The Shape of Water wins top Producers Guild Award

first_imgBEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Women and inclusivity continued to dominate the awards season conversation Saturday at the Producers Guild Awards, where Guillermo del Toro’s fantastical romance “The Shape of Water” won the top award and honorees like Jordan Peele and Ava DuVernay gave rousing speeches to the room of entertainment industry leaders.The untelevised dinner and ceremony, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., is closely watched for its capacity to predict the eventual Oscar best picture winner, but this year the “awards race” seemed to be the secondary show to the more urgent questions facing the industry, including the crisis of representation and sexual misconduct.The Producers Guild on Friday ratified guidelines for combating sexual harassment in the entertainment industry, and everyone from DuVernay to Universal Chair Donna Langley and television mogul Ryan Murphy made mention of the changing times and the work that still needs to be done.“If we want more brilliant films like ‘Get Out’ …we need to have many different perspectives including equal numbers of women, people of colour, people of all faiths and sexual orientation involved in every stage of filmmaking,” Langley said in accepting the Milestone Award — noting that she was only the third woman to do so.It was not the only time “Get Out” got a special mention, despite not winning the top award. Peele also won the Stanley Kramer Award.Del Toro was not present to accept the PGA’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures, due to the health of his father.His film was up against 10 others this year, including “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” which won big at the Golden Globes earlier this month, “Lady Bird,” ”Get Out,” ”Dunkirk,” ”The Post,” ”Call Me By Your Name,” ”The Big Sick,” ”I, Tonya” ”Wonder Woman” and “Molly’s Game” — many of which were represented by actors and directors in attendance like Timothee Chalamet, Christopher Nolan, Margot Robbie, Patty Jenkins and Greta Gerwig.Other presenters included the likes of Tom Hanks, Reese Witherspoon, Mary J. Blige, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kerry Washington and Morgan Freeman in the ceremony that saw Disney and Pixar’s “Coco” pick up best animated feature and Brett Morgen’s Jane Goodall film “Jane” win best documentary.In television, “The Handmaids Tale” picked up best drama series, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won best comedy series, “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” won best TV variety series, “Black Mirror” for long-form TV, “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” for nonfiction television, “Sesame Street” for children’s program and “Carpool Karaoke” for best short-form program.The pre-announced honorees stole most of the show, however.Norman Lear presented the Stanley Kramer Award to Peele invoking the award’s namesake in speaking of “Get Out,” which Lear proudly said he’s seen three times.Peele said he was proud to call Lear a friend.“I want to say, you can use my body for your brain anytime,” Peele laughed, before taking a more serious turn in his speech.Peele likened the idea of “the sunken place” in the film to what is happening in the world right now, referencing Haiti, the water crisis in Flint, and President Donald Trump’s criticisms of athletes for protesting on the field.“What really scares me…is the silencing of voices,” Peele said “‘Get Out’ is my protest against that.”Peele ended on a hopeful note, however.“Finally unique voices are breaking through,” he said. “Diverse and honest storytelling opens eyes and hearts. We can break out of the sunken place together.”“Selma” and “A Wrinkle in Time” director Ava DuVernay gave a similarly poignant speech in accepting the Visionary Award,“It’s an odd moment, you have a women’s march and you have a country with a government shut down,” DuVernay said. “We’re in the midst of times that will be long remembered.”DuVernay said what is important is, “The way we work. The people we actually choose to see. That we choose to amplify in the moments where no one is looking.”“Don’t think of diversity as a good thing to do,” she added. “Think of it as a must. An absolute must.”Like many awards shows in the midst of Me Too and Time’s Up, even the men accepting awards devoted large portions of their time on stage to talk about extraordinary women in their lives.“Wonder Woman” producer Charles Roven used his David O. Selznick Achievement Award acceptance speech to call out powerful women he’s worked with, from his late wife Dawn Steel, to Langley, Sue Kroll, Amy Pascal and Jenkins, who he said “has reignited this industry.”“Glee” creator Ryan Murphy, who got the Norman Lear Achievement Award, said, “Women were always my champions and mentors for 20 years now and I believe that’s because they deeply related to my struggle — what it’s like to be an outsider.” He has taken steps to ensure that women occupy at least half of the directing spots in his productions.In the larger context of awards season “The Shape of Water’s” win Saturday surprised some who expected “Three Billboards” to continue its ascendancy after the Globes. “The Shape of Water” is also up for two Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be announced Sunday.The Producers Guild’s choice for top film has eight times in the last 10 years matched the eventual Academy Award best picture winner. Last year, its nominees predicted all 9 best picture nominees, although the PGA went to “La La Land” which lost out to “Moonlight” at the Academy Awards.Oscar nominations will be announced Tuesday in advance of the ceremony on March 4.___For full coverage of awards season, visit: https://apnews.com/tag/AwardsSeasonlast_img read more

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Mexican union reaches pay deal with 17 of 48 border plants

