first_imgBy Kenneth Jackson APTN National News The guy who criticizes the federal government on its prisons, particularly the treatment of Aboriginal offenders, says he expects to be re-appointed as the Correctional Investigator but for a shorter term.As of Tuesday afternoon, Howard Sapers was still waiting for confirmation from the Harper government.Sapers’ five-year term runs out at day’s end.“I’m waiting to hear,” said Sapers. “I know a ministerial recommendation has been made and I know that recommendation is being considered.”Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney has made the recommendation said Sapers, adding it requires some paperwork to be completed before it can be made final.The legislation allows for terms of up to five years, however Sapers said he doesn’t think he’ll get that long.“I suspect it to be for much less than the five years,” he said. “There’s been discussions ongoing for the last six months regarding the question of my re-appointment.”He wouldn’t say why he believes that.Because Blaney has made the recommendation, the office will have the legal authority to continue until a final decision has been announced said Sapers.APTN asked Blaney’s office to confirm the recommendation, and whether it’s for a shorter term, but has yet to receive a response.Sapers’ reports on Canada’s prisons have been critical since he joined the office 11 years ago.In 2013, his office reported the number of Aboriginal peoples in prisons increased by nearly 50 per cent in the last 10 years, yet during the same period, the amount of Caucasian inmates dropped.Sapers’ found Aboriginal peoples represent a “staggering” 23 per cent of federal inmates but make up just 4.3 per cent of the total Canadian population.“These are disturbing trends that raise important questions about equality and our justice system in Canada” Sapers said in a press release.He also found that one-in-three women in federal prisons are Aboriginal.This trend is something that he still considers a “major” file in his office.“One of our major ongoing files has to do with the gaps and outcomes between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal offenders and to try to narrow that gap through appropriate programming,” he said.kjackson@aptn.ca@afixedaddresslast_img read more

first_imgRyan Harvey, Communications Coordinator for the City of Fort St. John, said, “The response has been terrific, we love that people think it is funny and represents our community, and have had a number of people comment with their own unhappy examples.”‘Move Up Here’ was created as a recruitment program, to help local businesses draw new people to the community for employment.  By collaborating with businesses that require skilled employees and trained professionals to fill employment positions, the City helped to create a visually appealing campaign to attract potential employees to ‘Move up Here’.The campaign has been submitted to larger online and hard copy publications to try to help attract a large range of people from different demographics as well as being used in different capacities for social sharing.Statistic’s Canada Report, published in April 2015; Life satisfaction across economic regions; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Is Fort St. John one of Canada’s unhappiest places as a Statistics Canada reported in a report dated in April 2015?In a tongue in cheek response to the report ‘life satisfaction across economic regions’ staff of the city of Fort St. John replied to this in their latest ‘Move Up Here’ Campaign video.last_img read more

17 March 2008A new publication by the United Nations health agency finds that the pace of global efforts to control the tuberculosis (TB) epidemic slowed slightly in 2006, as did progress in diagnosing people with the airborne infectious disease that is both preventable and curable. Global Tuberculosis Control 2008, released today by the World Health Organization (WHO), reports there were 9.2 million new cases of TB in 2006, including 700,000 cases among people living with HIV, and 500,000 cases of multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB). In addition, an estimated 1.5 million people died from TB in 2006, while another 200,000 people with HIV died from HIV-associated TB.The 12th annual report, which contains data up to 2006 provided by 202 countries and territories, cites several reasons for the slowdown in progress, including that some successful programmes at the national level have not been able to maintain their efforts at the same pace in recent years. There has also been no increase in the detection of TB cases through national programmes in a number of African countries.In addition, the public programmes did not take into account many patients that are being treated by private care providers, and by non-governmental (NGOs), faith-based and community organizations.“We’ve entered a new era,” said Margaret Chan, who stressed the need to strengthen public programmes and to partners with other service providers to step up efforts to combat TB. “Enlisting these other providers, working in partnership with national programmes, will markedly increase diagnosis and treatment for people in need,” the WHO Director-General stated.Threatening a further slowdown in progress is the fact that rates of MDR-TB, which takes longer to treat and requires more expensive drugs, are at an all-time high, according to WHO, which added that the response to this epidemic has been inadequate. The deadly combination of TB and HIV, which is fuelling the TB epidemic in many parts of the world, especially Africa, is also posing a threat to global anti-TB efforts. “Clear progress has been made but we must all do more to make a joint approach to reducing TB deaths among people with HIV a reality,” said Peter Piot, Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). Ahead of World TB Day, observed annually on 24 March, Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to Stop TB, has called for enhanced leadership to address TB and HIV, which is the leading cause of death among people living with HIV/AIDS.“Several countries have shown that targets relating to TB/HIV are achievable and have put in place measures that will have an impact on the lives of those at most risk. But this is a restless battle. We still need to do much more and much better,” stated Dr. Jorge Sampaio, former President of Portugal.The shortage in funding is another factor. Although there has been an increase in resources, particularly from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, TB budgets are not expected to rise this year in nearly all of the most heavily-affected countries, says WHO. read more

