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CORNER GAS LANDS INTERNATIONAL STREAMING DEAL WITH AMAZON PRIME VIDEO

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment In Canada, the Corner Gas show, the 2014 movie and the animated series are available exclusively on Bell Media’s Crave streaming service.The Corner Gas series originally premiered in 2004 on CTV in Canada and won seven Gemini Awards and aired in over two dozen countries.Brent Butt created and stars in the series, which centres around a roadside gas station in the fictional town of Dog River, Sask.Other stars include Gabrielle Miller, Eric Peterson, Fred Ewanuick, Janet Wright, Lorne Cardinal, Tara Spencer-Nairn, and Nancy Robertson. Brent Butt holds a gas nozzle on the set of the CTV comedy series Corner Gas in Roleau, Sask, in this undated handout photo. (CP PICTURE ARCHIVE/HO – CTV) Advertisement Facebook Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: Twitter TORONTO — Corner Gas is getting pumped out to an international audience via Amazon Prime Video.All six seasons of the hit Canadian comedy series and the film Corner Gas: The Movie are now available on the streaming service in more than 60 countries and territories, including the U.S., U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, South Africa and Kenya. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Algerian Police Make Arrests Amid Peaceful Protests

Rabat – The Algerian interim government has deployed police to crack down on peaceful protests. The police arrested a group of nearly 30 people, consisting of mostly youth who have been leading the protest against Algeria’s interim government calling for radical change. Police did not arrest any older people or women with children that were present at the protests. According to AFP, the protesters condemned the arrest, emphasizing that they had not committed any offense.Friday marks 15 weeks of protests, with demonstrators challenging elites from the era of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who resigned amid unrest in April.Addidiontally, protesters have been rallying against Interim President Abdelkader Bensalah, as well as the election scheduled for July 4.Other arrests were made last Friday by Algerian authorities. The arrests were denounced by the Algerian political party, Socialist Forces Front (FFS).In a statement, the party condemned the systematic repression and violence used against the protesters, who have been demonstrating peacefully.The party also called for the release of the protesters.Since the protests began on February 22, Algerian army chief Gaid Salah warned protesters against causing a delay in the election.“Holding a presidential election could help [Algeria] avoid falling into the trap of a constitutional void, with its accompanying dangers and unwelcome consequences,” Gaid Salah argued.On Tuesday, Salah echoed his previous statement, calling for “mutual concessions” amid the unrest.Salah also suggested a “serious, rational, constructive and clear-sighted dialogue” and “mutual concessions” to overcome the crisis. read more

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UN agencies use star power to push causes from war on drugs

UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa has named Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah, world champion rally driver and Olympic shooter, as the first Global Sport Fund (GSF) Ambassador.The Global Sport Fund was set up by UNODC with funding from the Qatar National Olympic Committee to help prevent vulnerable young people from being sucked into crime and drug abuse. As a GSF ambassador, the 36-year-old Al-Attiyah will use his position as a high-profile athlete to raise awareness about the potential of sport to help young people. “Mr Al-Attiyah is an accomplished athlete in sports that require precision and dedication, where being distracted by drugs would make success impossible,” Mr. Costa said. “He has the credentials to show young people what tremendous achievements are possible by living a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.”UN- HABITAT has bestowed its first UN Human Settlements Lecture award on Professor John Friedmann, one of the most well-known urban planners in the world today, who is currently Honorary Professor in the School of Community and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. He is also Professor Emeritus of Urban Planning at UCLA in the United States. Professor Friedmann, who has worked in and written about Latin America, North America, Europe and China, will deliver his lecture during the third session of the World Urban Forum in Vancouver from 19 to 23 June.The award seeks to recognize outstanding and sustained contribution to research, thinking and practice in the human settlements field, and the lecture is intended to stimulate global debate and provoke new thinking in the field.Meanwhile in the field of music, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has joined forces with the Ricky Martin Foundation on a global initiative aimed at safeguarding children against exploitation and abuse.The non-profit foundation, named after the Puerto Rican-born singer, defends the well-being of children around the world in areas such as social justice, education and health.The first step of the new partnership will be to strengthen the “Navega Protegido Campaign launched by the Foundation and Microsoft to promote child safety online and secure children from dangers such as child pornography, sex predators and identity theft. Educational material regarding hazards in cyberspace will be distributed to children and teachers of the UNESCO network of Associated Schools in Latin America and the Caribbean. Meanwhile, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) today announced that renowned directors Jane Campion and Gaspar Noé will present at the 59th Cannes Festival on 25 May two short films.The films will constitute the first and second segments of “8,” an eight-part feature about the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of targets for addressing key social, economic, health and environmental challenges, UNDP said.The collaborative effort of eight world-class filmmakers, “8” is produced by LDM Productions in partnership with UNDP, and is set for wide release in early 2007.“The Millennium Development Goals catch the imagination of people because they make development real,” said UNDP Administrator Kemal Dervis. “Development is about mothers not dying when they give birth, about children surviving their first years; about getting every child into primary school, making sure that people have access to clean water where they live.” read more

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UN rights office troubled by accelerated executions in US with expiring drug

