The Truth About Telling the Truth

first_imgThe client had a major problem. They weren’t achieving the outcomes they needed, and they were entering a critical stage, one in which it was imperative that they obtain the outcomes their clients needed.The first reason this company was not obtaining the results they needed was driven by the fact they selected a partner who wasn’t strategic enough. This supplier lacked the core competencies and capabilities to help them. This was a good company, they simply had the wrong business model for this particular client.The second reason they were failing was that they weren’t spending enough money.A Case of UnderinvestingDuring our first meeting, I explained to the CEO and his Chief Operating Officer that they were underinvesting in the outcome they needed. I explained to them that in order to reach their goals, they would have to spend an additional million dollars over 12 months. That was the required investment based on their current situation.After meeting with me, this company decided to meet with a competitor. That competitor provided conflicting information. Where I had recommended they spend $1 million, my competitor recommended they spend $500,000, not an insignificant amount of money. Naturally, they wanted to believe a $500,000 investment would achieve the results they needed. They accepted my competitor’s recommendation, and they rejected mine.One week later, I received an email from someone on the operations team literally begging for help with this set of data points that indicated that the $500,000 investment was not working.The TruthYou do not serve your clients by allowing them to underinvest in the results they need. You do not serve your clients by telling them what they want to hear, especially when it comes to what is necessary to produce results, whether those things are money, time, energy, or real changes. You don’t serve your clients by avoiding uncomfortable conversations.If you really want to help people, tell them the truth, not what you believe they want to hear so that you can win an opportunity only to fail the client. The truth about telling the truth is that it won’t always win your business in the short run. But it will help you with the long game.last_img read more

Calcutta settles down for yet another season of football frenzy

first_imgKrishnendu RoyThe long queues at the gates, the full-throated shouts and the fierce arguments at tea shops and coffee houses are all back as Calcutta settles down for yet another season of football frenzy. Also back is its accompanying tension which is exactly what keeps the Bengali ticking during the,Krishnendu RoyThe long queues at the gates, the full-throated shouts and the fierce arguments at tea shops and coffee houses are all back as Calcutta settles down for yet another season of football frenzy. Also back is its accompanying tension which is exactly what keeps the Bengali ticking during the hot and humid Indian summer.On paper, however, nothing has changed, from the fabulous amounts that reportedly changed hands during the transfer period – in no other centre is football such a big money business – to the continued domination of the three big clubs.Yet the 1982 football season promises to be different from the previous ones in at least one major respect. For the first time the senior division league will feature a plethora of new faces who have made it to the top in such large numbers, for perhaps the first time ever in Calcutta’s football history.For years football lovers had been demanding new faces and though the clubs would get hold of youngsters they would invariably get sidetracked by the big names. This year, thanks to the Asian Games, most “stars” are out undergoing rigorous workouts in training camps which means they cannot participate in any home tournament before the Games are over.It is a football season without such names as Bhaskar Ganguli, Prasun Banerjee, Xavier Pius, Shabir Ali, Manash Bhattacharya, Prasanta Banerjee and Compton Dutta whose absence has certainly shorn it of glamour but not of interest as is evident from the crowded stands.advertisementMukherjeeGlamour Boys: The news isn’t so good for the missing star performers. As an official of a leading club said: “Most of the glamour boys thought people would not turn up if they were not playing and often blackmailed us. But now it is evident that it is the attachment to the club which draws supporters to the ground irrespective of which players are being fielded.” And already it has been noticed that the game itself does not suffer if the big names are not around, as was evident when Mohammedan Sporting beat Bata last month 3-0 with an entirely new team.Last year’s league champion, Mohammedan Sporting lost heavily this year on the transfer market and has practically a new side apart from the Iranians. Jamshed Majid and Khabaji, who did not play in the first outing, and Shabir Ali who is attending the Asiad camp. Besides, with most of the big names now in the 28-30 age group it is doubtful whether they can continue playing meaningful football. They were found seriously wanting when pitted against the much younger and faster teams from abroad during the recent Jawaharlal Nehru tournament in Calcutta. Organisers of the game have, ever since, been seriously scouting for new talent. Replacements are needed and the current season may provide them with the right answers.During the current season, however, the older players have little to worry about. Even though they are not playing for their clubs during the senior division league, they continue to be retained and draw their monthly emoluments in addition to the Rs 2,000 a month that the All India Football Federation pays them for attending the national camp.Shankar AdhikaryAnd for most of them, the clubs dole out handsome amounts. It has been reported that East Bengal club, which took a lot of beating last year, has spent around Rs 10 lakh this year to recover its lost prestige. Among those who have signed for the club this year are Indian skipper Bhaskar Ganguli.One of the reasons why the clubs have signed up internationals in spite of the fact that they would be of no help during the league is because prestigious tournaments like DCM, Rovers and Durand will take place after the Asian Games when the restriction on players will cease to exist. Income Tax: The big clubs may also experience difficulties with the Income Tax (IT) authorities as they have been mentioned as sources of income in the it returns filed by some of the stars. This is the first admission by players of being paid for playing.Earlier while everyone knew that the players were being paid, there was no official record simply because the cash changed hands under the table. However, with the big guns in the Income Tax Department having close relations with the authorities of major clubs – a relationship which is mutually beneficial – it is quite likely they will not have to bother much and eyes will continue to be kept shut.advertisementLast season, one of the smaller clubs had tried to get the phony amateur status of the big team players blasted through a court case, but didn’t get very far, so inter-woven are the relationships between the top three.East Bengal, Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan Sporting, and the Indian Football Association (IFA) the state level apex body which is supposed to keep a close look on the clubs for smooth conduct of the game. The court put the responsibility of finding out whether a club was paying its players or not squarely on the shoulders of the IFA.Meanwhile eyes in Calcutta are rivet-ted on up-and-coming players like Amitabha Mukherjee of Mohun Bagan who had scored the all-important goal for the team at the Federation Cup tournament at Kozhikode earlier this year. Also in the limelight is Krishnendu Roy oi the same team who had played so well for India at the Merdeka tournament but who, for inexplicable reasons, has been kept out of the Asiad camp.For East Bengal the rising players are link-man, Swapan Raut and left-winger, Arun Nath while Mohammedan Sporting, which has been almost without any star attraction this year, has been lucky to get the services of Debashish Mishra, acclaimed as this season’s best midfielder and also the fast right-winger, Shankar Adhikary.These players had either played for smaller clubs previously or had signed up for one of the big three only to spend their afternoons as reserves on the sidelines. This is the first time that they have found an opportunity to display their mettle and appear to have already earned their places as new stars in Calcutta’s soccer world.last_img read more

