Nova Scotians Among Gemini Nominees

first_imgNOTE: A list of Nova Scotia nominees follows this release. Nova Scotia-based television productions have earned a total of 29 nominations for the upcoming 20th Annual Gemini Awards. Sex Traffic, a two-part miniseries produced by Chester-based Big Motion Pictures, leads with 14 nominations. The series tells the disturbing tale of two sisters who are sold into slavery and trafficked from eastern to western Europe. Produced as a co-production between Canada and the United Kingdom, Sex Traffic aired in both countries to critical acclaim. “Once again, Nova Scotia demonstrates that we are home to incredible talent and produce award-winning shows,” said Ernest Fage, Minister responsible for the Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation. “To be nominated by their peers is significant recognition of the creativity and passion of those who make film their life’s work.” Another 15 nominations were went to a variety of Nova Scotia-produced programs including the television series This Hour Has 22 Minutes, and Body of Knowledge, and the documentary Diet of Souls. The Trailer Park Boys Season 4, the Trailer Park Boys Christmas Special, POKO, Chef at Large, Street Cents, The Halifax Comedy Festival and the 2005 East Coast Music Awards also received nominations. “Nova Scotia productions continue to be recognized on the national stage not only for the quality of the productions but because the stories are compelling, humorous and informative — they continue to resonate with audiences across the country and around the world,” said Ann MacKenzie, chief executive officer of the Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation. The Gemini Awards are a presentation of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, a national, non-profit, professional association dedicated to promoting, recognizing and celebrating exceptional achievements in the Canadian film and television industries. The Gemini Awards will air on Global television on Nov. 19. The Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation is a provincial Crown corporation reporting to the minister of Economic Development. The corporation provides a wide range of programs and services to build the capacity and competitiveness of the province’s film, television and new media industries. The provincial film industry is the fourth largest in Canada, regularly exceeding $100 million in economic activity annually.last_img read more

AAP to contest Maharashtra assembly elections

first_imgMumbai: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is gearing up to contest the upcoming Maharashtra assembly elections for the first time, a top party leader announced on Friday. “This is the AAP’s maiden foray in the state assembly election. Though the exact number of seats is yet to be finalized, we may tentatively target contesting around 60-70 constituencies where we have a good support base,” AAP national spokesperson Preeti Sharma-Menon told IANS. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP had contested all the 48 seats in the state but failed to win any in the wake of the BJP wave then. After the defeat, the party kept off the assembly elections that year and also the 2019 Lok Sabha polls in the state, both swept by the ruling NDA. The AAP has constituted a 11-member Campaign Committee headed by Ranga Rachure and solicited applications from probable candidates across the state. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Explaining the decision, Sharma-Menon said that despite the electorate voting for change in the 2014 assembly polls, the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena government led by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has proved “to be a colossal failure on all fronts”. “Once known as a progressive state, today it plagued with large-scale agrarian distress, farmland suicides, rising unemployment, poor law and order, growing crimes, widespread corruption, droughts, floods, economic slowdown,” she alleged. On the other hand, instead of holding the government accountable and ensuring respite to the suffering citizens, the Oppositon parties are in disarray and failed their basic constitutional obligations, said Sharma-Menon. “The AAP was born out of a mass anti-corruption movement which has demonstrated – through the work by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal – that clean politics and a new political culture can deliver and set new records of good governance. “Our revolutionary work in providing quality eduation, healthcare, cheapest electricity in the country, potable water for all, world-class public infrastructure and other achievements have received accolades from all over,” she said. Sharma-Menon assured that the AAP would aim to provide Maharashtra with a viable alternative and become the peoples’ voice in speaking truth to power.last_img read more

