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Sharon Stone Jon Favreau To Be Honored at Film Festival

Sharon Stone Jon Favreau To Be Honored at Film Festival

first_imgTickets are now on sale for the five-day Catalina Film Festival (CFF) starting on September 18 through 22.Now in its third year, the festival continues its celebration of foreign and domestic independent films, shorts, animation and documentaries. The festival benefits the Catalina Island Conservancy, a responsible steward of Catalina’s wildlands through a balance of conservation, education and recreation.CFF is a competitive festival and film market with awards in up to 10 categories, including the prestigious Charlie Chaplin ICON Award, Stanley Kramer “Social Artist” Award and the Isla Earth Award.“I am very proud of the Isla Earth conservation documentaries that provide young filmmakers an opportunity to bring pressing ecological issues into focus.” said Ann Muscat, president and CEO of the Conservancy, a non-profit dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Island’s wildlands. “We once again welcome the Catalina Film Festival. Several of the Island’s beautiful locations have been used in many memorable motion pictures.”Avalon Mayor Bob Kennedy said he always enjoys seeing the Catalina Film Festival come to town. “The film industry has a long history here,” he said. “It is good to see film enthusiasts come out here to enjoy all Avalon has to offer.”Sharon Stone and Jon Favreau will be in attendance.In addition to the more than 75 films that will be screened at the festival, several prestigious awards will be presented to members of the entertainment industry. Opening day of the festival will feature the presentation of the Stanly Kramer Social Artist Award to actor Sharon Stone. The following day, September 19, Jon Favreau will be honored with the Festival’s Charlie Chaplin ICON award in the beautiful Avalon Casino Theater. Other guests confirmed to attend include: Patricia Arquette, Michael Rapaport, Jaime Pressly, Ian Zierin, Lisa Bonet, Nikki Reed, Billy Zane and more.Tickets are available at CatalinaFilm.org. Same day party boat packages on Classic Catalina Cruises leave Friday and Saturday, September 20 and 21, from the Queen Mary Landing at 9 a.m. in Long Beach and departs from Avalon at midnight. Discount coupons for the Catalina Express Catalina Express leaving from Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point are also available.Stanley Kramer AwardSharon Stone we be receiving the award named for the late producer and director of such socially conscious films as “The Defiant Ones” (1958), “Inherit the Wind” (1960) and “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” (1967).“I am deeply honored to receive the Stanley Kramer Award,” Stone told the entertainment website bwhub.com. “Mr. Kramer spent his life as a filmmaker creating films that would demonstrate a greater humanity; one where race, religion, higher thinking and spiritual elegance would be at the forefront of his purpose,” she said. “He bore the responsibility of his positive actions with the grace and endurance of a goodly warrior. Time and truth reveals the impact of his thoughtful and meaningful choices.”Charlie Chaplin ICON AwardJon Favreau, who wrote and starred in “Rudy” (1993), “Swingers (1996) and directed “Iron Man (2008) and “Iron Man 2 (2010), will be honored with the Festival’s Charlie Chaplin ICON award on Thursday, Sept. 19, in the beautiful Avalon Casino Theater.“It’s a thrill to be honored for my diversity in film throughout the years. I look forward to continue creating and acting in films that I hope the audience will enjoy,” said Favreau.“Favreau has the well-rounded and accomplished career that the festival has envisioned with this award,” said festival founder Ron Truppa. “His body of work truly honors Chaplin’s qualities of realism, diversity and courage within his craft.”Young Filmmaker AwardOn Saturday morning the Make a Wish Foundation will present a Young Filmmaker Award posthumously, to the late child filmmaker, Rina Goldberg. The award will be presented to her mother from Bailee Madison, who portrayed Goldberg in the short film “The Magic Bracelet” (2013).MOVIE SCREENINGSTwo notable films that will make their Catalina and West Coast Premiers, respectively, include the comedy “Ass Backwards” and the “dramedy” “Best Man Down.”Thursday’s screening of “Ass Backwards” follows the exploits of Kate (June Diane Raphael) and Chloe (Casey Wilson) as they embark on a cross-country trip back to their hometown to attempt to win a pageant that eluded them as children. Also starring Bob Odenkirk, Alicia Silverstone, John Cryer and Paul Scheer. Chris Nelson directed and Raphael and Wilson wrote the film. The two actresses-writers are scheduled to attend the screening along with Scheer.Screening on Friday in its west coast premier is “Best Man Down,” written and directed by Ted Kolan. It’s about a newlywed couple who cancels their honeymoon and returns to the snowy Midwest to make the funeral arrangements for their best man, who died unexpectedly after their ceremony. Starring in the film are Justin Long, Jess Weixler and Tyler Labine. Long is scheduled to attend the screening.Just before the screening, the 2013 Catalina Crest Award will be presented to rising young actor Kodi Smit-McFee, who as in “The Road” (2009) and “Let Me In” (2010).Earlier on Friday will be the centennial screening of Stanley Kramer’s “Bless the Beasts and the Children,” filmed on Catalina in 1971. Billy Mumy (Lost in Space) stars, along with Catalina’s non-native bison.Also on Saturday a tribute will honor the late filmmaker Tony Scott with a screening of 1993’s “True Romance,” directed by Scott and written by Quentin Tarantino. The film stars Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette.Films will be screened at various locations in Avalon, including at the iconic Avalon Casino Theater.last_img read more

