Leading a Revolution: Studios Producing Virtual Reality Films

first_imgAs VR rigs continue advanced testing, there’s been a shift from video game development to interactive virtual reality films. These are the studios leading that charge.Cover image via Oculus Story StudioOriginally intended as a gaming device, the Oculus Rift continues to evolve into a world-changing technology. Other companies are also experimenting with virtual reality, like Google with Cardboard and Jump. Even Samsung has teamed with Oculus to create Gear VR for their Milk VR platform.Now, these tech giants are turning to filmmakers to create original content. The problem is – no one has ever done this before. How can you tell a story in a 360 degree room? Does the story even need a script? Here are how some filmmakers are breaking ground in the world of virtual reality films.Oculus Story StudioIt should come as no surprise that the company leading the virtual reality charge is also the forerunner for developing VR films. A few months after Facebook‘s acquisition of Oculus, the VR company announced the newly formed Story Studio. The goal of the studio was to determine what was possible for VR filmmaking, and then share that knowledge with the world.Even more incredible than sharing their discoveries is the person leading the Story Studio. Oculus hired Saschka Unseld, a 6 year veteran of Pixar Animation Studios. Unseld was a layout artist on several Pixar features, and gained notoriety for directing the Pixar short film The Blue Umbrella.Since becoming the creative director, Unseld has been able to enjoy not having a set budget. It’s his responsibility to explore and learn everything possible. In doing so, they developed a slate of five films to be released in 2015. The goal was to create drastically different projects to determine what type of story is needed for a VR project.The first film, Lost, was focused on magic and wonder. The film was released in January of 2015. It told the story of a giant robot who was searching for his hand. The film takes place in a dark forest, and the team soon learned that a VR film could be far more frightening that they imagined.Image: Lost via Oculus Story StudioThe forrest engulfed the viewer, which could truly terrify a person. It was apparent that there was a massive power and responsibility to VR filmmaking. Their VR film could actually traumatize a person.Story Studio’s second feature would depart the darkness of their first film and focus on humor in a brighter environment. Originally titled Kabloom, the film about a hedgehog on his birthday would evolve into the movie Henry. Henry the hedgehog only wants to hug people, but others are terrified to hug him. The main character was so adorable, the audience watching literally wanted to reach out and hug him as the story moved on.Released in July 2015, Henry was such a success that it has become the most talked about feature throughout tech sites. The film also made the team realize that the audience will question if there is a set story of not. They become so attached to the character, they wondered if the character was actually responding to them.The film was also played on the Unreal Engine. Unlike any video game currently using the engine, Henry really pushed the game engine’s capabilities. The multiple Pixar vets behind Henry were thrilled, as it was similar to the technical boundaries pushed by the first Toy Story film.Currently the studio is working on their third film, Bullfighter. The film aims to put the audience in the ring with a charging bull. We are bound to hear about the exhilarating and terrifying experience soon.Image: Bullfighter via Oculus Story StudioIndustrial Light & MagicLeave it to the magicians at Industrial Light & Magic to take things to another level. ILM actually has an entire department dedicated to researching the use of VR. The Verge was recently let into the ILM VR lab, and what they saw was absolutely incredible. Not only are they working on interactive worlds with dinosaurs and Star Wars characters, they are already using VR practically.Image: Star Wars VR at ILM VR lab via The VergeFor the first Star Wars anthology film, Rogue One, the VR team built a fully interactive digital set. This allowed director Gareth Edwards to put on VR glasses and literally walk the set before the practical set is built. He could decide on any changes he wants to make, move buildings or trees, and he can even plot out camera angles and movement.If VR cinema never takes off, it will certainly become a pre-production tool at the least. VrseVrse is a VR production company headed by Chris Milk. What sets Vrse apart are the partnerships with Vice News and Annapurna Pictures.  At the Sundance Film Festival, Vrse released Vice News VR: Millions March NYC 2014. It’s claimed the be the first 360-degree VR news broadcast. Vrse also released the documentary Clouds Over Sidra, the story of a 12 year old girl in a Syrian refugee camp. You can take a glimpse into Vrse projects with this interactive video. What are your thoughts on VR filmmaking? Have you tried making a 360-degree film? Is this the future? Let us know in the comments belowcenter_img Samsung Milk VR: Gear IndieWhen Samsung decided to offer Gear VR for owners of the Note 4, it only made sense to use the technology Oculus was creating. Users could attach the Note 4 phone to a Gear VR rig to experience the incredible world of virtual reality. Now that the gear was available, Samsung needed content.Samsung launched Milk VR, a service providing free 360-degree experience for Gear VR users. They are now seeking even more content. Samsung made a short VR video called The Recruit. They also signed David Alpert, executive producer of The Walking Dead, to create an original VR series.Image: Nismo Nissan at Le Mans via Samsung Milk VRThe company also started a new channel called Gear Indie. The channel is a Milk VR exclusive that showcases short films from independent filmmakers. The added bonus is the fact that the channel will issue a series of challenges for filmmakers to earn rewards.Challenges will require contestants to figure out technical problems or how to handle storytelling. Gear Indie also established a mentorship program for these independent filmmakers to meet and collaborate with prominent members in the VR community.Google Cardboard & Google JumpIn an attempt to open Virtual Reality up to the masses, Google released Cardboard. The device is literally a cardboard box turned into VR headset. Users can either purchase a Cardboard box, or download the instructions to build their own. Then they simply insert their smart phone into the box. Boom! Instant VR.Google also released Jump, an open source platform that uses 16 GoPro cameras to shoot VR environments. The cameras capture a 360-degree environment. Users can then upload their videos to YouTube, which now supports 360-degree videos.last_img read more

