Simon Pegg JK Simmons to star in My Only Sunshine

first_imgLos Angeles: Oscar winner JK Simmons and actor Simon Pegg will topline the indie movie “My Only Sunshine”. The movie, being touted as a “comedy/heist thriller”, will be directed by Mark Palansky from a script by JT Petty and K Reed Petty, reported Deadline. The story follows a passionately dysfunctional couple who orchestrate a bank robbery as an unconventional act of bloodthirsty marriage counselling. They try to make peace with the shocking mystery of their relationship throughout the violent hostage situation, discovered by a cop hostage negotiator who previously investigated a past related crime. The project is backed by Circle of Confusion and Patriot Pictures. Matt Smith, Lawrence Mattis and Michael Mendelsohn will produce, while Petty, Natalie Perrotta and Jim Steele will be serving as executive producers. “My Only Sunshine” will start production later this year.last_img read more

Plane that crashed in Saskatchewan left long wreckage path across ground TSB

first_imgFOND DU LAC, Sask. – Investigators say a passenger plane that crashed in northern Saskatchewan left a path of wreckage almost a quarter of a kilometre long through trees and across the ground.All 25 people on board survived, some with serious injuries, when the twin-engine ATR42-320 went down close to the Fond du Lac air strip after taking off on Wednesday night.Previous reports have said there was no explosion or fire.The Transportation Safety Board says its team of investigators has recovered the plane’s flight data and cockpit voice recorders.West Wind Aviation has grounded its other ATR aircraft for the time being.The board says it will continue to gather more data in the coming days and weeks and interview witnesses to determine what happened.“Investigations are complex and we take the time needed to complete a thorough investigation,” the board said in a release Friday.“It is important not to draw conclusions or speculate as to causes at this time. There are often many factors that can contribute to an accident.”First Nations chiefs say the crash demonstrates the need for upgraded runways and all-season roads in remote communities.Fond du Lac Chief Louie Mercredi said his community has one of the shortest runways in northern Saskatchewan, even though the size of planes using the airstrip continue to grow.Mercredi said they could also use an all-season road so people would have a choice about whether they wanted to fly or drive.“We as leaders need to sit down with the province regarding all-season roads and upgrades to our runways,” Mercredi said.There is an ice road in the winter, but the chief said many people still fly.Chris Jobb, a vice-chief of the Prince Albert General Council, said similar concerns need to be addressed in other remote Saskatchewan communities such as Wollaston Lake and Hatchet Lake.— With files from CKBIlast_img read more

Saks accused of race age discrimination in lawsuit

first_imgNEW YORK — Eight former employees at the Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store have filed a race and age discrimination lawsuit against the high-end store and its corporate parent.The suit was filed Tuesday in New York.Attorney Derek Sells says the black, white and Hispanic men were subjected to a hostile work environment and then fired.He says managers made it difficult for them to get customers from store foot traffic, berated them, didn’t promote them and allowed younger, white colleagues to harass them.Some of the plaintiffs say that even when they made sales targets, managers would find other metrics to evaluate them poorly.Saks’ parent organization, Hudson’s Bay Co., says it is committed to diversity and inclusion and takes the allegations seriously. It is declining to comment on the litigation.Deepti Hajela, The Associated Presslast_img read more

International Criminal Court confirms decision to halt trial of Congolese rebel

In a ruling issued in The Hague, the ICC’s five-member appeals chamber unanimously dismissed an appeal by prosecutors against the trial chamber’s decision in June to stay the proceedings against Thomas Lubanga Dyilo.But a majority of the appeals chamber reversed an earlier ruling regarding Mr. Lubanga’s release and ordered that the trial chamber hold a new hearing to determine whether he stay in custody or be released with or without conditions.Mr. Lubanga, the founder and leader of the Union of Congolese Patriots in the Ituri region of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was charged with a series of war crimes, including conscripting and enlisting child soldiers into the military wing of his group and then using them to participate in hostilities between September 2002 and August 2003. The trial of Mr. Lubanga was due to have been the first to be held by the ICC, and it had been scheduled to begin on 23 June this year.Announcing its rulings today, the appeal judges backed the view of the trial chamber that there was no prospect that a fair trial of Mr. Lubanga could be held because prosecutors had failed to disclose more than 200 documents to the defence containing evidence that could potentially have exonerated the rebel leader.“The prosecutor had obtained the documents in question from several information providers, in particular from the United Nations, on the confidentiality, and these information providers had refused to consent to their disclosure to the defence and, in most instances, to the trial chamber,” according to a press release issued by the ICC.In its decision on whether Mr. Lubanga should remain in detention, the appeals chamber said the trial chamber had been wrong to find that an accused person’s unconditional release was the inevitable consequence of a stay on proceedings or the only correct course to be taken. 21 October 2008The International Criminal Court (ICC) today confirmed its earlier decision to suspend the trial of a Congolese rebel leader accused of recruiting child soldiers to serve in his militia, but ordered that he remain in detention pending another hearing. read more