Kevin Hart and Just For Laughs Join Forces in Search of The

first_imgAdvertisement Kevin Hart, CEO of Laugh Out Loud commented, “I want to create a stage for the next generation of comedic storytellers. I’m excited about partnering with Just for Laughs to find talented filmmakers and give them a platform on LOL.”Bruce Hills, CEO at Just For Laughs, added, “Kevin is a generous supporter of young, diverse and creative talent. We are thrilled to partner with Kevin, Jeff Clanagan and LOL to introduce the funniest short films to a new generation of viewers and festival attendees.”Films submitted must speak to a diverse, multicultural, millennial audience and be no less than 3 nor more than 22 minutes in length (including credits). All types of comedic genres will be accepted — from mockumentaries to romantic comedies. All languages will be accepted but subtitles must be in English. For full submission details and guidelines visit: Hart is one of comedy’s biggest stars with a celebrated and award-winning career that has seen the talented entertainer become one of the industry’s most important and influential voices. He has a long association with Just For Laughs, which he credits with helping launch his career. Hart has been a regular at the Just For Laughs Festival since debuting at “New Faces” in 2001. In 2016, Hart teamed with Just For Laughs to present Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Network Pitch Panel. He astounded everyone at the pitch panel when he optioned all 10 pilot ideas for the Laugh Out Loud Network. Hart will be appearing in two upcoming feature films: Jumanji and Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.Just For Laughs ComedyPRO runs from July 26 – 29, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Montreal, part of the 35th annual Just for Laughs Festival, which takes place from July 12 – 31st, 2017.About ComedyPRO:Just For Laughs ComedyPRO is a unique, annual global gathering of the biggest players in the comedy industry. The event takes place during the peak industry/media/performer dates of the Just For Laughs Festival. You simply cannot get any closer than this to the people who truly make comedy happen! Registrants for this one-of-a-kind, four-day industry experience gain exclusive access to some of the most sought-after events in all of comedy, including keynotes, panels, ‘In Conversation’ sessions, industry luncheons, cocktail parties, and exclusive live performances from comedy’s buzziest podcast hosts.About the Just For Laughs Group:Founded in 1983, the Just For Laughs Group has had but one goal in its 30-plus years of operation: make people happy. To achieve this goal, the Just For Laughs Group has focused on four major products: festivals in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney; television production including Gags seen in over 130 countries and on over 75 airlines; stand-up specials and live shows, such as Canadian tour dates for Jerry Seinfeld, Louis C.K., Jim Gaffigan and the Just For Laughs Comedy Tour; and talent management. The Just For Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival is the world’s largest and most prestigious comedy event welcoming on average 1.35 million visitors to Montreal each summer and generating approximately $80 million for the city’s economy. The Group has offices in Montreal, Paris, Los Angeles, Toronto, London and are all connected to each other via the Internet. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Montreal, PQ [April 18, 2017] — The over-the-top comedy streaming service Laugh Out Loud (LOL) and the Just For Laughs Festival, presented by Videotron in association with Loto-Québec, have joined forces in search of the funniest short films in the U.S. and Canada with Laugh Out Loud Presents: Just For Laughs Eat My Shorts, an initiative bringing together the world’s biggest comedy star and the world’s biggest comedy festival. Laugh Out Loud, an OTT partnership between Kevin Hart and global content leader Lionsgate, launches this summer.Starting today, filmmakers are invited to review the submission guidelines at and then follow the instructions to submit their work. The deadline is May 15, 2017.Twenty films will be selected by a team of Just For Laughs and LOL programming experts to stream on the LOL website and app when it launches this summer. LOL fans will then have the chance to vote for their favorites. The top five films selected will be screened at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal on Thursday, July 27, 2017, where Hart will personally announce the winner. The winning individual or team will receive a development deal to direct a new short film that will air exclusively on LOL. Twitterlast_img read more

CPSC warns against Rock n Plays for babies over 3 months

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says infants older than 3 months, or those who can roll over, should not use Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Plays because of multiple deaths.The agency and Fisher-Price parent Mattel Inc. said Friday they are aware of at least 10 infant deaths in the Rock ‘n Plays since 2015 after infants rolled from their back to their stomach or side, while unrestrained. All 10 were infants 3 months or older.The CPSC says it previously warned consumers to use restraints in the infant inclined-sleep products.Fisher-Price says its sleeper meets all safety standards and reminded parents to use restraints, put infants on their backs to sleep, and ensure that no blankets or pillows are placed in the sleeper.The Associated Press

Petrowest Corp is operating on borrowed time from its lenders as EBITDA

CALGARY — Petrowest Corp. is operating on borrowed time from its lenders.The oilfield and forestry services company says it has until Jan. 18 to provide a 2016 budget to get temporary relief from some of its debt commitments.Most of the commitments relate to Petrowest’s adjusted EBITDA, a measure of earnings that has fallen dramatically.Oil to stay below $50 for two years, while other commodities rebound, Scotiabank saysLNG hope and OPEC’s tightrope: What’s in store for Canada’s oil patch in 2016Canada’s oilpatch adjusts to the ‘new normal’ after a year of painAs of Sept. 30, the Calgary-based company had generated $10.62 million of adjusted EBITDA for the first nine months of 2015, down from $27.6 million in the comparable period of 2014.One of Petrowest’s covenants is to maintain a minimum of $20.7 million adjusted EBITDA for four consecutive quarters.Petrowest’s lenders have granted waivers on its debt covenants until Feb. 29, subject to the budget condition.The company, which operates primarily in northern Alberta and northeastern British Columbia, provides a number of services such as construction, hauling, landfill operation and equipment rentals. read more

