Despite improved services for Inuit detainees arduous travel yet to be addressed

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsA heavy metal door springs to life and slides open, letting Josiane Gendron walk into Sector B of the detention centre in Amos, Quebec.“We are in the living quarters, sector B,” said Gendron, the assistant director of the new $125 million Amos facility that opened its doors in Nov. 2018.Sector B is currently empty.Natural light spills into the shared living space. Tables and chairs freshly painted different shades of grey with yellow highlights to impart some colour.The cells are located on two floors, single rooms on the top, doubles on the bottom.“The cells are open from 8:30 in the morning until 10:30 at night,” said Gendron. “So they have access to this room [lower level common area] during the day.”Gendron said it’s a vast improvement over the old Amos prison that was notorious for overcrowding.“Because there’s more room, in here, a bigger capacity, we were able to respect the agreement we have the KRG [Kativik Regional Government] and the Makivik corporation to group all the Inuit, the preventative custody Inuit, here in Amos.”(Josiane Gendron, assistant director of the Amos detention centre. Photo: Tom Fennario/APTN)On average, Inuit detainees make up more than a third of the 160 inmates here.Unique to other prisons in Quebec, this facility also has a room designated for Inuit cultural activities.Including a space to prepare traditional food that has a mural of a northern landscape on the wall.“The painting was made by an incarcerated person from Cree and Inuit origin, so we hired him to do this painting to kind of give the feel of the north,” said Gendron.(A mural on a prison wall depicting their traditional land is an apt metaphor for Inuit detained here. Photo: Tom Fennario/APTN)In many ways they are stuck between two worlds.Nunavik, the Inuit territory in subarctic Quebec, doesn’t have its own prison, so Inuit are ferried by plane back and forth – more than a thousand kilometres each way – from the time they’re arrested – to the end of their trial.And depending on their case, or the weather, the time spent here can be extended by weeks or months.As a result, Inuit spend significantly more time in custody than non-Inuit detainees, which makes it a human rights issue.“Inuit rights are regularly infringed on, Inuit rights are not respected,” testified Lucy Grey at in November 2018 at a Quebec Inquiry into Indigenous Relations with Certain Public Services hearing In Kuujjuaq, QC.Grey has held many titles within the justice system in Nunavik, from court translator to justice committee co-ordinator, to director of the Makitautik halfway house for Inuit offenders.As a result, she had much to say about how justice is administered in Nunavik over the course of her impassioned hour long testimony.“These Inuit are put in Amos, totally isolated, no one there to protect them, no one there to ease them, no one there to insure that they are corrected,” said Grey at the hearing “they always regularly come back more damaged, more hurt, and then they become repeat offenders.”Grey isn’t the only one to lament the treatment of Inuit detainees.A 2016 report by Quebec’s ombudsmen laid out dozens of recommendations to improve justice in Nunavik.Most of which have been implemented, including improved services for Inuit at Amos, such as adult education.“We have five classrooms,” said Gendron. “We will have a full time teacher in August, who will be hired by the Kativik school board.”(Sector B at the Amos detention facility. Photo: Tom Fennario/APTN)But as Grey points out, getting Inuktitut speakers to Amos is not easy.Located in the Abitibi region of Quebec, Amos is almost 600 kilometres northwest of Montreal.And about 1,200 kilometres from Nunavik’s closest courthouse where trials are held.But Quebec has grouped Nunavik into the same judicial district as Abitibi despite the vast distance between the two regions.“Abitibi might as well be across the ocean. Abitibi might as well be near Australia. We have no connection to Abitibi,” testified Grey, who adds there’s more Inuit resources in the Montreal region then Abitibi.The Quebec ombudsmen report did make two specific recommendations to cut down on arduous travel.Two and a half years later neither of which has been fully implemented.One is the creation of direct flights from Nunavik villages to Amos, instead of going through Montreal or the Abitibi hub of Val d’Or and then bussing to Amos.“It’s coming, it’s in development, we’ve no dates of when it’s going to come, but it’s definitely in the talks,” said Gendron.(The new facility is 600 km northwest of Montreal, and 1,200 km from the nearest courthouse in Nunavik. Photo: Tom Fennario/APTN)In an email to APTN News, Quebec’s Ministry of Public Security says it needed to wait for construction of the Amos prison to be finished and a new policing agreement for the Kativik police force, who help escort the prisoners, before acting on direct air lifts.They also said that the first direct flight from Nunavik to Amos took place on July 4, but at the moment, it’s a pilot project and will only continue periodically.As for the other solution to cut down on travel, using video conferencing for trial appearances, Gendron said the Amos prison is ready.“Because of the internet link with the north, with Nunavik, it’s not been developed yet, it’s not taken place yet,” Gendron explained.But the a spokesperson for the Kativik Regional Government, who administer services in Nunavik, say that internet speed is not the hold up, but rather negotiations with Quebec, which are ongoing.Judging from the sound of frustration in her voice, for Lucy Grey these improvements cannot come soon enough.“You know, Inuit are very forgiving, and the white, Qallunaat, “oui-oui”s kind of have a hard time with that, they want to punish. Punish. But the intention of justice is to bring social harmony and this version is not bringing harmony.“It’s bringing chaos.” read more

