TORONTO — Torstar Corp. (TSX:TS.B) reported a smaller second-quarter loss compared with a year ago as it saw improved results from its digital media company VerticalScope.The publisher of the Toronto Star said it lost $7 million or nine cents per share in the three months ending June 30 compared with a loss of $23.9 million or 30 cents per share a year ago.Operating revenue totalled $161.8 million for what was the company’s latest quarter, down from $177.9 million a year earlier.Torstar chief executive John Boynton said VerticalScope posted strong year-over-year growth in revenue, while the company’s Metroland Media Group and Star Media Group benefited from efforts to reduce costs.“We’re facing continued headwinds but we continue to make great progress,” Boynton said during a conference call with financial analysts to discuss the company’s latest results.“We continue to be very encouraged by our VerticalScope side and we continue to be very encouraged by our core digital and news sites and their performances as well.”Torstar holds a 56 per cent stake in VerticalScope, which owns and operates hundreds of online forums and websites including,, and its outlook, the company said cost reduction will remain an important area of focus for the balance of the year. Revenue growth at VerticalScope is also expected to continue in the second half of 2017.Torstar said its most recent quarter included a $6.3-million non-cash amortization and depreciation charge related to its investment in VerticalScope and $6.1 million in restructuring charges.That compared with a $26.6-million non-cash charge related to VerticalScope last year as well as $6.9 million in restructuring charges and a $4.5-million non-cash charge related to the transition of printing of the Toronto Star to Transcontinental.On an adjusted basis, Torstar says it lost three cents per share in the second quarter compared with a loss of 13 cents per share in the same quarter last year.——Torstar holds an investment in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with a subsidiary of the Globe and Mail and the parent company of Montreal’s La Presse. read more

Celebrating the launch of the Day, the African Union (AU) and UN World Food Programme (WFP) highlighted the vital role of school meals in education as the world’s most widely used safety net. School meals provide critical social support, encouraging more regular attendance at school and contributing to children’s protection in emergencies. They are also a key long-term investment in millions of people’s futures, in local economies, and in reducing hunger across the globe. “Further, when it comes to encouraging girls’ access to school, adding just one year of school meals is proven to increase absolute enrolment by nearly 30 percent,” said WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin. During the 26th AU Summit in January 2016, the Heads of States decided to adopt homegrown school feeding programmes as a continental strategy to enhance retention and performance of children in schools and to boost income generation and entrepreneurship in local communities. The decision saw the establishment of 1 March as the ‘Africa Day for School Feeding.’ “School feeding programmes are not new to Africa, in fact, some among us became who we are today because of school meals,” said Nkosazana Dlamini, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, adding however that the link with local food production is a new approach. The Day focuses on home-grown school meals, where local farmers produce food that is then purchased for use in school meals, maximizing the benefits for students, farmers and local communities. According to an analysis conducted by WFP, every dollar spent on a school meals programme can result in a return worth as much as $3 to $9. More than half the world’s children assisted by WFP with school meals live in Africa. In 2014, over 10 million children in 41 African countries benefited from WFP school meals programmes. read more

Dika MemWorld Young Handball Player 2017/2018 is pleased to announce the results of our fifth Voting Contest for the Young World Handball Player 2017/2018 (generation 1996 and younger). The French youngstar, promising right back, Dika Mem (1996) got the highest number of cumulative votes of handball journalists and handball fans ( visitors ). Oustanding performances of the 22 years-old Mem, helped France to win the bronze medal at Men’s EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia, but also FC Barcelona Lassa to stay on the TOP of the Spanish handball.  Mem won the award with 44 points in total, ahead of Slovenian right wing Blaz Janc (PGE Vive Kielce, 39) and compatriot, line-player, Ludovic Fabregas (Montpellier Handball, 36).In two weeks of voting period 15.857 votes for 28 nominated players have shown the outstanding interest for our project, who has the goal to present the future stars of our sport.COMPLETE RESULTS – BEST 7VOTING PROCESS – YOUR VOTESMembers of the Jury:Rasmus Boysen (Denmark, Chardon ( TEAM (France)Stig Nygard (TV 2, Norway)Sergei Novikov (Fast center, Belarus)Sergey Prigolovkin (, Russia)Rici Gjamovski (, Macedonia)Jorge Dargel Amigo (Marca, Spain)Marcin Gorcynski (, Poland)Konstantinos Chatzidimitriou (, Greece)Jasmin Tajic (Oslobodjenje, BiH)Zika Bogdanovic (, Serbia)MEM FOLLOWS SAGOSEN AND has got the third world’s young handball player in the history of our Contest. The Spanish right back Alex Dujshebaev (2013/2014) won title four years ago, while in the three following, Norwegian superstar Sander Sagosen was unbeatable. FRENCH STARS…The biggest number of nominations for WORLD YOUNG HANDBALL PLAYER 2017/18 got French players (7) ahead of Spaniards (5), Slovenians and Belarusians 3…CREATIC.HU– PREMIUM PARTNER ← Previous Story PGE Vive Kielce in financial crisis? Next Story → Young World Handball Best 7 – 2017/2018 read more

