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Federal government passes Canadas first national accessibility legislationFederal government passes Canadas first national accessibility legislation

first_imgOTTAWA – Disabled Canadians declared a partial victory Thursday hours after the government voted to enact Canada’s first national accessibility law, calling it a major step forward while cautioning that more work was still needed to ensure it achieves its goal.The Accessible Canada Act, which aims to improve life for those with disabilities, received unanimous support in the House of Commons on Wednesday evening. It awaits only royal assent, expected in the coming weeks, before officially becoming law.Advocates who fought for amendments to strengthen the legislation praised the governing Liberals for delivering on a promise to implement the bill and bring Canada more in line with other countries that have had such laws for years. But they also cautioned against complacency, saying more work lay ahead.“We applaud the government for its willingness to listen to Canadians with disabilities,” Council of Canadians with Disabilities chair Jewelles Smith said in a statement.“CCD reminds the government that there are many serious ongoing barriers that will not be addressed by this act, and encourages the federal government to pursue policy solutions to these well-known concerns.”Accessibility Minister Carla Qualtrough, who spearheadded national consultations on the bill and shepherded it through Parliament, hailed its passage as a significant moment.“This is the most transformative piece of legislation since enacting the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and a true testament to the work, commitment and contributions of the Canadian disability community,” she said in a statement. “This historic act sends a clear signal to Canadians that persons with disabilities will no longer be treated as an afterthought.”The act passed by Parliament bears striking differences from the version initially tabled last June.Its stated purpose — to “identify, remove and prevent” accessibility barriers in areas that fall under federal jurisdiction — was greeted with enthusiasm and remains the same. Those areas include built environments, federally run programs and services, banking, telecommunications and transportation that crosses provincial lines.But disabled advocates almost immediately began raising concerns about the effectiveness of the legislation and lobbied for changes.Last fall, a group of 95 disability groups signed an open letter outlining nine areas of perceived weakness, including the lack of a timeline for the bill’s implementation and failure to recognize various forms of sign language as official languages of the deaf.The Senate’s committee on social affairs, science and technology, citing community concerns, amended the bill to include sign language recognition as well as a timeline for the bill to be fully implemented by 2040.Those amendments were reflected in the bill that garnered parliamentary approval.Activists celebrated the passage of the act as genuine progress, but some continued to voice concerns about areas where they feel it still falls short.The Arch Disability Law Centre indicated Thursday that it was particularly troubled by the language employed throughout the bill, which repeatedly uses “may” rather than “shall” or “must” when describing initiatives.This language gives government … power to make and enforce the new accessibility requirements, but does not actually require them to use these powers,” Arch said in a statement.An amendment before the Senate committee addressed that concern but was defeated.Advocates also criticized the bill for granting the government broad powers to exempt people from the new rules, spreading enforcement over numerous agencies, and opting not to withhold federal funding from organizations that don’t comply with accessibility measures. Conservatives and New Democrats echoed those issues in Parliament.Gabrielle Peters, a Vancouver-based wheelchair user, said the government’s failure to address those areas leaves the law lacking compared to similar legislation in other countries. She said she questions whether the law will prove significant for all its meant to serve.“I and many like me will be at home with my broken wheelchair in my tiny box of an improperly adapted apartment living in poverty in a city with 8,000 corners where I can’t cross the street,” she said.“Nothing in the act will change that. But I am glad Canada finally has an Accessible Canada Act, however lacking I find it, and I want to recognize the work of those who actually worked on and for it.”last_img read more

Judge rejects groups attempt to have Quebec secularism law suspendedJudge rejects groups attempt to have Quebec secularism law suspended

first_imgMONTREAL — A judge today rejected an attempt by religious and civil liberties groups to have Quebec’s secularism law suspended.Quebec Superior Court Justice Michel Yergeau says Bill 21 will continue to apply until a court rules on the merits of a court challenge against it. The law prohibits some public sector workers, including teachers and police officers, from wearing religious symbols at work.Lawyers representing a national Muslim organization, a civil liberties group and a university student who wears an Islamic head scarf had asked for a judicial stay on the central parts of Bill 21.They argued the law is causing serious, immediate harm to religious minorities across the province, but Yergeau says the applicants failed to demonstrate the law is causing harm that would warrant a stay for the duration of the court challenge.Bill 21 was adopted in June and it invokes the notwithstanding clause of the Canadian Constitution, which prevents citizens from challenging the law for violating fundamental rights and liberties protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.Lawyers challenging the bill did so on grounds rooted outside the charter. They argued the law is unconstitutional because it encroaches on federal jurisdiction, it is impermissibly vague and it violates citizens’ rights to participate in their democratic institutions.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Announcing the TVO Short Doc Contest 2018 Calling all Ontarians to shareAnnouncing the TVO Short Doc Contest 2018 Calling all Ontarians to share