Haile Menkerios, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, briefed Security Council members on the details of the deal, signed in Harare on Monday, which aims to end the political crisis that has gripped the Southern African country since the first round of national elections in March.“This is a delicate compromise,” Mr. Menkerios later told reporters, stressing that the accord between President Robert Mugabe and opposition leaders Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara is not designed to immediately solve all of Zimbabwe’s problems.Zimbabwe’s economic recovery will take time, he said, and international donors must remain engaged to help the country back on its feet, especially in priority areas such as agriculture, health care, and water and sanitation.But the Assistant Secretary-General said he was confident that the main political forces in Zimbabwe can reach a compromise on the outstanding issues left remaining after the agreement.He also said that the deal, even though it will be painful to fully implement, offers thousands of ordinary Zimbabweans the chance for a much better life.Mr. Menkerios served as the UN representative on a reference group backing the efforts of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to mediate between Zimbabwe’s political forces, and he attended Monday’s signing of the agreement. 19 September 2008Zimbabwe’s power-sharing deal is a “delicate compromise” that will be painful and time-consuming to implement but still offers the impoverished country’s people an opportunity for much improved lives, a senior United Nations political official said today. read more

TORONTO — A new poll for one of Canada’s big banks says 45% of those surveyed said they had no fund set up to deal with emergency expenses.The poll of about 2,000 Canadians was conducted in March and April for CIBC by Harris/Decima.Ontario and Alberta residents were the least likely to say they had an emergency fund set up — 53% of respondents in each province.At 60%, British Columbia residents were the most likely to say they have funds set aside for critical, unexpected expenses.Quebec and the Prairie provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan were also above the national average, tied at 57%.Atlantic Canada was right on the national average, with 55% of respondents in that region saying they had set up an emergency fund.[np-related] read more

GATINEAU, Que. — Canada’s telecom regulator is teaming up with enforcement agencies outside the country to beef up the fight against electronic spam.The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission says it has signed an agreement with 10 agencies in eight countries, with the goal of better enforcing anti-spam laws.Canada’s own law, which came into effect nearly two years ago, has resulted in a significant drop in digital spam originating in Canada, according to email marketing firm Cyberimpact.CRTC uses anti-spam law to help FBI and Interpol ‘take down’ cyber attack serverRogers Media agrees to pay $200,000 fine under CRTC’s anti-spam lawAnd while the law has resulted in some big fines, including one last year for $1.1 million against Quebec-based Compu-Finder, legal experts have questioned whether Canadian authorities might have difficulty enforcing the law against companies in foreign jurisdictions.But CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais says the agreement sends a strong message that the international enforcement community intends to stop spammers from sending annoying — and sometimes dangerous — electronic spam.Signatories include Canada’s privacy commissioner, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission, communications and consumer authorities in Australia, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, and agencies in Korea, New Zealand and South Africa. read more

The briefing by Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights Bertrand Ramcharan will be on an independent inquiry into the human rights situation in the West African country, José Luis Díaz, spokesman for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) told journalists in Geneva.Last week Côte d’Ivoire’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Philippe Djangone-Bi, held a news conference to protest the leaking of the report to certain French media and said it would demand an inquiry into the release of the report before the Government had received it in French.According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the number of deaths during the demonstrations on 25 and 26 March, which were banned by the Government, ranged from a government report of 37, including two policemen, to an opposition estimate of 300 in the commercial capital, Abidjan. One person was killed and 25 wounded in the political capital, Yamoussoukro.Early last month Mr. Ramcharan appointed as investigators Vera Duarte, the Coordinator of the National Committee of Human Rights and a former Justice of the Supreme Court of Cape Verde, Eugène Nindorera, the former Burundian Minister for Human Rights, and Franca Sciuto of Italy, the Chairperson of the Rainforest Foundation, former Chairperson of Amnesty International’s International Executive Committee and a member of the 2001 Commission of Inquiry on Côte d’Ivoire. read more

Then-sophomore defenseman Dani Sadek (8) celebrates after a goal during a game against North Dakota on Feb. 20. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State women’s hockey team was in the middle of a crucial transition into the 2016-17 season. Looking to bounce back from last season’s abysmal 10-25-1 record after posting a record above .500 in 2014-15, OSU would have to do so without Dana Rasmussen, captain Alexa Ranahan and leading goal scorer Claudia Kepler, who all transferred to other schools.Then it became more difficult. On Aug. 18, just five days before classes began, coach Jenny Potter’s contract was terminated amid NCAA violations, leaving the Buckeyes without a head coach.On Saturday, OSU announced former Minnesota assistant Nadine Muzerall as head coach of the Buckeyes with just 20 days before the first face-off. But without a coach, OSU was able to stay afloat due to a few members taking leadership.“Us juniors are really trying to be leaders in practice and off the ice,” said junior defenseman Dani Sadek. “And younger girls coming in, we’re just being good role models to them. We’re just trying to stay positive through this whole thing.”When OSU was searching for a new coach after Potter, the men’s hockey coaches assisted the team in running its captain’s practices and team activities for the few hours a week allotted by the NCAA in the offseason.Sadek said that this experience of not having a coach just weeks before the season begins on Sept. 30 made the team mature and brought all of them together on and off the ice. “It’s tough, but the school and everyone here, we’re all such a family,” Sadek said. “We’re like glue. We stick together.”Potter — who replaced former coach Nate Handrahan who resigned followed sexual harassment allegations — brought in a different style to the Buckeyes in 2015-16. Sophomore forward Maddy Field said the problem with the offense wasn’t the fit, but the timeliness of its adoption.“It was different than anyone else in the league and I think that for some people it was very hard to adapt to,” Field said. “I think that just as a whole it just didn’t work for everyone.”New coach Nadine Muzerall comes in with instant credibility. She was a member of the Minnesota Golden Gophers’ coaching staff that saw five straight NCAA national championship appearances, and won four of them in her five seasons in Minneapolis.Sophomore forward Jincy Dunne, who has been called the Jack Eichel of women’s college hockey, is finally ready to take the ice after suffering two concussions in less than six months. Dunne said that she’s hopes the changes in the program make OSU a conference contender.“I don’t think we’re going to look at (last year) as embarrassing, but I think we’re going to look at it as an opportunity with some adversity that we went through in order to be the best team we can be,” Dunne said. “I know I’m hungry to get back at it and I know after not having the best season last year, everyone is ready to go.” read more

