Eight stories in the news for Tuesday, Nov. 28———PM TRUDEAU SET TO APOLOGIZE TO LGBTQ COMMUNITYPrime Minister Justin Trudeau will deliver an apology in the House of Commons today for discrimination faced by members of the LGBTQ community. The Canadian Press has learned that the Trudeau government will also earmark more than $100 million to compensate members of the military and other federal agencies whose careers were sidelined or ended due to their sexual orientation. Several thousand people are expected to be eligible for the compensation.———REPORT CALLS FOR PRIVATIZATION OF HYDRO COMPANIESThe Toronto Region Board of Trade calls for wider privatization of electricity distribution companies in a report to be released today. The report, obtained by The Canadian Press, says the move would increase competitiveness in an attempt to drive down costly Ontario electricity prices. Board CEO Jan De Silva says a key recommendations is to privatize — by a maximum of 10 per cent initially — portions of hydro distribution companies now run by municipalities.———CANADIANS TRAPPED IN BALI AS VOLCANO ERUPTSSome Canadians are trapped in Bali after Indonesian authorities ordered 100,000 people to flee from an erupting volcano that prompted the closure of the international airport. Global Affairs Canada said 403 Canadians in Bali have registered with its Registration of Canadians Abroad service but a spokesperson says registration is voluntary, so more Canadian may be there. Mount Agung has been spewing clouds of white and dark grey ash since the weekend.———MARIJUANA BILL CLEARS COMMONSBill C-45, the federal government’s plan to legalize marijuana by next summer, has received final approval in the House of Commons by a vote of 200-82. The bill now travels to the Senate, where Conservative senators are threatening to hold up passage. Some provinces have complained they can’t be ready to implement and enforce the legislation by next July.———CANADIAN ACCUSED IN YAHOO HACK TO APPEAR IN U.S. COURTA Canadian man accused in a massive hack of Yahoo emails is set to appear in court today in San Francisco. Court records show Karim Baratov is scheduled to attend a change of plea hearing this afternoon. Baratov was sent to face charges to the U.S. this summer after waiving his right to an extradition hearing in Canada.———PLEA EXPECTED FOR COPS WHO MOCKED WOMAN WITH DOWN SYNDROMETwo Toronto police officers who were recorded mocking a 29-year-old woman with Down syndrome are expected to plead guilty to misconduct before a disciplinary committee today. Const. Sasa Sljivo is charged with misconduct related to the use of profane, abusive or insulting language, while Const. Matthew Saris is charged with misconduct related to the failure to report Sljivo’s comments, which contravened the Ontario Human Rights Code.———MICHELLE OBAMA, JOE BIDEN IN TORONTO TODAYTwo prominent figures in the U.S. Democratic Party will attend separate speaking engagements today in Toronto. Former first lady Michelle Obama will speak at a conference about education and equality for girls and women around the world. Later on, former vice-president Joe Biden will be in the city as the headline speaker for a conference on business leadership.———TORONTO SET TO CHEER CUP-WINNING ARGONAUTSA rally for the 105th Grey Cup champion Argonauts will be held today in front of Toronto City Hall. The Argos completed a remarkable worst-to-first turnaround with a 27-24 comeback victory over Calgary in Ottawa on Sunday night, capturing the franchise’s CFL-leading 17th Grey Cup championship. It was Toronto’s first Grey Cup win since beating Calgary for the 2012 CFL crown.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Scotiabank will kick of bank reporting week with its fourth-quarter and year-end results.— Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation will release its 2017 Rental Market Survey.— The Bank of Canada will release the Financial System Review.— Statistics Canada will update the industrial product and raw material price indexes for October.— The Institute of Governance hosts a national summit in Ottawa with Indigenous leaders.— The National Energy Board will hear from landowners in Edson, Alta., about the route of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.— A court date for Oscar Arfmann, charged in connection with the shooting of Abbotsford, B.C., police Const. John Davidson.