UN deplores deadly bombing in Somali capital

4 October 2011The Security Council and top United Nations officials have strongly condemned today’s suicide bombing at a government ministry building in the capital, Mogadishu, that killed scores of people and injured many more. Media reports indicate at least 70 people have died and dozens of others sustained injuries as a result of the blast. The explosion occurred when a truck bomb detonated at a complex belonging to the country’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) in the south of the city.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he is “appalled” by the attack, whose victims reportedly included students who were inside the education ministry at the time of the bombing.“It is incomprehensible that innocents are being senselessly targeted,” a statement issued by his spokesperson said, reiterating the Secretary-General’s call to all Somali parties to renounce violence and engage in dialogue and reconciliation.The attack is “all the more abhorrent,” the statement added, coming at a time when Somali political leaders have been working together to chart a peaceful political future for Somalia.Condemning the attack in the strongest terms, the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is “criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of its motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.”“The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support to the Transitional Federal Government in its efforts to achieve peace, security and reconciliation through the Djibouti Peace Process, and the work of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM),” said a statement read by Ambassador Joy Ogwu of Nigeria, which holds the Council’s presidency this month.The Council expressed its continued appreciation for the commitment of troops to AMISOM by Burundi and Uganda and reiterated its condemnation of all acts of violence and incitement to violence against civilians, AMISOM and the TFG.Augustine Mahiga, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and the head of the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS), issued a statement voicing his deep sadness at the “senseless and cowardly” bombing.“These actions are unacceptable. The murder of ordinary Somalis cannot be justified for any reason,” he said.Also condemning the attack was Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, who called the killing of children an “unspeakable crime.”“Children in Somalia suffer daily through war and famine. Those killed and wounded were bravely attempting to further their education despite the situation in Mogadishu,” she said in a statement.The Islamist militant group known as Al-Shabaab, whose fighters withdrew from Mogadishu in August, has reportedly claimed responsibility for today’s attack.“Although the extremists have left the capital, it is very difficult to prevent these types of terrorist attacks, which we have consistently warned are likely to be on the increase,” Mr. Mahiga noted.The Special Representative also condemned other recent raids or attacks carried out by Al-Shabaab, including a raid on Dhusamareb in central Somalia last night and an attack on Dhobley, close to the border with Kenya.He stressed the need to both strengthen Somalia’s national security forces and provide sufficient resources to support AMISOM.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today it is especially worried about the fighting and worsening situation around Dhobley, which is the main transit point for Somalis en route to Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camps.“We particularly fear for the well-being and safety of displaced Somalis who are likely to get caught in fighting while fleeing through this part of the country,” Adrian Edwards, UNHCR’s spokesperson in Geneva, told reporters. The agency added that the latest escalation of violence in southern Somalia is further exacerbating the already severe humanitarian situation in the country. “We urge all armed groups and forces in Somalia to avoid targeting civilian areas and to ensure that civilians are not being placed in harm’s way,” said Mr. Edwards. Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, today urged the international community to scale up its efforts to deal with the situation in the Horn of Africa, which she described as the humanitarian crisis of a generation.“Today, three quarters of a million people are at risk of death in the next four months in the Horn of Africa,” she said in an address to the annual meeting of UNHCR’s governing body in Geneva. “The work we are doing needs to scale up to meet the needs of these individuals.”Ms. Jolie was appointed a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador in August 2001, and since then she has conducted more than 40 field visits around the world. read more

President insists he was in the dark on intelligence report

Sirisena said that tough action will be taken to ensure similar incidents do not take place in future. (Colombo Gazette) Sirisena, who is also the Minister of Law and Order, said that if he was alerted in advance he would have taken steps to prevent the attacks from taking place. President Maithripala Sirisena today insisted that he was in the dark with regards to an intelligence report warning of suicide attacks in Sri Lanka.Addressing the nation today, the President said that he has now decided to make drastic changes in the security establishment over the next 24 hours. The Government had earlier said that the intelligence report was only shared with the Police Chief and the President and that other members of the Government were left in the dark.The President said that the cabinet had this week discussed the failure on intelligence sharing. He said that he will take stern action on those who failed to inform him of the intelligence report. read more