first_imgAs the Global Centre of Excellence for Mining and Minerals, WorleyParsons’ South African operations have recently experienced a surge in the southern African platinum market, with a number of significant platinum projects to the combined value of almost ZAR100 million currently underway in sub-Saharan Africa.“A renewed focus on platinum, particularly in South Africa and Zimbabwe, has brought a combination of new and existing customers to WorleyParsons as they seek out the company’s world-leading concept-to-completion expertise and major project design and delivery capabilities within the minerals and metals sector. WorleyParsons has broad-ranging experience developing decline shafts across a spectrum of mining industries, with specialist expertise in the platinum sector.”Steve Gouws, Business Development Director at WorleyParsons, attributes the company’s recent platinum project awards “to its unparalleled and cutting-edge technical skills developed and honed at the world’s leading PGM producers, together with flexible, tailor-made solutions that are responsive to customers’ economic needs.”“Over the past few years WorleyParsons has consolidated and streamlined operations to align with our customers’ requirements, and improvements and innovation in technology, expertise and production have allowed us to be more time-efficient, flexible and effective,” says Gouws. “While understanding and vision of a project is important, listening to the customer is key.”Commenting on the renewed focus on platinum projects, WorleyParsons Project Director Ryan Illingworth says that the new contracts are mainly stay-in-business projects. In South Africa, the projects are concentrated on the eastern, western and northern limb of the Bushveld igneous complex, with services ranging from feasibility studies to a mix of engineering, procurement and construction management. These include a feasibility study for various life of mine underground extension projects on the western limb; detailed engineering, procurement and construction supervision services on the material handling system and all other underground infrastructure for an extension at a platinum mine on the eastern limb; and detailed engineering and project management support for the ongoing development of a new deep level underground platinum mine on the western limb, a project in which WorleyParsons has been involved for over 10 years.WorleyParsons’ scope of work on platinum projects in Zimbabwe includes a trade-off study for underground mine access for a new mine; and detailed engineering, procurement and construction supervision services on the material handling system for a new underground platinum mine. Both projects call for WorleyParsons’ bulk materials handling expertise. “For the execution work we have in Zimbabwe, we are equipped to put people on the ground,” says Illingworth.WorleyParsons has extensive experience in process plant and shaft sinking projects in the platinum sector and has provided a full range of services across the mining value chain for major platinum projects including pre-feasibility, feasibility and early works projects, EPC management, bulk materials handling, procurement, manufacture, installation and commissioning, surface infrastructure, personnel logistics, and multiple optimisation projects.last_img read more

first_imgIf you can’t see these figures, please click here.Speaking about the figures, Cowen said “Housing Aid for Older Persons Scheme is a vital support to help older people adapt their homes to their physical circumstances”.He added: The rapid decline over the past three years has meant many older people are not getting the support they need to live in the homes they have worked all their lives for.The Government has failed to provide real resources to allow older people make the changes they need to continue living in their own homes for as long as possible.Many people require only modest supports to continue living independently and securely close to their families and friends. These cut backs jeopardise that. STATISTICS REVEALED FROM a parliamentary question by Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen shows that the number of of grants for the elderly reduced from 7,138 in 2010 to just 1,739 so far in 2013.“The government has drastically reduced the number of grants paid out for the Housing Aid for the Older Persons Scheme since it came into power,” said Cowen, who added that the figures revealed show the full scale of the cuts targeting older people across the country.GrantsThe figures detail the numbers of grants paid each year together with the monies recouped to the local authorities since 2010 in respect the Housing Aid for Older People (HAOP) and the Mobility Aids Grant (MAG).These schemes, introduced in November 2007, are funded by 80 per cent recoupments available from my Department together with a 20 per cent contribution from the resources of the local authority.In Dublin City Council the figures show that the HAOP grants in 2010 came to 527  – €1,481,399. This fell to 246 in 2011 – €875,136, falling to 182 in 2012 –  €656,383 and further falling to 75 to the end of October this year, at €324,114.Details of the numbers of grants paid each year together with the monies recouped to the local authorities since 2010 are set out in the following tables:center_img He said he was also concerned that the Environment Minister Phil Hogan is “back-tracking on his promise to ensure that 80 per cent of the property tax collected in an area goes towards local services in that area,” stating that local authority finances are struggling to come up with their 20 per cent of the costs of housing aid supports.Read: NUIG recruiting participants aged 64 and over to test system that detects falls>VIDEO: Pensioners at today’s protest believe the worst is yet to come>last_img read more

