17
October
2019

Montrealer sentenced to life in US airport terror attack on police officer

first_imgFLINT, Mich. — A Montreal man who was convicted of terrorism for nearly killing a Michigan airport police officer has been sentenced to life in prison.Amor Ftouhi was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Matthew Leitman.Investigators say Ftouhi drove 1,600 kilometres from Montreal in 2017 and arrived at the airport in Flint, Mich. While there, he yelled “God is great” in Arabic and repeatedly stabbed Lt. Jeff Neville.Federal investigators say Ftouhi, a native of Tunisia who moved to Canada in 2007, wanted to get Neville’s gun and shoot people at the airport.Defence attorneys say Ftouhi wasn’t attempting to create mass casualties and wanted to be killed so his family could collect life insurance and he could become a martyr.But before sentencing, Ftouhi told the judge he had no regrets and only wished he could have acquired a machine-gun that day to kill Neville and others.The Associated Presslast_img read more

16
October
2019

Ellie Goulding And Professor Green Named UKs Hottest Vegetarians

first_imgNot only are Ellie Goulding and Professor Green two of the UK’s hottest musical acts, they’re also proud vegetarians who don’t hesitate to let others know about the benefits of a meat-free diet – and that’s music to PETA’s ears.That’s why the group has named the pair the UK’s Hottest Vegetarian Celebrities of 2015.Goulding is quick to credit her vegetarian lifestyle with giving her an athletic physique, saying that since she gave up meat, “my body’s different, my skin is different, my face shape is different, and my eyes are brighter, too”. Her Instagram account is full of photos of delicious plant-based foods, both home-cooked and picked up on the go, and the “Love Me Like You Do” singer also let the world know that the coat she wears on the cover of her newly dropped album, Delirium, is faux fur.Professor Green first shared his decision to go vegetarian on Twitter, citing numerous documentaries and naming vegan grime artist JME as his inspiration. He says, “[I]t’s not just the saturated fat that kills us, it’s the damage animal agriculture causes [to] the environment “. Since then, the chart-topping rapper has continued to tell others how delicious meat-free meals can be, posting photos of green juices and dishes like, chickpea curry, veggie burgers, stir-fried veggies with quinoa and more on his social media accounts.In addition to helping spare many animals a year the horrors of the abattoir, vegans and vegetarians are less likely to suffer from cancer, obesity and diabetes than meat-eaters are. They also have a smaller carbon footprint. These are just some of the reasons why millions of British people (including 20 per cent of 16- to 24-year-olds, according to the research group Mintel have chosen to ditch animal-derived foods.PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – previously awarded the title of Hottest Vegetarian Celebrity to John Bishop, Lily Cole, Leona Lewis, Eliza Doolittle, Jay McGuiness and Russell Brand.last_img read more

14
October
2019

Oskana Cup wraps up in Regina

first_imgAPTN National NewsRegina was the site of the eighth Oskana Cup hockey tournament.Hundreds of First Nation and Metis youth from across the province converged in Regina.Players under 18 and as young as four competed.One kid wearing Number 99 has some great moves already.APTN’s Chris Stewart has the story.cstewart@aptn.calast_img

12
October
2019

Second Moroccan Woman Summits Everest in Less Than Two Days

Rabat –  A Moroccan woman, Ghizlane Aakar, has waved the Moroccan flag from the summit of the highest mountain in the world, making herself the second Moroccan and North African woman to climb Mount Everest in less than two days.One day after the Moroccan female mountaineer, Bouchra Baibanou, summited Mount Everest, another Moroccan woman, Ghizlane Aakar announced on Facebook her success after three previous attempts.“The Moroccan flag has yet again flapped on the top of the highest summit on May 22 at around 3:45 PM,” said the Moroccan mountaineer. She explained that the climb was hard both physically and emotionally, and that she was “so happy that it’s done.” This is not the first time Aakar has attempted to reach Everest’s summit. She made her first try in 2014 but she broke her leg when she was halfway through. In 2015, Ghizlane Aakar was climbing the mountain for the second time when Nepal had its deadliest earthquake, which left nearly 9,000 dead. Bouchra was unharmed but had to put an end to her attempt.Aakar decided to try again in 2016 but the altitude pressure affected the blood vessels in her eyes, forcing her to stop. Her determination however did not fade, and her tremendous efforts were crowned with success on May 22.Bouchra Baibamou, the 46 year-old Moroccan mountaineer who climbed the same mountain on May 21 said in an interview with Outdoor Women Alliance right her achievement broke:“People [in Morocco] accept women doing adventure sports. It wasn’t like before. Women can do everything now. I feel lucky to be a Moroccan woman.” read more

