Vitrue Moir among Olympians in Calgary for Champion Chats

first_imgSome of Canada’s most celebrated Olympic and Paralympic athletes are in Calgary, Friday.Gold medallists Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir, Justin Kripps, and Brian McKeever will share their experiences at “Champion Chats 2018: Stories from the Podium.” Spokesperson Steve Mesler, a U.S. Olympic gold medallist, told City News the event is sold out.“It’s probably one of, if not the best Olympic celebrations or Paralympic celebrations in the country happening and we’re having it right here in Calgary, and we’re doing it to raise money so more Olympians and more Paralympians can reach kids across western Canada, and mentor them on goal setting and perseverance and community involvement, and Calgary’s business community has stepped up,” he said.Hometown Hockey co-host Tara Sloan will host the fundraiser at Hotel Arts. It begins Friday at 11:00 a.m.last_img read more

Ontario court upholds ruling to allow sexual activity evidence in Boyle case

first_imgOTTAWA — A lawyer for Joshua Boyle can introduce evidence of his client’s estranged wife’s past sexual history at the former Afghanistan hostage’s trial, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has ruled.Boyle, 35, has pleaded not guilty in the Ontario Court of Justice to offences against Caitlan Coleman, 33, including assault, sexual assault and unlawful confinement.The Superior Court judgment upholds a decision last month by trial judge Peter Doody that was the subject of a review requested by Coleman’s lawyer Ian Carter.“The Court finds the Justice Doody was correct in finding that the proposed evidence has significant probative value which is not substantially outweighed by the danger of prejudice to the proper administration of justice,” Justice Ronald Laliberte wrote in a judgment released Tuesday.The offences are alleged to have occurred in late 2017, after the couple returned to Canada following five years as captives of Taliban-linked extremists who seized them during a backpacking trip to Asia.In April, the defence made the application to introduce evidence concerning certain consensual sexual activity between Boyle and Coleman.Eric Granger, the defence lawyer, said the Superior Court review was unnecessary because sufficient safeguards are already built into the process followed by the trial judge.The issue is significant because the law limits the extent to which an accused person can bring up an alleged victim’s sexual history during a trial.Such information is only supposed to be admissible if it’s directly relevant to the case, and not to be used to suggest that a complainant is untrustworthy or was more likely to have consented to sexual activity because of his or her history.The Superior Court’s decision could have implications for such trials in spelling out whether a complainant can challenge a ruling under the so-called rape-shield provisions.Coleman’s lawyer argued that Doody failed to recognize a Supreme Court of Canada ruling that evidence of extrinsic sexual activity of the complainant is rarely relevant to support a denial that the sexual activity charged took place. Laliberte wrote that Doody was correct in finding the proposed evidence is relevant to an issue at trial. He noted that the defence position is that the alleged sexual violence did not happen and has argued that Coleman is consciously or unconsciously “inserting” into her evidence consensual activities that she and Boyle did, but added features to make those activities non-consensual.Doody had found the proposed evidence was relevant due to statements she made to police in 2017 where Colemen said she couldn’t say with absolute certainty about what happened. She also said that memories can be invented and inserted.Laliberte said the court must recognize that a balance must be achieved in weighing Charter rights.“The point of all this is not to deny the importance of a complainant’s right to privacy, dignity and equality in matters of sexual violence,” he wrote.“An accused person who is presumed innocent and whose liberty is at stake should not be given lesser rights.”Boyle’s trial, which began in late March, was suspended last month over the dispute about the evidence.The trial is to resume July 2. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Womens coworking space The Wing set to open first location in Canada

