Toronto Masque Theatres goodbye show celebrated its finest work

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Toronto Masque Theatre. Larry Beckwith, artistic director. Jane Mallett Theatre. May 12.It’s not every day that three dead sheep sing a swan song. But Toronto Masque Theatre is — or was — no ordinary performing arts organization.For 15 years the company reimagined, over and over, what multidisciplinary musical theatre might look like in a diverse 21st-century city that still owes much to European artforms. Twitter Facebook Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: On Saturday night, Toronto Masque Theatre (TMT) put on a heartfelt, classy farewell to its decade and a half of existence for a warm and enthusiastic audience at the Jane Mallett Theatre. Singers aplenty join the Toronto Masque Theatre’s final performance on Saturday May 12 at Jane Mallett Theatre. (JOHN TERAUDS PHOTO)last_img read more

BJP chief Manoj Tiwaris Twitter Chaupal to reach out to voters

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari Thursday interacted with people through social media which he named “Twitter Chaupal” and answered questions on a range of issues, including full statehood and the Centre’s welfare schemes.During his “Chaupal”, Tiwari hit out at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for his government’s “failure” in fulfilling pre-poll promises.The BJP MP said under the Swachh Bharat Mission, 9.5 crores toilets have been constructed to ensure respectable life of the country’s women. He said under the ‘Ujjwala’ scheme, 6.5 crore gas connections have been provided to empower the women and the works done by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is being talked about in every ‘chaupal’ of the country.Replying to a question on pollution levels in Delhi, Tiwari said there is such a “negative government” ruling Delhi which is not ready to admit its mistakes.He alleged that the AAP government has “no will power” to take steps to control pollution. Environment cess of Rs 9,000 has been collected from the people of Delhi but it has not been utilised, he said.last_img read more

Naveen Patnaik calls BJP communal party

first_imgNEW DELHI: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has told a television channel that he had “always considered the BJP as a communal party.” Between 1998 and 2009, his Biju Janata Dal (BJD) was an alliance partner of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government. “They (the BJP) were less so (communal) earlier,” Naveen Patnaik said on the previous partnership. He said he discovered the BJP’s “true colours” after communal violence erupted in Kandhamal region in 2009, over which he ended his ties with the BJP. The riots, which broke out in the aftermath of the killing of a Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader, saw local Christians being targeted by mobs. Though no longer a formal member of the NDA, the BJD has lent tacit support to the BJP-led government at the Centre and is expected to be one of the regional parties that the BJP might turn to, should it fall short of numbers.last_img read more

IT dept files 11 charge sheets against lobbyist Deepak Talwar

first_imgNew Delhi: The Income Tax Department has filed as many as 11 charge sheets against corporate aviation lobbyist Deepak Talwar for alleged tax evasion by him and his companies, official sources said Tuesday. They said the prosecution complaints have been filed before a special court here last week under Section 276C(1) (prosecution for wilful attempt to evade tax) and Section 277 (false statement in verification) of the Income Tax Act. While six are fresh complaints, the rest are supplementary charge sheets to the main complaints filed in 2017 by the department against Talwar. These pertain to different assessment years, the sources said. “Investigations have revealed that the accused was the beneficiary of a complex global corporate structure of several entities in different offshore jurisdictions like British Virgin Islands, Mauritius, Singapore, Hong Kong which received funds from foreign entities,” a senior tax department official said, quoting contents of the charge sheets. “A part of such money was also routed back in India for investment through multiple layers in foreign countries,” he added.last_img read more

Algerian officer explains why he decided to seek political asylum in

first_imgRabat – On Monday we reported that an Algerian officer fled Algeria and sought Asylum in Morocco. In its edition of Thursday, the Moroccan daily Al Akhbar delivers more details about the circumstances surrounding the request made by the Algerian defector and his arrest on charges of “illegal immigration.” According to the Casablanca-based newspaper, the man known as “Farkhatou Sheikh, was arrested Friday in Morocco at the entry point of the city of Oujda. “He made a number of revelations to Moroccan investigators from the infidelity of his wife, caught in adultery with an Algerian official seconded to the presidency to his troubles with the Head of State to the Polisario and the army.” The Algerian officer, who was promoted in 2008 to the rank of colonel, “reported to the police under a false identity before saying he was an officer in the Algerian Republican Guard who fled Algeria to seek political asylum in Morocco.” According to the same source, Farkhatou Sheikh said that “the infidelity of his wife whom he discovered in the act of adultery with a with an official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs assigned to the presidential palace “is one of the causes” of his decision to defect and flee to Morocco. “My wife has been exploited to trap the official. We divorced in 2012. I later continued to be under pressure and unfair measures by the security services of the presidency and the intelligence services,” he was quoted by the newspaper as saying. “This injustice has pushed me to hate the Algerian state and think of fleeing to Morocco, something I did via the border where I concealed my real identity,” he added. Commenting on the relations between the Algerian military and the Polisario Front, the Algerian officer said that the Algerian army constantly forms Polisario elements in aviation and artillery before they return to their bases, adding that the Polisario enjoys a privileged status from the Algerian army. He also talked about the deteriorating relations between Moroccan and Algeria, saying that the army receives instructions to be prepared for a potential military confrontation with Morocco. “Senior officers tell us to prepare ourselves, given the deterioration of relations with Morocco,” he was quoted by the same source as saying. He also spoke about the President’s deteriorating health and the military’s hold on power saying that those who hold the power are “Mohamed Tawfik, from the military intelligence, the caid Salah, Chief of Staff and Deputy Minister of Defense.”last_img read more