Dengue emerges in Japan for first time in decades

first_imgTOKYO—After reporting the country’s first domestically acquired case of dengue fever in nearly 70 years yesterday, Japan’s health ministry today confirmed finding two more patients. The initial patient, a girl in her teens, had a sudden onset of high fever on 20 August and was hospitalized in Saitama City, near Tokyo. Hospital staff, suspecting dengue, on 26 August sent blood samples to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Tokyo, which confirmed the diagnosis.An epidemiological investigation turned up two more patients. All three are students at the same school in Tokyo and are members of a dance group that regularly practices in a city park, leading the ministry to conclude that students were infected in the park.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Dengue is widespread in the tropics and subtropics. According to the ministry, about 200 Japanese contract the mosquito-borne viral disease each year while traveling overseas. But none of the three patients had traveled overseas. A German woman apparently acquired the virus during a trip to Japan last September. After returning to Berlin, she was hospitalized for an acute fever and rash. Blood tests later confirmed a dengue infection.The dengue virus’s principal vector, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, is not found in Japan, but the tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, can also host the virus and is common throughout much of the country. The ministry played down the risk of an outbreak.last_img read more

BREAKING: NBA considering three huge rule changes for 2018-19 season

first_imgAdvertisementIn a major reform in the league, there are three potential rule changes likely coming to the NBA in the 2018-19 season. The NBA’s board of governors will be focusing on changes to the shot clock, clear path foul, and ‘hostile act’ rules.The news reported by Adrian Woj and Shams Charania and according to them the guidelines for the new rule changes are-Per ESPN:• “A personal foul is committed on any offensive player during his team’s transition scoring opportunity.”• “When the foul occurs, the ball is ahead of the tip of the circle in the back-court, no defensive player is ahead of the offensive player with the scoring opportunity and that offensive player is in control of the ball or a pass to him has been released.”• “The defensive foul deprives the offensive team of a transition scoring opportunity.”The new hostile rule will include that if a player tries to harm another player by elbow, kicks, punch then he may be ejected from the game.Another rule includes the shot clock resetting to 14 seconds (instead of 24) after an offensive rebound.Also Read-NBA: Legendary Lavar Ball Knew Another Ball Won’t Play In The NBA This Year Advertisementlast_img read more

DHT Holdings to Dispose of Oldest VLCC

first_imgzoom As part of its fleet renewal strategy, the crude oil tanker company DHT Holdings has reached an agreement to sell another very large crude carrier (VLCC) oldie, the 2001-built DHT Ann.The company said that the 309,300 dwt vessel fetched a price of USD 24.8 million, slightly over its current market value of USD 22.5 million, VesselsValue data shows.Featuring a length of 334 meters and a width of 58 meters, DHT Ann will be delivered to its new owners during the second quarter of 2017.Upon delivery, the ship is expected to retire from the trading fleet, DHT Holdings said.About USD 13 million of bank debt will be repaid in connection with the sale and the company will record a book loss of about USD 4 million in the first quarter 2017.The sale was agreed only weeks after the shipping firm decided to sell its oldest VLCC, the 1999-built DHT Phoenix.The 307,200 dwt vessel was bought by an undisclosed shipowner for a price of USD 19.1 million.As its sister ship DHT Ann, DHT Phoenix is also set to join its new owners during the second quarter of the year.Once both of these ships are handed over, DHT Holdings’ fleet will count some 20 tankers.The company also has two 319,000 dwt VLCC newbuildings currently under construction at South Korean shipyard Hyundai Heavy Industries, both of which are scheduled to join the fleet in the second half of 2018, VesselsValue data shows.last_img read more

Two arrested with 32 kg heroin

first_imgKolkata: The Special Task Force have arrested two persons from the city and recovered crude heroin weighing around 3.2 kg from the city.Acting on a tip-off, the STF officials on Saturday evening intercepted a private vehicle on Munsi Prem Chand Sarani under Hastings police station. During a search, the police found the heroin kept inside the car. These materials were kept concealed inside the door in such a manner that they would avoid the eyes of the people who would open the door from outside. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe police recovered about 3.208 kg (approx) of crude heroin and the accused were held for interrogation. After an interrogation the police arrested the duo — Dipak Roy (46) and Kumar Chetri (34). Roy is a resident of Anlong in Assam while Chetri hails from Tezpur area of the same district. According to the police, the approximate cost of narcotics may be between Rs 3 crore to Rs 12 crore. Police are trying to know if the accused are a part of any interstate narcotic smuggling racket. They are interrogating the duo to know the names of other accused, who might have been involved in the incident.last_img read more

