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Manitoba New Democrats hear of harassment and bullying within party


first_imgBRANDON, Man. – Manitoba’s New Democratic Party has suffered for years from a “toxic culture” of sexual harassment and bullying where victims have been afraid or unable to seek help, according to a review released at the party’s convention in Brandon.“The atmosphere was overly sexualized, sexist and misogynist, and there was often a different standard for women than there were for men,” Kemlin Nembhard, one of two commissioners who have been examining the issue, told some 200 delegates at the party’s annual convention Saturday.“The span of years that (people we talked to) have been or were involved with the party was really diverse, and yet the patterns in the work atmosphere, in the general culture and environment … were pretty consistent.”The Opposition party set up the commission earlier this year, after several women came forward with allegations they had been subjected to harassment and unwanted touching by former NDP cabinet minister Stan Struthers.One of them, Shannon Van Raes, alleged Struthers put his hand under her skirt and made sexual comments while she was a staffer. Another woman, Joelle Saltel-Allard said when she was a press secretary, Struthers put his hand on her knee and talked about sex acts he would enjoy.Struthers, who left politics in 2016, has rejected interview requests but issued a brief statement in which he apologized for any inappropriate behaviour.The commission’s report does not name any alleged victims or perpetrators, nor would the commissioners say how many people came forward, or how many alleged perpetrators there were. They would only say they had heard from former politicians, party workers at the legislature and others.Nembhard told the convention people told her they felt they had no choice but to put up with harassment and other inappropriate behaviour.“It was generally an atmosphere of fear and loyalty. Fear of certain senior staff members was noted … and then there was the atmosphere of loyalty at all costs (where) one must always remain loyal to the party to the exclusion of all else, regardless of what was happening.”The commission, which examined the party going back more than a decade, including the years when the NDP was in power, also found that:— There was a toxic atmosphere where inappropriate behaviour was enabled by key party members.— There was an “Old Boys club” where some people were excluded from decision-making.— There was pressure to take part in drinking and parties, and inappropriate sexual activity inside the legislative building.— Some women have left the party while others have decided not to enter political life.“If 50 per cent of the population are feeling isolated and can’t participate in the party, that really questions us as a democratic institution,” Nembhard said.The commission made several recommendations, including mandatory anti-harassment and human resources training for politicians and senior staff and a formal process to allow victims to come forward.NDP Leader Wab Kinew said he wanted to enact all the recommendations and the convention delegates voted to adopt them.“I’m apologizing both for the direct harm you experienced, but also for the environment that silenced your voices for too long,” Kinew told the crowd.Saltel-Allard said Saturday she was pleased with the report’s findings.“My goal with coming forward has always been to see change — to make sure no one else has to feel belittled, disempowered or harassed like I did, almost 8 years ago. And I can honestly say that my goal has been achieved!” she wrote on her Facebook page.“Thank you to the Manitoba NDP for finally listening to my story. I can attest that the report findings are accurate.”Kinew took over as party leader last September and has tried to show he has changed in terms of his personal treatment of women.He wrote misogynistic and homophobic lyrics as a rapper more than a decade ago, and later wrote misogynistic social media messages, including one where he asked whether fat women carried avian flu.Kinew also continues to face accusations from a former girlfriend that he assaulted her in 2003. The charge was stayed and later dropped, and Kinew has denied assaulting the woman. But in an interview with The Canadian Press last fall, she stood by her allegation that Kinew threw her across a living room.last_img read more


Talks to begin in Victoria on new home clearer context for Macdonald


first_imgVICTORIA — The City of Victoria and local First Nations are mulling over what to do about the mothballed Sir John A. Macdonald statue.The statue of Canada’s first prime minister and member of Parliament for Victoria from 1878 to 1882 was removed from the steps of Victoria City Hall last August.Critics said Macdonald’s role at the head of a government that created the Indian Act and established the residential school system made the statue inappropriate.Mayor Lisa Helps says Victoria will be holding talks in the coming months, focusing on what the city must learn about reconciliation and also considering the best place to relocate the statue.A decision on a new home won’t be made until after talks conclude, and Helps says donating the statue in an option, although that could be complicated because it was originally a gift to Victoria.Helps says politicians, Coast Salish First Nations in the area and the public have to consider how the statue could be placed with more context, ensuring history is expanded, not erased.  “What we heard very clearly from (the Songhees and Esquimalt) Nations is that a broader story of John A. Macdonald needs to be told,” she says.“I think the imagining, at least from the nations, … is that when the statue is re-situated, there will be some other piece put in conversation with it in some way,” she says, adding the city still needs to hear the opinions of First Nations and other community members.Helps says council has directed that the upcoming talks about the statute and reconciliation should be run through her office.She says the format could including “people coming, sharing a few meals, sitting around tables, and having a conversation to start.”A date for the talks is expected to be set after council approves Victoria’s strategic plan. (CFAX)The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Terry Crews And Charlotte Ross To Attend Youth For Human Rights Event


first_imgActress Marisol Nichols (“GCB”) and Dr. Mary Shuttleworth host a celebrity benefit for Youth for Human Rights International at Eva Longoria’s restaurant Beso in Hollywood on Monday, March 24.Among the stars expected to attend are Terry Crews (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), Clifton Collins Jr. (STAR TREK), Charlotte Ross (“Glee”/ “NYPD Blue”), Johnathon Schaech (“Ray Donovan”/THAT THING YOU DO), Daphne Wayans (“In Living Color”), Beth Riesgraf (“Leverage”), Jennifer Aspen (“GCB”), Lane Garrison (“Bonnie & Clyde”/CAMP X-RAY), Jason Dohring (VERONICA MARS), Rebecca Da Costa (THE BAG MAN), Joe Morton (SCANDAL), and Ian Anthony Dale (“Murder in the First”).Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) is a non-profit charitable organization under the umbrella organization United for Human Rights. The purpose of YHRI is to teach youth around the world about human rights, specifically the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and inspire them to become advocates for tolerance and peace.last_img read more