Hollyoaks star Duncan James spotted with new boyfriend

first_imgLondon, Jul 9 (PTI) Actor-singer Duncan James stepped out with new boyfriend for the first time.The 39-year-old star, who recently opened up about his sexuality, was spotted with the guy at the launch of a new restaurant in Camden Market, reported Mirror.James and his new beau sipped cocktails with the likes of reality stars Lotan Carter and Sam Calahan.The “Hollyoaks” star was dressed up for the occasion in a black silk shirt and white trousers, while his partner sported white shirt and chinos and completed his look with a pair of dark sunglasses.Recently on “Loose Women”, James revealed details of his “coming out journey” to the panel.”After years of carrying this secret inside me, I wanted to be who I am. I wanted acceptance. I carried this burden on my shoulders for so many years,” he said. PTI SSN SSNlast_img read more

Pakistan blow Zimbabwe away to take unbeatable ODI series lead

first_imgPakistan hammered Zimbabwe by nine wickets to take a 3-0 lead in the five-match series in the third ODI on Wednesday in Bulawayo.Captain Hamilton Masakadza won his third successive toss, but Zimbabwe’s batsmen continued to struggle against Pakistan seamers as they were bowled out for their seventh lowest total in their history.Faheem Ashraf starred with the ball as his fast and furious spell rocked the Zimbabwe batsmen and they were bowled out for just 67. Ashraf finished with match figures of 5/22 while Junaid Khan marked his ODI return with 2/7 as Zimbabwe were bowled out in just 25.1 overs.In their reply, Pakistan lost Imam-ul-Haq on the very first ball of their innings when Blessing Mazurabani had Imam caught behind off the with a superb bouncer before Fakhar Zaman smashed the tall fast bowler for four boundaries in one over.Zaman, who was dropped on 2 at first slip, then made an unbeaten 43 off 24 balls and took Pakistan to 69/1 in just 9.5 overs.”A great performance,” Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said.”Ashraf and Junaid bowl well…Ashraf getting better day by day, he is an allrounder and we need him. We will try to give opportunities to the other players in the next two games.”For his match-winning spell that was his first international five-wicket haul, @iFaheemAshraf is the #ZIMvPAK 3rd ODI Player of the Match! (@ICC) July 18, 2018Leg-spinner Yasir Shah, playing his first ODI in almost two years after recovering from hip surgery, bowled seven steady overs for just 10 runs and had No. 8 batsman Tendai Chisoro bowled round his legs.advertisementDebutant opener Prince Masvaure, one of the four changes Zimbabwe made after losing the first two games by 201 runs and nine wickets respectively, was caught behind off fast bowler Usman Khan’s second delivery.Junaid had the Zimbabwe captain caught at mid-off before Tarisai Musakanda was dismissed for zero while going for a needless pull shot off the left-armer.Ashraf then hurried the middle-order collapse by claiming four wickets in four overs and wrapped up the innings by clean bowling last man Richard Ngarava.”It was a bit of a disaster,” Masakadza said.”We just tell the guys to stay positive and try to rectify the wrongs done today. It’s not easy to come back, though…hopefully, we come out firing next game.”Pakistan win the third #ZIMvPAK ODI by 9 wickets and they are up in the series by 3-0.Scorecard Official (@TheRealPCB) July 18, 2018Mazurabani provided Zimbabwe something to smile about when he had Imam dismissed off the very first ball and could have removed Zaman but Masakadza dropped a sharp left-handed catch at first slip.Zaman then wrapped up the series by smashing four boundaries off Mazurabani’s one over and then hit a winning four from Ngarava.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

