first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Exciting news out of Austin, Texas: The South by Southwest Conference & Festivals (SXSW) announced its 2018 lineup and we are pleased to share that the latest feature developed through the Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange, The New Romantic, will see its World Premiere in the Narrative Feature Competition. The film, now the ninth Comedy Exchange film to be produced, is from Carly Stone (writer/director) and Kyle Mann (writer/producer), is edited by Editors’ Lab alumna Christine Armstrong and also features music by the Slaight Family Music Lab alumnus Matthew O’Halloran.The New Romantic follows the story of a college senior who is frustrated with the lack of chivalrous guys her own age so gives up on dating for love to date an older man in exchange for gifts instead. It stars Jessica Barden (The End of the F***ing World), Hayley Law (Riverdale), Brett Dier (Jane the Virgin), Avan Jogia (Son of Shaft), Timm Sharp (Enlightened) and Camila Mendes (Riverdale).With the support of lead partner Telefilm Canada and associate partner Just For Laughs, the Comedy Exchange is a high-level, cross-border project and business accelerator that supports a customized approach to advanced project development, packaging and strategic marketplace positioning. Up to four feature projects are invited into the Exchange by an international advisory each year. The Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange has helped accelerate nine Canadian comedies, including last year’s critically acclaimed feature Adventures in Public School, from CFC alumni writer/director Kyle Rideoutand writer/producer Josh Epstein, which premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), was honoured as one of Canada’s top ten features of 2017, and was recently nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Original Screenplay. Additionally, Don’t Talk to Irene, from writer/director Pat Mills and producers Alyson Richards and Michael MacMillan, also made its World Premiere at TIFF 2017 before continuing on a successful festival run, winning the 2017 Comedy Vanguard Feature award from the Austin Film Festival. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Tears for Sears The rise and decline of a Canadian retail giant

TORONTO — For decades, Sears was a quintessential part of the Canadian shopping experience. Its catalogues adorned coffee tables and its Kenmore-branded appliances were staples in homes for generations. But like Eaton’s and Simpsons before it, Sears has encountered a litany of problems.Here’s a look at the history of Sears Canada:1952 — Simpsons-Sears is founded as a national mail-order business, as part of a partnership between the Robert Simpson Company of Toronto and Sears Roebuck Co. of Chicago.September 1953 — Simpsons-Sears opens its first store in Stratford, Ont.1973 — The company opens its first store under the Sears banner.1978 — Hudson’s Bay Company acquires the Simpson Company. The Simpsons-Sears partnership dissolves.1984 — The company formally changes its name to Sears Canada.1995 — Sears opens its first Sears Whole Home furniture store; later renames the store Sears Home.1998 — The company launches its e-commerce website, becoming one of the first retailers to do so in Canada.1999 — Sears buys the bankrupt chain, The T. Eaton Company Ltd., including all of the flagship department stores in coveted locations like the Toronto Eaton Centre.February 2009 — Sears cuts 300 jobs, less than one per cent of its workforce at the time, to prepare for a “tough” year in retail.June 2011 — Calvin McDonald is named president and CEO of Sears Canada and embarks on a three-year turnaround plan as sales decline and thousands of jobs are cut.2012 — Sears begins selling off leases to its stores in prime locations.September 2013 — McDonald abruptly steps down as president and CEO. Former U.S. naval aviator and retail consultant Douglas C. Campbell takes over as CEO.May 2014 — U.S. parent company Sears Holdings Corp. hints that it’s looking to sell the ailing retailer.September 2014 — Campbell steps down as CEO.October 2014 — Ronald Boire steps in as interim CEO.July 2015 — Boire steps down as CEO. Brandon Stranzl is named executive chairman of Sears Canada.November 2015 — Carrie Kirkman becomes Sears Canada president.July 2016 — Kirkman leaves the role.August 2016 — Sears Canada rebrands logo for the first time in 32 years by adding a maple leaf.December 2016 — The retailer announces plans to venture into the grocery business, saying its signed partnerships with two specialty supermarket operators to run food markets at some of its revamped locations.January 2017 — New Brunswick government gives Sears Canada $8.7 million to open business centres in Edmundston and Saint John. The centres are expected to create 540 new jobs in total.June 13, 2017 — Faced with a cash crunch that’s getting worse, the company announces it is exploring strategic alternatives including a sale.June 22, 2017 — Sears Canada is granted court protection from creditors. It announces plans to close 59 locations across the country and cut approximately 2,900 jobs under a court-supervised restructuring. read more

