Pro gamers to converge on Toronto for national Call of Duty championship

TORONTO — Many people have a go-to tool at work. For Andrew Ivers, it’s a KBAR-32 this weekend.The 19-year-old from Toronto is a professional gamer who hopes to use his virtual assault rifle to help Team GIRG win the Cineplex WorldGaming “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare” tournament final Sunday.Eight teams are competing for a total of $65,000 in prize money at the downtown Scotiabank Theatre. It’s an active spectator sport with fans paying from $9.50 to $40 to get into the 500-seat cinema with providing online tournament coverage.Ivers is in his third year as a pro gamer but missed out on last year’s national finals because he was 20 days too young.He was competing in Dallas last week and Atlanta and Paris in February, scoring good son points by taking his mother with him to France.Giant robots and US$143K in prizes: Vancouver’s Piranha Games’ on Mech_Con 2016 and eSports in CanadaProfessional video gaming: Canadian and his team win $1M at Halo World Championship“It’s tough to take vacations and stuff because there’s always another tournament or I’ve always got to practise or I have to be away this weekend at a different place,” he said. “So I told my mom to just come and we’d kind of have a mini-vacation while I’m out there. So we stayed two extra days to kind of explore the city which was cool.”Not surprisingly, he’s enjoying the life and plans to keep doing it for a few years.“I think it’s a really good opportunity for me to continue to make a little bit of money and see the world a little bit,” he said. “And kind of see where it goes from there.”Ivers won some US$10,000 in prize money in 2016 and also was on salary with his team.“So I didn’t do too bad last year,” he said.And while he’s not driving a Porsche yet, his TV producer dad has one. “He doesn’t let me drive it yet.”Aside from work, Ivers doesn’t spend much time in front of a console. You won’t find him putting his feet up to play FIFA for fun.“I’m really drawn to the competition and the fact that I can make money playing,” he said. “So it’s kind of spoiled the rest of gaming for me in a way, because I don’t really play that many other games just casually.”Activision While he takes a controller and headset to work, it’s still serious business. Ivers moved to Michigan last year for several months to live and train with teammates at the Detroit Renegades.Ivers had a minor setback this week when a button on his controller stopped working properly. He’s calling in a loaner from a friend for the tournament.Players change teams regularly and Ivers plays with a different group in the “Call of Duty” World League. He estimates his team played six hours a day together in advance of last week’s event in Dallas.Each season, the pros decide which tournament maps they will use for the year.Gamers come with handles (Ivers is Ivy, for example) while Sunday’s broadcast team of Maven, Courage and Mr. X evokes memories of “Top Gun.”GIRG — which also includes Jevon (Goonjar) Gooljar-Lim, Peirce (Gunless) Hillman and Matteo (Royalty) Faithfull — is up against Ontario’s SetToDestroyX, Fury Gaming, 1Hype and Solar HQ and Quebec’s Earthroot Gaming, ReZist Esports and Team Impulse.I’m really drawn to the competition and the fact that I can make money playingThe name GIRG comes from the first letter of the members’ handles.Cineplex, seeing both a growing trend and another use for its theatres, got into the growing world of competitive gaming in September 2015 when it purchased WorldGaming for US$15 million while promising an additional $5-million investment “to expand the business model.”With PlayStation and game publisher Activision actively involved in the “Call of Duty” tournament, just about every part of the gaming equation is involved.And with the event starting at 10 a.m. and the final rounds set for 5-6 p.m., spectators will no doubt take advantage of the concessions.“The experience we offer not only to the teams and players but the fans is pretty cool,” said WorldGaming CEO Wim Stocks.At present, Cineplex has 24 theatres across the country — including two at the Scotiabank Theatre — that are equipped to host gaming events.WorldGaming ran a solo-player “Call of Duty” tournament last year with 18-year-of Allameen Ally of Brampton, Ont., taking home $20,000 for his “Call of Duty — Black Ops III” prowess.There were also “Street Fighter” and “Uncharted 4” competitions with events involving more games planned for this year. It also holds collegiate competitions.Sunday’s finalists survived online and regional qualifiers and online playoffs to get to the finals and the chance of the first-place purse of $20,000 and a trip to the 2017 CWL Anaheim Open.The Canadian Press read more

Sale of BC hydroelectric project boosts Fortis Q2 profit to 720 million

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Canadian utility company Fortis Inc. says the sale of its share of a B.C. hydroelectric project helped boost its second-quarter profit to $720 million — nearly three times what it had in the same period last year.However, adjusted earnings and revenue for the Newfoundland-based company were below analysts’ estimates.The quarter included a $484-million after-tax gain on the sale of a 51 per cent interest in the Waneta Expansion hydroelectric project in British Columbia.Fortis says its net profit attributable to common shareholders including the unusual item amounted to $1.66 per share, up from $240 million or 57 cents per share in last year’s second quarter.Excluding the Waneta Expansion sale and the impact of natural gas derivatives, Fortis had $235 million of adjusted earnings, or 54 cents per share, down from $251 million or 59 cents per share in last year’s second quarter.The electric and gas utility company’s revenue was $1.97 billion, mainly from businesses in Canada and the United States, up from $1.95 billion a year ago. Analysts had estimated $2.06 billion of revenue and 57 cents per share of adjusted earnings, according to financial markets data firm Refinitiv. Companies in this story: (TSX:FTS)The Canadian Press read more

Next session of UN information technology forum to focus on education

The UN Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Task Force has organized the two-day Global Forum – from 13 to 14 April – to bring the experts together with UN officials to explore ways ICTs can provide a practical, cost-effective and enabling solution for improving the quality and quantity of education.The Forum, meeting in Dublin for the first time, will be co-hosted by the Irish Government and the Global e-Schools and Communities Initiative (GeSCI). Launched by Nane Annan, wife of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, at the first phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in December 2003, GeSCI works at local, national and international levels, convening and supporting groups as they deliver effective ICT-in-education strategies.At the Forum’s start tomorrow afternoon, Ireland’s Minister of Communications, Noel Dempsey, and ICT Task Force Chair José Antonio Ocampo are scheduled to make remarks, followed by a keynote address by Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General.  The meeting will then focus on the contribution of ICT to education initiatives.At Thursday morning’s “break-out” sessions, the Forum is scheduled to examine how partnerships can maximize complementary strengths, ways to increase and make more affordable access to ICT in education, learning strategies and content development; and capacity-building for leaders, managers, teachers and administrators. In the afternoon, the Forum will discuss the outcomes of those sessions and devise next steps. read more