first_imgTORONTO – A co-working space for women that’s drawn the ardour of thousands of Instagrammers and the attention of celebs including Jennifer Lawrence and Lena Dunham is set to expand to Canada.The Wing, a New York-based networking and social club, said Tuesday that Toronto is among the six new locations joining its burgeoning pastel-hued chain.The female-focused company is part of a wave of modern sororities geared to female entrepreneurs, merging a fierce can-do motto with feminist ideals tailor-made for a generation of self-starters.It joins several other Canadian ventures that similarly put career women in their sightlines, including Toronto’s exclusive Verity Club and its luxury spa, the co-working and wellness space Shecosystem with its yoga classes and Madonna dance parties, and the pretty and perky penthouse space Make Lemonade. Other spaces include Montreal’s LORI hub, which stands for Ladies of Real Influence.“It’s important to have the space where we all feel comfortable and that this is ours, that we have ownership as well,” Rachel Kelly, Make Lemonade’s founder and owner, says of her inspiration.“If you start exploring a couple of the co-working spaces you’ll notice there is quite a male-dominated culture in a lot of these spaces and that presence is quite overpowering,” she adds.“Just the overall vibe — the bro vibe — is a big thing.”The Wing’s promotional material includes the taglines: “A home base for women on their way,” “Your throne away from home” and “Say goodbye to the old boys’ club.”It was founded by PR exec Audrey Gelman and business partner Lauren Kassan, and was inspired by the women’s social clubs of the early 20th century.It launched in Manhattan’s Flatiron district in October 2016, expanding to SoHo a year later. Then came a third spot in the DUMBO neighbourhood of Brooklyn in February, and a fourth heads to Washington D.C. this spring.All locations are created by an all-female design and architecture team and feature a menu of food, wine and cocktails created by female chefs, sommeliers and mixologists. There are also showers and lactation rooms.The Wing says its first Canadian outpost is slated to open in early 2019, the address yet to be determined.Other new locations include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Williamsburg (Brooklyn), and London.There certainly appears to be demand in Canada for such a venture.Twenty-two-year-old entrepreneur Kim Kirton says she joined Make Lemonade after souring on more traditional co-working spaces.“Sometimes I would feel uncomfortable just working, just the way people would kind of look at me,” says Kirton, who too often found professional networking opportunities devolve into social pitches.“(Men were) just coming up and usually asking, ‘Oh, what are your plans today?’ or, ‘What are you doing after work?’ versus ‘Oh, what do you do for work?’”Kirton doesn’t suggest she’s experienced any misconduct, stressing that her concerns were primarily focused on finding the best place to run her online wardrobe business, UnCo.“I have a startup here in the city and I’m trying to be like every other entrepreneur and trying to grow my business.”Although none of the members are men, Kelly says they’re certainly welcome to join Make Lemonade, as long as they adhere to an “inclusivity mandate” that bans “sexist, racist, xenophobic, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, classist or otherwise discriminatory language.”Since launching last September, Kelly says she’s drawn 80 members in various fields including editing, food, publishing, law, fashion and tech. In addition to workspaces, she offers mentoring, workshops, and mixers.But some question whether women-targeted initiatives are the answer.Sarah Kaplan, director of the Institute for Gender + the Economy at the University of Toronto, worries they push women to the sidelines, instead of levelling the playing field.“I’m not a big fan, personally, of cloistered solutions,” she says.“I’m sure it will satisfy the needs of some people who feel like it’s just a more pleasant or safer or more conducive (place) to the kind of work that they want to do. But is this a huge market opportunity because women are so different from men? No. It’s just because the world of work is so gendered masculine that I think the only solution people can come up with is to cloister and I don’t think that’s the right solution.“I think we have to change the world of work. But that’s a bigger project.”Initiatives such as implicit-bias training and diversity workshops clearly have not fixed organizational culture, Kaplan adds.“You have to actually change your processes and practices, you have to change how you think about the work, not just for women but also for men,” she says, seeing the need for men to participate equally at home.She also says corporate and full-time positions must be more accommodating to workers — often women — who need greater flexibility because of family obligations. Many have left the workforce or opted for “Plan B” ventures that have given rise to spaces like The Wing.“They still want to make money and they still want to participate in the economy but they can’t,” says Kaplan, bemoaning a lack of supports such as onsite daycare and lactation rooms.As a young woman, Kirton suggests self-esteem can hold back women, too, admitting, “Outside of certain spaces I definitely feel my self-doubt a lot bigger.”“Men sometimes are a little bit more vocal in their capabilities … or have a high level of confidence. Whereas women, not so much, so I can see why it could be intimidating.”Kaplan doesn’t see the same issues, pointing instead to “a world that isn’t going to fund you.”“Women are plenty confident, it’s just that they’re beaten down,” she says.“We’ve moved beyond mentoring, we know that that’s just giving free advice. What you really need is sponsorship, you need people who are going to stick their neck out, who are going to put their money where their mouth is.”last_img read more

Arab Championship Final Jordanian Team Assaults Referee Following Defeat

Rabat – The final game of the Arab Football Championship in Cairo between Esperance from Tunisia and Al Faisaly from Jordan on August 6 turned into a shocking scene of violence.The game ended with a victory 3-2 victory by Tunisia in extra time.The Jordanian team found the defeat difficult to swallow, accusing the Egyptian referee Ibrahim Nour El-Din of allowing an illegal goal to stand. Infuriated, they claimed a player from the opposite team had been off sides when the goal was scored.After the game was over, Al Faisaly’s players and staff surrounded the referee. Despite security elements’ attempts to make a human shield around him, the angry Al Faisaly players jumped around the circle and dealt blows to Nour El-Din.Following the game, King Abdullah of Jordan and Queen Rania tweeted praise of Al Faisaly’s “achievement” of winning second place in the championship.???? ??????? ?? ??????? ??????? ?????? ??? ????? ????? ??????? ????? ??? ?????? ??????? ????????. ?????? ???????— ??????? ?? ?????? (@KingAbdullahII) August 6, 2017The king’s omission to talk about the violence of the Jordanian team was met with criticism by some Twitter users, including Egyptian footballer Mohamed Geddo.“Why isn’t there a word from your excellency about the violence against the referee by your team?” wrote the former Egyptian national team striker.The Arab Championship also saw violence in the semi-final on Thursday, when players from the Moroccan team Fath Union Sport attacked the Saudi referee in their game against Esperance.The Moroccan players had become angry at the Saudi referee for sending two of their squad out with red cards and giving the Tunisian side a penalty during overtime. read more

Call for Applications US StudyAbroad Program for Moroccan High School Students

Rabat – The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program, which allows Moroccan 10th- and 11th-graders to study for one year in the United States, is accepting applications until November 3, 2017.Applicants while attend a year of US high school while living with a host family. The scholarship will cover recipients’ airfare, room and board, health insurance, pocket money, and educational supplies.Recipients are intended to develop a “comprehensive understanding of American culture” and leadership skills, by engaging in community service, youth leadership training, a civics education program, and other activities. They are also expected to act as cultural ambassadors for Morocco, “representing their own rich heritage to their American host communities.” Applicants must have been born between August 1, 2001 and August 1, 2003 and will enter grade 10 or 11 in Fall 2017. They must also be proficient in English and  demonstrate a record of “high academic achievement” and commitment to promoting cross-cultural understanding.The application form and additional information can be found online at AMIDEAST’s Morocco site. Candidates can apply online, deliver it in person to AMIDEAST, or mail it to AMIDEAST’s Rabat address. read more

QuickList May inflation rates for Canadian provinces territories

OTTAWA — Canada’s national inflation rate was 2.4 per cent in May, Statistics Canada says. Here’s what happened in the provinces and territories. (Previous month in brackets):— Newfoundland and Labrador, 1.6 per cent (1.5)— Prince Edward Island, 1.2 (1.2)— Nova Scotia, 1.9 (1.3)— New Brunswick, 2.1 (1.7)— Quebec, 2.4 (1.8)— Ontario, 2.4 (1.9)— Manitoba, 2.8 (2.3)— Saskatchewan, 2.1 (2.3)— Alberta, 2.3 (2.2)— British Columbia, 2.6 (2.7) The Canadian Press