Police blotter Edible cannabis at Holy Trinity

A teen was charged this week after officials at Holy Trinity Catholic High School in Simcoe discovered infused edibles on the premises.Police were called to investigate Wednesday morning.A 17-year-old Norfolk youth has been charged for under-aged possession of cannabis contrary to the Cannabis Control Act.Apartment trashed in SimcoeNorfolk OPP remind the public to call in suspicious activity as soon as possible after the force was alerted to a badly damaged apartment in Simcoe.Between July 15 and July 22, someone or a number of people entered an apartment on Metcalfe Street South and trashed the premises.“Unknowns entered an apartment and tore up and urinated on rugs inside,” Const. Ed Sanchuk of the Norfolk OPP said in a news release. “Several holes were punched in the drywall in various rooms and then spray painted with graffiti.”Anyone with information related to this incident is encouraged to contact the Norfolk OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Information can also be shared, in confidence, with Crime Stoppers of Haldimand and Norfolk at 1-800-222-8477.Callers to Crime Stoppers who help solve a crime are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.Night creeper pinches purseA Simcoe household received a stark reminder this week that it is a good idea to lock your doors at night before turning in for the day.A resident of Bell Street alerted police to a theft around 3:45 a.m. Wednesday.An investigation determined that someone entered the residence through an unlocked door and made off with a purse and a wallet containing personal and financial information as well as a large amount of cash.Norfolk OPP are investigating.Gas siphoned near Silver HillGasoline spilled in a driveway was a dead giveaway this week that someone had siphoned fuel from a vehicle near Silver Hill.The theft occurred at a home on Forestry Farm Road. The incident was brought to the attention of police Wednesday evening.An investigation determined the fuel was removed from a vehicle with a siphon. A quantity of gasoline was spilled in the driveway while the responsible party made their getaway.Norfolk OPP are investigating.Coins, laptop stolen from homeLoose change with an estimated value of $120 and electronics were taken from a home in Simcoe this week.The theft occurred sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. Tuesday at a home on Norfolk Street South.Also stolen was a laptop computer and an iPad.Police have determined the thief gained entry through an unlocked door. Norfolk OPP are investigating.SUV stolen in Port DoverA sport utility vehicle was stolen in Port Dover this week.The theft on Main Street was reported to police around 2 a.m. Thursday.The missing vehicle is a grey 2009 Pontiac Torrent. Also taken during the theft was a wallet containing personal and financial information.Norfolk OPP are investigating.Bicycle thieves on the prowl in SimcoePolice responded to two reports of stolen bicycles on Norfolk Street South in Simcoe Wednesday.The first report came around 8 a.m. Taken from an unlocked shed was a red Giant Roam 1 valued at approximately $400.Around 3 p.m., police received a report of a stolen Huffy BMX-brand bicycle. The bike’s estimated value is $170.Norfolk OPP are investigating. Anyone with information relevant to this investigation is asked to contact the local force at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers of Haldimand and Norfolk at 1-800-222-8477.Callers to Crime Stoppers who help solve a crime are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.Driver blows past busPolice would like to speak to the driver of an orange Honda that blew past a stopped school bus near Langton this week.The school bus driver reported that the vehicle passed by even though the bus was stopped, its stop sign was extended, and its red warning lights were flashing. The incident occurred around 4 p.m. on West Quarter Line Road in South Walsingham.“This was a very dangerous act that could have had fatal consequences if an innocent child had been crossing the roadway,” Const. Ed Sanchuk of the Norfolk OPP said in a news release.“Police remind all drivers to slow down and pay attention to the roadway. Drivers approaching a stopped school bus from the front with its overhead red signal lights flashing shall stop in front of the school bus and not pass until the signals are turned off and the bus moves.”The owner of a vehicle that illegally passes a school bus can be charged with an offence even if the driver of that vehicle can’t be positively identified.Fines for a first offence range from $400 to $2,000. Fines for subsequent offences range from $1,000 to $4,000 and may warrant jail time. Those convicted of this offence are also assessed six demerit points against their driver’s licence.“The law is in place to protect our most valuable resource – young children,” Insp. Joe Varga of the Norfolk OPP said in a news release.“Passing a stopped school bus is not only against the law, it is a potential lethal decision. Taking a few extra minutes behind a stopped school bus can prevent life-long regret of injuring or killing a child.”Charlotteville thief cashes in A thief came away with a large quantity of cash after a purse was stolen from a vehicle on Charlotteville Road 10 this week.The theft was reported to police Wednesday. The vehicle was parked in the driveway of a home when the purse was taken.Norfolk OPP are investigating. read more

