.”The market is probably too long here and needs a correction,” said Scott Shelton, energy futures broker with ICAP in Durham, North Carolina.last_img read more

September 3, 2019

USbacked force seizes key Syria city dam from IS

first_imgMap locating Tabqa in Syria, captured from the IS group by a US-backed alliance on Wednesday. AFPA US-backed alliance on Wednesday captured Syria’s Tabqa and its nearby dam from the Islamic State group, a day after Washington said it would arm the force’s Kurdish fighters.Turkey slammed the US decision to arm the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara considers terrorists but which Washington sees as an indispensable ally in the fight against IS.The issue risks stoking tensions between the two countries less than week before US President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan meet for the first time as heads of state.The YPG makes up the bulk of the Syrian Democratic Forces, which on Wednesday scored a major victory against IS in the Syrian city of Tabqa.The SDF said it had “completely liberated” Tabqa and the adjacent dam after weeks of fierce fighting.“The combing operations are ongoing to ensure that the city is clear,” said spokesman Talal Sello.Tabqa sits on the Euphrates River as well as a strategic supply route about 55 kilometres (35 miles) west of Raqa, the Syrian heart of IS’s so-called caliphate.The UN has warned damage to the Tabqa dam-Syria’s largest-could lead to massive flooding, and a source who works with the dam’s technicians said they had fled the structure as fighting drew near in recent days.“Tomorrow (Thursday), the teams will assess the dam and the level of damage caused by the clashes,” the source told AFP.‘Immediately’ reverse decisionWarplanes from the US-led coalition have pounded Tabqa and nearby IS positions for weeks as part of the SDF’s flagship offensive for Raqa.The YPG said the US’s “historic” decision to begin providing it with weapons and other equipment would speed up its assault on IS positions.Spokesman Redur Xelil said the move was “somewhat late”, but would still “provide a strong impetus” to forces fighting IS.But this sparked ire from Turkey, which regards the YPG as the Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which since 1984 has waged an insurgency inside Turkey, leaving tens of thousands dead.“I hope very much that this mistake will be reversed immediately,” said Erdogan.“I will personally express our worries in a detailed way when we talk with President Trump on May 16,” he added, saying NATO’s Brussels summit on May 25 would also tackle the issue.In a surprise announcement, the Pentagon said Trump had authorised the arming of the SDF’s Kurds “to ensure a clear victory over ISIS in Raqa”.Until Tuesday, official US policy was to supply weapons only to the Arab components of the SDF-never to its Kurds.A first consignment of weapons is already in place for delivery and could be dispatched to the Kurds “very quickly,” said US Colonel John Dorrian, a military spokesman for the US-led coalition.The dispute over arming Syria’s Kurds poisoned ties between the two NATO allies under the administration of former president Barack Obama but Ankara had hoped for smoother ties under Trump.Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said it was “out of the question” for Turkey to accept any direct or indirect help for the PKK.“The United States and Turkey are two major partners in NATO. We don’t believe America would choose a terror group over our strategic relations,” he said.‘Only different names’Pentagon chief Jim Mattis sought to allay Turkish concerns, saying the US would “work out any concerns” with Turkey over security on its Syrian border.It remains to be seen what shadow the issue will cast over upcoming talks between Trump and Erdogan, touted as chance to forge a new partnership between the two sides.While the government expressed predictable anger, the deputy head of the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Ozturk Yilmaz said it should go even further by postponing Erdogan’s visit to the US.A high-level Turkish delegation including Chief of Staff General Hulusi Akar, presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin and spy chief Hakan Fidan had been in the US laying the groundwork for the meeting.According to the New York Times, the delegation was informed of the decision to arm the YPG by Trump’s national security adviser H.R. McMaster.Turkish media said the three met McMaster at the White House on Monday but gave no details over the content of the talks.Both Washington and Brussels classify the PKK as a terror group but do not regard the YPG as such.But Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the two were one and the same.“YPG and PKK are both terror groups, there is no difference at all between them. They only have different names,” he said.Turkey has said it is keen to join the battle for Raqa on condition the offensive excludes the YPG, which Ankara has targeted with air strikes and artillery.Last month, Erdogan said if Turkey and the US joined forces, they could turn Raqa into a “graveyard” for jihadists.Meanwhile, Trump received Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the White House on Wednesday and called on Moscow to reign in its ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.last_img read more

