After a lifetime of achievements Christopher Plummer takes the long view

first_img Twitter Advertisement Facebook When veteran actor Christopher Plummer accepts a lifetime-achievement award from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television in March, he plans to tell the audience this country is lucky to have a film industry. Television viewers may prefer the Oscars to the Canadian Screen Awards, industry insiders may complain they can’t penetrate a domestic market dominated by Hollywood, but at the age of 87, Plummer takes a much longer view.“It was a hard-fought battle to get Canadians interested in the arts at all,” he said in a recent interview, recalling the start of his career taking unpaid work on the Montreal theatre scene in the 1950s. “Finally, Canada became proud of its own people and that indifference to the arts began to disappear. … At last, we have an industry, thank God. It took so long.”The gratitude is mutual: The academy will announce on Tuesday that it will present Plummer with its lifetime achievement award during its CBC telecast on March 12. Advertisement Growing up in Montreal, Plummer was a poor student who found his calling in high-school theatre. He was playing Mr. Darcy in a production of Pride and Prejudice when he was discovered by Herbert Whittaker, the critic for the Montreal Gazette and later The Globe and Mail, who raved about his performance and encouraged him to join the Montreal Repertory Theatre. Canadian theatre was largely amateur in those days; to make a career of it, Plummer went abroad. He made his Broadway debut in 1954, and his Hollywood debut in 1958, in Sidney Lumet’s Stage Struck, and was soon appearing in London’s West End.But it would be unfair to say he never looked back. The actor, who won his first Tony for the musical Cyrano in 1974 and an Oscar for Beginners in 2012, has always maintained links to Canadian theatre and film, and has particularly strengthened them in his later years. He appeared regularly at the Stratford Festival in the 1950s and 1960s, considering the title role in a bilingual production of Henry V, one of his favourites. After a long absence, he returned there to play the title role in King Lear in 2002 and Prospero in The Tempest in 2010. The many meaty screen roles he has been assigned in his 80s include the forgetful Holocaust survivor in Atom Egoyan’s 2015 film Remember.“How else are you going to learn unless you are pitted against the best of another country?” he says, speculating that if he were starting out today he could have had an international career while still living here. (He now lives in Connecticut.) “Then you come back and bring what you have learned. I hoped for an international career, but I might have stayed in Canada. I love Canada.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

100 Women Who Care donate 10100 to Fort St John firefighters charity

first_imgWhen all was said and done, it was the firefighters who ended up walking away with the big cheque for $10,100. Winn said that his organization will use the funds to continue to support North Peace residents that need to travel out of the Peace Region for medical treatments and emergencies.The Fort St. John chapter of 100 Women Who Care steering committee presents a cheque for $10,100 to the Fort St. John Firefighters Charitable Society. Photo by Chris NewtonThe 100 Women Who Care will be hosting their third meeting on September 11th. Joined by 22 other members of the local fire department, Firefighters Charitable Society President Adam Winn said that during its first year operating, the firefighters charity has helped 22 families with medical travel expenses. His voice wavering with emotion several times, Winn told the group of women about four families that had benefitted from the funding, including the family of 4 year-old Natalie Small, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma last December and is currently undergoing chemotherapy at BC Children’s Hospital.Roxanne Chmelyk with the Fort St. John & Area Seniors Foundation during her presentation to 100 Women Who Care. Photo by Chris NewtonSpeaking for the Seniors Foundation, Roxanne Chmelyk told the audience about the work her organization does for local seniors to improve their quality of life. Chmelyk said the organization currently runs a Meals on Wheels program, as well as its Better at Home program which provides light housekeeping and personal care items for seniors who wish to remain at home. The organization is funded through government grants and fundraisers.North Peace SPCA Branch Manager Candace Buchamer is joined by Grover during her presentation to 100 Women Who Care. Photo by Chris NewtonLast but not least, North Peace SPCA Branch Manager Candace Buchamer told the audience about the large number of animals that the shelter helps, saying it costs over $300,000 per year to run the shelter. Buchamer also got emotional while telling the story of Grover, a mixed-breed dog that was abandoned by the Beatton River and was so emaciated when he was brought into the SPCA that his skin had become necrotic and was sloughing off. Grover has since recovered, and made an appearance onstage during Buchamer’s presentation. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The second meeting of the Fort St. John chapter of 100 Women Who Care was a big success as 101 ladies came out to the Lido Theatre last night.Members of the audience had a tough vote on which of the three presenting charities was most deserving of the group’s donation. The Fort St. John Firefighters Charitable Society, Fort St. John and area Seniors Foundation, and the North Peace SPCA all made their case to the group of women.Firefighters Charitable Society President Adam Winn is joined by members of the Fort St. John Professional Firefighters Association during his presentation to 100 Women Who Care. Photo by Chris Newtonlast_img read more

