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Womens Resource Society bringing the Vagina Monologues back to Fort St John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society is going to be bringing the Vagina Monologues back to the Energetic City this weekend for its biggest fundraiser of the year.Organizer Jennifer Pimm with the Society says that this year’s iteration of the event, which is celebrating its 13th straight year, will feature some changes to past years. Pimm explained that this year’s performance will feature male performers to recognize the fact that while women are often thought of as the victims of sexual harassment and abuse, men can and are also victims as well.“With height of the #MeToo campaign and ‘Time’s Up’ movement, we thought, “We have to do something” because this is happening in Fort St. John all the time,” said Pimm. “We wanted to bring awareness to it. That’s another reason that we really wanted to bring men to the show is because men are our allies. We need men to stand up and say ‘enough is enough.’”The production features 25 performers, and will also feature local music and other spoken word performances. The production is being put on at the North Peace Cultural Centre this Friday. Reserved tickets are $25, while admission at the door is by donation. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., with the show starting at 7:00. For tickets, call the North Peace Cultural Centre at (250) 785-1992.last_img read more

2 killed in Chinese naval plane crash

first_imgBeijing: Two Chinese navy pilots were killed Tuesday when their plane crashed during a training mission in the southern island province of Hainan, the military said. The crash happened during a training exercise over rural Ledong county in the southern island province. There were no casualties on the ground and an investigation is underway to ascertain cause of the accident, the navy said in a statement. The Peoples Liberation Army’s (PLA) official statement did not specify the type plane that crashed, although unverified witness account online said it was a twin-seat Xian JH-7 “Flying Leopard”, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingThe JH-7, which entered service with the navy and air force in the 1990s, has been involved in a number of fatal accidents over the years, it said. China’s worst military air accident in recent years happened in January 2018. At least 12 crew members died when a PLA Air Force plane, believed to be an electronic reconnaissance aircraft, crashed in Guizhou in the southwest of the country. Military commentators have previously said that China’s drive to improve its combat readiness, which includes the building of new aircraft carriers and warplanes, has resulted in a serious shortage of qualified pilots. To fill the vacancies the Chinese military has started a major recruitment drive and intensive training programme for pilots, the report said.last_img read more

Maha: Cong leader whose son joined BJP quits as Oppn leader

first_imgMumbai: Senior Maharashtra Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, whose son joined the BJP last month, has resigned as the Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly, the party said Thursday.Party chief Rahul Gandhi has accepted the resignation of the Congress leader, state Congress president Ashok Chavan told reporters in Ahmednagar district. Vikhe Patil had sent his resignation letter to the top party leadership, offering to quit the post of LoP, after his son Sujay Vikhe Patil left Congress and joined the BJP. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Vikhe Patil had offered to resign from the post and had also sent a letter to the Congress president. This letter of resignation has been accepted by the Congress president,” Chavan said. The development comes a day before Rahul Gandhi’s rally in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar Friday. Chavan was in Shirdi Thursday ahead of Gandhi’s rally at Sangamner in the Shirdi Lok Sabha constituency. Vikhe Patil was accused of giving tacit support to his son Sujay, who was the BJP contestant from Ahmednagar Lok Sabha seat and was blamed for working behind the scenes in his campaign. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KParty sources said he was in touch with the supporters of his father late Balasaheb Vikhe Patil in Rahuri, Parner and other areas in Ahmednagar district, and exhorted them to support Sujay. NCP chief Sharad Pawar, who has been a traditional opponent of the Vikhe Patils, had made the Ahmednagar contest a prestige battle. Pawar had refused to vacate the constituency, which is with the NCP as per the seat-sharing deal with the Congress, for Sujay who eventually joined the BJP and contested the seat.last_img read more

SNC-Lavalin reports $17.3M first-quarter loss, revenue down from year ago

Companies in this story: (TSX:SNC)The Canadian Press MONTREAL — SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. reported a loss in its first quarter compared with a profit a year ago as its revenue edged lower.The engineering and construction firm says it lost $17.3 million or 10 cents per share for the quarter ended March 31. That compared with a profit of $78.1 million or 44 cents per share in the first quarter of last year.Revenue totalled $2.36 billion, down from $2.43 billion a year ago.On an adjusted basis, SNC said it earned 21 cents per share for the quarter compared with an adjusted profit of 77 cents per share a year earlier.The results included an adjusted loss of eight cents in its engineering and construction business, while its capital investments business earned 29 cents per share in its most recent quarter. That compared with an adjusted profit of 51 cents from the engineering and contraction side a year ago, while the capital investments business earned 36 cents per share. read more

