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Classical music has always enabled bad behaviour Its time for that to

first_imgThe wave of sexual assault allegations sweeping through society has rocked Toronto’s usually serene classical music community.On Wednesday morning, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir announced that two upcoming concerts have been cancelled and that longtime artistic director and conductor Noel Edison has taken a leave of absence. Within a few hours, news surfaced that this arose from allegations of misconduct, still unproven.The boards of the Mendelssohn Choir and the Elora Festival Singers, which Edison co-founded, have launched an independent third-party investigation and said there will be no comment until the results are in. Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook The #metoo storm surge began crashing over old bastions of male privilege only last October. In less than six months, the flotsam has included the careers of great classical artists, including Metropolitan Opera Company conductor James Levine and former Montreal Symphony Orchestra music director Charles Dutoit. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Playtex plastic plates bowls pose choking hazard for children recall announced

first_imgTORONTO – Playtex-branded plastic plates and bowls for children are being recalled after the distributor received four reports of choking in Canada.No serious injury has been reported but Health Canada and Edgewell Personal Care Canada say consumers should stop using the products and return them for a refund.They say the choking risk comes from a clear plastic coating that can peel or bubble from the surface of the plates or bowls.The products feature brightly coloured designs and are sold separately or in sets with plastic cups and cutlery.Further information is available through Health Canada at http://bit.ly/2yIDZeHThe products had been on the market in Canada since January 2010, with about 1.9 million units sold here and 3.6 million units distributed in the United States.No incidents or injuries in the United States have been reportedlast_img read more

