Whose Line Star Colin Mochrie Supports Transgender Daughter On Twitter

first_img Twitter Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Colin Mochrie has taken to Twitter to criticize intolerance of transgender people, revealing that he and wife Deb McGrath are the parents of a trans daughter.“My 90-year-old mother-in-law and 87-year-old mother[‘s] love and acceptance of our trans daughter warms me,” the Canadian “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” star shared on Twitter, adding: “Wonder why some who are younger can’t.” Login/Register With:last_img read more

Play on – music serves as tool in UNbacked plan for peaceful

31 July 2007If music be the food of love, then it can also serve to promote peaceful elections in a country recovering from a disastrous decade-long civil war. Such is the updating of the famous line from Shakespeare adapted by the United Nations and its partners to fit the upcoming polls in Sierra Leone. More than a dozen well-known area musicians are touring the Sierra Leone countryside in a series of peace-promoting concerts as the small West African country prepares for presidential and parliamentary elections on 11 August, the second since it emerged in 2002 from a brutal conflict that saw thousands killed and many others with their limbs cut off in a terror-campaign of mutilation. “Music is one of the most important resources of Sierra Leone,” UN Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative Victor Angelo says. “These young people represent what is best about the country, and the UN is proud to support them so that their message of peace reaches all the citizens of their country.” The initiative, “Artists for Peace,” is being jointly organized by UNDP, the Government’s National Communications Strategy Project, the Centre for the Coordination of Youth Activities (CCYA) and the participating artists, who will perform in several cities, with each concert encouraging political tolerance and non-violence. Popular musicians such as Wahid, Daddy Ish, Cee Jay, Velma and Camouflage are among the line-up for the peace rallies scheduled for several locations in Freetown, the capital, and in the provinces in Makeni, Bo, Kenema and Kono. “Elections are meant to uplift the lives of all citizens,” Velma, one of the lead female musicians in her self-titled group, says. “We want to use our voices to encourage people to exercise their civic rights in a peaceful manner and to remain tolerant of each other.” read more

Hess Village security concerns

There’s been three violent attacks near Hess Village in just over a week. There are supposed to be additional police officers on weekends during the summer to help with any issues in the entertainment district but most of the time Hamilton Police can’t find officers to do it.It’s called Paid Duty. Extra shifts that officers can pick up outside of their regular hours.Today CHCH learned from Hamilton Police that those shifts in Hess Village are only filled about 20 percent of the time.An 18 year-old man was stabbed in the head during a fight early Saturday morning near the Lazy Flamingo.Two days before that two teenagers, one 17 the other 19, were sent to hospital after a shooting not far from Hess Village.The weekend before, a woman in her 30’s was also stabbed next to the bar Blu.The party goers in Hess Village are often accompanied by extra police officers says Hamilton City Councilor Lloyd Ferguson.“Last weekend there was supposed to be 5 paid duty officers there and there weren’t any. However I want the public to feel comfortable with the fact that we have an action team that can be picked up and moved with quickly.”Police Union President Clint Twolan says not many officers want to do it.“There are officer safety issues. I myself have been attacked a couple of time down in Hess and that was in tactical uniform, so it can be a difficult place to work at some times.”He says with staffing shortages there’s lots of extra shifts and paid duty to choose from.“When you have the option to do a shift down at Hess for 4 or 5 hours or you can come in and depending on the weather you can be in a cruiser for 12 hours, more and more the officers are selecting the 12 hour shift.”At one time a city bylaw required bar owners to pay for extra policing. 10 additional officers. That number has been reduced to five because the crowds aren’t as big as they used to be.“Its not an uncommon problem, we have a huge demand particularly in the summer months our paid duty officers.”The Union President telling CHCH even if one or two officers agree to the paid duty shifts here in Hess Village it’s not enough. There needs to be a number of officers to make sure they are safe. read more

UN health agency plans new fight against flu

Far from being an innocuous “cold-like” infection, flu is a killer, causing approximately 20,000 deaths each year in the United States alone, the agency said in a statement issued in Geneva. It warned that the virus that causes flu is highly contagious and affects on average one in ten adults and one in three children every year. Explosive outbreaks of influenza – typically lasting six to eight weeks – occur every year. Experts predict that it is only a matter of time before a brand new influenza strain emerges and sweeps across the planet, causing a devastating pandemic. WHO is developing a Global Agenda on Influenza, which the agency calls “a kind of worldwide ‘hit list’ of activities to reduce the death and disease caused by annual epidemics of influenza.” The first stage is a call for all those involved in monitoring, treating or studying outbreaks to identify the biggest problems they face and to propose possible ways to address them. There is a particularly urgent need to tackle flu in developing countries, where it is often not perceived as a major public health problem, partly due to a lack of reliable information. The Global Agenda is an opportunity to tackle this lack of vital data, WHO says. The agency invites all those interested in influenza control – academics, policy makers, national drug licensing and donor agencies, the pharmaceutical industry, private sector groups, and those involved in advocacy and communication – to provide input to the Global Agenda. WHO expects to publish the Global Agenda on Influenza on the Internet later in 2001 so that it may be discussed publicly. The Agenda will then be continuously updated to take account of comments and the most up-to-date research. read more