Legislation introduced to complete fiscal framework for LNG investment jobs and benefitsLegislation introduced to complete fiscal framework for LNG investment jobs and benefits
VICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Government has introduced legislation to complete the fiscal framework for LNG investment.According to the Government, this legislation will pull together the final pieces needed to deliver LNG investment that brings long-term benefits to the Province and thousands of good-paying jobs for B.C. workers, while operating within strong environmental protections.Carole James, Minister of Finance, says this legislation completes the process of creating a fiscal framework that invites investment while protecting Indigenous rights and the environment. “British Columbians are counting on us to attract LNG investment that meets strict conditions: delivering jobs and financial benefits to B.C., creating economic partnerships with Indigenous peoples, and protecting our clean air, land and water. This legislation completes the process of creating a fiscal framework that invites investment while supporting those conditions.”Once passed, this legislation is expected to amend the Income Tax Act to implement a natural gas tax credit for LNG development in British Columbia, repeal the Liquefied Natural Gas Income Tax Act that created barriers for investment in B.C.’s natural gas sector, and repeal the Liquefied Natural Gas Project Agreements Act that left British Columbians vulnerable to footing the bill for special industry tax and regulatory protections.The Government says, once complete, these steps will deliver the fiscal setting needed for LNG Canada’s proposed $40-billion project in northern British Columbia – the largest private-sector investment in B.C.’s history. It is expected to create 10,000 construction jobs and up to 950 permanent jobs in the Kitimat processing terminal.It is also said that this project is on track to be the cleanest of its kind in the world, meaning it will fit within the greenhouse gas reduction targets of the Government’s CleanBC climate action plan.To learn more about the new framework for LNG, you can visit the Government’s website.
Security Council urges both Ivorian sides to meet commitments under peace dealSecurity Council urges both Ivorian sides to meet commitments under peace deal
P>Ambassador Leslie K. Christian of Ghana, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month, read a statement to the press in which members welcomed the measures taken so far to implement March’s Ouagadougou Agreement but voiced concern at the delays in meeting some benchmarks.Mr. Christian, who spoke to the press after an open meeting of the Council on Côte d’Ivoire, also said it was vital to have in place the necessary guarantees to ensure that planned presidential elections are free and fair.Earlier, Abou Moussa, the Secretary-General’s Principal Deputy Special Representative for the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), told the Council that there have been mixed results in implementing the Ouagadougou pact, which sets out a series of measures for resolving the crisis that first divided the country between the Government-controlled south and the rebel Forces Nouvelles-held north in 2002.They include creating a new transitional government; organizing free and fair presidential elections; merging the Forces Nouvelles and the national defence and security forces through the establishment of an integrated command centre; dismantling the militias and disarming ex-combatants; and replacing the so-called zone of confidence separating north and south with a green line to be monitored by UNOCI.Mr. Moussa said none of the benchmarks set to consider adjusting the mandate or troop level of UNOCI, such as the dismantling and disarmament of the militia and the deployment of State administration across the country, have been met.But the zone of confidence separating the forces of the two sides is being gradually dismantled, with the deployment of six mixed brigades involving soldiers from both sides, and the leaders of the Government and the Forces Nouvelles have remained committed to supporting the peace process.The turnout at the mobile court hearings, used as part of the process of identifying voters ahead of planned national elections, has steadily improved since their re-launch last month thanks to a campaign of public awareness and sensitivity, Mr. Moussa said.The Government and the Forces Nouvelles are also addressing the lingering security, logistical and financial constraints to restoring State authority throughout the country.The envoy said, however, that serious challenges remain, especially in ensuring an integrated army involving the two sides and in starting the dismantling of the militias.Mr. Moussa stressed how important it was for all parties to meet their deadlines and commitments to the Ouagadougou pact, and he said the UN stood ready to continue to support that process.Burkina Faso’s Foreign Minister Djibrill Yipene Bassole, speaking on behalf of the facilitators of the Ouagadougou agreement, told the Council meeting that the situation inside Cote d’Ivoire had eased recently, in part because of greater dialogue between the Government and the Forces Nouvelles.The parties were no longer using their arms, there was free circulation of people and the civic service programme had started, he said.But Mr. Bassole noted that the planned elections had been delayed and much remained to be done to ensure that the accord was fully implemented.He called for a new timeline for the identification of voter rolls for the elections to take account of complexities that have emerged in the process, and for additional measures to reassure the public about the fairness of any polls. 22 October 2007Noting the mixed progress made by both sides in the divided West African country of Cote d’Ivoire in implementing this year’s peace accord, the Security Council today called on them to meet all their commitments, from registering voters to disarming and dismantling militias to restoring State authority.<
