Canada’s main stock index saw mild gains Monday while U.S. markets surged higher as worries of a trade war with China eased.The rebound came after Chinese officials signalled some flexibility on policies including foreign investment in China and South Korea reached a new deal on steel with the U.S., said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“If we look at the equity markets at large, I would say this is the collective deep breath of investors today, after the big sell-off last week predicated on the rising fears that a trade war could be breaking out.”The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 74.82 points at 15,298.56, boosted by metals and energy stocks.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed up 669.40 points to 24,202.60 for its largest one-day gain since August 2015, regaining almost half what it had given up last week. The S&P 500 index ended up 70.29 points to 2,658.55 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 227.87 points to 7,220.54.U.S. President Donald Trump sparked trade fears last week after imposing tariffs on some US$60 billion worth of Chinese imports as well as investment restrictions, adding to trade tension on the steel and aluminum tariffs he moved to impose earlier in the month.China has promised to defend its interests, raising fears of rising protectionism on both sides, but recent signs of concessions on both sides is easing concerns, said Fehr.“Given the signs we’re getting that there’s perhaps some concession to be made related to some of the tariffs that have been announced, I think the markets are finding some solace in that and we’re getting a bit of a relief rally after last week’s declines.”Canada didn’t see the same gains Monday as U.S. stocks because it hadn’t been hit as hard, he said.“The domestic market didn’t see the declines last week like we saw in the S&P 500 and the Dow. The TSX is also being held back a little bit today by the weakness in oil prices.”The Canadian dollar closed at 77.60, down 0.18 of a US cent, also held back by oil prices, said Fehr, but still up from recent lows after higher-than-expected inflation data last week.The May crude contract closed down 33 cents to US$65.55 per barrel and the May natural gas contract was up two cents to US$2.66 per mmBTU.The April gold contract closed up US$5.10 to US$1,355.00 an ounce and the May copper contract was down two cents to US$2.97 a pound.The rise in gold prices made it one of the biggest sector gains on the TSX. Kinross Gold Corp. climbed 4.03 per cent after the metal’s price gains, as well as after settling with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over civil charges that it failed to ensure its payments in Africa were not being used to bribe government officials.
Companies in this story: (TSX:HSE, TSX:MEG)The Canadian Press CALGARY — Husky Energy Inc. says it plans to spend approximately $3.4 billion on its capital expenditure program next year.The energy company says the total is about $300 million less than it forecast earlier this year and includes spending cuts resulting from Alberta’s mandated oil production cuts and lower global oil prices.The Alberta government has ordered production cuts in the oilpatch next year in a bid to boost oil prices.Husky says spending is being cut in areas where it has the most capital flexibility, including heavy oil and Western Canada resource plays.Average annual 2019 production is expected to be approximately 300,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, not including any production associated with its proposed acquisition of MEG Energy Corp.Husky has made a hostile takeover offer for MEG Energy.
Rabat- Morocco’s number two telecom operator Meditel is set to be majority owned by French telecoms giant Orange and renamed Orange Morocco, French weekly magazine L’Express reported.The French group, chaired by Stephane Richard, reportedly appointed a financial expert on January 19 to assess the value of Meditel and the amount of the transaction ahead of its acquisition of a 9 percent stake with 10.10 percent of voting rights by exercising a buy option.Orange had already acquired40 percent of the company for 640 million Euros in 2010. In late December, Orange estimated in its financial statements that its 40 percent Meditel stake was worth 320 million Euros. The French company is expected to pay a little more than 72 million Euros to take control of the second mobile operator in the kingdom. Moroccan telecom regulator ANRT will have to give the green light to this operation, L’Express added.With 13.59 million subscribers at the end of 2014, Meditel faces fierce competition from Maroc Telecom and Wana Corporate.The transaction will all allow the French group to include its Moroccan subsidiary in its group accounts and rename it Orange.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission.