Liberal carbon price at 10 a tonne in 2018 rising to 50

by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 3, 2016 12:34 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 3, 2016 at 12:45 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Liberal carbon price at $10 a tonne in 2018, rising to $50 by 2022 The CN tower is framed by the smoke stacks at the Portlands Energy Centre in Toronto. PHOTO: THE CANADIAN PRESS Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has pre-empted climate change negotiations with Canada’s premiers, announcing that the federal government will impose a pan-Canadian floor price on carbon pollution.Trudeau revealed Monday his plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, starting in 2018 with a low carbon price of $10 per tonne that would rise by $10 per tonne each year until it reaches $50 per tonne in 2022.And he gave the provinces just two options for implementing that price: either impose their own direct price on carbon that meets or exceeds the national floor price, as British Columbia has already done, or set up a cap and trade system, such as Ontario and Quebec are developing.If any province or territory does not implement one of the two options by 2018, “the government of Canada will implement a price in that jurisdiction” Trudeau warned, adding that all revenue would be given to the province or territory in which it is generated.“There is no hiding from climate change,” he told the Commons. “It is real and it is everywhere.”“We cannot undo the last 10 years of inaction. What we can do is make a real and honest effort — today and every day — to protect the health of our environment, and with it, the health of all Canadians.”The prime minister made the announcement as he kicked off a debate in the House of Commons over whether Canada should ratify the Paris accord on climate change. It came as provincial environment ministers were meeting in Montreal with federal counterpart Catherine McKenna to hash out an agreement over carbon pricing.“The air was sucked out of the room,” Yukon’s Currie Dixon said of Trudeau’s announcement, calling it an odd way to build collaborative policy.And Scott Moe, Saskatchewan’s minister, said, “Many westerners will see this as ‘national energy program 2.0.”All three northern territories and Saskatchewan are opposed to carbon pricing.While Alberta’s NDP government supports a common price on carbon across the country, Premier Rachel Notley served notice that she’ll oppose the federal plan until she sees “serious concurrent progress” on the pipelines that her province needs to get its oil sands crude to tidewater.“Albertans have contributed very generously for many years to national initiatives to help other regions address economic challenges,” Notley said in a written statement.“What we are asking for now is that our landlock be broken, in one direction or another, so that we can get back on our feet.”Quebec’s David Heurtel, the chairman of the meeting, and Ontario’s Glen Murray both welcomed the new federal policy, saying it fully recognizes their provincial jurisdiction.Trudeau argued that pricing carbon pollution will give Canada a “significant advantage” in building a cleaner economy, compel businesses to innovate to find ways to reduce their emissions and create potentially hundreds of thousands of “new and exciting” clean tech jobs.Conservative environment critic Ed Fast accused Trudeau of taking a “sledgehammer” to the provinces after having promised to usher in a new era of federal-provincial collaboration.NDP environment critic Linda Duncan and Green Party leader Elizabeth May said the plan falls short of what needs to be done, criticizing Trudeau for adopting the previous Harper government’s targets for reducing emissions which the Liberals used to call weak and inadequate.“We have the Conservative party thinking we go too far, we have the NDP thinking we’re not going far enough,” Trudeau observed.“I think — like most Canadians will think — that we have got the right balance.” read more

Syria Forces battling ISIL lose sight of ultimate aim to free civilians

“Surely the purpose of defeating ISIL should be to protect and assist civilians who have been suffering under their murderous regime,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a news release.“Given the extremely high number of reports of civilian casualties this month and the intensity of the airstrikes on Raqqa, coupled with ISIL’s use of civilians as human shields, I am deeply concerned that civilians – who should be protected at all times – are paying an unacceptable price and that forces involved in battling ISIL are losing sight of the ultimate goal of this battle,” he added.Between 1 and 29 August, the Coalition reports that it conducted 1,094 airstrikes on and near Raqqa city – up from 645 in July. In July, throughout the whole of Syria, a total of 885 airstrikes were conducted by the Coalition.The Russian air force, which operates separately from the Coalition, reported publicly that it had carried out 990 combat flights in Syria from 1 to 21 August and that 2,518 aviation strikes had been conducted.Airstrikes and ground-based strikes on Raqqa have resulted in a large number of civilians casualties. While it is difficult to get a full picture, the Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has managed to verify 151 civilian deaths in six incidents since 1 August 2017, in each of which more than 20 civilians were reportedly killed.Once Raqqa is retaken from ISIL, the next big battle will be Deir-ez-Zor“So as airstrikes bombard Raqqa, some 20,000 civilians are either trapped, or risk their lives to flee and end up confined in makeshift camps in areas controlled by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces under horrendous conditions until prolonged security procedures are completed, with no oversight on how they are treated and screened,” Mr. Zeid said.The High Commissioner called on all those with involvement or influence in the conflict to facilitate the rapid, safe departure of civilians wishing to leave Raqqa, and to ensure the protection of those who remain.OHCHR has also received information about ISIL forcibly conscripting civilians in Deir-ez-Zor, including children.“Once Raqqa is retaken from ISIL, the next big battle will be Deir-ez-Zor,” Mr. Zeid said, appealing to all the parties involved in the conflict in Syria to fully respect their obligations under international human rights law and international humanitarian law to protect the civilian population and civilian objects. read more

Ohio State womens soccer upsets Tennessee advances to second round of NCAA

The Ohio State women’s soccer team opened the NCAA tournament with a victory Saturday, knocking off regional No. 4 seed Tennessee, 3-0, in Knoxville, Tenn. Junior forward Tiffany Cameron netted two of OSU’s goals, including a seventh-minute strike that set the tone early. She now has a team-leading eight goals on the season. OSU extended its lead to 2-0 on a 68th minute goal from sophomore midfielder Kristen Niederhaus. Cameron followed that up with her second goal of the game six minutes later. The Buckeyes outshot the Volunteers, 20-10, including a 9-3 advantage in shots on goal. Senior goalie Katie Baumgardner only needed to make three saves on her way to picking up her seventh shutout of the season. It was also her fourth shutout in six career NCAA tournament contests. The Buckeyes haven’t been as successful as they have wanted on the offensive attack lately, so the three scores were a welcome sign for the Buckeyes and coach Lori Walker. “For a team that’s struggled to find the back of the net, it was critical for us to have (Cameron) find the back of the net,” Walker said following the game according to the team’s webpage. “I think we have known all along that we are a quality team but soccer’s a cruel game and sometimes you don’t always get the results. … Hopefully we can continue this run.” The Buckeyes (11-8-2) advance to play second-seeded Milwaukee in the second round at 5 p.m. Friday at Duke’s Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C. read more