Security Council members arrive in Nairobi ahead of session on Sudan conflictsSecurity Council members arrive in Nairobi ahead of session on Sudan conflicts
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is travelling to the Kenyan capital and is scheduled to address the session tomorrow. His Special Representative for Sudan, Jan Pronk, will also participate in the meeting, just the fourth time in its history that the Council has convened away from UN Headquarters in New York.Council members voiced their deep concern over the findings of the Secretary-General’s latest report on the situation in Africa’s largest country, as well as the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation.In addressing these issues, they have reiterated their support for the leadership of the Africa Union in the Darfur crisis, welcomed the Union’s decision to enlarge its mission there, and urged all parties in the conflict to cooperate with the AU to ensue a secure and stable environment.Meanwhile, the UN Advance Mission in Sudan (UNAMIS) said internally displaced persons (IDPs) reported that police units started firing indiscriminately over the weekend at Kalma camp in South Darfur. The residents speculate the shooting took place as a warning following the visit earlier in the day on Saturday of a panel looking into the occurrence of genocide in the region.According to the Government, rebels within the camp fired on Sudanese police positions, forcing an exchange of gunfire, UNAMIS said.The Mission also reported that residents in camps around El-Geneina are increasingly concerned about the presence of armed men in and around their camps. They say that gunshots are being fired during the night.Also in West Darfur, UN agency workers conducted a one-day sensitization training workshop on sexually transmitted diseases and gender-based violence for 60 members of the African Monitoring Force in El-Geneina.
The search is on for Brock University’s next Associate Vice-President Research.The University has put out a call for nominations and applications for the full-time, two-year appointment, whose term is to commence May 1.The position is a high-visibility role that champions the related domains of research, scholarship, application, innovation and creative activity for Brock.Responsibilities include, but are not be limited to, mentorship of faculty in the development of research programs and related funding, and developing practices that support compliance with internal and external policy.The position reports to Interim Vice-President Research Joffre Mercier.Deadline for applications is Monday, Feb. 13.All expressions of interest, applications and nominations will be held in strict confidence and should be directed to Patricia Mosca, Talent Acquisition Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spotify entrepreneur facing new legal row after brother claims his name wasSpotify entrepreneur facing new legal row after brother claims his name was
In February, Shakil, represented by Hugh Tomlinson QC, argued in the High Court that emails should be blocked.But he lost his bid for an injunction, with Mr Justice Nicklin concluding that the emails hadcaused little more than “annoyance or distress”.The judge said Shakil played a “significant role” in Spotify and was a close personal friend of Mr Ek.But part of his brother’s grievance was that his role within the company and his relationship with Mr Ek was downplayed and that he “varnished the truth” about his influence and position within Spotify.Tanweer now claims he was portrayed as an “obsessive and vindictive individual” in court and wants to clear his name.He is discussing his legal action with lawyers but says he will pursue his brother for defamation, harassment or malicious prosecution.The two brothers have not spoken for 18 months and he admits that the row had “devastated” their mother. But he adds: “It was only a very one-sided view that emerged in court, a lot of evidence was redacted. I was portrayed as an obsessive, vindictive individual.“My motivation now is to tell my side of the story and fix my reputation. It’s gone past the point of no return.“Of course I’m sad about that but this is how he has treated me.”Shakil told the Telegraph that as far as he was concerned their fallout over the court case ran its course months ago.