first_imgTHE GOVERNMENT IS facing the possibility of losing more votes in the Seanad in the coming weeks and months until a replacement for the new MEP Deirdre Clune is elected to the upper house.But this by-election of TDs and Senators can’t happen without a change in legislation that the coalition committed to over a year ago.The current numbers in the Seanad see the government with 29 votes when all Labour and Fine Gael senators are included, along with the casting vote of cathaoirleach Paddy Burke.However Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil, independents and three senators who have lost the government whip make up a total of 30 votes.Background: Why the government doesn’t enjoy a super majority in the Seanad like it does in the Dáil>The government can normally rely on the support of some independents such as Jillian Van Turnhout and Marie Louise O’Donnell, but it has lost a number of votes in recent months, including on a bill to ban upward only rent reviews.Clune’s election as an MEP for Ireland South last month means there is a vacancy that can only be filled through a by-election involving members of the Oireachtas. This means the government, with its majority, effectively decides the successful candidate.However the by-election for her vacant seat can’t take place until a new permanent Clerk of the Dáil is appointed, according to Oireachtas rules.The former clerk Kieran Coughlan retired last August and was replaced on an interim basis by the assistant secretary in the parliamentary services division, Peter Finnegan.The process of appointing a permanent replacement has been delayed as the government seeks to change the law in order to have a more open competition for the role. Efforts have been under way for over a year to devise a system where people who work outside of the Oireachtas Commission are considered.This involves changes to the Staff at the Houses of the Oireachtas Act which have been approved by government but not yet brought to the Dáil or Seanad by the Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin.The current rules state that someone outside of the Oireachtas would only be considered if no suitable candidate was found within.If the Ceann Comhairle and the Oireachtas Commission disagreed on a nomination the Taoiseach would nominate a person and would seek Dáil approval.Read: Here’s why the government could lose more Seanad votes in the coming monthsFebruary: Government beaten as senators vote to ban upward only rent reviewsRead: Enda Kenny tells the Seanad: ‘I come in peace, not in war’Read: ‘Fannies’, ‘prats’ and ‘clowns’: 10 bizarre moments from the 24th Seanadlast_img read more

first_imgBayern München’s president Uli Hoeness, wanted to remind everybody that the German giants won’t be favorites vs Borussia Dortmund.If you thought that next weekend will be exciting only because England will have a Derby, Bayern’s president Uli Hoeness was gracious enough to remind everybody that Germany will also have Der Klassiker between the Bavarian squad and Borussia Dortmund.This match is arguably the biggest event in the Bundesliga every year, it usually has the bigger club as the absolute favorite but this season things are going to be very different.Dortmund is currently amongst the most exciting squads in all of Europe, their latest defeat against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League is no indicator of the real level of performance they have brought to the domestic competition this season.Bayern München’s top board members are very aware of how complicated next Saturday’s match will be and they won’t let the illusion of Dortmund’s latest defeat deceive them in any shape or form.The German giants have gotten too many negative results in the current season, this is what will keep them from getting too confident and the perfect excuse for them to go all out against the Bundesliga’s revelation.⭐️ #UCL-Gruppe A nach vier Spielen:1⃣ Borussia Dortmund (9 Pkt.)2. @Atleti (9)3. @ClubBrugge (4)4. @AS_Monaco (1) pic.twitter.com/kyYu0A4XlT— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) November 6, 2018Regardless of how much power Bayern München has for this upcoming Der Klassiker, there is no way to overlook the sensational performances that many of the young talented players Borussia Dortmund have been delivering every single week.Starting with their ‘secret weapon’ Jadon Sancho, the young English international who is already established as one of the best players in Europe after only a few months of constant delivery of stellar performances for his new club.We can also mention the great first season that Moroccan left-back Achraf Hakimi is also having with Borussia Dortmund, the Real Madrid product who is destined to go back to Los Blancos and become the Marcelo replacement the club had been looking for so long.And what can we even say about young sensation Christian Pulisic, an already well-established star inside the club who is arguably amongst the most talented players of his generation and the United States’ best footballer today?All these kids are being led by German winger Marco Reus, an experienced forward who is starting to look like he could be about to have the best season of his career.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.”We have a young squad in transition, and a coach who has to implement his way without completely. You have to have a little patience.”-Uli Hoeness#FCBAEK#UCL[@altobelli13] pic.twitter.com/jbaMVL9cNO— Bavarian Tweets (@BavarianTweets) November 7, 2018All these elements haven’t gone through Bayern’s radar without getting unnoticed, the whole club is worried about next Saturday’s match and president Uli Hoeness already knows how difficult it will be for them to win.“You can’t go to Dortmund and say that you want to secure three points. Dortmund have had a very good season so far, no doubt about it,” said Uli via Goal.“We do not go to Dortmund as favorites, but as underdogs – for the first time in a long time.”“We have to make sure we play a good game there and then we’ll see what happens.”“Don’t always be so negative. The season has just begun, we have a team in transition, a young coach who has to settle in here and you have to be patient,” he added.“Four weeks ago you all complained that the Bundesliga is getting boring again and now it is no longer boring but exciting and now that doesn’t suit you.”“At some point you should agree on what you actually want. We’re doing you a few favors right now.”All what president Uli Hoeneß said in the mixed zone after tonight’s game. pic.twitter.com/ogK6rYxyyI— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) November 8, 2018Who will win the next Der Klassiker between Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

