Ontarios highest court sets 15day cap on solitary confinement

first_imgTORONTO — Ontario’s top court says inmates cannot be placed in solitary confinement for more than 15 days, saying anything longer than that amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.In a ruling released today, the Court of Appeal for Ontario says prolonged administrative segregation causes foreseeable and possibly permanent harm that cannot be detected through monitoring until it has already occurred.The three-judge appeal panel says legislative safeguards are inadequate to avoid the risk of harm to inmates.It rejected, however, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association’s argument that the practice should be banned entirely for inmates between 18 and 21, those with mental illness, or those in segregation for their own protection.The association had challenged a lower court ruling that found the existing law on solitary confinement unconstitutional because the system lacks proper safeguards. That ruling also found that the harms of severe isolation could be mitigated by appropriate monitoring.The federal government, meanwhile, noted a provision in the law requires that an inmate’s health be taken into consideration when it comes to segregation.The Correctional Service of Canada did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

TVOh Canada Celebrating 150 years of Ontarios and Canadas stories

first_imgiTunesGoogle PlayBlackBerry WorldBell Mobile TV Advertisement Online:tvo.orgtvokids.com ilc.org TVO’s groundbreaking documentaries provide intelligent, in-depth exploration of issues that affect us – they lead us to challenge our assumptions, answer our questions, and pose new ones. In support of documentary filmmaking, TVO also invites audiences to celebrate what Ontario means to them with the seventh edition of its Short Doc Contest. The contest challenges aspiring documentary filmmakers to create a documentary by interpreting this year’s theme, ‘Celebrate Ontario 150’ with untold stories –inspired by a special place in the province, noteworthy Ontarians, Ontario innovations or Ontario values.  All submissions will be screened by leaders in Ontario’s documentary filmmaking community. This year’s People’s Choice Award will be selected by the voting public and the jury will pick the top three winners. All winning films will air on TVO. Contest details are available on tvo.org/shortdoc.TVOKids will premiere content that helps children explore Canada’s 150th through our geography, history, and cultural diversity. Young learners can enjoy programs like: Canada Crew, a series that teaches kids about the people, places, and locations across the nation; Raven’s Quest which takes school-aged kids on a journey through Indigenous culture with stories told by Aboriginal children; and The Mystery Files a program that helps kids grasp Canada’s past – from the roots of the Vikings to the origins of Lacrosse, Hockey, and Basketball. Kids can enjoy these series on-air, and online on tvokids.com, throughout the summer, as part of TVOKids’ Summer of Canada.TVO’s Canada/Ontario150 programming includes: Adult Content The Lay of the LandWorld Premiere Fall 2017TVO CommissionAward-winning filmmaker Alan Zweig takes his singular, probing style to Nunavut for The Lay of the Land, an examination of the attitudes many Canadians hold towards First Nations. With Inuk heavy-metal rocker Lucie Idlout as his guide, Alan hopes to defeat his own skepticism and gain some insights into this complex and often misunderstood issue.My First 150 DaysBloor Hot Docs Screening EventMy First 150 Days, a film which chronicles a Filipino family’s reunion through immigration to Canada, makes its world premiere at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 6:30 pm. The screening is followed by a panel discussion with the cast and crew and will be hosted by The Agenda in the Summer host, Nam Kiwanuka. Tickets for the event are $10 and will be available on hotdocscinema.ca.My First 150 DaysBroadcast Premiere Spring 2017TVO CommissionThe first few months in a new country can be difficult when you’re learning a new culture, language, and setting down roots in an unfamiliar place. When she left her rural village in the Philippines for Canada nearly a decade ago, Melona felt the growing pains of immigration. Now, she is sponsoring her 26-year old daughter, 24-year old son, 14-year old daughter and the grandson of her eldest daughter to come to Canada. My First 150 Days follows the family’s first 150 days in Ontario together, capturing their emotional journey of starting fresh in a new land.Village of DreamsWorld Premiere Summer 2017TVO CommissionVillage of Dreams explores Canadian identity through the microcosm of the diverse Toronto business community known as Gerrard India Bazaar or “Little India.” Established by South Asian immigrants over 40-years ago, Little India grew to be one of the largest South Asian marketplaces in North America. A vibrant and colourful community, the film explores how it has evolved over the years, with new waves of neighbours settling in and questions from second-generation children starting to surface. An accompanying website, villageofdreams.ca, features a series of short documentaries that dives into the issues and themes of the Gerrard India Bazaar.The 150 Doc ProjectWorld Premiere Fall 2017TVO CommissionThe 150 Doc Project follows a family of 28 Syrian refugees who are the first of their kin to step foot on Canadian soil, privately sponsored by an eccentric lesbian couple in Prince Edward County, Ontario. The project includes a half-hour short film which follows the three teenage brothers as they try to adjust to their new lives while the scars of war, interlaced with the universal teenage angst of puberty, sexuality, a sense of belonging and identity. A one-hour documentary focuses on the lives the women of the family and their relationship to the community, and a dedicated website features video clips highlighting the women, sponsors, and other members of the community, a family tree, and video diaries from the family.RE: Main StreetWorld Premiere Spring 2017TVO CommissionRE: Main Street visits big cities and small towns across Ontario gathering and recording stories from the country’s various ‘Main Streets’. Travelling across the country in a ‘storymobile’ – a portable audio recording studio inside a teardrop trailer – the filmmakers interview community leaders, business owners, and residents to see what makes each Ontario town unique, as well as common. A series of 10 short films, each episode features a new location mixing archival photos with animation and interviews to tell each town’s story.Latkes, Ladoos and LaughsWorld Premiere Fall 2017TVO CommissionLatkes, Ladoos and Laughs looks at contemporary Canadian culture and identity through the eyes of a group of edgy Canadian comedians from diverse cultural backgrounds. The comedians bring to light insights into their