Celebrities Attend UNICEF UK Halloween Ball


first_imgLong-standing UNICEF UK Ambassador Jemima Khan joined guests Suki Waterhouse, Tinie Tempah, Hugh Grant, Guy Ritchie, Naughty Boy and Emeli Sande at Unicef UK’s star–studded Halloween Ball on Thursday, raising vital funds to help protect Syria’s children from danger.The event raised an incredible £750,000, made possible by generous donations from guests and the UK Government matching all public donations on the night pound for pound.High-profile personalities from the worlds of entertainment, fashion and business turned out at London’s iconic venue, One Mayfair, to support Unicef’s work to help the millions of children in Syria and the surrounding regions that are in danger from disease, malnutrition and violence.Canadian rock legend Bryan Adams opened the evening’s entertainment with his classic hit Run to You, followed by a surprise duet of When You’re Gone with British model and actress Suki Waterhouse. Tinie Tempah closed the show with an electrifying set including Pass Out and Written in the Stars. Guests made their way down The Rabbit Hole to an after party in the venue’s Crypt and a set by DJ Seth Troxler until the early hours of the morning.Unicef UK Ambassador and host of the Halloween Ball, Jemima Khan said, “The number of Syrian children in danger is spiralling out of control. For more than three years, children have borne the brunt of indiscriminate violence. I recently visited Jordan with Unicef to meet Syrian children and families who have fled the conflict. Unicef is working day and night to reach these children with life-saving food, water, medicine, education and support to help them deal with the trauma they have faced. Their work is desperately underfunded. Tonight at the Halloween Ball we hope to raise a huge amount to help give Syrian children their childhood back.”The money raised at the Halloween Ball will help Unicef, the world’s leading children’s organisation, provide children in Syria and refugee children in five neighbouring countries – Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt – with vital aid and support, as part of the largest humanitarian operation in history. The £750,000 raised will be added to the £4.4 million already raised for Syrian children by Unicef UK in 2014 and the emergency appeal will continue until the end of January.Over the next three months the UK Government will match pound for pound all public donations made to Unicef’s work for the children of Syria.International Development Secretary, Justine Greening said, “Nearly four years of fighting have taken a grim toll on the people of Syria and its neighbours. Inevitably, vulnerable children pay the highest price. That is why, for the second year in a row, we will match pound for pound all public donations to Unicef UK’s valuable winter appeal for the children of Syria, helping the generosity of the British public go twice as far. This means children caught up in this conflict receive urgent lifesaving help along with the education and support they need to build a better future for themselves and their country.”Unicef UK Executive Director, David Bull said: “Millions of children in Syria and the surrounding region are in danger. They face losing their homes, their families, even their lives. Unicef is one of the few organisations working inside Syria as well as delivering humanitarian aid across the region. We are so grateful for the overwhelming support and generosity that our guests have shown this evening and to the UK Government for matching pound for pound all donations made tonight and for the next three months. We rely entirely on voluntary donations so the money raised is vital to enable Unicef to continue our life-saving work for Syrian children.”You can help keep Syria’s children safe too. To find out more about Unicef’s work to protect children in danger or to donate, please visit unicef.org.uk/Syria.last_img read more


Top UN official highlights impact of financial crisis on worlds urban poor


The current global financial turmoil must be viewed as a “housing finance crisis,” leaving the world’s urban poor to fend for themselves, the head of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) said today in London.“The financial crisis we are facing today cannot be seen as an event – it is a process that has been building up over time and this process has now bust,” Anna Tibaijuka said, launching UN-HABITAT’s biennial “State of the World’s Cities 2008/2009” report.She called on governments to provide cheaper homes for those subsisting on lower incomes because the supply of affordable housing cannot be controlled entirely by market forces.One out of three people living in cities reside in slums, and that proportion could rise due to the credit crunch, UN-HABITAT’s Executive Director noted, warning that with one billion people already living in slums, unrest could result if government do not take urgent action to address the urban poverty crisis.“I am not surprised that world leaders are now seizing on the matter because without leadership, without governance, it is a clear test of social tensions.”Half of the world’s population now resides in cities, and that fraction will grow to nearly 60 per cent in the next 20 years. Urban growth is occurring most rapidly in the developing world, where cities surge by 5 million residents on average very month.“Cities embody some of society’s most pressing challenges, from pollution and disease to unemployment and lack of adequate shelter,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wrote in the foreword to the new publication. “But cities are also venues where rapid, dramatic change is not just possible but expected.”The report pointed out that income distribution varies considerably among poorer regions, with the divide most pronounced in African and Latin American cities. The amount of deprivation slum dwellers face depends on the access to clean water; access to sanitation; the durability of housing; the size of living areas; and the security of tenure.Based on this system, the report finds that the areas with the largest proportion of people living in slum conditions in cities are in sub-Saharan Africa, where nearly two-thirds of the urban population are slum dwellers. 23 October 2008The current global financial turmoil must be viewed as a “housing finance crisis,” leaving the world’s urban poor to fend for themselves, the head of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) said today in London. read more