CanniMed tells shareholders to wait while it reviews Aurora offer

TORONTO — CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. is urging shareholders to wait until the company has time to review an unsolicited takeover offer by Aurora Cannabis Inc. before doing anything.The company says that it has not received a formal written offer from Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB), but that it would review the terms set out in the press release and respond by the Friday deadline.After the close of markets Tuesday, Aurora announced an all-share offer worth up to $24 per share.Aurora said it has entered into agreements with shareholders representing 38 per cent of CanniMed’s outstanding shares to support its bid.CanniMed (TSX:CMED) also says it is already in talks to acquire marijuana company Newstrike Resources Ltd. (TSXV:HIP).CanniMed, previously Prairie Plant Systems, was one of the first medical marijuana companies to be granted a Health Canada licence to produce in 2013. read more

Ontario govt to spend 25 million on cycling infrastructure

The Ontario government says it will spend $25 million for more municipal cycling infrastructure.It was announced at the 6th annual Ontario Bike Summit. The money will be spent over three years and is part of the province’s cycling strategy that was launched in August 2013.According to a poll by the Share the Road Cycling Coalition, 4.3 million Ontarians ride their bike on a monthly basis. Fifty four per cent of participants say they want to ride their bike more often.

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,510.82, up 22.70 points).CannTrust Holdings Inc. (TSX:TRST). Health care. Up 64 cents, or 19.16 per cent, to $3.98 on 8.3 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Down 34 cents, or 5.21 per cent, to $6.18 on 6.4 million shares.The Toronto-Dominion Bank. (TSX:TD). Financials. Up three cents, or 0.04 per cent, to $76.56 on 4.6 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up 32 cents, or 3.63 per cent, to $9.13 on 4.4 million shares.Birchcliff Energy Ltd. (TSX:BIR). Energy. Up 15 cents, or 5.58 per cent, to $2.84 on 3.3 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Up one cent, or 0.45 per cent, to $2.21 on 3.2 million shares. The Canadian Press Companies in the news:Cameco Corp. (TSX:CCO). Down $1.13 or 7.8 per cent to $13.33. Uranium producer Cameco Corp.’s shares fell after the company received a smaller sum than it was seeking in an arbitration dispute. Cameco says a tribunal of international arbitrators ruled that a Japanese utility did not have the right to leave a supply agreement and awarded Cameco US$40.3 million, far less than the US$700 million in damages that it was seeking. The utility Tokyo Electric Power Co. said in 2017 that it would terminate a long-term contract because of measures the Japanese government took after the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.Stella Jones Inc. (TSX:SJ). Down $2.84 or 6.1 per cent to $44.03. Wood-products producer Stella Jones Inc. says company president and CEO Brian McManus will step down Oct. 11 after 18 years at the company. The Montreal-based company says senior vice-president and chief financial officer Eric Vachon, who’s been with the company for 12 years, will serve as interim CEO until a permanent replacement is found. The company, which did not state a reason for McManus’ departure, reaffirmed its guidance for the year. read more

Technology companies push early US stock gains

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks moved higher in early trading Monday on Wall Street as investors snapped up technology stocks.The opening gains follow a decline last week that pulled the market further away from record highs set one week ago. Investors have been assessing corporate financial results to get a better picture of the economy’s health. So far, the reports have been mixed. Monday is expected to be a quiet day for earnings, but 145 S&P 500 companies are scheduled to report results through Friday.The technology sector was the clear winner early on and pushed the broader market higher. Microsoft rose 1.3% and Apple rose 1.1%. Several chipmakers, including Intel and Broadcom, also posted gains.Energy companies gained ground with rising crude oil prices. Brent crude, the international standard, rose 1.2% as tensions in the Persian Gulf escalate with Iran’s seizure of a British oil tanker on Friday. Schlumberger climbed 2.7%. Halliburton surged after beating Wall Street’s second quarter profit forecasts.Industrial stocks also rose. General Electric gained 1% and FedEx rose 1.6%.Utilities and makers of consumer products lagged the market as investors regained an appetite for more risk-heavy stocks.Whirlpool and TD Ameritrade are expected to report after the market closes on Monday. Corporate earnings will kick into high gear through the rest of the week and investors will get a clearer picture of the U.S. economy when the U.S. government reports productivity for the second quarter on Friday.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index rose 0.3% as of 10 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 20 points, or 0.1%, to 27,174. The Nasdaq composite rose 0.6%.BREACH BILL: Equifax rose 1.5% after a settlement was announced calling for the credit reporting agency to pay up to $700 million over a huge data breach two years ago that exposed personal information of nearly 150 million people. The breach was one of the largest ever to threaten private information.SMOOTH DRILL: Halliburton rose 6.9% after the oil drilling services company solidly beat Wall Street’s second quarter profit forecasts. It highlighted growing revenue from abroad as demand for services rises.CRACKED SHELLS: Cal-Maine Foods fell 3.9% after the egg producer tumbled to a wider-than-expected fourth quarter loss because of a sharp drop in prices. The company said an oversupply of eggs shaved 37% off the average price of a dozen eggs. It said the supply issue will likely hurt the company through the rest of the year and is being made worse by “a more productive flock.”Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more