The Honor 8X makes the budget smartphone premium!

first_imgWhen people talk of budget smartphones, the first thing that often comes to most minds are the corners that must have been cut to “squeeze” the phone into a particular price segment. There are, inevitably, compromises on different fronts – processor, memory, design, cameras…and so many more that people might not even have heard of. In short, if you are considering investing in a budget smartphone, it is very likely that you are considering giving up on a feature or settling for a lower version of it.That changes with the Honor 8X. And we really mean it.One of the most likely areas of compromise for most manufacturers is design – budget devices rarely have premium level designs or materials used. The 8X is, however, a very different kettle of fish. Show it to anyone and it is a fair chance that people will think you spent a bomb on it. And that is because the phone screams “premium” from the moment you see it – yes, we have seen other devices in this price segment sport glass backs, but none of them have the sort of textured finish that makes light refract in different patterns every time it falls on it. It is the sort of finish we have seen before but in devices that cost a lot more – like the Huawei P20 Pro and to an extent, the Moto X4. The presence of dual cameras in a vertical panel on the back that is not as reflective as the rest of the back just adds the right sense of counterbalance to all the glassy glitter next to it. There is no way you can say that this phone starts for as little as Rs 14,999.advertisementThere are no compromises on the hardware front either. The phone has a large 6.5 inch display with full HD+ resolution, putting it right on par with other Android flagships. And it is no ordinary display either – it comes with a new generation of Eye Comfort mode that cuts down on eye fatigue by reducing the blue light emitted by the screen. This is no idle talk – that display is certified TüV Rheinland. And in keeping with the latest trends, it comes with a 19:5.9 aspect ratio, with hardly any bezels, giving it a 91 per cent screen to body ratio (again something that is unheard of at this price point), and with a notch as well, which houses a front facing camera camera and allows you to unlock the phone by just looking at it.But if the display of the Honor 8X sets a new benchmark for budget flagships, its processor takes things to another level. The Honor 8X is only the second device in the country to come with Huawei’s new Kirin 710 octa core processor. And if the glass back and the notched display make the Honor 8X a beauty, the 710 chip, aided with 4 GB and 6 GB of RAM (both variants are available) make it an absolute beast. Remember the Kirin 659 processor which powered devices like the Honor 9 Lite and the Honor P20 Lite and won rave reviews for its performance and power management? The 710 is 75 per cent better! Add support for GPU Turbo and AI, and you have a device that is capable of not just handling routine smartphone tasks (Web browsing, social networking, messaging and the like) but also high end games like PUBG and the Asphalt racing series. Of course, that display will ensure that your eyes do not get tired during the experience and thanks to the superb power management of the chip, the phone will not heat up either, and do not worry about running out of charge either – there is a large 3750 mAh battery that will keep the 8X going comfortably for a day. There are devices with larger batteries out there at this price point but none with a comparable display!But if the display of the Honor 8X sets a new benchmark for budget flagships, its processor takes things to another level. The Honor 8X is only the second device in the country to come with Huawei’s new Kirin 710 octa core processor. And if the glass back and the notched display make the Honor 8X a beauty, the 710 chip, aided with 4 GB and 6 GB of RAM (both variants are available) make it an absolute beast. Remember the Kirin 659 processor which powered devices like the Honor 9 Lite and the Honor P20 Lite and won rave reviews for its performance and power management? The 710 is 75 per cent better! Add support for GPU Turbo and AI, and you have a device that is capable of not just handling routine smartphone tasks (Web browsing, social networking, messaging and the like) but also high end games like PUBG and the Asphalt racing series. Of course, that display will ensure that your eyes do not get tired during the experience and thanks to the superb power management of the chip, the phone will not heat up either, and do not worry about running out of charge either – there is a large 3750 mAh battery that will keep the 8X going comfortably for a day. There are devices with larger batteries out there at this price point but none with a comparable display!advertisementFinally, there are the cameras – an area in which Honor is already known for delivering amazing results, irrespective of the price segment. The Honor 8X ,too, scores heavily in the camera section – the 20 megapixel rear camera comes with a large f/1.8 aperture and is aided by a 2 megapixel camera for depth of field shots – add some AI to the mix and you get amazing bokeh backgrounds. The 16 megapixel front facing camera comes with four in one fusion technology and multi frame image processing, enabling you to get terrific selfies. Once again, the performance levels are well beyond anything not just in this price segment, but the ones beyond it. Top this off with dual SIM support, a dedicated microSD card slot (no need to swap a SIM slot for a memory card) and all the connectivity options you would expect in a high-end device and you will realize why the Honor 8X punches well above its price weight.When was the last time we saw a premium design smartphone that could handle pretty much anything (and we mean anything ranging from high end games to photo editing) we threw at it? We remember a few devices but none of them came for as little as Rs 14,999! Which is why we think the Honor 8X redefines the budget smartphone segment – by adding a premium touch to it. You no longer need to spend a bomb or sacrifice a kidney to get a phone that looks stunning and performs brilliantly too. Just get the Honor 8X and you will see eyes pop at its performance and heads turn at its appearance. What’s more the Honor 8X (4+64GB) is available at INR 14,999 with a 10% cashback offer on ICICI/ Citibank cards.last_img read more