“I am not aware of any legal action having been brought by Tanweer,” he added. “If any proceedings were brought, they would be completely baseless.” Shakil Khan of SpotifyCredit:Sascha Baumann/Getty Images Tanweer, front, and Shakil Khan as children The brother of a Spotify entrepreneur is planning a new “David and Goliath” legal battle claiming he is owed thousands after his sibling “maliciously pursued” him in court.Tanweer Khan, 48, an investment banker, says his name was dragged through the mud when his brother, Shakil, sought a High Court injunction to stop him from sending “harassing” emails detailing his criminal past.Shakil, an investor in the digital music service, argued that emails sent by his brother should be blocked in a bitter row as Spotify prepared to go public on the stock exchange.The two brothers had fallen out in 2016, a court was told, when their mother’s house was sold. Tanweer claims his brother, who at the time was in severe financial straits, never handed him his share of the profits.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The row escalated when Shakil, 44, contributed to a podcast last year. Tanweer attacked his brother’s public presentation of his criminal record as “a varnishing of the truth” and the court was told he had been “incensed” when his brother accused their father of beating him up during his childhood in Dagenham.Tanweer sent some 70 messages to his brother, as well as Daniel Ek, the Spotify chief executive, and other associates between late 2016 and 2017, making various allegations that formed the basis of the original court case earlier this year. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
RK Metalurg Skopje with new coach – Danilo BrestovacRK Metalurg Skopje with new coach – Danilo Brestovac
Danilo BrestovacRK Metalurg Skopje The Macedonian vice-champions RK Metalurg Skopje presented the new coach at today’s press conference. His name is Danilo Brestovac, former goalkeeper’s coach of the club in the golden ages with Lino Cervar on the helm, when RK Metalurg played twice at EHF Champions League quarter-finals (2013 and 2014).The 43-years old Brestovac, currently headcoach of the junior nationa team, coming from Luxembourg where he worked as a first coach since he left France. He was assistant of Croatian coach Ivica Obrvan at Chambery Savoie.I am not David Cooperfeld, but I can promise that Metalurg will continue to be famous as factory of young players – said Brestovac.RK Metalurg were lead by Lino Cervar between 2009 and 2017. Last Autumn he left to Croatia, when his assistant Aleksandar Jovic overtook coaching position.PHOTO: Filip Viranovski ← Previous Story Helle Thomsen overtakes Norwegian Molde HK Elite Next Story → U20 EHF EURO 2018: France to meet Germany in semi-final
Start of major construction on CRC delayed until late 2014Start of major construction on CRC delayed until late 2014
The start of major construction on the Columbia River Crossing is now set back to late 2014 — and that’s if both states and the federal government are able to get financial plans in place, project directors told a legislative oversight committee Tuesday.The news was delivered during a daylong meeting at Vancouver City Hall, the first convened by the Joint Transportation Committee’s Columbia River Crossing subcommittee. The bipartisan group of state representatives and senators is tasked with making recommendations on how to proceed with the $3.5 billion project.The state’s Deputy Transportation Secretary David Dye emphasized the importance of the project, stressing that both Oregon and Washington must commit money soon. Dye chalked up the latest timing setback to “funding realities.”It also puts the project’s major construction start time in a place where it’s been since 2008: two years away. In 2008, plans for construction were set for 2010, and by 2010, word was construction would start in 2012.A spokeswoman said Wednesday that minor construction, such as utility and other work, will likely start next year.“The best possible scenario (for construction) is the latter part of 2014,” Dye said. “A lot of things have to come together.”The project is relying on an approximately three-way split between tolling, the federal government and the two states. But uncertainty has swirled as Oregon and Washington legislatures balk at committing on their side without knowing what the
An iconic fish that has sustained Northwest families for thousands of years has become a popular source of artistic inspiration.Images of salmon highlight the two most prominent art installations built in Vancouver’s historic core in the last dozen years.“Salmon is a spiritual resource for us,” said Lillian Pitt, whose tribally inspired artwork is part of the Land Bridge at Fort Vancouver.Jim Demetro doesn’t share Pitt’s lineage, but he appreciates the salmon’s role in Northwest tribal heritage.“Their culture revolved around salmon. To portray that, to tell that narrative, is extremely important,” the Battle Ground sculptor said. His bronze chinook are part of the Salmon Run Bell Tower in Esther Short Park.But the arching, muscular shape of the salmon also graces more humble municipal fixtures: they’re on city manhole covers and pressed into a concrete wall along a downtown street.It all adds to the sense of place for people who live along the Columbia River. It’s something that was bred into Pitt, whose family represents Yakama, Warm Springs and Wasco tribes.“I’m Native American, and we have been fishing for salmon for thousands of years,” Pitt said.“We had salmon feasts: giving thanks to salmon, for giving its life to keep us sustained. And, it was our economic resource. People came from all over to trade for our salmon,” Pitt said.She remembers watching men catch salmon at Celilo Falls, a major Columbia River fishing site before it was inundated in 1957 by construction of The Dalles Dam.