Dinosaurs became extinct because they could not hatch quickly enough

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A hatchling Protoceratops andrewsi fossil from the Gobi Desert Ukhaa Tolgod, MongoliaCredit:Amercian Museum of Natural History M. Ellison This image shows the daily growth lines in the dentine of an embryonic tooth of Hypacrosaurus.  In contrast, birds and small mammals only took a few weeks for their offspring to emerge giving them a distinct advantage.The discovery was made by scientists at Florida State University and the University of Calgary, who realised it was possible to calculate how long it took for dinosaurs to hatch based on marks on the teeth of embryos and babies.Just like tree rings growing a new layer each year, teeth grow a new layer each day, which can be seen in microscopic lines in the dentine.By simply counting the lines, scientists found that it took dinosaurs between three and six months to hatch. A fossilized embryo of the dinosaur Hypacrosaurus However, similar sized reptilian eggs typically take twice as long, ranging from several weeks to many months. To find out where dinosaurs fitted in, the team studied the fossils of dinosaur embryos.“Time within the egg is a crucial part of developmentt, but this earliest growth stage is poorly known because dinosaur embryos are rare,” said Darla Zelenitsky, assistant professor of geoscience at the University of Calgary.“Embryos can potentially tell us how dinosaurs developed and grew very early on in life and if they are more similar to birds or reptiles in these respects.”The two types of dinosaur embryos researchers examined were those from  a protoceratops, a sheep-sized dinosaur found in the Gobi desert whose eggs were quite small, and hypacrosaurus, an enormous duck-billed dinosaur found in Alberta, Canada with eggs weighing nine pounds.The team ran the embryonic jaws through a CT scanner to visualise the forming dentition. Then, they extracted several of the teeth to examine them under sophisticated microscopes. Growth lines on the teeth showed researchers precisely how long the dinosaurs had been growing in the eggs. Prof Erickson said the teeth are “kind of like tree rings, but they’re put down daily. So we could literally count them to see how long each dinosaur had been developing”.Their results showed nearly three months for the tiny protoceratops embryos and six months for those from the giant hypacrosaurus.The study was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Gregory Erickson is a professor of biological science at Florida State UniversityCredit:FSU Photography Servicescenter_img Researchers examined a fossilized embryo of the dinosaur HypacrosaurusCredit:Credit, courtesy of Darla Zelinitsky The mystery of why the dinosaurs  became extinct after the Cretaceous meteor strike, while birds and mammals flourished, may finally have been solved.Paleontologists have discovered that dinosaur young took so long to hatch and grow into adulthood that populations failed to recover quickly enough after the devastating impact 65 million years ago. Gregory Erickson is a professor of biological science at Florida State University This image shows the daily growth lines in the dentine of an embryonic tooth of Hypacrosaurus Credit:G.M. Erickson A hatchling Protoceratops andrewsi fossil from the Gobi Desert Ukhaa Tolgod, Mongolia The lengthy incubation period – in comparison to small mammals – made the hatchlings, and their parents, vulnerable to predators and left them struggling to re-establish their species.“Some of the greatest riddles about dinosaurs pertain to their embryology, virtually nothing is known,” Gregory Erickson, professor of biological science at Florida said.“We suspect our findings have implications for understanding why dinosaurs went extinct at the end of the Cretaceous period, whereas amphibians, birds, mammals and other reptiles made it through and prospered.” Because birds are living dinosaurs, scientists have long assumed that the duration of dinosaur incubation was similar to birds, whose eggs hatch within 11 to 85 days.last_img read more