Former Sathosa chairman arrested at the BIA by FCID

Former Sathosa chairman Nalin Fernando was arrested by the Police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) today.Fernando was arrested over the alleged misuse of state funds in 2014. He was produced before the Fort Magistrate and remanded till April 9. (Colombo Gazette)

Myanmar UN refugee agency warns number of displaced people in Rakhine state

Four months after inter-communal violence erupted in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) continues to rise, the United Nations refugee agency said today, adding that some 75,000 people are currently living in camps and many more are in need of humanitarian assistance. “Movement is still restricted in parts of Rakhine state, preventing some villagers from going to work, accessing markets, food supplies, health services and education,” a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Adrian Edwards, told reporters in Geneva. “Out of desperation, people are leaving villages to seek food and medical assistance at the IDP camps.” In June, violence between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in the state of Rakhine, located in western Myanmar, led to the country’s Government declaring a state of emergency there. The figure of 75,000 people in need of humanitarian aid, provided by local authorities, is an increase on initial Government estimates of some 50,000 people displaced shortly after the unrest broke out in early June, according to UNHCR. It added that a resurgence of violence in early August resulted in more than 4,000 people having their homes burned down, affecting thousands more. The refugee agency, along with its humanitarian partners, has been advocating for greater humanitarian access and support for the most affected villages, including the towns of Sittwe, Kyauk Taw and Maungdaw. “We hope that by delivering aid in places of origin, humanitarian agencies can help to prevent further displacement and make interventions that can facilitate the eventual return of IDPs,” Mr. Edwards said. UNHCR is distributing relief supplies for some 54,000 people in IDP sites. The supplies include plastic sheets, sleeping mats, blankets, mosquito nets and kitchen sets. The agency is also supporting the construction of emergency temporary shelters that can house about 10,500 people, and continues to support delivery of basic assistance such as food, water and sanitation to Government-run IDP camps until the situation stabilizes sufficiently for them to return home. Mr. Edwards added that despite the rising numbers of IDPs, some people whose houses were not damaged have returned to the town of Sittwe. He added that a “fragile calm” has returned, but the situation remains tense. read more

Ban offers condolences over death of Delhi student urges reforms to deter

“He offers his sincerest condolences to her parents, family and friends, and utterly condemns this brutal crime,” the spokesperson added in a statement issued on Saturday night. The 23-year old student had been gang-raped by six men in a moving bus in the Indian capital on 16 December. Subsequently, she had been transported to a Singapore hospital where she was being treated for severe injuries, and where she was reported to have died on Saturday.In addition, the attack reportedly sparked widespread protests about gender attitudes in India, as well as calls for changes to relevant national laws.“Violence against women must never be accepted, never excused, never tolerated. Every girl and woman has the right to be respected, valued and protected.” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in the statement.He noted that the UN chief welcomes the efforts of the Indian Government to take urgent action on the matter and calls for further steps and reforms to deter such crimes and bring perpetrators to justice. “He also encourages the Government of India to strengthen critical services for rape victims,” the spokesperson continued, adding that the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and other parts of the UN system stand ready to support such reform efforts with technical expertise and other support as required.Established in July 2010 with the aim of accelerating progress on meeting the needs of women worldwide, UN Women works for, among other issues, the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; empowerment of women; and achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development and human rights.. read more

Afghanistan UN mission welcomes final list of candidates for 2014 elections

“The completion of the candidate nomination period marks another important step for the Afghan people in the process of electing the country’s next leader and provincial councils,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNAMA, Ján Kubiš.The list, announced by the country’s Independent Election Commission (IEC), contains 11 presidential candidates and 2,713 provincial council candidates, with the latter including 308 women.“The candidates and their supporters bear the responsibility of fully upholding Afghan electoral laws and other relevant electoral provisions, as well as international standards for peaceful, transparent, credible, inclusive and fair elections,” said Mr. Kubiš.The Special Representative also urged the Afghan electoral and state bodies, and the candidates and their teams, to take all measures to ensure the election process and their conduct are “marked by the highest degree of integrity, free from internal and external interference and fraud – all of which are so important for the acceptance and legitimacy of the outcome of the elections.”The UN has repeatedly stressed that the elections, scheduled for 5 April 2014, must be free and fair, and enjoy wide participation. The polls are seen as a vital step in the ongoing transition in Afghanistan, which next year will also see the withdrawal of the majority of allied international military forces, with national forces assuming full responsibility for security throughout the country. read more