Jennifer Lopez goes offcamera online for ABC Familys new drama The Fosters

by The Associated Press Posted Jun 3, 2013 6:46 pm MDT Jennifer Lopez goes off-camera, online for ABC Family’s new drama ‘The Fosters’ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Jennifer Lopez isn’t on screen for the debut of her new TV series, but she will be on Twitter.Lopez is an executive producer of ABC Family’s drama “The Fosters,” which debuts at 9 p.m. EDT Monday. The channel says the actress and singer will be live-tweeting from her (at)JLo account during the episode.“The Fosters” is about a lesbian couple who are parents to a brood that includes adopted twins and a foster child. The cast includes Teri Polo of the “Meet the Parents” movie franchise.Lopez says the drama reflects the changing nature of families today. She says she may appear on the show or provide music for it in later episodes.“The Fosters” was created by actor Peter Paige of Showtime’s “Queer as Folk” and Bradley Bredeweg. read more

Shania Twain announces 2014 Vegas show dates prepares to wrap up first

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Shania Twain has added another 15 dates to her Las Vegas performing calendar.Tickets for shows scheduled from Jan. 22 to Feb. 15 go on sale Friday.The country superstar already has performances of “Shania: Still the One” set through October and into November to round out her first full year at Caesars Palace.The five-time Grammy winner known for hits such as “Any Man of Mine” and “That Don’t Impress Me” made her debut last December shortly after parading down the Las Vegas Strip on horseback.Her show features trained horses, a live band and a flying motorcycle.It’s set at the Colosseum, home to fellow Canadian songstress Celine Dion. Shania Twain announces 2014 Vegas show dates, prepares to wrap up first full year of residency AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Oct 14, 2013 12:46 pm MDT read more

Week 16 NFL Elo Ratings And Playoff Odds

There are just two weeks remaining in the NFL regular season — and, as expected, we’re getting much more clarity about which teams are most likely to make a run to the Super Bowl.Twelve teams will make the NFL playoffs. Four of them — New England, Denver, Indianapolis and Arizona — have clinched a position. Another seven — Seattle, Detroit, Green Bay, Dallas, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati — have at least an 80 percent chance of reaching the postseason. It’s more likely than not that one of these teams will be knocked out, but the playoffs aren’t as wide-open as they appeared a few weeks ago. The 12th spot will go to the winner of the NFC South.The real drama, however, will ensue once the playoffs begin. More than at earlier points in the season, there’s a clear top level of teams. It consists of the Patriots, Seahawks and Broncos.You could debate the order of these teams. FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings have the Patriots first, the Seahawks second and the Broncos third. Football Outsiders’ DVOA also has New England first, but the Broncos ahead of the Seahawks. Jeff Sagarin, of USAToday, has the teams in the same order as DVOA. Vegas point spreads imply that Seattle is the best team, followed by New England and Denver.But there’s reasonably clear separation between the top three and everyone else in the league. According to Elo, in fact, the gap between No. 3 Denver and No. 4 Arizona is wider than the gap between Arizona and No. 12 Philadelphia. Collectively, the Patriots, Seahawks and Broncos have a 62 percent chance of winning the Super Bowl.None of these teams is exactly a surprise. In fact, each one ranked in the top four in our preseason Elo ratings, which were based on the teams’ Elo ratings at the end of last year.More generally, this has been a year where the richer teams got richer and the poorer ones got poorer. If you take the preseason ratings and divide the teams into halves, 11 of the 16 teams in the top half of the ratings have seen their Elo ratings improve since the start of the year. But 10 of the 16 teams in the bottom half have seen their ratings decline.The Elo ratings generally haven’t behaved like this in past seasons. The way the system is designed, a team is about equally likely to see its rating improve or decline, whatever rating it starts with.It’s probably premature to decipher any long-term trends from this season’s results. But perhaps there are some factors nudging the NFL away from the parity we’ve grown used to in recent seasons. Rules changes have allowed great quarterbacks to be more dominant. Access to information, technology and analytics may be enabling teams with great coaching, scouting and management to maintain more of an edge even as player personnel turns over.As for the rest of the teams in the playoff hunt, we’ve reached the point where playoff outcomes are more deterministic and less probabilistic, with several opportunities for teams to clinch or eliminate themselves from playoff position with wins or losses this week. Mike Beouy and Reuben Fischer-Baum’s column on playoff implications has all the detail you’ll want on these, but here’s how Elo has the numbers:There are some subtle differences between the playoff odds that Elo assigns and the ones that Beouy and Fischer-Baum do. This is partly because they use different measures of team strength and partly because the Beouy/Fischer-Baum system has a more complete handling of the NFL’s complex tiebreaker rules. But the overall message is largely the same; each system has the 11 teams I mentioned before with an 80 percent chance or greater of making the postseason.However, it matters significantly how the teams are seeded. This is most acute in the case of the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals are currently one game ahead of the Seahawks in the NFC West, but Arizona lost to Seattle earlier this season, so Seattle would move ahead on the tiebreaker if they beat Arizona this weekend at University of Phoenix Stadium. Elo has Seattle as only narrow favorites in that game, but Vegas odds have the Seahawks favored by 8 points.If Arizona wins, it will clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Arizona holds the tiebreaker advantage over the rest of the conference, partly by virtue of having beaten Dallas and Detroit earlier this season. Uniquely, this advantage would also extend to the Super Bowl, which is being held in Glendale, Arizona, this year. The Cardinals would become the first team ever to play a Super Bowl in its home stadium (although the San Francisco 49ers came close when Super Bowl XIX was held in Stanford, California.)So even though they’ve clinched a playoff spot, this weekend’s game couldn’t be more important for Arizona. The Elo simulations give them a 37 percent chance of winning the Super Bowl if they win the NFC West, but just a 7 percent chance if they enter as a wild card team instead.Elo point spreadsRecord against point spread: 113-93-3 on season (8-7 in Week 15)Straight-up record: 156-67-1 on season (12-4 in Week 15)The dominance of teams like New England, Seattle and Denver has made it easier for Elo to “call” winners correctly this year; the team favored by the system has won about 70 percent of the time this season.Elo also has about a 55 percent winning percentage against closing Vegas point spreads. But as we’ve said every week, we still don’t think you should place bets using Elo, at least not without considering a lot of other information. Although we didn’t publish Elo ratings before this season, historically they would have picked only about 51 percent of games against the point spread.A 55 percent winning percentage sounds impressive, but there’s still a lot of noise in the sample of 206 games. (This total excludes games that ended in pushes and cases where the Elo and Vegas lines exactly matched one another.) If a system’s long-run winning percentage was 51 percent, there’s still a 12 percent chance it would finish with a 55 percent winning percentage or better in a sample of that size, according to a binomial distribution.Elo has mostly been right about the Cardinals, however — and it’s the Arizona-Seattle game that will tell us the most this weekend about who’s going to the Super Bowl. read more