12
October
2019

Casablanca’s Boulevard Festival Comes Back for 2017 Edition, Highlighting Global Urban…

Rabat – After last year’s absence, Casablanca’s Boulevard festival is back for its 2017 edition, promising a variety of musical acts showcasing talent from all over the world, from Sept. 15 to 24.Faithful to its principles, the musical rendezvous aims to discover new musical voices. Nineteen rap, hip-hop, rock, metal, and fusion bands have been selected among 159 candidates to compete for the “Tremplin” talent show from Sept. 15 to 17 at the city’s Al Amal complex.Six of them, two per category, will be rewarded by the jury. First prize winners will receive MAD 10,000 while second prize winners will receive MAD 5,000. All winners will be granted opportunity to record two pieces by award-winning, professionally-trained musicians. From Sept. 22 to 24, the Boulevard festival will host concerts at the stadium of the R.U.C. Artists including the American hip-hop duo MOP, the Moroccan rapper Masta Flow, the French metal group Dagoba, and other Moroccan artists like Betweenatna, Oum, Keziah Jones, and Labess will come together to create a fusion of world music.Boulevard will also hold activities on the sidelines, such as an “associative souk,” graffiti and mural painting, improv theater, a circus, trainings, and a web-radio show.Behind the scenes, the festival’s organizers have set up formal and informal meetings for attendees to network with professionals and exchange experience. Some of these meetings will be open to general public, especially on the springboard, where a handful of collectives and cultural organizations will show off their projects and explain their approaches to amateurs and experts.The City Council of Casablanca, through its local development company Casablanca Events and Animation, has contributed to the organization of the event. read more

08
October
2019

Reckless Tim Hortons blasts franchisees cuts to paid breaks and benefits

TORONTO — Tim Hortons franchisees who planned to offset the Ontario government’s minimum wage hike by cutting paid breaks and forcing workers to cover a bigger share of their benefits faced criticism from a new source Friday: their own head office.After days of public and government outrage stemming from policies introduced by Ron Joyce Jr. and Jeri Horton-Joyce, the children of the company’s billionaire co-founders, at their two Coburg, Ont., locations, the coffee chain’s Canadian headquarters called the franchisees’ actions “reckless” and “completely unacceptable.”A statement from Tim Hortons released on Friday said the cuts “do not reflect the values of our brand, the views of our company or the views of the overwhelming majority of our dedicated and hardworking Restaurant Owners” and that staff “should never be used to further an agenda or be treated as just an ‘expense.”‘‘We are offended’: Franchisees blast Ontario premier for unfairly targeting Tim Hortons’ founding familiesOntario premier Kathleen Wynne accuses Tim Hortons founders’ children of bullying employeesTim Hortons franchises owned by children of founders reduce employee benefits to offset minimum wage hikeThe company didn’t elaborate on what it would do to help franchisees as they transition to paying workers at least $14, up from the previous minimum wage of $11.60 an hour. It will rise again to $15 in 2019.However, it said, “While our Restaurant Owners, like all small business owners, have found this sudden transition challenging, we are committed to helping them work through these changes.”It and parent company Restaurant Brands International Inc. requested a mandatory conference call with all store owners on Friday afternoon, according to Great White North Franchisee Association, a group created last year to give voice to the concerns of some Tim Hortons franchisees.A spokesperson for the association said she was not aware of what was discussed on the call.Restaurant Brands Inc. did not immediately respond to requests for comment and Tim Hortons’ headquarters said, “we have nothing further to add.”The call comes on the heels of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne lashing out on Thursday at the franchisees’ cuts.Wynne called their actions “a clear act of bullying” and said if Joyce Jr. wants to challenge the Ontario government policy, he should come directly to her and not take it out on his workers.Her sentiments were echoed by Ontario’s Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid on Friday, when he urged business owners to respect their low-income workers.“The decision on minimum wage has been made,” he said. “This premier will speak for those whose voices have often not been heard. She will proceed with our efforts to ensure that all workers benefit from our thriving economy. She will not be swayed by business owners, some of whom are very wealthy, to back away from her passion of caring for those who are less fortunate.”Asked if it was hypocritical for the government to take this position since the Liberals cut benefits to some civil servants in 2014 to save $1.2 billion over five years, Duguid said this is a different circumstance.“As an employer the government has a responsibility to the taxpayers who pay the bills,” he said. “(And) to ensure that the wages we pay to our workers are fair both to taxpayers and to those workers. I think we’d be hard pressed when we compare what our workers make to make any kind of a case to suggest that they’re underpaid.”However, Unifor, Canada’s largest public sector union that represents more than 315,000 workers, released a statement on Friday stressing that “we can’t continue to have an economy based on poverty-level wages for workers” and slamming cuts from the Tim Hortons franchisees as “a bully tactic by greedy business owners.”It said it was alarmed by other chain restaurants that have reportedly been cutting benefits and even confiscating workers’ tips.“At a time when CEOs are making record multi-million-dollar salaries, it is not too much to ask that workers be able to afford a decent standard of living — and that begins with raising the minimum hourly wage,” Unifor’s national president Jerry Dias said. “This week has really shown why workers need a stronger voice in the workplace.” read more