MEXICO CITY — Striking workers in the Mexican border city of Matamoros have reached deals with 17 of 48 assembly plants, winning wage increases of 20 per cent.More than 25,000 workers in Matamoros, south of Brownsville, Texas, went on strike Friday at factories that make auto parts, medical equipment, plastics and other goods.The Union of Maquiladora Industry Industrial Workers of Matamoros said Monday that 15 companies with a total of 17 plants agreed to raise wages and pay a one-time bonus of about $1,685.Meanwhile, a two-week-old railway blockade by teachers demanding back pay in the western state of Michoacan continued Monday without any sign of a solution. The blockades have caused huge losses as freight trains and merchandise back up.The Associated Press read more

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UN provides medical help for pregnant women amid Mongolias harsh winter

3 March 2010Severe winter conditions in Mongolia are preventing expectant mothers from reaching health facilities, requiring the United Nations to bring medical help closer to them. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA), in coordination with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO), has been supporting life-saving mobile medical teams and local district hospitals by providing medicines, equipment and supplies to the hardest-hit western section of the Central Asian country.“The needs of pregnant women and newborns cannot wait until normal times. That is why mobile teams are needed to reach them where they are,” said Argentina Matavel, UNFPA Representative in Mongolia.A team in the western Khovd province rescued a herder last week who had gone into labour in her tent unable to reach the nearest hospital, some 30 kilometres away, due to heavy snow.In addition to supporting mobile teams, UNFPA also provided reproductive health and hygiene supplies to 6,000 women and their families in some of the hardest-hit provinces and midwifery kits to 80 local hospitals.A drought last summer, followed by heavy winter snow, has created a multiple natural disaster that the Mongolians call a “dzud.” Heavy snow and temperatures as low as -50 degrees Celsius have closed roads and impaired travel. Two and a half million livestock have died of starvation, threatening the livelihoods of many nomadic herder families. UNFPA is working with the Ministry of Health to prepare for longer-term recovery. It has received $242,000 from the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to conduct recovery efforts.Other UN agencies have also been assisting the humanitarian effort, including UNICEF, which this week airlifted emergency supplies to thousands of children living in rural areas, and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), which has devised a cash-for-work project under which herders will clear and bury the carcasses of the over 2 million livestock that have perished nationwide, thereby boosting their income and reducing public health risks. read more

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Number of people affected by South Sudan clashes has doubled – UN

20 January 2012More than 120,000 people affected by the recent violence in South Sudan’s Jonglei state may need emergency assistance – double the number of those originally thought to need help – the United Nations humanitarian official in the country said today. Fighting between Lou Nuer and Murle communities escalated sharply in late December, causing an estimated tens of thousands people to flee their homes in Pibor County and resulting in casualties, destruction of property and livelihoods. Retaliatory attacks were then launched on communities in Akobo, Uror and Duk counties. The most recent attack took place on 16 January, when 80 people were reportedly killed and 300 houses burnt in Duk Padiet in Duk County, according to local authorities. “The violence in Jonglei hasn’t stopped,” Lise Grande, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, told a news conference in the capital, Juba.“Only two weeks ago we launched a massive emergency operation to help 60,000 people. As a result of recent attacks, we now estimate that double that number will need help,” she stated. Yesterday the top UN envoy in South Sudan urged an immediate end to the cycle of ethnic violence in the newly independent nation, and called on the Government to hold the perpetrators to account and to deploy more forces to key areas to avert further bloodshed.“The ongoing security crisis in Jonglei state is a test for all of us,” said Hilde Johnson, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).“All concerned should redouble their efforts to put an immediate end to the cycle of violence, which is putting thousands of lives at risk and threatening the stability of the whole area,” she added.Humanitarian assistance is being provided in violence-affected areas and assessments are continuing, according to a news release issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). A humanitarian response and coordination hub has been established in Pibor town and 15 aid groups are present on the ground, working to repair water points and provide food, household items, emergency education, nutrition, protection and medical assistance. Help is also being provided in Gumuruk, Likuangole, Boma and Walgak, and other villages will receive aid soon.The recent spike in inter-communal violence has compounded an already difficult humanitarian situation in South Sudan, OCHA stated. Aid agencies were already supporting 30 simultaneous emergency operations before the crisis in Jonglei began. Since mid-2011, tensions on the border with Sudan have also escalated, triggering fresh displacements. In May 2011, violence erupted in Abyei, displacing 110,000 people into Agok and South Sudan where they remain displaced. In addition, ongoing conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states in Sudan has caused approximately 80,000 people to flee into South Sudan since June 2011. Hundreds of new refugees continue to arrive every week. “Operations in South Sudan are some of the most difficult and expensive in the region due to the combination of poor infrastructure and limited accessibility,” said Ms. Grande, who is also Deputy Special Representative at UNMISS. “It’s a race against time every year to ensure that life-saving supplies are purchased and pre-positioned before the rains arrive. These attacks have occurred at the beginning of the dry season when stocks are at their lowest.”She stressed it is essential that the $763 million appeal for humanitarian work in South Sudan, covering 271 projects among 110 organizations, is adequately resourced early this year to ensure that assistance can be provided on time. read more