UN chief announces trip to Central African Republic where crisis is far

“Across the country, communal tensions are growing. Violence is spreading. And the humanitarian situation is deteriorating,” the Secretary-General said. The deteriorating situation driven about a quarter of the people in the country from their homes and since the start of 2017, the number of internally displaced persons has reached 600,000 and refugees in neighbouring countries number over 500,000. “Despite these rising needs, humanitarian personnel and aid workers are being targeted and access restricted,” added Mr. Guterres, noting that so far this year, 12 relief workers and an equal number of peacekeepers from the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the country, known by its French acronym, MINUSCA, have lost their lives in hostile acts. “My upcoming visit will be an opportunity to engage with the Government and others in order to ease suffering, halt the current backsliding, and strengthen international support for peace,” he said. SEE ALSO: Central African Republic: UN Special Adviser condemns incitement of violence and hatredAt the press encounter, the UN chief announced that he will be spending United Nations Day, celebrated on 24 October, with the Mission’s “blue helmets” to pay tribute to the work of peacekeepers around the world who show tremendous courage in volatile environments. Mr. Guterres added that during the visit, he aims to give impetus to the new UN approach to addressing and preventing sexual exploitation and abuse. “We know that the good work and tremendous sacrifice of peacekeepers around the world has been tarnished by the appalling acts of some UN personnel who have harmed the people they were meant to serve,” he said. Mr. Guterres will be accompanied by Jane Connors, appointed recently as the UN’s first Victims’ Rights Advocate. “We are determined to ensure that the voices of victims are heard – I will myself be ready to meet with victims and their families – in and beyond the Central African Republic. Victims must be at the centre of our response if we want our zero-tolerance policy to be successful,” he said. JCPOA ‘absolutely’ essential – Secretary-GeneralIn response to a question concerning the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), on Iran’s nuclear programme, the Secretary-General underscored that the agreement is essential and needs to be preserved. “It is up to the parties to the agreements to look into whatever development they might consider, but it is absolutely essential, in my opinion, to preserve this agreement for peace and stability in the world,” he said.On another question, regarding the tensions in the Korean Peninsula, Mr. Guterres said that unity in the Security Council is crucial to achieve denuclearisation in the region and that it also creates the room for diplomacy.“Diplomatic engagement is the way to be able to achieve the objective of denuclearisation that we all cherish. I think that a war situation would be a tragedy that we need to be able to avoid,” said the Secretary-General, adding that he remains available for any action that might be useful and in agreement of the relevant parties. read more

DII Northwest Nazarene takes down Idaho 7773

BOISE, Idaho — Adonis Arms scored 21 points to lead Division II Northwest Nazarene to a 77-73 win over Idaho in the Vandal Holiday Hoops Showcase on Friday night.Northwest Nazarene University is located in Nampa, Idaho, 20 miles from Boise. Adalberto Diaz’s jump shot with 9:43 left put the Crusaders ahead 54-52 and they never trailed again. Arms’ jumper with 2:44 remaining made it 72-62. The Crusaders finished shooting 17 for 28 (60.7 per cent) in the second half despite missing 13 free throws in the contest.Northwest Nazarene (5-0) took a 5-0 lead just a couple of minutes in. Olamilekan Adetunji made a 3-pointer and the Crusaders led 14-8 with 11:23 before halftime. Trevon Allen hit a jumper and a layup to break a 25-all tie for Idaho (1-3). Jared Rodriguez’s jump shot made it 31-25 and the Vandals led 33-27 at the break.Obi Megwa scored 16 points for the Crusaders and Diaz scored 10.Allen led Idaho with 24 points and Cameron Tyson 19.The Crusaders will play Saturday against Portland State while the Vandals will face UC Santa Barbara.The Associated Press read more