Atrophy of institutions

first_imgThe much-publicised sexual harassment allegation by a sacked employee of the Supreme Court against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and the charge made by the young lawyer on affidavit that ‘fixers’ in league with disgruntled and dismissed SC employees had ‘ganged together to frame the CJI and defame him,’ have shaken the Hornet’s nest. It seems, ruthless enemies within the country, with their demoniacal designs, are all out to atrophy the forward-thinking Supreme Court when the country is elated with several of its recent judgements. ‘No CJI had the courage to take the action against certain elements. This has been happening in the past as well. CJI Gogoi wanted to clean the system. When someone tries to correct wrongs, he is killed or maligned,’ observed Justice Arun Mishra, who was heading the three-member bench that took suo moto cognisance of the ‘matter of great public importance touching upon the independence of judiciary.’ Also Read – A special kind of bondWhile the in-house committee of three judges, including two female judges, would look into the allegation against the CJI, the issue that takes prominence is bench-fixing with the help of SC registry. Assisted by CBI, IB and Delhi Police, former SC Judge, Justice AK Patnaik, would go into the roots of this matter. Although such things have been in the air, it was Justice Kurian Joseph who, after retirement, said that he felt the then CJI Justice Deepak Mishra was remote-controlled. Now, Justice Arun Mishra said, ‘The way this institution is being treated for the last three-four years, this institution is going to die. There is a systematic attack, systematic game to malign this great institution,’ while at the same time warned, ‘rich and powerful people thought they could bludgeon and blackmail the court into submission, but little did they know that they were playing with fire.’ And to begin with, the SC sought a report from its registry on how the DND flyway matter, which involves hundreds of crores of rupees, gets listed for hearing contrary to the court’s order. Also Read – Insider threat managementAs such, every institution in the country has been captured by the political establishment. Already, bureaucracy has been subdued; more so in the present regime; rules and procedures are dictated by the political executive. For the lack of organic relationship with the bureaucrats, many IAS officers in the PMO have even sought a shift out, if Modi is re-elected. In demonetisation, etc., RBI was bulldozed into submission, against all the norms. Suppressing the real fraud, CAG trivialises the Rafale matter. Even the EC has no courage to pull up the BJP leadership for violations; minor actions taken only after the reprimand of the SC reminding them of their powers. Poor CBI, IT, ED, CVC, etc., have been acting only in compliance with the whims and fancies of those in power. Media is also made to dance to their tune. Having already sabotaged all the important institutions, it seems, the sight of these powerful people is now set on the Supreme Court, whose reformatory approach is not palatable to them. In the presence of PM Modi, Justice Thakur had burst into tears on a public platform while pleading for support of the government to reform the laggard judicial process. Justice KM Joseph had to face the ire of the government with their hurdles for his elevation to the SC for having quashed the President’s rule in Uttarakhand to uphold Constitution. The country is aware that Justice Khehar had favoured Modi in the Birla-Sahara diary matter, apparently as a quid pro quo in lieu of his own elevation as CJI in spite of the allegation of corruption as revealed in the suicide note of Kalikho Pul, the former CM of Arunachal Pradesh. An upright judge Loya had to pay with his life for his strict legal approach in the Sohrabuddin case that involves Amit Shah, and with remote control in the SC, an enquiry into his death was thwarted and the issue was buried. It is in this context that four senior judges of the SC, including Justice Gogoi, had voiced their concern in public about Justice Deepak Mishra, CJI, usurping all the powers in deciding benches, when bench-fixing has become a norm. Since the time of his elevation as CJI, Justice Rajan Gogoi has set upon the task of making course corrections. The judgements in the recent past themselves speak about their openness. In an extraordinary kind of mea culpa, the SC reversed its verdict on six death row prisoners, not only freeing them but ordering compensation and pulling up the Maharashtra police. It was the crime of rape and murder of a woman and her teen-aged daughter. In yet another judgment, they stayed an SC order to evict more than a million forest-dwelling people. Such pro-activity cannot be digested by those in power, especially when several politically sensitive issues are pending in the SC. Already, to the detriment of BJP, Ram Mandir issue has been quietened. Raking up Rafale matter is worrisome. Also, the chances of over-ruling the earlier order of the SC in 1998, giving immunity to MPs and MLAs from criminal and civil proceedings for their actions while discharging their legislative duties, including for taking bribes to vote in Parliament or an Assembly, are giving sleepless nights to all those who indulge in horse-trading of legislators. The ruling party is more worried for other reasons too. As the election process is on, the writing on the wall is getting strikingly clear. Promises and illusions are no longer mesmerising people. The surgical strike has not cut any ice with them. The pain of demonetisation and loss of businesses and jobs are not forgotten. The patience of farmers and unemployed has been tested enough. The economy is in debt-trap but whitewashed with fudged figures. The environment has been ignored. Thus, people have begun thinking. There is no Modi-wave. Instead, South is anti-Modi. Political arithmetic is also not so favourable in the Hindi belt, including UP, and Bengal, and other states. Under these circumstances, they are not able to swallow the fact that SC reprimands the EC for not exercising their powers. Further, the recent verdict in the case of Bilkis Bano tarnishes the image of Modi since it was he who shielded all those who mattered from communal outfits in the post-Godhra pogrom of 2002. Bilkis Bano was gang-raped in broad daylight by a baying communal mob. She was also the witness to 14 of her family members being killed; heads of children being smashed on the ground. Yet, police, under Modi and Shah, found no evidence to charge anyone. On the order of the SC in 2003, it was the CBI that arrested the accused. It was only after the SC’s directions this March that the police officials, including an IPS officer, found guilty by Bombay High Court for destroying evidence, were punished. Now, to the discomfiture of Modi and BJP, SC ordered that the Gujarat government pay her compensation of Rs 50 lakhs, and give her a job and a house to live in. The country has been witnessing the way bigots of BJP are being protected with their remote control mechanisms. In the Malegaon case of 2008, even the Mumbai-based special public prosecutor Rohini Salian had publicly claimed in 2015 that the NIA in Delhi was leaning hard on her to go easy on the accused in the case. Like how the ‘fixers’ issue has been taken up by the SC, this shocking matter, too, demands judicial intervention. What is strikingly noticeable is that after the change of government at the Centre in 2014, practically all accused began to be set free in cases wherein Muslims were the victims, and the persons charged had affiliation with the RSS and kindred outfits – be it the Ajmer Sharif Dargah, Mecca Masjid, or Samjhauta Express incident. In the Samjhauta Express blast case of 2007, recently, Nabakumar Sarkar, a radical Hindutva monk, and others were acquitted. In spite of the fact that it was his 2010’s confession – which he later retracted – that had led the investigators to a whole network of people who were alleged to have been involved with other high-profile cases in which the victims were all Muslims, the court simply pronounced that NIA could not produce evidence to connect the accused. It also appears to be a case of remote control, unless the higher courts decide otherwise. With the present trend in the SC, BJP camp appears to be apprehensive that their dubious methods might not work any longer. The nomination of Pragya Thakur, a prime accused in Malegaon terror case, to contest elections only proves how desperate they are to promote their Hindutva agenda to cover up all their failures. In addition to splashing money, it is a gift of the gab of these yogis, sanyasis, and sannyasins, and the aura of their ochre robes that are being tapped. Such people can even ‘curse’ someone to death, like what Pragya claims! Unfortunately, as against the provisions of only representative democracy in the Constitution, India has been reduced to a ‘choiceless electoral party democracy’, with a deadly cocktail of caste, religion, liquor, and money trying to influence the elections. A virtuous common man who lacks monetary resources cannot even dream of contesting elections. People are anguished; feel that there is no redemption. Yet, the wise among them think that an independent Supreme Court is the only resort to put things in order and to bring back the glory of all other institutions. Since ruthless people are on the job to atrophy the apex court, the country has to stand united in its support, to maintain its independence; to bring about a change. Otherwise, the loss is of the people; of the country. (Dr. N Dilip Kumar is a retired IPS officer and a former member of Public Grievances Commission, Delhi. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Mayor Ford addresses allegations

Here is the entire news conference… 00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 (Update)It has been eight days since a story broke alleging that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was caught on camera smoking crack cocaine…Friday afternoon, the Mayor finally broken his silence on the subject. But to many people, what Rob Ford said, after mounting pressure from seemingly everyone around him, hasn’t answered the key question…Sean Leathong spent the day at Toronto city hall and joins us with the Mayor’s words and the subsequent fallout…