Retrouver le chien des origines ya comme un os

first_imgRetrouver le chien des origines : y’a comme un os !Publiant son étude dans PNAS, une équipe internationale de scientifiques a cherché à établir le portrait de la (ou des) race(s) de chien à l’origine de celles d’aujourd’hui. Un écheveau génétique difficile à démêler, tant les croisements ont été nombreux au fil des millénaires…Dirigée par des chercheurs de l’Université britannique de Durham, une équipe internationale a analysé les données génétiques de loups ainsi que celles de 1.375 chiens appartenant à 35 races différentes, du lévrier afghan au Shar-Pei chinois. Le but de l’étude : établir quelle race de chien est la plus ancienne, ou même à quoi pouvait ressembler celle-ci. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais voilà : si certaines formes actuelles ressemblent à celles décrites dans les textes anciens ou représentées sur les monuments antiques, des millénaires de croisements tous azimuts ont brouillé les cartes… “Nous aimons vraiment nos chiens, et ils nous ont accompagnés à travers tous les continents. Ironie du sort, l’omniprésence des chiens combinée à l’ancienneté de leur histoire [évolutive] a obscurci leurs origines, et il est difficile pour nous de savoir comment le chien est devenu le meilleur ami de l’homme…”, a déclaré le Dr Greger Larson, auteur principal de l’étude. “Tous les chiens ont subi un grand nombre de croisements, à tel point que nous n’avons pas encore été en mesure de retracer tout le chemin vers leurs tout premiers ancêtres”, a t-il encore ajouté. Il semblerait donc que l’ancêtre de nos compagnons à quatre pattes ne soit pas sur le point de dévoiler ses mystères. Le 26 mai 2012 à 16:57 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

ProTip Dont Say You Write for Geekcom to Steal Stuff

first_img Woman Tries to Buy an Audi With Bills Printed on Inkjet PrinterFugitive Agrees to Turn Himself In If Facebook Post Gets 15,000 ‘L… UPDATE 2: Yes, there’s somehow a new update to this. Apparently since it’s a new year Mr. O’Brien believed he had clean slate to start trying to nab free products again by falsely claiming to write for Geek. That’s honestly the only explanation we can think of because somehow even after now being exposed multiple times by us and the companies he’s gone after, after deleting his fraudulent LinkedIn account, after emailing us to apologize, we recently got a tip from a kind PR person that in the year of our lord 2019 Dustin O’Brien is still trying to run this scheme. It was only after finding this article that the PR person knew not to give him what he asked for.It’s so wild we even still need to say this, but one more time for anyone reading. DUSTIN O’BRIEN DOES NOT WRITE FOR GEEK.COM. Don’t give him products if he says he’s reviewing them for us because he’s not. If you want to know who actually, honestly writes for Geek check out our handy About page. Enough with the (non-Street Sharks) lies. UPDATE: Even after exposing him in this story, causing him to delete his LinkedIn page and email us an apology, Dustin O’Brien is at it again. We got a tip from a TV vendor last week saying O’Brien (who has not and will never write for Geek) was following up on a request for a “review unit,” a request he first made before this story published but that he continued even after we revealed him as a fraud. Maybe he was looking for just one last score?We’ll admit it, one of the best perks of this job, one of the reasons many of us get into this job, is getting cool stuff before anyone else- and free – as long as you returned it. It’s already awesome enough to turn the tech and video games and toys of your youth into a career. But receiving much of it for free, before anyone else, really sweetens the deal.However, the essential part of that deal is that you’re still working a job. You’re not just playing with this cool stuff, you’re professionally evaluating it and writing thorough, honest, informative articles for readers. If you don’t hold up that part of the bargain, write about the stuff and then send it back, then you’re just a thief, and you make it that much harder for vendors to trust sending products to outlets and freelancers with integrity. Apparently, Dustin O’Brien didn’t get the memo.This farce started, at least as far as I know, nearly three years ago. One day we at Geek got a stern email from a representative at DJI. The company had lent out an expensive Phantom 4 drone to a Geek writer named Dustin O’Brien, but months had gone by without any coverage. Worse, the writer had stopped responding to emails asking for the drone back. How could let its employees behave this way?There was just one problem. Dustin O’Brien didn’t actually write for Geek. From what we can tell he just told that to DJI to score a free drone “review unit,” and claiming he worked for us sounded more credible than if he just had a random blog. Naturally, all the wronged parties reached out to Dustin for an explanation and the drone was returned without harm.You’d think that’d be the end of it? Imagine our surprise then when earlier this month we realized Mr. O’Brien was once again trying to pull off this same scheme. We got an email from our Nintendo contact saying Dustin was asking for a Nintendo Switch review unit, a year after the system had already shipped and we already published our review. Fortunately, since we already work closely with Nintendo our reps were suspicious of this unfamiliar “writer” with an ask this big. I had personally forgotten Dustin’s name but I remembered the drone incident, and I was shocked to see it was the same dude. Who would be that shameless?Even more shocking were other uncovered incidents with Dustin in my inbox PR contacts had sent me during the past few months. Not only was he after a Switch but also bikes and Razer PC hardware. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were attempts (even successful ones) to get products from vendors we haven’t even been tipped off about yet. Again, he was already caught doing this years ago, but just went right back at it.The chef’s kiss came from O’Brien’s LinkedIn page that listed him as a “Wirter” (his spelling, not ours) for since October 2017. We reached out to Dustin to see if he wanted to explain himself. He didn’t respond (UPDATE: After this article published Dustin has since responded and apologized) but all mentions of have since been scrubbed from his LinkedIn page, which implicates him but helps us since apparently LinkedIn doesn’t let you report fraudulent accounts. Here’s what the page used to look like.And here’s what it looks like now.So hopefully this will be the end of this techno-journalism thriller. Not since ExtremeTech Editor Jamie Lendino had his book stolen has a Ziff Davis blog been so egregiously bamboozled. If you’re a vendor wary of sending pricey products to someone with a non-corporate Gmail account, you can read this story and know to at least avoid this guy. And if you’re someone thinking about pulling a similar scheme here’s a pro-tip: Don’t.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#gracekennedymoneyservices, #westerunion Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 6, 2016 – GraceKennedy Money Services, home of Western Union wishes to advise, that our agent locations and offices will reopen for business at the regular time today, Wednesday, October 6, 2016.The management and staff of GraceKennedy Money Services joins the rest of the Turks and Caicos Islands in being grateful and giving thatnks that we were spared the full force of Hurricane Matthew.Grace Kennedy Money Services – The home of Western Unionlast_img