individual cultures, families, and identities, using comedy to entertain audiences and give voice to their personal struggles. The comedians traverse the boundaries of political correctness and boldly explore provocative issues like terrorism, racism, politics, and sexuality to examine the complicated world that we live in.Family CameraWorld Premiere Fall 2017TVO CommissionThe family photo is one of the most universal pieces of imagery in the world, and yet, until very recently, its value as a historical and anthropological reflection of society has been left unrecognized. Family Camera analyzes how the identity of family in Canada has been captured and influenced by evolving photo technology, historical events, and social milestones. Examining photography through the ages, Family Camera looks at some of the first photos taken in Southern Ontario in the 1840s to today’s Instagram images. On a companion website, users can view photos of Canada throughout the decades, learning about the technology behind them and sharing them on social media.The Agenda with Steve PaikinMonday to Friday 8 pm and 11 pmEpisodes starting in April 2017TVO’s flagship current affairs program, The Agenda with Steve Paikin, will turn its unique in-depth Ontario-perspective to Ontario’s anniversary, with episodes covering themes including: ‘What did Ontario bring to Confederation?’, ‘150 years of Ontario and its Aboriginal peoples’, and ‘Ontario firsts over 150 years’.Kids’ ContentCanada CrewWorld Premiere Summer 2017TVOKids CommissionThree puppet characters: a moose named Mo, a beaver named Bebe, and a goose named Gavin, take preschool audiences on a playful cross-country tour. The three introduce kids to the iconic people, cultures and geography, and sports and festivals which are unique to Canada. Kids can get hands-on with an accompanying website, using an interactive map of Canada to see where mountains, rivers, and major cities are located.Raven’s QuestWorld Premiere Fall 2017TVOKids CommissionRaven’s Quest features first-person stories told by Indigenous children across the country. Geared towards school-aged kids, the series travels to the lush landscape of British Columbia to visit a Haida girl who demonstrates how to make a mini totem pole. In Nunavik, an Inuit boy explains the importance of the Inukshuk, and back in Eastern Canada a Mohawk boy on the Akwesasne reserve shares the origins of his favourite sport, Lacrosse. Kids can learn more about Aboriginal culture with an online game that takes them on a quest, unlocking and collecting precious treasures along the way.The Mystery FilesSeason 2 premieres Summer 2017TVOKids CommissionThe Mystery Files encourages kids in Grades 2-4 to delve into big ideas to find out why the world exists like it does. In Season 2, Kyla and E.B. dive into Canadian history, learning about the Vikings – the first Europeans to visit Canada – past incidents including, The Residential School System and the Komagata Maru, and the local roots of Lacrosse, Hockey and Basketball. An online game, Mystery Files HQ, allows players to act as agents along with E.B. and Kyla, and look for clues to solve mysteries about Canadian history.Kid DinerWorld Premiere Summer 2017TVOKids CommissionGeared towards school-aged kids, hosts Aynalem and Xander cook with chefs in eateries across the country, from fine dining to street vendors, demonstrating different cooking styles, ingredients, and what it takes to create an amazing meal. Kids can learn more about where local food is grown, caught, and raised, as well as its nutritional value, on a complementary website.Giver 150World Premiere Summer 2017TVOKids CommissionEncouraging children to roll up their sleeves and get involved in the community, Giver returns for a fourth season to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Designed for school-aged learners, Giver 150 brings kids together from across the country to build playgrounds, including the biggest park in the nation’s capital, and learn about Canadian history along the way. In an online scavenger hunt game, kids can unlock each province in a map of the country, learning about Canadian culture and unique elements from each province and territory.About TVOAs the technological extension of Ontario’s public education system, TVO’s vision is to create a better world through the power of learning. TVO provides learning opportunities for Ontarians through innovative educational products, in-depth current affairs, groundbreaking documentaries, and award-winning TVOKids resources both inside and outside the classroom. TVO is funded primarily by the Province of Ontario and is a registered charity supported by sponsors and thousands of donors. For more information, visit tvo.org.Where to find TVO On air: Cable ch. 2 (may vary in some areas)Rogers channel 2Bell Fibe TV HD 1209Bell Fibe TV SD 209Bell TV 265Shaw Direct HD 39Shaw Direct SD 353 Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Starting this year, TVO celebrates Ontario’s and Canada’s 150th anniversary with educational content designed to engage Ontarians in a discussion about what it means to be an Ontarian and a Canadian. TVO’s multiplatform celebration includes stories and themes related to the immigrant experience, Aboriginal roots, contemporary Canadian identity, and Ontario’s contribution to Confederation and to the world. Throughout 2017, sesquicentennial content will be marked with a special TVO-designed tribute logo for Canada/Ontario150.“TVO is uniquely positioned to engage Ontarians in a discussion about what it means to be Canadian,” said Lisa de Wilde, Chief Executive Officer of TVO. “As the digital public space for Ontario-perspective in-depth current affairs and the province’s partner for digital learning, TVO has a history of providing content that both informs and enlightens Ontarians on the big issues of the day. There is no better occasion than Canada’s special anniversary for Ontarians to engage in a province-wide dialogue about the issues, perspectives, and stories that matter most to our national identity in the present, and in the next 150 years.”TVO’s flagship Ontario-perspective in-depth current affairs program, The Agenda with Steve Paikin, explores 150 years of Ontario and its Aboriginal peoples, Ontario’s firsts over the last 150 years, and Ontario’s contribution to Confederation. Adults can also enjoy related Canadian and Ontario-focused documentaries on-air, and online on tvo.org, including: The Lay of the Land, a documentary that attempts to understand the challenges of living in Nunavut following colonialism; My First 150 Days a film that premieres at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema and chronicles a Filipino family’s reunion through immigration to Canada; and Village of Dreams which explores Canadian identity through the microcosm of Toronto’s culturally-diverse business community, “Little India.” Login/Register With: Facebook FacebookTwitterYouTubelast_img read more

