Royal Conservatory of Music to welcome global superstars for 201718

first_imgAdvertisement “I say no to way more people than I say yes to,” explains Mervon Mehta, the executive director of performing arts at the Royal Conservatory of Music, explaining the process by which he assembles the series of concerts he programs annually at Toronto’s Koerner Hall. Mehta and the Conservatory announced their ninth season of concerts, for 2017-18, on Tuesday morning, and it includes some real gems. The Conservatory has always made the superb acoustics of Koerner Hall available to many other groups – the Toronto Symphony Orchestra just based its entire Mozart@261 festival at Koerner – but programming the hall themselves has always been a major RCM priority.And for next season, we’ll see and hear the usual stellar procession of world-class and world-famous classical artists. About 50 per cent of Mehta’s concerts are classically based, and the RCM has spoiled us in some ways in the past by making the first-rate commonplace. And the same will be true for 2017-18. We’ll hear from Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt playing Bach, as well as other keyboard concerts by Khatia Buniatishvili, Beatrice Rana and the ever-popular Yuja Wang. As well, France’s duo-piano Labèque sisters, Katia and Marielle, will be making their Koerner Hall debut playing a two-piano version of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.A Koerner Hall debut will also be made by superstar Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan, with a program based in the Second Viennese School of Schoenberg, Berg and Webern that should prove more than stimulating. Canadian baritone Gerald Finley and English tenor Ian Bostridge will fill out Koerner’s vocal series, Bostridge with an all-Schubert program. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Government to brief diplomats in Geneva

The government is to brief diplomats in Geneva to counter the allegations raised in the Channel 4 video, an external Affairs Ministry spokesman said.External Affairs Ministry spokesman Rodney Perera said that officials from the Sri Lankan Embassy in Geneva and External Affairs Ministry will attempt to give the true picture of the ground situation in Sri Lanka. Perera said that the video, which was screened at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)  premises in Geneva last week, was misleading and gave the wrong picture to the international community. The UNHRC had last week refused to stop the screening of the Channel 4 film “No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka” organized by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. The President of the UN Human Rights Council Ambassador Remigiusz A. Henczel had observed that allowing the screening of the video in the premises while the UNHRC is meeting in another room will not reflect an official position of the Council.He had said this in response to a protest lodged by the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha. Ambassador Aryasinha had obsereved that Sri Lanka views the film, as well as the timing of its broadcast as part of a cynical, concerted and orchestrated campaign that is strategically driven, and clearly motivated by collateral political considerations.The film alleges that war crimes were committed by the military in Sri Lanka during the final stages of the conflict against the Tamil Tiger rebels, an allegation the government has strongly denied. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Shaw Videotron join industry concern over CRTCs new wholesale broadband rates

The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:SJR.B, TSX:BCE, TSX:RCI.B, TSX:QBR.B, TSX:CCA) TORONTO — Shaw Communications Inc. and Videotron join major Canadian telecom companies that have expressed concern over the CRTC’s decision to lower the prices that smaller internet providers have to pay them to use their networks.Calgary-based Shaw says there will be long-term negative consequences from the decision to dramatically reduce the federally regulated wholesale broadband prices, while Quebecor subsidiary Videotron has expressed concern about the change.Bell Canada said on Monday it would cut back on a rural broadband expansion because of the decision, while Rogers Communications and Cogeco Communications expressed disappointment and said they were reviewing their options.Last week, the CRTC issued final rates that smaller providers like TekSavvy and Distributel have to pay the large telcos to use their broadband network after issuing interim rates in 2016.The final rates are 15 to 43 per cent lower than the interim rates for monthly capacity, and three to 77 per cent lower for access rates, while the interim rates were themselves up to 89 per cent lower than what the companied had hoped to charge.The CRTC said it set the lower rates to increase choice at lower prices and ensure a competitive marketplace across Canada. read more

