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Family of Deadpool 2 stunt driver gets settlement after fatal filming incident

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — According to the Hollywood Reporter, the family of a stuntwoman who died a year and a half ago in Vancouver has received a settlement from the movie’s distributor.Joi Harris was a 40-year-old motorcyclist from New York City hired to perform a stunt for Deadpool 2 that required her to ride the motorcycle down a ramp over a set of stairs back in August of 2017.RELATED: Investigators release first official details of ‘Deadpool 2’ stuntwoman’s deathInstead of stopping at a landing, she drove the bike across a roadway, and was thrown into a glass-plate window of the Shaw Tower on Cordova Street.Witnesses at the time told NEWS 1130 the motorcyclist was going full-throttle.RELATED: ‘Deadpool 2’ stunt driver was reportedly working on her first filmIt was apparently the woman’s first time on a movie set, but she was an accomplished motorcycle racer.It’s not known how much 20th Century Fox paid out to the family.A final report by WorkSafe BC has yet to be completed.last_img read more

Viola Davis Shares Her Story of Growing Up Hungry Poor and Ashamed

first_imgThe latest issue of AARP The Magazine features Viola Davis’ rags-to-riches story of how she got to where she is today and why giving back now means everything to her.Viola Davis AARP The Magazine CoverCredit/Copyright: prepare2.rrd.comViola Davis, star of ABC’s hit series How to Get Away with Murder, grew up in Rhode Island in a household of eight that could barely afford to eat even one meal a day. In a revealing interview with AARP The Magazine, Davis shares her thoughts on the crippling effects that growing up poor and hungry have on young people today and relates it back to her early years, when she faced the same adversity. Additionally, from the love she now shares with her husband and young daughter to the luxuries she never dreamed of affording, the two-time Oscar nominee reflects on her achievements, biggest anxieties and the determination that has led to her greatest successes.On growing up poor and the hatred that people projected towards her because of it:
”Most of the time, the school lunch was the only meal I had. I would befriend kids whose mothers cooked three meals a day and go to their homes when I could.”“People would throw things out of cars and call us the N-word. It was constant.”On the things she has now that she thought she’d never have:
”Having a house! When you grow up poor, you dream of just having a home, and a bed that’s clean—that’s a sanctuary. Having a really great husband, a child who’s healthy and happy and brings me joy — all of that has been my dream.”“As kids, we often didn’t have bus fare, so to have a car today — it’s unbelievable to me.”On being asked to be the spokesperson for the “Hunger Is” campaign (hungeris.org):
”I’ve been so focused on my child, my husband and my career that I never thought of the last step, which is giving back.”For the complete interview, along with behind-the-scenes video and images, check out aarp.org/magazine.last_img read more

Dawson Creek RCMP looking for missing 49 year old

first_imgUPDATE – Dec 24, 2018 – The RCMP confirmed that the 49-year-old male reported missing has been located, and he is safe and sound. Thanks to the media and public for your assistance.DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Dawson Creek RCMP are requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing Dawson Creek man.Kenneth Law, 49 years old, was reported missing to the Dawson Creek RCMP on December 11th, when he was last seen at the hospital. Law has had sporadic contact with family but has not revealed his location. The Dawson Creek RCMP are concerned about Law’s well being as he may require medication.LAW is described as:CaucasianSkinny buildThinning grey hair5’10Blue eyesLast seen wearing:Black toqueBlack jacketBlack sweatpantsWhite runnersBlack carry on suitcaseBlue backpackAnyone with information on Law’s location is requested to contact the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250-784-3700 or if you wish to remain anonymous please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.last_img read more

Overtime work culture a ‘huge blessing’: Chinese Alibaba founder Jack Ma

first_imgSHANGHAI: Alibaba Group founder and billionaire Jack Ma has defended the gruelling overtime work culture at many of China’s tech companies, calling it a “huge blessing” for young workers. The e-commerce magnate weighed into a debate about work-life balance and the overtime hours demanded by some companies as the sector slows after years of breakneck growth. In a speech to Alibaba employees, Ma defended the industry’s ‘996’ work schedule, which refers to the 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. workday, six days a week. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”I personally think that being able to work 996 is a huge blessing,” he said in remarks posted on the company’s WeChat account. “Many companies and many people don’t have the opportunity to work 996,” Ma said. “If you don’t work 996 when you are young, when can you ever work 996?” The issue has fuelled an online debate and protests on some coding platforms, where workers have swapped examples of excessive overtime demands at some companies. Ma, a former English teacher who co-founded Alibaba in 1999 and has become one of China’s richest people, said he and early employees regularly worked long hours. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”In this world, everyone wants success, wants a nice life, wants to be respected,” Ma said. “Let me ask everyone, if you don’t put out more time and energy than others, how can you achieve the success you want?” Ma referred to the tech industry where some people are without jobs, or working at companies in search of revenue or facing closure. “Compared to them, up to this day, I still feel lucky, I don’t regret (working 12 hour days), I would never change this part of me,” he said. This month activists on Microsoft’s GitHub, the online code repository site, launched a project titled “996.ICU” where tech workers listed Alibaba among the companies ranked as having some of the worst working conditions. On Thursday, an opinion piece published in a state newspaper argued that 996 violated China’s Labor Law, which stipulates that average work hours cannot exceed 40 hours a week. “Creating a corporate culture of ‘encouraged overtime’ will not only not help a business’ core competitiveness, it might inhibit and damage a company’s ability to innovate,” the unnamed author wrote in the People’s Daily.last_img read more