Thousands seek employment at Calgary Job Shop Career Fair


AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Thousands seek employment at Calgary Job Shop Career Fair By the time the doors close, organizers of the Calgary Job Shop Career Fair expect to have see more than 4,000 job seekers to pass through the hallways at the TELUS Convention Centre.“A whole myriad of different companies from entry level positions all the way to executive level potions, from all walks of industry,” Eric Hagglund, Regional Sales Manager for Calgary Job Shop said.There were 22 employers who set up booths Wednesday, taking resumes and shaking hands with the various jobseekers. “We have clients that have jobs that are looking for positions right now. We are in a situation in Calgary where the unemployment rate is very, very low and there are more jobs than people to fill those jobs,” Hagglund said.Many of the people who attended the event told 660News, they were hoping to find something in the accounting field or in finance with several also hoping to be inspired by an unexpected job offering. One may think it would be easy to be a job seeker in Calgary, with the surplus of jobs available, but there are some people like Johannah, who have been looking for the right fit for months. “I have a passion for the service industry, that’s my field, but even though there’s a lot of positions out there, I want a job I can love, a career, not just anything,” she said.She was not alone, as organizers said there were 1,850 people already registered before the doors opened at 11 a.m. by News Staff Posted Mar 5, 2014 2:58 pm MDT read more


Air Canada CEO got 78 million compensation in 2013 airline to launch


Air Canada CEO got $7.8 million compensation in 2013; airline to launch Wi-Fi MONTREAL – Air Canada’s chief executive received more than $7.8 million in compensation last year as he oversaw a dramatic turnaround in the airline’s financial performance and share price.According to regulatory documents filed ahead of airline’s annual meeting in May, Calin Rovinescu’s total compensation was down from $9.5 million in 2012, when he received a $5-million award on the third anniversary of this employment with the carrier. That one-time payment was part of a 2009 employment contract that lured him from Canaccord Genuity, the investment bank where he was a co-founder.Excluding this retention payment, Rovinescu’s compensation increased 72 per cent from the $4.5 million he received in 2012, which in turn was up from almost $4 million in 2011.His salary was unchanged at $1.4 million in 2013, but share-based awards surged to $2.6 million, stock options to $1.24 million and his annual bonus to $2.26 million. He also had a $290,800 pension value.Rovinescu oversaw dramatic financial improvements at the country’s largest airline in last year.Among other things, he was credited with achieving a record $384 million in adjusted profits, a 14.7 per cent improvement in on-time performance and the launch of the Air Canada Rouge low-cost subsidiary. He also oversaw new pension funding regulations with the federal government, the development of international routes and reached or surpassing cost-reduction targets.Air Canada’s (TSX:AC.B) shares had the best performance of any Canadian company last year, more than tripling in value. They fell in the months after hitting a 52-week high of $9.90 in January, but surged 25 per cent last Friday after the company upgraded its outlook for the first quarter and said it expected a strong summer season.The stock closed down 12 cents, or 1.58 per cent, at $7.47 on Wednesday.The guidance prompted several analysts to upgrade their forecasts and target price for the airline’s shares.The proxy circular said chief financial officer Michael Rousseau’s total compensation increased nearly 58 per cent to $2.3 million last year, including $527,000 base salary.Benjamin Smith, the chief commercial officer, received $2 million, up from $1.2 million in 2012.Meanwhile, Air Canada announced Wednesday that it will begin offering passengers across North America in-flight air-to-ground Wi-Fi connectivity starting in May.Air Canada has been testing the Gogo Wi-Fi system on two Airbus 319s operating in Canada and the United States under and agreement with Panasonic. The remaining narrowbody fleet of Airbus, Embraer 190s, CRJ-705s and Embraer 175s will be outfitted with the system with the goal of equipping 29 aircraft this year. The service is expected to be available on 130 aircraft by December 2015.Air Canada says the system, which allows passengers to search the Internet and use e-mail, offers peak connection speeds comparable to mobile broadband services available on the ground and will be offered at “competitive” prices.In the U.S., Gogo costs US$5 for one hour of use, $14 for 24 hours and $39.95 a month for a single airline, while for $49.95 a month a passenger can use it on all airlines.Current regulations prohibit the use of cellular phones for voice communication.“In today’s connected world, our customers want to access e-mail, mobile device applications and the Internet wherever they are, both to increase their work productivity and expand their leisure options,” Smith said in an news release sent from one of the aircraft.WestJet Airlines (TSX:WJA) announced in February that it plans to replace seatback television monitors in its aircraft starting next year as it adds a new entertainment system that will allow passengers to access TV, movies and the Internet with their electronic devices while in the air.The satellite system will be installed on one aircraft later this year for testing and be expanded over the next few years as it replaces seats with slimline alternatives and installs USB and power outlets.It’s part of the Calgary-based airline’s ongoing efforts to increase revenue.David Tyerman of Canaccord Genuity said he expects Air Canada’s profits from its new service “may prove limited.”He said Gogo is gaining users and reported US$8,375 average monthly service revenue per aircraft in 2013. That could translate into about $5.2 million of revenue annually for the 130 Air Canada aircraft, assuming the airline receives 40 per cent of that rate.But Tyerman cautions that pricing for the service may change. He points to the many hotels which once charged for Internet service but now provide it for free. And the airline JetBlue is offering free, lower-speed Wi-Fi through at least June.“In the end, Wi-Fi may prove one of the costs of doing business in the airline world,” he wrote in a report, pointing to other carriers that already offer the service.“Accordingly, this announcement may have little long-run implication.”Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter. by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 9, 2014 2:12 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more


UN chief appoints Zimbabwe national as Assistant SecretaryGeneral for Safety and Security