Every new title coming to Netflix Canada in October 2018

first_imgAdvertisement BodyguardEarlier this year, Netflix announced that it picked up streaming rights for BBC’s Bodyguard—a six-part thriller that shattered viewing records in the U.K., with 10.4 million people tuning in for the first episode. The show follows Game of Thrones actor Richard Madden, who stars as an Afghanistan war veteran assigned to protect a major political player responsible for the conflict in the Middle East. Praised for its suspense and mind-bending plot twists, the drama is billed to be one of the most addictive Netflix releases to date. October 24. The Kindergarten Teacher Facebook Twitter After its award-winning debut at Sundance, director Sara Colangelo’s English-language remake of this 2014 Israeli drama screened at this year’s TIFF as part of a special bill of Netflix films. In it, Maggie Gyllenhaal stars as a long-time teacher who takes an interest in one of her five-year-old students after she overhears him reciting precocious poetry. What starts as a desire to help cultivate his talent turns into an unhealthy obsession and soon, her actions escalate into complete recklessness. October 12.Operation FinaleBased on a true story, Twilight director Chris Weitz revisits one of the most important chapters in history for Operation Finale. The spy thriller retells the complicated mission to track down Adolf Eichmann, one of the main organizers of the Holocaust. It was reported that he died soon after the collapse of Nazi Germany, but the Israeli intelligence agency quickly discovered that he was living a secret life in a suburb of Buenos Aires and set off to capture him so he could stand trial in Israel. Ben Kingsley (Schindler’s List, Shutter Island) stars as Eichmann, while Star Wars actor Oscar Isaac takes on a role as intelligence team member Peter Malkin. October 3.Also coming to Netflix this monthThe Purge: Election YearAvailable October 1Anger ManagementSee No Evil, Hear No EvilThe Purge: Election YearWarcraftAvailable October 2Joe Rogan: Strange TimesMeatEater: Season 7Available October 3Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet FrankensteinAngela’s ChristmasCasperDawn of the DeadDuneMr. Bean’s HolidaySpy GameAvailable October 4Star: Season 3 Violet Evergarden: Special: Extra EpisodeEliteAvailable October 5Big Mouth: Season 2Dancing QueenÉliteEmpire GamesLittle Things: Season 2MalevolentPrivate LifeSuper Monsters Save HalloweenSuper Monsters: Season 2The Rise of PhoenixesYG Future Strategy OfficeAvailable October 6Little Things: Season 1Available October 8Mo Amer: The VagabondSupergirlSeason 3Available October 9InfernoSupergirl: Season 3Terrace House: Opening New Doors: Part 4Available October 1022 JulyAvailable October 11Salt Fat Acid HeatApostleAvailable October 12ApostleErrementari: The Blacksmith and the DevilFeminists: What Were They Thinking?FightWorldReMastered: Who Shot the SheriffTarzan and Jane: Season 2The Boss Baby: Back in Business: Season 2The Curious Creations of Christine McConnellThe Haunting of Hill HouseAvailable October 13Dynasty: Season 2A Taiwanese Tale of Two CitiesAvailable October 14A Taiwanese Tale of Two CitiesAvailable October 15Octonauts: Seasons 2-4The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The CommandmentsAvailable October 16Black Lightning: Season 2Ron White: If You Quit Listening, I’ll Shut UpTravelers: Season 2WanderlustAvailable October 19Accidentally in LoveAsk the DoctorBest.Worst.Weekend.Ever.: Limited SeriesDerren Brown: SacrificeDistrito SalvajeGnome AloneHauntedHip-Hop Evolution: Season 2Illang: The Wolf BrigadeLarva IslandMaking a Murderer: Part 2Marvel’s Daredevil: Season 3The Night Comes For UsWanderlustHalloweenAvailable October 20HalloweenScary MovieScary Movie 2Scary Movie 3Scary Movie 4Scary Movie 5ScreamScream 2Scream 3SinisterThe Cabin in the WoodsAvailable October 21RobozunaThe CuredThe Secret Life of PetsAvailable October 22The Secret Life of PetsAvailable October 23Adam Sandler 100% FreshAvailable October 24Batman NinjaAvailable October 25Great News: Season 2Hell or High WaterBeen So LongAvailable October 26Been So LongCastlevania: Season 2DovlatovJefeShirkersTerrorism Close CallsAvailable October 27Girl from NowherePatriot Act with Hasan MinhajAvailable October 28Bridget Jones’s BabyCertain WomenCollateral BeautyPatriot Act with Hasan MinhajAvailable October 30Fate/Extra Last Encore: Illustrias Geocentric TheoryThe DegeneratesAvailable October 31Gun City LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Chilling Adventures of SabrinaSabrina the Teenage Witch is straying away from its ’90s sitcom roots for this horror revamp, loosely based on the 2014 comic book series. Cast as a “dark coming-of-age story,” the plot centres around the beloved Sabrina Spellman’s 16th birthday—a rite of passage that closely resembles a demonic tea party, where participants must sign Satan’s autograph book with blood before venturing off to the spirit realm. Faced with a choice between magic-filled witch world and human life, Sabrina (played by Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka) tries to sift through her identity as a half-mortal, all while wrestling occult forces that threaten her and her family. This Vancouver-shot series is the latest from the creators of Riverdale. October 26.Riverdale: Season 3Speaking of Riverdale, after a dramatic season two finale, where red-headed hero Archie Andrews was arrested for murder and taken away in handcuffs, the binge-worthy drama returns to Netflix for a new season. While the plot up to this point has been centred around murder, the show’s director said the upcoming episodes are heavily focused on friendships and romances (a mix of True Detective season one and Dungeons & Dragons, apparently). But what would Riverdale be without at least one rogue killer on the loose? Betty and Jughead fans will be happy to hear that a new mysterious murder spree reunites the couple for another season of teen crime fighting. October 11.  Advertisement Spooky season is here, y’all! Now that we’re too old to go trick-or-treating (*sobs*), the way that we like to celebrate Halloween is spending all month long watching October flicks. And guess what? Netflix has answered our prayers..last_img read more