At least 9 trapped in Shanghai building collapse

SHANGHAI — At least nine people are trapped in a building collapse in China’s financial hub of Shanghai.The city’s rescue service said the building in the city’s downtown Changning district was undergoing refurbishment to convert it into an auto showroom when it gave way around 11:30 a.m. on Thursday.It said 24 emergency vehicles and more than 150 personnel responded. By early afternoon, 11 out of the approximately 20 people buried in the collapse had been pulled from the rubble. Their conditions were not immediately known.China has suffered a spate of industrial accidents in recent months.A major fire in Shanghai in 2010 destroyed a 28-story apartment building that was under repair, killing at least 58 people. Authorities blamed sparks from a welder’s torch.The Associated Press read more

General Motors boosts effort to train customers how to use touch screens

DETROIT – General Motors says it’s trying hard to make sure its customers know how to use touch screens and audio systems by training them at the dealer and offering support after they buy a car.Company officials say the systems are the biggest source of quality complaints for GM and the whole U.S. auto industry.GM Vice-President Alicia Boler-Davis says it’s difficult for people to remember everything about the complex systems from a training session at the dealership. That’s why specially trained GM workers from an infotainment centre in Austin, Texas, contact customers a couple days after their purchase to see if they have issues.She also says GM has specialists at most of its dealers who have been trained on how to operate the systems and handle questions. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Sep 19, 2012 4:12 pm MDT General Motors boosts effort to train customers how to use touch screens, audio systems read more

Hydroelectric dams spike methylmercury risk for indigenous people Harvard study

Hydroelectric dams spike methylmercury risk for indigenous people: Harvard study by Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 9, 2016 6:05 am MDT Last Updated Nov 9, 2016 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The Muskrat Falls project will cause a spike in toxic methylmercury in wild food sources that are crucial to Labrador communities, says a new Harvard University study of hydro dam effects on indigenous people.“Methylmercury concentrations in locally caught fish, birds and seals — which nearby Inuit populations use as a source of food — likely will increase up to 10-fold” in the dammed lower Churchill River, it says of Muskrat Falls.“After flooding, expected mean methylmercury concentrations in lake trout, seal, tern eggs, brook trout and char liver are all projected to be at or above the Canadian retail limit for methylmercury.”Average exposure to the neurotoxin for local Inuit “is forecasted to double following flooding, and over half of the women of childbearing age and young children in the most northern community (Rigolet) are projected to exceed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s” guidelines, says the study.The peer-reviewed paper was published Wednesday in the journal “Environmental Science & Technology.”Methylmercury, formed when mercury blends with bacteria as vegetation rots under water, is a neurotoxin linked to cardiovascular and immune problems and hyperactivity in children. Health risks depend on who eats tainted foods, and how often. When pregnant women, nursing mothers and young children eat too much contaminated seafood, there’s an increased risk of nervous system problems in the developing child.Study co-author Ryan Calder said methylmercury risks could be lessened with more clearing of the reservoir area.“The evidence suggests that removal of organic carbon — especially soil organic carbon from the flooded area — will reduce the extent to which methylmercury is produced after flooding,” he said in an interview.The study forecasts equal or greater methylmercury concentrations for 11 other planned or proceeding hydroelectric projects across Canada. That’s because indigenous populations in those regions typically consume even more country foods, it says.All the developments assessed are within 100 kilometres of aboriginal communities. They include the Romaine Complex under construction in Quebec and the proposed Gull Island dam and power house in Labrador.“We have to respect that local foods are a cornerstone of indigenous health,” Calder said.“It should be a priority in the development of these projects to preserve that.”About 2,000 Inuit and other settlers living downstream from Muskrat Falls on traditional hunting grounds near Lake Melville have for years raised alarms about potential contamination.The study projected methylmercury spikes using data from nine sites across three ecosystems, including soil samples from the Muskrat Falls reservoir site. Satellite data to assess the organic carbon content of soil at other planned or imminent reservoirs helped researchers extrapolate results across Canada.Hair samples were also collected in the spring and fall of 2014 from 571 Inuit residents living downstream from Muskrat Falls to assess current methylmercury exposure.“A lot of people are already pushing the regulatory reference doses,” Calder said.Partial flooding of a planned 41-square-kilometre reservoir near Happy Valley-Goose Bay started last weekend.About 40 protesters occupied the Muskrat Falls work site last month for four days to push for fuller clearing of vegetation and soil from the reservoir area. They left after the province agreed to consider further measures. A new advisory committee of government and indigenous leaders will also look at ways to reduce potential contamination.Calder said recent public comments by the man in charge of Muskrat Falls, Nalcor Energy CEO Stan Marshall, are wrong.During media interviews in response to the work site occupation, Marshall cast doubt on whether more soil removal would help. He also said he wasn’t aware of a single documented case of harm caused by methylmercury from reservoir flooding.“I think the case of the Quebec Cree is very informative,” Calder said of raised mercury levels measured in reservoir fish in the 1980s after flooding for the massive James Bay hydroelectric project.“I think it’s important to remember that this happened at a time before we were really aware of the impacts, and there wasn’t systematic monitoring.“Hydroelectric power has enormous promise. I think using potential human health impacts as a screening tool before the shovel hits the ground is a more intelligent way to develop these resources.”Muskrat Falls, however, is well under construction at a cost of $11.4 billion with financing, up almost $4 billion since 2012. First power is expected in three to four years, about two years behind schedule.Nalcor engineers say methylmercury levels in reservoir fish will likely rise between 2.3 and 4.8 times before falling back to baseline levels over 15 years.Officials have said advisories on consumption limits can be expected, as has been common with other hydroelectric projects.The Harvard study was mainly funded by the independent National Science Foundation based in North Arlington, Va., with support from the Nunatsiavut government representing Inuit in the Lake Melville region.Darryl Shiwak, Nunatsiavut’s minister of lands and natural resources, said indigenous health and culture have been sacrificed too long for broader hydro benefits. He believes that can change if the province takes action based on science and rebuilds trust with those affected by Muskrat Falls.Shiwak hunts and fishes around Rigolet as his ancestors did. Far more than healthy food is at stake, he said in an interview.“It goes a long way to ensuring our way of life is passed on from generation to generation.”Follow @suebailey on Twitter. read more