Actions by DPR of Korea tantamount to nuclear brinkmanship IAEA chief says

“The reprocessing facility at Nyongbyong is irrelevant to the DPRK ability to produce electricity,” Director General Mohamed ElBaradei said. “The DPRK has no current legitimate peaceful use for plutonium, given the status of its nuclear fuel cycle.”Over the past week, the DPRK has cut seals and impeded surveillance equipment at a total of three facilities at Nyongbyong: the 5-MWe reactor and the associated fuel pond, the reprocessing facility and the fuel fabrication plant. DPRK technicians have also begun preparatory work to restart the reactor.Mr. ElBaradei said that the IAEA is about to issue a report on recent developments in the DPRK to the Agency’s Board of Governors, which is expected to meet in the first week of January to consider these developments.In his report, the IAEA chief will say that recent unilateral actions by the DPRK have rendered the Agency unable to verify, pursuant to its safeguards agreement with the country, that there has been no diversion of nuclear material to nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices.The Agency also remains unable to verify since 1993 that all nuclear material in the DPRK has been declared and submitted to IAEA safeguards. read more

PHIL introduces first true oil sands body for mining trucks in that

first_imgPhilippi-Hagenbuch has designed what it describes as “the first off-highway truck body specifically for hauling oil sands.” Its design minimises material “loafing” and carryback while providing a safer environment for truck drivers, longer truck chassis and body life while decreasing box maintenance, it reports. “While oil sands have been mined in Ft. McMurray, Alberta and other areas for years, mines have had no choice but to accept and use generic ‘off-the-shelf’ truck bodies to transport the extremely abrasive, cohesive material from the mine pit to the hopper. Because of the lack of industry-specific truck body design compaction of the oil sands through vibration during the haul to its destination resulted in the oil sands amalgamating into an almost solid packed mass. Upon dump, the large load (or loaf) of material that weighs up to 400 t/load has traditionally jolted the truck resulting in severe truck driver discomfort and exposing them to extreme ‘whole body vibration’.”By using a combination of unique materials to construct the truck body in combination with design, PHIL says it has eliminated the problem of oil sand sticking in the truck body and at the same time breaks down the oil sands loaf as the truck body dumps. These two extreme benefits to the oil sands industry are accomplished by:Inclusion of Hydrophobic and/or Oleophobic material selectively placed on the interior surfaces of the truck bodySevere tapering of the body sidewalls from the center of the truck bodyReceding the rear center of the body floor edge to the sides of the body floor.By innovating the above features into a body specifically sized and designed for hauling oil sands, oil sands and overburden or cover materials improves the natural material flow from the truck body as it is pivoted to a dump position. The material flows away from the corners and sidewalls of the truck body where carryback would normally begin. The outwardly tapered body sides are at such severe angles, the load is no longer being contained in a “channel” environment allowing the load to further break down. Because the truck and body no longer jolt, the drivers experience is much more subtle, substantially decreasing their “whole body vibration.”Innovations within this design include the implementation of multiple patents held by Philippi-Hagenbuch, as well as multiple innovations that have patents pending, which include a severe tapered body side, extreme hydrophobic liner to reduce material carry-back, reinforced front slope, body capacity calculated with our proprietary load profiling methodology and the practical implementation of its new Body Lifting System.last_img read more