RIP MuchFACT

RIP MuchFACT

first_imgAdvertisement Ottawa: The CRTC has effectively killed MuchFACT, the MuchMusic funded Foundation to Assist Talent on video.The announcement was made within a bundle of regulatory decisions announced Monday (Decision 149, section 55).The MuchFACT program routinely pumps as much as $2 million a year into Canadian music content creation. Advertisement As part of Bell Media’s TV renewal approval, the CRTC approved the deletion of required contributions to MuchFACT by Much and sister station Gusto (formerly M3).As well, Bell Media-owned MTV Canada is no longer required to allocate $50,000 annually to independent production companies for concept and script development.READ MORE Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebooklast_img read more

Government to obtain public opinion on regulating media

Government to obtain public opinion on regulating media

A proposal made by Gayantha Karunathilaka, Minister of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media, to obtain public opinion formally in this regard, has been approved by the cabinet of Ministers. The Government says it has been proposed to establish an independent commission to regulate the contents of news published in print media, broadcasting media (radio and television), and registered websites.According to the Government, the move is aimed at promoting professionalism and ethics securing the free, independent and plurality media culture. Karunathilaka said that the process to obtain public opinion will take place till the end of next month. He insisted that nothing will be imposed on the country and that the independent commission will be established only after having wide ranging talks with society. (Colombo Gazette)Audio Playerhttp://colombogazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/AAAAAA.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. read more

Kinross to buy Russian gold project for US283 million beats on earnings

Kinross to buy Russian gold project for US283 million beats on earnings

TORONTO — Kinross Gold Corp. says it will buy a gold project in eastern Russia for US$283 million from N-Mining Ltd. to add to its holdings in the country.The Toronto-based miner says the deal includes payment of about US$113 million in cash and US$170 million in Kinross shares, while N-Mining will be entitled to a small share of returns from production.Kinross already operates its Kupol and Dvoinoye mines in Russia, which account for about 20 per cent of its 2019 production guidance of 2.5 million ounces. News of the acquisition came as the company, which reports in U.S. dollars, reported net earnings of $71.5 million for the quarter ending June 30, up from $2.4 million in the same quarter last year.Adjusted net earnings came to $79.6 million, or six cents per share, compared with $37.8 million or three cents per share last year. Analysts had expected earnings of $39 million or three cents per share according to financial markets data firm Refinitiv.Revenue from metal sales was $837.8 million for the quarter, compared with $775 million last year on an increase in metal sold. Companies in this story: (TSX:K)The Canadian Press read more

General Assembly opens new session with call to action to solve worlds

General Assembly opens new session with call to action to solve worlds

“Confronting such a situation, the peoples of the world more than ever have their eyes turned towards the United Nations, the sole institution with a universal vocation where the concerns and aspirations of all humankind are expressed in all their diversity,” Foreign Minister Jean Ping of Gabon told the opening meeting.”The multiplicity of zones of conflict and humanitarian crises, the proliferation of weapons, the recurrence of terrorist acts, the increase in poverty and other afflictions such as the HIV/AIDS pandemic, the degradation of the environment, the resurgence of trans-national crime, illicit drug trafficking, the violations of human rights as well as assaults on the rule of law and democracy are, each and every one, concerns for which we must urgently find answers,” he said.Such topics will most likely be among those addressed during the annual gathering of world leaders for the Assembly’s general debate, which gets underway next Tuesday in New York.Mr. Ping, who succeeds Julian R. Hunte of St. Lucia, President of the 58th session, highlighted the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its impact on international peace and security, the “deeply troubling” situation in Iraq and Afghanistan, the crisis in the Darfur region of western Sudan and the recent massacre of Congolese refugees in Burundi.He called for revamping coordination in the field between inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations, enhancing measures to prevent conflict and demobilize combatants, and above all boosting resources for post-conflict reconstruction.”We must act quickly to find the best means to fight most effectively against terrorism,” he added. “Indeed, the scope and tragic brutality of the events that occurred in recent years, even here in New York and across the world, demand from us common action and unending vigilance.”But he warned that the daily requirements of peace and security must not detract from other pressing questions such as development. “That is to say how necessary it is that we act simultaneously in both fields,” he declared.He underscored the importance of fulfilling development pledges such as those contained in the UN Millennium Declaration aimed at halving extreme poverty and hunger, reducing infant and maternal mortality and boosting access to education and development, all by 2015, in order to slash disparities between and within nations.”We have no other choice,” he said. “Our nations, our respective peoples expect much. We cannot remain deaf to this legitimate aspiration for a better world, these legitimate demands for respect for the rights of man, for the security or personas and particularly the most vulnerable.”Mr. Ping recited a litany of needs crying out for a solution, from the famine and malnutrition that afflict marginalized populations to fair global trade to debt payment and development funding.”It is thus fitting, and it can never be said too often, to reinforce the role and authority of the UN and endow it with all the resources necessary for accomplishing its multiple missions,” he declared. read more