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Defence prosecution rest in LA murder trial of Rockefeller impostor

by Linda Deutsch, The Associated Press Posted Apr 3, 2013 9:00 am MDT LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The defence and prosecution rested their cases in the murder trial of a notorious Rockefeller impostor Wednesday after his ex-wife called him a consistent liar and “an unpleasant human being.”Defendant Christian Gerhartsreiter chose to not testify in his own defence against charges that he killed a suburban San Marino man who vanished along with his wife in 1985.He never made eye contact with Sandy Boss, the woman who was his wife for 12 years, and she avoided looking at him.The defence cross-examination by attorney Jeffrey Denner suggested she should have known earlier that his life was a fabulist’s wild invention and he had no relationship to the Rockefeller family.She said she met him as Clark Rockefeller and never knew him by any other name.“He lied pretty consistently,” she said, enumerating the tales he told after their 1994 marriage. He declared at one point that he had a master key to Rockefeller Center and that he was in line for an appointment to the Federal Reserve Board. He bragged of having gone to Yale at the age of 14. She later found out he never attended the university.Boss, who was the breadwinner in the family, said she was earning $1.2 million a year at a management consulting firm in New York and all of it was wired to her bank account which was controlled by her then husband.“He controlled all the finances,” she said. “I had access to money for things he deemed acceptable …. It was impossible to oppose my ex-husband’s wishes without severe consequences.”After their daughter was born in 2001, Boss said she became disenchanted with the man who had wooed her with his intellect, charm and fabulous stories.Now, she said, “He was an unpleasant human being who was choosing not to work which was a surprise to me.”She told him she wanted a divorce and “He told me if I went ahead with this I would never see my daughter again.”A pretrial ruling barred prosecutors from asking her about his kidnapping of their daughter after their divorce, which sent him to prison in 2009.Boss lives in London with their now 12-year-old daughter.There was little mention Wednesday of the missing John Sohus. Boss said her husband told her he had lived in California once but gave no details. She didn’t know he was a German immigrant who was under investigation in the couple’s disappearance.Before resting, the defence called two handwriting analysts who said postcards sent from Europe were indeed written in the handwriting of the victim’s missing wife. Linda and John Sohus disappeared in 1985.The defendant is charged with the murder of John Sohus, whose bones were unearthed a decade later from the yard of a home where the couple lived with Sohus’ mother and Gerhartsreiter rented a guest cottage. Linda Sohus has never been found.Defence attorneys claim that Sohus was not killed by their client but by his wife.There has been no evidence of a motive for either Gerhartsreiter or Linda Sohus to kill John Sohus.The judge ordered attorneys back to court Thursday to discuss jury instructions. He scheduled final arguments for Monday. Defence, prosecution rest in LA murder trial of Rockefeller impostor read more

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UN agency chief and U2s Bono urge action to address hunger needs

Bono and Ms. Cousin met on Sunday night at the Expo Milan 2015 special event ‘It Begins With Me,’ hosted by the governments of Ireland and Italy, to mobilize people in the challenge to end hunger in our lifetimes and raise awareness of the need for more resources to respond to the increasing hunger needs of people fleeing conflict.“To end hunger we count on public will. People must raise their voices to demand a world without hunger. This is why I am so pleased that Bono has come here to Expo to make this happen in what is a very difficult moment,” said Ms. Cousin, referring to the challenge of securing steady funding for the Syrian emergency response.When she visited the Middle East region in mid-August, Ms. Cousin called on the international community to continue supporting Syrian refugees displaced in neighboring countries, appealing to the world “not to forget” the crisis and to provide the agency the means to meet their needs.“For affected populations in Syria and refugees around the region, WFP food assistance provides stability,” she said. “To provide this assistance, we rely on the generosity of the international community. We simply cannot let them down,” said Ms. Cousin at the time.Since the beginning of the year, WFP has faced critical funding shortages that forced it to reduce the level of the assistance it provides to some 1.5 million Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon, but also in Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.“I think it is extraordinary that an organization like WFP even exists when each year you and your staff have to go out and ask for funds to do your work. In Jordan right now we have a refugee crisis and … WFP is forced to cut for lack of funds,” said Bono at yesterday’s Milan Expo event. “This is shameful!”In his opening remarks, Irish Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney, one of the driving forces behind the event, announced that Ireland will donate 60 million euros to WFP over three years, with a specific focus on refugees.Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi underlined the need for more resources to fight hunger and promised that by 2017 Italy would be back in fourth place in the country ranking for international cooperation among the G7 countries.Italian Agriculture Minister Maurizio Martina said that we need both citizens and institutions to support the fight against hunger and Expo is the ideal venue to put fighting hunger at the top of the agenda. read more