first_imgOregon will pull the plug on the Columbia River Crossing in March unless its Legislature recommits to the $2.7 billion project, Gov. John Kitzhaber said in a letter sent to lawmakers on Monday.Kitzhaber, a Democrat, said the Oregon Legislature must act on the proposed Interstate 5 Bridge replacement by March 9, the last scheduled day of its 2014 session. If not, Oregon will close the project and begin archiving materials, Kitzhaber said.“Oregon must either decisively move the project to construction or refocus and reprioritize our resources,” Kitzhaber wrote. “A project in limbo is the worst and most expensive outcome for Oregon, and continuing expenditures to sustain work without progress is a waste of money and resources.”Leaders are now chasing an Oregon-led version of the CRC after Washington’s Legislature pulled out last year. Such a plan would replace the I-5 Bridge and extend light rail into Vancouver, but eliminate most freeway work on the Washington side of the river. The project would be financed mainly by toll revenue and federal money, but must first get a green light from the Oregon Legislature.Kitzhaber’s letter isn’t the first time CRC backers have attempted to use deadlines to ratchet up political pressure. Last year, officials repeatedly claimed that the project needed both states’ commitment in 2013 to seize a closing window of opportunity. When that didn’t happen, planners pressed on anyway.last_img read more

first_img You, an astronomer: Look at this majestic black hole!Me, a birder: oh. oh no pic.twitter.com/yZT97JKFZO— Rosemary Mosco (@RosemaryMosco) April 10, 2019 Online Sci-Tech Cosmic dead ringers: 27 super strange-looking space objects 0 #BlackHole Katamari sun pic.twitter.com/YZqFRIT6wN— marisa losciale (@marisalosc) April 10, 2019 First-ever photo of a Black Hole (2019)Captured by Event Horizon Telescope.TWIN PEAKS. Part 8. “Gotta Light?” (2017)Directed by David Lynch.#EHTBlackHole #M87 #NASA #TwinPeaks pic.twitter.com/YO48WPQi3y— Black Lodge Cult (@BlackLCult) April 10, 2019 Now playing: Watch this: used Photoshop’s shake reduction filter on the Black Hole photo and was amazed by the result#EHTBlackHole pic.twitter.com/RLBPyuIx3T— Paul Scott Canavan (@abigbat) April 10, 2019 How black holes swallow light, warp space-time and blow… But the black hole is giving us more than just the evil eye. It also resembles certain breakfast foods. Artist Paul Scott Canavan says he used Photoshop’s shake reduction filter to clarify the picture. What he got was a cosmic doughnut. This photo of the black hole is awesome, but wait… Enhance! Hmm, enhance! One more time, enhance! Whoa. The biggest Cinnamon Raisin Bagel in the world, and it’s still hot! #EHT #EventHorizonTelescope pic.twitter.com/aPDVtLHF2u— Gabor Heja (@gheja_) April 10, 2019 Space So, here’s the first photo ever taken of a black hole. And also here’s the album cover for Soundgarden “Superunknown”, which contained the song “Black Hole Sun” 🤯#EHTBlackHole pic.twitter.com/m7zUQYIUmR— José Morales-González (@josemorgo) April 10, 2019 Share your voice Twin Peaks fans found a parallel image in director David Lynch’s return series. I see Disney’s remake of THE BLACK HOLE has finally escaped development hell. pic.twitter.com/YZMlGFqCUT— Phillip Bastien (@PABastien) April 10, 2019 Science cartoonist and author Rosemary Mosco is a birder. She sees a bird’s eye. 6:32 Enlarge ImageOn April 10, Event Horizon Telescope researchers unveiled the first direct visual evidence of a supermassive black hole and its shadow.  National Science Foundation Behold the majesty of science. We’ve just seen the first ever image of a black hole. Now let’s make silly jokes about it.The Event Horizon Telescope project, which consists of an international network of radio telescopes, revealed a mind-blowing glimpse of an actual black hole on Wednesday. It looks like a fuzzy lopsided circle with a gradation of red, orange, yellow and white colors with a dark center.    The black hole picture is shaping up to be a Rorschach test. What you see will depend on your hobbies and interests, and just how hungry you are when you’re looking at it. Originally published April 10, 8:48 a.m. PT. Update, 2:23 p.m. PT: Added Google’s black hole doodle.   System administrator Gabor Heja went in a less sugary direction and discovered the black hole is actually the biggest cinnamon raisin bagel in the world, and it’s still hot. Google couldn’t resist getting in on the fun. It launched a Google Doodle featuring an animation of the black hole sucking down the Google letters.googledoodleblackholeEnlarge ImageGoogle unveiled an animation of the black hole in action. Google screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET Children of the ’90s now all have the 1994 Soundgarden hit Black Hole Sun stuck in their heads. Twitter user José Morales-González noticed a certain likeness between the Event Horizon image and the cover for Soundgarden’s Superunknown album. Rumors of a reboot of Disney’s 1979 sci-fi flick The Black Hole are getting a fresh look. “I see Disney’s remake of The Black Hole has finally escaped development hell,” tweeted screenwriter Phillip Bastien. Firefox communication design lead Sean Martell noticed a very familiar logo lurking in the black hole’s bright circle. 27 Photos Tags So NASA finally let us see what a #BlackHole looks like and it was the Eye of Sauron this whole time. pic.twitter.com/0QYJtsi20j— Andrew Athias (@AndrewAthias) April 10, 2019 Post a comment If you’ve ever played the Katamari Damacy games, you’ll appreciate this joke: At first glance, every hobbit-loving Lord of the Rings fan noticed the black hole’s resemblance to the Eye of Sauron. They’ve found our origins, @Firefox. #EHTBlackHole pic.twitter.com/3k0IqjNXsZ— mart3ll+ (@mart3ll) April 10, 2019last_img read more