Our traditional land is jeopardy says AFN candidate Stanley

first_img(Photo courtesy Ben Powless)APTN National NewsTORONTO–First Nations should assert control of natural resources on their traditional territories, says George Stanley, one of the candidates for national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.Stanley, Alberta AFN regional chief from the Cree First Nation of Frog Lake, said First Nations should demand the Canadian government respect their jurisdiction over minerals, gas and oil found on their territory while keeping a balance protecting the environment.“Our inherent right to land comes first,” said Stanley. “Treaties are the result of this land to which we still claim ownership because treaties did not displace us. We must also claim jurisdiction over all minerals, the mighty rivers and bodies of water.”Stanley is one of eight candidates vying for the position of national chief of the AFN. He was speaking during the candidate’s forum during the AFN gathering in Toronto where chiefs will vote for national chief on Wednesday.Stanley said as national chief he would challenge the Conservative government over its unilaterally imposed changes to environmental regulations and legislation.“Our traditional land is in jeopardy, our people have already experienced clear-cutting, tar sands destruction of a once pristine environment,” he said.Stanley told chiefs that he understood their day to day struggle, the phone calls and tragedies that fill their days and nights.“I understand the community concerns that you go through, how many calls you receive on a weekly basis concerning housing problems, black mold and health issues,” said Atleo. “How many funerals have you attended in the recent past as a result of suicide, drug and alcohol violence or deal with missing and murdered women from your region?”Stanley also said he would fight for First Nations jurisdiction over gaming.“We have been denied full exercise and control of gaming in Canada. It’s about the exercise of our nationhood and sovereignty,” said Stanley. “Gaming should be a priority. The problem is Canada, the provinces and territories ignore our sovereignty and inherent rights.”last_img read more

Water leak forces temporary closure of some BIA immigration counters

A water leak forced the temporary closure of parts of the immigration and emigration counters at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA).Sources said that the water leak had resulted in officers being unable to carry out their duties at some counters. Report by Indika Sri Aravinda

Alberta faces 59B deficit minister says that may grow if oil stays

EDMONTON – Alberta’s finance minister says the province is on track for a record $5.9-billion deficit this year as the oil crunch hits families and businesses.And Joe Ceci says the worst may not be over if low oil prices persist and the province continues in recession.“If current conditions continue, the final deficit will be in the range of $6.5 billion,” Ceci said Monday as he released first-quarter figures for the 2015-16 fiscal year which began April 1.Ceci said the NDP government will continue to look for efficiencies, but will not engage in large-scale layoffs or deep cuts to erase the red ink.“We are laser focused on taking positive steps toward economic recovery.”Opposition Wildrose finance critic Derek Fildebrandt calculated the hit to Alberta’s treasury is actually $9 billion when $3 billion drained from the contingency fund and new borrowing for capital projects are added in.“This is the largest hit that our province has taken to its net wealth in the history of the province, and that should be concerning,” said Fildebrandt.Monday’s numbers are based on the budget introduced, but never passed, by former Progressive Conservative premier Jim Prentice’s government before it was defeated by Rachel Notley and the NDP in May. That budget estimated a $5-billion deficit.The new estimates reflect changes made by the NDP, including higher corporate and personal taxes, and more than a billion dollars in new spending for health, education and social services.Ceci is to bring in a fully revised budget after the house resumes sitting Oct. 26.Revenue is forecast at $44.3 billion — about $1 million higher than the Prentice budget. The increase is driven mainly by higher-than-expected oil revenue in the spring, more revenue from personal and business taxes and a lower Canadian dollar.The benchmark North American price for oil, West Texas Intermediate, was originally expected to hover around US$55 a barrel, but in the first three months instead delivered almost $58.But the revenue figure might shrink in the next update as the WTI price dropped below $40 a barrel in August before rebounding to almost $49 on Monday.It’s also a long way from the dizzying heights of US$100 a barrel reached in the summer of 2014.Total government expenses are expected to be $50.2 billion, which is about $1.8 billion higher than projected in the Tory budget.The increase is due mainly to $1.4 billion added by the NDP to health, education and social services, as well as to extra costs fighting drought and wildfires.Debt for capital projects is at about $18 billion and the contingency fund, after the $3-billion withdrawal, will stand at $3.5 billion.The longer term outlook is not rosy.Real GDP is now forecast to drop by 0.6 per cent in 2015 and the number of unemployed in the province is expected to average 139,000 — up from 112,000 in 2014.Oil and gas investment is expected to fall more than 30 per cent.Primary household income is expected to grow by 2.5 per cent after almost eight per cent in average growth over the previous four years.Overall retail sales have fallen 2.1 per cent so far this year. New vehicle sales have fallen by nine per cent.Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark called on the government to immediately bring in a public sector hiring and wage freeze.Liberal Leader David Swann said the NDP needs to get going on showing Albertans a plan to manage the economic slowdown.Saskatchewan also announced its first-quarter numbers on Monday that include a forecast $292-million deficit due to low oil prices and the cost of fighting wildfires. Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci arrives for a cabinet meeting in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, May 28, 2015. Ceci says the province is on track to record a $5.9-billion deficit this year as the oil crunch hits families and businessesTHE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh by Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 31, 2015 1:33 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 31, 2015 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta faces $5.9B deficit; minister says that may grow if oil stays low read more