22 February 2008The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today issued a joint warning to all Nepalese to keep the country’s children free from harm amid mounting concern that they are frequently participating in violent protests and general strikes. In a statement issued in Kathmandu, the capital, UNICEF and OHCHR said they had received confirmed reports of children’s involvement, especially in the Terai region, in violent activities.Earlier this month in Nepalgunj, “a considerable number of children aged between seven and 15,” some carrying sticks, were seen supporting the enforcement of a bandh or general strike. In another case, children aged between eight and 12 were observed manning a roadblock in Sunsari district armed with sticks.More than 100 children, some in school uniforms, also took part in a violent attack on Nepali Congress members in Darchula district on 5 February.UNICEF and OHCHR urged all parties in Nepal to respect the Convention on the Rights of the Child and to take all measures to avoid exposing boys and girls under the age of 18 to risk of harm. The country’s recently enshrined electoral code clearly states that no children should be brought to participate in any kind of procession, mass meeting or election-related activity.“Furthermore, it is unacceptable that hundreds of thousands of children in the Terai and some Eastern hill districts have been prevented from attending school due to the imposition of bandhs,” the statement noted. “The indefinite closure of schools has forced girls and boys to stay at home and is depriving them of their fundamental right to education.”
2 June 2011Two high-ranking United Nations officials today said they were “alarmed at the apparently systematic and deliberate attacks” on civilians in Syria, and called for an investigation into possible violations of international human rights law. Francis Deng, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, and Edward Luck, the Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, said in a joint statement that they were “gravely concerned at the increasing loss of life in Syria as a result of the continued violent suppression of anti-Government protests.”Media reports indicate that several hundred persons have been killed in Syria during recent anti-Government protests that are part of a broader uprising this year across North Africa and the Middle East.“We are particularly alarmed at the apparently systematic and deliberate attacks by police, military, and other security forces against unarmed civilians taking part in the last two months of protests. These attacks have reportedly resulted in many hundreds of deaths. “The deployment of armed forces and the use of live fire, tanks and artillery in response to peaceful protests, and the targeting of residential areas where protests have taken place, are unacceptable under any circumstances.”The statement said the attacks “appear primarily to have targeted the civilian population.”“This underscores the need for an independent, thorough, and objective investigation into all alleged violations of international human rights law,” Mr. Deng and Mr. Luck said. They also called for an investigation into the reported killing of members of the Government security forces.For her part, Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Secretary-General’s Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, issued a statement condemning the torture and killing of children across the region.“Children are being wounded and killed in military action and armed violence throughout the Middle East and North Africa,” Ms Coomaraswamy said.Specifically citing “the widely reported torture and execution of 13-year-old Hamza al-Khatib as well as the killing of a 10-year-old boy and a four-year-old girl in and around [the Syrian city of] Homs,” Ms. Coomaraswamy stressed that “the killing and maiming of children is a crime and is contrary to successive Security Council resolutions.”
Apple Book charts for week ending July 28 2019: (Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher)1. One Good Deed by David Baldacci – 9781538750551 – (Grand Central Publishing)2. The New Girl by Daniel Silva – 9780062834898 – (Harper)3. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – 9780735219113 – (Penguin Publishing Group)4. Tripwire by Lee Child – 9781440638930 – (Penguin Publishing Group)5. The Silent Ones by K.L. Slater – 9781786817730 – (Bookouture)6. The Wolf and His Wife by Penelope Sky – 9781393547174 – (Penelope Sky)7. Under Currents by Nora Roberts – 9781250213273 – (St. Martin’s Publishing Group)8. Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand – 9780316419994 – (Little, Brown and Company)9. Educated by Tara Westover – 9780399590511 – (Random House Publishing Group)10. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty – 9781101636237 – (Penguin Publishing Group)____The Associated Press
Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for West Africa, Ahmedou Ould Abdallah, congratulated the people of Benin “for their orderly and disciplined behaviour since the beginning of the process” and said their conduct testifies to the country’s important status “in the march towards democracy in Africa.”In a statement issued in Dakar, Mr. Ould Abdallah expressed hope “that the exemplary behaviour of the people of Benin during the Sunday polls will accompany the process until its ultimate ending, with the peaceful and constitutional handing over of power on 6 April 2006.”He also hailed the current leadership, saying President Mathieu Kerekou’s expertise “will surely continue to be valuable to the African continent, beyond his well accomplished mission as Head of State.”
“The Secretary-General strongly condemns the continuing horrific attacks by Boko Haram against civilians in northeastern Nigeria,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson in New York. This is the second such statement strongly denouncing the violence issued on behalf the Secretary-General in the past four days.The UN chief added that such violence has become “an almost daily occurrence”, as demonstrated by the attacks over the weekend on villages and churches near Chibok, the village from where Boko Haram abducted over 200 schoolgirls. “The Secretary-General reiterates the readiness of the United Nations to support Nigeria as it responds to this challenge in a manner consistent with its international human rights obligations,” said the statement, adding that Mr. Ban conveys his solidarity and sympathy to the victims of the violence and to the people of Nigeria.