THW Kiel wins friendlies in Plock Jicha 20 goals in two matches

Filip JichaOrlen Wisla PlockPlockTHW Kiel VELUX EHF Champions League winner THW Kiel began preparation for the new season with an week in Polish Plock, where Gislason led his team in two friendly matches with host team Orlen Wisla Plock. German team was better in both matches with fantastic Filip Jicha who scored 20 goals. From Monday both teams will be complete after their players back from the Olympic Games in London.Orlen Wisła Płock – THW Kiel 29:32 (18:17)Orlen Wisła: Šego, Wichary – Kubisztal 6, Wiśniewski 5, Spanne 5,  Ghionea 4, Toromanović 2, Syprzak 2, Nenadić 2, Kavaš 2, Eklemović 1, Chrapkowski, Kwiatkowski, Paczkowski, Twardo, Zołoteńko.THW Kiel: Palicka – Jicha 10, Zeitz 5, Ahlm 5, Sprenger 4, Klein 3, Wiencek 3, Dahmke 2, Müller.Orlen Wisła Płock –  THW Kiel 30:33 (13:14)Orlen Wisła: Šego, Wichary – Kubisztal 6, Kavaš 5, Toromanović 4, Syprzak 4, Eklemović 4, Wiśniewski 3, Ghionea 2, Nenadić 1, Zołoteńko 1, Spanne, Kwiatkowski, Paczkowski, Twardo.THW Kiel: Palicka, Krieter – Jicha 10, Zeitz 5, Ahlm 5, Klein 4, Wiencek 3, Dahmke 3, Sprenger 2, Müller 1. ← Previous Story “FRENCH ERA” from Beijing to London: Four years – FIVE GOLD MEDALS! (VIDEO) Next Story → French “golden era”, Jerome Fernandez: “The most beautiful day of my life!” read more

Brimbank deputy mayor becomes the voice for victims of violence

first_imgAs a survivor of violence herself, Brimbank deputy mayor Georgina Papafotiou is determined to raise awareness on this pressing issue, by becoming an advocate for all victims.Cr Papafotiou went as far as to offer the Council’s meeting an insight into her own experience in an effort to shed more light onto the challenges individuals in her position face that more often than not become barriers preventing people from speaking out.“Having experienced violence, I know the challenges women face in seeking support and protection,” Cr Papafotiou said.“I’m proud that I spoke up and sought assistance as this problem doesn’t belong to one individual or one level of government. It’s up to all of us to affect change. No woman should feel alone when she experiences violence. Every woman should feel safe to protect herself and her family.”Georgina PapafotiouIn the last year alone Brimbank City Council undertook more than 40 activities to advance gender equity and prevent violence against women and children in the community, however, the councillor clarified, “it is a matter that not only concerns women and children, but men as well.”Stressing that lack of understanding remains a problem to this day regardless of how many times the issue is brought to the spotlight, speaking to Neos Kosmos Cr Papafotiou said that significant investment is needed from the top tiers of government to help support services and programs at the coalface, “There is only so much that can be done on a local level. “Despite our best efforts, local government is limited in its capacity to bring about lasting change,” Cr Papafotiou noted, applauding the work of the late Fiona Richardson MP and the inroads she has made to improve prevention and intervention.Again, Cr Papafotiou highlighted that the state government needs to maintain this momentum so that prevention and early intervention results in a major reduction in violence against all Victorians: women, children and men.The councillor feels honoured to be in a position where she can voice the concerns of individuals suffering similar predicaments. For Cr Papafotiou, violence comes in many forms not just domestic and goes all the way beyond relationships to include cyber-bullying, stalking, harassment, threatening, bullying, sexual assault and more.“It’s so important that victims are provided the support and confidence to say ‘NO’ to violence and to have the protection and safety to do so,” she explained. “I believe that the more attention we bring to this issue, the closer we will come to improving outcomes for all. We have to keep talking and take action as a community. I will continue to approach ministers, shadow ministers, senators and service providers to explore ways and to achieve legislative change to protect all of us. I encourage all victims to reach out for support!” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Puel reveals Schmeichel was devastated