07
October
2019

CannTrust says OSC launches investigation into unlicensed pot growing

VAUGHAN, Ont. — CannTrust Holdings Inc. says the Ontario Securities Commission has opened an investigation into issues around unlicensed growing at the company’s Ontario greenhouse.The beleaguered cannabis producer said in a late-day release Thursday that the investigation has been assigned to the Joint Serious Offences Team of the commission’s enforcement branch.The company disclosed on July 8 that it was facing a probe by Health Canada after the agency found the company had grown cannabis in several rooms at its Pelham, Ont. facility without government approval, and that employees had provided inaccurate information to regulators.CannTrust’s shares have since fallen more than 50 per cent on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the scandal has led to the ousting of the company’s CEO and the chairman of its board of directors.The company warned Thursday that it would likely miss its filing deadline for an interim financial report because of the significant uncertainty on the impact of the pending Health Canada decisions.The Vaughan, Ont.-based company, which has halted all sales and shipments as Health Canada continues its probe, said Wednesday it had hired a financial adviser to help it explore a potential sale and other strategic alternatives. Companies in this story: (TSX:TRST)The Canadian Press read more

02
October
2019

Jets Harrison overcame years of bullying to achieve dreams

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Jonotthan Harrison has not forgotten a single punch or kick, the brutal pushing and shoving, the sudden tackles to the ground with his classmates piling on top of him.There was also the constant and flat-out mean name calling. And all the laughing. So much laughing — at his expense.The New York Jets centre endured years of bullying while growing up in central Florida, but refused to let those painful moments stop him from achieving his goals.“I can get along with anybody,” Harrison said in an interview with The Associated Press. “But for whatever reason, people found me to be an easy target to mess with, pick on or whatever, whether they thought it was playful or not.”The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Harrison hardly looks like the type of guy anyone would dare mess with.From fifth grade through high school, though, it was a different story — one he often shares in schools on days off from practice to bring awareness to bullying and try to prevent it from happening to other youngsters.“It was a journey and I realized toward the end of high school that it kind of toughened me up on the inside,” the 27-year-old Harrison said. “You know, if I could go through all that and still come out on top, so to speak, all those people that bullied me and did whatever, they’re still in my hometown. They haven’t done anything with their lives, so now I’m very thankful for my parents’ guidance growing up and for where it’s helped me get to.”Harrison’s mother Jennifer and stepfather Robert Vorasky were travel nurses when he was young, so the family often bounced around south Florida. When Harrison reached fifth grade, his parents bought a home in the city of Mascotte in Lake County, Florida, with the intentions of providing stability.But Harrison quickly realized he was in for some major challenges.“I was the only person of my colour in my class and they didn’t throw racial slurs at me, but coincidentally, we’d go out to recess and everyone would gang up on me on the soccer field,” he recalled. “They would trip me, they’d throw the ball at me. Me being an only child, I didn’t have any siblings to talk to, didn’t have any siblings to toughen me up or anything like that. So, there were times I’d go home emotional to my mom.“It sounds bad, but it is what it is.”In middle school, Harrison tipped the scales at more than 200 pounds, so he exceeded the weight limit to join athletic teams. Instead, he discovered the school band and played the guitar and French horn. He was pretty good at both, too, but that didn’t matter to some of the school’s jocks.“It was like, ‘Oh, here’s this ‘big, squishy kid,’ let’s tackle him and let’s pick on him a little bit,’” Harrison said. “So, on my way to lunch, I’d get tackled every single day. My books would go flying, I’d get scraped up, my shirt ripped up, whatever.