UN chief to travel to San Marino Andorra Monaco Spain and the

Mr. Ban begins his tour in San Marino on Sunday, with a meeting with the Foreign Minister. The next day, he will take part in the investiture of the newly-elected Captains Regent, UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters. Then the Secretary-General will travel to Andorra and Monaco, two countries that are commemorating the 20th anniversary of their membership in the UN. He will meet with the Prime Minister of Andorra and the President of the Parliament, before addressing the members of the Parliament. On Wednesday and Thursday, Mr. Ban will meet with Prince Albert, the Minister of State, and other Government officials. He will also address the Constitutional Bodies of Monaco. He then travels to Spain, where on Thursday he will meet with the Crown Prince and the Prime Minister, and launch an event for the 1,000 days of action for the MDGs ahead of the 2015 deadline for their achievement. Agreed at a UN summit in 2000, the MDGs set specific targets on poverty alleviation, education, gender equality, child and maternal health, environmental stability, HIV/AIDS reduction, and a ‘Global Partnership for Development.’While in Madrid, Mr. Ban will also participate in the UN Chief Executives Board meetings. He will also receive an award from the New Economic Forum in recognition of the UN’s contribution to promoting peace and security and economic and social development. On Sunday, 7 April, the Secretary-General will travel to the Netherlands, where he will meet with Queen Beatrix and Dutch Government ministers.He will also attend the opening session of the 3rd Review Conference of the Chemical Weapons Convention. While in The Hague, the Secretary-General will also meet with the President and Members of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and with the Presidents of the Hague-based international criminal courts and tribunals. read more

UN agencies join forces against environmental risks that cause 126 million deaths

The legal agreement, signed by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, commits the agencies to protect communities using “relevant and authoritative” data on the weather, climate and atmosphere.WMO spokesperson Clare Nullis said that there was a “lot of political will” between the heads of the two organizations – WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas, and WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus – who shook on the deal on Wednesday after “decades of collaboration” between the agencies.In practical terms the arrangement will ensure a better flow of information between the agencies, Ms Nullis explained, adding that air pollution and UV forecasts from national weather centres, reach the health professionals on the ground “who are dealing on a daily basis, with the impact of environmental risks to health”.,In a statement released on Thursday, WMO said that the deal’s “overarching aim” was to promote policies and practices which are beneficial “both to public health and which cut greenhouse gases”.One of the initiative’s main targets is to prevent people dying prematurely from illnesses related to air pollution including strokes, heart disease respiratory conditions and cancer.Annually, an estimated seven million people die from air-pollution related diseases, WMO noted. World Health Organization (WHO)Air pollution is a major environmental risk to health.,The agency also highlighted the threat from climate change, noting that Hurricane Maria claimed 64 lives in Puerto Rico last September, only for new research to reveal that it actually led to more than 4,600 deaths, “because of a breakdown in healthcare, electricity and infrastructure”.WMO’s role in coordinating Member States’ seasonal rainfall and temperature forecasts will also help in the fight against many diseases such as malaria and dengue fever, which depend on these variables.Similarly, scientific drought predictions could help protect farming communities during the dry season, while extreme heat warnings are increasingly used to reduce the health impact of heatwaves.In its statement WMO noted that the plan is line with internationally agreed Sustainable Development Goals, and their focus on helping populations to implement disaster risk reduction measures and adjust to climate change.This involves placing “special emphasis” on reaching the most vulnerable populations in developing countries, Small Island Developing States and urban areas. read more

Is a Twitter job just for the boys Twitter says sorry but

first_imgTWITTER, FACEBOOK, LINKEDIN, Yahoo, Google – what have they all in common?Apart from their status as Silicon Valley giants, they are in a less illustrious list of major tech companies found to have a less than diverse employee profile.Twitter joined the list yesterday of hi-tech corporations who have turned over the gender and ethnic breakdown of its staff – which shows that they employ, for the main part, white or Asian men to their well-paid jobs.Who cares? The Reverend Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition and the civil rights group, for two.While Facebook, Google, Yahoo and LinkedIn had already released their info – which showed that they too had an overwhelmingly male, white and Asian, staff – Twitter had been slower to hand over the figures.Now that they have ColorofChange says that the “shocking lack of Black folks in these companies: less than 3%” is a situation that needs to be rectified. The organisation has called upon its members to tweet about the lack of diversity – using Twitter’s own platform to highlight the issue.It had also originally sent this email to its members. Read it in full here.That was in response to a New York Times article about Twitter’s lack of female representation at board level, to which Twitter’s CEO Dick Costolo replied flippantly last October: @rich1 Vivek Wadhwa is the Carrot Top of academic sources.— dick costolo (@dickc) October 5, 2013 Meanwhile, the latest tweet from Twitter’s recruitment account @JoinTheFlock is from 18 July and is giving people a reason to work there: Source: @JoinTheFlock via… to which this was one of the replies: Source: lizTheDeveloper/TwitterIn her blog, Janet Van Huysse does write: “And like our peers, we have a lot of work to do.”- additional reporting by Associated PressThe sport in which ‘men and women are seen as equals’>An Post launches 4 news stamps to highlight Ireland’s diversity> This led to a spotlight on diversity across a number of tech giants – which are becoming huge employers, not least in Ireland, and seen as progressive in so many other ways. The campaign from Rainbow PUSH and ColorofChange for the release of staff headcounts took hold of tech news headlines:center_img Twitter – the latest to release figures – show that 70% of its workforce is male, and in the US, 90% of its total workforce is white or Asian (it still hasn’t provided that racial breakdown for outside the US).Associated Press reports:Things look even worse when the numbers are boiled down to computer programming positions and other technology jobs that tend to pay the highest salaries. Just 10 percent of those jobs are held by women worldwide. More than 90 percent of Twitter’s technology jobs in the U.S. are being handled by whites and Asians.Twitter’s scarcity of women, black and Latino workers mirrors similar situations at Google Inc., Facebook Inc., Yahoo Inc. and LinkedIn Corp.Yesterday, Rev Jackson called the numbers “pathetic” but welcomed the disclosures as “a step in the right direction”.Twitter had Janet Van Huysse, now its vice-president of diversity of inclusion, blog a post called ‘Building a Twitter we can be proud of’. She had been head of HR for four years but has now been “honored to focus specifically on these efforts (to create a more diverse workforce)”.She wrote: “We are committed to making inclusiveness a cornerstone of our culture”.This was the breakdown released by Twitter, by the way: Source: dick costolo/Twitterlast_img read more