Telus union joins opposition to any Verizon special treatment

BURNABY, B.C. — The Telecommunications Workers Union, representing Telus and Shaw workers across Canada, is adding its voice to those opposed to any special treatment for Verizon to enter Canada’s wireless market.The union says there’s no guarantee of lower cellphone bills for Canadians and Verizon will operate in lucrative urban markets, ignoring rural communities.The Telecommunications Workers Union joins the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada in calling on Ottawa to allow all wireless companies to operate on the same level playing field.Canada’s big wireless carriers, Telus, Rogers and Bell, have also launched a media blitz to warn that, under the current rules, they would be at a disadvantage if Verizon were allowed into the market.There have been reports that big U.S. carrier Verizon is considering buying Wind Mobile — and possibly struggling Mobilicity — as a way to enter the Canadian market.Those opposed say Verizon, which has about 100 million customer in the U.S., would gain an upper-hand in Canada’s wireless market through existing rules that would give it an unfair advantage in the upcoming wireless spectrum auction.So far the federal government isn’t budging on the current rules, saying more competition will benefit Canadians. read more

The Latest Powell says tariffs immigration slow housing

WASHINGTON — The Latest on Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s presentation of the Fed’s semi-annual monetary report to the Senate Banking Committee. (all times local):11:40 a.m.Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says homebuilders are having a harder time building lower-cost housing because of higher tariffs and tougher immigration policies.“The homebuilders feel like they’ve been hit by a perfect storm here,” Powell tells the Senate Banking Committee in his second day of testimony before Congress.Higher tariffs have increased costs for construction materials, he says, and tighter immigration enforcement has made it harder for builders to find workers. Even though the Fed has kept rates low and mortgage rates have fallen, those factors have pushed developers to build higher-priced homes to cover the bigger costs.Powell, under questioning from Sen. John Kennedy, Republican of Louisiana, says legal and illegal immigration can help the U.S. economy by increasing the size of the workforce. When asked whether illegal immigration lowers US wages, Powell said that extensive research on the subject “has not reached a clear conclusion.”___10:55 a.m.Powell says before the Senate Banking Committee that very low unemployment rates no longer necessarily push up inflation. A relationship between the two existed “50 years ago” but that has gotten “weaker and weaker and weaker,” Powell said.Powell’s comments in a second day of testimony on Capitol Hill suggest the Fed is more comfortable keeping short-term interest rates low and suggests that Fed policymakers may cut rates at its meeting later this month. For decades, economists assumed that low unemployment — such as the current jobless rate of 3.7% — meant that employers would have to raise pay to attract and keep workers, and in turn would then raise prices to cover higher wage costs. Many Fed officials historically would then support raising interest rates to forestall what was called a “wage-price spiral.”But now, Powell says, the unemployment rate can likely fall much further than in the past without sparking inflation, which means that interest rates can also stay lower.“I think we’re learning all of those things,” he says.___Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, testifying for a second day before Congress, is delivering the same message: that the central bank is prepared to cut interest rates to support the economy, raising hopes that the first reduction in its key policy rate in a decade could happen later this month.Powell’s prepared testimony to the Senate Banking Committee is identical to the remarks he delivered Wednesday before the House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday.In his opening comments, Powell says that “uncertainties around trade tensions and concerns about the strength of the global economy continue to weigh on the U.S. economic outlook.”The Associated Press read more

Goodman research shows personal loans dont help startups in the long run

One of the first things entrepreneurs worry about is how to secure funding for their business ideas. Some go the traditional route and borrow from a bank, while others look to personal credit cards or loans from family and friends.However, new research from Brock University shows that the type of loan goes a long way in predicting a new startup’s success.In the first research study of its kind, Tatyana Sokolyk, Associate Professor of Finance at Brock’s Goodman School of Business, along with her co-author, Professor Rebel Cole from Florida Atlantic University, studied the financial performance of more than 4,000 startups to find out which type of loan was most closely related to the company’s success.They found companies that secure business loans in the company’s name generate more than four times the revenue than those which fund their business by personal debt.“We teach that it is critical for companies to have access to financial capital while they focus on building their venture, but until now, the research in this area had not differentiated capital types,” Sokolyk says.“Banks choose what startups to extend loans to, and their due diligence and monitoring can help the startups to be more successful, but only where the entrepreneur has taken the time to apply for a business loan.”For more information on the research, see this story in Forbes Magazine. read more

Michael Jackson songs pulled from primary school teaching materials in wake of

Mr Brooks said that the episode could no longer remain in circulation in light of the “monstrous behaviour” described in the film.Some radio stations in Canada, Australia and New Zealand have banned Jackson records, but there have been no announcements by British stations.Thriller Live, the West End show, has no plans to close. The Jackson family have denied the allegations, describing them as “all about the money”.The singer, who died in 2009, still has his defenders, including Mark Lester, the British former child actor who starred in Oliver! and later formed a friendship with Jackson.He said of Leaving Neverland: “It made me feel quite sick. This is not the Michael Jackson that I knew for over 30 years. This is not the man that my children knew.”Jackson’s daughter, Paris, spoke out on social media to urge fans to be “calm” in their response. She appeared to defend her father when she said that “lies” are told about “everyone with a good heart”, adding: “Do you really think that it’s possible to tear his name down?” Michael Jackson songs have been pulled from primary school teaching materials in the wake of child abuse allegations.A company that supplies music lesson resources to around half the primary schools in England removed all mentions of the late pop star from its teaching material.Charanga took the decision earlier this year, following the release of the Netflix documentary Leaving Neverland, which detailed claims from Wade Robson and James Safechuck that they were abused by him as young boys.Mark Burke, director of Charanga, said: “In light of the allegations made against Michael Jackson in March, we felt it inappropriate to promote or share his content with our users.  “We therefore removed it from our platform immediately. As a cloud-based service, our removing this content meant it was no longer able to be used by anyone using the service.”  Earlier this year, the executive producer of The Simpsons announced that a “treasured” episode featuring the voice of Michael Jackson is to be removed from television in response to the Leaving Neverland documentary.James L Brooks, the producer, said he had agreed with Matt Groening and Al Jean, the creators, that it should not be shown again, despite it having been one of their favourite episodes. 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. read more