The Post Office has completed a £450 million bulk annuity buy-in transaction for its section of the Royal Mail Pension Plan.The buy-in transaction, completed with Rothesay Life, will cover the scheme’s deferred members and includes all benefits accrued since the Royal Mail Pension Plan started in 2012.The pension scheme’s trustees were advised by law firms ARC Pensions Law and Sackers, as well as business management consultancy Lane Clark and Peacock (LCP).Anna Rogers, senior partner at ARC Pensions Law, said: “We were proud to work with the trustees alongside their ongoing advisers on this transaction. The goal was to reduce the friction between the real world of pensions admin and the ivory tower of legal documentation.“There are constructive things that can be done and a fresh pair of eyes can bring a new perspective. When you’re selling anything it helps if you present it well to the market and pension liabilities are no different.”
Summit Business Media Emerges From Bankruptcy Names Four New Board DirectorsSummit Business Media Emerges From Bankruptcy Names Four New Board Directors
After emerging from Chapter 11 on May 20, Summit Business Media has added four new executives to its board of directors roster. Charles McCurdy, CEO of Apprise Media and former CEO of Canon Communications, is now chairman of the board for Summit; he serves on the Cygnus Business Media Board as well. McCurdy is a former chairman of American Business Media.David Nussbaum, chairman and CEO of F + W Media, also joins Summit’s board. Nussbaum will continue to his work with the Thomas Nelson board, and is a member of Metamorphic Ventures’ advisory board. Nussbaum is a former CEO of Penton Media.Another new director on the Summit board is Jason Young, founder of Smart Device Media. Before beginning Smart Device, Young was CEO of Ziff Davis Media; he was with the company for 20 years. Jean Clifton rounds out the additions to Summit’s board of directors. Clifton has acted as EVP and CFO of Penton Media, and SVP and CFO at Reader’s Digest Association. She currently serves on the board of Dainik Bhaskar.Andy Goodenough, president and CEO of Summit (pictured), says of the new board members, “We will work closely with them to implement Summit’s growth strategy as we move beyond our restructuring with a new capital structure that provides financial flexibility and cash flow for supporting the new stage of growth for Summit.”Summit Business Media filed for Chapter 11 in January 2011, after a series of seven deals in 2006 and 2007 contributed to its debt pool. The reorganization plan, which had to go through the courts because only 83 percent of Summit lenders approved it, proposed using Summit’s bank balances and cashflow from current operations to meet working capital needs.The plan was officially approved by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware on May 5, and has wiped $140 million of debt from Summit’s balance sheet.
Vitamin ‘A’ plus campaign begins. File PhotoThe national Vitamin ‘A’ plus campaign, which was earlier postponed, is being observed across the country today (Saturday), aiming to feed vitamin A plus capsules to all children aged between six and 59 months, reports UNB.Under the campaign, about 2.53 million children aged between six and 11 months will be fed blue coloured vitamin ‘A’ capsules while 19.5 million children aged between 12 and 59 months will be given red coloured high-power capsules.They will be given Vitamin A capsule at some 120,000 permanent and 20,000 mobile health centres across the country.Mobile health centres has been set up at bus stands, railway stations, launch terminals, airports, ferry terminals, bridge toll centres and kheyaghats which will remain open from 8:00am to 4:00pm to make sure that all children are fed the capsules.The children of the remote areas of 240 unions in 42 upazilas of 12 districts will be fed the capsules in the next four days of the campaign day through conducting a search programme.