first_imgOrganisers of the AHEPA-NUGAS Business Breakfast couldn’t be happier with the turn out this year, with more than 125 young budding and established professionals turning out for the event in MarchEmceed by NUGAS Victoria president Tass Sgardelis and moderated by AHEPA youth governor Jiannis Tsaousis, the second collaboration between the two organisations saw an insightful panel discussion on ‘Building Your Career Brand: How to Stand Out’. Giving their personal insights and tips on their respective industries were eminent Philhellene, former Victorian premier and Beyond Blue founding chairman Hon. Jeff Kennett AC, founding managing partner of Boston Consulting Group Australia and NZ and Victoria University Chancellor George Pappas, and Asia Pacific’s leading digital marketing and brand strategist and CEO of PENSO, Constantine Frantzeskos.The panellists shared invaluable information regarding their personal career highs and lows, in addition to their business and personal philosophies, views on university reforms and an analysis of empirical work experience regarding career advancement.Those who attended were given the opportunity to be seated alongside some of Australia’s leading professionals from a range of industries including finance, accounting, management consulting, law, community and public service, engineering, construction, arts and culture, science, medicine and technology. Amongst the community leaders offering their services on the day were Victoria’s Shadow Attorney General and State Member for Hawthorn John Pesutto MLA; federal Member for Calwell and deputy chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Immigration, Maria Vamvakinou MHR, and Australia’s first Greek-born Queen’s Counsel, Olyvia Nikou QC.The morning also featured a presentation by the president of the Greek Community and managing partner of Moray and Agnew Lawyers, Bill Papastergiadis, who shared his experiences regarding the growth of the firm and the development of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria.National president of AHEPA Christine Lynch OAM addressed the panellists, thanking them for their time and invaluable advice and insight for those gathered on the day. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgMarée noire : recherches suspendues après l’explosion d’une plateforme pétrolière dans le golfe du Mexique Golfe du Mexique – L’explosion de la plateforme pétrolière qui a coulé le 22 avril dernier a fait dix-sept blessés et engendré une marée noire de 1,6 km de large et 8 km de long. Les recherches des onze personnes disparues après la catastrophe ont quant à elles été suspendues vendredi.Après avoir brûlé pendant 36 heures, la plate-forme pétrolière a sombré jeudi, à 70 km environ de la côte de Louisiane. Sur les 126 employés présents au moment de l’explosion, dix-sept ont été blessés, dont trois grièvement. Onze autres personnes étaient encoreportées disparues vendredi, lorsque les recherches ont été suspendues. Comme l’a indiqué Mike O’Berry, un porte-parole des garde-côtes de La Nouvelle-Orléans, les autorités ont dépêché des navires et des avions sur place afin de contenir la marée noire qui s’étendait déjà sur 8 km de long. On ignore encore la quantité de pétrole qui s’est échappée des cuves de la plate-forme, lesquelles en contenaient 2,6 millions de litres avant l’explosion. Un petit sous-marin téléguidé a été envoyé sur le site pour le déterminer.Jeudi, Barack Obama a déclaré que le gouvernement s’est fixé pour “priorité numéro 1” de réagir aux conséquences de cette catastrophe. Le président américain “a assuré que le gouvernement fédéral offrait toute l’assistance nécessaire aux efforts de sauvetage et celle permettant de répondre à l’impact sur l’environnement, afin de le minimiser”, a affirmé la Maison Blanche dans un communiquéLe 26 avril 2010 à 10:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgAC Milan look set to begin proceedings to sign current head coach Gennaro Gattuso to a new contract ahead of their derby against arch-rivals Inter MilanSince replacing the fired Vincenzo Montella back in November, Gattuso has overseen an upturn in form for Milan and they have been unbeaten domestically in 2018.The former youth coach was promoted, despite no prior experience, and now taken lead Milan back into the race for a possible Champions League spot in the Serie A standings.“When we open our eggs this Easter, we’re going to find Gennaro Gattuso’s renewal inside,” said Milan’s sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli, according to The 42.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“I’ve been telling you for some time, although perhaps you only know him as a player, that Rino (Gattuso) is already an important coach and in the future will be one of the best in the world, so it’s only right that Milan keep hold of him.“We are working to start a new era with Gattuso, because we believe he is the right coach for a Milan that must be a protagonist over the next few years.“We all want it (contract), Rino like all of us, we just need to find the right time to do what we have to do.”last_img read more