The Spurs Are Going To Be Really Good — Like Golden State

After years of playing it cool in the free-agency game, the San Antonio Spurs entered the market this month and were the clear-cut winners. That probably shouldn’t be a surprise: Winning is pretty much what the Spurs do. And these summer victories have them poised for many more once the season starts.The Spurs nabbed LaMarcus Aldridge, the best (realistically)1There was little chance that Memphis’s Marc Gasol or San Antonio’s own Kawhi Leonard would switch teams, and while Cleveland’s LeBron James hasn’t officially re-signed, it’s basically a foregone conclusion that he’ll be back with the Cavs. available free agent of the summer, negotiated new contracts for essential wings Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, convinced Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili to each forgo retirement in favor of another crack at a championship, and even managed to snag veteran forward David West for $11 million less than he would have made had he opted into the final season of his contract with the Indiana Pacers.In other words, it was a good week for Gregg Popovich.To measure just how good it was — or how dominant next season’s Spurs figure to be, I dusted off last year’s preseason projection system (fueled by Real Plus-Minus), plugged projected RPM values into Rotoworld’s depth charts, and (unscientifically) estimated how much playing time each player will receive.2Basically, I looked at last year’s minutes per game for each player, as well as how many minutes per game were logged by others who will be at the same position on his 2015-16 team, eventually ballparking a reasonable figure. (In other words, it was definitely not scientific.) Here’s a first pass at how good San Antonio could be next season:That predicted power rating of +8.9 means the Spurs are talented enough to win about 60 games,3That estimate is based on the Spurs’ being in the Western Conference. Because the West is (somewhat significantly) better than the East, it takes more talent for a team to get the same number of wins out West than it would if they were in the East. which is very high for a true talent projection. A lot of luck and variance lurks out there, ready to make a team’s record different from its underlying skill, so most teams that win 60 or more games don’t actually possess 60-win talent. (Using Statistical Plus/Minus talent ratings, I found that only 18 percent of teams that won 60 or more games in a season4If a season was shorter than 82 games, I prorated it. since 1979-80 truly had 60-win talent on their rosters.) But this Spurs roster appears to really have that much talent.It’s a formidable group that stacks up against any of the other teams across the league — even the defending champions in Oakland. To test this, I ran similar projections for a handful of other notable teams that were either good last season and didn’t lose much talent over the offseason (like the Warriors) or have enjoyed an eventful offseason thus far.5The official list of teams I checked, in order of projected 2015-16 quality: the Spurs, Warriors, Cavaliers, Thunder, Rockets, Raptors, Grizzlies, Clippers, Wizards, Mavericks, Bucks, Hawks and — just for fun — the Knicks. (As a sanity check: Yes, the Knicks are projected to be very bad.) Here were the best of those squads:According to these preliminary projections, the Spurs are excellent, although they’re not a super-team. (In other words, they’re not a juggernaut that looks poised to blow away the rest of the league.) In the eyes of RPM, they’re essentially tied with Golden State now as the best team in basketball, closing the gap that existed between the two teams last season.But San Antonio and Golden State do seem to be well ahead of the rest of the league. Cleveland ranks third among teams I checked but is still four to five wins behind the leaders, according to the power ratings. (Oklahoma City is two to three wins behind Cleveland; Houston is one to two wins behind Oklahoma City; and then there’s Toronto and a distant group containing Memphis and the Clippers.)The Spurs were already among the class of the league before strengthening their roster this summer. While San Antonio may not shatter any records, its surgical dissection of the free-agent market has left it with arguably the best team in basketball. read more

Call for more scrutiny on bank lending to SMEs

first_imgTHE CENTRAL BANK should independently investigate how many loan applications by SMEs are refused by Irish banks, the Oireachtas jobs committee has said.In its report on access to finance for the SME sector published today, the Committee said that it is “concerned” by divergent opinions on the availability of credit between banks and small business people on the ground.Borrowers have alleged that banks massage approval figures by including approvals that contain unrealistic conditions, and excluding what they term ‘constructive rejections’, where a lender discourages an SME owner from making an application in the first place.Banks, on the other hand, claim that their approval rates are high and, in many instances, climbing.The Committee wants the Central Bank to step in and conduct “an independent verification of lending rates across the banking sector”, as well as consider redrawing the criteria for what exactly constitutes a successful application.WelcomeThe Small Firms Association welcomed the report, saying that it is critical that the recommendations are now implemented.SFA director Patricia Callan said:“For Irish SMEs, supply of finance is second only to finding more customers as the most pressing issue we are facing. It is critical that the practical recommendations contained in this report are accepted and acted upon immediately. They have the potential to make a real difference to improving SME financing.”Read: Three out of four SMEs don’t ‘shop around’ for finance>Read: Will the ECB’s new €400 billion lending plan filter down to Irish SMEs?>last_img read more