No Indictment for Austin Police Officer That Shot Man Behind BombingsNo Indictment for Austin Police Officer That Shot Man Behind Bombings
Eric Gay/APThis March 21, 2018, file photo shows law enforcement investigating the scene in Round Rock where Mark Conditt blew himself up as authorities closed in.The Austin Police Department (APD) confirmed this week no officers will be indicted for shooting at the man behind several bomb attacks last spring. A Williamson County grand jury declined to charge an APD officer who fired on Mark Conditt just before he killed himself with a bomb in his car in Round Rock. APD Chief Brian Manley said aerial police video of the incident shows officers acted appropriately.The bombings killed two people and injured four others. The case is still under investigation. Share
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit premium DLC canceled for PC gamersNeed for Speed Hot Pursuit premium DLC canceled for PC gamers
Criterion and EA have made a lot of PC gamers angry today by announcing that all the premium DLC planned for Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit won’t be coming to PC. Console gamers will still be getting it, but PC gamers are being limited to updates that fix bugs.While that may save you spending more money on the game, if you’re actually enjoying playing and want more content you’re going to have to buy the console version. Criterion’s reason for deciding to do this doesn’t help matters. There’s no technical issue, no problem caused by distribution or licensing issues. No, the reason is quite simple (emphasis ours):AdChoices广告Hey all, unfortunately we will not be releasing Need for Speed Hot Pursuit PDLC for the PC. While we are certainly committed to providing the best possible game experience and ongoing support for our PC community, (as you have already noted) we have a limited amount of resources that makes it so that we are unable to deliver new content to all platforms. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience, but on the positive side we do have more updates and content on the way for PC players–look for news very soon. In other words, Criterion believes focusing on console gamers is in its interests, which suggests they buy more premium content.What doesn’t add up is that Criterion is a part of EA, one of the largest developer/publishers in the world. Resources should not be an issue, again suggesting this is a decision based on potential revenue rather than a lack of resources. If that was the case then how did they get the PC game on the market in the first place?PC gamers who invested in the game are understandably not happy about this and have responded as such in the forums, as this post from user Paradise1993 demonstrates:What are these “limited resources”? You have these for PC but don’t have for the consoles? I thought you have saved all these resources to make a great PC game by not bringing out a PC demo! Guys, you are working for Electronic Arts, not for a small game company which nobody knows of! Although no premium DLC content may be coming to PC, Eurogamer rightly points out that we may eventually see an Ultimate collection released on PC much like EA did for Burnout Paradise.Read more at Eurogamer.net and the EA forums
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — Intel Labs has recently shown off a 48-core prototype chip it calls a “single-chip cloud computer” or SCC. AMD Planning 16-Core Server Chip For 2011 Release Explore further Citation: Intel’s single-chip cloud computer (2010, February 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-02-intel-single-chip-cloud.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com Single Chip Cloud Computer has 48 Intel cores and runs at as low as 25 watts. Chief technology officer with Intel, Justin Rattner, said the chip comprises 1.3-billion transistors arranged in a network of 24 tiles, each of which has two Pentium-class IA-32 cores, two L2 caches, plus a router to enable communications between cores. The system uses new software applications to control the power consumed by the cores, and to rapidly transfer data between the cores. This means data can go directly between cores without needing to go via the main memory, and this cuts the data transfer speed by 15 times. The software prevents the data being corrupted by instructing the cache sending the data to delete its copy after it is sent, and the receiving cache to delete old copies of the data before receiving the new. The software controlling power consumption allows application developers, rather than the operating system, to decide how power consumed by the cores is controlled. The tiles can all be independently controlled, which means the power consumption on some cores can be reduced to as low as 25 watts, while others can be up to 125 watts. While some developers are not yet sure what they will do with the feature, many are interested in learning more.Intel’s director of advanced microprocessor research, Nitin Borkar, said tasks could be programmed to run at greater power efficiency rather than higher power if appropriate, or individual cores could be throttled back after they have finished their computations. This would give the system the “compute on demand” feature of traditional data centers.Intel Labs are forming partnerships with industry and university researchers and producing 100 of the chips to enable research to refine the chip architecture and maximize its usefulness.The chip was unveiled at the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco on 8 February.