Lowcarbon technology landscape based on a range of technologies designed to deliver

Barb Samardzich, Vice President Product Development, Ford of Europe, said there is not one “silver bullet” approach to powertrain strategies and propulsion systems will always have to deliver value to the customer. She claimed, “consumers are rational” and the technology would have to be cost-effective for “millions of customers”.Samardzich continued that regional fuel costs and government policy would determine consumer purchasing decisions. She stressed that key to Ford’s global powertrain strategy was its “down-sized” Ecoboost engines, which deliver important reductions in CO2 emissions. While Ford has adopted an integrated approach to powertrain technologies and will launch a Focus-sized electric vehicle in Europe by the end of 2012, Samardzich believed that there was still potential for significant efficiency gains from traditional engine technology, and that globally it would remain the dominant form of propulsion well into the future.Thierry Koskas, Global Head of EV, Renault, suggested that its group of companies had embarked on a bold EV strategy and anticipated it would sell 1.5 million EVs by 2016. Koskas remained optimistic that its range of EVs, to include the ZOE supermini in Europe from October this year, will address customer demands about range and offer considerable driver appeal, thanks to the quietness of the powertrain and the slickness of the gearbox. Koskas said that his company had already received more than 14,000 orders and EV was set to hit the mainstream.Rounding off the stream on innovation in ultra-low carbon, Dr Henri Winand, CEO, Intelligent Energy, discussed his company’s hydrogen fuel cells strategy. He stressed the benefits of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, emphasising that they had the capability of rapid refuelling and could offer similar range to traditional ICE technology, with the advantage of zero emissions and no compromise in performance.The stream concluded with an interesting Q&A, and one of the final remarks came from Richard Bruce, Managing Director, OLEV, who asked what the panel thought would be the dominant powertrain by 2040. The panel found it a challenging question but all agreed it would be most likely to consist of a portfolio of technologies to meet a variety of driver needs.Click through for more news from the 2012 SMMT International Automotive Summit.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Mens basketball CJ Jackson responding to Chris Holtmanns message with improved play

Ohio State junior guard C.J. Jackson (3) brings the ball down the court in the first half in the game against Clemson on Nov. 29. Ohio State lost 79-65. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorC.J. Jackson never expected to be the primary ball handler in such a short time at Ohio State. The junior probably didn’t expect to be benched 10 games into his first season as a starting point guard either.And with Jackson coming off the bench, the Buckeyes (7-3, 2-0) have pulled off two significant early conference victories against Wisconsin and Michigan.Jackson wasn’t meeting the demands through the team’s first eight games. His 23 percent turnover rate was unacceptable for a starting point guard in a Power Five conference, and the Ohio State offense wasn’t getting it done against top quality opponents. Holtmann moved Jackson to the bench and started senior forward Jae’Sean Tate at point guard.When asked Monday following a 20-point comeback against Michigan if benching Jackson was done to send a message, without explicitly saying it, head coach Chris Holtmann’s answer was yes. It was done to send a message.That’s life as a point guard under Holtmann, who has said in the past it’s probably no fun for a point guard to play for him.But Holtmann’s message to Jackson was simple: stay poised and be a leader on and off the court.Since coming off the bench, Jackson has been incredibly efficient. He has turned the ball over just three times, following games of seven and five turnovers in consecutive losses to Butler and Clemson. Jackson scored 10 off the bench against Wisconsin and 17 against Michigan, including seven free-throws in the final three minutes of a nine-point victory.Message received.“I guess you could say [I was pushing myself too much], like trying to make the perfect play and playing mistake free, which is when you start making mistakes,” Jackson said Friday. “I guess you could say that’s where I was at before.”Jackson entered the game off the bench for the majority of last year, then started the final six games. However, this year, he’s the guy. There can’t be any letdown from Jackson. For a team short at the guard position, with the backup being graduate transfer Andrew Dakich — who has a turnover rate near 40 percent — Jackson has to be a consistent point guard who won’t turn the ball over.Tate has filled in nicely at the point guard position, but it’s not his natural spot. He’s arguably Ohio State’s best option for taking a player one-on-one at the end of the shot clock, but he’s not a true point guard and isn’t a strong-enough shooter to be a combo guard.Jackson’s the natural point guard. But for the time being, it’s Tate’s role. And it’s working, with Jackson, ironically, providing some insight to Tate.“Kind of what my issue was, I was just telling him to make the simple plays,” Jackson said. “You don’t have to make the home run plays, things like that.”Jackson said coming off the bench allows him to examine the pace of play and play at that level when he enters the game, instead of adjusting to it on the fly when he starts.Holtmann didn’t rule out starting Jackson at noon Saturday against William & Mary, but acknowledged the guard’s improved play since moving out of the starting lineup.“I think he knows that his minutes will be pretty consistent as long as he can continue to try to do what we’re asking him to do in terms of limiting his turnovers,” Holtmann said. “It’s nice to be able to have him or at least a guy that can give you some scoring punch off the bench.”When making the jump from the junior-college level to Division I, Jackson didn’t expect such a significant role entering his second year in Columbus. Now that the Buckeyes have some momentum, his role is that much more vital for them to sustain any success. read more