UK oral health crisis 170 youngsters a day have teeth extracted as sugar

first_imgProfessor Russell Viner, officer for health promotion at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said: “Having a tooth extracted is very serious.”There’s the operation itself to consider, the aesthetic along with its associated risks as well as the anxiety operations cause children and their families.”As many of these operations are due to the food and drink children consume, they are completely preventable and pose an unnecessary financial burden on our overstretched NHS.”At a time when we are faced with reports of chronic bed shortages and cancelled operations, these latest startling statistics should act as a wake-up call to policy makers and act as the catalyst for change.”An NHS England spokeswoman said: “NHS dental care for children is free, and tooth decay is preventable, but eating sugary food and drinks is driving this unfortunate and unnecessary epidemic of extractions.”NHS England is working with the dental profession, local authorities and health providers and has developed Starting Well – a campaign targeted at high-need communities to help children under five see their dentist earlier and improve their dental health. The findings were also condemned by the British Dental Association, which accused the Government of indifference to the problem.Chairman Mick Armstrong said: “These statistics are a badge of dishonour for health ministers, who have failed to confront a wholly preventable disease.”Tooth decay is the number one reason for child hospital admissions, but communities across England have been left hamstrung without resources or leadership. “This short-sightedness means just a few thousand children stand to benefit from policies that need to be reaching millions.” Show more A debate on children’s dental examinations and treatment is due to take place in the House of Lords on January 18. With the majority of procedures taking place during the week, this would mean roughly 170 such operations have happened on each working day during last year, the Local Government Association’s (LGA) analysis of the data said.The LGA, which represents 370 councils in England and Wales, called for a crackdown on unhealthy foods and soft drinks to combat spiralling cases of tooth decay.Limiting the amount of sugar in soft drinks and putting a teaspoon labels on food to indicate sugar it contains would help slash consumption, the LGA said.Local authorities have a responsibility to help protect public health. This concerning trend shows there is an urgent need to introduce measures to curb our sugar addiction which is causing children’s teeth to rotIzzi Seccombe Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Izzi Seccombe, chairwoman of the LGA’s community well-being board, said: “These figures, which have risen sharply, show that we have an oral health crisis and highlight the damage that excessive sugar intake is doing to young people’s teeth.”The fact that, due to the severity of the decay, 170 operations a day to remove teeth in children and teenagers have to be done in a hospital is alarming and also adds to current pressures on the NHS.”This concerning trend shows there is an urgent need to introduce measures to curb our sugar addiction which is causing children’s teeth to rot.” “In supporting the ‘dental check by one’ campaign, NHS England is working with the dental profession to help an additional 70,000 more children see a dentist before they reach their second birthday.” Britain’s tooth decay epidemic saw around 170 youngsters have teeth extracted in hospital every day last year, with sugar blamed for creating an “oral health crisis”.New NHS spending data shows there were 42,911 hospital procedures to remove multiple teeth from patients aged 18 and under in 2016-17 at a cost of more than £36 million.It marks a jump of almost a fifth (17 per cent) in the number of extractions performed on young people over the past four years, up from 36,833 in 2012-13.Hospital teeth removals take place when a patient requires general anaesthetic, which cannot be given by a dentist. The NHS has spent £165 million on such treatment since 2012, past data reveals.Council chiefs said the spike represented a crisis in dental health, brought on by excessive sugar intake among young people.last_img read more