UN strongly condemns assassination of Libyan human rights advocate

According to news reports, Ms. Bugaighis was shot and killed yesterday by hooded assailants when she returned home from voting in the country’s parliamentary elections. In a news release, the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) called on Libyan authorities to thoroughly investigate the assassination and bring the perpetrators to justice. It also offered its condolences to her family, as did the head of UN Women and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.“Today the entire UN Women family is shocked and dismayed…we mourn the loss of a sister and courageous human rights defender,” Executive-Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said during a news conference in New York to kick off the agency’s year-long commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the landmark women’s rights summit held in Beijing, China, in 1995. “We condemn the assassination of this brave woman, who led and advocated for the human rights of her people,” she said. Mr. Ban strongly condemned the assassination of Ms. Bugaighis, whom he called “a courageous and respected human rights defender who played a significant role in the 2011 Libyan revolution and continued to contribute to the transition.” In a statement to the press, the UN chief reiterated the need “to protect human rights defenders and calls on all Libyans to refrain from violence and acts that undermine the democratic transition process.”At the same time, Mr. Ban congratulated the people of Libya on the election of the Council of Representatives. Commending all actors for providing space to conduct the important election, he paid tribute to the High National Election Commission for its work in supervising the polls. “The election marks an important step in moving the transition process forward and stabilizing the political process,” he said.Mr. Ban also reiterated the UN’s commitment to work closely with the newly-elected body in furthering the aspirations of the Libyan people to build a State based on democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights. read more

Crandall of No 1 Gonzaga fractures hand out 46 weeks

SPOKANE, Wash. — Top-ranked Gonzaga says guard Geno Crandall fractured his right hand during practice Sunday and will miss the next four to six weeks of the season.Crandall joins star forward Killian Tillie, who is out for about another month with an ankle injury, on the sidelines.Crandall is a graduate transfer from North Dakota who has appeared in all six games this season, averaging 18 minutes per game. He’s averaging five points and has dished out 14 assists.The Associated Press

Mike Trout Is The MVP — And Still On Track For The

PLAYERWAR Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout is widely acknowledged to be the best player in baseball and has been for quite some time. But for all his gifts, awards recognition has been hard for Trout to come by. Although Trout has led the American League in wins above replacement (WAR) for each of the past five seasons,1Ever since he first became a full-time player in 2012. he had only won MVP honors once going into Thursday night’s award announcement — and victory there was far from assured.Unlike in the past, though, when Trout’s horrid teammates were held against him in favor of some lesser player on a winning team, the voters broke with tradition and went for the player with stellar individual numbers. In winning the MVP, Trout became just the sixth player from a losing team to take home the hardware. It was a victory for the new ways of player evaluation and a more modern take on what the “valuable” part of MVP really means.But even if Trout hadn’t won the award, he could have taken the same solace he could last year: MVP or not, but he’s still tracking to be the G.O.A.T.Through every single age in which he played a full season,2Not including his age-19 season in 2011, when he logged only 40 games after a July call-up. Trout has been the all-time career leader in Baseball-Reference.com’s WAR for position players. It was true through age 20, age 21, age 22, age 23 and — after posting 10.6 WAR in 2016, a performance that basically matched his previous single-season peak — age 24. No player has ever started his career on this kind of tear — not Ruth, not Cobb, not Mantle, nobody. PLAYERWAR 5Ken Griffey Jr.37.0 Most career WAR through each age since 1901, among position players.Source: Baseball-Reference.com 2Mel Ott11.42Mel Ott17.9 5Al Kaline8.95Al Kaline15.4 WAR Through Age 24 Mike Trout is (still!) the G.O.A.T. at any age 2Ty Cobb25.52Ty Cobb36.0 As a result — and in concert with MLB labor mechanisms that force young stars to either play for peanuts through their arbitration years or lock themselves into long, below-market extensions (as Trout did in 2014, re-signing with the Angels through 2020) — Trout has produced a ton of surplus value for the Angels, relative to what he’s been paid. According to FanGraphs.com, Trout’s production would have been worth about $357 million on the open market since his MLB debut, a span over which he was paid only about $24 million.That’s why speculation that the Yankees are loading up for a Trout trade breaks down upon examination. At a glance, why not ship Trout away from a rebuilding team where his WAR is being wasted (aside, of course, from Angels fans who like to watch him play) to a huge market that has the prospects for a blockbuster deal? The answer: It would take a monster package of young talent to justify trading away a player who so outperforms his contract and probably will continue to do so for the next several years.If we apply Tom Tango’s simple WAR projection system with an average future value of $8.6 million per win,3Starting with a rough cost-estimate of $8 million per WAR next season, with 5 percent annual growth until 2020. the final four seasons of Trout’s contract figure to see him generate 32.5 WAR, for a market value of $282 million,4Including the yearly minimum salary of about $500,000. and be paid $122 million. So it probably won’t be until Trout’s next contract that the cost-benefit tradeoff of having him around begins to make a trade realistic for either the Angels or the team they’re negotiating with.At that point, the math gets a little silly. Even in the first year of his next deal, Trout’s WAR projects to be worth so much on the open market (roughly $75 million) that he’d need a truly paradigm-shifting contract — one that would basically double the highest annual salary of anybody in the game right now — to not be underpaid. With superstar free-agent deals, the question often isn’t whether they’ll be paid more than they’re worth, but by how much. Trout, however, is so good that it might be hard for him to earn fair market value even in his big post-prime payday.For now, that means Trout is probably stuck carrying the Angels. In the past, that would have also meant his chances of contending for the MVP were slim, despite his incredible individual numbers. But perhaps Trout’s win Thursday also signals a change in the way voting will be conducted going forward. The MVP electorate has been skewing more progressive for a while, in terms of its willingness to use sabermetric tools, and there’s nothing more open-minded than giving the MVP to the leader of a 74-88 team.But maybe it was also about Trout’s own particular greatness. No player has ever been so good at such a young age; it was likely that future generations would have looked at his repeated MVP snubs and wondered what the hell the voters were thinking to deny him the AL’s top individual award, over and over. 4Mel Ott23.54Mel Ott31.4 1Mike Trout48.5 WAR Through Age 20WAR Through Age 21 a 3Ty Cobb9.53Ty Cobb15.7 1Mike Trout28.61Mike Trout37.9 5Alex Rodriguez22.95Ken Griffey Jr.30.1 3Mickey Mantle40.9 2Ty Cobb46.7 1Mike Trout11.41Mike Trout20.7 WAR Through Age 22WAR Through Age 23 3Ted Williams23.63Ted Williams34.2 a 4Bryce Harper8.94Ken Griffey Jr.15.5 4Alex Rodriguez38.0 read more