UN award winners should inspire governments to excel in public service –

“Governments around the world need to break with ‘business as usual’ and engage in ever more innovative ways of delivering public services and of organizing the way they function,” Asha-Rose Migiro said today at a Headquarters ceremony honouring the winners of the 2008 UN Public Service Awards.She noted that while the private sector and civil society play a vital role in development, it is governments that have the “main role to steer development efforts and provide the necessary conditions for a stable, peaceful and prosperous society.“It is governments that can ensure and facilitate access to quality services, such as health, education, sanitation facilities and water,” she added.However, governments are facing a number of challenges, including the current food crisis, climate change and natural disasters, and are being challenged to do more with less and be more transparent and accountable. That is why the work of public institutions, such as this year’s winners, is so important, the Deputy Secretary-General noted.“Your innovativeness and your leadership have made a meaningful difference in the lives of ordinary people. In your daily work, you found new and effective ways to deliver vital services to those in need,” she stated. “Your exemplary initiatives should inspire all governments around the world – at all levels – to strive for excellence in public service,” added Ms. Migiro. The award was established in 2003 to reward excellence and promote professionalism in the public sector around the world. This year’s winners include Australia’s Job Access; Brazil’s Projeto Oficina-Escola de Artes e Ofícios de Santana de Parnaíba; India’s Programme of Communitization of Public Institutions and Services; Jordan’s Family Planning; Rwanda’s Common Development Fund; SADAD Payment System of Saudi Arabia; Singapore’s Home Ownership Programme; South Africa’s Transnet-Phelophepa Health Care Train; Spain’s Directorate General for Citizen Participation; Sweden’s Library 2007; Tunisia’s Orientation universitaire en ligne; and Juvenile Delinquency Domestic Violence and Family Violence Court of the United States. 23 June 2008The winners of this year’s United Nations public service awards should inspire governments around the world to step up their efforts to deliver vital basic services and improve the daily lives of their people, the Deputy Secretary-General said today. read more

Ottawa sitting on 730million stockpile of uncashed tax refunds and other government

MONTREAL — Ottawa is sitting on a stockpile of more than $730 million in uncashed tax refunds and other government cheques, according to Public Works Canada.Many Canadians eagerly await their pension, employment insurance and child-tax benefits, but the department says that 3.2 million cheques issued over the past five years have never been cashed for a variety of reasons such as cheques being lost, not delivered or recipients moving without registering a new address.The largest amount held is $149 million in tax refunds owed to 338,000 recipients.There are also more than 1.5 million cheques, worth a total of $420 million, that have remained unclaimed issued under various programs, including $40.1 million in Ontario Trillium Benefit/Ontario Sales Tax credits and $32 million in British Columbia Low Income Climate Action Tax credits. The Receiver General for Canada issues payments for almost 30 programs on behalf of all provincial governments except Manitoba.Other outstanding payments include:— $41 million for the Canada Pension Plan program. — $5.1 million for Employment Insurance. — $92.6 million in GST/HST credits to nearly one million recipients. — $22.6 million in Canada Child Tax Benefits.Ottawa isn’t alone. Ontario’s ministries of finance and health and long-term care, for example, have a $67 million reserve of outstanding cheques.The federal stash of uncashed cheques, which never expire, is in addition to nearly $1 billion worth of dormant bank accounts and Canada savings and pension bonds being held by the Bank of Canada.But unlike the central bank’s unclaimed property, taxpayers can’t type their name into a website to discover whether they are eligible for a claim.Consumer advocates are pushing legislation from the Ottawa and the provincial governments that would make it easier to claim their property, an improvement over a process that requires Canadians to call each department responsible for issuing the cheque to begin the hunt for their money.“It’s not rocket science,” said Brenda Potter Phelan, an accountant who runs the website and blog Legacy Tracker. “This is 2014. My goodness, why are we not using technology?”Public Works said each federal department receives a semi-annual outstanding payment report, related to their programs, for follow up with payment recipients “as required.” Efforts are made to contact the recipient of uncashed cheques to confirm their address or banking information, he said.Marcel Poulin, spokesman for Public Works Minister Diane Finley, said the minister has instructed officials to “examine options to help Canadians receive the payments the Government of Canada owes them.”Darren Jack, chairman of the Unclaimed Property Professionals Organization, a non-profit group that educates holders of unclaimed property and companies that provide services finding assets, said Ms Finley’s response is encouraging.“I’d like to see something implemented fairly quickly and also very transparently so it’s easy to use,” said Jack, who is also the managing Director at Impact 360 Degrees Inc., an Ontario based company that helps find missing assets.The degree of government openness varies across North America. Some state governments in the U.S. go to the extent of attending county fairs armed with names of people who haven’t claimed their property.Canada lags other developed countries, but Jack hopes Ottawa and the provinces will move to help Canadians gain access to billions of dollars worth of assets. Currently, only Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia have unclaimed property legislation and online searches.Jack said the five-year figures provided by Public Works Canada suggests that the total amount of money being held by the federal government is likely worth about $2 billion.“The perception is some governments take that as basically another tax grab when they aren’t really proactively putting systems in place for people to find and recover their money.”Even if a online database is created, experience in other jurisdictions suggests that less than half the money will ever be claimed, he said. That’s because the unclaimed property often belongs to people who have died, involves small individual amounts or records are incomplete.The government is encouraging Canadians to register for direct deposits at www.directdeposit.gc.ca so payments are automatically transferred to the recipient’s bank account and it plans to phase out issuing cheques, including all pension payments, by April 2016.That should help to reduce the number of future uncashed cheques but won’t clear up the backlog, both experts said. read more