US 1 reopens after hit and run overturns vehicle

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Miami Police had to shutdown U.S. 1 at 37th Avenue for almost two hours after a vehicle overturned in a hit-and-run accident.The incident happened at around 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, and involved three drivers. Crews were able to flip one overturned vehicle that was spilling fuel, while another car sustained damage.7News was told that a third vehicle fled the scene and hit a road sign.Police have not confirmed the location of the hit-and-run driver.According to Miami Fire Rescue, no one has been transported from the accident.Police had to divert traffic at 42nd and 37th avenues, as they investigated and crews worked to clear the scene.The road was reopened at around 1 p.m. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

International StreamRipping Site Shut Down

first_img Facebook Stream-Ripping Site Shut Down international-stream-ripping-site-shut-down International Stream-Ripping Site Shut Down NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Neil Portnow 59th GRAMMY Speech: Music Binds Us Together Email Operating from Germany, the top infringing site had traffic estimated at 60 million visitors per month and “generated hundreds of thousands of dollars in advertising revenue per month, often from major brands.”Unfortunately, stream ripping has become massive and it’s growing. An Ipsos survey for IFPI found that 53 percent of all 16–24 year-olds use stream-ripping sites or rip streams themselves.Chance The Rapper has been the outstanding example of an artist quickly catapulted by streaming to international stardom, GRAMMY wins and philanthropy. While millions of infringing copies of his work online did not stop his rise, protecting creators’ streaming revenues will be increasingly vital in music’s online ecosystem.”Most fans understand that getting music from a genuine site supports the artists they love and allows labels to nurture the next generation of talent,” said BPI Chief Executive Geoff Taylor. “Music stands on the cusp of an exciting future in the streaming age, but only if we take resolute action against illegal businesses that try to siphon away its value.”Spotify Captures Half Of British Teens’ Streaming Hours International action by leading music rights organizations takes notorious infringing website off the internetPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Sep 7, 2017 – 5:14 pm Britain’s British Phonographic Industry, America’s RIAA and international music organization IFPI announced on Sept. 7 that legal action on two continents has resulted in an agreement with top stream-ripping site that has shut it down permanently. Twitter News last_img read more