Tokyo Otaku Mode Launches New Otaku Coin Virtual Currency

first_imgVirtual currencies are one of the biggest new crazes out there, for some reason, and it seems like everyone’s trying to get in on it. But the company Tokyo Otaku Mode has an interesting new idea for a type of currency that lets otaku and anime fans earn a special kind of coin by doing the things they’re already spending time doing to earn fun items, experiences, and more. It’s called Otaku Coin, and it’s the newest addition to the growing list of virtual currencies to utilize blockchain technology.Otaku Coin is meant to help fans connect with their favorite creators so they can do their part when it comes to supporting anime and manga that they enjoy. Otaku Coin is looking to allow people to back new anime projects as well as those who create the content themselves. It’s a type of currency meant to help the entire anime industry in different ways that are currently available — like buying DVDs and Blu-rays and other official releases.Otaku Coin can be earned in some very simple ways. You can watch anime, write reviews, or share special content. If you do these things and earn enough currency, you may even be able to eventually visit Japan, participate in special events, and get other goodies. It sounds like a great system in theory, but will it actually work? That’s the part that seems a bit iffy. It’s already being backed by the CEO of Anime News Network Christopher Macdonald, Oculus VR founder Palmer Lucky, and virtual YouTuber Kizuna Ai.Of course, it can be a little difficult to wrap your head around exactly how the coin is meant to work or what all that means to you as a consumer. You can watch the explainer video created for the concept above to see if that helps give you an example of what to expect.Otaku Coin is targeting a summer 2018 release. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Abelardo Fernandez Alaves objective remains survival

first_imgCurrent manager of Deportivo Alavés, Abelardo Fernandez believes Alaves’ objective remains ‘staying up’, even after they came into the weekend as Liga leaders.Abelardo side ended Friday evening top of the table after they won 1-0 at Celta Vigo with Tomas Pina’s finish. However, Abelardo went ahead to declare that his side were not getting carried away as they’ve also had some luck.“Our objective is to stay up,” the Coach said after the game via Football Espana.“We won’t stay here, but no-one can take away the huge satisfaction of us going to sleep as leaders.“Of course it’s amazing that we have 17 points at this stage of the season. We’re playing well, but we’ve also had some luck.Abelardo promises to make it difficult for Barca Obinna Echi – April 23, 2019 Alaves boss Abelardo Fernandez has promised to make it a difficult night for league leaders Barcelona in their showdown on Tuesday night.The Basque club have…“We started the game very well, had a very good spell for 10-15 minutes and pressed Celta close to their only box.“We managed to control their breaks and the balance that Tomas Pina gave us in the midfield was important.“After that, we weren’t overwhelmed because we barely endured any dangerous situations.“I’m delighted with how my players fared against a complicated team to face like Celta.”last_img read more

Ministry of Border Control updates on illegal vessel

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 1, 2016 – The Ministry of Border Control and Employment confirms that at approximately  12:20a.m. on October 31, Border Control officials received notification that a vessel suspected of transporting undocumented migrants from Haiti to Providenciales made landfall in the vicinity of North West Point.Members of the Immigration Enforcement Unit along with Officers from the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force responded in the area.Contrary to unofficial reports, there is no truth that an exchange of gun shots between the police and migrants occurred.  Individuals suspected of arriving on the vessel along with two Haitian nationals who have legal status in the Islands may have been involved in assisting with the illegal entry and were apprehended and are presently detained.The Ministry of Border Control reiterates its caution issued to those in Turks and Caicos Islands that might be inclined to harbor illegal migrants, that as a result of the new Immigration Ordinance which came into effect on April 1, 2016, penalties for harboring illegal migrants were increased, and such person now face a fine of $20,000 on summary conviction or to a term of imprisonment of four years, or to both,  in addition, persons convicted of such offence, face the possibility of having their status in the Islands revoked, making them liable to deportation.Investigations into this matter will continue. Related Items:last_img read more

Pompano Beach poll workers fired for violating procedure Supervisor of Elections office

first_imgPOMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Two Pompano Beach poll workers were fired Tuesday after the Supervisor of Elections office said they failed to follow procedure.According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the  two precinct clerks at the Herb Skolnick Community Center, located at 800 S.W. 36th Ave., were involved in a disagreement over where volunteers could stand. The Supervisor of Elections office would not elaborate on which procedures were violated.BSO deputies said no one was arrested, but the two clerks involved were asked to leave the property. Two other poll workers replaced their vacated positions.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Spring breakers praise South Beachs different vibe