Toronto DJ aims to diversify EDM scene with Intersessions workshop

first_imgAdvertisement The three-hour sessions cover everything from plugging in the equipment to self-promotion to coping with sexism. Though she says the scene is getting more diverse, and women are at the top of some Toronto genres, there is always room for more diversity and more voices. Then there’s the colleagues who have told her about being sexually harassed at work, and the dominance of straight, white men on festival line-ups. “You have to work triple as hard, and be triple as good to get to not even the same position as a white guy doing the bare minimum,” she said.Nanda is taking the workshops across Canada in May and June, with stops in Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton and St. John’s. In a TED Talk entitled Women, STEM and EDM Dani Deahl said 91 per cent of electronic dance music is produced by men. And the Chicago Tribune reported last summer’s festival line-ups in that city included fewer than 10 per cent women DJs and producers. Facing that male-dominated industry, Nanda sought strength in numbers. Together with Rhi Blossom, she launched Intersessions, a free DJ workshop for women and LGBTQ folks aimed at diversifying the scene. Login/Register With: Volunteer teachers run monthly sessions in Vancouver, New York, L.A., and Toronto, where Nanda moved last summer. Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “It’s a lot of talk right now, and I don’t think it’s showing up as much in action,” Nanda said. “But it’s cool that there is a lot more conversation around it.” “Just condescending little s— that gets to you and breaks you down,” said the 25-year-old. “It makes you not want to go out and play.” Twitter When Chhavi Nanda shows up for gigs as DJ CHIPPY nonstop accompanied by her manager, a white man, and is asked backstage if she’s there to support her boyfriend — it pisses her off. The artist generally doesn’t need to know how to set-up the gear, she said, but when you are underestimated at every turn, building up more knowledge is like armour. Intersessions monthly DJ school runs this Sunday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the eOne Building (134 Peter St.) on the 5th Floor. The workshop is free, but participants should RSVP at Facebook.com/intersessionsinfo.By: Sarah-Joyce Battersbylast_img read more

Ban Joint Special Representative meet on ending suffering in Syria

Both expressed deep disappointment at the appalling levels of killing and destruction carried out by both the Government and the opposition, fuelled by outside powers providing weaponry to both sides, according to information from Mr. Ban’s spokesperson. They also expressed their concern over the lack of a unified international posture that could lead to a political transition as agreed at Geneva last June and put an end to the desperate suffering of the Syrian people.More than 60,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in Syria and hundreds of thousands more have been displaced since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in early 2011. Recent months have witnessed an escalation in the conflict, which is now in its 23rd month and has left more than 2.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.Today’s discussions, at which senior UN officials were present, covered the diplomatic track, the security and human rights situation, and the forthcoming humanitarian pledging conference in Kuwait. Also discussed were the positions of many of the key players inside Syria, the region, and the international community, the spokesperson said. Meanwhile in Syria today, according to the spokesperson, a team from seven United Nations humanitarian agencies, led by John Ging, Operations Director of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), expressed shock over what they saw in the cities of Homs and Talbiseh, the latter of which has been battered by more than twenty months of violence. The visit of the delegation, which is in Syria to assess humanitarian needs and identify ways to increase aid access, was coordinated with both the Government and the opposition. The delegation met with people in dire need of food, healthcare and access to clean water, including children who urgently need psychosocial support and access to school. Mr. Ging said he was “encouraged that the delegation was able to cross the conflict lines, which demonstrates that, where there is political will, there is a way to ensure that international humanitarian law and humanitarian principles are upheld, even during such intense conflict.” However, he also emphasized that “the humanitarian needs are enormous” and that we must find ways to immediately increase the scale of operations, the spokesman said. read more