Twitter to LiveStream NBA Games Featuring a Camera Feed of a Single

first_imgThe parties are announcing the deal at CES 2019, where Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver are scheduled to appear in a session to discuss “#NBATwitter” at the CES Sports Zone Stage at the Aria on Wednesday.“The NBA Twitter community is among the most vibrant in sports and entertainment,” the NBA’s Silver said in a prepared statement. “While watching NBA games on TNT, our fans on Twitter can now enjoy a unique second screen experience that will further enhance the way fans engage with each other and the game.”Turner president David Levy emphasized that the live streams on Twitter “will provide an additive experience for fans to go along with the fully-produced coverage on TNT.”As part of the expanded relationship, the NBA – through its NBA Digital partnership with Turner – will continue to provide on-demand content from the @NBA Twitter handle, including video of pregame warmups, in-game and post-game highlights, and behind-the-scenes content. Madati said near-live sports clips on Twitter (which are also produced by the NFL and other leagues) are just as valuable as live-streaming content.Meanwhile, for this summer’s Women’s World Cup, Fox Sports will deliver the “FIFA World Cup Now” news and highlights show live from Paris every matchday exclusively on Twitter in the U.S. During live matches, Fox Sports’ Twitter feeds will again post every tournament goal shortly after it is scored on Twitter. Pre-tournament content is new to this year’s agreement, with access to the U.S. Women’s National Team’s SheBelieves Cup journey in March.The PGA Tour’s renewed and expanded agreement with Twitter will bring nearly 140 hours of live competition from 28 tournaments during the 2018-19 PGA Tour season. For the first time, Twitter will stream weekend play — the first 60-90 minutes from the morning hours — designed in part to drive fans to PGA Tour’s over-the-top subscription service. In addition, the PGA Tour is launching “Fan Vote Fridays,” giving fans the chance to vote via Twitter to determine one of the two featured groups that will be showcased on Fridays for tournaments streamed on Twitter. ×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 Popular on Variety “We’re taking live content and expanding its footprint,” Madati said.In another TV-related deal, in 2019 Twitter is bringing back the “Game of Thrones” aftershow from Bill Simmons’ The Ringer for the eighth and final season of the HBO hit, and The Ringer also will produce an aftershow for season 2 of HBO’s drama “Big Little Lies.” Twitter also has renewed pacts with Fox Sports for video from the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 and with PGA Tour for expanded live-streaming coverage.“Consumers aren’t just sitting in front of their televisions anymore,” Madati said. For Twitter’s media deals, the goal is to creatively package content uniquely for the platform: “This is not just taking a television program and putting it on Twitter. That doesn’t work.” Twitter currently has more than 950 content partners worldwide.The NBA live streams on Twitter — which will be available only in the U.S. — will debut during TNT’s presentation of the 2019 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 17, and leading up to the game fans will have the opportunity to vote on which player will be the target of the isolated camera. A schedule of regular-season and playoff live streams will be announced later, along with dedicated commentators who will provide analysis for the single-player feeds.The single-player camera format and broadcast of only the second halves of the NBA games is deliberately designed to not cannibalize TNT TV viewership, according to Madati. “Every single one of our deals has to look at that,” he said. “We’re not here to encroach on the rights of our partners.”To be sure, another reason Twitter is working with rights-holders — instead of bidding for exclusive rights to live sports — may simply have to do with the reality that it doesn’t have the deep pockets that bigger tech players like Facebook, Amazon and Google do.Besides supporting the TV broadcasts, Twitter distribution of related content generates incremental revenue for its media partners, Madati said.For the NBA, the hope is the single-player cam live-streams on Twitter will serve as a new way to ratchet up fan engagement. The NBA joined Twitter in 2009, and it now has the largest Twitter community of any sports league in the world with 27.5 million followers. Twitter is doubling down on its strategy of complementing TV rather than trying to eat into television audiences.Under a new partnership inked by the NBA, Turner Sports and Twitter, the second halves of 20 NBA games that air on TNT this season will be live-streamed on Twitter (via @NBAonTNT). The wrinkle: The live feed will feature a single-player, isolated camera view. Fans will vote on Twitter for the player they want to see featured during the live stream of select regular-season and playoff games airing on TNT as well as the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.But will a 24-minute half of an NBA game with the camera trained on just, say, LeBron James or Stephen Curry the entire time draw a sizable audience? The idea is to provide a new entry point for hoops fans that’s complementary to TV broadcast, said Kay Madati, global VP and head of content partnership at Twitter.last_img read more

Infamous Atari ET cartridges auctioned off for over 100000

first_imgPlenty of bad games are released, but few of them are so bad that the publisher has to dump all the physical copies into a landfill under cover of darkness. That’s what happened to the fabled ET game for the Atari 2600. This legendary flop gained notoriety over the years, and now the city of Alamogordo, New Mexico has proven that this terrible game is actually worth something. It has unearthed and sold 881 of copies, earning the princely sum of $107,930,15. The sordid history of ET begins more than 30 years ago in 1982. The development of the game was rushed along in order to have it ready in time for the Christmas 1982 shopping season. It was a huge commercial failure in addition to being a bad game, and contributed to Atari’s financial losses in 1983 and 1984. A cache of unsold cartridges was eventually returned to Atari, and in 1983, they were quietly disposed of in the Alamogordo dump.These legendary cartridges have appreciated in value over the years as the legend grew, which led a film production company called Fuel Entertainment to go hunting for them. Luckily, a garbage collector in Alamogordo had a clear recollection of when the dump happened, and was able to figure out where in the massive heap of trash the cartridges were likely to be. They were found last April, and the footage was used in an Xbox-produced Atari documentary. The 881 cartridges were auctioned off on eBay with most of the funds going to the city of Alamogordo. Of the $107,930,15 (average $122 per game), the city is getting $65,037.78, the Tularosa Basin Historical Society gets $16,259.44, and the filmmakers get to keep 100 cartridges. 23 cartridges were also given away to museums. All things considered, not a bad end for one of the worst games ever made.last_img read more