Free 15 minute onstreet parking not likely for Calgary

Free 15 minute on-street parking not likely for Calgary For those who want to dash downtown just to pick something up, 15 minutes of free parking may sound just right, but it appears an idea to implement short-stay, free, on-street parking across Calgary won’t be moving forward.A report to the city shows many businesses aren’t sold on the idea, and the cost savings to the public aren’t worth the effort. Ward 4 Councillor Sean Chu, who first brought the idea to council, said the report was a bit of a surprise but he understands why business would be opposed. The report states there is “concern from the Business Revitalization Zones that customers will rush in and out of the retail establishments… and no longer view these neighbourhoods as destinations to walk and enjoy.”Chu said even he will likely accept the report, which estimates revenue loss to the city as high as $4.6-million per year if the plan went ahead. He points out the difficulty of monitoring parking spots with the 15 minute time frame would be extremely tedious. “My intention was to find out what was the best for customers because from a lot of door knocking I’ve heard a lot of people talking about how they can’t park [downtown] and most people don’t pay it anyway,” Chu said.Ward 12 Councillor Shane Keating said he knows Calgarians sometimes spend more time looking for parking downtown than actually being out and about, but he can see how there could be traffic problems and that businesses would be opposed.“What it would end up doing is making every parking stall in the core or throughout the city, where you have paid parking, into a loading zone,” Keating said.The report does recommend that the city look into what it would take to implementing short-stay, free parking, near quick-turnover businesses by mid-2015.It’s an idea some councillors have indicated they would be willing to look at for core neighbourhoods. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Oct 6, 2014 8:03 am MDT read more

Proposed amendments to military court laws in Thailand draw UN rights office

The country’s National Legislative Assembly, which was appointed by the military government in 2014, is expected to adopt a series of amendments to the 1955 Act on the Organization of Military Courts on Thursday. “We are particularly concerned that the proposed amendment to section 46 would authorize military commanders to issue detention orders for both military personnel and civilians under the Criminal Procedure Code for up to 84 days with no judicial oversight,” said Rupert Colville. “Since the May 2014 coup, military courts have had jurisdiction over civilians for specific offenses.”The proposed amendment on judicial oversight of military detention could be applied in such cases, Mr. Colville said, pointing out that detention without judicial review breaches the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Thailand is a state party. Under Article 9 of the Covenant, a person detained on suspicion of a criminal offence is to be brought promptly before a judge, with the Human Rights Council, which oversees the ICCPR, interpreting “promptly” to mean within a few days.“OHCHR notes assurances by the current Government of its commitment to uphold its international human rights obligations,” said the Spokesperson. “We urge the National Legislative Assembly to revise the proposed amendments in line with international human rights standards, including the right to judicial review of detention, right to counsel and right to appeal.”The Office called on the Government to restrict use of military courts to military offences committed by military personnel and recalled the ICCPR obligation to ensure that everyone has the right to a “fair and public hearing by a competent, independent and impartial tribunal established by law” (article 14), noting also that the Human Rights Council underlined that the military character of a trial should in no way affect such rights. read more

Opinion Stanley Cup Playoffs deserve more attention than Major League Baseball

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp lifts the Stanley Cup after winning the trophy against the Boston Bruins June 22 at TD Bank Garden.Courtesy of MCTOh my gosh, the Cincinnati Reds have a losing record. Time to panic right? Wrong.According to my calculations, there are 2,225 games left in the MLB regular season, so trust me when I say there is no need to be alarmed.Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy baseball just as much as the next person … in the summer. There is no reason to play baseball when the temperature still drops below what likely will be the Houston Astros inevitable win total for the 2014 season.However, the Stanley Cup playoffs start Wednesday and no other sporting event should even be allowed on television until the cup has been raised.In a prelude to the playoffs, college hockey held its Frozen Four over the weekend and if you didn’t watch, you missed out, plain and simple.North Dakota, Union College, Minnesota, and Boston College put on a championship weekend worthy of replaying on ESPN for years to come.Minnesota’s senior defenseman Justin Holl scoring with 0.6 seconds left to defeat North Dakota in the semifinals, while the Gophers were shorthanded, was jaw-dropping. But nothing was better than watching Union College, whose enrollment is about 2,200, take down mighty Minnesota two days later to win its first National Championship.What the Frozen Four provided was just a small sample of what occurs every night during the Stanley Cup playoffs.The heart, hustle and sacrifice is next to none.Players give it their all just to hoist the cup and call it their own for a day (yes, every player on the winning team gets to have the cup with them at home or wherever they want for a day), not to mention having their names engraved on the Cup forever.It is also important to note that unlike most professional sports leagues, the NHL does not produce a new trophy every year, there is only one.The Stanley Cup playoffs gives hope to all teams, not just the powerhouses.Who could forget the Los Angeles Kings improbable run in 2012? They were an 8-seed who made a dream run all the way to the finals where they took down the New Jersey Devils to win their first Stanley Cup.Wait, Los Angeles has a hockey team? Yes.Many hockey fans remember the tears rushing down hall of fame defenseman Ray Bourque’s face when, after 22 years, he finally won his first Stanley Cup before announcing his retirement from the Colorado Avalanche in 2001.Or last year when Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw held up the Cup with blood coming down his cheek because he blocked a shot and got cut on his face? And by the way, he got stitched up and came back later that game. An injury like that would probably be a trip to the 60-day disabled list in baseball.But for all the moments that bring tears to our eyes, good or bad, the best part about the NHL is the respect displayed between teams and players.It doesn’t matter if you’re rivals, if you have true hatred for another player, or if you’re heartbroken because the season didn’t go your way — you shake the other team’s hands at the end of every series.Because after all, the Stanley Cup isn’t yours until you shake on it.So, since the playoffs start Wednesday, I thought I’d mention a couple of key points.The Colorado Avalanche went from being one of the worst teams in the league in 2013, to legitimate Stanley Cup contenders. Canada’s hopes of winning its first cup since 1993 rests solely on the team who won that cup, the Montreal Canadiens (I don’t like those odds). Finally, the Columbus Blue Jackets are in the playoffs for the second time in team in history. I repeat, the Columbus Blue Jackets are in the playoffs.There, now you have no excuse. Hop on the bandwagon all the way down to Nationwide Arena and watch as the Blue Jackets search for their first playoff series win against the Pittsburgh Penguins.At the end of the day, many people won’t take my advice, and that’s fine. But I should let you know right now, the entire south side of Chicago has already been convinced. read more