Sarcos a robot that can dance and not fall down

first_imgRead more at Spectrum IEEE, via io9 Imagine a world with robot bullies. The big, tough robot would pick on a little, twerpy robot and push it over (and then steal its robo-lunch money). Of course, since it’s a robot, it would fall in a timber-like fashion and then need a Dorothy character to come give it some oil and help it back up. But, that may no longer be the case thanks to Carnegie Mellon research student Ben Stephens who is teaching robots how to be more human-like. Stephens is not only teaching robots how to dance, but also how to balance and not fall down when they get pushed. Take that, bully-robot!A student at the Robotics Institute, Stephens says in the video below that the robot he’s working with, the Sarcos, is very unique in the field of humanoid robots. It’s a full-body robot that uses hydraulic actuators, which gives it lots of degrees of freedom so it can move around with ease. Sarcos is roughly human-like in the way that its proportions, speed, and forces are close to that of a human.The video shows Sarcos doing a little dance. The dance was programmed and recorded from human motion capture. Stephens said it’s difficult to program a dance by hand, but it’s much easier to have a person do a dance then copy it. There are motion-capturing cameras distributed around where the robot dances in the video. You’ve seen how this works if you’ve ever watched the extras on a DVD like Lord of the Rings. Although Gollum was a computer-animated character, his motions were captured by an actor who wore an image capture suit. His motions, and the motions of the dancer in the lab, are then captured and read into a computer.Stephens’ work specifically focuses on having the robot dance while balanced. Sarcos isn’t just playing back joint motions, it is actively balancing while trying to do do those motions. Stephens gives the robot a little push in the video, but the robot adjusts its balance and doesn’t fall like most rigid robots would. Humans are constantly adjusting their balance, whether we realize it or not, and that’s what Sarcos has been built to do.In a second video, we see the robot get a big push, but it compensates and takes a step forward so that it doesn’t fall. Sarcos can also compensate when it gets bumped or when it bumps into something. It’s important that robots be able to balance so they don’t cause any damage to other objects or people, but it’s also very important because if and when the robot does fall, that’s some expensive equipment going down.last_img read more