Un bac Développement durable proposé dès la rentrée prochaine

first_imgUn bac Développement durable proposé dès la rentrée prochaineDès la rentrée prochaine, les lycéens pourront choisir de s’orienter vers les métiers verts en optant pour un baccalauréat “Développement durable”. En septembre 2011, le bac technologique STI disparaîtra en effet au profit d’un bac STI2D (Sciences et technologies de l’industrie et du développement durable).Les élèves qui choisiront cette orientation suivront un cursus classique lors duquel ils se verront dispenser des cours de maths, histoire-géographie, français, mais aussi quatre thèmes spécifiques à ce nouveau bac : Innovation technologique et éco-conception (ITEC), Système d’information et numérique (SIN), Energie et environnement (EE), et Architecture et construction (AC). Comme le rapporte le site Zegreenweb, ces matières seront chacune réparties en cinq heures de cours hebdomadaires en classe de Première, puis neuf heures en Terminale. Un cursus plus adapté aux besoins actuels des recruteurs, modernisant des filières qui n’avaient pas été modifiées depuis vingt ans. Ce bac STI2D sera mis en place dès la rentrée 2011, et c’est en 2013 que les premiers lycéens inscrits dans cette nouvelle filière passeront leur bac Développement durable, adapté aux métiers verts qui devraient être créés grâce au Grenelle de l’Environnement dans les années à venir.Le 22 février 2011 à 19:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Pavard turned down offers after World Cup

first_imgThe French footballer said he felt he owed a lot to German Bundesliga club Stuttgart after he came back from the 2018 FIFA World CupMost footballers when they win the FIFA World Cup are always wanted by the big teams.And most athletes feature in the biggest leagues of the world with the clubs at the first places.But French footballer Benjamin Pavard stayed with German Bundesliga side Stuttgart, even after winning the World Cup in Russia.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I haven’t forgotten that they came looking for me in Lille at a time when few people believed in me,” he was quoted by the Bundesliga official website.“I signed for them when they were in the second division. They showed faith in me, and it’s also down to them that I am where I am.”“I have a love for the jersey. I’m not going to hide that I had a huge number of offers but in my head it was clear. I had to stay at least one more season at Stuttgart because I love the jersey. I like the club and their supporters, so I owe them that much,” he added.“Everything went very fast for me. Two years ago I was playing in the German second division. I didn’t expect to play at a World Cup as a starter. I’ve tried to do less media in order to focus on football.”last_img read more

ASA Calls for Quick Passage of Russia PNTR in Lame Duck Session

first_imgSt. Louis, Mo… The American Soybean Association (ASA) and more than 500 fellow members of the Coalition for U.S.-Russia Trade urged both chambers of Congress as well as President Barack Obama to approve legislation graduating Russia from the Jackson-Vanik amendment to the Trade Act, and enacting Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with the world’s ninth-largest economy, which was admitted as a member of the World Trade Organization less than three months ago.”For nearly eighty days now, all of the other 155 members of the WTO have been able to fully access Russia’s market liberalizations, including new rules related to services, science-based animal and plant health, and intellectual property protection – but U.S. businesses cannot,” wrote the Coalition in the letter. “For nearly eighty days now, U.S. business has had no voice in the WTO’s rules-based system to engage Russia regarding any of its policies that may be inconsistent with the obligations it has undertaken as a WTO member. Without PNTR, the United States has no enforceable rights and no recourse in the Russian market.”Home to more than 140 million consumers and a fast-growing economy, Russia last year imported more than $770 million in U.S., meat, poultry, egg and dairy products, which require soybean meal as feed in the production process. That total contributed to more than $25 billion in soybean exports overall in 2011-2012, making soy the largest U.S. farm export.”As the global economy expands and the world’s appetite for soy grows, we must continue to broaden our trade horizons and create opportunities for U.S. farmers to compete with their counterparts in other countries,” said ASA President Steve Wellman, a soybean farmer from Syracuse, Neb. “Establishing PNTR with Russia helps American farmers compete in one of the world’s largest and most promising economies. We look forward to next week’s vote on this issue in the House and encourage the Senate to do the same during the lame duck session so that this legislation may be quickly enacted by the president.”ASA represents all U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international issues of importance to the soybean industry. ASA’s advocacy efforts are made possible through the voluntary membership in ASA by more than 21,000 farmers in 31 states where soybeans are grown.###For more information contact:Steve Wellman, ASA President, 402-269-7024, wellmanfarms@sbllcweb.comPatrick Delaney, ASA Communications Director, 202-969-7040, pdelaney@soy.orglast_img read more