Automotive industry comes together to discuss UK innovation

The UK is a hotbed for automotive innovation with vehicle manufacturers, suppliers and academics working to design, engineer and manufacture ever cleaner, safer and more technologically advanced vehicles.At next month’s SMMT International Automotive Summit, supported by Motorexpo, a ‘Technology stream’ will explore the prospects for these developments with an expert panel of speakers contributing to: UK as a Centre for Automotive Innovation – this stream is sponsored by KPMG.Commenting on the importance of debate around UK automotive innovation, John Leech, Automotive Partner, KPMG LLP said, “The UK automotive sector is changing like never before. Rapid emerging market demand contrasts with huge pressures from the Eurozone. Legislation and public opinion is driving a low carbon agenda but connected vehicles and interlinked mobility are of rising importance. The UK supply chain needs to innovate and skills, investment and the commercialisation of research and development are urgent themes for debate.”Held at Clifford Chance, Canary Wharf, on 13 June the Technology stream will feature contributions from nine experts representing a broad spectrum of the industry. From engineering chiefs at major vehicle manufacturers to experts at the cutting edge of innovation. Speakers include:Suzanne Gray, General Manager, BMW i, BMW Group UKToby Peters, CEO, Dearman Engineering CompanyGraham Hoare, Executive Director for Powertrain Engineering, Ford of EuropeDr Graham Cooley, CEO, ITM PowerDr Graeme Smith, Chief Engineer, Electronics and Control Systems, Ricardo UKKen Gibson, Editor, Motors, The SunToscan Bennett, Vice President Product Planning, Volvo CarProfessor Dr Wolfgang Steiger, Director of Future Technologies, VW GroupTim Woolmer, CTO, YASA MotorsFor more information and to book tickets, go to www.smmt.co.uk/events/summit/To discuss advertising, exhibition and sponsorship opportunities, please contact 0808 178 8818 or summit@smmt.co.uk. The event will be held alongside the Canary Wharf Motorexpo, which runs from 10-16 June. To find out more about this year’s Summit, click here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Travel warnings issued ferries cancelled as vigorous storm set to pass overnight

first_imgThe RSA is urging drivers to be on the lookout for fallen debris on the roads, and for other vehicles swerving to avoid obstructions.Here’s the other main points of advice from the authority:Notify the Gardaí about fallen debris on the roadway. NEVER stop on a motorway to remove debris.Control of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds. High sided vehicles, motorcyclists and cyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds.Use your dipped headlights so that others will see you. Make sure your headlights and taillights are all in working order, replace broken bulbs.Watch out for ‘black ice’, especially in sheltered/shaded areas on roads, under trees and adjacent to high walls. Updated at 10.46pmTHE ROAD SAFETY Authority is advising drivers to proceed with extreme care tonight, following Met Éireann’s have issued a preliminary warning that a vigorous Atlantic storm depression is forecast to pass just northwest of the country overnight.The weather service has issued an ‘orange alert’ — taking effect from 9pm this evening, and concluding at 6pm tomorrow. While exact track of the storm is still not certain, the system is likely to bring some strong winds — there’s warnings of gusts of up to 130km, with the winds strongest in coastal counties.Here’s the outlook for tonight, according the latest update from Met Éireann:Winds will increase further tonight and it will turn cold. Showers will become increasingly wintry with falls of hail, sleet or snow, possibly giving icy conditions on some roads.Lowest temperatures of -1 to +2 degrees. Southwest winds will increase strong to gale force overnight with storm force winds on west coasts. FerriesSeveral ferry crossings were cancelled today as a result of the weather. Irish Ferries has also taken the precautionary step of cancelling sailings of the ‘Swift’ service tomorrow, Christmas Eve. All passengers are being accommodated on the larger ‘Cruise’ vessel. Sailings between Rosslare and Pembroke for tomorrow are also off.Stena Line has cancelled its 2.15am and 8.20am sailings from Dublin Port. The company’s warning that later sailings tomorrow may also be subject to delays. Sailings from Rosslare to Fishguard for tomorrow have also been cancelled.There are no reports of any serious flight cancellations or delays.OutlookThe windy weather is set to continue into tomorrow morning, with further showers of rain and sleet forecast, turning to snow on higher ground. Christmas Day is set to be cold and bright, with some weak winter sunshine.According to Met Éireann, there’s indications that the stormy conditions will return by Friday, with more widespread heavy rain and spot flooding on the cards.Additional reporting, Daragh BrophyOriginally posted at 7.40amRead: White Christmas? Snow reported in parts of Ireland today>Read: About 9,500 homes lost power as wild weather wreaks havoc on Christmas plans>last_img read more