first_imgReliance Jio (RJio), the telecom arm of Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries (RIL), aims to acquire 100 million subscribers in the first year of its launch, even though the company has delayed the roll out of fourth-generation (4G) mobile internet services to the next financial year.While Mukesh Ambani wants the target to be reached in the first 100 days after the launch RJio’s 4G services, the leadership and analysts see 12 months as “realistic” timeframe to achieve such a figure.Earlier, the company had said that it would be able to offer 4G services by December, but it recently postponed the launch to 2016. The company has already spent Rs 100,000 crore in the venture and plans to invest a “similar amount” in the coming days, Business Standard reported.In what could to a major concern for other telecom operators, RJio is primarily aiming to bring existing high-value customers on its network, by offering “unlimited access to high-speed broadband services (4G or LTE) on a subscription-based model.”Some analysts said that RJio’s target of acquiring 100-million subscribers is “achievable”, taking into account its vast distribution network. It has access to 1,000 company-controlled outlets and one million distributors for recharge vouchers.RJio is likely to have robust infrastructure by the time it launches its 4G services, with 75,000 4G cell sites, 250,000 km of optic fibre and 0.65 million sq ft of data centre capacity.On the other hand, Bharti’s data centre subsidiary has a capacity of just 0.16 million sq ft, according to Deutsche Bank.So far, Airtel has not revealed the subscribers or revenue it earned after the launch of its 4G services in nearly 300 towns in August.Deutsche Bank Global Markets projects “RJio’s mobile business to have 94 million subscribers (15 per cent of smartphone users) with an ARPU (average revenue per user) of Rs 246 a month, implying 8.5 per cent of wireless revenue share. “According to Deven Choksey of KRChoksey, RJio is estimated to gain 100 million subscribers in the first 12 months of launch and an ARPU of Rs 500 per month, which would result in monthly revenue of Rs 5,000 crore.last_img read more

first_imgWest Bank settlement. Photo: AFPIsrael on Wednesday approved construction of 1,958 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, Israeli settlement watchdog Peace Now told AFP.It was fewer than the 2,500 for which defence minister Avigdor Lieberman said last week he intended to seek approval.It was the first tranche of settlement approvals since the controversial US embassy transfer to Jerusalem on 14 May, a move that infuriated Palestinians and intensified protests on the Gaza border, with at least 61 Palestinians killed in clashes with Israeli forces that day.Peace Now said that in Wednesday’s batch, around 700 units got final approval while the remainder passed the first approval stage in the planning process.It said that the majority were in isolated settlements outside the major “blocs” which the government will seek to retain in any future peace agreement with the Palestinians.Israel’s West Bank settlements are considered illegal under international law and are bitterly opposed by Palestinians.Peace Now said in a statement that there had been a leap in settlement-building during US President Donald Trump’s term so far, with about 14,000 approvals.That, it added, “is more than three times the amount that was approved in the year and a half before his inauguration (4,476 units).”last_img read more