Twoyearold drowns after car rolled into river as mother blames my own

first_imgKiara's mother made an emotional post about the incident It is not known exactly how the vehicle ended up in the river  Kiara would have celebrated her third birthday next weekCredit:FACEBOOK Ms Rowlands wrote on Facebook: “Sadly yesterday my beautiful baby girl passed away! Due to my own stupidity, I will have to live with the guilt for the rest of my life! “ mummy loves you baby girl and I’m so sorry”!”Father, Jet Moore, said Kiara had been left in the car while Ms Rowlands went into the nearby office of his business, Adventure Beyond, to get some money. On returning to the car it had disappeared sparking fears it had been stolen. A two-hour police search followed and Kiara was pulled from the water by officers but she later died. Mr Moore wrote: “They got in the car to go home. Sat on bank card which snapped and needed money to get home etc.”Went back to the office to get money from the desk and came back to no car.”Looked in the river. No signs. So we thought she and the car had been taken.” A mother has blamed her “own stupidity” after her two-year-old daughter died having been left in a car that rolled into a river in Cardigan, Wales.Kiara Moore died at the University Hospital of Wales, just days before her third birthday, after being pulled from a silver Mini in the River Teifi. In an emotional Facebook post, her mother, Kim Rowlands, said she would have to “live with the guilt for the rest of my life”. Police were initially called to the scene on Monday afternoon after Ms Rowlands reported her car missing, where she was heard shouting “somebody’s kidnapped my daughter”.But Dyfed-Powys Police have since confirmed that they are not looking for anyone in connection with the investigation. It is not yet known exactly how the vehicle ended up in the river or for how long Kiara was left in the car unsupervised.Dyfed-Powys Police said it received a call on Monday about a missing vehicle at 3.30pm and posted on its Twitter page that the Mini had been located at 5.11pm.A police spokesperson said: “Police have made extensive enquiries into the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident and can now confirm that we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the investigation.  “The vehicle was recovered from the river early this morning. H.M Coroner has been advised. Kiara’s family are being supported by specially trained officers.”Adventure Beyond, owned by Mr Moore, is located next to a slipway near to the old Scout Hall, where the vehicle was reported missing from. It is believed Ms Rowlands also works at the business. Kiara’s father explained the accident on his Facebook page Kiara's father explained the accident on his Facebook pagecenter_img Two-year-old Kiara Moore, pictured here with her mum Kim Rowlands Noel Lewis who runs a car repair business close to where Kiara went missing told BBC Wales that Kiara was “the most wonderful little girl”, adding “she was always playing out here with her little dog. “I’d often see them taking Kiara out on the river in a canoe. She always had a life jacket on when she was in the canoe with them. “They’re a lovely family, always smiling and having fun together.” Kiara’s mother made an emotional post about the incident It is not known exactly how the vehicle ended up in the river  “Had a Loving family and made us all happy She always wanted to be called RAR RAR which was our Knick Name for her  Love her so much.”Mr Moore today thanked everyone who had helped try to save Kiara, adding: “A mega thank you the officers who jumped in the river and the rest of the emergency services for all they did. Unfortunately Kiara had an amazing but short life.” Paying tribute to his daughter Mr Moore said: “She was an incredible happy young girl who lived I hope a great adventurous fun life. And may have done more than most people  Been skiing twice and skied her self! Paddled the great glen Scotland Paddles the wye Played on every beach we could. 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.last_img read more