UN health agency announces 13 nominees to become next DirectorGeneral

UN health agency announces 13 nominees to become next DirectorGeneral

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today unveiled the names of the 13 nominees proposed by Member States to replace the late Lee Jong-wook as Director-General of the Geneva-based agency.Fernando Antezana Araníbar, Chairman of WHO’s Executive Board, announced the list of nominations after the deadline for submissions passed yesterday. The nominees’ curricula vitae will now be circulated among the organization’s 192 Member States.A shortlist of candidates will be drawn up by the 34-member Executive Board during its meeting in Geneva from 6-8 November, and those candidates will be interviewed. The Executive Board will then choose one candidate by secret ballot and submit that name to the World Health Assembly for a vote on 9 November.The nominees are, in alphabetical order: Kazem Behbehani (Kuwait), Margaret Chan (China), Julio Frenk (Mexico), David A. Gunnarsson (Iceland), Nay Htun (Myanmar), Karam Karam (Syria), Bernard Kouchner (France), Pascoal Manuel Mocumbi (Mozambique), Shigeru Omi (Japan), Alfredo Palacio González (Ecuador), Pekka Puska (Finland), Elena Salgado Méndez (Spain) and Tomris Türmen (Turkey).The new Director-General will face a series of pressing tasks, from the threat of a bird flu pandemic to ongoing battles against HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.Dr. Lee, who died suddenly in May, two years before the end of his five-year term, was the WHO’s sixth Director-General since its founding in 1948. Anders Nordström, who had been WHO Assistant Director-General, General Management, has been serving as Acting Director-General since Dr. Lee’s death. read more

Spotlighting cancer of sexual abuse in DR Congo UN aid chief calls

Spotlighting cancer of sexual abuse in DR Congo UN aid chief calls

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland told the Council, during a briefing following his recent visit to the DRC and other central African countries, that he does not believe the national armed forces are seriously tackling the problem.“Military and civilian authorities are still virtually unaccountable for crimes against civilians… Although some military prosecutions have occurred, often because of the efforts of MONUC [the French acronym for the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC], far too little is being done,” he said.Council members and those countries involved in security sector reform in the DRC must step up the pressure on the Congolese military “to end this pattern of abuse and violence against civilians.”Mr. Egeland outlined some of the harrowing crimes endured by women in the DRC, where the national Government has struggled to maintain authority following decades of civil war and misrule.One woman told the Under-Secretary-General how she was raped repeatedly for more than a week by a group of soldiers who bound her so tightly that she has permanently lost the use of her hands. Another doctor explained how many women require extensive surgery because they are mutilated after they are raped.Mr. Egeland visited a hospital in Bukavu in the DRC’s South Kivu province, where this year alone more than 1,000 women have been treated after they were raped.“We don’t know how many more suffer without treatment in inaccessible parts of the province,” he said, adding he is also concerned about the impact of Congolese military operations in the east of the vast country. At least 500,000 people have become displaced this year, mainly because of an attack by Government forces against a militia group.But Mr. Egeland said he was heartened by some improvements on the humanitarian front, especially the fact that aid workers could now reach areas that had been inaccessible for years because of security problems.He called on the Council to maintain the troop numbers and resources of MONUC, and to remember that the recent historic presidential and parliamentary elections represent “the beginning of the rebuilding process, not its end.” read more

Nursing team receives award for patient care and teaching research

Nursing team receives award for patient care and teaching research

The U.S.-based Journal of Nursing Education has awarded a Brock team for research on how nurses make decisions on patient procedures and care.Researchers Joyce Engel, Dawn Prentice and McMaster University undergraduate student Adriana Cappelletti (first author) received the Christine A. Tanner Scholarly Teaching Award for their paper “Systematic review of clinical judgment and reasoning in nursing” in the Journal of Nursing, 53, 453-8.“We were completely surprised,” says Engel. “The fact that we’re Canadians and that the award is given to an article that advances knowledge in nursing education is a huge honour.”The paper explores factors that influence clinical decision-making resulting in “a reasoned and accurate judgment that guides nursing actions and evaluations,” and how best to teach these concepts to nursing students, says Engel.To illustrate the process of clinical decision-making, she gives the example of a patient involuntarily admitted to hospital for mental health issues. The nurse follows a series of steps that involve gathering the patient’s history and assessing the patient’s mental state on admission.“On the basis of the mental status examination, the history-taking from the patient, the patient’s perception of the issues, and the nurse’s assessment of the patient’s thinking and emotional state, the nurse determines that the patient is not at a high risk of suicide at this time,” says Engel.“That information is shared with other team members, who determine certain activities, how closely that patient is monitored, a patient’s privileges and therapeutic approaches with the patient.”The research concludes that clinical decision-making is a complex process that is sometimes challenging to teach in a classroom and clinical settings.“For instance, how do we teach intuition?” says Engel. “How do we promote curiosity, clinical reasoning and the ability to engage the patient?” She notes that nursing education involves a lot of clinical simulation, but “there is no one best way to teach clinical reasoning and decision-making. It develops over time.“To gain clinical reasoning, you do need classroom lectures, you need knowledge, but you also need opportunities for practice in a variety of ways and situations to be able to develop intuition and the ability to see, engage and interpret accurately within a variety of circumstances.”Prentice says the process of writing the paper with Cappelletti was a positive experience. “It points to how exciting it is to be able to mentor and work with students. They, too, can stand amongst top scholars.”The Christine A. Tanner Scholarly Teaching Award recognizes excellence in writing and the impact of outstanding research or other scholarly works on advancing knowledge in the field of nursing education.The Brock research team is the first to receive the award.Christine A. Tanner, who the award is named after, served as editor of the Journal of Nursing Education from 1991-2012 and is now editor emeritus.“One of the most influential voices in the field, Dr. Tanner had, and continues to have, a profound impact on a generation of nurse educators through her work as a writer, teacher, researcher-scholar, and mentor and friend to faculty, students, and colleagues across the United States and around the world,” says the journal. read more