Messi and Argentina humbled in Copa America opener

first_imgColombia heaped misery on Lionel Messi and Argentina with a 2-0 victory in their Copa America opener on Saturday.Runners-up in 2015 and 2016, Messi’s Argentina were looking to banish their past demons in pursuit of a first major international title since 1993.However, Argentina were upstaged by Colombia, who made a winning start in Group B thanks to Roger Martinez’s 71st-minute stunner and Duvan Zapata’s late sealer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? As Argentina pressed and probed, first-half substitute Martinez sent a thunderous strike past Franco Armani in Salvador and Zapata made sure of the win during the closing stages.Argentina came into the tournament off a 5-1 rout of Nicaragua and with the most Copa victories in history (119) but the South American giants did not look like winning against Colombia.Martinez – a replacement for Luis Muriel in the 14th minute – linked up with Radamel Falcao but his shot deflected just wide of the post as Colombia appeared the more likely to strike first.Overall, it was a forgettable opening 45 minutes, which did not see a single shot on target from either team, with Messi subdued.It was more of the same in the second half, though Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina was finally called into action after a vicious volley from Leandro Paredes approaching the hour mark.The match did come to life moments later when Juan Cuadrado’s tackle on Messi threatened to spark a melee as Argentina players rushed in to confront the Colombia winger.That triggered Argentina, who almost took the lead after Nicolas Otamendi’s powerful header forced Ospina into a low diving save, while Messi was unable to head home the rebound with the goal at his mercy.But Colombia broke the deadlock with 19 minutes remaining – Martinez collecting the ball on the flank and drifting inside before beating Armani from distance – and fellow substitute Zapata doubled the lead four minutes from the end courtesy of an emphatic close-range finish.71’GOOOOOOOOLLLL DE COLOMBIAAAAAA.@rogermartinezt9 adelanta a Colombia en el marcador.Colombia  1 vs. 0  Argentina#COLARG #VamosColombia #ElEquipoDeLaGente— Selección Colombia (@FCFSeleccionCol) June 15, 2019What does it mean? Long road ahead for ScaloniIn the build-up to the match, head coach Lionel Scaloni joked he would retire if Argentina win the Copa America. Scaloni does not appear any closer to retirement based on Saturday’s result and performance. After last year’s World Cup last-16 exit and Messi’s brief international absence, the South American giants have a lot of work ahead.Martinez makes himself a heroWhen Muriel went down with an injury early in the first half, Carlos Queiroz turned to Martinez. And as Falcao struggled to make an impact on proceedings, 24-year-old America forward Martinez emerged a hero with his first international goal since 2016.Pressure builds on Messi and Co.The weight of a nation falls on Messi’s shoulders and the captain was helpless to prevent another poor result on the international stage. Still searching for his first senior title with Argentina, Messi was relatively subdued in the team’s first game.Key Opta Facts- Colombia’s win was their third against Argentina at the Copa America and first since 1999.- They also ended an eight-game winless run against Argentina.- Argentina lost their Copa opener for just the third time and first time since 1979.- Argentina attempted only one shot (blocked) and had just one touch in the opposition box in the first half against Colombia.- Messi has now played 22 Copa America games. Only Javier Mascherano (26) has played more for Argentina.What’s next?Argentina meet Paraguay on Wednesday, while Colombia face guests and 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar. read morelast_img read more

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 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 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, 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 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,, 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 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, 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 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 discuss advertising, exhibition and sponsorship opportunities, please contact 0808 178 8818 or 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