“Rushing executions can deny prisoners the opportunity to fully exercise their rights to appeal against their conviction and/or sentence, and can also lead to States’ shortening their clemency processes, thereby affecting prisoners’ rights,” a spokesperson for the of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Elizabeth Throssell told reporters in Geneva.OHCHR noted that the executions had been stayed, but Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson decided to proceed with the executions because the State’s supply of one of the drugs used in lethal injections – midazolam – was due to expire on 30 April and it was unclear whether further supplies could be obtained. The use of midazolam has been criticized for failing to prevent suffering of pain, with reports of botched executions related to its use in the US states of Alabama, Ohio and Oklahoma.The latest prisoner to be executed was Kenneth Williams, who was pronounced dead before midnight last night local time. Ledell Lee was executed on 20 April, and Marcel Williams and Jack Jones on 24 April. The executions in Arkansas took place after a “12 year de facto moratorium” on the use of the death penalty in the state, Ms. Throssell said.The number of death executions overall had declined steadily over the past few years, from 52 in 2009 to 20 last year. Since the start of 2017, 10 executions had been carried out.The OHCHR spokesperson noted that the “the UN opposes the death penalty in all circumstances and we call on all Governments that retain it to establish an official moratorium on all executions with the aim of abolishing the death penalty.” On 1 March, the Human Rights Council held a biennial high-level panel discussion on the human rights violations related to the use of the death penalty, in particular with respect to the prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. read more

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Whiffenpoofs treat students to singalong

first_imgThe renowned Whiffenpoofs of Yale University are in Australia and performed for the St John’s Choir. The children lapped up the show at the National Gallery, and even got to participate with a sing-a-long of “Let it shine”. The Whiffenpoofs are a 14 person male choir that is the world oldest and best know college acapella group. It was founded in 1909, and began as a senior quartet that met for weekly concerts at Mory’s Temple Bar, the famous Yale tavern. Today, the group has become one of Yale’s most celebrated traditions giving the St John’s Choir much to look up to. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Les inondations font des centaines de morts au Pakistan

first_imgLes inondations font des centaines de morts au PakistanPakistan – Des pluies diluviennes se sont abattues sur le nord-ouest du Pakistan et le Cachemire, engendrant des inondations qui ont fait plus 300 morts, et des milliers de sans-abri.C’est le nord-ouest du pays qui est le plus touché par ces inondations meurtrières. D’après un dernier bilan, 313 victimes seraient à déplorer, tandis que des dizaines de milliers de personnes ont dû être évacuées. Dans la seule région de Peshawar, quelque 30.000 personnes ont été déplacées.À lire aussiLe syndrome de Cotard, l’étrange maladie qui fait croire à une personne qu’elle est morteLes pluies diluviennes ont tout emporté sur leur passage, même les maisons qui ont été entièrement détruites. Des milliers d’hectares de terres agricoles ont également été ravagés par les inondations.Au Cachemire, les pluies sont aussi importantes, et au moins vingt-deux personnes ont été tuées, tandis que des dizaines de maisons se sont effondrées. Selon les prévisions météorologiques, les précipitations devraient se poursuivre pendant les prochaines 24 heures, mais avec moins d’intensité.En 2007, de telles inondations avaient dévasté le sud et le sud-ouest du Pakistan pendant la période des moussons, faisant 200 morts et des milliers de sans-abri.Le 30 juillet 2010 à 18:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Scientific Americans Web Experiment

first_imgA top priority was leveraging the two million monthly downloads and exploiting the original podcast product’s lighter and quicker take on scientific subjects. Typical of the new site are blog posts, podcasts and videos covering topics such as how to build an igloo, the space shuttle program, and whether or not you could fall all the way through a hole in the earth. Content is categorized under technology, environment, health, and space headings. Speed to MarketThe ramp-up to launch was compressed into a two-and-a-half month timeframe. Speed to market was critical and the process mirrored what many publishers are dealing with in the digital arena—the confidence to go live with a digital product early in the production cycle coupled with difficult budget parameters mired in a magazine lineage. “The entire project management was run like a start-up dot-com,” says Lux. “It had that energy, but there was a lot of problem solving—not just on the budget front, but with technology and editorial.”Accordingly, start-up costs were set aggressively low, in the five figures, says Lux—“I was shocked that we launched on that”—and three full-time employees worked on it part time. Freelancers contribute content. Currently, the site is updated seven times a day.Lux plans to break even on the site within a year. The revenue model is based on a mix of traditional display advertising via banner ads and sponsorships of the audio and video products. “From a traffic perspective, we projected it to be somewhat directly related to our podcast downloads,” says Lux. “So if we have two million downloads, we’re looking to grow that kind of page view usage in a short amount of time.”Currently, Ford and Audible.com have signed on to sponsor video and podcast content. For now, however, Lux is still compiling traffic data, which was part of the rapid launch strategy. “We wanted to launch it and have three months of base traffic data and use it to see how people use the site,” she adds. “We want to have that data in hand when we approach advertisers in 2008.”The launch of 60-Second Science is indicative of the launch environment today, says Lux. “A lot of media companies now are seeing time of entry as key. They’re shortening their development process and crunching everything down. Companies are testing to see what sticks, without harming the brands.”STARTUP STORIES:Glam MediaArchitectCraftInternet EvolutionWTWH Media More on this topic Scientific American Launches Standalone Site Based on Podcast Streaming Radio App Stitcher Begins Ad Sales Buildout Magazines Going Mobile: ‘A Real Business’? The Atavist Spin Partners with MySpace, Goes Digital Folio: Wire | 7.19.07Just In Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQPowered by Some traditional media companies, despite tight budgets and eroding confidence in print, are still experimenting with start-ups. Some with more success than others. Time Inc. launched and then folded the laddie-skewing Officepirates.com. Condé Nast’s CondeNet division launched the social networking-based Flip.com in February 2007 and plans to spin out more of its magazine brands from its portal sites following the breakout of W from Style.com. Meanwhile, Scientific American has spun off a multimedia site, called 60-Second Science, which compresses science coverage into more palatable podcast, video and bloggy content for a time and attention-challenged younger market.The Rapid Rise of AudioThe site’s October 2007 launch is based on a SciAm.com podcast product of the same name, which rocketed to fame within the company on the strength of an average of two million downloads per month. Suddenly, a market was born. “We knew we were onto something,” says Mina Lux, managing director and vice president of online for Scientific American. “There are segments of people out there that are very interested in science but just don’t have the time. We began to think of ways to serve them beyond the audio.”Based on a preliminary survey, Lux found that SciAm’s original 60-Second Science listeners were primarily affluent males, 30 to 35 years old—different than SciAm’s 40-plus year-old print and Web site users. The trick, however, was spinning off a product that was independent of, but still subtly connected to, the Scientific American brand. “We wanted to see if we could reach a broader audience,” says Lux.last_img read more