Le PS soppose à lACTA

first_imgLe PS s’oppose à l’ACTADans le mouvement des manifestations anti-ACTA ayant eu lieu ce week-end et partout en Europe, le Parti Socialiste s’exprime sur le sujet et s’oppose fermement au projet de loi tant décrié.Le Parti Socialiste réagit dans un communiqué signé par Fleur Pellerin (en charge de l’économie numérique) et Aurélie Filippetti (chargée des propositions dans les domaines de la culture, l’audiovisuel et les médias) à la proposition de loi ACTA et des manifestations s’étant déroulées partout en Europe durant le week-end, rappelle Numérama.Portant la voix du candidat à l’élection présidentielle François Hollande, le PS se dit fermement opposé à ce projet Accord Commercial Anti Contrefaçon visant à imposer une surveillance plus profonde des échanges d’informations et de fichiers entre les utilisateurs du monde. Depuis quelques semaines, de nombreuses voix se sont élevées contre un projet de loi international jugé liberticide.Le Parti Socialiste reprend cet argument dans son communiqué: “Nous pensons qu’il est aujourd’hui indispensable de défendre et d’adapter le droit d’auteur à la révolution numérique, mais considérons que la méthode à privilégier pour poursuivre cette réflexion doit être ouverte, démocratique et prendre en compte le principe de neutralité du net auquel nous sommes attachés.””Mauvais sur le fond comme sur la forme” À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?A un niveau international, le Parti Socialiste européen a également affiché son opposition au texte. Le président du groupe, le Bulgare Sergei Stanishev le décrit comme “mauvais sur le fond comme sur la forme.” “La manière dont il a été négocié, derrière des portes closes et sans aucune discussion publique, ne peut pas être approuvée par une Europe démocratique. Les droits de propriété intellectuelle doivent exister, mais pas au détriment des droits des citoyens” a-t-il ajouté, estimant que “les personnes qui se mobilisent contre l’ACTA se battent pour leur droit fondamental à la liberté.”En France, plusieurs candidats à l’élection présidentielle ont déjà publiquement affirmé leur hostilité à l’ACTA tels que Marine Le Pen (Front National), Eva Joly (Europe Écologie Les Verts) Jean-Luc Mélenchon (Front de Gauche) Nicolas Dupont-Aignan (Debout la République) ou encore Corinne Lepage (Cap 21). L’Allemagne a officiellement fait part de son intention de ne pas voter le texte s’il n’est pas discuté au Parlement européen.Le 13 février 2012 à 17:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Govt urged to deal swiftly with Clifton oil pollution

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNearly six months after the government announced it would spend $10 million on oil spill remediation efforts, petrochemical pollution remains a serious threat to the sensitive marine environment throughout The Bahamas, but particularly at Clifton Bay, environmentalists say.Vanessa Haley-Benjamin, CEO of fast-growing social and environmental movement Save The Bays (STB), said recent complaints from divers visiting the Sir Nicholas Nuttall Coral Reef Sculpture Gardens, who emerged from the water covered in oil, prove that whatever actions have been taken to date have been far from sufficient.“We appreciate the government’s recognition that oil pollution in Clifton Bay is an issue that needs attention,” she said. “Unfortunately, whatever has been done so far has failed to produce timely results.“Details of the remediation plan were not released to the public, so it is difficult to understand why, considering the reported financial commitment, a tangible solution has yet to be found.”The Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF) is responsible for the sculpture garden, and executive director Casuarina McKinney-Lambert warned of the devastating impact this pollution is having on living coral reefs, fish and other marine organisms in the area.Haley-Benjamin said: “We wholeheartedly support and second BREEF’s call for increased protection of the reef systems around western New Providence, which are critically important resources, ecologically and commercially speaking, and which have been under severe stress from industrial pollution for years.”The area is vital to the local dive tourism sector, she said, as well as for recreational and commercial fishermen, with the sculpture garden in particular attracting interest from avid divers around the world.Designed as a fusion of art, education, and marine conservation, the garden was created to provide a habitat for fish, corals and other marine organisms, divert snorkelers and divers away from natural reefs and thus providing space for restoration, and serve as an outdoor classroom for environmental education and citizen science.“Quite aside from the dire environmental consequences, the ongoing pollution is threatening tourism revenue and doing untold damage to the country’s reputation abroad,” Haley-Benjamin said. “STB is calling on the government to make this issue a priority and give it the attention it deserves.”According to Dr. Craig Dahlgren, a marine biologist and senior research scientist who studied coral reef ecology in The Bahamas and wider Caribbean for more than 20 years, pollution has already had a devastating effect on Clifton Bay.“In surveys of coral reefs around New Providence conducted in 2011, sites near Clifton were among the lowest in terms of live coral cover, and had seen some of the greatest declines in live coral from previous surveys of reefs off southwest New Providence conducted in 2009,” he said.At some sites, the researched showed this decline to have been as high as 43% in just two years.In addition to coastal pollution, increased temperatures and overfishing have also had an impact. However, Dahlgren said, the sites closest to likely pollution sources were among those with the lowest live coral cover.“It is clear that significant changes are happening to our coral reef resources,” Haley-Benjamin said. “It is imperative that we act now to prevent continued degradation.“We and other concerned environmental groups stand ready to assist the government in identifying the origins of the oil spills and enhancing remediation efforts to accelerate meaningful results.“To the extent that the $10 million plan announced in January may be working, it is clearly not working fast enough.” Related Items:clifton bay, oil pollution, Save The Bays Recommended for you Musical Legend KB’s Latest Save The Bays Release ‘Das What Real Bahamians Do’ Tackles the Silent Tough One, the PSA Environmentalist warns of a third possible Rubis leak Government ‘jumped the gun’ over Rubis leak risks Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Kenai Man Arrested On Outstanding Warrant

first_imgJohansen was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Failure to Appear with an original charge of Criminal Mischief third degree and Theft third degree. Johansen was remanded at Wildwood Pretrial Facility and held with a $250 bail. According to the online Trooper dispatch, the male was located hiding behind some brush and identified as Jeffery Neal Johansen, 42, of Kenai.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers pulled into a residence off Beaver Avenue in Nikiski after observing a male run behind a shed after seeing the patrol car, on March 26.last_img