Pictured Inside the fake room behind a fridge made by British Josef Fritzl to

first_imgA violent paedophile who made a “hidey hole” in his home to conceal a girl he was abusing has been convicted of a string of sex crimes in a case described as “reminiscent” of Josef Fritzl.Michael Dunn, 57, from Redcar, North Yorks, knocked through the wall behind his fridge to create a cavity that he used to hide the runaway girl from the police.Teesside Crown Court heard that Dunn, who was “paranoid, controlling and short tempered”, abused four victims with the offences spanning a number of decades.A source who worked on the case later described it as “reminiscent in many ways of Josef Fritzl”, the Austrian who kept his daughter prisoner for 24 years as a sex slave. The ‘hidey hole’ in the home of violent paedophile Michael Dunn, which he used to conceal a girl he was abusingCredit:CPS/PA Prosecutor Richard Bennett told the jury that if any of Dunn’s victims challenged him, “they suffered physically” and “he had sex when he wanted”.”Michael Dunn is a violent, controlling and sexually abusive man,” he said.He told the jury that the victims “were in his thrall and felt almost powerless” against their “paranoid and short-tempered” abuser.The court heard he would use a bag of dust and a panel to camouflage the hole where the girl was kept, concealing her from the police on eight or nine occasions. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Det Sgt Dave Pettrick, of Cleveland Police, said: “This was an extremely complex and difficult inquiry which spanned many years and several locations in the UK.”I would first of all like to pay tribute to the victims for their bravery and for supporting our investigation, which enabled us to bring Dunn before the courts. Michael Dunn “Essentially Dunn groomed several women and young girls, in some cases making them completely dependent on him, and carrying out sexual offences against all of them.”Some of the victims were kept in line through Dunn’s extreme violence or even through the fear of violence and he had complete and absolute control over their lives.”He ensured he and his victims evaded the authorities while he continued to abuse and control the women. Needless to say, all four women are deeply affected by their terrible ordeal. I hope today’s verdict will bring some comfort to them as they attempt to move on with their lives.”Judge Tony Briggs remanded Dunn in custody until his next appearance. Josef Fritzl Michael Dunn knocked through a wall behind his fridge to create a cavity that he used to hide the runaway girl from policeCredit:Cleveland Police The girl had already been the victim of sexual abuse, having been raped and beaten by another man, the court heard.Mr Bennett said: “The Crown say he took advantage of that situation for his own sexual gratification.”He imprisoned a second female victim, subjecting her to repeated violence, and filled his house with cameras, locks on the outside of doors and alarms.He also groomed and sexually assaulted another vulnerable under-age girl, giving her alcohol and cigarettes, and raped another pre-teenage girl.On Wednesday, the jury convicted him of 10 rapes, three charges of false imprisonment and three charges of indecent assault. He was cleared of one charge of rape, one of making a threat to kill and one of grievous bodily harm. Michael Dunn’s case has been compared to that of Josef Fritzl, the Austrian paedophile (pictured) The 'hidey hole' in the home of violent paedophile Michael Dunn, which he used to conceal a girl he was abusing Dunn groomed several women and young girls, in some cases making them completely dependent on him, and carrying out sexual offences against all of themDet Sgt Dave Pettricklast_img read more

6 unexpected things that happened this week

first_imgFaking your death? Make like this guy and use a dog dressed in your clothes. Shockingly, police in China weren’t fooled by the fraudster, who left a dead dog’s body on the road to try and fake his own car-crash death to abandon his family and start a new life with his lover. What a luckywoman, real gem she’s got there. (Global Times)A man in Perth, Australia, has been charged with drink-driving… a motorised cooler. Motorised cooler? Fine. Motorised cooler fully stock with beer? Errr. Hillary’s police stopped the man booting it down the middle of West Coast Drive and charged him with driving under the influence despite the fact that he was only going about 20km an hour. Well, at least he avoided the horrible fate of having to sip warm beer. (Perth Now)Here’s all the previous weird news. JUMP IN> PGPD issues BOLO for Bunny. CA$H reward from @PGCrimeSolvers for info leading to arrest. http://t.co/eluphkxLTT pic.twitter.com/1ZdBIKpP5q— PGPDNEWS (@PGPDNews) June 9, 2014 CRAZY, WE JUST can’t sleep. We’re so excited, we’re in TOO DEEP. Less about Brit Brit and being crazy, some weird and wonderful stuff happened this week.How fortunate you are that we’ve rounded them all up for you this fine Saturday morning. You lucky, lucky bunch. “Isn’t she luuucky”.Hit it.A dog in Spain gave her owners a shock when she gave birth to a litter of pups, two of which were green. There’s no obvious reason why the two have green coats, leaving everyone baffled. Breeder Aida Vallelado Molina initially thought the puppies were dirty, but attempts to clean them failed. A local vet is now investigating the cause of the little alien pups but we’re sure they come in peace. (The Local)A woman was left in shock when thieves stole her… 60-foot brick wall. The brick bandits pretended to be builders and dismantled the handmade bricks dating back to the 1890s. Poor Leigh O’Shea who is doing up the property couldn’t believe it when she realised what had happened. The bricks were said to be valued at £4,000 and Essex Police are now investigating the incident. Bet they’re brickin’ it they’ll be caught, WHA? (Southend Standard)A man has been arrested for attempting to shoot the moon. What, even? Cameron Read from Arizona, was confronted by the Prescott Valley Police Department when his girlfriend called them, claiming Read was firing a handgun. Apparently, Read spotted Halley’s Comet and began firing out the window. His target? The moon. Worth a shot, we suppose, but what did the moon ever do to you, man? (ABC15)Police in Maryland issued a lookout notice for a giant bunny costume. It’d be a bit hard to miss, in fairness. The Prince George’s County Police are on the lookout for the stolen 6-foot tall grey and white bunny suit and they AREN’T KIDDING. As much as we love the idea of an outlaw in a bunny suit, we hope its found ASAP. (NBC Washington)center_img Source: PGPDNEWS/Twitterlast_img read more