Number of children treated for stab wounds almost doubles in five years

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. Since 2016, the number of children aged under 18 found to have committed murder or manslaughter has risen by 77 per cent, according to the responses.The number of young offenders who committed rape or sexual assault using a knife rose by 38 per cent and the number of teenagers linked to robbery offences with a knife rose by over 50 per cent.Two-thirds of knife-related injuries treated in hospitals were outside London, a figure which will come as little surprise to many living in cities such as Manchester and Birmingham that have witnessed an explosion of violence.David Jamieson, the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, last week described the spate of stabbings in Birmingham and the capital as a “national emergency” after three teenagers died in Birmingham knife attacks in a fortnight. Despite the fact that 2018 was the capital’s bloodiest year for a decade, Birmingham’s murder rate per capita was even higher during the six months between April and September.Nick Hurd MP, the Minister for Policing, told Monday night’s Dispatches: “This is a massive challenge for our policing system and therefore a big priority for me as policing minister to make sure that our police system has the resources to invest in upgrading our technology.“One of the big challenges underpinning is the reality that for too many young people, particularly in our big cities, carrying a knife now feels normal.”He said that this year, £460 million more of public money was being ploughed into the police system, funding the recruitment of at least another 2,500 police officers.Mr Hogan-Howe has called for a knife-crime tsar to help tackle the epidemic. It comes after two 17-year-olds, Jodie Chesney and Yousef Makki were stabbed to death in separate incidents in London and Manchester. Yousef Makki was killed in Manchester Hazrat Umar, 18, who was killed in Birmingham Britain’s second city has seen 97 stabbings since the start of this year. The number of children admitted to hospital with stab wounds has soared by 93 per cent in five years, according to new research.As two more families suffer the unimaginable consequences of an escalating crisis, an investigation found that the number of children being convicted of knife crime offences was rapidly rising.Knife crime was also found to be twice as high outside London, according to analysis by Channel 4’s Dispatches, chiming with warnings of a “national emergency”.It came as a man in his 30s was arrested in connection with two stabbings in central London on Sunday and Scottish actor Tam Dean Burn revealed he was recovering at home after being stabbed in an Edinburgh street after speaking at an event. A 42-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident.Bernard Hogan-Howe, the former Metropolitan Police Commissioner who fronted the latest investigation, warned that more resources needed to be ploughed into less affluent areas and attention focused on the exploitation of children used by adult drug dealers. Yousef Makki was killed in ManchesterCredit:Family Handout “We need to increase police numbers in these areas and reduce the drug supply into the UK and its distribution including by county lines,” he said.“Something law enforcement and government have failed to do.” Hazrat Umar, 18, who was killed in BirminghamCredit:FAMILY HANDOUT New analysis of NHS data revealed a 93 per cent rise in the number of children aged 16 and under being treated for assault by a knife or other sharp objects in the last five years, increasing from 180 in 2012/13 to 347 in 2017/18.Freedom of Information requests sent to police forces across England and Wales also provided fresh insight into the rises in numbers of children involved in knife crime. read more

Massive gold recovery increase using Glencore Technologys Albion Process

first_imgGeoProMining LLC (GPM) successfully increased recovery from sulphide concentrates in its Ararat plant from 20% to over 95%, defying expectations and targets. The plant was commissioned in June 2014 and achieved full capacity after three months. GPM owns and operates the Zod gold mine and Ararat processing plant in Armenia to produce gold and silver bullion.In order to expand, GPM needed to treat the underlying sulphide material at the Zod mine which only resulted in around 20 to 30% gold recovery through the existing conventional CIL flowsheet.In 2010, GPM approved a refurbishment project at the Zod mine and Ararat processing plant – in increased crushing capacity to deal with the harder ore and a refurbishment and re-commissioning of the existing flotation plant. Added to this was the installation of a new Albion ProcessTM plant for the oxidation of the sulphide concentrate prior to its treatment in the existing CIL plant. The new flowsheet would be configured such that the CIL would treat flotation tailings and oxidised residue from the Albion Process.The Albion Process is an atmospheric leaching process developed and owned by Glencore Technology. It uses ultrafine grinding to reduce the activation energy needed in oxidation of the sulphides, so that it can occur under atmospheric conditions. The leaching occurs in an agitated tank that uses HyperSpargeTM supersonic gas injectors to boost oxygen capture efficiency.Glencore Technology was engaged to design, supply and commission the Albion Process and to provide installation supervision assistance.The design basis for GPM’s Albion Process was oxidation of 100,000 t/y of concentrate to give an overall production of 100,000 oz/y of gold from concentrate and flotation tailings. The design recovery of gold from the Albion residue was 92% but the plant frequently achieves over 95% recovery with an overall plant-wide design recovery of 86% but commonly achieving 88%.The refurbishment project was commissioned in June 2014, with ramp-up occurring for the remainder of 2014. The plant has achieved and exceeded nameplate production, treating in fact 120,000 t/ya concentrate with an overall production of 120,000 oz/y.Further, GPM successfully achieved an overall 88% plant-wide recovery exceeding the 86% design target due to better than design performance in the Albion Process.The grade of concentrate has been more or less stable, and increased production might normally be expected to decrease as equipment is stretched.  But in GPM’s case, it has successfully kept recovery above design using the Albion Process.GPM is currently evaluating an expansion project comprising a second line of an Albion Process plant.last_img read more