Exhibition Season Over Team USA Ready For Olympics

Exhibition Season Over Team USA Ready For Olympics

The USA men’s basketball team could face Spain in the Olympics on August 12. Tuesday, the Americans delivered the message that the gold is theirs to take.With Carmelo Anthony coming off the bench to score 23 points in the first half and Team USA’s defense clamping down, the U.S. backhanded the No. 2 team in the world, Spain, 100-78, in Barcelona.It was a win that signified Anthony and Co. are ready for the London Olympics.“We knew that this was a big game,” U.S. guard Chris Paul said. “We approached it like (was a big game) and it was a good win for us.”The rematch of the 2008 gold-medal game wasn’t much of a match. Spain led by nine points early and then were hit with a barrage by Anthony, the New York Knicks forward.“It was a good test for us tonight, but the exhibition games are over, the (niceties)  are over and we look forward to the real challenge of going to London,” said LeBron James, who had 25 points.Pau Gasol scored 19 points and Oklahoma City forward Serge Ibaka, a native of the Republic of Congo who became a Spanish national last year, had 16.They’re still the best two teams in the world and favored to meet again in the Spain would have a different look, as Marc Gasol was held out of this one while recovering from a left shoulder injury and backup point guard Sergio Rodriguez also sat out.Spain’s players said the bigger priority was preparing for London. The Americans responded that the Spaniards, playing in front of their home fans, would be compelled to go all out in hopes of a victory.Spain seemed to be playing for real, but was simply overmatched and the Americans eventually ran away from them.“Well, it was definitely a game that we would have loved to play better as a team,” Gasol said. “We made too many mistakes which they capitalized and they played their game. They’re a quick unit, very athletic and once they were able to convert a few fast-break opportunities due to our turnovers, it was hard for us.” read more

Former Sinn Féin councillor awarded €3500 in RTÉ defamation case

Former Sinn Féin councillor awarded €3500 in RTÉ defamation case

first_img By Sean Murray No Comments Nicky Kehoe arriving at the Four Courts today. Image: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ie Short URL Monday 26 Feb 2018, 1:59 PM Former Sinn Féin councillor awarded €3,500 in RTÉ defamation case The case related to comments made during a live radio broadcast in 2015. http://jrnl.ie/3872934 10,522 Views Share16 Tweet Email center_img Updated at 10.45pmA FORMER SINN Féin councillor has won a defamation case against RTÉ over comments made during a live radio debate.Nicky Kehoe, a former IRA member, was awarded €3,500 in the High Court today, RTÉ reported.Currently a political manager in Dublin, Kehoe took the action due to comments made about him during a live radio debate in October 2015.RTÉ has said its lawyers are considering an appeal.The jury found that the broadcaster was responsible for 35% of the defamation, while former Labour TD Joe Costello was responsible for the other 65%.The jury also found that the contents of the broadcast meant that Kehoe was not a fit person to be involved in the democratic process.Speaking to reports outside the court today, Kehoe said: “First of all, I came here to vindicate my name. Nicky Kehoe arriving at the Four Courts today. In fact, I wasn’t aware that the case was taking place until I read the media reports.“I am advised that the finding of the jury in relation to me has no legal significance or consequences,” he added.- with reporting from Gráinne Ní Aodha A jury of my peers vindicated my name, and I am really happy with that. My name means a lot to me. It means a lot to my community. It means a lot to the people who voted for me in two elections that I topped the poll that I am a good person. I’ve worked really, really hard for that.In a statement released this evening, Costello responded to the outcome of the case to in an attempt to clarify the jury’s findings.“I would like to express my disappointment that a specific level of responsibility has been apportioned to me. I am at loss to understand why I have been referred to in the judgement,” he said.I was not a party to the case; I was not called as a witness in the case; I didn’t name the plaintiff on the broadcast concerned; I was given no hearing in the case and no action was taken against me. Image: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ie Feb 26th 2018, 1:59 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Poll Is delaying Brexit a good idea

Poll Is delaying Brexit a good idea

first_img As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Yes, it might helpNo, it’ll make no differenceI’m not sureVote No, it’ll make no difference (6298) By Órla Ryan British Prime Minister Theresa May leaving 10 Downing Street, London, yesterday. Image: Victoria Jones/PA Wire/PA Images Yes, it might help (4520) Share14 Tweet Email 29,823 Views 56 Comments I’m not sure (677) Image: Victoria Jones/PA Wire/PA Imagescenter_img Mar 15th 2019, 9:16 AM Poll Results: THE HOUSE OF Commons has voted to seek to delay Brexit for three months while Prime Minister Theresa May continues her attempts to get a deal over the line.A majority of 413 MPs voted last night in favour of extending Article 50, with 202 voting against the government’s motion. The motion proposed seeking an extension until 30 June and noted that if the House passed the Withdrawal Agreement by Wednesday then the three-month extension would be sought “for the purpose of passing the necessary EU exit legislation”.The vote isn’t legally binding and the EU must agree to any extension. Some people have argued that delaying Brexit is largely pointless as European leaders have said the deal struck between Britain and the EU cannot be renegotiated.What do you think: Is delaying Brexit a good idea? Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4543530 Poll: Is delaying Brexit a good idea? MPs have voted to seek to extend Article 50 until 30 June. Friday 15 Mar 2019, 9:16 AM British Prime Minister Theresa May leaving 10 Downing Street, London, yesterday. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