Amazons Prime Instant Video settop box sounds like a winner

first_imgWith so many companies failing to deliver a great television companion box, it looks like Amazon plans to toss their hat in the ring and see how they do.Let’s face it, the set-top box landscape is littered with the burned out husks of failed attempts to deliver an experience that captures a large audience. From Internet-enabled televisions and Blu-ray players to Google TV and Apple TV, it seems like the only company to have really made any traction since the beginning has been Roku. Everyone seems too interested in ecosystem lock in to provide a service that everyone actually wants to use. Amazon thinks they can do the same, only their services may be good enough for it to actually work.Amazon’s content delivery service now includes all of the parts needed to create a great companion device. Instant Video is tested and proven to be popular, and Prime users can absorb as much of that content as they like for free. Whispersync allows users to move from device to device without losing their place, and you can buy new content either the day it is available in stores or even earlier in some cases. Right now, the Amazon video experience exists as an accessory to other devices that fail to deliver a complete experience, and an Amazon made box can fix that.There’s a couple of directions Amazon could take this. They could make an inexpensive streaming box with Kindle Fire HD style access to their video and audio services and call it a day. That would do reasonably well, especially if sold for under $100 on Amazon such that it arrives pre-loaded with your account information. Amazon could easily take this one step further, however, and release a box with access to the web and to the Amazon GameCircle service. Adding the Amazon AppStore in the right way would create a powerful box that brings all of Amazon’s digital content together, and offers it up in a single package.There’s plenty of questions yet to be answered with this rumor, but it’s one worth getting excited over. If you’re already an Amazon Prime subscriber that takes advantage of the video services, this is a perfect addition to your entertainment center. An Amazon controlled set-top box seems like the best direction for the company to head in now, especially if they can get pricing and performance to beat out the competition.Now Read – Netflix vs. Amazon Instant Video: Who streams supreme?last_img read more

Piratage les Anonymous sattaquent à la cyberpolice italienne

first_imgPiratage : les Anonymous s’attaquent à la cyberpolice italienneQuelques jours après s’être attaqués à l’Otan, les hackers de LulzSec et Anonymous, réunis au sein du groupe AntiSec, se targuent sur leur blog d’avoir piraté le site de la cyberpolice italienne, et d’avoir volé plus de 8 gigaoctets de documents secrets.Dans un communiqué publié sur leur blog italien (lien non disponible), les pirates du mouvement “hacktiviste” AntiSec se félicitent d’avoir piraté le site de la cyberpolice italienne (CNAIPIC), une organisation “corrompue” assurent les pirates. Lors de cette attaque baptisée “Operation Italy”, les hackers auraient dérobé plus de 8 gigaoctets d’informations classées. À lire aussiLe Vésuve, ce redoutable volcan dont l’éruption a détruit PompéiLe groupe de pirates, qui affirme avoir mis la main sur une véritable “boîte de Pandore”, annonce alors son intention de “révéler quelques-uns des rapports les plus importants et les plus secrets des forces de la police informatique sur leurs pratiques illégales et immorales”. Des documents qui seront relayés par toute la communauté LulzSec & Anonymous, promettent les hackers dans leur communiqué. Pour l’heure, l’organisation publie une capture écran sur laquelle apparaît une longue liste de dossiers, “la première d’une série qui devrait fournir les preuves d’abus commis par le CNAIPIC sur le territoire européen” affirment les pirates. Les services financiers autrichiens également attaqués AntiSec, qui a récemment mené une attaque contre l’OTAN (voir notre article), a en outre organisé une autre campagne de piratage, visant cette fois des services financiers autrichiens, et notamment le site de l’organisme collectant la redevance audiovisuelle (GIS). Dans un communiqué cité par ITespresso, le GIS dit avoir “déjà commencé à informer les clients concernés et leur conseille de vérifier les mouvements sur leur compte bancaire”. Alors que les Anonymous se seraient emparés des données bancaires de 96.000 contribuables, le Service fédéral de protection de la Constitution et de lutte contre le terrorisme a annoncé son intention de porter plainte. Le 26 juillet 2011 à 16:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Skype sempare de GroupMe spécialiste de la messagerie mobile

first_imgSkype s’empare de GroupMe, spécialiste de la messagerie mobileLe fournisseur de services de VoIP, Skype a annoncé être parvenu à un accord définitif sur le rachat de la start-up GroupMe, fondée en 2010 et spécialisée dans la messagerie mobile.A l’instar de Facebook ou Google, Skype souhaite développer un service de messagerie mobile. Le groupe, toujours en cours d’acquisition par Microsoft pour 8,5 milliards de dollars, a ainsi annoncé le rachat de la start-up GroupMe, créé en 2010 et justement spécialisée dans ce secteur relaye Génération NT. Néanmoins, son prix d’achat n’a pas été communiqué mais devrait, selon The Wall Street Journal, se situer aux alentours de 80 millions de dollars.À lire aussiSkype arrive sur Windows Phone 7Malgré le rachat, GroupMe, qui propose une technologie permettant d’échanger des messages au sein d’un groupe ciblé d’amis ou de contacts et fonctionnant indépendamment de la plate-forme mobile, continuera dans un premier temps à exister de façon distincte à Skype. Ce n’est qu’ensuite qu’il intègrera complètement le service de VoIP. Cette acquisition correspond vraisemblablement à la volonté de Microsoft d’ajouter une nouvelle fonctionnalité à sa plate-forme Windows Phone pour pouvoir concurrencer les services d’autres OS mobiles comme iOS (iOS 5 prévoit un système de messagerie global entre utilisateurs iOS), Android ou Blackberry OS (Blackberry Messenger).Le 22 août 2011 à 18:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