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first_imgFeature | July 11, 2013 SNMMI, Alzheimer’s Association Respond to CMS PET Coverage Decision Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more News | Stroke | August 16, 2019 Mobile Stroke Unit Gets Patients Quicker Treatment Than Traditional Ambulance Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute…. read more News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more Image courtesy of UTHealth McGovern Medical School News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al.center_img News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. 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Both groups expressed disappointment to the CMS decision, stating that sufficient evidence exists to support immediate coverage, which would change patient management, leading to better health outcomes for patients and assisting families making care decisions.Eli Lilly and Company announced that the CMS has issued a draft decision proposing Coverage with Evidence Development for the use of beta-amyloid PET imaging agents. Beta-amyloid imaging agents are used to evaluate patients with cognitive impairment for Alzheimer’s Disease and other causes of cognitive decline.[1]An Amyvid (Florbetapir F 18 Injection) beta-amyloid scan is for use in adults with thinking or memory problems who are being assessed for Alzheimer’s Disease or other causes of these symptoms. Amyvid is used by doctors in combination with other tests. A positive Amyvid scan does not diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease or other thinking or memory disorders. Amyvid is not approved to predict the development of dementia or other brain conditions in the future or for monitoring the effectiveness of treatments. Amyvid for intravenous use is supplied in 10 mL, 30 mL, or 50 mL multidose vials containing 500-1900 MBq/mL Florbetapir F 18.[2]A decision for Coverage with Evidence Development proposes that there are still evidentiary gaps necessary to reconcile prior to reevaluating coverage. CMS would require additional trial(s) to address these gaps, and only those patients taking part in the trials would be eligible for coverage.[3] Once those studies are complete, CMS can conduct another national analysis and render a decision on coverage.The draft is subject to change before the final decision is expected in October. For now, there is a 30-day comment period in which interested parties can post their reactions to the decision at a statement the Alzheimer’s Association said:The Alzheimer’s Association understands that CMS’ evaluation of the impact of brain amyloid imaging on health outcomes is ongoing, however, the needs of Alzheimer’s community are acute. With 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s and more than 15 million people providing care, the need to accelerate improved care and an early and accurate diagnosis today, when scientifically supported, is critical. Neither families directly impacted by the disease, nor the federal government, can afford to wait as much as seven years for a final decision about national coverage, as was the case with the National Oncology Patient Registry and the evaluation by CMS of FDG PET coverage, the association said in its statement. Seven years ago, this brain amyloid imaging technology did not even exist. The timeframe at which CMS has conducted CED processes is wholly unsuited and unacceptable to both the pace of scientific and technological innovation in the Alzheimer’s field, and more importantly, the rapidly increasing needs posed by the escalating Alzheimer’s epidemic. If the federal government follows this example and timeline, it will hinder coverage of a badly needed, already U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved diagnostic tool in limited populations in which sufficient evidence indicates this technology has meaningful impact.Understanding that this is a draft decision from CMS, and it is not yet final, the Alzheimer’s Association will continue to engage the scientific and healthcare communities, as well as advocates, to educate CMS on behalf of its constituents about the benefits of coverage for brain amyloid imaging — in limited populations as defined by the scientifically-driven appropriate use criteria — as CMS develops a final decision.A report convened by the Alzheimer’s Association and SNMMI that describes appropriate use of brain amyloid imaging was published online as an article in press on Jan. 28, 2013, by Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association and Journal of Nuclear Medicine. According to those criteria, appropriate candidates for amyloid PET imaging are limited to:Those who complain of persistent or progressive unexplained memory problems or confusion and who demonstrate impairments using standard tests of cognition and memory. Additional clarification of these individuals was made by the Amyloid Imaging Taskforce (AIT) in July 2013, amyloid PET would be appropriate only in those [MCI] individuals who the dementia expert has concluded would benefit from greater certainty of the underlying pathology and whose clinical management would change as a result of this greater certainty. (Alzheimer’s & Dementia, The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Disease, July 2013).Individuals meeting tests for possible Alzheimer’s, but who are unusual in their clinical presentation.Individuals with progressive dementia and atypically early age of onset (before age 65).For more information:, www.amyvidtraining.comReferences: [1] Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Proposed decision memo for beta amyloid positron emission tomography in dementia and neurodegenerative disease (CAG-00431N).…. Published July 3, 2013. Accessed July 3, 2013.[2] Amyvid™ (Florbetapir F 18 Injection) [package insert]. Indianapolis, IN: Lilly USA, LLC; 2012.[3] Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Draft guidance for the public, industry, and CMS staff coverage with evidence development in the context of coverage decisions.…. Published November 29, 2012. Accessed June 17, 2013. 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Rep Hoitenga mutilation ban bill signed into law by governor