The quake that hit Christchurch in February caused considerable damage to the original Christchurch Cathedral built in 1864, destroying the spire and part of the bell tower, as well as much of the remaining building. June’s quake shattered the stained glass panels. The city of Christchurch was literally built around this cathedral, and the building has seen many an earthquake over the years, but the past two hits were some of the most damaging.The city is still deciding what to do about another permanent cathedral, but for the time being, to commemorate the 1-year anniversary of the earthquake, architect Shigeru Ban has been commissioned to create a structure to fill the space. However, Ban won’t be bringing in cement trucks and metal beams for his building, as he is most famous for his innovative work that uses paper and cardboard tubing as material for building construction.The architect will be building a cardboard cathedral to take the place of the 19th century building. Ban was the first architect in Japan to construct a building primarily out of paper, and he prefers using paper because it’s low in cost, recyclable, low-tech, and replaceable. His work with paper is focused on sustainability since it produces little waste.Ban has built DIY refugee shelters in the past, and his work was used after the Great Hanshin Earthquake struck the Japanese city of Kobe in 1995. It’s also been used in Turkey, Rwanda, and around the world. The structures are very popular and effective for low-cost disaster-relief housing.Besides refugee shelters, Ban builds beautiful structures like libraries, houses, pavilions, theaters, and tea houses, to name a few. After the Kobe earthquake, Ban built a paper church (pictured above) that stood from 1995 to 2005 and was completed in only five weeks with the help of church volunteers. The structure is enclosed within a skin of corrugated, polycarbonate sheeting.The temporary Christchurch Cathedral will be constructed out of 86 locally made cardboard tubes which each weighing 1,102 lbs. The tubes will create an A-frame structure that peaks at about 78 feet. It will also boast a large stained glass window. The structure will take about three months to construct and will seat 700 people. The entire construction will cost $2,876,600, and Ban is working on the project for free. Ban said the structure could be used for a decade.If the thought of a paper church makes you a little nervous, the material is treated before construction to make sure it’s fireproof and weatherproof. Ban said Christchurch needed to build a new city, “not just bring back the previous one.”Ban is also working on another project close to the northern Japan city of Sendai where the devastating 8.9/9.0 magnitude earthquake hit in March. This structure will accommodate people who lost their homes in the earthquake and tsunami. Ban doesn’t like to waste any materials, so when his structures are brought down, he always recycles them into pulp to be used for more paper and cardboard.Read more at Shigeru Ban Architects, via The Telegraph
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Little is known or remembered about the RMIT Greek archives. Started in the mid 1980s by then Greek department head Mimis Sophocleous, the archives were designed to consolidate the history of the Greek community of Melbourne in new ways. Aural histories were taken, posters collected of Greek Australian theatre productions, collections on shopkeepers in the 1930s and the left wing movement in the 1930s. All capturing a different but unique part of the history and culture of the Greek Australian community.Now, the archives lie in a sorry state, much like their La Trobe University/EKEME archive counterpart, in storage, collecting dust. The Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV) got its hands on the archives two and a half years ago and was beginning to start cataloguing its contents before they had to move it off into storage in Bulleen while the Community Centre was being demolished. Now the archives will be given a new lease on life, as the new Greek Centre of Contemporary Culture nears completion. There is talks of leaving space in the centre to house rotating exhibitions showcasing the contents of the archives, giving them the attention they deserve. GOCMV president Bill Papastergiadis says the community will be looking to hire someone to catalogue and curate the archives in the near future.“We will have a person that will be working on the archives for at least a part time basis once the centre is up and running,” he tells Neos Kosmos. “The archives will be curated in different ways, and will tell different stories at different points in time, and we’re hoping to rotate exhibitions through so that it’s not a static story but it’s an unfolding story.” Costas Markos, the secretary of the GOCMV, remembers boxing up the archives and transferring them to the Bulleen storage complex. While packing them up he was able to see the plethora of content and says the archives must be preserved and eventually exhibited to the public. “Those archives were part of people’s history and stories,” he tells Neos Kosmos.