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – While chilly temperatures hit most of the country this weekend, spring breakers are celebrating in South Beach.Tourists continue to arrive in South Beach for the official start of spring break.Trading in their coats and gloves for South Florida’s tropical paradise, Luchel Sylvain and Najm Turner on Saturday said they were excited to see sand and clear water instead of snow and gray skies.“It is snowing in D.C. and Virginia right now, and rainy and cold,” said Turner. “It’s terrible, and it’s just beautiful down here, obviously.”“It’s a different vibe down here as well,” said Sylvain. “Just getting around the sunshine, getting around to other people as well that just have a really relaxed vibe. It’s been great. No complaints yet.”The travelers said they had considered other vacation spots like Los Angeles, but after coming to Miami, they knew they’d made the right choice.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Varietys Paywall The End of An Error

first_imgMore on this topic Penske Media Purchases Indiewire.com Variety Restructures Newsroom Penske Media Buys Entertainment Award Prediction Site People on the Move Kiplinger Relaunches Website George Grobar Named Chief Operating Officer at Penske MediaJust In Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest RestructuringPowered by Jay Penske’s Penske Media Corporation is significantly overhauling the Variety platform, starting with its paywall, which will come down when a new Variety.com is launched on March 1st. The brand’s print daily edition will also be discontinued while the weekly will continue on. Lastly, Variety will have not one, but three new top editors, with Claudia Eller, Cynthia Littleton and Andrew Wallenstein hired as a trio of editors-in-chief.The demise of the paywall and the daily should not be a surprise. One of the first things chairman and CEO Penske expressed to Variety staff after he bought the brand for $25 million last October was his distaste for the paywall, which was reportedly met with applause.  “Internally, we’ve been referring to the paywall dropping as ‘the end of an error,’” said Penske in a statement regarding the announcement made yesterday. “It was an interesting experiment that didn’t work.” In an interesting and surely expensive move, the new team of chief editors has Eller, Littleton and Wallenstein heading up specific beats—film, television and digital content respectively. Eller joins from the Los Angeles Times, while Littleton and Wallenstein were both promoted.Tim Gray, who was most recently the brand’s editor-in-chief, will stay on, overseeing international coverage and special projects. last_img read more

Registration Now Open For Shawsheen Techs 19th Annual Youth FlagFootball Clinic

first_imgBILLERICA, MA — The Shawsheen Tech’s 19th Annual Youth Flag-Football Clinic will take place from July 23, 2018 to July 26, 2018, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, at the Shawsheen Tech. The clinic, for ages 8 to 14, costs $125 athlete.Join Coach Costabile and the Shawsheen Football Staff in drills specifically designed for players to enhance their overall athletic and football ability. The clinic will feature flag football games each evening in a competitive, safe and teamwork-based environment. Specific focus will be on improving coordination, agility and footwork in a fun, encouraging environment with games played under the lights on the new, state of the art turf field home of the Shawsheen Rams Football Program.To register, contact Athletic Director/Head Football Coach Al Costabile at 978-671-3632 OR acostabile@shawtech.org.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedGreg Bendel Announces He’s Stepping Down As Head Coach Of Shawsheen Tech’s Boys Varsity Basketball TeamIn “Education”Shawsheen Tech Welcomes 11 New Staff MembersIn “Education”Shawsheen Tech Makes Fields Available To Youth Groups This SummerIn “Education”last_img read more

Full Show Heart Transplant Program Losing Federal Funds And Lessons From Hurricane

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /50:34 X Listencenter_img On Friday’s Houston Matters: The heart transplant program at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is facing another challenge. The program is losing federal funding today. This comes after it was suspended — and then restarted — following a joint report about a high number of complications. We get the latest from Mike Hixenbaugh from the Houston Chronicle.Also this hour: We look back at the lessons learned from Hurricane Rita. It’s the latest installment of Houston Public Media’s new podcast, Hurricane Season.Then, from a much-maligned Houston megachurch being honored by the mayor for its Harvey relief efforts, to an art teacher being held out of the classroom for almost a year while a school district investigates complaints about her supposed pro-gay agenda, our panel of non-experts weighs in on The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week’s news.And we learn what a melting glacier in Iceland means for us here in Houston.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video.We offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img read more