first_imgTwitter Bell Fibe TV SD 209 Shaw Direct SD 353 BlackBerry World On air: iTunes YouTube TORONTO, April 9, 2018 – TVO Short Doc Contest 2018 is calling all Ontarians to enter their short documentaries by July 15, 2018 for a chance to win great prizes. The theme for this year’s contest is DIY Docs, and it encourages all residents of Ontario to submit their video stories and share their perspective on a subject they feel passionate about. No previous documentary making experience is required. Facebook Rogers channel 2 Online: “TVO’s Short Doc Contest is a meaningful way to share compelling stories with a wide audience. It also offers an important opportunity for aspiring Ontario filmmakers to jumpstart their careers,” says Hannah Sung, TVO Manager, Digital Video. “We want people to be curious, ask questions, and offer a unique perspective.”Participants are invited to enter original short documentaries up to 4 minutes and 45 seconds in length. During the entry period, TVO will share documentary filmmaking tips and best practices through several inspirational videos at and on TVO’s social media channels. This series of videos will feature award-winning filmmakers Charles Officer (Unarmed Verses), Min Sook Lee (Migrant Dreams), and Lewis Gordon (the first-place winner of TVO’s Short Docs Contest 2017). The first video, “What is a documentary?”, explores the surprisingly elastic definition of what constitutes a documentary film. Subsequent videos will include tips on shooting and interviewing. Cable ch. 2 (may vary in some areas) Bell Fibe TV HD 1209 Bell Mobile TV Contest Schedule:Now through July 15, 2018 – Submit short documentaries at 16 to August 26, 2018 – Judging panel selects the finalists.August 27 to September 19, 2018 – Public voting for the People’s Choice Award at 20, 2018 – Winners announced.Prizing:The exciting line-up of prizes includes cash, Hot Docs Festival passes, a Twitter Canada workshop, as well as memberships for TIFF and the Documentary Organization of Canada:First prize: $2000 in cash, a pass to the Hot Docs Festival in 2019, a one-year membership to the Documentary Organization of Canada, and a pitch session with TVO’s Executive Producer of Documentaries, Jane Jankovic.Second prize: $1000 in cash, a best practices workshop at Twitter Canada, and a one-year membership to TIFF for two people.Third prize: $500 in cash and two tickets to the Canadian Film Centre’s annual BBQ fundraiser during the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.Best “short short”:  New this year, this prize recognizes the best “short, short” doc which is 90 seconds in length or under. The winner will receive $500 in cash and a pass to the Hot Docs Festival in 2019.The People’s Choice Award: As voted on by the public, this winner will receive $1000 in cash, one year of free admission to all programming at the DOC Institute, and a professional consultation with a DOC Institute board member.All winners will receive a one-year Hot Docs Cinema bronze membership, and finalists will have their documentaries showcased on The top winners will see their documentaries air on TVO.Judging:All submissions are screened by a panel of judges including: distinguished documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin; 2017 TVO Short Doc Contest first-prize winner, Lewis Gordon; award-winning short documentary filmmaker and interactive storyteller Shasha Nakhai; and Linda Fong, independent production officer at TVO.For more information on the TVO Short Doc Contest 2018, visit, and follow us @tvodocs on Twitter and Facebook using #TVOShortDoc.About TVOAs the technological extension of Ontario’s public education system, TVO’s vision is to create a better world through the power of learning. TVO provides learning opportunities for Ontarians through innovative educational products, in-depth current affairs, thought-provoking documentaries, and award-winning TVOkids resources both inside and outside the classroom. TVO is funded primarily by the Province of Ontario and is a registered charity supported by sponsors and thousands of donors. For more information, visit to find TVO Google Play Advertisement Twitter Shaw Direct HD 39 Bell TV 265 Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

CanadaUS delegates meet in BC to discuss halibut wastage in Bering SeaCanadaUS delegates meet in BC to discuss halibut wastage in Bering Sea