Rigors of the Ohio State mens hockey team excursion to Alaska

“It’s just another weekend,” said Mark Osiecki, coach of Ohio State men’s ice hockey, of his team’s trip to Fairbanks, Alaska, this week. But that notion might be a bit of a stretch. The team, which travels by bus for most away games, made the nearly 4,000 mile excursion by air Wednesday. After three plane rides and two layovers, the Buckeyes arrived in Fairbanks at about 3:20 a.m. EST Thursday, according to Osiecki’s Twitter account, @Osiecki24. OSU began preparing for its two-game series against the Alaska Nanooks the next morning. Friday night’s series opener is set for 11:05 p.m. EST, less than 48 hours after OSU’s transcontinental trip. Sophomore forward Max McCormick, who has never been to Alaska, said his upperclassmen teammates were helpful in explaining what to expect. “I think it’s just a matter of getting the trip over with and then getting our bodies ready and getting our minds focused,” McCormick said. “We’re used to the long road trips. We’ll know how to get our bodies ready.” Although the players are primarily focused on the task at hand on the ice, they are excited about getting to visit America’s northernmost state. “We only have a few kids that have made this trip, kids are looking forward to it,” Osiecki said Wednesday on Twitter. McCormick agreed. “It’s a long trip, but other than that I think it’s a pretty cool opportunity,” he said. The juniors and seniors on the team will be making a return trip to Fairbanks after a two-game series there in 2011. The Nanooks outscored the Buckeyes, 7-2, en route to a series sweep. Junior forward Chris Crane remembered it being a “rough trip,” one in which the airline lost the team’s luggage. “You get on three different planes throughout the day, and you’re traveling for 10 hours, it definitely takes a toll on your body,” Crane said. “I’m definitely going to be looking forward to getting to the hotel there and getting settled in.” The players and coaching staff have not made any excuses for potential poor play as a result of the travel demands. “It’s what every team has to go through throughout some point in their college career,” Crane said. “We’ll be ready to go Friday night.” read more

Ohio States Marcus Hall on Senior Day All good things come to

Redshirt-senior safety C.J. Barnett (4) celebrates an interception during a game against Illinois Nov. 16 at Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 60-35.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAs the No. 3-ranked Ohio State football team (10-0, 6-0) prepares to try and break the OSU record for consecutive wins, the Buckeye seniors are getting ready for their final game at Ohio Stadium as players.For most seniors like redshirt-senior safety C.J. Barnett, Saturday will be a memorable game, but the pre-game ceremonies aren’t what they’re focused on most.“We’ll get through the emotions together, but we’ve got a job to do, (to) go out there and try to beat Indiana,” Barnett said.Barnett said playing his final home game makes him think back over all the accomplishments he and his classmates have achieved in Columbus.“I’ll probably be a little emotional. I can remember the first time I ran out there against Navy in 2009,” Barnett said. “We have had ups and down, but I do think we’re finishing strong.”Redshirt-senior right guard Marcus Hall said Wednesday he’s not ready to start thinking about what will be going through his head Saturday against Indiana (4-6, 2-4), but he will definitely miss his time at Ohio State.“I just really don’t want to see it come to an end,” Hall said. “But you know what they say, all good things come to an end.”Coach Urban Meyer said redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby will participate in the senior ceremonies, as the two have already discussed his plans for next year. Meyer said four years is all he expects his players to commit to the program, adding Roby is on track to earn his degree in the spring.“(Four years) is all you ask, you don’t ask for five years nowadays.”Meyer said not all senior classes are good and deserve the praise this class will receive before the game.“It’s not because they’re seniors, it’s because what they’ve done,” Meyer said.Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, who might forgo his senior season after a very successful campaign in his third year, said he has not made a decision regarding next year at this time.“I just want to help (the seniors) leave with a bang,” Shazier said. “I’m not even thinking about (the NFL Draft) right now, I’m thinking about Indiana.”With a win Saturday, OSU will clinch the Big Ten Leaders division title and punch its ticket to the Big Ten Championship Game. Meyer said being in the title hunt mid-November, both in the Big Ten and the BCS, is what attracted him to OSU two winters ago.“That’s why you come to Ohio State as a coach or a player,” Meyer said.Junior quarterback Braxton Miller said the state of the BCS, which has No. 3 OSU ahead of No. 4 Baylor by .0013, isn’t something his team can afford to focus on out on the field.“It’s not in our hands, but a couple things are in our hands,” Miller said. “We can go out there and dominate who we’re playing.”OSU and Indiana are set for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff Saturday in Ohio Stadium. read more