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McCloskey acquires jaw crusher manufacturer LippmannMilwaukee

first_imgScreening and crushing industry leader McCloskey International has announced that it has acquired Lippmann-Milwaukee Inc, a privately-held international company that is a leading manufacturer of aggregate crushing equipment for processing applications. The products are sold across the aggregate, mining and recycling industries. Mining installations include iron ore in Western Australia as well as in the gold industry.“Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Lippmann was established in 1923 and has dedicated itself to producing the highest quality crushing equipment on the market. Since its inception, Lippmann has become synonymous with highly productive and reliable heavy duty jaw crushers that are built to last. McCloskey’s complementary product offerings, including portable and mobile crushers, will allow market expansion for both companies, serving a broader base of customers worldwide.McCloskey International has a dealer network that spans the globe, bringing the power of this distribution channel to the Lippmann product line. Both companies will be positioned for growth across customer bases, markets and geographies with the new entity. “Lippman’s reputation for quality is legendary,” said Paschal McCloskey, President and CEO of McCloskey International. “We are excited at the opportunity to leverage the best practices of both companies while aligning the organization and operation for a customer driven model.  Our success in the market has been  built on quality products, along with dedicated employees. Looking at the similar values and culture between McCloskey and Lippmann, it’s an excellent fit.” The headquarters for Lippmann will remain in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA and McCloskey International will continue to be headquartered in Keene, Ontario, Canada. “Over its 95 year history, Lippmann has developed a gold standard reputation for heavy duty stationary and semi mobile products.”last_img read more

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Ireland target top two in what may be most competitive Six Nations

first_img 25 Comments https://the42.ie/3205023 By Murray Kinsella Thursday 26 Jan 2017, 3:00 PM Share Tweet Email1 Ireland target top two in what may be most competitive Six Nations yet Joe Schmidt is hopeful his key players can stay injury-free in the 2017 championship. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jan 26th 2017, 3:00 PM 24,751 Views Short URL WHILE IT’S ENGLAND who bring a winning streak of 14 games into the Six Nations, Joe Schmidt’s Ireland seemed to be talk of the town at the 2017 tournament launch in London yesterday.Beating the All Blacks counts for an awful lot in this part of the world. Joe Schmidt and Rory Best at yesterday’s Six Nations launch. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOEddie Jones said Ireland have “set world rugby upside down” with their achievements in November, while Scotland boss Vern Cotter said “Joe is leading the way with Ireland” in terms of the rise of Northern Hemisphere rugby.Cotter, whose side host Ireland in Murrayfield on the first weekend of the championship, went on to state his belief that 2017 could see his old mate from Clermont guide Ireland to their third title in four years.“I’m sure VC said that,” said Schmidt with a laugh when informed. “A little more expectation on my shoulders and a little off his shoulders maybe. He has got bigger shoulders than I have!”Schmidt has always been keen to manage expectations in Ireland and he has largely set realistic Six Nations targets for his team.In 2014, the head coach spoke of a top-two finish and Ireland won the Six Nations. The same occurred in 2015. Last year, Schmidt said a top-three finish would be acceptable and Ireland duly came in third.So what of 2017?“The last three years I kind of had to put the pin in the wall and make a marker and I think I said in the first two years that a top-two finish would be something I would be really happy with.“Last year, just on the back of losing so much experience and so much ability through injury, it was a bit of a rebuilding time for us. I think we built not too badly.“I think it is going to be more competitive than ever [this year], but again it would be great if we could get a top-two finish.” The Six Nations captains at yesterday’s launch. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOSchmidt follows up by stressing the quality of the opposition in this year’s competition. He mentions the “incredibly tough” England, speaks of Guy Novès’ conviction that France are rising, and says Wales are a “sleeping giant”.Scotland now have crucial strength in depth, according to Schmidt, while he points to Italy’s win over South Africa in November as proof of their growth under Irishman Conor O’Shea.Ireland are available at 9/4 to win the Six Nations with many bookmakers, England remaining the favourites, but Schmidt points out that the shortening of his team’s odds this season doesn’t necessarily mean much.“The bookies had us 13/1 against the All Blacks, so I am not saying they get it wrong all the time, but that’s a long way wrong,” said Schmidt.“I am sure our odds would have shortened as compared to last year because I think there has been some visible growth in the team and we have tried to expand the depth.“You know, nothing protects you from injuries to key players. That could still happen and derail you a bit, but hopefully we will be as well prepared as we can be.”With key players in mind, the latest issue with Johnny Sexton’s fitness must have been particularly unwelcome for Schmidt.The Leinster out-half limped off in the first half of Leinster’s draw in Castres last weekend and again approaches a Test window with doubts surrounding him.Back in November it was a hamstring problem, and Sexton ended the series with an injury in his other hamstring issue. Last summer, he missed the tour to South Africa due to the need for shoulder surgery. Now, it’s said to be a tight calf. Sexton is on the way back from a calf issue. Source: James Crombie/INPHOSchmidt stated his confidence that Sexton will be ready for Murrayfield, and said the out-half may duck into the Santry Sports Clinic for a top-up of his rehab in between Ireland training this week.Sexton had only played twice after recovering from his hamstring injury, before the calf issue struck, meaning he does not have a huge amount of rugby under his belt ahead of the Six Nations.“He tends to be a player who plays quite well fresh,” said Schmidt in that regard. “There are some players that need to get a real rhythm but I’ve been working with Johnny for almost seven years and in that time I’ve found him really quick to be match-ready.”While the hope is that Sexton is fit to play next week, Schmidt did point out that Ireland have a capable replacement in the event that the Leinster man is not.“At the same time, Paddy Jackson has become a key player for us,” said Schmidt. “He has played a lot more Test rugby than Johnny at number 10 in the last seven Test matches, so with Paddy there he slots in.“Paddy is very calm, he does his homework, he’s always well prepared, so we feel that the bases are reasonably well recovered. If Johnny comes in and trains next week it’s almost an advantage for Paddy that he gets in the saddle this week and can run the show.”Jackson’s increased experience is in part down to the injury problems Sexton has suffered in recent seasons, but Schmidt also believes that players like the Ulsterman represent the regeneration of this Ireland squad.The 2016 Six Nations was seen as a transitional one for Ireland in many quarters, and while Schmidt doesn’t agree with that tag – “I think you are always in transition” – he does stress agree this squad has undergone some change in the 18 months or so.“When you don’t have your talisman Paul O’Connell, when Peter O’Mahony’s out, when you don’t have Mike Ross – as important as he was to us then… Schmidt is looking for a third Six Nations title in four years. Source: Colm O’Neill/INPHO“People have said, ‘Ah, Tadhg Furlong, he’s developed overnight into this great player.’“Tadhg Furlong was at the World Cup with us. Tadhg has been learning his craft right through that. He was in South Africa in the second Test and had a fantastic day in the scrum.“The next Test he came off the bench and was under massive pressure. You don’t suddenly learn and then tick a box and say, ‘That’s done forever’. It’s like any skill; if you leave it alone for a little while, you’ve got to pick it up and get it back into the rhythm again.“For us, with our transition, there’s a number of players – half of this squad of 40 players [for the 2017 Six Nations] – have got less than 10 caps.“So, we still don’t have a massive amount of experience but I think we’re growing and I suppose we’ll measure the growth a little bit at the end of the Six Nations and beyond that because we know that you’ve got to keep going in a really positive direction.“Because everyone’s trying to build a stronger, deeper, more competitive group.”– An earlier version of this piece incorrectly referred to Scotland coach Joe Cotter; the Scotland coach is Vern Cotter.Conor O’Shea urges Italy to end debate over Six Nations relegation and promotionEngland captain Hartley working on tackle technique after hit on O’Brienlast_img read more