National Marine Fisheries Service crew participate in a trawl survey in the Aleutian Islands July 3, 2012. Fishermen in the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska are tossing back millions of kilograms of dead halibut they’ve caught unintentionally while scooping up other stocks. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO- Paul Logan AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canada-U.S. delegates meet in B.C. to discuss halibut ‘wastage’ in Bering Sea by Keven Drews, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 18, 2015 2:00 am MDT VANCOUVER – You might say it’s a story about the fish that didn’t get away.Fishermen in the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska are tossing back millions of kilograms of dead halibut they’ve caught unintentionally while scooping up other stocks.The longtime practice, known as bycatch, has become the focus of intense scrutiny in Alaska and will be the subject of debate at a meeting at month’s end of the International Pacific Halibut Commission in Vancouver.What’s at fault depends on who is talking. Some blame government regulations that forbid fishermen from keeping bycatch, others say it’s because of fish sorting-and-recording methods, and still others point to Alaska’s failure to follow the lead of British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and California.Chris Oliver, executive director of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, one of two U.S. agencies that manages the Alaskan fishery, said the public shouldn’t forget the market, either.“Yes, it’s a lot of halibut thrown over.” he said. “But again, you know, it supports a two-million-metric-ton groundfish fishery worth billions of dollars to this U.S. economy. In fairness, yes, there’s a lot of wastage of halibut.”Halibut can grow longer than 2.4 metres and weigh more than 225 kilograms. They swim as deep as 460 metres for much of the year and double that depth during the winter spawning months.The responsibility for managing the species between northern California and Alaska rests with international and national agencies. Quotas are set by the international commission, while bycatch in B.C. is managed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and in Alaska by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council and the National Marine Fisheries Service.Ian Stewart, a scientist at the Seattle-based halibut commission, said the debate has recently focused on areas of the eastern Bering Sea.The total halibut yield in that area this year is expected to be forecast at 1.56 million kilograms. Of that, 234,000 kilograms have been allocated to the main halibut fishery, almost 23,000 kilograms will be set aside for personal use and a so-called subsistence fishery as well as commercial wastage. A little over 1.31 million kilos have been set aside as bycatch.Stewart said those numbers don’t include an estimated 750,000 kilograms of halibut shorter than 66 centimetres.The executive director of Seattle’s Groundfish Forum, which represents five companies operating 14 factory vessels, said bycatch hasn’t been ignored in Alaska, nor is this a new issue.Chris Woodley said trawlers have cut down on bycatch in recent years and it now represents less than 0.5 per cent of all the flatfish caught in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands.The issue rose to prominence last month in Alaska when fears arose that there wouldn’t be enough halibut left over for its own fishery, Woodley said.He said regulations implemented by the National Marine Fisheries Service are part of the problem.Current regulations require that everything in a trawler’s nets, whether it’s targeted species such as yellowfin sole or bycatch like halibut, be sent below to the ship’s factory where observers measure and sort the halibut by sex.“All that takes about two hours, and then they’re allowed to return the halibut into the water. But after two hours, you’re not going to have a lot of live halibut, even though for part of that period they’re in fish bins and so there is some water in that.”Woodley said the Groundfish Forum plans to ask the North Pacific Fisheries Association and the National Marine Fisheries Service for an “experimental fishery permit” that would allow fishermen to sort halibut on deck and throw them back into the ocean sooner.He noted that deck sorting is taking place on trawlers in British Columbia, and that’s significantly reducing halibut bycatch and mortality.“The regulatory process in the United States, particularly in fishery management through the council, can take two to three years.”Buck Laukitis, a past president of the North Pacific Fisheries Association in Alaska, said groundfish fisheries have been doing well but there’s been a lack of political will to address the issue.Laukitis said coastal communities suffer when so much halibut goes to waste.“Halibut is the second-most important fishery to small boat fishermen in Alaska,” he said. “First is salmon, second is halibut, third is cod.”Laukitis said he wants the international body to do a better job co-ordinating the fishery with the Alaskan regulatory agencies.Bruce Leaman, the international commission’s executive director, said Alaska hasn’t followed practices in B.C., Washington, Oregon and northern California, where trawlers are bound by what’s known as individual bycatch quotas.Vessels there must stop fishing if they exceed their bycatch limit, although some jurisdictions allow for the trading of quotas.In B.C., Leaman said, the government has implemented a comprehensive, integrated groundfish management plan that has individual quotas for almost all species.Leaman said he expects the commission to spend at least an afternoon discussing the issue in Vancouver during the week-long meeting starting Jan. 26.“It is not a trivial issue by any stretch, nor an easy one to solve,” he said. “People have been working on this for 30 years now.” read more

Football Dante Booker to return and more from Urban Meyer on theFootball Dante Booker to return and more from Urban Meyer on the

Ohio State senior linebacker Dante Booker (33) attempts to sack Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley in the second quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 9 Ohio State will receive some reinforcements in its upcoming rivalry game against No. 24 Michigan with redshirt junior linebacker Dante Booker cleared to play, head coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday on the Big Ten coaches teleconference.Booker had missed the past two games with an undisclosed injury, and was replaced by sophomore Malik Harrison against Michigan State and redshirt senior Chris Worley against Illinois. “He’ll be cleared. So that’s good news,” Meyer said Tuesday. “He’s going to practice today.”The return of Ohio State’s third starting linebacker will be a welcomed sight to a team looking to slow down Michigan’s potent rushing offense. Meyer said the play of running back Karan Higdon has stood out to him in his preparation for the Wolverines’ offense heading into the game.“I think [Higdon] is an outstanding player and their interior offensive line is really, really good,” Meyer said. “And then they do a very good job of moving and shifting and trying to create gap issues for you, and so we’re spending an incredible amount of time on that.”Here are some more quotes from Meyer on the teleconference: Meyer on Michigan defensive tackle Maurice Hurst: “I think he’s one of their best players if not the best player. He’s outstanding. He’s been that way for the last couple years. We have a lot of respect for him.”Meyer on importance of rivalries in college football: “I actually learned about the rivalry here and I took that with me on my journey at different stops. And I just am a big fan of rivalries and big fan of the pageantry of college football, which I think rivalries separates college football from other sports. And so I just have always had great respect for rivalries.”Meyer on key to winning rivalry matchups: “I think it’s just the focus and the attention to detail and I think that big ‘R-word,’ the respect that you have for it and understand that this rivalry is there well before them and it’s going to be there after them and same with our coaches. So it’s just, we’ve got to do the best we can to respect it and the best way to respect is to play really hard and prepare the best you can.”Meyer on preparation in special teams: “Obviously this will be a very good challenge because they have great players all over the place. Their kickoff game is outstanding. And they come after, they’re very aggressive on their punt blocks so we’re going to spend a lot of time getting ready for it because you’re right, this is always a big part of the game.”Meyer on the uncertainty behind Michigan’s starting quarterbacks: “I don’t think, I’d have to check with [defensive coordinator] Greg [Schiano] and our defensive staff more than myself, but I think they’re all similar. They’re very good players and I think it’s not like they drastically change their system with whoever’s in there.” read more

Commentary Amid football turmoil the other sports show true meaning of ScarletCommentary Amid football turmoil the other sports show true meaning of Scarlet