Ms. Gwaradzimba succeeds Ms. Mbaranga Gasarabwe of Rwanda, who was appointed as Deputy Special Representative for Mali in May.Ms. Gwaradzimba brings more than 25 years of experience with the UN system to the role. She began her career with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Somalia in 1989 and worked with UNDP in New York as a Programme Manager and Senior Evaluation Advisor. She also served with UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) as a Deputy Municipal Administrator in Kosovo from 2000-2001. She most recently held the position of Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Director, Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy (BERA) for the UNDP in New York. Prior to that, she was Division Chief for South and West Asia for six years. She was also the Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in The Gambia, and Deputy Resident Representative in Malawi and Barbados. Ms. Gwaradzimba has a wealth of experience in strategic management and leadership, coupled with in depth knowledge of international development, crisis prevention and recovery, evaluation design and practice and gender issues. read more


Striving for peace decent life for all very pertinent UN Assembly theme


“Who would lose if all the people on the globe led a decent life,” he said, namely by having enough food; inoculations for “immunizable” diseases; drinkable water; education; clean electricity; fair-paying jobs; and respectable homes. “Parasitism is the only obstacle to global affluence, prosperity and peace,” he added. Turning to “the dangerous situation on the Korean Peninsula,” he believed that, as “kith and kin,” the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK) would do well to alone discuss their re-unification. He cited a unified Viet Nam, as well as that of Germany in 1990. Noting the strength of a unified Korea, he posed the queries, “Why do some actors fear strong nations in the world? Why should the Koreans themselves (North and South) allow external forces to continue to divide them?” “We always strive not to allow actors, foreign or local, to divide the African peoples, regardless of the complications involved,” he underscored, saying that Uganda accommodates many African refugees on account of a conscious ideological position – “not to allow any actors to divide us. We only fight traitors.” On “the small issue” of enforcing sanctions against the DPRK, Mr. Kaguta told the Assembly that Uganda is in compliance. “We do not have to trade with North Korea. We are, however, grateful that, in the past, the North Koreans helped us to build our tank forces,” he concluded. Full statement available here read more


At Least All These Tommy John Surgeries Arent Rotator Cuff Surgeries


No pitcher’s elbow seems safe anymore. Earlier in spring training, Yu Darvish, the perennial Cy Young contender and ace of the Texas Rangers staff, had Tommy John surgery. A week later, promising Mets pitcher Zach Wheeler was under the knife. Those guys are part of a proud lineage of phenoms whose elbows couldn’t withstand the crazy forces of pitching a baseball every five days. In the past five years, 299 major and minor league pitchers have had Tommy John surgery.1According to data collected by sabermetrician Jon Roegele. The epidemic — or whatever you want to call it — isn’t over yet.But beneath the scary headlines and the relentless drumbeat of crisis, there’s a silver lining to this rash of pitcher injuries: Having a bum elbow sure beats having a bum shoulder. Despite all the Tommy John surgeries, we’re living in a golden era of pitcher health.It’s hard not to be anxious about a crisis when you look at data about just how many ulnar collateral ligaments are being repaired through Tommy John surgery. The number of surgeries in the past 10 years is 115 percent higher than it was the 10 years prior.That’s a huge spike, yes, but the intriguing thing is what’s happened as those elbows have flared up: Shoulders haven’t. Using data from Baseball Prospectus’s injury archive (maintained by Corey Dawkins), we can chart the escalating number of elbow surgeries over the past 35 years against the number of shoulder surgeries2This graph looks at all levels of baseball (major and minor leagues) from 1981 onward.: Right around 1998, the two paths diverge, and in recent years, shoulder surgeries are down.3I believe credit for noticing this trend goes to sabermetrician Jeff Zimmerman. After a peak in 2009, when more than 40 operations were performed, shoulder surgeries seem to be fading toward extinction, with only 12 in 2014. Some have attributed the decrease in shoulder injuries to improved shoulder exercises. This explanation is consistent with the fact that shoulder injuries have disappeared for position players, as well.The decreasing trend in shoulder problems matters because shoulder surgeries are more debilitating than the now-routine Tommy John. Whereas about 80 percent of major league pitchers in my data set4The recovery rate is in agreement with other estimates from experts such as Dr. Glenn Fleisig. returned from UCL reconstruction to pitch in the majors, only 67 percent came back from shoulder surgeries. (From here on out, I’m examining only the pitchers who were major leaguers at the time of their surgery.) Whether because of recency bias or some other factor, we tend to forget once-great throwers like Johan Santana, Brandon Webb, and Kerry Wood, all of whose careers were cut short because of shoulder ailments. Wood, in particular, is an instructive example. He came back from Tommy John early in his career only to be done in by a rotator cuff surgery several years later.There are, of course, pitchers who never make it back from Tommy John, and if you are a Rangers fan, or simply a connoisseur of great pitching (as I am), even a 20 percent risk of Darvish never returning seems drastically high. But not all pitchers are the same. Using logistic regression, I examined how the risk of failing to return after UCL reconstruction varies by the characteristics of the specific pitcher in question.Starting pitchers are more likely to make it back than relievers, for example. I found that 90 percent of starters returned from Tommy John surgery, versus 74 percent of relievers. In addition, the better a pitcher is before his stint on the DL (measured by his strikeouts and walks per nine innings), the more likely he is to recover.How healthy that pitcher is before his surgery also matters. The longer the injury history, the less likely he is to successfully recuperate. All parts of a pitcher’s arm are connected in a kinetic chain. Because the pitching motion is so stressful on an arm, a problem at one end of the chain can weaken another end of it. Take Joel Zumaya, the fire-breathing reliever for the 2006 Detroit Tigers who never made it back from Tommy John. Zumaya had a long injury history, including problems in his hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. No one can say with certainty which part of his arm was the one that ruined his chances of being a major league pitcher. Darvish, on the other hand, is a relatively healthy starting pitcher with excellent strikeout and walk numbers. He should be counted as among the most likely to make it back to MLB.There’s a pessimism that follows any pitcher to the DL — that even if he does return, he will never attain his former abilities again. There’s some merit to that: While many pitchers return to their former levels of performance, some seem to lose a measure of their ability. Francisco Liriano never again matched the 10.7 strikeouts per nine innings he put up in his rookie season, which was followed by elbow surgery. But for every Liriano, there’s an Adam Wainwright, the Cardinals ace. He averaged 8.3 K/9 in the year before his surgery and posted an identical 8.3 K/9 the year after.When I looked more generally at the historical record of pitchers who had undergone Tommy John, I found that there was an evident decline in their performance. However, it was not nearly as bad as the one that followed shoulder surgeries. Shoulder problems reduce strikeouts and increase walks, both to greater degrees than similarly severe problems to a pitcher’s elbow:Tommy John recipients barely saw their strikeouts drop at all. On average, strikeouts declined by 0.06 K/9 following Tommy John surgery. Contrast that with the sufferers of shoulder surgery, who saw a substantial (and much greater) average drop in K/9 of 0.37. That’s a 5 percent decrease for those pitchers.There was a 0.18 increase in walks per nine innings (BB/9) for the Tommy John recipients, but a greater 0.33 increase in BB/9 for the shoulder surgery recipients.There’s one other noticeable effect of these surgeries: Pitchers pitch less when they come back. Both types of pitcher injuries seem to lead to a decrease in innings pitched in the three years after the surgery relative to the years before. But, again, shoulder surgeries appear to be worse than elbow surgeries.Pitchers who underwent UCL reconstruction saw their number of innings pitched decline by an average of about 53 innings in the three years following their return — no small margin. In contrast, pitchers who underwent shoulder surgery experienced a much greater decrease, notching more than 134 fewer innings.All this means that there are tons of players getting Tommy John surgery, but that’s not the worst fate for a pitcher these days. Darvish is very likely to return, likely to strike out nearly as many guys per game as he once did, but likely to do it in fewer innings. Rangers fans, you can stop worrying about Darvish’s elbow. Just keep praying his shoulder holds up. read more