Modular increases productivity at openpit gold operation in Krygz Republic

first_imgThe Kumtor gold mine in the Kyrgz Republic has implemented Modular Mining’s IntelliMine® suite of products into its operation. The installation includes the DISPATCH® mine management system, the MasterLink® wireless network, the PowerViewTM reporting software suite, as well as interfacing with the VIMS® system on Caterpillar haul trucks. All of these were selected to assist with its productivity increase initiatives. Kumtor is one of the largest open-pit gold mines in Asia and produced in excess of 556,000 oz of gold in 2008.“Kumtor is a true representation of a worldclass operation,” said Jeff Stewart, Manager, Eurasian Support Center. “The successful and timely completion of this project is a testament to the drive and vision of Kumtor. As the operation has increased in size and equipment numbers over the years, so has the need to efficiently and effectively manage and utilise the capacity.”Kumtor has been in operation since 1997 and has a facility operating at over 4,000 m elevation in the mountains of the Kyrgyz Republic around 60 km north of the border of China. Dedicated to sustainable development as well as production, Kumtor’s operations include a comprehensive environmental management system, which monitors the site’s effects on the surrounding environment.last_img read more

All of the Oscar nominations right here in a handy list

first_imgWELL, SOME ACTORS and filmmakers have just had the best wake up call of their lives.The Oscar nominations have just been announced at the crack of dawn local time in Los Angeles.U2, Michael Fassbender and the film Philomena are among the Irish interests this year, while American Hustle and 12 Years a Slave lead the nominations.Here are the nominees in the main categories.Best Supporting ActorBarkhad Abdi – Captain PhillipsBradley Cooper – American HustleMichael Fassbender – 12 Years a SlaveJonah Hill – The Wolf of Wall StreetJared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club Jared Leto (L) and Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers ClubBest supporting actressSally Hawkins – Blue JasmineJennifer lawrence – American HustleLupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a SlaveJulia Roberts – August Osage CountyJune Squibb – NebraskaBest ActorChristian Bale – American HustleBruce Dern – NebraskaLeonardo Dicaprio – The Wolf of Wall StreetChiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a SlaveMatthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave Best ActressAmy Adams – American HustleCate Blanchett- Blue JasmineSandra Bullock – GravityJudi Dench – PhilomenaMeryl streep – August: Osage County Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in August: Osage CountyBest Adapted ScreenplayBefore Midnight – Written by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, EthanHawkeCaptain Phillips – Screenplay by Billy RayPhilomena – Screenplay by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope12 Years a Slave – Screenplay by John RidleyThe Wolf of Wall Street – Screenplay by Terence Winter Source: NerdistBest Original ScreenplayAmerican Hustle – Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. RussellBlue Jasmine – Written by Woody AllenDallas Buyers Club – Written by Craig Borten & Melisa WallackHer – Written by Spike JonzeNebraska – Written by Bob Nelson Source: JoBlo.comBest Documentary FeatureThe Act of KillingCutie and the BoxerDirty WarsThe Square20 Feet from Stardom Source: ScreenrantBest FilmAmerican HustleCaptain PhillipsDallas Buyers ClubGravityHerNebraskaPhilomena12 Years a SlaveThe Wolf of Wall Street Source: TumblrBest Animated FeatureThe CroodsDespicable Me 2Ernest and CelestineFrozenThe Wind Rises Source: TumblrBest DirectorDavid O. Russell – American HustleAlfonso Cuarón GravityAlexander Payne – NebraskaSteve McQueen – 12 Years a SlaveMartin Scorcese – The Wolf of Wall StreetAchievement in Costume DesignMichael Wilkinson American HustleWilliam Chang Suk Ping The GrandmasterCatherine Martin The Great GatsbyMichael O’Connor The Invisible Woman Patricia Norris 12 Years a Slave Source: Cieon MoviesAchievement in CinematographyPhilippe Le Sourd The GrandmasterEmmanuel Lubezki GravityBruno Delbonnel Inside Llewyn DavisPhedon Papamichael Nebraska Roger A. Deakins Prisoners Source: MOVIECLIPS TrailersBest Documentary ShortJeffrey Karoff CavediggerJason Cohen Facing FearSara Ishaq Karama Has no WallsMalcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My LifeEdgar Barens Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack HallAchievement in Film EditingJay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten – American HustleChristopher Rouse – Captain PhillipsJohn Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa – Dallas Buyers ClubAlfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger – GravityJoe Walker – 12 Years a Slave Source: JoBlo.comBest Foreign Language FilmBroken Circle Breakdown – BelgiumThe Great Beauty – ItalyThe Hunt – DenmarkThe Missing Picture – CambodiaOmar – Palestine Source: Film Festivals and Indie FilmsBest Original ScoreThe Book Thief – John WilliamsGravity – Steven PriceHer – William Butler and Owen PallettPhilomena – Alexandre DesplatSaving Mr Banks – Thomas Newman Source: juggernoud1Best Original SongAlone Yet Not Alone – Bruce Broughton/Dennis Spiegel from Alone Yet Not AloneHappy – Pharrell Williams from Despicable Me 2Let It Go – Kristen Anderson Lopez/Robert Lopez from FrozenThe Moon Song – Karen O/Spike Jonze from HerOrdinary Love – U2 from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Source: AP/Press Association ImagesVisual EffectsGravityThe Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugIron Man 3The Lone RangerStar Trek Into Darkness Source: TumblrA list of every single nominee is available over on Oscars.comAny predictions for who’s going to take home the Academy Awards? Duke it out in the comments section….(But remember, NO talking about Fight Club)Oscars 2013: As it happened>last_img read more