In an era of Ohio State athletics history defined by discounted tattoos, dishonesty and disgrace, it’s hard not to feel let down or jaded as football scandals are unearthed, one by one. But it’s times like these when the character of the majority should outshine that of a few. In my time with The Lantern, I’ve covered a variety of sporting events and talked to countless athletes and coaches. But if I’ve learned anything, it’s that the athletes worthy of recognition aren’t just the ones wearing helmets and shoulder pads. Sure, Terrelle Pryor hitting DeVier Posey over the middle for a touchdown is impressive. But it pales in comparison to synchronized swimmer Meghan Kinney fighting for her life against bone cancer as she’s forced to watch her team win a national championship without her. Watching Solomon Thomas’ Sugar Bowl-clinching interception was incredible, but it’s no more impressive than watching the men’s volleyball team defeat California-Santa Barbara for its first national championship in program history. Watching women’s lacrosse player Kirsten Donahue check opponents to the turf can be just as brutal as watching Mike Adams pancake defensive linemen. I could discuss men’s track and field All-American Michael Hartfield’s pursuit of competing at the Olympic trials in the name of his father who passed away shortly after Hartfield arrived at OSU. Or senior women’s tennis captain Paloma Escobedo fighting back from a late-season injury to compete in the sport she loves. I sat glued to my seat while softball’s Karisa Medrano pitched a complete game to clinch a 4-3 victory with runners on base against Pittsburgh. The point is, all of these athletes play with grit and determination. They win with pride and courage, and they lose with emotion and dignity. Just because they don’t enter Ohio Stadium every Saturday and play while millions watch live on television, doesn’t mean we should ignore, or worse, forget who these athletes are. They compete at every opportunity for a fraction of the recognition, and they do it with integrity and love for their sport. These are the people who represent what Buckeye athletics really are. read more

Pilot errors led to crash that killed 11 people at UK airPilot errors led to crash that killed 11 people at UK air

first_img Short URL Share Tweet Email2 Emergency services attend the scene in the aftermath of the August 2015 crash Image: Steve Parsons PA Wire/PA Images Mar 3rd 2017, 9:40 PM The pilot either did not perceive that an escape manoeuvre was necessary, or did not realise that one was possible at the speed he achieved.The pilot did not have formal training to escape from the accident manoeuvre in a Hawker Hunter and had not had his ability to do so assessed.He had not practised the technique for escaping from the accident manoeuvre, and did not know the minimum speed from which it could be carried out successfully.The manoeuvre took place over a public area over which the flight organisers had no control.The AAIB said: “The investigation found that the parties involved in the planning, conduct and regulatory oversight of the flying display did not have formal safety management systems in place to identify and manage the hazards and risks.” People attending a memorial service marking the 1-year anniversary of the crash last August Source: Gareth Fuller PA Archive/PA ImagesThe parents of 23-year-old victim Matthew Grimstone told the BBC: “Apart from anything that the pilot may have got wrong, it is very evident the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the Shoreham Air Show organisers have got much to answer for.Rules laid down by the CAA were clearly inadequate and those that there were, in some cases, not fully adhered to by the air show organisers.Caroline Schilt, whose son Jacob also died in the crash, said that questions would remain unanswered until an inquest is held.She said: “The AAIB has given us as a very comprehensive and factual report of their investigation… but there are still questions and they are ones for the coroner, and she is still waiting for all the inquiries to finish before she can go further.”A pre-inquest review is set to take place on 20 June at West Sussex Coroner’s Court.Read: Nine more bodies could be found in English air show wreckageRead: Family hail chauffeur killed in Shoreham air disaster as “hero” who saved their lives 12,269 Views By Sean Murray Friday 3 Mar 2017, 9:40 PM Emergency services attend the scene in the aftermath of the August 2015 crash Image: Steve Parsons PA Wire/PA Images 13 Comments AIR ACCIDENT INVESTIGATORS have found that errors from the pilot were a key contributory factor to the fatal crash that killed 11 people during the Shoreham Air Show in August 2015.The Hawker Hunter jet crashed on the A27 road in Sussex on 22 August 2015.The jet appeared to wobble slightly and lose height at the bottom of its loop before ploughing across the A27, a major road that runs along England’s southeast coast.While pilot Andy Hill survived the crash, 11 people were killed and 13 were injured.In their report, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) identified a series of contributory factors that caused the crash.These included: Pilot errors led to crash that killed 11 people at UK air show say investigators Pilot Andy Hill was not certified to do the stunt in the Hawker Hunter plane. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Male teenager presents himself to Gardaí after 18yearold stabbed to deathMale teenager presents himself to Gardaí after 18yearold stabbed to death

first_img Short URL By Sean Murray The crime scene in Dundrum The crime scene in Dundrum Image: Sam Boal/ Share39 Tweet Email Saturday 11 May 2019, 5:20 PM Image: Sam Boal/ Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 38 Comments 70,804 Views Updated May 11th 2019, 5:20 PM A MALE TEENAGER has presented himself to Gardaí this afternoon, and is assisting the investigation into the death of a Dublin teenager last night.An 18-year-old (gardaí clarified the man’s age this morning) received fatal injuries following the stabbing at Finsbury Park in Dundrum at approximately 8.10pm.The teenager has been named locally as Azzam Raguragui.A post-mortem is due to be carried out later today by Deputy State Pathologist Dr Linda Mulligan. The scene is currently preserved and Gardaí are still examining the area. Investigating Gardaí are now following a definite line of enquiry. Gardaí are currently not considering any racial motive in this investigation.A Muslim organisation called the Irish Sufi Foundation said it had received the “devastating and heartbreaking” news that Azzam had died last night: Azzam was a kind, courteous, respectful and cheerful young man who always had a smile on his face. He was bright, talented and ambitious with aspirations to become a successful entrepreneur. Such a tragic loss. A wonderful young life full of potential cut short.Superintendent Martin McGonnell has requested privacy for the family of the deceased at this time and a Family Liaison Officer has been appointed to the family.Gardaí say they are continuing to engage with the local community in the area of the incident and the wider community of all parties involved.It’s understood that a number of people were in the vicinity at the time of the incident. Superintendent McGonnell from Dundrum Garda Station, expressed his thanks all the members of the public who have provided information in relation to this investigation and continues to appeal to anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who may have information to contact Dundrum Garda Station 01-666 5600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station. Male teenager presents himself to Gardaí after 18-year-old stabbed to death The teenager has been named locally as Azzam Raguragui. May 11th 2019, 9:21 AM last_img read more