first_imgLeicester City manager Claude Puel has revealed that Kasper Schmeichel was devastated following a horrific helicopter crash that claimed the life of the owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others.In the aftermath of Leicester’s draw with West Ham United at the King Power Stadium on October 27, the club owner’s helicopter crashed in the stadium’s staff car park, leading to his death.The Foxes’ mid-week League Cup clash against Southampton was cancelled out of respect for the Thai billionaire’s legacy at the club, with Leicester having miraculously won the Premier League title in 2015-16 and played in the Champions League under him in the height of their many achievements during his ownership.However, the players were insistent on playing away at Cardiff City, despite the obvious emotions created by the events of the previous week.Schmeichel was one of those to take it hardest with the Denmark international and Vichai known to share a close bond.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.The goalkeeper was still present at the King Power Stadium when the crash happened and is thought to have been one of the first on the scene, reports indicating that police officers present on the scene had to intervene to restrain him from trying to help the victims with the helicopter ablaze.Manager Puel confirmed, according to Express:“I don’t want to give all the details of course. Just for Kasper, he saw a lot of things. Kasper, like other players, are devastated. All my squad have a lot of sadness and upset.”Schmeichel who penned a lengthy open letter to the owner and was visibly moved during the pre-match minute’s silence while tributes were paid to Srivaddhanaprabha by both clubs and both sets of supporters on a very emotional afternoon.last_img read more

Shots fired near Boca Raton businesses Gunman at large

first_imgBOCA RATON, FLA. (WSVN) – Shots have reportedly been fired near businesses in Boca Raton, Wednesday morning.At around 9:30 a.m., police responded to shots fired at the Boca Center, located near the 23200 Block of State Road 7. When deputies arrived, they learned that the suspect may still be inside one of the business buildings.All occupants have reportedly safely evacuated.SWAT team and police are currently investigating the situation. A bomb squad robot was used to enter one of the buildings, but the suspected gunman was nowhere to be found inside the Boca Center and police gave the all clear.State Road 7 has since opened after being shutdown in both directions in the area, but there is still a large police presence in the area.Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Charlie Puths Pop Fairytale Continues With New Album Voicenotes

first_imgNews https://twitter.com/charlieputh/status/992081667807330304 Charlie Puth’s New Album ‘Voicenotes’ Arrives charlie-puths-pop-fairytale-continues-new-album-voicenotes Voienotes follows Puth’s 2015 EP, Some Type Of Love, and his 2016 debut album, Nine Track Mind, which charted the hits “Dangerously” and “We Don’t Talk Anymore” featuring Selena Gomez.Puth will launch an extensive tour in support of Voicenotes on July 11 in Toronto. For a full list of tour dates and ticket information, visit his website.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more The “See You Again” singer returns with his hook-heavy sophomore album complete with a diverse mix of featured guestsNate HertweckGRAMMYs May 11, 2018 – 8:45 am Pop singer/songwriter Charlie Puth has hardly had time to catch his breath since exploding onto the scene in 2015 with “See You Again,” his GRAMMY-nominated smash hit with Wiz Khalifa from the Furious 7 soundtrack. After an EP, debut album, and various collaborations, Puth’s sophomore full-length effort, Voicenotes, arrived May 11.Puth clearly has a knack for working well with others. The new album includes features by Kehlani, Boyz II Men, and James Taylor, as well as the previously released single, “Attention,” which was a collaboration with Liam Payne of One Direction. Since his breakout hit, Puth has also worked with Lil Wayne, Jason Derulo, and Meghan Trainor, among others. Content Not Available center_img Email Twitter Charlie Puth’s Pop Fairytale Continues With New Album ‘Voicenotes’ Facebook last_img read more