“He (Mimis Sophocleous) had videotapes, speeches that were made on various topics in the late ’80s.“There are newspapers, various articles from the ’50s and ’60s, individual archives of people that Mimis collected, some photos and some Super 8s, some correspondence, theatrical posters of Greek Australian productions.”The full list of what was contained in the archives will never be known, as for many years the archives have been left without a catalogue.One of the first jobs will be to start filing through the archives and collating what each item is, checking what has been damaged and properly storing them for future use. A job much like what is being done for the La Trobe archives, who still need more than two years of work to get the archives in a workable condition. At least for the RMIT archives, there is talk about exhibiting the items, thereby making them available to the public, something La Trobe hasn’t promised they will do. “They have to be open to the public without a doubt, it’s our role to do this,” Mr Markos says.“It’s no use, anything of value when it comes to pertaining to the history of Greek Australians, to be gathering dust. “Anything in storage is worthless.”The GOCMV says the two archives can and should co-exist. With a board member sitting on the La Trobe archives project from the GOCMV, Mr Papastergiadis says there is room for joint exhibitions if the other side is willing. “We are hoping to work in conjunction with the university to do joint exhibitions and try and find a way to showcase what they’ve got as well,” he says. For the RMIT archives, the project is still at least a year off. For now, hope remains that at least one archive will be displayed and open to the public, giving it the attention it deserves in the Greek community.
L’attaque de l’ours blanc norvégien liée à un mal de dents ?Mardi, l’institut vétérinaire norvégien a indiqué que l’ours blanc qui a attaqué des touristes britanniques le 5 août dernier en Norvège souffrait d’un mal de dents. Ceci serait, en partie responsable de l’attaque au cours de laquelle un jeune de 17 ans est mort.C’est un mal de dents qui a eu des conséquences tragiques. Le 5 août dernier, un ours polaire a attaqué un petit groupe de campeurs britanniques qui visitaient l’île de Spitsbergen en Norvège. L’animal a alors tué l’un d’entre eux âgé de 17 ans et a grièvement blessé quatre autres personnes. Alertés par les témoins de la scène, les services de secours sont rapidement intervenus mais n’ont pas eu d’autre choix que d’abattre l’ours. À lire aussiL’attaque spectaculaire d’un ours polaire affamé sur un phoqueOr, plus de 10 jours après le drame, l’institut vétérinaire de Norvège a peut-être trouvé une explication à la soudaine attaque. En examinant le cadavre de l’animal, les vétérinaires se sont en effet aperçus que ses dents étaient “très abimées”. “Sur deux des canines et plusieurs incisives, les nerfs étaient à vif. Cela a dû provoquer d’importantes douleurs et modifier le comportement de l’ours”, a commenté Bjoernar Ytrehus, de l’institut norvégien. Selon lui, cette usure pourrait être due à l’âge de l’animal, une maladie ou une blessure dont il souffrait et qu’il l’a obligé à se nourrir de végétaux plutôt que de ses proies animales habituelles, abimant ainsi ses dents. “Ça a pu être un facteur qui a contribué à l’attaque”, a déclaré le vétérinaire à l’AFP lors d’un entretien téléphonique. Il a également souligné : “Affamé et souffrant, un ours est beaucoup plus imprévisible et agressif alors qu’en temps normal, il se serait vraisemblablement aventuré dans le campement de façon plus prudente”. Il s’agissait de la cinquième attaque mortelle d’un ours polaire sur l’archipel de Svalbard en Norvège depuis 1973, date à laquelle l’espèce a commencé à être protégée. Le 17 août 2011 à 09:08 • Maxime Lambert
AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe says his team performed poorly in their 2-1 away defeat at Newcastle on Saturday.Howe was disappointed with the Cherries’ performance, as they lost to Newcastle after going down two goals in the first half.I think we didn’t perform well in the first half and I’m disappointed with the start, we gave ourselves a mountain to climb going 2-0 down,” Howe told Bournemouth website.“We did well for phases of the second half but it wasn’t to be, the lads kept going right to the end so that’s an initial positive.Eddie Howe pleased with attacking poise, but feels Wilson was too honest Stuart Heath – August 25, 2019 A.F.C Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe felt as though his striker Callum Wilson was too honest against Manchester City and may have won a penalty,…“You felt like a goal was coming, but we just couldn’t force it through.“We feel we’re good enough to beat almost anybody in this league if we perform well, but today we haven’t hit our best levels and have been beaten.“This league is ruthless enough to do that to you, and the challenge is now for us to analyze this game and we have to come back as a better team for it after the international break.”