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Record crowd at Brisbanes Paniyiri

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Last weekend’s Brisbane Paniyiri Greek Festival at Musgrove Park, right opposite the Church of St George, saw record numbers of people from all over Brisbane and interstate go through a journey of discovery of all things Greek and Greek Australian.A celebration of dance and music, a gastronomical tour throughout the regions of Greece and Cyprus at the more than 30 food stalls, a voyage through history and culture rich in colour and passion, were all part of this year’s festivities from the early hours of Saturday morning.The participation of the people was also impressive at the cultural events run simultaneously at the Greek Club, where Helena and Viki from My Kitchen Rules staged cooking demonstrations, while throughout the weekend a photographic display, screening of movies, and lectures on various aspects of ancient Greece were also options to chose from for the festival goers. At the Church of St George, Brisbane, visitors had the opportunity to see an exhibition of Byzantine books and holy items. The fact that the Greek Paniyiri, run for a 38th consecutive year last weekend, has become part of the annual Brisbane festivities was also manifested by the participation of well-known identities from the wider community, such as actors Jackson Gallagher and Tai Hara from Home and Away, who presented the Greek Dancing with the Stars event and other festival highlights.The official opening of Paniyiri 2014 was by the Lord Mayor of Brisbane Graham Quirk, in the presence of other local authorities, as well as state and federal members MPs and community leaders.Neos Kosmos, through Claire Gazis and Brisbane correspondent John Caras, was also present at the paniyiri again this year, with its own kiosk, responding to enquiries from all of our friends and readers in Queensland and distributing copies of the Greek and the English editions of the newspaper. The active involvement of numerous volunteers, young and old, from various organisations of the wider Greek Australian community in the Queensland capital, as well as the efforts of the organising committee and its president Chris Kazonis, ensured that the 2014 Paniyiri surpassed all expectations.last_img read more

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Greece among top cruise destinations

first_imgGreece is the third most popular destination in Europe among cruise passengers, according to the annual survey by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) for 2013.Greek ports received 4.6 million cruise visitors last year, with the most popular being Santorini, Corfu and Myconos, which also bagged all three top spots as the most attractive cruise passenger destinations.The port of Piraeus took the fifth spot in Europe regarding home-porting, as a total of 1.3 million passengers boarded at Greece’s main port to start their cruise trips to Greek islands, which amounts to a 1 percent increase from 2012.The direct impact of the sector on Greece’s economy amounted to 574 million euros in 2013 while its contribution to the labor market came to more than 11,000 jobs. Source: ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Bientôt la reconnaissance de mouvements sur les smartphones Pantech