Upsets Shake Up College Football Landscape Irish To Be

Notre Dame will be the new No. 1 team in the nation.Kansas State and Oregon — the top two teams in the country going into Saturday’s action — both came tumbling down, while Notre Dame moved to 11-0 and certainly will elevate to the No. 1 program in the nation for the first time since 1993 when the new BCS poll is released on Monday.KSU and the Ducks had a clear path to the national championship game. All they had to do was win their remaining games. Didn’t happen.The Wildcats got blizted at Baylor, losing 52-24 in a straight up beat down. Glasco Martin had three touchdown runs and Lache Seastruck rushed for 185 yards, including a back-breaking 80-yard score, in the Bears’ thumping that all but ended Kansas State’s chance for the national title.“I don’t know if I would call it getting smacked in the mouth, but they took it to us,” coach Bill Snyder said. “I really thought we prepared well, but as we found out, we didn’t. I don’t think we handled the situation as well as we should have been able to.”So, No. 1 was there for Oregon to assume. And yet, the Ducks didn’t do quack. Playing at home against No. 17 Stanford, the Oregon high-powered offense was contained. The Ducks managed just two touchdowns in losing, 17-14, in overtime.It was Jordan Williamson’s a 37-yard field goal in overtime that won the game and denied the Ducks a chance to clinch the Pac-12 North — and, in the bigger picture, a shot at the BCS title.If both Stanford and Oregon win in their final games next weekend, both will finish with one conference loss, which means Stanford will win the head-to-head matchup and go to the Pac-12 championship for a chance to play in the Rose Bowl.Meanwhile, Notre Dame advanced to 11-0 by thrashing Wake Forest, 38-0. The Fighting Irish came into the weekend at No. 3 in the BCS poll. With Nos. 1 and 2 losing, it stands to reason they will jump to No. 1. It is like that the SEC will dominate the next three spots with Alabama at No. 2, Georgia No. 3 and Florida No. 4. read more