Tributes paid to Kargil martyrs by Commander Col Ganga SathishTributes paid to Kargil martyrs by Commander Col Ganga Sathish

first_imgTirupati: On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Kargil war, ‘Vijay Diwas’ celebrated nationwide and paid rich tributes to the martyrs, who died in war with Pakistan, here on Friday. Marking the occasion, NCC Cadets led by Group Commander Col Ganga Sathish paid homage to the martyrs at a commemorative function held at Amar Jawan Memorial in Kapileswara Park in the city while a group BJP activists led by its State committee member G Gopinath also paid floral tributes remembering the sacrifices of the Jawans at the memorial. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, Col Ganga Sathish recalled the bravery of our Jawans in the Kargil war in which 527 soldiers sacrificed their life for protection our borders. He said it was the sheer courage and fearlessness of our soldiers, who fought under hostile conditions in the Kargil area bordering Pakistan and brought victory to the country in the 60-day war with Pakistan. NCC officers including Colonels Daliwal, Lakshminarayana and TK Paul, Lieutenant Colonel Sridharan, Major Mahuva Bhattacharya, Group Captain MK Singh, cadets and others participated.last_img read more

Pokémon Go Celebrates its First Year With New InGame ItemsPokémon Go Celebrates its First Year With New InGame Items

first_img Mint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107KNew Trailer ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield’ Reveals Team Yell Punks Has it been a year already? In summer 2016, it seemed that the entire world caught Pokémon fever. Even folks who aren’t normally considered gamers became obsessed with Pokémon Go. You couldn’t step foot outside your home without seeing people staring at their phones hunting down Pokémon. Pokémon Go gave its users a nice and pleasant distraction during the summer months.A few weeks back, Pokémon Go received a huge updated that made it possible to have themed gyms. Now for the one-year anniversary, Developer Niantic is adding even more to its popular game. From now until July 24, trainers will be able to catch Pikachu that are wearing Ash’s hat from the Pokémon cartoon. The store now has an Anniversary Box that has Incubators, Max Revives, Ultra Balls and a Raid Pass. This item will be available for a limited time in the in-game store for a discounted price.“It’s hard to believe that Pokémon Go launched just a year ago, and what an amazing year it’s been!,” said Niantic in a blog post. “Since joining us last July, you’ve demonstrated the true power of Pokémon Go and augmented reality gaming by searching for Pokémon in the real world, exploring on foot, building new friendships, and discovering new places right in your own neighborhoods. Throughout this incredible journey, you’ve caught over 125 billion Pokémon and made countless memories along the way. But there are many more adventures still to come.”In addition, there will be Pokémon Go events and festivals throughout the summer. Chicago will host a Pokémon Go festival in July. Select Unibail-Rodamco locations will have events this August and September in Europe. Lastly, Japan will have Pokémon Go events at the Pikachu Outbreak in Yokohama in August. If you’re a fan of the game and can make it to any of these events, you may want to do yourself a favor and check them out.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Venus found to have aurora type magnetotailsVenus found to have aurora type magnetotails

first_img Explore further ( — Researchers studying the planet Venus have found that despite a lack of a magnetic field, the planet has magnetotails, which on Earth are part of the process known as the Northern and Southern Lights. This, as the team describes in their paper published in Science, is due to the solar wind interacting with the planet’s ionosphere. 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. On Earth and other planets that do have a magnetic field, solar wind is deflected by the magnetism that surrounds the planet into the magnetosphere causing magnetic lines of force to break and reconnect, resulting in the show of lights in the night sky called an aurora. This process known as magnetic reconnection also causes the creation of magnetotails, or elongated stretches of the magnetosphere on the lee side of planets. This new research shows that Venus too has such magnetogtails, though the process of their creation is different.In analyzing data obtained from Venus Express, the probe sent by the European Space Agency, the researchers found that on Venus, the solar wind reacts with the ions in its ionosphere and in one instance resulted in what they describe as a magnetic plasma bubble stretching for some 2100 miles and lasting for just over a minute and a half. This they say is also an example of magnetic reconnection, albeit, one of a different kind.For years, researches have puzzled over mysterious flashes of light coming from Venus, and some have even speculated that they might be caused by magnetic reconnection, but until now lacked evidence. This new research adds strong credence to that theory and may also explain how some comet tails manage to disengage from their heads.As for whether the light generated by such instances of magnetic reconnection on Venus can truly be called an aurora, that remains up for debate. On Earth the Northern and Southern lights, also known as aurora borealis and aurora australis are named after the Roman goddess of dawn and thus are not tied to any specific scientific phenomenon, so it wouldn’t seem to be a stretch to use the same term for a similar effect discovered on another planet. Journal information: Science © 2012 PhysOrg.comcenter_img Cluster opens a new window on ‘magnetic reconnection’ in the near-Earth space More information: Magnetic Reconnection in the Near Venusian Magnetotail, Science DOI: 10.1126/science.1217013ABSTRACTObservations with the Venus Express magnetometer and low-energy particle detector revealed magnetic field and plasma behavior in the near-Venus wake symptomatic of magnetic reconnection, a process that occurs in the Earth’s magnetotail but is not expected in the magnetotail of a non-magnetized planet like Venus. On 15 May 2006, the plasma flow in this region was toward the planet and the magnetic field component transverse to the flow was reversed. Magnetic reconnection is a plasma process that changes the topology of the magnetic field and results in energy exchange between the magnetic field and the plasma. Thus, the energetics of the Venus magnetotail resembles that of the terrestrial tail where energy is stored and later released from the magnetic field to the plasma. Citation: Venus found to have aurora type magnetotails (2012, April 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Venus. Photo courtesy of NASAlast_img read more