One dead two injured after van and car crash in Swords

first_imgONE MAN has been killed, and two others injured, when their van struck a car in Swords overnight.The deceased man, aged in his 40s, was a passenger in the van when it struck a car on the Rathbeale Road at around 2:30am.He was pronounced dead at the scene.The driver of the van and another passenger, both of whom are in their 20s, were taken by ambulance to Beaumont Hospital.Their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening, however.The driver of the car which collided with the van was not injured.The scene of the accident is being preserved for a forensic examination and local traffic diversions are in place.Anyone who may have seen the accident is asked to contact Swords Garda station at (01) 666 4700, the Garda Confidential line at 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.last_img read more

Geek Plays Yakuza 6

first_img Have you ever thought to yourself, “I sure do love reading Geek.com’s thoughts on the latest video games but is there a way I could watch them play the latest video games?” Well you’re in luck!Every Friday afternoon the charming folks here at Geek.com stream ourselves playing the newest and coolest video games live for your enjoyment, fielding audience questions and making bad jokes. You should tune in live, but if you can’t, you can now enjoy this handy archived version.This week, watch us all collectively lose our minds wreaking some havoc in the very weird, very Japanese PlayStation 4 exclusive Yakuza 6.Subscribe and watch Geek.com’s live Let’s Plays every Friday at 3PM EST over on Facebook and Twitch.TV!Purchase Yakuza 6Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Geek Plays: Call of Duty Black Ops IIIIGeek Plays: Nintendo Switch Online NES Games Stay on targetlast_img read more

Asda loses appeal in equal pay comparability case

first_imgThe Employment Appeal Tribunal has dismissed an appeal by Asda in an ongoing equal pay case.In October 2016, a Manchester Employment Tribunal ruled that female employees, who largely work in Asda stores, could compare themselves to male employees that work in Asda’s depots.The comparison forms part of an equal pay claim brought by more than 7,000 former and current Asda employees, the majority of which are women. The claimants allege that the value of the work they do is equal to that of employees working in Asda’s distribution centres, who are largely male, and their pay should therefore be comparable.The Employment Appeal Tribunal found that the Employment Tribunal judge did not err or misapply the law, thereby dismissing Asda’s appeal and upholding the judge’s decision that the claimants can compare themselves to their chosen comparators for the purpose of their claim.Chris Benson, head of the employment and discrimination department at law firm Leigh Day, said: “Asda continues to appeal every point available to [it], rather than focusing on paying men in the distribution centres and women in the stores equally, but judges at every level have been adamant that the claims can continue. After yet another defeat, we hope that Asda takes this opportunity to reflect on the merits of the claims, and concentrates on why [it] pays men more than women for jobs of equal value, rather than trying to stop the claims going ahead at all.”An Asda spokesperson said: “We are disappointed with this appeal ruling which relates to a technical preliminary issue of whether jobs in different parts of the business can be compared. The Employment Appeal Tribunal has given us permission to appeal against this judgment, to the Court of Appeal.  We continue to strongly dispute the claims being made against us. “The employment tribunal has yet to consider whether the jobs are of equal value in terms of their demands and if some jobs are, only then will the tribunal move on to consider the reasons for the differentials, including the existence of different market rates in different industry sectors.  At Asda, hourly-paid colleagues doing the same job in the same location are paid the same. Men and women doing the same job in our retail stores are paid the same. Men and women doing the same job in our distribution centres are paid the same. Pay rates in stores differ from pay rates in distribution centres for legitimate reasons, including the different market rates for different jobs in different sectors.”Tim Roache, general secretary at trade union GMB, added: “GMB looks forward to Asda management sitting down and finding a sensible negotiated solution to recognising that our female members in stores should be paid and valued as equal to the men. Instead of wasting money on litigation, we ask Asda to be a market leader in solving this wide-ranging industry problem.”last_img read more