first_imgA mid-flight engine failure forced an Air France A380 jet with more than 500 passengers on board to turn back to the Ivory Coast capital Abidjan where it landed without further incident early Sunday.”We were flying over Niger (to Paris)… I saw a ball of flame for a few seconds and then a large bang on the left side of the aircraft,” Baudelaire Mieu, a journalist with Bloomberg News, told AFP.”The plane began to roll, everything was shaking and people started to panic. The pilot came on and said ‘We have just lost a left side engine. We are returning to Abidjan,” Mieu said.The Air France-KLM manager for West Africa Jean-Luc Mevellec confirmed the incident.”Technically, it is what is called an engine blow-out. It is a well known problem,” Mevellec told AFP.”It happens from time to time. It is a well known phenomenon, well understood and crew are well trained on simulators all year long to deal with this time of fault,” he added.Mieu said the giant four-engined aircraft, the world’s biggest passenger jet, “continued to vibrate all the way back to Abidjan. People were praying.””It was a close call. I have never been so frightened!”last_img read more

first_imgThe Asbury United Methodist Church, 926 11th St NW, is planning to hold its Homecoming Sunday Celebration on Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. The theme for the celebration is “Fruits of Thy Labor, Fruit of The Spirit”. The historic downtown congregation has worshipped and served continuously for 179 years from the corners of 11th and K Streets in Northwest, where Rev. Dr. Lanther M. Mills serves as the senior pastor. Asbury is calling all current and former members to come home and bring friends and family members to help celebrate this special occasion. For more information, contact the Asbury church office, 202-628-0009, or visit read more

first_img Explore further More information: Patent: … 45&RS=DN/20120188245AbstractThere are provided apparatuses and methods for increasing the pixel density of a digital display through mechanical actuation. In some embodiments, a display device is described having a processor configured to provide an image for display and a memory coupled to the processor. The memory stores the image and is configured to map the image to a pixel matrix. A display controller is coupled to the memory and configured to sample portions of the image and to store the portions of the image into planes. Each sampled portion comprises a different set of pixels of the pixel matrix. A display is coupled to the display controller and is configured to display the contents of the sampled planes. In particular, the display controller is configured to sequentially provide the sampled planes to the display for sequential display. At least one actuator is coupled to the display to displace the display for the displaying of the sampled planes, so that pixels of each plane are displayed in a unique location from the pixels of other planes.via: … e-video-glasses.html 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 Citation: Apple bowl-headed patent shows wearable computing plans (2012, July 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — Like Google, Apple has plans to win recognition as wearable computing leaders. Patently Apple reports on a patent that was filed by Apple in January last year but made known earlier this week. The patent application is causing a stir over what Apple has in mind to compete with Google over the latter’s highly anticipated Project Glass heads-up display. The Apple patent in question, titled “Display resolution increase with mechanical actuation,” speaks of multiple “embodiments,” but the concept appears to relate to raising the quality of a display placed over a wearer’s eye. The patent drawings show a very odd-looking bowl over a person’s head extending out to eyewear over just one eye. The implication beyond the obtuse patent text is clear that Apple is fixed on competing with Google for the coming generation of heads-up display wearers, and, in competing, is to use its key ammunition, its own brand recognition that Apple provides high quality visuals whether on its desktop, tablet, phone or, now possibly, on video glasses. The inventor is listed on the patent application as Edward Craig Hyatt.Those bloggers watching Apple and writing about the patent news agree that the text is obtuse, ambitiously general, and hard to pin down, as a patent application for ideas that could take any form of multiple “embodiments.” Nonetheless, it can be said that the goal of Apple seems to be to improve the resolution of images seen through a head-mounted display.According to the patent application, “There are provided apparatuses and methods for increasing the pixel density of a digital display through mechanical actuation. In some embodiments, a display device is described having a processor configured to provide an image for display and a memory coupled to the processor. The memory stores the image and is configured to map the image to a pixel matrix. A display controller is coupled to the memory and configured to sample portions of the image and to store the portions of the image into planes. Each sampled portion comprises a different set of pixels of the pixel matrix. A display is coupled to the display controller and is configured to display the contents of the sampled planes. In particular, the display controller is configured to sequentially provide the sampled planes to the display for sequential display. At least one actuator is coupled to the display to displace the display for the displaying of the sampled planes, so that pixels of each plane are displayed in a unique location from the pixels of other planes.” Google patent sends ring signals to Project Glasslast_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Police have arrested three persons from Sonarpur in South 24-Parganas and seized around 900 kg of banned firecrackers from them.Acting on a tip off, the police raided and arrested the trio when they were travelling in a car. They searched the car and found three large plastic bags containing banned fire crackers.Police received prior information about a car, carrying banned crackers, that will pass through Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Road at Rajpur near Sonarpur. To get hold of them, policemen went to the spot in plainclothes. On late Sunday night, they found a car approaching and immediately started a search operation of the same. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAfter finding those plastic bags, they took the three men to the police station and investigation revealed that the plastic bags contained banned firecrackers.A police officer said: “There were around 900 kg banned firecrackers in the plastic bags.”Police are now trying to get more information about the three arrested persons. They are also trying to know the purpose behind taking such a huge quantity of banned fire crackers.The police officer said that usually such a huge quantity of banned firecrackers gets seized in October and November ahead of Diwali. “Hence, it is important for us to investigate into the case to find out why did they indulge in it now,” the officer said.Police have intensified the search operations and undertaken all necessary steps to check the selling of banned firecrackers.It may be mentioned that the police and administration together have taken several steps to check selling of banned firecrackers as it leads to pollution.last_img read more