ICE Futures Canada Monday Canola futures prices lower barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — ICE Futures Canada closing prices:Canola: July ’17 $1.30 lower $508.30; Nov. ’17 $1.10 lower $474.10; Jan. ’18 $1.10 lower $479.80; March ’18 $1.10 lower $485.50; May ’18 $1.10 lower $489.20; July ’18 $1.10 lower $490.70; Nov. ’18 $1.10 lower $476.80; Jan. ’19 $1.10 lower $477.00; March ’19 $1.10 lower $477.00; May ’19 $1.10 lower $477.00; July ’19 $1.10 lower $477.00.Barley (Western): July ’17 unchanged $138.00; Oct. ’17 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $140.00; March ’18 unchanged $140.00; May ’18 unchanged $140.00; July ’18 unchanged $140.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $140.00; March ’19 unchanged $140.00; May ’19 unchanged $140.00; July ’19 unchanged $140.00.Monday’s estimated volume of trade: 416,440 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley). Total: 416,440. read more

Update on search for Dean Faculty of Graduate Studies

The advisory committee is pleased to announce the names of the four short-listed candidates for the position of Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies.Shanthi Johnson, University of Regina;Nataraj Kav, University of Alberta;Michael Plyley, Brock University; andBrian Wagner, University of Prince Edward IslandThe candidates have been invited to Brock to meet with the advisory committee, senior administration, and faculty, staff and students. Each candidate will be making a public presentation to the Brock community on the following dates:Plyley on Monday, April 4 at 9 a.m.;Johnson on Tuesday, April 12 at 9 a.m.;Kav on Thursday, April 14 at 2 p.m.; andWagner on Wednesday, April 20 at 9 a.m.All four presentations will be held in the E?classroom (TH 253).The CVs of the applicants are available for review through the Office of the VP Academic or the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies, and are also on reserve in the University Library.Members of the Brock community are encouraged to attend each of the presentations and are invited to make written submissions with respect to the suitability of each candidate for the position of Dean. Anonymous submissions will not be accepted. Submissions will be confidential to the advisory committee and will be destroyed on completion of the committee’s work.Please direct hard copy submissions to:Murray Knuttila, Chair of the Advisory Committee,Re: Dean, Faculty of Graduate StudiesElectronic submissions may be made by sending an email to GraduateStudiesDeansSearch@brocku.caFor more information, please contact Patrick Beard at pbeard@brocku.ca (905-688-5550 x4082) or Murray Knuttila at mknuttila@brocku.ca (x4121).The deadline for submissions is Monday, April 25 at 4:30 p.m. read more

Andrea Lekic and Rastko Stojkovic – the best Serbian players 201617

In traditional voting of one of the most popular handball pages on the web, Balkan-Handball.com, Andrea Lekic and Rastko Stojkovic are voted for the best Serbian handball players in season 2016/2017.Lekic, playmaker of HC Vardar Skopje, won his seventh title in 10th year of voting contest, while this was the first time that line-player of HC Meshkov Brest, Stojkovic, won prestigious award.SERBIAN BEST FEMALE HANDBALL PLAYERS:2008 – Ana Đokić2009 – Andrea Lekić2010 – Andrea Lekić2011 – Andrea Lekić2012 – Andrea Lekić2013 – Andrea Lekić2014 – Sanja Damnjanović2015 – Dragana Cvijić2016 – Andrea Lekić2017 – Andrea LekićSERBIAN BEST MALE HANDBALL PLAYERS:2008 – Ratko Nikolić2009 – Momir Ilić2010 – Momir Ilić2011 – Marko Vujin2012 – Darko Stanić2013 – Momir Ilić2014 – Momir Ilić2015 – Momir Ilić2016 – Petar Nenadić2017 – Rastko Stojković ← Previous Story Torbjørn Bergerud joins SG Flensburg Handewitt in summer 2018 Next Story → Dujshebaev scores for first ever junior Spanish gold! read more

Man breaks into Galway home and pours boiling water over couple in

first_img€42,000 worth of Mephedrone seized in Cork>New crime figures show fall in sexual offences and burglaries> A MAN IS to appear in court after he allegedly broke into a house in Galway and poured boiling water over a couple while they were asleep in bed.The incident took place in the early hours of Sunday morning at a house in Cooke’s Terrace, Bohermore, County Galway.Seriously injuredThe couple were seriously injured and required hospital treatment.The man in his 30′s fled the scene but was later arrested and remanded in custody.Gardaí confirmed that a man will appear in court in relation to the incident.It is understood the man will appear in front of Harristown District Courthouse this Friday charged with assault and theft.last_img

iPhone 5S rumored to offer gold color photo of plastic back hints

first_imgThe iPhone 5 was released toward the end of last September, which means the phone has been available for around nine months now. This, of course, means Apple is preparing a new phone for people that are either on the S cycle, or like to upgrade phones in less than a year’s time. Now that we’re getting close to Apple’s traditional phone release, iPhone rumors are kicking into full gear. This week, we have a rumor that suggests the new iPhone 5S will be offered in a lavish (or garish!) gold color, while another rumor suggests that a cheaper, iPhone Lite is on the horizon.The above image came from a Chinese website that purports that the components seen above are for the upcoming iPhone 5S which suggests that Apple’s new phone will come in a gold color. The iPhone 5 and 4S are also represented above, and will come in a silver and copper color, rounding out the spectrum of Crayola crayons you hate using because they’re kind of sticky. If these colors prove accurate, then the iPhone 5S, 5, and 4S will be easily discerned by tier of color, as gold is obviously higher than silver, which is of course higher than copper.Another supposed leak from the very same Chinese site suggests that the plastic back pictured above could be from an upcoming cheaper version of the iPhone, perhaps the iPhone Lite or iPhone Mini the internet loves to discuss. The plastic, rounded back certainly makes the phone look cheaper than the usual flat back, but it’s more likely that the above picture represents some kind of case, rather than the back of an entirely new phone. You’ll notice toward the bottom of the phone there aren’t any of Apple’s markings — notably the “iPhone” text.Whether or not the new fancy colors or the plastic, decidedly not fancy iPhone will be releasing sometime this year currently remains to be seen, but WWDC is ready to go in just one week from now on June 10, so expect Apple to make some big announcements then.last_img read more