UN rights office welcomes Israels release of Palestinian prisoner urges end to

“We reiterate our call, last made in April, on Israel to end its practice of administrative detention and to either release without delay or to promptly charge all administrative detainees, affording them all the due process guarantees required by international human rights law and standards,” said Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), during a press briefing in Geneva.The prisoner, Khader Adnan, had been on hunger strike for over two months.At the end of March of this year, 396 Palestinians, including one woman, were reportedly held in administrative detention in Israel. Administrative detainees are held without charge or trial, often on the basis of secret evidence, for periods of up to six months, which are extendable indefinitely.“The Secretary-General, the UN Human Rights Office and the Human Rights Committee have called for this practice to end,” said Mr. Colville. Last June, he continued, the Israeli cabinet approved a bill that would permit the ‘force-feeding’ of Palestinian hunger-striking prisoners. While the bill is now advancing towards final approval by the Knesset, both the High Commissioner and a group of UN Special Procedures, or human rights experts, expressed concerns that the implementation of such a law could breach international human rights standards, concerns the Spokesperson reiterated today.“We are also seriously concerned at the situation of another Palestinian hunger striker, this time being detained by the Palestinian authorities,” he stated. Islam Hasan Jameel Hamed has been protesting since 11 April 2015 at his continued detention by the Palestinian General Intelligence Services despite a Palestinian court ruling that he has served his sentence – originally imposed in 2011 – and should be immediately released.“Hamed is in his fourth month without food and his condition is now very serious. We urge the Palestinian authorities to respect the court ruling and release Islam Hamed,” said Mr. Colville. read more

Mens hockey team bonds over bowling

Ohio State men’s hockey coach Mark Osiecki wanted to let the team relax and focus a few days before the playoff series against Lake Superior State. So he took them bowling. Osiecki, in his first season as the Buckeyes’ coach, said he had done this with previous teams and likes the idea. “It’s something I’ve done in the past,” Osiecki said. “We wanted to create team togetherness.” The players, who say they had no idea Osiecki was going to do this, ended up bowling with the lower half of their hockey equipment on. “He made us wear our bottom-half gear, so a lot of guys had on their shin guards and pants and stuff. So it was a little awkward, but it was a lot of fun,” junior goalie Cal Heeter said. “Everyone was laughing and having a good time.” Senior forward Peter Boyd said he was surprised by the idea but thought the team did a good job of taking it in. “I thought it was a great idea,” he said, “and the guys really responded well to it.” The Buckeyes (15-16-4, 10-14-4 CCHA) have lost nine of their past 11 games. They will take on Lake Superior State (10-15-9, 8-12-8 CCHA) in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., in the first round of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Tournament. The best-of-three series will match up the ninth-seeded Buckeyes with the eighth-seeded Lakers. When the teams played each other Feb. 18–19 in Columbus, Lake Superior State winning the first game in a shootout, and OSU winning the second one, 5-2. But Boyd said he isn’t looking at what has happened this season, just what the team has ahead of it. “Playoff hockey is a new season,” he said. If the Buckeyes win the series against the Lakers, they could play Michigan, Notre Dame or Miami (Ohio), depending on who wins the other first-round series. Friday’s game is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. Saturday’s and Sunday’s (if necessary) are scheduled for 7:05 p.m. read more

SpaceX carries out first commercial launch sending Arab satellite into orbit

first_img 20 Comments Friday 12 Apr 2019, 7:28 AM Share1 Tweet Email Apr 12th 2019, 7:28 AM By AFP SpaceX carries out first commercial launch sending Arab satellite into orbit The rocket carried a Saudi Arabian satellite operated by Arabsat. Image: Orlando Sentinel/TNS/ABACA 8,403 Views SPACEX CARRIED OUT its first commercial launch with its Falcon Heavy rocket easing a Saudi telecoms satellite into orbit.About 34 minutes after liftoff, the silver satellite was successfully deployed. Staff in the control room cheered and clapped. Earlier, spectators chanted along with the launch announcer who counted down the final 10 seconds before liftoff.The Falcon Heavy rocket exerts 5.1 million pounds of thrust — that of more than a dozen jetliners, SpaceX said.The rocket carried a Saudi Arabian satellite operated by Arabsat, a year after sending SpaceX founder Elon Musk’s red Tesla roadster into orbit as a test.The Falcon Heavy had been scheduled to lift off from the Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday but that was delayed because of strong winds in the upper atmosphere.The job was to place the six-ton Arabsat-6A satellite into geostationary orbit about 36,000 kilometers above the Earth.The satellite is designed to provide television, internet, telephone, and secure communications to customers in the Middle East.Less than 10 minutes into the flight, the rocket’s three boosters detached from the Falcon Heavy on schedule.Two of them, as planned, landed safely back on pads at Cape Canaveral. A third landed, also as planned, on a barge out in the Atlantic.“Three for three boosters today,” a SpaceX webcast commentator said.SpaceX has two operational rockets: the Falcon 9, which with 21 launches in 2018 dominates the US market, and the Falcon Heavy, which as its name suggests is designed to lift much heavier payloads into more distant orbits.It consists of the equivalent of three Falcon 9 rockets combined, tripling its thrust. In Falcon Heavy’s first launch, in February 2018, a dummy dubbed Starman was placed behind the wheel of Musk’s roadster, which is currently orbiting the Sun somewhere between Earth and Mars.Since then, the US military and private clients have signed contracts for Falcon Heavy launches, and NASA has raised the possibility it may use the rocket for its planned missions to the Moon.© – AFP 2019 Image: Orlando Sentinel/TNS/ABACA Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