“Everybody would just laugh, and I’d just pick myself up and keep going.”At South Lake High School, it was more of the same. Some kids also came up with an undesirable nickname: “Big Baby.”“They would say, ‘Oh, you’re just like a big baby,’” Harrison said. “It kind of stuck with me all the way through college, but it was a different ‘Big Baby’ at that point. I eventually became like a cool ‘Big Baby,’ but at the time, it was belittling and all I wanted to do was fit in.”Harrison would share some stories with his parents, but his mother would occasionally hear from his friends about other troubles with which her son was dealing.“He didn’t want to hurt me,” Jennifer Harrison said in a telephone interview. “He didn’t want to see my pain, too, because I think he realized it made me so sad when he was hurting, too.”She would frequently address Jonotthan’s issues with his teachers and school officials. At home, she provided her son comfort — and valuable advice.“Be greater than your enemies,” Harrison recalled her telling him. “Don’t stoop down to their level. You could really hurt somebody if you retaliated because you’re 200-plus pounds and they’re still under 200 pounds.”Jennifer Harrison acknowledged it was tough to ask her son to not retaliate. She knew it frustrated him, but she made it clear she understood what he was going through.“I told him, if you fight back, you would just be fueling the fire that these kids are trying to spark in you,” she said, “and you don’t want that.”Instead, Harrison kept brushing himself off and moving forward.He joined the football team in high school and became a star offensive lineman. That paved his way to a scholarship to the University of Florida.“I honestly believe that is one of the things that motivated him to be such a good football player,” Jennifer Harrison said. “That was his license to hit back. Maybe some good came out of it in that way. I saw his passion in football and I just said, ‘Wow, he’s finally able to hit back legitimately,’ and I think that gave him his strength and his oomph in football.”Harrison was also a model student with a double major who graduated with degrees in criminology and anthropology, and set his sights on becoming a homicide detective after his playing days.“It’s a pleasure to sit back and watch what he is doing now and how he has overcome that in his life and turn it around into something good,” Jennifer Harrison said. “I know it could have turned the other way.“It could have been more negative.”Harrison went undrafted in 2014, but signed with Indianapolis and started 23 games over the next three seasons. He signed with New York last year and played in eight games, including one start, before re-signing with the Jets last off-season.Harrison is set to start his third consecutive game at centre, and could remain in that spot the rest of the season.“I’ve had people reach back out and act like everything’s cool now,” Harrison said. “I’m like, ‘Hey, bro. You don’t remember? I remember you throwing rocks at me when I rode my bike. I remember when we were playing football and all you guys turned and we got into this huge brawl in my backyard and nobody had my back. I remember all those times.’ It kind of sounds bad, but I kind of laugh at times because it’s like, if you were just nicer, you know what I mean?“I didn’t do anything to deserve that, but you felt the need to do that, and look at life now.”That’s what drives him to be so active in anti-bullying campaigns in conjunction with the Jets. He’ll go to a school and sit at lunch with a child who has experienced bullying, trading stories and bonding.“My whole message is: You will be all right and you will come out on the other end stronger, as long as you allow yourself to,” he said. “If you allow whatever’s influencing you to get to you and get under your skin, yeah, it’s going to cripple you. It’s going to cripple you emotionally, cripple you mentally and psychologically.“But if you take that and you just keep, not fighting back but keep standing up to whatever that influence may be, you’ll realize over time that it makes you stronger on the inside and it gives you the confidence necessary to go through life.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLDennis Waszak Jr., The Associated Press read more