Mens Basketball No 8 Ohio State dominated by Penn State 7956 for

Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann talks to sophomore center Micah Potter (0) during a timeout in the first half of the game against Iowa on Feb. 10 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 8 Ohio State just had to win its remaining four games to become outright Big Ten regular-season champions. But going into State College, Pennsylvania, to face off against Penn State, the only conference team that had beaten Ohio State this season, the road was not going to be easy.The Buckeyes left Happy Valley anything but happy after getting mauled by the Nittany Lions 79-56, bringing Ohio State to a tie for first place in the conference with No. 2 Michigan State. Ohio State still holds the tiebreaker for seeding in the Big Ten tournament.The Buckeyes (22-6, 13-2 Big Ten) shot just 39 percent overall and 13 percent from 3-point range, while the Nittany Lions (19-9, 9-6 Big Ten) shot 48 percent from the field, and were commanding from beyond the arc, shooting 45 percent.In the head-to-head matchup between Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop and Penn State sophomore guard Tony Carr, the conference’s scoring leaders, Carr finished with the upper hand, scoring 30 points off 9-for-15 shooting, including 50 percent from 3. Bates-Diop had just 10 points and five rebounds.Penn State went on a near-four-minute scoring drought, but went on a 15-3 run with 1:30 left in the first half to go up 40-19. The first half came to an end with a full-court pass that was caught by Carr on the baseline, who made the layup and the subsequent and-1 to give Penn State the 45-21 halftime lead. It was the largest first-half deficit Ohio State has faced all season.Ohio State began to show some life around the middle of the second half. Trailing by 30 points, the Buckeyes went on an 18-4 run to bring the game to 58-42 with 10:37 left to play. The game got off to a rough start for Ohio State. The Buckeyes had four points from freshman center Kaleb Wesson, but he landed awkwardly on his ankle trying to grab a defensive rebound and was forced to leave the game. Wesson returned with 10:50 left in the first half.After the injury, Penn State sprinted to a 12-0 run that included Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann getting hit for a technical foul for arguing with the referees. Wesson’s four points were the Buckeyes’ only points until junior guard C.J. Jackson made a layup with 13:31 left in the first half. Penn State guard Tony Carr responded immediately with a 3 to bring the Nittany Lion lead to 17-6. read more

VIDEO Your weekend movies Under the Skin

first_imgRottenTomatoes.com critics’ rating: 89 per cent. Audience rating: 94 per cent want to seeThe Zero Theroem(CineFix/YouTube)For fans of: Terry GilliamAvoid if: You’re easily confusedThe final part of Gilliam’s dystopian satire trilogy (the other parts are Brazil and 12 Monkeys), this stars Christoph Waltz as the angsty Qohen Leth, who is searching for the meaning of life in a strange world. Under the Skin(FilmTrailerZone/YouTube)For fans of: AliensAvoid if: You’re going hitchhikingHusky-voiced Scarlett Johannson stars in this weird and intriguing adaptation of the book of the same name. She plays an alien sent to prey on hitchhikers, so expect sex, weirdness and some violence. WHICH NEW MOVIE release is worth the price of a cinema ticket this weekend?We’re here to help you decide just that, with these trailers.Need for Speed(Need for Speed/YouTube)For fans of: Fast carsAvoid if: You’re expecting Breaking Bad 2Are you a Breaking Bad fan who’s been dying to know what your beloved Aaron Paul was up to next? Think fast cars, crime, prison and revenge. We suspect you’ll miss Walt. RottenTomatoes.com critics’ rating: 43 per cent. Audience rating: 94 per cent want to see RottenTomatoes.com critics’ rating: 58 per cent. Audience rating: 97 per cent want to seelast_img read more