SpaceXs Cute ZeroG Indicator Sells Out After Space Debut

first_img Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterSpaceX’s Starhopper Is Ready for Its Biggest Hop Test Stay on target SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule carried some adorable cargo for its space trip last week: A “Zero-G Indicator,” also known as a squishy Celestial Buddies Earth plush. After making its “surprise” visit to the ISS, the toy is officially sold out online.On Sunday, the SpaceX Crew Dragon successfully attached to the ISS at 5:51 a.m. EST. Once astronauts performed safety checks and went inside the capsule’s interior, they welcomed Ripley, the Demo-1 test dummy astronaut decked out in SpaceX’s sleek spacesuit, and the Celestial Buddies plush, nicknamed “Little Earth,” which has become the ISS’ cutest resident..@AstroAnnimal welcomes humans aboard the first @SpaceX #CrewDragon to visit the station and introduces two special guests, Ripley and Little Earth, ushering in the era of @Commercial_Crew. #LaunchAmerica pic.twitter.com/QqzEEgDWzt— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) March 3, 2019The ISS astronauts were expecting Ripley, however, “Little Earth,” was a random surprise that was added by SpaceX’s CEO Elon Musk, who sent the “Zero-G Indicator” with Ripley for the ride. On Saturday, Musk posted a hilarious video on Twitter of Ripley and “Little Earth,” which was captioned with, “Earth floats gently in zero gravity.” In the footage, the plush looks like it’s experiencing slow-motion movements.Earth floats gently in zero gravity pic.twitter.com/XUH3KeDPVe— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 2, 2019Over the weekend, “Little Earth” went viral on social media, and unfortunately, the toy is sold out on Celestial Buddies’ website. However, you can still get a larger version of SpaceX’s “Zero-G Indicator” on the company’s website: “Our Precious Planet.”Celestial Buddies’ “Our Precious Planet” Earth plush. (Photo Credit: Celestial Buddies)The giant plush, which is available for $24.99 on Celestial Buddies’ website, is a more detailed version of “Little Earth,” and features realistic details of our planet’s continents. It also serves as a “gentle introduction” to climate change awareness and comes with an educational hang tag that has information on pollution and tips for improving the environment.According to its “Earth Update,” Celestial Buddies won’t have any more “Little Earths” until the end of April, however, fans can enjoy these adorable pictures of the planetary buddy at the ISS in the meantime.Earth’s second day on @Space_Station started early, but he was happy to learn that even in space, the day starts off with coffee. Then it was emergency mask donning practice with @Astro_DavidS – if there’s an (unlikely) ammonia leak, we have just seconds to protect ourselves. pic.twitter.com/Mmtc6ii3B8— Anne McClain (@AstroAnnimal) March 5, 2019More on Geek.com:SpaceX Crew Dragon Successfully Docks to Space Station SpaceX, NASA Launch Crew Dragon on Crucial Test Flight to Space StationSpaceX’s New Crew Capsule Will Carry a ‘Fake Astronaut’ for Its Test Flightlast_img read more

Smart Spectra Is Tesla of Electric Skateboards

first_img Kickstart This Sleep Box Inspired by Mark Zuckerberg’Legend of the White Dragon’ Reunites Original Power Rangers I tried riding a skateboard once when I was a teenager. And I’ve not touched one since.But Spectra may change my mind.The smart, portable transportation system—dubbed by its creators the “Tesla of electric skateboards”—features built-in AI that can sense speed and turns based on the rider’s movement. The more you ride, the more Spectra’s self-learning 3D posture control system will understand and anticipate your behavior.“Anyone can learn to ride the Spectra in under five minutes,” maker Walnutt’s website said.Simply lean forward to accelerate and lean backward to decelerate and brake; tilt your body right or left to turn in the appropriate direction. The 3.1-inch motors in each wheel even make it easy to ride up a 15-degree incline and recharge on the way back down.Spectra is available in four sizes, priced between $299 and $1,199 (via Walnutt)But, unlike most electric skateboards powered with an RF remote, Spectra provides a truly hands-free experience, and intelligently brakes when it senses something is wrong (like once you step off the board). There is also a front LED battery indicators to ensure you never run out of steam before reaching your destination.It takes a total 90 minutes for the skateboard to fully charge, at which point it can travel up to 12.4 miles at a max speed of 15.5 mph.“Whether riding around campus or on the urban commute to work, this smart electric skateboard is your perfect companion throughout your day,” according to Walnutt.Pair the Spectra skateboard with the commuter backpack (via Walnutt)And it’s already soared past its $50,000 crowdfunding goal, earning a whopping $110,900 on Indiegogo, as of press time. Available in four sizes—Mini ($299), Advanced ($539), Pro ($799), and Silver ($1,199)—the Spectra is expected to ship between August and October of this year.Small and portable enough to carry onto public transit or in the trunk of a car, the board can also be paired with Walnutt’s $79 commuter backpack (on sale in various colors), which comes with space for the Spectra on the outside and whatever else you need to lug around inside. Stay on targetlast_img read more