first_img11Jul Rep. Hoitenga mutilation ban bill signed into law by governor Categories: Hoitenga News,News A bipartisan bill package, led by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga’s legislation criminalizing female genital mutilation in Michigan was signed into law today.Female genital mutilation (FGM) is any procedure performed on girls to remove or damage the external genitalia. Hoitenga’s bill specifically classifies the procedure as a felony, with the legislative package also setting sentencing guidelines, requiring educational programs for health and law enforcement officials, and extending the civil and criminal statute of limitations for victims.“There are not enough adjectives to describe how despicable this procedure is, especially when you’re talking about the victims being as young as 4 years old,” said Hoitenga, of Manton. “There’s no place for this in our society because there are no health benefits; it can subject women to a lifetime of physical and mental pain. I’m glad to help set the standards we now have in Michigan to make doing this so prohibitive.”Hoitenga’s House Bill 4636 is now Public Act 68 of 2017. It is her first law since taking office in January.The legislation follows a February incident where two young girls from Minnesota were subjected to the procedure at a southeast Michigan clinic. A Livonia couple was arrested on federal charges in April after allowing and performing the procedure after hours at their medical clinic, while a third individual has been fired from their emergency room doctor position for performing the procedure at the same Livonia clinic.“Protecting young girls is an issue we can all support,” Hoitenga said. “I am proud to see this legislation as a whole be so well supported in the House and Senate and move so swiftly to the governor’s desk. We all know that Michigan must protect its children and their futures.”#####last_img read more

Rep Marinos Senior Day at the DIA sculpts new memories of iconic

first_img Illustrates their important role in promoting local attractionsState Rep. Steve Marino (R-Harrison Township) recently hosted a free ‘Senior Day at the DIA’ event to conveniently connect local residents with the Detroit Institute of Arts.Last Thursday’s event was attended by nearly 40 Harrison Township seniors and featured a catered lunch, roundtrip transportation, and an opportunity to tour the DIA’s extensive art collections and exhibits.“This was a great opportunity to bring residents in our community together and visit one of our most historic regional assets,” Marino said. “Many shared childhood memories of the DIA, and it was great to see that same level of excitement while traveling from one exhibit to another.”Given the popularity of the event, Marino said he is planning other trips throughout the summer and looking at additional destinations for seniors to enjoy.“When the only complaint is wanting more time to explore, it’s pretty clear that we must ensure our seniors have the opportunities to visit these destinations,” Marino said. “The Harrison Township Tucker Senior Center and DIA staff were incredible, and I am very grateful to everyone who attended this wonderful event.”Photo information: Rep. Marino stands with residents outside the Harrison Township Senior Center before the trip to the DIA.Photo information: Rep. Marino admires the Detroit industry iurals by artist Diego Rivera with attendants of the free Senior DIA Day. The murals surround Rivera Court inside the DIA and celebrate Detroit’s rich industrial history. Categories: Marino News,Marino Photos 19Jul Rep. Marino’s ‘Senior Day at the DIA’ sculpts new memories of iconic museum for local seniorslast_img read more

Rep Reilly Mandatory vaccination power needs to be in proper hands

first_img State Rep. John Reilly, of Oakland, today testified in support of his legislation in front of the House Oversight Committee that requires new mandated vaccinations to be approved by a vote of the state Legislature.“Authority regarding mandatory vaccinations is a power that needs to be in the proper hands,” Reilly said. “Forcing medicine onto the public is a slippery slope and not a decision that can be made lightly. When necessary, it is one that must be supported through unequivocal medical evidence and the highest level of concern for public safety.”Reilly’s bill amends the Revised School Code to reflect new sections of legislation authored by state Rep. Steven Johnson, of Wayland. Johnson’s provision addresses the concern of state health agencies proposing rules that attempt to go beyond the scope of what the Legislature originally intended.“Bureaucrats will still promulgate the rules, but only if directed to do so by the Legislature,” Reilly said. “This will ensure people can hold their elected officials accountable for changes to vaccine practices instead of unelected bureaucrats.”Mandated vaccine requirements currently in place would not be changed or affected by the passage of this legislation.Reilly’s House Bill 5163 and Johnson’s House Bill 5162 remain under consideration. 30Nov Rep. Reilly: Mandatory vaccination power needs to be in proper hands Categories: Reilly Newslast_img read more

Rep Sheppard Grants vital for county level veteran services

first_img State Rep. Jason Sheppard of Temperance today voted with his House colleagues to approve a measure encouraging Michigan counties to establish and maintain veteran service offices through a new grant program.The legislation, which Sheppard co-sponsored, provides funding to each county with a veteran service office that satisfies pre-approved requirements.  The funding includes a base amount with the possibility of an additional amount based on the number of veterans in the county. To continue receiving the grant, an established county veteran service office must meet benchmarks for staff performance and reporting while maintaining the previous year’s funding level.Currently, there are 11 Michigan counties without a veteran service office. This could be due to a lack of funding, a county partnering with a neighboring county or the number of veterans in the area. A Veteran Service Officer (VSO) may only be available for a few hours each month at a single location depending on the county.“This legislation will provide much needed resources for our valuable service offices,” Sheppard said.  “The sacrifices made by our veterans are more than most of us will ever face.  I’m proud to support this bill and see it as a way to support those who fought for all of us.”House Bill 5536 now moves to the Senate for consideration.##### 14Mar Rep. Sheppard: Grants vital for county level veteran services Categories: Sheppard Newslast_img read more