Rajamahendravaram: Suhrunmandali on Saturday felicitated ‘Sastri Nidhi’, ‘Mahamahopadhaya’ and President of India awardee Viswanadha Gopala Krishna at Datla Subhadraayamma auditorium in which many elites of the city were present. Participating in the programme, Godavari Urban Development Authority (GUDA) former chairman Ganni Krishna said that the great scholar Viswanadha Gopala Krishna is an asset to the city. Receiving President of India award is a great honour to him as well as to the city and underlined the need to honour him. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us BC Roy awardee and noted psychiatrist Karri Rama Reddy said it is proud to the cultural capital of the city in which Viswanadha Gopala Krishna was born and brought name and fame to the city with his excellence in Sanskrit. Awards and rewards are not new to him and Mahamahopadhaya title was conferred to him at the age of 60. Usually the title will be given in nineties, he said. Also Read – Event management students of SPMVV exhibit talent Advertise With Us Noted builder and philanthropist DVN Raju said the people in the city should learn things from the great scholar to lead good life. Mayor Pantham Rajani Sesha Sai said civic reception will be given to Viswanadha Gopala Krishna and the issue was taken to the notice of commissioner. Responding to the felicitation, Viswanadha Gopala Krishna said he wants to mingle with everything which gives him joy. Because of the blessings of the people, he was given President of India award and assured to keep up the values and glory of the grand city of culture. Dr Aripirala Nayarayana Rao, Perumalla Radhunadh, VVSK Kumar, JR Sarma, VV Gopal, Kavita Prasad and many others were present.
In ChildrenSevere heart disease generally becomes evident during the first few months after birth. Some babies are blue or have very low blood pressure shortly after birth. Other defects cause breathing difficulties, feeding problems, or poor weight gain.Minor defects are most often diagnosed on a routine medical check-up. Minor defects rarely cause symptoms. While most heart murmurs in children are normal, some may be due to defects.If the heart problem is significant, the child’s pediatrician will likely refer the child to a pediatric cardiologist. Pediatric cardiologists are trained to diagnose and treat heart problems in infants, children, and young adults. They have the training and equipment to find out what tests and treatments the child will need, and how often the child will need heart checkups in the future.In AdultsFor pregnant women, the American Heart Association recommends maintaining a healthy pregnancy weight, monitoring and measuring diabetes, and taking prescribed prenatal vitamins and minerals, especially folic acid. For adults who believe they may have a heart defect, it is important to visit a cardiologists who can evaluate their medical history and perform a physical exam. Physicians may also order an electrocardiogram (called an EKG or ECG), chest X-ray, or an echocardiogram (ultrasound movie of the heart). A ventricular septal defect can lead to heart failure, high blood pressure in the lungs (pulmonary hypertension), infection of the heart (endocarditis), irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias), and delayed growth. Small holes may heal on their own or cause no symptoms. Larger holes may require surgery to stitch the hole closed or to cover the hole with a patch.For more information about congenital heart defects, visit the American Heart Association website at www.heart.org
Popular on Variety Nintendo may be working on a case that can turn a smartphone into a working Game Boy, complete with functioning buttons and directional pad, according to a recently published patent uncovered by Siliconera.The folio case fully encloses a phone and uses a sheet of conductive material to transmit a finger’s touch to the smartphone’s capacitive screen, according to the patent, which was published in late September. A square window at the top of the case, above the directional pad and two buttons, turns the top of a smartphone’s screen into the screen of the classic Nintendo handheld gaming system.The FCC approved a Nintendo wireless game device on the same date that the patent was published, though the FCC’s approval includes an approved 180 days of confidentiality so the images of the device are not included with the approval. Given the timing of the confidentiality, it seems likely that Nintendo will be releasing the Game Boy phone case this holiday season, though the photos won’t be released until March.A case designed to be used to play Nintendo games on smartphones falls neatly in line with Nintendo’s relatively recent push into the mobile space. Nintendo has seen some early success as it continues to push into the mobile game space. While “Super Mario Run” didn’t do as well as expected, other games like “Fire Emblem Heroes” and “Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp” did much better. “Fire Emblem,” a gacha-style tactical RPG, is doing especially well for Nintendo. It’s reportedly earned over $400 million in revenue since its launch in February 2017. “Pocket Camp” has reportedly made over $25 million since its debut.This new case would allow Nintendo to tap into its vast back catalog of handheld games, a move that would also follow in the footsteps of Nintendo’s lucrative retro systems that it has been releasing over the past couple of years. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