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Poll Which Latin GRAMMY Artist Performance Are You Pumped For The Most

first_img Natalia Lafourcade El David Aguilar Choices Kany García Bad Bunny Other 19th Latin GRAMMY Awards: 19 Things You Didn’t KnowRead more Poll: Which Latin GRAMMY Artist Performance Are You Pumped For The Most? Pablo Alborán Twitter Which Artist Performance Are You Pumped For? poll-which-latin-grammy-artist-performance-are-you-pumped-most Steve Aoki Banda Los Recoditos Ángela Aguilar Carlos Vives center_img Victor Manuelle J Balvin Karol G Bad Bunny, J Balvin, Natalia Lafourcade, Halsey and more will perform at the 19th Latin GRAMMY Awards on Nov. 15. Whose performance are you excited to see the most?Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Nov 9, 2018 – 4:43 pm On Nov. 15, the Biggest Night In Latin Music is bringing together 80 countries to celebrate the diversity and excellence of Latin music. One thing to look forward to, other than the winners of the night, are the performers who will pump up the crowd with some of the biggest bangers of the year. We know it’s a tough question, but we have to ask, whose performance will you be looking forward to the most?  Polls Which Latin GRAMMY Artist Performance Are You Pumped For The Most? Mon Laferte Sebastián Yatra Jorge Drexler Halsey Email Facebook Maná J Balvin is an undeniable showstopper with hits like “Mi Gente,” but are you feeling Latin trap star Bad Bunny who is set to open up the show with “Está Rico” with Marc Anthony and Will Smith more this year? Maybe one of reggaeton’s leading ladies Karol G, is getting you hyped. Or are you excited about 15-year-old rising star Angela Aguilar showcasing her powerful voice in the style of Mexico’s mariachi music? Songstresses Natalia Lafourcade and Mon Laferte will also grace the Latin GRAMMY stage with one of their ballads. Rock/pop music icons Maná, who are this year’s Latin GRAMMY Person Of The Year, are sure to rock the stage and we can’t forget Steve Aoki or Halsey who are also set to perform and bring their energy every time they perform. There are many more to choose from, so who will it be? Vote above. News last_img read more

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Sony curbing sexually explicit content in PlayStation games

first_imgSony is limiting sexually explicit content in PlayStation 4 video games. James Martin/CNET Sony is implementing stricter rules on sexual content in its PlayStation video games, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.The new in-house standards reflect growing concern about the depiction of women in video games. Sony established its own guidelines “so that creators can offer well-balanced content on the platform” and gaming “does not inhibit the sound growth and development” of young people, a company spokeswoman told the Journal.Sony representatives told the Journal that its decision was based on the rise of the #MeToo movement, which swept through industries like tech and entertainment, unseating power players such as actors, anchors and venture capitalists accused of sexual assault and harassment. The company is also worried about financial liability.”Sony is concerned the company could become a target of legal and social action,” a Sony representative told the Journal.The issue came to a head in 2014 with death and rape threats directed at women beginning over the GamerGate controversy, an online campaign against cultural critic Anita Sarkeesian, of the Feminist Frequency web series, and others for challenging the way women are portrayed in video games.Sarkeesian was forced into hiding and canceled a speaking engagement at Utah State University after the school got emails threatening the “deadliest school shooting in American history” if she appeared.The PlayStation 4 is the world’s most popular video game console, with more than 94 million units sold worldwide. Sony’s games division accounts for about one-third of the company’s total revenue.Sony representatives in the US didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Comment 1 Share your voice Sony Tags Gaminglast_img read more