Braxton Miller yet to hit ceiling of ability

Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) is surrounded by Michigan State defenders during the Big Ten Championship Dec. 7 at Lucas Oil Stadium. OSU lost, 34-24.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Two seasons into the Urban Meyer reign, junior quarterback Braxton Miller still hasn’t reached his peak.“I have no idea where his ceiling is. And then the middle of the season where he put together — he played very well for a while, and everyone around him did, I started to see what Braxton Miller could become as a quarterback, and I can still see that,” coach Meyer said Thursday.Averaging 169.1 passing yards per game, Miller has thrown 1,860 total passing yards, which is dwarfed by Clemson redshirt-senior quarterback Tajh Boyd’s 3,473 yards. Those passing yards might not mean all that much though.The Buckeye offense has depended on senior running back Carlos Hyde to barrel past opponents, which is a key reason for the lower passing yards in addition to Miller’s personal rushing yards.Hyde has stacked up 1,408 rushing yards, even while sitting out the first three games because of a suspension over an incident at a Columbus bar in July. Clemson’s core running back, graduate Roderick McDowell, has recorded 1,004 rushing yards.Comparatively, Miller’s running yards more than double Boyd’s.The Orange Bowl could be a balancing act between Clemson’s throwing game and OSU’s running game.Clemson still isn’t counting out Miller as a thrower though.“Anytime you play a dual threat quarterback, there’s always that element of running with pulling up and throwing the ball. I think a lot of people underestimate Braxton Miller’s passing ability. I actually think that Braxton Miller, the more I watch film, is a great passer,” said Clemson junior safety Robert Smith Tuesday. “A lot of people don’t see it as much because he can run really well.”For Meyer though, “great” isn’t going to cut it.“Braxton has got to play better, but the guys around him have to play better too,” Meyer said. “If you closely evaluate the last few games, two were weather conditions, one was a game where we didn’t throw the ball very much because the run game was working so well and we had to go win the game obviously.”The game against Clemson Friday might force the Buckeyes to throw more with the Tiger defense amping up against Miller’s rushing game.“I can’t (stop Miller) by myself, personally. But our front seven and whole 11 on defense, we can get the job done,” said Clemson redshirt-junior defensive end Vic Beasley Tuesday. Having had several days in Miami to prepare, Miller seems to have a target on his back for the Clemson defense.Meyer has resolved to push Miller into top condition to face the Tigers, and like the Clemson players, sees that his quarterback’s abilities are beyond many.“He’s not there yet, but the ceiling is pretty high, and it’s a special place not many guys can go because he’s got just incredible ability, quick release, and fundamentally, when he’s on, he’s on. So we just need to keep pushing that envelope,” Meyer said.Kickoff between the No. 7 Buckeyes (12-1, 8-1) and the No. 12 Clemson Tigers (10-2, 7-1) is set for 8:30 p.m. Friday at Sun Life Stadium. read more

Exwife of cheating travel boss demands share of his earnings on top

first_imgThe ex-wife of a travel boss who had multiple affairs is demanding a share of his future earnings on top of a £10m divorce payout, the court of appeal has heard. Kim Waggott, 49, a trained accountant, walked away with the settlement after her 21-year relationship with travel industry boss William Waggott, 54, ended.But she has come back to court to argue that she is entitled to a share of the “post-separation” fruits of his career.Mr Waggott, a boss at travel firm TUI – formerly Thomson – says Mrs Waggott’s claim should be rejected.Lawyers say the issue of post-separation payments is “vexed” and suggest that the three judges’ decision will have implications.Mrs Waggott is challenging a decision made by Recorder Andrew Tidbury in the Family Court last year.Mr Waggott says the judge was right – “in law and overall fairness” – to reject Mrs Waggott’s claim to a share in “future bonuses” he earns “long after separation”.Appeal judges have been told that Mr and Mrs Waggott, who have a teenage daughter, are both accountants who met in 1990 when working for Coopers and Lybrand.They married in 2000 and lived first in Withington, Manchester, then Lymm, Cheshire, then set up home near Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire. Judges heard that Mr Waggott – who has also worked for Courtaulds Textiles, Airtours and the UK Leisure Group – had moved out after being “confronted”.Mrs Waggott had worked for UCI Cinemas for more than five years, but stopped work in 2002.Payments which support a divorcee throughout her life following a split used to be more common but have been phased out as judges are more likely to say women are capable of going back to work and supporting themselves. Amanda Sandys, of law firm Forsters, said that the case raises the prospect of women being awarded ongoing payments because of the sacrifices they had made for a family, rather than their financial need. “In justifying her position, Mrs Waggott appears to be raising an argument that fairness dictates that her maintenance award should continue because of the support she gave her husband whilst he built his career over the course of their long marriage,” she said.  A view of Royal Courts Of Justice Mrs Waggott is challenging a decision made by Recorder Andrew Tidbury in the Family Court last year.  Credit:Anadolu Appeal judges Sir James Munby, Lord Justice Moylan and Mr Justice MacDonald are analysing the dispute at a Court of Appeal hearing in London. While Mrs Waggott and their daughter still live in Great Missenden, Mr Waggott now lives at Markyate, Hertfordshire, with “another lady”, judges heard.In early 2011, a few months after Mr Waggott became Chief Financial Officer of TUI Travel, Mrs Waggott discovered that Mr Waggott was having an affair with a work colleague, judges heard.The affair ended but in the autumn of 2012 she discovered that he was “again having an affair with another woman”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Boliden and Vattenfall sign agreement to electrify mines and smelters

first_imgVattenfall and Boliden say they have signed an agreement to jointly evaluate technical developments to electrify mines and smelters, “the circular economy and a fossil-free future”. The agreement, which covers a four-year period, also includes battery solutions with a view to supporting the electricity grid and optimising electricity consumption, the two companies said.The companies said: “Vattenfall and Boliden are committed to the transition to a sustainable society, which means reducing dependence on fossil fuels. Under the new four-year strategic agreement, the companies will develop business solutions involving batteries, solar panels, electric transport and recycling of new generation car batteries.”President and CEO of Vattenfall, Magnus Hall, said: “It’s great that Vattenfall and Boliden can work together on this. It will require technological change and investments in new solutions, but the opportunities are there for both companies. Industrial partnerships like this are crucial if we are to make progress on the electrification of industry and enable fossil-free living within one generation.”President and CEO of Boliden, Mikael Staffas, said: “Boliden is one of Europe’s largest players in the field of base metals. These metals are a crucial part of the solution for achieving ambitious climate targets in society. At the same time, it’s clearly important for us to drive the development forward within the raw materials sector and identify business solutions and processes for both mining and recycling which will make us more competitive.”Boliden has mining and smelting operations in Sweden, Finland, Norway and Ireland, with the main sources of fossil emissions include diesel vehicles, process heat and coke as a reducing agent.“In all areas, fossil-free electricity can be an important part of the solution,” the two companies said. “As a technology-independent partner, Vattenfall can evaluate and enable the introduction of fossil-free technologies, eg electricity and charging infrastructure for transport and mining.”As a first step in the partnership, modern energy solutions will be implemented at the Bergsöe lead smelter in Landskrona, one of Europe’s largest recyclers of lead batteries from cars. Solar panels, which will produce locally generated renewable electricity to power the plant, will also be installed shortly, according to the two companies.Technical solutions involving batteries, among other things, are expected to reduce the load on the electricity grid, provide backup power, reduce peaks in capacity and offset renewable weather-dependent electricity generation, they said.last_img read more