A night with John Howard

A night with John Howard

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram CEO of VIVO Cafe, Angela Vithoulkas, will be serving up more than just lattes when former Prime Minister John Howard visits her Sydney store on Wednesday night.With 200 people expected to attend, Mr Howard will discuss his new book, Lazarus Rising, and give his perspective on the small business market under today’s government.Vithoulkas, who met Mr Howard after she was awarded a Telstra Business Women’s award in 2007, will interview the former PM, and isn’t afraid to get personal.“It’s going to be my own brand of questions, I’m not looking at dissecting the political world. I want to know, as Prime Minister of Australia, what that was like internally and externally,” Vithoulkas told Neos Kosmos.“I’d like to broach a few small business issues. We feel, as small businesses, we’ve been completely ignored; I’m curious about that. I’m also curious about banks; can government really do anything about banks, can government really step in?”Ms Vithoulkas said she was inspired to  organise the event after reading Mr Howard’s book.“If there ever was a story of resurrecting yourself and coming back it’s his story. Most of us never have to deal publicly with our issues, like he did. Everyone loves a winner, but we’re not that good on people who lose,” she said.The response to the event has been enormous, with registration filling within minutes.“People have been genuinely very excited. It’s a great thing, and why shouldn’t everyday people have the opportunity to meet John Howard in a normal environment now? We spent so many years allowing him to run our country, politicians forget sometimes that we put them there,” Ms Vithoulkas said.And there will be one test for the former PM, Ms Vithoulkas said. “Last time he was here he said we made the best cappuccino in Australia, so I’ll be making him one again to see if we still hold that title,” she vowed.VIVO Cafe will host an evening with John Howard at their 388 George Street, Sydney store on Wednesday December 8, between 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Entry is free, with complementary light canapes. Registration has already been filled, however there is a waiting list. For more information visit: www.vivocafe.com.aulast_img read more

Victoria backs ethnic media

Victoria backs ethnic media

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Victorian government has placed multicultural media high on their agenda, allocating $450,000 for a new grants program that will help media organsiations upgrade their equipment.Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott said the funding is “great news” for multicultural media. “It’s an example of the value we place on our multicultural society, and the importance of all our communities to be able to access news and information,” he said.With close to 150 print, radio, television and digital media outlets across the state, the funding will help to maintain and enhance existing services, whilst also extending their reach.“Our diverse society is Victoria’s greatest strength, and the Andrews’ Labor Government will do whatever we can to support Victorian communities,” Mr Scott said. According to the 2011 Census, 1.2 million Victorians spoke a language other than English, with approximately 210,000 Victorians relying on ethnic media as their primary source of news and information.Applications for the Multicultural Media Grants Program close on Sunday 30 August. Visit www.multicultural.vic.gov.aulast_img read more

Thieves targeting vehicles parked at Clark County day cares

Thieves targeting vehicles parked at Clark County day cares

first_imgThieves have smashed the windows of four vehicles parked at Vancouver and Camas day cares in the first two weeks of April.Vancouver Police Department spokeswoman Kim Kapp said it is unknown if the break-ins are related, “but it does appear that way.”“Thieves are casing day care lots, watching parents go in to drop their kids off and then smashing car windows or opening unlocked doors and stealing purses, computers, phones and other valuables that are left in the vehicle,” the police department said in a Facebook post.On April 4, a thief broke the window of a vehicle at Knowledge Beginnings, 2907 S.E. 162nd Ave., and stole a purse. Then, the thief cashed three stolen checks in Hillsboro, Ore. The victim canceled her credit cards but did not have her bank flag her checks, Kapp said.The remaining three smash-and-grabs happened four days later, on April 8.A vehicle parked at Goddard School, 3111 S.E. 192nd Ave., had its window smashed. The thief once again took a purse. The owner of the purse has not yet been victimized by identity theft, Kapp said.last_img read more

Record crowd greets Santa

Record crowd greets Santa

first_imgFestooned with Christmas decorations, the 75-year-old SP&S 700 locomotive steams Saturday toward its destination near the Vancouver Amtrak station. Santa’s steam train has become a Christmas tradition for a lot of local families, one that can span several generations.Three-year-old Liam McCann had a nice vantage point in the arms of his grandfather, retired railroader Larry Grant.Dave Sherman used to bring his dad; now he and wife Maureen bring their five kids.They were among a throng of 2,800 that showed up Saturday for the ninth annual “Santa’s Steam Train” event near Vancouver’s Amtrak station.The enthusiastic turnout eclipsed the previous attendance mark of about 2,100 set last year, said Gus Melonas, BNSF Railway spokesman.It was officially scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., but the final visitors didn’t leave until 2:20 p.m.Hefting a big red bag embroidered with “Merry Christmas,” Santa Claus climbed down from the cab of the SP&S 700 locomotive at about 11:15 a.m.But the 75-year-old locomotive wasn’t just a steam-powered, 440-ton sleigh. For some folks, it was the bigger attraction.As some people queued up to see Santa inside his pavilion, others lined up along the railroad track for a chance to see the SP&S (Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway) locomotive up close and personal.Rowan Vance, 7, and brother Connor Vance, 10, knew what took priority.“This. It just is,” Connor said, as the line slowly moved closer to the locomotive cab.“It’s awesome,” Rowan said to a background of hisses and chunks produced by the 5,000 horsepower engine as it idled.Carla and Larry Grant said they were coming to the BNSF Christmas celebration long before it was a public event. Larry put in 40 years as a train conductor, working the Vancouver-Pasco run, so he and Carla had this on their annual holiday schedule for years.“Back then, it was for employees only,” he said.Ten years ago, the steam locomotive showed up for the corporate event. Hundreds of curious members of the public came over to see what was going on; it became a public event the following year.last_img read more