WISHH Work Increases US Soy Demand for Ghana Poultry Feed

first_imgASA/WISHH Project Director, AMPLIFIES Erica Morrow and Manager of Program Operations Eric DeMerit traveled to Ghana earlier this month to monitor program activities and provide support to staff assigned to the USDA Food for Progress program.The AMPLIFIES Program, along with complementary market development work by ASA/WISHH ,has led to an increase in demand of optimally formulated poultry feeds, a demand paralleled by added capacity in the local feed milling industry. The gap in raw material supply, including soybeans and soybean meal, for this feed production is being capitalized upon by several local importers who are connected to U.S. soybean suppliers in both container and bulk consignments. U.S. soybean exports to Ghana are expected to continue to increase in 2019.While in Ghana, Morrow traveled to the northern city of Tamale to participate in a three day coordination meeting attended by AMPLIFIES program partners. In addition to AMPLIFIES staff, participants included project partner staff from ADRA and other stakeholders.Morrow also visited a newly built and operational Crop Aggregation Center, which serves as a key component to the value chain enhancement efforts undertaken by the program.last_img read more

Galaxy launches IR pilot scheme to bring Japanese university students to Macau

first_img Dealer dilemma Set to be the first of many student groups Galaxy plans to host in Macau, participants will learn about the management and operation of IRs through a combination of structured lectures provided by faculty members of the International Integrated Resort Management Programme at UMAC and mentoring sessions conducted by GEG executives across a variety of topics and specialty areas. Those areas include Corporate Social Responsibility, Hotel and Hospitality, Food and Beverage, Brand Communications and Marketing, Digital Marketing and Media Relations, Entertainment and Event Management, Retail, Human Resources, Organizational Development and Training.According to GEG, the scheme will be expanded to include other tertiary institutions across Japan in the years to come. The company is also researching opportunities to enable young people from Macau to benefit from a similar learning experience overseas, namely in Japan where the nation’s renowned service philosophy – or “Omotenashi” – has the potential to benefit and further enhance the IR industry in Macau.“Together with the GEG Foundation and the support of University of Macau, we are very pleased to share our philosophy for sustainable and responsible IR development with what we hope will be the future home-grown leaders of IRs in Japan,” said GEG Vice Chairman Francis Lui. “As a group we are passionate about nurturing the next generation and in giving them the best possible opportunities for their future careers.“We recognize that Macau, and GEG, have both the vision and an opportunity to share its formula for success with Japan as it embarks on the path of IR implementation.“At the same time, we are researching opportunities to enable young people from Macau to benefit from a similar learning experience overseas, in particular in Japan. We hope that through this Pilot Scheme we will be able to set the stage for a bilateral Mentorship Scheme to enable our own young people from Macau to better understand the unique traits of Japanese hospitality. As responsible citizens we should play a civic role in supporting the growing development of relations between China and Japan through the Mentorship Scheme.”UMAC’s Dean and BNU Chair Professor in Finance, Professor Jacky Yuk-chow So, said that the university “welcomed the chance to support GEG with this program by making available our faculty members to share UMAC’s deep IR industry knowledge with the students from Japan.” Jan Jones Blackhurst to leave executive role, join Caesars Board of Directors Load More Galaxy Entertainment Group (GEG) has launched a new pilot scheme aimed at educating Japanese university students on integrated resort management via month-long visits to Macau.The GEG Japan-Macau Integrated Resort Management Mentorship Pilot Scheme – developed in conjunction with the Galaxy Entertainment Group Foundation, Toyo University and the University of Macau (UMAC) – will welcome selected students from the Faculty of International Tourism Studies at Toyo University in Tokyo to Macau for four weeks in August. JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner RelatedPostslast_img read more

Bloomberry to start construction of Quezon City casino in June new cruise

first_img Leisure & Resorts World Corp suffers major swing to loss in 2Q19 RelatedPosts 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status Philippines rejects China’s call to ban online gambling Load More The Chairman and CEO of Philippines IR operator Bloomberry Resorts Corp, Enrique Razon Jr, says the company remains on track to break ground on its new Quezon City casino project despite a plan by local officials to impose an entry fee on residents.Speaking to media following Bloomberry’s Annual Stockholders’ Meeting on Thursday, Razon Jr said he expects to release the masterplan for its Quezon City resort, known as Solaire North, no later than May with construction to commence as early as June. “We should be done by mid-April or May, so we can come out with the announcement,” he said. “As soon as the site is clear we’ll have the groundbreaking. Our target is June or July.”Asked about Quezon City’s planned implementation of a gambling regulatory ordinance that would include an entrance fee for locals – a plan that has set it on a collision course with Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR – Razon Jr said.“That ordinance came after, but PAGCOR has something to say about that. We won’t involve ourselves in the issue. We are moving forward with the project … the clearance has been given by the Local Government Unit and PAGCOR.”Solaire North is scheduled to open in 2022.Razon Jr also revealed on Thursday that Bloomberry expects to start construction of its US$308 million cruise ship port near its flagship Solaire Resort & Casino in Parañaque City in 3Q19, adding, “We hope to complete Phase 1 by 2021.”The development will include terminal facilities as well as expanded entertainment facilities such as retail, dining, maritime recreation options and public esplanades.last_img read more