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Learn Grow seeks to improve childcare evaluation and quality statewide

first_imgBetter educational outcomes for kids statewide, is the aim of a new program being offered by Thread, a childcare resource and referral network.Listen Now Learn and Grow is the states QRIS (Quality Recognition and Improvement System) which improves and evaluates childcare quality. (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Thread is a non profit funded by the department of Health and Social Services and community donations. Their program Learn & Grow, Alaska’s Quality Recognition and Improvement System, is designed to evaluate and increase the quality of childcare centers.Of the estimated 456 licensed childcare centers statewide, 53 have signed up for the Learn & Grow Process in communities like Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Ketchikan. While there are state requirements that all childcare centers must meet to be licensed, Learn & Grow director Meghan Johnson views her program as a next step for centers to increase their standards in education and care.“So the idea is to funnel resources into the programs as they achieve certain levels of quality, so that they have that funding to continue it,” Johnson said. “Cause it costs money to pay their teachers a higher wage. It costs money to send them to school for professional development. It costs money for materials and resources in the classroom.”Learn & Grow measures the quality and growth of each participating childcare center in levels. Level 1 requires that all workers in a childcare center be enrolled in the Learn & Grow program, and administrators must take a training course. Johnson says about 22% of the centers have already met that benchmark. Level 2 requires more administrative training in business operations such as budgeting and human resources as well as child development training.Learn & Grow program director Meghan Johnson discusses the yearly goals and achievements of the program to a crowd of educators at the Thread building in Anchorage (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Having already met their goal of signing up 10% of eligible childcare centers in Learn & Grow, the next step is to ensure that certain numbers of those centers reach Level 1 and Level 2 benchmarks within Learn & Grow.“We said that we wanted of those participating programs, that about 80% of them would achieve a Level 1 – that first level of quality,” Johnson said. “And then we said about 20% would achieve Level 2. So 20% requires the administrators to acquire credentials. It’s really where we require most of the training.”Johnson says through partnerships with government and communities, Learn & Grow is on track to meet and surpass their yearly fiscal goals for quality childcare in the state.last_img read more

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Hyderabad City CP Anjani Kumar holds halfyearly review meeting

first_imgHyderabad: City Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar on Tuesday conducted the half yearly review meeting with Joint Police Commissioner West Zone A R Srinivas, ACPs and all Inspectors of the zone. The Commissioner specially reviewed departmental administrative issues, and discussed on disposal of pending cases, sensational cases of 2017, 2018, and 2019. He further reviewed NBW execution, PD Act, status of investigation, filling of chargesheets, trials and the conviction process in many cases.last_img read more

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Macron pledges to rebuild NotreDame within 5 years

first_imgFrench president Emmanuel Macron sits at his desk after addressing the nation on 16 April during which he vows to rebuild Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral within five years, a day after a fire erupted in the 850-year-old landmark, and Macron had cancelled a speech expected to outline key measures in response to months of anti-governments protests.French president Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday vowed to rebuild Notre-Dame cathedral “even more beautifully” within five years, as France reeled with shock from the fire that gutted the great Paris landmark.Macron announced the fast timescale — for a process some experts said would take decades — in an address to the nation where he hailed how the disaster had shown the capacity of France to mobilise and unite.Pledges worth around 700 million euros ($790 million) have already been made Tuesday from French billionaires and businesses to restore the Gothic masterpiece.Most of the roof has been destroyed, its steeple has collapsed and an unknown number of artifacts and paintings have been lost. The main organ, which had close to 8,000 pipes, has also suffered damage.But the cathedral’s walls, bell towers and the most famous circular stained-glass windows at France’s most visited tourist attraction remain intact.Our history never stopsMacron’s defiant comments indicated he wants the reconstruction of the cathedral to be completed by the time Paris hosts the Olympic Games in 2024.”We will rebuild the cathedral even more beautifully and I want it to be finished within five years,” Macron said from the Elysee Palace. “And we can do it.”Macron said that the dramatic fire had brought out the best in a country riven with divisions and since November shaken by sometimes violent protests against his rule.”What we saw last night in Paris was our capacity to mobilise and to unite,” Macron said, hailing France as a nation of “builders”.”Our history never stops and that we will always have trials to overcome,” he said.Saved in half an hourImages from inside the cathedral Tuesday showed its immense walls standing proud, with statues still in place and a gleaming golden cross above the altar.However the floor was covered in charred rubble from the fallen roof and water while parts of the vaulting at the top of the cathedral had collapsed.Junior interior minister Laurent Nunez told reporters at the scene that work to secure the structure would continue into Thursday, allowing firefighters access to remove remaining artifacts and artworks.He said the building had been saved within a critical time window of 15-30 minutes by a team of 400 firefighters who worked flat out throughout the night.Though “some weaknesses” in the 850-year-old structure had been identified, overall it is “holding up OK”, he added.President Donald Trump relayed Americans’ “condolences” to Macron over the fire, the White House said.French fire chiefs had earlier dismissed as “risible” comments by Trump that the fire should be tackled with water bombers, saying this risked destroying the entire edifice of the cathedral.The Paris fire service said that the last remnants of the blaze were extinguished Tuesday, 15 hours after the fire broke out.Renovation work on the steeple, where workers were replacing its lead covering, is widely suspected to have caused the inferno after the blaze broke out in an area under scaffolding.Investigators interviewed witnesses overnight and began speaking with employees of five different construction companies that were working on the monument, said public prosecutor Remy Heitz.”Nothing indicates this was a deliberate act,” Heitz told reporters, adding that 50 investigators had been assigned to what he expected to be a “long and complex” case.For future generationsA public appeal for funds drew immediate support from French billionaires and other private donors as well as from countries including Germany, Italy and Russia which offered expertise.French billionaire Bernard Arnault and his LVMH luxury conglomerate, rival high-end designer goods group Kering, Total oil company and cosmetics giant L’Oreal each pledged 100 million euros or more.Support came from outside France as well, with Apple chief Tim Cook announcing the tech giant would give an unspecified amount to help restore a “precious heritage for future generations.”But experts had warned a full restoration will take many years. “I’d say decades,” said Eric Fischer, head of the foundation in charge of restoring the 1,000-year-old Strasbourg cathedral.Treasures evacuatedThousands of Parisians and tourists watched in horror Monday as flames engulfed the building and rescuers tried to save as much as they could of the cathedral’s treasures.Many more came Tuesday to the banks of the river Seine to gaze at where the roof and steeple once stood.A firefighter suffered injuries during the blaze, which at one point threatened to bring down one of the two monumental towers on the western facade of the cathedral that is visited by 13 million tourists each year.The Holy Crown of Thorns, believed to have been worn by Jesus at his crucifixion, was saved by firefighters, as was a sacred tunic worn by 13th-century French king Louis IX.Rescuers formed a human chain at the site of the disaster to evacuate as many artifacts as possible, which were then stocked temporarily at the Paris town hall.last_img read more