Is Garry Kasparov Too Old To Dominate Chess Again


Garry Kasparov, a former world chess champion and probably the best player ever to play the game, has come out of retirement and returned to competitive chess. He has suited up for this week’s Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz, a 10-player round-robin tournament that consists of relatively speedy games and features some scarily strong competition. Four of the 10 competitors are in the world’s top 10.The chess world was abuzz with news of the return; Kasparov hasn’t played competitively since 2005. But the open question was how well he could perform against the young guns across the table. Kasparov is 54 years old, after all. To get some insight into how chess skill might decline with age, I downloaded the most recent FIDE rating list, from the beginning of August. This lists ranks all the players registered with the game’s international governing body according to their Elo rating.1These lists are currently published monthly; they were published quarterly in earlier years. The end result was a data set with more than 280,000 players and their respective ratings. These are all the players currently rated by FIDE, although some of them, such as Kasparov, are flagged as “inactive,” meaning that they haven’t played a rated game in a year or more. (To estimate a given player’s age, we subtracted his or her birth year from 2017.) The result is shaped like a large floating apostrophe of mortality. After a steep increase in players’ early years (youth is wasted on the young), the estimated trend in ratings peaks just after age 38, before beginning a long, slow, irreversible and depressing decline (kinda like real life).But when the ratings are plotted this way, Kasparov’s outlier status becomes clear — his most recent rating, established before he retired in 2005, is 2812. If he were active in classical chess tournaments, that’d put him second in the world, behind the current world champion, Magnus Carlsen, who is 26.Another former world champion, Vladimir Kramnik, who defeated Kasparov for the title in 2000, noted in a 2015 interview that he was in his mid-20s at the time. “In fact, chess is a game for the young,” he said.As I write, Kasparov is near the bottom of the pack in St. Louis, with five draws and a loss through his first six games. Ian Nepomniachtchi, a 27-year-old Russian grandmaster, is in first place.After the first day of play, Kasparov retweeted the following: read more


Miramax lance son application Facebook de vidéo à la demande


first_imgMiramax lance son application Facebook de vidéo à la demandeAujourd’hui, le distributeur de films Miramax lance son application Facebook dédiée à la vidéo à la demande et baptisée Miramax eXperience. Pour le moment en version bêta, il propose déjà ses 20 plus gros succès mais seulement en version originale.Après Warner Bros et Universal Pictures, c’est au tour de Miramax de lancer son application Facebook dédiée à la vidéo à la demande. Baptisé Miramax eXperience, cette application n’est actuellement qu’en version d’essai mais elle propose déjà vingt des plus gros succès du distributeur américain, parmi lesquels Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Will Hunting ou encore Gangs of New York.Si la liste des films proposés devraient s’allonger prochainement, il est pour l’heure, possible de visionner chacun des vingt films contre 30 crédits Facebook, soit environ 3 euros, ou d’en voir un extrait cette fois-ci gratuitement, note Cnet france. Seul hic : les films ne sont disponibles qu’en version originale non sous-titrée et on ignore encore si Miramax compte y ajouter des sous-titres ou non. Par ailleurs, l’application du distributeur américain propose également des mini-jeux.Comme l’explique un blog du Figaro, Miramax compte déjà 50 millions d’internautes qui interagissent avec ses contenus sur Facebook. Le distributeur de film espère ainsi tripler ce nombre dans 18 mois, expliquant : “notre but ultime est de donner aux consommateurs la possibilité d’acheter des films et de les stocker ensuite dans leur propre casier numérique en ligne – pour ensuite accéder aux contenus où qu’ils soient, à travers tous les terminaux.” En effet, l’application est également accessible depuis l’iPad ou encore Google TV. Le 23 août 2011 à 20:19 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