7s Belkys Nerey Alex de Armas judge Carnaval cooking contest

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. CORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – Carnaval Miami gave participants a chance to put their talents in the kitchen to the test, Tuesday night, and two members of 7’s family saw it all go down.Culinary students and members of the public challenged each other to come up with tasty new recipes in Carnaval Miami’s Cooking Contest.The event took place at La Palma Ristorante in Coral Gables. 7News anchor Belkys Nerey and Today in Florida anchor Alex de Armas participated as judges. Tough job but @alexdearmaswsvn and I are ready for it🍴#carnavalmiami #cookingcontest #bitewithbelkys pic.twitter.com/bRovTNImSZ— Belkys Nerey (@belkysnerey) March 8, 2017This year, participants had to come up with a new recipe using sponsoring brands like Hellmann’s, Knorr and Country Crock.The cook-off was organized by the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana. last_img read more

Rate Bases Jump Again for Food Network HGTV Magazines

first_img“Very rarely do we explicitly copy or interpret a show onto the pages of the magazine,” John Loughlin, EVP and general manager of Hearst Magazines, told FOLIO:’s supplement Audience Development (AD) in February 2012. “The magazines that we create in partnership out of television activity have the look, feel and essence of the television brand but in no way are they imitations of it. They break new ground and broaden the experience for the consumer.”See Also: On the Tube and On the Page: Television-Branded Publications HGTV Magazine first went to market with a test issue in October 2011—at the time, the publication had a rate base of just 450,000. Similarly, Food Network Magazine, which launched its first official issue in 2009 and was the first joint venture between Hearst and Scripps, has seen similar success, boasting its seventh rate base bump by the summer of 2012, with its 11th to come in 2014.“It’s one thing to tune in once a week and say ‘I like this show’ but it’s another thing to say I like this brand enough that I will spend $18, which is our introductory price on Food Network Magazine,” Loughlin told AD.Partnering with a television network has its perks when it comes to promotion. HGTV Magazine generated 25,000 orders after 15-second and 30-second commercials aired on the channel. Promotional messages about the publications also appear on the bottom of the screen during television programs. According to Loughlin, the overall viewing size of the audience, instead of ratings, is what really maters.“There is not a hugely tight correlation between day-to-day, week-to-week or period-to-period ratings and the circulation of the magazine,” Loughin said to AD. “Consumers who are watching television proactively tune in on a Tuesday, might not on a Wednesday and come back to it Saturday—it’s really about the consumer’s discretionary time. Consumers order a magazine or pay for a magazine and that’s the key differentiator, the fact that they’re paying for it. It also comes once a month, and because it doesn’t have the same kind of shelf life that an episode of Iron Chef or Oprah’s former daily television show, studies have shown consumers come back multiple times. The reality is there isn’t a tight correlation between ratings and circulation.”Stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, follow us on Facebook & Twitter! Hearst’s TV-tied brands are seeing their rate bases jump again.The company announced Tuesday that Food Network Magazine will see its 11th consecutive rate base increase since officially launching in 2009, with sister title HGTV Magazine increasing its rate base for the third time since launching its first official issue in June 2012.With the July/August 2013 issue, HGTV will raise its rate base to 800,000, and the title will increase again to 1 million with the January/February 2014 issue. Big sister Food Network Magazine will increase to 1.55 million with its July/August 2013 issue and will raise its rate base twice in 2014—to 1.6 million with the January/February issue, and another bump to 1.65 million with the July/August edition.Hearst publishes these titles in a partnership with Scripps Interactive Networks—the HGTV and Food Network channels are distributed by Scripps to almost 100 million households.last_img read more