CINGSA Awaits Final Approval For Proposed Facility Upgrades

first_imgDuring a five-day hearing the week of October 22 the RCA gathered public testimony on the proposed upgrades to the CINGSA facility on the Kenai Peninsula. The proposed upgrades involve the drilling of two new storage wells, the installation of an additional dehydration train, and the installation of a new turbine gas compressor. The estimated total cost is $41 million. The facility injects gas for storage into the depleted Sterling C reservoir sands of the Cannery Loop gas field. The CINGSA facility has been in operation since 2012. It was created in response to challenges associated with declining production from the gas fields in the Cook Inlet basin.center_img The upgrades being planned would essentially help the facility continue to meet the demands during periods of peak gas delivery, according to the application submitted to RCA. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska LLC, or CINGSA is awaiting final approval from the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.last_img read more

Shell Gets Conditional Approval For Arctic Drilling

first_imgShell has gotten another green light for its oil exploration season in the Chukchi Sea this summer.The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management gave conditional approval for Shell’s exploration plan Monday morning.Download Audio:The Noble Discoverer in Unalaska in 2012. (KUCB-Unalaska file photo)Agency sokesman John Callahan says the conditions include getting permits from other federal agencies to actually drill for oil, work around marine mammals and discharge wastewater.“So while our agency has conditionally approved this plan, there are some things Shell still has to do before it can go out,” Callahan says.Shell has described a more concentrated campaign of activity than it had last time it attempted to drill in the Arctic. It plans to use two drill rigs and up to 40 round-trip helicopter trips a week — more than triple the number from its previous plan.The executive director of the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission asked the government last month to consider the effect of noise from Shell’s proposed operations. Arnold Brower Jr., on behalf of the commission, says they could create a “fence of sound” and displace the whales.Shell spokeswoman Megan Baldino says they’re hoping the environmental permits they wind up with will be ”practical” and “usable,” and will come through in time for a full summer season.“We achieved these permits in 2012 and we’re looking forward to their delivery for 2015,” she says.2012 was marked by a range of mishaps, including grounded drill rigs. And Susan Murray, a vice president for conservation group Oceana, says Shell’s not ready for another try.“If Shell hasn’t shown us yet they can take bad decisions out of the equation, and their contractors can’t take bad decisions out of the equation, they don’t belong in the offshore Arctic yet,” she says. “The risk is simply too high.”Shell’s rigs are still set to heard north in the next few weeks, though. Along with their permits, they’re waiting on a final plan from the Coast Guard for buffer zones around their rigs when they’re staged in Unalaska and Kotzebue.last_img read more

Rain Helps Slow A Vigorous Fire Season In the Interior

first_imgAreas of the Interior have received rain in recent days, helping to slow wildfires that have charred more than 4.7 million acres, and fire season is far from over.Download AudioA swath of the interior, including the Fairbanks and Denali areas got a thorough soaking over the weekend. National Weather service meteorologist Benjamin Bartus credits a low pressure system that parked itself over the region, and is expected to yield additional showers before moving out. Longer range, he says it appears that the general weather trend has changed.The rain subdued some of the numerous wildfires around the interior at time of the summer when fire mangers reassess strategy. Division of Forestry spokesman Tim Mowry says mid-July is known as the conversion date.Not all areas received rain over the weekend and a few new fires have been reported, including a a lightning caused blaze on the Seward Peninsula. Mowry says some aircraft and personnel have been released from service in the state, but minimal demand in the lower 48 has allowed Alaska to retain a lot of suppression resources, including over 2 thousand firefighters. Given the amount and size of Alaska’s wildfires this summer, Mowry says plenty of work remains to be done in the state.Mowry says state and federal agencies have already spent about a hundred million dollars fighting fire in Alaska this summer.last_img read more

