TORONTO – YouTube is putting a bigger bet on its most successful Canadian creators with a channel dedicated to promoting local talent.The video streaming platform unveiled “Spotlight Canada” on Monday, a curated page that highlights some of the nation’s standout videos. It’s the first time a country has been singled out with its own curated content section.The debut of the page features a selection of past viral hits, including astronaut Chris Hadfield’s collaboration with the Barenaked Ladies from space, the Tragically Hip performing “Bobcaygeon” in Kingston, Ont., last summer, and a selection of trending music videos from Canadian artists. There’s also a section highlighting indigenous musicians and one for “Canada’s favourite YouTube creators.”Another feature called “Creator on the Rise,” which debuts Wednesday, unearths the hottest Canadian clips on YouTube each week. The selection is chosen by algorithms that factor in view count and subscriber growth.YouTube says the entire page will be refreshed each month with a new slate of videos.It’s a pilot project, but Marie Josee Lamothe, a managing director at YouTube’s owner Google, says it makes sense to select Canada as the testing ground for championing homegrown content.Some of the world’s biggest YouTube stars, including breakout creators Lilly Singh, AsapScience and Gigi Gorgeous, transcended the country’s borders and racked up millions of views on their viral clips.“The objective is to showcase Canada’s top stars, but also to help discover emerging Canadian talent,” said Lamothe.“What we want to do is bring a focus to the diverse Canadian voices that create this content.”YouTube says recent data has shown a notable increase in viewership for Canada.In the first half of this year, the amount of time Canadians spent watching YouTube videos jumped by 30 per cent compared to the same period last year.Within that same window, watch time for Canadian channels soared 230 per cent in India, 70 per cent in the U.S. and 60 per cent in Australia.Lamothe says for those reasons alone it makes sense for YouTube to invest more in content from Canada.Google has already opened a 3,500 square-foot facility at the downtown Toronto campus of George Brown College aimed at giving creators the tools they need to make their videos better, like green screens and other high-end technology.“It’s important to promote our own local talent,” added Lamothe. “(This is) a big, fast-growing fan base that is worth supporting.”—Follow @dfriend on Twitter
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.Enlarge 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, 2019
Kamal Haasan hosts Bigg Boss Tamil 3.PR HandoutThe third season of Bigg Boss Tamil will be aired on Vijay Television in less than 24 hours. 15 contestants predominantly from film and television backgrounds will be part of the Kamal Haasan-hosted show. Contestants List: Vijay TV approached many well-known and lesser-known celebrities. Chandini Tamilarasan, Laila Mehdin, Sakshi Agarwal, Sudha Chandran, Premji, T Rajendar, Priya Anand, Kasthuri, VJ Siddhu, Radha Ravi, Prasanna, Powerstar Srinivasan, Sanjana Singh, Alya Manasa, Rachita Mahalakshmi, YouTuber Hari R Baskar, Kovai Sarala, Cheran and Vadivelu among many names were rumoured to be part of the show. Bigg Boss Tamil 3: Live updatesHowever, the latest updates state the below celebrities to be part of Bigg Boss Tamil 3.Vanitha Vijayakumar, daughter of veteran actor Vijayakumar, comedy actress Jangiri Madhumitha, actor-musician Mohan Vaidya, actor Fathima Babu, actress Sakshi Agarwal, actress Abhirami Venkatachalam, who will be seen in Ajith’s Nerkonda Paarvai, Malaysian actor and musician Mugen Rao, Saravanan Meenakshi fame Kavin, Srilanka model Losilya, budding actor Tharshan Thiyagarajah, actor Sarvanan, actor and filmmaker Cheran, dance master Sandy, Reshma Pasupuleti, and actress Sherin are said to be taking part in Kamal Haasan-hosted show.As and when ever it is required, the channel will give wild-card entries to the show.In the first season, 15 contestants entered the house of Kamal Haasan-hosted show and four more celebs got wild-card entries. In the second season, 16 people entered the house and only one contestant was given wild entry.Meanwhile, the shooting of the inaugural episode of Bigg Boss Tamil 3 was kick-started on Friday and continued till Saturday evening. The show will be aired for the next 100 days at 8 pm.The contestants of Bigg Boss Tamil will be locked inside the house for the 100 days. Every week there will be elimination based on the viewers’ votes, but there are exceptions.At occasions, there will be no eliminations and sometimes multiple people might be evicted. A picture of Kamal Haasan in Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house.PR Handout