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African American Businesswomen Pursue Ownership Success with Smoothie King

first_imgNot many business owners get a second chance to run their own operation, especially after losing their first business. However, Tisha Skinner has beaten the odds.Tisha Skinner, owner of a Smoothie King franchise in Chamblee, Ga.Skinner, 41, moved to New York from the Caribbean at the age of seven. She then later moved to Maryland where she attended Morgan State University and received a Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunications in 1998.After working for several companies including Pepsi-Cola and Colgate, she moved south to take on a new challenge of managing a Smoothie King.Skinner became the owner of a Smoothie King in Chamblee, Ga. in the year 2007, just before the economy experienced a sharp recession. According to Skinner, “The first year was good, the second year not as good, and in the third year I had to shut it down.”Things were bad enough that Skinner had to personally file for bankruptcy. Eventually, Skinner heard through affiliates that there was an opening for a Smoothie King store in Columbia, Md. She returned to help manage the store.For Smoothie King management, Skinner’s rehiring was an easy decision, and validation that the store failed—not Skinner. “When she came back to us, [Smoothie King] knew without a doubt she would be successful. We never doubted her skill set or passion for the brand,” said Christine Elam, franchise development manager for Smoothie King. “She knows without a shadow of a doubt she loves this brand and when you have that drive combined with that person, she is an unstoppable force.”Skinner said her dedication to the company is simple. “I love Smoothie King. It’s my passion,” said Skinner. “Smoothie King cares about the workers and they are really supportive.”When Skinner arrived at Columbia’s Smoothie King store, it was the worst-performing store in the region. Under her management, it is now the fifth-best, and Skinner has grown its annual profits from $190,000 to more than $600,000.That success has led Skinner to open another Smoothie King at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport on Nov. 15.Skinner is not alone in her dedication to Smoothie King; another African-American woman shares her support for the brand.Tonya Brigham, 45, graduated from UNC-Wilmington with a degree in psychology, making her journey to becoming an owner of a Smoothie King an unconventional one. “I never really thought about being an entrepreneur,” she said. “This has been a journey that God has helped me on.”Brigham has been employed at the Smoothie King in Bowie Town Center for almost two years. Within a month and a half, her location became the number one store in the Washington D.C. market. Currently, the Bowie location is number one in the chain’s northeast region and places in the top 4 percent in the nation, ranking 28th out of 700 stores.Despite the success of her store, Brigham still has many goals that she would like to accomplish.“My goal is to open many more stores in the Washington D.C. market and to open stores in areas which have been ignored,” she said. “My goal is to expand in Prince George’s County and southeast Washington D.C.”Elam praised Brigham and her management skills. “She has a very clear vision of what her future looks like,” Elam said. “And Smoothie King is one way she’s going to get there [as] she wants to own multiple Smoothie Kings. She just exudes so much passion for the brand.”last_img read more