What Tech Companies Such as Snapchat and Their Users Should Remember WhenWhat Tech Companies Such as Snapchat and Their Users Should Remember When

first_imgFebruary 23, 2018 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free You can’t please everybody, and the people who design tech interfaces know this truth all too well.These folks have to consider conflicting suggestions from users to improve the experience on their favorite platforms, but their customers aren’t the only ones whose preferences they have to take into account.They’ve got advertisers who want their images and videos prominently displayed. They’ve got academics, activists and governments scrutinizing how tech features manipulate the masses. They’ve got various other egos, from investors to executives, chiming in with their two cents. And they’ve got competitors that they’re trying to either copy or out-innovate.Related: Why These People and Brands Are Fed Up With FacebookThe users who express their grievances with updates don’t consider this. It seems that every time a major tech platform introduces a new feature or redesign, people get mad. Think this is an exaggeration? Check out these tweets from 2007 through 2012 containing the words “hate Facebook update.” Or these tweets containing “Instagram changes suck” from 2015 through 2017. Or the most recent tweets about “the new Google calendar.”What do you do when a social platform makes a big update?— Entrepreneur (@Entrepreneur) February 16, 2018Or take Snapchat, which recently rolled out a redesign of its interface that separates brands from friends and fills a tab that used to house stories with branded content. Putting partner content front-and-center, in a section of the app users habitually visit, was meant to boost engagement with that paid content. In fact, the number of daily users watching stories from publishers grew 40 percent in tests of the redesigned version of the app vs. in the old version.It pissed people off. A petition titled “Remove the new Snapchat Update” circulated and received upwards of 1.23 million signatures. On Feb. 21, 2018, celebrity influencer Kylie Jenner tweeted that she no longer uses Snapchat to her 24.5 million Twitter followers. The comment tanked parent company Snap’s market valuation — it fell by $1.3 billion in less than a day. Jenner, mind you, was the most popular person on Snapchat for a period in 2015.sooo does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? Or is it just me… ugh this is so sad.— Kylie Jenner (@KylieJenner) February 21, 2018still love you tho snap … my first love— Kylie Jenner (@KylieJenner) February 21, 2018 Image Credit: Google Ironically, content about Kylie Jenner was among the featured posts on Snapchat Discover on Feb. 22 and 23 — “still love you tho!”In the past, Snapchat has listened to users’ requests and implemented changes, such as when it stopped autoplaying consecutive stories in late 2016. And it listened to the petitioners, too, posting a response on Feb. 20 (before Jenner dropped her damning tweet). “We hear you,” Snap told the concerned users. “We completely understand the new Snapchat has felt uncomfortable for many.”Related: 5 Stats That Show Snap May Be Turning Its Struggling Business AroundSnap then explained the goals it had with the redesign: To make interactions among friends more accessible and for both friend and branded content to surface according to what the user is most likely to want to see. It also announced that tabs in both the Friends and Discover sections are on their way, to allow users to customize what they see.“This new foundation is just the beginning, and we will always listen closely to find new ways to make the service better for everyone,” the statement concluded. “We are grateful for your enthusiasm and creativity. We are very excited for what’s ahead.”Although user feedback would suggest that Snapchat really messed up with its new redesign, it’s getting at least two things right with this statement. The company has told its users it’s listening to them, and it’s explained why it made the changes it did.That’s what Basecamp designer Jonas Downey advised in a Medium post, “How to launch software changes without pissing people off,” last March:“It’s bad enough to be forced into an update you didn’t agree to, but it’s even worse if you have no idea what happened or why things changed. Make sure you have a way to introduce and explain what’s new when you launch, either via in-app announcements, a mailing list, a blog or whatever method you have to communicate with customers.”Developers and users need to empathize with each other. It’s hard to roll out a redesign that won’t be jarring to users. It’s also difficult (not impossible, but it requires extra work) for companies to maintain two versions — old and new — just so users can choose to opt out of an update.TechCrunch contributor and FreshBooks Creative Director Jeremy Bailey suggests taking a proactive approach to considering customer feedback. Companies should research customer wants and needs before and during development to prevent backlash upon a rollout.“Design teams must learn to become a group of ethnographers, learning to spot the unmet needs of customers and adapting to meet their concerns,” Bailey writes, noting that “every product design — or redesign — should start with customer research, generally in the form of interviews to understand customer needs and gather insights that inform a ‘problem statement’ — a series of issues that must be addressed in the design process.”It’s also important for companies to be receptive when users point out unforeseen issues with product updates, says Sara Wachter-Boettcher, author of Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech.“Oftentimes, those complaints highlight real failures,” Wachter-Boettcher told Entrepreneur in an email, “failures that could harm people or leave them open to abuse.”She sites Snapchat’s June 2017 Snap Maps update as an example of a new feature that users flagged as having potential for abuse in the form of stalking, as well as a Google Maps update that associated walking distance with calories burned, depicted with cupcake symbols. She explains how users found the latter update to be harmful to people with eating disorders or who could not or chose not to walk, not to mention that calorie counts aren’t the best indicator of fitness, among other issues.“Most of all, they complained that this is not something they signed up for,” she says. “The app was meant to map things. They hadn’t opted in to a health tracker. Google turned off the features.”A final example she provides happened with Twitter in early 2017: The company temporarily stopped notifying users when they were added to Twitter Lists. Women, in particular, wanted to know, “because lists are one way trolls and abusers share targets” by adding women to lists with names such as “stupid bitches.” Twitter reinstated notifications after people raised these concerns.“If companies care about the safety and wellbeing of their users, then they can’t write off criticism that might seem superficial or change-averse at first blush,” Wachter-Boettcher says. “I think that loud, massive outcry is actually a gift to a tech company. It’s free feedback that may allow them to uncover a problem that they hadn’t anticipated, before it hurts people.”Entrepreneur will update this story amid outcry about future tech updates.Related video: Why This Business Leader Says Feedback Is the ‘Breakfast of Champions’center_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 7 min readlast_img read more