Successful switch Former tight end Reid Fragel settles in at right tackle

Reid Fragel was a tight end in his first three seasons with the Ohio State football team, so it should come as no surprise that his transition to right tackle in his senior season has been a challenge.Fragel said he finally felt comfortable, however, in the Buckeyes’ fourth game of the season, a 29-15 victory against the University of Alabama-Birmingham Saturday.“I think so far that’s the best I’ve played at tackle,” Fragel said.This week, however, Fragel prepares for what could be a much greater challenge, as the Buckeyes travel to East Lansing, Mich., to play the No. 20 Michigan State Spartans in their Big Ten opener at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Against the Spartans, Fragel will be lining up primarily against Spartans defensive end William Gholston, who was an All-Big Ten second-team selection in 2011.“He’s got length,” Fragel said of Gholston. “I think that’s his main weapon, he likes to use his hands a lot and uses his reach. He’s quick off the ball, he’s got size, too, so it’ll be a good challenge for us.”The MSU game will be a homecoming for Fragel as well. For the first time in his OSU career, Fragel will have the opportunity to play in East Lansing, Mich., which is located less than 100 miles from Fragel’s home town of Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.“That’s a game I’ve been looking forward to for a while,” Fragel said. “Obviously that’s my home state, so (I’ve) got some friends and family up there that will be at the game.”Fragel caught 14 passes over the course of three years playing tight end, but he became a starter for the first time after converting to right tackle and winning a position battle over freshman Taylor Decker in fall camp.Coach Urban Meyer listed Fragel as one of the offensive players who graded out as “champions” for his performance against UAB, and gave him praise during Monday’s press conference.“(Fragel) played his best game as a Buckeye,” Meyer said. “Best game of the year, really best game of his career.”Two of Fragel’s fellow starters on the OSU offense echoed Meyer’s sentiments.“We’ve seen a lot of guys step up,” said senior fullback Zach Boren. “Reid Fragel played the best game I’ve ever seen him play since he’s been here this past year.”Redshirt junior Corey Linsley said he felt similarly.“It was an awesome showing for Reid,” Linsley said. “It was great because everybody knows on the team Reid has so much talent. He’s huge, and he’s got athleticism, more athleticism than anybody, and it was great to see him finally use all of his potential.”Linsley said it was clear before Saturday’s game even started that Fragel came into the game with more energy than usual.“Even before the game, I knew it was going to be his best game,” Linsley said.Fragel said he “tried to be a little bit more energetic” on Saturday.“I knew we had to come out a lot harder and play with a little more tempo,” Fragel said. “I kind of just tried to help out I guess, and provide some energy.”Linsley said Fragel’s performance stood out during the highlight film that Meyer showed the entire team on Sunday.“They showed that film yesterday of the offense cutting through the defense and it was basically just a Reid Fragel highlight show,” Linsley said. “He was smiling all day yesterday, and high-fiving everybody, it was great to see him finally do that.”Fragel said it was a “good feeling” to be acknowledged for his positive plays in the UAB game, but also recognized that he has to continue to improve for the team’s upcoming game against the Spartans.“I know there was some things that I watched aside from that film that I need to correct, get better and improve for Michigan State,” Fragel said. “Not to downplay UAB at all, but the athletes that Michigan State have, we’re going to need to execute a lot better.”Linsley said playing against Gholston will be a great opportunity for Fragel to shine.“I think that’s even a better opportunity to take what he learned from this game, and to just put it in action against a really good player,” Linsley said. read more

Smith Warner Bancroft let them play says Australian Cricketers Association

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSteve Smith, David Warner & Cameron Bancroft bans not reducedNovember 20, 2018In “latest news”Smith, Bancroft will not challenge ball-tampering sanctionsApril 4, 2018In “Sports”ACA calls for reduction of ‘disproportionate’ sanctions for ball-tamperingApril 3, 2018In “latest news” ESPNcricinfo– The Australian Cricketers Association has reiterated its call for the bans of Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft to be lifted in the light of the findings of the cultural reviews into Australian cricket.The Longstaff review said the events of Newlands were not a one-off and were caused by the pervading culture of Cricket Australia which the players association called “hugely significant.”Smith and Warner are currently serving a one-year ban while Bancroft was sanctioned for nine months for the ball-tampering scandal in March.“What the Longstaff Review reveals is that Cricket Australia itself must also take a share of responsibility for what happened in South Africa,” Greg Dyer, the ACA president, said. “Yes, this moment of madness was ‘individual’ but now there is evidence and independent verification of system failure as well. This is hugely significant.“With this new information common sense, common decency, basic fairness, proportionality and natural justice demand that the punishment is reduced. The players have already lost time in the game, chances to play for Australia, endured public humiliation and faced massive financial penalties.“My message to Cricket Australia is a simple one: these contrite men have been punished enough. Let these contrite men play.“I add that the ACA will be relentless in pursuing this end.“Finally, I also offer a message to the Australian public on behalf of the ACA. In short, Australia’s cricket players ‘get it.’ We assure you. The players ‘get it.’ The players understand.”A Cricket Australia spokesperson said: “We have seen the Australian Cricketers’ Association press conference and note they will be making a submission to the CA Board in the next 48 hours. We look forward to engaging directly with the ACA in a positive and constructive manner in the best interests of the game.”Speaking in the wake of the publication of the reviews, CA chairman David Peever said there was no chance of the punishments being rescinded.“Sanctions were carried out and imposed by the board after a very full and thoughtful process. So the sanctions stand,” Peever said.On Tuesday, the new CA CEO Kevin Roberts also indicated there would be no early route back for the trio, citing the appeals path that was open to the players when the sanctions were handed down.“There’s no provision to review the sanctions,” Roberts told 116SEN. “There’s an appeals mechanism which was available to the players before the sanctions were finalized. I really empathise with each of the three players and have chatted with them in recent weeks. They are experiencing a challenging time. They made a serious mistake. I’m getting as many people saying to me the sanctions are too harsh as those who say they aren’t harsh enough. We want to keep supporting the players.” read more