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Captain Marvel Brie Larson Surprises NJ Filmgoers

first_imgStay on target ‘Avengers: Endgame De-Feminized’ Edit Is World’s Worst Fan Film TrendDude Watched ‘Captain Marvel’ 116 Times to Break World Record I am proud to have contributed to Captain Marvel‘s super-powered global opening weekend.But while I genuinely enjoyed the predictable-yet-good-hearted film, I may have enjoyed it even more had Captain Marvel herself filled my popcorn tub.Brie Larson hands out snacks at a New Jersey movie theater (via Captain Marvel/Twitter)Brie Larson surprised New Jersey cinemagoers on Saturday when, dressed in a themed tracksuit, she handed out concessions and thanked viewers for supporting her movie.AdChoices广告“I just heard I was on the cups of popcorn, and I wanted to see for myself,” Marvel’s first female superhero lead told an excited audience at AMC Clifton Commons 16. “Thank you so much for coming. You guys are so awesome to come, like, opening weekend.” “Funny story,” one Instagram user wrote in a caption: “I wanted to take my little cousins to see the new Captain Marvel and we ended up seeing Captain Marvel herself … serving guests at our local AMC and she was kind enough to take time to speak with these young ladies and make this night one they won’t forget.“What an amazing experience,” the “cool cousin for life” said. “Even better following International Women’s Day that these girls get to meet a real role model and hero.”Captain Marvel may have found a new career (via Captain Marvel/Twitter)The latest installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe introduces Carol Danvers, a U.S. Air Force pilot turned super-human warrior. Set in 1995, the story follows Danvers as she becomes Captain Marvel, after Earth is caught in the center of a galactic conflict between two alien worlds.Following recent trolling attacks on Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and other minority-led sci-fi flicks, Rotten Tomatoes pulled the ability to post reviews or leave comments before films and TV shows are released.More on Geek.com:Geeksplainer: Everything You Need to Know About ‘Captain Marvel’Comic Artist Jen Bartel Reveals ‘Captain Marvel’ Adidas Shoe‘Captain Marvel’ Channels the ’90s With Trippy ‘Magic Eye’-Style Posters .@CaptainMarvel herself, @BrieLarson, popped into theaters on Saturday night to surprise fans on opening weekend! #CaptainMarvel #HigherFurtherFaster pic.twitter.com/0gq9OcjRXr— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) March 10, 2019The 29-year-old star initially went unnoticed, reportedly walking the theater’s hallways and lobby like any other Saturday spectator. When your face is plastered on mammoth posters and souvenir tumblers, though, recognition soon sets in.As described by NorthJersey.com, Larson stepped behind the concession counter to hand out snacks and pose for photos. Lucky fans immediately took to social media, sharing snaps with the beaming actress.last_img read more

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VIDEO Unhappy Cam Newton abruptly walks out of press conference over routine

first_imgFor the second time this season, Cam Newton became the news at a press conference when he abruptly walked out of his Q&A with reporters after being asked a completely innocuous question about making big plays.Who knows why he was so triggered by the question, but after he sternly “next question”-ed it, he walked out and ended the presser altogether.This hasn’t been a banner year for Cam behind the mic. This is just weird.How Cam Newton’s press conference ended today. Left abruptly after answering a question about getting chunk plays with “next question.” pic.twitter.com/5bnPyo7XT8— Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP) October 25, 2017 Advertisementlast_img read more

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SpiderMan Defies Physics When He Falls Backwards Off a Plane

first_imgMore Great WIRED StoriesCrawling dead: how ants turn into zombiesPHOTOS: Sculpture … or human organ?New to Snapchat? Here’s what you need to knowTech disrupted everything. Who’s shaping the future?How to build a floating bridge in 12 minutesHungry for even more deep dives on your next favorite topic? Sign up for the Backchannel newsletter If you are a Spider-Man fan (like me), surely you’ve seen Spider-Man: Homecoming. It’s great.OK, you know what comes next. Here is the part where I look at a particular scene and talk about the physics. It’s just what I do, I can’t help myself. But even if there is a physics problem, I still love the movie.SPOILER ALERTThere, you have been warned—just in case.Now I will describe the scene without revealing any major plot points. So Spider-Man is on a plane. No, not flying inside a plane. He is literally ON the top of the plane. This plane is crashing. It’s not a nose-dive crash, but more like a crash landing. The aircraft hits an empty beach and makes a spectacular display of debris flying all over the place as it slides to a stop. The impact throws Spider-Man off the plane. He falls back onto the beach along with the rest of the aircraft and cargo pieces—much of it on fire.But wait! That’s not what would happen. The key physics idea involved in this scene is the momentum principle. This says that a net force changes the momentum of an object and the momentum is the product of mass and velocity. If you want Spider-Man to slow down (and move off the back of the plane), then there must be a force pushing in that direction to decrease his momentum. Here is a diagram that might help. Rhett AllainYes, there is a force pushing on the plane. It’s a frictional force due to the interaction between the body of the plane and sand. This backwards force decreases the momentum of the plane and makes it slow down. But what about Spider-Man? You could argue that he also has a backwards-pushing force from the air pushing on him as he moves forward. That might be true, but it would be a very small backwards force. Remember that in order for Spider-Man to fall off the plane he needs to slow down MORE than the plane. This tiny force won’t do the job.How about a nice physics demo showing what should happen? Here is a cart on a low friction track with a small block on top. The cart is like the plane and the block is supposed to be Spider-Man. On one section of the track, there is some paper to create a frictional force pushing in the opposite direction as the momentum of the plane—this friction slows down the plane. Watch what happens.Rhett AllainWhat? Spider-Man (the block) falls FORWARD off the plane (the cart). This is what should happen. The plane slows down, but Spider-Man doesn’t. He would fall off the plane because it slows down more than him and he would end up in front of the plane. What about all the debris? Well, that might end up behind the plane. If stuff is falling off the plane because of an interaction with the ground, then there will be a frictional force pushing it backward and slowing it down. It could indeed end up behind the plane.center_img So this scene has a physics mistake. It’s not a big deal—but it does bring up an interesting point. Why doesn’t this particular scene throw viewers off with its incorrect physics? The answer is that the motion of Spider-Man agrees with the common sense idea about force and motion. The idea (which does not agree with the momentum principle) is that forces makes things move. If you want to move at a constant speed, you need a constant force. This is a “common sense” idea because it seems to work. If you push on a book sitting on the table, it moves. When you stop pushing it, it stops. So, when the plane is sliding on the sand there should be some force (let’s call it a motion force—which isn’t real) pushing it forward. Once Spider-Man lets go of the plane, he no longer has a force pushing him forward so he stops and falls off the back.OK, but let’s say we want Spider-Man to end up behind the plane, for the plot to work. There are two ways we could make this happen. The first is to have an accelerating (speeding up) plane. As the plane speeds up, Spider-Man holds on to the plane, which creates a force to keep him speeding up too. Once he lets go of the plane, the plane speeds up but he doesn’t. The result is that Spider-Man would end up behind the plane. Why would the plane accelerate? I guess it would have to be due to the engines—but if the plane is accelerating, how will it end up stopped on the sand? I don’t know.The second option is to give some backwards force on Spider-Man. Suppose Spider-Man has something like a web-parachute (I don’t know why). This would create a significant amount of air drag and maybe slow him down enough that he slows down more than the plane and “falls” behind it. Or maybe Spider-Man grabs something on the ground (I’m picturing a lamp post) as he moves past it. This also would exert a significant backwards-pushing force to slow him down more than the plane.OK, let’s just be clear. Even though the physics in this scene doesn’t completely match real life—that’s OK. I still think that Spider-Man: Homecoming might be my favorite move in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.last_img read more