Mémoire pourquoi le cerveau ne retient pas nos souvenirs de la petite

first_imgMémoire : pourquoi le cerveau ne retient pas nos souvenirs de la petite enfanceDurant notre enfance, l’apparition de nouveaux neurones n’a pas l’effet que l’on croit : au lieu d’augmenter nos capacités de mémorisation, ils effaceraient les souvenirs déjà constitués. Tout cela dans le but de faire de la place aux prochains.Mais pourquoi sommes nous incapables de nous souvenir de notre premier anniversaire ou de nos premier pas ? L’amnésie infantile est un phénomène qui intrigue les chercheurs depuis de nombreuses années. Cette expression désigne l’absence de souvenirs avant l’âge de deux ans, et leur relative pauvreté jusqu’à l’âge de 6 ans.Une équipe de chercheurs canadiens pense avoir trouvé une explication à ce trou de mémoire. L’amnésie infantile serait en fait liée à l’activité de l’hippocampe, une zone du cerveau jouant un rôle important dans la formation de la mémoire. Lorsque de nouveaux neurones se développent dans l’hippocampe – c’est ce que l’on appelle la neurogénèse – ils effaceraient les informations préalablement mémorisées. Des neurones qui effacent les souvenirs C’est durant les premières années de notre vie que la neurogénèse est la plus active, c’est ce qui expliquerait que ce sont nos souvenirs les plus anciens qui soient effacés. “Cette trouvaille a été très surprenante pour nous. La plupart des gens pensent que de nouveaux neurones impliquent une meilleure mémoire”, explique Sheena Josselyn, neuroscientifique à l’Hospital for Sick Children de Toronto, citée par The Scientific American.Concrètement, les nouveaux neurones effaceraient les premiers souvenirs pour faire de la place aux suivants. “Un plus grand nombre de neurones permet d’augmenter les capacités de mémorisation dans le futur. Mais la mémoire est basée sur un circuit, donc si vous ajoutez des éléments à ce circuit, il est logique que cela le perturbe”, ajoute Sheena Josselyn. C’est en menant des tests sur des souris que la chercheuse et son mari, Paul Frankland, sont arrivés à cette conclusion. Ils ont instillé des souvenirs dans le cerveau de jeunes souris ainsi que d’adultes. Il leur ont appris à avoir peur d’un endroit, en y associant de légers chocs électriques. Les plus jeunes souris n’ont retenu la leçon que pendant une journée, alors que les plus âgées s’en sont rappelé durant plusieurs semaines. Mais en réduisant chimiquement et génétiquement la croissance de nouveaux neurones dans l’hippocampe des jeunes souris, il se sont rendus compte que leur mémoire s’en est trouvée accrue. Au contraire, en stimulant la production de neurones chez les souris adultes par le biais de l’exercice physique, les chercheurs ont affaibli la persistance du souvenir, d’après l’étude publiée dans la revue Science.Une hypothèse de plus pour expliquer l’amnésie infantile L’amnésie infantile a suscité de nombreuses recherches et hypothèses dans le monde de la psychologie et de la neurobiologie. Pour certains chercheurs, nous serions incapables de mémoriser les événements survenus durant les premières années de notre vie car à cette époque, nos capacités linguistiques et émotionnelles ne sont pas assez développées. Cela signifie que pour mémoriser un événement, il faut être capable d’y associer des émotions et de mettre des mots dessus.Sigmund Freud s’était également intéressé à cette question. Pour lui, nous oublierions nos souvenirs pour réprimer les traumatismes de notre enfance. L’étude de l’implication de la neurogénèse dans l’amnésie infantile devrait permettre de mieux comprendre le phénomène sans remettre en question les hypothèses déjà émises. Pour Mazen Kheirbek, spécialiste de la neurogénèse à l’Université de Columbia, le schéma proposé par Sheena Josselyn est très convaincant.Mais selon lui, ce ne serait pas les nouveaux neurones qui effaceraient les souvenirs, mais plutôt le fait d’apprendre et mémoriser de nouveaux éléments. “Peut-être que l’oubli que l’on observe ici est dû à la capacité accrue à apprendre de nouvelles choses. Il y a un compromis à faire ici, préserver les anciens souvenirs peut empêcher de s’en faire de nouveaux”, explique Mazen Kheirbek. Des pertes de mémoire pas si mauvaises ?  À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Dans tous les cas, pour Paul Frankland, co-directeur de l’étude, les pertes de mémoire ne sont pas forcément mauvaises. Dans certains cas, l’oubli est même bénéfique pour le cerveau et la mémoire. “Certains types d’oublis sont importants pour la mémoire. Elle a une capacité limitée”, rapporte Vox. “Nous nous débarrassons de toutes les choses inutiles pour ne retenir que les événements et détails importants”, poursuit le neurobiologiste. Bien sûr, les résultats obtenus par les scientifiques ne sont valables que pour les éléments étudiés, les rongeurs. Mais les cerveaux des différents mammifères étant relativement similaires, les chercheurs pensent que le même mécanisme peut tout à fait se produire dans le cerveau humain. Le 16 mai 2014 à 17:42 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Words Pictures Festival sure to instill love of local literature

first_imgIt shouldn’t be a surprise that childhood readers tend to grow into adults with busy, successful brains. According to the National Education Association, stuffing your child’s environment full of books, reading as a family activity and independent childhood reading all help build vocabulary, curiosity, insight, motivation and a strong sense of self. And early readers go on to greater socioeconomic success than early non-readers.Those are the facts. The softer truth, according to Scholastic, the purveyor of affordable books for students, is that childhood reading is “a crucial component in the development in a curious mind, a gentle spirit and a loving and empathetic heart.” Meanwhile, there’s been a recent buzz in literary circles about banishing the guilt grown-ups feel when enjoying — really, really enjoying — books aimed at their children. (Raise your hand if you know your Harry Potter trivia just as well as your kids do. See all those hands?)Grown-ups who want to pass their love of books to their children should hurry over to the Cascade Park Community Library on Saturday for the second annual Words & Pictures Festival, a gathering of 25 local authors and illustrators who write and create for children — and adults, too. (The emphasis is on literature aimed at young people, but some of the presenters are the creators of grown-up graphic novels, detective mysteries, sci-fi and fantasy adventures.)The event is free, with readings and art demonstrations ongoing throughout the day. Books will be available for purchase through Barnes & Noble. Here’s the whole schedule:Picture book and middle-grade creators in the Children’s Area:• 12:30 p.m., Gretchen Brandenburg McLellan.• 1 p.m., Stephanie Campisi.• 1:30 p.m., Peter McCleery.• 2:30 p.m., Stephanie Shaw.• 2 p.m., Barry Deutsch.Adult and young adult creators in the Conference Room:• 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., graphic novels and comics with Barry Deutsch, Becky Hawkins and Sloane Leong.• 12:30 to 1:15 p.m., readings by Curtis Chen, Cal Spivey, David Levine and Jessie Kwak.• 1:15 to 2 p.m., readings by Heidi Mason, Randal Houle, Sheryl Scarborough and Brian Tashima.“Not a Pipe Publishing” presentation and readings, Fireside area:• 2 to 3 p.m., “The Year of Publishing Women” with Benjamin Gorman; readings by Mikko Azul, Karen Eisenbrey, Benjamin Gorman, Debby Dodds and Heather Ransom.last_img read more