Opportunities needs and challenges for raw materials

first_imgFORAM, a two-year project to advance the idea for a World Forum on Raw Materials, was launched at the end of November in Brussels during the first Raw Materials Week, organized by the European Commission. The meeting opened a discussion with a selected audience on the opportunities, needs and challenges in raw materials management at the global scale.FORAM is the largest collaborative effort for raw materials strategy cooperation on a global level so far. Centred on an EU-based platform of international experts and stakeholders, it aims to enhance international cooperation on raw materials policies, making the complex maze of raw materials’ related initiatives more effective.Mr. Bas De Leeuw, Managing Director of the World Resources Forum, the FORAM coordinator, stated “Key aspects of advancing the idea of a World Forum on Raw Materials include assessing its focus and its format. Will there be a need for just information gathering, or for a scientific platform? Should the platform offer policy dialogue, multi-stakeholder awareness raising and capacity building, or a mix of these? Should it be a network or become a formal institution? We will assess these questions with an open eye for all the good work that is already going on, and in close dialogue with existing networks. We do not intend to reinvent wheels, we want to offer ideas for increasing efficiency and effectiveness for all concerned”.According to Mr Demicheli, Secretary General of EuroGeoSurveys, one of the key partners: “By closely working with relevant stakeholders in industry, European and international organizations, governments, academia and civil society, this project will contribute to consolidating the efforts towards a more joint and coherent approach towards raw materials policies and investments worldwide. Synergies with relevant EU Member States initiatives will be explored and fostered. The project will in particular seek to engage the participation of G20 Member countries and other countries active in the mining and other raw materials sectors, so that experiences will be shared and understanding of all aspects of trade in raw materials will be increased”.The FORAM project is led by the Swiss based World Resources Forum Association (WRFA) and supported by 11 additional leading organizations (EuroGeoSurveys, European Federation of Geologists, United Nations University, Leiden University, University Kassel, Clausthal University of Technology, ESM/Matsearch, Gondwana Empreendimentos e Consultorias, Servicio Geológico Colombiano, MinPol GmbH and La Palma Research Centre for Future Studies SL). In addition, more than 20 international organisations are involved as Advisory Board members and 40 organizations as Linked Third Parties, for a total number of over 70 key influencers. These will work closely for the next two years to enhance international cooperation and increase the understanding of all aspects of raw materials investment and trade.Homelast_img read more

FC Barcelona Lassa win IHF Super Globe 2017

FC Barcelona Lassa win their third IHF Super Globe! After 2013 and 2014, team led by Xavi Pascual win their third trophy on the same place – in Qatari capital city of Doha. The Spanish goalie Gonzalo Perez de Vargas (14 saves) had again significant role in success of his team, who beat reigning champions – Fuchse Berlin 29:25 (15:12).Valero Rivera netted nine goals for the winners, while Nenadic, Wiede and Schmidt scored five each for the German team.RK Vardar Skopje won third place by beating Qatari Al Sadd 37:19.The Brazilian Pinheiros beat Tunisian Esperanza 32:29 for the fifth place while Iranian Gasharan avoided last place after win over Sydney University 27:24. ← Previous Story FHA organizes coaching seminar Next Story → Mikkel Hansen extends with PSG until 2022: I am simply delighted read more