An ageing population is going to need a population of robots engineers

first_imgIf it detects a fall, the robot could come over to assist, and ask some basic questions to judge whether or not they are okay.“If necessary, it could even Skype emergency services. This is all very easy to do.”Not only does potientially allow years of independent living, it could even provide someone living at home with companionship like a pet, McGuinn said.Some soldiers who have worked with robots used to disarm bombs have reported to have actually missed the robot after returning to civilian life.RelationshipHowever, this kind of relationship is basically unheard of right now, and something that people might even consider it weird.McGuinn said that these robots are not meant to replace people, and that it is a different kind of relationship.He and his team last week demonstrated a prototype robot designed for Joanne O’Riordan, an 18-year-old was born with a rare condition known as Total Amelia which means she has no limbs.The device took €50,000 and three months to build.Watch: Here’s the life-changing robot designed for Joanne O’Riordan in action >Read more: Trinity College engineers have built Joanne O’Riordan a robot > THE WORLD IS going to need a lot more robots in future to care for older generations, the chief engineer behind a potentially life-changing robot designed for Joanne O’Riordan believes.Speaking last week at the unveiling of the device, Conor McGinn said that the western world is “going to face a huge problem in about forty years”.“You’re going to have all these old people and very few young people to look after them,” he told TheJournal.ie.Personal assistantMcGuinn noted that personal assistant robots could be available to assist people in their homes to alleviate this problem.“Most people would be very apprehensive of the concept, but change will happen”Not only could a robot help them by picking up items or by doing simple chores, it could also keep them safe.“An older person living at home could wear an accelerometer watch”, he said.last_img read more

SUV hits pickup in Washougal flips

first_imgA sport utility vehicle flipped when it crashed into a pickup parked in a Washougal neighborhood Friday night. No one was seriously injured.Around 6:46 p.m., the driver of a Dodge Durango became distracted while driving westbound on the 2900 block of I Street, according to Officer Kate Tierney. The vehicle struck a parked Chevy pickup, and the impact of the collision caused the Durango to go airborne and land on its top, she said. Both vehicles sustained major damage.Washougal Fire and two officers from the Washougal Police Department responded, along with an ambulance.Two passengers and the driver of the SUV were transported to PeaceHealth Southwest for minor injuries. Names of those involved were not released.The driver was cited for negligent driving in the second degree.last_img

McCain Pleads Case for Raising Defense Spending

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The combination of stringent spending caps and growing worldwide challenges “have left each of our military services underfunded, undersized, and unready to meet current and future threats,” Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) stated in a “dear colleague” letter intended to build support this week for action to lift the statutory cap on defense spending.McCain sent the letter on Friday, one day after he telling a Brookings Institution audience he plans to offer an amendment on the Senate floor to the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill to raise the spending cap by at least $17 billion.McCain’s plan for increasing Pentagon funding to restore shortfalls in readiness and capability contrasts with the approach House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) adopted in crafting his chamber’s version of the annual defense policy bill. The House measure calls for allocating $18 billion from the uncapped overseas contingency operations account (OCO) to base budget items not requested by the administration.If McCain’s amendment passes and is incorporated into the final version of the authorization bill, it would upend the two-year bipartisan budget agreement reached last year to lift the caps on both defense and non-defense spending.His letter details shortfalls each of the services is experiencing at the same time threats across the globe — including aggressive behavior by Russia and China, the emergence of the Islamic State and an escalation in cyberattacks on the United States — are breaking out.“These and other growing demands on our force have occurred with no commensurate increase in resources, so our military is being forced to raid funds that it needs now to restore readiness, maintain equipment and modernize its equipment,” McCain states.His letter lists a series of budget-driven cuts that would go ahead in the absence of additional funds for the Pentagon:downsizing the Navy, with no plan to reach a fleet of at least 323 ships;retiring the Navy’s 10th air wing;cancelling over 50 military construction projects; andunderfunding facilities sustainment, restoration and modernization, with the current budget funding only 74 percent of such requirements.Failure to raise the defense cap also would prevent the Senate from providing resources to rebuild the military’s readiness levels, freeze the drawdown of the Army and reverse the drawdown of the Marine Corps.“When the Senate takes up the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, I am committed to seeking solutions to give our service members the resources, training, and the equipment they need and deserve,” McCain said.last_img read more

PM Hasina reaches Quebec

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina. File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina arrived in Quebec on a four-day official visit to Canada to attend the Outreach Leaders Programme of the G7, the group of seven countries with advanced economies in the world.A flight of Air Canada, which left Toronto Pearson International Airport at 12:00pm (local time), arrived at Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport at 2:00pm on Friday local time (12:00am on Saturday Bangladesh time).Bangladesh high commissioner in Canada Mizanur Rahman received her at the airport.Earlier, an Emirates Airlines flight carrying the prime minister and her entourage landed at Toronto at 9:30am local time (7:30pm Bangladesh time).Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau invited 12 world leaders, including Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, to take part in a special outreach session of the G7 Summit.The G7 consists of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.During her visit, the prime minister will join the outreach session at Quebec City on 9 June.On the next day, she will hold a bilateral meeting with her Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau in Quebec in the morning and join a views-exchange meeting with Bangladesh expatriates in Toronto in the evening.Sheikh Hasina will also have a meeting with Canada’s special envoy on Rohingya crisis Bob Rae in Toronto on 11 June.The prime minister is expected to return home on 12 June.last_img read more

4 killed in lightning strikes

first_imgFile photo of LightningAt least four people were killed and 12 others injured in lightning strikes in Baliadangi and Ranisankail upazilas of Moulvibazar on Tuesday, reports UNB.Three people were killed on the spot and 12 others were injured after being struck by lightning while working in a mango orchard in Baganbari village of Baliadangi at 2:30pm, said officer-in-charge of Baliadangi police station Mosadderul Haque.The deceased are Nurul Islam, 35, son of Bappa Mohammad; Rabiul Islam, 27, son of Abdul Karim; and Abdul Zabbar, 45, of Jagadal village in Ranisankail upazila.The injured were taken to the Upazila Health Complex.In a separate incident, a teenager was killed on the spot after he was struck by lightning while collecting ducks from a pond in Alsia village of Ranisankail upazila.The deceased is Abu Sayeed,13, son of Mansur Ali, said Abdul Mannan, OC of Ranisankail police station.last_img read more