22
September
2019

Calls for Coveney to step away from horsemeat investigation

first_imgThis issue needs strong political leadership as well as a detailed investigation and a strong policy response at both a national and European level. Ireland is leading that response and will continue to do so. Fianna Fáil agriculture spokesperson Ó Cuív called on the Taoiseach to establish an independent investigation, saying that recent revelations:demonstrate minister Simon Coveney’s inability to come to grips with the situation. Since this disaster began to unfold, the Minister has consistently sought to minimise the significance of the problem, rush to declare it solved and evade straightforward questions about when he first became aware of allegations about irregularities. Hoping that the problem would just go away was never going to work.He said that he has been calling for an independent investigation to establish the full facts of the situation.Ó Cúiv added that he intends to press the party’s motion to this effect in the Dáil this week.Earlier this week, operations were suspended at the B&F Meats plant after it was discovered that the company was despatching some horsemeat to a customer in the Czech Republic via a UK based-trader using a label in Czech that referred to beef.The Agriculture Department’s Special Investigation Unit continues to investigate this discovery.Read: UPDATE: Horsemeat containing harmful drug ‘entered food chain’ in France>Read: Horsemeat labelled ‘beef’ sent to Czech Republic from Ireland> FIANNA FÁIL DEPUTY Eamon Ó Cúiv has called for Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to step aside from the horsemeat crisis, and for an independent investigation to be established into the issue.In response, Minister Coveney said that the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) in conjunction with the gardaí are conducting a detailed and complex investigation that is independent and feeds into the Department.He said the investigation is “progressing well and getting to the bottom of the issue from an Irish perspective”. He added:If the Deputy would like a briefing on the investigation at this stage to get a full understanding of the complexity involved the Department would be happy to facilitate that.last_img read more

21
September
2019

Four airlines share routes

first_imgAfter a considerable delay – given that the tourism season started in late March – the airlines to fly the country’s 24 subsidized air routes were finally announced last week, with the contracts split between four companies. Olympic Air will operate 13 routes, including those to Paros, Milos, Naxos and Skiathos, Astra Airlines will undertake five, including the Thessaloniki-Corfu and Athens-Sitia (eastern Crete) routes, Sky Express will run another five, including Alexandroupoli-Sitia, and Aegean Airlines has just one, the Athens-Skyros service. Aeroland Airways and Minoan Airlines were left out of the last phase of the tender for the unpopular routes that the state subsidizes and the Civil Aviation Authority allocates. The contracts run till March 2016. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

05
September
2019

Copa America 2019 quarterfinal Uruguay vs Peru Preview TV listings and how

first_imgEdinson Cavani and Luis Suarez.Edinson Cavani and Luis SuarezFifteen-time Copa America champion Uruguay will take the field on June 29 against Peru for their quarter-final match of the Copa America 2019, at Salvador in Brazil. The winners will meet Chile in the semi-final which is slated to be played on July 3 at Porto Alegre.Uruguay are coming into the match riding high on a one-goal victory against Chile in their final fixtures of the group stage which decided the fate of the group. Uruguay had an unbeaten run throughout the tournament till now and they have played all their games with commendable performances from Luis Suarez, Edison Cavani. The South American giants thumped Ecuador 4-0 in their first match of the tournament with goals from Suarez and Cavani. The La Celeste were held to a 2-2 draw by Japan in their second fixture of the group stage. The fans of the South American giants will be hoping that they beat Peru comfortable and go through to the semi-finals.  On the other hand, Peru were thrashed by Brazil with a 5-0 scoreline in their final match of the group stage and they qualified as they were one of the best third-placed teams in the tournament. In their first match of the competition, Peru played out a goalless draw against Venezuela as they failed to break the deadlock even having a 10-man Venezuela team against them for the last 15 minutes. They defeated Bolivia quite convincingly in their second fixture of the group stage with goals from Paulo Guerrero, Jefferson Farfan, Edison Flores. The Peruvian side will like to upset the South American giants and set up the semi-final with Chile.The Uruguay-Peru quarter-final match will start at 4 PM on June 29, according to local time and 12.30 AM, June 30, according to IST.Global TV listings and Live streamTelemundo: USAPremier Sports 1: UKStream: Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, ESPN+, Premier PlayerHow to watch in IndiaThere has been a huge disappointment for Indian football fans as the tournament will not be telecast in the country. Fans can watch the live stream by using free VPN services and download apk’s like Navixsport. The application cannot be downloaded from any play store but it is available online for free. It can be downloaded by simply searching on Google. Two search results will come, one for Android and another for iOS. The viewers have to go inside the website according to their requirements, click on free download and enjoy the match.last_img read more