AMDs Trinity is out to rattle Intels Ivy Bridge

first_imgA BBC report on the Trinity launch carries comments from AMD’s CTO, Joe Macri, who talked about Trinity’s Piledriver architecture of the CPU cores. He referred to Piledriver’s energy-saving technique, which is “resonant clock mesh technology,” where some of the energy consumed while doing calculations is recycled. Further, power savings have been achieved, says AMD, by running more processes on the GPU. The power is dynamically shifted between the CPU and GPU depending on application needs.Trinity is using AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series graphics for an increase of graphics performance up to 56 percent over the previous generation, claims AMD. Trinity offers HD, 1080p resolution gaming, delivering 30 frames per second. Similarly, the industry standard for smooth gaming is 30 frames per second. While graphics performance features are a marketable strength for gamers, AMD could also benefit from a class of business computer users whose work could use higher-end graphics capabilities, as for high-definition video discussions and trader applications, where multi-screen support and high-speed rendering are important.AnandTech, in assessing Trinity’s performance, found that, while AMD had a tough job of increasing performance without ballooning die size, the die size went up only by around 7percent and yet AMD achieved “double-digit increases” over Llano in CPU and GPU performance. “If you liked Llano, you’ll love Trinity,” said the report. According to AMD, Trinity has up to 12 hours of battery life, whereas Llano offered 10.5. Once products appear that carry Trinity processors, the real numbers will either comply or will need some adjustments. Besides HP, according to reports, Asus, Lenovo, Samsung, Toshiba, and Acer may announce mobile devices based around Trinity shortly. The battery-life calculations that were announced by AMD are based on the average power on multiple benchmarks and usage scenarios, said the company. Twelve hours of battery life are based on Windows Idle (740 min./12:20 hours) as a resting metric.Technology strengths in Trinity center on having fine-tuned power management. 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. © 2012 Phys.Org Explore further More information: Press release AMD Fusion APUs plumped, primped, stretched (Phys.org) — AMD has announced Trinity, its second-generation A-Series accelerated processing units (APUs), which are out to rival Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors. AMD’s Trinity is an update to its Llano, which attempted to challenge Intel’s Sandy Bridge. Trinity includes up to four CPU cores ad single GPU, with features especially suited for supporting laptops and ultra thin notebooks. The Trinity chips will appear on HP’s Sleekbook machines when the Sleekbook debuts next month. With Trinity, AMD is promoting its two appealing strong suits that sit well with manufacturers and consumers, in the name of graphics performance and power consumption. Citation: AMD’s Trinity is out to rattle Intel’s Ivy Bridge (2012, May 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-05-amd-trinity-rattle-intel-ivy.htmllast_img read more

8 dead in 2 separate road accidents in Hooghly

first_imgKolkata: As many as eight persons were killed and 11 others injured in two separate road accidents that took place in Hooghly district on Friday night.The first mishap occurred on Assam Link Road near Dumurdaha bus stand when a speeding vehicle mowed down 11 persons who were taking part in a procession arranged for the immersion of idols. The vehicle overturned soon after it hit them. Out of the total 11 persons, five were declared brought dead after being rushed to a Chinsurah Imambara Hospital. Six others are undergoing treatment at a local hospital some of whom had suffered critical injuries. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe deceased have been identified as Manoranjan Bachar, Kartik Malik, Chiranjit Mondal, Bimal Roy and Seikh Khoka. According to the police, a local club took out its Durga idol immersion procession along the Assam Link Road in Hooghly when a speeding car hit them. The driver of the vehicle applied emergency brakes but failed to stop the vehicle. The locals rushed the injured persons to the hospital. After being informed, the cops reached the spot and started an investigation. The officers are probing if the driver was in a drunken state at the time of the accident. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAnother accident took place near Sahagunge area of Bandel on GT Road in the same district on Friday night when a speeding truck hit two Toto rickshaws. Three persons including the driver of the Toto were killed and five others injured. The truck driver fled the spot immediately after the accident while the helper was beaten up by the irate mob. He was later rescued by the police. The local residents staged protests. Police officers resorted to mild lathi charge to disperse the mob. The injured persons were taken to a local hospital. Police said the speeding truck was going towards Bandel from Hooghly when the accident took place near Katwa Gate. Police are conducting raids to nab the truck driver who had been at large since the incident occurred.last_img read more