Irish and US authorities in touch about man who claimed he killed

first_imgHe said the questions surrounding the measures open to the Irish authorities to bring the alleged perpetrator of this crime to justice “have been examined in detail in the Department of Defence in conjunction with the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Attorney General’s Office and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP)”.“The country with primary jurisdiction in this case is Lebanon in terms of pursuing a prosecution against the alleged perpetrator,” said Coveney.He said this matter has been continually pursued with both the US and Lebanese authorities over the years through all available channels.“During his recent visit to Irish troops serving with UNIFIL in the Lebanon, the Taoiseach again raised the matter with the Lebanese authorities,” said Coveney.Difficult day for the familiesHe added:While the efforts of Irish and other State authorities to see justice done have been consistent and continuous, our thoughts today should be with the families of Privates Barrett and Smallhorne, whose efforts and those of their comrades have ensured that this issue was never forgotten and whose respectful actions and protest have touched us and helped in advancing their cause.I know this is a difficult day for them and while they welcome the detention of Mahmoud Bazzi, I’m sure this re-ignites very difficult memories. Coveney added that the Irish Government will do “everything possible” to pursue justice for both men who lost their lives in active duty. He said he will meet with the families in the coming days.Read: Silent vigil for two Irish peacekeepers tortured and murdered in Lebanon>Read: Man who claimed he killed Irish soldiers arrested in America OFFICIALS AT THE Department of Defence are “in touch” with the US authorities in relation to the detention of the alleged perpetrator of the murder of two Irish soldiers in the Lebanon in 1980.Speaking today on the arrest of Mahmoud Bazzi, a Lebanese man who stood in front of Lebanese reporters in 1980 and claimed he had shot Privates Thomas Barrett and Derek Smallhorne, the Minister for Defence Simon Coveney said he welcomed his detention.On the 18 April, 1980, Private Thomas Barrett and Private Derek Smallhorne were murdered and one soldier, Private John O’Mahony was seriously injured in the incident.The personnel were serving as peacekeepers with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).Special agents with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arrested Bazzi at his Dearborn, Michigan, residence for administrative immigration violations.Coveney said he understands that he will be held in custody by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s pending removal proceedings.Justice Coveney said:I hope this is the start of a process to bring to justice the alleged perpetrator of what was a heinous crime, the torture and murder of two innocent Irish peacekeepers.  My officials are in touch with the US authorities in relation to the matter and how this process will proceed and I am awaiting a report in that regard.last_img read more

Fun times at St Johns

first_imgAcclaimed Australian children’s author Andy Griffiths set the students at St John’s College into hysterics after his visit. Celebrating the National Year of Reading, the junior school children watched on with amazement as the author performed his funny tales, props in hand. The kids even got to collaborate with the author and add to the stories. Over the screams of delight, they were able to get their books signed and speak to the author themselves. Griffiths’ popular Just, and Bum series have frightened and entertained children for many years, and you could see the excitement on all the students faces. St John’s wants to thank Mr Griffiths for taking the time to visit the school. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Institute of Macedonian Studies bequeaths assets to Community

first_imgOf the 700 or so Greek community organisations in Victoria, the Australian Institute of Macedonian Studies (AIMS) has become the first to make plans for its potential demise, bequeathing its assets to the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV) if it is dissolved.The institute made the decision this week after its members unanimously voted to donate its double-storey property in Brunswick, its library books, archives and any funds remaining if the institute ever becomes dissolved.President of the institute, Professor Anastasios Tamis, says the decision was necessary considering what has happened to other institutions without a dissolvement plan.“It wasn’t just symbolic, it was an essential move on behalf of the institute,” he tells Neos Kosmos. “Some Greek Australian organisations have vanished and the properties (they held) are currently being disputed by the Australian government because there are no institutions to accept these properties.”The institute has chosen to bequeath its property to the GOCMV as a way to ensure its assets contribute to the Greek community and its future needs.“We believe this organisation, being democratic and cosmic (not ecclesiastic), totally neutral and secular, deserves our trust,” Professor Tamis says.He says of the 700 or so organisations that still exist in Victoria, at least 350 of them would have property or considerable funds. He believes it’s time for them to accept that the organisation might not live forever and decide where its assets should be divided.“They’re in denial,” Professor Tamis says. “They don’t realise that they are in the process of decay.“We have to invest our trust in the second, third and fourth generation of young Greeks in order to give them the flag that we have carried the last 50 or so years.”Leading by example, the institute hopes that other organisations will be inspired to ask their members for input on where they would like to see the assets directed.As an academic, he hopes to see Greek schools and cultural programs benefit. “It should be given to Greek cultural entities and educational institutions to promote the history and the legacy of the Hellenic culture of Australia,” Professor Tamis believes.“We owe this to the younger generation and the incoming fourth generation.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