first_imgBientôt la reconnaissance de mouvements sur les smartphones PantechLe fabricant Pantech va lancer prochainement des smartphones sous Android, capable de reconnaître vos gestes !Commandes vocales perfectionnées chez Apple, smartphones flexible chez Nokia…le secteur du téléphone portable ne manque pas d’idée. La petite dernière est bien là : la reconnaissance des gestes, un peu comme la Kinect de Microsoft. Avec cette technologie, un simple geste au dessus de la caméra intégrée à votre téléphone vous permettra de décrocher à un appel. A première vue cela paraît pratique, si vous avez les mains mouillées par exemple et qu’il faut répondre ! Ou encore le port de gants. La prochaine gamme de smartphones Vega devra donc embarquer cette technologie, encore une fois développée par les israéliens de eyeSight, qui ont travaillé sur les TV à manipulation gestuelle.C’est avec hâte que nous attendons la sortie de tels téléphones, notamment pour pouvoir juger amplement des capacités de ces technologies futuristes. D’ici là, on peut déjà voir le rendu de cette technologie dans cette vidéo.Le 4 novembre 2011 à 13:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Study College Students Choose Smartphones Over Food

first_img Would you rather relinquish use of your smartphone or access to food?For college students, the answer is a no-brainer.University at Buffalo researchers found that undergraduates prefer food deprivation over smartphone denial.This is, by no means, a revelation.Generation Z (aka post-Millennials) are the first cohort born into an Internet-savvy world. Many modern kids start carrying a smartphone before they enter middle school, and don’t remember life before Snapchat and emojis.But UB’s study, conducted by clinical psychology doctoral student Sara O’Donnell and professor Leonard Epstein, pioneers the idea that handsets are “reinforcing.”O’Donnell was particularly interested in whether smartphones could function as a reinforcing behavior (a stimulus that strengthens or increases the probability of a specific response), in the same way food, drugs, and alcohol do.“The frequency with which we use our cellphones every day is astounding,” she said, citing estimates ranging from five to nine hours a day.During the experiment, 76 UB students, ages 18 to 22, were allowed to study or read newspapers during the two- and three-hour periods sans smartphone or food, respectively.Afterwards, participants could use use a computer task to earn time with their smartphone or 100-calorie servings of a favorite snack. As rewards were earned, the amount of work increased.“We … found that when deprived of both food and smartphones, students were much more motivated to work for time to use their smartphone, and were willing to part with more hypothetical money to gain access to their phone,” according to O’Donnell.The scientists measured smartphone reinforcement in two ways:A hypothetical questionnaire asking how many minutes of device use an individual would purchase at increasing prices (from $0 per minute to $1,120 per minute)A behavioral index of reinforcement measuring the amount of work (i.e. the number of mouse clicks) an individual would expend to use their phone, where the amount of clicks needed increases over timeThe more hypothetical money and work the students were willing to spend to be able to use their smartphones reflected a higher reinforcing value.“We were very surprised by the results,” O’Donnell said, admitting that while they knew students “would be motivated to gain access to their phones,” they didn’t expect smartphone reinforcement to so far outweigh food.“Research is just beginning to investigate the possibility that smartphone addiction exists,” she continued. “While reinforcing value does not equate to addiction, it seems likely that if smartphone addiction becomes a valid diagnosis, those individuals would have high smartphone reinforcement, just as individuals with alcohol use disorders have high alcohol reinforcement.”Results of the study were published in the journal Addictive Behaviors.More coverage on Geek.com:Can This ‘Substitute Phone’ Curb Your Device Addiction?Indian Clinic Treats First Case of Netflix Addiction‘Gaming Disorder’ is Real Mental Condition, And You May Have It Stay on target WHO Adds ‘Gaming Disorder’ To List of Official DiseasesWisdom Tooth Extraction May Increase Risk of Youth Opioid Abuse last_img read more

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WWE announces change to format of War Games match at NXT TakeOver

first_imgFacebook Now Playing Up Next Just making sure. The shark cages doesn’t bother me. Stone Cold Steve Austin November 3, 2017 at 8:08 pm Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Just in case you wanted official proof, you can find it at the end of the first bullet point in this article. This sounds as convoluted as kiff’s death by snu snu.Kiff shall snu snu the most beautiful women, then the large women, then the petite women then the LARGE women again. Steve Austin Videos Articles Christopher Jimerson Roman Reigns is in Remission Cameron Huff Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions WWE announces 2020 Royal Rumble tickets to go on-sale Friday, September 20 goddessroleplay Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next November 4, 2017 at 3:41 pm JFJ Now Playing Up Next Google+ WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) center_img Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 7 COMMENTS Videos Articles I just hope they have two rings. Otherwise, the hype just died. WWE is OBSESSED with shark cages! Enough of the shark cages! For Quint’s sake! November 3, 2017 at 4:46 pm JFJ Cameron Huff Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSteve Austin Shares Praise and Criticism of SummerSlamVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 14.75%0:04Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list November 3, 2017 at 12:33 pm Jack Owen November 3, 2017 at 4:37 pm Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems On Thursday, WWE announced the following format change to the returning War Games match that will headline NXT TakeOver in Houston on November 18.The match will feature NXT Tag Team Champions SAnitY vs. The Undisputed Era vs. The Authors of Pain and Roderick Strong.“At TakeOver: WarGames in Houston, each group selects one member to start the bout inside the cage, while the remaining team members are locked inside shark cages by the entranceway. After five minutes, the final two members from one team enter the match, giving that group a brief yet brutal advantage. Three minutes later, the second team’s members are released, followed by the final team’s competitors following another three-minute period. Once all nine Superstars are inside the ruthless steel structure, the first competitor to pick up a pinfall or submission earns the victory for his side.”WWE also released the following promo videos from all three teams hyping up the match. This sounds like a Russo match. Total clusterfu*k!!!! Al79 It’s already been announced that they will have two rings. Twitter November 3, 2017 at 8:50 pm Steve Austin Shares Praise and Criticism of SummerSlam November 3, 2017 at 2:42 pm Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Comments are closed.last_img read more