first_img MOSCOW — After each of their friends tied the knot and wound up getting married, two men were left standing and single as ever. But rather than take the leap of matrimonial faith themselves, the two Americans – who’ve been friends for 15 years – booked a ‘homiemoon’ to Thailand to celebrate their bachelor lifestyles.What followed was an outpouring of love and laughs on social media, not to mention a possible new niche market in the travel industry. One of the men, who goes by ‘ignoreeverythingido’ on Imgur, documented the trip with photos that spoof the famous ‘Follow Me To’ travel pics by Murad Osmann and Natalia Zakharova.Murad and Natalia’s photos have inspired countless copycats who are in love and travel the world. But these ‘homiemoon’ pics are by far the funniest for putting a jokingly romantic twist on an otherwise heterosexual bromance. Share Tuesday, March 21, 2017 Could the ‘Homiemoon’ be the next big trend in travel? Tags: Thailandcenter_img Travelweek Group Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

first_img Top Stories The new rate was the lowest level since the Egyptian government introduced an auction system in December 2012 aimed at regulating the pound’s devaluation.“It’s welcome to have, within the current context, a weaker pound because the economy is shifting toward a growth mode so one of the key ways to push this growth forward is through foreign exchange,” said Mohamed Abu Basha, an economist at regional investment giant EFG Hermes.Investors and economists see the currency as overvalued and the central bank had allowed the pound to slide somewhat before a major investor summit in March.The central bank has also allowed commercial banks a wider margin for selling and buying dollars since January, at 0.10 pounds above or below the official rate.Egypt’s government is trying to send the message that the country is open for business, after struggling since the 2011 uprising that ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak. It has launched a series of ambitious mega-projects and pushed through a host of tough measures, including slashing fuel subsidies and amending the property tax law.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall CAIRO (AP) — The Egyptian pound has fallen to a new low against the U.S. dollar, the second such drop in days, the country’s central bank said Sunday, in a move that could help boost much-needed foreign investment.The central bank set a cutoff rate of 7.73 Egyptian pounds per dollar in an auction that sold $39.6 million on Sunday, compared to a previous low of 7.63 on Thursday. Before that, the pound had held at 7.53 since February. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Parents, stop beating yourself up Sponsored Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