Architect aims to 3D print an endless house

first_imgThough 3D printers aren’t exactly a common consumer product, they’ve been on the rise for a few years now. The objects they print are becoming more complex, and more useful — from smartphone cases to working gun parts. Now, dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars plans to build an entire house with a 3D printer, and an “endless” one at that.Dubbed the Landscape House, Ruijssenaars has designed the building to be “one piece,” which could be a little misleading. Rather than a 3D printer creating a building in one go, separate pieces will be printed out, which will then interlock and create the full structure. Each piece is planned to measure in at 19.6 x 29.5 feet (6 x 9 meters), and printed with the large D-Shape 3D printer, which is said to be able to build full-size sandstone buildings “without human intervention.” Inventor of the D-Shape printer, Enrico Dini, suggested that Ruijssenaars only print out the frame of the building, then fill it with fiber glass and concrete in order to increase the strength of the structure.The design for the 3D printed house looks like a möbius strip, with “floors transforming into ceilings,” which is why it is sporting the “endless” description. However, we’re acutely aware that a house in the shape of a circle would be “endless” as well, as would any apartment where each room has at least one exit separate of an entrance.The project is expected to take a year and a half, and it would be possible to begin work on the structure sometime in 2014.last_img read more

Ouzo Festival 2016

first_imgMelbourne is still enjoying warm days and balmy nights, and what better way to feel closer to Greece than sipping on ouzo, while nibbling on mezethes? Palesviaki Enosis of Melbourne is saying goodbye to summer the Greek way, with its annual Ouzo Festival this Sunday 21 February. Expected to attract more than 1,500 people, this year’s event will be held in Bayswater, and two buses, one from Delphi Bank in Oakleigh and one from the Degani car park in Northcote, will transport event-goers to the Lesvian village-style panigiri. The Lesvos Ouzo Festival has become a staple family event, offering an original sensory experience of Aegean culture. From as early as 11.00 am, festivalgoers can sample ouzo all day, celebrating the Greek art of making the aniseed spirit and its prominent production in Lesvos. Traditional Greek specialities and stalls packed with mezethes the likes of charcoal gyros, grilled calamari, salads, sardines in brine and feta cheese will be waiting to accompany your drink of choice – Ouzo Mini, Ouzo of Plomari, Ouzo Kefi and Ouzo Barbayannis – all hailing from Lesvos island. Entrance fee is $15 per adult, which includes complimentary ouzo and a commemorative ouzo glass. There will also be jumpingcastles and backgammon competitions for children, plus live music with the Greek band Rythmos. Tickets are now on sale through Trybooking. Under 18s receive free entry. Address: 26 Waldheim Road, Bayswater, VicAttendees can also take advantage of free buses from: Delphi Bank – 15 Atherton Rd, Oakleigh. Departs 10.30 am and 11.30 am to Bayswater, with return back to Oakleigh at 4.30 pm and 5.30 pm Degani Bakery Cafe – 92/3 Separation St, Northcote Northcote Plaza. Departs 10.30 am with return to Northcote at 5.00 pm. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

James Gunn Once Again Directing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3

first_imgStay on target 2. It’s not to say I’m better, but I am very, very different than I was a few years ago; today I try to root my work in love and connection and less in anger. My days saying something just because it’s shocking and trying to get a reaction are over.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 20, 2018He later released a statement, Deadline reports, accepting the decision, and apologizing again.“Regardless of how much time has passed, I understand and accept the business decisions taken today. Even these many years later, I take full responsibility for the way I conducted myself then,” it read. “…To everyone inside my industry and beyond, I again offer my deepest apologies.”We shouldn’t be surprised. This is just what Disney does. One whiff of controversy, one inkling that you might put a toe out of line, and you’re gone. It happened to Phil Lord and Chris Miller when they were working on Solo. It happened to Edgar Wright on Ant-Man, and now it’s happened to Gunn. Only this time, it also sent a message that if you criticize their leader these pissy men on the internet will turn their whatabout megaphone on you, and Disney will listen to them.Is it possible Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will still turn out to be a good movie? Sure. There are other talented directors out there. But it’ll be tainted now. There will always be a version that could have been if only a multi-billion-dollar company didn’t cave to fake outrage.Twitter was a mistake. Update 2: Months after the initial tweet controversy seemed to kill all chances of James Gunn directing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Deadline is now reporting that Disney has miraculously changed its mind and will rehire the writer/director to finish his Marvel trilogy after finishing Suicide Squad 2 for rival DC.Update: the Guardians of the Galaxy cast (Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Pom Klementieff, and Michael Rooker) has just released this statement.They “fully support” of James Gunn.A few words from the Guardians of the Galaxy #wearegroot— Karen Gillan (@karengillan) July 30, 2018Well that’s one way to take down someone you don’t like. Director James Gunn, who made the wonderful, funny, surprisingly heartfelt Guardians of the Galaxy movies has been let go from the third one. Why? Because some conservative personalities on Twitter dug through his history to knock him down one. It worked. And now the guy who made two sincere space operas about nostalgia, family and abandonment (with kickass ’70s soundtracks) has been kicked off the third one, according to The Hollywood Reporter.Look, there’s no denying the old tweets were bad. They were shitty and hurtful, and they probably should never have been written. They’re exactly the kind of edgelord attempts at humor most self-described provocateurs make. They suck, but they’re not new. The tweets collected and distributed by conservative personalities on Twitter were written between 2008 and 2011, all before Gunn was hired by Disney. They weren’t a secret. They aren’t new. They’re a public part of Gunn’s past, and crucially, he does not tweet like that now. People grow and change over ten years. I guarantee there’s not a single person reading this who’d be entirely proud of their social media activity in 2008.But it’s not about those tweets. Not really. See, Gunn is still as outspoken as he ever was. Only now, his tweets tend to take more of a political focus. He’s fiercely critical of President Trump, and that’s what this is really all about. The right needed an easy target, and they had to go ten years into the past to find one. It doesn’t matter though, because it worked. Disney caved to bad faith complaints from a bunch of self-important internet trolls.“The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him,” Walt Disney chairman Alan Horn said as though this information wasn’t publicly available when the company hired him.Gunn responded in a series of tweets explaining where he was when those tweets were made. Dark Phoenix Trailer Released & More Marvel Movie NewsDaredevil Has a Poster, Captain Marvel Has a Secret & More MCU News Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Never Miss Another Putt With Nissans SelfDriving Golf Ball