The 1796 Perfect Wife Experiment Took Control Freak to New Levels

first_imgDuring his studies at Oxford, the author Thomas Day was amused by Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s book Emile, or On Education, which contained practical ideas about education. Inspired by the book, Day decided to write a list of requirements for his future wife and started searching for one. While in university he was rejected by a few women, hence, he decided to make one, i.e. to educate one, using his own concepts and Rousseau’s theory. In 1796, supported by his barrister friend by John Bicknell, Day chose two girls from orphanages, ages 11 and 12. His idea was that the one who would prove herself to satisfy his concept of a perfect woman would become his wife.Day, who inherited a fortune from his father in his infancy, has been described as a short-tempered character with a brooding personality and a face marked with smallpox scars. His friend Richard Lovell Edgeworth was also introduced to Rousseau’s work and the two men became admirers of the philosopher, with a particular affinity for his book Emile, or On Education.Thomas Day in 1770Day had performed his first Emile style educating exercise, the learning-by-doing technique, on Edgeworth’s son, Dick. After graduating from Oxford, he accompanied his friend to Ireland as a tutor to Dick. After falling in and out of love, Day concluded that it would be impossible to find a wife who would match his standards.Blaming women’s education for his “misfortune,” he found the solution in “creating” his ideal wife, which meant that he should raise her from her adolescence using the techniques laid in Rousseau’s book.Richard Lovell EdgeworthAlong with his friend, Bicknell, an English barrister and writer, Day created a plan to find two girls who he would groom to become a perfect wife. Just as the expectations of any experiment, a failure was anticipated, so he decided on taking two girls instead of one – if one failed to “pass the test,” the other probably wouldn’t. So, right after his 21st birthday, a time when he was also given a full access to his money, Day traveled with Bicknell to the Shrewsbury Orphan Hospital to select the first girl. Day had a hard time choosing a girl, so Bicknell picked out a 12-year-old named Sabrina.Sabrina was described as beautiful and with a pleasant voice. Of course, the reason for adopting a girl wasn’t mentioned to the orphanage secretary, instead, by the orphanage policies, for the foster parent to be in marriage, the two friends stated Edgeworth as the person legally accountable for Sabrina. At the time Edgeworth wasn’t aware of the arrangement. Sabrina and Day met for the first time at the lodgings in London, in August 1769. He changed her name to Sidney after one of his heroes, Algernon Sidney. Just a month later he chose the other girl for his experiment and named her Lucretia, after the Roman matron.Shrewsbury Orphan Hospital, which now forms part of Shrewsbury School. Photo creditA contract was made for the girls stating that in a period of a year, Day would choose the one he would marry while the other one would be given as an apprentice to a woman in a trade and also a fee of 100 pounds (equivalent to $15,734 in 2017). When the girl decided to marry, or if she were willing to start her own business, Day would pay her a further 400 pounds (equivalent of $62,936 in 2017). In case he decided not to marry his intended bride, he would pay her the fee of 500 pounds (equivalent of $78,671 in 2017). Bicknell signed as guarantor for the contract.Wishing for the girls to be influenced solely by him, Day moved with them to France. As they could not understand French, it was easy for Day to be their sole educator. Following the education techniques in Emile, Day focussed exclusively on the girls’ education. He expanded their primary education to basic arithmetic and reading while at the same time they had responsibilities such as cleaning, cooking, and other housework. Willing to discuss complex concepts with the girls, Day taught them rudimentary theories in physics and geography. The girls received tasks such as observing the seasons’ changes and writing down details of the sunsets and sunrises. Day also presented to them the philosophical contempt for luxury according to Rousseau.Rousseau’s Emile, or On EducationIn his letters to Edgeworth, Day revealed his favoring of Sabrina as she appeared more willing to be taught than Lucretia. However, according to 19th-century historians, both girls became bored with their education, which made Day impatient and angry. In the spring of 1770, Day and the girls returned to England. where Lucretia was apprenticed to a milliner while Sabrina’s education was taken to another level.In Emile, Rousseau explains the concept of “negative education,” which Day interpreted to mean that he should submit the girl to endurance tests that would help in hardening her nerves. Attempting to increase Sabrina’s resistance to pain, for example, Day would pour hot sealing wax over her back and arms, or stick pins in her while at the same time he commanded her not to cry out. Rousseau also stated that the person would get accustomed to explosives if, for example, fireworks or pistols explode near them. So Day shot a pistol loaded with powder directly into the girl’s petticoat.To test her resistance to luxury, Day gave Sabrina a box full of silk and ordered her to throw it all in the fire. In the end, he had some success with her education but not a complete one. Sabrina could endure the hot wax without a sound but couldn’t prevent herself from screaming when Day fired his gun at her. There came a time when Sabrina started questioning the techniques that Day used and to complain about things she was asked to do. Edgeworth visited Day and Sabrina for Christmas 1770 and suggested to his friend that the experiment had failed and that he couldn’t keep Sabrina any longer without marrying her because she was already too old.Frontispiece to Rousseau’s Émile by De Launay for the 1782 edition. The original caption reads: “A man’s education begins at birth”Day made a decision and in early 1771 sent Sabrina to Sutton Coldfield boarding school, where she remained for three years. In 1774, he arranged for Sabrina to become an apprentice to the Parkinsons, a dressmaking family. She fitted greatly in her new position, and the family treated her well, but unfortunately, their business went bankrupt less than a year later, leaving Sabrina with nowhere to go. Day arranged for her to become a housekeeper at the home of his friends, the Keir family.When Sabrina was 18, Day started reconsidering his decision to marry her. He began testing her again, and she appeared more responsive to his requirements, which made him think that he might have successfully created a perfect wife for himself. She found out about his intentions and eventually agreed to marry Day, so they became engaged.However, he was strict in his requirements about how she dressed and during one visit to the Keir family, Day gave precise instructions to his “future perfect wife” about what to wear. Moreover, it just happened that on the next visit to his friends, Sabrina wasn’t dressed by Day’s instructions, which resulted in his furious anger. He made his final decision:  Sabrina did not fit his image of a perfect wife so he called off the engagement, sent her to a Birmingham boarding house with a stipend of 50 pounds per year (equivalent to $7,134 in 2017), and resolved never to see her again.Day was finally married in 1778 to an heiress, Esther Milnes. After eight years living in boarding houses around Birmingham, Sabrina received a marriage proposal from an apothecary. She wrote to Day asking for permission, but his answer was a strict no, and he even wrote a letter of refusal for her.Bicknell steps back into the story in 1783. He proposed marriage to Sabrina and again, she consulted Day about this. When once again he advised her not to accept the proposal, Bucknell told her the whole truth about her adoption and the purpose of her education.Sabrina, aged 75The failed perfect wife was furious when she realized the true nature of her education. She wrote several letters to Day in which she expressed her anger. Although he confessed that it was true, Day never apologized to Sabrina. Things settled and she eventually married Bicknell, while Day paid her dowry of 500 pounds in accordance with the contract made when he adopted her. The couple bought a house and had two children. However, the money they had disappeared due to Bicknell’s gambling habits. After only three years of marriage, Bicknell died of a paralytic stroke, leaving his family without any savings nor income.Related story from us: Nine drops since 1930: The longest running pitch drop lab experiment in historyHowever, Day sent Sabrina a new stipend of 30 pounds per year. Bicknell’s barrister friends raised some 800 pounds for her and the children, and she also found a job as housekeeper in the home of Charles Burney, a schoolmaster, and clergyman. After Day’s death, his widow, Ester, continued to send money to Sabrina who worked for Burney until she was 68.By the time she stopped working, Sabrina had her own four-storey house with servants. She died of a severe asthma attack in 1843, at the age of 86.last_img read more