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first_imgRelated posts:Stats Roundup: Costa Rica had the best defense at the World Cup and one of the worst attacks Costa Rica can go far, says coach Pinto With focus on next round, winning Group D less of a priority, says Wanchope Costa Rica maintains edge in World Cup Qualifying with tie against Jamaica We now have a Sloth Kong store. Check it out: Shipping only available in Costa Rica.—For the Cinderella story to continue, Costa Rica must prevail in its toughest World Cup matchup yet.Costa Rica has regained heavy underdog status against the high-powered Dutch. La Sele and the Netherlands face off at 2 p.m. Saturday in Salvador de Bahía.ESPN’s data-journalism site, 538, gives the Ticos a 24 percent chance of victory. English soccer betting sites Paddy Power and Ladbrokes give La Sele longer odds at 13 percent and 14 percent chance of victory with both giving a 24 percent chance of going to penalties.Many consider the Netherlands the most talented football country to have never won a World Cup. The Netherlands were the runners-up at the 2010 World Cup, losing to Spain. ESPN’s Soccer Power Index ranks them as the sixth best team in the world. In the group stage, the Dutch looked impressive despite being drawn into a difficult group.  They avenged their championship loss by crushing Spain 5-1, and then won the group by beating Australia and Chile. The Dutch then rallied to beat Mexico, 2-1, in the last-16.The three-headed attack of forwards Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie and midfielder Wesley Sneijder have made for one of the best offenses in the World Cup. The Netherlands have averaged 3 goals a game in their four World Cup matches, the most of any team. Out of the group stage, they were one of four teams to collect all nine points. The Orange tied with Colombia for the best goal differential (+7) of any of the 32 teams. Friday afternoon predictions from three oddsmakers. Sports books will not add up to 100 percent due to betting interests. 538 did not make a prediction for for the match going to penalties. Corey Kane/The Tico TimesThe Ticos will try to find advantage through their defense. Despite the loss of defenders Óscar Duarte to yellow cards and Roy Miller to injury, Costa Rica’s back line is still the team’s biggest strength. Backed by the impressive play of keeper Keylor Navas, La Sele’s defense has been one of the best in the tournament. The team has allowed only two goals in four games and none of them came during normal circumstances. They allowed a penalty to Uruguay in their first match, and surrendered a goal in injury time to Greece after being down a man. Costa Rica’s defense held on in added extra time to shut out Greece for 30 minutes and force PKs.While the Netherlands impressed in the group stage, they looked vulnerable in their match against Mexico. Under the scorching sun in Fortaleza, the Dutch trailed until the 88th minute when Sneijder equalized. A controversial penalty — after Robben “tripped” over the outstretched leg of a Mexican defender — then gave Netherlands the lead with little time remaining. The game perhaps provided Costa Rica a model for how to shut down the Oranje’s dangerous attack as the Ticos prepare for their biggest test so far. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Top holiday drink recipes China does not legally permit same-sex marriage, and there is no broad social effort to push for its legalization.“I do,” Li said in English, as friends cheered. “So do I,” replied Xu, also in English.They exchanged vows and put on silver rings serving as wedding bands in front of about 20 friends and an equal number of journalists gathered at a restaurant in a suburb of Beijing decorated with balloons, rainbow flags and their photos.“We want to take some action to advocate for same-sex marriage,” Li said earlier in a salon, while Xu was having her hair styled. “It’s doing the impossible when you know it’s impossible, but it takes those constant efforts to make changes in history.”Li was detained in early March with four others amid China’s crackdown on social activism. They were taken into police custody in a criminal investigation over their plans to hand out stickers and flyers denouncing sexual harassment. Foreign governments, rights groups and Hillary Clinton, who is running for U.S. President, criticized their detention. The five were released 37 days later, although they remain criminal suspects.The experience prompted Xu to consider a stronger bond with Li. “I love her, and after her detention I wanted to be closer to her but not merely as her girlfriend,” Xu said. “I love her courage and her sense of justice.” 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall How do cataracts affect your vision? New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies BEIJING (AP) — A prominent Chinese lesbian couple held a simple ceremony Thursday to announce their informal marriage, in their latest effort to push for the legalization of same-sex unions in China.The union of Li Tingting and Teresa Xu came six days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to validate same-sex marriages in the United States, and four months after Li was detained in China for her women’s rights activism. Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home The U.S. Supreme Court decision inspired them to seek their own version of a same-sex marriage, Li said.“That’s a U.S. law. What use does it have in China?” Li said. “We think we should do something ourselves.”Within days, the couple picked up wedding gowns, scheduled salon sessions for their hair and makeup and reserved the banquet room.The couple had initially considered showing up at the local civil affairs office to apply for a marriage license but stopped the plan so as not to upset the authorities.“They could detain me on the charge of assembling illegally or provoking trouble to disrupt social order,” Li said.Li said state security officials had contacted her to inquire about the ceremony, and that she was worried about the possibility of being detained again.“We are a bit nervous and excited that our wedding should get this much attention,” she said at the ceremony.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   last_img read more