These are the front pages of the UK newspapers after yesterdays attack

first_img DAILY MIRROR FRONT PAGE: ‘Attack on Democracy’ #skypapers— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 22, 2017 THE GUARDIAN FRONT PAGE: ‘Terror in Westminster’ #skypapers— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 22, 2017 Thursday 23 Mar 2017, 9:10 AM Source: Sky News/Twitter THE SUN FRONT PAGE: ‘Maniac who knifed Britain in the heart’ #skypapers— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 22, 2017 METRO FRONT PAGE: ‘Terror at the heart of power’ #skypapers— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 22, 2017 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share127 Tweet Email Mar 23rd 2017, 9:10 AM We will all move forward together, never giving in to terror and never allowing the voices of hate and evil to drive us apart. 47 Comments Source: Sky News/Twitter These are the front pages of the UK newspapers after yesterday’s attack Nearly all of the newspapers in the UK have used a photo of the attacker lying on an ambulance stretcher. Source: Sky News/Twitter Source: Sky News/Twitter Source: The Times of London/Twitter Short URLcenter_img THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: ‘We will never allow evil to drive us apart’ #skypapers— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 22, 2017 Source: Sky News/Twitter DAILY EXPRESS FRONT PAGE: ‘Terror rampage at Westminster’ #skypapers— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 22, 2017 Source: Sky News/Twitter The Times’ front page: Assault on Westminster #tomorrowspaperstoday— The Times of London (@thetimes) March 22, 2017 BRITAIN IS WAKING to a day of grief after four people died in a terror attack at Westminster yesterday.The dead include the attacker who ran down several pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before stabbing a policeman to death at parliament gates.Officers shot the attacker dead but not before he killed the policeman and two members of the public.Nearly all of the newspapers in the UK have used a photo of the attacker lying on an ambulance stretcher on their front pages this morning. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesSeven people are still described as being in a critical condition in hospital. 29 people in total remain in hospital.Prime Minister Theresa May described the attack as “sick and depraved” and affirmed parliament would meet as normal today.Standing outside her Downing Street residence after an emergency cabinet meeting, May said Britain’s alert level would remain unchanged at level four, or “severe”. DAILY STAR FRONT PAGE: ‘Terror in London’ #skypapers— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 22, 2017 16,218 Views The worst previous attack in London was in 2005 when four British suicide bombers inspired by Al-Qaeda targeted the transport system, killing 52 people.Britain’s last terror attack was last year’s assassination of MP Jo Cox by a pro-Nazi sympathiser in her constituency in northern England.Additional reporting by AFP.Read: Channel 4 News apologises after naming wrong man as suspect in Westminster attack> Source: Sky News/Twitter Source: James Mitchinson/Twitter By Cliodhna Russell Source: Ryan HooperThese are some of the front pages of Britain’s papers this morning: For London from Leeds @hendopolis @suttonnick @StigAbell @hilarybennmp #skypapers #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers @SophiaCannon— James Mitchinson (@JayMitchinson) March 22, 2017last_img read more

37 Whovians to Follow on Twitter

first_imgDOCTORSPeter Davison (Fifth Doctor)@PeterDavison5Colin Baker (Sixth Doctor)@SawbonesHex“Actor, columnist, writer, husband, father, Wycombe Wanderers fan, grumpy old man, amateur zoo keeper.”Sylvester McCoy (Seventh Doctor)@4SylvesterMcCoy“Tweets by minions with news & input from Sylvester.”Paul McGann (Eighth Doctor)@pauljmcgann EVERYONE ELSEMurray Gold (composer)@murraygoldDoctor Who Official (official BBC feed)@bbcdoctorwhoClassic Doctor Who@classicdwDoctor Who Experience (tourist attraction)@DW_ExperienceTwitterDoctor Who Magazine@DWMtweetsBlogtor Who (fan site)@BlogtorWhoDoctor Who TV@doctorwhoTVEdward Russell (brand manager)@edwardrussell“Lots of Doctor Who and quite a bit of pop music.”Gary Russell (former editor of DWM, creator of Doctor Who Encyclopedia)@twilightstreets Can’t wait for the return of Doctor Who? Sooth those withdrawal symptoms by stalking following these Twitter accounts: COMPANIONSFrazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon)@WhoFrazerTwitterKaty Manning (Jo Grant)@ManningOfficial“Official Twitter to accompany her website.”Louise Jameson (Leela)@Lou_JamesonNicola Bryant (Peri Brown)@thenicolabryant“Who girl — always, all ways.”Bonnie Langford (Mel Bush)@bonnie_langfordShe mostly tweets about her role on BBC soap East Enders.Sophie Aldred (Ace)@sophie_aldredBillie Piper (Rose Tyler)@billiepiper“Tweets signed -TeamBP from Billie’s team.”Noel Clarke (Mickey Smith)@NoelClarkeTwitterBruno Langley (Adam Mitchell)@BrunoLangleyFreema Agyeman (Martha Jones)@FreemaOfficialJohn Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness)@JohnBarrowman“Cultural Phenomenon, Sci-Fi Superstar, and Gay Icon of the Universe.”Karen Gillan (Amy Pond)@karengillanArthur Darvill (Rory Williams)@rattyburvilTwitterJenna Coleman (Clara Oswald)@Jenna_Coleman_“5’2. Pretends to be other people.”Pearl Mackie (Bill Potts)@Pearlie_mackTwitterMatt Lucas (Nardole)@RealMattLucasTwitter ACTORSNicholas Briggs (voice of Daleks, Cybermen, other villains)@BriggsNicholasTwitterBernard Cribbins (Wilfred Mott)@bernardcribbinsHe hasn’t tweeted since 2010, so don’t expect any Wilf wisdom.James Corden (Craig Owens)@jkcorden“Dancer. Ballet, Tap and Modern.”center_img WRITERSMark Gatiss (“The Unquiet Dead,” “Victory of the Daleks,” “Sleep No More”)@markgatissNeil Gaiman (“The Doctor’s Wife,” “Nightmare in Silver”)@neilhimselfJames Moran (“The Fires of Pompeii”)@jamesmoranGareth Roberts (“The Shakespeare Code,” “The Lodger,” “The Caretaker”)@OldRoberts953 THE MASTERMichelle Gomez (Missy)@MichelleGomezTwitter NOT ON TWITTER (so you can stop following those fake accounts)Steven Moffat (showrunner & writer)Chris Chibnall (showrunner-in-waiting)David Tennant (Tenth Doctor)Matt Smith (Eleventh Doctor)Peter Capaldi (Twelfth Doctor)John Simm (The Master)Catherine Tate (Donna Noble)Alex Kingston (River Song)Stream Doctor Who here for free with your Amazon Prime account.last_img read more