Semipro Alaska baseball team settles disputes with Fairbanks Borough

first_imgThe Alaska Goldpanners baseball team officially announced its new contract with the Fairbanks North Star Borough Wednesday. Last year, the semi-pro ball club had tangled with the borough over the safety issues at its home field, Growden Park. Differences have been set aside so the tradition of the Midnight Sun Game continues.Download AudioBoth Borough Mayor Karl Kassel and Goldpanner Board president John Lohrke Wednesday expressed enthusiasm over the contract they inked last week. Six months ago it was anyone’s call whether the semi-pro non-profit ball club could come to terms with the borough over degraded facilities and safety concerns at Growden Park. But Wednesday, Mayor Kassel sprinkled his remarks with baseball metaphors in describing the partnership he envisions to restore the Goldpanners to glory.“We’re going to recruit some money,” Kassel said. “There’s foundations out there that are willing to play ball with us. And we’ll bring some of that resource to the plate.”Mayor Kassel dismissed earlier estimates it would take millions to bring Growden Park to safe and attractive standards. He said the borough has already ponied up $230 thousand dollars to tear down unsafe bleachers and order temporary replacements. John Lohrke, who was recently named President of the ball club’s Board of Directors, pointed to the expanded board as an example of the community spirit both he and Kassel anticipate.“We’ve really got different faces on the board,” Lohrke said. “We’ve got about 25 to 30 [on the] Board of Directors. And it’s active. There’s people involved. There’s people raising their hands saying ‘I’ll do that. I can take care of that.”The new four year contract covers five seasons, and more clearly outlines Goldpanners’ responsibilities at Growden. Under the terms of the agreement, the Goldpanners plan to provide a financial statement to the borough April 20.As for season, Lohrke said the club has already recruited it coaches and 22 players. He says after some out-of-town games it will be ready to meet the Fairbanks All Stars for the first home game of the season June 17th.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Thursday Oct 20 2016

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnListen Now AFN convention opens with awards and keynote addressEllen Lockyer and Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe Alaska Federation of Natives opened it’s 50th annual convention with a healing ceremony this morning in Fairbanks.Interior Secretary Jewell to address AFN FridayJosh Edge, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageU.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will address the AFN Convention tomorrow.Rural opioid and heroin addiction discussedDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksRepresentatives of the AFN and the National Congress of American Indians met Wednesday to discuss a range of topics, including opioid and heroin addiction in rural Alaska. Alaska State Trooper Sargent Kevin Blanchette with the western Alaska Drug Enforcement unit was among several presenters on the issue.Right-to-farm Supreme Court arguments heard at Colony High SchoolEllen Lockyer, Alaska Public Media – AnchoragePalmer’s Colony High School was the site chosen by the Alaska Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in a case that could test the state’s right-to-farm law. The state’s highest court convened Wednesday at the school as part of an outreach program – Supreme Court LIVE – that helps to teach students about Alaska’s judicial system.As objection hearings wrap, countdown to new Tongass planElizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauThe U.S. Forest Service wrapped up objection hearings Wednesday on a plan that could shape the future of timber in the Tongass National Forest.Skagway celebration marks completion of fiber-optic cable installationAbbey Collins, KHNS – HainesStakeholders from around the region are gathering in Skagway Friday, to celebrate the completion of a project that promises to improve internet in the Upper Lynn Canal.Following month of leave, Fairbanks police chief returns to workDan Bross, KUACCity of Fairbanks Police Chief Randall Aragon is back on the job. Chief Aragon was reinstated yesterday after nearly a month on administrative leave.Bethel Catholic priest died of natural causes rather than fire says medical examinerCharles Enoch, KYUK – BethelThe State Medical Examiner has confirmed that 72-year-old Catholic Father Theodore Kestler died of natural causes before the fire started that destroyed the priest’s house in Chefornak. The Fire Marshal’s office said the fire started from candles that were lit in the home.Potential Wrangell pot business applies for licensesAaron Bolton, KSTK – WrangellThe Wrangell Assembly passed a zoning ordinance last week that made way for marijuana businesses in Wrangell. Now, Wrangell’s only proposed pot business, Happy Cannabis, is initiating its applications with the state, beginning the final push for construction to be complete.In St. Paul, this Alaskan vows ‘Never Trump’Zoe Sobel, Alaska’s Energy Desk – UnalaskaTonight we hear from Bill Briggs of Saint Paul. Briggs is 60. He’s lived in Saint Paul for ten years, and manages the island’s seafood processing plant. And he is definitely not on the Trump train.Will this winter be snowy? Don’t believe anyone who says they know for sureRachel Waldholz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThis week [, Juneau saw its first snowfall before Fairbanks for the first time in some 70 years. Right now, with the exception of the southern Kenai Peninsula and Southeast Alaska, the whole state is below normal for snow – from Anchorage to Fairbanks to Barrow. That’s leaving a lot of Alaskans wondering – is this a sign of what’s to come?last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Tuesday March 26 2019