first_imgPictured from left to right Front Row Linda Pellaers Air France/KLM BDM, Adam Ferraro Club Med BDM Vic & Tas Back Row Jennie Marsden – where2travel Malvern, Lee Forster – Orba Travel, Jennifer Gibbons – Helloworld Bunbury, Dana Michael – Executive Edge, Ria Hilderink – Reho Travel, Sophie Anderson – Destination HQ, Marcelo Buccella – Travel Extra, Nui Jirasakstaporn – Club Med, Melanie Golin- Taking Off Tours, Julie Kite – Helloworld Marion, Toni Bardsley – Global Travel Solutions Famil at Club Med Peisey Vallandry, FrancePerched 1,600 metres (5,250 ft) high in the Tarentaise valley with its torrents and lakes, larch and spruce trees, the Resort embodies the authentic spirit of France’s Savoie mountains. Peisey VallandryDiscover the resortClub Med and Air France recently hosted our top agents on an all-inclusive ski famil to Club Med Peisey Vallandry in the French Alps. Flying in style with Air France to Geneva, it was then only a 2.5 hour transfer to this resort – so easy!Everyone enjoyed the ski or snowboard lesson in one of the most beautiful ski domains in the world. On the way home, a quick stopover in the center of Paris , thanks to Novatel Les Halles, to see the sights and enjoy the spectacular Lido Show. Source = Club Med Australialast_img read more

first_imgCelebrating success for MTA high achievers in WACelebrating success for MTA high achievers in WAPictured enjoying an epicurean treat at Perth’s landmark Balthazar restaurant last week, MTA – Mobile Travel Agents CEO, Don Beattie and several of the company’s management with a group of MTA’s Western Australia-based high achievers.Company recognition to one side, the event gave the Members the opportunity to meet with Clare Kearns and Georgia Traill, the two MTA business development managers now responsible for the company’s Western Australia activity.Pictured (from left to right): Debbie Andrews; Val Burman; Maria Lombardi; MTA training manager, Kirsty Tate; Deb Johnston, MTA BDM, Clare Kearns; Emma Poultney, Megan Walsh, MTA ticketing support, Prem Halama; MTA CEO, Don Beattie; Jodie Everett, Carine Griffiths and MTA BDM, Georgia Traill.Source = MTA – Mobile Travel Agents PR – Mike Parker-Brownlast_img read more