iHome présente un clavier sonore pour iPad

first_imgiHome présente un clavier sonore pour iPadLe fabricant iHome présentera lors du CES 2012 un clavier sonore destiné à un usage sédentaire de l’iPad. Le fabricant d’accessoires et de docks pour les produits Apple, iHome, présentera lors du CES 2012 un clavier original pour iPad. Celui-ci est capable de reproduire le toucher du traditionnel clavier Apple et possède une connection Bluetooth.Le iDM5 possèdera un confort d’utilisation et une qualité de fabrication soignées selon le site Electronista. Le clavier est muni d’un capot qui permet d’accueillir la tablette d’Apple. Finalement, ceux qui ne s’habituent pas à entrer des données en tapotant sur du verre et sur un clavier virtuel pourraient retrouver leurs habitudes avec ce clavier physique. Ce dernier est équipé d’un système sonore, au rendu honorable, c’est à dire digne des petites stations d’accueil. Et enfin, le iDM5 possède un micro de meilleure qualité et plus sensible que celui équipant l’iPad. Ce qui lui assure un véritable atout pour rapport à un clavier “classique”, suivant l’utilisation que l’on souhaite en faire bien entendu. Ce clavier sonore pourrait être vendu dans les prochaines semaines mais le fabricant n’a pas avancé de date de commercialisation. Le 10 janvier 2012 à 12:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Washington State University runs 13M deficit last year

first_imgSPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Washington State University athletic department ran a $13 million deficit at the end of 2014.Spending rose to nearly $60 million, about $10 million more than in 2013.Athletic Director Bill Moos tells The Spokesman-Review the spending included buying out the contract of former basketball coach Ken Bone and hiring a new coach. The department also added $1 million to the budget for football coaches and paid bonuses to the coaches after the Cougars made their first bowl game appearance in a decade.Moos says the WSU athletic department expects to be solvent by 2019.last_img

Spinal Tap Royalties Battle Continues Amended Complaint Filed

first_imgNews Email The co-creators of the cult-classic rock parody film continue their efforts to collect allegedly unpaid royalties from Vivendi and Universal MusicBrian HaackGRAMMYs Oct 20, 2017 – 5:56 pm A new chapter has been written in the ongoing case of the lawsuit filed by This Is Spinal Tap’s co-creators against Vivendi for alleged underpayment of royalties and merchandising profits from the satirical 1984 cult-classic rockumentary.Harry Shearer, Michael McKean and Rob Reiner, the film’s co-creators and the plaintiffs in the suit, had their initial efforts partially stymied in September. U.S. District Court Judge Dolly Gee dismissed their claim that accounting fraud had been committed by Vivendi and ruled that the companies representing the plaintiffs had no grounds to sue —with the caveat that the co-creators did have right to explore individual suits as third-party beneficiaries of contracts.The plaintiffs’ legal complaint, originally seeking between $125 and $400 million in damages, has since been amended to include “newly claimed expenses,” Billboard reports. Universal Music, a subsidiary of Vivendi, was also added to the suit as a co-defendant, while the film’s director Christopher Guest was added as an additional plaintiff.At the center of the lawsuit is the claim the plaintiffs made in October 2016 that, despite the millions in merchandising and soundtrack sales that Vivendi and Universal have tallied from the film over the past 30-plus  years, the co-creators had been paid a total of $81 in merchandise profit shares and $98 in album royalties, while being delivered no accounting paperwork whatsoever.Meanwhile, Vivendi’s argument centers on the assertion that the Spinal Tap creators wrote the film and its music as a contracted work-for-hire, meaning they were contracted to “perform services — not receive rights or other benefits.”The crux of this semantic argument stands on the 1976 Copyright Revision Act, which includes provisions allowing creator’s the ability to reclaim their copyrights from record labels or other license holders after a period of 35 years. If Universal’s claim that the film and its music were created as a work-for-hire is overturned, then Shearer, Guest, McKean and Reiner will have grounds to reclaim full ownership of the Spinal Tap brand, regardless of whether their suit for alleged underpaid royalties is decided in their favor.What Is Google Doing To Combat Piracy Websites?Read more Facebook ‘Spinal Tap’ Royalties Battle Continues, Amended Complaint Filed Twitter The Battle Over ‘Spinal Tap’ Copyright, Royalties spinal-tap-royalties-battle-continues-amended-complaint-filedlast_img read more

Arun Jaitleys mortal remains brought home

first_imgNew Delhi: he mortal remains of former Finance minister Arun Jaitley, who died at AIIMS on Saturday, were brought to his residence in Kailash Colony, South Delhi later in the day amid heavy security. Delhi Police barricaded the area around the residence and the security is expected to be beefed up further in view of the expected increase in VVIP and VIP movement. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, MP Hans Raj Hans and Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly Vijendra Gupta were among those who visited Jaitley’s residence. Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath are expected to reach there soon. Paswan said Jaitley was a perfect leader and only he could manage all important ministries including the Law and Finance Ministry. “It is my individual loss, but a bigger loss to Indian politics,” he added. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Smriti Irani, Om Birla, Hardeep Puri, Jitender Singh, Anurag Thakur, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Manoj Tiwari, Ramesh Bidhuri were among the leaders, who rushed to AIIMS after hearing the news of Jaitley’s demise. Union Minister Harsh Vardhan and senior advocate Geeta Luthra were present at the hospital since early Saturday morning. Jaitley will be cremated at the Nigam Bodh Ghat here on Sunday, party sources said. “His body will be taken to the BJP Headquarters at 10 a.m. and cremation will take place at the Nigam Bodh Ghat at 2 p.m.,” a party official said.last_img read more