first_imgIn this photo taken on January 10, 2017, start-up companies work out of Nasscom’s Startup Warehouse facility, which incubates start-up tech companies, in Bangalore.MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty ImagesThe Indian startup and e-commerce segment is witnessing a huge demand in the senior talent hiring. Two of the largest growing sectors in the country are on a hiring spree when it comes to leadership positions. The sudden rise in the headhunting has been driven by multiple factors such as an improved funding scenario, increased M&A activity, increased mobile data consumption and the creative e-commerce and transaction models.The Economic Times reported that as against last year, companies like Amazon, Flipkart, Swiggy, Paytm, OYO, Ola or Zomato has witnessed a 40-100% jump in such mandates. The start-ups, especially in the e-commerce sector, have managed to raise capital through series A and series B funding which has given them a leeway to hire talents.Anuj Roy, managing partner, FIDIUS Advisory said that “Online sector hiring has picked up big time.” He went on to add that his agency is presently managing 13-14 mandates for senior talent, compared to seven-eight last in 2017.Similarly, Bengaluru headquartered Longhouse Consulting is reported to have doubled their mandate. A quarter ago the company was managing 30 mandates as compared to 75 at the moment. The major part of mandate belongs to the e-commerce segment. The last 6-7 has reported a hike in the hiring with industry estimates suggesting around 350-400-plus senior hires across the e-commerce and startup ecosystem.Notably, last week there were major hiring in these sectors with OYO Hotels appointing ex-IndiGo president Aditya Ghosh as CEO for India and South-Asia; Flipkart getting Smriti Singh as human resources head; MakeMyTrip hiring Vipul Prakash as the chief operating officer (COO). Moreover, Rahul Bhargava was hired as chief technology officer (CTO), InCred and Freshworks made two senior-level appointments.Roy said that “A lot of such companies are now building their teams because once you raise that much capital, you move from a startup culture to a professional-led one.” Seed funded companies, as well as unicorns, are aggressively looking out top talents.Speaking about its hiring plans for the coming months, Girish Menon, VP, HR at Swiggy said that “In the coming months, we will be doubling down on hiring the sharpest minds in the industry for senior roles in departments such as business, sales and technology, and for highly specialized roles in areas such data sciences and AI.”last_img read more

first_img YouTube Will Make ‘Cobra Kai,’ Other Originals Free to Watch Later This Year Meredith didn’t announce a premiere date for “#SeeHer Story”; a rep said it’s pegged to debut in late summer or early fall 2019. The series will be distributed across all of People’s outlets, including the free PeopleTV online streaming network, people.com, and social-media platforms. Related Meredith also said it has a slate of 20 shows for Instagram’s IGTV vertical-video platform. Fifteen of those have already gone live, including Real Simple’s “Beauty on the Move” and Martha Stewart Living’s “Frosted,” which to date have garnered more than 20 million views, according to the company. Upcoming IGTV shows include Parents magazine’s “How I Mom,” starring actress Tiffani Thiessen.Jon Werther, president of Meredith National Media Group, touted the company’s first-party data to glean insights into consumer trends and its ability to leverage technologies including voice, artificial intelligence and ecommerce to support its advertising biz.“Our mission is to anticipate our consumers’ needs — particularly those of the 110 million women we serve — to inspire and fuel their imagination and to empower them to achieve as they make their everyday decisions,” Werther said. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Katie Couric’s career as a digital storyteller continues: She’s been tapped to host “#SeeHer Story,” an inspirational weekly digital series spotlighting “often-overlooked women” for People magazine.The show is part of parent company Meredith’s slate of seven new shows centered around the #SeeHer movement, an initiative launched by the Association of National Advertisers to promote accurate representations of girls and women in media. Meredith — which completed the acquisition of Time Inc. last year — made the announcements Thursday at its Digital Content NewFronts event in New York at its downtown Manhattan offices.“I’m excited to partner with Meredith and People to inspire the next generation of young female leaders by telling the real and impactful stories of so many amazing women,” Couric said in a statement. “You know what they say: If you can see her, you can be her.” Walmart’s Vudu Sets Originals With Queen Latifah, Evangeline Lilly, Randy Jackson for Free-Streaming Lineup From 2013-17, Couric served as Yahoo’s “global news anchor,” hosting a regular interview series, and before that had a long career in TV including anchoring “CBS Evening News” and 15 years as co-host of NBC’s “Today.” Among other projects, she edits a daily newsletter, “Wake-Up Call,” through her Katie Couric Media shingle.Meredith’s #SeeHer slate — catering to its female-skewing audiences — also includes InStyle’s “#SeeHer Style,” which will profile notable women leading up to New York Fashion Week this fall, and “Badass Women” Season 2, a digital companion series to the mag’s monthly print and digital feature. In addition, InStyle is establishing a $30,000 scholarship program for young women.Others in the #SeeHer lineup include Parents’ “Moms Mean Business,” about working moms; Health’s “#SeeHer Wellness Warriors”; Rachael Ray Every Day’s “Like a Boss,” about female leaders in the culinary field; and Shape’s “Goal Crushers,” profiling women who have taken on big challenges for even greater causes.Meredith also detailed other new programming across its portfolio of 40-plus brands, including People, Better Homes & Gardens, InStyle, Shape, Parents, Martha Stewart Living, EatingWell and Food & Wine. (Meredith has sold Fortune and Time magazine, and it’s seeking a buyer for Sports Illustrated and Money.)The company said it is doubling down on what it dubs the “three Rs of celebrity”: red carpet, reality and royals. New shows in this category will run across the company’s owned-and-operated destinations, including PeopleTV, as well as social media platforms including Twitter.According to Meredith, the PeopleTV OTT service will triple its red-carpet coverage beyond awards shows to cover movie premieres, film festivals and other events. PeopleTV’s new talk show “Reality Check” (Monday-Thursday) is hosted by Lyndsey Rodrigues (“TRL”), who will lead a panel of reality TV stars, super-fans and entertainment journalists to chat about the genre’s latest developments. “Reality Check” is slated to premiere Monday, May 13.last_img read more