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first_img Related Content News | May 15, 2012 Varian Redesigns ProBeam Proton Therapy User Interface New Interface Showcased at PTCOG 51 Meeting in Seoul, Korea May 15, 2012 — Varian Medical Systems is showcasing a new user interface for its ProBeam proton therapy system at the annual meeting of the Particle Therapy Co-Operative Group (PTCOG 51) taking place May 14-19 in Seoul, Korea. The new interface streamlines the steps for imaging, positioning and treating patients with image-guided intensity-modulated proton therapy (IMPT).The new user interface for the ProBeam system is based on technology that was developed for the TrueBeam system for radiotherapy and radiosurgery. This includes an easy-to-use treatment console that consolidates all controls for imaging, treatment and motion management in one graphical, easy-to-use interface.”We have capitalized on Varian’s long experience designing interfaces for efficient clinical use,” said Moataz Karmalawy, head of Varian’s particle therapy group. “Clinicians who are already conversant with the TrueBeam system should have an easy time learning to operate a ProBeam system, and moving back and forth between the two.”IMPT involves shaping the dose so that it matches the shape of the targeted tumor in three dimensions. Varian’s ProBeam system utilizes Dynamic Peak scanning, which optimizes the dose applied to every point within the area being treated. This makes it especially useful for targeting tumors with complex shapes, or tumors that wrap around critical structures like the spinal cord. Another feature of the system, Dynamic Peak imaging, enables the use of imaging to further enhance the accuracy of tumor targeting.”Varian’s ProBeam system has been developed as a complete solution that is tightly integrated with the ARIA oncology information system and Eclipse treatment planning,” said Karmalawy. “This enables an efficient and integrated workflow for planning and delivering high-quality image-guided IMPT treatments.”For more information: www.varian.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Proton Therapy | June 14, 2019 University Medical Center Groningen Performs First Automatic Log-based Proton Therapy Patient QA IBA announced the physics team of University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) in the Netherlands has developed and… read more News | Quality Assurance (QA) | June 07, 2019 IBA Dosimetry Launches myQA iON IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) announced the launch of myQA iON at the 2019 Particle Therapy Co-Operative Group (… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Proton Therapy | July 17, 2019 Shorter Courses of Proton Therapy Equally Effective in Treating Prostate Cancer July 17, 2019 — Treating prostate cancer read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | July 03, 2019 Civco Displaying Universal Couchtop ProForm Head & Neck Solution at AAPM The upcoming release of Civco’s Universal Couchtop ProForm Head & Neck Solution will allow proton therapy centers… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Technology | Treatment Planning | July 02, 2019 RaySearch Releases Version 9A of RayStation Treatment Planning System RaySearch announced the release of RayStation 9A, the latest version of its radiation therapy treatment planning system… read more last_img read more

Salvadoran prosecutors seek arrest of expresident Flores

first_imgRelated posts:Court revokes house arrest for former president of El Salvador, orders him to prison pending trial El Salvador ex-President Francisco Flores to stand trial for embezzlement El Salvador graft trial set for ex-President Francisco Flores El Salvador court freezes ex-president’s bank accounts SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – Prosecutors in El Salvador on Wednesday sought the arrest of former President Francisco Flores for the alleged misappropriation of $5.3 million donated by Taiwan.Attorney General Luis Martínez told broadcaster TCS that Flores, whose whereabouts are unknown, is wanted for embezzlement, illicit enrichment and disobedience.“There was illicit enrichment of about $5.3 million,” Martínez said without specifying when Flores allegedly handled the funds.Documents seeking his arrest have been filed with a court in the capital San Salvador.Martínez said a probe had traced Flores to banks in the U.S. city of Miami, as well as in Costa Rica and the Bahamas.“It was a very difficult case to investigate,” Martínez added, saying the probe was still ongoing.In power between 1999 and 2004, Flores was investigated both by Congress and the Attorney General’s Office in the wake of allegations by President Mauricio Funes that Flores received $10 million in donations from Taiwan without accounting for them.Funes claimed Taipei donated the money to El Salvador in the waning months of Flores’ presidency, between 2003 and 2004.Flores has said he accepted the money but did nothing inappropriate, passing it on through the proper channels. Facebook Commentslast_img read more