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first_imgBrian Reaver The Hawai‘i Convention Center is pleased to announce that Brian Reaver, regional director of accounts for the Northeast, has been selected as this year’s recipient of the ‘New Star’ award by the New York Society of Association Executives.The award recognizes the significant contribution of a new NYSAE member with less than three years of service made to NYSAE in the areas of committee work, special projects or new programs. Reaver has been a member of NYSAE since November 2009. He serves on NYSAE’s Meet NY committee, which plans the annual Meet NY client/customer showcase in New York with qualified executives and planners. Reaver also hosted the NYSAE board during a visit to Hawaii in 2010. “The Hawai‘i Convention Center encourages its employees to be active leaders in their communities and professional associations,” said Joe Davis, SMG general manager of the Hawai‘i Convention Center. “Brian sets the standard in exemplary leadership, and we are proud of him for receiving this prestigious recognition.”Reaver, who is based in Philadelphia, is responsible for managing day-to-day sales efforts for the Center along much of the East Coast. He has more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality and meetings industry and is a member of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International, the American Society of Association Executives, Meeting Professionals International and the Professional Convention Management Association. He is also a board member of the Greater Philadelphia Professional Convention Management Association.SMG markets and manages the Hawai‘i Convention Center under the direction and support of the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA), the state’s tourism agency.  The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority was created in 1998 to ensure a successful visitor industry well into the future.  Its mission is to strategically manage Hawai‘i tourism in a sustainable manner consistent with the state of Hawai‘i’s economic goals, cultural values, preservation of natural resources, community desires and visitor industry needs. Source = Hawai‘i Convention Centerlast_img read more

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first_imgCardinals coach Bruce Arians and GM Steve Keim watch the conditioning test at Cardinals training camp July 28, 2016. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Are quarterback playing later in their careers than they used to“By far, by far; five to six years because of sports science. Sports science is in a place that we’ve never seen where athletes can play maybe into their 40s now because of health, nutrition, and training aids. There’s so much stuff out there to help them, yeah, I don’t see why some of these guys can’t play in their 40s.”Has the window you thought Carson Palmer had to play expanded“Yes, yes; because you never now what a guy’s work ethic is actually. What he does physically training-wise is amazing. I’ve seen him get younger just since his knee injury; all what he did to his core, his entire body, the way he eats and all those things now. He’s adding longevity to his career.”What struck you in the way Palmer has come back from the NFC Championship Game“Just the same way he does from any other adversity, any other interception. He comes right back, ‘What do we have to do to win the game?’ His preparation from day one after Carolina has never changed, if anything it’s stronger. The guys, they gravitate to him because of his resolve and the way he comes back and goes after the next play after a bad play.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo GLENDALE, Ariz. – Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his fourth year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media each day during training camp.Here, in this space, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following the morning walk-through.“It went good and nobody got hurt. I don’t know what else to tell you since yesterday. I like where we’re at. There was a very good, business-like approach to the meetings and the walk-through, and I look forward to getting started this afternoon.” Do you know what you have in Michael Floyd or is there still some question“No, there’s no question in my mind. I just know that he can continue to get better. He’s still hasn’t reached his pinnacle yet, but he’s gotten better and better and better each year.”Can Robert Nkemdiche be an option offensively in short yardage situations“Oh yeah; he’s done it before and he’s been damn good at it.” – / 17 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Who else is in the mix at punt return, besides John Brown“Well, he was dynamic in college. At first it was Pat’s job (referring to Patrick Peterson). He’s caught punts since he’s been here. We’re going to look at him a lot harder longer this year, a long with J.J. (Nelson), who we brought in for that same reason. They both came in as punt return guys. We’ll have five to six guys always catching them just in case something drastic happened.”What about kick return“We’re going to look at Andre Ellington, J.J. ‘Smoke’ will be back there. Kerwynn (Williams), all the same guys. (Ellington) has returned kickoffs before. As dynamic as he is, you’d like to look for more opportunities for him to touch the ball.”What about the center position“There’s competition at every position, but it’s A.Q. (Shipley’s) job to lose. He’s the veteran. I was really pleased with what Earl (Watford) did; anxious to see him play that position in pads and real-live bullets. Evan (Boehm) can prove me wrong; a lot of rookies have.”What is your situation with right tackle if you have problems with D.J. Humphries“I don’t foresee problems. He’s going to get beat. They all get beat, but I really like where he’s at physically and mentally right now.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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