Alliance with RJD certain says Sharad

Alliance with RJD certain says Sharad

first_imgJanata Dal-United president Sharad Yadav said on Friday that the alliance with Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) for the Assembly elections scheduled later this year was “sure and certain”.”The alliance between the JD-U and RJD is sure and certain. But I cannot give a date for it,” Sharad Yadav said, after a closed-door meeting for three hours with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.The JD-U president downplayed the differences between the two political parties over the projection of a chief ministerial candidate.  Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJI”The alliance will be finalised soon and talks will continue on other issues,” he said before leaving for Delhi.Yadav said he was confident of a strong (pre-poll) alliance of JD-U, RJD and the Congress. “A strong secular alliance is need of the time to ensure the defeat of BJP in Bihar’s polls,” he said.Earlier, Millennium Post had carried stories, highlighting differences between the two major factions of the Janata Parivar over the choice of the Chief Ministerial candidate.  Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindMeanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) feels merger of Janata Parivar would pose a “difficult” challenge to it in the upcoming Bihar polls. The Centre is likely to announce a package for the state as promised in the General Budget soon. Nitish plants mango saplings  Encouraging people to plant more trees, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on friday celebrated World Environment Day by planting two mango saplings at his 7, Circular Road residence in the state capital. “People should inculcate the habit of planting at least one tree or plant every year in their houses,” Kumar said.last_img read more

Researchers develop crossbrowser fingerprinting technique

Researchers develop crossbrowser fingerprinting technique

first_imgResearchers develop cross-browser fingerprinting technique by Martin Brinkmann on February 14, 2017 in Security – 36 commentsResearchers have developed a cross-browser fingerprinting technique that uses operating system and hardware level features.Fingerprinting has been limited for the most part to individual web browsers in the past. If a user switched browsers regularly, fingerprinting could not be used to link the user to these browsers.Fingerprinting tests like the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Panopticlick or BrowserPrint, try to gather data about the browser and underlying operating system. They use all the data to create a fingerprint of the browser/computer combination, and may be able to do the same in future sessions.Cross-browser fingerprinting was out of the picture up until now. While other methods existed to track users across browsers, for instance by requiring them to sign into accounts to use a service or recording IP addresses, no fingerprinting method came close to providing a working solution.Cross-browser fingerprintingThe researchers who published the research paper (Cross-)Browser Fingerprinting via OS and Hardware Level Features think that they have found a way.In the paper, we propose a (cross-)browser fingerprinting based on many novel OS and hardware level features, e.g., these from graphics card, CPU, audio stack, and installed writing scripts. Specifically, because many of such OS and hardware level functions are exposed to JavaScript via browser APIs, we can extract features when asking the browser to perform certain tasks through these APIs. The extracted features can be used for both single- and cross-browser fingerprinting.They have created an online service that demonstrates the fingerprinting technique. It is called Unique Machine, and works on any device that supports JavaScript.A click on Get My Fingerprint starts the process. It works, if JavaScript is enabled, and if connections to a few sites are allowed. The scan takes a couple of seconds to complete.The result is a browser fingerprint, and also a computer fingerprint; the latter is not finalized yet and still in development.You may hit the details button on the Unique Machine website for the list of tested cross-browser features.The following features are tested currently:Time Zone.Number of CPU Cores.Fonts.Audio.Screen Ratio and depth.WebGL.Ad Blocking.Canvas.Cookies.Encoding.GPU.Hash values of GPU rendering results.Language.Plugins.The idea is now that you will get similar results when you use a different browser on the same system to run the fingerprinting test a second time.The researchers state that the technique identified 99.2% of users correctly. The sample size is a bit small, 1903 users and 3615 fingerprint samples.I ran tests on a machine using different browsers, and results were mixed. The computer fingerprint was identical when I ran the fingerprinting test in Chrome, Chrome Canary and Vivaldi, but different in Firefox and Edge.The three browsers the hash was identical in are all based on Chromium. This is probably the reason why the fingerprint was identical.The source code of the cross browser fingerprinting site is available on GitHub.Now You: Did you cross-browser fingerprinting work on your devices?SummaryArticle NameResearchers develop cross-browser fingerprinting techniqueDescriptionResearchers have developed a cross-browser fingerprinting technique that uses operating system and hardware level features.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Flu Season Has Exposed LifeThreatening Flaws in Medical Supply Chains