Archdiocese of Miami Habitat for Humanity build home for family

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – One South Florida church built a home for a deserving family.The Archdiocese of Miami and its volunteers from Habitat for Humanity built a new home for a family of six, just in time for the holidays. “It feels great to have a new house because usually we all struggle together because we are a family of 6,” said one of the family members, Erick Garcia. “We were all scrumbled up and now we have our own rooms. It’s different.”The newly-finished home is located in Liberty City and is the second to be built and named after Pope Francis. “They are happy because they were living in very close quarters,” said Archbishop Thomas Wenski of the Archdiocese of Miami. “Now, they have a four-bedroom house and more privacy from the kids, especially as they get older.”7News is a proud sponsor of Habitat for Humanity.If you would like to get involved, call (954) 396-3030, (305) 634-3628, or log on to WSVN. com.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Borough Could Lose 15 Million From Proposed Changes To Petroleum Property Tax

first_imgThe Governor’s  budget plans still must be vetted by lawmakers. Micciche: “There are impacts to almost everyone in Alaska. The closure of half of Wildwood, the impacts to seniors, the cutting of public safety, the hits to education. These are all serious effects.  There is a long way to go before this budget is complete. I do support cuts, but many of the effects in the budget are items that have to be reviewed.”  Senator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen) spoke about the proposal during a Senate Finance committee meeting and suggested that property taxes would have to be raised in the borough in order to fill the gap. The state, as well as municipalities where oil and gas properties lie, levy taxes based on a state assessment. The proposal to take away the power for municipalities to levy that tax came on Wednesday when Governor Mike Dunleavy released his FY20 budget. Under Senate Bill 57, the state would receive all of the revenue levied from the tax for the North Slope Borough, the Fairbanks North Star Borough, the Kenai Peninsula Borough, and the cities of Valdez and Anchorage. Sen. Micciche: “Governor Dunleavy won in our district with 2/3 of the vote, and he chose to take a drastic approach to matching expenditures to state revenue. His plan is expected to make some serious reductions, and now we are seeing where he’s chosen to priorities cuts and spending.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough could see a loss of about $15 million in revenue annually by proposed changes to how the Petroleum Property Tax is collected. The budget release came 30 days into a scheduled 90-day session. Lawmakers will now vet the plan and come up with their own version.last_img read more

BSE Sensex surges over 400 points situation still grim says Pai

first_imgBangalore, Oct1 8 (ANI): Even as the BSE Sensex rose to its highest since November 2010 on Friday, rallying over 400 points in pre-noon trade, Former Infosys Chairman, Mohandas Pai said the economic situation was still grim.last_img

Movies Drinks and Wax Babies at Alamo Drafthouse Downtown Brooklyn

first_imgIf you’re going to mourn the death of film, you might as well do it in the nicest movie theater possible. Since 1997 Alamo Drafthouse Cinema movie theaters have provided hip, high-end theater-going experiences across Texas and beyond. But until now, their only New York location has been in Yonkers, not exactly the hippest place in the state. This Friday, October 28 that changes once Alamo Drafthouse opens its conveniently located Downtown Brooklyn location, and I got to take an early tour.Alamo Drafthouse Cinema CEO Tim League took me and other journalists around the space as the staff prepared for opening night. Before you even get to the screens, you can stop by one of two bars, each with their own 48 different beers on tap. You can drink during your movie or hang out on the soon-to-be-decorated roof, which we accessed through what League called a “Goodfellas-style” backdoor.”But if you just want to drink there are plenty of other bars. What Alamo Drafthouse offers is a curated experience for movie fans, and that goes beyond just showing movies. In the bar, you can also visit the House of Wax, a museum of grotesque (NSFW) human forms, from exotic heads to nude and diseased bodies in coffin-like tables.League explained that before movies, proprietors of these wax museums exhibited these oddities under the guise of public health. But the real point was to show tantalizing, forbidden gore and nudity, not unlike exploitation films. So the theater decided to honor this “proto-cinema.”Curios are all throughout the theater. Alamo Drafthouse also owns Mondo, so plenty of awesome posters and vinyl records were on display. As a celebration of Turkish cinema’s rich bootleg history, we also saw posters for knock-off classics like Turkish Superman and Turkish Star Wars. The theater actually has the only 35mm print of Turkish Star Wars, but it breaks so many copyright laws they aren’t legally allowed to screen it.While the projectionists were practicing with Kubo and the Two Strings, we traveled to one of the other seven theater rooms. The different theater sizes let Alamo Drafthouse screen smaller or older movies without taking on as much financial risk. So when a Shaw Brothers movie randomly popped up onscreen, it was no big deal.In theater, we sat in the spacious reclining chairs and learned about the dining experience. Before the movie starts, you can order food or drinks, and the server will silently scurry beneath you to deliver your meal while the movie is playing. The chef explained how he wanted to balance Texan and New York influences in the menu so that you can get Southwestern Tofu and Quinoa Bowl or a Jerk Chicken sandwich.Finally, the screen dimmed and we actually got a taste of what it’s like to watch something in an Alamo Drafthouse theater. First, we saw a PSA from Janeane Garofalo explaining how talking in a theater is as bad as genocide. Humorous hyperbole aside, the theater has a famously strict policy against phone use. One warning and then you’re kicked out with no refund. And if you arrive late you have to either accept a refund or a ticket for another time.With the rules out of the way, we saw a promo for what the theater has planned for its debut. Films like Road House, Muppets Take Manhattan, and Babe: Pig in the City are all on tap. Finally, we listened to a test of the theater’s impressive sound system and saw the trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, or “that upcoming space movie” as League called it.The tour ended with a Q+A with League. He talked about the chain’s expansion, its general vibe, how he doesn’t care for gimmicks like 3D and 48fps, plans for possible film festivals like Fantastic Fest, and how proud he is that the theater is also one of the largest movie lending libraries. We left with free tickets, a Tim Burton art book, and other goodies.If you’re going to make an effort to go out to the movie theater, you might as well make the extra effort to have as good an experience as possible. And if you’re ever in Downtown Brooklyn, it looks like Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will provide that experience. See for yourself in the pictures below!View as: One Page Slides1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.last_img read more