first_img Despite the best efforts of automakers like Tesla the public still isn’t all that trustworthy of self-driving cars. Nissan engineers came up with a fun little way to warm people up to the idea, and it took real balls to do it.Golf balls, that is. Nissan’s crew took the technology that powers their vehicles’ driver assist features and used them to create the ProPilot ball. It’s guaranteed to find the hole on the first putt, every time.It doesn’t matter how bad your aim is. It doesn’t even matter if you bother to aim at all. It also doesn’t matter if you don’t hit the ball hard enough or if you hit it too hard. Nissan’s system, based on their updated ProPilot 2.0 tech, will automatically make all the course corrections needed to put the ball in the hole.The ball itself is a bit like a souped-up Sphero. A camera with a clear overhead view keeps tabs on the position of the ball and the cup. The brains behind the system is an AI that processes information from the camera and then passes navigational instructions on to the ball.Clearly a golf ball that finds its own way home isn’t going to change opinions about self-driving cars overnight… but it’ll put a few smiles on faces and give people something to talk about around the water cooler.On the sporting front, I’m thinking PGA tour golfer Bryson DeChambeau may want to get in touch with Nissan. Cutting the time he spends sizing up a putt from two minutes to a few seconds ought to get the other tour pros off his back about his glacial pace on the greens. ProPilot balls may not be tour-approved but maybe they’ll be willing to make an exception this time.As for the rest of us non-card-holding golfers, with Nissan’s ProPilot balls in your bag we’ll never find ourselves doing this on the course again:Watch This Next: This Tiny Autonomous Drone Will Upgrade Your Selfie GameMore on’s Newest EV Is an Ice Cream TruckNissan’s Recycled EV Batteries Power ‘Off-Grid’ AdventuresWorld’s First All-Weather Autonomous Bus Rolls Out in Finland Stay on target Scania Unveils Multi-Purpose Autonomous Vehicle ConceptUS Postal Service Begins Testing Self-Driving Trucks last_img read more

Juventus can win all trophies this season says Marotta

first_imgJuventus director Beppe Marotta believes that they have “put together a very competitive team because we want to go all the way in all our objectives.”Juventus is playing their first home game of the season today against Lazio, and Ronaldo was handed his home debut too.Juventus director Marotta is confident that with the signings they have made, that Juventus can win all the trophies they compete for this season.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“In this squad there is no classic divide between first choice and substitutes, they are all co-starters here. We put together a very competitive team because we want to go all the way in all our objectives,” Marotta told Sky Sport Italia, via Football Italia.“The club supports the work of the Coach on a daily level. The players understand they can’t always start and are all very professional, so the frequent squad rotation allows them all to be in good shape and mentally engaged.“It takes real intelligence to get the players to accept and embrace that situation, certainly more so than in recent years.”last_img read more

Rohingya shifting being delayed

first_imgRohingya refugee camp in Cox`s BazarBangladesh has postponed plans to begin relocating Rohingya Muslims to a remote island, officials said Monday, amid staunch opposition to the controversial idea among refugees living near the Myanmar border.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina was slated to open the new settlement built to house 100,000 refugees on Bhashan Char on 3 October, despite warnings the silty strip was prone to violent weather.But a spokesman for Bangladesh’s armed forces, which has overseen the $280 million-effort to transform the muddy islet into a habitable camp, said the opening ceremony had been delayed.”We will announce a new date soon,” Lieutenant Colonel Alamgir Kabir told AFP, without providing further details.The controversial plan, first floated in 2015, was already well behind schedule.Officials previously said they wanted to start moving refugees from overcrowded camps near the border with Myanmar to the island in June, before the monsoon season began.A senior disaster management official told AFP in September that nearly three quarters of the project was complete, with the navy fast-tracking construction of shelters and evacuation centres.No reason was provided for the latest delay.But the proposal to uproot the refugees to a remote island that only rose from the sea in 2006 remains unpopular in the teeming Rohingya camps.The island is one hour by boat from the nearest land but violent storms make the journey by sea dangerous or sometimes impossible.”It is cut off from the mainland. What if someone needs emergency medical attention?” said Rohingya community leader Abdul Gowffer.The UN has insisted that any relocation to Bhashan Char be voluntary.Local authorities have been seeking to reassure refugees that they will be safe on the island.”We are still working on it. We’re talking to the families,” Bangladesh’s Refugee Commissioner Mohammad Abul Kalam told AFP.One million displaced Muslims live cheek by jowl on hillside shanties near the Myanmar border, in conditions aid groups warn put them at risk from floods, landslides and disease.There was a further push to get the plan off the ground after 700,000 Rohingya, fleeing a violent crackdown in Myanmar in August last year, poured into southeast Bangladesh.But rights groups have warned it is too risky to house refugees on the island. Hundreds of thousands have died in Bangladesh from natural disasters in the last 50 years, mostly in coastal areas near Bhashan Char.Local officials have pointed to a newly-constructed three-metre (nine-feet) high embankment around the island they say will keep out tidal surges in the event of a cyclone.But refugees remain wary.”Any strong blow from a cyclone and, God forbid, the shelters would be wiped out,” said a community leader, Mohammad Shoyeb.last_img