HandsOn Dragon Ball FighterZ is the DBZ Game Weve Been Waiting For

first_imgStay on target T-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Dragon Ball ShirtsDid You Catch the Dragonball Z Reference on Steven Universe? I’m just going to come out and say it: Dragon Ball Z games have generally been awful. While entries like DBZ: Budokai managed to capture the frantic nature of the anime, they lacked coherent and satisfying gameplay. That’s all about to change with the upcoming Dragon Ball FighterZ. This, my friends, it truly the DBZ game we’ve always wanted.Dragon Ball FighterZ is being developed by Arc System Works. This is the same studio responsible for the Guilty Gear and Blazblue franchises. Like the most recent Guilty Gears, DBF looks like a 2D game despite actually being 3D. The distinct art style makes it seem as if the whole thing is hand animated. Because of this stylistic design, DBF looks as good, if not better, than the original Dragon Ball Z anime.The demo I played featured six characters: Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, Frieza, Buu, and Perfect Cell. For my first match, I picked Cell, Vegeta, and Gohan because that combination is just plain weird. The ability to swap between three characters reminded me of the old Marvel vs Capcom games (the upcoming Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite will be a 2v2 fighter).If you’ve played Guilty Gear or Blazblue then Dragon Ball FighterZ will feel familiar. Though this game can be played as a button masher to some extent, you can only really pull off cool moves if you know what you’re doing. I’m not too familiar with the intricacies of Arc System’s games, so I wasn’t doing any of the fancy stuff seen in the trailer. I did perform a number of special moves and pulled off some wild combos lifted straight from the anime, though. Despite not being entirely sure what I was doing, I had a blast (cheesy pun intended).You can tell that Dragon Ball FighterZ was created by DBZ fans for DBZ fans. There are a lot of subtle (and not so subtle) details that the hardcore will pick up on. This includes the way energy animates when characters power up, how limbs become elastic as they move toward their target, or how the environment is destroyed during battles. When you have characters deflecting fireballs which then decimate the background, you know the developers went above and beyond to deliver a true DBZ experience.The tag-team nature has its ups and downs. My biggest issue is that you can’t swap between characters often. You have to wait for the special meter to fill before you can completely change characters. I would have preferred unlimited swaps so I could change characters whenever I wanted. Thankfully, you can bring in any of your reserves to perform a quick attack or to get you out of a jam when you’re being pummeled at any time.Frieza and Goku can both morph into more powerful iterations (Gold Frieza and Super Saiyan 3 Goku, respectively). These forms are more powerful than the base versions and have new moves. Characters with multiple forms is a DBZ staple so expect more fighters like this as the roster expands.I love Dragon Ball Z but have never played a game in the series I truly liked. I can now say this has changed thanks to Dragon Ball FighterZ. DBZ is one of the most recognizable franchises on earth, so it’s great to see it (finally) get a genuinely solid video game after nearly two decades. I don’t know why it took so long for someone to finally make an exceptional DBZ title, but I’m just happy that day is here. Dragon Ball FighterZ is going to be a monster of a fighting game when it is released on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in early 2018.last_img read more

Final RFS Rule Sent to OMB for Review Announcement Expected in September

first_imgLate last week the EPA sent to the White House/Office of Management & Budget (OMB) the final rule establishing Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) levels for 2014.  ASA understands from Administration sources, that it is still anticipated that final RFS will be announced in September.The industry remains hopeful that ASA, state, NBB and biodiesel group efforts to make the case for significantly higher biodiesel RFS levels than originally proposed by EPA, will be successful. The industry continues to press our position with the White House.last_img

Week In Review 6367

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week. Tuesday 6/4Audio PlayerTuesday-0604.mp3VmTuesday-0604.mp300:00RPdAlaska Senate Votes Down Full Dividend Proposal, Paving Expected To Begin On Kenai Spur By The End Of June, Alaska Salt Co. Is Open For Business Monday 6/3Audio PlayerMonday-0603.mp3VmMonday-0603.mp300:00RPdRetiring Superintendent Reflects On Time With The District, Residents Talk Need For Boat Ramp On Funny River Road, Multi Agency Drills Prepare Local Responders For Wildfire Season Wednesday 6/5Audio PlayerWednesdaty-0605.mp3VmWednesdaty-0605.mp300:00RPdBorough Assembly Adopts FY20 Budget, With Amendments, Fire Danger Remains ‘High’ Going Into The Weekend, Officials Say LNG Project’s Steel Pipeline Could Withstand Cook Inlet’s Currentscenter_img Thursday 6/6Audio PlayerThursday-0606.mp3VmThursday-0606.mp300:00RPdKPBSD Contract Negotiations Set To Reconvene On Tuesday, Micciche Expects Revote On PFD Bill This Friday, Russian River Scheduled To Open June 11th For The Season Friday 6/7Audio PlayerFriday-0607..mp3VmFriday-0607..mp300:00RPdUPDATE: Lightning Ignites Multiple Wildfires On Kenai Peninsula, Senate Vote Postponed, While Governor Rallies For Full PFDlast_img read more