Kids Coding Tool Cubetto Returns to Kickstarter


first_imgStay on target More than any generation before them, kids these days are being raised on screens: computer, tablet, smartphone, or otherwise. But not all technology requires pixels and a plug.Primo Toys, maker of the hands-on coding game Cubetto, has returned to Kickstarter as part of the platform’s Gold program—this time with a new set of of play maps and activity books.Since launching on June 20, the company has far surpassed its $100,000 goal, netting more than $578,000 from 2,600-plus backers.With eight days left to campaign, Primo Toys still has plenty of rewards to hand out: everything from digital downloads to providing 20 Cubetto Deluxe to a charity, institution, or school of your choice.Cubetto returns with two new adventure packs (via Primo Toys)Newcomers can snag the original Cubetto Playset, with one robot and interface board, 16 coding blocks, a personalized storybook, and more, for $225; or pick up the $275 Cubetto Complete, which includes all six adventure packs.Kids ages three and up can send the smiling square on epic adventures using a board as control panel and blocks as hands-on programming language.“This Montessori meets coding,” Primo’s campaign page said.Simply write a program using forward, left, and right blocks, and watch as Cubetto happily follows your directions—exploring loops, functions, and algorithms along the way.And now, two new Kickstarter-exclusive adventure packs allow users to tell even more stories with Cubetto.Swarmy Swamp and Polar Expedition are the first two in a set of upcoming expansions (via Primo Toys)A $50 pledge gets you the first two in a series of expansions set for release throughout the year: Polar Expedition and Swarmy Swamp. Described as “a heart-thumping Arctic race” and “an airboat ride through a misty marshland,” respectively, each pack comes with its own 3-by-3-foot cloth map and storybook, featuring challenges and activities.Tack on the four classic kits—Space Odyssey (visit the International Space Station, Mars, and Jupiter), Blue Ocean (swim beneath icebergs of the North Sea), Big City (take in parks, markets, and landscapes), Ancient Egypt (unearth ancient treasures)—for an additional $50.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysCovert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your Pocket last_img read more


Weather Eye: Most local rainfall totals below averages for November


first_imgPatrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com. OK before we start talking weather, let’s review some rainfall from your friends and neighbors for November.Claudia Chiasson, Carson, 7.24 inches; Rob Starr, Cougar, 12.02 inches; Robin Ruzek, Lake Shore, 3.26 inches; Dave Campbell, one mile west of Heisson, 3.58 inches; Larry Lebsack, Barberton, 3.85 inches; Phil Delany, above Dole Valley, 8.60 inches; Tyler Mode, Battle Ground, 3.75 inches; Judy Darke, Felida, 4.20 inches; Ellen Smart, Ridgefield, 3.50 inches; Matt Sloan, west Vancouver Heights, 1.91 inches; Bob Mode, Minnehaha, 3.07 inches; Jim Knoll, Five Corners, 3.70 inches; Murphy Dennis, Rawson Road near Clark Rifles, 6.41 inches; Irv St. Germain, Prune Hill, 4.31 inches; and Bill Sobolewski, Livingston Mountain, 6.49 inches. Our friend Roland Dersken in Vancouver, B.C., had 11.29 inches. The official rainfall for Vancouver USA was 2.37 inches, 3.54 inches below average.It was interesting to note that most weather observers had less rain than in October, while others had a little more. Most all were way below their averages for November. The heaviest amount, from Bob Starr in Cougar, was 12.02 inches but far less than his average of 20 inches. It appeared the bulk of November storms stayed to our north with Roland Dersken’s rainfall amount of over 11 inches in Vancouver, B.C. He said that may sound like a lot but it was only his 10th wettest in 45 years of weather observations.So far this month we are running at the same pace as October and November, with only 1.10 inches in the rain gauge here in Vancouver, which is 1.25 inches below average. We have more rain on the way the next week or so; hopefully we’ll end up with a more normal rainfall for the month.Snow will fall in the mountains but as we discussed earlier, the snow level will be going up and down much as it did on Monday, where it was snow then rain and back to snow at Timberline. The higher elevations should build snowpack while the pass elevations will build then melt. Farther north in the Cascades the snow is piling up heavier as we stay on the milder side of the storm track.last_img read more