September 3, 2019

Malibagh kitchen market catches fire

first_imgFire breaks out at Malibagh kitchen market in Dhaka on 18 April. Photo: Abdus SalamA kitchen market caught fire in Malibagh, Dhaka early Thursday, reports UNB.Two people watch as around 50 shops at Malibagh kitchen market gutted in fire on 18 April. Photo: Abdus SalamThe fire originated in a shop of Malibagh Kitchen Market around 5:27am, UNB quoted Mahfuz Riven, duty officer at the Fire Service and Civil Defence central control room, as saying.Fire service men work to douse the blasé. Photo: Abdus SalamOn information, 12 firefighting units rushed in and brought the blaze under control around 6:35am, he added.Local people and the market’s traders join with firefighters in dousing the fire. Photo: Abdus SalamWhat actually caused the fire is still not clear, Mahfuz said, adding that there was no casualty in the fire.last_img read more

September 2, 2019

New Facility For Houston Harris County Will Make Inmate Processing More Efficient

first_imgHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner via TwitterHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner (first from right) addresses the attendees of the ribbon cutting event for the Houston-Harris County Joint Processing Center on January 31, 2019.The City of Houston’s and Harris County’s new Joint Processing Center (JPC) will start processing inmates this Saturday, February 2, making that part of the law enforcement and legal process more efficient.The 246,000-square-foot facility is located at 700 N. San Jacinto Street and will eliminate the redundant practice of people arrested by the Houston Police Department having to first be booked into a city jail and then transferred to the Harris County Jail for re-booking.Inmate processing activities that now take place at four different facilities –two city jails and two county buildings– will all take place at the JPC, which has 552 short-term inmate beds.At  ribbon cutting event held Thursday, Houston mayor Sylvester Turner noted that the new facility will allow HPD officers to more quickly hand off the people they arrest to jail staff and return to active duty.“When we need more police officers, you know, on the street, this will help to get them back on the street so they can do, handle, what they need to do best,” said Turner.The mayor also said “the people want us to operate in a much more efficient fashion where we can eliminate duplication between the city and the county” and the JPC will serve that purpose.The JPC will house a number of offices, all working together to expedite the administration of justice in an efficient way that lowers the cost to taxpayers.Also housed within the new 3-story building are diversion, re-entry and outreach offices, and a medical intake clinic. Municipal court and county court proceeding will also be conducted inside the building. Sharelast_img read more

August 29, 2019

NoScript 1012 update fixes major issues

first_imgNoScript 10.1.2 update fixes major issues by Martin Brinkmann on November 23, 2017 in Firefox – 34 commentsThe first WebExtensions version of NoScript arrived Sunday night, five days after the release of Firefox 57, the first WebExtensions exclusive version of the web browser.The initial reception was not the greatest, with users criticizing the new user interface of the extension, and the lack of functionality.While NoScript 10.x supports the blocking of connections, some features did not make it in the initial WebExtensions release because of missing APIs.The new version of NoScript had some issues as well. It did not work in private browsing mode for instance, and nice to have features such as the options to temporarily allow all on the page were not available either.Giorgio Maone released an update yesterday that addresses several of these issues. The update is already available on Mozilla AMO, and updates should be pushed out to user systems today. You can download and install the update from Mozilla AMO directly if you want to have it right away.The new version of NoScript, NoScript 10.1.2 comes with several improvements and fixes.The interface of the extension features two new buttons when you open it. One allows all connections temporarily on the active page, the other revokes these temporary permissions again.  This was a much requested feature, and it is finally available again.If you used the previous version, you will notice that the display of connections has changed as well. NoScript 10.x shows base domains only in the connection dialog in order to “simplify things”.You only get the base domain, e.g. google.com and not subdomains listed there by default. This gives users less control in the UI, as it is now no longer possible to allow a subdomain in the UI.Giorgio notes that you can still do so in the options, but that is hardly sufficient in my opinion. While the simplification may make it easier for inexperienced users, Giorgio should consider adding a preference to NoScript to restore the full frontend listing.The new version of NoScript fixes several issues of the first WebExtensions release. NoScript 10.x will run in private browsing mode now for instance, and the user interface is usable in high contrast mode as well.Other fixes include making sure that requests of other WebExtensions are not blocked, and that live bookmarks feeds are not blocked.Last but not least, Giorgio fixed an issue which caused custom preset permissions affecting default permissions sometimes.Closing WordsIt is clear that NoScript 10.x is a work in progress, and that it will take time before the WebExtensions version of the add-on will match most of the functionality of the legacy add-on version.The new version suffers from design decisions as well, for instance how the interface looks like and what options users get when they click on the NoScript icon.SummaryArticle NameNoScript 10.1.2 update fixes major issuesDescriptionGiorgio Maone released NoScript 10.1.2, a new version of the WebExtensions version of the Firefox add-on that fixes issues and adds features.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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August 27, 2019