first_img This image released by Showtime shows filmmaker Liz Garbus, left, talking with New York Times White House correspondent Julie Hirschfeld Davis in Washington, during the filming of the original documentary series “The Fourth Estate.” The first episode of the series will close the 17th annual Tribeca Film Festival. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/Showtime via AP) by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Apr 17, 2018 11:05 am PDT Last Updated Apr 17, 2018 at 1:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Post Weinstein, film festivals aim for gender paritycenter_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Asia Argento said he raped her during the Cannes Film Festival. Mira Sorvino said he chased her around a hotel room at the Toronto International Film Festival. Rose McGowan’s encounter happened at the Sundance Film Festival.Just as Harvey Weinstein did at the Oscars, the disgraced movie mogul lorded over the festival world, which provided the glitzy, champagne-flowing setting for many of his alleged crimes. And in the aftermath of Hollywood’s sexual harassment scandals, film festivals have done some soul searching.Codes of conduct have been rewritten, selection processes have been re-examined and, in many cases, gender equality efforts have been redoubled.When the curtain goes up on the 17th annual Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday, the festival will boast more female filmmakers than ever before. After last year accounting for a third of the slate, films directed by women make up 46 per cent at this year’s festival.Jane Rosenthal, co-founder of the festival and chief executive of Tribeca Enterprises, particularly wanted to launch this year’s festival with the premiere of a film directed by a woman, about a woman. Lisa Dapolito’s “Love Gilda,” about the comedienne Gilda Radner, will kick things off Wednesday at New York’s Beacon Theatre. The first episode of Liz Garbus’ Showtime documentary series “The Fourth Estate,” about the New York Times covering the first year of the Trump administration, will close the festival. On April 28, the festival will hold a day’s worth of conversations with Time’s Up, including Ashley Judd and Julianne Moore, to benefit the legal defence fund and gender equality initiative.“For us it was, on one hand, business as usual,” said Rosenthal, pointing to previous efforts Tribeca has made to promote female filmmakers, like its Nora Ephron Award. “But we tasked ourselves early on with: Can you get to 50-50? Can we have 50 per cent women filmmakers at the festival? We got to 46. I would say that it was fairly easy for us. Those pictures would probably have been in the festival without that kind of mandate.”Efforts to improve the movie business’ record on gender equality have been ongoing at many, though not all, major film festivals in recent years. Pursuing parity has seemed at times like an arms race with various festivals touting their male-to-female ratios. The festival world is far ahead of the industry (only 8 of last year’s top 100 films at the box office were directed by women) and the Academy Awards (where Greta Gerwig became just the fifth woman ever nominated for best director this year).Thirty-seven per cent of the 122 features at this year’s Sundance were directed by women, including “Seeing Allred,” about women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred. For the first time, all four of the festival’s directing prizes went to female filmmakers. The festival’s top prize, the Grand Jury Prize, went to Desiree Akhavan’s “The Miseducation of Cameron Post.”At SXSW in March, eight of the 10 films in the narrative competition were directed by women. At last fall’s Toronto film festival, one third of entries were made by female filmmakers and a five-year, $3 million campaign dubbed “Share Her Journey” was launched to support female filmmakers.The Hot Docs Festival , a well-regarded documentary festival held annually in Toronto, reached gender parity for the first time this year. A year after a program featuring 48 per cent of female-directed projects, this year’s 246 films and 16 interdisciplinary projects are 50/50 on gender. The festival on Tuesday also added the premiere of Barry Avrich’s Weinstein documentary “The Reckoning: Hollywood’s Worst Kept Secret.”Shane Smith, director of programming at Hot Docs, which begins April 26, said reflecting the diversity and the demands of the audience is imperative for “cultural gatekeepers” like film festivals.“We were hoping we could get to gender parity,” said Smith. “Once we started screening the work that was coming in, and the quality of the films and the stories that were being told by female filmmakers, we saw that it was a goal that was achievable this year,” Smith said. “We weren’t going to force this to happen if the work wasn’t there. But given the strides that have happened in the last few years, it was easy, actually.”The Cannes Film Festival, which opens May 8, has applied a different strategy. Its artistic director, Thierry Fremaux, has regularly responded to complaints about the number of female filmmakers selected for its prestigious Palme d’Or competition by saying it’s not a festival’s place to consider anything but a submission’s merit — that progress can only come further up the pipeline at studios and production companies.Critics say Cannes’ track record (only one female filmmaker, Jane Campion, has ever won the Palme) speaks for itself. Fremaux last week announced Cannes’ main slate with three female filmmakers — Nadine Labaki, Alice Rohrwacher and Eva Husson — disappointing some who thought Cannes might adapt in the age of #MeToo.“The question of a quota in no case concerns the artistic selection of a festival. Films are chosen for their quality,” Fremaux said in a press conference last week. “There will never be a selection made by positive discrimination.”Weinstein, who has denied allegations of sexual assault, was for years a dominant wheeler-and-dealer at Cannes. His fall was felt acutely there. “The Cannes Film Festival will never be the same again,” said Fremaux, who vowed to re-examine the festival’s own gender parity in salaries and jury selections.Other festivals have had even tougher questions to answer. Last September’s Fantastic Fest, the Austin-based genre film festival, caused a backlash after it was revealed that the festival’s host, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, had rehired blogger Devin Faraci a year after he stepped down following an accusation of sexual assault. Fox Searchlight pulled “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” from the festival.Weinstein had less of a connection with the Tribeca festival, but the scandal still hit close to home. The Weinstein Co. is based in the same Tribeca building as the Tribeca Enterprises headquarters. “It was: ‘Who’s the stranger next door?’” said Rosenthal, Robert De Niro’s longtime producing partner.But as a Time’s Up member herself, Rosenthal is hopeful that the industry is waking up to overdue change. Festivals don’t have direct sway over what gets made and what sells, but they can play a vital role in showcasing filmmaking talent and sparking conversation.“I’ve had a women’s lunch for 15 years at the festival,” said Rosenthal. “Now, it’s going to be very crowded.”___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: read more

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