Salman Khan to share screen space with Prabhas in Saaho

first_imgSalman Khan is likely to share screen space with Prabhas in Saaho.PR HandoutAt a time when fans are eagerly waiting for the release of Prabhas starrer Saaho, a new exciting gossip regarding the film has come up.It has been reported that Salman Khan is likely to have a cameo in Saaho. According to reports, the makers of Saaho wanted to have a Bollywood biggie to play a special appearance in the film, and Salman is the one they chose.As reported, Neil Nitin Mukesh, who plays the antagonist in Saaho, referred Salman’s name and the makers have already approached the superstar. However, Salman is yet to give a nod.”Neil, who is pretty close to Salman, also having worked with him as a villain in Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo, is playing the villain in Saaho. He suggested them to approach Salman for a cameo in the film and the makers have asked Salman. He is still to respond whether he will be able to do the film,” The Asian Age quoted a source as saying.After the humongous success of Baahubali series, Prabhas is already a superstar, and if Salman agrees to be a part of Saaho, the movie is likely to become even bigger.The makers of Saaho recently released the official poster of the film, which left the fans wanting for more. The release date of the film has also been announced that is August 15.Starring Shraddha Kapoor alongside Prabhas, Saaho is an action thriller. Directed by Sujeeth, the film also features Jackie Shroff, Mandira Bedi, Chunky Panday and Mahesh Manjrekar, among others.On the other side, Salman has been busy promoting his soon-to-be-released big film, Bharat. Starring Katrina Kaif as the heroine, the film is undoubtedly one of the biggest releases of this year and involves a lot of expectations from the fans.The trailer of the film looked impressive and the songs have also become quite popular. Apart from Salman and Katrina’s on-screen romance, fans are curious to see the superstar in various avatars in the film, including that of a 70-year-old man.last_img read more

The Schneider Report Turners Pension Reform Plan Now In Voters Hands

first_img 00:00 /00:51 Al Ortiz | Houston Public MediaWith early voting underway, Houstonians are getting the final say on Mayor Sylvester Turner’s pension reform plan. The ballot lets voters decide whether to approve Proposition A, a $1 billion bond to reform the three pension systems for city employees.Houston has been borrowing for years to pay the mounting costs of retirement benefits for police, firefighters, and other municipal workers. Debt payments are eating up more and more of the city’s revenue. Rice University political scientist Bob Stein says that could hamstring Houston’s ability to provide basic services if the pension bond fails.“Police and fire won’t be able to increase purchases of boats that they desperately need to rescue people from hurricanes, or staff up,” says Stein. “For that matter, the mayor has said things like parks and libraries, these amenities that many people think are vital services would have to be curtailed.”The pension reforms include higher employee contributions and cuts to retiree benefits. While police and municipal employees’ representatives agreed to the plan, representatives of the firefighters’ pension fund fought the changes, arguing their retirees will bear more than their fair share of the burden. The Houston City Council approved the plan a year ago. The Texas Legislature signed off on it in May, with the requirement that voters approve the bond.Voter turnout is expected to be low, even for an off-year election, due to the number of voters who lost their homes or cars to Harvey. Stein says the lower the turnout, the less likely the pension bond is to pass. Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

BioShock Burial at Sea episode 2 trailer raises a host of new

first_imgBioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea was a great return to the beloved, sunken dystopia of Rapture — albeit, a short return. Episode one featured the player assuming the role of Booker DeWitt, while the upcoming episode two will feature Elizabeth, Infinite’s companion and deuteragonist. Instead of gameplay, the three-minute trailer Irrational just released sets up the downloadable campaign’s story, and introduces a host of new questions, and a very important character from BioShock’s past.Spoilers ahead.Rather than the shoot-everything mayhem Booker provides, Elizabeth will be more focused on stealth, though the sneak peek doesn’t show off any of that gameplay. Instead, we see who we assume is Frank Fontaine posing as Atlas, your guide, secret handler, and antagonist from the original BioShock.The questions arise almost immediately, when some kind of ghost Booker DeWitt — similar to the ghost-like Caprica Six Cylon from Battlestar Galactica that only Gaius Baltar could see — guides Elizabeth through a hairy situation that would’ve certainly seen her killed if not for his advice.The story appears as though it will begin with Elizabeth helping Frank Fontaine get back into Rapture after Andrew Ryan banished Fontaine’s whole organization to the bottom of the sea, in exchange for the safety of Sally, the Little Sister that was the focal point of episode one. Of course, both Elizabeth and Fontaine are devious characters, so it’s safe to assume a few twists are in store.Details of the upcoming episode are still thin — no release date, no explanation as to why Booker is some sort of wise ghost. However, episode two’s story could tie into the original BioShock’s canonical story. Elizabeth could succeed in helping Fontaine get back into Rapture, which could then lead to the city’s downfall. It’ll be interesting to see if it ties in at all, and hopefully we won’t have to wait too long to experience it.last_img read more