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Ruby Rose cast as lesbian superhero Batwoman for the CW

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Can you picture Rose in the role? | Photo: Facebook/Ruby Rose Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Actor Ruby Rose landed the iconic role of Batwoman, one of DC Comics’ foremost LGBTI superheroes, for TV network The CW. The character will first appear this fall in the CW’s annual superhero crossover for their Arrowverse universe. This shared universe includes the shows Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow.The network is also developing a potential solo series for Batwoman. If it goes, Rose will have the honor of being the first actor to headline a gay superhero show.Rose is an Australian model and DJ, who first gained fame with international audiences with her role as Stella on Orange Is the New Black.Most recently, she appeared in John Wick: Chapter 2 and Pitch Perfect 3. She also has a role in the upcoming sci-fi horror film, The Meg, which opens in the US this week.Step aside, Batman…Batwoman’s civilian name is Kate Kane and she’s the first openly gay mainstream hero for DC.Writer Edmond Hamilton and artist Sheldon Moldoff first created her in 1956, when she was intended as a love interest for Batman. In 1985, the miniseries Crisis on Infinite Earts retroactively established she never existed.center_img Eventually, DC brought her back in 2006 and made her an out lesbian superhero of Jewish descent.In 2013, she made history when she proposed to her girlfriend Maggie.Like other Bat characters, Kate is a highly skilled fighter and detective. She also uses high-tech equipment and weapons.Last year, DC earned an award from GLSEN for their LGBTI diversity work, including characters like Kate.More from Gay Star NewsAmandla Stenberg: It’s time for an LGBT superhero filmA new poster for sci-fi movie The Meg has been released and it features Ruby RoseRuby Rose ‘glad’ she didn’t make gender changes earlier in lifeGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/ruby-rose-batwoman-cw/last_img read more