EmmyNominated Editor Rejoins TIMEs Newsroom People on the Move

first_imgHearst Magazines Digital Media has made a couple major changes to its leadership. Brooke Siegel was appointed to VP of content and Kristine Brabson was promoted to executive director, content strategy.Most recently, Siegel served as executive director, editorial strategy for Hearst Magazines Digital Media, but in her new role, she will be responsible for content strategy across the company’s digital portfolio as well as directly overseeing the brand’s luxury sites, including HarpersBazaar.com, ELLE.com, MarieClaire.com, and Sweet, a straight-to-Snapchat Discover publication. She will also add oversight of HMDM’s centralized features department and the newsroom to her responsibilities.Brabson most recently held the title of site director of Good Housekeeping with editorial oversight of House Beautiful, Redbook and Prevention. In her new management role, Brabson will have the added oversight of Country Living and Woman’s Day in addition to Good Housekeeping, Redbook and Prevention.InStyle has appointed Julia von Boehm as their new fashion director, effective April 23. She will report to editor-in-chief, Laura Brown, and will oversee fashion and styling across the brand.von Boehm has contributed to a variety of different fashion brands like Harper’s Bazaar and Porter Magazine, and has served as the creative director for Germany’s Interview Magazine. She also has recognition among the Hollywood elite, known for styling actors like Nicole Kidman.“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Julia on and off for years. She has incredible taste, brilliant relationships–in both fashion and Hollywood–and she gets it done,” says Brown.Town & Country’s former beauty director, Jamie Rosen, was tapped as ZIIP Beauty’s new director of strategy and partnerships, effective April 9. With over 15 years of experience in a beauty editor/director role, Rosen will be responsible for overseeing strategic collaborations and devising overall storytelling and messaging in her new position. She will also work to grow the company through collaborative efforts in determining brand direction and product pipeline.“I will be focused on amplifying its powerful story, partnering with like-minded brands, and helping to build what is next,” says Rosen. “ZIIP is not just the real deal, it is the future of beauty, and a manifestation of what happens when women take matters into their own hands.”The Atlantic has added The Ringer’s Hannah Giorgis to their culture team as a staff writer.Business Insider has tapped Olivia Oran as a senior editor. She most recently worked at Reuters and in her new role, she will lead a team of reporters in covering the financial industry.Mashable’s former managing editor, Foster Kamer, has joined Futurism Media as content director. Mia TramzMia Tramz will be rejoining the TIME newsroom as editorial director, enterprise and immersive experiences from her current position as managing editor of TIME’s LIFE VR. While making the transition into her new role, Tramz will continue to oversee LIFE VR and work with other brands to produce 360 video, VR and AR. In her new position, however, she will take on the responsibilities of overseeing enterprise projects across all platforms, and looking for opportunities to augment the impact of brand content.Earning two Emmy nominations in Tramz last role, including one for the first VR docu-series covering the world’s tallest peak, “Capturing Everest” for Sports Illustrated, TIME’s editor-in-chief, Edward Felsenthal said in an announcement to his staff that “Mia has repeatedly proven herself to be an outstanding digital innovator.”We agree, having just named Mia one of our 2018 Top Women in Media, Industry Trailblazer honorees.Creating TIME’s first AR-activated issue as well as its first VR hologram, Felsenthal says of her promotion, “you can expect more of that to come.”Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move…last_img read more