Indoor pollution more harmful Research

first_imgAs the world gets prepared to build smart cities, new research led by an Indian-origin scientist has highlighted the dangerous effects of indoor pollution on human health and has called for policies to ensure closer monitoring of air quality.According to Prashant Kumar from the University of Surrey, the research offers insight into “Sick Building Syndrome” and how new smart cities could help combat air quality issues.“When we think of the term “air pollution”, we tend to think of car exhausts or factory fumes expelling grey smoke. However, there are actually various sources of pollution that have a negative effect on air quality, many of which are found inside our homes and offices. From cooking residue to paints, varnishes and fungal spores the air we breathe indoors is often more polluted than that outside,” explained Kumar. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In 2012, indoor air pollution was linked to 4.3 million deaths globally, compared with 3.7 million for outdoor air pollution. Urban dwellers typically spend 90 per cent of their time indoors and this has been linked to ‘Sick Building Syndrome’ where people exhibit a range of ill-health effects related to breathing indoor air.“It is essential that we are able to effectively monitor indoor air pollution so that we can better understand when and where levels are worst, and in turn offer solutions to make our air healthier,” added Kumar in the journal Science of the Total Environment. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Our work looks at the use of small, low-energy monitoring sensors that would be able to gather real-time data and tell families or workers when levels of pollutants are too high,” he continued.With this research, we are calling for greater importance to be placed on ensuring buildings are built with indoor pollution monitoring in mind. As we enter the age of smart cities this is one way in which technology will actively benefit health, the authors noted. A collaborative effort of European, Australian and British researchers led by the University of Surrey, the study assesses the harmful effects of indoor pollution in order to make recommendations on how best to monitor and negate these outcomes.In another paper published earlier in the journal Environmental Pollution, Kumar and PhD student Anju Goel also found that outdoor air pollution was at a high where buildings were located at traffic intersections.Even where there was low traffic volume, traffic intersections with densely built up surroundings showed twice the concentration than at open junctions.Exposure to these concentrations showed that ground floor dwellings in these areas were exposed to twice as many harmful particles. “This has important implications for town planning and we should consider whether we really want schools, offices or hospitals to be built within these environments,” Kumar noted.last_img read more

HIDCO introduces golf carts for Eco Park visitors

first_imgKolkata: In yet another move to conserve energy, Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) has introduced battery-operated golf carts for the visitors of Eco Park, who wish to go to the far-off sites.The vehicles will function from the statue Tin Tin at the Café Ekante jetty to the Eiffel Tower replica. Travelling in the cart will be free. The carts have been deployed after it was found that because of the distance, many visitors were not visiting the Eiffel Tower replica and the Japanese garden. Experts from Japan had visited the Japanese garden when it was being constructed. There is a pagoda, a wish tank and a Japanese restaurant at the site. Eco Park is the country’s biggest urban park that stands on 480 acres of land, which is surrounded by 112 acres of waterbody. It has become the most important tourist destination in the vicinity of Kolkata and tourists from all over the country and abroad have been visiting the place. The miniature replicas of the seven wonders, replica of toy train of Darjeeling and butterfly garden are the favourite spots at the park, along with the jogger’s alley and a special cycling track.last_img read more