Two men were killed in separate incidents of lightning strike at Tuardanga and Kadakati villages in Satkhira’s Ashasuni on Tuesday morning, reports UNB.The deceased were identified as Bhajhari Mandol, 50, son of late Mangal Mandol of Tuardanga village and Jahangir Hossain, 34, of Kadakati village of the upazila.Shahidul Islam, officer-in-charge of Ashasuni police station, said a thunderbolt struck Bhajhari around 6:00am while he was going outside for working, leaving him dead on the spot.Meanwhile, another thunderbolt hit Jahangir Hossain while he was fishing in his enclosure, leaving him dead on the spot.Later, locals recovered the bodies, the OC added.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday paid rich tributes to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the occasion of his 99th birthday.The premier paid the homage by placing a wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu placed in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at historic 32 Dhanmondi Road in Dhaka in the morning.After laying the wreath, she stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of respect to the memory of Sheikh Mujib, reports BSS.Cabinet members, PM’s advisers, parliament members and senior leaders of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) were present here.The birthday of Bangabandhu is also being observed across the country as the National Children’s Day.Later, flanked by the central leaders of Awami League, Sheikh Hasina laid another wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu as the party president.Part senior leaders Amir Hossain Amu, Begum Matia Chowdhury, Obaidul Quader, advocate Sahara Khatun, Satish Chandra Roy, LGRD minister engineer Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, shipping minister Shajahan Khan, food minister advocate Quamrul Islam, Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif, Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Jatiya Sangsad chief whip ASM Feroze, among others, were present.Later, Jatiya Sangsad speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Dhaka South City Corporation mayor Sayeed Khokan, leaders of associate bodies of Awami League and other socio-cultural organisations placed wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu.
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has signed an occasional use capacity deal with SES for contribution and distribution of the 2011 Pan American Games taking place in Guadalajara, Mexico.The EBU is using over one transponder of C-band capacity on SES’ NSS-806 to bring the international sporting event to fans across Latin America and parts of Europe. It is also using uplink services at SES’ teleport facility in Manassas, Virginia, as part of its global distribution strategy behind the Pan American Games.
NAB president and CEO, Gordon SmithThe NAB helped secure “five wins” for US broadcasters from legislators last year, including US$1 billion in funding to help them cope with relocation of broadcast signals as a result of spectrum reallocation, according to NAB president and CEO Gordon Smith.Speaking at the opening of the NAB Show in Las Vegas, Smith said that the passing of legislation to reimburse stations during the spectrum relocation process was a key win that meant broadcasters did not have to pay relocation costs as a result of the loss of their spectrum.Congressman Greg Walden of Oregon, head of the House Energy and Commerce Committee with oversight over broadcasting relocation costs, speaking with Smith at the NAB Show, said that establishing funding for broadcasters had not been easy, but that it had been important to secure this.Walden said that transmission tower companies in the US would now be under pressure to move the process forward. “I wanted to make sure the relocation fund was fully funded,” he said, with US$600 million of funding to be disbursed this year and US$400 million next year.The other four of the “five wins” over the past year highlighted by Smith were the FCC’s approval of voluntary deployment of ATSC 3.0, the defeat of recording companies’ “attempt to tax radio stations” for playing music, the defeat of a tax proposal on advertising and the FCC’s updating of media ownership rules.Taking forward the move towards ATSC 3.0, Smith highlighted the trial of next-generation TV in Raleigh, North Carolina during the Winter Olympics from Korea, and an initiative in Cleveland, Ohio, as well as further trials in Phoenix and Dallas.