The Rocketeers is Disneys sequel reboot of Rocketeer

first_imgDisney has announced The Rocketeer reboot, dubbed The Rocketeers, is actually a sequel, currently in early stages of development.The 1991 cult classic followed the adventures of stunt pilot Cliff Secord who discovered a jetpack, which is about as science fiction as you can get for the film’s World War II setting. The Rocketeers will be a sequel to Secord’s story in a few ways, but a reboot in other aspects. Disney has revealed the film will be headlined by an unannounced, black, female character, with Max Winkler and Matt Spicer writing the script.Oddly enough, this setup sounds eerily similar to Piloteer, a mobile game that was itself very inspired by The Rocketeer.Although the original was considered a box office failure, grossing only  $46 million in its opening weekend, the film has lived on through a tight-knit community of fans. This all culminated in an El Capitan Theatre screening, held by Disney for the film’s 20th anniversary, back in 2011. Fans turned out in droves, with the line for admission extending for blocks, sparking Disney‘s interest in a potential reboot of the movie.The Rocketeers will remain a period piece. This time, however, the Cold War is front and center. Taking place six years after The Rocketeer, the sequel reboot sees Secord missing after leaving to battle the Nazi threat, and a young black woman taking up the mantle of Rocketeer to battle a mad scientist during the Cold War era.Now that the title is plural, we can expect the new Rocketeer to build a team of sorts, to battle the new enemy. Likewise, perhaps Billy Campbell returns for a cameo as the original Rocketeer and we’ll get some retro-new age co-op action. Either way, there will be multiple jetpacks, that you can count on.last_img read more

Rows break out in House of Assembly Speaker demands apologies and withdrawals

first_img TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Recommended for you Related Items:amanda missick, house of assembly, robert hall, sean astwood Budget cuts hurt, but necessary says TCI Deputy Premier in parliamentary debate on hurricane funds Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 12 Nov 2015 – There was turbulence yesterday in the House of Assembly which not only forced a recess but drew angry remarks, chastising comments, some seeming legal representation, firm defenses and reluctant apologies. Hon Robert Hall, Speaker of the House of Assembly: “A member may not include offensive or insulting language in relation to another member and a member must not impute improper motives to another member and that’s my decision on that, and that is not open to debate.”At least three elected officials were cited for being unparliamentarily and made to shift their attitudes, withdraw statements and aim to make amends as the Speaker, Hon Robert Hall tried to bring order to the raucous.Hon Sean Astwood, Member for Five Cays: “Mr. Speaker the statement that I made, I know it to be true so if you want me to stand here and lie on myself for my own statement…” House Speaker: “And I don’t expect you to use the word, that you just used when describing yourself…”Five Cays Member: Mr. Speaker, I withdraw the statement.”Minister, Hon Amanda Missick: “I have no reason to lie I have the texts and Whatsapp in my phone here to confirm the conversation between me and the Member for Five Cays. But if he feels it’s okay to stand here in the sight of God and say that I am not speaking the truth, then that is on him…”Speaker of the House: “Thank you…thank you…”“I want the AG to tell me, no the AG is here to give us advice. I didn’t say anything wrong, that is the problem in here, that is the problem in here…”Speaker of the House: Thank you Madame Deputy, you have made your point…”Today House members head back in for more work and will take on a titan of a problem for borrowers from the former TC Invest; as House Members have been made aware of alleged drastic demands being made by an Interim Administration established company which purchased the debt of the decommissioned investment unit.last_img read more

News Corp Eliminates The Daily

first_imgGreg Clayman, publisher of The Daily, will oversee the company’s digital strategy, new digital investments and distribution partnerships. Jesse Angelo, the founding editor-in-chief of The Daily and long-time executive editor of The New York Post, will assume the role of publisher of The New York Post. Technology and other assets from The Daily, including some staff, will be folded into The Post.In addition to shuttering The Daily, the company announced that it would separate its publishing and media and entertainment businesses. These two divisions signify the start of two independent, publicly traded companies.According to a statement from the company, the publishing entity will retain the name News Corporation, while the media and entertainment company, which began when Murdoch acquired 20th Century Fox and launched the Fox Network more than 25 years ago, will be named Fox Group. Robert Thomson, editor-in-chief of Dow Jones and managing editor of The Wall Street Journal since 2008, will become CEO of the new publishing company. Gerard Baker, currently deputy editor-in-chief of The Wall Street Journal, will succeed Robert Thomson as editor-in-chief of Dow Jones and managing editor of The Wall Street Journal beginning Jan. 1.  Check back with FOLIO: for updates. Stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, follow us on Facebook & Twitter! News Corporation is undergoing some structural changes and will be eliminating its daily iPad-only news app, The Daily, on December 15. The brand “will live on in other channels,” says the company in a statement. “From its launch, The Daily was a bold experiment in digital publishing and an amazing vehicle for innovation,” says chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch in a press release. “Unfortunately, our experience was that we could not find a large enough audience quickly enough to convince us the business model was sustainable in the long-term. Therefore, we will take the very best of what we have learned at The Daily and apply it to all our properties.”As initially reported by FOLIO:, News Corp. had spent more than $30 million on development of The Daily. In February 2011, it was reported that costs were less than $500,000 per week. “We’ll be happy when we’re selling millions,” Murdoch said. “Our ambitions are high but the costs are low.”last_img read more