Google IO amps up accessibility with Live Caption other projects

first_img2:37 Now playing: Watch this: • Jul 10 • How to get Android 10 right now See All Review • Google Home is better than ever, but you probably shouldn’t buy it Project DivaDigital assistants like Google Home let you listen to a favorite song or movie with just a simple voice command. But for people with disabilities who may not speak, this technology is inaccessible.  Lorenzo Caggioni, a strategic dloud engineer at Google based in Milan, decided to change that. Lorenzo was inspired by his brother Giovanni, who was born with congenital cataracts, Down syndrome and West syndrome and who is nonverbal. Giovanni loves music and movies, and like many other 21-year-olds likes using the latest gadgets and technology. But because of his disability, he’s unable to give the “OK Google” command to activate his Android phone or Google Home device. In an effort to give his brother more independence and autonomy, Lorenzo and some colleagues in the Milan Google office set up Project Diva to create a device that would trigger commands to the Google Assistant without using his voice. They created a button that plugs into a phone, laptop or tablet using a wired headphone jack that can then be connected via Bluetooth to access a Google Home device. Now by simply touching a button with his hand, Giovanni can listen to music on the same devices and services just like his friends and family. Lorenzo said that the device he created for Giovanni is just the start. The team has plans to attach RFID tags to objects associated with a command that will allow people who don’t speak to access other things via Google Assistant.screen-shot-2019-05-07-at-1-08-22-pmThis drawing illustrates how the technology created in Project Diva can be used to provide alternative inputs to a device powered by the voice-activated Google Assistant.  Google Live Relay This project helps people who are deaf or hard of hearing to make and receive phone calls. Using on on-device speech recognition and text-to-speech conversion, the software allows the phone to listen and speak on the users’ behalf while they type. Because the responses are instant and use predictive writing suggestions, the typing is fast enough to hold a synchronous phone call. But Live Relay isn’t just for people who are unable to hear or speak. It can also be used by people who may be in a meeting or on the subway and can’t take a call, but they’re able to type instead. Google is also looking at integrating real-time translation capability, so that you could potentially call anyone in the world and communicate regardless of language barriers.”An important way we drive our technology forward is building products that work better for all of us,” Pichai said in his keynote. Mentioned Above Google Home See it How To • Make Google Home get your groceries Mobile See It Aug 12 • Google will ask you to migrate your Nest account soon: Here’s what you need to know Live CaptionLive Caption is enabled by a breakthrough that allows for machine-learning processing power on devices. This means all the information is processed on the device and doesn’t require data to be sent over a wireless network to the cloud. This makes the transcription more secure and faster, because data isn’t leaving the phone. The feature works even if your volume is turned down or muted. But the transcription can’t be saved. It’s only on the screen while the content is playing, so you can’t save it to review it later. While the feature was designed with the deaf community in mind, Pichai noted that the feature can benefit everyone in circumstances where you can’t turn up the volume on a video. For example, you can watch a video while on a noisy subway or during a meeting. Project Euphonia This project uses artificial intelligence to train computers to understand impaired speech patterns. Most of us take for granted that when we speak, others will understand us. But for millions of people affected by neurological conditions such as stroke, ALS, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injuries or Parkinson’s disease, trying to communicate and not being understood can be extremely difficult and frustrating. Google is working on a fix that can train computers and mobile phones to better understand people with impaired speech. The company has partnered with the nonprofit organizations ALS Therapy Development Institute and ALS Residence Initiative to record the voices of people who have ALS. Google’s software takes these recorded voice samples and turns them into a spectrogram, or a visual representation of the sound. A computer then uses common transcribed spectrograms to train the system to better recognize this less common type of speech. Currently, the AI algorithms only work for English speakers and only for impairments typically associated with ALS. But Google hopes the research can be applied to larger groups of people and to different speech impairments.The company is also training personalized AI algorithms to detect sounds or gestures, which can then take actions, such as generating spoken commands to Google Home or sending text messages. This may be particularly helpful to people who cannot speak at all. See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Jul 24 • Nest Hub Max: Google’s 10-inch Assistant smart display costs $230, debuts Sept. 9 Post a comment Preview • For your consideration: Google Home seeks employment as your family’s Rosie the robotcenter_img Aug 26 • Android Q has a name: Android 10. Here’s how you’ll use it Live Caption adds subtitles to any video or audio clip Google I/O 2019 Crutchfield News • Black Mirror season 5 has three new trailers to stress you out today Walmart Bluetooth Google Google is using AI technology to help people with speech impairments more easily communicate. Google Google is using advances in AI and voice recognition to design new products and apps intended to make life easier for people with disabilities. It highlighted some of that work Tuesday at its annual I/O developer conference.During his keynote address, Google CEO Sundar Pichai demonstrated the new Live Caption feature, enabled by Android Q, which transcribes in real time any video or audio playing on your phone. Live Caption can work in the background while you watch YouTube, listen to podcasts or video chat via Skype. It will even work with audio and video you record. Pichai also highlighted three new efforts that address the accessibility challenges for people with disabilities. Project Euphonia uses AI to help people with speech impairments; Live Relay allows people who are deaf or hard of hearing to make phone calls; and Project Diva makes voice-activated assistants more accessible to people who don’t speak.Google has been working on accessibility issues for some time now. For example, its Maps team has local guides who scout out places with ramps and entrances for people in wheelchairs. Last year at the I/O developer conference, Google announced the Android Lookout app, which helps the visually impaired by giving spoken clues about the objects, text and people around them. “Building for everyone means ensuring that everyone can access our products,” Pichai said during the keynote. “We believe technology can help us be more inclusive, and AI is providing us with new tools to dramatically improve the experience for people with disabilities.”Here’s a closer look at Live Caption and the other accessibility projects announced at I/O. Google I/O 2019 reading • Google I/O amps up accessibility with Live Caption, other projects Share your voice Tags 0 $69 Google Home $99 $79last_img read more