first_imgIn celebration of the upcoming season of Doctor Who, BBC Books announced three new novels featuring the Twelfth Doctor and companion Bill.The trio of hardcovers will hit shelves on April 20—five days after the small-screen premiere of season 10.BBC BooksFrom the mind of Cavan Scott, author of Titan Comics’ ongoing Ninth Doctor series, comes The Shining Man. Abnormally tall, with “long, lank hair, blank faces, and blazing eyes,” the creepy characters started as a Halloween prank that went viral.“Idiots dressing up as monsters. Giving folk a scare,” the book description said. “Silly masks and fright wigs. No one gets hurt. Because bogeymen aren’t real. … Until people start going missing and lights burn in the darkness. Burning like eyes.”But have no fear, the Doctor and Bill are here to save the day. Unless the monsters get to them first…BBC BooksMeanwhile, on a mining facility on Saturn, the companions face accusations of sabotage and diamond theft in Mike Tucker’s Diamond Dogs.When an excavation goes wrong, a rescue mission is launched to save a worker lost overboard—a worker who claims he saw “something amongst the swirling clouds.”“Something that can’t possibly exist,” BBC Books explained, teasing “something starting to rise” from the “crushing atmosphere of the gas giant.”A visual effects designer, Tucker recently won a BAFTA Craft Award for his company’s miniature effects work on the 50th anniversary Doctor Who episode; he also authored several Doctor Who and Merlin novelizations.BBC BooksNardole joins the party in Jonathan Morris’s Plague City, which takes Team TARDIS back to 1645 Edinburgh “in the grip of the worst plague in its history.” Together, the Doctor, Bill, and their alien friend meet ghosts that don’t know they’re dead and must keep the city safe from “the terrifying secret of the Street of Sorrows.”Writer of the official Doctor Who Magazine comic strip, Morris has penned three Doctor Who novels and a number of audio adventures.All three tales go on sale for £6.99 ($8.50) on April 20. The Doctor, Bill, and Nardole return to BBC and BBC America April 15.last_img read more

first_imgMost people never get to see the Northern or Southern lights phenomenon up close, let alone a front row view from a seat in an airplane. A New Zealand company chartered a ‘Flight to the Lights’ for 134 people to witness the show first hand on an 8-hour chartered flight.The video from the trip looks like CGI.last_img

first_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories It said the attackers were armed with sticks and stones, and they suffered all the casualties, including the 23-year-old who was killed. Police responded with tear gas and warning shots, and said the young man who died was hit by a stray bullet.The attack follows an incident Wednesday at a high school near the capital, Tunis, during which three men severely beat the principal and destroyed his car, allegedly because of he refused to allow a student to enter wearing the face-covering veil of the ultraconservatives.Tunisians overthrew their secular dictatorship in 2011, in an uprising that sparked pro-democracy movements around the region, and since then there has been a surge of religious sentiment.Some groups, loosely described as Salafis by the media, have been aggressive in trying to push their more conservative views on society, attacking art exhibits, cinemas and liquor stores. A group of Salafis attacked the U.S. Embassy on Sept. 14, destroying a nearby American school.The wave of arrests that followed the incident, however, saw a dramatic drop in attacks by Salafis.Tunisia’s economy has suffered since the revolution, and nearly a third of young people are unemployed, prompting some to join extremist groups. Observers also say criminals have adopted the Salafi label as a cover for their activities. Men’s health affects baby’s health too Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) – A mob of alleged religious conservatives attacked a Tunisian police station and clashed with security forces Friday, leaving one person dead and two wounded, the state news agency reported.Radio and television reports also identified the early morning attackers in the coastal town of Hergla as followers of an ultraconservative strand of Islam known as Salafis. They were seeking to free one of their members who had been arrested for several crimes, according to the report by the state news agency. Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centerlast_img read more