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first_img News | Radiology Business | June 11, 2019 The Current Direction of Healthcare Reform Explained by CMS Administrator Seema Verma June 11, 2019 — Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma addressed the American Med read more read more Related Content News | January 06, 2010 Acute Care EHR Gets CCHIT Certified Feature | Information Technology | May 17, 2019 | Carol Amick 3 Recommendations to Better Understand HIPAA Compliance According to the U.S. read more Feature | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | May 30, 2019 | By Larry Sitka and Jef Williams Data Driven Workflows on the Rise as the User Changes Medical imaging and informatics are critical to delivering care and managing wellness. read more News | Clinical Decision Support | July 18, 2019 Johns Hopkins Named Qualified Provider-led Entity to Develop Criteria for Diagnostic Imaging On June 30, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Johns Hopkins University School… read more A nurse examines a patient in the Emergency Department of Cincinnati Children’s, where researchers successfully tested artificial intelligence-based technology to improve patient recruitment for clinical trials. Researchers report test results in the journal JMIR Medical Informatics. Image courtesy of Cincinnati Children’s. Podcast | Information Technology | June 26, 2019 PODCAST: Why Blockchain Matters In Medical Imaging The technology has some hurdles ahead of it. News | Artificial Intelligence | July 29, 2019 New AI Tool Identifies Cancer Outcomes Using Radiology Reports Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have demonstrated that an artificial intelligence (AI) tool can perform as… read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | April 19, 2019 HHS Extends Comment Period for Proposed Electronic Health Information Interoperability Rules The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is extending the public comment period by 30 days for two… read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more January 6, 2010 – While the definition of “meaningful use” of electronic health records (EHRs) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is still pending, vendors are seeking to get IT products certified in hopes it will soon pay off. Within the ARRA is the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, or the “HITECH Act,” which includes programs under Medicare and Medicaid to provide incentive payments for the “meaningful use” of certified electronic health records (EHR) technology. One of the certification programs is the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT), which provides consensus-based, government-recognized benchmark for inpatient EHR products. GE Healthcare announced today it received is the CCHIT Certified mark on its Centricity Enterprise Version 6.0 for use in acute care hospitals.To qualify for federal dollars, EHRs will likely need to meet standards such as security, certified inpatient products are examined for computerized physician order entry (CPOE) and electronic medication administration capabilities (eMAR), including related clinical decision support. As a CCHIT Certified product, Centricity Enterprise has been tested and passed inspection of criteria for CPOE and eMAR. The Commission focused certification testing on these areas first because they have the lowest rate of adoption in hospitals, but are thought to offer the highest value for improvement of care. CCHIT’s certification compliance criteria and its design for a certification inspection process is Tan independent, nonprofit organization that is the recognized body in the United States for certifying health information technology products. The inspection process is based on real-life medical scenarios designed to test products against the clinical needs of providers and the quality and safety needs of healthcare consumers and payers. One script, for example, recreates a scenario of a middle-aged man admitted through the emergency department after sustaining fractures in an automobile accident. The script tests the ability of the EHR to provide clinical decision support during the ordering and administration of medications, and to track whether laboratory and radiology orders have been entered and received.For more information: www.cchit.org and www.gehealthcare.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS Accessories | June 13, 2019 M*Modal and Community Health Network Partner on AI-powered Clinical Documentation M*Modal announced that the company and Community Health Network (CHNw) are collaborating to transform the patient-… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 31, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Solution Improves Clinical Trial Recruitment Clinical trials are a critical tool for getting new treatments to people who need them, but research shows that… read more last_img read more

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Winter campaign works its magic on Aussies

first_img#NZdronie images on social mediaLast year’s winter season has seen record numbers of Australians hit the New Zealand slopes – with holiday arrivals into Queenstown up 14 per cent and participation in a snow sport up 15 per cent for the June – September 2015 period.Into its third year, the successful ‘More magic in every day’ campaign was once again a collaborative effort between Tourism New Zealand, the Ski Tourism Marketing Network (Ski TMN), Air New Zealand and Flight Centre.Tourism New Zealand General Manager Australia Tony Saunders says, “Not only did New Zealand welcomed record number of Aussie winter holiday makers but on average they spent more – which is great news for the industry.”Rolled out across three phases – early bird, last minute and spring ski with activity running from February through to September, it is one of Tourism New Zealand’s largest pieces of activity in the Australian market each year.The campaign works to showcase the wide range of winter holiday experiences on offer in New Zealand to attract beginner skiers, as well as the more experienced.Tourism New Zealand’s #NZdronie visited the slopes to once again drive holiday makers to share their winter experiences with friends and family on social media.“The innovative activity – providing skiers with their epic aerial selfie – created huge conversation on social media with #NZdronie posts achieving a combined reach of 34m across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.“With summer well underway it might seem a bit odd to be thinking about winter again, but that’s exactly what Tourism New Zealand is doing,” says Tony.Planning for Tourism New Zealand’s early-bird ski activity for 2016, which will launch in April this year, is already well underway. Run with key conversion partners including Air New Zealand, the activity aims to get Australian’s thinking about booking their winter holidays.Key learnings for the 2016 season will be an increasing focus on the beginner ski segment which holds the greatest potential for arrival growth. The activity will continue to showcase the range of experiences on offer in New Zealand, both on and off the slopes.Another focus will be on driving visitation over the spring period when skiing in New Zealand has greatest capacity and provides ideal soft snow conditions for beginner skiers. Visit New ZealandSource = Tourism New Zealandlast_img read more

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ROME – British actress Vanessa Redgrave will recei

first_img ROME – British actress Vanessa Redgrave will receive the prestigious Golden Lion career prize at this year’s Venice Film Festival.Each year, the Venice Biennale awards two prizes to celebrate careers in cinema, one to a movie director and one to an actor or actress. Together with Redgrave, Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg will receive the Golden Lion at the festival, which runs Aug. 29-Sept. 8.Redgrave, a six-time Oscar-nominated actress, won the Academy Award in 1978 for her performance in “Julia.” She won a Tony Award for best actress in a play for “Long Day’s Journey into Night” in 2003.In a statement released Tuesday by organizers, Redgrave said she was “extraordinarily happy” to learn about the prize.Venice festival organizers are to release the line-up for the film festival on Wednesday. FILE – In this Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 file photo, Actress Vanessa Redgrave poses for photographers upon arrival at the British Independent Film Awards in London. British actress Vanessa Redgrave will receive the prestigious Golden Lion career prize at this year’s Venice Film Festival. Each year, the Venice Biennale awards two prizes to celebrate careers in cinema, one to a movie director and one to an actor or actress; along with Redgrave, Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg will receive the prize. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File) by The Associated Press Posted Jul 24, 2018 9:37 am PDT Last Updated Jul 24, 2018 at 11:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img Vanessa Redgrave to receive career prize at Venice Film Festlast_img read more

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