Digital photography begins its next chapter with radical changes

first_img Walmart Share your voice Why we need 16 cameras on a smartphone $849 Apple $589 30 See All $812 Stuart Palley, a professional wildfire photographer here standing in the Angeles National Forest, believes mirrorless cameras will replace conventional SLRs. Stuart Palley Digital photography has changed a lot over the past two decades, with clunky DSLRs giving way to sleek smartphones. Over the next 10 years, expect a similar evolution as the science behind the art changes. Much of the technology in use today represents the breakthroughs of the first generation of digital cameras. Film was stripped away and digital image sensors took its place, but much of the rest of the camera — things like lenses, shutters, autofocus systems — often stayed largely the same. Manufacturers centered camera designs on the single, fleeting snap of the shutter. Now two big trends are reshaping our expectations of digital photography. Computational photography, which uses computing technology to improve photos, vaults over the limits of smartphone camera hardware to produce impressive shots. And the “mirrorless” movement, which drops hardware once necessary for film and elevates the image sensor’s importance, overhauls the mechanics of traditional cameras. Old assumptions about optics are being reconsidered — or discarded — as computer processing takes over. “Cameras will change more in the next 10 years than in the past 10,” said Lau Nørgaard, vice president of research and development at Phase One, a Danish company that makes ultra-premium 151-megapixel medium-format cameras costing $52,000 apiece. See It Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Best Buy The changes will matter to all of us, not simply professional photographers on fashion shoots. New technology will mean better everyday snapshots and new creative possibilities for enthusiasts. Everything — selfies, landscapes and family portraits — will simply look better. Computational photography For much of camera history, bigger meant better. A larger frame of film could capture more image detail, but that meant a bigger camera body. Bigger lenses offered more detail, but that meant more weight. Computational photography, which runs on powerful processors, will change that paradigm. And that’s good news because most of us rely on our phones for taking pictures. Perhaps some of the most advanced computational photography available now is in Google’s Pixel 3 phone, which arrived in October. Here’s some of what it can do: Combine up to nine frames into a single shot with a technology called HDR+ that captures details in both dark shadows and bright highlights. Monitor how much your hands shake the photo so it can snap shots during fleeting moments of stillness. Compare multiple shots of photos to find the ones where people aren’t blinking or suffering from awkward facial expressions. Brighten the parts of the image where it detects humans and slightly smooths skin to make subjects look better. Zoom in better by capturing more data about the scene from multiple shots and and using artificial intelligence technology that predicts how best to expand an image. Photograph in dim conditions by merging multiple shots through a technology called Night Sight. Isaac Reynolds, Google’s Pixel camera product manager, says his company’s product underscores a fundamental change in what we think cameras are. Much of the Pixel 3’s performance and features come not from the lens and sensor but from software running on the phone’s chip that processes and combines multiple frames into one photo. With a computational photography feature called Night Sight, Google's $900 Pixel 3 smartphone can take a photo that challenges a shot from a $4,000 Canon 5D Mark IV SLR.Enlarge ImageWith a computational photography feature called Night Sight, Google’s $900 Pixel 3 smartphone can take a photo that challenges a shot from a $4,000 Canon 5D Mark IV SLR, below. The Canon’s larger sensor outperforms the phone’s, but the phone combines several shots to reduce noise and improve color. Stephen Shankland/CNET “You’re seeing a redefinition of what a camera is,” Reynolds said. “The Pixel 3 is one of the most software-based cameras in the world.” Seeing in 3D It’s all pretty radical compared with a shutter flipping open for a moment so photons can change the chemistry of film. And it’s only the beginning. Two years ago, the iPhone 7 started using two cameras side by side, which lets the phone judge just how far away each element of the scene is. The phone’s computing hardware then constructs a 3D-infused layer of information called a “depth map” in which each pixel of a photo holds both color and spatial information. Initially, Apple used the technology to re-create a style used in portrait photography that requires expensive camera lenses. Those lenses could shoot a shallow depth of field that focused on the subject but left the background an undistracting blur. Apple used software to do the blurring. The depth map has more to offer. With Lightroom, Adobe’s widely used photo editing and cataloging software, you now can adjust an iPhone photo based on that 3D information. For example, you can selectively brighten shadowed subjects in the foreground while leaving a bright background unchanged. That’s a manual process photo enthusiasts will appreciate, but it should help smartphones take photos automatically, said Google distinguished engineer Marc Levoy, who coined the term “computational photography” in 2004 when he was at Stanford University. A camera that could generate reliable depth maps means a camera app could fix problems with brightness and color balance so photos look more natural. “We have just begun to scratch the surface with what computational photography and AI have done to improve the basic single-press picture taking,” Levoy said. This photo, shot with Adobe Lightroom on an iPhone XS Max, contains "depth map" information about how far away elements of the scene are. That lets you easily select foreground areas for brightening.This photo, shot with Adobe Lightroom on an iPhone XS Max, contains “depth map” information about how far away elements of the scene are. That lets you easily select foreground areas for brightening. Stephen Shankland/CNET Goodbye, SLRs Generations of photographers grew up using SLRs — short for single lens reflex. It’s named after its reflex mirror that bounces light from the lens into a viewfinder so you can compose a shot. When you take the photo, the mirror flips out of the way and the shutter opens to let light reach the film. The first serious digital cameras — DSLRs — replaced the film with an image sensor and memory card. But they left almost everything else the same — the mirror and viewfinder, the autofocus system, the mount for interchangeable lenses. Now mirrorless cameras are changing that setup, dumping the mirror and optical viewfinder. You compose your shots using a screen. It might be the screen on the back of the camera or a smaller electronic viewfinder you use like a film-era photographer. With mirrorless cameras, the sensor is recording nonstop. It’s essentially taking a video but throwing away most of the data, except when you push a button and pluck out a single frame. Indeed, this video-centric design makes mirrorless cameras adept at video. What’s so great about mirrorless designs? They offer smaller, lighter camera bodies that can shoot photos silently; use autofocus across the frame, not just in the central portion; make it easier to compose shots at night; shoot fast bursts of photos; and preview shots more accurately through an electronic viewfinder so you can do better dialing in exposure, focus and aperture. “There’s none of this dropping the camera down, looking at the image and seeing if it’s too bright or dark,” said wildlife photographer David Shaw, who sold his Canon gear to move to Panasonic’s Lumix G9 camera, which is smaller and a quarter the weight. “I can see it all as I’m shooting.” Canon and Nikon embrace mirrorless Mirrorless cameras have been gaining traction for years, but here’s what changed in 2018: Canon and Nikon. The two DSLR heavy hitters, still the top dogs of the traditional photography market, started selling high-end mirrorless models. Nikon’s Z7 and Z6 and Canon’s EOS R. Following Sony’s lead, they come with large “full-frame” sensors that are best at capturing color and light data. Nikon and Canon aren’t phasing out their traditional SLRs, but their mirrorless models will be peers. Meanwhile, mirrorless pioneer Panasonic joined in with plans for two full-frame models debuting in 2019. Nikon's $3,400 Z7 looks similar to traditional DSLR cameras but dumps the internal mirror in a move to a more purely digital design.Nikon’s $3,400 Z7 looks similar to traditional DSLR cameras but dumps the internal mirror in a move to a more purely digital design. Nikon Mirrorless is the future, says Stuart Palley, a Newport Beach, California, professional photographer whose specialty in wildfire photography appears in his new book Terra Flamma. “DSLRs are going the way of medium formats and Speed Graphics,” Palley said, referring to film-era camera designs that now are mostly footnotes in history. He’s begun shooting with a Nikon Z7 and likes how it’s lighter than his Nikon D850 DSLR. “It’s so liberating carrying around less,” Palley said. The Z7, like the Sony and Panasonic full-frame mirrorless models, also can move its image sensor to compensate for shaky hands — something utterly impossible with film. “I can shoot a handheld image of the Milky Way now. It’s crazy,” Palley said. Outpaced by phone innovation? The traditional camera makers are adapting. But will they adapt fast enough? There’s nothing in principle that stops them from using the same computational photography techniques that smartphone makers do, but so far that’s been a secondary priority. “The camera guys have to look at what’s going on with handsets and computational photography and see what’s’ adaptable to traditional cameras,” said Ed Lee, a Keypoint Intelligence analyst. He expects the pace of change in photography technology to increase. The phone makers are moving fast, but Phase One’s Nørgaard doesn’t see any problem embracing their technology. Indeed, the company has begun embedding its Capture One editing software directly into the camera body. “The cellphones make really good images from a small camera,” Nørgaard said. “We can do the same on the other end, where we start with an absolutely fantastic image. The software approach will push that even further.” But smartphones have gobbled up the point-and-shoot camera market and each year pick up more high-end camera abilities. Phones that sell by the tens of millions offer a huge incentive for chipmakers like Qualcomm to push photography technology. The company’s next-gen mobile chip, the Snapdragon 855, adds all kinds of photo smarts, like the ability to detect, identify and track objects in a scene, to create depth maps and to counteract shaky hands. And that’s just next year’s chip, said P.J. Jacobowitz, Qualcomm’s senior marketing manager for camera and computer vision. “In this book, there are about 50 chapters,” he said of digital photography tech. “We are in chapter two.” CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018. Cambridge Analytica: Everything you need to know about Facebook’s data mining scandal. Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 See It Review • Pixel 3 review: The best Android phone of 2018 Sep 1 • 7 phones with the best battery life: iPhone XR, Note 10 Plus and more Mentioned Above Google Pixel 3 (64GB, not pink)center_img Now playing: Watch this: 2:02 News • Unlocked Google Pixel 3: Just $499.99 with this exclusive code Preview • Pixel 3 and 3 XL: Google’s nicest Pixel might lack that killer feature $799 Tags See it CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Mobile Photography Cameras Sprint See It Comments • reading • Digital photography begins its next chapter with radical changes Google Pixel 3 Qualcomm Canon Google Nikon Panasonic Sony Applelast_img read more