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @AKPublicNews Bill seeks to rescind decision to allow drilling in ANWRLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.A hearing about it in the U.S. House Tuesday became a debate, sometimes angry, about which Alaska Native people Congress should listen to.US Supreme Court rules in favor of Sturgeon, limiting NPS jurisdiction of state-owned riversDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksIn its second consideration of a case filed against the National Park Service by Anchorage resident John Sturgeon, the U.S. Supreme Court found state rivers are basically exempt from NPS regulation.On Talk of Alaska, Dunleavy takes calls on budget cuts, taxesKirsten Swann, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageGov. Mike Dunleavy fielded questions about his budget proposal and plan for Alaska’s fiscal future during an appearance on Alaska Public Media’s statewide call-in show Talk of Alaska Tuesday morning.UAA investigates misconduct allegations against ex-teacherAssociated PressA retired University of Alaska Anchorage professor was the subject of a university investigation over sexual misconduct allegations by multiple women, including one who said he accosted her in a shower. A copy of an investigative Title IX report obtained by Anchorage television station KTVA says investigators found the accusations by the nine women credible.House members propose budget amendmentsAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO & Alaska Public Media – JuneauThe Alaska House has had its finance subcommittees review the state budget over the past month, and the subcommittees have proposed a series of spending reductions. But these cuts are much smaller than those proposed by Gov. Mike DunleavyAlaska delegation introduces bills to curb states’ bans on walrus ivoryDavis Hovey, KNOM – NomeAlaska’s Congressman and Senators have introduced legislation in the U.S. House and Senate to preempt states from banning walrus ivory, whale bone, and other marine mammal products.Pebble CEO emphasizes mining project’s changes at legislative meetingIsabelle Ross, KDLG – DillinghamThe Army Corps of Engineers released its review of the proposed Pebble Mine last month. The copper, gold and molybdenum mine would be built in the Iliamna Lake region of Bristol Bay. In a project update before the House Resources Committee on Monday, Pebble Limited Partnership CEO Tom Collier said the draft environmental impact statement demonstrates that the proposal is an acceptable path forward.History of Alaska’s worst environmental disaster preserved in State ArchivesJacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – JuneauOne of the legacies of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill are the thousands of state documents generated by the state’s response. They’re piled to the ceiling in the Alaska State Archives in Juneau.last_img read more

Biriyani from Kerala jail goes online

first_imgThrissur : Seeking to tap the hugely popular online food market, prison authorites in Kerala Thursday began offering piping hot biriyani prepared by jail inmates. In the first phase, the plan is to sell biriyani combo online, priced at Rs 127. The combo, which was specifically designed for online sale, includes 300 grams of biriyani rice, one roasted chicken leg piece, three chappathis, a cup cake, salad, pickle and one litre bottled water along with a plantain leaf to eat the food, authorities at the Viyyur central jail, where it is being prepared. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us The prison authorities have tied up with Swiggy, online food delivery player, to deliver food from the Central Jail premises. Freedom Food Factory, an enterprise selling food prepared by inmates at Kerala’s prisons, has been engaged in the business since 2011. “We are going online for the first time,” Superintendent of Viyyur Central Jail, Nirmalanandan Nair told PTI. “We started making and selling chappathis in 2011. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us It was the Viyyur Central jail which started making chappathis on commercial scale. The idea of going online was proposed by jail DGP Rishiraj Singh,” he said. The jail food was a hit among people due to its quality and low price. “We have already been selling various biriyanis, non-vegetarian curries, bakery items and other from Viyyur jail. Advertise With Us We also have counter sales. But now we have decided to go online and sell a biriyani combo initially,” he added. Noting that the new facility would start from July 11, Nair said based on the feedback more items would be sold online. “This does not mean that we are stopping the over-the-counter sale. As of now, Swiggy will deliver food within six km radius,” he said.last_img read more

Security firm finds smartphones lacking in security

first_img( — viaForensics, a computer security firm, has undertaken an exhaustive study to determine just how secure data is on smartphones; their results show that data such as login names, passwords, account numbers and in some cases even social security numbers, aren’t nearly as secure as most people would assume. The company has produced both a white paper detailing its results (including providing results for actual apps by name) and a report on its website detailing its findings. Citation: Security firm finds smartphones lacking in security (2011, August 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Android users get malware with their apps © 2010 The purpose of the report, the company says, is to give owner/users of smartphones (and tablets, etc.) a more clear understanding of the risks involved when using apps on their smartphones to perform various Internet related activities. They broke such apps into four broad categories: Financial, Social Networking, Productivity and Retail. They then set up a grading system of Pass, Warm and Fail. A Passing grade, obviously enough meant that “secure” data on the device was either not present or was encrypted. Warm meant that data was found, but its presence didn’t put the user (in viaForensics opinion) at risk. Fail meant login names, passwords or other data were found and recovered from the device.Overall, the report shows that Financial apps (Fail-25% Warm-31% Pass-44%) were the most secure, while Social Networking (Fail-74% Warm-26% Pass-0%) apps were the least; while Productivity (Fail-43% Warm-49% Pass-9%) and Retail (Fail-14% Warm-86% Pass-0%) apps fell in the middle. Though that might not be saying much since so many apps overall (Fail-39% Warm-44% Pass-17%) were either Warm or failed to secure customer data from financial or identity theft.In addition, the authors of the report found that 76% of apps stored usernames with no encryption, and 10% didn’t encrypt passwords either.To test the devices and apps, viaForensics tested 100 popular apps on running on Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platform. They installed the apps on the phones via app stores and filled each with normal data. They also used real financial accounts.In the report, the authors note that the most prevalent piece of user data they were able to retrieve was login names, which they point out, means that if someone were to steal the phone, or hack their way in via malware, they’d have half the puzzle of breaking into user data half-solved.Finally, while the authors do mention that once a phone is lost or stolen, the person who finds it would have to have to do some digging to find such sensitive data, they don’t mention the fact that most people who find a lost phone, or steal one for that matter, wouldn’t have the foggiest idea how to dig for such sensitive data, thus the risk might not be as great as indicated; this fact does not mean that apps makers are off the hook though of course, as clearly they have some very serious explaining to do. Explore further 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.last_img read more