Brant Publications Takes Control of Artnews Assets

first_img The subsequent July 2015 merger—which, once completed in October, gave Brant a controlling stake in ARTnews, a longtime competitor to Art in America—was quickly followed by the departures of both Depczyk and his daughter, CEO Izabela Depczyk, who had returned ARTnews to profitability in just over a year at the helm. ARTnews then shifted, late last year, from a monthly publishing schedule to a quarterly one, and the company announced that both ARTnews’ and Art in America’s digital content would be consolidated on artnews.com. Artnews S.A. tapped Vincent Fremont, a longtime Andy Warhol associate, as CEO this past January, replacing Depczyk. In addition to the four art magazines, Brant Publications also owns and operates Interview, the pop culture magazine founded by Andy Warhol in 1969. Artnews S.A., the company, dates back to May 2014, when ARTnews, the title, was acquired by Polish-based Abbey House Group, led by former Philip Morris executive Marcin Depczyk.  The development follows a series of management changes and consolidations among the various titles, culminating in the July 2015 purchase of a 60 percent stake in Artnews S.A. by BMP Media, a subsidiary of Brant Publications, for $16.9 million. In something of a corporate maneuver, Brant Publications had sold 100 percent of its art titles to Artnews S.A. while also becoming a majority shareholder in the buyer. center_img “The U.S. magazines that BMP originally brought into this transaction, Art in America, The Magazine Antiques, and Modern, will continue their normal operation, as will ARTnews, under our management,” said Brant in a statement. “This will allow us to begin to grow the U.S. magazines.” Art collector and publisher Peter Brant’s consolidation in the art media space continues. Brant Publications has assumed full control over the assets of several titles it already owned through last year’s merger with Polish-based Artnews S.A., the company announced today, including Art in America, The Magazine Antiques, Modern, and ARTnews. This is a developing story.last_img read more

Billie Eilish Swedish House Mafia Kings Of Leon More To Play Lollapalooza

first_img Lolla Berlin: Billie Eilish, Kings Of Leon & More billie-eilish-swedish-house-mafia-kings-leon-more-play-lollapalooza-berlin-2019 Lineup per Day for #lollaberlin Get your tickets now: https://t.co/DpBPA102UNPS: Kids-Tickets are already sold out! pic.twitter.com/PqyG8VnVBh— Lollapalooza Berlin (@LollapaloozaDe) February 13, 2019The lineup also reveals a “TBA” headline spot for Saturday, as well as more artists to be shared at a later date. Some of the other notable musical acts, of which there are too many to list, include Afro-Latina rapper Princess Nokia, DJ/producer Gryffin, British indie duo Pale Waves, U.K. crooner Tom Walker and Chinese rap group Higher Brothers.17-year old anti-popstar Eilish and 21-year-old pop/R&B sensation Khalid both made their Lollapalooza debuts last year at the festival’s flagship event in Chicago. EDM heroes Swedish House Mafia are marking a triumphant 2019 reunion tour as they continue to announce headline festival dates. They have yet to share any plans for U.S. shows.Tickets and the complete lineup are available at Lolla Berlin’s website.Billie Eilish Drops New Song, Reveals Debut Album Release Date Facebook Email Billie Eilish, Swedish House Mafia, Kings Of Leon & More To Play Lollapalooza Berlin 2019 center_img News The German edition of the major music festival will also feature Khalid, 6LACK, Twenty One Pilots and Underworld in its eclectic fifth year lineupAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Feb 13, 2019 – 2:20 pm Today Lollapalooza Berlin announced its fifth annual lineup, with GRAMMY-winning rock groups Kings Of Leon and Twenty One Pilots, GRAMMY-nominated EDM supergroup Swedish House Mafia, plus German indie rock group Kraftklub and Dutch DJ/producer Martin Garrix as headliners.The festival will take place on Sept. 7–8 and will also bring GRAMMY-nominated Georgia-born R&B artists 6LACK and Khalid, L.A.-native wunderkid Billie Eilish, GRAMMY-nominated groundbreaking U.K. electronic group Underworld and many more to Berlin for a musical melting pot. Twitter last_img read more