MCU News Avengers 4 May Have a Title Leaked Concept Art More

first_imgStay on target We weren’t supposed to know the title of the next Avengers movie for a while. Marvel was said to be planning the title reveal for after the first trailer for Captain Marvel. But even a company as powerful and notoriously secretive as Marvel can’t keep everything quiet. The cast and crew of these movies may be sworn to secrecy, not even receiving full scripts most of the time, but all it takes is one slip-up for a secret to be spilled. That may have happened over the weekend thanks to a cinematographer brushing up his resume after completing a handful of Marvel titles.Trent Opaloch updated the resume page on his website with what looks an awful lot like the title for Avengers 4. He immediately changed it back to the more general title, which sure makes it seem like he accidentally leaked something he shouldn’t have. Thanks to Omega Underground, we have a screenshot of what it looked like before the edit.Source: Trent Opaloch, via Omega UndergroundSo that’s it. Until Marvel says otherwise, the most probable title for the next Avengers movie is Avengers: End Game. It’s not a terrible title, though not a wholly original one, either. I don’t know how I feel about next year’s big Avengers movie sharing the same subtitle as the fourth Highlander. It makes sense as a title, though. For many of the Avengers, this will be their last movie. Taking that into consideration, it’s not a terrible name. I wish it was a little less generic, though. Maybe it could be something from Marvel’s past that still gets across the same message. Something like… Avengers: ‘Nuff Said. Especially if they had the guts to make it a silent film. Look, everyone’s going to see this thing no matter what? Why not make it a weird experimental art piece? Yeah, probably not going to happen. There’s reason to believe this title may be incorrect, despite the hasty deletion, though. Comic Book points out an older interview with co-director Joe Russo, where he said the title would not be based on a line of dialog from Infinity War. The words “End Game” were spoken at a pretty pivotal point in the film, so it’s unlikely Marvel just forgot it was in there. It’s possible “End Game” was just a working title that Marvel always planned to change. Or maybe the cast and crew were all handed scripts with fake titles on them. Marvel’s done weirder things to ensure secrecy. We’ll find out for sure when the studio officially reveals the title… sometime after the Captain Marvel trailer. Whenever that is.Avengers 4 is Marvel’s most anticipated movie of the next year, so it’s in extra danger when it comes to leaks. And a potential title isn’t the only thing that may have made it out this week. Remember this purported leaked art that we weren’t quite sure was legit?Via ScreenRant, Hero XWell some more art leaked from a more credible source, and that’s looking a lot more real now. The AJ Designs Twitter account posted what it claims is leaked Avengers 4/End Game concept art. It all matches up with what we see in the above image. First, there’s Captain America. Avengers 4 Character Arts..War Machine With Really Badass Upgrade These Are Legit @ManaByte pic.twitter.com/6EwKqQsoXf— Aj Designs (@ajdesigns0220) June 28, 2018Click through those images and look at that Thanos. As Nerdist points out, not only is he holding some kind of dual-bladed anime weapon, he’s also wearing an intact Infinity Gauntlet. Think back to that traumatizing final scene of Avengers: Infinity War. When Thanos snapped his fingers and destroyed nearly everyone you’ve ever loved, the gauntlet, and the stones, broke. This concept art implies that somehow, that will be undone. There’s a prominent fan theory that the Avengers 4/End Game will heavily feature time travel. Especially because Ant-Man already introduced the Quantum Realm to the MCU. Since Janet Van Dyne is brought back from the Quantum Realm in Ant-Man and the Wasp, and we know she’s in the next Avengers movie, she could facilitate the Avengers going back in time to prevent Thanos from getting the Infinity Stones. At least until they get Doctor Strange and his Time Stone back.It’s all just theory and speculation right now, of course. But some leaked set photos sure do look like the team is going back to the Battle of New York from the first Avengers. If this is the case, I’m excited. If you’ve read my reviews of Legends of Tomorrow, you know the only thing I like more than superheroes is time traveling superheroes. I didn’t think it was possible, but I may be even more excited about this movie now.Before we get to the next Avengers though, Ant-Man and the Wasp comes out this weekend. We’ll finally get to see Hope van Dyne as The Wasp in a movie. We could have gotten that much earlier, though. Remember, at the end of the first Ant-Man, Hank Pym offers Hope her mother’s old suit. But in the years since, we’ve seen Ant-Man show up in another movie. Now, we learned that the original plan was to have The Wasp show up too… but director Peyton Reed said no.In an interview with Polygon, Reed said he wanted to introduce Hope’s version of The Wasp after establishing Scott Lang as Ant-Man. The whole story about Janet and the Quantum Realm wasn’t even in his original version of the script. It was added by Paul Rudd and Adam McKay in a rewrite. Ultimately, it was good for the movie and the franchise as a whole. And as Reed learned, when you make a Marvel movie, some things are taken out of your hands. Like the reveal of Ant-Man’s Giant Man powers. Reed wanted that to debut in the Ant-Man sequel, but was told Joe and Anthony Russo wanted it to happen in Captain America: Civil War.“I was pissed,” he told Polygon. “But once I got past that, he’s like, well, ‘It could have been worse.’ I was like, ‘How could it be worse?’ They were going to get the Wasp reveal, too, at one point.”Yeah, that would have been worse. As cool as it would be to see both Ant-Man and The Wasp join the superhero brawl, her introduction deserves its own movie. And the Giant power was a cool surprise in Civil War. Hope’s debut wouldn’t have had the weight it deserves if it happened alongside that and the introduction of Spider-Man to the MCU. The Russos realized this and put Wasp on hold for Reed’s film, allowing it to be a sequel to both Ant-Man and Captain America: Civil War.“The whole idea of Civil War looms large in our movie. It’s kind of a sequel to Civil War … so luckily [the Wasp appearance] didn’t happen,” he said. We’ll learn exactly what that means when Ant-Man and the Wasp hits theaters Friday.Finally, though Captain America might be getting a new costume in the next Avengers movie, it wouldn’t be the first time Marvel Studios toyed around with the idea. Artist Ryan Meinerding shared some actual concept art he drew for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which features Cap in some brand new S.H.I.E.L.D.-branded duds. James Gunn Once Again Directing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’Dark Phoenix Trailer Released & More Marvel Movie News center_img As he says, it never got past the art phase, meaning that no matter how hard you look, you won’t find any photos of Chris Evans in this highly flattering super suit. Honestly, I like the look of this thing a lot. As Cap is working for S.H.I.E.L.D. at the start of the movie, it’d make sense for them to build him a new uniform. One that clearly signifies who he works for. (Though something tells me the MCU version of Captain America might have some issues with that.) It’s a good looking suit, though. It modernizes the classic Captain America look, while keeping the vintage style of the helmet/mask, signifying his World War II roots. That S.H.I.E.L.D. insignia would get awkward real quick once the organization falls to Hydra, though. He’d need another costume change after only half a movie.We’ll see if Cap actually gets a new costume this time, along with the rest of the team, when Avengers: End Game (or maybe not) hits theaters May 3, 2019.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. More HD Leaks And Promo Arts Of #Avengers4 Characters #CaptainAmerica #BlackWidow #Hulk #Ronin pic.twitter.com/GUslLIBUVb— Aj Designs (@ajdesigns0220) June 29, 2018It looks like he’s due for a new costume in the upcoming sequel, right before Chris Evans’ likely exit from the series. Too bad too, because that’s a nice looking costume. It takes the scales and design of Cap’s classic costume from the comics, and gives it a more modern look that fits this series of movies. Also, sad to say, he’s shaved his beard. I think that means he can’t live in Brooklyn anymore.Oh, and there’s a closer look at The Hulk is his new suit. The fact that he was able to get that on without tearing it could actually confirm a major fan theory. Not only will Bruce Banner be able to coax Hulk out to fight Thanos in the upcoming film, he may have found a way to stay in control even when he Hulks out. It happened in the comics, and after his last two movies, it’s a logical place for the character to go. The biggest possible spoiler comes from this image, though.last_img read more