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Justify wins Belmont to become 13th Triple Crown champ

first_imgNEW YORK — Justify defied all the odds on his way to achieving Triple Crown immortality.The late bloomer won the Belmont Stakes by 1¾ lengths on Saturday, giving the sport its 13th Triple Crown champion. American Pharoah ended a 37-year drought in 2015 and now just four years later, racing is celebrating another sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont.Justify began his racing career on Feb. 18, a scant 77 days before the Derby. He won his first three races by a combined 19 lengths, making trainer Bob Baffert a believer.The big chestnut colt with the appetite to match burst onto the national scene with a 2½-length victory on a sloppy track in the Derby. Two weeks later, he survived a challenge in the fog-shrouded Preakness, winning by a half-length, again in the slop to set up a Triple Crown try.“The raw talent is there,” Baffert said. “He just came on there and broke every curse there was. It was meant to be.”On a cloudy 80-degree day at Belmont Park, Justify proved a cool customer.He didn’t flinch when greeted by 90,327 roaring fans as he walked onto the track. He stood so quietly in the starting gate that jockey Mike Smith wondered if he’d respond when it sprang open.Did he ever.Justify led all the way in achieving one of the sports world’s toughest feats 45 years to the day that Secretariat won the Belmont by a record 31 lengths. Baffert called Justify one of the all-time greats.last_img read more

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Allan revels in important Napoli victory

first_imgAllan claims the comeback victory Genoa 2-1 at Marassi is worth more than three points for Napoli in the pouring rain.Napoli were behind courtesy of a Christian Kouame header when play was halted at the 59th minute for a waterlogged pitch.When it resumed, Goals from Fabian Ruiz and Davide Biraschi(O.G) completely turned the tie around to secure victory for the Naples side.“Considering how the victory arrived, it’s worth even more than three points,” Allan told Football Italia.Top 5 Serie A players to watch for next weekend’s activity Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Top 5 players to watch in Serie A next…“It was a hard-fought win in a really difficult arena, even more difficult to play in today with the atmospheric conditions.“We won and that’s the important thing, we can go into the break for international duty with more confidence.”Juventus visit Milan tomorrow evening, while Inter have a tricky trip to Atalanta, so it could be a very positive round for Napoli.“I’m sure Milan-Juve will be entertaining to watch, but we mustn’t think about it too much. There’s a long way to go, we must focus on ourselves and look forward.”last_img read more

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ABM Expects 35 Percent Postage Increase for 2013

first_imgPeriodicals can expect a slightly-higher-than-normal rate increase in postage for next year, but not the exigent hike some had feared, according to recent estimates released by the Association of Business Information & Media Companies [ABM].An annual increase determined by the Consumer Price Index [CPI] will be about 2.5 to 3 percent, says Jack Widener, ABM’s Postal Counsel, while the U.S. Postal Service [USPS] may also choose to tack on an additional 0.5 percent in “banked” increases they had not applied in previous years.The CPI data has been trending downward in recent months, but Widener says it’s too early to tell whether the actual increase will be closer to 2.5 or 3 percent. The same goes for the banked percentage—Widener says it’s 50-50 at this point—so he suggests publishers budget for a 3.5 percent increase. An official announcement by the USPS is expected in mid-October, with implementation coming January 27, 2013. Periodical postage was raised 2.133 percent for 2011.While some publishers are still concerned about the looming possibility of an exigent rate hike—the USPS pursued a special 4 percent increase last summer but decided to drop the request weeks later—Widener believes that Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe is sincere in his stance against it.“The Postmaster General does not want to put more pressure on the mailers and potentially drive business away,” Widener says. “He doesn’t want to raise pressure on mailers above the CPI. He wants to keep the post office as competitive as he can.”Instead, ABM lobbyist Tom Carpenter argues, Donahoe is intent on pursuing long-term changes through legislation. An exigent rate increase would only provide short-term relief, while taking the pressure off Congress to enact long-term measures.“I think [it’s] dead on about the postal service wanting to put pressure on Congress,” Carpenter says. “I think the postal service’s problems are too big to where an exigent rate increase that only diminishes mail volume and drives away customers ultimately is still not in their long-term interests. Their issues are simply too large for even an exigent rate increase to buy them much time.”Widener’s estimates come weeks after the USPS announced a $5.2 billion loss for the second quarter.last_img read more