first_imgNews | October 28, 2011 DR Systems to Showcase Improved eMix Platform at RSNA News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more A nurse examines a patient in the Emergency Department of Cincinnati Children’s, where researchers successfully tested artificial intelligence-based technology to improve patient recruitment for clinical trials. Researchers report test results in the journal JMIR Medical Informatics. Image courtesy of Cincinnati Children’s. News | Artificial Intelligence | July 31, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Solution Improves Clinical Trial Recruitment Clinical trials are a critical tool for getting new treatments to people who need them, but research shows that… read more read more October 28, 2011 — The benefits of using a cloud-based service to share medical imaging studies and reports will be the focus of a presentation at RSNA 2011. The talk by Mark D. Kovacs, M.D. and Michael A. Trambert, M.D. reviews experience with eMix, the cloud-based medical data-sharing service.eMix will also be exhibited at the conference, along with two new features that greatly expand its capabilities.In their presentation, Kovacs and Trambert will describe the technical barriers to sharing patient data between healthcare providers with different, proprietary information technology systems. They will also note the problems associated with the workaround solutions developed to overcome those barriers. These solutions include faxing, burning images to CDs, and sending files via virtual private networks.The inadequacy of these solutions leads to patients being subjected to redundant imaging studies 10-20 percent of the time, in turn exposing them to excess radiation and adding billions of dollars to national healthcare costs.The presenters will then demonstrate how cloud-based services have addressed the issue by providing data-sharing that is low-cost, secure, near instantaneous, and vender-neutral.”Cloud-based information-sharing is a major development in medicine that has received far too little attention,” said Trambert. “Until eMix was launched a couple of years ago, we had few good options if radiology files at one location needed to be read quickly at a distant location. Thanks to the early adopters of the cloud services, emergency patients are already receiving much faster diagnosis and treatment, with far wider adoption of this technology to come.”Trambert is the lead radiologist for PACS reengineering for the Cottage Health System and Sansum Clinic in Santa Barbara, Calif.  Kovacs is a radiology department resident at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.Their presentation will take place during the 3-4 p.m. time period on Tuesday, Nov. 29 in Room S402 in the South Building, Level 4.The new eMix features on display at the conference include 1) the Zero Footprint Viewer, which enables users to do a full clinical review of the images on computers or mobile devices, and 2) EMRconnect, which enables medical facilities to auto-send medical reports electronically, in multiple file formats. These reports can then be automatically harvested into the receiving electronic medical record (EMR).The Zero Footprint Viewer makes it possible for physicians to clinically review imaging files on Internet-connected devices anywhere in the world; moving the files onto a PACS or other third-party application is not required.The RSNA conference marks the first time that the EMRconnect feature will be generally available to the medical marketplace. It is currently in beta trials since it was first announced in April. The Zero Footprint Viewer is anticipated for beta release in the fourth quarter of 2011 with general availability in the first quarter of 2012.With EMRconnect, eMix report recipients can designate their preferred report delivery formats, including HL7 (Health Level 7), CDA (Clinical Document Architecture), CCR (Continuity of Care Record), TXT (Text), PDF (Portable Document Format) and RTF (Rich Text Format) — any of which can be imported into a physician’s EMR.The expansion of the eMix platform into the HL7 domain enables delivery of structured or encoded patient exam information into other healthcare IT systems. This allows for more standardization and flexibility in the sharing and processing of healthcare information among disparate IT systems and institutions.DR Systems will be demonstrating the new eMix features at Booth #2822 in the South Building, Hall A. RSNA 2011 will be held Nov. 27 – Dec. 2 at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago.  DR Systems will also be demonstrating its Meaningful Use (MU) Imaging EHR at its booth. The MU Imaging EHR (electronic healthcare record) is designed to qualify radiologists for the maximum federal incentive payments available for meaningful use compliance, supporting the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) goals for improved and efficient patient care.For more information: www.drsys.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Clinical Decision Support | July 18, 2019 Johns Hopkins Named Qualified Provider-led Entity to Develop Criteria for Diagnostic Imaging On June 30, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Johns Hopkins University School… read more News | Radiology Business | June 11, 2019 The Current Direction of Healthcare Reform Explained by CMS Administrator Seema Verma June 11, 2019 — Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma addressed the American Med read more News | Information Technology | June 25, 2019 Barco Launches Smart Solution for Remote Radiology Reading Barco’s new remote radiology reading solution ensures dependable imaging when radiologists are working outside the ho read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 29, 2019 New AI Tool Identifies Cancer Outcomes Using Radiology Reports Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have demonstrated that an artificial intelligence (AI) tool can perform as… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | PACS Accessories | June 13, 2019 M*Modal and Community Health Network Partner on AI-powered Clinical Documentation M*Modal announced that the company and Community Health Network (CHNw) are collaborating to transform the patient-… read more Podcast | Information Technology | June 26, 2019 PODCAST: Why Blockchain Matters In Medical Imaging The technology has some hurdles ahead of it. 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