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first_img Related Content August 5, 2014 — Rayence announced it will begin shipping its flat panel detectors with newly enhanced XmaruView V1 image acquisition software. The new software is the third version of image acquisition software developed by Rayence in as many years.The software, which is Microsoft Window 8.1 ready, features a new image-processing engine with advanced anatomical algorithms; four newly developed consoles for medical, chiropractic, veterinary and podiatry applications; and includes a mini-PACS (picture archiving and communications system). “The introduction of the new V1 software allows us to broaden our market,” said Stalin Calvache, chief technology officer for Rayence. “Many of new features put into the software are similar to those found in higher-priced digital detector solutions.”Along with software enhancements to Auto Masking and Auto Cropping is the addition of Image Cloning and programmable GPR (Grid Pattern Removal) selection that is grid and destination specific. Also added was the ability to send DICOM (digital imaging and communications in medicine) images to multiple destinations having different image compression formats.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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President sounds alarm over the murder of women in Costa Rica

first_imgCosta Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís said Monday that he is deeply concerned about a wave of femicides that took the lives of three women during the last week.“I express the government’s solidarity with the women who were brutally murdered… three victims of the femicides that make our country mourn and remind us of this terrible, unceasing violence against women,” Solís said.Costa Rican law defines femicide as the murder of a woman by her spouse or significant other, according to the National Women’s Institute (INAMU). However, femicide is also used in some cases to describe the murder of a woman because of her gender.One of the three femicide cases in the last week that drew particular attention within Costa Rica was the murder of a woman in La Amapola de Puerto Jiménez, in the country’s Southern Zone, who was beaten to death by her partner with a metal pipe.Costa Rica has seen five femicides so far this year, Solís said. The number suggests an alarming increase when compared to the 16 cases recorded in 2017 by the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ). Since 2010, Costa Rica has registered 224 femicides.“It’s not strange for that to happen at a time when the country in general experiences, as a result of the arrival of more and more drugs, an unusual increase in violent crime,” Solís said.Costa Rica registered more than 600 homicides in 2017, the highest level in its history, with a rate of 12 violent deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.“The tragic deaths of women at the hands of their partners… is an obligatory reminder to keep developing public politics that empower, protect and guarantee women’s rights against all types of violence,” Solís said, adding that he defends his administration’s record of promoting public policies to defend women’s rights. Facebook Comments Related posts:Demonstrators march against gender violence: ‘If you are in a relationship and in love, it’s difficult to see that something is wrong’ President Solís cancels Europe trip due to continued volcanic activity Costa Rica President set to meet with Obama at Summit of the Americas PHOTOS: La Carpio opens new school, 23 years in the makinglast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   Last year on my SiriusXM radio show, “Schein on Sports,” Cardinals general manager Steve Keim compared Johnson — who had yet to even play an NFL snap — to Jamaal Charles. And we saw why in Johnson’s neophyte campaign — particularly in the second half, when he really got an opportunity to show off his full skill set. As noted by colleague Chris Wesseling: From the time Johnson entered the starting lineup in Week 13 through the regular-season finale, no NFL player averaged more yards from scrimmage per game than the former Northern Iowa star’s 131.7.This 24-year-old is a multi-talented terror in the backfield. Talking to the press this week, Keim said Johnson is “probably the best receiving back I’ve seen.”“A lot of people have compared him to Marshall Faulk, and our coaches had Marshall Faulk in Indy,” Keim said. “I think he’s very similar in some ways athletically and in terms of ball-catching skills to Marshall.”When Steve Keim speaks, we listen. Johnson is a freak and a perfect fit in Bruce Arians’ offense. He is going to put up monster numbers this season.As Schein notes, Johnson has the all-around type of game to win the major award. He was the only running back in the NFL last year to have at least four receiving touchdowns and five rushing touchdowns. With the numbers he put up last season, Johnson could be in line for some serious records. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) runs in the open field as he gets past Oakland Raiders’ Ben Heeney (50) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The hype train is full speed ahead for David Johnson.After impressing in training camp last year with skills as a receiving back and his mobility at 6-foot-1 and 224 pounds. Johnson followed that up by breaking out towards the end of the regular season and finishing with 13 total touchdowns in his rookie campaign.Now he’s a perennial first-round pick in fantasy football and figures to be the star man in the Arizona Cardinals offense.’s Adam Schein could see that turning into an Offensive Player of the Year season, calling Johnson a sleeper for the NFL award. The aforementioned Faulk is the only running back to have at least eight receiving touchdowns in a season in the last 15 years. There’s also been only 26 occurrences of a player amounting to least 20 overall touchdowns for a running back and only one in this decade (LeSean McCoy had 20 in 2011).With Johnson starting only five games last year, stats like those are in play and the type you’d expect from an Offensive Player of the Year.In the past 10 years, four running backs have won the award, including his teammate Chris Johnson, who won it in 2009 with the Tennessee Titans.Arizona has never had a player in Offensive Player of the Year. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