Economy markets Tillerson exit sparks US protectionism fears global stocks fall

first_imgTraders work at the post where shares of Patheon NV is traded on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeReutersAsian shares fell on Wednesday following a drop in the U.S. equities amidst growing fears of protectionism as President Donald Trump fired his Secretary of State in the latest White House shakeup.The sudden firing of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson took markets by surprise less than a week after top economic adviser Gary Cohn resigned from the Trump administration.Mirroring the concerns, MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.3 percent, retreating from a 1-1/2 month high hit on Tuesday in early morning trades.The trend followed losses on Wall Street, where the Dow was off 0.7 percent and the S&P 500 declined 0.6 percentBack home, SGX Nifty, an early indicator of the Nifty 50’s trend in India, signals a weak start for the domestic markets after the benchmark Sensex lost 61 points or 0.18 percent to close at 33,856 on Tuesday.The partially convertible rupee closed at 64.90 on Tuesday, up 0.23 percent from its previous close of 65.05.So far this year, the rupee weakened 1.6 percent, while foreign investors have bought $414 million and $212 million in equity and debt markets, respectively.Fed indicator: Headline inflation rose in line with expectations in February, signaling the Federal Reserve’s case for just three rate hikes this year.China data: China’s industrial production, retail sales and fixed-asset investment numbers will be released on Wednesday and are are likely to point to slower growth, according to Bloomberg Economics forecasts.Crude check: Brent crude, the benchmark for more than half the world’s oil, edged up 0.03 percent at $64.66 per barrel while the West Texas Intermediate crude gained 0.16 percent at $60.81 a barrel, on Wednesday morning.last_img read more

For Microsoft Office Users Newest Version Might Cause Headaches

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now The new Office embraces change.Combined with Microsoft’s upcoming Surface tablet and its Windows Phone mobile OS, the new Office software can help open new opportunities for firms that have been hesitant about using touch-based tools. With its tile-based look, buttons are large and navigation for complex programs such as Excel is simple. With rival Google claiming that 4 million businesses use its Google Apps office software suite, Microsoft needed a cloud-based makeover. The new Office’s integration with SkyDrive means documents can be accessed via a desktop app, Web app or mobile device. Contacts can be culled from Outlook, for example, and ported into social media.And the download time is quick. Users can be running the upgrade in less than 15 minutes.Related: Microsoft Upgrades Office for Cloud, Social  The learning curve will be steep.While the new features can be useful, a business that upgrades from an older version of Office to this one might be overwhelmed by how different it is.For example, the new Office uses the “Metro” style interface used in Windows 8, eliminating the old-fashioned virtual desktop, that showed a user’s documents, and making it so that you never have to leave the app. It’s now possible to search the web and upload photos from within Office itself. That’s a major shift in thinking from shrinking a window or clicking into another tab.Another feature, called Resume Reading, lets users immediately pick up where they left off in a document, even if they were previously on another computer. While handy, it might be distracting or disorienting for some. Veterans of previous Office iterations will have to learn a new way of thinking.And even though collaborative features have elegant interfaces, they can be complex to learn. There is a dizzying array of buttons for everything from launching a meeting to sharing comments or documents.Related: Why Microsoft’s ‘Surface’ Might Be Your Next Tablet More work to do when it comes to the cloud.Many team features in the new Office are improved but, at least in this early demo, Office is not the collaborative engine Google Apps is. Basic documents are still aimed at single-person editing. And it can be slow for teams to learn to work together in real time. Collaborative team sites have to be set up and administered for working on different documents and projects. Will you upgrade to the new version of Microsoft Office or continue using the tools you currently have? Let us know in the comments section below. Enroll Now for Freecenter_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. The new features that come with the recently announced Microsoft Office 2013 — such as a touch-friendly interface and new Internet-oriented collaborative features — are sure to be useful tools for businesses large and small. But when it comes to switching from an older version of Office to this one, the interface is so drastically different that it might be too much for many users to make a quick adjustment.And for companies that are already using plug-and-play apps such as Google Apps or Zoho, upgrading to the new Office might not be a consideration at all.So, does the new Office make the case for replacing the tools you already use? Here are our initial impressions of the free Office 365 preview and what they mean for small-business users: July 17, 2012last_img read more