There’s nothing like seeing a classic film in the way it was meant to be seen: on the big screen. You can watch Casablanca on your computer nowadays, but before home video was even a thing, you had to see these classics in the theater.Fathom Events is bringing many of cinema’s most iconic films back to theaters in 2017 in the TCM Big Screen Classics series. Each film will only be in theaters for two showings only and will be provided with commentary from TCM hosts Ben Mankiewicz and Tiffany Vazquez.“The TCM Big Screen Classics series presents a unique opportunity for movie lovers to experience some of the most beloved classics of all time, on the big screen and with a live audience, as they were originally intended to be shown,” said Genevieve McGillicuddy, vice president of partnerships and brand activation at Turner Classic Movies.The full list of movies set to hit theaters is as follows:Some Like It Hot (1959)The Godfather (1972)The Graduate (1967)Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)An Affair to Remember (1957)All About Eve (1950)The Princess Bride (1987)Smokey and the Bandit (1977)Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)Singin’ in the Rain (1952)North by Northwest (1959)Bonnie and Clyde (1967)Casablanca (1942).Classic cinema, along with Turner Classic Movies, is making a comeback thanks in part to services like Filmstruck, which features films from the Criterion Collection and harder to find entries from Stanley Kubrick, and the Soviet Union.The first films to hit theaters are Singin’ in the Rain on Jan. 15 and 18, and An Affair to Remember on Feb. 12 and 15. Many of the screening are milestone anniversary events too (it’ll be Singin’ in the Rain’s 65th anniversary). You can see the full schedule at the Fathom Events website.My personal recommendations: Some Like it Hot, a comedy starring Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, who go undercover as women to escape the wrath of a Chicago gang, and The Princess Bride, which I’m sure most people have seen, but you never know who among us is hiding a secret. Singin’ in the Rain is also a shockingly good comedy and musical about Hollywood politics that holds up decades after its initial release. Stay on target Watch ‘Doctor Who’ Xmas Special in Cinemas Dec. 27When ‘MST3K’ Met ‘Who’: RiffTrax Takes ‘Th…
A composite, layered image of 16 individuals (eight women) photographed twice in a cross-over design. These photos average the facial features of all 16 people into a single face. Can you tell which person is sick? A or B? (Answer at the bottom of this article. (Credit: Axelsson et al)Humans seem to possess an uncanny ability to read sickness on others’ faces, even in the earliest stages of an infection.No kidding, you might say. Who couldn’t pick out a poor soul who’s been in the throes of the flu, red nose and all? But our ability to detect sickness is far more sensitive than that, according to a study by John Axelsson and his team from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. Our face-assessing abilities are, perhaps, so sensitive, that we might even detect signs of sickness in another person’s face long before they know they’re sick.It’s well known that humans immediately judge attractiveness, trustworthiness, dominance and basic emotions in a face; so, why not sickness?In a simple experiment, Axelsson injected healthy volunteers with either a placebo or lipopolysaccharide (LPS), an endotoxin that kicks off an inflammatory stress response in the body—it simulates the physical response to being sick. Researchers snapped photographs of each person just two hours after receiving an injection and after blood tests revealed the inflammatory response had started.Then, entirely new sets of observers were brought into the lab to scrutinize the images. In the first trial, observers simply indicated if they thought a person was sick or not. On a scale of 0 to 1, with .5 being pure chance, observers scored a .62, which means their ability to detect a sick person from a glance wasn’t random. In a second trial, observers homed in on the specific facial cues that indicated a person was sick.Based on their responses, people who received the LPS injection appeared to have paler lips and skin, a more swollen face, mouths with drooped corners, hanging eyelids, redder eyes and less glossy skin. Of all of these indicators, pale lips were the most apparent sign of sickness noted by observers. Researchers published their study Wednesday in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.Subtle CuesEvolutionarily speaking, detecting and avoiding sick individuals is a survival imperative. Animals with powerful olfactory abilities have the luxury of detecting the chemical signatures of illness in urine and feces. And while there’s some evidence that humans can smell a sick person, our visual diagnostic abilities might