Flu Season Has Exposed LifeThreatening Flaws in Medical Supply Chains

first_imgFlu season in the U.S. typically peaks in February, but this year’s outbreak is already one of the worst on record. As of Jan. 6, 20 children have died from the flu, and overall mortality caused by the flu is already double that of last year’s.One reason the flu is so severe this season is that the dominant strain is H3N2, which has an impressive ability to mutate and is particularly aggressive against Americans over 50.Making the threat worse is the fact that most of the IV saline bags used in common medical treatments and procedures – including severe cases of the flu – are made in Puerto Rico, which is still reeling from Hurricane Maria. Hospitals in some areas around the country that are operating at or above capacity because of the flu are quickly running low on saline, resorting to time-consuming and potentially dangerous treatments of patients.The IV saline shortage is unlikely to cause a life-threatening breakdown of medical treatments. But the shortage does expose a dangerous flaw in the medical supply chains that everyone relies on to counter disease outbreaks or bioterrorism. Many different types of important medical equipment and medicines either come from abroad or rely on a single producer.Global Supply ChainsGlobalization has changed the way we produce, transport and store almost anything, including medicines and medical supplies. Now that it’s inexpensive to transport goods, many can be easily produced abroad at substantially lower costs. In nearly all cases, that benefits producers and consumers alike.For the medical industry, approximately 80 percent of all pharmaceuticals used by Americans are produced overseas. The majority of this production takes place in China and India.Forty-three percent of saline in the U.S. comes from Puerto Rico. The U.S. was already running below optimal levels of saline when Hurricane Maria hit.Rapid transportation of goods also allows most industries to rely on “just in time” deliveries. That means goods arrive only shortly before they are needed, rather than arriving in large shipments.In most situations, and for most goods, that causes few issues. However, when there’s an insufficient stockpile, delivery delays can be life-threatening. Many of our hospitals receive shipments of critical pharmaceuticals three times a day.Unhappy CoincidencesAs researchers studying how countries can prepare for disease and disasters, it’s clear to us that the IV saline shortage is just the tip of a gigantic iceberg.There are two ways the “just in time” system can be disrupted: an unexpected surge in demand or a delay in delivery. In this case, both occurred simultaneously. The U.S. is dealing with an unusually potent strain of the flu, while Hurricane Maria brought production in Puerto Rico to a grinding halt. If only one of the two had occurred, it’s unlikely the U.S. would have experienced a shortage.Now, hospitals overrun with flu patients have to turn to alternatives to IV saline. One is an IV push procedure, in which medications are manually “pushed” into the IV line. This can be deadly if not done correctly.In the case of IV saline, the simultaneous occurrence of both demand and delay was accidental. Unfortunately, it’s not only possible that such confluence will occur in the future – it’s likely. In the case of pandemics or biological warfare, there will likely be both a surge in demand for important goods and a simultaneous disruption of production and delivery.If a pandemic disease severely affected China or India, where large shares of medicines come from, production could be knocked out or slowed. That would leave the rest of the world vulnerable to the disease’s spread, because there would be no supply of crucial medicines to combat it. The 1918 influenza pandemic caused disruptions that prevented coal from being delivered to the northeastern U.S. That left some without heat in the height of winter, causing people to freeze to death and compounding the deadly pandemic.Today, such a breakdown could leave hospitals and other crucial infrastructure without electricity. If the spread of the disease is intentional, as in cases of bioterrorism or bio-warfare, adversaries could target global supplies of crucial treatments.Preparing for ProblemsThe destruction in Puerto Rico and the impact it has had on the supply of small IV saline bags in American hospitals is a warning. This time, it’s IV saline. Next time, it might be electricity to run intensive care units or critical antibiotics to treat infections.Global supply chains are a massive puzzle, but public health and emergency preparedness officials need to, at a minimum, understand every link in the chain of critical goods. Without a thorough understanding of the supply chain, it’s difficult to preempt problems that could arise in times of emergency. Hospitals and other crucial infrastructure, such as power plants and the transportation industry, may want to diversify their suppliers of critical goods and encourage those suppliers to not focus production in a single area, especially not to an area prone to natural disaster. A final, but far more costly, option is to ensure we can produce most of these goods domestically in times of emergency.In our view, the solution depends on a partnership between government and industry. Federal, state and local governments have to alter procedures, but private companies involved in the production and delivery of critical goods have to plan ahead for emergencies.If these weaknesses in our global supply chains are not addressed, especially as they relates to medical supplies, pharmaceuticals and other critical goods, we are headed for disaster.This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.last_img read more