Compromise To Undo Bathroom Bill Passes Key Hurdle

first_img Share “At its core, it’s a statewide prohibition on equality,” Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin told reporters, adding that consequences could fall on Cooper. A transgender man who works at the University of North Carolina, Joaquin Carcano, spoke against the deal during the Senate committee meeting. Carcano said the proposal replaces House Bill 2 with a “new form of violence” against LGBT people and is sacrificing “our lives and our safety for the sake of basketball.” The Republican-controlled legislature passed HB2 a year ago in response to a Charlotte ordinance that allowed transgender people to use restrooms aligned with their gender identity. Republican Gov. Pat McCrory immediately signed the bill, and it appeared to cost him re-election in November. HB2 supporters say ordinances like the one in Charlotte make it easy for sexual predators to enter public restrooms designated for the opposite sex. Opponents say that’s nonsense and the danger is imagined. Several potential compromises have failed over the past year, including one during a special session in December that collapsed amid partisan finger-pointing. GOP and Democratic legislators have been in a seemingly endless chase during the past several weeks to cobble together enough votes on various drafts of legislation. A compromise that would roll back North Carolina’s contentious “bathroom bill” cleared a key hurdle Thursday when senators approved the measure, but it may not go far enough to quell furor surrounding the law limiting LGBT protections. Gay and civil rights groups say the replacement bill isn’t a true repeal of the law and will continue to allow discrimination. And some social conservatives preferred to have House Bill 2 stay on the books. Republican Sen. Dan Bishop, a primary sponsor of HB2, denounced the new deal on the Senate floor. “This bill is at best a punt; at worst it is a betrayal of principle,” the Charlotte-area legislator said. The Senate voted 32-16 in favor of the bill, with nine of 15 Democrats among the yes votes. The House took up debate on the measure around noon. Both chambers are controlled by Republicans. Just hours after the deal was announced Wednesday night, a dozen gay rights activists gathered outside the Executive Mansion in Raleigh, where Gov. Roy Cooper hosted Democrats, urging them to support the plan. Cooper was narrowly elected with LGBT support on a platform that included repealing HB2. “It’s not a perfect deal, but it repeals House Bill 2 and begins to repair our reputation,” Cooper said. The announcement came as the NCAA said North Carolina sites won’t be considered for championship events from 2018 to 2022 “absent any change” in House Bill 2, which it views as discrimination. The NCAA said decisions would be made starting this week on events and announced in April. North Carolina cities, schools and other groups have offered more than 130 bids for such events. The NCAA already removed championship events from the state this year because of the law, which limits LGBT nondiscrimination protections and requires transgender people to use restrooms in schools and government buildings corresponding to the sex on their birth certificate. HB2 has prompted businesses to halt expansions and entertainers and sports organizations to cancel or move events, including the NBA All-Star game in Charlotte. An Associated Press analysis ( ) this week found that HB2 already will cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years. The new proposal would repeal HB2 and leave state legislators in charge of policy on public multi-stall restrooms. Local governments also couldn’t pass new nondiscrimination protections for workplaces, hotels and restaurants until December 2020. That temporary moratorium, according to GOP House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger, would allow time for pending federal litigation over transgender issues to play out. “Compromise requires give and take from all sides, and we are pleased this proposal fully protects bathroom safety and privacy,” Berger and Moore said in a statement. It’s not clear whether the NCAA would be satisfied by the changes. Gay rights activists blasted the proposal, saying those who back it aren’t allies of the LGBT community. They say only a complete repeal will do.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition Wednesday Dec 24