03
September
2019

PM proposes new regional economic forum

first_imgPrime Minister Sheikh Hasina meets Brunei Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah at the Istana Nurul Iman, the official residence of the Sultan of Brunei, on Monday. Photo: PIDBangladesh today proposed for formation of a regional economic forum involving five Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states of South and Southeast Asian region.Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina made the proposal during her talks with Brunei Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah at the Istana Nurul Iman, the official residence of the Sultan of Brunei, here this morning.Briefing reporters after the talks, foreign secretary Md Shahidul Haque said the members of the Southeast Asian Cooperation Organisation (SEACO), the proposed regional economic forum, will be Bangladesh and the Maldives from South Asia and Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei from Southeast Asia.In response to the proposal, the Brunei Sultan assured that he will “favourably consider” the matter, the foreign secretary said.PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim and speech writer Nazrul Islam were present at the briefing.The foreign secretary said issues related to bilateral interests and international concerns including the Rohingya crisis came up for discussions at the talks.Haque said the prime minister made some more proposals for further strengthening the bilateral ties and cooperation between Bangladesh and Brunei.He said the prime minister made a proposal for increasing interaction between the business community and conducting a feasibility study for a preferential trade arrangement to this end.Sheikh Hasina also proposed for holding discussion on constitution of a joint commission between the two countries.She put emphasis on increasing cooperation in the fields of jute and jute goods, software, agro products, ceramic and tableware, shipbuilding industry and tourism.The prime minister said the government is setting up industrial parks where the Brunei entrepreneurs could make investment there.She laid importance to avoid double taxation, as well as mutual promotion and protection of investment.The prime minister gave priority to health and agriculture sectors in the context of Brunei and said big collaboration between the two countries could be made in health professionals and pharmaceuticals.The foreign secretary said both the prime minister and the Sultan said direct airlink between Bangladesh and Brunei should be established.The prime minister proposed for military cooperation in non-weapon-related area like humanitarian operation and knowledge sharing.In this connection, the Sultan highly praised Bangladeshi peacekeepers for maintaining peace in the trouble-torn areas in the world.Brunei Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah extended her heartfelt greetings to the prime minister on her party’s landslide victory in the last general elections and assuming of office for the fourth time.“It’s the verdict of the people and the victory is the recognition of socioeconomic development that Bangladesh achieved under the prime minister’s leadership,” Haque quoted the Sultan as saying.Simultaneously, the Sultan said the visit of the prime minister is a milestone for elevation and expansion of bilateral relationship between Brunei and Bangladesh.Sultan said there is a huge potentiality of boosting trade and commerce between the two countries.He said cooperation between Brunei and Bangladesh could be made in different sectors like energy, food, people-to-people contact and connectivity.On the Rohingya issue, Bolkiah put emphasis on “just and permanent solution” to the Rohingya crisis.“We should make all sorts of efforts so that the Rohingyas can return,” she said.In this connection, the prime minister sought ASEAN’s big involvement. The prime minister also sought the Sultan’s cooperation in this regard, Haque said.About the ASEAN, the Sultan assured that Brunei will continue to help to strengthen the cooperation between Bangladesh and the regional forum.At the talks, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina invited Brunei Sultan to visit Bangladesh along with his wife, the foreign secretary said.Earlier, the Sultan greeted the prime minister by proceeding to the stair of the Palace breaking traditional Royal protocol of Brunei, the foreign secretary said.last_img read more

01
September
2019

The Kids Video Games Are All Right at NYU Game Center Student

first_imgStay on target A great way to keep yourself excited about the future of video games as a medium is remind yourself it can be an actually vibrant cultural art form, not just an endless deluge of bland big-budgeted products. And here in New York at least you can do that by going to any of the hip smaller indie game showcases that happen frequently throughout the year.I went to one such event recently, the 2018 NYU Game Center Student Showcase. And it was especially inspiring because these games aren’t faceless publishers’ next attempt to grab as much cash as possible. These are academic thesis capstone projects by Master of Fine Arts students demonstrating their newfound knowledge of the craft of game design. Even when the small individual experiments don’t always work, as a whole they are fresh and pure and forward-looking. Here a handful of the coolest games I played at the 2018 NYU Game Center Student Showcase.AdChoices广告Garden GamesNo this isn’t some new Plants vs. Zombies spin-off. Garden Games is a collection of vegetable-based minigames that revolve around playing with different wacky plush wearable accessories. Hold a giant pea pod in front of you and squeeze peas into a bucket. Strap on a carrot head with a radish partner and move up in down to get the right ratio of juice. Cover yourself in as many onion layers as possible and take the most stylish, tearful selfie.Flight SimulatorA joke that wonderfully triples down on its own premise, Flight Simulator doesn’t simulate the act of flying a plane. It simulates the act of being a passenger on a plane. Read in-flight magazines. Check the status of your flight to Iceland. Marvel at how you’ve got the whole row to yourself. Open the window with satisfying smoothness. Given that this first-person, rooted in one location, and all about funny but realistic object interactions, you’d think this be in VR. But sadly this demo was not.Rhythm of SunyaRhythm is a great gaming anchor for taking players on more psychedelic trips. And Rhythm of Sunya by Qiu Sun uses its basic one-button rhythm gameplay to connect players with fleshy and abstract yet weirdly warm and pleasing warping monochrome pencil visuals. It’s like an old MTV commercial or an arthouse version of Rhythm Heaven.Monster LoverSome people like to joke about dating sims but the jokes on them because the genre allows for some of the sharpest, most progressive, and funniest game writing out there. In Monster Lover you control a witch attempting to court hellish suitors. Summon them with the right objects, take them out to a nice dinner, and… stimulate the right body parts to end the night on a perfect note. The smoky black and white art really helps sell the spooky yet romantic mood.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits last_img read more