RayStation to Include Treatment Planning for TomoTherapy and CyberKnife Systems

first_img News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more TomoTherapy image courtesy of Accuray Inc.November 24, 2015 — RaySearch Laboratories AB and Accuray Inc. expanded on their existing relationship with a new long-term collaboration agreement to integrate treatment planning support for the TomoTherapy and CyberKnife systems in the RayStation treatment planning system (TPS). Accuray and RaySearch previously announced a long-term collaboration regarding the RayCare oncology information system.Under the contract, Accuray will have the opportunity to offer RayStation to clinicians who use the TomoTherapy and CyberKnife system product portfolios. Current RayStation users report the software provides multiple benefits including advanced treatment planning tools, workflow support and an excellent user experience, all of which enhance treatment delivery flexibility within a radiation oncology department.Treatment planning support for TomoTherapy systems in RayStation is targeted for release during 2016 and support for CyberKnife systems for release during 2017.For more information: www.raysearchlabs.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Treatment Planning | November 24, 2015 RayStation to Include Treatment Planning for TomoTherapy and CyberKnife Systems Agreement expands treatment planning support for Accuray radiation therapy systems Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more last_img read more

Costa Rica to tighten gun control

first_imgNo related posts. Two years ago, 32 women, 48 children and 172 men were killed by firearms in Costa Rica.Those statistics glow from backlit posters on Avenida Escazú, southwest of the capital, and overlook highways in Curridabat, east of the city, emblazoned on giant billboards. “The goal is to inform people that firearms in general have a negative effect,” said Randal Arias, director of the governance and justice program at Costa Rica’s Peace and Democracy Foundation and manager of a new campaign designed to inform citizens about gun violence. “The focus is on protecting the family.”The awareness campaign, which launched last week, is in conjunction with new gun law reforms put on the table by President Laura Chinchilla.“What Costa Rica wants to say is that we can we can face criminality and violence with policies of the state and with an intelligent dialogue with the community,” Chinchilla said at a press conference last week.The reforms currently are facing a vote in the Legislative Assembly. If passed, the changes would allow only one gun per home, prohibit the carrying of a firearm in a bar or school, blacklist anyone with a history of domestic violence from owning a gun and raise the penalty for owning an illegal firearm to up to eight years in prison.  Chinchilla also announced that 3,675 firearms currently in government custody will be destroyed.While Costa Rica has long had one of the lowest crime rates in Central America, violent crime has been on the rise. According to the Judicial Investigation Police, the use of firearms in assaults grew 59 percent between 2005 and 2011, and 42 percent in crimes in general. The use of guns in murders grew 3 percent from 2011-2012.“These reforms are not coming from nowhere,” said Max Loría Ramírez, vice minister of peace and justice. “We have been talking about these reforms for years.”The Costa Rican government is not the only actor seeking gun reform. A huge portion of the money for the awareness campaign came from the private sector, civil associations and the Canadian government.“It is impossible to put an official number on it right now,” Arias said. “The private sector has put in more than $100,000, but it just keeps coming in and that is really the most beautiful thing.”With the extra money the group is launching a social media campaign and several television spots. The messages focus on the three groups viewed as the most vulnerable to gun violence: children (due to gun accidents), women (domestic violence) and young men (delinquency and gangs). “This campaign was launched in the context of new reforms, but it takes more preventative action,” Arias said. “The proposed laws want to control people’s actions through obligation, but the campaign is meant to appeal to people’s morals and conscience.”The reform bill is in a legislative commission, and Loría believes it will pass quickly through the assembly.“We are very optimistic that these changes will have a real effect on crime,” he said. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Amnesty condemns use of torture in Tajikistan

first_imgALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) – Amnesty International condemned Thursday the routine use of torture and beatings at detention facilities in the Central Asian nation of Tajikistan.The rights group said in a report detailing a series of cases of abuse that victims of ill-treatment and their families are often afraid of reporting their experiences for fear of police reprisals.“The torture methods used by the security forces are shocking: electric shocks, boiling water, suffocation, beatings, burning with cigarettes, rape and threats of rape,” said Amnesty’s Tajikistan researcher Rachel Bugler. “The only escape is to sign a confession or sometimes to pay a bribe.” Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Prosecutors said this trial is the first of its kind under recently implemented legislation.Amnesty’s recommendations included notifying detainees of their rights during detention and maintaining proper records to provide safeguards against torture and other ill-treatment in custody. It also called for the creation of an independent body to oversee security forces.“These are the steps that will bring Tajikistan closer to the rule of law and closer to fulfilling its international obligations,” Bulger said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Earlier this year, lawmakers in the former Soviet republic on Afghanistan’s border approved changes to the criminal code that made torture an offense punishable by prison sentences of between five and 15 years.But Amnesty’s Bugler said officials’ promises to uphold human rights have not been kept in practice. Bugler said authorities unofficially create incentives for torture by positively assessing law enforcement officers on the basis of the number of cases they solve.Authorities acknowledge that there have been some incidents of torture, but have denied the problem is endemic in the mainly Muslim nation of 7 million people.The Prosecutor General’s Office has said it received 26 reports of torture last year, of which it confirmed five cases.Tajikistan has for a number of years undertaken a sustained campaign to clamp down on any perceived signs of Islamic radicalism. Amnesty said members of Islamic groups are included among those subjected to ill-treatment in detention.In a landmark case for Tajikistan, a court in the southern Khatlon province this week began hearings in the trial of a policeman accused of driving an underage detainee to suicide after subjecting him to mistreatment during interrogations over a case of theft. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Top holiday drink recipes Sponsored Stories 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familylast_img read more