Samsung unveils Exynos 5 first with ARM Cortex A15 USB 30

first_imgJust weeks before IFA 2012 kicks off, Samsung has announced the Exynos 5 system-on-a-chip. It marks a big step forward in mobile processing for Samsung, and the Exynos 5 packs everything required to drive the company’s upcoming 11.8-inch high-definition tablet.The Exynos 5 is to be the first chip built atop the ARM Cortex A15 architecture when it arrives in a few months. The A15 promises performance per clock that’s 40-60% higher than today’s top A9 chips, and an overall performance increase of about 50%. Samsung’s first Exynos 5 chip, the Exynos 5250, will sport dual Cortex A15 cores clocked at 1.7GHz. Like the Exynos 4, the initial Exynos 5 processor will be produced using Samsung’s 32nm High-K Metal Gate process.It’s also packing the muscular new Mali T604 GPU, which boasts DirectX 11, OpenGL ES 3.0, and Open CL 1.1 support. The T604 will help deliver WQXGA (2560×1600) resolution support, which the Exynos 5 can do without tapping out its full 12.8GB/s memory bandwidth. 1080p content can be displayed comfortably at 60fps, and Samsung has built in hardware-level support for not only the H.264 codec but also Google’s open VP8 standard. There’s also a special low-power PSR mode that allows the Exynos 5 to reduce power consumption by a factor of 20 while displaying static images (like eBook pages, photos, or web pages).Wi-Fi Display support comes as standard, and the Exynos 5 should be able to wirelessly pump HD video to external displays at a still-smooth 30fps. And there’s at least one notable update when it comes to wired technologies, too. The new chips can handle USB 3.0 connections, and that’s a very good thing. It could save you a ton of time when loading HD videos onto your new 11.8-inch tablet.We may see the 5250 pop up in another Samsung device that’s rumored to be arriving soon — the Galaxy Note 2.More at Samsung and Android Authoritylast_img read more

Bactéries résistantes aux antibiotiques bientôt un test pour lensemble des rapatriés sanitaires

first_imgBactéries résistantes aux antibiotiques : bientôt un test pour l’ensemble des rapatriés sanitaires ?France – Alors qu’ont été découvertes récemment des bactéries capables de résister aux antibiotiques, les rapatriés sanitaires français pourraient bientôt être automatiquement testés à leur retour de l’étranger. Une mesure qui pourrait éviter le développement de ce germe dangereux dans l’Hexagone.L’information a été publiée par The Lancet et fait suite aux recherches de l’équipe de Neil Woodford. Cette dernière aurait repéré une résistance aux antibiotiques due à une enzyme appelée bêta-lactamase NDM-1. Identifiée d’abord à New Delhi, elle aurait surtout été remarquée chez les patients ayant subi un acte chirurgical en Inde ou au Pakistan. Après recherches approfondies, il apparaît que le gène responsable de la production de la bêta-lactamase NDM-1 provient de bactéries responsables d’infections dans les hôpitaux.Dans un entretien accordé au quotidien Le Monde, Patrice Nordmann, chef du service de bactériologie-virologie-parasitologie de l’hôpital Bicêtre, qualifie le phénomène d’inquiétant, dans la mesure où l’ensemble des pays concernés ne sont pas équipés d’un dispositif de surveillance tel que celui existant en France. Il explique cette résistance bactérienne, apparue en Inde en 2005 ou 2006, par des mesures d’hygiène précaires et le développement du tourisme médical. Quant à la propagation de cette bactérie, le professeur avance le fait que la France devrait y échapper si le ministère français de la Santé impose un test automatique des rapatriés sanitaires, ce qui représente 10.000 à 20.000 personnes par an. Le 17 août 2010 à 12:10 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Justice sector benefits from Canadian support