Retrial scheduled for what could be mans 3rd strike

first_imgA Clark County judge set a new trial of Jan. 10 for a third-striker whose April conviction was vacated because of ineffective defense counsel.Dion Ward, 44, of Vancouver was convicted by a jury of second-degree assault for threatening his girlfriend of 20 years with a folded knife, a crime that could have counted as his third strike under Washington’s persistent offender act.But Ward’s appellate attorney, John Henry Browne of Seattle, successfully argued this summer that his trial attorney, Lee Baker, failed to have a private investigator appointed to assist him, didn’t make written pretrial motions to challenge the state’s case and didn’t allow Ward to testify. These steps all should have been done in a three-strikes case, Browne said.Clark County Superior Court Judge Barbara Johnson agreed with Browne’s arguments, noting that the seriousness of the case — Ward faced life imprisonment — swayed her to grant a new trial.On Friday, the judge set the new trial date.Deputy Prosecutor Jeff Holmes also asked the judge to make a formal ruling on whether Ward’s earlier convictions even counted as strikes, as that was a deciding factor for Johnson.Ward was convicted in 1999 of second-degree assault with sexual motivation and in 2000 of indecent liberties, both relating to molestation of young girls he knew. Browne has pointed out that although the crime of indecent liberties now counts as a strike, it did not when Ward was convicted.last_img read more

Fuel Cell to Power Connecticut Sub Base

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Officials last week held a groundbreaking at Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn., for a 7.4-megawatt fuel cell park adjacent to the base’s power substation, part of an effort to improve the installation’s energy resiliency and cut its energy costs. Connecticut-based FuelCell Energy will sell the power generated by the fuel cells to the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative, which oversees the local grid and has entered into a 20-year purchase power agreement with the Navy, reports the Day. The fuel cell park will meet a majority of the daily needs of the base, with any excess power being exported to the Groton Utilities distribution system, according to a press release.“It is designed to compete with the grid, and be better than grid power, but it’s also about resiliency and the reliability of having power locally on base,” said Tony Rauseo, senior vice president and COO of FuelCell Energy, which is designing, manufacturing and overseeing the installation of the fuel cell park.Day photo by Tim Martinlast_img read more

Hey Google I want a sound bar that also streams Netflix

first_img Tags Now playing: Watch this: JBL Link View gives Google Assistant a smart screen with… 2:58 Best sound bars under $300 Comment TVs Audio Media Streamers Preview • JBL Link Bar brings Google Assistant, better TV sound for $400 JBL Offering both Google Assistant and Android TV, the JBL Link Bar is one of the most feature-packed, and most delayed, sound bars on the market. Originally scheduled to debut in 2018, JBL’s voice-controlled combo sound bar-streaming box is finally on sale for $400.  The JBL Link Bar is a do-everything Frankenstein: an HDMI-connected sound bar that offers Google Assistant voice control in addition to streaming content via Google’s own Android TV system. Android TV is similar to the more popular Roku and Amazon Fire TV systems, with direct access to apps including Netflix, Hulu, ESPN and thousands more. The system is available on devices such as the Nvidia Shield and Sony smart TVs, but this is its first appearance built into a sound bar. The Link Bar appears to be based on the company’s earlier smart sound bar, the Link 300, which doesn’t offer video streaming. It has three 4K-compatible HDMI ports and an HDMI ARC output, plus it has built-in Chromecast for multiroom streaming from phones and Chrome browsers. The company also offers an optional subwoofer for $300.For those who don’t like the idea of having a live microphone in the house, the Link Bar also includes a feature called PrivacySwitch the company says will “ensure the highest level of security and privacy and leave hackers out of the house.” The Link Bar is late to the party, and at least two competing products offer compelling alternatives, though neither offers video streaming. The first is the Polk Command Bar, which was designed in conjunction with Amazon, incorporates Alexa and includes a subwoofer. The second is the Sonos Beam, which has both Alexa and Google Assistant plus the well-established Sonos ecosystem. Look out for a review of the JBL Link Bar in the near future.  1 18 Photos JBL Link Bar Review • JBL jams Google Assistant and Android TV into a sound bar Amazon Google Share your voicelast_img read more