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “She had gradually got on (board) — as more she saw me get excited I think she started to get excited,” he said. “The reception the Bucs put on flipped her over the top. So she’s in good shape.”A Cardinals connectionArians wanted a good relationship with his GM and the ownership, just as he had with Arizona.Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht was personnel executive (2008), director of player personnel (2012) and VP of player personnel (2013) with Arizona before joining the Buccaneers.“There’s three keys to winning this league: Ownership, general manager (and) head coach combination. Then when you got a quarterback, pretty good start,” Arians said.And that leads us to …Jameis WinstonArians has known Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston since the signal-caller’s early high school days, where they met at a football camp.They have been in touch since, and Arians will be key in helping Winston perform to his potential that got him drafted No. 1 overall in 2015. Now in a contract year, Winston is coming off a season in which he was repeatedly benched for backup Ryan Fitzpatrick.“I always looked him up when we played him and told him to keep on going, it’s going to be fine,” Arians said. Cardinals fans may want answers from former head coach Bruce Arians.It was just a year ago that he retired from the NFL, stepping aside and pondering his post-coaching future before accepting a CBS Sports analyst gig.And after a year away from the game, after Arians had said it was time to live a less stressful life with his family in mind, he accepted a head coaching job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Why did Cardinals fans need to suffer through a 3-13 season under replacement coach Steve Wilks, watching as formerly productive linebackers struggled in a new defense? Why did they watch Arizona run through two offensive coordinators and two quarterbacks when the quarterback whisperer Arians could have just stayed on board? Because of the talent in Tampa Bay, Arians called taking the Bucs job an easier sell than the situation he accepted when GM Steve Keim brought him to Arizona in 2013. Arizona had yet to trade for Carson Palmer or sign backup QB Drew Stanton.“This (situation is) much easier I believe. When I walked into Arizona, we had no quarterbacks,” Arians said.“I think the core’s here. Obviously, some of the rooms are outstanding. There, it was a little bit further behind.”Missing the camaraderie Arians didn’t exactly enjoy the censored version of himself in the press box.But he also missed the challenge of building a culture.“The thing I missed the most as I was in broadcasting … the bonds and relationships that you build, building a football team, the ups the downs, all the things that go in between, probably is the thing that I love the most about the game,” Arians said.“And then I miss the arena. I’d be broadcasting a game — obviously, I couldn’t use the words I would normally use on television. The excitement kept building. Then when this opportunity came, all the dominoes — I would say the stars aligned. And then the staff that I wanted and always wanted was available.” New Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians, left, smiles as he stands with general manager Jason Licht after Arians was introduced during a news conference Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara) 59 Comments   Share   center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling When Arians was introduced as the Bucs head coach on Thursday, he provided answers.“I’m sure a lot of people wonder why I got back in this business,” Arians said as he stepped to the podium and faced reporters in Tampa Bay for the first time.So he explained why the stars aligned for him to get back into coaching.Related LinksWho the Cardinals are considering for offensive assistant openingsESPN’s Schefter suggests Cardinals could draft QB Murray, trade RosenReport: Vance Joseph interviews with Cardinals for DC positionPotential names in Arizona Cardinals’ search for defensive coordinatorB.A. got the A-OKThe football life got to Arians when he was with the Cardinals. He admitted he would always fall ill once his seasons came to an end, but he also dealt with two serious health scares during his five years in Arizona.In August of 2016, Arians was sent to the hospital with chest pains. He was diagnosed with diverticulitis before returning to the job days later.The next February, Arizona’s coach had surgery to remove a section of his kidney after tests revealed cancerous tissue. He revealed that health issue in his book, “The Quarterback Whisperer.”“My own illnesses changed a few things,” he said Thursday. “Got everything — clean bill of health and extremely happy about that. That same feeling, regeneration — rejuvenation — is back.”Arians also got the green light from his wife, Christine, who played a big part in Arians’ decision to step away from the game last year. His dream staff fell into placeA man who does it his way, Arians wouldn’t have returned to the coaching ranks had he not been able to put his best staff together.That was made easy with several of his old friends losing their jobs after the 2018 season.Tampa Bay has already hired former Jets head coach and Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. Associate head coach Harold Goodwin and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich — two former Cardinals offensive coordinators — are also on the Buccaneers’ new staff.Keith Armstrong, a special teams coach who earned an interview with Arizona during last year’s coaching search, was brought on as well.For the first time as a head coach, Arians will cede play-calling duties to Leftwich, who gained experience for half a season as Arizona’s offensive coordinator this past season.“I’ve been training guys for this job, and I always said I would never give it up and look over anybody’s shoulder until I found somebody who could do it,” Arians said. “Byron I think is a rising star in this business. What he did with an interim title out there wasn’t even his offense, it was Mike McCoy’s offense, and he did a heck of a job with some rookies. He’s ready.” Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more