Super 30 day 3 box office collection Hrithik Roshan starrer crosses Rs

first_imgSuper 30 box office collectionYouTube ScreenshotSuper 30 starring Hrithik Roshan has ended its first weekend at the box office with excellent collection on Sunday.The movie has crossed Rs 50 crore mark at the Indian box office on its day 3. Super 30 has had a decent start at the commercial circuits with an earning of Rs 11.83 crore on opening day.Although it was not a great start for a Hrithik starrer, it was satisfactory enough considering the fact that it is a content-driven film. However, with strong word o mouth, Super 30 had witnessed sharp growth in its collection as the weekend started.The film collected Rs 18.19 crore on its second day at the Indian box office. Continuing to cash in on the word of mouth and positive reviews, Super 30 witnessed further rise in its business on day 3.With no other major release last Friday, Super 30 collected Rs 20.74 crore at the Indian box office on Sunday, taking its collection over Rs 50 crore. “#Super30 has an excellent weekend… Performed exceptionally well at multiplexes of metros and Tier-2 cities, while mass circuits also saw a healthy trend… Fri 11.83 cr, Sat 18.19 cr, Sun 20.74 cr. Total: ₹ 50.76 cr. India biz,” Taran Adarsh tweeted. Despite facing some competition from Kabir Singh, Super 30 is doing well at the box office. It will be interesting to see how the movie performs at the commercial circuits on Monday.Directed by Vikas Bahl, Super 30 is based on the life of mathematician Anand Kumar, who provided free education to under-privileged kids. Apart from Hrithik, the movie also features Mrunal Thakur, Pankaj Tripathi and Aditya Shrivastava among others.last_img read more

2 murder accused killed in gunfight

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationTwo men were killed in an alleged gunfight with police in the capital’s Badda area early Thursday.The deceased are Nur Islam and Amit.The deceased were involved with the murder of cable network businessman Farhad Hossain, said Mashiur Rahman, deputy commissioner of Detective Branch of police (Dhaka north).Bodies of the deceased are kept in the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) morgue, police said. Asked about the matter, DMCH police outpost sub-inspector Bacchu Mia said the law enforcement brought two bodies to the hospital morgue in the morning.last_img read more