Subtle Differences In Brain Cells Hint at Why

first_img by NPR News Jon Hamilton 8.21.19 1:23pm In mice, scientists have used a variety of drugs to treat brain disorders including murine versions of Alzheimer’s disease, depression and schizophrenia. But in people, these same treatments usually fail. And now researchers are beginning to understand why. A detailed comparison of the cell types in mouse and human brain tissue found subtle but important differences that could affect the response to many drugs, a team reports Wednesday in the journal Nature.”If you want to develop a drug that targets a specific receptor in a specific disease, then these differences really matter,” says Christof Koch, an author of the study and chief scientist and president of the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle.One key difference involved genes that cause a cell to respond to the chemical messenger serotonin, says Ed Lein, a study author and investigator at the institute. “They’re expressed in both mouse and human, but they’re not in the same types of cells,” Lein says. As a result, “serotonin would have a very different function when released into the cortex of the two species.”That’s potentially a big deal because antidepressants like Prozac act on the brain’s serotonin system. So testing these drugs on mice could be misleading, Lein says.The comparison was possible because of new technology that allows scientists to quickly identify which of the hundreds of types of brain cells are present in a particular bit of brain tissue.The technology does this by detecting which genes are switched on in each cell. That reveals a genetic signature indicating the type of cell.”In one fell swoop you can get a more or less comprehensive understanding of all of the different types of cells that make up a brain region,” Lein says.This also makes it much easier to compare brain tissue from different species, he says.”We now have access to this fine level of resolution in the human brain and the ability to compare across and see how good a model a mouse or a monkey actually is,” Lein says.The list of cell types also should help researchers see what goes wrong in human brain disorders, Koch says.”A lot of neurological diseases, a lot of psychiatric diseases that we’re suffering from are due to specific defects in particular types of cells,” Koch says.For example, Parkinson’s disease affects brain cells that make a substance called dopamine. And epilepsy involves special cells that tamp down brain activity.Now, researchers have a way to make sure the types of cells involved in a particular disease work the same way in people as in an animal model, Koch says.”The technology finally caught up with what we’ve been needing to do for probably over 40 years,” says Tomasz Nowakowski, an assistant professor of anatomy at the University of California, San Francisco who co-wrote an editorial that accompanied the study. To compare mouse and human brain cells, researchers first analyzed sixteen thousand human brain cells taken from the middle temporal gyrus, a part of the cortex, the brain’s outermost layer. Then they looked at cells taken from the same area of a mouse brain.”In one sense, they are remarkable similar,” Koch says, noting that both mice and people had about 100 different types of cells in this region of the brain.But a close comparison of 75 of these brain cell types revealed small differences.Nowakowsky is especially intrigued by the finding that cells called microglia have a slightly different genetic signature in mice and people.”Those cells are the immune cells of the brain,” he says. “And you might imagine that studies or insights into neuroimmune disorders, for example, might be vastly affected by this difference.”Neuroimmune disorders include multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. But there’s growing evidence that microglia also play an important role in Alzheimer’s disease.And that could be one reason experimental Alzheimer’s drugs have helped mice, but not people.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. Subtle Differences In Brain Cells Hint at Why Many Drugs… David Robertson, ICRlast_img read more