Game of Thrones fans are dying for a season 8 trailer


first_img 20 Photos Some people are still trying to predict when the trailer will arrive, despite our previous failures for the Super Bowl and Oscars. Film and TV editor Emmy Griffiths crunched the numbers and thinks we’ll get the trailer before the end of this week. “I have no means been obsessively checking old correlations between GoT trailers and premiere dates to reach this conclusion,” she jokes. Game of Thrones HBO 0 Cookies are coming. pic.twitter.com/aTPjU4l4gS— Oreo Cookie (@Oreo) February 23, 2019 Enlarge ImageCan we get a trailer already? Helen Sloane/HBO We could hear it, like dragon wings pounding the air. It was time. First we hoped the Super Bowl would bring the trailer. Then Oscars night came and went. Now it’s Feb. 26 and there’s still no real trailer for the final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Fans of ice and fire aren’t taking this well.Game of Thrones returns for season 8 on April 14, which is why fans are getting antsy. It’s so close. One Twitter use compared the number of trailers we get for Marvel products with those we get for Game of Thrones. There’s a bit of a disparity.  The official Game of Thrones account responded with “House Oreo.” Now that sounds like a house worth belonging to.HBO could get away with never releasing a trailer for the final season. Nobody is going to boycott the show because they didn’t get enough advance footage of angry dragons, frozen dead people and sword fights. So pour yourself a Bud Light and twist open an Oreo while you wait. HBO must be sending the trailer out by raven and it got lost somewhere over Westeros.  Twitter user Gotmemesworld meme-ified our plight by highlighting the meager teases we’ve gotten so far. It also reminds us of the collective sigh of exacerbation we all spewed when HBO and Bud Light dropped a weird Super Bowl commercial featuring a beer knight and no real season 8 information. We want real trailer 😭😭😭#hbo #gameofthrones #got #gotmemesworld #memes pic.twitter.com/FMya175vtE— Gotmemesworld (@gotmemesworld) February 24, 2019 Share your voice 20 things we’re dying to see in the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ marvel: releases 2937456 trailers and teasers to promote its moviesgame of thrones: *crickets*— ‘ (@hoziiers) February 26, 2019 The marketing tie-ins have been swarming us like the White Walkers’ army of the dead. Besides Bud Light, we just learned cookie-maker Oreo will offer up some Game of Thrones-themed sweets. Oreo tweeted, “Cookies are coming.” #GameOfThrones⁠ ⁠ Twitter is literally going nuts over 3 seconds of new Arya content IMAGINE IF YOU DROPPED THE WHOLE TRAILER @HBO HURRY UP ALREADY pic.twitter.com/VZcDmwc7UZ— Preme (@SupremeBanners) February 24, 2019 i reckon we’ll be getting the new game of thrones season 8 trailer before the end of the week. i have no means been obsessively checking old correlations between got trailers and premiere dates to reach this conclusion dw pic.twitter.com/nQTsZzPRKD— Emmy Griffiths (@emmyfg) February 25, 2019 HBO dropped a few brief glimpses at season 8 in a teaser for multiple shows on Sunday, but it wasn’t enough. “Twitter is literally going nuts over 3 seconds of new Arya content. Imagine if you dropped the whole trailer, HBO,” one fan tweeted, saying what’s on all of our minds. Tags TV and Movies Post a commentlast_img read more


Amazons Scout robots Thats no cooler thats your Prime delivery


first_img Tags Amazon’s drones and robots want to take over your deliveries Amazon Scout robots are heading out to deliver packages Amazon Prime Air’s new delivery drone could sneak up on you Inside an Amazon warehouse that ships your supersized purchases More Amazon delivery stories For instance, there’s no way to get packages out of a Scout now without a person coming up to it, pulling open its lid on top and taking out its payload. Scott said one idea could be to have Scouts wait for a while for customers to come home. Also, the Scout has magnetic locks in its lid to keep its top closed while it’s driving and to protect its packages from theft. It’s possible a resident could use the Amazon app in the future to unlock the bot and get her package once she comes home.To train Scouts on how to navigate around Snohomish, Amazon created bicycle trailers that were equipped with the same camera arrays as the robots. Riders would go around in neighborhoods capturing every detail of the sidewalks, streets, gutters and even the weeds.Then, Amazon created virtual worlds that were nearly identical to the streets the Scouts would be driving on and trained the robots over and over again using these digital doubles. That way, when the Scouts were ready to go out into the real world, they would be far more prepared for what they were about to experience.As the Scouts learn more about the world, they can be trained on less information to understand the way around new neighborhoods, allowing Amazon to quickly spread out more Scouts, Scott said.To see where to go, Scouts are equipped with GPS, radar and front- and rear-facing cameras. Scott showed me a video of a Scout in action on the street, slowing rolling along the sidewalk and carefully stopping when a neighborhood cat jumped in front of it.amazon-scout-robot-8Amazon created digital doubles of real neighborhoods to teach the Scouts how to move around. Ben Fox Rubin/CNET The current version is being developed for suburban deliveries, but there’s a possibility future Scout robots will be able to function in a city or rural areas.While the Scouts remain a curiosity now, Scott said the bots were intentionally built to look cute, friendly and most importantly unassuming. Yes, the bots have a bright blue color emblazoned with the Prime logo on either side, as well as bright flashing lights, which are needed for when Scouts cross the street. Plus, when you open a Scout’s lid, it’s painted bright white and orange inside, offering a pleasing contrast to the blue exterior and giving the feel of opening a present. Otherwise, Scouts were built so they would fade into the background and fit seamlessly in a suburban setting.”That’s exactly what we want,” Scott said. “It’s designed for boring.”Originally June 10, 5 a.m. PT.Update, 9:50 a.m. PT: Adds more details about the Scout. 1:32 Plus, Amazon’s leaders have often mentioned that even as the company continues to find new ways to automate tasks, it also continues to hire rapidly as demand from customers grows. Amazon on Friday lost its contract with FedEx Express, a sign of growing friction with its shipping partners as Amazon keeps developing its own delivery infrastructure. If more turmoil like that happens with UPS or the US Postal Service, Amazon will need all the help it can get — from humans and robots — to make sure it delivers its packages on time.Teaching Scout to rollToday, the Scouts are loaded up in vans and brought to neighborhoods where they make their deliveries. To ensure the Scouts are working properly, each robot is assigned an Amazon worker — folks Scott called “ambassadors” — who walks with the bots during their deliveries and removes the packages stowed away in their bellies. The Scout program started with six robots, but Scott didn’t say how many robots are currently in use, or when and where the program will be expanded.The idea is to eventually pair the Scouts with delivery drivers and let the robots operate more on their own, but the details are still being worked out, Scott said. Now playing: Watch this:center_img Share your voice Internet 7 The Scout is already delivering boxes to customers in Snohomish County, Washington. Ben Fox Rubin/CNET Sean Scott is almost poetic when describing his intense interest in sidewalks.”Each sidewalk is like a snowflake,” Scott, who’s soft-spoken with a friendly smile, told me with a bit of excitement in his eyes. “Because the textures are different, the way they’re laid out is different, what we see on the sidewalk is different.”Scott, vice president of the Amazon Scout program, is particularly curious about the drab and overlooked sidewalk because that’s the workspace of his Scout delivery robots. The e-commerce giant in January introduced these machines, which look like blue coolers on six wheels and can autonomously navigate suburban environments to bring packages to customers’ homes. The company is already using them to deliver orders in Snohomish County, Washington, just north of Amazon’s Seattle headquarters.While Amazon has been mostly mum about Scout so far, Scott offered a more in-depth look at the robot during an interview last week at the company’s re:MARS robotics and space conference in Las Vegas. Just across from him in our conference room sat one of these robots, powered off but appearing at-the-ready for its next assignment. amazon-scout-robot-7The Scout uses magnetic locks to keep its lid closed while driving and to protect its packages inside. Ben Fox Rubin/CNET “Customers have really welcomed Amazon Scout,” Scott said. “They find the device really cute.”The bots are another effort by Amazon to add more technology and automation into its delivery infrastructure. It already uses hundreds of thousands of robots in its warehouses to store and move around shelves of products. It’s also been developing drones to get packages to customers in less than 30 minutes. All this work should help Amazon in its costly push to transition its Prime two-day shipping program to one day, a plan it announced in April and is already rolling out.Amazon isn’t alone in its delivery robot work. Google, Workhorse and others are developing delivery drones, while Postmates and the startup Starship are working on sidewalk delivery bots.But as robots have gotten more sophisticated, many people have raised concerns that these machines could replace a lot of human workers, such as autonomous trucks and taxis taking away thousands of professional drivers’ jobs. A Brookings Institution study from January found 25% of US jobs, including food preparation and office administration, are already at high risk of becoming automated.It’s also hard to know how people outside of the Snohomish test area will react to having these camera-filled bots rolling down their streets.”History has shown us that we never know how customers are going to react to anything until they experience it,” said Brendan Witcher, a Forrester analyst. “The other thing history has shown us is some people will bristle and others will be delighted.”It will be up to Amazon, he added, to communicate and be transparent with residents to show them why such robots should be a part of their lives.Scott said Amazon isn’t developing Scout to take away workers’ jobs but instead to improve and grow the company’s delivery infrastructure. “We think it will make delivery drivers more efficient,” helping them deliver more packages, he said. 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Minor girl murdered after rape