MRI Shows Pregnancy Leads to Changes in the Mothers Brain

MRI Shows Pregnancy Leads to Changes in the Mothers Brain

first_imgNews | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | December 28, 2016 MRI Shows Pregnancy Leads to Changes in the Mother’s Brain Researchers explore for the first time the impact of pregnancy on the structure of the human brain An image from the study showing brain volume changes in women post pregnancy. Image by Oscar Vilarroya. News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Image courtesy of UTHealth McGovern Medical School News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Related Content FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Stroke | August 16, 2019 Mobile Stroke Unit Gets Patients Quicker Treatment Than Traditional Ambulance Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute…. read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more center_img Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more December 28, 2016 — Pregnancy involves radical hormone surges and biological adaptations, but the effects on the brain are still unknown. In this study a team of researchers compared the structure of the brain of women before and after their first pregnancy. This is the first research to show that pregnancy involves long-lasting changes — at least for two years post-partum — in the morphology of a woman’s brain.Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the scientists have been able to show that the brains of women who have undergone a first pregnancy present significant reductions in grey matter in regions associated with social cognition.The researchers believe that such changes correspond to an adaptive process of functional specialization towards motherhood. “These changes may reflect, at least in part, a mechanism of synaptic pruning, which also takes place in adolescence, where weak synapses are eliminated giving way to more efficient and specialized neural networks”, said Elseline Hoekzema, co-lead author of the article.According to Erika Barba, the other co-lead author, “these changes concern brain areas associated with functions necessary to manage the challenges of motherhood”.In fact, researchers found that the areas with grey matter reductions overlapped with brain regions activated during a functional neuroimaging session in which the mothers of the study watched images of their own babies.In order to conduct the study, researchers compared magnetic resonance images of 25 first-time mothers before and after their pregnancy, of 19 male partners, and of a control group formed by 20 women who were not and had never been pregnant and 17 male partners. They gathered information about the participants during five years and four months.The results of the research directed by Òscar Vilarroya and Susanna Carmona demonstrated a symmetrical reduction in the volume of grey matter in the medial frontal and posterior cortex line, as well as in specific sections of, mainly, prefrontal and temporal cortex in pregnant women. “These areas correspond to a great extent with a network associated with processes involved in social cognition and self-focused processing”, indicates Susanna Carmona.The analyses of the study determine with great reliability whether any woman from the study had been pregnant depending on the changes in the brain structure. They were even able to predict the mother’s attachment to her baby in the postpartum period based on these brain changes.The study took into account variations in both women who had undergone fertility treatments and women who had become pregnant naturally, and the reductions in grey matter were practically identical in both groups.Researchers did not observe any changes in memory or other cognitive functions during the pregnancies and therefore believe that the loss of grey matter does not imply any cognitive deficits, but rather: “The findings point to an adaptive process related to the benefits of better detecting the needs of the child, such as identifying the newborn’s emotional state. Moreover, they provide primary clues regarding the neural basis of motherhood, perinatal mental health and brain plasticity in general”, says Oscar Vilarroya.Elseline Hoekzema (researcher at the UAB at the time of the study, but currently working at Leiden University) and Erika Barba-Müller (UAB) are the lead authors of the article published in Nature Neuroscience.The study was directed by Òscar Vilarroya, from the Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unit of the Department of Psychiatry and Legal Medicine at the UAB, and coordinator of the research group Neuroimaging of Mental Disorders at the IMIM Foundation, and co-directed by Susana Carmona. Carmona was a researcher at the UAB at the time of the study and now at the University Carlos III, Madrid, and affiliated to the CIBER of Mental Health (CIBERSAM).Also collaborating in the research were Cristina Pozzobon, Florencio Lucco and Agustín Ballesteros (Valencian Infertility Institute, IVI); Marisol Picado (Hospital Clínic); Eveline A. Crone (Leiden University); David García-García and Manuel Desco (University Carlos III and Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Gregorio Marañón, Madrid); and Juan Carlos Soliva and Adolf Tobeña (UAB).Read the article in Nature Neuroscience at  www.nature.com/neuro/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nn.4458.html. News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. 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Its easy to unwind in a college town

Its easy to unwind in a college town

first_imgBloody Mary at Mas T’Kila Bar in Heredia. The ubiquitous chain, Más T’Kila serves up margaritas, tequila shots, cold beers and a range of Mexican-inspired bocas on their ground-floor patio. The classic margarita is recommended and the frozen margaritas (in different flavors) are simply gargantuan.Next door on either side, students reap the benefit of concentrated bar competition as La K-Cabaña and ultra-luxe Amartía tout happy hours and drink specials. Amartía’s Bedouin-inspired patio lounge with sofas and gauzy curtains is a cool place to kick back.Across the parking lot at the foot of Paseo de Las Flores mall, one finds Hooligans Bar serving hot wings and hot sports action on multiple televisions.Outside Paseo de Las Flores on the main highway leading to Heredia, Bar La Birrería offers a lively scene with dancing and, as the name implies, lots of cold Imperial to fuel the fun. Thursday nights are ladies’ night. Besides sexy dancers, good tunes and beers, La Birrería also serves up typical Tico bar food.Chichi’s Sports Bar (www.chichissports bar.com), just up the road from La Birrería will dazzle your eyeballs with well over 20 flat-screen TVs. Chichi’s beams in sports from around the world from local soccer matches to Pakistani cricket and grizzly bear hunting in Alaska. The Chichi’s Combo, an enormous undertaking, piled high with onion rings, hot wings, chicken nuggets, potato skins and more, is recommended if you’re a competitive eater or just enjoying a night out with a group of hungry friends. Closer to the center of Heredia lie the haunts of the UNA set. Rancho de Fofo (www.ranchofofo.com) just 100 meters west of the main entrance to UNA is somewhat of a rite of passage for locals and foreign-exchange students from the school. With two levels and lots of room for dancing and socializing, Rancho de Fofo is almost always bustling. Tuesdays offer two-for-one drink specials and Wednesdays offer live music.Right next to Rancho de Fofo is another spot renowned for student debauchery of both the Tico and foreign persuasions: El Bulevar. With bocas and ample cold beer, this is a good place to socialize, and while the place is not exactly set up for dancing, that doesn’t mean it won’t happen.Disco Champs Elysée (2260-2511) is another long-standing hotspot for dancing well into the night. Located in the Plaza Heredia just a few blocks south of UNA, the disco has a Tuesday night ladies’ night and reggae on Fridays. Speed 7 (8849-9871), also in the Plaza Heredia, offers up more drinks and more dancing with university students.¡Salud! Facebook Comments With more than 20 flat-screen TVs and mouth-watering bar food, Chichi’s Bar and Restaurant in Heredia, north of San José, has enough to keep sports fans happy. Alberto Fontcenter_img Alberto Font From the print editionMix two major universities with one part colonial-era charm, one part high-end shopping and dining development, add a dash of cheap-beer, student-priced bars, shake, and strain into a chilled martini glass. Call it a Heredia and, please, enjoy it responsibly.The provincial capital of Heredia is full of universities and language schools – the National University (UNA) and Universidad Latina hem the city, which, history majors will tell you, was founded in 1705. Heredia has to have a lot to offer to keep fickle student bodies interested, which means an eclectic variety of nightlife opportunities abound.Nestled at the foot of ULatina, the Paseo de Las Flores shopping center – a magnificent monument to consumerism – has plenty to offer its almost-captive audience of students lounging about for a drink between, after, or even before classes. No related posts.last_img read more