PODCAST Fitting Artificial Intelligence Into Cardiology

first_imgPodcast | Cardiac Imaging | March 12, 2019 PODCAST: Fitting Artificial Intelligence Into Cardiology Greg Freiherr is a contributing editor to Imaging Technology News (ITN). Over the past three decades, Freiherr has served as business and technology editor for publications in medical imaging, as well as consulted for vendors, professional organizations, academia, and financial institutions. Deep Learning Is Both Plus and MinusAlgorithms created through deep learning, in which algorithms get smart about the rules governing medical practice, often through unsupervised learning, will be featured prominently. But deep learning (DL) is both boon and bane for cardiologists, according to Chang, who described DL in the ITN podcast as a kind of black box whose opacity threatens the credibility – and, consequently, adoption – of AI.“We have to do our best to make it a glass box – not a black box … Maybe (cardiologists won’t) fully understand” what’s in the box, but they definitely have to “see things as more transparent,” he said in the podcast.Cardiologists must do their part by trying to understand the fundamental of AI tools, said Chang, who recommended that cardiologists “at least take a few courses (or) watch a few videos” to better understand the basics of data science and become comfortable using tools that he predicted will be “here to stay for medicine.”The pediatric cardiologist said AI will “get to the point where it is a very, very nice augmentation of (cardiologists’) human skills.” Chang went on to predict that AI will complement human cognition. While stopping short of forecasting the end of deep learning, he said “deep learning is certainly going to start to recede into the background a little bit – and human cognition ultimately is going to be needed. That is when AI matures.”In the meantime, cardiologists should take advantage of smart algorithms when and where they can, he recommended. Doing so will be necessary if cardiologists are to stay ahead of the mounting wave of information. “Only a computer can put all of the analytics together with multilayered data and very few if any humans can really do that well and consistently without fatigue,” he said. Smart algorithms could make cardiology “more fun and less burdensome,” said Anthony Chang, M.D., a pediatric cardiologist at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County in California (CHOC), internationally acknowledged as an expert in artificial intelligence.Artificial intelligence (AI) might reduce or even eliminate the hours spent processing medical records information or even taking notes “while he or she is talking to the patient,” said Chang, whose nickname is Dr. A.I.Needed will be algorithms that do the tedious work now done by cardiologists, he said in a podcast published by Imaging Technology News (ITN). The burden of doing this grunt work is one reason cardiologists are burning out, Chang said in the ITN podcast: “That needs to go away.”At the 2019 annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology, the pediatric cardiologist, who also serves as CHOC’s chief intelligence and innovation officer, will describe how AI can boost the quality of cardiological practice and how its use can help prevent burnout. At noon on Monday March 18, Chang is scheduled to kick off the session entitled “Rise of Intelligent Machines: The Potential of AI in Cardiovascular.”Watch an interview with Chang in the VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence Applications for Cardiology.center_img People And AI To Form SynergyChang forecasted “a great synergy” between cardiologists and machine intelligence, one that will get increasingly strong. But cardiologists have a ways to go to reach this point. He described cardiology as being generally at “a relatively low trajectory” on the curve needed to take advantage of AI. This can – and will – be corrected, he said in the podcast, “because cardiologists inherently are data savvy and very innovative. I think we just need to bend that curve up.” Doing so, however, is going to take “a lot of education” and “a lot of application demonstrations,” he said.If cardiologists are to reap the full benefits of AI, they must reorganize their data, Chang said in the ITN podcast. He compared the needed organization to that of a pyramid: “The bottom layer – the foundational layer – is the data. Then you have information as the next layer; then you have knowledge; then you have wisdom and intelligence.”The topic of AI will be increasingly prominent at cardiology meetings, Chang predicted in the ITN podcast: “I think within a year cardiologists will be talking about this fairly routinely at meetings, particularly ACC, because it is known for innovation.”Chang is head of the artificial intelligence organization AIMed, which hosts educational sessions and an annual meeting on AI applications in medicine. Related content:Technology Report: Artificial Intelligence PODCAST: How Technology Is Changing Cardiology PODCAST: Shortcomings of CTA in Cardiology ACC.19 Future Hub Hosts “Shark Tank” of Emerging Technologies In Cardiology  FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

Thousands march in Honduras against government corruption

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