first_imgA minor girl was killed after she was suspected to be raped by unidentified persons at Gachhabari village in Tangail’s Madhupur upazila on Friday, reports UNB.The deceased was identified as Liza Akhter, daughter of Mizanur Rahman of the village.Locals said Liza had been missing since Friday afternoon after she went to take bath in a nearby river.Later in the night, locals spotted the body in the bush beside her house and informed police.On the next morning, police recovered the body and sent it to Tangail General Hospital for autopsy.Liza could have been raped before being murdered, said Shafiqul Islam, officer-in-charge of Madhupur police station.A murder case was filed with the police station in this regard, said the OC.last_img


UPDATE HPD Arrests 28 YearOld Woman Regarding Murder And Baby Abduction Case


first_img Share Photos via Twitter of Houston Police @houstonpolice Baby Shamali Flores (left) was rescued by the HPD on Thursday morning. Her mother Carolina Miranda Flores (right) was killed on Tuesday.Chief Art Acevedo announced Thursday Houston Police Department (HPD) agents arrested Erika Gisela Miranda-Álvarez, 28, for the murder of Carolina Miranda Flores, 33, and she will be charged with capital murder.During a press conference held at HPD headquarters, Acevedo detailed the arrest was made around 1:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 21st, at the Windscape apartment complex, located southwest of downtown Houston.The HPD chief explained members of the Homicide Division and the S.W.A.T. Team, among others, participated in the operation that resulted in the arrest of Miranda-Álvarez, which also allowed HPD officers to safely recover six week-old baby Shamali Flores, daughter of the victim.The baby was checked at the Texas Children’s Hospital and Acevedo noted she is “healthy” and “unharmed.” She is now in the custody of Children Protective Services (CPS).The HPD chief added Miranda-Álvarez’s boyfriend hasn’t been charged so far but is “under investigation.”According to investigators, Miranda-Álvarez was friends with the victim’s brother and that is how she met and developed a relationship her. They had known each other for about five years.Acevedo explained that, according to the investigation, Miranda-Álvarez was due to have a baby last January, but she had a miscarriage and she faked the rest of her pregnancy.If you want to watch the joint press conference with HPD and the FBI about the arrest click herelast_img read more


Dr Hooker Scholarship Gala


first_imgA Centennial Legend’s Scholarship Gala will be held 7 p.m., June 13 in Dr. Hooker’s honor in the metropolitan area at Marriot Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Rd NW. Tickets cost $20. This year the goal is to raise $10,000 to $20,000 to provide scholarships for college bound students or students currently enrolled in college under the Dr. Olivia J. Hooker Scholarship Fund. This event would feature universally recognizable women that have made great strides in their distinguished careers and Dr. Olivia Hooker’s Scholarship recipients. The women’s and students’ achievements will be highlighted with brief presentations or a short film as a part of their introduction. For more information, contact LCDR Rhonda Fleming-Makell (Retired) at (301) 266-5050 or rflemingmakell@aol.com.last_img


DC Support Groups 45th Annual Scholarship Luncheon


first_imgThe D. C. Support Group will hold its 45th Annual Scholarship Luncheon & Fashion Show on Jan. 15 at Martin’s Crosswinds, 8700 Greenway Center Drive, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The theme of the event will be “Remember! Celebrate! Act! King’s Legacy of Courage for Our World.” Lonnie Bunch, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will receive the 2017 Humanitarian Award. Donations of $75 per person are requested. For Reservations, call 202-737-1277.last_img