Vice Devalued Disney Writes Off 157 Million of Its Stake in Struggling

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 A Vice rep declined to comment on Disney’s write-down or its current valuation.In any case, Disney is set to boost its ownership in Vice: The media conglomerate will obtain 21st Century Fox’s stake in Vice Media under the $71.3 billion asset deal between Disney and 21CF, expected to close in the first half of 2019. Fox had originally invested $70 million in Vice in 2013 for a 5% stake at the time (giving Vice an implied valuation of $1.4 billion five years ago).Disney’s devaluation of Vice comes as revenue growth at Vice has stalled and the company is struggling to reduce costs under new CEO Nancy Dubuc. The company, whose operations span multiple websites, TV shows, magazines and the Viceland cable network, is trying to avoid layoffs per se and is looking to reduce headcount by instituting a hiring freeze and not hiring replacements for staffers who quit.The belt-tightening at Vice was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, which said it’s looking to reduce headcount by 10%-15%. A source familiar with Vice said there’s no hard percentage is targeting for the staff reduction. In addition to the hiring freeze, Dubuc is planning to consolidate Vice’s roughly one dozen vertical sites (which the company calls “channels”) by half, the Journal reported.In July 2017, Vice cut around 2% of its 3,000 employees across multiple departments while expanding internationally and boosting video production.Dubuc, formerly CEO of A+E Networks, joined Vice as CEO earlier this year in the wake of a sexual-harassment scandal at the company that resulted in the exit or firing of several execs. Co-founder and ex-CEO Shane Smith moved into a new role as executive chairman.For 2018, the company is expecting revenue of $600 million-$650 million — flat with last year, the Journal reported. Vice is pegging a loss of over $50 million this year, versus a loss of over $100 million last year, per the WSJ. Last week Dubuc said she expects Vice to become profitable again within the next fiscal year. The CEO noted that Vice was profitable a few years ago, before it invested heavily in the launch of the Viceland cable channel and international expansion.Vice, which is reliant on digital advertising, is far from the only company hurt by the recent downturn in digital media. This week internet-video producer Defy Media announced that it had ceased operations, with the owner of content brands including Smosh and Clevver blaming “market conditions” for its demise.Correction: An earlier version of this story said Disney’s write-down suggested that Vice’s valuation had declined by more than $2 billion. However, that estimate did not account for Disney’s ownership position in A+E Networks, which holds an 18% stake in Vice. Factoring that it, the Disney write-down implies Vice’s valuation has dropped more than $800 million since its funding in mid-2017. UPDATED: Vice Media, after flying high with an eye-popping $5.7 billion valuation, is falling back to Earth.On Thursday, Disney disclosed a $157 million write-down on its stake in Vice as part of reporting results for the September 2018 quarter.That represents a decline of around 40% from Disney’s original $400 million investment in Vice three years ago. Disney has a direct 11% ownership stake in Vice (as of Sept. 29, 2018). But the math here gets opaque: Disney’s stake also encompasses A+E Networks’ 20% stake in Vice; Disney owns 50% of A+E in a joint venture with Hearst Corp.Meanwhile, Vice’s valuation increased from $4 billion at the time of Disney’s direct investment to the $5.7 billion valuation after it received $450 million in new funding in June 2017 from private-equity firm TPG. So that means Disney’s ownership stake in Vice appreciated in value. It’s not clear what Brooklyn-based Vice is valued at now, but Disney’s write-down (based on its estimated 21% total stake in Vice) suggests Vice has lost around $750 million in value since the TPG funding. Popular on Variety last_img read more

Analogy of cochlea as resonator could lead to artificial copies

first_imgThis image shows the cochlea of a rabbit, which is very similar to that of most mammals, including humans. The three rows of outer hair cells could act like electrodes on a SAW resonator. Image Credit: Andrew Bell (originally from Counter, et al.). This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Using squirting waves and the SAW configuration, the cochlea could theoretically provide sharp resonance frequencies typical of the human ear, in the range of 20 to 20,000 Hz.“The idea is that cells are not lonely, independent entities unaware of other cells,” said Bell. “Instead, cells appear in populations and cooperatively interact so as to perform signal processing. We have long known that nerve cells process information via a network of interactions (neural nets), but here we see a preneural example: outer hair cells act both to detect sound and pass it on to neighboring cells, which do the same. Shuttling of signals back and forth leads to positive feedback and frequency analysis, and this might prompt us to look for similar interactions among other sensing cells. Visual, olfactory, and balance cells, for example, could well work in similar ways.”Bell speculates that the main reason past artificial cochleas fell short is that their designers focused on the passive traveling wave picture. But building a cochlea based on the active processes residing in the resonator analogy may, Bell thinks, open up a much more effective way forward.“A SAW-like cochlea would form a rugged spectral analyzer—a reasoning behind existing artificial cochleas—but it could be much more sensitive then existing prototypes,” said Bell.Bell explained that more experiments and testing will determine if this idea is accurate. He also added that there may be some exciting characteristics of the ear to discover.“Future research needs to be directed to validating the SAW resonator model,” he said. “But then there are finer features which call for explanation, too. What is the purpose of the ‘V’ shape of the stereocilia, for example? There is reason to think it could relate to detecting musical ratios in sounds, and if so this would give a marvelous physical underpinning to our remarkable musical sense. The cochlea may be highly tuned—and musical.”Citation: Bell, Andrew. “Sensors, motors, and tuning in the cochlea: interacting cells could form a surface acoustic wave resonator.” Bioinspiration and Biomimetics 1 (2006) 96-101.By Lisa Zyga, Copyright 2006 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of A SAW resonator (top) has two sets of electrodes that generate and detect electromechanical ripples. With a similar structure, the cochlea (bottom) could use outer hair cells to sense and create standing waves. Image Credit: Andrew Bell. In developing his new idea, Bell was inspired by a discovery in 1978 that most human ears continuously emit very pure, soft tones—sounds which can be picked up with a sensitive microphone. The current theory of a hydrodynamical traveling wave stimulating hair cell stereocilia does not easily accommodate such fine tuning, leading Bell to propose that the outer hair cells in the cochlea actively cooperate to amplify sound. “When you listen to a recording of the sound that the cochlea makes, you hear something like a carillon of wind chimes,” Bell told “It’s easy to get the impression that something seems to be resonating.”He considered a design where the cochlea would function like a SAW resonator, a device in solid-state electronics commonly used in cell phones due to its small size. SAW resonators use rows of electrodes to process signals by creating electromechanical waves between them whose wavelengths correspond to the spacing of the electrodes. Bell noted a striking characteristic of the outer hair cells: they always lie in three well-defined rows, much like the electrodes on a SAW resonator. Bell thinks that the waves align with the rows of hair cells, with the first and third rows being in antiphase with the middle row. Such SAW-like behavior would also correspond well with results from past experiments in auditory science.Further, like a SAW resonator, the cochlear amplifier would operate in a feedback circuit mediated by the waves. Because the hair cells are linked to soft structures such as the gelatinous tectorial membrane, feedback in the cochlea would require a slow-moving wave, one with a very short wavelength. Recently, a prime candidate for such a wave has been identified: called “squirting waves,” these waves arise in fluids constrained in ways similar to those found in the cochlea. center_img In attempting to construct an artificial cochlea—and faced with limited knowledge of how the living chamber works—scientists might need to look no further than a simple electronic device: a surface acoustic wave (SAW) resonator. Recently, scientist Andrew Bell suggested that the cochlea exhibits similar structure and electromechanical properties to this common piece of circuitry. Citation: Analogy of cochlea as resonator could lead to artificial copies (2007, January 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The cochlea—a spiral-shaped, hollow bone in the inner ear—plays a vital role in sensing, processing, and amplifying sounds. The common understanding of the workings of the cochlea centers on its passive behavior, in which tiny hair cells create electrical signals from vibrations in the surrounding fluid.last_img read more