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BSE closes points 1233 up on March 18

first_imgNew Delhi, March 18 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 12.33 points up to stand at 21,822.13. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 12.45 points up to stand at 6,516.65. Maruti Suzuki and Financial Tech were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 7.54% and 4.99% along with Union Bank and Shriram Transport Finance Co. Ltd. with an increase of 4.84% and 4.24% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Muthoot Finance Ltd. and IRB Infrastructure Developers Ltd. with a decrease of 5.95% and 5.22% along with JPPOWER and Tata Motors with a decrease of 4.78% and 3.09% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 13.00 points at 12,795.16 while the banking sector is up 50.93 points at 13,807.08 and the realty sector is down10.47points at 1,377.21. The Indian currency is up 0.07% at Rs 61.15 per dollar.last_img read more

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76 Bangladeshi scientists to get training in UK on NCDs

first_imgNon-communicable diseases include autoimmune diseases, stroke, chronic diseases, cardiovascular diseases, cancers, cataracts, chronic respiratory diseases etc. Photo: CollectedA total of 76 scientists of the country working in different institutions will be sent to the United Kingdom (UK) to have training in tackling non-communicable diseases (NCDs) here.”We would send 76 scientists in different universities of UK to make them trained so that they could help the country in tackling NCDs by guiding our health strategies,” director general of the directorate general of health services (DGHS) professor Abul Kalam Azad said yesterday.Recently an agreement was signed aimed at helping Bangladesh in tackling NCDs with United Kingdom (UK) based agencies under Cambridge programme to assist Bangladesh in lifestyle environment and risk reduction (CAPABLE) in this regard, he said.”We would call for an open invitation across the country where doctors and scientists could apply for the scholarship,” said principal investigator of CAPABLE John Danesh.There would be two types of scholarships, 16 scientists would be provided one and half year courses and other 60 would get six weeks long training at the Cambridge University, University College London, the University Court of the Aberdeen University in UK, Danesh said.On February, we would call for the applications through daily newspapers and we have planned to start the long courses programme from June of this year while short courses would be started later, he added.”This training would develop and evaluate practicable and effective interventions that expose major environmental and lifestyle risk factors against NCDs and promote health in the country in an acceptable, sustainable and cost-effective manner,” director of institute of epidemiology disease control and research (IEDCR) Meerjady Sabrina Flora told.Besides, CAPABLE would recruit 1,00,000 people from rural areas and the slums of the city to collect data, from those, engineers, sociologists, health researchers and a host of other disciplines will try to understand the risk factors and build a model that can be used to test interventions before they are implemented.last_img read more

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The OVO4 takes home flight simulation to a new level

first_imgIn October last year I reported on what had to be the ultimate in home flight simulation. It was a custom build consisting of 6 displays,realistic cockpit controls and a seat straight out of a real plane. The only thing it didn’t do was simulate movement, but I don’t think that would really break the feeling of realism.Today, I may have found a successor to the custom build. It doesn’t use as many displays, but it does fully enclose the player in an egg-shaped cockpit, and most importantly, it moves, meaning that decent to the runway will feel all the more real.The OVO-04 is made by Virtual Fly who advertise it as a plug&play flight simulator that is very quiet and free of the need for a keyboard and mouse inside. It even has the PC shipped with it as a separate module containing the FSX software required to make it function.Serious flight simulation fans are most likely drooling right about now. Inside you’ll find 3 24-inch widescreen displays above an array of cockpit controls, instruments, and pedals. As it’s an enclosed unit, the integrated speaker system should make for a realistic sound experience too. It even has a light intensity system to match the lighting inside the cockpit with the time of day or night you are flying.The OVO-4 ships with Microsoft Flight Simulator X, so we assume its going to work with other flight simulation software too because it must be running Windows.If you want one, you had better start saving. The OVO-04 is listed for pre-order in the UK at Firebox for £35,995. That’s around $57,500, or $46,000 before sales tax. Yes, it’s a lot, but if you go home every night and sit playing on a flight sim for hours, it might actually be worth the investment, right?More at Virtual Fly, via Thinqlast_img read more

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Buy a used Wii U get previous owners download games for free

first_imgAnyone picking up a used Wii U console in this post-holiday lull is in for a nice surprise. It seems that Nintendo decided to tie download games to individual consoles, meaning any games the previous owner downloaded can be re-downloaded, even on to a Wii U that has been completely wiped.You’d expect the games to be tied to a Nintendo Network account, but that doesn’t seem to be the case, or at least it doesn’t matter. If you create a brand new account on a used Wii U $879.00 at Amazon , you can still access the games the previous owner bought without jumping through any hoops.Nintendo has yet to comment on this, but surely it’s something that needs to change?Anyone selling their Wii U now probably isn’t going to invest in one again, but as time passes, and especially if Nintendo releases an updated version of the machine, old consoles get traded in and gamers want to keep their games. For the moment that isn’t possible and has the side effect of gifting those buying used machines free games to play.Chances are that a future Wii U patch will unlink the Nintendo Network account from the actual hardware. When that happens you’ll be able to wipe a machine of the ID as well as transfer it and your content to another console, thus solving the problem. How quickly that happens is anyone’s guess and probably won’t happen anytime soon. Remember, that massive day one patch won’t ship pre-installed on the Wii U until March.via CVGlast_img read more

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