Skateboarding at the 2020 Olympics Everything you need to know

first_img Now playing: Watch this: The eclectic sport of skateboarding will debut at the 2020 Olympics in Japan. Carroll Photo/Getty Images Skateboarding, a rebellious street sport, will debut at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Often seen as renegade or rebellious, characterized by dizzying midair twists and turns, skateboarding will make its way into the structured and mainstream world of the Olympic Games. Though the International Olympic Committee (IOC) unanimously supported skateboarding for inclusion at the 129th IOC session in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, not all skateboarders feel the same way. Some athletes have expressed gratitude and excitement at the idea that skateboarding will get more exposure as a sport, while others worry that the Olympics will damage the culture and lifestyle that accompany it. I suppose no one will know how the sport might change until the Olympics arrive next year, but for now, you can read all about the structure, scoring and qualifications process for skateboarding at the 2020 Olympics.  Skateboarder jumping at a skate park.The park discipline will feature a course that resembles a large basin with lots of dips, twists and turns. Daniel Milchev/Getty Images What will the event be like? Skateboarding at the Olympics features two disciplines: park and street.  The park competition will take place on a hollowed-out course featuring a complex series of twists and turns. Park courses resemble large bowls with steep sides, nearly vertical at the top. Skaters send themselves to dizzying heights, performing jaw-dropping spins and tricks midair, and then gracefully bring themselves back down to the bowl to do it all over again on the other side.  The street competition features a straight course with stairs, handrails, benches, walls and slopes to mimic a real street. This kind of skateboarding is characterized by riding along curbs and rails, leaping into the air without using hands, and that familiar grind of board on metal.  Olympic skateboarders will experience at least some of the creative freedom they get in their home parks and streets: They’re free to choose which parts of the course to cover and, of course, which tricks to perform. Also, in an attempt to maintain the feel of the sport, music will accompany each rider.  Only one athlete rides at a time, and competitors get three timed runs to post their best score. Young men skateboarding in urban environment.The street discipline mimics what it’s like to skateboard in a city environment. The course will feature rails, benches, curbs and other things you’d find on a real street. MoMo Productions/Getty Images How do athletes qualify to skateboard at the 2020 Olympics? The IOC has allotted 80 quota spots for skateboarders at the 2020 Olympics. There will be 40 spots for women across the two categories and 40 for men, with 20 skaters in both the street and park competitions for each gender. Between the 80 qualifying athletes, 38 men and 38 women will come from different nations, with four total slots (two men and two women) reserved for the host nation of Japan.  Each National Olympic Committee (NOC), the governing body for each country’s Olympic goings-on, is allowed six men and six women for skateboarding, but no more than three athletes per gender per event.  Qualifications are managed by World Skate, the international governing body for roller sports.  Like all other Olympic sports, skateboarders must comply with the Olympic Charter to be eligible. Aside from that, the qualifying pathway for each event (20 athletes) is as follows:  Three athletes will directly qualify as the highest-ranked skaters in the 2020 Season World Skate World Skateboarding Championship events.16 athletes will qualify through the Olympic World Skateboarding Rankings (OWSR) as of June 1, 2020.One athlete will qualify as the allocated host nation slot. This person is the highest-ranked skater in the host nation; in this case, Japan.There are 16 available slots to fill via the OWSR, but no nation can fill more than three. For example, the US may have five skaters in the top 16, but only the first three of those five will qualify. Once a country’s three spots are filled, the qualification moves down to the next country that hasn’t fulfilled its quota. Learn more about the qualifications process.  When and where is the skateboarding event? Olympic skateboarders will compete in Tokyo at the Aomi Urban Sports Venue, which will also host 3×3 Basketball and Sport Climbing. The competition takes place throughout the entire Games, from July 24 to Aug. 9.  How will athletes be judged? Judges will score athletes based on speed, difficulty, originality, timing, stability and the overall flow of the performance. One important skill judges will be looking for is the ability to seem suspended in midair.  0 Share your voice Fitness Sports Tags Intel developing 3D Athlete Tracking for Tokyo 2020 Olympics Post a comment 3:36last_img read more

Alaska Aerospace Corporation CEO Pitches Privatization

first_imgThe CEO and board president of the Alaska Aerospace Corporation were before the Senate Finance Committee this morning, making a pitch, not so much for funding, but for the opportunity to move on. CEO Craig Campbell even raised the possibility of taking the state-owned corporation private.Download Audiolast_img