4 Tech Trends Shaping the Future of Media and Entertainment

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. June 18, 2019 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global The last decade has seen massive changes in how consumers view media, how businesses create those media and how marketers advertise on them. Cable TV, for example, lost an unprecedented number of customers in Q3 of 2018, according to The Wall Street Journal, as people opted for subscription-based TV services. And live video streaming is captivating viewers and marketers alike, with adoption rates at 35 percent in 2018, up from 28 percent in 2017, according to Social Media Examiner.Related: 3 Startups That Are Using Technology to Reinvent EntertainmentEven cryptocurrency has found its footing in the media and entertainment world, operating as a more decentralized mode of payment that many creators and users prefer.The platforms through which we are exposed to music, movies and other forms of media are evolving at such a pace that it is difficult to wrap our heads around this phenomenon. And, despite this pace at which the entertainment sector is evolving, we can make certain predictions that will be beneficial to all involved: 1. Artificial intelligenceAs it’s doing in many other industries, artificial intelligence is making a splash. One of the first examples of AI influence in the media and entertainment industry is TiVo, a cable service that made personalized recommendations based on the user’s watching habits.Today, AI is making the process of creating new content significantly more efficient for businesses, publications and online creators. Even Forbes is using a bot named Bertie, which “recommends article topics for contributors based on their previous output, headlines based on the sentiment of their pieces, and images too,” Digiday reported.Similarly, AI can be used to quickly create new ads and movie trailers, and to streamline pre- and post-production processes, making all steps involved more cohesive, less costly and faster.2. Virtual and augmented realityWhile the use of VR and AR in media and entertainment is relatively new, those alternative realities are already captivating consumers and making businesses money. Captive, for instance, has paired blockchain tech with AR to create new user experiences in which consumers interact with brands in new and entertaining ways. Once users register with the app, they can acquire “Captive coins.” Those coins can then be used to buy real goods in the Captive marketplace.In the same way Pokémon GO operates (as another example of augmented reality), businesses can encourage shoppers to visit their brick-and-mortar locations by rewarding users with tokens in exchange for visiting the business.Disney has a similar vision with its Play Disney Parks app. The app provides games that users can play while they are waiting in line at Disney theme parks. Using Bluetooth beacons, Disney tracks where players are located in real time and then asks players to search for markers near their locations. Players can also use the app to trigger real-world events. Example: While standing in line near Peter Pan’s Flight ride, players can make Tinkerbell appear inside a lantern.In 2017 The Global Entertainment and Media outlook forecast predicted that by 2020, VR content revenue would increase to $5 billion, making it one of the hottest trends in the media and entertainment industry.  3. Personalized advertisementsDue to the increased personalization made possible by AI, it’s likely that generalized, traditional advertisements and product placements will soon be non-existent. These methods will be phased out in favor of more targeted, personalized content. Imagine, for instance, a commercial using your name, or referencing a specific behavior that you took — sound crazy? Well, 71 percent of consumers prefer personalized ads, and — for that reason — marketers are doing more and more of it, according to Adlucent.It’s only a matter of time until ads become so personalized (with the use of AI, behavioral data, and even facial recognition) that every ad out there is directed at a specific buyer persona and, eventually, a specific person.Related: M17 Entertainment Launches Live And Social Commerce Service In Asia4. BlockchainBlockchain is another element that has the potential to radically change the entertainment industry. One of the sector’s primary problems is that creators are often financially robbed by distributors and labels. But Blockchain has the potential to remove the middle man from entertainment and media distribution.ENX Coin, started by RoccStar Youngblood, is one of the first examples of a decentralized streaming platform through which creators, producers and consumers can take part in a more equitable system. Youngblood’s music career reads like a Who’s Who Hollywood List — he’s produced hits for Chris Brown, Fergie, Jlo, Usher, Prince Royce and others — and he aims to bring decentralization and efficiency to a space that has been notoriously resistant. He also wants to provide new distribution models to remove the middleman by going directly to consumers.His platform offers access to streaming services and live events for music, movies and TV. ENX coin specifically uses blockchain to create a forgery-resistant currency that provides transparency for all involved.At this point, many questions arise about the entertainment sector and those who invest in it; it is difficult to know what will happen to collective viewership, or to major labels. Yet while we can’t predict how the industry will evolve, we can make certain predictions based on what has occurred.Related: 4 Ways Technology Is Changing the Events IndustryAnd here increased personalization is key, just as it is in the marketing world. This means increased personalization in both viewing choices and advertising. So it’s safe to assume that there will be changes to the way media is made and distributed, and to the use of blockchain, such as ENX coin demonstrates, which will (hopefully) emphasize fairness, new distribution channels and transparency. Register Now »last_img read more