How to Close Frozen Applications in macOS

first_imgIf you’ve ever encountered an unresponsive program in Windows (and who hasn’t?), you’ve undoubtedly used the Ctrl-Alt-Delete key combination to force the program to quit. Unlike PCs, however, macOS doesn’t use the typical Ctrl-Alt-Delete key combination to Force Quit frozen programs. If an application hangs up on you on your new Mac, just follow these simple steps:1. Press Command-Option-Esc on the keyboard to open the Force Quit Applications window.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 2. Select the program you wish to terminate and click Force Quit. How to Right Click in OS X 3. Click the Apple logo in the top left corner, select Force Quit from the drop-down menu as an alternate method.Ready to sell your Mac? Check out our How to Reset a MacBook tutorial, and our MacBook Pro 2019 rumor roundup page for more info. How to Force Close Frozen Applications in OS X Create an Apple ID Move Your PC files to a Mac How to Use Full Screen Apps in OS X Create an Apple ID Install Apps in OS X PC to Mac Guide: How to Make the Switch ✖ PC to Mac Guide: How to Make the Switch Take Screenshots in OS X How to Force Close Frozen Applications in OS X How to Find Files and Folders in OS X Create an Apple ID Use Spotlight to Find Files in OS X Quit Applications in OS X Eject USB Devices in OS X How to Browse Your Applications in OS X Use OS X El Capitan’s Split Screen Mode How to Right Click in OS X Take Screenshots in OS X Eject USB Devices in OS X How to Use Gestures to Navigate OS X Increase the Text Size on Mac How to Find Files and Folders in OS X Make Desktop Shortcuts in Mac OS X How to set up Mail and Calendar accounts on OS X Eject USB Devices in OS X How to Use Gestures to Navigate OS X Next Tips »» Quit Applications in OS X How to Use Gestures to Navigate OS X Use Spotlight to Find Files in OS X Move Your PC files to a Mac Use OS X El Capitan’s Split Screen Mode How to Use Full Screen Apps in OS X How to Browse Your Applications in OS X How to Find Files and Folders in OS X «« Previous Tip Make Desktop Shortcuts in Mac OS X How to set up Mail and Calendar accounts on OS X How to Use Keyboard Shortcuts in OS X Next Tip »» How to Right Click in OS X How to Use Keyboard Shortcuts in OS X More Tips Use OS X El Capitan’s Split Screen Mode Increase the Text Size on Mac How to Use Gestures to Navigate OS X Install Apps in OS X Eject USB Devices in OS X Quit Applications in OS X Take Screenshots in OS X Make Desktop Shortcuts in Mac OS X How to Use Keyboard Shortcuts in OS X How to Use Keyboard Shortcuts in OS X How to Browse Your Applications in OS X How to Use Full Screen Apps in OS X Use Spotlight to Find Files in OS X How to Force Close Frozen Applications in OS X Move Your PC files to a Mac How to set up Mail and Calendar accounts on OS X Install Apps in OS X Increase the Text Size on Mac by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndo247 SportsRanking The Highest-Paid NBA Players In 2019247 SportsUndolast_img read more

Enjoy nationallyrecognized events at The Beaches of Fort Myers Sanibel

first_img Travelweek Group Share Tags: Fort Myers, Fort Myers Spotlight 2019, Spotlight Thursday, April 4, 2019 Enjoy nationally-recognized events at The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibelcenter_img In addition to great weather, shell-drenched shores and the warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico, The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel in Southwest Florida is the setting for award-winning, nationally-recognized festival and events that your clients will love!Plan ahead for your avid sailing clients: Hobie 16 World Championship, Nov. 1-16, 2019For the first time in 35 years, the Hobie 16 World Championships is returning to the USA. And it is coming to The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel Nov. 1-16, 2019.Sailors from around the world will compete in three world championship disciplines: Women’s, Youth and Open, and three additional disciplines; Masters Cup, Grand Masters Cup and Great Grand Masters Cup. South Seas Island Resort will host more than 1,000 athletes and 336 teams on 60 new Hobie Cat racing catamaran sailboats for 16 sailing days. Sailors from 30 countries are expected to attend. In past world events, as many as 7,000 people have attended the championships.Plan ahead if your clients love Mango’s: 23rd Annual Mango Mania Tropical Fruit Festival, Pine Island on July 13-14, 2019 Each summer the mango is the star attraction for two days on Pine Island. Go wild for fruit as you sample locally grown delicacies at this annual affair, an unusual celebration of all the tropical fruit grown on the island, which includes lychee, carambola, longan, papaya and “chocolate pudding fruit.” Fruit, exotic fruit trees and fruit-related products are available for purchase.Do your clients love music? Plan ahead: Island Hopper Songwriter Fest The sixth annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fest returns Sept. 20-29, 2019. The popular event brings music back to the beach with new artists and new events. The festival takes place over 10 days and offers a range of star-studded performances. It kicks off on Captiva Island Sept. 20-22; moves to downtown Fort Myers Sept. 23-26; and ends at Fort Myers Beach Sept. 27-29.The festival is presented by The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, iHeartRadio, Cat Country 107.1 and BMI. It was named one of the top events for summer by the Southeast Tourism Society. Past performers include Midland, Parmalee, Thompson Square and Grammy Award winner Maren Morris. The sixth annual event will continue to give fans the opportunity to meet the talented artists who write songs for country superstars including Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean and Tricia Yearwood.Not to miss event: 33rd Annual Sand Sculpting Championship, Fort Myers Beach, Nov. 22-Dec. 1, 2019The 33rd Annual American Sand Sculpting Championship and Beach Festival is sponsored by the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce. This fun-filled event will include world-class master sand sculptors, a state championship contest, an amateur contest, sand sculpting demonstrations and lessons and much more. With more than 1,000 tons of sand, master sand sculptors are returning to Fort Myers Beach forming the largest sand sculpting event in the state, plying their craft and showcasing their artistry in what USA Today and CNN Travel have named a “must-see” and one of the 10 best sand sculpting competitions in the world.For more information on these and many more amazing festivals and events taking place, visit Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Taveuni Palms Resort Fiji wins World Luxury Hotel Award