be far more refined than our noses’.Let’s keep in mind, people were spotting sickness in others just hours after receiving an infection. This is an indication that the subtlest cues in a person’s face can alert us to sickness, before their nastiest, phlegmiest, wheeziest symptoms emerge. And this early detection ability is key, because people tend to be most contagious in the earliest days of their ailment, which could be days or weeks before they reach for the Kleenex. Therefore, our sensitivity to changes in the face may provide fair warning to stay away.Now, to be clear, a success rate of .62 is better than chance, but it certainly didn’t floor researchers. That the predictive power of their ratings was low wasn’t surprising, as the observers were only exposed to photographs for few seconds, the researchers explain.In reality, people may be even more receptive to sick-face cues in person, especially if they’ve seen a person before—in good health.“There is a need to further test how accuracy can be improved, for example through learning, and whether identification is similar across diseases and ethnic groups,” researchers wrote in their study.Moving forward, researchers would like to narrow down facial cues that are exclusive to sickness, and not, say, outward signs of fatigue or basic emotions like anger and fear. For example, there’s a fair amount of overlap in changes that occur to faces of tired people and sick people. Their research also begs further questions: Do certain diseases affect facial features in specific ways? Could health professionals better identify a sick person with facial-recognition practice?The earlier contagion is detected, the easier it is to contain. So, let’s extrapolate even further: If researchers can identify all the nuance of a sick face, it’s easy to foresee a facial-recognition app that can provide a quick check-up via a cell phone.If that theoretical technology were to ever arrive, kids can about forget sticking a thermometer on a light-bulb to feign a fever and play hooky. Moms will just pull out their iPhones, snap a photo and send their deceptive offspring off to school.And, in case you’re playing, the sick person—who received the LPS injection—in the top image is (A). Were you correct?
This week California’s net neutrality bill passed through the California State Assembly. The bill went through on a vote of 61-18 – it will now move on to the senate (again), where a vote will likely happen next week. California’s net neutrality bill is one of a number of state level responses to the FCC’s decision to repeal the existing legislation (Washington and Oregon are the only 2 states to have passed full net neutrality bills). It’s believed to be the toughest net neutrality bill in the U.S. This is because as well as preventing ISPs from throttling traffic, and stopping them from charging websites for special access to internet users, it also bans “zero rating” on certain apps (which is where using certain apps won’t count against a user’s data usage). Miguel Santiago, (D-Los Angeles) said, when presenting the bill, that ““The Trump administration destroyed the internet as we know it, plain and simple… We have an opportunity in California to lead this nation by voting yes for this bill.” However, there was some criticism of the bill from Republicans. For example, Jim Paterson, Republican Assemblymember for Fresno, argued that the argument needs to be resolved at a federal level. “The worst possible thing we can do is have created 50 different state FCCs.” The EFF responds to California net neutrality vote As you might expect, the EFF – the Electronic Frontier Foundation – was jubilant at the result. “You did it” exclaimed the title of a blog post published on the organization’s website on Thursday. “ISPs have tried hard to gut and kill this bill, pouring money and robocalls into California. There was a moment where that campaign looked like it might have been successful, but you spoke out and got strong net neutrality protections restored. But that hiccup means that, although a version of the bill already passed in the California Senate, it’s now different enough from that initial version to have to be re-voted on.” The EFF urged people in California to “contact your California state senator and tell them to vote yes.” “California can prove that ISP money can’t defeat real people’s voices.” Find out more about what you can do to support the net neutrality bill in California here. Read next Furthering the Net Neutrality debate, GOP proposes the 21st Century Internet Act Google releases new political ads library as part of its transparency report