first_img News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality August 15, 2019 — Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the… read more News | Cardio-oncology | July 29, 2019 Statins Reduce Stroke, Cardiovascular Risk in Cancer Patients Following Radiation July 29, 2019 — Cancer patients taking cholesterol-lowering statin medication following… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial August 15, 2019 — Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems August 7, 2019 — Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton… 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 | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 August 2, 2019 — Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify… read more The radiation therapy channel covers all aspects of radiation oncology technology. Radiation therapy includes linear accelerators (LINAC), proton therapy, brachytherapy, image guided radiation therapy (IGRT), focused ultrasound, stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), treatment planning systems and tomotherapy. News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect July 31, 2019 — The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy August 16, 2019 — A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Videos | AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Efforts to Define the Roles of Medical Physicists and Assistants for Regulators Brent Parker, Ph.D., DABR, professor… read more Radiation Therapy Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Creating a Low-cost Radiotherapy System for the Developing World Paul Liu, Ph.D.,… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center August 8, 2019 ―… read more Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia… read more Videos | Brachytherapy Systems | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: New Alpha Emitter Brachytherapy Seeds in Development Lior Arazi, Ph.D., assistant professor at… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec.center_img Videos | AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Trends in Medical Physics at the AAPM 2019 meeting … read more VIDEO: Creating a Low-cost Radiotherapy System for the Developing World Paul Liu, Ph.D., post-doctoral research associate, Image X Institute at the University of Sydney, Australia, explains how his… 12345PreviousNext VIDEO: Efforts to Define the Roles of Medical Physicists and Assistants for Regulators Brent Parker, Ph.D., DABR, professor of radiation physics and medical physicist at MD Anderson Cancer Center, explains how the American Association of Physicists in… Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Machine Learning to Automate Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident,… read more Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS… read more 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 from the month of July 2019. This is based on the website’s 162,367 pageviews for the month: News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | July 19, 2019 Stronger Distribution Networks to Bolster Radiotherapy Patient Positioning Accessories July 17, 2019 — A recent study projects global market revenues for… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas August 6, 2019 — IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a… 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 | 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… read more VIDEO: Trends in Medical Physics at the AAPM 2019 meeting Mahadevappa Mahesh, Ph.D., chief of medical physicist and professor of radiology and medical physics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, and treasurer of the… Videos | Radiation Oncology | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of a Fully Self-contained Brain Radiotherapy System Stephen Sorensen, Ph.D., DABR,… read more 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… read more VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with… 123456789…next ›last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Travellers can find suite love at stunning Semara Uluwatu this Valentine’s Day on a pampering couple’s escape complete with romantic dinner, relaxing spa treatment, daily VIP beach club access and more.Priced from AU$1380 per stay, the package includes two nights’ accommodation in a luxury suite, daily breakfast, a romantic dinner for two, a 130-minute relaxing couple’s spa treatment, VIP entry to Finns Beach Club daily, butler on request plus free Wi-Fi, gym, tennis court hire and use of putting green.The special offer is valid for travel from 1 to 29 February 2016.For extra indulgence on Valentine’s Day 14 February, the resort is offering a special dinner from AU$200 per couple at Finns Beach Club  which will include a five-course sharing menu, glass of Plaga Rose on arrival, spa voucher and 10% off all champagne and wine by the bottle.Providing the ultimate oasis of luxury and intimacy, the suites at Semara Luxury Villa Resort are nestled in tropical gardens where guests can enjoy stunning surrounds and facilities including dining area, media room, cliff-top infinity pools and a private beach.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

DuVernay says watch When They See Us at your own

first_imgDuVernay says watch ‘When They See Us’ at your own pace LOS ANGELES — Netflix is made for bingeing, but filmmaker Ava DuVernay thinks that audiences should watch her Central Park Five miniseries “When They See Us ” at their own pace.The four-part series explores the true story of five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were coerced into confessing to a rape they didn’t commit in 1989 and follows them over the course of 25 years. It’s currently available to Netflix subscribers.DuVernay said the viewing experience will be different for everyone.“I think it really is going to depend on where you are politically and culturally,” she said in an interview last month. “For some people this is all going to be new, like, ‘Wait, what?’ And for other people it’s deeply felt because they’ve experienced it in their lives as people of colour or people who faced injustice.”While many might choose to watch all five hours in one sitting, the “Selma” filmmaker knows that method might now work for all.“I shared it with a bunch of people and some people really need to take breaks after and some people want to power through,” DuVernay said.She experienced something similar when her Oscar-nominated prison system documentary “13th” hit the streaming service in 2016.“There were people that couldn’t watch that straight through and it was only 100 minutes,” she said. “But Netflix gives you the luxury of being able to do it in a space and at a time when you’re comfortable. It’s always there. And I think that’s what this offering is. Hopefully people will engage with it where and when they want.”The storytelling itself is intended to be a little unconventional, even for people immersed in true crime stories. DuVernay wanted to blend aspects of the “crime drama” and the “family drama” genres to “really dig into truth and justice.”“A lot of the crime dramas deal with the sensational element. They deal with the spectacle of the crime, the spectacle of the loss. Family dramas usually have nuance or are a bit slower,” she said. “I tried to put those together in a way that I don’t feel I’ve seen a lot of, especially applied to black people.”She also hopes that those inclined to watch things like “The Night Of” and “Making a Murderer” will want to dig into this story in a similar way.“This is true. This is real. This has political repercussions. Can we apply that genre of the crime drama that’s become so popular now and in the limited series format and apply that to a case that has real world stakes even now?” DuVernay said. “I don’t know what the answer is. We’ll see.”Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted May 31, 2019 8:12 am PDT This image released by Netflix shows Freddy Miyares as Adult Raymond Santana Jr. and John Leguizamo as Raymond Santana Sr., right, in a scene from “When They See Us.” (Atsushi Nishijima/Netflix via AP) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more