Apple May Finally Shutter iTunes But the iTunes Era Ended Long Ago

first_imgThat focus on digital media ownership also led to Apple integrating paid TV shows into the iTunes store in 2005. Just like music, Apple first and foremost approached video as a digital product. Something that you would pay for and collect, even if most consumers likely only watched most of their $1.99 TV show episodes once or twice.The app that Apple users love to hateWith iTunes central to Apple’s understanding of digital media, the company began to tack more and more functionality onto the app over time. Some of this had to do with the intricacies of digital rights management.Apple’s model of digital media distribution was based on the notion of ownership. However, its contracts with rights holders stipulated that consumers didn’t actually own those songs, movies and TV shows, but merely acquired licenses for them. As a result, Apple had to implement complicated device management rules, with iTunes becoming the app to authorize and deauthorize devices.Other features likely found their way to iTunes because there wasn’t really another good place to download podcasts, stream internet radio, activate iPhones, back up apps, or install system upgrades. Thus, iTunes slowly morphed from being a digital jukebox with a dead-simple interface to a bloated piece of software with way too many features — an app that Apple users long have loved to hate. Massive iPhone Hack Compromised Thousands of Phones Steven Spielberg’s Apple Event Appearance Was a Slap at Netflix (Analysis) In this new world of diversified services, there is no need for an all-encompassing app focused on media ownership anymore. That’s why Apple is finally blowing up iTunes, years after the age of iTunes came to pass. The release of iTunes came a couple of months before the company introduced the original iPod, and the software was clearly built with the goal of helping mainstream audiences transition into the MP3 era.Apple wouldn’t launch its own music download store for another two years, so iTunes was first and foremost used as a tool to digitize music from CDs, and also help users who may have downloaded MP3s from file sharing networks manage their ever-growing libraries. (The news of iTunes’ demise coincides with the 20-year anniversary of the file sharing app Napster.)The company even advertised the app, and its new iPod gizmo, with the rebellious “Rip, mix, burn” slogan — much to the chagrin of the music industry.From physical to digital media ownershipWhen Apple finally launched its own digital music store in 2003, complete with unprecedented usage rights and pricing, it built the service into iTunes, effectively turning the app into the centerpiece of its digital media strategy.This decision made digital music buying easier than most preceding services, but it also locked users into Apple’s digital ecosystem, and solidified a transactional model of music distribution: Apple’s digital media push was going to replace physical products, but not the idea of a product itself.That decision wasn’t necessarily a given. Digital music startup Listen.com launched its own paid offering, dubbed Rhapsody, in late 2001 with a model that was later refined by Spotify: Rhapsody subscribers could stream an unlimited number of songs, including full albums, for a flat monthly fee.Apple instead banked on ownership, which helped the company to sidestep issues around media portability for devices like the iPod, and later the iPhone. But it was also based on Jobs’ belief that consumers “don’t want to rent their music,” as he said in 2003, when he broadly argued against music subscription services. “That just doesn’t fly with customers,” Jobs said at the time. “They don’t want subscriptions.” Apple is widely expected to formalize the end of iTunes as we know it at its Worldwide Developer Conference in San Jose, Calif. Monday, when the company will give us a first view at the next versions of its desktop and mobile operating systems. As part of that update, Apple is poised to unveil new standalone music, TV and podcasts apps for Macbooks and desktop computers.With that step, Apple is effectively decommissioning iTunes as an all-encompassing media app some 18 years after first introducing the software. This may seem like the end of an era, but the truth is that the iTunes era ended a long time ago.Rip, mix, burnWhen late Apple CEO Steve Jobs first announced iTunes at Macworld Expo in January of 2001, he pitched the app as the company’s take on so-called jukebox software — apps designed to rip CDs and organize music libraries. “iTunes is miles ahead of every other jukebox application, and we hope its dramatically simpler user interface will bring even more people into the digital music revolution,” Jobs was quoted saying at the time.center_img *reading the eulogy at iTunes’s funeral* I’m glad it’s dead and everyone responsible for it should be in prison— pixelatedboat aka “mr tweets” (@pixelatedboat) May 31, 2019The age of servicesBloatware accusations aside, the iTunes era truly ended on March 28, 2014. That’s when Apple announced the acquisition of Beats Electronics and its Beats Music service, which ultimately became Apple Music. With that acquisition, Apple admitted that consumers wanted to rent their music after all — a fact that at that time was already proven by close to 10 million paying Spotify subscribers.That number has since grown tenfold, while Apple has amassed some 50 million subscribers worldwide. Altogether, streaming made up for three-quarters of the industry’s U.S. revenue in 2018, while digital downloads generated just 11%.A similar transition from digital ownership to services has been happening in the video space, where Netflix now has close to 150 million paying customers worldwide, and a growing number of paid and ad-supported services are step by step replacing traditional distribution models. After years of remaining on the sidelines, Apple is set to enter this space with its Apple TV+ service later this year as well, giving the company yet another reason to move away from an app that is focused on ownership and collection.That move to services is also reflected in Apple’s overall business. In the first three months of this year, Apple’s services business generated a whopping $11.5 billion in revenue. And while much of that money still comes from app store sales as well as lucrative contracts with companies like Google, subscriptions are a fast-growing factor: Across its own services and those of other companies using Apple’s billing, Apple had some 390 million paid subscriptions at the end of March. Related Popular on Variety ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Researchers develop rectenna to convert radio waves to electricity

first_img RCA’s Airenergy charger converts WiFi energy to electricity Researchers from Nihon Dengyo Kosaku Co., Ltd, (DENGYO) a Japanese communications infrastructure company, have developed a device they call the “rectenna” that can convert radio waves moving around in the air, to electricity. The name comes from combining the word “rectifier” (a device that is normally used to convert AC power to DC, but can also be used to detect radio signals) with “antenna”. In the demonstration video, the researchers say that the rectenna can convert both WiFi and digital terrestrial broadcast signals, though the amount it converts depends of course on the amount of radio waves in the vicinity. The rectenna comes in two sizes, one for converting WiFi signals, the other for terrestrial. The WiFi version is small, just 12 mm thick, while the terrestrial version is 30 mm thick. Each looks like a plain soft-white pad.Engineers demoing the two devices say electricity produced by the WiFi version is in the microwatts at a distance of just 10cm from the source, not a lot of course, but enough to power a small sensor or tag, they say. As for the terrestrial version, they were able to generate about 1.2mV and 0.06µW of power inside the exhibition hall, where the video was made, at the Tokyo Big Sight. The signals received were from a digital terrestrial broadcast sent from the Tokyo Tower which was about 5.5km away.While neither device converts very much power, the team is confident that uses could be found for such converters, or perhaps new devices created that could take advantage of small amounts of power. They also note that in some areas, such as very near the Tokyo Tower, the rectenna is able produce much more power; in one case it was able to produce 6mW of power, at a distance of 3 or 4 kilometers from the tower.In practical terms it appears the devices might be useful for capturing radio waves in the home and using the electricity produced to power LED monitor lights or as sensors that wake-up other gadgets when someone wants to use them. If enough rectenna’s were connected in a home, consumers might even see lower power bills at the end of the month.Via DigInfo TV © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further Citation: Researchers develop “rectenna” to convert radio waves to electricity (2011, August 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-08-rectenna-radio-electricity.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more