MD School System Raises Funds For Student Meals During Shutdown

first_imgBy The Associated PressUPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — A Maryland school district is raising money to help provide meals for students affected by the partial government shutdown over President Donald Trump’s promised U.S.-Mexico border wall.The Washington Post reports Prince George’s County Schools interim CEO Monica Goldson announced Thursday that the community can now help pay for student meals through a charitable fund.(Courtesy Photo/usda.gov)School system spokeswoman Raven Hill says the county doesn’t have the funds to provide meals “indefinitely,” but it has gotten offers for outside aid. Goldson says the fund has raised $15,000 so far, which will cover more than 5,000 meals.The county’s school system and the Falls Church, Virginia, city public school system also announced this week that they are expediting free and reduced lunch applications for newly qualified families.___Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.comlast_img read more

Rakuten TV Launches in More Than 30 New Territories as Part of

first_imgRakuten TV originally launched as Wuaki.tv in Spain, and was re-branded after being acquired by Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten. Roca said the launches are a key step on the path to becoming a “true global alternative” to the likes of Netflix and Amazon. Unlike those platforms, it is focused on transaction- rather than subscription-based video-on-demand.“The first phase was when we were Wuaki, the second when we were acquired by Rakuten and we proved we could be not only a Spanish but also a European service,” Roca said. “I think now is a third stage where we are [on our way to] becoming a truly global service – joining the class that can compete on a global scale. There will be more expansion in the months and years to come.”The smart-TV collaborations are with Samsung, LG, Philips and Hisense.  Each of them add a branded Rakuten TV button to their remote controls in the same way that Netflix has done with manufacturer partners.In tune with the smart-TV firms, which are seeking to sell 8K sets, Rakuten wants to bring movies in the ultra-high-definition format to its service. “That’s something we are working on with key manufacturers and content providers, to make movies available in 8K,” Roca said. “It’s a project we are going to try and make a reality in the second half of this year.”The new European services will look very similar from one territory to the next, but not exactly the same given the country-by-country rights issues. There is a selection of big-ticket movies from the Hollywood studios on each iteration, as well as local fare, as will soon be required by European lawmakers.The European expansion comes as the on-demand platform also moves deeper into originals, after starting with World War II picture “Hurricane,” starring Iwan Rheon (“Game of Thrones”), and Spanish movie “Alegria Tristeza.” Three to four new original films are coming later this year.Roca is a strong advocate for day-and-date releases and shorter windows. “We strongly believe customers and also producers will benefit from that, and also the cinema chains and digital players will not suffer damage in terms of their revenues on theatrical,” he said. On-demand service Rakuten TV more than tripled its distribution in Europe in one fell swoop Wednesday, launching in more than 30 new territories, company founder and CEO Jacinto Roca has told Variety. The VOD player has partnered with several major smart-TV manufacturers for the rollouts and is also available over-the-top in the new countries, including the Nordics and large parts of Central and Eastern Europe.In total, Rakuten TV is now available in more than 40 countries in Europe, including Spain, where it is headquartered, and France, Germany, Italy and the U.K., where it was already available. Roca said it will set up new offices, likely in Sweden and Poland, to service the new countries in which it has launched. The new territories all went live Wednesday after more than a year of planning and preparation. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Queen of Hills returns to former glory within months of peace