Astronomers investigate supermassive black hole in the radio galaxy PKS 225111

first_imgArtist’s impression of a supermassive black hole. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Italian astronomers have conducted an X-ray analysis of the accreting supermassive black hole in the broad line radio galaxy PKS 2251+11 as part of a study aimed at investigating the galaxy’s nuclear environment. The new research, presented in a paper published March 15 on arXiv.org, could improve the understanding of active galactic nuclei. Radio galaxies, which have active galactic nuclei (AGN), emit huge levels of radio waves from their central cores. Black holes at the center of these galaxies are accreting gas and dust, generating high-energy jets visible in radio wavelengths, which accelerate electrically charged particles to high velocities. In AGNs, the accreting material is reprocessed by the surrounding nuclear environment, so that these objects are observable at all wavelengths, from radio to gamma-rays. However, the structure of the nuclear environment still baffles scientists, and more studies, especially in the X-ray wavelength, are required in order resolve any uncertainties regarding this subject. Such observations could be a powerful tool for the investigation of the accretion-ejection physics in the neighborhood of supermassive black holes in AGNs.Broad-line radio galaxies (BLRGs), like PKS 2251+11 at a redshift of approximately 0.33, are excellent targets for high-quality X-ray observations due to the fact that they have the highest X-ray fluxes in the radio-loud population of AGNs. Therefore, high X-ray luminosity and the relative proximity of PKS 2251+11 make it an ideal candidate for a detailed analysis of the accretion regions in radio galaxies.So a group of astronomers led by Samuele Ronchini of Gran Sasso Science Institute in Italy has used ESA’s XMM-Newton space telescope to conduct spectral and timing analysis of PKS 2251+11 in the X-ray band in order to get more insight into the structure, kinematics and physical state of the nuclear environment in this galaxy.”Through the X-ray analysis of an observation performed with the XMM-Newton observatory, we have obtained novel information about the geometry, the kinematics and the physical state of the regions surrounding the accreting SMBH [supermassive black hole] at the center of the BLRG PKS 2251+11,” the astronomers wrote in the paper.The observations found that the X-ray source in PKS 2251+11 is partially covered by the ionized absorbing medium. This absorber is most likely clumpy and could be composed by distinct clouds with a covering factor of around 90 percent. The distance of the absorbing medium from the supermassive black hole was estimated to be around 0.33 light years, however, it cannot be excluded that the absorber is located much farther, in the zone of the dusty torus.The researchers also detected an iron K-alpha emission line at 6.4 keV. The intensity of this emission showcases variability on timescales of hours. The scientists added that besides this feature, no other spectral parameters exhibit significant variability during the observational campaign.In concluding remarks, the authors of the paper noted that many questions remain about PKS 2251+11, like the origin of its jet. This is mainly due to the lack of information regarding the state of the very innermost disk and the spin of the galaxy’s SMBH. However, the researchers note that the X-ray properties indicate that PKS 2251+11 does not differ significantly from the non-jetted AGNs. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2019 Science X Network More information: Samuele Ronchini et al. X-ray analysis of the accreting supermassive black hole in the radio galaxy PKS 2251+11. arXiv:1903.06611 [astro-ph.HE]. arxiv.org/abs/1903.06611 Explore further Bright X-ray galactic nuclei Citation: Astronomers investigate supermassive black hole in the radio galaxy PKS 2251+11 (2019, March 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-astronomers-supermassive-black-hole-radio.htmllast_img read more

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first_imgVideo Player is loading.Princess Margaret Cancer Center uses machine learning to create automated treatment plansPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:22Loaded: 4.83%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:22 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Quentry, from Brainlab, provides the freedom to access, control and share diagnostic imaging from anywhere within a secure clinical platform.The network debuted that the AANS Annual Scientific Meeting in Denver, Colo.Clinicians can employ the now consumerized online sharing mentality to disseminate expert knowledge and enhance patient care. For a limited time, neurosurgeons may sign up for Quentry and take advantage of a free trial phase.It connects users via cloud computing technology, which enables access from any fixed connection within a secure network without having to download special or specific software. Functionality includes secure uploading, sharing, viewing and consulting with clinical members around the world. The system eliminates time-consuming and costly CD production and increases security by eliminating misplacement of medical data CDs. Additionally, it provides applications from centralized servers and operates in highly secure and robust datacenters.The system is the only PACS-independent online network for moderating clinical best practices combined with the ability to share and discuss medical images with an advanced Web-based DICOM viewer. Members can freely upload and access diagnostic patient images, harness on-demand tools to visualize data, consult colleagues and synchronize work. The network capability allows surgeons to invite colleagues to join their network, consult on a case and moderate best practices, all with the goal of providing the best care possible. It can connect all the people in the care path – patient, referring physician and specialist – with the goal of streamlining the planning and treatment process and decreasing patient travel where possible. The online transfer of data sets means that treatment plans can be prepared before the patient arrives at the hospital and that referring physicians can be directly involved in the treatment. Post-treatment follow-up between clinical specialists is streamlined and the patient reaps the benefits of the interconnectivity.Significant upgrades in the coming months will connect Quentry with all Brainlab devices and applications such as iPlan treatment planning software and will make it an accessible archive of clinical data. Soon, it will offer direct Web access to its intelligent software and computational power allowing clinicians to filter, enrich, visualize and leverage digital data. Services are scalable, ranging from free user login to a full-featured premium subscription version. The site ensures compliance with HIPAA privacy and security rules, safeguarding patient confidentiality. For more information: www.quentry.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. 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