New Providence The Bahamas – Spearheaded by maste

first_imgNew Providence, The Bahamas – Spearheaded by master developer and real estate visionary Roger Stein, the New South Ocean Development Company’s future $1 billion mixed-use resort project is located on 385 acres of pristine shoreline along the southwestern coast on New Providence Island in Nassau. The exclusive development will encompass a large upscale casino hotel, an intimate five+ star boutique hotel, a lifestyle hotel brand, a mega yacht marina, spa, retail outlets, a world-class tennis center and residential components. The Blue Shark Golf Club, a 7,200 yard, 18-hole championship course recently re-designed by Greg Norman is scheduled to open in late 2008/early 2009.The resort is the third and final location designated by the Government of The Bahamas for a full-scale casino and hotel operation on New Providence. Mr. Stein saw the potential to expand in New Providence and create an upscale retreat with convenient airlift from U.S. gateways. The resort is just a 10 minute drive from Nassau’s International Airport and the destinations has held strong ties to long-established North American and European tourism.Resort development component plans are as follows:Casino Resort Hotel(s): A 1500 room beachfront property including hotel condominium units, casino, large pool complex, spa, conference and entertainment venues and retail and service space. Luxury Boutique Hotel: An exclusive, ultra-luxury beachfront five-star resort, featuring a large world-class spa, gourmet restaurant and beachfront serviced villas. Lifestyle Hotel: A beachfront, boutique hotel catering to the hip and chic market. Golf Course: The 7,200 yard Greg Norman signature Blue Shark Golf Course has plans for a world-class clubhouse and related facilities. Mega Yacht Marina with Marina Village/Retail Space Residential Estates: This component consists of secure residential estate lots, with frontage on the golf course Luxury Residences: To be serviced by the luxury resort adjacent to the golf course and the canal with docking. Racquet Club and Tennis Facilities: A world-class racquet club and tennis training center, run by world famous tennis star will serve as an amenity for visitors and residents.ABOUT ROGER STEIN: Roger Stein, a long time entrepreneur, is the Managing Director and Master Developer of The New South Ocean Development Company LTD, created in 2005 based in New York City. In his previous role as Director of Business Development of Plaza Associates in Raleigh, North Carolina, Stein oversaw negotiations for the firms’ real estate interests. He was involved in the development of the 1.4 million square-foot Crabtree Mall, the largest mall in Raleigh, as well as the Siena hotel in Chapel Hill, a winner of AAA Diamond Awards for Excellence in Food and Rooms.Also an accomplished musician, noted music producer and owner of indie record label Iguana Records, Stein has worked with many international recording artists including Keith Richards, The Neville Brothers, The Meters, Bonnie Raitt, Branford Marsalis and others. Mr. Stein holds a Law Degree from Duke Law School and a B.A. from Skidmore College. He currently resides with his wife and daughter in New York City’s Soho and in The Bahamas.last_img read more

Despite suit effort for Robert Indiana museum is

first_imgDespite suit, effort for Robert Indiana museum is advancing by David Sharp, The Associated Press Posted Feb 24, 2019 11:09 am PDT PORTLAND, Maine — Despite costly litigation embroiling pop artist Robert Indiana’s estate, the foundation tasked with transforming the reclusive artist’s home into an art museum is moving forward.The presumptive chairman of the Star of Hope Foundation is making plans to add board members, engage with the Vinalhaven, Maine, island community where Indiana lived until his death, evaluate the art collection and overhaul his dilapidated house, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.“We generally feel optimistic about this. This is a wonderful, incredible opportunity not just for Vinalhaven, but for the state of Maine,” Larry Sterrs told The Associated Press.Indiana, whose iconic LOVE series is instantly recognizable worldwide, retreated in 1978 from New York City to Vinalhaven Island, 15 miles (24 kilometres) off the coast of Rockland.His home is known as the Star of Hope, after the former lodge of the fraternal organization Odd Fellows that used to be there. It has fallen into disrepair in recent years. When Indiana died at 89 in May, there was a hole in the roof and pigeons living inside.Board members say they are committed to fulfilling Indiana’s vision for transforming the place into a museum where the public can view the artist’s extensive works. But before the museum can be ready, a lawsuit filed the day before Indiana’s death that needs to be settled.Indiana’s former caretaker, Jamie Thomas, is accused in a federal lawsuit of taking advantage of the artist. It claims Thomas and an art publisher exploited Indiana in his final years by making unauthorized reproductions of his work. Thomas’ lawyers have said there’s more to the story and it will come out in court. A trial is scheduled for October in New York.Sterrs, who currently leads the Unity Foundation, said despite the litigation, work on the museum is continuing.The expectation is that Sterrs will serve as board chairman, alongside two current directors, Thomas and James Brannan, attorney for Indiana’s estate.Under Indiana’s will, Thomas was tasked with running the museum, but he’ll report to the board on which he serves.“Bob directed that Jamie be involved with Star of Hope Inc. because Bob trusted Jamie to turn into reality both Bob’s vision for preservation of his artistic legacy and Bob’s desire to make Vinalhaven Community life more sustainable,” Thomas’ attorney, John Frumer, said.Sterrs said he plans to name two more independent directors soon. The board will immediately engage with the local community to discuss the Star of Hope project, he said.Phil Crossman, chairman of Historic Down Street LLC, which was formed to protect historical properties on Vinalhaven, said he’s happy that progress is being made.“I’m encouraged by the prospect that it may happen sooner than later,” said Crossman, who operates The Tidewater.The Star of Hope is only a shell of it what it once was. The front windows are boarded up. Clapboards are peeling. There’s no electricity or heat.The foundation plans to enlist architects and engineers but reconstruction will not begin until the conclusion of the lawsuit.Nonetheless, both Indiana’s caretaker and the attorney for his estate are eager to fulfil Indiana’s wishes, Sterrs said.“They are anxious for the wishes and the will of Mr. Indiana to be carried out,” he said. “If I can help with that, then that’s great.”David Sharp, The Associated Presscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more