first_imgKolkata: Within a few months of peace restoring in Darjeeling, it has once again turned out to be the favourite hill destination for people from different parts of the country and abroad alike.It may be mentioned that the tourism industry in Darjeeling had received a major hit, with trouble engulfing the Hills. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had taken necessary steps with requests from the people of the Hills and had held an all party meeting for restoration of peace. Subsequent steps were also taken for development in the Hills. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to Suvasree Ganguly, who looks after the operation part in the West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation, said: “Booking for the Darjeeling Tourist Lodge starts six months in advance and it remains booked most of the time.”There were also a good number of enquiries related to different tourist spots in Bengal, in the Parjatan Utsav 2018, that kicked off on Friday. It has been organised by the state’s Tourism Department and Travel Agents Association of Bengal, at Khudiram Anusilan Kendra. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe fair, that started on Friday, will continue till Sunday. It will remain open from 11 am to 8 pm. A total of 65 tour operators have participated in the fair.In the past few months, the transportation facilities have improved and people can now reach Darjeeling from the plains more easily.Besides Darjeeling, the people have also enquired about different places in the state, including places in North Bengal like Dooars and Lataguri.It may be mentioned that for the first time, a business summit was also organised exclusively for the Hills, which was held in Darjeeling. So, the number of people visiting Darjeeling for business purposes would also increase. It may be mentioned that the travel loving people of the state have also shared their interest of visiting other places in the country, during their visit in the fair. After listening to people, the operators felt that many of them are also showing interest in visiting places like Leh, Ladakh and some parts of the North East. People are favouring Leh and Ladakh, as at present Kashmir is not a favourable place for them to visit, owing to the situation prevailing there.It may be mentioned that now, people are also preferring to visit hamlets close to Darjeeling, where home stays are coming up in a big way. One of the main reasons for visiting such hamlets is to enjoy the scenic and natural beauty of the place. There are many such hamlets, where home stays are now available, from where clear view of Kanchenjungha is possible.It may be mentioned that with the development of infrastructure in the Hills, more tourists are getting attracted to Darjeeling and it is one of the reasons behind the increase in passenger load at Bagdogra Airport.last_img read more

LLVM 700 released with improved optimization and new tools for monitoring

first_imgLLVM is a collection of tools used to develop compiler front ends and back ends. LLVM 7.0.0 has now been released with new tools and features such as performance measurement, optimization and others. The Windows installer in LLVM 7.0.0 no longer includes a Visual Studio integration. Now, there is a new LLVM Compiler Toolchain Visual Studio extension on the Visual Studio Marketplace. This new integration method supports Visual Studio 2017. The libraries are renamed from 7.0 to 7. Note that this change also impacts downstream libraries like lldb. The LoopInstSimplify pass (-loop-instsimplify) is removed in this release. When using Windows x or w IR mangling schemes, symbols starting with ? are no longer mangled by LLVM. A new tool called llvm-exegesis has been added. This new tool automatically measures instruction scheduling properties and provides a principled way to edit scheduling models. Another new tool llvm-mca is a static performance analysis tool that uses information to statically predict the performance of machine code for a specific CPU. The optimization of floating-point casts is also improved. It provides optimized results for code that relies on the undefined behavior of overflowing casts. The optimization feature is on by default and can be disabled by specifying a function attribute: “strict-float-cast-overflow”=”false” This attribute can be created by the clang option -fno-strict-float-cast-overflow. To detect affected patterns code sanitizers can be used. The clang option for detecting only this problem alone is -fsanitize=float-cast-overflow. A demonstration is as follows: int main() { float x = 4294967296.0f; x = (float)((int)x); printf(“junk in the ftrunc: %f\n”, x); return 0;} And the clang options is run: clang -O1 ftrunc.c -fsanitize=float-cast-overflow ; ./a.outftrunc.c:5:15: runtime error: 4.29497e+09 is outside the range of representable values of type ‘int’junk in the ftrunc: 0.000000 LLVM_ON_WIN32 is no longer set by files in llvm/Config/config.h and llvm/Config/llvm-config.h. If you have used this macro before, now use the compiler-set _WIN32 instead, which is set exactly when LLVM_ON_WIN32 used to be set. The DEBUG macro has been renamed to LLVM_DEBUG, but the interface remains the same. SmallVector is shrunk from sizeof(void*) * 4 + sizeof(T) to sizeof(void*) + sizeof(unsigned) * 2. It is smaller than std::vector on 64-bit platforms. The maximum capacity for it is now restricted to UINT32_MAX. Experimental support is added for DWARF v5 debugging. This includes the new .debug_names accelerator table. The opt tool supports the -load-pass-plugin option to load pass plugins for the new PassManager. Support is added for profiling JIT-ed code with perf. In LLVM 7.0.0 support for the .rva assembler directive for COFF targets is added. For Windows, the llvm-rc tool has also received minor upgrades. There are still some known missing features but it should be usable in most cases. On request, CodeView debug info can now be emitted for MinGW configurations. There are also changes to variety of targets like AArch64 Target, ARM, x86 among others. For a complete list of updates, visit the LLVM website. Read next JUnit 5.3 brings console output capture, assertThrow enhancements and parallel test execution Mastodon 2.5 released with UI, administration, and deployment changes ReSharper 18.2 brings performance improvements, C# 7.3, Blazor support and spellchecklast_img read more