first_imgSource = Taveuni Palms Resort Taveuni Palms Resort, FijiTaveuni Palms Resort, Fiji win’s World Luxury Hotel AwardThe opulent Taveuni Palms Resort, Fiji Islands has won best Luxury Private Pool Villa at the World Luxury Hotel Awards held at the St Regis in Doha. This is the third international award the resort has won in October.The World Luxury Hotel Awards is the pinnacle of recognition of accomplishment by a hotel in the luxury hospitality industry. The awards are voted for by the public and reward luxury hotels, their world class facilities and service excellence provided to guests.“We are delighted to have won this prestigious award again.  From 5-star accommodation to 5-star dining with your personal chef, the resorts number one priority is to provide an exceptional experience for all our guests in a private and luxurious setting.” Says Colleen O’Neill, Owner, Taveuni Palms Resort, Fiji.“Winning this award recognises our team’s constant hard work and that our high standards are being appreciated by our guests.” Continues Mrs O’Neill.Always acknowledged as one of the leading luxury resorts in the industry, this award is the third award Taveuni Palms has won in the past month, also winning the “Best Resort and Hotel in Fiji” at the 2016 Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards (SSLHLA) and the “Australasia’s Leading Luxury Boutique Island Resort” at the 23rd annual World Travel Awards™.Previously, Taveuni Palms Resort has won Australasia’s Leading Boutique Island Resort at the World Luxury Hotel Awards in 2012, 2011 and 2010, won the SSLHLA in 2013 and won the World Travel Awards for the past 6 consecutive years in a range of categories. The resort has also consistently won TripAdvisor People’s Choice awards.The five stars Taveuni Palms Resort, situated on Taveuni Island, Fiji is the ultimate in boutique luxury. Set amongst swaying coconut palms, on the edge of a golden sandy beach and surrounded by Fiji’s crystal clear blue waters, the resort is a private hideaway perfect for honeymooners, weddings or that vacation of a lifetime.Taveuni Palms has two luxury villas, the Beach Villa and Horizon Spa Villa.The Beach Villa features two bedrooms and two bathrooms, while the Horizon Spa Villa features two bedrooms and two bathrooms in the main villa and one bedroom and one bathroom in a separate air-conditioned bure. The villa also features a luxury Spa Pool.Both villa’s are on their own private acre of absolute beachfront and boasts their own private pool, beach and personal staff of seven. Villa’s are air-conditioned and include super king beds, Pure Fiji toiletries, bathrobes, outdoor honeymoon showers, full entertainment centre (TV, DVD, iPod and portable Bose speakers), library of DVD’s, books, board games, large outdoor furnished deck, daybed sofas and hammocks.Dining at the resort is an experience in itself with each villa featuring five special private dining locations. Villa’s come with a personal chef who designs guest’s breakfast, lunch and four course dinner menus based on their likes and dislikes. Whatever the menu, guests will be taken on a mouth-watering culinary journey through the South Pacific.From the time guests wake there is always something magical to experience. From hiking to waterfalls, coastal walks, horseback riding, pearl farm tours, snorkelling, deep sea fishing to island beach picnic’s, dolphin watching, paddle boarding, kayaking or diving trips to famous world class sites. Be part of traditional Fijian cultural ceremonies or try a cooking lesson with each villa’s personal chef.From the privacy of each magnificent villa, Taveuni Palms offers a variety of relaxing spa treatments, using only the finest “Pure Fiji” products and designed to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul. Taveuni Palms Resortfor information, visitlast_img read more

Be among the first to stay at Discovery Rottnest Island

first_imgBe among the first to stay at Discovery Rottnest IslandBe among the first to stay at Discovery Rottnest IslandThe first new accommodation on Rottnest Island in over 30 years– Discovery Rottnest Island – is now officially open for bookings for stays from 1 March 2019.The highly anticipated new eco resort features 83 fully furnished tents, and brings an exciting new experience to Rottnest Island for locals and interstate and international tourists.Nestled behind the dunes of Pinky Beach and Bathurst Lighthouse the property features three levels of accommodation, connected via boardwalks to the resort pool and restaurant.Pinky’s Beach Club is at the heart of the property and will be serving locally inspired dishes and cocktails to both resort guests, and other visitors to the island.Discovery Rottnest Island Director Tim Crosland said that today is an exciting milestone for the property.“The opening of this property has been hotly anticipated, and today we are revealing more about what will be on offer.”“Rottnest is a special place, and we know accommodation can be hard to secure. This new property adds to the number of rooms available, and offers an experience that hasn’t before been seen on the island,” said Tim.Discovery Rottnest Island is currently recruiting for 70 positions at the new property, ranging from a General Manager to housekeeping staff. The positions available can be found here.Accommodation prices will start at $119 per night in low season for a Standard tent. All tents include ensuites, beds, furnishings, and a private deck. Tent sizes vary for each tent style. All details are available on the website.Discovery Rottnest Island will provide direct access to Pinky Beach and The Basin, Wi-Fi, BBQ areas, a guest laundry service and concierge service.The eco tents are being supplied by Eco Structures Australia, who are currently running a global competition with Glamping Hub, offering one lucky winner the chance to own their own eco tent. More information can be found here.For more information visit Source = Discovery Rottnest Islandlast_img read more

€18500 in cash stolen from Paphos house

first_imgUnknown perpetrators reportedly broke into a house in Paphos and stole the equivalent of €18,566 on Sunday evening.A Chinese woman, a permanent resident of Paphos, reported to police that while she was absent between 5pm and 8pm €10,000, $10,000 and 500 yuan were stolen from the residence.Officers at the scene found that the thieves entered by forcing the door open with a sharp object.Various objects were seized to facilitate investigations.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoCrossovers | Search AdsBest New Compact Crossovers for Under 20kCrossovers | Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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