30
August
2019

VIDEO 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz helped off court after nasty ankle

first_img#1 overall pick Markelle Fultz had to had to be helped off the court after turning his ankle while contesting a drive to the basket during the third quarter of the Sixers’ Summer League game against the Warriors last night.It was initially feared that the injury was extremely serious, but team doctors later diagnosed Fultz with a sprain, and will continue to evaluate his condition. His status for the remainder of the Summer League is unknown.It’s good news for the Sixers, who’ve seen top picks Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid miss their entire first NBA seasons with injuries.It looks like they dodged a bullet here. Markelle Fultz goes down. Looks like an ankle injury. Hopefully not seriouspic.twitter.com/G74gmCg8O4— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) July 9, 2017last_img read more

27
August
2019

Circle Cardiovascular Imaging Completes Substantial Financing Round

first_img Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more 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. News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more 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 | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco Related Content News | Advanced Visualization | April 07, 2016 Circle Cardiovascular Imaging Completes Substantial Financing Round New financing plus global licensing and distribution agreement with GE Healthcare will expand commercial footprint of Circle’s cardiovascular post-processing software package April 7, 2016 — Circle Cardiovascular Inc. announced the completion of a substantial financing round with participation from existing investors including BDC Capital and new investors The Accelerate Fund and Epic Capital Management Inc.Circle plans to use the proceeds of this financing to build on its cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) and cardiac computed tomography (CCT) post-processing software platform and expand its commercial footprint.The company also recently signed a Global Licensing and Distribution Agreement with GE Healthcare.“Circle Cardiovascular is an example of a Canadian tech company that identified a need, built a strong core team with relevant experience, and executed well,” said Martin Vetter, general partner and director of the Accelerate Fund. “We’re pleased to join BDC Capital, Epic Capital, many existing investors, and now GE Healthcare, in support of Circle’s goals to improve cardiac care and patient outcomes.”The cmr42 cardiovascular post-processing software package contains a set of comprehensive, easy-to-use modules for viewing and analyzing cardiac MR images for both standalone and enterprise server configurations. Over 600 sites in 35 countries are already interpreting hundreds of thousands of cardiac exams annually using Circle’s software to increase diagnostic speed and accuracy, reduce cost and improve patient care. For more information: www.circlecvi.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read morelast_img read more