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, December 28, 2016 – The country’s justice sector has benefited from significant Canadian funding support totaling over J$4.25 billion (Can$44.2 million) over the past 16 years.  Provided under the Global Affairs Canada initiative, the money has mainly financed the sector’s reform programme, spearheaded by the Justice Ministry.The wide-ranging projects have been facilitated under the Justice Undertaking for Social Transformation (JUST) programme.  The Global Affairs initiative manages Canada’s diplomatic and consular relations, promotes the country’s international trade and leads that country’s international development and humanitarian assistance endeavors.  The JUST programme seeks to reform Jamaica’s justice system by making it more available, accessible, accountable, flexible, fair and affordable in a timely, courteous, respectful and competent manner for all citizens.Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency Sylvain Fabí, says key areas of funding support include a J$1.9-billion (Can$19.8-million) provision for business process reform and technical assistance, J$1.85 billion (Can$19.2 million) to acquire modern equipment, and J$502.7 million (Can$5.2 million) for capacity building.  Notable among the most recent provisions has been the recruitment of a statistician to collate the number of documented criminal cases within the court system, which will be captured under a statistics and data management system.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, has indicated that this undertaking is expected to provide an accurate count, as the Ministry moves to address the high backlog of cases, estimated to be as many as 100,000.Another recent input was the provision of state-of-the-art equipment to the Attorney General’s (AG) Department and Supreme Court.  A total of 25 new desktop and laptop computers, along with backup storage devices and a projector, were presented to the AG’s Department.  These will facilitate connectivity between the Department and the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies as well as the courts.  Additionally, funds have been earmarked for staff training in the use of these equipment.Fifteen desktop computers, along with a high-density server, data backup and storage, and firewall protection devices, were presented to the Supreme Court.  These are expected to significantly enhance administration of the new jury management system.  The 15 computers are part of an overall 85 being provided, with the remaining 70 to be dispatched to parish courts across the island.Speaking at the presentation ceremonies earlier this year, Mr. Fabí lauded the Government for embarking on the justice-reform programme to modernize the sector.While noting that the endeavor could be “very exhaustive and daunting”, he deemed it important, pointing out that “Jamaica is definitely on the right path”.  Mr. Fabí said work is under way to develop proposals for reforming the organizational structure of the Supreme Court and Parish Courts.Additionally, he noted that work would shortly commence to develop new criminal procedural rules.  “These rules are aimed at streamlining the trial process to make (the) management of criminal cases more efficient and predictable,” the High Commissioner said.Other notable provisions have included grant support of J$1.93 billion (Can$20 million) to assist with crime reduction under the National Security Ministry’s Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP), and a similar allocation to the University of the West Indies (UWI) to facilitate the training of legislative drafters in Jamaica and the wider CaribbeanThe High Commissioner said Canada welcomes the opportunity to assist, and that the Government “remains committed to supporting Jamaica in its reform goals and in ensuring that the country has a more efficient and responsive justice system”.  Regionally, Canada also provided a $1.93-billion grant to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) to facilitate improved administration.Mr. Fabí said Canada also provided J$483.4 million (Can$5 million), through the Finance and the Public Service Ministry, to avail the Government of technical expertise in order to assist the Administration in fulfilling targets under the just-concluded International Monetary Fund (IMF) Extended Fund Facility (EFF).Welcoming the equipment, Mr. Chuck said their acquisition is consistent with the Ministry’s “aggressive push” to modernize Jamaica’s court system in order to improve its overall efficiency.  “Modernization of the court system cannot take place without 21st-century cutting-edge technology, and these computers will go a very far way in helping our drive to provide a First-World standard of justice for all Jamaican citizens,” he added.Equally, Mr. Chuck said the state-of-the-art equipment will enhance the operational efficiency and service delivery of the AG’s Department, which, he emphasized, is pivotal in the administration of governance and justice.For her part, Attorney General, Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte, also welcomed the provisions, noting that Jamaica’s long-standing relations with Canada have resulted in positive strides being recorded locally, particularly in the justice sector.  Chief Justice, Hon. Zaila McCalla, emphasized that the timely delivery of justice is pivotal to the judicial system.  “The donation of these modern pieces of equipment will go a far way in assisting the staff of the courts to operate more efficiently and effectively in undertaking our daily functions,” she added. photo credit: Jamaica Gleaner Related Items:center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

How Many Magazines Does the World Need

first_imgIn order to survive, niche magazines, just like the bigger publishing companies, must build a multi-dimensional brand in order to create new revenue streams. A conscious decision was made when the Fader launched in 1998 to let the magazine grow organically while winning a loyal readership by covering artists based on the merit of their music and not how many records (thus newsstand copies) they would sell. This ultimately enabled us to build a credible and trusted brand that now lives in many different spaces such as print, online, events, podcasts, television, film and more to come. The recent string of foldings in the niche music magazine arena (Harp, No Depression, Mass Appeal et al) begs the question: How much space exists in the marketplace for these titles? The answer, as it is in any magazine category, is not clear cut and needs to be examined on a case-by-case basis.Niche titles that have passionate and loyal readerships can absolutely thrive if they are able to leverage their strengths (i.e. targeted, influential readers, specific editorial focus) to build multiplatform, integrated deals with brands, where print advertising is merely the point of entry, even an afterthought in some cases. If publishers continue to strictly chase ad pages, it would seem logical in today’s environment that they would face a certain death. They also must exploit the freedom and flexibility they possess as independent publishers to aggressively innovate and create a broader brand experience, thus providing a more dimensional opportunity for the advertiser and surrounding experience for the consumers they speak to.For what it’s worth, mainstream music titles are in no way immune to these changes, only they would, in theory at least, seem to have deeper pockets in order to last a bit longer in the face of a rough economy and downturn in print spending. However, if they continue follow the traditional belief that a magazine is built by increasing circulation (and thus rate bases) they will find themselves in a very similar situation. last_img read more