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global November 6, 2014 3 min read Sure, morning yoga sound like a fabulous idea. That is, until you think about having to get to the studio across town for your 7 a.m. class. Add to that that stress of showering and battling rush hour traffic to get to the office by 9 a.m., and the whole idea sounds anything but relaxing and peaceful.Now one company has figured out a way to bring the yoga studio to you — sort of. It’s developed a yoga mat that works as your instructor. Called Smart Mat, the high-tech yoga accessory gives you step-by-step instructions on what to do during your morning yoga, just as if you were with a real instructor. Even better, it knows what you’re doing and offers real-time suggestions on how to improve your posture and perfect different moves.Related: Bat-Like Technology Is Giving the ‘White Cane’ a Much-Deserved UpgradeThe SmartMat makes the magic happen through a series of built-in sensors. First, it makes sure your hands and feet are in the right position on the mat. Next, it focuses on your on your balance. The mat has a baseline reading for each pose and combines it with what it’s learned about you and your body over time to determine the optimal balance for you in each position.The mat has a mode with built-in workout options (that are read aloud from your phone or tablet) for home yoga, and can also be used in a class setting so you can monitor your balance and position in situations where an instructor might not be able to give you the one-on-one attention that you need to improve.Related: This Mighty Exoskeleton Can Give You Superhuman Strength (Sort Of)When it ships next year, the accompanying iOS and Android app for the mat will come with a number of different poses and classes built in. After its initial release, SmartMat plans to allow yoga instructors, or “yogrammers,” to create their own sequences for the app as well. Those instructors will be able to record classes, complete with audio and visual cues and corrections, for an experience similar to attending that instructor’s class.SmartMat is on IndieGoGo trying raise money for production. The project has already smashed through its initial goal of $110,000 and has raised a little more than a quarter of a million dollars so far, with around a month of fundraising left to go.If you want your own SmartMat you can pre-order one now on IndieGoGo for $297, a $150 discount off its planned retail price of $447.Related: It’s a Bird. It’s a Plane. No, It’s a Flying Car (Finally)! Register Now »
Britian plans to open its first LGBTI museum to complete the nationsBritian plans to open its first LGBTI museum to complete the nations
The history and achievements of LGBTI Brits are to be enshrined in the country’s first LGBTI museum. Pride in London festival 2017 GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The museum, called Queer Britain, plans to open in 2021 in London. This is only after museum curators tour the country to uncover additional material.Behind the museum‘Our nation’s family photo album is incomplete and the pages are scattered,’ said Joseph Galliano, former editor of Gay Times and the man behind the project.‘It’s an opportunity to create an institution which moves from marking oppression towards celebrating role models and the enormous impact that LGBTQ+ people have had on society.’Galliano also says the museum will utilize virtual reality (VR) to create immersive experiences for visitors.‘I’d really like it to be somewhere where, if a young woman has just come out to her mother, they can go together so they can both understand a bit more about each other,’ Galliano said. Galliano is building off the fact that 2017 marked 50 years since homosexual acts were decriminalized in Britain.In a statement, London’s mayor Sadiq Khan said, ‘I look forward to the opening of the new museum and the role it will play in shining a light on LGBTQ+ history,’‘As Mayor, it’s so important to me that London is seen as a city where LGBTQ+ people feel valued, happy and safe – this sends a clear message to the world that London is a beacon of diversity,’ Khan said.London will join other cities such as San Francisco, Berlin, Amsterdam, and New York in having LGBTI museums. Toronto and Melbourne are also cities with official LGBTI archives.Who else is involved?The museum’s advisory board will include Lisa Power, co-founder of LGBTI equality organization Stonewall, Chris Smith, Britain’s first openly gay lawmaker, and Sandy Nairne, former director of the National Portrait Gallery.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Greater Fort Lauderdale celebrates NYC Pride Week with Pride Place activationGreater Fort Lauderdale further solidifies itself as major LGBT tourism hubPride Fort Lauderdale celebrates nation’s only “Love Pride” February 11Read the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/britian-plans-open-first-lgbti-museum-complete-nations-family-photo-album/
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Technicians and nurses demonstrate in Paris, France, Thursday May 28, 2015, outside the headquarters of Paris’ regional hospital authority. Thousands of doctors, nurses and other hospital personnel are demonstrating in central Paris to protest a planned working-hours reform they say will result in more burnout and worse patient care. Banners with slogans like “Taking away our rights never made the economy grow” lined the roadway near the city’s Renaissance-style city hall, visible in background. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories PARIS (AP) — Thousands of doctors, nurses and other hospital personnel have demonstrated in central Paris to protest planned working-hours changes they say will result in more burnout and worse patient care.Technicians in white lab coats and nurses wearing green scrubs gathered in the street outside the headquarters of Paris’ regional hospital authority, which oversees 95,000 employees and 38 hospitals. Banners with slogans like “Taking away our rights never made the economy grow” lined the roadway near the city’s Renaissance-style city hall. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The reform aims to save 20 million euros ($22 million) annually by renegotiating hospital staffs’ working-hours agreements. Protester Sabrina Benmesbah, a cardiac nurse at Lariboisiere hospital, said the reform would result in less time off for staff and worse care for patients.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up 0 Comments Share Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes
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