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August
2019

MTS Globe joins forces with GTA

first_imgMTS Globe joins forces with GTAGTA has signed an agreement with MTS Globe to acquire its hotel distribution, destination management services and IT businesses. The deal represents a key strategic decision for both companies whose complementary portfolios will enable growth and an improved market offering in sun and beach, city and long-haul destinations. Under the agreement, MTS Globe´s partner network and management team will remain unchanged and continue to trade under its MTS Globe, OTS Globe and Axis Data brands.MTS Globe has long held a strong presence in sun and beach destinations and is the preferred partner for many European tour operators. Its successful and unique business model offers 12,000 hotels and customised destination services. In 2015, MTS Globe generated Gross Sales of EUR 500 million. GTA has traditionally focused on city and long haul destinations, establishing itself as one of the leading distributors of accommodation and destination services worldwide. In recent years it has been successful in growing a solid base in beach destinations.“With this transaction GTA takes an important step towards fulfilling its vision to be the world’s easiest travel distribution partner to do business with. MTS Globe’s large portfolio in the Mediterranean beach destinations ideally complements GTA’s global accommodation and destination services offering. GTA will become a one stop shop for city and beach products worldwide and the increased portfolio will mean our customers can offer greater choice to travellers,” said Ivan Walter, CEO of GTA.Rembert Euling, CEO of MTS Globe said: “Under the new ownership, MTS Globe’s clients and suppliers will benefit from a clearer focus and distinction between our Destination Management Services and Hotel Trading business. GTA´s global distribution network and investment will enhance growth opportunities for all business partners. The management team at MTS Globe, OTS Globe and Axis Data will remain the same and continue to drive value to our customers, while I will stay fully committed in supporting the further development of the new entity.”Together, the partners will leverage their competencies to continually expand their beach offering worldwide. With the combination of the two companies’ distribution networks, MTS Globe’s suppliers will gain access to new markets.The two parties have agreed to not disclose the purchase price or contract details. The transaction is subject to the approval by the relevant competition authorities.GTA is an industry pioneer and a highly experienced, leading global distributor that provides travel companies with easy access to hotel accommodation and destination services. It sells approximately 40,000 room nights per day online. More than 40% of its turnover is sourced from fast-growing markets in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.MTS Globe is Europe´s largest independent incoming agency operating in 15 countries. Recently it has moved into long haul destinations, opening destination management services in the Caribbean and UAE. MTS Globe supports European tour operators with customised, high-quality destination services. Together with OTS Globe, the firm´s hotel trading division, MTS Globe has established a strong market position in sun and beach destinations and, through Axis Data, provides leading technology solutions to partners in more than 60 destinations.Source = GTA – MTS Globelast_img read more

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August
2019

by The Associated Press Posted Dec 13 2018 7

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Dec 13, 2018 7:15 am PDT MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski apologizes for homophobic comment NEW YORK — MSNBC says Mika Brzezinski’s absence from “Morning Joe” on Thursday was not related to her apology for using a homophobic slur the day before in reference to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.The morning show co-host had criticized Pompeo for comments he made to Fox News regarding the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.Afterward, she apologized via Twitter, saying it was a “SUPER BAD choice of words.”An MSNBC spokesman said Brzezinski’s absence Thursday was due to a long-planned family matter. Her Pompeo reference, which had drawn social media criticism, was not mentioned on the air.The Associated Presscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

09
August
2019

Turkish Cypriot teachers complain north has more mosques than schools

first_imgCyprus Turkish Teachers Union (Ktos) has said there are 160 schools compared to 190 mosques in the northern part of Cyprus, complaining that more money was being poured in religious affairs at the expense of education.The union issued a statement after learning that the authorities were preparing to shut down two elementary schools, one in the Famagusta area and the other in Karavostasi (Gemikonagi), in the Morphou bay.Ktos claimed that while the number of mosques in the north was rising, the ‘minister of education’ Ozdemir Berova was closing schools and distributing their land to people close to him, a practice widespread in the National Unity Party (Ubp)- Democrat Party (Dp) coalition.Ktos said the proposed amendment to the legislation on the religious affairs department, which will open the way for Quran courses for children and increase the budget of the department that will allow more recruitment from Turkey, was supported by Berova, who at the same time claimed there was no money for teachers or building new classrooms.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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July
2019

Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker Issues Showcause Notice to Three AIADMK MLAs

first_img A PrabhuaiadmkAMMKE Rathinasabapathy First Published: April 30, 2019, 7:16 PM IST Chennai: Tamil Nadu assembly speaker P Dhanapal has issued notices to three AIADMK MLAs days after Tamil Nadu chief whip S Rajendran submitted recommendations to him against the legislators for ‘anti-party activities’. MLAs E Rathinasabapathy, VT Kalaiselvan and A Prabhu had expressed their support to rival AMMK’s general secretary Dhinakaran. Dhanapal met with law minister C V Shanmugam and Rajendran on April 26 to discuss the matter of issuing notices to the rebel MLAs.The three MLAs will have to respond to the issued notice within 15 days and then it would left to the prerogative of the speaker to take a call based on the replies filed by them. This development comes at a time as the state is gearing up for the by-poll results scheduled to be declared on May 23.This will also be the second time in two years that Dhanapal has issued notices to the MLAs to decide whether the disqualification law should be invoked against them.In September 2017, Dhanapal had issued notices to 18 MLAs who supported TTV Dhinakaran and submitted a memorandum to the governor of Tamil Nadu seeking a new Chief Minister. AIADMK has been surviving in power on a thin majority and the outcome of the by-elections will decide the future of this government. So far, the AIADMK has 113 MLAs and should win at least five of the 22 bypolls to get the magic number of 118 and continue in power till 2021. last_img read more