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: this Christmas Eve we’re revisiting some of our favorite segments from the past few weeks. We begin with our conversation on the generational divide within the civil rights movement, manifesting specifically in the Black Lives Matter movement made evident during the recent National Action Network march in Washington, D.C. We’ll also revisit our recent conversation with playwright Kemp Powers about his debut effort, “One Night in Miami,” a fictionalized account of a real-life meeting in 1964 between Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown. It’s all coming up on a Christmas Eve edition of  AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

2 Baltimore Squeegee Kids Arrested For Assaulting Driver

first_imgBy The Associated PressBALTIMORE (AP) — Two of Baltimore’s “squeegee kids” have been accused of throwing rocks and spraying Windex at a driver.The “squeegee kids” wash car windows for tips, often darting in and out of traffic at dangerous intersections, sparking controversy. News outlets report 18-year-old Na’Sean Holloway and a 16-year-old boy were arrested Dec. 24.A young man washes a windshield as motorists wait at a red light, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Baltimore. Young “squeegee kids” who wash car windshields while darting in and out of Baltimore traffic. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)According to a police report, a woman reported she had gestured for a teenager to move on from her car Monday because she didn’t want it washed. She said he complied, but then came back, at which point she rolled down her window and was sprayed in the face with Windex. She said the other boy threw rocks toward her while she called 911.Holloway is charged with second-degree assault. It’s unclear whether he has a lawyer.last_img read more

The Warriors face their first real crisis since signing KD

first_imgThe Warriors face their first real crisis since signing KDFresh of dropping Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals at home to the Rockets, that evened the series at 2-2, the banged up Warriors face a must-win Game 5 in Houston, tonight. Colin thinks if Golden State loses, they’ll lose the series and sees it as the team’s first real crisis since signing Kevin Durant two years ago.With Steph Curry and Klay Thompson at less than 100% and Andre Iguodala out, the Warriors will need a huge game from Durant to get the win. He’ll have to show that he’s capable of dominating when he doesn’t have a full compliment of stars around him. The Celtics won’t close out the Cavs in ClevelandThe Celtics bounced back with a big win in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals after getting blown out in two games in Cleveland. Brad Stevens crew looked reinvigorated and crisp in front of the home fans and toppled a winded LeBron and his lackluster supporting cast.Even another A game in front of their home fans to take a 3-2 series lead, Colin doesn’t think Boston will close out the series in Cleveland in Game 6 because they’ve show they’re too young to win on the road and were finished a quarter into Games 3 and 4.Guests:Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Analyst is in-studio talking Cleveland getting blown out in Boston and why this team is worse than the 2007 Finals team.Eric Mangini – Former Jets and Browns Head Coach on the NFL’s anthem policy and why Tom Brady skipping OTA’s is being overblown.Jim Jackson – FS1 NBA analyst and 14-year NBA veteran discusses LeBron’s mental fatigue and potential destinations after the season.last_img read more

Costa Rica lost to Mexico Here are some sloths

first_imgRelated posts:La Sele qualifies for quarterfinals with close victory over Bermuda Costa Rica to face Mexico in Gold Cup quarterfinal Costa Rica announces provisional 40-man roster for Gold Cup No Navas as Costa Rica names roster for Peru friendly Despite a valiant effort from the Costa Rica men’s national soccer team, La Sele was eliminated from the 2019 Gold Cup by Mexico via penalty-kick shootout.In unrelated news, here are some adorable sloths: Bilbo with his adopted family. Via Toucan Rescue Rach. Photo via The Toucan Rescue Ranch. A sloth giving love to its stuffed animal, a monkey, at the Kids Saving the Rainforest center in Costa Rica. Via Janine Licare Photography Luigi the two-toed sloth, an orphan at the Sloth Sanctuary in Cahuita. James Kaiser A sloth wearing a daily diary climbs a tree near Cahuita in the Costa Rican Caribbean region. Courtesy of Rebecca Cliffe Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Tourists fight detention centre for hotels