Data Quality The Digital Advertising Priority

first_imgMore on this topic Forget CPMs, You Should Be Transacting On Time AMI Experiments with Screensaver-Like Video Ads Advertising’s Existential Moment Time Inc. Partners with GumGum to Overlay Ads on Images Condé Nast Partners with AdMeld in Private Digital Ad Exchange Programmatic Advertising: Not Just a Scale GameJust In Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & NotesPowered by 4. Redesign for Viewability: Like the doctor said when you got your first tetanus shot: “This is gonna hurt a little bit.” And it will. But many publishers will need to optimize yield only after they reposition their content and ad positions to be viewable and valuable. Currently several industry organizations are working on viewability standards. If an ad is not in view when the page loads, or never comes into view during a user session, basically, a publisher isn’t going to get paid for it. That pushes premium positions toward the top of the page. It will probably reduce a publisher’s viable amount of inventory. And as stated, it means you will need to charge more for each ad. In the end, the goal is to meet brand goals and objectives, whether they center on sales, marketing ROI, awareness, brand lift, or conversions. If publishers bring data quality back into balance with quantity, publishers will be well positioned. Arguably, publishing is quickly heading toward digital dominance. Strategies for the migration are way past overdue. However, some of the strategies that ruled print media are being abandoned for digital media, and that’s a mistake. It still should be about reaching the right customer at the right time with the right message. With digital marketing and the data it generates, publishers can be more accurate about the right time and message. Publishers can use customer information to improve their content and sales quality. Here are four ways to improve yours.1. Analyze and Optimize Premium Inventory: Digital publishers spend too much time worrying about the valuation of their remnant inventory, who sells it, and who gets a cut of it. Remnant inventory can be just as valuable as premium if you put it in perspective. You should be looking at all of your inventory holistically and assigning true values to each ad slot instead of differentiating between premium and non-premium (remnant) like we have done for the past 10 years. That means measuring the value of ad slots by content relevance, brand safety, and viewability. Learning to differentiate inventory is a complex task. “Premium” shouldn’t just be the homepage and a page with a user cookie. Learn to accurately evaluate all of your inventory based on quality, actionable information about the page—not just old-school cookie data.2. Get Information, Get Data: The best way to value digital publishing real estate is to get the best data on who visits it, what they do when they get there, how long they stay and how your content relates to the audience and creative. In short: customer engagement. There are literally dozens of exchanges and RTB companies that will be happy to track that and store that information. But it’s the publishers who need it. It’s the publishers who don’t have it. You need customer engagement metrics to compete for the best advertisers and the highest revenue. We see a lot of great digital publishing companies with brilliant content that are not getting paid what they deserve because they don’t have enough data to prove the true worth of their inventory. 3. Ease Common Concerns for Advertisers: Quality inventory will avoid some of the pitfalls that advertisers are generally concerned with. Publishers need to make sure they automate to guard against suspicious activity. At AdSafe, for example, we can analyze and score the risk that a website is associated with suspicious activity on a 1-1,000 rating scale—specifically including click fraud, which occurs in pay-per-click online advertising when a person or program imitates a legitimate user of a Web browser; and impression fraud, which occurs in CPM advertising when a person or program imitates users by repeatedly loading a page or advertisements on a page for the purpose of generating higher fees. Buyers of online media are able to purchase inventory informed by AdSafe’s risk score, while sellers of online media are able to better manage their inventory by eliminating fraudulent activity if discovered. This also means eliminating the concern of ad collision by having the data and tools to make sure brands are on pages that aren’t crowded with other ads.last_img read more

Special Report Into National Guard Calls For More Accountability

first_imgDownload AudioA new inquiry into the Alaska National Guard reaches many of the same conclusions as last year’s federal investigation into the force. It finds that sexual assault and harassment claims were mishandled, and calls for increased accountability and transparency to prevent future abuses.At a Monday morning press conference, the current Adjutant General Laurie Hummel said what happened under her predecessor was unacceptable.”On behalf of the Guard, let me apologize to a number of individuals and Alaskans more broadly for this organization’s mishandling of complaints about serious offenses and for betraying the confidence of people who only sought help and justice,” Hummel said.A new 92-page report confirms the Guard did have problems with its sexual assault reporting mechanisms, and that leadership was not trusted to properly handle complaints. Patricia Collins, a retired Juneau judge who conducted the special investigation, told reporters that some of the causes were as mundane as not keeping proper paperwork.“When you don’t maintain adequate records of what’s being said to whom and when, you facilitate a culture that sort of feeds upon itself, where those persons that feel like they can bully or take advantage of others do, because there’s no reporting of it.”Collins said that allowed a few members of the Guard to get away with particularly bad behavior. It also discouraged future victims from coming forward, meaning the number of sexual assaults is likely higher than documented.The report also looked at how law enforcement and the executive branch handled Guard complaints, going beyond the scope of the federal inquiry.Of the reports that were filed and ultimately sent to police, Collins’ investigation found that law enforcement operated appropriately. She also concluded the previous administration was aware of at least some of the problems with the Guard and could have addressed them in a more systematic manner. However, she says the response from the office of then-Gov. Sean Parnell was characterized more by mismanagement than malice.“I did not find an overt cover-up. I did find a very unfortunate lack of information sharing between the National Guard and the governor’s office — a lack of protocols that, at least in my view, should be in place to ensure better communications between those offices.”Going forward, Collins recommends that the National Guard be regularly surveyed on its command climate, and that those results be made available to the governor, the Legislature, and — when appropriate — the public. She has also advised that two sexual assault cases be reopened, as well as a suspicious death.last_img read more