SingularityNET and Mindfire unite talents to explore artificial intelligence

first_imgSingularityNET to collaborate with Mindfire to team up their best talents and work on something similar to Mindfire Mission 1. The mission was dedicated to “cracking the brain code”, to understand more about how the human brain works. They hope to combine their talents and work on AI services, education and also towards combining their blockchain tokens. SingularityNET is an AI solution platform powered by a decentralized protocol that lets anyone create, share, and monetize on its AI services. Mindfire is focused on understanding the building blocks of AI which forms a human level intelligence. Mindfire believes “The partnership between SingularityNET and the Mindfire Foundation will grow the talent pool of both entities and increase the productivity not only of AI services but also of the number of relevant insights in human-level artificial intelligence.“ Together they plan to target three key areas: Talent: Choose the best talents, leading minds from the pool in different AI disciplines AI services: This focuses on building a decentralized hub for AI services where the talents from Mindfire can work on and use SingularityNET’s platform AI education: Implementing practical courses and lectures in AI and its business applications and opportunities Ben Goertzel, founder of SingularityNET says, “The SingularityNET decentralized AI platform is open to any possible approach to AI or any complex systems”. Even though Ben’s approach is less “brain-focused” unlike Mindfire, he believes there is great potential for collaboration. Mindfire with SingularityNET has launched a call for applications for their successive missions, Mission-2 and Mission-3. These missions focus on prototype development including drones, robots, and other carrier systems for AI. Mission-2 is planned for November 11-16, 2018. There are 10 planned missions to come. Head on to their website to learn more and apply! Mindfire also announced the publication of a completely revised white paper, that is set for release on August 15, 2018. The revised white paper will detail the key functionality of the ERC20 protocol based token, MFT. It will also elaborate on Mindfire’s business model and outline the Mindfire token sale including a reward campaign. SingularityNET tweeted on July 31: Mindfire’s talents can collaborate to create applications or products on the SingularityNET platform and leverage it. There’s also potential for SingularityNET to connect Mindfire with people building applications or doing research. SingularityNET can direct various AI problem areas at Mindfires talent. Ben believes they may be able to build mechanisms where the AGI token of SingularityNET can convert automatically to Mindfire’s MFT Token. The focus here is on the exchangeability of these tokens to promote the development of SingularityNET’s decentralized protocol. This is a future area of collaboration that can lead to a two way incentivization benefiting both companies. You can view Ben, CEO and Chief Scientist of SingularityNET express his collaborative visions in this YouTube video. To know more visit the official Mindfire blog. Read next Attention designers, Artificial Intelligence can now create realistic virtual textures Top languages for Artificial Intelligence development 7 Popular Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcarelast_img read more

Android Q will reportedly give network carriers more control over network devices

first_imgRecently, four commits were made in Android’s Gerrit source code management, under the title “Carrier restriction enhancements for Android Q.” These new commits specify that Android Q (the next in line Android OS) powered devices will give more control to network carriers to specify which networks devices will and will not work on. What this means is that Android Q will consist of blacklist and whitelist carriers called “allowed” and “excluded” to specify carriers, what will and won’t work on a particular phone. According to a report by 9to5 Google, “this can be done with a fine-grained detail to even allow blocking virtual carrier networks that run on the same towers as your main carrier.” This will also eliminate allowing carriers to set individual restrictions for each SIM slot. WIth Android Q, writes 9to5 Google, “carriers will be able to lock out the second slot unless there’s an approved SIM card in the first slot. This SIM lock restriction is applied immediately and will persist through restarting the phone and even doing a factory reset.” Emergency phone calls will still work the same. Last week, XDA confirmed that Android Q will feature a system-level “Dark mode” that can be enabled in Display settings and features an “Automatic (based on time of day)” option. Read Next 7 Android Predictions for 2019 Implementing a home screen widget and search bar on Android [Tutorial] Android Studio 3.3 released with support for Navigation Editor, C++ code lint inspections, and more.last_img read more

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