TORONTO – Toronto actress Carina Cojeen is a voracious bookworm these days — thanks to her headphones and computer speakers.In the past year in a half, she’s consumed dozens of titles via digital audiobook, a format she first got into as a way to help her sleep at night. Now, she also listens while cleaning and doing work at home.“Almost every second of the day,” Cojeen says. “I don’t listen to the radio anymore, I hardly watch movies or TV.”Cojeen is part of a growing trend of readers looking for convenient ways to consume their favourite authors.Audiobook production has grown for the past three years, according to a recently released study by industry organization BookNet Canada on the state of digital publishing in this country in 2017.More than half, or 61 per cent, of Canadian publishers are now producing digital audiobooks — up from 37 per cent in 2016, according to the report.And 73 per cent of Canadian publishers surveyed said they believed audiobook sales will increase in the coming year.Last September Penguin Random House Canada launched its own audiobooks program, complete with a recording studio in its Toronto office. So far they’ve created more than 50 digital audiobooks in Canada, including Miriam Toews’s upcoming novel “Women Talking” and Debbie Travis’s upcoming book “Design Your Next Chapter.”“The business itself is in its infancy, so we’re starting from the ground and going up, but we are seeing a really good response,” says Marion Garner, who heads the audiobooks program as deputy publisher at Penguin Random House Canada.HarperCollins Canada says it’s also seen a growth in audiobook popularity this year.“It’s a 60 per cent increase for us this year, compared to year over year,” says Leo MacDonald, senior vice-president of sales and marketing at HarperCollins Canada.Simon & Schuster Canada, meanwhile, released its first Canadian digital audiobooks this past spring.House of Anansi Press also entered the audiobook market in the past year, producing over two dozen of its own titles in Toronto through ECW Press, including Tanya Talaga’s award-winning book “Seven Fallen Feathers.”“It’s a super time-consuming activity but it’s also totally fascinating, and not cheap,” says Sarah MacLachlan, president of House of Anansi Press. “We are still waiting to see how it bears fruit.”Both Kobo and Audible say they’ve seen growth in the market in recent months.Experts point to a rise in listening culture due to the popularity of podcasts, the ubiquity of smartphones and smart speakers, and a demand for entertainment that can be consumed on the go and while multi-tasking.Canada was slower to adopt the format, largely due to a lack of dedicated digital audiobook retailers in this country. But that changed in the past year with the emergence of platforms including Audible and Kobo.Audiobooks are also available in Canada on the OverDrive platform for libraries and schools.Carlyn Craig, founder of Canadian audiobook publisher Post Hypnotic Press, says she used to run into “a lot more snobby attitudes toward” the format in this country when she first launched her company in 2010.Most of her company’s sales are in the U.S. but these days she’s seeing a “a small uptick” in the market in Canada.“We’re certainly seeing a big interest in actors who want to narrate, in publishers who want to get their work out there,” Craig says.Indeed, actors on this side of the border are getting word in the medium.Penguin Random House says it has hired some local actors for audiobooks in Canada, including Gordon Pinsent for author Wayne Johnston’s “First Snow, Last Light” and Paul Gross for “Operation Medusa” by Major General David Fraser and Brian Hanington.Anansi has also used actors, and Garner says Canada’s performers’ union, ACTRA, is encouraging their membership to embrace the format.But not all performers are a good fit to voice books, says Dawn Harvey, a Calgary-based audiobook narrator who’s done about 50 titles and teaches a course on the craft.Harvey notes audiobook narrators often specialize in doing different accents and reading different languages. They can also voice both male and female characters who range in age, and “do it in such a way that the listener knows who’s speaking even without attributions in the text.”“If (A-list actors) haven’t listened to a lot of audiobooks to understand the requirements, they’re not necessarily going to do a very good job — but they’re going to get paid 100 times more than the people who do this every day for a living,” says Harvey.Of course, some authors also narrate their own books. Publishers say they prefer that approach when it comes to memoirs.Canadian author Vironika Tugaleva decided to narrate her own book, “The Art of Talking to Yourself,” in part because of its personal nature.“If somebody else were to read those words, it just wouldn’t have felt right,” Tugaleva says, noting there’s one part in the upcoming audiobook where her voice shakes because of the emotional material.For Cojeen, what matters most is that they’re good narrators.“I’m extremely picky,” she says, noting she’s stopped listening to some audiobooks because she didn’t like the narrator.“It’s hard to find good American readers. I really wish Canadians would get more into the audiobook world, because I have a feeling the way we talk and read will be better.” Author Debbie Travis prepares to record a passage from her book at her publisher’s studio, in Toronto on Thursday, July 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young Audiobooks growing in popularity in Canada as publishers jump on the trend by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 23, 2018 12:58 pm PDT Last Updated Jul 23, 2018 at 1:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email