first_imgChristmas Island hotels are booked solid, but not with tourists, instead, people linked to the Immigration Detention Centre are filling the island’s four hotels and the tour operators are suffering.Giving the catch-cry, ‘they’re taking our jobs’, a new perspective, Christmas Island dive boat operator Simon Prince told The Australian the Detention Centre was to blame for his flagging business.Public servants, contractors and the like are booking out the island’s 260 hotel rooms and while they may spend on dining, accommodation and shopping, they are not spending on touring, Mr Prince told the newspaper.Those that have toured with Mr Prince usually only request short trips, while the majority seem to work “flat-out on fly-in, fly-out rosters”, The Australian reported.”There is literally nowhere for … dive groups to stay and no cars for them to hire unless they book at least five months in advance,” he said.The longer his boat stays dry, the closer Mr Prince said he comes to closing his business.Despite flights from Virgin making it easier for people to get to the Island, it is finding them a place to stay that causes the problem, Christmas Island Tourism Association chairwoman Lisa Preston said.The percentage of people coming to Christmas Island dropped from 28 per cent to 20 per cent between September 2007 and February this year, as the percentage travelling there for work grew from 31 per cent to 55 per cent in the same period, reported the newspaper. <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Alast_img read more

Courtyard by Marriott continues to expand in Indonesia

first_imgCourtyard by Marriott continues to expand in IndonesiaCourtyard by Marriott continues to expand in IndonesiaCourtyard by Marriott Bandung Dago has opened its doors in Bandung, Indonesia. Featuring an open and inviting lobby space as well as Courtyard’s latest contemporary room design, Courtyard constantly evolves to meet the changing needs of its guests. Strategically located at Jalan Ir. H. Juanda 33 Bandung, the 187-room hotel will operate as a Marriott managed property and owned by PT. Sanbe KaryaPersada. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, the Courtyard Bandung Dago offers guests convenient access to visit all of the most popular attractions in Bandung within walking distance.“Courtyard has always prided itself as a brand that listens to business travelers,” said Mike Fulkerson, Vice President, Brand & Marketing Asia-Pacific, Marriott International. “Guests today want to be able to seamlessly transition between working and relaxing. Courtyard is designed to offer them a comfortable and functional space to work the way they want to, when they want to.”The Courtyard Bandung Dago also offers a contemporary lobby environment. Along with media pods, complimentary Wi-Fi and a variety of seating zones, the redefined space is ideal for everything from pop-up meetings to social gatherings. The design of the 187 guest rooms at the Courtyard Bandung Dago is inviting with each room featuring hybrid zones for both working and resting. Signature furniture pieces are complemented with modern technology creating flexible yet comfortable spaces to enhance productivity. Convenience is key – upon arrival, guests can store bags at the Luggage Drop area and plug in personal devices at the Tech Drop charging station ledge for seamless technology integration. The “Lounge Around” sofa offers a pop of color and is a comfortable area for relaxing or for working.Momo Café, the hotel’s all-day dining venue, offers a wide selection of local and international favorites, and also a range of healthy options. The business library features several computer terminals to work with ease while on the road. The hotel also features an outdoor swimming pool and sauna, fitness center, spa, kids club, and guest laundry, and offers 789 square feet of modern meeting space to accommodate functions of up to 1,500 people.“We are very excited to open our doors to both domestic and international guests in Bandung, also known as The City of Flowers. Courtyard Bandung Dago is the leading urban four-star hotel in Bandung with its prime location and modern design,” said Kadek Suartana, General Manager of Courtyard by Marriott Bandung Dago. Source = Courtyard by Marriott Bandung Dagolast_img read more

Cypriot MPs to hold contacts in Germany

first_imgA delegation of the Cyprus-Germany Friendship Group from the House of Representatives will leave for Berlin on Tuesday for a two-day visit at the invitation of Chairman of the Germany-Cyprus Friendship Group at the German Parliament (Bundestag) Andrej Hunko.The Cypriot delegation will be received by Vice President of the Bundestag Johannes Singhammer and hold a meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister responsible for European Affairs Michael Roth.They will also hold a series of separate meetings with the Germany-Cyprus Friendship Group, the Committee for EU Affairs and the Committee for Foreign Affairs of the Bundestag.The Cypriot MPs will attend a working lunch with the head of the General Directorate for Foreign Security and Development Policy at the Chancellery Christoph Heusgen.Before departing for Cyprus, they will have contacts with officials from the Bundesrat, the legislature representing the 16 federated states of Germany.The Cypriot delegation comprises Chairman of the Cyprus-Germany Friendship Group and Chairman of the House Foreign affairs committee George Lillikas and members Nicos Tornaritis, Giorgos Georgiou, Aggelos Votsis and Constantinos Efstathiou.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more